Spring Biased Element Slides Over Pivoted Element Patents (Class 200/437)
  • Patent number: 11456126
    Abstract: Provided is an electric switch, including a casing, an actuator, a movable contact frame, a snap-action resilient member, a lock mechanism, a signal switch and a contact switch. The actuator is capable of reciprocating along a first direction. The movable contact frame is provided with a retaining portion. The snap-action resilient member is arranged in the movable contact frame and is compressed by the actuator when the actuator moves. The lock mechanism includes two lock members which are capable of reciprocating in the mounting cavity along a second direction with the movement of the actuator, so as to lock or unlock the retaining portion. A brush of the electric switch is arranged on the movable contact frame. A movable contact of the contact switch is arranged on the movable contact frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: KEDU ELECTRIC CO., LTD
    Inventors: Chunkai Zheng, Ziping Li, Bangran Huang, Shengjian Huang, Zhihao Chen
  • Patent number: 11302497
    Abstract: A paddle switch system comprises a housing, a paddle having a pivot member pivotally disposed in the housing for operating an electrical switch within the housing in response to a force on the paddle, a cover coupled to the housing wherein the housing and the cover partially enclose the paddle, and a vibration reduction mechanism disposed in the housing proximate the pivot member of the paddle. The electrical switch comprises a dome switch and the paddle is disposed in the housing to partially preload the dome switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Inventors: Igorce Srbinovski, Thomas E. Buttner, Stephen C. James
  • Patent number: 11189447
    Abstract: A time switch of controllable time adjustment, including a switch housing, a control circuit board, an input terminal, an output terminal, a connecting piece, a first spring, a warped plate, and an electromagnet. The control circuit board is arranged inside the switch housing and electrically connected to the electromagnet and the output terminal. The control circuit board is configured to control the electromagnet to be powered on according to a turn-off time preset by the control circuit board. The first spring is provided between the warped plate and the connecting piece to enable the warped plate to sway around the rotating shaft and drive the connecting piece to sway. The connecting piece is configured to connect the input terminal and the output terminal. The swaying of the connecting piece causes the input terminal and the output terminal to complete closing and opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Inventor: Yaowu Hua
  • Patent number: 10743733
    Abstract: A domestic appliance includes an electric motor; a switch assembly for selectively connecting the motor to a power source; a handle; and a manually-operable trigger movable relative to the handle between an active position and a passive position. The trigger and the switch assembly are arranged such that the switch assembly is in a motor-connecting state when the trigger is in the active position, and is in a motor-disconnecting state when the trigger is in the passive position. The domestic appliance comprises a first biasing member which is arranged to urge the trigger away from the passive position and towards the active position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Dyson Technology Limited
    Inventor: Timothy Nicholas Stickney
  • Patent number: 10583809
    Abstract: Fixing device (30) for a windscreen wiper actuation linkage system, this device comprising a plate (32) intended to be fixed onto a vehicle body (36), and at least one locking member (34) intended to cooperate with said body to lock the fixing of the plate onto the body, characterized in that said plate is configured to be displaced in translation in the joint plane with said body, and in that said locking member is mobile, deformable or displaceable from an unlocking position to a locking position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Valeo Systèmes d'Essuyage
    Inventors: Nicolas Kuchly, Robin Viard, Pascal Renoux, Frédéric Baud
  • Patent number: 10276329
    Abstract: A switch includes a base on which a bearing body having a bearing part at an upper end is provided in a protruding manner, an operating lever having an operating shaft with a lower end surface rotatably supported by the bearing part, and at least one operating leg extending from the operating shaft toward the base; and at least one contact mechanism having a fixed contact and a movable contact movable by the operating leg during rotation of the operating shaft, the contact mechanism being disposed on an upper surface of the base, with the movable contact opened and closed by the operating leg with respect to the fixed contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Omron Corporation
    Inventors: Shoya Shinohara, Kenji Shinohara
  • Patent number: 10163586
    Abstract: Embodiments relate generally to methods and systems for providing a bias mechanism for a momentary toggle switch. A toggle switch may comprise a housing; a plurality of contacts disposed within the housing; an actuating lever coupled to a pivot pin, wherein the actuating lever extends into the housing; an actuator assembly coupled to the actuating lever, configured to actuate a movable contact of the plurality of contacts between a first position and a second position; and a biasing mechanism configured to bias the actuator assembly into the first position, wherein the biasing mechanism comprises a torque spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Sean Zhu, Jack Zhu, Wilson Qin, Dongmei Deng, Xusheng Chen
  • Patent number: 9655502
    Abstract: There is provided herein, an endoscope comprising an elongated shaft terminating with a tip section wherein said tip section comprises a permanent section connected to the elongated shaft and a removable section securely connectable to the permanent section, wherein the removable section comprises at least one capture device and at least one light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: EndoChoice Innovation Center, Ltd.
