Plunger Or Semaphore Type Patents (Class 337/267)
  • Patent number: 8547195
    Abstract: A protection element and a secondary battery device employing the protection element are provided for stably retaining a flux on a soluble conductor at a predetermined position, so as to enable appropriate blowout of the soluble conductor in the event of an abnormality. The protection element has a soluble conductor which is disposed on an insulation baseboard, and which is connected to a power supply path of a device targeted to be protected, and which causes a blowout when a predetermined abnormal electric power amount is supplied. A flux is coated on a surface of the soluble conductor, and an insulation cover member is mounted on the baseboard and covers the soluble conductor. The protection element also includes a stepped portion for retaining the flux at a predetermined position in contact with the flux, and the stepped portion is formed opposite to the soluble conductor on an interior face of the insulation cover member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Dexerials Corporation
    Inventors: Yuji Kimura, Takahiro Asada, Yoshihiro Yoneda, Kazuaki Suzuki
  • Patent number: 7362207
    Abstract: A limiter includes a housing having a first surface and a second surface, a line terminal, a load terminal, a fusible conductor electrically connected between the line and load terminals and an indicator button disposed proximate the first surface. The button includes a first end and a second end having a first opening, a second opening and a conduit therein between the first and second openings. The fusible conductor passes from the first terminal, through the first opening, through the conduit, through the second opening, and to the load terminal. A spring biases the button away from the first surface. The fusible conductor, when electrically connected between the line and load terminals, holds the second end proximate the first surface. The spring, when the fusible conductor is electrically disconnected from one or both of the terminals, moves the button away from the first surface and toward the second surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2008
    Assignee: Eaton Corporation
    Inventors: Richard P. Malingowski, Ramon J. Ojeda, Mark A. Janusek
  • Patent number: 6956459
    Abstract: A blown fuse proximity sensing device 40 is for use with a rectifying wheel 37 of a type including rectifying diodes 38 and associated fuses 42. Each fuse 42 may include a housing 51, a fuse element 52 carried by the housing, and a pop-out indicator 54 movable between a normal position and a popped-out position. In the popped-out position, the indicator 54 extends outwardly from the housing responsive to failure of the fuse element. At least one stationary proximity sensor 44 is mounted adjacent the rectifying wheel 37 for sensing positions of the pop-out indicators 54 without contact therewith during rotation of the rectifying wheel to thereby sense at least one blown fuse. The sensing device 40 may also include a local display 61, and a controller 68 connected to the stationary proximity sensor 44 for generating an indication of a blown fuse on the local display. The controller 68 may also generate at least one remote output, such as to be monitored by other plant control equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2005
    Assignee: Siemens Westinghouse Power Corporation
    Inventors: James F. Lau, Anand Banthia
  • Patent number: 6831546
    Abstract: The impact signaling system (9) is used in a high-voltage protective device and has a housing (13), a spring (16) which is arranged in the housing (13) and has a moveable end, an actuator (17) which can be passed out of the housing (13) and interacts with the moveable end of the spring (16), a high-resistance resistor wire (12) which is connected in parallel with a fusible wire of the protective device, and a holder which absorbs the prestress of the spring (16). The holder contains a section of the high-resistance resistor wire (12) which is in the form of a winding (18) and is passed at least once around the moveable end of the spring (16) in order to form the prestress, and which is at least partially in thermally conductive contact with the material of the activator (20). Above a limit temperature, the activator (20) lifts, for example by destruction of the winding (18) or by melting through, the holder and activates the impact signaling system (9) by reducing the load on the spring (16).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2004
    Assignee: ABB Research LTD
    Inventors: Uwe Kaltenborn, Guido Hoffmann
  • Publication number: 20030179069
    Abstract: A fuse is provided that is suitable for operation in unusual environments and includes an operation indicator that is simple and reliable. A movable arcing tube is released during operation. As the arcing tube moves outside the fuse assembly, a latching spring moves into a receiving groove in the arcing tube to retain the arcing tube in the external operated position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2003
    Publication date: September 25, 2003
    Inventors: Glenn R. Borchardt, Jorge R. Montante, Martin A. Warszawa
  • Patent number: 6380837
    Abstract: A fuse assembly is provided having two fusible elements, electrically in parallel with each other, thereby providing the fuse assembly with increased inrush current withstand capacity, a greater range of current ratings and lower temperature rise at higher rated currents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2002
    Assignee: San-O-Industrial Corporation
    Inventor: Carl E. Lindquist
  • Patent number: 6064292
    Abstract: An electrostatic discharge ground path for a fuse installable in a fuse holder includes an area of metallization on at least one insulating surface of the fuse extending from an exposed surface of the fuse to a contact area within the fuse holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2000
    Assignee: Lucent Technologies Inc.
