By Rotation Of Actuator Patents (Class 200/43.08)
  • Patent number: 11015368
    Abstract: A fenestration assembly includes a fenestration frame and at least one panel movable between open and closed positions. A locking mechanism is coupled with the at least one panel and includes at least one latch and at least one latch fastener. The panel includes a secure configuration with the panel in the closed position and the latch coupled with the latch fastener. In the unsecure configuration one or more of the panel is in the open position or the latch is decoupled from the latch fastener. A status monitoring assembly monitors the secure and unsecure configurations and includes a sensor operator coupled with the latch, and a sensor coupled with one of the fenestration frame or the panel. In the secure configuration, the status monitoring assembly detects the sensor operator with the sensor if the panel is in the closed position and the latch is coupled with the latch fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Marvin Lumber and Cedar Company, LLC
    Inventors: Nathan H. DeBoer, Brian M. Farnes, Justin Magnusen
  • Patent number: 10975597
    Abstract: A fenestration assembly includes a fenestration frame and at least one panel movable between open and closed positions. A locking mechanism is coupled with the at least one panel and includes at least one latch and at least one latch fastener. The panel includes a secure configuration with the panel in the closed position and the latch coupled with the latch fastener. In the unsecure configuration one or more of the panel is in the open position or the latch is decoupled from the latch fastener. A status monitoring assembly monitors the secure and unsecure configurations and includes a sensor operator coupled with the latch, and a sensor coupled with one of the fenestration frame or the panel. In the secure configuration, the status monitoring assembly detects the sensor operator with the sensor if the panel is in the closed position and the latch is coupled with the latch fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Marvin Lumber and Cedar Company, LLC
    Inventors: Nathan H. DeBoer, Brian M. Farnes, Justin Magnusen
  • Patent number: 10119300
    Abstract: A lock including a lock cylinder, at least one sensing module and a processing unit is provided. The lock cylinder is adapted for allowing a unlocking unit to insert therein along an inserting direction. The at least one sensing module detects a movement of the lock cylinder. The processing unit electrically connected to the at least one sensing module. The sensing module generates a sensing signal to the processing unit according to the movement of the lock cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: ASUSTek COMPUTER INC.
    Inventors: Chin-Hsin Yeh, Chien-Chin Wang, Chiang-Sheng Tseng, Te-Chuan Kuo
  • Patent number: 9884673
    Abstract: A switch device includes an ENT switch for allowing a keyless controller to perform an authentication process, a S/S switch for manipulating start and stop of an engine, and a single common manipulating member for allowing a user to manipulate ON/OFF switching operations of the ENT switch and the S/S switch. The ENT switch and the S/S switch are switched between ON and OFF depending on a motion of the single common manipulating member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: SUZUKI MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yohei Nakano, Toshiya Kataoka
  • Patent number: 9761384
    Abstract: A shift assembly structure of switch device includes a connection seat formed with an assembling hole for rotatably connecting with a main body. A latch section is disposed on the bottom of the connection seat for latching and assembling with a wire-connection module. The connection seat has an arm protruding from the connection seat and an (elastic) restriction section formed on the arm. A shift body is assembled in the connection seat. The shift body is formed with a ridge section and a push/press section. When the shift body is moved from a first position to a second position, the ridge section is permitted to directly pass through the restriction section into a locked state. After the push/press section pushes the restriction section, the main body is unlocked from the connection seat, whereby the assembly of the main body and the connection seat is controllable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignees: Switchlab Inc., Switchlab (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chih-Yuan Wu, Wen-Bing Hsu
  • Patent number: 9737824
    Abstract: An input device includes actuating pieces and keys. The actuating pieces are disposed inside a case and have portions disposed along a first direction at predetermined intervals. The portions are movable toward and away from each other and are urged closer to each other by a predetermined urging force. The keys are insertable in the first direction into a key hole in the case. The actuating pieces respectively include pressure receivers which are disposed without overlap in the first direction. Each key includes a pusher which selectively pushes the pressure receiver of at least one of the actuating pieces as a result of insertion of the key into the key hole and moves the actuating piece corresponding to the pushed pressure receiver in a direction against the predetermined urging force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: TOMY COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Takio Ejima
