Angularly Movable Or Adjustable Patents (Class 174/86)
  • Patent number: 10160120
    Abstract: A wiring structure for a robot arm includes a pair of arm members that each have a hollow shaft shape including a first end section and a second end section, and that are arranged to be parallel to each other. A wire-shaped body is introduced into the arm member from the first end section and led out of the arm member through the second end section so as to penetrate at least one of the pair of arm members in an axis direction of the arm member. A regulating member is provided at least in an intermediate region of the arm member in the longitudinal direction to regulate a displacement of the wire-shaped body within the arm member in a radial direction of the arm member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Akifumi Hirano
  • Patent number: 10103461
    Abstract: A connection device including a plurality of substrates which are arranged overlapping with one another at predetermined intervals and have electrodes provided on respective opposing surfaces thereof, a connection member which has a main body section that is fixed to any one of the plurality of substrates, and a plurality of contact sections that are provided on the main body section and arranged among the plurality of substrates so as to respectively come in contact with the electrodes, and a fixing member which fixes the plurality of substrates and the main body section of the connection member to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kazumasa Yokoo
  • Patent number: 10093024
    Abstract: Provided is a linear-object handling structure of a robot, in which a linear object for a motor that drives a second arm and a wrist and a linear object for a work tool that is attached to the wrist pass from a base part to the inside of a rotational drum in the vicinity of a first axis, are guided upward to the outside through a through-hole provided in the rotational drum, are respectively curved toward opposite lateral sides of the rotational drum in the substantially circumferential directions while each given a margin of length required for the motion of the rotational drum, are guided from the lateral sides of the rotational drum to the second arm in the longitudinal direction of the first arm while each being given a margin of length required for the motions of the first arm and the second arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Toshihiko Inoue, Tomoyuki Motokado, Masayoshi Mori, Wataru Amemiya
  • Patent number: 10063025
    Abstract: An illustrative cable connector hand tool and associated methods are operable to permit cable connection sections to respectively pass through a side opening of hand tool members into a center aperture of the tool members. Exemplary hand tool members are formed with a recessed portion adapted to receive an end of one of a pair of cable connectors such that mating edges of the cable connectors used to couple the cable connection sections are visible when the cable connectors are in a coupled configuration abutting each other. An illustrative embodiment includes the recessed portion formed with a plurality of recesses spaced apart in the center aperture operable to engage protrusions on an outer wall of the cable connectors. Exemplary cable connectors engage each other with respective threaded connection sections to apply compressive or coupling force to two ends of the cable when the tools rotate the connectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: The United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventor: Scott L. Small
  • Patent number: 9945143
    Abstract: A swiveling joint for use in a pole such as a light pole is disclosed. The swiveling joint connects a first member mounted to a lower leg of a pole with a second member mounted to an upper leg of the pole. The second leg has a skirt which sits around an annular portion of the first member, with a bearing member located between the first and second members. The bearing member can be moved from outside the second member between a locked position where the joint is fixed, and a released position where the joint can rotate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Swivelpole Patent Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Robert John Pannekoek, Peter Pannekoek
  • Patent number: 9935413
    Abstract: A hinge pin includes a pin body, a first electrical connector located at a first end of the pin body, a second electrical connector located at a second end of the pin body, and electrical conductors that electrically connect the first electrical connector and the second electrical connector. The hinge pin may be incorporated in a hinge to connect a first hinge part and a second hinge part for rotation. The hinge may be incorporated in an apparatus in which first and second wire harnesses are connected to the first and second electrical connectors of the hinge pin by third and fourth electrical connectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Samuel G. Fowle
  • Patent number: 9735492
    Abstract: An electrical outlet includes an outlet housing having an outer support arm and an inner support arm, the outer and inner support arms defining a socket receptacle; the inner and outer support arms having a rotational support member and a fixed electrical contact assembly; a rotary socket having at least one plug receiver for receiving an electrical plug and a rotary contact plate attached thereto; wherein the rotary contact plate is rotationally supported by the rotational support member, and the rotary contact plate maintains electrical contact with the fixed electrical contact assembly through a predetermined range of rotation of the rotary socket. Rotation control functions of the rotary contact plate to limit the range of rotation and provide adjustable angles of rotation are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Inventors: Henry Shum, Mathew Inskeep
  • Patent number: 9705295
    Abstract: A slip conduit connector for use in installing electrical conduit between two fix locations, has a hollow cylindrical member, at least one threaded bore positioned near a first end of the cylindrical member, the bore for receipt of a fastener, a flange circumferentially extending around the cylindrical member inward from a second end of the cylindrical member, and an outer threaded region extending from the second end toward said flange, the threaded region dimensioned to receive a locknut; wherein a slot is formed through the cylindrical member between the flange and the bore closest to the second end, the slot dimensioned to allow viewing inside the cylindrical member to ensure entry of an electrical conduit past all of the bores, thereby ensuring mechanical and electrical securement of the electrical conduit to the slip conduit connector when the fastener is secured in the at least one bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: BRIDGEPORT FITTINGS, INC.
