Patents Examined by Justin Kratt
  • Patent number: 10431922
    Abstract: A pin and sleeve device including a contact carrier with captive set screws is disclosed. In some embodiments, the pin and sleeve device includes a housing and a contact carrier. The contact carrier may include a plurality of contact openings each receiving a terminal, such as a pin or a contact sleeve. The contact carrier may include a tool opening or slot extending from an outer surface or perimeter thereof. The tool opening or slot being in communication with one of the contact openings and/or terminals. A set screw may be positioned within the contact openings, the set screw positioned directly adjacent a retainment wall defining an inner portion of the contact openings. The contact carrier may therefore reduce the likelihood that the set screw may be lost or dropped, as the retainment wall is configured to prevent the set screw from passing through or exiting the tool opening or slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Leviton Manufacturing Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Gaurav Surana
  • Patent number: 10236632
    Abstract: An electrical connector includes: an insulative housing having a base portion; a number of conductive terminals affixed to the insulative housing and arranged in two rows, each conductive terminal comprising a contacting portion, and each row of conductive terminals comprising a pair of grounding terminals and a number of internal terminals located between the pair of grounding terminals; a metal shielding plate affixed to the insulative housing and sandwiched between the two rows of conductive terminals; and a main shell enclosing the insulative housing; wherein a distance between the contacting portions of the internal terminals and the metal shielding plate is greater than a distance between the contacting portions of the grounding terminals and the metal shielding plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: FOXCONN INTERCONNECT TECHNOLOGY LIMITED
    Inventors: Jian-Li Zhang, Jun Zhao
  • Patent number: 10193289
    Abstract: A plug-in power source adapting seat can be screwed into the screwing portion of a conventional lamp seat to achieve a screwing combination together with the conventional lamp seat, and power is conducted to the power source adapting seat. The power source adapting seat can be plugged by power lines of other electric appliances to supply power to the other electric appliances. At the same time, when two naked ends of the power line are plugged and conducted for the power source adapting seat, both are respectively and stably clamped by two clamp line ends, so that the power line is unable to randomly come off. Moreover, it is difficult to loose and separate even if an external force is imposed thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Rich Brand Industries Limited
    Inventor: Te-Shui Peng
  • Patent number: 10186804
    Abstract: A cable connector that includes a housing that receives a contact member and has opposite first and second ends, an inner sleeve having an insert section extending into the second end of the housing and a cable termination section for receiving a cable and that includes a locking portion, a backshell having a first end that couples to the second end of the housing and an opposite second end that surrounds the sleeve's cable termination section, and a locking member positioned between the sleeve's cable termination section and the second end of the backshell. The locking member has a locking element for cooperating with the sleeve's locking portion. The backshell is rotatable with respect to the housing in a tightening direction, and the locking element engages the locking portion of the inner sleeve such that rotation of the backshell in a loosening direction opposite the tightening direction is prevented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Amphenol Corporation
    Inventors: Paolo Menolotto, Thien H. Nguyen
  • Patent number: 10186810
    Abstract: A contact module includes a dielectric holder having right and left sides holding signal contacts. A shield structure is coupled to the dielectric holder providing electrical shielding for the signal contacts. The shield structure has a first ground shield provided at the right side of the dielectric holder and a second ground shield provided at the left side of the dielectric holder. The first and second ground shields are electrically connected together between corresponding pairs of the signal contacts and providing electrical shielding between corresponding signal contacts along a majority of a length of the transition portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignees: TE CONNECTIVITY CORPORATION, TYCO ELECTRONICS JAPAN G.K.