  • Patent number: 9315170
    Abstract: The invention relates to a steering lock with a deadlock for a motor vehicle comprising: •a bolt guide (5), •a bolt (4), •a deadlocking means (15) comprising a locking element (16) designed to lock the bolt (4) in deadlocked position and to be subjected to torsional and translational movement towards said bolt (4), said element (16) being received in a housing (18) of the bolt guide (5). The deadlocking means (15) further comprises a closing plate (10) having a face that engages with an element of the deadlocking means (15), and engages with the opening of the housing (18) in such a way that the rotation of the closing plate (10) is locked relative to the guide bolt (5) and causes the translational and torsional movement of said locking element (16).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: U-Shin France SAS
    Inventors: Patrice Poggi, Christophe Perrin, Alix Della Fiorentina
  • Patent number: 9224549
    Abstract: An electric hand control, especially for electrically adjustable hospital and care beds comprising a number of activation switches and a number of locking switches which can be activated by a locking element for cutting off the circuit for the activation switches so that the function belonging to it becomes inactive or locked. In an embodiment the locking switches are on-off switches, in another embodiment the locking switches are based on a read switch and a magnet, and in another embodiment the locking switches include a wave shaped disc mounted over two contact points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: Linak A/S
    Inventors: Svend Erik Knudsen Jensen, Jesper Rørby Jensen, Verner Smidt, Bjarne Carstensen
  • Publication number: 20140204530
    Abstract: A secure switch module to allow only authorized keyholders to power on an electronic device includes a lock, a key matching the lock, and a power switch. The lock includes a first lock pin electrically connected to a ground pin of a motherboard of the electronic device, and a second lock pin. The power switch includes a button, a first elastic conductive sheet electrically connected to the second lock pin, and a second elastic conductive sheet electrically connected to a power on pin of the motherboard. When the is engaged with the lock and the button is pressed, the first lock pin is electrically connected to the second lock pin, the first elastic conductive sheet is electrically connected to the second elastic conductive sheet, the power on pin receives a low level signal, and the electronic device is turned on.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2014
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicants: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD., HONG FU JIN PRECISION INDUSTRY (ShenZhen) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: SONG MA, JUN-HUI WANG, WU ZHOU
  • Publication number: 20130291505
    Abstract: An isolator switch assembly, especially an isolator switch and key assembly for a powered apparatus, such as a lawncare product, for example a lawnmower, includes a key, a keyway and an electrical switch positioned adjacent the keyway. The assembly is arranged to provide a first configuration in which the key is insertable into and removable from the keyway and the switch is open and a second configuration in which the key bears against an actuator surface of the switch to close the switch. In one embodiment, the assembly is arranged to provide a third configuration in which the switch is not actuated and the key is not removable from the keyway and is biased into a predetermined rotational position intermediate the first and second configurations. In a further embodiment, the assembly is provided with an over-torque or over-rotation prevention means.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2013
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Inventors: Adrian Coussins, Gavin Ben Armstrong, Mathew Price
  • Publication number: 20120247931
    Abstract: A solenoid plunger 14 of the switch 4 is moved by cam plunger 34 and is biased towards the cam plunger 34, a locking plate 40b is positioned between the plungers 14 and 34. Cam 34 is biased for movement towards a cam 22 and is moved towards the solenoid plunger by rotation of the cam 22 by removal of actuator 8 which causes retraction of the solenoid plunger into the switch 4. The locking plate 40b is lockable when the cam plunger 34 is biased into a detent 36 in the cam 22 when the actuator is inserted, to lock the cam plunger 34 and cam 22 and prevent removal of the actuator 8.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2012
    Publication date: October 4, 2012
    Applicant: IDEM SAFETY SWITCHES LIMITED
    Inventors: Medi Mohtasham, Hamed Faridfar
  • Patent number: 8256197
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for enabling reverse mow condition in a tractor comprises a switch assembly having an ignition switch that is rotatable through a plurality of positions, a housing for supporting the ignition switch, and an actuator movably located in the housing. The enabling of a reverse mow condition is achieved by displacing the actuator from a rest position to two separate and distinct positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: Delta Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher A. Kahnert
  • Publication number: 20120118710
