The invention relates to a clothes iron comprising a soleplate, an iron body over the soleplate, a handle which is connected to the iron body at a rear portion of the iron body, whereby a rear ironing member is formed, and a body cover for closing the rear ironing member.
The prior art hangers having a soleplate over which the ironing / housing body is disposed and a handle for the user to hold in place at a rear portion of the ironing body
Iron body is connected, whereby a rear ironing member is formed, have an opening in the rear ironing member, which must be closed by means of a body cover. In this type of clothes iron, especially in household iron, the iron body is integrally or multiply made substantially of plastic and the iron body connected to form a complete iron housing in a rear portion of the iron body with the plastic handle of the iron.
The body cover may also be made of molded plastic. The handle may also be connected to a front portion of the iron body, but not necessarily. It is also common practice for the power supply cable to enter the iron through the rear ironing member in the region of the handle, and for the internal wiring to descend and be trapped in the rear of the iron body from the body cover. In any case, it is very important that the cover is well closed and can not be removed by a single blow, but by the technician who is to repair it.
The connection system of the body cover with the rear ironing member is usually carried out easily with a screw; one or more
Screws that penetrate the body cover are screwed into a wart, which is located in the rear iron part. Since this is a fairly stable connection, there is the problem that at the edges where the body cover touches the back ironing member, open grooves remain, through which dirt can penetrate. Therefore, in the hangers of the prior art, clip connections of the body cover edge to the back ironing member are also known which provide good connection and closure and improve the seal. Nevertheless, it is also necessary for clip connections that the connection of the body cover with the rear ironing member is finally completed with screwed connections, which give the clip connections security, which can fail due to a sudden shock against the body cover.
The object of the invention is a clothes iron with simpler, faster and cheaper body cover assembly.
This object is achieved with a garment iron having a soleplate, an iron body over the soleplate, a handle which is connected to the iron body at a rear portion of the iron body, whereby a rear ironing member is formed, and a body cover for closing the rear ironing member wherein the body cover is secured by at least one clip connection and at least one hook connection to the rear ironing member.
By clip connection is meant a connection having engagement elements which engage in receiving elements for these engagement elements, wherein the engagement and / or receiving elements are both flexible or partially flexible and deform during the connection and substantially recover their original position and shape. By hook connection is meant a connection having engaging elements which engage in receiving elements for these engaging elements, the engaging and receiving elements both being rigid, i.e. rigid, engaging. not deform during assembly.
With a connection of this type, the body cover is quickly attached to the rear ironing member, since only the hook connection and the clip connection between the two parts must be connected, without the need of screwing, since the hook connection together with the clip connection of the connection of the parts sufficient Rigidity gives. Both the hook connection and the clip connection can be arranged on the edge or in areas near the edge of the cover, wherein it is avoided that gaps remain between the two parts. In particular, the hook connection is arranged in the area nearest the soleplate and the clip connection is arranged on the handle.
Preferably, the hook connection has a hook in the rear iron body, with a hook end of the soleplate opposite, and a hook receptacle in the body cover, in which the hook end is received. This hook is preferably made of a plastic part integral with the rear portion of the iron body in L-shape, the free and shorter end of the hook is directed towards the soleplate. The body cover has a hook receptacle, which is preferably designed as a through-opening through the lowermost region of the body cover with the exact cutting size so that it can pass through the hook end. The hook end must be sufficiently large for complete passage of the hook receptacle.
It is not necessary that the hook receptacle is continuous, as it could be closed with a depth suitable for the hook end. This hook connection could also be reversed and the hook in the body cover and the hook receptacle in the rear region of the
Have iron body. The cut surface is strong enough to withstand bumps, and flexibility is reduced so it does not come off easily.
To give greater security to this hook connection, it is provided that the body cover has a projection which is in contact with the hook at its furthest from the soleplate part. This means that the projection is above the hook after assembly of the hook connection, whereby its displacement in the exit direction of the hook end is avoided from the hook receptacle.
Preferably, the clip connection has a flexible tongue on the body cover with an attachment receptacle into which engages a projection which is arranged on the handle. It is envisaged that the lug will be a rigid projection on the handle with a tendency to facilitate assembly and insertion of the tab receiver of the tongue. The installation of the body cover is greatly facilitated.
In addition, the handle has a handle cover which covers at least part of the clip connection and has a pin which is in contact with the clip connection. As a result, the flexibility that characterizes the clip connections can be achieved by - A -
Contact of the pin of the handle cover be reduced and avoided that it dissolves by a shock to the body cover. It is particularly advantageous that the pin is in contact with the end of the tongue furthest from the body cover, thereby preventing the neck receptacle from exiting the neck, thereby closing from the moment the handle cover is closed over the handle is, a non-detachable clip connection is made.
