(19)
(11)EP 3 309 289 A1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT APPLICATION

(43)Date of publication:
18.04.2018 Bulletin 2018/16

(21)Application number: 17189737.4

(22)Date of filing:  07.09.2017
(51)International Patent Classification (IPC): 
D06F 39/00(2006.01)
D06F 37/26(2006.01)
D06F 39/12(2006.01)
(84)Designated Contracting States:
AL 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 RS SE SI SK SM TR
Designated Extension States:
BA ME
Designated Validation States:
MA MD

(30)Priority: 13.10.2016 KR 20160132794

(71)Applicant: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
Yeongdeungpo-Gu Seoul 07336 (KR)

(72)Inventors:
  • LEE, Gunho
    08592 Seoul (KR)
  • CHOI, Hyunchul
    08592 Seoul (KR)
  • CHOI, Jeongkeun
    08592 Seoul (KR)

(74)Representative: Vossius & Partner Patentanwälte Rechtsanwälte mbB 
Siebertstrasse 3
81675 München
81675 München (DE)

  


(54)DRUM TYPE WASHING MACHINE


(57) There is disclosed a drum (40) type washing machine comprising a tub (20) mounted in a cabinet (10) and supported by a damper (65) and a spring (60) in the cabinet (10);
a coupling boss (30) at a rear surface of the tub (20);
a transit bolt (100) configured to be coupled to the coupling boss (30) via an insert hole (120,12) formed at a rear surface of the cabinet (10) so as to fix the tub (20) to the cabinet (10) when transporting the drum (40) type washing machine;
and a hole cap (150) configured to be inserted in the insert hole (12) from an inside of the cabinet (10) and elastically deformable, the hole cap (150) comprising a plurality of slits (154) for the transit bolt (100) to pass through them.




Description

BACKGROUND OF THE DISCLOSURE


Field of the Disclosure



[0001] Embodiments of the present disclosure relate to a drum type washing machine.

Discussion of the Related Art



[0002] Generally, a washing machine is an electric appliance configured to wash off dirt or contaminants from clothes or laundry, using chemical resolution and mechanical impact.

[0003] Recently, there are increasing demands for drum type washing machines which are capable of generating little wrinkles and entanglement in laundry as well as reducing the overall height, compared with pulsator type washing machine including a tub rotary in a state of being vertically mounted and a pulsator.

[0004] Such the drum type washing machine includes a cabinet; a tub mounted in the cabinet and supported by a damper and a spring; a cylindrical drum mounted in the tub and holding laundry; and a drive unit connected with the drum to rotate the drum.

[0005] The drum type washing machine is provided with a rotational force of the drive unit via a shaft. While the drum is rotated, laundry is lifted and dropped by the gravity to perform a washing cycle.

[0006] In case of transporting the drum type washing machine, the tub is supported by the spring and the damper and it might shake right and left severely so that the shaking force may be applied to the drive unit or damage the tub or cabinet. To prevent the shaking, a coupling device for fixedly coupling the tub to the cabinet is provided when transporting the drum type washing machine.

[0007] Korean Registered Patent Gazette No. 10-020230481 discloses "Coupling Structure of Transit Bolt in Drum Washer" as one example.

[0008] In the structure, a plurality of bolt-insert holes for coupling the tub to the cabinet are formed in the cabinet and and a transit bolt is inserted in the bolt-insert holes to fixedly the cabinet to the tub.

[0009] Only when transporting the drum type washing machine, the transit bolt is fastened to fix the tub in the cabinet so as to prevent the movement of the tub. Once the drum type washing machine is installed, the transit bolt is released from the bolt-insert hole.

[0010] If the human finger happens to be inserted into the plurality of the inert holes formed in a rear surface of the cabinet, it is quite dangerous. Especially, if water enters into the insert holes, there might be a negative impact on the electronic components of the drive unit arranged in a rear portion of the tub, for example, a short circuit or corrosion.

[0011] Accordingly, a hole cap is provided to block the fixing insert-holes at the outside the cabinet after the drum type washing machine is installed.

[0012] When the drum type washing machine is shipped, such a hole cap for blocking the insert hole is packed and stored in an auxiliary bag and it is likely to be lost. Also, an installation engineer happens to forget to block the hole with the hole cap once separating the transit bolt after installing the drum type washing machine.

