With Closure For Face Plate Opening Patents (Class 174/67)
  • Patent number: 10601209
    Abstract: A cable management system including an elongate, flexible and length adjustable tubular conduit and a pair of mounting components to mount the elongate tubular conduit relative to a surface, one mounting component attaching a first end of the elongate conduit and a second mounting component attaching a second end of the elongate conduit, wherein together the tubular conduit and the mounting components define a body through which cables can extend and the tubular conduit is attachable and detachable as required from the mounting components used to mount the cable management system relative to the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: GINNOVEST PTY LTD
    Inventor: Graham Misselhorn
  • Patent number: 10585247
    Abstract: Embodiments disclosed herein are directed to a device and system of devices including: a connector comprising a housing comprising a groove lengthwise in a surface of the housing and a push-pull tab comprising a protrusion, a widthwise recess on the connector housing accepting protrusions on a removable anchor device that retains the connector in a port, wherein the push-pull tab releases the connector from the port using protrusions on the anchor device and the receiver device comprising one or more ports for receiving one or more connector types; and the receiver device comprising one or more ports without an anchor; said port secures a second connector type comprising a latch release mechanism; and the receiver device ports are opposite one another; wherein the opposite ports can accept a first connector and a second connector; wherein the first connector release mechanism and differs from the second connector release mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Senko Advanced Components, Inc
    Inventors: Kazuyoshi Takano, Jeffery Gniadek, Kimman Wong, Siu Kei Ma
  • Patent number: 10578286
    Abstract: A device for the connection of luminaires with fault current diversion includes a support socket and a contact bar which are covered by a support plate, and the contact bar produces a support connection with a pivotal hook. The support plate contains an insert channel into which can be inserted a luminaire plug.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Filuxx Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Hans Richard Fischer, Stefan Lopaska
  • Patent number: 10522939
    Abstract: A cover assembly (100) is disclosed that can be installed onto and removed from a telecommunications connector (200) without requiring the connector (200) from being removed from its mounted position and without requiring an associated cover plate (120) from being removed from its mounted position. The cover assembly (100) can include a base portion (150) that defines an opening that entirely surrounds a cover portion (110). In one example, the cover portion (110) is attached to the base portion (150) via a living hinge (118). In one aspect, the base portion (150) acts as a color cap while the cover portion (110) acts as a dust cover. In one example, the base portion (150) is provided without a cover portion (110) such that the cover assembly (100) simply acts as a color cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: CommScope Connectivity Spain, S.L.
    Inventor: Longinos De Dios Martín
  • Patent number: 10516240
    Abstract: An indoor coaxial wall outlet cover permitting functional use of a coaxial wall outlet while fully concealing the coaxial connector plug of the coaxial wall outlet. The cover has a hidden, functional coaxial connector plug that inserts into the coaxial connector plug attached to the underlying coaxial outlet box in the wall and is connected to an extended coaxial cable having at its distal end one or more functional coaxial connector plugs for use of the wall outlet to connect to a wide variety of home entertainment equipment such as televisions, DVRs, CATV, and satellite TV receivers. The cover can be essentially featureless in outward appearance, and when positioned over a wall coaxial outlet box, the cover can fully hide that box. The cover is thin so that furniture may be positioned effectively flush against the wall in front of the covered coaxial outlet box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: Socket Solutions, LLC
    Inventor: Michael George Insalaco
  • Patent number: 10483680
    Abstract: Methods, devices, and systems are provided that conceal an outlet in a decorated environment. The decorative concealed outlet device includes a frame configured to receive a decorative element matching a decorated surface of the decorated environment. The frame includes retaining features that engage with ports of the outlet and allow the device to be selectively removed and replaced from an outlet concealed position to an outlet exposed position, and vice versa. The device acts as a camouflaged protective wall outlet cover capable of hiding a wall outlet from view by including like materials to that of the surroundings, such as tile, attached to the front of the cover. The cover can prevent risk of electric shock while hiding or substantially minimizing the appearance of a wall outlet. The cover can be removed at any time so that the wall outlet can still operate as a function outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: TALONTED GROUP, INC.
