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US20040045232A1
US20040045232A1 US10656414 US65641403A US2004045232A1 US 20040045232 A1 US20040045232 A1 US 20040045232A1 US 10656414 US10656414 US 10656414 US 65641403 A US65641403 A US 65641403A US 2004045232 A1 US2004045232 A1 US 2004045232A1
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    • HELECTRICITY
    • H02GENERATION; CONVERSION OR DISTRIBUTION OF ELECTRIC POWER
    • H02GINSTALLATION OF ELECTRIC CABLES OR LINES, OR OF COMBINED OPTICAL AND ELECTRIC CABLES OR LINES
    • H02G3/00Installations of electric cables or lines in or on buildings, equivalent structures or vehicles
    • EFIXED CONSTRUCTIONS
    • E04BUILDING
    • E04BGENERAL BUILDING CONSTRUCTIONS; WALLS, e.g. PARTITIONS; ROOFS; FLOORS; CEILINGS; INSULATION OR OTHER PROTECTION OF BUILDINGS
    • E04B2/00Walls, e.g. partitions, for buildings; Wall construction with regard to insulation; Connections specially adapted to walls
    • E04B2/74Removable non-load-bearing partitions; Partitions with a free upper edge modular coordination
    • E04B2002/7488Details of wiring

Abstract

A modular wall panel assembly, including a modular wall panel and an electrical distribution harness connected to the modular wall panel. The electrical distribution harness includes an electrical connector, at least one channel extending from and electrically connected with the electrical connector, an electrical receptacle connected to the electrical connector and at least one receptacle mounting bracket. The receptacle mounting bracket includes a cutout at least partially surrounding the electrical receptacle. The receptacle mounting bracket has at least one attachment element connected to at least one of the modular wall panel and at least one channel.

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    CROSS REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS
  • [0001]
    This is a non-provisional application based upon U.S. provisional patent application serial No. 60/408,372, entitled “RECEPTACLE MOUNTING CONVERTER”, filed Sep. 5, 2002.
  • BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
  • [0002]
    1. Field of the Invention
  • [0003]
    The present invention relates to electrical distribution harnesses for modular wall panels, and, more particularly, to a method and a device for mounting electrical receptacles for such a harness.
  • [0004]
    2. Description of the Related Art
  • [0005]
    Electrical distribution harnesses are located in modular wall panels to provide electrical power to a user located in a space defined by the wall panels. The electrical power can be used to power lighting, computers and other office machines in an office environment, or can be used to power lighting, tools and other equipment in a laboratory or industrial setting.
  • [0006]
    The electrical distribution harnesses are hidden within the modular wall panel, typically near to or attached to a frame of the modular wall panel, and provide user access to the electricity via receptacles, such as standard duplex receptacles.
  • [0007]
    The receptacle components need to electrically connect to the electrical distribution harness. Mechanical forces are applied to the receptacle when plugging and unplugging a power cord and the like. A stable mechanical connection is required for the receptacle to ensure that the receptacle does not work itself loose from the electrical distribution harness after multiple power cord plugging and unplugging cycles.
  • [0008]
    A method of mounting a receptacle to an electrical distribution harness is known whereby a receptacle retaining element is part of the electrical distribution harness. The receptacle electrically connects to an electrical port on the harness and mechanically mounts into the receptacle retaining element. A problem with this method is the receptacle retaining element adds complexity to the harness design, and at least as importantly, increases the manufacturing cycle time of the harness. Other known methods include clips (which are also part of the electrical distribution harness) to hold the receptacle module and the clips are susceptible to bending and provide limited retaining force in the direction of plug engagement and disengagement.
  • [0009]
    What is needed in the art is a device and method that mechanically holds a receptacle to an electrical distribution harness in a reliable and cost effective manner, and at the same time, is separate from the electrical distribution harness.
  • SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
  • [0010]
    The present invention provides a device and method to hold a receptacle module to an electrical distribution harness, the device being separate from the electrical distribution harness and at least partially surrounding the receptacle.
  • [0011]
    The invention comprises, in one form thereof, a modular wall panel assembly, including a modular wall panel and an electrical distribution harness connected to the modular wall panel. The electrical distribution harness includes an electrical connector, at least one channel extending from and electrically connected with the electrical connector, an electrical receptacle connected to the electrical connector and at least one receptacle mounting bracket. The receptacle mounting bracket includes a cutout at least partially surrounding the electrical receptacle. The receptacle mounting bracket has at least one attachment element connected to the modular wall panel and/or at least one channel.
  • [0012]
    An advantage of the present invention is that it provides a device and method that mechanically holds a receptacle to an electrical distribution harness in a reliable and cost effective manner.
  • [0013]
    Another advantage of the present invention is that it is not part of the electrical distribution harness.
  • [0014]
    Yet another advantage of the present invention is that it provides a positive retaining force in the direction of plug engagement and disengagement.
  • [0015]
    A further advantage of the present invention is that it can be used with existing designs of receptacle modules.
  • [0016]
    A yet further advantage of the present invention is that an existing electrical distribution harness can be converted to a design with a separate receptacle mounting bracket.
  • BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
  • [0017]
    The above-mentioned and other features and advantages of this invention, and the manner of attaining them, will become more apparent and the invention will be better understood by reference to the following description of an embodiment of the invention taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings, wherein:
  • [0018]
    [0018]FIG. 1 is perspective view of an embodiment of an electrical distribution harness with a receptacle mounting bracket according to the present invention;
  • [0019]
    [0019]FIG. 2 is an exploded view of the electrical distribution harness of FIG. 1 shown in relation to a partial fragmentary view of an embodiment of a modular wall panel; and
  • [0020]
    [0020]FIG. 3 is a side view of the receptacle mounting bracket of FIG. 2 as viewed from section line 3-3.
  • [0021]
    Corresponding reference characters indicate corresponding parts throughout the several views. The exemplification set out herein illustrates one preferred embodiment of the invention, in one form, and such exemplification is not to be construed as limiting the scope of the invention in any manner.
  • DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION
  • [0022]
    Referring now to the drawings, and more particularly to FIG. 2, there is shown a modular wall panel assembly 10 which generally includes a modular wall panel 12 and an electrical distribution harness 14.
  • [0023]
    Modular wall panel 12 includes wall frame 16 having connected thereto holder 18. Modular wall panel 12 further includes base cover 20 and panels 22. Base cover 20 can include at least one aperture (not shown) through which an electrical receptacle can protrude.
  • [0024]
    Electrical distribution harness 14 includes electrical connector 24 and at least one channel 26 extending from and electrically connected, via conductors 28, with electrical connector 24. The number of conductors 28 can vary from application to application, but will generally include ground, neutral and line conductors, or some combination and/or multiples thereof. Isolated circuit conductors and/or isolated grounds can be included. Conductors 28 electrically interconnect terminals in electrical connector 24 with corresponding terminals in end connectors 32. End connectors 32 are typically connected to a source of electrical power, another electrical distribution harness and/or a jumper cable (all not shown). At least one electrical receptacle 30 is connected to electrical connector 24. In the embodiment shown, four electrical receptacles 30 can be connected to electrical connector 24 with two electrical receptacles 30 on each side of electrical distribution harness 14 although only two electrical receptacles 30 are shown. At least one receptacle mounting bracket 34 has a cutout 36 at least partially surrounding electrical receptacle 30. Receptacle mounting bracket 34 has at least one attachment element 38 connected to modular wall panel 12 (at holder 18 for example) and/or to at least one channel 26.
  • [0025]
    Receptacle mounting bracket 34 includes receptacle frame 40 that can be approximately rectangular in shape which is complimentary in shape to receptacle 30 as shown. Alternatively, receptacle frame 40 can be other shapes complimentary with other alternative shapes of receptacle 30. Receptacle mounting bracket 34 can have an approximately C-shaped cross section, for a section at an end thereof, as shown in FIG. 3. Attachment element 38 can include hole 42 and fastener 44 extending through hole 42 and attached to a corresponding channel 26 or modular wall panel 12.
  • [0026]
    In use, electrical distribution harness 14 is provided including at least one channel 26 and electrical connector 24. Electrical receptacle 30 is inserted into electrical connector 24. Receptacle mounting bracket 34 is placed over electrical receptacle 30 such that cutout 36 at least partially surrounds electrical receptacle 30. Receptacle mounting bracket 34 is attached to electrical distribution harness 14 or modular wall panel 12.
  • [0027]
    While this invention has been described as having a preferred design, the present invention can be further modified within the spirit and scope of this disclosure. This application is therefore intended to cover any variations, uses, or adaptations of the invention using its general principles. Further, this application is intended to cover such departures from the present disclosure as come within known or customary practice in the art to which this invention pertains and which fall within the limits of the appended claims.

