Patents Examined by David L. Pirlot
  • Patent number: 6017233
    Abstract: A floating panel mount system is disclosed for mounting an electrical connector to a panel. The system includes a panel having an aperture arrangement therethrough. A connector housing has a mating portion adapted to pass through the aperture arrangement from one side of the panel for mating with a complementary connecting device on the opposite side of the panel and adapted to provide substantial clearance in the aperture arrangement permitting floating motion relative to the panel. A locking portion of the connector housing is adapted to pass through the aperture arrangement from the one side of the panel and adapted to provide substantial clearance in the aperture arrangement. A flange portion of the connector housing is adapted to engage the one side of the panel laterally of the aperture arrangement. A retaining cap lockingly interengages with the locking portion and is engageable with the opposite side o the panel to prevent the mating portion from pulling back out of the aperture arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2000
    Assignee: Molex Incorporated
    Inventors: Rupert J. Fry, Gary E. Polgar
  • Patent number: 5839916
    Abstract: A device for connecting a flat cable to a wiring board in which the cable is composed of a plurality of layers. A first insulating layer carries a shield foil layer upon which a central insulation layer is placed. A plurality of conductors, parallel to each other and spaced apart transversely, are on the central layer and, in turn, are covered by a second insulating layer. The cable has a connecting end wherein the first layer and second layer are absent, thus exposing portions of the conductors and the shield layer for making contact with the device.The device itself is made up of a housing containing a series of cavities which correspond to the conductors. Each cavity contains a fixed terminal. The terminals project out of the cavities and contact the wiring board. The other ends of the contacts have a pressing element and a terminal contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 24, 1998
    Assignee: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventor: Masamitsu Chishima
  • Patent number: 5795178
    Abstract: A plug (101) for connection to the stripped end of a heart electrode wire or of another implantable wire comprises a contact piece (110), the front region of which is constructed as a plug pin (112) and the rear region (114) of which has a recess (118), an insulating housing (120) which surrounds the rear region (114) of the contact piece (110) and leaves free access to the recess (118), and a clamping piece (130) which, in the assembled state, engages with the recess (118), whereby the stripped wire end is bent round and clamped in the recess (118).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 18, 1998
    Assignee: Ethicon, Inc.
    Inventors: Lothar Schilder, Kay Muller, Christian Skutta, Hanke Sierk
  • Patent number: 5779505
    Abstract: An improved electrical connector has terminals with tapered mold engaging ends formed to be complimentary in shape to notches made in a mold component in order to retain the pitch of the terminal ends during injection molding of a connector housing thereabout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 14, 1998
    Assignee: Molex Incorporated
    Inventors: Masanori Yagi, Masahiro Shiga, Toru Maruyama
  • Patent number: 5702267
    Abstract: A safety lamp socket in which the center metal contact plate is fastened to a first through hole on the socket body, having a flanged transverse head at one end fastened to a retaining groove inside the first through hole, a pointed upright tip disposed outside the first through hole for piercing the electric wire to make electrical contact with one conductor thereof, and a springy tail at an opposite end disposed inside the socket body and supported on at least one first inside projecting bearing portion inside the socket body for contact with the tip contact of the lamp bulb.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 30, 1997
    Inventor: Ming-Hsiung Chen
  • Patent number: 5685742
    Abstract: A panel mounted angled modular jack assembly allows a mating modular plug to be inserted at an angle to the panel while permitting the jack contact assembly to be inserted perpendicular to the panel. A printed circuit board terminating ends of the contacts is mounted parallel to the panel allowing conductors to be terminated on an insulation displacement strip located on the board terminal in a direction perpendicular to the board and the jack mounting panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 11, 1997
    Assignee: Molex Incorporated
    Inventor: Howard Reynolds
  • Patent number: 5685734
    Abstract: A universally adaptable battery charger connector which couples electrically a battery charger outlet to pairs of terminals of different types and kinds of rechargeable battery devices. The universal adaptable battery charger includes an attachment arrangement for engaging releasably one of the pairs of battery device terminals. The attachment arrangement includes a pair of electrodes coupled electrically to a battery charger outlet for helping to supply electrical current to the battery device terminals. The universal connector also includes a securing device for mounting removably on the battery device to be charged. Each one of the electrodes includes a resilient contact for pressing resiliently into engagement with the terminals to maintain an electrical and mechanical contact between the securing device and the battery device terminals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 1994
    Date of Patent: November 11, 1997
    Assignee: HM Electronics, Inc.
