Accessories Patents (Class 385/134)
  • Patent number: 10393980
    Abstract: A fiber distribution device includes a swing frame chassis pivotally mounted to a support structure. At least a first optical splitter module is mounted to the swing frame chassis. Pigtails having connectorized ends are carried by the swing frame chassis and have portions that are routed generally vertically on the swing frame chassis. An optical termination field includes fiber optic adapters carried by the swing frame chassis. The fiber optic adapters are configured to receive the connectorized ends of the pigtails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: CommScope Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Randy Reagan, Jeffrey Gniadek, Thomas Parsons, Michael Noonan
  • Patent number: 10365449
    Abstract: A modular fiber frame is disclosed that comprises a generally rectangular frame body, a high density connection module attached to a front side of the frame body, a splitter bracket to hold a plurality of optical splitter modules on the front side of the frame body. All of the splitter connections can be made on the front side of the modular fiber frame, and a preterminated cable harness optically connected to connection ports on a back of the connection module, wherein the connection module includes a protective cover over said connection ports. In some embodiments, the exemplary modular fiber frame can utilize a second preterminated cable harness optically connected to a back of the connection module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Corning Research & Development Corporation
    Inventors: Zachary M. Thompson, Jonathan V. Haggar, Victor J. Borer, Robert R. Mertz, Adam J. Krozel
  • Patent number: 10359592
    Abstract: A fiber optic distribution box includes a box body and detachable mounting caps to mount fiber optic connectors to the box body. The box body has a box terminal wall formed with through holes. The detachable mounting caps are disposed on the through holes and connected detachably to the box terminal wall. Each detachable mounting cap has a hollow cap body, and a mount hole formed inside the hollow cap body. The hollow cap body includes a cap bottom surface lying on the box terminal wall, and a front inclined cap surface inclined with respect to the box terminal wall. The mount hole extends through the front inclined cap surface and the cap bottom surface to communicate with a cable reception space of the box body through the respective through hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: AMPHENOL FIBER OPTIC TECHNOLOGY (SHENZHEN) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jinan Zhou, Songsheng Li, Jun Wen, Linghua Zhu, David Frey, Anh Nguyen, Shu-Hui Hsu
  • Patent number: 10359580
    Abstract: A connector for coupling a fiber optic cable with a connection point includes a connector body at a first end of the connector and extending in a longitudinal direction and a connector housing at a second end of the connector. The connector body defines a first longitudinal conduit configured to receive a duct, and the duct is configured to slidingly receive the fiber optic cable. A compression fitting is configured to be received about a first end of the connector body and to slide relative to the connector body in the longitudinal direction to radially compress the first end of the connector body to grip the duct. The connector housing includes a second longitudinal conduit substantially aligned with the first longitudinal conduit in the longitudinal direction and a connection portion configured to couple the fiber optic cable to the connection point. The first longitudinal conduit and the second longitudinal conduit are configured to slidingly receive the fiber optic cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: PPC BROADBAND, INC.
    Inventors: Peter A. Carapella, Noah P. Montena, William Crawford
  • Patent number: 10359583
    Abstract: A behind-the-wall optical connector an outer housing configured to be inserted into an adapter with a corresponding inner surface, a ferrule included in an annular collar to mate with a corresponding projection at an adapter opening, and a latch attached to one side of housing configured to lock the connecter into an adapter opening. The latch is further configured with a locking channel and guide to accept a pull tab with a catch at one end, the pull tab releases the connector from the adapter opening when the tab is pulled rearward or away from the adapter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Senko Advanced Components, Inc.
