Patents Examined by Harshad Patel
  • Patent number: 9843125
    Abstract: An electrical connector includes a unitary base elongated along a longitudinal direction. A first tongue extends forwardly from the base and has a uniform thickness along the longitudinal direction. The first tongue comprises a plurality of spaced apart first contacts. A second tongue extends forwardly from the base and comprises a plurality of spaced apart second contacts. The first and second tongues define a gap therebetween that extends from a front edge of one of the first and second tongues toward the unitary base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Vincent Tan, Kok Hoe Lee, Rao L. Vittapalli, YunLong Qiao, Saujit Bandhu
  • Patent number: 9835192
    Abstract: A fastener includes a head, a shaft, and a pressure pad. The head has an outer surface for engaging a drive tool. The shaft has an outer surface including a threaded portion. The pressure pad has a breakaway portion with a torque limit connecting the pressure pad to the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventor: Kevin Normand Castonguay
  • Patent number: 9837773
    Abstract: An electrical connector includes a plurality of connector units each having a base, a first pin, a second pin, and a soldering pad. The connector units may be linked together to form an array of connector units by a plurality of bridges that connect the bases of successive connector units. The bases of the connector units may be embedded in a plastic carrier material. The bridges and the portions of the bases to which the bridges connect may be positioned in the carrier unit such that they may be cut away from the rest of the electrical connector. The soldering pads and soldering ports of the first pins are configured to be soldered to a printed circuit board, resulting in two rows of electrically independent pins soldered to a single printed circuit board. A housing may be used to isolate the circuit board from forces applied to the pins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Danlaw, Inc.
    Inventors: Eugenijus Sumskas, Henry Hengzhi Yang
  • Patent number: 9831600
    Abstract: Variable-force contacts that may provide a large and stable contact force in a mated state, may provide a large difference in contact force between the mated and an unmated state, and may reduce stray flux in an unmated state. Examples may replace physical springs with magnetic force for improved reliability. These examples may position the magnets to reduce stray flux in an unmated state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Apple, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael E. Leclerc, David H. Narajowski, Brett W. Degner
  • Patent number: 9831597
    Abstract: Connectors that are able to withstand force and are easy to manufacture. The connectors may include connecting portions that may move relative to other portions of the connectors to absorb force. The connectors may be designed to partially break in order to protect devices that may be connected to. The connectors may be further designed to break in a controlled manner to prevent springs or other components that may be under compression from being dislodged from the connectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Mahmoud R. Amini, Mani Razaghi Kashani, Peter J. Cameron
  • Patent number: 9831616
    Abstract: A connector (10) includes a main body (30) having a mounting plate (31) to be mounted on a body of a vehicle and a fitting (32) that penetrates through the mounting plate (31) in a front-back direction and a display plate (50) mounted on an outer peripheral side of the connector fitting (32) and on a front side of the mounting plate (31). The display plate (50) includes a display (52), a receptacle (53) provided to be open backward from the display (52) and a light source unit (70) having a light source configured to irradiate the display (52) with light from behind and to be locked from behind by the mounting plate (31) in a state accommodated in the receptacle (53).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: SUMITOMO WIRING SYSTEMS, LTD.
