EP1132038B1 - Dishwashing machine with differentiated washing capabilities - Google Patents

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EP1132038B1
EP1132038B1 EP20010104760 EP01104760A EP1132038B1 EP 1132038 B1 EP1132038 B1 EP 1132038B1 EP 20010104760 EP20010104760 EP 20010104760 EP 01104760 A EP01104760 A EP 01104760A EP 1132038 B1 EP1132038 B1 EP 1132038B1
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Description

  • The present invention refers to a household dishwashing machine.
  • As known, household dishwashing machines generally comprise a box-type structure defining a washing chamber, wherein an upper loading basket and a lower loading basket are housed, for containing the crockery to be washed.
  • Below each loading basket, a spraying element is provided, rotating around a substantially vertical axis, which hits the crockery placed in the overhanging basket with a plurality of washing liquid jets; to this purpose, a special circulation pump actuated by an electric motor supplies pressurized liquid to the sprayers.
  • According to some known solutions, the hydraulic circuit of the dishwashing machine is designed for performing the execution of a washing cycle by supplying with water one sprayer only or by supplying with water both sprayers in an alternate way.
  • The first solution is typical for those cases where the dishwashing machine should be able to perform a so-called "half load" washing program, i.e. when only one basket is used, containing a restricted number of crockery items, and only the sprayer associated to the basket in use has to be supplied with the washing liquid. An embodiment of this type is known for example from the document EP-A-0 772 995 .
  • The second cited solution, relating to the alternate supply of the sprayers, is presently spreading out for dishwashing machines and has essentially the aims of:
    • allowing the use of only one circulation pump for both sprayers, with an electric motor of relatively small dimensions (it is clear, in fact, that if the pump has to supply water to two sprayers simultaneously, its motor must have a higher power, and consequently larger dimensions);
    • reducing noisiness of the machine in operation, which is caused by the impact of the liquid jets from the sprayers against the wash-tub walls;
    • saving water and power consumption to a certain extent.
  • Examples of dishwashing machines having an alternate water supply to the sprayers are described in FR-A-2.505.643 , EP-A-237.994 , FR-A-2.443.231 .
  • In general, in the above first solution, an intercepting device is provided, for the washing liquid flow, coming from the circulation pump and directed to one of the two supply branches of the sprayers; this intercepting device, appropriately controlled by the machine control system, keeps the above branch of the hydraulic circuit constantly closed, so that only the sprayer associated to the basket actually in use receives the liquid for the whole duration of the washing program.
  • In the second solution, vice-versa, a flow deflector is provided, apt to convey the liquid alternatively to one of the above two branches; in this case, the machine control system instructs the flow deflecting device to open and close both branches of the hydraulic circuit, in alternate sequences; thus, the washing cycle is performed with alternate water supply to the upper and lower sprayer with the liquid at a preset temperature, wherein a certain amount of detergent is dissolved.
  • Document EP-A-0 962 183 shows a dishwashing machine provided with at least one weight sensor, in order to identify the presence or absence of the crockery item in a basket, for controlling the washing process: if there are crockery items in a basket the dishwashing machine will spray the corresponding basket, if there is only a partial loading of the basket then the dishwashing machine will spray the zone of the basket in which there are the crockery items, if the basket through the weight measurement proves to be empty, then the machine will not spray such a basket. In this case any changing in the washing process takes place only in dependence of the presence or absence of crockery items in the basket, despite the type of the same.
  • Document GB 1532884 shows a dishwashing machine in which two rotary spray arms are fed from a common pump via a distributer for the manual control of the rate of supply of cleaning liquid by each arm independently of any machine programme such that different types of, or differently soiled, articles can be placed in different baskets and can be washed simultaneously.
  • In this solution the first spray arm is fed indirectly via the second arm by means of a jet, and therefore if the second is not fed, the first could not be fed on its way.
  • It is also known that, in order to efficiently wash pots and pans or other very dirty crockery, a considerable pressure of the washing liquid is required; consequently, the electric motor actuating the circulation pump should practically operate at its maximum power.
  • On the contrary, in order to wash fragile crockery items, such as crystal glasses or porcelains, it is advisable to use a lower pressure than usual, to avoid that the power of the liquid jets from the sprayers may cause damages to the crockery, such as breakage or splitting.
  • Based on the above consideration, household dishwashing machines have been developed, which allow to change the pressure of the washing water to both sprayers.
  • These solutions, known from example from the documents IT-B-1.273.149 and IT-U-TO94U000053 , provide for the intervention with appropriate control means on the electric motor of the circulation pump, to change the number of revolution, or r.p.m. value, in function of the desired pressure.
  • However, washing machines equipped with an r.p.m. adjusting system of the pump motor as mentioned in the above Italian documents, offer little flexibility as a whole.
  • In fact, if the user, on one hand, has the capability of selecting in a simple and accurate way the desired washing power, on the other hand, the user is compelled to wash crockery items having substantially homogeneous hardiness features; in other words, the user should only load in the dishwasher fragile crockery items requiring a relatively low pressure of the washing liquid or, alternatively, only standard or resistant crockery items, which can be washed at higher pressures.
