Plug-in Or Removable Patents (Class 361/636)
  • Patent number: 10065672
    Abstract: An electronic control unit includes a casing and a cover which are mutually bonded. A drive circuit board which drives a motor unit is fixed to the cover and, on the other hand, a control circuit board which controls the drive circuit board is fixed to the casing. An electrical connector which supplies an electric power to each board and a motor unit is attached on an opening section of the casing. First power supply terminals of this electrical connector and the motor unit and second power supply terminals of the drive circuit board are directly electrically connected by a bonding of both of casing and the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd.
    Inventor: Katsumasa Hagiwara
  • Patent number: 9978552
    Abstract: An assembly device is disclosed for fixing a molded case circuit breaker, including a housing with at least one screw hole for a fixation screw for fixing the molded case circuit breaker to a bus bar. The assembly device includes a screw head holding device for holding a screw head of the fixation screw, the assembly device being configured to be arranged inside a cavity of the housing of the molded case circuit breaker in such a way that a screw head of a fixation screw arranged at the screw hole for mounting the molded case circuit breaker to the bus bar is engageable with the screw head holding device in an engagement direction. Furthermore, a circuit breaker system is disclosed including a molded case circuit breaker and an assembly device. Moreover, a method is disclosed for mounting a molded case circuit breaker to a bus bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Lukas Kalous, Pavel Mrtvy
  • Patent number: 9525275
    Abstract: A stab assembly is for a switchgear assembly of a panelboard. The stab assembly includes: a bus bar having: a mounting portion located on a backpan, the mounting portion including a number of edges each defining an aperture, and a number of elongated extensions each extending from the mounting portion into a corresponding electrical switching apparatus, the elongated extensions including a plug-on elongated extension; and a number of line terminals including a twofold line terminal, the twofold line terminal having: a bolt-on portion engaging the mounting portion, the bolt-on portion having an edge defining a thru hole, the edge of the bolt-on portion substantially overlaying one of the edges of the mounting portion, and a plug-on portion extending from the bolt-on portion, the plug-on portion having an engaging portion. The engaging portion substantially overlays the plug-on elongated extension. The engaging portion engages the plug-on elongated extension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: EATON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Michael John Ranta
  • Patent number: 8913372
    Abstract: A receiving module is disclosed for building into a switching cabinet, with a primary circuit mating contact element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Sebastian Aukofer, Ladislav Dostal, Lukas Jerabek, Libor Krivanek, Christian Rohrwild
  • Patent number: 8810998
    Abstract: A communication system is provided for a motor control center. The motor control center includes an enclosure and a plurality of subunits. The enclosure comprises a framework for dividing the enclosure into a plurality of compartments. The subunits are removably disposed within the compartments. The communication system includes a mounting bracket fixedly attached to the framework, within a corresponding one of the compartments, and a communication module mounted on the mounting bracket. The communication module includes a housing and a number of features such as, for example and without limitation, a DIP switch and electrical connector(s), disposed on the housing. Accordingly, when the subunit is removed from the compartment, the communication module remains, fixed to the enclosure framework. The mounting bracket includes a hinge that allows the communication module to pivot with respect to the compartment to provide access to the features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Eaton Corporation
    Inventors: Gerald Raymond Feldmeier, Edgar Yee, Robert Allan Morris
  • Patent number: 8797723
    Abstract: An aspect of the present disclosure relates to a system, which may include a faceplate and an electrical receptacle or switch. The faceplate may include a panel having a first surface, a second surface, and an opening defined in the panel providing communication between the first and second surfaces. The faceplate may also include an interrupter extending from the first surface of the panel having at least two interrupter contacts thereon and a first electrical circuit operatively coupled to the interrupter contacts. The electrical receptacle or switch may include a housing and a second electrical circuit, wherein the second electrical circuit is in communication with the first electrical circuit when the faceplate is mounted on the electrical receptacle or switch and the interrupter is configured to interrupt the second electrical circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Outsmart Power Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Paul C. M. Hilton, Kevin M. Johnson
  • Patent number: 8796562
    Abstract: A combiner box includes a combiner module and an electrical connector unit disposed in a casing. The combiner module includes an insulating board, and plural first and second input electrodes disposed on opposite surfaces of the insulating board along a first direction and corresponding respectively to plural first and second input sockets of the casing. The second input sockets are disposed below and alternatingly arranged with the first input sockets along the first direction. The electrical connector unit includes plural first and second input terminals disposed in the first and second input sockets and electrically connected to the first and second input electrodes, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Inventor: Chi-Jen Yang
  • Patent number: 8737043
    Abstract: A sealed electrical enclosure for housing an electrical component is provided. In one exemplary embodiment, the sealed electrical enclosure includes a housing, a first and second electrical connector, an actuator, and a terminal. The housing has a sealed interior when a top portion is coupled to a bottom portion. The first electrical connector extends from the sealed interior through the bottom of the housing and is electrically coupled to the electrical component. The actuator extends from the sealed interior through the housing and is configured to manipulate the electrical component. The terminal is electrically coupled to the second electrical connector. The second electrical connector is configured to mate with the first electrical connector. The first and second electrical connectors are configured to be connected and disconnected to attach and remove the housing to and from the terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Ericson Manufacturing Co.
