Bus Duct Patents (Class 361/675)
  • Patent number: 9007763
    Abstract: An adjustable blocking arrangement for electronic hardware or computer racks, for preventing the undesired leakage of air through rack spaces not filled with hardware. An airflow control device is provided comprising a flexible web and a magazine adapted to receive the part of the flexible web that is not deployed. The device is adapted such that a length of the web may be deployed to sealingly block a space in the rack that is not filled with hardware modules, to prevent the flow of air through the space. The device may comprising a detection system adapted to detect the space in the rack that is not filled with hardware modules, and a processing system adapted to receive a signal from the detection system, and as a function of the signal to automatically deploy or retract the flexible web so as to sealingly block the space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Emmanuel Tong-Viet
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8848347
    Abstract: An assembly may include at least one duct and at least one distribution box, wherein the distribution box is mounted on the duct in fluid-tight engagement therewith for enclosing a distribution chamber therewith. Also, a method of mounting a distribution box to a duct, at a distribution point that is spaced-apart from duct ends, may include positioning a distribution point duct section in the distribution box, and hermetically sealing a distribution chamber, defined within the distribution box, from an environment of the distribution box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Draka Comteq B.V.
    Inventors: Mijndert Doorn, Jianming Zeng, Kees Van Trigt
  • Publication number: 20140126120
    Abstract: An electrical enclosure wherein an electrical component can be moved between various positions (e.g., connected, disconnected, test, etc.) without opening an enclosure door. The electrical enclosure supports a component for movement between a withdrawn position, a test position, and an inserted position. A handle is accessible by an operator from an exterior of the enclosure and is configured to move the component between the respective positions without having to open the enclosure. The handle is integral with the enclosure and thus an operator needs no special tool or other device to effect movement of the electrical component between its respective positions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2014
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Applicant: ROCKWELL AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Gregory David Lehtola, Dean Meyer, Arnaldo Hiroyuki Omoto, Paul Krause, Fabio Kazuo Ito, Steven J. Bauer, JR., Joao Jorge Martins Freitas
  • Publication number: 20140118892
    Abstract: A customizable bus system includes a system module containing one or more accessory modules and is easily mounted along a surface in a workspace, such as the underside of a cabinet. The accessory modules provide conveniently located utility services and applications such as power, lighting or media connections, and may be interchanged within the bus system to provide particular services and applications where they are needed most. Additionally, the bus system may include a control center for controlling the operation of one or more of the accessory modules, such as manually or automatically. The bus system may also include multiple housings that are functionally linked. Additionally, the housings may be integrated with the applications and take the form of a modular stick, which can be easily installed to provide a service or application in an area, or removed and replaced by a modular stick having another desired service or application.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2014
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: The Wiremold Company
    Inventors: Mark Makwinski, Phillip D. Prestigomo, Jennifer Linnane, Nicholas R. Partridge, Raymond Szekretar, Jan Schminke
  • Patent number: 8711549
    Abstract: A busway having multiple busbar conductors and pads composed of a thermally conductive, insulating material (TCIM) sandwiched in between each of the conductors and between the outermost conductors and the inside of the busway housing. The busway preferably includes three sets of TCIM pads, one set in the center of the busway, and a set at either end of the busway where a joint pack is installed to join multiple sections of busway sections together. The insulating material on the conductors has a cutout to expose the bare metal of the conductors, and a TCIM pad is placed directly on the exposed metal through the cutout, to form a thermal conduit between the busbar conductors to the metal housing of the busway, thereby reducing the temperatures of the busbar conductors and the joint pack during normal operation in which hundreds or thousands of amps of current are carried through the busway sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Schneider Electric USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Carlton R. Rodrigues, Edgar Avalos Ortiz, Timothy P. O'Leary
  • Patent number: 8546689
    Abstract: A power system including an uninterruptible power system (UPS) and a maintenance bypass panel (MBP) The UPS has an input to receive input power and an output to provide output power. The MBP has an input to receive the output power provided by the UPS and an output to provide the input power to the input of the UPS. A busbar is configured to couple one of the input of the UPS to the output of the MBP and the output of the UPS to the input of the MBP. The busbar has a first region to couple to one of the input and the output of the UPS, a second region to couple to one of the input and the output of the MBP, and a measurement region. A cover shields the busbar from inadvertent contact and includes a small diameter aperture to permit access to the measurement region of the busbar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Schneider Electric IT Corporation
