Contact Or Terminal Manufacturing Patents (Class 29/874)
  • Patent number: 11342713
    Abstract: A reversible USB receptacle having high-frequency transmission properties, including a shielding middle plate (50), first and second terminal groups (30, 40) respectively located at upper and lower sides of the shielding middle plate (50), and an insulating body (20) making first and second terminal groups (30, 40) and the shielding middle plate (50) be formed into one piece, the insulating body (20) including a base and (21) a butting tongue portion (22) extending forward from the base (21), first and second terminal groups (30, 40) respectively including contact portions (35, 45) exposed on upper and lower surfaces of the butting tongue portion (22), retaining portions (36, 46) formed by extending backward from the contact portions (35, 45), and welding pins (37, 47) formed by extending from the retaining portions, wherein first and second terminal groups (30, 40) further include bent portions (381, 481) formed by oppositely bending from front end edges of contact portions (35, 45), and material strip conne
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Inventor: Shaocan Zhang
  • Patent number: 11211730
    Abstract: An object of the invention is to provide a connector terminal in which an outermost layer is not susceptible to wear due to repeated sliding, an electrical wire with terminal and a terminal pair. The connector terminal includes a base material and an outermost layer provided on at least part of the base material. A constituent material of the outermost layer contains 98 mass % or more of Ag, and a Vickers hardness of the outermost layer with a measuring load of 0.1 N is from 115 HV to 160 HV inclusive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Inventors: Yoshimasa Shirai, Kingo Furukawa
  • Patent number: 11161166
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a forging method and a forging apparatus, capable of: reducing the amount of tray plates used during the forging of materials by reducing the width from front to back of the tray plates by fixing only the rear of the materials to the tray plates for fixing the materials; and minimizing the amount of materials used, by compression-molding products by fixing, to the tray plates, the materials having a minimum size necessary for the fmal products, the present invention comprising: a press having upper and lower molds; a tray plate supply means for supplying, to the top rear of the lower mold, tray plates to be vertically movable from one side to the other side by a pitch and to be spaced from the upside of the lower mold; a punching unit provided at one side of the upper and lower molds so as to continuously punch material fixing hole parts in the tray plates; a material plate supply means provided at the front of the other side of the punching unit so as to supply material plate
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Inventor: Yang Il Park
  • Patent number: 11161165
    Abstract: One aspect relates to a method of producing a sleeve for a ring electrode for electrophysiological and neuro-medical applications from a biocompatible metallic tape. Repetitive structures are punched into the tape and each includes at least one surface that is connected by at least one fin to at least one external strip. The at least one external strip connects the repetitive structures to each other on the margin. A sleeve mold is formed from a multiple of the repetitive structures through multiple reforming steps by a reforming technique. The sleeve mold is punched off the such that the sleeve is formed with a first tube-shaped region with a larger diameter and a second tube-shaped region with a smaller diameter. The first region with the larger diameter has a larger external diameter and internal diameter than the second region with the smaller diameter, and the two regions are connected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: Heraeus Deutschland GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Thomas Doerge, Christiane Leitold, Oliver Keitel, Dominik Schneider, Katharina Musiol, Josef Roth, Bernd Koch, Benjamin Koch, Herwig Schiefer
  • Patent number: 11075021
    Abstract: Disclosed are conductive composites comprising a polymer, a conductor selected from metals and metal alloys, and a thickening agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Ashley M. Dustin, Andrew P. Nowak, Xin N. Guan, Adam F. Gross, Richard E. Sharp
  • Patent number: 11056815
    Abstract: An electrical contact includes a planar main body, a supporting arm extending upwardly from an upper edge thereof, and a spring arm extending curvedly and upwardly from a lower edge thereof with a contacting region at a free end region. The spring arm will contact the supporting arm when the spring arm is downwardly pressed by the CPU. A connecting part extends from an upper portion of the main body for connecting to a carrier strip, and includes a first connecting section coplanar with the main body, and a second connecting section perpendicular to the first connecting section wherein the carrier strip is connected to an upper edge of the second connecting section so as to be spaced from the corresponding spring arm and supporting arm, thus avoiding improper coating thereupon when the gold coating is applied to the self-contacting regions of the spring arm and supporting arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Inventor: Shuo-Hsiu Hsu
