Patents by Inventor Albert Eugene Steinbach

Albert Eugene Steinbach has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 10284056
    Abstract: A brush holder apparatus has a stationary support member having two opposing grooves, a fork electrical connector, and a conductive bar passing through a main body of the stationary support member. A brush holder is releasably affixed to the stationary support member, and has two rails that slide along the grooves. The brush holder's knife electrical connector mates with the fork electrical connector. A brush spring is clipped on the brush holder, and presses a brush against a collector. A brush lead connects the brush to a brush terminal. The brush terminal has a generally L-shaped body with a lower part thereof retained under a terminal compression plate, and an upper part thereof located on a front side of the terminal compression plate. The brush terminal is removed from or installed into a front side of the brush holder, and by hand or without the use of any tools.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Frank Austin Scalzo, III, Albert Eugene Steinbach, Paul August Quail, Eric Steven Buskirk, Benjamin Alber Mancuso, Curtis Maurice Hebert, Matthew Thomas Preston
  • Publication number: 20180301962
    Abstract: A brush holder apparatus has a stationary support member having two opposing grooves, a fork electrical connector, and a conductive bar passing through a main body of the stationary support member. A brush holder is releasably affixed to the stationary support member, and has two rails that slide along the grooves. The brush holder's knife electrical connector mates with the fork electrical connector. A brush spring is clipped on the brush holder, and presses a brush against a collector. A brush lead connects the brush to a brush terminal. The brush terminal has a generally L-shaped body with a lower part thereof retained under a terminal compression plate, and an upper part thereof located on a front side of the terminal compression plate. The brush terminal is removed from or installed into a front side of the brush holder, and by hand or without the use of any tools.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2017
    Publication date: October 18, 2018
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Frank Austin Scalzo, III, Albert Eugene Steinbach, Paul August Quail, Eric Steven Buskirk, Benjamin Alber Mancuso, Curtis Maurice Hebert, Matthew Thomas Preston
  • Patent number: 9793670
    Abstract: A brush holder apparatus includes a stationary support member having at least one groove and a fork electrical connector. A brush retainment member has a brush restraint apparatus having a plunger brush restraint configured to restrain a brush from sliding within the brush retainment member by pressing it against the brush retainment member. The brush retainment member has at least one rail configured to slide along the at least one groove, and a knife electrical connector configured to mate with the fork electrical connector. The brush retainment member is configured to be releasably affixed to the stationary support member. The stationary support member is configured for electrical connection to a collector mount, and the brush retainment member is configured to retain at least one brush.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Albert Eugene Steinbach, Eric Steven Buskirk, Benjamin Alber Mancuso, Frank Austin Scalzo, III, Curtis Maurice Hebert, Matthew Thomas Preston
  • Patent number: 9762014
    Abstract: A brush holder apparatus includes a stationary support member having at least one groove and a fork electrical connector. A brush retainment member is configured to be releasably affixed to the stationary support member. The brush retainment member has at least one rail configured to slide along the at least one groove. The brush retainment member has a knife electrical connector configured to mate with the fork electrical connector. The stationary support member is configured for electrical connection to a collector mount and the brush retainment member is configured to retain at least one brush.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Albert Eugene Steinbach, Eric Steven Buskirk, Benjamin Alber Mancuso, Frank Austin Scalzo, III, Curtis Maurice Hebert, Matthew Thomas Preston
  • Patent number: 9762015
    Abstract: A brush holder system includes a stationary support member having at least one groove, and a fork electrical connector. A brush retainment member is configured to be releasably affixed to the stationary support member. The brush retainment member has at least one rail configured to slide along the at least one groove. The brush retainment member has a knife electrical connector configured to mate with the fork electrical connector. A radio frequency identification device (RFID) tag is mounted on the brush retainment member, and the RFID tag is configured to monitor brush wear and communicate brush wear status to a monitoring system. The stationary support member is configured for electrical connection to a collector mount and the brush retainment member is configured to retain at least one brush.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Albert Eugene Steinbach, Eric Steven Buskirk, Benjamin Alber Mancuso, Frank Austin Scalzo, III, Curtis Maurice Hebert, Matthew Thomas Preston
  • Patent number: 9762016
