Patents Examined by D. A. Tone
  • Patent number: 5442139
    Abstract: An insulated mounting support is provided for installation near a feedpoint f a ladder-line transmission line. A first plate of electrical insulator material has a face from which two bosses extend, and has opposing sides abutting the face from which first and second appendages extend. A second plate of electrical insulator material has two recesses in a face thereof for mating engagement with the two bosses. The two bosses are maintained in a spaced apart relationship in correspondence with two cutouts provided in the transmission line. When the first plate and second plate are sandwiched about the transmission line near the feedpoint, the two bosses extend through the two cutouts and engage the two recesses. In this way, tension in the transmission line is absorbed by the two bosses. In addition, the first and second appendages respectively coact with first and second conducting wires extending from the transmission line at the feedpoint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 15, 1995
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventor: James D. Hagerty
  • Patent number: 5442140
    Abstract: A conduit and cable sealer comprising a resilient cylindrical base terminating in opposed end faces with a circumferential flange extending transversely from one of the faces. A plurality of boreholes extend through the base between the two faces. Cable-accepting seals having stepped towers are insertable in and removable from the boreholes and provide a frictional fit with the internal walls of the boreholes. The base with cable-accepting seals inserted frictionally fits within an end of a conduit so as to seal that end of the conduit when not in use. When cables are used, the towers are cut to the proper size so as to frictionally fit about the cables.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 15, 1995
    Assignee: Homac Mfg. Company
    Inventor: Eugene W. Mc Grane
  • Patent number: 5434356
    Abstract: A method for assisting installation of an electrical fixture to a mounted electrical junction box. The electrical fixture carries an electrical device having electrical wires to be coupled to electrical lead wires extending from the junction box. The junction box has tabs carrying threaded attachment holes. The fixture has openings alignable with the attachment holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 18, 1995
    Inventor: Gerald I. Zekowski
  • Patent number: 5430251
    Abstract: An electrical junction box has conductor sections in the form of contact rails inside the box. The box has sides with openings for passing power lines. Replaceable conducting strip holders hold the contact rails within recesses in the base of the box. Covers over the conducting strip holders have openings so that the contact rails are accessible from inside the box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 4, 1995
    Assignee: Dorma GmbH +Co. KG
    Inventors: Hasso Freundner, Walter Grabowski
  • Patent number: 5401904
    Abstract: A cover assembly, for a wall-mounted pushbutton control unit, which normally overlies an array of pushbuttons, and is designed to prevent deliberate, or accidental, actuation of the pushbuttons, is described. The cover assembly, includes a wall plate, attachable to a room wall in surrounding relation to the pushbuttons, and a cover plate, hingedly connected to an upper edge of the wall plate, so that the cover plate, is manually swingable between a closed position, concealing the pushbuttons, and an open position, extending upwardly along the room wall surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 1992
    Date of Patent: March 28, 1995
    Inventor: William A. Greenier, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5389740
    Abstract: A new and improved safety cover for electrical outlets for enclosing an electrical wall outlet for minimizing personal injury due to electric shock and alternatively additionally for providing a tamper-proof device to prevent unauthorized connection or interruption of electrical power to an appliance, the safety cover for electrical outlets comprising a box of electrical nonconducting material fixedly connected to a wall having an electrical wall outlet such that the electrical outlet is surrounded by the box while being accessible within the box, the box additionally having a hinged cover thereon whereby the electrical outlet may be fully enclosed when the cover is closed, the box further having a plurality of notches therethrough wherethrough electrical line cords may removedly extend when the box cover is closed, the box also having a latch whereby the cover is snapidly releasedly retained in the closed position whereby the electrical outlet and plugs connected thereto are fully enclosed to prevent electri
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 1993
    Date of Patent: February 14, 1995
    Inventor: Kathleen A. Austin
  • Patent number: 5387066
    Abstract: A method for assisting in the installation of an electrical fixture and an electrical fixture installation assist device formed as an attachment bolt formed as an elongate rod member capable of engagement with the attachment tab of a junction box, a weakened portion provided along the length of the elongate rod at a selected location, at least one end of the rod capable of passing through suitable openings in the fixture, a fastener carried by the end of the rod which extends through the openings in the fixture, the fastener capable of temporarily supporting the fixture adequately spaced from the junction box to facilitate completion of the electrical connection between the junction box and the electrical device carried by the fixture, the fixture capable of being raised along the elongate rod to a level above the weakened portion, the rod capable of being severed at the weakened portion upon the fixture reaching the level and the fastener adapted to be engaged with the remainent portion of the rod member for
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 1992
    Date of Patent: February 7, 1995
    Inventor: Gerald I. Zekowski
  • Patent number: 5384428
    Abstract: A receptacle wall plate having built-in circuitry for protecting electrical devices. The wall plate has a face plate for receiving at least one plug of an electrical device, and an inner surface and rounded edges which extend toward the wall to form a hollow body. When a plug is inserted through the face plate, an electrical circuit mounted in the hollow body automatically connects to the plug and protects the electrical devices from surges or other dangerous electrical conditions. In addition, electricity is automatically supplied to the electrical circuit when the plug is inserted through the face plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 1992
    Date of Patent: January 24, 1995
    Assignee: Pacusma Co. Ltd.
