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US20050103061A1
US20050103061A1 US10892489 US89248904A US2005103061A1 US 20050103061 A1 US20050103061 A1 US 20050103061A1 US 10892489 US10892489 US 10892489 US 89248904 A US89248904 A US 89248904A US 2005103061 A1 US2005103061 A1 US 2005103061A1
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    • DTEXTILES; PAPER
    • D06TREATMENT OF TEXTILES OR THE LIKE; LAUNDERING; FLEXIBLE MATERIALS NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
    • D06FLAUNDERING, DRYING, IRONING, PRESSING OR FOLDING TEXTILE ARTICLES
    • D06F39/00Details of washing machines in so far as such details are not special to washing machines of groups D06F21/00 - D06F25/00 or to any particular type of washing machine defined in groups D06F9/00 - D06F19/00 or D06F27/00
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A washing machine, in which a coupling between a top cover and a control panel is enhanced, is disclosed. The washing machine includes a top cover having an opening, through which a laundry is inserted into the washing machine via the opening, a control panel provided at a rear end portion of the top cover, a fixing part provided at a portion of the top cover in a rear of the opening, and a hook provided to a lower front end of the control panel, the hook securely engaging with the fixing part for eliminating a gap between the top cover and the control panel.

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  • This application claims the benefit of Korean Application No. P2003-072238, filed on Oct. 16, 2003, which is hereby incorporated by reference.
  • BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
  • 1. Field of the Invention
  • The present invention relates to a washing machine, in which the coupling between a top cover and a control panel is enhanced.
  • 2. Discussion of the Related Art
  • Generally, a washing machine is an apparatus for eliminating various filth and particles attached to the laundry such as clothes, lint, linen, etc. using chemical reaction of detergent, friction of current according to rotation of wash vanes, shocks applied to the laundry by pulsator, and so on. And, the washing machine washes a laundry by performing washing, rinsing, and dewatering sequentially or selectively.
  • A general washing machine is explained by referring to the attached drawing as follows.
  • FIG. 1 is a perspective diagram of a washing machine according to a related art. Referring to FIG. 1, a washing machine according to a related art consists of a case 1 forming an exterior, a tub (not shown) installed within the case 1, and a drum (not shown) rotatably installed within the tub. A top cover 2 is provided to a top of the case 1. And, an opening 3 is formed in the top cover 2 so that a laundry is inserted into the tub. A water supply device (not shown) turned on/off by a solenoid valve is installed in rear of the top cover 2. A lid 5 is provided to the opening 3 to close or open. And, the lid 5 is rotatably installed centering around a hinge provided to a rear rim of the opening 3.
  • Also, a control panel 4 is provided to an upper rear end portion of the top cover 2. Various circuit parts for controlling the washing machine are loaded in the control panel 4. Moreover, both lower ends in rear of the top cover 2 are fixed to the top cover 2 via a coupling member.
  • However, the related art washing machine has the following problems or disadvantages.
  • First of all, it is difficult to assemble the control panel to the topside of the top cover precisely. Additionally, when the top cover is bent over due to long-term use, a gap is generated between the top cover and the control panel. Water may flow through the gap to cause damage to the circuit parts loaded in the control panel. Finally, if the rear end portion of the top cover is distorted, the hinge working as a rotational center of the lid may be broken.
  • SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
  • Accordingly, the present invention is directed to a washing machine that substantially obviates one or more of the problems due to limitations and disadvantages of the related art.
  • An object of the present invention is to provide a washing machine, by which a control panel is more stably assembled to a top cover.
  • Additional features and advantages of the invention will be set forth in the description which follows, and in part will be apparent to those having ordinary skill in the art upon examination of the following or may be learned from a practice of the invention. The objectives and other advantages of the invention will be realized and attained by the subject matter particularly pointed out in the specification and claims hereof as well as in the appended drawings.
  • To achieve these objects and other advantages in accordance with the present invention, as embodied and broadly described herein, a washing machine includes a top cover having an opening, wherein a laundry is inserted into the washing machine via the opening, a control panel provided at a rear end portion of the top cover, a fixing part provided at a portion of the top cover in a rear of the opening, and a hook provided to a lower front end of the control panel, the hook securely engaging with the fixing part for eliminating a gap between the top cover and the control panel.
  • In an example of the present invention, the fixing part may include a fitting portion having an end extended backward that securely fits with the hook, and a support portion provided in a rear of the fitting portion to support a rear side of the hook.
  • Preferably, an elongated groove is formed along the hook to have the end of the fitting portion inserted therein. A sealing member is provided to an inner side of the elongated groove to prevent water inflow. The fitting portion and the support portion are provided to upper ends of extension members extending upward, respectively. And, the fitting portion has a slip-fit connection with the fixing part.