    Abstract: An apparatus for use with a dynamoelectric machine includes a main body configured for attachment to a brush holder. A proximity sensor is on the main body, and the proximity sensor is configured for detecting the presence of a brush located at least partially inside the brush holder. The apparatus receives power from a battery located inside the apparatus, and transmits a wireless signal. The wireless signal is transformable into an indication of a remaining life of the brush. The apparatus is configured to be fully operational when the dynamoelectric machine is neither energized nor in operation, as the apparatus receives power from the battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: William Earl Fish, Albert Eugene Steinbach, James Warren Pemrick
  • Publication number: 20170162994
    Abstract: A brush holder apparatus for receiving a brush, includes a support member, and at least one box member affixed to the support member. The box member includes a slot extending through a side of the box member. At least one cam member is operably connected to the support member. The cam member includes a rounded surface partially extending through the slot. The rounded surface is configured to directly contact the brush while the cam member retains the brush. The cam member is configured to move within the slot, and the cam member is configured to retain the brush against an inner surface of the box member. The at least one cam member is configured for manual manipulation (e.g., by hand) so that the brush can be removed from the at least one box member without the use of any tools.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Publication date: June 8, 2017
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Michael David Kuban, Albert Eugene Steinbach, Paul August Quail
  • Patent number: 9647404
    Abstract: A brush holder apparatus includes a stationary support member having at least one groove, and a fork electrical connector. The stationary support member has a conductive bar configured to pass through a portion of the stationary support member's main body. The conductive bar is configured to provide electrical conductivity with a collector mount and the fork electrical connector. A brush retainment member is configured to be releasably affixed to the stationary support member. The brush retainment member has at least one rail configured to slide along the at least one groove, and a knife electrical connector configured to mate with the fork electrical connector. The stationary support member is configured for electrical connection to a collector mount and the brush retainment member is configured to retain at least one brush.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Albert Eugene Steinbach, Frank Austin Scalzo, III
  • Patent number: 9590374
    Abstract: Various embodiments include a brush holder apparatus. In one embodiment, a brush holder apparatus for receiving a brush includes: a first support member; a box member affixed to the first support member; and a cam member operably connected to the first support member, the cam member configured to retain the brush against an inner surface of the box member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Michael David Kuban, Paul August Quail, Albert Eugene Steinbach
  • Publication number: 20160211634
    Abstract: An apparatus for use with a dynamoelectric machine includes a main body configured for attachment to a brush holder. A proximity sensor is on the main body, and the proximity sensor is configured for detecting the presence of a brush located at least partially inside the brush holder. The apparatus receives power from a battery located inside the apparatus, and transmits a wireless signal. The wireless signal is transformable into an indication of a remaining life of the brush. The apparatus is configured to be fully operational when the dynamoelectric machine is neither energized nor in operation, as the apparatus receives power from the battery.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Publication date: July 21, 2016
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: William Earl Fish, Albert Eugene Steinbach, James Warren Pemrick
  • Patent number: 9331555
    Abstract: An apparatus, brush holder and system are provided. The apparatus includes a main body configured for attachment to a brush holder, and a proximity sensor on the main body. The proximity sensor is configured for detecting the presence of a brush located at least partially inside the brush holder. The apparatus is configured to transmit a wireless signal to a remote location, and the wireless signal is transformable into an indication of a remaining life of the brush.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: William Earl Fish, Albert Eugene Steinbach
  • Publication number: 20150357780
    Abstract: A brush holder system includes a stationary support member having at least one groove, and a fork electrical connector. A brush retainment member is configured to be releasably affixed to the stationary support member. The brush retainment member has at least one rail configured to slide along the at least one groove. The brush retainment member has a knife electrical connector configured to mate with the fork electrical connector. A radio frequency identification device (RFID) tag is mounted on the brush retainment member, and the RFID tag is configured to monitor brush wear and communicate brush wear status to a monitoring system. The stationary support member is configured for electrical connection to a collector mount and the brush retainment member is configured to retain at least one brush.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2014
    Publication date: December 10, 2015
    Inventors: Albert Eugene Steinbach, Eric Steven Buskirk, Benjamin Alber Mancuso, Frank Austin Scalzo, III, Curtis Maurice Hebert, Matthew Thomas Preston
  • Publication number: 20150357779
