With Grounding Means Patents (Class 174/51)
  • Patent number: 10829238
    Abstract: The present invention provides an arrangement for passing a line in a load-free manner through a pressure frame of a fuselage of an aircraft or spacecraft, including an opening penetrating the pressure frame, through which opening the line is passed, the line being mechanically decoupled from the pressure frame; and a flexible sealing device arranged outside the opening at least in portions, which sealing device is simultaneously operatively connected to the line and the pressure frame for the pressure-tight separation of a first side from a second side of the pressure frame. The present invention also provides a fuselage for an aircraft or spacecraft having an arrangement of this type and an aircraft or spacecraft having an arrangement of this type or having a fuselage of this type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventor: Ralf Becks
  • Patent number: 10811853
    Abstract: A modular enclosure comprises a first enclosure having a first enclosure cavity and a first door, and a second enclosure coupled to the first enclosure, the second enclosure having a second enclosure cavity and a second door. A power handle may be connected to the first enclosure, and can be operable to turn on power to the second enclosure in an “ON” position or turn off power to the second enclosure in an “OFF” position. The modular enclosure may further include a lockout assembly configured to prevent the second door from being opened while the power handle is in the “ON” position, and to prevent the first door from being opened until second door has been opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jordan E. Rogers, Ahmad K. Omari
  • Patent number: 10777978
    Abstract: A modular enclosure comprises a first enclosure having a first enclosure cavity and a first door, and a second enclosure coupled to the first enclosure, the second enclosure having a second enclosure cavity and a second door. A power handle may be connected to the first enclosure, and can be operable to turn on power to the second enclosure in an “ON” position or turn off power to the second enclosure in an “OFF” position. The modular enclosure may further include a lockout assembly configured to prevent the second door from being opened while the power handle is in the “ON” position, and to prevent the first door from being opened until second door has been opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jordan E. Rogers, Ahmad K. Omari
  • Patent number: 10737851
    Abstract: An insulating container may include an opening, which can be sealed by a closure. The closure may have an upper portion with a handle that has a circular curvature equal to the cylindrical portion of the closure. The closure may also have a lower portion that is joined to the upper portion by an injection molded polymer element. The closure may also be in the form of “flip” type of closure such that the lid can be selectably opened or closed by the user by rotating a flip closure into either the opened or closed position. The closure may also be a two-part lid having a lower cap that may be configured to be removably-coupled to the container and an upper cap that may be configured to be removably-coupled to the lower cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: YETI Coolers, LLC
    Inventors: Derek G. Sullivan, Andy Bondhus, Evan Goldberg, Roy Joseph Seiders
  • Patent number: 10700011
    Abstract: A semiconductor device has a substrate with a first opening and second opening formed in the substrate. A first semiconductor component is disposed on the substrate. The substrate is disposed on a carrier. A second semiconductor component is disposed on the carrier in the first opening of the substrate. A third semiconductor component is disposed in the second opening. The third semiconductor component is a semiconductor package in some embodiments. A first shielding layer may be formed over the semiconductor package. An encapsulant is deposited over the substrate, first semiconductor component, and second semiconductor component. A shielding layer may be formed over the encapsulant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: STATS ChipPAC Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: DeokKyung Yang, Woonjae Beak, YiSu Park, OhHan Kim, HunTeak Lee, HeeSoo Lee
  • Patent number: 10701845
    Abstract: A shield assembly can enclose an electronic component in a chamber of a mobile communication device. The shield assembly can include a chassis having a slot and a conductive rail adjacent to the slot. A covering can be mounted over the electronic component and coupled to the chassis via a spring contact disposed in the slot. The covering can include a shield element configured to cover a chamber enclosing the electronic component. The covering can further include a first tab connected to the shield element, and a second tab connected to the shield element and spaced apart from the first tab by a gap. A spring contact can be disposed in the gap and electrically connected to the shield element via at least one of the first tab and the second tab.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Griffin L. Schmitt, Benjamin S. Bustle, Kevin M. Froese, Lucy E. Browning, Zhipeng Zhang, Jaden A. Barney, Nan Li
