Outlet Box Patents (Class 439/535)
  • Patent number: 10881011
    Abstract: The interconnection device includes a housing, and a first communication unit and an output unit which are accommodated in the housing. The housing includes a duct connector physically attachable and electrically connectable to a wiring duct for transferring first power. The first communication unit performs communication in a power line communication scheme through the wiring duct. The output unit includes a second communication unit and a conversion unit. The second communication unit communicates with a device in a telecommunication standard different from the power line communication scheme in accordance with the communication signal received by the first communication unit. The conversion unit generates second power of a different standard from the first power based on the first power obtained from the wiring duct through the duct connector and supply the second power to the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Noboru Hashimoto, Yukihiro Matsunobu, Shinichiro Yano, Jumpei Kitagawa
  • Patent number: 10804660
    Abstract: An outlet device for hanging on a plate includes a counterweight portion, a hanging portion arranged distant from the counterweight portion, an extending portion having two ends respectively connected to the counterweight portion and the hanging portion, and a power core connected to the counterweight portion. Each of the counterweight portion and the hanging portion has an outlet unit electrically connected to the power core. The outlet device is configured so that the counterweight portion is arranged under the plate and the hanging portion is arranged on the plate, and the hanging portion remains hung on the plate by using a weight distribution of the outlet device, thereby maintaining the outlet device in a static balance state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: POWERTECH INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jung-Hui Hsu, Su-Ying Peng
  • Patent number: 10712517
    Abstract: A telecommunications wall fixture includes a body configured for mounting to a wall, the body defining a mounting surface generally parallel to the wall when mounted. A cable storage spool is rotatably mounted to the body for storage and deployment of cable. A device is used for re-orienting the rotation axis of the spool from being generally perpendicular to the mounting surface to being generally non-perpendicular to the mounting surface, wherein the spool is configured such that the spool can be stored within the body when the spool is oriented to have the rotation axis generally perpendicular to the mounting surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: CommScope Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Parsons, Matthew J. Holmberg, James J. Solheid, Douglas C. Ellens, Thomas G. Leblanc
  • Patent number: 10707662
    Abstract: A wire management system and device for facilitating the connection of electrical wires to an electrical panel. The device is includes a circular bracket as base member consisting of a series of intersecting rectangular apertures or openings that has a plurality of retention elements in the form of snap ons or tabs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Inventor: Hunter Franssen
  • Patent number: 10689861
    Abstract: A flooring element is provided for a raised floor including removable flooring panels and a supporting structure with a load bearing surface. The flooring element includes a warning element operable for moving between an inactive position in which the warning element is substantially concealed by the surface and an active position in which the warning element projects beyond the surface to form a visual hazard warning indicator. The flooring element may be for example a flooring panel, a stringer, a pedestal, an insert for a pedestal or an insert for inserting between a sub-floor void and a flooring panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Sarah M. Drewery, Colin I. Holyoake, David J. Tolley, Julian D. Williams
  • Patent number: 10680395
    Abstract: A power interface system is provided. The power interface system can include a power interface device coupleable to a structure, wherein the power interface device can include a receptacle region and a plurality of pin receiving apertures. The power interface system may include an electrical device module sized and shaped to be received in the receptacle region, the electrical device module having a plurality of contact pins, each of the plurality of contact pins sized and shaped to be coupleably received in one of the pin receiving apertures. The electrical device module can be rotatably moveable with respect to the receptacle region between an uncoupled orientation and a coupled orientation, with the electrical device module being secured to the power interface device in the coupled orientation. Related devices and methods are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Harper Engineering Co.
