Extension Or Remote Patents (Class 200/331)
  • Patent number: 10896793
    Abstract: A toggle cover apparatus is used to alter the outer appearance of a light switch toggle by attaching an object to the toggle. The object has a hole with a seal attached inside of it. The seal has a hole that fits on the toggle and keeps the object attached. The object is then used to activate the switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Inventor: Lawrence Mezoe
  • Patent number: 10817074
    Abstract: An adjustable keyboard is provided. The adjustable keyboard includes keys, a housing to house the keys and a control system. The housing includes modifiable material between at least first and second ones of the keys. The control system controls the modifiable material to modify a positional relationship between at least the first and second keys.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Nancy A. Schipon, Lorin Ullmann, Jack P. Yapi
  • Patent number: 10749999
    Abstract: A control switch (110) is provided to facilitate a primary user interface for a control top surface (106) of a non-orthogonal control top (102) of a portable communication device (100). The control switch (110) comprises a thumb button actuator (112), a rotary lever (220) having a lever arm (222) extending therefrom, a transfer arm (202) coupled between the thumb button actuator and the lever arm of the rotary lever, and an electrical rotary switch (204) with a switch shaft (224) providing a primary axis of orthogonal rotation. Actuation of the thumb button actuator (112) results in linear, non-orthogonal motion of the transfer arm (202) being translated into rotary motion of the switch shaft (224) about the primary axis of orthogonal rotation (205).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: MOTOROLA SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Andrew P. Miehl, Jody H. Akens, Jin Siang Chew, William Robertson, Anthony M Kakiel, Peter Gilmore
  • Patent number: 10541092
    Abstract: Circuit breakers with a rotary handle attached to an inwardly oriented shaft that connects to a gear assembly that translates rotational input to linear input also include a trip assist spring in communication with the rack gear so that, in operation, the trip assist spring applies a force to the operator slider and forces the handle to a consistent trip position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Eaton Intelligent Power Limited
    Inventors: Stephen W. Oneufer, Robert A. Morris, Daniel B. Kroushl
  • Patent number: 10485122
    Abstract: An electrically insulative case for an electrical device includes a housing defining an interior space. The electrically insulative case also includes a frame operatively coupleable to the housing in a plurality of orientations. The frame defines at least one opening that provides access to the electrical device. An inner sidewall of the frame extends into the interior space. The electrically insulative case further includes a restrictor coupleable to the electrical device such that the restrictor extends adjacent to the frame. The restrictor is arranged to inhibit objects from moving from an exterior of said housing into the interior space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: ABB Schweiz AG
    Inventors: Ryszard Rzepecki, Tomasz Jan Babik, Piotr Pawel Honkisz, Rafal Marek Mrotek
  • Patent number: 10441124
    Abstract: An upright surface cleaning apparatus comprises a surface cleaning head, an upright section and a rotatable mount. The upright section is moveably mounted to the surface cleaning head between a generally upright position and a rearwardly inclined in use position, the upright section has an air treatment member assembly, a push handle and a suction motor housing. The push handle has a longitudinally extending drive axis that extends through the air treatment member assembly and the suction motor housing. The rotatable mount rotatably mounts the upright section with respect to the surface cleaning head about an upright section axis wherein the rotatable mount underlies the upright section when the upright section is in the generally upright position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Omachron Intellectual Property Inc.
