Electrical Outlet Box Support Patents (Class 248/906)
  • Patent number: 10958052
    Abstract: An enclosure for protecting electrical components, cables and the like. The enclosure has a plurality of faces which define a volume with an opening to provide access. One face has apertures for receiving fixing screws to fix the enclosure to a wall or surface. There is a lid to close the opening. Spacer members separate the enclosure from the surface. Each has a bore extending through it and a threaded portion extending from a surface of the face which engages the apertured face of the enclosure. For each spacer there is a cap for covering the aperture and sealing the apertured face. Also provided for each spacer is a connecting member fixed to said aperture each having third and fourth threaded portions for respectively engaging first and second threaded portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Inventor: Christopher Thompson
  • Patent number: 10591144
    Abstract: Disclosed is a lighting apparatus comprising: a light source unit emitting light from the front side; a plate coupled to the back side of the light source unit and comprising a through hole which is formed on the center; and a holder disposed between the light source unit and the plate and comprising an accommodation groove which is formed on the side facing the through hole, wherein the accommodation groove has a first width in a first direction and a second width in a second direction intersecting the first direction, wherein the first width is greater than the diameter of the through hole and the second width is less than the diameter of the through hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: LG Innotek Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chang Hyuk Im, Hwa Young Kim, Sang Hoon Park
  • Patent number: 9466962
    Abstract: A rain tight fan or fixture box assembly for mounting a fan or and electrical fixture to a structural member. The rain tight electrical box assembly includes an electrical box and a medallion. The electrical box includes a sidewall and a back wall defining a wiring enclosure and tabs extending from the sidewall. The medallion includes a sidewall having a top edge and a bottom edge, and a flange extending outward from the bottom edge around the periphery of the sidewall. A plurality of bosses extending from the sidewalls of both the electrical box and medallion provide a means for aligning and securing the medallion to the electrical box. Complementary sealing surfaces on the electrical box and medallion enable a rain-tight fit that seals the fan or fixture box assembly in a rain-tight fit. The electrical box is capable of accepting direct mounting of a flood light thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: ARLINGTON INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventor: Thomas J. Gretz
  • Patent number: 9441783
    Abstract: An improved mounting structure for keypads is provided. The mounting structure can include first and second frame members and first and second spring-loaded members. Respective first and second ends of the first spring-loaded member can couple a first end of the first frame member to a first end of the second frame member, and respective first and second ends of the second spring-loaded member can couple a second end of the first frame member to a second end of the second frame member. Each of the first and second frame members can include at least one mounting device for mounting a second device thereto, and each of the first and second spring-loaded members can include at least one affixation mechanism for affixing the apparatus to a third device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Yongjun Chen, Gen Yin, Sihai Yu
  • Patent number: 9077165
    Abstract: Electrical accessories and associated methods of use and manufacture are shown and described. In one example embodiment, a system includes a plurality of electrical junction boxes. Each electrical junction box includes at least one wall with a pair of spaced-apart holes, wherein the holes are sized and shaped to receive a pair of corresponding mounting devices. The system also includes at least one mounting bracket. The mounting bracket includes a pair of spaced-apart mounting devices, wherein the mounting devices are sized and shaped to protrude through the pair of corresponding spaced-apart holes in the plurality of electrical junction boxes. At least one of the plurality of electrical junction boxes is maintained in a relative stationary position with respect to the at least one bracket when the pair of spaced-apart mounting devices protrudes through the respective pair of spaced-apart holes in the wall of the at least one electrical junction box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: Southwire Company, LLC
    Inventors: Richard Temblador, Mark Doughty Dixon, Randy Deon Kummer
  • Patent number: 9040818
    Abstract: An electronic device with an inbuilt mechanism sealing unused interface holes, or gaps, against dust is disclosed. The dust-proof mechanism includes two blocking members and two elastic members. The two blocking members are movably mounted on a bottom wall of a housing and close an interface hole in the manner of drawn curtains. The two blocking members are urged together by the elastic members. When an object is inserted into the interface hole, the guiding surfaces guide and ride over the inserted object, moving the two blocking members away from each other. When the object is pulled out of the interface hole, the two blocking members are moved back toward each other by the elastic members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignees: Fu Tai Hua Industry (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd., HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Ju-Ping Duan
  • Patent number: 9035175
    Abstract: An electrical box assembly includes an electrical box having a removable partition plate that can be positioned between the ends of the electrical box or at the end of the electrical box when two or more of the electrical boxes are ganged together. The electrical box can include a mounting bracket having a body portion attached to a wall of the box for supporting the box during use. A support member is coupled to the mounting bracket and is extendable to a length to contact the opposing wall. The mounting and the support member are independently adjustable with respect to the box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: HUBBELL INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Krzysztof W. Korcz, Mahran H. Ayrton
  • Patent number: 9022326
    Abstract: A support for pipes uses a telescoping strut slidably holding an elongated insert with a threaded post extending outward from the insert, through a slot in the C-shaped cross-section of the struts. A bracket fits over the post and abuts supports opposing edges of the strut. A nut on the post clamps the parts immovably together. The bracket has a depending portion extending below the strut with an opening through which a pipe passes. Two threaded couplers with opposing ramped surfaces encircle the pipe and deform when tightened to clamp the pipe while also clamping opposing sides of the depending portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Securus, Inc.
