Indicators Patents (Class 200/308)
  • Patent number: 11407130
    Abstract: A knife assembly includes a handle having a first and second handle portion each extending in spaced relationship with one another between a first and second knife end to define a working gap. A knife blade is pivotably secured to the second knife end and pivotable between a closed and engaged position. A switch button is interconnected to the handle for releasing the knife blade from the closed or engaged positions. A spacer is disposed within the working gap and extends between the first and second handle portions. A vial of tritium is housed within the switch button for allowing tritium produced by the tritium vial to be viewable by a user of the knife assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: SHERPA ENTERPRISES LLC
    Inventors: Christopher J. Karchon, Alexander J. Karchon
  • Patent number: 11339895
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a valve having: an actuator; a valve position indicator coupled to the actuator, wherein the valve position indicator includes: an indicator cover mounted over an indicator mounting surface, wherein the indicator mounting surface has a rim; a plurality of LED lights arranged on the indicator mounting surface, wherein the LED lights are bordering the rim of the indicator cover; and a sensor in communicative connection with the actuator and the plurality of LED lights, wherein the sensor is configured to communicate the position of the valve to the plurality of LED lights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: Bray International, Inc.
    Inventors: Craig Brown, Dan Walker, James F. Schmidt
  • Patent number: 11282663
    Abstract: A shunt trip assembly structured to be operatively coupled to a number of circuit breakers uses a lever to actuate an operating mechanism of the circuit breakers and uses a selectively powered solenoid to power the lever. The shunt trip assembly is composed from a standardized shunt assembly designed for use with a plurality of different solenoid coils, such that a given standardized shunt assembly will be operative regardless of which of the solenoid coils are added to the standardized shunt assembly. The shunt trip assembly requires less than 10 amps of current to operate; can be powered by any of a 12 volt AC/DC, 24 volt AC/DC, or 48 volt AC/DC power source; and is functional in temperatures ranging from ?40° C. to +60° C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: EATON INTELLIGENT POWER LIMITED
    Inventors: Srushti Kawale, Abhinav Pandey, Karthik Satyanarayanan, Jeffrey Cox, Projesh Basu, Edward V. Stout, Akshay Jamdade, Rajesh Londhe
  • Patent number: 10844299
    Abstract: A method for treating surfaces of equipment comprising applying a Self Assembled Monolayer of a moiety to at least one surface of the equipment, wherein the equipment is selected from the group consisting of level sensors, sucker rods, turbine meters, Coriolis meters, magnetic flow meters, down hole pumps, check valves, valves, cables, drill bits, wire lines, and pigs, and the moiety may be present in mono, di or tri headed form or as a bis, gem-bis or tris headed form, and is selected from the group consisting of thiols, amines, silanes, siloxanes, selenides, tellurides, isocyanides, or heterocycles, and equipment having at least one surface comprising such a treated surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: E9 TREATMENTS, INC.
    Inventors: Sean Eric Drees, Todd Mathias, Ajeeta Patil, Christopher Gallagher
  • Patent number: 10840047
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an arc extinguishing unit of a molded case circuit breaker with a barrier provided between a fixed contact and a movable contact when a circuit is cut off. The arc extinguishing unit includes fixed contacts fixed to part of a base assembly case; movable contacts that contact or are separated from the fixed contacts; and an arc extinguishing part that extinguishes an arc generated when the movable contacts are separated from the fixed contacts. The arc extinguishing part includes a pair of side plates; multiple grids installed at a fixed interval between the side plates; and arc barriers each rotatably installed on the side plates, and configured to open between the movable contacts and the fixed contacts by being rotated when a current flows on the circuit, and to close between the movable contacts and the fixed contacts when the current is cut off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: LSIS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kihwan Oh, Kyunghwan Oh, Younghwan Kim
  • Patent number: 10822559
    Abstract: A method for treating surfaces of equipment comprising applying a Self Assembled Monolayer of a moiety to at least one surface of the equipment, wherein the equipment is selected from the group consisting of level sensors, sucker rods, turbine meters, Coriolis meters, magnetic flow meters, down hole pumps, check valves, valves, cables, drill bits, wire lines, and pigs, and the moiety may be present in di or tri headed form or as a bis, gem-bis or tris headed form, and is a phosphonate, and equipment having at least one surface comprising such a treated surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Inventors: Sean Eric Drees, Todd Mathias, Ajeeta Patil, Christopher Gallagher
  • Patent number: 10811200
    Abstract: The latching apparatus of the present disclosure includes an actuator configured to change from a first position to a second position; a core connector coupled to the actuator at a first end, and having a cam disposed thereon; and a follower located between the actuator and the cam; wherein the actuator pushes the follower when changing from the first position to the second position, such that the follower engages with the cam on the core connector and causes the cam to rotate an angle to enter a latching state, wherein during the latching state, the core connector configured to hold the actuator secured at the second position. Switch systems and Methods for switching a latching apparatus are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Illinois Took Works Inc.