    Inventors: Wayne Ernest Conrad, Nina Conrad, Dave Petersen
  • Patent number: 10415812
    Abstract: Electrical switch assemblies are described which include multiple switch bars. Each switch bar provides both physical and electrical separation between adjacent electrical components. Also, described are battery powered devices using the switch assemblies. Examples of devices using the switch assemblies include flashlights and remote control devices. The devices and switch assemblies avoid parasitic battery drain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: DEPENDALITE, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Pavlik, Shane L. Smith, David A. Pavlik
  • Patent number: 10269514
    Abstract: An operational oversized wall switch cover assembly is is designed to be installed over an existing switch without removing the switch's wall plate. The assembly includes linkage that facilitates the turning off or on of the existing switch by moving an oversized toggle between off and on positions. The assembly is customizable using a variety of different colored components for the cover, slide trim plate and toggle. Further, the assembly's cover provides a significant area to imprint indicia thereon, such as logos of a favorite sports team or a child's favorite cartoon characters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Inventors: Benjamin A Daugherty, Dale G Daugherty
  • Patent number: 10181383
    Abstract: An actuator system for operating a switch is described herein. The actuator system can include a shaft of a handle assembly. The shaft couples to a handle and a male coupling element and has a number of positions. Further, a coupling body of a switch assembly can be positioned in the number of positions. The coupling body engages the switch and has a female coupling element, which has a slotted portion that receives the male coupling element and an angled terminus that aligns the shaft to a first position as the shaft couples to the coupling body. The slotted portion receives and engages the male coupling element when the shaft is coupled to the coupling body. The slotted portion prevents the male coupling element from disengaging when the coupling body is in a second position, and disengages the male coupling element when the coupling body is in the first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Cooper Technologies Company
    Inventor: Joseph Michael Manahan
  • Patent number: 10141136
    Abstract: The light switch actuator is a kit configured for use with a toggle switch and a wall plate. The light switch actuator attaches a plurality of cords to the toggle of the toggle switch such that the toggle switch can be actuated from a distance. The light switch actuator comprises a toggle attachment, a plurality of eyebolts, a plurality of cords, a plurality of tassels, the toggle switch and the wall plate. The toggle switch is installed in the selected location in the normal manner as required by the local electric code. The plurality of eyebolts attach the wall plate to the toggle switch. The toggle attachment attaches the plurality of cords to the toggle of the toggle switch. A tassel selected from the plurality of tassels is attached to the free end of a cord selected from the plurality of cords.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Inventor: John Volpe
  • Patent number: 9987740
    Abstract: A vent manipulation system includes a building that has a ceiling and a floor. The ceiling is spaced from the floor and the ceiling is inaccessible without a ladder. A vent is coupled to the ceiling and the vent may pass air through the ceiling. A tool is provided and the tool may be manipulated. The tool engages the vent such that the tool adjusts the vent between an open position and a closed position. Thus, the tool adjusts the vent without the ladder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Inventor: Don Metcalf
  • Patent number: 9962050
    Abstract: An upright surface cleaning apparatus comprises a surface cleaning head and a cleaning unit moveably mounted to the surface cleaning head between a generally upright position and a rearwardly inclined in use position, and a telescoping push handle. The cleaning unit comprises an air treatment member assembly comprising an air treatment member and a suction motor. The telescoping push handle comprises upper and lower telescoping longitudinally extending members which are reconfigurable between a retracted position and a first extended position, the lower telescoping longitudinally extending member having a first pivot joint wherein the first pivot joint is non-rotationally locked when the push handle is in the retracted position and the upper telescoping longitudinally extending member is pivotal about the first pivot joint when the push handle is in the first extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Omachron Intellectual Property Inc.
