Patents Examined by James R. Scott
  • Patent number: 7071435
    Abstract: A toggle switch has a switching rocker having at least one arm and one guide plate that has at least one receptacle, in which at least one activation push rod is movably guided in a linear fashion. The arm of the switching rocker can exert a force on the activation push rod. A switching unit is provided, on which the activation push rod can act so as to close an electrical contact. The guide plate and the activation push rod each have a break line, along which, before the assembly of the toggle switch, they were joined to each other in an integral fashion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2006
    Assignee: TRW Automotive Electronics & Components GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Markus Altmann
  • Patent number: 7057124
    Abstract: A push switch apparatus includes a switch case adapted to be a base member, a switch mounted on the switch case, a switch cap made of an elastic material and supported on the switch case for covering the switch, a switch button supported by the base member and having an actuating portion for pushing the switch and an switch plate mounted on the switch case and arranged between the switch cap and the switch button. The switch plate having a contact surface contacts the switch button when the actuating portion of the switch button pushes the switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2006
    Assignee: Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kiyokazu Ieda, Eiji Mushiake, Takeshi Ito, Kazuyoshi Mori, Yuichi Murakami, Noriyasu Onishi, Teruya Tomiyasu
  • Patent number: 7019228
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for controlling an electrical switching module which can be displaced between an entry position and an exit position. The switching module comprises switching contacts of vacuum switching tubes; an isolating element which can be also be displaced in the switching module and comprises isolating contacts which can be connected to, and disconnected from, corresponding mating contacts inside an enclosed switchboard section, as required; and connector contacts and mating connector contacts in the low voltage range. The switching contacts of the vacuum switching tubes support the closing and opening processes, under the control influence of a closing spring which can be influenced by a closing catch (EK) and an opening spring which can be influenced by an opening catch, and prominent functional positions of the isolating position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2006
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Nils Anger, Karsten Fleck, Ralph Löser, Dietrich Rudolph, Holger Schumann, Jay Schwartz
  • Patent number: 6987234
    Abstract: A circuit breaker including a control assembly having a driving and a driven splined shafts and a pair of arcing contacts movable by the control assembly. A synchronization assembly is provided for synchronizing the two splined shafts and includes two levers each of which is provided with a splined ring that co-operates with one of the splined shafts. One of the splined rings has a number of meshing elements which is different than a number of meshing elements on the splined shaft with which it co-operates and an adapter is seated between the one of the splined rings and the splined shaft with which it co-operates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2006
    Assignee: Alstom
    Inventors: Roger Ledru, Wolfgang Grieshaber
  • Patent number: 6969809
    Abstract: A seat weight sensor for detecting the weight of a seat occupant. The weight sensor has a case mounted between a seat pan and a seat member. One or more strain gauge resistors are mounted in the case. The resistors generate an electrical signal in response to the case being stressed by the weight of the seat occupant. The electrical signal changes as a function of the weight of the occupant. A fastener passes through the seat member, the case, and the seat pan. The fastener secures the sensor between the seat pan and the seat member. The case is adapted to transfer to the strain gage resistor the weight of the occupant up to pre-determined level. The case prevents the strain gage from receiving weight beyond that of the pre-determined level such that the sensor is not damaged by an excessive load. The case also allows the weight sensor to be insensitive to off-axis forces that might otherwise contribute to inaccurate weight readings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2005
    Assignee: CTS Corporation
    Inventor: Robert R. Rainey
  • Patent number: 6967302
    Abstract: A spring-loaded operating mechanism for a high-voltage circuit-breaker comprises, between a motor and a trigger shaft, a freewheel-type coupling device which comprises first and second friction members (5, 6) coaxially mounted on a secondary shaft (1). The first friction member (5) is screwed onto the secondary shaft (1) and the second friction member can freewheel about the secondary shaft (1) while being disposed between the first member and an axial abutment (8). The two members (5, 6) are substantially in abutment one against the other along the secondary shaft (1), and the first member is screwed or is unscrewed along the secondary shaft depending on whether it is rotated by the shaft or by the second member. The device does not require any greasing; it operates without maintenance. In addition, the forces exerted by one friction member on the other are low, thereby improving the reliability of the operating mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2005
    Assignee: Alstom T & D S.A.
