Casings Patents (Class 324/156)
  • Patent number: 11086346
    Abstract: Interconnection meter socket adapters are provided. An interconnection meter socket adapter comprises a housing enclosing a set of electrical connections. The interconnection meter socket adapter may be configured to be coupled to a standard distribution panel and a standard electric meter, thereby establishing connections between a distribution panel and a user such that electrical power may be delivered to the user while an electrical meter measures the power consumption of the user. A power regulation module is disposed between the interconnection meter socket adapter, and configured to selectively connect one or more energy sources or energy sinks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: San Diego Gas & Electric Company
    Inventors: Ken Parks, Michael Colburn
  • Patent number: 11054281
    Abstract: A meter casing can include a metal shield, and an outer casing that includes a display screen cavity that maintains a display screen, an optical port cavity that houses an optical port sensor assembly including a dongle, and a seal button cavity that houses a seal button and a sealing element. The seal button cavity can include one or more recess cavities formed in the communications module cover. The optical port cavity can include a circular port to securely mount the dongle. In addition, snap joints can be provided, which can hold an optical port cover that covers the optical port with respect to the optical port cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Akshay Khandelwal, Karma Bhutia, Suresh Kumar Palle, Murajith Muraleedharan, Krishna Mohan, Nitin Agarwal, Sai Kiran Lella, Ramaiah Chowdary, Bramari Tatavarthy
  • Patent number: 10873790
    Abstract: A measuring device with at least one sensor and at least one transmitter housing, the transmitter housing having at least one terminal space and an electronics space adjacent to the terminal space and connected via a partition wall, wherein at least a first electronic device for connecting supply and/or I/O lines is arranged in the terminal space and at least a second electronic device is arranged in the electronics space with electronics for controlling the sensor. The first and second electronic devices are electrically conductively connected to one another via a contacting unit. The second electronic device has a terminal unit which is connected to the contacting unit via a plug connection hat has a joining direction. The terminal unit is fixedly arranged in the joining direction and to float perpendicular to the joining direction such that it adapts to the position of the contacting unit when connecting to the contacting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: KROHNE MESSTECHNIKGMBH
    Inventors: Helmut Brockhaus, Achim Matt
  • Patent number: 10571497
    Abstract: An electricity meter assembly includes a meter and a module assembly. The meter includes a meter cavity, at least one electrical component within the meter cavity, and a module compartment having a module cavity. The module compartment is within the meter cavity and the meter cavity is isolated from the module cavity. The module assembly includes at least one supplemental board configured to supplement the at least one electrical component. The module assembly is removably positioned within the module cavity such that the module assembly is field-removable, and wherein the module assembly is hot pluggable with the meter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Landis+Gyr Innovations, Inc.
    Inventors: Louay Abdul-Hadi, Keith Mario Torpy, Nikhil Tanwani
  • Patent number: 10511159
    Abstract: A method for configuring an electronic relay for an electric power distribution grid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: ABB S.p.A.
    Inventors: Emilio Battista Locatelli, Simone Micheli
  • Patent number: 10426068
    Abstract: A collapsible shield for shielding an electromagnetic field (“EMF”) shield has a tubular configuration with an open top and a ground connection to shunt away internally generated EMF's. The device further comprises an internal spring frame that enables the device to expand or contract.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Inventor: Jesse I. Danielson
  • Patent number: 10254313
    Abstract: A noncontact voltage measurement apparatus includes a sensing electrode to which a voltage corresponding to an alternating current voltage is applied, a feedback electrode, a conductive movable body that is supported so as to be displaceable in accordance with the Coulomb force generated between the movable body and the sensing electrode and the Coulomb force generated between the movable body and the feedback electrode, an elastic force for causing the movable body to return to a predetermined neutral position acting on the movable body, a displacement detection unit configured to detect a displacement of the movable body, a voltage applying unit configured to apply an alternating current voltage to the feedback electrode, and a control unit configured to control the voltage to be output from the voltage applying unit such that a detection result of the displacement from the displacement detection unit approaches a predetermined reference value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: ALPS ALPINE CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Hebiguchi
  • Patent number: 10234490
    Abstract: An electricity meter assembly includes a meter and a module assembly. The meter includes a meter cavity, at least one electrical component within the meter cavity, and a module compartment having a module cavity. The module compartment is within the meter cavity and the meter cavity is isolated from the module cavity. The module assembly includes at least one supplemental board configured to supplement the at least one electrical component. The module assembly is removably positioned within the module cavity such that the module assembly is field-removable, and wherein the module assembly is hot pluggable with the meter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Landis+Gyr Innovations, Inc.
