Uninterrupted Support Rail Or Uninterrupted Contact Patents (Class 439/110)
  • Patent number: 10849250
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a system includes a central hub comprising a power source, a data switch, a coolant system, and a management module, a plurality of network devices located within an interconnect domain of the central hub, and at least one combined cable connecting the central hub to the network devices and comprising a power conductor, a data link, a coolant tube, and a management communications link contained within an outer cable jacket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: CISCO TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventors: Charles Calvin Byers, Gonzalo Salgueiro, M. David Hanes, Joel Richard Goergen, Joseph Michael Clarke
  • Patent number: 10799042
    Abstract: There is described a point-of-purchase display and method. The display includes one or more sheets. The one or more sheets when unfolded and assembled form the display. The display includes a back wall, a front wall, at least a side wall and a bottom wall. A printed electronic device is affixed to a surface of the one or more sheets. The printed electronic device is selected from the group consisting of: wires, insulators, resistors, capacitors, inductors, transformers, transistors, antennas, OLEDs and sensors. A microcontroller electrically is coupled to the printed electronic device. A connection device is coupled to the printed electronic device. A modular electronic component is coupled to the connection device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Chad S. Smithson, Yujie Zhu, Kurt I. Halfyard
  • Patent number: 10770805
    Abstract: A connector configured to mechanically and electrically couple a first frame to a second frame includes a body, a member, and a plurality of projections extending from the body and configured to contact at least one of the first frame and the second frame. The body includes a first end and a second end and defines a longitudinal axis extending between the first end and the second end. The body further includes a feature for engaging a fastener. The member is positioned adjacent the first end of the body and is configured to engage at least one of the first frame and the second frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventor: Evan R. Martin
  • Patent number: 10702062
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a bracket connection structure, used for connecting a supporting piece with a fixed piece of a bracket. The bracket connection structure includes at least one group of connection hole structures arranged on the supporting piece and at least one group of convex structures arranged on the fixed piece. Jacks include insertion portions and clamping portions which are communicated with each other. A clearance of the clamping portions is smaller than that of the insertion portions. Convex clasps are inserted into the insertion portions and move to be clamped into the clamping portions. Further, corresponding positions on the back surfaces of the jacks are all provided with electric connection sheets connected to an external power supply. The present invention further provides a bracket, including a supporting piece and a fixed piece. The supporting piece and the fixed piece are connected through the bracket connection structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: SHANGHAI EYEMOVE IMAGE PRINTING CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Youngwook Lee
  • Patent number: 10607512
    Abstract: A communication device according to an embodiment comprises: an antenna unit; and a grounding region for emitting a communication signal of the antenna unit, wherein the grounding region cannot overlap with another region inside the communication device, which includes a region in which the antenna unit is disposed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: ATEC AP CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Chang Wook Kim
  • Patent number: 10576917
    Abstract: Various embodiments of an awning roller assembly are provided. The structure provides awning hardware (28) having a powered groove (52) extending through one or more hardware components. The powered groove includes at least one track (70, 72) having electrical conductors (84, 85) therein. An accessory base (54) is provided for connection with a plurality of powered accessories (32, 34, 36, 37), including but not limited to, lights, fans or audio-video equipment. The accessory base provides electrical connection between the powered groove and the accessory to provide improved function in the outdoor living space beneath and around the awning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Dometic Sweden AB
    Inventors: Brent Alan Taylor, Clayton Hendry Meyers, Kent A. Becker
  • Patent number: 10323835
    Abstract: A combination LED lighting system and angle power strip including an elongated and horizontally extending housing which may be placed on a vertical wall below a cabinet or the like. The housing has an inclined front wall which has a plurality of electrical outlets mounted thereon at an acute angle with respect to the wall. The housing also has a lens selectively removably secured thereto which is positioned above the electrical outlets. A LED lighting system is mounted in the housing for directing light downwardly and outwardly through the lens. The ends of the housing have caps removably secured thereto. The housing also has an outer wall member which may be selectively detached from the housing for repair or replacement of the components within the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Inventor: Kenneth E. Anderson
