Patents by Inventor Steven L. Wolff

Steven L. Wolff 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).

  • Publication number: 20190249893
    Abstract: A thermostat that is configured to be releasably secured to a wall mountable connector, wherein the wall mountable connector includes a jumper switch that permits an installer or other professional to easily form an electrical connection between different wiring terminals of the wall mountable connector in accordance with how particular field wires are connected to the wiring terminals of the wall mountable connector. The thermostat is further configured to automatically determine the position of the jumper switch of the wall mountable connector, and in some cases, change the control of at least some functionality of the thermostat and/or HVAC equipment depending on the position of the jumper switch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2019
    Publication date: August 15, 2019
    Inventors: Josef Novotny, Petr Adamik, Steven L. Wolff, Ladislav Janovec, Tomas Rezny, David J. Emmons, Michal Sicner, Jiri Sapak, Tarik Khoury
  • Publication number: 20190234523
    Abstract: An illustrative damper system includes a damper blade that is configured to be positioned within a duct, such as a bypass duct of an HVAC system. A shaft is in communication with the damper blade, a torsion spring is in communication with the shaft, and a force adjustment mechanism is in communication with the torsion spring. The shaft, the damper blade, and the torsion spring may be configured such that the shaft may affect movement of the damper blade about a rotation axis and the torsion spring may provide a bias force to the shaft for biasing the damper blade toward a desired position (e.g. closed position).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2019
    Publication date: August 1, 2019
    Inventors: Pavel Marak, Steven L. Wolff, Paul Schwendinger, Eric Barton, David Emmons
  • Patent number: 10302207
    Abstract: An illustrative damper system includes a damper blade that is configured to be positioned within a duct, such as a bypass duct of an HVAC system. A shaft is in communication with the damper blade, a torsion spring is in communication with the shaft, and a force adjustment mechanism is in communication with the torsion spring. The shaft, the damper blade, and the torsion spring may be configured such that the shaft may affect movement of the damper blade about a rotation axis and the torsion spring may provide a bias force to the shaft for biasing the damper blade toward a desired position (e.g. closed position).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Pavel Marak, Steven L. Wolff, Paul Schwendinger, Eric Barton, David James Emmons
  • Patent number: 10208972
    Abstract: A thermostat that is configured to be releasably secured to a wall mountable connector, wherein the wall mountable connector includes a jumper switch that permits an installer or other professional to easily form an electrical connection between different wiring terminals of the wall mountable connector in accordance with how particular field wires are connected to the wiring terminals of the wall mountable connector. The thermostat is further configured to automatically determine the position of the jumper switch of the wall mountable connector, and in some cases, change the control of at least some functionality of the thermostat and/or HVAC equipment depending on the position of the jumper switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Ademco Inc.
    Inventors: Josef Novotny, Petr Adamik, Steven L. Wolff, Ladislav Janovec, Tomas Rezny, David J. Emmons, Michal Sicner, Jiri Sapak, Tarik Khoury
  • Patent number: 10190799
    Abstract: An illustrative damper system includes a damper blade that is configured to be positioned within a duct, such as a bypass duct of an HVAC system. A shaft is in communication with the damper blade, and an actuator or force adjustment mechanism is in communication with the shaft. The actuator or force adjustment mechanism may include a housing and a spring therein, where the spring is in communication with the shaft. The shaft, the damper blade, and the spring may be configured such that the shaft may affect movement of the damper blade about a rotation axis offset from a diametrical axis of the damper blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Pavel Marak, Steven L. Wolff, David J. Emmons, Eric Barton
  • Patent number: 10054326
    Abstract: A wall mountable connector may be secured to a wall in order to provide mechanical and electrical connections to a thermostat. In some cases, the wall mountable connector and the thermostat may, in combination, be configured to permit the thermostat to attach to the wall mountable connector only when the thermostat is in a particular orientation relative to the wall mountable connector. In some cases, the wall mountable connector includes a plurality of pin terminals that are configured to accommodate a plurality of pins extending from the thermostat. The interaction between the pins and the pin terminals may provide a lock and key arrangement between the wall mountable connector and the thermostat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: David J. Emmons, Travis Read, Eric Barton, Steven L. Wolff, Sriharsha Putrevu
  • Patent number: 9960581
    Abstract: An adapter plate may be used to secure a wall mountable connector to a junction box by engaging mounting features of the wall mountable connector. In some cases, the wall mountable connector may be directly secured to a wall via fasteners that extend through the same mounting features of the wall mountable connector. In some cases, the adapter plate may be configured such that the wall mountable connector can be secured to the adapter plate simply by pressing the wall mountable connector into position on the adapter plate, where mounting latches of the adapter plate engage the mounting apertures of the wall mountable connector. The wall mountable connector may be an HVAC wall mountable connector that provides an electrical connection between a plurality of field wires of an HVAC system and corresponding terminals of a removably mounted thermostat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Ladislav Janovec, Steven L. Wolff, David .J Emmons, Tarik Khoury
