Patents Examined by Vanessa Girardi
  • Patent number: 11411337
    Abstract: An electrical contact is stamped from sheet metal and includes a planar main body, a resilient upper contacting arm extending from an upper end of the main body and a resilient lower contacting arm extending from a lower end of the main body. The upper contacting arm includes an upper oblique section and an upper contacting section at a free end thereof, and the lower contacting arm includes a lower oblique section and a lower contacting section at the free end thereof. The width of the contacting arm is similar to that of the main body while the width of the contacting section is smaller than one half of that of the main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignees: FOXCONN (KUNSHAN) COMPUTER CONNECTOR CO., LTD., FOXCONN INTERCONNECT TECHNOLOGY LIMITED
    Inventor: Fang-Jwu Liao
  • Patent number: 11411334
    Abstract: An electrical connector for connecting to flat-wire conductors of a flexible circuit (FC) is described. The electrical connector includes an elongated body, a split-blade terminal, and a spring terminal. The elongated body has a longitudinal axis. The split-blade terminal has two prongs separated by a distance and is configured to interface with an electrical terminal of an electrical device. The spring terminal is configured to mate with one or more of the flat-wire conductors within a connection area of the FC. The spring terminal and the split-blade terminal are positioned on the longitudinal axis at opposing ends of the electrical connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: APTIV TECHNOLOGIES LIMITED
    Inventors: David R. Peterson, Joseph Sudik, Jr., Duane Lee Brantingham, George A. Drew
  • Patent number: 11394138
    Abstract: Provided is a terminal block that electrically connects a terminal connection portion provided at a terminal end of a covered wire and a device-side connection portion provided in a device to each other, the terminal block including: a contact placement portion on which the terminal connection portion and the device-side connection portion are disposed in contact with each other; a wire installation portion that is provided continuously with the contact placement portion and on which the covered wire is disposed; and a stress relaxation portion that is disposed between the wire installation portion and the covered wire so as to be elastically displaceable, and that bends and holds the covered wire in a state in which a clearance is provided between the covered wire and the wire installation portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignees: AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES, LTD., SUMITOMO WIRING SYSTEMS, LTD., SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES. LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Shimizu, Yusuke Isaji, Hitoshi Takeda
  • Patent number: 11387603
    Abstract: A panel mount connector includes a housing that mounts to a panel from a terminal side of the panel and a terminal module that is configured to be supported by and inserted in a channel in the housing from a cable side of the panel. A secondary piece can be used to secure the terminal module to the housing and provide sufficient structure robustness while allowing for ease of assembly and disassembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: Molex, LLC
    Inventors: Tommy Lawrence, Javier Resendez, Takayuki Arai
  • Patent number: 11387588
    Abstract: A power semiconductor module has a substrate, load and auxiliary connector elements, and a plastic body, which preferably is a housing or a housing frame and which has a channel. The channel being for the arrangement of a compensating portion of a press-fit contact element. The press-fit contact element has a press-fit portion, a compensating portion and a foot portion, the compensating portion being elastic in a longitudinal direction of the press-fit contact element and having at least two O-shaped sub-portions arranged in succession in the longitudinal direction and having a constriction arranged between two sub-portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: SEMIKRON ELEKTRONIK GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Ingo Bogen, Alexander Wehner
  • Patent number: 11387064
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a MEMS element includes a first member, and an element part. The element part includes a first fixed electrode fixed to the first member, a first movable electrode facing the first fixed electrode, a first conductive member electrically connected to the first movable electrode, and a second conductive member electrically connected to the first movable electrode. The first conductive member and the second conductive member support the first movable electrode to be separated from the first fixed electrode in a first state before a first electrical signal is applied between the second conductive member and the first fixed electrode. The first conductive member and the second conductive member are in a broken state in a second state after the first electrical signal is applied between the second conductive member and the first fixed electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA
