Patents by Inventor Christopher M. Helmstetter

Christopher M. Helmstetter has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 6766022
    Abstract: A system for cross-connecting network elements of different types through a common universal media. In the system, a media conversion interface is electrically connected to a network element. This media conversion interface passively maps the connector and cable type of the network element to a universal connector type. This media conversion interface is electrically connected to a cross-connect module in a universal distribution frame. This electrical connection uses a universal cable group and universal connectors. This cross-connect module is connected to another cross-connect module, also in a universal distribution frame, using a universal cable group and universal connectors. This second cross-connect module is electrically connected to a second media conversion interface, using a universal cable group and universal connectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2004
    Assignee: Avaya Technology Corp.
    Inventors: Steven C. Bartolutti, Leslie A. Baxter, Jane B. Clayton, Clay A. Feustel, Harold W. Friesen, David R. Hawkins, Christopher M. Helmstetter, Ian A. White
  • Patent number: 6699064
    Abstract: A connector assembly including at least one connector coupled to a connector housing and, at least one trough disposed on two opposing sides of the housing, such that a wire coupled to the at least one connector passes through both troughs. The troughs operate to reduce the strain on the wire by shifting forces on the wire away from a wire wrap section where the wire is coupled to the at least one connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2004
    Assignee: Avaya Technology Corp.
    Inventors: Bassel Daoud, George A. DeBalko, Antonio A. Figueiredo, Mikhail Sumetskiy, Christopher M. Helmstetter
  • Patent number: 6565375
    Abstract: A modified connector module having integrated push caps for wire termination. The integrated push caps simplify the operation of and allows connection or rearrangement of a single pair of conductors. The modified connector module having alternating height teeth and a plurality of insulation displacement connectors placed therebetween. Each integrated push cap having a pair of ribs for snubbing and seating a pair of conductors into the insulation displacement connectors and one or more pair of chambers for isolating and gripping the ends of the conductors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2003
    Assignee: Avaya Technology Corp.
    Inventors: Bassel Hage Daoud, Christopher M. Helmstetter
  • Patent number: 6494737
    Abstract: A wire connector block is provided which is formed to be used with both wire wrapping and wave soldering in connecting wires to wire connectors mounted thereon. Additionally, a method is disclosed for mounting a ribbon wire onto a printed wire board (PWB) that is connected to wire connectors. The ribbon wire is manipulated, preferably bent, to define an enclosed space with the printed wire board in which is disposed a material that is resistant to the passage of moisture therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2002
    Assignee: Avaya Technology Corp.
    Inventors: Bassel H. Daoud, George A. Debalko, Antonio A. Figueiredo, Adam S. Kane, Christopher M. Helmstetter
  • Patent number: 6349894
    Abstract: An assembly includes an enclosure and a device for storing fiber slack. The device has a pair of spool portions on opposite sides of the device. Each spool portion is shaped so that fiber slack can be wound back and forth between the two spool portions. The device is pivotally mounted within the enclosure, so that the pair of spool portions can be accessed by pivoting the device. Each spool portion may have a semicircular shape. Each spool portion has a radius at least as large as a minimum bend radius for a fiber to be stored on the device. A length of a fiber portion extending between the pair of spool portions is substantially greater than a perimeter of one of the spool portions. The device has top and bottom U-shaped channels connecting the tops and bottoms of the spool portions, respectively. The pair of spool portions and the top and bottom U-shaped channels form an elongated spool for storing fiber, the elongated spool extending around three sides of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2002
    Assignee: Lucent Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Bassel Hage Daoud, Christopher M. Helmstetter, Jason A. Kay, David S. Kerr, Ivan Pawlenko
  • Patent number: 6330389
    Abstract: A fiber storage system includes one or more splice holder assemblies and one or more fiber routing devices. The splice holder assembly has a sleeve in the shape of a closed figure having a plurality of substantially flat sides or a ring. The sleeve has a plurality of holes on its sides. At least one splice holder is mounted on the side walls of the sleeve, near one or more of the holes. The fiber routing device includes a sleeve in the shape of a closed figure having a plurality of substantially flat sides or a ring, and a plurality of troughs attached to an outer surface of the top portion of the sleeve. The splice holder assemblies may be stacked on top of each other, or on top of the fiber routing devices. The fiber routing devices may be stacked on top of each other, or on top of the splice holder assemblies. The stack of splice holder assemblies and fiber routing devices form a pedestal for routing and terminating optical fibers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2001
    Assignee: Lucent Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Bassel Hage Daoud, Christopher M. Helmstetter, Garth A. Newell
  • Patent number: 6325634
    Abstract: An improved panel for plug-in protectors, particularly protectors in high frequency applications. The panel comprises a plurality of five-pin sockets, each five-pin sockets corresponds to the terminals of a five-pin plug-in protector. The plurality of sockets are arranged in a staggered, brick layering configuration, horizontally or at an angle, such that the edge of a protector received in a set of socket is aligned with the half-width point of an adjacently stacked protector for minimal crosstalk while conserving space. In an alternative embodiment, each row of the staggered, brick layering, configuration are spaced apart to further minimize crosstalk and may be suitable for even higher frequency applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2001
    Assignee: Avaya Technology Corp.