    Inventors: Jimmy Jun-Fu Chang, Kazuyoshi Takano
  • Patent number: 10359590
    Abstract: An assembly for deploying fiber optic cable includes a housing defining a cavity and comprising a wall. The wall defines an opening allowing a fiber optic cable to pass. The assembly also includes a spool configured to store a portion of the fiber optic cable. The spool is rotatably coupled to the housing within the cavity of the housing. The assembly also includes a component module releasably coupled to the housing and comprising an adapter configured to optically couple the fiber optic cable to another fiber optic cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Opterna Technology Limited
    Inventors: Atikem Haile-Mariam, Ravindra K. Vora, Gerald J. Meier, Bret Matz, Benoy Sarasan, Biji Mathew Arakkakudy, Anoop Murali, Binoy Puthussery
  • Patent number: 10353149
    Abstract: An optical fiber coating stripper includes a pair of electrodes, each of which having a discharge head portion and an electrode portion, and a gliding plasma (GP) head housing the electrodes therein. The GP head includes internal airflow channels. The pair of electrodes are disposed at a front end of the GP head and form an air gap therebetween. Each of the discharge head portion includes a curved portion with a rib-shaped protrusion extending in a longitudinal direction of the discharge head portion. In operation, the electrodes are connected to non-alternating electrically positive and negative polarities. When a gas flows through the internal airflow channels in a direction a back end of the GP head toward the front end, a tongue-shaped GP flow is formed in the air gap between the rib-shaped protrusions of the discharge head portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: LIGHTEL TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Hsuan-Chieh Chang, Shangyuan Huang
  • Patent number: 10353164
    Abstract: A fiber optic transition assembly includes a drop cable including a plurality of optical fibers and an outer jacket. The assembly further includes a plurality of furcation cables, each of the plurality of furcation cables surrounding an extended portion of one of the plurality of optical fibers. The assembly further includes a plurality of biasing members, each of the plurality of biasing members surrounding a first end portion of each of the plurality of furcation cables. The assembly further includes a transition member defining an interior, wherein a second end of the outer jacket and first ends of each of the plurality of furcation cables are disposed within the interior, each of the plurality of biasing members is at least partially disposed within the interior, and the plurality of optical fibers extend from the outer jacket to the furcation cables within the interior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: AFL Telecommunications LLC
    Inventors: David James Lane, Shirley Ball, Wilfred Courchaine
  • Patent number: 10336256
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a sensor and a processor. The sensor may be configured to generate a first video signal. The processor may be configured to search for a flickering effect in a frame of the first video signal, determine a location and a region of pixels to modify within the frame in response to the flickering effect, determine a modification based on the flickering effect, perform the modification of the region of pixels by determining average values of pixels based on the location of the region of pixels over consecutive frames of the first video signal and generate a second video signal in response to the modification of the region of pixels and the first video signal. The second video signal may present a modified version of the region of pixels to mask the flickering effect when viewing the second video signal on a display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Ambarella, Inc.
    Inventors: Shimon Pertsel, Christopher N. Day, Alexander Fink
  • Patent number: 10317626
    Abstract: An optical circuit switch includes a fiber hole array, a plurality of internal optical fibers, a collimating lens array, a MEMS mirror array, and a reflective surface. The fiber hole array includes an array of receptacles shaped to accept respective internal optical fibers. The collimating lens array is positioned adjacent to the fiber hole array. Each collimator of the collimating lens array optically couples light into or out of a corresponding one of the internal optical fibers. The fiber hole array, the collimator, the MEMS mirror array and the reflective surface are positioned relative to one another such that light exiting each of the internal optical fibers passes through its corresponding collimator and is redirected by a first mirror within the MEMS array towards the reflective surface, which directs the light back towards a second mirror of the MEMS mirror array, which in turn redirects the light towards a second internal optical fiber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Kevin Y. Yasumura, Jill D. Berger
  • Patent number: 10310204