    Inventors: Hiroaki Yamazaki, Kei Masunishi
  • Patent number: 11374353
    Abstract: A magnetic latching connector for making electrical connections between cables, electrical power and signal sources, equipment and the like in a variety of medical and other applications in which it is desired to have the connection maintained with a predetermined amount of magnetic attractive force. The magnetic latching connector generally includes male and female connector components. The male and female connector components comprise male and female couplings and male and female coupling housings. The male and female coupling housings enclose electrical connections between the male and female couplings and electrical cables. Recessed within the male and female couplings are electrically conductive pins and sockets and male and female magnetic latching elements. When the male and female connector components are coupled, the pins and sockets provide electrical connections and the recessed magnetic latching elements provide a predetermined magnetic attraction force to maintain the connections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: Onanon, Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis J. Johnson, Katherine H. Hoose
  • Patent number: 11374343
    Abstract: Systems, devices, and methods including: a cable; a housing having a tapered exit hole connected to an internal volume; a tapered seal having a tapered outer surface and an inner aperture, where the inner aperture of the tapered seal receives the cable; an encapsulant disposed in the internal volume and about one or more wires of the cable; and a compression cap placed over the tapered seal and about a flange of the housing to compress the tapered seal into the tapered exit hole; where compression from the compression cap forces the encapsulant up inside the cable and around the one or more wires of the cable, and where curing of the encapsulant seals the cable from moisture incursion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: HYDRA-ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Daniel Scott Price, Robert Andrew Guziak, David Eugene Schmidt
  • Patent number: 11374338
    Abstract: A wire connection device includes a housing, a conductor, and a lever. The conductor is located inside the housing and has a leaf spring, a conductive member and a push-back block, and the lever is provided with a push-back notch and an actuating cam, and the lever is movably assembled in the housing so that the lever may swing against the housing so that the leaf spring is squeezed by the lever for generating a deformation. When the lever swings to an actuate position, the touch surface of the cam that touch the conductor will be changed so that the lever can be moved in a straight line against the housing simultaneously. Therefore, the push-back block can be inserted into the inside of the push-back notch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: HEAVY POWER CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Chieg-Li Tseng
  • Patent number: 11367577
    Abstract: A trigger assembly having: a housing with a switch; a trigger; an actuator movable from OFF wherein the switch is operably-opened, towards ON wherein the switch is operably-closed; a lock-on mechanism including a first locking member mounted proximate the trigger and a second locking member mounted proximate the housing; when the actuator is ON, said locking members are movable relative to each other into a locked configuration; a lock-off mechanism including a lock-off member that is movable about a rotation axis between locked-off-position, which restricts movement of the trigger and the actuator is restricted from movement, and non-locked-off-position, which does not restrict movement of the trigger and the actuator member is not restricted from movement; and a shaped-portion disposed proximate the housing that abuts the lock-off member when the trigger is moved towards the housing with the lock-off member in the locked-off-position, whereby the actuator is restricted from movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignees: DEFOND ELECTECH CO., LTD, DEFOND COMPONENTS LIMITED
    Inventor: Kin Yu Wong
  • Patent number: 11349242
    Abstract: A male terminal to be accommodated into a cavity of a housing includes a plate-like tab formed in a front end part, and a box portion in the form of a rectangular tube connected to a rear part of the tab and open rearward. A front end part of the box portion includes a contact portion configured to come into contact with an inner wall of the cavity from behind and a supporting portion located behind the contact portion. The contact portion has a contact surface constituted by a plate surface of a metal plate material constituting the box portion and the contact surface comes into contact with the inner wall of the cavity. The supporting portion supports the contact portion 44 from a side opposite to the contact surface when the contact portion comes into contact with the inner wall of the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: SUMITOMO WIRING SYSTEMS, LTD.