    Inventors: Bassel Hage Daoud, Christopher M. Helmstetter, Mikhail Sumetskiy
  • Patent number: 6259852
    Abstract: A fiber optic pedestal for holding a plurality of fiber optic cable splices having at least one vertically disposed wall including a splice holder intermediate first and second engagement projections. The engagement projections having a surface for engaging fiber optic cable adjacent a splice which does not exceed the maximum bend radius of the cable. The pedestal is preferably formed with a fiber optic cable passageway on the interior of the at least one wall with the engagement projections located on the exterior of the walls. The pedestal further includes one or more radial openings for cable running through the passageway to pass to the first projection, the splice to be held in the splice holder and the continuing cable to engage the second projection and reenter the interior passageway through the one or more openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2001
    Assignee: Avaya Technology Corp.
    Inventors: Bassel H. Daoud, Christopher M. Helmstetter, Garth A. Newell
  • Patent number: 6226436
    Abstract: A system for organizing optical fibers includes a pedestal, a bracket and a fiber splice tray. The pedestal has a longitudinal passage through it. The pedestal has at least one hole on its side surface. The hole penetrates from the longitudinal passage to an exterior of the pedestal. The bracket is mounted to the pedestal near the hole. The bracket is capable of receiving and storing a plurality of fiber splice trays. Preferably, the pedestal includes a plurality of holes located around its perimeter and a plurality of brackets located between respective ones of the plurality of holes. Each tray is movable between a vertical position for storage and a horizontal position for accessing a fiber on the tray. The assembly has a single base mounted on the pedestal below the plurality of holes, at a distance from the bottom of the pedestal; and a single cover that joins with the base to form a sealed enclosure around the plurality of brackets and the fiber splice trays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2001
    Assignee: Lucent Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Bassel Hage Daoud, Christopher M. Helmstetter, Jason A. Kay, David S. Kerr, Ivan Pawlenko
  • Publication number: 20010000248
    Abstract: A modular jack receptacle that includes a plurality of removable interfaces that provide for interconnection between and among the plurality of interfaces and a modular jack held by the receptacle. Each of the removable interfaces include two terminals mounted on a printed circuit board and each connected to a circuit trace. Each interface may also include, as a routine matter of design choice, electronic devices, circuits, connectors, etc., to provide for additional functionality of the interface. The modular jack receptacle provides increased flexibility in diagnostic and test capability for a particular communication line from a Central Office (CO) to a customer premise location and simplified replacement of electronic devices installed in series with a communication line.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2000
    Publication date: April 12, 2001
    Inventors: Bassel H. Daoud, Christopher M. Helmstetter, David S. Kerr, Walter Pelosi, Mikhail Sumetskiy
  • Patent number: 6203334
    Abstract: A modular jack receptacle that includes a plurality of removable interfaces that provide for interconnection between and among the plurality of interfaces and a modular jack held by the receptacle. Each of the removable interfaces include two terminals mounted on a printed circuit board and each connected to a circuit trace. Each interface may also include, as a routine matter of design choice, electronic devices, circuits, connectors, etc., to provide for additional functionality of the interface. The modular jack receptacle provides increased flexibility in diagnostic and test capability for a particular communication line from a Central Office (CO) to a customer premise location and simplified replacement of electronic devices installed in series with a communication line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2001
    Assignee: Avaya Technology Corp.
    Inventors: Bassel H. Daoud, Christopher M. Helmstetter, David S. Kerr, Walter Pelosi, Mikhail Sumetskiy
  • Patent number: 6152759
    Abstract: A strain relief for an insulation displacement connector contains a cap section and a base section connected to the cap section at a pivot point. The cap section has at least one wire insertion channel and a first wall. The wire insertion channel has an entrance aperture which is in fluid communication with an exit aperture for passage therethrough in an insertion of an inserted wire. The exit aperture is contained in the first wall. The cap section is pivotally moveable between an open position which facilitates insertion of the wire into the cap section through the entrance aperture and out through the exit aperture, and a closed position. The base section has a side wall and a base hole or depression formed in the base section at the foot of the side wall. The base hole includes a wire stop portion at its bottom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2000
    Assignee: Lucent Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Bassel H. Daoud, Christopher M. Helmstetter, Antonio A. Figueiredo, Jason A. Kay, Walter Pelosi
  • Patent number: 6123566
    Abstract: A terminal strip with an integrated strain relief mechanism is deployed in an insulation displacement connector that contains a cap section, a base section including at least one terminal strip, and a latch member. The cap section is movable between an open position and a closed position and has therein at least one terminal strip receiving portion and at least one wire insertion channel for holding a wire. The channel has an entrance aperture for entry of the wire. The open position facilitates entry of the wire into the channel. When the cap section is in the closed position, the terminal strip is contained within the cap in the terminal strip receiving portion. The terminal strip includes a first arm having a first arm recess and a second arm having an offset tab. The latch member is movable between an engaged position and a disengaged position such that when the latch member is in the engaged position, it maintains the cap section in the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2000
    Assignee: Lucent Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Bassel H. Daoud, George A. DeBalko, Antonio A. Figueiredo, Christopher M. Helmstetter, Walter Pelosi
