ARC fault detector

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United States of America Patent

PATENT NO 7535234
APP PUB NO 20070262780A1
SERIAL NO

11738783

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An arc fault detector, as a stand alone device or in combination with a circuit interrupting device such as a ground fault interrupter (GFCI), protects from potentially dangerous arc fault conditions. The device utilizes a line side or load side series connected inductance having an air or magnetic core to generate the derivative di/dt signal of the arc current in the conductor. The derivative signal is fed to an arc fault detector where it is analyzed for the presence of arcing. The device can have two series connected inductors inductively coupled to each other such that the signal from one inductor is inductively coupled into the other inductor for coupling to the arc fault detector.

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Patent Owner(s)

Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
LEVITON MANUFACTURING CO., INC.LITTLE NECK, NY637

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Bradley, Roger M North Bellmore, US 49 1577
Mernyk, Ross Brooklyn , US 16 628

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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (1)
* 2008/0140,354 ARC FAULT DETECTOR WITH CIRCUIT INTERRUPTER 8 2008
 
GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY (2)
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* 2011/0026,183 CIRCUIT PROTECTION DEVICE AND SYSTEM 1 2009
 
MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION (2)
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* 2010/0013,470 RESIDUAL MAGNETIC FLUX DETERMINING APPARATUS 3 2006
 
LEVITON MANUFACTURING CO., INC. (8)
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Moeller Gebaudeautomation GmbH (2)
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COOPER TECHNOLOGIES COMPANY (1)
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BSafe Electrix, Inc. (1)
* 2011/0141,635 Thermally protected GFCI 3 2009
 
EATON CORPORATION (1)
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UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION (2)
8564307 Arc fault detector with circuit interrupter 4 2011
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