Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Driscoll Nina
  • Patent number: 6224407
    Abstract: A coaxial switching connector especially applicable for use in cell phones is provided with a phone connector and a cradle connector where the cradle connector is mounted in a support structure via a conically shaped coil spring that allows both radial and axial displacement of the connector for absorption of tolerances and mechanical solicitation between the cell phone and its cradle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2001
    Assignee: The Whitaker Corporation
    Inventors: Patrick Duquerroy, Dieter Bozzer, Blaise Rithener, Lionel Thomas
  • Patent number: 6077130
    Abstract: An electrical connector comprises terminals having first, second and third terminal section for connection to a first PCB, battery pack, and second PCB respectively. Each terminal is integrally stamped and formed from sheet metal and the first terminal section is for soldering to the first circuit board whilst the other two terminal sections have spring portions for resiliently abutting respective contact protrusions adjacent the battery pack and second circuit board. Direct electrical connection from the battery pack to both circuit boards provides a compact and reliable power supply to both boards in a cost effective arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2000
    Assignee: The Whitaker Corporation
    Inventors: Madeline Hughes, Ian Aspland
  • Patent number: 6045405
    Abstract: A sensor connector comprises a conductive outer housing within which is mounted a certain length of shielded able connected to receptacle terminals that receive pins of a sensor. A shield element extends across the inside of the outer housing to provide a shield means between the sensor and the cable leads which, in one embodiment, is stamped and formed, and in another embodiment is a printed circuit board with a ground plane on one side and surface mounted capacitors on the other side interconnected to the terminals for filtering the signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2000
    Assignees: The Whitaker Corporation, Robert Bosch GmbH, Lisa Draxlmaier GmbH
    Inventors: Hans-Otto Geltsch, Gheorghe Hotea, Fritz Josef Alois Kourimsky, Robert Neuhauser, Walter Benedikt, Matthias Kuesell
  • Patent number: 6007370
    Abstract: A strain relief ferrule for attachment to a jacketed cable attaching the cable to a connector housing in a manner that transmits any load applied to the cable into the connector housing. The strain relief ferrule has a deformable body that is crimpable to the cable for attachment therewith. The ferrule is also attachable to said connector housing and characterized in that the deformable body carries at least one tab thereupon that after crimping of the strain relief ferrule, the tab is engageable by a retention member of the housing for attachment thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 28, 1999
    Assignee: The Whitaker Corporation
    Inventor: Gary Langridge
  • Patent number: 6007384
    Abstract: A casing for a shielded connector for a multicore cable having a drain wire, the casing comprising an upper and a lower part, where the drain wire is received in a channel in a first wall region of the lower part and upon assembly is firmly held therein by interacting elevations and depressions on the bottom of the channel and on a complimentary rib of a first wall region of the upper part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 28, 1999
    Assignee: The Whitaker Corporation
    Inventors: Rudolf Kraemer, Christian Schrettlinger
  • Patent number: 5997363
    Abstract: A single piece electrical receptacle terminal is provided with a box-shaped contact section having resilient outwardly biased locking lances. The side walls and locking lances are provided with guide members at the lance free end in order to assist insertion and extraction through a family seal without damage to the seal or the contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 7, 1999
    Assignee: The Whitaker Corporation
    Inventor: Jean Claude Joly
  • Patent number: 5994646
    Abstract: A braid termination structure having an outer ring with an inner profile for fitting over the shielding braid for electrical and mechanical engagement therewith and being affixed to a shielding shell of an electrical connector wherein the braid is positively captured in an outer ring and is fixed thereto by welding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 30, 1999
    Assignee: The Whitaker Corporation
    Inventors: Johannes Marcelus Broeksteeg, Johannes Marinus Jacobus Den Otter
  • Patent number: 5975959
    Abstract: A smart card connector module comprises two rows of terminals stamped and formed from a single piece of sheet metal and interconnected by a carrier strip. An insulative housing may either be overmoulded or assembled to the carrier strip, the terminals subsequently being electrically disconnected by stamping away portions of the carrier strip through windows provided in the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 2, 1999