  • Patent number: 10090101
    Abstract: The present invention provides an expandable and flexible apparatus that can be installed on a device including but not limited to a bushing current transformer (BCT), a control power transformer or a toroidal power transformer. Such an apparatus provides at least one connection point on the device that it is installed on. The apparatus comprises a terminal, a terminal plate, a terminal plate expansion strip or a combination thereof. The apparatus is novel because it has an expandable connection that allows for many terminals to link and be positioned in desired configurations and distances, a linking system that makes the apparatus flexible and allows it to follow the contours of the device, and an anti-rotational provision that holds the terminal in position while the user is connecting wires to the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Inventor: Scott McCloskey
  • Patent number: 10079460
    Abstract: The invention relates to a busbar having a profiled body which forms an elongate receiving channel, a first and a second groove being formed in the channel floor, and the electrical conductors being arranged in the first and second groove. Furthermore, the invention relates to a consumer unit for securing to such a busbar and for drawing current or data from such a busbar, and the use of the consumer unit in conjunction with such a busbar. Further aspects of the invention form a power transmission device having such a busbar and such a consumer unit, as well as a building element in which such a busbar is installed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Inventors: Konrad Dressel, Nils-Ove Mellies, Timo Höfges, Andreas Thomas, Markus Vockenroth
  • Patent number: 9966714
    Abstract: A system including a support structure, a plurality of terminal bases mounted to the support structure, a plurality of migration adapters, each migration adapter mounted to a respective terminal base and having first and second adapter connector structures and including first and second backplane connectors for mating with corresponding backplane connectors of one or more adjacent migration adapters mounted to respective adjacent terminal bases for forming a backplane electrically coupling the plurality of migration adapters, and a plurality of I/O modules mounted to the plurality of migration adapters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Asia Pacific Business Ctr. Pte., Ltd.
    Inventors: Rosh Chathoth Sreedharan, Srinivasan Melkote, Siva Iyyamperumal, Rajiv Chakraborty, Soon Seng Kang
  • Patent number: 9893436
    Abstract: A connector configured to mechanically and electrically couple a first frame to a second frame includes a body, a first clamping member, a second clamping member, and a plurality of projections extending from the body and configured to contact at least one of the first frame and the second frame. The body includes a first end and a second end and defines a longitudinal axis extending between the first end and the second end. The body further includes a feature for engaging a fastener. The first clamping member is positioned adjacent the first end of the body and is configured to engage the first frame. The second clamping member is positioned adjacent the second end of the body and is configured to engage the second frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventor: Evan R. Martin
  • Patent number: 9883756
    Abstract: A shelving system includes at least one vertically oriented shelf rail having a row of vertical slots leading to the shelf rail interior. In the interior, a bus bar includes conductors. A carrier element, such as a shelf element, is mounted on a bracket configured to hook into the shelf rail slots. A lighting device is attached to the carrier element or the bracket. A current collection device is fastened to the bracket and includes tap contacts that protrude from a housing and are disposed on the engagement section of the bracket. The tap contacts are resilient and disposed to be elastically pressed into the housing against a spring force when the bracket is being hooked into the shelf rail, pressed out of the housing when located in the shelf rail interior, and pressed against associated current conductors to establish an electrically conducting connection for the lighting device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Juvema AG
    Inventor: Hans Kraiss
  • Patent number: 9774134
    Abstract: Modular shelving systems, magnetic electrical connectors, conductor assemblies, and mounting inserts are disclosed. A modular shelving system includes at least one shelving module, a power module coupled to the at least one shelving module, and a conductor assembly coupled to the at least one shelving module and electrically connected to the power module. The conductor assembly includes a board including a first column of apertures and a second column of apertures, a back plate formed from a ferromagnetic material or from a magnetic material, a first conductor electrically coupled to the power module and positioned between the back plate and the board, and a second conductor electrically coupled to the power module and positioned between the back plate and the board. The first conductor is aligned with the first column of apertures of the board. The second conductor is aligned with the second column of apertures of the board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Sunrise R&D Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Brett Bracewell Bonner, Titus Arthur Jones, Richard Grosse, Raymond Lee Hicks, Ronald John Parigoris, Benjamin Todd Hartman, Wayne Alan Gutschow, John Henry Jahshan
