Patents by Inventor Victor E. Slack

Victor E. Slack 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: 7033210
    Abstract: A stacked jack modular jack assembly is comprised of a multi-port housing, and a plurality of modular jack subassemblies. The jack subassemblies include upper and lower jack housings sandwiching therebetween, a cross-talk shield. The terminal subassembly is substantially Z-shaped, which allows for increased space there below for signal conditioning components. The terminal module also includes a center shield and a lower shield, and an outer shield, all of which are commoned together and grounded. An outer shield substantially surrounds the entire assembly, and is commoned to the other shield members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2006
    Assignee: Tyco Electronics Corporation
    Inventors: Eric C. Laurer, Victor E. Slack, Nathan J. Norris
  • Patent number: 6783398
    Abstract: An electrical connector assembly is shown which includes both full shielding and signal conditioning. The assembly includes a front housing portion in the form of a modular jack, and a rear housing portion which forms a recessed area or “well” for receiving the components for signal conditioning. The components are mounted on a printed circuit board, and placed in the recessed area. The housings are aligned and locked together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2004
    Assignee: Tyco Electronics Corporation
    Inventors: Victor E. Slack, Eric C. Laurer, Daniel R. Lewis, Kenneth Koon Keung Lai
  • Patent number: 6736673
    Abstract: A stacked jack modular jack assembly is comprised of a multi-port housing including a plurality of jack subassemblies. The jack subassemblies include upper and lower jack housings sandwiching therebetween, a cross-talk shield. The terminal subassembly is substantially Z-shaped, which allows for increased space therebelow for signal conditioning components. The terminal module also includes a center shield and a lower shield, and an outer shield, all of which are commoned together and grounded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2004
    Assignee: Tyco Electronics Corporation
    Inventors: Randy G. Simmons, Victor E. Slack, Eric C. Laurer, Kevin J. Peterson
  • Patent number: 6736680
    Abstract: An electrical connector assembly is shown which includes both full shielding and signal conditioning. The assembly includes a front housing portion in the form of a modular jack, and a rear housing portion which forms a recessed area or “well” for receiving the components for signal conditioning. The components are mounted on a printed circuit board, and placed in the recessed area. The housings are aligned and locked together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2004
    Assignee: Tyco Electronics Corporation
    Inventors: Victor E. Slack, Eric C. Laurer
  • Patent number: 6729906
    Abstract: A stack jack modular jack assembly is comprised of a multi-port housing, and a plurality of modular jack subassemblies. The jack subassemblies include upper and lower jack housing sandwiching therebetween, a cross-talk shield. The terminal subassembly is substantially Z-shaped, which allows for increased space there below for signal conditioning components. The terminal module also includes a center shield and a lower shield, and an outer shield, all of which are commoned together and grounded. An outer shield substantially surrounds the entire assembly, and is commoned to the other shield members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2004
    Assignee: Tyco Electronics Corporation
    Inventors: Randy G. Simmons, Victor E. Slack, Eric C. Laurer, Kevin J. Peterson
  • Publication number: 20040014362
    Abstract: An electrical connector assembly is shown which includes both full shielding and signal conditioning. The assembly includes a front housing portion in the form of a modular jack, and a rear housing portion which forms a recessed area or “well” for receiving the components for signal conditioning. The components are mounted on a printed circuit board, and placed in the recessed area. The housings are aligned and locked together.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2002
    Publication date: January 22, 2004
    Inventors: Victor E. Slack, Eric C. Laurer, Daniel R. Lewis, Kenneth Koon Keung Lai
  • Publication number: 20040014361
    Abstract: An electrical connector assembly is shown which includes both full shielding and signal conditioning. The assembly includes a front housing portion in the form of a modular jack, and a rear housing portion which forms a recessed area or “well” for receiving the components for signal conditioning. The components are mounted on a printed circuit board, and placed in the recessed area. The housings are aligned and locked together.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2002
    Publication date: January 22, 2004
    Inventors: Victor E. Slack, Eric C. Laurer
  • Patent number: 6655988
    Abstract: A stacked jack modular jack assembly is comprised of a multi-port housing. The housing includes LEDs for each port to monitor the condition of the signals. The upper port LEDs are mounted on LED modules, which are aligned with the housing. These modules also form the housing side walls for the receipt and alignment for jack subassemblies. The jack subassembly modules are pluggable into the multi-port housing to provide for the connector interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2003
