Dust, Dirt, Or Moisture Excluding Patents (Class 200/302.1)
  • Patent number: 10742785
    Abstract: A mobile terminal is provided to address limitations of related art input systems. The mobile terminal includes a display unit, a support bracket including a support part configured to support a backside of the display unit and an extension part extending from the support part, a front window coupled with a front surface of the display unit and extension part, the front window including a rigid material, at least 3 front sensors located at the extension part of the support bracket, each generating a front force signal by receiving a front force applied to a prescribed point of the front window, and a controller measuring an applied point and magnitude of the front force through the front force signal generated by each of the at least 3 front sensors. When a force is applied, a location and magnitude of the force is measured and recognized as a classified input signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Choonghwan Shin, Byunghwa Lee, Jungki Kim
  • Patent number: 10648267
    Abstract: A subsea umbilical termination assembly comprising: an umbilical termination head fixed to the end of a subsea umbilical; and an electrical and/or optical distribution unit comprising a base frame and several connectors mounted to the base frame, wherein each connector is electrically connected to an electrical cable of the subsea umbilical via the umbilical termination head or optically connected to an optical cable of the subsea umbilical via the umbilical termination head. The umbilical termination head is mounted in a space provided inside the base frame of the distribution unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: VETCO GRAY SCANDINAVIA AS
    Inventors: Steinar Lindemann Hestetun, Hans-Peter Fleischer
  • Patent number: 10643803
    Abstract: Provided is a method for manufacturing an electrically insulating support for an electromechanical switch. In some embodiments, the presently disclosed method includes manufacturing at least first and second portions of the support with respectively first and second plastics having different temperature heat resistances and manufacturing the support as a single piece by at least one of an overmolding process and a multi-material injection process. In some embodiments, the electrically insulating support is manufactured according to the method for manufacturing an electrically insulating support. Also provided is a method for manufacturing an electromechanical switch, which in some embodiments includes manufacturing an electrically insulating support according to the presently disclosed method for manufacturing an electrically insulating support and attaching electrically conductive elements to different regions thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Inventor: Álvaro Martínez Morales
  • Patent number: 10557958
    Abstract: A marine seismic exploration method and system comprised of continuous recording, self-contained ocean bottom pods characterized by low profile casings. An external bumper is provided to promote ocean bottom coupling and prevent fishing net entrapment. Pods are tethered together with flexible, non-rigid, non-conducting cable used to control pod deployment. Pods are deployed and retrieved from a boat deck configured to have a storage system and a handling system to attach pods to cable on-the-fly. The storage system is a juke box configuration of slots wherein individual pods are randomly stored in the slots to permit data extraction, charging, testing and synchronizing without opening the pods. A pod may include an inertial navigation system to determine ocean floor location and a rubidium clock for timing. The system includes mathematical gimballing. The cable may include shear couplings designed to automatically shear apart if a certain level of cable tension is reached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Magseis FF LLC
    Inventors: Clifford H. Ray, Glenn D. Fisseler, James N. Thompson, Hal B. Haygood
  • Patent number: 10548235
    Abstract: Harsh environment key panel and bezel structures for a user interface device are disclosed. In embodiments, a user interface device includes a printed board, a switch mounted to the printed board, and a key panel disposed upon the printed board. The key panel includes a plurality of printed device layers forming a bezel, a button configured to actuate the switch, and a deformable interface between the bezel and the button. The plurality of printed device layers can include at least one continuous printed device layer that forms portions of the bezel, the button, and the deformable interface. The continuous printed device layer may include at least one rigid device material that forms a portion of the bezel and a portion of the button and a deformable device material that forms a portion of the deformable interface between the bezel and the button.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Clint L. Gosch, Matthew W. Ahrens, Brandon J. Cormier
  • Patent number: 10539696
