Means Comprising Hand-manipulatable Implement Patents (Class 29/758)
  • Patent number: 10320139
    Abstract: A tool for securing a cable connector to the free end of a cable is provided. The tool comprises a base with a sliding press member and a cradle. The sliding press member slides along the base and comprises a working end that is adapted to slide towards the cradle, while the cradle supports a cable connector loosely positioned onto the free end of a cable. The working end of the sliding press member engages the cable connector and forces it onto the cable. The sliding press member is controlled by a rotatable lever arm, while the cable and cable connector are held in the cradle by way of a clamp member. The cradle includes a tapering portion that is adapted to compress a portion of the cable connector against the cable when pressed thereover, thereby securing the connector to the cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Inventor: David Martindale
  • Patent number: 10230207
    Abstract: A connector removal tool comprising a rigid press and release device for removing a connector from an electronics assembly. Upon engagement of the rigid press and the release device, first and second press members of the rigid press engage and move about a pair of deflecting engagement members of the release device to cause the pair of deflecting engagement members to deflect to compress and unlock interlocking tabs of the connector to facilitate removal from the electronics assembly. A single motion of the rigid press can cause unlocking of the connector. Alternatively, a connector removal tool comprises biased deflecting rigid press members that engage directly with a connector to unlock the interlocking tabs of the connector to facilitate removal of the connector from an electronics assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: William Krupp, Kyle Davidson, Daniel C. Mcgowan
  • Patent number: 10070553
    Abstract: A connector replacement method in a network element chassis includes obtaining physical access to a backplane in the network element chassis, while the network element chassis is deployed; powering down backplane connectors for replacement while other backplane connectors remained powered; removing the powered down backplane connectors with a connector removal tool; inserting a new set of backplane connectors in place of the removed, powered down backplane connectors with a connector insertion tool; and powering up the new set of backplane connectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Ciena Corporation
    Inventors: Cindy Lee, Ryotaro Miyagawa, Trevor Meunier, Michael Reginald Bishop, Peter Saturley
  • Patent number: 10034420
    Abstract: Aspects of the present invention disclose a DIMM extraction tool for extracting a DIMM from a DIMM socket. Exemplary embodiments of the DIMM extraction tool include a frame adapted for use as an air baffle within the DIMM socket, a first arm and a second arm pivotably connected to the frame. When the first arm and second arm are in a resting position, the first and second arm respectively engage a first resting detent and a second resting detent to prevent pivotable rotation of the first arm and second arm in exemplary embodiments of the DIMM extraction tool. When the first arm and second arm are in a working position, the first arm and second arm respectively are adapted to releasably engage the DIMM and bias resilient latching arm of the DIMM socket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Lenovo Enterprise Solutions (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Michael DeCesaris, Luke D. Remis, Steven L. Vanderlinden, John K. Whetzel
  • Patent number: 9482828
    Abstract: The invention relates to an alignment socket supporting system for connectors, such as optical connectors, comprising: the assembly of parts, allowing more than one alignment socket to be secured in a pre-determined manner and the extraction and insertion of all of the alignment sockets simultaneously without dismantling the assembly, and locking means for locking the system once inserted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: Fischer Connectors Holding S.A.