    Inventor: Abel Hsu
  • Patent number: 10794597
    Abstract: A knob assembly includes a knob located at a front panel of the knob assembly and configured to rotate about an axis, a knob ring that is located at the front panel, that surrounds the knob, and that rotates about the axis independently of rotation of the knob, an adjusting shaft that extends from the knob through the knob ring in a direction rearward of the front panel and that rotates based on rotation of the knob and causes operation of a device, a first rotation sensing part that senses rotation of the adjusting shaft, and a first sensing target that rotates based on rotation of the adjusting shaft. A position of the first sensing target changes based on rotation of the first sensing target, and the first rotation sensing part senses at least one of the position or a change of the position of the first sensing target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Yeonsik Ha, Hyunggu Lee
  • Patent number: 10650987
    Abstract: A press sound producing keyboard switch includes a base, a guiding inclined surface and an elastic piece provided on the base, and a cap covering the base to define an accommodating cavity. A press assembly, a spring and a conduction assembly is disposed in the accommodating cavity. A press block is provided on the press assembly. Wherein the press block is in triangular shape, length of a bottom surface of the press block is less than width of a bottom surface of the guiding inclined surface, an end portion of the elastic piece is located below the press block and above the guiding inclined surface, and the press block is located at a side of the guiding inclined surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Inventor: FuXi Wu
  • Patent number: 10591949
    Abstract: A transducer device including: a base platform; an annular support member mounted on a surface of the base platform, the annular support member having a first opening positioned adjacent the surface of the base platform and a second opening positioned away from the surface of the base platform along a rotation axis; an inner shaft mounted relative to the base platform and configured to extend away from the second opening of the annular support member and rotate relative to the annular support member about the rotation axis; an inner shaft detent mechanism located at least partially within the annular support member configured for releasably securing the inner shaft in a plurality of rotational positions corresponding to each of a plurality of detent positions of the inner shaft detent mechanism as the inner shaft is rotated about the rotation axis; an outer shaft including a passage extending along an elongate axis thereof configured for receiving the inner shaft therein so that the inner shaft and outer shaf
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignees: Defond Components Limited, Defond Electech Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Cheng Chen Nieh, Hoi Him Ko
  • Patent number: 10453637
    Abstract: A direct-current (DC) air circuit breaker for opening and closing a circuit according to various embodiments includes a circuit unit having a main circuit, a detecting unit having a detection circuit for detecting a fault current in the main circuit, and a circuit operating device configured to allow connection or isolation between the main circuit and the detection circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: LSIS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Seungpil Yang, Sangchul Lee, Youngkook Kim, Ilhyun Kim
  • Patent number: 10424442
    Abstract: An arc eliminator includes a housing having a space formed therein and including an opening, an arc extinguishing part installed in the housing and including a moving rod disposed to be movable to the space, an indicator rotatably installed within the housing and seen through the opening, and an indicator rotating mechanism interworking with the moving rod when the moving rod moves, to rotate the indicator. A closing state and opening state of an arc extinguishing part may be easily recognized through an indicator and an arc accident may be minimized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: LSIS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kwanghyeon Ahn
  • Patent number: 10410808
    Abstract: According to various embodiments, there is provided a key assembly including a housing including a sliding groove on an inner surface of the housing and further including a contact surface above the sliding groove; a plunger at least partially fitted into the housing, the plunger including a protrusion; a sound producing member provided at least partially in the sliding groove, the sound producing member configured to produce sound by impacting the contact surface; wherein the sound producing member includes a connecting portion obliquely extending to an abutting portion, the abutting portion arranged below the protrusion; wherein the plunger is displaceable downwards to deform the connecting portion using the protrusion, the deformed connecting portion being reboundable to cause impact the sound producing member to impact the contact surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: RAZER (ASIA-PACIFIC) PTE. LTD.
