(19)
(11)EP 3 330 424 B1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT SPECIFICATION

(45)Mention of the grant of the patent:
17.02.2021 Bulletin 2021/07

(21)Application number: 16830743.7

(22)Date of filing:  19.07.2016
(51)International Patent Classification (IPC): 
D06F 39/14(2006.01)
D06F 34/04(2020.01)
D06F 34/10(2020.01)
(86)International application number:
PCT/KR2016/007849
(87)International publication number:
WO 2017/018710 (02.02.2017 Gazette  2017/05)

(54)

WASHING MACHINE

WASCHMASCHINE

MACHINE À LAVER


(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

(30)Priority: 29.07.2015 KR 20150107288

(43)Date of publication of application:
06.06.2018 Bulletin 2018/23

(60)Divisional application:
19000498.6 / 3626877

(73)Proprietor: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Suwon-si, Gyeonggi-do 16677 (KR)

(72)Inventors:
  • CHUN, Kwang Min
    Suwon-si Gyeonggi-do 16697 (KR)
  • KIM, Hwa Shik
    Suwon-si Gyeonggi-do 16704 (KR)
  • CHOI, Min Jea
    Suwon-si Gyeonggi-do 16692 (KR)
  • PARK, Nae Young
    Seoul 06509 (KR)

(74)Representative: Gulde & Partner 
Patent- und Rechtsanwaltskanzlei mbB Wallstraße 58/59
10179 Berlin
10179 Berlin (DE)


(56)References cited: : 
EP-A1- 2 868 795
JP-A- 2005 000 583
KR-A- 20150 006 264
KR-B1- 101 145 598
EP-A1- 3 263 757
KR-A- 20070 027 106
KR-A- 20150 073 517
  
      
    Note: Within nine months from the publication of the mention of the grant of the European patent, any person may give notice to the European Patent Office of opposition to the European patent granted. Notice of opposition shall be filed in a written reasoned statement. It shall not be deemed to have been filed until the opposition fee has been paid. (Art. 99(1) European Patent Convention).


    Description

    [Technical Field]



    [0001] Embodiments of the present disclosure relate to a washing machine, and more particularly, to a washing machine provided with an improved wire connection structure capable of electrically connecting electrical components.

    [Background Art]



    [0002] Generally, a washing machine is a device configured to wash laundry by rotating a rotating tub of a cylindrical shape, which accommodates the laundry and washing water. The washing machine includes a drum washing machine in which a rotating tub is horizontally disposed and configured to raise upward laundry along an inner circumferential surface thereof and drop the laundry downward when the rotating tub is rotated in forward and reverse directions about a horizontal axis, thereby washing the laundry; and a vertical washing machine in which a rotating tub provided with a pulsator therein is vertically arranged and configured to wash laundry using a water stream generated by the pulsator when the rotating tub is rotated in forward and reverse directions about a vertical axis.

    [0003] The drum washing machine may include a cabinet configured to form an exterior, a cylindrical tub installed inside the cabinet and configured to accommodate washing water, a drum rotatably installed inside the tub and configured to wash laundry, a drive motor disposed in rear of the tub and configured to rotate the drum, and a door installed at a front surface of the cabinet. An opening communicating with the drum is provided at the cabinet, and the door is able to open and close the opening.

    [0004] Generally, electrical components are disposed inside the cabinet. However, while washing machines having various designs are realized, there is a case in which electrical components disposed inside the cabinet and electrical components disposed at an outside of the cabinet are electrically connected using a wire.
    For instance, EP 2 868 795 A1 discloses a laundry treatment apparatus comprising a cabinet, a door, a hinge unit, and a control panel installed at the door. Further, KR 10-2015-0006264 A discloses a drum washing machine comprising a touch panel placed on a door thereof wherein a wire from the main body can be connected through a wire installation unit of the hinge member of the door. Moreover, EP 3 263 757, which forms part of the prior art under Article 54(3) EPC, shows a washing machine having a cabinet and a door wherein a hinge member of the door includes a cabinet coupling portion coupled to the cabinet, at least one hinge arm protruding from the cabinet coupling portion, and a hinge shaft protruding from the hinge arm to support the main door rotatably, wherein the hinge member includes a wire passage through which an electric wire passes, and a wire cover for sealing a part of the wire passage.

    [Disclosure]


    [Technical Problem]



    [0005] According to one aspect of the present disclosure, there is provided a washing machine with an improved structure capable of electrically connecting electrical components inside a door and electrical components inside a cabinet.

    [0006] According to another aspect of the present disclosure, there is provided a washing machine with an improved structure capable of connecting electrical components inside a door and electrical components inside a cabinet using a wire without hindering an aesthetic exterior of the washing machine.

    [0007] According to still another aspect of the present disclosure, there is provided a washing machine with an improved structure capable of allowing a wire to pass through a hinge assembly to electrically connect electrical components inside a door and electric components inside a cabinet.