    Inventor: Ron Hughes
  • Patent number: 8728642
    Abstract: An energy storage system comprising at least one energy storage module adapted to supply electrical energy to a hybrid vehicle. The energy storage module comprises an enclosure, at least one battery array located within the enclosure, and an energy storage controller module located within the enclosure and electrically connected to the battery array. A high voltage junction box is attached to a first end of the enclosure and having a plurality of high voltage connection terminals connected by a plug-in bussed electrical center configured to reduce the possibility of unintentional grounding or shorting, and decreases the safety risk to a technician during servicing. At least one of the high voltage connection terminals is configured to receive a high voltage conductor connected between the energy storage module and an inverter of the hybrid vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Allison Transmission, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian J. Maskew, Timothy A. Gasaway, Brian C. Morrow
  • Publication number: 20140126119
    Abstract: A circuit breaker module is provided. The circuit breaker module includes: a frame assembly, a faceplate assembly, and a number of circuit breakers, the circuit breakers having an electrically conductive surface and an extending handle, the frame assembly having a front member and a back member, the frame assembly front member and the frame assembly back member being spaced from each other and defining an enclosed space, the frame assembly front member being electrically conductive, the faceplate assembly having an electrically conductive faceplate, the faceplate being a planar member with a number of openings therein, the faceplate coupled to the frame assembly front member, the circuit breaker disposed in the frame assembly enclosed space, and wherein the circuit breaker is in electrical communication with the faceplate and the frame assembly front member, whereby a current may pass from the circuit breaker to the frame assembly front member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2012
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Applicant: Eaton Corporation
    Inventors: Patrick Wellington Mills, Kevin Francis Hanley, James Michael McCormick, Richard George Benshoff
  • Patent number: 8714991
    Abstract: A busbar adapter has a mounting rail for attaching a switching device to the busbar adapter, wherein the mounting rail can be attached to the busbar adapter at different positions. The mounting rail includes leg elements and the busbar adapter includes passages through which a respective one of the leg elements of the mounting rail extend with a latch from a first boundary surface of the passages on which the mounting rail rests, to a second boundary surface of the passages, such that the respective latch of the leg elements is, with a retaining surface thereof, arranged in a distance to the second boundary surface which corresponds to a dimension of a slider positively insertable between the retaining surface and the second boundary surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Rittal GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Joerg Kayma, Pierre Plath, Frank Kuester, Matthias Kienholz
  • Publication number: 20140118889
    Abstract: A circuit breaker assembly includes a housing, an electrical bus structure within the housing, a number of first plug-in members coupled to the bus structure, and a number of insulative retainers coupled to the bus structure. A corresponding one of the number of insulative retainers is operatively associated with a corresponding number of the number of first plug-in members. Each of a number of circuit breakers includes a manual operator and a number of second plug-in members disposed opposite the manual operator. The number of second plug-in members electrically engage a number of the number of first plug-in members. The corresponding one of the number of insulative retainers is disposed about the corresponding number of the number of first plug-in members, in order to insulate the corresponding number of the number of first plug-in members, and to retain the number of second plug-in members.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2014
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: EATON CORPORATION
    Inventors: PATRICK W. MILLS, JAMES M. MCCORMICK, RICHARD G. BENSHOFF
  • 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: 8649160
    Abstract: A circuit breaker assembly includes a housing, an electrical bus structure within the housing, a number of first plug-in members coupled to the bus structure, and a number of insulative retainers coupled to the bus structure. A corresponding one of the number of insulative retainers is operatively associated with a corresponding number of the number of first plug-in members. Each of a number of circuit breakers includes a manual operator and a number of second plug-in members disposed opposite the manual operator. The number of second plug-in members electrically engage a number of the number of first plug-in members. The corresponding one of the number of insulative retainers is disposed about the corresponding number of the number of first plug-in members, in order to insulate the corresponding number of the number of first plug-in members, and to retain the number of second plug-in members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Eaton Corporation
