With Means To Join Tandem Rails Or Tandem Contacts Patents (Class 439/115)
  • Patent number: 11328888
    Abstract: A bus plug structured to electrically connect between a busway and a load includes a circuit breaker structured to electrically connect between connectors and the load and to output a first control signal, the circuit breaker including separable contacts structured to open to stop power from the flowing from the busway to the load, a motor operator structured to cause the separable contacts to open or close in response to the first control signal from the circuit breaker, and a wireless communication module structured to wirelessly communicate with an external device and to output a second control signal to the circuit breaker is response to wireless communication received from the external device. The circuit breaker is structured to output the first control signal to the motor operator to open or close the separable contacts in response to receiving the second control signal from the wireless communication module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: EATON INTELLIGENT POWER LIMITED
    Inventors: James L. Lagree, Rufus L. Barnes, Kristen Dipner, Meghan Saitwal, Saurabh Pawar
  • Patent number: 11152771
    Abstract: A switching device including a switching unit having one or more electric poles and including, for each electric pole, a first power contact and a second power contact along which a line current can circulate and one or more solid-state switches; and a supporting frame adapted to be fixed to a supporting structure and including, for each electric pole, a third power contact and a fourth power contact along which said line current can circulate. The switching unit is reversibly movable, with respect to said supporting frame, between an insertion position and a withdrawn position. The switching unit includes, for each electric pole, at least a hydraulic circuit along which a cooling fluid can circulate to remove heat generated by said solid-state switches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: ABB S.P.A.
    Inventors: Alessio Bergamini, Matteo Minuti
  • Patent number: 10950977
    Abstract: A track assembly includes a track, a support member, a support member conductor, a first conductor and a plurality of second conductors. The support member conductor may be configured to move substantially laterally and electrically contact the second conductors. The second conductor may be configured to move laterally and electrically contact the first conductor. The support member conductor may be configured to move the second conductor into electrical contact with the first conductor. The first conductor may extend substantially in the longitudinal direction and/or the first conductor may be disposed at least partially in the track. The plurality of second conductors may be disposed such that the support member conductor may be in contact with at least two second conductors of the plurality of second conductors in all positions of the support member relative to the track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Raul Ricart, Antoni Ferré Fàbregas, Esteban Herrera, Paloma Peinado Rodriguez, Josep Jacas Miret, Enric Aparicio Rollan, Jeffrey A. Jones, Dale Lammers
  • Patent number: 10793007
    Abstract: A current transport mechanism with an elongated, electromechanical base conductor that has an electrically rigidly mechanical plug-in connection device connected thereto in an electrically-rigidly mechanical manner and which, in turn, can be electrically contacted by an electrically-rigidly mechanical mating plug-in connection device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: TE Connectivity Germany GmbH
    Inventors: Harald Ulrich, Christian Schmidt
  • Patent number: 10737644
    Abstract: A power track assembly is provided which may be used with an accessory base (454) therefore. The power track assembly includes a track housing (402) having at least one track (470) with first and second conductors (484, 485). The conductors provide power to the accessory base which may be connected to an accessory (32, 34, 36, 37) requiring power for operation. The accessory base (454) may also be used with power tracks in a roller tube awning assembly (20), a cassette awning assembly (120), or hardware assembly (328).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Dometic Sweden AB
    Inventors: Brent Alan Taylor, Clayton Hendry Meyers, Kent A. Becker
  • Patent number: 10673189
    Abstract: A power connector assembly includes a power rail and a slide power connector. The power rail is mounted to a first wall of a first component via mechanical standoffs to define a clearance space between the power rail and the first wall. An electrode is disposed along a first side of the power rail facing the first wall. The slide power connector is mounted to a second wall of a discrete, second component. The slide power connector defines a track that receives the power rail therein. At least one power contact of the slide power connector is disposed within the clearance space and is electrically connected to the electrode of the power rail to establish an electrical connection. At least one of the first and second components is movable relative to the other along an extension cycle. The electrical connection is maintained throughout the extension cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: TE CONNECTIVITY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Robert Neil Mulfinger, Jason M'Cheyne Reisinger, Matthew Grimm, Michael David Herring, Sean Patrick Kelly, Christopher William Blackburn, Patrick Di Paola
  • Patent number: 10634319