[0013] A fixing hook is provided at a front end of an extension extended from the hole cap to prevent the loss of the hole cap and a fixing hole is provided in the cabinet to have the fixing hook insertedly coupled thereto, to avoid the loss of the hole cap for sure.

[0014] However, the related art is likely to reduce the chance of hole cap loss but the fixing hook is arranged on an outer surface of the cabinet and also might be separated from the fixing hole. There is not quite free from the chance of the hole cap loss in the related art.

[0015] Moreover, it is difficult and inconvenient to separate the fixing bolt and block the insert hole with the hole cap after the drum washing machine is installed. There still exists the concern that the hole cap is forgotten to block the insert hole after the fixing bolt is released.

SUMMARY OF THE DISCLOSURE



[0016] An object of the present disclosure is to overcome the disadvantages of the conventional twin laundry machine noted above. Embodiments of the present disclosure provide to a drum type washing machine having a hole cap coupling structure in which it is not necessary to separate a hole cap from an inert hole of a cabinet when a transit bolt is coupled and to block an inert hole even when a transit bolt is released, only to couple the hole cap to the insert hole.

[0017] Embodiments of the present disclosure also provide a drum type washing machine comprising a tub mounted in a cabinet and supported by a damper and a spring in the cabinet; a coupling boss at a rear surface of the tub; a transit bolt configured to be coupled to the coupling boss via an insert hole formed at a rear surface of the cabinet so as to fix the tub to the cabinet when transporting the drum type washing machine; and a hole cap configured to be inserted in the insert hole from an inside of the cabinet and elastically deformable, the hole cap comprising a plurality of slits for the transit bolt to pass through them.

[0018] The hole cap is secured in the insert hole of the cabinet and it may be deformed to insert the transit bolt in the plurality of the slits. Accordingly, it may be unnecessary to separate the hole cap when coupling the transit bolt and block the insert hole by coupling the hole cap even when releasing the transit bolt.

[0019] The drum type washing machine may further comprise a bolt holder secured to the transit bolt to cover an outer circumferential surface of the transit bolt to keep a gap between the coupling boss and the cabinet and comprising a hole through which the transit bolt passes.

[0020] The drum type washing machine may further comprise a bushing member configured to be inserted in the insert hole while surrounding an outer circumferential surface of the bolt holder so as to absorb impact and seal between the insert hole and the bolt holder.

[0021] The insert hole may comprise a circular extended portion extended from a rim forward, and the hole cap may be coupled to surround the extended portion.

[0022] The hole cap may comprise an elastic deformation portion formed for the plurality of the slits to pass a center thereof; and an edge portion integrally formed with the rim of the elastic deformation portion and thicker than the elastic deformation portion.

[0023] The extended portion may comprise a rib projected from an outer circumferential surface thereof in a radial direction, and the hole cap may comprise a groove formed in an inner circumferential surface of the edge portion and configured to have the rib inserted therein.

[0024] The rib of the extended portion is compressedly fitted in the groove formed in the edge portion of the hole cap. Accordingly, the hole cap will not be easily separated when coupled.

[0025] The hole cap may further comprise a circular rib projected from one surface of the elastic deformation portion, which the transit bolt pushes in, in a circular ring shape.

[0026] The bolt holder may comprise a plurality of ribs formed in an outer circumferential surface thereof in a longitudinal direction so as to reducing a contact area with the elastic deformation portion and then friction when pushing in the elastic deformation portion.

[0027] The friction between the elastic deformation portion and the bolt holder may be reduced remarkably by the circular rib of the hole cap and the ribs of the bolt holder, only to facilitate the inserted coupling between the transit bolt and the bolt holder.

[0028] The hole cap may further comprise an extended portion extended from an outer circumferential surface of the edge portion in a radial direction; and a projected portion projected from one end of the extended portion and configured to be inserted in a securing hole formed in the cabinet.

[0029] Even if the secured hole cap is not released by the groove of the hole cap and the rib of the extended portion, the projected portion formed in the extended portion of the hole cap may be inserted in the through hole of the cabinet and fixed to the cabinet. Accordingly, the hole cap may be further prevented from releasing during the inserted coupling of the bolt holder.

[0030] The hole cap may be made of EPDM (Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer) rubber.

[0031] The hole cap is made of the EPDM rubber, so that it may not become released easily after secured to the extended portion of the insert hole and that it can block the insert hole by the elastic deformation portion's completely restituting in releasing the transit bolt, even though the elastic deformation portion is easily deformable.