Claims (11)

    What is claimed is:
  1. 1. A modular wall panel assembly, comprising:
    a modular wall panel;
    an electrical distribution harness connected to said modular wall panel, said electrical distribution harness including:
    an electrical connector;
    at least one channel extending from and electrically connected with said electrical connector;
    an electrical receptacle connected to said electrical connector; and
    at least one receptacle mounting bracket having a cutout at least partially surrounding said electrical receptacle, said receptacle mounting bracket having at least one attachment element connected to at least one of said modular wall panel and at least one said channel.
  2. 2. The modular wall panel assembly of claim 1, wherein said receptacle mounting bracket includes a rectangular frame.
  3. 3. The modular wall panel assembly of claim 1, wherein said receptacle mounting bracket includes a frame with a generally C-shaped cross section.
  4. 4. The modular wall panel assembly of claim 1, wherein said receptacle mounting bracket includes a frame complimentary in shape to said receptacle.
  5. 5. The modular wall panel assembly of claim 1, wherein said attachment element has a hole and further including a fastener extending through said hole and attached to a corresponding said channel.
  6. 6. An electrical distribution harness for a modular wall panel, said electrical distribution harness comprising:
    an electrical connector;
    at least one channel extending from and electrically connected with said electrical connector;
    an electrical receptacle connected to said electrical connector; and
    at least one receptacle mounting bracket having a cutout at least partially surrounding said electrical receptacle, said receptacle mounting bracket having at least one attachment element configured for connection to at least one of the modular wall panel and said at least one channel.
  7. 7. The electrical distribution harness of claim 6, wherein said receptacle mounting bracket includes a rectangular frame.
  8. 8. The electrical distribution harness of claim 6, wherein said receptacle mounting bracket includes a frame with a generally C-shaped cross section.
  9. 9. The electrical distribution harness of claim 6, wherein said receptacle mounting bracket includes a frame complimentary in shape to said receptacle.
  10. 10. The electrical distribution harness of claim 6, wherein said attachment element has a hole and further including a fastener extending through said hole and attached to a corresponding said channel.
  11. 11. A method of connecting an electrical receptacle to an electrical distribution harness, comprising the steps of:
    providing an electrical distribution harness including at least one channel and an electrical connector;
    inserting the electrical receptacle into said electrical connector;
    placing a receptacle mounting bracket over the electrical receptacle such that a cutout at least partially surrounds the electrical receptacle; and
    attaching said receptacle mounting bracket to the electrical distribution harness.
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