US Pat. No. 9,281,149

ARC SHIELD

Carling Technologies, Inc...

1. A circuit breaker comprising:
contacts configured to be touching when closed and be separated when opened;
a mechanism configured to open and close the contacts;
a housing enclosing the mechanism and the contacts;
an opening in the housing adapted to permit a gas to escape the housing; and,
a shield attached to the housing;
wherein the shield comprises an exterior portion defining a space around the opening that is external to the housing;
wherein the exterior portion comprises an outlet and is disposed to direct the gas from the opening toward the outlet; and
wherein the housing includes at least one slot and the shield includes at least one leg passing through the at least one slot
from an exterior of the housing through to an interior of the housing.

US Pat. No. 9,312,088

SOLENOID ACTUATED CIRCUIT BREAKER

CARLING TECHNOLOGIES, INC...

1. A circuit breaker comprising:
a housing;
a circuit breaker mechanism having a tripped state and an untripped state;
a switch handle having an off position and an on position and configured to toggle the circuit breaker between the tripped
state and the untripped state;

a printed circuit board having a male edge connector; and
an actuator disposed to move the switch handle from the off position to the on position, the actuator having a female edge
connector;

wherein the actuator is a self-contained modular assembly adapted to be attached and removed from the housing as a unit;
wherein said circuit breaker is configured such that attaching the actuator to the housing simultaneously engages the female
edge connector and male edge connector, electrically connecting the actuator to current running through the circuit breaker.

US Pat. No. 9,406,465

POLARITY INSENSITIVE ARC QUENCH

Carling Technologies, Inc...

1. A circuit interrupter providing for arc suppression, said circuit interrupter comprising:
a first contact electrically connectable to a power source;
a second contact electrically connectable to a load;
said first and second contacts being actuated between a closed and open position relative to each other;
an arc extinguisher for extinguishing an arc that develops in the vicinity of said first and second contacts; and
a permanent magnet disposed adjacent to at least one of the contacts and generating a magnetic field that permeates an area
where the arc develops;

said magnetic field directing the arc toward said arc extinguisher regardless of a polarity of the contacts.

US Pat. No. 9,384,931

REMOTE OPERATED CIRCUIT BREAKER

Carling Technologies, Inc...

1. A circuit breaker comprising:
a first contact;
a second contact moveable between a closed position and an open position relative to the first contact, where the second contact
is electrically connected to the first contact only in the closed position;

a unitary contact arm and lever assembly having a first end on which said second contact is mounted, a second end and a pivot
point located between the first end and the second end;

an actuator having a first position and a second position and directly acting on the second end of said unitary contact arm
and lever assembly, said actuator moving said unitary contact arm and lever assembly solely about the pivot point when moved
from the first to the second position putting said second contact in the open position;

said circuit breaker further including a circuit breaker linkage having a tripped state and an untripped state, said circuit
breaker linkage changes the position of the second contact when the circuit breaker linkage changes state;

a fault detector connected to said circuit breaker linkage, said fault detector causing said circuit breaker linkage to move
from the untripped state to the tripped state in response to a sensed overcurrent;

wherein said circuit breaker linkage remains in the untripped state when the actuator moves from the first position to the
second position;

wherein said actuator moves between the first position and the second position in response to a remote command signal;
wherein the remote command signal is independent from the sensed overcurrent; and
wherein the actuator is a solenoid comprising a permanent magnet disposed to bias the contacts.

US Pat. No. 9,318,284

LOW-PROFILE CIRCUIT BREAKER

CARLING TECHNOLOGIES, INC...

