Electrical Service Distribution Box Patents (Class 361/641)
  • Patent number: 9728947
    Abstract: Cover plates are provided for electrical fixtures including a screwless cover plate and/or cover plate assembly for electrical devices that cover the outlets but provide holes for plugs, light switches, audio, data, or video connectors, and the like, and that do not show screw or attachment holes and where the cover plate is part of a cover plate assembly that have screwless attachment to a rectangular ring shaped mounting or strapping plate that attaches to the outlet, switch, wall, or housing or receptacle box without showing screw holes, e.g., via tabs or other attachment mechanism, with or without a backing plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Inventor: Joseph Trojanowski
  • Patent number: 9635783
    Abstract: A photovoltaic assembly for converting solar radiation to electrical energy is described. The photovoltaic assembly includes a photovoltaic module and an electronic component housing. The photovoltaic module has a frame, a laminate, a plurality of solar cells and a backsheet. The electronic component housing has an upper section to couple to the backsheet, a middle section and a lower section for enclosing electronic components. The electronic components can include a microinverter or electronics for a junction box. The middle section can have a heat sink in thermal communication with the electronic component and an opening. The opening can be a plurality of openings having a plurality of air fins distributed therein, or can be a diagonal or curved structure. The opening can permit fluid communication between the heat sink and an ambient environment. The upper section and/or the aforementioned air fins can also be coupled to the backsheet via a heat conductive adhesive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: SUNPOWER CORPORATION
    Inventors: Zachary Kinyon, John Gannon, Nick McKibben
  • Patent number: 9071043
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a docking station that prevents electrical cables (e.g., from a portable power generator or other temporary power source) from even being connected to connectors in the interior of the docking station while the building's electrical system (or other electrical load) is in electrical communication with the utility. The docking station can include a cabinet with two doors that swing in different directions and a locking mechanism that regulates the opening and closing of those doors. In preferred embodiments, the locking mechanism includes a trapped-key lock. Embodiments of the present invention can be used in applications other than docking stations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: Trystar, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Matthew Takata, James Jerome Koberg, Brian Allen Amacher, Nicholas Goebel
  • 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
  • Patent number: 9003095
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure are directed toward an automation control device including a base having a module slot, a functional module including communication and control circuitry configured to communicatively couple with the base via the module slot, a terminal block configured to communicatively couple the base and the first functional module with field wiring, a first power bus configured to transmit a first power to the functional module, and a second power bus configured to transmit a second power to the functional module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Nathan Joseph Molnar, Douglas Robert Bodmann, Terence Scott Tenorio
  • Patent number: 8995114
    Abstract: A recessed lighting fixture includes a lamp housing and a separate compact junction box, which contains a power supply that drives the lamp and serves in part to divide the interior cavity of the junction box into two separate wiring compartments. The junction box has two end walls spaced along an axis and a releasably secured cover The lighting fixture is particularly suitable for retrofit installations, especially where small aperture downlights are desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventor: Shawn A Wilcox
  • Patent number: 8988062
    Abstract: A branch circuit monitoring system (BCMS) for monitoring branch circuit currents in one or more electrical circuit panels is described. The system is comprised of a data center server, one or more panel processors, each with one or more collection devices, and one or more current sensors per collection device. The BCMS is designed to be installed entirely inside the panel without the need for a dedicated enclosure or power supply to facilitate ease of installation and low-cost. The BCMS also allows for future upgradability through standard software updates so that the system can be updated or patched easily. The BCMS data center server collects, aggregates, stores, and serves historical branch circuit current data from the panel processors to networked users via a web server to provide visualization of data such as tables, charts, and gauges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Precision Air & Energy Services, LLC
    Inventors: Montgomery J. Sykora, Daniel L. Janovy, David L. Janovy
  • Patent number: 8970243
    Abstract: A test carrier 10A comprises: a base board 21A which holds a die 90; and a cover board 31A which is laid over the base board 21A so as to cover the die 90. The test carrier 10A comprises a seal member 24 which is interposed between the base board 21A and the cover board 31A and which surrounds the die 90.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Advantest Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshinari Kogure, Takashi Fujisaki, Kiyoto Nakamura
  • Patent number: 8951054
    Abstract: A power tap apparatus is positioned within a desk top or work surface. The apparatus includes a housing (708) and a high voltage power and/or data carriage. A cover is positioned above the stationary housing. A low voltage charging pad is mounted to the cover and includes a surface of insulating material with a series of conductive charging lanes mounted thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Inventors: Norman R. Byrne, Randell Ernest Pate, Timothy John Warwick, Victor Alexander Sultana
  • Patent number: 8941977
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to an enclosure for electrical equipment. The enclosure includes a power plate assembly and a vented cover installed over the power plate assembly. Electrical components operating at 50 volts or more are mounted to a rail in the power plate assembly. The vented cover separates the electrical components mounted to the rail from the electrical components mounted in the enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Panduit Corp.