    Inventor: Lee Newman
  • Patent number: 10477744
    Abstract: Embodiments disclosed herein include devices and methods for shielding an electrical device. The electrical device shield tool may include an expanding and contracting mechanism; and a body coupled to the expanding and contracting mechanism. The body can include a first half slidably coupled to a second half that are capable of movement, as the body expands to increase an opening with respect to a movement of the expanding and contracting mechanism. Furthermore, the electrical device shield tool can include grooves, that receive protruding edges of the metal enclosure to affix the body to the metal enclosure and form a barrier for the electrical device from the metal enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: NONCONDUCTIVE TOOL COMPANY, LLC
    Inventor: Warren Tarbell
  • Patent number: 10468840
    Abstract: An electrical inlet/outlet assembly is provided including an Alternating Current (AC) inlet having at least a line terminal and a neutral terminal arranged to receive electric power from a power supply via a first power, and an AC outlet having at least a line terminal and a neutral terminal arranged to supply electric power from the AC inlet to an electrical device. Channels are provided extending respectively between the line and neutral terminals of the AC inlet and the line and neutral terminals of the AC outlet, and connectors are disposed within the channels to electrically connect the line and neutral terminals of the AC inlet respectively to the line and neutral terminals of the AC outlet. The channels forms water-sealed enclosures around the connectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. Schaub, Daniel L. Schwarz, Nancy L. Chung
  • Patent number: 10461459
    Abstract: An apparatus for controlling use of an electrical device. The apparatus includes at least one power connector, a first electrical plug, an electrical socket, a lock configured to retain an electrical plug in the electrical socket, a switch electrically coupling the at least one power connector and the electrical socket, and wireless communication circuitry communicatively coupled to the switch and configured to receive a signal for causing the switch to electrically couple the at least one power connector and the electrical socket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: The Chamberlain Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Carey, Casparus Cate, Timothy Karl Nowack
  • Patent number: 10439327
    Abstract: Power outlet wall plates having retention components are described herein that are configured to be mounted around power outlets to thereby retain power cords in electrical engagement with sockets of the power outlets. The retention components can be secured to the structure using any suitable mechanism, such as by using fasteners, snap fit, and so forth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Inventor: Keith Cyzen
  • Patent number: 10429017
    Abstract: The electrical cover is a flexible, friction-held electrical cover that guards outlets from finish materials such as paint, spackling, and other foreign materials. The frictionally-held finish material electrical covers utilize specifically shaped features on the surfaces, such as negative draft, that contact the electrical components to increase the hold on the electrical device. Some of the shaped features of the frictionally-held covers also help minimize stress in the cover. The electrical covers are shaped with an arched rear surface that assists in minimizing edge warping when the electrical cover is positioned against the wall surface. Features are also molded into the parts to assist and strengthen the cover flatness once installed, and thus protect against the intrusion of finish material behind the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: 2BR Creations, LLC
    Inventors: Bradley Cohen, Brian Neece
  • Patent number: 10418682
    Abstract: An enclosure mountable to a handrail is described wherein the enclosure includes a first shell portion and a second shell portion that can be coupled. When coupled, a cavity is formed between the shell portions and may receive electronic components such as antennas, wireless network access points, etc. A transverse bore is formed in each of two ends of the enclosure such that the bore fits around a portion of a handrail when the shell portions are coupled. In addition to the transfer bore, a third bore opening is formed in a lower edge of the enclosure such that a first end of a substantially vertical support may be received into the third bore opening and a second end of the substantially vertical support may be connected to a stable surface disposed beneath the enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: AMPTHINK, LLC
    Inventor: William C. Anderson
  • Patent number: 10373772
    Abstract: A light switch hook assembly including a light switch plate and a hook extending outwardly therefrom. A fastener is inserted through an aperture defined in the hook and then into a hole defined in the light switch plate. The end of the fastener is subsequently inserted into an opening defined in a light switch mounted within an electrical connector box. The light switch plate may already be installed on a wall. In this instance, a fastener is removed from this pre-existing light switch plate, the hook is positioned against the plate, and the fastener is inserted through the aperture in the hook, through the hole from which the fastener was previously removed, and into the opening in the light switch. A cover may be engaged with the hook to cover the head of the fastener. An article may be hung on the hook.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Borrowed Card, LLC
    Inventors: Atalla H. Kari, James C. Shaheen
  • Patent number: 10321027
    Abstract: An image apparatus includes an imaging unit, a housing that houses the imaging unit, a wiring substrate, and a stopper that sandwiches the wiring substrate between the housing and the stopper. The housing has a protruding part that protrudes from a back surface of a side opposite to a front surface on the side of the imaging unit in the wiring substrate. The stopper has an engagement part that engages with an outer peripheral surface of the housing, and a hook part that is hooked onto an inner peripheral surface of the protruding part of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Fujitsu Frontech Limited