  • Another problem of the prior art relates to the fact that to the treatment of different crockery items contained in the two baskets is anyway practically performed with a liquid having the same temperature and same amount of dissolved detergent, also in the instance of alternate washing; also the times of spraying both baskets do not change from each other, independently from their crockery contents. In other words, known dishwashing machines do not allow for obtaining a real diversified treatment of the contents of both baskets during one same operating cycle.
  • The present invention has the aim of solving the above drawbacks of the prior art and providing a dishwashing machine comprising at least two sprayers, in which the capability is offered to the user of changing, in an easy and simple manner, one or more characteristics of the liquid flow exiting said sprayers, eventually also in an independent way from each other.
  • Within this general frame, a first aim of the present invention is that of providing a dishwashing machine which allows for the selection of diversified washing powers for the two sprayers.
  • A second aim of the present invention is that of providing a dishwashing machine which allows for spraying, from a first sprayer, a liquid having a different temperature with respect to the liquid sprayed from a second sprayer.
  • A third aim of the present invention is that of providing a dishwashing machine which allows for spraying, from a first sprayer, a liquid having a different amount of dissolved detergent with respect to the liquid sprayed from a second sprayer.
  • A fourth aim of the present invention is that of providing a dishwashing machine in which, in the course of a same operating cycle, the duration of the treatment of the contents of a first basket can be different from the duration of the treatment of the contents of a second basket.
  • A further aim of the present invention is that of providing such a dishwashing machine which, though having a high versatility of use, is easy to use and to program by a user.
  • A further aim of the present invention is that of providing such a dishwashing machine which has a low manufacturing cost and uses simple, cost effective and reliable components.
  • One or more of said aims are reached, according to the present invention, by a dishwashing machine incorporating the features of the annexed claims, which form an integral part of the present description.
  • Aims, features and advantages of the present invention will become apparent from the following detailed description and annexed drawings, which are supplied by way of non limiting example, wherein:
    • Fig. 1 shows a schematic section of a dishwashing machine, according to the present invention;
    • Fig. 2 shows schematically the control panel of the dishwashing machine represented in Fig. 1;
    • Fig. 3 shows schematically a portion of the control system of the machine represented in Fig. 1.
  • Fig. 1 illustrates in a schematic way a dishwashing machine according to the present invention.
  • In this figure, reference 1 indicates the washing chamber of the machine, being equipped with a lower collecting sump, indicated with 2; reference 3 indicates a washing pump or circulation pump, having a suitable electric motor, being commonly known.
  • Reference 3A indicates the suction branch of the above pump, which draws out washing liquid from the sump 2; the pump 3 forces then the washing liquid, through its delivery branch 3B, into an hydraulic circuit comprising a first branch 4 for supplying a lower sprayer 5 and a second branch 6 for supplying an upper sprayer 7; the baskets 8 and 9 rest in a known way over each sprayer.
  • Reference 10 indicates a flow deflector, of the known type, which is located between the inlets of the two branches 4 and 6, and is appropriately controlled by the machine control system, as it will become apparent later. The flow deflector 10 is capable of assuming at least two different alternative operating conditions, in particular:
    • a closure condition of the branch 4, being represented in Fig. 1, with simultaneous opening of the branch 6;
    • a closure condition of the branch 6, being indicated by the dotted line in Fig. 1, with simultaneous opening of the branch 4.
  • The flow deflector 10 can be controlled by the machine control system to ensure alternate supply to the sprayers 5 and 7.
  • Reference 11 indicates a heating element for the washing liquid and reference number 12 indicates a detergent dispensing device, both being of known manufacture and operation.
  • In Fig. 2 reference 20 indicates as a whole the control panel of the dishwasher shown of Fig. 1, located in the front upper part of the machine cabinet.
  • The panel 20 comprises a main on/off switch of the machine, indicated with 21, whereas 22 indicates a knob for selecting a washing cycle among a range of possible cycles, such as for example a soaking cycle (i.e. a simple rinsing of the crockery in order to postpone a real proper washing to a later time), a standard cycle, an intensive cycle, a short cycle.
  • Reference 23 indicates a push-button for starting the program, which is used for starting the washing cycle previously selected with the knob 22.
  • References 24 and 25 indicate two slider selectors, of the known type, for the independent selection of the pressure of the jets delivered by the sprayer 5 and sprayer 7, respectively; in the given example, selectors 24 and 25 are provided to set the washing power of the crockery contained in the baskets 8 and 9, which is obtained adjusting the r.p.m. value of the motor of the pump 3.
  • Proper indications for the user are associated to the various positions that can be taken by the selectors 24 and 25, representing the type, and therefore the fragility degree and/or the type of dirt of the crockery contained in the relevant basket 8 or 9.
  • Therefore, selectors 24 and 25 are provided to supply the machine control system with primary information, i.e. indicating the type of crockery, based on which the control system self-adjusts the washing pressure or power for the sprayers. For example, each selector can provide information relating to the following types of crockery: very delicate crockery, delicate crockery, standard crockery, resistant crockery.
  • Finally, reference 26 indicates a visualizing device or display, such as a liquid crystals display, apt to highlight information of different nature, such as the names of the operating programs that have been selected and/or can be selected by the knob 22 and some operating parameters of the machine, such as the water hardness degree detected in a known way, the residual duration time of a washing cycle, the suggested amount of detergent, and so on.
