Wire Harness Patents (Class 174/72A)
  • Patent number: 6161803
    Abstract: A wiring trough for an enclosure for telecommunications equipment (such as a building entrance protector) has a male piece adapted to be received by a female piece at a number of different positions to define an opening having different sizes to accommodate different amounts of wiring. As the amount of wiring needed to be handled increases (e.g., as more enclosures are stacked end to end on a wall one on top of the other), the two-piece wiring trough can be reconfigured without having to remove the wiring trough from the enclosure to expand the size of its opening to accommodate the larger amount of wiring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2000
    Assignee: Lucent Technologies Inc.
    Inventor: Bassel H. Daoud
  • Patent number: 6159019
    Abstract: A waterproof sheet is adhered on an inner surface of a door panel. A wire harness W is arranged on the waterproof sheet on the door panel. A first connector is connected to the wire harness. The first connector is held at a predetermined position on the door panel. A door trim is mounted to the door panel and covers the inner surface arranging the wire harness. A switch unit is mounted to the door trim. A second connector capable of fitting to the first connector is connected to the switch unit. When the switch unit is mounted to the door trim fixed to the door panel, the second connector is guided by a guide member on the door panel so as to fit to the first connector at a predetermined position. Accordingly, the connector can be easily fitted. Further, a poor connection and a disconnection of the wire harness can be securely prevented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2000
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Teruhisa Norizuki, Shinji Kodama
  • Patent number: 6142580
    Abstract: A cable system including device connectors connected to electropneumatic valves and electrical sensors at predetermined positions along a path on a common manifold and a wiring harness having a length sufficient to transverse the path. The wiring harness includes a plurality of insulated wires in a common sheath and selectively connected to harness connectors which are mounted at predetermined positions to the harness and mate with a corresponding device connector. The path is a closed loop and the wiring harness forms a corresponding closed loop. The majority of the wires in the wiring harness form the corresponding close loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2000
    Assignee: New York Air Brake Corporation
    Inventors: Richard E. Sinn, Brett A. Pierce
  • Patent number: 6142556
    Abstract: A wire harness 32 for those electrical components is laid on the door trim 14. A recess 34 forming a wire laying path for the wire harness is formed in the mounting surface 13 of the door trim 14 through which the door trim 14 is mounted on the door panel 12, and the wire harness 32 is fixedly set in the recess 34 thus formed. Under this condition, a water-proof cushion member 36 is bonded to the whole mounting surface 13 of the door trim 14, to cover the wire harness 32.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2000
    Assignees: Harness System Technologies Research, Ltd., Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd., Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Atsuo Tanaka, Hiroshi Hasegawa
  • Patent number: 6143986
    Abstract: An enhanced electrical harness arrangement for an aircraft engine that is arranged to provide optimum protection of the electrical conductors from extreme thermal, EMI, vibration and chafing problems encountered in service. The harness arrangement provides a high degree of repairability thereby ensuring a long service life for the harness wile also minimizing the time required for necessary repairs to the electrical conductor terminals. A repair splice member has an electrical conductor bundle inserted through it and is spaced from a connection of the electrical conductor bundle to an aircraft gas turbine engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2000
    Assignee: Rohr, Inc.
    Inventors: John J. Anderson, Leslie Travis, Eric R. Balders
  • Patent number: 6140584
    Abstract: A flexible cable-run for the containment of electrical cables and similar of a type including a base (12) fitted with a plurality of fin elements (16, 17; 116, 117, 216, 217, 316, 317) extending along its longitudinal edges (14, 15) so as to form parts of the walls of a cable run (11) in which the plurality of fin elements (16; 116; 216; 316) are rigidly connected to an edge (14) and have a free extremity, opposite to the one connected to the edge (14) that either faces directly the extremity of the plurality of fin elements (17; 117; 217; 317) of the other edge (15) or enters the space "d" provided between one or more successive fin elements extending from the opposite edge, so that the extremities are arranged along a single plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2000
    Inventor: Fausto Baldissara
  • Patent number: 6126228
    Abstract: A plurality of wires are encased in a foam sheath which also secures the plurality of wires to a trim panel of a vehicle. The plurality of wires are first routed on a first surface of the trim panel. The plurality of wires are then at least partially enclosed by a mold having a trough, with the plurality of wires positioned between the mold and the trim panel. A generally liquid polymer is then introduced into the trough. When the polymer cures, it forms a protective sheath around the plurality of wires and secures the wires to the first surface of the trim panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2000
    Assignee: Lear Automotive Dearborn, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph J. Davis, Jr., William L. Knight, Jr., Gary Sadek
  • Patent number: 6127631
    Abstract: A chassis (200) having cable management features includes a frame (210) for holding communication modules (105) that have cables (305) coupled to front surfaces thereof. The chassis also includes cable tunnels (225) formed beneath the frame (210). The cable tunnels (225) are each defined by sidewalls and upper and lower surfaces that form an aperture through the tunnel (225), and the module cables (305) from a particular module (105) can be routed through its associated cable tunnel (225) beneath the frame (210). The chassis (200) also includes cable guides (230), each defining an opening associated with a particular communication module (105), wherein cables (305) coupled to that communication module (105) can be routed through its associated cable tunnel (225) and then through its associated cable guide (230).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2000
    Assignee: Scientific-Atlanta, Inc.