  • Patent number: 9941183
    Abstract: A wall mountable connector assembly with an optional wall covering plate is disclosed. The wall mountable connector provides electrical connections to each of a plurality of field wires and is configured to provide electrical connections to a thermostat secured to the wall mountable connector. The optional wall covering plate is configured to fit over the wall mountable connector and provide a pleasing appearance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Travis Read, David J. Emmons, Steven L. Wolff, Eric Barton
  • Publication number: 20180010821
    Abstract: An illustrative damper system includes a damper blade that is configured to be positioned within a duct, such as a bypass duct of an HVAC system. A shaft is in communication with the damper blade, and an actuator or force adjustment mechanism is in communication with the shaft. The actuator or force adjustment mechanism may include a housing and a spring therein, where the spring is in communication with the shaft. The shaft, the damper blade, and the spring may be configured such that the shaft may affect movement of the damper blade about a rotation axis offset from a diametrical axis of the damper blade.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2017
    Publication date: January 11, 2018
    Inventors: Pavel Marak, Steven L. Wolff, David J. Emmons, Eric Barton
  • Publication number: 20170288347
    Abstract: An electrical connector includes a housing having contact channels with electrical contacts received therein each having a poke-in spring beam configured to engage an electrical wire when poked-in to the housing. The electrical contact is movable between a resting position when no wire is present in the wire channel and a clearance position where the electrical contact allows the electrical wire to be removed from the wire channel. Pivot levers are held by the housing and are coupled to corresponding electrical contacts with a pivot end pivotably coupled to the housing and a push button end having a push button pressed to move the corresponding electrical contact to the clearance position. When the electrical wire is loaded into the wire channel, the electrical contact is positioned in a pinching position in which the spring beam pinches against the electrical wire in physical contact with the electrical wire.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2017
    Publication date: October 5, 2017
    Inventors: David J. Emmons, Travis Read, Steven L. Wolff, Eric Barton, Ladislav Janovec
  • Patent number: 9780511
    Abstract: A wall mountable connector for securing a thermostat to a wall may include a plurality of wiring terminals as well as structure enabling an installer or other person to easily electrically connect (e.g. jumper) two or more of the wiring terminals in order to accommodate different equipment installations. For example, in some cases there may be a desire to electrically connect (e.g. jumper) or disconnect certain wiring terminals that correspond to transformer input terminals, which in some equipment installations are intended to be independently powered while in others they are not. In some cases, the wall mountable connector may include a slider with a cam that selectively lifts a conductor to disconnect two or more wiring terminals. The wall mountable connector may also include structure that helps prevent electrically connecting field wires to particular wiring terminals in error, depending on the position of the slider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Ladislav Janovec, David J. Emmons, Eric Barton, Steven L. Wolff
  • Patent number: 9748708
    Abstract: An electrical connector includes a housing having contact channels with electrical contacts received therein each having a poke-in spring beam configured to engage an electrical wire when poked-in to the housing. The electrical contact is movable between a resting position when no wire is present in the wire channel and a clearance position where the electrical contact allows the electrical wire to be removed from the wire channel. Pivot levers are held by the housing and are coupled to corresponding electrical contacts with a pivot end pivotably coupled to the housing and a push button end having a push button pressed to move the corresponding electrical contact to the clearance position. When the electrical wire is loaded into the wire channel, the electrical contact is positioned in a pinching position in which the spring beam pinches against the electrical wire in physical contact with the electrical wire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Edward Mostoller, Edward John Howard, Christopher George Daily, David J. Emmons, Travis Read, Steven L. Wolff, Eric Barton
  • Publication number: 20170237216
    Abstract: A wall mountable connector for securing a thermostat to a wall may include a plurality of wiring terminals as well as structure enabling an installer or other person to easily electrically connect (e.g. jumper) two or more of the wiring terminals in order to accommodate different equipment installations. For example, in some cases there may be a desire to electrically connect (e.g. jumper) or disconnect certain wiring terminals that correspond to transformer input terminals, which in some equipment installations are intended to be independently powered while in others they are not. In some cases, the wall mountable connector may include a slider with a cam that selectively lifts a conductor to disconnect two or more wiring terminals. The wall mountable connector may also include structure that helps prevent electrically connecting field wires to particular wiring terminals in error, depending on the position of the slider.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Publication date: August 17, 2017
    Inventors: Ladislav Janovec, David J. Emmons, Eric Barton, Steven L. Wolff