  • Fig. 3 illustrates schematically a portion of the control system of the dishwashing machine according to the present invention.
  • In the example, such a control system is of the electronic type comprising a microcontroller, indicated schematically with MC.
  • This microcontroller MC has appropriate memory means, wherein the various operating programs of the dishwashing machine are codified, as well as the instructions required for performing the various functions that the latter is able to carry out.
  • As it can be seen, the two selectors 24 and 25 are connected to appropriate inputs of the microcontroller MC through known ways and means.
  • A first and a second output of the microcontroller MC are provided for the control of the operation of the flow deflector 10 and the display 26, according to known procedures and means.
  • A third and a fourth output of the microcontroller MC are provided for the control of the heating element 11 and the detergent dispensing device 12 according to known procedures and means.
  • A fifth output of the microcontroller MC is connected, with known procedures and means, to a circuit indicated as a whole with CC, for controlling the speed of the motor of the pump 3.
  • This control circuit may be of any known type; for example it can be realized in accordance with the techniques described in the above documents IT-B-1.273.149 and IT-U-TO94U000053 , the contents of which are herein incorporated by reference.
  • In this connection it is pointed out that in the example of the figure, the circuit CC comprises a speedometer dynamo, indicated with DT, apt to detect the actual number of revolutions of the motor of the pump 3; said speedometer dynamo DT is connected with known procedures and means to an appropriate input of the microcontroller MC.
  • The function of the circuit CC can be explained quite schematically as follows, with reference to a washing cycle with alternate water supply to the sprayers.
  • The speedometer dynamo DT is apt to generate a control signal which is proportional to the actual number of revolutions of the motor of the pump 3, which signal is sent to the microcontroller MC. This signal is elaborated by the microcontroller itself, by a comparison, at different times, with a first and a second reference signal, relating to the number of revolutions the motor should perform for obtaining the desired washing power for the sprayers 5 and 7, respectively.
  • The above reference signals can be obtained using any known technique (see for instance the description of IT-B-1.273.149 ) and are obviously a function of the setting operated on selectors 24 and 25.
  • Following a comparison with the first reference signal, the microcontroller MC generates a driving signal of the circuit CC, which makes the motor of the pump 3 to reach and maintain the number of revolutions to the value being required to perform the desired treatment of the contents of the basket 8, set through the selector 24.
  • At a subsequent time during the washing cycle, the microcontroller MC provides instead to compare the control signal of the speedometer dynamo DT with the second reference signal; then the microcontroller MC generates a new driving signal of the circuit CC, which will consequently provides for reaching and maintaining the number of revolutions of the motor of the pump 3 to the value being required for performing the desired treatment of the contents of the basket 9, set through the selector 25.
  • The dishwashing machine according to the present invention operates as follows.
  • Let us assume, to this purpose, that the user wishes to wash very fragile crockery, such as crystal glasses, along with resistant crockery, such as very dirty pots and pans, at the same time.
  • After loading the glasses in the basket 9 and the pots in the basket 8, the user selects the desired washing program with the knob 22; to do this, the user is eventually aided by the instructions highlighted on the display 26 by the machine control system.
  • Then the user indicates the type of crockery contained in the baskets 8 and 9, respectively, to the microcontroller MC through the selectors 24 and 25. Also in this instance, the microcontroller MC can be programmed to highlight appropriate indications and/or advice for the user on the display 26, according to the settings of the selectors 24 and/or 25.
  • By so doing, therefore, the user will select, by the selector 25, a reduced washing power for the contents of the basket 9 and, by the selector 24, a higher washing power for the contents of the basket 8.
  • After this operation, the user can start the washing cycle previously selected, by pressing the push-button 23.
  • The microcontroller MC controls the execution of the washing cycle, comprising its usual phases, such as a cold pre-washing phase, a hot washing phase, a hot rinsing phase, a cold rinsing phase, and so on; to this purpose, the microcontroller MC will use the program data coded in its own memory means.
  • In general, each phase of the cycle step starts with a supply in the chamber 1 of the required quantity of water, as detected in a known way (for example by means of a pressure switch).
  • Once the volume of water required for the pre-washing phase has been supplied from the water mains, the microcontroller MC activates the circulation pump 3 and supplies its motor through the circuit CC.
  • In this situation, the flow deflector 10 is in the position shown in Fig. 1, i.e. the closed position of the supply branch 4 of the lower sprayer 5.
  • After starting the pump 3, the microcontroller MC receives the relevant control signal from the speedometer dynamo DT, which changes with the increasing number of revolutions of the motor 3.
  • When the above control signal from the dynamo DT matches the reference signal determined by the setting of the selector 25, the microcontroller MC drives the circuit CC to maintain constant the reached number of revolutions.
  • As said above, a low washing power is required to wash the crockery contained in the basket 9; therefore, the number of revolutions of the motor of the pump 3 will be relatively low.
  • Thus, the washing liquid is forced by the pump into the branch 6 only, and the jets of the sprayer 7 are sprayed at a first pressure.
  • The pre-washing phase will go on in this way for a certain time, e.g. a few minutes, and be stopped by deactivation of the motor of the pump 3, performed by the microcontroller MC through the circuit CC.