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a contact apparatus for a circuit breaker, and the circuit breaker may include a stationary electrode portion having a stationary contact; and a movable electrode portion configured to be brought into contact with and separated from the stationary electrode portion, wherein the movable electrode portion includes a movable conductor portion configured to be approached to and spaced from the stationary electrode portion; and a movable contact combined with the movable conductor portion in a relatively movable manner to be brought into contact with and separated from the stationary contact. Through this, it may be possible to alleviate a shock when contacting a contact.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2011
    Publication date: May 17, 2012
    Inventor: Jae Min YANG
  • Patent number: 8173915
    Abstract: An ignition key switch apparatus having a compact size, high current capability, and a snap action mechanism. A pre-loaded snap spring can be configured to include a fixed end attached to an anchor and a free end attached to a movable contact operable between normal and actuated positions. A cam can be utilized to convert a rotary motion at a key interface into a linear movement of a plunger for snap spring blade actuation. The unique pre-loaded snap spring generates a fast (e.g., instantaneous) movement from an open to a closed position and vice versa upon application/removal of a load to reduce the effect of arcing on associated contacts and conductors. The pre-loaded snap spring also ensures that the movable contact does not remain in any intermittent position, other than the two extreme positions given at any position of the plunger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Niranjan Manjunath, Bindu Philip, Mahesh Kumar Nagrajan
  • Patent number: 8037725
    Abstract: A door lock indicator device is disclosed. The door lock indicator device can include a rotatable portion, a lock status display, and a switch (e.g., a button). The rotatable portion can define an opening shaped to receive a key blade. The door lock indicator device can be installed on a face of a door lock with the opening aligned with a keyhole of the door lock. Rotating a key blade within a keyway of the door lock can cause the rotatable portion to rotate with the door lock's cylinder. The lock status display can include a first indicator light and a second indicator light. Activating the switch can cause the lock status display to indicate a direction of a most recent rotation of the rotatable portion and/or a locked or unlocked status of the associated door lock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Inventor: Jonathan E. Levine
  • Patent number: 8022318
    Abstract: An arrangement is provided for the overall handling of removable controls for an electrical device including the installation and removal of controls from a base or other housing portion of the overall device, e.g. an overhead switch utilized in electrical power distribution/transmission. The arrangement includes facilities for selectively securing or releasing the controls with respect to cooperating housing portions of the device. An operating member is provided with provisions for cooperating with the controls for securing and releasing the control with respect to the operating member. In a preferred arrangement, the controls have separate control functions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Assignee: S&C Electric Company
    Inventors: James F. Fargo, Joseph P. Moninski, Joel A. Ramos
  • Patent number: 7987688
    Abstract: A turning knob with a lock for an electric circuit indicating a body for receiving a barrel rotating relative to a stator. The barrel includes springs receiving a key configured while rotating to take up at least two functional retained or released positions and having at one of its ends a shank configured to be actuated by rotating the key. The body has an inner cylindrical sleeve whereon the stator is urged to be positioned, the inner sleeve having a number of identical members for positioning the stator, each positioning member of the inner sleeve matching a corresponding positioning member of the stator, so as to select the position of the stator relative to the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Assignee: Schneider Electric Industries SAS
    Inventors: Patrice Thizon, Bernard Desaphie
  • Patent number: 7985933
    Abstract: An assembling structure of a quick installation/uninstallation switch, including a layout fixing seat formed with a central opening and a transverse insertion slot intersecting the central opening. A locating member is inserted through the transverse insertion slot. The locating member is formed with a central hole corresponding to the central opening. A resilient locating member and at least one lateral projecting section with a guide slope are disposed on the circumference of the central hole. At least one resilient restoring member is disposed between the locating member and the layout fixing seat for restoring the locating member to its home position. A connecting end of a switch main body is fitted in the central opening. A lateral locating section with a guide slope is formed on a circumference of the connecting end corresponding to the lateral projecting section. A locating transverse slot is formed on the circumference of the connecting end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2011
    Assignee: Switchlab Inc.
