Patents Assigned to Thomas & Betts International, LLC
  • Patent number: 11025044
    Abstract: An electrical floor box includes a body having an open top and defining an interior therewithin, a cover flange configured to be mounted on the open top of the body, a cover assembly connected to the cover flange such that it is repositionable between open and closed positions, and a light source assembly arranged within the electrical floor box. The light source assembly includes a magnet attached to a bottom surface of the cover assembly, a magnet reed switch installed on the cover flange, a LED light electrically connected to the magnetic reed switch, and a wiring tunnel configured to hold the LED light therewithin. When the cover assembly is in the open position, the magnet disengages with the magnet reed switch such that the LED light illuminates the interior of the electrical floor box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: Thomas & Betts International LLC
    Inventors: Robert Kevin Jolly, Gregory Richards
  • Patent number: 10876710
    Abstract: An emergency lighting head including an LED light surface and a reflector, wherein the reflector has a main body reflector portion and a crown reflector portion attached to the main body portion. The main body reflector portion has an inner reflective surface symmetrical about a central optical axis. The reflective surface has a first end for receiving the LED light surface and a second end opposite the first end. The crown reflector portion is attached to the second end of the main body reflector portion and has an inner reflective surface tilted inwardly from the second end of the main body reflector portion toward the central optical axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Thomas & Betts International LLC
    Inventor: Radu Cornel Rapeanu
  • Patent number: 10700507
    Abstract: A duplex electrical cable fitting includes a connector body having a mounting member and a base member, a cover having a cover hook, and a locknut configured to engage with the mounting member. The mounting member has a mounting member sidewall extending between first and second open ends with the first and second open ends defining a cable passage therebetween. The base member has a cover engaging member, which defines a cover engaging hole. The base member is connected to the mounting member at the second open end and extends downwardly therefrom. The cover hook is movably connected to the base member via the cover engaging hole so as to allow the cover to be movable relative thereto between open and closed positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Thomas & Betts International LLC
    Inventors: Marc Brodeur, Marc-Antoine Veillette
  • Patent number: 10683150
    Abstract: A dual material cable tie includes a tail on a first end, a head on a second end, and an elongated strap extending therebetween. The strap and tail are substantially flat and formed from a first material. The tail can have teeth/ridges on one or both of the surfaces that extend outwardly from the surface(s). The head has a first portion, a second portion and a passage extending from a first end to a second end that receives the tail. A pawl is located in the passage and the second portion includes an exterior surface. The first portion of the head is made from a first material and the second portion is made from a second material that can be stiffer than the first material and the hardness of the second material can be the same or greater than the first material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Thomas & Betts International LLC
    Inventors: Cong T. Dinh, Yan Gao
  • Patent number: 10680425
    Abstract: A one-part or two-part air terminal for protecting a structure against lightning strikes. A flexible adapter, such as a spring, attaches an upper air terminal to a lower air terminal or a one-piece air terminal and base. The flexible adapter allows a flexible engagement between parts of the air terminal and has an internal passageway. A elongate tether couples parts of the air terminal in case the upper air terminal or one-piece air terminal breaks, so as to avoid a broken part from injuring individuals around. The elongate tether may be a ball chain or other type of chain. The elongate tether runs through the internal passageway of the flexible adapter. A base mounts to the one-part or two-part air terminal and mounts the air terminal to the structure. A grounding wire grounds the base to the grounding rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Thomas & Betts International LLC
    Inventor: Matthew D. Cawood
  • Patent number: 10673218
    Abstract: A molded electrical junction box may be formed from a high-heat thermoset polyester. The box includes a back wall, a parametrical side wall bounding the back wall and an open front face. The back wall includes an integrally molded rib pattern extending therefrom. The rib pattern increases the thickness of the back wall thereat. The rib pattern is formed to be in direct flow communication with a molding gate during the molding process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Thomas & Betts International LLC
    Inventors: Gregory Brian Richards, Charles C. Britton
  • Patent number: 10666030
    Abstract: An electrical box cover including a base having a back wall perimetrically bounded by an upwardly extending side wall. The back wall having an opening for receiving an electrical device. A lid pivotally connected to the base. The lid having a lid plate with an opening that is defined by a collar. A housing having a front wall and a plurality of contiguous side walls extending therefrom to a distal edge to define a housing interior. The housing has a flange extending from the side walls and is slidably disposed in the lid opening and moveable between a retracted and extended position with respect to the collar. A plurality of lugs can extend inwardly from the collar and the flange engages the lugs when the housing is in the extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Thomas & Betts International LLC
