Patents Examined by Laramie E. Askin
  • Patent number: 5095822
    Abstract: An improved cable crossover device for protecting electrical cables from damage. The device is modular in design and comprises modular sections coupled together by a strengthened interlocking system which allows for a variable length device. The main modular section comprises a solid body of elastomeric material comprising two opposed ramps. Each ramp comprises a bottom, generally horizontal surface and an inclined surface extending upwardly from the bottom surface at an angle. Each ramp merges with a central portion of the crossover device comprising a horizontal surface between which is located a plurality of U-shaped recesses, each recess comprising spaced vertical walls and a horizontal base wall therebetween. The electrical cables are positioned within the recesses, each recess being dimensioned so that more than one cable can be supported therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 1990
    Date of Patent: March 17, 1992
    Assignee: Trouper Industries, Ltd.
    Inventor: Andrew T. Martin
  • Patent number: 5073678
    Abstract: Underwriters Laboratories lists lightning protection components as described in their UL 96, Third Edition Publication. The present invention improves on the basic lightning rod systems. The improvement provides a multiplicity of points extending in all directions from the top of a supporting rod which is designed to fit the conventional lightning rod mounting bases. The points are separated and configured to produce maximum ionization current commensurate and configured to carry an above average lightning strike current flow. The result is a hybrid lightning air terminal and lightning prevention system module named the Spline Ball Terminal (SBT). The SBT partially equalizes the charge differential between the protected site and the cloud thereby preventing many strokes from occurring. If a high energy stroke does enter the protected zone, then the SBT acts like a traditional UL approved lightning rod, but with much greater efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 1990
    Date of Patent: December 17, 1991
    Assignee: Lightning Eliminators & Consultants, Inc.
    Inventor: Roy B. Carpenter, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5069254
    Abstract: An array of octagonal extruded plastic tubes connected by flexible webs is folded to form a tube bundle with flat surfaces of the outer octagonal periphery of each tube engaging flat surfaces of two other tubes so that four flat surfaces of the tubes define a square cross section central space for receiving cabling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 1989
    Date of Patent: December 3, 1991
    Assignee: Dipl. -Ing. Dr. Ernst Vogelsang GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Horst Vogelsang
  • Patent number: 5068543
    Abstract: Potentially harmful electromagnetic radiation associated with high voltage power transmission lines is reduced or minimized by splitting the current delivered to a load between at least three conductors, and by maintaining a specific spatial relationship between the respective conductors. Single phase transmission at reduced radiation may occur using three or four conductors spatially positioned, as viewed in a cross sectional plane, in a horizontal line or a rectangular array, respectively. Three phase transmission at reduced radiation may occur using five or six conductors spatially positioned in the corners of a rectangular array, with one conductor in the center, or a hexagonal array, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 1990
    Date of Patent: November 26, 1991
    Assignee: General Atomics
    Inventor: Tihiro Ohkawa
  • Patent number: 5068492
    Abstract: A current pass-through arrangement for a rodlike electrode passing substantially perpendicularly through a hot wall of a container features an inner seal and an outer seal, with the outer seal located at a substantially cooler position than the hot wall. Preferably, a portion of the electrode is tightly fitted into a cylindrical bushing of electrically insulating material. The electrode projects out of this bushing, at least at the container-adjacent end. In turn, the bushing is tightly fitted into a wall element (4) having a smaller-diameter end and a larger-diameter end which is sealed into the container wall. The wall element (4) and the electrode centered within it define an annular space which is at least partly filled with sealing material (5). According to a further embodiment, the electrode also projects from the container-remote end of the bushing (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 1990
    Date of Patent: November 26, 1991
    Assignee: Forschungzentrum Julich GmbH
    Inventors: Lothar Britz, Wolfgang Krug, Johann Seferiadis
  • Patent number: 5064967
    Abstract: A strain relief device for an electrical cable disposed in a cable lead-through system for a housing containing an electrical component. The housing includes a cup-shaped housing portion and a closure portion. The strain relief includes two opposingly moving elements for clamping the cable. The two elements of the strain relief are braced against an inside wall of the cup-shaped housing portion. The closure portion is formed by one of the two elements of the strain relief.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 1989
    Date of Patent: November 12, 1991
    Assignee: WABCO Westinghouse Fahrzeugbremsen GmbH
    Inventor: Gunther Singbartl
  • Patent number: 5063274
