The present invention relates to domestic appliances and more particularly
to an automated ironing press. More specifically the invention has for object a
compact automated device for ironing the trousers that can be used at home or in
hotels or the like.
Known devices, like for instance the trousers press disclosed in the
US Patent No US-A-4,611,419 includes two ironing boards and a central heating plate
sandwiched between the two ironing boards. The heating plate has a cut in its upper
part to receive the waist and inter legs of the trousers. Once the trousers are
in place the ironing boards are pivoted so as to be urged against the central heating
plate and the ironing process can take place. Although the description of the know
device says that he pressing is automatic, the above mentioned device does not include
any automation means that allow a complete ironing process without user intervention.
Accordingly, the majority of functions during its use are manual and require user
Furthermore, the top part of the trousers is left untreated.
Document DE-A-2 061 562 discloses a compact ironing trousers press
having a lateral vertical part linked to a horizontal arm provided with means for
holding the waist of the trousers.
The goal of the present invention is to overcome the above mentioned
drawbacks and to provide a truly automated ironing press for trousers.
It is therefore an object of the present invention to provide an ironing
press for ironing the trousers that can automatically iron the whole length of the
trousers as well as the topside of the trousers.
A further objet of the invention is to provide an ironing press that
is compact, easy to use and economic to manufacture.
This goal is achieved by providing a portable automatic ironing press
for the trousers that is designed in a compact casing. In that casing a pair of
rectangular pressing ironing plates are movably mounted on the base of the casing
on each side of a dividing plate also fixed on the base of the casing. The pressing
ironing plates are movable from one open position allowing the insertion of a pair
of trousers on the dividing plate to a closed position during the ironing process.
The dividing plate, located between the two ironing plates has a cut in its top
part to accommodate the waist of the trousers. Closing means driven by a motor are
provided to urge the two pressing ironing plates against the central dividing plates
when the ironing process occurs. At least one of the three plates has a heating
element. The casing also comprises a holding device, designed as a vertically movable
extending axle which is connected to an horizontal arm that comprises gripping means
for holding the waist of the trousers. In the base of the casing are located the
electronic control bloc, control panel and at least one driving gear to guide the
closing means linked to the pressing ironing plates and to control the vertical
displacement of the extending axle during operation.
According to one preferred embodiment of the invention, the dividing
plate is firmly mounted on the base of the casing and each pressing ironing plate
is pivoted on its turning axle and includes a heating element.
In accordance with another feature of the invention, the lower parts
of the casing have windows to discharge the lower parts of the trousers from the
press, while folding doors are provided to close said windows. The press also includes
means for catching and stretching the lower part of the trousers. These means can
be designed as a pressing device on rollers, one of them is guiding and another
one works with the friction. Alternatively, these catching means can be designed
as an endless belt installed on rollers.
The horizontal arm connected to the extending axle preferably includes
means for stretching the waist of the trousers.
The press according to the invention advantageously comprises a water
tank, a motor driven pump, connecting pipes and spraying nozzles to humidify the
trousers during the ironing process.
An external control panel gives the user the possibility to set up
and change the different working condition of the ironing press.
The ironing press for trousers according to the invention allows the
automatic ironing of the trousers excluding the deformation and damage of the fabric.
The ironing press is simple and comfortable to use, and at the same time it is safe
and economic under working conditions. Furthermore, the ironing press of the invention
is compact and not expensive to manufacture.
Other aspects and advantages will become evident from the following
detailed description of one embodiment of an ironing press according to the invention
made with reference to the accompanying schematic and non limiting drawings in which:
- Figure 1 is a front view of the ironing press according to the invention in
a closed position.
- Figure 2 is a front view of the ironing press in open position with the extending
holding arm in three different positions.
- Figure 3 is a side view of the press shown at figure 2.
- Figure 4 is view from the top of the press depicted at figure 1.
- Figure 5 is a partial cross sectional side view of the ironing press showing
the closing mechanism.
- Figure 6 is partial cross sectional view of the press showing a first embodiment
of the means used to guide and catch the lower part of the trousers.
- Figure 7 is a partial cross sectional view of the press showing of a second
embodiment of the means used to guide and catch the lower part of the trousers when
the press is in open position.
