Patents Examined by Eugene F. Desmond
  • Patent number: 5484308
    Abstract: A data communications outlet kit is shown comprising a mounting frame, an outlet connector module and an external outlet cover. The outlet connector module comprises a housing, an edge connector and a connector insert, whereby the edge connector is for electrical connection between a data communications cable and the insert and the insert is for making electrical connection between the edge connector and an external connector, such as a modular plug. The outlet connector housing comprises an outlet housing box integrally molded to an outlet box cover by thin breakable webs, and to the cover are integrally molded two strain relief means that can be broken off the cover, one for a smaller cable diameter range and the other for a larger cable diameter range. Tapered pegs provisionally support the strain relief means to the cover while mounting the cover to the rear of the outlet housing box, engaging in holes in the strain relief means such that the strain relief means can be held thereon with a wedge effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 16, 1996
    Assignee: The Whitaker Corporation
    Inventors: Klaus-Peter Gotz, Rainer Schwan, Gunter Feldmeier
  • Patent number: 5458510
    Abstract: An integrally formed, longitudinally extending, generally planar electrical contact has an arcuate, contact engaging forward portion, a rear, tail end portion and an intermediate portion with an upwardly extending contact housing engaging member and at least one downwardly extending contact positioning member. The electrical contact is designed to fit into a housing to produce a genderless electrical connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 17, 1995
    Assignee: High Voltage Engineering Corporation
    Inventors: Urs F. Nager, Jr., Richard L. Eby
  • Patent number: 5451171
    Abstract: An electric plug with a remote strain relief sleeve displaced along the electric cord from the plug body and connected to the plug body by a pair of rails attached to the plug body and the strain relief sleeve. The rails include opposing and alternating V-shaped grooves to provide flexibility. A tough, flexible insert molded within the rails adds strength without taking away flexibility. An arc in the cord between the plug body and the strain relief sleeve provides a force to bend the cord near the plug head while at the same time provide some slack to take up slippage of the copper wires within the cord.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 1994
    Date of Patent: September 19, 1995
    Assignee: Raige Manufacturing Inc.
    Inventor: Robert G. Dickie
  • Patent number: 5447455
    Abstract: An electrical assembly for terminating magnet wire and the like has a housing with contact receiving cavities provided therein. The contact receiving cavities have separate support members which are positioned adjacent to respective side walls of the contact receiving cavities. The support members cooperate with the wires and the contacts to provide an effective and reliable electrical connection between the wires and the contacts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 1993
    Date of Patent: September 5, 1995
    Assignee: The Whitaker Corporation
    Inventor: Hartmuth G. F. Plosser
  • Patent number: 5447451
    Abstract: The invention features a strip of terminals formed from a single piece of sheet stock. The terminals have a clamp portion connected through a spring section to a base so that the clamp portion is positioned above the base is pressed down and locked against the base to engage a tab of flexible sheet with a conductive surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 1994
    Date of Patent: September 5, 1995
    Assignee: Ark-Les Corporation
    Inventor: Julian J. Bishop
  • Patent number: 5445544
    Abstract: A wire end-sleeve consisting of a front cylindrical metal sleeve (2) and a rear injection-moulded plastic collar (4). In order to be able to insert two conductors (10,11) into a wire end-sleeve (1), the inside cross-section of the plastic collar (4) is oval and designed to be capable of taking two conductors (10,11) side by side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 29, 1995
    Assignees: GLW- Elektrotechnische Bauteile-Kunststoffverarbeitung GmbH, Zoller & Froehlich GmbH
    Inventors: Bruno Weiland, Herbert Leonhardt, deceased, Claus Geier, Hans Froehlich
  • Patent number: 5445538
    Abstract: An electrical connector is provided for the termination of jacketed multi-conductor electrical cable. The connector includes a connector housing defining a first bounded opening which permits passage of the cable therethrough. The cable strain relief device is positioned adjacent the first bounded opening of the housing. The cable strain relief device includes first and second hermaphroditic strain relief members for securing the cable therebetween. The first strain relief member is fixedly positioned within the housing and the second strain relief member is movably supported with respect to the first strain relief member. The first and second strain relief members define a fully bounded opening surrounding the cable. The first and second strain relief members are movable so as to reduce the size of the seconded bounded opening for frictionally securing the cable thereat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 29, 1995
