Distribution Or Control Panel Board Patents (Class 361/627)
  • Patent number: 10359814
    Abstract: An apparatus for protecting connectors protruding from a metal enclosure of a hardware canister includes an enclosure that includes one or more components, wherein a portion of the one or more components protrudes out of a first side of the enclosure. The apparatus further includes a first extendable member assembly coupled to a lower interior surface of the enclosure, wherein the first extendable member assembly includes, a first structure coupled to a first compressible member, wherein a force applied to the first structure at the first side of the enclosure translates to the first compressible member and a lower edge of the first structure located below a lower edge of the one or more components, wherein a length of the first structure in an extended state is longer than a length of the protruding portion of the one or more components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Bulent Abali, Paul G. Crumley
  • Patent number: 10306796
    Abstract: An information handling system couples at a location with a rail clip that couples to a rail, such as with a DIN rail system. A sensor detects engagement of the rail clip at the rail and signals extending members that extend outward from the rail clip to press against the rail. At disengagement of the rail clip from the rail, the extending members retract to release the rail for removal of the information handling system. In one embodiment, the sensor and extending members are integrated in the information handling system to support extension and retraction with commands through the information handling system, such as by network communications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: Hou Chun Huang, Todd D. Grabbe
  • Patent number: 10153113
    Abstract: A system for occupancy prediction includes one or more occupancy sensors configured to detect a current occupancy state of one or more detection zones including at least one of occupied by one or more occupants or vacant of occupants. The system including one or more occupancy sensors configured to predict a future occupancy state of the one or more zones based on the current occupancy state and one or more historical occupancy states, wherein at least one occupancy sensor of the one or more occupancy sensor is communicatively coupled to an electrical load. The system including at least one occupancy sensor is configured to actuate the electrical load based on the predicted future occupancy state of the one or more zones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Deako, Inc.
    Inventors: Derek Richardson, Patrick Prendergast, Cole Wilson, Erik Anderson, Dana Olson
  • Patent number: 10122100
    Abstract: The disclosure herein includes a terminal block assembly, which terminal block assembly may include: a terminal block; and a tag removably coupled to the terminal block, wherein the tag includes: a body having an upper surface and a lower surface; a tab extending from the upper surface of the body; and a pin having a first end that is tapered, the pin extending from the lower surface of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Inventor: Lee Reeves
  • Patent number: 10067199
    Abstract: An electric power distribution system is used with an electric power source. The electric power distribution system includes a first device exchanging first electric power with the electric power source. The first device exchanges the first electric power with a plurality of second devices and meters first electric energy corresponding to the first electric power. The second devices exchange the first electric power with the first device. Each of the second devices exchanges second electric power as at least part of the first electric power with a number of corresponding electric loads and meter second electric energy corresponding to the second electric power. A processor includes a routine that compares the metered first electric energy from the first device with a sum of the metered second electric energy from each of the second devices, and responsively determines proper or improper operation of the electric power distribution system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: EATON INTELLIGENT POWER LIMITED
    Inventors: David Austin Eldridge, Ronald L. Thompson, Brandon J. Rogers, Maximilian A. Mueller
  • Patent number: 9859692
    Abstract: An electrical load center for residential and commercial buildings includes an enclosure, a cover assembly, and a panelboard. The panelboard includes an insulated base, first and second bus bars, each of the first and second bus bars having an elongated main member, a plurality of connecting members, each of which is integrally formed from an edge of the main member, and a plurality of conducting members integrally formed from each of the connecting members. The panelboard further includes at least one neutral bar. The neutral bar is preferably I-shaped and includes a generally vertical main body, and transverse upper and lower members. The transverse upper member is preferably thicker than the transverse lower member and includes an outward taper from a top surface to a bottom of the transverse upper member to provide a greater contact surface area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: ABB Schweiz AG
    Inventors: Daniel Lalancette, Jean-Michel Pelletier, Maxime Lefort
  • Patent number: 9800025