    Inventors: Larry D. Brown, Virgil O'Neil, Dennis L. Hart
  • Patent number: 9010696
    Abstract: A support assembly connected with a stud for securing and guiding conduit and/or cable is provided. The support assembly includes, but is not limited to, a securing arm for securing and guiding the conduit and/or cable and an engaging tab coupled with an end of the securing arm. The engaging tab includes a first engagement member facing a second engagement member, a side engagement member connecting the first and second engagement members together, and a first compressible member extending in a first direction D1 either from the first engagement member towards the second engagement member or from the second engagement member towards the first engagement member. The first compressible member is compressible in a second direction D2 opposite that of the first direction D1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works, Inc.
    Inventors: Asim Siddiqui, Anthony Caringella, Tom Colangelo, Justin McMath
  • Patent number: 9006569
    Abstract: A junction box used for making electrical connections to a photovoltaic panel. The junction box has two chambers including a first chamber and a second chamber and a wall common to and separating both chambers. The wall may be adapted to have an electrical connection therethrough. The two lids are adapted to seal respectively the two chambers. The two lids are on opposite sides of the junction box relative to the photovoltaic panel. The two lids may be attachable using different sealing processes to a different level of hermeticity. The first chamber may be adapted to receive a circuit board. The junction box may include supports for mounting a printed circuit board in the first chamber. The second chamber is configured for electrical connection to the photovoltaic panel. A metal heat sink may be bonded inside the first chamber. The first chamber is adapted to receive a circuit board for electrical power conversion, and the metal heat sink is adapted to dissipate heat generated by the circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Solaredge Technologies Ltd.
    Inventors: Guy Sella, Lior Handelsman, Vadim Shmukler, Meir Adest, Meir Gazit, Yoav Galin
  • Patent number: 9004435
    Abstract: A hanger bar assembly for a recessed luminaire is disclosed. The hanger bar assembly includes a first hanger bar member having a first attachment structure disposed on an end thereof, and a second hanger bar member having a second attachment structure disposed on an end thereof, the second hanger bar member being adjacent to the first hanger bar member. The first and the second attachment structures each include a first wall having a first fastener aperture and a second wall having a second fastener aperture, the first and second fastener apertures being formed about a common central longitudinal axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Cooper Technologies Company
    Inventor: Grzegorz Wronski
  • Patent number: 8991781
    Abstract: A display fixture includes a fixed component including a product receiving portion and an elongated spine portion, a first adjustable component insertably engaged with the elongated spine portion and including a product receiving portion and an adjustment portion, a second adjustable component insertably engaged with the elongated spine portion and including a product receiving portion and an adjustment portion, a third adjustable component insertably engaged with the elongated spine portion and including a product receiving portion and an adjustment portion. The first adjustable component operates to slidably adjust a distance between the product receiving portion of the fixed component and the product receiving portion of the first adjustable component, while the second adjustable component and the third adjustable component operate to slidably adjust a distance between the product receiving portion of the second adjustable component and the product receiving portion of the third adjustable component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Target Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason W. Johnson, Erin L. Zobel
  • Patent number: 8987592
    Abstract: A flame-proof housing (10) of the protection type ex-d is made from two sheet metal blanks that are bent in a u-shaped fashion. They then are fitted into one another and subsequently welded together by means of a peripheral fillet weld without welding seam preparation. A large opening (28) can be provided on one side of the housing (10), which can be closed with a threaded cover or with a flat cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Konecranes PLC
    Inventors: Wilhelm Mack, Willy Grübel, Tatjana Kapp, Andreas Wulff, Wilfried Hess
  • Patent number: 8981218