    Abstract: A strip-shaped LED interconnected high-voltage lamp comprising an assembly groove, a lamp cover, a connector assembly, and a light source assembly. The assembly groove includes two wire assembly grooves. The wire assembly groove is curved and the central angle of the arc is greater than 180 degrees. The lamp cover is integrally formed with the assembly groove. The connector assembly includes a connector body that is inserted into the assembly groove, and two conductive sheets that are fixedly disposed in the connector body. The length of the conductive sheet in the extending direction of the assembly groove is greater than the length of the connector body and protrudes from both ends of the connector body. The conductive sheet coincides with a central axis of the wire assembly groove in an extending direction of the assembly groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Self Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Feng Ji, Zhaoyong Zheng, Junjun Ying
  • Patent number: 10581211
    Abstract: A plug-in device for use with a busway system comprising a busway housing defining a longitudinal axis includes a stab base housing having first and second opposite sides, one or more stab conductors extending out of and away from the stab base housing at each of the first and second sides of the stab base housing, and a first alignment tab on the first side of the housing and a second alignment tab on the second side of the housing. The stab base housing is configured to be received through an opening at a bottom portion of the busway housing and positioned in a first position and then rotated from the first position to a second position. The first and second alignment tabs are configured to allow rotation from the first position to the second position in only one rotational direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Eaton Intelligent Power Limited
    Inventors: Michael Anthony Wynnik, Gordon Stanley Pettersen, John Michael Kokenda
  • Patent number: 10574007
    Abstract: A plug-in device for use with a busway system comprising a busway housing defining a longitudinal axis includes a stab base housing having first and second opposite sides, one or more stab conductors extending out of and away from the stab base housing at each of the first and second sides of the stab base housing, and a ground conductor at an upper portion of the stab base housing. The stab base housing is configured to be received through an opening at a bottom portion of the busway housing and positioned in a first position and then rotated from the first position to a second position. The ground conductor is configured to contact a top wall of the busway housing in each of the first and second positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Eaton Intelligent Power Limited
    Inventors: Michael Anthony Wynnik, Gordon Stanley Pettersen, John Michael Kokenda
  • Patent number: 10485150
    Abstract: A wireless communication electronic assembly can include a plurality of integrated modules each having a ground plate interfaced to each other and defining a shielding plane. Each ground plate can have a left edge and a right edge opposite each other. A plurality of wireless communication devices can be positioned on one side of the shielding plane, and a plurality of electronic devices can be positioned on the other side of the shielding plane. One or more electromagnetic shielding elements, such as gasket(s), channel strip(s), stamping element(s), etc. can be disposed between the left edge and the right edge of adjacent ground plates to electromagnetically shield the plurality of electronic devices from the plurality of wireless communication devices. The left and right edges can be recessed or offset on one side of the shielding plane. Rows and columns of integrated modules can be interfaced about a plurality of electromagnetic shielding elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventor: Daniel P. Jones
  • Patent number: 10300867
    Abstract: A wire harness includes: a trunk line section obtained by bundling a plurality of power supply lines serving as wiring bodies wired in a vehicle; a trunk line middle distributor to which a power storage device that is mounted on the vehicle and accumulates electric power is connected, the trunk line middle distributor being interposed between both ends of the trunk line section; and a pair of trunk line end distributors each of which is connected to a corresponding one of both ends of the trunk line section and distributes electric power from the power storage device to each appliance to be connected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tatsuya Shiratori, Masahiro Ito
  • Patent number: 10116108
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a power unit adapter mechanism for track-light systems that includes a universal housing. The universal housing is configured to couple any number of different styles or types of adapter caps to form power unit adapters that fit into corresponding power track styles to power light engines. The universal housing has a geometric configuration and includes the necessary electrical contacts that allow the universal housing to be used with variety of adapters caps styles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Green Creative Ltd.
    Inventors: Guillaume Vidal, Zhang Yulin
  • Patent number: 9882321
    Abstract: A compact connector is provided. The compact connector includes a connector body having a first group of one or more pins on a first face of a contact tip and a second group of one or more pins on an opposed second face of the contact tip. The first group of one or more pins engages with a first busbar, and the second group of one or more pins engages with a second busbar, wherein when the connector engages with the busbars the contact tip is disposed between the first and second busbars. A method of using a connector is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: ARISTA NETWORKS, INC.
