For Interfitting With Uninterrupted Support Rail Or Uninterrupted Contact Patents (Class 439/121)
  • Patent number: 10348044
    Abstract: The invention relates to an outer conductor arrangement (4) for a coaxial connector (2). According to the invention, the outer conductor arrangement is of two-part design, comprising a contact component (6) for electrical and mechanical connection to an outer conductor of a mating connector and comprising a connection component (8, 8a, 8b) for electrical and mechanical connection to an outer conductor of a coaxial cable, wherein the contact component (6) and the connection component (8, 8a, 8b) are electrically and mechanically connected to one another at a contact section (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: ROSENBERGER HOCHFREQUENZTECHNIK GMBH
    Inventor: Christian Surer
  • Patent number: 10256584
    Abstract: A contact device for transmitting electrical energy from a preferably spatially fixed busbar to a tap-off bar, movable along the busbar, including: at least one connecting housing, the busbar being mechanically connected to the tap-off bar by connecting housing, at least one combi clip, the combi clip brought into engagement with part of the outer periphery of the connecting housing in a mechanically releasable manner and establishing a mechanical connection between the connecting housing and a connecting bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: PSZ ELECTRONIC GMBH
    Inventor: Klaus Pfeiffer-Wagner
  • Patent number: 9982877
    Abstract: A lighting device includes an elongated profiled body with a web wall having first and second opposing faces, and two side walls to the side of the web wall, the latter having longitudinal slots extending therealong. In the profiled body, there may be provided an elongated light radiation source module including a support board with electrically conductive formations facing said longitudinal slots and at least one electrically-powered light radiation source which is in electrical contact with said electrically conductive formations. The light radiation source module is locatable in elongated profiled body extending between both side walls, with support board facing towards the first face of web wall. An electrical contact slider member slidable along the second face of web wall is provided with electrical contact pins adapted to extend into said longitudinal slots. Slider member is displaceable towards support board with pins contacting said electrically conductive formations of support board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: OSRAM GmbH
    Inventors: Valerio Michielan, Simon Bobbo, Alberto Zanotto
  • Patent number: 9281645
    Abstract: The invention relates to an electrical supply connector having a housing, a contact element on which an electrical port is formed and which is arranged so as to be displaceable inside the housing, in such manner that the contact element is displaceable between an extended position, in which the electrical port protrudes out of the housing in the area of a side surface and an electrical contact can thus be made with a conductor rail via the electrical port, and a retracted position in which the electrical port is arranged inside the housing and the electrical contact is disconnected, and an actuating element that is arranged in the area of a front cover surface on the housing and is displaceable between a release position and a coupling position, in such manner that when the actuating element moves into the coupling position it forces the contact element out of the retracted position and into the extended position thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: Selux AG
    Inventors: Johannes Dinnebier, Jan Blieske
  • Patent number: 9190790
    Abstract: A connector includes a first housing section carrying a first conductor element and a second housing section carrying a second conductor element. The first housing section and the second housing section are coupled to each other about a pivot axis such that the first housing section and the second housing section are moveable relative to each other. The first housing section and the second housing section are intended to be moved from a first position to a second position in which the first conductor element of the first housing section and the second conductor element of the second housing section are positioned to make contact with the electrical conductors of a bus bar. In the second position the first housing section and the second housing section are further adapted to engage with each other to thereby inhibit the first housing section and the second housing section from being moved relative to each other back towards the first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: IDEAL Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Chris Gongora, David Best Peterson, Sushil Keswani
  • Patent number: 9136615
    Abstract: A shelf lighting connector assembly provides an electrical connection between a power strip on a wall and a light mounted on the underside of a shelf mounted on the wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: Phoenix Contact Development and Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Tod M. Harlan, Osenaga Osagie, Nathan Potteiger, Kevin Walker
  • Patent number: 9121597
    Abstract: A track light assembly includes a low-voltage track. A light module comprises an elongated thermally conductive housing fitted over the track. The housing may also surround the track. The housing preferably forms an elongated channel. An elongated printed circuit board (PCB) is mounted on the thermally conductive housing and carries a plurality of clusters of light emitting diodes (LED's) distributed over the PCB surface. An elongated lens is fitted over the PCB and LED clusters. A track adapter attached to an end portion of the track includes electrically conductive contacts for electrically coupling the conductors in the track housing with contacts on the printed circuit board. Thus, a cool running, elongated, linear light module is provided which is adjustably placeable along the length of the track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC USA, INC.
