Patents by Inventor Stuart R. Melton

Stuart R. Melton 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: 9239441
    Abstract: A preconnectorized outdoor cable streamlines the deployment of optical waveguides into the last mile of an optical network. The preconnectorized outdoor cable includes a cable and at least one plug connector. The plug connector is attached to a first end of the cable, thereby connectorizing at least one optical waveguide. The cable has at least one optical waveguide, at least one tensile element, and a cable jacket. Various cable designs such as figure-eight or flat cables may be used with the plug connector. In preferred embodiments, the plug connector includes a crimp assembly having a crimp housing and a crimp band. The crimp housing has two half-shells being held together by the crimp band for securing the at least one tensile element. When fully assembled, the crimp housing fits into a shroud of the preconnectorized cable. The shroud aides in mating the preconnectorized cable with a complimentary receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2016
    Assignee: CORNING CABLE SYSTEMS LLC
    Inventors: Stuart R. Melton, Hieu V. Tran, David A. Thompson, Richard S. Wagman, Michael J. Gimblet, Xin Liu
  • Publication number: 20110129186
    Abstract: A fiber optic module assembly that may be pulled from a first location to a second location by a pulling means, the module assembly defining a pulling feature. The assembly may further be installed directly into a mounting structure for use as a patch panel. The fiber optic module assembly may be attached in a vertical orientation, facilitated by an articulated strain relief boot that pivots and rotates for cable management, which reduces the vertical footprint of the fiber optic module assembly. Embodiments of the fiber optic module assembly may be connected to the rear or side of a mounting structure for optical connection to pigtailed modules. The fiber optic module assembly may have a modular connector interface for mating dissimilar fiber optic connector assemblies.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2010
    Publication date: June 2, 2011
    Inventors: C. Paul Lewallen, James P. Luther, Stuart R. Melton, Martin E. Norris, Thomas Theuerkorn
  • Publication number: 20110129185
    Abstract: A factory finished fiber optic module assembly that may be pulled from a first location to a second location by a pulling means, the module assembly having a pulling feature. The assembly may further be installed directly into a mounting structure for use with other like assemblies as a patch panel. The fiber optic module assembly may be installed in a vertical orientation facilitated by an articulated strain relief boot assembly that pivots and rotates for cable management, which reduces the vertical footprint of the fiber optic module assembly. High density embodiments of the fiber optic module assembly may be connected to the rear or side of a mounting structure for optical connection to pigtailed modules. The fiber optic module assembly may have a modular connector interface for mating dissimilar fiber optic connector assemblies.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2010
    Publication date: June 2, 2011
    Inventors: C. Paul Lewallen, James P. Luther, Stuart R. Melton, Martin E. Norris, Thomas Theuerkorn
  • Patent number: 7918609
    Abstract: A preconnectorized outdoor cable streamlines the deployment of optical waveguides into the last mile of an optical network. The preconnectorized outdoor cable includes a cable and at least one plug connector. The plug connector is attached to a first end of the cable, thereby connectorizing at least one optical waveguide. The cable has at least one optical waveguide, at least one tensile element, and a cable jacket. Various cable designs such as figure-eight or flat cables may be used with the plug connector. In preferred embodiments, the plug connector includes a crimp assembly having a crimp housing and a crimp band. The crimp housing has two half-shells being held together by the crimp band for securing the at least one tensile element. When fully assembled, the crimp housing fits into a shroud of the preconnectorized cable. The shroud aides in mating the preconnectorized cable with a complimentary receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2011
    Assignee: Corning Cable Systems LLC
    Inventors: Stuart R. Melton, David A. Thompson, Michael J. Gimblet, Hieu V. Tran, Richard S. Wagman, Xin Liu
  • Patent number: 7881576
    Abstract: A preconnectorized outdoor cable streamlines the deployment of optical waveguides into the last mile of an optical network. The preconnectorized outdoor cable includes a cable and at least one plug connector. The plug connector is attached to a first end of the cable, thereby connectorizing at least one optical waveguide. The cable has at least one optical waveguide, at least one tensile element, and a cable jacket. Various cable designs such as figure-eight or flat cables may be used with the plug connector. In preferred embodiments, the plug connector includes a crimp assembly having a crimp housing and a crimp band. The crimp housing has two half-shells being held together by the crimp band for securing the at least one tensile element. When fully assembled, the crimp housing fits into a shroud of the preconnectorized cable. The shroud aids in mating the preconnectorized cable with a complimentary receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Assignee: Corning Cable Systems LLC
