With Fuse Patents (Class 361/642)
  • Patent number: 10694632
    Abstract: An electronic safety module with an electrical connection (3). The electrical connection (3) comprises a partial thread (10) that is an integral part of an electrically conductive component providing an electrical shielding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Euchner GmbH + Co. KG
    Inventor: Dominik Wilpert
  • Patent number: 9445515
    Abstract: A circuit box includes a housing having an internal compartment. The housing includes first and second entrances for receiving first and second electrical wires, respectively, into the internal compartment. The housing includes first and second wire receptacles that include first and second dielectric shells, respectively, and first and second contacts, respectively, that are held by the first and second dielectric shells, respectively. The first and second contacts are electrically connected together. The first and second dielectric shells include first and second cavities that include pluggable interfaces that are configured to mechanically receive first and second wire terminals, respectively, that terminate the first and second electrical wires, respectively, such that the first and second contacts mechanically mate with the first and second wire terminals, respectively. A circuit element is held within the internal compartment of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: TYCO ELECTRONICS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Evan Lawrence Craig
  • Patent number: 9379529
    Abstract: An electrical junction box for connecting a power supply and a load, includes a terminal block that holds a conductor to which a first electric wire and a second electric wire are commonly connected, wherein first electric wire is connected to the power supply and the second electric wire is connected to the load, a conductive case that accommodates the terminal block, and a resin insulative member that is attached along an inner wall surface of the case. Crimped terminals which are connected respectively to ends of the first and second electric wires are fastened to the conductor with fastening members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Tanaka, Naoto Takashima, Kouichirou Tou, Junya Yamamoto, Yoshiyuki Ishihara, Takanori Kawai
  • 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: 8908356
    Abstract: An electrical cabinet for housing and interconnecting photovoltaic BOS components can include a plurality of busbars and adjustable fuse mounts to allow for integration of BOS components in a compact space. The cabinet may comprises a base, a busbar mounted on the base, a plurality of standoff devices, and a cover containing the base, the busbar, and the standoff devices. The standoff devices are spaced apart from the busbar. Each standoff device includes a standoff member slideably mounted on the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Inventor: Xuejun James Wang
  • Patent number: 8866257
    Abstract: An electrically reprogrammable fuse comprising an interconnect disposed in a dielectric material, a sensing wire disposed at a first end of the interconnect, a first programming wire disposed at a second end of the interconnect, and a second programming wire disposed at a second end of the interconnect, wherein the fuse is operative to form a surface void at the interface between the interconnect and the sensing wire when a first directional electron current is applied from the first programming wire through the interconnect to the second programming wire, and wherein, the fuse is further operative to heal the surface void between the interconnect and the sensing wire when a second directional electron current is applied from the second programming wire through the interconnect to the first programming wire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Kaushik Chanda, Lynne M. Gignac, Wai-Kin Ll, Ping-Chaun Wang
  • Publication number: 20140211379
    Abstract: An electrical distribution center, bussed electrical center, or power distribution box includes a housing containing a plurality of electronic devices including a plurality of removable electronic devices. The housing further defines a plurality of openings on opposite side of the housing so that the removable electronic devices are accessible through at least one of the openings. The housing receivably couples at least one wire cable that is in electrical communication with the removable electronic devices. When the wire cable is coupled to the housing, the removable electronic device is accessed through one of the openings while the coupled wire cable remains attached to the housing. A relay and fuse electronic circuit arrangement and a fuse electronic circuit arrangement each effectively utilize the allotted packaging space within the housing while also conserving the use of circuit board traces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2014
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: DELPHI TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: THEODORE J. BOROWICZ, RUBEN AVILA, EDUARDO NUNEZ, ERICK GONZALEZ, CRISTINA G. CUARON, RAY N. RAUTIO
  • Publication number: 20140190955
    Abstract: An electrical utility box that houses various electrical devices to heat a coil heater to heat titanium rod through the process of thermal conduction. The titanium rod is heated for the purpose of vaporizing concentrated essential oils of medical marijuana. The electrical utility box utilizes a closed-loop advanced proportional plus integral plus derivative controller for controlling the temperature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2014
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Inventor: Paul Jeffery Barca, JR.
