Patents Examined by Laramie E. Askin
  • Patent number: 5036164
    Abstract: Several configurations of compression ground connectors to allow for one, two, three or more taps from a single ground connector to an installation requiring grounding. The installation is completed using a single crimping stroke.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 1990
    Date of Patent: July 30, 1991
    Assignee: Burndy Corporation
    Inventors: Gary E. Schrader, H. Thomas Nelson
  • Patent number: 5036160
    Abstract: A backplane having a layer of insulation material, a plurality of lead segments arranged in line and spaced from one another on a first surface of the insulation material, a plurality of cooperating lead segments arranged in line and spaced from one another on a second surface of the insulation material, and connectors for interconnecting the ends of alternate segments on the first and second surfaces to form a first continuous line alternating between lead segments on the first and second surfaces. Connectors are also provided for connecting the ends of alternate segments on the first and second surfaces to form a second continuous line separate from the first line, the first and second lines twisting along the axis of signal propagation to produce a twisted pair in the backplane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 1989
    Date of Patent: July 30, 1991
    Assignee: Crosspoint Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph M. Jackson
  • Patent number: 5032693
    Abstract: The electric fence insulator of linear polyethylene plastic includes a body having a rear portion for attaching the body to a fence post. Forwardly of the body is a clip unit having an upper latch mechanism. More specifically, the clip unit includes a first panel integrally attached to the body and a second panel resiliently connected at its lower end to the lower end of the first panel through the agency of a bight portion. The latch mechanism includes an upwardly directed keeper portion having an angled edge thereon and a hook portion having an angled edge thereon, the angled edges being vertically overlapped with respect to each other so that a latching engagement can be effected by manipulating a tab with one's fingers, the tab projecting upwardly from the hook portion. The latch mechanism also includes a rib formed in the hook portion which fits in a channel formed in the keeper portion for preventing slideable movement between the overlapping edges of the hook portion and the keeper portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 1990
    Date of Patent: July 16, 1991
    Assignee: North Central Plastics, Incorporated
    Inventors: Ronald H. Langlie, Jon A. Berg
  • Patent number: 5030135
    Abstract: An improved strain relief device is connectable to a cable end portion to resiliently resist both bending and torsional loads imposed thereon. The strain relief device is formed from a resilient material and includes a tubular body portion which receives and is fixedly secured to the cable end portion to be protected. Projecting radially outwardly from the outer side surface of the tubular body are a circumferentially spaced series of elongated, resilient rib members which extend lengthwise in a direction parallel to the axis of the strain relief body. The ribs taper radially outwardly along their lengths and collectively function to progressively resist both bending and torsional loads imposed upon the cable end portion in a manner maintaining a generally linear relationship between the bending and torsional loads on the cable end portion and the resulting axial lengths of the strain relief body portion being bent or twisted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 1990
    Date of Patent: July 9, 1991
    Assignee: Compaq Computer Corporation
    Inventor: Boris M. Plesinger
  • Patent number: 5030797
    Abstract: A flexible power current conductor (1) comprises a number of thin copper foils and is provided with through-going oblong holes (5) for clamping bolts at each end. The foils are held together in a middle area by means of a thermo-shrinking insulating plastic material which engages incisions (4) and secures the foils in relation to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 1990
    Date of Patent: July 9, 1991
    Inventor: Jorgen Logstrup
  • Patent number: 5028740
    Abstract: A hollow housing case of an electriclly conducting plate which has one insulating surface includes a connecting part to connect together electrically both ends of the plate. The connecting part is a bent portion which is formed by bending at least one end of the plate and enabling the non-insulating surfaces at both ends to face and contact with each other surely. Further, the hollow housing case comprises a fastening member for finally fastening together both ends of the plate. By the fastening member, a hollow housing case of any size can be fabricated easily, without the process of pressing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 1989
    Date of Patent: July 2, 1991
    Assignee: Iwastu Electric Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Chikamasa Tomiya
  • Patent number: 5029044
    Abstract: An apparatus made of a single piece of resilient material has notches (101) with narrow openings, on the same side, on each end. An indentation (103) opposite each notch (101) creates a narrow, flexible segment (106) on each end of the apparatus. A printed circuit board inserted in one of the notches (101) will cause an end section (107) adjacent the notch (101) to flex, thereby allowing the board to enter into the narrow notch opening. Once the board has been inserted, the resilient material of the apparatus will cause the flexed end section (107) to attempt to return to its original shape. This will force the end section (107) up against the board thereby holding the board in place within the notch (101). This simple design allows the apparatus to be manufactured relatively inexpensively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 1989
    Date of Patent: July 2, 1991
    Assignee: Motorola, Inc.
