Patents Examined by David Pirlot
  • Patent number: 4932886
    Abstract: A parallelepiped housing is open on one side and has a face plate moveable toward and away from the rear wall. A movable support holding electrical contacts is provided to receive the blade of a plug. An articulated arm assembly having a free end extending inwardly and bendible on movement of the face plate rearwardly is mounted on the moveable support to occlude the contact in the absence of the insertion of the blade, or in the presence of a blade, to proceed through the hole in the blade and into a channel thereby locking the blade in the slot, or in the insertion of a foreign object to prevent movement of the moveable support. The housing includes electrical contact means fixedly located to the rear of the electrical contact for connection to a source of current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 1988
    Date of Patent: June 12, 1990
    Inventor: Jeffrey E. Glaser
  • Patent number: 4932876
    Abstract: An adapter for removably mounting electronic components on a circuit board or the like is disclosed which includes an insulating base having a plurality of holes extending therethrough, with a plurality of contacts disposed within the holes. Each contact includes a board-engaging section which extends from the base for compliantly engaging a hole in the circuit board. Each contact further includes a base-engaging section which resiliently engages a hole within the base, with the base-engaging section strongly engaging the adapter base to provide for essentially permanent placement therein. Each contact further includes a component end including means for mating with a component placed in contact therewith, which means may comprise solder on the component-facing side of the component end of the contact. Typically, a component will be placed on the base with mating conductive strips in contact with the component ends of the contacts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 1988
    Date of Patent: June 12, 1990
    Assignee: North American Specialties Corporation
    Inventor: Jack Seidler
  • Patent number: 4932898
    Abstract: A right-angle termination for a coaxial conductor is described, which has an access aperture that provides good access for soldering the inner conductor of the termination device to the inner conductor of a coaxial cable, and which enables rapid and easy closure of the access aperture. A sleeve is slideably mounted about the outer conductor of the termination device, to slide between an open position away from the access aperture, and a closed position over the access aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 1989
    Date of Patent: June 12, 1990
    Assignee: ITT Corporation
    Inventors: David S. Goodman, Herve G. Bricaud, Henry S. Heath
  • Patent number: 4929188
    Abstract: A microminiature coaxial connector is described. The connector comprises a male half and a female half and an annular electrical spring contact member which functions to provide continuous annular outer conductor electrical contact and RFI suppression. The annular spring member provides continuous annular outer conductor contact between facing surfaces at said male and female surfaces even during slight conductor misalignment. The spring is retained on said female member by a groove adjacent the outer end thereof, the outer end thereof is tapered away from a collar defining the outer end of the groove towards its axis, and the male member is at least 5% larger in diameter than the diameter of said female member adjacent the collar and said spring member extends at least 5% beyond the diameter of said collar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 1989
    Date of Patent: May 29, 1990
    Assignee: M/A-Com Omni Spectra, Inc.
    Inventors: Gene Lionetto, Stephen Brown
  • Patent number: 4929190
    Abstract: An insulation displacement connector comprises an insulative material body in which is a generally tubular metal contact member. This includes two at least part-cylindrical shell members of which one is a floating shell member and extends circumferentially cantilever fashion from a root generatrix. It is elastically deformable in the radial direction relative to this root generatrix. Respective inner and outer lips on the shell member define a slit extending around at least part of the circumference of the contact member. A barrel member rotatable about an axis of the connector forces an electrical conductor into the slit. At least in an unstressed condition of the connector, there is peripheral clearance between the floating shell member and the insulative material body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 1988
    Date of Patent: May 29, 1990
    Assignee: Arnould Fabrique d'Appareillage Electrique
    Inventors: Jean-Louis Gonon, Pierre Moulin
  • Patent number: 4927387
    Abstract: A method and connector device for connecting insulated wire cable to another device is provided. The connector device includes a housing having an array of bifurcated connector disposed in a preselected pattern. The cable wires are completely stripped of the insulation at locations corresponding to the pattern of the connectors. The wires are then pushed into the connectors transversely to slidingly and frictionally engage the wires. The wires are pushed into this engagement by a cover which coacts with the housing to insulate the wires and their connectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 1988
    Date of Patent: May 22, 1990
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Donald F. Eckler, John R. Mankus, Francis J. Ripp, George J. Saxenmeyer Jr.