    Assignee: Thomas & Betts Corporation
    Inventors: Julio F. Rodrigues, Paul J. Bartholomew, Timothy S. Bowman, Gary L. Lowery
  • Patent number: 5443393
    Abstract: This invention aims to temporarily lock and smoothly couple and detach a lever type connector. After a hood 13 is opposed to a fitting portion 12a, the hood 13 is inserted into the fitting portion 12a, so that a lock portion 29 is clamped between an upper engaging projection 23 and a lower engaging projection 22. Then, a female connector housing 12 is temporarily locked in a male connector housing 11. At this time, a cam follower boss 20 is inserted into a cam groove 17 in an actuating lever 16 and both the housings 11 and 12 are coupled by turning the lever 16. In order to detach the housings from a coupled position, the lever 16 is turned from the coupled position to a detached position. Even if the female connector housing 12 is extracted from a right side area in the case that an extraction resistance at a left side area is larger than that at the right side area, the housing 12 abuts on the lower engaging projection 22b at the right area, thereby correcting an inclined posture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 22, 1995
    Assignee: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hitoshi Okumura, Osamu Taniuchi
  • Patent number: 5443392
    Abstract: A shielded transfer system is disposed on a back panel printed wiring board and has a strip body with partitions subdividing the strip body into individual rectangular chambers of equal size for receiving cable plugs having a shielding housing with a rectangular cross section. A shielding device for the cable plugs includes additional function elements disposed in the strip body for performing assigned functions, in particular for guiding, contacting, encoding and locking the cable plugs. The additional function elements are constructed and disposed for permitting the rectangular cable plugs with a plug cross section of a certain unit size and smaller rectangular cable plugs with a plug cross section being one-half and one-fourth of the plug cross section of the unit size, to be selectively inserted into the chambers of the strip body, while preserving and utilizing all of the functions of the additional function elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 22, 1995
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Jacques Longueville, Albert Hoolhorst
  • Patent number: 5441430
    Abstract: A clip lead is provided for soldering to and supporting a first substrate vertically on a second substrate which may be horizontal. The terminal end of the clip is configured to form a stable support for the substrate during soldering in a vertical position to the second substrate by being bent at right angles to and extending under the first substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 15, 1995
    Assignee: North American Specialties Corporation
    Inventor: Jack Seidler
  • Patent number: 5441429
    Abstract: A solder-bearing lead adapted to be soldered to a conductive surface comprises an elongated body portion having a solder-bearing portion, a terminal portion, and a middle portion disposed between said solder-bearing portion and said terminal portion. The solder-bearing portion carries a solder mass either on a pair of projections extending from one edge of said body portion and forming a gap therebetween dimensioned to receive a solder mass, or on one or both of the opposed faces of said solder-bearing portion. A region of the middle portion is twisted or the projections are bent so that the solder-bearing portion lies in a plane substantially perpendicular to the plane of the terminal portion. The solder-bearing lead can be used as an edge clip for mounting a substrate such as a printed circuit board, or as a surface-mounted lead for a substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 15, 1995
    Assignee: North American Specialties Corporation
    Inventor: Jack Seidler
  • Patent number: 5441416
    Abstract: A telescoping electrical connector for an automotive vehicle to provide an electrical connection between a vehicle stationary object and a vehicle moveable object includes a first connector member electrically connected to a vehicle stationary object mounted to vehicle structure and a second connector member electrically connected to a vehicle moveable object moveable relative to the vehicle stationary object, the first and second connector members telescopingly engage each other to provide an electrical connection between and allow electrical power to flow between the vehicle stationary object and the vehicle moveable object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 15, 1995
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: Kenneth J. Gajewski, Ralph T. Nichols
  • Patent number: 5437561
    Abstract: A connector for attaching a heat sink or other device to a circuit board comprising an attachment portion for connecting to the device, the attachment portion having a pair of legs, each with a projection on its end, the legs being spring-biased so that once the projections pass through the hole, the projections expand and engage the surface of the board or edges of the holes opposite the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 1, 1995
    Assignee: Aavid Engineering, Inc.
