Patents Examined by Yong Ki Kim
  • Patent number: 5954534
    Abstract: A lamp socket assembly having insulation piercing and displacing contacts which make electrical and mechanical joints with the two conductors of an electrical lamp cord. The contacts have two pointed ends to pierce the insulation and a slot between to sever and displace the insulation from the contact which is arranged transverse to the path of the cord in the socket. An actuating lever, pivotally mounted to the socket body, is held in different ratchet controlled position ranges to hold the lever and socket in assembly and accept the cord end and then force the cord in to the insulation piercing and displacing contacts. A strain relief member is made to engage the cord when the lever is fully operated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 21, 1999
    Assignee: Levition Manufacturing Co.,Inc.
    Inventors: Scot J. Hale, James N. Pearse, Dennis A. Oddsen, Anthony T. Tufano
  • Patent number: 5928032
    Abstract: An electrical conductor of the type known as a power adapter for connecting a power supply to a coaxial cable comprises a central metal conductor having a known type coaxial cable type coupler at one end and a flat plate terminal at the other end. The conductor is surrounded by a tubular insulator surrounded, in turn, by a tubular metal sleeve. At the one end of the adapter, the metal sleeve terminates in a threaded metal tube which surrounds, in electrically spaced apart relation, an axially extending portion of the central metal conductor either in the form of a solid plug extending beyond the metal tube or a hollow receptacle terminating inwardly of the end of the metal tube. Intermediate the two ends of the central conductor, the sleeve contains a plurality of axially extending flat surfaces spaced circumferentially around the sleeve. Two power supply wires are connected, respectively, to one of the sleeve flat surfaces and to the central conductor plate terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 27, 1999
    Assignee: Lucent Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Emmett Ronald Dreesen
  • Patent number: 5921818
    Abstract: A high frequency electrical connector includes a number of input terminals and output terminals that are interconnected by three metallic lead frames mounted on a dielectric spring block. The lead frames comprise flat elongated conductors, each terminating in a spring contact at one end and an insulation displacement connector at the other end. The lead frames are mounted on top of each other and their conductors are generally parallel and close to each other. Selected conductors of the lead frames crossover each other when they are mounted on the spring block but are prevented from making contact with each other at the crossover point. One pair of adjacent conductors are spaced a first distance from each other up to the crossover point, and a second, greater distance from each other beyond the crossover point for a portion of their lengths. The conductors of the one pair cross each other at a second crossover point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 13, 1999
    Assignee: Lucent Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Wayne David Larsen, Julian Robert Pharney
  • Patent number: 5910023
    Abstract: A holding device (10) for gripping a pair of spaced receptacle connectors (50) in a parallel relation, includes a plate-like body (12) having defining two side portions (14) for respectively retaining the two connectors (50) thereto. A retention member (16) is formed on each side portion (14) for grasping two sides of the corresponding connector (50). A pair of guidance channels (22) are provided at two opposite ends of the body (12) for cooperation with the end projections (54) on the connector (50). A pair of bosses (26) are respectively disposed about the corresponding channels (22) for restraining and aligning the lengthwise position of the connector (50) with regard to the holding device (10). Transverse ribs (28) are formed on the body (12) for abutment with the top surface (56) of the connector (50). Therefore, the connector (50) can be reliably and efficiently retained by the holding device (10) for moving to the specific predetermined position on the PC board through a suction nozzle of a robot arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 8, 1999
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Ind. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Robert G. McHugh, Yu-Ming Ho, Ming-Chuan Wu
  • Patent number: 5895291
    Abstract: A shielded cable connector comprises a terminal section and a cable section. The cable section comprises support shells mountable over shielding of the cable, and clamping half-shells that have ends engageable in grooves of the support members. The clamping half-shells are pivotable together to clamp a shielding braid that is reversely folded over a cylindrical portion of the support members. A retention ring is passed over the clamping half-shells to securely lock them to the terminal section. Assembly of the shield clamping portions is thus enabled after the terminals are mounted in the connector for a more cost-effective assembly procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 20, 1999
    Assignee: The Whitaker Corporation
    Inventors: Miguel Furio, Gilles Loudieux
  • Patent number: 5890932
    Abstract: A resilient contact piece portion is provided within a connection portion of a female metal terminal, and is folded back at a position spaced forwardly from a front end of the connection portion, thus forming a folded portion of a generally inverted V-shaped cross-sectional shape. Relief recesses for respectively receiving the projected folded portions are formed in a front plate of cavities in a female housing. Thus, a contact portion is shifted forwardly within the connection portion while the cross-sectional shape remains unchanged as before. The contact portion of the resilient contact piece portion is shifted forwardly, and therefore even if the length of projecting of a tab portion is short, a positive electrical connection between the tab portion and the resilient contact piece portion is achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 6, 1999
