Patents Examined by Steven L. Stephan
  • Patent number: 6503104
    Abstract: An adaptor for a connector to be interposed between a first terminal unit having many contact pieces and a second terminal unit having many contact pieces that are used for input/output of a video signal, an audio signal, and a signal associated therewith. A first connecting portion has many contact pieces corresponding to the many contact pieces of the first terminal unit, respectively, and is so shaped as to be connectable to the first terminal unit. A second connecting portion has many contact pieces that correspond to the many contact pieces of the second terminal unit, respectively, and are connected to the respective contact pieces of the first connecting portion. The second connecting portion is so shaped as to be connectable to the second terminal unit. Conductive contact pieces are connected to predetermined ones of the many contact pieces of the first and second connecting portions, and are to be connected to pin plugs or pin jacks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2003
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Tetsuo Yuga, Shinichi Shiota
  • Patent number: 6332785
    Abstract: A high voltage electrical connector (50) interconnects sources of energy, such as transformers and circuit breakers, to distribution systems and the like via a high voltage cable (37). The high voltage electrical connector (50) includes an access cavity (58) providing access to the interior of the electrical connector. The access cavity (58) may be fitted with an insert plug (20) or an insert injection plug (120). The inserts (20, 120) include a conductive shield (36, 136) to reduce the possibility of electrical discharges from the inserts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2001
    Assignee: Cooper Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank J. Muench, Jr., John M. Makal, James A. Wenzel
  • Patent number: 6203384
    Abstract: The multi-tap pad connector includes an integral conductive body with a longitudinal axis. A threaded female blind aperture is formed about a portion of the longitudinal axis for receiving the output from a secondary side of a transformer or similar electrical source. The body further includes a plurality of secondary electrical connection channels which are oriented perpendicularly with respect to the longitudinal axis. Oblique flanges are formed over the secondary electrical connection channels and include threaded apertures therethrough. The threaded apertures are directed to the secondary electrical connection channels. Allen set screws pass through the threaded apertures and into the secondary electrical connections channels to secure the secondary connectors both electrically and mechanically to the multi-tap pad connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2001
    Assignee: Maclean Power Systems
    Inventor: Robert DeFrance
  • Patent number: 6186839
    Abstract: An electrical connector is disclosed which has a terminal block having threaded screw opening provided in a first surface thereof. The screw opening has a pair of longitudinally extending groves on opposite sides of a cylindrical side wall of the screw opening. The terminal block also has a cable opening on a surface adjacent the first surface. The cable opening extends longitudinally into the screw opening. A screw member is provided having a threaded outer surface. The screw member is provided with a generally diamond shaped compression member which is rotatably mounted to a shaft provided on the first end of the screw member. The diamond shaped compression member has two rounded corners provided on a long axis of the member in such a manner that when the first end of the screw member is inserted into the screw opening, the two rounded corners of the compression member slide in and are guided by the longitudinally extending groves as the screw member is threaded into the screw hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2001
    Assignee: W. T. Storey Inc.
    Inventors: William T. Storey, Wesley H. Snyder
  • Patent number: 6186819
    Abstract: A latching mechanism and connector position assurance (CPA) system is provided for use with a two-part electrical connector having a first connector half which may be assembled to a second connector half. A raised stop is located on the first connector half, and the stop includes a ramp facing the second connector half during assembly of the first and second halves. A latch pocket is located on the second connector half, and the latch pocket includes an upperwall, a pair of sidewalls, and a deck. A latch member made of resilient metal is located within the latch pocket, and the latch member includes a latch arm having an aperture capable of receiving the raised stop. The latch arm is spring biased toward the deck, so that when the first connector half is assembled to the second connector half, the raised stop enters the aperture. The raised stop is retained within the aperture, and the first and second connector halves are thereby latched together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2001
    Assignee: Cardell Corporation
    Inventor: Franklin A. Holub
  • Patent number: 6183286
    Abstract: A lamp socket system 1 is provided for mounting an associated lamp 20, 20′ by holding a base 15 of the lamp through engagement between a set of connection pins 8, 8′ extending outwardly from the lamp base and a set of bayonet catch contacts 17, 18. The lamp socket includes a main housing body 2 and a substantially cylindrical coding ring 3, 3′ selectively connectable with the housing. The cylindrical coding ring 3 includes a set of recesses 10, 10′ arranged on an inner circumference of the coding ring at positions corresponding with positions of the set of connection pins 8, 8′ extending from the associated lamp socket base 15. The set of recesses 10, 10′ are adapted to receive the set of bayonet catch contacts 17, 18 associated with the lamp socket. A plurality of cylindrical coding rings are provided for selective connection with the main housing body to provide a convertible lamp socket system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2001
    Assignee: TRW Automotive Electronics & Components GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: J├╝rgen Hofmann
  • Patent number: 6179653
    Abstract: A stacking computer connector primarily comprises a connection board, a bottom connector and a top connector. The connection board includes a plurality of sets of through holes. The bottom connector is mounted on the connection board, and several protruding pins at the bottom surface of the bottom connector is locked in one set of the through holes, and the bottom connector has a dovetail-shaped seat on the top thereof. The top connector is piled upon the bottom connector, and the protruding pins are locked in another set of the through holes, and the top connector includes an accommodation space at the front bottom end thereof which has a dovetail-shaped groove on the top thereof. In accordance with the foregoing structure, the above-mentioned bottom connector is fitted in the accommodation space of the top connector. Therefore, the dovetail-shaped seat on the top of the bottom connector can be locked in the dovetail-shaped groove of the top connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2001
    Assignee: Simula Co. Ltd.