    Inventors: Shangping Yuan, Kok Kiong Low
  • Patent number: 10368864
    Abstract: A motorized surgical instrument is disclosed. The surgical instrument includes a displacement member, a motor coupled to the displacement member, a control circuit coupled to the motor, and a position sensor coupled to the control circuit. The control circuit is configured to determine a velocity of the displacement member via the position sensor, and cause the display to present an indicia that is indicative of the velocity of the displacement member, wherein a portion of the display occupied by the indicia corresponds to the velocity of the displacement member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Jason L. Harris, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Sarah A. Worthington, Michael J. Vendely, Chester O. Baxter, III, Christopher J. Hess, Douglas E. Withers
  • Patent number: 10361042
    Abstract: A removable switching element for switching an electric current for an electrical switching device includes a housing; first and second fixed electrical conductors; a mobile electrical conductor that can be moved between a first position, in which the mobile electrical conductor electrically connects the first and second fixed electrical conductors; and a second position, in which the mobile electrical conductor is electrically isolated from the first and second fixed electrical conductors. The housing includes two windows passing therethrough, one being located facing an area of contact between the mobile conductor and the first fixed electrical conductor and the other being located facing an area of contact between the mobile conductor and the second fixed electrical conductor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES SAS
    Inventor: Patrick Comtois
  • Patent number: 10320161
    Abstract: A positional indicator system that includes a mounting bracket having a slot that extends along a linear slot axis. A drum may be rotably coupled to the mounting bracket so as to rotate about an axis that is offset from, and non-intersecting with, the slot axis. A pin body of a pin assembly may extend into a chamber of an electrical housing so as to be coupled to a displaceable electrical component, and thereby be linearly displaced along the slot as the displaceable electrical component is linearly displaced within the chamber. The pin assembly may be coupled to a biasing element that is coupled to the drum. A plurality of indicia may be positioned or mounted on the biasing element, such as via a windable indicator plate, and may provide a visual indication through a window of the electrical housing of the relative position of the displaceable electrical component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: ABB Schweiz AG
    Inventors: Amar Kini, Alessandro Bonfanti
  • Patent number: 10305261
    Abstract: A power distribution system includes an electrical contactor arrangement. The electrical contactor arrangement includes a first contactor post, a first contactor lead, and a second contactor lead. The first contactor post extends from a first bus bar. The first contactor lead extends from the first contactor post. The first contactor lead is at least partially received within a contactor housing. The second contactor lead is spaced apart from the first contactor lead and extends from the first contactor post. The second contactor lead is at least partially received within the contactor housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: HAMILTON SUNDSTRAND CORPORATION
    Inventor: Debabrata Pal
  • Patent number: 10290451
    Abstract: The electrical switching device comprises an outer enclosure, at least one housing for receiving a removable auxiliary block, the enclosure including a base and a cover, the cover being configured to cooperate with the base to close the outer enclosure. The cover includes signaling units movable between an inactive position and an active position, and control units configured to move the signaling units from the inactive position toward the active position during closing of the enclosure if at least one auxiliary block is present in a corresponding receiving housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES SAS
    Inventor: Christophe Grumel
  • Patent number: 10276328
    Abstract: A keyboard structure includes a keycap, a supporting plate, a connecting element and a clicking element. The keycap has a top surface and a bottom surface. The connecting element is connected with the keycap and the supporting plate. The clicking element is located under the keycap. While the keycap is descended, the clicking element is pressed by the push post and subjected to curvy deformation and then the clicking element is separated from the push post. When the clicking element is elastically restored to an original position to knock on the bottom surface of the keycap, a click sound is generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: PRIMAX ELECTRONICS LTD
    Inventors: Hsiang-Wen Cheng, Sheng-An Tsai, Li-Jen Chien
  • Patent number: 10270230
    Abstract: A power distribution system includes an electrical contactor arrangement. The electrical contactor arrangement includes a first contactor post, a first contactor lead, and a second contactor lead. The first contactor post extends from a first bus bar. The first contactor lead extends from the first contactor post. The first contactor lead is at least partially received within a contactor housing. The second contactor lead is spaced apart from the first contactor lead and extends from the first contactor post. The second contactor lead is at least partially received within the contactor housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: HAMILTON SUNDSTRAND CORPORATION
    Inventor: Debabrata Pal
  • Patent number: 10242813