    Inventor: Atsushi Kurita
  • Patent number: 9831591
    Abstract: An electrical contact for plugging into a contact cavity of a plug-in connector. The electrical contact includes an elongated housing extending in the plug-in direction, and an elongated catch element for latching the contact in the contact cavity. The catch element is fixed in place on the housing by a first end. By a first section, the catch element elastically and obliquely projects from the housing in an outward direction, counter to the plug-in direction, and transitions from a second, self-supporting end of the catch element to a second section of the catch element, which is bent inwardly in the direction of the housing. The second section has a rear-side area whose surface normal extends essentially counter to the plug-in direction. A projection is situated on the rear-side area projecting from the rear-side area beyond a maximum longitudinal extension of the rear-side area, when viewed counter to the plug-in direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventor: Zhenyu Hu
  • Patent number: 9825410
    Abstract: Connector receptacles, examples of which comprise a housing having a first plurality of slots in a top side and a second plurality of slots in a bottom side, a top row of contacts positioned in the first plurality of slots in the housing, a bottom row of contacts positioned in the second plurality of slots in the housing, a top shell portion over the top of the housing, the top shell portion comprising first and second electromagnetic contacts extending from a front of the top shell and passing through openings in the top side of the housing, and a bottom shell portion under the bottom of the housing, the bottom shell portion comprising third and fourth electromagnetic contacts extending from a front of the bottom shell and passing through openings in the bottom side of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Scritzky, John Raff, Cuneyt Bakan, Eric T. SooHoo, Erik A. Uttermann, Patrick J. Quinn
  • Patent number: 9815211
    Abstract: A rotary joint includes a hollow gear and a hollow wiring unit having a first flexible printed circuit board therein, to allow hose to pass through both the hollow gear and the hollow wiring unit. A robot includes the rotary joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: ABB Schweiz AG
    Inventors: Xiaodong Cao, Tao Feng, Zhu Zhu
  • Patent number: 9819123
    Abstract: It is aimed to smoothly proceed with a connecting operation of a connector (10) and improve assembling operability. The connector (10) includes a housing (20) connectable to a mating housing (80) disposed on a solenoid (40), and a swing support portion (61) arranged on a side where a valve body (50) to be mounted with the solenoid (40) is located and configured to support the housing (20) swingably in a direction intersecting with a connecting direction and cause the housing (20) to be connected to the mating housing (80) as the solenoid (40) is mounted into the valve body (40).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignees: AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES, LTD., SUMITOMO WIRING SYSTEMS, LTD., SUMITOMO ELECTRICAL INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Kosuke Sone, Hiroyoshi Maesoba, Tomohide Maki, Katsushi Miyazaki
  • Patent number: 9806445
    Abstract: An apparatus and system for coupling power. In one embodiment, the apparatus comprises a trunk cable comprising a first conductor, a second conductor, and a third conductor; a first connector, wherein a first terminal of the first connector is conductively coupled to the first conductor; a second connector, wherein a first terminal of the second connector is conductively coupled to the second conductor; and a third connector, wherein a first terminal of the third connector is conductively coupled to the third conductor, and wherein the first, the second, and the third connectors are each adapted to couple to a different DC-AC power converter and an output of the trunk cable comprises three-phase AC power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Enphase Energy, Inc.
    Inventors: Martin Fornage, Raghuveer R. Belur
  • Patent number: 9799995
    Abstract: Combined connector receptacles, examples of which provide an upper housing having openings for tongues on each of two lower housings to simplify alignment of the tongues to a device enclosure, and inner shields around the lower housings and an outer shield around the upper housing and lower housings to provide isolation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Rui Zhou, Mahmoud R. Amini, Daren L. Rimando
  • Patent number: 9793636
    Abstract: The object of the present invention is an insulating body (1) for a pluggable connector (10) intended to be connected to a junction block (100), said insulating body (1) comprising a housing (2) for conductive parts (11, 12) comprising a connection terminal (11) for a conductive wire intended to be connected to the pluggable connector (10), said housing (2) comprising a support portion (6) for the connection terminal (11) and being arranged to open on a side wall (3) of the insulating body (1) via an aperture (4) arranged on said side wall (3), the insulating body (1) comprising wedging means (7), said wedging means (7) being disposed in whole or in part within a portion of the housing (2) situated facing the support portion (6) of the housing (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: ABB SCHWEIZ AG
    Inventors: Philippe France, Romain Villard
  • Patent number: 9793625