- Figure 8 is a view similar to figure 7 when the ironing press is closed.
- Figure 9 is a perspective view of the press in closed position.
- Figure 10 is a perspective of the press illustrated at figure 9 in open position.
Referring to figure 1 to 4, the press 1 is illustrated in the closed
position at figures 1 and 4 and in open position at figures 2 and 3 with the different
working positions III III shown at figures 2 and 3. The ironing press 1 comprises
two light inserted plastic housings 2, articulated on a base 7 and a dividing plate
4 also mounted on the base 7 and located in between the two housing 2. The base
7 of the press 1 includes the horizontal lower part 8 and a vertical lateral part
9 which are rigidly linked together. Preferably, each pressing ironing plate 3 is
articulated thanks to and independent shaft on the base 8 and the dividing plate
4 is firmly linked to the base 8. Such preferred arrangement confers a rigid construction
to the press allowing an effective ironing process.
In an alternate embodiment, the pressing ironing plates 3 are articulated
on the base thank to a common turning shaft and the dividing plate 4 is installed
in such a way to have a possible small displacement relative to the pressing ironing
The central dividing plate 4 has a curved cut 5 in its upper part.
This cut 5 is conformed so as to accommodate the inter-legs part of a pair of trousers.
In the preferred described embodiment, the ironing plates 3 have folded
upper surfaces 6 having a concave recess in their upper part (see fig. 4), linked
by form with the cut 5 of the dividing plate 4. This arrangement allows the insertion
of the trousers in the press in the following manner: One leg of the trousers is
located against one side of the dividing plate 4, the other leg being located on
the opposite side of the dividing plate. The inter-legs part is in the cut 5 and
the waist of the trousers is at the top side of the dividing plate. This allows
the ironing of the total length of the trousers including their top part while the
press is activated.
The pressing ironing plates 3 can be manufactured from different materials,
for example from metal, ceramic, etc. and the dividing plate 4 has a usual rigid
base (metal, plastic, wood etc..) covered by soft casing including sheet wading,
fabric or other materials. The base 7,8,9 can be made from metal, plastic (moulded
or pressed) or composite. In the composite base, the different components may be
welded, bolted or fixed by other way.
In an alternate embodiment, the press 1 can be designed with a second
lateral vertical part 9. The vertical parts are installed on both side of the pressing
ironing plates so that the rigidity of the construction is increased. A second vertical
element 9 offers additional space for control element and facilitate tools installation
for the mechanism that open and closes the press as it will be described hereunder.
The vertical part 9 comprises in its top part a guiding member 11
that guide an extended shaft 10 vertically moveable under the action of a driving
gear. The extended shaft 10 is rigidly linked to an horizontal arm 12. The arm 12
comprises a device 40 for hanging and holding the waist of the trousers that can
take any known form( see for example figure 10). Preferably, the holding device
of the arm 12 will include two or more hanging device linked together with a spring
so as to stretch the waist of the trousers to be ironed.
The press is designed to be connected to a traditional power supply.
The press control mechanism includes the electronic control bloc and also the control
panel allowing the automatic ironing working conditions.
The control panel includes the tools to set up the working conditions
by operation means and signal elements such as handles, buttons etc. The press can
have different working conditions according to the invention. The control panel
give the user the possibility to set-up and change parameters of the ironing process.
Parameters are for example temperature and duration of ironing. The control panel
may also include pre-set functions defining working conditions, temperature and
timing conditions as per trouser (fabric, size, and style) or per user choice.
Preferably, the electronic control bloc 13 and at least one driving
gear for operating the press are installed in the lower part 8 of the base. This
driving gear drives the open / close means of the ironing plates 3 as well as the
operation of the extended shaft 10.
Obviously, more than one common driving gear can be installed, for
example, one used to open and press the pressing ironing plates 3 against the central
dividing plate 4 and another one to operate the extended arm 12 mounted on the shaft
10. The driving gear for the device to open and press the pressing ironing plates
3 and operate the extended shaft 10 are generally designed as electric gear motor
with transmission means, for example as pulley and cables, as system of pinion,
as moveable screws and sliders etc. Naturally it is possible to use appropriate
transmissions of other types.
