Patents Examined by Anthony R Jimenez
  • Patent number: 11996248
    Abstract: A switch assembly including an actuator assembly operable to magnetically latch a switch in a closed position, where the actuator assembly includes a cup member coupled to the drive rod opposite to the switch and an opening spring positioned within the cup member and being held in compression when the switch is latched closed, and where the cup member includes a central opening. The switch assembly further includes a scissor link having a first leg and a second leg pivotally attached at a pivot point, where one end of the first and second legs extend into the central opening and are rigidly attached to the cup member and an opposite end of the first and second legs extend through the cover, and where pulling the link away from the actuator assembly breaks the magnetic latch and opens the switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2024
    Assignee: S&C Electric Company
    Inventors: Thomas J. Dyer, Joseph W. Milton
  • Patent number: 11997166
    Abstract: A vehicular arbitration system includes: a main manager configured to receive one or more requests from a plurality of first application execution units and to determine a request for operating a predetermined on-vehicle device based on the received one or more requests and a predetermined rule; and a plurality of sub-managers respectively configured to arbitrate the request determined by the main manager and a request input from at least one second application execution unit that is different from the plurality of first application execution units and to control the on-vehicle device based on an arbitration result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2024
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kazumutsu Azuma
  • Patent number: 11990295
    Abstract: An illuminated keyswitch includes a keycap, a pair of frames adapted to support the keycap in an up-down movement, the pair of frames disposed corresponding to each other and substantially rotatably coupled to each other to define an inner space under the keycap, a pair of elastic members connecting the pair of frames to be located at two opposite sides of the inner space, respectively, and an illumination light source disposed between the pair of elastic members in the inner space and adapted to provide an illumination light. During the up-down movement of the keycap, a vertical projection of the pair of frames surrounds the inner space without interfering therewith, so the illumination light passes the inner space to illuminate the keycap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2024
    Assignee: DARFON ELECTRONICS CORP.
    Inventors: Chen Yang, Ling-Hsi Chao, Shao-Lun Hsiao, Yu-Chun Hsieh
  • Patent number: 11991843
    Abstract: An apparatus for process automation for use in an area where there is a risk of explosion and in which dusts may occur, including a wall structure serving as a housing of the apparatus and having a first wall structure section defining a first housing inner area and a second wall structure section defining a second housing inner area separated from the first housing inner area, wherein a first circuit arrangement is arranged in the first housing inner area and the first housing inner area is dust-tightly enclosed by the first wall structure section so that the dusts cannot penetrate into the first housing inner area and the explosion safety of the first housing inner area is ensured by the dust-tight enclosure, one or more electrical circuits being arranged in the second housing inner area and all the electrical circuits arranged in the second inner area forming an altogether intrinsically safe second circuit arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2024
    Assignee: Festo SE & Co. KG
    Inventor: Steffen Wunderlich
  • Patent number: 11984709
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to the field of switch gears, and envisages an actuator for a switch gear of an electric panel having a door. The actuator comprises an aligner assembly and an actuator plate assembly. The aligner assembly comprises an aligner pivotably mounted on the switch gear housing, and engaging with a toggle of a circuit breaker, of the switch gear, to angularly displace the toggle. The aligner has a pair of slanting flanges configured to define a valley separated by a gap. The actuator plate assembly comprises a mounting plate mounted on the enclosure door. A shaft element, having a handle element and an engaging element, passes through the mounting plate. The engaging element is configured to nest in the gap of the aligner to angularly displace the aligner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Assignee: APPLETON GRP LLC
    Inventors: Rinu Toms, Shriram Divekar, Amit Kulkarni, Mukunda Rao
  • Patent number: 11981477
    Abstract: A storage container that comprises a base, lid and a timer disc that is removably attachable to the lid. The lid comprises a top surface having a circular recess formed thereon and one or more first mating elements disposed within the circular recess. The timer disc comprises a housing that encapsulates a display, a microcontroller, and a battery, and one or more second mating elements. The timer disc is manipulable to cause the one or more second mating elements to engage with the one or more first mating elements, thereby securing the timer disc to the lid. The manipulation of the timer disc to cause the one or more second mating elements to engage with the one or more first mating elements also causes an electrical connection to be made between the battery and each of the microcontroller and the display, thereby activating the microcontroller and the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Inventors: Charles R. Driscoll, Rachelle L. Driscoll
  • Patent number: 11984706
    Abstract: An interlock structure of a bypass transfer switching device is proposed. When supply power is bypassed through a bypass switch, a lever input portion is closed to prevent manual switching of an automatic transfer switch, and when the automatic transfer switch is drawn from a switchboard, the closed lever input portion is automatically opened. The interlock structure includes: the automatic transfer switch having the lever input portion of a through hole shape for the manual switching of a normal supply and an alternative supply; the bypass switch configured to bypass electric power of the normal supply or the alternative supply supplied to a load side through the automatic transfer switch, the bypass switch including a bypass lever capable of manually changing a bypass circuit; and an interlock device configured to automatically close the lever input portion when the bypass lever is operated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Inventors: Sunghwan Moon, Shin-o Hwang
