With Diverse Art-type Device Patents (Class 337/1)
  • Patent number: 10786953
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a composite part having a curved or radiused corner to avoid wrinkling or bridging of outer-most composite plies during consolidation and cure, including laying up composite material on male or female tooling to form two flanges extending at a first angle relative each other and a curved or radiused corner extending between the two flanges. Then the method may include changing an orientation of one or both of the flanges of the composite material, such that the two flanges extend at a second included angle relative each other. The second included angle is smaller than the first angle. The method may also include a step of consolidating the composite material before, after, or during the step of changing the orientation of the composite material to the second angle, as well as a step of curing the composite material oriented at the second angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: SPIRIT AEROSYSTEMS (EUROPE) LIMITED
    Inventor: Mark Anthony Wadsworth
  • Patent number: 10580600
    Abstract: A miniature safety switch is used in motor vehicle electronics. The miniature safety switch has a housing base, from which a fixed contact arm and a bimetallic contact arm, which has a moving contact and a bimetallic snap disk attached thereto, are led out. A PTC resistor is brought into direct contact with the bimetallic snap disk by a compression spring and is electrically integrated in such a way that, as a result of the heat generated by the PTC resistor, the bimetallic snap disk remains in the open position thereof in the event of triggering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Ellenberger & Poensgen GmbH
    Inventors: Wolfgang Ullermann, Helmut Kraus
  • Patent number: 10059065
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a composite part having a curved or radiused corner to avoid wrinkling or bridging of outer-most composite plies during consolidation and cure, including laying up composite material on male or female tooling to form two flanges extending at a first angle relative each other and a curved or radiused corner extending between the two flanges. Then the method may include changing an orientation of one or both of the flanges of the composite material, such that the two flanges extend at a second included angle relative each other. The second included angle is smaller than the first angle. The method may also include a step of consolidating the composite material before, after, or during the step of changing the orientation of the composite material to the second angle, as well as a step of curing the composite material oriented at the second angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Spirit AeroSystems, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark Anthony Wadsworth
  • Patent number: 9806515
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses, including computer program code are disclosed herein that provide damage protection to cables and connectors. In one aspect, there is provided an apparatus. The apparatus may include an electrical connector comprising a power supply pin and at least one control pin. The apparatus may further include a protective element configured to change a state of the at least one control pin to cause the power supply pin to become inactive. The protective element may be integrated with the electrical connector and/or integrated at one or more locations along the length of a cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventors: Pekka E. Leinonen, Kai Inha, Timo T. Toivola, Pekka Talmola, Timo J. Toivanen
  • Patent number: 9007163
    Abstract: A device for protecting an electrical installation from surges. The device includes a protective component for protecting from overvoltages and two thermal disconnectors. Each thermal disconnector includes a respective mobile contact suitable to move from a closed position to an open position to disconnect the protective component from the electrical installation, and a respective thermosensitive element for making the mobile contact move from the closed position to the open position when the temperature of the protective component exceeds a predetermined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: ABB France
    Inventors: Michael Duval, Alain Lagnoux
  • Publication number: 20150042441
    Abstract: An electrical switch having an activation component that closes and opens contact points within a switch housing. The activation component may include a front end and a rear end. The rear end may be within the switch housing and the front end may be protruding from the switch housing. The front end of the activation component may include a fuse slot. A fuse may be placed in the fuse slot and removed from the fuse slot.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2013
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventor: Palle Kohring Weinreich
  • Patent number: 8904781
    Abstract: An actuation system having a configuration of first and second components, each component having longitudinally extending fingers interlaced with one another. Relative longitudinal movement is permitted between the fingers in a manner to permit the second component to be movable longitudinally with respect to the first component between a first position and a second position. A biasing member is provided within the configuration that biases the second component towards the second position. A wire is wound about the fingers that restrains the second component in the first position. A release device selectively causes the wire to be loosened about the fingers such that the biasing member moves the second component from the first position to the second position. An actuator connected to the second component moves with the second component from the first position to the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Simmonds Precision Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Martin E. Buttolph
  • Publication number: 20140285308
    Abstract: A breaker (1) is provided with: a fixed piece (2) which has a fixed contact; a movable piece which has a movable contact at a front end portion and pushes the movable contact against the fixed contact to bring same into contact with each other; a thermally responsive element that deforms in accordance with a change in temperature and thereby actuates the movable piece so that the movable contact separates from the fixed contact; and a case body (71) of a resin case that accommodates the fixed piece (2), the movable piece, and the thermally responsive element. The case body (71) has recess portions (75, 77) which are recessed from a peripheral portion, and the fixed piece (2) has a withdrawal portion (25) that withdraws from the recess portions (75, 77) of the case body (71) by a predetermined first distance (D1) or more, and is embedded in the case body (71).
