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Enclosure

Imported: 23 Feb '17 | Published: 22 Oct '02

J. Joseph Dodds, Gerald Stephani

USPTO - Utility Patents

Abstract

An enclosure for electrical components including a box with a hinged door or fastener attached cover and an interchangeable component management system and an interchangeable fastening system. The component management system includes a support member releasably fixed to an interior wall of the box and a mounting bracket positionable at locations along the support member. The interchangeable fastening system mounts on a raised portion on the exterior of the box.

Description

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 is a perspective view of the enclosure made in accordance with the present invention including a box and a component mounting system;

FIG. 2 is an elevation view of the box of the enclosure shown in FIG. 1;

FIG. 3 is a partial cross-sectional view of the corner of the box shown in FIG. 2 taken along line III—III;

FIG. 4 is a view of the corner of the box shown in FIG. 2 with the component mounting system removed;

FIG. 5 is an exploded perspective view of the component mounting system shown in one comer of the box shown in FIG. 1 with a support member and a mounting bracket;

FIG. 6 is an elevation view of another corner of the box shown in FIG. 2 with the component mounting system removed;

FIG. 7 is a perspective view of a second support member;

FIG. 8 is a partial cross-sectional view of another comer of the box shown in FIG. 2 taken along line VIII—VIII;

FIG. 9 is a component mounting system shown in the comer of the box shown in FIG. 8;

FIG. 10 is a side view of the outside of a comer of the box shown in FIG. 1;

FIG. 11 is a perspective view of a comer of the enclosure with a screw fastener;

FIG. 12 is a cross-sectional view through the comer of the box shown in FIG. 10;

FIG. 13 is an exploded perspective view of the fastener shown on the comer of the box in FIG. 1;

FIG. 14 is an exploded perspective view of another comer fastener;

FIG. 15 is a side view of the enclosure of FIG. 1 showing hinges and hinge pins;

FIG. 16 is a plan view of the hinges of the enclosure shown in FIG. 1;

FIG. 17 is a side view of a hinge pin; and

FIG. 18 is a side view of an alternative hinge pin.

Claims

1. A component management hardware system for use with an equipment box having a base and a wall, said system comprising:

2. The component management hardware system of claim 1 wherein said support member is releasably attachable to an interior surface of an equipment box.

3. The component management hardware system of claim 1 wherein the support member defines a first aperture therethrough and said mounting bracket defines a second aperture, said first aperture being aligned with said second aperture, said system further comprising a fastener received in said aligned apertures.

4. The component management hardware system of claim 1 wherein said engaging member comprises a leg extending from said top side of said mounting bracket, said leg of said engaging member defining a third aperture to receive a fastener therethrough for mounting a component to said mounting bracket.

5. The component management hardware system of claim 1 wherein said engaging member defines a pin-receiving opening for receiving a hinge pin of a component.

6. A component management hardware system for use with an equipment box having a base and a wall, said system comprising:

7. An enclosure for electrical components comprising:

8. The enclosure of claim 7 wherein said enlarged end defines an opening for receiving a tool for removing said hinge pin from said box hinge sleeve and said door hinge sleeve.

9. An enclosure for electrical components comprising:

10. The enclosure of claim 9 wherein said support member is releasably attached to said box wall.

11. The enclosure of claim 9 wherein said box wall includes a plurality of angular corners and a plurality of support members, each said support member being positioned on an inside surface of one said comer.

12. The enclosure of claim 9 wherein said engaging member of said mounting bracket includes a leg extending therefrom, said leg defining a component aperture for receiving a fastener for fastening a component to said engaging member.

13. The enclosure of claim 9 wherein said engaging member defines a pin receiving opening, the longitudinal axis of the pin receiving opening being parallel to the base of the box and constructed such that a component having a hinge pin received within said pin receiving opening can rotate relative to the box.

14. The enclosure of claim 9 wherein said base comprises a mounting member and said support member further comprises a base leg defining a hole and a fastener extending through said hole in said base leg and into said mounting member to secure said support member to said box.

15. The enclosure of claim 9 wherein said support member defines a first aperture and said mounting bracket defines a second aperture, the first aperture being alignable with the second aperture, said enclosure further comprising a fastener extending through said first and second apertures to fix a position of said mounting bracket relative to said base.

16. The enclosure of claim 9 further comprising:

17. The enclosure of claim 9 further comprising:

18. An enclosure for electrical components comprising:

19. The enclosure of claim 18, wherein said end of said support member engaging member comprises a ledge extending from said raised portion, thereby forming a gap between said ledge and said box wall, said support member further comprising a flange received within said gap and releasably engaged with said ledge.

20. The enclosure of claim 18 wherein said end of said raised portion defines a hole and said support member further comprises a pin releasably received in said hole of said raised portion.