    Inventors: Patrick W. Mills, James M. McCormick, Richard G. Benshoff
  • Patent number: 8625748
    Abstract: A removable telecommunication sensor module is configured to be removably coupled between a power protection device and a bus bar and/or a backplane. The removable telecommunication sensor module monitors energy usage at a telecommunication equipment circuit level for a piece of telecommunication equipment arranged in a telecommunication network infrastructure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Telect, Inc.
    Inventors: Bryan Joseph Kioski, David Knaggs, Paul A. Knight
  • Patent number: 8619413
    Abstract: A power supply unit is provided for supplying low voltage power. The supply unit includes at least one power plug contact connectable to a supply voltage; at least one output lead for outputting the low voltage; and a voltage transformer unit having at least one electronic component for transforming the supply voltage to the low voltage. The power supply unit includes a casing made of a casing base element and a lid element, such that the power plug contact is held in the casing base element or in the lid element in such a way that it can be plugged into a power socket. The voltage transformer unit is mounted on a circuit carrier which is arranged in the casing base element in such a way that a defined first region of the circuit carrier is received in a casting space filled with an electrically insulating casting compound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: FRIWO Gerätebau GmbH
    Inventors: Heinz-Jürgen Gausepohl, Taner Yilmaz
  • Patent number: 8582279
    Abstract: A load center assembly comprising a main circuit breaker configured to be connected with bus plates through side openings in the main circuit breaker is described. The openings in the main circuit breaker comprise plug-on clips by which the bus plates connect. The plug-on clips are configured to use friction to grasp the bus plates as the bus plates are slidably inserted between the jaws of the plug-on clips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Eaton Corporation
    Inventors: James Gerard Maloney, Eric Alan Samuelson
  • Patent number: 8531820
    Abstract: An insulative module body for a bus system has at least two first channels, each adapted for at least partly receiving a bus bar. Each first channel extends through the body along one side thereof, and is open to the outside at one side and at both longitudinal ends thereof The body has at least two second channels, each adapted for receiving a power connection element for cooperating with a complementary circuit breaker contacting element. Each second channel extends generally transverse to the first channels and is open at one longitudinal end thereof The first and second channels respectively extend through the body in a first plane and a second plane generally parallel to the first plane and offset therefrom. The first and second channels cross each other in respective parallel, offset planes. The body includes at least one opening for each second channel to connect with one first channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Eaton Industries Manufacturing GmbH
    Inventors: Jean-Christophe Barnas, Daniel Thevenin
  • Publication number: 20130201608
    Abstract: A circuit breaker assembly includes a housing, an electrical bus structure within the housing, a number of first plug-in members coupled to the bus structure, and a number of insulative retainers coupled to the bus structure. A corresponding one of the number of insulative retainers is operatively associated with a corresponding number of the number of first plug-in members. Each of a number of circuit breakers includes a manual operator and a number of second plug-in members disposed opposite the manual operator. The number of second plug-in members electrically engage a number of the number of first plug-in members. The corresponding one of the number of insulative retainers is disposed about the corresponding number of the number of first plug-in members, in order to insulate the corresponding number of the number of first plug-in members, and to retain the number of second plug-in members.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2012
    Publication date: August 8, 2013
    Inventors: PATRICK W. MILLS, James M. McCormick, Richard G. Benshoff
  • Patent number: 8497439
    Abstract: A secondary disconnect apparatus for a circuit breaker, for making a slidable electrical connection with a mating enclosure-side secondary disconnect apparatus, is disclosed, having a pair of stop plate surfaces coupled to the circuit breaker defining a first linear distance D1, and a lateral adjustment portion in slidable communication with a pair of a guide members configured to guide movement of the lateral adjustment portion along an axis in one of a first and a second direction. The apparatus includes and a pair of adjustment member surfaces coupled to the lateral adjustment portion defining a second linear distance D2, wherein the adjustment member surfaces are configured to cooperate with the stop plate surfaces to limit the travel of lateral adjustment portion, and wherein a total predetermined lateral distance of travel of lateral adjustment portion 250 is defined based on at least the difference between first distance D1 and second distance D2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Arvind Pai, Sapuram Sudhakar, Kapil Vinodrao Bavikar, Glen Charles Sisson
