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Patent Analysis of

Laundry treating apparatus

Updated Time 12 June 2019

Patent Registration Data

Publication Number

US10000879

Application Number

US15/337689

Application Date

28 October 2016

Publication Date

19 June 2018

Current Assignee

LG ELECTRONICS INC.

Original Assignee (Applicant)

LG ELECTRONICS INC.

International Classification

D06F37/26,D06F37/30,D06F39/02,D06F37/10,D06F39/00

Cooperative Classification

D06F37/266,D06F33/02,D06F37/10,D06F37/304,D06F39/005

Inventor

KWON, YONGWOO,YONG, SEUNGJI,CHEON, KANGWOON,CHOI, JAEHOON,PARK, JUNGJIN

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Abstract

A laundry treating apparatus includes a body provided with a laundry inlet; and a door configured to open and close the laundry inlet, wherein the door includes a door frame having a first opening portion facing the laundry inlet and a second opening portion corresponding to a display module mounted at an inside in a state that the door is closed; and a door cover coupled to the door frame to form an appearance of the door, the door cover includes a non-light-transmitting region, and a first light transmitting region corresponding to the first opening portion and a second light transmitting region corresponding to the second opening portion within the non-light-transmitting region, and a sealant filling groove configured to fill sealant for adhesion to the door cover is formed at a portion overlapping with the non-light-transmitting region on the door frame.

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Claims

1. A laundry treating apparatus, comprising: a body having a laundry inlet; anda door configured to open or close the laundry inlet, wherein the door includes: a door frame having a first opening facing the laundry inlet when the door is closed and a second opening positioned above the first opening, wherein a display module is mounted at the second opening; and a door cover coupled to the door frame to form an appearance of the door, wherein the door cover includes a non-light-transmitting region, and a first light transmitting region corresponding to the first opening and a second light transmitting region corresponding to the second opening within the non-light-transmitting region, wherein a sealant filling groove configured to receive sealant to adhere the door frame to the door cover is formed at a front surface of the door frame,wherein the sealant filling groove includes: a connecting groove portion that extends between the first and the second openings to provide adhesion and sealing between the first and the second openings; a first groove portion connected to a first end and a second end of the connecting groove portion, and formed to surround the first opening together with the connecting groove portion; and a second groove portion connected to the first end and the second end of the connecting groove portion, and formed to surround the second opening together with the connecting groove portion, and wherein the connecting groove portion, the first groove portion and the second groove portion are covered by the non-light-transmitting region so as not to be viewable from an outside of the door.

2. The laundry treating apparatus of claim 1, wherein the door frame includes: an outer frame having the sealant filling groove formed on a front surface thereof; and an inner frame coupled to a rear side of the outer frame.

3. The laundry treating apparatus of claim 2, wherein the sealant filling groove includes: a sealant coating portion to be filled with sealant; and a sealant collecting portion formed at both sides of the sealant coating portion, respectively, to collect sealant that leaks out of an inner and an outer side of the sealant coating portion, respectively.

4. The laundry treating apparatus of claim 1, wherein the sealant filling groove further includes a bypass groove portion that connects an arbitrary point on the connecting groove portion with an arbitrary point on the first groove portion.

5. The laundry treating apparatus of claim 4, wherein the bypass groove portion is located within a space formed by the connecting groove portion and the first groove portion.

6. The laundry treating apparatus of claim 2, wherein the sealant filling groove extends in a loop shape along an inner circumference of the outer frame, and entirely surrounds the first and the second opening.

7. The laundry treating apparatus of claim 2, wherein the door frame further includes a frame cover that covers the display module.

8. The laundry treating apparatus of claim 1, wherein the body includes a door accommodation portion recessed in an inward direction on an outer surface of the body and including the laundry inlet, and when the door is closed, the door is accommodated into the door accommodation portion, and an edge portion of the outer surface of the door cover is on the same plane as an outer surface of the body.

9. A laundry treating apparatus, comprising: a body having a laundry inlet; anda door configured to open or close the laundry inlet, wherein the door includes: a door frame having an opening facing the laundry inlet when the door is closed and a display module accommodation portion spaced from the opening, and provided with a sealant filling groove configured to receive sealant to adhere the door frame to a door cover at a front surface thereof; the door cover coupled to the front surface of the door frame to form an appearance of the door, and including a non-light-transmitting region, and a first light transmitting region corresponding to the opening and a second light transmitting region corresponding to the display module accommodation portion within the non-light-transmitting region, the first and second light transmitting regions partitioned from each other, a door window installed at the door frame in correspondence to the opening; and a display module disposed on a rear surface of the door cover in an accommodated state in the display module accommodation portion, and configured to output video information through the second light transmitting region,wherein the sealant filling groove includes: a connecting groove portion that extends between the opening and the display module accommodation portion to provide adhesion and sealing between the opening and the display module accommodation portion; a first groove portion connected to a first end and a second end of the connecting groove portion, and formed to surround the opening together with the connecting groove portion; and a second groove portion connected to the first end and the second end of the connecting groove portion, and formed to surround the display module accommodation portion together with the connecting groove portion, and wherein the connecting groove portion, the first groove portion and the second groove portion are covered by the non-light-transmitting region so as not to be viewable from outside of the door.

10. The laundry treating apparatus of claim 9, wherein the sealant filling groove further includes a bypass groove portion that connects an arbitrary point on the connecting groove portion and an arbitrary point on the first groove portion within a space formed by the connecting groove portion and the first groove portion.

11. The laundry treating apparatus of claim 9, wherein the sealant filling groove includes: a sealant coating portion for filling sealant; and a sealant collecting portion formed at both sides of the sealant coating portion to collect sealant leaked out of an inner and an outer side of the sealant coating portion, respectively.

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    1. A laundry treating apparatus, comprising:
    • a body having a laundry inlet
    • anda door configured to open or close the laundry inlet, wherein the door includes: a door frame having a first opening facing the laundry inlet when the door is closed and a second opening positioned above the first opening, wherein a display module is mounted at the second opening
    • and a door cover coupled to the door frame to form an appearance of the door, wherein the door cover includes a non-light-transmitting region, and a first light transmitting region corresponding to the first opening and a second light transmitting region corresponding to the second opening within the non-light-transmitting region, wherein a sealant filling groove configured to receive sealant to adhere the door frame to the door cover is formed at a front surface of the door frame,wherein the sealant filling groove includes: a connecting groove portion that extends between the first and the second openings to provide adhesion and sealing between the first and the second openings
    • a first groove portion connected to a first end and a second end of the connecting groove portion, and formed to surround the first opening together with the connecting groove portion
    • and a second groove portion connected to the first end and the second end of the connecting groove portion, and formed to surround the second opening together with the connecting groove portion, and wherein the connecting groove portion, the first groove portion and the second groove portion are covered by the non-light-transmitting region so as not to be viewable from an outside of the door.
    • 2. The laundry treating apparatus of claim 1, wherein
      • the door frame includes: an outer frame having
    • 4. The laundry treating apparatus of claim 1, wherein
      • the sealant filling groove further includes a bypass groove portion that connects an arbitrary point on the connecting groove portion with an arbitrary point on the first groove portion.
    • 8. The laundry treating apparatus of claim 1, wherein
      • the body includes a door accommodation portion recessed in an inward direction on an outer surface of the body and including
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    9. A laundry treating apparatus, comprising:
    • a body having a laundry inlet
    • anda door configured to open or close the laundry inlet, wherein the door includes: a door frame having an opening facing the laundry inlet when the door is closed and a display module accommodation portion spaced from the opening, and provided with a sealant filling groove configured to receive sealant to adhere the door frame to a door cover at a front surface thereof
    • the door cover coupled to the front surface of the door frame to form an appearance of the door, and including a non-light-transmitting region, and a first light transmitting region corresponding to the opening and a second light transmitting region corresponding to the display module accommodation portion within the non-light-transmitting region, the first and second light transmitting regions partitioned from each other, a door window installed at the door frame in correspondence to the opening
    • and a display module disposed on a rear surface of the door cover in an accommodated state in the display module accommodation portion, and configured to output video information through the second light transmitting region,wherein the sealant filling groove includes: a connecting groove portion that extends between the opening and the display module accommodation portion to provide adhesion and sealing between the opening and the display module accommodation portion
    • a first groove portion connected to a first end and a second end of the connecting groove portion, and formed to surround the opening together with the connecting groove portion
    • and a second groove portion connected to the first end and the second end of the connecting groove portion, and formed to surround the display module accommodation portion together with the connecting groove portion, and wherein the connecting groove portion, the first groove portion and the second groove portion are covered by the non-light-transmitting region so as not to be viewable from outside of the door.
    • 10. The laundry treating apparatus of claim 9, wherein
      • the sealant filling groove further includes a bypass groove portion that connects an arbitrary point on the connecting groove portion and an arbitrary point on the first groove portion within a space formed by the connecting groove portion and the first groove portion.
    • 11. The laundry treating apparatus of claim 9, wherein
      • the sealant filling groove includes: a sealant coating portion for filling sealant; and a sealant collecting portion formed at both sides of the sealant coating portion to collect sealant leaked out of an inner and an outer side of the sealant coating portion, respectively.
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Description

BACKGROUND

1. Field

The present disclosure relates to a laundry treating apparatus having a door for opening and closing a laundry inlet of a body.

2. Background

A laundry treating apparatus may include an apparatus for washing laundry, an apparatus for drying laundry, and an apparatus capable of performing washing and drying operations at the same time. In a laundry treating apparatus, the washing of laundry may be a cycle of removing contaminants adhered to the laundry through the action of water and detergent, and the drying of laundry may be a cycle of removing moisture contained in the laundry through a hot air supply device provided in the laundry treating apparatus.

A typical laundry treating apparatus may include a body configured to form an appearance thereof and provided with a laundry inlet, a laundry accommodation portion or space provided within the body, a drive unit (or drive) configured to rotate a drum constituting the laundry accommodation portion, a door configured to open and close the laundry inlet, and a control unit (or controller) configured to display visual information associated with a cycle treated on the laundry treating apparatus for a user and receive the user's input.