    Inventors: Chih-Yuan Wu, Chih-Kun Hsiao, Jyh-Ming Lee
  • Patent number: 7973252
    Abstract: A three-position, single-pole, double-throw, rotary ignition switch is disclosed that is water-tight and provides qualitative and quantifiable durability in the presence of high-current loads, even after long use. It withstands a continuous 20 A load, plus an additional occasional 20 A load, when in the “run” position. It withstands an additional 75 A inductive load when in the “start” position. Then even after 12,000 operational cycles, leakage current (with 28 VDC supply voltage) when the switch is in the “off” position, and between non-current-carrying terminals when the switch is in the “on” position, remains under 0.3 mA, and still allows leakage current not exceeding 10 mA at any time while each disconnected pair of terminals and between terminals and ground are exposed to 1,000±5 Vrms at a frequency of at least 60 Hz being increased 400 V/sec for one minute.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Assignee: UCOM, Inc.
    Inventor: Jean M. Anderson
  • Patent number: 7968811
    Abstract: An ignition and key switch assembly for a motorcycle includes a cover having a front surface, a rear surface, a first cover portion and a second cover portion, an ignition coil located in the first cover portion, the ignition coil being held in the first cover portion by a protective layer, and a key switch received within the second cover portion and being accessible at the cover front surface. A mounting bracket is provided for mounting the cover to the key switch and an aligning feature is provided for aligning the cover to the key switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Assignee: Harley-Davidson Motor Company Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Willie G. Davidson, Jim Williams, Christopher R. Poquette, Michelle Waite
  • Publication number: 20110114458
    Abstract: Disclosed is a keylock device for a circuit breaker. The keylock device for a circuit breaker comprises a closing lever configured to generate a closing operation of a mechanism, a trip lever configured to generate a trip operation of the mechanism, and a locking unit configured to allow a locked state of the locking unit to be maintained when the mechanism is in an ‘ON’ state, but to allow the locked state of the locking unit to be converted into a released state when the mechanism is in an ‘OFF’ state. Under these configurations, it is impossible to convert the current state of the keylock device into a locked state unless the mechanism of the circuit breaker is converted into an ‘OFF’ state. This may prevent the occurrence of an accidence due to the operator's unintentional ‘OFF’ state of the mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2010
    Publication date: May 19, 2011
    Inventor: Jae Yong Lee
  • Patent number: 7866195
    Abstract: A door lock indicator device is disclosed. The door lock indicator device can include a rotatable portion, a lock status display, and a switch (e.g., a button). The rotatable portion can define an opening shaped to receive a key blade. The door lock indicator device can be installed on a face of a door lock with the opening aligned with a keyhole of the door lock. Rotating a key blade within a keyway of the door lock can cause the rotatable portion to rotate with the door lock's cylinder. The lock status display can include a first indicator light and a second indicator light. Activating the switch can cause the lock status display to indicate a direction of a most recent rotation of the rotatable portion and/or a locked or unlocked status of the associated door lock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Inventor: Jonathan E. Levine
  • Publication number: 20100140060
    Abstract: An ignition key switch apparatus having a compact size, high current capability, and a snap action mechanism. A pre-loaded snap spring can be configured to include a fixed end attached to an anchor and a free end attached to a movable contact operable between normal and actuated positions. A cam can be utilized to convert a rotary motion at a key interface into a linear movement of a plunger for snap spring blade actuation. The unique pre-loaded snap spring generates a fast (e.g., instantaneous) movement from an open to a closed position and vice versa upon application/removal of a load to reduce the effect of arcing on associated contacts and conductors. The pre-loaded snap spring also ensures that the movable contact does not remain in any intermittent position, other than the two extreme positions given at any position of the plunger.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2008
    Publication date: June 10, 2010
    Inventors: Niranjan Manjunath, Bindu Philip, Mahesh Kumar Nagrajan
  • Patent number: 7714739
    Abstract: A self-contained handle assembly for a door provides a light emitting diode which indicates whether the door is locked or unlocked. The LED blinks when the door is locked and thus provides an active reminder of the position of the deadbolt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2010
