With Box Or Housing Mounting Means Patents (Class 174/58)
  • Patent number: 11171471
    Abstract: An electric connection box includes a housing configured to accommodate at least one electronic component and an attachment portion provided on the housing, the attachment portion including a through hole through which a fastening member is to be inserted and an attachment surface configured, when the housing is attached to an object, to face the object, the housing being to be attached to the object at the attachment portion by the fastening member. A plurality of recessed portions are provided around an edge portion defining the through hole, the plurality of recessed portions being provided on the attachment surface. At least one of the plurality of recessed portions is provided with an entry prevention portion configured to prevent the fastening member from entering the recessed portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoshiya Miyazaki, Nobutaka Kaneko
  • Patent number: 11088518
    Abstract: An apparatus, such as an electrical device or a wall box, may have a mounting mechanism that may be configured to mount the apparatus to a wall in a manner that may facilitate secure fastening to the wall. The apparatus may comprise at least one mounting clamp that may have a fin and a drum that receives a mounting screw. The fin of the mounting clamp may be configured to be located within a pocket formed in the body. When a mounting screw is driven, the mounting clamp may rotate from the pocket into a position in which the drum of the mounting clamp may be received in a channel formed in the body. The drum may be configured to move through the channel as the mounting screw is further driven. The gap may be sized to retain the mounting clamp within the channel as the drum moves therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: Lutron Technology Company LLC
    Inventors: Jared A. Leese, Joseph M. Nichols
  • Patent number: 11050228
    Abstract: An electrical outlet assembly is mountable in a floor or work surface, and includes an upper bezel and a lower insert that are joined in a non-rigid manner that permits some adjustment to the spacing and/or tilt of the upper bezel relative to the lower insert. The upper bezel and lower insert are joined together by a plurality of fasteners extending between a plurality of fastener receivers coupled to the upper bezel, and to the lower insert. At least one end of each coupling fastener is loosely captured in such a way that when the coupling fasteners are fully secured, they are permitted to move axially relative to the fastener receiver or the lower insert. This allows the lower insert to be repositionable in its axial direction relative to the upper bezel, and also permits the lower insert to be tilted out of alignment with the upper bezel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Inventors: Norman R. Byrne, Aaron G. Lautenbach, Matthew R. Haller, Marc A. Mitchell
  • Patent number: 11029012
    Abstract: A connection device for a luminaire includes a housing that is intended for installation in a mounting space in a wall of a premises, this device including a connection socket for a luminaire and a connection zone for connection to an electrical network. The housing forms an interior volume inside which members for supplying the luminaire with electrical power, members for connection between the connection socket for the luminaire and the connection zone for connection to the electrical network and a system for control and communication with a unit external to the connection device are incorporated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES SAS
    Inventors: Gilles Pettinotto, Michel Dalbe, Michael Jonsson
  • Patent number: 11025043
    Abstract: An adjustable mud ring assembly is provided that includes a base plate, a movable ring, and an indexing screw con-figured to move the movable ring with respect to the base plate between a first position and a second position. The base plate has a junction box connecting portion, a support connecting portion, and a stationary ring. The base plate can have an offset distance (D2) between the junction box connecting portion and the sup-port connecting portion where the offset distance is sufficient to allow the movable ring to move into stationary ring to the first position without protruding, at a lowermost point, into a junction box connected to the junction box connecting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventors: Krzysztof Wojceich Korcz, Steven James Johnson
  • Patent number: 11005246
    Abstract: An electrical enclosure for an electrical device or instrument includes an enclosure body defining an interior that receives the electrical device or instrument, the enclosure body including a back wall. A mounting foot is disposed outside the enclosure body and attached to the back wall. The mounting foot includes a generally planar body defining a mounting fastener opening that receives a fastener to secure the mounting foot to a wall or other support structure. A panel fastener is attached to and extends forward from the mounting foot, through the back wall, and into the interior of the enclosure body. The panel fastener is used to secure an internal panel to the enclosure body within the interior of the enclosure body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Eaton Intelligent Power Limited