    Inventors: Paul Snagel, Matthew Wnek
  • Patent number: 9011167
    Abstract: A busbar of the present invention increases yield per metal material in comparison to plate-shaped bus bars, enables provision of protrusions on a member located inside relative to a conductor, and enables formation of the busbar in a bent shape. The busbar of the present invention is provided with a busbar insulator (22), a busbar conductor (23), a busbar insulator (24), a busbar conductor (25), and a busbar insulator (26) formed outside of a busbar center conductor (21). These conductors and insulators are arranged alternately from the inner side towards the outer side in a radial direction (R) that intersects at right angles with the axial direction (A) of the bus bar. The busbar conductors (23, 25) are provided with openings (23o, 25o) along the whole length in the axial direction (A) thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Kobe Steel, Ltd.
    Inventors: Naoya Fujiwara, Akio Sugimoto, Hiroshi Hashimoto, Takayasu Fujiura, Naoki Kikuchi, Koji Inoue
  • Publication number: 20150079824
    Abstract: The invention relates to an electrical supply connector having a housing, a contact element on which an electrical port is formed and which is arranged so as to be displaceable inside the housing, in such manner that the contact element is displaceable between an extended position, in which the electrical port protrudes out of the housing in the area of a side surface and an electrical contact can thus be made with a conductor rail via the electrical port, and a retracted position in which the electrical port is arranged inside the housing and the electrical contact is disconnected, and an actuating element that is arranged in the area of a front cover surface on the housing and is displaceable between a release position and a coupling position, in such manner that when the actuating element moves into the coupling position it forces the contact element out of the retracted position and into the extended position thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: Johannes Dinnebier, Jan Blieske
  • Patent number: 8963378
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for power wiring. In one embodiment, the apparatus comprises a splice box comprising (i) a plug having a plurality of plug pins, each plug pin of the plurality of plug pins for coupling to a conductor within a cable adapted for coupling to a power line; (ii) a first pin receptacle for coupling to a first guide pin of a connector; and (iii) a first pair of retention bars disposed within the first pin receptacle, the first pair of retention bars for retaining the first guide pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Enphase Energy, Inc.
    Inventors: Martin Fornage, Raghuveer R. Belur
  • Patent number: 8961201
    Abstract: A mounting rail bus system for supplying power voltage and data signals to a plurality of modules, including a plurality of longitudinally-arranged bus devices mounting the modules in parallel spaced transverse relation on a mounting rail, each of the bus devices including a printed circuit board having parallel strip conductors for transmitting data signals, and a pair of power contact pins for transmitting a power voltage, characterized by the provision of a plurality of generally L-shaped double bushing contact elements have module bush segments for respectively connecting the strip conductors and the contact pins of the bus device with the associated module, and orthogonally arranged partner bush segments for connecting together the strip conductors and pin contacts of adjacent bus devices, respectively, whereby power voltage and data signals are transmitted from the bus device both to the associated module and to the adjacent partner bus device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Weidmueller Interface GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Bjoern Griese, Stephan Lange, Marc Boecker, Michael Kroner, Markus Schnueckel, Gorm Rose
  • Patent number: 8939779
    Abstract: An electro-mechanical connection is provided for transmitting power to one or more light sources affixed to the shelves of a shelving system. The connection eliminates the need to run wires the entire distance from the light source to a source of power and enables efficient and accurate coupling of the components. This is achieved by provided a slim track strip extending the height of the shelving unit and a specially designed twist connector for tapping off wiring harnesses from the slim track at the level of individual shelves where the harness leads to shelf-mounted light sources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Streater LLC
    Inventors: Thomas G. Lindblom, Peter K. Nelson
  • Publication number: 20150024615
    Abstract: An electro-mechanical connection is provided for transmitting power to one or more light sources affixed to the shelves of a shelving system. The connection eliminates the need to run wires the entire distance from the light source to a source of power and enables efficient and accurate coupling of the components. This is achieved by provided a slim track strip extending the height of the shelving unit and a specially designed twist connector for tapping off wiring harnesses from the slim track at the level of individual shelves where the harness leads to shelf-mounted light sources.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2013
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Applicant: Streater LLC
    Inventors: Thomas G. Lindblom, Peter K. Nelson
  • Publication number: 20150009607
    Abstract: The invention relates to an improved busbar connection system, an electrical device incorporating same, and an electrical system comprising at least one electrical device. Such a busbar connection system comprises for receiving and for electrically contacting at least two conductors of a busbar, and a signal connector for receiving and for electrically contacting a link module with a plurality of contact pads. The busbar connector has at least two, spaced apart, openings defined by an open cross-section along a mating direction that enable the busbar connector to partially surround, on opposite sides, each of the at least two conductors of the busbar. The signal connector has an opening defined by a closed cross-section along the mating direction that enables the signal connector to guide the link module into a contacting position for electrically contacting the plurality of contact pads.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventors: Ronald Nico Adriaan DAAMEN, Ruud VAN DEN BRINK, Sebastiaan Roger NEERINCX
