Patents Represented by Attorney John T. Meaney
  • Patent number: 4874317
    Abstract: A channelized jackfield comprising a housing having therein a linear array of juxtaposed channels wherein respective assemblies of aligned printed circuit boards and connecting slab-like modules are slidably inserted edgewise from the front of the housing. Each of the assemblies includes an inverted L-shaped bracket of dielectric material having a vertical leg latchingly secured to a front edge portion of the printed circuit board and provided with a plurality of spaced notches through which respective terminal lugs extend insulatingly from the printed circuit board and externally of the housing. Also, each of the L-shaped brackets has a leg disposed substantially orthogonal to the vertical leg and carries on its upper surface a guide groove for slidably receiving the connecting module and guiding it into mating engagement with an aligned connector attached to the front edge portion of the printed circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 1988
    Date of Patent: October 17, 1989
    Assignee: Switchcraft, Inc.
    Inventor: Frederick L. Lau
  • Patent number: 4842721
    Abstract: A materials separator apparatus comprising a base supporting a ramp type of materials receiving surface sloped longitudinally and transversely with respect to the base for directing commingled dielectric items and electrically conductive items of nonferromagnetic materials deposited on its upper end portion along a fall path extended longitudinally and transversely downward of the surface, and a planar series of substantially parallel permanent bar magnets supported in contiguous rows in a plane substantially parallel to the material receiving surface and sufficiently close thereto for establishing along the surface a spatially alternating array of oppositely directed static magnetic fields which extend in substantially parallel relationship transversely of the surface at an oblique angle with the fall path of the commingled items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 1987
    Date of Patent: June 27, 1989
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventor: Ernst F. R. A. Schloemann
  • Patent number: 4826455
    Abstract: A terminal contact assembly comprising a dielectric sleeve of flexible material having a midportion provided with a transverse integral partition wherein a keyway slot extends from an open end thereof communicating with a longitudinal slot in a defining wall portion of the sleeve, through a restricted portion of the keyway slot, to a larger closed end portion thereof centrally disposed in the partition. This assembly also comprises an elongated rigid contact of electrically conductive material having a midportion with an hour glass configuration including a narrow neck portion or key which is inserted laterally through the longitudinal slot in the sleeve and enters the open end of the keyway slot. The key is pressingly urged through the restricted portion of the keyway slot, by virtue of adjacent portions of the sleeve and the integral partition flexing momentarily to widen the restricted portion, and snaps into the larger closed end of the keyway slot thereby locking the contact axially within the sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 1988
    Date of Patent: May 2, 1989
    Assignee: Switchcraft, Inc.
    Inventors: Arnold A. Case, Frederick L. Lau, Emma Basov
  • Patent number: 4826439
    Abstract: A self-latching lamp jack comprising first and second dielectric plates disposed in opposing relationship for forming respective opposing sides of the lamp jack. One of the opposing plates is provided with a plurality of interposed wall portions for forming a pair of lamp conductor receiving cavities adjacent one end of the lamp jack. Also, the self-latching lamp jack includes a pair of electrical contact members which are blade-like and are disposed edge-wise between the opposing dielectric plates. Each of the contact members has an end portion disposed in a respective one of the lamp conductors receiving cavities and a midportion provided with a pair of laterally extended tabs which protrude into respectively aligned slots in the plates. The contact members have opposing terminal end portions which extend out of another end portion of the lamp jack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 1987
    Date of Patent: May 2, 1989
    Assignee: Switchcraft, Inc.
    Inventor: Frederick L. Lau
  • Patent number: 4820200
    Abstract: A jack module having a relatively thin substantially rectangular dielectric housing having collared plug receiving apertures on one end thereof. The housing has a mounting bar parallel with said end, and the mounting bar has a plurality of slots perpendicular with the end. A plurality of metal strips each having tabs extending from opposing edges are secured in a predetermined substantially parallel arrangement by inserting the tabs on one edge into said mounting bar and engaging a dielectric retaining bar with slots corresponding to the tabs on the opposite edges over the metal strips. Lifters having one end rotatably engaging the housing have opposite ends extending between metal strips to hold them in a predetermined alignment. Upon insertion or removal of plugs from said plug receiving apertures, the metal strips are permitted to move laterally with the lifters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 1987
    Date of Patent: April 11, 1989
    Assignee: Switchcraft, Inc.