    Inventors: Wayne Ernest Conrad, Nina Conrad, Dave Petersen
  • Patent number: 9899176
    Abstract: A circuit breaker including a case, a trip mechanism, and a trip lever moveable between a first position and a second position. The trip lever includes a first end selectively contacting the trip mechanism and a second end opposite the first end. The circuit breaker also includes a biasing device including a housing coupled to the case and a lever arm coupled to the housing. The lever arm includes an engagement surface in contact with the second end and configured to move between an initial position corresponding to the first position and a final position corresponding to the second position. The biasing device also includes a bias member extending between the housing and the lever arm and biasing the engagement surface against the second end. The lever arm exerts a first torque in the first position and exerts a second torque different from the first torque in the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Hemraj Keda Thorat, Mahadeva Mallappa Mittu, Amit Bose, Mahesh Jaywant Rane, Gajendra Vijaykumar Kadam
  • Patent number: 9741509
    Abstract: Slide input component assemblies of an electronic device and methods for making the same are provided. In some embodiments, a slide input component assembly may include a slide button subassembly that may have a knob, a base, a retention mechanism that may couple the knob to the base, and a shell part that may be provided about at least a portion of the base. The slide input component assembly may also include a slide switch subassembly that may have a switch that may be configured to move along a switch path when the slide button subassembly moves along a button path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Elvis M. Kibiti, Luen-Chiou Lin, Sean S. Corbin, Shih-Ning Kao, Stephen R. McClure
  • Patent number: 9620310
    Abstract: An accessory device for a circuit breaker. The device includes a housing having a top wall and a hinge portion. The device also includes a plunger arm that extends from the hinge portion to form a cantilever wherein the plunger arm includes a first surface and a sloped surface. The plunger arm is moveable between an initial position wherein the plunger arm does not activate the first and second switches located in the housing and a deflected position wherein the first and sloped surfaces simultaneously contact the first and second switches, respectively, thereby activating the first and second switches. The plunger arm also includes a plunger portion that is oriented transverse to the plunger arm. A mating surface is formed on the plunger portion that mates with a mating surface of a circuit breaker operating mechanism. Further, the housing, hinge portion, plunger arm, and plunger portion are integrally formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: SIEMENS INDUSTRY, INC.
    Inventors: Huy Nguyen, Mauricio Rodriguez
  • Patent number: 9585760
    Abstract: Surgically installed prostheses replace either the caudal portion of a natural facet joint, the cephalad portion of a natural facet joint, or both. The prostheses are readily attached to the pedicles of a vertebral body and support at least one element that defines an artificial facet joint structure. The caudal facet joint structure is sized and located to articulate with the cephalad facet joint structure. Together, the prostheses form a total facet replacement system. The system is suitable for use in virtually all levels of the spine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Globus Medical, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark A. Reiley
  • Patent number: 9536682
    Abstract: Devices, systems, methods, and kits for remotely operating a switch are described herein. An example embodiment of a system for remotely operating a switch comprises a plate, a connecting member, a first fastener, a second fastener, a first attachment member, a second attachment member, a first wire member, a second wire member, and a pulling member. The plate has a body that defines a first bend and a second bend and is releasably attached to the handle of a switch. During use, an operator utilizes the first and second wire members to moved the switch between an open state and a closed state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: ONE ENERGY ENTERPRISES LLC
    Inventors: Jereme Kent, John Everett, Chelsea Bumb
  • Patent number: 9443669
    Abstract: A multi-purpose mounting assembly is provided. The multi-purpose mounting assembly is structured to be disposed in an electrical switching apparatus housing assembly. The multi-purpose mounting assembly includes a body defining a first mounting assembly and a second mounting assembly. The first mounting assembly includes a first mounting construct. The second mounting assembly includes a second mounting construct. The first mounting construct is structured to support a first electrical component. The second mounting construct is structured to support a second electrical component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: EATON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Richard Paul Malingowski, James Patrick Sisley, Mark Anthony Janusek
  • Patent number: 9425588
    Abstract: A guard assembly is for an electrical enclosure. The electrical enclosure includes a housing, an electrical switching apparatus, and a handle. The guard assembly includes: a shaft including a first end and a second end, the first end being structured to be coupled to the handle, the second end being structured to be coupled to the electrical switching apparatus; and a sleeve assembly structured to move between a retracted position and an extended position, the sleeve assembly including a sleeve member, the sleeve member including: a base located proximate the first end of the shaft, and a cover portion extending from the base toward the second end of the shaft, the shaft extending at least partially through the cover portion. Responsive to the sleeve assembly moving from the retracted position toward the extended position, the sleeve member moves away from the second end of the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: EATON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kenneth Martin Fischer, Ronald William Brand, Jr., James Jeffery Benke, Kimberley Morris
  • Patent number: 9406464
