Patents Examined by Hien Vu
  • Patent number: 10411396
    Abstract: A connector-equipped wire includes a terminal, and a wire including a core and an insulation coating provided around the core. The terminal is connected to an end part and is formed with a bulge so that a part of an end part of the insulation coating protrudes radially out. Further, the connector-equipped wire includes a connector housing including a body formed with a cavity into which the wire is to be inserted, and formed with a step on an inner peripheral surface of the cavity of the body. The bulge comes into contact with the step, and a retainer to be locked to the connector housing with the bulge pressed toward the step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignees: AutoNetworks Technologies, Ltd., Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd., Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasushi Itani, Masaharu Suetani
  • Patent number: 10276958
    Abstract: An electrical contact grid array includes a board having a top side and an opposite bottom side, a plurality of signal conductors mounted to the board, and a plurality of ground shield structures mounted to the board. Each of the signal conductors includes an upper signal contact extending beyond the top side of the board for electrically connecting with a corresponding mating contact of a mating circuit board. Each of the ground shield structures includes at least one ground contact disposed above the top side of the board that defines an upper annular shield. The upper annular shield circumferentially surrounds at least one of the upper signal contacts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: TE Connectivity Corporation
    Inventors: Jeffery Walter Mason, Wayne Stewart Alden, III, Peter David Wapenski
  • Patent number: 10256557
    Abstract: An electrical connector with terminals formed therein, at an intermediate location in the terminal width direction, contact portions that come into contact with corresponding contact portions provided in counterpart terminals under contact pressure. Within bounds of the contact portions in the direction of connector insertion and extraction, the above-mentioned terminals have guiding portions configured to guide the corresponding contact portions of the counterpart terminals in the terminal width direction toward the contact portions of the terminals. The guiding portions are formed as inclined faces that extend in a continuous manner to the contact portions while being inclined so as to approach the corresponding contact portions of the counterpart terminals as one moves in the terminal width direction from the side edge locations of the terminals toward the contact portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Inventor: Takeshi Okuyama
  • Patent number: 10243282
    Abstract: A linking rod clamping mechanism for connecting a coaxial connector with a printed circuit board includes a fine adjustment assembly that includes a cam and a screw to link with each other, an elastic assembly, and a connecting rod assembly consisting of at least two rectangular bodies. The positioning is achieved in a push manner by pushing the rotating handle down or lifting the rotating handle up, providing a stable structure, reliable operation, simple and quick operation. The linking rod clamping mechanism not only exerts an even force but also can determine the yield and decrease the adjustment time greatly. Furthermore, after the fine adjustment assembly is adjusted, the printed circuit board is clamped for performing a test. The same printed circuit boards in thickness can be quickly replaced and reused, thereby improving the yield and increasing the error tolerance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Huang Liang Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kuo-Tung Lin
  • Patent number: 10243297
    Abstract: A communications plug is described. The communications plug includes a plug housing and a cable manager partially enclosed within the plug housing. The cable manager has a first cable management section and a second cable management section connected to opposing ends of a bridge section. The first and second cable management sections are configured to fold together along at least one longitudinal axis of the cable manager around a portion of the cable before the cable manager is inserted into the plug housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Panduit Corp.