1. A circuit interrupter comprising:
a housing having a first contact and a second contact movable with respect to said first contact;
a first terminal located on a first side of said housing;
a second terminal located on a second side of said housing, said second side being opposite said first side;
an electrical conductor electrically connected to said first terminal and said first contact, said electrical conductor being
formed as a flat conductor having a width and a longitudinal length, said electrical conductor comprising:

a first portion located substantially toward said first side of said housing running towards a third side of said housing,
said third side being adjacent to said first side;

a second portion located substantially toward said third side of said housing running towards said second side of said housing;
and

a third portion connecting said first portion to said second portion, said third portion being at an obtuse angle with respect
to said first portion and said second portion;

wherein said housing has a fastening opening including an axis passing therethrough, the fastening opening located on an intersection
of a plane defined by said first portion and a plane defined by said second portion, the intersection comprising a line that
is within the fastening opening and parallel with the axis of the fastening opening; and

an arc splitter located adjacent to said first portion and said second portion of said electrical conductor, said arc splitter
being angled with respect to said second side;

wherein said first terminal and said second terminal extend from said third side of said housing to a fourth side of said
housing, said fourth side being opposite said third side, and

wherein said first terminal and said second terminal only pass once through a plane parallel to said fourth side defined anywhere
along said first or said second terminal.

US Pat. No. 9,431,193

LOW CURRENT SWITCH

Carling Technologies, Inc...

1. A switch comprising:
a flexible element fixedly attached within a housing, which extends from a fixedly attached portion to an unattached end and
is in electrical communication with a first terminal;

said flexible element having an elongated opening formed therein, the opening defined by a first end and a second end;
a contact in electrical communication with a second terminal;
an actuator having a bearing surface which is configured to move between a first position and a second position and to bias
the flexible element such that the unattached end flexes toward the contact when the actuator is moved from the second position
to the first position;

a switch handle having a handle bearing surface in contact with the actuator and configured to move the actuator between the
second position and the first position; and

a return assist formed in the elongated opening in said flexible element, said return assist having first and second ends
defining a length, the first end of said return assist affixed to said flexible element, the return assist being configured
to bias the unattached end of the flexible element away from the contact;

said bearing surface contacting a lateral surface of said flexible element at a location between the first and second ends
of said return assist.

US Pat. No. 9,263,216

CIRCUIT BREAKER WITH ARC SHIELD

CARLING TECHNOLOGIES, INC...

1. A circuit breaker comprising:
contacts configured to touch when closed and separate when opened;
a mechanism configured to open and close the contacts;
an arc chute;
a housing enclosing the mechanism, the arc chute and the contacts;
a vent disposed to permit gasses to escape the housing; and,
a shield attached to the housing which includes an exterior portion defining a space around the vent that is external to the
housing and an interior portion extending into the housing.

US Pat. No. 9,859,084

REMOTE OPERATED CIRCUIT BREAKER WITH MANUAL RESET

Carling Technologies, Inc...

1. A circuit breaker comprising:
first and second contacts moveable with respect to each other between a closed state in which electrical current flows through
said circuit breaker and an open state in which electrical current is prevented from flowing through said circuit breaker;

a linkage assembly moveable between an engaged position and a disengaged position, wherein when in the disengaged position,
said first and second contacts are in the open state;

a remote actuator moveable between an on position and an off position, wherein when said linkage assembly is in the engaged
position and when said remote actuator is in the on position, said first and second contacts are in the closed state, and
wherein when said linkage assembly is in the engaged position and when said remote actuator is moved to the off position,
said first and second contacts are moved with respect to each other to the open state; and

a manual reset mechanism that, upon actuation when power has been lost to the remote actuator when the remote actuator is
in the off position, physically moves the remote actuator to the on position in the absence of power to the remote actuator,
thereby resetting said first and second contacts to the closed state.

US Pat. No. 9,443,679

TWO-PIECE ROCKER ASSEMBLY

Carling Technologies, Inc...