  • Patent number: 8488302
    Abstract: A circuit breaker panel includes a number of circuit breaker modules each having a number of connectors, a plurality of circuit breakers and a circuit structure supporting the circuit breakers and electrically interconnecting the circuit breakers with the number of connectors. The panel also includes a monitoring module having a connector and a monitoring circuit to monitor at least one line voltage and, for each of the circuit breakers, at least one load voltage. The panel further includes a frame having a first connector for the monitoring module connector, a number of second connectors for the circuit breaker module connectors, and a number of third connectors for outputs from the circuit breaker modules. Conductors are connected to the connectors. Any of the monitoring module and the number of circuit breaker modules can be installed into or removed from the frame without change to the conductors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Eaton Corporation
    Inventors: Patrick W. Mills, Kevin F. Hanley, James M. McCormick, Richard G. Benshoff
  • Publication number: 20120262848
    Abstract: A circuit breaker panel includes a number of circuit breaker modules each having a number of connectors, a plurality of circuit breakers and a circuit structure supporting the circuit breakers and electrically interconnecting the circuit breakers with the number of connectors. The panel also includes a monitoring module having a connector and a monitoring circuit to monitor at least one line voltage and, for each of the circuit breakers, at least one load voltage. The panel further includes a frame having a first connector for the monitoring module connector, a number of second connectors for the circuit breaker module connectors, and a number of third connectors for outputs from the circuit breaker modules. Conductors are connected to the connectors. Any of the monitoring module and the number of circuit breaker modules can be installed into or removed from the frame without change to the conductors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 14, 2011
    Publication date: October 18, 2012
    Inventors: PATRICK W. MILLS, Kevin F. Hanley, James M. McCormick, Richard G. Benshoff
  • Patent number: 8174821
    Abstract: A power distribution system comprising a cabinet having one or more equipment envelops for holding electrical component modules therein and an interior passageway that is configured to accommodate DC vertical bus bars within the cabinet. The interior passageway is also configured such that the vertical bus bars can be positioned outside of lateral perimeters of the equipment envelops and the vertical bus bars can substantially traverse an entire interior long axis length of the cabinet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Assignee: Lineage Power Corporation
    Inventors: Edward C. Fontana, Paul Smith, Roy J. Davis
  • Patent number: 8149570
    Abstract: A universal power supply system having a power supply configured to generate a predetermined direct current output sufficient to simultaneously power a plurality of direct current powered devices connected thereto. A plurality of identical sockets are electrically coupled in parallel with the direct current output of the power supply. Individual power cables having a standardized first plug which fits into the sockets at one end and a device specific second plug at an opposing end. A voltage regulating circuit is operatively disposed in either the standardized first plug or device specific second plug which converts the intermediate direct current voltage generated by the power supply to a direct current voltage required by a particular direct current powered device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Inventors: John C. Keebler, C. Stephen Keebler
  • Patent number: 8107225
    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: March 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Assignee: American Power Conversion Corporation
    Inventors: Neil Rasmussen, James Simonelli, John McNally, Kenneth G. Brill
  • Patent number: 8094436
    Abstract: A circuit breaker assembly includes a housing, an electrical bus structure coupled to the housing, and a number of first plug-in members coupled to the electrical bus structure. A number of circuit breakers include a first surface and a second plug-in member disposed opposite the first surface. The second plug-in member of each of the number of circuit breakers is mated with a corresponding one of the number of first plug-in members. A plate member is removably coupled to the housing. The plate member includes a first surface and an opposite second surface. The first surface of the number of circuit breakers engages the opposite second surface of the plate member in order to maintain mating of each of the number of circuit breakers with the corresponding one of the number of first plug-in members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignee: Eaton Corporation