    Inventors: Claus Aabjerg Andersen, Yawei Du
  • Patent number: 8482924
    Abstract: The invention provides an apparatus for dissipating heat produced by a laser for lighting projection to enable a passive encapsulated enclosure. The laser is mounted into a collar system which integrates to the internal enclosure body with a single or plurality of bonded extending facet planes. The facet planes can conduct and radiate heat to the internal enclosure body planes which dissipate heat to the outside environment of the closed enclosure as a heat sink.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Inventor: Richard Redpath
  • Patent number: 8446710
    Abstract: In accordance with the present disclosure, a system and method for structural power distribution in a modular data center. In particular, the present application describes a modular data center with a modular structural frame. The modular structural frame defines an enclosure, and a plurality of information handling systems may be located in the enclosure. The modular data center may also include a power distribution pathway that is at least partially disposed within the modular structural frame of the modular data center. The modular data center may also include a plurality of power distribution elements disposed within the power distribution pathway, which power the information handling systems located in the enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: Ty Schmitt, Mark M. Bailey, Anthony Middleton, Tyler Duncan
  • Publication number: 20130003265
    Abstract: A busway having multiple busbar conductors and pads composed of a thermally conductive, insulating material (TCIM) sandwiched in between each of the conductors and between the outermost conductors and the inside of the busway housing. The busway preferably includes three sets of TCIM pads, one set in the center of the busway, and a set at either end of the busway where a joint pack is installed to join multiple sections of busway sections together. The insulating material on the conductors has a cutout to expose the bare metal of the conductors, and a TCIM pad is placed directly on the exposed metal through the cutout, to form a thermal conduit between the busbar conductors to the metal housing of the busway, thereby reducing the temperatures of the busbar conductors and the joint pack during normal operation in which hundreds or thousands of amps of current are carried through the busway sections.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2011
    Publication date: January 3, 2013
    Applicant: Schneider Electric USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Carlton R. Rodrigues, Edgar Avalos Ortiz, Timothy P. O'Leary
  • Patent number: 8295035
    Abstract: The subject invention is directed to an improved modular multilevel raised floor electro-mechanical distribution system for installation in building structures including, but not limited to, data centers and similar rooms having high heat loads requiring usually dedicated cooling systems and usually having extensive data cabling and wiring. In addition to a walking and equipment support surface, the invention provides dedicated levels, isolated from one another and positioned under the walking surface, for distribution of electrical services, including data, on the one hand, and conditioned air, on the other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Inventor: William R Collier
  • Patent number: 8258404
    Abstract: Busbars of a busway system are insulated so as to minimize or eliminate air gaps between busbars. In an embodiment, an insulating sheath is provided with corrugations in regions corresponding to busbar bends. The corrugations allow the sheath to follow the busbar bends without the need to cut or interrupt the sheath. Busbars may therefore be fully insulated without the need for further insulating materials (e.g., tape). Good thermal contact between busbars throughout their length is achieved, improving heat dissipation and efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: Schneider Electric USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Drew Latimer
  • Patent number: 8163998
    Abstract: A flange end stub for an electrical busway system is provided. The flange end stub includes a flange plate having a first and second tab extending perpendicular to a first surface. A pair of joint side plates is coupled to the first and second tab with one or more conductors extending through the flange plate in between the joint side plates. A first and second bracket is coupled in between the joint side plates on either side of the conductors. Covers are mounted to the first and second brackets and extend over the conductors and any joint assembly that is attached. The covers and brackets cooperate to provide ingress protection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Kuldeep Kumar Bhathija, Jeffery Lynn Cox, Steven English Richard
  • Patent number: 8014131
    Abstract: A positioning block and method for spacing riser bus bars includes an insulating material body forming recesses along a longitudinal axis of the block, each recess for receiving an electric riser bus bar therein. A binding feature is formed adjacent to at least one wall of the recesses for securing the riser bus bar within the recess. A locator feature is formed between the walls of each recess for aligning the riser bus bar within the recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: Siemens Industry, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey K. Hudgins, Jr., Fan Zhang, Kristopher Scott Robinson
  • Patent number: 7855872