    Abstract: A light switch extension, allowing shorter individuals and seated individuals to operate a conventional light switch. The wall switch extender is operable without modification on both toggle and rocker switches and reduces the rotational displacement necessary to toggle rocker switches. The extension arm can also have additional extensions which increase the arm's ergonomics, as well as length below or above the switch, and can extend to the floor for wheelchair activation or dog-manipulateable extensions such as ropes or tennis balls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Inventor: Robert L. Montano
  • Patent number: 9218920
    Abstract: A remote switching system for electrical switches in a cabinet provides an actuator frame and slider that may be assembled to the electrical switch to engage the switch actuator for remote control. The actuator frame includes an opening allowing insertion of a lock shank through the opening to block motion of the slider from an “off” state to an “on” state thereby allowing the actuator frame to also serve as a local lockout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Shawn D. Cloran, Edward Byaliy, Jerry M. Watkins, Scott B. Lasko, Christopher J Wieloch
  • Patent number: 9117597
    Abstract: A portable actuator assembly for remotely operating the control components on a circuit breaker which self-aligns by engaging a recessed area of the circuit breaker. The portable actuator assembly is easily and accurately aligned with the control components on the circuit breaker by an alignment fixture that engages the recessed area of the circuit breaker. The alignment fixture is moveable along one axis that lies perpendicular to the face of the circuit breaker in order to compensate for variations between the plane of the face of the circuit breaker and the plane of the sheet metal enclosure surrounding the circuit breaker. The alignment fixture is forced toward the face of the breaker by spring action to ensure it remains in constant contact with the circuit breaker. Strong magnets may hold the portable actuator assembly against the circuit breaker by attaching to the sheet metal enclosure surrounding the circuit breaker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: MARTEK LIMITED
    Inventors: Charles Mark McClung, Russell Richard Safreed, III
  • Publication number: 20150129403
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a handle operating device for a circuit breaker, and there is provided a handle operating device including a connecting rod configured to transfer power for operating a manual operating handle that manually operates the on/off of a circuit breaker from the outside; a movable frame connected to the connecting rod to be movably coupled to an outer surface of a circuit breaker case in a direction parallel to the operating direction of the manual operating handle; a movable member provided at the movable frame in an interlocking manner to move the manual operating handle; a slot hole is formed on the moving member in an inclined manner from the moving direction of the manual operating handle; and a fastening member fastened to the movable member and movable frame through the slot hole.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: LSIS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jae Kwan SEO
  • Publication number: 20150131208
    Abstract: A remote switching system for electronic switches in a cabinet provides an actuator assembly communicating through a flexible cable with a door handle. The actuator assembly on the electronic switch provides a rotatably captive threaded fastener holding the sheath of the flexible cable to the actuator assembly allow ring a simple single-point tuning of the actuator operation. This tuning may be facilitated by a visual scale showing relative positions between the actuator assembly and an internal slider communicating with the operator of the electronic switch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: ROCKWELL AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Shawn D. Cloran, Edward Byaliy, Jerry M. Watkins, Scott B. Lasko, James P. Miller, Christopher J. Wieloch
  • Publication number: 20150131209
    Abstract: A remote switching system for electrical switches in a cabinet provides an actuator frame and slider that may be assembled to the electrical switch to engage the switch actuator for remote control. The actuator frame includes an opening allowing insertion of a lock shank through the opening to block motion of the slider from an “off” state to an “on” state thereby allowing the actuator frame to also serve as a local lockout.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: ROCKWELL AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Shawn D. Cloran, Edward Byaliy, Jerry M. Watkins, Scott B. Lasko, Christopher J. Wieloch
  • Publication number: 20150131210
    Abstract: A remote switching system for electrical switches in a cabinet provides simplified manufacture by attaching the flexible cable sheath and flexible cable to an actuator frame and slider, respectively, by means of flange elements attached to each of the sheath and cable that fit within corresponding receiving slots in the actuator frame and contained slider. A cover, which may be attached without fasteners, may then hold these flange elements within corresponding slots.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: ROCKWELL AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Shawn D. Cloran, Edward Byaliy, Jerry M. Watkins, Scott B. Lasko, Cristopher J. Wieloch
  • Publication number: 20150101914
    Abstract: A circuit breaker includes a breaker handle that is remotely operated using a modular actuator mechanism. The actuator mechanism may be a solenoid or other electromechanical actuator that converts an electrical signal to a mechanical force which is applied to the breaker handle. The actuator mechanism is mechanically connected to the circuit breaker in a removable fashion, such as by a tab-and-slot connection, and electrically connected to the circuit breaker in a removable fashion using a plug, edge connector, or other suitable mechanism such that the electrical connection is made when the actuator mechanism is installed, and without the need for additional wiring or other installation steps.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2013
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventor: Richard Sorenson, SR.
