Patents Examined by Gary Paumen
  • Patent number: 10014669
    Abstract: A pluggable electrical device for switching an electrical current includes a static frame including a rigid backplate fastened to the frame; connection terminals able to be connected to an electrical installation; and a removable portion including a device for switching an electrical current. The backplate is made of a thermosetting polymer and includes reinforcing beams integrated into the backplate and extending in a vertical direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES SAS
    Inventors: Michael Mary, Eric Pinero, Brice Jacolin
  • Patent number: 10014597
    Abstract: An electrical connection for medium and high voltage switchgears, with an electrical terminal of a switchgear, wherein an electrical contacting surface of the electrical terminal is electrically connected with a contacting surface of an external electrical connector part via a connecting system. In order to ensure a low resistance electrical connection, the connecting system can have a female screw thread in a stud hole of the electrical terminal as well as in a stud hole of the external connector part, and a stretch bolt with male screw threads at each opposite ends, screwed into the female screw thread of the electrical terminal with one end of the stretch bolt, and into the female screw thread of the external connector part at the other end of the stretch bolt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: ABB Schweiz AG
    Inventors: Dietmar Gentsch, Wenkai Shang
  • Patent number: 10004266
    Abstract: An electronic cigarette body is provided with a functional element, a sleeve and a locating member. The sleeve is slidably connected to the electronic cigarette body and configured to cover the functional element. The locating member is fixed on the electronic cigarette body and located between the sleeve and the electronic cigarette body, and is configured to make the sleeve to be slidably connected to the electronic cigarette body. Two ends of the sleeve are provided with non-metallic stopping members respectively. The locating member is located between the non-metallic stopping members and is configured to abut against the non-metallic stopping members to limit a sliding distance of the sleeve and prevent the sleeve from sliding off the electronic cigarette body. The electronic cigarette prevents the functional element from being touched by mistake or hit due to being exposed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: HUIZHOU KIMREE TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD. SHENZHEN BRANCH
    Inventor: Qiuming Liu
  • Patent number: 9997303
    Abstract: An exemplary circuit breaker terminal cover includes a cover and at least one attachment portion. The cover has first and second side walls and a vented surface extending between the first and second side walls, the first and second side walls extending to form a wire opening. The at least one attachment portion is configured to hold the terminal cover in place and to removably engage at least one of an opening, a side, an edge, a protrusion, a fastener, a wire, and a handle. An exemplary strip of circuit breaker terminal covers includes a plurality of terminal covers and at least one frangible connection joining two adjacent terminal covers of the plurality of terminal covers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: LayerZero Power Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: James M. Galm, Mijo Dejanovic, Milind Bhanoo, Steven Janko
  • Patent number: 9984845
    Abstract: A circuit breaker includes a housing, separable contacts, a trip mechanism, a first terminal, a second terminal, a first press fit connector, a second press fit connector, a first socket, and a second socket. The first terminal is electrically connected with a first contact of the separable contacts and includes a first base section disposed outwardly from the housing. The second terminal is electrically connected with a second contact and includes a second base section disposed outwardly from the housing. The first press fit connector is attached to the first base section via a first press fit. The second press fit connector is attached to the second base section via a second press fit. The first socket is attached to the first press fit connector. The second socket is attached to the second press fit connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: SAFRAN ELECTRICAL & POWER
    Inventors: Justin M. Clay, James Michael McCormick, Peter Nerstrom
  • Patent number: 9985371
    Abstract: A connector is mountable on an object in an up-down direction and mateable with a mating connector along the up-down direction. The mating connector comprises four locked portions. The connector comprises two additional members. Each of the additional members comprises two regulation mechanisms. Each of the regulation mechanisms comprises a spring portion, an operation portion, a first regulating portion, and a second regulating portion. The spring portion has a lock portion. The operation portion has a first regulated portion. One of the spring portion and the operation portion is provided with a second regulated portion. An upward movement of the lock portion is regulated when the first regulated portion is moved upward in the up-down direction to abut against the first regulating portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignees: JAPAN AVIATION ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY, LIMITED, JAE ELECTRONICS, INC.