Such a typical laundry treating apparatus has been designed to perform an inherent function capable of opening and closing the laundry inlet and viewing the laundry accommodation portion. Furthermore, the control unit may typically be provided on the body, and provided with a plurality of buttons or knobs to briefly display only predetermined cycles in an on/off manner or the like, and manipulating them.

The differentiation between a door and a control unit has been a hindrance to the simple appearance of the laundry treating apparatus, and input and output interfaces between the laundry treating apparatus and the user have been more likely to stay in a low-level manner.

As a result, studies for placing the control unit on a door, and implementing the control unit with a touch screen have been carried out. The related technologies can be also found in the Korean Patent Publication Nos. 10-2011-0130089 (published on Dec. 5, 2011) and 10-2015-0006264 (published on Jan. 16, 2015) whose disclosures are hereby incorporated by references in their entirety. However, studies on an integrated aesthetic sense for the door and touch screen as well as on a door structure capable of arousing advanced sensibility at low cost are still not entirely satisfactory.

In order to couple a door cover to a door frame, an adhesive is typically used along with a mechanical fastening structure using a bracket, a hook or the like. However, when a door cover with a glass material is used to give a high-quality feeling, it may be difficult to use such a mechanical fastening structure. Moreover, when the door cover is formed in a circular shape, it may be difficult to align a correct installation position for the door frame.

Furthermore, the adhesive may be leaked during the process of coupling a door cover to a door frame through the adhesive, thereby causing the deterioration of appearance quality. In order to prevent the problem, the adhesive may be coated at an inner side of the door frame located far away from an edge portion thereof, which may result in the deterioration of the joint strength, and have a problem of causing foreign substances to easily be infiltrated through a gap between the door cover and the door frame.

When the door has a configuration of opening and closing a laundry inlet, when a touch screen is provided on the door, moisture may likely leak into electronic elements constituting the touch screen. Accordingly, the sealing of the electronic elements may be a key point in the aspect of securing the reliability of driving the touch screen.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

Embodiments will be described in detail with reference to the following drawings in which like reference numerals refer to like elements, and wherein:

FIG. 1 is a perspective view illustrating a laundry treating apparatus according to an embodiment;

FIG. 2A is a conceptual view illustrating a configuration in which a door illustrated in FIG. 1 is primarily rotated to open a laundry inlet;

FIG. 2B is a conceptual view illustrating a configuration in which the door is secondarily rotated in the configuration illustrated in FIG. 2A;

FIG. 3 is an exploded perspective view of the door illustrated in FIG. 1;

FIG. 4 is a front view of the door illustrated in FIG. 1;

FIG. 5 is a rear view of a door cover illustrated in FIG. 3;

FIG. 6 is a cross-sectional view illustrating a first embodiment of the door cover taken along line A-A′ illustrated in FIG. 5;

FIG. 7 is an enlarged view of a portion “B” illustrated in FIG. 5;

FIG. 8 is a cross-sectional view illustrating a second embodiment of the door cover taken along line A-A′ illustrated in FIG. 5;

FIG. 9 is a cross-sectional view illustrating a third embodiment of the door cover taken along line A-A′ illustrated in FIG. 5;

FIG. 10 is a cross-sectional view taken along line C-C′ illustrated in FIG. 4;

FIG. 11 is a conceptual view in which the door cover and a door frame are shown in a separate manner on a portion “D” illustrated in FIG. 4;

FIG. 12 is a front view illustrating a first embodiment of the door frame illustrated in FIG. 3;

FIG. 13 is an enlarged view of a portion “E” illustrated in FIG. 12;

FIG. 14 is a front view illustrating a second embodiment of the door frame illustrated in FIG. 3;

FIGS. 15 and 16 are exploded perspective views in which a display module illustrated in FIG. 3 is seen from different directions;

FIG. 17 is a front view of a mounting frame illustrated in FIG. 15;

FIG. 18 is a rear view of the mounting frame illustrated in FIG. 15;

FIG. 19 is a rear view illustrating a configuration in which a PCB cover is coupled to a mounting frame illustrated in FIG. 15;

FIG. 20 is a cross-sectional view taken along line F-F′ illustrated in FIG. 4;

FIG. 21 is a conceptual view illustrating a configuration in which a display module illustrated in FIG. 3 is mounted within the door frame;

FIG. 22 is an exploded perspective view of a door according to a modified example;

FIG. 23 is a cross-sectional view of the door illustrated in FIG. 22; and

FIGS. 24 through 26 are conceptual views illustrating a modified example of a coupling structure between a door cover and a door frame.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

Referring to the present drawings, a laundry treating apparatus 1 may include a body 20 and a door 10. The body 20 may include a laundry inlet 20a forming an appearance of the laundry treating apparatus 1 to which laundry is input. The laundry inlet 20a may be formed on a front side portion of the body 20 having a hexahedral shape.

A laundry accommodation portion or space into which laundry is accommodated through the laundry inlet 20a may be provided within the body 20. When the laundry treating apparatus 1 is configured as an apparatus for drying laundry, the laundry accommodation portion may be configured with a drum 40 rotatably provided within the body 20. When the laundry treating apparatus 1 is configured as an apparatus capable of washing and drying laundry at the same time, the laundry inlet may be configured with a tub provided within the body 20 to store wash water and a drum 40 rotatably provided within the tub to accommodate laundry.

A drive unit configured to rotate the drum 40 may be provided in the body 20. The drive unit may include a motor configured to generate a driving force and a belt configured to rotate the drum 40 using the driving force.

A detergent supply unit or device may be provided in the body 20 to be pulled out in a withdrawable manner. A cover 21 covering the detergent supply unit may be rotatably configured in a vertical direction.

A power button 22 may be provided in the body 20 to turn on or off the power of the laundry treating apparatus 1. When a display 12 which will be described later is configured with a touch screen, the display 12 may be configured to turn on or off the power of the laundry treating apparatus 1 through a touch input to the touch screen. In this case, the power button 22 may not be provided to implement a simpler appearance.

The door 10 may be relatively rotatable with respect to the body 20 to open or close the laundry inlet 20a. The door 10 may be provided to rotate with respect to body 20 by a hinge unit (or hinge) 30.

The body 20 may include a door accommodation portion or space 20b recessed in an inward direction on an outer surface of the body 20 to have the laundry inlet 20a therewithin. When the door 10 is closed, the door 10 may be accommodated into the door accommodation portion 20b, and an edge portion of the outer surface of the door cover may be aligned on the same plane as an outer surface of the body 20 adjacent thereto.

In order to ensure that the door10 does not interfere with the body 20 when the door 10 is opened as described above, the hinge unit 30 may have a double hinge structure having two different rotating shafts. As illustrated in FIGS. 2A and 2B, the hinge unit 30 may be configured such that the door 10 is separated from the door accommodation portion 20b by primary rotation about any one rotating shaft, and then the body 20 is rotated by secondary rotation about another rotating shaft.

When the hinge unit 30 is mounted at a first side of the door 10, a locking device to fix or release the door 10 to or from the body 20 may be provided at a second side of the door 10. The locking device may be configured as a press type, and configured to lock the door 10 when the second side of the door 10 is pressed once and release the door 10 when the second side of the door 10 is pressed once again.

The door 10 may include a window unit (or window) 11 and a display unit (or display) 12. When the door 10 is closed, the window unit 11 may correspond to the laundry inlet 20a, and may be configured to view the laundry accommodation portion. Accordingly, the user may check the status of laundry accommodated in the laundry accommodation portion through the window unit 11.

The display unit 12 may displays (outputs) information processed by the laundry treating apparatus 1. The display unit 12 may display the execution screen information of cycles (washing, dehydration, drying cycles, etc.) driven by the laundry treating apparatus 1 or user interface (UI), graphic user interface (GUI) information corresponding to the execution screen information.

Referring to FIGS. 3 and 4, the door 10 may include a door frame 110, a door window 120, a display module 130 and a door cover 140. As described above, the hinge unit 30 for coupling to the body 20 may be mounted on the door 10, but the hinge unit 30 is omitted on the present drawing.

The door 10 may be formed in a circular shape (including a right circular shape, an elliptical shape, or a round shape at least part of which is formed in a round manner). However, the present disclosure may not be necessarily limited to this. The door 10 may be formed in a polygonal shape (rectangular shape, hexagonal shape, etc.). The door frame 110 may be rotatably coupled to the body 20, and to this end, the hinge unit 30 may be coupled to the door frame 110 and body 20, respectively.

The door frame 110 may include an outer frame 111 and an inner frame 112. The outer frame 111 and inner frame 112 may be formed of a synthetic resin material (for example, ABS material, PC material, etc.).

The outer frame 111 may face an outside of the body 20, and the inner frame 112 may face an inside of the body 20 when viewing the door frame 110 itself when the door 10 is closed. The outer frame 111 and inner frame 112 may be also referred to as a first and a second frame, respectively.

The door frame 110 may include a first opening portion 110a facing the laundry inlet 20a when the door 10 is closed and a second opening portion 111b corresponding to the display module 130 mounted in the door frame 110. The first opening portion 111a may also be referred to as a door window hole in the aspect that the door window 120 is installed at the first opening portion 110a, and the second opening portion 111b may also be referred to as a display hole in the aspect that the display module 130 is mounted at the second opening portion 111b. The second opening portion 111b may be located on the first opening portion 110a.

The first opening portion 110a may include a front side opening portion 111a formed on the outer frame 111 and a rear side opening portion 112a formed on the inner frame 112. The second opening portion 111b may be formed on the outer frame 111. A communication portion 112b may be formed on the rear side opening portion 112a of the inner frame 112, and the display module 130 may be mounted within the door frame 110 through the communication portion 112b.

The door frame 110 may be installed on the door window 120 to correspond to the first opening portion 110a. The door window 120 may be formed of a light transmitting material (glass, synthetic resin material, etc.), and arranged to correspond to the laundry inlet 20a when the door 10 is closed.

The display module 130 may be installed within the door frame 110. The display module 130 may be provided to correspond to the second opening portion 111b, and a display 132 provided in the display module 130 may be configured to display visual information associated with information processed in the laundry treating apparatus 1.