    Inventors: Jacques Mieville, Olivier Testaz
  • Patent number: 9455522
    Abstract: A connector assembly includes a housing, a plurality of pins disposed on the housing, a pin chamber disposed on the housing, and a cap disposed on the chamber. The cap has a plurality of holes for receiving the pins. The pins are aligned with the holes when the cap is in an operating position and the pins are offset from the holes when the cap is in a storage position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mahmoud Yousef Ghannam, Swadad A. Carremm, Joel Allen Pittenger, Aed M. Dudar
  • Patent number: 9450361
    Abstract: A protection cap provided for a retention module of a photoelectric conversion connector assembly includes an upper wall, a plurality of supporting walls extending downwardly from the upper wall and at least one protruding portion extending downwardly from the upper wall. The protruding portion has a latch portion at a free end thereof for latching a retention plate of the retention module. The latch portion has a first inclined guiding face extending towards the free end so as to guide the retention plate to a printed circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: FOXCONN INTERCONNECT TECHNOLOGY LIMITED
    Inventor: Cheng-Chi Yeh
  • Patent number: 9015931
    Abstract: A retention-extraction device is provided for a removable card in a chassis. The device includes an actuation rod having a cam slot, the actuation rod configured to provide linear movement along the length of the actuation rod, and an extraction lever operatively connected to a proximal end of the actuation rod and pivotally secured to the chassis. The device also includes a bell crank with a cam follower that is configured to ride in the cam slot and a latch hook that pivots between an open and closed position based on the motion of the bell crank. The linear movement of the actuation rod causes the extraction lever to apply a force to a portion of the card and causes the latch hook to pivot to an open position to allow removal of the card.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Juniper Networks, Inc.
    Inventor: Kenneth D. Boetzer
  • Patent number: 9003643
    Abstract: Certain embodiments of the invention may include systems for providing stator bar shape tooling. According to an example embodiment of the invention, a system for shaping an element is provided. The system includes tooling that having at least one constraining surface that is fabricated at least in part by selective laser sintering, where the at least one constraining surface includes at least one curved element section to facilitate bending of at least a portion of an element around the at least one curved element section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Caleb James Munholand, Mark Stephen Clough, Mark Kent Shoemaker, David John Wardell
  • Patent number: 8978242
    Abstract: A connector device includes a pair of connectors and a lever jig. The lever jig includes: an opening/closing door configured to be displaced between an open position where the opening/closing door allows a connector to be attached to the lever jig and a close position where the opening/closing door prevents the connector positioned at an attachment position from being detached from the lever jig; a door holding portion configured to hold the opening/closing door at the close position; and an automatic door opening portion configured to move the opening/closing door at the close position to the open position against a holding force of the door holding portion at a point in time when a manipulation from a fitting manipulation start position to a fitting manipulation completion position is completed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroshi Aoki, Osamu Oshita, Akihiro Tsuruta
  • Patent number: 8938873
    Abstract: A lever jig is mounted on a female connector and fits a female connector and a male connector by an operation from a fitting-operation start position to a fitting-operation completion position so as to move the female connector and the male connector from the fitting-operation start position to the fitting-operation completion position. The lever jig includes a connector hold portion that moves between a holding position and a holding release position for the female connector, and a lever body that is operated between the fitting-operation start position and the fitting-operation completion position. In a section from the fitting-operation start position to a position just before the fitting-operation completion position for the lever body, the connector hold portion moves to the holding position, and in the fitting-operation completion position for the lever body, the connector hold portion 3 moves to the holding release position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Naoki Kobayashi, Akihiro Tsuruta
  • Patent number: 8938875
    Abstract: A component aligning apparatus includes a component aligning jig, in which electronic components to be aligned have a rectangular parallelepiped shape whose length dimension is L, width dimension is W, and thickness dimension is T, the component aligning jig includes electronic component accommodating recesses opening on a surface, the depth Z of the accommodating recesses is shorter than the length L of the electronic components so that a single electronic component is held in each of the electronic component accommodating recesses while partially projecting upwards from each of the recesses with the WT surface on one side facing up, and letting s be the shortest separation that is larger than the thickness T and is the narrowest distance between opposing inside surfaces of each of the accommodating recesses when each of the accommodating recesses is seen in plan view, W>S>T.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Toshiki Miyazaki
  • Patent number: 8938874
    Abstract: A lever jig is mounted on a female connector and causes fitting force to act on the female connector and a male connector by an operation from a fitting-operation start position to a fitting-operation completion position. The lever jig includes: a connector mount portion capable of having the female connector inserted in a mounted position; slidable members that are slidably supported by the connector mount portion, hold the female connector in the mounted position, and move by a slide movement to a connector-holding release position to release the female connector from holding in the mounted position; and a lever body that is movably supported by the connector mount portion and in the fitting-operation completion position, moves the slidable members to the connector-holding release position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Naoki Kobayashi, Akihiro Tsuruta
  • Patent number: 8875387
    Abstract: A tool for compressing a connector onto a coaxial cable includes a pair of gates, a plunger for compressing the connector against the gates and onto the coaxial cable, and an actuator in communication with the gates and the plunger. When the actuator is moved from a first position to a second position, it causes the gates to move from an open to a closed position in which they retain the coaxial cable and brace the connector, and the plunger moves from a first position to a second position in which it engages the connector to compress the connector against the gates and onto the coaxial cable. When the actuator is moved back to its first position, the gates move to their open position thereby releasing the coaxial cable and the plunger moves to its first position thereby disengaging from the connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: PCT International, Inc.
