Patents Examined by Ross N. Gushi
  • Patent number: 11502437
    Abstract: An electrical contact element for electrically contacting a mating contact element includes: a plurality of contact lamellae which are arranged around a plug opening into which a mating contact element is pluggable along a plug direction and which together form a groove that encircles the contact lamellae around the plug direction; and a spring element that is arranged on the groove and engages the contact lamellae to provide an elastic clamping force on the contact lamellae. The contact lamellae each have an inner surface which faces the plug opening and is straight in cross section transversely to the plug direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: Phoenix Contact GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Fredrik Brand
  • Patent number: 11502454
    Abstract: An appliance cord assembly may include a first cord portion including a plug at one end configured to be received by a wall outlet and a plug mount at the opposite end, a second cord portion including a captive end hardwired to an appliance and a free end connected to a panel mount, the panel mount being configured to connect with the plug mount of the first cord portion to create a conductive engagement with the plug mount, such that in the connected state, the plug mount and the panel mount define a key opening, and a service tool configured to be received by the key opening to disconnect the panel mount and plug mount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Harikrishna Ambalam, Scott Patrick Kokoska, Varun D. Kuvalekar, Vishal Madkaikar
  • Patent number: 11502429
    Abstract: A terminal cover includes a cover body equipped with a curved portion and a base portion. The curved portion has formed therein a pair of claws diametrically opposed to each other. The claws are arranged at an interval away from each other. The interval is selected to be smaller than the width of the terminal and increased by elastic deformation of the cover body arising from installation of a terminal in the terminal cover, so that the claws retain the terminal. This structure enables the terminal cover to be simple and small-sized and facilitates installation of the terminal in the terminal cover without being scraped by the terminal when inserted into the terminal cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Motohide Hisada, Shinji Ando, Shinichi Sugiyama, Toshioki Iwai
  • Patent number: 11502453
    Abstract: A method for latching an electrical connector includes aligning a connector with an inlet. A first surface of the connector is within a first distance of a second surface of the inlet. A puller arm of the connector is extended into the inlet to a second distance from the second surface of the inlet. The puller arm includes a gripping element configured to apply a first compressive force against the inlet. The puller arm is retracted relative to the connector while applying the first compressive force against the inlet. The puller arm remains in the inlet at the second distance, thereby inserting a first electrode of the connector into the inlet to connect the first electrode with a second electrode of the inlet. The first electrode transfers power to the second electrode from a high-power supply.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: POWERHYDRANT LLC
    Inventors: Kevin Walter Leary, Brian Hack, Aaron Cantrell
  • Patent number: 11495902
    Abstract: The invention relates to an electrical conductor (1) having an electrical contact element (2) that is associated in particular with an interface (21) and has at least one electrical contact point (17), wherein the conductor (1) has a bundle (3) of electrical individual cores (4). Provision is made for the individual cores (4) to be carbon-nanostructure-based fibers (CNB), in particular carbon nanotubes (CNT), and for a segment (9) of each individual core (4) to have at least the one contact point (17) of the contact element (2). The invention further relates to an electrical interface (21).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Hans Geyer
  • Patent number: 11495904
    Abstract: A contact carrier retains a crimp contact inserted therein at a central collar of the crimp contact in a particularly stable manner and at the same time absorb the highest possible plugging forces. The contact carrier has an insulating body and a retaining plate, which can be mounted thereon on the connection side. Furthermore, the contact carrier has at least one detent element, which, in the unassembled state, can assumed both a position locking the plug contact and a position releasing the plug contact. The detent element is part of the insulating body. The retaining plate also has at least one blocking element, which, in the assembled state, fixes the detent element in the position thereof locking the plug contact and thus prevents the transition of the detent element from the locking position into the releasing position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: HARTING Electric Stiftung & Co. KG
    Inventor: Wilhelm Kliever
  • Patent number: 11489279
    Abstract: A connector for a flat flexible cable or flat printed cable includes a housing portion and a plurality of terminals. The housing portion includes a plurality of terminal receiving passageways each receiving a contact portion of one of the plurality of terminals. A plurality of conductors exposed in a window extending through an insulation material of the flat flexible cable are each clamped in a terminating portion of one of the plurality of terminals by a clamping force applied thereon by a cover selectively fixable with respect to the housing portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Inventors: John Mark Myer, Hurley Chester Moll, Forrest Irving Kinsey, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11489271
