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특허 상세정보

Refrigerator with module receiving conduits

국가/구분 United States(US) Patent 등록
국제특허분류(IPC7판) F25D-011/00   
미국특허분류(USC) 062/440; 062/449
출원번호 US-0402644 (2009-03-12)
등록번호 US-8117865 (2012-02-21)
발명자 / 주소
출원인 / 주소
대리인 / 주소
    Goodwin, Kirk W.
인용정보 피인용 횟수 : 33  인용 특허 : 18
초록

A refrigerator includes the ability to mount a variety of modules requiring utilities, such as electricity and fluids, within adjustable locations in the door of the refrigerator. The door includes a conduit extending in at least one direction and including one or more plug-in connectors for allowing a module with a mating connector to be positioned on the door for supplying operating utilities to the module. This allows the purchaser of the refrigerator to add components and accessories to the refrigerator after purchase or select desired features at th...

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청구항

1. A cabinet assembly comprising: a door including at least one hinge for mounting said door to a cabinet for opening and closing said door;a conduit mounted to said door for carrying at least one of an electrical conductor and a fluid transmission tube;at least one of an electrical conductor and a fluid transmission tube positioned within said conduit;at least one connector positioned at a selectable location along said conduit and coupled to said at least one of an electrical conductor and a fluid transmission tube; anda module for mounting to said doo...

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