Patents by Inventor Gaetano Bonasia

Gaetano Bonasia 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: 10236678
    Abstract: A GFCI includes a latch assembly provided with a rigid electrically conducting bar connected thereto such that when a user presses a reset button the latch assembly is moved toward a pair of contacts provided as part of a reset circuit to initiate a reset operation. When the electrically conducting bar on the latch assembly connects the pair of contacts, the reset circuit is closed and an actuator is activated to place the GFCI device in the latched, reset, condition. If the GFCI device is correctly wired, the latch assembly enters the latched state. If the device is not properly wired no power is provided to the actuator and the device remains in the tripped, or open, state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventors: Gaetano Bonasia, Stephen P. Simonin, Kenny Padro, Tom Batko
  • Patent number: 9774181
    Abstract: A resettable switching apparatus, useful in a GFCI receptacle, has an auto-monitoring circuit for automatically testing various functions and structures of the device. The auto-monitoring circuit initiates an auto-monitoring routine which, among other things, establishes a test fault situation on either the positive or negative half-wave of the power cycle and determines whether the detection mechanisms within the device appropriately detect the test fault and whether the device would trip in the event of an actual fault. Additional functionality of the auto-monitoring circuit permits automatic verification that the device is properly wired, that is, not miswired, and determines whether the device has reached the end of its useful life.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventors: Gaetano Bonasia, Kenny Padro
  • Publication number: 20170263405
    Abstract: A resettable switching apparatus, useful in a GFCI receptacle, has an auto-monitoring circuit for automatically testing various functions and structures of the device. The auto-monitoring circuit initiates an auto-monitoring routine which, among other things, establishes a test fault situation on either the positive or negative half-wave of the power cycle and determines whether the detection mechanisms within the device appropriately detect the test fault and whether the device would trip in the event of an actual fault. Additional functionality of the auto-monitoring circuit permits automatic verification that the device is properly wired, that is, not miswired, and determines whether the device has reached the end of its useful life.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2017
    Publication date: September 14, 2017
    Inventors: Gaetano Bonasia, Kenny Padro
  • Publication number: 20160020597
    Abstract: A GFCI includes a latch assembly provided with a rigid electrically conducting bar connected thereto such that when a user presses a reset button the latch assembly is moved toward a pair of contacts provided as part of a reset circuit to initiate a reset operation. When the electrically conducting bar on the latch assembly connects the pair of contacts, the reset circuit is closed and an actuator is activated to place the GFCI device in the latched, reset, condition. If the GFCI device is correctly wired, the latch assembly enters the latched state. If the device is not properly wired no power is provided to the actuator and the device remains in the tripped, or open, state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2015
    Publication date: January 21, 2016
    Inventors: Gaetano Bonasia, Stephen P. Simonin, Kenny Padro, Tom Batko
  • Patent number: 9147548
    Abstract: A GFCI device includes a latch assembly provided with a rigid electrically conducting bar connected thereto such that when a user presses a reset button the latch assembly is moved toward a pair of contacts provided as part of a reset circuit to initiate a reset operation. When the electrically conducting bar on the latch assembly connects the pair of contacts, the reset circuit is closed and an actuator is activated to place the GFCI device in the latched, reset, condition. If the GFCI device is correctly wired, the latch assembly enters the latched state. If the device is not properly wired no power is provided to the actuator and the device remains in the tripped, or open, state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: HUBBELL INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Gaetano Bonasia, Stephen P. Simonin, Kenny Padro, Tom Batko
  • Patent number: 8830015
    Abstract: A resettable switching apparatus, useful in a GFCI receptacle, has a space-efficient coaxial configuration in which a mechanical latching arrangement for resetting (i.e., closing) main switch contacts is disposed inside the trip solenoid. A movable carriage for the main contacts spans one end of the solenoid and has a latching portion in the solenoid that engages the inner end of a reset plunger in two sequential states (i.e., unlatched and latched). An electrical miswire feature is included to prevent the device from being reset until the AC power is properly connected to the device and inadvertent failure of the miswire feature due, for example, to dropping the device prior to installation is avoided. Also, an enhanced self-test, or auto-monitoring, feature is provided that is more robust than that which has been previously disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventors: Kenny Padro, Gaetano Bonasia
  • Publication number: 20130241678