    Abstract: This power supply controller for an electrical energy distribution network comprises an electronic power card on which power modules are fitted and on which a set of at least one control module is fitted to control the power modules. The electronic card comprises control buses positioned between the control modules and power module fitting locations on which power modules are fitted according to the use of the controller, to form an electronic power card specific to a use of the power supply controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Zodiac Aero Electric
    Inventors: Olivier Deshayes, Jérôme Jean-Louis Corneil Valire
  • Patent number: 9318817
    Abstract: A device for mechanical and electrical connection of line wires in a cable to line connectors in an electrical assembly for a motor vehicle, wherein each line wire of the cable is connected to one line connector of the electrical assembly in such a manner that a form-locking unit, comprising a contact stud and a contact socket, is mechanically attached to the respective line connector via the contact stud, and furthermore, the respective line wire is mechanically attached to the contact stud of the form-locking unit, specifically providing an electrical contact between the line wire, the contact socket, and the line connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: ZF FRIEDRICHSHAFEN AG
    Inventors: Rainer Hildebrand, Heinz Reichert
  • Patent number: 9263861
    Abstract: A module latching arrangement for mounting and dismounting on a generally U-shaped support rail at least two module base bodies arranged orthogonally above and extending transversely across the support rail, each of the base bodies having a pair of bottom corner portions arranged on opposite sides of the support rail. At least one foot member is connected for horizontal longitudinal sliding movement relative to one of the base body corner portions relative to the adjacent support rail horizontal flange portion. A lateral displacement arrangement on the foot member is operable, when the foot member is displaced from a locked position toward an unlocked position relative to the support rail, to displace the first base body laterally away from an adjacent second base body mounted on the support rail. The foot member is latched in either a locked or an unlocked position relative to the base member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: Weidmueller Interface GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Ralf Schumacher, Klaus Wohlgemuth, Stephan Fehling, Georg Kulturidi, Matthias Niggemann, Klaus Pueschner, Marco Waldhoff
  • Patent number: 9214832
    Abstract: A parallel electric service system including a combination load center is disclosed. More particularly, the parallel electric service system encompasses a combination load center adapted to receive power from a utility power source and a parallel power source such as a solar module, wind turbine, fuel cell, or the like. Power may be supplied to electrical loads of branches of the system by the utility power source, parallel power source, or both. The system also provides electrical usage metering and allows electrical power to flow back to the grid. Methods of connecting parallel power sources in the parallel electric service system are provided, as are other aspects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: Siemens Industry, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian J. Rusch, Arthur Kevin Shumate, Fan Zhang, Carey D. Harnois, Raymond Strods, James Washburn
  • Patent number: 9214194
    Abstract: The invention in at least one embodiment includes a system that includes a chassis having a frame present within a housing where the frame includes at least two plates having a base and two grills running widthwise along and on opposite ends of the base, a plurality of walls between the at least two plates, and at least one baffle running between the plates at an angle to the plates; at least one power supply; and a plurality of fans electrically connected to the at least one power supply; wherein there are at least two air flow paths through the chassis that pass through at least one fan and pass at least one baffle through a duct defined by the housing and the frame. In at least one embodiment, the chassis receives at least one storage drive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: GreenTec-USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen E. Petruzzo, David Hatchett
  • Patent number: 9030837
    Abstract: Provided are systems and methods for a control assembly including: a first film that is in-molded that includes decorative graphics, a front surface and a rear surface; and a second film molded to the rear surface of the first film having a printed circuit that includes sensors, control circuits and interconnects and a front and rear surface; and an internal connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Inventor: Scott Moncrieff
  • Patent number: 9007745