  • Patent number: 8716071
    Abstract: An electrically reprogrammable fuse comprising an interconnect disposed in a dielectric material, a sensing wire disposed at a first end of the interconnect, a first programming wire disposed at a second end of the interconnect, and a second programming wire disposed at a second end of the interconnect, wherein the fuse is operative to form a surface void at the interface between the interconnect and the sensing wire when a first directional electron current is applied from the first programming wire through the interconnect to the second programming wire, and wherein, the fuse is further operative to heal the surface void between the interconnect and the sensing wire when a second directional electron current is applied from the second programming wire through the interconnect to the first programming wire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Kaushik Chanda, Lynne M. Gignac, Wai-Kin Li, Ping-Chuan Wang
  • 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: 8699209
    Abstract: A solar power generation system includes an array of photovoltaic modules, a plurality of positive wire lines leading from the photovoltaic modules, and a junction box including components for receiving the plurality of conductive wire lines from the photovoltaic modules and combining the plurality of conductive wire lines into a smaller number of conductive wire lines leading from the junction box and toward a load. An in-line fuse is connected to each of the positive wire lines leading from the photovoltaic modules. The in-line fuses are positioned proximate but physically outside of the junction box, such that the fuses are accessible without opening the junction box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Cooper Technologies Company
    Inventor: Kyle Steven Barna
  • Patent number: 8576546
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a housing portion comprising a back panel, side panels, and a front panel, 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, the front panel arranged to at least partially obscure the entry area to the access orifice and pivot about an axis of rotation, and a first switch disposed in the cavity including a first contact portion secured to the housing portion, and a removable contact portion connected to the front panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Seth Adam Cutler, Gary Paul Michaelis
  • Publication number: 20130279085
    Abstract: An electrical cabinet for housing and interconnecting photovoltaic BOS components can include a plurality of busbars and adjustable fuse mounts to allow for integration of BOS components in a compact space. The cabinet may comprises a base, a busbar mounted on the base, a plurality of standoff devices, and a cover containing the base, the busbar, and the standoff devices. The standoff devices are spaced apart from the busbar. Each standoff device includes a standoff member slideably mounted on the base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2012
    Publication date: October 24, 2013
    Inventor: Xuejun James Wang
  • Publication number: 20130229752
    Abstract: In a method for manufacturing a junction box, a first cut switch or a second cut switch is selectively provided to a main body. The first cut switch is capable of connecting and breaking a connection between a first power input circuit and a first output circuit, and connecting and breaking a connection between a second power input circuit and a second output circuit. The second cut switch is capable of connecting and breaking a connection between the first power input circuit and the first and second output circuits. The main body includes the first power input circuit; the first output circuit disconnected from the first power input circuit and having at least one of a first electrical device connected thereto; the second power input circuit; and the second output circuit disconnected from the second power input circuit and having at least one of a second electrical device connected thereto.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2012
    Publication date: September 5, 2013
    Applicant: SUMITOMO WIRING SYSTEMS, LTD.