    Inventors: Louay Abdul-Hadi, Keith Mario Torpy, Nikhil Tanwani
  • Patent number: 10211644
    Abstract: A power distribution system for providing a desired value of voltage regulation is presented. The system includes at least one power source, at least one sink, a distribution feeder configured to couple the at least one power source to the at least one sink. The system includes a plurality of modular voltage regulation units coupled to the distribution feeder, where each of the plurality of modular voltage regulation units includes a transformer including a primary winding having a first end and a second end and a secondary winding having a first end and a second end; and at least one switch coupled to the primary winding of the transformer, where the first end of the secondary winding is coupled to at least one of the first and second ends of the primary winding via the at least one switch. A method of operating a power distribution system is also presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: ABB Schweiz AG
    Inventors: Ara Panosyan, Piniwan Thiwanka Bandara Wijekoon, Stefan Schroeder, Eva-Maria Baerthlein
  • Patent number: 10132837
    Abstract: There is described a test block intended to be implanted in the circuit connecting an apparatus to be tested such as an electricity meter or a protective relay and a power source supplying the apparatus to be tested such as an intensity sensor and/or a voltage sensor, the test block comprising a base including a plurality of inner electric circuits capable of allowing the transmission of information from the power source to the apparatus to be tested and a protective cover intended to be removably assembled with the base in order to form a closed enclosure in which the inner electric circuits are housed. The base and the protective cover are configured such that the removal of the protective cover gives access to a receiving site delimited by the base and capable of receiving, by plugging, a test plug independent of the test block and electrically linked to a test equipment, in particular a voltmeter and/or an ammeter and/or a dummy current source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: ABB SCHWEIZ AG
    Inventors: Philippe France, Alexandre Chaillet
  • Patent number: 10041972
    Abstract: The invention relates to a test block intended to be implanted in the circuit connecting an apparatus to be tested such as an electricity meter or a protective relay and a power source supplying the apparatus to be tested such as an intensity sensor and/or a voltage sensor. The test block comprises a base including a plurality of inner electric circuits capable of allowing the transmission of information from the power source to the apparatus to be tested and a protective cover intended to be assembled in a dismountable manner with the base in order to form a closed enclosure in which the inner electric circuits are housed. The base and the protective cover are configured such that the removal of the protective cover gives access to a receiving site delimited by the base and capable of receiving by plugging a test plug independent of the test block and electrically linked to a test equipment, in particular a voltmeter and/or an ammeter and/or a dummy current source. A test appliance is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: ABB SCHWEIZ AG
    Inventors: Philippe France, Alexandre Chaillet
  • Patent number: 9772347
    Abstract: Interconnection meter socket adapters are provided. An interconnection meter socket adapter comprises a housing enclosing a set of electrical connections. The interconnection meter socket adapter may be configured to be coupled to a standard distribution panel and a standard electric meter, thereby establishing connections between a distribution panel and a user such that electrical power may be delivered to the user while an electrical meter measures the power consumption of the user. An interconnection meter socket adapter may be configured to be coupled to a DC-AC inverter, which may be coupled to various energy sources. As such, the energy sources are coupled to an electrical power system. In addition, a connector such as a flexible cable or flexible conduit containing insulated wires can be provided for connecting various energy sources and/or sinks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: SAN DIEGO GAS & ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Ken Parks, Michael Colburn
  • Patent number: 9627861
    Abstract: Bypass systems can be used to connect alternative energy sources to existing distribution panels without the need to replace or upgrade the distribution panel. Some such bypass systems may be integrated directly into an electric meter, while others can be connected to the meter but located laterally or otherwise away from the electric meter. The bypass busbars and breakers may in some devices be interchangeable, allowing for greater flexibility and capacity of the bypass systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: QFE 002 LLC
