With Conduit Or Cable Coupling Means Patents (Class 174/64)
  • Patent number: 9958141
    Abstract: A light fixture mounting post includes an upper threaded portion for attaching the post to a light shade and a lower portion for attaching light fixtures to the post. The upper threaded portion has left handed threads, and an O-ring and a shaped rubber washer residing between a post nut and the shade. A post flange limits the insertion depth of the upper threaded portion through the shade. The threaded segments include right handed pipe threads for tightly engaging the light fixtures. Embodiments include a continuous lower portion with straight or tapered threads and a segmented lower portion with reduced thickness spaces separating the taper or straight threaded segments allowing easy shortening of the lower portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Inventor: Jeffrey Ohai
  • Patent number: 8935844
    Abstract: A system for securing at least one cable in a conduit having first and second ends, the at least one cable being housed in the conduit and extending therethrough. The system includes a first inhibiting device disposed at the conduit proximate the first end and a second inhibiting device disposed at the conduit proximate the second end. Each of the inhibiting devices includes a stopper having a proximal end, a distal end, and a passageway formed therethrough for receiving the at least one cable. First and second thickening devices are respectively disposed adjacent each stopper. Each thickening device is operable to secure to the at least one cable. The first and second thickening devices cooperate with a respective one of the stoppers to deter removal of the at least one cable from the conduit when the thickening devices are secured to the at least one cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Inventor: Edwin Ramgattie
  • Patent number: 8912441
    Abstract: A shielding device includes an enclosure sidewall. The enclosure includes two side plates, a top plate and a connecting plate connected to the top plate. The connecting plate defines a through hole to engage the cable. The top plate is slanted relative to the sidewall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Gang-Qiang Qin
  • Patent number: 8829343
    Abstract: A seal kit with torque limiting spacers for use with a field communication cable connector having a housing containing a cable contact circuit board includes a plurality of seals and spacers. Inner and outer seals are provided. The inner seal is sized for reception in an inner channel of the cable connector housing. The outer seal, having a plurality of compressible ribs, is sized for reception in an outer channel in the cable connector housing. The spacers provide space between the cable contact circuit board and the cable connector housing. Each spacer has a bore for receiving a fastener therethrough. The spacers are sized in accordance with the size of the cable connector unit and the cable connected to the cable connector unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: DT Search and Designs, LLC
    Inventors: Alvin Dean Thompson, Cecil Donald Comley, John Jeffrey Comley, James Michael Comley
  • Patent number: 8816198
    Abstract: An electrical box has a back portion with a back wall and various side walls. Coupled to the back portion is a sliding ring portion having various side walls. The sliding ring portion is slidably mounted on the back portion such that there is an extended position with a first depth and a collapsed position with a second depth where the first depth is greater than the second depth. Prior to installation, the electrical box would be in the collapsed position in order to minimize the space occupied by the electrical box. When installed, the electrical box would be used in the extended position, such that the full depth of the electrical box can be used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventors: Richard L. Cleghorn, Jeffrey P. Baldwin, Iven Dieterle, Marcus J. Shotey
  • Patent number: 8802984
    Abstract: A junction block (40) includes a generally rectangular flat plate portion (42) attached to a side surface of an assembled battery. A control device (50) is disposed over a portion of the flat plate portion (42) which includes a middle of the flat plate portion (42) and which is positionally biased toward a lower side end of the flat plate portion (42). A connector-connecting portion (47) is provided in one of the four corners of the flat plate portion (42) that is a rear end corner of an upper side end opposite the lower side end of the flat plate portion (42). A rib (48) and a connector-connecting portion (49) are provided at a location on the flat plate portion (42) at which the rib (4) and the connector-connecting portion (49) clamp the electric power cable (28) that is connected to the connector-connecting portion (47) and that is laid along the upper side of the flat plate portion (42).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignees: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha, Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Akihiro Kosaki, Masaaki Iwabe, Kenji Iida, Yoshinobu Furuya, Yoshiaki Ichikawa
