Cases And Bases Patents (Class 200/293)
  • Patent number: 11908643
    Abstract: The application relates to a spring mechanism for a dual power transfer switch and a dual power transfer switch. The spring mechanism includes: a base mounted on a housing of the dual power transfer switch; and a spring mounted on the base. The spring includes a first leg configured to contact and exert a pressure on an indicator of the dual power transfer switch, so as to generate a frictional force between the first leg and the indicator and reduce a rebound of the indicator upon the indicator moving between a first indicating position and an intermediate indicating position, the first indicating position indicates that the dual power transfer switch is in a first power-on position, and the intermediate indicating position indicates that the dual power transfer switch is in a dual-off position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: Schneider Electric Industries SAS
    Inventors: Junjie Zhou, Xi Xie, Xiaoqin Wang
  • Patent number: 11855439
    Abstract: A circuit interrupter including a current sensor having a normal sensor output and an over current detection output, a solid state switch module structured to have a closed state to allow current to flow through the circuit interrupter and an open state to interrupt current flowing through the circuit interrupter, a gate driver structured to control the solid state switch module including a desaturation function output, wherein the gate driver is structured to cause the solid state switch module to interrupt current flowing through the circuit interrupter when the DESAT function output changes to the on state, and an electronic trip circuit structured to output a trip signal to the gate driver when the normal sensor output reaches a first threshold level or the overcurrent detection output changes to the on state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2023
    Inventors: Xin Zhou, Brian E. Carlson, Yanjun Feng, Jianyang Liu, Michael Slepian, Andrew L. Gottschalk, Santhosh Kumar Chamarajanagar Govinda Nayaka
  • Patent number: 11823856
    Abstract: An electrical switch including a switch housing, a switch circuit disposed within the switch housing. The switch circuit including includes a movable contact member mounted on a contact lever and a stationary contact member. The contact lever is configured for operable-interaction with an actuator. The actuator is configured for movement along an actuator movement axis relative to the contact lever between at least one of an OFF position whereby the contact lever is configured for arrangement in to the first configuration whereby the switch circuit is opened, and, an ON position in which the contact lever is configured for arrangement in to the second configuration whereby the switch circuit is closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Inventor: Kin Yu Wong
  • Patent number: 11707670
    Abstract: A game controller for a mobile device that includes a first handle, a first bumper, and a first switch. The first handle is configured to contact and support a mobile device. The first bumper is coupled to the first handle. The first bumper is configured to accept touch inputs. The first bumper includes a pivot rod at a first end of the first bumper that is configured to engage a track slot of the first handle. The pivot rod is configured to rotate within the track slot and to translate within the track slot. The first bumper further includes a plunger at a first-span distance from the pivot rod. The first switch is within the first handle and is configured to be activated by touch inputs to the first bumper. The plunger of the first bumper is configured to contact and impart a force to the first switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2022
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2023
    Assignee: BACKBONE LABS, INC.
    Inventors: Maneet Singh Khaira, Atsushi Shirata, Gregory Robert Cerny, Wei-Jun Wang, Jon Lake
  • Patent number: 11670899
    Abstract: A conductor rail module for distributing and a corresponding connection module for tapping a direct current distributed along a mounting rail is described. The connection module comprises a housing whose electrically insulating rear section is connected or connectable to the mounting rail in a form-fit manner. A front section of the housing has a plurality of electrically insulating transverse struts extending transversely to a longitudinal direction of the conductor rail module. Furthermore, the conductor rail module comprises at least two conductor rails extending in the longitudinal direction in the housing between the rear section and the front section, which conductor rails are configured to contact the connection modules for distributing the direct current through a gap between the transverse struts when the connection modules are in a position mounted on the conductor rail module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2023
    Inventors: Peter Berg, Andreas Metzger
  • Patent number: 11636754
    Abstract: Remote control devices may control electrical loads and/or load control devices of a load control system without accessing electrical wiring. The remote control device may be mounted over a mechanical switch that is installed in a wallbox. The remote control device may include a base, a battery, a battery holder, and a control unit. The base may be configured to attach the remote control device to the mechanical switch. The control unit may be configured to be removably attached to the base. The battery holder may be configured to retain the battery therein. The battery holder may be configured to be installed within the void defined by the housing. The battery holder may be operable between a first position in a lower portion of the void and a second position in an upper portion of the void.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2023