    Inventors: Cong Thanh Dinh, Michael O'Neil
  • Patent number: 10615558
    Abstract: A cable compression die assembly is used in connection with a compression tool for compressing a stranded cable prior to crimping. The cable compression die assembly includes a pair of cable compression die heads for receiving a stranded cable and a cable connector therebetween. The pair of cable compression die heads defines a hexagonal shaped opening therebetween and is adapted to substantially close the hexagonal shaped opening as the die heads move towards one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Thomas & Betts International LLC
    Inventors: Allen L. Malloy, Paul J. Bartholomew, James M. Baker
  • Patent number: 10614976
    Abstract: A method for assembling a housing for a high voltage electrical switch includes providing a tubular body having a top portion and a bottom portion opposite the top portion, wherein the tubular body is configured to receive a vacuum bottle assembly within the tubular body; sliding a first shed sleeve over an outside surface of the top portion without creating a permanent bond, wherein an interior surface of the first shed sleeve forms a dielectric interface between the outside surface of the top portion and the interior surface of the first shed sleeve; and sliding a second shed sleeve over an outside surface of the bottom portion without creating a permanent bond, wherein an interior surface of the second shed sleeve forms a dielectric interface between the outside surface of the bottom portion and the interior surface of the second shed sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Thomas & Betts International LLC
    Inventors: Alan D. Borgstrom, Kieran Higgins
  • Patent number: 10601170
    Abstract: A solid dielectric deadfront electrical switch assembly having a switch contact assembly. The switch contact assembly can include an upper insulative diaphragm, a male pin contact having an insulating tip and an isolating sleeve, a primary contact, a lower insulative diaphragm, and a female socket contact. The upper insulative diaphragm, isolating sleeve, and insulating tip can assist in electrically isolating the male contact pin when the electrical switch assembly is in an open condition. Further, the upper insulative diaphragm can be separated from the female socket contact, and/or a female-contact insulating sleeve, by a gap chamber that utilizes air as an insulator. The lower insulative diaphragm can be configured to engage a drive rod that is used to axially displace the male pin contact between open and closed positions in a manner that may prevent arcing between the switch contact assembly and a base plate of a switchgear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Thomas & Betts International LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey Gieger, Ian Christopher Waleck, Charles Bindics
  • Patent number: 10594127
    Abstract: A cable gland for providing strain relief and sealing for a cable that can be coupled to a device. The cable gland includes a sealing gland having a sealant. Upon assembly of the cable gland, the sealing gland is compressed in a manner that can releases, or otherwise can facilitate the displacement of, the sealant about an interface between a portion of the cable and the sealing gland, and/or into spaces between exposed insulative jackets and/or conductors of the cable. The sealant can include a curable viscous sealant that is housed within a package of the sealing gland, the package being configured to rupture upon compression of the sealing gland. Alternatively, the sealant can be a malleable sealant material that can be pressed or otherwise displaced to form a seal between the sealing gland and cable and/or into the spaces between exposed insulative jackets and/or conductors of the cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Thomas & Betts International LLC
    Inventor: Jesus Ricardo Portillo Gallego
  • Patent number: 10541522
    Abstract: An electrical box bar hanger includes an adjustable channel having a plurality of locking tabs at distal ends thereof and first and second end plates with each of the first and second end plates having a plurality of locking apertures thereon. The first and second end plates are integrally connected to each distal end of the adjustable channel. When each end plate is bent 90 degrees against each corresponding end of the adjustable channel, each of the plurality of locking apertures aligns with each corresponding locking tab, such that the plurality of locking tabs can be inserted into corresponding locking aperture to allow the first and second end plates to be perpendicular with the adjustable channel without the use of welding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Thomas & Betts International LLC
    Inventor: Daniel Lalancette
  • Patent number: 10530140
    Abstract: A poke-through device for installation in a hole in a floor structure, the floor structure defining a floor in a first working environment and a ceiling in a second working environment, the hole communicating between the first and second working environments, the poke through device. The poke-through device includes a body defining an interior and having an upper end and a lower end. A mounting frame is adapted to secure an electrical device within the body. A first intumescent member is disposed at the body upper end, and an electrical box is secured to the body lower end. A fire resistant gasket is disposed between the electrical box and the body lower end. The gasket includes openings therein to permit passage of wiring between the electrical box and the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Thomas & Betts International LLC
