Patents by Inventor James J. Kinsella

James J. Kinsella 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: 9766291
    Abstract: One embodiment describes a switching device system, which includes a first single pole switching device that selectively connects and disconnects a first phase of electric power to a first winding of a three phase motor; a second single switching device that selectively connects and disconnects a second phase of electric power to a second winding of the three phase motor; in which the first and second single pole switching devices control temperature of the motor by, at a first time, connecting the first phase and the second phase electric power to the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher H. Bock, Christopher J. Wieloch, James J. Kinsella, Stefan T. Dziekonski
  • Patent number: 9748873
    Abstract: One embodiment describes a motor starter, which includes a first single pole switching device that opens to disconnect power from a first winding of a motor; a second single pole switching device that closes after the first switching device opens to connect power to the first winding; a third single pole switching device closes after the second single pole switching device closes to increase power supplied to a second winding of the motor; a fourth single pole switching device that opens after the third single pole switching device closes to disconnect power supplied to a third winding of the motor and to reduce power supplied to the second winding; and a fifth single pole switching device that closes after the fourth switching device opens to connect power to the third winding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher H. Bock, Christopher J. Wieloch, James J. Kinsella, Stefan T. Dziekonski
  • Patent number: 9746521
    Abstract: One embodiment describes a motor starter including a first single pole switching device that opens to disconnect power from a first winding of a motor; a second single pole switching device that closes after the first switching device opens to connect power to the first winding; a third single pole switching device that opens to disconnect power from a second winding of the motor; a fourth single pole switching device that closes after the third single pole switching device opens to connect power to the second winding; a fifth single pole switching device that opens to disconnect power form a third winding of the motor; and a sixth single pole switching device closes after the fifth single pole switching device opens to connect power to the third winding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher H. Bock, Christopher J. Wieloch, James J. Kinsella, Stefan T. Dziekonski
  • Patent number: 9726726
    Abstract: One embodiment describes a three-phase electromechanical switching device, which includes three single-phase switching devices mechanically and electrically coupled in parallel with one another, each single-phase switching device including a direct current electromagnetic operator that in operation receives a direct current control signal for switching of the device, stationary contacts disposed in a respective device housing, and a movable assembly that in operation is displaced by energizing the operator and that include movable contacts that open and close, with the stationary contacts, a single current carrying path through the respective single-phase switching device; in which each of the single-phase switching devices receives control signals from control circuitry coupled to the operators of the respective single-phase switching devices to cause at least one of the single-phase switching devices to open or close the single current carrying path at a desired time coordinated with a current zero-crossing
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher H. Bock, Christopher J. Wieloch, James J. Kinsella, Stefan T. Dziekonski
  • Patent number: 9722513
    Abstract: One embodiment describes a method that includes determining a desired torque level of a motor actuated by a motor starter; determining, using a control system, a configuration of the motor starter to achieve the desired torque level, in which determining the configuration includes determining which of a plurality of switching devices in the motor starter should be opened and which should be closed; and instructing, using the control system, the motor starter to implement the determined configuration by opening or closing one or more of the plurality of switching devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher H. Bock, Christopher J. Wieloch, James J. Kinsella, Stefan T. Dziekonski
  • Patent number: 9590536
    Abstract: A method and apparatus using electromagnetic switching in a two-step connection process is provided to minimize surge currents and torque oscillations in three-phase motors during starts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technolgies, Inc.