    Inventor: Dan Schensky
  • Publication number: 20090223785
    Abstract: A switch device for key operation includes a housing having a receiving recess at an inner bottom face of which an electrode pattern is disposed, a rotary holder rotatably disposed in the receiving recess to hold at least two movable contact members that are brought close to or separated from the electrode pattern, a bottomed recess formed in the rotary holder along its rotation axis, a slider disposed in a slidingly movable manner in the bottomed recess, a spring disposed within the bottomed recess so as to bias the slider in a direction opposite to an insertion direction of an external key when the external key is inserted into the bottomed recess, and a case having an opening allowing the slider to be exposed therethrough, and attached to the housing so as to cover the receiving recess. The at least two movable contact members respectively have extending pieces that extend into the bottomed recess.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2009
    Publication date: September 10, 2009
    Inventors: Masatsugu Urakawa, Hiroyuki Bannai
  • Publication number: 20090194396
    Abstract: An assembling structure of a quick installation/uninstallation switch, including a layout fixing seat formed with a central opening and a transverse insertion slot intersecting the central opening. A locating member is inserted through the transverse insertion slot. The locating member is formed with a central hole corresponding to the central opening. A resilient locating member and at least one lateral projecting section with a guide slope are disposed on the circumference of the central hole. At least one resilient restoring member is disposed between the locating member and the layout fixing seat for restoring the locating member to its home position. A connecting end of a switch main body is fitted in the central opening. A lateral locating section with a guide slope is formed on a circumference of the connecting end corresponding to the lateral projecting section. A locating transverse slot is formed on the circumference of the connecting end.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2008
    Publication date: August 6, 2009
    Inventors: Chin-Yuan Wu, Chih-kun Hsiao, Jyh-Ming Lee
  • Patent number: 7482548
    Abstract: An extended actuating device for a circuit breaker is provided, including a trip assistance device having a first rotary device integral in rotation with a control lever of the circuit breaker. A second rotary device is integral in rotation with a remote control device. The second rotary device is able to be driven in rotation by the first rotary device as far as a first position corresponding to the tripped position of the lever of the circuit breaker. A return spring is provided to force the second rotary device towards its first position. A breakable mechanical link device releases the return spring when its breakable mechanical link is broken.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2009
    Assignee: Schneider Electric Industries SAS
    Inventors: Jean-Marie Periot, Evans C. K Er, Thian Nguan Quah
  • Publication number: 20090000924
    Abstract: An ignition and key switch assembly for a motorcycle includes a cover having a front surface, a rear surface, a first cover portion and a second cover portion, an ignition coil located in the first cover portion, the ignition coil being held in the first cover portion by a protective layer, and a key switch received within the second cover portion and being accessible at the cover front surface. A mounting bracket is provided for mounting the cover to the key switch and an aligning feature is provided for aligning the cover to the key switch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2007
    Publication date: January 1, 2009
    Applicant: HARLEY-DAVIDSON MOTOR COMPANY GROUP, INC.
    Inventors: Willie G. Davidson, Jim Williams, Christopher R. Poquette, Michelle Waite
  • Publication number: 20080308393
    Abstract: An electrical switch includes a rotary switch actuator device, and an actuator locking device. The actuator locking device inhibits the rotation of the rotary switch actuator device when the contacts of the switch are closed. Only when the operator tries to open the switch with an operating handle and the contacts do actually open, a lock release device will release the actuator locking device, and allow the operator to move the operator handle to the position corresponding to the open condition. When the contacts do not open, e.g., because they are welded, the actuator locking device will remain locked and the handle movement is blocked. This provides a robust and safe switch that never gives a false “OFF” indication.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2008
    Publication date: December 18, 2008
    Applicant: EATON ELECTRIC B.V.