  • Patent number: 8796562
    Abstract: A combiner box includes a combiner module and an electrical connector unit disposed in a casing. The combiner module includes an insulating board, and plural first and second input electrodes disposed on opposite surfaces of the insulating board along a first direction and corresponding respectively to plural first and second input sockets of the casing. The second input sockets are disposed below and alternatingly arranged with the first input sockets along the first direction. The electrical connector unit includes plural first and second input terminals disposed in the first and second input sockets and electrically connected to the first and second input electrodes, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Inventor: Chi-Jen Yang
  • Patent number: 8779287
    Abstract: An apparatus for an electrical equipment enclosure with tubular and/or multi-hole gland weatherproofing of electrical connections is disclosed. In one embodiment of the invention, one or more weatherproofing tubes and/or one or more multi-hole glands attached to the lid incorporating one or more openings are configured to serve as passageways for one or more electrical lines which need to stay weatherproof, watertight, and/or splash-proof from external elements. Furthermore, in one embodiment of the invention, one or more clusters of electrical connectors inside the electrical equipment enclosure receive a portion of the one or more electrical lines passing through one or more openings and one or more weatherproofing tubes and/or multi-hole glands. The apparatus as embodied by the present invention provides a reliable, durable and cost-effective weatherproof electrical equipment enclosure design.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Inscape Data Corporation
    Inventors: David D. Lin, Chih Chiang Ho
  • Patent number: 8779285
    Abstract: A junction box includes a cable connecting body and a cover covering the cable connecting body. The cable connecting body includes an insulative block, a plurality of connecting foils retained in the insulative block and a plurality of diodes connecting with two neighborly connecting foils. The connecting foils are insert-molded with the insulative block. The insulative block has a hook and the cable connecting body has a front wall with a depressing slot corresponding to the hook. The hook and the depressing slot engage with each other, when the insulative block is damaged, the user can remove the insulative block away from the junction box by levering the hook.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Xue-Yuan Xiao, Hong-Qiang Han, Zi-Qiang Zhu
  • Patent number: 8737081
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a cover structure is provided. A first insulating layer is provided. The first insulating layer has a first surface and a second surface opposite to each other. A second insulating layer is provided. The second insulating layer has a third surface and a fourth surface opposite to each other and an opening passing through the third surface and the fourth surface. A thickness of the second insulating layer is greater than a thickness of the first insulating layer. The first insulating layer and the second insulating layer are laminated to each other, so that the third surface of the second insulating layer connects to the second surface of the first insulating layer. A cavity is defined by the opening of the second insulating layer and the first insulating layer. A metal layer is formed on the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Subtron Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chien-Ming Chen
  • Patent number: 8674217
    Abstract: A cable-organizing circuit board includes a board body and a protruding hanger arm. The board body has a circuit-layout section and a non-circuit-layout section that are connected to each other. The protruding hanger arm is disposed at the non-circuit-layout section of the board body, and is adapted to be permit a segment of the transmission cable to pass thereunder. The segment of the transmission cable is disposed beneath a bottom surface of the protruding hanger arm, and remaining segments of the transmission cable are disposed above a top surface of the board body opposite to the bottom surface of the protruding hanger arm when the segment of the transmission cable passes under the protruding hanger arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Wistron Corporation
    Inventors: Chih-Ping Huang, Kun-Hui Lai, Cheng-Hsiang Chuang
  • Patent number: 8624557
    Abstract: Methods and devices for connecting a current source to a target storage device via a transmission cable extendable and/or retractable via a conduit that may be repositioned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: AeroVironment, Inc.
