Patents Examined by Renee Luebke
  • Patent number: 10886670
    Abstract: A connector device for connection with a counter piece for establishing a mechanical and electric connection, wherein the connector device comprises at least two printed circuit board elements each comprising an electrically insulating core and at least one comprising an electrically conductive structure at least partially on the respective electrically insulating core, and at least one embedded component embedded within the respective electrically insulating core and electrically coupled to the respective electrically conductive structure, wherein the at least one electrically conductive structure is arranged at least partially on an exposed surface of the connector device and is configured for establishing the electric connection with the counter piece upon establishing the mechanical connection with the counter piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Inventors: Martin Fischeneder, Markus Kastelic, Markus Leitgeb, Nick Renaud-Bezot
  • Patent number: 10199194
    Abstract: A disconnecting electrical apparatus includes a disconnecting block, including elements for disconnecting an electric current each able to be actuated with a coupling member, to switch this disconnecting element to a blocking state or a state allowing the electric current to pass, an actuator block, provided with a controllable electromagnet suitable for generating an electromagnetic force, a mobile container provided with a magnetic plate, which displaces the coupling members, under the effect of the electromagnetic force, so as to switch the disconnecting elements. The apparatus also includes a connection interface inserted between the disconnecting block and the actuator block, the mobile container being housed inside the connection interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Inventors: Patrick Comtois, Patrick Larcher
  • Patent number: 10199188
    Abstract: A bidirectional driving mechanism 10 has a drive-side linkage rod 11, a driven-side linkage rod 13, two levers 12 that link the drive-side linkage rod with the driven-side linkage rod, and a guide 14 that regulates the operation of the drive-side linkage rod 11 and the driven-side linkage rod 13. A moveable pin 18 is passed through a first groove cam 16 of the drive-side linkage rod 11, a second groove cam 17 of the guide 14, and third groove cams 19 of the levers 12, and by operation of the drive-side rod 13, the moveable pin 18 moves within the respective groove cams 16, 17, 19, causing the levers 12 to rotate, the driven-side linkage rod 13 to be driven in a direction opposite to the drive-side linkage rod 11, and a driven-side arc electrode 5 to be driven in a direction opposite to a drive-side arc electrode 4.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Masanao Terada, Yuki Nakai, Yoichi Oshita, Hiroaki Hashimoto, Hajime Urai, Katsuhiko Shiraishi
  • Patent number: 10199668
    Abstract: A fuel cell system includes: a processing unit configured to perform an activation process of temporarily reducing a cathode potential of a single fuel cell to a target potential for a duration time at a processing frequency; a cationic impurity amount estimating unit configured to estimate an amount of cationic impurities included in an electrolyte membrane of the single fuel cell; and a process degree determining unit configured to determine, when the amount of cationic impurities is large, a degree of the activation process which is higher than that determined when the amount of cationic impurities is small by performing at least one action among actions of changing conditions of the activation process, the actions including an action of reducing the target potential, an action of increasing the duration time, and an action of increasing the processing frequency. The processing unit performs the activation process to the determined degree.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Inventor: Shinji Jomori
  • Patent number: 10180049
    Abstract: A high pressure switch for controlling electrical signals between elements of a gun for perforating hydrocarbon wells. The switch uses mechanical energy from an explosion to change from one electrical path to a second electrical path. The switch has a piston that translates from the shockwave to electrical connect a firing pin to a conductive member while opening an electrical path from the piston to the firing pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Inventor: Daniel S. Trafton
  • Patent number: 10176945
    Abstract: A DC electrical circuit breaker includes first and second movable electrical contacts. The circuit breaker includes a magnetic circuit including a magnet and generating a magnetic field able to guide an electrical arc in the direction of a quenching chamber, and having for this purpose curved field lines extending perpendicularly to opposite lateral walls of an electrical arc formation chamber, these field lines converging, in a central region of the arc formation chamber containing the contact zones, toward the quenching chamber while extending parallel to the longitudinal plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Inventors: Eric Domejean, Loic Rondot, Stephane Dye
  • Patent number: 10177485
    Abstract: An electrical connector includes: a cylindrical metal shell having a mating portion extended from the front end to the rear end; and an inner sealing member that is brought into contact with a housing and the metal shell and hermetically seals between the housing and the metal shell. The mating portion is sealed by an outer peripheral joint and an inner peripheral joint so as to prevent the flow of a liquid from the front end side to the rear end side. Here, the outer peripheral joint is formed to some midpoint from the outer peripheral surface of the metal shell toward the inner peripheral surface of the metal shell, and the inner peripheral joint is formed from the inner peripheral surface to the outer peripheral joint on the contact portion with the inner sealing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: SMK Corporation