    [Technical Solution]



    [0008] A washing machine according to the present invention comprises a cabinet configured to form an exterior and having an opening through which laundry is introduced; first electrical component provided inside the cabinet; a door provided with a second electrical component and configured to open and close the opening; a wire configured to electrically connect the first electrical component and the second electrical component; and a hinge configured to couple the door to the cabinet to allow the door to be pivotable about a rotating axis, and wherein the hinge comprises: a hinge body coupled to the cabinet; at least one hinge arm extending from the hinge body and at which a wire guide portion is formed; at least one protrusion protruding from the at least one hinge arm to form the rotating axis of the door, wherein the wire guide portion is configured to guide and accommodate the wire along the at least one protrusion and the at least one hinge arm; a wire inlet formed to communicate with the wire guide portion to allow the wire to enter the wire guide portion; a hinge cover detachably coupled to the wire guide portion to prevent the wire accommodated in the wire guide portion from being exposed to the outside, wherein the at least one protrusion includes an incised portion, and one end portion of the hinge cover is coupled to the incised portion to form the wire inlet in association with the at least one protrusion.

    [0009] The second electrical component may be provided inside the door.

    [0010] The door may be pivotable about a single rotation axis.

    [0011] The wire guide portion may be formed and recessed into the hinge to allow the wire to be insertable into the wire guide portion.

    [0012] The at least one hinge arm may include a first surface facing the cabinet, and the wire guide portion may be formed and recessed along at least a portion of the first surface.

    [0013] The at least one hinge arm may include a second surface that is directed downward in a rotating axis direction, and the wire guide portion may be formed and recessed along at least a portion of the second surface.

    [0014] The at least one protrusion may include a first protrusion formed to protrude upward from the at least one hinge arm in the rotating axis direction; and a second portion formed to protrude downward from the at least one hinge arm in the rotating axis direction, wherein the wire inlet may be formed on at least one of the first protrusion and the second protrusion to allow the wire to enter the wire guide portion.

    [0015] The wire outlet may be formed at one surface of the hinge body, which faces the cabinet, to allow the wire to exit from the wire guide portion.

    [0016] A through-hole may be formed at one surface of the cabinet to which the hinge body is coupled, and the wire exiting from the wire outlet may pass through the through-hole to enter the cabinet.

    [0017] The wire guide portion, through which the wire passes, may be formed and recessed into the hinge.

    [0018] The wire guide portion, through which the wire passes, may be formed at the hinge and may pass therethrough.

    [0019] The at least one hinge arm may include a first arm extending from the hinge body toward a front side of the washing machine; and a second arm extending from the first arm and bent toward an outside of the washing machine, wherein the wire guide portion may be formed and recessed along at least one of one surface of the first arm and one surface of the second arm.

    [0020] The wire guide portion may be consecutively formed and recessed along at least one of the one surface of the first arm and the one surface of the second arm.

    [0021] The door may be pivotable about a single rotating axis, and the hinge may further include at least one protrusion that is formed to protrude from the at least one hinge arm in a rotating axis direction to form the rotating axis.

    [0022] The at least one hinge arm may include a first arm extending from the hinge body toward a front side of the washing machine; and a second arm extending from the first arm and bent toward outside the washing machine, wherein the at least one protrusion may be formed to protrude from the second arm in the rotating axis direction.

    [0023] A wire inlet may be formed on at least one of the protrusions to allow the wire to enter the wire guide portion.

    [Advantageous Effects]



    [0024] While the electric components provided inside the door and the electric components provided inside the cabinet are connected by the wire, the wire is allowed to pass through the hinge such that the wire can be prevented from being significantly exposed to the outside.

    [0025] The wire is inserted into the wire guide portion formed at the hinge such that the wire can pass through the hinge in a simple and easy manner.

    [0026] The wire cover is coupled to the wire guide portion such that foreign materials can be prevented from flowing into the wire guide portion.

    [0027] The wire cover detachably coupled to the wire guide portion is used and thus, while the wire is inserted into the wire guide portion, a work may be performed in a state in which the wire cover is removed such that work efficiency can be improved, and, when the wire is inserted into the wire guide portion, the wire cover is coupled to the wire guide portion such that the wire can be stably accommodated in a wire accommodating space.

    [Description of Drawings]



    [0028] 

    FIG. 1 is one exemplified diagram illustrating a state in which a display is applied to a washing machine according to one embodiment of the present disclosure.

    FIG. 2 is another exemplified diagram illustrating a state in which a light emitting portion is applied to the washing machine according to one embodiment of the present disclosure.

    FIG. 3 is a perspective view illustrating a state in which a door of the washing machine according to one embodiment of the present disclosure is open.

    FIG. 4 is an exploded perspective view illustrating a coupling relationship between the door and a hinge of the washing machine according to one embodiment of the present disclosure.

    FIG. 5 is an enlarged diagram of a part of FIG. 4.

    FIG. 6 is a diagram illustrating FIG. 5 when viewed at a different angle.

    FIG. 7 is an exploded perspective view illustrating a hinge according to a first example in the washing machine according to one embodiment of the present disclosure.

    FIG. 8 is an exploded perspective view illustrating the hinge according to the first example shown in FIG. 7 when viewed at a different angle in the washing machine according to one embodiment of the present disclosure.

    FIG. 9 is a diagram illustrating a coupling structure of the hinge according to the first example in the washing machine according to one embodiment of the present disclosure.

    FIG. 10 is a diagram schematically illustrating a connection state of a wire in the washing machine according to one embodiment of the present disclosure.

    FIG. 11 is a diagram schematically illustrating the connection state of the wire when viewed from a front side of a glass holder in the washing machine according to one embodiment of the present disclosure.

    FIG. 12 is a diagram schematically illustrating the connection state of the wire when viewed from a rear side of the glass holder in the washing machine according to one embodiment of the present disclosure.

    FIG. 13 is a diagram illustrating a coupling structure of a hinge according to a second example in the washing machine according to one embodiment of the present disclosure.