  • Patent number: 8888512
    Abstract: An adapter for use with a U-section longitudinally extending power track has a base adapted to fit in the slot and a head adapted to fit outside the slot on the track so that an electrical device can be connected via the adapter to the conductors in the track. A first operating shaft extending along and pivotal about an axis in the housing carries contact fingers pivotal on rotation of the first shaft between a retracted position recessed in the base and a contacting position projecting from the base and, when the base is fitted to the slot, engaging the conductors. A second operating shaft extends along and pivotal about the axis in the housing. A second switch assembly connected to the second shaft and operable thereby on rotation of the second operating shaft to connect and disconnect the contact fingers with phase contacts on the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Hoffmeister Leuchten GmbH
    Inventor: Oliver Hoffmeister
  • 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: 20140308829
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a track transmission system and the track transmission device thereof. The track transmission system comprises at least a track transmission device, a connecting device, and a control device. The track transmission device is provided for disposing slidably at least an electronic device. In addition, signal transmission with the control device can be accomplished through the connecting device. The electronic device is coupled to the circuit board of the track transmission device by contacting. As the electronic device slides along the track transmission device, signal transmission with the control device still can be maintained.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2014
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Applicant: AOPEN INC.
    Inventor: YI-JEN CHEN
  • Patent number: 8821170
    Abstract: An electrical contact includes a first set of spaced apart cantilevered beams connected to a first rail, and a second set of cantilevered beams connected to a second rail. The first set of cantilevered beams project toward the second rail, and the second set of cantilevered beams project toward the first rail, wherein the first and second sets of cantilevered beams reside in alternating relationship. Each cantilevered beam is bowed and is outwardly tapered from its connected proximal to its unconnected distal end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Inventors: Robert Hla Thein, Henry Hla Thein
  • Publication number: 20140224875
    Abstract: A shelf lighting system, which includes a shelf power system, is herein disclosed. The shelf power system has a power track and a connecting plug. The connecting plug has an attachment mechanism to attach to a shelf bracket, and is configured to electrically connect to the power track. One embodiment of the connecting plug has prongs that electrically contact conductors in the power track. The shelf lighting system further includes a driver with a power supply and a power terminal block that connects to the power track. A lighting fixture can be powered by the power supply via the power terminal block, the power track and the connecting plug.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2013
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Applicant: Powerwall Inc.
    Inventor: Powerwall Inc.
  • Publication number: 20140227893
    Abstract: A power-supply device that is retrofitted to a shelving system and that provides power to the shelving system having a mounting component that receives an article supporting structure comprises, a power-transmitting rail having a power-conducting element encased in a protective cover. The power-transmitting rail is attachable to the shelving system adjacent to the mounting component. The power-receiving component has a power-receiving element adapted to engage the power-conducting element. The power-receiving component is attached to the article-supporting structure, and the article-supporting structure when attached to the shelving system at the mounting component aligns the power-receiving element to contact the power-conducting element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2013
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Applicant: L & P PROPERTY MANAGEMENT COMPANY
    Inventor: JOHN DALE HOWARD
  • Patent number: 8770993
    Abstract: A connector assembly for installing a device to a ceiling grid, the ceiling grid having conductors provided therein. The connector assembly includes a housing with contact arms mounted in the housing. Contact portions of the contact arms extend from the housing and are placed in electrical engagement with the conductors when the connector assembly is mated with the ceiling grid. Mounting members extend from the housing. Mounting sections of the mounting members are placed in mechanical engagement with the ceiling grid to provide a mechanical connection between the ceiling grid and the connector assembly. A polarity protection/correction member is provided in the housing. The polarity protection/correction member protects the device from failure or damage when the polarity orientation of the device does not match the polarity orientation of the conductors of the grid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Tyco Electronics Corporation
    Inventors: Charles R. Gingrich, III, Raymond Howard Kohler, Marek T. Luksic
  • Publication number: 20140179133
    Abstract: The invention relates to a profile rail, a clip holder, a cross-connector and an attachment system for mounting solar modules. The components are so designed and matched to each other that solar modules in many variations can be mounted quickly and easily and with the components having a low weight.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2013
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Applicant: Mounting Systems GmbH
    Inventor: Mark Redel
  • Patent number: 8740636
    Abstract: The invention includes an electrified framework system having a plurality of grid members which form a grid framework. A conductive material is disposed on a surface of at least one of the plurality of grid members as shown throughout the drawings. The system includes connectors which provide low voltage power connections. For example, the connectors bring power from a power supply to the conductive material disposed on the grid framework and/or the connectors provide electrical connections between the conductive material on the grid framework and various devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: 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
