Three-prong Coupling Part Including Ground Prong, Or Receptacle Patents (Class 439/106)
  • Patent number: 10181688
    Abstract: A hermaphroditic electrical connector having a first connector half and a second connector half configured to mate with one another. Each of the connector halves includes a housing, a first projection, a second projection, and a central protrusion. The housing includes a first side, an opposite second side, a top side, and an opposite bottom side. The first projection extends from the first side of the housing proximate to the top side of the housing. The second projection extends from the first side of the housing proximate to the top side of the housing such that the first and second projections are spaced from one another by a slot. The central protrusion extends from the first side of the housing proximate to the bottom side of housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Naoki Shimada, Victor Manuel Sanchez, David M. Sanguinet
  • Patent number: 10069263
    Abstract: A rotatable universal socket is provided, including a socket body on which a penetration hole is disposed, a socket unit disposed on the socket body and internally disposed with a plurality of conductive sheets. A plurality of plug holes is disposed on the socket unit, each plug hole is a universal plug hole, each of plug holes corresponds to each of conductive sheets, and the plurality of conductive sheets is electrically connected to a pin plug which extends from a rear side of the socket unit. The rotary disc is rotationally disposed between the socket body and the socket unit, a plurality of socket holes is disposed on the rotary disc, each socket hole has a specification different from the others, and the plurality of socket holes selectively correspond to the penetration hole and the plurality of plug holes, so that plugs with various different specifications can be plugged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Inventor: Sheng-Hsin Liao
  • Patent number: 9952630
    Abstract: In one general aspect, an apparatus can include a base component including a keyed mount receptacle, and a power component including a keyed mount configured to be inserted into the keyed mount receptacle. The power component can be configured to be lockably coupled to the base component when the power component is rotated with respect to the base component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: Joshua Boilard, Prashant Patel, Jeffrey Hayashida, Warren Jones
  • Patent number: 9899767
    Abstract: A power connector receptacle includes a housing assembly and a clockable contact assembly. The housing assembly includes a first housing including a hollow, elongated body. The first housing body is structured to be coupled to the number of first electrical couplings disposed in a variable standard pattern. The clockable contact assembly is structured to be disposed substantially within the housing assembly first housing body and coupled thereto in one of a plurality of possible orientations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Eaton Corporation
    Inventors: Mark Allan Juds, Kaushik Naidu Kona, Karthik Satyanarayanan, Abhijeet Rathi
  • Patent number: 9893479
    Abstract: A right-angled electrical plug includes a first plug terminal and a second plug terminal longitudinally spaced apart from one another. First and second electrical wires are interconnected with the first and second plug terminals respectively. A housing configured to secure the first and second plug terminals has a generally planar surface from which the first and second plug terminals project and has a portal through which the first and second electrical wires exit the housing. The surface has a first lateral edge that is closer to the portal than a second lateral edge opposite the first lateral edge. A first distance between the first lateral edge and the first plug terminal is at least two times less, and is preferably is at least three time less, than a second distance between the second lateral edge and the second plug terminal. The right-angled electrical plug may conform to NEMA 5-15P standards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Steven A. Musick
  • Patent number: 9853396
    Abstract: An electrical plug includes a first, second, and third plug terminal, and a terminal retainer configured to secure the first, second, and third plug terminals within the electrical plug. The first, second, and third plug terminal are attached to a first, second, and third electrical wire respectively. The terminal retainer defines a flexible structure in which the first plug terminal is secured, thereby allowing the first plug terminal to move independently of the second and third plug terminals. The flexible structure may be in the form of a cantilever beam, wherein the first plug terminal is secured in a location proximate a free end of the cantilever beam. The terminal retainer consists of a single piece of injection molded plastic. The electrical plug may be part of an electrical vehicle battery charger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: DELPHI TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventor: Steven A. Musick
  • Patent number: 9843149
    Abstract: A foldable power strip having a pair of housing members having one or more outlets thereon and being rotationally connected together about a hinge or vertical axis. A power cord housing is also connected about the hinge or vertical axis to permit the housing members and power cord to be independently rotated relative to one another. The inside walls of the housing members may include side members that define a recess for receiving and protecting the power cord when the housing members are in the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: COLEMAN CABLE, LLC
    Inventors: Trisha Irbe, Daniel Sabato, Shiao-Tsun Ku
  • Patent number: 9662164
    Abstract: An electrosurgical cable connector that can accept three different styles of electrosurgical forceps connection—a two-pin connection, a two-bladed connection, and a block-bladed connection—is provided for connecting an electrosurgical forceps to an electrosurgical generator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Kirwan Surgical Products LLC
    Inventors: Lawrence T. Kirwan, Jr., Robert T. Boyd
  • Patent number: 9555494
    Abstract: The invention described herein generally pertains to a system and method for a welder system that includes a weld power generator and an auxiliary power generator in which the auxiliary power generator is adjustable between a first frequency and a second frequency for a power output to at least one outlet. The first frequency can correspond with a first national standard for a first country and the second frequency can correspond with a second national standard for a second country.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: LINCOLN GLOBAL, INC.