    FIG. 14 is a diagram illustrating a coupling structure of a hinge according to a third example in the washing machine according to one embodiment of the present disclosure.

    FIG. 15 is a diagram illustrating a coupling structure of a hinge according to a fourth example in the washing machine according to one embodiment of the present disclosure.

    FIG. 16 is an exploded perspective view illustrating a hinge according to a fifth example in the washing machine according to one embodiment of the present disclosure.

    FIG. 17 is a diagram illustrating a coupling structure of the hinge according to the fifth example in the washing machine according to one embodiment of the present disclosure.

    FIG. 18 is a diagram illustrating a coupling structure of a hinge according to a sixth example in the washing machine according to one embodiment of the present disclosure.


    [Detailed Description of the drawings]



    [0029] It may be formed to extend from a front surface of a hinge body 110 by a predetermined length.

    [0030] At least one hinge arm 120 may further include a second arm 122 extending from a first arm 121 and bent toward an outside of a washing machine 1.

    [0031] According to another aspect, the at least one hinge arm 120 may include a first surface 123. The first surface 123 may face a cabinet 10. Specifically, the first surface 123 may face a front surface of the cabinet 10.

    [0032] The at least one hinge arm 120 may further include a second surface 124. The second surface 124 may be directed downward in a rotating axis direction X.

    [0033] The at least one hinge arm 120 may further include a third surface 125. The third surface 125 may be directed upward in the rotating axis direction X.

    [0034] The at least one hinge arm 120 may further include a fourth surface 126. The fourth surface 126 may face a door 20.

    [0035] The second surface 124 and the third surface 125 may respectively connect the first surface 123 and the fourth surface 126. Specifically, the second surface 124 may connect a lower end portion of the first surface 123 and a lower end portion of the fourth surface 126. The third surface 125 may connect an upper end portion of the first surface 123 and an upper end portion of the fourth surface 126.

    [0036] A hinge 100 further includes at least one protrusion 130. The at least one protrusion 130 may be formed to protrude from the at least one hinge arm 120 in the rotating axis direction X. The at least one protrusion 130 may form a rotating axis 195.

    [0037] The at least one protrusion 130 may include a first protrusion 131 and a second protrusion 132. The first protrusion 131 may be formed to protrude upward from the at least one hinge arm 120 in the rotating axis direction X. The second protrusion 132 may be formed to protrude downward from the at least one hinge arm 120 in the rotating axis direction X. Specifically, the first protrusion 131 may be formed to protrude upward from one end of the second arm 122 in the rotating axis direction X, and the second protrusion 132 may be formed to protrude downward from one end of the second arm 122 in the rotating axis direction X. That is, the first protrusion 131 and the second protrusion 132 may respectively extend upward and downward from the second arm 122 in the rotating axis direction X.

    [0038] The hinge 100 further includes a wire guide portion 140 configured to guide a wire 400.

    [0039] The wire guide portion 140 is formed at the hinge 100. The wire guide portion 140 may be formed and recessed into the hinge 100 to allow the wire 400 to pass through the wire guide portion 140. In other words, the wire guide portion 140 may be formed and recessed into the hinge 100 to allow the wire 400 to be inserted into the wire guide portion 140.

    [0040] The wire guide portion 140 may be formed at the at least one hinge arm 120. The wire guide portion 140 may be formed and recessed along at least one of one surface of the first arm 121 and one surface of the second arm 122. The wire guide portion 140 may be consecutively formed and recessed along the at least one of one surface of the first arm 121 and one surface of the second arm 122.

    [0041] The wire guide portion 140 may be formed and recessed along at least a portion of the first surface 123.

    [0042] The hinge 100 further includes a wire inlet 150. The wire inlet 150 may be formed to communicate with the wire guide portion 140 to allow the wire 400 to enter the wire guide portion 140. The wire inlet 150 may be formed on at least one of the at least one protrusion 130. That is, the wire inlet 150 may be formed on at least one of the first protrusion 131 and the second protrusion 132. Preferably, the wire inlet 150 may be formed at the second protrusion 132.

    [0043] The hinge 100 may further include a wire outlet 160. The wire outlet 160 may be formed at one surface 112 of the hinge body 110, which faces the cabinet 10, to allow the wire 400 to exit from the wire guide portion 140. The wire outlet 160 may be formed to communicate with the wire guide portion 140 to allow the wire 400 to exit from the wire guide portion 140.

    [0044] The hinge 100 further includes a hinge cover 170. The hinge cover 170 is detachably coupled to the wire guide portion 140. The hinge cover 170 may serve to prevent foreign materials from flowing into the wire guide portion 140. Also, the hinge cover 170 may serve to prevent the wire 400 inserted into the wire guide portion 140 from being exposed to the outside. The hinge cover 170 may be detachably coupled to the wire guide portion 140 and form a portion of an exterior of the hinge 100. Thus, the hinge cover 170 detachably coupled to the wire guide portion 140 is used, and thus, while the wire 400 is inserted into the wire guide portion 140, a work may be performed in a state in which the hinge cover 170 is removed such that work performance may be improved, and, when the wire 400 has been inserted into the wire guide portion 140, the hinge cover 170 is coupled to the wire guide portion 140 such that the wire 400 may be stably accommodated in the wire guide portion 140.

    [0045] The hinge cover 170 may include a cover body 171.

