Patents Represented by Attorney Louis A. Hecht
  • Patent number: 5131873
    Abstract: A stamped and formed metal female electrical terminal includes a generally cylindrical, formed portion defining a substantially unobstructed pin receiving mating end. The mating end includes a first longitudinal slot defined by opposed edges of the metal from which the terminal is formed and extending inwardly from the mating end. A second longitudinal slot is stamped from the metal of the terminal, diametrically opposed to the first slot. The second slot is completely closed and extends inwardly from a point spaced rearwardly from the pin receiving mating end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 1990
    Date of Patent: July 21, 1992
    Assignee: Molex Incorporated
    Inventors: Fred Gierut, Robert H. Rushton
  • Patent number: 5112235
    Abstract: Disclosed is an electrical connector comprising a multi-terminal plug and multi-terminal socket in which each female terminal is composed of a contact section, a solder tail section and intermediate curved joint integrally connected to the contact section and the soldering tail section. The curved joint of each female terminal will be yieldingly bent when an external force is applied to push the male terminal in the female terminal, thereby absorbing the external force and preventing deformation of the solder tail section, and hence peeling-off or cracking of solder at the solder tail. The intermediate curved section will also permit the contact section to float in order to compensate for the misalignment of the contact section relative to its mating pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 1990
    Date of Patent: May 12, 1992
    Assignee: Molex Incorporated
    Inventors: Masahiro Enomoto, Minoru Fukushima
  • Patent number: 5109590
    Abstract: This invention relates to a method of and apparatus for stripping insulation from conductors of a multi core electrical cable and crimping an electrical terminal over the stripped portion of cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 1989
    Date of Patent: May 5, 1992
    Assignee: Molex Incorporated
    Inventor: Karl H. Endres
  • Patent number: 5102344
    Abstract: An electrical connector for connecting a cable having a pair of coaxial lines each including a core wire and an outer sheath wire to electrical equipment. The connector includes a dielectric holder housing therein a pair of core wire terminals and a pair of sheath wire terminals. A conductive pipe surrounds the holder and an electrical connection is established between the conductive pipe and the sheath wire terminals via a resilient member extending from the sheath wire terminals.Core wires of the coaxial lines are connected mechanically and electrically to the core wire terminals and the sheath wires of the coaxial lines are connected mechanically and electrically to the conductive pipe which provides an electrical connection path to the sheath wire terminals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 1990
    Date of Patent: April 7, 1992
    Assignee: Molex Incorporated
    Inventors: Shinichi Tadokoro, Hiroyuki Hagita
  • Patent number: 5092792
    Abstract: The invention concerns a connector for a multiwire electric cables and comprises two elongate covers inside of each there is located a cable wire conduit on which incoming and outgoing wires, respectively, are secured. A coupling plate is disposed between the two wire conduits for interconnecting the incoming and outgoing wires. The interconnection is made by utilizing insulation displacement contacts having slots extending inward from both ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 1990
    Date of Patent: March 3, 1992
    Assignee: Molex Incorporated
    Inventor: Uno Nilsson
  • Patent number: 5088929
    Abstract: Disclosed is an improvement of board-to-board connection type electric connector which comprises: a terminal housing having terminals laterally arranged and fixed at regular intervals with two contact legs of each terminal exposed from the housing; a connector casing to accommodate the terminal housing loosely; means to hold the underlying printed board in contact with the lower contact legs of the terminals; and means to retain resiliently the overlying printed board in the contact position with upper contact legs of the terminals. Thus, a required electrical connection can be made without soldering numerous small terminals of the connector to printed circuits. Therefore, arrangement of numerous small terminals at narrow intervals will cause no difficulty in making a required electrical connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 1991
    Date of Patent: February 18, 1992
    Assignee: Molex Incorporated
    Inventor: Masahiro Enomoto
  • Patent number: 5083933
    Abstract: An electrical connector is provided with unitarily molded housing and a wire seal cover mounted to the rear end of the housing. A latch extends from a wall of the housing and includes a forwardly projecting locking beam and a rearwardly projecting actuator. The housing further includes a shroud unitarily molded therewith to cover both sides and the top of the locking beam of the latch. The wire seal cover further includes a shroud for protecting the actuator of the latch. However, at least a portion of the shroud on the wire seal cover is open to enable actuation of the latch for unmating the connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 1990
    Date of Patent: January 28, 1992
    Assignee: Molex Incorporated
    Inventors: Stephen A. Colleran, Fred L. Krehbiel, Bill B. Wilson
  • Patent number: 5083937