Figure 5 shows a possible implementation of the mechanism used to
open and press the pressing ironing plates 3. The dividing plate 4 is rigidly fixed
in the base and each pressing ironing plate 3 is pivoted on the base 7. Each pressing
ironing plate 3 has its independent turning axle 14. The fixation of the pressing
ironing plates 3 to the base is achieved by shaft link, this example shows the installed
extended hinges 15 that maintain the pressing plates 3 to the base, said hinge pivotally
mounted on the axles 14. There are different ways to fix the pressing plates 3 on
the hinges 15. The fixation can be rigidly done by one welded frame. The preferred
version of the realisation of the invention shown in Fig. 5, the fixation is done
at the axes 16 through bracket 17 rigidly linked with the pressing ironing plate
3. Such way to fix the pressing ironing plate 3 at the hinges 15 (Fig. 5) allows
the pressing ironing plate 3 to do a small swinging movement relatively to the hinge
15. This way of fixing the ironing plates 3 improves the ironing quality by adapting
the pressing plates during the ironing of the trousers of different sizes, different
fabric thickness and different style. The hinges 15 comprise longitudinal inclined
slots 18 where a slider 19 element can be moved along the vertical axis. The slider
element 19 may have, by way of example, rollers at its both end engaged in the slots
18. The slider movement toward the upper part of the device closes and urges the
two pressing ironing plates 3 against the central dividing plate 4. As the slots
(18) are inclined, the pressing ironing plate 3 are firmly urged against the central
plate 4 when the slider 19 is in the upmost position. By moving down the slider
element 19, the press opens. Preferably the slider element 19 will be driven thanks
to an electric motor coupled with appropriate transmission means like for example
an endless screw.
Referring back to figure 1 to 4, the two lateral side of the housing
2 are provided with openings or windows 20 in their lower part. These windows 20
allow to discharge the lower part of the trousers from the press when the arm 12
goes down. Windows 20 are closed thanks to folding doors 21 that receive the lower
part of the trousers during the ironing process.
Opening and closing mechanism of the folding doors 21 will now be
described with reference to Figure 6 and 7. Said mechanism includes in this embodiment
the hinges 22 articulated around axles 23 and rigidly linked to axle 24. Sliders
25 are mounted around axles 24 and connected to folding doors 21 thank to levers
27. The sliders 25 can move along axles 24 against the action of springs 26. Sliders
25 are linked to the opening / closing mechanism of the pressing ironing plate 3
and are actuated by the slider 19. Thanks to this arrangement, the folding doors
21 open when the pressing ironing plates 3 open and close when the press closes.
During the opening of the press, the slider 19 is moved down and interact with the
sliders 25 against the action of springs 26. When the pressing ironing plate 3 are
closing, the slider 19 is moved up and releases the sliders 25. Sliders 25 recover
their rest position thanks to the springs 26, therefore closing the folding doors
21 to which they are linked through levers 27.
Alternatively, the opening and closing mechanism of the folding doors
21 can be done as cogged gear and flexible connection or other known mechanical
Between the lower edge of the dividing plate 4 and the window 20 a
guiding surface 30 is provided to guide the lower part of the trousers when discharged
through the windows 20. This guiding surface 30 can be designed as one part with
the casing of the lower part of the base.
According to a preferred embodiment of the invention, the press1 is
also provided with catching and stretching means. These means are designed to catch
and stretch the lower part of the trousers so as to enable the smooth extraction
of the lower part of the trousers through the windows 20 during the ironing process.
Said catching means are linked with the driving gear that controls
the shaft 10 extension and may be actuated when the arm 12 moves down.
Two alternate embodiments of the catching / stretching means will
be disclosed with reference to figures 6 and 7. Referring to figure 6, a pair of
guiding rollers 31 are installed in the vicinity of the guiding surface 30 and rollers
32, driven in rotation by a motor, are extracting by friction the lower part of
the trousers along the folding doors 21.
The catching and stretching means of the trousers can alternatively
be designed as an endless belt 33 shown at figure 7. The endless belt 33 is installed
between rollers 34 and 35 and is driven in movement by the rollers 34.
The axle 36 are used to tension the belt 33 at the end of the ironing
process, when the folding doors are closed as illustrated at figure 8.