    Inventors: Naoyuki Ono, Osamu Hayashi
  • Patent number: 10170264
    Abstract: An information display system for a switching device includes a cover for the switching device, the cover including a first section and a second section, and a faceplate magnetically attracted to the cover and configured to carry information about the switching device, the faceplate further including an opening, at least a portion of the second section of the cover overlapped by the faceplate. The faceplate is adjustable with respect to the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: ABB Schweiz AG
    Inventors: Ashish Mishra, Allison Stacey Conner, Piotr Slawomir Woronkowicz, Jung Soo Park
  • Patent number: 10170252
    Abstract: An electric micro-switch has at least one electric contact. The contact has a profiled section. The profiled section has a longitudinal extension, a bent portion formed in the longitudinal extension and having an outer surface that is, at least in section, formed in a rounded manner. A contact region is defined on the outer surface of the bent portion. A method for manufacturing the micro-switch is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Inventor: Martin Koepsell
  • Patent number: 10170804
    Abstract: A monitoring device for a secondary battery includes: a detection part that detects a use state of the secondary battery; and a switching part, wherein the switching part switches a protection condition applied to the secondary battery in accordance with the user state of the secondary battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Inventors: Tomohiro Kawauchi, Masashi Nakamura
  • Patent number: 10164392
    Abstract: A towing vehicle/towed vehicle connection system for operably electrically coupling a towing vehicle to a towed vehicle, the system includes a first transceiver disposed on the towing vehicle to provide a wireless electric power signal. A second transceiver is disposed on the towed vehicle and is wirelessly coupled to the first transceiver to receive the wireless electric power signal. The second transceiver is further coupled to the provide energizing electric power to the towed vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Inventors: Kobi J. Scheim, Nadav Levkovich
  • Patent number: 10158133
    Abstract: A fuel cell system is provided. The system includes a fuel cell stack, a plurality of valves operated to be selectively opened or closed to supply fuel to the fuel cell stack and remove impurities, and a pressure sensor that detects a state of pressure of fuel supplied to the fuel cell stack. A fuel cell controller then determines whether the pressure sensor or the plurality of valves are faulty by comparing increase or decrease time of the pressure detected by the pressure sensor with a reference range of time delay, as the plurality of valves are operated to be opened or closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Sungsuk Ok, Kyuil Lee
  • Patent number: 10153109
    Abstract: To provide a gas circuit breaker having a space-saving reliable double motion mechanism having a high degree of freedom in design. A double motion mechanism section of the gas circuit breaker is formed of a drive-side connecting rod, a driven-side connecting rod, levers connecting them and a guide regulating operations of the drive-side connecting rod and the driven-side connecting rod. A movable pin is connected to a first grooved cam formed in the drive-side connecting rod, a second grooved cam formed in the guide and third grooved cams formed in the levers respectively, and posture holding members are provided in the movable pin. The movable pin moves in the respective grooved cams by an operation of the drive-side connecting rod, thereby rotating the levers, driving the driven-side connecting rod in an opposite direction of the drive-side connecting rod, and driving the driven-side arcing contact in an opposite direction of the driven-side arcing contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Masanao Terada, Hiroaki Hashimoto, Riichi Nagao, Yu Hasegawa, Takashi Iida
  • Patent number: 10150384
    Abstract: Provided is a power control apparatus for a fuel cell vehicle which includes a fuel cell and which is driven by an electric motor that is supplied with electric power from the fuel cell. The power control apparatus includes an accelerator sensor that detects an operation of an accelerator, and a control unit that controls the fuel cell to increase the output power of the fuel cell so as to correspond to an increase in a requested acceleration output based on the detected accelerator opening degree. When the accelerator opening degree is less than a first accelerator determination value that is set in advance, the control unit controls the fuel cell to suppress an increase in the output power thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Inventors: Yusuke Hiramitsu, Kazuyoshi Nakane, Chikara Takei, Keisuke Tashiro
  • Patent number: 10135205
    Abstract: In a communication cable having a multi-core cable with a plurality of core cables in which a pair of signal lines are covered with an insulator, in which the insulator is covered with a shield tape, and in which the shield tape is covered with a wrapping tape, and having a connector formed on an end portion of the multi-core cable, the communication cable further has a substrate to which each core cable is connected; a first joint portion at which the signal line and the substrate are solder-joined to each other; a second joint portion at which the shield tape and the substrate are solder-joined to each other; and a resin portion which molds a connection portion between the core cable and the substrate, and the connection portion excluding the first joint portion and the second joint portion is molded by the resin portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Hitachi Metals, Ltd.
