Patents Examined by Roy Lake
  • Patent number: 4260209
    Abstract: An improved transmission cable connector is disclosed for providing mass termination of pre-stripped flat transmission cable having conductors on closely spaced centers with the connector providing selective programming of grounds within the connector. The connector includes three sub-assemblies, namely, a cover, a housing assembly with a plurality of receptacle type contacts and a ground bus mounted therein, and a strain relief member. The present connector employs slotted beams to effect a connection between the conductors and grounds of the cable and the terminals and bus bars of the connector. The cable is prepared in a cable stripper to cut the insulation and displace it towards the free end of the cable sufficiently to allow the conductors to be seated in the connector cover. The application tooling then inserts the exposed conductors into the proper alignment slots of the cover while simultaneously trimming them to the correct length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 1978
    Date of Patent: April 7, 1981
    Assignee: AMP Incorporated
    Inventors: Dale R. Zell, Leroy J. Morningstar
  • Patent number: 4245874
    Abstract: A flexible connector assembly for coupling, both mechanically and electrically, sections of electrical distribution track in a track lighting system includes first and second connector segments each having at a first end, a plug-in type tapping mechanism for joining the segments mechanically and electrically to sections of electrical distribution track. A flexible and expandible member formed of a pair of conductive, coiled, wire elements concentrically wrapped in opposite directions with respect to each other, is joined at opposite ends at the second ends, respectively, of the connector segments. The coiled wire elements define a tubular passageway for electrical conductors coupling the connector segments electrically and the member itself provides a ground connection between the connector segments and corresponding track sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 1979
    Date of Patent: January 20, 1981
    Assignee: McGraw-Edison
    Inventor: Walter F. Bishop
  • Patent number: 4245881
    Abstract: An electrical connector embodying a housing having an elongated cavity therein for removably receiving an elongated plug in the cavity, with an elongated spiral spring member mounted in the cavity, in longitudinal alignment therewith, in position to receive the plug into the spring and afford the electrical connection between the housing and the plug.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 1978
    Date of Patent: January 20, 1981
    Assignee: Brad Harrison Co.
    Inventor: Leonard H. Michaels
  • Patent number: 4239320
    Abstract: A modularized electrical connector is disclosed and has position adjustable contact elements for engaging selective second contact elements of a complementary electrical connector. The electrical connector includes a housing defining an elongated cavity, with a top portion of the housing having an elongated cavity, with a top portion of the housing having an elongated end opening communicating with the cavity. A movable insert member is provided and includes an insert element constructed and arranged for disposition at any preselected one of a predetermined plurality of positions along the length of the housing cavity. Contact elements are supported by the insert member for mating engagement with selected contact elements of a complementary electrical connector according to the position of the insert member within the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 1979
    Date of Patent: December 16, 1980
    Assignee: Bunker Ramo Corporation
    Inventors: David L. Hesse, Ronald F. Krolak, Jiulio E. Perna
  • Patent number: 4239317
    Abstract: A modularized electrical connector includes plural sets of electrical contacts carried by a support means. A first adapter plug having an associated set of electrical contacts is constructed and arranged for disposition in releasable electrical engagement with any selected set of the plural contact sets. A second adapter affixed to the support member is flexibly wired to the movable first adapter and includes an associated set of electrical contacts for electrical connection to a mating connector plug. A mounting member is provided for securing the first adapter in a selected position. Other features are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 1979
    Date of Patent: December 16, 1980
    Assignee: Bunker Ramo Corporation
    Inventors: David L. Hesse, Joseph Warywoda
  • Patent number: 4235500
    Abstract: A circuit connector for electrically connecting a substantially flat flexible conductor to a second conductor. The connector generally includes a housing, a cover, and contacts. The housing is of insulating material and has a relatively flat conductor receiving surface and a plurality of openings that communicate with the conductor receiving surface. A generally resilient self-locking domed wiping contact is disposed in the housing beneath each opening, and slidably engages retaining grooves of the housing. At least one portion of each contact protrudes above the conductor receiving surface to make electrical contact with the flat conductor, and a second portion is adapted for connection to a second conductor. The cover is superposed the flat conductor receiving surface for receiving the flat conductor therebetween. The cover is movable to press and releasably retain the flexible circuit in electrical connection with said resilient contacts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 1978
    Date of Patent: November 25, 1980
    Assignee: TRW Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Belopavlovich, Leonard H. Michaels, Richard Zic
  • Patent number: 4232931
    Abstract: A connector for connecting coaxial cables includes an axial extending wall member having a first element folded over on itself to form a fold defining one terminating end of the wall member, the wall member having a first section defined by opposed and abutting portions and extending from the fold to a second section, the second section extending from the first section to the other terminating end of the wall member. The opposed and spaced portions of the second section has a first lip between which the coaxial cable passes, and also has generally parallel side edges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 1978
    Date of Patent: November 11, 1980
    Assignee: Hochiki Corporation
    Inventors: Takeshi Takeuchi, Takao Terasawa
  • Patent number: 4230389
