With Switchboard Or Switch Patents (Class 361/828)
  • Patent number: 10101542
    Abstract: In managed connectivity systems, media reading interfaces at adapter blocks read information from storage devices attached to plug connectors. Media reading interfaces include one or more contact members. The contact members of certain types of media reading interfaces are held together by a base body to be handled as a unit. Certain types of media reading interfaces have support contacts that increase the beam length of the contact members. Certain types of media reading interfaces rock within the adapter block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: CommScope Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Ryan Kostecka, Steven J. Brandt, Jonathan T. Lawson
  • Patent number: 9408184
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and devices are provided for protecting a multiuser (MU) transmission between an access point and a plurality of wireless stations. The access point may transmit a frame that is addressed to multiple stations in a wireless network. Each of the stations addressed by the frame may respond with an identical clear-to-send frame. In some instances, the clear-to-send frames transmitted by each wireless station may utilize the same scrambling code utilized by the frame transmitted by the access point, use the same modulation and coding scheme, and/or occupy the same frequency bands such that the multiple clear-to-send frames are combined in the air and detected as a single frame by the access point. In some instances, the access point may thereafter transmit an uplink reference frame to trigger the wireless stations to transmit an uplink data request frame to the access point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: Newracom, Inc.
    Inventors: Young Hoon Kwon, Ahmad Reza Hedayat
  • Patent number: 8937400
    Abstract: A power supply apparatus for a vehicle is provided which supplies electric power to a power supply unit and charges electric power from the power supply unit via a power port. The vehicle includes a plurality of power inverter circuits which are connected to a common storage unit in parallel. The plurality of power inverter circuits include an electric power transferring power inverter circuit connected to the power port via an electric power transferring electric path, and are divided into a first category including the electric power transferring power inverter circuit and a second category. The power supply apparatus includes a connection prohibiting unit which realizes a state in which the power inverter circuit included in the first category is electrically connected to the storage unit, and the power inverter circuit included in the second category is disconnected from the storage unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Denso Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuyoshi Obayashi, Akira Sakamoto, Atsuyuki Hiruma, Masahito Mizukoshi, Jun Ishii, Mitsuru Fujita
  • Publication number: 20140369019
    Abstract: A power tool operating device includes a tool shaft, further including a main handle shaft and a tool mounting shaft; a power tool mounting head, further including a bracket, including left and right bracket forks; a control handle; a comfort grip; a wiring harness, including a female electrical plug, a momentary electrical switch, and a male electrical plug, such that a power tool can be attached to the power tool mounting head, whereby a user can operate the power tool at floor level while the user remains standing. The length of the tool shaft can be adjusted by a telescoping function, allowing the tool mounting shaft to be locked in place with a scoping clamp. The angle between the tool shaft and the power tool mounting head can be adjusted and locked in place. The tool shaft can further include an adjustable and lockable joint, permitting variable angle adjustment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2014
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventor: William J. Sabia
  • Publication number: 20140301060
    Abstract: A telecommunication panel may comprise a chassis configured to receive insertable Digital Signal Cross-connect (DSX) modules and a backplane connected to the chassis. The DSX module is compact to fit into the telecommunication panel. A ratio of the number of the insertable 6-port DSX modules over the backplane surface area at least about 0.37 modules per square inch is achieved. The DSX module may include a printed circuit board and a light emitting diode (LED) light pipe on the printed circuit board to minimize the width of the DSX module. The DSX module may be inserted into the telecommunication panel horizontally or vertically so that the telecommunication panel receives a maximum number of DSX modules.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2014
