Patents Assigned to Phoenix Contact Development and Manufacturing, Inc.
  • Patent number: 11093428
    Abstract: A convertible I/O signal processor is convertible between different operating configurations for connecting multiple field devices to the I/O signal processor by selectable types of electrical connectors such as cables, terminal blocks, and the like. The I/O signal processor includes a signal processing module connected to a signal processor and an interface module removably connected to the signal processing module. The interface module includes electrical connectors for receiving/transmitting I/O signals from and to field devices. The interface module and the signal processing module define I/O channels extending between the electrical connectors and the signal processor. The interface module in embodiments includes I/O module connectors that enable removable I/O modules to be interposed in the I/O channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: Phoenix Contact Development and Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian John Gillespie, Davis Mathews
  • Patent number: 10842039
    Abstract: A backplane or backplane module for transmitting data along a signal path of a network to one or more functional modules attached to the signal path includes a printed circuit board, a functional module electrical connector attached to the printed circuit board, and a mechanically actuated bypass circuit assembly that maintains signal continuity along the signal path when a function module is not attached to the function module electrical connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Phoenix Contact Development and Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Michael Frye, Brian John Gillespie, Jr., Christopher Michael Brink
  • Patent number: 10794533
    Abstract: A mounting bracket for attaching a component housing to a mounting rail includes a mounting clip and a base. The mounting clip carries the component housing and the base attaches the mounting clip to the mounting rail. The mounting clip is rotatably attached to the base to enable positioning the component housing in different angular positions with respect to the mounting rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Phoenix Contact Development and Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Anthony Correll, Scott Michael Frye
  • Patent number: 10687433
    Abstract: An enclosure assembly for housing printed circuit boards and related electrical components having a secured lid that may be removed by-hand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Phoenix Contact Development and Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventor: Dejan Raic
  • Patent number: 10594059
    Abstract: A feed-through terminal block module includes first and second electrical terminals, a first current bar, and a second current bar, the terminals and current bars in a terminal housing. The first current bar permanently electrically connects the first and second terminals. The first current bar includes a first contact portion of the module. The second current bar includes a second contact portion of the module and a third contact portion of the module. A removable contact plug is inserted into the housing to selectively electrically connect the first and second contact portions. Removable bridge pins or a bridging current bar electrically connects the third contact portions of adjacent modules when modules are placed side-by-side to form a terminal block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Phoenix Contact Development and Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: James R. Bieda, Steve Lytle
  • Patent number: 10396854
    Abstract: A method for providing galvanic isolation between an input or trunk interface (30) and multiple outputs or spur interfaces (38) for connecting field devices (14) to a trunk (20) of a two-wire (44a, 44b) process control network (10) includes connecting multiple sets of multiple spur interfaces to respective isolating elements (34). Each isolating element (34) connects a respective set of outputs or spur interfaces (38) to the trunk interface (30) and galvanically isolates (40, 42) the respective set of spur interfaces (38) from the trunk interface (30). Field devices (14) attached to different sets of spur interfaces are also galvanically isolated from one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Phoenix Contact Development and Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Colin Cherewka, Brenton Eugene Helfrick, David Katz, Aaron Richard Kreider, Todd Eugene Shadle
  • Patent number: 10386013
    Abstract: An enclosure mounting assembly for mounting different sized enclosures onto support poles or flat support walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Phoenix Contact Development and Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Walker, Nathan Potteiger
  • Patent number: 10296483
    Abstract: A fieldbus coupler for coupling a local fieldbus network utilizing a first fieldbus protocol to a foreign field device or foreign fieldbus network through an interconnecting wired or wireless network transmission line that utilizes a second fieldbus protocol different from the first fieldbus protocol includes a first circuit configured to communicate over the local fieldbus network using the first fieldbus protocol, a second circuit configured to connect the fieldbus coupler with the interconnecting network transmission line and communicate over the interconnecting network transmission line using the second fieldbus protocol, and a third circuit configured to communicate with the first and second circuits and capable of transmitting data to and from the first and second circuits to enable communications between the local fieldbus network via the interconnecting network transmission line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Phoenix Contact Development and Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Vogt, Michael Colin Cherewka, Brent Helfrick, Aaron Kreider, Davis Mathews
  • Patent number: 10193274
    Abstract: An assembly for attaching and detaching an electronics module from a base includes a feedback assembly that provides an operator with tactile feedback on the relative positioning of the module with the base during attachment or detachment of the module to or from the base. The feedback assembly includes cams on the electronics module and a follower attached to an end of a spring arm on the base. The spring arm forms a portion of a wall that guides movement of the module along the base during attachment or detachment of the module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Phoenix Contact Development and Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Anthony Correll, Scott Michael Frye, Talon Coe Kephart, Davis Mathews