    Inventor: Yuten TAKAHASHI
  • Patent number: 8526169
    Abstract: A weatherproof box enclosure adapted to be secured on one of an outside wall and roof location of a multi-tenant building structure supporting roof-mounted solar panel or wind turbine generators including a multiple pole control unit receiving and distributing received alternating current voltages from the generators, which is disengagable by a normally open override switch when supplied voltages fall below a predetermined level, when servicing of the components of the safety box enclosure is to be had, and automatically in the event of an emergency as representative of a closing of the override switch by a ground level control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Inventor: Michael Sirignano
  • Patent number: 8488303
    Abstract: An electrical distribution center includes a housing composed of a first material having a first melting point, an electrical bus disposed in the housing, a removable electrical/electronic component electrically connected to the electrical bus and which produces a predetermined temperature in operation higher than the first melting point, an opening formed in the housing, and a socket mounted within the housing opening and physically supporting the electrical/electronic component. The socket is composed of a second, differing material having a second melting point higher than the predetermined temperature produced by the electrical/electronic component in operation, whereby the housing is effectively isolated and protected by the socket as the electrical/electronic component operates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Alvaro Gino De La Reza, Erick A. Rodriguez, Michael F. Loew
  • Patent number: 8437119
    Abstract: To provide an electrical junction box that can maintain a stable assembly condition between a box main body and a cover member, even if locking mechanisms are not provided on a whole periphery of the electrical junction box. An electrical junction box includes a box main body and a cover member. One of the box main body and the cover member is provided on at least a single of side portions of the one peripheral wall with a locking mechanism. An elastic rib that protrudes from an inner peripheral surface of the one peripheral wall at one of the side portions is pressed onto a fitting projection piece. A side portion is provided with a support wall that is opposed to and spaced apart from the inner peripheral surface. The fitting projection piece is held in a space between the inner peripheral surface and the support wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventor: Masahiro Tagano
  • Publication number: 20130100589
    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: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2011
    Publication date: April 25, 2013
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Gary Paul Michaelis, Seth Adam Cutler, Sachin Tulsidas Thakkar
  • 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: 8379375
    Abstract: A power source circuit shut off device includes a plug having a terminal metal fitting and a housing to which the terminal metal fitting is attached, and a plug attachment section having a second terminal metal fitting and a second housing to which the second terminal metal fitting is attached. The housing has a second opening section at its side face perpendicular to its bottom face at a second housing side, the second opening section being adapted for attaching the terminal metal fitting to the housing. The terminal metal fitting and the second terminal metal fitting are connected to the second housing. The second housing has a closing wall which closes the second opening section in a state that the housing is positioned at the terminal contact position at which the housing is not yet accommodated in the second housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshinobu Furuya, Hirotaka Hasegawa, Hiroshi Fukuda
  • Patent number: 8305737
    Abstract: Power distribution apparatus with input and output power sensing and a method of use. A power distribution unit includes a sensor that senses power parameters of power outputs and a power input, a processor, and a communication circuit. A power management system includes a power manager, a user interface, and a plurality of power distribution units that may be located in one or more equipment cabinets and data centers. The system may compute apparent power, RMS power, power factor, energy usage over time, power usage history, or environmental history for any or all of the power distribution units. The system may identify an under-utilized server connected to one of the power distribution units and initiate a shut-down of that server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Server Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Carrel W. Ewing, James P. Maskaly, Dennis W. McGlumphy, Brian P. Auclair, David Massey, Brandon W. Ewing, Andrew J. Cleveland, Calvin Nicholson, Paul Hunt
  • Patent number: 8238080
    Abstract: Disclosed is a power distribution module that is capable of providing power to rack mounted equipment modules in electronic equipment mounting racks. The power distribution module may comprise a series of individual modules that can be placed at strategic locations through the electronic equipment mounting rack to meet the specific power requirements of the rack mounted equipment modules, which may vary depending upon the type of module. In this manner, the expense of supplying power of a particular amount to a specific location can be reduced. In addition, power distribution modules are disclosed that are prefabricated in different versions to meet the power requirements of the design of the electronic equipment mounting rack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Netapp, Inc.
