|Publication number||USRE40298 E1|
|Application number||US 10/425,274|
|Publication date||May 6, 2008|
|Filing date||Apr 29, 2003|
|Priority date||Mar 26, 1999|
|Also published as||US6309192|
|Publication number||10425274, 425274, US RE40298 E1, US RE40298E1, US-E1-RE40298, USRE40298 E1, USRE40298E1|
|Original Assignee||Lasko Holdings, Inc.|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (12), Classifications (8), Legal Events (3)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
1. Field of the Invention
This invention relates to an insulated box fan of the type wherein the motor is electrically insulated from the rest of the fan by an isolator ring.
2. Description of the Prior Art
Box fans are perhaps the most common fan in the industry. Historically, box fans are constructed of metal and plastic and are one of the least expensive fans, they provide a high volume of air, are of relatively light weight, are sturdy and long lasting, are versatile in that they can be placed on virtually any flat surface, and are stable and resist toppling.
With the use in fans of six pole motors and the increasing use of four pole motors, which use capacitors and consequent higher operating voltages, problems can arise if the fan is placed into a window, and the air being moved by the fan becomes moisture laden air, or if water comes directly onto the fan.
One of the problems from moisture laden air is that the water may provide a current leakage path to parts of the fan that come into contact with the user.
Box fans typically mount the motor, which has a metal outer casing, directly to vertical metal brackets in the fan, so that if the motor casing is electrically charged, the fan housing will also become charged, and present a hazard to the user.
The fan of the invention is designed to isolate the motor housing from the fan mounting brackets to prevent the fan housing from becoming electrically charged, and provides other positive advantages.
It has now been found that an insulated box fan is available, wherein the fan motor is electrically insulated from the fan housing by an isolator ring.
The principal object of the invention is to provide a box fan that has a fan motor that is electrically insulated from the fan housing.
A further object of the invention is to provide a box fan that is simple and inexpensive to construct.
A further object of the invention is to provide a box fan which maintains the mechanical and structural integrity of the metal bracket portion of the fan.
A further object of the invention is to provide a box fan wherein the basic fan housing structure is not modified, and which provides a slim streamlined box fan.
A further object of the invention is to provide a box fan that can be safely placed in a window.
A further object of the invention is to provide a box fan with improved air flow to the fan motor for better cooling.
Other objects and advantageous features of the invention will be apparent from the description and claims.
The nature and characteristic features of the invention will be more readily understood from the following description taken in connection with the accompanying drawings forming part hereof in which:
It should, of course, be understood that the description and drawings herein are merely illustrative and that various modifications and changes can be made in the structures disclosed without departing from the spirit of the invention.
Like numerals refer to like parts throughout the several views.
When referring to the preferred embodiments, certain terminology will be utilized for the sake of clarity. Use of such terminology is intended to encompass not only the described embodiment, but also technical equivalents which operate and function in substantially the same way to bring about the same result.
Referring now more particularly to
The front grill 11 is preferably of molded synthetic plastic and the fan housing 12 is preferably of stamped metal.
A rear grill (not shown) would also be provided, which could having a design similar to front grill 11.
The fan housing 12 has a pair of spaced vertical brackets 20 extending from the top 21 of the housing 12 to the bottom 22, which brackets 20 are preferably of metal, to add strength and rigidity to the fan housing 12.
The embodiment of fan motor 14 illustrated in detail in
The rear casing 24 is of dish shape with a plurality of radial cutouts 25.
An isolator ring 30 is provided, which is of molded plastic, with polypropylene plastic being the preferred material.
The isolator ring 30 is of dish shape, open in the center 31, and includes a rim 32 with projections 33, four being shown, and spaced with two at the top and two at the bottom.
The motor casing 24 is attached to rim 32 by four screws 34, which extend through rim 32 into threaded openings (not shown) in casing 24.
The rim 32 has openings 35 at the top and bottom with locating pins 36 therein, which extend from motor casing 24.
The projections 33 have screws 37 engaged therein, four being illustrated, which screws extend through openings (not shown) in brackets 20, retaining ring 30 thereto.
Referring now more specifically to
The motor 40 has an output shaft 43 with a blade hub 45 thereon.
An isolator ring 50 is provided, which is of molded plastic with polypropylene plastic being preferred.
The ring 50 has a wide rim 51, with spaced openings 52, which have screws 53 therein, four being illustrated, which extend therethrough into threaded openings 54 in casing 42 to retain motor 40 thereon.
The configuration of the rim 51 has been found to better direct the air to cool the motor than with previous structures, and it has been found that the operating temperature of the fan motor may be lowered by as much as 2.5 degrees centigrade by use of the ring 50.
The rim 51 has four spaced 57 bosses thereon, which have openings 58 therein, and as shown in FIGS. 5,6, have screws 59 therein, which screws 59 extend through openings (not shown) in the brackets 20 of a fan housing (not shown) similar to that described above, to retain the motor 40 thereon. While at least two screws are shown in each bracket 20, variations can be used where the bracket could have an opening (not shown), which would have a tab (not shown) from the ring 50 engaged therein, and one screw 59.
It will thus be seen structure has been provided with which the objects of the invention are achieved.
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|U.S. Classification||417/423.14, 416/244.00R, 417/423.8, 415/213.1|
|International Classification||F04D25/06, F04B17/00|
|Jul 29, 2008||CC||Certificate of correction|
|Apr 1, 2009||FPAY||Fee payment|
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|Mar 7, 2013||FPAY||Fee payment|
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