    Abstract: An indication device of an electric switch comprises an indication component (101), a driving component (103) and a positioning component (102). The indication component (101) has at least three indication positions. Each indication position corresponds to one state of the electric switch, and the indication component (101) shows one indication mark at each indication position. The indication device of electric switch uses a single indication component (101) having at least three indication positions, and the third position is provided via deformation of the indication component (101) itself, thus realizing a simple structure and low manufacturing cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignees: SEARI ELECTRIC TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD., ZHEJIANG CHINT ELECTRICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Feng Jia, Jiexin Zheng, Hong Xi, Ping Zeng, Sihong Li, Beiming Huang
  • Patent number: 10199194
    Abstract: A disconnecting electrical apparatus includes a disconnecting block, including elements for disconnecting an electric current each able to be actuated with a coupling member, to switch this disconnecting element to a blocking state or a state allowing the electric current to pass, an actuator block, provided with a controllable electromagnet suitable for generating an electromagnetic force, a mobile container provided with a magnetic plate, which displaces the coupling members, under the effect of the electromagnetic force, so as to switch the disconnecting elements. The apparatus also includes a connection interface inserted between the disconnecting block and the actuator block, the mobile container being housed inside the connection interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES SAS
    Inventors: Patrick Comtois, Patrick Larcher
  • Patent number: 10127408
    Abstract: An information handling system includes a lock, a switch, and a south bridge. The lock is configured to receive a key and to alternate between a locked position and an unlocked position. The switch is in communication with the lock. The switch is configured to receive a signal from the lock, to close if the lock is in the locked position, and to open if the lock is in the unlocked position. The south bridge is in communication with the switch. The south bridge is configured to disable a plurality of communication ports of the information handling system when the switch is closed, and configured to enable the communication ports when the switch is opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: DELL PRODUCTS, LP
    Inventors: Wei Ming Chu, Ning Yu Wang, Yong Hiang Ng, Chau Iou Jeng, Shi Zhe Han, Yong Hong Duan
  • Patent number: 10109437
    Abstract: A key sound generation device for a silicone keyboard includes a seat and a press block. The seat or the press block is provided with a torsion spring. The press block is biased by the torsion spring to move up so that the product provides better handfeel. Meanwhile, when the press block is pressed or released, the torsion spring hits the seat or the press block to produce a sound, providing a better auditory effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Inventor: Rongshu Li
  • Patent number: 10102994
    Abstract: A circuit breaker includes a housing, separable contacts, a trip mechanism, a first terminal member, and a second terminal member. The separable contacts are received in the housing and include a first contact and a second contact. At least one of the contacts is moveable with respect to the other to open and close the separable contacts. The trip mechanism can include a bimetal strip and selectively open the separable contacts. The first terminal member includes a first socket configured to receive a pin located on an associated bus structure. The first terminal member is electrically connected with the first contact. The second terminal member includes a second socket configured to receive another pin located on the associated bus structure. The second terminal can contact the bimetal strip and is electrically connected with the second contact. The first and second sockets can be received in the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: SAFRAN ELECTRICAL & POWER
    Inventors: David Michael Geier, James Michael McCormick, Peter Nerstrom, Jeffrey Alan Muckefuse
  • Patent number: 10059204
    Abstract: The invention relates to an operating device (1) for a motor vehicle, with at least one operating control (3) which can be actuated by an operator (4), and with a symbol bearer (18), separate from the operating control (3), for the graphical identification of the at least one operating control (3), wherein the symbol bearer (18) for the operating element (3) has a first and at least one further graphical symbol (25) different therefrom and can be moved relative to the at least one operating control (3) between a first position in which the operating control (3) is identified with the first symbol (25a) and at least one further position in which the operating control (3) is identified with the further symbol (25b).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: VALEO Schalter und Sensoren GmbH
    Inventor: Onofrio Intini
  • Patent number: 10059892
    Abstract: A device having cooperating surfaces, method of treating cooperating surfaces of a device, and method of installing device having cooperating surfaces, wherein the device may include a first cooperating surface and a second cooperating surface, and wherein the first and second surfaces form cooperating surfaces, and wherein at least one of the surfaces comprises a Self-Assembled Monolayer of Phosphonate (SAMP). The method of treating cooperating surfaces includes applying a coat of a Self-Assembled Monolayer of Phosphonate (SAMP) composition to at least one of said cleaned and dried surfaces. The method of installing may include installing said device into a section of a crude oil service operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: ELECTROLAB, INC.