    Inventor: Garth J. McGinn
  • Patent number: 8134828
    Abstract: Panelboard assemblies that are configurable by the end user to accommodate user selected fusible switching disconnect devices of different ratings and sizes. Deadfront interfaces are made possible with terminal covers independently operable from a panel door and a reconfigurable branch circuit enclosure cover. An integral load side disconnect switch facilitates selective coordination of feeder circuit loads, and increased interrupting ratings per volume are made possible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Assignee: Cooper Technologies Company
    Inventors: Lalita R. Creighton, Matthew R. Darr
  • Patent number: 8004384
    Abstract: Fused load interrupters have up to now used claw terminals or screw connections for connecting to horizontal busbars in a switchgear unit. Fused load interrupters have not been suitable until now for connecting to vertical busbars in switchgear units. At least one embodiment of the invention provides a fused load interrupter with plug contacts, such as are known from load interrupters with fuses, thereby allowing fused load interrupters to replace the more expensive load interrupters with fuses in switchgear units with vertical busbars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Alfred Stang
  • Patent number: 8004827
    Abstract: Described herein are various embodiments of a fuse module for fused electrical devices. According to one exemplary embodiment, a fuse module is mounted to the housing of a fused electrical device. The fused electrical device can include at least one power output displaced along the power distribution housing with the at least one power output electrically couplable to at least one power input. The fuse module can be electrically coupled to the at least one power input and electrically couplable to the at least one power outputs. Further, the fuse module can comprise at least one fuse holder that is movable between a first position in which a fuse held by the fuse holder is electrically couplable to the at least one power output and a second position in which a fuse held by the fuse holder not electrically couplable to the at least one power output and is exposed to allow access to the fuse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: Server Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Carrel W. Ewing, Brandon W. Ewing, Andrew J. Cleveland, James P. Maskaly
  • Publication number: 20110176258
    Abstract: Panelboard assemblies that are configurable by the end user to accommodate user selected fusible switching disconnect devices of different ratings and sizes. Deadfront interfaces are made possible with terminal covers independently operable from a panel door and a reconfigurable branch circuit enclosure cover. An integral load side disconnect switch facilitates selective coordination of feeder circuit loads, and increased interrupting ratings per volume are made possible.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2010
    Publication date: July 21, 2011
    Inventors: Lalita R. Creighton, Matthew R. Darr
  • Patent number: 7982578
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a switch disconnector comprising a housing portion, in which several pairs of blade receiving contacts assigned to each other or the like are arranged, which can be bridged by means of fuses, possibly comprising shock protection covers at least partially covering contact blades, and comprising a lid for receiving said fuses, which is provided in a manner hinged to the housing portion, wherein several receiving means in the form of slots, grooves or the like are formed at the inside of the lid, wherein one bearing cage is provided per fuse, and each bearing cage comprises a cage portion for inserting a fuse, wherein the cage portion is fit to the shape of the fuse to be inserted, and each bearing cage is provided with fasteners, which can be inserted in and snapped into predetermined receiving means for fastening the bearing cage to the lid respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: Wöhner GmbH & Co. KG, Elektrotechnische Systeme
    Inventor: Alex Buettner
  • Patent number: 7910827
    Abstract: The present invention generally discloses a weatherproof flush adapter plate assembly. In one embodiment, the adapter plate assembly includes a plate. The plate includes a front side, a back side, an outer edge, at least one inner edge, at least one mounting member for receiving a back box and at least one mounting member for receiving a notification appliance. The adapter plate assembly also includes a first gasket coupled to the front side of the plate and a second gasket coupled to the back side of the plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Assignee: Cooper Technologies Company
    Inventors: Inhong Hur, Scott Eric Rudolph, Luy Ba Nguyen
  • Patent number: 7893809