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2012
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Inventor: Masashi Namikawa
  • Publication number: 20140240080
    Abstract: Provided is a semiconductor integrated circuit device including a fuse circuit whose area and cost are minimized by a simple circuit configuration. The fuse circuit includes a first fuse and a second fuse having substantially the same shape and different sheet resistances, which are connected in series between terminals with different potentials. In a state in which none of the fuses is cut, a potential of an output terminal is fixed to a potential of one of the terminals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2014
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: Seiko Instruments Inc.
    Inventor: Minoru ARIYAMA
  • Patent number: 8803042
    Abstract: A solenoid valve for use in a hazardous environment requiring a surface temperature of the valve to not exceed a cutoff temperature, the valve comprising coil configured to physically move an armature using an field generated by the coil; a thermal cutoff device having a fusing temperature above the cutoff temperature; and a heating resistor sized and configured to raise thermal cutoff device's temperature to the fusing temperature before the surface temperature exceeds the cutoff temperature. A method of constructing a solenoid valve for use in a hazardous environment requiring a surface temperature of the valve to not exceed a cutoff temperature, the method comprising the steps of: selecting a thermal cutoff device having a fusing temperature above the cutoff temperature; and selecting and configuring a heating resistor to raise thermal cutoff device's temperature to the fusing temperature before the surface temperature exceeds the cutoff temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Automatic Switch Company
    Inventors: Nicholas F. Buccheri, John J. Haller
  • Publication number: 20140159855
    Abstract: An air heater fuse for diesel engines for easier starting of a diesel engine inlet air needs to be warmed. In large diesel engines an electric heater is therefore installed into an inlet manifold due to protection in case of excessive electric current and warming of the housing. The fuse of the invention is characterised in that the fusible link (9) is fastened to the air heater by the fastening screw (5), wherein the fusible link (9) is arranged between the head of the fastening screw (5) and the housing (1) of the air heater, and the fusible link (9) is insulated from the shaft of the fastening screw (5) by the insulating spacer (12a) or another insulating material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2014
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Applicant: HIDRIA AET DRUZBA ZA PROIZVODNJO VZIGNIH SISTEMOV IN ELEKTRONIKE D.O.O.
    Inventors: Elvis GREGORCIC, Janez URBAS
  • Patent number: 8717729
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a computing device includes a circuit board having a heat-generating component and a mechanical shut-off switch configured to cut power to the heat-generating component when a temperature within the computing device rises above a threshold temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Mark S. Tracy, Keith A. Sauer, Jeffrey A. Lev
  • Publication number: 20140055227
    Abstract: A subsea fuse assembly is provided. The subsea fuse assembly is adapted to be operated in a pressurized environment. The subsea fuse assembly includes an enclosure adapted to be filled with a dielectric liquid, and a pressure compensator including a flexible element for pressure compensation. The subsea fuse assembly also includes a first penetrator and a second penetrator each passing through a wall of the enclosure for leading a first electric conductor and a second electric conductor, respectively, into the enclosure. The subsea fuse assembly includes a fuse arranged inside the enclosure and connected between the first electric conductor and the second electric conductor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2012
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Inventors: Ove Boe, Sivert Eliassen, Espen Haugan, Oddvar Lenes, Boerge Sneisen, Gunnar Snilsberg
  • Publication number: 20140022044
    Abstract: A liquid food of beverage preparation machine that includes an electric supply circuit connectable to an electric power source; a heater powered by the electric supply circuit; and a thermal fuse device in thermal communication with the heater and associated with the electric supply circuit, the fuse device being arranged to interrupt the electric supply circuit from the power source when the heater exceeds a temperature limit. The thermal fuse device is reversible and includes a switch for automatically interrupting the electric supply circuit when the heater exceeds the temperature limit, the switch being operable by a user to close the electric supply circuit when the heater has a temperature that has returned below the temperature limit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Publication date: January 23, 2014
    Applicant: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Stefan ETTER, Urs GAUDENZ, Gilles GAVILLET, Thomas HODEL, Alexandre KOLLEP, Peter MÕRI, Renzo MOSER, Peter PREISIG, Robin SCHWAB
  • Publication number: 20120299689