    Assignee: Lutron Technology Company LLC
    Inventor: Chris Dimberg
  • Patent number: 11476060
    Abstract: A manual service disconnect for the in-vehicle electric current, which has a switch seat, a safety plug assembly, and a protection cover. The switch seat has a seat portion and a plug holder. The plug holder is provided with multiple power legs. The seat portion is hollow inside and has a plug port and a wire opening. The plug holder is disposed in the seat portion and faces the plug port. The power legs project from the wire opening. The safety plug assembly has a plug portion matching the seat portion and a plug head disposed on the plug portion. The protection cover is disposed on the seat portion and covers the wire opening to cover the power legs for protection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Inventors: Hsu-Feng Chang, Lin Huang
  • Patent number: 11463089
    Abstract: Proposed is a haptic reactive electrical switch including: a movable part including a floating panel having a touch area to which a user's touch is input and a holder coupled to the floating panel; a fixed part including a substrate and a casing configured to accommodate the substrate and be provided with at least two damping members; a vibration transmission plate configured to be interposed between the holder and the casing, thereby interconnecting the movable part and the fixed part; and an actuator configured to be operated to vibrate the holder and the vibration transmission plate coupled to the holder in a horizontal direction according to a user's touch input, wherein each of the damping members is configured in a form of a single object integrated into the casing, and an end part of one side thereof protrudes to a portion above the casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Inventor: Dae Yeon Yang
  • Patent number: 11334177
    Abstract: A switch module includes a pressing button and a circuit board. A bottom surface of the pressing button has an operation rod. The operation rod moves from a first position to a second position. The pressing button has an extending arm located to one end of the operation rod. One end of the extending arm has a blocking block. A top surface of the pressing button extends opposite to the operation rod to form at least one extending foot. The circuit board is disposed above and spaced from the pressing button. The circuit board is equipped with a first switch and a second switch. The at least one extending foot is corresponding to the first switch. The extending arm is corresponding to the second switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: Cheng Uei Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tsung Shih Lee
  • Patent number: 11281311
    Abstract: A switch module includes a pressing button, an elastic element and a circuit board. One side of the pressing button protrudes downward to form an operation rod. The operation rod is slidably exposed out of a wireless mouse. The operation rod is pushed to move from a first position to a second position. The one side of the pressing button has an extending arm. Two portions of an upper surface of the one side of the pressing button protrudes upward to form two extending feet. The elastic element is fastened on the one side of the pressing button. The elastic element is fastened to a bottom surface of the circuit board. The circuit board is disposed above the pressing button. The circuit board is equipped with a first switch and a second switch. The first switch is clamped between the two extending feet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: Cheng Uei Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tsung Shih Lee
  • Patent number: 11276534
    Abstract: A switch seat body structure includes a main body for assembling with a switch component. The main body is composed of a metal head section in the form of a thin sheet structure and a nonmetal belly section. The main body is defined with an axis. The metal head section has a first wall normal to or inclined from the axis and a second wall connected with the first wall and parallel to or inclined from the axis. The first and second walls together define a space. The nonmetal belly section fills the space to connect with entire sections of the first and second walls as an integrated body. The switch seat body assembling structure improves the problems that the processing and manufacturing processes are time-consuming and troublesome and the material cost is higher.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignees: Switchlab Inc., Switchlab (Shanghai) Co., Ltd., Gaocheng Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chih-Yuan Wu, Chih-Hao Sung, Chih-Kai Hsu
  • Patent number: 11139129
    Abstract: Keyboards and other input devices are provided with at least one flexible layer that extends over or under the keycaps. The flexible layer spans interkey spaces and lies between inner and outer keycaps. The flexible layer prevents intrusion of invasive material to the keyboard mechanisms and simplifies the appearance of the keyboard area. Some flexible layers help align keycaps by connecting inner and outer keycaps or by providing a mechanical connection interface for the keycaps. Some membranes used in the flexible layer have a layered or composite construction that increases durability and tear resistance by attaching or infusing a mesh material or other tough material to a less durable, elastic material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Paul X. Wang, Abidur R. Chowdhury, Bart K. Andre, Dinesh C. Mathew, Keith J. Hendren
  • Patent number: 11054021
    Abstract: A dial type shift lever apparatus warns and limits a driver of mischievous manipulation of a rotation knob, preventing a mal-operation of gear shift and preventing a printed circuit board (PCB) circuit from being overloaded due to excessive manipulation of the rotation knob.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Bum Jun Kim, Eun Sik Kim
