With Grounding Means Patents (Class 174/78)
  • Patent number: 11158959
    Abstract: A terminal crimping method includes covering an end portion of an electric wire with a fixing cylinder portion of a terminal including a flange portion which protrudes toward an outer periphery and which has at least one notch along a radial direction, caulking and crimping the fixing cylinder portion by a pair of dies including pressing projections, and caulking the fixing cylinder portion by the pressing projections to form crimp recess portions, in the caulking and crimping the fixing cylinder portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Satoki Masuda, Yoshinao Sato, Takeo Ida, Junpei Hayashi
  • Patent number: 11063390
    Abstract: A connector includes a first and second connector housings, a first and second terminals provided in the first and second connector housings, the second terminal including contact pieces with a gap therebetween, the gap being larger than a width dimension of the first terminal. The second connector housing includes pressing plate portions. The second terminal is to be accommodated between the pressing plate portions, the second terminal being displaceable between a first position and a second position, a part of the contact pieces extends beyond distal ends of the pressing plate portions when the second terminal is in the first position, the part of the contact pieces are completely retracted into a space between the pressing plate portions when the second terminal is in the second position. The contact pieces are to be pushed such that the contact pieces contact the terminal plate portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventor: Osamu Furugoori
  • Patent number: 11031904
    Abstract: A grounding clamp is provided. The grounding clamp comprises a body portion having first and second sides, first and second fingers extending from the first side of the body portion, a first set of teeth extending from the first side of the body portion, the first set of teeth positioned between the first and second fingers, and a second set of teeth extending from the second side of the body portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: A.K. STAMPING COMPANY, INC.
    Inventor: Mark Andrews
  • Patent number: 11011896
    Abstract: A cable gland and methods for earthing, grounding, bonding, and electromagnetic capability with armored, metal-clad, and metallic-sheathed cable types. The cable gland comprises a gland body, a plurality of extensions, an elastomer seal, a compression member configured to rotate the plurality of extensions towards to the elastomer seal, and an earthing insert mounted in the gland body configured to electrically connect a cable to a neutral and/or grounded conductor. The cable gland is configured to provide an air-tight seal between the exterior of the cable and the elastomer seal through rotation of the plurality of extension upon the elastomer seal. The cable gland may include an o-ring and nut to secure the cable gland to a planar body. The earthing insert comprises a grounding spring in electrical communication with a metallic portion of the cable and a neutral and/or grounded conductor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: CAPE INDUSTRIES, LLC
    Inventor: Allen Todd Gibson
  • Patent number: 10997109
    Abstract: An electronic device comprising a USB port and a PCB is provided. A first cabling layer of the PCB has a first floating area and a line outside the first floating area, an insulation medium is between the first floating area and the line, a second cabling layer of the PCB is adjacent to the first cabling layer and has a first metal area, an orthographic projection of the first floating area on the second cabling layer and the first metal area have an overlapping area, and the first floating area is not connected to the first metal area; and a metal housing of the USB port has a plurality of fixed contacts fastened to the PCB and not connected to a ground of the PCB, the contacts include a first fixed contact connected to the first floating area and not connected to the first metal area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yongjun Dai, Xiaosong Liu, Wenliang Zhang, Cheng He
  • Patent number: 10916864
    Abstract: An electrical conduction path that includes a first conductor; a tubular first insulator that encloses the first conductor; a tubular second conductor that encloses the first insulator, and has shape retainability; a branch conductor that is flexible so as to be deformable into a compact elongated shape and into an expanded tubular shape, the branch conductor deformed into the expanded tubular shape enclosing an outer circumferential surface of the second conductor; and a fixing member that fixes the branch conductor to the outer circumferential surface of the second conductor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: SUMITOMO WIRING SYSTEMS, LTD.
