Integral Contact And Terminal Structure Patents (Class 200/284)
  • Patent number: 11029791
    Abstract: A touch panel comprises, a substrate, a layered structure formed in a sensing region defined on one side of the substrate, the layered structure including at least a first conductor layer made of a first hardened conductive ink, a second conductor layer made of a second hardened conductive ink and an insulating layer disposed therebetween, and an external connection terminal formed outside the sensing region on the one side of the substrate, wherein the external connection terminal comprises a first terminal layer made of the first hardened conductive ink and a second terminal layer made of the second hardened conductive ink, such that the first terminal layer and the second terminal layer are directly overlaid on each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: JAPAN AVIATION ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY, LIMITED
    Inventor: Akitoshi Sakaue
  • Patent number: 10453630
    Abstract: A surface mount snap switch and method of making the same, including a housing having a plurality of channels formed therein and a cover configured for snap-fit engagement with the housing. The snap switch also includes an actuator slidably disposed at least partially within the housing, a first terminal having an external surface mount portion and another portion press-fittingly held within one of the plurality of channels of the housing, and a second terminal having an external surface mount portion and another portion press-fittingly held within another one of the plurality of channels of the housing. The snap switch further includes a blade contact having a first end portion pivotally associated with the first terminal and a second end portion comprising a blade contact button, and the actuator is configured to interact with the blade contact to electrically couple the first terminal and the second terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: CoActive Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Frank Domzalski, William Agnatovech
  • Patent number: 10359792
    Abstract: The temperature switch includes a housing, an actuator, a switch, and a force buffer situated between the actuator and the switch. The switch is movable between a first and second state in response to imposition and release of an actuating force FA. The force buffer transmits the actuating force FA from the actuator to the switch when compressed a first distance in the first direction by extension of the actuator in response to an increase in temperature ?T1. At temperature T1, the force buffer transmits the force FA to move the switch from the first state to the second state. The actuator retracts a second distance in the second direction in response to a decrease in temperature ?T2. At temperature T2, the force buffer releases the force FA and the switch moves from the second state to the first state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Rostra Vernatherm, LLC
    Inventors: Kevin W. Lamb, Alberto D. Medina Santamaria
  • Patent number: 10249462
    Abstract: A power relay for a vehicle, in particular a utility vehicle, is disclosed. The power relay contains a housing formed by a connecting base and a housing pot that is placed on the connecting base. Accordingly, two connecting bolts for establishing contact with an on-load circuit are formed by standard screws.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Ellenberger & Poensgen GmbH
    Inventors: Markus Birner, Manuel Engewald, Ricardo Pimenta, Helmut Kraus, Wolfgang Weiss, Matthias Schwarz, Sebastian Rothmayr, Thomas Singer
  • Patent number: 10215529
    Abstract: The present invention is related to weapons systems. In particular, the present invention is directed to accessory attachment systems for rifles and small arms weapons that enable attached accessory devices to draw power from a central power source and communicate with the user and/or other devices. The present invention embodies firearm systems comprising at least one mounting rail comprising at least one power connection, at least one power source, at least one rail accessory comprising a rail grabber or mount, wherein the at least one rail accessory receives electrical power from the power source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Prototype Productions Incorporated Ventures Two, LLC
    Inventors: Eric Cabahug, Ben Feldman, John Schroeder, James Dodd, Hector Tapia
  • Patent number: 10204492
    Abstract: A visual signalling device is for a control and/or display unit provided with a body and intended to be mounted through an opening formed in a wall. The device includes a support element including a platform having an opening intended to be passed through by the body of the control and/or display unit and a first face intended to be facing a face of the wall, a visual signalling assembly fastened on the first face of the platform and intended to produce a luminous signal, an electrical connection block intended to supply power to the visual signalling assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES SAS
    Inventor: Patrice Thizon
  • Patent number: 10177472
    Abstract: A spring contact includes: a main part (11); plural legs (12, 13) extending downward from two opposite sides of the main part; a resilient arm (14) extending upward from a rear end of the main part, the resilient arm having a contact portion; and a pair of supporting portions (15) extending from the two opposite sides of the main part and located in front of the resilient arm; wherein the supporting portions are separate from the resilient arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: FOXCONN INTERCONNECT TECHNOLOGY LIMITED
    Inventor: Yang-Yang Yu
  • Patent number: 10068732
