Patents Examined by Dharti H. Patel
  • Patent number: 10910816
    Abstract: A reclosing fault protection device detects a partial bypass state. Upon detecting the partial bypass state, the fault protection device implements a ground trip delay operating state. The ground trip delay operating state provides a delayed ground trip response characteristic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: S&C Electric Company
    Inventors: Christopher McCarthy, Raymond P. O'Leary
  • Patent number: 10897130
    Abstract: A protection circuit configured to protect delicate electronics from high power signals is disclosed herein. To that end, the protection circuit includes a limiter circuit comprising a phase changing material to prevent high power signals from reaching one or more electronic circuits. The phase changing material assumes a limiting state automatically when an energy of an applied signal exceeds a threshold, which limits the energy of the signal passed on to any associated electronics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Inventor: Tai Anh Lam
  • Patent number: 10896794
    Abstract: A circuit arrangement comprises: an electronic switch; at least one relay including a relay coil; a shunt resistor; a voltage supply device to supply an operating voltage to the at least one relay, wherein the electronic switch, the relay coil of the at least one relay, and the shunt resistor are electrically connected in series to one another between the operating voltage and ground; a current regulator to drive the electronic switch with a pulse width modulation to adjust a control current that flows through the relay coil; at least one sensor to generate sensor data indicative of shocks, impacts or vibrations acting on the at least one relay; and an evaluating unit to evaluate the sensor data, wherein the current regulator is configured to adjust the control current based on the sensor data evaluated by the evaluating unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: Pilz GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Jürgen Pullmann, Bernd Neuschwander, Frieder Scharpf
  • Patent number: 10888275
    Abstract: A system and method for tracking athletic movements, the system has one or more sensors, a computing unit, and external computing devices. The sensors generate electrical signals descriptive of detected physical movement of an athlete during a sporting event. The computing unit obtains the electrical signals generated by the sensors in real time. The computing unit determines athletic performance parameters in real time based on the electrical signals. The computing unit also computes performance assessments for the athlete based on the performance parameters. The performance assessments correspond specifically to a sport of the sporting event and indicate a peak athletic performance metric for the athlete.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Mayfonk Athletic, LLC
    Inventors: Martin T. Matak, Jef Spaleta
  • Patent number: 10886052
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides an adsorption bar, a vacuum aligner system, and a control method of the vacuum aligner system. The adsorption bar includes an electromagnetic component and an adsorption member. The electromagnetic component includes a slide bar, a coil and a movable part. The coil is fixedly arranged on the slide bar. The movable part includes an elastic element and a magnet. One end of the elastic element is a fixed end which is fixedly connected to the slide bar, and the other end thereof is a free end which is connected to the magnet. The adsorption member is fixedly connected to the magnet and is exposed at one end, of the magnet, away from the coil. Current is applied to the coil to generate a magnetic field. The magnet longitudinally slides along the slide bar under a repulsive force of the magnetic field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Inventors: Benxiang Hou, Dahu Tang, Jun Xie
  • Patent number: 10879232
    Abstract: A circuit including a discharging device, a resistive element and a bypass device is disclosed. The discharging device is disposed between a first voltage bus and a second voltage bus. The resistive element is configured to activate the discharging device in response to a high-to-low electrostatic discharge (ESD) event during which the first voltage bus is high in potential relative to the second voltage bus. The bypass device is configured to bypass the resistive element and activate the discharging device in response to a low-to-high ESD event during which the second voltage bus is high in potential relative to the first voltage bus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Inventors: Ming-Fang Lai, Ming-Cheng Lin
  • Patent number: 10879887
    Abstract: A circuit for controlling a gate driver includes a delay circuit, a first logic circuit, and a second logic circuit. The delay circuit receives a first turn-off signal and produces a second turn-off signal by delaying an assertion of the first turn-off signal by a freewheeling duration. The first logic circuit receives the first and second turn-off signals and produces a smart turn-off signal by asserting the smart turn-off signal when the first turn-off signal is asserted and the second turn-off signal is not asserted. The second logic circuit receives a restart signal and the smart turn-off signal and produces a smart reset signal by asserting the smart reset signal when the restart signal and the smart turn-off signal are de-asserted, and de-asserting the smart reset signal when one or more of the restart signal and the smart turn-off signal are asserted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Inventors: Kinam Song, JunHo Lee, Wonhi Oh, Jinkyu Choi
  • Patent number: 10879519
    Abstract: A simple, low-cost circuit is disclosed that provides the requisite triple redundancy for a spark protection circuit for a battery-operated device having an on-board battery charger that is intended for use in hazardous atmospheres. The circuit complies with the IEC standard for intrinsically safe products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Bayco Products, Inc.
