Distributing And/or Combined With Overhead Patents (Class 174/38)
  • Patent number: 11017348
    Abstract: Methods and systems for delivering a package to a customer employ an on-demand locker assembly having a plurality of lockers. A computer-implemented method of staging delivery of a package to a customer includes displaying a network link that is selectable by the customer on an electronic client device. In response to selection of the network link, the package is transferred to one of the lockers. An access code for the locker is sent to the electronic client device. Upon entry of the access code, the locker is opened to provide the customer with access to the package to retrieve the package from the locker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Lee Brooks, Christa Stephens Glenn, Eric George Wallinger, Jonathan Pennucci Alexander, Thomas Emmanuel Van de Velde, Ripley Graeme MacDonald, Nicholas Groenke, Christopher David Brown, Christopher A. Heilman, Stephen Michael Kidson
  • Patent number: 10916905
    Abstract: An external electrical power distribution apparatus and method for adding electrical power distribution to the exterior of a building are disclosed. The external electrical power distribution apparatus includes a base configured to be mounted to a support structure on one side and further configured such that an electrical device can be mounted on a different side than the side mounted to the support structure. The base includes electrical power distribution outlets housed within it, and the housing also includes electrical wiring for providing electrical power to the electrical device and electrical power distribution outlets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Inventors: Jose Antonio Chavez, James Arthur Borthwick
  • Patent number: 10886711
    Abstract: Disclosed is a power supply system, including: a high-voltage input power distribution cabinet, a high-low voltage conversion cabinet, and a low-voltage output and control cabinet, the high-low voltage conversion cabinet is provided with at least one high-voltage chamber provided with a high-voltage bus bar, at least one low-voltage chamber provided with a low-voltage bus bar, an insulating partition between the high-voltage chamber and the low-voltage chamber and a plurality of power supply modules; each of the power supply modules bridges the high-voltage and low-voltage chambers and includes a high-voltage cavity, a low-voltage cavity and an isolation unit, the high-voltage and low-voltage cavities are respectively disposed corresponding to the high-voltage and low-voltage chambers and electrically connected to the high-voltage and low-voltage bus bars respectively, and the isolation unit is connected to one end of the high-voltage cavity and one end of the low-voltage cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Delta Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Lin Lan, Weiqiang Zhang
  • Patent number: 10826282
    Abstract: A copper bar component for switching an input/output mode of an uninterruptible power supply (UPS), and a power system includes an enclosure of the UPS, at least one bracket and a plurality of copper bars. The plurality of copper bars are fastened to each of the at least one bracket, and the plurality of copper bars are connected to an input or output wiring terminal on the enclosure of the UPS. Each of the at least one bracket is made of an insulating material. The plurality of copper bars are arranged on each of the at least one bracket according to one input mode or output mode of the UPS, and the plurality of copper bars are arranged on the at least one bracket in a one-to-one correspondence to at least one of an input mode or an output mode of the UPS.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Weijie Cao, Lijun Zhao, Qi Ma
  • Patent number: 10816745
    Abstract: An optical fiber pedestal box comprises a pedestal having a rail and an optical fiber box configured to mount to the pedestal. The optical fiber box is restricted in movement by at least one cable and the pedestal is configured to slide relative to the optical fiber box to accommodate cables moving because of ground heaving during freezing and thawing. The optical fiber pedestal box may be configured to receive different sizes and types of optical fiber cables.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Clearfield, Inc.
    Inventors: John P. Hill, Todd M. Bade, Walter E. Power, II
  • Patent number: 10686263
    Abstract: A ground block may include a metal ground plate and a ground wire fixedly coupled with the metal ground plate. The ground wire is configured to be non-detachable from the ground block during normal use of the ground block. The ground block may be formed by soldering, brazing, or clamping the ground wire to the metal ground plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: PPC BROADBAND, INC.