    Inventor: Von Allmen Peter
  • Patent number: 6960735
    Abstract: A conductive plastic touch switch includes a plastic substrate having a first side surface including at least two channels formed within the first side surface and a second side surface including a manual activation region opposite of the at least two channels. At least two conductive traces are formed within the at least two channels, respectively. A printed circuit board is electrically attached to the at least two conductive traces. The plastic substrate is formed during a first mold process and said at least two conductive traces are in-molded during a second mold process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2005
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: David A. Hein, Michael W. Cass, Todd L. DePue, Charles B. Banter
  • Patent number: 6958459
    Abstract: A contact switching arrangement with a flat electrically non-conducting cover which forms a switching area on a top facing the user, and has an underside facing away from the user, at which at least one electrode is arranged and is connected with a switching arrangement for triggering a contact signal when a finger of the user or a similar conducting body approaches. The cover has a light-reflecting, electrically non-conducting film, at least over portions, which acts as a non-conductor. The contact switching arrangement is for use in connection with control panels of electronic devices, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2005
    Assignee: Schott AG
    Inventor: Harry Engelmann
  • Patent number: 6958454
    Abstract: A navigation switch apparatus with simple construction is capable of operating in eight directions including longitudinal, lateral and diagonal directions. The apparatus has a printed circuit board having four conductors provided thereon with small spaces between each conductor. Together the conductors are shaped like a doughnut. A cap-shaped body arranged opposite the printed circuit board is provided with short-circuiters for making contact with the respective four conductors when a navigation lever is operated in the eight directions. Each conductor includes two opposing comb-shaped conductive layers. The central portion of one conductive layer has a diametrically directed comparatively-coarse comb shape. Both of the end portions of the other conductive layer have a circumferentially directed comparatively-fine comb shape, and the cap-shaped body has a thin-walled portion on its outer periphery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2005
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takeshi Sekine, Shingo Kume, Taichi Tabata, Akinori Oohira
  • Patent number: 6956177
    Abstract: An upper case (32) is rotatably provided in a body portion (31) to be fixed to an end face on the column side, and a spiral cable (29) capable of transmitting electrical signals is spirally accommodated in an annular space between the body portion (31) and the upper case (32). A cancel cam (40) for pressing a cancel portion (42) of a turn signal lever (36) with return rotation of a steering column assembly is protruded in a predetermined position on an outer peripheral surface of the upper case (32). A flange portion (41) is integrally formed on the cancel cam (40) over the outer peripheral surface of the upper case (32). A side wall (31B) to circulate and surround the flange portion (41) of the upper case (32) is erected on an upper surface of the body portion (31).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2005
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventor: Yoshiyuki Tanaka
  • Patent number: 6953904
    Abstract: A pedal actuated switch assembly The switch assembly comprises a housing, a linear actuator resiliently supported in the housing and coupled with the a pedal for linear movement relative to the housing, a rotational actuator rotatably supported in the housing and coupled with the linear actuator such that the linear movement of the linear actuator produces a rotational movement of the rotational actuator, and an electrical switch supported in the housing and controllable by the rotational movement of the rotational actuator for selectively opening and closing the electrical switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2005
    Assignee: Emerson Electric Co.
    Inventors: James Meagher, Mitchell C. Owen, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6949711
    Abstract: A locking switch includes a shaft that engages one or more electromechanical switches and a knob that is secured to the shaft such that when the knob is rotated, a rotary motion is imparted to the shaft and to the electromechanical switches engaged by the shaft. The locking switch also includes a lock ring having multiple slots and a lock lever that is attached to the knob and that is captured in one of the slots in the lock ring to prevent rotation of the knob.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2005
    Assignee: Cooper Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Andrew Adams Litteer
  • Patent number: 6946606
    Abstract: A depression switch 700 in a multidirectional input device A comprises a key top 710 which is provided below an operating member 400 so as to penetrate a bottom plate portion 211 of a lower case 220 and to be movable in a vertical direction, an elastically deformable dome-shaped movable contact piece 720 abutting the key top 710 moved downward, one fixed electrode 731 provided below an end portion 721 of the movable contact piece 720 on a substrate 100, the other fixed electrode 732 provided at the position of contacting a central portion 722 of the elastically deformed movable contact piece 720 on the substrate 100 and a spacer 740 for electrically connecting the end portion 721 of the movable contact piece 720 to the one fixed electrode 731.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2005
    Assignee: Hosiden Corporation
    Inventor: Tsuyoshi Kitagawa
  • Patent number: 6946610