    Inventors: Avi Levy, Moshe Levi, Amram Aizenfeld
  • Patent number: 9519349
    Abstract: A mechanical interface device having a number of three-dimensional tactile actuators is mounted to the touchscreen of an electronic device having a monitor, wherein a controller coupled to the touchscreen and to the monitor is operative to cause the monitor to display graphic images and/or text in response to engagement with or movement along the surface of the touchscreen by the three-dimensional tactile actuators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: Industrial Smoke & Mirrors, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew W. Garvis, Joseph S. Barnicki, Lucas J. Krocker, Kevin W. Palmer
  • Patent number: 9431193
    Abstract: A low current switch has a flexible movable contact that can be deflected by an actuator. In some implementations the switch may permit a low current switch to be manufactured using elements of a high current switch without requiring large amounts of precious metal. The flexible movable contact may be arranged as one or more cantilevers that are deflected using a rocking actuator. The actuator interacts with the movable contact in such a way as to provide tactile feedback to an operator comparable to a high current switch having a rigid movable contact. Also described are a set of low and high current switches, components of a low current switch, and a method of manufacturing a low current switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: Carling Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Walter A. Sadowski
  • Patent number: 9160261
    Abstract: The variable speed switch according to the present invention is capable of outputting an electric signal for increasing or decreasing an amount of electric power supplied to the motor of an electric power tool according to a displacement amount of a switch-operating portion. The variable speed switch includes a wake-up contact configured to work when the switch-operating portion is operated and by which a voltage can be applied to a control circuit part of the motor to make the control circuit part in an operable state, and also includes a load sensor configured to receive a pressing force from the switch-operating portion by the displacement amount of the switch-operating portion after the operation of the wake-up contact is made and to output an electric signal according to the pressing force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Inventor: Junichi Nishikimi
  • Patent number: 7105763
    Abstract: A switch assembly includes an actuator assembly having a slidably supported pushbutton and a switch mechanism switchable between alternate positions. The pushbutton is biased by a return spring between the pushbutton and a retainer. A pin is received within the return spring coils and engages a pivot member through an elongated opening in the retainer that allows lateral pin movement. A switch plate moves between alternate positions by contact with the pivot member and is maintained in one of the positions by a contact spring between the pivot member and plate. A spring damper in the contact spring coils limits resonating vibration. The switch assembly provides a multiple segment force input profile having first and second segments leading to the switching force with slopes according to a preferred ratio. Third and fourth segments of the input profile following the switching force define a V-shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2006
    Assignee: Lutron Electronics Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Jason O. Adams, Gregory S. Altonen, Glenn R. Bowers, Scott Alan Kleppinger, Nicole R. Vigue
  • Patent number: 6965087
    Abstract: An electric switch, in particular for a high load, such as a power switch. The switch has a contact system comprising a movable switching contact and at least one stationary contact. A movable actuation member, when moved, interacts with the switching contact for the purpose of switching the contact system. If appropriate, the switch may also have a movable locking means, which interacts with the actuation member in an interlocking manner. The actuation member is in operative connection with a lever in such a way that, when there is movement of the actuation member, the lever carries out a pivoting movement. The pivoting movement of the lever moves the switching contact for the purpose of switching and/or the locking means for the purpose of interlocking, in particular with increasing transformation of the displacement covered by the actuation member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2005
    Assignee: Marquardt GmbH
    Inventors: Ralph Wolber, Rainer Kizele, Heinrich Müller, Thomas Mejerl
  • Patent number: 6504116
    Abstract: A switch having a long contact life is provided. A neutral contact blade is provided with a first neutral contact and a second neutral contact. A primary movable contact blade and a secondary movable contact blade are supported by these first and second neutral contacts, respectively, for seesaw motion. The operation of a lever causes the primary movable contact blade and the secondary movable contact blade through a pushrod to move in a seesaw motion in such a manner that a secondary movable contact provided on one end of the secondary movable contact blade contacts with an associated secondary fixed contact before a primary movable contact provided on one end of the primary movable contact blade contacts with an associated primary fixed contact, whereas after the primary movable contact of the primary movable contact blade is separated from the primary fixed contact, the secondary movable contact of the secondary movable contact blade is separated from the secondary fixed contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2003
