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LAUNDERING, DRYING, IRONING, PRESSING OR FOLDING TEXTILE ARTICLES (apparatus for blocking, pressing, steaming, or stretching hats A42C; treating textile materials by liquids, gases or vapours D06B; chemical matters, see D06L, D06M)
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:
  • Domestic or laundry dry-cleaning apparatuses using volatile solvents;
  • Domestic, laundry or tailors' ironing or other hot-pressing of clothes, linen or other textile articles;
  • Controlling or regulating domestic laundry driers (cf. D06F 58/28).

The Indexing Codes D06F 2058/2803 to D06F 2058/2861 cover the measuring or checking of variables.

The Indexing Codes D06F 2058/2864 to D06F 2058/2896 cover the control or regulation of variables.

Relationship between large subject matter areas

Apparatuses for wringing, washing, dry cleaning, ironing or other hot-pressing of textiles in manufacturing operations are covered by D06B and D06C.

A document should be classified in D06F if:

  • It mainly relates to the treatment of home textiles, the treatment of other kinds of textiles should generally be classified somewhere else.
  • It generally (but not always) relates to a domestic appliance for treating a textile article (the machine may however be coin-operated).

Exceptions to the rule at point (II) above are:

Applications regarding washing machine components like e.g. pumps, electric motors, electronic devices, displays per se, i.e. applications which claim the technical features of those components without describing any particular interaction between said components and the household appliance do not usually belong to D06F, but to the general classification entry of their function per se.

The above-mentioned devices are mainly seen as "black boxes" connected to the appliance so as to interact with the appliance's operation.

For example, if an application relates to a jog dial, a display or a selector switch, there must be an interaction between said devices and the appliance itself in order to classify said application in D06F 39/005 (the display or the switch should e.g. be mounted to the front panel and/or should e.g. be used for selecting a washing program).

A set of claims including a claim like " a household appliance comprising the device (e.g. a pump) according to claim 1" does only mean that a device according to claim 1 may be used in a household appliance (e.g. in a washing machine) and that the application may be classified in D06F only if there's a clear interaction between the component and the appliance's operation.

It is not to be automatically assumed that such applications belong to D06F, nor that a household appliance should automatically be a washing machine or a dryer (a household appliance could e.g. be a stove, an oven, a refrigerator etc.).

Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Cleaning in general
Dishwashers
Electric motors
Sensors
Valves
Drying in general
Special rules of classification within this subclass

In the following subgroups :

D06F 33/00, D06F 35/00, D06F 37/30, D06F 37/42, D06F 39/005, D06F 39/006, D06F 39/045 and D06F 39/087, it is desirable to add the Indexing Codes listed below to identify aspects related to:

D06F 2202/00 - D06F 2202/12 (Input, e.g. measuring and checking input variables);

D06F 2204/00 - D06F 2204/088 (Output, e.g. automatic control of variables);

D06F 2210/00 (Interfaces, e.g. connections between different parts of the general control system);

D06F 2212/00 - D06F 2212/06 (Programme or timing arrangements);

D06F 2214/00 (Manual setting);

D06F 2216/00 (Display arrangements);

D06F 2220/00 (Time, e.g. real time to perform one or more operations used to influence one or more of the subsequent operations);

D06F 2222/00 (Unbalance arrangements);

D06F 2224/00 (Safety arrangements concerning the opening or closing of the door);

D06F 2226/00 (Liquid or energy recovering arrangements);

D06F 2232/00 - D06F 2232/10 (Processes performed on the laundry, e.g. washing).

Glossary of terms
In this subclass/group, the following terms (or expressions) are used with the meaning indicated:
Drum
Washing receptacle, rotating drum, washing drum or washing tub; the washing receptacle or drum is where the clothes are placed. Drums are generally perforated and are usually the rotating part of the washing machine, however, in D06F 13/00 and subgroups, D06F 15/00 and subgroups, D06F 17/00 and subgroups, D06F 18/00 and subgroups and D06F 19/00 and subgroups,the drum is always stationary.
Tub
Enclosing receptacle, external drum, external tub or fixed tub; the tub is the fixed part of the washing assembly, it contains the washing drum as well as the washing fluid; the tub is generally stationary and water-tight.
Washing assembly
Oscillating assembly, oscillating part or suspended part; it is generally composed by both the drum and the tub.
Lifter
Rib, elements mounted to a rotating drum and acting mainly on the clothes
Agitator:
Rotary and/or oscillating device mounted inside a stationary washing drum and acting mainly on the clothes
Impeller
Rotary devices mounted inside a stationary washing drum and acting mainly on the washing liquid
Washing receptacles (of washing machines D06F 37/00, D06F 39/00)
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Washing receptacles suitable for hand washing (e.g. wash-up bowls).

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Details of washing machines
Wash-tubs; Supports therefor
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Wash-up bowls per se.

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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the tub walls or bottom having corrugations (rubbing boards D06F 3/02)
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Rubbing boards
Wash-boiler receptacles
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Wash-up bowls (generally made of metal) which can be heated by e.g. a gas burner.

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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with special means for water circulation by heat, e.g. fountain-washers
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Wash-up bowls (generally made of metal) comprising means for concentrating the heat of e.g. a burner and for applying it in such a way (e.g. to a hot water circuit), that steam within the boiler is quickly generated and, together with hot water, it is discharged on the garments to be washed.

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Covers; Handles
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Racks or other rigid open containers of skeleton or like apertured construction supporting clothes in washing receptacles
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Wire frame baskets or perforated metal containers suitable for supporting clothes in washing receptacles.

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Hand rubbing apparatus (corrugated tub-walls D06F 1/04)
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Corrugated means against which the clothes are rubbed.

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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References relevant to classification in this subclass/group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Wash-tubs with the tub walls or bottom having corrugations
Special rules of classification within this subclass/group

Wash-up bowls incorporating a corrugated surface have to be classified in D06F 1/04 only.

Rubbing boards have to be classified in D06F 3/02 only.

Rubbing boards
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Corrugated boards against which the clothes are rubbed.

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Hand rubbers, e.g. gloves with corrugated surfaces
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Rubbing devices which are supposed to be used directly by hand.

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Hand implements for washing purposes, e.g. sticks (hand rubbing appliances D06F 3/00; brushes A46B)
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Hand implements which are specifically designed for uniformly distributing/stirring the washing agent and/or the laundry in the washing tub.

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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{Receptacles for washing articles, e.g. hosiery, by shaking or squeezing}
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Washing receptacles, wherein the washing action is obtained by shaking or squeezing the receptacle itself.

