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Laundry appliance having automatic start feature

Imported: 24 Feb '17 | Published: 06 Jan '04

Nedra A. Herr, Kimberly J. Hood, Michael D. Lafrenz, Brian L. Ness, Brett C. Oleson

USPTO - Utility Patents

Abstract

A laundry appliance can be selectively operated in either manual or automatic modes of operation. In the automatic mode, a laundering operation is initiated upon receiving a single cycle input parameter from the user, preferably through a LCD touch screen display, while relying on additional operating cycle parameters established by factory preset settings or prior consumer established preferences. In accordance with a preferred embodiment of the invention, a consumer need merely select a single cycle parameter and the appliance will start based on temperature and other setting parameters taken from memory. However, even with the automatic start feature activated, the user will still be able to adjust pre-established cycle parameters by changing default values after the cycle has started.

Description

Additional objects, features and advantages of the present invention will become more readily apparent from the following detailed description of a preferred embodiment when taken in conjunction with the drawings wherein like reference numerals refer to corresponding parts in the several views.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a clothes washing machine incorporating a touch screen display and the auto-start feature of the invention;

FIG. 2A is a diagrammatic representation of a portion of an operating screen sequence employed in accordance with a preferred embodiment of the invention;

FIG. 2B is a diagrammatic representation of additional operating screens in the overall sequence of FIG. 2A; and

FIG. 3 is a diagrammatic representation of another operating screen sequence employed in accordance with the invention.

Claims

1. A method of performing a washing operation in a laundry appliance capable of manual and automatic modes of operation comprising:

2. The method of claim 1, further comprising: selecting a fabric type as the input parameter from the user in the automatic mode.

3. The method of claim 1, further comprising: operating in the automatic mode with the default parameters being based on factory settings stored in the laundry appliance.

4. The method of claim 1, further comprising: operating in the automatic mode with the default parameters being pre-programmed in the laundry appliance by the user.

5. The method of claim 4, wherein the default parameters are pre-programmed by the user based on a prior laundering operation.

6. The method of claim 1, further comprising: displaying at least one of the input parameters for selection by the user on a screen integrated into the laundry appliance.

7. The method of claim 6, further comprising: selecting the plurality of input parameters through the screen.

8. A laundry appliance comprising:

9. The laundry appliance according to claim 8, wherein the laundry appliance has the default parameters factory pre-installed.

10. The laundry appliance according to claim 8, further comprising: means for pre-programming the default parameters in the laundry appliance by the user.

11. The laundry appliance according to claim 10, wherein the pre-programming means establishes the default parameters based on cycle parameters selected by a user in a prior laundry operation.

12. The laundry appliance according to claim 8, further comprising: a screen integrated into the laundry appliance for displaying at least one cycle parameter selected by the user.

13. The laundry appliance according to claim 12, wherein the screen comprises an LCD touch screen for entering the plurality of cycle parameters.

14. The laundry appliance according to claim 8, further comprising: a screen integrated into the laundry appliance for displaying a summary of the plurality of cycle parameters selected by the user in the manual mode for review and approval by the user prior to performing the laundry operation.