Patents Examined by Mark Olds
  • Patent number: 6137049
    Abstract: An electrical ground connector assembly for providing a fast, secure, moisture-resistant ground connection without using special tools. The electrical ground connector assembly includes a ground rod and a cap having an tapered rod chamber for receiving the ground rod. The cap also includes a slot for receiving a ground wire. The angle of the slot may vary, depending on the diameter of the ground wire. The cap may be cylindrical or rectangular in shape. In installation, the ground wire is inserted into the slot of the cap. The upper end of the ground rod is forced into the rod cavity of the cap by any suitable manner, such as hammering the cap down over the ground rod. As the upper end of the ground rod reaches the end of the rod cavity, a compression contact is made between the wire and said ground rod. Alternatively, the ground rod can first be driven into the ground, and then the ground wire and the cap can be assembled on the ground rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2000
    Assignee: E & J DeMark, Inc.
    Inventor: John David Hecock
  • Patent number: 6127626
    Abstract: The invention concerns a method of installing a telecommunication cable (3) on a supporting cable (1), particularly on a ground or phase cable of a high voltage overhead line, whereby the telecommunication cable (3) is laid along the supporting cable (1) and is attached thereto in undulating form with the help of attaching elements (5; 11; 13; 15). This arrangement makes it possible to make repairs in a simple way on the supporting cable (1) and the telecommunication cable (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2000
    Assignee: Alcatel
    Inventors: Helmut Haag, Georg Hog
  • Patent number: 6127625
    Abstract: A tubular channeling unit including a grounded external metal sheathing and an internal longitudinal cavity, and method for laying such a tubular channeling unit by suspension on a high voltage aerial power line system including at least two towers supporting a set of high voltage electrical conductors suspended from the towers at a specified height above the ground and at a minimum predetermined safety level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2000
    Assignee: Professional Communications, S.A.
    Inventor: Ruben Carlos Castano
  • Patent number: 6124552
    Abstract: Disclosed is a device for mounting a planar electrical component, such as a computer motherboard, to a chassis. In one embodiment, the device includes a spacer including a coiled wall configured to be positioned between the board and the chassis, and an elongated clip coupled to the spacer. The elongated clip including an upper fastener extending in a first direction from the spacer. The upper fastener is configured to removably clamp onto the board and secure the board to the spacer. The elongated clip further comprises a lower fastener extending in a second direction from the spacer. The lower fastener is configured to removably clamp onto the chassis and secure the chassis to the spacer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2000
    Assignee: Micron Electronics, Inc.
    Inventor: Craig L. Boe
  • Patent number: 6111193
    Abstract: A mast clamp assembly including a strap, a drop wire clamp, and a hook. The ribbon-like strap forms a loop which engages a utility pole or mast. The drop wire clamp includes a clamp for clamping to the drop wire and a loop which engages the hook. The hook includes a back wall and first and second side walls. The loop of the drop wire is received in loop mounting slots in the side walls and engages a protrusion on each side wall. Each side wall also has a strap mounting opening having a triangular-shaped lower portion and a rectangular-shaped upper portion. The hook is mounted on the strap by inserting the strap, bottom edge first, through a slot in the back wall into the lower portion of the strap mounting openings and rotating the hook around the strap such that the upper edge of the strap rotates into the upper portion of the strap mounting opening and the strap engages the hook back wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2000
    Assignee: Electric Motion Company, Inc.