    Inventor: Keisuke Teramoto
  • Patent number: 11342712
    Abstract: An electrical connector is provided which includes a terminal that includes two terminal pieces, a fixed housing that is fixed to a machine or a substrate, and a movable housing that is movably supported to the fixed housing by the terminal. Each of the terminal pieces is formed of a conductive plate. A connection portion is formed on one end side of each of the terminal pieces in a length direction and connected to a circuit provided in the machine or the substrate. A contact portion is formed on another end side of each of the terminal pieces in the length direction and comes in contact with a terminal of a mating connector. A spring portion is formed in each of the terminal pieces and connects the connection portion and the contact portion such that the contact portion is movable with respect to the connection portion between the connection portion and the contact portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: HIROSE ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kentaro Doi
  • Patent number: 11342135
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for connecting and disconnecting an electrical load circuit, operated at high voltage by a voltage source, in a transportation means that is electrically driven by a drive operated at low voltage. According to the invention, a contact stud (6) is connected to the push rod (11) of a linear drive (2) and the contact stud (6) can be moved into at least two positions in a switch housing (4), wherein the switch housing (4) has, on its internal wall, at least two contact rings (5), one of which is connected to the voltage source (7) and the other is connected to the consumer circuit (8).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: IIE GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventor: Ekkehard Kress
  • Patent number: 11336063
    Abstract: The invention relates to an insert for connecting an electric connection to a wall (10), having a pin (1) with a shaft (4), which has a first connection means (5), and an electrically conductive ring (2) with a through-opening (6) for receiving the pin (1), wherein the shaft (4) of the received pin (1) protrudes out of a contact surface (11) of the ring (2). For protection purposes while working, for example while painting, the insert comprises a protective cap (20, 20?) with a holding portion (21, 21?) comprising a second connection means (26), which can be connected to the first connection means (5) of the pin (1), and a flange section (22, 22?) which rests against the contact surface (11) of the ring (2) when the protective cap (20, 20?) is connected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: FAIRCHILD FASTENERS EUROPE—CAMLOC GMBH
    Inventors: Alexander Sebastian Dach, Dieter Jüling
  • Patent number: 11337326
    Abstract: An apparatus for preventing over-discharging according to various embodiments of the present invention may comprise: a housing including a first opening; a first electronic component disposed inside the housing; a second electronic component electrically connected to the first electronic component; and a switch for electrically connecting or disconnecting the first electronic component and the second electronic component through an external force by a pin inserted through the first opening. In addition, various embodiments may be possible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jung-Woo Lee, Sung-Hoon Moon
  • Patent number: 11329413
    Abstract: A female terminal includes a mating segment, a circuit connecting segment, and a bent segment connecting the mating segment and the circuit connecting segment. The mating segment has a mating axial direction, and the circuit connecting segment has a holding axial direction. The bent segment has a bent portion so that the mating axial direction is substantially not parallel to the holding axial direction. A first plane portion is between the bent portion and the mating segment. A second plane portion is between the bent portion and the circuit connecting segment. A connector having the female terminal is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: DONGGUAN XUNTAO ELECTRONIC CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yung-Chih Hung
  • Patent number: 11329408
    Abstract: A conductor connecting structure includes: first and second conductors having terminal portions; a support having recessed portions; first screw members accommodated in the recessed portions; and second screw members that co-fasten the terminal portions of the first and the second conductors by screwing to the first screw members. The recessed portions have first and second wall surfaces that face each other in an opposing direction, and restricting surfaces along the opposing direction to restrict the rotation of the first screw members. The first and second wall surfaces configure a retaining portion to retain the first screw member before being screwed, and an allowable portion located closer to the inlet of the recessed portion. The distance between the first and the second wall surfaces in the allowable portion is greater than the distance in the retaining portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazuma Watanabe, Yasuhiro Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 11322890
    Abstract: Power outlet wall plates having retention components are described herein that are configured to be mounted around power outlets to thereby retain power cords in electrical engagement with sockets of the power outlets. The retention components can be secured to the structure using any suitable mechanism, such as by using fasteners, snap fit, and so forth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Inventor: Keith Cyzen
  • Patent number: 11322888
    Abstract: A lever (24) is formed with a separating cam surface (30) and an escaping space (31) disposed in a region more distant from a rotary shaft (13) than the separating cam surface (30). The separating cam surface (30) presses cam projections (23) of a moving plate (18) in a direction away from the rotary shaft (13) to separate both housings (10, 40) in the process of rotating the lever (24) to an initial position with the both housings (10, 40) connected. The cam projections (23) are accommodated into the escaping space (31) while being separated from the separating cam surface (30) in the process of rotating the lever (24) from the initial position to a connection position with the both housings (10, 40) separated and the moving plate (18) located at a protection position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: SUMITOMO WIRING SYSTEMS, LTD.
    Inventors: Tomoaki Yasuda, Satoru Nishide
  • Patent number: 11322864
    Abstract: A fixation system in use for medium or high voltage switching poles, insulators, circuit breakers, or general devices includes: an insulating housing provided with holes, in which screws are screwed into, in order to fix the device on a support, or a further housing. Inner surfaces of the holes are covered with a conductive layer or layers covering the inner surfaces at least partly. The conductive layers extend toward outside the holes. The conductive layers are conductively connected or connectable to ground potential.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: ABB Schweiz AG
    Inventors: Dietmar Gentsch, Christian Reuber