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Plungers, dollies, pounders, squeezers, or the like
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Washing devices which, during the washing action, are repeatedly pressed against the laundry/removed from the laundry along a generally vertical direction.

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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References relevant to classification in this subclass/group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Grippers
adapted for removable mounting on receptacles such as wash-tubs
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Grippers
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Laundry grippers specially designed for washing purposes.

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Washing devices adapted to be used independently of any particular receptacle, e.g. for removable mounting on wash-tubs, bath-tubs, or the like
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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of the rotary-impeller type
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Impellers or similar rotating bodies suitable for agitating the washing liquid.

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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of the vibrator type
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Washing devices, wherein the agitation of the washing fluid is generally obtained by oscillating e.g. a solid flat surface with a steady uninterrupted rhythm.

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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agitating the washing liquid by air
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Washing devices, wherein the washing action is obtained by agitating the washing liquid using e.g. air jets.

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Brushing-type washing machines
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Devices for washing home textiles comprising one or more brushing elements, wherein said brushing element comprises bristles hard enough to remove dirt but not so hard that they cause damage to the laundry.

Illustrative examples of subject matter classified in this group.

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Washing machines using rollers, e.g. of the mangle type
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Wringing machinges with two or more cooperating rollers.
Washing machines having receptacles, stationary for washing purposes, with agitators therein contacting the articles being washed (plungers or the like adapted for removable mounting on receptacles D06F 5/04; washing devices adapted to be used independently of any particular receptacle D06F 7/00)
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Vertical axis washing machines provided with laundry agitators.

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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wherein the agitator has an oscillatory rotary motion only
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Glossary of terms
In this subclass/group, the following terms (or expressions) are used with the meaning indicated:
Agitator
Rotary and/or oscillating device mounted inside a stationary washing drum and acting mainly on the clothes
wherein the agitator has an axial motion only
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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wherein the agitator has both rotary, e.g. oscillating rotary, motion and axial motion
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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wherein the agitator has a gyratory or orbital motion
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Vertical axis washing machines, wherein the agitator rotates and/or has an orbital motion.

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Washing machines having beating, rubbing or squeezing means in receptacles stationary for washing purposes (plungers or the like adapted for removable mounting on receptacles D06F 5/04; mangle-type washing machines D06F 11/00)
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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wherein the articles being washed are squeezed by a flexible diaphragm or bag
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Washing machines having receptacles, stationary for washing purposes, wherein the washing action is effected solely by circulation or agitation of the washing liquid (washing devices adapted to be used independently of any particular receptacle D06F 7/00; using vibrations for washing purposes D06F 19/00)
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Washing machines, wherein the washing action is only obtained by circulating or agitating the washing fluid.

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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by pumps (D06F 17/04takes precedence)
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Dishwashers / washing liquid circulation by appl. pressure
solely by water jets
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Washing machines technically close to dishwashers.

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Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Dishwashers having stat. baskets and rigidly mounted spraying devices
by rotary impellers
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Synonyms and Keywords

In this patent documents, the word "Impeller" is often used as a "synonym" for "pulsator".

Driving arrangements for the impeller
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Impellers
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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solely by gases, e.g. air or steam, introduced into the washing liquid
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Washing machines technically close to dishwashers (no drum is present).

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Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Dishwashers wherein the circulation of the washing liquid is obtained by introducing compressed gas (e.g. air) in the washing liquid
Washing machines having receptacles, stationary for washing purposes, and having further drying means (details concerning drying only D06F 58/00)
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Washing machines using vibrations for washing purposes (devices of the vibrator type adapted to be used independently of any particular receptacle D06F 7/04)
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Washing machines comprising vibrating devices.

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Washing machines with receptacles, e.g. perforated, having a rotary movement, e.g. oscillatory movement (with receptacles serving both for washing and centrifugally draining D06F 23/00, D06F 25/00; with receptacles moving bodily about an axis D06F 27/00; programme-control aspects D06F 33/00)
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

General concepts regarding the washing machine as a whole;

Machines which do not necessarily spin-dry and which may comprise lifters and/or impellers.

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References relevant to classification in this subclass/group
This subclass/group does not cover:
washing machines with receptacles serving both for washing and centrifugally draining
programme-control aspects of washing machines
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Washing machines with receptables moving bodily about an axis
Synonyms and Keywords
receptacle
drum
enclosing recptacle
tub
lifters
ribs

In patent documents the following words are used as a synoyms

In this patent documents, the following expressions/words "receptacle" and "drum" are often used as as synonyms.

In this patent documents, the following expressions/words "enclosing receptacle" and "tub" are often used as as synonyms.

In this patent documents, the following expressions/words "lifters" and " ribs" are often used as as synonyms.

about a horizontal axis
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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within an enclosing receptacle
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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about a vertical axis
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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within an enclosing receptacle
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Washing machines comprising a tub (enclosing receptacle).

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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about an inclined axis
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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the receptacle having a wobbling motion
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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with rubbing or beating means not secured to, or forming part of, the receptacle
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Washing machines with receptacles, e.g. perforated, having a rotary movement, e.g. oscillatory movement, the receptacle serving both for washing and centrifugally draining (with further drying means D06F 25/00; programme-control aspects D06F 33/00)
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

General layouts.

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Synonyms and Keywords

In D06F 23/025, D06F 23/04, D06F 23/06 and D06F 23/065 the word "tub" is used as synonym for "drum".

and rotating or oscillating about a horizontal axis
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Washing machines with receptacles, e.g. perforated, having a rotary movement, e.g. oscillatory movement around an horizontal axis, the receptacle serving both for washing and centrifugally draining.

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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{with a rotatable imperforate tub}
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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and rotating or oscillating about a vertical axis
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Washing machines with receptacles, e.g. perforated, having a rotary movement, e.g. oscillatory movement around a vertical axis, the receptacle serving both for washing and centrifugally draining.

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group:

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and rotating or oscillating about an inclined axis
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Washing machines with receptacles, e.g. perforated, having a rotary movement, e.g. oscillatory movement around an inclined axis, the receptacle serving both for washing and centrifugally draining.

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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{with a rotatable imperforate tub}
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Washing machines with receptacles, e.g. perforated, having a rotary movement, e.g. oscillatory movement, the receptacle serving both for washing and centrifugally draining and having further drying means, e.g. using hot air (programme-control aspects D06F 33/00; details concerning drying only D06F 58/00)
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

General and simple aspects of the drying means.

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Synonyms and Keywords

In patent documents, the following expression/words "receptacle" and "drum are used as synonyms.