    Inventor: Carmen DeLisio
  • Patent number: 9525229
    Abstract: A terminal having a dissimilar material different from a contact base material, the dissimilar material arranged on a surface of a sliding contact portion on which a mating terminal slides includes a groove provided in the sliding contact portion in a direction different from a sliding direction of the mating terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tsutomu Sawada, Tomokazu Iwami, Hirotaka Fukushima, Takashi Tsukamoto
  • Patent number: 9509079
    Abstract: An assembling structure of an electronic component includes an electronic component including a component main body having a plurality of lead terminals protruding from side surfaces of the component main body, and a housing member in which the electronic component is inserted and accommodated and which holds a plurality of terminal fittings connected to the lead terminals. Each lead terminal includes a base end protruding from at least one side surface of the component main body and a connecting portion which is connected to the base end and which droops along the side surface, and the plurality of lead terminals are provided to be protruded from at least one side surface of the component main body in the width direction of the side surface. The side surface of the component main body is provided with an insulating member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yukihiro Kawamura
  • Patent number: 9419426
    Abstract: A sealing-member-equipped shielded cable includes a shielded cable that includes shielded wires and a sealing member that is molded from a resin and that includes an electrically conductive member in at least a portion thereof. The sealing member is integrally formed on one end portion of the shielded cable, and the shielded wires are electrically connected to the electrically conductive member of the sealing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: SANYO DENKI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Shoji, Kazuhiro Makiuchi
  • Patent number: 9379510
    Abstract: The wire harness as the circuit body is obtained as described below. In step S1, a long core wire constructed of a conductive metal is cut in a predetermined length. In step S2, a terminal part is molded in an end portion of the core wire and the core wire is bent in a predetermined shape. In step S3, a covering part is integrally molded in the center of the core wire. In step S4, a rubber stopper is integrally molded in an end portion of the covering part. In step S5, a conductor thin film sheet and a shield shell are assembled. In step S6, a connector housing is integrally molded. In step S7, packing is integrally molded. In step S8, a protective part is integrally molded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kota Ito, Yoshiaki Suzuki
  • Patent number: 9368924
    Abstract: An electrical receptacle assembly with protective housing is adapted for installation in unconventional areas or surfaces, including areas that are more susceptible to spills or other contaminants than traditional mounting locations. The electrical receptacle assembly includes a receptacle subassembly with a main receptacle body and a front surface portion in which a plurality of electrical contacts are housed and made accessible to corresponding contacts of an electrical or electronic device. A housing defines a cavity for receiving the receptacle body, and a face plate is coupled to the housing and defines a receptacle opening for engaging and supporting the electrical receptacle subassembly. The face plate may take on many different sizes and shapes for a desired application, while the other components of the electrical receptacle assembly can remain the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Inventors: Norman R. Byrne, Patrick E. Young, Thomas A. Petersen, Randell E. Pate
  • Patent number: 9255956
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device operable electrically via a mains voltage connection, in particular without a ground wire connection, having a live element and having an application part, wherein the application part is insulated by a basic insulation with respect to the live element. In this respect, an insulation monitor is provided which monitors the quality of the basic insulation of the application part with respect to the live element. The present invention furthermore comprises a medical device having a heating module for heating a medical fluid, wherein the heating module comprises a heating element having a heating coil arranged on a first ceramic layer, wherein the heating element is arranged on a second ceramic layer, wherein the second ceramic layer advantageously forms a heating plate of the heating module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: FRESENIUS MEDICAL CARE DEUTSCHLAND GMBH
    Inventors: Sven Sebesta, Ulrich Wernicke
  • Patent number: 9209576
    Abstract: The present invention includes an insert-to-connect device body, which receives therein a grounding terminal, a transmission terminal arranged at the left side of the grounding terminal, and a conduction terminal arranged at the right side of the grounding terminal. The grounding terminal is electrically connected with a grounding bulb. The transmission terminal is electrically connected with a transmission bulb. The conduction terminal is electrically connected with a conduction bulb. The conduction terminal is electrically connected with a conduction touch-plate. With such an arrangement, a construction operator is allowed, in installing the present invention, to follow instructions for connection with polarity correctness and to identify if the polarities are set correct according to lighting of the grounding bulb, the transmission bulb and the conduction bulb and touching of the conduction touch-plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: XYZ Science Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chiu-San Lee