  • Patent number: 11043767
    Abstract: A method of forming an electrical terminal is presented herein. The method includes the step of stamping an electrical terminal preform from a sheet of metal. The electrical terminal preform having a base plate, a plurality of contact arms radially extending from the base plate, a wire attachment feature radially extending from the base plate, and a carrier strip. The base plate defines crimp wings. The method also includes the step of bending each of the plurality of contact arms to form a socket configured to receive a mating electrical terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Inventors: David B. Martins, Marco M. Lucci, Timothy S. Craven, Michael J. Palombo
  • Patent number: 10960731
    Abstract: Heating element for user-touchable areas in a vehicle with a foamed carrier material in which at least one heating conductor, which comprises an electrical insulation, is embedded, and with connecting conductors which are electrically connected to the ends of the heating conductor via at least one connection part and form an electrical feed line. The at least one connection part is arranged within the foamed carrier material and the connection part is foam-covered in an electrically insulating manner by the carrier material. The connection part is brought into electrically conductive contact at least partially with the respective connection end of the heating conductor due to applied pressure and/or applied heat, at least partially destroying the electrical insulation in the region of the connection part. Furthermore, a method for producing such a heating element using a mold tool is indicated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: I. G. BAUERHIN GMBH
    Inventors: Karl Lochmann, Volker Prescher
  • Patent number: 10834812
    Abstract: A wiring board includes: a ceramic board including a ceramic insulator layer composed mainly of ceramic, and a wiring disposed at the ceramic insulator layer; a first resin board and a second resin board each of which includes a resin insulator layer composed mainly of resin, and a wiring disposed at the resin insulator layer; and a metal member mounted to the second resin board. The first resin board is superposed to a first surface of the ceramic board. The second resin board is superposed to a second surface of the ceramic board opposite to the first surface of the ceramic board. The second resin board includes a joint pad at its first surface opposite to its second surface facing the ceramic board, the joint pad made of metal. The metal member is joined to the joint pad by brazing or soldering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takakuni Nasu, Yousuke Kondou, Masaomi Hattori, Kouta Kimata, Atsushi Kaga, Guangzhu Jin
  • Patent number: 10804044
    Abstract: An improved electrical contact alloy, useful for example, in vacuum interrupters used in vacuum contactors is provided. The contact alloy according to the disclosed concept comprises copper particles and chromium particles present in a ratio of copper to chromium particles of 2:3 to 20:1 by weight. The electrical contact alloy also comprises particles of a carbide, which reduces the weld break strength of the electrical contact alloy without reducing its interruption performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Inventors: Louis Grant Campbell, Ganesh Kumar Balasubramanian, Benjamin Alex Rosenkrans
  • Patent number: 10765012
    Abstract: A method for making a circuit board uses a dielectric core, and at least one thin foil bottom surface with a foil backing of sufficient thickness to absorb heat from a laser drilling operation to prevent the penetration of the thin foil bottom surface during laser drilling. A sequence of steps including a laser drilling step, removing the foil backing step, electroless plating step, patterned resist step, electroplating step, resist strip step, tin plate step, and copper etch step are performed, which provide dot vias of fine linewidth and resolution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: CATLAM, LLC
    Inventors: Kenneth S. Bahl, Konstantine Karavakis
  • Patent number: 10720732
    Abstract: A method of making an electrical connector includes: forming an upper row of contacts each connected between a primary carrier strip and a secondary carrier strip and stamping a selected one of the upper contacts to have a front extension thereof leveled at a lowest position; insert-molding the upper row of contacts with an upper insulator to form an upper terminal module unit; forming a lower row of contacts each connected between another primary carrier strip and another secondary carrier strip and stamping a selected one of the lower contacts to have a front extension thereof leveled at a highest position; insert-molding the lower row of contacts with a lower insulator to form a lower terminal module unit; bringing the front extensions of the selected upper and lower contacts to be in touch with each other. The primary and secondary carrier strips are then severed and an over-mold applied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Inventor: Jun Zhao