  • Patent number: 11984710
    Abstract: A circuit breaker with an integrated motorized racking mechanism, automatically provides electrical power to the racking motor when the breaker is inserted into a breaker compartment. The racking motor remains powered when the breaker is in either a disconnected position, a testing position, or a fully connected position. A racking power plug mounted within the circuit breaker conducts electrical power to the racking motor by automatically connecting to a stationary racking power receptacle mounted in the breaker compartment, and remains connected as the circuit breaker moves through the breaker compartment during the racking operation. A control power plug is mounted in the circuit breaker to connect to a stationary control power receptacle mounted in the breaker compartment and to conduct control power to control circuits in the circuit breaker after the racking motor has completed racking the circuit breaker into the connected position in the breaker compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Assignee: Schneider Electric USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Alan Williford, Amol Shrirang Bagaitkar, Sergio Flores
  • Patent number: 11979005
    Abstract: A multi-family metering device including a plurality of modular meter compartments where the modular meter compartments are interconnected and laid out in a horizontal section. The multi-family metering device comprises a pull section having a first enclosure and a plurality of modular meter compartments for multiple service disconnects with an individual modular meter compartment provided for each service disconnect such that each modular meter compartment of the plurality of modular meter compartments having a second enclosure different from the first enclosure. One or more modular meter compartments of the plurality of modular meter compartments are configured to be attached to both or either side of the pull section. The second enclosures are joined together instead of providing one enclosure with a common wiring compartment that is divided into different sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2024
    Assignee: SIEMENS INDUSTRY, INC.
    Inventor: Fan Zhang
  • Patent number: 11978598
    Abstract: A keyswitch structure includes a base, a keycap, a lift mechanism and a light-emitting part. The lift mechanism includes a first support, a second support, and a spring structure. The first support and the second support are connected to and between the base and the keycap, so that the keycap can move relative to the base in a vertical direction. The spring structure is a single structural part and is connected to the first support and the second support and drives the first support and the second support to lift the keycap in the vertical direction. The lift mechanism as a whole defines a central space that extends through the whole lift mechanism in the vertical direction. The spring structure does not enter the central space. The light-emitting part is disposed on the base corresponding to the central zone, and emits light to illuminate the keycap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2024
    Assignee: DARFON ELECTRONICS CORP.
    Inventors: Chen Yang, Ling-Hsi Chao, Shao-Lun Hsiao, Yu-Chun Hsieh
  • Patent number: 11970082
    Abstract: A system for mitigating thermal runaway in a battery-powered electric vehicle (EV). The system includes a gas sensor configured to measure a level of at least one type of gas in a vicinity of a battery of the EV, a thermal event detector configured to determine, based on the measured level of the at least one type of gas, that the battery is experiencing out-gassing, and a communications interface configured to transmit an alert to a fleet management system regarding the out-gassing of the battery. The fleet management system alters an assignment of the EV in response to the out-gassing of the battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2024
    Assignee: GM Cruise Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Kenneth Ramon Ferguson, Erik Nielsen, Chase Kaufman
  • Patent number: 11969515
    Abstract: This embodiment relates to a button module having a sterilization function. The button module according to one aspect comprises: a cover including an opening; a housing being coupled to the cover; a button body disposed inside the housing, including a first body and a second body selectively exposed to the outside through the opening; a rotation shaft for rotating the button body; a printed circuit board disposed at a rear side of the button body, the printed circuit board including a switch and a germicidal lamp irradiating light toward the button body; and an elastic member disposed between the rotation shaft and the first body and between the rotation shaft and the second body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2024
    Inventor: Jang Moon Lee
  • Patent number: 11966248
    Abstract: An operation device includes an operating portion to receive a push-in operation, a lessening member to lessen tilt movement of the operating portion associated with the push-in operation, a supporting portion to support the lessening member, a base portion on which the supporting portion is provided, and at least one placement portion that is provided on the base portion, includes a placing surface to place an end portion of the lessening member, and holds the lessening member on the base portion by the placing surface and the supporting portion in a preparation stage for assembling the operating portion to the base portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2023
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2024
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RIKA DENKI SEISAKUSHO
    Inventors: Akito Ishihara, Yuki Sakai, Yosuke Naito, Renya Watanabe, Yutaka Okuda
  • Patent number: 11967475
    Abstract: A switch device includes at least one operating knob to receive an operation for a device to be controlled, a detection unit attached to the operating knob to detect an operation position on the operating knob, and a control unit to control the device to be controlled in response to the operation position detected by the detection unit. The operating knob is in the form of a recognizable shape that allows for recognition of the operation position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2024