    Inventors: Philip Scott Green, Richard John Gulley, Tony Mark, Alan J. Schlenz, Patrick A. Wolfer
  • Patent number: 6124548
    Abstract: A retainer (A) aligns and retains ends (E) of branch wires (W1) and wires (W2) to be connected with the branch wires (W1) by means of a wire retaining portion (U). The wire retaining portion (U) is formed with cavities (42) which have a specified depth and into which the wires (W1,W2) are individually inserted, and contact members (60) for coming into contact with the wires (W1,W2) inserted into the cavities (42). The contact members (60) prevent the wires (W1,W2) from coming out of the cavities (42). The contact members (60) also move away from the wires (W1,W2) when necessary. The ends (E) of the branch wires (W1) and the wires (W2) to be connected with the branch wires (W1) can be aligned and retained during a wire arranging operation. After forming a bundle of wires, the wires (W1,W2) can be released from the retainer (A) with their ends (E) aligned. The aligned ends (E) can be easily processed at one time. The number of the wires (W1,W2) to be retained can be easily confirmed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2000
    Assignee: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Koutaro Suzuki, Jun Nakata
  • Patent number: 6121548
    Abstract: The present invention provides an electric connection box capable of preventing water from entering into the inside from the clearance between a closing area and an upper cover, thereby improving the water tightness. An electric connection box formed is formed of synthetic resin and includes a lower cover. An electric component mounting block housed in the lower cover, and an upper cover interfits with the lower cover. In addition, a guiding groove having an open upper area opened for passing a wire harness is provided in the lower cover, and a closing member is provided on the electric component mounting block for closing the guiding groove in the lower cover. Furthermore, in order to close a clearance between the closing member and the upper cover, a projection is formed either on the closing member or on the upper cover. With this projection, water is prevented from entering into the inner area of the electric connection box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2000
    Assignee: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventor: Hideo Matsuoka
  • Patent number: 6120327
    Abstract: A wire harness generally comprises a plurality of wires encased by a continuous, molded sheath. The wire harness generally includes a main trunk from which a plurality of branches extend. The sheath is formed continuously over the main trunk and branches. In one embodiment, the wire harness has an undeformed shape which substantially matches a surface of a component to which the wire harness is mounted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2000
    Assignee: Lear Automotive Dearborn, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy F. O'Brien, Joseph J. Davis, Jr., Jeffrey A. Branch, Michael Vincent Maher
  • Patent number: 6118075
    Abstract: A universal panel for receiving cabling components is disclosed. The panel includes a plurality of panel segments that are interconnected to form panel modules. The panel modules are interconnected to provide a panel of any desired length, extending from the floor to the ceiling if desired. A panel segment includes a first alignment feature and a second alignment feature. The first and second alignment features are disposed to engage a second alignment feature and a first alignment feature, respectively, on a second panel segment to form a panel module. Each panel module includes a coupler and a receiver. The coupler of one panel segment is disposed to engage the receiver of the other panel segment. Each of the panel segments further includes a first alignment feature and a second alignment feature. The first alignment feature of one panel segment is disposed to engage the second alignment feature of the other panel segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2000
    Assignee: Lucent Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Frank Phillips Baker, Golam Mabud Choudhury, Theodore Alan Conorich, Wayne Scott Filus
  • Patent number: 6107569
    Abstract: A wire harness includes a plurality of wires encased in a continuous foam sheath. The sheath is mounted adjacent a first surface of a vehicle pillar. A trim panel secured to the pillar encloses the wire harness. Connectors on the trim panel pass through apertures through the sheath and snap-fit into apertures in the pillar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2000
    Inventors: Scott D. Shields, Jeffrey A. Branch
  • Patent number: 6107570
    Abstract: There is provided a guide frame 10 having a small width and a triangular or other shape. An insertion opening 10e and a withdrawal opening 10g for a wiring harness D.multidot.W/H are formed in spaced-apart positions of the guide frame 10. The wiring harness D.multidot.W/H is fixedly inserted through the insertion opening 10e of the guide frame 10 and withdrawn through the withdrawal opening 10g after being arranged in a roundabout manner inside the guide frame 10. The guide frame 10 is fixed to either one of a door D and a body C, and the leading end of the wiring harness D.multidot.W/H withdrawn from the guide frame 10 through the withdrawal opening 10g is extended to the other of the door D and the body C, so that the wiring harness D.multidot.W/H comes from and returns into the guide frame 10 according to opening and closing movements of the door D.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2000
    Assignee: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Masahisa Suzuki, Tetsuya Takimoto, Yasuhiro Ando, Tetuya Funaki, Shinichi Suehiro
  • Patent number: 6096975