  • A few instants after the interruption, the microcontroller MC controls the flow deflector 10 to pass over to the position illustrated by the dotted line of Fig. 1, i.e. to close the branch 6 supplying the upper sprayer 7. Subsequently, the motor of the pump 3 is started again by the microcontroller MC, through the circuit CC.
  • After the new start of the motor, the microcontroller MC receives the relevant control signal from the speedometer dynamo DT, which varies with the increasing number of revolutions of the motor.
  • When the control signal received from the dynamo DT matches the reference signal determined by the setting of the selector 24, the microcontroller MC drives the circuit CC in order to maintain constant the reached number of revolutions.
  • As said above, the treatment of the crockery contained in the basket 8 requires a higher washing power than the previous one, so that the number of revolutions of the motor of the pump 3 must be sufficiently high.
  • Thus, the wash liquid is forced by the pump into the branch 4 only and the jets of the sprayer 5 are delivered at a second pressure, differing from the pressure previously used for treating the contents of the basket 9.
  • The washing cycle will go on in this way for a certain time, e.g. a few minutes, and be stopped by deactivation of the pump motor 3. Then the cycle can proceed further discharging the washing liquid from the chamber 1, followed by a new water supply from the mains, to perform a subsequent phase.
  • Obviously, if case of hot treatment phases, the microcontroller MC will activate the heater 11 after the supply of the required quantity of water in the chamber 3, until the desired temperature (detected in a known way) is reached; similarly, in the event of treatment phases requiring a washing agent dissolved in the water, the microcontroller MC will activate the dispensing device 12, to release the required amount of detergent.
  • Anyway, apart from the liquid temperature and the likely presence of the detergent in the latter, the further phases of the washing cycle will be performed according to the above procedures, i.e. by the alternate supply and the diversified pressures/powers for the two sprayers 5 and 7.
  • From the above it can be noticed how, according to the present invention, the different positions of the flow deflector 10 can match different washing powers for the two sprayers.
  • To this purpose, the machine control system will appropriately "synchronize" the achievement of the two different washing powers, set by the selectors 24 and 25, with the variation of the working position of the flow deflector 10.
  • The above system can also be advantageously used for performing a "reduced" washing program, i.e. using one basket only containing the crockery to be washed, and supplying the sprayer relating to the basket in use.
  • This can be obtained quite easily, with an appropriate programming of the microcontroller
  • MC, providing respective zero or disabled positions for the selectors 24 and 25.
  • Let us assume, for example, that the user has to perform a quick wash of a small quantity of fairly dirty porcelain crockery. To this purpose the user has to:
    • load the crockery in the upper basket 9 only;
    • select with the knob 22 the short washing cycle;
    • select the desired washing power with the selector 25;
    • take the selector 24 to its zero position;
    • start the washing cycle pressing the push-button 23.
  • The duly programmed microcontroller MC detects the instructions inserted by the user, by verifying the positions set on the selectors 24 and 25.
  • In the specific event, the microcontroller MC will be informed by the zero position of the selector 24 that the user intends to perform a washing using only the upper basket 9, and instruct the flow deflector 10 to go over to the closed position of the branch 4; this closed position will be maintained for the whole duration of the selected washing cycle.
  • Based on the same information derived from the zero position of the selector 24, the microcontroller MC will control the circuit CC as per the procedures previously described, and have the motor of the pump 3 reaching and maintaining only one speed for the whole washing cycle duration, i.e. the speed required to obtain the washing power set through the selector 25 from the sprayer 7.
  • The above description with reference to the sprayer 7 applies of course also to the sprayer 5, since the user has the possibility of performing washing of a restricted quantity of crockery using either basket 8 and 9 and variable washing powers at choice.
  • Reference has been previously made to the possibility of setting the washing power independently for both sprayers using two separate selectors.
  • However, in a possible variant embodiment of the present invention, this capability can be offered by using one selector only, for a determined sprayer, while the adjustment of the pressure relating to the other sprayer is provided by the program data of the machine control system.
  • According to this embodiment, the machine is fitted for example with the selector 25 only, for adjusting the washing power of the upper sprayer 7.
  • As described above with reference to the use of the machine, the user will select a washing cycle with the knob 22, for example the standard cycle, and set a determined washing power with the selector 25 for the sprayer 7, which is here supposed to be different from the washing power established by the program data related to the standard cycle.
  • After the washing cycle has been started, by pressing the button 23, the machine will substantially operate as previously described.
  • However, in this case, the reference signal (to be compared with the value of the signal coming from the speedometer dynamo DT) relating to the speed the motor of the wash pump 3 should reach for performing the treatment of the contents of the basket 8, will be imposed by the microcontroller MC, according to the stored program data, relating to the standard cycle. On the contrary, the reference signal for the speed the motor of the wash pump 3 should have to perform the treatment of the contents of the basket 9 will be determined on the basis of the position of the selector 25, as previously described.
  • As it can be seen, also according to this embodiment, the setting is allowed of the power or pressure of exit of the jets delivered by one of the sprayers, in an independent and selective manner compared to the power or pressure of exit of the jets of the other sprayer.
  • If required, the selector or selectors employed may provide for a high number of selecting positions, which is by far higher than the previous one indicated in the example, for allowing a most accurate and variable setting according to the type of crockery to be washed in each basket.