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Inventors: Paul Allan Knight, Bradley L. Fuller, Grayling A. Love, II
  • Patent number: 8687381
    Abstract: A wiring structure for an electronic apparatus has a structure in which a first wiring path where a first harness that is used for transmitting a primary power is wired and a second wiring path where a second harness that is used for transmitting a secondary power is wired are formed, and a structure related to the first wiring path is formed so that, in a case where the first harness is wired, the first harness is integrated with the structure related to the first wiring path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Naoyuki Iwata, Atsushi Aketo
  • Patent number: 8626375
    Abstract: An apparatus and method are provided that allow a diagnostic tool to communicate with a data link connector in a vehicle and place the vehicle in a desired state for diagnostic testing. A cable that can automatically multiplex its connections in order to make the appropriate connections between the diagnostic tool and the data link connector based on a communication protocol of the vehicle under test. A connector allowing for selective switching of pins of the connector to jump connect the selected pins. This allows the vehicle to be placed in the proper state for diagnostic testing and the diagnostic tool to communicate with the data link connector regardless of the pins being used by the communication protocol of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Bosch Automotive Service Solutions LLC
    Inventors: Garret Miller, Eric Vande Zande, Adam Gentner, Ray de Schepper, William W. Wittliff, III
  • Publication number: 20130330043
    Abstract: A cable management device that hangs downward an overhead cable conveyance, such as a ladder rack or cable tray. The cable management device includes an enclosure chamber and a patch board. Spare runs of cable can be stored, out of sight and out of the way, in the enclosure chamber. the patch board allows cable connections to be made at the juncture where a cable “pays off” of its overhead conveyance, before heading downwards to a component rack extending upwards from the floor of the data center. Also, a flipper wiring path trunk assembly, for a set of 12 optical signals, with LC duplex modules and LC connectors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2012
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Applicant: CABLExpress
    Inventors: Kent Goldsmith, Joshua E. Taylor
  • Patent number: 8520407
    Abstract: A cable management apparatus for managing a switch cable includes a mounting bracket, a resilient member fixed to the mounting bracket, and a number of positioning members mounted to the mounting bracket. The switch cable is positioned between the resilient member and the positioning members, and stretched by the resilient member, thereby extending sinuously along a lengthwise direction of the mounting bracket. A rear end of the switch cable is retained to the mounting bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Xin-Hu Gong, Si-Wen Shu
  • Patent number: 8456864
    Abstract: The present description is directed to small form-factor input devices operative to be coupled to an electronic device using a cable. For example, in some embodiments, an input device is described for providing one or more inputs to an electrical device, wherein the input device comprises a circuit board having first and second sides; a first electrical switch disposed on the first side of the circuit board; a second electrical switch disposed on the first side of the circuit board; a third electrical switch disposed on the second side of the circuit board; a frame defining a periphery, wherein the circuit board is maintained within the periphery of the frame; top and bottom shells that house the circuit board, the top shell placed over the first side of the circuit board, and the bottom shell placed over the second side of the circuit board; and at least one clip coupled to each one of the top shell and the bottom shell, wherein the at least one clip is operative to engage the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Kurt Stiehl, Michelle Yu, Wilhelmus M. C. Crooijmans, Cameron Frazier
  • Patent number: 8159836
    Abstract: Conductor body comprising a first outer component extending in the longitudinal direction and provided with at least one tooth projecting in the transverse direction from the inner surface, the tooth having an inner recess; at least one middle component having a mating recess and tooth, the same as the outer component; a closing component provided with at least one opening able to engage with the at least one tooth of the middle component, wherein each of the components are packed together in a transverse direction so as to form a multi-layer body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Assignee: Morsettitalia S.p.A.