    Abstract: An electrical connector is provided of the wire-trap type. The connector includes a housing defining an interior cavity with a passage through the cavity for receiving an in-line conductor. A pair of openings are provided in the housing for receiving the stripped ends of a pair of electrical wires. A generally U-shaped terminal is disposed in the cavity of the housing and includes a pair of leg portions joined by a bight portion. The leg portions have wire-trapping distal ends in registry with the openings for deflectingly engaging and trapping the stripped ends of the electrical wires inserted into the openings. The bight portion has a terminating section in registry with the passage for termination to the in-line conductor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 1991
    Date of Patent: January 28, 1992
    Assignee: Molex Incorporated
    Inventors: Steven B. Bogiel, Mark M. Data, Robert DeRoss, David M. Skowronski, Michael J. O'Connell
  • Patent number: 5083945
    Abstract: A one-piece shield is stamped and formed of metal material for substantially surrounding and shielding a dielectric housing of an electrical connector assembly. The housing is generally rectangular and includes a top, bottom, front, rear and opposite sides. The shield includes a top wall for substantially covering the top of the housing, opposite side walls for substantially covering the opposite sides of the housing, a front wall for substantially covering the front of the housing about a receptacle opening in the housing, and a rear wall for substantially covering the rear of the housing. Detent members are provided on at least one side wall and the rear wall to secure the rear wall in a closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 1991
    Date of Patent: January 28, 1992
    Assignee: Molex Incorporated
    Inventors: Michael J. Miskin, Robert C. Brakenridge, Paul Murphy
  • Patent number: 5083947
    Abstract: An electrical wire trap-type terminal includes a pair of terminal arms projecting from a base. The terminal arms are spring loaded whereby, when the terminal arms are moved to a conductor receiving position, the terminal arms will return automatically to a conductor trapping position. The terminal arms define a jaw configured such that relative movement of the terminal arms to the conductor receiving position opens the jaw to receive the conductor, the jaw trapping the conductor when the terminal arms are released and in their conductor trapping position. A housing is provided in conjunction with the terminal and through which the conductor is inserted into the jaw. The housing is effective to open the jaw to the conductor receiving position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 1991
    Date of Patent: January 28, 1992
    Assignee: Molex Incoporated
    Inventors: Bertho Dominique, Matthew Wilhite
  • Patent number: 5080582
    Abstract: A system is disclosed for curing epoxy in a fiber optic connector. An oven has a receptacle for receiving the connector with an exposed length of an optical fiber projecting therefrom. A heat conductive sheath is positionable on the connector about the optical fiber for distributing heat from the oven and for protecting the fiber when the connector is inserted into the receptacle. Sensing elements are located in the path of insertion movement of the fiber optic connector and conductive sheath to be actuated thereby in response to the connector being inserted into the receptacle. A micro-controller is coupled between the sensing elements and audible/visual signals. The micro-controller includes a timer to actuate the audible/visual signals after a predetermined period of time within which the heater is energized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 1990
    Date of Patent: January 14, 1992
    Assignee: Molex Incorporated
    Inventor: Jose B. Salzberg
  • Patent number: 5078618
    Abstract: An electrical contact socket is provided with an open end for receiving a pin to form an electrical connection therewith. The socket has walls provided with at least a pair of inwardly projecting resilient tongues extending axially of the socket and having free ends directed away from the open pin-receiving end of the socket. The free ends of the tongues are formed with V-shaped cut-outs for engaging the pin. The included angle of one of the V-shaped cut-outs is different from the included angle of the other V-shaped cut-out to cause binding between the contact socket and the pin in response to relative rotation therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 1991
    Date of Patent: January 7, 1992
    Assignee: Molex Incorporated
    Inventor: Kirk B. Peloza
  • Patent number: 5078617
    Abstract: An insulation displacement terminal is provided for strain relief termination with a ribbon cable. The terminal includes a forward mating end and a rearward terminating end. The terminating end includes I.D. termination walls having a pair of spaced-apart insulation piercing points and an ID slot therebetween. Support walls are disposed to prevent deformation of the I.D. termination wall. Pairs of insulation piercing strain relief walls are disposed along opposite sides of the terminal. The insulation piercing strain relief walls are dimensioned and configured for crimping engagement with the insulation surrounding a conductor in the ribbon cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 1991
    Date of Patent: January 7, 1992
    Assignee: Molex Incorporated
    Inventors: Mark Gutierrez, Timothy R. Ponn
  • Patent number: 5077893
    Abstract: An electrical terminal having a portion of a contact section overhanging the plane of the stock is made by a method that does not weaken the terminal by the use of a slot or similar structure. A blank is stamped from sheet metal stock. Portions of the blank including the portion to overhang are formed up from the plane of the stock. At least part of the terminal base is formed up from the plane of the stock. The formed base portion is returned to the plane of the stock to rotate the contact section and move the overhanging portion to its final position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 1991
    Date of Patent: January 7, 1992
    Assignee: Molex Incorporated
    Inventors: Rene A. Mosquera, Jimmy W. Powell, Sr.