  • Patent number: 10720743
    Abstract: A power adapter, a mobile terminal, a power interface (100) and a method thereof are provided. The method may includes: S10: providing a pin workblank (200), wherein the pin workblank includes a first surface (201) and a second surface (202); S20: performing a fine blanking process for the first surface (201) in a predetermined blanking direction, while burrs forming on the second surface (202); S30: adjusting a position of the pin workblank (200), performing another fine blanking process for the second surface (202) in the predetermined blanking direction, thereby forming a power pin (120) of the power interface (100).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Inventors: Guodong Gu, Feifei Li
  • Patent number: 10653177
    Abstract: A cartomizer assembly of an electronic cigarette which is formed from automated assembly compatible parts comprises a container assembly including a container and a heater coil surrounding a wick in an airflow space of the container. The entire coil of the heater coil is inside the container and the heater coil is configured to heat liquid on the wick to generate an aerosol mist during a vaporization process. A liquid storage space is in liquid communication with the wick and is operable to supply liquid to the wick. The heater, the wick, and the container are shaped such that the heater and wick can be dropped into the container during automated assembly thereof and be directed to and located at a desired location in the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Inventors: Zvika Feldman, Arie Holtz, Eyal Peleg, Sammy Capuano
  • Patent number: 10632636
    Abstract: Provided are a method for splitting longitudinally an end part of a metal plate or a metal rod having a rectangular, polygonal, or elliptical shape, in which the length of incision in the split portion can be freely adjusted and smooth split face can be formed; a metal part manufactured by such method; and a method for bonding such metal part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: SEKI PRESS CO. LTD
    Inventor: Masakatsu Seki
  • Patent number: 10630192
    Abstract: A power converter may include four power modules and a bus bar connecting the four power modules, wherein the bus bar may include: a first bus bar piece connecting a negative terminal of a first power module and a positive terminal of a second power module adjacent to the first power module; a second bus bar piece connecting a negative terminal of a third power module and a positive terminal of a fourth power module adjacent to the third power module; and a plurality of connecting bus bar pieces connecting the first bus bar piece and the second bus bar piece. At least one of the connecting bus bar pieces may connect a center of the first bus bar piece and a center of the second bus bar piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Inventors: Yuki Jojima, Shuichi Iwata
  • Patent number: 10630007
    Abstract: The press-fit terminal includes: a press-fit portion that is deformed in a width direction orthogonal to a press-fit direction into a through hole of a circuit board when the press-fit portion is press-fitted into the through hole; a slit that is formed in the press-fit portion and has a longitudinal direction matched with the press-fit direction into the through hole; and a contact portion, which is formed in a part on an imaginary line passing through a center of the slit in the longitudinal direction and extending in the width direction in the press-fit portion and comes into contact with an inner wall of the through hole by press-fitting the press-fit portion into the through hole. The shortest distance from the contour of the press-fit portion to the slit becomes largest in the contact portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Inventors: Yuya Kishibata, Takayuki Kato, Takahiro Yudate
  • Patent number: 10611139
    Abstract: A method for producing at least one spring contact pin acting as an electrical contact, or a spring contact pin arrangement comprises at least one such spring contact pin. The following steps are provided: producing at least one base part of the spring contact pin, at least one section of said base part being made of plastic, and subsequently metallizing at least the section of the base part that is made of plastic. The invention also relates to a spring contact pin produced to according to said method, or a spring contact pin arrangement having at least one such spring contact pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Inventors: Jörg Burgold, Christian König, Wolfgang Schäfer
  • Patent number: 10559898
    Abstract: A connector includes, in one embodiment, a first component, a coupling element configured to engage the first component, and a second component configured to engage the first component. The second component, in one embodiment, is configured to produce a spring, pushing or biasing force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: PPC BROADBAND, INC.