    Abstract: A circuit breaker includes at least one electrical conductor for connection to an electrical circuit, a housing, a die, a punch movable relative to the housing to pass from a first position to a second position, and a pyrotechnical actuator to make the punch pass from the first position to the second position when ignited. The punch passes from the first position to the second position to cut the at least one electrical conductor into at least two distinct parts, and establish between the punch and the die, at least one electrical arc between the at least two distinct parts when the circuit breaker is connected to a live electrical circuit. When the punch is in the second position, at least one passage is between the at least two distinct part guides the at least one electrical arc between the distinct parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: AUTOLIV DEVELOPMENT AB
    Inventors: François Gaudinat, Alain Magne, Philippe Jacquot
  • Patent number: 9754753
    Abstract: The disclosed concept pertains generally to secondary terminal blocks and, more particularly, to apparatus and methods for isolating the secondary terminal blocks and associated wiring in electrical switching assembly enclosures. The apparatus includes a housing having an outer surface structured to form a cavity therein. The apparatus is positioned in an enclosure which includes an electrical switching apparatus and one or more secondary terminal blocks. The one or more secondary terminal blocks are positioned in the cavity such that the apparatus at least substantially isolates the one or more secondary terminal blocks from the electrical switching apparatus. Further, the apparatus is effective to substantially isolate the secondary terminal blocks from temperature and pressure effects resulting from an arcing fault occurring in the enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: EATON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Daniel Edward Hrncir, Jr., David Aaron Metcalf
  • Patent number: 9461384
    Abstract: A connecting module includes: a body with conductive contact points formed on one surface; and a connecting terminal that is formed to be exposed to the other surface of the body and electrically connected to the conductive contact points, the connecting terminal including: a deformation portion that is elastically deformed in a direction toward or away from the body; and first and second support portions that are respectively formed on both sides of the deformation portion to support the deformation portion and integrally attached to the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Jinyong Park, Chiyoung Kim, Kiyoung Kim, Dongho Lee, Kiho Cho
  • Patent number: 9412528
    Abstract: A switch structure connectable with both bare lead and flat-head terminal lead. The switch structure includes a main body formed with at least one cavity. A retainer member and a conductive metal member are arranged in the cavity for pressing the terminal lead into electrical connection with the conductive metal member. A reciprocally movable carrier body is assembled with the retainer member. The carrier body has an arm assembled with an elastic member. A restriction body is disposed in the cavity. The restriction body is formed with a chamber for receiving the arm and the elastic member of the carrier body. The restriction body restricts the moving direction or distance of the carrier body to increase the structural strength of the switch structure and enhance the lead locking ability of the switch structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignees: Switchlab Inc., Switchlab (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chih-Yuan Wu, Sheng-Nan Hou
  • Patent number: 9299523
    Abstract: An adapter assembly is for a switching device assembly of an electrical system. The electrical system includes a bus assembly. The switching device assembly includes at least one cable and at least one electrical switching apparatus. The cable is electrically connected to the bus assembly. The electrical switching apparatus has a switching device lug member, a switching device lug fastener, and a load terminal. The switching device lug fastener connects the load terminal to the switching device lug member. The adapter assembly includes: a housing assembly having a base member; and at least one interconnect assembly including: an adapter lug member coupled to the base member, the adapter lug member receiving the cable, an adapter fastener securing the cable to the adapter lug member, and an adapter terminal coupled to the adapter lug member and the switching device lug member in order to provide an electrical pathway therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: EATON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael Jerome Whipple, Robert Edwin Handick, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9270033
    Abstract: A lug arrangement for electrically connecting a conductor to a terminal of a circuit breaker. The lug arrangement includes a lug having a lug opening and first and second holes. The lug opening includes an opening for receiving the conductor and a slot for receiving the terminal. The lug arrangement includes a lug screw threadably engaged with the first hole for compressing the conductor against the terminal. Further, the lug arrangement includes a lug retainer for insertion into both the second hole and a third hole formed in the terminal. The lug retainer includes at least one protrusion that is moveable from a first position to a deflected position for enabling insertion of the lug retainer into the second hole. The at least one protrusion is also moveable back to the first position wherein the protrusion engages the second hole to attach the lug retainer to the lug.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: Siemens Industry, Inc.