    Inventor: David Chadwell
  • Patent number: 10637223
    Abstract: An electrical wiring apparatus includes a container, a positive link, a neutral link and a ground link. The container has cable entries constructed to removably retain ends of a first cable and a second cable, each of the first and second cables having a positive wire, a neutral wire and a ground wire. An inner surface of the base allows the positive wire, neutral wire and ground wire of each of the first and second cables be exposed when the cable is positioned in the cable entry. Legs of the positive, neutral and ground links are electrically connect with exposed positive, neutral and ground wires of the first and second cables respectively. A circuiting, switch or receptacle device is engaged with the container and positive, the neutral and the ground links to create electrical connections to the positive, neutral and ground wires of the inserted cables.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Inventor: Roger Fulton Newill
  • Patent number: 10635144
    Abstract: A power distribution assembly having a box and at least a pair of attachment modules is provided. The box includes a pair of mating structures. The attachment modules have an attachment body which may be configured to attach to a specific packaging space and an attachment portion configured to engage a specific mating structure of the box. Accordingly, the same box may be used for different applications wherein only the attachment module is customized, as described in greater detail further below.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Bennie J. Malcom, Brian D. Carnick, Hala Qola
  • Patent number: 10530135
    Abstract: A cable conduit electrical box including a base having at least one opening for receiving a cable conduit, a cover removably attachable to the base, and an adapter removably positioned on the base or the cover for sealing the at least one opening around the cable conduit. The adapter may be secured with mounting tabs or mounting apertures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Inventors: Jeffrey Baldwin, John Klein, Ryan Liebengood
  • Patent number: 10424886
    Abstract: Systems and apparatuses are provided in which outlets are coupled to a power distribution unit (PDU) or PDU module in various configurations. The outlets may be coupled to a recessed surface within a PDU housing. The outlets and recessed surface may be formed as part of a single mold. The outlets may be coupled to a printed circuit board that is at least partially disposed within the PDU housing. The outlets may extend away from the recessed surface or printed circuit board towards or beyond a front face of the PDU housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Server Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Travis Irons
  • Patent number: 10411401
    Abstract: A device for interconnecting electrical wiring or for accessing electrical current carried by electrical wiring includes an electrical junction housing for receiving an electrical cable, an inner housing inserted into the junction housing to connect the individual wires of the incoming electrical cable to a first magnetic electrical connector carried by the inner housing. A physical interface device such as a switch or a wall socket is then wired to a second magnetic electrical connector that can be plugged into the electrical junction housing. The two magnetic electrical connectors, when joined in the correct orientation, pass electrical current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Christmas Northeast, Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony Krize, Matthew Ryder
  • Patent number: 10367317
    Abstract: A portable electric power hub comprises a housing that includes a base section having a perimeter that is defined by a plurality of straight edges that are joined by a first plurality of rounded corners. The portable electric power hub further includes an intermediate section that includes a plurality of sides that are joined together by a second plurality of rounded corners. Each side of the intermediate section is adjacent to and aligned with a corresponding one of the plurality of straight edges of the base section and each of the second plurality of rounded corners is adjacent to and aligned with a corresponding one of the first plurality of rounded corners. The portable electric power hub further includes an upper section including a plurality of angulated sides joined by a third plurality of rounded corners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Premier Manufacturing Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Kelly Rahner, Michael O'Keefe, Bernard Bensussan
  • Patent number: 10333380
    Abstract: An electronic device is provided. The electronic device includes a plurality of expansion connector modules, a power supply path switch circuit, a system load and a controller. The power supply path switch circuit includes a plurality of input ends connected to output ends of expansion connector modules respectively. The system load is coupled to the power supply path switch circuit. The controller is coupled to the expansion connector module and the power supply path switch circuit. The controller determines whether a first power supply source is coupled to one of the expansion connector modules through the expansion connector modules. When the first power supply source is connected to the one of the expansion connector modules, the controller detects the power of the first power supply source via the expansion connector module connected to the first power supply source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Wistron Corporation
    Inventors: Ying-Tzu Chou, Chin-Min Liu, Meng-Ru Tsai
  • Patent number: 10299398
    Abstract: A support device for a payment terminal includes a base adapted to receive a plurality of connection cables on a rear face, and a cover adapted to mount in translation on the base and enabling concealment of the connection cables when the plurality of connection cables is connected to the rear face of the base. The cover has three apertures configured to enable passage of connection cables connected to the rear face of the base. The three apertures are formed respectively on a left lateral face, a right lateral face and a rear face of the cover. The base is mounted on a footing having an aperture configured to enable passage of connection cables connected to the rear face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: INGENICO GROUP
    Inventors: Julien Roux, Franck Robert, Philippe Dedieu
  • Patent number: 10224870
    Abstract: In various representative aspects, an assembly for connecting and electrically bonding electronic equipment to solar panel frames is provided. The present invention relates generally to an assembly for supporting junction box structures used in a solar panel frame array. More specifically, the apparatus comprises an adjustable bracket assembly that can mount most sizes and shapes of junction boxes that are then secured virtually to any solar panel frame while being electrically bonded by way of a surface layer penetrating means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Ironridge, Inc.