    Inventors: Stuart R. Melton, Hieu V. Tran, David A. Thompson, Richard S. Wagman, Michael J. Gimblet, Xin Liu
  • Publication number: 20100322563
    Abstract: A preconnectorized outdoor cable streamlines the deployment of optical waveguides into the last mile of an optical network. The preconnectorized outdoor cable includes a cable and at least one plug connector. The plug connector is attached to a first end of the cable, thereby connectorizing at least one optical waveguide. The cable has at least one optical waveguide, at least one tensile element, and a cable jacket. Various cable designs such as figure-eight or flat cables may be used with the plug connector. In preferred embodiments, the plug connector includes a crimp assembly having a crimp housing and a crimp band. The crimp housing has two half-shells being held together by the crimp band for securing the at least one tensile element. When fully assembled, the crimp housing fits into a shroud of the preconnectorized cable. The shroud aides in mating the preconnectorized cable with a complimentary receptacle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2010
    Publication date: December 23, 2010
    Inventors: Stuart R. Melton, Hieu V. Tran, David A. Thompson, Richard S. Wagman, Michael J. Gimblet, Xin Liu
  • Patent number: 7785015
    Abstract: A preconnectorized outdoor cable streamlines the deployment of optical waveguides into the last mile of an optical network. The preconnectorized outdoor cable includes a cable and at least one plug connector. The plug connector is attached to a first end of the cable, thereby connectorizing at least one optical waveguide. The cable has at least one optical waveguide, at least one tensile element, and a cable jacket. Various cable designs such as figure-eight or flat cables may be used with the plug connector. In preferred embodiments, the plug connector includes a crimp assembly having a crimp housing and a crimp band. The crimp housing has two half-shells being held together by the crimp band for securing the at least one tensile element. When fully assembled, the crimp housing fits into a shroud of the preconnectorized cable. The shroud aides in mating the preconnectorized cable with a complimentary receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2010
    Assignee: Corning Cable Systems LLC
    Inventors: Stuart R. Melton, David A. Thompson, Michael J. Gimblet, Hieu V. Tran, Richard S. Wagman, Xin Liu
  • Publication number: 20090060423
    Abstract: A preconnectorized outdoor cable streamlines the deployment of optical waveguides into the last mile of an optical network. The preconnectorized outdoor cable includes a cable and at least one plug connector. The plug connector is attached to a first end of the cable, thereby connectorizing at least one optical waveguide. The cable has at least one optical waveguide, at least one tensile element, and a cable jacket. Various cable designs such as figure-eight or flat cables may be used with the plug connector. In preferred embodiments, the plug connector includes a crimp assembly having a crimp housing and a crimp band. The crimp housing has two half-shells being held together by the crimp band for securing the at least one tensile element. When fully assembled, the crimp housing fits into a shroud of the preconnectorized cable. The shroud aides in mating the preconnectorized cable with a complimentary receptacle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2008
    Publication date: March 5, 2009
    Inventors: Stuart R. Melton, Hieu V. Tran, David A. Thompson, Richard S. Wagman, Michael J. Gimblet, Xin Liu
  • Publication number: 20090041411
    Abstract: A preconnectorized outdoor cable streamlines the deployment of optical waveguides into the last mile of an optical network. The preconnectorized outdoor cable includes a cable and at least one plug connector. The plug connector is attached to a first end of the cable, thereby connectorizing at least one optical waveguide. The cable has at least one optical waveguide, at least one tensile element, and a cable jacket. Various cable designs such as figure-eight or flat cables may be used with the plug connector. In preferred embodiments, the plug connector includes a crimp assembly having a crimp housing and a crimp band. The crimp housing has two half-shells being held together by the crimp band for securing the at least one tensile element. When fully assembled, the crimp housing fits into a shroud of the preconnectorized cable. The shroud aides in mating the preconnectorized cable with a complimentary receptacle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2008
    Publication date: February 12, 2009
    Inventors: Stuart R. Melton, David A. Thompson, Michael J. Gimblet, Hieu V. Tran, Richard S. Wagman, Xin Liu
  • Patent number: 7467896
    Abstract: A preconnectorized outdoor cable streamlines the deployment of optical waveguides into the last mile of an optical network. The preconnectorized outdoor cable includes a cable and at least one plug connector. The plug connector is attached to a first end of the cable, thereby connectorizing at least one optical waveguide. The cable has at least one optical waveguide, at least one tensile element, and a cable jacket. Various cable designs such as figure-eight or flat cables may be used with the plug connector. In preferred embodiments, the plug connector includes a crimp assembly having a crimp housing and a crimp band. The crimp housing has two half-shells being held together by the crimp band for securing the at least one tensile element. When fully assembled, the crimp housing fits into a shroud of the preconnectorized cable. The shroud aides in mating the preconnectorized cable with a complimentary receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2008