    Inventor: Timothy Lee Youtsey
  • Publication number: 20140315414
    Abstract: A plug tool for plugging or unplugging a connector includes a first operation member and a second operation member. The connector includes a plug, a resilient latching piece, and a cable. The first operation member includes a fastening shell receiving the plug and a sleeve extending out from the fastening shell receiving the cable of the connector. The second operation member is rotatably connected to the sleeve. The second operation member includes a pressing portion for pressing the latching piece of the connector toward the plug.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2013
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicants: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD., HONG FU JIN PRECISION INDUSTRY (ShenZhen) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: XIA-BING GAO, AI-LING HE, HAN-BING ZHANG
  • Patent number: 8819924
    Abstract: A method and device for eliminating torsion during the servicing of cable heads. The device is a tool with a handle portion and clamping members having an opening and gripping surfaces for receiving and gripping two different cable-heads for servicing, such as attachment or detachment. When the handle portion is squeezed and held, the tool provides a compression force substantially parallel to a common central axis of the cable heads. The arrangement of the tool prevents undesired load on the cable heads, optimizes the efficiency of servicing while preventing damage to the cable-heads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Wayne R. Grine, Michael A. Jacobsen, Garrett M. Jordan
  • Patent number: 8800135
    Abstract: A cutting guide for trimming the center conductor of a stinger. The cutting guide may include a housing that is adapted to receive the stinger conductor and provide a reference plane for trimming the conductor to a desired length. The housing may include a receiving end for receiving a predetermined portion of the stinger and an exit end through which an excess portion of the conductor protrudes beyond the desired cutting plane. The housing may include a socket having a receiving space for receiving the threads of the conductor and a barrel having a bore through which the stinger extends. Alternative embodiments include a length-adjustable housing and a housing with multiple bore lengths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Scientific-Atlanta, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert R. Riggsby, William G. Mahoney
  • Patent number: 8776362
    Abstract: An auxiliary fitting jig includes first and second jig bodies configured to hold a connector from both sides of the connector, a first interval adjustment mechanism configured to interval-adjustably connect the first and second jig bodies, first and second lever bodies pivotally supported by the first and second jig bodies respectively, a second interval adjustment mechanism configured to interval-adjustably connect the first and second lever bodies in accordance with an interval between the first and second jig bodies adjusted by the first interval adjustment mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Osamu Oshita, Naoki Kobayashi, Akihiro Tsuruta, Toshiya Ishikawa
  • Patent number: 8650743
    Abstract: An adjustably mountable electrical device with one or more yokes coupled to the electrical device, at least one electrically conductive strap, and an electrical device face, wherein a distance between the electrical device face and at least one of the yoke, the strap and an electrical box mounting screw aperture is adjustable after the electrical device is mounted to the electrical box. The system may comprise mounting flanges that may have threaded hubs or the system may further comprise an electric device having front and back shells moveable on a track in response to depression of a button allowing for movement of the back shell so that the electric device may be mounted having its face coplanar with a front wall surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventors: Jeffrey P. Baldwin, Richard L. Cleghorn, Nathaniel A. Falendysz, Marcus J. Shotey, Iven Dieterle, Thomas A. Miserendino
  • Patent number: 8640329
    Abstract: A tool includes a base with first and second ends and sides. First, second, and third openings extend from the first end. A slot in the first side communicates with the first opening for receiving a cutting tool. Another slot communicates with the second opening for receiving a marking tool. The third opening forms a stop surface. A recess in the first side and in the second end defines a platform. A channel extends from the third opening thereacross to second end. Two pins project on opposite sides of the channel. The base includes a stationary portion on which the pins are located and a pivotal portion defining the second end. The stationary portion defines a supplemental end surface facing parallel to second end. A cutout aligned with the cable channel extends from the platform to the second side and from the supplemental end surface into the stationary portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: ADC Telecommunications, Inc.