    Inventor: Albert Joseph Flack
  • Patent number: 8563857
    Abstract: An old construction box that is combined with an adapter clip to securely anchor the construction box with an opening provided in a finished wall surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Inventor: Lloyd Barnes
  • Patent number: 8552853
    Abstract: A power connector has a plate member that has a central opening therethrough, and a front side and rear side. An electrical connector member is attached to the plate member and positioned within the central opening. The electrical connector member has a base that is attached to the plate member and a plurality of power pole electrical conductors. The plurality of power pole electrical conductors comprises four power pole electrical conductors arranged in two columns wherein each column has two power pole electrical conductors. Two brackets are attached to the front side of the plate member. Each bracket is substantially perpendicular to the front side of the plate member and the electrical connector member is located between the pair of brackets. The plate member has through holes sized for receiving fasteners, so as to allow the plate member to be attached to a wall, article of furniture or other structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Premier Manufacturing Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Dave Black
  • Patent number: 8526168
    Abstract: A power outlet box for housing electronics and powering electronic displays suspended in a retail environment may include a first housing portion including a first set of vertical support features and a second set of vertical support features. A second housing portion may include a third set of vertical support features and a fourth set of vertical support features. The power outlet box may have (i) a closed configuration when the first and third sets of vertical support features are aligned and (ii) an open configuration when the second and fourth set of vertical support features are in contact with one another. The second set of vertical support features may be adapted to support the fourth set of vertical support features when the power outlet box is in the open configuration. A power supply device may be fixedly positioned within the power outlet box when in the closed configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Inventor: Peter Daly
  • Patent number: 8513521
    Abstract: An electronic device enclosure includes a main enclosure, a cable holding device received in the main enclosure, and a cable which held by the cable holding device in different orientations. A first positioning slot and a second positioning slot are defined in the cable holding device. The cable is guided out of the cable holding device in one or more predetermined directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (WuHan) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Xiang Zhang, Cai-Hong Zou, Qiu-Hua Peng, Zhi-Guo Zhang
  • Patent number: 8440918
    Abstract: An assembly includes at least one electronic component, a bus bar electrically connected to the electronic component and having a connection portion, a case receiving both the electronic component and the bus bar and having first and second openings, and a drop prevention member having a drop prevention wall. The connection portion of the bus bar is to be connected with a terminal of an external connector by engaging a first engaging member to be placed inside the case through the first opening and a second engaging member provided in the external connector. In the assembly, there is defined, by the drop prevention wall, the connection portion of the bus bar, and part of the external connector, a confinement space for confining the first engaging member and thereby preventing it from dropping outside the confinement space during establishment of the engagement between the first and second engaging members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: Denso Corporation
    Inventors: Kazurou Matsumoto, Akira Nakasaka
  • Patent number: 8314332
    Abstract: A configurable electrical box includes an electrical box having a wall structure that defines an internal space, a front open end, and a rear open end. The wall structure includes at least one pair of opposing walls. In addition, at least two slots disposed through at least one wall of the pair of opposing walls. A dividing plate is slidably coupled with one of the at least two slots and is positionable between an engaged position and an unengaged position. The dividing plate is in contact with both of the pair of opposing walls when in the engaged position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventors: Marcus J. Shotey, Jeffrey P. Baldwin, Richard L. Cleghorn, Thomas A. Miserendino, Bernie Noll, John Klein
  • Patent number: 8314333
    Abstract: A gangable electrical unit for positioning an electrical component beside an electrical outlet box that includes a bracket having a wall structure that defines a front opening is disclosed. First and second arms extend from the bracket and may each include an attachment wall extending from a front edge of the bracket and a support wall extending from the bracket behind the attachment wall. The attachment wall may include an electrical box mounting aperture therethrough. The bracket is configured for attachment to an adjacent electrical device mounting box by aligning the electrical box mounting apertures of the first and second arms with electrical box mounting apertures of the adjacent electrical device box. In addition, a gap between the attachment walls of the first and second arms is larger than an outer wall height of the adjacent electrical device mounting box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventors: Marcus J. Shotey, Jeffrey P. Baldwin, Richard L. Cleghorn
  • Patent number: 8263880
    Abstract: A module of electric and/or electronic components, wherein the module is cast with a curable electrically insulating casting material in a housing, characterized in that at least one terminal extending at least slightly into the housing and remaining accessible from outside the housing is provided on the housing, is electrically connected to the module, and is cast together with the module from the inside.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Inventor: Hilmar Kraus
  • Patent number: 8253017
    Abstract: An electrical box includes a back portion including a back wall and various side walls. Coupled to the back portion is an sliding ring portion including various side walls. The sliding ring portion is slidably mounted on the back portion such that there is an extended position with a first depth and a collapsed position with a second depth where the first depth is greater than the second depth. Prior to installation, the electrical box would be in the collapsed position in order to minimize the space occupied by the electrical box. When installed, the electrical box would be used in the extended position, such that the full depth of the electrical box can be used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventors: Richard L. Cleghorn, Jeffrey P. Baldwin, Iven Dieterle, Marcus J. Shotey
  • Patent number: 8242363
    Abstract: A power supply consists of a main body including a base and a cover. The base defines a cavity and a through hole communicating the cavity with the exterior. The cover covers the cavity. The circuit board is received in the base. The connector includes a connector body, a conductive pad, and a conductive fastener. The connector body is disposed within the cavity. The conductive pad is fixed to the connector body, connected to the circuit board, and defines a threaded hole. The conductive fastener is received in the threaded hole. The cable goes through and is connected to the conductive fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kuei-Chih Hou
  • Patent number: 8203313
    Abstract: Methods and devices for connecting a current source to a target storage device via a transmission cable extendable and/or retractable via a conduit that may be repositioned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Assignee: Aerovironment, Inc.