  • Publication number: 20150103472
    Abstract: Circuit breakers with a rotary handle attached to an inwardly oriented shaft that connects to a gear assembly that translates rotational input to linear input also include a trip assist spring in communication with the rack gear so that, in operation, the trip assist spring applies a force to the operator slider and forces the handle to a consistent trip position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: Stephen W. Oneufer, Robert A. Morris, Daniel B. Kroushl
  • Patent number: 8908357
    Abstract: An actuator system for operating a switch is described herein. The actuator system can include a shaft of a handle assembly. The shaft couples to a handle and a male coupling element and has a number of positions. Further, a coupling body of a switch assembly can be positioned in the number of positions. The coupling body engages the switch and has a female coupling element, which has a slotted portion that receives the male coupling element and an angled terminus that aligns the shaft to a first position as the shaft couples to the coupling body. The slotted portion receives and engages the male coupling element when the shaft is coupled to the coupling body. The slotted portion prevents the male coupling element from disengaging when the coupling body is in a second position, and disengages the male coupling element when the coupling body is in the first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Cooper Technologies Company
    Inventor: Joseph Michael Manahan
  • Publication number: 20140326585
    Abstract: An actuating device is proposed for an electric/electronic device within an in particular flame-proof housing, said electrical/electronic device comprising an essentially linearly movable on/off lever. In order to provide such an actuating device being accessible on the exterior of the respective flameproof housing and allowing mechanical actuation of the respective on/off lever without adversely affecting the flameproof housing, the actuating device comprises at least a rotatably mounted handle disposed on the outside of the housing and a shaft connected with it in a rotatably fixed manner, said shaft being guided into the housing interior and there being connected movably to the on/off lever by means of a transformation gear for transforming rotational motion into linear motion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2012
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Inventors: Markus Reinhart, Gerd Hofmann
  • Publication number: 20140318940
    Abstract: A switch conversion apparatus including an interface device, a mounting plate configured to mount to a toggle switch and including at least one aperture for receiving a toggle arm of a toggle switch, and an actuator plate configured to slidably engage the mounting plate and including at least one aperture for receiving and engaging a toggle arm of a toggle switch when engaged by the interface device so as to transition the state of the switch. Other embodiments of a switch conversion apparatus include one or more mechanical, electrical, and/or pneumatic timers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2014
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Inventor: Michael S. Mahle
  • Publication number: 20140305780
    Abstract: Provided is a device for remote operation of an electrical disconnect. The device can include a handle clamp configured to be secured to an extending member of the electrical disconnect. The device can further include a case clamp configured to be secured to a rigid portion of the electrical disconnect. The device can further include a cable having an exterior sheath coaxially surrounding an inner cable. The inner cable can be coaxially slidable with respect to the exterior sheath. The inner cable can extend through an opening of the case clamp and be secured to the handle clamp. The device can further include an actuator configured to coaxially slide the inner cable such that the handle clamp is actuated towards the case clamp.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2014
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Applicant: Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: Jody Rustyn Coleman, John Thomas Bobbitt, III
  • Publication number: 20140262713
    Abstract: A wall switch actuator for both remote and local actuation. Switch position is reported to network devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: BBY SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventor: Mark Kudla
  • Patent number: 8809715
    Abstract: A push-button device (1) is provided for actuating a technical system (2), especially in a motor vehicle. The push-button device (1) comprises at least one push button (6) as well as a holding device (10). The push button (6) is arranged in the holding device (10) and can be moved between a neutral position and an actuation position. The push-button device (1) is characterized according to the present invention in that a flexible cable device (3) for signal transmission is arranged between the push button (6) and the technical system (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: ZF Friedrichshafen AG
