Patents Examined by Briggitte R. Hammond
  • Patent number: 11233343
    Abstract: [Problem] To provide a connector with improved reliability of electrical connection between a cable and a mating connector. [Resolution Means] A plurality of electrical contact terminals is provided on one side in a length direction and is provided with a first contact portion that is inserted into a support member and can contact a cable supported by this support member and a second contact portion that is provided on another side in the length direction and can contact terminal portions of a mating connector. A base member is provided with a bulkhead portion formed between a first receiving portion and a second receiving portion and a protruding wall portion protruding to the other side in the length direction from the bulkhead portion toward the second receiving portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventor: Toshio Ohta
  • Patent number: 11228129
    Abstract: An electrical coupling transfers electrical signals between a camera head and a cable and comprises a first part associated with the camera head and a second part associated with the cable and connectable to the first part. The coupling establishes contact between connectors of the first and second parts. The first part comprises a first connection position for reception of the second part, and a second connection position for reception of the second part. The connectors of the first and second parts comprise dot shaped connectors and elongated connectors. One of the first and second parts comprise the dot shaped connectors, and the other one comprises the elongated connectors. Each dot shaped connector is associated with one of the elongated connectors, and the connectors are arranged such that each dot shaped connector connects with an associated elongated connector in both the first connection position and the second connection position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignee: AXIS AB
    Inventors: Malte Bokvist, Jöns Danelius
  • Patent number: 11228130
    Abstract: In various embodiments, compact connector designs may be provided that have reduced board pitch (e.g., 1.80 mm, 1.50 mm, 1.27 mm, etc.), but are still capable of accommodating large electrical conductors (e.g., 1.4 mm, 1.1 mm, 0.9 mm, etc.). In this manner, PCB footprint may be reduced (e.g., by 50% when a staggered connector configuration is used), while adequate current carrying capacity may be maintained (e.g., 2 A, 3 A, 4 A, etc.). Additionally, or alternatively, one or more other advantages may be achieved, such as ruggedness (e.g., vibration endurance), error proofing, configuration flexibility, ease of manufacturing, ease of assembly, and/or lowered costs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignee: FCI USA LLC
    Inventors: Aymeric Soudy, Cyril Jeune, Arnaud Hyppias
  • Patent number: 11228138
    Abstract: A connector assembly for protecting electrical connections in a hazardous environment is provided. The connector assembly includes a first connector, a plug casting, and an elongated mesh grip. The plug casting circumscribes and is secured onto the first connector. The elongated mesh grip is coupled to the plug casting, the mesh grip including a mesh sized to surround the electrical cable, the mesh including a first end and a second end. The mesh has a diameter that is a transverse diameter of a channel defined by the mesh and configured to receive an electrical cable therethrough, wherein the diameter of the mesh decreases when one of the first and second ends of the mesh is pulled away from the other of the first and second ends of the mesh.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignee: EATON INTELLIGENT POWER LIMITED
    Inventors: Joshua Paul Gates, Michael Jarman
  • Patent number: 11228152
    Abstract: A joint connector 10 is provided with a joint terminal 12, and a housing 13 configured to accommodate the joint terminal 12. The joint terminal 12 includes a plurality of branch portions 16, a plurality of wire connecting portions 19 respectively continuous with the plurality of branch portions 16 and to be connected to wires 11, and a coupling portion 15 electrically connecting the plurality of branch portions 16 by coupling the plurality of branch portions 16. The wire connecting portion 19 includes a connecting piece having a contact surface configured to contact the wire 11 and a pressing portion 17 configured to press the connecting piece against the wire 11 by coming into contact with the connecting piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignees: AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES, LTD., SUMITOMO WIRING SYSTEMS, LTD., SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Tetsuya Miyamura, Masaaki Tabata, Yasuo Omori
  • Patent number: 11223147
    Abstract: An electrical connector includes a housing and a plurality of electrical conductors held within the housing. The housing includes a mating shroud protruding forward from a front wall of the housing and defining a port that receives a mating circuit card therein. Each of the electrical conductors includes a mating contact disposed within the mating shroud and a mounting contact that projects beyond a bottom end of the housing to electrically connect to a circuit board. The mounting contacts are located within a termination area of the electrical connector. The housing defines a nesting cavity extending rearward from the front wall along the bottom end. The nesting cavity is disposed between the mating shroud and the termination area along a longitudinal axis of the electrical connector. The nesting cavity is configured to accommodate a discrete, second connector that is mounted to the circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: TE CONNECTIVITY SERVICES GmbH
    Inventors: Nathan Lincoln Tracy, David Patrick Orris, Chad William Morgan, Lucas Arthur Benson, Linda Ellen Shields
  • Patent number: 11223152
