Patents by Inventor Peter J. Balsells

Peter J. Balsells 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: 7769459
    Abstract: Spring contact apparatus for an implantable medical device includes a plurality of nonconductive housing with each housing having a bore therethrough alignable with adjacent housing bores and assembled in spaced apart pairs with adjacent radial accesses to adjacent housing chambers. A plurality of electrically conductive garter springs are provided with the pairs of garter springs being disposed in corresponding adjacent housing chambers and each spring having a pigtail lead extending through a corresponding axis. The pairs of adjacent pigtail leads extending from adjacent axes are of sufficient length for a combined attachment to a corresponding pulse generator lead.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2010
    Assignee: Bal Seal Engineering Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Peter J. Balsells
  • Publication number: 20100090379
    Abstract: A spring latching connector includes a housing having a bore therethrough, a piston slidably received in said bore, a circular groove formed in one of said bore and piston and a circular coil spring disposed in said groove for latching said piston and housing together. The groove is sized and shaped for controlling, in combination with a spring configuration, disconnect and connect forces of the spring latching connection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2009
    Publication date: April 15, 2010
    Inventor: Peter J. Balsells
  • Publication number: 20100051438
    Abstract: A latching and electrical switch mechanism includes an insulated housing having a cavity therein with an opening thereto along with an electrically conductive ball disposed therein. The ball includes a stem with a smaller diameter than the ball and extends therefrom with a ball being sized for rotational and translational movement within the housing cavity. At least one groove is provided in the housing cavity and a coil spring is disposed in a groove for making electrical contact with the ball and retaining the ball for rotation within the cavity with the stem at selected conical angles with respect to the housing centerline. At least one electrical contact is disposed in the cavity at a spaced apart relationship with the coil spring for providing electrical connection with the ball upon translational movement of the ball within the cavity, which also produces an audible sound.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2009
    Publication date: March 4, 2010
    Inventors: PETER J. BALSELLS, Majid Ghasiri
  • Publication number: 20100028076
    Abstract: A connector includes a housing having a bore with a housing groove disposed on an inside surface of the bore with a groove establishing a release angle between a housing groove bottom and a bore inside surface. A retainer defines a spring cavity between a retainer and the release angle and a circular radial canted coil spring is disposed in the spring cavity. A pin having a tapered end and a body diameter sized for sliding engagement with the bore is provided which includes a circumferential groove in the pin body for receiving the coil spring upon insertion of the pin into the bore. A circumferential groove includes a load angle for rotating the coil spring in an orientation in which the major spring axis is parallel to the release angle upon initial withdrawal of the pin from the bore. The coil is further compressed along the spring minor axis and expands radially upon continued withdrawal of the pin from the bore.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2009
    Publication date: February 4, 2010
    Inventor: Peter J. Balsells
  • Publication number: 20090039728
    Abstract: A contact assembly for making electrical connection between coaxial members generally includes a rotor having a plurality of spaced apart circumferential electrically conductive rings, and a stator surrounding a rotor with a plurality of spaced apart grooves aligned with the plurality of rings at a variable distance therefrom and enabling continuous, or sustained rotation of the rotor within the stator. A plurality of circular canted-coil springs is provided with each spring being disposed and a corresponding groove providing constant force against a corresponding ring independent of the variable distance between the compression ring and the groove. A plurality of electrical leads is provided with each lead being electrically connected to a corresponding ring.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2008
    Publication date: February 12, 2009
    Inventor: PETER J. BALSELLS
  • Publication number: 20080254670
    Abstract: Electrical connectors are generally discussed herein having a housing having a bore and a groove having a canted coil spring positioned therein. A pin is inserted through the bore and is electrically connected with the canted coil spring. The canted coil spring may be coated with a noble metal and the housing and the pin may be made from non-noble metals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 14, 2008
    Publication date: October 16, 2008
    Inventors: Peter J. Balsells, Robbie J. Sjostedt, Farshid Dilmaghanian
  • Patent number: 7316593
    Abstract: A female electrical connector and method of using same includes a body having a bore therethrough for receiving electrical plug and a helical groove formed in the bore. A canted coil spring is disposed in the helical groove and protrudes therefrom for providing both electrical connection to the plug and retention of the plug within the bore and a connecting lug embedded into the body, surrounding the bore and interconnected with the spring includes a wire segment extending exterior to the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2008
    Assignee: Bal Seal Engineering Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Peter J. Balsells
  • Patent number: 7274964
    Abstract: A medically implantable electrical connector includes a housing having a bore with an internal groove therein along with a pin sized for insertion into the housing bore. A film removing spring is disposed in the housing groove dynamic loading of the spring in the groove by the pin causing scraping of film from the groove and pin surfaces to provide lowered electrical resistance therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2007
    Assignee: Bal Seal Engineering Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Peter J. Balsells
  • Patent number: 7210398
    Abstract: Seal apparatus includes a cover seal having a body and an extending cylindrical sleeve with the sleeve including a radial internal groove. A piston is provided having a circumferential groove and a biasing element is disposed between the internal and circumferential groove. Surfaces, disposed in the internal and circumferential grooves, orient the biasing element in order to effect sealing between the housing and the sleeve and an axial force to provide latching or locking between the seal and the piston.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2007
    Assignee: Bal Seal Engineering Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Peter J. Balsells
  • Patent number: 7175441
    Abstract: A multiple positioning assembly includes a housing having a cavity therein with a circumferential groove disposed proximate a cavity opening. A ball assembly including a ball portion forms a spheroidal joint with the cavity which enables conical movement of the ball assembly. A plunger is slidably disposed within a bore through the ball portion of the ball assembly and electrical connections enable lateral movement of the plunger to control power to a light bulb attached to the plunger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2007
