Housing Or Mounting Assemblies With Diverse Electrical Components Patents (Class 361/600)
  • Patent number: 10347882
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus from which a battery is detachable is disclosed. A battery includes a first surface including a first end portion and a second end portion in a direction parallel to the first surface, and a second surface opposite to the first surface. A battery accommodating part is configured to accommodate the battery with the first surface of the battery exposed from the battery accommodating part. A cover is configured to cover the battery in the battery accommodating part. A first restraint part is configured to restrain the first end portion from moving toward the cover and is covered with the cover. A second restraint part is configured to restrain the second end portion from moving toward the cover and is covered with the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: KYOCERA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Daisuke Takahashi, Taisuke Imazu
  • Patent number: 10332704
    Abstract: An arc protection system for an electrical enclosure having an electrical component positioned in an interior thereof. The system includes two busbars and at least one arc routing device positioned in the interior and an arc containment device defining a cavity and including an electrode assembly positioned within the cavity, wherein the electrode assembly is electrically coupled to the two busbars. The system also includes at least one arc routing device having a first end proximate the electrical component and a second end proximate the arc containment device. The at least one arc routing device is operative to i) attract arc plasma generated during an arc event at the electrical component, and ii) transport the arc plasma to the arc containment device, wherein the arc containment device is configured to transfer electrical energy of the arc plasma to an exterior of the electrical enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: ABB Schweiz AG
    Inventors: Srinivas Naga Palvadi, Triloka Chander Tankala, Karthik Kondaveeti
  • Patent number: 10320959
    Abstract: Transparent structures for portions of electronic device housings are disclosed. The transparent structures are formed from multiple layers of transparent (optically clear) materials. The multiple layers can include at least an outer glass layer and one or more other transparent layers that can be either glass or polymer layers. The multiple layers can be bonded together with one or more lamination layers. Accordingly, multi-layer transparent structures that are formed from multiple layers bonded together are able to be not only thin but also sufficiently strong and resistant to damage. The multi-layer transparent structures are well suited for use in consumer products, such as consumer electronic devices (e.g., portable electronic devices).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Derek W. Wright, Justin R. Wodrich, Benjamin M. Rappoport
  • Patent number: 10314166
    Abstract: A printed wiring board for mounting a semiconductor element includes an insulating substrate, a first conductor structure on first side of the substrate, and a second conductor structure on second side of the substrate. The substrate has a first area and a second area outside the first area such that when a semiconductor element is mounted on the first side, the first area is directly below the element, the first structure has a first area conductor structure in the first area and a second area conductor structure in the second area, and the first structure is formed such that first ratio is set greater than second ratio, where the first ratio is obtained by dividing volume of the first area structure by area of the first area structure, and the second ratio is obtained by dividing volume of the second area structure by area of the second area structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: IBIDEN CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Nobuhisa Kuroda, Hirofumi Futamura
  • Patent number: 10248601
    Abstract: A system includes at least one industrial control and automation field device and a remote terminal unit (RTU). The RTU includes input/output (I/O) terminals configured to be coupled to the field devices. The RTU also includes one or more I/O modules having one or more reconfigurable I/O channels configured to be coupled to the I/O terminals. Each reconfigurable I/O channel is configurable as an analog input, an analog input supporting digital communication, an analog output, an analog output supporting digital communication, a digital input, a digital output, and a pulse accumulator input. The RTU further includes at least one processing device configured to control a configuration of each of the one or more reconfigurable I/O channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Paul F. McLaughlin, David A. Eisner, Jason T. Urso
  • Patent number: 10242816
    Abstract: A control board drivers with polycarbonate membrane that includes drivers with an adhesive polycarbonate membrane and electronic circuits, with an opening for passing a connection FLET between the membrane and a SLAVE module, and a five-way cable projecting from the SLAVE module. The five-way cable has two data communication wires, two feeding wires and one spare wire that connects the SLAVE module and a MASTER module. The adhesive membrane, along with the SLAVE module and the MASTER module, allow for the replacement of all components (drivers) in an electric control board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Inventor: Fábio Landi Da Costa
