Patents Assigned to TE Connectivity Corporation
  • Patent number: 10442124
    Abstract: A mold for use with an injection molding machine includes a body having a surface and a ring protruding from the surface for aligning the body and a platen. The ring defines a right circular cylinder having a protruding end, the protruding end having subtracted therefrom a generally wedge-shaped portion, the protruding end forming a tapered end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: TE Connectivity Corporation
    Inventor: William L. Fertenbaugh
  • Patent number: 10446974
    Abstract: An electrical connector matable to and unmatable from a separable mating electrical connector includes a housing having a terminal channel and a secondary channel. The electrical connector also includes a female terminal received in the terminal channel. The female terminal is matable with and unmatable from a mating male terminal of the mating electrical connector. An arc suppression element is received in the secondary channel. The arc suppression element configured to electrically couple between the female terminal and the male terminal immediately after the female terminal is disengaged from the male terminal, the arc suppression element providing a bypass between the female terminal and the male terminal so that arcing does not occur when the female terminal is disconnected from the male terminal of the mating electrical connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: TE CONNECTIVITY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Xiaoming Luo
  • Patent number: 10440870
    Abstract: A gripper head and method for use to pick up and securely hold an electrical component. Gripper arms move between a gripper jaw first position in which the gripper arms are spaced from the electrical component and a gripper jaw second position in which the gripper arms engage the electrical component to prevent the electrical component from moving in a direction transverse to a longitudinal axis of the gripper head. A securing plate moves between a securing plate first position in which the securing plate is spaced from the electrical component and a securing plate second position in which the securing plate and the securing projection engage the electrical component to prevent the electrical component from moving in a direction in line with the longitudinal axis of the gripper head and rotationally about the longitudinal axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: TE Connectivity Corporation
    Inventors: Swapnilsinh Solanki, Edward T. Price, III, Xinping Deng
  • Patent number: 10439383
    Abstract: A seal system for an oil-filled cable termination including a cable extending through each of a cable gland and a stress cone that is spaced apart from the cable gland. The seal system includes: a first oil seal layer surrounding the cable between the cable gland and the stress cone; a second oil seal layer overlapping and contacting the first oil seal layer; a first oil barrier layer overlapping and contacting an upper portion of the second oil seal layer; a second oil barrier layer overlapping and contacting a lower portion of the second oil seal layer, the second oil barrier layer spaced apart from the first oil barrier layer; and a heat shrinkable tube secured around the first and second oil barrier layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: TE Connectivity Corporation
    Inventors: Alexander R. Czibur, Kathryn Marie Maher, Harry George Yaworski, Mahmoud Seraj, Ganpathy Iyer
  • Patent number: 10439322
    Abstract: A connector system for a wearable article including receptacle and plug connector assemblies is provided. The receptacle connector assembly includes a housing having a cavity receiving an electronic device and having a receptacle connector. The plug connector assembly includes a holder including an article mount securable to the wearable article and a support arm hingedly coupled to the article mount at a hinge. The plug connector assembly has a plug connector on the support arm including plug contacts and a cable electrically connected to the plug contacts. A seal is coupled between the receptacle connector and the plug connector. The plug connector is loaded into a receptacle of the receptacle connector to mate the plug contacts with the receptacle contacts to electrically connect the cable to the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: TE CONNECTIVITY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Keith Edwin Miller, Kyle Gary Annis, Kevin Michael Thackston, Robert Neil Mulfinger
  • Patent number: 10439311
    Abstract: A receptacle connector includes a housing having a mating end for mating with a plug connector and a mounting end for mounting to a circuit board. The housing has side walls and end walls with contacts in contacts arrays along both side walls. The contacts have mating ends and terminating ends. The housing has a card slot open at the mating end for receiving plug connector defined by interior surfaces of the side walls. The mating ends of the contacts are exposed in the card slot for mating electrical connection with the plug connector. The housing has alignment tabs extending inward into the card slot from the interior surface for aligning the plug connector within the card slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: TE CONNECTIVITY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael John Phillips, Randall Robert Henry
  • Patent number: 10431968
    Abstract: A conductor positioning fixture includes a base and a retainer member. The base includes a positioning platform and a wedge projecting upward from a top surface of the positioning platform. The base receives a cable on the top surface of the positioning platform such that exposed segments of first and second conductors of the cable extend along opposite sides of the wedge. The retainer member is mounted to the base and movable relative to the base along a longitudinal axis between a retracted position, at which the retainer member is spaced apart from the wedge, and an extended position, at which the retainer member overlaps the wedge. As the retainer member moves from the retracted position towards the extended position, the retainer member engages and forces the exposed segments of the first and second conductors into designated presentation positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: TE Connectivity Corporation
