Patent Number: 6,254,434

Title: Fuse bypass module for use with a fuse panel

Abstract: The present invention is directed to a fuse bypass module that may be used with a corresponding fuse panel. The fuse bypass module may be used with a primary fuse receptacle, located on the fuse panel. The primary fuse receptacle has terminals coupled to a power source and a load, respectively. In one embodiment, the a fuse bypass module may be used with a primary fuse receptacle having terminals coupled to a power source and a load, respectively. In a particularly advantageous embodiment, the fuse bypass module comprises a housing that has a bypass fuse receptacle for receiving a bypass fuse. Additionally, the fuse bypass module includes an electrical connector on the housing that is electrically coupled to the bypass fuse and that is removably couplable to a fuse panel electrical connector, which is associated with the bypass fuse panel. The fuse bypass module is couplable to the fuse panel to allow the bypass fuse receptacle to be coupled in parallel with a primary fuse and further allow the primary fuse to be removed without interrupting power to the load.

Inventors: Steeves; Michael C. (Richardson, TX)

Assignee: Lucent Technologies Inc.

International Classification: H01R 31/00 (20060101); H01R 31/08 (20060101); H01R 13/44 (20060101); H01R 13/443 (20060101); H01R 13/68 (20060101); H01R 013/68 ()

Expiration Date: 07/03/2018