Patents by Inventor Robert S. Wiggins

Robert S. Wiggins 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: 6292337
    Abstract: An electrical system, such as a system for providing power to an appliance or a building, includes arcing current protection, either in connection with or separate from a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI). In one embodiment a sensing lead is located between a power line and a neutral line conveying power to the load, but is not connected to the load. The sensing lead is preferably larger than the power line and neutral line. Also, an integrity checking device may be connected from the sensing lead to the power line to determine continuity of the sensing lead, but current flow through the integrity checking device is limited to a very small magnitude. When an arcing current above a predetermined magnitude occurs in the sensing lead, an SCR is triggered to open the circuit. The sensing lead in such an embodiment may be the ground line of a three line system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2001
    Assignee: Technology Research Corporation
    Inventors: Raymond H. Legatti, Robert S. Wiggins