  • Patent number: 10242802
    Abstract: An electronic component body includes an internal electrode that is partially extended to a surface of the electronic component body and is connected to an external electrode including a conductive material-containing resin layer including a conductive material and a resin layer and a plated layer covering the conductive material-containing resin layer. The conductive material-containing resin layer includes metal particles as the conductive material, and the plated layer extends from the surface of the conductive material-containing resin layer into the conductive material-containing resin layer such that the plated layer coats at least some of the metal particles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: MURATA MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kota Zenzai
  • Patent number: 10212811
    Abstract: A flexible display panel and a display apparatus, the flexible display panel includes: flexible base layer; display part; packaging layer; supporting layer, including first area, bending area and second area, first area being connected with the second area via the bending area, bending area including at least two supporting teeth; supporting body located at a side of flexible base layer facing away from display device; when bending area is in flattening state, reserved space is formed between adjacent supporting teeth; when bending area is in bending state, flexible base layer, first area, supporting body, and second area are stacked in direction perpendicular to first area, adjacent supporting teeth contact with each other to provide supporting force to flexible base layer, supporting teeth together with first and second area form avoiding space, in direction perpendicular to the first area, projection of avoiding space is within projection of bending area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: SHANGHAI TIANMA AM-OLED CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Peng Zhang, Zhenying Li
  • Patent number: 10193193
    Abstract: A battery pack includes a battery protection circuit module package coupled with a holder. The protection circuit module includes a basic package including a lead frame having a plurality of leads spaced apart from each other, and protection circuit elements provided on the lead frame, and an encapsulant and a holder simultaneously produced by disposing the basic package in a first injection mold and injecting a resin melt into the first injection mold to perform an insert injection molding process. The encapsulant encapsulates the protection circuit elements to expose parts of the lead frame, wherein the encapsulant and the basic package configure the battery protection circuit module package, and wherein the holder is coupled to the battery protection circuit module package due to the insert injection molding process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: ITM SEMICONDUCTOR CO., LTD
    Inventors: Hyeokhwi Na, Hoseok Hwang, Jongun Bach, Hyangwon Kang, Seungyong Park, Sungho Song, Dawoon Jung
  • Patent number: 10192674
    Abstract: A coil component includes an air-core coil embedded in a magnetic body constituted by resin and metal magnetic grains. Both ends of the coil are exposed on the surface of the magnetic body, and the side on which both ends are exposed is polished and etched to form terminal electrodes. To be specific, an underlying layer of metal material is formed across the surface of the magnetic body and the ends by means of sputtering, and then a cover layer is formed. Where the magnetic body contacts the underlying layer, the areas where the underlying layer is in contact with the resin ensure insulation, while the contact between the underlying layer and the exposed parts of the metal magnetic grains ensures adhesion, thus increasing the adhesion strength with respect to the terminal electrodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: TAIYO YUDEN CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Daiki Mimura, Toshiyuki Yagasaki
  • Patent number: 10170849
    Abstract: A receptacle connector is provided with a slider and a first securing metal fitting. The slider can slide between a locking position where the slider locks a plug connector and a lock releasing position where the slider is separated from the plug connector to an outer side in a longitudinal direction such that locking of the plug connector is released. The first securing metal fitting has the hook, and the slider has the first engageable part that engages with the hook to retain the slider in a selected position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Molex, LLC
    Inventors: Daiki Tanaka, Yuji Naito, Naoto Yoshikawa
  • Patent number: 10156586
    Abstract: A testing system for electrical interconnects having a removable device under test printed circuit board (DUT PCB) that electrically connects with the electrical testing components of the system. A removable top plate is placed on top of the DUT PCB and is locked in place by a plurality of locking posts that selectively connect to cam surfaces in the top plate that pull the top plate down sandwiching the DUT PCB between the top plate and the electrical testing components of the system. An actuator is also presented that presses the device under test into the electrical interconnect at increments where tests are performed on one, some or all of the contact points of the electrical interconnect. This information is then analyzed and graphed to assist with determine the optimum force and/or height to use during actual use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Modus Test, LLC