  • Patent number: 4927365
    Abstract: Apparatus is described for providing an electrical conduction path between two contact locations rotatable one with respect to the other. A flat ribbon cable having at least two electrical conductors and being wound in the manner of a spring, is firmly attached at its respective ends to the contact locations. To protect the flat ribbon cable from kinking and mechanical damage at each of such ends, each end portion thereof is folded across an immediately adjacent portion and a stabilizer connection assembly is positioned to extend about both such portions. Each such assembly is comprised of a protective sheath of flexible insulating material positioned closely about the folded end portion; an angular attachment of molded insulating material, including a clamping segment and a ribbon-shaped, sheath segment extending at an angle one to the other; and a means for locking the clamping segment in a compressed condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 1989
    Date of Patent: May 22, 1990
    Assignee: Kabelmetal Electro GmbH
    Inventors: Friedrich Schauer, Manfred Wolff
  • Patent number: 4927374
    Abstract: A two part cylindrical connector having resilient collet fingers on one connector engagable with a cylindrical ridge on the other connector are disclosed. An outer shiftable sleeve secures the collet fingers in engagement with the cylindrical ridge when the shiftable sleeve is in an extended position. The shiftable sleeve is spring loaded relative to an inner core. The shiftable sleeve is assembled to the inner core with the spring between inner core and the shiftable sleeve. The inner core is then rotated relative to the inner core until anti-rotation surfaces on the interior of the shiftable sleeve and the exterior of the inner core engage to prevent further rotation. When these anti-rotation members engage, the springs are positioned so that they are confined between the shiftable sleeve and the inner core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 1989
    Date of Patent: May 22, 1990
    Assignee: AMP Incorporated
    Inventor: William Batty
  • Patent number: 4927384
    Abstract: A transition block for interconnecting flat undercarpet power cable to round conductor power cable has stackable terminal blocks each having an electrical terminal mounted therein. The conductors of the multiconductor power cable can be separated and folded such that each cable is vertically aligned with the other. Insertion of the cable into the terminal blocks and forcing the terminal blocks together causes an insulation displacement portion within the terminal block to pierce the insulation of the flat cable. A poke through type terminal is mounted adjacent to, and electrically continuous with, the insulation displacement portion for electrically interconnecting flat cable to round cable. The assembled terminal blocks are profiled for installation within the standard wall mounted junction box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 1989
    Date of Patent: May 22, 1990
    Assignee: AMP Incorporated
    Inventor: Reginald A. Bates
  • Patent number: 4925398
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a connector which comprises a female housing and a male housing to be fitted to said female housing for electrical connection therebetween. The connector has a locking structure including a locking arm having a locking edge portion provided on one of the housings and a locking projection provided on the other housing. The locking arm is flexibly supported on either the female or male housing and the locking projection is provided so as to be locked with the locking edge portion when the female and male housings are properly fitted together. The locking projection is constructed so as to camber the locking arm when the male housing is inserted into the female housing, thereby causing a restoring force to be generated in the locking arm. Further, the locking structure includes a member for increasing the restoring force to secure the fitting between the locking edge portion and locking projection without increasing the force required to disengage the locking structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 1988
    Date of Patent: May 15, 1990
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Masakuni Samejima, Kiyohito Fukuda, Mitsuru Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 4923310
    Abstract: A distributing connector includes a collective receptacle having a plurality of unit receptacle connectors, and plug connectors to be fitted in the unit receptacle connectors, respectively. The distributing connector includes a U-shaped plug connector receiving cover for receiving bases of the plug connectors, and a U-shaped back cover for receiving wires. The receiving cover has openings for receiving fitting portions of the plug connectors arranged correspondingly to the unit receptacle connectors of the collective receptacle and back cover mounting ribs along outer edges of an opening of the U-shaped cover. The back cover has grooves along outer edges of an opening of the U-shaped back cover for receiving said back cover mounting ribs of the plug connector receiving cover and plug connector retaining ribs along inner edges of said opening of the U-shaped back cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 1989
    Date of Patent: May 8, 1990
    Assignees: Daiichi Denshi Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha, Iwatsu Electrical Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshichika Sekiguchi, Hideaki Kodama
  • Patent number: 4923410
    Abstract: A low permittivity connector for providing a plurality of contacts disposed substantially parallel at predetermined spacings relative to each other. Ribbon-type conductors are disposed on a low-permittivity dielectric sheet and exposed on at least one side of the sheet. Wires are contacting respective ribbon-type conductors, disposed in a longitudinal direction relative to the conductors, and projecting as pins from an edge at one end of the low-permittivity dielectric sheet. A housing holds the low-permittivity dielectric sheet, the ribbon-type conductors, and the wires by way of joining sheets and having openings in the area of the ribbon-type conductors at a second end of the low-permittivity sheet for allowing insertion of pins projected from a like connector. A flat cable comprises a plurality of wires formed of a hard cord covered by a conductive layer, plurality of ribbon-type contacts contacting respective wires and a sheet which supports the ribbon-type contacts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 1989
    Date of Patent: May 8, 1990
    Assignee: Junkosha Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hirosuke Suzuki
  • Patent number: 4921436
    Abstract: A jack type electrical connector, preferably for use in a telephone wiring system, comprising an insulative base module having embedded therein a plurality of elongated metal spring contacts. Each such contact includes a recess, aligned with a through hole in said base module, which is elastically expanded upon insertion therein of a barrel type terminal to exert a retention force on said barrel type terminal while electrically connecting said barrel type terminal to said metal circuits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 1989
