Patents Examined by Briggitte R. Hammond
  • Patent number: 10855002
    Abstract: A problem addressed by embodiments of the invention disclosed herein consists in devising a connection device in which field terminations can be released also in the installed state, i.e., the electrical conductors can be manually disconnected using a simple tool even if the insulating body is already installed in an attachment housing. To this end, an actuator is proposed which has an inclined engagement portion with an adjoining engagement edge and engagement step by which the actuator can be lifted out of the insulating body, also from the cable connection side, with a slotted screwdriver in a single lifting movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: HARTING Electric GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Irina Lötkemann, Andreas Rüter
  • Patent number: 10847935
    Abstract: A face to face contact assembly having at least one electrically conductive spring element and at least one shielding spring element separated from one another by a spacing element. From the perspective of a centerline and extending radially outwardly, electrically conductive spring element is located closest to the centerline, then the spacing element, and then the shielding spring element. The electrically conductive spring element electrically connects two adjacent faces, which in one example can be adjacent printed circuit boards, and the shielding spring element at least partially shields such electrical connection. Other face to face contact assembly arrangements are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Bal Seal Engineering, LLC
    Inventors: Wayne Young, Robert Riegen
  • Patent number: 10842188
    Abstract: A cartridge for selective delivery of aerosol precursor compositions includes a housing, and a reservoir disposed within the housing and defining three chambers each having an aerosol precursor composition therein. The reservoir is in fluid communication with an aerosol forming arrangement configured to form an aerosol from any of the aerosol precursor compositions. A selector defines one or more dispensing selectively aligned with one or more of the three chambers, such that the aerosol precursor composition disposed within each of the three chambers is capable of being dispensed therefrom through the selectively aligned dispensing ports to the aerosol forming arrangement. The cartridge further includes a flow tube extending longitudinally through a central axis of the reservoir and the selector so that each of the three chambers is arranged circumferentially around the flow tube, the flow tube being disposed so that the formed aerosol is transported through the flow tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: RAI Strategic Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Alfred Charles Bless, Charles Jacob Novak, III, Stephen Benson Sears, Joseph Dominique, Jared Aller, Jason M. Short
  • Patent number: 10840639
    Abstract: An electrical connector system includes a connector with a plug. A shroud extends over a portion of the plug and is coupled with the plug. A conductive socket is configured for receiving the plug of the connector. The socket includes a groove formed on an outer surface thereof. The shroud includes spring fingers having a lock portion thereon configured for engaging the groove for securing the connector in the socket. A collar is slidably mounted on the conductive socket and is configured for sliding between a locked position proximate to the socket groove and an unlocked position. The collar is further configured for engaging the spring fingers of the connector shroud in the locked position to hold the finger lock portions engaged with the groove to lock the connector in the socket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Carlisle Interconnect Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph W. Chvala
  • Patent number: 10840633
    Abstract: An electrical plug connector terminates a twisted pair electrical cable. The electrical plug connector includes a base and a plug housing holding electrical contacts therebetween. The base includes a divider structure including separation walls. At least one of the separation walls defines an abutment surface against which a forward end of the electrical cable abuts when terminated by the electrical plug connector. The plug housing defines slots so that the electrical contacts are accessible. The electrical plug connector axially secures an outer jacket of the electrical cable against rearward movement relative to base. The at least one separation wall inhibits forward axial movement of the outer jacket of the electrical cable relative to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: CommScope Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Paul John Pepe, Neil Ktul Nay, Brandon Eugene Bristow
  • Patent number: 10833453
    Abstract: A cable connector includes a casing, a connecting portion, at least one pressing button, and at least one hook module. The connecting portion is disposed on a first direction surface of the casing for coupling with an electronic device connector, the pressing button is disposed on a third direction surface of the casing, and the hook module is disposed between the connecting portion and the pressing button. In addition, when the pressing button is pressed in the third direction, a hook end of the hook module is moved along a second direction on a protective shell of the connecting portion for separating from the electronic device connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: BizLink International Corp.