    Abstract: An adapter panel arrangement including a chassis and a panel of adapters. The adapters defining open rearward cable connections and open forward cable connections of the panel arrangement. The adapters being arranged in arrays that slide independently of other adapter arrays to provide access to the open rearward and open forward cable connections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: CommScope Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Mark Smrha, Hutch Coburn, Chad J. Sjodin
  • Patent number: 10295777
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure relate to a cable bend radius guide. The cable bend radius guide comprises a flexibly rigid linear material of a predetermined length having a plurality of pairs of corresponding bend radius markers each separated by a predetermined distance along the predetermined length. The cable bend radius guide further comprises at least one constraint configured to fasten a first bend radius marker and a second bend radius marker of each pair of bend radius markers together to cause a portion of the flexibly rigid linear material between the first bend radius maker and second bend radius marker of each pair of bend radius markers to generate a substantially circular loop having a minimum bend radius corresponding to a cable's minimum bend radius.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Marco Mauricio Gutierrez Flores
  • Patent number: 10288815
    Abstract: Fiber mounting units for supporting an optical fiber for fiber laser systems are disclosed and include a base body having a fiber end attachment section, a fiber guide section, and a connection section arranged between the fiber end attachment section and the fiber guide section. The fiber end attachment section is adapted to attach a receiving element, which holds a fiber end portion of the optical fiber, the fiber guide section is adapted to guide a fiber central portion of the optical fiber, and the connection section is configured as a flexure bearing between the fiber end attachment section and the fiber guide section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: TRUMPF LASER GMBH
    Inventors: Martin Liermann, Andreas Enzmann, Aleksander Budnicki, Florian Jansen, Johannes Overbuschmann
  • Patent number: 10268003
    Abstract: In embodiments, methods and systems for implementing fiber optic cable network testing using a fiber optic cable network testing platform are provided. A fiber optic cable network testing adapter assembly comprises an attachment and a port. The attachment attaches the adapter assembly to a mobile device and the port receives a fiber optic cable. A fiber optic cable network testing application receives, via a camera of the mobile device, light data from the cable. The fiber optic cable is coupled to the port to transmit the light data to the application. The application is part of the fiber optic cable network testing platform, the platform provides integrated fiber optic cable network testing. The application analyzes the light data based on a fiber optic cable network testing option to generate testing results data. The application communicates the testing results data using an interface to facilitate presenting the testing results data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Faraz Yusuf, Adrian Lindsay Power, Peter John Hill, Mikhail Ivan Cherniak
  • Patent number: 10261279
    Abstract: A rack-level breakout box, system, and method for distributing high-fiber count optical fiber cables to one or more network racks. External routing of incoming and outgoing cables around the rack is kept neat and orderly, with one large cable serving a fully populated rack and, optionally, multiple racks. A flexible mounting configuration is further provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Sumitomo Electric Lightwave Corp.
    Inventors: Craig Steven Potter, Daniel Brian Hangebrauck, Daniel Frederick Oberklein, Patrick Stephen VanVickle
  • Patent number: 10254501
    Abstract: A method of installing a fiber optic cable (10) upon an overhead power line structure, the overhead power line structure including an overhead power line support (60) and an overhead power line (90) carried by the overhead power line support (60), the method comprising the steps of passing an end of the fiber optic cable (10) through a bore formed in an insulator (120); positioning the insulator (120) at an installation location adjacent to the overhead power line support (60) with the fiber optic cable (10) located within the bore in the insulator (120); bonding the insulator (120) in place once positioned in the said installation location; connecting the insulator (120) to a first end of a conductive carrier (160); and connecting a second end of the conductive carrier (160) to the overhead power line (90) such that the fiber optic cable (10) is supported by the conductive carrier (160) and the insulator (120) as it passes from a first side of the overhead power line support (60) to a second side thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: AFL GLOBAL
    Inventors: Jim Baker, Mark Naylor
  • Patent number: 10241287