    Inventor: Albert Jozef Peter POSTMUS
  • Patent number: 7435919
    Abstract: In an operation device for a vehicle ignition switch includes a rotational member for changing the switching mode, an operation knob connected with the rotational member while permitting the rotational operation to a LOCK, ON, OFF positions, etc. a block member capable of displacement between a position for permitting or inhibiting the rotation of the operation knob, and a solenoid having a plunger connected for driving the block member to a position permitting the rotation of the operation knob in accordance with ID authentication, generation of abnormal sounds caused by the vibrations of the vehicle and injuries due to wearing is reliably prevented at the ON position by the holding member that abuts against the plunger of the solenoid 17 so as to inhibit the displacement thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2008
    Assignee: Honda Lock Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Masatake Hidaka
  • Patent number: 7351924
    Abstract: A key switch is disclosed, including a key channel for receiving a key and including a key-insertion-dependent switching mechanism. The switching mechanism exhibits a device for key monitoring. A key switch is specified which can be inexpensively manufactured and exhibits additional security-related options. For this purpose, the key switch exhibits a device for key monitoring which exhibits a quasi-rigid system arranged axially in the key channel, which are provided for key ejection and for operating a switching element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2008
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Josef Scherl, Ralf Tomaschek, Rudolf Zimmermann
  • Patent number: 7342188
    Abstract: A rotary light switch for motor vehicles is presented that ensures a feel that is not susceptible to mechanical influences. The rotary light switch has an actuator that can be rotated around an axis and that can be moved in the axial direction, and that is non-rotatably coupled to a rotational position indicator and axially coupled to an axial position indicator. Moreover, it has an electronic evaluation circuit to which the signals from the rotational position indicator and from the axial position indicator are fed and, according to a permanently stored decision matrix, said evaluation circuit uses the signals to derive discrete switching states that are converted into switching signals that serve to actuate the lighting system of the vehicle. The rotational position indicator comprises a potentiometer that generates a negligible resistance to the rotational movement, so that no mechanical influences are caused by the rotational position indicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2008
    Assignee: TRW Automotive Electronics & Components GmbH & Co. Kg
    Inventors: Markus Altmann, Stefan Seiler, Christoph Schostok, Matthias Rimmele
  • Patent number: 7342189
    Abstract: The invention relates to an actuating device (1) for an electrical switch device comprising a body (10) upon which is mounted a hand lever (2) that rotates about a main axis (A), cooperating with a transmission shaft (3) able to control the opening or the closing of electrical contacts of the electrical switch device and elastic linking means between the hand lever (2) and the transmission shaft (3). The device also comprises means (7) for locking the rotation of the hand lever (2) with respect to the body (10), used when an angular divergence between the hand lever (2) and the transmission shaft (3) exceeds a specified threshold. The purpose of the invention is to limit the damage to the hand lever and to the electrical device when an operator attempts to return the hand lever (2) to its “Off” position whilst the contacts are welded and to prevent the beginning of electrical arcing if the operator should succeed in unsticking the contacts when rotating the hand lever 2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2008
    Assignee: Schneider Electric Industries SAS
    Inventors: Lionel Bravard, Yew Keong Clarence Chan, Wai Luen Eugene Cheong, Kok Kiong Low, Jean-Marie Periot
  • Patent number: 7290416
    Abstract: An engine switch device with improved convenience. The device starts and stops an engine. The device includes a key cylinder, which has a key slot, and a push button switch, which is pushed to stop or start the engine. The key slot is located in the center of the push button in a preferred embodiment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2007
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Tokai Rika Denki Seisakusho
    Inventors: Kiyokazu Ohtaki, Seiji Ishigaki, Tomoyuki Funayama, Yoshinori Fukuoka
  • Patent number: 7214895
    Abstract: An apparatus for use with a control assembly including a power source and a circuit disconnector located on a first side of a planar member forming an opening, the disconnector including a first mechanical linkage having open and closed positions, the apparatus for manipulating the mechanical linkage between the open and closed positions and visually indicating on a second side of the planar member at least a first state of the control assembly when the first state occurs, the apparatus including a handle assembly including a handle member moveable between at least first and second positions and positioned on the second side of the planar member adjacent the opening, an extension member rigidly connected to and extending from the handle member through the opening and forming a second mechanical linkage at a distal end that is linkable with the first mechanical linkage on the first side of the planar member, the extension member moving the first mechanical linkage between the closed and open positions when the