  • Patent number: 9105997
    Abstract: A connector which can absorb thermal expansion and contraction of a substrate, or positional deviation of the substrate, and which enables the male and female connectors thereof to be fitted to each other where the male and female connectors are inclined to each other. A male terminal of a male connector, and a female terminal of a female connector are slidable relative to each other when in contact with each other. The male terminal and the female terminal are rotatable relative to each other about a contact point when in contact with each other, and hence the male terminal and the female terminal can be attached and detached to and from each other at an arbitrary rotating position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: IRISO ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yoshihito Ohkuma
  • Patent number: 9054464
    Abstract: A power supply connection structure device for electrically connecting an electrical appliance to a power source includes a live wire connection unit, a neutral wire connection unit and a control unit. The control unit is switched between an activation state and an idle state. When the control unit is in the idle state, the live wire and neutral wire connection units are not electrically connected to the power supply. When the control unit is in the activation state, the control unit electrically connects the live wire and neutral wire connection units to the power supply. Therefore, by means of the control unit, the power supply connection structure device is safe to use and waterproof and prevents individual from electric shock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: SHENZHEN ZHONGKE ELECTRICAL TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Shifeng Lin
  • Publication number: 20150079820
    Abstract: A ground cable plug assembly configured to accept a cable and provide necessary connections for accomplishing a grounding function. In one approach, the cable plug assembly is configured to accept and ground a coaxial cable. In another approach, the cable plug assembly accepts and grounds an HDMI cable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventor: Nelly Harris
  • Patent number: 8934259
    Abstract: A method for fabricating a substrate having transferable chiplets includes forming a photo-sensitive adhesive layer on a process side of a source substrate including active components or on a patterned side of a transparent intermediate substrate. The intermediate substrate is brought into contact with the source substrate to adhere the active components on the process side to the patterned side of the intermediate substrate via the photo-sensitive adhesive layer therebetween. Portions of the source substrate opposite the process side thereof are removed to singulate the active components. Portions of the photo-sensitive adhesive layer are selectively exposed to electromagnetic radiation through the intermediate substrate to alter an adhesive strength thereof. Portions of the photo-sensitive adhesive layer having a weaker adhesive strength are selectively removed to define breakable tethers comprising portions of the adhesive layer having a stronger adhesive strength.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Semprius, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Bower, Joseph Carr
  • Publication number: 20150010275
    Abstract: Circuits, apparatus, and methods that provide a connector system that can supply both power and data to a mobile computing or other type of device using a single connection. Further examples also provide a power and data adapter that can provide power and data to a mobile computing device using a single cable. Further examples provide an easy disengagement when a cable connected to the connector is pulled. One such example provides a magnetic connector that uncouples without binding when its cord is pulled. Another example prevents power from being provided at a connector insert until the connector insert is placed in a connector receptacle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2014
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventor: John C. DiFonzo
  • Patent number: 8896150
    Abstract: The multi-socket power adapter includes a main housing unit and an extension unit mounted inside the main housing unit. The main housing unit includes a recess for the extension unit. A ribbon cable wound on a spool is housed inside the extension unit. The ribbon cable protrudes through the extension unit into the main housing unit to establish an electrical connection, which allows the extension unit to be used as a conventional extension cord. The extension unit includes a plurality of power plug sockets and a power switch for each plug socket so that power to each socket can be controlled. The main housing unit also includes a power switch and a power consumption monitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Inventor: Ali A. A. J. Shammoh
  • Patent number: 8790123