    Abstract: A configurable electrical panel that may be installed either as a service entrance panel or as a subpanel is disclosed. The electrical panel includes a transfer switch for selectively connecting either a first power source or a second power source to an electrical load, where the transfer switch switches the power leads and the neutral lead from each power source. In a service entrance panel installation, the neutral lead from the first power source is connected to the ground bar and an electrical conductor is provided to connect the ground bar to the neutral input on the transfer switch for the first power source. In a sub-panel installation, the neutral lead from the first power source is connected directly to the neutral input on the transfer switch for the first power source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Reliance Controls Corporation
    Inventor: Michael O. Flegel
  • Publication number: 20150092321
    Abstract: An exemplary energy supply device for explosion-proof electronic functional units supplies each functional unit with a high-frequency AC voltage via an inductor. The inductors are formed as substantially congruent conductor tracks of a multi-level printed circuit board, which can be connected to one another and arranged vertically on a distribution printed circuit board. The number of metallization planes of the multi-level printed circuit board being greater than the number of metallization planes of the distribution printed circuit board.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Applicant: ABB TECHNOLOGY AG
    Inventors: Rainer KRETSCHMANN, Ralf SCHÄFFER, Thomas KEUL
  • Patent number: 8964406
    Abstract: A battery backup unit (BBU) system and apparatus is provided for securing and communicating with a BBU for use with optical network terminals (ONTs) and/or residential gateways. In various aspects, the BBU system is configured to eliminate the possibility for reversing the polarity of the backup battery. The BBU system also provides an integrated communication circuit for receiving a variety of connectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: ESPI LLC
    Inventor: Christopher T. Wacker
  • Publication number: 20150043133
    Abstract: A power supply panel includes an engagement portion. An electrical component box includes a hook portion that engages with the engagement portion. A temporarily fixed state in which the power supply panel is attached to the electrical component box is set when the engagement portion engages with the hook portion. A securely fixed state in which the power supply panel is positioned inside the outer periphery of a housing, as the housing is seen in a plan view, and the power supply panel is positioned below the electrical component box is set when the electrical component box is placed in a machine chamber and the power supply panel is attached to the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventors: Tomoya Yanase, Toshiyuki Kubono, Kazuhiro Ooishi, Hiroyuki Jinnai
  • Publication number: 20150029643
    Abstract: Computational enclosures may be designed to distribute power from power supplies to load units (e.g., processors, storage devices, or network routers). The architecture may affect the efficiency, cost, modularity, accessibility, and space utilization of the components within the enclosure. Presented herein are power distribution architectures involving a distribution board oriented along a first (e.g., vertical) axis within the enclosure, comprising a power interconnect configured to distribute power among a set of load boards oriented along a second (e.g., lateral) axis and respectively connecting with a set of load units oriented along a third (e.g., sagittal) axis, and a set of power supplies also oriented along the third axis. This orientation may compactly and proximately position the loads near the power supplies in the distribution system, and result in a comparatively low local current that enables the use of printed circuit boards for the distribution board and load boards.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventors: Eric C. Peterson, Shaun L. Harris
  • Patent number: 8936217
    Abstract: A method for interconnecting electronic equipment within an aircraft includes installing a multi-dimensional backplane within the aircraft across a plurality of frame bays associated with the aircraft, the backplane including a plurality of connectors mounted thereon, contacts associated with the connectors interconnected by electrical conductors formed within the backplane, attaching shipside wiring to a first portion of the connectors on the backplane, and attaching electrical connectors of the electronic equipment to corresponding connectors on the backplane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Mark Stephen Shander, Robert Thomas Johnson
  • Patent number: 8934217
    Abstract: A power operator for switchgear for use in mains power distribution systems such as public medium high voltage distribution systems, where the switchgear comprises a closed cabinet (5) with an operating shaft protruding therefrom that is rotatable between two positions and has a coupling part. The motor operator includes a housing (11, 20, 21, 27) which is mountable on an external surface (4) of the switchgear cabinet (5), and a rotatable connection shaft connected to an electromechanical linear actuator. The connection shaft has a first coupling part which connects with the coupling part of the switchgear in a longitudinal axial sliding and non-rotational interlocking manner. The housing (11, 20, 21, 27) is a tube element which is tamper resistant, is relatively easy to seal against dust and moisture, and is inexpensive to manufacture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Linak A/S
    Inventors: Bruno Christensen, Anders Lorenzen, Verner Smidt, Jens N. Paulsen, Glenn Smith