    Inventors: Patrick W. Mills, James M. McCormick, Kevin F. Hanley, Timothy R. Budd
  • Patent number: 8081426
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for preventing access to calibration controls includes a primary cover including a connection device, an access opening and a first through hole. The primary cover is configured to exclude access to an underlying area. The access opening is located on the primary cover to permit access to the underlying area when securing the primary cover. A shield is configured to fit over the primary cover and prevent access to the access opening. The shield includes a latch portion configured to latch on a first end portion of the primary cover and a second through hole located at a second end portion and corresponding to the first through hole of the primary cover. A security mechanism is configured to be received in the first and second through holes such that the security mechanism shows signs of tampering when unauthorized access to the underlying area is attempted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2011
    Assignee: Siemens Industry, Inc.
    Inventors: Terry Archer, Jennifer Nuckolls, Timothy Allen Dyer, Norbert Lindner
  • Patent number: 8054612
    Abstract: A plug-in unit includes a breaker electrically connected with a busbar at a power supply side and an electric device electrically connected with the breaker. Joint surfaces making contact with each other are formed at the breaker and the electric device, respectively. The breaker includes a terminal metal fitting connecting the busbar thereto and a plug-in terminal metal fitting installed at the joint surface of the breaker, and the electric device includes a plug terminal, which is installed at the joint surface thereof and capable of being connected with the plug-in terminal metal fitting. The breaker is detachably joined with the electric device by an engaging member including an engaging unit and an engagement receiving unit. The engaging unit and the engagement receiving unit are installed at the joint surfaces of the breaker and the electric device, respectively, and detachably engaged with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Assignee: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventors: Kenji Ichinomiya, Toshiyuki Kawano, Takami Satoh
  • Patent number: 8027154
    Abstract: A panel board retrofit kit, and method of selecting a panelboard retrofit kit, for replacing a panel board having a switching device in an enclosure is disclosed. The panel board retrofit kit has a first dead front plate having a first aperture, and a second dead front plate having a second aperture. The second aperture of the second panel board dead front plate is configurable to overlap at least a portion of said first aperture of said first dead front plate. The disclosed panelboard retrofit kit and method enable replacement of an installed panel board without removing or replacing the panel board enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2011
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Rathishchandra Gatti, Peter James Greenwood, Bradley E. Parlee, Veeresh Somalingayya
  • Patent number: 7965493
    Abstract: A subunit is provided for a motor control center including an enclosure, a number of compartments, a plurality of power lines, and a number of covers for covering the compartments. The subunit includes a housing removably disposed within a corresponding one of the compartments, a plurality of electrical contacts movably coupled to the housing, and an actuating assembly for moving the electrical contacts into and out of electrical contact with the power lines. The subunit further includes at least one of a locking assembly, a panel assembly, and a secondary disconnect assembly. The locking assembly locks the position of the electrical contacts and restricts access to the actuating assembly. The panel assembly is pivotable and translatable with respect to the subunit housing. The secondary disconnect assembly is independent from the actuating assembly in order that movement of the electrical contacts does not move the secondary disconnect assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Assignee: Eaton Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel Jason Leeman, Edgar Yee, Robert Allan Morris, Marsha Jean Harris
  • Publication number: 20110096470
    Abstract: Certain exemplary embodiments comprise a basepan assembly for an electrical panel. The basepan assembly can comprise an interconnectable plurality of pieces. In certain exemplary embodiments, a first piece from the plurality of pieces can comprise an inserter. In certain exemplary embodiments, a first piece from the plurality of pieces can comprise a receiver adapted to slidably receive an inserter of a second piece from the plurality of pieces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2006
    Publication date: April 28, 2011
    Inventors: Joseph Scott Dixon, Jeffrey K. Hudgins, JR.