    Abstract: A grooved tubular protective sheath (10) with a slot and a longitudinal flange. In particular, the flange (24) is provided on one edge (16) of the slot substantially at the bottom of the grooves (12) and positionable under the other slot edge (17). The grooves are closed at the edges (16, 17) of the slot by transverse walls (22). A method for manufacturing a grooved sheath includes extruding and molding an annular sheath with a longitudinal flat strip level with flute edge hollows, cutting the flat strip along one of its flute edges to form a tongue that is integral only with the other flute edge. The method further includes heating the sheath and cooling it, while passing it between cones or calenders to bring the flute edges together, whereby the tongue passes between the cut edge. A device for making a grooved sheath includes a molding machine with two series of symmetrical parallel shells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2000
    Assignee: Sofanou S.A.
    Inventor: Bernard Streit
  • Patent number: 6087594
    Abstract: A power cable binder mounting arrangement includes a casing having a transverse sliding track extended to one vertical side wall thereof near the top, a raised portion in the transverse sliding track, and a bottom hook, and a slotted power cable binder moved in and out of the transverse sliding track and secured in the desired position by the raised portion in the sliding track and fastened to the bottom hook with an end hook thereof to secure the power cable of the power supply device in an arranged condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2000
    Inventor: Tsai Li Hui Chou
  • Patent number: 6087593
    Abstract: A wire harness protector having an open slide trough closed by a removable cover, and containing an internal wire harness carrier attached to the harness, for example by taping, and connected to the cover to slide in the trough when the cover is closed. The carrier is generally L-shaped, and the trough has a wire slot formed in a sidewall thereof generally parallel to the guide slot in the cover, such that the wire harness is redirected laterally within the trough by the carrier, with an incoming end sliding longitudinally in the trough, and an outgoing end sliding laterally through the wire slot in the side wall. The wire harness protector according to the invention is especially useful for protecting and controlling wire harness slack found between hinged and sliding surfaces in a vehicle, for example doors, hoods and trunk lids.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2000
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Richard Humes Skipworth, Raymond Paul Ernst, Jr., Steven Loyd Willis
  • Patent number: 6079764
    Abstract: A guide member 10 made of an elastic material has an arcuate portion 10a which extends and contracts while twisting. A wiring harness D.multidot.W/H is arranged between a door and a body of a vehicle after being mounted on the guide member 10, and the opposite ends of the guide member 10 are fixed to the door and the body, so that the movements of the guide member and the wiring harness can follow the opening and closing movements of the door. The arcuate portion 10a is so configured as to construct a part of a torsion coil spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2000
    Assignee: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Masahisa Suzuki, Tetsuya Takimoto, Yasuhiro Ando, Tetuya Funaki, Shinichi Suehiro
  • Patent number: 6069318
    Abstract: A formed wire for an actuator including a frame having a first opening formed at one end portion, a second opening formed at another end portion, a slit formed between the first opening and the second opening, and a plurality of positioning holes. A wire bundle formed by twisting a plurality of wires is inserted through the slit and thereby held by the frame. The wire bundle has a first end portion exposed to the first opening and a second end portion exposed to the second opening. The wires at the first end portion are separated from each other and bonded by adhesion to a first frame edge defining the first opening, and the wires at the second end portion are separated from each other and bonded by adhesion to a second frame edge defining the second opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2000
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventor: Koichiro Ohba
  • Patent number: 6069319
    Abstract: A wire harness for use on contoured, mounting surface includes individual wires bundled together. In an effort to protect these wires from mechanical wear, vibration, and water the wire harness is encased in foam. The foam is molded about the wire harness so that is surrounds the harness in the shape of the mounting surface. The foamed-in wire harness may have an elastic memory, so that it can be bent and resiliently recover to its molded shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2000
    Assignee: Lear Automotive Dearborn, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph J. Davis, Jr., David C. Pudduck, Timothy F. O'Brien
  • Patent number: 6050839
    Abstract: An electrical connecting system for electrically connecting a vehicle door to a vehicle body includes a wiring harness with first and second electrical connectors. The wiring harness extends between the vehicle door and body and is surrounded by a flexible covering which protects the wiring harness from outside contaminants. A fastener holds the first and second electrical connectors securely together and partially extends through the flexible covering such that the fastener is easily accessible. A tight seal is provided between the fastener and the flexible covering and between the flexible covering and the vehicle door and body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2000
    Assignee: Lear Automotive Dearborn, Inc.