    Abstract: A marine seismic exploration method and system comprised of continuous recording, self-contained ocean bottom pods characterized by low profile casings. An external bumper is provided to promote ocean bottom coupling and prevent fishing net entrapment. Pods are tethered together with flexible, non-rigid, non-conducting cable used to control pod deployment. Pods are deployed and retrieved from a boat deck configured to have a storage system and a handling system to attach pods to cable on-the-fly. The storage system is a juke box configuration of slots wherein individual pods are randomly stored in the slots to permit data extraction, charging, testing and synchronizing without opening the pods. A pod may include an inertial navigation system to determine ocean floor location and a rubidium clock for timing. The system includes mathematical gimballing. The cable may include shear couplings designed to automatically shear apart if a certain level of cable tension is reached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Magseis FF LLC
    Inventors: Clifford H. Ray, Glenn D. Fisseler, James N. Thompson, Hal B. Haygood
  • Patent number: 10497523
    Abstract: A sealing assembly for prevention of ingress of particulates and water into an electrical switch includes an engagement element with a rigid first abutment portion for circumscribing an aperture extending through the outer surface of the switch housing and a rigid first retention portion. Also included is a sealing element being slidingly engageable with the engagement element that includes a first complementary abutment portion. The sealing element is formed from an elastically resilient polymeric material so that sealing engagement with the engagement element occludes passage and ingress of external particulates, dust and water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignees: Defond Electech Co., Ltd., Defond Components Limited
    Inventor: Kin Yu Wong
  • Patent number: 10483053
    Abstract: A cover for an electric switch assembly is disclosed in the present application. The cover includes connecting features that permit connection to a housing for the switch assembly in at least two locations. A first location is defined by a cover positioned to completely enclose all electrically conductive components in the switch assembly. A second location is defined by a cover positioned to enclose a portion of electrically conductive components and to permit access to a circuit associated with an open switch in the switch assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: ABB Schweiz AG
    Inventor: Malbin Jose Mendoza
  • Patent number: 10473807
    Abstract: A marine seismic exploration method and system comprised of continuous recording, self-contained ocean bottom pods characterized by low profile casings. An external bumper is provided to promote ocean bottom coupling and prevent fishing net entrapment. Pods are tethered together with flexible, non-rigid, non-conducting cable used to control pod deployment. Pods are deployed and retrieved from a boat deck configured to have a storage system and a handling system to attach pods to cable on-the-fly. The storage system is a juke box configuration of slots wherein individual pods are randomly stored in the slots to permit data extraction, charging, testing and synchronizing without opening the pods. A pod may include an inertial navigation system to determine ocean floor location and a rubidium clock for timing. The system includes mathematical gimballing. The cable may include shear couplings designed to automatically shear apart if a certain level of cable tension is reached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: MAGSEIS FF LLC
    Inventors: Clifford H. Ray, Glenn D. Fisseler, James N. Thompson, Hal B. Haygood
  • Patent number: 10453634
    Abstract: A wireless switch includes a cover member, a button member, a first plunger, a second plunger, a trigger spring, a return spring, a shaft, a housing, and a power generation module. An intermediate member constituted of the first plunger, the second plunger, the trigger spring, the return spring, and the shaft is connected between the button member and the power generation module. The intermediate member prevents a position of the shaft making contact with the power generating shaft of the power generation module from changing, and causes stress to build up in the trigger spring, until a movement distance of the button member reaches a predetermined distance. The intermediate member releases the stress built up in the trigger spring and pushes the power generation shaft with the shaft using the released stress upon the movement distance of the button member reaching the predetermined distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: OMRON Corporation
    Inventors: Katsuya Marumo, Ken Tamura, Kazuyuki Tsukimori, Hiroshi Shiino, Yasushi Kawashima, Hajime Umeki, Junji Obata, Keisuke Yano
  • Patent number: 10438758
    Abstract: A trunk switch module for a vehicle includes: a housing, of which a rear side is partially inserted into a trunk lid of the vehicle, having a mounting space at a front side of the housing; a trunk switch disposed in the mounting space to selectively open the trunk lid according to an operation of a user; a cover assembly attached to a front edge of the housing to close the opened front side of the housing, the cover assembly having a button sealing unit which corresponds to the trunk switch; a protection film attached to the front surface of the cover assembly; and an emblem mounted on the cover assembly at a front side of the protection film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Won Ho Kim, Keun Soo Kim, Jong Il Shin
  • Patent number: 10422908
