Title of Invention

AUXILIARY CONTACT CONFIGURATION FOR SWITCHING DEVICE

Abstract An auxiliary contact configuration for a switching device, the switching device comprising a frame part (2) and the auxiliary contact configuration comprising a first auxiliary contact position (5) provided in the frame part (2) and arranged to receive an auxiliary contact (8), and a movable auxiliary contact control device (10) comprising a first control element (11) arranged to control the auxiliary contact (8) installed in the first position (5). The auxiliary contact configuration comprises a second auxiliary contact position (6) provided near the first auxiliary contact position (5), and the auxiliary contact control device (10) comprises a second control element (12) arranged to control the auxiliary contact (8) installed in the second position (6) in a manner different from the manner in which the first control element (11) is arranged to control the auxiliary contact (8) installed in the first position (5).
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AUXILIARY CONTACT CONFIGURATION FOR SWITCHING DEVICE
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
[0001] The invention relates to auxiliary contact configurations for a switching device in accordance with the preamble of claim 1.
[0002] Switching devices are equipment used for opening and closing a current circuit. A switching device comprises at least one pole and a control device arranged to open and close the pole. Switching devices include e.g. switches and switch-fuses. Switching devices often comprise auxiliary contacts arranged to open and close e.g. locking, alarming, position indication and auxiliary current circuits. Auxiliary contacts are adapted for currents substantially lower than said at least one pole of a switching device. Auxiliary contacts are controlled by an auxiliary contact control device which, in turn, is usually controlled by the same control device as used for controlling the poles of the switching device.
[0003] An auxiliary contact configuration may comprise an auxiliary contact, which is in its first switching position when the control device for the switching device is in a 0-position or in a l-position, and in its second switching position when the control device for the switching device is in a testing position. Alternatively, the auxiliary contact configuration may comprise e.g. an auxiliary contact, which is in its first switching position when the control device for the switching device is in the 0-position, and in its second switching position when the control device for the switching device is in the l-position or in the testing position. A desired change of position of each auxiliary contact of the switching device between its first and second switching position is achieved by designing the auxiliary contact control device appropriately.
[0004] A problem with the above-described arrangement is that the auxiliary contact control device has to be designed differently for different configurations, depending on the way in which each auxiliary contact is to change its position between the first and the second position.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION
[0005] An object of the invention is to provide an auxiliary contact configuration for a switching device to enable the above-mentioned problems to be solved. The object of the invention is achieved by an auxiliary contact configuration for a switching device which is characterized by what is disclosed

in the independent claim. Preferred embodiments of the invention are disclosed in the dependent claims.
[0006] The idea underlying the invention is that the auxiliary contact configuration comprises two auxiliary contact positions situated near one another, and the auxiliary contact control device comprises one control element for each said auxiliary contact position such that the control device is arranged to control the auxiliary contact installed in the first position in a manner different from the manner in which the auxiliary contact installed in the second position is controlled.
[0007] An advantage of the auxiliary contact configuration for a switching device according to the invention is that it enables the installation location of the auxiliary contact to influence the manner in which the auxiliary contact changes its position between the first and the second switching position when the auxiliary contact control device is moved. Consequently, the same components enable formation of auxiliary contact configurations which operate in a different manner.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
[0008] The invention is now described in closer detail in connection with the preferred embodiments and with reference to the accompanying drawings, in which
[0009] Figure 1 shows components of an auxiliary contact configuration according to an embodiment of the invention;
[0010] Figure 2 shows a control device module for a switching device, which comprises the components of an auxiliary contact configuration according to Figure 1;
[0011] Figures 3a to 3c show switching positions of an auxiliary contact installed in a first auxiliary contact position of the auxiliary contact configuration of Figure 1 in different positions of a control device for a switching device; and
[0012] Figures 4a to 4c show switching positions of an auxiliary contact installed in a second auxiliary contact position of the auxiliary contact configuration of Figure 1 in different positions of a control device for a switching device.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION
[0013] The auxiliary contact configuration of Figure 1 comprises a first 5, a second 6 and a third 7 auxiliary contact position provided in a frame part 2 of a control device for a switching device, and a movable auxiliary contact control device 10. The auxiliary contact control device 10 comprises a first 11, a second 12 and a third 13 control element arranged to control auxiliary contacts installed in the first 5, the second 6 and the third 7 auxiliary contact position, respectively.
[0014] Figure 2 shows a control module for a modular switching device, which comprises the components shown in Figure 1. A rotatable control shaft 4 is arranged both to move the auxiliary contact control device 10 and to rotate a working shaft 3 arranged to change the position of the poles (not shown) of the switching device. The control shaft 4 comprises toothed means arranged to co-operate together with a toothed bar 14 of the auxiliary contact control device 10 in order to move the control device 10.
[0015] Each position of the control device corresponds with a certain rotation angle of the control shaft 4. The control device module according to Figure 2 is arranged such that rotating the control shaft 4 by 90° clockwise from a 0-position produces an l-position of the control device, and rotating the control shaft 4 by 45° anticlockwise from the 0-position produces a test position of the control device.
[0016] Figures 3a to 3c show switching positions of an auxiliary contact 8 installed in a first auxiliary contact position 5 of the auxiliary contact configuration of Figure 1 in different positions of a control device for a switching device, and Figures 4a to 4c show switching positions of an auxiliary contact 8 installed in a second auxiliary contact position 6 in corresponding positions of the control device for the switching device.
[0017] When the control device for the switching device is in a testing position T, a push button 16 of the auxiliary contact 8 installed in the first auxiliary contact position 5 is in its outer position, as shown in Figure 3a. When the control device for the switching device is moved from the T-position to a 0-position, a slope 18 of a first control element 11 pushes the push button 16 of the auxiliary contact 8 inwards. When the control device for the switching device is in the 0-position, the push button 16 of the auxiliary contact 8 is in its inner position, as shown in Figure 3b. When the control device for the switching device is moved from the 0-position to an l-position, the push button 16 of