    Inventors: Richard Hibbs, Robert Wilcox, Youngbae Park, Alex Rose
  • Patent number: 9800003
    Abstract: A standing structure for a shell of an extension cord is provided. Intercalating trenches are disposed on rear edges of a pair of opposite surfaces of the shell of the extension cord. A support frame includes a horizontally-disposed bottom plate and a vertically-disposed support plate connecting the bottom plate and having two intercalating strips intercalated into the intercalating trenches. Thus, the shell of the extension cord can be combined with the support frame to form the standing structure. The planar surface, not combined with the shell of the extension cord, of the support plate thus can face to a user for hiding power outlets and power cables plugged into the power outlets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Attia Technology Inc.
    Inventors: Wen-Bean Chen, Wen-Shun Hsieh, Yue-Long Lu
  • Patent number: 9705210
    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: September 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventor: James Kerner
  • Patent number: 9541328
    Abstract: Illustrative embodiments of systems and methods for powering lighted shelves in refrigerator appliances are provided. 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: October 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventor: James Kerner
  • Patent number: 9525233
    Abstract: Various embodiments may relate to a connecting module for mechanically connecting two light strips each having at least one semiconductor light source and having at least two electrical contacts arranged in a housing, which electrical contacts each have two contact sections for making electrical contact with the light strips. The electrical contacts in each case pass through the housing with a further contact section for connection to a power supply.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: OSRAM GmbH
    Inventors: Tobias Staeber, Steffen Strauss
  • Patent number: 9406462
    Abstract: An interconnect for transferring signals herein includes one or more signal contacts to transfer the power or data to or from an integrated truss system. An interconnect may be configured to transfer power or data between layers of the integrated truss system or within the same layer of the integrated truss system. An interconnect may be configured with one or more compression mechanisms that secure the interconnect in the integrated truss system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Ty Aaby Larsen, Todd Burton Brouwer, Robert T Johnson, Mark Eugene Liffring, Mark Stephen Shander, Robert Dennis Holley, Margaret L. Douglas
  • Patent number: 9397460
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a first member, a second member electrically and rotatably coupled to the first member, a cable connecting mechanism, and a cable. The cable connecting mechanism includes a housing defining a holding chamber, a pivot assembly, and two elastic members. The pivot assembly includes a first conductive portion received in the holding chamber, and a second conductive portion received in the holding chamber and insulated from the first conductive portion. A first elastic member extends through the housing to resist and electrically couple the first conductive portion. A second elastic member extends through the housing to resist and electrically couple the second conductive portion. The cable extends into the housing to be electrically coupled to the first conductive portion and the second conductive portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignees: Fu Tai Hua Industry (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd., HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Xiao-Gang Zhou, Wei-Min Yang
  • Publication number: 20140342586
    Abstract: A busbar connection includes first and second busbars each with a free end, and a shield Device. The free ends of the busbars are directed towards each other and are in electrical contact with each other. The shield device envelopes the free ends of the busbars and is configured to steer the electrical field. The shield device includes a body of electrical conducting material. The body has two oppositely arranged contact surfaces in direct electrical contact with the free ends of the busbars. The body has a flange surrounding the contact surfaces and providing an upright edge around the contact surfaces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Inventors: Marten Binnendijk, Arend Lammers
  • Patent number: 8664530
    Abstract: An improved conductive busbar assembly and power distribution track utilizing the improved conductive busbar assembly. The busbar assembly including an inner component adapted to engage a stab member of a plug-in unit and an outer component disposed about, and in contact with, the inner component. The inner and outer components are both formed from an electrically conductive material. The busbar assembly provides greater current-carrying capacity and permits take-off devices to be installed at any point along the busway run.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Universal Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Steven L. Ross, Russell C. Griffith
  • Patent number: 8549950
    Abstract: A power supply unit for robots and a robot having the same. The power supply unit for robots supplies power to actuators installed within an arm, and includes a housing provided with at least two lines of bus bars in an inner reception space; and at least one power unit to branch off power transmitted to the bus bars through power supply lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Dong Hun Lee