Washing machines with receptacles moving bodily, e.g. reciprocating, swinging
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Washing machines having receptacles which do not necessarily rotate around an axis and, wherein the washing action is mainly obtained by shaking, oscillating, lifting and/or dropping of the receptacle as a whole.

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Combinations of a washing machine with other separate apparatus in a common frame or the like, e.g. with rinsing apparatus
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Combinations of washing machines with other separate household appliances, wherein both devices share the same support structure (e.g. frame or casing).

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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{ the other separate apparatus being a drying appliance}
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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with liquid-extracting apparatus (with roller wringer D06F 45/12)
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Washing installations comprising an assembly of several washing machines or washing units, e.g. continuous flow assemblies
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Industrial devices for hospitals, hotels or professional laundries.

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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{consisting of one or more rotating drums through which the laundry passes in a continuous flow}
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Batch or tunnel washing machines, wherein the drums have either vertical or horizontal axes.

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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electrically
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Electronic devices.

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Dishwashers / Devices for the automatic control of the different phases of cleaning.
substantially mechanically
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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substantially hydraulically
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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substantially pneumatically
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Washing machines, apparatus, or methods not otherwise provided for
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Washing machines implementing washing concepts and/or characterised by technical features which cannot be classified elsewhere.

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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{ using ozone}
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Dishwashers / Sterilizing arrangements using ozone
Preparation of ozone in general
{ using bubbles}
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Washing machines, wherein the washing action is performed by gas bubbles getting in contact with the articles to be washed.

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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{ using electrochemical cells}
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Dishwashers / Sterilizing arrangements using electrochemical cells.
{ using chlorine generators}
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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{ Methods for washing, rinsing or spin-drying}
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Washing methods (per se) explicitly comprising a washing, a rinsing, and a spinning phase.

{ for washing or rinsing only}
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Washing methods (per se) explicitly related to the washing and rinsing phases only.

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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{ for spin-drying only}
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Washing methods (per se) related to the spinning phase only.

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Special rules of classification within this group

Pure hardware should not be classified here.

{ for disinfecting the tub or the drum}
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:

Methods for disinfecting the clothes or the washing fluid should not be classified here.

Details of washing machines of kinds covered by groups D06F 21/00 to D06F 25/00, restricted to machines of these kinds (details of more general application D06F 39/00; details concerning drying only D06F 58/00)
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Bearing supports (see figure - reference sign (1)).

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Rotary receptacles, e.g. drums
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Details of the drum surface for drums having both horizontal and vertical axes.

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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adapted for rotation or oscillation about a horizontal or inclined axis
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Ribs, lifters, or rubbing means forming part of the receptacle
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Drums adapted for rotation about a vertical axis, characterised by the shape of the side wall;
Construction of the inside surface of the drum
F-terms 3B155/DC13
Projections or partitions
F-terms 3B155/DC14
{ ribs or lifters having means for circulating the washing liquid}
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Ribs/lifters comprising water passages (e.g. holes).

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Partitions
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Shoe holders.

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Doors; Securing means therefor
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Only doors for "top-loaders" (e.g. drum doors).

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Doors hinged to the tub
adapted for rotation or oscillation about a vertical axis
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Ribs or rubbing means forming part of the receptacle
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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{ ribs or lifters having means for circulating the washing liquid}
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Partitions
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Doors or covers; Securing means therefor
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Drum doors for drums having a vertical axis.

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Mountings, e.g. resilient mountings, for the rotary receptacle, motor, tub, or casing; Preventing or damping vibrations ( { counterweights mounted to the tub or mountings therefor D06F 37/265} ; damping vibrations in general F16F)
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Vibration dampers having rectilinearly moving Friction surfaces;
Vibration dampers of the cylinder piston type.
{Arrangements for detecting or measuring unbalance; Preventing vibrations by regulating the speed of rotation of the drum (sensing vibrations to control introduction of counterbalancing liquid D06F 37/225, D06F 37/245) }
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Laundry weighing.

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Spin profiles
{Mounting of motor}
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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in machines with a receptacle rotating or oscillating about a horizontal axis
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Dampers mounting and configuration.

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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{Damping vibrations by displacing, supplying or ejecting a material, e.g. liquid, into or from counterbalancing pockets}
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Correcting or balancing weights by using rolling bodies
in machines with a receptacle rotating or oscillating about a vertical axis
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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{Damping vibrations by displacing, supplying or ejecting a material, e.g. liquid, into or from counterbalancing pockets}
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Casings; Tubs
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Tubs (finished products).

References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Dishwashers / Details of the tub
{ Tubs made by a specially selected manufacturing process or characterised by their assembly from elements}
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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{ made of plastic material, e.g. by injection moulding}
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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{ assembled from at least two elements connected to each other; Connecting or sealing means therefor}
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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{ Tubs provided with reinforcing structures, e.g. ribs, inserts, braces}
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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{ Counterweights mounted to the tub; Mountings therefor}
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Water pockets.

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Mortars or concrete compositions
Polymeric concrete compositions
Special rules of classification within this group

Bearings and bearing supports are not to be classified here.

{ Gaskets mounted between tub and casing around the loading opening}
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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{ Tubs specially adapted for mounting thereto components or devices not provided for in preceding subgroups (D06F 37/206 takes precedence) }
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Special components mounted to the tub.

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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{ for suspension devices}
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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{ for the bearing of the rotary receptacle}
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Doors; Security means therefor
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Doors hinged to the tub.

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:

Doors hinged to the casing.

Driving arrangements
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Gears and motors (pure hardware).

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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{Automatic drum positioning}
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Automatic drum positioning devices for top-loaders, wherein the drum doors are aligned with the casing door in order to empty the drum.

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Electric components
Motors or generators.
{Electric speed control; Arrangements or adaptations of electric motors (D06F 37/203 takes precedence) }
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Electric motors as such;
Combination of a motor and a further component, e.g. a circuit.
{Control of the reversing movement}
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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{Hydraulic or pneumatic speed control; Arrangements or adaptations of hydraulic or pneumatic motors}
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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for rotating the receptacle at one speed only { (D06F 37/304, D06F 37/308 take precedence) }
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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in opposite directions, e.g. oscillating
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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for rotating the receptacle at more than one speed { (D06F 37/304, D06F 37/308 take precedence) }
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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in opposite directions
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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for driving the receptacle and an agitator or impeller, e.g. alternatively { (D06F 37/304, D06F 37/308 take precedence) }
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Washing machines having receptacles,stationary for washing purposes, wherein the washing action is effected solely by circulation or agitation of the washing liquid
Washing machines having receptacles,stationary for washing purposes,with agitators therein contacting the articles being washed
Safety arrangements, e.g. for stopping rotation of the receptacle upon opening of the casing door
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:
  • Safety devices for avoiding leakage;
  • Door locks for all kind of washing machines.