    Inventors: Roger D. Mathews, Brian K. Hanson
  • Patent number: 10582620
    Abstract: A controller includes a control board, a transmitting board, a display board, and a USB board. A modular jack is arranged at a position on one surface of the transmitting board, the surface on which the modular jack is arranged faces the control board, and the position of the modular jack is not covered by the control board. A switch is arranged at a position on one surface of the control board, the surface on which the switch is arranged faces the display board and the USB board, and the position of the switch is not covered by the display board and the USB board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Kenichiro Okura, Shohei Yoshida, Haruhiko Matoba
  • Patent number: 10482420
    Abstract: Methods and systems for delivering a package to a customer employ an on-demand locker assembly having a plurality of lockers into which a package is placed for retrieval by the customer. A computer-implemented method for delivering a package to a customer includes receiving the package into a facility. The customer is notified that the package has arrived at the facility. In response to receiving a check-in notification from the customer, the package is placed into a locker having a closed configuration that blocks access to the package by the customer. The customer is sent an access code for use by the customer in retrieving the package from the locker. Entry of the access code by the customer is received. In response to receipt of the entry of the access code, the locker is reconfigured so that the customer can retrieve the package from the locker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Lee Brooks, Christa Stephens Glenn, Eric George Wallinger, Jonathan Pennucci Alexander, Thomas Emmanuel Van de Velde, Ripley Graeme MacDonald, Nicholas Groenke, Christopher David Brown, Christopher A. Heilman, Stephen Michael Kidson
  • Patent number: 10379310
    Abstract: A telecommunications closure (10) comprising cables (46), a cover (20), an interior frame (30), the frame (30) holding telecommunications equipment (32), and a seal block (40) sealing the cover (20) closed relative to one or more cables (46) which enter the closure (10). The frame (30) defines a plurality of clamp assembly holders (36). A plurality of clamp assemblies (60, 160, 260) are provided, each clamp assembly (60, 160, 260) for holding a cable including a jacket (48), interior optical fibers (52), and at least one interior strength member (50). Each clamp assembly (60, 160, 260) includes a jacket clamp assembly (64, 164, 264) moveable relative to the frame, and including a wrap (68) which mounts around the jacket, and a strength member clamp assembly (80, 180, 280) moveable relative to the frame. The wrap (68) wraps around the jacket (48) and is adjustable for different jacket diameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: CommScope Connectivity Belgium BVBA
    Inventors: Mohamed Aznag, Emilie De Groe, Dirk Kempeneers, Eric Marcel M. Keustermans
  • Patent number: 10367314
    Abstract: A power pedestal for electrical outlets is mountable to a mounting surface by means of a pedestal base incorporating stress-relief means that will allow the pedestal to break away either partially or completely from the base in response to an external force acting on the pedestal so as to induce stresses in the pedestal base exceeding a predetermined magnitude. The pedestal base may have one or more vertical elements to which the pedestal can be connected. Ground attachment points may be provided in one or more of the vertical elements, for protection against loss of pedestal grounding in the event of impact damage to the pedestal. The power pedestal may include protective apparatus comprising an angled hood having an angled top surface and an angled bottom surface having an aperture for mounting an electrical outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: A. C. DANDY PRODUCTS LTD.
    Inventor: Hans Broere
  • Patent number: 10247331
    Abstract: An apparatus for supporting an underground main service entrance device and at least one secondary service entrance device and a kit for assembling such apparatus are disclosed. A preferred embodiment of such an apparatus comprises metal posts, metal bars, a first enclosure, at least one second enclosure, and at least one enclosure-connecting conduit. The bars of the embodiment are preferably coupled to the posts horizontally. The preferred first enclosure is configured to contain a main service entrance device. The preferred second enclosure is configured to contain a secondary service entrance device. The first enclosure is preferably attached to two of the bars near the top while the second enclosure is preferably attached to at least one of the bars below the first enclosure. The first and second enclosures are connected by the enclosure-connecting conduit. The components of the embodiment are preferably removably coupled and may be reconfigured when needed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: CIRTCELE ELECTRIC INC.