    Inventors: Sean Eric Drees, Andrew Timothy Marzec, Brian Keith Brashear
  • Patent number: 9892881
    Abstract: A short circuit indicating alarm module (SCIAM). The SCIAM includes a housing, a latch pivotally mounted relative the housing, the latch including a latching member configured to be contacted by a catch of a trip bar, and a plunger translatable relative to the housing and configured, upon depressing, to contact and trip the trip bar. Modular assemblies of a circuit breaker, trip indicating assemblies, and methods of testing short circuit indicating alarm modules are provided, as are other aspects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventor: Stephen Scott Thomas
  • Patent number: 9881754
    Abstract: A toggle switch includes a first substrate, a lever, an operation knob, and a light guide. The first substrate includes a first contact, a second contact, and a light source. The lever is configured to pivot in a thickness-wise direction of the first substrate and contact one of the first contact and the second contact. The operation knob is attached to the lever and includes a light outlet. The operation knob receives light, guides the light, and emits the light out of the light outlet. The light guide guides light emitted from the light source to the light outlet. The lever includes a metal plate and a resin plate into which the metal plate is inserted. The resin plate includes an attachment groove that extends in the thickness-wise direction of the first substrate. The light guide is attached to the attachment groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RIKA DENKI SEISAKUSHO
    Inventor: Yasuo Kawachi
  • Patent number: 9753079
    Abstract: A testing device for propagation characteristic of electromagnetic wave in gas insulated switchgear includes an ultrahigh frequency signal generator, a GIS testing chamber, an emitting antenna and a receiving antenna which are provided inside the GIS testing chamber. A detachable disc insulator is provided between the emitting antenna and the receiving antenna. Both terminals of a GIS testing chamber are sealed by polyurethane wave-absorbing sponge; the ultrahigh frequency signal generator is connected with the emitting antenna, and the receiving antenna is connected with a oscilloscope. A guide rod which is fixed by the disc insulator is provided in the GIS testing chamber. The present invention is capable of achieving testing propagation characteristic of partial discharge ultrahigh frequency electromagnetic wave signal of a gas insulated switchgear in a laboratory, so as to master attenuation characteristics of the partial discharge ultrahigh frequency electromagnetic wave signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignees: STATE GRID HUBEI ELECTRIC POWER RESEARCH INSTITUTE, CHINA ELECTRIC POWER RESEARCH INSTITUTE, XI'AN JIAOTONG UNIVERSITY, STATE GRID CORPORATION OF CHINA
    Inventors: Jun Chen, Jinbin Li, Jun Lu, Haiqiong Liu, Min Chen, Hao Wang, Jiangang Bi, Shuai Yuan, Yuan Yang, Junhao Li, Jianfeng Liang, Yanming Li
  • Patent number: 9742126
    Abstract: An electrical connection element is for a power connector. The power connector includes an electrical component having a number of first electrical mating members. The electrical connection element comprises: a housing including a number of second electrical mating members structured to be electrically connected to the number of first electrical mating members; a contact assembly enclosed by the housing and being electrically connected to the number of second electrical mating members; and an operating mechanism for opening and closing the contact assembly. The contact assembly is structured to electrically connect and disconnect power while the number of first electrical mating members remain mechanically coupled to the number of second electrical mating members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: EATON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mark Allan Juds, Paul Jason Rollmann, Jerome Kenneth Hastings, Kurt Von Eckroth, Jeffrey Troy Johnson, Roger James Briggs
  • Patent number: 9715796
    Abstract: A communicating circuit breaker architecture with automatic load center position identification links circuit breakers having electronics for reporting a self-status signal including operating data and a position identifier. Each breaker has light pipes with optical ports at its sides for communicating with its neighbors and preferably a mechanically operated optical shunt providing an optical path through the breaker in the event of a trip. Each breaker has optical data transceivers for the light pipes which transmit self-status information through the light pipes and receive and repeat neighboring breaker status signals to its neighbors. The breakers form a network via their aligned optical ports reporting to an aggregator device in a known position of the Load Center which transmits breaker status reports outside the load center. Each breaker has a logic unit for determining its position in the load center based on the received position of a neighboring device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Schneider Electric USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul A. Reid