    Abstract: Systems and method for installing computer equipment and power distribution equipment in facilities is provided. In one aspect, the present invention provides a power distribution rack, and uninterruptible power supply rack and a plurality of equipment racks. A plurality of power cables are run from the power distribution rack to each of the plurality of equipment racks using power cable tracks located on the roofs of the equipment racks. A plurality of data cables run between the plurality of equipment racks using data cable tracks located on the roofs of the equipment racks. The power cable tracks and data cable tracks are designed to be installed on the roofs of the equipment racks without the need for tools.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2010
    Assignee: American Power Conversion Corporation
    Inventors: Neil Rasmussen, William Ziegler, Peter Francis
  • Patent number: 7420132
    Abstract: The present invention provides busway plug fitting having a housing assembly and a toggle mechanism disposed therein having at least two operatively linked operating handles. A first assembly is disposed on a first side member of the housing assembly and structured to move between a first position and a second position. The second handle assembly is disposed on a second, perpendicular side of the housing assembly and also structured to move between a first position and a second position. The toggle mechanism is coupled to the external coupling construct of the operating device and structured to move between a first position and a second position. The first and second handle assemblies are operatively linked by the toggle mechanism. In this configuration, a user may operate either handle assembly to actuate the operating device disposed with in the busway plug fitting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2008
    Assignee: Eaton Corporation
    Inventors: Arthur J. Jur, Stephen W. Oneufer, Phillip D. Miller
  • Publication number: 20080160838
    Abstract: Disclosed is a power feeding module including screw-clamping terminals for delivering power and push-lock terminals. The power feeding module is particularly easy to assemble and wire with a power distribution system to which several consumer branches can be connected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2005
    Publication date: July 3, 2008
    Applicant: SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Robert Adunka, Berthold Heldmann
  • Patent number: 7239502
    Abstract: A multi-phase multiple meter socket assembly is for a meter center including a plurality of meters. The meter socket assembly includes meter sockets each receiving one of said meters, feeder buses, supply buses, and a plurality of phase connectors. Each of the supply buses has at least one section, and each phase connector electrically interconnects a corresponding one of the at least one section of each of the supply buses with a corresponding one of the feeder buses. At least one of the supply buses is divided in order to include as the at least one section, first and second sections, the first section being in electrical communication with a first one of the feeder buses and the second section being in electrical communication with a second one of the feeder buses. In this manner, the meters are provided with a plurality of phase configurations within the same cabinet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2007
    Assignee: Eaton Corporation
    Inventors: Paul D. Seff, Serle K. Cupp, Marc E. Schoonover, James M. Campbell
  • Patent number: 7227740
    Abstract: A non-conductive bus shroud for a dual circuit breaker system that has a plurality of vertical walls extending generally perpendicular from the top side and including at least one bus member support vertical wall. The dual circuit breaker system includes a housing assembly having a back wall, a first circuit breaker having at least one protruding line terminal, a second circuit breaker having at least one protruding line terminal and at least one bus member extending between the at least one first circuit breaker line terminal and the at least one second circuit breaker line terminal. The bus shroud has a planar member with a top side, a bottom side, a front edge, a back edge, at least one first circuit breaker terminal opening, and a second circuit breaker terminal opening. When the shroud is installed over the circuit breakers, the vertical walls protect and support the bus member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2007
    Assignee: Eaton Corporation
    Inventor: Jeffrey Lee Johnson
  • Patent number: 7054143
    Abstract: The invention relates to an electrical installation, especially a medium-voltage switchgear, comprising at least one encapsulated function module (FM), a decompression channel (DK) which is connected to said function module, and at least one inflow opening (EO . . . ) which connects the function module (FM) to the decompression channel (DK). The covering surface (DF 1,2,3) of the decompression channel (DK), opposite the inflow opening (EO . . . ), comprises at least one partial region which is obliquely oriented in relation to the inflow direction. Hot gases and high pressures produced during an accidental arc can thus be evacuated from the installation, without any risk to humans and buildings. Pressure channels are used, inter alia, in installations used in relation to medium-voltage technique for providing and distributing energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2006
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengellschaft
    Inventors: Martin Eiselt, Gildo Mahn, Achim Milbich
  • Patent number: 6765800
    Abstract: Various module structures are disclosed which may be used to implement modules having 1 to N channels. Bus systems may be formed by the interconnection of such modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2004
    Assignee: Rambus Inc.