    Inventors: Trevor Ehret, Richard A. Haube, Noah P. Montena, Souheil Zraik
  • Patent number: 10518084
    Abstract: A tine portion of an implantable medical device includes a hook segment and a distal segment terminated by a tissue-piercing tip, wherein the distal segment extends from a distal end of the hook segment to the tip. The hook segment, which is elastically deformable from a pre-set curvature, for example, defined by a single radius, preferably tapers from a first width thereof, in proximity to a proximal end thereof, to a smaller, second width thereof, in proximity to the distal end thereof, wherein the tip has a width that is greater than the second width of the hook segment. Alternately, the tine portion may include a hook segment that is defined by two radii and a straight section extending therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan L. Kuhn, Michael P. Campbell, Vladimir Grubac, Kenneth D. Rys, Richard W. Swenson, Charles L. Wilson
  • Patent number: 10490964
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a crimping terminal includes a punching process of punching out a crimping terminal from a flat-plate-shaped metal base material, an attaching process of attaching a sheet-like water stop member to a wire connection portion being a portion in the crimping terminal that is to be crimped onto a wire, and a bending process of bending the wire connection portion to which the water stop member is attached. The wire connection portion may integrally cover a core wire and a covering of the wire by being crimped onto the wire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Inventors: Koichi Ikebe, Masashi Iwata, Junya Shinohara, Hirohito Nakata, Hideki Saito, Syunsuke Yaoita
  • Patent number: 10485125
    Abstract: A USB device is disclosed including an integrated memory module and USB connector. Integration of the memory module with the USB connector according to the present technology provides a USB device with a compact footprint and efficient heat transfer to a host device in which the USB device is used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Western Digital Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Hem Takiar, Michael Patterson, Nandha Kumar Mohanraj
  • Patent number: 10483695
    Abstract: An electrical connector includes an insulative housing with a plurality of passageways and a plurality of contacts received therein. The contact includes an upstanding section retained in the passageway with a spring am extending from an upper region of the upstanding plate and above the mating surface, and a mounting leg extending from a lower region of the upstanding plate around the mounting surface. The spring arm forms a contacting section around a free end thereof. The contact further includes an extension extending from the upstanding section and optimally above the mating surface so as to be located between the spring arm and the mating surface in the vertical direction. The extension and the spring arm are partially overlapped in the vertical direction and results in the capacitance effect therebetween, thus lowering impedance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Inventors: Shan-Yong Cheng, Tzu-Yao Hwang, Ke-Hao Chen, Kuo-Wei Chang
  • Patent number: 10461448
    Abstract: A board mounting terminal of a type inserted into a through-hole of a circuit board and capable of being reliably reflow-soldered. The board mounting terminal has a recessed groove extending in a direction of extension of the board mounting terminal. This recessed groove has an area of a recess of the recessed groove in a cross-section extending in a direction transverse to the direction of extension of the board mounting terminal that decreases as the distance from a tip portion of the board mounting terminal, oriented in a direction of insertion of the board mounting terminal, increases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Tyco Electronics Japan G.K.