    Abstract: A power socket disposed on a power supply casing of the electronic device to provide power for the electronic device through a power cord is disclosed. The power socket includes an insulating body, three input end contacts disposed at first side of the insulating body, three output end contacts including a grounding contact disposed at second side of the insulating body, and a rigid connector connected between the grounding contact and a protective grounding pin of the power supply casing. The invention simplifies the connection between the power socket and the power supply casing, thereby simplifies the manufacturing process of the power socket and eliminating the potential safety hazard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Delta Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Wuming Ku, Lexing He
  • Patent number: 8777674
    Abstract: An electrical contact is provided for an electrical receptacle. The contact includes a main body, a first segment that is an extension of the main body and substantially parallel to the main body, a second segment substantially perpendicular to the main body and the first segment, a third segment substantially perpendicular to the second segment and substantially parallel to the main body and the first segment, a first wipe that extends from the first segment, a second wipe that extends from the second segment, and a third wipe that extends from the third segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Leviton Manufacturing Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Vikramsinh P. Bhosale
  • Patent number: 8764463
    Abstract: A waterproof simplex receptacle includes a main body and a front portion. The front portion includes a front surface and rear surface. Terminals are recessed rearwardly from openings formed in the front surface, and are connected to wires extending rearwardly from the main body. The front surface includes a first surface portion, in the vicinity of the openings, which is positioned forwardly from a second surface portion that is located generally outboard of the first surface portion. Optionally, the first surface portion may be in the form of outwardly-extending ridges around the terminal openings, a convex surface, or a sloped or slanted surface, for example, and configured to direct water or other liquids away from the terminal openings associated with the terminals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Inventors: Norman R. Byrne, Timothy J. Warwick, Joseph D. Ward
  • Patent number: 8753132
    Abstract: Power plugs that provide reliable functionality, may be reliably manufactured, and have a pleasant appearance. One example may provide a power plug that functions in a reliable manner by providing a ground connection that may maintain its shape over several insertions and removals from a wall socket. A relatively large ground block may act as a heat sink to help reduce plug temperature during operation. Another example may provide a power plug that may be reliably manufactured by forming the ground block as a solid piece to prevent buckling and bending during plug manufacturing that may otherwise result. Another example may provide a power plug that has an attractive appearance by employing a bridge having a flat surface such that after an overmold is formed over the bridge, a face of the plug has a resulting flat, smooth appearance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Scritzky, Paul Z. Yuan, Min Chul Kim, Nathan N. Ng
  • Patent number: 8684771
    Abstract: An electrical contact is provided for an electrical receptacle. The contact includes a main body, a first segment that is an extension of the main body and substantially parallel to the main body, a second segment substantially perpendicular to the main body and the first segment, a third segment substantially perpendicular to the second segment and substantially parallel to the main body and the first segment, a first wipe that extends from the first segment, a second wipe that extends from the second segment, and a third wipe that extends from the third segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Leviton Manufacturing Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Vikramsinh P. Bhosale
  • Patent number: 8625255
    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: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: The Wiremold Company
    Inventors: Jennifer Linnane, Nicholas R. Partridge, Mark Makwinski, Raymond Szekretar, Phillip D. Prestigomo, Jan Schminke
  • Publication number: 20130309883
    Abstract: An improved electrical outlet providing a lockable electrical connection between a male plug and the outlet to securely retain the plug. The method to secure and retain the plug imparts minimal stress to the outlet and to the male plug so as to not substantially decrease the durability of either. The outlet decreases the shocking potential to a user or unwitting child by remaining un-energized when idle, and prohibits movement from its idle position until the outlet has received the plug terminal prongs. The shape of the movable receptacle assembly and its corresponding cavity blocks a child from contacting the outlets power source with a metallic object, while making the power source available to the receptacle assembly when initiated by the user. The outlets locking action steps secure and energize the plug simultaneously during the locking action steps in a user friendly manner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2013
