(19)
(11)EP 3 292 558 B1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT SPECIFICATION

(45)Mention of the grant of the patent:
11.09.2019 Bulletin 2019/37

(21)Application number: 16722487.2

(22)Date of filing:  03.05.2016
(51)International Patent Classification (IPC): 
H01H 71/04(2006.01)
H01H 71/02(2006.01)
H01H 71/46(2006.01)
(86)International application number:
PCT/US2016/030539
(87)International publication number:
WO 2016/179156 (10.11.2016 Gazette  2016/45)

(54)

ELECTRICAL SWITCHING APPARATUS AND TRIP ASSEMBLY THEREFOR

ELEKTRISCHE SCHALTVORRICHTUNG UND AUSLÖSEEINHEIT DAFÜR

APPAREIL DE COMMUTATION ÉLECTRIQUE ET ENSEMBLE DÉCLENCHEUR ASSOCIÉ


(84)Designated Contracting States:
AL AT BE BG CH CY CZ DE DK EE ES FI FR GB GR HR HU IE IS IT LI LT LU LV MC MK MT NL NO PL PT RO RS SE SI SK SM TR

(30)Priority: 07.05.2015 US 201514706061

(43)Date of publication of application:
14.03.2018 Bulletin 2018/11

(73)Proprietor: Eaton Corporation
Cleveland, OH 44122 (US)

(72)Inventors:
  • KLINE, Kameron James
    Cleveland, OH 44122 (US)
  • JANUSEK, Mark
    Bethel Park, PA 15102 (US)
  • DEVINE, Jack Edward
    Pittsburgh, PA 15237 (US)
  • TURNER, David
    Imperial, PA 15126 (US)

(74)Representative: Wagner & Geyer 
Partnerschaft mbB Patent- und Rechtsanwälte Gewürzmühlstrasse 5
80538 München
80538 München (DE)


(56)References cited: : 
EP-A2- 1 098 344
US-A- 5 927 484
EP-A2- 1 643 527
US-B1- 6 201 460
  
      
    Note: Within nine months from the publication of the mention of the grant of the European patent, any person may give notice to the European Patent Office of opposition to the European patent granted. Notice of opposition shall be filed in a written reasoned statement. It shall not be deemed to have been filed until the opposition fee has been paid. (Art. 99(1) European Patent Convention).


    Description

    BACKGROUND


    Field



    [0001] The disclosed concept pertains generally to electrical switching apparatus, such as, for example, circuit breakers. The disclosed concept also pertains to trip assemblies for electrical switching apparatus.

    Background Information



    [0002] Electrical switching apparatus are used to protect electrical circuitry from damage due to a trip condition, such as, for example, an overcurrent condition, an overload condition, an undervoltage condition, a relatively high level short circuit or fault condition, a ground fault or arc fault condition. Molded case circuit breakers, for example, include at least one pair of separable contacts which are operated either manually by way of a handle disposed on the outside of the case, or automatically by way of a trip unit in response to the trip condition.

    [0003] Known trip units take up significant space within the circuit breaker. As a result of the lack of available space, it is difficult to determine whether the separable contacts are open or closed. That is, little or no space is available for a readily visible trip indicator or status indicator for quickly and easily determining the breaker status.

    [0004] Attention is drawn to US 5 927 484 A disclosing a circuit breaker with a welded contact interlock, a gas sealing cam rider and a double rate spring. The circuit breaker includes a housing, an operating mechanism and separable main contacts and a rotatable crossbar which rotates to open and close the contacts. The crossbar interacts by way of a protrusion thereon with a rotatable, positive off-link. A handle mechanism is disposed in the housing and has a handle protruding from the housing which is normally movable from a closed to open disposition. However, if the operating mechanism has reacted in such a way as to open the separable main contacts but, in fact, they have not opened because, for example, they are welded shut, the protrusion on the crossbar will interact with the positive off-link and prevent the handle mechanism from moving to the opened position thus warning personnel that the contacts have not opened. The cam rider seals off or protects a spring from gaseous arc products during the opening operation. The aforementioned double pitch spring expands the range of the adjustment characteristic of the tripping mechanism.

    [0005] Moreover, US 6 201 460 B1 refers to an undervoltage release device for a molded case circuit breaker having an operating mechanism, a trip bar, line and load terminals, and a cover. The device includes a housing, a solenoid, upper and lower actuators aligned with a plunger of the solenoid and in selective contact with the trip bar, plunger and actuator reset levers mounted upon the solenoid frame, and pair of terminals in electrical contact with the solenoid coil and line terminals of the breaker, wherein the force of the solenoid corresponds to the line voltage. Also disclosed is a method for tripping a circuit breaker when line voltage drops below a selected value in a circuit breaker having an operating mechanism and a trip unit with an intermediate latch.

    [0006] Further, EP 1 098 344 A2 discloses a shunt trip device for a molded case circuit breaker including a molded housing including a main breaker cover, a first and a second terminal mounted in the casing with a contact electrically coupled to the first terminal and a movable contact electrically coupled to the second terminal. It also includes an operating mechanism having a pivoting member movable between an ON position, an OFF position and a TRIPPED position, wherein the pivoting member is coupled to the movable contact. An intermediate latching mechanism is mounted in the housing and coupled to the operating mechanism is in selective operative contact with a trip unit having a trip bar. The trip unit is also coupled to the movable contact and the second terminal. An accessory socket formed in the main breaker cover, on either side of an opening for the pivoting member is in communication with the housing. A latching protrusion mounted in the socket engages an accessory installed in the accessory socket. An accessory cover sized to cover the accessory mounted in the accessory socket is also provided.

    [0007] One such accessory that can be installed in the socket is a shunt trip device which will trip the circuit breaker upon receiving a power signal from a remote location.

    [0008] There is, therefore, room for improvement in electrical switching apparatus and in trip assemblies therefor.

    SUMMARY



    [0009] In accordance with the present invention, a trip assembly and an electrical switching apparatus as set forth in Claims 1 and 10, respectively, is provided. Further embodiments are inter alia disclosed in the dependent claims. The above stated needs and others are met by embodiments of the disclosed concept, which are directed to said electrical switching apparatus and trip assembly therefor which, among other benefits, electrically communicates a circuit status while being able to trip the electrical switching apparatus.

    [0010] In accordance with one aspect of the disclosed concept, a trip assembly for an electrical switching apparatus is provided. The electrical switching apparatus includes a housing, a reset assembly coupled to the housing, an electrical communication assembly coupled to the housing, separable contacts enclosed by the housing, and an operating mechanism for opening and closing the separable contacts. The operating mechanism includes a trip bar and a crossbar. The trip assembly comprises: a mounting assembly structured to be coupled to the housing; an actuating element coupled to the mounting assembly, the actuating element being structured to be electrically connected to the electrical communication assembly; a trip cam coupled to the mounting assembly, the trip cam being structured to cooperate with the reset assembly in order to reset the actuating element; and an indication assembly coupled to the mounting assembly. The actuating element is structured to drive the trip cam into the trip bar in order to trip open the separable contacts. The actuating element cooperates with the indication assembly in order to electrically communicate a circuit status to the electrical communication assembly.

    [0011] In accordance with another aspect of the disclosed concept, an electrical switching apparatus is provided. The electrical switching apparatus comprises: a housing; a reset assembly coupled to the housing; an electrical communication assembly coupled to the housing; separable contacts enclosed by the housing; an operating mechanism for opening and closing the separable contacts, the operating mechanism including a trip bar and a crossbar; and a trip assembly comprising: a mounting assembly coupled to the housing, an actuating element coupled to the mounting assembly, the actuating element being electrically connected to the electrical communication assembly, a trip cam coupled to the mounting assembly, the trip cam cooperating with the reset assembly in order to reset the actuating element, and an indication assembly coupled to the mounting assembly. The actuating element is structured to drive the trip cam into the trip bar in order to trip open the separable contacts. The actuating element cooperates with the indication assembly in order to electrically communicate a circuit status to the electrical communication assembly.

    BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS



    [0012] A full understanding of the disclosed concept can be gained from the following description of the preferred embodiments when read in conjunction with the accompanying drawings in which:

    Figure 1 is a partially exploded isometric view of an electrical switching apparatus and trip assembly therefor, in accordance with a non-limiting embodiment of the disclosed concept;

    Figure 2 is another partially exploded isometric view of the electrical switching apparatus and trip assembly therefor of Figure 1;

    Figure 3 is an assembled top plan view of the electrical switching apparatus and trip assembly therefor of Figure 1;

    Figure 4 is a side elevation partially in section view of the electrical switching apparatus and trip assembly therefor, taken along line 4 - 4 of Figure 3, and shown with a portion of the electrical switching apparatus cut away to show internal structures;

    Figure 5 is a side elevation partially in section view of the electrical switching apparatus and trip assembly therefor, taken along line 5 - 5 of Figure 3, and shown with a portion of the electrical switching apparatus cut away to show internal structures

    Figures 6 and 7 are exploded isometric views of the trip assembly for the electrical switching apparatus of Figure 1;

    Figure 8 is a front elevation view of the trip cam for the trip assembly;

    Figure 9 is a side elevation view of the trip cam of Figure 8;

    Figure 10 is an isometric view of the plunger member for the trip assembly;

    Figure 11 is an assembled rear isometric view of the trip assembly;

    Figure 12 is an enlarged view of a portion of the electrical switching apparatus and trip assembly therefor of Figure 1;

    Figure 13 is an enlarged view of a portion of the electrical switching apparatus and trip assembly therefor of Figure 2;

    Figure 14 is a section view of a trip assembly, shown with a main printed circuit board in simplified form, and with contact strips engaging, in accordance with another non-limiting embodiment of the disclosed concept;

    Figure 15 is an enlarged view of a portion of the trip assembly of Figure 14; and

    Figure 16 is another enlarged view of the portion of the trip assembly of Figure 14, modified to show the contact strips disengaged.


    DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS



    [0013] For purposes of the description hereinafter, directional phrases used herein such as, for example, "clockwise", "counterclockwise", "up", "down", and derivatives thereof shall relate to the disclosed concept, as it is oriented in the drawings. It is to be understood that the specific elements illustrated in the drawings and described in the following specification are simply exemplary embodiments of the disclosed concept. Therefore, specific orientations and other physical characteristics related to the embodiments disclosed herein are not to be considered limiting with respect to the scope of the disclosed concept.

    [0014] As employed herein, the term "number" shall mean one or an integer greater than one (i.e., a plurality).

    [0015] As employed herein, the statement that two or more parts are "connected" or "coupled" together shall mean that the parts are joined together either directly or joined through one or more intermediate parts.

    [0016] As employed herein, the statement that two or more parts or components "engage" one another shall mean that the parts touch and/or exert a force against one another either directly or through one or more intermediate parts or components.

    [0017] Figures 1 through 5 show an electrical switching apparatus (e.g., without limitation, molded case circuit breaker 2) in accordance with a non-limiting embodiment of the disclosed concept. The example circuit breaker 2 includes a housing 4, a reset assembly 5, an electrical communication assembly 8 (shown in simplified form in Figures 3 through 5), a pair of separable contacts 18 (shown in simplified form in Figure 4) enclosed by the housing 4, and an operating mechanism 20 (shown in simplified form in Figure 4) for opening and closing the separable contacts 18. The reset assembly 5 and the electrical communication assembly 8 are coupled to the housing 4. The operating mechanism 20 includes a trip bar 14 (Figure 4) and a crossbar 16 (Figure 4). As will be discussed in greater detail below, the circuit breaker 2 further includes a trip assembly 100 that advantageously operates to trip the separable contacts 18, while simultaneously electrically communicating a circuit status to the electrical communication assembly 8. In this manner, existing space within the circuit breaker 2 is utilized by the single subassembly (i.e., the trip assembly 100) not only to trip the separable contacts 18, but also to electrically communicate the circuit status to the electrical communication assembly 8, thereby allowing operators to know whether the separable contacts 18 are open or closed.

    [0018] Figures 6 and 7 show exploded views of the trip assembly 100. As shown, the trip assembly 100 preferably includes a mounting assembly 102, an indication assembly 120, an actuating element (e.g., without limitation, solenoid 150), and a trip cam 160. The indication assembly 120, the solenoid 150, and the trip cam 160 are each coupled to the mounting assembly 102. The indication assembly 120 includes a biasing element (e.g., without limitation, spring 121), a plunger member 122 and a number of auxiliary switches 130,140. The plunger member 122 partially extends into the mounting assembly 102. Each of the auxiliary switches 130,140 includes a respective body portion 132,142 and a respective number of holes (see, for example, two holes 134,136 for the body portion 132, and two holes 144,146 for the body portion 142). Each of the auxiliary switches 130,140 further includes a respective deflection member (see, for example, deflection member 138 (Figure 6) located on the body portion 132). In operation, the plunger member 122 is structured to move between each of the auxiliary switches 130,140 in order to actuate each of the auxiliary switches 130,140, thereby causing each of the respective deflection members 138 (and the respective deflection member of the auxiliary switch 140, not shown) to move inwardly with respect to the respective body portion 132,142. In this manner, and as will be discussed below, responsive to the plunger member 122 moving between each of the auxiliary switches 130,140, each of the auxiliary switches advantageously sends a signal to the electrical communication assembly 8 (Figures 3-5) to electrically communicate the circuit status.

    [0019] The mounting assembly 102 includes a number of mounting members (see, for example, two mounting members 104,106) that contain the indication assembly 120, the solenoid 150, and the trip cam 160. The mounting members 104,106 are each coupled to the housing 4 of the circuit breaker 2. The mounting member 104 includes a body 108 and a number of protrusions (see, for example, two protrusions 110,112) extending from the body 108. In operation, each of the protrusions 110,112 extends into a corresponding one of the holes 144,146 of the auxiliary switch 140 in order to couple the auxiliary switch 140 to the mounting member 104 of the mounting assembly 102. Similarly, the mounting member 104 further includes another number of protrusions (not shown) that extend into the holes 134,136 in order to couple the auxiliary switch 130 to the mounting member 104.

    [0020] Continuing to refer to Figures 6 and 7, the mounting member 106 includes a body 114 and a number of protrusions (see, for example, two protrusions 116,118) extending from the body 114. It will be appreciated that the protrusions 116,118 extend into the mounting member 104 in order to couple the mounting members 104,106 to each other, for example, by a snap-fit mechanism, without the need to employ separate fastening members. In this manner, the mounting members 104,106 advantageously operate to hold and contain the spring 121, the plunger member 122, the auxiliary switches 130,140, the solenoid 150, and the trip cam 160.

    [0021] The solenoid 150 includes a body 152 and an extension member 154 extending from the body 152. The trip cam 160 includes a number of recessed retaining portions 161,162, a transfer leg 163, a driving leg 164 and a reset leg 165. The trip cam 160 is preferably made of a single piece of material (e.g., without limitation, an injection molded piece), thereby simplifying manufacturing and reducing cost. Additionally, each of the transfer leg 163, the driving leg 164 and the reset leg 165 extends away from each of the retaining portions 161,162.

    [0022] Figures 8 and 9 show different views of the trip cam 160. As shown in Figure 9, the retaining portion 161 is located opposite and distal from the retaining portion 162. The driving leg 164 is located opposite and distal from the reset leg 165. The driving leg 164 extends from the retaining portion 162. The reset leg 165 extends from the retaining portion 161. The transfer leg 163 is located between and is spaced from the driving leg 164 and the reset leg 165. The transfer leg 163 is located between and is spaced from each of the retaining portions 161,162.