    Abstract: A service disconnect assembly for an electronic module includes a fuse carrier having a holder configured to hold a fuse for the electronic module, where the fuse carrier has an attachment finger extending from the holder. The attachment finger has a peg. The service disconnect assembly also includes a service disconnect cover having a hood forming a channel, with the hood having a window exposing a portion of the channel. The attachment finger is received in the channel to couple the fuse carrier to the service disconnect cover. The service disconnect cover is slidable with respect to the fuse carrier between an initial position and a final position, wherein the hood moves with respect to the attachment finger as the service disconnect cover is moved between the initial and final positions. The peg is aligned with the window in the final position. A handle is rotatably coupled to the service disconnect cover and the handle has a catch aligned with the window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2011
    Assignee: Tyco Electronics Corporation
    Inventor: James Alan Head
  • Patent number: 7855873
    Abstract: A panelboard for fusible switching disconnect devices. The panelboard includes a chassis coupled to a mounting enclosure, The mounting enclosure can be used indoors or outdoors. The chassis is configured to receive one or more fusible switching disconnect devices. Each of the fusible switching disconnect devices includes both a fuse and a circuit breaker-like disconnect in a single, relatively compact housing. The compactness of the housing allows the panelboard to provide a higher level of overcurrent interruption in a smaller sized mounting enclosure than conventional panelboards. For example, the panelboard can have an interruption per volume rating of at least about 33 amps per cubic inch, as compared to about 2 amps per cubic inch for most conventional panelboards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2010
    Assignee: Cooper Technologies Company
    Inventors: Matthew Rain Darr, Jaime Alberto Torrez
  • Patent number: 7835141
    Abstract: There is a concern that water on the top surface of a cover 50A will penetrate the top face of a case 20 through gaps between an opening portion 51H and parts accommodation portions 34 because the parts accommodation portions 34 are exposed to the outside at the opening portion 51H on the top face of the cover 50A while the electrical connection box P is positioned in the cover 50A. Because drainage grooves 35 and 36, which reach the drainage channels 38 on the outside face of the case 20, are formed on the top face of the case 20, water that remains on the top face of the case 20 (the main body portion 30) is reliably drained by flowing into the drainage grooves 35 and 36.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Assignees: Autonetworks Technologies, Ltd., Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd., Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshikazu Sasaki, Yukinori Kita
  • Patent number: 7791864
    Abstract: Devices, systems and methods for regulating the distribution of electricity at events such as trade shows to prevent exhibitors from utilizing electricity not purchased from the convention center or other entity controlling electricity distribution, including lockable electric outlet boxes having a lockable fuse holder containing a fuse that restricts or limits a specific electrical outlet box or group of outlet boxes to a maximum electrical current or amperage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2010
    Assignee: Interface Group - Nevada, Inc.
    Inventors: Raymond T. Matyas, Dan Roman, Sergio Corona, Richard Heller
  • Patent number: 7782596
    Abstract: A power distribution system having a plurality of individually isolatable functional nodes each connected via an isolating device to a power distribution bus that is connected via an isolating device to a power input node which is connectable to a power source, wherein the power distribution bus and the isolating devices are housed in a power distribution compartment, and wherein the power input node and the functional nodes are housed separately from one another and the power distribution compartment in functional compartments adjacent thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2010
    Inventor: Bradley Leighton Ross
  • Patent number: 7750789
    Abstract: A breaker switch includes a connector housing having plug-in contacts and a socket housing having sockets. The connector housing has a fuse chamber having an opening through which a fuse can be inserted into the fuse chamber. A lever pivotably mounts the housings such that the connector housing is movable with the lever relative to the socket housing between starting and final positions. In the starting position the housings disengage such that the contacts and sockets disengage. In the final position the housings engage such that the contacts and sockets engage. A cover is movably connected to the connector housing to move between opened and closed positions. The cover opens the fuse chamber opening when opened and closes the fuse chamber opening when closed. When the cover is opened the cover prevents the connector housing from moving to the final position thereby preventing the contacts and sockets from electrically connecting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2010
    Assignee: Kostal Kontakt Systeme GmbH
    Inventors: Konstantinos Titokis, Volker Thurau
  • Patent number: 7742284