  • According to a possible embodiment of the present invention, the machine control system can also be programmed to perform the treatment of the contents of the two baskets with different temperatures of the washing liquid, always depending on the choices operated with the selecting means 24 and 25.
  • Let us suppose, for instance, that the lower basket 8 contains very dirty pots and pans, whereas the upper basket 9 contains valuable porcelain dishes, and the user has consequently set the selector 24 on the "resistant crockery" position and selector 25 on the "delicate crockery" position.
  • Considering that the washing of the crockery is obtained by means of a chemical action (determined by the presence of detergent in the washing liquid), a thermal action (determined by the temperature of the washing liquid) and a mechanical action (determined by the power of the washing jets), for the treatment of the pots it will be preferable to use not only a significant pressure of the jets from the sprayer 5, but also a higher temperature of the washing liquid than required for washing the porcelain dishes contained in the upper basket 9.
  • In such an event, the microcontroller MC is programmed for heating through the heater 11 at the beginning of the hot washing phase the liquid supplied to the tub, up to a first temperature, such as 45°C.
  • Upon reaching said first temperature, and after dispensing the detergent by means of the dispensing device 12, the microcontroller MC controls the positioning of the deflecting device 10, for closing the supply branch 6 of the upper sprayer 7; then it will start the pump 3, whose speed is set according to the above procedures.
  • Thus, the liquid sprayed by the upper sprayer 7 will have a first preset pressure and a first preset temperature.
  • Subsequently, the microcontroller MC will stop operation of the pump 3 and control the deflecting device 10 to close the branch 6 supplying the upper sprayer 7; the microcontroller MC will also activate the heating element 11 to bring the washing liquid to a second higher temperature than the previous one, such as 60°C.
  • Upon reaching said second temperature, the microcontroller MC starts the pump 3, whose speed will be determined as previously described, to obtain a higher washing power than the previous one. Thus, the liquid sprayed by the lower sprayer 5 will have a second preset pressure and a second preset temperature.
  • The machine control system can also be advantageously programmed for optimizing the dispensing times and/or quantities of detergent in function of the type of crockery contained in each basket.
  • Accordingly, the detergent dispensing device 11 can be of the type able to contain a plurality of doses of detergent, which can be dispensed in sequence at different times under control of the machine programmer (a detergent dispenser structured as above is described for example in FR-A-2.593.697 ).
  • In this event, at the beginning of the hot washing phase, the microcontroller MC controls the position of the deflecting device 10 for determining the closure of the supplying branch of the lower sprayer 5, and then start the pump 3, whose speed will be determined according to the above procedures; eventually, also the temperature of the washing liquid can be determined as above. The microcontroller will also instruct the detergent dispenser 12 to perform the dispensing of a first detergent dose.
  • In this way, the liquid sprayed by the upper sprayer 7 will contain a first amount of dissolved detergent and be sprayed with a first predetermined pressure; also the temperature of the washing liquid can have a first level, as said above.
  • Subsequently, the microcontroller MC will stop operation of the pump 3 and instruct the deflecting device 10 to close the supply branch 6 of the sprayer 7; then the microcontroller MC controls the detergent dispenser 11 to perform the dispensing of a second amount of detergent, to be added to the one already being contained in the washing liquid.
  • Then the microcontroller MC will start the pump 3, whose speed is determined as per the procedures previously described, obtaining a higher washing power than the previous one.
  • In this way, the liquid sprayed by the lower sprayer 5 will have a second predetermined pressure and a second amount of detergent dissolved in it, which is higher than the previous one; as said, by actuating the heater 11 again, also the temperature of the washing liquid can have a second level, as described above.
  • Finally, the control system of the dishwashing machine according to the present invention can be easily programmed to submit the contents of the upper basket 9 to a time of treatment differing from the time of treatment for the contents of the lower basket 5.
  • This can be obtained by a simple programming of the microcontroller MC which, in function of the position of the selecting means 24 and 25, will control the commutation times of the deflecting device 10. In other words, in function of the type of crockery contained in both baskets, the machine control system will maintain, during one or more phases being provided by the machine operating cycle, the flow deflector 10 in the closed position of the supply branch 4 of the lower sprayer 5 for a time differing from the time during which the flow deflector 10 is maintained in the closed position of the supply branch 6 of the upper sprayer 7.
  • As a specific example, let suppose that the lower basket 8 contains very dirty pots and pans, whereas the upper basket 9 contains valuable porcelain dishes, and the user has set the selector 24 on the "resistant crockery" position and selector 25 on the "delicate crockery" position.
  • Based on the instructions derived from the position of the selecting means 24 and 25 and from its own program data, the microcontroller MC will perform for example the cold pre-washing of the contents of the basket 9 for two minutes, maintaining during this period the deflecting device in the position illustrated in Fig. 1; vice-versa, the cold pre-washing for the contents of the basket 5 will last four minutes, by maintaining during this period the deflecting device in the position illustrated by the dotted line in Fig. 1.
  • From the above description it can be seen how, according to the present invention, during one same operating cycle of the machine, differentiated washing programs can be performed for the two baskets, with reference to:
    • the pressure of the liquid sprayed by each sprayer, and/or
    • the temperature of the liquid sprayed by each sprayer, and/or
    • the amount of detergent dissolved in the liquid sprayed by each sprayer, and/or
    • the duration of the single spraying phases for the crockery of each basket.