    Abstract: A safety control structure for heater wire comprises a switch, a first heating wire, a second heating wire, and an over-current protection element, which are sequentially connected in series connection. An insulation and fusible layer is interposed between the first heating wire and the second heating wire. Accordingly, under normal condition, the switch is triggered by triggering the circuit, so as to have the first heating wire and the second heating wire then be heated up within a preset temperature range. When the first heating wire and the second heating wire produce exceptionally high temperatures to fuse the insulation and fusible layer, the current is increased instantaneously because the first heating wire and the second heating wire are short-circuited. Therefore, the circuit is interrupted by the over-current protection element to show a broken circuit status in order to stop heating up.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2011
    Publication date: November 29, 2012
    Inventor: Ching-Chuan WANG
  • Patent number: 8217750
    Abstract: The 3-electrode surge protective device includes: a surge protective device body including: an earth electrode; a ceramic cylinder; and a pair of line electrodes; and a fail-safe spring including: an elastic mount portion; and a short-circuit portion, a conductive material that is sandwiched between the fail-safe spring and the body; and a pair of first lead pins provided on the pair of line electrodes; a second lead pin provided on the earth electrode. In a normal state, the conductive material support the short-circuit portion at a separation position where the short-circuit portion is separated from the outer peripheral face of the body and the first lead pins. In case where the body is overheated and the conductive material is melted, the short-circuit portion is moved to a contact position where the short-circuit portion comes into contact with the second lead pin and the first lead pins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Shinko Electric Industries Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kazuhiko Machida
  • Patent number: 8217740
    Abstract: An electromagnetic relay comprises a coil generating magnetic force when power is distributed, a contact point part opened and closed by the magnetic force, and a fuse functional part having a conductor wired electrically in series with the contact point part and disconnected when predetermined heat quantity is received, and the fuse functional part is disposed at a position which receives arc heat generated in the contact point part when switching the contact point part from conduction state to cut-off state. Thereby, a small electromagnetic relay which enables interruption of current in all current value range can be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Denso Corporation
    Inventor: Eiji Nakagawa
  • Publication number: 20120112870
    Abstract: A solenoid valve for use in a hazardous environment requiring a surface temperature of the valve to not exceed a cutoff temperature, the valve comprising coil configured to physically move an armature using an field generated by the coil; a thermal cutoff device having a fusing temperature above the cutoff temperature; and a heating resistor sized and configured to raise thermal cutoff device's temperature to the fusing temperature before the surface temperature exceeds the cutoff temperature. A method of constructing a solenoid valve for use in a hazardous environment requiring a surface temperature of the valve to not exceed a cutoff temperature, the method comprising the steps of: selecting a thermal cutoff device having a fusing temperature above the cutoff temperature; and selecting and configuring a heating resistor to raise thermal cutoff device's temperature to the fusing temperature before the surface temperature exceeds the cutoff temperature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2011
    Publication date: May 10, 2012
    Applicant: AUTOMATIC SWITCH COMPANY
    Inventors: John J. HALLER, Nicholas F. BUCCHERI
  • Publication number: 20120086539
    Abstract: A device for protecting an electrical installation from surges. The device includes a protective component for protecting from overvoltages and two thermal disconnectors. Each thermal disconnector includes a respective mobile contact suitable to move from a closed position to an open position to disconnect the protective component from the electrical installation, and a respective thermosensitive element for making the mobile contact move from the closed position to the open position when the temperature of the protective component exceeds a predetermined threshold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2011
    Publication date: April 12, 2012
    Applicant: ABB France
    Inventors: Michael DUVAL, Alain LAGNOUX
  • Publication number: 20120086540
    Abstract: A device for protecting an electrical installation from surges, includes two terminals, a protective component connected to the terminals, and a thermal disconnector having a conductive contact blade maintained in a first position in which the contact blade ensures an electrical connection between the protective component and one of the two terminals. The thermal disconnector can be provided for making the contact blade go to a second position when the temperature of the protective component exceeds a predetermined threshold, wherein the contact blade and the one of the two connection terminals are part of a single and same piece.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2011
    Publication date: April 12, 2012
    Applicant: ABB France
    Inventors: Michael DUVAL, Alain Lagnoux
  • Publication number: 20120068806