  • Patent number: 9762037
    Abstract: A low profile (1U) power distribution system includes a power shelf assembly having a first side and an opposing second side. First and second bus bars extend across the assembly and substantially in parallel with the first and second sides, the second bar positioned behind the first bar. One row of power supply pins extends from the bars to engage power supply units within the assembly. A first set of pins extends from the first bus, while a second set extends from the second bar and protruding through respective apertures in the first bar. An insulating material may be provided to electrically insulate power supply pins of the second bar from the first bar. The reduced height profile of the bars allows for cooling air to pass through the remaining >50% of the assembly, which may now desirably include additional electrical circuits within the cooling channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Bel Power Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Marek Lach
  • Patent number: 9620940
    Abstract: A switchgear includes a circuit breaker housing defining a circuit breaker compartment. A bushing has first and second portions and extends through an opening in a rear wall of the housing so that the first portion is disposed in the circuit breaker compartment and the second portion is disposed beyond the exterior of the rear wall and external of the circuit breaker compartment. The bushing has a hollow primary contact. A current transformer is mounted on the second portion of the bushing. A fastener structure has a portion that extends through the hollow primary contact. The fastener structure couples the primary contact to a busbar in a removable manner. When the fastener structure is decoupled from the primary contact, the bushing and the at least one current transform can be accessed from the front of the housing and moved through the opening in the rear wall, for maintenance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: ABB SCHWEIZ AG
    Inventor: Stefano Motta
  • Patent number: 9596950
    Abstract: A lighting system including a low voltage frame, a puck magnetically joinable with the frame, a lighting array, and an elongated electrical connector joining the puck and the lighting array. The puck can be selectively positioned along the low voltage frame in a variety of different locations. The puck can be constructed from a polymeric material molded over electrical connectors, and optionally a power feed, such as a cable jack. The electrical connectors can be magnetized so that the electrical connectors are magnetically attracted to power rails on the low voltage frame to establish electrical coupling of the connectors to the power rails, while physically securing the puck in a fixed location along the low voltage frame. The power rails can be constructed from magnetic stainless steel, optionally coated with black oxide from a hot black oxide coating process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Amstore Corporation
    Inventors: James W. Waalkes, Ryan A. Van Sluyters
  • Patent number: 9515397
    Abstract: Contact protection system for power busbars having planar contact protection modules which each comprise holding feet for engaging behind the power busbars and latching elements for mutually latching with adjacent contact protection module, wherein the contact protection modules comprise for each power busbar a terminal-receiving region for receiving connecting terminals which are provided for electrically contacting the respective power busbar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: WOEHNER GMBH & CO. KG ELEKTROTECHNISCHE SYSTEME
    Inventors: Alex Buettner, Philipp Steinberger, Joram Masel, Frank Leistner
  • Patent number: 9445575
    Abstract: An absorbent pad is configured for receiving waste. The absorbent pad includes a base layer and a string. The base layer has a collection region surrounded by a peripheral edge. The string is slidably attached to the peripheral edge at a plurality of locations. The base layer is configured to move from an open position to a closed position. The base layer is configured to be substantially flat such that the string is disposed along the peripheral edge when the base layer is in the open position. The base layer moves from the open position to the closed position in response to sliding the string relative to the plurality of locations, whereby the peripheral edge is drawn together at the plurality of locations to form a bundle and the string is only disposed along the peripheral edge corresponding to the plurality of locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: Pet Food Express
    Inventor: Jason E. Ferguson
  • Patent number: 9418267
    Abstract: A modular shelf for an integrated display structure that addresses the mutually important, yet unrelated issues of inventory control, shelf labeling and point of purchase advertising. The modular shelf has a non-metallic low density core, a molded frame secured along the outer perimeter of the core, a thermoplastic or resinous sheet secured to each of the top face and the bottom face of the core, and a plurality of antennae embedded within at least one of the top sheet and the bottom sheet. An RF or other electronic transceiver is electrically connected to the antennae secured within a cavity of the rear molded member, and a power and communications connects the RF transceiver with a front video display panel and with power and communications components in a support base of a shelf gondola.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: Ground Star LLC