    Inventor: Giordano Pizzi
  • Patent number: 8085555
    Abstract: A connection port and a circuit board module employing such a connection port are provided. The circuit board module includes a circuit board, a plurality of electronic components, a switch, a control unit connected to the switch, and a connection port. The electronic components, the switch, the control unit and the connection port are disposed on the circuit board. The connection port is adapted for connecting with a connector. The connection port includes a body, a plurality of first connection terminals for connecting with the connector, and a detection terminal. Each of the first connection terminals has one end connected to the control unit via the switch. The detection terminal has one end connected with the switch of the circuit board module. When another end of the detection terminal gets in contact with the connector, the switch electrically conducts the first connection terminals with the control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Assignee: Giga-Byte Technology Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Chih-Ming Lai, Tse-Hsine Liao, Yung-Shun Kao
  • Publication number: 20110299822
    Abstract: In one embodiment, the system comprises: (a) a chassis; (b) one or more cards mounted in the chassis, each card having a plurality of switch ports, the plurality of switch ports being aligned in one or more columns; (c) an aggregator mounted adjacent the chassis, the aggregator having a plurality of bays, each bay being aligned with a card in the chassis, at least one of the bays having a faceplate comprising at least first and second aggregator ports aligned in a column; (d) at least first and second hydras, wherein each hydra comprises at least (i) a first connector; (ii) a plurality of second connectors; (iii) a plurality of conductors, each conductor connecting the first connector to one of the second connectors, the plurality of conductors being bundled together to form a trunk portion from the first connector to a breakout point, the plurality of conductors being separated into breakout portions from the breakout point to the second connectors; (iv) wherein the trunk portion of the first cable is longer
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2011
    Publication date: December 8, 2011
    Applicant: Tyco Electronics Corporation
    Inventors: Bruce Eltringham Barry, Michael Jon Kepko, James Joseph Eberle, JR., Sean Patrick Kelly, Jeffrey Dean Shipe, Kenneth Cameron Hall
  • Patent number: 7613014
    Abstract: The present invention provides a switch mounting mechanism that can be adopted with ease in conjunction with a compact fluid pressure device. A space (31), to be used to absorb elastic deformation of a holding arm (33) occurring as a switch holder (24) is inserted through a groove opening (22A) of a switch mounting groove (22), is formed. A clearance (32) to be used as a buffer for the holding arm (33) is formed between the switch mounting groove (22) and a detection switch (21). As a result, the switch holder (24) can be inserted to assume the same position as the detection switch (21) inside the switch mounting groove (22).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2009
    Assignee: SMC Corporation
    Inventor: Shioto Tokumoto
  • Patent number: 7471002
    Abstract: A voltage controller has an integrated control circuit having a plurality of lead wires, a plurality of connecting terminals, and a terminal holding body holding the terminals such that a portion of each terminal is protruded from a surface of the body so as to be connected with one lead wire. The control circuit controls an output voltage of an alternator by receiving or outputting signals transmitted through the lead wires and the connecting terminals. The protruded terminals are disposed so as to be aligned along a plurality of lines on the surface of the body. Therefore, an on-surface distance between terminals adjacent to each other is sufficiently set at a large value, and the arrangement of the terminals prevents the terminals from being short-circuited.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2008
    Assignee: Denso Corporation
    Inventor: Toshiya Konishi
  • Publication number: 20080291656
    Abstract: A cable management system with an inspection window allows a technician to see available ports in a telecommunications module. The cable management systems inspection window is substantially transparent to permit visual access to underlying ports and associated electrical connectors. The inspection window is solid to prevent physical access to the electrical connectors, thereby preventing contamination, short-circuiting or other damage. The visual access permitted by an inspection window prevents the need to remove a cable trough to find available ports, which reduces the chance of causing a disruption in service by inadvertently disconnecting a cable that is in or around the cable trough.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2007
    Publication date: November 27, 2008
    Inventors: Darrel L. McDowell, Melbourne F. Ervin
  • Patent number: 7391625
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a rack for telecommunications equipment. The rack includes a frame defining a bay opening sized and shaped for receiving a plurality of jack modules. The rack also includes a first set of cable management brackets that define a first vertical channel arranged and configured for receiving and vertically managing a plurality of cross-connect cables. Each of the cable management brackets includes a pivot portion that is pivotally movable relative to the frame. The pivot portions are pivotally movable between first positions in which the pivot portions extend partially across a front of the bay opening, and second positions in which the pivot portions are generally offset from the front of the bay opening. The present disclosure also relates to a rack for telecommunications equipment that includes rear cable management structure that defines a plurality of vertical channels along a back side of the rack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2008
    Assignee: ADC Telecommunications, Inc.