  • Patent number: 11004625
    Abstract: An improved high speed breaker for industrial or railways applications wherein a high D.C. current must be interrupted with high efficiency and extremely fast intervention times.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Inventors: Claudio Mondellini, Marco Corna, Lorenzo Stendardi
  • Patent number: 11004624
    Abstract: A circuit breaker lockout apparatus includes a base body having a first section, a second section, and a recess formed between the first and second sections to receive a switch lever of a circuit breaker; a fixing element installed at the first section of the base body and having an actuation section to fix the base body to a switch lever of a circuit breaker received in the recess; and a cover adjustably fastened between a release position and a lockout position at the base body, the actuation section of the fixing element is accessible in the release position and is covered in an inaccessible manner by the cover in the lockout position, and the cover is configured to be fixed to the base body in the lockout position to block an adjustment of the cover from the lockout position into the release position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: ABUS August Bremicker Söhne KG
    Inventors: Bettina Riepe, Manuel Cornelius Neveling
  • Patent number: 10916389
    Abstract: A push switch which can have a small separation distance from a side surface of a mounting board, when it is mounted on the mounting board through a step, is disclosed. The push switch includes a substrate having a first surface on which a first fixed contact point and a second fixed contact point surrounding the first fixed contact point are formed, a second surface located opposite to the first surface, a third surface extending from the second surface to a corner in a direction perpendicular to the first surface, and a fourth surface extending from the corner parallel to the first surface, and a conductive movable contact point having a peripheral edge is in contact with the second fixed contact point, and a center contacted by the first fixed contact point when the movable contact point is pressed, and the corner includes a groove recessed with respect to at least one of the third surface and the fourth surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Inventor: Toyohiko Amano
  • Patent number: 10770851
    Abstract: Lug assemblies include a housing with at least one internal printed circuit board with electronics and lugs. The lugs attach to cables providing power/current. The printed circuit board includes at least one electrical ground connector and at least one electrical contact connector. The lug assemblies include terminals that indirectly electrically couple the cables to terminals of switching devices such as circuit breakers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Eaton Intelligent Power Limited
    Inventors: Michael Jerome Whipple, David Wayne Stiffler
  • Patent number: 10763067
    Abstract: A residential circuit breaker is provided with means for showing proper installation of a panel wire to ensure that an installer/a contractor is aware that the panel wire has been fully inserted into a circuit breaker lug. The residential circuit breaker comprises a circuit breaker lug having a lug body and a lug body screw. The residential circuit breaker further comprises a panel wire install indicator to indicate proper insertion of a panel wire in the lug body by providing a visual indication to an installer/contractor that the panel wire has been fully inserted in the circuit breaker lug during and after installation. The panel wire install indicator includes a panel wire indicator lever wherein the panel wire indicator lever can indicate if the panel wire has been installed properly and wherein there is a visual indication if the panel wire is no longer present in the lug body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Siemens Industry, Inc.
    Inventors: Russell Thomas Watford, Brian Timothy McCoy
  • Patent number: 10691212
    Abstract: A click sensation provision method for vehicles performed by a manipulation control apparatus for vehicles is provided. The method includes determining the number of selection menu items on a screen that is being displayed in a vehicle, selecting a click sensation corresponding to the determined number from among a plurality of different click sensations, and providing the selected click sensation to a user through a manipulation unit for manipulating the screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, KIA Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Yang Ho Ryu, Jong Kyo An, Sang Min Moon
  • Patent number: 10665403
    Abstract: A low-voltage multipolar circuit breaker includes a moulded housing including a main body that is divided into interior compartments, each associated with one pole of the circuit breaker, and a cover that is mounted on the main body covering a main face of the body. The circuit breaker includes, for each pole, electrical contacts that can be separated by a device of a switching mechanism and an arc-extinguishing chamber. For at least two of the poles, the main face includes an additional aperture, each placed directly above the spark guard of the corresponding pole and placing the arc-extinguishing chamber of this pole in communication with the interior volume delimited by the cover and the main face, and the cover is attached to the main body while leaving a peripheral opening between the cover and the main body, placing the interior volume in communication with the exterior of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Schneider Electric Industries SAS
    Inventors: Marc Rival, Cyril Domenech, Daniel Rota, Claude Todeschini
  • Patent number: 10608507