    Inventors: Bryan Lester, William Pereira, Shawn Meine
  • Patent number: 10128644
    Abstract: An electrical unit mounting assembly, having a top, bottom, back and front, and including a partial enclosure, made of insulating material, defining a cavity having a mouth at its front and defining a through-hole leading to the cavity, at its back and a panel extending outwardly from the mouth, for at least 4 cm and having a front surface. In greater detail, the assembly is oriented in an upright manner so that its top is topmost, the through-hole is constructed so that liquid cannot be driven by gravity from inside the cavity, through the through-hole and wherein the front surface of the panel includes raised surfaces defining down channels to prevent a foreign surface from blocking liquid-flow down the down-channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Inventor: Mark Gilstrap
  • Patent number: 10116087
    Abstract: An electrical connection element is for a power connector. The power connector includes an electrical component having a number of first electrical mating members. The electrical connection element comprises: a housing including a number of second electrical mating members structured to be electrically connected to the number of first electrical mating members; a contact assembly enclosed by the housing and being electrically connected to the number of second electrical mating members; and an operating mechanism for opening and closing the contact assembly. The contact assembly is structured to electrically connect and disconnect power while the number of first electrical mating members remain mechanically coupled to the number of second electrical mating members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: EATON INTELLIGENT POWER LIMITED
    Inventors: Mark Allan Juds, Paul Jason Rollmann, Jerome Kenneth Hastings, Kurt von Eckroth, Jeffrey Troy Johnson, Roger James Briggs, Kaushik Naidu Kona, Karthik Satyanarayanan, Abhijeet Rathi
  • Patent number: 10010002
    Abstract: A utility housing includes an enclosure having a plurality of walls and a central opening for receiving a utility component. An insert is configured to be positioned in the central opening and has a plurality of insert side walls comprising a first insert side wall and a second insert side wall at least partially defining a central region. A first flange extends from the first insert side wall into the central region and a second flange extends from the second insert side wall into the central region. A removable cover is configured to be placed over the insert. A removable lid is configured to connect to the enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventors: Paul Steven Tramm, John Thomas Polk, Charles Cramer
  • Patent number: 9960580
    Abstract: An assembly that simplifies the wiring of switches, receptacles and other such termination devices within a junction box. The present invention utilizes a dielectric body having a front surface and a side surface. The dielectric body is sized to fit within the electrical junction box. Side connector ports are disposed on the side surface of the dialectic body. A termination device is present at the front surface of the dielectric body. Conductive elements extend through the dielectric body and connect the termination device to the side connector ports. As such, electrical power is provided to the termination device through the side connector ports and the conductive elements that pass through the dielectric body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Inventor: Alexander Ruggiero
  • Patent number: 9885846
    Abstract: A cable enclosure assembly includes an enclosure, a cable spool and a length of fiber optic cable. The enclosure defines an interior region, a first opening and a second opening aligned with the first opening. The first and second openings provide access to the interior region. The cable spool is disposed in the interior region of the enclosure and is rotatably engaged with the enclosure. The cable spool includes a drum and a flange engaged to the drum. The flange has an outer peripheral side, a cable management portion and an adapter bulkhead portion. The adapter bulkhead portion extends outwardly from the cable management portion and forms a portion of the outer peripheral side. The length of the fiber optic cable is dispose about the drum of the cable spool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: CommScope Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Scott C. Kowalczyk, Jonathan Walter Coan
  • Patent number: 9831647
    Abstract: A receiving part (2) has a substantially rectangular shape with short sides and long sides, and its short-side inner surface (15) is provided with a central latch claw (32) in a substantially central region thereof with respect to a short side direction, with side elastic latch portions (33) provided on both sides of the central latch claw (32) with respect to the short side direction. Each of the side elastic latch portions (33) includes a receiving-part rib (34), an elastic piece (35), and a side elastic latch claw (38). The receiving-part rib (34) protrudes from the short-side inner surface (15) and extends in the insertion direction. The elastic piece (35) is arranged between the receiving-part rib (34) and a long-side inner surface ((17) or (18)), and elastically deformable. The side elastic latch claw (38) is formed on the elastic piece (35).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignees: FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LTD., FURUKAWA AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEMS INC., TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Ryusuke Kakoi, Satoshi Hirose, Yasuhiro Yamazaki, Shinsuke Takagi