    Inventor: Jose-Filonel Tawag Mendoza
  • Patent number: 7304865
    Abstract: A distributing frame (for example, FIG. 11) comprising a first distribution portion having a first series of verticals, and a first series of horizontal shelves; a second distribution portion having a second series of verticals, and a second series of horizontal shelves, the second distribution portion being disposed generally parallel to and spaced apart from the first distribution portion; and at least one horizontal bridge between the first distribution portion and the second distribution portion to support interconnections between a shelf of the first distribution portion and a shelf of the second distribution portion. Openings are provided for walkways 99. A distributing frame wherein a portion of a first face of a portion of the shelves is used for terminal blocks for connecting outside connector cables to the interconnections. A method for designing a distributing frame and a computer readable medium having computer instructions thereon for causing a computer to perform the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2007
    Inventor: Kenneth J. Warburton
  • Patent number: 7016202
    Abstract: A power actuation structure for turning electric power ON and OFF of a computer host through an extension mechanism without wiring includes a switch located on a circuit board of the computer host. The computer host has partitions to define installation areas for holding electronic devices. Each of the partitions has a displacement section corresponding to the switch. The displacement section has an actuator which may be driven to compress the switch to set the electric power ON or OFF.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2006
    Assignee: Evserv Tech Corporation
    Inventor: Shoei-Yuan Shih
  • Patent number: 6898088
    Abstract: A technique is provided for coupling and uncoupling device boards for a computer system during any operational state of the computer system. A tool-free latch assembly is provided for coupling a device switchboard and the device boards to a mounting structure of the computer system. The tool-free latch also may have a transparent portion for transmitting light from a device status light to interior and exterior areas of the computer system. A non-mechanical switch also may be utilized in conjunction with the tool-free latch assembly to control power to the device boards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2005
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: George D. Megason, Joseph R. Allen, Henry C. Coles, Dit Charoen
  • Patent number: 6765159
    Abstract: A switch to be mounted on a design element in the passenger room of a motor vehicle includes a haptic element that functions as a mechanical operater and a visual element. Electrical and/or electronic switch elements are mounted on a flexible conductor element and optionally further electrical and electronic components. A zone of the flexible conductor element which carries the switch elements and an allocated zone of the haptic element are configured such that the corresponding zones can be positioned and fixated in relation to one another and do not establish a permanent electrical connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2004
    Assignee: Brose Fahrzeugteile GmbH &Co.
    Inventors: Joerg Uebelein, Carsten Abert, Bernd Rexhaeuser
  • Publication number: 20040100785
    Abstract: A bus brace comb assembly for use in a switchgear assembly. The switchgear assembly has a channel bus bar for conveying electrical current in each phase of the switchgear assembly. The bus brace comb assembly holds the bus bar in place against magnetic forces associated with short-circuit currents in the switchgear bus bar. The bus brace comb assembly comprises a front comb assembly including a first bus clip configured to position the bus bar and a front brace coupled to the bus clip. A rear comb assembly including an interlock clamp configured to engage the channel bus bar and a second bus clip secured to the interlock clamp with a fastener and a rear brace coupled to the interlock clamp/bus clip assembly. A flange of the channel bus bar is pinched in the interlock clamp/bus clip assembly to secure channel bus bar in the switchgear assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2003
    Publication date: May 27, 2004
    Applicant: Siemens Energy & Automation, Inc.