  • Patent number: 5078609
    Abstract: A wiring module is provided for use in a jack type electrical connector system and includes an insulative base module having a plurality of holes. At least two sets of electrical circuits are disposed within the thickness of the base module. The two sets of electrical circuits are insulatively separated from each other. Each set includes a plurality of circuits, and each circuit has a lead portion exposed at a side of the base module for electrical connection with a complementary terminal of a mating connector device. Each circuit in each set of circuits includes a contact portion exposed in a respective one of the holes in the base module. Therefore, a terminating device inserted into any one of the holes in the base module will engage a contact portion of one of the circuits in both sets thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 1991
    Date of Patent: January 7, 1992
    Assignee: Molex Incorporated
    Inventors: Christophe A. Bouchan, Marcel D. Andre
  • Patent number: 5076796
    Abstract: A terminal pin is designed for insertion through a hole in a printed circuit board and for soldering to a circuit trace on the board. The pin includes a terminal portion at one end and a solder tail portion at an opposite end, with the neck portion therebetween. The neck portion has a reduced cross-sectional dimension versus that of the terminal portion and the solder tail portion to increase the flexibility of the pin at the neck portion. The neck portion provides an area of flexibility adjacent the area of soldering the pin to the printed circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 1990
    Date of Patent: December 31, 1991
    Assignee: Molex Incorporated
    Inventors: Jiro Kusayanagi, Shoji Yamada, Yuji Yamada
  • Patent number: 5076802
    Abstract: A wire dress cover is provided for an electrical connector. The connector includes a channel on the rear face into which the wire dress cover is slidably engagable. The wire dress cover includes a rib for slidable engagement in the channel and a locking projection for lockingly engaging the housing after a full seating thereon. The wire dress cover includes a slot extending centrally therein to enable the cover to be pinched for disengaging the locking prjections from the housing. In certain embodiments the wire dress cover is defined by a pair of wire dress cover shells which are lockingly engagable with one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 1990
    Date of Patent: December 31, 1991
    Assignee: Molex Incorporated
    Inventors: Stephen A. Colleran, Michael J. Gardner, Bill B. Wilson
  • Patent number: 5076804
    Abstract: An electrical connector assembly is provided for mounting on a printed circuit board which includes at least a pair of mounting post-receiving holes and at least one solder tail-receiving aperture. The assembly includes a housing having at least a pair of mounting posts for positioning in the holes in the printed circuit board. At least one contact member is mounted on the housing and includes a solder tail for positioning in the aperture in the printed circuit board. The solder tail has a generally straight side and a projecting hook on an opposite side for retaining the connector assembly on the printed circuit board. The width of the solder tail between the straight side and the outermost point of the hook on the opposite side is no greater than the width of the aperture, and the centerline of the solder tail between its sides is offset, in the direction of the hook, relative to the centerline of the aperture when the mounting posts are aligned with the holes in the printed circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 1990
    Date of Patent: December 31, 1991
    Assignee: Molex Incorporated
    Inventors: Dominique Bertho, Richard Donnelly, Patrick Kirby
  • Patent number: 5074032
    Abstract: A modular press tool is provided for assembling an electrical connector assembly which includes a modular rear housing component and a mateable modular front housing component defining a front-to-rear axis, and for terminating terminals in the connector assembly in response to mating of the housing components in the direction of the axis. The housing components are capable of being in different sizes and termination configurations. The modular press tool includes a base, and an anvil projecting from the base for positioning a rear housing component of the electrical connector assembly. Interchangeable tooling are mountable on the anvil for accommodating modular rear housing components of different sizes and termination configurations. A ram is movably mounted on the base for movement toward and away from the anvil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 1991
    Date of Patent: December 24, 1991
    Assignee: Molex Incorporated
    Inventor: Daniel J. Anderson
  • Patent number: 5074030
    Abstract: A modular press block assembly for use in a press tool to mount an electrical connector assembly having a housing and depending terminal pins into a printed circuit board. The modular press block assembly includes a pair of end holders and at least one modular press block positioned between the end holders for engaging the connector assembly and pressing the terminals into the printed circuit board. The invention contemplates a plurality of the modular press blocks of different sizes to form a set thereof for accommodating a plurality of different sizes of connector assemblies. Complementary interengaging keys are provided between the end holders and the modular press blocks and between the press blocks themselves to define proper positioning of the press blocks between the end holders and to maintain that positioning when the end holders are held against the sides of the press block. Spacer blocks also can be used between adjacent press blocks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 1990
    Date of Patent: December 24, 1991
    Assignee: Molex Incorporated
    Inventors: Daniel J. Anderson, Robert A. Klemmer