    Inventors: Jason S. Mevius, Timothy Alan Garbacik, Timothy Joseph Sloan
  • Patent number: 10914403
    Abstract: An adjustable mounting apparatus is disclosed for securing devices to a wall, such as speakers and the like, and includes a cable pass through for routing associated device cables through the wall. The adjustable mounting apparatus includes a rigid frame with a lip having an opening therein, a rearward extending sidewall surrounding the opening, and rearwardly extending guide members extending rearward from said sidewalls and terminating at their ends into a cross-member. To secure the rigid frame to a wall the guide members including attached clamp arms are passed through a hole in the wall and the clamp arms are rotated to draw the clamp arms toward the rear surface of the wall while thereby forcing the front lip of the mounting apparatus against the front surface of the wall to secure it thereon. A rigid mounting plate is snap fit into the opening and includes a load arm adjustable within the mounting plate for angular adjustability of an attached device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Inventor: Thomas DeCosta
  • Patent number: 10903636
    Abstract: An electrical wall plate having a front face plate, an opposing rear plate face, at least one electrical device opening extending through both the front plate face and rear plate face, and at least one movable extension member configured to move and extend away from and also back toward the front plate face and support at least one electronic accessory device placed on the movable extension member is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Inventors: Jeffrey P. Baldwin, John E. Klein
  • Patent number: 10845015
    Abstract: A bracket 1 for attaching a light fitting to a ceiling or wall. The bracket 1 has a main body 2 to be directly applied to the ceiling or wall and to be flush with the ceiling or wall. The main body 2 has a central portion 3 with a central aperture 4 for the passage of the electrical cable 12 coming out from the ceiling or wall. The central aperture 4 being sized so that the electrical cable 12 can easily pass through it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Inventor: Mark Brothwell
  • Patent number: 10836008
    Abstract: A powered high-speed cutting tool that also locates objects behind sheet material and subsequently cuts around the object. The tool incorporates at least one sensor having a transceiver emitting a signal to detect at least one from the group of object density, conductivity, distance, and identification. The sensor is housed within a sensor unit that is part of the body of the cutting tool. The sensor unit can be incorporated into the body or removable from the cutting tool. A marking unit is used to mark the cutting area of the sheet material and is generally part of or located near a sensor unit. Indicator members, such as lights, audio, and/or display screen, are used to provide information to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Savvy Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: William Alexander Barr, Deborah Fulton Barr, William Harrison Fulton
  • Patent number: 10808958
    Abstract: A thermostat includes a housing, a touch-sensitive display configured to display visual media and receive user inputs, and processing electronics configured to operate the touch-sensitive display. The housing includes a base and a display mount. The base includes a top wall, a bottom wall, a front wall connecting the top wall to the bottom wall, a first side wall connecting the top wall to the bottom wall, and a second side wall connecting the top wall to the bottom wall. The top wall, the bottom wall, the first side wall, and the second side wall define an internal volume. The display mount is cantilevered away from the top wall and includes a mounting surface. The display is attached to the mounting surface. The processing electronics are positioned within the interior volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Joseph R. Ribbich, Vinosh C. Diptee, Julio A. Abdala, Claudio Santiago Ribeiro, Charles J. Gaidish, Michael F. Kornacki, John P. Cipolla, Sudhi Sinha, Michael L. Ribbich
  • Patent number: 10784666
    Abstract: A bracket for supporting at least one electrical device includes a first portion including a flange oriented in a first plane and at least one second portion including a leg oriented in a second plane substantially parallel to and offset from the first plane. Each second portion is configured to be coupled to the at least one electrical device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventors: Krzysztof Korcz, Steven Johnson
  • Patent number: 10770875