    Inventor: Lawrence J. Smith
  • Patent number: 9689075
    Abstract: Embodiments of a cathodic protection device include an anchor bar operably connected to a metallic structure placed in a marine or aquatic environment, a plurality of articulated bars and a joining mechanism. The plurality of articulated bars are connected to one another in a chain-like manner. The joining mechanism is configured to connect the anchor bar to the plurality of articulated bars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Inventors: Lorenzo Martinez Gomez, Lorenzo Martínez Martínez de la Escalera, Jorge Joaquín Cantó Ibáñez, José Julián Sánchez Hernández, Alejandro Dávila Martinez
  • Patent number: 9611681
    Abstract: The invention relates to a closure element (1) in the form of a window or a door. The invention also relates to a joint axis mechanism (9) for such a closure element. The closure element (1) has a liquid crystal film (5) which is connected to cables (26) that are connected to other cables (22) via sliding contacts of an electrical connecting unit (16).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: PR Germany GmbH
    Inventor: Peter Reinecke
  • Patent number: 9520227
    Abstract: An apparatus for a contactless transmission of electrical energy between a wall and a door leaf/window sash fastened to the wall in an articulated fashion via hinges about a hinge axis includes a primary coil configured to be fastened to the wall, a secondary coil fastened to the door leaf/window sash, and a hinge bolt as a magnetic flux conduction body between the primary coil and the secondary coil. The hinge bolt comprises at least one flux element provided as a prefabricated structural component and at least one bearing piece comprising a mating frontal side. The at least one flux element comprises at least one frontal side. The at least one frontal side of the at least one flux element braces against the mating frontal side of the at least one bearing piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: DR. HAHN GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Tibor Herglotz, Ingo Steinfeld
  • Patent number: 9409187
    Abstract: A centrifuge device comprises a fixed section, a drive device having a drive shaft, and a rotor mounted on the fixed section about a first rotational axis. The rotor is drivable about the first rotational axis. A transfer shaft is mounted on the rotor about a second rotational axis eccentric to the first rotational axis, the transfer shaft being coupled via a gearing with the fixed section. A centrifugal chamber is rotatable about a third rotational axis and is operatively connected to the transfer shaft. A locking device is arranged on the rotor for axially fixing the centrifugal chamber on the rotor. The locking device comprises a locking element and an actuating element, the locking element being adjustable between a locked position in which the centrifugal chamber is axially fixed with respect to the rotor and an unlocked position in which the centrifugal chamber is removable from the rotor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: FRESENIUS KABI DEUTSCHLAND GMBH
    Inventors: Artur Meisberger, Ilka Sternheimer
  • Patent number: 9398796
    Abstract: A hair styling device that has a rotating cylinder extending from a body that may be easily grasped by hand. The device allows the cylinder to rotate relative to the body, which remains stationary in the hand of a user. The cylinder has a clamp for clamping hair to the cylinder. The clamp rotates with the cylinder and is used to wind hair up the cylinder while the user holds the body of the device. The direction of rotation of the cylinder may be changed as desired by the user. The ability of a user to rotate the cylinder without rotating the entire device manually eliminates twisting the cord due to turning the entire device as is done with traditional curling irons. Buttons on the device select the direction of rotation of the cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Assignee: The Beachwaver Co.