    Abstract: A marine seismic exploration method and system comprised of continuous recording, self-contained ocean bottom pods characterized by low profile casings. An external bumper is provided to promote ocean bottom coupling and prevent fishing net entrapment. Pods are tethered together with flexible, non-rigid, non-conducting cable used to control pod deployment. Pods are deployed and retrieved from a boat deck configured to have a storage system and a handling system to attach pods to cable on-the-fly. The storage system is a juke box configuration of slots wherein individual pods are randomly stored in the slots to permit data extraction, charging, testing and synchronizing without opening the pods. A pod may include an inertial navigation system to determine ocean floor location and a rubidium clock for timing. The system includes mathematical gimballing. The cable may include shear couplings designed to automatically shear apart if a certain level of cable tension is reached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Magseis FF LLC
    Inventors: Clifford H. Ray, Glenn D. Fisseler, James N. Thompson, Hal B. Haygood
  • Patent number: 10414461
    Abstract: An operation device of a straddle type vehicle has a controller used to operate at least two or more kinds of functions of equipment mounted on the straddle type vehicle. The controller includes a controller operation portion capable of rotary and other freely moving operations. A rotary shaft of the controller inside the controller operation portion is arranged lower than a lower wall face of a switch box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takuya Osanai, Yutaka Kikuchi, Masahiro Miki, Manabu Ichikawa, Tomoyuki Takewaka
  • Patent number: 10373789
    Abstract: An electromagnetic relay includes a terminal electrically connected to a fixed contact or a movable contact, and a case accommodating a contact point. The terminal includes a terminal piece having at least a portion located outside the case. The case includes a bottom surface section (first peripheral wall section) and a side surface section (second peripheral wall section). The bottom surface section has a gap to be closed with a sealant and an outer surface to which the sealant is applied. The side surface section has a through hole through which the terminal piece is inserted. The case has a flow path along which the sealant applied to the outer surface flows from the outer surface to the through hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Chiharu Nakahara
  • Patent number: 10367503
    Abstract: A control panel and method of making a control panel for a dashboard of a passenger compartment of a vehicle. The control panel includes a trim element, a support element and a piezoelectric film. The trim element includes at least one control area. The piezoelectric film extends between the trim element and the support element. The support element has at least one recess facing the control area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: FAURECIA INTERIEUR INDUSTRIE
    Inventor: Omar Ben Abdelaziz
  • Patent number: 10301857
    Abstract: In a push-button switch device for a vehicle including a case fixed to a vehicle body or a lid openably and closably mounted on the vehicle body, a push-button that forms a housing chamber in cooperation with the case and supported on the case configured for a pushing operation, and a switch housed in and fixed to the housing chamber for changing a switching mode thereof in response to a pushing operation of the push-button, a through passage is formed in the case, the through passage having one end part thereof communicating with the housing chamber, and an air vent hole is provided in the case, the air vent hole providing communication between the other end part of the through passage and the outer panel. Such configuration prevents water from entering a housing chamber thereby avoiding deterioration of the push-button, and enabling the housing chamber to breath.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Honda Lock
    Inventors: Yuuichi Satou, Kunihiro Kuroda, Tsuyoshi Tsuboi
  • Patent number: 10290440
    Abstract: A waterproof button assembly. The waterproof button assembly may include a housing including an opening and a button. The button may be positioned at least partially within the housing via the opening. The assembly may also include a plurality of engagement components positioned on opposite-distal ends of the button. The plurality of engagement components may be configured to retain the button within the housing. The engagement components may extend distally from the button, such that a portion of the engagement components may be positioned within apertures formed in the sidewall of the housing. The assembly may also include a plurality of supports, a tactile dome in contact with the button and at least one of the plurality of supports. A sensing component of the assembly may be positioned adjacent the housing and in alignment with the button and/or tactile dome for sensing actuation of the button within the assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Pierre M. Teplitxky, Colin M. Ely, Fletcher R. Rothkopf, Anna-Katrina Shedletsky, Samuel B. Weiss
  • Patent number: 10283293