    Abstract: An electrical connector and cable assembly comprising a predetermined length of cable and a pair of opposed flexible connector sections at each end thereof adapted to be separably engaged respectively with corresponding flexible connector sections on other connector cable assemblies to form an electrical cable of required size. Each opposed flexible connector section includes electric contact members connected to a live conductor or a plurality of live conductors in its associated cable with the contact members being adapted to engage complementary contact members in a connector section associated with another cable to form a connector assembly therebetween when the sections are matingly engaged thereby joining the live conductors together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 1978
    Date of Patent: October 28, 1980
    Assignee: Amerace Corporation
    Inventor: Edward J. Kotski
  • Patent number: 4230392
    Abstract: A socket connector is detachably connected to an oxygen sensor post terminal. The connector includes a connector body which comprises a housing and a cover which are secured together to form two longitudinal series of chambers and a socket. A terminal and attached wire conductor are disposed in each longitudinal series of chambers with the wire conductor leading out of the connector body. The connector body has elastomeric seal pads which seal the wire conductors and a vented socket seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 1979
    Date of Patent: October 28, 1980
    Assignee: General Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Robert D. Leonard, Jr., Charles R. Nestor
  • Patent number: 4227760
    Abstract: A lamp socket adapted to receive a bayonet base lamp bulb for illumination uses on an automotive vehicle. The socket is essentially cup-shaped and of one-piece plastic construction. The bulb contacting terminal members and grounding ring are all adapted to be inserted from the bulb end of the socket. The terminal members snap into designated slots in the bulb receiving wall of the socket. The grounding ring is a unitary, formed member with terminals at both opposed ends. The grounding ring forms the wall into which the bulb base is inserted. With the terminal members and grounding ring in place, terminals are provided for the engagement with conductors of a printed circuit board. The terminals have spring contactors spaced in an annulus insulated and spaced from the bulb. The bulb imposes a locking pressure on the bulb terminals by pushing the terminals further into the assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 1979
    Date of Patent: October 14, 1980
    Assignee: International Telephone and Telegraph Corporation
    Inventor: Roman J. Witek, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4226497
    Abstract: A battery terminal harness for connection with a predetermined polarity to the dissimilar terminals of a battery is provided with insulating cover means for preventing inadvertent short-term reverse polarity contact between the battery terminals and the connectors of the harness. Fastening means are provided for securing the cover means to a support member, the fastening means including aligned openings in a tab to the cover member and the support member and securing means passing through the aligned openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 1979
    Date of Patent: October 7, 1980
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Samuel Polonsky, Edward V. Pomponio
  • Patent number: 4226494
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a circuit panel connector for electrically connecting a circuit panel, such as a printed circuit board, with an insulated wire. The panel connector comprises a one-piece connector body of dielectric material having a main portion and a cover portion. The main portion includes a socket for receiving the panel, a rear wall, a floor, a pair of spaced side walls ech unitary with the rear wall and with the floor and providing the main portion with a cell. The main portion also has an opening in open communication with the cell and the socket and each side wall has a corner provided with a projection having an eave confronting the floor. The cover portion is hingedly connected to the rear wall and is movable between an open position in which the cover portion does not cover the cell and a closed position in which the cover portion covers the cell. The cover portion also has latching and strain relief resilient projection means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 1978
    Date of Patent: October 7, 1980
    Assignee: Amerace Corporation
    Inventors: Charles F. Mazzeo, Catherine K. Cotler
  • Patent number: 4225209
    Abstract: Electrical connector receptacle of the type used in the telecommunications industry comprises a one-piece molded housing having a plug-receiving end and a plug-receiving opening extending into the plug-receiving end. A plurality of side-by-side conductors mounted in the housing have contact spring portions which extend from an internal sidewall of the plug-receiving opening adjacent to the plug-receiving end. These conductors extend partially over an external sidewall and are bent laterally through an angle of 90 degrees so that they extend towards and past one of the endwalls of the housing. Conductor-receiving channels are provided on the external sidewall and extend to the endwall. Alternate channels are relatively deep and the remaining channels are relatively shallow so that the conductors in the channels are offset and ends of the conductors which are inserted into holes in a circuit board are offset from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 1979
    Date of Patent: September 30, 1980
    Assignee: AMP Incorporated
    Inventor: Donald W. K. Hughes
  • Patent number: 4223970
    Abstract: A compliant electrical connector has a pin with edges to grip the boundary of a hole, the pin having at least one groove sunk in the side thereof so that the pin forms a flexure that flexes to reduce the cross sectional area of the groove as the pin is inserted into the hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 1979
    Date of Patent: September 23, 1980
    Assignee: Electronics Stamping Corporation
    Inventor: Leo Walter
  • Patent number: 4223969
    Abstract: A quick connect-disconnect electrofluidic junction assembly for simultaneously transferring fluid and electrical energy from respective sources of supply. The assembly includes a female terminal with an internal receptacle one end of which is open and surrounded by a peripheral wall. An electrical contact is positioned inside the housing and spaced apart from the open end. A fluid passage extends through the housing and communicates with the receptacle. A male terminal includes a hollow connector body which is adapted to be push-fit into the receptacle through its open end, with an electrical contact on its forward end adapted to mate with the electrical contact in the housing. A sealing element is located around the periphery of the body for providing a fluid-tight seal between the body and the interior wall of the housing when inserted therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 1979
    Date of Patent: September 23, 1980
    Assignee: Codman & Shurtleff, Inc.