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Inventors: Shawn M. Wolfe, Nicholas P. Wolfe
  • Publication number: 20130295787
    Abstract: A waterproof simplex receptacle includes a main body and a front portion. The front portion includes a front surface and rear surface. Terminals are recessed rearwardly from openings formed in the front surface, and are connected to wires extending rearwardly from the main body. The front surface includes a first surface portion, in the vicinity of the openings, which is positioned forwardly from a second surface portion that is located generally outboard of the first surface portion. Optionally, the first surface portion may be in the form of outwardly-extending ridges around the terminal openings, a convex surface, or a sloped or slanted surface, for example, and configured to direct water or other liquids away from the terminal openings associated with the terminals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2013
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Inventor: Norman R. Byrne
  • Patent number: 8512069
    Abstract: A low-profile flat plug electrical connector having an integrated strain relief section and an interlocking terminating end is disclosed. The flat plug electrical connector has a housing for holding the electrical cable and prongs, and a cap for covering the internal structure of the housing. The housing has an integrated strain relief section for preventing damage to the flat plug electrical connector from abrupt pulling or pushing of the electrical cords. The cap and the housing have interlocking terminating ends which are configured for preventing the cap from separating from the housing when the plug is pulled from an electrical outlet. The electrical prongs of the hot and neutral electrical wires and the ground pin are locked in place by posts protruding from the cap which urges the prong mounting tab against a mounting surface in the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Standard Cable USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Selvin Kao, Philip Carlo J. DeGuzman
  • Patent number: 8480415
    Abstract: A waterproof simplex receptacle (300) includes a main body (302) and a front portion (308). The front portion (308) includes a front surface (304) and rear surface (306). Terminals (310) extend outwardly from the front surface (304), and are connected to wires (318) extending rearwardly from the main body (302). The front surface (304) is angled. Further, ridges (224) can be positioned around the terminals (310) so as to prevent water or other liquids from entering apertures associated with the terminals (310).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Inventor: Norman R. Byrne
  • Patent number: 8460016
    Abstract: A power adapter includes a body, and a socket received in the body. The socket defines a first hole, a second hole and a third hole, and includes a live pin, a neutral pin and a ground pin respectively secured in the first hole, the second hole and the third hole. The live pin, the neutral pin and the ground pin are located along a straight line, and the neutral pin is located between the live pin and the ground pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Ampower Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yu-Cheng Liu
  • Publication number: 20130109205
    Abstract: A triplex electrical receptacle has a flexible, compact arrangement of bus bars and phase, neutral and ground contacts associated with three outlets. Two outlets are nearest two corners of the body that share a common first side, and the third outlet is between them but closer to the opposite side of the body. A common neutral bus bar (with terminal) is connected to the neutral contacts of all three outlets. The phase bus bar (with terminal) is connected to the phase contacts of at least two of the outlets. One embodiment permanently connects the phase contact of the third outlet to the phase bus bar; another embodiment permanently isolates the third outlet, connecting its phase contact to a separate phase terminal; and an additional embodiment incorporates a separate phase terminal for the third outlet and an optionally severable connection between the third outlet and the first phase terminal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2011
    Publication date: May 2, 2013
    Applicant: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventors: Dennis A. Oddsen, Jian H. Li
  • Patent number: 8133060
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an electric plug can comprise a housing, a rotatable plug assembly, and a blade array. The housing can have a bottom piece and a top piece including a first opening. The bottom piece can be in mechanical communication with the top piece and forming a cavity defined by the interior surface of the top piece and the interior surface of the bottom piece. The rotatable plug assembly can have a top surface and a bottom surface opposite each other, where a first portion of the rotatable plug assembly can comprise the bottom surface and be located within the cavity, and where a second portion of the rotatable plug assembly can protrude from the cavity via the first opening. The blade array can include a plurality of plug blades, each plug blade of the plurality of plug blades having an outlet end and a connector end, the connector end of each plug blade located within the rotatable plug assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Assignee: Belkin International, Inc.