    Inventor: Lionel T. V. Luu
  • Patent number: 5380951
    Abstract: A convenience outlet assembly is adapted for interconnecting electrical components to wires in a flat cable extending behind a wall in a structure. A mounting bracket is secured to a structural support behind the wall and has a peripheral frame about a mounting opening. A cable tap subassembly is attachable to the cable. A mounting box, separate from the mounting bracket, has an open front face and a peripheral flange attachable to the peripheral frame of the mounting bracket. The peripheral flange is located on the exterior of the wall and the peripheral frame is located on the interior of the wall. The mounting box is insertable through an opening in the wall and the mounting opening in the bracket. The cable tap subassembly is mountable in a position at the rear of the box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 1993
    Date of Patent: January 10, 1995
    Assignee: Molex Incorporated
    Inventors: Joseph D. Comerci, Mark M. Data, Robert DeRoss
  • Patent number: 5374777
    Abstract: Insertion of plug-in connections connected with cables of a first electric switch in a correspondingly shaped component of a second electric switch, so that the plug-in connections of the first electric switch and the plug-in connections of the second one can easily be connected to the motor vehicle electric network by a single counterplug eliminates the need for a separate plug housing for the plug-in connections of the first switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 1993
    Date of Patent: December 20, 1994
    Assignee: SWF Auto-Electric
    Inventor: Georg Hofmann
  • Patent number: 5367122
    Abstract: An ornamental electrical molding comprising a body made up of flexible and moldable insulating material, where tubular conductors made up of helically wound wire are located. The molding is covered on its bottom face by a plastic foam strip coated with contact adhesive, and permits--together with a set of fittings assembled to each other--the performance of exposed surface installations quickly, easily and decoratively. The body that houses the wire conductor tubes has a double function, as insulator and as the frame for ornamental designs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1991
    Date of Patent: November 22, 1994
    Inventor: Luis A. R. de Olano
  • Patent number: 5362924
    Abstract: An electrical wall plug outlet enclosure and safety device wherein a face plate is detachably mounted to the wall over the electrical wall plug outlet and in turn a generally rectangular shaped cover or box-like structure is hingedly or pivotally attached to and over the face plate to prevent touching of the prongs of an inserted electrical plug and to prevent the insertion of an object, especially a metal object, into the electrical outlet when a plug is not inserted. The face plate has a raised shoulder on all four sides and a flange receiving recess is formed in the shoulder at its lower end. Further, tabs are formed integrally on the inside of each of the two vertical shoulders near the top of the face plate and apertures are formed through the tabs and adjacent shoulders for receiving pins associated with the top of the cover for pivotably mounting the cover to the face plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 8, 1994
    Inventor: Giuseppe A. Correnti
  • Patent number: 5332863
    Abstract: A building structure formed from modular units. Each unit comprising a plurality of structurally reinforced insulating panels of standard wall panel dimensions joined in longitudinal edge juxtaposed position. The upper end edge surfaces of the respective wall forming panel core is grooved to form a continuous upwardly open wire harness receiving channel communicating with the respective upper end of a plurality of vertical electrical control wire receiving slots formed in selected wall panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 1993
    Date of Patent: July 26, 1994
    Inventor: Raymond L. Emmert
  • Patent number: 5296648
    Abstract: The inventive cable comprises a plurality of axially-spaced flexible metal conductors which are each disposed within a layer of insulation and a jacket. A solid webbing interconnects the jackets, and, preferably, is integral with the jackets. The webbing has a thickness that is substantially less than the minor dimension of the cable, and the webbing and conductors preferably lie in a common plane. A polarity wing is provided that extends a predetermined distance from the jacket of one of the end conductors, and is preferably integral with the jacket. The polarity wing preferably has a thickness that is substantially less than the minor dimension of the cable. The polarity wing and webbing extend diametrically opposite of the end conductor so that the polarity wing lies in the same plane as the conductors and webbing. The polarity wing provides a key-like effect to ensure that the cable is properly meshed with the connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 1992
    Date of Patent: March 22, 1994
    Assignee: Belden Wire & Cable Company
    Inventor: John E. Johnson
  • Patent number: 5286920
