Haier Group has filed a patent for a trim assembly for refrigeration appliances. The assembly includes brackets to couple the door and outer panel, with a trim covering the brackets and the gap between the door and panel. The trim is supported solely by the brackets. GlobalData’s report on Haier Group gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on Haier Group, Contactless charging was a key innovation area identified from patents. Haier Group's grant share as of January 2024 was 51%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Refrigeration appliance trim assembly with bracket and trim

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Haier Group

The patent application (Publication Number: US20240035732A1) describes a trim assembly for a refrigeration appliance, specifically designed to couple the door and outer panel together. The assembly includes a bracket with a first plate positioned between the door and outer panel, a second plate attached to the side face of the door, and a clip extending from the second plate. The trim component covers the gap between the door and outer panel and features a hook structure that engages with the clip of the bracket. This design ensures a secure and aesthetically pleasing connection between the door and outer panel.

Furthermore, the trim assembly includes specific features such as a space defined between the clip and second plate, a protrusion on the clip bearing against the hook structure, and a spring on the second plate urging the hook structure towards the clip. The trim itself consists of an elongate cover structure with ribs forming the hook structure, providing both functional and decorative elements to the assembly. Additionally, the patent application also covers the implementation of multiple brackets for coupling the outer panel to the door, each with a corresponding hook structure on the trim. Overall, the innovative design of this trim assembly enhances the overall appearance and functionality of refrigeration appliances by securely connecting the door and outer panel while maintaining a sleek aesthetic.

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