    Inventors: Rey Bravo, John C. Senese
  • Publication number: 20150009675
    Abstract: A recessed lighting fixture includes a lamp housing and a separate compact junction box, which contains a power supply that drives the lamp and serves in part to divide the interior cavity of the junction box into two separate wiring compartments. The junction box has two end walls spaced along an axis and a releasably secured. The lighting fixture is particularly suitable for retrofit installations, especially where small aperture downlights are desired.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2014
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventor: Shawn A. Wilcox
  • Patent number: 8912863
    Abstract: A face plate for cable-TV networks, the face plate adapted to operate in frequencies as high as 1.8 GHz. The face plate comprising terminals, electronic circuitry, impedance matching units and a disturbances suppressor. The disturbances suppressor is designed to suppress the parasitic resonance of the transmission line that appears inside the extended operational frequency band of 1000 to 1800 MHz. The impedance matching units are adapted to match the impedance of the terminal with that of electronic circuitry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Xtend Networks Ltd.
    Inventors: Olga Degtyarev, Yehezkel Albag, Yasis Shohet, Gavriel Magnezi
  • Patent number: 8908355
    Abstract: A combination emergency panelboard includes a relay section and a circuit-breaker section. The relay section includes automatic load control relays and the circuit-breaker section includes emergency circuit breakers. A dielectric barrier is positioned between the relay and circuit-breaker sections to separate them. A busbar is positioned in the circuit-breaker section for distributing a phase of emergency current to a plurality of emergency circuit breakers coupled thereto. A plurality of automatic load control relays is positioned in the relay section. Each of the relays is electrically connected to a respective one of the plurality of emergency circuit breakers for distributing the phase of emergency current to a respective load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Schneider Electric USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Heath L. Martin, Scott Jordan, John W. Dyer
  • Patent number: 8902599
    Abstract: An external structure of an outdoor electronic apparatus for packaging a circuit board having a power line is provided. The external structure includes a housing having an opening and a waterproof gasket. The waterproof gasket includes a main body, a platform portion, a first protrusion, and a bushing portion. The main body covers the opening. The platform portion, located at the inner side of the main body, extends into the housing from the opening. The platform portion seals the opening and tightly fits with the housing. The first protrusion is located on the platform portion for abutting against the circuit board. The bushing portion, located at the outer side of the main body, has a channel. The channel passes through the main body and the platform portion and can be passed through by the power line. The bushing portion and the power line tightly fit to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Delta Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Po-Heng Chao, Jui-Ching Lee
  • Patent number: 8897031
    Abstract: A case includes a case body and a cover member. The case body includes a bottom wall portion having a surface area which allows selective accommodation of a first substrate and a second substrate and an outer peripheral portion. The outer peripheral portion includes a front wall portion (a reference wall portion), a pair of left and right wall portions which come into abutment with lateral sides of the first and second substrates, and ribs (first restraint portions) configured to restrain the first substrate in cooperation with the front wall portion at a position where a reference side of the first substrate comes into abutment with the front wall portion. The case body includes a diaphragm (a second restraint portion) configured to restrain the second substrate in cooperation with the front wall portion at a position where a reference side of the second substrate comes into abutment with the front wall portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd
    Inventor: Takehiro Kanou
  • Patent number: 8896989
    Abstract: A system for providing power and control to devices is described. The system includes a distribution box having connection points to receive power from a power supply and connection points to receive control instructions from a control system. The distribution box includes a plurality of output connection points to provide power and control instructions to the devices of the system. Each output connection point of the distribution box uses the same configuration of power and control conductors. Each device in the system uses a connection box with a connection point that can have the same configuration of power and control conductors as the distribution box. A plurality of cables are configured to connect the connection point on the connection box to a corresponding output connection point on the distribution box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Tait Towers Manufacturing, LLC
    Inventor: Adam Davis
  • Patent number: 8885328
