Means To Join Bus Ducts Patents (Class 439/213)
  • Patent number: 10670254
    Abstract: A busway system, including an electrical busway section having a length, the electrical busway section having first and second opposing sides, the electrical busway section including one or more busbars between the first and second sides and extending along the length of the electrical busway section; a plugin module including a plug head, the plug head being received within the one or more busbars to couple the plugin module with the electrical busway section; a driver module coupled to the plugin module; and a light source coupled to the electrical busway section and extending along the length of the electrical busway section, and further being electrically regulated by the driver module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Critical Components, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Cockerham, Adam McWilliams
  • Patent number: 10122411
    Abstract: A communications device is disclosed, the device includes a container, at least one power module, at least one temperature regulating module, and multiple boards. The container is configured to accommodate the at least one temperature regulating module and the multiple boards, and the container is further configured to accommodate a power bus layer. The power bus layer is connected to the at least one power module, the at least one temperature regulating module, and the multiple boards. The at least one power module is configured to supply power to the at least one temperature regulating module and the multiple boards by using the power bus layer. At least part of communication among the multiple boards, the at least one power module, and the at least one temperature regulating module is performed in a power line communications manner by using the power bus layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Changyi Liu, Xudong Fei, Xidong Yao
  • Patent number: 9819100
    Abstract: An insulating apparatus for a metallic busbar is disposed on an interconnection part of a first strip and a second strip of the metallic busbar. The insulating apparatus includes a first insulated member, a second insulated member and a securing member. The first insulated member is formed with at least one slot. The second insulated member overlaps the first insulated member. The securing member passes through the second insulated member and the slot of the first insulated member to be slidably disposed in the slot, so that the first insulated member and the second insulated member are movable in a telescopic manner. The first insulated member and the second insulated member can cover the interconnection part of the first and second strips. The insulating problem of the interconnection part of a metallic busbar is solved, shortening the manufacturing period and manufacturing conveniently with lower cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignees: LITE-ON ELECTRONICS (GUANGZHOU) LIMITED, LITE-ON TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hsiao-Yu Chang, Sheng-Chan Tu
  • Patent number: 9407079
    Abstract: A busway assembly includes first and second busway sections and a joint assembly connecting the first and second sections. Each busway section includes a housing including first and second opposing side portions. Each busway section includes a first insulator held in the first side portion and a second insulator held in the second side portion. The first and second insulators each hold one or more bus bar conductors. The joint assembly includes first and second connected joint housings and plurality of joint conductors held in the first and second housings. A first exposed portion of each joint conductor extends out of the first housing and is electrically connected with one of the bus bar conductors of the first busway section. A second exposed portion of each joint conductor extends out of the second housing and is electrically connected with one of the bus bar conductors of the second busway section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: Eaton Corporation
    Inventors: John Michael Kokenda, David Ladd Kelley
  • Patent number: 9006571
    Abstract: According to an aspect of the disclosure, there is provided an electrical distribution bus system that includes first and second bus bars, a dielectric insulator, and at least one fastener coupling the bus bars and dielectric insulator. Each of the bus bars includes an elbow portion from which a pair of straight portions extends at elbow angles, the straight portions being disposed at right angles to each other. The dielectric insulator has a length and a width, the width being no greater than twice the length, the length extending perpendicularly between the elbow portions. The fastener couples the dielectric insulator between the bus bars, the dielectric insulator electrically insulating the first and second bus bar from one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: SAI Advanced Power Solutions
    Inventors: James S. Manhart, John F. Ryan
  • Publication number: 20150044891
    Abstract: An adjustable busway joint for coupling two longitudinally aligned busway sections is disclosed. The adjustable joint has a first plurality of electrically conductive splice plates defining a splice plate adjustment slot, and a second plurality of electrically conductive splice plates defining an aperture, wherein each splice plate of the second plurality of splice plates is disposed to overlap a portion of a corresponding splice plate of the first plurality of splice plates to form an electrical joint, and wherein the aperture is sized and disposed to overlap at least a portion of the first splice plate adjustment slot. The joint additionally has a first clamping member disposed through the splice plate adjustment slot and the aperture such that the first and said second pluralities of splice plates are operably movable with respect each other between a first compressed position and a second extended position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventors: Brian Frederick Mooney, Michael Richard Wood, Jeffery Lynn Cox, Gerald Witkoski, Mariusz Duda, Mark Schatz