    Inventor: David J. Pongracz
  • Patent number: 6008715
    Abstract: A fuse for interfacing electrical current with electronic components and for shielding the electronic components from potentially damaging electrostatic discharge. The fuse includes a fuse body having an edge and first and second electrical contacts. A fuse indicator is connected to one electrical contact and a fuse element extends between the indicator and the other contact for providing a conduit for operating current to reach the interfaced electronic components. A window is disposed on the edge of the fuse body and positioned over the fuse indicator. Sealant is disposed between the window edge and the fuse body edge to prevent the accumulation of air therebetween and, thereby, preventing such accumulated air from functioning as a transmission medium through which an electrostatic discharge can travel and reach the electronic components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 28, 1999
    Assignee: Lucent Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Noah L. Gottfried, David John Pongracz, Steven J. Smith
  • Patent number: 5886613
    Abstract: A pin indicating fuse construction incorporates a protective shield member that isolates an indicator assembly from a main-fuse link. By use of the inventive protective shield, arc-quenching filler may be excluded, resulting in a less-costly, more reliable fuse construction. The main fuse link is arranged within the fuse in such a manner so as to minimize potential interference with the actuator assembly during activation of the indicator assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 23, 1999
    Assignee: Cooper Technologies Company
    Inventors: Donald Joseph Magoon, Keith Alan Overton, Ronald Emil Mollet
  • Patent number: 5786743
    Abstract: Between a rocking lever controlled by a striking pin of a cartridge and a resiliently loaded actuation knob of an alarm micro-switch, there is interposed an arm mounted on a pivot which pivot is spaced from the movement axis of the knob with result that the knob is engaged by the arm virtually without any mutual lateral sliding therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 28, 1998
    Assignee: Ferraz
    Inventor: Joel Viscogliosi
  • Patent number: 5319344
    Abstract: An externally mounted blown fuse indicator including a housing, a spring-biased plunger, a tungsten restraining wire, two terminals, and a cover, the plunger having a meltable region that is heated by the restraining wire and melts to release the plunger when the fuse blows, the spring engaging a midsection of the plunger, the housing carrying tabs at its ends for engagement with a switch to be activated by the plunger, the spring-biased plunger having greater than 3 ounces force at an extension of 0.11".
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 1993
    Date of Patent: June 7, 1994
    Assignee: Gould Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Jerry L. Mosesian, Howard J. Parker, Richard J. Perreault, George F. Walker, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5260679
    Abstract: Fuse cartridge, of the type comprising, a striking element (8) retained against elastic means (7) by a conductive wire (6) connected between the connection heads (2) in parallel with at least one meltable element (5) so as to melt with the latter under the effect of an accidental overintensity, a micro-switch (9) whose knob (12) is intended to be actuated by said striking element to supply an alarm circuit in the case of melting of element (5), characterized in that, between the knob (12) and the striking element (8) there is interposed a rocking lever (13) profiled in the manner of a cam in order to give the micro-switch (9) two stable positions of functioning, whatever its inner mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 1992
    Date of Patent: November 9, 1993
    Assignee: Ferraz
    Inventor: Joel Viscogliosi
  • Patent number: 5113169
    Abstract: A fuse assembly has snubber/indicators which are visible through translucent lenses provided within the fuse cover, for indication and inspection of the fuse operability. The snubbers provide a shearing load upon the fuse filament so as to more positively separate the fuse segments of a ruptured filament, which snubbers may also envelop and insulate the conductor posts and separate the ruptured fuse elements so as to inhibit arcing within the "blown" fuse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 1990
    Date of Patent: May 12, 1992
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: William E. Ruehl, Bjarne Frederiksen, E. Grant Swick
  • Patent number: 5055818
    Abstract: The blown fuse indicator is mounted to one of the opposed ferrules of a fuse and ejects a streamer therefrom in response to a blown or open fuse condition. The streamer is a strip of vinyl which is secured at one end to a plunger held within a housing mounted on one of the ferrules, and at its other end to a container which is ejected from the housing by the plunger in response to a fuse opening whereby the streamer unfurls to indicate the fuse is blown and open.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 1989
    Date of Patent: October 8, 1991
    Assignee: Cooper Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: David M. Bueschel
  • Patent number: 4962977
    Abstract: An electric fuse constructed of a subassembly including a blown-fuse preassembly. The preassembly includes a stationary structure including an indicator housing having a chamber therein, an indicator pin mounted in the chamber for movement from a nonindicating position to an indicating position, an indicator spring mounted between the indicator housing and the indicator pin so as to bias the indicator pin from the nonindicating position to the indicating position, and a flexible indicator restraining wire having a first portion engaging the pin for restraint and, on respective sides of the first portion, second and third portions extending out of the indicator housing, the wire being in tension against force provided by the indicator spring to the indicator pin, the indicator wire restraining the pin in the nonindicating position and maintaining the spring cocked, the second and third portions being secured under tension by rigid bonding to the stationary structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 1989
    Date of Patent: October 16, 1990
    Assignee: Gould Inc.