    Inventor: John F. Wadsworth
  • Patent number: 8052437
    Abstract: An electrical ganged-outlet apparatus includes a plurality of electrical outlets molded together as a unitary outlet body having a front surface and a back surface. Each of the electrical outlets has an aperture extending through the front surface, a peripheral wall and a sidewall opposing the peripheral wall, a shoulder adjacent to the front surface of the unitary outlet body and the sidewall of the electrical outlet, and an opening molded in the sidewall adjacent to the shoulder and in communication with the aperture. The shoulder is constructed and arranged to engage a latching member attached to the electrical inlet connector when the electrical inlet connector is inserted into the aperture. The opening in the sidewall extends from the shoulder through the back surface, and is constructed and arranged to receive the latching member to retain the electrical inlet connector within the aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Assignee: American Power Conversion Corporation
    Inventors: Yuchun Jiang, Michael Jansma
  • Patent number: 8038454
    Abstract: An electrical ganged-outlet apparatus includes a unitary outlet body including a plurality of electrical outlets and a back surface. Each of the electrical outlets has at least a first and a second receptacle contact element, and a line terminal. The line terminal is electrically connected to the first receptacle contact element and extends from the back surface. The outlet body has at least one neutral bus bar disposed against the back surface, and the neutral bus bar is electrically connected to the second receptacle contact element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Assignee: American Power Conversion Corporation
    Inventors: Yuchun Jiang, Michael Jansma
  • Patent number: 8029318
    Abstract: An electric power plug comprises blades, a bridge and a plug body. The bridge includes sleeves for covering the roots of the blades and a core for holding the lower ends of the blades. The blades and the core are integrally molded. The plug body is molded so that the plug body embeds the bridge except the upper portions of the sleeves. The core may embed the lower portions of the blades, cords, a caulking portion for connecting the lower ends of blades and wire conductors of the cords. A cavity may be formed at the central portion of the core. The plug body may be molded so that the plug body embeds the bridge and the cords except the upper portions of the sleeves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Assignee: Kawasaki Electric Wire Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kiyoshi Namiki, Akihiro Yui
  • Publication number: 20110223785
    Abstract: An electrical ganged-outlet apparatus includes a plurality of electrical outlets molded together as a unitary outlet body having a front surface and a back surface. Each of the electrical outlets has an aperture extending through the front surface, a peripheral wall and a sidewall opposing the peripheral wall, a shoulder adjacent to the front surface of the unitary outlet body and the sidewall of the electrical outlet, and an opening molded in the sidewall adjacent to the shoulder and in communication with the aperture. The shoulder is constructed and arranged to engage a latching member attached to the electrical inlet connector when the electrical inlet connector is inserted into the aperture. The opening in the sidewall extends from the shoulder through the back surface, and is constructed and arranged to receive the latching member to retain the electrical inlet connector within the aperture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2011
    Publication date: September 15, 2011
    Applicant: AMERICAN POWER CONVERSION CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yuchun Jiang, Michael Jansma
  • Publication number: 20110223784
    Abstract: An electrical ganged-outlet apparatus includes a unitary outlet body including a plurality of electrical outlets and a back surface. Each of the electrical outlets has at least a first and a second receptacle contact element, and a line terminal. The line terminal is electrically connected to the first receptacle contact element and extends from the back surface. The outlet body has at least one neutral bus bar disposed against the back surface, and the neutral bus bar is electrically connected to the second receptacle contact element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2010
    Publication date: September 15, 2011
    Applicant: American Power Conversion Corporation
    Inventors: Yuchun Jiang, Michael Jansma
  • Publication number: 20110183533
    Abstract: An electrical connection assembly includes a faceplate defining a compartment extending substantially perpendicularly therefrom. The compartment being formed from the same piece of material as the faceplate and defining a biasing member biasing a component of the connection assembly. The electrical connection assembly also includes a one-piece conductive insert disposed within the compartment. The insert has a terminal enabling electrical connection of the insert to an electrical current source.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2010
    Publication date: July 28, 2011
    Inventors: Daniel Cedillo Vazquez, Luis Hugo Cedillo Vazquez
  • Patent number: 7922540
    Abstract: A power plug having backup fuse tube, its major objective is that, when a fuse tube is damaged, a replaceable backup fuse tube can be obtained readily and promptly. The power plug has a backup fuse tube with pins and a casing, lead-out wires. A cavity is provided in the casing. The cavity is covered with a matching backup fuse tube holder. On a backside of the backup fuse tube holder a retainer is provided, and a backup fuse tube is placed in the retainer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2011
    Assignee: Dongguan Unirise Electric Wire & Cable Co.