  • Patent number: 10627578
    Abstract: Provided is a cable device including an optical cable capable of power transmission and a connector coupled with the optical cable, and having improved electromagnetic shielding performance. The cable device includes a cable; and a connector coupled to the cable, wherein the connector includes a printed circuit board (PCB) including a ground electrode, a shield case provided to accommodate the PCB and include a first face facing a mounting surface of the PCB and a second face perpendicular to the first face, and an elastic member arranged between the PCB and the shield case and provided to contact the ground electrode and the second face of the shield case so as to ground the shield case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jin Sub Kim, Baek Seok Ko, Sun Woo Kim, Dong Jin Park
  • Patent number: 10594127
    Abstract: A cable gland for providing strain relief and sealing for a cable that can be coupled to a device. The cable gland includes a sealing gland having a sealant. Upon assembly of the cable gland, the sealing gland is compressed in a manner that can releases, or otherwise can facilitate the displacement of, the sealant about an interface between a portion of the cable and the sealing gland, and/or into spaces between exposed insulative jackets and/or conductors of the cable. The sealant can include a curable viscous sealant that is housed within a package of the sealing gland, the package being configured to rupture upon compression of the sealing gland. Alternatively, the sealant can be a malleable sealant material that can be pressed or otherwise displaced to form a seal between the sealing gland and cable and/or into the spaces between exposed insulative jackets and/or conductors of the cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Thomas & Betts International LLC
    Inventor: Jesus Ricardo Portillo Gallego
  • Patent number: 10531599
    Abstract: An electromagnetic interference shielding structure is provided. The electromagnetic interference shielding structure includes a shield pad and a shield can. The shield pad is configured to surround at least one circuit element mounted on a printed circuit board, and to be grounded to a ground pad formed on a printed circuit board. The shield can include an upper plate, and a sidewall extending from the upper plate and partly embedded in the shield pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Il-ju Mun, Keon Kuk, Kyong-il Kim, Jin-woo Jung
  • Patent number: 10531591
    Abstract: A storage system for mounting equipment includes a plurality of vertical structural side members positioned at corners of the storage system. A plurality of horizontal structural members is coupled to the plurality of vertical structural side members. Specifically, each of the horizontal structural members has a plurality of corners, and each corner of each horizontal structural member is coupled to one of the vertical structural side members. Each vertical structural side member is an extrusion having a length selected to accommodate a desired height in a facility in which the storage system is installed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: ARA USA LLC
    Inventor: Barrett W. Franklin
  • Patent number: 10431970
    Abstract: An electrical insider fitting for connecting flexible metal conduit to an electrical box without disrupting the walls surrounding the box. The fitting includes a connector body with a leading end, a trailing end, and a nose portion. A resilient split snap ring on the fitting enables snap connection of the fitting to the interior wall of an electrical box. Discontinuous threads on the nose portion are adapted to grab and hold a flexible metal conduit to the box. Conductors from the attached flexible metal conduit feed through the interior bores of the fitting to the interior of the electrical box enabling an installer to complete electrical connections in order to supply voltage to any components within the box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: ARLINGTON INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventor: Thomas J. Gretz
  • Patent number: 10364566