    Inventor: Albert Joseph Flack
  • Patent number: 8193446
    Abstract: An electrical box mountable within a wall and installable from outside the wall. The box has a pan that includes a front flange for contacting an outer wall surface that extends outwardly from a sidewall. A back bracket is positioned opposite the front flange and adjacent to the back wall and a fastener having a shaft extends through the back wall to movably secure the back bracket to the back wall. No portion of the shaft extends behind the back bracket. The back bracket is movable relative to the pan between a first position adjacent to the back wall and a second position spaced farther from the back wall. The bracket and front flange are adapted for clamping a portion of a wall located between the front flange and back bracket when the back bracket is in its first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Inventor: Michael J. Taylor
  • Patent number: 8193444
    Abstract: A conduit box includes a first rear wall and a second rear wall spaced apart form the first rear wall to form a stair-stepped rear wall of the conduit box. The conduit box also includes a top wall, bottom wall, a first sidewall, and a second sidewall. The top and bottom walls have a substantial “L”-shape. The second sidewall has a length that is greater than the length of the first sidewall. The conduit box also include a rear sidewall extending from the first rear wall to the second rear wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: Big Sky Eight, LLC
    Inventor: Lee Michael Rodenberg
  • Patent number: 8174379
    Abstract: A network of power and communication receptacle devices having a plurality of power and communication receptacle devices. Each power and communication receptacle device has at least one power receptacle, at least one communication receptacle, and a power cable assembly having a dual power head. The power cable assembly is configured to provide electrical power to the power receptacle. The network includes a plurality of interconnecting power cables. Each power cable has a first power feeder electrically connected to the dual power head of one of the power and communication receptacle devices and a second power feeder electrically connected to the dual power head of a next power and communication receptacle device. The network includes a power feeding cable having electrically connected thereto a power feeder for connection to a dual power head of a first one of the power and communication receptacles and a device for connection to a power source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Assignee: Premier Manufacturing Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Dave Black
  • Patent number: 8097806
    Abstract: An electrical outlet box assembly includes an electrical outlet box and a cable protector. The outlet box includes a box interior for accommodating an electrical fixture and an electrical cable terminated to the fixture. The outlet box includes a mounting tab having a threaded aperture therethrough. The mounting screws are insertable through the aperture of the mounting tab. The cable protector is positioned adjacent the mounting tab for separating the mounting screw from the interior of the box for preventing contact between the mounting screw and the cable terminated therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Assignee: Thomas & Betts International, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Lalancette, Yves Boucher, Ian Rubin de la Borbolla
  • Patent number: 8087203
    Abstract: A waveguide for a radio frequency door like that used in a medical imaging room allows intravenous lines and electrical conduits to be inserted through the door frame without being disconnected from the patient. The waveguide includes a door frame section, and a removable, telescoping or pivoting movable member that cooperates with the door frame section to retain the conduits. The movable member is positioned away from the door frame section during insertion and removal of the conduits from the door frame section, and is positioned adjacent the door frame section when the conduits are being retained. The dimensions and materials of the waveguide are selected to achieve attenuation of electromagnetic interference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2012
    Assignee: PDC Facilities, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Boesel, James P. Maslowski, Dean Molstad, Steve Zwicke
  • Patent number: 8061199
    Abstract: A measurement system having a first and second seal to create a sealed interface with a fluid and further having a rupturable barrier configured to relieve pressure when the pressure imparted to the first seal is less than the pressure imparted to the second seal, is disclosed. More particularly, the pressure relief element, which may be a rupturable barrier, is configured and positioned so that the second seal pressure limit is less than the first seal pressure limit. The primary elements of the system include the system housing, a sensing element having a first seal, with the sensing element within the housing, a second seal in fluid communication with the first seal, and a barrier that is rupturable when the pressure on the first seal is less than the pressure on the second seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Assignee: Ametek, Inc.