  • Publication number: 20130244458
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to an electrical connection between two busbars made of flat conductors and an insulating layer disposed between the conductors at the opposite longitudinal edges of the two busbars. The two conductors of each busbar run parallel to each other at a distance on the longitudinal edge thereof, wherein a molded part made of electrically insulating material bridges the distances between the conductors of the two busbars. Electrically conductive contact elements, forced against each other but electrically insulated from each other, each contact one of the conductors of each busbar by means of structured contact surfaces and clamp the same between the element and the molded part, wherein the contact surfaces for the conductors of the two busbars including clamping protrusions running parallel to the longitudinal edges.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2013
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Inventors: Andreas Falk, Philipp Werb
  • 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: 8443652
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device (1) for sensing a fluid, such as in a ventilation duct, comprising a sensing element (6), a first housing portion (27) adapted to be arranged outside said object and accommodating the sensing element (6), a supply opening (13) and an outlet opening (37), which openings provide communication between the said first housing portion (27) and the object containing the fluid that is to be sensed. The device (1) further comprises a second housing portion (28), adapted to be arranged outside said object and accommodating electrical connection components, wherein said first and second housing portions (27, 28) are arranged and configured such that they may be connected to each other in geometrically different configurations by use of mechanical fastening means (22) and electrical interconnection means (19, 26).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: Calectro Aktiebolag
    Inventor: Jörgen Sahibzada
  • Patent number: 8403686
    Abstract: An electrical conducting part including a body including a cross-section substantially in the form of an overturned “U” having a longitudinal base, wherein at least one end of the body includes a longitudinal extension with an upwards fold, and a vertical flank, wherein the body defines at least one first opening elongated in the transverse direction and at least first elastic lugs extending in the vertical direction and integral with the flanks of the “U” and arranged in the longitudinal direction opposite each opening in the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: Morsettitalia, S.p.A.
    Inventor: Giordano Pizzi
  • Patent number: 8378219
    Abstract: A bus assembly and bus assembly connector include one or more insulated members that have axial sleeves that fit within one another during assembly to form a nesting arrangement. The nesting arrangement of the axial sleeves allow reduction of the overall size of the bus assembly connector while satisfying power rating standards and dielectric clearances as well as allowing bolting of the bus assembly to thereby clamp and secure the bus assembly. The axial sleeves can be distinctively designed such that the phase members must be assembled in a predetermined order, with no components being omitted, to form the bus assembly connector or clamp the bus assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Schneider Electric USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas N. Lesieur, Timothy P. O'Leary, Wesley Travis, David O. Plummer, Carlton R. Rodrigues, Gregory B. Lee
  • Publication number: 20120231641
    Abstract: A unit cell connecting device is provided for connecting a plurality of unit cells (electric cells) arranged vertically and horizontally in rows such that positive electrodes (anodes) and negative electrodes (cathodes) thereof are aligned on same planes, respectively. The unit cell connecting device includes a plurality of inner connecting pieces and at least one outer connecting piece for connecting the inner connecting pieces. Each of the inner connecting pieces is configured to connect the positive electrodes and the negative electrodes of the electric cells. The outer connecting piece is configured to have a lead section formed at one end section thereof so as to protrude outwardly, so that the outer connecting piece is configured to connect a lead wire. As a result, it is possible to provide the unit cell connecting device resistant against a large current that flows in a high-capacity assembled battery.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2012
    Publication date: September 13, 2012
    Inventors: Katumi SUGAI, Takao Takasaki, Tetuo Tukahara
  • Patent number: 8137120
    Abstract: An adapter device (1; 201; 401; 501) for housing a multi-phase low voltage type switch (2) inside a switchboard (100), comprising, for each phase: first and second electric connection means (31, 32) with the switch (2); third and fourth electric connection means (33, 34) with an electric distribution network (4); the adapter device (1; 201; 401; 501) is structured so as to define a connection area (10) housing the first and second electric connection means (31, 32), and also comprising heat removal means (5; 205; 405; 505) which remove heat from the connection area (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Assignee: ABB S.p.A.