    Assignee: The Whitaker Corporation
    Inventor: Jean Claude Joly
  • Patent number: 5974853
    Abstract: A magnetic press (10) for performing a manufacturing operation includes tooling (60) operatively connected to reciprocating parts comprising rods (22), and a magnet (41) connected to the rods (22) through a stationary plate (31). A control circuit (200) electrically operates a reciprocating magnet (41) and a stationary magnet (51) for inducing flux fields of attraction in the magnets (41,51), and for reversing the polarity of the flux fields to eliminate residual magnetism and for cushioning the landing of magnet (41) on a return stroke.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 2, 1999
    Assignee: The Whitaker Corporation
    Inventors: Michael David Strong, Michael Anthony Yeomans
  • Patent number: 5967828
    Abstract: A modular plug comprises an insulative housing having a plurality of contacts that have a mating portion and an insulation piercing portion similar to that of conventional modular plugs where the terminals are further provided with capacitor plate portions that are connected to the mating portions via linking portions which cross-over that of an adjacent contact, for at least some of the terminals, in order to provide capacitive coupling between certain contacts to reduce cross-talk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 19, 1999
    Assignee: The Whitaker Corporation
    Inventors: Gerardus Hubertus Johannes Geurts, Brian Donald Stephenson
  • Patent number: 5961357
    Abstract: A tube conductor, for example made in copper, is interconnected to a connector housing, for example made of aluminum alloy, by stuffing an insert, for example a steel ball, into the tube. The steel ball expands the tube and clamps it in the cavity of the housing. This construction enables elastic energy to be stored that increases the reliability and lifetime operation of the connector. It also enables a copper conductor to be reliably connected to aluminum connector, even though their thermal expansion coefficients differ, by suitable choice of material and dimensioning of the insert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 5, 1999
    Assignee: The Whitaker Corporation
    Inventor: Dominique Mercuzot
  • Patent number: 5954545
    Abstract: An electrical contact for an electrical connector assembly having a detached is specified latching tongue for latching in a chamber, the latching tongue originating from a base of the contact, a supporting tongue being provided on it, in order to provide additional kinking protection for the latching tongue, the free end of the supporting tongue resting on the base and running against a stop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 21, 1999
    Assignee: The Whitaker Corporation
    Inventor: Antonio Lehner
  • Patent number: 5938485
    Abstract: An electrical terminal having a contact-making region for making contact with a complementary contact pin and having a connecting region for connection to an electrical conductor is described, the contact-making region including an inner contact-making spring and an outer, external spring, the contact-making spring merging into a connecting region and having at least two mutually opposite contact spring arms which are supported by the external spring, the terminal further including a web which runs transversely with respect to the insertion direction is cut out on two longitudinal sides at least on a side of the external spring opposite the contact spring arms, this web being bent inwards in such a manner that it presses from the outside onto the contact spring arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 17, 1999
    Assignee: The Whitaker Corporation
    Inventors: Gheorghe Hotea, Marianne Eva Modler
  • Patent number: 5928037
    Abstract: An electrical connector comprising a connector housing (2) having a plurality of terminal receiving passageways (12, 14) therethrough for receiving terminals therein and a secondary lock member (26, 28) having a first position where the terminals can be received within the passageway (12, 14) and a second position where the terminals would be prevented from being withdrawn therefrom, the electrical connector being characterized in that the secondary lock member (26, 28) includes a first stage (26) operatively coupled to a second stage (28) and the first stage (26) has a stroke between the first and second positions that is greater than the stroke associated with the second stage (28).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 27, 1999
    Assignee: The Whitaker Corporation
    Inventors: Rolf Jetter, Andreas Wilkner
  • Patent number: 5919059