    Inventor: Toshiaki Hayashi
  • Patent number: 10448877
    Abstract: Several methods for prediction and detection of neurological events are proposed based on spatiotemporal patterns in recorded neural signals. The methods are illustrated with examples from neural data recorded from human and non-human primates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignees: Brown University, The General Hospital Corporation, The United States Government as Represented by the Department of Veterans Affairs
    Inventors: Wilson Truccolo, Leigh R. Hochberg, John P. Donoghue, Sydney S. Cash
  • Patent number: 10374328
    Abstract: An electrical terminal fitting includes a body and a hood. The body is formed from a first material and includes a connection section and a contacting section with the contacting section having a flexible contact beam and stiffening beam for receiving a male pin of a mating terminal. The hood is formed from a second material having a higher tensile strength than the first material and is secured to the body. The hood includes a rib having tapered ends and a locking beam that engages a housing to secure the terminal. The locking beam further includes a stop having a rounded end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Molex, LLC
    Inventors: Dwaraganathan Bhagyanathan-Sathlanathan, Xin Wang, Yves LePottier, Bradley M. Dick
  • Patent number: 10369717
    Abstract: In the context of a method for the separating machining of plate-like work-pieces from an elastically deformable material, in particular for the separating machining of sheet metal, two workpiece parts are separated from one another, in that the two workpiece parts are initially partially separated from one another, so as to produce at least one connecting web connecting the two workpiece parts to one another, and in that the two workpiece parts are then separated from one another completely by re-moving the connection created by the connecting web. The at least one connecting web is created as a flexure bearing in this case that connects the two workpiece parts to one another in such a manner that the two workpiece parts are movable relative to one another with elastic deformation of the connecting web against the action of a restoring force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: TRUMPF Werkzeugmaschinen GmbH+ Co. KG
    Inventors: Markus Wilhelm, Takeshi Abiko
  • Patent number: 10328593
    Abstract: Provided is a method for internal splitting in the cross-section of the end of a metal plate or a metal rod. The method permits free-adjustment of the width and length of incision of the internal split and gives smooth and even surfaces to the cut face of the internal split for an accurate internal splitting in the cross-section of the end of a metal plate or a metal rod only at the desired position. The invention also provides a method for manufacturing a metal container and a metal pipe by that splitting method and a method for joining metal components. The present invention includes the steps of: a process to form a crevice by abutting a splitting punch or a cleaving punch on the cross-section of the end of the metal plate or the metal rod using a means for determining the width of the internal split; and a process to advance the internal splitting further by repeating the press-splitting on the crevice multiple times using a splitting punch or a cleaving punch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Seki Press Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Masakatsu Seki
  • Patent number: 10305210
    Abstract: A terminal plating material includes a metal substrate, and a silver-tin alloy plating layer containing a silver-tin alloy, arranged on the metal substrate. The silver-tin alloy plating layer contains an intermetallic compound of silver and tin, the Vickers hardness of the surface of the silver-tin alloy plating layer in the terminal plating material is 250 Hv or more, and the surface roughness of the silver-tin alloy plating layer is 0.60 ?mRa or less. Further, a terminal is formed from the terminal plating material. A terminal-equipped electric wire includes the terminal. A wire harness includes the terminal-equipped electric wire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Inventors: Nobuyuki Tamura, Hayato Ikeya, Shinobu Kayama
  • Patent number: 10293507
    Abstract: Provided are a method for manufacturing a Figure-T shaped metal part using a metal plate or a metal rod split by a method for splitting longitudinally an end part of the metal plate or the metal rod having a rectangular, polygonal, or elliptical shape, in which the length of incision in the split portion can be freely adjusted and smooth split face can be formed; a Figure-T shaped metal part manufactured by such method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Seki Press Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Masakatsu Seki
  • Patent number: 10290990
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a female terminal (1) with a tubular portion (11) formed by bending a metal plate into a tubular shape and resilient contact pieces (12) extending from the tubular portion (11) in an axial direction of the tubular portion (11), folded inwardly of the tubular portion (11) and configured to resiliently contact a mating terminal inside the tubular portion (11) includes a joining step of joining metal members thinner than the metal plate to the metal plate, and a forming step of bending the metal members joined to the metal plate and forming the metal members as the resilient contact pieces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignees: AutoNetworks Technologies, Ltd., Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd., Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kanji Horiuchi, Yoshitomo Tsujii, Atsushi Okuda, Noriyuki Uematu, Kensaku Takata
