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Title:
SAFETY CONTROL LOCKOUT KNOB
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2017/142722
Kind Code:
A4
Abstract:
A control knob for controlling the operation of a component of a household appliance is disclosed. The control knob includes a body configured to be attached to a rotatable rod extending from the appliance. A locking element reversibly secures the body in at least one rotational position. The locking element is movable between a first position and a second position. The locking element is configured to engage with a notch to rotatably secure the body in the at least one rotational position when the locking element is in the first position, and to disengage from the notch to permit the body to be rotated when the locking element is in the second position.

Inventors:
SWAYNE, Steven (1100 Industrial Drive, Springfield, TN, 37172, US)
LEWIS, Desirea (1100 Industrial Drive, Springfield, TN, 37172, US)
WORLEY, Andrew (1100 Industrial Drive, Springfield, TN, 37172, US)
MCGINNIS, Brendan (1100 Industrial Drive, Springfield, TN, 37172, US)
Application Number:
US2017/016621
Publication Date:
August 24, 2017
Filing Date:
February 05, 2017
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
ELECTROLUX HOME PRODUCTS, INC. (10200 David Taylor Drive, Charlotte, NC, 28262, US)
International Classes:
G05G5/00; F16K35/02; G05G1/08
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
SOLOMON, Steven, J. et al. (PEARNE & GORDON, LLP1801 East Ninth Street,Suite 120, Cleveland OH, 44114-3108, US)
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Claims:
AMENDED CLAIMS

received by the International Bureau on 21 November 2017 (21.11.2017)

CLAIMS

What is claimed is:

1. A control knob for controlling the operation of a component of a household appliance, said control knob comprising:

a body configured to be attached to a rotatable rod extending from said appliance to rotate about a longitudinal axis, and

a locking element for reversibly securing said body in at least one rotational position, said locking element movable between a first position and a second position, said locking element comprising a pin moveable in a longitudinal direction, a base attached to a first end of said pin portion and a leg extending from said base configured to be grasped by a user when actuating said locking element

a second end of said pin portion engageable with a notch in said appliance to rotatably secure said body in said at least one rotational position when said locking element is in said first position, and said second end of said pin portion being disengageable from said notch to permit said body to be rotated when said locking element is in said second position, said locking element being biased into said first position, wherein rotation of said body from said at least one rotational position requires simultaneous application of a first force to said locking element to disengage said locking element from said notch and a second force to rotate said body.

2. The control knob of claim 1, further comprising a biasing element for biasing said locking element to said first position.

3. The control knob of claim 2, said biasing element being at least one of a compression spring and a torsional spring.

10. A control knob comprising: a rotatable knob body having a longitudinal axis,

a locking element comprising a pin portion moveable in a longitudinal direction, a base attached to a first end of said pin portion and a leg extending from said base configured to be grasped by a user when actuating said lockign element, and

a spring biasing said locking element into a first position wherein a second end of said pin portion extends to a forward position relative to said knob body, said pin portion being slidable against a biasing force of said spring into a second position wherein said second end thereof is withdrawn from said forward position,

wherein rotation of said knob body requires simultaneous application of a first force to said locking element to withdraw said second end of said pin portion from said forward position and a second force to rotate said knob body.

13. The control knob of claim 10, said forward position being spaced from a rear end of said knob body.

14. The control knob of claim 10, said second end of said pin portion engageable with a notch in an appliance when said knob body is in a predetermined rotational position and said locking element is in said first position.

33. The control knob of claim 1 , said leg being slideable in said longitudinal direction adjacent a surface of said body.

34. The control knob of claim I , said leg extending in said longitudinal direction.

35. The control knob of claim 1 , said pin portion being slideable within said body and said leg being slideable adjacent an outer surface of said body wherein a portion of said body is disposed between said pin portion and said leg.

36. The control knob of claim 1 , wherein said base abuts a surface of said body when said locking element is in said first position.

37. The control knob of claim 1 , said body having a recess for receiving said base and said leg of said locking element when said locking element is in said first position.

38. The control knob of claim 37, said leg being slideable within said recess when said locking element moves between said first position and said second position.

39. The control knob of claim 10, said spring being at least one of a compression spring and a torsional spring.

40. The control knob of claim 10, said leg being slideable in said longitudinal direction adjacent a surface of said knob body.

41. The control knob of claim 10, said leg extending in said longitudinal direction.

42. The control knob of claim 10, said pin portion being slideable within said knob body and said leg being slideable adjacent an outer surface of said knob body wherein a portion of said knob body is disposed between said pin portion and said leg.

43. The control knob of claim 10, wherein said base abuts a surface of said knob body when said locking element is in said first position.

44. The control knob of claim 10, said knob body having a recess for receiving said base and said leg of said locking element when said locking element is in said first position.

45. The control knob of claim 44, said leg being slideable within said recess when said locking element moves between said first position and said second position.