    Abstract: A power transfer device adapted for interconnection with the electrical system of a building includes a cabinet, a set of switches mounted to the cabinet, and wires adapted to connect the switches to an electrical distribution panel associated with a building electrical system. The power transfer device includes a first compartment and a second compartment partitioned from one another by a removable intermediate wall that slidably engages a base that defines a back wall of the cabinet. The switches are secured to a base of the cabinet and a first panel closes the first compartment and cooperates with the set of switches such that the switches are operable through the first panel and discrete switches can be removed from the cabinet when the first panel is the removed from cabinet without interfering with an orientation of other switches relative to the cabinet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Reliance Controls Corporation
    Inventor: Neil A. Czarnecki
  • Patent number: 8879242
    Abstract: A mobile power system comprises a plurality of energy sources, wherein at least one energy source is a solar powered generating device and at least one energy source is a wind powered generating device; a plurality of electronic and telecommunications components configured to receive the power generated by the plurality of energy sources and/or convert the power generated to direct current power; a plurality of batteries configured to store the direct current power; and at least one transportable housing configured to hold the plurality of energy sources, the plurality of electronic and telecommunications, and the plurality of batteries during transport of the housing, and wherein the housing is configured to remotely operate the at least one solar powered energy device and the at least one wind powered generating device when the mobile power system is in operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Sundial Power Pods, LLC
    Inventors: Eldon Prax, Stan Waldrop
  • Patent number: 8873224
    Abstract: A parking lot power pedestal is described which has a single spring attaching a tubular body to a base. The spring flexes in response to a blow to enable the tubular body to be angularly offset relative to the base and the spring resiliently returns to its original state to reposition the tubular body in a position extending vertically relative to the base. The spring has a first end providing a weather seal with a central bore of the tubular body. The spring has a second end providing a weather seal surrounding an opening in the base. The spring is tightly wound to provide a weather seal for a central passage defined by the spring through which wires pass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Inventor: Stanley J. Rose
  • Publication number: 20140313643
    Abstract: A universal load control module may include a power supply that operates over a wide voltage range, a microcontroller, and one or more functional control blocks. A functional control block may include a dimmer circuit for controlling a lighting load that provides reverse phase cut mode dimming, forward phase cut mode dimming, and hybrid phase cut mode dimming, as well as thermal protection. One or more universal control modules may be housed in a cabinet that include a cabinet control module. The cabinet may include additional thermal protection measures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicant: ABL IP Holding, LLC
    Inventors: Richard L. Westrick, JR., Dalibor Zulim
  • Patent number: 8854796
    Abstract: A recessed lighting fixture includes a lamp housing and a separate compact junction box, which contains a power supply that drives the lamp and serves in part to divide the interior cavity of the junction box into two separate wiring compartments. The junction box has two end walls spaced along an axis and a releasably secured, sleeve-like cover (side wall) surrounding and closing the cavity. The cover can be moved axially in either direction relative to the end walls to open the wiring compartments. The junction box and the lamp housing are mechanically connected only by a flexible conduit and a flexible tether, which prevents undue strain on the electrical connections between the joined components. The lighting fixture is particularly suitable for retrofit installations, especially where small-aperture downlights are desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventor: Shawn A. Wilcox
  • Patent number: 8848344
    Abstract: A solid insulated switchgear having at least one circuit switches for switching a three-pole AC circuit includes a plurality of bus-bars for pole. Each of the bus-bars for pole being providing correspondingly for each pole comprises a ring-shaped bus-bar portion electrically connecting the arc extinguishing mechanisms for the same pole, and each having an internal electrical conductor portion and an external solid insulated mold portion in which the conductor portion is built; and a plurality of extended connecting portions respectively extended from the ring-shaped bus-bar portion while being space apart from one another in a circumferential direction so that the plurality of circuit switches are connected in the state in which the plurality of circuit switches are separated from one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: LSIS Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jeong Mu Byeon, Jae Gul Lee
  • Publication number: 20140268693
    Abstract: A power housing assembly includes a housing having a side thereof that is at least partially open. A faceplate, coupled to the open side at a first hinge position, can articulate about the first hinge position between a first position and a second position. The faceplate includes a substantially L-shaped portion that resides (i) in the housing when the faceplate is in its first position, and (ii) outside of the housing when the faceplate is in its second position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Marina Electrical Equipment, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert C. Dively, Alston G. Brooks, Kelly W. Treiber