    Abstract: An electrical outlet assembly is mountable in a floor or work surface, and includes an upper bezel and a lower insert that are joined in a non-rigid manner that permits some adjustment to the spacing and/or tilt of the upper bezel relative to the lower insert. The upper bezel and lower insert are joined together by a plurality of fasteners extending between a plurality of fastener receivers coupled to the upper bezel, and to the lower insert. At least one end of each coupling fastener is loosely captured in such a way that when the coupling fasteners are fully secured, they are permitted to move axially relative to the fastener receiver or the lower insert. This allows the lower insert to be repositionable in its axial direction relative to the upper bezel, and also permits the lower insert to be tilted out of alignment with the upper bezel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Inventors: Norman R. Byrne, Aaron G. Lautenbach, Matthew R. Haller, Marc A. Mitchell
  • Patent number: 10601210
    Abstract: An electrical box assembly for mounting an electrical component in a countertop. The assembly includes an electrical box with an enclosure adapted to receive electrical wiring. A sidewall on the electrical box includes one or more channels each including a channel bottom, a ramp, and a channel cover with a slot. A mounting bracket includes a base and two arm members and is loosely assembled to the electrical box with the mounting fasteners. A cover bracket is secured in each of the slots. A cover provides access to the electrical component and includes a cover plate, a cavity for housing an electrical component, and a snap-engagement latch for selectively latching the electrical component outward of the cover plate or inward within the electrical box enclosure. Installation time and effort are minimized as site preparation requires only a single hole that may be made with a standard size hole-saw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: ARLINGTON INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventor: Thomas J. Gretz
  • Patent number: 10490987
    Abstract: A junction box has a main body defining an interior space and a lid hingedly connected to the main body for use in enclosing the interior space. The main body includes an inlet for allowing an end of electrical cable to be positioned with the interior space. The inlet is formed by a first pair of spaced flaps between which is defined a first slot into which the electrical cable is to be positioned and a second pair of spaced flaps between which is defined a second slot into which the electrical cable is to be positioned. Each of the first pair of flaps is arranged to extend outwardly from the defined first slot at an angle that is away from the interior space to provide a structure that will inhibit a pushing of the electrical cable further into the interior space. Each of the second pair of flaps is arranged to extend inwardly from the defined second slot at an angle towards the interior space to provide a structure that will inhibit a pulling of the electrical cable from the interior space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: IDEAL Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Walsh, Peter Viner
  • Patent number: 10487978
    Abstract: An example rail mounted assembly includes a controller housing having a locking post extending from a base of the controller housing and multiple mounting guides extending from the base and each mounting guide includes a guiding slot, and a rail having two side portions and a center portion therebetween. Each side portion is coupled to a particular side of the center portion and forms an L-shaped edge and each side portion is configured to slide into the guiding slot of a particular mounting guide of the controller housing for coupling the rail to the controller housing. The center portion includes a flexible cutout tab with a hole for sliding over and engaging with the locking post when coupling the rail to the controller housing to lock the rail to the controller housing. Example methods of securing and releasing components of the rail mounted assembly are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Sun Hydraulics, LLC
    Inventors: Chris Cole, Curt Rainbolt, Jake Holloway, Lowell Bonner
  • Patent number: 10490989
    Abstract: A wall-mountable enclosure including a front cover, a back panel, and a plurality of side panels. A wall opening can be located on the back panel of the enclosure. The wall opening configured for routing at least one first wire between an interior of the enclosure and an exterior of the enclosure. A room opening can be located on one of the plurality of side panels. The room opening configured for routing at least one second wire between the interior of the enclosure and the exterior of the enclosure. A connector mounting bracket coupled to the back panel and located between the back panel and the front cover. A cable routing channel can be defined between the back panel and the connector mounting bracket. The connector mounting bracket can be configured to support at least one wiring interconnect for the at least one first wire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: BBY SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventor: David Barnett
  • Patent number: 10447019
    Abstract: Electric boxes and hanging brackets and more particularly adjustable electric boxes with parallel rails for connection with reciprocal parallel grooves in a hanging bracket that is configured to connect to a support, for example, a wall stud.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Cantex, Inc.