    Inventors: Phil Seminara, Roger W. Wayt
  • Patent number: 6051790
    Abstract: In a wire harness-mounting construction of the present invention, a generally L-shaped recess 2, formed in a continuous manner in a door side plate portion A2 and a door inner plate portion A2 of a door frame A, includes a deep groove portion 3 having a deep central bottoms, and a shallow groove portion 4 which is formed shallow around the deep groove portion 3, and receives a grommet cover 11. Amounting member 10 of a generally L-shape, received in the recess 2, includes the grommet cover 11 having an inner member 41 of a rigid material provided therein, and a projection 14 is formed integrally on an abutment surface of the grommet cover held against the door side plate portion A2, and extends generally along a peripheral edge of a frame portion formed on the abutment surface. A Lip-like projection 18 is formed on and extends along a peripheral edge of a peripheral portion 17, and a notch groove 19, communicating with the exterior, is formed in a lowermost portion of the peripheral portion 17.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2000
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Syunsaku Takeuchi, Hiroaki Yamada
  • Patent number: 6051789
    Abstract: In an automotive vehicle, a wire harness includes a wire bundle which is housed in and protected by a corrugated tube. The tube has two end regions circular in cross-section and a central region elliptical or race-track shaped in cross-section. Between the end regions and central region are transition regions of varying cross-sectional shape. When installed in a vehicle, the central region of the wire harness tube is installed along the vehicle floor such that the projection perpendicular to the floor by the central region of the tube is reduced. This results in the wire harness requiring less space in the vehicle. The tube includes a resilient expansion slit which allows a wire bundle to be inserted in or removed from the tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2000
    Assignee: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventor: Takahiro Kato
  • Patent number: 6051782
    Abstract: A bus bar type conductor arrangement for a vehicle-type electrical junction box, used to electrically connect components such as relays and fuses with wire harnesses from vehicle electrical systems. Three dimensional bus bar conductors are mounted on a three-dimensional array of post-type mounting points formed in the junction box, such that the conductors can cross paths and connect components and terminals of varying height in the junction box. The conductor arms are preferably coated between the conductive contact ends with an electrically insulating material, and can include intermediate conductive regions adapted to be mounted to components or other bus bars in the same fashion as the conductive ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2000
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventor: Brian L. Wagner
  • Patent number: 6048020
    Abstract: An electrical interconnection module forms part of the structure of an automotive vehicle instrument panel and connects electrical components disposed thereon with a bulkhead connector on the forward fire wall of the vehicle. The interconnection module has electrical connectors disposed thereon at various locations for making connection with the electrical components. A plurality of bus bars are disposed in a group on the surface of the module and form part of an electrical junction block integrated with the module. Narrow grooves extend along the surfaces of the module and have wires embedded therein to provide electrical interconnection between the connectors and the bus bars. The bus bars and the terminals of the electrical connectors comprise insulation displacement connectors for making connection with the wires.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2000
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: William Gronowicz, Mark Steven Rosales, Masa Saito
  • Patent number: 6042062