    Inventors: Andy Cheng, Daniel Sheu
  • Patent number: 6179666
    Abstract: A two-way radio accessory quick connect and extension cord for attaching to a speaker/microphone in a face mask of a fire fighter or a hand held speaker/microphone held by the fire fighter. The accessory quick connect allows for rapid connection of one end of the extension cord to the top of the accessory quick connect. The accessory quick connect also provides for allowing any water to drain off the top of the two-way radio to prevent electrical shorting out of the radio. The accessory quick connect includes an adapter housing having electrical pin connectors with a circuit board therein for connecting the electronics of the adapter housing to the electronics of the two-way radio. Extending upwardly from the adapter housing is an adapter male plug. The male plug is connected to the circuit board electronics in the adapter housing. The adapter male plug is dimensioned for receipt inside a first female plug attached to one end of the extension cord. The extension cord includes a fire retardant cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2001
    Inventor: Michael L. Osborn
  • Patent number: 6179629
    Abstract: A high density board-to-board connector has a housing integrally defining two upper stepped faces and two lower stepped faces. Each face defines a number of contact passageways extending to a rear face of the housing. A spacer has two mounting blocks and a stair-like spacing section between the two mounting blocks. The spacing section integrally forms four steps each defining a number of vertically extending contact tail portion receiving holes. A number of contacts are each bent to have a contact portion and a tail portion perpendicular to the contact portion. The contacts are interferentially mounted in the housing at a position wherein the contact portions are received in a front end of the contact passageways, and the tail portions vertically extend behind the rear face of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2001
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Ind. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: C. Y. Lai, Kun-Tsan Wu
  • Patent number: 6179626
    Abstract: An electrical connection system includes a plug connector and a socket connector mated with each other. The plug connector includes an insulative housing having a mating face defining a plurality of channels therein for each receiving a plug contact element. Each plug contact element includes a mating section extending along a first axis substantially normal to the mating face of the plug connector and having a tip portion extending beyond the mating face. The socket connector includes an insulative housing having a mating face defining a plurality of passageways therein corresponding in position to the channels of the plug connector. Each passageway has a socket contact element fixed therein. Each socket contact element includes a mating section located in the passageway and extending along a second axis substantially parallel to the mating face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2001
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Ind. Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kun-Tsan Wu
  • Patent number: 6176726
    Abstract: An electrical connection box having a main case, a connector housing therein, and a mating connector in the connector housing. There is an engagement section on one inside wall of the connector housing which engages the mating connector. There is also a support section on an inside wall of the connector housing with a retainer inserted therein. The retainer bears against at least a portion of the mating connector, thereby preventing it from slipping out of the connector housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2001
    Assignee: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventor: Shinji Kawakita
  • Patent number: 6174191
    Abstract: In an electric pin-and-socket coupler, between a first connector receiving a wiring harness and a second connector as a plug receiver on a stationary control unit, an auxiliary device having a lever as a manipulating part for closing or opening the pin-and-socket coupler locks securely in the closed position of the pin-and-socket coupler regardless of the feeding direction of the wiring harness. To that end, attached to the first connector is a latching member which bears two latching elements, of which the second latching element, after a displacement of the latching member transversely to the moving direction of the lever, comes into its grasping area, such that it forms an end stop for the lever. The electric pin-and-socket coupler is used in particular in the automobile industry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2001
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Hans-Heinrich Maue, Wolfgang Staudenmaier, Roman Hoernle
  • Patent number: 6171130
    Abstract: A connector for preventing a half-fitting thereof comprises a first connector housing, a second connector housing for engaging with the first connector housing, a slide cover provided so as to cover an outer periphery of the second connector housing, the slide cover capable of sliding on the outer periphery of the second connector housing in a fitting direction of the first and second connector housing, resilient member provided in the second connector housing for urging the slide cover toward an anti-fitting direction, and at least three half-fitting detection mechanisms for detecting the half-fitting of the first and second connector housing respectively provided on outer face of front end portions of the first connector housing and the slide cover, the detection mechanisms arranged such that there are substantially equal intervals therebetween with respect to a circumferencial direction of the first connector housing and the slide cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2001
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Haruki Yoshida, Motohisa Kashiyama
  • Patent number: 6168445