  • Publication number: 20140254069
    Abstract: In accordance with one embodiment, a gateway node having a housing, a bracket mounted relay and wireless communication capabilities. The gateway node is connected to a pad mount transformer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2014
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: FLORIDA POWER & LIGHT COMPANY
    Inventors: Gary Wayne Sterkel, George Alexander Pantouris, Alfred F. Arias
  • Patent number: 8830657
    Abstract: A switchboard for coupling with a structure surface includes a panel box comprising a back wall and at least one sidewall extending from the back wall. The sidewall comprising a front. The switchboard further includes a door panel coupled to the front of the side and a positioning member located in the sidewall. The positioning member comprising a fixed end coupled to the sidewall and a moveable end configured to be positioned to contact the structure surface when the front of the panel box is at a pre-determined distance from the structure surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Scott Charles Myers, Yogesh Krishnarao Ingole, Gary Paul Michaelis, Justin Michael Meehan, Debra Lynn Giannelli, Charles Allen Roth
  • Patent number: 8816528
    Abstract: A mobile power system comprises a plurality of energy sources, wherein at least one energy source is a solar powered generating device and at least one energy source is a wind powered generating device; a plurality of electronic and telecommunications components configured to receive the power generated by the plurality of energy sources and/or convert the power generated to direct current power; a plurality of batteries configured to store the direct current power; and one or more transportable housings configured to hold the plurality of energy sources, the plurality of electronic and telecommunications, and the plurality of batteries during transport of the housing, and wherein the at least one solar powered energy device and the at least one wind powered generating device are disposed remotely from the housing when the mobile power system is in operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Sundial Power Pods, LLC
    Inventors: Eldon Prax, Stan Waldrop
  • Patent number: 8817455
    Abstract: A sealed electrical enclosure used in hazardous locations for enclosing electrical components having a bottom housing and a top housing with a serrated joint formed therebetween, the bottom housing adapted to receive one or more electrical components, a first metal bus extending from a point internal to the bottom housing through a first end wall to a point external thereto, and a second metal bus extending from a point internal to the bottom housing through a second end wall to a point external to thereto, where the first and second metal buses are adapted to contact first and second electrical terminals of an electrical component when placed within the bottom housing, wherein the top housing is removably secured to the bottom housing to allow for removal and replacement of an electrical component within the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: EGS Electrical Group, LLC
    Inventors: Neil Baird, Ian Jenkins, Nabil L. Mina, Yogesh D. Kanole
  • Patent number: 8804314
    Abstract: An electric junction box which can surly distribute electric power from a power source even if a electric power distributing unit is arranged is provided. The electric junction box includes a box main body; a power integration attached to the box main body and supplied with an electric power from a power source; and a block. The block includes a block main body formed separately from the box main body and attached to the box main body; and a terminal received in the block main body, attached to an end of an electric power cable connected to the power source, and connected to the power integration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventor: Hiroaki Kamo
  • Patent number: 8797719
    Abstract: A mobile power system comprises a plurality of energy sources, wherein at least one energy source is a solar powered generating device and at least one energy source is a wind powered generating device; a plurality of electronic and telecommunications components configured to receive the power generated by the plurality of energy sources and/or convert the power generated to direct current power; a plurality of batteries configured to store the direct current power; and at least one transportable housing configured to hold the plurality of energy sources, the plurality of electronic and telecommunications, and the plurality of batteries during transport of the housing, and wherein the housing is configured to remotely operate the at least one solar powered energy device and the at least one wind powered generating device when the mobile power system is in operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Sundial Power Pods, LLC
    Inventors: Eldon Prax, Stan Waldrop
  • Patent number: 8792227