    Inventors: Harry W. Josten, Jason P. Wiant
  • Publication number: 20040057224
    Abstract: A high density electronics assembly which is highly modular in nature, thereby allowing a user to configure the assembly as desired for particular applications. The assembly also advantageously utilizes electronics inserts that are standardized across varying configurations, thereby obviating the need for different inserts for different applications. In one exemplary embodiment, the assembly comprises a low-profile Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) splitter apparatus, having a plurality of splitter circuits disposed within a housing structure in high density. Methods for manufacturing and configuring the assembly are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2003
    Publication date: March 25, 2004
    Inventor: Frederick J. Kiko
  • Patent number: 6643143
    Abstract: A circuit board assembly that includes a circuit board and a bracket. The bracket has a first flange, a second flange, and a third flange. The first flange and the second flange are coupled to the circuit board. The circuit board assembly also includes a switch mounting board. The switch mounting board is coupled to the third flange of the bracket. The circuit board assembly also includes a first switch and a second switch, which are coupled to the switch mounting board. The circuit board assembly further includes a connector that is coupled to the circuit board. At least a first portion of the connector is positioned between the circuit board and the first switch. At least a second portion of the connector is positioned between the circuit board and the second switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2003
    Assignee: Sun Microsystems, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas E. Stewart, Robert J. Lajara, Timothy W. Olesiewicz
  • Patent number: 6618265
    Abstract: All-or-none operation of a series of modular load elements is ensured by routing high and low voltage lines from a power source through opposite nodes positioned at either end of the series of load elements. This arrangement prevents activation of only a portion of the load elements where electrical connection between them is not successfully established.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2003
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Fong M. Chang, Yu Chang
  • Patent number: 6538904
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for mounting an electronic component within a housing is provided comprising a modular equipment rack bracket for electronic equipment including a first and second mounting bracket arm for mounting to a housing rack assembly and a frame member for supporting a plurality of electrical supply cabling, signal cabling or data cabling and the like. The first and second mounting bracket arms are affixed to the front of the housing rack assembly and have associated therewith a plurality of fastener openings for attaching electronic components thereto. The frame member is coupled to one of a plurality of coupling means of the first and second mounting bracket arms allowing the electronic component to be affixed to the mounting bracket in either a front-facing forward configuration or a rear-facing forward configuration without removing the affixed first and second mounting bracket arms from the rack housing assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2003
    Assignee: Home Director, Inc.
    Inventors: Larson J. Isely, Karen Birbeck, Jack Dix, Gary Deen, William J. Grasty, Jeffrey A. Hatley, Matthew S. Henry, Larry M. Hicks, Gerald L. Loudermilk
  • Patent number: 6535602
    Abstract: The present invention relates to relates to electrical connectors, and in particular to a connector that replaces industry standard “punch down block” wiring devices to eliminate the need for rewiring when changing or re-routing multiple phone lines at a given location. The present invention provides for the connection of edge card connectors to punch down blocks or other wire terminating devices that are permanently connected to incoming and outgoing phone lines in a unique way by the use of jumpers that eliminate the need for rewiring when changing or re-routing multiple phone lines at a given location. A key advantage is that the invention makes the re-routing operation foolproof in that access to the permanently connected wiring is no longer necessary thereby eliminating the possibility of negatively affecting the integrity of the phone network by attempting to customize the wiring connections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2003
    Assignee: Jennison Greyfox Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael T. Jennison
  • Patent number: 6510058
    Abstract: Isolated planar conductive structures on separated layers of a PCB provide the normally-open, common, and normally-closed components of an electromechanical relay circuit to minimize inductive area. The isolated planar configuration reduces coupling of relay contact-noise currents to nearby sensitive circuits, and minimizes coupling EMI energy from nearby logic or microprocessor circuits to the relay contact circuits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2003
    Assignee: Sensormatic Electronics Corporation
    Inventor: Raymond Kozakiewicz
  • Publication number: 20020149923