    Abstract: Described herein are various embodiments of a fuse module for fused electrical devices. According to one exemplary embodiment, a fuse module is mounted to the housing of a fused electrical device. The fused electrical device can include at least one power output displaced along the power distribution housing with the at least one power output electrically couplable to at least one power input. The fuse module can be electrically coupled to the at least one power input and electrically couplable to the at least one power outputs. Further, the fuse module can comprise at least one fuse holder that is movable between a first position in which a fuse held by the fuse holder is electrically couplable to the at least one power output and a second position in which a fuse held by the fuse holder not electrically couplable to the at least one power output and is exposed to allow access to the fuse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2010
    Assignee: Server Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Carrel W. Ewing, Brandon W. Ewing, Andrew J. Cleveland, James P. Maskaly
  • Publication number: 20100110616
    Abstract: A disconnect switch and an overcurrent protection device are combined in a single enclosure which has two isolated compartments, with independent access to each compartment. The enclosure is adapted for mounting on a vertical surface (suitable for mounting on a wall). The disconnect switch is contained within a first compartment, and the overcurrent protection device is contained within a second compartment. Interconnecting conductors connect the disconnect switch to the overcurrent protection device through an enclosure wall which separates the two compartments. After installation in an electric power system, when the disconnect switch is in the OFF position, shock hazards and arc-flash hazards are present only within the compartment containing the disconnect switch. The compartment containing the overcurrent protection device is completely de-energized, and can therefore be safely accessed for maintenance, inspection, and testing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2010
    Publication date: May 6, 2010
    Inventor: Thomas G. Edel
  • Patent number: 7675739
    Abstract: Described herein are various embodiments of a fuse module with a fuse carrier for fused electrical devices. According to one exemplary embodiment, at least one fuse module can be mounted to a power distribution unit for receiving at least one power input and providing power to associated electronic equipment. The power distribution unit can have a housing with at least one fuse access passage and at least one power output displaced along the housing and electrically couplable to the at least one power input. The fuse module can be disposed at least partially within the at least one fuse access passage and be electrically couplable to the at least one power input and at least one power output. The fuse module can have at least one removably attachable fuse carrier that, when attached, electrically couples a fuse housed by the fuse carrier to the at least one power input and the at least one power output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2010
    Assignee: Server Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Carrel W. Ewing, Brandon W. Ewing, Andrew J. Cleveland, James P. Maskaly
  • Patent number: 7671444
    Abstract: The disclosure relates generally to integrated circuit (IC) chip fabrication, and more particularly, to an e-fuse device including an opening, a first via and a second via in an interlayer dielectric, wherein the opening, the first via and the second via are connected to an interconnect below the interlayer dielectric; a dielectric layer that encloses the first via and the second via; and a metal layer over the dielectric layer, wherein the metal layer fills the opening with a metal, and wherein the first via and the second via are substantially empty to allow for electromigration of the interconnect during re-programming of the e-fuse device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2010
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Ping-Chuan Wang, Wai-Kin Li
  • Patent number: 7646590
    Abstract: A power distribution apparatus includes a housing holding a plurality of electrical outlets, a plurality of independent electrical circuits within the housing, and a plurality of cord sets serving the plurality of independent electrical circuits and extending from the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2010
    Assignee: Exaflop LLC
    Inventors: Selver Corhodzic, Andrew Carlson, Montgomery Sykora, Winnie Leung, Jonathan D. Beck, Alan Lam, Jimmy Clidaras, William Hamburgen
  • Patent number: 7639476
    Abstract: When an electric connection box (P) is received inside a cover (50A), a part reception section (34) is exposed to the outside, in an opening (51H) in the upper surface of the cover (50A). As a consequence, there is fear that water on the upper surface of the cover (50A) enters onto the upper surface of a case (20) from a gap between the opening (51H) and the part reception section (34). Water discharge grooves (35, 36) reaching a water discharge path (38) in an outer surface of the case (20) is formed in the upper surface of the case (20), and as a result, water collecting on the upper surface of the case (20)(body section (30)) flows into the water discharge grooves (35, 36) to be reliably discharged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2009
    Assignees: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd., Autonetworks Technologies, Ltd., Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshikazu Sasaki, Yukinori Kita
  • Patent number: 7561018
