Patents by Inventor Brian John Gillespie

Brian John Gillespie 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: 11093428
    Abstract: A convertible I/O signal processor is convertible between different operating configurations for connecting multiple field devices to the I/O signal processor by selectable types of electrical connectors such as cables, terminal blocks, and the like. The I/O signal processor includes a signal processing module connected to a signal processor and an interface module removably connected to the signal processing module. The interface module includes electrical connectors for receiving/transmitting I/O signals from and to field devices. The interface module and the signal processing module define I/O channels extending between the electrical connectors and the signal processor. The interface module in embodiments includes I/O module connectors that enable removable I/O modules to be interposed in the I/O channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: Phoenix Contact Development and Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian John Gillespie, Davis Mathews
  • Publication number: 20210209049
    Abstract: A convertible I/O signal processor is convertible between different operating configurations for connecting multiple field devices to the I/O signal processor by selectable types of electrical connectors such as cables, terminal blocks, and the like. The I/O signal processor includes a signal processing module connected to a signal processor and an interface module removably connected to the signal processing module. The interface module includes electrical connectors for receiving/transmitting I/O signals from and to field devices. The interface module and the signal processing module define I/O channels extending between the electrical connectors and the signal processor. The interface module in embodiments includes I/O module connectors that enable removable I/O modules to be interposed in the I/O channels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2020
    Publication date: July 8, 2021
    Inventors: Brian John Gillespie, Davis Mathews
  • Publication number: 20210185846
    Abstract: A field device I/O connector includes a base and an I/O module removably mounted on the base for transmitting I/O signals along an I/O channel. A set of electrical connectors mounted on the base connect the base to a field device. The electrical connectors, the base, and the I/O module mounted on the base cooperate to define the I/O channel. The I/O channel includes a conversion circuit to convert between I/O signals and a digital data format output from the field device I/O connector. The base and I/O module also cooperate to define a diagnostic circuit connected to the portion of the I/O channel extending through the I/O module. The diagnostic circuit extends to a diagnostic logic circuit that may be included on the base, in the I/O module, or away from the field device I/O connector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2019
    Publication date: June 17, 2021
    Inventors: David Nathan Katz, Davis Mathews, Jason Alan Norris, Brian John Gillespie
  • Publication number: 20210068293
    Abstract: A method for maintaining continuity of a network signal path extending along a backplane includes providing a bypass signal circuit compatible with the network signal path and being electrically connected in series with the first and second portions of the network signal path. The bypass signal circuit includes a normally open circuit portion and an electrical contact movable with respect to the bypass signal circuit. An electrical contact is mechanically moved out of contact with the bypass signal circuit and moved mechanically into contact with the bypass signal circuit in response to the function module being detached from or attached to the function module electrical connector and not in response to an electrical control signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2020
    Publication date: March 4, 2021
    Inventors: Scott Michael Frye, Brian John Gillespie, JR., Christopher Michael Brink
  • Patent number: 10842039
    Abstract: A backplane or backplane module for transmitting data along a signal path of a network to one or more functional modules attached to the signal path includes a printed circuit board, a functional module electrical connector attached to the printed circuit board, and a mechanically actuated bypass circuit assembly that maintains signal continuity along the signal path when a function module is not attached to the function module electrical connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Phoenix Contact Development and Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Michael Frye, Brian John Gillespie, Jr., Christopher Michael Brink
  • Publication number: 20200344906
    Abstract: A backplane or backplane module for transmitting data along a signal path of a network to one or more functional modules attached to the signal path includes a printed circuit board, a functional module electrical connector attached to the printed circuit board, and a mechanically actuated bypass circuit assembly that maintains signal continuity along the signal path when a function module is not attached to the function module electrical connector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2018
    Publication date: October 29, 2020
    Inventors: Scott Michael Frye, Brian John Gillespie, JR., Christopher Michael Brink
  • Patent number: 9727098
    Abstract: A redundant power supply motherboard assembly connects control segments of a fieldbus-type control system to a host computer. The assembly has a compact design with pairs of power supply modules in side-by-side nests on the motherboard. The nests are mounted on the motherboard in desired locations and securely hold the modules on the assembly despite vibrations, shocks and handling to prevent contact impairment. The nests provide touch protection for components on the motherboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Phoenix Contact Development and Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian John Gillespie, Terry Lee Barber, Michael Anthony Correll
  • Patent number: 9436233
    Abstract: A redundant power supply motherboard assembly connects control segments of a fieldbus-type control system to a host computer. The assembly has a compact design with pairs of power supply modules mounted in nests on the motherboard. The nests securely hold the modules to prevent contact impairment due to vibrations, shocks and handling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: Phoenix Contact Development and Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Anthony Correll, Brian John Gillespie, Terry Lee Barber
  • Publication number: 20150362964
    Abstract: A redundant power supply motherboard assembly connects control segments of a fieldbus-type control system to a host computer. The assembly has a compact design with pairs of power supply modules mounted in nests on the motherboard. The nests securely hold the modules to prevent contact impairment due to vibrations, shocks and handling.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2015
    Publication date: December 17, 2015
    Inventors: Michael Anthony Correll, Brian John Gillespie, Terry Lee Barber
  • Publication number: 20150362963
