Patents Examined by Lisa N Homza
  • Patent number: 11837423
    Abstract: An electrical contactor module includes a pair of contactor assemblies each having an input contact, an output contact spaced apart from the input contact, and a linear solenoid disposed proximate the input and output contacts. Each linear solenoid has a housing, a plunger disposed within the housing so as to permit axial displacement of the plunger between an open position in which an end of the plunger is spaced apart from the input and output contacts and a closed position in which the end mechanically contacts and electrically couples the input and output contacts, a spring for biasing the plunger in the open position, and a coil within the housing for urging the plunger from the open position to the closed position along a linear direction. The contactor assemblies are fastened and arranged within an enclosure, with the linear directions for the contactor assemblies pointing in generally opposite directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventor: Vijay A. Neelakantan
  • Patent number: 11837424
    Abstract: In an embodiment a contact arrangement includes a retaining element with a cylindrical hole having a cylinder axis configured to arrange the retaining element on a shaft and a contact bridge attached to the retaining element, wherein the contact bridge has a top side with at least one contact region and a bottom side opposite the top side, and wherein, via a rotation around the cylinder axis, the contact bridge is transferable to a locked state on the retaining element in a direction along the cylinder axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Assignee: TDK Electronics AG
    Inventors: Robert Hoffmann, Robert Minkwitz
  • Patent number: 11837421
    Abstract: A switch assembly for adapting a non-contact switch into a contact triggered switch, such that the internal electrical state of the non-contact switch can be triggered by mechanical contact with an object or surface. The switch assembly can include an adapter body coupled to the non-contact switch and an actuation body coupled to the adapter body. The actuation body can be movable relative to the adapter body to selectively position a target supported by the actuation body within a sensing region of the non-contact switch. The actuation body can be moved by an external object making contact with a portion of the actuation body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Assignee: General Equipment and Manufacturing Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert L LaFountain, Michael John Simmons
  • Patent number: 11830694
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a direct current relay and, more particularly, to a direct current relay including a mover assembly having improved support force with respect to a movable contactor. The direct current relay according to an embodiment of the present disclosure comprises a pair of fixed contactors and a movable contactor which is moved up and down by an actuator to come into contact with or be separated from the pair of fixed contactors, comprises a mover support disposed below the movable contactor and connected to the actuator by a shaft; a mover holder disposed above the movable contactor and fixed to the mover support; a contact pressure spring disposed between the movable contactor and the mover support to provide a contact pressure to the movable contactor; and a supporting pin installed to extend through the movable contactor and the mover holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2023
    Assignee: LS ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jungwoo Yoo
  • Patent number: 11817258
    Abstract: Coil-based actuators for use in opening and closing the separable contacts of circuit interrupters provide increased initial velocity for opening strokes and damping at the end of opening strokes. Electronics for adjusting the current profile of current supplied to coil-based actuators additionally provide increased initial velocity for opening strokes and damping at the conclusion of opening strokes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2023
    Inventors: Koustubh Dnyandeo Ashtekar, Li Yu
  • Patent number: 11817279
    Abstract: A magnetic proximity sensor assembly 10. The magnetic proximity sensor assembly 10 comprises a switch assembly 12 received in a blind bore 14 of a body tube 16. The switch assembly 12 comprises a magnetic assembly 18 moveable in the blind bore 14. The switch assembly 12 comprises an operator 42 which extends from the magnetic assembly 18 and serves as a drive for a moving contact 44 positioned between a first contact 46 and a second contact 48. The magnetic assembly 18 comprises a primary magnet 20 and a biasing magnet 22. The switch assembly 12 comprises a center magnet 26 interposed between the primary magnet 20 and the biasing magnet 22. The blind bore 14 has a uniform bore diameter. The magnetic proximity sensor assembly 10 comprises a sleeve 28 in the blind bore 14 contacting the closed end 30 of the blind bore 14. The switch assembly 12 is seated on the sleeve 28 such that the primary magnet 20 of the magnetic assembly 18 is surrounded by the sleeve 28.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2023
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2023
    Assignee: LONGVALE LTD
    Inventor: Nathan Dear
  • Patent number: 11798767