    Inventors: Mario Bortoli, Stefano Besana
  • Patent number: 7819676
    Abstract: An electrical power distribution system that can provide power to load equipment at any point along its length includes two main components: a power track housing assembly with current carrying conductors that can be mounted to the wall, ceiling or under the floor, and a plug-in power tap. The power track housing assembly includes a housing, insulators, and two or multiple conductors. In order to increase the housing assembly length, the housing assembly is preferably arranged such that multiple housing assemblies can be spliced together using cam operated splicing assemblies that form straight, “90 degree” and/or “T” splices to configure the system to match the equipment arrangement, and that allow all conductors in respective housing assemblies to be connected to each other simultaneously. The plug-in power taps also employ a system such as a shaft-cam mechanism that allows the assemblies to be electrically connected to all phase conductors within the power track housing assembly simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2010
    Assignee: Power Distribution Inc.
    Inventors: Roberto Cardoso, Timothy Cortes, Enrique Horta, Miguel Jauregui, John Kammeter, Alan Katz, Keith Schmid
  • Patent number: 7758358
    Abstract: A track lighting assembly includes a coupler to join tracks which is movable through a plurality of angles. The assembly also comprises an adapter which allows for flush mounting of the track wherein the fixture adapters may be moved along the track despite the flush mounting of the track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2010
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
    Inventors: Alejandro Mier-Langner, Julia Fishman, James Kuchar
  • Patent number: 7704083
    Abstract: In one aspect, a busbar connector includes first and second portions. Each portion includes a rigid member forming an exterior portion of the busbar connector, a conduction member forming an interior portion of the busbar connector and a compliant member having a stiffness less than the rigid member and including a first surface attached to the rigid member and a second surface opposite the first surface attached to the conduction member. The busbar connector also includes a fastener structure configured to secure a first busbar and a second busbar between and in contact with the conduction members of the first and second portions to allow current to flow between the first and second busbars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2010
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: Scott R. Cheyne, Jeffrey Paquette, John D. Walker, Dimitry Zarkh
  • Publication number: 20100068924
    Abstract: An electrical connection system 200 comprises a rail 202 and a plurality of electrically conducting posts 204 fixed to the rail 202. The rail 202 is in the form of a tube or rod provided with complimentary electrical connectors 208 and 210 at opposite ends. Each post 204 is coupled to a rail 202 by a short transverse link 205. A fitting 216 is provided at a free end 206 of each post 204 to facilitate mechanical and electrical connection with a through hole terminal. Pairs of rails 202 may be disposed side by side to form nominal positive and negative rails with the posts of the rails 202 interleaving each other and in mutual alignment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2009
    Publication date: March 18, 2010
    Applicant: DRAGON ENERGY PTE. LTD.
    Inventors: Christopher George Edward Nightingale, Wai Hong Lee, Boon Hou Tay, Swee Ming Goh, Teck Wee Ang
  • Patent number: 7654834
    Abstract: A track lighting assembly includes a coupler to join tracks which is movable through a plurality of angles. The assembly also comprises an adapter which allows for flush mounting of the track wherein the fixture adapters may be moved along the track despite the flush mounting of the track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2010
    Assignee: Genlyte Thomas Group, LLC
    Inventors: Alejandro Mier-Langner, Julia Fishman, James Kuchar
  • Patent number: 7540627
    Abstract: A lighting display system including a channel for mounting on a suitable display surface, a light secured within the channel, and an electrical means for powering the light. Preferably, the channel conforms to the shape of the light, which is a rope light, in order to releaseably retain the light. The channel can be interconnected with other channels, with caps including pivot caps, to form a lighting display suitable for mounting to an underlying surface of some types, such as a commercial or residential structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2009
    Assignee: Innovative Lighting, Inc.