    Inventor: James Conner
  • Patent number: 10879018
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a supplementary isolating device for remote operation of a circuit breaker with interlocking functionality. The supplementary isolating device includes: an electrical disconnection switch manoeuvrable between a mechanically lockable first position and a mechanically lockable second position, which electrical disconnection switch is configured to be connected in the control circuit of a circuit breaker for an electrical drive system, wherein the supplementary isolating device is configured to send a first control voltage to the circuit breaker to provide an electrical disconnect and interlocking the operation of the circuit breaker, when the electrical disconnection switch is in the first position, an electric terminal configured to be connected to an auxiliary contact of the circuit breaker to obtain an operational status of the circuit breaker, and an indicator configured to indicate the operational status of the circuit breaker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: ABB Schweiz AG
    Inventors: Bertil Göransson, Anders Hansson
  • Patent number: 10877079
    Abstract: According to some aspects of the present disclosure, power modules having current sensing circuits, and corresponding sensing methods, are disclosed. Example power modules include a printed circuit board (PCB) having a PCB trace, an output choke inductor, and an output pin. The power module also includes a first sense terminal coupled to the PCB trace, a second sense terminal coupled to the output pin such that a resistance between the first sense terminal and the second sense terminal is defined by a resistance of the PCB trace and a resistance of the output pin, and a control coupled to the first sense terminal and the second sense terminal. The control is adapted to measure a voltage between the sense terminals, and to determine a current through the PCB trace and the output pin based on the measured voltage and the resistance between the sense terminals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Astec International Limited
    Inventors: Mao Xi Xiang, Jian Feng Lv, Chen Chen Zheng, Qian Feng
  • Patent number: 10873162
    Abstract: An example electronic device includes a first switch and a second switch that are each coupled to an overvoltage detection and protection circuit. The first switch is configured to connect a first sideband use (SBU) terminal of a Universal Serial Bus Type-C (USB-C) controller to a SBU crossbar switch of the USB-C controller. The second switch is configured to connect a second SBU terminal of the USB-C controller to the SBU crossbar switch. The overvoltage detection and protection circuit is configured to deactivate the first switch or the second switch when a voltage exceeding a predetermined threshold is detected on a terminal of the first switch or the second switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: Cypress Semiconductor Corporation
    Inventors: Partha Mondal, Arun Khamesra, Hemant P. Vispute
  • Patent number: 10866284
    Abstract: One embodiment describes a method that includes determining, using a control circuitry, temperature of a switching device before a make operation by applying a measurement current to an operating coil of the switching device, wherein the measurement current is insufficient to make the switching device; and determining voltage at the operating coil when the measurement current is applied, in which the voltage at the operating coil is directly related to the temperature. The method further includes determining, using the control circuitry, when to apply a pull-in current to the operating coil to close the switching device based at least in part on the voltage at the operating coil, such that the switching device makes at a desired time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Inventors: Christopher H. Bock, Christopher J. Wieloch, James J. Kinsella, Stefan T. Dziekonski
  • Patent number: 10868417
    Abstract: An apparatus for detecting an open neutral condition in a split phase power system is described. The apparatus includes two powered lines providing output electricity to an electrical distribution system and a shared neutral line providing a grounded neutral to the first and second powered lines. The apparatus is configured for detecting when an open neutral condition is present in the split phase power system by determining when a power current is present on one or both of the first and second powered lines while a return current is not present on the neutral line; and in response to detecting that the open neutral condition is present, causing an interrupter to interrupt the power supplied by the first and second powered lines or to generate a signal indicating an open condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Southwire Company, LLC
    Inventors: Donald Paul Oldham, Jr., Hamze Moussa
  • Patent number: 10861840
    Abstract: An integrated passive component comprises a capacitor, a first passivation layer, an inductor, an insulation layer and an external contact. The first passivation layer surrounds the capacitor. The inductor is on the first passivation layer and electrically connected to the capacitor. The inductor comprises a plurality of conductive pillars. The insulation layer is on the first passivation layer and surrounds each of the conductive pillars. The insulation layer comprises a first surface adjacent to the first passivation layer, a second surface opposite to the first surface, and a side surface extending between the first surface and the second surface. A ratio of a width of each of the conductive pillars to a height of each of the conductive pillars is about 1:7. The external contact is electrically connected to the inductor and contacts the second surface of the insulation layer and the side surface of the insulation layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Inventors: Yung-Shun Chang, Teck-Chong Lee, Chien-Hua Chen