A FPCB hole 111c through which a flexible printed circuit board (FPCB) of the touch sensor 160 may pass may be provided on the door frame 110. The FPCB hole 111c may be provided at one side of the second opening portion 111b.

The door cover 140 forming an appearance of the door 10 may be coupled to the door frame 110. The door cover 140 may be formed of a glass material or synthetic resin material having light transmitting characteristics.

The door cover 140 may include a non-light-transmitting region 143, a first light transmitting region 141 corresponding to the first opening portion 110a, and a second light transmitting region 142 corresponding to the second opening portion 111b. The light transmitting region (or transparent region) denotes a region configured to pass at least part of light through which an opposite side thereof or inside thereof is seen.

The first and the second light transmitting regions 141, 142 are partitioned from each other by the non-light-transmitting region 143. The door frame 110 and door cover 140 may be formed in a circular shape to connect to the door 10 having a circular shape, and the first and the second light transmitting regions 141, 142 may be formed in a circular shape to give an integrated aesthetic sense to the user. The circular shape may include a right-circular shape, an oval shape or a round shape in which at least part of the shape is formed in a rounded shape.

For reference, the foregoing configurations being formed in a circular shape are presented as an embodiment, but the present disclosure may not be necessarily limited to this. For example, the first and the second light transmitting region 141, 142 may be formed in a polygonal shape (rectangular, hexagonal shape or the like) or other geometric shapes as well as a circular shape.

At least part of the door cover 140 may have a bent shape. A first cover portion and a second cover portion at either side of the bending portion may each be formed in an inclined manner with respect to each other by the bent bending portion. Here, the first cover portion and second cover portion may be formed in a flat shape. The door frame 110 may also be formed in such a manner that at least part thereof is bent to correspond to the door cover 140.

The first light transmitting region 141 may be formed across the first cover portion and bending portion, and the second light transmitting region 142 may be formed on the second cover portion.

The second light transmitting region 142 may be smaller than the second opening portion 111b, and may overlap the second opening portion 111b when the door cover 140 is coupled to the door frame 110. Here, overlap may denote overlapping in a thickness direction of the door 10.

The second opening portion 111b may be formed in a rectangular shape corresponding to the display module 130 having a rectangular shape, and the second light transmitting region 142 may be formed in a circular shape to overlap within the second opening portion 111b. In other words, the second light transmitting region 142 may overlap with part of the display module 130, and the non-light-transmitting region 143 may cover and hide another part of the display module 130. Visual information may thus be displayed only on a portion corresponding to the second light transmitting region 142 having a circular shape to provide the display unit 12 having a circular shape to the user.

The cost of a circular display may be higher than the cost of a rectangular display 132 that is typically and widely used, and its assembly failure may frequently occur due to difficulties in getting an accurate installation position due to its circular shape. However, according to the foregoing structure, it may be possible to provide a display unit 12 that is seen as a circular shape for the user while using the rectangular display 132 with a lower cost that can be assembled accurately.

The second light transmitting region 142 may be surrounded by the non-light-transmitting region 143, and thus visual information displayed on a portion of the display 132 that does not correspond to the second light transmitting region 142 within the display 132 may not be seen by the user. Taking this into account, visual information may not be displayed on a portion that does not correspond to the second light transmitting region 142 within the display 132.

An edge image surrounding the visual information may be displayed on a portion that does not correspond to the second light transmitting region 142 when visual information associated with information processed in the laundry treating apparatus 1 is displayed on a portion of the display 132 corresponding to the second light transmitting region 142. The edge image as a portion that does not correspond to the second light transmitting region 142 may be filled with a specific series of colors (for example, black).

Alternatively, a portion of the display 132 that does not correspond to the second light transmitting region 142 may be off in a state that visual information associated with information processed in the laundry treating apparatus 1 is displayed on a portion corresponding to the second light transmitting region 142. In other words, an edge image as well as visual information may not be displayed on a portion of the display 132 that does not correspond to the second light transmitting region 142 within the display module 130. Only part of the display 132 may be operated to allow efficient operation of the display 132 compared to the foregoing example in which the whole display 132 is operated, thereby obtaining an energy saving effect.

The display unit 12 formed on the door cover 140 may form an interlayer or integrated structure with the touch sensor 160 to implement the touch screen 12. The touch screen 12 may provide an output interface between the laundry treating apparatus 1 and the user while at the same time functioning as a user input unit or screen providing an input interface between the laundry treating apparatus 1 and the user. The selection and change of an operation mode for performing washing, dehydration, drying cycles, and the like may be implemented by the user's touch input (or touch).

The touch sensor 160 may be provided at the door 10 to sense a touch input to the door cover 140. The touch sensor 160 may sense a touch input applied to the display unit (or touch screen) 12 using at least one of various touch methods, such as a resistive method, a capacitive method, an infrared method, an ultrasonic method, a magnetic method, and the like.

The touch sensor 160 may be configured to convert a change such as a pressure applied to a specific portion of the touch screen 12 or a capacitance generated at a specific portion or the like into an electrical input signal. The touch sensor 160 may be configured to detect a position, an area, or a pressure during touch or the like at which an object applying a touch to the display unit 12 is touched on the touch sensor 160. Here, the object may include a finger, a touch pen or stylus pen, a pointer, or the like.

When there is a touch input to the touch sensor 160 as described above, signal(s) corresponding to the area touched may be sent to the controller. The controller may process the signal(s) and then transmit the corresponding data to the controller. As a result, the controller may know which region of the display unit 12 has been touched. Here, the controller may be an additional configuration to the controller or the controller itself.

The controller may perform a different control operation according to the type of a touch object touching the display unit 12 or perform the same control operation. Whether to perform a different control operation or perform the same control operation according to the type of the touch object may be determined by the operation status of the laundry treating apparatus 1 or an application program being executed. The touch sensor 160 may sense various types of touches such as a short or tap touch, a long touch, a multi touch, a drag touch, a flick touch, a pinch-in touch, a pinch-out touch, a swype touch, a hovering touch, and the like.

The touch sensor 160 may be configured to sense a touch input to a sensing region including the second light transmitting region 142.

The touch sensor 160 may be adhered to a rear surface of the door cover 140 to cover the second light transmitting region 142 and part of the non-light-transmitting region 143 surrounding the second light transmitting region 142. According to the foregoing configuration, the sensing region of the touch sensor 160 may include part of the non-light-transmitting region 143 surrounding the second light transmitting region 142 as well as the second light transmitting region 142. Accordingly, it may be possible to provide various UIs or GUIs using part of the non-light-transmitting region 143 surrounding the second light transmitting region 142.

According to the foregoing structure, the touch sensor 160 may be formed as a touch film type having a touch pattern, and provided between the door cover 140 and the display module 130. The touch film may be configured with a transparent conductive film, and previously known films such as an indium tin oxide (ITO) film, a carbon nano tube (CNT) film, or the like may be used for the touch film.

The touch film may be configured with a single or double layer. When the touch film is a glass-film-film (GFF) configured with a double layer, the touch film may be adhered to a rear surface of the door cover 140 or adhered to the display module 130. When the touch film is a glass-film (G1F) configured with a single layer, the touch film may be adhered to a rear surface of the door cover 140 and integrally formed with the door cover 140.

The touch sensor 160 may be formed in such a manner that a metal wire is directly patterned on a rear surface of the door cover 140 without an additional touch film [Glass only (G2)]. Alternatively, the touch sensor 160 may be integrally formed with the display 132 provided in the display module 130. For example, the touch sensor 160 may be provided on a substrate of the display 132 (on-cell) or provided within the display 132 (in-cell).

The operation of the display unit 12 of the laundry treating apparatus 1 may be controlled by the controller. In other words, the controller 180 may control the on/off of the display module 130, and the display of visual information or image, and may control the on/off of the touch sensor 160.

The controller may be configured to control whether to activate touch sensing to a region of the display unit 12 that does not correspond to the second light transmitting region 142 within a sensing region of the touch sensor 160. The controller may be configured to distinguish a state in which touch sensing for a region that does not correspond to the second light transmitting region 142 within the sensing region of the touch sensor 160 is required, from a state in which the touch sensing is not required to deactivate the touch sensing for the non-corresponding region in the state that the touch sensing is not required. According to the control, it may be possible to reduce an error during the user's touch input and obtain an energy saving effect.

Referring to FIG. 6, the door cover 140 may include a cover body 140a and a shield layer 140b. The cover body 140a may be formed of a light transmitting material. The cover body 140a may be formed of a light transmitting glass material or synthetic resin material. At least part of the cover body 140a may be bent.

The shield layer 140b may cover one surface of the cover body 140a to form the non-light-transmitting region 143. The shield layer 140b may be formed on a front surface or rear surface of the cover body 140a.

Ink may be printed on a rear surface of the cover body 140a to form the shield layer 140b. The ink may include a pigment having a specific series of colors (for example, black, white, blue, etc.). A variety of printing techniques such as screen printing (using a mesh formed of silk, nylon, tetron, stainless steel, etc), offset printing, transfer printing, or the like may be used to form the shield layer 140b.

The shield layer 140b may not be provided in the first and the second light transmitting regions 141, 142. The first and the second light transmitting regions 141, 142 may be transparent portions remaining as a light transmitting cover body 140a without being covered by the shield layer 140b.

The shield layer 140b may surround the first and the second light transmitting region 141, 142, and the first and the second light transmitting region 141, 142 may be partitioned from each other by the non-light-transmitting region 143 formed by the shield layer 140b.

The touch sensor 160 may be adhered to a rear surface of the cover body 140a corresponding to the second light transmitting region 142. The touch sensor 160 is may completely cover the second non-light-transmitting region 142, and may sense a touch input to the second non-light-transmitting region 142. The touch sensor 160 may be larger than the second light transmitting region 142. Here, the touch sensor 160 may cover part of the shield layer 140b to restrict the second light transmitting region 142. The touch sensor 160 having a light transparent characteristic and the cover body 140a having a light transparent characteristic may be sequentially provided at a front side of the display 132 provided in the display module 130.