    Inventors: Pedro Alvarez Vazquez, Justin Cyle Bennett, Hector Manuel Malacara-Carrillo
  • Publication number: 20140158508
    Abstract: A substitute for the traditional single piece fixed contact/jaw member on a line-side of a miniature circuit breaker includes a line-side jaw member (e.g., a clip), a flexible conductor (e.g., braided wire), and a line-side contact. The line-side jaw member uses any springy metal or plastic for the clip function and inside the jaw member is the flexible conductor acting as a conductor (e.g., electrically connecting the circuit breaker to a busbar). The flexible conductor leads to the line-side contact. Such an arrangement can save on conductive metal in a circuit breaker. Additionally, the flexible conductor may provide better and more contact points for conduction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2012
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Applicant: SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC USA, INC.
    Inventor: Chad R. Mittelstadt
  • Publication number: 20130334017
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a touch panel, comprising a screen part, a router part, a flexible printed circuit board (FPCB) part, a first pad part comprising two or more router connection regions connecting the screen part and the router part, and a second pad part comprising two or more FPCB connection regions connecting the router part and the flexible printed circuit board (FPCB) part, in which at least some regions of the two or more FPCB connection regions comprise a conductive pattern having opening regions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2013
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Applicant: LG CHEM, LTD.
    Inventors: Ji Young HWANG, In-Seok HWANG, Sang Ki CHUN, Yong Goo SON
  • Patent number: 8582279
    Abstract: A load center assembly comprising a main circuit breaker configured to be connected with bus plates through side openings in the main circuit breaker is described. The openings in the main circuit breaker comprise plug-on clips by which the bus plates connect. The plug-on clips are configured to use friction to grasp the bus plates as the bus plates are slidably inserted between the jaws of the plug-on clips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Eaton Corporation
    Inventors: James Gerard Maloney, Eric Alan Samuelson
  • Publication number: 20130213780
    Abstract: An electrical switching apparatus includes a plurality of poles, each of the poles including a terminal. The terminal of a first one of the poles is proximate the terminal of a second one of the poles. A jumper is electrically connected between the terminal of the first one of the poles and the terminal of the second one of the poles. The jumper includes a plurality of heat transfer members, each of the heat transfer members being separated from others of the heat transfer members.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2012
    Publication date: August 22, 2013
    Inventors: KENNETH D. KOLBERG, Thomas M. Whalen, John J. Shea, Percy J. Lipsey
  • Publication number: 20130056341
    Abstract: A terminal for an electrical switchgear, the terminal comprises a housing arrangement (3) comprising an electrically insulating material and having an inner surface defining a cavity; and a first terminal electrical contact (61) contained in the housing arrangement for making an electrical connection with an electrical component (41) insertable into the cavity The first terminal electrical contact is located in a first recess (40) formed in the inner surface and is flush with the inner surface of the housing arrangement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2011
    Publication date: March 7, 2013
    Applicant: EATON INDUSTRIES (NETHERLANDS) B.V.