    Inventors: Wen-Hsiung Wang, Cheng-Wei Huang, Hsueh-Yu Chao
  • Patent number: 10833434
    Abstract: A cover for a terminal block a cover for a terminal block includes a cover plate that may be disposed over a number of terminals of the terminal block. The cover plate includes a first surface, a second surface configured to face the terminals, and a number of access holes extending between the first surface and the second surface. Each of the access holes enables access to a respective terminal through the cover plate. The cover plate also includes a number of probe guides extending from the second surface of the cover plate toward respective access holes. Each probe guide includes a channel that guides a probe to an operating position that enables the probe to analyze the respective terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventor: Gordon J. Tassell, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10826211
    Abstract: A card edge connector with an insulative housing includes opposite longitudinal side walls along a longitudinal direction with a receiving slot therebetween in a transverse direction. Each side wall forms a plurality of passageways. A plurality of contacts are respectively received within the corresponding passageways. Each contact includes a retaining section, a contacting section extending from the retaining section into the receiving slot, and a leg extending downwardly from the retaining section out of the housing. Each contact is further equipped with an auxiliary spring beam with an additional contacting section extending into the receiving slot. The contacts are initially linked to a single contact carrier strip so as to be simultaneously inserted into the corresponding passageways, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Inventors: Xin-Wei Wang, Guo-Xiang Niu, Zhuang Chen
  • Patent number: 10811795
    Abstract: The invention provides an electrical connection module for an automotive vehicle. The module includes a printed circuit board, PCB, and a connector for connecting a wire harness to said PCB. An edge of the PCB can be inserted into the connector. The module provides retention mechanism that is integral to the PCB. The retention mechanism is shaped and configured to retain the edge connector, if the PCB is seated therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Inventors: Jose-David Roldan, Tomas Martinez-Zaldivar, Juan-Francisco Moreno
  • Patent number: 10811801
    Abstract: An electrical connector includes a housing and a plurality of conductors held within the housing. The conductors are configured to electrically connect to mating conductors of a mating connector. The conductors each extend a length between a mating end and a mounting end of the respective conductor. One or more of the conductors include a copper alloy core, a copper plating layer, and a protective outer layer. The copper plating layer surrounds the copper alloy core, and is composed of a different material than the copper alloy core. The protective outer layer is disposed on and surrounds the copper plating layer. The protective outer layer is composed of a non-conductive polymeric material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Inventors: Justin Dennis Pickel, John Joseph Consoli, Chad William Morgan, Timothy Robert Minnick, David Patrick Orris, Daniel Briner Shreffler, David Allison Trout, Arturo Pachon Munoz
  • Patent number: 10811831
    Abstract: The present invention is a network connector structure, which includes a signal terminal body and a cover plate. Arranged core holes are set on an upper side of an end of the signal terminal body, two holes are respectively set on two sides of the end of the signal terminal body, two convexes are set on the back side of the cover plate, the two convexes on the back side of the cover plate are respectively corresponded to the two holes set on the two sides of the end of the signal terminal body, so that each convex is provided to be embedded into the corresponding hole, and the core holes set on the upper side of the end of the signal terminal body is covered by the back side of the cover plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Inventors: Chung Tser Wu, Andrew Restivo
  • Patent number: 10804654
    Abstract: An electrical connector and a transmission wafer thereof are provided. The transmission wafer includes an insulating frame, a plurality of grounding terminals fixed to the insulating frame, and a shielding member disposed on the insulating frame. Each of the grounding terminals includes a middle grounding segment embedded in the insulating frame, a front grounding segment, and a rear grounding segment, the latter two of which respectively extend from two ends of the middle grounding segment in two different directions. The shielding member includes a grounding sheet disposed on the insulating frame and a plurality of elastic arms curvedly extending from the grounding sheet to protrude from the insulating frame. The elastic arms are respectively abutted against portions of the front grounding segments arranged adjacent to the insulating frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Inventors: Chih-Wei Chen, Chung-Nan Pao, Yueh-Lin Yang, Yi-Guang Lai, Guo-Cing Chen, Kai Wu
  • Patent number: 10797444
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a HVIL system for a HV connector, in particular in a motor vehicle, which HV connector is configured to transmit HV current from the HV connector to a further component, wherein the HVIL system has a first HVIL contact element and a second HVIL contact element, wherein, in a non-plugged state of the HV connector, the first HVIL contact element is spaced apart from the second HVIL contact element by at least one first spring element; and wherein, in a plugged state of the HV connector, the first spring element is deformed in such a way that the first HVIL contact element makes contact with the second HVIL contact element in such a way that the HVIL system ensures that HV current is transmitted from the HV connector to the further component if the connection between the HV connector and the further component is secure. The present invention furthermore relates to a method for establishing a HV connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Inventor: Willem Blakborn
  • Patent number: 10784608
    Abstract: An electrical connector includes a substrate that includes a plurality of ground traces at first and second surfaces of the substrate, and a ground coupling assembly that couples pairs of ground traces at each of the first and second surfaces, and further couples the ground traces at the first surface to the ground traces at the second surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: SAMTEC, INC.