    Inventor: Donald A. Kutz
  • Patent number: 5685748
    Abstract: For a unilaterally contacting contact spring for electric connectors, it is proposed to influence the contact force of the spring limb by means of an adjusting spring which acts upon the spring limb. As a result, a high contact pressure is already achieved upon slight deflection of the spring limb and, upon maximum deflection, the characteristic curve of the spring presents a flatter shape so that the contact force does not assume excessively high values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 11, 1997
    Assignee: Harting Elektronik GmbH
    Inventors: Dietmar Harting, Gunter Pape, Karin Forster
  • Patent number: 5683268
    Abstract: A stackable splice module adapted to engage and mount to additional stackable splice modules to form an electrical connector for pairs of wires, the stackable splice module including an upper portion and a lower portion. A series of indexing teeth are formed along the length of the upper portion, defining wire receiving passages therebetween. Contact elements are mounted within the stackable splice modules, each having an upper end that projects into the teeth of the upper portion of its stackable splice module. The contact elements each include a wire receiving slot aligned with a wire receiving passage of the upper portion and which engages in the insulated wires to establish contact therewith. Lower ends of each contact element project into the lower portions of the splice modules and each include contact slots adapted to engage and receive a contact member of an upper end of a contact element of an additional splice module being stacked thereunder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 4, 1997
    Assignee: Lucent Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Robert G. Drach, Kar Lan Kam
  • Patent number: 5679019
    Abstract: A waterproof tap cover for use in a waterproof connector which prevents a waterproof tap from being damaged when a terminal metal member is removed from a connector housing in the waterproof connector. The waterproof tap, which is formed of rubber and includes a plurality of insertion holes respectively formed so as to oppose a plurality of terminal storage chambers formed in the connector housing, is fitted with the rear portion of the connector housing, and the waterproof tap is fixed by the waterproof tap cover which has a plurality of through holes corresponding to the insertion holes. Chamfered escape recesses are formed in the hole edge portions of the through holes adjacent the waterproof tap in order to accommodate ridge portions of the waterproof tap when the terminals are withdrawn from the connector housing so that the connector can be resealed when the terminals are inserted again.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 21, 1997
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Hitoshi Sakai, Hitoshi Saito, Toshinori Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 5679026
    Abstract: A header adapter which is a separately molded part and which is designed to be secured to receiving portions of the header and pulse generator case of an implantable cardiac stimulation device, such as a pacemaker or implantable cardioverter-defibrillator, in order to provide a different lead connector port configuration than that provided by the header of the device. The header adapter has a plurality of adapter lead connector ports and a plurality of lead connectors affixed to a rear portion (mounting side) thereof. The lead connectors extend outwardly from the rear portion of the header adapter, and are insertable into corresponding lead connector ports of the header of the implantable cardiac stimulation device to which the header adapter is to be secured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 21, 1997
    Assignee: Ventritex, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric S. Fain, Timothy A. Fayram
  • Patent number: 5676556
    Abstract: A lever-coupling type connector includes a pair of one and other connector housings to be fit into each other; a lever rotatably supported by the one connector housing and having a guiding groove; the other connector housing having an introducing protrusion to be engaged with the guiding groove; wherein the lever has a locking hook protruded from its supporting shaft, and the one connector housing includes an elastic locking piece having an elastic step to be engaged with the locking hook when the lever is rotated in a direction of coupling both connector housings. The lever is urged in an anti-fitting direction by the elastic force of the elastic locking piece in a state where both connector housings are completed fit into each other. This permits the state of semi-fitting of both connector housings to be easily recognized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 14, 1997
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Noboru Yamaguchi, Hiroki Takahashi
  • Patent number: 5676566
    Abstract: The multimedia outlet of the present invention exhibits a combination of form and function. The outlet provides six openings for various telecommunicating connectors that provide for up to 12 ports of mixed media or up to 24 fiber optic ports. Also, provided is a cable management arrangement complying with industry standards specifications. The form of the outlet, having inwardly angled sides allows for "true" gravity feed connections, which are desirable. The outlet also includes multiple cable access/raceway knockout ports and a concealed labeling system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 14, 1997
    Assignee: The Siemon Company
    Inventors: Robert C. Carlson, Jr., John A. Siemon
  • Patent number: 5672067
    Abstract: An electrical connector for mating with a second complementary connector, wherein the electrical connector comprises a camming slide incorporated therein that cooperates with the complementary connector to draw the connector pair together, where in response to mating displacement of the camming slide, a camming lug is driven along a camming slot and in response to de-mating displacement of the camming slide, the camming lug is driven oppositely along the camming slot the connector being characterized in that in response to the mating displacement the camming lug is driven along a first camming surface and in response to the de-mating displacement the camming lug is driven along a second camming surface. The improved camming slide providing for the greatest mechanical advantage where needed in both the mating and de-mating strokes of the camming slide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 30, 1997