    Inventors: Kenta Ashibu, Shuhei Yamaguchi, Hiroaki Obikane, Takayuki Nishimura, Daisuke Machihara
  • Patent number: 9985390
    Abstract: An electrically groundable support surface includes a lower portion configured to be deployed on or near the surface of the earth. An electrically-conductive cover portion constructed at least partially of electrically-conductive material is configured to extend at least partially across the top surface of the lower portion and is electrically groundable to the earth. At least one electrically-conductive interface is configured to facilitate electrical connection of the support surface to another electrically-conductive component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Newpark Mats & Integrated Services LLC
    Inventors: James Kerwin McDowell, Kenneth Edward Durio
  • Patent number: 9979139
    Abstract: An electronic device that includes a plug connector having a tab adapted to be inserted into a receptacle connector of a second device during a mating event, the tab including first and second opposing surfaces and a contact region formed at the first surface of the tab, the contact region including a plurality of contacts spaced apart along a first row, the plurality of contacts including a first contact, a power contact and a ground contact; a computer-readable memory having identification, configuration and authentication information relevant to the electronic device that can be communicated to the second device during a mating event stored therein; circuitry coupled to the first contact and configured to, after a mating event in which the plug connector is inserted into the receptacle connector, participate in a handshaking algorithm that includes receiving a command over the first contact from the second device and sending a response to the command that includes contact configuration information for the
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Albert J. Golko, Eric S. Jol, Mathias W. Schmidt, Jeffrey J. Terlizzi
  • Patent number: 9979135
    Abstract: A connector having an improved shield performance and EMI shield structure are provided. The connector includes a conductive terminal, a fixed body configured to accommodate the conductive terminal therein, and a shield housing having an open lower portion through which a lower end portion of the conductive terminal is connected to a printed circuit board and formed in a body to accommodate the conductive terminal and the fixed body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hoon Hwangbo
  • Patent number: 9972935
    Abstract: Provided is a drainage structure for an electrical connection box capable of preventing an internal circuit board from getting wet even if water has entered. An electrical connection box main body is mounted on a vehicle wherein a main body-side connector is located on an upper side and protrudes from an opening in a horizontal direction, and a protruding end portion of a housing peripheral wall of a lateral electrical component attaching portion protrudes to the outside from a lateral window, the lateral electrical component attaching portion protrudes laterally from on a side edge portion of a circuit board. A first drainage channel is provided inside the electrical connection box main body, and a second drainage channel extends downward and having an upper end portion connected to the first drainage channel in the protruding end portion of the housing peripheral wall of the lateral electrical component attaching portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Akihiro Oda, Tatsuya Daidoji, Ryoma Hamada
  • Patent number: 9972942
    Abstract: An insulated, electrically groundable, support surface includes at least one heat shield configured to be disposed between a ground cover and an electrically-conductive cover(s) of the support surface to insulate the ground cover from heat generated by electric current flowing through the electrically-conductive cover(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Newpark Mats & Integrated Services LLC
    Inventors: Randy Paul Bordelon, Mathew Stephen James Lanigan, Kenneth Edward Durio, James Kerwin McDowell
  • Patent number: 9972980
    Abstract: A serviceable busway plug includes a main body with a main face and two sides, a window, a lever connected to either the main face or the sides, and at least one contact connected to the main body. The contact is configured to electrically connect to a busway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: EATON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Gordon Stanley Pettersen, Andrew Lester Frick
  • Patent number: 9948036
    Abstract: A connector includes: a housing; terminals inserted in the housing from a first side of the housing; a short circuit terminal inserted in the housing from a second side of the housing, having contact pieces configured to contact the terminals respectively, and connecting the terminals to each other; and a front holder attached to the housing from the second side of the housing, configured to retain the terminals in the housing, and having a displacement portion. The displacement portion of the front holder attached to the housing displaces the contact pieces of the short circuit terminal inserted in the housing with the terminals not inserted in the housing, by a prescribed distance in a direction of separating the contact pieces from the terminals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventor: Noritaka Nishiyama
  • Patent number: 9948049