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Automatic drum positioning
Door locks for dishwashers
Details of washing machines in so far as such details are not special to washing machines of groups D06F 21/00 to D06F 25/00 or to any particular type of washing machine defined in groups D06F 9/00 to D06F 19/00 or D06F 27/00
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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{Arrangements for transporting, moving, or setting washing machines; Protective arrangements for use during transport (transport in general B65) }
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Mechanical means for temporaneously fixing the suspended part of the washing machine (e.g. the tub) to its stationary part (e.g. the frame).

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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{Arrangements for detecting or measuring the condition of the laundry or the washing water, e.g. nature or weight of the laundry, turbidity of the washing water}
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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{Arrangements for measuring or detecting the condition of the laundry, e.g. nature or weight}
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Dishwashers / Arrangements for detecting the condition of the crockery (e.g. quantity)
{Arrangements for measuring or detecting the condition of the washing water, e.g. turbidity}
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:
  • Devices for measuring the detergent concentration;
  • Water hardness measuring devices.

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Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Dishwashers / Arrangements for detecting the condition of the washing water
{Arrangements for programme selection; Indication of the selected programme, programme progress or other variables, e.g. temperature (time-programme switches H01H 43/00) }
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:
  • Front panels;
  • Jog dials, buttons, displays and keyboards mounted to the front panel.

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Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Domestic laundry dryers / Controlling or regulating
Stoves or ranges / Details, e.g. control panels, illumination
Refrigerators / Arrangement or mounting of control or safety devices
Refrigerators / Mounting of control devices
Apparatuses for making beverages / Alarm-clock-controlled mechanisms for coffee or tea making apparatus
Programme-control systems / electric
Programme-control systems / using selector switches;
Arrangements for transmitting signals characterised by the use of a wireless link;
Circuit arrangements for providing remote indication of network conditions;
Computing / electrical digital data processing / input and output arrangements.
{Recovery arrangements, e.g. for the recovery of energy or water}
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Dishwashers / Recovery arrangements for the recovery of energy or water.
{Arrangements of water softeners (water softeners in general C02F) }
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Dishwashers / Water softeners
Dishwashers / Details of the salt containe
{ Steam generating arrangements}
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Methods of steam generation in boilers heated electrically with water in reservoirs
Devices for adding soap or other washing agents
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Multiple dosing systems.

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Dishwashers / Devices for adding cleaning agents
{in a liquid state (D06F 39/024 takes precedence) }
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Dishwashers / Devices for adding cleaning agents in the form of liquids.
{mounted on the agitator or the rotating drum; Free body dispensers}
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:
  • Laundry balls for clothes dryers;
  • Test sheets for testing the washing performance;
  • Colour catcher sheets.

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Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Domestic laundry dryers / Laundry conditioning arrangements
Dishwashers / Detachable devices
Free body dispensers
{the powder or tablets being added directly, e.g. without the need of a flushing liquid}
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Dishwashers / Devices for adding cleaning agents
Dishwashers / Devices for adding cleaning agents by tipping containers;
Detergent tablets
Detergent tablets
{Arrangements for selectively supplying water to detergent compartments}
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Heating arrangements
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Dishwashers / water-heater arrangements
Special rules of classification within this group

Steam devices specifically designed for washing machines have to be classified in D06F 39/008 only.

{Temperature measuring or regulating devices}
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Thermostats.

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Dishwashers / Temperature measuring arrangements
Arrangements for preventing or destroying scum
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Sensors.

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Liquid supply or discharge arrangements (supplying liquid detergent D06F 39/02)
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Dishwashers / Water supply / recirculation arrangements
Sensors
{Safety arrangements for preventing water damage}
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Water stopping devices (safety devices mounted to the tap).

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Dishwashers / Safety arrangements for preventing water damage
Investigating fluid-tightness of structures / by detecting presence of fluid at the leakage point
{detecting faulty draining operations, e.g. filter blockage, faulty pump}
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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{ Liquid discharge or recirculation arrangements}
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Control of flow / without auxiliary power
{Arrangements or adaptations of pumps (pumps in general F04) }
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Pumps specially adapted for washing machines.

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Dishwashers / Recirculation or discharge pumps
{Arrangements for avoiding detergent wastage in the discharge conduit}
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Non-return valves (e.g. ball or flap valves).

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Valves in general
{Water level measuring or regulating devices}
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Dishwashers / Water level measuring devices
Water supply with cold and hot water
{Liquid supply arrangements}
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Dishwashers,Water supply,recirculation arrangements
Filtering arrangements
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Filters disposed in the water circuit.

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Dishwashers / Water filters;
Dishwashers / Flat filters
Dishwashers / Tubular filters
Dishwashers / Filters / Arrangements for avoiding clogging
Casings; Tubs
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Casings.

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Dishwasher / Details of the casing
Kitchen cabinets / Worktops
Domestic plumbing installations / Sinks
{Supporting arrangements for the casing, e.g. rollers or legs}
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Pedestals.

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Dishwasher / details of the casing / Rollers or supporting legs
Legs or bases
FTERM-3B155/DA13
Furniture / Adjustable feet having screw means;
Furniture / Adjustable feet;
Machine casings / Attaching supporting legs on foundations
Doors or covers; Securing means therefor
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:
  • Doors hinged to the casing for both top- and front-loaders;
  • Door hinges;
  • Door locks.

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Doors hinged to the tub:
Doors hinged to the drum:
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Dishwashers / Details of the casing / Locks
Dishwashers / Details of the casing / Hinges
Rinsing apparatus
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Implements for rinsing and squeezing soiled reusable cloth diapers.

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Dry-cleaning apparatus {or methods} using volatile solvents (D06F 9/00 to D06F 41/00 take precedence)
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Industrial dry-cleaning machines and dry-cleaning methods.

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
CO2 cleaning
{Spotting apparatus}
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Industrial and/or household handheld spot-removing devices

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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{Solvent condition control devices, e.g. humidity content}
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Solvent condition (e.g. humidity) detecting arrangement for industrial dry-cleaning machines.

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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{Dry cleaning methods}
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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having one rotary cleaning receptacle only
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Industrial dry-cleaning machines comprising a single rotary cleaning receptacle.

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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having more than one rotary cleaning receptacle
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Industrial dry-cleaning machines comprising more than one rotary cleaning receptacle.