    Abstract: A clamp is provided and is commonly usable for brackets having different thicknesses. The clamp 10 includes a base plate 11 to be fixed to an automotive wiring harness by taping and a box portion 12 integrally formed with the base plate 11, and an arm 13 having a lock claw 13a at its leading end projects from a rear part of the lower inner surface of the box portion 12 into a hollow portion 14 of the box portion 12. A bracket 4 projecting from a vehicle body is inserted into the hollow portion 14 of the box portion 12 and the lock claw 13a is inserted into a hole 4c formed in the bracket 4 to lock the bracket 4 and the clamp 10. Thinned and elastically deformed thickness take-up portions 15 are formed at the opposite side walls of the box portion 12. In the case that the bracket 4 being inserted into the hollow portion 14 of the box portion 12 is thick, the thickness take-up portions 15 extend to enable the insertion of the lock claw 13a into the hole 4c of the bracket 4.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2000
    Assignee: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventor: Masashi Sugiyama
  • Patent number: 6038764
    Abstract: A wire harness distributing method in which a wire harness is easily distributed with the aid of a trimming plate which is mounted to a wall surface such as a vehicle body panel, and once the trimming plate is mounted, even if the trimming plate is removed, all or part of the wire harness remains on the wall surface for easy maintenance. The method of distributing a wire harness with connectors to a wall surface such as a vehicle body panel includes the steps of: providing a first preliminary locking member for a wire harness on a trimming plate which is to be mounted to a wall surface; providing a second preliminary locking member to the wire harness, and detachably and preliminarily locking the wire harness to the trimming plate; and fixing the trimming plate and the wire harness to the wall surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2000
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Atsuyoshi Yamaguchi, Minoru Kubota
  • Patent number: 6031184
    Abstract: A wire harness includes a circuit unit having a plurality of electric wires with a predetermined path, a first soft sheet material formed into the shape as that of the predetermined path and a second soft sheet material adhesively joined to the first soft sheet material so that the circuit unit is interposed between the first and the second soft sheet materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 29, 2000
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroshi Ichikawa, Masashi Kitada
  • Patent number: 6011221
    Abstract: A cable management apparatus includes a cable trough having a body portion. A first side wall portion and a second wall portion each extend along a length of the body portion. The first side wall portion includes a plurality of notches formed therein and spaced along a length of the first side wall portion. A flange portion extends from each of the side wall portions. Each of the flange portions includes a plurality of openings formed therein. An elongated cover includes a plurality of fastening members spaced along a length of the cover. The fastening members are received in the flange openings to fasten the cover to the cable trough and to enclose cables routed within the cable trough while allowing cables to pass through the notches formed in the first side wall portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2000
    Assignee: 3Com Corp.
    Inventors: Daniel J. Lecinski, Susan I. English, Kenneth S. Laughlin
  • Patent number: 6003273
    Abstract: A floor-to-ceiling partition wall system includes a plurality of partition panels, each having panel frames interconnected along opposite side edges thereof. The partition panels have cover panels mounted on opposite side faces thereof to form a partition wall having substantially planar side surfaces. A utilities infeed panel has an infeed panel frame with opposite vertical side edges that are interconnected with side edges of adjacent partition panel frames such that the infeed panel forms an integral portion of the partition wall. The infeed panel frame defines first and second opposite side faces, and a vertically-extending central space connected to an opening in the ceiling. A first cover panel is connected to the first side face. A second cover panel is removably connected to the second side face of the infeed panel frame, and closes off the central space. The second cover panel permits access to the central space for utilities management upon removal of the second cover panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 21, 1999
    Assignee: Steelcase Development Inc.