    Inventors: Keith S. Maranto, Satish I. Patel, Robert E. Fransen, Michael G. Dragisic, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10218131
    Abstract: Coaxial cable-connector assemblies include: a coaxial cable having: an inner conductor having a termination end including a bore; a dielectric layer that overlies the inner conductor; and an outer conductor that overlies the dielectric layer having a termination end; a right angle coaxial connector including: an inner conductor body with a post configured to mate with the inner conductor body of a mating jack, the inner conductor body further including a receptacle that receives the termination end of the inner conductor such that the post is generally perpendicular to the inner conductor; an outer conductor body configured to mate with the outer conductor body of the mating coaxial cable jack and electrically connected with the termination end of the outer conductor; and an expansion member inserted into the bore of the termination end of the inner conductor sized and configured to radially expand the termination end of the inner conductor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: CommScope Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Frank A. Harwath, Lee F. Allison
  • Patent number: 10211566
    Abstract: In a connector unit including a connector and a connector cover that fits on the connector, the connector includes a guide means that guides electric wires in one direction, while the connector cover includes a pressing means that presses on and deforms the guide means so as to restrict the movement of the electric wires that are guided by the guide means, whereby the electric wires that are pulled out of the connector are oriented in the one direction in which the electric wires are guided by the guide means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Masataka Nagayama, Kenji Takahashi, Kazuhide Takahashi
  • Patent number: 10211562
    Abstract: An electrical connector assembly includes a cover, an electrical connector, and a connecting member connecting the cover and with the electrical connector. A method of assembling an electrical connector assembly includes providing a cover, providing a connecting member, providing an electrical connector, connecting the electrical connector with the connecting member to form an intermediate assembly, and connecting the intermediate assembly with the cover. Connecting the intermediate assembly with the cover may include disposing a first flange of the connecting member in a recess or groove of the cover and disposing a second flange of the connecting member at least partially between opposing axial faces of the cover and the electrical connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventor: Michael A. Fisher
  • Patent number: 10205252
    Abstract: A structure for connecting a crimp terminal and an electric wire includes: a crimp terminal that includes a conductor crimping portion and a coating crimping portion serially and includes an electric wire connector that is to be crimped to the electric wire; and a water stop sheet having an opening for bringing a conductor into contact with the conductor crimping portion, and laid between the electric wire connector and the electric wire. When a joint is swaged and crimped, the swaged and crimped joint has a second included angle ?2 between the bottom plate and a second line that is larger than a first included angle ?1 between the bottom plate and a first line in a cross section that is perpendicular to a bottom plate of the electric wire connector and that includes an electric wire axial line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Inventors: Hiroshi Aoki, Kazuto Ohtaka
  • Patent number: 10205272
    Abstract: A magnetic connector has a receptacle and a plug. The receptacle has an electromagnet comprising an inner core, an outer core, a coil disposed around the inner core and an air gap defined by the edges of the inner and outer cores. The plug has a plug core and an anchor defined by the plug core edge. The anchor is configured to insert into the air gap as a receptacle socket electrically connects with plug pins. The coil is energized and de-energized so as to assist in the insertion or removal of the anchor from within the air gap and the corresponding connection and disconnection of the socket and pins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Masimo Corporation
    Inventors: Massi Joe E. Kiani, Marcelo M. Lamego, Cristiano Dalvi, Hung Vo
  • Patent number: 10199768
    Abstract: A connector comprises a housing and a lock connected to the housing. The lock has a base extending in a mating direction, a bend extending continuously from a rear end of the base in the mating direction and formed in a U-shape, and a press-fitting protrusion extending from an end of the bend opposite the base. The bend has a bend face facing in the mating direction and is separated from the housing by a bend gap. The press-fitting protrusion is press-fitted in the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Tyco Electronics Japan G.K.
    Inventor: Taisuke Nagasaki
  • Patent number: 10199759
    Abstract: A socket has a housing, which is composed of an electrically insulating material and an elongate plug-receiving region. A contact spring is arranged in the plug-receiving region. A lever loads the contact spring in the open position of the lever such that a dimension of the contact spring transverse to the longitudinal direction of the plug-receiving region is reduced and relaxes the contact spring in the closed position of the lever. A plug is provided for such a socket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Philip Raettich, Matthias Wagner
  • Patent number: 10193257
    Abstract: A connection terminal includes a terminal main body having a female connector provided with an internal space into which a male connector is inserted and a contact member accommodated into the internal space. The contact member has at least one first locked part and at least one second locked part. The female connector has a first locking part that is arranged on a side in an insertion direction of the male connector and locks the movement of the first locked part in the insertion direction, and a second locking part that is arranged on a side opposite to the side in the insertion direction relative to the second locked part of the contact member after the completion of being accommodated and locks the movement of the second locked part in a removal direction in order to maintain the accommodated state of the contact member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Inventors: Takayoshi Hirakawa, Yasuhiro Tanaka, Kengo Machida