    [0046] The hinge cover 170 may further include at least one coupling rib 172. The at least one coupling rib 172 may extend from the cover body 171. Preferably, the at least one coupling rib 172 may include a first coupling rib 172a extending upward from the cover body 171 in the rotating axis direction X and a second coupling rib 172b extending downward from the cover body 171 in the rotating axis direction.

    [0047] The at least one coupling rib 172 may be coupled to at least one coupling recess 127 formed at the at least one hinge arm 120. The at least one coupling rib 172 may be fitted into and coupled to the at least one coupling recess 127. The at least one coupling recess 127 may be formed on a plane the same as one surface of the at least one hinge arm 120, at which the wire guide portion 140 is formed. As one example, when the wire guide portion 140 is formed at the first surface 123 of the at least one hinge arm 120, the at least one coupling recess 127 may also be formed at the first surface 123 of the at least one hinge arm 120.

    [0048] The hinge cover 170 may further include at least one support rib 173. The at least one support rib 173 may extend from the cover body 171. The at least one support rib 173 may be hooked and coupled to one surface of the at least one hinge arm 120. The at least one support rib 173 may include a bent portion 174 with a bent shape to allow the hinge cover 170 to be coupled to the wire guide portion 140. As one example, when the wire guide portion 140 is formed at the first surface 123 of the at least one hinge arm 120, the at least one support rib 173 may extend downward from the cover body 171 in the rotating axis direction X, and, at this point, the bent portion 174 may be hooked and coupled to the second surface 124 of the at least one hinge arm 120. As another example, when the wire guide portion 140 is formed at the first surface 123 of the at least one hinge arm 120, the at least one support rib 173 may extend upward from the cover body 171 in the rotating axis direction X, and, at this point, the bent portion 174 may be hooked and coupled to the third surface 125 of the at least one hinge arm 120.

    [0049] The hinge cover 170 may be stably coupled to the wire guide portion 140 by the at least one coupling rib 172 and the at least one support rib 173.

    [0050] One end portion of the hinge cover 170 may form the wire inlet 150 in association with the at least one protrusion 130. Specifically, the at least one protrusion 130 includes an incised portion 175, and one end portion of the hinge cover 170 is coupled to the incised portion 175 to form the wire inlet 150 in association with the at least one protrusion 130.

    [0051] The other end portion of the hinge cover 170 forms a part of the wire outlet 160. In other words, the other end portion of the hinge cover 170 may form the wire outlet 160 in association with the hinge body 110.

    [0052] The hinge 100 may further include at least one protrusion cover 180. The at least one protrusion cover 180 may be coupled to enclose the at least one protrusion 130. The at least one protrusion cover 180 may be detachably coupled to the at least one protrusion 130 to prevent abrasion or damage of the at least one protrusion 130 serving as the rotating axis 195.

    [0053] The washing machine 1 may further include a fixing ring 190 coupled to the at least one protrusion 130. The fixing ring 190 may be coupled to enclose the at least one protrusion 130 from the outside. The fixing ring 190 may be coupled to the at least one protrusion 130 at which the wire inlet 150 is formed. The fixing ring 190 may have a cylindrical shape with an open bottom. However, the shape of the fixing ring 190 is not limited to the describe above, and may be variously modified. The fixing ring 190 may simultaneously enclose at least one protrusion forming the wire inlet 150 and one end portion of the hinge cover 170. The at least one protrusion 130 and the one end portion of the hinge cover 170 may be firmly coupled by the fixing ring 190.

    [0054] The at least one hinge arm 120 may include a first hinge arm 128 positioned downward in the rotating axis direction X, and a second hinge arm 129 positioned upward in the rotating axis direction X. As shown in FIGS. 7 to 9, the wire guide portion 140 of the hinge 100 according to the first example may be formed at the first hinge arm 128. Specifically, the wire guide portion 140 of the hinge 100 according to the first example may be formed and recessed into the first surface 123 of the first hinge arm 128.

    [0055] FIG. 10 is a diagram schematically illustrating a connection state of a wire in the washing machine according to one embodiment of the present disclosure, and FIG. 11 is a diagram schematically illustrating the connection state of the wire when viewed from a front side of a glass holder in the washing machine according to one embodiment of the present disclosure. FIG. 12 is a diagram schematically illustrating the connection state of the wire when viewed from a rear side of the glass holder in the washing machine according to one embodiment of the present disclosure. In FIG. 10, the wire 400 disposed inside the washing machine 1 is illustrated by a solid line to help understanding of the present disclosure.

    [0056] As shown in FIGS. 10 to 12, the wire 400 passes through the hinge 100. Specifically, one end portion of the wire 400, which passes through the hinge 100, may be positioned inside the door 20, and the other end portion of the wire 400, which passes through the hinge 100, may be positioned inside the cabinet 10.

    [0057] The wire 400 may be electrically connected to an electrical component. In other words, the wire 400 may electrically connect a first electrical component 200 and a second electrical component 300.

    [0058] The wire 400 may include a first wire 410 and a second wire 420 connected to the first wire 410. The first wire 410 may pass through the hinge 100 to be connected to the second wire 420. One end portion of the first wire 410 may be connected to the second electrical component 300 provided inside the door 20, and the other end portion of the first wire 410 may be connected to the second wire 420. In other words, the first wire 410 and the second wire 420 may be connected to each other through coupling between a connector 411 provided at the other end portion of the first wire 410 and a connector 421 provided at a one end portion of the second wire 420. The coupling between the first wire 410 and the second wire 420 may be made inside the cabinet 10. The second wire 420 may include a main wire harness.