  • Patent number: 8934218
    Abstract: A motor control center unit comprising multiple feeders is described. The unit may also contain a common breaker interlock release configured to lock out breakers for all of the feeders. The breakers of the multiple feeders and the breaker interlock release may be accessible and operable through an isolation cover of the motor control center unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Eaton Corporation
    Inventor: Robert Allan Morris
  • Publication number: 20140368977
    Abstract: A color-coded modular system for outlets, switches and light outlets includes a device, box and module for residential structures: an outlet with female receptacle on the front and a male plug on the back; a switch with a switch on the front and a male plug on the back. The device has attachment ridges on side walls connectable with the box having an open front and back, and attachment ridges on the front inside walls connectable with a device, and attachment ridges on the back outside walls connectable to the module. The module's recessed face has a female receptacle connectable with the male device plugs and an insertion hole to accept wires. For commercial structures, knock outs on the module receive conduit with wires for insertion holes. A retrofit box module is one piece installed inside an existing box, existing wires inserted in the module back in insertion holes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2013
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventor: Grissom Lenny
  • Patent number: 8913371
    Abstract: A fuse and relay block assembly (10) for an automotive vehicle includes a lower cover (12) and an upper cover (60) mounted in substantially opposed relationship to one another. A relay block (70) is mounted between the lower cover (12) and the upper cover (60) and can receive electrical devices (R, F) mounted along a mounting direction (MD). A relay module assembly (80) is mounted between the lower cover (12) and the upper cover (60) and can receive electrical devices (R, F) mounted along a transverse direction (TD) substantially perpendicular to the mounting direction (MD). Thus, a greater density of electrical devices (R, F) can be mounted within a smaller footprint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Charles Depp, Akihiro Max Matsumura, Brian Carnick, Nathan Zukowski
  • Patent number: 8901416
    Abstract: A power supply assembly which can drive a number of different devices at different voltages. A rack holds a number of breaker modules, and each breaker module can connect to one or many breakout boxes. The breakout boxes are keyed to the breaker modules, so that the breaker boxes will not be energized with power unless they are the proper voltage and/or configuration to receive that power. The coil of a contactor in the breaker module is powered by a key wire that is connected through specified pins in the breakout box. Therefore, no power is ever provided to the breakout box unless it is of the proper voltage configuration. In addition, feeder power to the power supply assembly is provided over bolted connections, without any wire connections between the power feed and the circuit breaker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Production Resource Group, L.L.C.
    Inventors: James Bornhorst, John Covington
  • Patent number: 8878396
    Abstract: A continuous grounding system for use in an alternating current system including a transformer is disclosed. The system includes a switch assembly connected between a transformer neutral of a transformer and a ground, the switch assembly having an open position and a closed position, the open position disrupting the path through the switch assembly between the electrical connection and the transformer neutral, and the closed position establishing a path connecting the electrical connection to the transformer neutral through the switch assembly, wherein in normal operation of the alternating current electrical device the switch assembly remains in a closed position. The system also includes a DC blocking component positioned in parallel with the switch assembly and connected between the transformer neutral and the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Emprimus, LLC
    Inventors: Frederick R. Faxvog, Wallace Jensen, Gale Nordling, Greg Fuchs, David Blake Jackson, Terry Lee Volkmann, James Nicholas Ruehl, Brian Groh
  • Patent number: 8867193
    Abstract: Systems and method for installing computer equipment and power distribution equipment in facilities is provided. In one aspect, the present invention provides a power distribution rack, and uninterruptible power supply rack and a plurality of equipment racks. A plurality of power cables are run from the power distribution rack to each of the plurality of equipment racks using power cable tracks located on the roofs of the equipment racks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Schneider Electric IT Corporation
    Inventors: Neil Rasmussen, James Simonelli, John McNally, Kenneth G. Brill
  • Publication number: 20140247541
    Abstract: A rackmount distribution panel includes two movable, e.g., sliding, trays to provide full access to the distribution panel from both the front and the rear of the distribution panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2014
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Applicant: REALM COMMUNICATIONS GROUP, INC.
