Patent Number: 6,281,459

Title: Circuit interrupter having an improved slot motor assembly

Abstract: A circuit interrupter including a housing, separable main contacts within the housing, and an operating mechanism within the housing and interconnected with the contacts. An arc extinguisher assembly is disposed within the housing. Also provided within the housing is a slot motor assembly having a cavity region within which the contacts are substantially located. The slot motor assembly electro-magnetically interacts with current flowing between the contacts, and includes magnetic plates positioned in a slot motor housing. The slot motor housing has a tendency to move an arc existing between the contacts toward the arc extinguisher assembly. The slot motor assembly also includes an insulation member positioned within the cavity region and between the magnetic plates and the slot motor housing.

Inventors: Munsch; William David (Pittsburgh, PA), Malingowski; Richard Paul (Finleyville, PA), Rodgers; Craig Allen (Butler, PA), Brand, Jr.; Ronald William (Beaver Falls, PA), Gill; Lois Ann (Aliquippa, PA)

Assignee: Eaton Corporation

International Classification: H01H 77/00 (20060101); H01H 77/10 (20060101); H01H 9/30 (20060101); H01H 9/44 (20060101); H01H 033/18 ()

Expiration Date: 08/28/2018