Patents Examined by Marina Fishman
  • Patent number: 9443681
    Abstract: An electrical switch includes a tubular housing having a conductor receiving end and an operating end opposite the conductor receiving end. The tubular housing also includes a conductive interface positioned intermediate the conductor receiving end and the operating end. An operating rod extends through the operating end toward the conductor receiving end. The operating rod is moveable between a first position to engage the electrical switch and a second position to disengage the electrical switch. A gelatinous dielectric material is provided within a portion of the tubular housing, and around the operating rod, in the operating end to prevent voltage from the conductive interface from arcing to the operating end. The gelatinous dielectric material is configured to deform to maintain contact with the operating rod in the first position and the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: Thomas & Betts International LLC
    Inventor: Larry N. Siebens
  • Patent number: 9437379
    Abstract: A key plate includes a light-permeable covering plate having a plurality of first key openings and includes a key symbol display plate disposed on the light-permeable covering plate and having a plurality of second key openings and a plurality of light-permeable key symbol blocks. The light-permeable key symbol blocks are positioned proximate to the second key openings, respectively. The second key openings correspond in position to the first key openings, respectively. Further provided is an illuminated keyboard with the key plate. Accordingly, the key plate and the illuminated keyboard feature simplified structure, low manufacturing costs, and short manufacturing process, prevent users' fingers from hiding symbols displayed on the keys in bright and dark environments, prevent the symbols displayed on the keys from getting blurred or smeared after long contact with the users' fingers, and feature variable appearance of the key symbol display plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Inventor: Yun-Heng Shiu
  • Patent number: 9431197
    Abstract: A switching system has two contact points and a contact link disposed so at be rotatably movable about an axis of rotation of the contact link between the two contact points. The switching system further has at least one quenching chamber and a magnetic element for producing a magnetic field being parallel to the axis of rotation of the contact link, for driving an arc produced when the contact points are open into the quenching chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: Ellenberger & Poensgen GmbH
    Inventor: Manuel Engewald
  • Patent number: 9396890
    Abstract: A barrier member is for an arc chute assembly of an electrical switching apparatus. The arc chute assembly comprises a first sidewall and a second sidewall opposite and spaced apart from said first sidewall. The barrier member comprises a body portion structured to be disposed between said first sidewall and said second sidewall, said body portion comprising a first support portion, a second support portion, and a cover portion connecting said first support portion to said second support portion; a first containment portion extending from said first support portion, said first containment portion being structured to be disposed proximate said first sidewall; and a second containment portion extending from said second support portion toward said first containment portion, said second containment portion being structured to be disposed proximate said second sidewall, wherein said second containment portion is spaced from said first containment portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Inventors: James Michael Smeltzer, John Edward Devine, James Patrick Sisley
  • Patent number: 9390870
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides techniques or an electrical wiring device with symmetric and robust actuation. An electrical wiring device includes a toggle assembly comprising a compression spring and a spring cup disposed at one end of the compression spring. The spring cup includes a lower portion and an upper portion. The lower portion includes an outer diameter at most as large at the inner diameter of the compression spring and is disposed within the end of the compression spring. The upper portion has a recess therein and is configured to receive a spring seat of a toggle, and allows the spring seat to rotate within the recess when the toggle is actuated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: Cooper Technologies Company
    Inventors: Erik Jeffrey Gouhl, Dai Vo
  • Patent number: 9343249
    Abstract: A pressure and rotationally actuated control element for a vehicle steering wheel includes a bearing block and an input element. The bearing block is mounted on actuating elements of switching elements. The input element is mounted rotatably on the bearing block. The input element transmits a rotational actuation to a code disk and an actuating pressure on the input element actuates at least one of the switching elements. The bearing block forms two swivel pins perpendicular to the axis of rotation of the input element and which are supported by the actuating elements of switching elements. The bearing block has a stop element between the swivel pins which limits the path of actuation of the input element by an actuating pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: Leopold Kostal GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Wojciech Ficek
  • Patent number: 9336970
    Abstract: A disconnecting switch includes a contact part that includes a stationary contact and a movable contact, a shaft that moves the movable contact relative to the stationary contact, an open/close mechanism part that moves the shaft back and forth freely between a closed contact position at which the movable contact contacts with the stationary contact and an open contact position at which the movable contact is separated from the stationary contact, and a housing that houses at least the contact part and the shaft. The open/close mechanism part includes an operation lever, an arm that rotates according to an operation of the operation lever to move the shaft between the open contact position and the closed contact position, and a wheel rotatably attached to the housing. The arm has a rotation slot in which the wheel is placed so that the wheel moves when the arm rotates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ryousuke Koeda, Shingo Watanabe
  • Patent number: 9336972
