Patents by Inventor Norbert H. Balko

Norbert H. Balko 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: 6972555
    Abstract: A three-phase electronic electricity meter that includes configurable voltage sensing blades such that the electricity meter can be configured for use with various electrical service types. The electricity meter includes a base having a configuration to correspond to standard ANSI-type sockets. The meter base includes a plurality of individual voltage sensing blades that are received by the ANSI socket. At least one of the voltage sensing blades is movable between a first and a second position such that the voltage sensing blade contacts different areas on a meter circuit board in the first and second positions. A common circuit board can be utilized for different electrical service types and the contact arrangement can be selectively configured by moving the voltage sensing blades between their first and second positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2005
    Assignee: M&FC Holding, LLC
    Inventors: Norbert H. Balko, Jeffery F. Fye, Jeffrey L. Fischer, Matthew E. M. Storkey, Edward G. Colby
  • Patent number: 6836108
    Abstract: A three-phase electricity meter that includes an integral test switch member that allows the electricity meter to be tested without accessing the enclosed meter housing. The test switch member is operable to move a plurality of contact members into and out of engagement with the bus bars of the electricity meter. Specifically, each contact member includes a flexible finger that is biased into contact with one of the bus bars. When the test switch member is moved from the operating position to the testing position, each of the flexible fingers is moved away from its biased position against the bus bar. Each of the contact members includes a connecting pin that is accessible from the exterior of the meter housing such that separate test voltages and currents can be supplied to the electricity meter without accessing the enclosed meter housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2004
    Assignee: M & FC Holding, LLC
    Inventors: Norbert H. Balko, Jeffery F. Fye, Jeffrey L. Fischer, Matthew E. M. Storkey, Edward G. Colby