    Abstract: A fiber optic splice enclosure includes a basket. The basket includes an outer shell, the outer shell including an outer sidewall defining at least a portion of a periphery of the basket. The basket further includes an insert disposed within the outer shell, the insert including a first sidewall and a second sidewall spaced apart from each other along a transverse axis and each extending along a longitudinal axis to define an inner channel therebetween. The first sidewall and the second sidewall are each further spaced apart from the outer sidewall along the longitudinal axis to define a first outer channel and a second outer channel. The fiber optic splice enclosure further includes a splice tray assembly including at least one splice tray, the splice tray assembly disposed within the inner channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: AFL Telecommunications LLC
    Inventors: Patrick E. Dobbins, David Reeve, Richard Megill, Vahid Ebrahimi
  • Patent number: 10234634
    Abstract: A cable breakout assembly includes: a cable including a plurality of signal-carrying members enclosed in a protective jacket; a plurality of connector modules, each of the connector modules having at least one side wall and a connector mounted thereto, wherein the connector modules are arranged in serial relationship along an axis, with a gap between adjacent connector modules; and at least one flex member extending between the connector modules that substantially prevents the axial spacing of the gaps between adjacent connector modules from increasing, but enables adjacent connector modules to flex about the axis relative to each other. Each of the signal carrying-members is connected with a respective connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: CommScope Technologies LLC
    Inventor: Chi-ming Wang
  • Patent number: 10228519
    Abstract: An optical connecting system for connecting a first and a second optical device includes a first and a second multi-fiber device connector included in the first and second optical device and a multi-fiber optical connection cable including a plurality of optical fibers and having a first and a second multi-fiber cable connector at a first and second end thereof and being adapted to be connected to the first and second multi-fiber device connector. The optical devices are configured to transmit to and/or receive from the other optical device wanted optical data signals via optical fibers of the multi-optical fiber connection cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: ADVA Optical Networking SE
    Inventors: Andreas Färbert, Markus Noller
  • Patent number: 10230223
    Abstract: A swing arm assembly for a utility vault housing a utility equipment includes a swing arm bracket for supporting the utility equipment and a latch support arm both rotatably coupled to a sidewall of the utility vault. A latch pin is attached to one of the swing arm bracket and the latch support arm and a locking slot is formed in the other one of the swing arm bracket and the latch support arm for slidably receiving the latch pin. The locking slot has a first locking end that locks the latch pin in a stowed position for stowing the utility equipment and a second locking end that locks the latch pin in a service position for servicing the utility equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventor: Timothy Michael Kemp
  • Patent number: 10222571
    Abstract: A telecommunications chassis comprises a cable sealing portion defining at least one cable opening configured to sealably receive a cable and a module mounting portion extending from the cable sealing portion, which further comprises a housing defining an open front closable by a door to define an interior, a rear wall, a right wall, and a left wall. A plurality of module mounting locations is provided in a vertically stacked arrangement, each configured to receive a telecommunications module through the open front. An exterior of the housing includes a first column of radius limiters defining curved profiles for guiding cables from the front toward the rear with bend control. A second column of radius limiters in the form of spools is spaced apart and generally parallel to the first column of radius limiters and a third column of radius limiters, at least some of which are in the form of spools, is also spaced apart and generally parallel to the first and second columns of radius limiters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: CommScope Technologies LLC
    Inventors: James J. Solheid, Kristofer Bolster, Soutsada Vongseng, Thomas G. LeBlanc
  • Patent number: 10185101
    Abstract: A plug assembly comprising at least one elongate ferrule terminating an one optic fiber and arranged in parallel to an actuating axis, a plug housing the ferrule and such that an end of the ferrule is exposed at a forward end thereof, the forward end configured for insertion into a receptacle, an elongate release lever for releasably securing the plug housing to the receptacle, the lever comprising a first end fixed to the plug housing towards the forward end and a flexible free end, and an actuating assembly cooperating with the flexible free end and rotatable about the actuating axis between a position where the flexible free end is positioned spaced from the housing and a position where the flexible free end is positioned immediately adjacent the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: BELDEN CANADA INC.