    Inventor: Hideki Nonen
  • Patent number: 10134547
    Abstract: An insulating housing with integrated functions comprises a barrel-shaped shell, an interior wall of which being provided with a protruded or recessed uneven texture configured to increase a creepage distance between both axial ends of the barrel-shaped shell, the path of the creepage distance formed by the protruded or recessed uneven texture having more than two flyover or bypass sub-paths, such that the creepage distance is increased, and the voltage withstanding is increased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Beijing Orient Vacuum Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jianchang Ren, Tan Zhang
  • Patent number: 10134546
    Abstract: The disclosed concept relates to vacuum interrupters having an electrically floating arc-enduring center shield component made out of an alloy of copper (Cu) and chromium (Cr), with or without additional minority alloying element or elements, and contact assemblies positioned in a vacuum envelope. In an open position, the contact assemblies include a contact gap formed there between. In accordance with the invention, contact assemblies are axially positioned such that the axial position of the contact gap aligns with a portion of the wall of the Cu—Cr alloy-based center shield component that has a maximum thickness and outer diameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Inventor: Wangpei Li
  • Patent number: 10121619
    Abstract: A circuit breaker system has an SF6 tank having a wall, and an SF6 heating system. The SF6 heating system includes a heater disposed externally of the tank, and a radiator disposed on the wall inside the SF6 tank. The radiator is thermally coupled to the heater via the wall. The heating system is constructed to conduct heat from the heater through the wall to the radiator. The radiator is constructed to radiate the heat to the SF6 in the tank. A circuit breaker system has an SF6 tank having a wall, and a particle trap. The particle trap has a spar extending radially inward from the wall and a wing extending outward from each side of the spar. Each wing is spaced apart from the wall and forms a region having no electric field at the bottom of the tank adjacent the spar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: ABB Schweiz AG
    Inventors: Paul Vladuchick, Matt D. Cuppett, Beth L. Dahm, Jared P. Johnston
  • Patent number: 10115986
    Abstract: A method for changing a fuel cell system from a normal mode of operation over to a standby mode comprises the following steps: a) reducing the load withdrawal—via the electric circuit of the fuel cell stack—down to a load within the range from ?1% to +5% around a load with an optimal system efficiency, b) regulating down the anode pressure down via the anode supply system, c) in the meantime, maintaining and controlling the cathode gas feed via the cathode supply system so that the pressure differential between the anode spaces and the cathode spaces does not exceed a prescribed maximum pressure differential, d) switching off the cathode gas feed if the pressure differential between the anode spaces and of the fuel cell stack and the environment has reached the prescribed maximum pressure differential, and e) switching off the load withdrawal via the external electric circuit at the latest when a prescribed minimum limit voltage of the fuel cell stack has been reached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Volkswagen AG
    Inventors: Johannes Mueller, Martin Arendt
  • Patent number: 10115548
    Abstract: A gas circuit breaker includes a rod-shaped fixed arc contact, a cylindrical movable arc contact to contact or be separated from the fixed arc contact, a heat puffer chamber storing an arc-extinguishing gas to be blown to an arc generated between the fixed arc contact and the movable arc contact, and an insulator received within a receiving hole formed in a distal end part of the fixed arc contact. An end surface of the insulator on a side of the movable arc contact faces the side of the movable arc contact via an opening end of the housing hole, the end surface on the side of the movable arc contact is disposed closer to the inside of the housing hole than the opening end is, and the insulator is made of an ablation material that is vaporized by heat of the arc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Inventors: Yasunori Nakamura, Yuji Yoshitomo, Daisuke Yoshida