  • Patent number: 7889480
    Abstract: A panelboard mounts and electrically connects to a plurality of circuit breakers. The panelboard includes a central body portion having a top surface. At least one bus bar is positioned within the central body portion. A pair of opposed legs extend the longitudinal length of the central body portion. A plurality of wells extend downwardly from the top surface and have prongs at the bottom of each well. The prongs are electrically connected to the bus bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2011
    Assignee: ABB Inc.
    Inventor: Dean S Latham
  • Patent number: 7791862
    Abstract: The invention relates to an electric switching system which comprises a housing and components which are arranged therein and which are embodied as a control and/or measuring unit. Said components are arranged in modular-type drawers. At least one base module comprises at least one module support profile, in addition to lateral walls and front-sided insertion elements. One front wall of the base module, preferably the front side thereof, is formed by a control unit and the opposite front wall thereof of the measuring unit, and the dimensions of the control and measuring unit are adapted to the size of the module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2010
    Assignee: ABB AG
    Inventors: Werner Mathes, Klaus Kraft, Hans-Juergen Schmitt
  • Patent number: 7751180
    Abstract: A power distribution panel having circuit elements such as KTK and GMT fuses removably mounted to a unit housing by means of module members, thereby allowing for ease of customization of the circuit elements of the power distribution panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2010
    Assignee: ADC Telecommunications, Inc.
    Inventors: David E. Schomaker, Carlos Arroyo Gonzalez, Delfino Hernandez, Luis Manuel Sanchez Aguilar, Narciso Delgado Guevara, Celsa Mora Curiel
  • Patent number: 7750259
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a single-pole or multi-pole switch to be used preferably in low-voltage systems. The switch (1) comprises an outer casing (2) containing for each pole at least one fixed contact (10) and one mobile contact (20) that can be coupled to/uncoupled from one another. The mobile contacts (20) are housed in appropriate seats (25) provided on a mobile element (50). The switch (1) moreover comprises an energy-accumulation control mechanism (60), operatively connected to the mobile element (50) to enable its movement. The switch (1) according to the invention is advantageously provided with means of axial support operatively connected to the mobile element (50) in order to support the gravitational thrusts that are generated along the axis of rotation of the mobile element itself when said axis is inclined with respect to a substantially horizontal plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2010
    Assignee: ABB S.p.A.
    Inventors: Stefano Besana, Gustavo Brignoli, Federico Gamba
  • Publication number: 20100128417
    Abstract: A plug-in unit includes a breaker electrically connected with a busbar at a power supply side and an electric device electrically connected with the breaker. Joint surfaces making contact with each other are formed at the breaker and the electric device, respectively. The breaker includes a terminal metal fitting connecting the busbar thereto and a plug-in terminal metal fitting installed at the joint surface of the breaker, and the electric device includes a plug terminal, which is installed at the joint surface thereof and capable of being connected with the plug-in terminal metal fitting. The breaker is detachably joined with the electric device by an engaging member including an engaging unit and an engagement receiving unit. The engaging unit and the engagement receiving unit are installed at the joint surfaces of the breaker and the electric device, respectively, and detachably engaged with each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2009
    Publication date: May 27, 2010
    Applicant: TOKYO ELECTRON LIMITED
    Inventors: Kenji Ichinomiya, Toshiyuki Kawano, Takami Satoh
  • Patent number: 7724503
    Abstract: The invention relates to a frequency converter, comprising: a power electronics part provided with wheels on the lower part thereof; an installation cabinet for receiving the power electronics part movable on the wheels; and connectors arranged to the power electronics part and the installation cabinet, a contact being created between the connectors when the power electronics part is installed into the installation cabinet. To facilitate electrical installation works, the power electronics part is divided at least into a base part provided with wheels and a power stage part arranged thereon, the two being detachably attached together, whereby the base part, when detached from the power stage part, can be pulled out of the installation cabinet whereas the power stage part remains in place in the installation cabinet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Assignee: ABB Oy
    Inventor: Markku Talja
  • Patent number: 7663867
