Patents Examined by Truc Nguyen
  • Patent number: 10363058
    Abstract: A surgical instrument for use during a surgical procedure includes an instrument body, an ultrasonic transducer assembly extending along a longitudinal axis, a power cord, and a transducer slip joint. The ultrasonic transducer assembly is rotatably mounted within the instrument body about the longitudinal axis and defines a first outer profile. The power cord projects from the instrument body to provide electrical power to the ultrasonic transducer assembly for operating an acoustic waveguide. The transducer slip joint is positioned between the power cord and the ultrasonic transducer assembly and electrically and mechanically connects the power cord to the ultrasonic transducer assembly. The ultrasonic transducer assembly selectively rotates relative to the power cord for inhibiting the power cord from winding upon rotation of the ultrasonic transducer assembly. The transducer slip joint also defines a second outer profile that fits within the first outer profile of the ultrasonic transducer assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignees: Ethicon LLC, SAMTEC, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Roberson, James E. Borgelt, Douglas E. McCartin
  • Patent number: 10276967
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are disclosed for supporting first and second electrical connectors on a substrate. For instance, the first electrical connector includes electrical contacts that are configured to be mounted to the substrate. The second electrical connector includes electrical contacts that are configured to be mounted to a complementary electrical component other than the substrate. The second electrical connector is thus configured to be attached to the first electrical connector, such that the second electrical is supported by the substrate without being mounted to the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: FCI USA LLC
    Inventor: Hung Viet Ngo
  • Patent number: 10262819
    Abstract: Disclosed is a vacuum circuit breaker (1) including a vacuum interrupter (3) accommodated in a ground tank (2) filled with insulating gas. At least one of a fixed electrode (10) and a movable electrode (11) of the vacuum interrupter (3) uses an electrode material in which particles containing a solid solution of a heat resistant element and Cr are finely and uniformly dispersed and in which Cu textures as a high conductive component are finely and uniformly dispersed. The electrode material contains 20 to 70% by weight of Cu, 1.5 to 64% by weight of Cr and 6 to 76% by weight of the heat resistant element relative to a weight of the electrode material. The particles of the solid solution in the electrode material have an average particle size of 20 ?m or smaller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: MEIDENSHA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Nagatake, Kaoru Kitakizaki, Keita Ishikawa, Shota Hayashi, Kosuke Hasegawa
  • Patent number: 10256060
    Abstract: Realized is a shape of a grooved cam that maximizes break performance by appropriately setting an electrode operation, with a minimum weight increase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Masanao Terada, Taichiro Yamashita, Hiroaki Hashimoto, Hajime Urai, Makoto Hirose
  • Patent number: 10249975
    Abstract: A numbering scheme for the cavities of a hermaphroditic connector includes indicia on the rear wall of the connector having one or more horizontal rows (n), each row having the same number of cavities (m). A first indicium on the rear face of the rear wall near the cavity at the upper left in a first orientation of the rear wall has an inverted numeral corresponding to the value of ((m)×(n?1)+1)) adjacent to the upright numeral “1.” A second indicium on the rear face of said rear wall near the cavity at the upper right in the first orientation of the rear wall has an upright numeral corresponding to the value of m adjacent to the inverted numeral corresponding to the total number of cavities, which has value m×n. The other cavities may also have indicia following this. The indicia may also contain non-numerical symbols.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: J.S.T. Corporation
    Inventors: Ryan Dombrowski, Franklin A. Holub
  • Patent number: 10238148
    Abstract: An atomizing assembly includes a tubing section having an inlet end and an outlet end. The inlet end of the tubing section is connectable to a liquid storage portion, and the outlet end of the tubing section is in fluid communication with an atomizing nozzle. The tubing section is configured to deliver a flow of liquid aerosol-forming substrate through the atomizing nozzle. The atomizing nozzle includes an air channel configured to establish an air flow through the nozzle. The air flow is mixed with the flow of liquid aerosol-forming substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: ALTRIA CLIENT SERVICES LLC
    Inventors: Laurent Manca, Rui Nuno Batista
  • Patent number: 10224679
    Abstract: An adapter module including an adapter and a power cord is provided. The adapter includes a first interface, at least a second interface coupled with at least a load, an identifying circuit having a sensing switch configured at the first interface, a controller, and a detecting circuit. The first interface is provided for inserting by a connector of the power cord. The sensing switch changes its on/off state depending on whether the first connector provides a trigger. A first message is generated if the first connector provides the trigger. The controller is coupled to the identifying circuit and receives the first message. The detecting circuit is coupled between the first interface and the second interface for detecting a power parameter value, and provides a second message to the controller. The controller sends a warning message according to the first message and the second message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: CYBER POWER SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Yu-Jen Chen, Cheng-Yen Lo, Hsiung-Kuei Cheng