  • Patent number: 10256588
    Abstract: An electric contact having a contact resistance that is hardly increased even if the electric contact is repeatedly used for a long period of time. A base material of an electric contact is provided with a first contact part that is in contact with a first electrode of a first electric component, a second contact part that is in contact with a second electrode of a second electric component, and a spring part that presses the first contact part to the first electrode, and a wear-resistant contact point film is formed on a distal end portion of the first contact part. Furthermore, a highly conductive film is formed between a region of the wear-resistant contact point film and a distal end portion of the second contact part in the base material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Inventor: Takahiro Oda
  • Patent number: 10220662
    Abstract: A coupling structure includes a hollow rod section formed of a metal pipe and fastening sections formed by plastic deformation of the metal pipe so as to be connected with end sections of the hollow rod section. The fastening section includes a pair of base end sections which are each connected with a peripheral wall section forming a closed cross-section at the end section of the hollow rod section, and are separated from each other, and a bottom wall including a flat surface connected with the pair of the base end sections, and a pair of front end sections including a pair of side walls curving inwards from at least widthwise end sections of the bottom wall on a base end section side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Inventors: Satoshi Shirakami, Masaaki Mizumura, Tohru Yoshida
  • Patent number: 10177478
    Abstract: A board terminal 1 includes a base material 11 made of a metal material and a plating film 12 covering a surface of the base material 11. The plating film 12 includes an outermost layer 120 having a Sn mother phase 120a and Sn—Pd-based alloy phases 120b dispersed in the Sn mother phase 120a, the Sn mother phase 120a and the Sn—Pd-based alloy phases 120b being present on an outer surface. A Pd content in the outermost layer 120 is not more than 7 atomic %. A board connector 2 includes the board terminal 1 and a housing 20 for holding the board terminal 1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Inventors: Hajime Watanabe, Yasushi Saitoh, Yoshifumi Saka
  • Patent number: 10114039
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to a method of fabrication contact pins 24 used in testing circuit components, typically integrated circuits and the contact pins themselves. It is desirable to selectively radius certain portions of each pin to achieve desired performance of the entire pin. The portion to be radiused is cut to the desire shaped from a blank material. The portion which is not to be radiused is not cut to its final shape from the blank but to a larger shape which includes the material for the final shape. The entire cut portion is then treated to shape or round all exposed edges. Then the remaining portion of the pin is cut out from the larger blank area which was previously retained, leaving those portions with non-radiused edged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Johnstech International Corporation
    Inventors: David Johnson, Michael Andres, Neil Graf, Kenna Pretts
  • Patent number: 9917389
    Abstract: A flat terminal for a socket of an electrical plug-and-socket connection comprising: a terminal body formed by a metal strip; a connecting end extending from one of the axial ends of the terminal body; a contacting lug extending from the other of the axial ends of the terminal body, said contacting lug being bent back such that a gap remains between the terminal body and the contacting lug to form a resilient contact surface; and a protection against over-bending protruding into said gap to stop a movement of the contacting lug towards the terminal body in a defined distance from the terminal body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Erich Jaeger GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Klaus Markefka
  • Patent number: 9910069
    Abstract: A device for testing integrated circuits utilizing a compression spring that has one longitudinal centerline that is concentric to the housing of the test probe and terminates in a number of reduced diameter coil windings that are non-concentric to the housing so as to provide a side load to the probe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: KITA USA
    Inventors: Larre H. Nelson, John M. Winter, Yoshihide Kimura
  • Patent number: 9837745
    Abstract: A connector terminal includes a top side contact portion which makes contact with a top surface of a counter connector terminal and three linear bottom side contact portions each of which extends along a fitting axis and makes contact with a bottom surface of the counter connector terminal, the three bottom side contact portions being arranged such that centers of themselves form an isosceles triangle, the top side contact portion being, when viewed in a direction perpendicular to the top surface of the counter connector terminal in a fitted state, positioned in a straight line that lies between a base and a vertex facing the base in the triangle and extends parallel to the base in a manner that a ratio of a distance from the base to a distance from the vertex is 1:2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Japan Aviation Electronics Industry, Limited