    Inventor: Gary L. Josey
  • Patent number: 9404645
    Abstract: A wiring and connection management system is disclosed. The system comprises a set of power distribution members that are attached to a substrate and are connected together, forming a power grid to distribute power across the substrate. The members include a number of connectors disposed at regular intervals along their lengths. Corresponding sets of cables and connectors on the substrate convey power from the members to areas on the substrate where power is desired. The substrate may be, for example, a shelving unit. The system provides a robust, flexible source of power that is easily installed with minimal training and is also easily maintained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: Elemental LED, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Feng, Russell Petersen
  • Patent number: 9275774
    Abstract: A busbar for use in a busbar assembly, the busbar having an elongate body portion structured to be generally disposed about, an in contact with an elongate inner component, the body portion being formed from a conductive material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: UNIVERSAL ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Steven L. Ross, Russell C. Griffith
  • Patent number: 9204549
    Abstract: An apparatus has a plurality of types of plugs used for different purposes and a plurality of circuit board assemblies. Each of the plurality of the circuit board assemblies includes a circuit board having a plurality of wiring portions formed thereon, an electrical and electronic part mounted on the circuit board, and a plurality of sockets attached to the circuit board and connected to the electrical and electronic part via the plurality of wiring portions. The sockets included in all of the plurality of circuit board assemblies have the same shape and are configured to receive any of the plurality of types of plugs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: Japan Aviation Electronics Industry, Limited
    Inventors: Hideyuki Kanno, Yoshiaki Ishiyama
  • Patent number: 9157678
    Abstract: Illustrative embodiments of systems and methods for powering lighted shelves in refrigerator appliances are included. In one embodiment, a refrigerator appliance may comprise a cabinet having a temperature-controlled compartment defined therein, a shelf ladder disposed at least partially in the temperature-controlled compartment and providing a plurality of shelf mounting positions, the shelf ladder comprising an electrical bus including first, second, and third conductors, the second conductor configured to supply power at a first current level when electrically coupled to the first conductor, the third conductor configured to supply power at a second current level when electrically coupled to the first conductor, and a first adjustable shelf carrying a first lighting device, the first adjustable shelf being removably mountable in one of the plurality of shelf mounting positions such that the first lighting device is electrically coupled between the first conductor and the second conductor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventor: James Kerner
  • Patent number: 9083127
    Abstract: An improved connection apparatus is connectable with an elongated neutral bus to electrically connect a neutral conductor to the neutral bus. The connection apparatus is movable among any of a variety of positions along the neutral bus in order to facilitate connection of the various neutral conductors with the neutral bus at various desirable locations within an electrical enclosure. The connection apparatus is also advantageously removable from the neutral bus and is reinstallable thereon to facilitate changing the locations of the connections between the neutral conductors and the neutral bus and to avoid interference between any of a neutral connection, a connection apparatus, a neutral bus, and a circuit interrupter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: EATON CORPORATION
    Inventors: James Gerard Maloney, Edward Ethber Lias
  • Publication number: 20150099378
    Abstract: A system for connecting a shared DC bus between multiple power converters is disclosed. The DC bus includes a positive and a negative rail across which the DC voltage is present. A pair of DC bus stabs is mounted to a PCB within the power converter. Each DC bus stab is electrically connected to either the positive or negative rail. A connector assembly is mounted to the housing of the power converter such that a first receptacle engages a plug portion of the DC bus stab. The connector assembly also includes a second receptacle extending to the exterior of the power converter. The connector assembly is positioned on each power converter such that a known distance, or one of a number of known distances, is established between adjacent connector assemblies. A DC bus assembly extends between and is plugged into the second receptacle of the two adjacent connector assemblies.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2013
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Applicant: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Mathew S. Matocky, Kelly J. Bronk
  • Patent number: 8986021