Preferably, the folding doors 21 are manufactured from the same material
as the housings, so that, in closed position, they tightly occlude the windows 20.
This facilitates the transportation of the press, avoid dust penetration in the
closed rest position and improves the exterior design of the apparatus.
Advantageously the press 1 according to the invention will comprise
a water tank and a pump 28 installed in the lower part of the base 8. The pump 28
is connected to spraying nozzles 29 installed in the upper part of the housing 2.
The water tank can be removable or permanent. Preferably, the spraying nozzles 29
are pivotally mounted on an axle so as to extend from the housing 2 in operating
position so as to facilitate water spraying. In the closed position of the press,
the spraying nozzles may be folded so as to be integrated in the housing.
In the preferred embodiment, the heating elements (not shown) are
installed in the housing 2 behind the pressing ironing plates 3. Alternatively,
the heating element can be installed in the dividing plate 4.
Figures 9 and 10 are perspective views of the press respectively in
closed and open position. The control panel 38 installed in the upper part of the
vertical part 9 of the base is easily reachable by the user. The press 1 also includes
supporting elements 39 located in the lower part 8 of the base in order to increase
the stability of the press on the ground. These supporting element may vary in shape
and size. Grippers 40 are installed on the arm 12 to hold the waist of the trousers.
Operating the press will now be described in greater details hereunder.
Figures 1,4, 9 shows the initial position before the start. The press 1 is linked
to the power source. The arm 12 rigidly linked to the shaft 10 lays between the
pressing ironing plates 3. After switching on the press, the driving gear moves
up the extended shaft 10 and the arm 12 linked with it and moves down the slider
19, that opens the pressing ironing plates 3. During its move down in the inclined
slots 18, the slider 19 pushes down the slider 25, which turns the folding door
21 in the open position as shown at figures 2,3,10 thanks to the levers 27.
During the rising of the slider 19, the sliders 25 are released and
moved upward under the action of the springs 26 which causes the closing of the
folding doors 21.
At figure 2 and 3, the extended shaft 11 is shown in three different
positions I II and III. At position III, the trousers are hanged on the arm 12 thanks
to the gripping device installed on it. Each leg being installed on one opposite
side of the dividing plate 4. After selecting ironing condition (timing, temperature)
on the control panel 38, the arm 12 connected to the extended shaft 11 goes down
to the initial position.
The trousers are then ironed between the pressing ironing plates 3
and the dividing plate 4. The end part of the legs of the trousers are extracted
through the windows 20 thank to the catching and stretching mechanism. Once the
ironing process is terminated, the arm 12 moves up again and the pressing ironing
plates are opened.
When the trousers come through the folding doors 21, the pump pumps
the water from the tank into the nozzles 29 and the trousers are sprayed. One part
of the water sprays the trousers and another part falls on the heated surface of
the pressing ironing plate 3 and becomes steam. As the pressing ironing plates 3
and the folding doors 21 are closing at this moment the steam rises the top part
of the trousers (higher than legs) in the cut 5 of the dividing plate 4 and between
concave surfaces 6.
The water falling on the trousers during the spraying becomes steam,
and therefore allows also the ironing of the folds on the top part (because they
extend above the concave surfaces 6 and go to the flat part of the pressing ironing
plates) and the ironing of the top part of the trousers.
Then the pressing ironing plates 3 are open and the arm 12 is extended
in the position I (Fig. 2,3) and after spraying the pressing ironing plates 3 are
closed again. In this position another part of the trousers may be ironed. Then
the cycles repeat when in the arm 12 is in position II and III. After finishing
the ironing process of the last part of the trousers in the position III the pressing
ironing parts open so that the trousers may be removed from the arm 12. Then after
taking the trousers out the press is automatically folded in the initial position.
The portable automatic ironing press for the trousers according to
the invention has the following advantages:
- allows the quality ironing of many types of trousers on their total length excluding
deformation and fabric damage; has compact design and is also simple, comfortable
and economic in exploitation;
- has simple controls;
- the ironing process is electronically controlled that allows the safety of the
- has low cost
The present invention can be used to service as a home appliance and
as an ironing press for the trousers in hotels, in small laundry shops and other