    [0023] Figure 10 shows an isometric view of the plunger member 122. As shown, the plunger member 122 includes a planar portion 123 and a cylindrical-shaped receiving portion 124 located adjacent and perpendicular to the planar portion 123. It will be appreciated that the spring 121 (Figures 6 and 7) engages the planar portion 123 and is located in the receiving portion 124. It will further be appreciated that the spring 121 engages the mounting member 104 in order to bias the plunger member 122 away from the auxiliary switches 130,140 and toward engagement with the crossbar 16, as will be discussed below.

    [0024] Figure 11 shows an assembled view of the trip assembly 100. As shown, each of the retaining portions 161,162 is pivotably coupled to the mounting assembly 102, thus allowing the trip cam 160 to rotate independently with respect to the mounting assembly 102. Furthermore, the extension member 154 is aligned with (i.e., structured to engage and thereby drive) the transfer leg 163 of the trip cam 160. Responsive to a trip condition (e.g., without limitation, an overload condition), a main printed circuit board 10 (shown in simplified form in Figures 3 through 5) sends an electrical signal to the solenoid 150, which causes the extension member 154 to rapidly move away from the body 152. As a result, the extension member 154 of the solenoid 150 drives the transfer leg 163 of the trip cam 160, thus causing the trip cam 160 to rotate. Similarly, because the retaining portions 161,162 are pivotably coupled to the mounting assembly 102, when extension member 154 drives the transfer leg 163, each of the driving leg 164 and the reset leg 165 likewise rotates together with the transfer leg 163.

    [0025] Referring again to Figure 4, in operation, when the trip cam 160 rotates in response to a trip condition, the driving leg 164 advantageously causes the separable contacts 18 to trip open and the auxiliary switches 130,140 to electrically communicate the circuit status to the electrical communication assembly 8. More precisely, when the trip cam 160 rotates in a first direction 166 in response to a trip condition, the driving leg 164 engages and drives the trip bar 14 in a second direction 15 opposite the first direction 166. In the depicted orientation of Figure 4, the first direction 166 is clockwise, and the second direction 15 is counterclockwise. In other words, the solenoid 150 drives the trip cam 160 into the trip bar 14 in order to trip open the separable contacts 18.

    [0026] At the same time as the operating mechanism 20 trips open the separable contacts 18 (i.e., simultaneously), the operating mechanism 20 drives the plunger member 122 between the auxiliary switches 130,140. More specifically, when the trip bar 14 rotates in the direction 15, the crossbar 16 drives the plunger member 122 in a direction 125 between the auxiliary switches 130,140. As stated above, the spring 121 (Figures 6 and 7) biases the plunger member 122 away from the auxiliary switches 130,140 and toward engagement with the crossbar 16. The force of the spring 121 on the plunger member 122 is relatively strong in order that when the circuit breaker 2 moves from the OFF position to the ON position, the plunger member 122 advantageously does not get stuck. Thus, the spring 121 exerts a force on the plunger member 122 in a first direction 155, which in the depicted orientation of Figure 4, is down. Before a trip condition (i.e., when the separable contacts 18 are closed and the circuit breaker 2 is in an ON position), the spring 121, which is fixed at one end by the mounting member 104, forces the plunger member 122 into a position in which it allows the deflection members 138 (Figures 6 and 7) (and the deflection member of the auxiliary switch 140 (not shown)) to be fully extended outwardly with respect to the respective body portions 132,142.

    [0027] Continuing to refer to Figure 4, the solenoid 150 (not shown in Figure 4) cooperates with the indication assembly 120 in order to electrically communicate the circuit status to the electrical communication assembly 8. It will be appreciated that when the solenoid 150 (not shown in Figure 4) moves in the first direction 155, the plunger member 122 moves in the second direction 125 opposite the direction 155 in order to electrically communicate the circuit status to the electrical communication assembly 8. In the depicted orientation of Figure 4, the second direction 125 is up. When the separable contacts 18 trip open, the crossbar 16 rotates in the direction 15, thereby exerting a force on and moving the plunger member 122 in the direction 125. When the plunger member 122 moves in the direction 125, the plunger member 122 causes (i.e., engages, drives, deflects) each of the deflection members 138 (Figures 6 and 7) (and the deflection member of the auxiliary switch 140 (not shown)) to deflect inwardly with respect to the respective body portion 132,142.

    [0028] Additionally, the electrical communication assembly 8 includes the main printed board 10 and a customer interface 12 (shown in simplified form) each coupled to the housing 4. The customer interface 12 is an external control module (e.g., without limitation, a control light), for customer monitoring of the circuit breaker 2. The auxiliary switch 130 and the solenoid 150 are each electrically connected to the main printed circuit board 10. The auxiliary switch 140 is electrically connected to the customer interface 12. When the deflection member 138 (Figures 6 and 7) deflects inwardly with respect to the respective body portion 132, the auxiliary switch 130 sends an electrical signal to the main printed circuit board 10, thereby electrically communicating the circuit status to the main printed circuit board 10. Similarly, when the deflection member (not shown) of the auxiliary switch 140 deflects inwardly with respect to the body portion 142, the auxiliary switch 140 sends an electrical signal to the customer interface 12, thereby electrically communicating the circuit status to the customer interface 12. Thus, the trip assembly 100 advantageously operates to trip the separable contacts 18, while simultaneously electrically communicating the circuit status to the main printed circuit board 10 and the customer interface 12. Stated differently, the trip assembly 100 is a multifunctional subassembly 100 that trips the separable contacts 18 and electrically communicates the circuit status. In this manner, operators do not need to disassemble components of the circuit breaker 2 in order to determine whether the separable contacts 18 are open or closed. This improves safety in situations where typical mechanisms for determining circuit status, such as the operating handle 6 position, fail to provide accurate indications of circuit status. Additionally, existing space within the circuit breaker 2 is advantageously utilized to accommodate the trip assembly 100, thereby reducing cost. Furthermore, as this is an electronic trip unit, the resulting instantaneous tripping advantageously provides more protection of the circuit.

    [0029] In order to reset the circuit breaker 2, the circuit breaker 2 further includes the reset assembly 5 coupled to the housing 4. The reset assembly 5 includes an operating handle 6 (Figures 1 and 3-5) and a reset pin 7 (Figures 2, 5 and 13) coupled to the operating handle 6. The operating handle 6 extends into the housing 4. Figures 12 and 13 show enlarged views of portions of Figures 1 and 2, respectively. It will be appreciated that the reset pin 7 (Figures 2, 5 and 13) terminates proximate and is structured to drive the reset leg 165 (Figures 1, 5-9 and 11-12). More specifically, and with reference to Figure 5, movement of the operating handle 6 (such as, for example, when an operator manually closes the separable contacts 18 (Figure 4)) causes the reset pin 7 to rotate the reset leg 165 in a direction 167. In the depicted orientation, the direction 167 is counterclockwise, and is opposite the direction 166. Referring to Figure 11, when the reset leg 165 rotates in the direction 167, the transfer leg 163 drives the extension member 154 of the solenoid 150 inwardly with respect to the body 152, thereby resetting the solenoid 150. Thus, the reset assembly 5 cooperates with the trip cam 160 in order to reset the solenoid 150.

    [0030] Furthermore, the disclosed concept is not limited to the auxiliary switches 130,140 sending the desired signals to the electrical communication assembly 8 in response to movement of the plunger member 122, as described hereinabove. Figure 14 shows another example trip assembly 100' having an indication assembly 120'. The indication assembly 120' includes a plunger member 122', the auxiliary switch 140, and an auxiliary switch 130'. The auxiliary switch 130' includes a first electrical contact strip 131' and a second electrical contact strip 132'. The second contact strip 132' is electrically connected to a main printed circuit board 10' (shown in simplified form). The plunger member 122' is substantially the same as the plunger member 122, described hereinabove, except that it is connected to the first contact strip 131'. As a result of this connection, and the fact that the plunger member 122' moves (i.e., due to the crossbar 16 (Figure 4)), the first contact strip 131' moves between positions.

