Contact Blade Receiving Structure Patents (Class 361/670)
  • Patent number: 9885743
    Abstract: Techniques for construction of an electric meter base level printed circuit board (PCB), such as for use in an electric consumption meter, are described herein. A plurality of heavy copper traces may be embedded in the PCB, thereby eliminating the need for heavy copper bar between connectors and components on the board. In one example, a PCB includes connectors for incoming and outgoing line and neutral conductors. The PCB may include a current measuring component, mounted on the PCB, to communicate with metrology circuitry. The PCB may include one or more switches, configured to regulate electrical service. Heavy electrical traces may be embedded in the PCB to connect the connectors and various components mounted on the PCB. The heavy electrical traces are sized to allow passage of currents that may be in excess of 100 amps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Itron, Inc.
    Inventors: David Nelson Makinson, Joseph Pontin
  • Patent number: 8581450
    Abstract: A system and method that offers the provision too rapidly and safely connect electrical generation sources, including inverters used by solar collecting panels, or wind turbines, and backup hydrocarbon fueled generators or any other supplemental power sources including storage batteries, fuel cells and future electric automobiles. Thus enabling the feeding of power to all circuits in the home or small business, not just isolated circuits in a structure. The system is compliant with electric codes, requires no costly rewiring inside the structure or in the electrical circuit panel and can be accomplished entirely from the outside of the home or small business adjacent to the electric service meter for the home or small business structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Renewable Energy Technology Group (RETG)
    Inventor: Michael Leonard Mathiowetz
  • Publication number: 20130176017
    Abstract: A switching electrical power contactor having a bi-blade type switch, has ferrous plates attached to the blades to increase the current carrying capacity and reduce the resistance of the switch. The contactor is incorporated on the outside of a mains meter enclosure or in a wall box for a mains meter, within the space defined by the sprung jaws of the meter socket.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2013
    Publication date: July 11, 2013
    Applicant: JOHNSON ELECTRIC INTERNATIONAL (UK) LIMITED
    Inventor: JOHNSON ELECTRIC INTERNATIONAL (UK) LIMITED
  • Patent number: 8102275
    Abstract: A sensory interactable packaging assembly having a base and a container. The base has a power supply. The container may contain a consumer product. The container is removably attachable to the base. The container has an outer surface and a sensory interactable element disposed on the outer surface and a control system having an output. The control system is s in electrical communication with the sensory interactable element and the sensory interactable element is responsive to the output of the control system when the container is proximate to the base and the control system is in electrical communication with the power supply.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2012
    Assignee: Procter & Gamble
    Inventors: Kenneth Stephen McGuire, John Patrick Goodall, Jerry Ray Stephens, Michael G. Ferrari
  • Patent number: 7968807
    Abstract: A package apparatus has a base coupled with a lid to form a leadframe package. The package has first and second exterior surfaces with respective first and second contact patterns. The first and second contact patterns are substantially electrically identical to permit the package to be either vertically or horizontally mounted to an underlying apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Assignee: Analog Devices, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy R. Spooner, Nelson Kuan
  • Patent number: 7796375
    Abstract: A basepan assembly for hook-on attachment onto a metering device is provided including a basepan support having at least two insert latches disposed at a first end and a side flange disposed at a second opposite end. A basepan body is provided being insertable onto said basepan support and including an inside wall configured to be attachable to a barrier of the metering device, as well as an outside wall, a bus stab chamber, and a hold-down insert configured to be attachable to the basepan body, the hold-down insert further having a side barrier. A top load stab having a first end affixable to the hold-down insert is provided and a bottom load stab insertable within said bus stab chamber is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2010
    Assignee: Siemens Industry, Inc.