    Inventors: Sarah J. Kennedy, Myung-Ho Maeng
  • Patent number: 9350154
    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: September 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: THOMAS & BETTS INTERNATIONAL LLC
    Inventors: Cong Thanh Dinh, Paul John Bartholomew
  • Patent number: 9229625
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing a circular computer desktop. In accordance with an embodiment, one or more computer monitors are used with a closed-path configuration, in which there are no, e.g., natural left and right desktop boundaries. When an object is moved or resized such that a portion or all of the object moves outside an expected boundary of the desktop, then that portion of the object is rendered and made visible at the opposite side of the desktop. The effect is one of a continuous or circular desktop. In accordance with an embodiment, the system can determine the position of objects within the desktop, taking into account the width of monitor bezels. In accordance with various embodiments, the system can be used with a single, e.g., flat or circular monitor, or with a plurality of monitors, and can accommodate left-right and/or up-down circular desktop behavior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: Mosaiqq, Inc
    Inventor: Anders Nancke-Krogh
  • Patent number: 9127817
    Abstract: A lighting device may be provided that includes: a light source including: a member which includes a first placement portion and a second placement portion; a light source module which is disposed in the first placement portion; and a first terminal which is disposed in the second placement portion and is electrically connected to the light source module; and a heat sink including: a first receiver in which the second placement portion of the member is disposed; a second receiver in which a circuitry is disposed; and a second terminal which is disposed corresponding to the first terminal of the light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: LG Innotek Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Byeong Guk Min, Jae O Kwak, In Soo Park, Seung Kyun Hong
  • Patent number: 9114517
    Abstract: A nailing device of the present invention includes a main body, a magazine and a nail pusher. The magazine is disposed in the main body for nail units to be seated thereon. The nail pusher is slidably straddled on the magazine to push the nail units forward. The nail pusher has a first side and a second side. Two slanted guiding portions are frontward and outward extended from the two sides respectively, so that the two slanted guiding portions diverge toward a direction nail units being pushed forward. The slanted guiding portions have two guiding surfaces facing each other to guide and position staples, so that centers of different staples of different sizes can locate at the same position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: Apex Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Rong-Yu Wang
  • Patent number: 8979037
    Abstract: A cable tray apparatus is provided a people mover system such as a Sky Train or the like. The cable tray apparatus is made up of a plurality of identical cable trays which are secured together in an end-to-end relationship. The cable trays are selectively laterally horizontally adjustable with respect to one another and are selectively vertically adjustable with respect to one another to correspond to curves in the roadway of the system and to correspond to elevational changes in the roadway of the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Terad Fabricating, Inc.
    Inventors: Adam J. Wurzer, Terry D. Wurzer, Cameron G. Lewis, David T. Wurzer
  • Patent number: 8960611
    Abstract: An expansion joint is disclosed for a cable tray apparatus for a people mover system. An expansion joint is inserted or positioned between a pair of generally rectangular electrical cable trays having first and second ends. The cable trays are connected in an end-to-end relationship. The expansion joint has first and second ends and is positioned between the pair of cable trays so that the first end thereof is connected to the second end of the adjacent cable tray and so that the second end thereof is connected to the first end of the adjacent cable tray. The expansion joint includes body portions which are slidably movable towards one another or slidably movable away from one another to compensate for expansion and contraction of the cable tray apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Terad Fabricating, Inc.