  • Patent number: 8926351
    Abstract: A busway joint pack includes a first connector plate and a second connector plate that is spaced from the first connector plate such that the connector plates are configured to engage a pair of phase-conductors of a pair of busway sections. The busway joint pack further includes a first insulator assembly and a second insulator assembly. Each of the insulator assemblies includes a heat sink and two electrically insulating sheets on either major side surface of the heat sinks. The insulator assemblies are positioned adjacent to the connector plates such that the insulating sheets electrically insulate the heat sinks from the connector plates. Side panels are positioned adjacent to the heat sinks and abut end surfaces thereof to aid in transferring heat generated in the busway joint pack to the surrounding environment via the heat sinks and side panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Schneider Electric USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy P. O'Leary, David O. Plummer, Thomas P. McCrocklin
  • Patent number: 8911248
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for a busbar connection assembly that may be used in, for example, a datacenter. The busbar connection assembly may have multiple conductive plates that are configured to insert between busbar plates of a power bus for the datacenter. The busbar connection assembly may further include multiple slots that are configured to receive the busbar plates of the power bus for the datacenter. The busbar connection assembly may serve as an electrical connection for various purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Kelsey Michelle Wildstone, Rick Alan Vogt
  • Publication number: 20140141636
    Abstract: A busway joint pack includes a first connector plate and a second connector plate that is spaced from the first connector plate such that the connector plates are configured to engage a pair of phase-conductors of a pair of busway sections. The busway joint pack further includes a first insulator assembly and a second insulator assembly. Each of the insulator assemblies includes a heat sink and two electrically insulating sheets on either major side surface of the heat sinks. The insulator assemblies are positioned adjacent to the connector plates such that the insulating sheets electrically insulate the heat sinks from the connector plates. Side panels are positioned adjacent to the heat sinks and abut end surfaces thereof to aid in transferring heat generated in the busway joint pack to the surrounding environment via the heat sinks and side panels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2012
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Applicant: Schneider Electric USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy P. O'Leary, David O. Plummer, Thomas P. McCrocklin
  • Patent number: 8723038
    Abstract: A bus bar attached to a box main body of an electrical junction box includes: a first terminal portion 11; a second terminal portion 12; and a coupling portion 13 coupling the first and second terminal portions, and made of a plate metal member 10. The plate metal member 10 includes: a first corresponding portion 21 corresponding to the first terminal portion 11; a second corresponding portion 22 corresponding to the second terminal portion 12 and provided parallel to the first corresponding portion 21 with a gap; and a coupling corresponding portion 23 corresponding to the coupling portion 13. The coupling corresponding portion 23 couples both ends adjacent to each other of the first and second corresponding portions 21, 22.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Suguru Sakai, Yoshihito Imaizumi, Hiroaki Takahashi, Ryouta Ando
  • Patent number: 8717741
    Abstract: A busbar connection system for coupling a first busbar segment to a second busbar segment includes a mounting component defining a slot and configured to be coupled to the first busbar segment, a retaining component configured to be coupled to the second busbar segment, and a connecting member including a first end and an opposing second end. The first end is configured to be coupled to the mounting component and the second end is configured to be coupled to the retaining component. The busbar connection system also includes a pivot member configured to be operatively coupled to the first end and shaped to be received within the slot. The pivot member enables the connecting member to pivot about the mounting component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Ruben Valenzuela
  • Publication number: 20140120755
    Abstract: A busway joint pack includes a first latch mechanism having an open position and a closed position and a second latch mechanism having an open position and a closed position. The busway joint pack further includes a first connector plate having a first major surface opposing a second major surface and a second connector plate having a first major surface opposing a second major surface. The second connector plate is spaced from the first connector plate such that the first and the second connector plates are configured to engage phase conductors of busway sections in a clamping fashion when to the first latch mechanism is in the closed position and the second latch mechanism is in the closed position. The busway joint pack lacks a fastener positioned through the center of the first and the second connector plates, but is rather held together by the latch mechanisms.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2012
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC USA, INC.