    Inventor: Moise Levy
  • Patent number: 10185102
    Abstract: An optical connector having at least one removable integrated assembly tool for terminating an optical fiber cable is described. The connector comprises a housing configured to mate with a receptacle, a collar body disposed in the housing, a backbone that retains the collar body in the housing, a removable funnel-shaped and a fiber boot. The collar body secures a ferrule secured at a first end thereof, and includes mechanical element disposed in an intermediate portion and a buffer clamping portion near a second end of the collar body. The backbone has a mounting structure surrounding a central bore at one end. The funnel-shaped fiber guide attaches to the mounting structure to facilitate insertion of an optical fiber into the connector, and wherein the fiber boot is attachable to the mounting structure after the fiber guide has been removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Corning Research & Development Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph C. Sawicki, Donald K. Larson, Michael May, Takaya Yamauchi
  • Patent number: 10180553
    Abstract: Fiber optic enclosures, terminal assemblies, end cap assemblies, and methods of sealing fiber optic enclosures are disclosed. The terminal assembly of a fiber optic enclosure may include an input fiber sealing assembly and an output fiber sealing assembly. The input fiber sealing assembly may include an input fiber insert positioned in an input fiber channel of the cap body, an input fiber compression plate positioned in the input fiber channel, and an input fiber compression member for compressing the insert between the fiber compression plate and the base plate. The output fiber sealing assembly may include an output fiber insert positioned in the output fiber channel of the cap body, an output fiber compression plate positioned in the output fiber channel, and an output fiber compression member for compressing the insert between the fiber compression plate and the base plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Corning Research & Development Corporation
    Inventors: Julian Bautista Flores, Joshua David Henley, Jose Martinez Sanchez, Karyne Poissant Prevratil, David Kimondo Waruiru
  • Patent number: 10175443
    Abstract: An optical fiber rack includes a rack part on which a plurality of termination units are located, a first optical fiber housing part in which extra length wiring parts of a plurality of first optical fibers are housed, a second optical fiber housing part in which an extra length wiring part of a second optical fiber connected with any of the plurality of termination units is housed, a partition plate partitioning the first optical fiber housing part from the second optical fiber housing part, and, a plurality of optical fiber guides attached to the partition plate and arranged in the vertical direction. The optical fiber guide comprises a first guide part housing the first optical fibers toward to the first optical fiber housing part, and a second guide part housing the second optical fiber passing through an opening provided in the partition plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignees: SEI OPTIFRONTIER CO., LTD., SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES, LTD., JAPAN COMMUNICATION ACCESSORIES MANUFACTURING CO., LTD., SUMITOMO ELECTRIC LIGHTWAVE CORP.
    Inventors: Kazuya Masuda, Takayasu Yamauchi, Takayuki Yokochi, Takashi Kondo
  • Patent number: 10162129
    Abstract: Advantageous optical fiber harnessing members for connector assemblies and related methods of use are provided. The present disclosure provides improved harnessing members configured to provide bend control of optical fibers in connector assemblies, and related methods of use. More particularly, the present disclosure provides advantageous systems/methods for the design and use of internal harnessing members configured to provide bend control of optical fibers in duplex or quad uniboot connector assemblies. Disclosed herein are advantageous harnessing members providing bend control of optical fibers in connector assemblies (e.g., duplex or quad uniboot connector assemblies), thereby allowing optical fiber cable (e.g., light-construction cable, such as coated fiber with a 250 ?m diameter) to be successfully and reliably deployed in such connector assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Ortronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel M. Smith, Ryan J. Grandidge, James Lucy, Alex Richard, Randy L. Harris
  • Patent number: 10162131
    Abstract: A telecommunications module defines an interior with separate right and left chambers. An optical component is housed within the left chamber. Signal input and output locations are exposed to the right chamber. The right chamber allows excess fiber to accumulate without bending in a radius smaller than a minimum bend radius. A dual-layered cable management structure is positioned within the right chamber that defines a lower cable-wrapping level and a separate upper cable-wrapping level. The upper cable-wrapping level is defined by a removable cable retainer mounted on a spool defining the lower-cable wrapping level. Cabling carrying the input and output signals are passed between the right and left chambers before and after being processed by the optical component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: CommScope Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Kristofer Bolster, Soutsada Vongseng
  • Patent number: 10162142
    Abstract: A fiber optic communications arrangement includes a closure with an interior volume; the closure including at least one cable through-port in communication with the interior volume; and an expansion component attached to an exterior portion of the closure and having an interior region in communication with the closure interior volume. The expansion component includes ruggedized fiber optic adapters mounted thereto. Each of the ruggedized fiber optic adapters includes at least one connector port for receiving ruggedized fiber optic connectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: CommScope Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Eric E. Alston, Daniel B. Hangebrauck, Jack Smith
  • Patent number: 10146021