    Inventors: Hirokazu Nakai, Ryo Fujioka
  • Patent number: 10910733
    Abstract: It is aimed to enhance efficiency in connecting operation to a shielded cable and prevent the impairment of a shielding function. A terminal fitting (T) includes an inner conductor (6) including core crimping portions (9) to be crimped to a core (1), a dielectric (7) made of an insulating material, an outer conductor (5) including a body portion (12) configured to surround the dielectric (7), a braided wire crimping portion (22) crimpable to a braided wire and a coupling portion (15) configured to connect the body portion (12) and the braided wire crimping portion (22), parts of the coupling portion corresponding to the core crimping portions (9) being vertically opened, and a cover member (8) configured to close both openings (18, 19) of the coupling portion (15).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Inventors: Kenji Miyamoto, Kazuaki Hamada, Eiji Kojima
  • Patent number: 10871276
    Abstract: A simple watertight lamp and string lamp, including: lamp housing set with a mounting groove and two mounting blocks, containing a mounting hole connecting the mounting groove which is used for mounting the luminous module; hanger loop which is back on one side of the mounting groove together with the lamp housing and connects with the lamp housing to form a hanger loop mouth; two watertight covers set with a wire hole and can be dismounted and connected with mounting block, enabling that the watertight cover and the mounting block fit each other to seal the wire which goes through the wire hole; and lampshade which is mounted to the lamp housing in the sealed mounting groove. This realizes relatively independent wires and lamp by virtue of two watertight covers and the lamp housing of a removable structure, improving the mounting and maintenance efficiency of string lamp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: SHENZHEN GUANKE TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD
    Inventors: Qing Lan, Yuting Hou, Ligen Liu, Shoubao Chen, Wenhao Lin
  • Patent number: 10850687
    Abstract: In a vehicle-mounting structure disclosed by the present specification, a housing (20) of an electric power controller (5) is supported above an in-vehicle transaxle via a bracket having an insulative vibration-proof material. The housing (20) and the transaxle are connected to each other by power cables (19). A braided wire (17) for grounding is routed along the power cables (19). A connector (10) of the power cables (19) has a resin flange (112) on a surface thereof that is joined to the housing (20). The connector (10) is fixed to the housing (20) by bolts (12a and 13a) that penetrate the flange (112). An end fitting (16) of the braided wire (17) is attached to the flange (112). The end fitting (16) and the bolt (13a) are electrically connected to each other by a conductive plate (14a).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignees: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA, SUMITOMO WIRING SYSTEMS, LTD.
    Inventors: Kenshi Yamanaka, Shinichi Miura, Keisuke Sawazaki, Yasuhiro Kudo, Kan Murai
  • Patent number: 10830482
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a communication cable for a heating, ventilation, and/or air conditioning (HVAC) system having a set of conductors extending between a first end of the communication cable and a second end of the communication cable, and a cable shield surrounding the plurality of conductors. The cable shield has a first shield connector at the first end of the communication cable and a second shield connector at the second end of the communication cable. The first end is configured to couple to a first controller of the HVAC system, the second end is configured to couple to a second controller of the HVAC system, and the cable shield is configured to electrically couple to a single electrical ground point via one or both of the first and second shield connectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Brian Loughman, Nicholas S. Cummings, Marcel P. Ferrere, Jr., Aron M. Seiler, Earl J. Rightmier
  • Patent number: 10770804
    Abstract: A wire with terminal 10 includes a wire 11 having a conductor part 12 and an insulation coating 13 surrounding the conductor part 12, a water stop portion 40 to be held in close contact with an outer surface of the insulation coating 13, and a terminal 20 having a conductor crimping portion 24 to be crimped to the conductor part 12 and a water stop holding portion 27 configured to hold the water stop portion 40 by being held in close contact with an outer surface side of the water stop portion 40.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignees: AutoNetworks Technologies, Ltd., Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd., Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hideki Nomura, Hiroki Hirai, Takuji Ootsuka, Kohei Kobayashi, Yoshiaki Yamano, Takaaki Ito
  • Patent number: 10714922
    Abstract: A cable gland assembly includes a gland nut defining a longitudinal axis. The gland nut includes an interior wall defining a gland nut opening and the interior wall includes a stop. A bushing is disposed within the gland nut opening proximate the stop. The bushing defines a bushing opening configured to receive a cable therein. A sleeve is moveably disposed within the gland nut opening adjacent the bushing. The cable gland assembly also includes a body defining a body opening configured to receive at least a portion of the cable therein. The body is configured to couple to the gland nut, and upon tightening of the gland nut to the body, the gland nut moves along the longitudinal axis compressing the bushing between the gland nut and the sleeve and around the cable. When the sleeve engages with the stop, further compression of the bushing is restricted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: EATON INTELLIGENT POWER LIMITED
