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Automatic Dishwasher with built-in Garbage Disposal

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000004482D
Publication Date: 2000-Nov-29
Document File: 2 page(s) / 51K

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US 4,606,775: PATENT [+2]

Abstract

Typically, dirty dishes are rinsed to remove large food particles prior to loading into an automatic dishwasher, a tedious and messy task and adding a step to the cleanup process. Accordingly, the present invention is an automatic dishwasher with a garbage disposal attached, thereby allowing dishes to be loaded without being pre-rinsed.

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Automatic Dishwasher with built-in Garbage Disposal

A garbage disposal is a device used to grind refuse into small particles. In a home, a garbage disposal is attached to the drain of a kitchen sink so that food and biodegradable waste may be ground into small particles and then washed away with wastewater. In like manner, it would be beneficial for garbage disposals to be used in conjunction with automatic dishwashers. Typically, dirty dishes are rinsed to remove large food particles prior to loading into an automatic dishwasher, a tedious and messy task and adding a step to the cleanup process. Accordingly, what is needed is a garbage disposal attached to the drain of an automatic dishwasher, such as described in U.S. Pat. No. 4,606,775 and U.S. Pat. No. 6,045,205, thereby allowing dishes to be loaded without being pre-rinsed.

Figure 1 above shows a conventional dishwasher 100 having a body 110 similar to those prior art dishwashers cited above. A garbage disposal 120 is attached to the drain of dishwasher 100 located in the lower region of body 110. Garbage disposal 120 is a low-profile garbage disposal and is coupled to body 110 in similar fashion as if attached to the drain of a standard kitchen sink.

In operation, garbage disposal 120 is actuated concurrently with any discharge of wastewater as controlled by the dishwasher controller during the normal dishwashing cycle. As a result, any food present on the dirty dishes when loaded will fall toward the lower region of body 110 by the action of the dishwashing cycle and enter disposal 120. The food is ground into small particles by garbage disposal 120 and discharged with the wastewater during the normal dishwashing cycle.

Dishwasher 100 of the present invention, having a garbage disposal 120 attached, allows dirty dishes to be loaded without pre-rinsing and is capable to grind and dispose of pieces of food refuse during the normal dishwashing cycle.