    Abstract: An interposer assembly including a plate and a plurality of conductive contacts extending through plate passages for forming electrical connections with pads on overlying and underlying substrates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: Amphenol InterCon Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul R. Taylor, Trent Do, James S. Hileman
  • Patent number: 11223171
    Abstract: A multifunctional plug, including a main body and a pin piece. The main body is provided with a holding slot for holding the pin piece. The pin piece includes a pin and a rotating shaft. The pin can rotate out of the holding slot with the rotating shaft as the rotating center, and the pin can extend into the slot of other plug and is conductive connection with the plug piece assembly of the other plug. The main body is provided with a first clamping portion, and further includes the first conductive spring piece fixed in the main body. A power adapter, including a multifunctional plug, other plug and a housing. The multifunctional plug is fixed on the housing, and the other plug is detachable and clamped on the multifunctional plug.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Inventor: Deyong Zhang
  • Patent number: 11217926
    Abstract: A contact element includes: an electrical contact portion for plug-in connection to an associated mating contact element; a contact body connected to the contact portion and forming an insertion space into which an electrical conductor is insertable in an insertion direction for electrical connection to the contact element; and a spring element which is arranged on the contact body and has a first spring leg for bearing on the contact body and a second spring leg for interacting with the electrical conductor inserted into the insertion space. The first spring leg is interlockingly connectable to the contact body by being placeable with an opening on a fastening device of the contact body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: PHOENIX CONTACT GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventor: Detlef Nehm
  • Patent number: 11211736
    Abstract: A connector is provided with a housing 10, a grommet 40 arranged to cover an outer periphery of the housing 10, and a grommet cover 60 arranged to cover an outer periphery of the grommet 40. The grommet cover 60 includes a tip portion 74 on one end on an opening side. The housing 10 includes a restricting portion 14, 14E. The restricting portion 14, 14E includes a recess 15, 15E inside which the tip portion 74 of the grommet cover 60 is to be arranged. The recess 15, 15E of the restricting portion 14, 14E includes a restricting body 19 arranged to face an outer side of the tip portion 74 of the grommet cover 60.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: SUMITOMO WIRING SYSTEMS, LTD.
    Inventor: Akihiro Kon
  • Patent number: 11211756
    Abstract: An electrical connector includes a non-conductive housing, electrical contacts and a flange. The non-conductive housing has spaced openings on a front face thereof configured to receive corresponding spaced members of an electrical plug. The electrical contacts include contact clips disposed in the spaced openings and configured to receive corresponding of the spaced members of the electrical plug, and contact members extending beyond the non-conductive housing and spaced independently of a spacing of the spaced members of the electrical plug to be received in the spaced openings. The flange has a predetermined shape, outlining the non-conductive housing and configured to be inserted in a correspondingly shaped standardized receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: ENERMORE TECHNOLOGIES LLP
    Inventor: Girish Vaze
  • Patent number: 11196203
    Abstract: A connector assembly according to the present invention includes a receptacle connector; and a plug connector to be slidably inserted into the receptacle connector, wherein the plug connector includes a signal pin having one side in electrical contact with a signal line of a cable, a shield can formed to enclose the signal pin so that a lower surface of the other side of the signal pin is exposed and to be electrically spaced apart from the signal pin, a first insulating member coupled to the signal pin to insulate between the signal pin and the shield can, and a plug shell enclosing the shield can so as to expose the lower surface of the other side of the signal pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: SENSORVIEW INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Byoung Nam Kim, Kyoung Il Kang, Joung Min Park, Sung Cheol Cho, Sang Woo Han
  • Patent number: 11189963
    Abstract: A connector (female connector 1) is provided with an inner housing 20 from which wires W are pulled out to outside and which is connected to a mating housing 90, and a vibration transmitting member 30, 40 including a mating contact portion (inner peripheral surface 31A) capable of coming into contact with the mating housing 90. The vibration transmitting member 30, 40 includes a wire fixing portion 43 to which the wires W are fixed, and is capable of transmitting vibration from the wire fixing portion 43 to the mating housing 90 from the mating contact portion 31A. The inner housing 20 is allowed to relatively move with respect to the vibration transmitting member 30, 40.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Inventors: Naomichi Kawashima, Tomohiko Kobayashi, Yutaro Yoshida, Masatoshi Ito, Hirokazu Komori
  • Patent number: 11183778
    Abstract: An apparatus and methods of securing a C-Frame to a cable run during the installation process of a cable tap are disclosed. A holding device is removably coupled to an interface positioned adjacent to a C-Frame loosely coupled to a cable run. The holding device which is coupled to the interface is slid over and onto the C-Frame, thereby securing the C-Frame to the cable run. Thereafter, a cable tap is coupled to the C-Frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: Richards Mfg. Co.