  • Publication number: 20170234565
    Abstract: A wall mountable connector may be secured to a wall in order to provide mechanical and electrical connections to a thermostat. In some cases, the wall mountable connector and the thermostat may, in combination, be configured to permit the thermostat to attach to the wall mountable connector only when the thermostat is in a particular orientation relative to the wall mountable connector. In some cases, the wall mountable connector includes a plurality of pin terminals that are configured to accommodate a plurality of pins extending from the thermostat. The interaction between the pins and the pin terminals may provide a lock and key arrangement between the wall mountable connector and the thermostat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Publication date: August 17, 2017
    Inventors: David J. Emmons, Travis Read, Eric Barton, Steven L. Wolff, Sriharsha Putrevu
  • Publication number: 20170236766
    Abstract: A wall mountable connector assembly with an optional wall covering plate is disclosed. The wall mountable connector provides electrical connections to each of a plurality of field wires and is configured to provide electrical connections to a thermostat secured to the wall mountable connector. The optional wall covering plate is configured to fit over the wall mountable connector and provide a pleasing appearance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Publication date: August 17, 2017
    Inventors: Travis Read, David J. Emmons, Steven L. Wolff, Eric Barton
  • Publication number: 20170234560
    Abstract: A thermostat that is configured to be releasably secured to a wall mountable connector, wherein the wall mountable connector includes a jumper switch that permits an installer or other professional to easily form an electrical connection between different wiring terminals of the wall mountable connector in accordance with how particular field wires are connected to the wiring terminals of the wall mountable connector. The thermostat is further configured to automatically determine the position of the jumper switch of the wall mountable connector, and in some cases, change the control of at least some functionality of the thermostat and/or HVAC equipment depending on the position of the jumper switch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Publication date: August 17, 2017
    Inventors: Josef Novotny, Petr Adamik, Steven L. Wolff, Ladislav Janovec, Tomas Rezny, David J. Emmons, Michal Sicner, Jiri Sapak, Tarik Khoury
  • Publication number: 20170237246
    Abstract: An adapter plate may be used to secure a wall mountable connector to a junction box by engaging mounting features of the wall mountable connector. In some cases, the wall mountable connector may be directly secured to a wall via fasteners that extend through the same mounting features of the wall mountable connector. In some cases, the adapter plate may be configured such that the wall mountable connector can be secured to the adapter plate simply by pressing the wall mountable connector into position on the adapter plate, where mounting latches of the adapter plate engage the mounting apertures of the wall mountable connector. The wall mountable connector may be an HVAC wall mountable connector that provides an electrical connection between a plurality of field wires of an HVAC system and corresponding terminals of a removably mounted thermostat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Publication date: August 17, 2017
    Inventors: Ladislav Janovec, Steven L. Wolff, David .J Emmons, Tarik Khoury
  • Publication number: 20170234574
    Abstract: An illustrative damper system includes a damper blade that is configured to be positioned within a duct, such as a bypass duct of an HVAC system. A shaft is in communication with the damper blade, and an actuator or force adjustment mechanism is in communication with the shaft. The actuator or force adjustment mechanism may include a housing and a spring therein, where the spring is in communication with the shaft. The shaft, the damper blade, and the spring may be configured such that the shaft may affect movement of the damper blade about a rotation axis offset from a diametrical axis of the damper blade.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2017
    Publication date: August 17, 2017
    Inventors: Pavel Marak, Steven L. Wolff, David J. Emmons, Eric Barton
  • Patent number: 9686880
    Abstract: A thermostat that is configured to couple to a wall mountable connector includes a plurality of pins that extend out the back of the thermostat and that are intended to mate with corresponding pin terminals of the wall mountable connector and provide electrical connections between the thermostat and the wall mountable connector. In some cases, the plurality of pins of the thermostat are secured to a printed circuit board within the thermostat housing. A plurality of apertures formed in the back of the thermostat housing may be configured to accommodate the plurality of pins and to help align the printed circuit board with the thermostat housing. This may be particularly beneficial when assembling the printed circuit board with the thermostat housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Tarik Khoury, Eric Barton, David J. Emmons, Steven L. Wolff
  • Patent number: 9664409
    Abstract: An illustrative damper system includes a damper blade that is configured to be positioned within a duct, such as a bypass duct of an HVAC system. A shaft is in communication with the damper blade, and an actuator or force adjustment mechanism is in communication with the shaft. The actuator or force adjustment mechanism may include a housing and a spring therein, where the spring is in communication with the shaft. The shaft, the damper blade, and the spring may be configured such that the shaft may affect movement of the damper blade about a rotation axis offset from a diametrical axis of the damper blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Pavel Marak, Steven L. Wolff, David James Emmons, Eric Barton