    Inventor: David M. Specht
  • Patent number: 10225944
    Abstract: A Self-Service Terminal (SST) plinth is provided. The SST plinth includes one or more fastening mechanisms, a power supply, and one or more communication ports. The fastening mechanisms are configured to fasten an SST to the SST plinth. The SST is powered through the power supply of the plinth. Modules of the SST connect to some of the communication ports, and cabling connects external resources of the SST to the SST though other ones of the plinth's communication ports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventors: Charles G. V. Rohan, Steven J. Bernie, Grant Paton, Stephen W. Swaine
  • Patent number: 10101554
    Abstract: A telecommunications closure (10) comprising cables (46), a cover (20), an interior frame (30), the frame (30) holding telecommunications equipment (32), and a seal block (40) sealing the cover (20) closed relative to one or more cables (46) which enter the closure (10). The frame (30) defines a plurality of clamp assembly holders (36). A plurality of clamp assemblies (60, 160, 260) are provided, each clamp assembly (60, 160, 260) for holding a cable including a jacket (48), interior optical fibers (52), and at least one interior strength member (50). Each clamp assembly (60, 160, 260) includes a jacket clamp assembly (64, 164, 264) moveable relative to the frame, and including a wrap (68) which mounts around the jacket, and a strength member clamp assembly (80, 180, 280) moveable relative to the frame. The wrap (68) wraps around the jacket (48) and is adjustable for different jacket diameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: CommScope Connectivity Belgium BVBA
    Inventors: Mohamed Aznag, Emilie De Groe, Dirk Kempeneers, Eric Marcel M. Keustermans
  • Patent number: 9991689
    Abstract: A mounting assembly is for a power pedestal including a number of electrical components. The mounting assembly includes a plurality of mounting members including a first mounting member and a second mounting member each structured to engage an elongated support member and be coupled to the elongated support member. The elongated support member has an end portion. The plurality of mounting members are cooperatively structured to enclose the end portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: EATON INTELLIGENT POWER LIMITED
    Inventors: Chris Emmons Drueke, Jeffery Scott Kuykendall, Paul David Seff
  • Patent number: 9941736
    Abstract: A secondary power system for a light standard having primary power system that is operable at a first voltage. The secondary power system includes an electrical outlet, a power supply and an electrical cord. The electrical outlet has at least one receptacle. The electrical outlet is attachable to the light standard. The power supply is capable of converting an input current at the first voltage to an outlet current at a second voltage that is different than the first voltage. The power supply includes a first connection point and a second connection point. The power supply is mountable in an interior of the light standard. The electrical cord has a first end and a second end. The first end is attached to the electrical outlet. The second end is attached to the power supply.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Inventors: Thomas Roy Ellingboe, Robert J. Barriger, Thomas Ryan Ellingboe
  • Patent number: 9865963
    Abstract: A heat dissipation device is presented for an electrical meter socket. The heat dissipation device includes a conduit with a first end configured to be mounted to a first opening in a housing of the electrical meter socket. The heat dissipation device includes a vent cap to cover a second end of the conduit, and may include one or more optional apertures to dissipate heat from the electrical meter socket. The heat dissipation device can also include mesh or screen to keep insects out of the device. An electrical meter socket system is also presented, including the electrical meter socket a heat dissipation device and a connector to connect the device to an opening in a housing of the socket. A method is also presented, for dissipating heat from an electrical meter socket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Inventor: Donald William Poole
  • Patent number: 9601831
    Abstract: A radio device of the present invention includes a radiation conductor which converts a radio frequency signal into an electric wave and radiates the electric wave; a circuit board electrically connected to the radiation conductor and incorporating an electric circuit for supplying the radio frequency signal to the radiation conductor a planar grounded conductor electrically connected to the electric circuit on the circuit board and placed such that the grounded conductor faces the radiation conductor, the grounded conductor constituting a ground of the radiation conductor; and a resin-made casing for accommodating the radiation conductor, the circuit board and the grounded conductor; wherein the grounded conductor, the circuit board and the radiation conductor are placed in this order in a thickness direction of the circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takashi Watanabe, Hiroyuki Uno, Masaki Sugiyama, Yoshiyuki Yokoajiro, Yoshishige Yoshikawa
  • Patent number: 9508481