    Abstract: A brush holder apparatus includes a stationary support member having at least one groove, and a fork electrical connector. The stationary support member has a conductive bar configured to pass through a portion of the stationary support member's main body. The conductive bar is configured to provide electrical conductivity with a collector mount and the fork electrical connector. A brush retainment member is configured to be releasably affixed to the stationary support member. The brush retainment member has at least one rail configured to slide along the at least one groove, and a knife electrical connector configured to mate with the fork electrical connector. The stationary support member is configured for electrical connection to a collector mount and the brush retainment member is configured to retain at least one brush.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2014
    Publication date: December 10, 2015
    Inventors: Albert Eugene Steinbach, Frank Austin Scalzo, III
  • Publication number: 20150357778
    Abstract: A brush holder apparatus includes a stationary support member having at least one groove and a fork electrical connector. A brush retainment member has a brush restraint apparatus having a plunger brush restraint configured to restrain a brush from sliding within the brush retainment member by pressing it against the brush retainment member. The brush retainment member has at least one rail configured to slide along the at least one groove, and a knife electrical connector configured to mate with the fork electrical connector. The brush retainment member is configured to be releasably affixed to the stationary support member. The stationary support member is configured for electrical connection to a collector mount, and the brush retainment member is configured to retain at least one brush.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2014
    Publication date: December 10, 2015
    Inventors: Albert Eugene Steinbach, Eric Steven Buskirk, Benjamin Alber Mancuso, Frank Austin Scalzo, III, Curtis Maurice Hebert, Matthew Thomas Preston
  • Publication number: 20150357777
    Abstract: A brush holder apparatus includes a stationary support member having at least one groove and a fork electrical connector. A brush retainment member is configured to be releasably affixed to the stationary support member. The brush retainment member has at least one rail configured to slide along the at least one groove. The brush retainment member has a knife electrical connector configured to mate with the fork electrical connector. The stationary support member is configured for electrical connection to a collector mount and the brush retainment member is configured to retain at least one brush.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2014
    Publication date: December 10, 2015
    Inventors: Albert Eugene Steinbach, Eric Steven Buskirk, Benjamin Alber Mancuso, Frank Austin Scalzo, III, Curtis Maurice Hebert, Matthew Thomas Preston
  • Patent number: 9013087
    Abstract: An apparatus including: a brush holder; a radio frequency identification (RFID) device affixed to the brush holder, the RFID device including: a temperature sensor system for determining temperature(s) at one or more distinct locations on the brush holder; and a transmitter for providing indication of the temperature(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: William Earl Fish, Frank Austin Scalzo, III, Albert Eugene Steinbach
  • Publication number: 20140346931
    Abstract: An apparatus including: a brush holder; a radio frequency identification (RFID) device affixed to the brush holder, the RFID device including: a temperature sensor system for determining temperature(s) at one or more distinct locations on the brush holder; and a transmitter for providing indication of the temperature(s).
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventors: William Earl Fish, Frank Austin Scalzo, III, Albert Eugene Steinbach
  • Patent number: 8836197
    Abstract: An apparatus including: a brush holder; a radio frequency identification (RFID) device affixed to the brush holder, the RFID device including: a temperature sensor system for determining temperature(s) at one or more distinct locations on the brush holder; and a transmitter for providing indication of the temperature(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: William Earl Fish, Frank Austin Scalzo, III, Albert Eugene Steinbach
  • Publication number: 20140125206
    Abstract: An apparatus, brush holder and system are provided. The apparatus includes a main body configured for attachment to a brush holder, and a proximity sensor on the main body. The proximity sensor is configured for detecting the presence of a brush located at least partially inside the brush holder. The apparatus is configured to transmit a wireless signal to a remote location, and the wireless signal is transformable into an indication of a remaining life of the brush.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2012
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: William Earl Fish, Albert Eugene Steinbach
  • Publication number: 20140045349
    Abstract: Various embodiments include a brush holder apparatus. In one embodiment, a brush holder apparatus for receiving a brush includes: a first support member; a box member affixed to the first support member; and a cam member operably connected to the first support member, the cam member configured to retain the brush against an inner surface of the box member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2013
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Michael David Kuban, Paul August Quail, Albert Eugene Steinbach