    [0031] As shown in Figure 14, and in the enlarged view of Figure 15, the contact strips 131',132' are engaging each other. However, when the plunger member 122' moves, the first contact strip 131' moves away from the second contact strip 132' and is spaced therefrom. As shown in Figure 16, the first contact strip 131' is spaced from the second contact strip 132'. The changing of positions between engagement (Figures 14 and 15) and disengagement (Figure 16) of the contact strips 131',132' operates as an auxiliary switch to provide indication to the main printed circuit board 10' of circuit status. In other words, when the plunger member 122' is driven into the auxiliary switch 140 by the crossbar 16, the first contact strip 131' moves away from the second contact strip 132', thereby electrically communicating the circuit status to the main printed circuit board 10'. Additionally, the indication assembly 120' is advantageous in that the auxiliary switch 130' is relatively inexpensive to manufacture/assemble, while still providing a reliable indication of circuit status to the main printed circuit board 10'.

    [0032] Accordingly, it will be appreciated that the disclosed concept provides for an improved (e.g., without limitation, safer, more efficient in terms of utilization of space, multifunctional) electrical switching apparatus 2 and trip assembly 100 therefor, which among other benefits, utilizes existing space within the circuit breaker 2 to electrically communicate a circuit status to an electrical communication assembly 8, while simultaneously tripping a pair of separable contacts 18.

    [0033] While specific embodiments of the disclosed concept have been described in detail, it will be appreciated by those skilled in the art that various modifications and alternatives to those details could be developed without departing from the scope of the present invention, which is defined by the appended claims.


    Claims

    1. A trip assembly (100; 100 ') for an electrical switching apparatus (2), said electrical switching apparatus (2) comprising a housing (4), a reset assembly (5) coupled to said housing (4), an electrical communication assembly (8) coupled to said housing (4), separable contacts (18) enclosed by said housing (4), and an operating mechanism (20) for opening and closing said separable contacts (18), said operating mechanism (20) including a trip bar (14) and a crossbar (16), said trip assembly (100) comprising:

    a mounting assembly (102) structured to be coupled to said housing (4);

    an actuating element (150) coupled to said mounting assembly (102), said actuating element (150) being structured to be electrically connected to said electrical communication assembly (8);

    a trip cam (160) coupled to said mounting assembly (102), said trip cam (160) being structured to cooperate with said reset assembly (5) in order to reset said actuating element (150); and

    an indication assembly (120; 120') coupled to said mounting assembly (102);

    wherein said actuating element (150) is structured to drive said trip cam (160) into said trip bar (14) in order to trip open said separable contacts (18);

    wherein said actuating element (150) cooperates with said indication assembly (120; 120') in order to electrically communicate a circuit status to said electrical communication assembly (8);

    characterized in that said trip cam (160) comprises a number of retaining portions (161,162), a transfer leg (163), and a driving leg (164);

    wherein each of said number of retaining portions (161, 162) is pivotably coupled to said mounting assembly (102);

    wherein each of said transfer leg (163) and said driving leg (164) extends away from each of said number of retaining portions (161, 162);

    wherein said transfer leg (163) is structured to be driven by said actuating element (150); and

    wherein, responsive to said transfer leg (163) being driven by said actuating element (150), said driving leg (164) is structured to drive said trip bar (14) in order to trip open said separable contacts (18).


     
    2. The trip assembly (100; 100') of Claim 1 wherein said indication assembly (120; 120') comprises a plunger member (122; 122') and a number of auxiliary switches (130, 140; 130', 140); wherein each of said number of auxiliary switches (130, 140; 130', 140) is coupled to said mounting assembly (102); wherein said plunger member (122) partially extends into said mounting assembly (102); and wherein said plunger member (122; 122') is structured to actuate each of said number of auxiliary switches (130, 140; 130', 140), thereby electrically communicating the circuit status to said electrical communication assembly (8).
     
    3. The trip assembly (100; 100') of Claim 2 wherein said number of auxiliary switches (130, 140; 130', 140) comprises a first auxiliary switch (140) and a second auxiliary switch (130; 130') each comprising a body portion (132, 142) and a deflection member (138) disposed on said respective body portion (132, 142); wherein said plunger member (122; 122') is structured to move between said first auxiliary switch (140) and said second auxiliary switch (130; 130'); and wherein, responsive to said plunger member (122; 122') moving between said first auxiliary switch (140) and said second auxiliary switch (130; 130'), each of said deflection member (138) of said first auxiliary switch (140) and said deflection member (138) of said second auxiliary switch (130; 130') deflects inwardly with respect to said respective body portion (132, 142) in order to electrically communicate the circuit status to said electrical communication assembly (8).
     
    4. The trip assembly (100) of Claim 2 wherein said mounting assembly (102) comprises a mounting member (104) structured to be coupled to said housing (4); wherein said mounting member (104) comprises a body (108) and a number of protrusions (110, 112) extending from said body (108); wherein each of said number of auxiliary switches (130, 140; 130', 140) has a number of holes (134, 136, 144, 146); and wherein each of said number of protrusions (110, 112) extends into a corresponding one of the holes (134, 136, 144, 146) in order to couple each of said respective auxiliary switches (130, 140; 130', 140) to said mounting member (104).
     
    5. The trip assembly (100) of Claim 4 wherein said plunger member (122; 122') comprises a planar portion (123) and a cylindrical-shaped receiving portion (124) disposed adjacent and perpendicular the planar portion (123); wherein said indication assembly (120; 120') further comprises a biasing element (121) disposed in the receiving portion (124); and wherein said biasing element (121) engages each of said planar portion (123) and said mounting member (104, 106) in order to bias said plunger member (122) away from each of said number of auxiliary switches (130, 140; 130', 140).
     
    6. The trip assembly (100; 100') of Claim 4 wherein said indication assembly (120; 120') further comprises a biasing element (121) engaging said plunger member (122; '122); wherein said mounting assembly (102) further comprises another mounting member (106) coupled to said mounting member (106) by a snap-fit mechanism; and wherein each of said plunger member (122; 122'), said biasing element (121), said number of auxiliary switches (130, 140; 130'; 140), said trip cam (160), and said actuating element (150) is contained by each of said mounting member (104) and said another mounting member (106).
     
    7. The trip assembly (100; 100') of Claim 4 wherein said number of auxiliary switches (130, 140; 130'; 140) comprises a first auxiliary switch (140) and a second auxiliary switch (130; 130'); wherein said number of protrusions (110, 112, 116, 118) comprises a first protrusion (110), a second protrusion (112), a third protrusion, and a fourth protrusion; wherein said first auxiliary switch (140) has a first hole (144) and a second hole (146); wherein said second auxiliary switch (130; 130') has a third hole (134) and a fourth hole (136); wherein said first protrusion (110) extends into the first hole (144); wherein said second protrusion (112) extends into the second hole (146); wherein said third protrusion (116) extends into the third hole (134); and wherein said fourth protrusion (118) extends into the fourth hole (136).
     
    8. The trip assembly (100; 100') of Claim 1 wherein said trip cam (160) further comprises a reset leg (165) extending away from each of said number of retaining portions (161, 162); and wherein said reset leg (165) is structured to cooperate with said reset assembly (5) in order to reset said actuating element (150).
     
    9. The trip assembly (100; 100') of Claim 8 wherein said number of retaining portions (161, 162) comprises a first recessed retaining portion (162) and a second recessed retaining portion (161) disposed opposite and distal from said first recessed retaining portion (162); wherein said driving leg (164) extends from said first recessed retaining portion (162); wherein said reset leg (165) extends from said second recessed retaining portion (161); wherein said transfer leg (163) is disposed between said reset leg (165) and said driving leg (164); and wherein said transfer leg (163) is spaced from each of said first recessed retaining portion (162) and said second recessed retaining portion (161).
     