  • Patent number: 6099333
    Abstract: A network interface device is disclosed that connects a plug of a telephone test equipment to the telephone lines of the central office of a telephone service supplier, while at the same time disconnects customer's telephone lines from the telephone lines of the central office. Conversely, when the plug of the telephone test equipment is removed, the customer's telephone lines are reconnected to the telephone lines of the central office. The connection/disconnection is accomplished simultaneously by the insertion of the plug of the telephone test equipment into the cavity of a jack of the network interface device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2000
    Assignee: Lucent Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Bassel Hage Daoud, Christopher M. Helmstetter
  • Patent number: 6078661
    Abstract: A network interface device includes a base, a cover and a circuit board secured in the base. The circuit board includes terminations for input and output communication lines. Each pair of input and output communication lines corresponds to a single standard telephone line, a high speed data line or other type of line. The communication line terminations may be implemented as insulation displacement connectors, and the cover may include projections on its inner surface such that closing the cover also closes the insulation displacement connectors on the circuit board. For each communication line, the circuit board may include a subscriber bridge which establishes a breakable connection between the input and output line terminations via traces in the circuit board. In fixed wireless, fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) and other similar applications, the circuit board may also include terminations for input and output power lines, and the base and cover may be extended to accommodate an uninterruptible power supply.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2000
    Assignee: Lucent Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jaime Ray Arnett, Christopher M. Helmstetter, David Stevens Kerr, Theodore Edward Kluska, Ivan Pawlenko, David Louis Reed, William Tracy Spitz, Anthony Robert Tancreto
  • Patent number: 6077112
    Abstract: A connector having improved dielectric strength is provided and includes a lower portion having a front side and a rear side and a bottom, a pair of terminal disposed in the lower portion, each of the pair of terminals having a side extension and a wire wrap tail, one of the pair of terminals being disposed in the lower portion toward the front side, the other of the pair of terminals being disposed in said lower portion toward the rear side thereby forming a gap between the side extensions of each of the pair of terminals. A base having a pair of terminal openings for receiving the pair of terminals, respectively, with the base being dimensioned and shaped for receiving the lower portion. A protruding wall is disposed in the base between the pair of terminal openings. A notch is disposed on the bottom of the lower portion, the notch being dimensioned and shaped so that when the lower portion is placed in the base, the protruding wall is matingly engaged with the notch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2000
    Assignee: Lucent Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Bassel H. Daoud, George A. DeBalko, Christopher M. Helmstetter, Jason A. Kay, Walter Pelosi
  • Patent number: 5971795
    Abstract: A network interface device has a base. The base has a first jack on its bottom and a second jack on its top. A middle section is pivotally attached to the base. The middle section has a plug portion shaped to fit into the second jack. The plug portion has first and second terminals. Each terminal has an upper portion and a lower portion. The lower portions of the first and second terminals are connected to the first jack by a pair of openings in the base between the first and second jacks. Each of the openings is capable of receiving a conducting portion of an external plug when the external plug is inserted in the first jack, so that the conducting portions of the external plug contact the lower portions of the first and second terminals. An upper section is pivotally attached to the middle section. The upper section receives the upper portions of the first and second terminals. The upper section has first and second holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 26, 1999
    Assignee: Lucent Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Bassel H. Daoud, Christopher M. Helmstetter
  • Patent number: 5928030
    Abstract: A bridging clip for providing electrical connection between adjacent terminals; in particular, terminals having wire wrap connection wounded on the tail end of the terminals. The bridging clip comprises two integrated and electrically conductive walls, creating a groove therebetween for engaging the wire wrap connection of adjacent terminals. Along each wall is at least one corresponding cut-out, which are indented into the groove for independently engaging the tail ends of adjacent terminals. Multiple electrical contact is achieved by the walls and cut-outs of the bridging clip. The bridging clip is made of a resilient material which provides positive electrical contact and allows repetitive use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 27, 1999
    Assignee: Lucent Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Bassel Hage Daoud, Christopher M. Helmstetter
  • Patent number: 4947980
    Abstract: In a facility for conveying PWBs in a path of travel, two stop/clamp devices are magnetically clamped along the path to be spaced in its length and to be within the path width occupied by the traveling board. Each of the devices has stop and clamp elements shiftable as a unit between out positions at which they are disposed in the path and in positions at which they and the rest of their device do not interfere with the travel in the path of the boards. When in the out position, the leading device is adapted to stop the travel of such a board, and both devices are then selectively operable to grip and then release the stopped board. Sensors on the leading device are used to detect the presence of a board near to and at such device. A computer is responsive to such sensors and is used to produce a desired sequence of operations of such two devices and of other units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 1989
    Date of Patent: August 14, 1990
    Assignee: American Telephone and Telegraph Company
    Inventor: Christopher M. Helmstetter