    Abstract: A mobile power system includes a plurality of energy sources including a solar powered generating source and a plurality of electronic and telecommunications components configured to receive the power generated by the plurality of energy sources and convert the power generated to direct current power. The system also includes a plurality of batteries configured to store the direct current power and a main distribution panel including one or more short circuit ground fault protection devices configured to isolate a short circuit ground fault in less than approximately two hundred milliseconds. The system also includes one or more transportable housings configured to hold the plurality of energy sources, the plurality of electronic and telecommunications, the main distribution panel and the plurality of batteries during transport of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Sundial Powers Pods, LLC
    Inventors: Eldon Prax, Stan Waldrop, Jeff Nicely
  • Patent number: 8785771
    Abstract: A controller for controlling the utilization of resources within a zone having a housing having an interior carrying a barrier for utilization in defining a line voltage compartment delineated from a low voltage compartment within said housing interior. A power control board is carried within the line voltage compartment for receiving line voltage. A low voltage board is carried within the low voltage compartment for communicating with low voltage components. A controller board is carried by the housing for receiving data associated with the low voltage components and receiving line voltage from the line power control board. A first cover encloses a first portion of the interior of the housing for defining the line voltage compartment. A second cover encloses a second portion of the interior of the housing for defining the low voltage compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Inventors: William Dunkleberger, John Evans, Mehul Laliwala
  • Patent number: 8760854
    Abstract: In accordance with one embodiment, a gateway node having a housing, a bracket mounted relay and wireless communication capabilities. The gateway node is connected to a pad mount transformer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Florida Power and Light Company
    Inventors: Gary Wayne Sterkel, George Alexander Pantouris, Alfred F. Arias
  • Publication number: 20140168863
    Abstract: There is provided an electrical junction box which can improve rigidity of a case body. An electrical junction box includes a block, a case body and an inner cover which regulates a wiring path of an electric wire attached to the block. The case body is formed into a deep box-like shape having a peripheral wall, a bottom wall and an opening portion, wherein a portion of the case body adjacent to the bottom wall has a tapered shape. Cutout portions are formed at two opposing faces of the peripheral wall. A width of the cutout portion is smaller when the case body is in a natural condition in which the block is not housed in the case body than when the block is housed in the case body. The width of the cutout portion is broadened as the block is inserted into the case body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2013
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yuki Komiya, Hideki Kawamura, Hiroki Tashiro
  • Patent number: 8755172
    Abstract: A power transfer device adapted for interconnection with the electrical system of a building includes a housing that includes a base having a back wall and an intermediate member that engages the base. A first housing section engages the base and the intermediate member and defines a first interior portion. A second housing section engages the base and the intermediate member and cooperates with the base to define a second interior portion. Fasteners secure the intermediate member, the first housing section and the second housing section together. Power transfer switching components are interconnected with and carried by one of the housing sections. A cover may be pivotably mounted to the housing. During assembly, the power switching components are mounted to one of the housing sections to form a subassembly that is connected to the base as a single unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Reliance Controls Corporation
    Inventor: Neil A. Czarnecki
  • Patent number: 8737042
    Abstract: Provided is a terminal box for a solar cell module that has excellent heat radiation. The terminal box (10) is provided with multiple terminal boards (21), a reverse load bypass diode (22) that is connected to two corresponding terminal boards (21), a primary resin layer (23) that is attached to the diode (22) and covers the area around the diode (22), and a secondary resin layer (41) that is made from a resin different to that of the primary resin layer (23) and is adhered to parts other than the diode (22) and does not cover the area around the diode (22).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Yoshikawa, Makoto Higashikozono
  • Patent number: 8717761
    Abstract: A high-voltage apparatus includes a battery device, a high-voltage control device, a housing, and a cooling structure. The cooling structure includes a first cooling channel to cool the battery device, a second cooling channel to cool the high-voltage control device, a connection channel connecting the first cooling channel to the second cooling channel, and a ventilator. The connection channel has a first opening portion connected to the first cooling channel, a second opening portion connected to the second cooling channel, and an inner flow path to communicate the first opening portion to the second opening portion. A sectional area of the first opening portion and a sectional area of the second opening portion are each set to be smaller than a sectional area of the inner flow path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kengo Aoki, Kanae Ohkuma
  • Patent number: 8717744