    Inventors: Takuo Sasaki, Osamu Hashiguchi
  • Patent number: 9795779
    Abstract: An electrical stimulation lead includes a lead body insertable into a patient. Electrodes are disposed along the lead body. The electrodes include at least two sets of segmented electrodes. Each set of segmented electrodes includes a first segmented electrode and a second segmented electrode radially spaced apart from one another around a circumference of the lead body. A tab is disposed on the first segmented electrode of each set of segmented electrodes. The tabs extend into the lead body. A guide feature is disposed on the tabs. The guide features are each radially aligned with one another along the length of the lead body. Conductors extend along the length of the lead body from a proximal end to the electrodes. Each of the conductors is electrically coupled to at least one of the electrodes. At least one of the conductors extends through the radially-aligned guide features of the tabs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Anne Margaret Pianca, Priya Sundaramurthy
  • Patent number: 9793633
    Abstract: A cable connector includes an insulative shell defining a receiving cavity extending along a front-to-back direction, a number of contact wafers retained in the receiving cavity, a number of cables, and a ground bar. The contact wafers include a number of signal contact wafers and a number of ground contact wafers arranged alternately. Each of the contact wafers includes an insulative housing and a number of terminals retained in the insulative housing. Each of the terminals includes a deflectable contacting section, a middle section, and a tail section. Each of the cables includes a conductive core connecting with a corresponding tail section and a shielding braid surrounding around the conductive core. The ground bar physically and electrically connects with the tail sections of the ground wafers and the shielding braids.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Inventor: Fang-Jwu Liao
  • Patent number: 9736939
    Abstract: A printed circuit board may include: a first circuit layer; a first insulating layer disposed on the first circuit layer; a high-rigidity layer disposed on the first insulating layer; and a second circuit layer disposed on the high-rigidity layer and connected to the first circuit layer by a first via extending through the first insulating layer and the high-rigidity layer, wherein a rigidity of the high-rigidity layer is greater than a rigidity of the first insulating layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Electro-Mechanics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Suk Hyeon Cho, Yong Ho Baek, Young Gwan Ko, Yoong Oh, Young Kuk Ko
  • Patent number: 9711875
    Abstract: A bolt-fastened terminal connects to a wire that includes an aluminum core wire of an aluminum-based metal. The terminal includes a wire connection configured by a copper-based metal material and continuous with an electric contact that includes a bolt hole, the wire connection being welded and electrically connected to the aluminum core wire. A surface of the wire connection is coated with a first metal such as nickel and a surface of the electric contact is coated with a second metal such as tin. The first metal and the second metal, which are configured by different metals, are selected from metals between hydrogen and aluminum, aluminum having a negative electric potential with reference to the electric potential of hydrogen and a high ionization tendency, and the second metal is a metal having a smaller negative electric potential and lower ionization tendency than the first metal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Inventor: Takuya Ooba
  • Patent number: 9685719
    Abstract: A press-fit terminal (10) made of a wire material (11) of a predetermined length, the press-fit terminal includes: a distal section (12) formed at one end thereof to be inserted into a substrate (29); a connecting section (13) formed at the other end thereof to be connected to a complementary terminal; and a press-fit section (14) formed at a distal section side thereof to be press-fitted into a through-hole (30) of the substrate; wherein the press-fit section is formed at the central part thereof a hole (15) vertically elongated along an axis direction of the wire material; the hole is formed with an extending section (14b) extendedly formed toward the inside of the hole along the inner circumferential surface (15a) of the hole; and the extending section is formed at the end thereof with an erected section (14c) in an intersecting direction about the axis direction of the wire material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: J.S.T. MFG. CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshihide Uchida, Makoto Shiraishi
  • Patent number: 9666382
    Abstract: The present invention is a rivet contact including a head portion and a foot portion having a smaller width than the head portion, wherein the head portion contains a contact material layer having at least a top containing an Ag-based contact material; the rest of the head portion and the foot portion contain a base material containing Cu or a Cu alloy; and a barrier layer including an Ag alloy is provided at a junction interface between the contact material and the base material. Here, an Ag alloy obtained in such a manner that one or more base metal elements of Sn, In, Cu, Ni, Fe, Co, W, Mo, Zn, Cd, Te, and Bi are added to Ag by 0.03 to 20 mass % is preferably used as the Ag alloy constituting the barrier layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Inventors: Masao Kuroda, Hiroshi Shirahata