    Inventors: Jörg Meyer, Andreas Giefer, Wolfgang Kliemannel, Ludger Rake
  • Patent number: 8796567
    Abstract: A switch conversion apparatus including an interface device, a mounting plate configured to mount to a toggle switch and including at least one aperture for receiving a toggle arm of a toggle switch, and an actuator plate configured to slidably engage the mounting plate and including at least one aperture for receiving and engaging a toggle arm of a toggle switch when engaged by the interface device so as to transition the state of the switch. Other embodiments of a switch conversion apparatus include one or more mechanical, electrical, and/or pneumatic timers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Inventors: Michael S. Mahle, Mark Patrick Rau, Craig F. Hoffman, Craig Person, John F. Kasper, Daniel John Bentley, Scott D. Reiner, Christopher John Lundgren
  • Publication number: 20140209443
    Abstract: A portable actuator assembly for remotely operating the control components on a circuit breaker which self-aligns by engaging a recessed area of the circuit breaker. The portable actuator assembly is easily and accurately aligned with the control components on the circuit breaker by an alignment fixture that engages the recessed area of the circuit breaker. The alignment fixture is moveable along one axis that lies perpendicular to the face of the circuit breaker in order to compensate for variations between the plane of the face of the circuit breaker and the plane of the sheet metal enclosure surrounding the circuit breaker. The alignment fixture is forced toward the face of the breaker by spring action to ensure it remains in constant contact with the circuit breaker. Strong magnets may hold the portable actuator assembly against the circuit breaker by attaching to the sheet metal enclosure surrounding the circuit breaker.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2013
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: MarTek Limited
    Inventors: Charles Mark McClung, Russell Richard Safreed, III
  • Publication number: 20140124344
    Abstract: The invention relates to an actuator for operating a positioning element. A common requirement in such actuators is that the positioning element can be decoupled from the electric motor that drives the positioning element via a transmission. In some applications the actuators are so compact that the only way to decouple the actuator is to disassemble parts of the actuator. To connect the positioning element to the electric motor again, this however requires that the whole actuator is demounted so as to ensure that the disassembled parts are properly assembled. The present invention overcomes this problem by providing an actuator comprising two toothed wheels which by mutual displacement can be brought out of mesh and which each comprises at least two toothed rims positioned with a spacing corresponding to at least the width of one toothed rim.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2012
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Applicant: LINAK A/S
    Inventor: Claus H. Sorensen
  • Patent number: 8711548
    Abstract: A load center includes a housing, a cover, and a circuit breaker. The load center can be retrofitted to further include a rotational motor, an actuator member, and a guide insert. The rotational motor includes a threaded drive shaft positioned through an aperture formed in the cover. The actuator member is threadingly engaged with the threaded drive shaft. The actuator member is oriented relative to the cover such that a handle of the circuit breaker is positioned through an aperture of the actuating member. Rotation of the threaded drive shaft causes the actuator member to translate such that a first actuating surface of the actuator member engages the handle and switches the handle from an OFF position to an ON position. The handle of the circuit breaker has full range of travel between the ON and OFF positions in response to the actuator member being moved into a neutral position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Schneider Electric USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Marcel Montemayor Cavazos, Jose Enrique Parra Ortiz
  • Publication number: 20130331776
    Abstract: The various embodiments of the present invention relate to remote pneumatic (bellows-action) actuators for switching applications, which are preferably sterile and/or disposable. When compressed, the bellows-action actuator provides a pulse of air pressure sufficient to actuate a remotely-located pneumatic switch configured to turn on/off an electrical, mechanical or optical device. The pulse of air pressure is propagated along a non-conducting tube, thereby substantially reducing the risk of e.g., electric shock or O2 ignition/combustion associated with conventional electric switches in wet, hazardous or medical environments.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2013
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Applicant: HK SURGICAL, INC.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Alan Klein, Randall Welch