    Inventors: David T. Wurzer, Terry D. Wurzer, Adam J. Wurzer, Cameron G. Lewis
  • Publication number: 20140360754
    Abstract: An environmentally robust pivot joint adaptor for use in a pivoting pole assembly comprising a lower pole section and an upper pole section. The pivot joint adaptor includes a lower adaptor comprising a lower pivot member defining a first central wiring passage and an upper adaptor comprising an upper pivot member defining a second central wiring passage communicating with the first central wiring passage. The upper pivot member is rotationally coupled to the lower pivot member, and sharing a common axis of rotation. At least one of the lower adaptor and the upper adaptor comprises a pole adaptor mounted at an operative angle to the axis of rotation. The pole adaptor includes an open end for receiving an end of a pole section, and an internal wiring tube communicating with the first central wiring passage and the second central wiring passage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2013
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventors: Michael Walton, Andrew J. Grant
  • Publication number: 20140144670
    Abstract: Apparatuses and devices are provided that allow for a power input cord to be placed in two or more different orientations relative to a power distribution unit. A power distribution unit may be provided with one or more input cord assemblies that allow an input cord to be swiveled such that the cord exits an outside plane of the power distribution unit at a different angle. Such an assembly allows a power distribution unit to be placed in an equipment rack and coupled with an input power source in a flexible and convenient manner. Clearances and dimensions of equipment racks may be modified to provide enhanced space usage, efficiency, and/or density in a facility.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2014
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Applicant: SERVER TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventors: Travis Irons, Mark Ramsey, Chris Connolly
  • Patent number: 8540526
    Abstract: An adjustable length busway joint for coupling a first and a second busway section, the first and second busway sections being longitudinally offset, is disclosed. The busway joint includes a first plurality of splice plates and a second plurality of splice plates disposed to overlap to form an electrical joint. The first and said second pluralities of splice plates are arranged for a longitudinal movement with respect each other between a first compressed position and a second extended position. The busway joint further includes a third plurality of splice plates. Each splice plate of the second plurality of splice plates overlaps a portion of a corresponding splice plate of the third plurality of splice plates to form an electrical joint. The third and second pluralities of splice plates are arranged for a longitudinal movement with respect each other between a third compressed position and a fourth extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Brian Frederick Mooney, Michael Richard Wood, Jeffery Lynn Cox, Gerald Witkoski, Mariusz Duda, Mark Schatz, Kuldeep Kumar Bhathija
  • Patent number: 8307509
    Abstract: A geared full surface mounted continuous hinge with a hole in a thrust bearing supporting the hinge, said hole adapted to accommodate a flexible tube containing electrical wiring and thereby facilitate the passage of electric current from a frame to appliances in a door connected to the frame using the hinge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Select Products Ltd
    Inventor: Timothy Alan Schau
  • Publication number: 20120261155
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a connector comprising a cylindrical base and a top structure. The cylindrical base comprises of at least one circular groove in axial and plural radical gaps on the surface of the open end. A spring and a metal ring plate are pre-compressed in the circular groove in order. The metal ring plate is positioned by placing its edge bulges into the gaps on the surface of the open end of the cylindrical base and can not rotate. By the wire through the gaps, the metal ring plate can be connected to the power or signal source outside. The top structure, which is installed at the open end of the cylindrical base, can rotate relative to the cylindrical base. There is at least one conductive pillar extended from the inner side of the top structure toward the cylindrical base. The conductive pillar, located in the circular groove, pressing the metal ring plate at the bottom side, forms an electric conduction link.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2011
    Publication date: October 18, 2012
    Inventor: Fu-Min Liang
  • Patent number: 8215678
    Abstract: A pipe connector having two connector elements each arranged for interconnection and connection to a respective pipe, a retaining member for maintaining interconnection of the connector elements and a ring member arranged for capture by the retaining member and biased into contact with both connector elements of the pipe connector, the ring member being formed as a single piece of electrically conductive material so as to provide electrical bonding directly between the two connector elements of the pipe connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Airbus Operations Limited