    10. An electrical switching apparatus (2) comprising:

    a housing (4);

    a reset assembly (5) coupled to said housing (4);

    an electrical communication assembly (8) coupled to said housing (4);

    separable contacts (18) enclosed by the housing (4);

    an operating mechanism (20) for opening and closing said separable contacts (18), said operating mechanism (20) including a trip bar (14) and a crossbar (16); and

    a trip assembly (100; 100') according to any of Claims 1-9.


     
    11. The electrical switching apparatus (2) of Claim 10 wherein said number of auxiliary switches (130, 140; 130', 140) comprises a first auxiliary switch (140) and a second auxiliary switch (130; 130') each comprising a body portion (142) and a deflection member (138) disposed on said respective body portion (142); wherein said electrical communication assembly (8) comprises a first electrical component (10) and a second electrical component (12) each coupled to said housing (4); wherein said first auxiliary switch (140) is electrically connected to said first electrical component (10); and wherein said second auxiliary switch (130; 130') is electrically connected to said second electrical component (12).
     
    12. The electrical switching apparatus (2) of Claim 11 wherein said plunger member (122; 122') is structured to move between said first auxiliary switch (140) and said second auxiliary switch (130; 130'); wherein, responsive to said plunger member (122; 122') moving between said first auxiliary switch (140) and said second auxiliary switch (130; 130'), said deflection member (138) of said first auxiliary switch (140) deflects inwardly with respect to said respective body portion (132, 142) in order to electrically communicate the circuit status to said first electrical component (10); and wherein, responsive to said plunger member (122; 122') moving between said first auxiliary switch (140) and said second auxiliary switch (130; 130'), said deflection member (138) of said second auxiliary switch (130; 130') deflects inwardly with respect to said respective body portion (132, 142) in order to electrically communicate the circuit status to said second electrical component (12).
     
    13. The electrical switching apparatus (2) of Claim 10 wherein said reset assembly (5) comprises an operating handle (6) and a reset pin (7) coupled to said operating handle (6); wherein said operating handle (6) extends into said housing (4); wherein said trip cam (160) comprises a number of retaining portions (161, 162) and a reset leg (165) extending from said number of retaining portions (161, 162); wherein each of said number of retaining portions (161, 162) is pivotably coupled to said mounting assembly (102); and wherein said operating handle (6) is structured to drive said reset pin (7) into said reset leg (165) in order to reset said actuating element (150).
     
    14. The electrical switching apparatus (2) of Claim 10 wherein said indication assembly (120') comprises a plunger member (122'), a first auxiliary switch (140), and a second auxiliary switch (130'); wherein said first auxiliary switch (140) is coupled to said mounting assembly (102); wherein said second auxiliary switch (130') comprises a first contact strip (131') and a second contact strip (132'); wherein said first contact strip (131') is connected to said plunger member (122'); wherein said second contact strip (132') is electrically connected to said electrical communication assembly (8); wherein said plunger member (122') partially extends into said mounting assembly (102); wherein, responsive to said actuating element (150) driving said trip cam (160) into said trip bar (14), said crossbar (16) drives said plunger member (122') into said first auxiliary switch (140); and wherein, when said plunger member (122') is driven into said first auxiliary switch (140), said first contact strip (131') moves away from said second contact strip (132'), thereby electrically communicating the circuit status to said electrical communication assembly (8).
     


    Ansprüche

    1. Eine Auslöseanordnung (100; 100') für eine elektrische Schaltvorrichtung (2), wobei die elektrische Schaltvorrichtung (2) Folgendes aufweist: ein Gehäuse (4), eine mit dem Gehäuse (4) gekoppelte Rücksetzanordnung (5), eine elektrische mit dem Gehäuse (4) gekoppelte Kommunikationsanordnung (8), durch das Gehäuse (4) umschlossene trennbare Kontakte (18), und einen Betriebsmechanismus (20) zum Öffnen und Schließen der trennbaren Kontakte (18), wobei der Betriebsmechanismus (20) eine Auslösestange (14) und eine Querstange (16) aufweist, wobei die Auslöseanordnung (100) Folgendes aufweist:

    eine Befestigungsanordnung (102) strukturiert zur Kopplung mit dem Gehäuse (4);

    ein Betätigungselement (150) gekoppelt mit der Befestigungsanordnung (102), wobei das Betätigungselement (150) strukturiert ist, um elektrisch mit der elektrischen Kommunikationsanordnung (8) verbunden zu sein;

    ein Auslösenocken (160) gekoppelt mit der Befestigungsanordnung (102), wobei der Auslösenocken (160) strukturiert ist zur Zusammenarbeit mit der Rücksetzanordnung (5), um das Betätigungselement (150) zurückzusetzen; und

    eine Anzeigeanordnung (120; 120') gekoppelt mit der Befestigungsanordnung (102);

    wobei das Betätigungselement (150) strukturiert ist zum Antrieb des Auslösenockens (160) in die Auslösestange (14), um die trennbaren Kontakte (18) in den Öffnungszustand auszulösen;

    wobei das Betätigungselement (150) mit der Anzeigeanordnung (120; 120') zusammenarbeitet, um elektrisch einen Schaltungsstatus zu der elektrischen Kommunikationsanordnung (8) zu übertragen;

    dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass

    der Auslösenocken (160) eine Anzahl von Halteteilen (161, 162), einen Übertragungs- bzw. Transferschenkel (163) und einen Antriebsschenkel (164) aufweist;

    wobei jeder der Anzahl von Halteteilen (161, 162) schwenkbar mit der Befestigungsanordnung (102) gekoppelt ist;

    wobei jeder, der Übertragungsschenkel (163) und der Antriebsschenkel (164) sich weg von jeder der Anzahl der Halteteile (161, 162) erstreckt;

    wobei der Übertragungsschenkel (163) strukturiert ist, um durch das Betätigungselement (150) angetrieben zu werden; und

    wobei, ansprechend darauf, dass der Übertragungsschenkel (163) durch das Betätigungselement (150) angetrieben wird, der Antriebsschenkel (164) strukturiert ist, um die Auslösestange (14) anzutreiben, um die trennbaren Kontakte (18) in den Öffnungszustand auszulösen.


     
    2. Die Auslöseanordnung (100; 100') nach Anspruch 1, wobei die Anzeigeanordnung (120; 120') ein Kolbenglied (122; 122') und eine Anzahl von Hilfsschaltern (130, 140; 130', 140) aufweist; wobei jeder der Anzahl von Hilfsschaltern (130, 140; 130', 140) mit der Befestigungsanordnung (102) gekoppelt ist; wobei das Kolbenglied (122) sich teilweise in die Befestigungsanordnung (102) erstreckt; und wobei das Kolbenglied (122; 122') strukturiert ist, um jeden der Anzahl von Hilfsschaltern (130, 140; 130', 140) zu betätigen, wodurch der Schaltungsstatus bzw.- Schaltungszustand zur elektrischen Kommunikationsanordnung (8) elektrisch übertragen wird.
     
    3. Die Auslöseanordnung (100; 100') nach Anspruch 2, wobei die Anzahl der Hilfsschalter (130, 140; 130', 140) einen ersten Hilfsschalter (140) aufweist und einen zweiten Hilfsschalter (130; 130'), wobei jeder einen Körperteil (132, 142) und ein Ablenkglied (138) aufweist, und zwar angeordnet an dem entsprechenden Körperteil (132, 142); wobei das Kolbenglied (122; 122') strukturiert ist, sich zwischen dem ersten Hilfsschalter (140) und dem zweiten Hilfsschalter (130; 130') zu bewegen; und wobei, ansprechend auf die Bewegung des Kolbengliedes (122; 122') zwischen dem ersten Hilfsschalter (140) und dem zweiten Hilfsschalter (130; 130') jedes Ablenkglied (138) des Hilfsschalters (140) und des Ablenkgliedes (138) des zweiten Hilfsschalters (130; 130') sich nach innen auslenkt bezüglich des entsprechenden Körperteiles (132, 142), um elektrisch den Schaltungsstatus zu der elektrischen Kommunikationsanordnung (8) zu kommunizieren.
     
