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Apparatus and method for effecting electrical connection between a power source and equipment

Imported: 24 Feb '17 | Published: 13 Jan '04

Stephen Ferranti, Stephen C. Frazier, Mark A. Haisler, Michael Clyde Steeves

USPTO - Utility Patents

Abstract

An apparatus for effecting electrical connection between a power source and equipment includes: (a) a first conductor having a first aperture; (b) a second conductor having a second aperture; (c) an insulator having a connecting bore coaxial with the first and second apertures to establish a bridging passage extending a bridging distance to traverse the first conductor, the insulator and the second conductor when assembled with the first conductor and the second conductor substantially parallel separated by the insulator; and (d) a bridge having an axial length at least equal with the bridging distance and a transaxial dimension less than the passage diameter and having a first engagement structure in the first aperture and a second engagement structure in the second aperture when the bridge is engaged; the bridge is removable from engagement to interrupt electrical connection between the power source and the equipment.

Description

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 is a front elevation view of a representative equipment cabinet with which the apparatus of the present invention is used.

FIG. 2 is a perspective view of details of the cabinet illustrated in FIG.

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FIG. 3 is a perspective view of details of a shelf used in the cabinet illustrated in FIGS. 1 and 2.

FIG. 4 is an exploded view of the preferred embodiment of the apparatus of the present invention.

FIG. 5 is a perspective view of the preferred embodiment of the apparatus of the present invention with bridging engagement members poised for insertion to an engaged orientation.

FIG. 6 is a front perspective view of the preferred embodiment of the apparatus of the present invention with bridging engagement members inserted to an engaged orientation.

FIG. 7 is a rear perspective view of the preferred embodiment of the apparatus of the present invention with bridging engagement members inserted to an engaged orientation.

FIG. 8 is an exploded view of the preferred embodiment of the bridging engagement member of the apparatus of the present invention.

FIG. 9 is a perspective view of an assembled bridging engagement member according to the preferred embodiment of the apparatus of the present invention.

FIG. 10 is a perspective view of the electrically conductive flexing collar used with the bridging engagement member illustrated in FIG.

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FIG. 11 is an exploded view of an alternate embodiment of the apparatus of the present invention.

FIG. 12 is a flow chart illustrating the preferred embodiment of the method of the present invention.

Claims

1. An apparatus for effecting electrical connection among at least one power source and equipment; said equipment being situated in a cabinet on a generally planar shelf member; at least one of said shelf member and said cabinet having a depending member presenting at least one frontal area the apparatus comprising:

2. An apparatus for effecting electrical connection among at least one power source and equipment as recited in claim 1 wherein said at least one bridging member includes a plurality of engagement structures; each respective engagement structure of said plurality of engagement structures being located for effecting engaging containment of said respective engaging structure with a respective said aperture for each of said at least two contact bus members in said installed orientation.

3. An apparatus for effecting electrical connection among at least one power source and

4. An apparatus for effecting electrical connection among at least one power source and

5. An apparatus for effecting electrical connection between a power source and equipment; said equipment being situated on a first generally horizontal generally planar shelf section of a shelf member; said shelf member having a front and a rear; the apparatus comprising:

6. An apparatus for effecting electrical connection between a power source and equipment as recited in claim 5 wherein each respective engagement structure of said plurality of engagement structures comprises a respective electrically conductive flexing collar attached with a respective said bridging engagement member; a respective said collar having an unflexed diameter larger than a diameter of a respective engagement aperture of said first aperture or said second aperture with which said electrical continuity is established by said respective collar; said respective collar flexing to engagingly interact with a respective said engagement aperture when said respective bridging engagement member is in said engaged orientation.

7. An apparatus for effecting electrical connection between a power source and equipment as recited in claim 6 wherein said collar effects said flexing by a plurality of independently flexing fingers; said plurality of fingers being commonly joined at a base member; said base member being electrically coupled with said respective bridging engagement member.

8. A method for effecting electrical connection between a power source and equipment; said equipment being situated on a generally planar shelf section of a shelf member having a front and a rear; the method comprising the steps of:

9. A method for effecting electrical connection between a power source and equipment as recited in claim 8 wherein each respective engagement structure of said plurality of engagement structures comprises a respective electrically conductive flexing collar attached with a respective said bridging engagement member; a respective said collar having an unflexed diameter larger than a diameter of a respective engagement aperture of said first aperture or said second aperture with which said electrical continuity is established by said respective collar; said respective collar flexing to engagingly interact with a respective said engagement aperture when said respective bridging engagement member is in said engaged orientation.

10. A method for effecting electrical connection between a power source and equipment as recited in claim 9 wherein said collar effects said flexing by a plurality of independently flexing fingers; said plurality of fingers being commonly joined at a base member; said base member being electrically coupled with said respective bridging engagement member.