Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Karl A. Vick, Esq.
  • Patent number: 6791440
    Abstract: An electrically isolating iso bearing for a circuit breaker is provided that comprises an inner surface, an outer surface, and a body extending therebetween, said inner surface comprising a pair of bosses and a pair of openings, said outer surface comprising at least one boss, said body comprising a pair of rotor protective flaps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2004
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Jason Edward Harmon, Gary Steven Douville, Chanchal Kumar Garg, Linda Yvonne Jacobs, Thomas Frederick Papallo, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6785581
    Abstract: A method for fabricating at least one component using a server system is provided. The server system is coupled to a centralized database and at least one client system. The method includes receiving fabrication data for at least one component from a client system, receiving a component order from a client system, storing fabrication data and component order data in the centralized database, creating routing operations for fabricating each ordered component, creating Numerical Control (NC) code for fabricating each ordered component, and fabricating each ordered component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2004
    Inventors: Vernon Benjamin Mountcastle, III, Michael Joseph Maloney, Ronald Clifton Roupe, William Thomas Bowman
  • Patent number: 6784806
    Abstract: An electronic electricity meter which, in one embodiment, includes a modem board, or unit, coupled to the meter microcomputer and exchanges information between the meter and a central computer is described. Using signals supplied by the meter microcomputer and the central computer, the modem unit microcomputer can determine whether to exchange information between the meter and the central computer and the proper time at which the information should be exchanged. In an exemplary embodiment, the modem unit detects various conditions within the meter and responds by exchanging information with the central computer at a proper, or pre-defined, time. The modem unit has two different basic modes, or states, of operation. These states of operation are sometimes referred to as the call originate mode and the call answer mode. Call originate refers to the mode of the unit when a condition occurs in meter 10 and information is being transmitted to the central computer from the modem unit utilizing a telephone line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2004
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Robert E. Lee, Jr., Mark R. Arsenault, Marjorie J. Mancuso, Virginia H. Zinkowski, Warren R. Germer, William O. Rector, Mark E. Hoffman, John J. Pazdon, Jr., Larry A. Schmidt, Donald Naik, Melissa J. Pazdon
  • Patent number: 6781336
    Abstract: A servomechanism having an actuator configured to convert electrical energy into mechanical energy and a controller configured for electrical connection to a power source. A power cable electrically connects the actuator and the controller. The power cable is configured to transmit electrical current from the controller to the actuator. At least one transducer is coupled to the actuator. The transducer is electrically connected to the power cable and is configured to transmit data over the power cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2004
    Assignee: GE FANUC Automation North America, Inc.
    Inventor: William B. Henry
  • Patent number: 6779176
    Abstract: A method of implementing program updates in an electronic system includes requesting the system to accept a program update and loading replacement programs for execution. The method includes using an operating system to determine when programs running on an electronic system have finished an execution cycle and then commencing the replacement process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2004
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Robert Baxter Chambers, II, Abdulaziz M. Ibrahim
  • Patent number: 6778920
    Abstract: The present invention, in one embodiment, is a method for metering energy consumption with an electric meter. The method includes steps of: generating metering quantities for a plurality of phase voltages from a multiphase voltage source, including generating revenue-related data; monitoring voltage changes on at least one of the phase voltages; and performing a predetermined task in response to a voltage change on at least one of the phase voltages while continuing to generate revenue-related data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2004
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Richard A. Balch, David D. Elmore, Larry A. Schmidt, Maurice J. Ouellette, Warren R. Germer, Virginia H. Zinkowski, Robert E. Lee, Jr., Gregory P. Lavoie, Mark J. Plis, Carol A. Cummiskey
  • Patent number: 6777847
    Abstract: Divided magnet rotors R having a stepped skew rather than a helical skew are described. The stepped skew enables the use of straight magnet sections (44) that can be inserted into the rotor core notches (38) thereby eliminating the need to produce a helix from the rotor cage. The stepped skew is effective in decoupling stator slot order harmonics. In addition, the stepped skew rotor R includes, in some embodiments, open slots (22) so that the rotor is not subject to rotor bridge saturation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2004
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Daniel M. Saban, Charles Michael Stephens, Gerald Burt Kliman
  • Patent number: 6774614
    Abstract: An apparatus for detecting currents in a three-phase power transmission system includes a first detection circuit electrically coupled to a first phase of the three-phase transmission system, a second detection circuit electrically coupled to a second phase of the three-phase transmission system different than the first phase, and an event output switch electrically coupled to the first detection circuit and the second detection circuit and configured to actuate when a subsynchronous current at least one of the first phase and the second phase exceeds a pre-selected subsynchronous current setpoint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2004
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: William Herbert Sahm, III, Stanley A. Miske, Jr., Daniel Herbert Baker, Bruce Edward English, John Michael Kern
  • Patent number: 6772502
    Abstract: A cast end shield includes an opening extending therethrough and an insert at least partially embedded within the end shield at the opening. The end shield also includes a plurality of slots extending to the insert. In one embodiment, the insert is a substantially circular steel insert ring concentric with the opening and oriented such that an inner diameter of the insert ring is exposed from the end shield.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2004
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: James M. Scott
  • Patent number: 6768244
    Abstract: A dynamoelectric machine includes a stator having teeth fabricated from a non-magnetic material and containing at least one embedded conductor. The teeth are unitary with a back portion that is mounted to a stator back iron. Permeance variations induced by a stator winding mounted on the non-magnetic stator teeth are low which facilitates a reduction of motor noise. Specifically, since the non-magnetic teeth reduce production of permeance variations, changes in air gap forces between the rotor and the stator are decreased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2004
    Assignee: General Electric Canada Inc.