    Abstract: An example electrical connector includes a non-electrically-conductive housing carrying at least a pair of opposed flexible, electrically-conductive push-in type contacts. The contacts each having a first end configured to receive and grip an electrical conductor, and a second end having a contact portion to releasable electrically couple with a corresponding conductive strip housed on opposite sides of an upper rail of a corresponding low voltage direct current grid member. In one example, a strain relief mechanism is coupled to the housing and is adapted to mechanically couple to the inserted electrical conductor and to assist in retaining the inserted electrical conductor in the push-in type contact. The housing may also define at least a pair of first interior spaces enclosing the first end of each of the contacts and for receiving and gripping the electrical conductor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: IDEAL Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Sushil N. Keswani
  • Publication number: 20150079823
    Abstract: Quick-connect disconnect connectors are provided as part of an electrical assembly used to electrically couple components to the end of an electrical track section. The connectors have a tongue portion insertable into the end of the track only one way to ensure against cross-wiring and include structures for retaining electrical contacts and strain reliefs. The connectors readily disconnect from the end of the track when force is applied which might be sufficient to damage the track or electrical assembly to prevent such damage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: Streater LLC
    Inventors: Thomas G. Lindblom, Wayne Lee Jensen
  • Patent number: 8967740
    Abstract: A refrigerator appliance may include a cabinet having a temperature-controlled compartment defined therein, a shelf ladder disposed in the temperature-controlled compartment and providing a plurality of shelf mounting positions, an electrical connector corresponding to each of the plurality of shelf mounting positions, wherein each of the electrical connectors comprises an actuator movable from a first position to a second position and an electrical contact configured to automatically move from a disengaged position to an engaged position in response to the actuator moving from the first position to the second position, and an adjustable shelf removably mountable in one of the plurality of shelf mounting positions such that the actuator of the corresponding electrical connector is held in the second position by a weight of the adjustable shelf and the electrical contact of the corresponding electrical connector engages the adjustable shelf.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventor: James Kerner
  • Patent number: 8968011
    Abstract: A metal power track has a U-section body having a pair of parallel side walls joined by a floor wall and delimiting a longitudinally extending retaining channel. Respective longitudinally extending and dielectric support rails are carried on the side walls, and a ground strip is provided on the floor wall. Two respective longitudinally extending, uninsulated bare main conductors are carried on each of the the dielectric support rails and are adapted to conduct power. Respective longitudinally extending uninsulated secondary conductors are carried on each of the dielectric support rails between the respective main conductors but out of electrical contact therewith. The conductors are all exposed transversely in the retaining channel. Each of the secondary conductors is adapted to carry electrical control signals or act as light-duty power feed lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Hoffmeister Leuchten GmbH
    Inventor: Oliver Hoffmeister
  • Publication number: 20150004817
    Abstract: Two bus bars 13 having terminal parts 19 at their one ends 17 are arranged in parallel. Right and left contact spring pieces 23a, 24a on an upper stage of the terminal parts 19 of the bus bars 13 are connected to a pair of contact parts of a semiconductor light emitting element 25 which is disposed between the two bus bars 13, and right and left contact spring pieces 23b, 24b on a lower stage of the terminal parts 19 of the bus bars 13 are connected to a pair of contact parts of a Zener diode 27 disposed between the two bus bars 13. The terminal parts 19 of the adjacent bus bars 13 are provided with first rotation restricting parts 48 which are adapted to be contacted with both side faces of the semiconductor light emitting element 25 which is disposed between the two bus bars.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Applicant: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shinji Mochizuki
  • Publication number: 20140349497
    Abstract: This disclosure provides connectors for smart windows. A smart window may incorporate an optically switchable pane. In one aspect, a window unit includes an insulated glass unit including an optically switchable pane. A wire assembly may be attached to the edge of the insulated glass unit and may include wires in electrical communication with electrodes of the optically switchable pane. A floating connector may be attached to a distal end of the wire assembly. The floating connector may include a flange and a nose, with two holes in the flange for affixing the floating connector to a first frame. The nose may include a terminal face that present two exposed contacts of opposite polarity. Pre-wired spacers improve fabrication efficiency and seal integrity of insulated glass units. Electrical connection systems include those embedded in the secondary seal of the insulated glass unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2012
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Applicant: VIEW, INC.