  • Herein, the fixing part may include a fitting portion having an end extended forward that securely fits with the hook, and a support portion provided in a rear of the fitting portion to support a front side of the hook.
  • Preferably, an elongated groove is formed along the hook to have the end of the fitting portion inserted therein. A sealing member is provided to an inner side of the elongated groove to prevent water inflow. The fitting portion and the support portion are provided to ends of extension members extending upward, respectively. The fitting portion has a slip-fit connection with the fixing part.
  • Preferably, the fixing part is formed in a lateral direction of the control panel, and the hook is formed to correspond to the fixing part. A plurality of the fixing parts is provided in a lateral direction of the control panel and is equally spaced apart, and a plurality of the hooks is provided to correspond to the plurality of fixing parts.
  • Preferably, the opening has a substantially circular shape, and the fixing part forms an arc along a rim of the opening.
  • In another aspect of the present invention, a washing machine includes a top cover having an opening, wherein a laundry is inserted into the washing machine via the opening, a control panel provided to a rear end portion of the top cover, an extension member extending upward from a portion of the top cover in a rear of the opening to have a predetermined height, a fixing part provided to an upper end of the extension member, and a hook provided to a lower front end of the control panel, the hook securely engaging with the fixing part for eliminating a gap between the top cover and the control panel.
  • Herein, the fixing part may include a fitting portion having an end extending forward that securely fits with the hook, and a support portion provided in a rear of the fitting portion to support a front side of the hook.
  • Preferably, an elongated groove is formed along the hook to have the end of the fitting portion inserted therein, and a sealing member is provided to an inner side of the elongated groove to prevent water inflow. The extension member has a length substantially equal to a lateral length of the control panel. The opening has a substantially circular shape, and the extension member forms an arc along a rim of the opening. And, the fixing part is formed of an elastic material.
  • It is to be understood that both the foregoing explanation and the following detailed description of the present invention are exemplary and illustrative and are intended to provide further explanation of the invention as claimed.
  • BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
  • The accompanying drawings, which are included to provide a further understanding of the invention and are incorporated in and constitute a part of this application, illustrate embodiments of the invention and together with the description serve to explain the principle of the invention. In the drawings:
  • FIG. 1 is a perspective diagram of a washing machine according to a related art;
  • FIG. 2 is a perspective cross-sectional view of a coupling structure between a top cover and a control panel according to one embodiment of the present invention;
  • FIG. 3 is a perspective view of a top cover to which an external force is applied;
  • FIG. 4 is a perspective cross-sectional view of a coupling structure between a top cover and a control panel according to another embodiment of the present invention;
  • FIG. 5 is a magnified view of a part ‘A’ indicated by a circle in FIG. 4;
  • FIG. 6 is a perspective cross-sectional view of a coupling structure between a top cover and a control panel according to a further embodiment of the present invention; and
  • FIG. 7 is a magnified view of a part ‘B’ indicated by a circle in FIG. 6.
  • DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS
  • Reference will now be made in detail to the preferred embodiments of the present invention, examples of which are illustrated in the accompanying drawings. Throughout the drawings, like elements are indicated using the same or similar reference designations where possible.
  • FIG. 2 is a perspective cross-sectional view of a coupling structure between a top cover and a control panel according to one embodiment of the present invention, and FIG. 3 is a perspective view of a top cover to which an external force is applied.
  • Referring to FIG. 2, an extension member 2 a is formed at an upper rear side of a top cover 2 to prevent water from flowing toward a rear side of a control panel 4. And, the extension member 2 a is contacted with a lower front end 4 a of the control panel 4. And, a user interface unit 6 enabling a user to select a predetermined function arbitrarily is provided to a front side of the control panel 4.
  • Referring to FIG. 3, once an external force is applied to the top cover 2 on moving the washing machine, the top cover 2 is distorted and bent downward. In doing so, a gap ‘t’ is generated between the top cover 2 and the control panel 4 so that water may flow in the gap ‘t’. In order to solve such a problem, one embodiment according to the present invention is provided as follows.
  • FIG. 4 is a perspective cross-sectional view of a coupling structure between a top cover and a control panel according to another embodiment of the present invention, and FIG. 5 is a magnified view of a part ‘A’ indicated by a circle in FIG. 4.
  • Referring to FIG. 4, a top cover 21 having an opening 22, through which a laundry is inserted, is provided to a topside of a washing machine. A control panel 24 is provided to a rear end portion of the top cover 21 and various user interface units 26 enabling a user to control an operation of the washing machine are loaded in the control panel 24.
  • A fixing part 27 is provided to a rear end portion of the top cover 21 and a hook 28 is formed at a lower front end of the control panel 24. Once the hook 28 is coupled to the fixing part 27, it is able to eliminate a gap between the coupled portion between the top cover 21 and the control panel 24. And, it is also able to prevent the top cover 21 and control panel 24 from being distorted by an external force applied thereto while the washing machine is carried or moved.