    Inventors: Joseph Edward Platt, Matthew Thomas Pernot, Adam Douglas Ledgerwood
  • Patent number: 10424850
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a self-locking wire device being adapted to receive at least one wire according to at least one insertion direction, the self-locking device comprises a housing being electrically insulating and a locking element being electrically conductive. The locking element comprises one or more bases extending all along an inner side of the housing and at least one locking portion being configured in a way to block any movement of the at least one wire in a direction being opposite to the insertion direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Inventor: Jonathan Major
  • Patent number: 10400927
    Abstract: An earthquake-resistant flexible slip joint apparatus includes a joint outer part including an outer portion, an end connection portion, and an inner portion, and a slip inner part, wherein a pressurizing space is formed to be surrounded by the outer portion, the end connection portion, and the inner portion of the joint outer part, the inner portion includes a packing portion at a region thereof spaced apart from the end connection portion, the inner portion further includes an inner crimped portion and the packing portion, and an adhesion between the inner portion and the slip inner part increases due to a pressure of a conveyed fluid, the pressure being applied via the pressurizing space, and the inner crimped portion is elastically deformed when the slip inner part moves in up, down, left, and right directions, so that the conveyed fluid does not leak to the outside.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Inventor: Chang Yup An
  • Patent number: 10374333
    Abstract: A connection device for connecting together electrically-conductive tubes, the device comprising a body (1) defining a channel (2) having two end segments, each arranged to receive an end of one of the tubes. Each end segment (3) is provided with an annular recess (5) provided with a flank (8) facing towards the inlet of said end segment (3). The device comprises at least one elastically deformable electrical conductor element (9) having ends bearing against said flanks (8) and an intermediate portion (13) extending into the channel (2) in order to provide electrical continuity between the two tube ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: PARKER HANNIFIN MANUFACTURING FRANCE SAS
    Inventor: Philippe Le Quere
  • Patent number: 10362718
    Abstract: A protective tube that includes an electromagnetic shielding tube, and that allows the electromagnetic shielding tube to be easily engaged with another member, and a harness including the protective tube are provided. The protective tube includes an electromagnetic shielding tube. The electromagnetic shielding tube includes at least a conductive layer and an outer layer that covers the conductive layer. The electromagnetic shielding tube includes a recess that is recessed from an outer surface of the outer layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventor: Hikaru Omae
  • Patent number: 10263361
    Abstract: A transition fitting for achieving a rain-tight transition at the entry of photovoltaic cables with EMT. The transition fitting includes a fitting body with an internal bore, a grommet seated within the bore, a nut for tightening the grommet against the fitting body, a compression fitting and a ground lug extending from the nut. A plurality of bores extend partially through the grommet. Photovoltaic (PV) cables may be inserted within one or more of the bores in the grommet and the nut tightened upon the fitting body to form a rain-tight fit around the PV cables. The skins of the grommet remain intact in any unused bores to maintain a rain-tight seal on any unused bores. The transition fitting will maintain a rain-tight seal at the entry of PV cables to EMT. The ground lug provides a means of grounding the EMT to the transition fitting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Inventor: Thomas J. Gretz
  • Patent number: 10224668
    Abstract: An assembly for terminating a sheathed cable harness at an electrical component port, the assembly incorporating a nipple having a hollow bore fitted for receiving the cable harness; a coupling nut mounting the nipple upon the electrical component, the coupling nut being connected to the nipple's proximal end, and being adapted for aligning the hollow bore with the electrical component's port; and a Hunter spring annularly clamping the cable harness's sheath to the nipple, the Hunter spring having an outer end and a plurality of radially outwardly extending teeth, the radially outwardly extending teeth being positioned at the spring's outer end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Inventors: George E. Benton, Oliviu Muja
  • Patent number: 10131044
    Abstract: A fork seal driver tool includes two half-cylindrical pieces and a rotating retaining ring which rotates to hold the half-cylindrical pieces together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Motion Pro, INC.