    Inventor: Carl V. Novak
  • Patent number: 5023399
    Abstract: A support assembly for non-metallic cable incorporating a metallic support fitting and a preformed metallic stress limiter, the latter including a generally mushroom-shaped hollow body having a tubular stem portion inserted between one end of the support fitting and the cable, and a generally part-toroidal head portion having an outer profile which is smoothly curving.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 1990
    Date of Patent: June 11, 1991
    Assignee: Telephone Cables Limited
    Inventors: Brian P. Mills, Edward K. George
  • Patent number: 5023404
    Abstract: A top entry top exit wiring duct for routing conductors to terminal devices, the duct including a base, side walls provided along each side of the base forming an open channel, a partial top wall formed by a number of fingers spaced apart to form open ended exit slots for the conductors and having distal ends extending toward the other of the side walls, the distal ends being spaced from the other of the side walls a distance sufficient to define a top entry opening into the duct for the conductors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 1989
    Date of Patent: June 11, 1991
    Assignee: Johnson Service Company
    Inventors: Hugh F. Hudson, Joseph F. Munsch, Joseph A. McArdle, Jackie L. Kammer, Robert W. Jermyn
  • Patent number: 5023406
    Abstract: A high voltage porcelain insulator has a plurality of sheds extending laterally thereof at spaced apart locations therealong. The creepage path length of the shedded insulator is extended by mounting polymeric insulating creepage extenders on the porcelain sheds. The creepage extenders do not extend completely around the periphery of the sheds but leave a gap. Preferably the gaps of adjacent creepage extenders along the insulator are not aligned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 1989
    Date of Patent: June 11, 1991
    Assignee: Raychem Limited
    Inventor: David W. M. Thornley
  • Patent number: 5021610
    Abstract: A connector 10 for protecting, clamping, and sealing a cable passing through an aperture of a housing 14 for electrical or electronic equipment. A portion 15 of the housing 14 includes an aperture 34 for accepting a bushing 18. The bushing 18 includes a passage for a cable 26 and a pair of jaws 82 for clamping the cable 26 to prevent movement. The portion 15 of the housing 14 also includes an aperture 54 for inserting a locking clip 22 which locks the bushing 18 in the portion 15 of the housing 14. The locking clip 22 also provides the force required to activate the clamping jaws 82 on the bushing 18. A sealing ring 30 is compressed between the end 90 of the bushing 18 and a bevel surface 94 in the portion 15 of the housing 14 to close off the aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 1990
    Date of Patent: June 4, 1991
    Assignee: Square D Company
    Inventor: Kenneth P. Roberts
  • Patent number: 5021612
    Abstract: A cable spacer of the type used in overhead power transmission systems includes a body provided with cable engaging hooks, each hook having a seat in the form of a cylindrical segment. A cable retainer is provided for each seat and consists of a cylindrical body having at least one semicylindrical groove and a handle projecting radially outwardly. The retainer is slidably receivable in the seat from either end thereof and rotatable between a first position in which the cable may be inserted into the groove and a second, cable retaining position in which the groove is within the confines of the seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 1990
    Date of Patent: June 4, 1991
    Inventor: Edward J. Joffe
  • Patent number: 5017739
    Abstract: A cable connector jacket formed of flexible, electrically insulating plastic is of unitary, one-piece construction, including two cavity-defining bodies hingedly interconnected in a clamshell-type configuration for movement between open and closed conditions. Each body has two pairs of channel-like tapered arms respectively extending in opposite directions therefrom generally parallel to the hinge line. When the bodies are in their closed conditions, the cavities define a chamber for accommodating the cable connector, and the arms of one body respectively mate with those of the other body to form four tapered tubes for respectively accommodating cable portions interconnected by the connector. A latch on the body holds the jacket closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 1990
    Date of Patent: May 21, 1991
    Assignee: HD Electric Company
    Inventors: Mark R. Hoffman, Charles Y. M. Choi, Peder M. Pedersen, Niels C. Pedersen, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5017740
    Abstract: A hermetic terminal assembly for a housing including a fuse-like area positioned in the outer pin segment of a terminal pin extending in sealed relation through the body member of the terminal assembly which body member can be sealed to a housing wall, the fuse-like area in the outer pin segment being covered with a thermally decomposable coating which in the event of decomposition includes an arc suppressant. A pin guard and lead wire end connection securing device is provided to protect the outer pin segment and to secure the lead wire end connection thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 1990
    Date of Patent: May 21, 1991
    Assignee: Emerson Electric Co.