    Assignee: Corning Cable Systems LLC
    Inventors: Stuart R. Melton, David A. Thompson, Michael J. Gimblet, Hieu V. Tran, Richard S. Wagman, Xin Liu
  • Patent number: 7111990
    Abstract: A preconnectorized outdoor cable streamlines the deployment of optical waveguides into the last mile of a optical network. The preconnectorized outdoor cable includes a cable and at least one plug connector. The plug connector is attached to a first end of the cable, thereby connectorizing at least one optical waveguide. The cable has at least one optical waveguide, at least one tensile element, and a cable jacket. Various cable designs such as figure-eight or flat cables may be used with the plug connector. In preferred embodiments, the plug connector includes a crimp assembly having a crimp housing and a crimp band. The crimp housing has two half-shells being held together by the crimp band for securing the at least one tensile element. When fully assembled, the crimp housing fits into a shroud of the preconnectorized cable. The shroud aides in mating the preconnectorized cable with a complimentary receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2006
    Assignee: Corning Cable Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart R. Melton, Hieu V. Tran, David A. Thompson, Richard S. Wagman, Michael J. Gimblet, Xin Liu
  • Patent number: 7113679
    Abstract: A preconnectorized outdoor cable streamlines the deployment of optical waveguides into the last mile of an optical network. The preconnectorized outdoor cable includes a cable and at least one plug connector. The plug connector is attached to a first end of the cable, thereby connectorizing at least one optical waveguide. The cable has at least one optical waveguide, at least one tensile element, and a cable jacket. Various cable designs such as figure-eight or flat cables may be used with the plug connector. In preferred embodiments, the plug connector includes a crimp assembly having a crimp housing and a crimp band. The crimp housing has two half-shells being held together by the crimp band for securing the at least one tensile element. When fully assembled, the crimp housing fits into a shroud of the preconnectorized cable. The shroud aides in mating the preconnectorized cable with a complimentary receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2006
    Assignee: Corning Cable Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart R. Melton, David A. Thompson, Michael J. Gimblet, Hieu V. Tran, Richard S. Wagman, Xin Liu
  • Patent number: 7090407
    Abstract: A preconnectorized outdoor cable streamlines the deployment of optical waveguides into the last mile of a optical network. The preconnectorized outdoor cable includes a cable and at least one plug connector. The plug connector is attached to a first end of the cable, thereby connectorizing at least one optical waveguide. The cable has at least one optical waveguide, at least one tensile element, and a cable jacket. Various cable designs such as figure-eight or flat cables may be used with the plug connector. In preferred embodiments, the plug connector includes a crimp assembly having a crimp housing and a crimp band. The crimp housing has two half-shells being held together by the crimp band for securing the at least one tensile element. When fully assembled, the crimp housing fits into a shroud of the preconnectorized cable. The shroud aides in mating the preconnectorized cable with a complimentary receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2006
    Assignee: Corning Cable Systems LLC
    Inventors: Stuart R. Melton, Hieu V. Tran, David A. Thompson, Richard S. Wagman, Michael J. Gimblet, Xin Liu
  • Patent number: 7090406
    Abstract: A preconnectorized outdoor cable streamlines the deployment of optical waveguides into the last mile of a optical network. The preconnectorized outdoor cable includes a cable and at least one plug connector. The plug connector is attached to a first end of the cable, thereby connectorizing at least one optical waveguide. The cable has at least one optical waveguide, at least one tensile element, and a cable jacket. Various cable designs such as figure-eight or flat cables may be used with the plug connector. In preferred embodiments, the plug connector includes a crimp assembly having a crimp housing and a crimp band. The crimp housing has two half-shells being held together by the crimp band for securing the at least one tensile element. When fully assembled, the crimp housing fits into a shroud of the preconnectorized cable. The shroud aides in mating the preconnectorized cable with a complimentary receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2006
    Assignee: Corning Cable Systems LLC
    Inventors: Stuart R. Melton, Hieu V. Tran, David A. Thompson, Richard S. Wagman, Michael J. Gimblet, Xin Liu
  • Patent number: 6899467
    Abstract: A relatively small fiber optic plug is provided to facilitate pulling of the fiber optic plug and an associated fiber optic cable through small passageways. The fiber optic plug may include a shroud that protects the fiber optic connector and that may further define at least one opening, and preferably a pair of openings. The openings are sized to receive portions of an adapter sleeve once the fiber optic plug is mated with a fiber optic receptacle. The fiber optic plug may also include a cap mounted upon and adapted to swivel relative to the remainder of the fiber optic plug to serve as a pulling grip during installation of the fiber optic cable. Further, the fiber optic plug may include a crimp band that is mechanically coupled to both the fiber optic cable and the plug body in order to isolate the fiber optic connector from torque otherwise created by forces to which the fiber optic cable is subjected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2005