    Inventors: Lynwood Adams, Jack Lewis
  • Patent number: 10069749
    Abstract: Example embodiments of the present invention relate to a method, a system, and a computer program product for creating a dynamically composed compute node. The method includes receiving an application characteristic and generating an infrastructure allocation request according to the application characteristic. The infrastructure allocation request then may be forwarded to a management system associated with a disaggregated infrastructure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: EMC IP Holding Company LLC
    Inventors: Sheppard David Narkier, Kenneth Durazzo, Stephen J. Todd
  • Patent number: 10062878
    Abstract: An electric storage apparatus includes an insulation frame and electric storage device. The insulation frame includes a main plate portion in contact with the electric storage device, a first flange portion provided at one end portion of the main plate portion in a predetermined direction parallel to the main plate portion, and second flange portion provided at the other end portion of the main plate portion in the predetermined direction. The first flange portion has a pressing portion including a projecting portion projecting to be pressed on the electric storage device. The second flange portion includes a support portion which is in contact with the electric storage device on an opposite side with respect to the projecting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: GS YUASA INTERNATIONAL LTD.
    Inventors: Shogo Tsuruta, Masamitsu Tononishi, Ryutaro Nishikawa
  • Patent number: 9966578
    Abstract: An article is presented. The article includes a seal ring configured for use in an energy storage device, the seal ring comprising a first portion and a second portion that each include an alumina-based cermet, that comprises a sufficient amount of metal or metal alloy to be weldable, and the cermet comprises a ceramic material selected from a group consisting of silica, yttria, and ytterbia, and the seal ring further comprises a third region intervening between the first portion and the second portion that is sufficiently electrically insulative and of sufficient thickness to electrically isolate the first portion from the second portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Craig Stringer, Dennis Joseph Dalpe, James Scott Vartuli, James Anthony Brewer
  • Patent number: 9882310
    Abstract: The present invention provides a connection structure and an apparatus unit that can avoid damage to connectors when the connectors are caused to be connected to each other. Through rotation of a first option unit towards an inverter body, the connection structure connects a first connector disposed in the inverter body and a second connector disposed in the first option unit, and the first connector and the second connector are floating connectors. The first option unit includes an engaging portion for engaging the engaging support portion in a wall of the inverter body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: OMRON Corporation
    Inventors: Kei Takahashi, Shunji Eto
  • Patent number: 9799411
    Abstract: A memory module set includes a main integrated circuit (IC) for transmitting and receiving an electrical signal, a first group of memory modules including at least one memory module having a first pin unit connected to the main IC, and a second group of memory modules including at least one memory module having a second pin unit connected to the main IC. The groups of memory modules and the main IC are arrayed in a first direction on a substrate, and the second group of memory modules is offset with respect to the first group of memory modules in a second direction that is perpendicular to the first direction so as to have a position relative to the main IC in the second direction that is different from that of the first group of memory modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ji-Cheol Hong, Young-Jin Cho, Dong-Gi Lee, Hee-Chang Cho
  • Patent number: 9774199
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a press-to-hide USB hand controller, wherein, it comprises a remoter body, where a lifter mechanism is configured in the said remoter body and a USB interface is configured in the said lifter mechanism, while the said USB interface connects to a charging circuit. The said press-to-hide style USB hand controller in the present invention, adds a USB charging function, which can not only fulfill the regular remoter control function, but its USB interface is able to charge almost all intelligent devices in the market, comprising almost all cell phones and tablets, thus when people are using intelligent devices while experiencing home furnishing, they will no longer worry about short of batteries. The telescopic pop-out structure makes the product save more spaces, be used conveniently and coordinate with the whole product structure, which is a more clever design.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Inventor: Christian Gassner
  • Patent number: 9742044
