Unit having a memory metal actuator for latching devices of household appliances

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APP PUB NO 20040104580A1
SERIAL NO

10375282

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The present invention provides a method for a door latch of a household appliance wherein the unit includes at least one memory metal actuator which generates forces desired during use of the door latch.

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EMZ-HANAUER GMBH & CO. KGAANABBURG22

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Dirnberger, Albert Neunburg v.W., DE 19 79
Nothaas, Josef Waffenbrunn, DE 1 26
Spiessl, Georg Willhof-Altendorf, DE 15 177
Zuhlke, Gunter Stulln, DE 2 26

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Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (2)
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* 5456243 Thermal block for door assembly 10 1994
 
France/Scott Fetzer Company (1)
* 6474702 Range door lock with nuisance latch 12 2000
 
LANDIS & GYR TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION AG (1)
* 5685148 Drive apparatus 26 1995
 
SONY CORPORATION (1)
* 6404098 Drive unit using shape memory alloy 191 2000
 
Elektromanufaktur Zangenstein Hanauer GmbH & Co. KGAA (1)
* 6634684 Latching mechanism for the door of an electric household appliance 92 2001
 
Nanotechnology, Inc. (1)
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MOTOROLA SOLUTIONS, INC. (1)
* 6633095 Motion device using shape memory material and method therefor 51 1999
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