Patents Assigned to Weidmüller Interface GmbH & Co. KG
  • Patent number: 10826207
    Abstract: An electrical connector includes a housing which can be electrically connected on a connection side to an electrical connection part. On a contact side, one or more contacts are provided to electrically contact one or more counter-contacts of a printed circuit board. At least one latching peg assembly including two functional elements passes through an opening of the printed circuit board and can be moved by an actuation element from a non-expanded released position into an expanded latched position in which its diameter on the side of the opening which faces away from the housing is greater than the diameter of the opening of the printed circuit board. One of the functional elements is arranged on the actuation device and another element is arranged on a component of the connector which is movable relative to the actuation device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Weidmüller Interface GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Stephan Wright, Jürgen Ude, Andreas Muhs, Volker Schröder, Sascha Nolte
  • Patent number: 10827634
    Abstract: An electronics module includes a housing having a mounting foot or component suitable for mounting on a support rail and for fastening the electronics module to the support rail which is mounted on a mounting base. At least one spring element is provided in the lower region of the housing facing the mounting base when mounted. The at least one spring element is configured to provide a damping effect when the housing vibrates relative to the mounting base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Weidmüller Interface GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Ralf Schumacher
  • Patent number: 10827639
    Abstract: A housing to hold at least one electromechanical, electrical and/or electronic component includes at least one fastening element arranged on a portion of the housing for the component. A recess is formed in the housing portion and the fastening element is arranged in the recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Weidmüller Interface GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Ulrich Trapp, Ralf Schumacher, Mike Beermann, Niklas Wendt
  • Patent number: 10790602
    Abstract: An electrical connector for connecting an electrical conductor to a circuit board includes a housing electrically connected on a connecting side of the electrical connector to an electrical connecting part and including a contact side having one or more contacts, in order to make electrical contact with one or more mating contacts of the circuit board. A locking pin assembly passes through an opening of the circuit board and moves from a release position to a locking position in which its diameter on the side of the opening facing away from the housing is larger than the diameter of the opening of the circuit board. The housing includes at least one activating device and the locking pin assembly includes at least two functional elements which move relative to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Weidmüller Interface GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Stephan Wright, Sascha Nolte
  • Patent number: 10666003
    Abstract: A contact and busbar assembly forms a bus system on electronics housings arranged in an array direction. Each housing includes a circuit board. The contact and busbar assembly includes multiple bus plugs having first connecting contacts for electrically contacting the circuit boards and second connecting contacts in the form of socket contacts for electrically contacting power rail strips. A plurality of power rail strips electrically connects the second connecting contacts of adjacent electronics housings. A first power rail strip electrically connects the bus plugs of two directly adjacent electronics housings and a second power rail strip of greater length electrically connects two spaced electronics housings. An electronics housing assembly is provided having multiple electronics housings arranged against one another in the array direction and a contact and busbar assembly as set forth above.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Weidmüller Interface GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Till Schmitz, René Arntzen, Volker Schröder, Peter Stuckmann
  • Patent number: 10658766
    Abstract: A direct clamp terminal for connecting a conductor in the form of a flexible stranded conductor includes a housing with a chamber and an insertion conduit for inserting the conductor into the chamber. A bus bar or a clamping cage is provided in the housing and a clamping spring is located in the chamber and acts as a compression spring for securing the electrical conductor to the bus bar or the clamping cage in the area of a clamping point. The clamping spring has a clamping limb that can be pivoted about a pivoting axis and that can be shifted from a detent mode in which it is locked in a detent position into a clamping mode in which it is released from the detent mode and presses the electrical conductor against the bus bar or the clamping cage. The clamping limb can be released from the detent mode using two different shifting devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Weidmüller Interface GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Michael Herrmann, Constantin Classen, Karlo Stjepanovic, Stephan Fehling, Walter Hanning, Jens Oesterhaus, Marco Waldhoff, Herbert Fricke
  • Patent number: 10627434