    Abstract: A thermally activated safety switch for safeguarding a consumer of a power supply network of a vehicle, having a switch housing in a temperature-independent switching unit, which subject to the temperature thereof establishes an electrically conductive connection between two external terminals fed out of the switch housing, wherein the external terminals are fed out at opposite housing sides of the switch housing. On the one hand, the external terminals are provided for an electrical and mechanical terminal connection to the cable connection ends of a consumer to be protected, and on the other hand to a cable portion leading to an on-board power supply electronics, and are configured accordingly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Ellenberger & Poensgen GmbH
    Inventors: Wolfgang Ullermann, Ewald Schneider, Dietmar Koops
  • Patent number: 10276333
    Abstract: Improvements a modified aircraft switch to protect from Foreign Object Debris (FOD) failure. The aircraft switch is manufactured from the factory as a new OEM switch, but can also be modified from a pre-existing switch. The switch and method to modify a switch to protect a widely used existing switch in military and commercial aircraft that is failing from Foreign Object Debris intrusion and failure from FOD.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Inventor: Alan Paine
  • Patent number: 10234579
    Abstract: A method of performing a seismic survey including: deploying nodal seismic sensors at positions in a survey region; activating a plurality of seismic sources; and using the nodal seismic sensors to record seismic signals generated in response to the activation of the plurality of signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: MAGSEIS FF LLC
    Inventors: Etienne Marc, Clifford H. Ray, James Nelson Thompson
  • Patent number: 10211009
    Abstract: A switch-containing cable when bended does not conduct electricity, but conducts electricity when pressurized with fingers. The cable has belt-like first and second oppositely disposed conductor films including respective first and second belt-like base materials on inner surfaces of which respective first and conductors are disposed; an insulating spacer arranged to maintain a gap therebetween; and a belt-like sheath configured with the first and second conductor films sandwiching the spacer and containing a belt-like conductor film functioning as a switch member in a hollow cavity. The first conductor film constituting the belt-like conductor film is movably overlaid on the insulating spacer, and the hollow cavity of the sheath includes a gap allowing for lengthwise relative displacement of at least the first belt-like base material caused by bending the sheath with respect to the belt-like conductor film housed in the hollow cavity, thereby preventing the cable from conducting electricity when bended.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: FOSTER ELECTRIC COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventors: Koichi Yajima, Morikazu Nakada
  • Patent number: 10192702
    Abstract: In an electromagnetic relay, a connection terminal includes a first terminal section and a second terminal section. The first terminal section is accommodated in a base and is electrically connected to a coil. The second terminal section protrudes outside the base through a through hole and is electrically connected to an external connection body. The cover includes a second wall section provided to leave a space from a first wall section that has a through hole, and the second terminal section lies in the space. The space in which the second terminal section lies is sealed with a sealant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Chiharu Nakahara
  • Patent number: 10192699
    Abstract: In a power seat operation device, a micro switch is attached inside a dial that is rotatably provided to a side face of a power seat. An opening is formed inside the dial, with an operation portion of a knob to operate the micro switch inserted through the opening. There is accordingly a possibility that liquid might infiltrate into the dial, however a channel is formed inside the dial by the dial and the knob. The channel lets liquid flow downward to the lower side of the micro switch so as to discharge the liquid to outside the dial in cases in which liquid has infiltrated into the dial through the opening in a state in which the opening is positioned at the upper side of the micro switch. The channel is partitioned from the micro switch, enabling flow of liquid to the micro switch to be prevented or suppressed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: NHK Spring Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takeshi Nakamura, Kenichi Katsube, Souichi Nakayama, Takenori Takashima, Satoshi Myojin, Tomonori Tanabe
  • Patent number: 10165096
    Abstract: A mobile terminal is disclosed. The mobile terminal includes a body; a body hole formed in the body, the body hole communicating an inside and an outside of the body; and a waterproof unit positioned and movable in the body hole, the waterproof unit including: a rod extended in a communicating direction of the body hole; a stopper connected to an end of the rod, a portion of the stopper having a inclined shape with respect to a longitudinal direction of the rod; and a packing ring surrounding the rod, the packing ring sealing the body hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Youngdo Cha, Hyunsu Song, Bonghyun Lee, Choonhwa Lee, Dongwon Han
  • Patent number: 10152092