    Inventor: Frederick L. Lau
  • Patent number: 4797114
    Abstract: A printed circuit board assembly including a connector comprised of an elongated dielectric body and an elongated dielectric cap having aligned portions provided with respective cooperating latching devices for removably securing the cap to a rear surface of the body. The body and the cap are provided with aligned through-holes wherein respective electrical contact members are disposed and have protruding end portions extended from the rear surface of the cap. The cap has extending integrally from its rear surface a wall with a surface which is orthogonal to the rear surface of the cap for forming a right-angle support structure wherein an end portion of a printed circuit board may be disposed. Also, the wall has an opposing surface which is disposed adjacent the protruding end portions of the contact members and which may be provided with a mandrel-like structure comprising a linear array of juxtaposed troughs formed in said opposing surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 1987
    Date of Patent: January 10, 1989
    Assignee: Switchcraft, Inc.
    Inventor: Frederick L. Lau
  • Patent number: 4795873
    Abstract: A utensil for supporting microwave heatable material in a microwave oven is provided with a microwave responsive illuminator including a light source connected to a suitable antenna for receiving microwave energy and directing it to the light source. The oven has an energy distributor disposed for varying localized field intensities of microwave energy in the oven to promote uniform cooking of the heatable material. When the localized field intensity of the microwave energy adjacent the antenna rises periodically above a predetermined value, the antenna receives sufficient energy to cause illumination of the light source. When the localized field intensity falls below the predetermined value, the antenna receives insufficient energy for maintaining the illumination and the light source is extinguished. Thus, the energy distributor, in addition to promoting uniform cooking of the heatable material, also causes intermittent illumination or flashing of the light source to enhance attractiveness of the utensil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 1981
    Date of Patent: January 3, 1989
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: George Freedman, Robert F. Bowen, Wesley W. Teich
  • Patent number: 4772095
    Abstract: An optical system including a symmetrical beamsplitter comprised of a semi-transparent film of light reflective material sandwiched between two optical plates of transparent materials having respective thicknesses and indices of refraction suitable for providing equivalent optical paths on either side of the film. The beamsplitter may be positioned in optical alignment with an image source and oriented to have one of its surfaces at an angle to said source. Thus, a light ray emanating from the source will have a fractional component transmitted through the film along one optical path and a fractional component will be reflected from the film along an equivalent optical path disposed at an angle to said one optical path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 1986
    Date of Patent: September 20, 1988
    Assignee: Switchcraft, Inc.
    Inventor: Gordon R. Spencer
  • Patent number: 4769906
    Abstract: An electrical cable assembly comprising a round cable having an end portion provided with an adaptor for terminating the round cable in a flat cable connector. The adaptor has a cylindrical end portion disposed for receiving therein a jacketed end portion of the round cable, an intermediate transitional portion wherein a plurality of conductors extending from the cable end portion are permitted to cross over one another and be formed with an array of juxtaposed conductor end portions, and a rectangular end portion out of which the array of juxtaposed conductor end portions extends. The rectangular end portion is provided with outer dimension and resilient properties similar to an equivalent flat cable for insertion and latching into a flat cable connector where the conductor end portions terminating at respective distances from a mating surface of the adaptor extend into respective grooves and are electrically connected to respective contacts of the connector in a predetermined manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 1986
    Date of Patent: September 13, 1988
    Assignee: Switchcraft, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard M. Purpura, Jack H. Semple
  • Patent number: 4770639
    Abstract: A channelized jackfield assembly comprising a housing having an input portion wherein electrical jack modules are insertably disposed for forming a linear array of laterally spaced modules. Each of the modules has a slab-like body disposed with a narrow side uppermost and a thickness defining an aligned feedthrough channel wherein a printed circuit board is disposed on edge. The printed circuit board has a connector with a plurality of contact members disposed for insertable engagement with respective terminals extended from the adjacent end portion of the aligned module. The contact members of the connector are electrically connected through the printed circuit board to respective terminal conductors extended from an edge portion of the board and outwardly of the output portion of the housing. The printed circuit board may be slidably inserted into the output portion of the housing and between opposing wafer guides having in adjacent surfaces thereof respective linear arrays of laterally spaced channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 1987
    Date of Patent: September 13, 1988
    Assignee: Switchcraft, Inc.
