Patents by Inventor Russell E. Wende

Russell E. Wende 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: 5483739
    Abstract: An electrical terminal applicator includes an applicator ram drivable by a press ram through a working stroke towards, and a return stroke away from, a crimping anvil. A first crimping die is mounted on the applicator ram for cooperation with the anvil to crimp a first portion of an electrical terminal onto the insulation of an insulated electrical wire during each working stroke of the applicator ram. A second crimping die is mounted on the applicator ram for cooperation with the anvil to crimp a second portion of the terminal onto a conductive core of the electrical wire during each working stroke of the applicator ram. A first adjusting plate is mounted for rotation about an axis on and extending in the direction of movement of the applicator ram and includes a concentric ramped striking surface for engaging a striker surface operatively associated with the first crimping die, to adjust the shut height of the first die in response to rotating the first adjusting plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 16, 1996
    Assignee: Molex Incorporated
    Inventors: Vernon A. Smith, Robert A. Suthard, Kevin J. Urness, Russell E. Wende
  • Patent number: 5415015
    Abstract: A tool is provided for crimping a sheet metal terminal onto an exposed conductor of an electrical wire. The terminal defines a longitudinal axis and includes a mating end, a terminating end and a transition section therebetween. The terminating end includes a pair of transversely spaced crimp walls, and the transition section includes a pair of transversely spaced transition walls coplanar with and joining the crimp walls to the mating end of the terminal. The tool includes a pair of opposed crimp jaws defined by an anvil for locating the terminal and a crimp die for crimping the crimp walls into generally semi-cylindrical configurations into engagement with the conductor of the electrical wire. The crimp die includes a portion for crimping the transition walls into generally semi-frusto-conical configurations toward the conductor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 16, 1995
    Assignee: Molex Incorporated
    Inventors: Robert A. Klemmer, Russell E. Wende
  • Patent number: 5356318
    Abstract: An elongated sheet metal terminal is adapted to be crimped onto an exposed conductor of an electrical wire, the conductor having a given cross-sectional area. The terminal defines a longitudinal axis and includes a mating end, a terminating end and a transition section therebetween. The terminating end has a pair of spaced crimped walls, and the transition section has a pair of spaced transition walls joining the crimp walls to the mating end. The transition section has a minimum cross-sectional area at any given axial location of at least sixty-five percent of the given cross-sectional area of the conductor. The crimp walls are adapted to be completely curled into generally semi-cylindrical configurations into crimping engagement with the conductor. The transition walls are adapted to be partially curled into generally semi-frusto-conical configurations toward the conductor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 18, 1994
    Assignee: Molex Incorporated
    Inventors: Rupert J. Fry, Robert A. Klemmer, Gary E. Polgar, Russell E. Wende
  • Patent number: 5314358
    Abstract: A terminal position assurance system is provided for an electrical connector which includes a dielectric housing having a terminal-receiving passage into which a terminal is inserted in an insertion direction to a fully inserted position. A latch surface is formed in the housing adjacent the passage and facing in the insertion direction. A bendable tab is provided on the terminal and is adapted to be bent against the latch surface. The bendable tab is structured to be bent about an axis generally parallel to the insertion direction to move an edge portion of the tab to a position over the latch surface when the terminal is in its fully inserted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 24, 1994
    Assignee: Molex Incorporated
    Inventors: Robert A. Klemmer, Ronald S. Krzeczowski, Kirk B. Peloza, Russell E. Wende
  • Patent number: 4983130
    Abstract: A one-piece miniature insulation displacement contact adapted for post-termination insertion and retention within a channel of an insulative connector housing. The contact includes a continuous channel extending the length of a conductor termination portion formed at one end of the contact, extending the length of a transition portion of the contact, and extending a portion of the length of a terminal engagement portion of the contact; a floor of the continuous channel extending the entire length of the contact. The conductor termination portion includes opposing first walls coextensive with the floor and opposing insulation displacement jaws shear formed from each of the first walls where each of the jaws is displaced inwardly to juxtapose respective innermost insulation piercing edges of each of said jaws to form an insulation displacement slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 1985
    Date of Patent: January 8, 1991
    Assignee: Panduit Corp.
    Inventors: Jack E. Caveney, John J. Bulanda, Russell E. Wende
  • Patent number: 4797109
    Abstract: An electrical interconnector comprises an outer housing defining a first aperture; a rotor member occupying the first aperture in rotational relation to it; the first electrical connection carried on the outer housing; a second electrical connection carried on rotor member; and a coiled conducter wire loosely coiled in a plurality of coils about the rotor member with the outer housing, the coil conducter wire being connected at respective ends thereof to the first and second electrical connections. In this invention, one or more recesses are carried on either the outer housing or rotor member. One or more flexible detents are carried by the other of the outer housing and rotor, the detents being normally positioned to project into the recesses to prevent rotation between the outer housing and rotor member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 1988
    Date of Patent: January 10, 1989
    Assignee: Methode Electronics, Inc.
    Inventor: Russell E. Wende
  • Patent number: 4519129
    Abstract: A tool assembly for use with a prime mover, such as a bench press, for terminating a plurality of insulated conductors in a mass terminator connector. The tool assembly includes a pair of supports, at least one of which is adapted for attachment to the prime mover, for reciprocal movement relative to one another. The assembly also includes a conductor insertion die set carried by one of the supports for inserting the conductors into the connector. This die set includes an insertion die corresponding to each terminal element of the connector. Finally, the assembly includes connector holding means carried by the other support for holding the connector in alignment with the die set. The holding means has connector release means for retaining the connector in the holding means and is engageable by the connector and movable by the connector from a retention position to a release position and biased to the retention position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 1982
    Date of Patent: May 28, 1985
    Assignee: Panduit Corp.
    Inventors: Jack E. Caveney, Roy A. Moody, John J. Bulanda, Russell E. Wende