Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Larry I. Golden
  • Patent number: 8323061
    Abstract: This approach generally pertains to a miniature terminal receptacle (10) with a connection section (12) and a mating section (14). The mating section has a pseudo- two-beam component that includes a contact spring (20) having a stationary beam, a resilient contact beam (24) and a beam overlapping section (26). The resilient contact beam has a contact bump (40) and a stiffening section (30) with a pivotal point (38). The shape of the contact spring increases the contact engagement or holding force on a male pin during mating. Overstress protection of the contact spring is provided and the terminal is economical to produce.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Molex Incorporated
    Inventor: Takayuki Hori
  • Patent number: 8292639
    Abstract: Control modules having connectors with compliant pin terminals for connection to a printed circuit board (PCB) are provided. The module housing can be made of a die cast metal to withstand harsh environments and have at least one open bay area for receiving a connector having compliant pin contacts for connecting the module to a PCB. A plurality of compliant pin terminal can have a push shoulders for providing an engagement surface for insertion of the terminals through passages in a connector housing, for positioning the connector relative to the die cast housing during the mounting the connector to the die cast housing, and to transfer the force away from the connector housing applied in connecting the PCB to the compliant pin tips. The connectors can be linear and exposed terminal surfaces can be sealed against the elements by a sealant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Molex Incorporated
    Inventors: Daniel G. Achammer, Gregory R. Pratt, Thomas G. Premo, Sasikumar Vimalan, Christopher J. Vetch
  • Patent number: 8162509
    Abstract: An industrial lamp fixture employing a high intensity lamp and suitable for use in a hazardous location or atmosphere includes a system for replacing the lamp without having to disassemble the front framework which protects the glass lens and prevents it from breaking or cracking. The fixture includes a shell having a boss extending from the shell along the direction of an elongated lampholder when placed in the operating position. The lampholder is easily removed through the boss, by hand, thereby permitting and facilitating lamp replacement without disassembly of the protective grid or lens. A tongue-in-groove arrangement both aligns the lampholder to insure proper forward orientation of the lamp in use, and fixes the position of the lamp laterally relative to the shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: Woodhead Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael P Mackin, Derrick Titus
  • Patent number: 8079882
    Abstract: Interconnecting modular connectors or headers have flexible tongue and groove structures for forming a variety of header assembly configurations. The interconnecting modular headers can have locking structures in addition to the tongue and groove mating structures for permanently interlocking the modular headers together. The sidewalls of each modular connector can be parallel to each other and disposed at supplementary angles with respect to the rear wall of the housing. The top wall of each modular connector can have a portion wall extending inwardly from each sidewall at an angle of greater than ninety degrees and each portion wall can have an upwardly extending wall that joins the portion walls to a ceiling. The portion walls can join with the upwardly extending walls to form a T-shape corner. The upwardly extending walls can join with the ceiling equally at an angle of greater than ninety degrees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2011
    Assignee: Molex Incorporated
    Inventors: Matthew Bailey, Michael Gonzalez, Christopher Dillon
  • Patent number: 8079868
    Abstract: An electrical connector includes first and second connector members each having respective complementary connecting elements, with the second connector member having an annular insert adapted for tight-fitting insertion in an annular recess of the first connector member. Attached to the second member is a circular spring having inwardly directed resilient tines which engage an outer surface of the second member for coupling the two connector members together in a locked manner. Attached to and disposed about the first member is a fixed apertured outer sleeve and the movable combination of an apertured inner sleeve and a release sleeve. Insertion of the flat blade of a tool into an aligned pair of outer and inner apertures, followed by rotation of the tool, causes its blade to displace the release sleeve into engagement with the spring, bending its tines and releasing the two connector members from one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2011
    Assignee: Molex Incorporated
    Inventors: Randall G. Stone, Joseph F. Murphy
  • Patent number: 8043127
    Abstract: Interlocking modular connectors or headers Have flexible tongue and groove structures for forming a variety of header assembly configurations. The interlocking modular headers can have locking structures in addition to the tongue and groove mating structures for permanently interlocking the modular headers together. The locking structures can include opposing ramps having locking surfaces that engage each other and prevent sliding disengagement of the modular headers in one direction and the grooves can include stop members to prevent sliding disengagement in the opposite direction. The tongues and grooves can have a dovetail shaped cross-section to allow some freedom of lateral movement between the interlocking modular headers in order for ramps to slide over each other and cause locking surfaces to engage and also to provide some independent flexibility to facilitate placement onto a mounting component and to withstand elevated temperatures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2011