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for providing temporary secure electric cable access to a terminal of a transformer mounted on a pad; the apparatus includes: 1) at least one riser for supporting an end of the transformer a distance above the pad thereby creating a gap between the pad and the transformer, the distance being sufficient to allow axial passage of the cable through the gap; 2) a barrier shaped for abutting engagement with the transformer and sized to cover the gap; 3) a cable access portal disposed through the barrier; the cable access portal being sized to permit axial passage of the cable; and 4) a barrier lock removably mounted to the barrier for removably securing the barrier to the transformer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Inventor: Richard L. Reynolds
  • Patent number: 9439312
    Abstract: A canister system having a cylindrical housing, having at least one enclosed end, and a modular electronic rack system disposed within the cylindrical housing. The modular electronic rack system including an input/output device extending along at least a portion of the modular electronic rack system. The modular electronic rack system further having a power input and a signal output electrically coupled to the input/output deviceā€”at least one of the power input and the signal output extending through the at least one enclosed end of the cylindrical housing at a first sealed terminal. The canister system further having a first alignment system for physically aligning an electronic connection with the sealed terminal. The electronic connection having physically engaging features extending from the cylindrical housing to align the electronic connection therewith.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: Artesyn Embedded Computing, Inc.
    Inventors: Martin Peter John Cornes, Suzanne Marye Wong, Ross L. Armstrong, Douglas L. Sandy
  • Patent number: 9388993
    Abstract: A power supply panel includes an engagement portion. An electrical component box includes a hook portion that engages with the engagement portion. A temporarily fixed state in which the power supply panel is attached to the electrical component box is set when the engagement portion engages with the hook portion. A securely fixed state in which the power supply panel is positioned inside the outer periphery of a housing, as the housing is seen in a plan view, and the power supply panel is positioned below the electrical component box is set when the electrical component box is placed in a machine chamber and the power supply panel is attached to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Tomoya Yanase, Toshiyuki Kubono, Kazuhiro Ooishi, Hiroyuki Jinnai
  • Patent number: 9385514
    Abstract: A power housing assembly includes a housing having a side thereof that is at least partially open. A faceplate, coupled to the open side at a first hinge position, can articulate about the first hinge position between a first position and a second position. The faceplate includes a substantially L-shaped portion that resides (i) in the housing when the faceplate is in its first position, and (ii) outside of the housing when the faceplate is in its second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: MARINA ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT, INC.
    Inventors: Robert C Dively, Alston G Brooks, Kelly W Treiber
  • Patent number: 9328529
    Abstract: A mounting pole for high voltage equipment can be adjusted at particular increments to provide for installations at various heights. A base section includes a right-side flange, a left-side flange, and a center web formed substantially in the shape of an I-beam with a front channel. The center web includes a first set of adjustment holes. The base section also includes a control mounting bracket to receive hardware for securing a control unit for a high voltage switch. A channel assembly is slideably contained within the front channel. The channel assembly includes a second set of adjustment holes, and a set of mounting holes to receive hardware for securing the high voltage switch. The base section and the channel assembly are configured so that the first and second set of adjustment holes can be selectively aligned during field operations to set the mounting pole at one of multiple height increments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: Thomas & Betts International, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Fong, Daniel L. Gardner, Geoffrey Reed, Philip DiParisi
  • Patent number: 9247665
    Abstract: An interruptible power supply with a power isolation circuit loop has a base with a battery chamber defined in the base, a fixed top cover, and a movable top cover. The battery chamber serves to receive a battery. The fixed top cover and the movable top cover are mounted on two ends of the base, and the movable top cover corresponds to the battery chamber. The fixed top cover has a loop switch therein connected with a power loop and having an actuation member to switch on or off the power loop. When the movable top cover is mounted on the base, an urging member formed on the movable top cover triggers the actuation member of the loop switch to connect with the power loop. When the movable top cover is removed, the power loop is disconnected. Accordingly, the UPS is economical in terms of parts, cost and space utilization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: Cyber Power Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Jian Wang
  • Patent number: 9127485