the auxiliary contact 8 remains in its inner position. When the control device for the switching device is in the l-position, the push button 16 of the auxiliary contact 8 is in its inner position, as shown in Figure 3c.
[0018] When the control device for the switching device is in a testing position T, a push button 16 of an auxiliary contact 8 installed in the second auxiliary contact position 6 is in its outer position, as shown in Figure 4a. When the control device for the switching device is moved from the T-position to a 0-position, a slope 20 of a second control element 12 pushes the push button 16 of the auxiliary contact 8 inwards. When the control device for the switching device is in the 0-position, the push button 16 of the auxiliary contact 8 is in its inner position, as shown in Figure 4b. When the control device for the switching device is moved from the 0-position to an l-position, a slope 22 of the second control element 12 allows the push button 16 of the auxiliary contact 8 to protrude outwards. When the control device for the switching device is in the I-position, the push button 16 of the auxiliary contact 8 is in its outer position, as shown in Figure 4c.
[0019] in the described embodiment, the auxiliary contact 8 is arranged such that in a switching state wherein the push button 16 is in its outer position, the current circuit coupled to the auxiliary contact 8 is closed. Similarly, in a switching state wherein the push button 16 is in its inner position, the current circuit coupled to the auxiliary contact 8 is open.
[0020] In addition to auxiliary contacts 8, the auxiliary contact configuration may be arranged to receive microswitches. The configuration of Figure 1 comprises one microswitch position 24. The auxiliary contact control device 10 is provided with a microswitch control element 26 arranged to control a microswitch installed in the microswitch position 24. The microswitch control element 26 operates in a manner substantially similar to that in which the auxiliary contact control elements 11, 12 and 13 do, i.e. it changes the position of the push button of the microswitch between an outer and an inner position by means of appropriately designed slopes.
[0021] The microswitch position 24 is arranged to receive a microswitch whose push button is situated slightly nearer one end. The location of the push button of the microswitch installed in position 24 depends on which way around the microswitch has been installed in the position. The microswitch control element 26 is arranged such that depending on the installation direction of the microswitch, the push button of the microswitch is pressed down either

in the 0-position or in the testing position of the control device for the switching device.
[0022] The auxiliary contact configuration for a switching device according to Figure 1 is provided in a control device module for a modular switching device. The auxiliary contact configuration of the invention may also be provided in a separate auxiliary contact module or, if desired, even in a pole cell module. The auxiliary contact configuration of the invention may also be provided in a switching device wherein all components are installed in the same frame part. In embodiments wherein the auxiliary contact control device 10 cannot or will not be controlled by the control shaft of the switching device, control may be implemented e.g. by means of a working shaft 3.
[0023] In the auxiliary contact configuration of the invention, auxiliary contacts 8 having two or more switching positions may be used.
[0024] The elongated auxiliary contact control device 10 of the configuration of Figure 1 is arranged to move substantially linearly. The auxiliary contact control device 10 is preferably provided as one piece made e.g. from a plastics material by injection moulding.
[0025] In the configuration of Figure 1, the positions 5 and 6 are arranged to receive an auxiliary contact 8 whose width is about 2.0 cm. The combined width of the first 5 and the second 6 auxiliary contact position is about 2.2 cm. The first 5 and the second 6 auxiliary contact positions thus overlap so as to allow the auxiliary contact 8 to be installed either in the first auxiliary contact position 5 or in the second auxiliary contact position 6 only. If an auxiliary contact 8 has been installed in the first position 5, no auxiliary contact can be installed in the second position 6. Similarly, if an auxiliary contact 8 has been installed in the second position 6, no auxiliary contact can be installed in the first position 5.
[0026] When the auxiliary contact 8 has been installed in the first position 5, its one side resides adjacent to a first wall 28 of the frame part 2. When the auxiliary contact 8 has been installed in the second position 6, its other side resides adjacent to a second wall 30 of the frame part 2, opposite to the first wall 28. Each of the auxiliary contact control elements 11,12 and 13 has a width of about 2 mm, so that the push button 16 of the auxiliary contact 8 falls substantially at a middle of the first control element 11 when the auxiliary contact is installed in the first position 5, and in a middle of the second control element 12 when the auxiliary contact is installed in the second position 6.