    Inventors: Raymond K.J. Ong, John Young, Gerald Burt Kliman, Lembit Salasoo
  • Patent number: 6765361
    Abstract: A method for utilizing a three-wire programming box with a motor control circuit is provided. The method includes providing a three-wire to two-wire interface. The method further includes connecting the three-wire to two-wire interface between the three-wire programming box and the motor control circuit such that the three-wire programming box communicates bi-directionally with the motor control circuit utilizing less than three connections between the three-wire to two-wire interface and the motor control circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2004
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Brian L. Beifus, Mark A. Brattoli
  • Patent number: 6765322
    Abstract: A method for facilitating damping torsional or ring vibrations of a dynamoelectric machine including a rotor assembly with a first amortisseur bar and a second amortisseur bar extending therefrom and terminating at an endring is provided. The method includes providing a damping assembly, and positioning the damping between the first amortisseur bar and the second amortisseur bar such that the damping assembly contacts the first and second amortisseur bars, and is substantially proximate the endring or alternatively the damping assembly is positioned only over one amortisseur bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2004
    Assignee: General Electric Canada, Inc.
    Inventors: John M. Young, Martin van Duyn
  • Patent number: 6760631
    Abstract: A multivariable control method and system suitable for manipulating process variables based on observed changes in controlled objectives without extensive data analysis or involved model development. The method includes operating the process at an initial set of process variables and an initial set of controlled objectives, monitoring the set of process variables and the set of controlled objectives while continuously operating the process, adjusting one or more members of the set of process variables based upon a non-linear optimization with respect to a desired set of controlled objectives, and utilizing the monitored set of process variables and the monitored set of controlled objectives in the non-linear optimization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2004
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Peter N. Berkowitz, William A. Poe, Paul Burnham Smith
  • Patent number: 6744339
    Abstract: A motor protection trip unit for a circuit breaker includes an electrically conductive strap, a yoke including a body including a first side wall, a second side wall, a third side wall, and a fourth side wall. The third side wall extends between the first and second side walls, the fourth side wall extending from the first and second side walls and comprising a yoke gap extending therethrough. A motor protection trip unit for a circuit breaker also includes a flapper holder coupled to the strap, a flapper pivotally coupled to the flapper holder, and a biasing mechanism coupled between the flapper holder and the flapper. The biasing mechanism is configured to maintain the flapper a distance from the yoke such that a yoke-flapper gap is defined between the yoke and the flapper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2004
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Christian Daehler, Biranchi Sahu, Varma S P Dantuluri, Tom O'Keeffe
  • Patent number: 6741074
    Abstract: A method for separating electrical runout from mechanical runout includes positioning at least one position probe against a rotating part, positioning at least one proximity probe adjacent the rotating part, and calculating an electrical runout based on measurements obtained from the position probe and the proximity probe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2004
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Mark John DeBlock, W. R. Hugh Fife
  • Patent number: 6730845
    Abstract: A removable cover for a an electrical component box includes a pair of side walls having hinge edges including a hook and an engagement surface extending from the hook. The hook slides over and engages the hinge members of a box, and the engagement surface forms a sliding surface that allows rotation of the cover about the hinge elements. The hinge is easily installed and removed by orienting the cover at a selected angle relative to a longitudinal axis of the box, and lifting the hook over the hinge member to either engage or disengage the hook from the hinge members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2004
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Joseph Criniti, Javier Ignacio Larranaga, Vito William Santoro, Michael Gerard Tobin, Mark Howard Thomson, Thomas Randolph Campbell
  • Patent number: 6701284
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for maintaining a PLC revision history are described. In one embodiment, the PLC creates and maintains a revision history log that provides information related to changes made to the PLC user program and/or the PLC configuration. If a change is detected, information regarding the change is gathered and stored in the history log. The history log maintains a record of the revisions made to the PLC. If the history log becomes full, the oldest revision entry is deleted and the latest change is incorporated into the history log.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2004
    Assignee: GE Fanuc Automation North America, Inc.
    Inventors: William M. Huntley, Stephen A. Hogge
  • Patent number: 6692158
    Abstract: A bearing seat includes a cylindrical scat defining a cylindrical pocket for at least partially containing a bearing. The cylindrical seat includes a cylindrical first wall and an end wall extending from the cylindrical first wall. The cylindrical first wall has an inner face and the end wall includes an integral shim extending outwardly therefrom. The integral shim is configured to contact a side of an outer race of a bearing such that the side of the outer race of the bearing seats firmly against the integral shim.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2004
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Timothy O. Williams, Michael A. Cook, Michael W. Henry, Timothy W. Carey
  • Patent number: 6693248
    Abstract: A transfer switch includes a cam including a first groove and a second groove different from the first groove, a follower apparatus positioned in the second groove, and a driver apparatus positioned in the first groove, the driver apparatus configured to rotate the cam in only a first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2004
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Ronald Lloyd Schultz
  • Patent number: 6670881
    Abstract: A method for retaining a terminal of a terminal assembly for a positive temperature coefficient resistor/overload resistor (PCTR/OL) assembly includes providing a body having an inner surface, and disposing at least one retaining member to the inner surface. The retaining member is configured to engage the terminal substantially perpendicular to an axis of symmetry of the terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2003
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Alan J. Janicek, Kennett R. Fuller, Mark A. Heflin