  • Patent number: 8714991
    Abstract: A busbar adapter has a mounting rail for attaching a switching device to the busbar adapter, wherein the mounting rail can be attached to the busbar adapter at different positions. The mounting rail includes leg elements and the busbar adapter includes passages through which a respective one of the leg elements of the mounting rail extend with a latch from a first boundary surface of the passages on which the mounting rail rests, to a second boundary surface of the passages, such that the respective latch of the leg elements is, with a retaining surface thereof, arranged in a distance to the second boundary surface which corresponds to a dimension of a slider positively insertable between the retaining surface and the second boundary surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Rittal GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Joerg Kayma, Pierre Plath, Frank Kuester, Matthias Kienholz
  • Publication number: 20140099806
    Abstract: A floating bus bar connector connects a computing asset to bus bars using a connecting clip and a conducting terminal that is coupled to the connecting clip and to an electronic component inside the computing asset. To simplify connection to the bus bars, the floating bus bar connector is mounted to a chassis of the computing asset so that the entire connector is movable, relative to the chassis, in a direction perpendicular to the bus bar. Thus, if the floating bus bar connector and bus bars become misaligned when the computing asset is being connected to the bus bars, the floating bus bar connector may move to realign with the bus bars.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2012
    Publication date: April 10, 2014
    Inventors: Jon Brian Ehlen, Pierluigi Sarti
  • Publication number: 20140057467
    Abstract: An electrical connector having a body, first and second female interfaces, a female connector, one to four side interfaces and a connecting pin. The body has a longitudinal axis with a passage extending between the first and second female interfaces. The side interfaces extend from the body and are substantially perpendicular to the longitudinal axis. The interfaces have a distal end and a bus electrically connected to the female connector. The ends of the connecting pin are adapted to snugly engage louver-type connectors on male interfaces, which are inserted into the first and second female interfaces. The electrical connector is designed to minimize the distance between the first and second ends of the body. The side interfaces of the electrical connector can be designed to accommodate different high voltage connectors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Applicant: THOMAS & BETTS INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventor: Larry Norman Siebens
  • Publication number: 20140051272
    Abstract: An electronic device movable in an insertion direction into a supporting member, in a state of being stacked on another electronic device, includes a first connector urged in a direction same as a removal direction in which the electronic device is removed from the supporting member, a housing that includes a connector housing and a guide for moving the first connector in the insertion direction or the removal direction, a second connector disposed at a position connectable to the first connector of the another electronic device, a holding member that causes the first connector to switch between a protruded and a retreated states with respect to the connector housing, and a guide rail that changes a position of the first connector in a placing direction in accordance with a position of the first connector in the insertion direction and the removal direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2013
    Publication date: February 20, 2014
    Applicant: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventor: Katsuhisa KATANO
  • Patent number: 8647130
    Abstract: A wiring duct connection device includes a connection body to be inserted into an end portion of a wiring duct having conductors arranged on side walls within an elongated grove-like core along a longitudinal direction; contactors held in the connection body in such a manner that the contactors can protrude from opposite side surfaces of the connection body; and elastic bodies which biases the contactors outward. The elastic bodies are arranged side by side along the longitudinal direction at an inner side of each of the contactors, and each of the contactors includes convex contact portions that are one-piece formed at an outer end thereof, the contact portions being arranged along the longitudinal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Masato Toki, Yukihiro Matsunobu, Shinichiro Yano
  • Patent number: 8646935
    Abstract: A retail display shelf system has a gondola. There are a pair of conductive standards which are cooperatively configured for supporting conductive shelf support brackets. A circuit board has an array of light emitting diodes. The circuit board has, at each end, a connector. Each connector is adapted to connect electrically to its respective shelf support bracket, so that current travels from a low voltage power supply through the somewhat vertical standards through the shelf support brackets, through the circuit board, to power each of the LEDs, to illuminate local parts of the retail display shelf system. Various display elements reflect or transmit the light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: POP Displays USA LLC
    Inventor: Joel Karan
  • Publication number: 20130335983
    Abstract: A power assembly may comprise a track that includes one or more conductive plates and one or more mechanical connection plates, wherein the track is powered from a 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 power connection, and further wherein the one or more mechanical connection plates connect to the power assembly providing a mechanical connection. The power connector assembly may be configured to provide low voltage power through the track to a low voltage power device. The power assembly may include a configuration of mechanical connections and conductive material arranged in such a way as to provide power and/or signal distribution to a mating device, such as to a set of LED modules, other lighting sources, or powered track devices for use with a merchandise display system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2013
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Inventors: Robert Nicieja, David S. Breslow, John W. Swafford, JR.