    Inventors: Jacob E. Walgenbach, Steven Wayne Dozier
  • Patent number: 8711549
    Abstract: A busway having multiple busbar conductors and pads composed of a thermally conductive, insulating material (TCIM) sandwiched in between each of the conductors and between the outermost conductors and the inside of the busway housing. The busway preferably includes three sets of TCIM pads, one set in the center of the busway, and a set at either end of the busway where a joint pack is installed to join multiple sections of busway sections together. The insulating material on the conductors has a cutout to expose the bare metal of the conductors, and a TCIM pad is placed directly on the exposed metal through the cutout, to form a thermal conduit between the busbar conductors to the metal housing of the busway, thereby reducing the temperatures of the busbar conductors and the joint pack during normal operation in which hundreds or thousands of amps of current are carried through the busway sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Schneider Electric USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Carlton R. Rodrigues, Edgar Avalos Ortiz, Timothy P. O'Leary
  • Patent number: 8690612
    Abstract: An electrical connector is provided. The electrical connector includes a first mounting portion. The electrical connector further includes a first clamping portion coupled to the first mounting portion. The first clamping portion has a first coupling tab and a second coupling tab. The first and second coupling tabs define a first gap. The first and second coupling tabs are configured to form an electrical connection with the first busbar in the first gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Tomasz Pawel Tomanek, Johan Rene Sylvain De Cuyper
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8608496
    Abstract: A connector for multi-phase conductors. The connector includes conductors for conducting multi-phase currents, and at least one conductive plate corresponding to each phase. Each conductive plate defines apertures for the conductors to pass through, there being at least one aperture in each conductive plate for each respective conductor. Each conductive plate includes at least one connecting member for forming an external electrical connection. Each conductor passes through a respective aperture of each conductive plate. Each conductor is selectively coupled to form electrical connection only to a conductive plate corresponding to the respective phase of the conductor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Pratt & Whitney Canada Corp.
    Inventors: Antwan Shenouda, Steve Strecker, Nathan Tomes
  • Patent number: 8550830
    Abstract: A connector for interconnecting three busway sections is described. The connector includes a stack of substantially “T” shaped plate conductors. At least two of the plate conductors are separated from one another by an insulator plate. The stack has a first end configured to couple to a first busway section, a second end configured to couple to a second busway section, and a third end configured to couple to a third busway section. The connector includes a top cover plate, a bottom cover plate, a top insulator plate, and a bottom insulator plate. The top insulator plate couples the top cover plate to the stack and the bottom insulator plate couples the bottom cover plate to the stack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Kuldeep Kumar Bhathija, Steven English Richard, Michael Richard Wood, Jeffery Lynn Cox, Shravan Purohit
  • Patent number: 8540526
    Abstract: An adjustable length busway joint for coupling a first and a second busway section, the first and second busway sections being longitudinally offset, is disclosed. The busway joint includes a first plurality of splice plates and a second plurality of splice plates disposed to overlap to form an electrical joint. The first and said second pluralities of splice plates are arranged for a longitudinal movement with respect each other between a first compressed position and a second extended position. The busway joint further includes a third plurality of splice plates. Each splice plate of the second plurality of splice plates overlaps a portion of a corresponding splice plate of the third plurality of splice plates to form an electrical joint. The third and second pluralities of splice plates are arranged for a longitudinal movement with respect each other between a third compressed position and a fourth extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Brian Frederick Mooney, Michael Richard Wood, Jeffery Lynn Cox, Gerald Witkoski, Mariusz Duda, Mark Schatz, Kuldeep Kumar Bhathija
  • Publication number: 20130234511
    Abstract: A bus bar module has a bus bar housing portion housing a plurality of bus bars placed side by side in a first direction, and a plurality of voltage detecting lines extending in the first direction and each connected electrically to a different one of the bus bars through a conductive member. The plurality of voltage detecting lines are placed adjacently to the bus bar housing portion and are placed diagonally in a second direction inclined relative to an in-plane direction including the bus bar such that a first region in the plurality of voltage detecting lines separate from the bus bar housing portion is located below a second region in the plurality of voltage detecting lines closer to the bus bar housing portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2011