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2007
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Theodore J. Houck, III, Jeffrey John Battani
  • Patent number: 7211749
    Abstract: An electrical disconnect locking device which can be installed at the weather head of a dwelling in order to connect and disconnect electrical flow from a power source to a dwelling. The locking device comprises a housing having rotating plates than can be rotated in a first direction to matingly engage a pair of female couplings such that electrical current flows freely and that can be rotated in a second opposite direction away from the pair of female couplings such that electrical current is disconnected. The locking device includes a unique key member which is configured to engage a rotating shaft which is in connection with the rotating plates. The use of the unique key member prevents unauthorized access to the locking device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2007
    Inventor: Robert W. Jenkins
  • Patent number: 7196278
    Abstract: A key operated switch that provides enhanced operational characteristics wherein the rotary motion of a key is translated into the actuation of a switch mechanism that rapidly establishes an electrical connection between a source of electrical current and a load. The switch uses a toggle adapted to interact with a standard switching mechanism which reduces the number of components and the cost of the switch. The key cylinder is coupled to a yieldable member such as spring to provide a positive or snap action when the key cylinder is rotated with a prescribed arc of rotation which reduces the complexity of the switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2007
    Assignee: Leviton Manufacturing Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen R. Kurek, Anthony Tufano, Arkady Getselis
  • Patent number: 7186932
    Abstract: When an operator applies a removing force to turn a switch portion b in a direction C2, a projection a4 abuts against a slope b71 so that the removing force as a reaction is applied to the slope. The removing force is divided into a component working along the slope b71 and a component F working in a same direction as a center axis X. Thus, the removing force is converted into a force F in the same direction as the center axis X. By means of the force F in the same direction as the center axis X, a pushbutton support b6 is moved downward as accordingly moving a movable contacts b9 away from a fixed contacts b12 via a contact shaft b5.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2007
    Assignee: Idec Izumi Corporation
    Inventors: Takashi Ishii, Masashi Fujimoto, Shigetoshi Fujitani, Takayuki Sakai, Atsushi Matsumoto, Takao Fukui
  • Patent number: 7161099
    Abstract: A warning system for an ignition switch that includes a housing of the ignition switch and a plunger having at least a portion slidably received in the housing, a key abutment end and a contact abutment end opposite the key abutment end. The plunger is movable between first and second positions with respect to the housing along a longitudinal axis thereof. First and second contacts are positioned in the housing. The first and second contacts are spaced from one another when the plunger is in the first position. The first and second contacts are in contact when the plunger is in the second position. At least one of the first and second contacts is substantially parallel to the longitudinal axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2007
    Assignee: Methode Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher K. Wyatt, Pat A. Bolen
  • Patent number: 6674027
    Abstract: An operating arrangement is provided for a mechanism or the like, e.g. an operating mechanism for a circuit interrupter for electrical power transmission and distribution systems where the operating mechanism operates on stored energy and requires a recharging operation after the stored energy is utilized to operate the circuit interrupter. The operating arrangement includes an operating member and a cooperating arrangement carried by the operating mechanism for retaining the operating member during a multi-turn charging operation. Initial operation of the operating member for one or more turns causes the operating member to be retained before any charging operation takes place. Subsequent operation of the operating member results in the charging of the operating mechanism. The operating member is then returned to an initial engagement position whereupon the operating member is released for removal from the operating mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2004
    Assignee: S&C Electric Co.
    Inventors: Henry W. Kowalyshen, Andrew C. Shum, John C. Opfer
  • Publication number: 20030150701
    Abstract: The invention relates to a modular selection button for actuating contact elements. Said button comprises a housing (6), spring-loaded switching lugs (81) and according to requirements a control switch (10), a rotary knob (11) or a key-operated switch (2) as a rotating actuator, in addition to one of several transmission members (4; 4′; 5; 5′), which transmits the movement from the actuator (10; 11; 2) to the switching lugs (81) via switching cam elements (42; 52). Stops and counter-stops which are fixed and displaceable respectively with respect to the housing (6) form various stop elements that can be used to select the number of switching positions and actuation modes. The various stops are configured on the housing (6), on the key-operated actuator (2) and on the second stop slides (92) that are to be inserted into the housing (6). The various counter-stops are configured in the control switch (10), in the rotary knob (11) and on the transmission members (4; 4′; 5; 5′).