    [0059] While the first electrical component 200 and the second electrical component 300 are connected, at least a portion of the wire 400 may be disposed along a circumferential direction of the door 20. As one example, at least a portion of the wire 400 positioned inside the door 20 may be disposed along a circumferential direction of the door 20.

    [0060] A through-hole 10a (See, FIG. 4) may be formed at the cabinet 10. Specifically, the through-hole 10a may be formed at one surface of the cabinet 10 to which the hinge body 110 is coupled, that is, at the front surface of the cabinet 10. The wire 400 passing through the hinge 100 may pass through the through-hole 10a to enter the cabinet 10.

    [0061] The wire 400 connected to the second electrical component 300 reaches the hinge 100, and the wire 400 reaching the hinge 100 passes through the hinge 100 to be connected to the first electrical component 200 provided inside the cabinet 10. In other words, the one end portion of the wire 400 may be connected to the second electrical component 300, and the other end portion thereof may pass through the hinge 100 to be connected to the first electrical component 200. As described above, since the first electrical component 200 and the second electrical component 300 may be electrically connected by the wire 400 passing through the hinge 100, it may be prevented that most of the wire 400 is exposed to the outside to hinder an aesthetic beauty of the washing machine 1.

    [0062] The wire 400 connected to the second electrical component 300 provided at the door 20 reaches the hinge 100 along the circumferential direction of the door 20. The wire 400 reaching the hinge 100 is inserted into the wire guide portion 140 through the wire inlet 150. The wire 400 inserted into the wire guide portion 140 passes through the wire outlet 160 and the through-hole 10a, which is provided at the one surface of the cabinet 10 to correspond to the wire outlet 160, to exit inside the cabinet 10. The wire 400 exiting from the cabinet 10 is connected to the first electrical component 200 provided inside the cabinet 10.

    [0063] FIG. 13 is a diagram illustrating a coupling structure of a hinge according to a second example in the washing machine according to one embodiment of the present disclosure. Hereinafter, a description overlapping with that of the hinge 100 according to the first example will be omitted.

    [0064] As shown in FIG. 13, a wire guide portion 540 of a hinge 500 according to a second example is formed at the second hinge arm 129 positioned upward in the rotating axis direction X. Specifically, the wire guide portion 540 of the hinge 500 according to the second example may be formed and recessed into the first surface 123 of the second hinge arm 129.

    [0065] FIG. 14 is a diagram illustrating a coupling structure of a hinge according to a third example in the washing machine according to one embodiment of the present disclosure. Hereinafter, a description overlapping with that of the hinge 100 according to the first example will be omitted.

    [0066] As shown in FIG. 14, a wire guide portion 640 is formed to pass through a hinge 600. In other words, the wire guide portion 640 is formed at the hinge 600 in a form of a hole to allow the wire 400 to pass through the wire guide portion 640.

    [0067] Specifically, the wire guide portion 640 is formed to pass through the at least one hinge arm 120. The wire guide portion 640 is formed to pass through the at least one hinge arm 120 in a direction approximately perpendicular to the rotating axis 195. The wire inlet 150 may be formed at the fourth surface 126 of the at least one hinge arm 120. The wire outlet 160 may be formed at the one surface 112 of the hinge body 110, which faces the cabinet 10. The wire inlet 150 and the wire outlet 160 may be formed to communicate with the wire guide portion 640.

    [0068] FIG. 14 illustrates a case in which the wire guide portion 640 is formed at the first hinge arm 128, but the wire guide portion 640 is formed on at least one of the first hinge arm 128 and the second hinge arm 129.

    [0069] FIG. 15 is a diagram illustrating a coupling structure of a hinge according to a fourth example in the washing machine according to one embodiment of the present disclosure. Hereinafter, a description overlapping with that of the hinge 100 according to the first example will be omitted.

    [0070] As shown in FIG. 15, a wire guide portion 740 is formed to pass through a hinge 700. In other words, the wire guide portion 740 may be formed at the hinge 700 in a form of a hole to allow the wire 400 to pass through the wire guide portion 740.

    [0071] Specifically, the wire guide portion 740 is formed to pass through the hinge body 110. The wire guide portion 740 may be formed to pass through the hinge body 110 in a direction approximately perpendicular to the rotating axis 195. The wire inlet 150 may be formed at one surface 113 of the hinge body 110, which faces the door 20. The wire outlet 160 may be formed at the one surface 112 of the hinge body 110, which faces the cabinet 10. The wire inlet 150 and the wire outlet 160 may be formed to communicate with the wire guide portion 740.

    [0072] FIG. 15 illustrates a case in which the wire guide portion 740 is formed below the first hinge arm 128, but the wire guide portion 740 may be formed between the first hinge arm 128 and the second hinge arm 129, or over the second hinge arm 129.

    [0073] FIG. 16 is an exploded perspective view illustrating a hinge according to a fifth example in the washing machine according to one embodiment of the present disclosure, and FIG. 17 is a diagram illustrating a coupling structure of the hinge according to the fifth example in the washing machine according to one embodiment of the present disclosure. Hereinafter, a description overlapping with that of the hinge 100 according to the first example will be omitted.

    [0074] As shown in FIGS. 16 and 17, a wire guide portion 840 is formed and recessed into a hinge 800 to allow the wire 400 to be inserted into the wire guide portion 840. Specifically, the wire guide portion 840 is formed and recessed into the at least one hinge arm 120.