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Takashi Murata
  • Patent number: 8500473
    Abstract: A projected end of a bus bar (20), including projection portions (21A, 22B, 23C, 24D, 25E, 26F), and a recessed connector (30), including a cylindrical portion (43A), a recess portion (31B), a cylindrical portion (42C), a recess portion (31D), a cylindrical portion (41E), and a recess portion (31F), are engaged with each other, thereby enabling the bus bar (20) and the connector (30) to electrically connect with each other. That is, only inserting the bus bar (20) into the connector (30) makes an electrical connection possible, so it is not necessary, for example, to fasten the terminal with a screw. Therefore, this facilitates the connection between the bus bar (20) and the connector (30).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Kobe Steel, Ltd.
    Inventors: Nagoya Fujiwara, Akio Sugimoto, Hiroshi Hashimoto, Takayasu Fujiura, Naoki Kikuchi, Koji Inoue
  • Patent number: 8480419
    Abstract: A busbar connector assembly for coupling first and second terminals on a two-terminal device to first and second contacts on a power module is provided. The first terminal resides proximate the first contact and the second terminal resides proximate the second contact. The assembly comprises a first bridge having a first end configured to be electrically coupled to the first terminal, and a second end configured to be electrically coupled to the second contact, and a second bridge substantially overlapping the first bridge and having a first end electrically coupled to the first contact, and a second end electrically coupled to the second terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Meghan Ann Holbrook, Douglas S. Carlson
  • Publication number: 20130171850
    Abstract: An adjustable length busway joint for coupling a first and a second busway section, the first and second busway sections being longitudinally offset, is disclosed. The busway joint includes a first plurality of splice plates and a second plurality of splice plates disposed to overlap to form an electrical joint. The first and said second pluralities of splice plates are arranged for a longitudinal movement with respect each other between a first compressed position and a second extended position. The busway joint further includes a third plurality of splice plates. Each splice plate of the second plurality of splice plates overlaps a portion of a corresponding splice plate of the third plurality of splice plates to form an electrical joint. The third and second pluralities of splice plates are arranged for a longitudinal movement with respect each other between a third compressed position and a fourth extended position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2011
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Inventors: Brian Frederick Mooney, Michael Richard Wood, Jeffery Lynn Cox, Gerald Witkoski, Mariusz Duda, Mark Schatz, Kuldeep Kumar Bhathija
  • Publication number: 20130171849
    Abstract: An adjustable busway joint for coupling two longitudinally aligned busway sections is disclosed. The adjustable joint has a first plurality of electrically conductive splice plates defining a splice plate adjustment slot, and a second plurality of electrically conductive splice plates defining an aperture, wherein each splice plate of the second plurality of splice plates is disposed to overlap a portion of a corresponding splice plate of the first plurality of splice plates to form an electrical joint, and wherein the aperture is sized and disposed to overlap at least a portion of the first splice plate adjustment slot. The joint additionally has a first clamping member disposed through the splice plate adjustment slot and the aperture such that the first and said second pluralities of splice plates are operably movable with respect each other between a first compressed position and a second extended position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2011
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Inventors: Brian Frederick Mooney, Michael Richard Wood, Jeffery Lynn Cox, Gerald Witkoski, Mariusz Duda, Mark Schatz
  • Patent number: 8456807
    Abstract: A magnetic device mounting system is disclosed, such as for use in electrical cabinets for distribution of power via power bus bars. The system includes a common mode magnetic device that has an opening configured to receive extensions of a set of parallel bus bars. A non-conductive support is provided, along with a conductive extension, the non-conductive support and extension being configured to coordinate to engage the opening and to support the common mode magnetic device via attachment to the bus bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Rangarajan M. Tallam, Jeremy J. Keegan, Patrick J. Riley, Scott D. Day
  • Patent number: 8379374