    Inventors: Michael D. Elsholz, Robert E. Jeffers, Karl J. Mead
  • Patent number: 6000949
    Abstract: Circuit bodies (4) and (11) are respectively mounted on surfaces of a door trim (3) and a door panel (2). The circuit body (4) includes a circuit plate (17) and a switch holder (18) which has fixed therein an end portion of the circuit plate. The holder (18) is disposed between mount arms (39) on the door trim, and to the holder is mounted a switch unit (20) so that contact portions of the end portion of the circuit plate are registrated with keys (21) of the switch unit (20). The holder (18) has positioning pins (36) for the end portion of the circuit plate and for the switch unit (20). The circuit body (4) has a tongue-like connecting portion for connecting to a connector on the door trim (3) side. Circuits and auxiliaries on the door trim side are easily and reliably connected to circuits on the door panel side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 14, 1999
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Shuji Takiguchi, Keizo Nishitani, Takeaki Matsunaga
  • Patent number: 5994645
    Abstract: There is provided a guide frame 10 having a small width and a triangular or other shape. An insertion opening 10e and a withdrawal opening 10g for a wiring harness DW/H are formed in spaced-apart positions of the guide frame 10. The wiring harness DW/H is fixedly inserted through the insertion opening 10e of the guide frame 10 and withdrawn through the withdrawal opening 10g after being arranged in a roundabout manner inside the guide frame 10. The guide frame 10 is fixed to either one of a door D and a body C, and the leading end of the wiring harness DW/H withdrawn from the guide frame 10 through the withdrawal opening 10g is extended to the other of the door D and the body C, so that the wiring harness D.multidot.W/H comes from and returns into the guide frame 10 according to opening and closing movements of the door D.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 30, 1999
    Assignee: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Masahisa Suzuki, Tetsuya Takimoto, Yasuhiro Ando, Tetuya Funaki, Shinichi Suehiro
  • Patent number: 5982637
    Abstract: Robbery of a vehicle-mount electric apparatus can be prevented by only driving an operation panel to turn it upside down. The operation panel is disposed in front of the main body of the vehicle-mount audio apparatus, and is moved while being rotated about its rotary shaft. The operation panel moves between first and second states. In the first state, the normally used surface of the operation panel is used as the front surface of the apparatus, and in the second state, the surface other than the normally used surface is used as the front surface. When the operation panel takes generally a horizontal state during the motion of the operation panel 5, the rotary shaft thereof is positioned at one end of the motion range of the operation panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 9, 1999
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Kenwood
    Inventor: Yoshihiro Noguchi
  • Patent number: 5973265
    Abstract: A wire harness includes a polymer sheath integrally formed splice locators and a molded slit for a repair wire formed integrally with the sheath. The wire harness includes a plurality of wires having a continuous sheath molded around the wires. The splice locator is generally axially aligned with the splice, thereby providing a visual indicator of the location of the splice. The splice locator is preferably molded in a visibly different cross section, diameter, and color from the sheath. The wire harness further includes a molded slit extending axially along the wire harness for receiving a repair wire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 26, 1999
    Assignee: Lear Automotive Dearborn, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy F. O'Brien, Joseph J. Davis, Jr., Jeffrey A. Branch, Michael Vincent Maher
  • Patent number: 5965951
    Abstract: The incorporation of a wire harness and a carpet provide a modular combination which reduces the required assembly steps for a vehicle. The wire harness may be attached to the underside of a carpet in any way to form the modular combination. Once the modular combination is completed, it is then mounted into a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 12, 1999
    Assignee: Lear Automotive Dearborn, Inc.
    Inventors: Nathan Moore, Klaus Schorn
  • Patent number: 5959366
    Abstract: An electrical connection system for interconnecting an electrical element of a mount with an electrical element of a subassembly has a foil secured to a face of the mount and provided with a plurality of conductive strips connected to the respective electrical element and a plurality of contacts fixed on a face of the subassembly and engageable with the strips of the foil. The two faces are pressed together as the subassembly is secured to the mount to press the two faces together and thereby engage the contacts against the strips. The contacts project from the face of the subassembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 28, 1999
    Assignee: Kiekert AG
    Inventor: Johannes-Theodor Menke
  • Patent number: 5950968
    Abstract: A wire holder has legs and wire holding pieces which are formed integrally with a holder body. The wire holding pieces are formed in a manner such that there is no gap when the holding pieces are projected on a first plane which contains the holder body, and that there is a gap when the wire holding pieces are projected on a second plane which intersects the first plane. The wire introduced into a wire holding space is held in position. The wire holder can be automatically mounted on a circuit board, and the wire holding operation by means of the wire holder can be performed easily and securely. A wire holder assembly has a lead frame formed with a plurality of holes which are arranged at regular intervals and into which feed teeth of an automatic loader are engagedly fitted individually, and a plurality of wire holders of the aforesaid type arranged at regular intervals on the lead frame. This assembly is adapted for the attachment of the wire holders to the circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 14, 1999
    Assignee: Kyoshin Kogyo Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kyotaro Sato
  • Patent number: 5952616
