Patent Number: 6,297,717

Title: Contactor with floating armature

Abstract: An electro-mechanical contactor is disclosed having a powerhead and a base housing. The powerhead has a set of stationary contacts mounted therein. A set of movable contacts are mounted on a movable contact carrier that moves the movable contacts between a contact open position and a contact closed position with respect to the stationary contacts. The movable contact carrier has an armature slot integrally molded therewith to loosely receive an armature therein so as to allow the armature to float within the movable contact carrier and the powerhead. The powerhead has a powerhead housing configured to guide and retain the floating armature during normal operation. Extended life of the contactor is achieved by eliminating a rigid mounting between the armature and the movable contact carrier.

Inventors: Heckenkamp; Daniel P. (Oconomowoc, WI)

Assignee: Eaton Corporation

International Classification: H01H 50/16 (20060101); H01H 50/22 (20060101); H01H 50/00 (20060101); H01H 50/64 (20060101); H01H 067/02 ()

Expiration Date: 10/02/2018