  • Patent number: 9813019
    Abstract: A photovoltaic connection box is disclosed. The photovoltaic connection box has a box, a conductive terminal received in the box and having a first lateral wall perpendicular to a bottom of the box, and a diode connected to the first lateral wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignees: Tyco Electronics Holdings (Bermuda) No. 7 Limited, Tyco Electronics (Shanghai) Co. Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuan Zhong, Ting Tao, Shih Ying Ko
  • Patent number: 9742167
    Abstract: A plastic injection overmolded conductor path structure is disclosed, wherein the conductor paths are entirely surrounded, apart from their connections, by a housing made of plastic, said housing comprising first housing sections produced in a first injection molding process (pre-injection overmolding), and second housing sections which directly adjoin the first housing sections via a contact surface, and which are produced in a second injection molding process (main injection overmolding). The housing is provided with at least one recess of a defined shape and size, in the region of the contact surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventor: Ralf Kischkat
  • Patent number: 9715776
    Abstract: An apparatus including a central access control system and an access reader. The access reader is structured to receive an access credential from the central access control system, and includes a first connector connected with a second connector with the second connector connected to a cable, and with the cable in electronic communication with the central access control system. Connection of the first connector and the second connector places the access reader in electronic communication with the central access control system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: XceedID Corporation
    Inventor: Michael T. Conlin
  • Patent number: 9681563
    Abstract: An insert casing for receiving and fastening an electrical or electronic component includes a first casing part which is connectable to a second casing part by means of a rotary joint. The casing parts define a receiving space for the electrical or electronic component. The first casing part is provided with at least one spreading member which is spreadable by the second casing part when the rotary joint is being closed. The insert casing can be fastened easily in a recess of an object by closing the rotary joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: WÜRTH ELEKTRONIC EISOS GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Jörg Hantschel, Robert Frank
  • Patent number: 9667004
    Abstract: A patch panel includes sockets and mounting frames. The mounting frames each have a plugging side and a terminal side. Plugging planes of the sockets are exposed from a vias on mounting surfaces of the mounting frames. The sockets are disposed on each mounting frame and arranged in two parallel rows, including an upper row and a lower row. The plugging planes of the sockets of one of the upper and lower rows retract from the mounting surface toward the terminal side by a predetermined distance; hence, the retracted plugging planes of the retracted row do not lie on the same plane as the non-retracted plugging planes of the non-retracted row. The patch panel features larger spacing between a disturbing channel and a disturbed channel and lesser significant alien crosstalk, thereby offsetting alien crosstalk without violating the EIA-310 standard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: HSING CHAU INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kei-Wei Wu
  • Patent number: 9640962
    Abstract: A power control system is provided that includes a receptacle and a module. The receptacle is hard-wired to a power distribution system, such as conventional 120 VAC. The module can be removable inserted into the receptacle and can provide desired functionality, such as power deliver, wireless communication and actuation. By providing a receptacle that accepts multiple modules that each can have different functionality and by allowing a user to readily remove replace modules in the receptacle, a useful and flexible control system can be set up.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Molex, LLC
    Inventors: Carlos Alberto Hernandez Ramirez, Danil Milchtein Peltsverger, Edmundo Delmotte, Ramses Rubio, Jesus Contreras
  • Patent number: 9583929
    Abstract: An electrical wall box having plurality of wire power terminals on exterior of electrical wall box, wire power terminals are electrically connected to one of plurality of insulated distribution busses within electrical wall box, each distribution buses having one or more interrupt bus switches electrically connected therein; each distribution buses has first quick connect terminal electrically connected thereto one distribution buses; wherein electrical wall box further includes plurality of switch wiring terminals on an exterior of electrical wall box, each plurality of switch wiring terminals includes insulated electrical tap connecting one switch wiring terminals to one plurality of internal insulated distribution busses or to quick connect terminal within electrical wall box; one or more pluggable electrical receptacles, each one or more pluggable electrical receptacles includes two or more second quick connect terminals to electrically connect thereto one of said one or more first quick connect terminals