    Inventor: Mark R. Drane
  • Patent number: 10518950
    Abstract: Cable ties including an antimicrobial component and optionally a detectable component are disclosed. More particularly, cable ties including a composition having a base plastic, an antimicrobial additive and optionally a detectable additive selected from a detectable metal additive, an X-ray detectable additive and combinations thereof as well as methods of making the same are disclosed. Also, cable ties including an antimicrobial metallic barb and a composition having a base plastic and optionally an antimicrobial additive and/or a detectable additive selected from a detectable metal additive, an X-ray detectable additive and combinations thereof are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Thomas & Betts International LLC
    Inventor: Yan Gao
  • Patent number: 10498123
    Abstract: A support bracket for an electrical connection box is used with metal furring channels in a ceiling. A central web has a first end hole, and a plurality of top holes arrayed longitudinally adjacent a second end for selective attachment to a second furring channel. A guide flange projects downward from the central web at the first end, and is placed directly against a first furring channel, to align the support bracket perpendicular to the channel. The guide flange is bent around the first furring channel. The guide flange receives a fastener through a guide hole, the first channel, and the first end hole. Right and left side mounting flanges project downward from the central web. The mounting flanges have a plurality of mounting holes arrayed longitudinally for attaching the electrical connection box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Thomas & Betts International LLC
    Inventors: Ioan-Liviu Lupsa, Marc-Antoine Veillette
  • Patent number: 10483733
    Abstract: A joint strip including a center trunk, at least one recess formed by at least one upper flange and at least one lower flange for use in bridging a gap in sheet metal, such as in cable trays, cable tray covers, or two pieces of sheet metal. The joint strip may include more than one recess. The one or more recesses are configured to accept, for example, a cable tray surface located at a gap between two cable trays. The joint strip can be inserted between cable trays, for example, without disconnecting the trays from each other or removed in existing cable trays without separating adjacent sections of cable tray or cable tray covers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Thomas & Betts International LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Cardin, Jonathan Dubé, Yves Boucher
  • Patent number: 10468864
    Abstract: An outlet box is configured to be installed to a building structure in a new work or an old work. The outlet box includes an outlet box body and a removable flange partially attached to the outlet box body. The outlet box body has a base member, a first longitudinal side wall, a second longitudinal side wall, a first transverse side wall, and a second transverse side wall. The first and second longitudinal side walls and the first and second transverse side walls are integrally connected to the base member and extend upwardly therefrom, defining an outlet box volume therewithin. A plurality of first angled mounting holes and a plurality of second angled mounting holes are defined on an inner surface of one of the first and second longitudinal side walls and an inner surface of one of the first and second transverse side walls, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Thomas & Betts International LLC
    Inventors: Ludovic Legault, Jean-Michel Pelletier
  • Patent number: 10451198
    Abstract: A hold-down clamp for holding a cable tray on a strut channel includes a main body member extending between first and second ends, opposed side walls extending downwardly and perpendicularly from the main body member, and first and second side members extending from each of the opposed side walls. The main body member has a first end defining a clamp engagement portion and a second end defining an expansion guide portion. Each of the first and second side members includes a flange having a clamp engagement structure, a planar middle structure, and an expansion guide structure that are integrally connected to each other, and a clamping tooth, which is defined between the clamp engagement structure of the flange and the side wall such that the clamping tooth transitions into the clamp engagement structure of the flange and the side wall of the hold-down clamp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Thomas & Betts International LLC
    Inventors: Ioan Liviu Lupsa, Daniel Cardin, David Gingras
  • Patent number: 10424905
    Abstract: A shallow octagonal electrical box having a back wall and a stepped sidewall construction. The back wall includes at least first and second substantially flat sections connected by an intermediate section. The sidewall extends from the back wall to an open front and has an octagonal shape formed by eight sidewall sections. At least three contiguous sidewall sections have a first height and at least three of the other sidewall sections have a second height that is different from the first. At least one sidewall section has an opening or aperture adapted to provide a passage into the interior. The sidewall can have a hub or connector attached to the exterior surface around the opening/aperture. The sidewall can also have a knockout and a plurality of mounting apertures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Thomas & Betts International LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Lalancette, Marc-Antoine Veillette
  • Patent number: D870324
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: Thomas & Betts International LLC
    Inventors: Kelley McAlpine, Francois Couillard, Christian Farah