    Abstract: A coaxial splicing connector has an inner contact section and an outer conductor stamped and formed from sheet metal and having crimping arms that engage hinged stuffer members for stuffing the coaxial connector inner conductors into contact slots. Insulation piercing blades extend inward from the outer conductor and pierce through the coaxial cable outer conductor for electrical contact therewith during the crimping operation. Rapid splicing connection between coaxial connectors is thus achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 6, 1999
    Assignee: The Whitaker Corporation
    Inventors: Dieter Bozzer, Blaise Rithener, Lionel Thomas, Patrick Duquerroy
  • Patent number: 5915988
    Abstract: A contact for engaging a magnet wire in an insulation displacement manner having a magnet wire insulation displacement contact section for engaging the magnet wire, a conductor engaging portion for engaging an electrical conductor that is be interconnected with the magnet wire, and a body portion therebetween where the conductor engaging portion extends from the body portion as a spring member having a contact surface thereupon remote from the body for forming a wiping interconnection with the conductor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 29, 1999
    Assignee: The Whitaker Corporation
    Inventors: Helmut Adam Bitsch, Hartmuth Georg Friedrich Ploesser
  • Patent number: 5916000
    Abstract: An electrical contact element which is suitable for attaching and contacting in metallized bores, for example of a printed-circuit board, is specified; the contact element having a pressing-in region and a connection region, which adjoins the pressing-region via a transitional region; the pressing-in region comprising two layers of a metal sheet; the layers being arranged on each other symmetrically with respect to a plane between the layers, each of the layers having a slot formed between two contact limbs, the layers being curved away from each other, at least in the region of the slot, with the outer sides of the contact limbs diverging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 29, 1999
    Assignee: The Whitaker Corporation
    Inventors: Gunter Feldmeier, Heinz-Peter Scherer, Fidelo Weigert
  • Patent number: 5906519
    Abstract: An electrical connector comprising a housing having a terminal receiving passageway extending therethrough, where the passageway includes an insertion portion having a longitudinal axis and a contact retaining portion having a longitudinal axis, the connector characterized in that the housing includes a first part having the insertion portion therein and a second part having the contact retaining portion therein, where the second part is displaceable between a first position where the longitudinal axes are offset from each other to a second position where the longitudinal axis coincide and where the terminals are insertable in the first position and retained in the second position. A position assurance feature for contact retaining members is also provided by cooperating camming features that assure assembly of the two parts is always in the first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 25, 1999
    Assignee: The Whitaker Corporation
    Inventors: Lothar Heinrich Willi Nix, Franz-Josef Thiel, Konstantin Gossen
  • Patent number: 5906512
    Abstract: An electronics module coaxial connection assembly comprises a plurality of coaxial connectors (10) mounted in a die cast housing (4) that receives printed circuit boards (PCBs) (6,8) therein. The PCBs are interconnected and mounted within the housing (4) of compliant pins that allow assembly in the axial direction (A). Contacts (51,50) mounted along the edge (60) of the PCB (6) have fork-shaped contact arms (56) that plug onto the coaxial centre conductors (32) that project into the cavity area (34) of the housing. This enables connection of the PCB to the coaxial conductors by merely plugging the PCBs into the housing in the axial direction during assembly. Cost-effective manufacture of components and assembly is thus provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 25, 1999
    Assignee: The Whitaker Corporation
    Inventor: Charles Edward Reynolds
  • Patent number: 5895291
    Abstract: A shielded cable connector comprises a terminal section and a cable section. The cable section comprises support shells mountable over shielding of the cable, and clamping half-shells that have ends engageable in grooves of the support members. The clamping half-shells are pivotable together to clamp a shielding braid that is reversely folded over a cylindrical portion of the support members. A retention ring is passed over the clamping half-shells to securely lock them to the terminal section. Assembly of the shield clamping portions is thus enabled after the terminals are mounted in the connector for a more cost-effective assembly procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 20, 1999
    Assignee: The Whitaker Corporation
    Inventors: Miguel Furio, Gilles Loudieux