    Inventor: Bryce K. Alvarez
  • Publication number: 20140233160
    Abstract: Electrical distribution panels are provided that are configured to receive a smart breaker. The electrical distribution panel includes a frame; at least one bus line coupled to the frame; a position sensing circuit associated with a breaker position of the electrical distribution panel, the position sensing circuit being configured to provide a unique electrical parameter associated with the breaker position; and a communications circuit coupled to the position sensing circuit and configured to communicate information pertaining to the unique electrical parameter to an external recipient when the smart breaker is positioned in the electrical distribution panel to provide an address for a device associated with the breaker position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2013
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Inventors: Vincent Ferri, David Raymond Rohn
  • Patent number: 8810999
    Abstract: An integration method and module aims at simplifying the electrical connections between equipment and an electrical power center to be supplied electricity, while enabling a good accessibility of each piece of equipment for easier maintenance. To do so, a particular integration of this equipment is carried out so as to be able to connect the equipment in a direct extension of the electrical power center. According to one embodiment, an integration module includes a frame and a cover, the frame having a substantially parallelepipedic shape adapted to be able to extend longitudinally along a main axis in parallel with a longitudinal main side of the electrical power center. Cells, which define a constant cross section and an adjustable width enabled by movable intermediary walls, extend perpendicularly to the main longitudinal axis. Such cells are adapted to receive formatted electrical equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Airbus Operations (SAS)
    Inventor: Bernard Guering
  • Patent number: 8781284
    Abstract: A multi-port or multi-outlet cassette that may be configured as a low profile, high-density cassette. Selected embodiments include a bezel member having a projection positioned between each adjacent pair of outlets to help reduce crosstalk. A releasable latch mechanism may be included that is configured to selectively latch and unlatch the cassette to a patch panel. Embodiments configured for use with fiber optic cables may include a movable connector member. A cable connector may be mounted to the movable connector member to move therewith as a unit. Moving the movable connector member determines an angle of the cable connector relative to the panel. Angles may be selected to reduce stress on a cable connected to the cable connector. In particular, it may be desirable to position the cable connector such that it is orthogonal to the panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Leviton Manufacturing Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Charles R. Bragg
  • Patent number: 8730651
    Abstract: A device for disconnecting electrical power from a first stack of meter modules, wherein the power is supplied by a main box that also supplies power to a second stack of meter modules. The device includes an incoming bus section for receiving power from the main box and an outgoing bus section for feeding power to the first stack of modules. In addition, the device includes a cross bus device connected to the incoming and outgoing bus sections and a circuit breaker connected to the cross bus device. When the circuit breaker is closed, power is supplied to the first and second stacks of modules. When the circuit breaker is opened, power to the first stack of modules is disconnected while power to the second stack of modules is maintained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Siemens Industry, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian J. Rusch, Arthur Kevin Shumate, Gustavo Cortes Rico
  • Publication number: 20140118890
    Abstract: An enclosed switchboard includes: a device containing board which contains main circuit devices such as circuit breakers; and a cable connection board which is arranged side by side adjacently to the device containing board, and contains cables that input and output electric power to/from the main circuit devices. In the enclosed switchboard, the cable connection board is configured by one housing; and the inside of the housing is divided into two by a partition plate to be comparted to a cable lead-in compartment which contains lead-in side cables and a cable lead-out compartment which contains lead-out side cables.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2012
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuyoshi Kubota, Makoto Miyanishi
  • Patent number: 8693169
    Abstract: A loadcenter is equipped with a unitary neutral bus bar capable of receiving AFI and GFI circuit breakers having either a plug-on-neutral connection or a wire-neutral connection. The neutral bus bar is connected to line neutral and has a rolled rail that is formed by rolling an end of a conductive plate and bending the plate at a transition portion to position the rolled rail above and at an angle of a major flat surface of an extension of the neutral bus bar. Wire-capture apparatuses secured along an edge of an extension of the neutral bus bar can capture wires from circuit breakers that lack an internal connection to a neutral plug-on mounting jaw or that lack a neutral plug-on mounting jaw altogether.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Schneider Electric USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Mauricio Diaz, Hildegard Peralta, Ezequiel Salas
  • Patent number: 8687348
    Abstract: Various embodiments provide safety disconnect systems for a power system. In one aspect, a safety disconnect system includes an enclosure operative to receive a plurality of input power lines into the enclosure and provide a plurality of output power lines out of the enclosure. Each input power line is coupled to and paired with a corresponding one of the output power lines, where each input power line and output power line is operative to provide power from a power source. A plurality of switches are provided in the enclosure, each of these switches coupled between an associated one of the pairs of input power line and output power line, and each switch operative to disconnect the associated input power line from the corresponding output power line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Bentek Corporation
    Inventors: Jim Peplinski, David A. Chan, Mitchell Schoch
  • Patent number: 8681480
    Abstract: An internal circuit structural element including a bus bar circuit structural element formed by a bus bar having a selectively cuttable portion that is formed into different types of routing configurations as a bus bar circuit by selectively cutting the portion, and a printed wire circuit structural element formed by a printed-circuit board having a selective energization portion obtained by dividing a printed wire that is formed into different types of routing configurations as a printed wire circuit by selectively attaching a jumper member that bridges across a divided portion of the printed wire to the selective energization portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kunihiro Uchida, Yoshihisa Shimada
  • Publication number: 20140037259
    Abstract: A multi-port or multi-outlet cassette that may be configured as a low profile, high-density cassette. Selected embodiments include a bezel member having a projection positioned between each adjacent pair of outlets to help reduce crosstalk. A releasable latch mechanism may be included that is configured to selectively latch and unlatch the cassette to a patch panel. Embodiments configured for use with fiber optic cables may include a movable connector member. A cable connector may be mounted to the movable connector member to move therewith as a unit. Moving the movable connector member determines an angle of the cable connector relative to the panel. Angles may be selected to reduce stress on a cable connected to the cable connector. In particular, it may be desirable to position the cable connector such that it is orthogonal to the panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2012
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Applicant: LEVITON MANUFACTURING CO., INC.