    Abstract: An electrical post relocation assembly is configured for use with an electrical component of a vehicle. The electrical component includes a first and second components post configured to be coupled to first and second cables, respectively. The electrical post relocation has first and second relocation posts. The first relocation post is formed from a first electrical conductor and has a first end configured to be coupled to the first component post. A second end of the first relocation post is configured to be coupled to the first terminal fitting of the first cable. Similar to the first relocation post, the second relocation post is also formed from an electrical conductor. A first end of the second relocation post is configured to be coupled to the second component post, and a second end of the second relocation post is configured to be coupled to the second terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: PACCAR Inc
    Inventor: Montgomery R. Stone
  • Patent number: 9941635
    Abstract: A connector housing includes a housing body and a fitting operation lever that has a swinging portion attached to the housing body rotatably. A part of the rib protruding toward the swinging portion narrows an interval between a curved portion of the housing body and the swinging portion to a predetermined value or below. A part of the rib protruding toward a direction separating from a lower surface of the housing body has a flat face. A distance between the rotary axis of the swinging portion and the flat face is larger than a distance between the rotary axis and a part of an outer circumferential edge of the swinging portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shogo Suzuki, Hidenori Kanda, Takuya Hasegawa
  • Patent number: 9941641
    Abstract: A new connector with effective shielding function. The new connector includes conductive shielding, a connector body and a set of terminals. The connector body is provided with a cavity within which the set of terminals can be accommodated and is made from plastic cement; the set of terminals are located within the cavity of the connector body. The conductive shielding can be inserted between the connector body and the set of terminals, and specifically includes several shielding bars and conductive areas; the shielding bars are made from metal, and the conductive areas, which are embedded in the shielding bars and connected with the ends of the set of terminals, are made from conductive plastic cement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Amphenol East Asia Electronic Technology (Shen Zhen) Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Fuan Jiang, Xiang Wang, Lei Liao
  • Patent number: 9941610
    Abstract: A distribution block element having dual-level opposed input and output couplings and integral mechanical connectors to additional adjacent distribution block elements, allowing expansion by addition of distribution block elements. First levels of the couplings are spaced apart for a fuse of a first size and the second, lower levels of the couplings are spaced apart for a fuse of a second size, and for direct flat plate conductors. When two elements are connected adjacently, the spacing between the second level of adjacent couplings is the same as the spacing between the second level of opposed couplings in each element. Thus, the flat plate conductors can be used both for electrically connecting opposed input and output couplings and for electrically connecting input couplings of adjacent elements. Notches in the flat plate connectors receive fasteners and two flat plate connectors can be juxtaposed to receive the same fastener without stacking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Inventors: Wang Hai, Larrry Vansickel, Zhou Liang
  • Patent number: 9941638
    Abstract: An electrical cord having improved safety features comprises a plug having a body portion surrounding respective ends of first, second, and third electrical wires. A live receptacle is in electrical communication with the end of the first electrical wire. A neutral receptacle is in electrical communication with the end of the second electrical wire. A ground receptacle is in electrical communication with the end of the third electrical wire. The body portion surrounds and maintains the live, neutral, and ground receptacles in spaced apart orientation corresponding to blades on an electrical plug. An indicator is provided to indicate a state of the plug in which electricity is supplied to the plug in a proper polarity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Solid Ground Cords, LLC
    Inventor: Lester Richard Gilliland
  • Patent number: 9935382
    Abstract: A connector includes a contact connected to a member to be connected and brought into contact with a wire so as to electrically connect the member to be connected and the wire. The contact includes contact portions coming into contact with the wire when the wire moves in a perpendicular direction perpendicular to a wire extending direction in which the wire extends, and movement restriction members for restricting a movement of the wire on the contact in a state where the wire is in contact with the contact portions. The contact further includes a movement regulation member for regulating a movement of the wire in the perpendicular direction in the state where the wire is in contact with the contact portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kenji Okura, Hisahiro Ono, Mitsuru Iida, Daisuke Sato
  • Patent number: 9935395
    Abstract: Systems, devices and methods are described for connecting multiple electrical connectors as a group with corresponding receiving sockets, or connection ports, in a medical device. A multiple electrical connector plate acts as an intermediate connector for quickly engaging or disengaging a group of electrodes with the corresponding device as a single unit. The connection plate includes multiple sections that allow a connector to be snapped securely in place on the connection plate such that the connector does not pull or push free from its snapped in location, resulting in group handling of electrical connectors that is less time consuming, reduces errors and positively impacts the quality of medical care.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Cadwell Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: David Lee Jepsen, Richard A. Villareal