    Inventor: Daniel Peachey
  • Patent number: 8042622
    Abstract: An electric power tool having a housing, a motor, a jack for receiving a connection plug of an electric cable, and a swivel unit mounted on the housing and carrying the jack, wherein the swivel unit includes a first head mounted on the housing for rotation about a first axis, and a second head mounted on the first head for rotation about a second axis. The first and second axes form an angle between them, and provide for freedom of rotation of the jack, thereby providing for positioning of the jack and routing of a connected cable in desired directions relative to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2011
    Assignee: Atlas Copco Tools AB
    Inventors: Kjell Thomas Martin Eriksson, Gunnar Christer Hansson, Erik Vilhelm Persson
  • Publication number: 20110056719
    Abstract: The electricity transmission device comprises prolonged rigid conductors made of copper (18), and also a connector (17) comprising a network of flexible elements (23), such as brazed tubes with cooling channels (20, 22) for the conductors (18), that enables angular displacements between the successive segments (15, 16) and therefore gives a flexibility absorbing small displacements of the device. A lifting manoeuvre system (26, 27) is associated with the segments (15, 16). The segments (15, 16) may be joined to other elements of the device through connections with jaws enabling slipping.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2007
    Publication date: March 10, 2011
    Applicants: Areva NC, Commissariat A L'Energie Atomique
    Inventors: Jacques Lacombe, Patrice Brun, Thierry Flament, Eric Chauvin, Antony Prod'Homme
  • Patent number: 7870667
    Abstract: To provide a reliable terminal crimping apparatus and a terminal crimping method, which crimps an electric wire to a terminal having crimping pieces, ends of which curve in a direction of approaching each other, the terminal crimping apparatus includes a first die for placing the terminal on a surface thereof, a second die arranged correspondingly to the first die and freely approaching and parting the first die to crimp the crimp pieces by approaching the first die, and a third die arranged correspondingly to the first die and freely approaching and leaving from the first die to approach the first die before the second die crimps the crimping piece so as to push the electric wire toward the bottom plate and insert the electric wire between the pair of crimp pieces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2011
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventor: Kazuhiko Takada
  • Patent number: 7816605
    Abstract: A connection device for cables having an elongated, cylindrical body with first and second ends, a termination interface member attached to each end of the elongated cylindrical body, wherein the elongated, cylindrical body is made of a flexible, cylindrical substrate member extending between the termination interfaces, with a plurality of elongated tension members helically wound about the exterior of the flexible substrate member, the ends of the tension members being attached to respective termination interface members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2010
    Assignee: Bennex AS
    Inventor: Norvald Berland
  • Patent number: 7718895
    Abstract: A device for electrical connection of two sections of a pre-fabricated electrical canalization electrical canalization has a certain number of conducting bars extending substantially parallel to one another. This device includes a first set of at least one portion of bars and a second set of at least another portion of bars, where the portions of bars of the first set at least partially and respectively overlap the portions of bars of the second set, and the portions of bars of the first set of bars are in electrical contact respectively with the portions of bars of the second set over a contact zone. The two sets of portions of bars are movable with respect to one another to modify the overlap length of the portions of bars and the length of the connection device. The device includes means for securing the two sets of portions of bars in a selected adjustment position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2010
    Assignee: Schneider Electric Industries SAS
    Inventor: Alejandro Rodriguez
  • Publication number: 20080105451
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device for electrical connection of two sections of a pre-fabricated electrical canalization, said electrical canalization comprising a certain number of conducting bars extending substantially parallel to one another. This device is characterized in that it comprises a first set of at least one portion of bars and a second set of at least one portions of bars, said portions of bars of the first set at least partially overlapping respectively the portions of bars of the second set, said portions of bars of the first set of bars being in electrical contact respectively with the portions of bars of the second set over a contact zone, the two sets of portions of bars being able to be moved with respect to one another such as to modify the overlap length of the portions of bars and thereby the length of the connection device, and means for securing the two sets of portions of bars in the selected adjustment position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2007