    Abstract: A device includes a first enclosure portion; a second enclosure portion; and a mechanical interface between the first enclosure portion and the second enclosure portion. The mechanical interface may be configured to couple the first enclosure portion to the second enclosure portion to thereby define a housing interior volume. The mechanical interface may be further configured to enable ventilation from the housing interior volume to an exterior of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Western Digital Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Takashi Kono, Bruce A. Cariker, Michael J. Bowman, Steven T. Peng
  • Patent number: 8981217
    Abstract: A method and structure of a system of electrical boxes having at least two screw boss channels and at least two screw protrusions wherein the screw boss channels are complimentary shaped to the screw protrusions for selectively nesting like-ganged electrical boxes while preventing nesting of dislike-ganged electrical boxes for more space-efficient storage of electrical boxes while increasing inventory control and accuracy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventors: Jeffrey P. Baldwin, Richard L. Cleghorn, Iven Dieterle, Marcus J. Shotey
  • Patent number: 8975516
    Abstract: A pre-fabricated ferromagnetic loop having a footprint characterized by a continuous wire shaped according to a predetermined planar pattern. In some embodiments, the predetermined planar pattern can be multiple contiguous polygons within a larger footprint used for establishing a sensor for the detection of moving vehicles. The footprint may include one of a triangle, a square, a rectangle, a rhombus, a parallelogram, an ellipse, or a circle, and/or other shapes or configurations. Similarly, each of the multiple contiguous polygons may include one of a triangle, a square, a rectangle, a rhombus, a parallelogram, and/or other shapes or configurations. A loop sensor housing is arranged to enclose a continuous loop sensor wire configured in the predetermined planar pattern. The prefabricated loop sensor is inserted in a groove web pre-cut in a receiving medium to match the predetermined planar pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Transcore, LP
    Inventor: Jim Allen
  • Patent number: 8937246
    Abstract: A gasket includes a first body which is attached to a first member at outside of a gap between a first seal surface formed on the first member and a second seal surface formed on a second member and which includes a reinforcing member; a second body which is extended from the first body to the gap between the first seal surface and the second seal surface; and a protrusion portion which is protruded toward the second seal surface in a state in which the first body is attached to the first member and the second member has not yet been attached to the first member, and is pressed by the second seal surface to closely attach the second body to the first seal surface in a state in which the first body is attached to the first member and the second member is attached to the first member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventors: Shingo Yamaguchi, Satoshi Watanabe
  • Patent number: 8933331
    Abstract: A reversible electrical box for securing electrical fixtures or devices on the exterior wall of a building. The electrical box has an interchangeable rear element and an extension spacer which allow the achievement of a desired reveal depending on the wall finish thickness. It can be installed on unfinished walls upon which a finishing, such as stucco, is then applied or it can be installed as a retrofit on an existing finished wall. Two principal embodiments are shown with the first embodiment serving to attach electrical devices and the second embodiment serving to attach electrical fixtures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Arlington Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas J. Gretz
  • Patent number: 8927859
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a case set and a case set detachment structure. The case set includes a first case with a plurality of fastening parts, and a second case with a plurality of fastening corresponding parts. The case set detachment structure includes a connecting board, a detachment rod, and an oblique stand. The connecting board is located on the first case and includes a moving part. The detachment rod includes a rod part, a moving corresponding part, and an oblique plate. The moving corresponding part is located on the rod part and is movably connected to the moving part. The oblique plate is connected to the rod part, such that the oblique plate and the rod part form an angle. The oblique stand is located on the second case and corresponds to the detachment rod, which includes an oblique surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Wistron Corporation