    Inventors: Jules Joseph DiRienzo, Jr., Kevin G. Hafer, John Emiljan Naghski, Travis Darrell Hopkins
  • Patent number: 8058879
    Abstract: A voltage indicating coupling for metal conduit systems to indicate the presence or absence of voltage on a wire enclosed by a section of electrical conduit for a grounded AC power distribution system. Through the use of two opposing rectifiers the National Electrical Code requirement that the entire metal conduit system be grounded is met. The voltage indicating coupling comprises a liquid crystal display (LCD), a static suppression resistor, two opposing rectifiers for grounding purposes, a plastic block housing and two clamping screws with corresponding wire terminals. At least one “hot” conductor enclosed by the section of electrical conduit is capacitively coupled to the conduit creating a complete circuit through the liquid crystal display (LCD), the static suppression resistor and the opposing rectifiers. The path around the circuit is completed by a ground connection on the grounded part of the conduit system, and the ground connection at the transformer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Inventor: John C. Atherton
  • Patent number: 8058570
    Abstract: A mounting tray for a supporting and electrical component relative to an opening in a wall can include a rear wall that defines an opening. A side wall can extend outwardly from the rear wall and collectively define a pocket with the rear wall. An outer flange can extend around the side wall from a first location at the side wall to a second location at an outer perimeter. The outer flange can slope at a non-orthogonal angle from the first location to the second location. The outer perimeter of the outer flange can be offset inboard of the opening in the wall in an installed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Inventor: Denis Solan
  • Patent number: 8053670
    Abstract: An apparatus for an electrical equipment enclosure with tubular weatherproofing of electrical connections is disclosed. In one embodiment of the invention, one or more weatherproofing tubes attached to the lid incorporating one or more conduits are configured to serve as passageways for one or more electrical lines which need to stay weatherproof, watertight, and/or splash-proof from external elements. Furthermore, in one embodiment of the invention, one or more clusters of electrical connectors inside the electrical equipment enclosure receive a portion of the one or more electrical lines passing through the one or more conduits and the one or more weatherproofing tubes. The apparatus as embodied by the present invention provides a reliable, durable and cost-effective weatherproof electrical equipment enclosure design.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Assignee: Inscape Data Corporation
    Inventors: David D. Lin, Chih Chiang
  • Patent number: 8035029
    Abstract: A double containment electrical junction box is interfaced with electrical equipment in an equipment enclosure containing harmful contaminants, such as noxious gases and odors generated in a wet well containing a submersible electrical pump that pumps waste water from the well. A lower container contains electrical wiring connected to the pump, and is in gaseous communication with the well for enabling the contaminants from the well to enter the lower container. An openable upper container contains electrical junctions for the electrical wiring from the lower container. Cable and integrity seals between the containers prevents the contaminants in the lower container from reaching the upper container, to prevent migration of the contaminants away from the lower container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Assignee: G.A Fleet Associates, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard J. Mullen
  • Patent number: 8003885
    Abstract: A box for connecting a ribbon output conductor of a solar panel with a feed cable has a base mountable on the solar panel and formed with a first hole for the ribbon output conductor and a second hole for the feed cable, a removable cover fittable with the base and forming when fitted with the base a substantially closed compartment, and two holders at the first hole oriented at a predetermined angle to each other and adapted to hold a conductive part of the feed cable in either of two positions offset by the predetermined angle relative to the first hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: Lumberg Connect GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Richter, Dennis Gazke, Lothar Fuhrmeister
  • Patent number: 7989711
    Abstract: The present invention provides a floor box for electrical connectors, having: a body defined by a base and a perimetrical side wall, the body configured for partially recessed mounting into a floor, the body having an upper opening and a portion of the perimetrical side wall that are raised above the floor; and a cover having a cover body and a cover lid, the cover configured to enclose the upper opening and the raised portion of the perimetrical side wall to define a cable well therein, the cover closing over the upper opening and the perimetrical side wall to provide a sloped gradient to a surface of the floor, wherein the body is adapted for accommodating electrical fixtures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Assignee: Thomas & Betts International, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Kevin Jolly
  • Patent number: 7973516
    Abstract: Methods and devices for connecting a current source to a target storage device via a transmission cable extendable and/or retractable via a conduit that may be repositioned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Assignee: Aerovironment, Inc.