    Publication date: May 8, 2008
    Applicant: Schneider Electric Industries SAS
    Inventor: Alejandro Rodriguez
  • Patent number: 7304241
    Abstract: An assembly having a connector capable of rotating up to about +/?170 degrees; and a plurality of conductors, sized in the range of gauge 22 to gauge 26.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2007
    Inventors: Karl-Heinz Trieb, Jürgen Harreiss, Edgar Beier
  • Patent number: 7201603
    Abstract: A wire guide includes first and second tubes (14, 16) having first and second perpendicular axes (22, 26), with the second tube having a backshell (40) that is pivotable about the first axis on the first tube rear end, so wires (30) can be routed in a variety of directions. The first tube rear end and the backshell are pivotally connected by a pair of balls (34, 36) that each lies in a groove (44) in the first tube rear end and in a hole (50) in the backshell portion. A strain relief member lying largely in the first tube rear portion has a through hole (82) extending along the first axis, an outside that forms a 360° groove (84), and at least one end slot (90, 92) that connects the hole to the groove. A wire (30) can extend through much of the hole, then through a slot to the groove and around the groove, and then back through a slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2007
    Assignee: ITT Manufacturing Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Santos Finona
  • Patent number: 7195807
    Abstract: A method for mechanically protecting a connection between at least two components forming part of an electrical and/or telecommunications network. At least one protective coating is provided, the coating being produced from an expanded polymeric material and providing the connection with a mechanical impact strength and ensuring a predetermined heat exchange between the connection and the external environment. This coating is axially and circumferentially continuous with respect to the connection. The present invention also relates to a coating for the mechanical protection of a connection between two components and to a joint thus protected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2007
    Assignee: Prysmian Cavi e Sistemi Energia S.r.l.
    Inventors: Luca Balconi, Alberto Bareggi, Sergio Belli, Alberto Bianchi, Dario Quaggia
  • Patent number: 7081027
    Abstract: A multi-tap electrical connector assembly that includes a plurality of connectors having a body with an aperture extending therethrough and either a male pin or a compression fitting and an elongated metal rod having a longitudinal axis. The metal rod is inserted through the apertures and electrically contacts the connectors to form an electrically conductive path from the metal rod to the male pins or the compression fittings. The connectors can rotate 360 degrees around the longitudinal axis of the metal rod while maintaining electrical conductivity between the rod and connectors and the male pins and compression fittings can be connected to wires or cables from #8 AWG to 3000 kcmil in size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2006
    Assignee: Thomas & Betts International, Inc.
    Inventor: Jerry Allen Woodward
  • Patent number: 7080985
    Abstract: A quick release connector is provided. In one embodiment the connector includes an electrical connector including a first component having a first plurality of teeth and a second component having a second plurality of teeth. The first and second pluralities of teeth are configured to selectively engage and disengage one another upon connecting and disconnecting the connector. The engagement of the teeth is operative to substantially prevent relative axial motion between the first and second portions of the connector. Embodiments of this invention may advantageously support axial loads while maintaining a reliable electrical contact. Various alternative embodiments include a gimbal assembly in which electric lines extend through the gimbal, straddling one of the gimbal axles. Such gimbal assemblies may also support axial loads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2006
    Inventor: Michael B. Hopper
  • Patent number: 6838612
    Abstract: A joint arrangement for guiding a cable therethrough with a holding body (201) and a leg (204) which is rotatably journalled on the holding body (201) is disclosed. In the joint arrangement, a mechanism for limiting the rotation of the leg relative to the holding body is provided in order to protect a cable passed through the leg and holding body against excessive twisting. The leg (204) is journalled on the holding body (201) with a ball joint (205). Alternatively or additionally, the joint arrangement includes a swivel joint having a sleeve wherein means for limiting rotation are provided in the form of a stop pin and a stop formed on the sleeve or in a sleeve. Electric operator-controlled elements can be movably mounted on a surgical microscope with the joint arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2005
    Assignee: Carl-Zeiss-Stiftung
    Inventor: Franz Krug
  • Publication number: 20040165041