    Inventors: James J. Kinsella, Peter Unsworth
  • Publication number: 20160329171
    Abstract: A method and apparatus using electromagnetic switching in a two-step connection process is provided to minimize surge currents and torque oscillations in three-phase motors during starts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2016
    Publication date: November 10, 2016
    Inventors: James J. Kinsella, Christopher J. Wieloch
  • Patent number: 9396898
    Abstract: A method and apparatus using electromagnetic switching in a two-step connection process is provided to minimize surge currents and torque oscillations in three-phase motors during starts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: James J. Kinsella, Christopher J. Wieloch
  • Publication number: 20160131712
    Abstract: One embodiment describes a tangible, non-transitory, computer-readable medium storing instructions executable by a processor of an operating coil driver circuitry. The instructions include instructions to instruct a switch to supply a specific current to an operating coil of a switching device using a pulse-width modulated signal; determine duty cycle of the pulse-width modulated signal; and determine wellness of the switching device based at least in part on the duty cycle of the pulse-width module signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2015
    Publication date: May 12, 2016
    Inventors: Christopher H. Bock, Christopher J. Wieloch, James J. Kinsella, Stefan T. Dziekonski
  • Publication number: 20160133412
    Abstract: One embodiment describes a method that includes determining, using a control circuitry, temperature of a switching device before a make operation by applying a measurement current to an operating coil of the switching device, wherein the measurement current is insufficient to make the switching device; and determining voltage at the operating coil when the measurement current is applied, in which the voltage at the operating coil is directly related to the temperature. The method further includes determining, using the control circuitry, when to apply a pull-in current to the operating coil to close the switching device based at least in part on the voltage at the operating coil, such that the switching device makes at a desired time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2015
    Publication date: May 12, 2016
    Inventors: Christopher H. Bock, Christopher J. Wieloch, James J. Kinsella, Stefan T. Dziekonski
  • Publication number: 20160134206
    Abstract: One embodiment describes a motor starter, which includes a first single pole switching device that opens to disconnect power from a first winding of a motor; a second single pole switching device that closes after the first switching device opens to connect power to the first winding; a third single pole switching device closes after the second single pole switching device closes to increase power supplied to a second winding of the motor; a fourth single pole switching device that opens after the third single pole switching device closes to disconnect power supplied to a third winding of the motor and to reduce power supplied to the second winding; and a fifth single pole switching device that closes after the fourth switching device opens to connect power to the third winding.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2015
    Publication date: May 12, 2016
    Inventors: Christopher H. Bock, Christopher J. Wieloch, James J. Kinsella, Stefan T. Dziekonski
  • Publication number: 20160133413
    Abstract: One embodiment describes a three-phase electromechanical switching device, which includes three single-phase switching devices mechanically and electrically coupled in parallel with one another. Each of the single-phase switching devices includes a direct current electromagnetic operator that receives a direct current control signal from control circuitry, in which the direct current control signal instructs the single phase switching device to open or close a single current carrying path in the single phase switching device at a desired time; stationary contacts disposed in a device housing; and a movable assembly that is displaced by energizing or de-energizing the electromagnetic operator, in which the movable assembly includes movable contacts that, with the stationary contacts, open and close the single current carrying path.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2015
    Publication date: May 12, 2016
    Inventors: Christopher H. Bock, Christopher J. Wieloch, James J. Kinsella, Stefan T. Dziekonski
  • Publication number: 20160133415
    Abstract: One embodiment describes a method that includes in a first switching operation of an electrical power switching system including three separately controllable single pole, single current-carrying path switching devices that provide three-phase power to a load, and control circuitry coupled to the switching devices to control closing and opening of the current-carrying paths, commanding at least one of the switching devices to open or close in advance of at least one other of the switching devices based upon a current zero-crossing or a predicted current zero-crossing of input three-phase power; and in subsequent switching operations alternating which of the three switching devices is closed or opened in advance of another of the switching devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2015
    Publication date: May 12, 2016
    Inventors: Christopher H. Bock, Christopher J. Wieloch, James J. Kinsella, Stefan T. Dziekonski, James P. Miller
  • Publication number: 20160133410
    Abstract: One embodiment describes an operating coil driver circuitry, which includes a control circuitry that outputs a trigger signal and a reference voltage; an operational amplifier that compares the reference voltage to a node voltage, in which the node voltage is directly related to current flowing through an operating coil of a switching device and the operational amplifier outputs a logic high signal when the node voltage is higher than the reference voltage and outputs a logic low signal when the node voltage is lower than the reference voltage; and a flip-flop that outputs a pulse-width modulated signal to instruct a switch to supply a desired current to the operating coil based at least in part on the trigger signal and the signal output by the operational amplifier.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2015