    Inventors: Kuang-Wen Chen, Chun-Chiang Lai, Yu-Hsin Huang, Fu-Chien Chen
  • Patent number: 8927860
    Abstract: An electrical junction box includes: a case main body provided with a wire receiver for receiving an end of an electric wire at a lower surface side; and a lower cover for covering the lower surface. Further, the electric wire is routed in between the lower surface of the case main body and the lower cover, and guided out from a wire outlet composed of a notch and a projecting piece. A biting prevention piece is projected from an edge of the lower cover toward the lower surface. A receiving groove for receiving the biting prevention piece is provided on an inside of a peripheral wall of the case main body. After the tip of the biting prevention piece pushing aside the electric wires to an inside of the case main body is inserted into the receiving groove, the lower cover is attached to the case main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Masaki Yamamoto, Kazutoshi Kurachi, Kei Tomita
  • Patent number: 8921693
    Abstract: A box (1) for accommodating and laying optical waveguides and/or copper conductors includes at least one housing (10) and at least one cover (20). The cover (20) is attached to the housing (10) such that it can pivot and can be detached. The cover (20) has at least one receptacle for a pin element (90). The housing (10) has at least one pin element (90). The at least one pin element (90) can be displaced parallel to a pivot axis relative to the holding element (80) to move into and out of the receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Tyco Electronics Services GmbH
    Inventors: Adrian Benedetto, Oliver Hartmann, Frank Mössner, Michael Sielaff, Thomas Fischer
  • Patent number: 8921712
    Abstract: An electrical box assembly for concrete pours that includes an improved leveling ring and can be adapted to mount either high or low voltage components or a combination of high and low voltage components. The leveling ring for leveling an electrical component with respect to the concrete surface includes one or more legs extending outward of the ring's periphery for improving adhesion of the ring with the inner surface of the electrical box. The versatility of the electrical box is improved by a slide member that can be inserted within the enclosure of the electrical box in order to subdivide the enclosure into high and low voltage compartments. Leveling rings are provided in two embodiments for mounting conventional electrical box covers, one for mounting a flat electrical box cover and one for mounting a pop-up electrical box cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Arlington Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas J. Gretz
  • Patent number: 8866012
    Abstract: A sensor system includes a wiring harness including at least one wire, a grommet, a nugget, a sensor, and a harness sleeve, wherein the grommet includes at least one passageway configured to receive the wire and the nugget includes at least one terminal molded into the nugget and coupled to the wire. A mineral insulated cable may be coupled to the sensor and to the terminal and the harness sleeve may define at least one cavity configured to receive the nugget and at least a portion of the grommet. The harness sleeve may be coupled to the mineral insulated cable and may include a first crimp coupling the harness sleeve to the grommet. The harness sleeve may also include a second crimp coupling the harness sleeve to the nugget.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Stoneridge, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Engelbach, Robert J. Sparks, Tim Murphy, Jeffrey T. Norris, Michael L. Heston
  • Patent number: 8853533
    Abstract: The invention relates to a contact-making and connection arrangement on the basis of film conductors introduced in a housing, wherein ends of the film conductors have a contact-making section and at least partly lie one above another. According to the invention, a double-sided self-adhesive or adhesive-coated conductive nonwoven material is situated between the contact-making sections facing one another, said material mechanically and electrically connecting the ends of the film conductors. Furthermore, the housing is embodied such that it is divided in the plane of the film conductors that have been introduced or are to be introduced, wherein the housing parts form half-shells and, in at least one half-shell, stamp-like projections are provided which lead to a deformation of the contact-making layer in such a way that a reduction of the electrical contact resistance of the connection occurs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Few Fahrzeugelektrikwerk GmbH & Co.