  • Patent number: 10862277
    Abstract: An electric power distribution panel/system is disclosed. The system comprises an enclosure or housing including a front panel, a microcontroller, an input power line, and one or more power bus bars. The microcontroller is configured to control the operation of the system. The input power line is configured to receive power from the main power source, such as electric utility company equipment. The bus bars could or may transmit power from the input power line to one or more loads via the plurality of output modules. The plurality of output modules is configured to transmit power to the loads at pre-established levels from the input power line after completion of circuit tests by the microcontroller. The circuit tests ensure secure transfer of power and data to the loads via the bus bars and the plurality of output modules without using circuit breakers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Inventor: Robert Garrasi
  • Patent number: 10855172
    Abstract: A shield includes an inductor that includes outer electrodes and that is mounted on a substrate in or on which a wiring pattern is formed, a second capacitor that is electrically connected between one of the outer electrodes of the inductor and a ground pattern formed in or on the substrate, and a shield member that is disposed so as to cover the inductor and electrically connected to the one of the outer electrodes of the inductor, to which the second capacitor is connected. The second capacitor has frequency characteristics such that, when the self-resonance frequency of the second capacitor serves as a boundary, the impedance of the second capacitor decreases as the frequency increases on the low frequency side and that the impedance of the second capacitor increases as the frequency increases on the high frequency side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kenichi Ito, Shun Takai, Koichi Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 10843002
    Abstract: A medical system comprising internal parts for implantation in a patient and external parts for use externally to the patient, the external parts comprising an energy source equipped with a primary coil for inductively transmitting energy to the implantable parts and an external control unit for the control of the energy source, the internal parts comprising an electrically powered medical device, an energy receiver equipped with a secondary coil for inductively receiving energy for the medical device from the external energy source and an internal control unit for the control of the internal parts, in which system the internal control unit is arranged to wirelessly transmit feedback information to the external control unit, the system being arranged to determine said feedback information based on or relating to a parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Inventor: Peter Forsell
  • Patent number: 10847402
    Abstract: A method and structure for a bonding layer are disclosed. The bonding structure includes a first portion surrounding an opening in a body defining a dam thereabout. A second portion surrounds the first portion. The first portion is formed from a material resistant to degradation from exposure to a process gas. The second portion is formed from a different material than the material of the first portion. The first portion further includes one or more additives to change properties thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Wendell Glenn Boyd, Jr., Sumanth Banda
  • Patent number: 10847967
    Abstract: A surge protector for providing electricity to an electronic device. The surge protector including a housing defining a module slot and including a module connector positioned within the module slot and a module insertable into the module slot and including at least one connector port and a housing connector. The housing connector can be operably connectable to the module connector when the module is inserted into the module slot. The cable can be connected to the module and housing such that the module can be positioned at a location remote from the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Core Brands, LLC
    Inventors: Steven H. Newell, Gerald B. Hoopes
  • Patent number: 10840901
    Abstract: The present invention provides a semiconductor device in which a field effect transistor is prevented from burning caused by an electric current flowing through a parasitic diode. This semiconductor device has a configuration including: a field effect transistor including a parasitic diode; a temperature detector that detects a temperature of the parasitic diode; and a controller that determines whether the temperature detected by the temperature detector is higher than or equal to a first temperature, and turns on the field effect transistor if the detected temperature is higher than or equal to the first temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignees: AutoNetworks Technologies, Ltd., Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd., Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.
    Inventor: Katsuma Tsukamoto