    Abstract: A bus interconnect in accordance with present embodiments includes a via block having first and second interfaces separated by a conductive body, wherein the via block is configured to communicatively couple with a first bus through the first interface and wherein the conductive body is configured to extend through an opening in a bus support panel. A first coupling section of the jumper includes a first attachment feature, wherein the first attachment feature is configured to facilitate attachment with the second interface of the via block. A neck section of the jumper extends perpendicularly from the first coupling section, and a second coupling section of the jumper extends perpendicularly from the neck section in parallel with the first coupling section. The second coupling section includes a second attachment feature configured to facilitate attachment with a second bus. The first coupling section and the second coupling section each extend away from the neck section in different directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeremy J. Keegan
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8333620
    Abstract: A terminal member having a plurality of clamp members to electrically connect a plurality set of terminals. Each clamp member includes a pressing member and an insertion body. The terminal member includes a pressing member and an insertion body. The pressing member presses and electrically connects a pair of terminals facing each other. The insertion body presses the pressing member in a direction toward the pair of terminals when the pressing member and the pair of terminals are inserted into the insertion body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Tyco Electronics Japan G.K.
    Inventor: Seiji Komatsu
  • Patent number: 8289680
    Abstract: Embodiment relate to an extruded high power electrical distribution. The bus can be employed in a MCC, a drive cabinet, or any such electrical enclosure to facilitate transmission of power. A body of the bus includes an elongate metal extrusion with first and second ridges extending along a length of the body from opposite edges of the body. Further, the bus includes a first groove and a second groove extending along the length of the body and into the body from a face of the body such that each of the first and second grooves comprises a cross-section having a narrow passage extending from the face into a broader cavity within the body. Additionally, the bus includes machined openings into each groove, wherein each of the machined openings is wider than the width of the corresponding groove to which it provides access.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremy J. Keegan, Rangarajan M. Tallam, Scott D. Day, Abdolmehdi Kaveh Ahangar
  • Publication number: 20120184120
    Abstract: An interface protocol for patient monitoring systems includes a Dual Serial Bus (DSB) interface. The DSB interface includes a first serial protocol that is USB, Firewire, or Ethernet protocol and a second serial protocol that is a low power serial (LPS) protocol. DSB interfaces provide for communication between DSB Hosts and DSB Devices and allow for the transfer of operating and battery charging power from DSB Host to DSB Device. In addition, the DSB host contains a switched Auxiliary Voltage Supply (AVS) which can provide up to 15 W of power to DSB devices for battery charging or other high power needs. The DSB interface eliminates the need for multiple cables for different parameter sensing devices as there is only one type of connector and, accordingly, reduces the risk of damage caused by inadvertently plugging a parameter sensing device into the wrong receptacle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2011
    Publication date: July 19, 2012
    Inventors: Joseph Charles Basta, Robert Boyer Koenig, Joseph D. LaPerna, William Oren Wekell
  • Patent number: 8177569
    Abstract: A busway joint pack for joining busway conductor sections has a heat sink assembly with an interstitial heat sink portion sized to fit between its connector plates; an exterior heat sink portion projecting beyond the exterior surface of a side panel of the joint pack; with the interstitial heat sink portion having thermal conduction to the exterior heat sink portion; to attain cooler operation. The heat sink may include thermally conductive dielectric materials or metals, or both, or other thermally conductive materials used with the thermally conductive dielectric materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: Schneider Electric USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Wayne Dozier, Matthew A Williford
  • Patent number: 8057262
    Abstract: An electrical coupler for coupling a load to a plurality of power sources including positive and negative load connection points. These connection points include first and second positive power connection points and first and second negative power connection points. A first electrical path is provided between the positive load connection point and the first positive power connection point. A second electrical path is provided between the positive load connection point and the second positive power connection point. The second electrical path is the same length as the first electrical path. A third electrical path is provided between the negative load connection point and the first negative power connection point. A fourth electrical path is provided between the negative load connection point and the second negative power connection point. The fourth electrical path is the same length as the third electrical path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: Cummins Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey L. Oakes