    Assignee: Tyco Electronics Corporation
    Inventors: Randy G. Simmons, Victor E. Slack, Eric C. Laurer, Kevin J. Peterson
  • Patent number: 6537107
    Abstract: An electrical connector includes a housing (30,60,80,100) and a contact insert (41,61,81,101) that includes contacts (43,63,83,103) carried by a molding (42,62,82,102). A lock member (50,70,90,105) cooperates with the housing to secure the contact insert in the housing and to bias the molding against a wall of the housing. In one embodiment, the lock member (50) has a head (52) that is interference fitted in a stall (48) in the housing, and the lock member has a tail (54) that is arranged to urge the molding toward the head. In another embodiment, the lock member (60,80) is wedged between the molding and a portion of the housing. The lock member has a main portion, and nose portions (76,92) that project from the main portion, and the nose portions engage the molding. In another embodiment, the lock member (105) includes a protrusion of the molding that is interference fitted in an aperture (106) in the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2003
    Assignee: Tyco Electronics Corporation
    Inventors: Victor E. Slack, Eric C. Laurer
  • Patent number: 6439922
    Abstract: A lighting device (50, 60) includes a pair of illuminating members (42, 62) arranged side-by-side. The illuminating members have separate anodes (44, 64), and a common cathode (46, 66) that is shared by the illuminating members. In one embodiment, the common cathode (66) has the same cross-sectional shape as each of the anodes (64). In another embodiment, the common cathode includes a pair of individual cathodes (46) that are soldered together. The lighting device is mountable in an electrical connector housing such that the pair of illuminating members is associated with a pair of adjacent electrical receptacles in the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2002
    Assignee: Tyco Electronics Corporation
    Inventors: Eric C. Laurer, Victor E. Slack
  • Publication number: 20020034896
    Abstract: An electrical connector comprises a housing (30, 60, 80, 100) and a contact insert (41, 61, 81, 101) that includes contacts (43, 63, 83, 103) carried by a molding (42, 62, 82, 102). A lock member (50, 70, 90, 105) cooperates with the housing to secure the contact insert in the housing and to bias the molding against a wall of the housing. In one embodiment, the lock member (50) has a head (52) that is interference fitted in a stall (48) in the housing, and the lock member has a tail (54) that is arranged to urge the molding toward the head. In another embodiment, the lock member (60, 80) is wedged between the molding and a portion of the housing. The lock member has a main portion, and nose portions (76, 92) that project from the main portion, and the nose portions engage the molding. In another embodiment, the lock member (105) includes a protrusion of the molding that is interference fitted in an aperture (106) in the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2001
    Publication date: March 21, 2002
    Inventors: Victor E. Slack, Eric C. Laurer
  • Publication number: 20020034891
    Abstract: A lighting device (50, 60) includes a pair of illuminating members (42, 62) arranged side-by-side. The illuminating members have separate anodes (44, 64), and a common cathode (46, 66) that is shared by the illuminating members. In one embodiment, the common cathode (66) has the same cross-sectional shape as each of the anodes (64). In another embodiment, the common cathode includes a pair of individual cathodes (46) that are soldered together. The lighting device is mountable in an electrical connector housing such that the pair of illuminating members is associated with a pair of adjacent electrical receptacles in the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2001
    Publication date: March 21, 2002
    Inventors: Eric C. Laurer, Victor E. Slack
  • Patent number: 6120318
    Abstract: An electrical connector includes a housing having cavities that can receive mating electrical connectors. The cavities are arranged as vertically aligned pairs. The housing holds visual indicators which are associated with the cavities. The visual indicators for each vertically aligned pair are arranged in a rectangular array with one visual indicator at each exterior corner of the vertically aligned pair. At least some of the visual indicators have leads which extend along a rear of the housing. These leads are installed in a retainer prior to installation of the visual indicators in the housing. The visual indicators and the retainer form a subassembly which can be installed on the housing as a unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2000
    Assignee: The Whitaker Corporation
    Inventors: Carl G. Reed, Victor E. Slack
  • Patent number: 6093060
