System for Distributing Electrical Power in a Cabinet
Publication Date: 2001-Jul-18
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A device for providing electrical power distribution to a plurality of components housed in an enclosure or cabinet, such as a photo booth. The components included in the cabinet may include a PC or workstation, scanner, monitor, fan, and printer. The device provides surge protection and allows use of a standard power distribution device while maintaining a standard look and convenience. The device further provides a more convenient arrangement for turning electrical power on/off and a more efficient utilization of the space inside the cabinet. Two embodiments of the device are described, one for 110VAC and another for 230VAC. In a first embodiment suitable for 110VAC shown in Figures 1 and 2, the device 10 comprises an ABS Plastic potting box 11, a double pole/single throw switch 12, a North American power receptacle 13, a wire restraint (not shown), two wire assemblies (not shown), and a terminated power cord 14. This embodiment allows for a longer power cord thereby permitting easier access for service and allowing for variability in cabinet placement. With this embodiment, a common power strip 15 can be used and can be changed for different models that are commonly available. In a second embodiment suitable for 230VAC shown in Figures 3-5, the device 20 comprises an ABS Plastic potting box 21, a double pole/single throw switch 22, an IEC320/C13 power inlet 23, an IEC320/C14 power outlet 24, two wire assemblies (not shown), and a Metal Oxide varistor wire assembly 25 (wherein V1 is the varistor). The IEC320/C13 power inlet 23 allows for the use of most standard power cords for different countries/regions as well as different lengths. The Metal Oxide Varistor 25 absorbs voltage surges while a double pole/single throw switch disconnects power across both lines. The IEC320/C14 power outlet 24 provides the output for a power distribution device. With this embodiment, a common power strip 26 can be used and can be changed for different models that are commonly available.