    Inventor: Paul Martin Cruz
  • Patent number: 9551597
    Abstract: In at least one embodiment, a mobile measurement system includes a handheld device, a measurement device, and an optical sensing device. The measurement device and the optical sensing device are communicatively coupled to the handheld device. The handheld device receives measurement data that comprises at least one measured electrical parameter corresponding to a physical property of an external system. The measurement device generates measurement data that corresponds to a period of time. The measurement device communicates the generated measurement data to the handheld device. The optical sensing device generates optical data corresponding to an interface of the measurement device and the external system where the measurement data is being generated. The generated optical data corresponds to a particular time within the measurement period of time. The mobile measurement system associates and stores the generated optical data for the particular time with measurement data corresponding to the period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: Fluke Corporation
    Inventors: David Lawrence Epperson, Glen Howard Vetter
  • Patent number: 9541428
    Abstract: An interface between a sensor unit and an explosion resistant housing, wherein arranged in the explosion resistant housing is a measurement amplifier. In the interface, which is simply manufacturable and, despite that, meets the requirements of explosion protection, the measurement amplifier is arranged on a plug unit formed in the sensor unit and preferably protruding inwardly into the explosion resistant housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: ENDRESS + HAUSER FLOWTEC AG
    Inventors: Nikolai Fink, Markus Beissert, Frank Bonschab, Sr., Bjorn Larsson, Bruno Worreth
  • Patent number: 9494634
    Abstract: A current tester includes: a probe, a computing device for converting a voltage drop across a component to a current, and an output device for signaling a presence or non-presence of current. The computing device stores a pre-determined voltage drop/current relationship for the component. A method for detecting current in a circuit includes: connecting a current tester to the component, measuring a voltage drop across the component, converting the voltage drop to a current via the current tester, and producing a signal by the current tester indicating a presence or non-presence of current in the circuit. A method for detecting current in a circuit may also comprises: connecting probes of a testing device to a component in the circuit; determining via whether the probes are properly connected to the component; and determining a voltage drop across the component to determine the presence or non-presence of current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Inventor: Kevin M. Curtis
  • Publication number: 20150145502
    Abstract: A voltage measurement device includes an insulating body, for the use in medium- or high-voltage equipment or switchgears The insulating body includes an impedance divider having at least one high voltage impedance and at least one low voltage impedance in series, and with shielding electrodes. In order to optimize the circuit design for voltage measurement design in a given application and prevent the risk of malfunction when the same device it is used in multiple applications or at severe environmental or operating conditions, the device includes at least one high-voltage shielding electrode and/or at least one low-voltage shielding electrode which dimensions together establish a physical length of the impedance divider. The shielding electrodes surround the high and/or low voltage impedances, which provide a specified voltage division ratio and which are located inside or outside of the insulating body. An output of the impedance divider is connected to a shielded cable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2015
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: ABB TECHNOLOGY AG
    Inventors: Radek JAVORA, Jaromir Podzemny, David Raschka, Marek Pavlas, Petr Velesik
  • Patent number: 9041384
    Abstract: A sensor assembly includes an outer housing and at least one high-impedance sensing device positioned within the outer housing. The sensor assembly also includes a buffering circuit having at least one wide bandgap semiconductor device positioned within the outer housing. The buffering circuit is operatively coupled to the at least one high-impedance sensing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Lam Arthur Campbell, Vinayak Tilak
  • Publication number: 20150130328