  • In other words, therefore, according to the present invention, it is possible to actually change one or more characteristics of the liquid flow delivered by each sprayer, so as to perform diversified washing programs for each basket.
  • From the above description the features of the present invention, as well as the advantages thereof, are clear.
  • As already mentioned, the present invention offers a considerable flexibility of use for the dishwashing machine, since the user is free to change the type of washing of a specific sprayer, in particular by setting the pressure and/or the temperature and/or the detergent concentration of the liquid sprayed by one sprayer independently from the other sprayer.
  • Additionally, the machine according to the present invention is easy to use and easy to be programmed by the user.
  • The components being required for manufacturing the dishwashing machine according to the present invention have a simple design, high reliability and a low cost, as well as the programming of the machine control system, in this frame it should also be noticed that an excellent method for the compact coding of the instructions being required for the operation of the dishwashing machine according to the present invention is the control technology based on fuzzy logic, by now widely utilized in the consumers' applications field, in particular for household electric appliances. Obviously, nothing hinders the use of other programming techniques, such as the tabular method.
  • It is obvious that many changes are possible for the man skilled in the art to the dishwashing machine described above by way of example, without departing from the novelty spirit of the inventive idea.
  • According to the embodiment previously described, the adjustment of the washing power of the sprayer 5 and 7 is obtained actuating the circulation pump 3 with appropriate speed. However, according to a possible implementation of the present invention, the system for adjusting the speed of the motor of the pump 3 can be simplified with respect to the one described above.
  • The motor of the pump 3 may be for example of the a two-pole asynchronous single-phase type, with a main winding and an auxiliary winding; should a higher washing power be required, both said windings would be inserted to let the pump reach a determined maximum speed; vice-versa, should the washing require a lower washing power, one of the two windings would be deactivated, with a consequent reduction of the maximum possible speed for the motor, and consequently of the liquid pressure and flow rate in the branch 4 or 6 of interest.
  • Obviously, also in the case of the simplified variant embodiment herein suggested, the speed of interest of the pump 3 will be set by the selectors 24 and 25, which are indicative of the type of crockery contained in the baskets 8 and 9.
  • According to a further variant embodiment, the liquid pressure and the flow-rate in the two branches 4 and 6 may also be adjusted using a known shutter, instead of a flow deflector, i.e. a device having a plugging element capable of assuming a plurality of intermediate working positions, instead of just a simple closing position of the branches 4 or 6.
  • Accordingly, the adjustment of the washing power is obtained by adequately shuttering the liquid flow circulated by the pump 3, i.e. providing an appropriate "choke" in the hydraulic circuit, to cause a change of the liquid flow-rate supplied to a machine sprayer.
  • In this embodiment, the machine control system will be programmed for controlling an electric or thermo-electric actuator of the shuttering device, in function of the settings made with the selection means 24 and 25, so as to have a shutter differently positioned depending on the basket 5 or 7 to be prayed during the phase under consideration.
  • According to the suggested variant, when supplying a specific sprayer, a portion of the washing liquid will anyway also reach the sprayer not involved (i.e. if during a specific phase the shuttering device is positioned to supply the requested washing power to the sprayer 7, a certain amount of water will also reach the sprayer 5); however, it is clear that also this portion of liquid will anyway contribute to the washing of the crockery in the machine.
  • Advantageously, the control system of the machine will also be programmed for selecting, for example according to the procedure already described above, a "reduced" washing cycle, i.e. using only one basket containing all the crockery to be washed, and supplying only the sprayer associated to the basket in use.
  • In the event of this selection, the microcontroller MC will obviously control the shuttering device in order that its shutter fully closes one of the two supply branches, so that the whole washing liquid is conveyed from the pump 3 to one sprayer only.
  • Of course, the described variant embodiment may be applied jointly or optionally to the previously described ones, with reference to the capability of adjusting or changing the number of revolutions of the motor of the pump 3.
  • Therefore, in the first instance, in function of the choices operated by the user on the selecting means 24 and 25, the machine control system will determine both the motor speed of the pump 3 and the position of the shutter of the shuttering device, whereas in the second event, the control system will only control the shutter positioning.
  • Among other possible variant embodiments, the possibility is cited of equipping the machine with appropriate control means, for excluding the alternate washing function, in order to let the user to treat the crockery contained in both baskets 8 and 9 with the same washing pressure or power, determined in an autonomous way by the machine control system, based on the data stored in it.
  • In this frame, the control panel 20 may be fitted for example with a proper additional key, for the exclusion of the above function; as an alternative, the machine control system may be programmed to detect the exclusion of the above function from the zero positioning of both selectors 24 and 25.
  • Therefore, in this case, the setting of the washing cycle can be performed with the knob 22, and on the basis of the program data of the microcontroller MC, which will also provide to position the deflector or shutter for having both the sprayers 5 and 7 supplied with the same flow-rate of liquid. On the other hand, nothing hinders obtaining the above function putting both the selectors 24 and 25 on a same position.
  • In a further simplified variant implementation, the machine according to the present invention is equipped with a shuttering device of the previously mentioned type, for performing diversified washings on both baskets while supplying both sprayers simultaneously, but with a different pressure or diversified flow rates.