    Inventor: Frederick L. Lau
  • Patent number: 4767961
    Abstract: An X-ray generator system comprising a pressurized fluid source disposed for directing dielectric coolant fluid through a housing wherein an X-ray source may be electrically connected for generating X-rays, the system including a venturi device having a restricted passage through which the fluid flows and which is disposed in communication with portions of the housing where gas bubbles may accumulate in the fluid. Thus, the fluid flowing through the restricted passage of the venturi device produces a reduction in pressure which draws fluid from said portions of the housing so that any gas bubbles accumulated therein may be purged from the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 1983
    Date of Patent: August 30, 1988
    Assignee: The Machlett Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas J. Koller, John D. Weaver, Sr.
  • Patent number: 4755641
    Abstract: A control device comprising an electrical switch having an actuator disposed for reciprocal movement in a housing and provided with a substantially planar surface whereon a pawl is mounted for rotation in a plane adjacent the planar surface. The pawl includes a plurality of cam surface portions disposed for engagement with projections within the housing to convert reciprocal movement of the actuator into controlled rotary movement of the pawl in a uniform direction and thereby determine the sequence of operating conditions produced by the actuator. At least one pair of resilient arms extend from respective opposing portions of the pawl and into resilient pressure engagement with the substantially planar surface for exerting respective balanced tensile forces on the opposing portions of the pawl and enabling the pawl to resist free rotary movements and permit controlled rotary movements thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 1987
    Date of Patent: July 5, 1988
    Assignee: Switchcraft, Inc.
    Inventors: Kurt Lutzenberger, Arnold A. Case
  • Patent number: 4754324
    Abstract: Multi-color image display apparatus including a cathode ray tube having an electron gun disposed for directing an axially emerging electron beam onto an output phosphor screen comprised of two portions, each of which is disposed symmetrically with respect to the emerging electron beam and is provided with a respective different color phosphor material. The apparatus also includes a deflection system coupled to the emerging electron beam for deflecting it sequentially in respective inverted raster patterns over the two portions of the phosphor screen to produce respective different color mirror images of the same subject matter. Also, the apparatus includes an optical system coupled to the phosphor screen for superimposing the two color mirror images to produce a single multi-color image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 1987
    Date of Patent: June 28, 1988
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventor: Gordon R. Spencer
  • Patent number: 4737843
    Abstract: An image display system comprising a cathode ray type of tube having an electron gun disposed for directing an electron beam onto an output phosphor screen provided with quadrant portions extending from a common point and made of respective different phosphor materials; a beam directing assembly coupled to the electron beam for deflecting the beam over each of the quadrant portions sequentially in a manner inverted in at least one aspect relative to the deflection of the beam over the other quadrant portions and producing thereon a respective component image of a subject inverted in at least one aspect relative to the other component images; and an optical combiner assembly coupled to the output screen for combining the component images and producing a single composite image of the subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 1986
    Date of Patent: April 12, 1988
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventor: Gordon R. Spencer
  • Patent number: 4709261
    Abstract: A multi-color image display system comprising a cathode ray type of tube having a single electron gun disposed for directing a beam of electrons onto an output image display screen provided with three juxtaposed segments of different phosphor materials which emit respective different color light when penetrated by electrons from the beam. The display system also includes a beam directing assembly coupled to the tube for deflecting the electron beam to scan respective raster patterns sequentially on the three segments of the output screen and varying the intensity of the electron beam accordingly to produce thereon respective different color component light images of the same subject matter, the outer images being inverted with respect to one another and the central image being oriented similarly to one of said outer images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 1983
    Date of Patent: November 24, 1987
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventor: Gordon R. Spencer
  • Patent number: 4695116
    Abstract: A phone jack assembly comprising a piggy-back array of two phone jack housings made of moldable dielectric material and having integral walls defining respective axial cavities wherein a phone jack plug may be inserted; and a plurality of pairs of wire terminals extending downwardly from the lower housing of the array for insertion into respective apertures in a connecting device. Each of the wire terminals is recessed within a respective groove molded into the outer side surfaces of the housings and one of each pair has a portion extended into a cavity of one of the housing for electrical engagement with a portion of a phone jack plug inserted into the cavity. Also each of the wire terminals is provided with a laterally bent portion for pressingly engaging side wall surfaces of the respective groove to support the wire terminal when being inserted into or withdrawn from said respective aperture in the connecting device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 1986
    Date of Patent: September 22, 1987
    Assignee: Switchcraft, Inc.