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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wherein the articles to be cleaned are passed through a cleaning chamber or bath
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Associated apparatus for handling and recovering the solvents (separate apparatus for purifying dry-cleaning solvents B01D)
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Solvent recovery devices for industrial dry cleaning machines, wherein the recovery device lies in a separate structure with respect to the dry cleaning machine.

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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{Reclaiming or recovering the solvent from a mixture of solvent and contaminants, e.g. by distilling}
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Solvent reclaiming or recovery arrangements for industrial dry-cleaning machines.

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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{Condensing arrangements}
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Solvent condensing arrangements for industrial dry-cleaning machines.

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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{Filtering arrangements; Filter cleaning; Filter-aid powder dispensers}
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Solvent filtering / filter cleaning arrangements for industrial dry-cleaning machines.

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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{Recovering the solvent from the drying air current}
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Industrial dry-cleaning machines comprising means for recovering the solvent from the drying air current.

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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{Condensing arrangements}
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Industrial dry-cleaning machines comprising solvent condensing means for recovering the solvent from the drying air current.

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Wringing machines with two or more co-operating rollers; Similar cold-smoothing apparatus
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Wringing machines comprising two or more rotary pressing bodies, suitable for removing excess liquids from rags or any equivalent absorbent and pliant items.

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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wherein the pressure is transmitted by spring means
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Wringing machines comprising two or more rotary pressing bodies, wherein pressure is exerted via spring means.

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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with hand-operated quick-release means
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Wringing machines comprising two or more rotary pressing bodies and hand-operated pressure release means.

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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with automatically-operated quick-release means
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Wringing machines comprising two or more rotary pressing bodies and automatically-operated pressure release means.

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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wherein the pressure is applied by fluid means
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Wringing machines comprising two or more rotary pressing bodies, wherein pressure is exerted via e.g. hydraulic means.

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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with three or more co-operating rollers
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Wringing machines comprising three or more rotary pressing bodies

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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combined with washing machines
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Wringing machines (comprising two or more rotary pressing bodies) permanently combined with a washing machine.

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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with means for removable attachment to washing machines, tables or other supports (combined with tables A47B)
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Wringing machines (comprising two or more rotary pressing bodies) removeably attached to a washing machine, table or other support.

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Details
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Constructive details belonging to wringing machines comprising two or more rotary pressing bodies.

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Driving or control arrangements for rotation of the rollers
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Toggle or other lever means for transmitting pressure to the rollers
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Rollers
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Frames guiding or housing the roller shafts; Stands for supporting the roller framework
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Draining boards; Feed or discharge boards; Stripping means
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Belt arrangements for guiding the linen between the rollers
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Apparatus of the press type for expelling water from the linen
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Industrial pressing machines for removing excess liquids from wet clothing.

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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by a mechanically-actuated ram
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Industrial pressing machines for removing excess liquids from wet clothing, comprising a mechanically-actuated ram.

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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by a fluid-actuated ram
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Industrial pressing machines for removing excess liquids from wet clothing, comprising a fluid-actuated ram.

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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by a flexible diaphragm
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Industrial pressing machines for removing excess liquids from wet clothing, comprising a flexible diaphragm.

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Covers; Securing means therefor
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Covers and securing means therefor, specially adapted for sealing industrial pressing machines for removing excess liquids from wet clothing.

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Domestic spin-dryers or similar spin-dryers not suitable for industrial use (centrifuges in general B04B)
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Household spin-dryers (general aspects and/or constructive details) which cannot be classified under any hierarchically lower group.

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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{Doors or covers; Safety arrangements}
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Doors, covers or safety arrangements for household spin-dryers.

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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{Rinsing arrangements}
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Water spraying arrangements for wetting the laundry during spinning, specially adapted for household spin-dryers.

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Bowl construction
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Constructional details of rotary drums for household spin-drying devices.

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Bowl drive
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Driving means of rotary drums for household spin-drying devices.

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Mountings, e.g. resilient mountings, for the bowl or casings; Preventing or damping vibrations (damping vibrations in general F16F)
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Vibration damping arrangements for rotary drums of household spin-dryers.

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Liquid discharge arrangements
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Water draining arrangements for household spin-dryers.

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Apparatus for expelling or draining water from the linen, not provided for in the preceding groups
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Hand operated apparatuses for removing excess liquids from wet clothing.

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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by twisting
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Clothes-lines; Supports therefor (drying frames incorporating clothes-lines D06F 57/00; supports or holders specially adapted or mounted for storing and repeatedly paying-out and restoring lengths of lines B65H 75/34; ropes, cables D07B)
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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{Accessories, e.g. line cleaning devices, line protectors, clothes-pin holders}
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Clothes-lines
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Any line, such as a piece of rope or cable, which is specifically designed and used for hanging clothes thereon for drying the clothes, the line being characterised by features that render the line particularly useful for suspending or hanging clothes thereon to dry.

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group:

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Supports, e.g. poles, props for clothes-lines (poles in general E04H)
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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{comprising means for storing the clothes-line}
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Clothes-pegs
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Devices for keeping articles together during laundering
Clothing hangers
with pivoted {independent} clamping members
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Friction grip fastenings / using pivoting jaws
Supporting means, other than simple clothes-lines, for linen or garments to be dried or aired (in combination with means for heating or positive air circulation D06F 58/00, F26B; adapted to retain the shape of particular articles being dried D06F 59/00; clothing hangers, e.g. suit hangers A47G 25/14)
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Pivotal connections / Arrangements for locking
Special rules of classification within this subclass/group

for the classification in D06F 57/00 and its subgroups:

  • supporting means mounted on pillars (D06F 57/02 and D06F 57/04) are not considered "stands". Hence, foldable supporting means mounted on pillars are not classified in the subgroups D06F 57/08 or D06F 57/10 relating to stands only;
  • supporting means specially adapted for attachment to walls, ceilings, stoves, or other structures or objects (D06F 57/12 and subgroups) are considered neither "mounted on pillars" nor "stands". Hence, such supporting means are only classifed in D06F 57/12 and subgroups even if foldable.
Glossary of terms
In this subclass/group, the following terms (or expressions) are used with the meaning indicated:
Stand
Supporting means, other than simple clothes-lines, for linen or garments to be dried or aired, comprising more than one leg for standing on the ground and being self-supporting, i.e. without being mounted to the ground or a further support.
mounted on pillars, e.g. rotatably { (sockets or holders for poles or posts E04H 12/22) }
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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and having radial arms, e.g. collapsible
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Umbrellas Parasols
comprising vertical members connected by horizontal bars
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Supporting means comprising more than one vertical member which are interconnected by horizontal bars. The vertical members must be truly vertical, i.e. perpendicular to the ground, in the operating position of the supporting means.