    Assignee: Sagami Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kikuyoshi Nishikawa
  • Patent number: 6459060
    Abstract: An electric rocker switch is disclosed having a gull wing shaped rocking contact. The rocking contact pivots on a center terminal between a pair of upright blades. A centering protrusion disposed on a lower surface of the rocking contact rests between the uprights blades of the center terminal when the rocking contact is in a center position, thus preventing lateral movement of the rocking contact beyond the limits of the upright blades. First and second rocker contacts are located on opposite sides of the rocking contact. The first and second rocker contacts face toward first and second fixed contacts, respectively. Thus, the first rocker contact touches the first fixed contact when the rocking contact rocks to one side and the second rocker contact touches the second fixed contact when the rocking contact rocks to the other side. Positioning surfaces and top inside edges of the upright blades serve as pivots for the rocking contact as it rocks from side to side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2002
    Assignee: Judco Manufacturing, Incorporated
    Inventor: Stephen Bartok
  • Patent number: 6433291
    Abstract: In a switch device, a support arm is retained by a conductor plate at one of its ends and by a center terminal at its other end The spring member, which made of an elastic round wire, is placed in a bent form between the conductor plate and the center terminal so as to movably support the conductor plate on the center terminal. The support arm and the spring member are retained by the conductor plate and the center terminal on arc-shaped surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2002
    Assignee: Alps Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Toshiharu Mori, Yoshio Tanabe
  • Patent number: 6384358
    Abstract: Disclosed is a direct current switch which comprises, in a housing, a slidable actuator, one stationary contact and one pseudo stationary contact both fixed to the housing, a seesaw-like plate having one movable contact and one pseudo movable contact fixed to its opposite ends, and a swingable pusher operatively connected to the actuator to apply a pushing force to the seesaw-like plate all the time. The seesaw-like plate is supported by a fulcrum support to be balanced in the middle. The seesaw-like plate has an engagement piece fixed thereto in the vicinity of the movable contact, and the actuator has a resilient catch-and-hold piece fixed thereto on the movable contact's side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2002
    Assignee: Satori Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Hirose
  • Publication number: 20020020618
    Abstract: In a switch device, a support arm is retained by a conductor plate at one of its ends and by a center terminal at its other end. The spring member, which made of an elastic round wire, is placed in a bent form between the conductor plate and the center terminal so as to movably support the conductor plate on the center terminal. The support arm and the spring member are retained by the conductor plate and the center terminal on arc-shaped surfaces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 3, 2001
    Publication date: February 21, 2002
    Applicant: ALPS ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Toshiharu Mori, Yoshio Tanabe
  • Patent number: 6291784
    Abstract: A compact snap switch that can be assembled mechanically and is equipped as a microswitch. The switch includes a housing for the microswitch and consists of two asymmetrically divided halves whose cut site runs along the edge of one of the large side surfaces. Thus a comparatively large assembly window and a favorable assembly direction are obtained due to the few undercuts of the components. In addition, due to the minor modifications of the machine-instrumented components, the switch can be easily modified for the different application formats. A movable contact lever with a moving contact is mounted so as to pivot in a knife-edge bearing. The free end of the contact lever has a wedge profile which with one of its two sides is exposed to a switching roller reloaded by a switching spring. Switching roller and switching spring are seated in a switching member which is movable along a straight path and abutted by a restoring towards an idle position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2001
    Assignee: ITT Automotive Europe, GmbH
    Inventors: Walter Neubauer, Reiner Mozer, Rudolf Klein
  • Patent number: 6166345
    Abstract: A see-saw switch capable of closing the contacts at a high initial contact pressure. The switch includes a housing provided with a fixed contact, and a lever provided with a movable contact at one longitudinal end thereof. The lever is pivotally supported to the housing for pivotal movement about a pivot axis between a contact closing position and a contact opening position. A plunger is slidably supported to the housing for linear movement along an axial direction of the plunger, and has an actuator which is held in slidable contact with said lever for translating the linear movement of the plunger into the pivotal movement of the lever so that, when the plunger moves in a forward direction, the actuator causes the lever to pivot about the pivot axis into the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2000
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Works, Ltd.