    Abstract: A battery cell, in particular a lithium-ion battery cell, includes a housing, at least two electrical storage elements and a conductive cooling sheet metal. The at least two storage elements and the conductive cooling sheet metal are situated in the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Stefan Pfeiffer, Kai Kuhlmann, Thomas Kretschmar
  • Patent number: 9728316
    Abstract: A coil component includes an air-core coil embedded in a magnetic body constituted by resin and metal magnetic grains. Both ends of the coil are exposed on the surface of the magnetic body, and the side on which both ends are exposed is polished and etched to form terminal electrodes. To be specific, an underlying layer of metal material is formed across the surface of the magnetic body and the ends by means of sputtering, and then a cover layer is formed. Where the magnetic body contacts the underlying layer, the areas where the underlying layer is in contact with the resin ensure insulation, while the contact between the underlying layer and the exposed parts of the metal magnetic grains ensures adhesion, thus increasing the adhesion strength with respect to the terminal electrodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: TAIYO YUDEN CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Daiki Mimura, Toshiyuki Yagasaki
  • Patent number: 9696186
    Abstract: A position detecting sensor is mounted in a sensor attachment groove that opens on a side surface of an actuator and extends in an axial direction of the actuator. The position detecting sensor includes a housing that houses a sensor main body, and a guide member inserted into the sensor attachment groove. The guide member is of a shape such that, when the guide member is inserted into the sensor attachment groove, the guide member is required to be rotated in one direction around an axis parallel with the axis of the actuator and then rotated in a direction opposite to the one direction. After the guide member has been inserted into the sensor attachment groove, attachment thereof to the sensor attachment groove is completed by application of a fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: SMC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Jiro Mandokoro
  • Patent number: 9688051
    Abstract: A window member includes flexible base films and a protective film. The flexible base films are stacked upon one another. Each flexible base film is substantially transparent. The protective film is disposed on the flexible base films and is substantially transparent. Each of the flexible base films includes protrusions and grooves disposed between adjacent protrusions. Corresponding protrusions of the flexible base films at least partially overlap one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Gui Nam Min, Kyu taek Lee, Kyung Woo Han, Soyeon Han, Kyu-young Kim
  • Patent number: 9637244
    Abstract: Aircraft instrumentation systems and controllers are provided. An aircraft instrumentation system includes a display and a controller. The controller is configured to monitor an electronic circuit breaker (ECB) status of each of a plurality of aircraft systems. The controller is further configured to generate, for each of the plurality of aircraft systems, a visual indicator that indicates the ECB status. The controller is yet further configured to generate an image arrangement that includes the visual indicator for each of the plurality of aircraft systems and to generate a signal that causes a display to present the image arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation
    Inventors: Carl Edward Wischmeyer, Frank Manochio
  • Patent number: 9628840
    Abstract: A portable entertainment system for a vehicle includes a portable housing, a transceiver, a processor, a memory, and a rechargeable battery. The transceiver communicates through RF signals with Portable Electronic Devices (PEDs) operated by vehicle passengers. The rechargeable battery supplies power to the transceiver, the processor, and the memory. The memory is coupled to the processor and includes entertainment content and further includes computer readable program code that causes the processor to communicate a list, of at least some of the entertainment content available in the memory, to the PEDs. A content selection message is received through the transceiver from one of the PEDs that requests communication of a selected one of the entertainment content identified in the list. The selected entertainment content is communicated through the transceiver to the PED. The transceiver, the processor, and the memory are enclosed within the portable housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Thales Avionics, Inc.
    Inventors: Brett Bleacher, Andrew Philip Musgrave, David Thomas, Simon Isaac Gresham
  • Patent number: 9556341
    Abstract: Provided are a porous structure for forming anti-fingerprint coating capable of providing a self-cleaning function to a surface of a substrate, a method of forming anti-fingerprint coating using the same, an anti-fingerprint coated substrate prepared by the same method, and a product including the same. When the porous structure including a lipolytic enzyme is formed on the surface of the substrate, contaminants decomposed by an enzyme are absorbed into a pore, and thus anti-fingerprint coating may be more effectively performed to remove detectable contamination from a surface of the substrate. As a result, contamination by fingerprints on the surface of a display device, the appearance of an electronic device, or building materials can be effectively reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: LG Chem, Ltd.