[0032] According to the drum type washing machine of the embodiments of the present disclosure, it is not necessary to separate a hole cap from an inert hole of a cabinet when a transit bolt is coupled and to block an inert hole even when a transit bolt is released, only to couple the hole cap to the insert hole.

[0033] Furthermore, the hole cap is always fixed to the insert hole of the cabinet and not easily separated. Accordingly, there is no concern of hole cap loss.

[0034] Still further, the elastic deformation unit of the hole cap is capable of blocking the insert hole cap by restituting spontaneously. Accordingly, there is no need of additional processes except the fastening and releasing process of the transit bolt.

[0035] Still further, the bolt holder is provided in the outer circumferential surface of the transit bolt and the gap between the tub and the cabinet can be kept. Also, the bushing member is provided in the outer circumferential surface of the bolt holder and configured to stop the deformation of the cabinet. Accordingly, the gap between the insert hole and the transit bolt can be sealed.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS



[0036] The present invention will become more fully understood from the detailed description given herein below and the accompanying drawings, which are given by illustration only, and thus are not limitative of the present invention, and wherein:

FIG. 1 is a sectional diagram of a drum type washing machine in accordance with one embodiment of the present disclosure;

FIG. 2 is a sectional diagram illustrating a transit bolt coupling structure in accordance with one embodiment;

FIG. 3 is a perspective diagram illustrating that a hole cap is insertedly coupled to an insert hole formed in a rear surface plate of a cabinet;

FIG. 4 is a sectional diagram of the hole cap shown in FIG. 3, cut away along a plane crossing the hole cap;

FIG. 5 incudes a rear view (a), a perspective view (b) and a sectional view (c);

FIG. 6 is a perspective diagram illustrating a hole cap in accordance with another embodiment;

FIG. 7 is a perspective diagram illustrating that the hole cap of FIG. 6 is coupled to a rear surface plate of a cabinet; and

FIG. 8 is a perspective diagram illustrating that a transit bolt is inserted in the hole cap of FIG. 7.


DESCRIPTION OF SPECIFIC EMBODIMENTS



[0037] Preferred embodiments of the present invention will be described below in more detail with reference to the accompanying drawings.

[0038] As shown in FIG. 1, a drum type washing machine in accordance with one embodiment may include a rectangular-shaped cabinet 10; a tub 20 supported by a damper 65 and a spring 60 within the cabinet; a cylindrical drum 40 rotatably provided in the tub; a drive unit 50 axially connected with the drum 40.

[0039] The drive unit 50 is configured of a rotor 54 and a stator 52 which are mounted to a rear surface of the tub 20. A wash shaft 55 rotatable together with the drum is directly connected to the rotor 54 to directly transmit the drive force of the rotor to the drum 40, with no pulley or belt.

[0040] A door 70 is provided in a predetermined position of a front surface of the cabinet 10, corresponding to an opening of the tub 20. A gasket seals a gap between the tub 20 and the door 70.

[0041] The drum type washing machine having the configuration mentioned above has the rotational force of the rotor 54 to be transmitted to the drum 40 via the wash shaft 55. While the drum 40 is rotated, laundry is lifted by one or more lifters 45 projected from an inner circumferential surface of the drum and dropped by the gravity, only to perform a wash cycle.

[0042] Meanwhile, the tub 20 is supported by a spring 60 and a damper 65, so that the tub 20 could shake vertically and horizontally when such the drum type washing machine is transported. Accordingly, a shaking force might be applied to the drive unit 50 provided adjacent to the tub 20 or damage the cabinet 10 disadvantageously. To prevent that, a coupling device for coupling the tub 20 to the case is provided. The coupling device includes a coupling boss 30 provided at a rear surface of the tub 20; and a transit bolt 100 coupled to the coupling boss 30, penetrating an insert hole formed at a rear surface of the cabinet 10.

[0043] FIG. 2 is a sectional diagram illustrating a transit bolt coupling structure in accordance with one embodiment. FIG. 3 is a perspective diagram illustrating that a hole cap is insertedly coupled to an insert hole formed in the rear surface plate of the cabinet. FIG. 4 is a sectional diagram of the hole cap shown in FIG. 3, cut away along a plane crossing the hole cap.

