Patent Number: 6,798,324

Title: Circuit breaker switching mechanism

Abstract: A switching mechanism for use in an electromechanical device, such as a circuit breaker, comprising a stationary contact, a blade assembly having a blade, which includes a movable contact, a frame guide having a guiding area, a trip lever, a tripping mechanism, a lower link, and an upper link. The trip lever is connected to the frame guide and causes the separation of the movable contact from the stationary contact, thus switching the device from an ON position to a TRIPPED position. The tripping mechanism is adapted for holding the trip lever in the ON position, and for releasing it to the TRIPPED position when a tripping condition occurs. The lower link is adapted for moving the blade between the ON and the TRIPPED positions. The upper link includes an interface area which is adapted to remain in continuous contact with the guiding area for accelerating the tripping action.

Inventors: Richter; David N. (Mexico, MO)

Assignee: Square D Company

International Classification: H01H 71/10 (20060101); H01H 71/52 (20060101); H01H 075/12 ()

Expiration Date: 09/22016