Patents Examined by Lisa Klaus
  • Patent number: 8232492
    Abstract: A keypanel assembly includes a light-emitting diode (LED) attached to a substrate. A switch is attached to the substrate. A control button is configured to actuate the switch. The control button permits light from the LED to pass through the control button to an outer surface of the control button to illuminate control symbology disposed thereon. An isolating structure ensures light emitted by the LED only illuminates the control symbology on the control button.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Joshua V. Davis, William G. Perreault, Steven W. Kramer
  • Patent number: 8193465
    Abstract: An electronic device which includes a resilient piece, base plate and electronic source. The upper conductor is located on the resilient piece; the base plate is connected to the resilient piece, with a space between the two. The lower conductor is located on the base plate, and there is a crevice between the lower conductor and the upper conductor. The electronic source electrically connected to the upper conductor and the lower conductor. The sensor device is located on the base plate. Utilizing this structure, the electronic device can, based on the user's needs, perform testing of the subject's physiological status or test a specific site that is pressed, be used as assist for medical equipment, exercise equipment or communications facilities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Inventors: Chang Ming Yang, Tzu Lin Yang, Ching Wen Yang, Hao Yang
  • Patent number: 8188395
    Abstract: The invention relates to an electrical switch for an electrical appliance, in particular for an electrical tool, such as a drill, a grinder, a saw, a plane, an angle grinder or the like, and having a housing. The switch has a contact system which is located in the housing, and electrical connections, which lead into the housing and/or are located in the housing, for electrical supply lines to the contact system. Furthermore, the switch may have an operating member for switching action on the contact system, with the contact system being operatively connected to the operating member by means of an elastic element. The electrical connections have seals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: Marquardt GmbH
    Inventors: Alfons Steidle, Klaus Fiederer
  • Patent number: 8148658
    Abstract: A non-contact touch switch comprises an outer cover installed at an outlet of an AC power source, a microcomputer control circuit installed on an inner side of the outer cover, a medium transferring interface installed on the outer cover and connecting with the microcomputer control circuit, a start switch with one end thereof being connected with the microcomputer control circuit and another end thereof being disposed with a control contact connected to the power source so as to control electrifying time of an electrical device connected therewith, and a power interceptor disposed between the microcomputer control circuit and the start switch capable of directly intercepting, rectifying, and stabilizing an external power supply as a power supply available for a normal operation of an internal circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Inventor: Chi-Jen Wang
  • Patent number: 8119943
    Abstract: A draw-out mechanism for a molded case circuit breaker includes a fixed side plate and a plurality of auxiliary contacts mounted to the fixed side plate. The draw-out mechanism also includes a movable member moveably mounted to the fixed side plate. The movable member includes a cam member that acts upon the plurality of auxiliary contacts. The draw-out unit further includes a front panel member having a visual indicator mechanism and a locking mechanism provided with a padlock locking arm, a door lock and a second lever. In addition, the draw-out unit includes a connector plate that operatively couples the movable member and the front panel member. The connector plate includes a plurality of adjustment portions that establish a desired extension of the connector plate relative to the movable member to accommodate a predetermined spacing between the movable member and the front panel member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Tomasz Ignasiak, Mahadeva Mittu, Adam Skrudlik, Ramesh Sathyanarayana, Rafal Burzynski, Marcin Lagiewka, Marcin Rodak, Lars Pommerencke
  • Patent number: 8119940
    Abstract: The present invention includes a contact block for a safety switch that has a support structure and a pair of electrical contacts that are fixed in position on the support structure. The contact block includes a contact block plunger provided with a bridging contact. The bridging contact extends through the contact block plunger, from one side to another, and protrudes from the sides of the contact block plunger. The contact block plunger is moveable in-between the fixed pair of electrical contacts to move the bridging contacts into and out of contact with the fixed pair of electrical contacts. A contact block guide extends along the support structure and between the pair of fixed electrical contacts and cooperates with the contact block plunger such that the contact block plunger is restricted to movement along the contact block guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Limited
    Inventor: David Howard Kerr
  • Patent number: 8110767
    Abstract: A structured touch switch, which is of an electrostatic capacitance, type is provided. The structured touch switch comprises a substrate made of a material having a non-conductive characteristic, a conductive member made of a material having a conductive characteristic and formed integrally with the substrate so that a portion of the conductive characteristic member appears at a surface of the substrate and a detection electrode positioned at a backside of the substrate and in opposed relation to the conductive member in a state where a space is defined with respect to the conductive member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2012