    Inventor: André Jenrich
  • Patent number: 8835759
    Abstract: A support container includes a base and a lid. The base includes a base wall, a pair of substantially vertical, elongated flanges, and a lower flange. The base wall at least partially defines a receptacle. The lower flange cooperates with the pair of substantially vertical, elongated flanges to define a slot. The lid includes an upper portion, a side wall, and an upper flange. The side wall extends substantially downwardly from the upper portion and defines a pair of substantially vertical, elongated channels. Each of the substantially vertical, elongated flanges extends away from the base wall and the receptacle. When the lid is installed on the base, the side wall substantially covers the slot, the pair of substantially vertical, elongated flanges nests extensively within the pair of substantially vertical, elongated channels, and the lower and upper flanges cooperate with one another to define a conduit for the receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Edgar Arturo Escobar, Eric Douglas Moseley
  • Patent number: 8835758
    Abstract: An electronic device includes an enclosure body, a mounting apparatus, a securing apparatus, and a connector. The connector defines an engaging hole. The mounting apparatus includes a receiving housing and a first elastic member mounted in the receiving housing. The securing apparatus includes a sliding member mounted to the receiving housing and an engaging member. The engaging member is secured between the receiving housing and the sliding member. The engaging member is engaged in the engaging hole in a first position. The connector is received in the receiving housing and the first elastic member is compressed between the receiving housing and the connector in the first position. The connector moves out of the receiving housing from the first position to a second position when the sliding member slides relative to the receiving housing, to drive the engaging member to disengage from the engaging hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chien-Yi Li, Yi-Hung Hsieh
  • Patent number: 8816198
    Abstract: An electrical box has a back portion with a back wall and various side walls. Coupled to the back portion is a sliding ring portion having various side walls. The sliding ring portion is slidably mounted on the back portion such that there is an extended position with a first depth and a collapsed position with a second depth where the first depth is greater than the second depth. Prior to installation, the electrical box would be in the collapsed position in order to minimize the space occupied by the electrical box. When installed, the electrical box would be used in the extended position, such that the full depth of the electrical box can be used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventors: Richard L. Cleghorn, Jeffrey P. Baldwin, Iven Dieterle, Marcus J. Shotey
  • Patent number: 8807491
    Abstract: The invention consists in a system for placement of conduits to a property site comprising a conduit receiving channel member which is shaped to receive a selected plurality of conduits. The channel member has one or more access points adapted to enable access to a portion of the channel member. The arrangement enables easy detection of service pipes to and from a property site. Preferably the/or each access point is in the form of a box. The invention further includes within its scope a structure fitted with or otherwise connected to such a system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Inventor: Cedric Brian Anthony Armit
  • Patent number: 8785772
    Abstract: A terminal box includes a box body having a bottom portion, a terminal portion fixed to the box body, a pressing portion, a holding portion and a slide mechanism The bottom portion has an opening portion capable of receiving a terminal inserted therein from the outside. The terminal portion is capable of establishing electric conduction between the terminal portion and the terminal upon contact therewith. The pressing portion is switchable between a contacting state in which the pressing portion clamps the terminal with the terminal portion for establishing electric conduction between the terminal portion and the terminal and a spaced state spaced apart from the terminal portion. The holding portion holds the pressing portion integrally and is slidable on the box body in the direction of movement of the pressing portion to/away from the terminal portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Hosiden Corporation
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Ohmori, Toshiya Tanaka
  • Patent number: 8785775
    Abstract: The present invention provides a waterproof box which can improve water performance and work efficiency, and can reduce space. When washing water hits in the lower surface (33h) of first waterproof portion (33) of an upper cover (15), spay is generated. At this time, an outer surface (30b), which is formed in a tapered shape, of first waterproof portion (30) abuts on an inner surface (33g), which is formed in a tapered shape, of the first waterproof portion (33). Further, the outer surface (30b) engages with the inner surface (33g). As a result, the inlet of a minute path (27) is closed. Even if water leaks, force of the water is reduced because the water enters in a groove (33b or 35a). The water in which force of the water is reduced falls down.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Kunihiko Takeuchi, Hiroaki Yamada
  • Patent number: 8770526