    Abstract: An electronic device is disclosed. The electronic device includes a link mechanism provided in a body chassis and configured to operate in linkage with a rotational moving operation for rotationally moving a display chassis relative to a body chassis by a hinge mechanism and a drive wire that is a drive member configured to couple between the link mechanism and a keyboard unit and operate in linkage with the link mechanism, thereby to change relative height positions between a key top and a frame, in which the drive wire is extended to the outside of the keyboard unit through an insertion port formed in a side wall of a base plate and is coupled with the link mechanism and the body chassis includes a drainage passage at a position located under the insertion port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: LENOVO (SINGAPORE) PTD LTE
    Inventor: Hiroaki Kinoshita
  • Patent number: 10121612
    Abstract: A contact switch including a rail having slot with a first straight section and a second curved section, a toggle unit inside a housing, the toggle unit including an extension unit that slidably engages the slot and at least one contact, a contact unit in the housing including at least one contact, where the toggle unit moves in the housing such that the contacts on the toggle unit engage at least one contact on the stationary unit in the first straight section and the contacts disengage in the second curved section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: DIAL TOOL INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventors: Mario Pagliuzza, Karel Hauk, Steven Pagliuzza, Daniel Ott
  • Patent number: 10115543
    Abstract: There is provided a keyboard cover including a first sheet material having a surface including a plurality of key tops configured of roughened surfaces and a base configured of a smooth surface connecting a plurality of the key tops, a plurality of the key tops being projected from the base viewed from the surface; and a second sheet material covering a rear surface of the first sheet material and having concave parts corresponding to a plurality of the key tops viewed from the rear surface. Also provided is an electronic apparatus, including a keyboard body and the keyboard cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Tomoko Katsuhara, Hiroto Kawaguchi, Akira Ebisui
  • Patent number: 10102986
    Abstract: A control panel for a vehicle. The control panel includes a decorative layer and a control assembly. The decorative layer has a visible face and a rear face opposite to the visible face. The control assembly has a front face and a rear face opposite to the front face. The front face of the control assembly faces the rear face of the decorative layer. The control assembly is fixed to the decorative layer and includes a support film, a pressure sensor and a light-emitting diode. The pressure sensor and the light-emitting diode are printed on the support film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Faurecia Interieur Industrie
    Inventor: Omar Ben Abdelaziz
  • Patent number: 10082834
    Abstract: A portable electronic device is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jong-Min Choi, Sung-Gun Cho, Woong-Chan Kim, Dae-Hyeong Park, Sung-Joo Cho, Young-Sik Choi, Soon-Woong Yang, Min-Sung Lee
  • Patent number: 10083787
    Abstract: The subject matter herein pertains to a current transformer, comprising a secondary coil, connection contacts for establishing electrically conductive contact with the secondary coil from the outside, and a housing having a housing body and a housing head, wherein the secondary coil is accommodated in the housing body and/or is attached to the housing body, and the connection contacts of the secondary coil are provided on the housing head. According to one implementation, a connecting mechanism is provided, by means of which the housing head and the connection contacts can be mechanically or electrically conductively detachably connected to the housing body and to the secondary coil. A current transformer is therefore provided, which is cost-effective to produce and is flexible in terms of the use thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Phoenix Contact GMBH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Carsten Thörner, Andreas Senger, Jürgen Hobein, Markus Becker
  • Patent number: 10049829
    Abstract: A switch device includes a casing that includes a recessed bearing portion, a rotatable drive member that includes a shaft portion disposed in the bearing portion, a switch driven by the drive member, and a covering member that includes a pressing structure provided so as to press an upper portion of the shaft portion and that is secured to the casing. The covering member includes an operating portion that faces the drive member such that the operating portion is able to press the drive member and that is formed of an elastically deformable elastic material and a base portion that is secured to the casing, that is formed of a synthetic resin material, and that is integrated with the operating portion. The pressing structure is integrated with the base portion and formed of an elastically deformable elastic material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: ALPS ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Takaki Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10049840