Referring to FIG. 7, the transparency of the shield layer 140b to restrict the first light transmitting region 141 within the door cover 140 may be formed to gradually vary as being located closer to the first light transmitting region 141. The non-light-transmitting region 143 adjacent to the first light transmitting region 141 may gradually become more transparent in a direction toward the first light transmitting region 141. The shield layer 140b may include a plurality of shield dots 140b′ formed adjacent to the first light transmitting region 141, and the density of the plurality of shield dots 140b′ may decrease in a direction toward the first light transmitting region 141.

By blurring a boundary to the first light transmitting region 141 through such a halftone technique, the non-light-transmitting region 143 may visually and naturally change to the first light transmitting region 141. On the contrary, the second light transmitting region 142 and the non-light-transmitting region 143 configured to surround the same may be clearly divided in the form of a boundary line by the non-light-transmitting region 143.

Contrary to the foregoing first embodiment in which the shield layer 140b is printed on a rear surface of the cover body 140a, a film 2140b that forms a non-light-transmitting region 2143 may be adhered to a rear surface of the cover body 2140a. As showing in FIG. 8, the film 2140b may include a non-light-transmitting portion 2140b3 corresponding to the non-light-transmitting region 2143, a first light transmitting portion 2140b1 corresponding to a first light transmitting region 2141 and a second light transmitting portion 2140b2 corresponding to a second light transmitting region 2142. The non-light-transmitting portion 2140b3 may surround the first and the second light transmitting portions 2140b1, 2140b2, and the first and the second light transmitting portions 2140b1, 2140b2 may be partitioned from each other by the non-light-transmitting portion 2140b3.

A portion corresponding to the non-light-transmitting portion 2140b3 may function as a shield layer to allow a door cover 2140 to be non-transparent to form the non-light-transmitting region 2143. A portion corresponding to the first and the second light transmitting portions 2140b1, 2140b2 may form the first and the second light transmitting regions 2141, 2142, respectively, along with the light transmitting cover body 2140a.

The first and the second light transmitting regions 2141, 2142 may be formed by allowing the first and the second light transmitting portions 2140b1, 2140b2, respectively, which are a transparent portion of the film 2140b to be provided on the light transmitting cover body 2140a.

The touch sensor 2160 may be adhered to a rear surface of the film 2140b corresponding to the second light transmitting portion 2140b2. The touch sensor 2160 may completely cover the second light transmitting region 2142, and may sense a touch input to the second light transmitting region 2142. The touch sensor 2160 may be larger than the second light transmitting region 2142, and may be configured to cover part of the non-light-transmitting portion 2140b3 to restrict the second light transmitting portion 2140b2. The touch sensor 2160 having a light transparent characteristic, the second light transmitting portion 2140b2 of the film 2140b, and the cover body 2140a having a light transparent characteristic may be sequentially arranged at a front side of the display 132 provided in the display module 130.

A film 3140b that forms a shield layer 3140b may be adhered to a rear surface of the cover body 3140a. As illustrated in FIG. 9, the film 3140b may include a non-light-transmitting portion 3140b3 corresponding to the non-light-transmitting region 3143, a first hole 3140b1 corresponding to a first light transmitting region 3141 and a second hole 3140b2 corresponding to a second light transmitting region 3142. The non-light-transmitting portion 3140b3 may surround the first and second holes 3140b1, 3140b2, and the first and second holes 3140b1, 3140b2 may be partitioned from each other by the non-light-transmitting portion 3140b3.

A portion of the film 3140b corresponding to the non-light-transmitting portion 3140b3 may function as a shield layer to allow the door cover 3140 to be non-transparent to form the non-fight-transmitting region 3143. The first and second holes 3140b1, 3140b2 may be formed on a portion of the film 3140b corresponding to the first and the second light transmitting regions 3141, 3142. Thus, the film 3140b may not be provided on the first and second light transmitting regions 3141, 3142.

The touch sensor 3160 may be adhered to a rear surface of the film 3140b corresponding to the second light transmitting region 3142. The touch sensor 3160 may completely cover the second light transmitting region 3142, and may sense a touch input to the second light transmitting region 3142. The touch sensor 3160 may be larger than the second light transmitting region 3142, and may be configured to cover part of the non-light-transmitting portion 3140b3 to restrict the second light hole 3140b2. The touch sensor 3160 having a light transparent characteristic and the cover body 3140a having a light transparent characteristic may be sequentially provided at a front side of the display 132 provided in the display module 130.

The touch sensor 160, 3160 may be directly adhered to the transparent cover body 140a, 3140a, thereby increasing a touch sensitivity felt by a user. The second light transmitting portion 2140b2 of the film 2140b may not be provided at a front side of the display 132, to more clearly provide visual information displayed on the display 132. Meanwhile, the method of attaching the film 2140b, 3140b onto the door cover 2140, 3140 illustrated in FIGS. 8 and 9 may be an in-mold injection, a transfer method, and the like.

The in-mold injection may be used when the door cover 2140, 3140 is made of synthetic resin, and may be a method in which the film 2140b, 3140b is placed in a mold and integrally formed with the door cover 2140, 3140. The transfer method may be a method of attaching the film 2140b, 3140b onto the door cover 2140, 3140 made of glass or synthetic resin through heat transfer pressing.

Referring to FIG. 10, the door cover 140 may be coupled to the door frame 110 using a liquid phase sealant 171. A coupling structure between the door cover 140 and the door frame 110 will be described in detail later. The door frame 110 may include an outer frame 111 and an inner frame 112.

The door cover 140 may be adhered to a front surface of the outer frame 111. The inner frame 112 may be coupled to a rear side of the outer frame 111. The outer frame 111 and the inner frame 112 may be coupled by a screw coupling, a hook coupling, a bonding coupling, or the like.

The outer frame 111 and the inner frame 112a may be coupled to each other by a bonding coupling. Specifically, a fastening rib 112d may be formed in a protruding manner on the inner frame 112, and a rib accommodation portion 111e to accommodate the fastening rib 112d may be formed in a protruding manner on a rear surface of the outer frame 111, and a bonding member 172 may be filled into the rib accommodation portion 111e.

During coupling between the outer frame 111 and the inner frame 112, an outer circumferential portion of the inner frame 112 may be formed in a protruding manner on a front surface of the outer frame 111 to form a mounting guide 112c. The mounting guide 112c is extended in a loop shape along a circumference of the outer frame 111 to form a space that accommodates the door cover 140 therein.

The mounting guide 112c may cover a lateral surface of the door cover 140, and an upper surface of the mounting guide 112c may be formed in a protruding manner at a predetermined height to be coplanar with an upper surface of the adjoining door cover 140. According to the foregoing configuration, a step between the mounting guide 112c and the door cover 140 may be decreased to implement a simpler design.

In general, a portion (for example, a vertex portion, a concave portion, etc.) having a unique shape may be a reference point capable of adjusting an installation position during assembly, thereby facilitating the assembly. However, when the door cover 140 is formed in a circular shape, an apex portion has a round shape, and a portion capable of adjusting an installation position during assembly may be unsuitable. In particular, unless the door cover 140 is coupled to an accurate position on the door frame 110, the first and the second light transmitting region 141, 142 of the door cover 140 may not correspond to the first and the second opening portion 110a,111b of the door frame 110.

As illustrated in FIG. 11, the door cover 140 may include a portion that will be a reference point capable of adjusting an installation position while being assembled to the door frame 110. The door cover 140 may include a first edge portion 140′ formed in a round manner and a second edge portion 140″ that connects both sides of the first edge portion 140′. The door cover 140 may have a circular shape with a portion cut in a linear form. The second edge portion 140″ may have any form that is distinguishable in shape from the first edge portion 140′ such as a linear form, a rugged form, or the like.

The foregoing mounting guide 112c may include a first protrusion portion 112c′ extended in a round manner to correspond to the first edge portion 140′ and a second protrusion portion 112c″ extended in a linear shape to correspond to the second edge portion 140″. The second edge portion 140″ and second protrusion portion 112c″ may be a reference point capable of adjusting an installation position during assembly between the door cover 140 and the door frame 110.

When the second edge portion 140″ corresponds to the second protrusion portion 112c″, the door cover 140 may be located at a normal position on the door frame 110, and thus the first and the second light transmitting regions 141, 142 of the door cover 140 may correspond to the first and the second opening portions 110a, 111b of the door frame 110. The second protrusion portion 112c″ may be located at any position of the door frame 110, but the second protrusion portion 112c″ may be preferably formed at a lower side of the door frame 110.

Hereinafter, a coupling structure between the door cover 140 and the door frame 110 will be described. The door 10 may be coupled to a front surface of the outer frame 111 using a sealant 171, and a sealant filling groove 111d into which the sealant 171 is filled may be formed on a front surface of the outer frame 111.

The sealant filling groove 111d may overlap with the non-light-transmitting region 143 of the door cover 140. Here, overlap may denote overlapping in a thickness direction of the door 10. The sealant filling groove 111d may be formed on a portion of the outer frame 111 overlapping with the non-light-transmitting region 143 of the door cover 140 on the door frame 110 (specifically, outer frame 111).

According to the foregoing structure, the sealant filling groove 111d and sealant filled into this may be covered by the non-light-transmitting region 143, and thus not seen from an outside of the door 10. Accordingly, it may be possible to implement a simpler and neater appearance of the door 10.

The sealant filling groove 111d may extend in a loop shape along an inner circumference of the outer frame 111, and may entirely surround the first and the second opening portions 110a, 111b. Airtightness of an inner space surrounded by the sealant filled into the sealant filling groove 111d may be maintained, thereby preventing moisture from leaking into the display module 130 located in the inner space.

The sealant filling groove 111d may surround the first opening portion 110a and second opening portion 111b, respectively. The sealant filling groove 111d may include a connecting groove portion 111n, a first groove portion 111d1 and a second groove portion 111d2.

The connecting groove portion 111d3 may cross between the first and the second opening portion 110a, 111b. The connecting groove portion 111c3 may be formed in a linear shape or a bent shape on at least one portion thereof (for example, in a U-shape surrounding both sides and a lower side of the second opening portion 111b) as illustrated in the drawing.

The first groove portion 111d1 may be connected to both end portions of the connecting groove portion 111d3, and formed to surround a circumference of the first opening portion 110a along with the connecting groove portion 111d3. The first groove portion 111d1 may be extended along an inner circumference of the outer frame 111.