    Abstract: A cable retaining apparatus for retaining and routing lengths of cable on an assembly structure is provided. The cable retaining apparatus includes two or more adjacent retaining members extending from a surface of an assembly structure. The retaining members each have at least one retaining surface oriented such that each retaining surface faces the retaining surface of an adjacent retaining member forming a cable channel therebetween. The retaining members also include one or more protrusions extending from each of the oppositely facing retaining surfaces into the cable channel in a staggered or offset orientation. This configuration allows one or more cables to be routed within the cable channels and retained therein by the lateral retaining forces applied to the cable from the plurality of protrusions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 14, 1999
    Assignee: Hughes Electronics Corporation
    Inventor: Ernest Morrow
  • Patent number: 5951329
    Abstract: Improvement in connection to an automatic crimper (6) which operates in the known manner to divide leads (1) into groups (1a,1b,1c, etc.), before crimping one ends of the leads to branching connectors (2) and crimping the other ends of all the leads to a common connector (3) so as to form a multiple harness (4) subsequently, the crimper drives the branching connectors to travel in parallel and in unison with the common connector along a pair of delivery rails (7) until discharged from the rails. The improvement resides in that the branching connectors (2) are caused to take a position close to the common connector (3) so that leads in each group are folded double, then the leads are gathered to form a compact bundle (1') before being tied with tapes (5) which serve as an easily breakable binding material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 14, 1999
    Assignee: Japan Solderless Terminal MFG Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Masatoshi Kashihara
  • Patent number: 5945635
    Abstract: A retainer (A) aligns and retains ends (E) of branch wires (W1) and wires (W2) to be connected with the branch wires (W1) through the use of a wire retaining portion (U). The wire retaining portion (U) is formed with cavities (42) which have a specified depth and into which the wires (W1, W2) are individually inserted, and contact members (60) for coming into contact with the wires (W1, W2) inserted into the cavities (42). The contact members (60) prevent the wires (W1, W2) from coming out of the cavities (42). The contact members (60) also move away from the wires (W1, W2) when necessary. The ends (E) of the branch wires (W1) and the wires (W2) to be connected with the branch wires (W1) can be aligned and retained during a wire arranging operation. After forming a bundle of wires, the wires (W1, W2) can be released from the retainer (A) with their ends (E) aligned. The aligned ends (E) can be easily processed at one time. The number of the wires (W1, W2) to be retained can be easily confirmed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 31, 1999
    Assignee: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Koutaro Suzuki, Jun Nakata
  • Patent number: 5942724
    Abstract: A raceway for both power and data communication wiring has a base with at least two forwardly open wireway channels that can be covered with covered segments that snap onto the base between outlet boxes of several different styles. These outlet boxes each have a back plate that snaps onto the raceway base so the base can be provided continuously along the wall without having to be cut to fit between outlet box locations. This outlet box back plate is made to receive the outlet box cover in a snap-on mode as well. The device or devices to be put in the outlet box are also capable of being snapped into place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 24, 1999
    Assignee: The Wiremold Company
    Inventors: Thomas R. Russo, Antonio J. Vargas
  • Patent number: 5940962
    Abstract: One or more specific wires is placed at the middle of the wire harness cross section with double-sided adhesive tape between the specific wires and the other wires surrounding these core wires. One side of the double-sided adhesive tape adheres to these core wires while the other side adheres to the other wires surrounding the core wires. The double-sided adhesive tape thus positions and holds both the selected core wires and the surrounding other wires. A single-sided adhesive tape can be also used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 24, 1999
    Assignee: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Noriyasu Shima, Nobuyoshi Ohtani, Haruhiro Mutoh
  • Patent number: 5931682
    Abstract: A connector connecting structure capable of smoothly connecting connectors, for example, on a vehicle door trim and on a door panel respectively, even in case of the door trim slantingly approaching the door panel. A projection having a terminal conductor is orthogonally arranged on a substrate and is rotatable about a flexible portion as a supporting point, while a slant guide corresponding to the projection is formed on a connector corresponding to the projection for enabling the projection to be inserted into the connector slidingly and rotatively along the slant guide. Practically, a vehicle door trim functions as a substrate and a connector is provided on a vehicle door panel for enabling a projection on the door trim to be inserted into the connector upon rotative assemblage of the door trim onto the door panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 3, 1999
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Shuji Takiguchi, Keizo Nishitani
  • Patent number: 5929382
    Abstract: This assembly is for attaching wire harnesses such as flat wire harnesses together. Preferably, the flat wire harnesses then are attached to a motor vehicle interior trim panel or to the vehicle's body. The assembly includes a plurality of wire harnesses, each wire harness having at least one aperture therethrough, the plurality of wire harnesses having a first surface and a second surface with the plurality sandwiched therebetween, and at least one Christmas tree retainer passing through an aperture of each wire harness in the plurality of wire harnesses, the retainer having a Christmas tree section extending beyond the first surface and a post end extending beyond the second surface with the plurality sandwiched therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 27, 1999
    Assignee: UT Automotive Dearborn, Inc.