  • In this application, a certain position of the shutter therefore determines simultaneously the liquid flow-rate to be supplied to the branch 4 and the liquid flow-rate to be supplied to the branch 6.
  • The present invention has been previously described with reference to a dishwashing machine equipped with an electronic programmer, i.e. using a microcontroller; however it is clear for the man skilled in the art that the invention may also apply to dishwashing machines fitted with an electromechanical programmer.
  • Of course, the setting means 24 and 25 can be replaced with rotary knobs or keys, instead of cursor selectors, and the microcontroller MC can be programmed accordingly for highlighting the possible selections directly on the display 26.
  • Within this frame, in order to insert the data relating to the desired types of washing, a proper sort of menu could be provided, being highlighted by the display 26, comprising a set of options the user can select by means of scrolling and confirming keys.
  • For example, the display 26 may highlight in its upper part and lower part a set of symbols being representative of the possible pressure adjustments for the upper sprayer and lower sprayer, respectively; in this event, the microcontroller MC is also programmed to highlight on the display 26 an appropriate pointer, sequentially movable on the above symbols in function of the pressure exerted on the respective input keys. Once the symbol involved for each sprayer has been selected with the above scrolling keys, the washing program can be started by pressing the button 23. The same procedure may be followed to set the duration of the diversified washing cycles or for the temperatures selection.
  • A further possible variant embodiment provides only one selector or control means, instead of the two previously indicated with 24 and 25, for setting the washing power desired for each basket.
  • For instance, the sole selector provided can be combined with a confirmation key and the microcontroller MC can be programmed to highlight sequentially on the display 26 which type of crockery is contained in each basket. Therefore, following a request concerning the basket 8, the user will bring the selector to the desired position and press the confirmation button; then the request concerning the basket 9 will follow, and also in this case the user has to press the confirmation button after bringing the selector to the desired position.
  • Among other possible implementations, the machine control system can also be programmed, in a known way for
    • controlling the heating of the liquid only at the temperature deemed to be optimal for the washing of the most delicate crockery contained in one of the two baskets, and
    • eventually changing the treatment cycle in function of the type of crockery contained in the other basket.
  • Let us suppose that the lower basket 8 contains very dirty pots and pans and the upper basket 9 valuable porcelain dishes, and that the user has set the selector 24 on the "resistant crockery" position and selector 25 on the "delicate crockery" position.
  • According to the suggested variant, the microcontroller MC will be programmed to control, through the heater 11, the heating of the washing liquid at the optimal temperature for the treatment of the delicate crockery (for example 50°C), which is in any case also used for washing the pots, through the alternation of the supply of the sprayers 7 and 8.
  • In this case, however, the machine control system, always in function of the instructions supplied by the selectors 24 and 25, can provide to automatically change other variables of the cycle, such as the number of phases and/or the treatment times of the contents of the two baskets; this in view of the fact that the washing the pots contained in the lower basket 8 will necessarily require a more intensive treatment; accordingly, the machine control system can, for example, add a rinsing phase to the cycle for the crockery contained in the basket 8, which require a stronger treatment.
  • Another variant embodiment, should different temperatures and/or detergent dosages be chosen for the two sprayers to be supplied, may consist in carrying out a complete washing phase of the contents of a first basket, the discharge of the washing liquid used and the subsequent supply of new clean water, to be heated and/or complemented with the amount of detergent suitable for washing the crockery contained in the second basket.

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  1. Household dishwashing machine comprising:
    - a control system (MC,CC),
    - a washing chamber (1), wherein at least a first (8) and a second basket (9) are housed, for containing the crockery to be washed,
    - a hydraulic circuit, comprising at least a first and a second liquid sprayer (5,7), a pump (3), a first supply branch (4) for said first sprayer (5) and a second supply branch (6) for said second sprayer (5), where in order to wash the crockery said pump (3) provides for forcing liquid from the bottom of said tub (1) into said supply branches (4,6), for causing a respective liquid flow to exit from each of said sprayers (5,7),
    - detergent dispensing means (12),
    - liquid heating means (11),
    - adjusting means (10) of the amount of liquid forced by said pump (3) into said supply branches (4,6),
    characterized in that:
    - it also provides a manually operable selecting means (22,24,25,26), for selecting the type of crockery contained in said first basket (8) and in said second basket (9);
    - said selecting means (22,24,25,26) being connected with said control system for supplying said control system with information being indicative of the type of crockery contained in said first basket (8) and in said second basket (9);
    - the control means (MC,CC) which, at least during at least a phase of an operating cycle of the machine, controls the liquid flow exiting each sprayer (5,7), in particular for changing one or more characteristics of said flow, in function of said information supplied through said selecting means (24,25),
    said selecting means (24,25,26) and said control means (MC,CC) being provided for performing, during a same operating cycle of the machine, a treatment of the crockery contained in said first basket (8) which is different from the treatment to which the crockery contained in said second basket (9) are subjected to.
  2. Dishwashing machine, according to claim 1, characterized in that said adjusting means comprise a flow deflecting device (10), capable of assuming at least:
    - a first operating condition, wherein said first branch (4) is open and said second branch (6) is closed;
    - a second operating condition, wherein said first branch (4) is closed and said second branch (6) is open,
    so that the liquid is alternately forced by said pump (3) into said first branch (4) or said second branch (6).