    Abstract: A device may include a metal-oxide varistor (MOV), wherein the MOV increases in temperature as a voltage applied across the MOV exceeds a rated voltage. The device may include a first conductor contacting the MOV and a second conductor contacting the MOV. The second conductor may be configured to disconnect from the MOV when the MOV reaches a threshold temperature. The device may include an enclosure to surround the MOV, the first conductor, and the second conductor, wherein the enclosure includes a non-conductive fluid to suppress arcing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2011
    Publication date: March 22, 2012
    Applicant: THOMAS & BETTS INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventors: Marco Antonio Guarniere, Martin William Guy
  • Publication number: 20100231346
    Abstract: The 3-electrode surge protective device includes: a surge protective device body including: an earth electrode; a ceramic cylinder; and a pair of line electrodes; and a fail-safe spring including: an elastic mount portion; and a short-circuit portion, a conductive material that is sandwiched between the fail-safe spring and the body; and a pair of first lead pins provided on the pair of line electrodes; a second lead pin provided on the earth electrode. In a normal state, the conductive material support the short-circuit portion at a separation position where the short-circuit portion is separated from the outer peripheral face of the body and the first lead pins. In case where the body is overheated and the conductive material is melted, the short-circuit portion is moved to a contact position where the short-circuit portion comes into contact with the second lead pin and the first lead pins.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2010
    Publication date: September 16, 2010
    Applicant: SHINKO ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kazuhiko Machida
  • Publication number: 20100116903
    Abstract: A thermal fuse integrated into an electrical circuit powering a heater element having a positive temperature coefficient includes at least one terminal in electrical connection with the heater element thereby connecting the heater element to a power source, and a solder jacket that mechanically retains the electrical connection between the terminal and heater element, wherein a biasing load is applied to the terminal when retained by the solder jacket, and wherein the terminal breaks connection with the heater element under the force of the bias when the solder jacket melts should the heater element overheat. By selecting the solder material forming the solder jacket according to its melt temperature, a temperature specific overheat protection for a heated fuel injector can be provided. Since the injector's metering circuit is separate from the thermal fuse circuit, the fuel injector remains operational even after the heater circuit is opened.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2008
    Publication date: May 13, 2010
    Inventor: Jason C. Short
  • Patent number: 7471184
    Abstract: An apparatus comprising a microelectromechanical system (MEMS) device. The MEMS device includes a substrate having an anchoring pad thereon and a structural element. The structural element has a beam that includes a first part and a second part. The first part is attached to both the anchoring pad and to the second part. The second part is movable with respect to the substrate and made of an electrically conductive material. Additionally, at least one of the following conditions hold: the first part is made of a material having: a first yield stress that is greater than a second yield stress of the electrically conductive material of the second part; a fatigue resistance that is greater than a second fatigue resistance of the electrically conductive material of the second part; or, a creep rate that is less than a second creep rate of the electrically conductive material of the second part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2008
    Assignee: Lucent Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Vladimir Anatolyevich Aksyuk, Flavio Pardo, Maria Elina Simon
  • Patent number: 6747541
    Abstract: An improved spool assembly for non-explosive actuators used in electro-mechanical structural separation devices. The spool assembly includes two spool halves each having external surfaces and a generally flat internal surface, a unitary and integral internal member made of an electrically conductive material and having a link-wire portion and two electrical terminal portions, and an external wrap-wire wound around the two spool halves and having a connecting end connected to the link-wire portion of the unitary and integral internal member such that the wrap-wire tightly binds the two spool halves together to form a spool for retaining an external structural member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2004
    Assignee: G&H Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Holt, Jui-Yu Wu, Matthew Dalton, Patrick Laughlin
  • Patent number: 6674032
    Abstract: A manual call point having a housing base (1), a cover and an alarm insert with a fragile panel (4), a printed-circuit board (3), a switching element (6) and an actuating mechanism. The actuating mechanism for the switching element (6) is formed by a pivoting lever (7) resting on a lateral edge of the panel (4), the pivoting lever (7) pressing on the switching element (6) in the normal state of the manual call point and holding the switching element (6) in a closed position. When the panel (4) is smashed the pivoting lever (7) pivots, so the switching element (6) is opened. The switching element (6) is arranged on the printed-circuit board (3) and comprises a flexible end switch. The manual call point also contains a device for triggering a test alarm comprising a switching lever (9) to displace the panel (4) until the pivoting lever (7) is released and comprises a member (10) to actuate the switching lever (9).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2004