1. A rocker switch comprising:
a switch base;
a bracket mounted on the switch base; and
a rocker assembly mounted on the bracket, the rocker assembly able to pivot on the bracket, the rocker assembly including:
an outer rocker having an interior body, the interior body of the outer rocker having at least one retention member extending
inwardly from an interior surface of the outer rocker;

an inner rocker snap-fit within the outer rocker, the inner rocker having at least one latch beam that is snapped below the
at least one retention member to cause the inner rocker to be secured within the inner body of the outer rocker;

a locking member having a body slideable within a pocket between the inner rocker and the outer rocker;
a spring providing a force against the locking member; and
a post located on the inner rocker, the post supporting a first end of the spring to prevent the locking member from sliding
along a surface of the inner rocker;

wherein the locking member has a center hole for housing a second end of the spring, the spring being contained in a compressed
state between the center hole of the locking member and the post located on the inner rocker.

US Pat. No. 9,530,593

ELECTROMAGNETICALLY ASSISTED ARC QUENCH WITH PIVOTING PERMANENT MAGNET

Carling Technologies, Inc...

1. A circuit interrupter comprising:
a first contact:
a second contact;
wherein at least one of said first or said second contact is movable with respect to the other contact;
a first conductor electrically connected to the first contact;
a second conductor electrically connected to the second contact;
an arc extinguisher;
an electromagnetic structure disposed to guide an arc that develops between the contacts toward said arc extinguisher; and,
a permanent magnet disposed within a core of the electromagnetic structure;
wherein said permanent magnet pivotably orients with respect to an electromagnetic field produced by the electromagnetic structure;
and,

wherein the permanent magnet is disposed to guide the arc toward the arc extinguisher regardless of the polarity of the contacts.

US Pat. No. 9,947,499

ULTRA LOW PROFILE ROCKER DESIGN

Carling Technologies, Inc...

1. A rocker switch comprising:a housing;
a rocker pivotably attached to said housing about a rocker pivot point, said rocker comprising:
a first side having a first end disposed on a first side of said rocker pivot point and a second end disposed on a second side of said rocker pivot point opposite to the first end, such that movement of the first end in one direction causes pivoting movement of the second end in an opposite direction about the rocker pivot point,
a second side adjacent to said first side, and
a channel, disposed on said second side of said rocker, said channel having a first end and a second end,
a crank pivotably attached to said housing about a crank pivot point;
a pin disposed on said crank;
wherein, in an off position, said first end of said first side of said rocker extends from said housing, and said pin is located in a first end of said channel; and
wherein a depression of said first end of said rocker to an on position causes said first end of said first side of said rocker to create a substantially flat surface with said housing such that said first end of said first side of said rocker no longer extends from said housing and also causes a rotational movement of said channel in a curvilinear path around said rocker pivot point and through a plane that passes through the crank pivot point and that is parallel to the substantially flat surface, causing a rotational movement of said crank about said crank pivot point, moving said pin from said first end of said channel toward said second end of said channel.

US Pat. No. 9,761,399

SOLENOID ACTUATED CIRCUIT BREAKER WITH LOCKING CLIP

Carling Technologies, Inc...

1. A circuit breaker comprising:
a housing having a channel formed therein, the channel being defined by at least two side walls, each having a detent formed
therein, the detents facing each other with the channel therebetween;

a circuit breaker mechanism having a tripped state and an untripped state;
a switch handle having an off position and an on position and configured to toggle the circuit breaker between the tripped
state and the untripped state; and,

an actuator module adapted to move the switch handle from the off position to the on position, wherein the actuator module
is a self-contained modular assembly adapted to be attached to and removed from the housing as a unit, the actuator module
comprising:

at least two legs, each having an outwardly extending protrusion formed thereon, the protrusions facing away from each other
and being sized, shaped and located to engage the detents formed in the side walls of the channel of the housing when the
actuator module is mounted within the channel; and

a locking clip moveable from an unlocked position, in which flexing of the legs toward each other is permitted, and a locked
position, in which flexing of the legs toward each other is limited or prevented, such that when the actuator module is mounted
within the channel so that the protrusions engage the detents and the locking clip is in the locked position, removal of the
actuator module is inhibited.

US Pat. No. 9,966,210

CIRCUIT BREAKER WITH INTEGRATED U-LINK

Carling Technologies, Inc...

