An enclosed proximity switch assembly includes a top enclosure and a bottom enclosure that are coupled to form an interior volume. A shaft protrusion upwardly extends from a top surface of the top enclosure, and an interior bore portion having an enclosed volume is defined within the shaft protrusion to form a portion of the interior …

Legal parties

Inventors (applicants): Brian Phillip Pate, Gregory Curtis Merrifield, Robert Lynn LaFountain, Michael John Simmons
Assignees (initial): General Equipment and Manufacturing Company, Inc. (Louisville, US)
Agents: Marshall, Gerstein & Borun LLP (attorney)

The application was examined by Bernard Rojas (USPTO dept. 2837)


  • 1. A target support for supporting a target magnet within an enclosed proximity switch assembly …
  • 2. The target support of claim 1 , wherein the hub and the magnet support …
  • 3. The target support of claim 1 , wherein the body portion of the hub is received …

Cited documents


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Brief Description of the Drawings

FIG. 1 is a perspective view of the exterior of an embodiment of an enclosed proximity switch assembly; FIG. 2 is a top view of the embodiment of the enclosed …


Field of the Disclosure

This disclosure relates generally to an enclosure, and, more particularly, to a sealed enclosure containing at least one magnetic target that is detected by at least one magnetic proximity …

Detailed Description

As illustrated in FIG. 3 , an enclosed proximity switch assembly 10 includes a top enclosure 12 having a base wall 14 and a plurality of side walls 16 …

More details about Enclosed Proximity Switch Assembly

Miscellaneous patent data

Similar patents are classified under Details, having only axial contact pressure, e.g. disc switch, wafer switch, Indicators, Distinguishing marks, Thermal, time delay armature-movement control means, reciprocating armature, one end of spring being fixedly connected to the stationary or movable part of the switch, and the other end reacting with a movable or stationary rigid member respectively through pins, cams, toothed, or other shaped surfaces, Compound motion device, Fixing of contacts to carrier, wherein the contacts are opened by the flow of air or gas, adapted for actuation at a limit or other predetermined position in the path of a body, the relative movement of switch and body being primarily for a purpose other than the actuation of the switch, e.g. door switch, limit switch, floor-levelling switch of a lift, Induction relays, i.e. relays in which the interaction is between a magnetic field and current induced thereby in a conductor, Relay coil or coils forming part of a bridge circuit, Relays in which the armature is maintained in one position by a permanent magnet and freed by energisation of a coil producing an opposing magnetic field, reversible magnetic flux-type movement, the inventor's address - Louisville, KY, the recorded inventor's name is Simmons Michael John, the patent grant was extended by 17 days, the assignee classification - a United States company, the application was published on Dec. 28, 2012, the grant publication number is 08866571, includes the following drawings: Top view of the embodiment, Enclosed Proximity Switch Assembly, Perspective view of the exterior, Sectional side view of the enclosed, claims 1-8 comprise the invention scope, particularly claims a target support for supporting a target magnet within an enclosed proximity…, the invention is named Enclosed Proximity Switch Assembly, the claim 1 is exemplary as chosen by the examiner, the application number is 13/730,351 (U.S.), the assignee location is Louisville (US); its company is General Equipment and Manufacturing Company, Inc., illustrated by 7 drawings, the examination was conducted by Bernard Rojas (2837 USPTO department), the recorded agent - Marshall, Gerstein & Borun LLP, 19 figures depict the invention details, developed by Brian Phillip Pate et al., the grant publication date is Oct. 21, 2014, categorized under Permanent Magnet-Actuated Switches as a primary classification.

Invention classification information

The invention is classified under Superconducting magnets, Superconducting coils, Arrangements or instruments for measuring magnetic variables, Details of switching devices, not covered by groups H01H 1/00-H01H 7/00, Switches actuated by change of magnetic field or of electric field, e.g. by change of relative position of magnet and switch, by shielding, Details, Combined with diverse-type art device, Permanent Magnet-Actuated Switches, Magnets or magnetic bodies characterised by the magnetic materials therefor, Selection of materials for their magnetic properties, Dustproof, splashproof, drip-proof, waterproof, or flameproof casings. The designated search classifications include Combined with diverse-type art device.

Patent details
Publication number 08866571
Publication date Oct. 21, 2014
Kind code B2
Application number 13/730,351
Application date Dec. 28, 2012
Application type U
Application series code 13
Extension term 17
National classification 335/205
Total number of claims 8
Exemplary claims 1
Number of drawings 7
Number of figures 19
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