    Assignee: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventor: Junji Muta
  • Patent number: 5885109
    Abstract: An electrical adapter having a face panel with different blade and grounding prong insertion holes for receiving different electrical plugs, a track at its back side adapted to receive one of a set of plug members, a plug unit and a socket unit arranged at two opposite lateral sides so that a plurality of electrical adapters can be connected in series by plugging the plug unit of one electrical adapter into the socket unit of another, and an electrical circuit consisting of a voltage regulator, a voltmeter, a voltage stabilizer, a power switch and a surge absorber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 23, 1999
    Inventors: Chiu-Shan Lee, S. S. Chen Li
  • Patent number: 5882222
    Abstract: An electrical connector includes a housing body (1) having an arranging section (5) in which a cable with a core wire (C1) consisting of a plurality of strands is placed; a retainer body (2) having contact elements (3) with a blade-like press contact section (12) so that when the retainer body is fitted in the housing body,.the press contact section cuts into the core wire for making press connection; a stepped-down portion (7) provided in the arranging section of the housing body near a position of the press connection; and a press section (10) extending as downwardly from the retainer body to a level less than a tip of the press contact section to press the cable so that the cable is bent along the stepped-down portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 16, 1999
    Assignee: Hirose Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chiyoki Hanami
  • Patent number: 5879199
    Abstract: Disclosed is a modular jack assembly comprising an outer insulative housing having top and bottom walls and opposed lateral walls which define an interior section of the housing having front and rear open ends, and an insulated insert having a first section superimposed over the rear open end of the insulated housing and a second section extending generally perpendicular from the first section into the interior section of the housing. There are engagement points on both the top wall and the opposed lateral walls of the outer insulated housing. Latches may be positioned on the insulated insert on either their first section or their second section depending on the specific configuration of the insulated insert. If latches are positioned on the first section, the opposed lateral walls will be engaged. If latches are positioned on the top section, the top wall will be engaged. A common housing may, therefore, be used for a number of different types of insulated inserts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 9, 1999
    Assignee: Berg Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Yakov Belopolsky
  • Patent number: 5876239
    Abstract: This invention provides a modular jack receptacle connector (10) which has at least one light pipe (14) for transmitting light signals from a light emitting device receiving area (66) through an output face (76) along the mating face (24) of the modular jack receptacle (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 2, 1999
    Assignee: The Whitaker Corporation
    Inventors: Scott Frederick Morin, Brian Patrick Costello, Michael Paul Derstine
  • Patent number: 5876252
    Abstract: A connector assembly comprises a mounting portion for mounting the connector to a complementary portion which could be either another connector or a member fixed to a structure such as an automobile's bodywork. The mounting portions comprise interengaging T-shaped walls and T-shaped profiles that are longitudinally slidably interengaged. The mounting portion walls comprise interleaving recesses and extensions and that enable the mounting portions to be interengaged by placing the mounting portions one against each other and then sliding them in opposing directions by only a short travel. The latter enables longitudinally slidable T-profiles to be used but nevertheless over short travel which is advantageous for certain applications to reduce cable length surplus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 2, 1999
    Assignee: The Whitaker Corporation
    Inventors: Joachim Alfred Hahn, Dietrich Wilhelm Kumpel, Patrik Muller, Udo Alfred Pech, Jorg Thomas
  • Patent number: 5876234
    Abstract: A securing apparatus for an electrical male/female connection comprising a first band member, a second band member and a flexible connecting member. The first band member comprises a top portion having formed therein two parallel slits for forming a first flexible surface area. The second band member comprises a top portion having formed therein two parallel slits for forming a second flexible surface area. The flexible connecting member has one distal end coupled to a distal end of the first flexible surface area and the other distal end coupled to the second flexible surface area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 2, 1999
    Inventor: John C. Hester
  • Patent number: 5873747
    Abstract: One of a pair of electrical connectors has a resilient cantilevered locking arm 15 which has a finger plate 19 for release thereof. The finger plate is undercut on one side to accommodate a travel stop constituted by an upstanding sidewall 17. The other sidewall 16 extends to at least the upper surface of the arm 15 thereby resisting accidental release thereof. The arrangement permits the width of the connector to be reduced whilst giving better access to the finger plate 19.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 23, 1999
    Assignee: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventor: Takeshi Tsuji
  • Patent number: 5871371
