Patents by Inventor William B. Long

William B. Long 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).

  • Publication number: 20010053884
    Abstract: A pelvic sling device is provided for reducing a fractured pelvis. The device includes a belt member and a buckle component that automatically locks at an optimal predetermined tension level to provide distributed hoop-like compression and reduction for a fractured pelvis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2001
    Publication date: December 20, 2001
    Inventors: James C. Krieg, William B. Long, Steven M. Madey, Michael Bottlang
  • Patent number: 5281762
    Abstract: A grounding connection and method for use with multi-wire cable (10) of a type having a plurality of individual cables (12) arranged in side-by-side relationship with each cable including an outer insulation sheath (14) extending around a relatively fragile, thin ground shield (16) in turn extended around a dielectric sleeve (18) carrying a fine signal wire (20) includes the provision of a body (22) of conductive plastic molded or cast around the exposed shield to provide a permanent electrical interconnection and commoning of the shield (16) of the multiple cables. A grounding bus (26) is used with the body (22) to interconnect ground circuits to external ground paths of circuit boards or the like. An alternative embodiment includes plastic material having sufficient strength to form fasteners (50) or latches (54) extending the use of the body (22). A thin wall plastic housing (60) may be used as an alternative definition of a cavity into which the material is poured to form the body (22).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 1992
    Date of Patent: January 25, 1994
    Assignee: The Whitaker Corporation
    Inventors: William B. Long, Robert G. Leggett
  • Patent number: 4908942
    Abstract: An electrical terminal device has stamped and formed post portions of U-shaped cross-section which are stiff and suitable for wire wrapping and has a compliant mounting portion between the post portions for mounting the terminal in a plated through-hole in a circuit board. The compliant mounting portion comprises outwardly bowed portions extending longitudinally between aligned associated sidewalls of the U-shaped post portions which are elastically deformable inwardly and towards each other. When one of the terminal post is inserted into the circuit board hole, these bowed portions are flexed towards each other when they enter the circuit board hole and the edges of the bowed portions bear against the surface of the hole thereby to establish contact with the plating in the hole and retain the terminal in the circuit board. The U-shaped post portions, but not the compliant mounting portion, are severely cold-worked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 1985
    Date of Patent: March 20, 1990
    Assignee: AMP Incorporated
    Inventors: William B. Long, Barry M. Shenk
  • Patent number: 4880388
    Abstract: An electrical connector assembly 27 comprises, an insulative housing block 6, conductive signal contacts 1 mounted to the housing block 6 for connection to corresponding signal wires 23 of an electrical cable 22, and a conductive ground bus 2 for connection to corresponding ground wires 24 of the cable 22, the signal contacts 1 and the ground bus 2 are joined together and are mounted on the housing block 6, the signal contacts 1 are constructed for being detached from the ground bus 2, whereby selected signal contacts 1 are detached from the ground bus 2 and other signal contacts 1 remain joined to the ground bus 2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 1988
    Date of Patent: November 14, 1989
    Assignee: AMP Incorporated
    Inventors: Robert E. Beamenderfer, William B. Long, John R. Shuey
  • Patent number: 4875877
    Abstract: An electrical connector assembly for connection to an electrical cable comprises; an insulative housing block, conductive signal contacts on the housing block, a ground bus on the housing block connected to at least one selected signal contact, wire connecting portions of the signal contacts appear at corresponding first openings formed in the housing block, wire connecting portions of the ground bus appear at corresponding second openings of the housing block, and the housing block is formed to surround and insulate each of the signal contacts to allow insertion of the signal contacts into an insulative housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 1988
    Date of Patent: October 24, 1989
    Assignee: AMP Incorporated
    Inventors: David S. Fleak, Keith S. Koegel, William B. Long, Stanford C. Moist, Jr., Warren D. Nauman
  • Patent number: 4872849
    Abstract: A channel outlet comprising a housing of insulative material has means for mounting the outlet in an opening in a channel-shaped cover of a channel housing and includes a terminal-receiving member and a cover member. Power terminals and a ground terminal are secured in cavities in the terminal-receiving member. The terminals have a first section adapted to terminate a respective electrical conductor thereto. The power terminals have wrap-around receptacle sections adapted to receive blade terminals of a conventional electrical plug therein. The ground terminal includes a contact member for sliding electrical contact with a ground pin of the electrical plug and a ground tab extending exteriorly of the cover member for ground connection to a channel-shaped base of the channel housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 1984
    Date of Patent: October 10, 1989
    Assignee: AMP Incorporated
    Inventor: William B. Long
  • Patent number: 4690647
    Abstract: A contact terminal has a termination section at one end thereof including a spaced pair of axially-extending slots within each of which a respective one of a pair of conductor wires is held in interference fit for weld termination such as by laser welding. The terminal can be a ground terminal for the pair of ground conductors of a tri-lead cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 1986
    Date of Patent: September 1, 1987
    Assignee: AMP Incorporated
    Inventors: Wilbur A. Hamsher, Jr., William B. Long
