Mississippi Patent of the Month – June 2022

Kitchens are filled with appliances to meet the numerous tasks for cooking. A microwave, a toaster, a mixer, and more start to fill up counters and detract from the look of a clean, minimalistic space. If used frequently, putting an appliance away after each use quickly becomes a nuisance. 

Viking Range, LLC have been involved in the innovation of kitchen appliances for nearly 40 years. They’ve seen it all. Appliances are integral to the smooth flow of a kitchen, but they can also be detrimental. An appliance that is always plugged in is always drawing power. If always plugged in, it can also be easy to forget to shut it off. If left unattended, this appliance can overheat or burnout or cause a fire. And covering up an appliance without turning it off first will only exacerbate this issue.

It’s these experiences that inspired Viking Range to design an appliance cover that ensures it will not overheat or catch fire. The devices can be covered or stored in a cupboard, with each device having their own space. This creates a nice and orderly kitchen. The door of the enclosure is equipped with a device which detects if the door is fully open or closed. If open, the device sets the appliance in an “operational” mode so that it can be turned on and used as intended. If the door is detected to be closed, the device renders the appliance into a “limited mode”, preventing the device from being turned on or used. 

The doors are further equipped with a second device to ensure the door does not accidentally open and turn on the device. This device has a backup sensor which detects if the appliance is in a working mode or a limited mode. If the appliance is operational, the locking device engages, preventing the door from closing even slightly. By maintaining a fully open position, the chance of overheating the appliance is reduced. When the appliance is turned off or not in use, the lock device disengages and the door can be closed at will.

Viking Range is focused on developing state of the art solutions to improve the functionality of a kitchen while keeping safety at its forefront.

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