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group:

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Folding stands (D06F 57/06 takes precedence)
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Folding stands, i.e. stands that are foldable for stowing.

This group covers in particular, but not exclusively, folding stands as defined above which are foldable about a horizontal axis.

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group:

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of the lazy-tongs type
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Any foldable stand with intersecting leg members, the leg members being foldable using a mechanism involving at least two parallel folding axes in which the members intersect.

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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specially adapted for attachment to walls, ceilings, stoves, or other structures or objects
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Towel racks
{for attachment by clamping between two retaining-planes}
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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{for attachment to, or close to, the ceiling}
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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{for attachment or suspension to central heating radiators}
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Domestic laundry driers (drying in general F26B)
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Dishwashers / Drying arrangements
having drier drums rotating about a horizontal axis
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Domestic laundry drier having a drier drum rotating about a horizontal axis in general.

For instance: a domestic laundry drier having a drier drum rotating about a horizontal axis defined by a particular arrangement of conducting air inside the laundry drier, this particular arrangment involving inter alia the drum.

An example of such a domestic laundry drier in D06F 58/02 is:

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Details (controlling or regulating arrangements D06F 58/28)
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Details that are directly relating to the drier drum rotating about a horizontal axis of the domestic laundry drier.

Examples of such details of a domestic laundry drier in D06F 58/04 include:

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Special rules of classification within this subclass/group

In case an aspect of the detail falls also in D06F 58/20 and its subgroups, i.e. this aspect of the detail is not restricted to laundry driers having a drum rotating about a horizontal axis, then also D06F 58/20 or its relevant subgroup should be assigned.

For instance: a domestic laundry drier having a drier drum rotating about a horizontal axis and comprising an electric heating device specially shaped or adapted to the drier drum should be classified in both, D06F 58/04 (aspect: specially shaped to the drier drum) and D06F 58/26 (aspect: heating device).

Mountings for the rotating drums
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Any detail related to the mounting of the rotating drum, for instance bearings or supports of the rotating drum.

An example of a detail of a mounting for a rotating drum in D06F 58/06 is:

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Driving arrangements
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Device details or components of the domestic laundry drier directly related or linked to the driving arrangement of the drier drum.

For instance: the motor, mounting and support of the motor, as well as details of the drive system such as belts and pulleys.

An example of such a details of a driving arrangement in D06F 58/08 is:

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Drying cabinets or drying chambers having heating or ventilating means
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Clothes dryers having a rotating drum
having conveying means for moving clothes, e.g. along an endless track
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Conveying means for moving the clothes, for instance along an endless track, along a rotating screw, or back and forth

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Collapsible drying cabinets; Wall mounted collapsible hoods
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Collapsible drying cabinets, such as collapsible and portable drying devices; Wall mounted collapsible hoods

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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having heatable surfaces for contacting the laundry (D06F 59/00 takes precedence)
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Domestic laundry driers having heatable surfaces for contacting the laundry, the domestic laundry drier being specifically designed for, and used as, domestic device for drying laundry.

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Towel racks having drying means
Radiators per se
Detachable or door-mounted drying arrangements for washing machines
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Drying arrangement which can be removably attached to a washing machine and which does not form part of the washing machine; door-mounted drying arrangement suitable for a washing machine, the drying arrangement being self-contained.

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Washing machines having receptacles, stationary for the washing purposes, and having further drying means
Washing machines with receptactles having a rotary movement, the receptacle serving both for washing and centrifugally draining and having further drying mean
General details of domestic laundry driers (D06F 59/00 takes precedence)
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

General details of domestic laundry driers being relevant for all different type of domestic laundry driers.

For instance:

  • vents or pipes or air valves used in domestic laundry driers;
  • fans or air blowing arrangement;
  • air/air heat exchangers for heat exchange without condensation, e.g. heat exchanger for heat recovery;
  • casing details specific to laundry driers.
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Washing machines / casings
Washing machines / supporting arrangements for the casing
Washing machines / doors or covers; securing means thereof
Dishwashers / details of the casing
Special rules of classification within this subclass/group

In case the details or the components relate to an air/air heat exchanger which effects the condensation of moisture, only the subgroup D06F 58/24 should be assigned (i.e. not D06F 58/20 in addition).

{Laundry conditioning arrangements}
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Details of laundry conditioning devices or components in domestic laundry driers using a laundry conditioning agent (e.g. water, steam, perfume, starch) to be applied to the laundry.

An example of such a laundry conditioning arrangement in a domestic laundry drier may involve the injection of a laundry conditioning agent into the treatment chamber, as shown below:

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Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Steam generators per se
Washing machines / Steam generating arrangements
{ Heat pump arrangements}
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Heat pump arrangements for domestic laundry dryers, e.g. heat pumps of the compressor type, of the sorption type or using thermo-electric elements (e.g. Peltier / Seebeck devices).

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Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:

Heat pumps

Drying arrangements for dishwashers / using condensers
Drying by condensing the moisture
Drying by using sorbent;
Heating arrangements
Combined heating and refrigeration systems
Heating and cooling
Air conditioning

Thermo-electric heat pumps (e.g. Peltier)

Heating and cooling
Air conditioning
Basic electric elements
Lint collecting arrangements
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Details of devices or components related or linked to the collection of lint or other particles, such as air filters and air filter cleaning devices.

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Condensing arrangements
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Details of devices or components related or linked to the collection of lint or other particles, such as air filters and air filter cleaning devices.

  • condensers or the components effecting the condensation of moisture;
  • condensation handling devices such as condensation pump and condensation container;
  • details directly related to the condenser, such as components effecting the cleaning or enabling maintenance of the condenser.

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Drying arrangements for dishwashers / using condensers
Heat exchangers
Heating arrangements, e.g. gas heating equipment (D06F 58/18 takes precedence)
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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{Gas heating equipment}
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Domestic laundry driers having gas heating equipment including the burner and the gas supply devices.

Laundry driers having gas heating devices.

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{ Microwave heating equipment}
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Controlling or regulating (controlling or regulating in general G05)
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

(a) Drying processes and methods of the treatment of laundry in a domestic laundry drier;

(b) Controlling processes for controlling or regulating:

  • the operational steps of the drying process;
  • operating time, energy consumption, generation of noise;
  • the use of laundry conditioning agents (e.g. the process of controlling or regulating the dosing or metering of the laundry conditioning agent);
  • wireless communication between devices or components of the domestic laundry drier;
  • remote monitoring of the operation of the laundry drier;

(c) Controlling processes or methods for providing a safe and correct operation of the domestic laundry drier as well as for detecting and preventing accidents or malfuntion (e.g. fire detection and prevention).