    Abstract: A connection apparatus includes a housing portion comprising a back panel and side panels, the back panel and side panels partially defining a cavity having an access orifice, the side panels partially defining an entry area to the access orifice, a fuse holder assembly disposed in the cavity, and a cover disposed in the cavity between a portion of the fuse holder assembly and the entry area to the access orifice, the cover obscures a portion of the fuse holder assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Gary Paul Michaelis, Seth Adam Cutler, Sachin Tulsidas Thakkar
  • Patent number: 8717743
    Abstract: A base pan assembly for connecting to conductors and an electrical device. The base pan assembly includes a base pan element having walls for isolating each conductor. The base pan assembly also includes a stab element associated with each conductor wherein the stab element includes first and second portions formed in a substantially L shaped configuration. The first portion is adapted to be connected to the electrical device and the second portion is fastened to the base pan element. An end of the second portion is positioned between a pair of ribs. A fastening element is associated with each stab element, wherein the fastening element includes a post extending from the base pan element which is received by an aperture in the second portion. Further, the base pan assembly includes a lug associated with each conductor, wherein the lug receives the second portion and the associated conductor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Siemens Industry, Inc.
    Inventors: Gustavo Cortes Rico, Brian J. Rusch, Carey D. Harnois
  • 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: 8681482
    Abstract: This disclosure describes examples of an apparatus to enclose components of a switching assembly of an automatic transfer switch. In one embodiment, the apparatus, or arc chamber cover, has a housing made of material with optical properties that permit observation of the interior of the housing. A mounting assembly couples to the housing. The mounting assembly secures the apparatus to the automatic transfer switch. In one example, the mounting assembly comprises feet comprising a material with mechanical properties that can withstand pressure and other forces inside of the interior chamber. The apparatus also includes one or more baffles to control the flow of gasses and control electric arcs within the switching assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Suresh Srikantaiah, Arthur Michael Evans, Sudarshan Allada, Pravin Pralhad Kulkarni
  • Patent number: 8654514
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a docking station that prevents electrical cables (e.g., from a portable power generator or other temporary power source) from even being connected to connectors in the interior of the docking station while the building's electrical system (or other electrical load) is in electrical communication with the utility. The docking station can include a cabinet with two doors that swing in different directions and a locking mechanism that regulates the opening and closing of those doors. In preferred embodiments, the locking mechanism includes a trapped-key lock. Embodiments of the present invention can be used in applications other than docking stations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Trystar, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven M. Takata, James J. Koberg, Brian A. Amacher, Nicholas Goebel
  • Patent number: 8644008
    Abstract: A distribution unit has an incomer module disposed on the exterior of a battery casing and electrically connected to a battery housed within the casing, and a plurality of feeder modules electrically daisy-chained to the incomer module and configured to respectively distribute electrical power from the battery to a plurality of individual electrically powered devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: MAGNA E-Car Systems GmbH & Co OG
    Inventor: Roland Barkoczi
  • Publication number: 20130335889
    Abstract: An electrical junction box includes a box body in which electrical parts are mounted and that has a water draining hole provided at a bottom wall part of the box body and a waterproof wall that is provided inside the box body along a periphery of an opening of the water draining hole. The waterproof wall includes a spherical cover wall part standing from the periphery of the water draining hole to cover the water draining hole with an inner spherical surface, and a draining opening part formed at a portion of the spherical cover wall part to allow water exist in the box body to drain to the outside of the box body through the water draining hole.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2013
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Inventors: Masahiro MAKINO, Takanori KAWAI, Yoshiyuki ISHIHARA
  • Patent number: 8610438
    Abstract: A branch circuit monitoring system (BCMS) for monitoring branch circuit currents in one or more electrical circuit panels is described. The system is comprised of a data center server, one or more panel processors, each with one or more collection devices, and one or more current sensors per collection device. The BCMS is designed to be installed entirely inside the panel without the need for a dedicated enclosure or power supply to facilitate ease of installation and low-cost. The BCMS also allows for future upgradability through standard software updates so that the system can be updated or patched easily. The BCMS data center server collects, aggregates, stores, and serves historical branch circuit current data from the panel processors to networked users via a web server to provide visualization of data such as tables, charts, and gauges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Inventors: Montgomery J. Sykora, Daniel L. Janovy, David L. Janovy