    Assignee: Siemens Building Technologies AG
    Inventors: Christoph Pfenninger, Heinz Diener
  • Publication number: 20030076215
    Abstract: Split spool release apparatus for retaining and deploying a deployable appendage. Exemplary apparatus comprises a housing which houses a split spool clamping device, a release nut attached to the deployable appendage, a locking mechanism or fuse assembly, and an actuator. The split spool clamping device comprises a plurality of separable sections that secure the release nut and deployable appendage using the restraining wire that is wrapped around them. In one embodiment, the split spool clamping device may comprises a threaded split-nut. The restraining wire is preferably wrapped using variable pretension, having low tension at the fuse end and higher tension at the nut end (load application end). The fuse assembly is coupled to the restraining wire at a location that is distal from the deployable appendage, and is activated by the actuator to release the restraining wire.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2001
    Publication date: April 24, 2003
    Inventor: Varouj G. Baghdasarian
  • Patent number: 6538552
    Abstract: A thermostat, in particular for electric household appliances, including a mechanical switch and an analog regulating circuit having a variable-ratio reference divider. The reference divider includes a reference resistor and a variable-resistance resistive element; and the mechanical switch connects the variable-resistance resistive element to the reference resistor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2003
    Assignee: ITW Industrial Components S.r.l.
    Inventors: Raoul Bianchi, Roberto Malpetti, Alfredo De Pasca, Marco Sclip
  • Publication number: 20010053061
    Abstract: A push-button switch having an overload protection function and a circular type actuation mechanism is disclosed. The switch comprises a conduction lead to be actuated by circularly rotating actuators. The actuators rotate in response of each sliding cycle of the button. Thus, a switch that occupies least space, reduces wearing and increases lifetime, is obtained.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2001
    Publication date: December 20, 2001
    Inventor: Tsung-Mou Yu
  • Patent number: 6295003
    Abstract: A socket has one or more socket members received in an enclosure, and a current indicator disposed in coupled to the socket members for indicating the current through the socket members and for indicating the overload of the socket. The current indicator includes a coil, and a rotatable indicator to be actuated by the coil to indicate the current of the socket. A device may detect the temperature of the socket and a device may generate a warning signal when the socket is overload. The indicator may shield a photoresistive member when the socket is overload.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2001
    Inventor: Hsien Chung Wu
  • Patent number: 6205030
    Abstract: A PC card includes a housing bounding a compartment. The housing includes a top cover plate, a bottom cover plate, and a border frame extending therebetween. A circuit board having electrical circuitry formed thereon is disposed within the compartment of the housing. An electrical connector configured for coupling with an electrical apparatus is mounted on the housing in electrical communication with the circuit board. A fuse slot is formed at least partially on the border frame and is configured to removably receive a fuse. The fuse slot communicates with the exterior through an opening. Disposed within the fuse slot are spaced apart first and second fuse contacts. The fuse contacts are each disposed in electrical communication with the circuit board. The fuse contacts are also configured to engage the fuse in electrical communication when the fuse is received within the fuse slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2001
    Assignee: 3Com Corporation
    Inventor: Tim Urry Price
  • Patent number: 6133818
    Abstract: A highly reliable release apparatus which is used to stow or release desired devices such as, for example, solar arrays, antenna positioning mechanisms, reflectors, found on satellites, space stations or spacecraft. Deployment of the desired device is prevented or allowed by respectively restraining or releasing a first member under tension. The apparatus comprises a support member having an opening and a first face arranged about the opening. A second member is located within the opening when the first member is in tension and is adapted to be attached to an end of the first member. At least three locking members such as fuse wires are arranged on the first face of said support member for restraining the second member within the opening in order to maintain tension on the first member. The second member is attached to the first member in a manner such that at least two of the fuse wires must be severed before the restraint on the second member is released.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2000
    Assignee: Space Systems/Loral, Inc.