  • Patent number: 8033850
    Abstract: A joint pack includes one or more phase members that utilize integrated standoff spacers that protrude and come into contact with opposing conductor plates to maintain a phase space between the phase members. The spacers are located along the insulating plates of the phase members away from the phase member's axial sleeves and protrude through apertures in the conductor plates disposed on the phase members, in which the standoff spacers also provide a barrier that prevents phase-conductors from being inserted too far within the phase space. The phase members include axial sleeves that fit within one another during assembly to form a nesting arrangement, thereby reducing the overall size of the joint pack while satisfying standards. 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 joint pack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Inventors: Timothy P. O'Leary, Wesley Travis, Thomas N. Lesieur
  • Patent number: 8027168
    Abstract: An electrical assembly comprises a mounting bracket lift assembly and an electrical center. The electrical center is attached to the mounting bracket lift assembly for plugging wiring harness end connectors into the electrical center. The electrical center comprises a lower housing, a circuit board sub-assembly, an upper housing, electrical components such as fuses and relays that plug into the upper housing and a cover. The circuit board sub-assembly includes a power bus bar that provides a power path for the various electrical circuits of the vehicle via the circuit components carried on the circuit board. Three power bus bars that are configured, oriented and located to reduce the foot print of the electrical center and/or to improve the dissipation of heat generated by the electrical center are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2011
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph Matthew Senk, Joseph Howard Gladd, Gino M. Roncone, John B. Kirk
  • Publication number: 20110136362
    Abstract: A joint pack includes one or more phase members that utilize integrated standoff spacers that protrude and come into contact with opposing conductor plates to maintain a phase space between the phase members. The spacers are located along the insulating plates of the phase members away from the phase member's axial sleeves and protrude through apertures in the conductor plates disposed on the phase members, in which the standoff spacers also provide a barrier that prevents phase-conductors from being inserted too far within the phase space. The phase members include axial sleeves that fit within one another during assembly to form a nesting arrangement, thereby reducing the overall size of the joint pack while satisfying standards. 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 joint pack.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2009
    Publication date: June 9, 2011
    Applicant: Square D Company
    Inventors: Timothy P. O'Leary, Wesley Travis, Thomas N. Lesieur
  • Publication number: 20110132635
    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: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2009
    Publication date: June 9, 2011
    Applicant: Square D Company
    Inventors: Thomas N. Lesieur, Timothy P. O'Leary, Wesley Travis, David O. Plummer, Carlton R. Rodrigues, Gregory B. Lee
  • Patent number: 7952025
    Abstract: A bus system for use in electrical distribution equipment includes a generally U-shaped arrangement of conductors for supplying very high amperage (e.g., above 2000 amps) alternating current to the electrical distribution system. Compared to prior-art conductor arrangements, using the present arrangement, the conductors of a phase can be fabricated from less copper, which is an expensive metal. They also achieve better thermal dissipation and current distribution and mitigate skin effects. As a result, resistive losses, which increase with increased temperature, are reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Inventors: Mauricio Diaz, Luis Islas
  • Patent number: 7952026
    Abstract: A busway system includes a plurality of busbars arranged in a flat stacked configuration. The system further includes at least one uninsulated stab having a base in direct contact with one of the busbars at a first length portion of the busbars. The stab also has a tip extending away from the base and angled at the length of the busbars such that the tip is positioned at least in part at a second length portion of the busbars. The stab is insulated from other stabs via one or more of a MYLAR® sheet and a wall of a plug-in opening base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Inventor: Jim Ramsey
  • Patent number: 7862356