    Abstract: An electrical overload protection device for readily identifying and resetting a tripped circuit breaker includes a button, which is retained in depressed and extended configurations by a biaser. A first end and a second end of a plate spring are attached to the housing and the biaser, respectively. A bimetal strip, which is attached to and positioned in the housing, is reversibly deformable and thus bendable upon exposure to a specified current. Depressing the button contacts the biaser with the bimetal strip to complete an electrical circuit, which, should it exceed the specified current, bends the bimetal strip to actuate the plate spring to extend a shaft from the housing. The bending also disengages the biaser from the bimetal strip and breaks the electrical circuit. Depressing the shaft reverses deformation of the bimetal strip and reextends the button so it is again depressible to complete the electrical circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2022
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2023
    Inventor: Xu Jie
  • Patent number: 11798717
    Abstract: An R-T-B-based rare earth permanent magnet in which the composition formula is represented by (R11-x-ySmxR2y)aTbBcMd, wherein: R1 is one or more rare earth elements not including Sm and Y; R2 is one or more rare earth elements from among Y, Ce, and La; T is Fe, etc.; M is Ga, etc.; x and y are in the region indicated in FIG. 1; the relationships 0.16?a/b?0.28, 0.050?c/b?0.075, and 0.005?d/b?0.028 are satisfied; the R-T-B-based rare earth permanent magnet includes a grain boundary phase and a main phase comprising an R2T14B compound; the average crystal grain diameter of the main-phase crystal grains is D50?4.00 ?m; the granularity distribution is (D90?D10)/D50?1.60; and the coverage of the grain boundary phase is at least 70.0%.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2023
    Inventors: Keiji Takeda, Shota Miyazaki
  • Patent number: 11791117
    Abstract: An electromagnetic relay includes a base, a first terminal, a fixing member, and a first adhesive. The base includes a first hole. The base is made of a thermosetting resin. The first terminal extends through the first hole. The fixing member is a separate body from the base. The fixing member has higher elasticity than the thermosetting resin. The fixing member fixes the first terminal to the base. The fixing member includes a first support wall and a first recess. The first support wall is disposed between an inner surface of the first hole and the first terminal. The first support wall extends upward along the first terminal. The first recess is disposed on an upper surface of the first support wall and faces the first terminal. The first adhesive is filled in the first recess. The first adhesive adheres the first terminal and the first support wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2023
    Inventors: Ayaka Miyake, Shinya Yamamoto, Daisuke Otsubo
  • Patent number: 11791120
    Abstract: A switchgear assembly includes an indicator assembly to indicate whether a movable contact is in an open or a closed position. The indicator assembly includes an indicator body having first and second sections. The indicator body is rotatable to display the first section in the open position and the second section in the closed position. The indicator assembly also includes a drive gear having a first helical spline and coupled to an actuator of the switchgear assembly such that operation of the actuator moves the drive gear, and an elongated driven gear having a second helical spline extending along a length of the driven gear and engaged with the first helical spline of the drive gear such that movement of the drive gear rotates the driven gear. The driven gear is coupled to the indicator body such that rotation of the driven gear causes rotation of the indicator body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2022
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2023
    Assignee: G&W Electric Company
    Inventors: James K. Simonelli, Sean G. Murphy, Arturas Dauksas, Blair S. Kerr
  • Patent number: 11791080
    Abstract: A superconducting coil of embodiments includes a substrate having a curved surface, a superconducting wire wound on the curved surface, the superconducting wire having a first region and a second region facing the first region, a first resin layer surrounding the superconducting wire and including a plurality of first particles and first resin surrounding the first particles, and a second resin layer positioned between the first region and the second region, the second resin layer covering the first resin layer and including a plurality of second particles and second resin surrounding the second particles and being made of material different from material of the first resin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2023
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Mariko Hayashi, Takashi Kuboki
  • Patent number: 11791119
    Abstract: First and second movable contacts are connected to a first movable contact piece. A second movable contact piece is provided separately from the first movable contact piece. Third and fourth movable contacts are connected to the second movable contact piece. A drive device moves the first movable contact piece and the second movable contact piece by moving a movable iron core by a magnetic force generated from a coil. In a state where the first to fourth movable contacts are contacts the first to fourth fixed contacts, respectively, the first movable contact piece and the second movable contact piece are electrically connected in parallel with the first fixed terminal and the second fixed terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2023
    Inventors: Ayaka Miyake, Koichiro Matsushima, Yuji Kozai, Taira Minamizaki
  • Patent number: 11783979