    Inventors: Yu Liang Zhang, Dong-Hua Nie
  • Patent number: 7892044
    Abstract: A terminal module includes at least two terminals (2, 3) for transmitting electrical power, each terminal having a retention portion (21) defining two positioning cavities therein, a mating portion (25) extending forward from the retention portion and a tail portion (23) extending rearward from the retention portion; and an insulative main portion (1) including a base portion (11) and two retaining portions (12) laterally extending outward from the base portion, each retaining portion having two locking arm portions (121) spaced apart from one another and locked into the two positioning cavities of the retention portion of the corresponding terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2011
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Ind. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chang-Yin Wang, Chin-Te Lai, Su-Feng Liu
  • Patent number: 7851703
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a sealing member for establishing a water resistant seal between two elements which includes a resilient gasket having opposed gasket surfaces for engagement between the two elements; and a water resistant coating applied to the gasket. The water resistant coating providing releasable adhesive sealing contact with at least one of the elements. The present invention is also directed to a method of making a gasket seal for an electrical box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Assignee: Thomas & Betts International, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark R. Drane
  • Patent number: 7833037
    Abstract: An extension cordset assembly includes a receptacle and a sealing gasket. The receptacle includes a receptacle main body, a receptacle connecting interface and first and second spade mating holes extending into the receptacle main body from the receptacle connecting interface. The receptacle is configured to mate with a plug having a standard spade configuration. The sealing gasket is positioned on the receptacle connecting interface and includes first and second spade openings aligned with the first and second spade mating holes, respectively. The sealing gasket is configured to provide a water-resistant seal between the receptacle and the plug.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Assignee: Allied Precision Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas K. Reusche, Philip E. Chumbley
  • Patent number: 7824196
    Abstract: An electrical receptacle with a body sized to fit in a NEMA-standard single wall box has a substantially rectangular face with phase blade openings, neutral blade openings and ground prong openings associated with respective first, second and third outlets, each outlet having a centerline passing through its ground prong opening parallel to its phase and neutral blade openings. The centerline of the first outlet is oblique to the edges of the face and oblique to the centerline of at least one other outlet. The centerlines of all of the outlets may be mutually nonparallel, and they may be mutually oblique. The centerline of the second outlet may be parallel to an edge of the face; and if so, the centerline of the third outlet may be either perpendicular to or parallel to the centerline of the second outlet. In a preferred arrangement, the centerlines are mutually nonparallel, and the ground prong openings of two of the outlets are located at corners of the face that share a common longer edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Assignee: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventors: Dennis A. Oddsen, Jian H. Li
  • Patent number: 7824195
    Abstract: A dual-mode electrical plug includes an insulating body formed with a channel and an elongate guiding aperture; a pair of conductive components disposed on the insulating body; a ground prong including a hollow prong body disposed in the channel and movable between an extended position and a retracted position, and the prong body defining a wire containing space, the ground prong further including an operating part disposed on an outer surface of the prong body, the operating part extending through and being movable in the elongate guiding aperture so as to drive movement of the prong body; and a ground wire extending into the wire containing space and including a connecting end for connecting electrically to an inner surface of the prong body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Assignee: Wistron Corporation
    Inventors: Liang Yu, Chia-Ching Lee
  • Patent number: 7771214
    Abstract: An electrical connector includes a terminal retainer (1) defining three through holes (11, 12, 13) extending along a longitudinal direction, each through hole accommodating a deflectable locking member therein; three terminals (1, 2, 3) respectively secured in the corresponding through holes by the corresponding deflectable locking members. One of the locking member is capable of deflecting along a first direction, and the other locking members are capable of deflecting along a second direction perpendicular to the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2010
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Ind. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chang-Yin Wang, Chin-Te Lai, Su-Feng Liu
  • Patent number: 7753699
    Abstract: A safety socket adapted for receiving a terminal of a plug includes a socket housing with a plurality of electrodes being mounted thereon, a socket cover coupled with the socket housing and an insulating case mounted between the socket housing and the socket cover. The socket cover has a plurality of insertion holes corresponding to the electrodes. And the insulating case is located above the electrode for holding the terminal separated from the electrode and has a through hole aligned with the electrode and the insertion hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2010
    Assignee: Well Shin Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jui-Hsiung Wu
  • Patent number: 7642457
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a protective shutter assembly for use within a cover assembly of an electrical wiring device. The assembly includes a frameless shutter sub-assembly movable between a closed position and an open position. The frameless shutter sub-assembly is configured to move from the closed position to the open position in response to engaging at least one plug blade having a predetermined plug blade geometry. A spring member is disposed within the frameless shutter sub-assembly. The spring member is configured to bias the frameless shutter sub-assembly in the closed position. At least one retainer element is disposed in the frameless shutter sub-assembly. The at least one retainer element being configured to retain the spring member within the frameless shutter sub-assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2010
    Assignee: Pass & Seymour, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Weeks, Dejan Radosavljevic, Thomas N. Packard, Steven C. Thibault