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1. (WO1997018573) SPRING ASSEMBLY USEFUL IN SWITCHES, SENSORS, LATCHES, AND OTHER APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR USING THE SAME
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Pub. No.: WO/1997/018573 International Application No.: PCT/US1996/017036
Publication Date: 22.05.1997 International Filing Date: 23.10.1996
Chapter 2 Demand Filed: 22.04.1997
IPC:
H01H 5/20 (2006.01)
H ELECTRICITY
01
BASIC ELECTRIC ELEMENTS
H
ELECTRIC SWITCHES; RELAYS; SELECTORS; EMERGENCY PROTECTIVE DEVICES
5
Snap-action arrangements, i.e. in which during a single opening operation or a single closing operation energy is first stored and then released to produce or assist the contact movement
04
Energy stored by deformation of elastic members
18
by flexing of blade springs
20
single blade moved across dead-centre position
Applicants:
IMATION CORP. [US/US]; 1 Imation Place P.O. Box 64898 Saint Paul, MN 55164-0898, US
Inventors:
VRAA, Timothy, S.; US
KREPEL, Kenneth, J.; US
HOFFMAN, Joseph, A.; US
BELL, Terrence, J.; US
Agent:
WEIMER, William, K.; Imation Legal Affairs P.O. Box 64898 Saint Paul, MN 55164-0898, US
HILLERINGMANN, Jochen; Bahnhofscorplatz 1 (Deichmannhaus) D-50667 Köln, DE
Priority Data:
08/558,84615.11.1995US
Title (EN) SPRING ASSEMBLY USEFUL IN SWITCHES, SENSORS, LATCHES, AND OTHER APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR USING THE SAME
(FR) ENSEMBLE DE RESSORT POUVANT ETRE UTILISE DANS DES COMMUTATEURS, DES CAPTEURS, DES DISPOSITIFS DE VERROUILLAGE ET AUTRES APPAREILS, ET PROCEDE D'UTILISATION DE CET ENSEMBLE
Abstract:
(EN) An apparatus (10) useful for electrical switching, latching, and sensing including a buckleable member (34) movable between a first buckled position and a second buckled position. The first and second buckled positions can be stable. The buckleable member (34) can be made of a thin metallic strip and can be constrained in a way such that it can be formed to an S-shape and such that the buckleable member (34) can be thought of as a wave spring.
(FR) L'invention concerne un appareil (10) pouvant être utilisé dans des commutateurs, des capteurs et des dispositifs de verrouillage électriques. Cet appareil comprend un élément pouvant être cambré (34) et pouvant ainsi se déplacer entre une première position cambrée et une deuxième position cambrée. Les première et deuxième positions cambrées peuvent être stables. L'élément pouvant être cambré (34) peut se composer d'une bande métallique mince et peut être soumis à une contrainte de telle sorte qu'il peut adopter la forme d'un S et former un ressort à ondulation.
Designated States: AL, AM, AT, AU, AZ, BA, BB, BG, BR, BY, CA, CH, CN, CU, CZ, DE, DK, EE, ES, FI, GB, GE, HU, IL, IS, JP, KE, KG, KP, KR, KZ, LC, LK, LR, LS, LT, LU, LV, MD, MG, MK, MN, MW, MX, NO, NZ, PL, PT, RO, RU, SD, SE, SG, SI, SK, TJ, TM, TR, TT, UA, UG, UZ, VN
African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) (KE, LS, MW, SD, SZ, UG)
Eurasian Patent Organization (AM, AZ, BY, KG, KZ, MD, RU, TJ, TM)
European Patent Office (AT, BE, CH, DE, DK, ES, FI, FR, GB, GR, IE, IT, LU, MC, NL, PT, SE)
African Intellectual Property Organization (BF, BJ, CF, CG, CI, CM, GA, GN, ML, MR, NE, SN, TD, TG)
Publication Language: English (EN)
Filing Language: English (EN)
Also published as:
AU1996075968