    Abstract: The invention comprises an electrical connector for providing connection for a plurality of coaxial cable disposed in a shielded cable. The connector includes a contact housing having a plurality of signal and ground contacts mounted therein. The contact housing has an outer periphery. The signal and ground contacts are disposed about the outer periphery of the contact housing. The signal and ground contacts each have contact sections and connection sections for forming an electrical connection with the signal and ground from a coaxial cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 16, 1999
    Assignee: The Whitaker Corporation
    Inventors: Richard Ellis Rothenberger, Mark Joseph Zitto
  • Patent number: 5868590
    Abstract: A contact spring for an electrical bush contact includes bottom and top springs. The bottom spring has a boxlike housing as a spring arm base with two wide sides, two narrow sides and two opposite ends. The bottom spring has a connection part integrally adjoining one of the ends of the spring arm base, at least two independent resilient contact tongues disposed on each of the wide sides of the bottom spring at the other of the ends of the spring arm base, the contact tongues being angled relative to one another for defining an insertion funnel and touching one another in a position of repose, and additional side tongues disposed on each of the narrow sides of the bottom spring. The top spring is form-lockingly held on the bottom spring and encloses and fits over the spring arm base and the contact tongues of the bottom spring boxlike on four sides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 9, 1999
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Joris Dobbelaere
  • Patent number: 5860815
    Abstract: An edge mount connector includes a connector body having solder tails extending from a back side, and receptacles formed in a front side, opposite the back side. The solder tails have terminal ends aligned along a solder plane extending through the front and back sides and intersecting the body between a top and a bottom surface. Recesses are integrally formed to extend into the front and bottom sides of the body. The recesses include a rest surface extending along the solder plane. The connector body is suspended within a cut-out formed in a circuit board panel. The body is maintained substantially level with the solder tails engaging solder pads formed on one portion of the panel whereas another portion of the circuit board panel adjacent the cut-out, is simultaneously in engagement with the rest surfaces of the recesses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 19, 1999
    Assignee: Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Steven Feldman, James C. Pilny, Dennis M. Brunner
  • Patent number: 5860813
    Abstract: An elastomeric electrical connector (30) comprises an elastomeric core (32) having sides (48) extending in a longitudinal direction between opposite ends (46), and a flexible film (34) having circuit traces (36) thereon wrapped around the core. One of the sides (48) has a relief (50) and the flexible film has a crease (40) directed into the relief. The crease predisposes a portion of the flexible film to gather in the relief when the core is compressed in the longitudinal direction, thereby preventing circuit traces on loose flexible film from causing inadvertent electrical shorts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 19, 1999
    Assignee: The Whitaker Corporation
    Inventors: Robert Daniel Irlbeck, Charles Thomas Long
  • Patent number: 5857869
    Abstract: A spring latch for cable connectors for computers and other electronic devices. A spring member, first connector plate and second connector plate are provided. The spring member has a pair of opposing leg members, each including a coil spring section and an outwardly extending flange. The first connector plate is adapted to slideably receive the outwardly extending flanges of the opposing leg members, and the second connector plate is adapted to detachably engage the opposing leg members at a position beneath the coil spring sections of the leg members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 12, 1999
    Assignee: Matsushita Avionics Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Stephen Spencer Parcel, Timmy Lane Hallmark, Allen Everett Stewart, Robert J. Hofmann
  • Patent number: 5857868
    Abstract: A coaxial cable terminator assembly for coupling a first coaxial cable terminating in a first end and a second coaxial cable terminating in a second end. The assembly comprises a shelf for receiving the first coaxial cable, and a shaft for receiving the second coaxial cable. The shaft is reciprocatingly slidable from a disengaged position wherein the first and second ends are separated, to an engaged position wherein the first and second ends are in contact. The assembly further includes a housing encompassing the shelf, shaft, and ends, and locking means for retaining the shaft in the disengaged position to prevent tampering with the cable ends. The shaft has an extension portion which extends below the housing when the ends are in the engaged or disengaged position to thereby indicate whether the ends are in the engaged or disengaged position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 12, 1999
    Assignee: Universal Recovery Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael K. Findon, Jeffrey Steven Saley
  • Patent number: 5855484
    Abstract: An electrical connector is provided for mounting to a printed circuit board which has a cutout in an edge thereof. The connector includes an elongated dielectric housing having opposite ends and being adapted for mounting in the cutout in the printed circuit board. The housing includes outwardly projecting wings at the opposite ends thereof, with the wings juxtaposed over a surface of the printed circuit board. A pair of retention members are mounted on the housing at the opposite ends thereof, with the retention portions of the members sandwiched between the wings and the surface of the printed circuit board for securing the connector to the printed circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 5, 1999
    Assignee: Molex Incorporated
    Inventors: Fearghal Hennessey, John Joseph O'Connell, Matthew Wilhite