    Abstract: A solenoid includes a coil, a cylindrical sliding core, a columnar plunger, a bottomed cylindrical yoke including a cylindrical portion and a bottom portion that is connected to the cylindrical portion and faces a base end surface of the plunger, and the bottomed cylindrical yoke configured to accommodate the coil, the sliding core, and the plunger, a magnetic attraction core arranged to face a distal end surface of the plunger, and a magnetic flux transfer member that transfers magnetic flux between the sliding core and the yoke. When the plunger is closest to the magnetic attraction core, a position of the base end surface of the plunger along an axial direction is the same as position of the end of the sliding core along the axial direction, or is closer to the bottom portion side of the sliding core along the axial direction than the end of the sliding core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2023
    Inventor: Yutaro Watari
  • Patent number: 11784020
    Abstract: An electromagnetic relay includes a case, a first fixed terminal including a first fixed contact, a second fixed terminal including a second fixed contact, a movable contact piece including first and second movable contacts, a first magnet, a gas flow path, and a partition member. The case includes an accommodation space and a side wall covering the accommodation space in a first direction. The accommodation space includes a first space where the first fixed contact is disposed and a second space where the second fixed contact is disposed. The first magnet configured to extend a first arc generated between the first fixed contact and the first movable contact in the first direction. The gas flow path is disposed between the side wall and the movable contact piece. The gas flow path includes an inlet communicating with the first space and an outlet communicating with the second space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2022
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2023
    Inventors: Naoki Kawaguchi, Takeshi Nishida, Kazuki Furukawa, Takashi Tsukada
  • Patent number: 11783980
    Abstract: A solenoid actuator includes a housing assembly, a bobbin assembly, a coil, an armature, an actuation rod, a guide ring, a lower spring guide, an upper spring guide, and a spring. The actuation rod is fixedly coupled to the armature, and the guide ring, the lower spring guide, the upper spring guide, and the anti-rotation structure all comprise a non-metallic material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2022
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2023
    Inventors: David J. Pantier, Kevin A. K. Jones, Joseph C. Wagner, Mitchell McGinty, Zachary Sherwin
  • Patent number: 11778759
    Abstract: A control module for a reversing contactor includes a housing configured to mount to forward and reverse contactors. The control module is configured to receive command signals for the forward and reverse contactors and provide the command signals to an interlock circuit included within the housing of the control module. The interlock circuit is configured to use the forward and reverse commands as well as feedback signals corresponding to the current status of the contactors to prevent both the forward and reverse contactors from being closed in tandem. The control module is also configured to mount to contactors having different physical sizes. The housing may be configured as a telescoping housing, where one portion of the housing is fixed and a second portion of the housing slides with respect to the fixed portion of the housing to adjust the width of the control module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2023
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Piotr Muranski, William H. Martin, Szymon Piechota, Mark Davidsz
  • Patent number: 11776783
    Abstract: A stationary contact spring for a relay includes a base section fixed in a housing of the relay, a contact area opposite the base section adapted to perform an electric switching with a contact force, a spring section extending between the base section and the contact area, and an abutting latch abutting the housing with a biasing force directed against the contact force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2023
    Assignee: Tyco Electronics Austria GmbH
    Inventors: Markus Gutmann, Philipp Harrer
  • Patent number: 11769615
    Abstract: A superconducting joint arrangement for superconducting magnets, having an elongate joint arranged between superconducting filaments of superconducting wires of one or more superconducting coils, and excess wire provided between the elongate joint and the one or more superconducting coils.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2023
    Assignee: Siemens Healthcare Limited
    Inventor: Mariusz Wozniak
  • Patent number: 11756716
    Abstract: A magnetic field control system according to an embodiment of the present invention may comprise: a structure forming part for forming a three-dimensional structure having an inner space; a magnetic field generating part for generating a magnetic field, the magnetic field generating part being formed to extend from a predetermined position of the structure forming part and being disposed to face a target region defined in the inner space; and a power source part for supplying electric power to the magnetic field generating part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2023
    Inventors: Gunhee Jang, Jaekwang Nam, Wonseo Lee, Bongjun Jang
  • Patent number: 11742167
    Abstract: A relay includes an electromagnet, a plurality of springs having contacts which open and close in accordance with operation of the electromagnet and terminals, and a base which supports the springs, wherein at least one of the plurality of springs has a locked part which is locked on the base using resilience of the spring, and the base has a lock part which locks the locked part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2023
    Inventors: Daishi Kitajima, Kazuaki Miyanaga, Mitsuyoshi Mizuhashi