    Abstract: An electric wire with a connecting terminal and a method for manufacturing the electric wire are provided. The electric wire has a plurality of wire conductors and an insulation cover that covers the wire conductors. The plurality of wire conductors includes the connecting terminal to be connected to a counterpart component at an end of the electric wire at which the plurality of wire conductors is stripped of the insulation cover. The connecting terminal has a first portion of the plurality of wire conductors, a second portion of the plurality of wire conductors folded back on top of the first portion, the first portion and the second portion being welded to each other, and a through hole extending through the connecting terminal at a location where the first portion and the second portion are welded to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shinya Warashina
  • Patent number: 9780497
    Abstract: Combined connector receptacles, examples of which comprise tongues configured to be aligned to openings in a device enclosure; EMI shield contact rails, a central ground plane, a connector receptacle shield to provide isolation between the individual connector receptacles to reduce signal noise; and organizers and other structures arranged to reduce or eliminate damage to through-hole contact portions during their insertion into corresponding openings in a printed circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: James M. Jeon, Mahmoud R. Amini, David H. Narajowski, Ruihua Ding, Christopher J. Stringer, Matthew P. Casebolt
  • Patent number: 9774146
    Abstract: A cable connector assembly (100) comprises an insulative housing having a receiving space (18) extending along a front-to-back direction, and a printed circuit board module (2) received in the receiving space of the insulative housing. The printed circuit board module defines a protruded ridge (24) offset to one side thereof, the protruded ridge extending along a vertical direction, and a groove (185) is defined in the receiving space for accommodating the protruded ridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: FOXCONN INTERCONNECT TECHNOLOGY LIMITED
    Inventors: Wei-Wei Cheng, Xiao Fan, Jun Chen, Jerry Wu
  • Patent number: 9774104
    Abstract: A ground connection structure includes a stud bolt (11) standing on a ground surface (10A), and a non-circular rotation stopping portion (12) is formed on a base part of the stud bolt (11). A ground terminal fitting (20) is to be connected conductively to the ground surface (10). The ground terminal fitting (20) has a non-circular rotation stopping hole (25) that is fit to the rotation stopping portion (12) with relative rotation restricted. Resilient contact pieces (27) extend in an axial direction of the stud bolt (11) from an edge of the rotation stopping hole (25). A nut (15) is screwed onto the stud bolt (11) and causes the resilient contact pieces (27) to be deflected resiliently between the nut (15) and the ground surface (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventor: Yuji Kitagawa
  • Patent number: 9767390
    Abstract: A card connector comprises an insulative housing, a shielding shell partly surrounding the insulative housing, a plurality of conductive contacts retained in the insulative housing and a shim retained in the insulative housing. The plurality of conductive contacts include a plurality of first conductive contacts, each first conductive contact includes a first retaining portion, a first soldering portion and a first elastic contacting portion. The first elastic contacting portion includes a bending portion, and the free end of said first elastic contacting portion is a support portion. At least one support portion is separated from the shim so as to the shim forms a T-shaped opening corresponding to the support portion and two stretching portions disposed on two sides of the opening, the support portion can slide on the stretching portions when the support portion is pressed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: FOXCONN INTERCONNECT TECHNOLOGY LIMITED
    Inventors: Yusho Nakase, Sen Yang
  • Patent number: 9768529
    Abstract: A cable connection component for electrically connecting a multi-core cable has a union nut with an internal thread, and a splicing part made of insulating material having a plurality of incisions for separating the cores of the cable. Upon screwing the union nut onto a connection body, the core insulation of the core ends inserted into the splice part are severed by insulation displacement terminations that are arranged in the connection body and are immerge into the incisions in the splice part, and the conductors of the cores are contacted. The splice part has a cable receiving part and a core guiding part, the core guiding part having at least two core receptacles, and each core receptacle having at least two retaining elements and at least two clamp elements forming a clamping gap. The retaining elements and the clamp elements do not overlap in the core insertion direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Phoenix Contact GmbH & Co., KG
    Inventor: Cord Starke
  • Patent number: 9768552
    Abstract: A low-profile electrical connector includes a housing having exterior perimeter sides and top and bottom surfaces, where the bottom surface is configured to extend along a user's body site and the top surface is spaced above the bottom surface. The connector also includes a side-entry guide channel disposed along the bottom surface. The channel includes an opening along the exterior perimeter side that is configured to receive an electrically conductive element. The channel is also configured to guide the electrically conductive element within the housing. The connector includes a receptacle positioned within the housing and forms an electrically conductive interface with the electrically conductive element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: DJO, LLC
    Inventors: Eric Egloff, Nicolas Fontaine