    Inventors: Stephen C. Brown, Mark A. Collins, Travis D. Wilbur, Alexander Rumer, Dennis Mullins
  • Patent number: 8894425
    Abstract: The invention relates to a connection system for connecting a single-row housing (12) to a terminal element (10), a terminal region (22) being provided on the single-row housing (12) for connecting the terminal element (10) to the single-row housing (12), the terminal region (22) being connected to a printed circuit board provided in the single-row housing (12). According to the invention, the terminal element (10) can be secured to the terminal region (22) by means of a plug contact (24).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Phoenix Contact GmbH & Co., KG
    Inventors: Carsten Thorner, Peter Stovesand, Thomas Oesselke
  • Publication number: 20140342585
    Abstract: A bus bar for electric power distribution switchboard is disclosed, which can include a conducting body, which longitudinally extends along a principal axis and, which, seen in a transversal cross-section, has a first side and a second side transversally connected by a third side and a fourth side. The body has, on the first side, at least a first slot and a second separated slot, and wherein the first slot has a first bottom portion from which a first lateral wall and a second lateral wall protrude transversally facing to each other, and the second slot has a second bottom portion from which a third lateral wall and a fourth lateral wall protrude transversally facing to each other. Each of the first bottom portion and the second bottom portion includes two substantially straight tracts, which form an angle of less than 180° between them.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Applicant: ABB S.p.A.
    Inventors: Pierceleste BENEDETTI, Daniele CAGLIANI, Andrea TAGLIABUE
  • Publication number: 20140329395
    Abstract: A connector for electrical connection to an electrified grid element having first and second conductors disposed on a top portion of the grid element. In one embodiment, the connector comprises a single-piece insulator housing; a fastening means on the insulator housing for attaching the connector to a device; and first and second contacts within the insulator housing, the insulator housing configured to align the first and second contacts with the first and second conductors of the electrified grid element; wherein a base of the insulator housing comprises a recess that corresponds to the shape of the top portion of the grid element such that the housing can be mounted over the top portion of the grid member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2014
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Applicant: WORTHINGTON ARMSTRONG VENTURE
    Inventors: Jere W. MYERS, Brian T. PATTERSON, Jae A. EISENHOWER, Randy M. MANNING, Charles E. REYNOLDS, William J. GARVER, Jon A. FORTUNA, Ronald P. LOCATI
  • Publication number: 20140315401
    Abstract: A bus bar arrangement for electrical equipment has at least one bus bar and a shroud. The shroud provides a fault free interface for personnel working with the electrical equipment. First and second shrouds mounted on opposing ends of the at least one bus bar surround a substantial portion of the at least one bus bar. The shroud provides a connection surface for the connection of a wide variety of circuit breakers thereon. The shroud provides protection against intruding objects and ease of connection between circuit breaker contacts and bus bar assemblies of electrical equipment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventors: Paul Blasbalg, Lyoji Jesus Yamaguchi
  • Publication number: 20140308828
    Abstract: Technology is provided for a powered slide rail. The powered slide rail includes an outer segment including a first elongate conductor, a middle segment slidably nested with the outer segment that includes a second elongate conductor, and a first conductive element connected to the second elongate conductor and positioned for sliding contact with the first elongate conductor. An inner segment is slidably nested with the middle segment and includes a second conductive element positioned for sliding contact with the second elongate conductor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2014
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Inventor: Jon Brian Ehlen
  • Patent number: 8641432
    Abstract: An electrical connector system includes a plurality of electrical connectors that can be mounted onto a powered rail. Each of the electrical connectors includes a connector housing that retains an electrical contact. The powered rail includes a tapered alignment guide that receives a complementary tapered arm of the connector housing that locates into the alignment guide so as to position the connectors to the rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: FCI Americas Technology LLC
    Inventor: William A. Northey
  • Patent number: 8641430
    Abstract: A bus bar edge structure of an electric junction box having a junction block main body, a bus bar-receiving gap arranged on the junction block main body, and a space communicating with the bus bar-receiving gap and arranged in a thickness direction of the bus bar includes a projection piece projecting from an edge of the bus bar at an opening side of the space in the thickness direction of the bus bar. An electric wire led from the junction block main body is guided to the projection piece so as to prevent interference with the edge of the bus bar. The projection piece functions as a press-operating portion configured to insert the bus bar into the bus bar-receiving gap. The projection piece is positioned in an opening of a longitudinal groove arranged in the space so as to prevent the electric wire from entering into the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Sunsoku I, Takaaki Kakimi