    Publication date: May 12, 2016
    Inventors: Christopher H. Bock, Christopher J. Wieloch, James J. Kinsella, Stefan T. Dziekonski
  • Publication number: 20160133411
    Abstract: One embodiment describes a tangible, non-transitory, computer-readable medium storing instructions executable by a processor in a control circuitry. The instructions include instructions to receive an instruction to make a switching device; determine, using the control circuitry, a voltage waveform of a power source; determine, using the control circuitry, a desired time to make the switching device based at least in part on the source voltage waveform; determine, using the control circuitry, an expected make time of the switching device; and determine, using the control circuitry, when to apply a pull-in current to make the switching device at the desired time based at least in part on the expected make time and the desired time to make.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2015
    Publication date: May 12, 2016
    Inventors: Christopher H. Bock, Christopher J. Wieloch, James J. Kinsella, Stefan T. Dziekonski
  • Publication number: 20160134209
    Abstract: One embodiment describes a motor starter including a first single pole switching device that opens to disconnect power from a first winding of a motor; a second single pole switching device that closes after the first switching device opens to connect power to the first winding; a third single pole switching device that opens to disconnect power from a second winding of the motor; a fourth single pole switching device that closes after the third single pole switching device opens to connect power to the second winding; a fifth single pole switching device that opens to disconnect power form a third winding of the motor; and a sixth single pole switching device closes after the fifth single pole switching device opens to connect power to the third winding.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2015
    Publication date: May 12, 2016
    Inventors: Christopher H. Bock, Christopher J. Wieloch, James J. Kinsella, Stefan T. Dziekonski
  • Publication number: 20160134205
    Abstract: One embodiment describes a method that includes determining a desired torque level of a motor actuated by a motor starter; determining, using a control system, a configuration of the motor starter to achieve the desired torque level, in which determining the configuration includes determining which of a plurality of switching devices in the motor starter should be opened and which should be closed; and instructing, using the control system, the motor starter to implement the determined configuration by opening or closing one or more of the plurality of switching devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2015
    Publication date: May 12, 2016
    Inventors: Christopher H. Bock, Christopher J. Wieloch, James J. Kinsella, Stefan T. Dziekonski
  • Publication number: 20160134207
    Abstract: One embodiment describes a method that includes, when a motor is disconnected from a power source: starting, using a control circuitry, a counter at a first voltage zero-crossing by either a source voltage or a back electromotive force generated by the motor; stopping, using the control circuitry, the counter at a next subsequent second voltage zero-crossing by either the source voltage or the back electromotive force; monitoring, using the control circuitry, a trend in counter values; and instructing, using the control circuitry, one or more switching devices to reconnect the power source to the motor after a local minimum in the counter value trend such that the source voltage is leading the back electromotive force.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2015
    Publication date: May 12, 2016
    Inventors: Christopher H. Bock, Christopher J. Wieloch, James J. Kinsella, Stefan T. Dziekonski
  • Publication number: 20160134210
    Abstract: One embodiment describes a wye-delta starter, which includes a first single pole, single current carrying path switching device that selectively connects and disconnects a first winding of a motor in a wye configuration; a second single pole, single current carrying path switching device that selectively connects and disconnects the first winding in a delta configuration, in which the first switching device and the second switching device are coupled via a first interlock; a third single pole, single current carrying path switching device that selectively connects and disconnects a second winding and a third winding of the motor in the wye configuration; a fourth single pole, single current carrying path switching device that selectively connects and disconnects the second winding in the delta configuration, in which the third switching device and the fourth switching device are coupled via a second interlock; and a fifth single pole, single current carrying path switching device that selectively connects and
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2015
    Publication date: May 12, 2016
    Inventors: Christopher H. Bock, Christopher J. Wieloch, James J. Kinsella, Stefan T. Dziekonski, James P. Miller
  • Publication number: 20160133417
    Abstract: One embodiment describes an interlock for an electromechanical switching system, which includes a housing; a first camming lockout member disposed in the housing and that contacts an auxiliary operator of a first electromechanical switching device; a second camming lockout member disposed in the housing and that contacts an auxiliary operator of a second electromechanical switching device, which the first camming lockout members contacts the second camming lockout member when the first camming lockout member is moved to an actuated position by the first electromechanical switching device to prevent movement of the second camming lockout member to an actuated position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2015
    Publication date: May 12, 2016
    Inventors: Christopher H. Bock, Christopher J. Wieloch, James J. Kinsella, Stefan T. Dziekonski