    Abstract: A plastic insulator for holding electrified wire comprises a support for an electrified wire and a connector device for selectively connecting the support to structures of different types. The connector device includes arms which have fastener receiving holes or apertures by means of which the support may be connected to a wooden post structure with separate fasteners. The arms also have oral apertures by means of which the support may be connected to a non-conductive rod structure without separate fasteners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 1990
    Date of Patent: November 5, 1991
    Assignee: ITW Plastiglide
    Inventor: John I. Johnson
  • Patent number: 5058172
    Abstract: A cable assembly 100 capable of electromagnetic interference suppression a cable strain includes relief 106, a tubular electromagnetic interference suppressor 110 located within the strain relief 106, both of which are disposed around electrical cable 102. The electromagnetic interference suppressor 110 attenuates any electromagnetic interference ("EMI") which might get coupled to electrical cable 102. By attenuating the EMI coupled to electrical cable 102 the problems associated with the electromagnetic interference can be minimized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 1990
    Date of Patent: October 15, 1991
    Assignee: Motorola, Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce W. Ross, John C. Dzung, Harold J. Sanderson
  • Patent number: 5053584
    Abstract: An adjustable dielectric bus support clamp with a liner has a duct sidewall for adjustably supporting dielectric clamps which support high current capacity electrical conductors. A resilient dielectric liner fits between the dielectric clamp and the electrical conductor to fill high potential voids and provoide corona damping, while at the same time allowing different sized liners to be used with different sized conductors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 1990
    Date of Patent: October 1, 1991
    Assignee: Controlled Power Limited Partnership
    Inventor: Dean W. Chojnowski
  • Patent number: 5050267
    Abstract: For protectively and aesthetically surroundably lining various sizes of office furniture rectangular openings for upwardly emergent electrical cords, there is provided an apt and unusually readily universally installable escutcheon grommet. The escutcheon grommet has two transversely extending end-panels for abuttable attachment to two opposed upright-ends of the furniture opening and each is centrally provided with an end-ledge, has a longitudinally extending and cross-sectionally regular rear-panel of selectable length and which is abuttable at a third end of the furniture opening and which is removably attachable to the end-panels, and has a cover-plate removably restable upon the end-ledges and rear-panel and having a convex fore-end for non-chafably confronting the upwardly emergent electrical cords.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 1990
    Date of Patent: September 24, 1991
    Inventor: Thomas A. Quest
  • Patent number: 5046141
    Abstract: A low conductivity mounting stud for attaching an electronic component to a base structure such as a heat sink eliminates the need for several insulating washers and other insulators around the shaft of the mounting stud. The mounting stud may be composed of ceramic material such as partially stabilized zirconia. The mounting stud is secured with a press-on fastener such as a "Tinnerman nut".
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 1988
    Date of Patent: September 3, 1991
    Assignee: Compaq Computer Corporation
    Inventor: Richard E. Walker
  • Patent number: 5045000
    Abstract: A connector is provided for the conductors running between the electrode-containing ends of a neon tube and the high voltage power supply. Two half-shells composed of rigid insulating plastic are joined together to form a housing after the electrical connection is made between a power supply lead wire and the neon tube to completely enclose the connection. At least one end of the housing resulting from combining the half-shells contains a substantially round hole and a circular groove inwardly thereof. An insulating feedthrough adapter has an integral collar which is captured in the groove. A spirally grooved or corrugated flexible insulating sleeve screws onto the adapter which results in the lead wire being double insulated. One of the end portions of the neon tube fits through a hole in the insulating housing opposite of the hole in which the adapter resides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 1990
    Date of Patent: September 3, 1991
    Assignee: Everbrite, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles E. Trame, Gary L. Reidenbach
  • Patent number: 5043527
    Abstract: Simple lightning rod systems divert a lightning stroke away from a protected facility. They do nothing to prevent a lightning stroke from occurring. The present invention represents the state of the art improvements in lightning prevention systems. These prevention systems are termed dissipating systems because they neutralize the charge differential between the cloud and the protected facility before the flashover point occurs. The flashover point is seen as lightning. The present dissipative systems leak off the charge differential slowly before the flashover point is reached. The present invention pinpoints the critical design parameters for the optimization of dissipative array systems. The critical design parameters include the number, size and spacing of both the ionizer points and their conductive wires. These Dissipation Array Systems (DAS) provide up to 100% prevention protection from lightning strokes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 1989
    Date of Patent: August 27, 1991
    Assignee: Lightning Eliminators & Consultants, Inc.