    Inventors: Glenn A. Honkomp, Eugene H. Tingley, Thomas O. McNay, Benjamin Bowsky
  • Patent number: 5013873
    Abstract: A wireway for enclosing electrical conductors includes a longitudinally extending channel-shaped housing having a cover member removably hinged to the top wall of the housing. The cover may be swung between open and closed positions with the hinge constructed to permit removal of the cover to provide access to the interior of the housing. When removed, the cover may be retained on the front edge of the bottom wall of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 1989
    Date of Patent: May 7, 1991
    Assignee: Houshold Utilities, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles Deibele, Albert Deibele, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5012044
    Abstract: An aluminum or aluminum alloy profiled section has one or more insulated electrical conductors. Such a profiled section includes at least one linear electrical conductor parallel to the profiled section, formed by the same material as the latter and insulated electrically in a solid insulating filling, a bare surface of the conductor and a bare surface of the filling being covered if required by a second insulating filling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 1989
    Date of Patent: April 30, 1991
    Assignee: Norsk Hydro A.S.
    Inventor: Jean-Claude Guyard
  • Patent number: 5012046
    Abstract: Referring to FIG. 1, a cable entry device for an electric appliance comprises a body 2 and a protective sleeve 3 through which the cable 1 passes. The body is provided with cable grips 5, 6. Catches 10, 11 secure the body within the appliance. The body may be made as a one-piece plastic molding, comprising two portions joined by a web 7, which also acts as a spring to bias the catches into a locked position in the appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 1989
    Date of Patent: April 30, 1991
    Assignee: Electrolux Northern Limited
    Inventor: Barry Gobin
  • Patent number: 5008483
    Abstract: A holder with busbars for a busbar system, the holder being an insulating support with receptacles located in its top. A number of busbar sections are fixed in position in the receptacles at regular intervals parallel to one another. Protected wiring of electrical equipment connected to the busbar sections is achieved by the insulating support being formed as a carrier plate that extends over the lengths of the busbar sections fixed in position in the receptacles; by at least between adjacent busbar sections, a row of openings being located in the carrier plate, the openings being aligned one above the other perpendicularly to the busbar sections; and by recesses serving as cable ducts being located in the bottom of the carrier plate, the recesses connecting the openings aligned one above the other perpendicularly to the busbar sections to one another and to the longitudinal sides of the carrier plate running parallel to the busbar sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 1989
    Date of Patent: April 16, 1991
    Inventor: Hans Wagener
  • Patent number: 5008484
    Abstract: An assembly kit for a busbar system made of holders and of busbar sections that can be fixed in position or are fixed in position in receptacles of the holders, which receptacles are spaced from and parallel to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 1989
    Date of Patent: April 16, 1991
    Inventor: Hans Wagener
  • Patent number: 5008493
    Abstract: A holder with busbars for a busbar system to connect electrical equipment, the holder consisting of a rectangular and plate-shaped insulating support with receptacles for busbars located in its top and a channel-shaped receptacle into which the insulating support is inserted. A number of busbar sections are fixed in position in the receptacles and run parallel to one another at uniform intervals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 1989
    Date of Patent: April 16, 1991
    Inventor: Hans Wagener