Patents Examined by Paula Austin
  • Patent number: 4895529
    Abstract: An environmentally sealed electrical connector is comprised of plug and receptacle housing members, each member having a rigid portion and a flexible portion secured to one end thereof, and at least one electrical terminal receiving passageway extending through the rigid and flexible portions. The flexible portions of the passageways are dimensioned to accommodate and sealingly engage a variety of wire sizes terminated to electrical terminals which are received and disposed in the passageways of the assembled member. The plug member may be further comprised of a second flexible section secured at the other end of the rigid section, the second flexible section providing a resilient sealing member for environmentally sealing the interface when the receptable and receptacle members are mated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 1986
    Date of Patent: January 23, 1990
    Assignee: AMP Incorporated
    Inventors: Anil C. Thakrar, John P. Redmond, Paul C. Schubert, Jr., Clair W. Snyder, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4832622
    Abstract: An endless electrical connector has a continuous header manufactured by forming axial segments in sequence. In the case of continuous extrusion, the axial segments are infinitesimal in length, whereas in the case of semicontinuous injection molding, the segments have discrete length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 1987
    Date of Patent: May 23, 1989
    Assignee: Autosplice, Inc.
    Inventor: Irwin Zahn
  • Patent number: 4832616
    Abstract: An electrical connector comprises a connector body having a plurality of longitudinal cavities which include rearward sealing portions, terminals disposed in the cavities and attached to conductors which extend out of the rearward sealing portions of the cavities and elastomeric seal sleeves for sealing the conductor end of the electrical connector. A conductor seal lock attached to the conductor end of the connector body has towers coaxially disposed on the conductors and axially compressing the elastomeric seal sleeves to ensure full insertion of the terminals and the accurate positioning of the terminals in the cavities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 1982
    Date of Patent: May 23, 1989
    Assignee: General Motors Corporation
    Inventors: William L. Stein, Sr., Hoi Lui
  • Patent number: 4828509
    Abstract: A modular connector including mating male and female components providing electrical and pressure connection between the two components. The electrical connections comprise a telephone-type connector retained within molded apertures which also provide for a fluid flow between the mating components. The connector housing includes redundant molded sealing elements, disposed on surfaces of the male component of differing dimensions. The connector also features an overlapping member of one of the connector components providing an umbrella-like shield of the confronting surfaces to provide an environmentally resistant, reliable pressure tight seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 1987
    Date of Patent: May 9, 1989
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Company
    Inventor: Gregory G. Vogel
  • Patent number: 4826448
    Abstract: An electrical connector includes stab portions and a cam for urging a wire cord into contact therewith. The cam mounts in a tubular housing which is telescopically receivable in a sleeve. The cam and housing coact such that the cam head tends to move outwardly from the housing when the cam is moved to a position to release the wire cord, and this is prevented by the sleeve. As a corollary, if the cam is turned away from its wire locking position, the housing cannot be engaged with the sleeve. The sleeve acts as a conduit for the wire cord, whereby the cord tends to anchor the housing in telescoped position in the sleeve, to prevent unauthorized tampering with the connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 1987
    Date of Patent: May 2, 1989
    Assignee: Noma Inc.
    Inventor: William H. Maddock
  • Patent number: 4820182
    Abstract: A low insertion force mating electrical contact structure includes a pair of hermaphroditic terminals. Each hermaphroditic terminal is provided with dual cantilevered contact beams disposed in spaced parallel relationship and extending from a common base. The terminals are stamped from flat metallic material to provide each beam with a plurality of opposite but symmetrical bends relative to its initial central plane. The bends define rear and front contact surfaces on each beam and with rear and front cam surfaces leading into the respective contact surfaces. Identical hermaphroditic terminals as described can be mated with low insertion forces initially achieved by sliding cam interaction between the respective rear and front cam surfaces of two such terminals. The normal forces and deflection gradually increase as the terminals approach their fully mated condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 1987
    Date of Patent: April 11, 1989
    Assignee: Molex Incorporated
    Inventors: Frank A. Harwath, Russell J. Leonard
  • Patent number: 4820206
    Abstract: A screw connection device for electric conductors, is provided having at least one screw-clamping piece assembly. A structure integral with the insulating body of the terminal, partially surrounds the screw head and has at least one heel. This heel is applicable against an inclined face of the clamp and is adapted so as to hold the screw-clamp assembly in position against removal along the axis of the screw and against tipping towards the conductor insertion side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 1988