    Abstract: A redundant power supply motherboard assembly connects control segments of a fieldbus-type control system to a host computer. The assembly has a compact design with pairs of power supply modules in side-by-side nests on the motherboard. The nests are mounted on the motherboard in desired locations and securely hold the modules on the assembly despite vibrations, shocks and handling to prevent contact impairment. The nests provide touch protection for components on the motherboard.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2015
    Publication date: December 17, 2015
    Inventors: Brian John Gillespie, Terry Lee Barber, Michael Anthony Correll
  • Publication number: 20150214729
    Abstract: A surge protection system including a pluggable surge protection cartridge and its corresponding base is disclosed. The cartridge includes a housing, a surge protection assembly situated within the housing containing a surge protection element and a plurality of cartridge contacts in electrical contact with the surge protection assembly. The cartridge contacts are configured to engage a base within an electrical load center to carry a surge current from the load center across an electrical path of the surge protection assembly through the surge protection element. The cartridge is configured to be situated within the base such that the cartridge is removable from the base while the base remains in electrical contact with the load center.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2015
    Publication date: July 30, 2015
    Inventors: Brian John GILLESPIE, Christopher Jon LAUBACH, Russell David MOSER, David Michael MCCLELLAN, Scott Keith MICKIEVICZ
  • Patent number: 8988842
    Abstract: A terminal block is disclosed that includes a terminal body housing, a plurality of conductive elements arranged within the terminal body to create a continuous electrical path therethrough, and a disconnect switch integral the terminal body, the switch arranged to open the continuous electrical path and expose a terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Phoenix Contact Development and Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian John Gillespie, Christopher Jon Laubach, Russell David Moser, David Michael McClellan, Scott Keith Mickievicz, Michael P. Lacey
  • Patent number: 8670221
    Abstract: A terminal block is disclosed that integrates a surge protection base, a disconnect and connection points to provide a Kelvin connection in which a surge protection element is in electrical communication with the ground and the connection points for incoming and outgoing wires. The terminal block includes a terminal body having a terminal body housing, a plurality of conductive elements arranged within the terminal body to create a continuous electrical path therethrough and a disconnect switch integral the terminal body, the switch arranged to open the continuous electrical path and expose a terminal. The terminal body is configured to receive a surge protection element and the surge protection element, when received in the terminal body, forms a portion of the continuous electrical path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Phoenix Contact Development & Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian John Gillespie, Christopher Jon Laubach, Russell David Moser, David Michael McClellan, Scott Keith Mickievicz, Michael P. Lacey
  • Publication number: 20120206848
    Abstract: A surge protection system including a pluggable surge protection cartridge and its corresponding base is disclosed. The cartridge includes a housing, a surge protection assembly situated within the housing containing a surge protection element and a plurality of cartridge contacts in electrical contact with the surge protection assembly. The cartridge contacts are configured to engage a base within an electrical load center to carry a surge current from the load center across an electrical path of the surge protection assembly through the surge protection element. The cartridge is configured to be situated within the base such that the cartridge is removable from the base while the base remains in electrical contact with the load center.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2011
    Publication date: August 16, 2012
    Applicant: PHOENIX CONTACT DEVELOPMENT & MANUFACTURING, INC.
    Inventors: Brian John GILLESPIE, Christopher Jon LAUBACH, Russell David MOSER, David Michael McCLELLAN, Scott Keith MICKIEVICZ
  • Publication number: 20120081827
    Abstract: A terminal block is disclosed that integrates a surge protection base, a disconnect and connection points to provide a Kelvin connection in which a surge protection element is in electrical communication with the ground and the connection points for incoming and outgoing wires. The terminal block includes a terminal body having a terminal body housing. a plurality of conductive elements arranged within the terminal body to create a continuous electrical path therethrough and a disconnect switch integral the terminal body, the switch arranged to open the continuous electrical path and expose a terminal. The terminal body is configured to receive a surge protection element and the surge protection element, when received in the terminal body, forms a portion of the continuous electrical path.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2011
    Publication date: April 5, 2012
    Applicant: PHOENIX CONTACT DEVELOPMENT & MANUFACTURING, INC.
    Inventors: Brian John GILLESPIE, Christopher Jon LAUBACH, Russell David MOSER, David Michael McCLELLAN, Scott Keith MICKIEVICZ, Michael P. Lacey
  • Publication number: 20120081828
    Abstract: A terminal block is disclosed that includes a terminal body housing, a plurality of conductive elements arranged within the terminal body to create a continuous electrical path therethrough, and a disconnect switch integral the terminal body, the switch arranged to open the continuous electrical path and expose a terminal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2011
    Publication date: April 5, 2012
    Applicant: PHOENIX CONTACT DEVELOPMENT & MANUFACTURING, INC.
    Inventors: Brian John GILLESPIE, Christopher Jon LAUBACH, Russell David MOSER, David Michael MCCLELLAN, Scott Keith MICKIEVICZ, Michael P. Lacey
  • Patent number: 7731085
    Abstract: A display for two or more products having two or more three-dimensional visual aspects providing visual information about two or more products. The visual aspect has a first visual product, a second visual product, a first sampling aspect for the first visual product, a second sampling aspect for the second visual product, product samples associated with both the first and the second sampling aspects, and a dispenser for dispensing the product samples.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2010
    Assignee: The Procter + Gamble Company
    Inventors: Brian John Gillespie, Patricia Ann (Kennedy) Kulich
  • Publication number: 20080308572
    Abstract: A display for two or more products having two or more three-dimensional visual aspects providing visual information about two or more products. The visual aspect has a first visual product, a second visual product, a first sampling aspect for the first visual product, a second sampling aspect for the second visual product, product samples associated with both the first and the second sampling aspects, and a dispenser for dispensing the product samples.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2008
    Publication date: December 18, 2008
    Inventors: Brian John Gillespie, Patricia Ann (Kennedy) Kulich