  • Patent number: 4684192
    Abstract: A shielded breakaway connector assembly has mating polarized conductive shells and mating respective dielectric inserts mounted therein having mating terminals therein. A plug insert is mounted in its shell permitting limited axially normal movement in a selected direction against spring bias so that during mating said plug insert is cammed in that direction by a cam member secured to the receptacle insert's shell to achieve a tentative mating condition wherein the respective contact sections engage and electrically connect. Full mating is achieved when the plug insert is further pushed against the receptacle insert in order for a latch surface of the plug to latch behind a cooperating latch on the cam member which latches are adapted to be delatchable solely when limited tensile force pulls the plug insert away from the receptacle insert's shell to overcome the axially normal spring bias on the plug insert and the resistance to delatching of the latches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 1986
    Date of Patent: August 4, 1987
    Assignee: AMP Incorporated
    Inventors: William B. Long, Gary L. Over, Howard R. Shaffer, John R. Shuey
  • Patent number: 4611878
    Abstract: An electrical connector of the plug type comprises a dielectric housing member in which electrical terminals are secured, contact sections of the electrical terminals extend outwardly from a front surface of the dielectric housing member, and conductor-securing sections of the electrical terminals are to be connected to electrical conductors of a shielded cable. Metal clamshell members are mounted on the dielectric housing member forming an outer contact surrounding the dielectric housing member so that a front section covers the contact sections of the electrical terminals and a rear section is to be connected to a shield of the shielded cable. An insulating sleeve is disposed on the clamshell members and the cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 1985
    Date of Patent: September 16, 1986
    Assignee: AMP Incorporated
    Inventors: Lawrence A. Hall, Linn S. Lightner, William B. Long, Suel G. Shannon, Daniel E. Stahl
  • Patent number: 4493525
    Abstract: In an electrical connector of the plug type and a corresponding receptacle therefor, said plug connector comprises a dielectric housing member having terminal-receiving passageways therein in which electrical terminals are latchably secured, and said terminals have contact sections extending forward from said housing member and are electrically connected to electrical conductors of a shielded cable. Metal clamshell members are mounted on said housing member forming an outer contact which extends forward to cover said contact sections of said terminals. The conductive shield of said cable surrounds a rear section of said outer contact and is surrounded by a ferrule member which is crimped to secure said shield to said outer contact, and said clamshell members to said housing; said ferrule is also crimped to an insulating jacket of said cable, and an insulating sleeve is disposed around said outer contact and said cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 1983
    Date of Patent: January 15, 1985
    Assignee: AMP Incorporated
    Inventors: Lawrence A. Hall, Linn S. Lightner, William B. Long, Suel G. Shannon, Daniel E. Stahl
  • Patent number: 4489387
    Abstract: This invention relates to methods and apparatus for medical decision making. In particular, this invention coordinates the actions of two or more medical teams who are working toward a common goal. The apparatus used to achieve this objective consists of a control unit especially adapted for instructing, through algorithms, two or more teams of personnel to make observations and measurements, to answer questions, and to perform procedures independently and frequently simultaneously in a coordinated manner to achieve a common goal. The control unit interfaces with each medical team through an information display screen and data entry panel (I/O station).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 1981
    Date of Patent: December 18, 1984
    Inventors: David E. Lamb, William B. Long, William J. Sacco
  • Patent number: 4486064
    Abstract: An electrical connector for connecting insulated conductors to electrical terminals comprises a dielectric housing member having terminal-receiving passageways extending therethrough and conductor-receiving areas extending normal to the terminal-receiving passageways. Electrical terminals are secured in the terminal-receiving passageways; each of the terminals includes a contact section and a conductor-terminating section. The conductor-terminating section is formed of overlapping members having coincident slots, the outer angled edges of the slots adapted to cut through the insulation of the conductor when the conductor is forced into the slots and inner parallel edges of the slots adapted to score and electrically engage the conductive core of the conductor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 1982
    Date of Patent: December 4, 1984
    Assignee: AMP Incorporated
    Inventors: William B. Long, Suel G. Shannon, John R. Shuey, Daniel E. Stahl
  • Patent number: 4446505
    Abstract: An electrical connector in the form of a pin having spaced compliant sections for electrical connection with plated through holes in printed circuit boards. The orientation of each compliant section is such that it engages a virgin area of each plated through hole when coming to rest therein thereby forming excellent electrical and mechanical connections between the compliant sections and respective plated through holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 1982
    Date of Patent: May 1, 1984
    Assignee: AMP Incorporated
    Inventors: William B. Long, Suel G. Shannon
  • Patent number: 4445737