The second groove portion 111d2 may be connected to both end portions of the connecting groove portion 111d3, and formed to surround a circumference of the second opening portion 111b along with the connecting groove portion 111d3. The second groove portion 111d2 may be extended along an inner circumference of the outer frame 111.

The first groove portion 111d1 and the second groove portion 111d2 may communicate with each other at both end portions of the connecting groove portion 111d3. The first and the second groove portion 111d2 may extend along an inner circumference of the outer frame 111 to form a circular groove, and the connecting groove portion 111d3 may extend in a linear shape to cross an inside of the circular groove.

The sealant filling groove 111d may include a sealant coating portion 111d′ and a sealant collecting portion 111d″. The sealant coating portion 111d′ as a portion for the filling of the sealant 171 may include the foregoing connecting groove portion 111d3, first groove portion 111d1 and second groove portion 111d2.

The sealant collecting portion 111d″ may collect the sealant 171 leaked out of an inner and an outer side of the sealant coating portion 111d′, respectively, and may be provided at both sides of the sealant coating portion 111d′. The sealant collecting portion 111d″ may be extended in parallel along the sealant coating portion 111d′ while spaced apart from the sealant coating portion 111d′ by interposing a predetermined distance therebetween. The sealant collecting portion 111d″ may have a smaller width than that of the sealant coating portion 111d.

A projection 111f may protrude to a predetermined height between the sealant coating portion 111d′ and the sealant collecting portion 111d″. The projection 111f may protrude to a height corresponding to a front surface of the outer frame 111, and the projection 111f may function as a supporting surface that supports the door cover 140.

The sealant collecting portion 111d″ may include a first through a third sealant collecting portion 111d1, 111d2, 111d3. The first sealant collecting portion 111d1 may be provided at an inner side of the sealant coating portion 111d′, and formed to surround the first opening portion 110a. The first sealant collecting portion 111d1 may extend along the connecting groove portion 111d3 and the first groove portion 111d1.

The second sealant collecting portion 111d2 may be provided at an inner side of the sealant coating portion 111d′, and formed to surround the second opening portion 111b. The second sealant collecting portion 111d2 may extend along the connecting groove portion 111d3 and the second groove portion 111d2.

The third sealant collecting portion 111d3 may be provided at an outer side of the sealant coating portion 111d′, and formed to surround the sealant collecting portion 111d′. The third sealant collecting portion 111d3 may extend along the first groove portion 111d1 and the second groove portion 111d2, and may have a circular shape.

According to the foregoing configuration, even if the sealant 171 filled into the sealant coating portion 111d′ leaks out during the process of coupling the door cover 140 to the outer frame 111, the sealant 171 leaked out to the sealant collecting portion 111d″ may be collected. As a result, it may be possible to prevent the deterioration of appearance quality due to the leakage of the sealant 171.

The sealant coating portion 111d′ may be adjacent to an edge portion of the outer frame 111. Accordingly, it may be possible to minimize a non-joint portion on an edge portion of the corresponding door cover 140, thereby enhancing the joint strength, and effectively preventing foreign substances from being infiltrated through a gap between the door cover 140 and the outer frame 111.

Referring to FIG. 14, a sealant filling groove 4111d may include a connecting groove portion 4111d3, a first groove portion 4111d1 and a second groove portion 4111d2, and may surround a first and a second opening portion 4110a, 4111b, respectively. The sealant filling groove 4111d may include a sealant coating portion and a sealant collecting portion, and the description thereof will be the same as that of the foregoing first embodiment.

The sealant filling groove 4111d may further include a bypass groove portion 4111d4 to connect between an arbitrary point on the connecting groove portion 4111d3 and an arbitrary point on the first groove portion 4111d1. The bypass groove portion 4111d4 may be located within a space formed by the connecting groove portion 4111d3 and the first groove portion 4111d1.

As a result, part of the sealant filled into the connecting groove portion 4111d3 or first groove portion 4111d1 may be introduced into the branched bypass groove portion 4111d4, thereby increasing a number of couplings between the door cover and the door frame 4110. Accordingly, it may be possible to increase a coupling force between the door cover and the door frame 4110.

The bypass groove portion 4111d4 may include a sealant coating portion for the filling of sealant, and a sealant collecting portion provided at both sides of the sealant coating portion to collect sealant leaked out of an inner and an outer side of the sealant coating portion, respectively. The display module 130 may be integrated into the door frame 110, and because the door 10 opens and closes the laundry inlet 20a, moisture may leak into the display module 130. Accordingly, the sealing of the display module 130 may be a key point in the aspect of securing the reliability of driving the display unit 12.

Hereinafter, a sealing structure of the display module 130 will be described. Referring to FIGS. 15 through 19, the display module 130 may include a mounting frame 131, a display 132 and a display sealing member 133.

The mounting frame 131 may include a display mounting portion 131a in which the display 132 is mounted on one surface thereof. The display mounting portion 131a may include a space recessed on a front surface of the mounting frame 131 toward a rear surface of the mounting frame 131 in a shape corresponding to the display 132 or an internal space restricted by a rib formed in a protruding manner to correspond to a circumference of the display 132. The mounting frame 131 may be formed of a synthetic resin material (for example, ABS material, PC material, etc.).

A communication hole 131b may be formed on the mounting frame 131. The communication hole 131b may be provided at one side of the display mounting portion 131a, and may be a space distinguished from the display mounting portion 131a. A flexible printed circuit board 161 of the touch sensor 160 may be electrically connected to a printed circuit board 135 through the FPCB hole 111c formed on the door frame 110 and the communication hole 131b formed on the mounting frame 131. A flexible printed circuit board of the display 132 as well as the flexible printed circuit board 161 of the touch sensor 160 may pass through the communication hole 131b.

The display 132 may be mounted on the mounting frame 131 to display visual information. The display 132 may include at least one of a liquid crystal display (LCD), a thin film transistor-liquid crystal display (TFT LCD), an organic light-emitting display diode (OLED), a flexible display, a three-dimensional (3D) display, and an e-ink display.

For the display 132, a typically and widely used tetragonal display, more particular, a rectangular display 132 having different horizontal and vertical lengths may be used. As described above, the rectangular display 132 has a lower cost compared to a circular display, and has an advantage of facilitating an accurate mounting position while mounting on the mounting frame 131 due to a portion having a unique shape (having a vertex, different horizontal and vertical lengths).

When the display 132 is a rectangular shape, and the second light transmitting region 142 is a circular shape, the length of a shorter portion between the horizontal and vertical lengths may be larger than the diameter of the second light transmitting region 142 (a major axis of the second light transmitting region 142 when the second light transmitting region 142 is formed in an elliptical shape). When the above condition is satisfied, visual information may be displayed on the whole second light transmitting region 142.

Though the rectangular display 132 may be used for the display 132, a circular display unit 12 may be provided for the user. A circular second light transmitting region 142 configured to overlap with the display 132 may be formed on the door cover 140. Moreover, the controller may control the display of visual information on a portion of the display 132 that does not correspond to the second light transmitting region 142 within the display 132, thereby reducing power.

A display cover 134 formed of a light transmitting material, and covering the display 132 may be additionally provided on the display 132. The display cover 134 may cover and protect the display 132. The display cover 134 may be formed of a synthetic resin material (for example, acryl material, PET material, TPU material, etc.).

The display sealing member 133 may be provided between the door frame 110 and the mounting frame 131, and formed to surround the display 132. When the communication hole 131b is provided in the mounting frame 131, the display sealing member 133 may be preferably formed to surround the display 132 at the same time.

The display sealing member 133 may be fixed to the door frame 110 or fixed to the mounting frame 131. The display sealing member 133 may be fixed to the mounting frame 131 to seal an internal space when the mounting frame 131 is mounted on the door frame 110. An accommodation groove 131f to fix the display sealing member 133 may be formed on the mounting frame 131, and the accommodation groove 131f may be formed to surround the display 132.

The display sealing member 133 may include a plurality of contact portions 133a, 133b. The contact portions 133a, 133b may be separated from each other in a width direction, and may extend in parallel along a length direction of the display sealing member to form a plurality of sealing loops. Accordingly, a sealing loop formed by either one of the contact portions 133a, 133b may be provided within a sealing loop formed by the other one of the contact portions 133a, 133b, thereby enhancing the reliability of the sealing structure.

The display module 130 may further include a printed circuit board (PCB) 135, a PCB cover 137, and a PCB sealing member 138. The printed circuit board 135 may be electrically connected to the display 132, and mounted on the mounting frame 131. The display 132 may be mounted on a front surface of the mounting frame 131, and the printed circuit board 135 may be mounted on a rear surface of the mounting frame 131. When the touch sensor 160 is provided therein, the printed circuit board 135 may be electrically connected to the flexible printed circuit board 161 of the touch sensor 160 that passes through the communication hole 131b. The printed circuit board 135 may control the operation of the display 132 and touch sensor 160 or the controller itself.

A printed circuit board mounting portion 131d may be provided on a rear surface of the mounting frame 131 to mount the printed circuit board 135. The printed circuit board mounting portion 131d may be recessed on a rear surface of the mounting frame 131 toward a front surface of the mounting portion 131 in a shape corresponding to the printed circuit board 135 or an internal space restricted by a rib formed in a protruding manner to correspond to a circumference of the printed circuit board 135.

A wireless communication module 136 capable of performing wireless communication with an internal external device or external electronic device may be additionally mounted on the mounting frame 131. A wireless communication module mounting portion 131e in which to mount the wireless communication module 136 may be provided on the mounting frame 131, and the wireless communication module mounting portion 131e may be located at one side of the printed circuit board mounting portion 131d.

The wireless communication module 136 may include at least one of Wi-Fi. Bluetooth, and a communication module using RF. For example, the laundry treating apparatus 1 may perform wireless communication with the user's mobile terminal through a Wi-Fi communication module or Bluetooth communication module. The laundry treating apparatus 1 may also be configured to perform wireless communication with another home appliance (for example, another laundry treating apparatus 1 through the RF communication module.