    4. Die Auslöseanordnung (100) nach Anspruch 2, wobei die Befestigungsanordnung (102) ein Befestigungsglied (104) aufweist, strukturiert zur Kopplung mit dem Gehäuse (4), wobei das Befestigungsglied (104) einen Körper (108) und eine Anzahl von Vorsprüngen (110, 112) aufweist, die sich von dem Körper (108) aus erstrecken; wobei jeder der Anzahl von Hilfsschaltern (130, 140; 130', 140) eine Anzahl von Löchern (134, 136, 144, 146) aufweist; und wobei jeder der Anzahl von Vorsprüngen (110, 112) sich in ein entsprechendes der Löcher (134, 136, 144, 146) erstreckt, um jeden der entsprechenden Hilfsschalter (130, 140; 130', 140) mit dem Befestigungsglied (104) zu koppeln bzw. zu verbinden.
     
    5. Die Auslöseanordnung (100) nach Anspruch 4, wobei das Kolbenglied (122; 122') einen Planarteil (123) aufweist und einen zylindrisch geformten Aufnahmeteil (124), angeordnet benachbart und senkrecht zum Planarteil (123); wobei die Anzeigeanordnung (120; 120') ferner ein Vorspannelement (121) aufweist, und zwar angeordnet in dem Aufnahmeteil (124); und wobei das Vorspannelement (121) mit jedem der Planarteile (123) und dem Befestigungsglied (104, 106) in Eingriff kommt, um das Kolbenglied (122) weg von jedem der Anzahl von Hilfsschaltern (130, 140; 130', 140) vorzuspannen.
     
    6. Die Auslöseanordnung (100; 100') nach Anspruch 4, wobei die Anzeigeanordnung (120; 120') ferner ein Vorspannelement (121) aufweist, in Eingriff stehend mit dem Kolbenglied (122; 122'); wobei die Befestigungsanordnung (102) ferner ein weiteres Befestigungsglied (106) aufweist, gekoppelt mit dem Befestigungsglied (104) durch einen Schnapppassungsmechanismus; und wobei jedes der folgenden Elemente, nämlich das Kolbenglied (122; 122'), das Vorspannelement (121), die Anzahl von Hilfsschaltern (130, 140; 130', 140), der Auslösenocken (160) und das Betätigungselement (150) gehalten werden durch das Befestigungsglied (104) und das andere Befestigungsglied (106).
     
    7. Die Auslöseanordnung (100; 100') nach Anspruch 4, wobei die Anzahl von Hilfsschaltern (130, 140; 130', 140) einen ersten Hilfsschalter (140) und einen zweiten Hilfsschalter (130; 130') aufweist; wobei die Anzahl der Vorsprünge (110, 112, 116, 118) einen ersten Vorsprung (110), einen zweiten Vorsprung (112), einen dritten Vorsprung und einen vierten Vorsprung aufweist; wobei der mindestens eine Hilfsschalter (140) ein erstes Loch (144) aufweist und ein zweites Loch (146); wobei der zweite Hilfsschalter (130; 130') ein drittes Loch (134) besitzt und ein viertes Loch (136); wobei der erste Vorsprung (110) sich in das erste Loch (144) erstreckt; wobei der zweite Vorsprung (112) sich in das zweite Loch (146) erstreckt; wobei der dritte Vorsprung (116) sich in das dritte Loch (134) erstreckt; und wobei der vierte Vorsprung (118) sich in das vierte Loch (136) erstreckt.
     
    8. Die Auslöseanordnung (100; 100') nach Anspruch 1, wobei der Auslösenocken (160) ferner einen Rücksetzschenkel (165) aufweist, der sich weg von jedem der Anzahl von Halteteilen (161, 162) erstreckt; und wobei der Rücksetzschenkel (165) strukturiert ist, um mit der Rücksetzanordnung (5) zu kooperieren, um das Betätigungselement (150) zurückzusetzen.
     
    9. Die Auslöseanordnung (100; 100') nach Anspruch 8, wobei die Anzahl der Halteteile (161, 162) einen ersten ausgenommenen Halteteil (162) und einen zweiten ausgenommenen Halteteil (161) aufweist, und zwar entgegengesetzt zu und entfernt von dem ersten ausgenommenen Halteteil (162); wobei der Antriebsschenkel (164) sich von dem ersten ausgenommenen Halteteil (162) aus erstreckt; wobei der Rücksetzschenkel (165) sich von dem zweiten ausgenommenen Halteteil (161) erstreckt; wobei der Übertragungsschenkel bzw. Transferschenkel (163) zwischen dem Rücksetzschenkel (165) und dem Antriebsschenkel (164) angeordnet ist; und wobei der Transferschenkel (163) sowohl von dem ersten ausgenommenen Halteteil (162), als auch dem zweiten ausgenommenen Halteteil (161) beabstandet ist.
     
    10. Eine elektrische Schaltvorrichtung (2), die Folgendes aufweist:

    ein Gehäuse (4);

    eine Rücksetzanordnung (5) gekoppelt mit dem Gehäuse (4);

    eine elektrische Kommunikations- bzw. Verbindungsanordnung (8) gekoppelt bzw. verbunden mit dem Gehäuse (4);

    trennbare Kontakte (18) umschlossen durch das Gehäuse (4);

    einen Betriebsmechanismus (20) zum Öffnen und Schließen der trennbaren Kontakte (18), wobei der Betriebsmechanismus (20) eine Auslösestange (14) und eine Querstange (16) aufweist; und

    eine Auslöseanordnung (100; 100') nach einem der Ansprüche 1 bis 9.


     
    11. Die elektrische Schaltvorrichtung (2) nach Anspruch 10, wobei die Anzahl der Hilfsschalter (130, 140; 130', 140) einen ersten Hilfsschalter (140) und einen zweiten Hilfsschalter (130; 130') aufweist, wobei jeder einen Körperteil (142) und einen Ablenkteil bzw. ein Ablenkglied (138) aufweist, angeordnet an dem entsprechenden Körperteil (142); wobei die elektrische Kommunikationsanordnung (8) eine erste elektrische Komponente (10) und eine zweite elektrische Komponente (12) aufweist, jede gekoppelt mit dem Gehäuse (4); wobei der erste Hilfsschalter (140) elektrisch mit der ersten elektrischen Komponente (10) verbunden ist; und wobei der zweite Hilfsschalter (130; 130') elektrisch verbunden ist mit der zweiten elektrischen Komponente (12).
     
    12. Die elektrische Schaltvorrichtung (2) nach Anspruch 11, wobei das Kolbenglied (122; 122') strukturiert ist zur Bewegung zwischen dem ersten Hilfsschalter (140) und dem zweiten Hilfsschalter (130; 130'); wobei, ansprechend auf die Bewegung des Kolbengliedes (122; 122') zwischen dem ersten Hilfsschalter (140) und dem zweiten Hilfsschalter (130; 130'), das Ablenkglied (138) des ersten Hilfsschalters (140) sich nach innen auslenkt bezüglich des entsprechenden Körperteils (132, 142), um elektrisch den Schaltungsstatus zu kommunizieren und zwar zur ersten elektrischen Komponente (10); und wobei, ansprechend darauf, dass das Kolbenglied (122; 122') sich zwischen dem ersten Hilfsschalter (140) und dem zweiten Hilfsschalter (130; 130') bewegt, das Auslenkglied (138) des zweiten Hilfsschalters (130; 130') sich nach innen auslenkt bezüglich des entsprechenden Körperteils (132, 142), um den Schaltungszustand zu der zweiten elektrischen Komponente (12) elektrisch zu kommunizieren.
     