    Inventors: Eun Jeong Lee, Young Jun Hong, Hyeon Choi, Taek Ho Yang
  • Patent number: 9535176
    Abstract: Disclosed is a radiation image capturing apparatus including the following. A sensor panel includes a plurality of radiation detecting elements aligned two-dimensionally. A case stores the sensor panel. A ventilation hole is provided in the case. A ventilation filter is provided in the ventilation hole and prevents infiltration of liquid into the case. Air flows in and out of the case through the ventilation hole and a thickness of the case is maintained at a predetermined thickness when outside pressure changes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC
    Inventors: Kohei Miyoshi, Manabu Kawaguchi, Hiroshi Namekawa, Takayuki Narita
  • Patent number: 9432566
    Abstract: A camera system includes at least one IP camera apparatus and a central controlling apparatus. The IP camera apparatus includes a base module, a lens module and a first connector. The lens module is connected to the base module. A control unit of the base module is adapted to analyze information acquired by the lens module. The first connector is disposed on the base module. The central controlling apparatus includes at least one holder, a second connector and a controller. The base module is detachably disposed on the holder. The second connector is disposed on the at least one holder to electrically connect to the first connector since the central controlling apparatus is assembled with the IP camera apparatus. The controller is electrically connected to the second connector. The controller is adapted to set an address for the IP camera apparatus via the first connector and the second connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: GeoVision Inc.
    Inventors: Chih-Ming Wu, Chun-Kai Hsu, Tsun-Jen Cheng
  • Patent number: 9425601
    Abstract: Apparatus and associated methods relate to a mounting adapter which connects to a current sensor and provides an alignment of a bus bar to the current sensor while securely mounting the current sensor to the bus bar. In some embodiments, a mounting adapter may be inserted into an aperture of the current sensor. A bus bar may then be inserted into an aperture in the mounting adapter sized to receive the bus bar and to align it within the current sensor. The bus bar may substantially fill the entire aperture space which may lock the mounting adapter to the current sensor. In some embodiments the bus bar may be secured to the mounting adapter. The secure alignment and coupling of the bus bar to the current sensor via an exemplary mounting adapter may eliminate the need for separate mounting and alignment of the bus bar and current sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventor: Kyle Vinnedge
  • Patent number: 9414469
    Abstract: An integrated lamp with automatic emergency light and regular light is provided in the present invention. The integrated lamp with automatic emergency light and regular light is coupled to an AC power source, wherein the AC power source includes a first AC terminal and a second AC terminal. The integrated lamp is controlled by a lamp switch, where the lamp switch includes a first terminal and a second terminal, where an indication light circuit is coupled between the first terminal and the second terminal of the lamp switch. The integrated lamp includes an AC detector. The AC detector is coupled between the second terminal of the lamp switch and the second AC terminal. When the lamp switch is turned off, the AC detector determines whether the current state is a power failure state or a normal state according to the electrical current and/or voltage from the indication light circuit to the second AC terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: NATIONAL FORMOSA UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Yu-Kai Chen, Chin-Hsiung Chang
  • Patent number: 9395101
    Abstract: A pressure clamp adapter for mounting a thermistor on an existing thermostat control support bracket secured to a hot water tank spud is described. It comprises a thermistor bracket having a rear wall with opposed transverse projecting connecting arm formations extending from an outer surface of the rear wall. A cavity is formed from the rear surface of the rear wall to form a housing shaped to receive a thermistor therein. A passage communicates with the cavity. Each of the connecting arm formations is adapted for removable attachment to a pair of upwardly projecting legs of the thermostat control support bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Inventor: Claude Lesage
  • Patent number: 9337434