    Abstract: The invention relates to a fuse strip, comprising a housing, preferably made of plastics material, with at least two means, arranged in the housing, for receiving fuse elements, with clamping feet provided on the underside of the housing, wherein a contact for contacting the associated conductor rail is configured in the region of each clamping foot. Laterally of the housing, in the region of each clamping foot, there is provided a laterally integrally formed terminal block which receives a respective outgoing contact for connecting an outgoing line. In a preferred embodiment, each terminal block contains a guide for receiving a contact pin of an adapter strip in such a way that when the adapter strip is attached, each contact spring is electrically connected to the associated outgoing contact of each terminal block and wherein the adapter strip is provided with an end-face module comprising terminal clamps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2009
    Assignee: Wöhner GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Alex Buettner
  • Patent number: 7542268
    Abstract: A modular electronic equipment system includes a plurality of equipment racks. Each equipment rack includes a equipment rack frame configured to receive and support electronic equipment, a power input cable having a first end fixedly attached to the equipment rack frame and configured to be electrically coupled to electronic equipment supported by the equipment rack frame to provide power thereto and a first connector attached to a second end of the power input cable. The system further includes a power distribution rack. The power distribution rack includes a power distribution rack frame and a plurality of second connectors supported by the power distribution rack frame and configured to pluggably mate with the first connectors of the equipment racks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2009
    Assignee: Eaton Corporation
    Inventor: Robert W. Johnson, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7485804
    Abstract: An electrical box and cover that includes a body having a back wall, a face plate and a perimeter wall which define an interior and an exterior for the body. The back wall has one or more removable elements for forming apertures that can be used to mount connectors. The faceplate has an opening for accessing the interior that extends beyond the perimeter wall to expose a slot. The cover is connected to the body by one or more hinges and is pivotably movable between an open and closed position. When the cover is in the open position, it can be retracted into the housing. A housing extending from the rear of the face plate on the exterior of the body receives the cover. The cover can include a rail on the interior surface and the perimeter wall can include a track that receives the rail when the cover is retracted into the box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2009
    Assignee: Thomas & Betts International, Inc.
    Inventors: Cong Thanh Dinh, Robert Kevin Jolly
  • Patent number: 7450369
    Abstract: An enclosed switching apparatus includes an enclosure and a primary power supply disconnect mounted in the enclosure. The primary power supply disconnect has first and second terminals, the first terminals are electrically connectable to a primary power source and the second terminals are electrically connectable to a load. An auxiliary power supply unit includes an auxiliary power supply disconnect having third and fourth terminals. The third terminals are electrically connectable to the primary power source. A transformer has fifth and sixth terminals, the fifth terminals are electrically connected to the fourth terminals of the auxiliary power supply disconnect. An auxiliary fusible element has seventh and eighth terminals, the seventh terminal is electrically connected to one of the sixth terminals of the transformer. A receptacle has ninth terminals thereon. One of the ninth terminals is electrically connected to the eighth terminal of the auxiliary fusible element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2008
    Assignee: Eaton Corporation
    Inventors: William E. Wilkie, II, Richard D. Prohaska, Warren C. Sipe, Mark W. Schmidt, Brendan A. Foley, Douglas R. Bender, Eddie D. Carson
  • Patent number: 7447002
    Abstract: Described herein are various embodiments of a fuse module for fused electrical devices. According to one exemplary embodiment, a fuse module is mounted to the housing of a fused electrical device. The fused electrical device can include at least one power output displaced along the power distribution housing with the at least one power output electrically couplable to at least one power input. The fuse module can be electrically coupled to the at least one power input and electrically couplable to the at least one power outputs. Further, the fuse module can comprise at least one fuse holder that is movable between a first position in which a fuse held by the fuse holder is electrically couplable to the at least one power output and a second position in which a fuse held by the fuse holder not electrically couplable to the at least one power output and is exposed to allow access to the fuse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2008
    Assignee: Server Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Carrel W. Ewing, Brandon W. Ewing, Andrew J. Cleveland, James P. Maskaly