    Inventor: Steven Richard Scott
  • Patent number: 10128603
    Abstract: A high power electrical connector includes a plug and receptacle for use in a power transmission system. The plug includes a wire conductor attached to a mounting end and a circular contacting portion extending from a second end. The plug is configured to mate with a receptacle connector having a sleeve for engaging the circular extension and a mounting end for connection to a conductive wire. A contacting ring made from a braid provides a low resistance interface between the plug and receptacle minimizing the potential for heat buildup across the interface and minimizing electrical failure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Molex, LLC
    Inventors: Francis Duggan, Andreas Vogt
  • Patent number: 10033122
    Abstract: Connectors and methods for attaching connectors to one or more cables and/or conduits are disclosed. The disclosed connectors and methods may secure an outer surface of the cable (e.g., an outer jacket of a cable) or conduit. A front coupler sleeve engages a sub-assembly comprising a back coupler sleeve and an actuator sleeve disposed around the cable or conduit. During engagement of an inner surface of the front coupler sleeve and an outer surface of the back coupler sleeve, an at least partially annular protrusion of the back coupler sleeve is displaced radially inwardly to secure the outer surface of the cable or conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Corning Optical Communications RF LLC
    Inventors: Donald Andrew Burris, Thomas Dewey Miller
  • Patent number: 10014678
    Abstract: A subsea screen connection assembly configured to electrically couple a subsea cable having an earth screen, the earth screen at least partially surrounding a cable core, to a subsea device. The subsea connection assembly has a connector body configured to be electrically connected to the subsea device and a clamping element configured to at least partially surround the earth screen of the subsea cable in a circumferential direction and to apply a clamping force in a radial direction to the at least partially surrounded earth screen of the subsea cable, the inner diameter of the clamping element being adjustable, and the clamping element configured to electrically connect the earth screen to the connector body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Wesley Barrett, Neil Knight, Thierry Tioffo
  • Patent number: 10008784
    Abstract: A spacer has a first cylindrical portion where a primary crimped state of a braided member is formed between the spacer and a cable. After the primary crimped state is formed, in a state in which a second flange of the terminal fitting fitted around the cable and the braided member is in contact with a first flange, a sleeve fitted around a second cylindrical portion forms a crimped state of the braided member between the sleeve and the terminal fitting at the second cylindrical portion, so that the terminal fitting is fixed to the braided member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroki Kitagawa, Yuya Yamada, Ryuta Fujii
  • Patent number: 9964657
    Abstract: This detection terminal (2) includes a fixing portion (4) intended to be fixed in a structure, an electrically conductive protective portion (5) secured to the fixing portion (4) and arranged to protect the fixing portion (4), the protective portion (5) being arranged to be accessible from the outside of the structure so as to allow the injection of an electric signal, and connection means intended to connect propagation means capable of propagating an electric signal along the optically invisible network, the connection means being connected to the protective portion (5) so as to hold, when in use, an electrical continuity between the protective portion (5) and the propagation means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: SOCIETE PLYMOUTH FRANCAISE
    Inventors: Daniel Arnaud, Mounir Saad
  • Patent number: 9947440
    Abstract: A mounting cable includes: a coaxial cable including: a core wire made of a conductive material; an internal insulator covering an outer periphery of the core wire; a shield covering an outer periphery of the internal insulator; and a jacket covering an outer periphery of the shield with an insulator, the coaxial cable having one end portion on which the core wire, the internal insulator and the shield are exposed; a cable fixing unit that fixes one end portion of the exposed core wire and has a connection surface on which an end face of the core wire is exposed; and a conductor having one end electrically and mechanically connected to the exposed shield and having the other end fixed to the cable fixing unit. An end portion of the conductor is exposed on the connection surface of the cable fixing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takanori Sekido
  • Patent number: 9837730
    Abstract: An insulation piercing connector includes a connector body, a bolt, a piercing pin, and an insulator member that electrically insulates the piercing pin from the bolt. The connector body includes a cable receiving slot and a threaded bore in communication with the cable receiving slot. The bolt includes a threaded shank with a central bore, and a head joined to the threaded shank by a shear-off section. The piercing pin is supported within the central bore by the insulator member and includes opposite first and second ends. The first end is configured to pierce the insulation of an electrical cable extending through the cable receiving slot and contact a conductor. The central bore of the bolt threadingly receives a sensor. The sensor includes a probe that contacts the second end of the piercing pin to obtain information from the conductor, such as voltage, current, and/or thermal information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Tyco Electronics Canada ULC
