Title:
Insert for a dish basket for an automatic dishwasher
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
Based on an insert (1) having insert compartments (4, 5, 6) separated from one another by separating walls (7, 8), according to the invention at least two insert compartments (4, 5; 5, 6) are provided with compartment floors (4′, 5′; 5′, 6′), arranged in different heights, for loading different silverware pieces (2, 3) and/or small dishes. Overall, the insert (1) embodied according to the invention leads to essentially improved drying results compared to conventional solutions for the silverware pieces (2, 3) and/or small dishes loaded into the insert. The silverware pieces (2, 3) and/or the small dishes may, depending on their respective length/size/shape, be loaded into the insert compartment (4, 5, 6) having the corresponding compartment floor (4′, 5′, 6′), positioned in a suitable height, so that they stand on the compartment floor and are no longer required to be hung. The run-off of drops of dish washing liquid, which otherwise would lead to undesired drying spots, is supported by this easy but effective measure. The hanging, particularly of the small pieces, in the cover causing the above-mentioned run-off problems for drops, is eliminated by the insert compartments (4, 5, 6) having compartment floors (4′, 5′, 6′) at various heights.



Inventors:
Rosenbauer, Michael (Reimlingen, DE)
Heissler, Heinz (Dillingen, DE)
Deiss, Ulrich (Sontheim, DE)
Fetzer, Gerhard (Gundelfingen, DE)
Application Number:
10/437548
Publication Date:
02/05/2004
Filing Date:
05/13/2003
Assignee:
BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgerate GmbH (Munich, DE)
Primary Class:
Other Classes:
134/137, 134/201, 134/85
International Classes:
A47L15/50; (IPC1-7): A47G19/08
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Primary Examiner:
NOVOSAD, JENNIFER ELEANORE
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
BSH Home Appliances Corporation (100 Bosch Boulevard, NEW BERN, NC, 28562, US)
Claims:
1. An insert for a dish basket of an automatic dish washer having insert compartments separated from one another by dividing walls, characterized in that at least two insert compartments (4, 5; 5, 6) are provided with compartment floors (4′, 5′; 5′, 6′) arranged in various heights, for loading different silverware pieces (2, 3) and/or small dishes.

2. The insert according to claim 1, characterized in that the heights of the compartment floors (4′, 5′; 5′, 6′) can be adjusted to the length and/or size of the silverware pieces (2, 3) and/or the small dishes.

3. The insert according to claim 1 or 2, characterized in that the insert compartments (4, 5; 5, 6) form a silverware basket (1) provided with a floor of the silverware basket, adjustable to various usable heights via the compartment floors (4′, 5′; 5′, 6′).

4. The insert according to one of claims 1 through 3, characterized in that it is mounted firmly or movably to the dish basket.

5. The insert according to one of claims 1 through 3, characterized in that it is arranged loosely in the dish basket.

Description:
[0001] The invention relates to an insert for a dish basket of an automatic dish washer according to the preamble of claim 1.

[0002] From the German patent DE 36 41 020 an insert for a dish basket in an automatic dish washer is known for cleaning and drying silverware pieces and small dishes. Here, at least one dish basket is provided with a silverware basket, that can be inserted therein, having openings for the penetration of dish washing liquid in the floor of the silverware basket and the-walls of the silverware basket, respectively. The insert is provided with several insert compartments separated from one another by dividing walls. Additionally, a tray may be inserted into the basket floor of the dish basket, having additional openings for silverware pieces to be hung and/or fasteners and/or retainers for small dishes, or may be loaded into the dish basket in a lid-like fashion.

[0003] The dish basket known has an even usable height throughout in spite of the differently big and/or long silverware pieces. Some silverware pieces stand in the inserted compartments, others, particularly small parts, are hanging from the openings of the tray. The hanging ones, and the contacting silverware pieces as well, are critical regarding the run-off of drops of dish washing liquid, developing drying spots at those points of the silverware pieces, at which they contact the insert.

[0004] In the German publication 195 40 610 and 195 40 611, trays, also called etageres, for dish baskets in an automatic dish washer are described, which may be mounted firmly to the dish basket and/or arranged loosely respectively, being inserts for cleaning and drying of silverware pieces and/or small dishes.