[0044] An insert hole 12 is formed in a rear surface plate of the cabinet 10 and the transit bolt 100 penetrates the insert hole 12. As shown in FIG. 3, one insert hole 12 is formed in an upper region and two insert holes 12 are formed in both lower side regions.

[0045] Three of four insert holes 12 may be formed in regions of the tub rear surface, corresponding to the coupling bosses 30 provided in the rear surface plate of the cabinet.

[0046] A hole cap 150 may be secured in the cabinet 10 corresponding to each insert hole 12, and a plurality of slits (154, see FIG. 5) may be formed in the hole cap 150 for the transit bolt 100 to pass through.

[0047] In FIG. 3, the hole cap 150 is coupled to the upper insert hole 12 and no hole cap 150 is coupled to the lower side insert holes 12. It is obvious that the hole caps are coupled to the lower side insert holes 12.

[0048] The transit bolt 100 includes a body 102 having a preset outer diameter; a head 104 formed in one end of the body and configured to be hooked to the cabinet; and a make screw portion 103 formed in the other end of the body 102 to a preset length. A diameter of the male screw portion 103 is larger than a diameter of the body 102.

[0049] The coupling boss 30 is projected a preset length from the rear surface of the tub 20 toward the rear surface of the cabinet 10. The coupling boss may be integrally formed with the tub 20.

[0050] In this instance, a hole is formed in a center of the coupling boss 30 and a female screw portion 33 is formed in an inner circumferential surface of the hole, corresponding to the make screw portion 103 of the transit bolt 100.

[0051] It is preferred that a bolt holder 110 is provided between the coupling boss 30 and the rear surface plate of the cabinet 10 to maintain a preset gap there between.

[0052] A hole is formed in a center of the bolt holder 110 for the body 102 of the transit bolt 100 to pass there through. An inner diameter of the hole is equal to or a little larger than an outer diameter of the make screw portion 103 provided in the transit bolt 100.

[0053] The bolt holder 110 is inserted in the transit bolt 100 and then the transit bolt 100 is coupled to the coupling boss 30 through the insert hole 12 and the hole cap 150.

[0054] Once the bolt holder 110 is assembled, a front end surface is supported to a projected surface of the coupling boss 30 and a rear end is supported to the rear surface plate of the cabinet 10, so as to maintain the gap between the coupling boss 30 and the cabinet 10.

[0055] It is preferred that a bushing member 120 is provided in the bolt holder 110 and configured to absorb the impact by being inserted in the insert hole 12, while surrounding an outer circumferential surface of the bolt holder 110 and seal between the insert hole 12 and the bolt holder.

[0056] The bushing member 120 is secured over a predetermined region to be arranged over the inside and outside of the cabinet via the insert hole 12. The bushing member 120 may include a first stepped surface 121 and a second stepped surface 122.

[0057] A through hole may be formed in a center of the bushing member 120 and the bolt holder 110 is inserted in the through hole.

[0058] When the bushing member 120 is provided, a rear end of the bolt holder 110 is supported to the bushing member 120, not the rear surface plate of the cabinet directly.

[0059] For that, a support protrusion 114 is projected from the outer circumferential surface of the bolt holder 110 in a radial direction and a rear surface of the support protrusion 114 may be supported to a front surface of the bushing member 120.

[0060] The bushing member 120 is fixed by fastening the transit bolt 100, in a state of being inserted in the insert hole 12.

[0061] A washer 140 may be further provided between the bushing member 120 and the transit bolt 100.

[0062] An outer diameter of the washer 140 is approximately equal to an outer diameter of the bushing member 120. A central hole of the washer 140 has a predetermined diameter which is larger than the body 102 and smaller than the head 104 of the transit bolt 100.

[0063] A front half of the busing member 120 has an outer diameter which is equal to an inner diameter of the insert hole 12 to be inserted in the insert hole and the rear half of the bushing member 120 has an outer diameter which is larger than the insert hole 12 to be stepped.

[0064] More specifically, the front half of the bushing member 120 is arranged in the cabinet 10 and the rear half is arranged outside the cabinet 10, when the bushing member 120 is assembled.

[0065] The bushing member 120 is made of an elastic material such as rubber and pressed by the washer 140, the cabinet 10 and the bolt holder 110, to seal between the insert hole 12 and the bolt holder 110.