    Inventor: David E. Suuronen
  • Patent number: 4912449
    Abstract: This invention relates to an operation-indicating device for fuse cartridges for electrical protection, of the type comprising a plunger formed by a pusher element which is retained against a resilient actuating member by a secondary fuse wire connected in parallel with the wire or wires or fusible elements of the cartridge, characterized in that the base of the plunger cooperates with the conventional portion of the reduced section of the secondary wire, and an intermediate piece is in contact with the wire on either of said portion which is arranged so as to behave in non-conductive manner with respect to low-voltage current which passes through this wire and in conductive manner when the reduced section is fused so that the high-voltage current is transmitted to the two parts of the secondary wire disposed on either side of the portion of reduced section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 1989
    Date of Patent: March 27, 1990
    Assignee: Ferraz
    Inventor: Christian Bonhomme
  • Patent number: 4906963
    Abstract: A spring loaded blown fuse indicator is provided that is adapted to be mounted directly on the side of an electric fuse in parallel with the fuse current path.The indicator provides an indicating pin that extends perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the fuse. The indicator body comprises two identical molded halves which facilitate assembly and allow the indicator restraining wire to be readily encapsulated in an arc-quenching epoxy adhesive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 1989
    Date of Patent: March 6, 1990
    Assignee: Gould, Inc.
    Inventors: Rainer Ackermann, Jerry L. Mosesian, Edward J. Knapp, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4766408
    Abstract: A current limiting fuse with an indicator characterized by a generally tubular, electrically insulating casing having a pair of tubular terminal members at opposite ends of the casing. A fusible element extends between the terminal members and through the casing. An indicator plunger extends from one end terminal member and is movable between a retracted and extended positions and is biased in the extended position. A restraining wire extending between the other end terminal member and the indicator plunger. The wire having a smaller diameter portion in the casing. An electrically conductive grease disposed between the plunger and the tubular terminal member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 1987
    Date of Patent: August 23, 1988
    Assignee: Westinghouse Electric Corp.
    Inventors: Frank L. Cameron, George A. Smith
  • Patent number: 4323874
    Abstract: A blown fuse indicator for an electric fuse having a tubular casing of insulating material, a pair of terminal caps mounted on the ends of the casing to close the ends thereof, a fuse link conductively interconnecting the terminal caps and an arc quenching filler material filling the casing to embed the fuse link, the fuse indicator including an indicator housing supported by one of the end caps, a pin type indicator positioned within the housing and biased outwardly from the housing to pierce a plate provided at the outer end of the indicator housing and a pair of members formed of a non-conductive material and having a plurality of corresponding opening in the form of holes or notches with a fuseable wire threaded through the openings to prevent relative movement between the members, one of the members being supported by the housing and the other of the members being connected to the indicator, on fusing of the wire the member connected to the indicator being released allowing the indicator to move to the i
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 1980
    Date of Patent: April 6, 1982
    Assignee: RTE Corporation
    Inventor: Edwin A. Link
  • Patent number: 4306212
    Abstract: A fuse for elevated circuit voltages having a blown fuse indicator. The fuse is characterized by its great simplicity of design. Virtually all its components, or constituent parts, form a sub-assembly capable of being inserted as a unit into the fuse tube or casing. One terminal of the fuse is formed by a plug contact that defines a heating chamber for heating one end of the restraining wire for the blown fuse indicator above all other points thereof. The other terminal of the fuse is formed by a ferrule, or terminal cap, conductively connected to a perforated metal disk, or metal plate, arranged immediately adjacent thereto. That disk or plate performs four functions, namely (1) to help support insulating rods around which the fusible element is helically wound, (2) to form one of the terminals of the fusible element and of the restraining wire for the blown fuse indicator, and (3) to provide a large aperture through which the fuse is easily filled with arc-quenching filler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 1980
    Date of Patent: December 15, 1981
    Assignee: Gould Inc.
    Inventor: Richard A. Belcher
  • Patent number: 4204182
    Abstract: The current path of an electric indicating or striker pin fuse, and more particularly its fusible element, includes a point of maximum resistance where fusion of the latter must take place. That predetermined point is arranged in such a way that the pulverulent arc-quenching filler does not impair the proper operation of the indicating or striker pin device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 1978
    Date of Patent: May 20, 1980
    Assignee: Gould Inc.
    Inventor: Edward J. Knapp, Jr.