  • Patent number: 9715972
    Abstract: A trip assembly is for an electrical switching apparatus. The electrical switching apparatus includes a housing, an electrical communication assembly coupled to the housing, separable contacts enclosed by the housing, and an operating mechanism for opening and closing the separable contacts. The trip assembly has an indication assembly including a plunger member and a number of auxiliary switches each structured to be coupled to the housing. The plunger member is structured to actuate each of the number of auxiliary switches, thereby electrically communicating a circuit status to the electrical communication assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Eaton Corporation
    Inventors: Kameron James Kline, Mark Janusek, Jack Edward Devine, David Turner
  • Patent number: 9688926
    Abstract: A level sensor, method of treating cooperating surfaces of a level sensor, and method of installing a level sensor, wherein the level sensor may include an elongated tube having an outer surface, and a float carrier having an inner surface, and wherein the outer surface and the inner surface form cooperating surfaces, and wherein at least one of the surfaces comprises a Self-Assembled Monolayer of Phosphonate (SAMP). The method of treating cooperating surfaces includes applying a coat of a Self-Assembled Monolayer of Phosphonate (SAMP) composition to at least one of said cleaned and dried surfaces of said tube and float carrier to form treated components. The method of installing may include installing said level sensor into a section of a crude oil service operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: ELECTROLAB, INC.
    Inventors: Sean Eric Drees, Andrew Timothy Marzec, Brian Keith Brashear
  • Patent number: 9620308
    Abstract: A membrane keyboard equipped with click generating resilient pieces, having multiple keys and an electrically conductive membrane; each of the keys having a base and a cap; the cap sleeves on the base; an inner sidewall of the base is provided with an insertion slot for mounting a click generating resilient piece; a top part of the insertion slot is provided with position limiting wedges; the click generating resilient piece is positioned between the inner sidewall of the base and an outer sidewall of the cap; the cap is provided with a motion transmission element which drives the click generating resilient piece to move up and down in the insertion slot when the cap moves up and down. The clicking sounds generated by the click generating resilient pieces help users determine whether the desired key is pressed or released. Obvious tactile feedback can also be felt when using the keyboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Inventor: Yong Li
  • Patent number: 9583292
    Abstract: A modular electrical switch device including: a cut-off unit including unitary cut-off units; an actuating unit of the unitary cut-off units including an electromagnetic actuator including a fixed cylinder head and a movable reinforcement; a mechanism allowing the actuating unit to be fixed to the cut-off unit; a quick attachment mechanism allowing removable fixing of the actuating unit on the cut-off unit, and including at least one coupling hook configured to fix and hold the cut-off unit to the actuating unit, and to engage with an actuating device of the unitary cut-off unit to transmit movement of the actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES SAS
    Inventors: Patrick Larcher, Didier Vigouroux, Michel Lauraire
  • Patent number: 9546742
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to an embodiment of a valve position indicator having an indicator cover having at least one window and a rotor configured to be at least partially within the indicator cover. The rotor has an indicator surface with one or more position indicators wherein at least one of the position indicators is configured to align with the window on the indicator cover, thus indicating the position of a valve. A light may be positioned proximate the rotor and configured to illuminate the position indicator. The valve position indicator may also include an array of LED lights bordering the rim of the indicator cover. The valve position indicator may alternatively include the array of LED lights without the indicator cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: Bray International, Inc.