1. A circuit interrupter having a housing within which components of the circuit interrupter are contained, the circuit interrupter comprising:a line terminal connectable to a source of electrical power;
a load terminal connectable to a load;
a stationary contact positioned on a first plate;
a moveable contact arm having a first end and a second end, said moveable contact arm having a moveable contact positioned at the first end, said moveable contact configured to be moveable into and out of physical contact with said stationary contact by movement of said moveable contact arm;
a catch coupled to the second end of said moveable contact arm, said moveable contact arm and said catch defining a longitudinal axis;
a handle provided to rotate about a pivot and including an elongated portion coupled to said catch via a linkage pivot point, the elongated portion having a longitudinal axis;
wherein when the contacts are in an open position, the longitudinal axis defined by the moveable contact arm and catch is positioned at an angle relative to the longitudinal axis defined by the elongated portion;
wherein when the contacts are in a closed position, the longitudinal axis defined by the moveable contact arm and catch is substantially in line with or parallel with the longitudinal axis defined by the elongated portion; and
a moveable contact pivot connected to the first end of said moveable contact arm and a channel within which the moveable contact pivot is positioned, wherein movement of said moveable contact arm between the open and closed position causes said moveable contact pivot to slide from one end of said channel to an opposite end of said channel.

US Pat. No. 9,966,209

CIRCUIT BREAKER WITH ARC SHIELD

Carling Technologies, Inc...

1. A circuit interrupter comprising:a set of contacts including a stationary contact and a moveable contact;
a contact arm having a first end and a second end, said moveable contact positioned at the first end;
a linkage coupled to the second end of said contact arm, said linkage coupled to an overcurrent measurement device and to a handle;
an escapement coupled at a first end to said contact arm at a location between the first and second ends of said contact arm, said escapement coupled at a second end to the handle, wherein actuation of the handle causes said moveable contact arm to move to either open or close said set of contacts; and
an arc horn shield mounted onto said escapement, said arc horn shield including a protrusion extending from a side portion thereof defined by a tab that includes an arc receiving surface such that when the moveable contact arm is displaced to an open position, said moveable contact is moved into a vicinity of the arc receiving surface.

US Pat. No. 9,859,075

BOTTOM VENTING CIRCUIT BREAKER

Carling Technologies, Inc...

1. A circuit interrupter having a housing within which the components of the circuit interrupter are contained, the circuit
interrupter comprising:
a line terminal connectable to a source of electrical power;
a load terminal connectable to a load;
a stationary contact positioned on a first plate;
a second plate connected at a first end to and extending substantially perpendicular from said first plate;
a moveable contact arm having a moveable contact positioned thereon, said moveable contact configured to be moveable into
and out of physical contact with said stationary contact by movement of said moveable contact arm, wherein said line terminal
and said load terminal are in electrical communication via said stationary contact and said moveable contact when said stationary
contact and said moveable contact are in physical contact;

a current measurement device connected in series with said line terminal and said load terminal;
a handle disposed on a first surface of said housing and coupled to a linkage, said linkage coupled to said moveable contact
arm, wherein movement of said handle causes said linkage to move said moveable contact arm to open and close the moveable
contact with respect to said stationary contact;

wherein electrical current flowing through the first contact causes a first magnetic field to be formed in a clockwise direction
relative to said first contact such that an arc that forms in the vicinity of said first contact is urged to travel an arc
path in a direction away from said second plate, and

wherein an opening is positioned in a second surface of said housing, said second surface being disposed on an opposite side
of said housing as is said first surface, and wherein said opening provides a vent path for the venting of gas caused by the
arc, said vent path being split so as to define two separate vent paths.

US Pat. No. 10,002,721

MULTIPLE CONTACT CIRCUIT BREAKER

Carling Technologies, Inc...