    Inventors: James R. Bailey, Emma Basov
  • Patent number: 4695117
    Abstract: An electrical jack module comprising a vertically stacked series of electrical jacks having respective housings provided with respective open-ended axial bores wherein an electrical jack plug may be inserted for interference engagement with a protruding portion of a moveable contact member biased resiliently into electrical engagement with a fixed contact member disposed in grooves in the longitudinal side surfaces of the housings. A pair of the fixed contact members comprise integral end portions of a pre-shaped shunt wire press-fitted into plurality of communicating grooves provided in aligned side surfaces of adjacent housings in the vertically stacked series. The moveable contact members are integrally connected through respective preshaped spring wires disposed in grooves in the sides surfaces of the housing to respective wire terminals protruding in a common array from a proximal supporting surface of the vertically stacked series of housings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 1986
    Date of Patent: September 22, 1987
    Assignee: Switchcraft, Inc.
    Inventor: William J. Kysiak
  • Patent number: 4693812
    Abstract: A magnetic materials separator including an axially inclined drum disposed for axial rotation within the curvature of an arcuate magnet structure which extends axially of the drum and is disposed in close-spaced relationship with the outer surface of the drum. The magnet structure comprises an axially extending series of arcuate magnet yokes, each comprising an axially laminated array of arcuate magnet sub-assemblies which are alternately polarized in opposite axial directions. Each of the sub-assemblies comprises an arcuate magnet axially polarized and sandwiched between a arcuate pair of soft magnetic flux concentrators which have respective axial thicknesses between five and twenty percent of one-half the axial thickness of the sandwiched magnet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 1985
    Date of Patent: September 15, 1987
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: Bruce E. Bond, William J. Harrold
  • Patent number: 4681398
    Abstract: A fiber optic connector comprising a coupling shell encircling a glass end portion of a bushing disposed axially within an encircling ferrule having an end portion extended axially out of the shell and terminating in a dish-shaped end surface provided with a central aperture through which an optical fiber element extending axially through the glass end portion of the bushing and the ferrule protrudes to terminate at a planar end surface spaced axially from the aperture, the dish-shaped end surface being curved concavely and continuously from the aperture radially to a circular rim which is spaced a greater axial distance from the aperture than the planar end surface of the optical fiber element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 1985
    Date of Patent: July 21, 1987
    Assignee: Switchcraft, Inc.
    Inventors: James R. Bailey, Eric L. Long
  • Patent number: 4655535
    Abstract: A jackfield assembly comprising a linear array of electrical jack modules disposed along a longitudinal marginal portion of a printed circuit having a conforming array of apertured areas, each of which includes a predetermined pattern of through-apertures disposed for receiving therein respective wire terminals protruding from a proximal supporting surface of a respective one of the modules for electrical connection to a printed circuit conductor provided on the board. Also, each of the apertured areas includes a through-hole suitably located for receiving a snug-fitting post also extending from the proximal supporting surface of a respective one of the module. Each of the modules has a distal surface provided with a plurality of protruding stubs over which are press-fitted respective through-holes in a rigid interlocking strip which prevents rotational or racking movement of one of the modules relative to the other modules in the array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 1985
    Date of Patent: April 7, 1987
    Assignee: Switchcraft, Inc.
    Inventor: William J. Kysiak