[0005] The invention is based on the object to provide an insert of the type described, by which an improved drying result can be achieved compared to conventional solutions.

[0006] This object is attained according to the invention by the characteristics of claim 1. Further embodiments of the invention are mentioned in the dependent claims.

[0007] Based on an insert having insert compartments separated from one another by dividing walls, at least two insert compartments are provided according to the invention with compartment floors arranged at different levels for loading different silverware pieces and/or small dishes. Overall, compared to conventional solutions, the insert embodied according to the invention results in an essentially improved drying result for the silverware pieces and/or small dishes placed into the insert. The silverware pieces and/or the small dishes may be placed, depending on their respective length/size/shape, into the insert compartment with the corresponding compartment floor having the suitable height such that they stand on the compartment floor and are no longer required to hang. The run-off of drops of dish washing liquid is enhanced, which otherwise lead to the undesired drying spots. The hanging, particularly of the small pieces into a cover, causing the run-off problems mentioned for the drops, is eliminated by the insert compartments having compartment floors of different levels. The improved drying is also beneficial for the cleaning performance of a rinsing and drying program of an automatic dish washer.

[0008] According to a particularly beneficial embodiment of the invention the height of the compartment floors is adjustable to the length and/or the size of the silverware pieces and/or the small dishes. This results, depending on requirements, in sections, partially adjusted in their useful height, which can be combined for a variably adjustable insert for most different silverware pieces and/or small dishes.

[0009] According to an advantageous variant, the insert compartments form a silverware basket provided with a compartment floor having various usable heights provided by the floors of the silverware basket.

[0010] The object of the invention is explained in greater detail using an exemplary embodiment shown in the only figure, which represents a very simplified side view of a insert, sufficient for the representation of the principle of the invention, though, having several insert compartments embodied according to the invention. In the exemplary embodiment, the insert is embodied as a silverware basket 1 for being loaded with silverware pieces and/or small dishes, in the example selected using spoons 2 and 3 having different lengths and/or size. This silverware basket 1 may be loosely arranged in a dish basket in an automatic dish washer or may be mounted to it firmly or movably. The elementary structure of this silverware basket 1 having side walls, a floor and/or a cover is equivalent to the insert described in the German patent DE 36 41 020.

[0011] In the example selected, the silverware basket 1 comprises a total of three insert compartments 4, 5, 6, separated from one another by two vertically extending dividing walls 7 and 8. In principle, the silverware basket may be provided with a different number of compartments, however, at least two separated ones. According to the invention, at least two insert compartments, here, for example, the insert compartments 4 and 5 or 5 and 6 are provided with compartment floors 4′ and 5′ or 5′ and 6′ being arranged at different levels. The long spoon 2, as shown, is loaded into the insert compartment 4 with the corresponding compartment floor 4′ and the longer usable height, so that it stands securely on the compartment floor 4′. It is also possible to load the spoon 2 into the insert compartment 6, with its compartment floor 6′ being positioned at the same level as the compartment floor 4′ in the exemplary embodiment shown. On the other hand, the insert compartment 5, positioned in the center of the exemplary embodiment shown, serves for accepting and/or loading the short spoon 3, so that this one as well stands securely on the corresponding compartment floor 5′.

[0012] The three insert compartments 4, 5, 6 are preferably provided with compartment floors 4′, 5′, 6′ positioned in different levels, in order to create various usable heights for the silverware basket 1, partially adjustable in the individual sections. Overall, this creates a floor of a silverware basket having different utilization heights by the insert compartment floors 4′, 5′, 6′ of the compartments 4, 5, 6 being individually adjustable in height. This allows a raising or lowering of the floor of the silverware basket in selected sections, in order to optimize the drying result when loading the insert with silverware pieces and/or with small dishes of various length, size, shape, etc., in particular. The improved drying is achieved by the variable embodiment of the insert according to the invention such, that the run-off of the dish washing liquid off a silverware basket having various usable heights is improved. The silverware pieces and/or small dishes in any case resting on the compartment floors 4′, 5′, 6′, dry faster. The rapid and autonomous slippage of the dish washing liquid off the respective insert compartments 4, 5, 6, having a compartment floor 4′, 5′, 6′ suitable height not only optimizes the drying performance, additionally it advantageously improves the cleaning performance of the rinsing and drying program of an automatic dish washer.