[0066] A front portion of the support protrusion 114 projected from the bolt holder 110 has an outer diameter which is close to an inner diameter of the insert hole 12. A rear portion of the support protrusion 114 has the bushing member 120 inserted therein and an outer diameter which is smaller than the inner diameter of the insert hole 120. In other words, the bolt holder 110 is stepped for the rear portion of the support protrusion 114 to have a smaller outer diameter.

[0067] A hooking protrusion 116 may be further provided in a rear end of the bolt holder 110 and projected in a radial direction. A rear end of the inner circumferential surface of the bushing member 120 is stepped so that the bushing member 120 can be hooked to the hooking protrusion 116.

[0068] Accordingly, the bushing member 120 located between the support protrusion 114 and the hooking protrusion 116 may be secured to the outer circumferential surface of the bolt holder 110.

[0069] The insert hole 12 has a circular extended portion 14 extended from a rim of the insert hole forward and the hole cap 150 is coupled to the insert hole, surrounding the extended portion 14.

[0070] The cabinet 10 is formed as a metal plate and the insert hole 12 may be formed by punching. When the punching is performed, the extended portion 14 may be formed.

[0071] As shown in FIG. 5, the hole cap 150 includes an elastic deformation portion 152 of which a center the slits passes through; and an edge portion 156 integrally formed with a rim of the elastic deformation portion, in a state of being thicker than the elastic deformation portion.

[0072] The plurality of the slits 154 may be formed in a center of the elastic deformation portion 152 and the transit bolt 100 and the bolt holder 110 can pass through the slits. A fan-shaped region divided by the slits 154 is pushed and forwardly bent by the transit bolt and the bolt holder 110.

[0073] Once the inserted transit bolt 100 is released, the elastic deformation portion 152 restitutes to its original position to block the insert hole 12. For that, the elastic deformation portion 152 is made of an elastic material such as rubber.

[0074] The edge portion 156 for surrounding the extended portion 14 is insertedly fitted adjacent to the extended portion not 14 to be separated easily.

[0075] The elastic deformation portion 152 and the edge portion 156 may be integrally formed with each other, made of one material such as rubber.

[0076] Meanwhile, the extended portion 14 extended from the intern hole 12 of the cabinet 1 includes a rib 16 projected from an outer circumferential surface thereof in a radial direction. The hole cap 150 may include a groove 158 formed in an inner circumferential surface of the edge portion 156 to insert the rib therein.

[0077] The insert hole 12 and the extended portion 14 are formed by punching. A front end of the extended portion 14 is widened outward in a radial direction by the punching to form the rib 16.

[0078] As shown in FIGS. 2 and 5, the groove 158 is formed in the inner circumferential surface of the hole cap 150 to have the rib 16 forcibly inserted therein, so that the hole cap 150 insertedly fitted to the extended portion 14 of the insert hole 12 may not be released easily.

[0079] The hole cap 150 may further include a circular rib 155 projected from one surface of the elastic deformation unit 152, in which the transit bolt 100 is pushed to be inserted, in a ring shape.

[0080] When the bolt holder 110 having the bushing member 120 coupled thereto is insertedly pushed in the transit bolt 100 through the elastic deformation portion 152 of the hole cap 150, the front end of the transit bolt 100 pushes the center of the elastic deformation portion 152 and the bolt holder 110 pushes the elastic deformation portion 152 to bent it at 90 degree angle.

[0081] When the user pushes the transit bolt 100 consistently in this state, the bent elastic deformation portion 152 applies a vertical force to the outer circumferential surface of the bolt holder 110 and the friction force between the elastic deformation portion 152 and the bolt holder 110 is enlarged enough to make it difficult to push the transit bolt 100.

[0082] Accordingly, only the circular rib 155 projected from one end of the elastic deformation portion 152 is allowed to contact with the outer circumferential surface of the bolt holder 110 so as to reduce friction.

[0083] The bolt holder 110 may include a plurality of ribs 112 formed in an outer circumferential surface thereof in a longitudinal direction to reduce the friction more by reducing the contact area with the elastic deformation portion 152 when pushing in the elastic deformation portion 152.

[0084] The plurality of the ribs 112 are shown in FIG. 2 and most specifically shown in FIG. 6 illustrating a second embodiment presenting the extended portion 160.

[0085] Grooves are formed between each two neighboring ribs formed in the outer circumferential surface of the front half of the support protrusion 114, so that the ribs 112 may be formed between the grooves, with the same height with the support protrusion 114.

