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Publication numberUS3800567 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateApr 2, 1974
Filing dateSep 11, 1972
Priority dateSep 18, 1971
Also published asCA990529A1, DE2244864A1
Publication numberUS 3800567 A, US 3800567A, US-A-3800567, US3800567 A, US3800567A
InventorsStelwagen J, Van Loon H
Original AssigneeVan Loon H, Stelwagen J
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Washing and spin-drying machine with auxiliary mass
US 3800567 A
Abstract
Washing and spin-drying machine having a tub in which a rotatable drum is mounted and an auxiliary mass which disposed at the end of a lever which is connected to the machine frame and to the tub.
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Stelwagen et al.

WASHING AND SPIN-DRYING MACHINE WITH AUXILIARY MASS Inventors: Jan Stelwagen; Huibert Van Loon,

both of Emmasingel, Eindhoven, Netherlands Filed: Sept. 11, 1972 Appl. No.1 287,969

Foreign-Application Priority Data Apr. 2, 1974 Primary Examiner Bill y J. Wilhite Assistant Examiner-Philip R. Coe

V Attorney, Agent, or FifmFrank R. Trifari [57] ABSTRACT Sepl'. 18,1971 Netherlands 7ll2863 washing'and spimdrying machine having a tub in which a rotatable drum is mounted and an auxiliary US. Cl. 68/231, 210/363 mass which disposed at {he and of a lever which is Int. Cl. D06f 37/22 connected to the machine frame and to h tub Field of Search 68/23.l, 23.2, 23.3; v

- 2l0/36 3, 364 '2-Claims, 2 Drawing Figures I E f l 13 13 s B r 9/1970 Germany 68/232 PATENTED APR 2 I814 SHEU 1 0F 2 1 WASHING AND SPIN-DRYING MACHINE WITH AUXILIARY MASS The invention relates to a washing and spin-drying machine for textile materials in which a tub for containing the wash liquid is accommodated in a cabinet and itself accommodates a rotatable drum for the washing load, an auxiliary mass being provided to restrict oscillations during the operation of the machine.

In washing machines of this type it is common practice to rigidly secure the auxiliary mass, in the form of blocks of cast iron or concrete, to the tub. However, to achieve a beneficial effect, which is particularly aimed at when passingthrough the critical speed in the pro cess of accelerating from a washing speed to a spindrying speed, very large masses are required, so that the machines become very heavy, and this obviously is a considerable disadvantage.

This disadvantage is substantially eliminated by the use of the invention which is characterized in that the auxiliary mass is disposed at one end of a lever which is movably connected to a fixed point within the cabinet and to the tub, the part 'ofthis lever which extends between the fixed point in thecabinet and the tub being smaller than the part which extends between the tub and the auxiliary mass.

This arrangement of the auxiliary mass produces an apparent increase of the tub mass without the weight of the washing machine .being appreciably increased.

The invention may be used to advantage in a washing machine provided with a balancing device as described in co-pending application, Ser. No. 284,965, filed Aug.

30, 1973. Thus this embodiment of the inventionis characterized in that the auxiliary mass is disposed at the end of the conduit portion at the area of the nozzle of the said balancing device. This embodiment is particularly advantageous because in general the said balancing device becomes operative only after the drum haspassed through the critical speed, so that the use of the invention provides a simple means of keeping the amplitudes of the tub and the drum within acceptable limits duringthe passage through this speed.

An embodiment of the invention will now be described, by .way of example, with reference to the accompanying diagrammatic drawings, in which:

FIG. 1 is a schematic sectional view of a washing machine which is provided with a balancing device as described in the aforementioned Patent Application, and

H0. 2 shows a detail of this machine on an enlarged scale, in which the invention has been used.

Referring now to FIG. 1, the domestic washing machineshown is of a known type and'comprises a cabinet 1 in which a tub 2 is resiliently suspended from four springs 3, at least one shock absorber 4 being provided between the bottom of the tub wall and the end of the cabinet. A washing drum 5, which is open at its front for loading and unloading, is rotatably mounted in this tub. Corresponding openings are formed in the front walls ofthe tub 2 and of the cabinet 1 and can be closed by a door 6 which is hingedly connected to the front wall of the cabinet 1. The drum has a cylindrical wall 7 made of perforated stainless steel sheet. To the rear surface of the drum 5 is secured a shaft 8 which is supported in a bearing mounted in the rear wall of the tub 2. An electric motor 9 for driving the drum 5 is secured to the tub wall. The drum is driven via pulleys l0 and 2 11 which are secured to the motor shaft and the drum shaft 8 respectively and over which a belt 12 runs.