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RIKA DENKI SEISAKUSHO
    Inventors: Yutaro Ito, Akira Yagihashi
  • Patent number: 11967476
    Abstract: Techniques are described for a bypass switch that includes: a switch body having a column; a switch head which is coupled to the column and in which a sliding part is provided; a sliding part which is inserted into the switch head; a driven latch which is inserted into the sliding part and fixed to a driving shaft penetrating therethrough; a driving latch which is coupled to an end of the driving shaft exposed to an outside of the switch head, and which is provided to be driven by a solenoid; a stop coupled to the front of the switch head; a pressure bearing which is inserted into a lower portion of the sliding part and coupled thereto by a bearing pin; an elastic body provided between the sliding part and the switch body; and a rod coupled to an upper portion of the sliding part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2024
    Assignee: HYOSUNG HEAVY INDUSTRIES CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yong Soo Kim
  • Patent number: 11955297
    Abstract: A keyboard includes a base plate and a backlight module. The base plate has a short axis direction and a long axis direction, and the base plate includes at least one long slit. The long slit is disposed on the base plate along the short axis direction. The backlight module is disposed on the base plate. The backlight module includes a shielding sheet, a light guide plate and a reflecting sheet. An upper surface of the shielding sheet faces toward the base plate. The light guide plate is disposed on a lower surface of the shielding sheet. The reflecting sheet is disposed below the light guide plate. The reflecting sheet includes a plurality of first slits. When the length of the base plate is adjusted along the long axis direction, the reflective sheet is adjusted and moved along with the base plate by expansion of the first slits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: CHICONY ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Mitsuo Horiuchi, Chia-Hsin Chen, Ping-Ju Kuo
  • Patent number: 11951825
    Abstract: A charging connection device for a vehicle includes a junction box disposed in a recess, a junction box cover flap, and a cover flap. The junction box cover flap and the cover flap are each pivotable into an open position and a closed position. The junction box cover flap covers the junction box in the closed position and the recess is coverable by the cover flap. When the cover flap is displaced from the open position into the closed position the cover flap entrains the junction box cover flap. The junction box cover flap has a first element of a junction box connecting device and the junction box or a component that defines the recess has a second element of the junction box connecting device. In the closed position of the junction box cover flap, the junction box cover flap is held magnetically releasably by the junction box connecting device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: Daimler AG
    Inventors: Andreas Schurz, Robin Boeld
  • Patent number: 11955299
    Abstract: The invention relates to an operating mechanism for opening and closing at least one contact, which operating mechanism comprises, a base frame, a bridge body movable relative to the base frame between a closed position and an opened position, a rod mechanism of a first and a second link, a cam arranged on a shaft, a locking lever fixedly arranged with one end to the first link and moves with the first rod between a locked position and an unlocked position, a control shaft having a D-shaft portion with a flat surface portion and a semi cylindrical surface portion, and a lock position, in which the path of the second end of the locking lever intersects with the circumference of the cross-section of the D-shaft portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: EATON INTELLIGENT POWER LIMITED
    Inventors: Bert Knol, Albert Postmus, Adri Lammers, Mathieu Hesselink
  • Patent number: 11947376
    Abstract: An input device includes an operation member vertically movably disposed on a support, urging means for urging the operation member upward, and an inclination preventive member reducing inclination of the operation member by coupling first and second ends of the operation member in a first horizontal direction and linking vertical movements of the first and second ends together. The inclination preventive member includes a main shaft extending in the first horizontal direction and rotatably and axially supported by the support, a pair of arms extending from opposite ends of the main shaft toward an identical side of a second horizontal direction crossing the first horizontal direction, and a pair of secondary shafts extending in the first horizontal direction from distal ends of the pair of arms, and rotatably and axially supported by the first and second ends. The pair of arms include short and long arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: Alps Alpine Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tatsuya Yokoyama, Hiroki Utagawa, Kunihiro Kamei
  • Patent number: 11948759
    Abstract: Apparatus, use and a method for controlling an output power provided to at least one electrical component are described. The apparatus includes at least one module with at least one electronic circuit for providing an output power, adjustable via rotation of at least one rotary element, to at least one electrical component when the electronic circuit is electrically connected to an input power supply that supplies power to the electronic circuit. At least one first switching element is configured to electrically disconnect at least one of the at least one electronic circuit from the input power supply when the first switching element is in a first predefined state. At least one actuator element that is rotatable between a first position and a second position is configured to switch a respective first switching element to the first predefined state when rotated from the first position to the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: BUSTER AND PUNCH LIMITED
    Inventors: Rory John Geoffrey Way, Ivan Andrew Drake