    Abstract: A bracket encircles a conduit or lamp post and includes an opening for access to a cover attached to the conduit or lamp post and serves as a security device to prevent access to the electrical conductors behind the cover. A removable plate having a bottom edge engaged within a channel extends across the opening of the bracket. A tang extends from the bracket for penetrable engagement with a slot in the plate. An aperture in the tang extending through the plate is engageable with the shackle of a lock to preclude removal of the plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Inventor: Kristopher M. C. Ridenour
  • Patent number: 9066416
    Abstract: In a power supply enclosure and a method of manufacturing the same, the power supply enclosure is divided into an independent top cover, an independent bottom base, as well as two independent side panels. The top cover, the bottom base, and the side panels are formed by blanking. After extruded hole, punching or bending processes by using a change core method, the top cover and the bottom base were made, followed by assembling the two side panels on the two sides between the top cover and the bottom base to form the power supply enclosure group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: CHICONY POWER TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chih-Hang Lee, Yung-Hung Hsiao, Pei-Li Chang, Yen-Ming Chen, Chi-Chang Ho
  • Patent number: 8873224
    Abstract: A parking lot power pedestal is described which has a single spring attaching a tubular body to a base. The spring flexes in response to a blow to enable the tubular body to be angularly offset relative to the base and the spring resiliently returns to its original state to reposition the tubular body in a position extending vertically relative to the base. The spring has a first end providing a weather seal with a central bore of the tubular body. The spring has a second end providing a weather seal surrounding an opening in the base. The spring is tightly wound to provide a weather seal for a central passage defined by the spring through which wires pass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Inventor: Stanley J. Rose
  • Patent number: 8760854
    Abstract: In accordance with one embodiment, a gateway node having a housing, a bracket mounted relay and wireless communication capabilities. The gateway node is connected to a pad mount transformer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Florida Power and Light Company
    Inventors: Gary Wayne Sterkel, George Alexander Pantouris, Alfred F. Arias
  • Patent number: 8704089
    Abstract: A foundation base member is provided for supporting an above ground electrical device such as a light pole and for supplying electrical wiring to the electrical device. The foundation base includes a body for inserting into the ground and has an axial passage for carrying the underground electrical wires to the electrical device. A base member is coupled to the top end of the foundation body and has a passageway aligned with the axial passage of the foundation body for receiving the electrical wires. The base member is adapted for coupling to and supporting the electrical device. A clamping device is received within a recess of the base member for fixing the position of the clamping device with respect to the foundation base. In one embodiment, the clamping device is captured between the foundation base and the electrical device. The wires are clamped in position by the clamping device to prevent unauthorized removal of the wiring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventor: Jacob C. Atchley
  • Patent number: 8519263
    Abstract: A below ground component management system includes a base plate disposed below a ground surface, a sleeve connected to the base plate and extending substantially perpendicular thereto toward the ground surface, and a cover sealably connected to an upper opening of the sleeve to form a substantially fluid-tight compartment with the base plate and the sleeve. The system also includes a component rack disposed within the compartment, and an actuator assembly configured to pass at least a portion of the rack through the opening. The actuator assembly includes a bracket, and first and second cylinders connected to the bracket. The first cylinder has a piston extending toward the base plate and the second cylinder has a piston extending toward the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Clear View Enclosures, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert J. Schilling
  • Patent number: 8138417
    Abstract: The underground storage of operational electronic equipment utilizes a hermetically sealable container adapted for receiving electronic equipment, such as a computer hard drive. The electronic equipment is placed in the container and electrically connected via a seal maintaining feedthrough to a facility proximate the container. The hermetically sealable container is sealed up and then buried underground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Inventor: Dana N. Leach
  • Patent number: 8089747
    Abstract: A power pedestal provides power to a vehicle and a structure disposed separate from the vehicle. The power pedestal includes a housing having an exterior, a first end fixed to a platform, and a second end disposed opposite and distal from the first end. A meter socket assembly is housed by the housing. At least one first branch circuit breaker and a second main circuit breaker are electrically connected to the meter socket assembly within the housing. At least one of the at least one first branch circuit breaker is electrically connected to the vehicle by a corresponding one of a number of first electrical conductors. The second main circuit breaker is electrically connected to the structure by a second electrical conductor. A meter, which is electrically connected to the meter socket assembly, measures electric energy consumed by the vehicle and the structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2012
