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Electromechanical Control Lock Feature

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000029327D
Publication Date: 2004-Jun-23
Document File: 1 page(s) / 13K

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Abstract

This feature is a line interrupt feature on an electromechanical cooktop. When the user actuates the control lock feature, power is interrupted to the radiant heating elements. Thus, if a knob to turn on an element is actuated, the element will not heat up.

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Title of Invention:

Electromechanical Control Lock Feature

Keyword(s): Range Cooktop

Invention Abstract This feature is a line interrupt feature on an electromechanical cooktop. When the user actuates the control lock feature, power is interrupted to the radiant heating elements. Thus, if a knob to turn on an element is actuated, the element will not heat up.

Problem or requirement addressed by the invention The purpose of this feature is to act as a second line of defense to avoid accidental activation of the radiant elements when not attended by a responsible user.

How has this problem or requirement been addressed before? Similar application in gas ranges with the motorized valve control lock. No similar feature currently in counterunits with radiant element burners and knob/ infinite switch controls.

How the invention works A signal from the user interface activates a power interrupt component. This component interrupts the circuit to all of the radiant elements.

Important features of the invention and how it solves the problem above: None

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