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PAT. NO.          Title
1   8,250,163    Smart coupling device
2   8,027,752    Network for changing resource consumption in an appliance
3   7,865,639    Appliance with an electrically adaptive adapter to alternatively couple multiple consumer electronic devices
4   7,705,484    Energy management system and method
5   7,561,977    Total home energy management system
6   6,961,642    System and method for reducing an instantaneous load in an appliance
7  8,505,328     Multiple utility ribbon cable
8  8,615,332     Smart current attenuator for energy conservation in appliances


Multiple utility ribbon cable Issued: August 13, 2013
Patent number: 8505328
Abstract:   An elongated polymeric ribbon is mounted to the cabinet of a refrigerator/freezer or the door and at least one electrical conductor is integrally formed in the ribbon, which also integrally includes at least one fluid conduit. In one embodiment, the ribbon is mounted in association with an elongated spine, such that a module can be mounted anywhere along the spine and coupled to the polymeric ribbon for receiving operating utilities therefrom. This system provides the manufacturer with the capability of positioning a module requiring operating utilities at any desired location within a refrigerator/freezer cabinet and/or on the doors of the refrigerator/freezer. The ribbon connector is accessed by connections which allow dealers to customize refrigerators for individual consumers.
Type: Grant
Filed: May 21, 2009
Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
Inventors: Gale R. Horst, Douglas D. Leclear, Karen J. Querfurth, Ameresh B. Viswanathan, Ronald L. Voglewede, Michele E. Wilcox


Patent number: 8615332
Issued: December 24, 2013
Smart current attenuator for energy conservation in appliances
Abstract:   An appliance network having a first networked appliance, an energy controller, at least one of a smart dimmer and smart adapter, and a communication network coupling the first networked appliance, energy controller, and the at least one of the smart dimmer and smart adapter for communication therebetween.
Type: Grant
Filed: October 31, 2007
Issued: December 24, 2013
Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
Inventors: Layne E. Heilman, Gale R. Horst, Richard A. McCoy


United States Patent   8,250,163    August 21, 2012
Smart coupling device
Abstract:  A smart coupler for connecting two networks has a processor, a memory, a means to connect to a first network, a means to connect to a second network, and a power source. The first network has a client, and the memory has information which must be transferred to the client to enable the client to be usefully operable relative to the second network.
Inventors:   Castaldo; Rodrigo C. (Joinville, BR), Ebrom; Matthew P. (Holland, MI), Glotzbach; Mark E. (Granger, IN), Glotzbach; Patrick J. (St. Joseph, MI), Horst; Gale R. (Watervilet, MI), Jeffery; Randy L. (Stevensville, MI), McCoy; Richard A. (Stevensville, MI), Moes; Christopher S. (Sodus, MI), Nibbelink; Matthew J. (St. Joseph, MI), Pires; Andre O. (Joinville, BR), Yamakawa; Eduardo K. (Joinville, BR), Zimmerman; Cesario (Joinville, BR)
Assignee:   Whirlpool Corporation (Benton Harbor, MI)
Filed:   October 31, 2007

United States Patent   8,027,752  September 27, 2011
Network for changing resource consumption in an appliance
Abstract:  A network includes a smart coupler having a processor, a memory with software, and a power source to energize the processor and the memory, and an appliance configured to perform an operation on a physical article. The appliance is one that consumes at least some of a resource in performing the operation. The network also includes a source of information about the resource. The smart coupler is in communication with the appliance and the source, and the processor and memory operate to request a change to the operation of the appliance in response to a resource parameter or a request communicated by the source.
Inventors:   Castaldo; Rodrigo C. (Joinville, BR), Ebrom; Matthew P. (Holland, MI), Elston; Wallace J. (Paw Paw, MI), Horst; Gale R. (Watervilet, MI), Jeffery; Randy L. (Stevensville, MI), Jenkins; Anthony E. (Stevensville, MI), McCoy; Richard A. (Stevensville, MI), Moes; Christopher S. (Sodus, MI), Nibbelink; Matthew J. (St. Joseph, MI), Pires; Andre O. (Joinville, BR), Voss; Randy A. (St. Joseph, MI), Whipple; Andrew D. (St. Joseph, MI)
Assignee:   Whirlpool Corporation (Benton Harbor, MI)
Filed:   October 31, 2007


United States Patent   7,865,639  January 4, 2011
Appliance with an electrically adaptive adapter to alternatively couple multiple consumer electronic devices
Abstract:  A modular system comprises an appliance and an adaptive adapter configured to alternately couple two consumer electronic devices to the appliance and to supply a different electrical service between the appliance and the consumer electronic devices depending on the device selected. The adaptive adapter supplies a first category of electrical service to a first consumer electronic device and a second category of electrical service to a second consumer electronic device. The appliance may comprise a refrigeration appliance and the adaptive adapter can couple the consumer electronic devices to the appliance.
Inventors:   McCoy; Richard A. (Stevensville, MI), Horst; Gale R. (Watervliet, MI), Knight; John M. (St. Joseph, MI)
Assignee:   Whirlpool Corporation (Benton Harbor, MI)
Filed:   January 4, 2007

United States Patent   7,705,484  April 27, 2010
Energy management system and method
Abstract:  An energy management system comprises at least one energy consuming device and an energy controller. The energy controller supplies energy to the energy consuming device and transmits an energy curtailment signal in response to an energy over-consumption condition. In one embodiment, the curtailment signal can be directed to a predetermined class of energy consuming device. In another embodiment, the energy consuming device can determine whether to curtail energy consumption in response to the curtailment signal. The energy controller can be in the form of a power strip.
Inventors:  Horst; Gale R. (Watervliet, MI)
Assignee:   Whirlpool Corporation (Benton Harbor, MI)
Filed:   April 10, 2007

United States Patent   7,561,977  July 14, 2009
Total home energy management system
Abstract:  A system that facilitates and implements energy savings decisions by a home owner. The system will provide a mechanism to reduce the peak level of energy demand. A controller in logical communication with energy consuming appliances responds to request for energy from energy consuming appliances and devices by permitting or curtailing energy supply to the appliances or devices based on evaluation of a plurality of logical considerations. The controller may be operated to provide energy to fewer than all of the energy requesting appliances to reduce the energy demand on an energy supply source, including the instantaneous peak demand.
Inventors:  Horst; Gale Richard (Watervliet, MI), Zhang; Jiannong (St. Joseph, MI), Syvokozov; Andriy Dmytrovych (St. Joseph, MI)
Assignee:   Whirlpool Corporation (Benton Harbor, MI)
Filed:   June 13, 2003


United States Patent   6,961,642   November 1, 2005
System and method for reducing an instantaneous load in an appliance

Abstract:  An appliance having at least one component, a receiver, and a controller. The component is configured to operate in a normal operation mode and a resource savings mode; wherein an instantaneous resource demand of the at least one component is greater during the normal operation mode than during the resource savings mode. The receiver is adapted to receive a curtailment signal. The controller is connected to the receiver and the component, and determines if a curtailment signal has been received by the receiver. If the curtailment signal was received, the controller determines whether the component should be operated in the resource savings mode, and if so, the controller operates the component in the resource savings mode, and if not, the controller operates the component operated in the normal operation mode.
Inventors:  Horst; Gale R. (Watervliet, MI)
Assignee:   Whirlpool Corporation (Benton Harbor, MI)
Filed:   November 15, 2002


 
 
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