    Abstract: The present invention relates to metal framed wall components with self-locking connections having ledges connected to support members and crossing connecting members having punch out tabs being connected to ledges, notches and tabs being connected to other tabs interlocking together to connect wall components together. The wall components spanning between support members connected by holes from support members, hooked receivers, hooked tongues, hook finger ends from the wall components wherein also U-shaped and W-shape clips can also connect other wall components. The wall components can be installed individually or in tandem vertically, horizontally and diagonally between support members or over the side edges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Inventor: Dennis LeBlang
  • Patent number: 10312643
    Abstract: A connector for connecting an electrical cable to an aperture in an electrical panel having a spring, a shell, and a insulator along a longitudinal axis. The spring has a base from which two insertion tabs extend coaxial with the axis and a pressure tab extending from the base perpendicular to the two insertion tables having a pressure prong to provide a radial grounding force for the connector. The insertion tabs of the spring have hook latches extending past the insulator that lock the connector in the panel and the base of the spring has a hole to receive the cable where first and second clamping tabs clampingly lock the cable in the connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: HAMPTON ELECTRIC, LLC
    Inventor: Afshin Jafari
  • Patent number: 10304621
    Abstract: An assembly includes a metallic housing, an electromagnetic (EM) device, and a bobbin in which the EM device is supported. The bobbin has a non-metallic, inner bobbin body, a non-metallic, outer bobbin body, and a metallic shield sandwiched between the inner and outer bobbin bodies. The EM device and the bobbin are mounted in the housing with the bobbin being between the EM device and the housing for heat from the EM device to thermally conduct through the inner and outer bobbin bodies and the shield to the housing while the shield shields noise of the EM device from the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Ajmal Imran Ansari, David A. Hein, Steven Cong, Allen Leo Mott
  • Patent number: 10306816
    Abstract: An EMI shielding structure includes a shielding pad surrounding at least one circuit component mounted on a printed circuit board and grounded to a ground pad disposed on the printed circuit board; and a shield can configured to cover the at least one circuit component, wherein a portion of the shield can is attached to the shielding pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Il-ju Mun, Keon Kuk, Ji-woon Yeom
  • Patent number: 10270235
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to an electrical wiring system having a frame assembly that includes a frame opening at a central portion thereof. The frame opening provides access to the interior of the device wall box. At least one electrical wiring device is configured to snap into the frame opening such that the interior of the device wall box is completely enclosed by the frame assembly and the at least one electrical wiring device such that access to wiring disposed within the device wall box is substantially prevented. The at least one electrical wiring device includes at least one user-interface. An aesthetic overlay may be coupled to the frame assembly. The aesthetic overlay includes an overlay opening configured to accommodate the at least one user-interface such that the at least one user-interface is accessible to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Pass & Seymour, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard M. Rohmer, Francois Bardot, Jean-Luc Chaumeny, Anthony Lochet
  • Patent number: 10256195
    Abstract: A module includes a wiring board, a plurality of components mounted on an upper surface of the wiring board, a sealing resin layer which seals the components provided on the upper surface of the wiring board, and a shield layer provided so as to cover a surface of the sealing resin layer. The shield layer includes an adhesion layer which is stacked on the surface of the sealing resin layer and includes a first adhesion film composed of a metal selected from the group consisting of Ti, Cr, Ni, TiCr, TiAl, NiAl, CrAl, and CrNiAl, a conductive layer which is stacked on the adhesion layer, and a protective layer which is stacked on the conductive layer and includes a protective film composed of a nitride, oxide, or oxynitride of a metal selected from the group consisting of Ti, Cr, Ni, TiCr, TiAl, NiAl, CrAl, and CrNiAl.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: MURATA MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Issei Yamamoto, Atsushi Shimizu, Yoichi Takagi, Hideo Nakagoshi
  • Patent number: 10208874