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2001
    Publication date: August 14, 2003
    Inventors: Wilfried Kepper, Angela Hilgers
  • Patent number: 6568230
    Abstract: A lock core mechanism with alarm function in the invention comprises a lock core body having a core plate disposed therein, a projecting rod, a core cover-plate, a housing, an electric circuit plate, a follower member, and an actuating elastic assembly having a contact member and an elastic member. The electric circuit plate will sound when a picking tool is inserted to push the projecting rod downwards to touch against an actuating piece of the electric circuit plate, or when a special tool is inserted to forcedly rotate the follower member to make the elastic member touch against the contact member. The electric circuit plate will not be activated to sound for alarm only when a matching key is inserted to push the projection rod downwards to touch against the actuating piece, and simultaneously turned to rotate the follower member to make the elastic member touch against the contact member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2003
    Inventor: Tian-Yuan Chen
  • Publication number: 20020117384
    Abstract: A motivational apparatus for controlling use of an electronic device, wherein the apparatus is interconnected between a source of transmission (e.g. power) and the electronic device to control transfer of transmissions from the transmission source to the electronic device. The apparatus comprises a plurality of electrical switches, a master switch, and a plurality of light-emitting diodes. A list of tasks is prepared and associated with the electrical switches such that one task corresponds to one electrical switch. As each task is completed, the electrical switch corresponding to that task is actuated to light up the diode corresponding to that switch. After all of the tasks are completed, a parent or supervisor may confirm satisfactory completion of the tasks and then actuate the master switch to close the electrical circuit, thereby allowing transfer of transmissions from the transmission source to the electronic device such that the electronic device is operational.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2001
    Publication date: August 29, 2002
    Inventor: Gregory Brian Marchant
  • Patent number: 6423912
    Abstract: A manually operated device for use with an electrical switching device, the manually operated device having a turning handle indicating a given switching position of the switching device and operatively connected to a driving axle of a rotary drive. A base plate mounted on the rotary drive has a circular rim. To assure unambiguous grip positions in varying installation positions of the switching device, the base plate can be mounted in different offset positions around the driving axle. Furthermore, the rim has a first edge segment that protrudes towards the inside of the rim. The turning handle is operatively connected to a drive plate that can be inserted inside the rim. On the drive plate, an annular second edge segment is configured with respect to a set-back edge area. In the OFF position, the two edge segments align with respect to one another so as to form a complete circular ring, without overlapping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2002
    Assignee: Moeller GmbH
    Inventors: Rainer Arenz, Tom Kitzing
  • Patent number: 6353195
    Abstract: An electrical cable system can be modified to include a switch, so that signals traveling through the cable can be selectively interrupted. The switch can include threaded connectors for anchoring the switch to complementary threaded ends on the cable sections. Switch operation can be accomplished with a key-actuated lock mounted on the switch housing. The system is tamper resistant as its construction prevents access to the cable ends to bypass the system switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2002
    Inventor: Spencer G. Stanfield
  • Publication number: 20010013465
    Abstract: The present invention provides a power source breaker which can forcedly and surely isolate a power supply circuit in case of abnormalities such as short circuiting of a wire harness, collision of road vehicles, and also has a structure suitable for miniaturizing itself. Only by changing a rotation angle of the rotary axle 19 on the lock 18 which is assembled rotatable around the central axis of a rotary axle 19 along a plane perpendicular to the sliding direction of said shaft 16, both constraining the shaft 16, pushed by said release spring 17, at the initial position where a pair of the terminals 15a,15b intervened in a power supply circuit is set in the connected state with each other and moving the shaft to the isolated position where a pair of the terminals 15a,15b intervened in the power supply circuit is set in the released state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2001
    Publication date: August 16, 2001
    Applicant: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Goro Nakamura, Takahiro Sato
  • Patent number: 6236121
    Abstract: A device with a key-actuated closing cylinder and a switch triggers, when a key is turned therein, a particular electric function in a motor vehicle. In order to achieve a particularly compact and reliable device, at least two sensors are arranged inside the cylinder housing of the closing cylinder in zones that are mutually offset in the longitudinal direction. The sensor outputs are connected to a common evaluation device. The cylinder core has in corresponding axial zones several permanent magnets at particular points of its periphery. These points are selected so that the evaluation device detects different codes at the sensor outputs in the different working positions of the cylinder core and clearly identifies with these codes the corresponding working positions. The evaluation device thus acts as an electronic switch which on the basis of the sensed code triggers the electric function that corresponds to the momentary working position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2001
    Assignee: Huf Hulsbeck & Fürst GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Harald Kemmann, Jörg Simon