    Abstract: An identifiable TAB for an inkjet cartridge. The identifiable tab contains a flexible substrate, a plurality of conductive traces formed on the flexible substrate, and a plurality of contacts formed on the flexible substrate and connected to the conductive traces. The contacts of the identifiable TAB are arranged into at least one identifiable area for aiding in identifying the inkjet cartridge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2004
    Publication date: August 26, 2004
    Inventor: Chih-Ching Chen
  • Patent number: 6554636
    Abstract: Apparatus for use at an end of a cable in an underwater or severe environment, comprising a connector part for connection with the cable and adapted to be brought axially into engagement with another connector part, the connector part having a laterally directed fitting for connecting the cable thereto, and the apparatus further comprising a handle secured to the connector part at a location rearwardly of the fitting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2003
    Assignee: Tronic Limited
    Inventors: Simon J. E. Walker, Ian G. Wilkinson, Gillian A. McKinnon
  • Patent number: 6415569
    Abstract: A Sectional Conduit that would enhance ones home or office. The Sectional Conduit promotes a touch of class and elegance to your surrounding, as well as promoting safety.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2002
    Inventor: Dwane Matthew Jimerson
  • Patent number: 6370020
    Abstract: A plurality of conductor rings (16a, 16b, . . . , 16n) disposed concentrically with respect to a rotation axis X, and opposite terminals (19a, 19b, . . . , 19n) for coming into contact with the above-described respective conductor rings are provided, and these conductor rings and opposite terminals which come into contact with each other are connected to any one of electric circuits on a side of the above-described display section and on a side of the base section, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2002
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventor: Tsutoo Toukairin
  • Patent number: 6364828
    Abstract: An articulating elongated inspection neck effective to shield radio frequency interference. The inspection neck includes a series of individual electrically conducting parts each having a passageway there through. The parts are pivotally joined together with the passageways aligned along the length of the neck. A self-adjusting electrically conducting member connects immediately adjacent individual parts in electrical communication. The self-adjusting members maintain electrical communication between the parts throughout movement of the parts during flexure of the neck. Consequently, these members maintain electrical continuity along the length of the neck. The spacing between the parts is sized to be barrier to predetermined radio frequencies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2002
    Inventors: Hubert K. Yeung, Roger A Dugas
  • Patent number: 6320131
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing for a single piece, hinged cable routing device for use with cables. The device includes sections hingedly connected allowing each section to flex and bend. The device can include fingers on an upper portion of the device. Upon pushing a cable through the fingers, the cable securely remains in position within the device. In a preferred embodiment, the device connects cables to an amplifier housing in a cable television network. When the amplifier housing closes, the device folds securely within the amplifier housing ensuring the cable remains in a position within the amplifier housing that avoids electrical interference and noise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2001
    Assignee: Scientific-Atlanta, Inc.
    Inventor: Andrew F. McCann
  • Patent number: 6121550
    Abstract: In a cable joint structure, a first casing has a first rail member. A first end portion has a lug portion directed opposite to the first rail, and connected to one end of a first cable so that the first end portion moves along the first rail member. A second casing has a second rail member. A second end portion has a recess portion into which the lug portion interfits, and connected to one end of a second cable so that the second end portion moves along the second rail member. A rotation lock member has a groove provided on the first casing and a protrusion provided on the second casing to interfit the protrusion into the groove so as to unite the first casing and the second casing. An engagement member has an elastic engagement tip provided on the first casing and an engagement opening provided on the second casing to interfit the engagement tip into the engagement opening so as to detachably unite the first casing and the second casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2000
    Assignee: Chuo Hatsujo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yoshio Misaki
  • Patent number: 6093892