  • Patent number: 8599537
    Abstract: A mobile power system includes a plurality of energy sources, a plurality of electronic and telecommunications components configured to convert power generated by the plurality of energy sources to direct current (DC) power, wherein the plurality of electronic and telecommunications components condition the DC power and direct the conditioned DC power to a Public Switch Telephony Network (PSTN), and one or more transportable housings configured to hold the plurality of energy sources and the plurality of electronic and telecommunications components during transport of the one or more housings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Sundial Power Pods, LLC
    Inventors: Eldon Prax, Stan Waldrop
  • Patent number: 8599536
    Abstract: A power transformer and electrical current distribution device has a 480 V power inlet receptacle, at least one 120 V or 240 V power outlet receptacle, a transformer for transforming 480 V current to at least one of 120 V and 240 V current, and a first housing and a second housing each containing at least some of the 480 V inlet receptacle, the outlet receptacle and the transformer. A first part of an electrical connector is provided at the first housing, and a second part of an electrical connector at the second housing to mate with the first part of the electrical connector. The first housing part and the second housing part are electrically connected and disconnected at the electrical connector to permit transport of the power transformer and electrical current distribution device in at least two pieces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: JNT Technical Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Glenn F. Jorgensen, Laura B. Patterson
  • Patent number: 8593791
    Abstract: A sealed electrical enclosure used in hazardous locations for enclosing circuit breakers having a bottom housing and a removable top housing with a labyrinth joint or serrated joint formed therebetween, the bottom housing adapted to receive one or more circuit breakers, a first metal bus extending from a point internal to the bottom housing through a first end wall to a point external thereto, and a second metal bus extending from a point internal to the bottom housing through a second end wall to a point external to thereto, where the first and second metal buses are adapted to contact first and second electrical terminals of a circuit breaker when placed within the bottom housing, and a first lug retaining bracket secured to the bottom housing and extending to a position beneath the first metal such that a bottom portion of a connector assembly may fit within the space between the end of the lug retaining bracket and the bottom of the first metal bus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: EGS Electrical Group, LLC
    Inventors: Neil Baird, Nabil Mina, Yogesh Kanole
  • Patent number: 8587929
    Abstract: High density uninterruptible power supplies are provided including an enclosure and at least one uninterruptible power supply positioned in the enclosure. A battery associated with the at least one uninterruptible power supply is positioned in the enclosure. The at least one uninterruptible power supply and the associated battery are configured to provide at least thirty seconds of backup power to a load connected thereto. Related systems and power distribution units are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Eaton Corporation
    Inventor: Robert William Johnson, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8570766
    Abstract: A shield case includes a first shield member and a second shield member coupled to the first shield member to form the shield case. A concave portion is capable of accommodating a sealing member for sealing inner space of the shield case by contacting the first shield member and the second shield member, and is formed on the second shield member. On each of the first shield member and the second shield member, a paint film portion is formed on an area of the shield case external to the concave portion. On the first shield member or the second shield member or combination thereof, a convex portion is formed on the area of the shield case on the inner space side and internal to the concave portion. The surfaces of the first shield member and the second shield member contact each other at the convex portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventors: Kazuya Noguchi, Hiromi Maeda, Toshimitsu Kobayashi, Atsushi Kaneko, Yoshihiro Waki, Masaki Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 8559167
    Abstract: A power transfer device adapted for interconnection with the electrical system of a building includes a housing that includes a base having a back wall and an intermediate member that engages the base. A first housing section engages the base and the intermediate member and defines a first interior portion. A second housing section engages the base and the intermediate member and cooperates with the base to define a second interior portion. Fasteners secure the intermediate member, the first housing section and the second housing section together. Power transfer switching components are interconnected with and carried by one of the housing sections. A cover may be pivotably mounted to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Reliance Controls Corporation
    Inventor: Neil A. Czarnecki