  • Patent number: 9634419
    Abstract: The invention discloses a cold forming method for forming power pins and a power pin formed thereof. The cold forming method for forming power pins comprises the following steps: step 1: cutting blank out; step 2: pre-forming the power pin body by necking; step 3: trimming the pre-formed power pin body, and pre-forming a pin fixing disk; step 4: forming the pin fixing disk and a staggered weld leg of pin. The invention also discloses a power pin formed by the cold forming method, composed of a power pin body, a pin fixing disk and a staggered weld leg of pin which are integrally formed into one piece by the cold forming method. The invention achieves high-speed automatic production and high production efficiency with a simple process, and improves material utilization and strength.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Inventors: Manzhi Zhou, Guangdong Song
  • Patent number: 9627320
    Abstract: Methods and devices including the formation of a layer of nanowires on wiring line traces are described. One device comprises a first dielectric layer and a plurality of traces on the first dielectric layer, the traces comprising Cu. The traces include a layer of ZnO nanowires positioned thereon. A second dielectric layer is positioned on the first dielectric layer and on the traces, wherein the second dielectric layer is in direct contact with the ZnO nanowires. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Inventors: Rahul Panat, Bhanu Jaiswal
  • Patent number: 9601891
    Abstract: A cable assembling apparatus for allowing a terminal and a electric wire to be accurately crimped and to resolve increase of facility cost incurred by separation of a press and a crimping machine, includes a press having a downside press mold having a plurality of types of dies arranged in parallel, an electric wire support jig arranged in parallel, having a metal plate guide at an end thereof entering into between the plurality of types of dies, and a feeder adapted to lift the electric wire support jig together with the metal plate above the dies of the downside press mold, and advance and descend the electric wire support jig to an adjacent die of next process. Furthermore, an electric wire chuck disposed in a midstream die of the plurality of types of dies and supplying the electric wire support jig with the electric wire is disposed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Yasuto Yamauchi, Keisuke Matsuura, Tomoyuki Kojima, Yuusuke Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 9461416
    Abstract: A system for measuring an analyte of interest in a biological fluid includes a test strip for receiving a sample of the biological fluid having multiple contacts formed thereon. A test device includes a circuit board having multiple conducting strips. A connector assembly is fixed to the circuit board and receives the test strip as the test strip moves in an insertion direction to a test position. The connector assembly includes a connector assembly body and multiple conductors. Each of the conductors includes a conductor contact body fixedly connected to the connector assembly body, and a contact arm integrally connected to the conductor contact body and freely extending entirely in the insertion direction. The contact arm is deflected when directly contacted by one of the multiple contacts of the test strip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Inventor: Matthew C. Sauers
  • Patent number: 9431737
    Abstract: In a fitting type connecting terminal having male and female terminals, each of which has a tin plating layer formed on an electrically conductive base material, a surface of a contact portion of one of the male and female terminals with the other thereof has a plurality of grooves or recessed portions which are spaced from each other in longitudinal directions, and the grooves or recessed portions are formed so as to satisfy d?b, d?a?L and a+c?L assuming that the width of each of the grooves or recessed portions is a (?m), the depth thereof being b (?m), the distance between two of the grooves or recessed portions adjacent to each other in the longitudinal directions being c (?m), the sliding distance producible between the male terminal and the female terminal in a state that the male terminal is fitted into and fixed to the female terminal being L (?m), and the maximum grain size of the oxide of abrasion powder producible due to sliding between the male terminal and the female terminal being d (?m).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Inventors: Akifumi Onodera, Masatoshi Nakamura, Akira Sigawara, Hiroto Narieda
  • Patent number: 9386953
    Abstract: A pulse oximeter sensor has both a reusable and a disposable portion. The reusable portion of the sensor preserves the relatively long-lived and costly emitter, detector and connector components. The disposable portion of the sensor is the relatively inexpensive adhesive tape component that is used to secure the sensor to a measurement site, typically a patient's finger or toe. The disposable portion of the sensor is removably attached to the reusable portion in a manner that allows the disposable portion to be readily replaced when the adhesive is expended or the tape becomes soiled or excessively worn. The disposable portion may also contain an information element useful for sensor identification or for security purposes to insure patient safety.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: Masimo Corporation
    Inventor: Ammar Al-Ali