The motor has two speeds, enabling the drum 5 to be given 'a speed of about 50 r.p.m. for washing and a speed of about 1,000 rpm. for spin-drying the washing load. The drum is internally provided with ribs 13 which keep the load moving during the wash cycle.

Parts of a front wall 14 and a rear wall 15 of the drum 5 are doubled, the front wall beingdouble from the loading opening to the outer circumference and the rear wall between the area at which the shaft 8 is secured and the outer circumference. The spaces betweenv these double walls are interconnected via the rims 13 through suitable openings formed in the inner parts of the front and rear walls 14 and 15. The doublewalled spaces are each divided in five receptacles by means of five radially extending partitions 17. In the balancing process balancing fluid is supplied to these receptacles and consequently they form part of the bal- 1 ancing device; This device further comprises a conduit portion 18 through whichthe balancing fluid is conveyed and which at one end is connected to a bracket.

19 secured to the tub and at the other end to a support of the pipe 18, where it forms a nozzle, there is disposed a weight 24 which serves as an auxiliary mass. The length A of the conduit portion between the point at which it is secured'in the bracket 19 and the fixed point in the support 20 is made smaller than its length B between the first-mentioned securing point and the auxiliary mass. When the length B is n times the length A, the amplitude of the auxiliary mass 24 is (n 1) times the amplitude of the tub. As a result, the forces exerted on the tub are increased (n l times, so that when the lever ratio n is 4 and the auxiliary mass 24 is 1 kg an apparent increase in mass of 25 kg on the tub is obtained.

What is claimed is:

1. Washing and spin-drying machine for textile materials comprising a cabinet, a tub for containing the wash liquid accommodated in said cabinet, a rotatable drum for the washing load accommodated within said tub, a lever movably connected to a fixed point within the cabinet and to the tub, an auxiliary mass for restricting oscillations during the operation of the machine disposed at one end of said lever, the length of the lever which extends between the fixed point in the cabinet and the tub being smaller than the length of the lever which extends between the tuband the auxiliary mass.

claim 1 further comprising balancing means including a conduit for supplying balancing fluid, said conduit nozzle of the said balancing means.

2. Washing and spin-drying machine as claimed in (5/69) 1 UNITED STATES 'FPATTENT OFFIQE CERTKFEEATE @F QQRRECTION Patent No. 3, 800, 567 I Dated April 2 I 1974 Inventor(s) JAN STELWAGEN ET AL It is certified that error appears in the above-identified patent and that said Letters Patent are hereby eorrected as shown below:

In the headirirr:

After "[76] Inventors: insert [73] Assignees: U.S. Philips Corporation,

New York, N.Y.

Signed and sealed this 1st day of October 1974.

(SEAL) Attest:

MCCOY M. GIBSON JRa c MARSHALL DANN Attesting Officer Commissioner of Patents

Patent Citations
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US6782722 *Sep 23, 2002Aug 31, 2004Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd.Drum washing machine
US8695383Dec 8, 2010Apr 15, 2014Whirlpool CorporationLaundry treating appliance with balancing system
US8701451Dec 8, 2010Apr 22, 2014Whirlpool CorporationLaundry treating appliance with balancing system
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CN100460586CMay 30, 2006Feb 11, 2009南京乐金熊猫电器有限公司Vibration-damping device in drum washing machine
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Classifications
U.S. Classification68/23.2, 210/363
International ClassificationF16F15/00, D06F37/22, D06F37/20, C09K3/16, D06F49/00, D06F49/06, F16F15/28
Cooperative ClassificationD06F37/225
European ClassificationD06F37/22B
Legal Events
DateCodeEventDescription
Jan 21, 1992ASAssignment
Owner name: WHIRLPOOL INTERNATIONAL B.V.
Free format text: ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST.;ASSIGNOR:U. S. PHILIPS CORPORATION;REEL/FRAME:005978/0607
Effective date: 19901113
Free format text: ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST;ASSIGNOR:U. S. PHILIPS CORPORATION;REEL/FRAME:005978/0607
Owner name: WHIRLPOOL INTERNATIONAL B.V., NETHERLANDS
Feb 7, 1991ASAssignment
Owner name: WHIRLPOOL INTERNATIONAL B.V., TARWELAAN 58, 5632 K
Free format text: ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST.;ASSIGNOR:U. S. PHILIPS CORPORATION, A DE CORP.;REEL/FRAME:005591/0657
Effective date: 19901113