    Inventors: Wagner Da Silva Aguiar, Kenneth Christopher Nardone
  • Publication number: 20140020243
    Abstract: A handing apparatus includes a handle, a tray configured to be secured to a motherboard, and a connecting rod. The connecting rod includes a clamping portion engaged with the tray. A first end of the connecting rod is rotatably secured to the handle by a first shaft, and a second end of the connecting rod is rotatably secured to the tray by a second shaft. The handle is rotatable about the first shaft relative to the connecting rod to disengage the clamping portion from the tray, so that the connecting rod is rotatable about the second shaft relative to the tray.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Publication date: January 23, 2014
    Applicants: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD., HONG FU JIN PRECISION INDUSTRY (SHENZHEN) CO., LTD.
    Inventor: WEN-HU LU
  • Patent number: 8627561
    Abstract: A lamp socket assembly tool includes an engaging end configured to engage a lamp socket inserted in an opening of a lamp housing, which may be a vehicle lamp housing. The tool includes a driving end operatively connected to the engaging end and configured to receive and transmit an axial and rotating force to the engaging end to assemble or disassembly a socket engaged by the tool relative to the housing. The tool includes a passage for receiving a connector portion of the socket such that the tool is not in contact with a connector interface. The passage may define an aperture through which a connector wire attached to the socket may exit or move freely during rotation of the socket by the tool. The engaging interface may substantially conform to a socket interface defined by a standardized filament lamp, such as an ECE H9 or H11 socket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventor: Jay H. Ovenshire
  • Patent number: 8627562
    Abstract: A tool for installing compression connectors of various sizes and types on the end of a coaxial cable has a base mounting a pair of movable anvils for engaging two different lengths of connectors. The base further incorporates a fixed anvil for engaging a third length of connector. The movable anvils define an aperture which is shaped to permit easy entry and exit of a cable while still applying a suitable retention force to an inserted cable. A connector seating holder is formed in the front of the tool. A slidably mounted plunger cooperates with the anvils to compress a connector. The plunger has a push head and a slide rod. A lock nut is threaded on the push head and is engageable with the slide rod to prevent rotation of the push head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: IDEAL Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert W. Sutter, Stephen J. Skeels
  • Patent number: 8615870
    Abstract: An installation tool to install a cruise control stop switch onto a brake pedal of an automotive vehicle includes a cylindrical shaped main body, a cylindrical shaped top portion attached to an open end of the main body, a power supply enclosed within the main body and the top portion, multiple indicators attached to an outer surface of the main body, and a removable coupler located in a recess in the top portion. The coupler, which is electrically connected to the power source and the multiple indicators, is configured to receive the cruise control stop switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Michael Neu, Danny Parks, David McCoy
  • Patent number: 8539669
    Abstract: A hand-held tool for terminating connectors onto a coaxial cable has an elongated body and an end stop and plunger on the body, the plunger being controlled by a lever arm which will axially advance the plunger toward and away from the end stop to radially compress a portion of the connector into firm crimping engagement with the end of the coaxial cable. To accommodate different lengths of connectors, a plunger permits mounting of different length adapter tips to vary the axial spacing between the adapter tips and the end stop according to the length of connector being terminated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: Belden Inc.