    Inventors: Sarzil Rahman, Jonathan Guppy
  • Patent number: 9780541
    Abstract: A splice case alignment cutout is provided. The splice case alignment cutout may include a body having an interior surface and an outer surface. The body may be configured to have a length and a width, wherein the body is configured to releasably attach to one of a left side distal end or right side distal end of a back cover member. The splice case alignment cutout may further include an endplate seating channel spanning the length of the body along the interior surface of the body. The endplate seating channel may be configured to allow a rim of an endplate to seat into the interior surface of the frame. When the endplate is seated in the endplate seating channel and releasably attached to the back cover member, the endplate seating channel may be configured to align the endplate with respect to the back cover member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventor: Bradley Stein
  • Patent number: 9746117
    Abstract: A fuel line assembly for an aircraft comprises a ferrule assembly comprising a ferrule affixed to an isolation tube, which may be directly affixed to a fuel tube or affixed to an extension tube, which in turn, is affixed to the fuel tube. The ferrule assembly provides electrostatic discharge protection and lightning protection as the isolation tube maintains a separation distance from the ferrule and fuel tube, both of which are made from metal. The isolation tube is made from a dielectric material, but which may have conductive particles added to aid in the dissipation of an electrostatic charge. The electrical resistance through the isolation tube has a lower limit to arrest the flow of the induced lightning current through the assembly. The amount of lightning protection afforded can be configured. The ferrule assembly components may be affixed by using thermo-welding, adhesive, or mechanical pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Christopher Michael Hansom, James P. Irwin, Nathan Michael Kelley
  • Patent number: 9748892
    Abstract: A photovoltaic (PV) mounting system having a base portion with a plurality of rails. The system includes a spring clip unit having a foot configured to hold a PV module coupling device and arranged to slide on one of the plurality of rails. A first spring clip is moveable on the foot from a first position in which the first spring clip is disengaged with the rail to allow the foot to move freely along the rail, to a second position in which the first spring clip engages the rail to attach the foot to the rail. A second spring clip is held by the foot and is forcibly engaged with the rail when the first spring clip is moved to the second position to help lock the foot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: SolarCity Corporation
    Inventors: Charles Almy, Tyrus Hudson, David Molina
  • Patent number: 9742173
    Abstract: A roof top junction box to protect wiring systems and a roof top from water leakages. The junction box includes a storage unit and an enclosure. A mounting component is fastened at an internal storage area of the storage unit to secure a terminal component thereon. Threaded screw elements are aligned in at least two of a plurality of screw hole channels utilizing a first sealing gaskets, a plurality of rubber washers and a plurality of press fit flutes. The plurality of threaded screw elements is affixed at a flashing member attached to the roof top. A compression ring and a multithreaded flute are aligned at a bottom conduit port in the storage unit. A conduit is inserted through the bottom conduit port and an opening at the flashing member to connect the conduit with at least one wiring system of a building.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Imagineering Plus Plus LLC
    Inventor: Stuart Wentworth
  • Patent number: 9680240
    Abstract: Connectors including apertures for grounding outer conductors of conduits and connectors including grounding grooves for grounding outer conductors of conduits are disclosed. In some embodiments, a connector includes a bore, a gripping portion axially surrounding the bore, a generally cylindrical aperture for receiving a grounding wire, and a securing port for securing the grounding wire in the aperture. An exterior gripping surface of the gripping portion is symmetric. The generally cylindrical aperture extends along an aperture centerline through at least a portion of the gripping portion. The securing port extends along a securing port centerline and intersects the generally cylindrical aperture. In other embodiments, a connector includes a grounding groove extending at least partially around an outer diameter of the connector that is adapted to receive the grounding wire, and a securing port longitudinally offset from the grounding groove and extending along a securing port centerline.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Corning Optical Communications RF LLC
    Inventors: Donald Andrew Burris, Thomas Dewey Miller
  • Patent number: 9640965
    Abstract: A cable gland assembly for attaching a shielded cable to an electronic enclosure includes a cable gland housing enclosing and in electrical contact with exposed cable shielding of the shielded cable and providing an electrically conductive pathway between the cable shielding and the electronic enclosure. The cable gland housing further encloses a shield pressure ring disposed to hold the exposed cable shielding in contact with the cable gland housing, a weather gasket, and an exposed portion of a cable strength member. The cable gland assembly includes environmental molding disposed within the cable gland housing to bond to and fix in place the exposed cable shielding, shield pressure ring, weather gasket, and exposed cable strength member. An outer molding is disposed around the cable gland housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Protonex Technology Corporation