    Inventors: William T. Auclair, John W. Auclair, William J. Balfour
  • Patent number: 6107570
    Abstract: There is provided a guide frame 10 having a small width and a triangular or other shape. An insertion opening 10e and a withdrawal opening 10g for a wiring harness D.multidot.W/H are formed in spaced-apart positions of the guide frame 10. The wiring harness D.multidot.W/H is fixedly inserted through the insertion opening 10e of the guide frame 10 and withdrawn through the withdrawal opening 10g after being arranged in a roundabout manner inside the guide frame 10. The guide frame 10 is fixed to either one of a door D and a body C, and the leading end of the wiring harness D.multidot.W/H withdrawn from the guide frame 10 through the withdrawal opening 10g is extended to the other of the door D and the body C, so that the wiring harness D.multidot.W/H comes from and returns into the guide frame 10 according to opening and closing movements of the door D.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2000
    Assignee: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Masahisa Suzuki, Tetsuya Takimoto, Yasuhiro Ando, Tetuya Funaki, Shinichi Suehiro
  • Patent number: 6107576
    Abstract: A cable channel and lid assembly including an elongate cable channel for supporting wire and/or optical cable therein and defining outwardly facing grooves adjacent the top edge of each side wall. A hinged top lid is provided including two opposing side walls wherein each side wall includes an inwardly extending portion for being received by a corresponding channel wall groove. One of the top lid side walls is substantially rigid and can be disengagingly raised from its associated channel wall groove, and the other of the top lid side walls is flexible and adapted to be fixedly secured in its associated groove so as to serve as a hinge when the aforesaid opposing top lid side wall is raised.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2000
    Assignee: Newton Instruments Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason T. Morton, Stephen V. Judd
  • Patent number: 6107575
    Abstract: A cable channel section including a plurality of wall elements pivotable in a predetermined angular region, hinge elements for releasably connecting adjacent wall elements with a possibility of a pivotal movement of one of the adjacent wall elements relative to another of the adjacent wall elements and formed integrally with respective adjacent wall elements, and locking elements for fixedly securing the adjacent wall elements in their end position with one locking element being formed as a detent hook carried by a stationary leg projecting from one of the adjacent wall elements, and another locking element being formed as a locking heel carried by an elastically deflectable resilient finger formed integrally with another of the adjacent wall elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2000
    Assignee: Hilti Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Giovanni Miranda
  • Patent number: 6103971
    Abstract: Two hard steel wire-made reinforcing wires and two synthetic resin wires which are harder than a soft synthetic resin pipe wall are alternately wound spirally on an inner side of the synthetic resin pipe wall while keeping predetermined intervals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2000
    Assignee: Totaku Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Masaru Sato, Toshihiro Nakanishi, Hikaru Mizukoshi, Hiroyuki Masui
  • Patent number: 6100473
    Abstract: A support for busbars of a busbar system, which can be fixed in place on a fastening surface and which forms a receptacle which is adapted to a width and a thickness of the busbar. A later attachment to the pre-positioned busbar system is made possible due to correspondingly divided supports, if the support has two L-shaped receiving elements, whose legs, aligned parallel with the fastening surface, determine the width of the receptacle, and which have on front ends facing each other dovetailed strips and dovetailed grooves aligned with each other, which extend in a longitudinal direction of the busbar to be inserted into the receptacle. The legs of the receiving elements are oriented perpendicularly with respect to the fastening surface and determine the height of the receptacle. The facing sides of the two receiving elements have projecting support strips, which can be inserted into longitudinal grooves of the busbar, to be placed into the receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2000
    Assignee: Rittal-Werk Rudolf Loh GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Hans Wagener
  • Patent number: 6096975
    Abstract: A grooved tubular protective sheath (10) with a slot and a longitudinal flange. In particular, the flange (24) is provided on one edge (16) of the slot substantially at the bottom of the grooves (12) and positionable under the other slot edge (17). The grooves are closed at the edges (16, 17) of the slot by transverse walls (22). A method for manufacturing a grooved sheath includes extruding and molding an annular sheath with a longitudinal flat strip level with flute edge hollows, cutting the flat strip along one of its flute edges to form a tongue that is integral only with the other flute edge. The method further includes heating the sheath and cooling it, while passing it between cones or calenders to bring the flute edges together, whereby the tongue passes between the cut edge. A device for making a grooved sheath includes a molding machine with two series of symmetrical parallel shells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2000
    Assignee: Sofanou S.A.
    Inventor: Bernard Streit
  • Patent number: 6096971
    Abstract: Adaptable, line vibration damping/sag adjustment devices are provided with hollow regions that facilitate drilling of larger holes in the devices so that the devices can hold and clamp lines having correspondingly large diameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2000
    Inventor: Norman Douglas Hull
  • Patent number: 6087590
    Abstract: An enclosed high-voltage electric line having a high-voltage electric conductor (2) which is supported inside an enclosure (1) by one or more supporting elements (3, 4, 5), each with at least one insulator part (6, 7, 8). The conductor has at least one borehole (12, 13, 14) to accommodate one end of each supporting element (3, 4, 5). At least one supporting element has a metallic sleeve (9, 10, 11) that passes at least partially through the borehole, is supported in the area of the edge of the borehole, surrounds part of the insulator part and forms in its interior a stop (18) that limits displacement of the insulator part into the borehole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2000
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Manfred Meinherz, Dieter Lorenz
  • Patent number: 6087582