    Abstract: Electrical connection console for a motor vehicle board net comprising a cable 2 with a metallic stranded conductor 4, and an electrical tap electrically and mechanically connected to the stranded conductor 4, characterized in that the tap is formed from a metallic sleeve 10, in that the sleeve 10 is connected to the stranded conductor 4 in a connection region 8 of the stranded conductor 4, and in that the sleeve 10 has a longitudinal extent in a longitudinal axis parallel to a longitudinal axis of the stranded conductor 4, in that the sleeve 10 has a recess 26 whose longitudinal axis runs transversely with respect to the longitudinal axis of the sleeve 10, and in that a contact sleeve 28 is arranged in the recess 26.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: Auto-Kabel Management GmbH
    Inventor: Oliver Scharkowski
  • Patent number: 11489286
    Abstract: An electrical connector having a mate assist system including a user actuatable member which slides along an operating direction between a rear position and a forward position, a first and a second rack sections extending parallel to the operating direction, and first and second rotatable cam members having a cam slot configured to receive a respective mounting pin protruding from a mating electrical connector. Each rotatable cam member engages a respective rack section and the first and second cam members rotate in opposite directions when the user actuatable member is moved from its rear position towards its forward position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Inventors: Frédéric Menez, Jean Fabre
  • Patent number: 11476617
    Abstract: A connection comprising a first plug having a first post and a conductor, a second plug having a second post and an aperture configured to receive the conductor, and a connector. The connector includes a first slot and a second slot. The first slot includes a first opening, a first protrusion, and a first end opposite the first opening, and the second slot includes a second opening, a second protrusion, and a second end opposite the second opening. The first slot is configured to at least partially receive the first post and the second slot is configured to at least partially receive the second post. The first post is positioned between the first end and the first protrusion of the first slot, and the second post is positioned between the second end and the second protrusion of the second slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: Raffel Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Bailey Schuetz, Edward A. Nowak, Jeff Malinowski
  • Patent number: 11464082
    Abstract: A vaporizer cartridge configured to efficiently and effectively heat a non-liquid source material that includes a vaporizable material is described. The cartridge may include a heating element including an electrically resistive material and may be configured to vaporize the vaporizable material by delivery of heat to the vaporizable material. The cartridge may include a cartridge contact in electrical communication with the electrically resistive material. The cartridge contact may be configured to couple to a vaporizer contact positioned proximate to a cartridge coupling feature to allow electrical power to pass from the vaporizer device through the electrically resistive material. The electrical power may cause heating of the electrically resistive material and the vaporizable material to result in generation of an aerosol for inhalation by a user. Related systems, methods, and articles of manufacture are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: JUUL Labs, Inc.
    Inventors: Rishi D. Jobanputra, Andrew D. Newbold
  • Patent number: 11462849
    Abstract: An electrical connector having an electrical conductor member with a first opening and a second opening. Grab rings mounted in the openings have inner diameters containing teeth with crests defining a superimposed inner diameter. The teeth of the grab rings deflect and frictionally engage the outer diameter of the wires to retain them in the openings. A sleeve of insulation material covers an exterior of the conductor member. The sleeve has ends that protrude past the openings and receive an insulation layer of the wires. Resilient electrical contact members are recessed from the grab rings in the openings. The electrical contact members have inner portions biased into contact with the electrical wires and outer portions biased into contact with the conductor member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: BAKER HUGHES OILFIELD OPERATIONS, LLC
    Inventors: Sean Cain, Scott Strattan, Sarah Smith, Chad Craig
  • Patent number: 11462844
    Abstract: An electrical connector includes a housing, a plurality of contacts arranged in the housing, an actuator mounted to the housing and configured to move relative to the housing, and a locking terminal mounted to the housing, the locking terminal comprising a locking arm extending through an interior portion of the actuator and into a cavity within the housing, the cavity having an upper surface and a lower surface. Movement of the actuator relative to the housing may cause the interior portion of the actuator to push against at least part of the locking arm and rotate the at least part of the locking arm. When the actuator is in a first position, the locking arm may contact a surface of the cavity within the housing, which may inhibit the actuator from rotating in a first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: Amphenol FCI Asia Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Motomu Kajiura, Yasutoshi Kameda
  • Patent number: 11450999
    Abstract: Connector inserts and connector receptacles that have a small form factor and where when a connector insert and connector receptacle are mated, the connector insert can rotate and articulate relative to an electronic device housing the connector receptacle. The connector receptacle can be connected to components in the electronic device through a flexible circuit board having an amount of slack or excess length to allow the connector receptacle and the connector insert to rotate relative to the connected components. A bearing supporting the connector receptacle can articulate about an axis to allow the connector receptacle and connector insert to articulate relative to the connected components. The bearing can further support a locking mechanism to lock the connector insert in place in the connector receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Eric T. SooHoo, Mahmoud R. Amini, Daniel R. Bloom, Sean T. McIntosh, Tian Shi Li, Jared M. Kole, Jason Joseph LeBlanc, Colin M. Ely, Peter J. Cameron, Michael A. Kinney, Eric S. Jol, Edward Siahaan, Robert D. Zupke, Rohan Gupta, Jordan J. Francis