    Inventors: Marten Binnendijk, Arend Lammers
  • Publication number: 20130037518
    Abstract: A switch device includes first and second contacting portions including first and second fixed contacting portions and first and second movable contacting portions configured to contact the first and second fixed contacting portions, respectively and provided to be adjacent from each other; and a magnet unit provided such that a first pole is positioned to face the first contacting portion and a second pole is positioned to face the second contacting portion to generate magnetic fields between the first fixed contacting portion and the first movable contacting portion and between the second fixed contacting portion and the second movable contacting portion, respectively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 5, 2012
    Publication date: February 14, 2013
    Applicant: FUJITSU COMPONENT LIMITED
    Inventors: Daiei Iwamoto, Takashi Yuba, Koichi Kiryu, SeungSeok Beak, Akio Nakamura
  • Patent number: 8350169
    Abstract: A three-positions disconnector comprising, for each phase an insulating casing which comprises a first and a second cavity separated by an insulated partition wall, a through hole being present in said partition wall between said first and second cavity. The first cavity houses: a first fixed contact electrically connected to a corresponding branch conductor (of a bus-bar system; at least a portion of a movable contact pivotally mounted on a support positioned in the first cavity and electrically connected to a first electrical terminal positioned in said second cavity. The disconnector further comprises, for each phase, a second fixed contact suitable for ground connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: ABB Technology AG
    Inventor: Davide Corti
  • Patent number: 8319134
    Abstract: Formation of an assemblage of electrically conductive components for a new electrosurgical pencil is disclosed, and assembly of those components in a method for automating the manufacture and combination of current carrying metal circuitry and operable switching components in “electrosurgical pencils” which supply current to an active terminal, for application of high frequency or high power electrical current to a surgical site, and control of such current through coaction of the elements of the switch. In manufacture, the design of the switch components allows start-to-finish automated assembly of the switch, whereby an array of identical multiple metal “frames” may be formed from a reel, then each frame separated and enclosed within molded plastic, and the resulting cabinet joined with a housing to create an inexpensive hand piece, for use with a high quality, reusable cable and plug assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: E Surgical, LLC
    Inventor: Michael Blomeyer
  • Patent number: 8305750
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a circuit module with a circuit board, and a plug connector with a supporting base, several terminals, and an outer shell. The terminals are disposed at the supporting base, and connected to the circuit board. The outer shell surrounds the supporting base, and has two parallel horizontal plates. Two extending plates are extended from a front surface of one of the horizontal plates. A slot is formed among that horizontal plate and the two extending plates. Via these arrangements, the out shell of the plug connector has the slot, so that the deformation of the outer shell is more easily caused. Thus, even if the assembly tolerance between the plug connector and the socket connector is deviated, the force for plugging or unplugging the plug connector would not be too abnormal. That is because the outer shell can be easily deformed to compensate for the deviation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Arcadyan Technology Corporation
    Inventor: Yung Hsiang Hsieh
  • Patent number: 8183488
    Abstract: A load conductor is provided for an electrical switching apparatus, such as a circuit breaker. The circuit breaker includes a housing having a number of recesses. The load conductor includes first and second opposing sides, an intermediate portion extending between the first and second sides, and a number of protrusions extending outwardly from the second side. Each of the protrusions is disposed within a corresponding one of the recesses of the housing to secure the load conductor without a separate fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: Eaton Corporation
    Inventors: Yuri C. Spitsberg, Andrew L. Gottschalk, Brian J. Schaltenbrand, Mark A. Janusek
  • Patent number: 8164013
    Abstract: A contactor comprises, for each phase, a pair of contact devices which comprise a connection strip and at least two conductors provided with a stationary contact, and a movable contact bridge able to close the two stationary contacts or not. According to the invention, the contact device is formed from superposition of a number of pieces equal to the number of conductors, each piece comprising one of the conductors and a connection part corresponding to the connection strip but of smaller thickness. Each of the pieces can be made from folded metal. The connection parts are coupled to one another to form the connection strip by means of holes at the same time as the sets of bars are secured thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: Schneider Electric Industries SAS
    Inventors: Patrick Larcher, Julien Guibert, Joël Reboulet
  • Patent number: 8022327