    Abstract: Disclosed is a hall sensor cover comprising: mag-mate terminal portions each having a mag-mate terminal having a coil insertion slit formed thereon and a power terminal pin extended toward one side direction of the mag-mate terminal; and a power connector portion having a base having mag-mate terminal insertion slots formed to insert the mag-mate terminal portions thereinto and power terminal insertion portions each adapted to insert the power terminal pin thereinto, wherein the power connector portion is coupled to the end portions of teeth of an insulator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: Jeong Cheol Jang, Gyeong Sik Yang
  • Patent number: 9030190
    Abstract: A measuring device (1) with a housing (2) and two electronic devices (3, 4). To provide a measuring device whose electronics are modular, enabling easy adaptation to self-protection, the measuring device is provided with at least one encapsulated contact element (5) that is designed separately from the electronic units (3, 4) and the housing (2) and is arranged between the two electronic units (3, 4). Furthermore, the contact element (5) has at least one electronic transmission element (6) for creating an electric connection between the two electronic units (3, 4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: KROHNE Messtechnik GmbH
    Inventor: Achim Matt
  • Patent number: 9024627
    Abstract: A motor actuator includes a housing, and a plurality of output mechanisms accommodated in the housing. The housing includes a fastening unit that fastens a first case and a second case. Each of the plurality of output mechanisms includes a motor and a plurality of deceleration gears. The motor is supported by the housing. A final state deceleration gear is rotatably supported by the housing. The fastening unit is arranged in a first fastening unit formation range. The first fastening unit formation range is a range formed by connecting contours of a plurality of motors and contours of a plurality of final state deceleration gears, and is a range that surrounds the plurality of motors and the plurality of final stage deceleration gears.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Asmo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroto Inoue, Tomonobu Hyodo
  • Publication number: 20150002139
    Abstract: A shield for protecting a current transducer from noise may include a first annular ring that may be disposed adjacent to a first side of a current sensor. The shield may also include a second annular ring that may be disposed adjacent to a second side of the current sensor opposite the first side, such that the first and second annular rings each include magnetically permeable material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2013
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventor: Dan Tho Lu
  • Patent number: 8917085
    Abstract: A current sensor for measuring a current supplied to a conductor includes a case which accommodates an electrical parts therein, and a cover attached to the case. A groove part is provided on an outer surface of at least one of the case and the cover to allow the conductor to pass through the groove part. When the cover is attached to the case, the conductor arranged on the groove part is sandwiched between the case and the cover. A width of the groove part becomes narrower toward an interior side thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Shinichi Hashio, Toshiro Mochizuki, Takeshi Ai, Yasuhiro Sugimori, Yasunori Kawaguchi
  • Publication number: 20140362486
    Abstract: A low fault current isolation arrangement senses a loss of voltage and automatically isolates and de-energizes a down live primary wire if overcurrent protection devices have not cleared the high impedance fault in an electric power distribution network. Incorporating an operator selectable time delay response, the low fault current isolation arrangement permits overcurrent protection devices to attempt to detect and shut down the affected conductor, and then isolates and shuts down the low current fault if the overcurrent devices are not successful. The isolation arrangement continuously monitors AC voltage as remotely provided by smart meters even after a fault location is de-energized, and serves as a back up, and not as a replacement, for existing overcurrent protection schemes. A host computer operates in conjunction with plural smart meters each coupled to an associated customer distribution transformer in conjunction with the fault isolator to detect and shut down high impedance faults.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2013
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventors: Timothy M. O'Regan, Timothy J. O'Regan, Thomas Hayes, Kevin J. Severson
  • Publication number: 20140340076
    Abstract: A sensor unit comprising a sensor, a sensor electronic connected to the sensor, and a first connection unit, which is connected to the sensor electronic, with the sensor, the sensor electronic, and the first connection unit being arranged in a tubular housing, and with the first connection electronic being able to contact a second connection unit embodied in a corresponding fashion, with a formed part with an internal contour being arranged in the housing in a torque-proof fashion, with the internal contour and an external contour of the first connection unit and/or the second connection unit being embodied at least sectionally corresponding to each other, and the internal contour comprising at least one fastening section, which is embodied such that any distortion of the first and/or second connection unit is prevented in reference to the formed part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Applicant: VEGA Grishaber KG