    Abstract: An air pulse device according ding to the invention is used, in particular, in a heating, ventilation and/or air conditioning system of a motor vehicle. The air pulse device comprises a rotor (16) and a stator (14). The stator is mounted on a support means (10) that projects from a metallic plate (12) and is electrically connected to an electrical ground. A shield (60) is disposed between the rotor and the stator, which shield is also electrically connected to the electrical ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Valeo Systemes Thermiques
    Inventors: Pascal Guigou, Geoffroy Capoulun, Xavier Rousseil, Jonathan Fournier, Morgan Le Goff
  • Patent number: 10574037
    Abstract: Provided is a detachable switch including a base plate provided in a wall surface, a switch unit to be detachably combined with the base plate, and a magnet unit enabling the base plate and the switch unit to be attached to and detached from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Inventor: Tae Seop Choi
  • Patent number: 10535476
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a housing including an opening, a key member disposed to project inwardly of the housing through the opening and, a switch disposed to face the key member, a first member disposed inside the housing, and a waterproof member disposed to surround the opening while being sandwiched between an inner surface of the housing and the first member. The first member includes a projecting portion that projects to be away from the opening and is contactable with the switch when the key member is pressed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: KYOCERA Corporation
    Inventor: Tomoki Tsuchiya
  • Patent number: 10483065
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a molded-case circuit breaker for direct current (DC), and more particularly, to a molded-case circuit breaker for DC that contains an internal connecting conductor connecting adjacent terminals to improve insulation performance and assemblability and reduce occupied space. There is provided a molded-case circuit breaker for DC that contains a plurality of interruption units within an outer casing, the DC circuit breaker including a two-unit connecting heater that connects fixed contacts of adjacent interruption units, the two-unit connecting heater being placed within the outer casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: LSIS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kihwan Oh
  • Patent number: 10418215
    Abstract: A switchgear for an electric current includes a switching assembly that can be switched between an open state and a closed state; a control mechanism including a trigger member for triggering the switching of the switching assembly to the open state; a housing including lateral walls. The lateral walls are elastically deformable when the pressure prevailing inside the housing increases, one of the lateral walls including, on its inner face, a rigid protuberance, the deformation of the wall causing a displacement of the protuberance, the protuberance being arranged relative to the trigger member such that its displacement results in the displacement of the trigger member to its triggering position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Inventors: Christophe Grumel, Sebastien Heraud
  • Patent number: 10388470
    Abstract: An aircraft annunciator (illuminated switch or indicator) includes, within a housing sized to fit in the panel cutout for a single pushbutton aviation switch, a bus converter to interface with a multiplexed ARINC serial data bus, in order to monitor a remote item of equipment such as an ADS-B transponder. The annunciator is coupled by selected pins to receive data words from the multiplexed ARINC serial data bus. A watchdog timer is continuously reset by valid messages from the transponder, logically ORed with the power supply as well as external analog fault signals in order to generate an output controlling illumination of an FAA-mandated “ADS-B FAIL” legend on the annunciator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Applied Avionics, Inc.
    Inventors: Morris Ray Humphreys, Steven A. Edwards, Craig Jay Coley
  • Patent number: 10310634
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a mouse, including a base, a cover plate provided with a hole, a circuit board, a button switch, an elastic cover, and an upper cover. The cover plate covers the base, and the circuit board is disposed on the base and located between the base and the cover plate. The button switch is disposed on the circuit board. The elastic cover covers the button switch, and extends into the hole together with the button switch, so as to prevent the button switch from being exposed out of the hole. The upper cover covers the cover plate, and the upper cover is capable of oscillating relative to the cover plate to abut against the elastic cover, so as to trigger the button switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Inventors: Shao-Lun Hsiao, Chia-Yuan Chang, Chun-Lin Chu
  • Patent number: 10312029
    Abstract: A pushbutton switch assembly is disclosed which includes a button body housing having a central opening and a mounting ring for mounting in a panel and optionally containing a halo, a pushbutton target system mounted in and operable with respect to the button body housing, a return spring for returning the pushbutton target system to a normal position when it is depressed and released, a base containing a source of illumination for fully lighting the pushbutton target system and any halo and containing one or more microswitches, and wherein the button body housing limits the travel of the pushbutton to just operate the one or more microswitches to prevent damage to components in the base from excessive force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: SCS Elevator Products Inc.