    Inventors: Steve D. Ediger, Paul R. Metcalfe, Weston Skye, Scott E. Urban
  • Patent number: 10396535
    Abstract: A while-in-use cover assembly includes a hood and a base connected to the hood. The base includes a first side wall and a first back wall forming a first cavity with a first opening opposite the first back wall. The hood covers the first opening, the first side wall includes a first side wall edge and a second side wall edge opposite the first side wall edge. The first side wall edge is proximate to the first opening, and the second side wall edge is proximate to the first back wall. The first back wall includes a second opening to a second cavity. A second side wall defines the second cavity and extends from the first back wall from the first opening. The first cavity and the second cavity provide access through the first opening and the second opening to an electrical device coupled to the second side wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Thomas & Betts International LLC
    Inventors: Robert Kevin Jolly, Peter J. Gallucci
  • Patent number: 10354109
    Abstract: A stationary scanning device includes: a fixed scanner portion that is mounted on a front surface of a support column and is configured to optically read item data; a handheld scanner configured to optically read the item data; and a holding portion that is mounted on a side surface of the support column and is configured to hold the handheld scanner, the holding portion being configured to hold the handheld scanner such that a cable extending from an end portion of the handheld scanner falls in a space with a predetermined distance from the front surface and the side surface of the support column.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: NEC Platforms, Ltd.
    Inventor: Manabu Hayahi
  • Patent number: 10344957
    Abstract: Lighting fixture include an elongated support and at least one lighting element. The support operably attachable to a wall or a ceiling. The least one lighting element includes a lighting unit and a continuous surrounding member. The continuous surrounding member has an inner surface and an outer surface defining a first opening and a second opening. The elongated support extends through a first portion of the surrounding member spaced from the first opening and spaced from the second opening and extends through a second portion of the surrounding member spaced from the first opening and spaced from the second opening. The lighting unit is disposed in a cavity and spaced from the inner surface of the surrounding member to define a surrounding area between the lighting unit and the inner surface of the surrounding member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Boyd Lighting Fixture Company
    Inventor: Doyle Crosby
  • Patent number: 10340676
    Abstract: Protective housings for an electrical device, such as a switches or receptacle, and methods for installing protective housings are disclosed. A protective housing for an electrical device includes a baseplate with an internal opening and first arcuate cutout along the internal opening. The protective housing also includes a first insert with a second arcuate cutout and at least one aperture. The first insert fits within the opening. The first and second arcuate cutouts form a through hole when the first insert is fitted within the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Titan3 Technology LLC
    Inventor: Agustinus Wijaya
  • Patent number: 10270189
    Abstract: Configurations for push wire connectors and for electrical wiring devices that mate with or connect to the push wire connectors are disclosed. The push wire connectors have a housing and one or more contact assembly positioned within the housing. Each contact assembly has one or more contact openings to allow wires to pass through, and the housing has one or more wire entry openings that are angled so that wires that pass through the wire openings and the contact openings before engaging the contact assembly are angled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: HUBBELL INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Thomas L. Scanzillo, Edward Bazayev
  • Patent number: 10236678
    Abstract: A GFCI includes a latch assembly provided with a rigid electrically conducting bar connected thereto such that when a user presses a reset button the latch assembly is moved toward a pair of contacts provided as part of a reset circuit to initiate a reset operation. When the electrically conducting bar on the latch assembly connects the pair of contacts, the reset circuit is closed and an actuator is activated to place the GFCI device in the latched, reset, condition. If the GFCI device is correctly wired, the latch assembly enters the latched state. If the device is not properly wired no power is provided to the actuator and the device remains in the tripped, or open, state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventors: Gaetano Bonasia, Stephen P. Simonin, Kenny Padro, Tom Batko
  • Patent number: 10103421