    Abstract: A push switch includes a case made of insulating resin including a plate-like portion shaped substantially like a plate, a first fixed contact exposed at a first surface of the plate-like portion of the case, a second fixed contact exposed at the first surface of the plate-like portion of the case, and a movable contact which electrically connects and disconnects the first fixed contact to the second fixed contact. A first metal member including the first fixed contact further includes a first terminal exposed outside the case, and a first middle portion exposed at a second surface of the plate-like portion of the case, the first middle portion connecting the first fixed contact to the first terminal. A second metal member including the second fixed contact further includes a second terminal exposed outside the case, and a second middle portion for connecting the second fixed contact to the second terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2005
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masatsugu Takeuchi, Hisashi Watanabe
  • Patent number: 6940029
    Abstract: A switch is equipped with an indicating lamp assembly, which is secured in a control of the switch, and which includes a first lamp, and a second lamp respectively used for helping people find the switch in the dark, and for indicating that the switch has been switched on; the first and the second lamps have a common leg, and a respective second leg; the common leg is electrically connected with a terminal of the switch; the second leg of the first lamp touches another terminal of the switch; the second leg of the second lamp will touch yet another terminal of the switch as soon as the switch is switched on therefore the second lamp will begin to produce light as soon as the switch is switched on for allowing power to be supplied through it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2005
    Assignee: Shin Chin Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Pai-Shan Wang, Chia-Fu Tseng
  • Patent number: 6936779
    Abstract: A bypass switch recloser assembly has a first switch assembly connected electrically in series to a second switch assembly. A bypass switch assembly is connected electrically in parallel to the first and second switch assemblies. A recloser assembly is connected electrically in series to the first and second switch assemblies and electrically in parallel to the bypass switch assembly. The first, second and bypass switch assemblies and the recloser are mounted on a support assembly. The support assembly mounts the bypass switch recloser assembly to a support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2005
    Assignee: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventors: David A. Rhein, Hatim H. Taj, Jeffery L. Thomas
  • Patent number: 6933628
    Abstract: An embodiment in accordance with the invention recites a high speed channel selector switch. The high speed channel selector switch includes a first unit that has a plurality of contacts that are operable to electrically couple to a plurality of high speed data lines of a device under test. The first unit also has an additional contact operable to electrically couple to a signal line. The high speed channel selector switch further includes a second unit that is operable to selectively electrically couple one of the plurality of contacts of the first unit to the additional contact of the first unit. The second unit also electrically couples the remaining contacts of the first unit to respective termination impedances. Thus, one of the plurality of high speed data lines is coupled to the signal line via the second unit and the remaining high speed data lines are coupled to respective termination impedances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2005
    Assignee: Agilent Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Mohammed Ershad Ali
  • Patent number: 6933452
    Abstract: A terminal connection device is adapted for connecting two voice coils in a speaker between a series connection and a parallel connection wherein the terminal connection device includes a jumper housing and a terminal switch detachably mount thereto. The jumper housing includes a jumper circuit defining a plurality of jumper inlets adapted for electrically connecting with electric outputs of the voice coils respectively and a plurality of jumper terminals electrically extended from the jumper inlets respectively. The terminals switch includes a terminal circuit electrically connected with the jumper terminals of the jumper circuit for selectively switching the voice coils between a series connection and a parallel connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2005
    Inventor: Edward Liu
  • Patent number: 6930271
    Abstract: A power circuit interrupter includes a housing having an opening, one or more vacuum interrupters including separable contacts, and an operating mechanism, supported by the housing, adapted to open and close the contacts. A linear actuator cooperates with the operating mechanism to open and close the contacts, and is responsive to a close signal to close the contacts. A pivotable trip member protrudes through the opening of the housing and cooperates with the operating mechanism and the linear actuator to open the contacts when pivoted from a first position to a second position. A close circuit includes an input inputting the close signal. A micro-switch includes an operator and a contact electrically connected in series with the input of the close circuit. The operator is engaged by the pivotable trip member to open the contact in response to partial pivoting thereof from the first position toward the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2005
    Assignee: Eaton Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel E. Palmieri, Robert N. Krevokuch, Brad R. Leccia, John J. Hoegle, Henry J. Remic
  • Patent number: 6921990
    Abstract: An electronic monitoring system is disclosed for detecting the open and closed conditions of containers or cabinets containing confidential or classified information. The electronic monitoring system includes a current sensor that detects the presence of a locking bar secured to the containers. A current sensor located on each cabinet operatively cooperates with the transmitter that transmits a signal to a central location, which provides an indicator of the secured or non-secured condition of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2005
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventor: Robert C. Higgins