    Inventors: Belgacem Haba, Richard E. Perego, David Nguyen, Billy W. Garrett, Jr., Ely Tsern, Craig E. Hampel, Wai-Yeung Yip
  • Patent number: 6714128
    Abstract: A motor vehicle lighting system includes a master controller, a smart light, and a hot bus. The master controller is electrically couplable to a power supply and is adapted to receive an input signal corresponding to a left turn signal, a right turn signal, a run signal, or a brake signal. The master controller also includes a digital command signal output that is produced in response to the input signal. The smart light includes a light controller and a plurality of light emitting diodes (LED's). The light controller is adapted to control the LED's in response to the command signal. The hot bus electrically couples the master controller to the smart light. Power and the command signal are provided to the smart light over the hot bus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2004
    Inventors: David C. Abbe, Thomas H. Rudd
  • Patent number: 6574115
    Abstract: There are provided motherboard 7, signal line 12 formed on motherboard 7, multiple ground lines 13 formed spaced apart and substantially in parallel with each other adjacent signal line 12, card board 10, signal line 14 formed on card board 10, multiple ground lines 15 formed spaced apart and substantially in parallel with each other adjacent signal line 14, and line connector 9, and signal line 12 and signal line 14 are connected by conductor 16 in connector 9, while ground lines 13 and ground lines 15 are connected by conductor 17 in connector 9. Radio frequency module 11 is connected to signal line 14, and signal line 12 is connected to an antenna through radio frequency receptacle 8. A radio frequency signal is transmitted through signal line 12, conductor 16, and signal line 14 with a low insertion loss.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2003
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Takeshi Asano, Kazuo Fujii, Masaki Oie, Hideyuki Usui
  • Patent number: 6535396
    Abstract: A combination circuit board (12) and segmented bus structure (54) defines a composite circuit board/bus assembly (52) upon which an electrical circuit may be assembled. The various segments (54a-54f) of bus structure (54) may be variously configured to achieve one or more assembly, performance, testing, and/or reliability goals. For example, one bus segment configuration provides integral connector tabs (54a and 54e) for mechanical and/or electrical connection to interconnecting wires or electrical terminals of one or more external devices. Another bus segment configuration (54d) provides for mechanical and high current electrical interconnections between one or more bus segments (54a-54f) and one or more electrical components (16, 18, 20) and/or conductive film patterns(64) formed on top surface (12b) of the circuit board (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2003
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Alan Degenkolb, Darrel Eugene Peugh, Bruce Alan Myers
  • Patent number: 6510047
    Abstract: A conductive heat sink is electrically interposed between a fuse and a switching apparatus within a watertight case of a network protector. The heat sink is advantageously configured to conduct current between the switching apparatus and the fuse. During operation, the skin effect causes the electricity conducted by the heat sink to flow primarily through the outer regions of the heat sink, thereby resulting in the generation of heat at the outer regions of the heat sink due to electrical resistance. The heat sink includes a core from which a plurality of fins extend. The fins conduct and convect heat away from the outer regions of the heat sink, which reduces the temperature thereof and correspondingly increases the conductivity of the outer regions of the heat sink.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2003
    Assignee: Eaton Corporation
    Inventors: Steven E. Meiners, Douglas M. Brandt
  • Patent number: 5828006
    Abstract: An electric power busway system has multi-phase power bus bar conductors that are each housed within an individual duct. Individually housing the bus bar conductors provides short-circuit bending resistance as well as superior thermal heat dissipation characteristics because of the improved conductive heat transfer between the bus bar conductors to the individual housing, as well as convective heat transfer from the individual housing assemblies into the ambient air. Wedge-type support braces retain each housed bus bar in position and provide short circuit support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 27, 1998
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Eric J. Graham, Clarence W. Walker, Louis A. Rosen, Steven E. Richard
  • Patent number: 5486979
    Abstract: An electricity supply assembly comprises a circuit breaker comprising a housing (2) having generally flat, parallel side faces provided on the underside with a mounting recess (4), for mounting on a mounting rail of the conventional "top hat" section, comprising a base (7), spaced parallel flanges (8) extending from the base, and parallel outwardly extending flanges (9) which together provide a support surface which may be engaged by an underside of the recess (4). Extending from the underside of the circuit breaker at right angles to the plane of the base is a contact member (22). A supply assembly (28) comprises an elongate housing (30) within which an elongate bus-bar (32) is located, the bus-bar being provided with spaced intervals with spring clips (34). The housing (30) comprises a cover (36), provided at spaced intervals, corresponding to the spacing between the spring clips (34), with apertures (38).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 23, 1996
    Assignee: Crabtree Electrical Industries Limited
    Inventors: Peter W. Bowen, Darren J. Shotter