    Abstract: A novel electronic device including a flexible display is presented. The electronic device has a flexible display including an organic light emission diodes and a plurality of columnar bodies linked together. Users can transform the shape of the electronic device into a tablet, an eBook, or a hand-held gaming device. The electronic device is configured to resize its main display area in accordance with the selected mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: SEMICONDUCTOR ENERGY LABORATORY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Julian Lindblad
  • Patent number: 9306418
    Abstract: An uninterruptible power-supply apparatus has a storage battery including a first electrode and a second electrode, an output cable configured to output a discharge current of the storage battery to an external power line to be a backup target, and a first connection portion configured to externally take out a voltage of the first electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventors: Kensuke Yoshida, Tsutomu Tanaka, Tomochika Kurita, Tamotsu Yamamoto, Masaaki Sasa
  • Patent number: 9234877
    Abstract: A probe for detecting magnetic particles. In one embodiment, the probe includes: a cylindrical probe core having a first end and a second end, the cylindrical probe core defining two channels for containing coils of wire, one of the channels being adjacent the first end of the cylindrical probe core; two sense coils, one each of the sense coils being located in a respective one of the channels; and two drive coils, one each of the drive coils being co-located with the respective sense coil in a respective one of the channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignees: Endomagnetics LTD., University of Houston
    Inventors: Simon Richard Hattersley, Peter Georg Laitenberger, Audrius Brazdeikis
  • Patent number: 9229036
    Abstract: A power distribution monitoring system is provided that can include a number of features. The system can include a plurality of power line sensing devices configured to attach to individual conductors on a power grid distribution network. In some embodiments, the power line sensors can include a split-core transformer. In some embodiments, a power line sensing device is disposed on each conductor of a three-phase network. The sensing devices can be configured to measure and monitor, among other things, current and electric-field on the conductors. Methods of installing, sealing, and protecting the split-core transformers of the power line sensors are also discussed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: SENTIENT ENERGY, INC.
    Inventors: Michael Kast, David P. Knight, Mark A. Parsons, Dennis Saxby
  • Patent number: 9203399
    Abstract: A driving circuit for a switching element includes a main current wiring and a substrate. The main current wiring has a flat surface and carries a main current. The substrate has a flat surface mounted on the flat surface of the main current wiring and includes a coil disposed inside. The coil is disposed so as to interlink with a magnetic flux generated depending on the main current of the switching element and is electrically connected such that the coil receives the pulse signal of the signal source and transmits the pulse signal to a control terminal of the switching element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Akihiro Yamaguchi, Takanari Sasaya
  • Patent number: 9048650
    Abstract: An AC adapter unit has an AC adapter that includes an AC adapter block and a DC cable, and a storage tray that stores the AC-adapter. The connector-side cable part of the DC cable is stored in the storage tray on-the left-side part of the AC adapter block. The connector-side cable part has a bundled-part with a figure-8 shape when seen from the top opening side of the storage tray. The-long axis of this bundled part is parallel to the long axis of the AC adapter block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Tomohisa Kano
  • 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
  • Patent number: 9040181
    Abstract: A modular, intrinsically-safe power module assembly is provided. The assembly includes a rigid conduit adapter configured to mount to a conduit of a field device. A housing, having an interior, is operably coupled to the rigid conduit adapter and is physically supported by the rigid conduit adapter. At least one non-rechargeable battery is disposed within the housing. Intrinsic safety circuitry is coupled to the at least one non-rechargeable battery, and is coupled to a connector that mates with a cooperative connector in the rigid conduit adapter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Rosemount Inc.