    Abstract: A retaining clip configured to secure an elongate member to a generally planar panel is described herein. The retaining clip includes a first side wall, a second side wall opposite the first side wall, and an end wall interconnecting the side walls. The side walls define a gap configured to receive the panel. The retaining clip includes further includes a resilient first cantilevered prong projecting into the gap from the first side wall and a resilient second cantilevered prong projecting from into the first gap from the second side wall. Free ends of the first and second prongs are characterized as having a pair of pointed barbs on distal edges of the first and second prongs. The pointed barbs are configured to increase a removal force required to remove the panel from the first gap. A method of forming such a retaining clip is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: HELLERMANNTYTON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Gerard G. Geiger, Giovanni Lewinski
  • Patent number: 10199153
    Abstract: For producing an inter-layer conductive structure of a circuit board, an insulating layer, a first conductive layer, a second conductive layer and an electric contact material are provided, wherein the insulating layer includes at least a conductive hole therein. The electric contact material is inserted into the conductive hole of the insulating layer to form a conductive plug, and the first and second conductive layers are laminated to opposite surfaces of the insulating layer, respectively. After lamination, the conductive plug has two ends thereof in electric contact with the first conductive layer and the second conductive layer, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: CYNTEC CO., LTD
    Inventors: Yi-Wei Chen, Cheng-Chang Lee
  • Patent number: 10185279
    Abstract: An exemplary grounding device includes an electrically conductive planar member having a hollow, central opening. Arms extend from inner edges of the hollow, central opening of the planar member. Each arm is angled relative to a surface of the planar member and each arm includes a facing portion having an electrically conductive cushion attached thereto. Each arm is approximately the same size and is configured to contact a shaft extending through the hollow, central opening of the planar member to form an electrical connection between the planar member and the shaft. The electrically conductive cushion is between the arm and the shaft. A tab projection extends from an outer edge of the planar member. Each tab projection is in the same plane as the planar member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Jonathan D. Sadik, Nancy L. Belknap, Karl E. Kurz
  • Patent number: 10113738
    Abstract: An underwater wall mounted light fitting having a sealed light source chamber and an electrical supply connection chamber including a port to sealingly engage over an electrical supply line with an array of electrical conductive connectors embedded in a dividing wall and each providing a connection terminal on opposite sides of the wall within the chambers respectively. The dividing wall is moulded around the connectors which are provided as rigid spigots with circumferential grooves to receive the moulded wall material. The connection chamber is a hollow cover with the port which includes a compression gland assembly for an electrical supply line. The dividing wall is securable against a peripheral frame provided on the lens and the frame includes a continuous flange which fits around the dividing wall. The housing is releasably securable to a wall mountable bracket. LEDs provide the light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: INTEGRATED POOL PRODUCTS (PTY) LTD.
    Inventor: Karl-heinz Schmitt
  • Patent number: 10116128
    Abstract: A universal wall box thread repair clip includes a front portion that has at least two openings sized to engage the threads of a wall box screw. The repair clip is placed over the end of a wall box so that one of the openings on the front portion is aligned with screw hole formed in the material of the wall box. The repair clip includes retention features that retain it on both plastic and metal wall boxes, where the metal wall boxes include screw tabs that can have varying offset distances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Inventor: Patrick Loughlin
  • Patent number: 10104794
    Abstract: A metal housing is provided. The metal housing includes a bottom plate, a first side plate, a second side plate, a third side plate, a fourth side plate, and a ground portion. The second side plate is parallel to the first plate. The fourth side plate is parallel to the third side plate. The first side plate, the second side plate, the third side plate, and the fourth side plate are integrally formed on the bottom plate. The ground portion is formed on an inner surface of one of the side plates. The ground portion includes a restriction structure and an opening. The restriction structure is integrally formed on the inner surface. The restriction structure is adapted to hold a ground line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: DELTA ELECTRONICS, INC.