    Inventor: Akinori Tsujikawa
  • Patent number: 10312650
    Abstract: A fixture for holding electrical components on an external support structure protects the components from weather, dust, condensation, and mechanical impact. An example fixture includes a shell having an open bottom side; a base configured for sliding engagement with the bottom side of the shell, a first electrical connector held in a selected rotational orientation in the base; and a support frame configured for sliding engagement with the shell. The support frame includes a first component holder; a second component holder rotatably connected to the first component holder; and a third component holder rotatably connected to the second component holder and removably connected to the first component holder. An optional connector on the shell allows the fixture to be installed between a host connector and any previously-installed legacy equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Inventors: Thomas J. Siacotos, Patrick C. McDaid
  • Patent number: 10304642
    Abstract: A switch device for a vehicle includes an emergency notification switch, an operation switch other than the emergency notification switch, and a cover that is movable between a closed position at which the emergency notification switch and the operation switch are covered and an open position at which the emergency notification switch and the operation switch are exposed. In the switch device, an operating surface of the emergency notification switch is located at a position lower than an operating surface of the operation switch, and the cover is provided with an opening through which the operating surface of the operation switch is exposed at the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI JIDOSHA KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Akihiko Fujita, Hirokazu Sato
  • Patent number: 10305218
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a protective cap for an attachment housing. The protective cap has a basic shape which is substantially box-shaped. The protective cap has a first locking device on the narrow faces of the box-shaped basic shape, and the protective cap has a second locking device on at least one broad face of the box-shaped basic shape. The disclosure likewise relates to a system comprising such a protective cap and a matching attachment housing. Advantageously, the locking devices of the protective cap can be used with and without a locking bracket of an attachment housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: HARTING Electric GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Sebastian Griepenstroh, Florian Schenk
  • Patent number: 10295755
    Abstract: A fiber optic adaptor assembly, to be inserted into a metal faceplate of a fiber distribution hub, includes a main body, a connector holder and a conductive ring member. The connector holder is removably inserted into an installation hole of the main body. The conductive ring member is removably sleeved around an outer periphery of the main body. The conductive ring member electrically contacts and cooperates with the metal faceplate to provide a shielding effect against electromagnetic interferences when the main body is inserted into the faceplate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignees: GLORIOLE ELECTROPTIC TECHNOLOGY CORP., AMPHENOL FIBER OPTIC TECHNOLOGY (SHENZHEN) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jinan Zhou, Linghua Zhu, David Frey, Chia-Hua Wu
  • Patent number: 10276319
    Abstract: A switch cover guard for guarding at least one electrical device in an electrical plate against access, use and/or damage has a security chamber surrounded by first, second, top and bottom guard walls. The security chamber is open to the rear to allow electrical switches/outlets to be accessed from within the chamber once the rear of the switch cover guard is attached onto the electrical plate. A front security plate can be slid between an open position, which allows access to the switch/outlet, and a closed position. When closed, the security chamber is sealed and the switch/outlet is no longer accessible. An adhesive attachment layer can secure the guard directly to the switch/outlet plate without requiring the plate to be opened. The front security plate can have a transparent or translucent front panel to allow light to pass through while the switch cover guard is closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Inventor: Howard Birdsong
  • Patent number: 10276979
    Abstract: Retention components are provided that are configured to retain a first end of an electrical cord in a plugged configuration with an electrical outlet. The retention components have an interior sized to receive the first end therein and include an wire opening having at least one dimension that is smaller than the corresponding dimension of the first end so that the first end cannot pass therethrough. In one form, a wall plate is provided having retention portion configured to retain a first end of an electrical cord, such that with the wall plate secured to a wall or other substrate, the first end of the electrical cord is retained between the wall and the wall plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Inventor: Keith Cyzen
  • Patent number: 10243286
    Abstract: A disabling device includes an adhesive layer and/or a self-hardening material. The adhesive layer or self-hardening material contacts electrical contacts of an electrical interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Hewlett Packard Enterprise Development LP
    Inventors: Michael A. Brooks, Shadi F. Sakkab, Bryan D. Bolich
  • Patent number: 10236668
    Abstract: An electrical box cover for an electrical outlet box includes a back and four sides extending from the back. The back and the four sides define an interior of the box cover that is large enough to cover the exterior of the electrical outlet box. The box cover is made of a soft, flexible material that can be molded to a shape of the electrical outlet box and that has certain elastomeric qualities so that the box cover can be slipped on to the electrical outlet box and installed, thereby providing additional sound and fire protection to the electrical outlet box. The cover box may also include a flange surrounding the opening in the box cover to cover any gaps around the cutout of the wall. The box cover may include one or more knock-outs that correspond to one or more knock-outs in the electrical outlet box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Specified Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: James P. Stahl, II, Gabe DiMarino, Paul Gandolfo