[0086] The plurality of the ribs 112 are configured to line-contact with the elastic deformation portion 152, not surface-contact, so that the transit bolt 100 and the bolt holder 110 can be easily inserted by reducing the friction when the elastic deformation portion 152 is sliding along the outer circumferential surface of the bolt holder 110.

[0087] Especially, in case the circular rib 155 is formed in the elastic deformation portion 152 and the plurality of the ribs 112 are formed even in the outer circumferential surface of the bolt holder 110, the circular rib 155 is configured to contact with the plurality of the ribs 112 alternatively only to reduce the contact area and then the friction.

[0088] As shown in FIG. 2, the transit bolt 100 is pushed through the elastic deformation portion 152 and then coupled to the coupling boss 30. After that, the elastic deformation portion 152 is arranged in contact with the outer circumferential surface of the bushing member 120.

[0089] Next, another embodiment of the hole cap will be described, referring to FIGS. 6 through 8.

[0090] The hole cap 150 shown in FIG. 6 further includes the extended portion 160 extended from the edge portion 156; and a projected portion 162 formed in one end of the extended portion 160.

[0091] The extended portion 160 is extended from the outer circumferential surface of the edge portion 156 outward with respect to a radial direction.

[0092] The projected portion 162 is projected from one end of the extended portion 160 backward.

[0093] As shown in FIG. 7, a securing hole 18 is formed in the rear surface plate of the cabinet 10, over the insert hole 12, only to have the projected portion 162 insertedly secured thereto.

[0094] The securing hole 18 shown in FIG. 7 is arranged in a left region over the insert hole 12. The securing hole 18 may be formed adjacent to the insert holes according to the positons of the insert holes 12, corresponding to the length of the extended portion 160.

[0095] To hang the hole cap 150 downward by the gravity in case the projected portion 162 of the hole cap 150 is inserted in the securing hole 18, it is preferred that the securing hole 18 is arranged over the insert holes 12.

[0096] The projected portion 162 is projected from a back side of the end of the extended portion 160 to have a smaller outer diameter than the insert hole 12 and integrally formed with the end in a hemisphere shape.

[0097] The hemispheric end of the projected portion 162 has a larger diameter than the insert hole 12, so that it can facilitate the forcibly inserting of the insert hole 12 to make it difficult to separate.

[0098] In addition, the end of the extended portion 160 may be formed in a larger circular shape than the insert hole 12 to hide the insert hole 12. That is to prevent foreign substances from entering the gap between the projected portion 162 and the insert hole 12, once the projected portion 162 is inserted in the insert hole 12.

[0099] This embodiment of the hole cap 150 is able not only to prevent the edge portion 156 from becoming released from the extended portion 14 of the insert hole 12 but also prevent the loss of the hole cap 150.

[0100] The two embodiments of hole cap 150 mentioned above may be made of EPDM (Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer) rubber.

[0101] EPDM rubber is the terpolymers with a small amount of non-conjugated diene for providing unsaturation to a side chain of a main chain configured of ethylene and propylene.

[0102] Such EPDM rubber may be fabricated by mixture of carbon black, light filler, zinc oxide, antioxidant, processing aid, petroleum-based plasticizer and vulcanizing agent.

[0103] The EPDM rubber may have an excellent tensile strength, elastic strain and high-temperature performance according to the proper adjustment of the mixed components.

[0104] In the present embodiments, the hole cap 150 is able to block the insert hole 12 by the restituting in separating the transit bolt 100, even though the elastic deformation portion 152 is easily bent. Also, the hole cap 150 will not be easily divided or cut even when each portion repeats the elastic deformation.

[0105] The EPDM rubber may satisfy the specifications required by such the hole cap 150.

[0106] FIG. 8 is a perspective diagram illustrating that the transit bolt 100 is inserted together with the bolt holder 110 in a state where the hole cap 150 is secured, viewed from the inside of the cabinet 10.

[0107] Before transporting the drum type washing machine, the hole cap 150 is fixed to the extended portion 14 in the cabinet 10 and the projected portion 162 of the extended portion 160 is also fixedly inserted in the securing hole 18.

[0108] Once the transit bolt 100 having the bolt holder 110, the bushing member 120 and the washer 140 inserted therein is pushed in the insert hole 12, the elastic deformation portion 152 of the hole cap 150 shown in FIG. 8 is bent almost 90 degrees and widened.