    13. Die elektrische Schaltvorrichtung (2) nach Anspruch 10, wobei die Rücksetzanordnung (5) einen Betätigungshandgriff (6) und einen Rücksetzstift (7) aufweist, gekoppelt mit dem Betätigungshandgriff (6); wobei der Betätigungshandgriff (6) sich in das Gehäuse (4) erstreckt; wobei der Auslösenocken (160) eine Anzahl von Halteteilen (161, 162) und einen Rücksetzschenkel (165) aufweist, der sich von der Anzahl von Halteteilen (161, 162) aus erstreckt; wobei jeder der Anzahl von Halteteilen (161, 162) schwenkbar gekoppelt ist mit der Befestigungsanordnung (102); und wobei der Betätigungshandgriff (6) strukturiert ist zum Antrieb des Rücksetzstiftes (7) in den Rücksetzschenkel (165), um das Betätigungselement (150) zurückzusetzen.
     
    14. Die elektrische Schaltvorrichtung (2) nach Anspruch 10, wobei die Anzeigeanordnung (120') ein Kolbenglied (122') aufweist, einen ersten Hilfsschalter (140) und einen zweiten Hilfsschalter (130'); wobei der erste Hilfsschalter (140) mit der Befestigungsanordnung (102) gekoppelt ist; wobei der zweite Hilfsschalter (130') einen ersten Kontaktstreifen (131') und einen zweiten Kontaktsteifen (132') aufweist; wobei der erste Kontaktstreifen (131') verbunden ist mit dem Kolbenglied (122'); wobei der zweite Kontaktstreifen (132') elektrisch verbunden ist mit der elektrischen Kommunikationsanordnung (8); wobei das Kolbenglied (122') sich teilweise in die Befestigungsanordnung (102) erstreckt; wobei ansprechend auf das Betätigungselement (150), welches den Auslösenocken (160) in die Auslösestange (14) treibt, die Querstange (16) das Kolbenglied (122') in den ersten Hilfsschalter (140) treibt; und wobei dann, wenn das Kolbenglied (122') in den ersten Hilfsschalter (140) getrieben wird, der erste Kontaktstreifen (131') sich von dem zweiten Kontaktstreifen (132') wegbewegt, wodurch der Schaltungsstatus zu der elektrischen Kommunikationsanordnung (8) elektrisch kommuniziert wird.
     


    Revendications

    1. Ensemble de déclenchement (100 ; 100') pour un appareil à commutation électrique (2), ledit appareil à commutation électrique (2) comprenant un boîtier (4), un ensemble de réinitialisation (5) couplé audit boîtier (4), un ensemble de communication électrique (8) couplé audit boîtier (4), des contacts séparables (18) inclus dans ledit boîtier (4), et un mécanisme d'actionnement (20) pour ouvrir et fermer lesdits contacts séparables (18), ledit mécanisme de fonctionnement (20) comprenant une barre de déclenchement (14) et une barre transversale (16), ledit ensemble de déclenchement (100) comprenant :

    un ensemble de montage (102) structuré pour être couplé audit boîtier (4) ;

    un élément d'actionnement (150) couplé audit ensemble de montage (102), ledit élément d'actionnement (150) étant structuré pour être connecté électriquement audit ensemble de communication électrique (8) ;

    une came de déclenchement (160) couplée audit ensemble de montage (102), ladite came de déclenchement (160) étant structurée pour coopérer avec ledit ensemble de réinitialisation (5) pour réinitialiser ledit élément d'actionnement (150) ; et

    un ensemble d'indication (120 ; 120') couplé audit ensemble de montage (102) ;

    dans lequel ledit élément d'actionnement (150) est structuré pour entraîner ladite came de déclenchement (160) dans ladite barre de déclenchement (14) pour ouvrir par déclenchement lesdits contacts séparables (18) ; et

    dans lequel ledit élément d'actionnement (150) coopère avec ledit ensemble d'indication (120 ; 120') pour communiquer électriquement un état de circuit audit ensemble de communication électrique (8) ;

    caractérisé en ce que ladite came de déclenchement (160) comprend un nombre de parties de retenue (161, 162), une jambe de transfert (163), et une jambe d'entraînement (164) ;

    dans lequel chaque partie parmi ledit nombre de parties de retenue (161, 162) est couplée à pivotement audit ensemble de montage (102) ;

    dans lequel chacune parmi ladite jambe de transfert (163) et ladite jambe d'entraînement (164) s'étend à l'opposé de chaque partie dudit nombre de parties de retenue (161, 162) ;

    dans lequel ladite jambe de transfert (163) est structurée pour être entraînée par ledit élément d'actionnement (150) ; et

    dans lequel, en réponse au fait que ladite jambe de transfert (163) est entraînée par ledit élément d'actionnement (150), ladite jambe d'entraînement (164) est structurée pour entraîner ladite barre de déclenchement (14) pour ouvrir par déclenchement lesdits contacts séparables (18).


     
    2. Ensemble de déclenchement (100 ; 100') selon la revendication 1, dans lequel ledit ensemble d'indication (120 ; 120') comprend un élément piston (122 ; 122') et un nombre de commutateurs auxiliaires (130, 140 ; 130', 140) ; dans lequel chaque commutateur dudit nombre de commutateurs auxiliaires (130, 140 ; 130', 140) est couplé audit ensemble de montage (102) ; dans lequel ledit élément piston (122) s'étend partiellement dans ledit ensemble de montage (102) ; et dans lequel ledit élément piston (122 ; 122') est structuré pour actionner chaque commutateur dudit nombre de commutateurs auxiliaires (130, 140 ; 130', 140), d'où il résulte une communication électrique de l'état du circuit audit ensemble de communication électrique (8).
     
    3. Ensemble de déclenchement (100 ; 100') selon la revendication 2, dans lequel ledit nombre de commutateurs auxiliaires (130, 140 ; 130', 140) comprend un premier commutateur auxiliaire (140) et un deuxième commutateur auxiliaire (130 ; 130') chacun comportant une partie de corps (132, 142) et un élément de déviation (138) placé sur ladite partie de corps respective (132, 142) ; dans lequel ledit élément piston (122 ; 122') est structuré pour se déplacer entre ledit premier commutateur auxiliaire (140) et ledit deuxième commutateur auxiliaire (130 ; 130') ; et dans lequel, en réponse au fait que ledit élément piston (122 ; 122') se déplace entre ledit premier commutateur auxiliaire (140) et ledit deuxième commutateur auxiliaire (130 ; 130'), chacun parmi ledit élément de déviation (138) dudit premier commutateur auxiliaire (140) et ledit élément de déviation (138) dudit deuxième commutateur auxiliaire (130 ; 130') dévie vers l'intérieur par rapport à ladite partie de corps respective (132, 142) pour communiquer électriquement l'état du circuit audit ensemble de communication électrique (8).
     
    4. Ensemble de déclenchement (100) selon la revendication 2, dans lequel ledit ensemble de montage (102) comprend un élément de montage (104) structuré pour être couplé audit boîtier (4) ; dans lequel ledit élément de montage (104) comprend un corps (108) et un certain nombre de saillies (110, 112) s'étendant depuis ledit corps (108) ; dans lequel chaque commutateur dudit nombre de commutateurs auxiliaires (130, 140 ; 130', 140) comporte un nombre d'orifices (134, 136, 144, 146) ; et dans lequel chaque saillie dudit nombre de saillies (110, 112) s'étend dans un des orifices correspondant (134, 136, 144, 146) pour coupler chacun desdits commutateurs auxiliaires respectifs (130, 140 ; 130', 140) audit élément de montage (104).
     
    5. Ensemble de déclenchement (100) selon la revendication 4, dans lequel ledit élément piston (122 ; 122') comprend une partie plane (123) et une partie de réception de forme cylindrique (124) disposée de manière adjacente et perpendiculaire à la partie plane (123) ; dans lequel ledit ensemble d'indication (120 ; 120') comprend en outre un élément de sollicitation (121) disposé dans la partie de réception (124) ; et dans lequel ledit élément de sollicitation (121) s'engage avec chacun parmi ladite partie plane (123) et ledit élément de montage (104, 106) pour éloigner ledit élément piston (122) de chaque commutateur dudit nombre de commutateurs auxiliaires (130, 140 ; 130' 140).
     