    Inventors: Ryoji Ito, Yasunari Takedomi
  • Patent number: 6100483
    Abstract: Disclosed is an improved switch structure having forcedly opening-and-locking mechanism installed therein. It is responsive to the sticking of the movable and stationary contact elements for forcedly breaking an associated heavy-current carrying circuit which otherwise, would remain closed through the stuck contact elements. The forcedly opening-and-locking mechanism comprises an auxiliary contact section spring-biased to retain the stationary contact element in conductive condition to the associated circuit. It is responsive to the sticking-and-rising of the movable and stationary contact elements for allowing the stationary contact element to be apart from the conductive position to the associated circuit by yielding the rising force of the stuck contact elements until the locking position is reached, in which position the stationary contact element is kept in non-conductive position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2000
    Assignee: Satori Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshiyuki Horie, Hiroyuki Hirose
  • Patent number: 6080949
    Abstract: A quick-break switch in which, for switching-over purposes under the spring force (1) of a switching element, the two individual wedge faces of a wedge surface are felt. In order to render the pressure point more perceptible, in particular when the switch is manually operated, the wedge faces are curved. These curves can also help to improve the switching behavior of the switch with respect to the switching process and contact-making.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2000
    Assignee: ITT Manufacturing Enterprises Inc.
    Inventors: Adam Weber, Christel Duster, Jakob Botz
  • Patent number: 5981885
    Abstract: An operation-staggered dual switch is provided having a casing, first and second switching mechanisms installed in the casing, the switching mechanisms being operatively connected such that operation of the first switching mechanism may follow operation of the second switching mechanism after a predetermined delay, wherein the operation-staggered dual switch includes delay means comprising a connection rod having indentations formed on one side, a train of toothed wheels having a leading toothed wheel and a trailing toothed wheel, the leading toothed wheel of the train of toothed wheels being engaged with selected indentations of the connection rod, and a rotary damper connected to the trailing toothed wheel of the train of toothed wheels, the connection rod being responsive to initiation of operation of the first switching mechanism for moving in a given direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 9, 1999
    Assignee: Satori Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuichi Katoh, Hiroyuki Yahagi
  • Patent number: 5794764
    Abstract: A high-speed breaking switch of the seesaw type having an up-and-down contact plate balanced at the middle by the support of the switch body, a push member slidably attached to the up-and-down contact plate to push the up-and-down plate against the support all the time and at least one terminal formed on the switch body to permit one end of the up-and-down contact plate to abut thereon. The up-and-down contact plate has a raised fulcrum vertically at a level which is higher than the level at which the push member abuts on the up-and-down contact plate. The raised fulcrum is formed by a pair of raised fulcrum archs, one on each side of the contact plate. The up-and-down contact plate has a ramp-and-step plateau or inverted "V"-shaped projection formed thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 18, 1998
    Assignee: Satori Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Hirose, Hirotaka Tachibana
  • Patent number: 5651452
    Abstract: An electrical switch includes a stationary contact supported in a housing; a movable contact displaceable between first and second states toward or away from the stationary contact; a blade stationarily supported in the housing; a contact link carrying the movable contact and being rockably supported on the blade to assume first and second pivotal positions thereon to place the movable contact into the first or second state; an operating device movably supported in the housing and being movable in opposite directions of displacement into an operated state and an unoperated state; a first resetting arrangement means for urging the operating device into the unoperated state; a pivotal arm extending from the operating device; a pivot bearing pivotally securing the pivotal arm to the operating device; an operating stud attached to the pivotal arm and cooperating with the contact link for placing the contact link into the first or second pivotal position as the operating device moves into the unoperated or operate
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 29, 1997
    Assignee: Marquardt GmbH
    Inventors: Alois Schaeffeler, Axel Riess
  • Patent number: 5597989
    Abstract: A switch device includes a stationary contact, a movable contact member having a pair of arms on both sides through which the movable contact piece is swung so as to be brought selectively into or out of engagement with the stationary contact. The movable contact piece is sloping near the dead point thereof on a surface to be pushed. The device both includes an operating knob having a pusher adapted to apply a force the surface to be pushed, the pusher swinging the movable contact piece when the pusher, and sliding on the surface to be pushed, goes over the dead point, wherein the center of swing of the movable contact piece is substantially equal in level to the dead point on the surface which is to be pushed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 1996