    Inventors: Hung-Chi Chen, Do Chen, Ching-Ho Chou, Shang-Yu Li
  • Patent number: 10078944
    Abstract: Disclosed is an apparatus for optimally facilitating interconnections between electrical endpoints. The apparatus comprises a number of terminals equal to a number of combinations of the plurality of endpoints. For example, to enable combinations of two endpoints to be made between N endpoints, the apparatus comprises N(N?1)/2 terminals. Each terminal at least comprises a first contact coupled to a first endpoint and a second contact coupled to a second endpoint. The first contact and second contact of any terminal can be shorted to connect their corresponding endpoints. The apparatus may further comprise a circuit identification process executed by a microcontroller. In this case, each terminal additionally comprises a first circuit identification contact and a second circuit identification contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Inventor: Pablo Oscar Olivera Brizzio
  • Patent number: 10064295
    Abstract: A Printed Circuit Board (PCB) mounting structure having an improved structure for improving assemblability of a product, and a display apparatus including the PCB mounting structure. The PCB mounting structure includes a mounting member provided on the PCB and a mounting portion provided on a chassis for mounting the PCB to the chassis without using screws.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Song Hyeon Kim, Sung Soo Jung, Dae Sung Ko, Jun Pil Oh
  • Patent number: 10056716
    Abstract: A female connector including a guide extending in a first direction, a pair of support portions on one side in the first direction relative to the guide, an insulative female body between the support portions, a female terminal held in the female body, and a shaft. The guide guides a mating male connector in the first direction floatably along a second direction orthogonal to the first direction. The support portions are spaced from each other in the second direction and each have a support hole passing therethrough in the second direction. The female body has a through hole passing in the second direction through at least a portion in the second direction of the female body. The shaft is received in the support holes of the support portions and the through hole of the female body so as to support the female body floatably along the second direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignees: Nintendo Co., Ltd., Hosiden Corporation
    Inventors: Kumpei Fujita, Hiroki Ikuta, Shinji Hirose, Naoki Yamachika, Hideaki Taketsu
  • Patent number: 10056665
    Abstract: A resonator assembly comprising a resonant member within a conductive resonator cavity is disclosed. The resonant member extends from a first inner surface of the resonator cavity towards an opposing second inner surface. A main portion of the resonant member has a substantially constant first cross sectional area. A cap portion of the resonant member extending from the main portion towards the opposing second inner surface has a progressively increasing cross sectional area increasing from the first cross sectional area adjacent to the main portion to a larger cap cross sectional area at an end of the resonant member, the larger cap cross sectional area being at least 1.i times as large as the first cross sectional area. The resonant member may also have a flared section at the other end giving the resonant member an hour glass type shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Alcatel Lucent
    Inventor: Senad Bulja
  • Patent number: 9917379
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a conduit coupler including a hub and a lock nut that thread on the hub. In one example, the lock nut includes a ground connection location including a linear wire retention slot. The ground wire can be retained in the linear wire retention slot by a grounding bracket secured at the ground connection location by a grounding screw. The grounding bracket can be captive relative to the grounding screw. The grounding bracket can include integrated spring washer functionality. The ground connection location can be provided on a tower of the lock nut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Cooper Technologies Company
    Inventors: Matthew Thomas Pernot, Joseph Edward Platt, Eric Perry Cheney, Andrew F. Scarlata
  • Patent number: 9883582
    Abstract: A printed circuit board includes a body and a belly pad seated within with the body. The belly pad is electrically separated into a first pad and a second pad. The first pad and the second pad are arranged to be electrically connected to one another by an interconnect electrically connecting the belly pad to a conductive plane of an electrical component, thereby allowing continuity testing across an interface between the first pad and the interconnect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Hamilton Sundstrand Corporation
    Inventor: Tran Lin
  • Patent number: 9866006
    Abstract: In order to ensure a reliable connection between a shield of a high-voltage cable and a housing, in particular for an electric or hybrid vehicle, the shield of the cable is crimped between an under-sleeve and a contact sleeve, forming an electrically conductive connection with the housing via the contact sleeve. The contact sleeve, formed as a crimp sleeve, also has a rim made of spring tongues. In addition, the under-sleeve is also simultaneously crimped with a cable sheathing of the cable in order to create a strain relief. Furthermore, the cable can be preferably fixed to the housing by a simple plug-locking connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: LEONI Bordnetz-Systeme GmbH
    Inventors: Volker Albert, Michael Pieczka, Alexander Kett, Christian Dehn
  • Patent number: 9847627
    Abstract: A base is a platform that supports a component off the ground in a solar energy installation. The specific configuration of a base can vary based on the intended component, for example whether it holds a transformer or power component. Multiple bases are mechanically and/or electrically connected to form a system of bases in the field. Proper placement of bases and engagement of those bases is facilitated by mating alignment mechanisms such that one base can be lowered “fit” with another. A method of positioning components includes positioning a base and aligning and lowering a second base alongside the first such that the bases engage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Shoals Technologies Group, LLC
    Inventor: Dean Solon
  • Patent number: 9812854
    Abstract: A power supply device is disclosed. A circuit board is disposed inside a conductive housing. A rectifying module is disposed on the circuit board and has primary and secondary sides. The grounding module includes a first grounding element, a second grounding element, and a fastening element. Two terminals of the first surge protection module are respectively electrically connected to the primary side and the first grounding element. Two terminals of the second surge protection module are respectively electrically connected to the secondary side and the second grounding element. The second grounding element and the first grounding element are not directly connected. The fastening element passes through the conductive housing, the circuit board, the first grounding element, and the second grounding element so that the conductive housing, the first grounding element, and the second grounding element are electrically connected to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: DELTA ELECTRONICS, INC.
