(11) EP 0 258 024 A3


(88) Date of publication A3:
25.01.1989 Bulletin 1989/04

(43) Date of publication A2:
02.03.1988 Bulletin 1988/09

(21) Application number: 87307458.7

(22) Date of filing: 24.08.1987
(51) International Patent Classification (IPC)4A47L 15/44
(84) Designated Contracting States:

(30) Priority: 27.08.1986 US 900999

Benton Harbor Michigan 49022 (US)

(72) Inventor:
  • Marks, Larry Dean
    St. Joseph Michigan 49085 (US)

(74) Representative: Rackham, Stephen Neil et al
GILL JENNINGS & EVERY, Broadgate House, 7 Eldon Street
London EC2M 7LH
London EC2M 7LH (GB)

(56) References cited: : 

    (54) Mechanically actuated dispenser for dishwasher

    (57) A structure for dispensing an additive into a wash chamber of a dishwashing apparatus at a predetermined stage in an operating cycle for the apparatus comprises a reservoir (34, 171) for a supply of additive, a cover (36, 181) movable between a closed position, wherein it seals the reservoir (34, 171) and an open position, wherein the reservoir is in communication with the wash chamber, and a timer mechanism (20) which moves a link (70) through a prescribed path as the dishwashing apparatus cycles and at one stage in the cycle moves the link (70) through a portion of the path in a first direction and at another stage the link retraces the path portion in an opposite direction. As the link (70) moves in the first direction it intercepts and moves a trigger arm (138, 208) and an associated member (62, 183) so that the cover (36, 181) moves from its closed position to its open position. Movement of the link (70) in the opposite direction causes the trigger arm (138, 208) to move relative to its associated member and the link portion encounters and moves beyond the trigger arm (138, 208) without moving the cover (36, 181) so that the cover (36, 181) is maintained in its closed position. This enables the apparatus to be manually reset without unrequired dispensing of additive.

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