    Assignee: Eaton Corporation
    Inventors: Gregory Mitchell Storck, Barry James Sharp, Alston Gareth Brooks, Steven Christopher Saad, Paul David Seff
  • Patent number: 7851702
    Abstract: The service cabinet is for use around a utility pole for receiving electrical or communication equipment. The service cabinet comprises a frame having at least two complementary parts connectable together and to the bottom section of the utility pole. The frame generally defines a vertically-extending internal passage for enclosing the bottom section of the utility pole. A side wall is connected to the frame, providing at least one internal chamber. The service cabinet can be used around an existing utility pole as a retrofit cabinet, or be used around a newly installed utility pole. It does not create a new obstacle when used in an urban area and can have a low manufacturing cost since it uses the utility pole as a substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Inventors: Paul W. Fournier, Guy Geoffroy, Jean-Jacques Legault
  • Patent number: 7807924
    Abstract: A power post includes of a vertically disposed post member having a lower end which is embedded in the ground and which has one or more of the following mounted in the front portion thereof: an electrical receptacle, a water-proof speaker, and/or an Ethernet receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2010
    Inventor: David T. Wurzer
  • Patent number: 7765695
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a terminal block for a telecommunication cable comprising the steps of providing a preformed substrate member comprising a podium member, at least one electrical connector and at least one insulated electrical wire attached to an electrical contact positioned within the at least one electrical connector; placing the preformed substrate member in a mold; and injecting a dielectric material into the mold containing the podium member to form an overmolded terminal block, wherein the dielectric material covers the at least one insulated electrical wire and a portion of the electrical contact positioned within the at least one electrical connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2010
    Assignee: Channell Commercial Corporation
    Inventor: Gerald L. Shimirak
  • Patent number: 7728224
    Abstract: A cable mounting structure for a telecommunications cable distribution pedestal is provided. The structure has back to back compartments and a universal mounting plate. The structure also includes protection and organization features. The structure is field convertible, reconfigurable and upgradeable. A method for field converting a telecommunications cable distribution pedestal is also given.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2010
    Assignee: Emerson Network Power, Energy Systems, North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Jerome A. Maloney, Eduardo Leon, Simon Shen-Meng Chen, George Wakileh
  • Patent number: 7700874
    Abstract: A cable mounting structure for a telecommunications cable distribution pedestal is provided. The structure has back to back compartments, may be used with fiber or wire and includes at least one door. The structure also includes protection and organization features. The structure is field convertible, reconfigurable and upgradeable. A snap fit door hinge for a telecommunications cable distribution pedestal is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2010
    Assignee: Emerson Network Power, Energy Systems, North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Jerome A. Maloney, Eduardo Leon, Simon Shen-Meng Chen, George I. Wakileh
  • Patent number: 7696431
    Abstract: A spade or stake for hardware free mounting to a telecommunications data distribution terminal pedestal is disclosed. The spade may include one or more connectors of various types for engaging the pedestal to thereby couple the spade to the pedestal without hardware, and thus without tools. The pedestal may also include one or more connectors for mating with corresponding connectors on the stake.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2010
    Assignee: Emerson Network Power, Energy Systems, North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Simon Shen-Meng Chen, Jerome A. Maloney, Eduardo Leon, George I. Wakileh
  • Patent number: 7633742
    Abstract: A fiber distribution terminal system includes a below ground vault, and a terminal enclosure within the vault. The system also includes a lift system in the vault, the lift system including a screw drive and a track system. Rotation of the screw drive lifts the terminal enclosure from a below ground to a lifted position, and the track system guides the terminal enclosure as the enclosure is lifted. The system also includes a tool such as a cordless drill to drive the screw drive. The screw drive can include a ball screw and a ball nut. The system can include a bracket to couple the terminal enclosure to the screw drive and the track system. The track system can include two sets of tracks, a first set of tracks that is fixed in the vault, and a second set of tracks that is coupled to the first set of tracks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2009
    Assignee: ADC Telecommunications, Inc.