[0109] In this instance, the friction between the bolt holder 110 and the elastic deformation portion 152 is reduced by the plurality of the ribs 112 formed in the outer circumferential surface of the holt holder 110 and the circular rib 155 formed in the surface of the elastic deformation portion 152. Accordingly, the user is able to insertedly push the transit bolt 152 and the bolt holder 100 through the elastic deformation portion 152, even with a small force.

[0110] Actually, FIG. 8 illustrates a state where the transit bolt 100 is coupled to the coupling boss 30 but the coupling boss 30 is omitted in FIG. 8.

[0111] In the state shown in FIG. 8, the elastic deformation portion 152 widened in the shape of the fans is supported to the outer circumferential surface of the bushing member 120.

[0112] Accordingly, the drum type washing machine of the present disclosure need not separate the fixed hole cap when the transit bolt is coupled to transport the drum type washing machine.

[0113] Furthermore, when the transit bolt is released and separated even after transporting and installing the drum type washing machine, the elastic deformation portion of the hole cap will restitute and block the insert hole.

[0114] In at least one embodiment of the present disclosure, the curvature of the mobile terminal may be variable and it is convenient to hand-carry the mobile terminal. In addition, the user can change the curvature he or she can feel comfortable. Even when a force is applied to an end of the mobile terminal, the damage on the mobile terminal can be prevented.


Claims

1. A drum type washing machine comprising:

a tub (20) mounted in a cabinet (10) and supported by a damper (65) and a spring (60) in the cabinet (10);

a coupling boss (30) at a rear surface of the tub (20);

a transit bolt (100) configured to be coupled to the coupling boss (30) via an insert hole (12) formed at a rear surface of the cabinet (10) so as to fix the tub (20) to the cabinet (10) when transporting the drum type washing machine; and

a hole cap (150) configured to be inserted in the insert hole (12) from an inside of the cabinet (10) and to be elastically deformable, the hole cap (150) comprising a plurality of slits (154) for the transit bolt (100) to pass through them.


 
2. The drum type washing machine of claim 1, further comprising:

a bolt holder (110) secured to the transit bolt (100) to cover an outer circumferential surface of the transit bolt (100) and to keep a gap between the coupling boss (30) and the cabinet (10); and the bolt holder (110) comprising a hole through which the transit bolt (100) passes.


 
3. The drum type washing machine of claim 2, further comprising:

a bushing member (120) configured to be inserted in the insert hole (12) while surrounding an outer circumferential surface of the bolt holder (110) so as to absorb impact and seal between the insert hole (12) and the bolt holder (110).


 
4. The drum type washing machine of any one of claims 1 to 3, wherein the insert hole (12) comprises a circular extended portion (14) extended from a rim forward, and
the hole cap (150) is coupled to surround the extended portion (14).
 
5. The drum type washing machine of any one of claims 1 to 4, wherein the hole cap (150) comprises,
an elastic deformation portion (152) formed for the plurality of the slits (154) to pass a center thereof; and
an edge portion (156) integrally formed with the rim of the elastic deformation portion (152) and thicker than the elastic deformation portion (152).
 
6. The drum type washing machine of claim 5, wherein the extended portion (14) comprises a rib (16) projected from an outer circumferential surface thereof in a radial direction, and
the hole cap (150) comprises a groove formed in an inner circumferential surface of the edge portion (156) and configured to have the rib (16) inserted therein.
 
7. The drum type washing machine of claim 5 or 6, wherein the hole cap (150) further comprises,
a circular rib (155) projected from one surface of the elastic deformation portion (152), which the transit bolt (100) pushes in, in a circular ring shape.
 
8. The drum type washing machine of any one of claims 5 to 7, wherein the bolt holder (110) comprises,
a plurality of ribs (112) formed in an outer circumferential surface thereof in a longitudinal direction so as to reducing a contact area with the elastic deformation portion (152) and then friction when pushing in the elastic deformation portion (152).
 
9. The drum type washing machine of any one of claims 5 to 8, wherein the hole cap (150) further comprises,
an extended portion (160) extended from an outer circumferential surface of the edge portion (156) in a radial direction; and
a projected portion (162) projected from one end of the extended portion (160) and configured to be inserted in a securing hole (18) formed in the cabinet (10).
 
10. The drum type washing machine of any one of claims 1 to 9, wherein the hole cap (150) is made of Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer, EPDM, rubber.
 




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