Patents Assigned to Ideal Industries, Inc.
  • Patent number: 11555578
    Abstract: A lubricating system has a pump to force a viscous lubricant from a supply of lubricant to a lubricator at which the lubricant is to be dispensed onto a cable, wire, or the like that is being pulled through a conduit. A sensor, associated with a spool from which the cable is being dispensed, is be used to automatically control the amount of lubricant that is to be dispensed onto the cable. A second described system comprises a custom bucket or bucket insert which allow a cable to pass through the bucket whereupon lubricant will be automatically applied to the cable and the container includes a profiled base to ensure proper passage of the cable through the lubricant and ensure the maximum usage of any lubricant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Assignee: IDEAL Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin Juday, Doug Sanford, Nathan Buckert, Alan Zantout
  • Patent number: 11539161
    Abstract: A convertible force latching system includes two complementary connector bodies. Each connector body has a first mating face under which two series of magnets oriented alternating directions. A moving portion of the latching system allows the connector bodies and the magnets within to alter their alignment by the interaction of a user along a predetermined motion path. In a first arrangement, the series of magnets are aligned with such that the magnets of one connector body are attracted to the magnets of the other connector body. When the user actuation shifts the moving portion, the second arrangement positions the series of magnets such that they are aligned such that the magnets of one connector body are repelled to the magnets of the other connector body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2022
    Assignee: IDEAL Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Jia Yong Li, Brian Robert Peterson
  • Patent number: 11532903
    Abstract: An electrical connector includes a universal plug body, a plurality of electrical contacts disposed in the universal plug body, and a printed circuit board (PCB), coupled with the universal plug, comprising a plurality of electrically-conductive features configured to electrically connect the plurality of electrical contacts to a plurality of terminals. Different PCB types may be used with the universal plug body to accommodate different power and data applications with a universal connector body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2022
    Assignee: IDEAL Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Christine Mary Svelnis, Richard Scott Horner, David Scott Beach, Daniel Keith Gruenemeier
  • Patent number: 11434894
    Abstract: An air sampling pump includes a reciprocating piston for operating a diaphragm assembly. The diaphragm includes a valve head including a fluid inlet and a fluid outlet and a fluid chamber defining a fluid path between the inlet and outlet. A diaphragm sealing engages the valve head and encloses the fluid chamber. The diaphragm includes a piston diaphragm membrane portion coupled to the piston for reciprocating with the piston and reciprocation of the piston causes a change in air pressure within the fluid chamber to cause air to move from the fluid inlet toward the fluid outlet. The diaphragm includes a damper membrane portion, which cooperate to reduce an amplitude of pulsation in the airflow at the fluid inlet and fluid outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: IDEAL Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Brandon Trainer, Steve Tearle, Aamir Qureshi
  • Patent number: 11353198
    Abstract: A connector for use in coupling a load device to electrical conductors of a direct current bus bar. The connector has a housing and the housing carrying a printed circuit board that is electrically coupled to the bus bar and the load device. The printed circuit board functions to control the providing of direct current power from the bus bar to the load device, provide a dimming signal to the load device, and/or selectively provide direct current from a source of emergency power to the load device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: IDEAL Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Sushil N. Keswani, Timothy B. Tunnell, Adam James Tammisto
  • Patent number: 10938149
    Abstract: A convertible force latching system includes two complementary connector bodies. Each connector body has a first mating face under which two series of magnets oriented alternating directions. A moving portion of the latching system allows the connector bodies and the magnets within to alter their alignment by the interaction of a user along a predetermined motion path. In a first arrangement, the series of magnets are aligned with such that the magnets of one connector body are attracted to the magnets of the other connector body. When the user actuation shifts the moving portion, the second arrangement positions the series of magnets such that they are aligned such that the magnets of one connector body are repelled to the magnets of the other connector body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: IDEAL Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Jia Yong Li, Brian Robert Peterson
  • Patent number: 10924453
    Abstract: A method for automatically assigning a group address to a first controllable luminaire device of a plurality of controllable luminaire devices. The method determines whether adding the first controllable luminaire device to a logical community of controllable luminaire devices causes a number of controllable luminaire devices within the logical community of luminaire devices to exceed an established threshold. When it is determined that adding the first controllable luminaire device to the logical community of luminaire devices causes the number of controllable luminaire devices within the logical community of luminaire devices to exceed the established threshold, the method automatically assigns to each of the plurality of luminaire devices within the logical community of luminaire devices a group address for use in simultaneously controlling the luminaire devices as a group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: IDEAL Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Justin D. Eltoft, Joseph Markel, Matthew Deese
  • Patent number: 10923868
    Abstract: The low voltage power distribution bus system for a plurality of connected modules includes an intelligently managed power load. The system maintains a marginal reserve of power while monitoring the amount used of the total power. When a new module is connected, a base power setting for the new module is retrieved. The system calculates available power and compares the base power setting. If the available power is exceeded, the system redistributes a maximum allowed power of each connected module and assigns the new module an allowed maximum power. The allowed maximum power is the base power setting if the available power exceeds the base power setting of the new module and a fraction of the base power setting if the base power setting of the new module exceeds the available power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: IDEAL Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward C. Shultz, John B. Melinyshyn, Saverio Mercurio
  • Patent number: 10870188
    Abstract: A device for driving a fastener has a shaft and a driving portion formed on an end of the shaft. The driving portion is provided with one of a slot and a channel for securely holding a force applying member formed from a resilient material. When a tip of the driving member is positioned within a tip receiving portion tip portion of the fastener, a surface of the force applying member which faces towards the head of the fastener will frictionally engage with the head portion of the fastener to prevent the driving portion from slipping from the fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: IDEAL Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas A. Sanford, Michael Richard Weiby, Carl C. Aldag
