(19)
(11)EP 2 138 785 A3

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT APPLICATION

(88)Date of publication A3:
22.07.2015 Bulletin 2015/30

(43)Date of publication A2:
30.12.2009 Bulletin 2009/53

(21)Application number: 09250694.8

(22)Date of filing:  12.03.2009
(51)International Patent Classification (IPC): 
F25D 17/04(2006.01)
F25D 23/12(2006.01)
(84)Designated Contracting States:
AT BE BG CH CY CZ DE DK EE ES FI FR GB GR HR HU IE IS IT LI LT LU LV MC MK MT NL NO PL PT RO SE SI SK TR
Designated Extension States:
AL BA RS

(30)Priority: 12.03.2008 US 35775 P
24.12.2008 US 343682
24.12.2008 US 343690
24.12.2008 US 343696

(71)Applicant: Whirlpool Corporation
Benton Harbor, MI 49022 (US)

(72)Inventors:
  • Biotti, Carolina
    21040 Vedano Olona (IT)
  • Cur, Nihat
    Saint Joseph, MI 49085 (US)
  • Leclear, Douglas David
    Benton Harbor, MI 49022 (US)
  • Olivani, Andrea
    20129 Milan (IT)
  • Vonderhaar, John J.
    Saint Joseph, MI 49085 (US)
  • Wilcox, Michele E.
    Stevensville, MI 49127 (US)

(74)Representative: Nicholls, Michael John 
J A Kemp 14 South Square Gray's Inn
London WC1R 5JJ
London WC1R 5JJ (GB)

  


(54)Modified atmosphere for food preservation


(57) An appliance system including a module (12) removably mounted to an appliance (10), one or more removable gas canisters operably connected to the module, and a food retaining enclosed space (14) operably connected to the module. The one or more gas canisters supply a modified atmosphere in the food retaining enclosed space to produce a modified atmosphere that enhances preservation of the food contained in the food retaining enclosed space (14). A method of modifying the atmosphere in a food storage space for food includes the steps of: providing a module (12) capable of being removably engaged to an appliance and typically receiving power from the appliance and at least one removable gas canister; operatively connecting or otherwise engaging the module (12) with the appliance (10); operatively connecting or otherwise engaging the module (12) to a food storage area having an existing atmosphere; and removing at least a portion of the existing atmosphere from the food storage space and replacing it with a modified food storage atmosphere using at least one of the at least one removable gas canisters to supply the modified atmosphere to the food storage area.







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