  • Patent number: 10224163
    Abstract: A circuit breaker housing assembly is disclosed. The housing (47) includes a first housing piece (14) defining a first interior surface (52) including a first mating surface (152), and a second housing piece (60) defining a second interior surface (62) including a second mating surface (260) which is opposingly coupled to the first mating surface to define a seam (202) therebetween. An adhesive material (201) is disposed between the corresponding first and second mating surfaces along the seam. A moveable contact is disposed in the housing and is selectively moveable with respect to a corresponding stationary contact. The first and second interior surfaces (52,62) further cooperatively define a first recess (120) therebetween, and the moveable contact assembly is disposed in said first recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Inventors: Mari Keiko Freitas, Enamul Haque, Wolfgang Meyer-Haack, Dhirendra Tiwari
  • Patent number: 10211550
    Abstract: An arrangement for an electronic device is disclosed. A plurality of electrically conductive pins is positioned in respective vias of the circuit carrier, the pins extend from a first face of the circuit carrier to a contact end in order to electrically contact one or more components. The arrangement is equipped with an electrically insulating layer on a circuit carrier face, which is the first or a second face, in the region of the pin, the insulating layer having a prefabricated element which is positioned on the face of the circuit carrier. A portion of each pin, the portion being arranged adjacently to the respective via on the face, is surrounded by the material of the insulating layer in a continuously lateral manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Decker, Thomas Riepl, Holger Schlotter
  • Patent number: 10211548
    Abstract: A patchboard having a plurality of socket blocks (2), each of which has a box-like housing (3) with two end faces (4a, 4b) and four side faces (5a, 5b, 5c, 5d) which extend between the end faces (4a, 4b), the two end faces (4a, 4b) of the socket blocks (2) having at least one connection region (6). An increased degree of flexibility and ability to adapt to individual user requests is achieved due to each of at least two side faces (5a, 5b, 5c, 5d) of the socket blocks (2) having at least one latching element for connection to another socket block (2), and by at least one termination element (11) being arranged on at least one side of the patchboard (1), the termination element (11) having a mating latching element on at least one side face (12, 12b) for connecting the termination element to an adjacent socket block (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: PHOENIX CONTACT GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Marcel Willems, Jürgen Brand, Ralph Hoppmann, Christian Kloppenburg, Kevin Berghahn
  • Patent number: 10199196
    Abstract: A two-level latch mechanism for an operation mechanism of a circuit breaker is provided. The operation mechanism includes: a tripping component, a left side plate, a right side plate, a latch, a half shaft, a lever, and a main shaft. The tripping component, the latch and the lever are mounted between the left side plate and the right side plate. The half shaft and the main shaft penetrate through the left side plate and the right side plate, and extend out of the left side plate and the right side plate. The tripping component, the latch, the half shaft, the lever, and the main shaft move in linkage. The tripping component includes a tripping buckle and a latch surface is disposed on a second end of the tripping buckle. The tripping component, the latch component and the half shaft component form a two-level latch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignees: SEARI ELECTRIC TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD., ZHEJIANG CHINT ELECTRICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jisheng Sun, Yong Li
  • Patent number: 10193281
    Abstract: A connector assembly for terminating a cable having a cable shield is provided including an electrically conductive backshell and a shield assembly. The backshell includes a body that extends from a mating end to a cable end along a mating axis. The cable end includes a cable channel that extends through the body and holds an end segment of the cable therein. The connector assembly includes a shield assembly having a clamp system that is held within the cable end of the backshell and includes front and rear clamping members. The cable shield is terminated to the clamp system between the front and the rear clamping members. The connector assembly includes an EMI gasket that is electrically coupled to the backshell and held within the cable end of the backshell. The EMI gasket includes a backshell interface that engages the backshell and a clamp interface that engages the clamp system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: TE CONNECTIVITY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jared Evan Rossman, Richard Elof Hamner
  • Patent number: 10193277
    Abstract: One example of a cable assembly includes a cable and a cable connector attached to one end of the cable. The cable connector generally includes latching features to couple the cable connector to a receptacle. The cable assembly includes a sleeve enclosed around at least a portion the cable and pull-tabs disposed along a perimeter of a first end of the sleeve. As an example, at least one of the pull-tabs is accessible to actuate the latching features when the cable connector is to disengage from the receptacle. The cable assembly includes attachment features to couple the sleeve to the latching features, wherein the attachment features are to actuate the latching features when at least one of the pull-tabs is pulled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Hewlett Packard Enterprise Development LP
    Inventors: Kevin B. Leigh, John Norton
  • Patent number: 10193274