  • Patent number: 10220712
    Abstract: A charging pile includes a case and a charging gun base. The charging gun base is received in the case. The charging gun base is exposed from a side of the case. The charging gun base further includes a cover and a snap unit. The cover is coupled onto the case through the snap unit. The cover is rotatable relative to the case, thereby covering or exposing the charging gun base. When covering, the cover renders the charging gun base waterproof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: MiiCs & Partners (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Pen-Uei Lu, Wei-Chih Hsu, Jin-Yu Ko, Te-Kai Tseng, Chao-Yang Huang, Da-Yu Wu
  • Patent number: 10211572
    Abstract: In some examples, a socket locking system can comprise a socket; a printed circuit board (PCB) card disposed in the socket; a first locking handle and a second locking handle to lock the PCB card in the socket; and a PCB retention band including: an elongated closed loop forming a first distal end and a second distal end opposite from the first distal end, wherein the first distal end is to contact the first locking handle and the second distal end is to contact the second locking handle; and a retention portion coupled to the elongated closed loop of material to contact a top surface of the PCB card to disposition the PCB card in the socket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Hewlett Packard Enterprise Development LP
    Inventors: Senthil Kumar M R, Vigneshwara Upadhyaya, Mukundan Gangadurai
  • Patent number: 10211614
    Abstract: Implementations of an electrical outlet locking mechanism to attach to an electrical outlet are provided. In some implementations, the electrical outlet locking mechanism includes a cover plate adapter and a socket cover attachment to attach to the cover plate adapter to locking cover an electrical socket of an electrical outlet. In some implementations, the electrical outlet lockingly mechanism includes a cover plate adapter and a plug retainer attachment to attach to the cover plate adapter to lockingly retain an electrical plug in engagement with an electrical socket of an electrical outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Inventor: Robert Draper
  • Patent number: 10211567
    Abstract: A removable bracket securable to an electrical outlet or switch cover is provided, comprising a base section comprising a straight edge and having a slot formed therethrough, the slot configured to receive a tab of an attachable module. The base section further comprises a rear surface having a channel formed therein adjacent to a first edge of the slot, into which the tab of the module mates when the module is attached to the bracket. An elongated tab section extends from the straight edge and is securable behind an edge of the electrical outlet or switch cover. The tab section has a thickness less than a thickness of the base section and a rear surface contiguous with a rear surface of the base section. And an elongated first ridge on a front surface of the tab section is parallel to the straight edge of the base section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Inventor: Charles D. Glahe
  • Patent number: 10212835
    Abstract: Various implementations include devices with a latched battery cavity. In one implementation, a device includes: a body; a cavity within the body for holding a battery; a lip extending at least partially about the cavity; and a latch coupled with the body proximate the cavity for regulating movement of the battery in the cavity, wherein the latch requires multi-stage actuation to permit removal of the battery from the cavity, wherein the latch is actuatable to translate in a direction transverse to an outer surface of the battery and to depress in a direction substantially perpendicular to the direction transverse to the outer surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: BOSE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Thomas Aquinas Nilsen, Lino Antony Pucci
  • Patent number: 10170872
    Abstract: An electrical receptacle including a body having a first cavity and a second cavity, a plurality of first electrical connections in the first cavity and a plurality of second electrical connections in the second cavity, at least one electrical plug sensing device in the first cavity, and wherein electrical continuity to the plurality of first electrical connections from the plurality of second electrical connections only occurs when the at least one electrical plug sensing device senses a presence of an electrical plug in the first cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Inventors: Jeffrey Baldwin, Ryan Liebengood
  • Patent number: 10164375
    Abstract: A plug connector includes an insulating housing, a plurality of detecting terminals, a plurality of connection terminals, an outer shell and at least one ground piece. The insulating housing has a plurality of connection terminal grooves and a plurality of detecting terminal grooves. The plurality of the detecting terminals are assembled in the plurality of the detecting terminal grooves separately. The plurality of the connection terminals are assembled in the plurality of the connection terminal grooves separately. The outer shell surrounds the insulating housing. A top surface of the outer shell protrudes upward and then is bent frontward to form a locking portion. The at least one ground piece is mounted to at least one side of the insulating housing, and a portion of the at least one ground piece is exposed outside from the insulating housing and the outer shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: CHENG UEI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shi-Mao Xie, Bo Liu, Feng Zhu
  • Patent number: 10122099
    Abstract: The invention is a distributor block for connecting several electric connection cables starting from an electric inlet cable with an electric isolating housing as well as an electrically conducting terminal block, which is arranged in the housing, with at least one inlet opening being arranged in the housing for the inlet cable, with the distributor block showing an electrically isolating, articulate contact guard, which at least partially can cover the inlet opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Friedrich Goehringer Elektrotechnik GmbH