    Abstract: An assembly for mounting a wireless access point includes a base panel configured to be mounted to a post and to support the access point. The assembly includes a shroud configured to at least partially surround the base panel, the access point, and the post. The assembly can also include an antenna support configured to support an antenna coupled to the access point and configured to rotate between a first position and a second position. A method of mounting the access point to the post includes mounting, to the post, the base panel supporting the access point. The method also includes, after mounting the base panel to the post, coupling the shroud to the base panel such that the shroud at least partially surrounds the base panel, the access point, and the post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: CSC Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Alexander, Robert Anderson, Alvin Clark
  • Patent number: 10056201
    Abstract: A push switch includes a casing, an operation body movable into and out of the casing, and a switch element operable with the movement of the operation body into and out of the casing. The casing includes a first outer peripheral wall, a first inner peripheral wall, a first guide provided to the first outer peripheral wall, and a second guide provided to the first inner peripheral wall. The operation body includes a second outer peripheral wall, a second inner peripheral wall, a first engagement portion provided to the second outer peripheral wall and slidably engaged with the first guide, and a second engagement portion provided to the second inner peripheral wall and slidably engaged with the second guide. A clearance between the second guide and the second engagement portion is smaller than a clearance between the first guide and the first engagement portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Takeshi Miyaoka
  • Patent number: 10033173
    Abstract: An electrical box support is provided for coupling to the side wall of an electrical box to support the electrical box in an opening formed in a hollow core building block. The support has a flange at the front edge and tab at a front edge that clips onto the side wall of the electrical box. A spring member extends from a rear side edge and curls toward the front edge. The spring member has an end that is directed toward the front edge and spaced from the flange a distance to contact the inner surface of the block while the flange contacts the outer surface of the block. The tab at the front edge of the support has a hook for engaging an inner edge of the electrical box to couple the support to the electrical box and to prevent sliding of the support on the electrical box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventors: Krzysztof W. Korcz, Steven J. Johnson
  • Patent number: 9979172
    Abstract: Cover plates and cover plate assemblies are provided for electrical fixtures including a screwless cover plate and/or cover plate assembly for electrical devices that cover the fixtures but provide holes for plugs, light switches, audio, data, or video connectors, and that optionally do not show screw or attachment holes, and where the cover plate is part of a cover plate assembly that comprises one or more retention members selectively engage and substantially conform to the outer surface and edges of the electrical device, to releasably secure the cover plate to the electrical device with a backing plate therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Inventor: Joseph Trojanowski
  • Patent number: 9837804
    Abstract: An example integrated electrical assembly for installation in a building structure is disclosed. The integrated electrical assembly may provide for power and telecommunications distribution in a building structure or a subspace of a building structure. A master tub configured to receive a plurality of electrical components and provide a common ground is disclosed. The master tub may be used in the integrated electrical assembly or alone. A multi-wire connector that may provide coupling of one or more wires to a circuit is disclosed. A junction box that may be installed in a wall, such as a pre-fabricated wall is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: QTRAN, INC.
    Inventors: John M. Tremaine, Adrian R. Teschemaker
  • Patent number: 9825447
    Abstract: An electrical junction box includes a housing that defines an internal space. The housing has a front, which is open. A buss bar is coupled to the housing and is positioned in the internal space. A plurality of connectors is coupled to the buss bar and extends through a respective opposing side of the housing. A plurality of couplers is coupled to the buss bar. The couplers are positioned on a front face of the buss bar. The connectors are configured for insertion of wires, such that the wires are coupled to the buss bar and the buss bar is coupled to an electrical circuit. The couplers are configured for insertion of wiring that is coupled to an electrical device, such as a switch, light, fan or outlet. The wiring is coupled to the buss bar and the electrical device is coupled to the electrical circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Inventor: William Gorman
  • Patent number: 9806437