    Inventor: Randall A. Holliday
  • Patent number: 8533940
    Abstract: A crimping tool having an angled crimping portion and a method to use the crimping tool are provided. The angled crimping portion can be angled relative to the crimping tool handle or pivoting portion. The angled crimping portion can also be replaceable with various angled crimping portion having various angles. The angled crimping portion is also adjustable at different angles as needed by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Service Solutions U.S. LLC
    Inventors: Michael Kawell, Dirk C. Skogerboe, Larry Betcher
  • Patent number: 8522424
    Abstract: According to an aspect of an embodiment, a wiring connection apparatus comprises a tray including a plurality of wiring connection members for connecting a plurality of wiring and a tray holder body, which holds the tray, wherein the tray is rotatably provided in the tray holder body, and a wiring introduction opening for introducing the plurality of wiring into the tray is formed in proximity to an axis of rotation of the tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventors: Yoshinori Hoshino, Naoya Yamazaki, Hiroshi Katagiri, Hideaki Matsumoto
  • Publication number: 20130219709
    Abstract: A card installation device includes a casing and a pushing member. The casing has an accommodating recess for accommodating a card. A pushing end of the pushing member is movably disposed in the casing. When the card is accommodated in the accommodating recess, the pushing end is used for pushing the card into a card slot of an electronic device. Accordingly, the invention can assist a user in aligning the card with the card slot well during insertion so as to prevent the card and/or the card slot from being damaged.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2012
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Inventor: Chang-An Chiang
  • Patent number: 8505195
    Abstract: Disclosed is tool having a first-class double lever including a first lever and a second lever fixed by a pivot, a platform coupled to an end of the first lever and configured to support a wall jack and a blade holder coupled to an end of the second lever, the blade holder being adjustable to move an attached blade linearly in a direction towards the platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Inventor: Robert Sullivan
  • Patent number: 8484835
    Abstract: A dismounting jig adapted for removing a metal shield which is coupled with a lens module and has two projections at two opposite sides thereof. The dismounting jig has a main body and two clutching arms. Each of the clutching arms has a fixing plate and a holding portion connected with the fixing plate. A lower portion of the holding portion has a buckling slice protruded inward. Two opposite sides of the holding portion extend perpendicularly to form a pair of opposite stabilizing wings locating at a same side as the buckling slice with respect to the holding portion. The clutching arms are symmetrically mounted on the main body by the fixing plates thereof fixed on two opposite sides of the main body. A receiving space is formed among the two pairs of the stabilizing wings and the holding portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Cheng Uei Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chin-Chou Wang
  • Publication number: 20130118007
    Abstract: A fixture is for installing a hard disk to a hard disk cage in a computer the fixture. The fixture includes a holding portion and a supporting portion connecting with the holding portion. The supporting portion includes a main plate and a side plate bending from the main plate. A slot is defined between the main plate and the side plate, for receiving the hard disk cage and retaining the fixture to the hard disk cage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2012
    Publication date: May 16, 2013
    Inventors: CHIN-WEN YEH, ZHI-JIAN PENG, YANG XIAO, KAI PEI
  • Patent number: 8434218
    Abstract: A tool for engaging a telecommunications connector within a slot so that a releasable latch of the connector is released by the tool. The tool may be used to remove a telecommunications connector from a mating opening of a receptacle or may be used to insert a connector within a receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: ADC Telecommunications, Inc.