    Abstract: A pole part for high pressure environment application, with a pressure resistant insulating housing in which a vacuum interrupter is installed, wherein the vacuum interrupter is provided with at least one moving contact and one fixed contact inside the vacuum interrupter. In order to create a pole part able to withstand high environmental pressure, a pressure resistant insulating body can be tubelike and at its ends provided with flanges formed at the insulating housing out of the same material, and that at least one of the flanges is closed with a metal cap, which is adapted to the aforesaid flange of the insulating housing by the same dimensions, and that with clamp the metal cap is pressed tightly on the flange of the insulating housing by the introduced clamping fixation force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: ABB Schweiz AG
    Inventors: Dietmar Gentsch, Dukkaiappan Subbiah Thevar
  • Patent number: 9978495
    Abstract: The subject matter herein pertains to a current transformer, comprising a secondary coil, connection contacts for establishing electrically conductive contact with the secondary coil from the outside, and a housing having a housing body and a housing head, wherein the secondary coil is accommodated in the housing body and/or is attached to the housing body, and the connection contacts of the secondary coil are provided on the housing head. According to one implementation, a connecting mechanism is provided, by means of which the housing head and the connection contacts can be mechanically or electrically conductively detachably connected to the housing body and to the secondary coil. A current transformer is therefore provided, which is cost-effective to produce and is flexible in terms of the use thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Phoenix Contact GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Carsten Thörner, Andreas Senger, Jürgen Hobein, Markus Becker
  • Patent number: 9973230
    Abstract: A phone cover with rotary latch including a first frame, a second frame, a limiting piece, and limiting grooves is provided. The first frame and the second frame are separated structures. A limiting hole and a positioning post are configured at the frame connecting ends disposed at the two sides of the first frame respectively. A limiting post and a positioning post are configured at the frame connecting ends disposed at the two sides of the second frame. A positioning hole is disposed in middle of the limiting piece, limiting protrusions are disposed in two ends of the limiting piece. The limiting hole is disposed corresponding to the limiting post, and the limiting post is embedded in the limiting hole. Limiting grooves are disposed at one connecting end of the first frame and one connecting end of the second frame respectively, and each limiting groove is configured with the limiting protrusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Inventor: Jin-Yi Li
  • Patent number: 9972455
    Abstract: A button includes a base, a plurality of restricting members, a cap and a linking member. The base includes two positioning holes disposed on two sides of the base, respectively. Each of the restricting members includes an engaging portion, and the engaging portions are disposed corresponding to the positioning holes, respectively. The cap is disposed opposite to the base and connected with the restricting members. The linking member is disposed on the base, two ends of which are connected with the engaging portions, respectively. The engaging portions drive the linking member to rotate and are respectively inserted into the positioning holes when the cap moves toward a direction of the base. A keyboard device including the button is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Cooler Master Technology Inc.
    Inventor: Da-Zhi Ren
  • Patent number: 9941083
    Abstract: A pressure switch is disclosed. The pressure switch includes a housing and a pressure-receiving chamber that communicates with a duct to which an operating pressure is supplied. The pressure switch also includes a diaphragm assembly with a diaphragm that is displaced in response to a pressure inside the pressure-receiving chamber. The pressure switch also includes a movable contact that comes into contact with a fixed contact accommodated in a center portion of an inside of the housing when the pressure inside the pressure-receiving chamber is above a certain value. One of the movable contact and the fixed contact has radially diverging contact faces that are arranged such that contact between the fixed contact and the moveable contact can be established with at least two of the radially diverging contact faces at the same time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Saginomiya Seisakusho
    Inventors: Kenichi Matsuyama, Satoshi Miyakawa, Yoshihiro Hamabe
  • Patent number: 9934193
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus includes a main body housing, a design panel to be mounted to a front surface of the main body housing, a button which is configured such that an end extends in cantilever fashion from an end portion fixed to the design panel and in which an operation part provided at the end is exposed to the outside through an opening of the design panel, a drain groove, provided around the operation part, whose an end portion in a direction in which the end is tilted due to pressing of the operation part is open, and a drain groove provided in the front surface of the main body housing on the side of the open end portion of the drain groove and leads to the outside of the main body housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventor: Hiroaki Tanaka