    Abstract: A modular fiber optic patch panel system is disclosed. The system includes an enclosure and at least one patch panel module mounted in the enclosure. The enclosure includes a chassis with multiple module bays, each configured to receive a corresponding patch panel module. The patch panel modules each include a module housing, an input connector and an output connector. An optical directional coupler is connected to the input connector and a photodiode is positioned adjacent the optical directional coupler to measure an optical power level conveyed on the optical fiber. A data acquisition device is connected to the photodiode to capture the optical power level data and a microcontroller is connected to the data acquisition device to store the data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventor: Kirk Erik Burgess
  • Patent number: 10146019
    Abstract: An optical connector retaining unit includes: an optical connector retaining member that retains an optical connector of a distal end of an optical fiber in a connection standby state being optically connected to nothing; and a reflecting section that reflects visible light emitted from the distal end of the optical fiber after led into a proximal end of the optical fiber opposite to the distal end thereof provided with the optical connector, at an inclination angle of 45 degrees or less with respect to an optical axis of the emitted visible light, or a scattering section that scatters visible light emitted from the distal end of the optical fiber such that scattered light includes light within the inclination angle of 45 degrees or less with respect to the optical axis of the emitted visible light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: FUJIKURA LTD.
    Inventors: Katsushi Agata, Norihiro Momotsu, Terutake Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 10146010
    Abstract: An optical fiber connection system includes a first and a second optical fiber, each with end portions that are terminated by a first and a second fiber optic connector, respectively. A fiber optic adapter connects the first and the second fiber optic connectors. A fiber alignment apparatus includes V-blocks and gel blocks. Each of the fiber optic connectors includes a connector housing and a sheath. The end portions of the optical fibers are positioned beyond distal ends of the respective connector housings. The sheath is slidably connected to the connector housing and slides between an extended configuration and a retracted configuration. The sheath covers the end portion of the respective optical fiber when the sheath is at the extended configuration and exposes the end portion when at the retracted configuration. The end portions of the optical fibers are cleaned when slid between the V-blocks and the gel blocks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: CommScope Technologies LLC
    Inventor: Michael James Ott
  • Patent number: 10141127
    Abstract: A secondary disconnect assembly for use with a circuit breaker moveable between a connected position and a disconnected position includes a first secondary disconnect apparatus and a second secondary disconnect apparatus. The first secondary disconnect apparatus includes a first coupling portion having at least one high speed communications connector. The second secondary disconnect apparatus includes a second coupling portion removably coupled to the first coupling portion. The second coupling portion includes at least one opening configured to receive the high speed communications connector when the circuit breaker is moved from the disconnected position to the connected position to enable high speed data transmission through the first coupling portion and the second coupling portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: ABB Schweiz AG
    Inventors: Joon Won Ha, Craig Benjamin Williams, Paresh Lele
  • Patent number: 10123444
    Abstract: A fiber panel system includes a chassis and at least blades configured to mount to the chassis. Each blade is moveable relative to the chassis between a retracted (closed) position and at least one extended position. Cable slack is managed at the front and/or rear of each chassis to facilitate movement of the blades without pulling or bending the cables beyond a maximum bend limit. Each blade may be locked into one or more positions relative to the chassis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: CommScope Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Chad Anderson, Joseph C. Coffey, Ryan Kostecka, David Stone, Michael Wentworth
  • Patent number: 10088636
    Abstract: A communications connection system includes an adapter module defining at least first and second ports and at least one media reading interface mounted at one of the ports. The first adapter module is configured to receive a fiber optic connector at each port. Some type of connectors may be formed as duplex connector arrangements. Some types of adapters may include ports without media reading interfaces. Some types of media reading interfaces include contact members having three contact sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: CommScope Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Steven J. Brandt, Joseph C. Coffey, Cyle D. Petersen, Michael D. Schroeder, John Stasny
  • Patent number: 10078192
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a telecommunications distribution hub having a cabinet that defines a primary compartment. The cabinet also includes one or more main doors for accessing the primary compartment. Telecommunications equipment is mounted within the primary compartment. The distribution hub further includes a secondary compartment that can be accessed from an exterior of the cabinet without accessing the primary compartment. A grounding interface is accessible from within the secondary compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: COMMSCOPE TECHNOLOGIES LLC
    Inventors: Edward T. Landry, Craig M. Standish, Steve Anderson, Joshua A. Zabel, Ronald A. Beck
  • Patent number: 10073225
    Abstract: A mounting clip configured to secure a telecommunications connector in an opening of a plate, the telecommunications connector having a top, bottom and two sides, the mounting clip including a planar body having a portion configured to engage one side of the telecommunications connector; and at least one spring arm configured to contact the plate and apply a spring force against the plate to reduce movement of the mounting clip in the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: THE SIEMON COMPANY
    Inventors: Timothy P. Weiland, Joseph M. Favale, Sr.