    Inventors: Shan-Chun Yang, Cheng-Chun Lin, Yi-Hua Chang
  • Patent number: 9799845
    Abstract: Generally, this disclosure provides systems, devices and methods for improved electrical coupling of multiple ground planes of a device. The device may include a plurality of ground planes and an electrically conductive ground clip. The ground clip may include a base portion configured to secure the ground clip to the device and a plurality of spring fingers. Each of the spring fingers may be configured to contact and electrically couple to one of the plurality of ground planes, wherein the ground clip is to provide a conduction path between each of the spring fingers. One of the spring fingers may pass through an opening or cut-through in a first ground plane to contact a second ground plane. The device may be a mobile communication or computing platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventor: Douglas G. Bennett
  • Patent number: 9765913
    Abstract: A polymeric riser cap member includes a central tubular section defining a generally cylindrical bore for receiving a sprinkler riser, the central tubular section having open top and bottom ends, and an annular skirt coaxial with the central tubular section and having an inner diameter larger than an inner diameter of the central tubular section. The annular skirt has an inner surface having internal threads threadably connectable with the externally threaded surface of a tubular riser adapter member of a tubular coupler. The bottom end of the central tubular section has an annular projection disposed opposite and spaced from a portion of the annular skirt. The riser cap member includes an annular recess adapted to receive a seal located in a wall extending laterally between the annular skirt and the annular projection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: NORTH AMERICAN SPECIALTY PRODUCTS LLC
    Inventors: John R. Magargal, Gary A. Leigh
  • Patent number: 9748755
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for attaching flexible conduit to a fitting. Prongs of a conduit retention clip contact opposite sides of the flexible conduit in an aperture of the fitting. By aligning the prongs in grooves of the flexible conduit, the flexible conduit is held in place in the aperture of the fitting without sufficient compression to surpass the structural limits of the fitting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: SIEMENS INDUSTRY, INC.