  3. Dishwashing machine, according to claim 1, characterized in that said adjusting means comprise means for changing the flow-rate of liquid supplied into said first branch (4) with respect to the flow-rate of liquid supplied into said second branch (4), said means for changing the flow-rate being capable of assuming at least:
    - a first operating condition, in which a first flow-rate of liquid is admitted into said first branch (4), being different from the flow-rate of liquid admitted into said second branch (6);
    - a second operating condition, in which a flow-rate of liquid, being different from said first flow-rate, is admitted into said first branch (4).
  4. Dishwashing machine, according to at least one of the previous claims, characterized in that said adjusting means (10) are controlled by said control means (MC) in function of said information supplied through said selecting means (24,25).
  5. Dishwashing machine, according to at least one of the previous claims, characterized in that said control means (MC,CC) are operative for determining the pressure or power of the liquid flow exiting each sprayer (5,7), the liquid flow exiting a sprayer (5) having a different pressure or power with respect to the liquid flow exiting the other sprayer (7).
  6. Dishwashing machine, according to claim 5, characterized in that said control means (MC) provides for controlling a circuit (CC) for adjusting the speed of a motor of said pump (3), in function of said information supplied through said selecting means (24,25), the speed of said pump (3) during said first operating condition being different with respect to the speed of said pump (3) during said second operating condition.
  7. Dishwashing machine, according to claim 5, characterized in that said control means (MC) provides for controlling said means for changing the flow-rate in function of said information supplied through said selecting means (24,25), so that the flow of liquid exiting said first sprayer (5) has a different pressure or power with respect to the flow of liquid exiting the other sprayer (7).
  8. Dishwashing machine, according to claim 1 or 2, characterized in that said control means (MC,CC) are operative for determining the temperature of the liquid exiting each sprayer (5,7), said control means (MC) controlling said heating means (12) so that the liquid exiting said first sprayer (5) during said first operating condition has a different temperature with respect to the temperature of the liquid exiting said second sprayer (7) during said second operating condition.
  9. Dishwashing machine, according to claim 1 or 2, characterized in that said control means (MC,CC) are operative for determining the amount of detergent being present in the flow of liquid exiting each sprayer (5,7), by controlling means (12) for varying the detergent concentration, so that the liquid exiting said first sprayer (5) during said first operating condition has a different detergent concentration with respect to the liquid exiting said second sprayer (7) during said second operating condition.
  10. Dishwashing machine, according to the previous claim, characterized in that said means (12) for varying the detergent concentration comprise said detergent dispensing means (12).
  11. Dishwashing machine, according to the previous claim, characterized in that said detergent dispensing means (12) comprise a dispenser apt to contain a plurality of detergent doses, which can be dispensed at different times.
  12. Dishwashing machine, according to claim 4, characterized in that said control means (MC,CC) are operative for determining the duration of the flow of liquid exiting each sprayer (5,7), whereby the duration of the flow of liquid exiting said first sprayer (5) can be different from the duration of the flow of liquid exiting said second sprayer (7).
  13. Dishwashing machine, according to claim 4, characterized in that said control means (MC) control the time of maintenance of said first operating condition and said second operating condition in function of said information supplied through said selecting means (24,25).
  14. Dishwashing machine, according to claim 1, characterized in that said pump (3) comprises a two pole asynchronous single-phase motor, having a main winding and an auxiliary winding.
  15. Dishwashing machine, according to one or more of the previous claims, characterized in that it comprises a display device (26), for highlighting different types of crockery, which can be selected through said selecting means (24,25).
  16. Dishwashing machine, according to at least one of the previous claims, characterized in that said selecting means (24,25) comprise a single selecting means.
  17. Dishwashing machine, according to at least one of the previous claims, characterized in that said control means (MC) controls said adjusting means (10), so that the latter maintain said first or said second operating condition for the whole operating cycle of the machine, in particular for the treatment of the crockery contained in one basket alone (8,9).
  18. Dishwashing machine, according to claim 1, characterized in that said control means (MC) are programmed for controlling said heating means (11) in order to reach an temperature for the liquid deemed to be optimal for the washing of the more delicate type of crockery contained in a first one of said baskets (8,9), as indicated to said control system through said selecting means (22,24,25,26).
  19. Dishwashing machine, according to the previous claim, characterized in that said control means (MC) are further programmed for changing, if required, the operating cycle of the machine, in function of the type of crockery contained in the other one of said basket.
  20. A dishwashing machine according to the previous claim, characterized in that the change of the operating cycle concerns the number of steps and/or treatment times to which the contents of at least one of said baskets will be submitted.
  21. Dishwashing machine according to claim 1 in which said control system (MC) is programmed to perform, during a same operating cycle of the machine and in function of the information supplied by said control means (24,25), programs of treatment of the contents of the two baskets (8,9) being differentiated with reference to:
    - the pressure of the liquid sprayed by each sprayer (5,7), and/or
    - the temperature of the liquid sprayed by each sprayer (5,7), and/or
    - the amount of detergent dissolved in the liquid sprayed by each sprayer (5,7), and/or
    - the duration of the single spraying phase of the crockery for each basket (8,9).
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