    Assignees: Mitsubishi Jidosha Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha, Visteon Japan, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuto Yamauchi, Yasunori Murayama, Sadahiko Tanaka, Keitaro Takizawa, Kouichi Yamanoue
  • Patent number: 8106316
    Abstract: A control unit for an electrical switching device comprises: a control shaft which is rotatable about a control axis for operating a moveable contact of the electrical switching device, a first blocking mechanism for the control shaft, which can be activated to block a rotary movement of the control shaft in a first rotation direction, and an activation mechanism for the first blocking mechanism, which is designed to activate the first blocking mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Assignee: ABB Technology AG
    Inventor: Erwin Manz
  • Patent number: 8097821
    Abstract: The movable contact unit with a light-guiding function has the following structure. An uneven section is formed in a section that is to be lighted on the lower surface of a TPU base sheet. A film with a refractive index of light lower than that of the base sheet is disposed beneath the lower surface of the base sheet in a manner that the uneven section is embedded in the film. Besides, an adhesive layer is disposed beneath the film so as to hold a movable contact. The movable contact unit structured above is effectively employed for a lighted panel switch capable of reducing loss in amount of light and providing the section that is to be lighted with required illuminance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Naoki Tatehata, Tsutomu Aisaka, Yousuke Chikahisa
  • Patent number: 8097823
    Abstract: A wiring standard selector switch for use in a universal network cable system includes a baseboard made of an insulating material and a cover shaped and dimensioned to be connected to the baseboard. A switch actuator is mounted beneath the cover and has a portion which extends through a slot formed in the cover and is movable slidably along the slot of the cover. A plurality of circuit conductors carried by the switch actuator are disposed on the switch actuator so as to achieve paired electrical contact between a first and a second set of contact members on the baseboard. By moving the switch actuator slidably along the slot of the cover, at predetermined space intervals, the first and second sets of contact members engage the plurality of circuit conductors so as to establish a different complete circuit. Each of the different complete circuits corresponds to a different network wiring standard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Inventor: Geoffrey Bilder
  • Patent number: 8093520
    Abstract: A switch panel assembly includes a plurality of selectively enabled switches for actuating only those available features. A plurality of available actuateable features are represented on the switch panel by graphics that are hidden in a non-illuminated condition and reveled when backlit. Each of individual switch and corresponding LED are selectively enabled and become visible and actuateable when those corresponding features are available to provide a single device operable without physical modification for many features assembled in many different combinations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignee: Continental Automotive Systems US, Inc.
    Inventors: James P. Bayley, Frank Homann
  • Patent number: 8093522
    Abstract: An exemplary press-button for an electronic device, includes a button cap, a support member connected to the button cap, and a resilient member positioned between the button cap and the support member. The button cap includes a pressing portion extending from a middle portion. The resilient member includes a main portion abutting the support member and a plurality of extending pieces uniformly extending from an edge of the main portion. Each extending piece includes a resisting portion for abutting the button cap and a deformable portion connected between the resisting portion and the main portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Da-Qing Cheng
  • Patent number: 8093521
    Abstract: A button assembly includes a button, an indicating lamp, a rheostat and a switch. The button includes a transparent pressing portion. The indicating lamp is positioned in the pressing portion. The rheostat includes a base and an adjuster rotatably attached to the base. The adjuster is rotated by rotation of the button. The switch is capable of being triggered by downwardly movement of the button.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kuo-Hua Wang, Li-Ping Chen
  • Patent number: 8090498
    Abstract: A turning direction indicator controls the operation of a light source for turn signals and indicates a turning direction of the vehicle. Switch contacts are brought into electrical contact with each other, responsive to operation of an operating part. An angular velocity sensor detects an angular velocity of a vehicle turning, and outputs an angular velocity signal. A controller controls the output of a drive signal for causing operation of the light source, according to the electrical contact between the switch contacts and the angular velocity signal. The controller controls the output of the drive signal, according to the angular velocity signal, and a speed signal indicating a speed of the vehicle. The controller controls the output of the drive signal, according to the relation between the set threshold value and the angular velocity signal, and the relation between the angular velocity signal and the speed signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2012
