US Patent No: 7,733,617

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Self testing digital fault interrupter

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A self testing fault detector having a line side and a load side and a conductive path there between. The apparatus includes a solenoid, which is adapted to move a plurality of contacts disposed in the conductive path from a first position to a second position when the self testing device is powered from the line side; and a processor, which is adapted to energize the solenoid using a first switch and maintain said solenoid in the energized state using a second switch.

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Patent Owner(s)

Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
HUBBELL INCORPORATEDORANGE, CT1704

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Baldwin, John R Newtown, CT 50 947
Mortun, Sorin I Irvington, NY 23 136
Yu, Daming Easton, CT 20 127

Cited Art Landscape

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Patent Citation Ranking

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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
FAIRCHILD SEMICONDUCTOR CORPORATION (1)
8,760,824 Ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) monitor 0 2012
 
HUANG, HUADAO (1)
8,233,251 Circuit interrupting device with interconnecting reset and test buttons 1 2008
 
PASS & SEYMOUR, INC. (1)
8,861,146 Electrical wiring device with protective features 0 2010

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