    Date of Patent: May 1, 1990
    Assignee: AMP Incorporated
    Inventors: Xavier C. Sole, Luis B. Roses
  • Patent number: 4919622
    Abstract: A clip-type electrical terminal has a base and at least two substantially parallel resilient cantilever beam members attached to the base and longitudinally projecting outwardly therefrom, the beam members being elongated in the direction of their projections from the base. The beam members are separated to form a gap therebetween and to define facing inner edges thereof. The beam members define outer ends of the terminal, which outer ends form a notch having a first pair of beam member edge portions that form a funnel-like angle defining a guide channel. A second pair of beam member edge portions are contiguous with the first-mentioned edge portions, such that the guide channel is coextensive with at least a portion of the gap formed between the beam members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 1989
    Date of Patent: April 24, 1990
    Assignee: Reliance Comm/Tex Corporation
    Inventor: Louis Suffi
  • Patent number: 4919628
    Abstract: A tab receptacle terminal consisting of a rectangular box having an end opening through which a male tab terminal can be inserted to make contact with fixed beams, parallel to the male terminal insertion axis, formed in the top of the box and protruding downwardly to engage one side of the male terminal. A cantilever beam member is formed between the top and bottom of the box and contacts the other side of the male terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 1989
    Date of Patent: April 24, 1990
    Assignee: Interlock Corporation
    Inventors: Dewey F. Mobley, Robert G. Peterson, Sr., James E. Mergless
  • Patent number: 4917631
    Abstract: A connector for microwave transmission lines having inner and outer conductors, separated by a dielectric layer. The connector comprises a contact ring surrounding and in physical and electrical contact with the outer conductor. A first end of the contact ring, the outer conductor and the dielectric layer all terminate in a common plane. In one embodiment, the second end of the contact ring extends for a distance between the outer conductor and a wire shield in the cable. In another embodiment, the contact ring engages the outer conductor at one cavity, and engages the outer surface of the shield at a concentric cavity of a larger diameter. A clamp nut movably surrounds the shield along at least the portion of the shield which surrounds the second end of the contact ring and a connector shell removably engageable with the clamp nut surrounds at least the portion of the clamp nut which surrounds the wire shield.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 1988
    Date of Patent: April 17, 1990
    Assignee: UTI Corporation
    Inventors: Ronald A. Souders, Jorge L. Cabrera
  • Patent number: 4917620
    Abstract: A waterproof electrical connector. The waterproof electrical connector is comprised of a male connector housing and the female connector housing. The male connector housing has an annular enclosure around an outer periphery thereof to form an annular cavity therebetween. A seal ring is inserted into the annular cavity. The above-mentioned seal ring has a first section of smaller wall thickness to leave a space, when inserted into the cavity, forwardly opening and a second section of larger wall thickness extending rearwardly of said first section to resiliently press fit the annular enclosure, the end wall and the outer periphery. The female connector housing has a sleeve formed forwardly of an outer periphery thereof and adapted to be inserted into said space. Due to the existence of the second section of larger wall thickness in the seal ring, the turning over thereof which takes place at the time of engaging and disengaging the prior art waterproof connector is prevented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 1988
    Date of Patent: April 17, 1990
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Masakuni Samejima, Kiyohito Fukuda, Mitsuru Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 4917633
    Abstract: A separable connection device between a conducting lug and at least one connecting wire. The device includes means for providing an electric connection between at least one jumper cable wire having a conducting core surrounded by an insulating sheath and a conducting clamp. The conducting clamp is formed with at least one cutting slit adapted for cutting the sheath of the wire during the introduction of said wire in the slit and establishing a contact with the wire conducting core. Additional means are provided for providing the electric connection between the clamp and the lug, and means for causing the progressive engagement of the clamp on the wire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 1988
    Date of Patent: April 17, 1990
    Assignee: Centre National D'Etudes des Telecommunications
    Inventor: Albert Lacoste
  • Patent number: 4917632
    Abstract: An electrical connector is disclosed having an elongated conductor housing of non-conducting material with two electrical connector conductors embedded in and extending lengthwise of the housing. Each connector conductor has a socket at one end and a pin at the other. A sleeve of elastic material positioned on the housing so that a portion of the housing extends beyond the sleeve to serve as a male plug and a portion of the sleeve extends beyond the other end of the housing to combine with the housing to form a female plug. The sleeve has an integral elongated boot in the side through which a geophone cable extends. The conductors of the geophone cable are connected to the conductors embedded in the housing of the connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 1989
    Date of Patent: April 17, 1990
    Assignee: Shaw Industries Ltd.
    Inventor: J. David Smith
  • Patent number: 4917629
    Abstract: An electrical connector to which insulated conductors of a multiconductor cable are connected by insulation piercing, which includes an insulation housing having a front recess and a rear recess; a plurality of contacts arranged in the insulation housing so that their contacting sections are exposed in the front recess and their piercing sections project upwardly in the rear recess; and a guide block disposed in the rear recess and having a lateral slot in which the insulated conductors are arranged side by side at regular intervals, a plurality of vertical slots into which the piercing sections are inserted, and a deformation groove provided behind the vertical slots for securing the insulated conductors to the guide block when it is deformed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 1989
    Date of Patent: April 17, 1990
    Assignee: Hirose Electric Co, Ltd.
    Inventors: Shuichi Matsuzaki, Shigeru Kikuta