    Inventors: Cindy Hsin-I Hsieh, Varouj G. Baghdasarian
  • Patent number: 6093896
    Abstract: A system (10) for establishing bypass of a failed battery cell (18) includes a failed cell sensor (26) which on sensing a failed cell generates an electric signal that destroys clamping relation of two retaining wire spools (24) to release retaining means (14,16). Such release enables a unitary plunger assembly (28) to be moved by a spring (49) to position a cylindrical pin contact (52) in electrical shorting relation to the first and second electrodes (57,58) connected across the cell (18).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2000
    Inventors: Jui-Yu Wu, Matthew B. Dalton
  • Patent number: 6034602
    Abstract: A computer monitor system including an infrared motion detecting switch that deactivates the monitor after a predetermined delay during which no movement is detected in the vicinity of the monitor. The system is designed to prevent damage to the screens through excessive use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2000
    Inventor: Stephan Brice Quibodeaux
  • Patent number: 6006661
    Abstract: A stamp-making apparatus is provided in which a transparent presser plate is arranged such that the presser plate is parallel with a stamp-making object material, an ink ribbon having a stamp image formed thereon is urged against the stamp-making object material via the presser plate, and exposure of the stamp-making object material to light is carried out via the ink ribbon as a mask. A ribbon feeder rolls out an ink ribbon wound around one end portion thereof to a position facing the stamp-making object material, and then rolls up the ink ribbon around another end portion thereof. A relative translation of the presser plate and the stamp-making object material is made toward each other by moving at least one of the presser plate and the stamp-making object material to thereby urge the ink ribbon against the stamp-making object material. A guide guides the ink ribbon when the ink ribbon is fed, to space between the presser plate and the stamp-making object material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 28, 1999
    Assignees: Seiko Epson Corporation, King Jim Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Eiji Tukahara, Hideki Oikawa, Kenichi Nakajima, Hiroshi Kuriyama, Kenji Watanabe, Takanobu Kameda, Chieko Aida, Tomoyuki Shimmura
  • Patent number: 5867083
    Abstract: A small-size high-performance electronic protective device (10) is provided for use in protecting communication equipment including an exchange servicing module against application of abnormal surge current due to accidental shorts between adjacent ones of power feed lines in a communications system. The protective device (10) includes positive thermistors (3a, 3b) connected between communication link input terminals (1a, 1b) and output terminals (1c, 1d) coupled to an associative equipment being protected. The protective device (10) also includes thick-film resistive elements (5a, 5b), which are connected in parallel with the thermistors (3a, 3b), respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 2, 1999
    Assignee: Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Haruyuki Takeuchi, Michio Miyazaki, Tadao Bekku
  • Patent number: 5844463
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a process for regulating the temperature of a fluid circuit comprising a thermostatic valve, which consists in maintaining a leak rate through the valve once the valve has been opened a first time in order to eliminate the temperature fluctuations of the fluid around a regulation temperature. Two thermodilatable elements with different expansion temperature thresholds are used. The invention further relates to a thermostatic valve intended to regulate the temperature of a fluid around at least one value and comprising at least a first thermodilatable element. The valve further includes a second thermodilatable element for maintaining a controlled leak rate as soon as the valve has been opened (a first time).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 1, 1998
    Assignee: Institute Francais du Petrole
    Inventor: Jean Trapy
  • Patent number: 5754089
    Abstract: A fuse structure is described in which a metallic frame is inserted between the insulation layers, through which the fuse window passes, and the final passivation layer. This frame is used as a mask during fuse window formation so alignment is simplified and problems arising from the presence of insulating residues on the surface of the fuse window layer are avoided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 19, 1998
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Ltd.