(d) Devices specifically adapted for, and used in, controlling or regulating a domestic laundry drier including devices as part of the human-machine-interface, detection or measuring devices (e.g. sensors), main control circuits or boards or power supply.

An example of a graph showing a drying process as in item (a) above is:

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Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Washing machines: controlling a series of operations in washing machines, electrically
Washing machines: safety arrangements
Washing machines: arrangements for programme selection; indication of the selected programme, programme process, or other variables (e.g. temperature)
Dishwashers: washing processes: drying phase
Dishwashers: controlling processes: regulating the drying phases in a dishwashing process
Dishwashers: arrangements for programme selection, e.g. control panels); indication of the selected programme, programme process, or other parameters, e.g. by using display panels
Dishwashers: devices or the automatic control
Stoves or ranges heated by electrical energy: arrangement or mounting of control or safety arrangements
Special rules of classification within this group

Whenever an application is classified in D06F 58/28, the relevant Indexing Code should always be assigned (unless there is no relevant Indexing Code at all).

If a specific Indexing Code in the D06F 58/28 range is assigned to an application, said same application has also to be classified in D06F 58/28.

The relevant Indexing Codes are the following:

Controlling or regulating;
Manual setting
Setting of the intensity of the heater, motor or blower
Setting of load, quantity, weight, type of laundry or the like;
Setting of load, quantity, weight, type of laundry or the like;
Setting of drying time or timing for part of the programme
Automatic detection of the humidity of the laundry;
Detecting the air humidity
Detecting the air humidity by capacitance
Detecting the air humidity by resistance
Detecting the air temperature
Detecting the variation of quantities in the condenser
Detecting the laundry electrical capacitance
Detecting the laundry electrical resistance
Detecting the laundry temperature
by means of radiation;
Detecting the variation of the weight
Detecting the time for cooling-down or heating-up
Other automatic detection
Controlling the correct functioning of the machine
Detecting the load, e.g. weight or overload
Controlling the air quantity; mixing with fresh air
by ON/OFF timing
Controlling of the heat pump
by ON/OFF timing
Controlling the driving motor
by ON/OFF timing;
Displaying or monitoring the programme progress
Warning to signal incorrect functioning;
Controlling the heater;
by ON/OFF timing;
Timing in general; e.g. timing of a part of the cycle
Supports adapted to retain the shape of particular articles being dried, e.g. incorporating heating means { (devices for retaining the shape of hats A42B 1/002; apparatus for changing the form and size of hats A42C 3/00) }
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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for garments
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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for gloves
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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for stockings
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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for curtains, table cloths, or other articles of sheet form
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Frames for embroidering
Quilt stretchers
D05C39/00A
Stretching frames
Stretching printing fabrics
Stretching devices for straining screens
Ironing machines using two or more co-operating pressing rollers
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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with two rollers
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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with three or more rollers one above the other
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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with successive pairs of rollers
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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with one central roller co-operating with a plurality of circumferential rollers
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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with two or more central rollers co-operating with a plurality of circumferential rollers
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Ironing machines having a roller or rollers co-acting with a fixed or moving flat bed or table (coverings or pads D06F 83/00)
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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with two or more rollers co-acting with a fixed or moving flat bed or table
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Ironing machines with rollers rotating against curved surfaces
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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with one roller only
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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the bed being urged against the roller by hand or foot
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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the bed being urged against the roller by power
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Mechanical safety features.

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the roller being urged against the bed
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Details of ironing machines provided for in groups D06F 61/00, D06F 63/00, or D06F 65/00
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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{Stands or cabinets}
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Rollers; Heating arrangements therefor (coverings or pads D06F 83/00)
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Arrangements for feeding or spreading the linen
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Means for stripping the linen from the rollers
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Beds; Heating arrangements therefor (coverings or pads D06F 83/00)
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Driving arrangements
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Ironing machines not otherwise provided for
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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using endless or other ironing or pressing belts or aprons
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Ironing machines comprising a moving endless belt pressed against a moveable roller.

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with relatively-sliding flat surfaces
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Apparatus for hot-pressing clothes, linen, or other textile articles, i.e. wherein there is substantially no relative movement between pressing element and article while pressure is being applied to the article; Similar machines for cold-pressing clothes, linen, or other textile articles (devices for household use, for cold-pressing garments A47G)
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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actuated wholly by hand or foot (D06F 71/08 takes precedence)
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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{with an upper movable pressing member and a lower fixed pressing member}
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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{the upper movable member rotating about a fixed axis}
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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power-actuated (D06F 71/08 takes precedence)
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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{with an upper movable pressing member and a lower fixed pressing member (D06F 71/06 takes precedence) }
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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{the upper movable member rotating about a fixed axis}
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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fluid-actuated
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

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{with an upper movable pressing member and a lower fixed pressing member}
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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{the upper movable member rotating about a fixed axis}
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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{Fluid-control mechanisms for controlling the ironing pressure or the movement of the pressure member}
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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wherein one or more of the pressing elements is moved laterally between successive pressing operations (laundry systems or arrangements of apparatus or machines D06F 95/00)
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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by movement about a vertical axis
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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by movement about a horizontal axis
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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by a rectilinear movement
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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having a pressing element or buck adapted to provide interior support for a garment to be pressed (D06F 71/18 takes precedence)
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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for pressing shirts
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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for pressing collars
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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for pressing cuffs
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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for pressing shoulders or necks
Definition statement
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Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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for pressing sleeves, trousers, or other tubular garments or tubular parts of garments
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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{for pressing sleeves}
Definition statement
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Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Trousers
Definition statement
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Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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{the top portion of trousers}
Definition statement
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Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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specially adapted for pressing seams
Definition statement
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Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Details
Definition statement
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Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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{Protective devices, e.g. burn guards}
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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{Arrangements for producing a sliding or ironing movement between the pressing elements in closed position}
Definition statement
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Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Heating arrangements; Arrangements for supplying or removing steam or other gases
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Pressing elements (for use in pressing particular garments or parts thereof D06F 71/18; coverings or pads therefor D06F 83/00)
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Feeding arrangements (feeding by lateral movement of pressing elements D06F 71/08)
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Holders or stretchers for the article to be pressed
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Shaping or stretching of fabrics
Apparatus for smoothing or removing creases from garments or other textile articles by formers, cores, stretchers, or internal frames, with the application of heat or steam (stretchers for drying purposes D06F 59/00; combined with external pressure means D06F 71/00; stretchers for use with presses D06F 71/40; dress-forms for the tailoring trade A41H; garment stretchers without the application of heat A47G 25/00)
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Garment bags
having one or more treatment chambers
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Hand irons
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Carpet irons
Steam generators
Externally-heated hand irons; Hand irons internally heated by means other than electricity, e.g. by solid fuel, by steam
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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by pre-heated block
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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with means for supplying steam or liquid to the article being ironed (D06F 75/32 takes precedence)
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Hand irons internally heated by electricity
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Any hand iron internally heated by electricity that cannot be classified in one of the lower subgroups of D06F 75/08. This group comprises, for instance, illuminating devices.