    Abstract: A cable management bracket for a telecommunications rack. The bracket includes an elongated member having a length sized to extend across a width of the rack. A plurality of fingers project outwardly from the elongated member. The fingers are spaced apart along the length of the elongated member. Gaps sized to receive telecommunications cables are positioned between the fingers. Bend radius limiters are preferably connected to the fingers to prevent cables passing through the gaps from being bent beyond predetermined bend radius requirements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2001
    Publication date: October 17, 2002
    Inventors: Amy J. Witty, Todd Michael Bade
  • Patent number: 6457165
    Abstract: A route information inputting section inputs route information including route drawing information on routes of a plurality of wiring harnesses to be arranged within a vehicle and route length information of each wiring harness. A wiring information memory stores wiring information including auxiliary unit information on a plurality of auxiliary units connected to the plurality of wiring harnesses and wire information on attributes of a plurality of wires connected between the plurality of auxiliary units. A display section displays on a screen a route drawing based on the route information input. An auxiliary unit position assigning section assigns positions of the plurality of auxiliary units on the route drawing displayed on the screen based on the auxiliary unit information included in the wiring information stored by the wiring information memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2002
    Assignees: Yazaki Corporation, Sunsei Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takeshi Ishikawa, Masaharu Hayashi, Yukihiro Nozue, Masao Igarashi, Fumio Sugiyama, Kazuhiko Shiratori
  • Patent number: 6355997
    Abstract: A switch includes a casing having a pair of first conductive connecting pieces, a rotary member having a plurality of second conductive connecting pieces, and a switching electrical circuit having a plurality of conductive traces. The second conductive connecting pieces selectively bridge the conductive traces to obtain a plurality of combinations of electrical connections for the switching electrical circuit. A driving member has a third conductive connecting piece and a tongue. The driving member is movable between a first position, in which the third conductive connecting piece interconnects the first conductive connecting pieces, and a second position, in which the third conductive connecting piece disconnects the first conductive connecting pieces. The tongue turns the rotary member a pitch of the latter each time the driving member moves from the first position to the second position. An urging unit urges the driving member to move from the second position to the first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2002
    Inventor: Chung-Hsing Hao
  • Patent number: 6262880
    Abstract: A circuit breaker mounting assembly comprises an enclosure for holding at least one circuit breaker, with the circuit breaker being mounted within said enclosure; a terminal block mounted within the enclosure at a location remote from the circuit breaker, the terminal block including a plurality of input connections and a plurality of output connections; a plurality of control wires extending from the circuit breaker to the terminal block; and a mounting bracket for positioning the terminal block in a first position within the enclosure and for permitting the terminal block to be moved to a second location outside of the enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2001
    Assignee: Eaton Corporation
    Inventors: Kenneth Martin Fischer, Kelly Julia McCarthy, Joseph Bell Humbert
  • Patent number: 6215654
    Abstract: A switchgear assembly in which a number of cells housing electrical switching apparatus such as circuit breakers are vertically stacked in a forward compartment has combined arc shield/wire trays between cells for terminating secondary wiring for easy access through front doors on the switchgear assembly and for protecting the secondary wiring from circuit breaker arc gases. The arc gases are deflected by an upwardly and rearwardly inclined panel forming the back wall of the wire tray. A vertical wall forward of the inclined panel mounts a lower horizontal row of terminal blocks forward of an upper row. A wireway has a vertical section in a forward corner of the cabinet beside the vertically stacked cells which communicates with the wire trays, and a horizontal section extending rearward under the top wall of the cabinet. An inclined gutter provides a transition between the top of the vertical section and the forward end of the horizontal section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2001
    Assignee: Eaton Corporation
    Inventors: William Edward Wilkie, II, Douglas Kim Frantz, Neal Edward Rowe, John Bartholomew
  • Patent number: 5932846
    Abstract: This assembly is for attaching a wire harness to a panel. Preferably, the panel is a motor vehicle interior trim panel and the harness is a flat wire harness. Typically, the panel then attaches to an outside door frame. The assembly includes a motor vehicle interior trim panel having a surface with at least one pin protruding therefrom, and a wire harness having at least one aperture therein, wherein the wire of the harness is adjacent the surface of the trim panel and the pin of the trim panel passes through the aperture of the wire harness. A portion of the pin extends beyond the aperture and that portion of the pin is heat staked to secure the wire harness to the trim panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 3, 1999
    Assignee: UT Automotive Dearborn, Inc.