To give the clip connection greater rigidity, the handle cover is connected by means of a screw near the pin with the handle. Also, if a threaded connection is preferred to facilitate disassembly for customer service, it could also be a permanent connection located in an area near the clip connection. It could also be that the pin forms part of the gland, making it impossible for the clip to be detached without breaking or unscrewing it.
The distance between the hook end and the neck is greater than the distance between the hook receptacle and the neck receptacle. In this way it is ensured that the hook end, as soon as the body cover is mounted in the rear ironing member, is well inserted into the hook receptacle and makes the unit unsolvable.
In a particular design of the hanger iron of the invention, the handle splits at its connection with the rear ironing member in two arms and forms a bow. The iron has a hook connection at the ends of the arms at their connection to the rear part of the iron body and a clip connection on the handle. Thus, the body cover has no inverted U-shape and is completely closed in the rear of the iron body.
An advantageous embodiment of the iron according to the invention is described in more detail by means of the following figures.
Figure 1 is a schematic sectional view of the rear ironing member of the invention with the body cover attached to the iron body; Figure 2 is a schematic sectional view of the rear ironing member with body cover prior to its attachment to the iron body.
Figure 3 is a perspective view of the rear ironing member without the body cover from above;
Figure 4 is a perspective view of the rear ironing member with the body cover and the handle cover in section from above;
Figure 5 is a perspective view of the body cover.
In Figure 1, the rear ironing member 12 of a hanger iron according to an embodiment of the invention is shown schematically with a body cover 11 which closes the rear ironing member 12. It is shown with cuts to make the connection of the body cover 11 with the rear ironing member 12 in more detail visible. Over a soleplate 18, a iron body 10 is arranged, and with its rear portion a handle 13 is connected.
In the area closest to the soleplate, a hook connection 30 is arranged with a hook 32, which has a hook end 34 inserted into a hook receptacle 36. From the interior of the body cover 11 projects a projection 38 which is in contact with the hook 32 in its furthest from the soleplate 18 area.
The body cover 11 is connected to the handle 13 in the rear ironing member 12 by means of a clip connection 20, which has a tongue 22 with an attachment receptacle 24 into which a projection 26 is inserted. The handle 13 is closed by a handle cover 14 that extends slightly over a portion of the clip connection 20. The handle cover 14 has a pin 15 which protrudes so far that it is in contact with the clip connection at the end of the tongue 22 farthest from the body cover 11. The handle cover 14 has a screw 16 in close proximity to the clip connection 20.
In Figure 2, the rear ironing member 12 of a hanger iron according to an embodiment of the invention is shown with open body cover 11 in arrangement before its closure over the rear ironing member 12 schematically. It is shown with cuts to make the connection of the body cover 11 with the rear ironing member 12 in more detail visible.
Over a soleplate 18, the iron body 10 is arranged, and with its rear portion of the handle 13 is connected. In the area closest to the soleplate, a hook connection is arranged with a hook 32 which has a hook end 34 partially inserted into a hook receptacle 36. From the interior of the body cover 11 protrudes the projection 38, which will contact the hook 32 in its furthest from the soleplate 18 area when the body cover 11 is closed.
The clip connection in this figure 2 is solved, and it is the tongue 22 can be seen with the hub receptacle 24, in which the projection 26 is introduced during assembly. The handle 13 is open, and the handle cover 14 is located above it. The handle cover 14 has the pin 15 which will contact the clip connection at the end of the tongue 22 farthest from the body cover 11 when the handle cover is once closed. In addition, the screw is shown exploded to close the handle cover 14 in close proximity to the clip connection.
Figure 3 shows the rear ironing member 12 without the body cover. Shown is the iron body 10 over the soleplate 18 and the handle 13 connected to the rear portion of the iron body via two arms 17, each terminating in hook connection with hooks 32 having hook ends 34.
The handle 13 is open without the handle cover, whereby the projection 26 is visible, which engages in the neck recording of the clip connection.
Figure 4 shows another perspective of the rear ironing member 12 from above, from which the rear portion of the iron body 10 with the handle 13 above is visible with a section of the handle cover 14 closing it but leaving the clip connection 20 visible. The back ironing member is closed by the body cover 11, which has the tongue 22 with the neck receptacle 24 and the approach introduced into the neck recording 26. In Figure 5, a perspective view of the body cover 11 is shown in detail having the corresponding parts of the hook connection and the clip connection. Of the hook connection, the hook receptacle 36 and the projection 38 are shown, and of the clip connection, the tongue 22 and the attachment receptacle 24 is shown.
The body cover has, as seen in the figure, section walls in a U-shape, can run through the power wiring of the iron.
The description of these figures is a description of a preferred embodiment of the invention which does not limit the scope to which the claims confer.
LIST OF REFERENCE NUMBERS
10 iron body
11 body cover
12 rear ironing member 13 handle
14 handle cover
17 arms 18 soleplate
20 clip connection
26 approach 30 hook connection
34 hook end
36 hook mount