  • Publication number: 20130189862
    Abstract: A busbar adapter has a mounting rail for attaching a switching device to the busbar adapter, wherein the mounting rail can be attached to the busbar adapter at different positions. The mounting rail includes leg elements and the busbar adapter includes passages through which a respective one of the leg elements of the mounting rail extend with a latch from a first boundary surface of the passages on which the mounting rail rests, to a second boundary surface of the passages, such that the respective latch of the leg elements is, with a retaining surface thereof, arranged in a distance to the second boundary surface which corresponds to a dimension of a slider positively insertable between the retaining surface and the second boundary surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2012
    Publication date: July 25, 2013
    Applicant: RITTAL GMBH & CO., KG
    Inventors: Joerg Kayma, Pierre Plath, Frank Kuester, Matthias Kienholz
  • 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
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20130045613
    Abstract: A mounting rail bus system for supplying power voltage and data signals to a plurality of modules, including a plurality of longitudinally-arranged bus devices mounting the modules in parallel spaced transverse relation on a mounting rail, each of the bus devices including a printed circuit board having parallel strip conductors for transmitting data signals, and a pair of power contact pins for transmitting a power voltage, characterized by the provision of a plurality of generally L-shaped double bushing contact elements have module bush segments for respectively connecting the strip conductors and the contact pins of the bus device with the associated module, and orthogonally arranged partner bush segments for connecting together the strip conductors and pin contacts of adjacent bus devices, respectively, whereby power voltage and data signals are transmitted from the bus device both to the associated module and to the adjacent partner bus device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2011
    Publication date: February 21, 2013
    Applicant: WEIDMUELLER INTERFACE GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Bjoern Griese, Stephan Lange, Marc Boecker, Michael Kroner, Markus Schnueckel, Gorm Rose
  • Patent number: 8323039
    Abstract: The invention concerns a contact element (10) with a sliding contact element (11) for fitting flush against an electrically conductive rail and a support element (12) for connecting the sliding contact to a contact plug (13), which serves as a connector to an electric conductor, wherein the sliding contact element, the support element, and the contact plug are parts of a molded part which is constructed as a single unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Schunk Kohlenstofftechnik GmbH
    Inventors: Hans Lippert, Henrik Neuweger, Ulrich Ringleb
  • Patent number: 8314336
    Abstract: A rectangular ceiling tile proportioned for use in a standard rectangular ceiling grid module formed by grid tees, the tile having a pair of conductors arranged to feed low voltage electrical power from the grid elements to an electric or electronic device carried on the tile, the conductors each extending to an edge or edges of the tile and adapted to make physical contact with a conductor carried on a grid element when supported on such grid element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: USG Interiors, LLC
    Inventors: Ying (Lora) Liang, Daniel Boss, Graeme Gee
  • Patent number: 8207637
    Abstract: A system and apparatus for interconnecting an array of power generating assemblies includes a cable assembly having a plurality of continuous conductors and a plurality of cable connectors electrically coupled to the continuous conductors. The continuous conductors are configured to receive inverter AC power generated by inverters and deliver the combined AC power to an AC grid or other power sink. The cable connectors are configured to mate with corresponding connectors of the inventers to deliver the AC power to the continuous conductors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: SolarBridge Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Marco A. Marroquin, Thomas Paul Parker, Stephen P. Wurmlinger, Robert S. Balog, Trishan Esram, Jeremiah Noel Foley
  • Publication number: 20120115341
    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: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2010
    Publication date: May 10, 2012
    Applicant: DEMAG CRANES & COMPONENTS GMBH
    Inventors: Thomas Lindenau, Wolfgang Krebs, Klaus-Dieter Oemus
  • Patent number: 8147258
    Abstract: The invention relates to an adapter for accommodating electrical installation devices and for fixing to a conductor rail system, comprising a housing which is made of plastics material and comprises an upper housing wall on which means for mounting an electrical installation device are provided, comprising feet for fixing to the conductor rail system by gripping, comprising a first contact member for connecting the electrical installation device, the first contact member extending at least substantially within the housing, and comprising a second contact member, electrically connected to the first contact member, for contacting a respective one of the conductor rails of a conductor rail system, characterised in that the housing comprises a guide recess, the second contact member being provided so as to be displaceable along said recess within the housing, in that the second contact member comprises a guide means and catch means, and in that catch recesses, with which the catch means of the second contact memb