    Abstract: A circuit breaker apparatus is provided and includes a circuit breaker, having a housing surface perpendicular to a plane of a front side of the circuit breaker and internal components, a terminal block structurally coupled to the housing surface, first terminal housings arrayed on the terminal block to each support first components and to be receptive of second terminal housings each of which supports second components, at least some of which are electrically coupled to the internal components, to be electrically coupled to at least some of the first components, and an access block. The access block is disposed on the terminal block and has apertures defined therein to provide for front-side access to the first terminal housings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2010
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Mahesh Jaywant Rane, Simhadri Ramalingeswara Rao Gupta, Janakiraman Narayanan, Pankaj Agrawal
  • Patent number: 7633742
    Abstract: A fiber distribution terminal system includes a below ground vault, and a terminal enclosure within the vault. The system also includes a lift system in the vault, the lift system including a screw drive and a track system. Rotation of the screw drive lifts the terminal enclosure from a below ground to a lifted position, and the track system guides the terminal enclosure as the enclosure is lifted. The system also includes a tool such as a cordless drill to drive the screw drive. The screw drive can include a ball screw and a ball nut. The system can include a bracket to couple the terminal enclosure to the screw drive and the track system. The track system can include two sets of tracks, a first set of tracks that is fixed in the vault, and a second set of tracks that is coupled to the first set of tracks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2009
    Assignee: ADC Telecommunications, Inc.
    Inventors: Craig M. Standish, Troy Land, Ajay Sharma
  • Publication number: 20090257173
    Abstract: A circuit breaker apparatus is provided and includes a circuit breaker, having a housing surface perpendicular to a plane of a front side of the circuit breaker and internal components, a terminal block structurally coupled to the housing surface, first terminal housings arrayed on the terminal block to each support first components and to be receptive of second terminal housings each of which supports second components, at least some of which are electrically coupled to the internal components, to be electrically coupled to at least some of the first components, and an access block. The access block is disposed on the terminal block and has apertures defined therein to provide for front-side access to the first terminal housings.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2008
    Publication date: October 15, 2009
    Inventors: Mahesh Jaywant Rane, Simhadri Ramalingeswara R. Gupta, Janakiraman Narayanan, Pankaj Agrawal
  • Patent number: 7597578
    Abstract: A mounting device includes a switchgear, which is mounted thereon and which can, via plug contacts, be brought into contact with mating plug contacts of the mounting device. At least one first retaining device(s) holds the switchgear in a defined stationary position in which the plug contacts do not come in contact with the mating plug contacts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2009
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Robert Adunka, Berthold Heldmann
  • Patent number: 7580247
    Abstract: A load center system includes a primary bus bar with primary stabs for receiving a first type of circuit breaker, the primary stab extending from a primary base portion of the primary bus bar. A secondary bus bar with a secondary base portion and secondary stabs is coupled to the primary bus bar in a generally overlapping position, for receiving a second type of circuit breaker. Both the primary and secondary bus bars can be formed from stamping. By utilizing bus bars with base portions, the primary and secondary bus bars together provide for ease of assembly, and structural integrity, while allowing either of the first type of circuit breaker and the second type of circuit breaker to be coupled to the load center.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2009
    Inventors: Dave Pearson, William J. Broghammer
  • Publication number: 20090180242
    Abstract: A seal assembly for an electrical enclosure having a draw-out circuit breaker and a number of conductors is provided having a movable first seal member and a movable second seal member. The circuit breaker includes a protruding nose portion that is engaged by the first and second seal members in a manner that sealingly engages the nose portion. The arrangement of the first and second seal members and the nose portion provides for the sealing engagement to be maintained when the circuit breaker is moved from a first position in which the circuit breaker is not electrically connected to the number of conductors and a second position in which the circuit breaker is electrically connected to the number of conductors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2008
    Publication date: July 16, 2009