1. A circuit interrupter comprising:a first set of contacts including a first contact and a second contact, movable into and out of contact with each other;
a second set of contacts including a third contact and a fourth contact, movable into and out of contact with each other;
said first set of contacts connected in series with said second sect of contacts;
a contact arm carrier;
a contact arm;
wherein said second and said fourth contacts being positioned on said contact arm;
wherein said first set of contacts are configured to open and close simultaneously with opening and closing of said second set of contacts;
wherein a first plane defines movement of said contact arm carrier and said contact arm defines a second plane; and
wherein the second plane is positioned at an angle other than perpendicular to the first plane both when the contacts are open and when the contacts are closed.

US Pat. No. 9,761,387

DOUBLE POLE BREAKER WITH TANDEM ARRANGEMENT

Carling Technologies, Inc...

1. A circuit breaker assembly comprising:
a first circuit breaker having a first housing containing a first trip mechanism with a first axis, the first housing having
a circular opening;

a second circuit breaker having a second housing containing a second trip mechanism with a second axis, the second housing
having a circular opening;

a first coupler disc positioned in the circular opening of the first housing and connected to the first trip mechanism;
a second coupler disc positioned in the circular opening of the second housing and connected to the second trip mechanism;
said first circuit breaker and said second circuit breaker aligned such that the first axis and the second axis are parallel
and separated by a distance;

an elongated trip member having a first end with a first pivot connection and a second end with a second pivot connection;
the first pivot connection connected to the first coupler disc and the second pivot connection connected to the second coupler
disc such that when the first trip mechanism actuates from an untripped state to a tripped state, said elongated trip member
actuates the second trip mechanism from an untripped state to a tripped state; and

a cover positioned over the elongated trip member, said cover fastened to said first circuit breaker and said second circuit
breaker.

US Pat. No. 9,896,045

TOUCH ACTIVATED, WIRELESS SWITCHES

Carling Technologies, Inc...

1. A switch system comprising:
a master module which comprises:
an aircraft interface,
a power supply,
a first driver,
a first switch,
first I/O interface and,
a transceiver that is configured to communicate a state of said first switch to a first switched device,
a controller, and,
a first slave module connected to the master module and comprising a second switch, a second driver and a second I/O interfaces,
wherein said transceiver is configured to communicate a state of the second switch to a second switched device;

a second slave module connectable to said first slave module and comprising a third switch a third driver and a third I/O
interface and which is configured to communicate a third switch state using the transceiver to its respective switched device;

wherein the communication of the various states of said first, second and third switches comprises transmitting a status of
at least one of the switches to its associated device such that the associated device is activated when its respective switch
is activated;

wherein the master module, the first slave module and second slave modules are connected to a bus through the first I/O interface
such that said first slave module communicates the state of the second switch to said transceiver via the bus and said controller
controls communication over the bus; and

wherein the first slave module draws power from the power supply using the bus and the master module is connectable to an
aircraft wiring harness via the aircraft interface, and the power supply is configured to draw power from the aircraft wiring
harness.

US Pat. No. 9,859,081

CIRCUIT BREAKER WITH MOVABLE TERMINAL BARRIER

Carling Technologies, Inc...

1. A circuit breaker comprising:
a housing having a bottom containing a first cavity and a second cavity, the bottom of said housing has a first long side,
a second long side, a first short side and a second short side, and wherein said housing has a first wall perpendicular to
the first long side and a second wall perpendicular to the second long side, at least one slot along said first wall, and
at least one slot along said second wall;

a trip mechanism disposed in said housing;
a first terminal in the first cavity, the first terminal electrically connected to said trip mechanism;
a second terminal in the second cavity, the second terminal electrically connected to said trip mechanism;
a first terminal barrier connected to said housing, the first terminal barrier slideable along the bottom of the housing from
a first position covering said first cavity to a second position at least partially exposing said first cavity, said first
terminal barrier having at least two runners that interlock with said at least one slot along said first wall and said at
least one slot along said second wall; and

a second terminal barrier connected to said housing, the second terminal barrier slideable along the bottom of the housing
from a first position covering said second cavity to a second position at least partially exposing said second cavity, said
second terminal barrier having at least two runners that interlock with said at least one slot along said first wall and said
at least one slot along said second wall.