    Date of Patent: April 11, 1989
    Assignee: La Telemecanique Electrique
    Inventors: Claude Jullien, Gerard Lerude, Raymond Llabres
  • Patent number: 4820170
    Abstract: Provided herein are novel layered elastomeric connectors, housings therefor and methods of manufacture for the connectors which includes alternating fused layers of a dielectric elastomer and electrically conductive fibrous mats coextensive with a cross section of the conductor to provide a multiplicity of conductive pathways between two electrically conductive surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 1988
    Date of Patent: April 11, 1989
    Assignee: AMP Incorporated
    Inventors: John P. Redmond, Ray N. Sheak, Albert Shirk, Larry A. Cracraft
  • Patent number: 4820199
    Abstract: An electrical connector adapter is disclosed having front and rear insulators with corresponding contact cavities therein which are slightly laterally offset from each other. The contacts have intermediate bendable portions. One of the insulators is formed of a resilient material. After one end of the contacts are mounted in the other insulator, the contact cavities in the resilient insulator are expanded to slidably receive the other ends of the contacts therein. The expansive force is then released causing the resilient insulator to contract around the contacts therein to automatically bend the intermediate portions of the contacts to accommodate for the lateral offset of the contact cavities in the front and rear insulators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 1987
    Date of Patent: April 11, 1989
    Assignee: ITT Corporation
    Inventor: Steven Z. Muzslay
  • Patent number: 4820175
    Abstract: An electrical connector comprises a plurality of signal contacts (20,30) disposed in two rows in an insulating housing (10) and each having one end for connection to respective signal wires (S) in an electric cable (1) and another end for connection with a signal terminal of a member to which the connector is to be connected, a plurality of ground contacts (62) disposed in a row between the two rows of signal contacts (20,30) and having one end for connection to ground wires (G) in the cable (1) and another end for connection with a ground terminal of the member to which the connector is connected, and a shield member (60) disposed between the signal contacts to prevent crosstalk therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 1986
    Date of Patent: April 11, 1989
    Assignee: AMP Incorporated
    Inventors: Izumi Hasegawa, Takashi Kamono
  • Patent number: 4815979
    Abstract: An improved connector for attaching a mother board to a daughter board, having a slotted housing, a slotted elastomeric member, and a flexible circuit with numerous conductors. The flexible circuit is wrapped around the elastomeric member with its two free ends ending at the slot of the elastomeric member. The wrapped elastomeric member is located in a chamber in the housing with the slot in the housing communicating with the slot in the elastomeric member so that when the daughter board is inserted into the housing, it engages the free ends of the flexible circuit within the slot of the elastomeric member. The elastomeric member has two semi-cylindrical portions which are separated by a channel at the bottom thereof. The elastomeric member with these semi-cylindrical portions is slightly larger than the chamber of the housing when mounted by fasteners to the mother board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 1987
    Date of Patent: March 28, 1989
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventor: Warren W. Porter
  • Patent number: 4815991
    Abstract: A device for making electrical connection in which the device can serve either as a clip or a plug. The device includes a pair of pivotally interconnected jaws which can open and be clipped onto a wire or electrical terminal, the jaws being biased toward each other. In one embodiment, each jaw is provided near its outer surface with an electrically conductive member defined by one or more resilient electrical contact elements which extend longitudinally of the corresponding jaw. The elements of each member are integral with a pair of semi-circular bands which are secured in any suitable manner, such as by soldering or spot welding, to the outer surface of the respective jaw. When the jaws are closed, the members mate with each other at the side edges to form a banana plug which can be inserted into a jack or other tubular recess. In another embodiment, the jaws have integral contact elements thereon which define a banana plug configuration when the jaws are closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 1986
    Date of Patent: March 28, 1989
    Inventor: John S. Bakke
  • Patent number: 4813889
    Abstract: An electrical receptacle terminal connector having visually inspectable components and an easily removable tab receptacle terminal inserted therein. The inserted receptacle terminal is retained by means of a moveable finger formed in the sidewall of the receptacle connector cavity which engages the female receptacle terminal and can easily be resiliently deflected outward to disengage from the receptacle terminal thereby enabling easy withdrawal of the receptacle terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 1987
    Date of Patent: March 21, 1989
    Assignee: Interlock Corporation
    Inventors: Dewey F. Mobley, Janice M. Warren, Robert G. Peterson, Sr.