    Inventors: David N. Long, Paul W. Kimball, John R. Plourde, Dat Van Nguyen, Joshua E. Persky, Nicholas J. Piela
  • Patent number: 9601910
    Abstract: A riser glove for shielding and/or sealing cables extending from a riser conduit includes a wrist portion sized for a sealing fit over the riser conduit, and a plurality of finger portions extending from the wrist portion. The finger portions taper from a widest section adjacent the wrist portion to a narrowest section at distal ends thereof. The finger portions include incremental indicators along lengths thereof corresponding to different cable gauges, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Inventor: Carlos M. Santos
  • Patent number: 9581016
    Abstract: A method of forming a wired pipe transmission line includes: providing an assembly that includes an inner conductor surrounded by an insulating material; attaching a fixation element to the assembly at or near an end thereof; providing a tubular outer conductor; disposing the assembly and the fixation element within the outer conductor; and fixedly attaching the fixation element to the inner portion of the tubular outer conductor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: BAKER HUGHES INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Volker Peters, Detlev Benedict, Robert Buda, Stephan Mueller, Henning Rahn, Rene Schulz
  • Patent number: 9553394
    Abstract: A connector assembly includes a housing, a plurality of circuit board cable assemblies, and an overmold. Each of the circuit board cable assemblies includes a printed circuit board and a pair of shielded cables. The overmold extends and insulate a portion of the shielded cables and a portion of the printed circuit board that includes a plurality of conductive contact pads for electrical connection to the shielded cables.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Kok Hoe Lee, Saujit Bandhu
  • Patent number: 9465183
    Abstract: A break-out assembly includes an enclosure including a first side with a first opening and a second side, opposite the first side, with a plurality of second openings. A conductive frame is disposed within the enclosure. The conductive frame includes a first spring basket aligned to the first opening and a plurality of second spring baskets aligned to the plurality of second openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: CommScope Technologies LLC
    Inventor: Nahid Islam
  • Patent number: 9428275
    Abstract: A method of positioning a monument within an aircraft. The method includes positioning first and second tracks having first and second carriages thereon on the floor. The first and second carriages are initially in a first position. The method includes positioning a floor of a first monument section with a first fitting on the carriage of the first track, positioning a floor of a second monument section with a second fitting on the carriage of the second track, moving the first and second monument sections with the carriages to a second position, aligning the first fittings with a connection point on the aircraft floor, raising the floors of the first and second monument sections and removing the first and second tracks, lowering the floors of the first and second monument sections, securing the first and second fittings to the connection points associated therewith.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: C&D ZODIAC, INC.
    Inventors: Nabih Najd, Harry Ta
  • Patent number: 9407031
    Abstract: A modular connector for cables and pipes has a compressible body with an axial groove provided therein for arrangement of a shielded cable extending from a first end to a second end, and the groove is dimensioned or dimensionable to sealingly fit around a circumference of the shielded or armored cable or the pipe. The connector has a conductor arrangement arranged between the first end and the second end, the conductor arrangement may be sandwiched between the compressible body and a cable screen or armor of the cable or the pipe. The the conductor arrangement further extends to an outside of the modular connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: ROXTEC AB
    Inventor: Bo Millevik
  • Patent number: 9385442
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides systems and techniques for an improved grounding hub installation experience. The apparatus disclosure herein provides a plurality of quick access coupling points for connecting an integral grounding hub to a ground wire. Specifically, the disclosed apparatus includes one or more bosses having a top screw hole and a side screw hole and one or more recessed channels next to the screw holes. A ground wire can be received in the recessed channels and secured by a screw received in the respective screw hole. Additionally, some example embodiments include a through-hole formed beneath and orthogonal to the screw holes. The through-hole can receive a ground wire therethrough, which is pinned down by a screw received in the respective screw hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: Cooper Technologies Company
    Inventor: Michael Charles Brown
  • Patent number: 9362635