    Inventors: George F. Earl, Jack Churchill, Jeffrey J. Panek, Allen F. Hillman, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5435755
    Abstract: A multiple bus fuse tube is secured between the conductor tabs of an outlet prong in a plug connector and is urged outwardly by a spring to permit rotation of the tube and sequentially expose a separate connection point of each bus into electrical connection with a conductor tab, thereby permitting a single fuse tube to be utilized several times before replacement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 25, 1995
    Inventors: Ming-Chyan Chien, Lai-Sheng Lee
  • Patent number: 5433629
    Abstract: To provide a female terminal in which the strength of an electrical contact portion of a tubular shape having a rectangular cross-section is enhanced, thereby preventing the terminal from being deformed during the manufacture of the terminal. In the female terminal, ears of a contact spring piece, provided within the electrical contact portion of a tubular shape having a rectangular cross-section, are engaged respectively in window holes formed respectively in side walls of the electrical contact portion. Elongate reinforcement projections or reinforcement grooves subjected to work hardening are provided at the side walls of the electrical contact portion, and extend in a direction of the height of the side walls, the projections or the grooves being provided on opposite sides of each of the window holes, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 18, 1995
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Sakai Yagi, Keishi Jinno
  • Patent number: 5433628
    Abstract: A sealing mechanism for a connector and a method of producing a connector wherein undesirable invasion of water and oil from terminals in an earth connector, an engine connector or the like can reliably be prevented. A sealing mechanism for a connector is constructed such that a plurality of transversely extending grooves are formed on the opposite surfaces of an embedding portion of a terminal extending outside of a wall portion of a connector housing 1, and the connector housing and the terminal are molded integral with each other in the presence of a sealable coating agent applied to the embedding portion. A method of producing a connector is practiced by way of the steps of applying a sealable coating agent to an embedding portion of a terminal extending from a connector housing, and Subsequently, molding the connector housing integral with the terminal in the presence of the sealable coating agent applied to the embedding portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 1993
    Date of Patent: July 18, 1995
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Keiko Sadaishi, Kazuhiro Morishita, Toshiaki Hasegawa
  • Patent number: 5431570
    Abstract: A latch for removably securing one of a plurality of different accessories to an automobile is described. The latch includes a mounting structure which is permanently installed on the vehicle in a manner which assures that the static and dynamic loading expected by reason of the differing accessories are supported by the vehicle. The latch also provides electrical feed-through for accessories that might need the same, and remote and/or locking securance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 1993
    Date of Patent: July 11, 1995
    Assignee: Sport Rack Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew H. Gibbs, Douglas P. Gibbs
  • Patent number: 5431586
    Abstract: An electrical connector has a modular nose or modular noses. The modular nose can be interlocked with the housing or can be interlocked with other noses and the housing or only with other noses. The interlocking is provided by projections extending laterally from opposite sides of the nose. These projections engage correspondingly shaped notches in adjacent noses or in adjacent portions of housings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 1993
    Date of Patent: July 11, 1995
    Assignee: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventors: Daniel E. Klas, Regina L. Tipton
  • Patent number: 5429523
    Abstract: An ejector is provided for ejecting a daughtercard from an elongated slot formed in an electrical connector socket housing. The ejector includes a body having a mechanism for ejecting an end of the daughtercard adjacent the ejector out of the elongated slot upon movement of the ejector relative to the socket housing. The body is also formed to include first and second crimp surfaces for engaging an end edge of the daughtercard to stabilize the daughtercard in the socket. A mechanism is also provided for biasing the ejector body in a direction toward the daughtercard to hold the first and second crimp surfaces against the daughtercard. The first and second crimp surfaces are preferably convergent to accommodate daughtercards having various lengths and thicknesses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 1993
    Date of Patent: July 4, 1995
    Assignee: Robinson Nugent, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert J. Tondreault
  • Patent number: 5427541
    Abstract: An electrical connector assembly which is adaptive to accommodate variations in the diameters of, and in the spacing between, pins with which it mates. The sockets of the assembly are formed with elongated fingers which deflect for larger diameter pins and are mounted to the connector housing in such a way that they have limited freedom of movement orthogonally to the longitudinal axes of the sockets to accept variations in the pin spacing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 1994
    Date of Patent: June 27, 1995
    Assignee: Rocal Corporation
    Inventor: Nicholas A. Calio