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Inventor: J Moss
  • Patent number: 9564725
    Abstract: An electrical wall box having a plurality of wire in and wire out power terminals on an exterior of the electrical wall box, wherein each set of wire in and wire out power terminals are electrically connected to one of a plurality of internal insulated distribution busses within the electrical wall box, each of the distribution buses has one or more first quick connect terminals electrically connected thereto one of the distribution buses; wherein electrical wall box further includes a plurality of switch wiring terminals on an exterior of the electrical wall box, each of the plurality of switch wiring terminals includes an insulated electrical tap connecting one of the switch wiring terminals to one of the plurality of internal insulated distribution busses or to a quick connect terminal within the electrical wall box; one or more pluggable electrical receptacles, each of the one or more pluggable electrical receptacles includes two or more second quick connect terminals to electrically connect thereto one o
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Inventor: J Moss
  • Patent number: 9525255
    Abstract: A faceplate assembly includes a faceplate member; at least one jack module mounted in an opening of the faceplate member; and a printed circuit board assembly. The printed circuit board assembly includes a printed circuit board; a first set of secondary contacts that are electrically connected to the printed circuit board; and a network connector that is electrically connected to the secondary contacts of the first set via the printed circuit board. The secondary contacts extend into the jack module. The secondary contacts are isolated from primary contacts of the jack module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: CommScope Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Paul John Pepe, Joseph C. Coffey
  • Patent number: 9502790
    Abstract: A resilient clamping contact for contacting electrical conductors, said resilient clamping contact having a current rail and having at least two resilient clamping elements that each have a contacting limb, a resilient bend that adjoins the contacting limb and a clamping limb that adjoins the resilient bend and comprises a clamping section at the free end, and having frame parts that extend away from the current rail and have in each case two lateral connecting pieces that are spaced apart from one another and transverse connecting pieces that connect the lateral connecting pieces one to the other, and a conductor feedthrough opening that is formed by the lateral connecting pieces and the transverse connecting pieces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: WAGO Verwaltungsgesellschaft mbH
    Inventors: Hans-Josef Kollmann, Wolfgang Gerberding
  • Patent number: 9473381
    Abstract: A apparatus for network testing includes a network port adapted to receive data from the test network and one or more network interfaces of a wireless access point in operative communication with the network port. The one or more network interfaces generates a wireless local area network (WLAN) that communicates diagnostic information of the test network to a client device and causes the client device to display the diagnostic information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: AirMagnet, Inc.
    Inventor: James Kahkoska
  • Patent number: 9407075
    Abstract: A ganged electrical fitting having an integral cover plate and two or more electrical components, such as a switch, a receptacle, an outlet, a fan switch, a dimmer and combinations thereof, the ganged electrical component/cover plate being secured via screws through the cover plate into a wall box. Electrical component wires are secured to power wires coming from the wall box via quick-connectors or wirenuts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Inventor: J Moss
  • Patent number: 9372319
    Abstract: A connection box includes a planar back section, outer sidewalls adjoining the planar back section with front edges being spaced apart from the back section in a depth direction that is perpendicular to the back section. A front door of the connection box is configured to be fixedly attached to the front edges so as to enclose an interior space of the connection box. The connection box further includes a cabling bridge arranged within the interior space. The cabling bridge includes a planar platform section that divides the interior space into first and second interior volumes, an opening in the platform section providing a conduit in the depth direction between the first and second interior volumes, and a protective collar arranged along a portion of the opening's perimeter. The protective collar extends from the platform section and towards the front edges in the depth direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: All Systems Broadband, Inc.