    Abstract: An electrical connector includes a housing having a front face and a cavity which is open through the front face for receiving a mating electrical connector. The housing has a terminal support shelf and a wall which is spaced from the terminal support shelf to define a slot between the terminal support shelf and the wall. The slot extends in a longitudinal direction from an upstream end which is open through a rear of the housing to a downstream end which is open to the cavity. The slot has a laterally extending width. The housing carries terminals which extend longitudinally through the slot and which are arranged side-by-side along the width of the slot. The terminals are initially attached to a carrier strip. The terminals are inserted into the slot from the upstream end with the carrier strip leading the terminals through the slot and emerging from the downstream end of the slot, and the carrier strip is removed from the terminals after the terminals are installed in the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2000
    Assignee: The Whitaker Corporation
    Inventors: David Michael Wiebking, Scott C. Scholl, Don K. Willis, Victor E. Slack
  • Patent number: 5599206
    Abstract: A dual modular jack insert subassembly 10 for use in a network outlet assembly 2 or in a patch panel including a mounting insert 16 to which modular jacks 12 with conventional panel stops 14 are attached without the use of additional fasteners. The mounting insert 16 is a molded member with a front window 20 through which the modular jacks 12 are accessible. Latch arms 18 extend rearwardly from the mounting insert, and a snap fastener 22 located on the inside of each latch arm opposes a window jamb 26 on a side of the window. The panel stops 14 cam the snap fastener 2 outward when the modular jacks 12 are inserted from the rear. The panel stops 14 are positioned in a channel 38 between the snap fastener 22 and a front shoulder 28 when properly mounted on the mounting insert 16.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 4, 1997
    Assignee: The Whitaker Corporation
    Inventors: Victor E. Slack, Rodney E. Reich, Mitchell E. Miller
  • Patent number: 5538434
    Abstract: Invention relates to a high performance electrical data connector of the type which may be mated with a like connector. The connector comprises an insulative housing having a connector mating face and a conductor receiving face, a floor extending between the faces and a pair of upstanding side walls, plural contact terminals upstanding from the floor intermediate the mating face and the conductor receiving face. The plural contact terminals comprise a conductor receiving portion, a base portion, and a resilient tongue portion reversely bent from the base portion and extending toward the connector mating face. An important feature hereof is the provision of an insulative member integrally molded between the side walls and overlying at least part of each resilient tongue portion, where the insulative member includes staggered plural through slots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 23, 1996
    Assignee: The Whitaker Corporation
    Inventors: Henry L. DelGuidice, Victor E. Slack, Harry R. Lowry, Clifford F. Lincoln
  • Patent number: 5203712
    Abstract: A power distribution system (2) for a raceway (6) of a wall panel comprises an outlet (8), a cable assembly (10), a junction box (12), a side-mount wiring device (14), and an end-mount wiring device (16) for connection to the junction box (12) as a self contained wiring branch adding an additional outlet receptacle (8).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 1992
    Date of Patent: April 20, 1993
    Assignee: AMP Incorporated
    Inventors: Jerry B. Kilpatrick, Mitchell E. Miller, Victor E. Slack
  • Patent number: 5178555
    Abstract: A kit (2) adapting a junction box (4) for installation along a raceway comprises, a mounting bracket (10) having a first adjustable mounting mechanism for locating the mounting bracket (10) along the raceway, providing an initial adjustment, and a second adjustable mounting mechanism for securing a junction box (4) to the mounting bracket (10), and for adjustably locating the junction box (4) along the mounting bracket (10), providing a second and final adjustment to accurately locate the junction box (4) between two premeasured lengths of cable (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 1991
    Date of Patent: January 12, 1993
    Assignee: AMP Incorporated
    Inventors: Jerry B. Kilpatrick, Victor E. Slack
  • Patent number: 5147228
    Abstract: A terminal (10) for an electrical connector (1). The terminal (10) comprises a mating portion (14) for mating with a contact of a mating connector, restraining means (58) for blocking withdrawal of the terminal (10) from the connector (1), and an elongate terminating portion (16) adapted to project from the connector (1). The terminating portion (16) comprises a leg (20) for terminating the terminal (10) to the substrate (4) and positive retention means (62) for securing the terminal (10) to the connector (1). The positive retention means (62) comprises a portion of the terminating portion (16) being adapted to be deflected at substantially a right angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 1992
    Date of Patent: September 15, 1992
    Assignee: AMP Incorporated
    Inventors: Mitchell E. Miller, Victor E. Slack