    Abstract: An electrical box support assembly for mounting an electrical box between a pair of studs is provided. The electrical box support assembly includes, but is not limited to, a pair of telescoping overlapping struts and a pair of engaging tabs detachably coupled with each end of the pair of telescoping overlapping struts. Each strut has a face to which the electrical box may be secured. Each of the pair of engaging tabs includes a first engagement member for primarily engaging a closed face of one of the studs and a side engagement member connected generally perpendicular with the first engagement member. Each end of the pair of telescoping overlapping struts may be detachably coupled at one of two positions on each engaging tab in order to accommodate electrical boxes of varying depths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Asim Siddiqui, Anthony Caringella, Tom Colangelo
  • Patent number: 8772649
    Abstract: An electrical box and frame assembly for mounting an electrical component such as a duplex receptacle in a shallow wall cavity. The electrical box assembly includes a box member, a receptacle frame adapted to receive an electrical component, and a trim plate. Rotatable flags on the box member provide ease of installation to a wall in old or new work situations. The box member includes sidewalls of a narrow depth to enable mounting within a shallow wall cavity. The receptacle frame nests substantially within the cavity of the box member and the trim plate secures over the receptacle frame and is mounted to the box member. An outer sidewall on the receptacle frame includes bosses thereon for securing a duplex receptacle in a sideways orientation with respect to the box member and wall cavity thereby enabling the electrical box and frame assembly to be mounted in a shallow wall cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Arlington Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas J. Gretz
  • Patent number: 8759676
    Abstract: An electrical box assembly for concrete poured floors. The electrical box assembly includes a concrete can with an open end and a plurality of hubs with integral sockets for connection of electrical conduit thereto. Plugs are provided for closing off unused sockets. The electrical box assembly includes a mounting bracket for installation on the open end of the can, a duplex receptacle, a back plate and a cover plate. The back plate provides a seal between the mounting bracket and the cover plate. Removable threaded blanks are included for sealing the openings in the cover plate in order to gain access to the plug-ins on the duplex receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Arlington Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas J. Gretz
  • Patent number: 8748744
    Abstract: An electrical box extender assembly includes an electrical box having four side walls, and a back wall defining a cavity therein. A first of the four side walls of the box includes a first projection extending substantially transversely of the cavity. A substantially tubular extender having a first side wall including a first flange extending transversely thereon, and a tubular base extending transversely thereof. The first flange and tubular base are spaced from one another and a first fastener extends through the first projection, first flange and tubular base to couple the tubular extender to the electrical box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventors: Douglas P. O'Connor, Nathaniel L. Herring
  • Patent number: 8729388
    Abstract: An electrical assembly includes a wiring device and an insert clip or attachment member that can be preassembled to provide quick connection to an electrical box, mud ring or other support structure having an aperture with a dimension to receive the clip member. The clip member couples to the mounting screws of the wiring device and is snapped into an aperture or recess in a mud ring. The clip has outwardly projecting tabs engaging the mud ring and inwardly extending tabs engaging the mounting screws. The tabs allow the mounting screws to be pressed into the clip in a sliding manner and allow the clip to snap into the aperture in the mud ring. In another embodiment, the attachment member has a substantially C-shape having an open side that can slide onto a pair of projections on an inner edge of a mud ring for supporting the electrical device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventors: Krzysztof W. Korcz, Mahran H. Ayrton, Richard J. Wagner
  • Patent number: 8723035
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for connecting a housing unit for an electronics module to an adapter member are disclosed. The method includes providing a housing with a first connection member and a second connection member, wherein the first connection member includes a flex rib and an abuse protection rib, attaching the first connection member to an adapter member, pivoting the housing on the first connection member to allow the second connection member to swing into position, and snapping the second connection member into the adapter member at an adapter member opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Flextronics AP, LLC
    Inventors: Gary Warren, Darren Van Roon, Allan Chun, Steve Steane, Reginald C. Grills
  • Patent number: 8714506
    Abstract: A mounting assembly and method are provided for mounting an electrical fixture to a ceiling structure. The mounting assembly includes a mounting plate and a cover plate overlying the mounting plate. The mounting plate includes a plurality of strengthening ribs and a plurality of fastener holes for receiving fasteners to mount the mounting plate directly to the ceiling support structure. The mounting plate has a dimension to overlie the support structure and a portion of an electrical box mounted adjacent the support structure to define an open area of the electrical box. Mounting bolts extend downwardly from the mounting plate for attaching to a bracket which supports an electrical fixture such as a ceiling fan. The mounting bolts and the bracket supporting the electrical fixture are cantilevered with respect to the ceiling support. The mounting assembly can be used as a retrofit and mounted over an existing ceiling substrate with screws that can pass through the ceiling substrate into the ceiling support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventors: Krzysztof W. Korcz, Mahran H. Ayrton