    Assignee: Molex Incorporated
    Inventors: Matthew Bailey, Michael Gonzalez, Christopher Dillon
  • Patent number: 7946872
    Abstract: A cable connector including a housing with an inserting hole adapted to receive a flat cable including terminals mounted on the housing that has contact parts to be electrically connected to lead wires of the flat cable. The connector includes an actuator having a main body moveable between a first position to enable insertion of the flat cable and a second position, parallel to the direction of insertion-and-extraction of the flat cable, to connect the lead wires of the flat cable to the contact parts. The actuator includes locked portions on opposite sides of the main body and the housing includes locking portions on opposite sides of the housing which are engaged with the locked portions when the actuator is in the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Assignee: Molex Incorporated
    Inventors: Kousuke Taketomi, Tomonari Kaneko, Atsuhito Horino
  • Patent number: 7883350
    Abstract: This approach generally pertains to a header connector with rigid latches. The connector includes columns with column cavities therein and latching mechanisms having latch beams and latching ends, with a plurality of mating contacts with mounting pins affixed to a dielectric housing. A harness is securable to the header connector generally between the latching mechanisms. The harness is insertable and removable. The harness provides easy access to a tool that can facilitate extraction of the harness from the header connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Assignee: Molex Incorporated
    Inventors: Derek Byrnes, Desmond Ryan
  • Patent number: 7867023
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to electrical connectors and to header systems having such connectors. In one embodiment an electrical connector also known as a header can have two aligning and locating pegs for cooperating with alignment holes of the housing of a control module to accurately and precisely position header in a respective bay of the control module. The pegs of each header can have either unique cross-sectional shapes which can be reflected in respective alignment holes of housing, or can be uniquely positioned on the header which positioning is matched on the holes of the housing to permit each header to be accurately and precisely seated along the x-axis and the y-axis in only one bay and in only a desired front back orientation, or both. In this fashion, the terminals of the header, including its pins, are in position to engage openings in a PCB or other connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Assignee: Molex Incorporated
    Inventors: Frank Keyser, Robert M. Fuerst
  • Patent number: 7867039
    Abstract: Provided is a bulb socket. The bulb socket includes a housing formed as a single piece using a single mold assembly, a couple of lamp holders, a double contact terminal, and a single contact terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Assignee: Molex Incorporated
    Inventors: Byung-Chan Yoon, Suk-Min Kim
  • Patent number: 7862366
    Abstract: An electrical connector assembly includes first male and second female connectors having respectively a generally annular locking spring with inwardly directed flexible tines and an outer cylindrical coupling member. The tines are deflected outwardly by the outer coupling member when the second connector is inserted into the first connector for coupling the connectors. A locking clip having a pair of identical, semi-cylindrical mating sections adapted for mutual engagement and manual assembly about the coupled first and second connectors locks the two connectors together to prevent inadvertent disconnection. An uncoupling tool adapted for insertion in respective opposed slots in the two connected mating sections of the lock clip engages and axially displaces a release sleeve in one of the connectors, which, in turn, engages and outwardly deflects the locking clip's tines permitting the non-destructive separation of the two connectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Assignee: Woodhead Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Randall G. Stone, Joseph F. Murphy, Jimmy E. Adjunta
  • Patent number: 7833044
    Abstract: The invention relates to a squib connector for mating with a squib holder and to a corresponding, connection system. system according to any of the preceding claims, said connector. The inventive squib connector is adapted to be used for an inventive connection system between a squib connector and a complementary squib holder, said connection system has one locking means (134, 135, 211) and one unmating means (180), said locking means being adapted to be automatically actuated by the consolidation of the squib connector with the squib holder for automatically and securely locking the squib connector and the squib holder in fully mated condition and to be deactivated by the selective actuation of the unmating means necessary for separating the squib connector and the squib holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Assignee: Molex Incorporated
    Inventors: Christophe Bouchan, Patrick Dechelette
  • Patent number: 7833061
