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Icemaker Bridge Design

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000029323D
Publication Date: 2004-Jun-23
Document File: 2 page(s) / 75K

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Abstract

To reduce the bridge area between certain cubes, and to design the shape to ensure the bridges are broken during the harvesting of ice

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Title of Invention:

Icemaker Bridge Design

Invention Abstract To reduce the bridge area between certain cubes, and to design the shape to ensure the bridges are broken during the harvesting of ice

Problem or requirement addressed by the invention The area that connects each of the cubes in the icemakers is called the bridge. When the icemaker harvests, the cubes eject from the icemaker connected by these bridges. Commonly, they remain as a "brick" or all cubes are connected. This has led to issues with dispensing ice and reducing the capacity of the bucket since they fail to break into smaller sizes.

How has this problem or requirement been addressed before? Relied on the forces from the bucket auger rotation to break apart the cubes.

How the invention works During the harvesting, the ice cubes rotate out of the mold body using the ejector. The mold body has dividers between the cubes except for an area to allow water to flow so as to fill each cube cavity. The shape of the dividers are changed so that as the cubes rotate, the bridge area is pressed against the divider and breaks during the harvest.

Important features of the invention and how it solves the problem above: The important features of the invention are the design of the dividers within the mold body. They are designed to interfere with the ice bridge during harvest, which forces the bridge to break apart.

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Bridge Area between cubes

Dividers

Cube Brick

Cube Cavities

Fill in walls on both sid...