    Abstract: Configurations for push wire connectors and for electrical wiring devices that mate with or connect to the push wire connectors are disclosed. The push wire connectors have a housing and one or more contact assembly positioned within the housing. Each contact assembly has one or more contact openings to allow wires to pass through, and the housing has one or more wire entry openings that are angled so that wires that pass through the wire openings and the contact openings before engaging the contact assembly are angled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventors: Thomas L. Scanzillo, Edward Bazayev
  • Patent number: 9800032
    Abstract: A while-in-use cover assembly includes a hood and a base connected to the hood. The base includes a first side wall and a first back wall forming a first cavity with a first opening opposite the first back wall. The hood covers the first opening, the first side wall includes a first side wall edge and a second side wall edge opposite the first side wall edge. The first side wall edge is proximate to the first opening, and the second side wall edge is proximate to the first back wall. The first back wall includes a second opening to a second cavity. A second side wall defines the second cavity and extends from the first back wall from the first opening. The first cavity and the second cavity provide access through the first opening and the second opening to an electrical device coupled to the second side wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Thomas & Betts International LLC
    Inventors: Robert Kevin Jolly, Peter J. Gallucci
  • Patent number: 9673596
    Abstract: A weatherproof back box for receiving a fire alarm notification or other fire alarm device includes a back wall and sidewalls that project from the back wall and define a mouth. The sidewalls further include recessed portions that extend from the back wall toward the mouth, and end prior to the mouth. The back box further includes mounting posts, which are preferably less than 50% of the depth of the back box, that project from the recessed portions into the mouth. Additionally, these mounting posts receive fasteners for securing the fire alarm notification device in the mouth of the back box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Tyco Fire & Security GmbH
    Inventors: James T. Roberts, Alexander Andrews
  • Patent number: 9635773
    Abstract: A power supply system for powering multiple external electrical devices. The power supply system has a housing with at least one outlet for receiving an electrical plug, a weight disposed inside the housing, and a gripping component disposed on an outer surface of a base of the housing. A power cord may be operatively connected to the outlet for supplying electrical power to the outlet. The weight provides stability to the housing and the gripping component secures the housing to an external surface when the power supply system is placed upon the external surface. The housing may further have at least one universal serial bus (USB) port and an On/Off switch for controlling input of electrical power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Inventor: Sean Marshall
  • Patent number: 9627928
    Abstract: A line-in power is connectable to the disclosed outlet housing similar to any known power outlet. This provided power is used to drive an AC/DC converter to create a DC bus internal to the outlet housing. This DC bus powers the electronics, including, for example, a wireless transceiver incorporated within the outlet housing. In at least one instance, the wireless transceiver will receive a command from another wireless device to turn power ON or OFF to the local outlet and the downstream (e.g. daisychained, etc.) outlets. These outlets can be wired to the output terminations (push-in and/or other) on the back of the local outlet and/or outlet housing, or may be connected through any other suitable electrical connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: IDEAL Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Sushil N. Keswani, Nolan Bello
  • Patent number: 9627867
    Abstract: A brace assembly is provided having a brace for mounting to a support and a hanger member. The hanger member is coupled to the brace by a bar positioned in a longitudinal slot in the bottom side of the brace. The bar enables the hanger member to slide along the length of the brace. The hanger member has a bottom wall and side walls with a top end for coupling to a support. A mounting bracket is removably coupled to the hanger member for supporting the brace.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventors: Krzysztof W. Korcz, Mahran H. Ayrton
  • Patent number: 9608419
    Abstract: An electrical box support is provided for coupling to the side wall of an electrical box to support the electrical box in an opening formed in a hollow core building block. The support has a flange at the front edge and tab at a front edge that clips onto the side wall of the electrical box. A spring member extends from a rear side edge and curls toward the front edge. The spring member has an end that is directed toward the front edge and spaced from the flange a distance to contact the inner surface of the block while the flange contacts the outer surface of the block. The tab at the front edge of the support has a hook for engaging an inner edge of the electrical box to couple the support to the electrical box and to prevent sliding of the support on the electrical box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventors: Krzysztof W. Korcz, Steven J. Johnson