    Abstract: An electrical busway system includes a joint assembly having a joint housing with an upper plate and a lower plate. The lower plate has a nut-receiving hole. A top mounted bolt secures a plurality of electrical conductors to the joint housing, the conductors being mounted between the upper plate and the lower plate. A nut is connected to a threaded end of the bolt, the nut having a main body positioned at least in part within the nut-receiving hole and a tightening end positioned outside the nut-receiving sleeve. A nut gasket is provided for the main body of the nut within the nut-receiving hole to form a sealed zone for preventing water entry into the joint housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Inventors: Timothy O'Leary, Wesley Travis, Thomas N. Lesieur
  • Patent number: 7833033
    Abstract: A solar panel junction box and components thereof including a plurality of generally L-shaped connecting elements, each comprising a conductive member with a flat section and a first angular section. The first angular section having a resilient cut-out connecting member forming an electrical contact and the flat section having one or more retaining slots for receiving an electronic component terminal. The junction box further includes a plate having rectangular extensions for retaining and positioning solar ribbon and cylindrical extensions for positioning the plate with respect to a base which has cylindrical receptacles for receiving the cylindrical extensions and also has a channel section for edgewise accommodation of the connecting element and compartment areas which position the diodes adjacent the respective retaining slots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Assignee: Molex Incorporated
    Inventors: Sean McMahon, Peter Commane, Colm Reidy, George Hesse, Mike Mahony
  • Patent number: 7819681
    Abstract: A busway joint pack includes a pair of opposing phase connector plates, a first insulating sheet, a second insulating sheet, a first side panel, and a second side panel. The busway joint pack passively transfers thermal energy generated in its core to an exterior housing such that the thermal energy is dissipated or transferred to the surrounding environment, which reduces the internal temperature of the joint pack. The first and the second insulating sheets are positioned and selected with a particular thermal resistance and dimensions such that a portion of the thermal energy generated in the core of the busway joint pack is transferred from the pair of opposing phase connector plates to the external housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2010
    Inventors: Carlton R. Rodrigues, Edgar Avalos Ortiz, Glenn S. O'Nan, Jim Ramsey, Thomas Reed, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20100255701
    Abstract: A bus bar connector terminal design includes a bus bar having a bus bar housing, on which at least one connector terminal having a terminal housing is attached. The at least one connector terminal has a fixation device for fixation of the at least one connector terminal in a secure position on the bus bar. A bus bar as well as a connector terminal for use in such a bus bar connector terminal design are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2010
    Publication date: October 7, 2010
    Inventor: Johannes Bollmann
  • Patent number: 7722372
    Abstract: A direct mounting connector includes: six independent busbars for connecting the apparatus to two auxiliary machines for three-phase alternating current; two U-pole first terminal parts, two V-pole first terminal parts and two W-pole first terminal parts The six first terminal parts are connected to the apparatus at first ends of the respective six busbars, the two first terminal parts of the same pole are arranged adjacently to each other; and two sets, each set of which consists of a second U-pole terminal part, a second V-pole terminal part and a second W-pole terminal part The six second terminal parts are connected to the two auxiliary machines at second ends of the respective six busbars, the two sets arranged adjacently to each other having a distance therebetween. Busbar parts extend between the two sets of the second terminal parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Assignees: Yazaki Corporation, Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha, Kabushiki Kaisha Toyota Jidoshokki
    Inventors: Mitsuhiro Matsumoto, Hirotaka Fukushima, Takashi Tsukamoto, Kenjiro Shiba, Tomoyuki Watanabe, Takashi Okamoto
  • Patent number: 7713097
    Abstract: An adjustable adapter for a cable connector with a fixed cable takeoff direction, relative to the cable connector, includes an input member having first and second terminals. A connecting member having first and second bus bars is configured to selectively mate to the input member in at least two different connecting member positions relative to the input member. In each of the different connecting member positions, each of the first and second bus bars is in electrical communication with a respective one of the first and second terminals. The connecting member accepts at least one cable connector, which therefore has at least two different, selectable cable takeoff directions relative to the input member. An adapter plate may facilitate mating of the cable connectors to the connecting member and the connecting member to the input member. A third terminal and third bus bar may allow for cable connectors with three cables.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2010
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations, Inc.