    Inventors: Nathan Moore, Richard Chutorash
  • Patent number: 5929381
    Abstract: An arrangement for routing filamentary signal transmission elements terminated at an output wire connector field enclosed within a housing. The housing has a base wall for mounting to a support surface and a plurality of substantially planar surrounding walls each substantially perpendicular to the base wall so as to define an open enclosure. The routing arrangement has a trough frame adapted for surrounding a plurality of filamentary signal transmission elements and support structure associated with at least one of the surrounding walls for supporting the trough frame within the plane of that wall so that a plurality of filamentary signal transmission elements terminated at the connector field can be guided by the trough frame to exit the housing through that surrounding wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 27, 1999
    Inventor: Bassel Hage Daoud
  • Patent number: 5921782
    Abstract: The connector of the car body-side wiring harness is rotatably mounted on the door engagement inner wall on the car body. The door harness is inserted through the protector. The protector is provided at one end with the connector of the door harness that mates with the car body-side connector. The other end of the protector is slidably held in the door. The car body-side connector and the door-side connector, coupled together, are both situated between the door-side weather strip and the car body-side weather strip so that when the door is closed, the both connectors are completely concealed from the passenger compartment side. The protector has a pair of vertical slide pins. The slide guide mounted in the door consists of a guide groove that can accommodate the protector, and a pair of horizontal guide slots that can receive the slide pins. The slide guide is fitted in a groove formed in the door inner panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 13, 1999
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Noboru Yamaguchi, Yasuyoshi Serizawa
  • Patent number: 5918837
    Abstract: A cable retainer bracket (10) includes an elongated member (12) having two longitudinal edges (14 and 16) and a curved surface (18), the curved surface (18) defined by a predetermined radius of curvature (20). A plurality of teeth (22) are disposed along each longitudinal edge (14) and (16) which define notches (24) therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 6, 1999
    Assignee: Alcatel USA Sourcing, L.P.
    Inventor: James L. Vicain
  • Patent number: 5918365
    Abstract: A wire harness consists of electrical wires, a first resin sheet and a second resin sheet. The first resin sheet includes a recess formed so as to extend along a predetermined "three-dimensional" wiring route of the electrical wires. In order to manufacture the wire harness, at first, the recess is formed in the first resin sheet. Then, the electrical wires are arranged in the recess. Next, the second resin sheet is arranged on the first resin sheet so as to cover the recess and air contained in a space defined between the first resin sheet and the second resin sheet is sucked to the outside. Finally, the first resin sheet and the second resin sheet are joined to each other. Owing to the provision of the three-dimensional recess, it is possible to realize the wire harness having a three-dimensional configuration following to the actual wiring route of the electrical wires, so that the assembling property can be improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 6, 1999
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Kiyoshi Uchida, Makoto Nakayama, Masatoshi Nakasone, Hiroshi Suzuki, Takayuki Kato, Toshio Inada
  • Patent number: 5917152
    Abstract: A door wiring harness connecting structure for easily and surely connecting wiring harnesses of a doorframe and of a trim cover is disclosed. A receiving member is provided on the doorframe and a holdings member relative to the receiving member is provided on the trim cover, and a terminal-accommodating portion which accommodates a terminal portion of a flexible flat wiring harness installed on the doorframe is formed on the receiving member, and a contacting spring-portion of the terminal portion projects into a receiving groove on the doorframe, and an end connecting-portion of another flexible flat wiring harness installed on the trim cover is fixed to an inside of the hooking member. The terminal portion has projections on both sides, and the terminal-accommodating portion has a terminal-inserting groove and an exposing opening relative to the projections and to the contacting spring-portion, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 29, 1999
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventor: Isao Kameyama
  • Patent number: 5917151
    Abstract: A wire harness includes a plurality of wires surrounded by a continuous molded sheath. The sheath includes a first section made of a first material and a second section integral with the first section and made of a second material different from the first material. The different materials provide different colors, such as for color-coding branches of the wire harness. The different materials also provide areas of increased abrasion resistance to mechanical wear, temperature resistance and chemical resistance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 29, 1999
    Assignee: UT Automotive Dearborn, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy F. O'Brien, Joseph J. Davis, Jr., Robert L. Frendewey