    Assignee: Corning Cable Systems LLC
    Inventors: A. John McDonald, Stuart R. Melton, Hieu V. Tran, James P. Luther, Darrell R. Childers
  • Publication number: 20040228589
    Abstract: A preconnectorized outdoor cable streamlines the deployment of optical waveguides into the last mile of a optical network. The preconnectorized outdoor cable includes a cable and at least one plug connector. The plug connector is attached to a first end of the cable, thereby connectorizing at least one optical waveguide. The cable has at least one optical waveguide, at least one tensile element, and a cable jacket. Various cable designs such as figure-eight or flat cables may be used with the plug connector. In preferred embodiments, the plug connector includes a crimp assembly having a crimp housing and a crimp band. The crimp housing has two half-shells being held together by the crimp band for securing the at least one tensile element. When fully assembled, the crimp housing fits into a shroud of the preconnectorized cable. The shroud aides in mating the preconnectorized cable with a complimentary receptacle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2004
    Publication date: November 18, 2004
    Inventors: Stuart R. Melton, Hieu V. Tran, David A. Thompson, Richard S. Wagman, Michael J. Gimblet, Xin Liu
  • Publication number: 20040223699
    Abstract: A preconnectorized outdoor cable streamlines the deployment of optical waveguides into the last mile of a optical network. The preconnectorized outdoor cable includes a cable and at least one plug connector. The plug connector is attached to a first end of the cable, thereby connectorizing at least one optical waveguide. The cable has at least one optical waveguide, at least one tensile element, and a cable jacket. Various cable designs such as figure-eight or flat cables may be used with the plug connector. In preferred embodiments, the plug connector includes a crimp assembly having a crimp housing and a crimp band. The crimp housing has two half-shells being held together by the crimp band for securing the at least one tensile element. When fully assembled, the crimp housing fits into a shroud of the preconnectorized cable. The shroud aides in mating the preconnectorized cable with a complimentary receptacle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2004
    Publication date: November 11, 2004
    Inventors: Stuart R. Melton, Hieu V. Tran, David A. Thompson, Richard S. Wagman, Michael J. Gimblet, Xin Liu
  • Publication number: 20040223720
    Abstract: A preconnectorized outdoor cable streamlines the deployment of optical waveguides into the last mile of a optical network. The preconnectorized outdoor cable includes a cable and at least one plug connector. The plug connector is attached to a first end of the cable, thereby connectorizing at least one optical waveguide. The cable has at least one optical waveguide, at least one tensile element, and a cable jacket. Various cable designs such as figure-eight or flat cables may be used with the plug connector. In preferred embodiments, the plug connector includes a crimp assembly having a crimp housing and a crimp band. The crimp housing has two half-shells being held together by the crimp band for securing the at least one tensile element. When fully assembled, the crimp housing fits into a shroud of the preconnectorized cable. The shroud aides in mating the preconnectorized cable with a complimentary receptacle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2004
    Publication date: November 11, 2004
    Inventors: Stuart R. Melton, Hieu V. Tran, David A. Thompson, Richard S. Wagman, Michael J. Gimblet, Xin Liu
  • Patent number: 6789953
    Abstract: An optical coupler is provided with two receptacles for receiving connectors mounted at a predetermined angle relative to one another with a light guiding element disposed therebetween. The light guiding element may be a reflective surface, a length of optical fiber, a planar waveguide, or a polymer waveguide. The optical coupler of the present invention is preferably used in combination with an optical backplane to interconnect the backplane with a daughtercard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2004
    Assignee: Corning Cable Systems LLC
    Inventors: Michael deJong, Stuart R. Melton, Charles A. Yow, Jr., Daniel Leyva, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6785460
    Abstract: A tool is provided for removing a ferrule from a receptacle that includes a handle portion having a distal end and a proximal end and a ferrule engagement portion disposed at the distal end of the handle portion. The tool also includes a latch disengagement portion disposed at the distal end of the handle portion. The tool handle may be angled for easier access if the receptacle is attached to a printed circuit board. Additionally, the tool may include an optical fiber opening to prevent the optical fibers from being bent or damaged during the ferrule removal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2004
    Assignee: Corning Cable Systems LLC
    Inventors: Michael de Jong, Stuart R. Melton, Charles A. Yow, Jr.