    Abstract: An electrical switching device has a housing composed of an electrically conductive material, at least one conductor plate having a region of an electrically conductive material and arranged in the housing, plug connection means extending from the housing in a sealed manner, and an element for electrically conductive connection of the conductor plate with the housing. The element for electrically conductive connection includes a mechanically prestressed spring element. The spring element has one end abutting against the conductor plate in the region of an electrically conductive material and another end fixedly connected with the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 1992
    Date of Patent: February 15, 1994
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Reinhard Fassel, Hartmut Zoebl, Werner Hofmeister, Olaf Zinke
  • Patent number: 5280130
    Abstract: An apparatus for assembling a tube and a part has a polymeric tube with an axis along the longitude thereof. The part has a cross sectional shape and size to be near an inside surface of the tube when the part is at least partially therewithin. The part or tube is supported so that relative movement along the axis places the part at least partially within the tube located between the ends or in the tube near the distal or proximal end thereof. The part and/or the tube is a thermoplastic polymer made by a process that develops within the polymer a memory of the polymer prior to forming so that residual stresses remaining in the part can be relaxed by changing temperature causing expansion. A form of a relatively nonconductive material is positioned for relative movement along the axis and for placement about the tube. The form is shaped and sized to fit and contain the outside surface of the tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 1992
    Date of Patent: January 18, 1994
    Assignee: Biomedical Sensors, Ltd.
    Inventors: David R. Markle, William Paterson
  • Patent number: 5248848
    Abstract: An electronic device package includes a portion that functions as a membrane to allow small molecules, such as gas molecules, to relatively freely traverse the housing boundary, while simultaneously substantially preventing large molecules, such as liquid molecules, from entering the confines of the housing. As a result, the package can be readily used in reflow processing without risking damage to the boundary integrity between the housing and the support surface that supports both the electronic device and the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 1989
    Date of Patent: September 28, 1993
    Assignee: Motorola, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert R. Kornowski, Carl Missele
  • Patent number: 5243135
    Abstract: A tang extends from a cover pivotally attached to a mounting plate of an electrical outlet to interconnect with and lockingly engage a lip extending from the mounting plate. A key, insertable through a keyway in the bottom side of the cover, is used to force the tang upwardly out of engagement with the lip and to unlock the cover from the mounting plate. Subsequent downward pivotal movement of the cover toward the mounting plate will relock the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 1990
    Date of Patent: September 7, 1993
    Inventor: Michael J. Shotey
  • Patent number: 5170013
    Abstract: An electrical outlet box is molded of plastic and includes push-in type screw receiving openings each of which is defined by rigid first and second walls having opposed semi-cylindrical faces mounted in spaced and axially aligned relationship to produce a generally cylindrical passage open at an outer end. Threads are formed about the interior of the cylindrical passage. In a first embodiment, the first wall is supported and carried substantially entirely by a resilient support wall lying in a plane generally perpendicular to the axis of the cylindrical passage. The support wall is mounted in cantilever fashion at a location spaced radially from the axis of the cylindrical passage so that the first wall can resiliently deflect away from the second wall when a screw is pushed axially into the passageway. In a second embodiment, both the first and second walls are mounted by resilient support walls to allow deflection in the manner described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 1990
    Date of Patent: December 8, 1992
    Assignee: The Lamson & Sessions Co.
    Inventors: Richard J. Borsh, James A. Rajecki
  • Patent number: 5170014
    Abstract: An electrical outlet box is molded of plastic and includes push-in type screw receiving openings each of which is defined by rigid first and second walls having opposed semi-cylindrical faces mounted in spaced and axially aligned relationship to produce a generally cylindrical passage open at an outer end. Threads are formed about the interior of the cylindrical passage. The first wall is supported and carried substantially entirely by a resilient support wall lying in a plane generally perpendicular to the axis of the cylindrical passage. The support wall is mounted in cantilever fashion at a location spaced radially from the axis of the cylindrical passage so that the first wall can resiliently deflect away from the second wall when a screw is pushed axially into the passageway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 1989
    Date of Patent: December 8, 1992
    Assignee: The Lamson & Sessions Co.
    Inventor: Richard J. Borsh