  • Publication number: 20140004727
    Abstract: A connector includes a busbar, a housing and a cover. The busbar includes a first connection part extending in a first direction, a second connection part extending in a second direction opposite to the first direction at a position displaced from the first connection part in a direction orthogonal to the first direction, and a coupling part extending in a direction orthogonal to the first direction and the second direction and coupling the first connection part and the second connection part. The housing includes at least one accommodation groove accommodating the coupling part, and a slit through which one of the first connection part and the second connection part is inserted. The cover covers the accommodation groove.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 3, 2013
    Publication date: January 2, 2014
    Applicant: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tomoki JIMBO, Yoshinao SATO, Taro INOUE, Genfu ZENG
  • Patent number: 8616902
    Abstract: The power supply device includes a main bus-bar assembly, an assistant bus-bar assembly, and a plurality of connectors being electronically connected to the assistant bus-bar assembly. The main bus-bar assembly includes a first main bus-bar and a second main bus-bar attached to the first main bus-bar. The assistant bus-bar assembly includes a first assistant bus-bar and a second assistant bus-bar attached to the first assistant bus-bar. The first assistant bus-bar is electronically connected to the first main bus-bar, and the second assistant bus-bar is connected to the second main bus-bar. Each of the plurality of connector includes a first pin and a second pin. The first pin is engaged with the first assistant bus-bar, and the second pin is engaged with the second assistant bus-bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Han-Yu Li, Ning Zhang, Guang-Dong He
  • Publication number: 20130337668
    Abstract: A low voltage power assembly may comprise a track that includes one or more conductive plates and one or more metal plates, wherein the track is powered from a low voltage power source; and a power connector assembly that connects to the track, wherein the one or more conductive plates connect to the power assembly providing a low voltage power connection, and further wherein the one or more metal plates connect to the power assembly providing a magnetic connection. The power connector assembly may be configured to provide low voltage power through the track to a low voltage power device. The low voltage power assembly may include a configuration of ferrous material, conductive material, and nonconductive materials arranged in such a way as to provide a method for power and/or signal distribution to a mating device, such as to a set of magnetic LED modules.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2013
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Inventors: Joseph C. Ernest, Thomas E. Hubley, John W. Swafford, JR.
  • Patent number: 8585434
    Abstract: A power socket comprises a housing which is composed of an upper cover and a lower seat, equipped with a master wire and a plurality of sub-wires, a pair of seat bodies are formed on the upper cover, a plurality of fixing plates are disposed at the side of each seat body, the grooves formed between adjacent fixing plates and the seat body become fixing grooves; the same definition line of each sub-wire connects with the same definition line of an output of a circuit board, and a plurality of welding points are formed which are respectively inserted in the corresponding fixing grooves. The power socket has fast and quick installation and the arc electricity can be avoided effectively to ensure the safe and reliable use. The power socket is compacted in an integral structure and can be safely used to satisfy diversified needs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Inventor: Guolin Yu
  • Publication number: 20130280930
    Abstract: The invention relates to a busbar adapter comprising a housing for receiving at least one installation device for contacting the installation device with at least one busbar that can be held in the busbar adapter, characterized in that the busbar adapter comprises at least one symmetrically configured contact terminal for receiving and contacting a contact of the installation device with an associated busbar, and at least one symmetrically configured attachment device for attaching the installation device to the busbar adapter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2013
    Publication date: October 24, 2013
    Applicant: Woehner GmbH & Co. KG Elektrotechnische Systeme
    Inventors: Alex BUETTNER, Christopher CURTH
  • Patent number: 8536993
    Abstract: A modular system for providing bicycles at a given location according to a desired configuration, the system comprising at least one bicycle rack for storing a bicycle, each bicycle rack comprising an electronic lock for removably securing a corresponding bicycle thereto, each bicycle rack further comprising a corresponding attaching means having an electrical connector operatively coupled to the electronic lock, an energy providing means for providing energy to each electronic lock, the energy providing means comprising a corresponding attaching means having a connector operatively coupled thereto and a structure to be installed at the given location, the structure comprising an elongated base, a plurality of spaced-apart receiving means located on the base, each of the spaced-apart receiving means being adapted for receiving a selected attaching means from the at least one bicycle rack and the energy providing means according to the desired configuration and an electric network interconnecting each of the s