  • Patent number: 9865412
    Abstract: In a push-button switch device for a vehicle including a first case member fixed to a vehicle body or a lid openably and closably mounted on the vehicle body, a second case member mounted on the first case member forming a case together with the first case member, a push-button supported on the case configured for a pushing operation, and a switch housed in and fixed to the case in a state in which waterproofness is ensured while a switching mode thereof is changed in response to a pushing operation of the push-button, the entrance of water into the case is suppressed as far as possible. A labyrinth passage bent up and down is formed between the first and second case members further inside than an abutment part formed by mutual abutment of at least upper edges among peripheral edges of the first and second case members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignees: Kabushiki Kaisha Honda Lock, Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuuichi Satou, Kunihiro Kuroda, Tsuyoshi Tsuboi, Eita Yamaki, Hiroyuki Hazawa, Tsukasa Kishida
  • Patent number: 9843355
    Abstract: An improved venting and sealing assembly for a portable communication device is provided. The venting and sealing assembly is formed of a housing enclosure having a walled aperture with a bottom surface and an offset through-hole passing therethrough. A flexible substrate having a vent hole is coupled to the housing enclosure across the walled aperture such that the vent hole is offset from the offset through-hole. A breathable membrane is coupled across the vent hole of the flexible substrate. A rigid plate having an opening is coupled to the breathable membrane, the opening of the rigid plate being aligned with the vent hole of the flexible substrate. A closed-loop sealing rib is formed around the vent hole of the flexible substrate and/or upon the bottom surface of the walled aperture of the housing enclosure. The assembly provides a vent path and a self-sealing enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: MOTOROLA SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Andrew P. Miehl, Jody H. Akens, Peter B. Gilmore, Anthony M. Kakiel, Charles E. Kline
  • Patent number: 9806758
    Abstract: An improved venting and sealing assembly for a portable communication device is provided. The venting and sealing assembly is formed of a housing enclosure having a walled aperture with a bottom surface and an offset through-hole passing therethrough. A flexible substrate having a vent hole is coupled to the housing enclosure across the walled aperture such that the vent hole is offset from the offset through-hole. A breathable membrane is coupled across the vent hole of the flexible substrate. A rigid plate having an opening is coupled to the breathable membrane, the opening of the rigid plate being aligned with the vent hole of the flexible substrate. A closed-loop sealing rib is formed around the vent hole of the flexible substrate and/or upon the bottom surface of the walled aperture of the housing enclosure. The assembly provides a vent path and a self-sealing enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: MOTOROLA SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Andrew P. Miehl, Jody H. Akens, Peter B. Gilmore, Anthony M. Kakiel, Charles E. Kline
  • Patent number: 9755444
    Abstract: A protective case can house a portable electronic device. The portable electronic device can have a switch (e.g., for switching an operational mode of the portable electronic device). The protective case can have a switch cover that engages the switch of the portable electronic device when the portable electronic device is in the protective case. The switch cover can be moved between positions corresponding to positions of the switch of the portable electronic device. As the switch cover is moved, the switch cover correspondingly moves the switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: MOPHIE, INC.
    Inventors: Nguyen To, Hien Nguyen, William Benjamin Hasbrook, Sean Michael Stuck
  • Patent number: 9706672
    Abstract: Provided is a vehicle-mounted electronic control device including a control unit reduced in size, weight, and costs with improved contact reliability between electric components included in the control unit. In the vehicle-mounted electronic control device according to the present invention, a connector has a locking hole formed in a side surface relative to an upper surface that is an upward oriented surface, a fitting opening formed in a lower surface, and a waterway for preventing flowing down water from entering the locking hole and the fitting opening, which is formed on a surface of the connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventor: Kohei Ushio
  • Patent number: 9696839
    Abstract: A user-actuatable vehicle door control, comprising: at least one force sensing member disposed beneath at least one force transfer member, the at least one force sensing member operative to detect the intensity of forces applied thereto, and the at least one force transfer member moveable upon user application thereto of one or more forces so as to transfer the one or more user-applied forces to one or more locations on the at least one force sensing member; and a controller operatively connected to the at least one force sensing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: ADAC PLASTICS, INC.