    [0075] The wire guide portion 840 may be formed and recessed along at least a portion of the second surface 124 of the at least one hinge arm 120, wherein the at least a portion is directed downward in the rotating axis direction X.

    [0076] The wire inlet 150 may be formed at the at least one protrusion 130. Specifically, the at least one protrusion 130 may include the incised portion 175, and the one end portion of the hinge cover 170 may be coupled to the incised portion 175 to form the wire inlet 150 in association with the at least one protrusion 130.

    [0077] The wire outlet 160 may be formed at the one surface 112 of the hinge body 110, which faces the cabinet 10, to allow the wire 400 to exit from the wire guide portion 840.

    [0078] The wire inlet 150 and the wire outlet 160 may be formed to communicate with the wire guide portion 840.

    [0079] The hinge 800 may further include an additional wire outlet 841. The additional wire outlet 841 may be formed at a side surface of the hinge body 110. Specifically, the additional wire outlet 841 may be formed at one side surface of the hinge body 110, which is directed to the rotating axis 195. The additional wire outlet 841 may also be formed to communicate with the wire guide portion 840.

    [0080] The wire 400 is inserted into the wire inlet 150 to be directed upward in the rotating axis direction X. The wire 400 inserted into the wire inlet 150 is moved toward an inside of the cabinet 10 in a direction approximately perpendicular to the rotating axis direction X. In other words, the wire 400 inserted into the wire inlet 150 is moved toward the inside of the cabinet 10 along one surface of the second arm 122. Thereafter, the wire 400 is moved toward the rear side of the washing machine 1. In other words, the wire 400 is moved toward the rear side of the washing machine 1 along one side of the first arm 121. The wire 400, which is moved toward the rear side of the washing machine 1 along the one side of the first arm 121, may pass through the wire outlet 160 or the additional wire outlet 841 to enter the cabinet 10. After the wire 400 is inserted into the wire guide portion 840, the hinge cover 170 may be detachably coupled to the wire guide portion 840.

    [0081] As shown in FIGS. 16 and 17, the wire guide portion 840 may be formed and recessed into the first hinge arm 128. Specifically, the wire guide portion 840 may be formed and recessed along at least a portion of the second surface 124 of the first hinge arm 128.

    [0082] FIG. 18 is a diagram illustrating a coupling structure of a hinge according to a sixth example in the washing machine according to one embodiment of the present disclosure. Hereinafter, descriptions overlapping with those of the hinge 100 according to the first example and the hinge 800 according to the fifth example will be omitted.

    [0083] As shown in FIG. 18, a wire guide portion 940 of a hinge 900 is formed and recessed into the second hinge arm 129. Specifically, the wire guide portion 940 is formed and recessed along at least a portion of the second surface 124 of the second hinge arm 129.

    [0084] Hereinbefore, specific embodiments are shown and described. However, the present disclosure is not limited to these specific embodiments, and various modified embodiments can be devised from those skilled in the art without departing from the scope of the present invention as defined by the appended claims.


    Claims

    1. A washing machine (1) comprising:

    a cabinet (10) configured to form an exterior and having an opening through which laundry is introduced;

    a first electrical component (200) provided inside the cabinet;

    a door (20) provided with a second electrical component (300) and configured to open and close the opening;

    a wire (400) configured to electrically connect the first electrical component (200) and the second electrical component (300); and

    a hinge (100,500,800,900) configured to couple the door (20) to the cabinet (10) to allow the door (20) to be pivotable about a rotating axis (X), and

    wherein the hinge (100,500,800,900) comprises:

    a hinge body (110) coupled to the cabinet (10);

    at least one hinge arm (120) extending from the hinge body (110) and at which a wire guide portion (140, 540, 840, 940) is formed;

    at least one protrusion (130) protruding from the at least one hinge arm (120) to form the rotating axis of the door (20), wherein the wire guide portion (140,540,840,940) is configured to guide and accommodate the wire (400) along the at least one protrusion (130) and the at least one hinge arm (120);

    a wire inlet (150) formed to communicate with the wire guide portion (140, 540, 840, 940) to allow the wire (400) to enter the wire guide portion (140, 540, 840, 940); and

    a hinge cover (170) detachably coupled to the wire guide portion (140,540,840,940) to prevent the wire (400) accommodated in the wire guide portion (140,540,840,940) from being exposed to the outside, wherein the at least one protrusion (130) includes an incised portion (175), and one end portion of the hinge cover (170) is coupled to the incised portion (175) to form the wire inlet (150) in association with the at least one protrusion (130).


     
    2. The washing machine of claim 1, wherein the second electrical component (300) is provided inside the door (20).
     
    3. The washing machine of claim 1, wherein the door (20) is pivotable about a single rotation axis.
     
    4. The washing machine of claim 1, wherein the wire guide portion (140,540,840,940) is formed and recessed into the hinge (100,500,800,900) to allow the wire to be insertable into the wire guide portion.
     
    5. The washing machine of claim 1, wherein:

    the at least one hinge arm (120) includes a first surface (123) facing the cabinet, and

    the wire guide portion (140,540,840,940) is formed and recessed along at least a portion of the first surface.


     
    6. The washing machine of claim 1, wherein:

    the at least one hinge arm (120) includes a second surface (124) that is directed downward in a rotating axis direction, and

    the wire guide portion (140,540,840,940) is formed and recessed along at least a portion of the second surface.