The PCB cover 137 may be mounted on the mounting frame 131, and may cover the printed circuit board 135. The PCB cover 137 may be fastened to the mounting frame 131 by a screw coupling, a hook coupling, a bonding coupling, or the like. A mounting portion 137a formed with a mounting hole may be provided on the mounting frame 131, and a mounting member 139b may be screw-coupled to the mounting frame 131 through the mounting hole.

A PCB sealing member 138 may be provided between the mounting frame 131 and the PCB cover 137, and configured to seal a gap between the mounting frame 131 and the PCB cover 137. The PCB sealing member 138 may surround the printed circuit board 135, and may prevent moisture from leaking into the printed circuit board 135.

When the wireless communication module 136 is additionally provided, the PCB sealing member 138 may preferably surround the printed circuit board 135 and wireless communication module 136 at the same time. Furthermore, when the communication hole 131b is provided on the mounting frame 131, it may preferably surround the communication hole 131b at the same time.

The PCB sealing member 138 may be fixed to the mounting frame 131 or fixed to the PCB cover 137. The PCB sealing member 138 may be fixed to the mounting frame 131, and configured to seal an internal space when the mounting frame 131 is coupled to the PCB cover 137. A mounting groove 131g to fix the PCB sealing member 138 may be formed on the mounting frame 131, and the mounting groove 131g may surround the printed circuit board 135. If it has a structure in which the PCB sealing member 138 is fixed to the PCB cover 137, a mounting groove to fix the PCB sealing member 138 may be formed on the PCB cover 137.

The PCB sealing member 138 may include a plurality of contact portions 138a, 138b. The contact portions 138a, 138b may be separated from each other in a width direction, and may extend in parallel along a length direction of the PCB sealing member 138 to form a plurality of sealing loops. Accordingly, a sealing loop formed by either one of the contact portions 138a, 138b may be provided within a sealing loop formed by the other one of the contact portions 138a, 138b, thereby enhancing the reliability of the sealing structure.

Referring to FIG. 20, the display module 130 may be mounted on one side of the door frame 110 when the door cover 140 is mounted on the other side of the door frame 110. The mounting frame 131 may be fastened to the door frame 110 by a screw coupling, a hook coupling, a bonding coupling, or the like. A fastening portion 131c formed with a fastening hole may be provided on the mounting frame 131, and a fastening member 139a may be screw-coupled to the door frame 110 through the fastening hole.

When a door frame 110 includes an outer frame 111, an inner frame 112, and a frame cover 150, the door cover 140 may be mounted on a front surface of the outer frame 111, and the mounting frame 131 may be mounted on a rear surface of the outer frame 111 to correspond to the second opening portion 111b. The display sealing member 133 may seal a gap between the mounting frame 131 and the outer frame 111 when the mounting frame 131 is mounted on the outer frame 111. The display sealing member 133 may be closely adhered to a mounting surface of the outer frame 111 adjacent to the second opening portion 111b, and formed to surround the second opening portion 111b.

When the display sealing member 133 is fixed to the mounting frame 131, an accommodation groove 131f may be formed on the mounting frame 131, and configured to insert and fix part of the display sealing member 133 to the accommodation groove 131f. Another part of the display sealing member 133 may protrude from the accommodation groove 131f, and may contact the door frame 110 when the mounting frame 131 is mounted on the door frame 110. Due to the contact, an inner space of the display sealing member 133 may be separated from an outer space of the display sealing member 133, thereby preventing moisture from leaking into the inner space.

The display sealing member 133 may be fixed to a rear surface of the outer frame 111, and in this case, the accommodation groove 131f for fixing the sealing member may be provided on a rear surface of the outer frame 111. On the other hand, a filler 133 may be filled into a gap between the mounting frame 131 and the display cover 134 when the display 132 is mounted on the display mounting portion 131a. The filler 133′ may fill the gap, thereby preventing moisture from leaking into the display 132.

Referring to FIG. 21 along with the foregoing FIG. 20, the inner frame 112 may be coupled to a rear side of the outer frame 111, and may cover the display module 130. The display module 130 may be provided in an internal space formed by a coupling between the outer frame 111 and the inner frame 112.

The communication portion 112b configured to communicate with the internal space may be formed on the inner frame 112, and the display module 130 may be inserted into the internal space through the communication portion 112b, and then installed on the outer frame 111. A fastening boss corresponding to a fastening portion of the mounting frame 131 may be formed on the outer frame 111, and the fastening member 139a may be fastened to the fastening boss through the fastening hole of the fastening portion 131c.

The printed circuit board 135 may be electrically connected to a controller and a power supply unit of the body 20. A door side cable extended from the printed circuit board 135 may be connected to a connector provided within the outer frame 111, and the connector may be electrically connected to a body side cable electrically connected to the controller and power supply unit of the body 20.

The door side cable may pass through a through hole of the PCB cover 137, and a sealing member may be interposed between the door side cable and the through hole. The sealing member may be formed to surround the door side cable, and may be closely adhered to an inner circumferential surface of the PCB cover 137 forming the through hole.

The door frame 110 may further include a frame cover 150 covering the display module 130 in addition to the foregoing outer frame 111 and inner frame 112. The frame cover 150 may be coupled to a rear side of the outer frame 111 along with the inner frame 112 to form a rear appearance of the door 10 along with the door window 120 when the door 10 is opened to open the laundry inlet 20a.

The communication portion 112b may be provided at the inner frame 112, and the frame cover 150 may be detachably coupled to the communication portion 112b. The frame cover 150 may be fastened to the inner frame 112 by a screw coupling, a hook coupling, or the like. An engagement hook 151 may protrude from the frame cover 150, and an engagement hole (or engagement groove) 112b′ configured to be engaged with the engagement hook 151 may be formed on the inner frame 112.

Hereinafter, a modified example of the foregoing laundry treating apparatus will be described. The detailed structured of the foregoing door will be applicable as a whole to the following door unless it contradicts to the detailed description of the following door. Accordingly, the redundant description thereof will be omitted.

Referring to FIGS. 22 and 23, the door 1010 may include a door cover 1140, a display module 1130 and a door frame 1110. The door cover 1140 may include a non-light-transmitting region 1143 and a first light transmitting region 1141 and a second light transmitting region 1142 within the non-light-transmitting region 1143. The first and the second light transmitting region 1141, 1142 may be divided from each other by the non-light-transmitting region 1143.

The display module 1130 may be provided on a rear surface of the door cover 1140. The display module 1130 may display visual information through the second light transmitting region 1142. The display module 1130 may be directly adhered to a rear surface of the door cover 1140 or mounted on the display module accommodation portion 1110b of the following door frame 1110.

The door frame 1110 may be coupled to the door cover 1140, and connected to the body 20 in a relatively movable manner. The door frame 1110 may rotate with respect to the body 20 by the hinge unit 30.

The door frame 1110 may include an outer frame 1111 and an inner frame 1112. The outer frame 1111 and inner frame 1112 may be formed of a synthetic resin material (for example, ABS material, PC material, etc.). The door frame 1110 may include a display module accommodation module 1110b and an opening portion 1110a.

The display module accommodation module 1110b may be a recessed space and may accommodate the display module 1130. The display module accommodation module 1110b may be a hole formed in the outer frame 1111 itself configured with a recessed space. The inner frame 1112 may cover the hole formed on the outer frame 1111. The display module accommodation module 1110b may be configured to accommodate a flexible printed circuit board 1161 of the touch sensor 1160.

The display module 1130 may have a shape covered by the display module accommodation module 1110b. In other words, the display module 1130 may be provided between the door cover 1140 and the door frame 1110. Certainly, a second opening portion corresponding to the display module 1130 may not be provided on the door frame 1110.

The opening portion 1110a may face the laundry inlet 20a when the door 1010 is closed. A light transmitting door window 1120 may be installed on the opening portion 1110a, and configured to view the laundry inlet 20a through the door window 1120.

The opening portion 1110a may include a front side opening portion 1111a formed on the outer frame 1111 and a rear side opening portion 1112a formed on the inner frame 1112. A sealant filling groove 1111d configured to fill sealant to the door cover 1140 may be formed on a front surface of the door frame 1110.

The sealant filling groove 1111d may include a connecting groove portion, a first groove portion and a second groove portion. Specifically, the connecting groove portion may cross between the display module accommodation module 1110b and the opening portion 1110a, and the first groove portion may be connected to both end portions of the connecting groove portion to surround a circumference of the opening portion 1110a along with the connecting groove portion, and the second groove portion may be connected to both end portions of the connecting groove portion to surround a circumference of the display module accommodation module 1110b along with the connecting groove portion.

The sealant filling groove 1111d may further include a bypass groove portion in addition to the foregoing configuration. The bypass groove portion may connect an arbitrary point on the connecting groove portion with an arbitrary point on the first groove portion within a space formed by the connecting groove portion and the first groove portion. Furthermore, the sealant filling groove 1111d may include a sealant coating portion 1111d′ and a sealant collecting portion 1111d″.

Due to the sealant filling groove 1111d, it may be possible to prevent moisture from leaking into the display module 1130 provided between the door cover 1140 and the door frame 1110. Furthermore, the sealant filling groove 1111d may separately surround the display module accommodation module 1110b and the opening portion 1110a, respectively, thereby preventing moisture from leaking into the display module 1130 through the opening portion 1110a.

When the display module 1130 is directly adhered to a rear surface of the door cover 1140, a display sealing member 1133 may be closely adhered to a rear surface of the door cover 1140. Here, the display sealing member 1133 may also function as an adhesive to couple the display module 1130 to a rear surface of the door cover 1140.

The present modified examples have the same solving task as that of the foregoing structure illustrated in FIG. 11. In other words, the first light transmitting region 1241,1341,1441 and the second light transmitting region 1342,1442 of the door cover 1240, 1340, 1440 correspond to a first opening portion 1210a, 1311a, 1411a and a second opening portion 1311b, 1411b of the door frame 1210, 1340, 1440 when the circular door cover 1240, 1340, 1440 is mutually coupled to the circular door frame 1210, 1311, 1411.

First, referring to FIG. 24, the mounting guide 1240′, 1240″ that guides the mounting of the door frame 1210 may protrude along a rear circumference of the door cover 1240. When the mounting guide 1240′, 1240″ is provided in the door cover 1240, the present modified example may be applicable when the door cover 1240 is formed of a synthetic resin material.