  • Patent number: 10067308
    Abstract: Certain embodiments of a fiber distribution hub include a swing frame pivotally mounted within an enclosure having a low profile. For example, the enclosure can have a depth of less than about nine inches. Termination modules can be mounted to the swing frame and oriented to slide at least partially in a front-to-rear direction to facilitate access to connectors plugged into the termination modules. Splitter modules and connector storage regions can be provided within the enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: CommScope Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Trevor D. Smith, Jonathan R. Kaml, Scott C. Kowalczyk
  • Patent number: 10067307
    Abstract: Disclosed is a fiber optic splice protection device, comprising: a closure including a cover and a chassis; and at least one cable fixer for fixing cables to be spliced to the chassis of the closure. Wherein the cable fixer is a separate member separated from the chassis, and is removably mounted in the chassis of the closure; and all strength members of the cables to be spliced are previously fixed to the cable fixer before the cable fixer is mounted to the chassis of the closure. Therefore, it is possible that strength members of the cables to be spliced are once time secured to the chassis of the closure of the fiber optic splice protection device, so as to easy to implement rapid on-site installation. Further, the fiber optic splice protection device has higher mechanical strength.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: ADC Telecommunications (Shanghai) Distribution Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Zhaoyang Tong, Jiangzhen Xia, Lei Liu, Longzhou Qi, Xingjun Cheng
  • Patent number: 10067298
    Abstract: A fiber optic cable and connector assembly is disclosed. The assembly includes a cable optical fiber, a ferrule, a stub optical fiber having a first portion supported within the ferrule a second portion the projects rearwardly the ferrule and a signal modification structure optically coupled between the stub optical fiber and the cable optical fiber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: CommScope Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Yu Lu, Michael Aaron Kadar-Kallen
  • Patent number: 10060826
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention generally relate to the field of optical fiber splicing, and more specifically to apparatuses and methods directed to mechanical splice termination and evaluation of resulting splice joints. In an embodiment, the present invention is an apparatus for evaluating the integrity of a mechanical splice joint comprising a light source, a circulator, a photo detector, and an analysis circuit, wherein the apparatus connects to a test connector and evaluates signals representative of light pulses passing through at least a portion of the test connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Panduit Corp.