    Inventor: Roland Gatturna
  • Patent number: 4222625
    Abstract: A shielded electrical connector for use in connecting a high voltage cable to a high voltage bushing has a receptacle at one end of the connector for receiving the bushing, a contact for connection to the bushing and a shield construction which includes a conductive sleeve at the one end of the connector and extending circumferentially around the receptacle, the sleeve extending axially along the connector and being electrically separated from the remainder of the shield such that upon energization the electrical potential difference between the contact and the sleeve is less than the electrical potential difference between the contact and the remainder of the shield.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 1978
    Date of Patent: September 16, 1980
    Assignee: Amerace Corporation
    Inventor: Anthony Reed
  • Patent number: 4222624
    Abstract: The electric interface of the subject invention physically and electrically couples an electric connector to a printed circuit board, and employs one or more projections on the underside of the interface to engage a shoulder on the top of the connector for positively locking the interface and the connector together. This positive locking mechanism may be easily disengaged by pressing on a lever arm on the top of the interface which employs its mechanical advantage to disengage the interface from the connector and allow separation from the connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 1979
    Date of Patent: September 16, 1980
    Assignee: Midway Mfg. Co.
    Inventors: Robert Eme, deceased, Lloyd P. Schuman
  • Patent number: 4221451
    Abstract: A test adapter plug for connecting a solid wire conductor to a wire-wrap terminal post includes an elongated insulating housing having first and second openings respectively dimensioned to conform to the terminal post and the solid wire conductor, with the conductor opening accommodating passage therethrough only of the bare wire and not the insulation thereon. The housing contains two spaced-apart electrical receptacles interconnected by a conductor or a circuit element, such as a diode, each receptacle having a pair of spaced-apart spring contacts with the pairs of contacts respectively disposed adjacent to the two openings in alignment therewith for receiving and electrically contacting the terminal post and the solid wire conductor. The housing carries a strain relief member adjacent to the conductor opening for receiving the insulated portion of the conductor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 1977
    Date of Patent: September 9, 1980
    Assignee: Bunker Ramo Corporation
    Inventors: Edward F. Petrelewicz, Josef Keglewitsch
  • Patent number: 4221458
    Abstract: Electrical connector receptacle comprises an insulating housing having a plug-receiving end and a plug-receiving opening extending into the plug-receiving end. A plurality of stamped and formed conductors are mounted on the housing in side-by-side spaced-apart relationship. Each conductor has a contact spring portion which extends diagonally from the plug-receiving end into the opening from one of the sidewalls of the opening. Each conductor has an intermediate portion which is reversely bent at the plug-receiving end and extends through a channel in an external sidewall towards the rearward end of the housing. The end portion of the conductor extends beyond the housing to permit mounting of the housing on a circuit board with the end portion of the conductor soldered to a conductor on the board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 1978
    Date of Patent: September 9, 1980
    Assignee: AMP Incorporated
    Inventors: Donald W. K. Hughes, Ronald W. Myers
  • Patent number: 4221456
    Abstract: This specification discloses a fuse holder for an automotive terminal block for receiving fuses and electrical connections to various electrical components of the automobile. The fuse holder is positioned within the terminal block and is adapted to receive the blade contact of a fuse thereby establishing an electrical connection to the fuse. Typically, the fuse holder has a spring clip with two prongs spring biased against one another so that the blade contact can be resiliently secured between two prongs. The fuse holder can have a pair of attaching prongs to hold a wire providing an electrical connection to the fuse holder. A stop tab is positioned adjacent the attaching prongs so that a wire slipped between the attaching prongs is limited in movement toward the spring clip of the fuse holder so that it does not interfere with entry of the fuse blade between the two prongs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 1979
    Date of Patent: September 9, 1980
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: Thomas M. Cairns, John H. Dewar, Emmons F. Sumner