    Inventors: Craig Brown, Dan Walker, James F. Schmidt, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9521224
    Abstract: A holding device for a mobile terminal in a vehicle includes: a holder detachably mounted to a front surface of a dashboard, and configured to insertedly retain the mobile terminal therein; a data transceiver configured to receive vehicle information from the vehicle, and to transmit the vehicle information to the mobile terminal, and power connection terminals positioned in the holder for providing power to the mobile terminal, wherein the power connection terminals automatically put the mobile terminal into a vehicle mode when the mobile device and the vehicle are electrically connected to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Sungje An, Seungman Kim
  • Patent number: 9478374
    Abstract: A portable load-breaking and pickup apparatus for handling a load associated with a power distribution system is disclosed. The apparatus includes first and second spaced-apart connectors electrically connected by a load break assembly. The load break assembly includes first and second outer contacts configured for mating engagement and configured to provide a low-resistance path between the first and second connectors, and first and second inner contacts configured for mating engagement and configured to provide a high-resistance path between the first and second connectors. The load break assembly transitions from an open position to a closed position in two stages. The two stages include closing the high-resistance path prior to closing the low-resistance path, and closing the low-resistance path after the high-resistance path has been closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: Utility Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Eugene H. Wood, Matthew G. Nolte
  • Patent number: 9460029
    Abstract: Pressure sensitive key techniques are described. In one or more implementations, a device includes at least one pressure sensitive key having a flexible contact layer spaced apart from a sensor substrate by a spacer layer, the flexible contact layer configured to flex responsive to pressure to contact the sensor substrate to initiate an input, for a computing device, associated with the pressure sensitive key. At least one of the flexible contact layer or the sensor substrate are configured to at least partially normalize an output resulting from pressure applied at a first location of the flexible contact layer with an output resulting from pressure applied at a second location of the flexible contact layer that has lesser flexibility than the first location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Timothy C. Shaw, Jim Tom Belesiu, Paul Henry Dietz, Christopher Harry Stoumbos, Dennis J. Mathias
  • Patent number: 9455111
    Abstract: A trip control circuit for a circuit breaker which provides for self-diagnostics includes a normally opened trip contact, a tripping circuit, and a signal light in series with the tripping circuit and the trip contact. The trip control circuit also includes a flasher circuit constructed and arranged to provide signaling of an abnormal condition of a circuit breaker to the signal light, while permitting the circuit breaker to trip provided that a cause of the abnormal condition signaled is not one which prevents tripping of the circuit breaker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: ABB Inc.
    Inventor: John C. Webb
  • Patent number: 9437387
    Abstract: A tap box assembly with separated annunciator emits a visual signal from an annunciator separated from a tap box such that the visual signal can be viewed from a remote location. The tap box provides electrical power from a busway to one or more rack computer systems via a power cable. The visual signal indicates whether the tap box is in a normal or abnormal state. A tap box assembly with separated annunciator can be coupled to a busway that extends down an aisle at an elevated position. A tap box assembly with separated annunciator can couple to a busway that extends along an aisle in an underfloor space. Data center technicians can easily view the state of a plurality of tap boxes of an aisle from an end of the aisle based on the visual signals emitted from a plurality of annunciators coupled to a plurality of tap boxes and separated from the tap boxes by a separation distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Faran Harold Kaplan, Brock Robert Gardner
  • Patent number: 9434302
    Abstract: An illuminated vehicle storage apparatus is disclosed. The storage apparatus comprises a bin rotatably connected to a console and configured to be oriented in an open position and a closed position. The storage apparatus further includes a light source configured to emit a first emission disposed in the console. A photoluminescent portion is disposed proximate the bin such that the first emission is directed toward the photoluminescent portion when the bin is oriented in the open position to illuminate the photoluminescent portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies,LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Cornel Lewis Gardner
  • Patent number: 9425589