    Inventors: Alex Zaguskin, Nathan Moore
  • Patent number: 5832073
    Abstract: A configurable I/O panel assembly includes an upper and a lower I/O panel (connector plate), and a cover plate. A plurality of upper I/O panels is provided, from which the upper I/O panel is selected. Similarly, a plurality of lower I/O panels is provided, from which the lower I/O panel is selected. The cover plate is selected from a plurality of cover plates. Openings are formed in the upper and lower I/O panels for receiving cable connectors. Typical connectors include, but are not limited to, 50-pin connectors, RS-232 connectors, 9-pin D-sub connectors, RJ-45 jacks and BNC connectors. Grounding and other signal conditioning circuitry for the connectors are provided to protect against EMI radiation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 3, 1998
    Assignee: Siemens Business Communication Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew T. Hannigan, Paul Bonomo, Ronald R. Carleton
  • Patent number: 5760551
    Abstract: An automatic rearrangement and distribution device for telecommunication and data lines with connection terminals for exchange office and subscriber lines and a remote controllable connection device having a gripping element. To automate a re-arrangement and distribution device provided with connection blocks, the connection terminals are disposed in connection blocks radially directed relative to a central axis. The connection device is swingable in central axis, and a gripping element is disposed radially displaceably at the connection device. For connecting the rearrangement and distribution device to copper cables as well as to fiber-glass cables, without modifications being required, the control paths at blocks for fiber-glass and for copper cable applications have identical lengths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 2, 1998
    Assignee: Krone Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Claus Sander, Ingo Dohnke, Hans-Ulrich Paasch, Ulrich Warmbold, Gunter Hegner, Hans-Joachim Faika
  • Patent number: 5596479
    Abstract: A power director enables a user to apply power through one or more power outlets via one or more switches to a cluster of electrical devices, for example, the components of a desk top computer system. A typical computer system may have a CPU chassis, monitor, printer, CD-ROM and a document scanner each of which may have its own power line cord. The housing of the current power director has internal storage spaces or bays for coiling the excess portions of the power cords of the various computer components to eliminate the tangled mess associated with such systems. The electrical outlets are located in a component bay within the housing separate from but adjacent to the line cord storage bay to be accessible to the plugs of the line cords of the electrical devices sought to be controlled. The component bay contains a first printed circuit board (PCB) which carries the electrical outlets and a second PCB that contains an electrical surge protection circuit, a fault isolation circuit and the switches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 1995
    Date of Patent: January 21, 1997
    Assignee: American Power Conversion Corporation
    Inventors: Colin D. Campbell, James H. Bleck
  • Patent number: 5576603
    Abstract: An automatic distribution device for telecommunication and datalines, comprising connection terminals for exchange and subscriber cables and comprising a remotely controllable connection device with a grip element. In order to automate a distribution device provided with terminal blocks, the connection terminals are disposed in terminal blocks oriented radially to a central axis, the connection device is pivotably supported in the central axis and the grip element can radially be swung out from the connection device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 19, 1996
    Assignee: Krone Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Claus Sander
  • Patent number: 5568365
    Abstract: A compact power supply features a package with an included volume of less than about 250 cubic centimeters, a switching power supply contained in the package, the power supply capable of providing more than about 10 watts of power, and connections from input power to and for output from the power supply. The power supply can be configured on three circuit boards, in a U-shaped configuration. The boards may be partially or fully potted to provide improved thermal performance and safety. The electronic components are carefully selected and matched for maximum output performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 1994
    Date of Patent: October 22, 1996
    Assignee: Asian Micro Sources, Inc.