    Date of Patent: January 28, 1997
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Tokai Rika Denki Seisakusho
    Inventor: Minoru Nishio
  • Patent number: 5105059
    Abstract: A split switch case has a base and a mounting bracket fitted thereto. The top wall of the latter has a lateral rib defining sockets for receiving shoulder portions of the actuator. Plungers in the actuator can bottom out to break free the switch contacts should they fuse together. The rocker has a unique shape and is coupled to the actuator for positive pivotal movement on a lateral axis defined by surfaces in the rocker and in the mounting bracket's top wall rib. In the illuminated switch shown, the lamp circuit has at least one lead provided in a slot defined inside the mounting bracket. The lamp can be mounted in the mounting bracket either from above or from below, two depending legs will accommodate a conventional LED from either direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 1991
    Date of Patent: April 14, 1992
    Assignee: Carlingswitch, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard W. Sorenson, Milton Ives
  • Patent number: 4978823
    Abstract: A switch device wherein components including an actuator bar and a spring can be installed one after another from above an upper opening of a casing, enabling automation of an assembling operation. The switch device includes a conductor plate mounted for rocking motion within a casing to cause switching of the switch device, and a switch operating member mounted for pivotal motion on the casing and including an actuator element and an operating element snap-coupled to each other. The actuator element has a vertical through-hole perforated therein while the operating element has formed thereon a depending projection which is received in the through-hole of the actuator element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 1989
    Date of Patent: December 18, 1990
    Assignee: Alps Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Sato, Yujiro Shimoyama
  • Patent number: 4916269
    Abstract: An electric switch having a housing including a base plate, the switch comprising a push-button which is preferably movable in a linear direction with respect to the housing, a switching tappet movable by the push-button and swivellable relative to the switching tappet and a switching rocker rotatably mounted on the base plate, the rocker being swivellable to and fro in turns between two end positions via the push-button and the switching tappet and controlling a movable bridging contact, especially a snap-action spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 1988
    Date of Patent: April 10, 1990
    Assignee: SWF Auto-Electric GmbH
    Inventors: Hubert Spazierer, Adam Weber
  • Patent number: 4874911
    Abstract: A double pole, double throw rocking contactor switch is operable as a reversing switch by particularly configured stationary contacts at the corresponding ends of the respective poles. Stationary contacts are formed electrically common out of a single member having the stationary contact of one pole formed to be disposed below the rocking contactor and the stationary contact of the other pole formed to be disposed above its respective contactor. Accordingly, one contactor engages the upper surface of a stationary contact while the other end of the other contactor engages the under surface of the opposite stationary contact for a given stable position of the actuator, thereby causing the respective contactors to engage stationary contacts at respective opposite ends of the contactors, accomplishing the reversing function internally of the switch without special cross connect conductors, thereby permitting press-in wire terminations to be utilized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 1988
    Date of Patent: October 17, 1989
    Assignee: Eaton Corporation
    Inventor: Timothy L. Parrish
  • Patent number: 4814554
    Abstract: A switch mechanism having redundant spring mechanism for use in rocker type switches. The switch mechanism has a housing which has at least an opening on a top end and a pivot mechanism on two opposing sides thereof. A pair of electrical contacts is located in a bottom end of the housing and an electrically conductive armature establishes an electrical connection between the electrical contacts. A movable rocker extends through the opening in the top end of the housing and has at least first and second opposed sides which have a structure for engaging the pivot mechanism on the housing. A one-piece plunger assembly has at least one bottom end for contacting the armature and a top end rides in a recess in the rocker. At least two coil springs are located between the top end of the plunger assembly and a bottom of the recess. One of the springs is sufficient to cause the plunger assembly to move the armature when the rocker is moved from a first position to a second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 1987
    Date of Patent: March 21, 1989
    Inventor: Joseph Magiera