    Inventors: Robert Bingle, C. Bruce Banter
  • Patent number: 9667297
    Abstract: An improved venting and sealing assembly for a portable communication device is provided. The venting and sealing assembly is formed of a housing enclosure having a walled aperture with a bottom surface and an offset through-hole passing therethrough. A flexible substrate having a vent hole is coupled to the housing enclosure across the walled aperture such that the vent hole is offset from the offset through-hole. A breathable membrane is coupled across the vent hole of the flexible substrate. A rigid plate having an opening is coupled to the breathable membrane, the opening of the rigid plate being aligned with the vent hole of the flexible substrate. A closed-loop sealing rib is formed around the vent hole of the flexible substrate and/or upon the bottom surface of the walled aperture of the housing enclosure. The assembly provides a vent path and a self-sealing enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: MOTOROLA SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Andrew P. Miehl, Jody H. Akens, Peter B. Gilmore, Anthony M. Kakiel, Charles E. Kline
  • Patent number: 9666387
    Abstract: A waterproof button structure includes a housing, a button cap, a plurality of waterproof elements and a fastening member. The housing has a first surface and a second surface, and is formed with a pair of through holes and a groove. The button cap is capable of correspondingly moving a long a normal direction of the first surface of the housing, and includes a pair of button shafts respectively inserted in the pair of through holes. The waterproof elements are disposed between the button shafts and the through holes. The fastening member is assembled to the button shafts and is disposed correspondingly to the second surface. The fastening member includes a bent portion. The bent portion is disposed in protrusion towards the groove and includes a protrusion. When the button cap is pressed, the protrusion is abutted against a press switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: GETAC TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yen-Long Sheng
  • Patent number: 9530583
    Abstract: This invention concerns a device for an outdoor switching apparatus of an electrical power line, the switching apparatus being enclosed within a case. The device includes a wall made of electrically conductive material capable of blocking sun rays. The device also includes a fastening assembly for fastening the wall with respect to the case in a position for blocking, at least partially, sun rays from hitting the case during day time. The fastening assembly has at least one spacer made of insulating material for spacing the wall with respect to the case, thus delimiting an air gap between the wall and the case. The device also includes at least one electrical connector for electrically connecting the wall to circuitry of the switching apparatus, located inside the case, for powering and voltage monitoring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Hydro-Quebec
    Inventor: Pierre Couture
  • Patent number: 9460872
    Abstract: A plunger switch assembly and method of operation comprises a housing having an interior cavity for locating electronic components, a contact support movably located within the interior cavity. The contact support holds and moves at least one electrical contact that engages a corresponding contact located on a printed circuit board. The plunger switch assembly further includes an actuating member for moving the contact support and at least one electrical contact within the interior cavity of the housing, a carriage cover located over the housing for guiding the actuating member, and an active sealing arrangement for preventing debris from entering the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: Delta Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Isaac Kirbawy
  • Patent number: 9423143
    Abstract: An HVAC actuator includes an output shaft rotatable between first and second end positions and a drive mechanism to selectively drive the output shaft toward the first end position. The actuator may include a light source within its housing and a window to provide visibility of the light from the light source to an observer. An aperture member may be situated between the light source and the window and be configured to move as the output shaft is rotated. The aperture member may have spaced openings that transmit the light to the window at a plurality of positions of the output shaft such that the aperture member may cause the appearance of blinking of the light through the window as the output shaft is rotated toward the first end position. One of the openings may be configured to be in registration with the light source at the first end position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: David J. Emmons, Steven L. Wolff, Robert Bick, Kevin Graebel, Jack Du
  • Patent number: 9388628
    Abstract: Vacuum insulated glass (VIG) window unit configurations with getter structures are provided, as are methods for making the same. Techniques are provided for optimizing (e.g., increasing) the surface area of active getter material, before and/or after activation/flashing, within the constraints of a VIG window unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: Guardian Industries Corp.
    Inventors: Rudolph H. Petrmichl, John P. Hogan
  • Patent number: 9318278
    Abstract: A device for medium or high voltage switching element gear, the device having: a switching element for connecting two conductors: and a driving rod for operating the switch, wherein the driving rod comprises at least a surface layer of an electrically high resistance material. The electrically high resistance material ensures that a small current will flow through the material due to the present electrical field. This small current will cause a heating of the driving rod, such that condensation is reduced or prevented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: EATON INDUSTRIES (NETHERLANDS) B.V.
    Inventors: Arend Lammers, Gerard Schoonenberg