    6. Ensemble de déclenchement (100 ; 100') selon la revendication 4, dans lequel ledit ensemble d'indication (120 ; 120') comprend en outre un élément de sollicitation (121) s'engageant avec ledit élément piston (122 ; 122') dans lequel ledit ensemble de montage (102) comprend en outre un autre élément de montage (106) couplé audit élément de montage (104) par un mécanisme à encliquetage ; et dans lequel chacun parmi ledit élément piston (122 ; 122'), ledit élément de sollicitation (121), ledit nombre de commutateurs auxiliaires (130, 140 ; 130', 140), ladite came de déclenchement (160), et ledit élément d'actionnement (150) est contenu dans chacun parmi ledit élément de montage (104) et ledit autre élément de montage (106).
     
    7. Ensemble de déclenchement (100 ; 100') selon la revendication 4, dans lequel ledit nombre de commutateurs auxiliaires (130, 140 ; 130', 140) comprend un premier commutateur auxiliaire (140) et un deuxième commutateur auxiliaire (130 ; 130') ; dans lequel ledit nombre de saillies (110, 112, 116, 118) comprend une première saillie (110), une deuxième saillie (112), une troisième saillie, et une quatrième saillie ; dans lequel ledit premier commutateur auxiliaire (140) a un premier orifice (144) et un deuxième orifice (146) ; dans lequel ledit deuxième commutateur auxiliaire (130 ; 130') a un troisième orifice (134) et un quatrième orifice (136) ; dans lequel ladite première saillie (110) s'étend dans le premier orifice (144) ; dans lequel ladite deuxième saillie (112) s'étend dans le deuxième orifice (146) ; dans lequel ladite troisième saillie (116) s'étend dans le troisième orifice (134) ; et dans lequel ladite quatrième saillie (118) s'étend dans le quatrième orifice (136).
     
    8. Ensemble de déclenchement (100 ; 100') selon la revendication 1, dans lequel ladite came de déclenchement (160) comprend en outre une jambe de réinitialisation (165) s'étendant à l'opposé de chaque partie parmi le nombre de parties de retenue (161, 162) ; et dans lequel ladite jambe de réinitialisation (165) est structurée pour coopérer avec ledit ensemble de réinitialisation (5) pour réinitialiser ledit élément d'actionnement (150).
     
    9. Ensemble de déclenchement (100 ; 100') selon la revendication 8, dans lequel ledit nombre de parties de retenue (161, 162) comprend une première partie de retenue en retrait (162) et une deuxième partie de retenue en retrait (161) disposée en face et à distance de ladite première partie de retenue en retrait (162) ; dans lequel ladite jambe d'entraînement (164) s'étend à partir de ladite première partie de retenue en retrait (162) ; dans lequel ladite jambe de réinitialisation (165) s'étend à partir de ladite deuxième partie de retenue en retrait (161) ; dans lequel ladite jambe de transfert (163) est disposée entre ladite jambe de réinitialisation (165) et ladite jambe d'entraînement (164) ; et dans lequel ladite jambe de transfert (163) est espacée de chacune de ladite première partie de retenue en retrait (162) et de ladite deuxième partie de retenue en retrait (161) .
     
    10. Appareil de commutation électrique (2) comprenant :

    un boîtier (4) ;

    un ensemble de réinitialisation (5) couplé audit boîtier (4) ;

    un ensemble de communication électrique (8) couplé audit boîtier (4) ;

    des contacts séparables (18) inclus dans le boîtier (4) ;

    un mécanisme d'actionnement (20) pour ouvrir et fermer lesdits contacts séparables (18), ledit mécanisme d'actionnement (20) comprenant une barre de déclenchement (14) et une barre transversale (16) ; et

    un ensemble de déclenchement (100 ; 100') selon l'une quelconque des revendications 1 à 9.


     
    11. Appareil de commutation électrique (2) selon la revendication 10, dans lequel ledit nombre de commutateurs auxiliaires (130, 140 ; 130', 140) comprend un premier commutateur auxiliaire (140) et un deuxième commutateur auxiliaire (130 ; 130') comprenant chacun une partie de corps (142) et un élément de déviation (138) disposé sur ladite partie de corps respective (142) ; dans lequel ledit ensemble de communication électrique (8) comprend un premier composant électrique (10) et un deuxième composant électrique (12) couplés chacun audit boîtier (4) ; dans lequel ledit premier commutateur auxiliaire (140) est connecté électriquement audit premier composant électrique (10) ; et dans lequel ledit deuxième commutateur auxiliaire (130 ; 130') est connecté électriquement audit deuxième composant électrique (12).
     
    12. Appareil de commutation électrique (2) selon la revendication 11, dans lequel ledit élément piston (122 ; 122') est structuré pour se déplacer entre ledit premier commutateur auxiliaire (140) et ledit deuxième commutateur auxiliaire (130 ; 130') ; dans lequel, en réponse au fait que ledit élément piston (122 ; 122') se déplace entre ledit premier commutateur auxiliaire (140) et ledit deuxième commutateur auxiliaire (130 ; 130'), ledit élément de déviation (138) dudit premier commutateur auxiliaire (140) dévie vers l'intérieur par rapport à ladite partie de corps respective (132, 142) pour communiquer électriquement l'état du circuit audit premier composant électrique (10) ; et dans lequel, en réponse au fait que ledit élément piston (122 ; 122') se déplace entre ledit premier commutateur auxiliaire (140) et ledit deuxième commutateur auxiliaire (130 ; 130'), ledit élément de déviation (138) dudit deuxième commutateur auxiliaire (130 ; 130') dévie vers l'intérieur par rapport à ladite partie de corps respective (132, 142) pour communiquer électriquement l'état du circuit audit deuxième composant électrique (12).
     
    13. Appareil de commutation électrique (2) selon la revendication 10, dans lequel ledit ensemble de réinitialisation (5) comprend une poignée d'actionnement (6) et une broche de réinitialisation (7) couplée à ladite poignée d'actionnement (6) ; dans lequel ladite poignée d'actionnement (6) s'étend dans ledit boîtier (4) ; dans lequel ladite came de déclenchement (160) comprend un certain nombre de parties de retenue (161, 162) et une jambe de réinitialisation (165) s'étendant à partir dudit nombre de parties de retenue (161, 162) ; dans lequel chaque partie parmi ledit nombre de parties de retenue (161, 162) est couplée à pivotement audit ensemble de montage (102) ; et dans lequel ladite poignée d'actionnement (6) est structurée pour entraîner ladite broche de réinitialisation (7) dans ladite jambe de réinitialisation (165) pour réinitialiser ledit élément d'actionnement (150).
     
    14. Appareil de commutation électrique (2) selon la revendication 10, dans lequel ledit ensemble d'indication (120') comprend un élément piston (122'), un premier commutateur auxiliaire (140), et un deuxième commutateur auxiliaire (130') ; dans lequel ledit premier commutateur auxiliaire (140) est couplé audit ensemble de montage (102) ; dans lequel ledit deuxième commutateur auxiliaire (130') comprend une première bande de contact (131') et une deuxième bande de contact (132') ; dans lequel ladite première bande de contact (131') est connectée audit élément piston (122') ; dans lequel ladite deuxième bande de contact (132') est connectée électriquement audit ensemble de communication électrique (8) ; dans lequel ledit élément piston (122') s'étend partiellement dans ledit ensemble de montage (102) ; dans lequel, en réponse au fait que ledit élément d'actionnement (150) entraîne ladite came de déclenchement (160) dans ladite barre de déclenchement (14), ladite barre transversale (16) entraîne ledit élément piston (122') dans ledit premier commutateur auxiliaire (140) ; et dans lequel, quand ledit élément piston (122') est entraîné dans ledit premier commutateur auxiliaire (140), ladite première bande de contact (131') s'éloigne de ladite deuxième bande de contact (132'), communiquant ainsi électriquement l'état du circuit audit ensemble de communication électrique (8).
     




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