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FRENCH DOOR BOTTOM MOUNT DELI COVER

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000246280D
Publication Date: 2016-May-23
Document File: 6 page(s) / 1M

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Tanya S. Gaylord: ATTORNEY

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WGP-J6629: IP.COM

Abstract

A deli includes a single plastic cover frame with a glass panel removably assembled in a snap-fit manner by sliding into the frame from the back side of the frame. The frame includes internal support ribs that support the glass panel on each side and in the front of the frame. During assembly, the rear edge of the plastic frame is bent upwards slightly while the glass panel is inserted into the internal support channel and, once the glass panel is fully inserted, the rear edge is released and resiliently snaps back to its original shape. The back portion of the deli cover frame is upwardly angled to block the air flow down the back wall of the fresh food compartment and force the air flow over the deli pan so the air flows back under the deli pan to a return air opening integrated into the side rails.

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FRENCH DOOR BOTTOM MOUNT DELI COVER

    The following disclosure relates to a design for a cover or a lid for a deli drawer. The cover can be used in French-door bottom mount refrigerators or other refrigerators requiring covers for deli drawers, fruit and/or vegetable drawers, crisper drawers, or storage pans located in the bottom section of the fresh food compartment of the refrigerator.

    The deli cover includes a single plastic cover frame with a glass panel removably assembled into the frame in a snap-fit manner (see Figs. 1, 2, 3 below). The glass panel slides into the frame from the back side of the frame (i.e., the side that faces the refrigerator/drawer rear wall). The single cover frame with snap-fit assembled glass panel reduces the number of parts, and consequently the potential for poor fitting of a large number of parts, and improves the fit, feel, and finish compared to the current solutions for deli cover assemblies.

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FIG. 3

    As illustrated in Figs. 4-7 below, the frame includes internal support ribs that capture and support the glass panel on each side and in the front of the frame. The plastic frame is formed from an injection-molded plastic that is generally rigid, although during manufacturing plastic is somewhat bendable. Thus, during assembly, the rear edge of the plastic frame is bent upwards slightly while the glass panel is inserted into the internal support channel. Once the glass panel is fully inserted into the channel, the rear edge is released and resiliently snaps back to its original shape. A rear support channel on the rear edge of the plastic frame is positioned to capture and retain the glass sheet from being removed, while also providing vertical support for the glass panel.

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    As shown in Fig. 8 below, the back portion of the deli cover frame is upwardly...