    Inventors: Robert Markus, Guy P. Caliendo, Samuel Waldmann
  • Patent number: 9698584
    Abstract: A wall cover plate is provided for connecting directly to an electrical wiring device without the use of the base plate or adapter plate. The wall plate can have a connector such as a hook and/or prong that engages the housing for the mounting strap of the electrical wiring device. The electrical wiring device can include a removable connector attached to the mounting strap where the connector has at least one edge or coupling member for coupling with a faceplate. The faceplate can have an inner edge with a rib or series of teeth for connecting with the mounting strap or the removable connector by an interference fit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: HUBBELL INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Marcus J. Shotey
  • Patent number: 9667046
    Abstract: An electrical box assembly includes an electrical box having a side wall and an open top end and a conduit access port opening extending through the side wall and having a dimension to receive a conduit. A seal is received in the opening for surrounding the conduit. A clamp is positioned in the opening in the side wall and is positioned between the side wall and the seal for contacting an outer surface of the seal. An actuator is coupled to the electrical box and extends through the side wall into the opening in the side wall to contact the conduit clamp to constrict said conduit clamp and seal into clamping engagement with the conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventors: Jason Thomas, Richard J. Wagner
  • Patent number: 9614271
    Abstract: A wireless communication module includes a circuit board, and an antenna and a connection member mounted on a mounting surface of the circuit board. The antenna is mounted in a region along a first end edge of the circuit board, and the connection member is mounted in a region along a second end edge of the circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Morihiro Nakano, Yuichi Ito, Taro Hirai, Hidetaka Kuwahara
  • Patent number: 9601882
    Abstract: Enclosures for electronic devices are provided. These enclosures can be integrally formed with a full or partial receptacle connector shell for receiving electrical connectors such as audio connectors or plugs. For example, an enclosure made from a polymer can be integrally formed with an audio jack shell in an injection molding process. As another example, an enclosure can be integrally formed with one or more full or partial walls of an audio jack shell to form a single piece of polymer or metal and the remaining walls of the audio jack shell can be overmolded or assembled to the polymer or metal walls of the audio jack and proximate portions of the enclosure to form a full or complete audio jack shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Charles B. Woodhull, Jason S. Sloey
  • Patent number: 9592411
    Abstract: A low profile explosion proof by containment enclosure includes a base wall having first and second edge sections that are joined with third and fourth edge sections to define a substantially planar surface. First and second side walls extend from the first and second edge sections, and third and fourth side walls extending from the third and fourth edge sections and are joined with the first and second side walls. The base wall, first and second, and third and fourth side walls define an interior zone. A cover is coupled to the first and second, and third and fourth side walls to enclose the interior zone and provide containment to any flammable events. At least one of the first and second side walls, third and fourth side walls, base wall, and cover includes one or more unobstructed openings that provide fluid drainage while also providing containment to any flammable events.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: HAMILTON SUNDSTRAND CORPORATION
    Inventors: Melissa Loureiro, Thomas E. Powell
  • Patent number: 9577357
    Abstract: An electrical connector for electrically connecting with a chip module includes an insulating body having a bottom wall, multiple rows of terminals located in the bottom wall for electrically connecting the chip module, and a carrier for carrying the chip module to the insulating body. Two first side walls extend from two opposite sides of the bottom wall upward, and two second side walls extend from the other two opposite sides of the bottom wall upward. There are a first gap between the first side wall and a most peripheral terminal corresponding to the first side wall, and a second gap between the second side wall and a most peripheral terminal corresponding to the second side wall. The first gap is greater than the second gap. The carrier has a buckling portion, received in the first gap, and for buckling a bottom surface of the chip module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: LOTES CO., LTD
    Inventor: Xue Ming Tu
  • Patent number: 9570863
    Abstract: An artificial lighted tree is presented with power routed through the trunk of the tree and three-wire safety grounding. The tree is divided into sections for easy assembly, disassembly, and storage. The base of the tree is grounded through a three-prong safety grounded electrical cord and each section of the tree makes a ground connection with the base section as it is assembled to the artificial lighted tree. Electrical connections to power the lights may be made outside the trunk of the tree or through electrical connections within the tree.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Inventor: Michael M. McRae
  • Patent number: 9564742