     
    7. The washing machine of claim 1, wherein the at least one protrusion includes:

    a first protrusion (131) formed to protrude upward from the at least one hinge arm (120) in a rotating axis direction; and

    a second portion (132) formed to protrude downward from the at least one hinge arm (120) in the rotating axis direction,

    wherein a wire inlet (150) is formed on at least one of the first protrusion (131) and the second protrusion (132) to allow the wire to enter the wire guide portion (140,540,840,940).


     
    8. The washing machine of claim 7, wherein a wire outlet (160) is formed at one surface of the hinge body (110), which faces the cabinet, to allow the wire to exit from the wire guide portion (140,540,840,940).
     
    9. The washing machine of claim 8, wherein:

    a through-hole (10a) is formed at one surface of the cabinet to which the hinge body is coupled, and

    the wire exiting from the wire outlet (160) passes through the through-hole (10a) to enter the cabinet.


     


    Ansprüche

    1. Waschmaschine (1), umfassend:

    ein Gehäuse (10), das dazu ausgestaltet ist, ein Äußeres auszubilden, und eine Öffnung aufweist, durch die Wäsche eingebracht wird;

    eine erste elektrische Komponente (200), die in dem Gehäuse vorgesehen ist;

    eine Tür (20), die mit einer zweiten elektrischen Komponente (300) versehen ist und dazu ausgestaltet ist, die Öffnung zu öffnen und zu verschließen;

    einen Draht (400), der dazu ausgestaltet ist, die erste elektrische Komponente (200) und die zweite elektrische Komponente (300) elektrisch zu verbinden; und

    ein Scharnier (100, 500, 800, 900), das dazu ausgestaltet ist, die Tür (20) mit dem Gehäuse (10) zu koppeln, um zu erlauben, dass die Tür (20) um eine Drehachse (X) herum schwenkbar ist, und

    wobei das Scharnier (100, 500, 800, 900) Folgendes umfasst:

    einen Scharnierkörper (110), der mit dem Gehäuse (10) gekoppelt ist;

    mindestens einen Scharnierarm (120), der sich von dem Scharnierkörper (110) erstreckt und an dem ein Drahtführungsabschnitt (140, 540, 840, 940) ausgebildet ist;

    mindestens einen Vorsprung (130), der von dem mindestens einen Scharnierarm (120) hervorragt, um die Drehachse der Tür (20) auszubilden, wobei der Drahtführungsabschnitt (140, 540, 840, 940) dazu ausgestaltet ist, den Draht (400) entlang des mindestens einen Vorsprunges (130) und des mindestens einen Scharnierarmes (120) zu führen und aufzunehmen;

    einen Drahteinlass (150), der so ausgebildet ist, dass er mit dem Drahtführungsabschnitt (140, 540, 840, 940) in Verbindung steht, um zu erlauben, dass der Draht (400) in den Drahtführungsabschnitt (140, 540, 840, 940) eintritt; und

    einen Scharnierdeckel (170), der abnehmbar mit dem Drahtführungsabschnitt (140, 540, 840, 940) gekoppelt ist, um zu verhindern, dass der in dem Drahtführungsabschnitt (140, 540, 840, 940) aufgenommene Draht (400) nach außen hin freigelegt wird, wobei der mindestens eine Vorsprung (130) einen eingeschnittenen Abschnitt (175) umfasst und ein Endabschnitt des Scharnierdeckels (170) mit dem eingeschnittenen Abschnitt (175) gekoppelt ist, um in Verbindung mit dem mindestens einen Vorsprung (130) den Drahteinlass (150) auszubilden.


     
    2. Waschmaschine nach Anspruch 1, wobei die zweite elektrische Komponente (300) in der Tür (20) vorgesehen ist.
     
    3. Waschmaschine nach Anspruch 1, wobei die Tür (20) um eine einzige Drehachse herum schwenkbar ist.
     
    4. Waschmaschine nach Anspruch 1, wobei der Drahtführungsabschnitt (140, 540, 840, 940) ausgebildet und in das Scharnier (100, 500, 800, 900) eingelassen ist, um zu erlauben, dass der Draht in den Drahtführungsabschnitt einführbar ist.
     
    5. Waschmaschine nach Anspruch 1, wobei:

    der mindestens eine Scharnierarm (120) eine erste Oberfläche (123) umfasst, die dem Gehäuse zugewandt ist und

    der Drahtführungsabschnitt (140, 540, 840, 940) entlang mindestens eines Abschnittes der ersten Oberfläche ausgebildet und eingelassen ist.


     
    6. Waschmaschine nach Anspruch 1, wobei:

    der mindestens eine Scharnierarm (120) eine zweite Oberfläche (124) umfasst, die in einer Drehachsenrichtung nach unten ausgerichtet ist, und

    der Drahtführungsabschnitt (140, 540, 840, 940) entlang mindestens eines Abschnittes der zweiten Oberfläche ausgebildet und eingelassen ist.


     
    7. Waschmaschine nach Anspruch 1, wobei der mindestens eine Vorsprung Folgendes umfasst:

    einen ersten Vorsprung (131), der so ausgebildet ist, dass er von dem mindestens einen Scharnierarm (120) in einer Drehachsenrichtung nach oben hervorragt; und

    einen zweiten Abschnitt (132), der so ausgebildet ist, dass er von dem mindestens einen Scharnierarm (120) in der Drehachsenrichtung nach unten hervorragt,

    wobei ein Drahteinlass (150) an mindestens einem aus dem ersten Vorsprung (131) und dem zweiten Vorsprung (132) ausgebildet ist, um zu erlauben, dass der Draht in den Drahtführungsabschnitt (140, 540, 840, 940) eintritt.