    Inventor: Albert Joseph Flack
  • Patent number: 7973237
    Abstract: An outlet assembly installed over an existing device box and wiring to provide an integrated appearance for a new low voltage installation alongside the existing device box, without requiring disturbance of the existing device box or wiring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Assignee: The Wiremold Company
    Inventor: Richard R. Picard
  • Patent number: 7964792
    Abstract: An enclosure with a tubular coupling; for containing electronic components, circuits, and other components. The tubular coupling may provide both a support means for the enclosure, as well as a raceway for connecting external wiring. The enclosure is optimized for surface-mounting to an existing larger enclosure, utilizing a single hole in the wall of the larger enclosure. The single hole may be the size and shape of a standard electrical conduit knockout. The hole may be made with a standard hole punch intended for making holes in electrical enclosures for electrical conduits. The tubular coupling fits into the hole, and the inventive enclosure may be secured to the larger enclosure with a threaded nut (with a threaded tubular coupling), a retaining clip (with a notched tubular coupling), or other suitable hardware.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Inventor: Thomas G Edel
  • Patent number: 7960650
    Abstract: A box for connecting an output conductor from a solar panel with a feed cable has a base mountable on the solar panel and formed with a first hole for the panel-output conductor and a second hole for the feed cable, a removable cover fittable with the base in a closed position and forming in the closed position with the base a substantially closed compartment, and at least one component mounted on the cover in the compartment. The component is something that affects transmission of electricity from the solar panel into an electrical network connected to the feed cable or that affects the microclimate inside the connection box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Assignee: Lumberg Connect GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Richter, Stefan Joergens, Lothar Fuhrmeister
  • Patent number: 7961480
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device for housing and connection of accessories, particularly for low-voltage automatic switches, comprising an integrated wiring support. In particular, the housing and connection device (1) has a shaped structure (10) comprising an integrated wiring bus for electrical connection of the accessories. The shaped structure (10) moreover comprises one or more seats (20, 21, 22, 23, 24) for housing the accessories.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Assignee: ABB S.p.A.
    Inventors: Stefano Besana, Antonello Antoniazzi
  • Patent number: 7937818
    Abstract: A method for sealing a cable in an enclosure includes assembling a first portion and a second portion of a cable seal around a cable. The first and second portions of the cable seal define a central axial opening having a sealing surface. The cable is disposed in the central axial opening. The method further includes inserting the cable seal and cable through an entrance of a generally u-shaped cable entry point of a side of an enclosure and positioning the cable seal within the cable entry point such that the cable seal protrudes from opposite surfaces of the side. An outer gasket seals between the surfaces of the side of the enclosure and the cable seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2011
    Assignee: ADC Telecommunications, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Holmberg, James J. Solheid
  • Patent number: 7939755
    Abstract: A electrical outlet box assembly includes a first housing and a second housing. Each of the first and second housings has a size to receive an electrical outlet. The first and second housings each include a rear wall and a perimeter wall that is attached to and extends forward of the perimeter wall. The perimeter walls of the first and second housings each have a front edge defining an opening for receiving an electrical outlet. The perimeter walls of the first and second housings are attached together and the openings of the first and second housings face in opposite directions with respect to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2011
    Inventor: Russell A. Sapio
  • Patent number: 7939754
    Abstract: A box for connecting an output conductor of a solar panel with a feed cable has a base mountable on the solar panel and having a generally planar floor from whose outer periphery a side wall projects perpendicularly. A cover engageable with the side wall forms with the floor and side wall a substantially closed compartment. At least one holder in the compartment on the floor grips and positions an end of the feed cable such that it extends in a predetermined first direction. The side wall is formed with a cutout through which the feed cable passes. The cutout and holder are relatively spaced and oriented such that the cable extends in a predetermined second direction that forms an acute angle with the first direction between the holder and the cutout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2011
    Assignee: Lumberg Connect GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Richter, Stefan Joergens, Ralf Schuler, Andreas Ross