    Abstract: A measuring method is provided for monitoring a component of an electrical assembly, in which the voltage across at least one component of the electrical assembly and a current through the component are measured, and in which, from measurement values for the voltage and the current, a resistance value of the component is determined. The voltage and the current are measured in successive switching periods of a periodic switching signal of the electrical assembly, and the resistance value is determined based on the measurement values for voltage and current from the successive switching periods. A measuring circuit for monitoring a component of an electrical assembly is provided with an analog/digital converter. An electrical assembly, in particular a switching power supply, having such a measuring circuit is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Weidmüller interface GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Carlos Paiz Gatica, Rico Schindler
  • Patent number: 10505399
    Abstract: An apparatus for the contactless, inductive transmission of energy from a primary portion a secondary portion includes at least one coil in each portion which are inductively coupled to each other. The primary portion and the secondary portion include at least one magnetic field sensor and are arranged to determine a position of the secondary portion relative to the primary portion using a magnetic field generated by the coils and measured with the aid of the magnetic field sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Weidmüller Interface GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Andreas Steinmetz, Olaf Grünberg
  • Patent number: 10503680
    Abstract: An automation device has a main module and an interchangeable connection module in which a fieldbus port of the automation device is located. The automation device is characterized in that the interchangeable connection module contains a non-volatile memory which can be read out by the main module of the automation device. A method for operating the automation device includes the steps of connecting a main module of the automation device with a connection module, reading the non-volatile memory of the connection module, detecting any incompatibilities between the main module and the connection module, and placing the automation device in operation if no incompatibilities are detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Weidmüller Interface GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Gorm Rose, Marc Strünkmann, Georg Kulturidi
  • Patent number: 10439305
    Abstract: A connection device for conductors has at least one double conductor connection for connecting two conductors. The conductor connections are formed as direct plug connections each having a metal clamping cage formed of a highly conductive material such as sheet metal. A clamping spring is mounted on each clamping cage. Each clamping cage serves as a spring support for a clamping spring and as a contact element for each conductor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Weidmüller Interface GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Karlo Stjepanovic, Stephan Fehling, Walter Hanning
  • Patent number: 10430368
    Abstract: An automation device has a main module and an interchangeable connection module in which a fieldbus port of the automation device is located. The automation device is characterized in that the interchangeable connection module contains a non-volatile memory which can be read out by the main module of the automation device. A method for operating the automation device includes the steps of connecting a main module of the automation device with a connection module, reading the non-volatile memory of the connection module, detecting any incompatibilities between the main module and the connection module, and placing the automation device in operation if no incompatibilities are detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Weidmüller Interface GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Gorm Rose, Marc Strünkmann, Georg Kulturidi
  • Patent number: 10411382
    Abstract: A contact element for electrically connecting an electrical conductor with an electrical assembly includes two contact rails extending in a longitudinal direction. The rails are arranged one above the other and are at a distance from one another in a contact direction and are also connected to each other via a connection piece. The connection piece is arranged at a first side of the contact rails and extends in the longitudinal direction and in the contact direction so that the contact element is formed in an approximately U-shaped manner in a cross section transversely to the longitudinal direction which runs through the connection piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Weidmüller Interface GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Wolfgang Sichmann, Stefan Aporius
  • Patent number: 10396476
    Abstract: A connection device for conductors has one or more single conductor terminals which are formed as direct plug connections. Each conductor terminal has a metal contact element such as a metal clamping cage, a spring support made of a non-conductive material such as plastic, and a clamping spring. Each of the spring supports is placed on at least one corresponding receiving element made of a non-conductive material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Weidmüller Interface GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Karlo Stjepanovic, Stephan Fehling
  • Patent number: 10396504
    Abstract: A plug connection assembly includes a wall with a wall bushing and a plug connection which penetrates the wall bushing. The plug connection includes a first plug connector on one side of the wall and a second plug connector connected with the first plug connector on a second side of the wall by plugging the first and second connectors together. The second plug connector is arranged on a printed circuit board and the first plug connector includes a shield support in the form of a shielding plate. The shield support is held in contact with the printed circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Weidmüller Interface GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Wolfgang Sichmann, Matthias Krug
  • Patent number: 10369735
