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Split Fan Housing Cover on Built-in Wall Ovens

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000031227D
Publication Date: 2004-Sep-17
Document File: 1 page(s) / 35K

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Abstract

Current production wall ovens have a fan housing that is approximately half the depth of the top of the oven. The housing contains an electronic range control, a cooling fan and a motorized latch. If any of these components require service after the oven is installed in a cabinet, then the control panel can be removed from the front and the parts can be serviced without removing the oven from the cabinet. For the microwave assist wall oven, the fan housing is the entire depth of the oven top. This fan housing contains all of the microwave launch system as well as the parts found in a traditional wall oven. Components are placed further back on the unit making it difficult to service the components by just removing the control panel. A split fan housing cover design allows for access to the majority of the components without completely removing the oven from the cabinet.

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INVENTION DISCLOSURE

SUBJECT: Split Fan Housing Cover on Built-in Wall Ovens

Sketch and Description:

Current production wall ovens have a fan housing that is approximately half the depth of the top of the oven. The housing contains an electronic range control, a cooling fan and a motorized latch. If any of these components require service after the oven is installed in a cabinet, then the control panel can be removed from the front and the parts can be serviced without removing the oven from the cabinet. For the microwave assist wall oven, the fan housing is the entire depth of the oven top. This fan housing contains all of the microwave launch system as well as the parts found in a traditional wall oven. Components are placed further back on the unit making it difficult to service the components by just removing the control panel. A split fan housing cover design allows for access to the majority of the components without completely removing the oven from the cabinet.

The split fan housing cover consists of two sheet metal pieces that complete the fan housing enclosure (Figure 1). The front half of the cover is held in place with six screws and interfaces with the back half of the cover through three tabs. These tabs slide into slots in the rear cover. The rear cover is held in place with additional screws and the front edge of the rear cover is bent down to increase the strength of the joint where the two parts meet.

Figure 1: Exploded View of Split Fan Housing...