    Abstract: Formation of an assemblage of electrically conductive components for a new electrosurgical pencil is disclosed, and assembly of those components in a method for automating the manufacture and combination of current carrying metal circuitry and operable switching components in “electrosurgical pencils” which supply current to an active terminal, for application of high frequency or high power electrical current to a surgical site, and control of such current through coaction of the elements of the switch. In manufacture, the design of the switch components allows start-to-finish automated assembly of the switch, in an industry which knows only partially automated assembly, and partial assembly by hand, to create an improved tool for surgical cutting, coagulation, and cauterizing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Inventor: Michael Blomeyer
  • Patent number: 7880103
    Abstract: A microswitch with push-in wire connectors is provided. In one illustrative embodiment, the microswitch may include a plunger for activating the switch, a first stationary contact, a second stationary contact, a movable contact, and a snap-spring assembly reactive to the plunger for switching the movable contact between making electrical contact with the first stationary contact and making electrical contact with the second stationary contact. The microswitch may include a first push-in wire connector for electrically connecting an end of a first wire to the first stationary contact, a second push-in wire connector for electrically connecting an end of a second wire to the second stationary contact, and a third push-in wire connector for electrically connecting an end of a third wire to the movable contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Maninder S. Bharaj, Richard C. Tsou
  • Patent number: 7875818
    Abstract: A switch module includes a casing containing a power supply module and a press button, and recessions of the casing for accommodating and fixing first and second power conductive plates. The second power conductive plate is connected to the power supply module, and two positioning portions are protruded from the recession. A first conductive clamping plate is contained in one positioning portion and riveted with the corresponding power conductive plate, and the other one of the positioning portions contains an isolated portion and a second conductive clamping plate. A conductive extension plate of the second conductive clamping plate is passed through both sides of the casing and connected to another conductive portion of the power supply module, such that the second conductive clamping plate has a power polarity of the second power conductive plate when the power supply module is at a connection status.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2011
    Inventor: Tsan-Chi Chen
  • Publication number: 20110000771
    Abstract: A three-positions disconnector comprising, for each phase an insulating casing which comprises a first and a second cavity separated by an insulated partition wall, a through hole being present in said partition wall between said first and second cavity. The first cavity houses: a first fixed contact electrically connected to a corresponding branch conductor (of a bus-bar system; at least a portion of a movable contact pivotally mounted on a support positioned in the first cavity and electrically connected to a first electrical terminal positioned in said second cavity. The disconnector further comprises, for each phase, a second fixed contact suitable for ground connection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2008
    Publication date: January 6, 2011
    Applicant: ABB Technology AG
    Inventor: Davide Corti
  • Publication number: 20100200378
    Abstract: A power cut off switch for an exercise apparatus including two power contact tongues stably received within a housing in cooperation with elastic elements. The power contact tongues have certain distance from each other. The housing includes a hollow positioning portion corresponding to a pin body and a sliding collar such that the sliding collar provided for establishing an electric connection and moved by the pin body is receivable within the housing in such a way that the sliding collar is slidable within the positioning portion without detachment from the housing. As a result, the sliding collar is moved toward the power contact tongues when the pin body is inserted into the positioning portion of the housing. In this way, the sliding collar is in contact of the power contact tongues to establish an electric connection. In moving the pin body in a reverse direction, the sliding collar is detached from the power contact tongues such that an expected disconnection safety is ensured.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2009
    Publication date: August 12, 2010
    Inventor: Loao Wang
  • Patent number: 7253368
    Abstract: A pin anchoring structure for button switches has a wiring space in an insulation seat to hold a first pin and a second pin that are separated. Through a pressing action, the first pin and the second pin form an electric connection via a conductive connection member. The second pin has a pressed coupling section which is formed in a bulged curve. The seat has a bottom which also is formed in another bulged curve corresponding to the pressed coupling section. Thereby the second pin can be anchored securely on the bottom of the seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2007
    Assignee: Zippy Technology Corp.