    Abstract: An electricity connection box includes a housing which includes a first insertion port and a second insertion port, a first connection portion group made of connection portions which are provided inside the housing and to which electric wires of a first electric wire group are connected, and a second connection portion group made of connection portions which are provided inside the housing and to which electric wires of a second electric wire group are connected. The first electric wire group is inserted through the first insertion port, and the second electric wire group is inserted through the second insertion port. The first connection portion group is closer to the first insertion port than the second connection portion group. The second connection portion group is closer to the second insertion port than the first connection portion group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventor: Akinori Nakashima
  • Patent number: 9515442
    Abstract: An electrical connection device for electrically connecting an electronic component of the type having a plurality of electrical connection points. The electrical connection device includes an electrical cable extending between first and second ends with at least one of the ends including an interface plug with a first set of internal contacts in electrical communication with the electrical cable. The device also includes at least one connector adapter including a first end configured for connection to the interface plug and a second end defining an electrical connector. The at least one connector adapter includes a second set of internal contacts configured to conductively engage the first set of internal contacts such that the electrical connector is in electrical communication with the electrical cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: CONNEXT, LLC
    Inventor: Scott Cymerman
  • Patent number: 9490929
    Abstract: A fiber optic network has alarmed fiber optic lines in the cables connecting a secured junction box to plural user lock boxes. An outgoing alarm line and return alarm line in each cable connect the junction box to each user box. The outgoing alarm line is looped to the return alarm line inside the user lock box. The return alarm line is looped to the outgoing alarm line of a different cable inside the junction box to interconnect a plurality of alarm lines passing through a plurality of user boxes. A detector detects an alarm signal in the connected alarm lines to trigger an intrusion alarm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Inventor: Christopher M. Badinelli
  • Patent number: 9478955
    Abstract: A feedthrough device (10) for an explosion-proof housing constructed as a “flameproof enclosure” of the flame protection type. The feedthrough device (10) is arranged in a wall opening of the housing and forms a flameproof gap therein. A rigid component (11) is arranged through said gap to be displaced in its direction of extension relative to the wall. The feedthrough device (10) has a clamping body unit (20), a sleeve (21), a cap (22) and a thrust collar (23). The sleeve (21) and the cap (22) can be screwed together. Axial forces are transmitted between the clamping body unit (20) and the cap (22) via the thrust collar (23). The sleeve (21) exerts a radial clamping force on the clamping body unit (20), which is fully penetrated by a conduit (25) along a longitudinal axis (L), in which conduit a longitudinal section of a component (11) is arranged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: R. Stahl Schaltgeräte GmbH
    Inventor: Tom Wondrak
  • Patent number: 9477272
    Abstract: In one aspect, a device includes at least one solid state drive (SSD) and an element which prevents removal of the device from a computer housing with which the device engages with unique data on the SSD being accessible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: LENOVO (SINGAPORE) PTE. LTD.
    Inventors: Amy Leigh Rose, Albert Ray Sauer, Nathan J. Peterson, John Scott Crowe
  • Patent number: 9447811
    Abstract: A fastener and retainer assembly includes a threaded fastener having a head and a retainer projecting laterally from the head to engage adjacent structure and retain the head against rotation during threading. The retainer includes, and preferably consists essentially of, a one-piece metal stamping having raised embossments and/or a raised edge flange to strengthen the retainer against bending during use. The retainer preferably has a generally planar body from which the embossments and/or the edge flange extends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Inventor: Robert E. Stewart
  • Patent number: 9444235
    Abstract: A connector assembly including a connector body with a spring clip including a first free end for engaging a side wall of an electrical box upon installation. During insertion of the connector body the first free end engages the knock-out hole perimeter and deforms so as to permit further insertion. Once the connector body is fully inserted, the spring clip cooperates with a lug on the connector body to hold the connector assembly onto the electrical box. The connector body includes one or more spiral indentations for engaging a convolution of a metal cable. The spring clip biases the cable toward engagement with the spiral indentation to yield improved performance characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: BRIDGEPORT FITTINGS, INC.
    Inventor: Lawrence J Smith
  • Patent number: 9423754
    Abstract: A flat cable (301) is disposed along a direction of reciprocating movement of a carriage (122), and is configured to input a synchronization signal to a board mounted on the carriage (122). A conductive plate (311) is supported by a casing (331) such that, when portions of the flat cable (301) face each other as a result of the flat cable (301) being bent according to the reciprocating movement of the carriage (122), the conductive plate (311) is interposed between the facing portions of the flat cable (301). An elastic member (312) is configured to electrically connect the conductive plate (311) and a ground member (321), and has a substantial inductance component that absorbs vibration generated in an image forming portion (140) or an image reading portion (120).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Yasuyoshi Kobayashi