    Inventors: Keith Nelson, Ponharith Nhep
  • Patent number: 8424198
    Abstract: A wire positioning tool is provided having a handle and a positioning member operably coupled to the handle. The positioning member has a plurality of notches, and a wire retention member is retractably slidingly coupled to the handle between a load position and an unload position. The wire retention member has a plurality of wire engagement slots, wherein in the load position, the wire retention member selectively secures each of the plurality of wires in a respective one of the plurality of wire engagement slots. When placed in the unload position, the wire retention member is retracted with respect to the positioning member, therein transferring the plurality of wires from the wire retention member to a plurality of terminals of a termination block via the plurality of notches in the positioning member. The handle further has a cable guidance member for engaging a cable comprising the plurality of wires.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Inventor: Charles McCaskey
  • Patent number: 8407885
    Abstract: A monitoring device for monitoring the operation of a hand-held pliers-type crimping tool, including a pair of pivotally connected handles for displacing a pair of crimping dies between open and closed crimping positions, a support seat connected with one of the handles for supporting at least one plug terminal between the crimping dies, a transport tool for transporting a plug terminal to a seated position on the support seat, and a counter arrangement on the transport tool for producing a signal that is a function of the number of displacements of the handles from the open position toward the closed position. The transport tool includes a housing, an electronic circuit including a counter mounted in the housing, a transport pin extending from the housing for insertion within one end of a hollow plug terminal, and a signal transmitting pin parallel with the transport pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Weidmueller Interface GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Christoph Dierks, Guenther Hanning
  • Patent number: 8356402
    Abstract: A connector compression tool is provided wherein the tool includes a handle, pivotally moveable from a second position to a first position, a body, configured to compress together when the handle is moved to the first position, wherein the body includes at least two centering openings having different widths to accommodate differently configured connectors having different diameters and different lengths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Assignee: John Mezzalingua Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Mayue Xie, Shawn M. Chawgo, Noah Montena
  • Patent number: 8347491
    Abstract: An adjustably mounting electrical device with one or more fixed yokes located perpendicularly to a face of the electrical device, one or more moveable yokes located perpendicularly to the face of the electrical device, and one or more adjustment screws inserted through the one or more fixed yokes and threaded into the one or more moveable yokes, the one or more adjustment screws capable of moving the one or more moveable yokes perpendicularly to the face of the electrical device. The system may comprise mounting flanges that may have threaded hubs or the system may further comprise an electric device having front and back shells moveable on a track in response to depression of a button allowing for movement of the back shell so that the electric device may be mounted having its front face coplanar with a front wall surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventors: Jeffrey P. Baldwin, Richard L. Cleghorn, Nathaniel A. Falendysz, Marcus J. Shotey
  • Patent number: 8341830
    Abstract: A quick circuit board press-mount device comprises: a positioning device, having a positioning board and a back board, and the positioning board having an adjusting knob with a screw rod portion, and the back board having an adjusting notch; an adjusting device, having a combining board, an insert board extended forward from the front end of the combining board, and the insert board having a screw hole for securing the screw rod portion, and the insert board being inserted into the adjusting notch, and the insert board having a lateral connecting board extended from a side from the combining board, and the lateral connecting board having an oblong adjusting slot for securing a position screw hole of the back board by a screw rod; and a press-mount element, coupled to the combining board, so that the circuit board module and the interface card can be mounted conveniently and quickly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Caswell Inc.
    Inventor: Ming-Feng Cheng
  • Patent number: 8336197
    Abstract: A tool is for attaching a coaxial cable connector to a coaxial cable by longitudinal compression of the coaxial cable connector. The tool includes a tool body defining therein a connector compression chamber and a plunger receiving chamber longitudinally adjacent thereto. A plunger having a plunger head is within the plunger receiving chamber and a plunger shaft extends outwardly therefrom, the plunger having a bore to receive an end of an inner conductor of the coaxial cable. A handle carried by the tool body is movable from a retracted position to a compressed position for driving the plunger head to longitudinally compress the coaxial cable connector within the connector compression chamber to attach the coaxial cable connector to the coaxial cable. A seating indicator is carried by the bore for contacting the inner conductor of the coaxial cable to indicate seating of the coaxial cable into the coaxial cable connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Andrew, LLC