    Abstract: A grounding clamp is provided that includes a grounding wire having two ends that are each configured to extend out an opening in a coaxial cable. The grounding clamp includes a housing configured to receive both ends of the extending wire in an inner chamber through a first opening, the housing including a second opening configured to receive a lug, wherein the lug is configured to secure both ends of the grounding wire within the inner chamber. A method of installing a grounding clamp includes attaching a fishline to a grounding wire and inserting the fishline through an opening of a corrugated coaxial cable in a valley located between an outer conductor and an outer jacket of the coaxial cable, wherein the fishline is rigid enough that it does not buckle or deform significantly under the pressure of the outer conductor and the outer jacket, wherein the fishline is flexible enough that it bends around the corrugated coaxial cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: John Mezzalingua Associates, LLC
    Inventors: Werner K. Wild, Bernhard Strasser, Christopher P. Natoli
  • Patent number: 9347591
    Abstract: A method to prevent the accumulation of static electricity in a pipe system for containing corrosive petroleum products is provided, for a total resistance of less than 1 MEG ohms to ground from all points. The pipe system has at least two pipe sections, each comprising a structural layer and a corrosion resistant layer. The corrosion resistant layer has at least a conductive surface area in contact with the fluid, with the conductive surface area defining an electrical pathway extending a length of the pipe section. Each pipe section has a tapered end exposing a portion of the corrosion resistant layer. The method comprises joining the two pipe sections at the tapered ends by a conductive adhesive overlay, and electrically connecting the conductive adhesive overlay to a grounding device, wherein the grounding device helps dissipate build-up of electrostatic charge in the pipe system carrying the fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: Chevron U.S.A. Inc.
    Inventors: Kyle Warren Schmidt, Randal Joseph Rapoza, Brian Gene Thompson, Edwin Hall Niccolls
  • Patent number: 9240656
    Abstract: A connector assembly includes a cable bundle, a backshell, and a conductive gasket. The cable bundle includes a plurality of cables. The cables each have at least one inner conductor, a grounding element, and a cover layer that surrounds the at least one inner conductor and the grounding element. The backshell has walls defining a cavity. The cavity receives a terminating end of the cable bundle. The backshell has a cable end. The cable bundle extends from the backshell through a cable opening at the cable end. The conductive gasket is held within the cavity of the backshell at least proximate to the cable opening. The conductive gasket is electrically connected to the backshell. The conductive gasket extends between the cables of the cable bundle. The conductive gasket engages the grounding elements of the cables to provide electrical current paths between each of the cables and the backshell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2016
    Assignee: Tyco Electronics Corporation
    Inventors: Richard Long, Alex Michael Sharf, Jeffrey Stewart Simpson
  • Patent number: 9228686
    Abstract: A method of forming a wired pipe transmission line includes: providing an assembly that includes an inner conductor surrounded by an insulating material; attaching a fixation element to the assembly at or near an end thereof; providing a tubular outer conductor; disposing the assembly and the fixation element within the outer conductor; and fixedly attaching the fixation element to the inner portion of the tubular outer conductor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: Volker Peters, Detlev Benedict, Robert Buda, Stephan Mueller, Henning Rahn, Rene Schulz
  • Publication number: 20150144373
    Abstract: A ground apparatus applicable to an array of solar cell modules includes at least one first ground unit and a plurality of second ground units, and a plurality of depression plates. The first ground unit mounted to a lateral side of one specific solar cell module includes a grounding dock coupling to an out-extending ground line. The second ground unit mounted at a lateral side of each respective solar cell module also has another grounding dock. Any of the grounding docks is formed as a -shape metal plate having two opposing prolonged ends to extend outward, in which each of the ends has at least one matching member, or in which each of the ends is extended to a respective matching frame of the solar cell modules. In addition, the ground apparatus is fixed with a predetermined fastening pattern.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: TING-HUI HUANG, CHIEN-CHUNG WU
  • Patent number: 8979557
    Abstract: A fitting for terminating a conduit includes a substantially tubular fitting body having a central bore extending therethrough, a forward end, and a rearward end opposing the forward end. The fitting body includes a first liquid-proof coating that includes a rearward sealing rim. A gland nut is rotatably coupled to the rearward end of the fitting body. The gland nut includes a second liquid-proof coating that includes a forward sealing rim. A grounding ring is positioned between the gland nut and the fitting body and contacts the fitting body. Upon axial movement of the gland nut, the grounding ring engages the rearward sealing rim of the first liquid-proof coating on the fitting body and the forward sealing rim of the second liquid-proof coating on the gland nut to form a sealed relationship therewith.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Thomas & Betts International, Inc.