    Inventor: Stefan Eichhorst
  • 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
  • Patent number: 7614895
    Abstract: A coupling assembly is provided for an electrical busway having a first section and a second section. The coupling assembly includes at least one housing having first and second ends. A plurality of electrical conductors extend through such housing and electrically connect the first and second sections of the electrical busway. A plurality of electrical insulators surround at least some of the electrical conductors. A first coupling member couples the first end of the at least one housing to the first section of the electrical busway, and a second coupling member couples the second end of such housing to the second section of the electrical busway. The at least one housing and the electrical conductors extending therethrough are flexible, and the housing is electrically grounded. The coupling assembly electrically connects the first and second sections of the electrical busway, without a number of separate termination boxes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2009
    Assignee: Eaton Corporation
    Inventors: Arthur J. Jur, Stephen W. Oneufer, Phillip D. Miller, Douglas V. Taylor
  • Publication number: 20090191739
    Abstract: A coupling assembly is provided for an electrical busway having a first section and a second section. The coupling assembly includes at least one housing having first and second ends. A plurality of electrical conductors extend through such housing and electrically connect the first and second sections of the electrical busway. A plurality of electrical insulators surround at least some of the electrical conductors. A first coupling member couples the first end of the at least one housing to the first section of the electrical busway, and a second coupling member couples the second end of such housing to the second section of the electrical busway. The at least one housing and the electrical conductors extending therethrough are flexible, and the housing is electrically grounded. The coupling assembly electrically connects the first and second sections of the electrical busway, without a number of separate termination boxes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2008
    Publication date: July 30, 2009
    Inventors: Arthur J. Jur, Stephen W. Oneufer, Phillip D. Miller, Douglas V. Taylor
  • 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: 7508653
    Abstract: A load center with a circuit breaker with a first recess and a second recess, a main busbar with a first stab that is operatively arranged to insert into the first recess and support a front end of the circuit breaker. The load center also includes a neutral support bar having a second stab and a lug. The lug is connected to a neutral system and the second stab is operatively arranged to insert into the second recess of the circuit breaker. The second stab also supports a back end of the circuit breaker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2009
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Bradley E. Parlee
  • Patent number: 7488201
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a terminal-connecting device including an electrically insulating hollow connecting device body having an open upper end, and an electrically insulating cover coupled to the open upper end of the connecting device body. The terminal-connecting device is constructed such that a plate-shaped conductive bus bar is mounted to the lower end of the connecting device body, two or more terminal insertion holes are formed in the lower end of the connecting device body and the bus bar, the terminal insertion holes formed in the lower end of the connecting device body communicating with the terminal insertion holes formed in the bus bar, and a connecting member insertion slit is formed in one side of connecting device body for allowing further connection of the corresponding electrode terminal to an external connecting member, as occasion demands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2009
    Assignee: LG Chem, Ltd.
    Inventors: Junill Yoon, Jong-yul Ro, Do Yang Jung, Yeo Won Yoon
  • Patent number: 7449635
    Abstract: A bus joint assembly for use in switchgear equipment having bus bars joined together at a bus joint and for joining vertical and horizontal buses. The bus joint connector comprises a connector, nut plate, connecting and supporting pins as well as a splice bus connector. The bus joint connector with integrated fixture pins locates and supports horizontal buses to vertical buses during assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2008
    Assignee: Siemens Energy & Automation, Inc.
    Inventor: Jason P. Wiant