  • Patent number: 9531175
    Abstract: An electrical box block bracket can include a face place and rotatable members extending from each of two opposing edges of the face plate. The face plate can also include a aperture providing a passageway through the face plate and sized and shaped to receive a mud ring and/or electrical junction box. Each rotatable member can be rotatable about an axis defined by the intersection between the face plate and the respective rotatable member. Each rotatable member can also include an adjustable tab disposed along the surface of the rotatable member. The adjustable tab can rotate from a first position aligned with the surface of the rotatable member to a second position at an angle to the surface of the rotatable member such that the tab can be folded over at least a portion of an outer wall or rib of a construction block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Inventor: Willie Franklin Fowler, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9521761
    Abstract: A weatherproof electrical junction box that includes a molded electrical junction box and an insert is disclosed. Specific implementations may comprise a molded electrical box comprising four side walls, a back wall, a front opening, two screw bosses extending toward the front opening, and an unthreaded hole extending through a first side wall of the four side walls. Specific implementations may comprise an insert, the insert comprising an unthreaded exterior and a partially threaded interior. The insert may be fixed within the one unthreaded hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventors: Marcus J. Shotey, Jeffrey P. Baldwin, Joseph Giancaspro, Samuel Dumpe
  • Patent number: 9515468
    Abstract: This invention is directed to a strengthening adapter 7 for securing a standard electrical device 4 such as a switch or female receptacle within a standard electrical box 3 positioned within a space 5 in drywall 2 by sandwiching the strengthening adapter 7 between electrical device 4 and the drywall and at the same time covering any space 5 in the drywall 2 around the electrical box 3.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Inventor: Peter John Kallie
  • Patent number: 9509127
    Abstract: A wire guiding tool includes a support structure configured to removably mount the guiding tool to an electrical box. The support structure includes an aperture at a first position on the support structure that is configured to allow a fastener attached to the electrical box to extend through, and wherein the support structure is further configured to be removably mounted to the electrical box at a second position, the second position being remote from the aperture at the first position. A locking element is movably connected to the support structure to selectively engage the fastener to inhibit removal of the fastener from the aperture. A carriage assembly is carried by the support structure having a perimeter structure with a perimeter surface configured to guide a wire thereover without damaging the wire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Inventor: John A. Bergstrom
  • Patent number: 9496697
    Abstract: A roof top junction box to protect wiring systems and a roof top from water leakages. The junction box includes a storage unit and an enclosure. A mounting component is fastened at an internal storage area of the storage unit to secure a terminal component thereon. Threaded screw elements are aligned in at least two of a plurality of screw hole channels utilizing a first sealing gaskets, a plurality of rubber washers and a plurality of press fit flutes. The plurality of threaded screw elements is affixed at a flashing member attached to the roof top. A compression ring and a multithreaded flute are aligned at a bottom conduit port in the storage unit. A conduit is inserted through the bottom conduit port and an opening at the flashing member to connect the conduit with at least one wiring system of a building.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: Imagineering Plus Plus LLC
    Inventor: Stuart Wentworth
  • Patent number: 9444179
    Abstract: A cover for outdoor electrical devices includes a rectangular base having a rear, side and bottom panels. A peripheral flange surrounds the base. Haspways are provided in diagonally opposed corners of the flange, with the haspways being closed by a web. A lid is hinged to the top panel, for orientation in a vertical position or to a side panel for orientation in a horizontal position. An aperture at a lower corner of the lid registers with a lower haspway. To secure the cover, the lower haspway web is broken and padlock shackle inserted through the open haspway and lid aperture. The haspway at the upper corner of the base flange remains closed by the web to preclude the entrance of water into the interior of the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: Superflex, Ltd.