    Abstract: A circuit breaker (33) formed with a sealed tank (4) having a breaker section and an operating mechanism (2) is laterally arranged in a lengthwise direction and is fixed to a frame (1), and above the circuit breaker, main bus containers (11, 12) are provided, substantially orthogonally to an axial direction of the circuit breaker (33). Operating mechanism-side working space (B) and breaker section-side working space (C) are provided respectively above the operating mechanism (2) and the sealed tank (4), and a hand hole (5) is provided on an upper surface of the sealed tank (4). A connecting pin (24) is provided in a link mechanism connecting the operating mechanism (2) and the movable contact (7), and an operating mechanism-side working hole for accessibility to the connecting pin (24) from the operating mechanism-side working space (B) is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroaki Hashimoto, Kenichi Okubo, Daisuke Ebisawa, Makoto Hirose
  • Patent number: 9412534
    Abstract: A pushbutton compact component is shown, including an actuating button having a basic body, on which at least one guide projection is arranged, and a sleeve, in which a locking slide is arranged by way of a spring element. In an embodiment, the guide projection engages the locking slide such that the locking slide is positioned in the sleeve under spring pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventor: Michael Baumann
  • Patent number: 9406468
    Abstract: A relay in which a relay body and a light source are incorporated in a case, the light source emitting light in conjunction with operation of the relay body, wherein a light guide is provided inside an outer surface of the case, the light guide is configured to take in the light emitted from the light source, to guide the light to a portion parallel to a top panel of the case, and to spread the light in the portion parallel to the top panel, and an optical pattern is provided in at least one of a top surface and a bottom surface of the portion parallel to the top panel, the optical pattern is configured to output, the light guided in the light guide to the portion parallel to the top panel, to outside the case from a top surface of the top panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: OMRON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoshimasa Osumi, Masayuki Shinohara, Hiroyuki Miyamoto, Kazuhide Hirota
  • Patent number: 9275805
    Abstract: A switching unit for an electrical switching device, in particular an electrical circuit breaker, is disclosed. The switching unit includes a switching lock with a switching mechanism and a rotor housing with a contact arm disposed therein for opening and closing contacts during a rotation of the rotor housing about a rotation axis. In an embodiment, at least one lever apparatus is functionally connected at its upper end by way of the switching mechanism and at its lower end by way of a connecting pin to a face of the rotor housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Thomas Bunk, Andreas Hierl, Bernhard Mayer, Siegfried Pirker, Christian Pohle
  • Patent number: 9270092
    Abstract: Roll on floor (ROF) circuit breakers include a plurality of support wheels configured to contact a support surface as the ROF circuit breaker is moved between locations. The support wheels have a rocker configuration whereby weight of the ROF circuit breaker is transferred between different sets of the wheels during movement to thereby facilitate ease of movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: Eaton Corporation
    Inventors: James Jeffery Benke, Daniel Evan Palmieri, Douglas Michael Brandt
  • Patent number: 9263212
    Abstract: A gas density monitoring system for high voltage gas circuit breakers. The gas density monitoring system comprising a gas density device mounted directly on a circuit breaker tank end cover. When the gas density device is fully secured to the tank end cover, the gas density device works in conjunction with a self-sealing valve body to provide a self-sealing, direct pathway between the pressurized tank and a sensing element of the gas density device. This pathway permits the gas density device to sense the circuit breaker tank pressure via an angled port through the tank end cover that limits pressure transients that may result from the normal operation of the circuit breaker. The gas density device contact settings may be verified without removal of the density device from the gas circuit breaker or venting the enclosed gas inside the gas circuit breaker to the atmosphere.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC POWER PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Jeremy A. Hensberger, Kevin J. Goldstein, Edward J. Besong
  • Patent number: 9246256
    Abstract: A terminal cover is capable of improving the workability. The terminal device includes a first cover portion to be positioned above the first screw terminals, wherein the first cover portion including the first operation openings which respectively expose screws of the first screw terminals, a second cover portion to be positioned above the second screw terminals, the second cover portion including the second operation openings which respectively expose screws of the second screw terminals. And the terminal device further includes a connecting portion connecting the first cover portion with the second cover portion and including wire insertion holes through which electric wires connected to the first screw terminals respectively pass and wire insertion paths which communicate with the wire insertion holes and through which the electric wires respectively pass, each insertion path being provided on an upper surface of the second cover portion between two adjacent second operation openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tomoaki Sasaki, Yasuhiro Sumino