    Inventor: Jonathan E. Buck
  • Patent number: 10784628
    Abstract: An electrical plug connector. The electrical plug connector has: a connector housing for accommodating at least one electrical cable that extends along an axial direction; a shielding plate that completely encloses the connector housing in a circumferential direction around the axial direction. The connector housing has, on an external surface, a play-limiting element for limiting a degree of play in the state plugged together with the mating plug connector. The shielding plate has an opening, the play-limiting element protruding from the connector housing and extending through the opening of the shielding plate and/or the play-limiting element being fashioned as a connector housing opening in the connector housing and being adjacent to the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Rolf Wittmann
  • Patent number: 10777936
    Abstract: An electrical device includes a substrate having a plurality of signal contacts and a ground contact along a surface of the substrate. A communication cable includes a differential pair of signal conductors, a grounding element that surrounds the signal conductors, and a cable jacket surrounding the signal conductors and the grounding element. Each of the signal conductors has a wire-terminating end that is terminated to a corresponding signal contact of the substrate, the wire-terminating end projecting beyond a jacket edge of the cable jacket. A ground termination component has a main panel electrically coupled with the ground contact, and a strain relief element engaged with at least a portion of the communication cable. The strain relief element includes a connective terminal electrically coupled to the grounding element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Inventors: Tracy Lee Smith, Kevin Stauffer, Emilio Cuesta
  • Patent number: 10777951
    Abstract: A cable connector assembly includes a plug for mating with a docking connector, a printed circuit board electrically connected to the plug and a cable electrically connected to the connector, the plug includes a plurality of conductive terminals, the cable includes a plurality of high speed signal cores for transmitting high speed signals and low speed signal cores for transmitting low speed signals, wherein the electrical path of the high speed signal cores connected to the corresponding conductive terminals is shorter than the electrical path of the low speed signal cores connected to the corresponding conductive terminals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Inventors: Jerry Wu, Jun Chen, Fan-Bo Meng
  • Patent number: 10777334
    Abstract: A wiring harness assembly includes a plurality of separated conductors formed of an electrically conductive material, a substrate formed of a dielectric material encasing the plurality of separated conductors, a location feature integrally formed with the substrate and an opening defined in the substrate having a predetermined size and shape. A section of the plurality of separated conductors is exposed within the opening. The opening is precisely located relative to the location feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Aptiv Technologies Limited
    Inventors: Jared Bilas, David R. Peterson, Kurt P. Seifert, Christopher G. Reider, Doyeon Y. Sohn, Gerald A. Rhinehart, Jr., Therese G. Stevens, George A. Drew, John T. Kightlinger
  • Patent number: 10770818
    Abstract: An electrical contact and an electric component socket configured to be electrically connected to an electric component, wherein the electrical contact is capable of preventing a defect that a contacting portion of the electrical contact bites into a terminal of the electric component, leaving an indentation or giving rise to a state where burrs are liable to occur. An electrical contact has a contacting portion that comes in contact with a terminal of an electric component, the contacting portion includes a plurality of convex portions provided around a center in a tip portion of the contacting portion, the convex portions have flat portions on an outer circumferential side, and peak-shaped portions extending from the flat portions toward the center to come in contact with the terminal, and the contacting portion includes valley-shaped portions, each valley-shaped portion being formed between the respective convex portions in the plurality of convex portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Inventors: Satoru Isagoda, Hokuto Kanesashi, Akira Miura
  • Patent number: 10770819
    Abstract: Provided is a low-cost and high-reliability connector in which a guide member integrally formed with a housing guides a leg part of a terminal so that the position of the leg part of the terminal can be stabilized with a simple configuration. A connector includes a housing; terminals that include leg parts to be connected to a board, and are integrally formed with the housing; and guide members that are integrally formed with the housing and guide the leg parts. The leg parts each include: a horizontal part that protrudes toward a back side from the housing; a vertical part with a part around a distal end to be connected to the board; and a curved part through which the horizontal part and the vertical part are connected with each other. A gap is provided between a back surface of the guide member and a front surface of the vertical part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Molex, LLC
    Inventor: Manabu Yamanaka