  • Publication number: 20140117188
    Abstract: A hanger bar assembly for a recessed luminaire is disclosed. The hanger bar assembly includes a first hanger bar member having a first attachment structure disposed on an end thereof, and a second hanger bar member having a second attachment structure disposed on an end thereof, the second hanger bar member being adjacent to the first hanger bar member. The first and the second attachment structures each include a first wall having a first fastener aperture and a second wall having a second fastener aperture, the first and second fastener apertures being formed about a common central longitudinal axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2014
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Inventor: Grzegorz Wronski
  • Patent number: 8710366
    Abstract: A terminal assembly has a terminal box including a divider extending in a front-to-rear direction of the terminal box and dividing the terminal box into a first chamber and a second chamber, the first chamber being larger than the second chamber and a terminal block mounted in the first chamber configured to have a plurality of contacts mounted onto the terminal block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Hamilton Sundstrand Corporation
    Inventors: Seth E. Rosen, Lino S. Italia, John M. Beck, Darryl A. Colson
  • Patent number: 8710367
    Abstract: A gangable electrical box includes an adjustment assembly for adjusting the position and angle of an electrical device mounted in the box. The adjustment assembly includes independently adjustable leveling members coupled to opposite end walls of the box. A side member is slidably coupled to a side wall and extends between the end walls. The side wall engages the leveling members and is adjustable with the adjustment of the leveling members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Hubell Incorporated
    Inventors: Krzysztof W. Korcz, Mahran H. Ayrton
  • Patent number: 8704090
    Abstract: An in-floor electrical floor-box assembly includes a rectangular or nearly square metallic housing and a non-metallic riser with integral flange assembly having a rectangular flange that mates with the rectangular housing and an integral cylindrical riser for providing access to the electrical components through a round cover and finish flange. A low-voltage divider assembly separates cables carrying different voltages within the riser to reduce interference between the cables and any one of a variety of sub-plates having different configurations for accommodating a variety of multi-service or single service electrical functionality can be incorporated with the box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventors: Christopher A. Carbone, Dale A. Drechsler, Thomas L. Scanzillo
  • Patent number: 8704091
    Abstract: An electrical outlet cover assembly comprises an electrical outlet mounting box having a front edge that does not extend beyond a front surface of a wall. An extendable base is coupled with the electrical outlet mounting box and is slideable between collapsed and extended positions. When collapsed, a leading edge of the extendable base does not extend beyond the front surface of the wall. One or more guides resist decoupling of the extendable base and the electrical outlet mounting box. A lid is pivotably coupled with the extendable base, and one of the lid and the extendable base has a cord port along their respective edges. The lid has a front surface and is positionable between open and closed positions. The lid's front surface is substantially flush with the front surface of the wall when the base is collapsed and the lid is closed with respect to the extendable cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventors: Marcus J. Shotey, Richard L. Cleghorn, Kenneth C. Booth
  • Patent number: 8697990
    Abstract: A power conditioner assembly includes: first and second brackets and a power conditioner. Each bracket includes a rear portion adapted to attach to a rear portion of an equipment rack and a front portion that extends frontwardly. The power conditioner includes a housing having a rear panel, a first side panel mounted to the first bracket and a second, opposed side panel mounted to the second bracket. The power conditioner is mountable to the brackets in a plurality of orientations including: a rearward orientation with the rear panel oriented substantially vertically; and at least one angled orientation with the rear panel at an oblique angle to vertical. The brackets may also be adapted to attach to other mounting surfaces and/or other brackets may be provided for this purpose to provide additional mounting options.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: WirePath Home Systems, LLC
    Inventors: David G. Moore, John Hatcher, Mark H. Linton
  • Patent number: 8690110
    Abstract: A device for attaching a junction box to a photovoltaic. The photovoltaic panel has a photovoltaic side and a non-photovoltaic side. The device includes a bracket with a first side attachable to the junction box and a second side attachable to the non-photovoltaic surface of the photovoltaic panel. A central fastener is attachable at one end to the bracket and a plate is adapted for connecting to the other end of the central fastener and for mounting on the photovoltaic side of the photovoltaic panel. One or more rotatable spacers, connectible to the central fastener, may be located on the non-photovoltaic side of the photovoltaic panel. One or more fixed spacers may be located on the non-photovoltaic side connectible to the bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Solaredge Technologies Ltd.