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventor: Wataru Ueno
  • Patent number: 8089015
    Abstract: An electroluminescent switch membrane for use in a keyboard associated with an information handling system is disclosed. The electroluminescent switch membrane may include a first and a second sheet of film configured as opposing electrodes of a capacitor. The switch membrane may include an electroluminescent material disposed between the two sheets of film. The switch membrane may include a plurality of conductive traces printed on the first sheet of film. The switch membrane may include a plurality of switches disposed on the first sheet of film, each switch configured to complete a respective circuit with the conductive traces when the switch is depressed. In addition, the electroluminescent switch membrane may be configured to illuminate the keyboard when an electric current is passed through the electroluminescent material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2012
    Assignee: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: Orin Michael Ozias, Kevin Warren Mundt
  • Patent number: 8089018
    Abstract: A movable contact unit, of which an upper surface of a movable contact made of a conductive metal plate is adhesively fixed to an adhesive layer formed on the underside of a base film, an upper surface of a separator is affixed to the adhesive layer in a manner to sandwich the movable contact between them, and the periphery of the movable contact is heated and pressed in a circular shape from above of the base film to form a convex-shaped portion in an area of base film corresponding to the movable contact in a manner to fit along a dome-like shape of the movable contact and to make a peripheral area or a base of the convex-shaped portion pressed circularly to close adhesion to the separator with the adhesive layer. By virtue of this structure, there can be an improvement of manufacturing efficiency of the movable contact unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2012
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventor: Hideki Mitsuoka
  • Patent number: 8084703
    Abstract: A rotating operation type electronic component has a rotation shaft and a signal generating section. The rotation shaft has a rod-shaped intermediate section, a cylindrical operation section, and a coupling section coupling the upper end of the intermediate section with the operation section. The rotatable operation section covers the upper part of the intermediate section, and has an operation knob mounted thereon. The signal generating section generates an electric signal in response to the rotation of the operation section. The coupling section has strength at which it breaks when a load of a predetermined level or higher is applied to the operation section from an axial direction of the rotation shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroaki Hisamune, Jun Sato, Akira Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 8080754
    Abstract: A push switch includes a housing having a top opening and a recessed section at a lower part, a push-type switch contact placed on an inner bottom face of the recessed section, an operating unit having an operating section at an upper part and a flange section at a lower part, a resilient unit placed under the operating unit in the recessed section for energizing the operating unit upward, and a cover for covering the top opening and having a center hole from which the operating section extends upward. The operating unit is movable vertically guided by a guide projection placed on inner walls confronting each other of the recessed section and extending vertically and by a concave section formed on the flange section for mating with the guide projection. The operating section includes faces vertically rising from the positions where the concave sections are recessed most inward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2011
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventor: Koji Ono
  • Patent number: 8063329
    Abstract: A key mechanism (22) includes a key body (222), a resilient metal sheet (226), a circuit board (26). The circuit board (26) is placed between the key body (222) and the resilient metal sheet (226). The circuit board (26) includes a first surface (2622) facing the key body (222) and a second surface (2624) facing the resilient metal sheet (226). The first surface (2622) has a number of ground points connecting to the key body (222). The second surface (2624) has a switch unit corresponding to the resilient metal sheet (226).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Assignee: Chi Mei Communication Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Po-Hua Huang
  • Patent number: 8063325
    Abstract: An exemplary keypad assembly includes: a printed circuit board (PCB) comprising a plurality of fixed contact points formed thereon, an elastic sheet disposed on the PCB, the elastic sheet comprising a base and many switches fixed on the base above the fixed contact points correspondingly; many key buttons, each key button comprising a main portion, and a pressing portion extending downward from the main portion; a light shielding sheet defining a plurality of through holes, the light shielding sheet integrally formed with the key buttons, the key buttons respectively passing through each of the through holes of the light shield sheet. The light shielding sheet with the key buttons is disposed above the elastic sheet, each pressing portion of each key button corresponding to each switch. The keypad assembly has a thin configuration due to a combination configuration of the light shielding sheet and the key buttons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Assignee: Chi Mei Communication Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Fu-Hsin Sung, Yi-Hua Wang