    Inventor: Chad M. McGuire
  • Patent number: 9010645
    Abstract: A computing system comprising a pocket personal computer and a reader are disclosed. The pocket PC is pocket-sized and comprises flash memory, and optionally a processor and a GPS chip. The reader includes a monitor, a keyboard with docking port and an optional processor and at least one input/output USB connector. A user cannot interact with the pocket PC without the reader. The reader is a non-functioning “shell” without the pocket PC, however, when they are connected the system becomes a fully functional personal computer. To log on, a user provides security information, for example, a password or biometrics, such as fingerprints. The credit card size and capabilities of the pocket PC allows a user to easily carry virtually their entire computer in a pocket for use anywhere there is a reader. In addition, the pocket PC provides security against unauthorized use, even if lost or stolen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Inventor: Michael Arnouse
  • Patent number: 9013306
    Abstract: A security device for securing an item, the security device comprising a housing configured to house a circuit board comprising electronics configured to send a telecommunication signal to a receiver when the electronics is activated; a cable configured to establish a conductive path with the circuit board when the housing is closed, thereby activating the electronics; a lock assembly configured to be activated when the housing is closed; and a cover configured to close the housing, the cover having a first pin configured to engage a first end of the cable to prevent removal of a first end of the cable from the housing when housing is closed, and the cover having a second pin configured to activate the lock assembly to prevent removal of a second end of the cable from the housing when the housing is closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Racer Technology Pte Ltd
    Inventors: Kee Joo Willy Koh, Chee Kean Lim, Kia Boon Chew
  • Patent number: 8995113
    Abstract: In a method and a system for connecting a plurality of printed circuit boards (1) to at least one frame or carrier element (5), the following elements are provided: a plurality of printed circuit boards (1), which are designed to have at least one coupling element (4) on at least one edge (2, 3), at least one frame or carrier element (5) for coupling to a plurality of printed circuit boards (1) using coupling elements (6) that in each case complement at least one coupling element (4) of the printed circuit boards (1), wherein the printed circuit boards (1) can be coupled to the at least one frame or carrier element (5) by fitting the coupling elements (4, 6) of the printed circuit boards (1) and of the frame or carrier element (5), and wherein the at least one frame or carrier element (5) only surrounds or encloses the printed circuit boards (1) over a partial region of the circumference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: AT & S Austria Technologie & Systemtechnik Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Christoph Thumser
  • Patent number: 8973675
    Abstract: A system for containing electronics positioned in a downhole tubular. The system includes a pressure housing, a rigid end piece, a compliant end piece, an inner tubular member, one or more annular standoffs, and a chassis. The pressure housing is supported within the downhole tubular. The rigid end piece and the compliant end piece are fixedly coupled within opposing ends of the pressure housing. The inner tubular member is disposed within the pressure housing and has opposing ends. One of the opposing ends is coupled to the rigid end piece, and the other of the opposing ends is free to move relative to the compliant end piece. The chassis is disposed within the inner tubular member and houses the electronics. Each standoff is disposed between the inner tubular member and the pressure housing and includes at least one radially extending portion compressed therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Adan Hernandez Herrera
  • Patent number: 8975865
    Abstract: A source resonator includes a housing having a convex shape. The source resonator is associated with a vehicular electrical charging system used to electrically charge an energy storage device disposed on a vehicle. The source resonator is adapted for attachment to a ground surface with the convex shaped cover extending outwardly away therefrom. The convex shaped cover of the source resonator, when disposed beneath an undercarriage of a vehicle, fills a space intermediate the source resonator and the undercarriage of the vehicle such that animals, such as a dog or a cat, are discouraged from overlyingly residing thereon. External surface segments of the convex shaped cover depend or slope away from a peak point of the convex shaped cover so that foreign objects, like a soda can or a tool that engage the convex shaped cover, may passively slide off of the housing to ensure optimal performance of the source resonator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey M. Hickox
  • Patent number: 8975991
    Abstract: A magnetic attachment mechanism and method is described. The magnetic attachment mechanism can be used to releasably attach at least two objects together in a preferred configuration without fasteners and without external intervention. The magnetic attachment mechanism can be used to releasably attach an accessory device to an electronic device. The accessory device can be used to augment the functionality of usefulness of the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Inventors: Andrew D. Lauder, Matthew Dean Rohrbach, Daniel J. Coster, Christopher J. Stringer, Florence W. Ow, Jiang Ai, Jonathan P. Ive, Elvis M. Kibiti, John P. Ternus, Sean D. Lubner