    Inventor: David Jones
  • Patent number: 8336199
    Abstract: A tool according to one embodiment includes an actuating mechanism including a cam plate; at least one gripper member operatively coupled to the cam plate; and a carriage for supporting the at least one gripper member, wherein the at least one gripper member is actuatable by the cam plate, wherein rotation of the cam plate causes the at least one gripper member to move between a first position and a second position, wherein when the at least one gripper member is in the first position, the tool is able to accept a processor for holding thereof, and wherein when the at least one gripper member is in the second position, the tool securely holds the processor therein. Additional systems and methods are also presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Richard M. Barina, James R. Drake, Daniel P. Kelaher, George M. Moorefield, II, Derek I. Schmidt, James S. Womble
  • Patent number: 8336179
    Abstract: A fixture assembly suitable for use in a manufacturing process includes a crowder plate coupled to a datum plate, which is configured to receive a work piece, such as a disc drive system. In some embodiments, the datum plate is configured to gimbal relative to at least a portion of the crowder plate, and substantially maintain a position along first and second directions relative to at least the portion of the crowder plate. The datum plate is also configured to translate in a third direction relative to at least the portion of the crowder plate, where the first, second, and third directions are substantially orthogonal. In some embodiments, the fixture assembly includes a platform coupled to the crowder plate, where the crowder plate may translate in at least one of the first and second directions relative to the platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Seagate Technology
    Inventor: Shawn A. Ruden
  • Patent number: 8312621
    Abstract: A handheld tool device to facilitate maintenance and installation of hollow through-hole audio input jacks on electrical guitars and other electronic musical devices. The tool has an expandable tip that can be placed inside the hollow opening of the through-hole audio input jack, and then be expanded by the operator. The device enables the operator to hold the audio input jack in a fixed position while a nut or other jack fastening device is tightened. Other applications for the device include stabilizing a large variety of different through-hole connectors, embedded in a wide variety of different surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Inventor: Christopher John Shahin
  • Patent number: 8296936
    Abstract: A phone cable crimping tool is disclosed. The phone cable crimping tool comprises a body part, a first crimping head, a second crimping head, and a rotary unit. The body part comprises a first end and a second end; the first crimping head is connected to the first end of the body part; the second crimping head is connected to the second end of the body part; the rotary unit is pivotally connected to the body part, and the rotary unit is located externally to either the first crimping head or the second crimping head through rotary movements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Hanlong Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Pai-Wei Lin
  • Patent number: 8291579
    Abstract: A apparatus for mounting an interposer PCA into a chassis is disclosed. The apparatus comprises a bracket attached to the PCA. A geared handle is rotatably attached to one end of the bracket. The geared handle is configured to rotate between an open position and a closed position. Two geared segments are rotatably attached to the opposite end of the bracket and are meshed with the geared handle. A slot is formed in each geared segment and two slots are formed in the geared handle. The slots engage with insertion/ejection flanges on the chassis. The engaged slots force the PCA down into mating connectors in the chassis when the handle is rotated from the open position to the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: John R. Grady, Carl Massey, Joseph R. Allen
  • Patent number: 8256102
    Abstract: A tool for installing compression connectors of various sizes and types on the end of a coaxial cable has a base mounting a pair of movable anvils for engaging two different lengths of connectors. A slidably mounted plunger cooperates with the anvils to compress a connector. The plunger has a push head, an adjustment knob and a slide rod. The push head and adjustment knob are movable relative to one another and have first and second end faces with different outside diameters. An end face with the appropriate diameter for a particular connector can be placed in an operative position where it will engage a connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: IDEAL Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert W. Sutter, Jeffrey R. Meader
  • Patent number: 8191242