     
    8. Waschmaschine nach Anspruch 7, wobei ein Drahtauslass (160) an einer Oberfläche des Scharnierkörpers (110) ausgebildet ist, die dem Gehäuse zugewandt ist, um zu erlauben, dass der Draht aus dem Drahtführungsabschnitt (140, 540, 840, 940) austritt.
     
    9. Waschmaschine nach Anspruch 8, wobei:

    ein Durchgangsloch (10a) an einer Oberfläche des Gehäuses ausgebildet ist, mit dem der Scharnierkörper gekoppelt ist, und

    der aus dem Drahtauslass (160) austretende Draht durch das Durchgangsloch (10a) verläuft, um in das Gehäuse einzutreten.


     


    Revendications

    1. Machine à laver (1) comprenant :

    une caisse (10) configurée pour former un extérieur et ayant une ouverture au travers de laquelle du linge est introduit ;

    un premier composant électrique (200) disposé à l'intérieur de la caisse ;

    une porte (20) munie d'un deuxième composant électrique (300) et configurée pour ouvrir et fermer l'ouverture ;

    un câble (400) configuré pour connecter électriquement le premier composant électrique (200) et le deuxième composant électrique (300) ; et

    une charnière (100, 500, 800, 900) configurée pour coupler la porte (20) à la caisse (10) afin de permettre à la porte (20) d'être pivotable autour d'un axe de rotation (X), et

    dans laquelle la charnière (100, 500, 800, 900) comprend :

    un corps de charnière (110) couplé à la caisse (10) ;

    au moins un bras de charnière (120) s'étendant à partir du corps de charnière (110) et au niveau duquel une portion de guide de câble (140, 540, 840, 940) est formée ;

    au moins une protubérance (130) dépassant dudit au moins un bras de charnière (120) afin de former l'axe de rotation de la porte (20), la portion de guide de câble (140, 540, 840, 940) étant configurée afin de guider et loger le câble (400) le long de ladite au moins une protubérance (130) et dudit au moins un bras de charnière (120) ;

    une entrée de câble (150) formée afin de communiquer avec la portion de guide de câble (140, 540, 840, 940) afin de permettre au câble (400) de pénétrer dans la portion de guide de câble (140, 540, 840, 940) ; et

    un couvercle de charnière (170) couplé de manière amovible à la portion de guide de câble (140, 540, 840, 940) afin d'empêcher le câble (400) logé dans la portion de guide de câble (140, 540, 840, 940) d'être exposé à l'extérieur, ladite au moins une protubérance (130) incluant une portion incisée (175), et une portion d'extrémité du couvercle de charnière (170) étant couplée à la portion incisée (175) afin de former l'entrée de câble (150) en association avec ladite au moins une protubérance (130).


     
    2. Machine à laver de la revendication 1, dans laquelle le deuxième composant électrique (300) est disposé à l'intérieur de la porte (20).
     
    3. Machine à laver de la revendication 1, dans laquelle la porte (20) est pivotable autour d'un axe de rotation unique.
     
    4. Machine à laver de la revendication 1, dans laquelle la portion de guide de câble (140, 540, 840, 940) est formée et en retrait dans la charnière (100, 500, 800, 900) afin de permettre au câble d'être insérable dans la portion de guide de câble.
     
    5. Machine à laver de la revendication 1, dans laquelle :

    ledit au moins un bras de charnière (120) inclut une première surface (123) faisant face à la caisse, et

    la portion de guide de câble (140, 540, 840, 940) est formée et en retrait le long d'au moins une portion de la première surface.


     
    6. Machine à laver de la revendication 1, dans laquelle :

    ledit au moins un bras de charnière (120) inclut une deuxième surface (124) qui est dirigée vers le bas dans une direction d'axe de rotation, et

    la portion de guide de câble (140, 540, 840, 940) est formée et en retrait le long d'au moins une portion de la deuxième surface.


     
    7. Machine à laver de la revendication 1, dans laquelle ladite au moins une protubérance inclut :

    une première protubérance (131) formée afin de dépasser vers le haut à partir dudit au moins un bras de charnière (120) dans une direction d'axe de rotation ; et

    une deuxième portion (132) formée afin de dépasser vers le bas à partir dudit au moins un bras de charnière (120) dans une direction d'axe de rotation,

    une entrée de câble (150) étant formée sur au moins une parmi la première protubérance (131) et la deuxième protubérance (132) afin de permettre au câble de pénétrer dans la portion de guide de câble (140, 540, 840, 940).


     
    8. Machine à laver de la revendication 7, dans laquelle une sortie de câble (160) est formée au niveau d'une surface du corps de charnière (110), qui fait face à la caisse, afin de permettre au câble de sortir de la portion de guide de câble (140, 540, 840, 940).
     
    9. Machine à laver de la revendication 8, dans laquelle :

    un trou traversant (10a) est formé au niveau d'une surface de la caisse à laquelle le corps de charnière est couplé, et

    le câble sortant de la sortie de câble (160) passe au travers du trou traversant (10a) afin de pénétrer dans la caisse.


     




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