    Abstract: An improved automatic length-adjusting end fitting for a cable assembly consisting of a conduit and a wire slidably positioned therein reacts to increases in the length of the wire and/or decreases in the length of the conduit by automatically lengthening the conduit to thereby take up a portion of the slack in the wire and return the cable assembly to its desired condition. The fitting includes a hollow housing and a cylindrical core disposed therein for sliding and rotating movement with respect to the housing. The conduit is connected to the end of the core and the wire extends completely through the core and housing. The outer surface of the core has three recesses, each of which forms a series of stair-step notches. Three axially aligned ridges are disposed on the interior surface of the housing engage respective notches, depending on how far the core is inserted into the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2000
    Assignee: Hi-Lex Corporation
    Inventor: Shigeki Arimoto
  • Patent number: 5965847
    Abstract: A shield layer 13 of a shielded cable W and a metal shell 30 are electrically connected via a connection member 40. This connection member 40 is tubular and includes a receiving portion 41 which is insertable under the shield layer 13, a shield layer fastening portion 42 for fastening the shield layer 13 to the receiving portion 41, and a contact portion 43 to be brought into pressing contact with the inner circumferential surface of the metal shell 30. The portions 41 to 43 are integrally or unitarily formed. With this construction, if the shield layer fastening portion 42 is fastened after the receiving portion 41 is inserted under the shield layer 13, the shield layer 13 is tightly held between the receiving portion 41 and the fastening portion 42. As a result, the shield layer 13 and the metal shell 30 are connected electrically even if the rigidity of an insulation layer 12 is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 12, 1999
    Assignee: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Tsutomu Tanaka, Nori Inoue
  • Patent number: 5913544
    Abstract: New articulated hinge elements are provided for bracket systems with a double-T shaped carrying profile designed for containing electrical cables supplying control equipment that permit the articulated connection between parts or elements of such bracket system for horizontal slewing or swivelling movements with a cable passage which is open to the outside and which can be closed. Such hinge elements enable flexible connection of horizontal bracket parts with open and lockable cable guides for the continuous insertion of cables.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 22, 1999
    Assignee: Rolec Enclosures USA Inc.
    Inventor: Gunther Memmesheimer
  • Patent number: 5904577
    Abstract: A separable, flexible connection arrangement (10) is provided for connection of two conductors (12, 14). In one arrangement, the separable, flexible connection arrangement (10) is utilized to provide an externally removable bushing (16) for connecting an electrical component located within a sealed enclosure (19). The flexible connection arrangement (10) includes two joints (20, 22) formed by two link members (50a, 50b) that are spring-biased and include protuberances (40, 42) that interfit into slots (30, 32) of the conductors (12, 14). A spacer (72) may be used to maintain spacing of the protuberances (40, 42) and also acts as a stop when contacted by the ends of the slots (30, 32). One of the slots (32) is formed with an open end (74) to enable easy insertion between the link members (50a, 50b). Alternatively, one of the conductors (100) includes a set of grooves (102, 104).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 18, 1999
    Assignee: S&C Electric Company
    Inventors: Roy T. Swanson, Buddy B. McGlone, John C. Opfer
  • Patent number: 5834696
    Abstract: A terminal for coupling wirings of the present invention is simply constructed, features enhance coupling/assembling operability, and needs decreased space. A terminal body (21) is constituted by a wiring connection portion (22) and an overlapping portion (21). an external wiring is fastened by caulking to the wiring connection portion (22) and is connected thereto. An engaging pawl (26) and an engaging piece (27) are formed on the overlapping portion (23) on both sides of the bolt insertion hole (25). The pair of terminal bodies (21) are turned relative to each other in the circumferential direction of the bolt insertion hold (25) in a state where the overlapping portions (23) are overlapped one upon the other on the back surface side thereof. Then, the engaging pawl (26) rides on the engaging piece (27) of the opposing terminal body, and the engaging pawl (26) and the engaging piece (27) come into engagement with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 10, 1998
    Assignee: Unisia Jecs Corporation
    Inventors: Akira Kurosawa, Yoshiyasu Negishi
  • Patent number: 5821464
    Abstract: A power busway distribution section length which may be adjusted before, during, or after installation to better facilitate proper busway location and reduce installation and modification costs. The section length comprises two busway stubs which slide independently between a center busway splice-plate joint. Overlapping sheet metal enclosures are used to provide protection from inadvertent contact with live bus bars and allow the busway section length to be adjusted to a discrete length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 13, 1998
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Eric J. Graham, Clarence W. Walker, Louis A. Rosen