    Abstract: A punch-down device includes a housing, a driving mechanism, and at least one punch-down member. The housing forms therein hollow channels. The driving mechanism includes a rotation shaft and at least one rotary wheel, which is connected and supported by the rotation shaft at a top portion of the housing. The rotation shaft has an end extending outside the housing to form a coupling section. Each of the rotary wheels has a surface forming two tracks and two pegs. The two pegs of one rotary wheel are received in the two tracks of an adjacent one of the rotary wheels. The punch-down member is received in the hollow channels to correspond to the rotary wheels and be driven to move by the rotary wheels. The punch-down member has lower ends forming conductor depression sections. As such, the punch-down device carries out an operation of punching down and depressing conductors, whereby the efficiency of punch-down operation is increased and the operation is easy and reliable positioning is achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Inventor: Yu-Tai Liang
  • Patent number: 8176625
    Abstract: An electrical connector tool assembly is disclosed. The tool assembly includes a conductor tool and a connector tool connected to and cooperable with the conductor tool. The tool assembly can be used in connecting a first conductor to a second conductor with an electrical connector. The tool assembly is adjustably arranged and disposed to receive and removably retain a first conductive member of an electrical connector in the connector tool and is further arranged and disposed to both to hold the second conductor in place relative to a second conductive member of the electrical connector and to prevent rotation of the second conductive member with respect to the first conductive member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignees: Tyco Electronics Corporation, Tyco Electronics Canada ULC
    Inventors: Charles D. Copper, Barry James Johnson, Dmitry Ladin
  • Patent number: 8166639
    Abstract: A connector attaching tool is for attaching a coaxial cable connector to a coaxial cable by longitudinal compression of the coaxial cable connector. The tool includes a tool body defining therein a connector compression chamber and a plunger receiving chamber longitudinally adjacent thereto. A plunger having a plunger head is within the plunger receiving chamber and a plunger shaft extends outwardly therefrom. A handle is carried by the tool body and is movable from a retracted position to a compressed position for advancing the plunger shaft to drive the plunger head to longitudinally compress the coaxial cable connector within the connector compression chamber to thereby attach the coaxial cable connector to the coaxial cable. The tool body defines a connector magazine chamber for storing a plurality of coaxial cable connectors. A biasing member is within the connector magazine chamber for urging the coaxial cable connectors toward the connector compression chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: Andrew, LLC
    Inventor: David Jones
  • Patent number: 8166638
    Abstract: Multiple connector clips are bondable onto an electronic device simultaneously with a rotary clip bonder, wherein a pick head comprising a plurality of collets is positioned at a clip supply channel. A plurality of connector clips are picked up from the clip supply channel in a fixed orientation with the pick head and are conveyed to a clip bonding area where the electronic device is located. The pick head is rotated with a rotary motor about a rotational axis passing through a shaft connecting the rotary motor to the pick head in order to change the orientation of the plurality of connector clips, before the connector clips are bonded at the clip bonding area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: ASM Assembly Automation Ltd
    Inventors: Wai Lik Chan, Man Chung Ng, Ching Yuen To
  • Patent number: 8161629
    Abstract: A backlight module assembling apparatus for attaching a reflector plate to a driving circuit board is disclosed. The backlight module assembling apparatus includes an assembling portion and a pressing movably connected to the assembling portion. The assembling portion defines a receiving space configured for receiving and positioning a driving circuit board therein. The assembling portion includes a top plate and a first opening defined in the top plate. The first opening communicates with the receiving space. The assembling portion includes a number of blades arranged around the first opening for cutting a reflector plate. The pressing portion includes a pressing plate. The pressing plate is movable toward and away from the blade and configured for pressing the reflector plate against the blades thus allowing the blades cutting the reflector plate to a shape conforming to the first opening and attaching the reflector plate to the driving circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: I-Thun Lin
  • Publication number: 20120090170
    Abstract: A wire positioning tool is provided having a handle and a positioning member operably coupled to the handle. The positioning member has a plurality of notches, and a wire retention member is retractably slidingly coupled to the handle between a load position and an unload position. The wire retention member has a plurality of wire engagement slots, wherein in the load position, the wire retention member selectively secures each of the plurality of wires in a respective one of the plurality of wire engagement slots. When placed in the unload position, the wire retention member is retracted with respect to the positioning member, therein transferring the plurality of wires from the wire retention member to a plurality of terminals of a termination block via the plurality of notches in the positioning member. The handle further has a cable guidance member for engaging a cable comprising the plurality of wires.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2010
    Publication date: April 19, 2012
    Inventor: Charles McCaskey