    Assignee: The Whitaker Corporation
    Inventors: Jurgen Ryll, Michael Schwager
  • Patent number: 5672062
    Abstract: Connectors are provided for propagation of electrical signals in a plurality of closely spaced propagation paths, such as between circuits connected to conductive pads of circuit boards, each circuit presenting a certain characteristic impedance at a pad connected thereto. For example, each connector includes a plurality of resilient and electrically conductive signal-propagating interconnect means having opposite ends engageable with conductive pads on a pair of the circuit boards. The interconnect means are supported by insulating means of a support structure which also provides conductive ground means in adjacent relation to the conductive interconnect means. The conductive ground means are arranged for connection to grounding elements of the circuit boards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 1994
    Date of Patent: September 30, 1997
    Assignee: Labinal Components and Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard Jay Lindeman
  • Patent number: 5672084
    Abstract: An electrical socket contact which is connectable to a pin contact by insertion movement of the pin contact into the socket contact in an insertion direction. The socket contact includes: a body portion having elements for securing the socket contact in an opening in a receptacle housing so that the body portion is fixed in position in the receptacle; a first beam cantilevered to the body portion; a second beam having a proximal end cantilevered to the first beam and having a distal end spaced a distance from the first beam in a direction away from the first beam and parallel to the insertion direction; a first contact element located at the distal end of the second beam; a support arm secured to the proximal end of the second beam and having a distal end spaced a distance from the proximal end of the second beam in a direction away from the first beam and parallel to the insertion direction; and a second contact element located at the distal end of the support arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 30, 1997
    Assignee: Elco Corporation
    Inventor: Steven Feldman
  • Patent number: 5667400
    Abstract: An obliquely disposed insulation displacement contact for the communication and data transfer. Wires having a lower rigidity than a copper wire of 0.4 mm diameter can also be contacted, and the insulation displacement contact to be provided is intended to fit into the previously used receiving portions of housings, without reducing the rigidity of the insulation displacement contact. This is achieved by opposingly providing angles, bending or parallely displacing contact parts towards outside the contact zones of the contact legs in the area of the contact slot or by cut-free portions of the contact zones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 16, 1997
    Assignee: Krone Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Andreas Janczak, Dieter Gerke
  • Patent number: 5667396
    Abstract: A memory card connector includes a pair of guide frames and a connector head. The ejection mechanism of the memory card connector comprises a top cover plate that has a pair of arms each extending from one end thereof for engaging one corresponding pair of guide frames. The top cover plate has a pair of guide rings each located at one end thereof and a guide sliding space formed between the guide rings. A rocker lever has a pivotal hole approximately at the center, and a guide containing opening is formed at one end. A push-out plate has a pair of sliding recessions and a pair of card pushing edges, wherein each pushing edge is located adjacent one end thereof and a guide rod formed between the sliding recession. A push rod has a rocker lever engaging slot at one end thereof. The pivotal hole of the rocker lever receives one of the guide ring shaft formed by the guide rings. The guide containing opening receives the guide rod of the push-out plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 16, 1997
    Assignee: Tongrand Limited
    Inventors: H. T. Pan, Chu-Mei Chen, Ming-Yow Hon
  • Patent number: 5667414
    Abstract: A plug connector for contacting a device, having a plurality of contacts and comprising flat plugs, includes a combination of a lockable flat plug sleeve and an insulation displacement contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 16, 1997
    Assignee: Stocko Metallwarenfabriken Henkels & Sohn GmbH & Co.
    Inventor: Sami Karacora
  • Patent number: 5667395
    Abstract: A communication card and the structure of a jack therefor. The end face of the card is provided with a slit-like aperture. Into the aperture there is inserted a base plate having a thickness smaller than the width of the aperture so as to allow insertion into the interior of the card and removal from the card. The base plate is provided with a notch directed to the outside when viewed from the card. The notch passes through the base plate in the direction of its thickness. The jack is formed by utilizing this notch. The plug, on the other hand, is of a rectangular parellelpiped shape and is electrically coupled to a cord. The inner surface of the notch is configured so as to be able to receive the plug. When the plug is inserted, the notch receives and holds the plug. At that time, the notch receives and holds the plug in such a manner that the direction of the longest edge among the edges of the plug, or the extending direction of the cord is parallel to the major planes of the card.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 16, 1997
    Assignee: Murata Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masanobu Okada, Katsuo Ito