    Inventors: Tyson J. Augustin, Lee C. Kinney, Cole W. Majerus
  • Patent number: 10297400
    Abstract: A trip cam assembly is for a multi-pole electrical switching apparatus. The trip cam assembly includes a first trip cam, a second trip cam, and an interconnect member coupled to the first trip cam and the second trip cam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Inventor: James G. Maloney
  • Patent number: 10276336
    Abstract: A circuit breaker assembly includes a circuit breaker cassette having a connector receiving zone, and a housing receptive of the circuit breaker cassette. The housing includes a connector mounting member. A circuit breaker connector member snap-fittingly extends into the connector receiving zone through the connector mounting member joining the circuit breaker cassette and the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: ABB Schweiz AG
    Inventors: Muneeb Ahmed Abbasi, Yatin Vilas Newase, Gajendra Vijaykumar Kadam, Simhadri Ramalingeswara Rao Gupta, Anurag Arjundas Jivanani
  • Patent number: 10256052
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an integrated interlock device of an air circuit breaker, and more particularly, to an integrated interlock device of an air circuit breaker capable of using different types of interlock devices in an integrated manner in case of using two or more air circuit breakers connected to each other, and a method of using the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: LSIS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jaekwan Seo
  • Patent number: 10242833
    Abstract: Systems, apparatus, and methods for accessory tripping and resetting of circuit breakers are disclosed. Embodiments of the invention include a breaker handle; a breaker trip bar; an accessory trip device; an accessory pocket configured to receive the accessory trip device; and an adapter module disposed within the accessory pocket between the accessory trip device and the breaker handle, and coupled to the breaker handle, the breaker trip bar, and the accessory trip device, the adapter module including linkages configured to boost a force output by the accessory trip device. Numerous additional features and aspects are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Inventor: Kevin R. Warne
  • Patent number: 10238015
    Abstract: Technology leading to a size reduction in a power conversion apparatus comprising a cooling function and technology relating to enhancing productivity and enhancing reliability necessary for commercial production are provided. Series circuits comprising an upper arm and lower arm of an inverter circuit are built in a single semiconductor module 500. The semiconductor module has cooling metal on two sides. An upper arm semiconductor chip and lower arm semiconductor chip are wedged between the cooling metals. The semiconductor module is inserted inside a channel case main unit 214. A DC positive electrode terminal 532, a DC negative electrode terminal 572, and an alternating current terminal 582 of a semiconductor chip are disposed in the semiconductor module. The DC terminals 532 and 572 are electrically connected with a terminal of a capacitor module. The alternating current terminal 582 is electrically connected with a motor generator via an AC connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: HITACHI, LTD.
    Inventors: Takeshi Tokuyama, Kinya Nakatsu, Ryuichi Saito
  • Patent number: 10217578
    Abstract: In a keyboard, a keybutton opposes an operation detection portion. A light source is provided on an outer side of the operation detection portion. A light guide member guides light from the light source to a keytop of the keybutton. The light guide member includes an incident portion opposing the light source, an emitting portion opposing the keytop, and a guide portion which guides the light incident from the incident portion to the emitting portion. An incident surface of the incident portion is formed in a shape of a curved surface that protrudes to the light source side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Inventors: Kazufumi Enomoto, Kenki Enomoto
  • Patent number: 10102991
    Abstract: The contact apparatus includes a fixed contact, a movable contact, and an arc extinguishing member. The movable contact is movable between a closed position where the movable contact is in contact with the fixed contact and an open position where the movable contact is separate from the fixed contact. The arc extinguishing member is for discharging an arc extinguishing gas offering a capacity for extinguishment of an arc, into a space containing the fixed contact and the movable contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kenji Kanematsu, Shinya Kimoto, Riichi Uotome
  • Patent number: 10090129
    Abstract: A housing assembly is for an electrical switching apparatus. The housing assembly includes a base, a cover, and only one single coupling member extending through the base and the cover in order to couple the base to the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Inventor: James G. Maloney
  • Patent number: 10026568
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a substrate having a top surface, a bottom surface and at least one opening therethrough. The substrate has a circuit. A switch mechanism is mounted to the substrate and is electrically connected to the circuit. The switch mechanism has an actuator configured to activate the switch mechanism. The switch mechanism has a housing holding the actuator and leads extending from the housing. The leads are electrically connected to the circuit. The switch mechanism is mounted to the substrate in the opening such that at least a portion of the housing is positioned below the top surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Inventors: Charles Raymond Gingrich, III, Matthew Edward Mostoller, Ronald Martin Weber
  • Patent number: 9941626