    Inventors: Chad William Morgan, John Joseph Consoli, Yoshihiko Kodaira, Hiroshi Shirai, Masayuki Aizawa
  • Patent number: 10177504
    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; a shielding shell enclosing the insulative housing, the shielding shell having a pair of holes; and a metallic shield attached to the shielding shell, the metallic shield having a main part, the main part having a pair of spring tangs extending rearward through the pair of shielding shell holes, respectively; wherein the metallic shield main part is spaced a distance from the shielding shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: FOXCONN INTERCONNECT TECHNOLOGY LIMITED
    Inventor: Jun Zhao
  • Patent number: 10177472
    Abstract: A spring contact includes: a main part (11); plural legs (12, 13) extending downward from two opposite sides of the main part; a resilient arm (14) extending upward from a rear end of the main part, the resilient arm having a contact portion; and a pair of supporting portions (15) extending from the two opposite sides of the main part and located in front of the resilient arm; wherein the supporting portions are separate from the resilient arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: FOXCONN INTERCONNECT TECHNOLOGY LIMITED
    Inventor: Yang-Yang Yu
  • Patent number: 10170848
    Abstract: A lockout device configured to lockout a terminal block. The lockout device includes a pair of sections rotatably coupled to one another in which each of the sections has an upper portion including a corresponding lockout opening and a lower portion for selective reception into the space of an opened terminal block. The sections are rotatable between an opened and closed position. In the opened position, the upper portions are misaligned and the lower portions are aligned to permit at least a portion of the lower portions to be inserted into an opening in an opened terminal block. In the closed position, the lockout openings of the upper portions are aligned to accommodate reception of a lock in the lockout openings to prevent movement away from the closed position and the lower portions are misaligned to prevent removal of the lower portions from the opening in the terminal block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Brady Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventor: Andrew N. Enger
  • Patent number: 10164371
    Abstract: A waterproof connector includes male terminals (20) each of which has a box-shaped body (21) and a tab-shaped contact (22) that projects forward from a front end of a box-shaped body (21). The connector also has an outer housing (40) and an inner housing (30) accommodated in the outer housing (40). A terminal accommodating portion (34) is formed in the inner housing (30). A retainer (70) is mounted into the terminal accommodating portion (34) and includes a lock (71) configured to lock rear ends of the bodies (21) accommodated in the terminal accommodating portion (34). A seal seals the interior of the outer housing (40). The retainer (70) includes a releasing portion (72) projecting forward of the terminal accommodating portion (34). The inner housing (30) includes a protection wall (38) between the contact portions (22) of the male terminals (20) and the releasing portion (71).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventor: Teruo Hara
  • Patent number: 10164379
    Abstract: An electrical receptacle connector includes a mount member, an insulated housing, first receptacle terminals, second receptacle terminals, and a shielding plate. The insulated housing is molded with the mount member and forms a tongue portion. Each of the first receptacle terminals includes a first flat contact portion and a first tail portion. The first flat contact portion is on a lower surface of the tongue portion, and front ends of the first flat contact portions are held in the tongue portion. Each of the second receptacle terminals includes a second flat contact portion and a second tail portion. The second flat contact portions are on an upper surface of the tongue portion, and front ends of the second flat contact portions are held in the tongue portion. The shielding plate is on the tongue portion and between the first receptacle terminals and the second receptacle terminals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: ADVANCED-CONNECTEK INC.
    Inventors: Shu-Lin Duan, Wei Wan, Fu-Yi Xu
  • Patent number: 10153574
    Abstract: A female terminal into which a male terminal is inserted and electrically connected is provided. The female terminal includes a housing having an internal cavity into which the male terminal is inserted and a clip that is bent from an end portion of the housing toward the internal cavity and extended in a length direction in which the male terminal is inserted. The clip has a region electrically connected to the male terminal. A plurality of cut apertures are formed in the length direction in a region of the clip at least in contact with the male terminal to be spaced apart from each other in a width direction. Accordingly, the clip and the male terminal are in contact with each other in a plurality of positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation, Tyco Electronics AMP Korea Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Se Hoon Park, Kun Sung Song, Kun Teak Lim, Yeung Moo Bae
  • Patent number: 10151467
    Abstract: An interconnection mechanism for LED bar lighting includes a plug mechanism and a socket mechanism. The plug mechanism includes a hollow socket, a plug, and a connection pin. The hollow socket includes a hollow plug barrel, a stop ring, a wedge importing ring, and at least one opening. A slope of the wedge importing ring extends toward a free end of the hollow plug barrel. The connection pin includes at least one plug locating ring, at least one socket locating ring, and at least one socket locating bar. The plug locating ring is arranged between the stop ring and the wedge importing ring for fixing the relative position of the connection pin and the hollow socket. The socket mechanism includes a hollow socket barrel, and a locating slot. The socket locating bar is engaged with the locating slot so as to fix the relative position of the connection pin and the hollow socket barrel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Self Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Bozhang Xu, Zhiming Wang
  • Patent number: 10148032