    Inventors: Ronald Dold, Friedbert Gerwin Bruetsch
  • Patent number: 10109944
    Abstract: A protective guard prevents undesired access to a wall-mounted electrical interface such as an electrical switch or outlet, particularly by small children. The protective guard includes a baseplate, cover and spring-biased latch. The baseplate is mounted to the wall and contains at least one opening to expose the electrical interface. The cover slidably attaches to the baseplate for sliding movement between a closed position that blocks access to the electrical interface and an open position that exposes the electrical interface. The spring-biased latch is attached to the cover. The latch is actively spring-biased to a locked position that holds the cover in the closed position and has an unlocked position offset from the locked position which allows sliding movement of the cover to its open position to expose the electrical interface. Advantageously, exposing the electrical interface requires no additional parts or tools that should be procured, removed, stored, or could be misplaced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: DHT Ventures, LLC
    Inventors: Dennis F Marr, Tracy Vaughn Petersen
  • Patent number: 10109945
    Abstract: A variety of active cover plate configurations with prongs configured to contact side screw terminals of electrical receptacles are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: SnapRays, LLC
    Inventors: Jeremy C. Smith, R. Camden Robinson
  • Patent number: 10103473
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus, including a parent unit connector to which a child unit connector of a child unit is connected includes a cutaway portion formed in an upper edge portion of the electronic apparatus, a connector cover covering the parent unit connector and having an end portion extending into the inside the cutaway portion, and a pivoting mechanism configured to cause the connector cover to pivot in a direction perpendicular to a direction in which the child unit connector of the child unit is connected to the parent unit connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masashi Yamanaka
  • Patent number: 10084300
    Abstract: An integrated electrical outlet cover and device support is provided, comprising a frame mountable to an electrical outlet box around an electrical outlet and a device support affixed to one edge of the frame. The device support comprises a circular base having a front surface co-planar with a front surface of the frame and a sidewall extending outward from a perimeter of the front surface of the base. A device, such as a voice-controlled assistant, speaker, or other electronic device, is retainable within the support and may be plugged into a USB port in the electrical outlet. In various configurations, the unit may be retain such voice-controlled assistants as an Amazon Echo Dot or a Google Home Mini, among others.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Inventor: Charles D. Glahe
  • Patent number: 10084299
    Abstract: A socket cover for covering a seat of a socket includes a body covering on the seat; the body having two recesses and two openings; the openings are positioned corresponding to the two electrical connecting portions so as to expose the two electrical connecting portions; two protecting sheets on the body; the each protecting sheet being movable along a first moving path and between an open position and a close position; a direction of the first moving path being parallel to axes of the two protecting sheets; and wherein when the protecting sheet is positioned in the recess, it is at the open position; and when the protecting sheet moves to the close position, it will cover a respective one of the two electrical connecting portions. The recesses and the protecting sheets are arranged on an outer side of the body or an inner side of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Inventor: Chien-Jung Huang
  • Patent number: 10020611
    Abstract: In a connector which accommodates female terminals in a plurality of female terminal accommodating chambers arranged side by side in a connector housing, each of the plurality of female terminal accommodating chambers in the connector housing has a protruding enclosure wall provided in such a way that walls enclosing the outer periphery of each female terminal protrude towards a direction of connector engagement with a connection mating connector accommodating male terminals which connect to each of the female terminals. Further, an inter-terminal through hole which penetrates through the inside of the connector housing and connects to the outside of the connector housing is formed in a wall coupling base ends of the protruding enclosure walls of at least one group of adjacent female terminal accommodating chambers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takeya Miwa, Kiyotaka Mizuno
  • Patent number: 10015894
    Abstract: A communications interface system includes a housing and one or more removable components. The removable components can include one or more removable communications module configured to facilitate communication between the interface system and one or more other communications or control systems. A facepack can be removably coupled with the housing. The facepack can include one or more displays and/or user input structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: HUNTER INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventor: Thomas E. Veloskey
  • Patent number: 9966688
    Abstract: There is provided a faceplate for an electrical receptacle having a safety measure, and a method thereof. The faceplate including: a cover mountable on an electrical receptacle, the cover having cover apertures corresponding to electrical terminals of electrical sockets; a pair of horizontally opposed pinching members on the cover; and a shield connected to the pair of horizontally opposed pinching members and mutually biased to block access to at least one of the electrical sockets, the shield configured to permit access to the at least one of the electrical sockets while the pair of horizontally opposed pinching members are engaged by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: CANMIND INNOVATIONS INC.