    Inventor: Thomas ILG
  • Patent number: 8872506
    Abstract: An electricity meter is provided. The electricity meter includes a body and a cover including at least one mount for coupling the cover to the body. The at least one mount includes a receiving portion on an exterior surface of the cover and having an aperture extending therethrough, the receiving portion including a top, a bottom, and at least one cutout extending from the top towards the bottom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Michael Sven Walser, Steven Lee Bietz
  • Patent number: 8854036
    Abstract: In a current detecting apparatus, a container member includes a substrate fixing portion, a core inner-edge positioning portions, and a lid member. The substrate fixing portion is a portion formed at a position outside an outer edge of a magnetic core, and to which a first portion of a circuit board is fixed. Two of the core inner-edge positioning portions come into contact with the magnetic core, and come into contact with the circuit board. The first portion, the second portion, and the third portion surround a magnetoelectric device, such as a Hall element, that detects a magnetic flux in a gap portion of the magnetic core. The lid-side substrate holding portion, with the container-side substrate holding portion, holds the circuit board tightly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hirokatsu Nakajima, Satoru Chaen
  • Patent number: 8823363
    Abstract: An electricity meter comprising a box defining a terminal block for connection to cables and a removable cover covering the terminal block at least in part, wherein the meter includes fastener means arranged to hold said cover on a front face of the box while uncovering the terminal block and while leaving visible an inside face of the cover including means for explaining its electrical connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Sagemcom Energy & Telecom SAS
    Inventor: Patrick Rolland
  • Patent number: 8797022
    Abstract: An ultra-slim sensor device, comprising: a sensor element; lead wires (or lead frames) connected to the sensor element; a support for protecting the sensor element and the lead wires disposed therein; and upper and lower films disposed on upper and lower sides of the sensor element, the lead wires and the support to insulate them, wherein a thickness of the support is greater than that of the sensor element in order to protect the sensor element and the lead wires from external shocks, and the support gradually becomes thin toward the end thereof such that the upper and lower films come into contact with each other in order to remove a space between the upper and lower films.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Lattron Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chung Kook Lee, Young Seong Wang, Cheol Jin Jeong
  • Publication number: 20140176124
    Abstract: A current sensor includes: a housing that holds a busbar to which a current is applied and a core arranged around the busbar; a circuit board fixed to the housing in the state of being arranged to face the housing; and a detection element for detecting the current; wherein the detection element has an element main body held in the housing and plural connection terminals fixed in through-holes in the circuit board, and a plate-like member provided with guide holes in which the connection terminals are inserted and which have a diameter reduced from the side of the housing toward the side of the circuit board is provided on a surface facing the housing, of two surfaces of the circuit board.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2013
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Applicant: AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Ken OKUMURA, Shigeki NIIMI, Kenichi TAGUCHI, Akira KAMIYA, Takashi KUROZUMI, Kimihiro TAMURA, Katsuki KATAOKA
  • Patent number: 8760313
    Abstract: The invention relates to a display device (54) for an actuator having at least one mechanical display element (10, 11) and a variable speed gear unit, particularly a signal gear unit designed as a variable speed gear unit, having at least two gears with differing transmission ratios, wherein there is a mechanical switching arrangement with which the different gears and/or transmission ratios of the variable speed gear unit can be selected and/or switched even when the display device is mounted operationally ready in a housing without intervention into the housing and without opening the housing from outside, and/or wherein the resolution of the display device (54) and/or the movement of the at least one display element (10, 11) on the actuating path to be displayed of a respective actuator and/or a respective armature can be selectively adjusted. The invention furthermore relates to an actuator having a said type of display device (54).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: PS Automation GmbH