  • Patent number: 7400493
    Abstract: Certain embodiments provide a circuit breaking link status and reporting system. The system includes a power source and a circuit breaking link in communication therewith. An electrical outlet is in interruptible power supply communication with the circuit breaking link. A sensor is in interruptible electrical communication with the circuit breaking link and configured to generate a signal indicating whether the circuit breaking link is open. A local processor communicates with the sensor and is configured to determine whether the circuit is open. A communications bus is in communication with the local processor and configured to receive signals from the local processor. A processor is in communication with the local processor through the communications bus and configured to receive information regarding the status of the circuit breaking link. A communications port is in communication with the processor and configured to send information regarding the status of the circuit breaking link over a network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2008
    Assignee: Server Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Brandon W. Ewing, Andrew J. Cleveland, James P. Maskaly, Dennis W. McGlumphy, Brian P. Auclair
  • Patent number: 7355502
    Abstract: An assembly provides a direct electrical connection between a relay and a fusible link on the surface of a vehicle junction block. A fuse housing for the fusible link has a first, female terminal located near a top portion of the fuse housing. The first terminal is connected to a second terminal in the fuse housing by the fusible link. The junction block surface is configured such that the relay is mounted slightly above the fuse housing, whereby the top portion of the fuse housing forms a partial seat for the relay. An opening in the top portion of the fuse housing enables a male contact blade from the relay to be received by the first terminal. The second terminal in the fuse housing is connected to a power supply, or the relay is directly connected to the power supply and the second terminal electrically connects a different circuit directed into the junction block with the relay.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2008
    Assignee: Yazaki North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Truong Quoc Nguyen, Kenneth John Russel
  • Patent number: 7321286
    Abstract: In order to readily remove a fusible link fastened by a bolt from an electrical junction box, an electrical junction box includes a bus bar made of an electrical conductive metallic plate and that has an input terminal section, a plurality of output terminal sections, narrow fusible portions interposed between the input and output terminal sections. The junction box further includes a fusible link embedding the bus bar in molded resin integrally, a body casing containing the fusible link, and a press fitting terminal coupled to an end of an electrical power source cable. The press fitting terminal is connected to the input terminal section by a bolt. A bolt-joining portion between the input terminal section and the press terminal is disposed on a position higher than an upper surface of the body casing or a position opposite to an cutout provided in the body casing. A bolt-handling space for fastening or releasing a bolt is defined at a position opposite to the bolt-joining portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2008
    Assignee: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Shigeru Nojima, Manabu Matsumoto, Mitsuhiro Kato, Jun Saito
  • Patent number: 7196900
    Abstract: Embodiments of a power distribution apparatus that is adaptable to be readily mounted within a variety of differing types of electronic equipment racks are herein described. One such embodiment provides power distribution apparatus having an upper mounting adapter. The upper mounting adapter may be attachable to a housing of the power distribution apparatus or may be integrally formed therein. Another embodiment provides power distribution apparatus having a lower mounting adapter. The lower mounting adapter may be attachable to the housing of the power distribution apparatus or may be integrally formed in the housing. A further embodiment provides power distribution apparatus having at least one mounting peg mounting in mating holes formed in a rack. The mounting pegs may be attachable to a housing of the power distribution apparatus or may be integrally formed therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2007
    Assignee: Server Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Carrel W. Ewing, Andrew J. Cleveland, James P. Maskaly, Dennis W. McGlumphy
  • Patent number: 7158370
    Abstract: An integrated battery fusing device for a battery system of the type used as a backup for powering telecommunications equipment. The fusing device includes a fusing assembly and a terminal plate arrangement that integrally mounts the fusing assembly to the battery system. The terminal plate arrangement includes a first connector for electrically coupling the fusing assembly to the battery system and a second connector for electrically coupling a battery cable to the fusing assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2007
    Assignee: Communication Power Soutions, Inc.
    Inventors: William J. Kaszeta, Robert V. D'Aiello