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: Woehner GmbH & Co., KG Elektrotechnische Systeme
    Inventor: Alex Buettner
  • Publication number: 20120007516
    Abstract: The disclosure provides an LED light system that is easy to install and customizable by the user. The LED lighting system may be plugged directly into an existing power source. In one configuration, the system includes a power supply that accepts standard power inputs. A low voltage low voltage bus line extends from the power supply. The user may connect LED light modules at essentially any location along a low voltage bus line of the system so that the light modules are located exactly where the user desires light. Uneven spacing is possible. Different size lights, different lumen powers, and different-colored light modules may be disposed along the low voltage bus line. Security features may be used to reduce the value of the system components to a thief.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2011
    Publication date: January 12, 2012
    Inventors: Daniel A. Lax, Timothy J. Keuning, Agjah I. Libohova
  • Publication number: 20110300726
    Abstract: The invention includes an electrified framework system having a plurality of grid members which form a grid framework. A conductive material is disposed on a surface of at least one of the plurality of grid members as shown throughout the drawings. The system includes connectors which provide low voltage power connections. For example, the connectors bring power from a power supply to the conductive material disposed on the grid framework and/or the connectors provide electrical connections between the conductive material on the grid framework and various devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2011
    Publication date: December 8, 2011
    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: 20110300725
    Abstract: A dual pole busbar power connector including opposing elements configured to form a slot configured to receive a dual-pole blade therebetween. The slot extends from busbars to opposing element distal ends. The opposing elements each includes: a first contact extending into the slot from the opposing element; and a second contact extending into the slot from the opposing element and disposed farther from a slot busbar end than the first contact. When the dual-pole blade is inserted in the slot the first contact contacts a respective blade element at a location in the slot more proximate the slot busbar end than a slot distal end.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2010
    Publication date: December 8, 2011
    Inventors: Eladio Clemente Delgado, Ljubisa Stevanovic, Richard Alfred Beaupre
  • Publication number: 20110237097
    Abstract: An adaptive power strip has a power rail. A power entry module and one or more receptacle modules having plug receptacles are mounted on the power rail. The power entry module has a power inlet to which a source of power can be coupled. The power entry module distribute power from the power source to the power rail. The receptacle modules distribute power from the power rail tot the respective plug receptacles. In an aspect, the power entry module has a communications module that discovers receptacle modules on the power rail having data communications capability and if a receptacle module does not have a unique identifier assigned to it, assigns a unique identifier to the receptacle module that the receptacle module stores in a memory. The communications modules also retrieves from each receptacle module having data communications capability, information about the characteristics of the receptacle module that the communications module stores in a memory.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2011
    Publication date: September 29, 2011
    Applicant: Liebert Corporation
    Inventors: Philip R. Aldag, Michael Wassermann, Kevin R. Ferguson
  • Patent number: 8021171
    Abstract: The invention relates to a connection module, particularly for use between a switching device and a busbar adapter, having a base plate, comprising a plurality of contacts disposed parallel to each other and parallel to a longitudinal axis of the base plate, wherein the contacts have contact ends configured as input and output sections, which are positioned substantially in the same plane, wherein the contact ends forming the input sections are disposed on one side of the base plate and the contact ends forming the output sections are disposed on the opposite side of the base plate, wherein the contact ends defining the output sections extend vertically to the base plate, and are configured as plug-in contacts, and wherein the contacts are guided through slots in the base plate, and the contact ends representing the input sections are provided parallel to each other and are aligned in a contact opening arrangement of the busbar adapter, which is configured in a mirror-symmetrical manner to a transverse axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Assignee: Woehner GmbH & Co., KG Elektrotechnische Systeme
    Inventor: Alex Buettner
  • Patent number: 7997910