  • A lower rear end of the control panel 24 is coupled to a rear end portion of the top cover 21 by a coupling member such a bolt and the like, and a lower front end of the control panel 24 is coupled to the top cover 21 by a coupling of a hook 28.
  • Meanwhile, a fixing part 27 of the top cover 21 has a length extending in a lateral direction of the control panel 24, while the hook 28 has a length corresponding to the fixing part 27. In this case, a plurality of fixing parts 27 can be provided along a lower front side of the control panel 24 to leave a predetermined interval from each other and the hook 28 can be formed at a location corresponding to each of a plurality of the fixing parts 27.
  • In case that the opening 22 provided to the top cover 21 is formed to have a circular shape, it is preferable that the fixing part 27 is provided to form an arc shape along a rim of the opening 22. Hence, the lower front end of the control panel 24 is formed to have an arc shape as well as the hook 28.
  • Referring to FIG. 5, the fixing part 27 includes a fitting portion 27 a and a support portion 27 b. An end of the fitting portion 27 a is extended backward so as to lock (or securely fit with) the hook 28. And, the support portion 27 b is provided in a rear of the fitting portion 27 a so as to support a rear side of the hook 28. Hence, the support portion 27 b prevents the hook from being released from the fitting portion 27 a.
  • Preferably, the fitting portion 27 a and the support portion 27 b are provided to upper ends of extension members 27 a′ and 27 b′ extending upward from the top cover 21, respectively. Namely, water is primarily prevented from flowing in a rear end portion of the top cover by the extension members 27 a′ and 27 b′ and is secondarily prevented from flowing in the control panel 24 by the locking between the fixing part 27 and the hook 28.
  • Meanwhile, the fitting portion 27 a and the support portion 27 b are formed to confront each other so that a space in which the hook 28 is inserted is provided between them. Thus, the hook 28 slides in a lower side of the fitting portion 27 a to be locked by the fitting portion 27 a.
  • Moreover, an elongated groove 28 a in which an end of the fitting portion 27 a is inserted is formed at the hook 28. Hence, the fitting portion 27 a is firstly fitted into the elongated groove 28 a to be locked by the hook 28. Preferably, the fitting and support portions 27 a and 27 b are formed of an elastic member.
  • Besides, a sealing member 40 is provided within the elongated groove 28 a to prevent water inflow. And, the sealing member 40 is preferably formed of rubber and the like. Therefore, even if an external force is applied to the top cover 21, the top cover 21 is locked by the hook 28 of the control panel 24 to be prevented from being distorted.
  • A coupling structure between a top cover and control panel according to another embodiment of the present invention is explained as follows.
  • FIG. 6 is a perspective cross-sectional view of a coupling structure between a top cover and a control panel according to a further embodiment of the present invention, and FIG. 7 is a magnified view of a part ‘B’ indicated by a circle in FIG. 6.
  • Referring to FIGS. 6 and 7, a fixing part 37 includes a fitting portion 37 a and a support portion 37 b. An end of the fitting portion 37 a extends forward to lock a hook 38. And, the support portion 37 b is provided in front of the fitting portion 37 a to leave a predetermined distance and supports a front side of the hook 38. Hence, the support portion 37 b prevents the hook, which is pushed forward, from being released from the fitting portion 37 a. As the hook 38 is locked by the fitting portion 37 a to prevent a top cover 21 from being detached from a control panel 24 despite an external force applied thereto.
  • And, the fitting portion 37 a and the support portion 37 b are provided to upper ends of extension members 37 a′ and 37 b′ extending upward from the top cover 21, respectively. Hence, water is primarily prevented from flowing in a rear side of the control panel 24 by the extension members 37 a′ and 37 b′.
  • Moreover, an elongated groove 38 a in which an end of the fitting portion 37 a is inserted is formed at the hook 38. And, a sealing member 41 is provided to the elongated groove 38 a to prevent water inflow.
  • Besides, a plurality of fixing parts 37 can be provided along a lower front side of the control panel 24 to leave a predetermined interval from each other and the hook 38 can be formed at a location corresponding to each of a plurality of the fixing parts 37.
  • The coupling structure according to another embodiment of the present invention has the same constitution of the one embodiment of the present invention except that the coupling direction between the fixing part 37 and the hook 38 is reversed.
  • Meanwhile, in the above-described embodiments according to the present invention, it is apparent that the hook can be provided to an upper rear end portion of the top cover and that the fixing part is provided to a lower end of the control panel.
  • An operation between the top cover and the control panel is explained as follows.
  • Referring to FIGS. 4 and 5, after the top cover 21 has been fixed to an upper part of the case, the hook 28 of the control panel 24 is inserted in the fixing part 27. The lower rear end of the control panel 24 is then fixed to the top cover 21 by the locking member, such as a bolt and the like.