    Inventor: Jerrold Handsaker
  • Patent number: 7520762
    Abstract: Lighting systems and methods are described, including track lighting systems and methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2009
    Assignee: Cooper Technologies Company
    Inventors: Gregg Arthur Lehman, Paul James Bartlett, Steen Vann
  • Patent number: 7438566
    Abstract: An electric distributing system includes at least two electrical tracks and an electrical connector. Each electrical track includes a track body having two opposite ends, at least one of which is provided with a retaining hole, and at least two track wires disposed in the track body. The electrical connector includes a housing having at least two connecting end portions that interconnect the electrical tracks, and at least two conductive wire units disposed in the housing and connected electrically and respectively to the track wires. At least one of the connecting end portions has an engaging member projecting therefrom and engaged to the retaining hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2008
    Inventor: Chi-Wen Chen
  • Patent number: 7425140
    Abstract: Lighting systems and methods are described, including track lighting systems and methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2008
    Assignee: Cooper Technologies Company
    Inventors: Gregg Arthur Lehman, Paul James Bartlett, Steen Vann
  • Patent number: 7416422
    Abstract: Lighting systems and methods are described, including track lighting systems and methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2008
    Assignee: Cooper Technologies Company
    Inventors: Gregg Arthur Lehman, Paul James Bartlett, Steen Vann, Steven Walter Pyshos
  • Publication number: 20070167043
    Abstract: Lighting systems and methods are described, including track lighting systems and methods.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2005
    Publication date: July 19, 2007
    Applicant: Cooper Technologies Company
    Inventors: Gregg Arthur Lehman, Paul James Bartlett, Steen Vann
  • Patent number: 7137833
    Abstract: An electrical connector assembly that includes a lug connector having a flat end with a flat end connector and a barreled end having a barrel connector and an angle connector that includes a body having a male pin and a compression fitting. The male pin is rotatably inserted into the barrel connector. After the orientation of the angle connector is selected, the barrel connector is compressed to mechanically and electrically engage the first male pin. The compression fittings of the angle connector can be sized to connect wires or cables from #8 AWG to 3000 kcmil in size. In preferred embodiments, the flat end and the barreled end of the lug connector are angularly disposed to each other and form an angle of between 60 and 150 degrees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2006
    Assignee: Thomas & Betts International, Inc.
    Inventor: Jerry Allen Woodward
  • Patent number: 7137727
    Abstract: An electrical track lighting system. The track lighting system includes a bendable track that includes a foamed adhesive strip on the upper surface separating two conductor rails. The track is cut to length and secured to the desired surface by the adhesive strip. Light fixtures having spring clip members with electrical contact surfaces engage onto the upper surface conductor rails of the track. Low voltage power is supplied to the track from an adhesive mounted transformer/dimmer switch through an adhesive backed power strip with adjustable angle snap connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2006
    Assignee: Litesnow LLC
    Inventors: Mark Joseph, Janson Simpson
  • Patent number: 7025608
    Abstract: The invention is relative to a ceramic socket, which is established on the baseboard of lamps and lanterns through bearing leg. The said socket consists of a body and a cap. The lateral side of body where the cap fastens on it and towards the baseboard has wire entrances for polar wires. Polar wires go into the baseboard through their independent entrance connect to corresponding slug and tongue in order to settle wires between the socket and the baseboard. This structure avoids the shadow projected on the lamp body to affect the appearance. On the other hand, wires being concealed between the socket and the baseboard are isolated from lamps. Even it multiple lamps sit on a single socket, this structure will still remove hidden peril of short circuit even when the electrical insulating material of the wire sheet is heated or damaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2006
    Inventor: Kuo Yi Chen
  • Patent number: 6840783
    Abstract: A press-fit bus-bar for distributing power along a backplane or a printed circuit board includes a number of flat bus bar conductors fabricated from an electrically conductive material. Each bus bar conductor is separated from adjacent bus bar conductors by layers of an insulating material. A number of electrically conductive press-fit tails protrude from one edge of each bus bar conductor. When the laminated bus bar conductors and insulating material layers are placed in a housing which is then filled with a hardened epoxy resin, the press-fit tails protrude from the surface of that epoxy resin. These protruding tails can be press-fit in a backplane(s) or printed circuit board(s) for the purpose of supplying these backplane(s) or printed circuit board(s) with electric power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2005
    Assignee: FCI Americas Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Gerald Wolford, James Mills, Steven E. Minich, Christopher J. Kolivoski, John D. Dodds, James R. Volstorf, Wilfred J. Swain, James S. Staron
  • Patent number: 6663435
    Abstract: A load balancing electrical wiring device or power strip 2 includes a tap socket assembly 20 with multiple line conductors 4 so that more than one branch circuit is present in device. The tap socket assembly 20 is connected to a circuit protection power source by a power cable 80 attached to end connectors 30 on the tap socket assembly 20. Different versions of receptacle outlets 40 can be plugged into the tap socket assembly 20 to connect different receptacle outlets 40 to different line conductors 4 and therefore different branch circuits. Receptacle outlets 40 can be replaced by a different version of the receptacle outlet to connect to a different line conductor 4 so that the branch circuits can be balanced without changing the wiring at the circuit protection power source. The tap socket assembly is positioned in a mounting enclosure 70 that includes openings 76 through which the receptacle outlets can be inserted or removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2003
    Assignee: Tyco Electronics Corporation
    Inventors: Clifford F. Lincoln, III, George E. Sharp, III, Larry H. Smith
  • Patent number: 6616465
    Abstract: A bus bar for electric power distribution, comprising a body made of conducting material, the body having, on at least one side, at least one slot which has a C-shaped cross-section, the back wall of said C-shaped slot comprising two substantially straight portions which form an angle of less than 180° between them.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2003
    Assignee: ABB Service S.r.l.