US Pat. No. 9,755,447

PANEL MOUNTED USB CHARGER

Carling Technologies, Inc...

1. A USB charging device comprising:
a base;
a bracket;
said bracket attachable with said base;
a cover attached to said bracket in a water tight manner and having at least one opening formed therein;
at least one door;
at least one hinge affixing said at least one door to said cover;
a biasing mechanism for biasing said at least one door in a closed position with respect to said cover;
a seal formed around said at least one opening for forming a water tight seal with said at least one door when the door is
in the closed position;

at least one Universal Serial Bus (USB) receptacle accessible via the at least one opening in said cover;
at least one Printed Circuit Board (PCB) electrically connected to said at least one USB receptacle, wherein said at least
one PCB comprises a first PCB and a second PCB, said first PCB being electrically connected to said second PCB, said charging
device further comprising an intermediate seal formed between said first PCB and said second PCB such that moisture is inhibited
from moving from an area housing said first PCB to an area housing said second PCB;

said bracket having a mounting portion for engaging with a surface for mounting of said USB charging device in an exterior
environment.

US Pat. No. 10,219,381

CIRCUIT BOARD MOUNTED SWITCH WITH ELECTRO STATIC DISCHARGE SHIELD

Carling Technologies, Inc...

1. An electronic device capable of capturing and directing electro-static discharge comprising:a printed circuit board including electronics positioned thereon and including a ground connection;
a rocker having an actuation surface configured to be contacted to actuate the electronic device;
an electro static discharge device comprising a frame positioned adjacent to said actuation surface, said electro static discharge device including a pair of legs extending generally perpendicular to the frame and generally parallel to each other, each leg having a proximal end coupled to the frame and a distal end that is positioned adjacent to one of a pair of ground points on said printed circuit board, each leg further including a pair of arms comprising proximal ends coupled to each leg, said arms extending generally parallel to each other and extending generally perpendicular from the legs, said arms extending along a length of said actuation surface, and wherein said electro static discharge device is spaced apart from said printed circuit board by an air gap, whereby relative pivoting movement is allowed therebetween;
wherein said ground points on said printed circuit board are electrically connected to said ground connection;
wherein in the event an object contacts said actuation surface and an electro static discharge occurs, the electro static discharge is drawn down at least one of the pair of legs and jumps across the air gap to at least one of the ground points on said printed circuit board.

US Pat. No. 9,799,476

REMOTE OPERATED CIRCUIT BREAKER

Carling Technologies, Inc...

1. A circuit breaker comprising:
a first contact;
a second contact moveable between a closed position and an open position relative to the first contact, where the second contact
is electrically connected to the first contact only in the closed position;

a unitary contact arm and lever assembly having a first end on which said second contact is mounted, a second end and a pivot
point located between the first end and the second end;

an actuator having a first position and a second position and directly acting on the second end of said unitary contact arm
and lever assembly, said actuator moving said unitary contact arm and lever assembly solely about the pivot point when moved
from the first to the second position putting said second contact in the open position;

a handle having an on and an off position;
said circuit breaker further including a circuit breaker linkage connecting said handle to said unitary contact arm and having
a tripped state and an untripped state, said circuit breaker linkage changes the position of the second contact when the circuit
breaker linkage changes state;

a fault detector connected to said circuit breaker linkage, said fault detector causing said circuit breaker linkage to move
from the untripped state to the tripped state in response to a sensed overcurrent;

wherein said fault detector and said circuit breaker linkage remain in the untripped state and do not move when the actuator
moves from the first position to the second position;

wherein said actuator moves between the first position and the second position in response to a remote command signal;
wherein the remote command signal is independent from the sensed overcurrent; and
wherein said actuator comprises a solenoid with a plunger, wherein said plunger contacts said unitary contact arm.

US Pat. No. 10,211,003

SINGLE POLE DC CIRCUIT BREAKER WITH BI-DIRECTIONAL ARC CHAMBER

Carling Technologies, Inc...