    Abstract: The present disclosure discloses an electrical receptacle assembly. The electrical receptacle assembly comprises a housing with a first compartment and a second compartment with at least one third opening for receiving power supply cables. The first compartment has a second opening for receiving a switch knob, defined with central axis. A base of the second compartment fitted with a switch assembly in the housing. The switch assembly defines a spindle which is required to align axially with the central axis of the slot of the switch knob. A first and a second switch assembly mounting locations on the base mounts the switch assembly. The first mounting location is used when the power supply cables are positioned to enter the receptacle from operatively below the receptacle and the second mounting location is used when the power supply cables are positioned to enter the receptacle from operatively above the receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Appleton Grp LLC
    Inventors: Vilas Subhash Shendge, Shivlingayya Vishwanath Swami
  • Patent number: 9916941
    Abstract: An electrical switching apparatus includes a body and a display apparatus. The body has a housing, a handle partially extending through the housing, separable contacts located within the housing, an operating mechanism structured to open and close the separable contacts, a main printed circuit board located within the housing, and a number of electrical rating settings associated with the main printed circuit board. Each of the number of electrical rating settings has a magnitude. The display apparatus is electrically connected to the main printed circuit board and is structured to display the magnitude of at least one of the number of electrical rating settings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Eaton Corporation
    Inventors: Jack Devine, Mark A Janusek
  • Patent number: 9799468
    Abstract: A support-assembly suitable for a micro-switch of a switching device, including bracket-support-means suitable for being connected, in a stationary position, to a frame portion of the switching-device, coupling-protrusion-component shaped for being provided at an end of an operating-shaft of the micro-switch and for movably engaging with the bracket-support-component. The coupling-protrusion-component and the bracket-support-component being configured for enabling a rotation of the operating-shaft around a rotation-axis and for preventing a movement of the operating-shaft transversely to the rotation-axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: ABB Schweiz AG
    Inventors: Stefano Magoni, Andrea Farina
  • Patent number: 9779893
    Abstract: Electronic devices are provided that have components. A housing protrusion may be interposed between a display cover layer and display components. A button may have a button member. A support structure for a dome switch in the button may have a screw hole. A housing may have screw holes through which a screw passes. The screw may also pass through the screw hole of the support structure to hold the switch structure near the button member. A clip may have a spring. A metal plate may prevent the clip from becoming worn by the spring. A display may be mounted on a ledge in a device housing. The ledge may have gaps with supports and removed corners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Emery Sanford, Wey Jiun Lin
  • Patent number: 9754751
    Abstract: Disclosed is a molded case circuit breaker including a case configured to accommodate an element for trip, an upper cover detachable attached to the case, a dial configured to include a fixing plate, which is provided to protrude along an outer circumference surface thereof, and a first stopper disposed under the fixing plate, a crossbar moved by the dial, a first dial fitting hole provided in the upper cover for the dial to be fitted into the first dial fitting hole, and a dial rotation adjusting unit provided in the first dial fitting hole and fitted between the fixing plate and the first stopper to guide a rotation of the dial, the dial rotation adjusting unit including a plurality of fitting grooves arranged at certain intervals. The first stopper is fitted into and fixed to the plurality of fitting grooves according to the rotation of the dial.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: LSIS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kyunghwan Oh
  • Patent number: 9746879
    Abstract: An electrical interconnection system comprises a bifurcated, multilayer flex circuit having electrode pads on the inner surfaces of the bifurcation. Electronic components are mounted on one or both sides of the flex circuit by conventional means. When the bifurcation is spread apart, the electrode pads are alignable with respective contacts on a printed circuit board. After bonding the pads to the contacts by soldering, conductive adhesive, or other means, a secure electrical connection is maintained while still allowing the flex circuit to bend somewhat from side to side, creating additional design options not available with rigidly mounted components and modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Microelectronics Assembly Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: James E. Clayton, Zakaryae Fathi
  • Patent number: 9734957
    Abstract: A disconnector for photovoltaic applications having at least two modular contact boxes, each contact box having a box-like body coupled to a contiguous box-like body of a contiguous modular contact box. The box-like body forms a central seat that accommodates a rotatable contact and two peripheral seats, each of which accommodates a connection portion of a corresponding fixed contact that can be accessed from the outside of the modular contact box. The rotatable contact is able to rotate about the axis of the central seat with respect to the box-like body in order to engage the fixed contacts arranged with their connection portion in the peripheral seats or to disengage from the fixed contacts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: BREMAS ERSCE S.P.A.