    Abstract: An electrical connector (10) comprising a first part (12) including a housing (16) having opposed side walls (18,20) each having an upper wall (24) and a lower wall (26) defining opposed slide surfaces (28) extending in a direction substantially perpendicular to a mating axis (X), first and second spaced apertures (34,36) in the upper wall, a pair of spaced apertures (38) in the lower wall, and a longitudinally extending slot (66) in the upper wall; a slider (30,31) positioned adjacent each side wall, each slider having an upper edge (54) and a lower edge (50) making a sliding engagement with the slide surfaces of the upper wall and the lower wall, a pair of inclined cam surfaces (46) having openings (48) in the lower edge alignable with the apertures in the lower wall, and a resilient tab (52) in the upper edge for making a snap fit in the first aperture in the upper wall in a fully unmated position, or in the second aperture in a fully mated position; a substantially U-shaped lever (58) having a pair of arm
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2001
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Roman Seutschniker, Peter Schekalla
  • Patent number: 6162077
    Abstract: The invention relates to a contact set for connecting a multi-pair communication cable having wire pairs, in particular individually shielded four wire pairs. The set comprises a male connector provided to be plugged into a female connector, the male connector comprising a first (1), a second (2), a third (3) and a fourth (4) pair of connection pins provided for being connected to corresponding wires of the wire pairs. According to the invention, the male connector further comprises a central (5) and a further (6) pairs of connection pins forming an aligned series of pins with the third and fourth pairs of pins, wherein the central pair is located in the middle of the series and the two pins of the further pair of pins are located on both sides of the central pair of pins, the third and fourth pairs of pins being each located at a respective extremity of the series.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2000
    Assignee: Alcatel
    Inventors: Robert Joseph Philippe Laes, Paul De Win
  • Patent number: 6159021
    Abstract: The object of the present invention is to provide an electrical connector which makes it possible for the contacts to electrically contact each other with a high contact pressure even when the contacts are made smaller and shorter. Contacts (40) and (80) which electrically contact each other are respectively secured in housings of a plug connector (20) and a cap connector (60), with the contacts being positioned in two rows in each connector. When the plug connector (20) and cap connector (60) are connected, first and second spring members (42) and (44) of the contacts (40) are clamped between wall surfaces (38a) and (38b) of the housing (30) and contact section (82) of the contacts (80), so that the contacts (40) and (80) are springably pressed strongly against each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2000
    Assignee: The Whitaker Corporation
    Inventor: Toshitaka Kusuhara
  • Patent number: 6155884
    Abstract: A connector retaining construction in which retaining claws for retaining connectors in a holder member will not interfere with an external member, and are prevented from damage due to such interference. In the construction, connectors (31, 32), having terminals inserted and retained therein, is inserted into a holder member (11) through an opening (18) of the holder member (11), and the connectors (31, 32) are slid, with elongate guide projections (42) of the connector (31, 32) engaged respectively with guide rails (19) formed on the holder member (11), thereby retaining the connector (32) in the holder member (11). A retaining step portion (44) is formed at each of the elongate guide projections (42) of the connector (32). An elastically-deformable retaining claw (22) for engagement in the associated retaining step portion (44) is disposed along each of the guide rails (19), The retaining claw having such a width that it will not project outwardly from the guide rail (19).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2000
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventor: Osamu Sugiyama
  • Patent number: 6152769
    Abstract: An electrical connector system is disclosed. This connector system includes a receptacle suitable for co-operating with a plug in which elements of the receptacle and plug are compatible with standardized connectors commonly used in industry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2000
    Assignee: Amphenol Socapex
    Inventors: Jean-Paul Gimenes, Gabriel Tupin, Jean-Michel Giraud
  • Patent number: 6152753
    Abstract: An anti-decoupling arrangement for an electrical connector (as well as an electrical connector incorporating such an anti-decoupling arrangement) is made up of just three operative components: a spiral lock clutch, at least one spring ring, and ratchet teeth or serrations formed on an inside surface of the coupling nut. The ratchet teeth are in the form of serrations formed into the inside diameter of a recessed area of the coupling nut in which all of the components reside, and each spring ring is a self-supporting ring that has spring cantilevers with engaging tines of a given number located around its outer circumference, the engaging tines engaging the serrations in a radial direction. The engaging tines thus provide a torque/ratchet mechanism when they glide over the radial cuts of the tooth ring in the uncoupling direction, and stay engaged which forces the spiral lock clutch to expand and slide smoothly over the plug shell with minimal torque in the coupling direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2000
    Assignee: Amphenol Corporation
    Inventors: Heath Allen Johnson, Clifford Joseph Westrick, David Leigh Frear
  • Patent number: 6152743
    Abstract: A coaxial connector that is mountable to a substrate is disclosed. The coaxial connector includes an electrically conductive inner contact for conducting a signal through the connector, an electrically conductive outer shell disposed generally coaxially around the inner contact, and an insulator disposed between the inner contact and the outer shell for insulating the inner contact electrically from the outer shell. The connector also includes an integral electronic component, such as a transformer, disposed within the outer shell. The electronic component has a first terminal in electrical contact with the inner contact, a second terminal in electrical contact with the outer shell, and a third terminal, isolated from the first and second terminals, adapted for electrical contact to the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2000
    Assignee: Berg Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Ronald S. Fox