Patents Examined by Antoine Ngandjui
  • Patent number: 6579131
    Abstract: An electrical connector for transformer studs accommodates two different size transformer studs in the same slip-fit blind hole. The hole is provided with circumferential arc recesses which are sized and threaded to match the threads on the two different size studs. One or more jam screws force the stud into the respective recesses, and the matching threads provide a substantial contact area and an effective and efficient long lasting and sturdy electrical transformer connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2003
    Assignee: Connector Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Thomas K. Ashcraft, Jefferson Butler, Raymond Olle
  • Patent number: 6276967
    Abstract: Shielding of electrical wires from radiated energy and lightning is critical to protecting the integrity of electronic components. A shield termination electrical connector assembly uses a termination adapter having elongated termination holes and feed channels leading into the termination holes to facilitate the process of guiding the shields into the proper termination slots. Moreover, flexible braided wires may be connected to the shields and terminated in the termination adapter. These flexible braided wires are compressed in the termination adapter instead of the shields, thus preventing damage to the shields to ensure their functionality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2001
    Assignee: Raytheon Aircraft Corporation
    Inventor: Allen L. Hall
  • Patent number: 6247964
    Abstract: A wire connector block is provided formed with an abutment device, a retention device and a contact surface. The combination of these elements enables the wire connector block to be mounted to mounting surfaces of different thicknesses. The abutment device can be either a deflectable spring arm or a tiered rim. The retention device can be either a screw or a deflectable latch, whereas, the contact surface is defined on a portion of the base of the wire connector block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2001
    Assignee: Avaya Technology Corp.
    Inventor: Bassel Hage Daoud
  • Patent number: 6234841
    Abstract: A metal shield and connector body arrangement, which includes a connector body, a metal shield made by bending a crossed metal sheet into a casing and covered on the connector body, and a metal spring plate mounted between the front side wall of the connector body and the metal shield, the metal spring plate having two protruding grounding strips respectively extended out of respective insertion slots at the metal shield for connection to the metal shell of the mainframe of a computer, and a locating arm disposed at each of two distal ends thereof respectively engaged into a respective annular groove around a respective receptacle at the connector body, the locating arm having a plurality of curved locating strips with a respective raised retaining portion for engagement with the metal shell of an external electric plug being inserted through a hole at the metal shell of the mainframe of the computer and a through hole at the metal shield into connection with one receptacle at the connector body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2001
    Assignee: Tekcon Electronics Corp.
    Inventors: Chih-Kai Chang, Chin-Hsien Hsu
  • Patent number: 6227902
    Abstract: The present invention proposes a modified line lamp comprising a lamp and a lamp socket. The lamp socket is connected to a fixing seat. A retaining frame is connected with two sides of the fixing seat. Two sides of the retaining frame is connected to a main electric line. A hole is disposed at each of the two sides of the retaining frame not connected with a main electric line. The fixing seat extends to form two bent arms from a tubular seat. A joining seat installed at the outer side of the middle section of the bent arm is connected pivotally to the hole to let a joining element be joined with the joining seat such that the fixing seat can swing. A locking member is installed at the end of the bent arm of the fixing seat to be locked with the periphery of the lamp. The main electric line uses a locking element of a line gripper to join a bearing seat of the retaining frame. A guide bar is lagged in the locking element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2001
    Inventor: Jack Lin
  • Patent number: 6217389
    Abstract: A Universal Serial Bus connector is arranged to include in-line over-current protection components by dividing horizontal sections of the Universal Serial Bus connector power lines or contacts into vertically offset front and rear contact sections having a predetermined distance therebetween to provide a space into which the over-current protection components can be positioned, the space being narrower than the height of the protection device so that a good electrical connection is established when the protection device is inserted between the contact sections. The connector may also include at least one LED connected to one of the front contact sections between the protection device and a mating end of the front contact section to provide an immediate visual indication of whether an over-current has occurred.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2001