    Inventor: Michael Elbaz
  • Patent number: 9352925
    Abstract: Position adjustment device including adjustment body having row of fitting portions with specifically shaped fitting portions disposed every specific fitting cycle along a specific direction. A holder holds that body in one of plural holding modes, such that the row faces in a specific holding direction. An adjustable body's position with respect to the holder is determined by fitting with one of the row's fitting portions a fitted portion fittable with the fitting portions. The row is disposed with minimum distance between the adjustable body with the fitted portion fitted with one fitting portion in the row within a fittable range when that body is held in a first holding mode, and the body with the fitted portion fitted with one of the fitting portions in the row within the fittable range when the adjustment body is held in a second holding mode, being shorter than the specific cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: Oki Electric Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hirokazu Komatsu
  • Patent number: 9351413
    Abstract: An electrical device is provided that can selectively be powered through a neutral wire or an earth ground. The electrical device includes a line terminal, a neutral terminal, a ground terminal, and a selection mechanism. The line terminal is electrically connected to at least one load. The line terminal can be electrically connected to a line (or “hot”) wire. The neutral terminal is electrically connected to the at least one load. The neutral terminal can be electrically connected to the neutral wire. A first electrical path is provided from the line terminal through the at least one load to the neutral terminal. The ground terminal can conduct current to the earth ground. The selection can selectively provide a second electrical path from the neutral terminal to the earth ground via the ground terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: ABL IP Holding LLC
    Inventors: Michael Tetreault, Adam Lydecker, David M. Behnke, Stephen Haight Lydecker, Benjamin C. Hahn
  • Patent number: 9320156
    Abstract: A casing for housing an occupant protection device unit is composed of a metallic base with its plate surfaces facing upward and downward, respectively, and a main body that is put on and mounted on the surface of the base. A bracket formed integrally with the base is composed of a plate-like leg extending laterally from the edge in the base and a fastening member that is integrally formed at an end of the leg and is bolted to the vehicle body. The leg is composed of a through-hole vertically passing therethrough and the two weak portions. The two weak portions are composed of two branching portions separated by the through-hole in the leg. If an excessive collision load is exerted on the bracket from the vehicle body, the two weak portions are torn off, thereby allowing the occupant protection control unit to be protected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takahiro Ohmoto, Kenyu Okamura, Takahiro Ishikawa, Shinya Ueki, Tomoya Yoshikawa
  • Patent number: 9300119
    Abstract: An electrical box support bracket is provided for coupling to the side wall of an electrical box to support the electrical box in an opening formed in a hollow core building block. The support bracket has a flange at the front edge and coupling tab at a front edge that clips onto the side wall of the electrical box. The coupling tab at the front edge of the support bracket has a hook for engaging an inner edge of the electrical box to couple the support bracket to the electrical box and to prevent sliding of the support bracket on the electrical box. A leg extends substantially perpendicular from one end of the body of the bracket to contact the top or bottom surface of the building block during construction of a wall. The flange forms a positioning tab that contacts the front face of the building block to prevent the electrical box from being pushed into the hollow core of the building block until the wall is completed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventors: Krzysztof W. Korcz, Steven J. Johnson
  • Patent number: 9172228
    Abstract: An electrical fitting that comprises an integral cover plate and an electrical component, such as an outlet or a switch, the combined electrical component/cover plate being secured via screws through the cover plate into a wall box. Wires are secured to power wires coming from the wall box via quick-connectors or wirenuts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Inventor: J Moss
  • Patent number: 9131619
    Abstract: A power conditioner assembly includes: first and second brackets and a power conditioner. Each bracket includes a rear portion adapted to attach to a rear portion of an equipment rack and a front portion that extends frontwardly. The power conditioner includes a housing having a rear panel, a first side panel mounted to the first bracket and a second, opposed side panel mounted to the second bracket. The power conditioner is mountable to the brackets in a plurality of orientations including: a rearward orientation with the rear panel oriented substantially vertically; and at least one angled orientation with the rear panel at an oblique angle to vertical. The brackets may also be adapted to attach to other mounting surfaces and/or other brackets may be provided for this purpose to provide additional mounting options.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: Wirepath Home Systems, LLC
    Inventors: David G. Moore, John Hatcher, Mark H. Linton
  • Patent number: 9059576
    Abstract: Implementations of the present invention include a cable consolidation box for providing secure access to networks with multiple security classifications. More specifically, the cable consolidation box can allow a network administrator to physically secure network cables originating from multiple networks having distinct security classifications. In one or more implementations, the cable consolidation box can have a plurality of entry points that are segregated from one another. Each of the plurality of entry points can be associated with a corresponding plurality of segregated connection chambers. The cable consolidation box can thus allow for various types of cables, with various levels of security classification, to be associated with a single cable consolidation box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: DIRTT ENVIRONMENTAL SOLUTIONS, LTD.
    Inventors: Scott J. Isaacks, Sean McCloud, Joshua Ray Knott