    Inventor: Patrick Bernhart
  • Patent number: 8754634
    Abstract: Systems and methods for detecting the removal of a meter cover are provided. For example, a tamper-detect energy meter may include metering circuitry, a processor, a tamper detect switch, and a cover with a switch interface surface. The tamper detect switch may be triggered from an open circuit state to a closed circuit state as the switch interface surface of the cover contacts the tamper detect switch during removal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Subramanyam Satyasurya Chamarti, Bruce Joni Tomson, Michael George Glazebrook, Rathindra Nahar
  • Patent number: 8754637
    Abstract: An arrangement is proposed for electrically conductively connecting an electrical component which is mounted in a housing containing oil, to an electrical unit, and mounted in which between the component and the unit at least two cores are arranged which consist of an electrical conductor and an insulation surrounding the conductor. The housing includes an opening which in the position of use is closed in an oil-tight moisture-tight manner which has at least one passage hole (9) for passing the cores (4,5) therethrough. For the cores (4,5) is provided a core for each in which material impermeable to oil is mounted between the conductor and its insulation, in such a way that all hollow spaces existing within the space surrounded by the insulation. The cores (4,5) are guided through at least one sealing plug which tightly surrounds the cores, and the sealing plug is in the position of use mounted in a passage hole (9) of the passage (7) in an oil-tight and moisture-tight manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Nexans
    Inventors: Otto Nachbauer, Dietmar Voelkl
  • Publication number: 20140145709
    Abstract: The invention provides a sensor device comprising a nanowire electrode and a faradic shield, said faradic shield is adapted to prevent unwanted capacitive charging current in said sensor. The nanoelectrode device design with a metallic Faradic Shield layer significantly reduces the noise levels, increase the sensitivity of the sensors and allow measurements to be undertaken in less than 1 second.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2013
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Applicant: UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CORK
    Inventors: Alan O'RIORDAN, Karen DAWSON, Amelie WAHL
  • Patent number: 8717007
    Abstract: An intelligent electronic device having a terminal assembly for coupling the IED, e.g., a revenue meter, to a meter mounting socket. The assembly includes a housing including a generally planar, rigid base, the base including at least one opening and at least one circuit board having at least one electrically conducting terminal surface mounted thereon, the at least one electrically conducting terminal extending through the at least one opening of the base to mate with at least one matching jaw of a detachable meter mounting device coupled to the electrical circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Electro Industries/Gauge Tech
    Inventor: Tibor Banhegyesi
  • Patent number: 8709627
    Abstract: A battery terminal includes a housing, a bus bar, a first connector, a second connector and a current detector. The housing is made by resin. The bus bar is integrally provided with the housing. The first connector is provided on the bus bar and is adapted to be connected with a battery. The current detector is provided on the bus bar. The second connector is provided on the bus bar. The second connector is adapted to be connected with a harness, and is disposed at a position offset from a straight line passing the first connector and the current detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Tomohiro Matsushima, Shinichi Hashio
  • Publication number: 20140088909
    Abstract: The invention provides a method of determining a parameter of a measured electronic device for purposes of programming the device or determining its functionality. A stored reference profile of a reference electronic device includes a respective frequency at each of a plurality of respective temperatures. Heat is simultaneously transferring heat to or from the reference and measured electronic devices while recording a frequency provided by the reference electronic device and a corresponding frequency provided by the measured electronic device at each of a plurality of instances in time. A temperature of the reference electronic device is determined based on the frequency detected for the reference electronic device and the corresponding temperature within the reference profile. The frequency detected from the measured electronic device is then correlated with a temperature the reference electronic device used as the temperature of the measured electronic device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2012