    Abstract: A marking strip has a plurality of marking elements which are connected to each other by a connecting region. The marking strip having the marking elements is designed to mark electrical devices, in particular electrical devices that can be arranged next to each other such as terminal blocks. Each of the marking elements has a marking plate including at least one writing field which can be provided with information. On the side facing away from the writing field, each of the marking elements has a locking contour which is integrally connected with the marking plate. The marking strip is formed of at least two different plastic materials of different hardness. The locking contour of each marking element is formed of a harder plastic material, and the marking plate is formed of a softer plastic material at least in the region of the writing field. The connecting region between the marking elements is formed of the softer plastic material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Weidmüller Interface GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Markus Speith, Andreas Wieneke, Ditmar Schreiber, Thorsten Rieke, Thorsten Bett, Maximillian Schneider, Maximilian Rosin, René Hülsmann
  • Publication number: 20190203757
    Abstract: An attachment for monitoring a nut of a screw connection for crack formation, deformation, and/or breakage includes a socket portion which is attached to the outer circumference of the nut and has a conductor which is interrupted in the case of a deformation, crack, or breakage of the nut. The conductor is embedded in at least one material. The attachment is produced by injection molding with the conductor embedded within the socket portion. The monitoring attachment is particularly useful for operating a shutoff device for a wind generator in the event of failure of a nut which secures a turbine blade to the generator hub.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2017
    Publication date: July 4, 2019
    Applicant: Weidmüller Interface GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Peter HELM, Franz-Josef BERGMANN, Hans SCHLINGMANN, Christian HEGGEMANN, Steffen NIGGEMANN, Dirk BAUERKÄMPER
  • Patent number: 10263399
    Abstract: A latching foot assembly for latching electrical components on a support rail includes first and second latching feet or members each including first and second resilient clamping portions between which the support rail is latched or grasped. A latching finger is integral with the first clamping portion of each latching foot. The first clamping portions of the latching feet are connected in interlocking fashion. The latching finger of the first clamping portion of the first latching foot has a support surface for supporting the support rail in a latched state. The support surface extends farther in the direction of the second clamping portion than a support surface for supporting the support rail in the latched state of the latching finger of the first clamping portion of the at least one second latching foot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Weidmüller Interface GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Marc Böcker, Stephan Lange, Gerald Busch
  • Patent number: 10205294
    Abstract: A hand-actuated crimping tool for manipulating electrical cables includes a pair of crimping grips which are pivotally connected for movement between open and closed positions and a crimping head for gripping a cable. An electronic counter including an electronic circuit and a signaling device is connected with one of the grips and is operable to count each time the crimping tool is operated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Weidmüller Interface GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Thilo Bröker, Christoph Dierks
  • Patent number: 10141859
    Abstract: A series module assembly particularly for drive technology includes a bus system and series modules arranged in side by side in a row on a mounting base. The series modules each have an electronics housing in which at least one electronic element is arranged. The bus system includes busbars that extend outside of the electronics housing, wherein at least one of the busbars can be electrically connected to the electronic element of one of the series modules via a plug assembly. The series module assembly is designed for wall mounting. The bus bars are pre-assembled with a mounting and bus rail and anchored to the wall. The mounting and bus rail is configured so that the series modules can be mounted on the mounting and bus rail in a direction parallel to the wall in order to establish contact with the busbars. The mounting and bus rail can be adjustably mounted at a selected distance from the wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Weidmüller Interface GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Stefan Aporius, Wolfgang Sichmann
  • Publication number: 20180314830
    Abstract: A process for loading a secure memory image for a startup procedure of a microcontroller from an external non-volatile memory has the microcontroller configured to assume a locked state in which execution of any program is prevented pending a restart of the microcontroller when a data section of a secure memory image is faulty. The process includes the following steps: detection of the locked state of the microcontroller by a controller located outside of the microcontroller, institution of precautionary measures that lead to modified read data values of the memory image in a subsequent attempt by the microcontroller to read the memory image; and initiation of a restart of the microcontroller to cancel the locked state, and thus initiation of a renewed attempt to load the memory image. An assembly including a microcontroller, an external non-volatile memory and a controller implements such a process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2016
    Publication date: November 1, 2018
    Applicant: Weidmüller Interface GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Marc STRÜNKMANN, Ingo GURLT, Andreas BÖCKSTIEGEL