    Assignee: Amphenol Corporation
    Inventor: Ross Jatou
  • Patent number: 6217393
    Abstract: A connector has multiple layers of rows of tabs provided on one side of a housing, and contact members extending from each tab aligned in a single plane on the other side. Carriers 17A and 17B of upper and lower bus bars 12 and 13 are positioned one above the other, position fixing holes 20 thereof being aligned. Rows of tabs 15A and 15B provided above and below on one side and are separated by a prescribed distance. Contact members 18A and 18B are aligned at the other side in a plane, the contact members 18A being interspersed within the contact members 18B. This insert is placed in a forming die and a moulded housing is produced by insert moulding, both carriers 17A and 17B being cut off and removed thereafter to render the contact members 18A, 18B electrically independent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2001
    Assignee: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventor: Junji Muta
  • Patent number: 6206737
    Abstract: An enhanced terminal screw for use in an electrical receptacle includes a shank, a head and a plurality of impeller wire gripping elements. The shank has opposite ends. The head is mounted to one of the opposite ends of the shank. The head has an underside surface defining a plurality of spaced apart grooves. The impeller wire gripping elements are defined by a plurality of lands formed between the spaced apart grooves on the underside surface of the head which grip a wire partially surrounding the shank and wrap the wire radially inwardly toward the shank as the screw is tightened relative to the wire. Each land has opposite edges providing a gripping surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2001
    Assignee: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventors: Nelson Bonilla, Stephen R. Ewer
  • Patent number: 6206733
    Abstract: A connection block assembly for a waterproof switch is disclosed, which includes a connection block which has two holes defined on one surface each corresponding to one locking prong of awaterproof switch, two locking grooves defined on each side of the connection block assembly and corresponding to a locking rails extending from the switch body such that the waterproof switch can be connected to two switch bodies by the connection block assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2001
    Inventor: Chih-Yuan Wu
  • Patent number: 6193564
    Abstract: A housing element includes a plurality of electric conductors which are guided in its interior and which can be connected electrically at first conductor ends to an electronic circuit provided in the housing. Second conductor ends of the electric conductors protrude from the housing element. There, a plug-in connector body is disposed which surrounds the second conductor ends in the manner of a plug housing, and the second conductor ends form electric contact pins of the plugin connector body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2001
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Josef Loibl, Ulf Scheuerer
  • Patent number: 6193559
    Abstract: A jack plug has a contact tip provided at the free end and followed by a connection part which is received by a tubular shaft of the jack plug. The contact tip with the connection part is electrically insulated from the shaft. At the side remote of the contact tip, the shaft has a handle part through which the connecting cable runs. The connection part which is formed in one piece with the contact tip has a bore hole which penetrates it over its entire length and which extends into the interior of the contact tip. The conductor of the cable to be connected can be secured in the interior of the contact tip by a material engagement or a positive engagement (crimping). The portion of the bore hole located in the contact tip is filled with a solder and, if required, with flux. A zone of the handle part is grooved or knurled on its inner side. This zone is narrowed in diameter by radial squeezing (crimping) after the cable to be connected is inserted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2001
    Inventor: Bernhard Weingartner
  • Patent number: 6190200
    Abstract: Apparatus and method for providing simple and effective attachment of a lamp holder base to a mounting plate includes providing in the mounting plate an opening having a wide opening portion and a relatively narrower opening portion, which together define at least one mounting tab of the mounting plate, the mounting plate further having an outer surface and a latch edge portion; providing on the lamp holder base an elongated body and a latch member, the elongated body including at least one mounting channel having a base surface and an inclined surface which define a first channel opening and a second channel opening, the inclined surface terminating at the first channel opening to define a pivot edge, the latch member including a latch surface region; inserting the elongated body in the wide opening portion until a cross section of the mounting plate is generally aligned with one of the first channel opening and the second channel opening; moving the mounting plate in a direction such that the at least one m
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2001
    Assignee: Lyall Assemblies, Inc.