    Abstract: The invention includes an electrified framework system having a plurality of grid members which form a grid framework. A conductive material is disposed on a surface of at least one of the plurality of grid members as shown throughout the drawings. The system includes connectors which provide low voltage power connections. For example, the connectors bring power from a power supply to the conductive material disposed on the grid framework and/or the connectors provide electrical connections between the conductive material on the grid framework and various devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Assignee: AWI Licensing Company
    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: 20110104916
    Abstract: A plug-in outlet for a busway system has a base mounted to a busway housing, wherein the base has an opening into which an electrical stab extends from a busbar of the busway system. A fingerguard is mounted to the base into the opening and has self-aligning features achieved by built-in tolerances. The fingerguard includes a central barrier for shielding a leading end of the electrical stab, the central barrier extending from side walls of the fingerguard and being separated by respective gaps from a top wall and a bottom wall of the fingerguard. The fingerguard further includes a top back latch and a bottom back latch for attaching the fingerguard to the stab, the top back latch and the bottom back latch extending from respective ones of the top wall and the bottom wall toward the stab and retaining the stab toward the fingerguard.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2009
    Publication date: May 5, 2011
    Applicant: Square D Company
    Inventors: Timothy O'Leary, Wesley Travis, David Plummer, David Vick
  • Patent number: 7914198
    Abstract: The modular track luminaire system of the present invention is a modular lighting system which has a lighting unit which is electronically connected to a remote ballast housing by a removable and reattachable insulated cord and plug system, the luminaire unit electrically connected to the ballast housing through the flexible cord and plug system thereby allowing the entire system to be modularized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Assignee: Gentyle Thomas Group LLC
    Inventors: Alejandro Mier-Langner, James E. Kuchar, Andrew E. Medeiros
  • Publication number: 20110070755
    Abstract: A ground conductor includes a conductor body formed from a sheet of conductive metal material of a given thickness, the conductor body having a horizontal base portion, and a pair of downwardly extending vertical leg portions that contain opposed mounting rail cavities that terminate at one end in a pair of flange recesses. A vertical tongue portion extends downwardly from the conductor body transversely across the leg portions at the other end of the cavities, the tongue portion having a width that is greater than the thickness of the metal sheet. When the conductor body is mounted on the mounting rail with one flange extending within the recesses, a spring biases the conductor body in a direction to effect electrical engagement between the other rail flange portion and the adjacent surface of the tongue portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2009
    Publication date: March 24, 2011
    Applicant: WEIDMUELLER INTERFACE GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventor: Marc Boecker
  • Publication number: 20110065295
    Abstract: The invention relates to an adapter for accommodating electrical installation devices and for fixing to a conductor rail system, comprising a housing which is made of plastics material and comprises an upper housing wall on which means for mounting an electrical installation device are provided, comprising feet for fixing to the conductor rail system by gripping, comprising a first contact member for connecting the electrical installation device, the first contact member extending at least substantially within the housing, and comprising a second contact member, electrically connected to the first contact member, for contacting a respective one of the conductor rails of a conductor rail system, characterised in that the housing comprises a guide recess, the second contact member being provided so as to be displaceable along said recess within the housing, in that the second contact member comprises a guide means and catch means, and in that catch recesses, with which the catch means of the second contact memb
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2010
    Publication date: March 17, 2011
    Inventor: Alex Buettner
  • Publication number: 20100271847
    Abstract: A bendable line voltage track lighting system includes a track having a conductor subassembly and first and second bendable sheaths that engage the conductor subassembly. The conductor subassembly includes first and second insulators that receive first and second bus-bars, respectively, and a compression gasket for biasing the two insulators into engagement with guide grooves in the bendable sheaths. Power is fed to the track by power connectors that engage the bus-bars contained within the conductor subassembly. Light fixtures are powered by making electrical contact with the bus-bars of the conductor subassembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 16, 2010
    Publication date: October 28, 2010
    Inventors: Aaron Mobarak, Victor Smith, Christopher Watson, Michael Shulman, Paul Furlow, Gregory Kay, Wallace Hepkema