    Inventor: Cong Thanh Dinh
  • Patent number: 8981221
    Abstract: Core shield pipes and one collectively encasing braided shield tube are fixed and electrically connected using a metal bracket and a metal clamp. The metal bracket has two semi-circular members formed by dividing a circular plate sized to be covered by the collectively encasing braided shield tube into two parts. Semi-circular pipe insertion grooves are provided side by side at intervals on facing sides of the semi-circular members to face each other and the core shield pipes are inserted respectively into the pipe insertion grooves. The collectively encasing braided shield tube is mounted to cover the outer periphery of the metal bracket formed of the semi-circular members and the metal clamp is fastened to the outer periphery of the collectively encasing braided shield tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Masashi Sawada, Tadayoshi Asao, Koki Shiga
  • Patent number: 8981225
    Abstract: A shield conductor includes: an electrical wire; a tubular shield member that encloses the electrical wire and is configured such that an end portion of a pipe made of metal is fit to an end portion of a tubular accordion member made of metal; a swage ring that is attached at a portion where the end portion of the pipe is fit to the end portion of the tubular accordion member, and constricts the end portion of the pipe and the end portion of the tubular accordion member from outside; a conductor ring that is arranged between the pipe and the tubular accordion member, has an inner circumferential face that faces the pipe and an outer circumferential face that faces the tubular accordion member, and has electrical conductivity; and a plurality of protrusion/recession portions formed on the inner circumferential face and the outer circumferential face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignees: Autonetworks Technologies, Ltd., Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd., Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Katsutoshi Izawa, Masanori Kuwahara, Fujio Sonoda, Yasushi Itani, Yoshinori Sugimoto, Naoki Aoyama
  • Publication number: 20150060103
    Abstract: An apparatus for terminating a controlled-impedance cable using compliant electrical contacts to provide an interface to another device. The terminator includes an anchor block for securing the cable. Optionally, the anchor block is electrically non-conductive. A conductive ferrule is installed on the cable shield and the cable end is dressed. The ferrule/cable assembly is installed in a through hole in the anchor block so the cable end is flush with the anchor block face. An insulating or conductive plate mounted to the anchor block holds the signal contact that electrically connects the center conductor to the device and optional ground contacts that electrically connect the ferrule to the device. The ground contacts surround the signal contact in a pattern that closely mimics the impedance environment of the cable. When using a conductive plate, the signal contact is insulated from the plate by an insulating centering plug or a non-conductive coating.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: Gordon A. Vinther, Sergio Diaz
  • Patent number: 8963015
    Abstract: Shielding performance and protection from radiated RF energy at a cable's point of entry to an enclosure are improved when a shield of the cable is AC coupled around an entire opening of the enclosure using a discoidal capacitor. The capacitor may be electrically coupled to the shield and the enclosure around the entire inner and outer circumferences of the discoidal capacitor. Compared to traditional DC coupling or the use of a drain wire and traditional capacitor, using the discoidal capacitor lowers inductance and improves shielding of the opening itself while improving AC filtering characteristics and preventing ground loops.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Fisher Controls International LLC
    Inventor: Adam Joseph Wittkop
  • Publication number: 20150047869
    Abstract: An electrical device and/or a connected component is grounded utilizing a dedicated listed grounding conductor that permanently connects to a chassis of the electrical device and a grounded receptacle. The grounding conductor is dedicated to and listed for grounding the electrical device and/or connected components. The grounding conductor includes a first portion that is permanently connectible to a chassis of the electrical device, a second portion that is permanently connectible to the grounding receptacle, and a conductor portion that connects the first portion and second portion. In some implementations, the first portion may include a terminal lug that connects to a port of the chassis and may be secured by a nut that may require mechanical assistance to remove. In various implementations, the second portion may include a ring that is operable to receive a screw that mates with a screw hole of the grounding receptacle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2013
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Applicant: DISH NETWORK L.L.C.
    Inventor: David Michael Lettkeman