  • Patent number: 10181674
    Abstract: A heat dissipating power electrical connector assembly has a contact housing, a metal contact in the housing, a heat dissipating member with a surface for heating adjacent air and a non-metal heat transmitting member for flowing heat from the contact to the heat dissipating member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Phoenix Contact Development and Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Timothy Sykes, John P. Huss, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10177562
    Abstract: A base element and a surge protection system incorporating the base element are provided. The base element includes a housing having a front portion and a rear portion. Apertures in the rear portion provide access to contacts secured within the housing, and a receiving portion extending from the front portion includes at least one receiving section for receiving a surge protection cartridge. Plug receptacles in the receiving portion are in electrical communication with the contacts to incorporate the surge protection device in a circuit when the surge protection cartridge is inserted. The base element is configured to mount orthogonally to a case such that conductors secured to the contacts extend through the apertures and into an enclosure defined by the case in a substantially linear direction. The system includes a case configured to be attached to a rack mount system and a plurality of base elements secured to the case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Phoenix Contact Development and Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Keith Mickievicz, Jon Alan Fortuna, Christopher Jon Laubach, Michael Timothy Sykes, Shane William Wiest
  • Patent number: 9971727
    Abstract: A universal I/O interposer system for processing an I/O signal transmitted between an I/O field device and a controller, the system includes a base connected between the field device and the controller and a number of connector halves attached to the base. An interposer circuit carrier includes a corresponding connector half and includes a signal processing circuit for processing an I/O signal being transmitted between an I/O field device and a controller. An interposer circuit carrier can be changed without disconnecting the base from the field device or controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Phoenix Contact Development and Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Craig Alan Brodbeck, Michael Anthony Correll, Talon Coe Kephart, Stephen Craig Klinger, Brian Anthony Linton, Davis Mathews, Matthew John Wynn
  • Patent number: 9967993
    Abstract: An enclosure assembly for housing printed circuit boards and related electrical components that provides secured component mounting in outdoor environments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Phoenix Contact Development and Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Walker, Tod M. Harlan, Gottlieb Oyster, Nathan Potteiger
  • Patent number: 9954327
    Abstract: A housing slice for forming a modular housing for mounting an electrical component on a grounding rail carries a grounding member for grounding the electrical component to the grounding rail. The grounding member extends outside of the housing slice but does not extend beyond the sides of the housing slice to permit side-by-side stacking of the housing slice carrying the grounding member with other housing slices with or without grounding members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Phoenix Contact Development and Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Terry Lee Barber, Craig Alan Brodbeck, Scott Michael Frye, Talon Coe Kephart, Stephen Craig Klinger, Matthew J. Wynn
  • Patent number: 9948030
    Abstract: A lever-releasable first electrical connector body includes a housing that includes a set of electrical connectors and a lever rotatably mounted in the housing for rotation between retracted and extended positions. When the first connector body is engaged with a second electrical connector body to form electrical connections with the set of electrical connectors, the lever is normally in the retracted position. Rotation of the lever to the extended position causes an end of the lever to engage and urge the second electrical connector away from the first electrical connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Phoenix Contact Development and Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott Anthony Faulkner
  • Patent number: 9727098
    Abstract: A redundant power supply motherboard assembly connects control segments of a fieldbus-type control system to a host computer. The assembly has a compact design with pairs of power supply modules in side-by-side nests on the motherboard. The nests are mounted on the motherboard in desired locations and securely hold the modules on the assembly despite vibrations, shocks and handling to prevent contact impairment. The nests provide touch protection for components on the motherboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Phoenix Contact Development and Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian John Gillespie, Terry Lee Barber, Michael Anthony Correll
  • Patent number: 9684322
    Abstract: A voltage limiting device for limiting the voltage being transferred from a trunk circuit to a spur circuit of a distributed control network includes an AC signal device that passes the AC data signals between the trunk circuit and the spur circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Phoenix Contact Development and Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Colin Cherewka, Brenton Eugene Helfrick, Aaron Richard Kreider
  • Patent number: D827575
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Phoenix Contact Development and Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventor: Gottlieb Oyster
  • Patent number: D833392
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Phoenix Contact Development and Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Michael Frye, Talon Coe Kephart, Gerwin Mueller, Gerd Witt
  • Patent number: D917397
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Phoenix Contact Development and Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher Michael Brink