  • In doing so, the hook 28 of the control panel 24 is locked by the fixing part 27 f the top cover 21. Hence, the top cover 21 fails to be bent downward even if a heavy stud is put on the lid (‘25’ in FIG. 2) or an external force works on the washing machine that is being carried. Namely, the hook 28 and the fixing part 27 reinforce rigidity of the rear end portion of the top cover 21.
  • Hence, the gap fails to occur between the top cover 21 and the control panel 24. Moreover, the control panel 24 has a box shape to reinforce the rigidity of the rear end portion of the top cover 21 as well.
  • Accordingly, the top cover and control panel of the washing machine according to the present invention provide the following advantages of effects.
  • First of all, the top cover is prevented from being bent, whereby the gap fails to occur between the topside of the top cover and the lower end of the control panel. Therefore, the present invention improves an exterior of the washing machine as well as prevents water from flowing in the control panel.
  • Furthermore, the top cover is prevented from being bent, whereby it is able to prevent the hinge part of the lid provided to the top cover from being broken.
  • It will be apparent to those skilled in the art that various modifications and variations can be made in the present invention without departing from the spirit or scope of the invention. Thus, it is intended that the present invention cover such modifications and variations, provided they come within the scope of the appended claims and their equivalents.

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  1. 1. A washing machine comprising:
    a top cover having an opening, wherein a laundry is inserted into the washing machine via the opening;
    a control panel provided at a rear end portion of the top cover;
    a fixing part provided at a portion of the top cover in a rear of the opening; and
    a hook provided to a lower front end of the control panel, the hook securely engaging with the fixing part for eliminating a gap between the top cover and the control panel.
  2. 2. The washing machine of claim 1, wherein the fixing part comprises:
    a fitting portion having an end extended backward that securely fits with the hook; and
    a support portion provided in a rear of the fitting portion to support a rear side of the hook.
  3. 3. The washing machine of claim 2, wherein an elongated groove is formed along the hook to have the end of the fitting portion inserted therein.
  4. 4. The washing machine of claim 3, wherein a sealing member is provided to an inner side of the elongated groove to prevent water inflow.
  5. 5. The washing machine of claim 2, wherein the fitting portion and the support portion are provided to upper ends of extension members extending upward, respectively.
  6. 6. The washing machine of claim 2, wherein the fitting portion has a slip-fit connection with the fixing part.
  7. 7. The washing machine of claim 1, wherein the fixing part comprises:
    a fitting portion having an end extended forward that securely fits with the hook; and
    a support portion provided in a rear of the fitting portion to support a front side of the hook.
  8. 8. The washing machine of claim 7, wherein an elongated groove is formed along the hook to have the end of the fitting portion inserted therein.
  9. 9. The washing machine of claim 8, wherein a sealing member is provided to an inner side of the elongated groove to prevent water inflow.
  10. 10. The washing machine of claim 7, wherein the fitting portion and the support portion are provided to upper ends of extension members extending upward, respectively.
  11. 11. The washing machine of claim 7, wherein the fitting portion has a slip-fit connection with the fixing part.
  12. 12. The washing machine of claim 1, wherein the fixing part is formed in a lateral direction of the control panel, and wherein the hook is formed to correspond to the fixing part.
  13. 13. The washing machine of claim 1, wherein a plurality of the fixing parts is provided in a lateral direction of the control panel and is equally spaced apart, and wherein a plurality of the hooks is provided to correspond to the plurality of fixing parts.
  14. 14. The washing machine of claim 1, wherein the opening has a substantially circular shape, and wherein the fixing part forms an arc along a rim of the opening.
  15. 15. A washing machine comprising:
    a top cover having an opening, wherein a laundry is inserted into the washing machine via the opening;
    a control panel provided to a rear end portion of the top cover;
    an extension member extending upward from a portion of the top cover in a rear of the opening to have a predetermined height;
    a fixing part provided to an upper end of the extension member; and
    a hook provided to a lower front end of the control panel, the hook securely engaging with the fixing part for eliminating a gap between the top cover and the control panel.
  16. 16. The washing machine of claim 15, wherein the fixing part comprises:
    a fitting portion having an end extending forward that securely fits with the hook; and
    a support portion provided in a rear of the fitting portion to support a front side of the hook.
  17. 17. The washing machine of claim 16, wherein an elongated groove is formed along the hook to have the end of the fitting portion inserted therein, and wherein a sealing member is provided to an inner side of the elongated groove to prevent water inflow.
  18. 18. The washing machine of claim 15, wherein the extension member has a length substantially equal to a lateral length of the control panel.
  19. 19. The washing machine of claim 15, wherein the opening has a substantially circular shape, and wherein the extension member forms an arc along a rim of the opening.
  20. 20. The washing machine of claim 15, wherein the fixing part is formed of an elastic material.
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