    Abstract: A seal that is configured to engage an elongate element, such as a wire cable, and a cavity wall is presented. The seal includes a seal body that is formed of a compliant material such as a silicone rubber. The seal has an outer surface that engages the cavity surface. The seal body defines a gallery extending therethrough and surrounded by an inner surface of the seal body. The seal body has a forward surface extending from a forward edge of the outer surface to a forward edge of the inner surface and a rearward surface extending from a rearward edge of the outer surface to a rearward edge of the inner surface. The seal further includes a support element formed of a rigid material, such as glass filled polyester or NYLON, extending through the seal body in a direction substantially parallel to the inner surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Duane L. Brantingham, Klara P. Carbone, Eric E. Shasteen
  • Patent number: 10148049
    Abstract: An RF connector system includes receptacle and plug connector assemblies. The receptacle connector assembly includes a receptacle housing configured to be mounted to a circuit board and a mounting end and having connector cavities and side openings open to corresponding connector cavities. RF receptacle connectors are side-loaded into the connector cavities through corresponding side openings. The RF receptacle connectors have solder tails soldered to the circuit board. The plug connector assembly has a plug housing including connector cavities and RF plug connectors received in corresponding connector cavities and mated with a corresponding RF receptacle connectors. The RF plug connectors are terminated to center conductors of coaxial cables.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: TE CONNECTIVITY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Chong Hun Yi
  • Patent number: 10141686
    Abstract: A grommet for use in a cable fitting includes a body having a bore substantially therethrough and a resilient membrane located within the bore. The resilient membrane has a thinner membrane portion extending radially towards the bore to provide a controlled tear during cable insertion. The body has an exit opening which comprises resilient gripping teeth projecting axially from the body with an axially extending resilient foldable membrane located between at least two adjacent resilient teeth and foldable therebetween when they are radially compressed. Once force is applied by the axial movement of the fitting assembly onto a tapered surface of the grommet, the flexible gripping members radially collapse towards an inserted cable. The grommet may be assembled in a strain relief connector having a nut, a connector body and optionally an insert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: IPEX TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Filippo Martino, Jeffrey Vincent Littlefield
  • Patent number: 10141693
    Abstract: An electrical connector for mounting on a printed circuit board includes an insulative housing having an upper contact module and a lower contact module. A row of upper contacts are retained in the upper contact module and a row of lower contacts are retained in the lower contact module. The row of upper contacts and the row of lower contacts includes plural conductive contacts and a pair of grounding contacts located at opposite sides of the conductive contacts. Each conductive contact is covered by matching surfaces of the upper contact module and the lower contact module, and each grounding contact is exposed on the matching surfaces of the upper contact module and the lower contact module. A shielding plate contacts the pair of grounding contacts in an up-to-down direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: FOXCONN INTERCONNECT TECHNOLOGY LIMITED
    Inventors: Jun Zhao, Tao Yao, Cai-Yun Zhang
  • Patent number: 10135204
    Abstract: An electrical connector includes: an insulative housing having a base and a tongue; an upper and lower rows of contacts mounted in the insulative housing and exposed to an upper and lower surfaces of the tongue, the upper row of contacts and the lower row of contacts being equal in number; and an auxiliary contact disposed among the upper row of contacts. The upper rows of contacts and the lower row of contacts and a metallic shielding sheet are integrally formed within an insulator via a one shot initial insert-molding process to form an initial module. Some of the contacts are equipped with ears viewable upon the corresponding surface of the tongue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: FOXCONN INTERCONNECT TECHNOLOGY LIMITED
    Inventor: Jian-Li Zhang
  • Patent number: 10123564
    Abstract: An apparatus is disclosed comprising a vapor outlet, a first container for storing a first vaporizable colorant, a second container for storing a non-colorant vaporizable material, a mixing chamber coupled to the first container for receiving the first vaporizable colorant and the second container for receiving the non-colorant vaporizable material, configured for mixing the first vaporizable colorant and the non-colorant vaporizable material, and a vaporizer component configured for vaporizing the mixed first vaporizable colorant and the non-colorant vaporizable material to generate a colored vapor and for providing the colored vapor to the vapor outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: LunaTech, LLC
    Inventors: John Cameron, Dean Becker, Gene Fein
  • Patent number: 10122118
    Abstract: The disclosed apparatus includes (1) a right-angle power plug that (A) plugs into a computing device and (B) facilitates feeding electrical power to the computing device when plugged into the computing device and (2) at least one power cable that is electrically coupled to the right-angle power plug at a right angle such that the power cable runs perpendicular to the right-angle power plug. Various other apparatuses, systems, and methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Juniper Networks, Inc.
    Inventors: Fernando V. Bustos, Mahesh Nagarajan, Philip Quaife
  • Patent number: 10096919
    Abstract: It is aimed to avoid the abrasion of a contact portion of a terminal fitting. When a harness-side housing (4) is connected to a board-side housing (1), a contact portion (12) of a terminal fitting (3) resiliently contacts a circuit board (2), whereas a body portion (5) of the terminal fitting (3) is pressed against a ceiling wall (19) of a cavity (14). The body portion (5) is formed with a projecting edge (13). When there is a thermal expansion difference in an arrangement direction of the cavities (14) between the circuit board (2) and the harness-side housing (4), the terminal fitting (3) pivots with a resilient abutting part of the contact portion (12) and the circuit board (2) serving as a supporting point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignees: AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES, LTD., SUMITOMO WIRING SYSTEMS, LTD., SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Hidetoshi Ishida, Masanori Moriyasu