    Inventors: Rodolfo Fontana, Alessandro Leone
  • Patent number: 6530791
    Abstract: Described is a coupling for conductor rails. The coupling (1) comprises a middle unit (2) which in turn has two pivoting parts (13, 14) pivotable relative to each other, one holding means (3, 4) for a conductor rail (5) being provided on each of these pivoting parts (13, 14). The holding means (3, 4) are provided with electrical connecting conductors (15) which serve for a connection with the conductor rails (5) to be applied to these holding means (3, 4). The individual connecting conductors (15) of the holding means (3, 4) have the form of electrically conductive rods which extend from the holding means (3, 4) into the interior of the pivoting parts of the middle unit (2), one connecting conductor of one holding means (3) each slidingly abutting on a connecting conductor of the other holding means (4). Preferably, the connecting conductors have a ring at each one of their inner ends, one ring of a connecting conductor each slidingly abutting on a ring of another connecting conductor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2003
    Inventor: Andreas Hierzer
  • Patent number: 6517363
    Abstract: An improved electrical bus system maximizes the distance that electrical current must travel between adjacent buses before a short can occur by placing the buses at the top portion of upside down U-shaped channels within the insulator, and connecting the adjacent U-shaped channels at their bottom ends. The buses are exposed at each end of a bus section, with a joint insulator frictionally secured between the bus insulator and housing to provide insulation for these exposed bus ends. Adjacent bus sections are electrically connected using a snap-on connector extending across the adjacent bus sections. If a neutral bus is included, for example, in a three-phase system, the neutral bus is located directly between a pair of live buses. Because the potential between a live bus and a neutral bus is one-half the potential between two live buses, the live buses may be positioned closer to the neutral bus than another live bus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2003
    Assignee: Universal Electric Corporation
    Inventor: Steven L. Ross
  • Publication number: 20030003785
    Abstract: An improved electrical bus system maximizes the distance that electrical current must travel from one bus to an adjacent bus before a short can occur by placing the buses at the top portion of upside down U-shaped channels within the insulator, and connecting the adjacent U-shaped channels of the insulator at their bottom ends. The ends of the buses are exposed at each end of a bus section, with a joint insulator frictionally secured between the bus insulator and housing to provide insulation of the buses at the end of the bus section. Adjacent bus sections are joined using a snap-on connector providing electrical connection between corresponding buses and adjacent bus sections.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2001
    Publication date: January 2, 2003
    Inventor: Steven L. Ross
  • Publication number: 20020064980
    Abstract: A kind of end feed connector for track lighting system, includes: a power cord connected with electric source and a “female” plug; said “female” plug contains electric conductor with several conductive flakes which connected with one end of the power cord, and a sealed insulation case containing an always-closed switch door in which said electric conductor is put. When powering on, there are not any bare charged bodies on this end feed connector in the present invention. It conforms to the international safety standards, and makes the installation of track lighting system more safe and convenient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2001
    Publication date: May 30, 2002
    Inventor: Liming Zhu