  • Patent number: 7935898
    Abstract: The present invention provides a floor box for electrical connectors, having: a body defined by a base and a perimetrical side wall, the body having an upper opening, the body configured for recessed mounting into a floor; a cover having a cover body and a cover lid, the cover configured to cover the upper opening to define a cord well therein; and at least one cord lid on the cover, the cord lid configured to pivot into the body when a cable is inserted into the body, wherein the body is adapted for accommodating electric fixtures therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2011
    Assignee: Thomas & Betts International, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Kevin Jolly
  • Patent number: 7910828
    Abstract: A gangable electrical unit for positioning an electrical component beside an electrical outlet box includes a bracket having a wall structure that defines a front opening. First and second arms extend from the bracket. The first and second arms each include an attachment wall extending from a front edge of the bracket and a support wall extending from the bracket behind the attachment wall. The attachment wall includes an electrical box mounting aperture therethrough. The bracket is configured for attachment to an adjacent electrical device mounting box by aligning the electrical box mounting apertures of the first and second arms with electrical box mounting apertures of the adjacent electrical device box. In addition, a gap between the attachment walls of the first and second arms is larger than an outer wall height of the adjacent electrical device mounting box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Assignee: TayMac Corporation
    Inventors: Marcus J. Shotey, Jeffrey P. Baldwin, Richard L. Cleghorn
  • Patent number: 7910826
    Abstract: A configurable electrical box comprises an electrical box having a wall structure that defines an internal space, a front open end, and a rear open end. The wall structure comprises at least one pair of opposing walls. In addition, at least two slots disposed through at least one wall of the pair of opposing walls. A dividing plate is slidably coupled with one of the at least two slots and is positionable between an engaged position and an unengaged position. The dividing plate is in contact with both of the pair of opposing walls when in the engaged position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Assignee: TayMac Corporation
    Inventors: Marcus J. Shotey, Jeffrey P. Baldwin, Richard L. Cleghorn, Thomas A. Miserendino, Bernie Noll, John Klein
  • Patent number: 7881678
    Abstract: One embodiment of the present disclosure relates to a radio frequency (RF) device for communicating on a wireless network. The device includes an antenna coupled to an RF circuit. The device further includes a body housing the RF circuit and the antenna. The device yet further includes a support member extending from the body. The support member is configured to be coupled to an object. The support member is prevented from moving laterally and vertically relative to the object when coupled to the object. The support member and body are configured to allow the body and the antenna to rotate about an axis when the support member is prevented from moving laterally and vertically relative to the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Thomas Menden, Timothy Gamroth, Jerel Scott Jamieson
  • Patent number: 7878845
    Abstract: An electrical system (500) is positioned beneath an access floor (30) and includes a number of access floor modules (502) for providing electrical power locations for energizing electrical devices. Cable assemblies (578) electrically interconnect the modules (502) to the power source and to each other. Junction blocks (518) are mechanically connected to the access floor modules (502). Electrical receptacle blocks (562) are electrically interconnected to the junction blocks (518) for supplying power to interconnected electrical devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Inventor: Norman R. Byrne
  • Patent number: 7877941
    Abstract: A leadthrough (10) for passing conduits through a constructional component includes a tube (11), a base member (16) arranged at the first axial end (12) of the tube (11) and having a receiving space (18) for isolating means (19) and defining an opening (17), and first (14) and second (15) annular, diaphragm-shaped sealing elements provided, respectively, at the first (12) and second axial ends of the tube (11).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Assignee: Hilti Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Marco Fischer, Thomas Monden, Markus Koegler
  • Patent number: 7875798
    Abstract: A mounting box for installation on an exterior wall of a building. The mounting box has a box-shaped structure having a substantially horizontally disposed top surface when in situ, a nailing flange around a perimeter of the box-shaped structure, a downwardly and outwardly inclined shoulder on each side of the top surface, the shoulders each having a shoulder surface and a plurality of notches along an outer edge of the shoulder surface which attract and constrain the flow of water along the shoulders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2011
    Inventors: Anthony Isaac Funk, Robert Anthony Funk