  • Patent number: 10870196
    Abstract: A tool has a working member, a plurality of expansion members, and a handle that is rotatable relative to the working member. The handle has a longitudinally extending chamber in which a portion of the working member having cam surfaces is disposed. The handle also has a plurality of slots in which the plurality of expansion members are disposed. When a torque is applied to the tool, the cam surfaces of the working member cooperate with the plurality of expansion members to cause at least a portion of each of the plurality of expansion members to be moved outwardly from the slots to thereby cause the handle to change from having a first cross-sectional shape to a second cross-sectional shape. At least one spring is interposed between each of the plurality of expansion members and the handle for causing the handle to revert back to the first cross-sectional shape upon a removal of the torque as applied to the tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: IDEAL Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Brenton Solar, James Davidson
  • Patent number: 10774825
    Abstract: A personal air sampling pump assembly includes a motor having a reciprocating piston for operating a diaphragm assembly. The diaphragm includes a valve head including a fluid inlet and a fluid outlet and a fluid chamber defining a fluid path between the inlet and outlet. A first and second diaphragm sealing engaging the valve head and enclosing the fluid chamber. The first diaphragm includes a piston diaphragm membrane portion coupled to the piston for reciprocating with the piston and wherein reciprocation of the piston causes a change in air pressure within the fluid chamber to cause air to move from the fluid inlet toward the fluid outlet. Both the first and second diaphragms include a damper membrane portion, which cooperate to reduce an amplitude of pulsation in the airflow at the fluid inlet and fluid outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: IDEAL Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Brandon Trainer, Steve Tearle, Aamir Qureshi
  • Patent number: 10730168
    Abstract: A ratchet wrench comprises a handle defining a cavity including a plurality of teeth on an inner periphery thereof, a wheel, a biasing spring ring, and at least one tooth pawl mounted in recesses formed on the outer periphery of the wheel. The wheel is rotatably mounted inside the cavity and the pawls are biased by the spring ring to engage the plurality of teeth on the inner periphery of the cavity when rotated in a first direction, and to slide over the teeth when rotated in a direction opposite the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: IDEAL Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Brenton Michael Solar, Mark Robert Stanley
  • Patent number: 10659734
    Abstract: Handheld communications devices include a communications port, at least one battery, and processing circuitry configured to automatically determine a network address of a network node connected to the communications port, to communicate with the network node using the determined network address, and to consume energy stored by the battery. Communications methods include using a handheld communications device connected to a network node, automatically determining a network address of the network node; using the handheld communications device, communicating with the network node using the determined network address; and based on the communicating and using the handheld communications device, verifying that the network node is operational.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: IDEAL Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Timothy D. Holloway
  • Patent number: 10645771
    Abstract: A method for automatically assigning a group address to a first controllable luminaire device of a plurality of controllable luminaire devices. The method determines whether adding the first controllable luminaire device to a logical community of controllable luminaire devices causes a number of controllable luminaire devices within the logical community of luminaire devices to exceed an established threshold. When it is determined that adding the first controllable luminaire device to the logical community of luminaire devices causes the number of controllable luminaire devices within the logical community of luminaire devices to exceed the established threshold, the method automatically assigns to each of the plurality of luminaire devices within the logical community of luminaire devices a group address for use in simultaneously controlling the luminaire devices as a group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: IDEAL Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Justin D. Eltoft, Joseph Markel
  • Patent number: 10535969
    Abstract: A crimping tool for an electrical connector includes a frame defining an interior, a handle rotatably coupled with the frame, and a receptacle disposed within the interior of the frame and configured in size and shape to receive an electrical connector. The crimping tool further includes a push member, coupled with the handle, configured to apply a compressive force to an electrical connector disposed within the receptacle responsive to actuation of the handle relative to the frame and a blade coupled to the frame, to the receptacle, or to the push member, so as to be actuatable to cut excess wiring from an electrical connector disposed within the receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: IDEAL Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert W. Sutter
  • Patent number: 10490987
    Abstract: A junction box has a main body defining an interior space and a lid hingedly connected to the main body for use in enclosing the interior space. The main body includes an inlet for allowing an end of electrical cable to be positioned with the interior space. The inlet is formed by a first pair of spaced flaps between which is defined a first slot into which the electrical cable is to be positioned and a second pair of spaced flaps between which is defined a second slot into which the electrical cable is to be positioned. Each of the first pair of flaps is arranged to extend outwardly from the defined first slot at an angle that is away from the interior space to provide a structure that will inhibit a pushing of the electrical cable further into the interior space. Each of the second pair of flaps is arranged to extend inwardly from the defined second slot at an angle towards the interior space to provide a structure that will inhibit a pulling of the electrical cable from the interior space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: IDEAL Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Walsh, Peter Viner
  • Patent number: D862630
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: IDEAL Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Brent Solar
  • Patent number: D899204
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: IDEAL Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Brenton Solar
  • Patent number: D913236
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: IDEAL Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Jia Yong Li
  • Patent number: D913939
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: IDEAL Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Jia Yong Li