    Inventor: Roy B. Carpenter, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5043531
    Abstract: A wiring layout for new home construction in which primarily two different cables distribute various electrical signals from a central location to different rooms in a home. The first cable, an AC power and internal communications cable, is a ribbon cable containing power conductors and digital data conductors. A predetermined number of lengths of this ribbon cable form that number of branches from the central location to different areas of the home. The second cable, the external communications cable, is a cable containing coaxial conductors and twisted wire pairs in one casing. This cable is run from the central location to a splitter. A predetermined number of lengths of the second cable are then run from the splitter to selected locations in some or all the rooms. The resulting layout from this combination branch-star layout allows efficient transmission of signals through a home and enables reduced installation costs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 1990
    Date of Patent: August 27, 1991
    Assignees: Smart House Limited Partnership, AMP Incorporated
    Inventors: Charles E. Gutenson, Lincoln R. Roberts, Vernon R. Miller
  • Patent number: 5039828
    Abstract: A wire harness protector for use in an appliance. The wire harness protector consists of two members. A first member is secured to the door so as to pivot therewith. A second member is also secured to the door but remains stationary when the door is pivoted. Thus, when the door is pivoted, the second member is fixed relative to the door support structure and the first member pivots with the door. Both the first member and the second member include conduits which are aligned with the hinge axis of the door. Each of the first and second members forms an enclosure for enclosing and routing the wire harness. The conduits are formed by U-shaped channels and covers therefor. The covers are held in place by means of locking snaps. The entire first and second members may each be formed in a single integral molding process from a thermosplastic material such as a fire retardant polypropylene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 1989
    Date of Patent: August 13, 1991
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Larry D. Marks, Raymond W. Spiegel, Delbert M. Halling
  • Patent number: 5039824
    Abstract: A printed conductor including two twisted conductor lines each have a plurality of segments disposed alternately on opposite surfaces of a circuit board, the successive segments of each line being connected by electrically conductive elements passing through through-holes in the circuit board. The use of such printed conductor improves the transmission characteristics of the printed circuit in the high-frequency range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 1990
    Date of Patent: August 13, 1991
    Assignee: Graphico Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tokuhei Takashima, Rihei Takashima
  • Patent number: 5038003
    Abstract: A two piece enclosure having a separate cover and a hollow body into which is placed a multiplicity of wires which have had the insulation stripped away adjacent their respective ends so they can be connected together by a connector. The hollow body is partially filled with a waterproof gel and the connector and ends of the connected wires are placed into the hollow body so that they are immersed within the waterproof gel. The top of the hollow body and the cover have aligned openings to permit a respective wire to extend out of the closed assembly through the aligned openings after the cover has been placed on the body. The cover further comprises a centrally disposed rod which extends transversely to the interior of the cover and is aligned with the connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 1990
    Date of Patent: August 6, 1991
    Assignee: T & B Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy J. Allec, William B. Furlong
  • Patent number: 5036785
    Abstract: A lightning protection installation for boats comprising a copper lightning rod mounted on the top of the mast or, in the case of a power boat, mounted on the deck, a copper wire attached to the rod and running downwardly to a point where it is attached to a retractable copper conductor. The copper conductor is retractable through a plastic or fiberglass tube or box molded or inserted in the hull or attached to a centerboard, if available. When the conductor is raised to the passive position, it is protected from the formation of marine growth; and when it is lowered, the conductor provides sufficient wettable electrical conducting grounding surface to conduct the lightning to water ground. Raising the conductor removes the slight drag caused by the grounded conductor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 1989
    Date of Patent: August 6, 1991
    Inventors: Robert L. Kittredge, Jr., William M. Wagner
  • Patent number: 5036162
    Abstract: A mount for securing a load, for example a strut insulator, to a stationary support has a pair of end parts one of which is fixed to the load and the other of which is fixed to the support and a pair of respective intermediate parts. Respective end pivots connect the intermediate parts to the end parts for pivoting thereon about respective axes that are perpendicular to each other and a central pivot connects the intermediate parts to each other for relative pivoting about a center axis lying substantially perpendicular to the end axes. One of these end axes is at least generally horizontal and at least generally aligned with the load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 1989
    Date of Patent: July 30, 1991
    Assignee: Lapp Insulator Company
    Inventor: Stefan S. Zajfert
  • Patent number: 5036161
    Abstract: A top shield arrangement for elongated filter traps, comprising an elongated sleeve member adapted to receive through one and thereof at least one filter trap such that the filter trap lies completely inside the sleeve member. The sleeve member is formed at the other end thereof for preventing withdrawal of the filter trap from the other end. A wafer seal is inserted into the sleeve member at the one end of the sleeve member for preventing unauthorized removal of the filter trap from the sleeve member through the one end thereof. The top shield arrangement of the invention protects filter traps against tampering by unauthorized persons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 1990
    Date of Patent: July 30, 1991
    Inventor: Isaac Sachs