    Inventor: John W. Burwell
  • Patent number: 6190191
    Abstract: An assembly for use with a compact fluorescent lamp includes a socket and an adapter. The socket includes a housing having a top surface and a recess extending downward from the top surface toward the bottom end of the socket. The recess is shaped and dimensioned to receive the starter housing of the compact fluorescent lamp. Provided on the top surface are a plurality of spaced apart holes, each hole being positioned to receive one of the terminal pins of the fluorescent lamp. The adapter is designed to connect the compact fluorescent lamps having different types of base configurations with the socket. The adapter includes a base from which a starter housing and a plurality of terminal pins extend downward. The starter housing is positioned to be telescopically received by the recess of the socket. The starter housing is surrounded by the terminal pins that are positioned away from one another in order to be inserted in the spaced apart holes of the socket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2001
    Assignee: Angelo Brothers Company
    Inventor: Barton A. Pasternak
  • Patent number: 6186810
    Abstract: A female electrical contact member has a body extended by a bush open at its free end for insertion of a male member and a male-member-receiving member comprises a ring extended by elastic tongues which grip the male member. The ring is mounted to slide and float in the bush and is connected to the body by a flexible electrical connection. Sliding of the ring in the bush is restricted. The flexible electrical connection forms a loop at a point part way along its length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2001
    Assignee: Connecteurs Cinch
    Inventors: St├ęphane Barnabe, Fabrice Durand-Cochet
  • Patent number: 6179654
    Abstract: A cord set including a housing and a coupling mechanism adapted to couple the housing to a structure. The cord set includes a first cord having a first end connectable to a power source and a second end connected to a plug. The cord set also includes a second cord having a first end connectable to the electrical device and a second end connectable to the plug. The housing includes a body defining an axis, an outer surface and a cavity. A first embodiment of the coupling mechanism includes axially spaced ribs extending from an outer surface of the housing body and a snap ring connectable to the structure and the housing. A second embodiment of the coupling mechanism includes a peg protruding from the housing and a lock nut with a detent for coupling the peg to the lock nut. Finally, a third embodiment of the coupling mechanism includes a saddle and cup each having a ridge that cooperates with the axial spaced ribs to couple the housing to the automobile body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2001
    Assignee: Phillips & Temro Industries Ltd.
    Inventors: Ireneusz Witkowski, Claudio Zubin
  • Patent number: 6174192
    Abstract: The present invention provides a card connector which, while being relatively compact for a card connector includes a connector member and arm members, is equipped with an engaging means for both members which has sufficient engaging strength. Card connector (10) has a connector member (11) which has a housing (20) in which electrical contacts are accommodated, a pair of arm members (12, 13), which are mounted on both ends of the connector member (11), and which include guide means. The connector (11) and arm members (12, 13) include engaging structures (25, 26, 56, 57), which are engaged so that portions of the connector member (11) and arm members (12, 13) overlap with each other. Screw-accommodating holes (26a, 57a) and pin-accommodating holes (25a, 56a), which pass through both arm members when the members are engaged are located in the engaging structures of both members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2001
    Assignee: The Whitaker Corporation
    Inventors: Satoru Watanabe, Hidenori Muramatsu
  • Patent number: 6165024
    Abstract: An electrical connector assembly (10) includes a female connector (12) and more than one male connectors (30) wherein the female connector (12) includes a first insulative housing (14) defining a plurality of cavities (16) for receiving a corresponding number of first contacts therein, respectively, and each of the male connectors (30) includes a second insulative housing (32) forming a plurality of sleeve members (34) thereof for accommodating a corresponding number of second contacts therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2000
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Ind. Co, Ltd.
    Inventor: David Tso-Chin Ko
  • Patent number: 6162089
    Abstract: Stacked LAN connector (10) adapted for mounting to a circuit board (24) and including a stacked USB component (150) and a modular jack component (200) secured in respective portions of main housing (50), around which is an outer shield (32). An inner shield (130) shields the arrays of contacts of the modular jack component (200) and the stacked USB component (150) as they depend from the board mounting face to be connected to circuits of the circuit board (24). LEDs (28,30) indicate full mating by a modular plug with the modular jack component. The connector saves board real estate otherwise occupied by a modular jack positioned beside a stacked USB connector on the circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2000
    Assignee: The Whitaker Corporation
    Inventors: Brian Patrick Costello, Benjamin Jacobson, Jason M'Cheyne Reisinger, Michael S. Abbott, Barry D. Holtzclaw
  • Patent number: 6162070
    Abstract: A connector device having a grounding plate which is formed with a cut-out region so that an array of pin contacts may extend through without needing to bend the grounding plate to such a degree as to occupy a significant space on or above a mother board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2000
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Ind. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hung-Chi Yu, Tsung-Hsi Ou Lee
  • Patent number: 6159045
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for engaging electrical components to a circuit board. The body of the component has at least one fastener integrally formed therewith. The at least one fastener includes a neck portion engaged to the body of the component and extending to a hook portion. The fastener is configured to reside substantially within a through-hole formed in a circuit board. The through-hole in the circuit board has a solder lining, and the fastener is placed into the through-hole. The solder is reflowed via known soldering techniques so that the hook portion of the fastener is engaged by the reflowed solder, thus engaging the component to the circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2000
    Assignee: Samtec, Inc.
    Inventor: Brian R. Vicich