    Inventors: Craig Dwayne Ray, Iuliu Cosmin Gordea
  • Patent number: 9332664
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a wiring device with integrated DC output interfaces alongside AC output interfaces. The wiring device converts AC power received from the grid into DC power that can be used directly by DC loads. In certain example embodiments, the wiring device includes USB receptacles as the DC output interfaces. The wiring device also includes various power management enhancement features. Some such features include crimping and soldering electrical wires directly to the AC output contacts and a midframe for insulating certain components inside the wiring device from heat generated by other components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: Cooper Technologies Company
    Inventors: Carlos Eduardo Restrepo, Oscar Lewis Neundorfer, Rohit Sumerchand Dodal
  • Patent number: 9325162
    Abstract: A ganged electrical fitting having an integral cover plate and two or more electrical components, such as a switch, a receptacle, an outlet, a fan switch, a dimmer and combinations thereof, the ganged electrical component/cover plate being secured via screws through the cover plate into a wall box. Electrical component wires are secured to power wires coming from the wall box via quick-connectors or wirenuts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Inventor: J Moss
  • Patent number: 9209611
    Abstract: An assembly includes a flange that can be fixed to an interior wall structure, such as an electrical box. A planar surface of the flange abuts the outer surface of the wall substrate thus providing tight contact between the wall substrate and the interior structure. Mating elements of the flange engage an electrical device to maintain the device in flush and parallel alignment with the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: BRAINWAVE RESEARCH CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jean-Guy Gagne, James W. Rodgers
  • Patent number: 9083165
    Abstract: Provided is an electric junction box which prevents highly-pressured water invading into a case from blowing to components in the case. The electric junction box includes a case including a frame to which a plurality of components is to be attached, a lower cover arranged to be attached to the frame. The frame includes a first side wall. The lower cover includes a second side wall and a flange. An upper end of the second side wall is positioned inside the first side wall, and a lower end of the first side wall abuts onto the flange. An outer face of the second side wall above the flange includes a parallel face and a tapered face. The parallel face has a length of 3 mm or more, and the tapered face has a length of 3 mm or more.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Masahiro Makino, Kouji Ueyama
  • Patent number: 9048640
    Abstract: An assembly includes a box and a removable sleeve that is engageble with the box and with a wall substrate to secure tight contact between the wall substrate and the box structure, irrespective of the thickness of the wall substrate. The sleeve is configured to be coupled to an electrical device having a corresponding configuration for insertion in the box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: Brainwave Research Corporation
    Inventors: Jean-Guy Gagne, James W. Rogers
  • Patent number: 9040818
    Abstract: An electronic device with an inbuilt mechanism sealing unused interface holes, or gaps, against dust is disclosed. The dust-proof mechanism includes two blocking members and two elastic members. The two blocking members are movably mounted on a bottom wall of a housing and close an interface hole in the manner of drawn curtains. The two blocking members are urged together by the elastic members. When an object is inserted into the interface hole, the guiding surfaces guide and ride over the inserted object, moving the two blocking members away from each other. When the object is pulled out of the interface hole, the two blocking members are moved back toward each other by the elastic members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignees: Fu Tai Hua Industry (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd., HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Ju-Ping Duan
  • Patent number: 9035175
    Abstract: An electrical box assembly includes an electrical box having a removable partition plate that can be positioned between the ends of the electrical box or at the end of the electrical box when two or more of the electrical boxes are ganged together. The electrical box can include a mounting bracket having a body portion attached to a wall of the box for supporting the box during use. A support member is coupled to the mounting bracket and is extendable to a length to contact the opposing wall. The mounting and the support member are independently adjustable with respect to the box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: HUBBELL INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Krzysztof W. Korcz, Mahran H. Ayrton
  • Patent number: 9006569
    Abstract: A junction box used for making electrical connections to a photovoltaic panel. The junction box has two chambers including a first chamber and a second chamber and a wall common to and separating both chambers. The wall may be adapted to have an electrical connection therethrough. The two lids are adapted to seal respectively the two chambers. The two lids are on opposite sides of the junction box relative to the photovoltaic panel. The two lids may be attachable using different sealing processes to a different level of hermeticity. The first chamber may be adapted to receive a circuit board. The junction box may include supports for mounting a printed circuit board in the first chamber. The second chamber is configured for electrical connection to the photovoltaic panel. A metal heat sink may be bonded inside the first chamber. The first chamber is adapted to receive a circuit board for electrical power conversion, and the metal heat sink is adapted to dissipate heat generated by the circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Solaredge Technologies Ltd.