  • Patent number: 10186803
    Abstract: A connector assembly includes a first-connector and a second-connector. The first-connector has a locking-lug. The second-connector has a cantilevered latch configured to slideably engage the locking-lug. The cantilevered latch includes a pair of parallel latch-arms. The pair of parallel latch-arms terminate at a first cross-beam that spans the pair of parallel latch-arms. The cantilevered latch further includes a second cross-beam parallel to the first cross-beam. The second cross-beam is configured to releasably lock the locking-lug when the first-connector is mated with the second-connector. The pair of parallel latch-arms includes a rib extending beyond a bottom-surface of each individual latch-arm. The locking-lug deflects the pair of parallel latch-arms toward an outer-surface of the second-connector when first-connector is moved from an unmated-position to a mated-position, whereby the rib contacts the outer-surface and limits a deflection of the pair of parallel latch-arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Inventors: Erika M. Hocevar, Bart N. Caldwell, Christopher A. Margrave
  • Patent number: 10177502
    Abstract: An electrical connector includes: an insulative housing having a base and a tongue; an upper and lower rows of contacts secured to the housing and exposed respectively to an upper and lower surfaces of the tongue, each row of contacts including two outermost ground contacts; and a shielding shell enclosing the contact module; wherein at least one of the ground contacts in one or both rows of the contacts has an extension, and the tongue has on at least one of the upper and lower surfaces a step exposing the extension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Inventor: Jun Zhao
  • Patent number: 10177501
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a telecommunications jack including a housing having a port for receiving a plug. The jack also includes a plurality of contact springs adapted to make electrical contact with the plug when the plug is inserted into the port of the housing, and a plurality of wire termination contacts for terminating wires to the jack. The jack further includes a circuit board that electrically connects the contact springs to the wire termination contacts. The circuit board includes a multi-zone crosstalk compensation arrangement for reducing crosstalk at the jack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: CommScope Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Bernard Harold Hammond, Jr., David Patrick Murray, Ian Robert George
  • Patent number: 10170852
    Abstract: The invention relates to a press-in contact, a component assembly comprising at least one contact receptacle and a press-in contact, and a method for manufacturing a press-in contact, The method comprising producing a rough contour, in particular a punched contour, of a press-in contact, with a connecting body and two limbs which adjoin the latter and are arranged opposite each other, wherein the limbs have press-in regions and end regions which face away from the connecting body and have contact portions which face each other and are spaced apart from each other in a defined manner, and reshaping the limbs, comprising moving the end regions of the limbs toward each other by at least partial plastic deformation of at least one of the limbs, wherein the contact portions of the limbs touch in a defined manner at least in sections after being relieved of load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Walter Söhner GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Thomas Betz
  • Patent number: 10170902
    Abstract: An extension and retraction device including a housing and a slip ring mounted within the housing. The slip ring includes a stator and rotor rotatably mounted therein. The rotor includes rotor leads and annular sections defined circumferentially around the rotor. Each rotor lead includes opposite ends with one end electrically connected to one of the annular sections. The stator includes a contact for each annular section in sliding electrical engagement with the annular section. Each contact includes a stator lead having one end electrically connected to the stator and another end extending out of an opening of the housing. A reel is mounted within the housing with the reel and rotor rotatable about a substantially common axis. A cord extending through another opening of the housing is retracted into the housing when the reel rotates in one direction, and the cord is extended from the housing when the cord is pulled and the reel rotates in the opposite direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Inventors: Feng Jiang, Shrenik Shah
  • Patent number: 10159279
    Abstract: An electronic vapor provision system is provided including: a pressure drop or air flow sensor for monitoring inhalation by a user through the electronic vapor provision system; and a control unit for detecting the start and end of inhalation based on readings from the sensor. The control unit is configured to: monitor the cumulative period of inhalation (Ti) over a predetermined window (Tw); and transfer the electronic vapor provision system to a sleep mode if the cumulative period (Ti) exceeds a predetermined threshold (Th).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Nicoventures Holdings Limited
    Inventors: Christopher Lord, Martin Mullin
  • Patent number: 10158183
    Abstract: A method and a structure for positioning and wrapping wire leads involve providing two leads of a transmission wire for transmitting power and/or signal with appropriate orientational limit therebetween by: wrapping a predetermined range of the two leads extending from a predetermined object with one or more segments of strip-shaped net for orientational limit that maintain independent extension and juxtaposition of the two leads, so as to prevent the leads of the transmission wire from entwining with each other after frequent orientational change caused by an external force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Dragon Bite Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Li-Jen Chuang