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Inventor: Robert P. Howell
  • Patent number: 8680845
    Abstract: A detachable current and voltage sensor provides an isolated and convenient device to measure current passing through a conductor such as an AC branch circuit wire, as well as providing an indication of an electrostatic potential on the wire, which can be used to indicate the phase of the voltage on the wire, and optionally a magnitude of the voltage. The device includes a housing that contains the current and voltage sensors, which may be a ferrite cylinder with a hall effect sensor disposed in a gap along the circumference to measure current, or alternative a winding provided through the cylinder along its axis and a capacitive plate or wire disposed adjacent to, or within, the ferrite cylinder to provide the indication of the voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Gary D. Carpenter, Wael El-Essawy, Alexandre Peixoto Ferreira, Thomas Walter Keller, Juan C. Rubio, Michael A. Schappert
  • Patent number: 8664939
    Abstract: A utility meter cover and complementary base are disclosed, the cover including a window section and a shroud. The shroud is for covering a complementary portion of a meter base, and includes: a radially extending base portion; an axial extension extending from the base portion, the axial extension for obstructing access to the complementary portion of the meter base; and a key member extending axially from the base portion, the key member having a bidirectional tab for engaging a slot in the complementary portion of the meter base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Wayne Alfred Therrien, Douglas Scott Crow
  • Patent number: 8624583
    Abstract: An apparatus (100) adapted to measure Alternating Current flowing through an electricity supply distribution unit (204) having a plurality of distribution cables (202). The apparatus (100) includes a plurality of current measuring devices (102), each of the current measuring devices (102), in use, measuring current flowing through one of the distribution cables (202), at least some of the current measuring devices (102) being mounted on a rigid/semi-rigid body (104), and a device configured to store and/or transfer information representing current measured by at least one of the current measuring devices (102).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Ecoauditors Limited
    Inventor: Andrew Simon Clegg
  • Patent number: 8581724
    Abstract: An implementation of a system, device and method for projecting a visual indicator against a surface is provided. A display projection system in a handheld sensor device (e.g. a handheld wall scanner) projects a static or computer-controlled dynamic pattern of light onto a surface being scanned to indicate a specific feature, such as existence of solid structures of wood, metal or plastic, electric or magnetic fields, or a disturbance of a field. The projected light may be controlled by a computer via an aperture to allow flexibility in what is projected, such as icons, lines, graphics, characters and colors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Zircon Corporation
    Inventors: Barry Wingate, John R. Stauss, Norman La Var Krantz, Anthony J. Rossetti
  • Patent number: 8570026
    Abstract: A multi-meter for a test probe includes a main body, two test probes and a clamping means. The test probe includes a test pin, a connecting portion, and a lead electrically connected between the test pin and the connecting portion. The connecting portion is inserted into the main body and electrically thereto. The clamping means comprises a liftable cover and a clamping portion formed on the liftable cover. One end of the liftable cover is pivotally connected to the main body. The clamping portion is configured to clamp the test pin. By this structure, the test pin is clamped by the camping portion to help a user carrying out the measurement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: Chung Instrument Electronics Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shao-Lin Liu
  • Publication number: 20130249534
    Abstract: A measuring device (1) with a housing (2) and two electronic devices (3, 4). To provide a measuring device whose electronics are modular, enabling easy adaptation to self-protection, the measuring device is provided with at least one encapsulated contact element (5) that is designed separately from the electronic units (3, 4) and the housing (2) and is arranged between the two electronic units (3, 4). Furthermore, the contact element (5) has at least one electronic transmission element (6) for creating an electric connection between the two electronic units (3, 4).