    Inventor: Sameem Monzaviyan
  • Patent number: 9949391
    Abstract: A protective shell includes a casing and a rotating assembly. The casing supports an electronic device. The casing includes a first portion and a second portion. The first portion includes a first joining end, and the second portion includes a second joining end. The rotating assembly includes a shaft and a hook. The shaft protrudes from the first portion adjacent to the first joining end and extends along the first joining end. The hook protrudes from the second joining end and bends toward the second portion. The second portion is rotatably connected to the first portion when the hook is hooked on the shaft. The second portion is positioned at any position relative to the first portion, and the second portion forms any desired angle with the first portion to prop up the first portion and the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Li-Wen Tien
  • Patent number: 9946305
    Abstract: An electronic device includes: a sheath including a connection magnet to couple another device, wherein the connection magnet is installed in a region of the sheath where the another device is coupled; a movable part installed in the region of the sheath where the another device is coupled, wherein the movable part is foldable back to a side where the connection magnet is present; and a magnetism-blocking part installed on a region of the movable part that covers the connection magnet when the movable part is folded back to the connection magnet side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventor: Hideyuki Fujikawa
  • Patent number: 9887489
    Abstract: A latch assembly is provided in a receptacle in a pin-and-sleeve type electrical connector used to capture a plug of the pin-and-sleeve electrical connector. The latch assembly has a housing with a cover, a plurality of latches and a corresponding plurality of latch lever arm extending from a latch lever, such that pivotable movement of the latch lever is translated to rotational movement of the latches between a plug capture position and a plug release position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventors: William Henry Dietz, Thomas Louis Scanzillo, Mark Andrew Condo
  • Patent number: 9853347
    Abstract: A handrail mountable wireless components installation apparatus and related method of installation are disclosed. The apparatus/method includes a shell having two parts, a wireless components housing and a lid; and a chassis for the fixedly but detachable mounting within the shell of the wireless electronic components necessary to provide a WiFi signal, as for example a router and an antenna, the chassis equipped with two sets of brackets. One set of brackets provides the anchoring means for the fastening of the lid onto the housing. The second set of brackets allows the enclosure to be mounted on the handrail. Optionally, the chassis is provided with a mounting plate for the mounting of a router and an opening capable of accommodating an antenna without impeding the flow of the antenna signal. Optionally, the weather resistant handrail mountable wireless components installation apparatus also comprises a gasket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: AmpThink, LLC
    Inventor: William C. Anderson
  • Patent number: 9818555
    Abstract: Methods and devices related to preventing accidental operation of a switch are disclosed. An example device includes a main body, and a latch element rotatably connected to the main body and is configured to move relative to the main body between an unlatched position and a latched position. In the latched position, the main body and the latch element encapsulate the switch. Also, in the latched position, the main body and the latch element form a cavity configured to accommodate wiring to the switch. Further, the main body is configured with a cutout to reveal a status of the switch. The switch has Lock Out Tag Out (LOTO) index pin compatibility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Joshua Kye Terry, Bobby Joe Marsh, Michael Anthony Fleming
  • Patent number: 9793646
    Abstract: There is provided an electronic device includes a terminal port disposed at a side surface of a casing, and a cap for covering the terminal port in an openable and closable manner, wherein the cap includes a fitting portion for fitting into the terminal port, a pressing surface exposed on the side surface of the casing, and a cap-turning support configured to support the cap in the openable and closable manner with respect to the terminal port, the pressing surface of the cap is perpendicular to a fitting direction of the cap into the terminal port, and a portion located above and/or below the terminal port in the side surface of the casing constitutes a first protrusion configured to outwardly protrude in an arc-like shape from the side surface of the casing more than the pressing surface in a state where the cap is closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Akira Iwamoto, Tadashi Matsunobe, Masaru Furujiku, Jun Satoh