    Inventor: Charles R. Bragg
  • Publication number: 20130314849
    Abstract: A power supply system is disclosed which comprises a printed circuit board (10) having on one side of the substrate thereof a live track (58), a neutral track (54) and a switched live track (52). A switch (30) when closed connects the live track to the switched-live track (52). The tracks (52, 58) connect live input terminal (12) to a live output terminal (20) and a neutral input terminal (16) to a neutral output terminal (18). A second switched-live track connected to the track (58) is provided on the opposite side of the substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2013
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Inventors: Raymond Mazzullo, Adrian Mazzullo, Brian Van Zyl, Bastian Strauf, Nicholas Brear
  • Patent number: 8593790
    Abstract: A device and method of use of a multiple discharge panel for a multiple-discharge, high energy electric device. The device generally uses a panel for a multiple-discharge, high energy electric device that includes a plurality of fuse assemblies constructed in a cascading arrangement in a common panel. Each fuse assembly provides protection from a single high energy discharge pulse and includes a structure defining a cavity. The fuse assembly further contains a resistor made of components that explode when subjected to a large pulse of power to temporarily interrupt and dissipate the large pulse of power. The structure defining the cavity is shaped to deform in response to explosion of the resistor such that a new connection to a remaining one of the plurality of fuse assemblies is established.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Inventors: Randall J. Appleton, Timothy J. Doering, Aaron Ephraim Bard
  • Patent number: 8553395
    Abstract: A motor control center comprises a plurality of bays in which switchgear components, circuit protective components, automation components and power electronic components are disposed for driving motors and other loads. Network optical conductors are routed through one or more wireways adjacent to the bays. Distribution nodes are coupled to the conductors and are interconnected with respective network terminals within the bays. Components within individual bays for which EtherNet and/or Internet connectivity is desired are coupled to the network terminals. The conductors may comprise plastic optical fibers and may be designed to operate in the relatively high voltage environment of the motor control center bays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Keith Brian Blodorn, David Lee Jensen
  • Patent number: 8547684
    Abstract: A load center includes a pair of generally parallel busbars for distributing a single phase of electricity to circuit breakers through a multitude of stabs that form respective bridges between the pair of busbars to provide respective bidirectional paths for dissipating heat from each of the stabs to both of the busbars and to provide a connection point for a pair of circuit breakers installed into the load center.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Schneider Electric USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Mauricio Diaz, Ezequiel Salas
  • Publication number: 20130235510
    Abstract: The present invention is an electrical panel filler plate with an adjustable length construction, which allows panel grips on the opposite ends of the filler plate to increase the size of the filler plate to fit snugly inside an electrical panel aperture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2011
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Inventors: Charles Ridings, Wade Pence
  • Publication number: 20130100588
    Abstract: A computer includes a power supply for providing electrical power, a system fan, a power fan for cooling the power supply, and a fan speed control system. The fan speed control system is configured to synchronize a rotation speed of the system fan and the power fan.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2011
    Publication date: April 25, 2013
    Applicant: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: YAO-TING CHANG
  • Patent number: 8427814
    Abstract: A mobile power distribution system for use in field operations requiring primary and secondary power sources wherein at least one of the power sources is a generator. The system includes primary and secondary power connections, an automatic transfer switch, a transformer, and a plurality of high and low voltage outlets. The entire system is mounted on a trailer or skid platform and fits within a standard 20-foot ISO container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: The United States of America as Represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventor: Jeffrey A. Gonce
  • Patent number: 8422203
    Abstract: A low-resistance telecommunications power distribution panel provides a lower electrical resistance than traditional telecommunications power distribution panels, where the lower electrical resistance provides a reduced amount of waste heat. The low-resistance telecommunications power distribution panel may comprise a single unitary metal busbar configured to directly interconnect a power input cable to a plurality of fuse holders. A plurality of single unitary metal strips may directly connect to each fuse holder, each single unitary metal strip configured to directly connect to a power output lead. A single unitary metal return busbar may directly connect a return input to a plurality of return outputs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Telect Inc.