The mounting guide 12401240″ may have a shape and size corresponding to an appearance of the door frame 1210 such that the door frame 1210 may be mounted on an inner space formed by the mounting guide 1240′, 1240″. Moreover, the following structure may be provided between the door cover 1240 and the door frame 1210 to implement a coupling between the door cover 1240 and the door frame 1210 at an accurate position.

The door frame 1210 may include a first edge portion 1210′ formed in a round manner and a second edge portion 1210″ to connect both sides of the first edge portion 1210′. The door frame 1210 may have a circular shape in which part thereof is cut in a linear form. The second edge portion 1210″ may have any form that is distinguishable in shape from the first edge portion 1210′ such as a linear form, a rugged form, or the like.

The foregoing mounting guide 1240′, 1240″ may include a first protrusion portion 1240′ extending in a round manner to correspond to the first edge portion 1210′ and a second protrusion portion 1240″ extending in a linear shape to correspond to the second edge portion 1210″. A front surface of the door cover 1240 formed with the second protrusion portion 1240″ may have a rounded shape so that the front surface of the door cover 1240 has a circular shape. A portion formed with the second protrusion portion 1240″ may have an angled shape when the door cover 1240 is seen from a rear surface thereof, but may be seen in a circular shape with no angled portion when the door cover 1240 is seen from a front surface thereof.

A front surface of the door cover 1240 formed with the second protrusion portion 1240″ may be formed to have a radius of curvature which is substantially the same as that of a front surface of the door cover 1240 formed with the first protrusion portion 1240′. In this case, the door cover 1240 may be recognized as having a complete circular shape when viewed from the front, thereby implementing a simple and neat appearance of the door.

In the foregoing configuration, the second edge portion 1210″ and the second protrusion portion 1240″ may be capable of adjusting an installation position during the assembly between the door cover 1240 and the door frame 1210. When the second edge portion 1210″ corresponds to the second protrusion portion 1240″, the door frame 1210 may be located at an exact position on the door cover 1240, and thus the first light transmitting region 1241 and the second light transmitting region of the door cover 1240 may correspond to the first opening portion 1210a and the second opening portion.

Next, referring to FIGS. 25 and 26, the door frame (on the present drawing, only the outer frame 1311, 1411 of the door frame is illustrated) and the door cover 1340, 1440 may have mounting guides, respectively, to guide an exact installation position during mutual coupling. The mounting guides may respectively include an alignment groove 1340c, 1440c and an alignment protrusion 1311g, 1411g coupled to each other.

The alignment groove 1340c, 1440c may be concave on either one of the door frame 1311, 1411 and the door cover 1340, 1440, and the alignment protrusion 1311g, 1411g may protrude on the other one of the door frame 1311, 1411 and the door cover 1340, 1440, and thus may be inserted into the alignment groove 1340c, 1440c during mutual coupling between the door frame 1311, 1411 and the door cover 1340, 1440.

The alignment groove 1340c, 1440c and alignment protrusion 1311g, 1411g may be formed within the non-light-transmitting region 1343, 1443. In other words, the alignment groove 1340c, 1440c and the alignment protrusion 1311g, 1411g may overlap with a shielding layer forming the non-light-transmitting region 1343, 1443. The alignment groove 1340c, 1440c and the alignment protrusion 1311g, 1411g may not be seen from an outside of the door, thereby implementing a simple and neat appearance of the door.

FIG. 25 illustrates that the alignment groove 1340c (1340c′, 1340c″) may be formed on the door cover 1340 and the alignment protrusions 1311g (1311g′, 1311g″) may be formed on the door frame 1311. The formation positions of the alignment groove 1340c and the alignment protrusion 1311g may be of course interchanged with each other.

When the alignment protrusion 1311g is formed in a circular protrusion shape and only one is provided, the alignment protrusion 1311g may be inserted into the alignment groove 1340c in a rotational manner, and thus an accurate alignment between the door cover 1340 and the door frame 1311 may not be carried out. Accordingly, a plurality of alignment protrusions 1311g may be provided, and thus formed in a protruding manner at a plurality of positions.

The alignment grooves 1340c′, 1340c″ may be formed at an upper end of the door cover 1340 adjacent to the second light transmitting region 1342 and a lower end of the door cover 1340 adjacent to a lower side of the first light transmitting region 1341, respectively. However, the alignment groove 1340c may also be provided in a non-light-transmitting region 1343 between the first light transmitting region 1341 and the second light transmitting region 1342, and formed anywhere if they are positions separated from each other within the non-light-transmitting region 1343.

FIG. 26 illustrates that the alignment protrusion 1411g (1411g′, 1411g″) may extend in a rib shape along at least one direction. The alignment groove 1440c (1440c, 1440c) may have a shape corresponding to the alignment protrusion 1411g.

According to a coupling between the alignment protrusion 1411g and the alignment groove 1440c, rotation may be restricted subsequent to inserting the alignment protrusion 1411g into the alignment groove 1440c, thereby implementing an accurate alignment between the alignment groove 1440c and the door frame 1411. Even when only one alignment protrusion 1411g is provided, it may be possible to obtain the same effect as illustrated above in FIG. 25.

Alignment grooves 1440c′, 1440c″ may extend in a horizontal direction to both sides of the first light transmitting region 1441, respectively. However, the alignment groove 1440c may be extended in a horizontal direction from a non-light-transmitting region 1443 between the first light transmitting region 1441 and the second light transmitting region 1442.

A laundry treating apparatus may include a body provided with a laundry inlet; and a door configured to open and close the laundry inlet, wherein the door includes a door frame having a first opening portion facing the laundry inlet inside in a state that the door is closed and a second opening portion corresponding to a display module mounted at an inside; and a door cover coupled to the door frame to form an appearance of the door, and the door cover includes a non-light-transmitting region, and a first light transmitting region corresponding to the first opening portion and a second light transmitting region corresponding to the second opening portion within the non-light-transmitting region.

The second light transmitting region may be smaller than the second opening portion, and provided within the second opening portion when the door cover is coupled to the door frame. The second opening portion may be a rectangular shape corresponding to the display module having a rectangular shape, and the second light transmitting region may be a circular shape overlapping within the second opening portion, and visual information may not be displayed on a portion that does not correspond to the second light transmitting region of the display module.

A touch sensor disposed to cover the second light transmitting region to sense a touch input to a sensing region containing the second light transmitting region may be adhered to a rear surface of the door cover. The laundry treating apparatus may further include a controller configured to control whether to activate touch sensing to a region that does not correspond to the second light transmitting region within the sensing region.

The door cover may include a cover body formed of a light transmitting material; and a shield layer disposed to cover a rear surface of the cover body to form the non-light-transmitting region. The first and the second light transmitting regions may be a portion at which the shield layer is not provided. The shield layer may include a plurality of shield dots formed adjacent to the first light transmitting region, and the shield dots may be formed to decrease in density when located closer to the first light transmitting region.

A mounting guide surrounding an outer circumference of the door cover may be formed in a protruding manner on the door frame along a circumference thereof. The door cover may include a first edge portion formed in a round manner and a second edge portion to connect both sides of the first edge, and the mounting guide may include a first protrusion portion extending in a round manner to correspond to the first edge portion and a second protrusion portion corresponding to the second edge portion to guide a mounting position when the door cover is mounted on the door frame.

The second protrusion portion may be formed at a lower side of the door frame. The door frame may include an outer frame formed with a sealant filling groove to fill sealant to adhere to the door cover on a front surface thereof; and an inner frame coupled to a rear side of the outer frame, and formed such that an outer circumferential portion thereof protrudes from a front surface of the outer frame during the coupling to form the mounting guide.

The sealant filling groove may include a sealant coating portion for filling sealant; and a sealant collecting portion formed at both sides of the sealant coating portion, respectively, to collect sealant leaked out of an inner and an outer side of the sealant coating portion, respectively. The sealant filling groove may include a connecting groove portion formed to cross between the first and the second opening portion; a first groove portion connected to both end portions of the connecting groove portion, and formed to surround a circumference of the first opening portion along with the connecting groove portion; and a second groove portion connected to both end portions of the connecting groove portion, and formed to surround a circumference of the second opening portion along with the connecting groove portion.

The sealant filling groove may further include a bypass groove portion configured to connect between an arbitrary point on the connecting groove portion and an arbitrary point on the first groove portion. The bypass groove portion may be located within a space formed by the connecting groove portion and the first groove portion.

The body may include a door accommodation portion recessed in an inward direction on an outer surface thereof to have the laundry inlet therewithin, and when the door is closed, the door may be accommodated into the door accommodation portion, and an edge portion of the outer surface of the door cover may form the same plane as that of an outer surface of the body adjacent thereto.

A laundry treating apparatus may include a body provided with a laundry inlet; and a door configured to open and close the laundry inlet, wherein the door includes a door frame having a first opening portion facing the laundry inlet inside when the door is closed and a second opening portion corresponding to a display module mounted at an inside; and a door cover coupled to the door frame to cover the first and the second opening portion so as to form an appearance of the door, and a sealant filling groove configured to fill sealant to adhere to the door cover, and formed to surround the first and the second opening portion, respectively, may be formed on the door frame.

The sealant filling groove may include a connecting groove portion formed to cross between the first and the second opening portion; a first groove portion connected to both end portions of the connecting groove portion, and formed to surround a circumference of the first opening portion along with the connecting groove portion; and a second groove portion connected to both end portions of the connecting groove portion, and formed to surround a circumference of the second opening portion along with the connecting groove portion.

The sealant filling groove may further include a first sealant collecting portion formed to surround the first opening portion in an inner space formed by the connecting groove portion and the first groove portion; a second sealant collecting portion formed to surround the second opening portion in an inner space formed by the connecting groove portion and the second groove portion; and a third sealant collecting portion formed to surround the first groove portion and the second groove portion.