    Inventors: Guy Sella, Lior Handelsman, Vadim Shmukler, Meir Adest, Meir Gazit, Yoav Galin
  • Patent number: 8987592
    Abstract: A flame-proof housing (10) of the protection type ex-d is made from two sheet metal blanks that are bent in a u-shaped fashion. They then are fitted into one another and subsequently welded together by means of a peripheral fillet weld without welding seam preparation. A large opening (28) can be provided on one side of the housing (10), which can be closed with a threaded cover or with a flat cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Konecranes PLC
    Inventors: Wilhelm Mack, Willy Grübel, Tatjana Kapp, Andreas Wulff, Wilfried Hess
  • Patent number: 8981217
    Abstract: A method and structure of a system of electrical boxes having at least two screw boss channels and at least two screw protrusions wherein the screw boss channels are complimentary shaped to the screw protrusions for selectively nesting like-ganged electrical boxes while preventing nesting of dislike-ganged electrical boxes for more space-efficient storage of electrical boxes while increasing inventory control and accuracy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventors: Jeffrey P. Baldwin, Richard L. Cleghorn, Iven Dieterle, Marcus J. Shotey
  • Patent number: 8981218
    Abstract: A device includes a first enclosure portion; a second enclosure portion; and a mechanical interface between the first enclosure portion and the second enclosure portion. The mechanical interface may be configured to couple the first enclosure portion to the second enclosure portion to thereby define a housing interior volume. The mechanical interface may be further configured to enable ventilation from the housing interior volume to an exterior of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Western Digital Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Takashi Kono, Bruce A. Cariker, Michael J. Bowman, Steven T. Peng
  • Patent number: 8981219
    Abstract: An electrical junction box includes an upper box section having an opened lower part, and a lower box section whose upper part is open and is mounted to the lower part of the upper box section, wherein the lower box section includes an abutment protrusion part which protrudes from an outer surface of the lower box section and has an abutment surface that abuts against an edge surface of the lower part of the upper box section when the lower box section is mounted to the upper box section. The abutment protrusion part includes an inclined surface at a place where the abutment protrusion part further extends outwards at least than an outer surface of the upper box section in a direction parallel with the abutment surface, the inclined surface connecting to the abutment surface and being inclined downwards from the abutment surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Masahiro Makino, Takanori Kawai, Yoshiyuki Ishihara
  • Patent number: 8975516
    Abstract: A pre-fabricated ferromagnetic loop having a footprint characterized by a continuous wire shaped according to a predetermined planar pattern. In some embodiments, the predetermined planar pattern can be multiple contiguous polygons within a larger footprint used for establishing a sensor for the detection of moving vehicles. The footprint may include one of a triangle, a square, a rectangle, a rhombus, a parallelogram, an ellipse, or a circle, and/or other shapes or configurations. Similarly, each of the multiple contiguous polygons may include one of a triangle, a square, a rectangle, a rhombus, a parallelogram, and/or other shapes or configurations. A loop sensor housing is arranged to enclose a continuous loop sensor wire configured in the predetermined planar pattern. The prefabricated loop sensor is inserted in a groove web pre-cut in a receiving medium to match the predetermined planar pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Transcore, LP
    Inventor: Jim Allen
  • Patent number: 8951064
    Abstract: Terminal structures for wiring devices, such as receptacle assemblies, are disclosed having first and second spring assemblies constructed of a first metal and each having at least one spring finger with the first and second spring assemblies being connected to respective first and second conductive contacts that are constructed of a second metal, wherein the terminal structures are configured for push-in termination of conductive stripped ends of respective first and second wires between the at least one spring finger of the respective first and second spring assemblies and the respective first and second conductive contacts, and wherein the first and second conductive contacts are configured to be connected to respective first and second separate conductive elements. Such a terminal structure is shown for example within a receptacle assembly in the form of a grounding duplex plug outlet or switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: IDEAL Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Sushil N. Keswani
  • Publication number: 20150038006
    Abstract: A wiring device for fastening in an electrical box is presented including a strap having first and second mounting holes to facilitate fastening of the wiring device to the electrical box, the first and second mounting holes lying on an axis parallel to a longitudinal axis and a housing having a face, the face having an area which is divided into first and second regions by a lateral axis, the lateral axis being perpendicular to the longitudinal axis. The wiring device further includes a first low voltage port being accessible through a first low voltage port aperture, a second low voltage port being accessible through a second low voltage port aperture, a third low voltage port being accessible through a third low voltage port aperture, and a fourth low voltage port being accessible through a fourth low voltage port aperture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Applicant: Leviton Manufacturing Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald Jansen, Michael Kamor, Eugene Frid
  • Publication number: 20150038007
    Abstract: Certain types of wall-mount boxes provide a local power receptacle in a first interior region that is physically isolated from a second interior region. The local power receptacle is accessible from an exterior of the box. The local power receptacle is electrically connected to an internal connector interface that is accessible from the second interior region. An electronic device may be installed in the second interior region and electrically connected to the local power receptacle via the internal connector interface. Second receptacles are disposed in the second interior region and coupled to (or are integral with) the electronic device. The second receptacles are accessible from the exterior of the box.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2012
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Applicant: ADC TELECOMMUNICATIONS, INC.
    Inventor: David Stone