    Abstract: An assembly for attaching and detaching an electronics module from a base includes a feedback assembly that provides an operator with tactile feedback on the relative positioning of the module with the base during attachment or detachment of the module to or from the base. The feedback assembly includes cams on the electronics module and a follower attached to an end of a spring arm on the base. The spring arm forms a portion of a wall that guides movement of the module along the base during attachment or detachment of the module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Phoenix Contact Development and Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Anthony Correll, Scott Michael Frye, Talon Coe Kephart, Davis Mathews
  • Patent number: 10181687
    Abstract: A connector module includes a connector consisting of a housing, a main holder member, a waterproof gasket, a subsidiary holder member, a conductor element and a connection fitting, a conducting seat including a conducting board and a conducting terminal mounted to the conducting board for the connection of the connection fitting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: F TIME TECHNOLOGY INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chang-Lin Peng, Xin-Fu Liu, Yen-Hua Huang, Chih-Hsuan Tung
  • Patent number: 10181660
    Abstract: An electrical contact (10) comprising a braid (12) extending longitudinally and presenting a first end (12a) and a second end (12b) opposite from the first end (12a) in the longitudinal direction (Z), a contact head (14) mounted on the first end (12a), and a connection element (16) mounted on the second end (12b), wherein the free length X of the braid or the equivalent (12) and the sum Y of the volumes of the material of the contact head (14) and the connection element (16) satisfy the relationship: Y?aX?b where a is a number lying in the range 10 to 15, and b is a number lying in the range 80 to 110, Y being expressed in cubic millimeters, while X is expressed in millimeters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Societe D'Exploitation Des Procedes Marechal
    Inventor: Francis Zagroun
  • Patent number: 10164374
    Abstract: A twist-lock connector that includes a printed circuit board component with one or more flexible portions is disclosed. The flexible portions may be formed within an interior portion of the printed circuit board by routing or otherwise removing a portion of the printed circuit board to create one or a plurality of side for each flexible portion. One or more electrical contacts may be positioned on each flexible portion and arranged to be electrically coupled with male electrical contacts that are part of a corresponding twist-lock plug, thereby deflecting the flexible portions. When deflected, the flexible portions exert an opposing, biasing force in the direction of the male electrical contacts to maintain contact there between. One or more of a mounting base and a support base may be clamped to either or both sides of the printed circuit board to provide further stability for the flexible portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Express Imaging Systems, LLC
    Inventor: William G. Reed
  • Patent number: 10164411
    Abstract: A switchgear according to the present invention includes: an air intake mechanism attachment body arranged on an air intake portion provided on a housing; an air intake opening provided in the air intake mechanism attachment body; a check valve type shutter which is arranged on the inner side of the air intake opening on the housing, performs an air intake from the outside of the housing, and blocks the air intake opening in the occurrence of an internal short circuit fault; and a ground fault partition body which is arranged between said check valve type shutter and a conductive portion in said housing and in which the length of at least one side is longer than said check valve type shutter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Susumu Kozuru, Toru Yamaji, Nobukazu Nagayasu, Takahiro Sasaki
  • Patent number: 10160121
    Abstract: A module connection system is configured by connecting a plurality of modules by means of connectors. The modules include a base module, a first module and a second module, and the connectors include a first connector and a second connector. The base module transmits power and signals provided from a driving source, the first module is electrically/mechanically connected to the base module by means of the first connector, and the second module is electrically/mechanically connected to the first module by means of the second connector. The first connector includes a larger number of connection terminals in comparison to the second connector in order to transmit power and signals from the base module to the second module and simultaneously supply power and signals required for the first module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: KOREA INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Woosub Lee, Seong Hun Hong, Dong Eun Choi, Sung Chul Kang, Jeong-Jung Kim
  • Patent number: 10158196
    Abstract: A connector includes a first housing (10) with two detection terminals (13), a resilient deflecting portion (37) in a second housing (30), a shorting terminal fitting (60) in the second housing (30), wiping portions (68) integrally formed to the shorting terminal fitting (60) and configured such that the detection terminals (13) slide in contact therewith in the process of connecting the first and second housings (10, 30), and a resilient contact piece (62) integrally formed to the shorting terminal fitting (60) and configured to be resiliently displaced to a retracted position, where the resilient contact piece is not in contact with the detection terminals (13), as the resilient deflecting portion (37) is resiliently deflected and resiliently return to a short-circuit position, where the resilient contact piece contacts the detection terminals (13), and short the detection terminals (13) as the resilient deflecting portion (37) resiliently turns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Masayasu Fujii, Toshikazu Sakurai