    Inventor: Brian Keith Weaver
  • Patent number: 10431936
    Abstract: An electrical connector includes a housing, plural signal contacts, and plural impedance control (IC) members. The housing includes a base having a mating face. The base includes an array of openings along the mating face. The signal contacts are arranged in contact pairs, and are held in the openings of the base. The signal contacts include mating segments that extend a height beyond the mating face of the base for electrically connecting to corresponding mating signal contacts of a mating connector. The IC members are on the base and extend a height beyond the mating face of the base that is less than the height of the mating segments of the signal contacts. Each of the IC members is disposed one or more of adjacent to or between the signal contacts of a corresponding contact pair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: TE CONNECTIVITY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael James Horning, David Allison Trout, Justin Dennis Pickel
  • Patent number: 10431971
    Abstract: A thermal protector including a body integrally connected to a magnet wire terminating feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: TE CONNECTIVITY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kurt Allan Randolph
  • Patent number: 10431945
    Abstract: A power connector includes a housing having a first terminal channel and an opening to the first terminal channel. The power connector includes a first power terminal received in the first terminal channel having a base configured to be coupled to a power element and contacts extending from the base for mating with a bus bar. The base is aligned with the opening to receive a fastener. The power connector includes a shroud slidable along the housing between an unactuated position and an actuated position. The shroud exposes the opening and the fastener in the unactuated position and covers the fastener in the actuated position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: TE CONNECTIVITY CORPORATION
    Inventors: David Robert Baechtle, Sheila Katherine Strong, Howard Wallace Andrews, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20190296493
    Abstract: A connector comprises a cage and a light pipe. The cage has a top wall, a bottom wall, and a pair of side walls between the top wall and the bottom wall. The light pipe is mounted on an outer surface of at least one of the pair of side walls.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2019
    Publication date: September 26, 2019
    Applicants: Tyco Electronics (Shanghai) Co. Ltd., TE Connectivity Corporation
    Inventors: WenYu Liu, Hongqiang Han, Chenxi Wang, Jiwang Jin, Nikhil Shankar
  • Patent number: 10418734
    Abstract: A straddle mount connector includes a housing and a contact assembly received in a cavity of the housing between a mating card slot and a host board slot. The contact assembly has a contact organizer having upper and lower contact channels in a top wall and a bottom wall, respectively receiving upper and lower contacts and engaging corresponding upper and lower locating features. The upper and lower contacts are electrically connected to a host board and a mating card. The contact assembly is loaded into the cavity such that upper and lower blocking surfaces of the housing block the upper contacts in the upper and lower contact channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignees: TE CONNECTIVITY CORPORATION, TYCO ELECTRONICS JAPAN G.K.
    Inventors: Randall Robert Henry, Katsuhiko Kobayashi, Michael John Phillips
  • Patent number: 10418214
    Abstract: A circuit and method for controlling a voltage applied to a coil to actuate electromechanical relays or contactors. The strength of a magnetic field operating the coil is a function of the product of the number of turns of the coil wire and the magnitude of current, in amperes, passing through the coil wire. An adjustable voltage regulator provides a regulated voltage as an output to a first terminal of a coil to energize the coil based on the temperature of the coil as sensed by a temperature sensing device located proximate the coil. The regulated voltage is controlled based on the sensed coil temperature to consistently provide a current of optimal magnitude to actuate the coil at the sensed temperature. A transient voltage suppression circuit may be used with the coil to suppress back electromotive force generated currents and voltages when the coil is de-energized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: TE CONNECTIVITY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Robert Steve Felisilda Delacruz, Richard R. Gorenflo, Richard A. Gast
  • Patent number: 10411456
    Abstract: A method for protecting a cable splice connection including a cable, the cable including an electrical conductor surrounded by a cable insulation layer, includes providing a splice body assembly including: an electrically insulative, elastomeric splice body having an interior surface defining an interior passage; and a layer of a conformable medium pre-mounted on the interior surface of the splice body. The conformable medium is a flowable, electrically insulative material. The method further includes mounting the splice body assembly on the cable splice connection such that the layer of the conformable mastic is interposed between and engages each of the interior surface of the splice body and an opposing interface surface of the cable insulation layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: TE Connectivity Corporation