    Abstract: A GFCI device includes a latch assembly provided with a rigid electrically conducting bar connected thereto such that when a user presses a reset button the latch assembly is moved toward a pair of contacts provided as part of a reset circuit to initiate a reset operation. When the electrically conducting bar on the latch assembly connects the pair of contacts, the reset circuit is closed and an actuator is activated to place the GFCI device in the latched, reset, condition. If the GFCI device is correctly wired, the latch assembly enters the latched state. If the device is not properly wired no power is provided to the actuator and the device remains in the tripped, or open, state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2012
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Inventors: Gaetano Bonasia, Stephan P. Simonin, Kenny Padro, Tom Batko
  • Publication number: 20130241677
    Abstract: A resettable switching apparatus, useful in a GFCI receptacle, has a space-efficient coaxial configuration in which a mechanical latching arrangement for resetting (i.e., closing) main switch contacts is disposed inside the trip solenoid. A movable carriage for the main contacts spans one end of the solenoid and has a latching portion in the solenoid that engages the inner end of a reset plunger in two sequential states (i.e., unlatched and latched). An electrical miswire feature is included to prevent the device from being reset until the AC power is properly connected to the device and inadvertent failure of the miswire feature due, for example, to dropping the device prior to installation is avoided. Also, an enhanced self-test, or auto-monitoring, feature is provided that is more robust than that which has been previously disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2012
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Inventors: Kenny Padro, Gaetano Bonasia
  • Publication number: 20130242440
    Abstract: A resettable switching apparatus, useful in a GFCI receptacle, has an auto-monitoring circuit for automatically testing various functions and structures of the device. The auto-monitoring circuit initiates an auto-monitoring routine which, among other things, establishes a test fault situation on either the positive or negative half-wave of the power cycle and determines whether the detection mechanisms within the device appropriately detect the test fault and whether the device would trip in the event of an actual fault. Additional functionality of the auto-monitoring circuit permits automatic verification that the device is properly wired, that is, not miswired, and determines whether the device has reached the end of its useful life.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2012
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Inventors: Gaetano Bonasia, Kenny Padro
  • Patent number: 8526145
    Abstract: A circuit interrupting device, such as a GFCI receptacle device, is provided that automatically resets itself when power is initially applied to the device, for example, when the device is first installed or when power is reapplied after a power outage occurs. When power is applied correctly to the line side of the device, as opposed to the load side, a voltage is generated that turns on a switching device. Turning on the switching device allows a low level of electric current to flow which, in turn, allows a higher level electric current to flow which closes the latching mechanism of the device and places the device in the reset condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventors: Robert F. Fanzutti, Gaetano Bonasia
  • Publication number: 20130170083
    Abstract: A circuit interrupting device, such as a GFCI receptacle device, is provided that automatically resets itself when power is initially applied to the device, for example, when the device is first installed or when power is reapplied after a power outage occurs. When power is applied correctly to the line side of the device, as opposed to the load side, a voltage is generated that turns on a switching device. Turning on the switching device allows a low level of electric current to flow which, in turn, allows a higher level electric current to flow which closes the latching mechanism of the device and places the device in the reset condition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2011
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Applicant: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventors: Robert F. Fanzutti, Gaetano Bonasia
  • Patent number: 8199446
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a circuit interrupting device and system capable of being tested and reset from remote locations, and in particular to circuit interrupting devices and system capable of being tested and reset from remote locations. A remote monitoring device can also be included which can be used to control an actuation device which is capable of controlling a circuit interrupting device. Alternatively the remote monitoring or control device can be used to control the device directly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: Leviton Manufacturing Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Gaetano Bonasia, Kangpin Tee, Maxim Laurent
  • Publication number: 20110279932
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a circuit interrupting device and system capable of being tested and reset from remote locations, and in particular to circuit interrupting devices and system capable of being tested and reset from remote locations. A remote monitoring device can also be included which can be used to control an actuation device which is capable of controlling a circuit interrupting device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2011
    Publication date: November 17, 2011
    Applicant: LEVITON MANUFACTURING COMPANY, INC
    Inventors: Gaetano Bonasia, KANGPIN TEE, MAXIM LAURENT
  • Patent number: 7986501