    Inventors: JARROD L. COOMER, Michael H. Abrahamsen, David A. Metcalf, Timothy Fair, Stanley E. Moore
  • Patent number: 7551425
    Abstract: An apparatus for distributing electrical power from a plurality of power sources among a plurality of electrical conductors includes: (a) A plurality of power supply bus structures. Each respective power supply bus structure is coupled with at least one respective power source and presents a respective plurality of first electrical connection structures arranged in a respective first spaced array. (b) Each respective electrical conductor presents a respective plurality of second electrical connection structures arranged in a respective second spaced array. (c) At least one electrical bridging unit coupling a respective first electrical connection structure and a respective second electrical connection structure to establish electrical connection between a selected respective power supply bus structure and a selected respective electrical conductor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2009
    Assignee: Lineage Power Corporation
    Inventor: Vincent Mark Byrne
  • Patent number: 7508653
    Abstract: A load center with a circuit breaker with a first recess and a second recess, a main busbar with a first stab that is operatively arranged to insert into the first recess and support a front end of the circuit breaker. The load center also includes a neutral support bar having a second stab and a lug. The lug is connected to a neutral system and the second stab is operatively arranged to insert into the second recess of the circuit breaker. The second stab also supports a back end of the circuit breaker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2009
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Bradley E. Parlee
  • Patent number: 7505781
    Abstract: A core wireless engine design includes the standardized CWE interface. The core wireless engine includes a transceiver, microprocessor and a standardized interface arrangement. The standardized interface arrangement is adapted to be connected to a variety of different host interfaces. This arrangement allows core wireless engines to be used with a variety of different host interfaces and form factors. In a preferred embodiment, the core wireless engine design is sized so that it can fit into a variety of form factor units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2009
    Assignee: Sierra Wireless, Inc.
    Inventor: Ronald John Vanderhelm
  • Patent number: 7460360
    Abstract: A power distribution panel having circuit elements such as KTK and GMT fuses removably mounted to a unit housing by means of module members, thereby allowing for ease of customization of the circuit elements of the power distribution panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2008
    Assignee: ADC Telecommunications, Inc.
    Inventors: David E. Schomaker, Carlos Arroyo Gonzalez, Delfino Hernandez, Luis Manuel Sanchez Aguilar, Narciso Delgado Guevara, Celsa Mora Curiel
  • Publication number: 20080278890
    Abstract: An electric power distribution panel includes a plurality of slots for supplying power to circuit breakers, a first input bus for coupling to a first power source, a second input bus for coupling to a second power source, and a plurality of circuit breaker carriers. Each carrier is positioned in one of the slots and selectably movable in its slot between a first position for coupling a circuit breaker to the first input bus, and a second position for coupling a circuit breaker to the second input bus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2007
    Publication date: November 13, 2008
    Inventor: Raymond A. Mann
  • Patent number: 7414829
    Abstract: Certain exemplary embodiments comprise a mounting base adapted to be snapably coupled to a wiring lug. The wiring lug can comprise a prong, which can be adapted to electrically couple a circuit breaker to the wiring lug. The mounting base can define a chamber adapted to receive the wiring lug.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2008
    Assignee: Siemens Energy & Automation, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph Scott Dixon, Kristopher Scott Robinson
  • Patent number: 7333320
    Abstract: A fiber distribution terminal system includes a below ground vault, and a terminal enclosure within the vault. The system also includes a lift system in the vault, the lift system including a screw drive and a track system. Rotation of the screw drive lifts the terminal enclosure from a below ground to a lifted position, and the track system guides the terminal enclosure as the enclosure is lifted. The system also includes a tool such as a cordless drill to drive the screw drive. The screw drive can include a ball screw and a ball nut. The system can include a bracket to couple the terminal enclosure to the screw drive and the track system. The track system can include two sets of tracks, a first set of tracks that is fixed in the vault, and a second set of tracks that is coupled to the first set of tracks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2008
    Assignee: ADC Telecommunications, Inc.
    Inventors: Craig M. Standish, Troy Land, Ajay Sharma