    Abstract: An electrical distribution system for an electric lighting system including a plurality of electric lights comprises a lighting connector mounted on each of the plurality of electric lights and including an insulating housing having terminal members therein electrically connected to the electric leads of the light. A control connector has an insulating housing with first and second levels of contact members therein which are interconnected together in a predetermined manner. One of the first and second levels of contact members of the control connector is electrically connectable with the terminal members of one of the lighting connectors and also electrically connectable with electric leads connected to an electrical switch. The other of the first and second levels of contact members of the control connector is electrically connectable to contact elements in an insulating housing of a power-in connector which contact elements are also connected to electric leads connected to a power source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 1981
    Date of Patent: May 1, 1984
    Assignee: AMP Incorporated
    Inventors: William B. Long, Donald L. Metzger, John R. Shuey
  • Patent number: 4437725
    Abstract: A junction connector and a tap connector for a modular wiring system are disclosed. The junction connector has oppositely directed faces which receive cable connectors on the ends of the distribution cables of the system. Feed-through conductors in the junction connector are mated directly with terminals in the cable connectors. The tap connector is dimensioned to be mounted in a standard circular hole in a panel and has a mating face which is against a tap connector receiving face of the junction connector when the parts are mated. The terminals in the tap connector are arranged as a non-linear cluster in order that they might be all contained within the cylindrical tap connector housing. The feed-through conductors in the junction connector are in side-by-side coplanar relationship.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 1981
    Date of Patent: March 20, 1984
    Assignee: AMP Incorporated
    Inventors: Daniel G. Eaby, William B. Long, John R. Shuey
  • Patent number: 4408820
    Abstract: A T-shaped electrical junction connector having improved feed-through conductors and tap conductors therein is disclosed. The feed-through conductors comprise stamped rectangular plates each of which has three aligned openings extending therethrough. An elongated slot is formed in the feed--through conductors which intersects the openings. The metal of the conductor on each side of the slot is coined outwardly from the plane of the feed-through conductor to form a cylindrical surface which merges with one surface of the conductor. The tap conductors each comprise a cylindrical rod which is dimensioned to be inserted through one of the openings in the feed-through conductor and have an interference fit. The coined portions of the feed-through conductor are stressed in torsion when the tap conductor is inserted through the opening to enhance the contact force at the electrical interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 1981
    Date of Patent: October 11, 1983
    Assignee: AMP Incorporated
    Inventors: Daniel G. Eaby, William B. Long, John R. Shuey
  • Patent number: 4403821
    Abstract: A device is disclosed for effecting a line tap for modular unit, residence, or similar wiring situations. The device allows for a power cable to be tapped without utilizing a junction box, which would necessarily require severing and rejoining of the cable. The device further provides for the tapping cable to be connected to the subject power cable tap by means of known electrical connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 1981
    Date of Patent: September 13, 1983
    Assignee: AMP Incorporated
    Inventors: John A. Zimmerman, Jr., William B. Long
  • Patent number: 4274696
    Abstract: A device is disclosed for use in a wiring system for connecting conventional components, such as duplex outlets or switches, to the system. In such a wiring system insulated conductors in jacketed cables are strung about a construction and are confined within hollow walls thereof. Access to the cables is by defined apertures in wall boards with the device making an insulation displacing engagement with the conductors of the cable. The subject devices include improved terminals and cover for use in such a device to make an improved one or two conductor interconnect as well as improved means for mounting the device on a wall board or the like, a gang mounting version, and further a one piece assembly obviating the necessity for a separate face plate to cover the device and the aperture in the wall board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 1979
    Date of Patent: June 23, 1981
    Assignee: AMP Incorporated
    Inventors: William B. Long, John A. Zimmerman, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4245880
    Abstract: A convenience outlet is disclosed for use in groups or alone at any point where it is desirable to have electrical power available. The individual convenience outlet has a housing of rigid insulative material enclosing terminals which have a receptacle configuration on one end adapted to mate with a conventional plug and on the opposite end are adapted to mate with conductors. The other end of each terminal is preferably profiled to effect an insulation displacement termination of a conductor but also can be profiled to mate with a terminated conductor. The terminals also include means for grounding the outlet to a mounting box, panel, or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 1979
    Date of Patent: January 20, 1981
    Assignee: AMP Incorporated
    Inventors: John A. Zimmerman, Jr., William B. Long
  • Patent number: 4156103
    Abstract: A stamped and formed connector for connecting semi-rigid conduit to electric boxes is disclosed. The subject connector is stamped from flat sheet metal stock in continuous fashion and is subsequently formed to have a conduit engaging portion and a connector box engaging portion. An end of a length of semi-rigid conduit is securely held in an aperture in the base of the connector while the connector itself can be readily mounted in an aperture of a junction box or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 1977
    Date of Patent: May 22, 1979
    Assignee: AMP Incorporated
    Inventors: Frank P. Dola, Frederick W. Rossler, Jr., Kermit M. Jones, Jr., William B. Long