    Inventors: Craig M. Standish, Troy Land, Ajay Sharma
  • Patent number: 7569768
    Abstract: In various embodiments, the present disclosure provides a base for a data distribution terminal pedestal that includes a first wall structure interlockingly connectable with a second wall structure such that the base can be assembled absent assembly hardware.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2009
    Assignee: Emerson Network Power, Energy Systems, North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Jerome A Maloney, George I Wakileh, Simon Shen-Meng Chen
  • Patent number: 7501573
    Abstract: A subgrade vault with a latching cover. The vault includes a peripheral wall with an open access port at the top. A peripheral ledge surrounds the access port. A cover to close the access port fits inside it, with a latch assembly inside it and a retractable latch pin disposed to fit in an aperture in the peripheral ledge. The latch pin is retractable by the stabbing motion of a tapered tool against a cam surface on the latch pin. The cover is locked in place merely by pressing down on it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2009
    Assignee: Oldcastle Precast, Inc.
    Inventor: William J. Balfour, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7455706
    Abstract: A filter system including a method for self cleaning the filter system of an electronic equipment enclosure where air flow is monitored either by monitoring fan performance of air flow velocity through the enclosure. The system includes two filters elements, an upstream ASHRAE or HEPA filter element to block particulate matter and a downstream PTFE filter element to block water vapor. The ASHRAE or HEPA filter element is relatively inexpensive and easy to clean. The PTFE filter element is more expensive and difficult to clean. Thus, the cheaper filter is used to protect the more expensive filter from contaminants and to increase its useful life.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2008
    Assignee: Emerson Network Power, Energy Systems, North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven R. Latham, Marvin P. Garcia, Michael R. Cosley
  • Patent number: 7435902
    Abstract: An electric meter base bracket apparatus and system. Embodiments include a meter bracket installed between studs of a dwelling or structure. The bracket includes several holes to install the bracket to the studs as well as feed-through holes for wiring to the dwelling. Bolts are included on the bracket to attach directly to the meter base. A hole can be cut through the siding so that the meter base and the bracket can connect. An alternative embodiment of the meter base bracket includes a pair of L-brackets that can be co-arranged to form an upper bracket and an additional pair of L-brackets arranged generally parallel to the first pair forming a lower bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2008
    Inventors: Michael Edward Thornton, Mickey Eugene Britain
  • Patent number: 7381888
    Abstract: A grade level box for use with underground utilities connections having vertical walls reinforced with exterior vertical and horizontal ribs integrally molded with the wall structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2008
    Assignee: Channell Commercial Corporation
    Inventors: Edward J. Burke, Robert H. Gwillim
  • Patent number: 7361832
    Abstract: A waterproof hinge-less door assembly is provided for an outdoor electrical enclosure, such as an electrical power pedestal. The electrical power pedestal includes a housing having an exterior and an opening, and an electrical component, such as a power receptacle, housed by the housing and accessible from the exterior of the housing through the opening. The hinge-less door assembly includes a mounting element coupled to the housing at or about the opening of the housing, a door operable among an open position in which access to the at least one electrical component is provided through the opening of the housing, and a closed position in which the door assembly provides a substantially weatherproof cover for the opening of the housing and the electrical component(s) housed by the housing, and a hinge-less coupling mechanism pivotably coupling the door to the mounting element. One or more weather shields provide further weather-resistance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2008
    Inventor: Robert C. Dively
  • Patent number: 7333320
    Abstract: A fiber distribution terminal system includes a below ground vault, and a terminal enclosure within the vault. The system also includes a lift system in the vault, the lift system including a screw drive and a track system. Rotation of the screw drive lifts the terminal enclosure from a below ground to a lifted position, and the track system guides the terminal enclosure as the enclosure is lifted. The system also includes a tool such as a cordless drill to drive the screw drive. The screw drive can include a ball screw and a ball nut. The system can include a bracket to couple the terminal enclosure to the screw drive and the track system. The track system can include two sets of tracks, a first set of tracks that is fixed in the vault, and a second set of tracks that is coupled to the first set of tracks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2008
    Assignee: ADC Telecommunications, Inc.
