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특허 상세정보

Control system for a refrigerator ice/water dispenser

국가/구분 United States(US) Patent 등록
국제특허분류(IPC7판) B67D-005/62   
미국특허분류(USC) 062/177; 062/389; 222/052
출원번호 US-0327364 (2006-01-09)
등록번호 US-7493774 (2009-02-24)
발명자 / 주소
출원인 / 주소
대리인 / 주소
    Goodwin,Kirk
인용정보 피인용 횟수 : 6  인용 특허 : 18
초록

A control system for a refrigerator ice/water dispenser includes an actuation switch, at least one drive unit for releasing either ice or water, a motor activation relay that controls operation of the drive unit, and a power system having multiple power supplies for operating the control system, motor activation relay and drive unit(s). Preferably, the dispenser includes multiple actuation switches, e.g. a water activation switch and a water/ice activation switch, each having an associated activation relay for independently controlling the release of wa...

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청구항

We claim: 1. A refrigerator comprising: a cabinet within which is defined a refrigeration compartment; a door pivotally mounted to the cabinet for selectively closing the refrigeration compartment; a dispensing unit for dispensing a water product, said dispensing unit including a dispensing switch selectively operated by a consumer; a drive unit which, when activated, causes the water product to be delivered to the dispensing unit; a first control circuit for activating the drive unit, said first control circuit including a control switch electrically c...

이 특허에 인용된 특허 (18)

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