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Special rules of classification within this group

Information regarding steam irons should not be classified in D06F 75/08 itself (information regarding steam irons should be classified in D06F 75/10 and/or lower)

with means for supplying steam to the article being ironed (D06F 75/32 takes precedence)
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Methods of steam generation, steam boilers
the steam being produced from water supplied to the iron from an external source
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Hand irons having means for supplying steam, wherein steam or water for producing steam are supplied to the iron from an external source (e.g. an external steam generator or a water reservoir and pump).

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the steam being produced from water in a reservoir carried by the iron
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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the reservoir being heated to produce the steam
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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the water being fed slowly, e.g. drop by drop, from the reservoir to a steam generator
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Arrangements for discharging the steam to the article being ironed
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Steam outlets arrangements.

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with means for supplying liquid to the article being ironed (D06F 75/10 takes precedence)
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Hand irons comprising water sprays.

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Arrangements of the heating means within the iron; Arrangements for distributing, conducting, or storing the heat (electric heating in general H05B)
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Thermostats for home appliances
{using other than ohmic-resistance heating means, e.g. electrolytic or induction heating}
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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{using infra-red lamps}
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Any heating means using lamps or light sources for generating heat radiation, for instance:

  • Heating means comprising infra-red lamps;
  • Heating means comprising sources of visible light;
  • Heating means comprising sources of ultraviolet light.

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Temperature control or indicating arrangements (thermally-actuated switches H01H)
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Temperature control or indicating arrangements for hand irons, including any details of the control unit of the hand iron such as general displays, buttons, position detectors and thermostats of a hand iron.

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group:

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{Temperature indicating arrangements; Control knobs}
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Arrangements for attaching, protecting or supporting the electric supply cable
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Cable supports that are part of the hand iron.

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Hand irons of special external shape or form
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Hand irons having a special shape or use.

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Attachments for converting hand irons to steam irons
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group:

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Handles; Handle mountings
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Casings
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Sole plates (D06F 75/20 takes precedence)
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Construction details of fixed or removable soleplates (how the soleplate is built e.g. layers, materials etc.).

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group:

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Stands or supports attached to the iron
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Arrangements for exerting pressure on, lifting, or guiding hand irons
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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{using an electro-magnet or a permanent magnet in the iron or the ironing board}
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Accessories for hand irons
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

For instance: water containers for filling the iron.

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Stands or supports neither attached to, nor forming part of, the iron or ironing board
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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{with means for supplying current to the iron}
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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{for cordless irons}
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Stoves or other heating means specially adapted for heating irons externally {,e.g. by induction heating} (stoves in general F24)
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Means, not forming part of the iron, for cooling the iron
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Ironing boards (coverings or pads therefor D06F 83/00; combined with tables, mounted in kitchen cabinets A47B; tables in general A47B; combined with ladders E06C; {supports for keeping the electric supply cable clear of the iron or of the clothing H02G 11/003} )
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Ironing boards stored in kitchen cabinets
{with flat iron support}
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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{with fabric support or garment rack}
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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with collapsible underframe
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

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with means for adjusting height
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Tables with means for varying the height of the top
attachable to independent supports, e.g. walls
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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incorporating heating, steaming, or forced ventilation means
Definition statement
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Top board elements
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

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Sleeve boards; Attaching means therefor
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Means for attaching covers
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Coverings or pads for ironing or pressing members
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Ironing machines using two or more co-operating pressing rollers
Ironing boards
Independent elements for interposition between the article and the ironing or pressing surface
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Apparatus for moistening or otherwise conditioning the article to be ironed or pressed (apparatus for smoothing or removing creases from garments or other textile articles by formers, cores, stretchers or internal frames, with the application of heat or steam D06F 73/00; {devices used in combination with a laundry drier D06F 58/203} )
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Steamers.

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Apparatus for folding textile articles with or without stapling
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Devices for creating temporary folds.

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References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Devices for creating permanent folds
Hand irons with means for supplying steam to the article being ironed
Glossary of terms
In this subclass/group, the following terms (or expressions) are used with the meaning indicated:
Seam
generally formed by two pieces of cloth stitched and/or glued together
Fold
generally formed by folding a piece of cloth onto itself, such that a folding line is formed
{Manual folding devices, e.g. for folding bed sheets (D06F 89/02 takes precedence) }
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Manual folding devices for any kind of household textiles with the exception of textile articles to be worn.

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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of textile articles to be worn, e.g. shirts
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Manual folding devices for textile articles to be worn, with exception of shirts or parts thereof.

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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{of shirts}
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Manual folding devices for shirts or parts thereof.

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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{Details, e.g. collar holders}
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Collar holders for manual folding devices for shirts.

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Starching apparatus
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Manual devices for wetting clothes.

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Counting, sorting, or marking arrangements specially adapted for laundry purposes
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Industrial clothes counting or sorting arrangements.

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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{Marking arrangements}
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Marks as well as marking arrangements.

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Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Record carriers with integrated circuit chips
Laundry systems or arrangements of apparatus or machines; Mobile laundries (D06F 31/00 takes precedence; laundries as buildings E04H)
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Industrial laundry arrangements comprising a combination of laundry sorting and/or transporting and/or treating appliances.

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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{Baskets or bags specially adapted for holding or transporting laundry; Supports therefor}
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Basket or bags for holding or transporting laundry.

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
{Bags; Supports therefor}
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Supports for bags for holding or transporting laundry.

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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{Bags for holding the laundry during washing (D06F 5/005 takes precedence) }
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Bags for holding or transporting laundry, which are suitable for being washed together with their content.

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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{Devices for keeping articles together during laundering, e.g. for keeping socks in pairs (D06F 95/004 takes precedence) ; Devices for protecting or shielding certain parts of the articles during laundering, e.g. button protectors}
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Devices for shielding delicate clothing articles (e.g brassieres) and/or for keeping small articles (e.g. socks) together.

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group.

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Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Clothes pegs
Pairing socks
Friction grip fastenings / using pivoting jaws
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Last Modified: 10/11/2013