    Abstract: To provide a connector that incorporates a built-in electronic part, which allows for easy assembly for obtaining a required connection structure, ensures connection reliability, and prevents dislodging of the electronic part even when used in locations involving frequent vibrations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Assignees: Molex Incorporated, Murakami Corporation
    Inventors: Takayuki Hori, Akira Kawaguchi, Hisaya Suzuki, Akira Fukai, Masahiro Motomiya
  • Patent number: 7833033
    Abstract: A solar panel junction box and components thereof including a plurality of generally L-shaped connecting elements, each comprising a conductive member with a flat section and a first angular section. The first angular section having a resilient cut-out connecting member forming an electrical contact and the flat section having one or more retaining slots for receiving an electronic component terminal. The junction box further includes a plate having rectangular extensions for retaining and positioning solar ribbon and cylindrical extensions for positioning the plate with respect to a base which has cylindrical receptacles for receiving the cylindrical extensions and also has a channel section for edgewise accommodation of the connecting element and compartment areas which position the diodes adjacent the respective retaining slots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Assignee: Molex Incorporated
    Inventors: Sean McMahon, Peter Commane, Colm Reidy, George Hesse, Mike Mahony
  • Patent number: 7766669
    Abstract: Compression connectors and methods are provided that are suitable for mating a flat flexible circuit and a printed circuit board. A mounting assembly secures a locking compression assembly to the printed circuit board. Pliable compression springs mounted on rotatable levers engage the top surface of the flexible circuit and force the flexible circuit down onto an interposer, which in turn forces the interposer down onto the printed circuit board. Stop plates are biased towards the rotatable levers to hold the levers in the closed position. Latch members engage the stop plates to keep the connector closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2010
    Assignee: Molex Incorporated
    Inventors: David Schmidgall, Javier Resendez
  • Patent number: 7722366
    Abstract: An electrical connector is provided for mounting on a circuit board and includes a dielectric housing mounting a plurality of first terminals having circuit board press-fit portions projecting therefrom. A plurality of second terminals are mounted on the housing and have circuit board press-fit portions projecting therefrom. A press-fitting block is engageable with the housing and is locked to the first terminals for press-fitting the first terminals into holes in the circuit board. The press-fit portions of the second terminals are exposed exteriorly of the housing and the press-fitting block for locking engagement by an appropriate independent pressfitting jig for press-fitting the second terminals into holes in the circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Assignee: Molex Incorporated
    Inventors: Masahiro Yamamoto, Tetsuo Hoshino, Yoshihiro Tetsuka
  • Patent number: 7677928
    Abstract: A filter connector includes a dielectric housing having a mounting face. At least one row of terminal-receiving passages are formed in the housing through the mounting face. A row of filter-receiving pockets are formed in the housing through the mounting face respectively in alignment with the passages, and with one side of each pocket communicating with its respective passage. A slot is formed in the mounting face of the housing and extends along the row of pockets in communication with opposite sides thereof. A plurality of terminals are mounted into the passages. A plurality of filters are inserted into the pockets through the mounting face, with one side of the filters respectively engageable with the terminals. A single shorting bar is inserted into the slot in the housing through the mounting face and into engagement with opposite sides of the filters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2010
    Assignee: Molex Incorporated
    Inventor: Robert M. Fuerst
  • Patent number: 7568960
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to connectors and methods for passing signals through capacitive coupling and electron tunneling. The connectors according to the present disclosure can include contacts that have a dielectric film or coating applied at least at a contact interface area where the contacts engage with the contacts of a complementary mating connector. The contacts of the either or both of the connector and complementary connector can be coated with a dielectric film. The dielectric film can be selected from metal oxides and can be applied using known methods such as vapor deposition methods, oxidative methods, plating methods and adhesive coating methods. Performance parameters such as capacitance and resistance can be selected by selecting the material for the film and the thickness of the dielectric film and provides a contrast between the requirements for high frequency signal transfer using capacitive coupling and electron tunneling versus traditional metallic contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2009
    Assignee: Molex Incorporated
    Inventors: Augusto P. Panella, Robert D. Malucci
  • Patent number: D621085
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2010
    Assignee: Molex Incorporated
    Inventors: Michael Kochanski, Michael P. Mackin
  • Patent number: D622216
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2010
    Assignee: Woodhead Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Gilberto Rizzo