[0027] In an alternative embodiment, the first 5 and the second 6 auxiliary contact positions are juxtaposed such that each position may simultaneously be provided with an auxiliary contact 8. Such a configuration may be used when the size of the switching device does not have to be minimized.
[0028] It is obvious to one skilled in the art that the basic idea of the invention can be implemented in many different ways. The invention and its embodiments are thus not restricted to the above-described examples but may vary within the scope of the claims.







CLAIMS
1. An auxiliary contact configuration for a switching device, theswitching device comprising a frame part (2) and the auxiliary contact configuration comprising a first auxiliary contact position (5) provided in the frame part(2) and arranged to receive an auxiliary contact (8), and a movable auxiliarycontact control device (10) comprising a first control element (11) arranged tocontrol the auxiliary contact (8) installed in the first position (5), characterized in that the auxiliary contact configuration comprises a second auxiliary contact position (6) provided near the first auxiliary contact position (5),and that the auxiliary contact control device (10) comprises a second controlelement (12) arranged to control the auxiliary contact (8) installed in the second position (6) in a manner different from the manner in which the first controlelement (11) is arranged to control the auxiliary contact (8) installed in the firstposition (5).
2. An auxiliary contact configuration as claimed in claim 1, characterized in that the first auxiliary contact position (5) and the secondauxiliary contact position (6) overlap so as to allow an auxiliary contact (8) tobe installed either in the first auxiliary contact position (5) or in the second auxiliary contact position (6) only.
3. An auxiliary contact configuration as claimed in claim 1 or 2,characterized in that the auxiliary contact control device (10) is arranged to move substantially linearly.
4. An auxiliary contact configuration as claimed in any one of thepreceding claims, characterized in that the auxiliary contact controldevice (10) is equipped with a toothed bar (14) and a control shaft (4) of theswitching device is equipped with toothed means arranged to co-operate together with the toothed bar (14) of the control device (10) in order to move thecontrol device (10).
5. An auxiliary contact configuration as claimed in any one of thepreceding claims, characterized in that the control elements (11, 12,13) comprise slopes (18, 20, 22).
6. An auxiliary contact configuration as claimed in any one of thepreceding claims, characterized in that it comprises a microswitch position (24) provided in the frame part (2), and that the auxiliary contact control

device (10) is provided with a microswitch control element (26) arranged to control a microswitch installed in the microswitch position (24).
Dated this 18 day of July 2006

Documents:

2611-CHENP-2006 AMENDED PAGES OF SPECIFICATION 10-06-2011.pdf

2611-CHENP-2006 AMENDED CLAIMS 10-06-2011.pdf

2611-chenp-2006 form-3 10-06-2011.pdf

2611-CHENP-2006 CORRESPONDENCE OTHERS 10-06-2011.pdf

2611-CHENP-2006 CORRESPONDENCE OTHERS 24-02-2011.pdf

2611-chenp-2006 form-3 22-10-2010.pdf

2611-CHENP-2006 CORRESPONDENCE OTHERS.pdf

2611-CHENP-2006 CORRESPONDENCE PO.pdf

2611-CHENP-2006 FORM 18.pdf

2611-chenp-2006-abstract.pdf

2611-chenp-2006-claims.pdf

2611-chenp-2006-correspondnece-others.pdf

2611-chenp-2006-description(complete).pdf

2611-chenp-2006-form 1.pdf

2611-chenp-2006-form 26.pdf

2611-chenp-2006-form 3.pdf

2611-chenp-2006-form 5.pdf

2611-chenp-2006-pct.pdf


Patent Number 248163
Indian Patent Application Number 2611/CHENP/2006
PG Journal Number 26/2011
Publication Date 01-Jul-2011
Grant Date 23-Jun-2011
Date of Filing 18-Jul-2006
Name of Patentee ABB OY
Applicant Address Strombergintie 1, FI-00380 Helsinki
Inventors:
# Inventor's Name Inventor's Address
1 KOLMONEN, Rainer Urputie 3 as 1, FI-66400 Laihia
2 MATTLAR, Harri Jungsundsvägen 809, FI-65760 Iskmo
PCT International Classification Number H01H71/46,3/20,9/00
PCT International Application Number PCT/FI2005/000029
PCT International Filing date 2005-01-18
PCT Conventions:
# PCT Application Number Date of Convention Priority Country
1 20040066 2004-01-19 Finland