    Inventors: Stan S. Hahn, Sung K. Baek
  • Patent number: 5508891
    Abstract: An enclosure for drawout circuit interrupters having instrumentation and control wiring includes a housing having circuit interrupter recesses; wiring tray recesses; wiring trays each of which hold the wiring for one of the circuit interrupters; drawout mechanisms for removing the trays from the tray recesses; and brackets for hanging the trays from the enclosure. The trays may have a molded plastic front panel. The trays may also have internal lances or holes for securing the wiring thereto, two rear holes for routing the wiring therethrough, and a bottom side having holes for mounting rails for securing terminal blocks or fuse blocks thereto. The rear holes may hold peripheral plastic conduits for protecting the wiring. The front panel may have recess pockets for holding a descriptive nameplate, and center punches to facilitate mounting instrumentation or control devices. The drawout mechanisms may have a rectangular guide bar beneath the trays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 1994
    Date of Patent: April 16, 1996
    Assignee: Eaton Corporation
    Inventors: Neal E. Rowe, Richard M. Larson, William E. Wilkie, II
  • Patent number: 5457600
    Abstract: A power director enables a user to apply power through one or more power outlets via one or more switches to a cluster of electrical devices, for example, the components of a desk top computer system. A typical computer system may have a CPU chassis, monitor, printer, CD-ROM and a document scanner each of which may have its own power line cord. The housing of the current power director has internal storage spaces or bays for coiling the excess portions of the power cords of the various computer components to eliminate the tangled mess associated with such systems. The electrical outlets are located in a component bay within the housing separate from but adjacent to the line cord storage bay to be accessible to the plugs of the line cords of the electrical devices sought to be controlled. The component bay contains a first printed circuit board (PCB) which carries the electrical outlets and a second PCB that contains an electrical surge protection circuit, a fault isolation circuit and the switches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 1994
    Date of Patent: October 10, 1995
    Assignee: American Power Conversion Corporation
    Inventors: Colin D. Campbell, James H. Bleck
  • Patent number: 5424586
    Abstract: A multiplex communication control unit includes a multiplex communication control circuit and an electric circuit formed in the proximity of the multiplex communication control circuit. Both the multiplex communication control circuit and the electric circuit are formed on a flexible circuit board and are electrically connected with each other via the flexible circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 1994
    Date of Patent: June 13, 1995
    Assignees: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd., Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yukimitsu Hattori, Tetsuo Sugimoto
  • Patent number: 5403974
    Abstract: The present invention provides a wireway assembly for mounting to the housing wall of an electrical distribution device to enclose and protect electrical wiring therein. Generally rectangular, u-shaped channels have at least one aperture positioned in the channel wall to overlap the aperture of an adjacent channel to define a wireway through which the electrical wiring extends from the bight portion of one channel to the bight portion of the adjacent channel. An interlocking means manually attaches and detaches each channel with an adjacent channel and with the housing wall.The present invention also includes a method of safely protecting electrical wiring extending across a housing wall of an electrical distribution device. The method includes the step of interlocking a plurality of u-shaped channels in an abutting position to each other and the housing wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 1993
    Date of Patent: April 4, 1995
    Assignee: Square D Company
    Inventors: Thomas C. Leach, Marvin L. Linder
  • Patent number: 5255155
    Abstract: A flexible flat conductor wiring board (5) having required electric circuits is affixedly disposed on an instrument cluster (2) of an instrument panel portion of an automobile so as to be connected to switches and instruments (3A to 3E) that are provided on the instrument cluster (2) in groups so that an electric circuit is formed. Electric functioning components needed to carry out electric control of the switches and instruments are dispersedly provided on the end portions of centrally arranged switches and instruments or provided on the wiring board (5) with the electric control functions being incorporated in the electric circuits of the instrument cluster (2). Switches and instruments (3A to 3E) are provided, and electric circuits for the switches and instruments (3A to 3E) are provided so as to make the instrument cluster (2) an independent electric component. The instrument cluster (2) as an independent electric component is mounted on the instrument panel portion 1 of an automobile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 1991
    Date of Patent: October 19, 1993
    Assignees: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd., Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Tetsuo Sugimoto, Junichi Kojima, Yoshitsugu Tsuji, Tetsuo Yamamoto, Yukio Kominami