    Inventors: Vadim Shmukler, Lior Handelsman, Nir Armoni
  • Patent number: 8684762
    Abstract: A junction box particularly for lighting lines for tunnels includes a casing body provided with a cover; the casing body includes an electrical socket; a junction device inside the casing body connects the electrical socket to a pair of power supply wires of a power supply line that is affected by the junction box; the junction device includes one or more insulation displacement contacts; each insulation displacement contact engages a respective power supply wire without cutting it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Palazzoli S.p.A.
    Inventor: Bruno Levi
  • Patent number: 8686287
    Abstract: A surface mount electrical box for mounting on walls with shallow wall cavities. The surface mount electrical box includes an outer frame with shallow sidewalls and a peripheral wall extending orthogonally from the sidewalls. Box sidewalls extend orthogonally from the peripheral wall and are closed by a back wall to form an electrical enclosure therein. Component connection points for an electrical component are included on the outer frame. A first fastening arrangement includes bosses on the outer frame for accepting fasteners therein for securing the surface mount box directly to the wall covering surrounding a shallow wall cavity. A second fastening arrangement includes apertures in the back wall for accepting fasteners therein for securing the surface mount box directly to the substrate underlying a shallow wall cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Arlington Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas J. Gretz
  • Patent number: 8674219
    Abstract: An electrical assembly includes a wiring device and an insert clip member that can be preassembled to provide quick connection to an electrical box, mud ring or other support structure having an aperture with a dimension to receive the clip member. The clip member can couple to the mounting screws of the working device and can be snapped into an aperture in a mud ring to align the screws with the threaded holes in the electrical box. The clip has a U-shape with outwardly projecting tabs that engage the aperture in the mud ring and inwardly extending tabs that engage the mounting screws of the wiring device. The tabs allow the mounting screws to be pressed into the clip in a sliding or ratcheting manner and allow the clip to snap into the aperture in the mud ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventors: Krzysztof W. Korcz, Mahran H. Ayrton, Richard J. Wagner
  • Patent number: 8669471
    Abstract: Electrical accessories and associated methods of use and manufacture. In one embodiment, a system includes a plurality of electrical junction boxes. Each electrical junction box includes at least one wall with a pair of spaced apart holes, wherein the holes are sized and shaped to receive a pair of corresponding mounting devices. The system also includes at least one bracket. The bracket includes a pair of spaced apart mounting devices, wherein the mounting devices are sized and shaped to protrude through the pair of corresponding spaced apart holes in the plurality of electrical junction boxes. At least one of the plurality of electrical junction boxes is maintained in a relative stationary position with respect to the at least one bracket when the pair of spaced apart mounting devices protrudes through the respective pair of spaced apart holes in the wall of the at least one electrical junction box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Southwire Company
    Inventors: Richard Temblador, Mark Doughty Dixon, Randy Deon Kummer
  • Patent number: 8664542
    Abstract: An electrical box and frame assembly for mounting an electrical component such as a duplex receptacle in a shallow wall cavity. The electrical box assembly includes a box member, a receptacle frame adapted to receive an electrical component, and a trim plate. The box member includes rotatable flags to enable simple wall installation in old or new work situations. The box member includes sidewalls and a back wall that form a mounting cavity. The sidewalls of the box member include a narrow depth to fit within a shallow wall cavity. The receptacle frame nests substantially within the cavity of the box member and the trim plate secures over the receptacle frame and is mounted to the box member. The receptacle frame secures the duplex receptacle sideways with respect to the box member and wall cavity thereby enabling the electrical box and frame assembly to be mounted in shallow wall cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Arlington Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas J. Gretz
  • Patent number: RE45430
    Abstract: A modular electrical wiring component comprises includes a wiring module having a wiring portion for coupling to a source of electrical power and a user-accessible portion configured to accept and provide electrical power to a functional module that provides a selected electrical distribution function, wherein the wiring module is configured to accept the functional module without access to the wiring portion. The modular electrical wiring component also comprises includes an adjustable plaster ring configured to couple to the wiring module and to an electrical junction box, wherein the adjustable plaster ring provides a variable distance between the electrical junction box and the wiring module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: ProtectConnect
    Inventor: Michael P. Gorman