US Patent No: 5,105,059

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Environmentally sealed switch construction

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A split switch case has a base and a mounting bracket fitted thereto. The top wall of the latter has a lateral rib defining sockets for receiving shoulder portions of the actuator. Plungers in the actuator can bottom out to break free the switch contacts should they fuse together. The rocker has a unique shape and is coupled to the actuator for positive pivotal movement on a lateral axis defined by surfaces in the rocker and in the mounting bracket's top wall rib. In the illuminated switch shown, the lamp circuit has at least one lead provided in a slot defined inside the mounting bracket. The lamp can be mounted in the mounting bracket either from above or from below, two depending legs will accommodate a conventional LED from either direction.

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Patent Owner(s)

Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
CARLING TECHNOLOGIES, INC.PLAINVILLE, CT64

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Ives, Milton Stuart, FL 4 64
Sorenson, Richard W 6540 SE Harbor Cir., Stuart, FL 34996 48 432

Cited Art Landscape

Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
Carlingswitch, Inc. (6)
4,242,551 Environmentally sealed rocker switch 28 1979
4,268,734 Environmentally sealed toggle switch 11 1979
4,352,965 Toggle switch assembly 7 1980
4,340,791 Environmentally sealed rocker switch 23 1980
4,347,417 Switch construction 13 1981
4,454,400 Switch construction 6 1982
 
EATON CORPORATION (3)
4,218,602 Sealed electric switch 20 1979
4,321,443 Lighted toggle lever switch having articulated conductors 6 1980
4,418,254 One piece operator for electric switch having pivoting and sliding contactor 6 1982
 
Agence Nationale de Valorisation de la Recherche (ANVAR) (1)
4,382,154 Device sensitive to a temperature gradient and its application for constructing a thermal fluxmeter or solar sensor 10 1980
 
McGill Manufacturing Company, Inc. (1)
4,758,724 Panel mounted toggle switch 14 1987
 
Omron Tateisi Electronics Co. (1)
4,532,393 Push button switch 9 1984
 
THOMAS & BETTS INTERNATIONAL, INC. (1)
4,480,159 Sub-miniature three position switch with built-in lever lock 5 1983
 
Tower Manufacturing Corporation (1)
4,789,766 Water-resistant switch construction 10 1987

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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
CARLING TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (5)
5,436,421 Progressive switch 3 1994
5,725,087 Rotary switch that converts to rotary action, a toggle style switching mechanism 3 1996
6,013,885 Rocker switch with lamp module 38 1999
6,444,930 Environmentally sealed rocker switch 10 2001
7,170,021 Electrical switch rocker and assembly 11 2005
 
RELIANCE CONTROLS CORPORATION (4)
6,596,956 SPDT switch with multiple contact arrangement 9 2001
6,570,114 Center contact and rocker arrangement for a single pole double-throw switch 3 2001
6,600,122 Centering arrangement for a movable contact member in a rocker-type switch 10 2002
7,009,128 Side contact rocker-type switch assembly 4 2004
 
ALPS ELECTRIC CO., LTD. (1)
7,122,755 Switch device having operation member which is not easily disengaged from housing even when large amount of load is applied 1 2006
 
COACTIVE TECHNOLOGIES, LLC (1)
6,008,458 Sealed slide switch 5 1998
 
DEFOND COMPONENTS LIMITED (1)
6,590,175 Illuminated rocker switch with resistor 11 2002
 
HEWLETT-PACKARD DEVELOPMENT COMPANY, L.P. (1)
D373114 Recessed rocker switch 1 1995
 
HMI SYSTEMS, LLC (1)
7,373,036 Switching device and method 0 2006
 
ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC. (1)
5,970,607 Method of making an electrical subassembly 1 1995
 
ITW Switches Asia Ltd. (1)
5,819,912 Slide selector switch and inlet outlet device 4 1996
 
KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RIKA DENKI SEISAKUSHO (1)
7,358,453 Swinging switch device 3 2005
 
Otto Engineering, Inc. (1)
5,343,007 Rocker switch 30 1993
 
SIEMENS INDUSTRY, INC. (1)
7,968,813 Switching device contact arm and armature plate 0 2007
 
Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (3)
5,924,552 Retainer structure of switch 3 1997
7,872,205 Electrical switches 0 2008
7,982,150 Switch assembly having indicator 0 2009