  • Patent number: 8581128
    Abstract: A breaker includes a contact unit provided in an airtight container. The contact unit has fixed contact points and a movable contact point which selectively contacts with the fixed contact points. Further, the breaker include a movable shaft having a part projecting outward from the airtight container, for moving the movable contact point to and from the fixed contact points, and a metal member for ensuring airtightness of the airtight container. The metal member has one end fixed to the airtight container and the other end fixed to the movable shaft and is extensible and contractible in accordance with the movement of the movable shaft. Moreover, the breaker includes a lever unit for moving the movable shaft between a closed position where the movable contact point is in contact with the fixed contact points and an open position where the movable contact point is separated from the fixed contact points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Masahiro Ito, Katumi Yositani, Katsuya Uruma
  • Publication number: 20130258103
    Abstract: A portable motorized device for remotely inserting or removing (racking) screws for draw-out power circuit breakers. Many different designs of draw-out circuit breakers may be connected or disconnected from an energized bus by a human operator cranking a jack screw mechanism that is part of the breaker. The device herein described provides a portable, motorized device that can be hand-carried to the work location and affixed to the circuit breaker without the need of any modification to the breaker or its enclosure. The torque that is required to operate the breaker's racking mechanism is provided by an electrically powered gear motor. Attached to the output shaft of the gear motor is a socket that engages the circuit breaker racking screw. Anti-torque is provided by a portion of the portable racking device that engages the racking screw ‘window’. The friction created by the torque of the socket against the racking screw and the racking device engaging the racking screw window.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2013
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Applicant: MarTek Limited
    Inventors: Charles M. McClung, Russell R. Safreed, III
  • Publication number: 20130161167
    Abstract: Switching devices for controlling a load from multiple locations each monitor the position of the device's switch member, and generate signals in response to a change of the member from the ‘on’ position to the ‘off’ position, and vice versa. Upon detecting such a change, an ‘on’ or ‘off’ signal is sent to each other switching device, which automatically updates the position of its switching member to match that which was manually actuated by the user. A load connected to at least one of the switching devices is accordingly switched between an energized and non-energized state by making or breaking continuity in the load circuit at that switching device. By automatically updating the switching member positions among all the devices, a user can visually make an accurate determination of the load circuit status at any given time based on the current position of any switching member among the devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2012
    Publication date: June 27, 2013
    Inventor: Colin Roberts
  • Publication number: 20130146431
    Abstract: A system for remotely operating an electrical switch may employ a linear actuator having an actuator rod configured for engagement with a handle of the electrical switch. An actuator switch may be interposed between a power supply and the linear actuator. The actuator switch may be displaced from the linear actuator. An electromagnetic clamp may be attached to the linear actuator and configured to hold the linear actuator in position so that linear motion of the actuator rod produces movement of the handle of the electrical switch when power is applied to the linear actuator from the power supply.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2011
    Publication date: June 13, 2013
    Inventors: JENNIFER SMITH, Robert Smith
  • Patent number: 8456259
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for a portable actuator for actuating a trip button and a close button of a circuit breaker. In one embodiment, the trip button is actuated by a linear actuator that transmits rotation forces produced by a motor to the trip button in response to a trip signal. The close button is actuated by a rotating arm that uses an anti-friction roller to apply a rotating motion to the close button in response to a close signal. The portable actuator is configured to receive the input signals from a remote location with a remote controller that is in electronic communication with the portable actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: MarTek Limited
    Inventors: Russell R. Safreed, III, Charles Mark McClung
  • Publication number: 20130112536