    Inventors: Der-Cheng Chen, Peng-Cheng Chou
  • Patent number: 5748066
    Abstract: A controller (24) is provided to selectively release an initiator (12) having first and second members (14,16) that clampingly engage an object (18) preventing it from moving in an urged direction. A spring wire coil (20) holds the members (14,16) tightly about the object, one coil end affixed to one of the members and the other coil end is held by a pair of link wire loops (82,86) of the controller (24) which is also removably secured to one of the members (14,16) by a bolt (36). When it is desired to release the object (18) an electric current is passed through the link wire loops (82,86) of sufficient magnitude to cause the loops to break, releasing the coil (20) to unwind and, in turn, release the object for urged movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 5, 1998
    Assignee: G & H Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Andrew J. Holt
  • Patent number: 5734312
    Abstract: An overtemperature protection assembly with a mount, a solder terminal and a bridging connector. The mount is a block of ceramic material with a slot extending therethrough. The solder terminal has an end that is located in the slot and forms a frictional connection therein. The bridging connector has a busing terminal and a spring contact. The busing terminal has an end that is located in the slot. The spring contact has a first end connected to the busing terminal and a second end that is deflected towards the solder terminal and soldered thereto. If the solder connecting the second end of the spring contact to the solder terminal melts from excessive heat, the spring contact deflects away from the solder terminal thereby breaking electrical connection between the solder terminal and the busing terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 31, 1998
    Assignee: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventors: Peter A. Czerner, Richard I. Farrington, James E. Chasen
  • Patent number: 5621373
    Abstract: A link wire (20) arrangement for use in a non-explosive initiator (10) includes a link wire (20) received within a pair of tubes (24,26), each tube having its outer end formed into a loop (28) and its opposite end crimped (30) to physically and electrically secure the tubes to the included link wire (20). The tubes (24,26) are encapsulated within an insulating body (16).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 15, 1997
    Assignee: G & H Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Larry L. McCormick
  • Patent number: 5606889
    Abstract: The initiator (32) has a hollow spool housing (34) with sidewall slots (42,44) and within which is received a shaft (54) to be releasably retained. Spool segments (46,48) are placed within slots (42,44) and have parts extending into the housing bore (50) obstructingly engaging the shaft (54) preventing its removal. A spring coil (82) wound over the spool segments (46,48) holds them in place. Cartridge assembly (62) is releasably secured to the housing (34) and includes a link wire (72) for securing one end of the coil (82). The link wire (72) is destructible by passing an electric current therethrough exceeding a certain value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 4, 1997
    Assignee: G & H Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Slawomir J. Bielinski, Larry L. McCormick, Roger C. Stephenson
  • Patent number: 5600306
    Abstract: An electrical receptacle unit includes at least one receptacle body (3) internally provided with a pair of slotted terminals (4) for insertion of a pair of blades (L) of a load-side electrical plug (P), a thermistor (7) encased in a protective tube (9) outwardly projectable from between the slotted terminals (4) of the receptacle body (3), a coil spring (13) for projecting the thermistor (7) out from the receptacle body (3), a relay (14) for enabling and disabling supply of electric power to the slotted terminals (4), a control circuit (19) which operates the relay (14) to cut off supply of electric power to the slotted terminals (4) when the temperature of the thermistor (7) reaches or exceeds a preset temperature, and a buzzer (23) operated by an output signal produced by the control circuit (19) when the temperature of the thermistor (7) reaches or exceeds the preset temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 4, 1997
    Assignee: Nisso Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Minoru Ichikawa, Teruhiko Ishinaka
  • Patent number: 5550524
    Abstract: An adjustable thermostat range limit apparatus consists of a base member having a pair of adjustable temperature limit means. The thermostat range limit apparatus is attached in the proximity of a conventional thermostat so that the adjustable temperature limit means can come into contact with the temperature control level of a conventional thermostat. These adjustable temperature limit means will provide for a restriction in the temperature range in which the temperature control lever can be set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 27, 1996
    Inventor: Ralph W. Zimmerman
  • Patent number: 5534840