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2012
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Applicant: KROHNE MESSTECHNIK GMBH
    Inventor: Achim MATT
  • Publication number: 20130221948
    Abstract: The design of a functional measuring group for a medium-voltage substation has been optimized to make the product compact and robust in terms of internal arc, and also to favour complete accessibility to the measurement sensors. In particular, the voltage sensors are located in a vertical plane directly accessible via the front panel of the group, and the current sensors are located in the rear housing of the group, being directly accessible via the top of the group. In addition to being placed in an insulated compartment, the voltage sensors are insulated and shielded, and their connection terminals are designed for connection by cable with a flat interface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2013
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Applicant: Schneider Electric Industries SAS
    Inventor: Schneider Electric Industries SAS
  • Publication number: 20130154617
    Abstract: A current detecting device includes a busbar, a magneto-electric converting element that outputs a signal in response to a magnetic field generated from the busbar, a housing that accommodates the busbar and the magneto-electric converting element, and a shield plate that is attached to the housing. The shield plate is formed in the U-shape in cross section in which an opening is formed between leading ends of a pair of side plates. The leading ends of the pair of side plates of the shield plate are located more inside than an opening peripheral edge of an opening portion of the outer frame portion so that a predetermined distance is secured between the leading ends of the pair of side plates of the shield plate and the opening peripheral edge of the opening portion of the outer frame portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2011
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Applicant: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yasunori Kawaguchi, Shinichi Hashio, Toshirou Mochizuki
  • Patent number: 8466671
    Abstract: A multimeter includes a case defining an interior cavity in which components of the multimeter are located. The case has a top portion defining a plurality of first button apertures. A rotary selector knob is also provided for selecting a multimeter function. The multimeter further includes a separate front panel juxtaposed to the top portion of the case. The front panel has a plurality of second button apertures in respective register with at least some of the first button apertures. The top portion of the case may define a recess in which the front panel is received. The multimeter may also include a flexible keypad located between the top portion of the case and the front panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: Fluke Corporation
    Inventor: Jeffrey E. Worones
  • Publication number: 20130106403
    Abstract: A garment of vest type (1) incorporating a non-destructive control system includes, as constituent elements, an electronic measurement device (26) able to be connected to a measurement sensor, and linked to an electronic card (20) itself linked to an electrical power supply source (21) and to a viewing and control screen (27), and cables for electrically and electronically linking the constituent elements to one another.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2011
    Publication date: May 2, 2013
    Inventor: Marion Pages
  • Publication number: 20130088214
    Abstract: An electricity meter is provided. The electricity meter includes a body and a cover including at least one mount for coupling the cover to the body. The at least one mount includes a receiving portion on an exterior surface of the cover and having an aperture extending therethrough, the receiving portion including a top, a bottom, and at least one cutout extending from the top towards the bottom.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2011
    Publication date: April 11, 2013
    Inventors: Michael Sven Walser, Steven Lee Bietz
  • Patent number: 8415943
    Abstract: In one embodiment of the present invention, a probe for measuring an electrical field is disclosed, including at least one antenna, a detection circuit for each antenna, which detection circuit is connected to the corresponding antenna for detecting an RF signal, and a housing in which is received a processing circuit for processing a detected signal, wherein the housing is conductive and includes at least partially a substantially spherical surface for the purpose of forming a ground plane for the at least one antenna, wherein the detection circuit is arranged outside the housing and is coupled to the processing circuit via a feedthrough capacitor with a feedthrough terminal and a shield, wherein the feedthrough terminal connects the detection circuit conductively to the processing circuit and the shield is connected conductively to the conductive surface of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: Dijkstra Advice, Research & EMC Electronics B.V.
    Inventors: Patrick Walter Josef Dijkstra, Antonius Josephus Van Peer
  • Patent number: 8368386
    Abstract: Systems and methods for interconnecting local generation or power monitoring systems to a residential or commercial electric power system so that the connection is made via a direct connection to the power meter socket on the consumer side of the meter. The breaker for the system may be collocated with the interconnection. The system allows for a quick interconnection of the local generation or power monitoring system by inserting an attachment, or shim, underneath the existing standardized meter for simplified power connection, measurement and communications. The attachment may include integrated measurement coils or sensors connected to built-in power management electronics, a control computer, and/or a powerline communications module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: STEM, Inc.
    Inventor: Stacey Reineccius