    Inventors: Paul A. Knight, Bryan Joseph Kioski
  • Patent number: 8395885
    Abstract: An electrical conductor mechanism is provided for an electrical bus assembly of a power distribution system, such as a residential load center, which includes a number of electrical switching apparatus, such as circuit breakers. The electric conductor mechanism includes at least one planar member having first and second opposing sides. The first side is attached to a corresponding stab of the electrical bus assembly. The second side is electrically connected to a corresponding one of the circuit breakers, thereby electrically connecting it to the stab of the electrical bus assembly. An electrical bus assembly and a power distribution system employing the aforementioned electrical conductor mechanism are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Eaton Corporation
    Inventor: James Gerard Maloney
  • Patent number: 8390992
    Abstract: A circuit breaker box comprising a main circuit breaker for operatively connecting to hot service wires; first and second hot bus bars configured to receive power from the main circuit breaker; a plurality of receiver terminals configured to transfer power from a circuit breaker component to a first wire of an electrical circuit; and a safety shield for enclosing the hot bus bars and receiver terminals, wherein a plurality of slots is disposed in the safety shield, the slots are aligned with the first or second hot bus bars and receiver terminals, wherein the circuit breaker component comprises a first and a second prong contact for contacting the first or second hot bus bar and a receiver terminal, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Inventor: Mitchell A. Nichols
  • Patent number: 8385709
    Abstract: Structured cabling solutions may include techniques and systems usable to route, organize, and otherwise manager wires, optical fibers, and other cables. Structured cabling solutions may include one or more chassis coupled to and movable relative to a frame to provide access to signal connectors on the chassis. Structured cabling solutions may also include labeling schemes that identify patch connectors that correspond to outlets in a structured cabling installation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Telect Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Robert Hawley, Jeremy James Gallagher, Walter Dean Takisaki, James Patrick Jenkins
  • Patent number: 8384244
    Abstract: A rack power unit is configured to be inserted into a device rack of a data center. The rack power unit includes one or more power supplies and one or more battery packs. The one or more power supplies are each configured to receive power (e.g., AC power) when the apparatus is in the device rack, and convert the received power to a DC power. The one or more power supplies are further configured to output the DC power to a DC power bus of the device rack. The one or more battery packs are each configured to provide, in response to an interruption in the received power, DC power to the DC power bus of the device rack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Eric C. Peterson, Shaun L. Harris, Christian L. Belady, Darren A. Shakib, Sompong Paul Olarig, Frank J. Wirtz
  • Publication number: 20130003263
    Abstract: Systems and method for installing computer equipment and power distribution equipment in facilities is provided. In one aspect, the present invention provides a power distribution rack, and uninterruptible power supply rack and a plurality of equipment racks. A plurality of power cables are run from the power distribution rack to each of the plurality of equipment racks using power cable tracks located on the roofs of the equipment racks.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2012
    Publication date: January 3, 2013
    Applicant: AMERICAN POWER CONVERSION CORPORATION
    Inventors: Neil Rasmussen, James Simonelli, John McNally, Kenneth G. Brill
  • Patent number: 8320107
    Abstract: A modular power distribution system comprises a chassis and a backplane including a power input, and a plurality of module connection locations. A plurality of modules are mounted in the chassis, each module mounted to one of the module connection locations. Each module includes: (i) a circuit protection device; and (ii) a power output connection location. Bus bars connect front power inputs to the backplane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: ADC Telecommunications, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph Coffey, David Johnsen, Duane Sand, Bradley Blichfeldt
  • Patent number: 8305739
    Abstract: A panelboard supplies electricity to multiple loads, such as lighting fixtures and/or other electrical devices via one or more high-amperage circuit breakers and one or more low-amperage circuit breakers. The panelboard includes one or more vertical busbars and one or more horizontal busbars coupled together in a single housing. The one or more horizontal busbars are coupled to a main input breaker that receives electricity from a source. The main input breaker distributes the electricity to the horizontal busbars. The horizontal busbars distribute the electricity to the high-amperage circuit breakers coupled thereto and to the vertical busbars. The vertical busbars distribute the electricity to the low-amperage circuit breakers coupled thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Schneider Electric USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Steven W. Dozier