A laundry treating apparatus may include a body provided with a laundry inlet; and a door configured to open and close the laundry inlet, wherein the door includes a door frame configured to relatively move with respect to the body; a door cover coupled to the door frame to form an appearance of the door, and configured to have a non-light-transmitting region and a light transmitting region within the non-light-transmitting region; and a display module provided on a rear surface of the door cover to display visual information through the light transmitting region, and the light transmitting region is formed with a smaller size than that of the display module, and disposed to overlap within the display module when the door cover is coupled to the door frame.

The display module may be formed in a rectangular shape, and the light transmitting region may be formed in a circular shape disposed to overlap with part of the display module, and the non-light-transmitting region may cover another part of the display module that does not overlap with the light transmitting region. Visual information may not be displayed on another part of the display module. A touch sensor covering the light transmitting region and part of the non-light-transmitting region around the light transmitting region may be adhered to a rear surface of the door cover.

A laundry treating apparatus may include a body provided with a laundry inlet; and a door configured to open and close the laundry inlet, wherein the door includes a door cover configured to form an appearance of the door, and configured to have a first edge portion formed in a round manner and a second edge portion for connecting both sides of the first edge portion; and a door frame configured to relatively move with respect to the body, and on which a mounting guide configured to surround an outer circumference of the door cover is formed in a protruding manner along a circumference thereof, and the mounting guide includes a first protrusion portion extended in a round manner to correspond to the first edge portion; and a second protrusion portion formed to correspond to the second edge portion to guide a mounting position when the door cover is mounted on the door frame. The second protrusion portion may be formed at a lower side of the door frame.

A laundry treating apparatus may include a body provided with a laundry inlet; and a door configured to open and close the laundry inlet, wherein the door includes a door cover configured to form an appearance of the door, and configured to have a non-light-transmitting region and a light transmitting region within the non-light-transmitting region; a display module provided on a rear surface of the door cover to display visual information through the light transmitting region; and a door frame configured to have a display module accommodation portion to accommodate the display module and an opening portion facing the laundry inlet in a state that the door is closed, and formed with a sealant filling groove configured to fill sealant for adhesion to the door cover on a front surface thereof.

The sealant filling groove may include a connecting groove portion formed to cross between the display module accommodation portion and the opening portion; a first groove portion connected to both end portions of the connecting groove portion, and formed to surround a circumference of the opening portion along with the connecting groove portion; and a second groove portion connected to both end portions of the connecting groove portion, and formed to surround a circumference of the display module accommodation portion along with the connecting groove portion.

The sealant filling groove may further include a bypass groove portion configured to connect between an arbitrary point on the connecting groove portion and an arbitrary point on the first groove portion within a space formed by the connecting groove portion and the first groove portion. The sealant filling groove may include a sealant coating portion for filling sealant; and a sealant collecting portion formed at both sides of the sealant coating portion to collect sealant leaked out of an inner and an outer side of the sealant coating portion, respectively.

A laundry treating apparatus may include a body provided with a laundry inlet; and a door configured to open and close the laundry inlet, wherein the door may include a door frame; a door cover mounted at one side of the door frame, and provided with a light transmitting region; a mounting frame mounted at the other side of the door frame; a display mounted on the mounting frame to display visual information through the light transmitting region of the door cover; and a display sealing member disposed between the door frame and the mounting frame, and formed to surround the display.

An accommodation groove formed to accommodate part of the display sealing member and surround the display may be formed on the mounting frame. Another part of the display sealing member may be formed to be protruded from the accommodation groove, and brought into contact with the door frame when the mounting frame is mounted on the door frame. The display sealing member may be provided with a plurality of contact portions brought into contact with the door frame, respectively, and the plurality of contact portions may be disposed to be separated from each other in a width direction, and extended in parallel along a length direction to form a plurality of sealing loops.

The laundry treating apparatus may further include a display cover formed of a light transmitting material, and arranged to cover the display; and a filler configured to fill a gap between the mounting frame and the door cover. The door frame may include an outer frame formed with a sealant filling groove to fill sealant to adhere to the door cover on a front surface; and an inner frame coupled to a rear side of the outer frame, and arranged to cover the mounting frame.

A circumferential portion of the inner frame may form a mounting guide protruded from a front surface of the outer frame to surround an outer circumference of the door cover. A communication portion configured to communicate with an inner space formed by the outer frame and the inner frame may be formed on the inner frame, and a frame cover configured to open and close the communication portion may be detachably coupled to the inner frame.

The laundry treating apparatus may further include a touch sensor adhered to a rear surface of the door cover to sense a touch input to the light transmitting region. A display hole corresponding to the display and a communication hole passing through a flexible printed circuit board (FPCB) of the touch sensor may be formed on the door frame, and the display sealing member may be formed to surround the display hole and the communication hole.

The display may be mounted at one side of the mounting frame, and a printed circuit board (PCB) electrically connected to the display and the flexible printed circuit board may be mounted at the other side thereof. A wireless communication module capable of performing wireless communication with an external electronic device may be further mounted at the other side of the mounting frame.

The laundry treating apparatus may further include a PCB cover mounted on the mounting frame and arranged to cover the printed circuit board; and a PCB sealing member provided between the mounting frame and the PCB cover and formed to surround the printed circuit board. The PCB sealing member may be formed to surround the FPCB hole. A mounting groove configured to accommodate part of the PCB sealing member, and formed to surround the printed circuit board may be formed on the mounting frame.

Another part of the PCB sealing member may be formed to be protruded from the mounting groove, and brought into contact with the PCB cover when the PCB cover is mounted on the mounting frame. The PCB sealing member may be provided with a plurality of contact portions brought into contact with the PCB cover, respectively, and the plurality of contact portions may be disposed to be separated from each other in a width direction, and extended in parallel along a length direction to form a plurality of sealing loops.

A laundry treating apparatus may include a body provided with a laundry inlet; and a door configured to open and close the laundry inlet, wherein the door includes a door frame configured to relatively move with respect to the body; a door cover coupled to the door frame to form an appearance of the door; and a display module provided on a rear surface of the door cover, and the display module includes a mounting frame provided with a display mounting portion and a printed circuit board mounting portion at both side thereof, respectively; a PCB cover mounted on the mounting frame to cover the printed circuit board mounting portion; a display sealing member provided between the door frame and the mounting frame, and formed to surround the display mounting portion; and a PCB sealing member provided between the mounting frame and the PCB cover, and formed to surround the printed circuit board mounting portion.

The display sealing member may be provided with a plurality of contact portions brought into contact with the mounting frame, respectively, and the plurality of contact portions may be separated from each other in a width direction, and extended in parallel along a length direction to form a plurality of sealing loops. The PCB sealing member may have a plurality of contact portions brought into contact with the PCB cover, respectively, and the plurality of contact portions may be separated from each other in a width direction, and extended in parallel along a length direction to form a plurality of sealing loops.

A non-light-transmitting region and a first and a second light transmitting region divided from each other within the non-light-transmitting region may be formed on a door cover, and a window unit (or window) and a display unit (or touch screen) may be formed in the first and the second light transmitting region, respectively, to implement a simple door appearance. In particular, when the first and the second light transmitting region are formed in a circular shape to correspond to a circular shaped door, it may be possible to give an integrated aesthetic sense to the user.

Moreover, the second light transmitting region may be formed in a circular shape overlapping within a rectangular display, and visual information may be displayed only on a portion corresponding to the circular shaped second light transmitting region, thereby providing a circular shaped display unit to the user. Here, the controller may control the display of visual information to a portion that does not correspond to the second light transmitting region within the display, thereby reducing power.

A mounting guide of the door frame may be configured with a first protrusion portion in a round shape and a second protrusion portion in a linear shape corresponding to a first and a second edge portion of the door, respectively, and thus the door cover may be a reference point capable of adjusting an installation position between the second edge portion and the second protrusion portion when the door cover is assembled to the door frame. In other words, when the second edge portion corresponds to the second protrusion portion, the door cover may be located at a normal position on the door frame, and thus the first and the second light transmitting region of the door cover may correspond to the first and the second opening portion of the door frame.

Even though sealant filled into the sealant coating portion is leaked out during the process of coupling the door cover to the outer frame, it is configured to collect sealant leaked into the sealant collecting portion provided at an inner and an outer side of the sealant coating portion, respectively. As a result, it may be possible to prevent the deterioration of appearance quality due to the leakage of sealant.

Furthermore, the sealant coating portion may be adjacent to an edge portion of the outer frame. Accordingly, it may be possible to minimize a non-joint portion on an edge portion of the corresponding door cover, thereby enhancing the joint strength, and effectively preventing foreign substances from leaking through a gap between the door cover and the outer frame.

A display sealing member may be provided between the door frame and the mounting frame, thus having a structure capable of preventing moisture from being infiltrated into a flexible printed circuit board between the display and the touch screen provided therein. Here, a filler may be filled into a gap between the mounting frame and the door cover, and in this case, it may be possible to prevent moisture from being infiltrated into the display once more.

Furthermore, a PCB sealing member may be provided between the mounting frame and the PCB cover, thus having a structure capable of preventing moisture from leaking into the printed circuit board and wireless communication module. The display sealing member and PCB sealing member may include a plurality of contact portions separated from each other in a width direction, and extending in parallel along a length direction to form a plurality of sealing loops. In this case, a sealing loop formed by any one contact portion may be located within a sealing loop formed by another contact portion, thereby enhancing the reliability of the sealing structure.

Any reference in this specification to “one embodiment,”“an embodiment,”“example embodiment,” etc., means that a particular feature, structure, or characteristic described in connection with the embodiment is included in at least one embodiment. The appearances of such phrases in various places in the specification are not necessarily all referring to the same embodiment. Further, when a particular feature, structure, or characteristic is described in connection with any embodiment, it is submitted that it is within the purview of one skilled in the art to effect such feature, structure, or characteristic in connection with other ones of the embodiments.

Although embodiments have been described with reference to a number of illustrative embodiments thereof, it should be understood that numerous other modifications and embodiments can be devised by those skilled in the art that will fall within the spirit and scope of the principles of this disclosure. More particularly, various variations and modifications are possible in the component parts and/or arrangements of the subject combination arrangement within the scope of the disclosure, the drawings and the appended claims. In addition to variations and modifications in the component parts and/or arrangements, alternative uses will also be apparent to those skilled in the art.

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