    Abstract: A utility enclosure apparatus for utility lines extending upward from the ground consists of a housing defining a cavity and an upper aperture opening into the cavity as well as a lower aperture for the passage of utility cables into the cavity. Two rails extend upward from the housing and support a hanger rod therebetween that is slidable along the lengths of the rails. An amplifier or other device may be hung from the hanger rod for connection to the utility cables. An adjustable center support bar extends across the upper aperture in the housing to provide support to the amplifier or other device hanging from the rail. A rock-like cover is configure to fit over and conceal the housing and be removably secured to the housing so as to provide an aesthetic look to the utility enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2000
    Inventor: Joel C. Arthur
  • Patent number: 6087593
    Abstract: A wire harness protector having an open slide trough closed by a removable cover, and containing an internal wire harness carrier attached to the harness, for example by taping, and connected to the cover to slide in the trough when the cover is closed. The carrier is generally L-shaped, and the trough has a wire slot formed in a sidewall thereof generally parallel to the guide slot in the cover, such that the wire harness is redirected laterally within the trough by the carrier, with an incoming end sliding longitudinally in the trough, and an outgoing end sliding laterally through the wire slot in the side wall. The wire harness protector according to the invention is especially useful for protecting and controlling wire harness slack found between hinged and sliding surfaces in a vehicle, for example doors, hoods and trunk lids.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2000
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Richard Humes Skipworth, Raymond Paul Ernst, Jr., Steven Loyd Willis
  • Patent number: 6084182
    Abstract: A backplane stiffener mounts in a channel defined between parallel rows of connectors on a backplane. In a first embodiment, the stiffener has a substantially U-shaped cross section and has a maximum width less than the width of the channel. The sidewalls are parallel and linear throughout the length of the stiffener. A second embodiment is adapted for use in "dog-legged" connector channels wherein at least one of the connectors in the row is wider than or spatially offset from the remaining connectors. The stiffener is preferably formed from a sheet of pliable material, for example sheet metal which is manipulated to form various features and folded longitudinally to form a rigid member. Rigidity is enhanced in an economic manner which does not interfere with backplane operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2000
    Assignee: Hybricon Corporation
    Inventor: Richard N. Rehlander
  • Patent number: 6078008
    Abstract: A load-breaking and load-returning apparatus and method of breaking and returning a load are provided for quickly breaking and returning a load to portions of a power line. The apparatus preferably includes at least one power line jumper cable including first and second cable ends and a first connector connected to the first cable end of the at least one power line jumper cable for connecting the at least one power line jumper cable to a portion of a power line. A load-breaking and load-returning device is preferably connected to the second cable end of the at least one power line jumper cable for quickly breaking and returning a load to portions of a power line responsive to a user thereof. The load-breaking and load-returning device preferably includes a second connector for connecting the load-breaking and load-returning device to a portion of a power line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2000
    Assignee: Utility Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Eugene H. Wood, Michael G. Nolte, David A. Franklin
  • Patent number: 6075209
    Abstract: An insulating cap for a loadbreak bushing includes an outer conductive jacket preferably having a ground wire receiving member thereon. The ground wire receiving member may be in the form of an integral tab having a bore therethrough for connection of the ground wire. The insulating cap further includes an insulation member positioned in adjacent relationship to the inner surface of the conductive jacket. In a preferred embodiment, both the inner surface of the conductive jacket and the inner exterior surface of the insulation member includes a smooth, dome-shaped region which helps to control electrical stresses, if any. The inner surface of the insulation member defines a bushing receiving space which substantially corresponds to the exterior shape of a loadbreak bushing. When properly grounded, the outer conductive jacket of the insulating cap is maintained at ground potential.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2000
    Assignee: Thomas & Betts International
    Inventor: Glenn J. Luzzi
  • Patent number: 6069321
    Abstract: A device for attaching busbars of square or rectangular cross section on a support rail using electrically non-conducting support elements, which can be connected with the support rail and form a busbar receptacle adapted to the cross section of the busbar. With a simple fastener, assembly is considerably simplified because two post-shaped supports per busbar can be attached as support elements on the support rail, wherein spacing between the supports is matched to the width of the busbar and a height is matched to the thickness of the busbar. A base plate is arranged between the two supports, which insulates the busbar receptacle against the support rail and which is captively held between the holders. The ends of the supports facing away from the support rail can be closed by a strip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2000
    Assignee: Rittal-Werk Rudolf Loh GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Hans Wagener, Jurgen Zachrai
  • Patent number: 6069322
    Abstract: The present invention is a universal fixture for holding printed circuit boards with different sizes and shapes during stencil printing and other manufacturing processes related to printed circuit boards. In one embodiment, a universal fixture for holding a printed circuit board has a platform with a work surface, a first support member attached to the platform to hold a portion of a printed circuit board, and a second moveable support member attached to the first support member to support another portion of the printed circuit board. The platform is preferably adapted to be attached to a workstation of a processing machine, such as a stenciling machine for printing older or adhesive onto the printed circuit board. The first support member preferably has an elongated sidewall, a first endwall extending transversely from the sidewall, and a second endwall spaced apart from the first endwall along the sidewall and extending transversely from the sidewall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2000
    Assignee: MCMS, Inc.
    Inventor: Curtis C. Thompson