    Abstract: One embodiment may take the form of a slide switch for electronic devices having a connecting rod and a first joint coupling a first end of the connecting rod to a button. The first joint allows rotation of the connecting rod relative to the button. A second joint couples a second end of the connecting rod to a support structure. The second joint allows the connecting rod to rotate relative to the support structure. The second joint is offset laterally from the button. The button is constrained to move along a straight path between a first resting position and a second resting position. The connecting rod is configured to resist displacement of the button from one of the first or second resting positions until the button passes a threshold displacement distance, at which point the connecting rod snaps the button into the other resting position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2011
    Publication date: May 9, 2013
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Dhaval Shah, Jared M. Kole, Michael Wittenberg
  • Patent number: 8436266
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus includes a circuit board with a changeover switch and a housing having two surfaces extending in parallel and a side surface connecting edges of the two surfaces, holding the circuit board with a space between the circuit board and the housing and having an opening for operation at a portion which faces the changeover switch. A housed part at a position between one side of the circuit board and the side surface of the housing, prevents the changeover switch from being visually recognized through the opening. An operation member includes an operation piece placed outside the side surface of the housing to receive a slide operation, and an operation arm extends inside the housing from the operation piece through the opening, bypassing the housed part to come in contact with the changeover switch. The changeover switch is switchable when the operation piece receives the slide operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventors: Takashi Iijima, Yuta Iizuka
  • Patent number: 8431846
    Abstract: Disclosed is a transfer device for an automatic transfer switch. With the configuration of the transfer device, the transfer device, which is installed between a plurality of air circuit breakers to allow switching of a closed state and a tripped state of the plurality of air circuit breakers, can be modularized so as to be easily assembled. A length of a transmission rod can be adjusted so as to facilitate assembly and maintenance of the transfer device and also minimize the probability of occurring an assembly error, allowing accurate closing and trip operations. The transmission rod may be provided with a buffer to reduce impact noise generated upon switching of the closing and trip operations of each air circuit breaker and enhance reliability of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: LS Industrial Systems Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jae Goo Lyu
  • Patent number: 8432266
    Abstract: A pull station for an alarm includes a housing having an actuator mounted for movement with respect thereto. The actuator has a standby (i.e., normal) position and an alarm position. The actuator has a contoured actuation surface configured such that downward pressure on the actuation surface moves the actuator from the standby position to the alarm position. The actuator may be rotatably or slidably coupled to the housing. The actuation surface may extend beyond the front face of the housing when in the standby position. In some embodiments, the actuation surface is cup-shaped. In other embodiments, the actuation surface is v-shaped, with first and second angled portions forming oblique angles with respect to a lateral axis of the housing. Thus arranged, the actuator can be operated by a disabled who may not have complete hand or finger dexterity. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: SimplexGrinnell LP
    Inventor: Steven T. Varieur
  • Patent number: 8404986
    Abstract: The invention relates to a manual drive for a tap changer for a tap-changing transformer having a locking unit. The locking unit has a catch which can pivot and has different locking means; the catch can be operated from the outside before an intended switching operation. The locking unit offers high a degree as possible of safety against inadvertent or else deliberate incorrect operations of the manual drive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: Maschinenfabrik Reinhausen GmbH
    Inventors: Armin Burghauser, Silke Wrede
  • Publication number: 20130043112
    Abstract: An embodiment of the present invention provides for a cap that slips on the toggle component of a switch comprising a hollow body with a first end and a second end; said first end comprising an opening to slip said cap onto said toggle component; said second end being closed; and glow in the dark pigmentation in said body and a method of extending the size and increasing the visibility of the toggle component of a switch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2012
    Publication date: February 21, 2013
    Applicant: LEFRAN, LLC
    Inventors: Joseph Frank Rubio, Leticia Primero