    Inventor: Chin-Wen Chou
  • Patent number: 7217896
    Abstract: A staked terminal rivet system and method configured to mount a switch device onto a printed circuit board is disclosed as an alternative to traditional molded-in or staked-on secondary terminal systems. An electrically conductive rivet functioning as a terminal reduces overall manufacturing costs and provides a higher degree of precision for mounting onto printed circuit boards. This technology has wide ranging applicability, including: industrial machinery and equipment, commercial aviation, test instrumentation, agricultural machinery, process control and medical instrumentation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2007
    Assignee: Honeywell International, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. Skarlupka, Mark A. Mantua, Gary W. Eisenhower, Matthew J. Brose
  • Patent number: 7173811
    Abstract: An offset assembly for a circuit breaker includes at least one two plane member having a first plate and a second plate. The first and second plates are joined at an edge and extend generally perpendicular to each other. The second plate is structured to be coupled to the quick disconnect and the first plate is structured to be coupled to the circuit breaker terminal so that the second plate is not aligned with the centerline of the circuit breaker terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2007
    Assignee: Eaton Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Howard Abrahamsen, Neal Edward Rowe, Stanley Ervin Moore, Timothy Fair, Marlyce Jean Scott
  • Patent number: 7129429
    Abstract: An electrical limit switch (10) is provided and comprises a number of contact elements (30) each having a slot (32) with inner cutting edges (34) for penetrating the insulation of and containing a conducting element (48). The contact elements (30) are provided on a body which engages a base (56) wherein the base (56) receives a plurality of conducting elements (48). Upon engagement of the body and base (56), the conducting elements (48) are foced into respective slots (32) in the contact elements (30), thus providing a rapid electrical connection. The switching means of the limit switch (1) is provided by an actuating arrangement (14) including a plunger portion (16) and a roller (18), wherein the plunger(16) includes electrical contacts (36a, 36b) which are moveable with the plunger. Each contact (36a, 36b) provides an electrical connection between two of the contact elements (30) when the plunger (16) is in the appropriate position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2006
    Assignee: Honeywell Control Systems Limited
    Inventors: Paul Trickett, James Boyd
  • Patent number: 7083434
    Abstract: An improved electrical apparatus concludes a manually actuatable electrical device which is disposed on a printed circuit board and has a manually movable control element. A plurality of electrical current conducting compliant pins extend into engagement with conductive linings in openings in the printed circuit board. The electrical apparatus is free of solder connecting the compliant pins to the conductive linings in the openings in the printed circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2006
    Assignee: TRW Automotive US LLC
    Inventor: Mike Blossfeld
  • Patent number: 7030325
    Abstract: An apparatus (10) includes a switch assembly (12). The switch assembly (12) includes a housing (16) and a set of contacts (14) supported by the housing. The set of contacts (14) includes a first contact (20) and a second contact (40). The first contact (20) includes a first pad portion (22) supported in the housing (16) and a first connector portion (26) protruding from the housing. The first connector portion (26) includes a compliant connector (220). The second contact (40) includes a second pad portion (42) supported in the housing (16) and a second connector portion (54) protruding from the housing. The second pad portion (42) is movable relative to and is engageable with the first pad portion (22). The second connector portion (54) includes a compliant connector (220).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2006
    Assignee: TRW Automotive U.S. LLC
    Inventors: Mike Blossfeld, John Cranick
  • Patent number: 7026559
    Abstract: A switch has insulation displacement connectors on a connector portion of the switch body. Such an insulation displacement connector has two tines with an open-ended slot for receiving a wire transverse to the slot. When the wire is pushed along the length of the slot, insulation is displaced and there is electrical contact made with the connector. An insulating flap is hinged to the switch body for rotation between an open position, an intermediate catch position at an acute angle from the connector portions, and a latched position approximately parallel to the connector portion. Rotating the flap from the catch position to the latched position presses wires into the insulation displacement connectors. Each of the connectors has a generally keyhole-shaped opening for receiving the wire. The axis of the hinge between the flap and body is approximately parallel to the length of the wire in the connector and is integrally molded with the switch body and flap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2006
    Assignee: Judco Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen C. James
  • Patent number: 6984796
    Abstract: An apparatus (10) includes a switch assembly (12). The switch assembly (12) includes a housing (16) and a set of contacts (14) supported by the housing. The set of contacts (14) includes a first contact (20) and a second contact (40). The first contact (20) includes a first pad portion (22) supported in the housing (16) and a first connector portion (26) protruding from the housing. The first connector portion (26) includes a compliant connector (220). The second contact (40) includes a second pad portion (42) supported in the housing (16) and a second connector portion (54) protruding from the housing. The second pad portion (42) is movable relative to and is engageable with the first pad portion (22). The second connector portion (54) includes a compliant connector (220).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2006
    Assignee: TRW Inc.