    Abstract: A switch device includes a lever and a pusher. The pusher includes a surface that contacts the lever. When force is applied from the lever to the pusher, an inclined surface of the pusher produces a force that moves the pusher from a one-side pushing position to a two-side pushing position. This allows for a user to apply a smaller force to the lever in order to move the pusher from the one-side pushing position to the two-side pushing position and thereby push two switch units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Inventors: Masahito Hisada, Makoto Kobayashi, Nobuhiko Kitagawa
  • Patent number: 9330869
    Abstract: A coil electrode has a ring section provided on a plane perpendicular to the axis line of fixed-side and movable-side electrode rods on which the coil electrodes are mounted and concentrically with the axis line, a plurality of arm sections extended outward from the outer circumference of the ring section, circular-arc-shaped coil sections that are formed in such a way as to be bent in the circumferential direction from the respective front ends of the arm sections, and slits that separate the coil sections; the arm section of the coil electrode and the arm section of the coil electrode are arranged in the same direction so as to be superimposed on each other when viewed along the axis direction of the fixe-side electrode rod and the movable-side electrode rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Inventor: Takakazu Harada
  • Patent number: 9324520
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a vacuum chamber including at least one ceramic isolating cylinder with two face ends. At least one of the two face ends of the ceramic isolating cylinder is closed by a metallic cover including an outer and an inner part. A distal end of the outer part of the metallic cover is thinner relative to the remainder of the outer part of the metallic cover and forms a metallic lid. The metallic lid is connected to at least one of the two face ends of the ceramic isolating cylinder in a vacuum tight manner. The metallic cover can be formed in one piece and fits with the inner part of the metallic cover at an inner girthed area of the ceramic isolating cylinder to realize a self-centering of the metallic lid to at least one of the two face ends of the ceramic isolating cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Inventor: Dietmar Gentsch
  • Patent number: 9318277
    Abstract: An electrical contact is disclosed. The electrical contact includes a first element of a first material having one or more aperture, and a second element of a second material, the second element being positioned in at least one aperture of the one or more aperture of the first element, wherein the second material is different from the first material. Electrical contact devices, assemblies, and methods are provided, as are other aspects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Inventors: Hector Manuel Malacara-Carrillo, Thomas William Holland, Oscar Rodrigo Ollervides Madrigal
  • Patent number: 9318293
    Abstract: An electrical switching device is disclosed, including an arc extinguishing apparatus with an extinguishing chamber, a blow-out channel connected to the extinguishing chamber for blowing out plasma and/or gas produced in the extinguishing chamber from the electrical switching device and a terminal apparatus for connecting an electrical conductor to the electrical switching device, the terminal apparatus including a metal part which is electrically conductively connected at a first end to the electrical switching device and which, at its second end, includes a terminal fixing for connecting the electrical conductor, with which the metal part of the terminal apparatus is guidable out of the electrical switching device through the blow-out channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Inventors: Julia Magnus, Timo Malich
  • Patent number: 9318284
    Abstract: A circuit interrupter having a compact design. According to some implementations, the circuit interrupter includes a conductor from a terminal to a contact having a portion that is angled with respect to the housing sides. This allows a fastener sleeve used to secure the device housing to be positioned closer to the center of mass of the housing, reducing the area of the housing. In some implementations, an arc splitter is provided which includes conductive plates that are angled with respect to the housing sides, allowing the area of the housing to be reduced. In some implementations, a terminal is designed to accommodate a connection without being doubled back, reducing the clearance required for the terminal and the overall area of the circuit interrupter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Inventors: Michael Fasano, Jianzhuan Lin, James Bugryn
  • Patent number: 9312082
    Abstract: An interlock structure is coupled between actuating structure and a travel adjuster of a circuit breaker. The interlock structure includes a body having a bore therein. An engaging member has a portion sized to be received by the bore and the engaging member is coupled with the travel adjuster for movement therewith. A slide member is movable with respect to the body between operative and inoperative positions. Linkage structure is coupled to the slide member for moving the slide member and is also coupled to the actuating structure such that upon movement of the actuating structure, the linkage structure moves the slide member to the operative position so that the slide member blocks at least a portion of the bore to prevent the engaging member from entering the bore and thus prevents the travel adjuster from moving in a certain direction to allow the closure of the circuit breaker contacts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: ABB Technology AG
    Inventors: Bill P. Milholland, Lilia Aviles
  • Patent number: 9305720
    Abstract: An electrical signal switch connector structure is provided, mainly including an insulating case, an elastic terminal, a fixing terminal, and a shielding case. The insulating case respectively accommodates the elastic terminal and the fixing terminal. The elastic terminal has an elastic arm, and the elastic arm of the elastic terminal has a cutting gap. The fixing terminal has a fixing arm, and the elastic arm of the elastic terminal is elastically pressed against the fixing arm of the fixing terminal. An inlet hole of the insulating case is used for passing a terminal of a butting connector therein, and the shielding case wraps the insulating case profile such that an ambient extraneous matter is not attached to the elastic arm of the elastic terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: SPEED TECH CORP.