    Inventors: Christopher Juillet, Richard Fox, Joseph Bier
  • Patent number: 11177607
    Abstract: A connector structure includes a female housing and a male housing. The female housing includes a first holding portion holding first female terminals for power supply, a second holding portion adjacent to the first holding portion, formed as one unitary piece with the first holding portion, and holding second female terminals for communication, and a conductive shield layer separating the first holding portion from the second holding portion. The male housing includes a recessed portion configured to fit with the female housing, and holding first male terminals to be connected with the first female terminals and second male terminals to be connected with the second female terminals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masayoshi Takayanagi, Kazuhide Takahashi, Keigo Tsubo
  • Patent number: 11177603
    Abstract: An interposer includes a housing having a plurality of through-holes penetrating a first surface and a second surface and a signal contact pair composed of a pair of signal contacts. Each of the signal contacts includes a base portion press-fitted in one of the through-holes, a first contact beam extending from the base portion beyond the first surface, and a second contact beam extending from the base portion beyond the second surface. The pair of signal contacts are positioned adjacently to each other widthwise and are each asymmetrical with respect to a width direction. A first minimum spacing between the first contact beams of the pair of signal contacts is narrower than a second minimum spacing between the base portions of the pair of signal contacts. The signal contact pair has a plane-symmetrical shape with respect to the width direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: Tyco Electronics Japan G.K.
    Inventors: Shinichi Hashimoto, Hiroshi Shirai, Masayuki Aizawa
  • Patent number: 11177590
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure provide an apparatus comprising a printed circuit board (PCB) with a connector to electrically connect the PCB with another apparatus. In embodiments, the apparatus may include a PCB having a via that begins on a first surface of the PCB and ends inside the PCB. The apparatus may further include a connector to electrically connect the PCB with another apparatus or another portion of the apparatus. The connector may include a pin to provide connectivity between the PCB and the connector. The pin may be inserted into the via in response to an attachment of the connector to the PCB. The PCB may include a space that extends from an end of the via inside the PCB to a second surface of the PCB opposite the first surface, to accommodate layers for signal routing inside the PCB. Other embodiments may be described and/or claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Yongcai Zhou, Lu She
  • Patent number: 11177613
    Abstract: Electrical plug latching systems and related methods are disclosed. According to an aspect, an electrical plug latching system includes a base having an interface for attachment to an electrical plug receptacle. The base defines an opening for receipt of an electrical plug for electrical connection to the electrical plug receptacle. The electrical plug defines a protrusion. Further, the system includes a latch that is attached to the base and that includes a gripper portion. The gripper portion is moveable between a first position and a second position with respect to the base. In the first position, the gripper portion is positioned to interface with the protrusion of the electrical plug to hold the electrical plug in place when electrically connected to the electrical plug receptacle. In the second position. the gripper portion is positioned apart from the protrusion of the electrical plug.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: Gateview Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Germagian, Clint Veino
  • Patent number: 11172717
    Abstract: An electrically conductive magnetic snap fastener for releasably coupling a first material to a second material, the fastener including a male fastening element having a stud and stud flange affixable to the first material, and a female fastening element affixable to the second material and including a cover and a magnet disposed within a cavity defined by the cover, and defining a channel into which the stud is insertable, the female fastening element being electrically conductive at least in a portion disposed for electrically conductive contact with the male fastening element when the stud is inserted in the channel, and the cover being a unitary member of electrically conductive metal, wherein the channel is a distally closed and proximally open socket defined by a continuous wall portion of the cover for receiving the stud and preventing passage of liquid through the channel to the magnet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: Romed Fasteners, Inc.
    Inventor: Howard J. Reiter
  • Patent number: 11171460
    Abstract: A tool for coupling and decoupling a connector of a cable. The tool includes a body, a bracket, and a first hook. The body has a first end portion, a second end portion opposite the first end portion, and an intermediate portion between the first end portion and the second end portion. The body has a longitudinal axis running between the first end portion and second end portion. The body also has a first surface and a second surface opposite the first surface. The bracket is disposed at the first end portion. The bracket defines a cavity configured to receive a portion of the connector, and the bracket is configured to push the connector as the tool moves in a first direction. The first hook is disposed at the intermediate portion. The first hook is configured to engage an opening defined by the connector and pull the connector as the tool moves in a second direction different than the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: Synopsys, Inc.
    Inventor: Chih I Wu