    Inventor: Fan Zhang
  • Patent number: 7522406
    Abstract: A socket assembly for a meter center including a plurality of meters is provided having a plate member and plural jaw assemblies. The plate member includes apertures for housing the jaw assemblies and structures associated with each of the apertures which function to both assist in initial alignment of the jaw assemblies during installation as well as to provide lateral support to, and maintain alignment of, the jaw assemblies after installation. The plate member further includes protrusions extending inwardly from the side walls of the apertures. The protrusions engage openings in side portions of the jaw assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2009
    Assignee: Eaton Corporation
    Inventors: Paul David Seff, Serle Keith Cupp
  • Patent number: 6561844
    Abstract: An electrically conductive lug for use with a meter socket for a watt-hour meter, which permits the meter to have integral line and load buses. The lug provides an electrical connection between the meter socket and each wire, and it provides mechanical support for the wire. Because the lug serves as both a supporting and a conducting device, the invention eliminates the need for separate wire connectors, bussing, molded insulative bus supports and/or additional connecting lugs. Therefore, the numerous parts previously susceptible to damage or failure under normal operation loads, were eliminated, making construction of the meter assembly more efficient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2003
    Assignee: Eaton Corporation
    Inventor: Jeffrey L. Johnson
  • Patent number: 6301107
    Abstract: A computer microprocessor has a housing portion with a recess formed in a top side wall thereof, and a die portion inset within the recess. Operating heat from the die is removed by heat dissipation apparatus which automatically adapts to variations in the microprocessor bond line thickness and includes a sheet metal EMI shield wall overlying the microprocessor and having a condensing end portion of a thermosyphoning heat pipe secured to its bottom side, with an evaporating end portion of the heat pipe overlying the die recess and being resiliently deflectable toward a phase change thermal pad mounted on the top side of the die and inset into the housing die recess. A laterally Enlarged heat sink section is integrally formed on the evaporating end portion and has a flat bottom side and an arcuate top side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2001
    Assignee: Compaq Computer Corporation
    Inventors: Jeffrey A. Lev, Ronald E. Deluga
  • Patent number: 5980311
    Abstract: Angle members forming the vertically extending supply buses in a meter center have arcuate offsets so that flanges on the ends of horizontally extending tenant buses form tenant stab contacts which are vertically aligned with supply stab contacts on straight sections of the outwardly projecting flanges of the supply bus angle members. Meter socket assemblies have double ended fastenerless meter jaws one pair of which plug onto the supply bus stab contacts and another pair of which plug onto the tenant bus stab contacts, and into which the meters are plugged. The double ended fastenerless meter jaws are fabricated from a pair of elongated flat members having end sections bent back on and diverging from straight center sections, and terminal sections which extend toward each other from the end sections and converge slightly toward the center sections. Spring clips clamp the terminal sections of the pair of elongated members in compliant confronting relationship to form the double ended fastenerless meter jaws.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 9, 1999
    Assignee: Eaton Corporation
    Inventors: James Monroe Campbell, Scot Eugene Remmert, Larry Joe Simpkins, Edward Hugh Lechleiter, Glen Clark Naugle
  • Patent number: 5951324
    Abstract: Angle members forming the vertically extending supply buses in a meter center have arcuate offsets so that flanges on the ends of horizontally extending tenant buses form tenant stab contacts which are vertically aligned with supply stab contacts on straight sections of the outwardly projecting flanges of the supply bus angle members. Meter socket assemblies have double ended fastenerless meter jaws one pair of which plug onto the supply bus stab contacts and another pair of which plug onto the tenant bus stab contacts, and into which the meters are plugged. The double ended fastenerless meter jaws are fabricated from a pair of elongated flat members having end sections bent back on and diverging from straight center sections, and terminal sections which extend toward each other from the end sections and converge slightly toward the center sections. Spring clips clamp the terminal sections of the pair of elongated members in compliant confronting relationship to form the double ended fastenerless meter jaws.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 14, 1999
    Assignee: Eaton Corporation
    Inventors: James Monroe Campbell, Scot Eugene Remmert, Larry Joe Simpkins, Edward Hugh Lechleiter, Glen Clark Naugle