    Abstract: A circuit interrupting device configured to cause electrical discontinuity along a conductive path upon the occurrence of a predetermined condition is disclosed. The device includes a fault sensing circuit detecting the predetermined condition and generating a circuit interrupting actuation signal, and a coil and plunger assembly actuatable by the circuit interrupting actuation signal so that, upon detecting the predetermined condition, the plunger will move in a fault direction from a non-actuated to an actuated configuration a distance sufficient to cause disengagement of at least one set of contacts from each other to cause electrical discontinuity along the conductive path; and a test assembly causing the plunger to move in a test direction, from a pre-test configuration to a post-test configuration, a distance insufficient to disengage the at least one set of contacts from each other. Analogous methods of testing the circuit interrupting device are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2011
    Assignee: Leviton Manufacturing Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Kamor, Mario Angelides, Benjamin Mehdi Moadel, Gaetano Bonasia, Ross Mernyk
  • Publication number: 20100226053
    Abstract: A circuit interrupting device configured to cause electrical discontinuity along a conductive path upon the occurrence of a predetermined condition is disclosed. The device includes a fault sensing circuit detecting the predetermined condition and generating a circuit interrupting actuation signal, and a coil and plunger assembly actuatable by the circuit interrupting actuation signal so that, upon detecting the predetermined condition, the plunger will move in a fault direction from a non-actuated to an actuated configuration a distance sufficient to cause disengagement of at least one set of contacts from each other to cause electrical discontinuity along the conductive path; and a test assembly causing the plunger to move in a test direction, from a pre-test configuration to a post-test configuration, a distance insufficient to disengage the at least one set of contacts from each other. Analogous methods of testing the circuit interrupting device are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2009
    Publication date: September 9, 2010
    Applicant: Leviton Manufacturing Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Kamor, Mario Angelides, Benjamin Mehdi Moadel, Gaetano Bonasia, Ross Mernyk
  • Patent number: 7715158
    Abstract: A ground detector circuit in the form of a live ground detector circuit. This live ground detector circuit can be combined with a circuit interrupting device. The circuit interrupting device can have a grounding conductive path, and a set of contacts which are configured to break an electrical connection between input and output terminals on the circuit interrupting device when operated. The ground detector when combined with a circuit interrupter, triggers the circuit interrupter into a fault condition when the detector circuit detects the presence of a signal or a fault.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2010
    Assignee: Leviton Manufacturing Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Gaetano Bonasia
  • Publication number: 20090212967
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to resettable circuit interrupting devices and system and methods capable of being tested and reset from remote locations, and in particular to circuit interrupting devices and system capable of being tested and reset from remote locations. A remote monitoring device can also be included which can be used to control an actuation device which is capable of controlling a circuit interrupting device. Alternatively, the remote monitoring or control device can be used to control the circuit interrupting device directly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2008
    Publication date: August 27, 2009
    Applicant: LEVITON MANUFACTURING COMPANY, INC
    Inventors: Gaetano Bonasia, Kangpin Tee, Maxim Laurent
  • Patent number: 7558034
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a family of resettable circuit interrupting devices that eliminates the need to rewire a resettable circuit interrupting device after it is installed and powered up to correct for a reverse wiring conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2009
    Assignee: Leviton Manufacturing Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Gaetano Bonasia, Benjamin Moadel, James A. Porter, Steve Campolo
  • Patent number: 7440246
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to resettable circuit interrupting devices and apparatus capable of being tested and reset from remote locations, and in particular to portable circuit interrupting devices and apparatus capable of being tested and reset from remote locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2008
    Assignee: Leviton Manufacturing Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Gaetano Bonasia, James Richter, Steve Campolo
  • Publication number: 20080123227
    Abstract: A ground detector circuit in the form of a live ground detector circuit. This live ground detector circuit can be combined with a circuit interrupting device. The circuit interrupting device can have a grounding conductive path, and a set of contacts which are configured to break an electrical connection between input and output terminals on the circuit interrupting device when operated. The ground detector when combined with a circuit interrupter, triggers the circuit interrupter into a fault condition when the detector circuit detects the presence of a signal or a fault.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2007
    Publication date: May 29, 2008
    Applicant: LEVITON MANUFACTURING COMPANY, INC.
    Inventor: Gaetano Bonasia