  • Patent number: 8970356
    Abstract: A vehicle approach notification apparatus for an electric motorcycle, which outputs notification sound for notifying a walker or the like of approach of a vehicle from a speaker attached to a vehicle body includes a control unit for controlling the notification sound. The control unit is attached to a position, displaced rather forwardly of the vehicle body, of a bottom face in an accommodating box disposed below a seat of the electric motorcycle. A cover plate, which configures part of the bottom of the accommodating box, is removably disposed above the control unit. A low voltage battery as a power supply for auxiliaries is accommodated on the bottom of the accommodating box displaced rather rearwardly of the vehicle body from the control unit. The cover plate is disposed so as to cover an upper portion of the low voltage battery in flush with an upper face of the control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kenji Tamaki, Ryuji Akiba, Yoshihiro Nomura, Hiroyuki Shinmura
  • Patent number: 8965717
    Abstract: A carbon emission tracker is disclosed. The carbon emission tracker includes a main body, a power input interface, a power output interface, a power detecting unit, a communication unit, a memory unit, and a processing unit. The power detecting unit is configured to detect an electricity usage of an electrical appliance. The processing unit is configured to aggregate power consumption data over a time period and to store the power consumption data for the time period to the memory unit. The processing unit transmits the power consumption data of the memory unit to a data center through the communication unit. The power consumption data further includes identification data of the electrical appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Powertech Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yu-Lung Lee
  • Patent number: 8957867
    Abstract: A haptic operating device particularly for motor vehicles, having a touch panel having at least one touch-sensitive area. When the area is touched, a switching signal can be triggered and the touch panel can be activated by a motion drive to be able to move at a certain rhythm in the plane of the touch panel. The touch panel is connected to a fixed support by one or more flexible connecting elements. The support and the touch panel form two housing parts of a closed housing, in which at least the display device or the display plane thereof is arranged, and are connected to each other by a sealing device so as to be able to move relative to each other in the plane of the touch panel or in a plane parallel to the touch panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Armin Dietz, Werner Lange, Heinz Pofahl, Bruno Santarossa, Josef Werner, Klaus Wittwer
  • Patent number: 8952780
    Abstract: The present invention is a self contained, portable security case or container. The case is secure in its locked condition by locks which are preferably operated by an electronic key. The electronic key can be programmed to open the case or container dependent upon various different conditions, for example, location, time, identification of operator, etc. In addition to the electronic key, a biometric identification device can be employed. The exterior of the case or container is made from different materials which are impermeable and resistant to heat, drilling and ballistic impact. A GPS type of location device located within the case enables the case to be tracked from remote locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: ShadowTrack 247, LLC
    Inventor: Anthony T. Simpson
  • Patent number: 8935847
    Abstract: A method for creating laboratory-scale reactive distillation apparatus from provided modular components is described. At least two types of modular distillation column stages are provided. A first type of modular stage comprises two physical interfaces for connection with a respective physical interface of another modular stage. A second type modular stage comprises one such physical interface. At least one type of tray is provided for insertion into the first type of modular stage. A clamping arrangement is provided for joining together two modular stages at their respective physical interfaces for connection to form a joint. The invention provides for at least three modular stages can be joined. At least one sensor or sensor array can be inserted into each modular stage. At least one controllable element can be inserted into each modular stage. The invention provides for study of traditional, advanced, and photochemical types of reactive distillation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Inventor: Lester F. Ludwig
  • Patent number: 8928437
    Abstract: A magnetic attachment mechanism and method is described. The magnetic attachment mechanism can be used to releasably attach at least two objects together in a preferred configuration without fasteners and without external intervention. The magnetic attachment mechanism can be used to releasably attach an accessory device to an electronic device. The accessory device can be used to augment the functionality of usefulness of the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Inventors: Andrew Lauder, Matthew D. Rohrbach, Daniel J. Coster, Christopher J. Stringer, Florence W. Ow, Jiang Ai, Jonathan P. Ive, Elvis M. Kibiti, John P. Ternus, Sean D. Lubner