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Societe de Velo en Libre-Service
    Inventors: Alain Ayotte, Michel Dallaire, Charles Ibrahim Khairallah
  • Publication number: 20130237072
    Abstract: An example electrical connector includes a non-electrically-conductive housing carrying at least a pair of opposed flexible, electrically-conductive push-in type contacts. The contacts each having a first end configured to receive and grip an electrical conductor, and a second end having a contact portion to releasable electrically couple with a corresponding conductive strip housed on opposite sides of an upper rail of a corresponding low voltage direct current grid member. In one example, a strain relief mechanism is coupled to the housing and is adapted to mechanically couple to the inserted electrical conductor and to assist in retaining the inserted electrical conductor in the push-in type contact. The housing may also define at least a pair of first interior spaces enclosing the first end of each of the contacts and for receiving and gripping the electrical conductor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Applicant: IDEAL INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventor: Sushil N. Keswani
  • Patent number: 8485835
    Abstract: A suspended ceiling grid tee of conventional cross-sectional shape having a plurality of generally planar parallel and orthogonal surfaces and at least two electrically isolated conductor strips attached to the planar areas of the tee surfaces extending along substantially the full length of the tee, a connector for supplying low voltage electrical power to or from the conductors, the connector having a configuration complementary to the cross-sectional shape of the grid tee and including at least two electrical contacts for energizing each of said conductor strips when said connector is positioned on said grid tee.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: USG Interiors, LLC
    Inventors: Ying (Lora) Liang, Daniel Boss, Paul D. LaLonde, Peder Gulbrandsen
  • Patent number: 8469727
    Abstract: An arrangement is provided for connecting two successive contact line rails, each made of a longitudinal plastic profile and of at least one contact rail extending along the contact line rails. A contact rail connector is connected to the opposing ends of the contact rails of two successive contact line rails, electrically and mechanically connecting the contact rail ends of the contact rails, and having cover elements attached at the opposing rail ends of the contact line rails of two successive contact line rails, covering the contact rail connectors and displaceable relative to an intermediate element. In order to provide an arrangement for attaching two successive contact line rails that is simple to produce and allows uncomplicated assembly, the intermediate element is attached at each of the opposing rail ends of the contact line rails to be connected together, and the cover elements are attached to the intermediate elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: Demag Cranes & Components GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas Lindenau, Wolfgang Krebs, Klaus-Dieter Oemus
  • Patent number: 8469735
    Abstract: Apparatus for coupling generated power to an output load. The apparatus comprises a first mounting rail, adapted for electrically coupling a power element to the output load. The first mounting rail comprises a frame defining a cavity; an insulative material disposed within at least a portion of the cavity; and a first at least two conductors, encapsulated within the insulative material, adapted for coupling power from the power element to the output load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: Enphase Energy, Inc.
    Inventor: Marv Dargatz
  • Patent number: 8469726
    Abstract: Female connectors which slide along some guides in home, business or industrial installations and allow electricity to be transported from one point to another without the need for extension cables. The connector slides along the guide which includes, in the interior thereof, some electrical brushes connected to some brass connectors which transport the electricity towards the poles of a male connector from some tracks which, in turn, are connected to the mains or the general electrical installation. Alternatively, the connector slides along some guides having electrical pins which are connected to the general electrical installation via the tracks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: Sistemas Metalper, S.L.
    Inventor: Angel Perales Fayos
  • Publication number: 20130143423
    Abstract: A connector, an electrified grid element and the combination. First and second contacts with first and second contact portions are secured in the housing of the connector. The second contact portion is offset from a first surface of the connector a greater distance that the first contact portion. An electrified grid has a first conductor and a second conductor, with the first conductor having an opposite polarity to the second conductor. A first insulator member is positioned proximate the first conductor and a second insulator member is positioned proximate the second conductor. The first and second insulator members prevent the mating of the connector to the electrified grid unless the connector is properly oriented in the electrified grid, thereby insuring proper polarity between the connector and the electrified grid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2011
    Publication date: June 6, 2013
    Applicant: TYCO ELECTRONICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Marek LUKSIC, Philip Clay BRANDBERG