Circuit breaker with independent trip and reset lockout

  • US 6,288,882 B1
  • Filed: 08/20/1999
  • Issued: 09/11/2001
  • Est. Priority Date: 08/24/1998
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A circuit breaker comprising:

  • housing means;

    line and load connection means accessible from an exterior of said housing means for connecting to external wiring;

    means for conducting electricity between said line and load connection means, said means for conducting electricity including switch means for opening and closing said means for conducting electricity;

    circuit interrupting means disposed within said housing means for causing said switch means to open in response to the occurrence of a predefined condition;

    reset lockout means responsive to activation of said circuit interrupting means for inhibiting closing of said switch means after said circuit interrupting means causes said switch means to open; and

    reset means for activating said circuit interrupting means so that said reset lockout means does not inhibit closing of said switch means, and for closing said switch means.

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