    Inventor: Mike Blossfeld
  • Patent number: 6974918
    Abstract: An apparatus (10) includes spaced contacts (40). A rocking contact (50) has first and second arms (52 and 54) in electrical contact with each other and is supported for rocking movement in opposite first and second directions. The first arm (52) is movable into engagement with a first one of the contacts (40) when the rocking contact (50) rocks in the first direction. The second arm (54) is movable into engagement with the second one of the contacts (40) when the rocking contact (50) rocks in the second direction. An actuator (32) is pivotable to effectuate rocking movement of the rocking contact (50) in the first and second directions. The first and second contacts (40) include respective terminals (70 and 76) for helping to mount the apparatus. The terminals (70 and 76) each comprise compliant pin connectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2005
    Assignee: TRW Automotive U.S. LLC
    Inventor: Mike Blossfeld
  • Patent number: 6940711
    Abstract: An electronic energy meter and its package is described in which the meter package has a reduced number of parts, and the main circuit board assembly has the metering electronics on board, thereby eliminating the need for flying leads and point-to-point wiring within the package. The energy meter includes a first enclosure portion, a circuit board assembly for performing metering functions, a partial terminal block, and a second enclosure portion. The first and second enclosure portions are mateable with each other to form a meter package, in which the circuit board assembly and partial terminal block are at least partially contained within the meter package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2005
    Assignee: Elster Electricity, LLC
    Inventors: Peter W. Heuell, Garry M. Loy, Russell C. Broome, Lars Anders Lindqvist
  • Patent number: 6888077
    Abstract: A protection and control assembly includes several multipole electrical switch devices each having a box (10,20,30) provided with input side and output side conducting connection strips, that project along a vertical axis on a horizontal connection area on the input side, and output side respectively, of the box (10,20,30) and that can be inserted in openings (44) of removable power terminal blocks (40,40?,50,50?,60). The assembly includes at least one connecting element (80,80?) that electrically connects the poles of a first and a second electrical device of the assembly, the connecting element (80) being arranged such that it is positioned firstly between the box (10) and a power terminal block (40,50) of the first device, and secondly between the box (20) and a removable power terminal block (40?,50?) of the second electrical device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2005
    Assignee: Schneider Electric Industries SAS
    Inventors: José Garcia, Serge Paggi, Régis Perrocheau
  • Patent number: 6870117
    Abstract: A pushbutton switch includes a hollow housing with a pushbutton pivotally mounted on a top face of the hollow housing and an open end and a seat received in the hollow housing from the open end of the hollow housing. The seat has two first receiving spaces and two second receiving spaces. Two first terminals each have a first terminal plate extending from a bottom face of the seat and a first engaging plate orthogonally extending from a distal end of the first terminal plate and received in a corresponding one of the first receiving spaces laterally. Two second terminals each have a second terminal plate extending from the bottom face of the seat and a second engaging plate orthogonally extending from a distal end of the second terminal plate and received in a corresponding one of the second receiving spaces laterally.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2005
    Inventor: Albert Huang
  • Patent number: 6850418
    Abstract: The present invention generally relates to an impact and temperature resistant housing that also resists being removed from its fixed mounting position. Additionally, the present invention resists being fashioned into a weapon if it is removed from its mounted position. In general, the present invention comprises a base section, conical section, terminal support section, and corresponding center terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2005
    Assignee: TimeKeeping Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas F. Dutton, Jay Cross
  • Patent number: 6774751
    Abstract: Connecting bars are made from profiled semifinished products and have a cavity. The bars have the same outer dimensions for different nominal currents and are intended for connecting the electrical components of electrical devices and apparatus to an external electrical circuit. The connecting bars extend through the window opening located in the wall of the devices or apparatus and are fixed in the housing by a fixing device including two or more partial parts profiles. These are configured in such a way that they can be connected to one another by positive fit or otherwise to a hollow connecting bar. The partial parts have one or several legs, the length of which defines the height of the connecting bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2004
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Michael Bach, Detlev Schmidt, Michael Sebekow, Guenter Seidler-Stahl, Ingo Thiede, Sezai Tuerkmen
  • Publication number: 20040112730
    Abstract: An apparatus (10) includes a switch assembly (12). The switch assembly (12) includes a housing (16) and a set of contacts (14) supported by the housing. The set of contacts (14) includes a first contact (20) and a second contact (40). The first contact (20) includes a first pad portion (22) supported in the housing (16) and a first connector portion (26) protruding from the housing. The first connector portion (26) includes a compliant connector (220). The second contact (40) includes a second pad portion (42) supported in the housing (16) and a second connector portion (54) protruding from the housing. The second pad portion (42) is movable relative to and is engageable with the first pad portion (22). The second connector portion (54) includes a compliant connector (220).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2002
    Publication date: June 17, 2004
    Applicant: TRW Inc.
