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Power Coupling Management System

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000012842D
Publication Date: 2003-Jun-02
Document File: 15 page(s) / 1M

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Related People

John Matthew Miller: INVENTOR

Abstract

Power Coupling Management System Described herein is a system for power distribution and power coupling management that may provide surge protection and is arranged to conceal and manage power coupling, e.g., cords coupled to sources of power provided by the system. The concealment and management of the power coupling occurs by way of a cover over the sockets to which the cords are coupled, thereby containing the coupling within the surge protector and providing for managing the cords. The cover may include an arrangement of ridges further contributing to the cord management. A system as described herein provides the additional advantage of enhanced child safety. Previous approaches to cord management in existing power distribution systems, e.g., outlet strips or boxes providing a plurality of outlets with a main power cord and switch and with or without surge protection, typically involve a type of hook, slot or channel. Such approaches typically do not accommodate the entire number of cords that can be plugged into the system and do not hide the unsightly tangled arrangement typically created by having many cords plugged into the plurality of sockets associated with typical power distribution systems. Also, prior approaches typically address child safety by providing a sliding cover over each socket.

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Power Coupling Management System

Described herein is a system for power distribution and power coupling management that may provide surge protection and is arranged to conceal and manage power coupling, e.g., cords coupled to sources of power provided by the system.� The concealment and management of the power coupling occurs by way of a cover over the sockets to which the cords are coupled, thereby containing the coupling within the surge protector and providing for managing the cords.� The cover may include an arrangement of ridges further contributing to the cord management.� A system as described herein provides the additional advantage of enhanced child safety.

� Previous approaches to cord management in existing power distribution systems, e.g., outlet strips or boxes providing a plurality of outlets with a main power cord and switch and with or without surge protection, typically involve a type of hook, slot or channel.� Such approaches typically do not accommodate the entire number of cords that can be plugged into the system and do not hide the unsightly tangled arrangement typically created by having many cords plugged into the plurality of sockets associated with typical power distribution systems.� Also, prior approaches typically address child safety by providing a sliding cover over each socket.

In contrast, the described system comprises covering the power coupling area, e.g., socket area, with a cover that may include ridges and that provides for:

1. cord management by funneling the cords to exit from a single opening;

2. hiding the cluttered junction between cords and sockets;

3. providing a true child safety feature, by making the sockets completely                                 � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � inaccessible when the cover is closed.

        � � � � � � � � � � � The described system may be better understood by referring to the drawing in which:

        � � � � � � � � � � � Fig. 1 shows a perspective view of an exemplary embodiment of a power distribution system incorporating features described herein;

        � � � � � � � � � � � Fig. 2 shows a top view of an exemplary embodiment showing the cover portion closed and interacting with the base portion to form a slot through which cords are routed;

        � � � � � � � � � � � Fig. 3 shows a front view of an exemplary embodiment of the described system showing the cover portion of the embodiment and a bottom section of the base portion having slots for ventilation;

        � � � � � � � � � � � Fig. 4 shows a back view of an exemplary embodiment of the described system showing the base portion of the embodiment having a slot in the bottom for routing of a main power cable;

Fig. 5 shows a right-side view of an exemplary embodiment of the described system illustrating exemplary locations of the cord-routing slot near the top of the unit and ventilation slots and main power cord near the bottom of the unit;

Fig. 6 shows a left-side view of an exemplary embodiment of the d...