  • Patent number: 9787025
    Abstract: In one example, a cover plate for an electrical receptacle may include a face plate, an engaging feature disposed on the face plate, and a spring clip, wherein the engaging feature disposed on the face plate engages with the spring clip and secures the spring clip in at least two different positions with respect to the face plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: SNAPRAYS, LLC
    Inventors: Jeremy Cornell Smith, Sean Daniel Watkins, Phil Dietz, Richard Camden Robinson, Darren Knight
  • Patent number: 9761386
    Abstract: Methods and devices related to preventing accidental operation of a switch are disclosed. An example device includes a main body, and a latch element rotatably connected to the main body and is configured to move relative to the main body between an unlatched position and a latched position. In the latched position, the main body and the latch element encapsulate the switch. Also, in the latched position, the main body and the latch element form a cavity configured to accommodate wiring to the switch. Further, the main body is configured with a cutout to reveal a status of the switch. The switch has Lock Out Tag Out (LOTO) index pin compatibility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Joshua Kye Terry, Bobby Joe Marsh, Michael Anthony Fleming
  • Patent number: 9755354
    Abstract: A cord management device securable to objects lacking a cord management system. An embodiment includes a flexible substratum on which two outwardly facing hooks are secured in a longitudinally spaced manner. An embodiment further includes a receptacle adapted to receiving and temporarily house the prongs on an electrical cord. The flexible substratum preferably includes an adhesive, magnet or fastener to temporarily or permanently secure the device to objects. The device is thereby attachable to an object to aid in the securement of an electrical cord.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Inventor: Brian M. Aumiller
  • Patent number: 9730346
    Abstract: A clamshell structure for an electronic device includes a window-type frame, a cover plate and a pivot. The window-type frame has an opening, and includes a first pivoting portion and a first fixing member. The first pivoting portion is near the opening. The first fixing member is disposed on a cover fixing area of the window-type frame. The cover plate includes a clamshell body, a second pivoting portion and a second fixing member. The clamshell body is used to cover the opening. The second pivoting portion is disposed on the opening. The second fixing member is disposed on an open side of the clamshell body. The pivot is pivoted through the first pivoting portion and the second pivoting portion. When the clamshell is opened, an electronic component is mounted into or dismounted from the opening for assembling or disassembling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignees: INVENTEC (PUDONG) TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION, INVENTEC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hui Zhu
  • Patent number: 9722345
    Abstract: An electrical connector (50) comprises a housing (54b) provided with socket holes (52) for the reception of connector pins of a mating connector. A shutter (58) is provided linearly movable between a first end position, in which it covers socket holes, and a second end position, in which no socket holes are covered. Biasing means (60) are adapted to bias the shutter towards the first end position thereof. By providing the biasing means as at least one torsion spring (60)) having a first leg (60a) and a second leg (60b) interconnected by a helical spring portion (60c), very small dimension of the connector can be achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Moduel AB
    Inventors: Mats Arnesson, Lukass Legzdins, Jonas Fritzdorf, Kim Bergvall
  • Patent number: 9711886
    Abstract: An apparatus for installing or replacing license software such as in a device or secure digital card of a controller. The apparatus may have a door that is situated in a base of the controller. The door may slide down to provide an opening that permits access to a place, an area or receptacle that holds the card. The door may not necessarily be open-able until the controller is removed from a panel, a din rail, or some other structure, where a removal of power has to occur. The door may be designed so that it blends in with the base in that just qualified installers are aware of how to find the door for access to the card. To close the door, the card needs to be fully installed before the door can be closed. The door may be designed with hook features to prevent its removal from the controller base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel Williamson