    Assignee: Bal Seal Engineering Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Jacques Naviaux, Peter J. Balsells
  • Patent number: 7070455
    Abstract: A stackable electrical connector assembly includes a plurality of contact housings with each housings having a bore therethrough alignable with adjacent housing bores. The adjacent housings define, in combination, spaced apart radial spring grooves. A plurality of electrically conducting garter springs are disposed in corresponding spring grooves with each spring including a lead extending to an exterior of adjacent housings. A cable having a plurality of wires is provided with each wire attached to a corresponding lead. The housings are modular enabling the contacts to provide a different number of terminal connections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2006
    Assignee: Bal Seal Engineering Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Peter J. Balsells
  • Patent number: 7055812
    Abstract: A coil spring includes a plurality of primary wire coils and a plurality of secondary wire coils, the primary and secondary coils being contiguous and differentiated from one another by a dimensional size in order to provide variable force and variable deflection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2006
    Assignee: Bal Seal Engineering Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Peter J. Balsells
  • Patent number: 6835084
    Abstract: A medically implantable electrical connector includes a housing having a bore with an internal V-groove or a flat bottom groove therein along with radial garter spring disposed in the V-groove or an axial garter spring disposed in the flat bottom groove. A pin is provided and sized for insertion in the housing bore. The housing, spring and pin are formed from a combination of medically implantable materials in order to control electrical resistivity between the housing, the garter spring and the pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2004
    Assignee: Bal Seal Engineering Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Poon, Peter J. Balsells
  • Publication number: 20040245686
    Abstract: A spring latching connector includes a housing having a bore therethrough, a piston slidably received in said bore, a circular groove formed in one of said bore and piston and a circular coil spring disposed in said groove for latching said piston and housing together. The groove is sized and shaped for controlling, in combination with a spring configuration, disconnect and connect forces of the spring latching connection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2004
    Publication date: December 9, 2004
    Inventor: Peter J. Balsells
  • Patent number: 6749358
    Abstract: A tooless electrical connector includes a housing having a bore with a groove disposed on an inside surface of the bore with the groove establishing a shoulder between a groove bottom and a bore inside surface. A flat spring is provided and disposed in the groove for defining a spring cavity between the flat spring and the shoulder and a circular canted coil spring is disposed in the spring cavity. A pin having a circumferential groove is provided for receiving the coil spring upon insertion of the pin into the bore and a plurality of primary radial fingers formed in the flat spring retain the coil spring in the cavity before insertion of the pin. A plurality of secondary radial fingers formed in the flat spring prevent axial movement between the housing and the pin with the coil spring within the pin groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2004
    Assignee: Bal Seal Engineering Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Peter J. Balsells
  • Publication number: 20040070128
    Abstract: A coil spring includes a plurality of primary wire coils and a plurality of secondary wire coils, the primary and secondary coils being contiguous and differentiated from one another by a dimensional size in order to provide variable force and variable deflection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2003
    Publication date: April 15, 2004
    Inventor: Peter J. Balsells
  • Publication number: 20030157846
    Abstract: A medically implantable electrical connector includes a housing having a bore with an internal V-groove or a flat bottom groove therein along with radial garter spring disposed in the V-groove or an axial garter spring disposed in the flat bottom groove. A pin is provided and sized for insertion in the housing bore. The housing, spring and pin are formed from a combination of medically implantable materials in order to control electrical resistivity between the housing, the garter spring and the pin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2003
    Publication date: August 21, 2003
    Inventors: Daniel Poon, Peter J. Balsells
  • Publication number: 20030096526
    Abstract: A tooless electrical connector includes a housing having a bore with a groove disposed on an inside surface of the bore with the groove establishing a shoulder between a groove bottom and a bore inside surface. A flat spring is provided and disposed in the groove for defining a spring cavity between the flat spring and the shoulder and a circular canted coil spring is disposed in the spring cavity. A pin having a circumferential groove is provided for receiving the coil spring upon insertion of the pin into the bore and a plurality of primary radial fingers formed in the flat spring retain the coil spring in the cavity before insertion of the pin. A plurality of secondary radial fingers formed in the flat spring prevent axial movement between the housing and the pin with the coil spring within the pin groove.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2002
    Publication date: May 22, 2003
    Inventor: Peter J. Balsells
  • Publication number: 20030094812
    Abstract: A connector includes a housing having a bore with a housing groove disposed on an inside surface of the bore with a groove establishing a release angle between a housing groove bottom and a bore inside surface. A retainer defines a spring cavity between a retainer and the release angle and a circular radial canted coil spring is disposed in the spring cavity. A pin having a tapered end and a body diameter sized for sliding engagement with the bore is provided which includes a circumferential groove in the pin body for receiving the coil spring upon insertion of the pin into the bore. A circumferential groove includes a load angle for rotating the coil spring in an orientation in which the major spring axis is parallel to the release angle upon initial withdrawal of the pin from the bore. The coil is further compressed along the spring minor axis and expands radially upon continued withdrawal of the pin from the bore.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2002
    Publication date: May 22, 2003
    Inventor: Peter J. Balsells
  • Publication number: 20020122690
    Abstract: A spring energized connector includes an axial spring ring disposed within a housing having a bore with an internal groove for retaining the spring. A piston is provided having an external groove for receiving a portion of this spring and a chamfer is provided for radially expanding the spring as the piston is inserted into the bore in a connect direction with a selected connect force. A contact retaining wall, defining an internal groove sidewall, is disposed at an angle from a normal to a bore centerline for causing axial compression of the spring as the piston is moved in a disconnect direction, opposite the connect direction, causing a disconnect force, in the disconnect direction, greater than a connected force.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2002
    Publication date: September 5, 2002
    Inventors: Daniel Poon, Peter J. Balsells