    Inventors: Chih-Cheng Chen, Chen-Hung Sung, Hei-Hsueh Chiang
  • Patent number: 9299507
    Abstract: A mechanical-puffer-type arc-extinguishing chamber includes a fixed main contact, a movable main contact that moves on an opening-and-closing axis in a connectable and disconnectable manner to and from the fixed main contact, and a mechanical puffer chamber that is provided in the movable main contact and blows compressed insulation gas to an arc. A thermal-puffer-type arc-extinguishing chamber includes a fixed contact, a movable contact that moves on the opening-and-closing axis in a connectable and disconnectable manner to and from the fixed contact, and a thermal puffer chamber in which compressed insulation gas is blown to the arc. The mechanical-puffer-type arc-extinguishing chamber and the thermal-puffer-type arc-extinguishing chamber are arranged in series on the opening-and-closing axis, and two breaking portions are electrically connected in series.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Inventors: Yuji Yoshitomo, Toru Yamashita, Daisuke Yoshida
  • Patent number: 9299514
    Abstract: The invention concerns an electrical switch with a contact system arranged within a housing, which has fixed contact elements and a switch contact element, an operating device for switching action on the contact system, in which, via elastic deformation of the switch contact element, the switch contact element can be brought into a rest position and into a switching position, the fixed contact elements being galvanically separated from each other in the rest position contactless relative to each other and the fixed contact elements being electrically connected to each other in the switching position via the switch contact element, such that the switch contact element has a switching section and a fastening section, the fastening section being spaced from the switching section, the switching section serving for electrical connection of the fixed contact elements and the fastening section guaranteeing reliable fastening of the switch contact element in housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Inventor: Peter Ulomek
  • Patent number: 9299518
    Abstract: A rotor for an electric switch is disclosed. In an embodiment, the rotor includes a rotor housing and a rotatably mounted contact bridge, which exhibits two movable contacts, wherein, by the rotation of the rotor, the two movable contacts can interact with two fixed contacts of an electric switch for closing or opening a circuit. The rotatably mounted contact bridge in the rotor housing is movably mounted in a direction perpendicular to the direction of the contact bridge in its closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Inventors: Pawel Biedunkiewicz, Jörg-Uwe Dahl, Christoph Weber
  • Patent number: 9299509
    Abstract: An electrical switching device (1) which comprises at least one double breaking pole provided with two fixed contacts (3, 4) that cooperate with two moving contacts (5, 6) arranged so as to move in a breaking plane (P) and define, with every fixed contact, a breaking zone. The device comprises a permanent magnet (11, 12) housed in an insulating holder arranged in the immediate environment, next to each breaking zone, symmetrically with respect to the breaking plane and oriented so as to generate a magnetic excitation vector parallel to the breaking plane (P) so that the induced electromagnetic force (FE) moves and stretches every electric arc (E1, E2), generated when opening the electrical circuit, in a direction perpendicular to the breaking plane (P), leading to the extinction of the electric arc regardless of the polarity of the magnet and/or of the current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: Socomec S.A.
    Inventors: Karine Coquil, Jerome Hertzog
  • Patent number: 9293272
    Abstract: A circuit breaker adapter is disclosed for use in a fuse holder therein replacing a blade type fuse. The adapter includes a housing and a modified circuit breaker where pronged terminals are pivotally attached conductive articulable extensions. The housing is a contiguous block of material that receives the modified circuit breaker and gripping clips of the fuse holder. The housing has a center chute shaped section that holds the circuit breaker. In particular, the inside of the housing has a pair of accessible open cavities to receive the extensions similar to many fuses. The circuit breaker literally plugs into sockets on the housing, and the extensions are rotated outward into one of the accessible open cavities. The adapter may be placed into the fuse holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: The United States of America as Represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventor: Kevin Phillippe Lechner