    Abstract: A control and/or indicator unit with screw terminals includes a one-piece body forming a flange provided with an external screwthread for fitting it by means of a nut to a support and surrounded at the rear by a cap in which are openings for wires and for access to the screws whose axes are parallel to the axis of symmetry of the body. The screws cooperate with connecting areas of bent conductive members held eccentric to the axis of symmetry in the body which provides a cylindrical internal housing open on the same side as the conductive members for at least one mobile contact plunger or a mobile contact plunger and a luminous component or a luminous component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 9, 1996
    Assignee: Schneider Electric SA
    Inventor: Patrick Cuingnet
  • Patent number: 5471888
    Abstract: An electrical initiator (10) includes spool halves (12,14) releasably held together by a coiled retaining wire (42). A link wire (42) also holds a spool (46) fixed to spool half (12) against connector body 16 and the other spool half (16). A cavity on the interior of the two spools physically retain a tensilely loaded shaft (18). An electric current passing through the link wire (42) causes it to become brittle and break releasing the spool halves and contained shaft (18).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 1994
    Date of Patent: December 5, 1995
    Assignee: G & H Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Larry L. McCormick
  • Patent number: 5438173
    Abstract: The present invention is a cell bypass switch particularly designed for aerospace applications. The cell bypass switch can sense a battery cell failure and automatically opens an alternate path around the failed cell, bypassing the failure and allowing the remainder of the battery system to continue its function. The cell bypass switch is designed to be placed in parallel with the battery cell it protects. The present invention includes two electro-mechanical actuator assemblies which are mounted on the top end of the housing for operating two plungers respectively. Each of the electro-mechanical actuator assembly includes two spool halves which are held together by a tight winding of a restraining wire that terminates in a bridge wire connecting two electrical terminals of the electro-mechanical actuator. Each spool, by virtue of the restraining wire winding, can restrain a spring loaded plunger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 1, 1995
    Assignee: G & H Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward Rudoy, Leslie Kerek
  • Patent number: 5153551
    Abstract: A device for manually controlling a thermal relay associated with a contactor and housed, together with the contactor, in a case having stop and reset push-buttons, comprises levers mounted for rotation in a support fixed to the front of the box of the thermal relay. Each of the push-buttons engages a respective lever so that the latter is applied on a stop pusher or a reset pusher of the thermal relay. A combined stop and reset operation from the actuation of the stop push button alone is possible because the stop lever bears on the reset lever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 1991
    Date of Patent: October 6, 1992
    Assignee: Telemecanique
    Inventors: Bernard Fournier, Philippe Rix
  • Patent number: 5049849
    Abstract: A circuit breaker has two thin flat terminals embedded in an electrically insulating housing exposing respective broad flat sides of the terminals in spaced side-by-side relation to each other in a housing chamber. The circuit breaker has a thermostat metal member secured at one end to one exposed side of one terminal to mount the member extending along a chamber wall and has a contact at its opposite end to engage and disengage the other terminal to close and open a circuit in response to a selected current in the circuit. The contact comprises a material which erodes during repeated cycling of the circuit breaker. The thermostat metal member has a portion of reduced cross-sectional area adapted to burn out and separate the member into two sections to open the circuit if the contact welds or sticks to the other terminal. A stop on the housing intercepts movement of one of the member sections after burn out to avoid shorting of the circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 1990
    Date of Patent: September 17, 1991
    Assignee: Texas Instruments Incorporated
    Inventors: Steven K. Sullivan, Richard L. Jenne, Gennady Baskin
  • Patent number: 5017740
    Abstract: A hermetic terminal assembly for a housing including a fuse-like area positioned in the outer pin segment of a terminal pin extending in sealed relation through the body member of the terminal assembly which body member can be sealed to a housing wall, the fuse-like area in the outer pin segment being covered with a thermally decomposable coating which in the event of decomposition includes an arc suppressant. A pin guard and lead wire end connection securing device is provided to protect the outer pin segment and to secure the lead wire end connection thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 1990
    Date of Patent: May 21, 1991
    Assignee: Emerson Electric Co.
    Inventors: Glenn A. Honkomp, Eugene H. Tingley, Thomas O. McNay, Benjamin Bowsky