  • Patent number: 11450989
    Abstract: A heavy-duty plug-in connector has a ground terminal that can be conveniently assembled and can comprise the greatest possible number of electrical crimp plug-in contacts (4,5). For this purpose, ground plug-in contacts (4?, 5?), likewise of a crimping configuration, are fitted in formations (13, 13?, 23, 23?) of the contact carriers (1, 2) for electrical contacting with metallic protective earthing elements (3, 3?, 3?, 3??). For said contacting, the formations (13, 13?, 23, 23?) have a respective opening (130, 130?) or passage (230, 230?). In the formations (13, 13?, 23, 23?), not only ground plug-in contacts (4?, 5?) but also further plug-in contacts (4, 5) are arranged, so that the number of plug-in contacts (4, 5) of the plug-in connector is increased considerably.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: HARTING Electric Stiftung & Co. KG
    Inventors: Maik Iphoefer, Chuan Sheng Ding
  • Patent number: 11444393
    Abstract: A grounding clamp having a conductive clamp body with an upper jaw and a lower portion with a through hole. A lower portion chamber includes an activator pivotally mounted on an axle. The activator includes a partially threaded upper pawl portion and a lower bar. An eyebolt with a threaded rod is slidingly disposed in the throughhole. A spring also mounted on the axle, urges the threads on the activator into engagement with the eyebolt rod. A conductive head is disposed on the upper end of the eyebolt, while a latching element is on the lower end. Pushing the activator lower bar pivots the activator and disengages the pawl from the threaded rod so that the threaded rod slides in the through hole freely until the conductive head engages a conductor. The clamp is easily tightened by turning the eyebolt and easily disengaged with only minimal reverse turning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: META DESIGN & MANUFACTURING INC.
    Inventors: Bradley Sykes, Phil Hawtin, James Coleman, Gabe Dowdy, Aaron Boone
  • Patent number: 11444392
    Abstract: A conductor connection terminal with at least one spring-loaded clamping connection for connecting an electrical conductor via a spring-loaded clamping. The spring-loaded clamping connection has at least one clamping point for clamping the electrical conductor which is formed with a clamping leg of a clamping spring. The conductor connection terminal has a manual actuating element which, as a result of manual actuation, can be moved from at least a closed position, in which the clamping point is closed, to an open position, in which the clamping point is open, and vice versa. The conductor connection terminal comprises a movably mounted control element by means of which the manual actuating element is mechanically coupled to the clamping spring, so that, as a result of manual actuation of the manual actuating element, the clamping point can be opened and closed via the control element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: WAGO Verwaltungsgesellschaft mbH
    Inventors: Muhammet Ali Tuerkekoele, Thomas Witte
  • Patent number: 11437757
    Abstract: A connector unit includes a first housing and a second housing which are mateable, and a lever element to be pivotably supported by the first housing, wherein the lever element includes a plate-shaped lever main body and a sliding element, wherein the lever main body is rotatable between an initial position and a completely rotated position for both housings, wherein the second housing includes a locking portion, wherein the lever main body includes a locked portion which is locked by the locking portion in the completely rotated position, wherein the sliding element is provided so as to be slidable between a protruding position and a pushed-in position, and wherein the sliding element is configured so that in the protruding position, the lever main body is rotated and the locking portion locks the locked portion in order to slide the sliding element from the protruding position to the pushed-in position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masaki Imamura, Akihiro Tsuruta, Koutaro Tobino, Kazuhide Ikeya
  • Patent number: 11437758
    Abstract: A connector assembly is presented herein. The connector assembly includes a first connector that has a fixed gear rack and a pinion gear engaged with the fixed gear rack and rotatable around a trunnion that is disposed in a first slot. The pinion gear and fixed gear rack cooperate to translate the trunnion along the slot as the pinion gear rotates. The first connector also includes a lever connected to the pinion gear configured to rotate the pinion gear and an actuator arm connected to the pinion gear defining a post protruding from the actuator arm. The connector assembly also contains a second connector that is configured to mate with the first connector. The second connector defines a second slot and a passage sized, shaped, and arranged to receive the post into the second slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Inventors: Patrick Joseph Reedy, Michael L. Mellot
  • Patent number: 11437762
    Abstract: Connector assemblies that may be used to connect a cable to one or more contact tails of an electrical connector are disclosed. Some connector assemblies may include a wire extending from a cable and attached to an edge of a contact tail of a signal conductor. At least a portion of the wire may be flattened to form a planar surface that is attached to a corresponding planar surface of the edge of the contact tail. Moreover, some connector assemblies may include a wire extending from a cable that is attached to an edge of a contact tail via a metallurgical bond extending along at least a portion of an attachment interface between the wire and the contact tail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: Amphenol Corporation
    Inventors: David Manter, Vysakh Sivarajan