1. A DC voltage circuit interrupter comprising:a stationary contact arm formed as a substantially flat elongated piece having a first end and a second end;
a stationary contact positioned on an under side of and toward a middle portion of said stationary contact arm;
a stationary magnet positioned on an upper side of and toward the middle portion of said stationary contact arm, said stationary magnet generating a stationary magnetic field;
a moveable contact arm formed as a substantially flat elongated piece having a first end and a second end;
a moveable contact positioned on an upper side of and toward a middle portion of said moveable contact arm;
a moveable magnet positioned on an under side of and toward the middle portion of said moveable contact arm, said moveable magnet generating a moveable magnetic field;
wherein the stationary magnet field and the moveable magnetic field are additive with respect to each other;
said moveable contact arm displaceable along a linear path such that said moveable contact physically contacts said stationary contact in a closed position, and said moveable contact does not physically contact said stationary contact in an open position;
a first arc extinguisher positioned below the first end of said stationary contact arm;
a second arc extinguisher positioned below the second end of said stationary contact arm;
wherein when an arc occurs between said stationary contact and said moveable contact, the magnetic fields urge the arc off of the contacts and onto the stationary contact arm and moveable contact arm and toward either said first or second arc extinguisher depending on a polarity of the DC voltage.

US Pat. No. 9,799,477

CIRCUIT BREAKER WITH CURRENT LIMITING AND HIGH SPEED FAULT CAPABILITY

Carling Technologies, Inc...

1. A circuit breaker comprising:
a first contact and a second contact;
said first or said second contact movable with respect to the other contact such that contacts may be placed in a first state
in where the contacts are closed relative to each other, and a second state where the contacts are open relative to each other;

an overcurrent mechanism for measuring a current passing through the contacts, said overcurrent mechanism including:
a first trip mechanism for causing the contacts to open relative to each other, said first trip mechanism opening of the contacts
when the current exceeds a first threshold level;

a second trip mechanism for causing the contacts to open relative to each other, said second trip mechanism having a setting
that introduces a time delay in the opening of the contacts when the current exceeds a second threshold level;

a linkage having first and second pivot arms connected to each other via a pivot, and having a third pivot arm connected at
one end to said second contact and at another end to said second pivot arm, said linkage acted on by said first trip mechanism
or said second trip mechanism such that actuation of said first trip mechanism or said second trip mechanism causes movement
of said linkage, which causes one of said first or second contacts to move relative to the other contact;

a handle connected to said linkage such that manual actuation of said handle causes said contacts to move between open and
closed positions, wherein said first pivot arm is connected at one end to said handle and is connected at another end to said
second pivot arm;

wherein when the contacts are in a closed position, an angle ?1 is formed between the first pivot arm and the second pivot arm, where the angle ?1 is less than 180 degrees, the first and second pivot arms held under a mechanical advantage; and

wherein when said linkage is acted on by said first trip mechanism or said second trip mechanism the mechanical advantage
is released and one of the contacts are moved to the open position such that the angle ?1 is changed to an angle ?3, wherein the angle ?3 is greater than 180 degrees.

US Pat. No. 10,204,750

ILLUMINATED SWITCH ACTUATOR FURTHER SURROUNDED BY AN ILLUMINATION STRUCTURE

Carling Technologies, Inc...

1. A rocker switch assembly comprising:an inner bracket;
an outer bracket enclosing said inner bracket;
a switch cooperating with said inner bracket, said switch including a first and a second contact moveable with respect to each other and corresponding to a closed state and an open state;
an illumination structure secured between said inner bracket and said outer bracket with said illumination structure surrounding at least a portion of a perimeter of said switch, wherein said switch is pivotable with respect to said inner bracket, said outer bracket and said illumination structure;
at least one Light Emitting Diode (LED) positioned in the vicinity of said illumination structure;
said at least one LED emitting light that diffuses through said illumination structure indicating the position of said switch.