  • Patent number: 4813880
    Abstract: A disconnecting distribution frame for a small telephone extension system with a plurality of electrical terminals arranged in pairs, each pair of terminals being equipped with corresponding plug contacts and being electrically interconnectable by means of a coupling plug, is formed from one half of a conventional disconnecting distribution frame which is attached to the carrier of a subassembly rack having a guide strip for a printed circuit board. The other half of the disconnecting distribution frame is formed by plug contacts. These plug contacts are attached to the printed circuit board, which is inserted into the guide and correspond in height to the plug contacts on the carrier and are aligned with these. A coupler plug for making the electrical connection is attached to every two plug pins located opposite one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 1987
    Date of Patent: March 21, 1989
    Assignee: Telenorma Telefonbau und Normalzeit GmbH
    Inventors: Dieter Kramer, Helmut Barkow
  • Patent number: 4813894
    Abstract: An electrical connector for mechanically securing and electrically interconnecting a pair of electrical cables. More particularly, the connector includes a C-member defining cable-receiving channels and having an arcuate portion in the web section extending between the channels to define an interior space in communication with an offset from the channels. Also included is a tapered drive member which is advanced into the space to engage the cables positioned in the channels to secure and electrically interconnect them.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 1987
    Date of Patent: March 21, 1989
    Assignee: AMP Incorporated
    Inventor: James L. Mixon, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4812131
    Abstract: A lock apparatus (10) for an electrical plug (100) wherein the lock apparatus comprises a housing unit (11) provided with an elongated slot (25') and containing a key actuated lock mechanism (70) which cooperates with a plug capturing member (80) which is slideably disposed in the elongated slot (25'); wherein, the capturing member (80) is provided with capturing arms (83) which are adapted to engage the rear of the electrical plug (100).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 1988
    Date of Patent: March 14, 1989
    Inventor: Terry L. Sieverman
  • Patent number: 4810208
    Abstract: An electrical connector includes an insulative housing having a front mating face and a rear sealed face. The connector housing further includes a plurality of terminals disposed in apertures which extend between the front face and the rear sealing face of the housing. The terminals include front contacting portions adjacent to the front face and wire connecting portions adjacent to the rear face. The terminal also includes an integral portion which extends beyond the rear sealing face. A seal is provided at the rear sealing face which is retractable therefrom to expose the extending terminal portions for probing. The seal is retractable from the rear sealing face while the electrical connector is connected to a matable receptacle, and while the system, to which the electrical connector and receptacle are connected, is operating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 1987
    Date of Patent: March 7, 1989
    Assignee: AMP Incorporated
    Inventors: Earl J. Hayes, Allen F. VanDerStuyf
  • Patent number: 4810199
    Abstract: An improved electrical plug household use to protect household occupants from electrical shocks while inserting or removing the plug from an electrical receptacle. The plug, in general, is a standard household electrical plug with or without a ground prong. The improvement of the present invention is to mount an elastically collapsible electrically insulating hood on the plug surrounding the prongs so that when the improved plug is inserted more than half way into the household electrical receptacle, the extent of the prongs not yet within the receptacle is surrounded by the hood and inaccessible to contact by household occupants, especially children. The hood can be a plastic bellows integrally molded with the body of the plug or the hood can be formed separatly and glued to the body of the plug. The hood can also be a foamed polymer tube section glued to the body of the plug.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 1987
    Date of Patent: March 7, 1989
    Inventor: Kishore K. Kar
  • Patent number: 4808114
    Abstract: This terminal base for an I/O unit includes a socket unit adapted for being mounted with several relays comprising several relay terminals. This socket unit includes several socket terminals which, when the relays are mounted to this socket unit, are contacted to the relay terminals. The terminal base also includes several I/O terminals, exposed to the outside for external connection, and connected to some of the socket terminals, and a multi wire connector, adapted to be connected to several wires for leading to a central processing unit, and having several connector terminals which are connected to some of the socket terminals. It may further include a printed circuit base board on which the I/O terminals and the socket terminals are mounted. Thereby, the manufacture and assembly of the terminal base, and of the I/O unit as a whole, are simplified and reduced in cost, while the servicability and ease of diagnosis of the I/O unit are good.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 1987
    Date of Patent: February 28, 1989
    Assignee: 501 Omron Tateisi Electronics Co.
    Inventors: Masayuki Mohri, Keiji Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 4806123
    Abstract: An electrical connector device comprising male and female housings and terminal seating detecting means. Each of the housings includes retaining means protruding in the form of a cantilever from each of partition walls, which define terminal chambers arranged in the form of a matrix composed of a plurality of rows and columns, and resiliently bendable in a flexure space. As male terminals, contained individually in the terminal chambers, and female terminals, adapted to be connected to the male terminals, engage the retaining means, the terminals are prevented from slipping out of the chambers. The terminal seating detecting means is fitted into the flexure space of the retaining means when the terminals are contained in their corresponding terminal chambers so that they normally engage the retaining means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 1988
    Date of Patent: February 21, 1989
    Assignee: The Furukawa Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kenjiro Konishi, Ken Obata