    Inventor: Mike Blossfeld
  • Patent number: 6737599
    Abstract: A switch for an electric motor which inhibits vibratory noise during operation of the motor. The switch includes a housing with a wall, an electrical terminal, and a flexible switch arm. A control lever is engageable with the switch arm to actuate movement of the switch arm between positions engaging or disengaging the electrical terminal. A cantilevered spring urges movement of the lever toward a generally stationary position against the wall of the housing to inhibit vibration of the lever during operation of the motor. The spring is attached to the switch arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2004
    Assignee: Emerson Electric Co.
    Inventor: William R. Lewis
  • Patent number: 6541723
    Abstract: A rotary switch for an electrical appliance includes a housing adapted to receive a plurality of conductive wires, a plurality of conductive terminals fixedly mounted onto the housing, an actuation shaft rotatably mounted onto the housing, and a movable contact mounted onto the actuation shaft for selectively connecting two of the conductive terminals. The housing includes a base and a cover mounted onto the base. The cover includes a top surface, a bottom surface and a plurality of inwardly tapered guide walls. Each guide wall is shaped to define a slot into which an associated conductive wire can be securely retained in electrical isolation from the remainder of conductive wires. Each guide wall has a funnel-type configuration and includes a closed end and an open end, the slot being narrower at the closed end than at the open end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2003
    Assignee: Tower Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Chepur P. Rao, Peter Cheung
  • Patent number: 6518527
    Abstract: A push switch used in an electronic apparatus is provided which has a thin switch case in spite of fixed contacts embedded in the bottom of the case. When the push switch is depressed, a center fixed contact and an outer fixed contact both made of metal strip and embedded in the bottom of the switch case is electrically connected and disconnected to each other by a movable contact. In the fixed contacts, embedded thin portions are formed, which is thinner than that of the metal strip as the material. As the thin portions are embedded in the switch case, the overall thickness of the bottom of the case is reduced, thus contributing to the thinner push switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2003
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hisashi Watanabe, Koji Sako
  • Patent number: 6492603
    Abstract: A combination power switch housing and electrical connector housing module wherein the power switch housing comprises an upper power switch housing section within which a rocker-type actuator is located along with common and make/break electrical contacts, and a lower power switch housing section integral with the upper power switch housing section and comprising a tubular section having a throughbore extending therethrough within which the electrical connector housing can be fixedly secured. The module also comprises resilient finger and lug structure for enabling mounting of the module upon a panel member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2002
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph J. Spedale, Michael S. Pedersen
  • Patent number: 6479773
    Abstract: Electrical contact having an impervious connection, adapted to be housed in a guiding shaft open at its two ends, the contact comprising a terminal, a member and a deformable conductor. A movable contact head is connected to the terminal for connecting the member by way of the deformable conductor. A retaining element is fixed to the deformable conductor, a helical spring surrounding the deformable conductor and being supported at a first end on the contact head and at a second end on the retaining element. The contact head is biased by the helical spring working in compression. At least one stationary tubular gasket surrounds the terminal, at least partially, so as to encircle the member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2002
    Assignee: Societe d'Exploitation des Procedes Marechal (SEPM), Societe Anonyme
    Inventor: Didier Bienvenu
  • Patent number: RE44217
    Abstract: The present invention generally relates to an impact and temperature resistant housing that also resists being removed from its fixed mounting position. Additionally, the present invention resists being fashioned into a weapon if it is removed from its mounted position. In general, the present invention comprises a base section, conical section, terminal support section, and corresponding center terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: TimeKeeping Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas F. Dutton, Jay Cross