    Inventor: Harry George Yaworski
  • Patent number: 10411378
    Abstract: A communication system includes first and second circuit card assemblies mated such that first and second PCBs move relative to each other along a board mating axis parallel to a slot in the first PCB with the first PCB oriented perpendicular to the second PCB and with first and second mating ends of first and second electrical connectors oriented parallel to the board mating axis. The first and second circuit card assemblies are mated such that the first electrical connector and the second electrical connector move relative to each other along a connector mating axis perpendicular to the board mating axis. First mating interfaces of first contacts are mated to second mating interfaces of second contacts in a contact mating direction non-parallel to the board mating axis and non-parallel to the connector mating axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: TE CONNECTIVITY CORPORATION
    Inventors: John Joseph Consoli, Matthew Jeffrey Sypolt
  • Patent number: 10411330
    Abstract: An antenna assembly for a wireless device includes an antenna cable having a feed line and a ground shield and a substrate. The antenna includes a low band ground terminal, a low band feed terminal, a high band ground terminal and a high band feed terminal. The low band ground terminal is electrically coupled to the ground shield of the antenna cable and capacitively coupled to the feed line of the antenna cable. The low band feed terminal is electrically coupled to the feed line of the antenna cable. The high band ground terminal is electrically coupled to the ground shield of the antenna cable and capacitively coupled to the feed line of the antenna cable. The high band feed terminal is electrically coupled to the feed line of the antenna cable. The low band ground terminal and the high band ground terminal are ground plane independent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: TE CONNECTIVITY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Xing Yun, Bruce Foster Bishop, John Wesley Hall, Neil Franklin Schroll
  • Patent number: 10403565
    Abstract: A lead frame module of an electrical connector includes a ground lead frame, signal conductors, a dielectric holder, and a ground plate. The ground lead frame includes multiple ground conductors and a tie bar that extends between and connects the ground conductors. The signal conductors are interleaved with the ground conductors. The signal conductors have jogged segments that extend across the tie bar around an outer side of the tie bar without engaging the tie bar. The dielectric holder at least partially surrounds the signal conductors and the ground lead frame to secure the signal conductors relative to the ground lead frame. The ground plate is disposed along an interior side of the dielectric holder and engages an inner side of the tie bar, which is opposite the outer side, to electrically connect the ground plate to the ground lead frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: TE CONNECTIVITY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Randall Robert Henry, Michael John Phillips, Michael Joseph Tryson
  • Patent number: 10404008
    Abstract: A connector system includes a receptacle connector having a receptacle housing including a cavity accessible through a front opening and a top opening. The receptacle connector has a receptacle connector platform supporting receptacle contacts being angled. The connector system includes a first plug connector received in the cavity through the front opening including a plug housing holding plug conductors. The plug housing has a plug connector platform having a mating interface with the plug conductors exposed at the mating interface. The plug connector platform is angled at a complementary angle to the receptacle connector platform for mating the plug conductors with the receptacle contacts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: TE CONNECTIVITY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Keith Edwin Miller, Kevin Michael Thackston, Robert Neil Mulfinger
  • Patent number: 10404012
    Abstract: Electrical connector includes a housing and a connector position assurance (CPA) element mounted to the housing. The housing has a latch configured to secure a mating connector to the electrical connector. The CPA element includes a base and an arm extending therefrom. The CPA element is translatable relative to the housing between a pre-lock position and a lock position. As the CPA element is moved from the pre-lock position towards the lock position prior to the latch securing the mating connector, the arm of the CPA element engages the latch and deflects the latch away from a resting position with an increasing amount of deflection until the base of the CPA element abuts against a landing pad of the housing to block further movement of the CPA element towards the lock position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: TE CONNECTIVITY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Anton Stoyanov
  • Patent number: 10403992
    Abstract: A socket assembly includes a socket substrate and socket contacts mounted to the socket substrate and extending through through holes of the socket substrate. Each socket contact includes a fixed end mounted to the socket substrate, a free end independently movable relative to the fixed end, a first mating beam, a second mating beam and a transition beam between the first mating beam and the second mating beam being a monolithic structure. The transition beam passes through the through hole and is flexible to allow relative flexing of the first mating beam and the second mating beam for compression of the socket contacts between an electronic package and a host circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: TE Connectivity Corporation
    Inventor: Jeffery Walter Mason