    Inventor: Franco Civettini
  • Patent number: 9728327
    Abstract: Disclosed is a suspensible external combined on-load tap changer, including: a switch box, a switch body and a motor mechanism, a top box wall of the switch box being opened with a top opening, a top box cover being mounted on the top opening, wherein the switch body is detachably mounted in the switch box and is entirely lifted in and lifted out by the top opening; and the motor mechanism is connected with the switch body in a driving manner. The switch body in the present invention uses a hoisting structure, and the top box wall of the switch box is opened with a top opening with a size large enough, so that the switch body is directly lifted in and lifted out of the switch box from the top opening, and installation and maintenance are easier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Inventors: Xu Shen, Riming Xiao
  • Patent number: 9667762
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a housing component which includes a through hole which passes between a first surface and a second surface, an antenna as a conductor film located to cover a part of a surface of the housing component, and a filler which watertightly seals the through hole by filling at least a part of an internal space in the through hole. The antenna includes an antenna first portion as a conductor film first portion, an antenna second portion as a conductor film second portion, and an antenna third portion as a conductor film portion which covers at least a part of an inner surface of the through hole. The through hole includes a through hole first portion and the through hole first portion includes a step in an intermediate portion thereof. The step is covered with the filler when the through hole is viewed from the first surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: KYOCERA Corporation
    Inventor: Daisuke Takahashi
  • Patent number: 9640346
    Abstract: The present invention provides a keyboard. The keyboard includes a circuit board, a key installing board, and a plurality of key switches, the circuit board is disposed opposite the key installing board, the key installing board is provided with a plurality of installation holes corresponding to the key switches, the plurality of key switches are movably clamped on the key installing board through the plurality of installation holes, each of the key switches has a conductor, the conductor extends in the direction of near the circuit board through an installation hole, the circuit board is provided with a plurality of connection terminals working with conductors of the plurality of key switches, the conductors of the plurality of key switches are contacted with the plurality of connected terminals of the circuit board. The key switches of the keyboard of the present invention are moveable, elongating use-life of the keyboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Inventor: Lin Cai
  • Patent number: 9618987
    Abstract: A keyboard module includes plural keys, a switch circuit board and a metallic bottom plate. The plural keys and the switch circuit board are disposed on the metallic bottom plate. The metallic bottom plate includes a first metal plate and a second metal plate. The first metal plate and the second metal plate are made of different metallic materials. Consequently, the metallic bottom plate has the two kinds of metallic characteristics. According to the consumer's requirements, the manufacturer of the keyboard module may select suitable metallic materials to produce the desired metallic bottom plate. Consequently, the metallic bottom plate will possess different functions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Inventor: Bo-An Chen
  • Patent number: 9595816
    Abstract: Methods and systems for reducing exposure to live parts in a panelboard allow a circuit breaker or other branch electrical device to be safely installed and removed from the panelboard. The methods and systems provide a shutter system that operates in conjunction with the circuit breaker or other branch electrical device to automatically restrict access to the conductors in the panelboard until the circuit breaker is inserted in the panelboard. Specifically, the circuit breaker has one or more insertion keys on its casing that align with and fit into one or more keyed openings in the shutter system. When the circuit breaker is inserted into the panelboard, the insertion keys automatically force open the shutter system to allow the circuit breaker terminals to contact the conductors. Removing the circuit breaker from the panelboard automatically closes the shutter system and prevents fingers or tools from inadvertently accessing the conductors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: Schneider Electric USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Jacob E. Walgenbach
  • Patent number: 9595413
    Abstract: A circuit breaker tripping mechanism providing relatively low instantaneous level tripping is disclosed. Circuit breaker tripping mechanism includes an armature with a first portion extending in a first direction from an armature pivot and a second portion extending in a second direction from the armature pivot, and a magnetic field generator configured as part of a line conductor. Magnetic field generator is operable to produce a magnetic field acting upon the second portion during a short circuit. Circuit breakers including the circuit breaker tripping mechanism and methods of tripping a circuit breaker are provided, as are other aspects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Inventor: Guang Yang