    Inventors: Craig M. Standish, Troy Land, Ajay Sharma
  • Patent number: 7098400
    Abstract: A durable, pre-formed, and standardized mounting bracket is provided for mounting electrical meter boxes and other switching devices to a service pole or to a flat surface. An embodiment is configured to fit around a service pole and to be attached to the pole by screws or bolts through lag bolt holes in the sides of the bracket. Another embodiment fits against a flat surface such as a wall and is attached there by screws or bolts through lag bolt holes in a flat plate. Both types have meter mounting socket holes for mounting to the holes in the back of meter boxes with bolts, washers, and nuts. Different sizes of mounting brackets are provided for meters of different sizes. The bracket is manufactured of durable material such as metal for outdoor use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2006
    Inventors: Mack B. King, Frances S. King
  • Patent number: 7085128
    Abstract: A preconstruction utility meter (PCM) pedestal providing attachment means for both a gas meter and an electric meter. The device may also provide a situs for telephone and cable connections. The device allows for pre-occupancy use of utilities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2006
    Assignee: Corby Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventor: M. Scott Wilfong
  • Patent number: 7045710
    Abstract: An enclosure includes a housing longitudinally extending from an open first end to a closed second end. The housing defines an internal cavity extending in the longitudinal direction, the internal cavity having a circumference in a direction transverse to the longitudinal direction. A base member is configured for separable attachment to the open first end of the housing to provide an enclosed configuration. A support frame is secured to the base member and extends longitudinally within the internal cavity of the housing in the enclosed configuration. The support frame includes at least one portion that provides support about substantially the entire circumference of the internal cavity at a location between the first end and the second end of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2006
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: William G. Allen, Larry R. Cox, Rutesh D. Parikh
  • Patent number: RE39093
    Abstract: An improved outdoor lighting system is provided that comprises a light assembly formed from at least one tubular mast having a distal end for supporting an electrically powered light source, and a proximal end mounted in the ground, and an electrical cable for connecting the light source to an underground power source. The improved system includes an electrical connector assembly in the cable located in the vicinity of the ground-mounted distal end of the tubular mast. The electrical connector assembly spontaneously disconnects in response to an application of an tensile force indicative of an automobile collision with the mast, thereby preventing damaging tensile forces from being transmitted along the underground portion of the cable to the circuit breaker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2006
    Assignee: Duraline, a division of J.B. Nottingham Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Paul F. Savoca
  • Patent number: RE40228
    Abstract: An improved outdoor lighting system is provided that comprises a light assembly formed from at least one tubular mast having a distal end for supporting an electrically powered light source, and a proximal end mounted in the ground, and an electrical cable for connecting the light source to an underground power source. The improved system includes an electrical connector assembly in the cable located in the vicinity of the ground-mounted distal end of the tubular mast. The electrical connector assembly spontaneously disconnects in response to an application of an tensile force indicative of an automobile collision with the mast, thereby preventing damaging tensile forces from being transmitted along the underground portion of the cable to the circuit breaker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2008
    Assignee: Duraline, a division of J.B. Nottingham Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Paul F. Savoca