    Inventors: Brett Lane, Robert A. Reid, Joseph M. Nash
  • Patent number: 10042135
    Abstract: A fiber optic system includes a telecommunications chassis defining a front and a rear, a plurality of blades slidably mounted to the chassis, the blades slidable in a direction extending from the front to the rear, and a plurality of fiber optic cassettes removably mounted to each blade. Each fiber optic cassette includes a housing defining a maximum cassette height, the housing formed by a base and a cover mounted thereon. Each cassette defines fiber optic connection locations. The base of each cassette defines a notched area for receiving a portion of the blade on which the cassette is mounted such that the blade does not increase the overall maximum height defined by the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignees: CommScope Connectivity UK Limited, CommScope Connectivity Belgium BVBA
    Inventors: David Patrick Murray, Christopher Charles Taylor, Heidi Bleus, Willem Devis, Danny Ghislain Thijs, Geert Antoon Parton
  • Patent number: 10042136
    Abstract: A drop terminal mounting system includes a fiber drop terminal having a housing and a base attached to the housing. The housing includes an outer surface containing a plurality of receptacles and cooperatively defines an inner cavity with the base. The drop terminal mounting system further includes a bracket having a first fastening region and a second fastening region adapted to secure the drop terminal to the bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: CommScope Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Randy Reagan, Jeffrey Gniadek, Michael Noonan, Michael Baren-Boym
  • Patent number: 10034471
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for deterring wildlife, such as bats and birds, from drawing too proximate to an operating wind turbine. Wildlife species may be sensitive to transmitted frequencies, such as ultrasonic frequencies above the range of human hearing. For example, bats may avoid areas where ultrasonic frequencies are being emitted, either because the emitted ultrasonic frequency interferes with the echolocation of the bat, or because encountering the ultrasonic frequency is uncomfortable for the bat. In some aspects, acoustic transmitters may be arranged along a length of a blade of a wind turbine. A controller may direct the acoustical transmitters to transmit signals having ultrasonic frequencies to deter wildlife encounters. The controller may direct the transmitters to transmit only during periods where wildlife encounters are likely to occur (e.g. at night, during migration seasons, during favorable weather conditions, or the like).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Frontier Wind, LLC.
    Inventors: Thomas J. Green, Erick Rickards
  • Patent number: 10036864
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a fiber optic splice protection device. In one aspect, the device includes a closure including a cover and a chassis, and a fiber routing management unit mounted on the chassis of the closure. The fiber routing management unit can include a bottom member, flexible clippers, which are removably mounted on top of the bottom member; and a resilient biasing member, mounted on the chassis of the closure. The biasing member applies an elastic biasing force to the bottom member such that the bottom member is pressed against fiber optic cables to be spliced under the action of the elastic biasing member. The disclosed device avoids the phenomenon of messy winding of the fiber optic jacket and the fiber optic, and increases the winding space of the cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: ADC TELECOMMUNICATIONS (SHANGHAI) DISTRIBUTION CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Zhaoyang Tong, Jiangzhen Xia
  • Patent number: 10031305
    Abstract: A fiber distribution system (10) includes a fiber distribution hub (20, 300); at least one fiber distribution terminal (30, 100); and a cable (40) wrapped around a spool (110) of the fiber distribution terminal (30, 100). The fiber distribution terminal (30, 100) includes a spool (110) and a management tray (120) that rotate together. A second connectorized end (40b) of the cable (40) is held at a fiber optic adapter (125) on the tray (120). After dispensing the first connectorized end (40a) to the hub (20), an optical splitter (70, 130, 140) can be mounted to the tray (120). The splitter (26, 70, 130, 140, 306) has output adapters at which patch cords (50) can be inserted to connect subscribers to the system. The fiber distribution hub can use the same format of splitters (26, 70, 130, 140, 306). Other distributed splitter systems are provided with splicing and/or adding of splitters as needed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: CommScope Connectivity Belgium BVBA
    Inventors: Samuel Leeman, David Jan Irma Van Baelen, Stephane Collart, Vincent Francois Michel Cnop
  • Patent number: 10033463
    Abstract: A fiber optic distribution terminal includes a cable spool rotatably disposed within an enclosure; an optical power splitter and a termination region carried by the cable spool; an optical cable deployable from the enclosure by rotating the cable spool by pulling on a connectorized end of the optical cable; and splitter pigtails extending between the optical power splitter and the termination region. One fiber of the optical cable extending between the connectorized end and the splitter input. The other fibers of the optical cable extend to a multi-fiber adapter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignees: ADC Communications (Australia) Pty Limited, CommScope Connectivity Australia Pty Ltd.
    Inventors: Paul David Hubbard, Wesley Edward Oxlee
  • Patent number: 10031308
    Abstract: A total front access double sided frame includes a first access side opposite a second access side, and fiber blocks received in the first and second access sides. The fiber blocks may include splice modules and patch modules and have capacity to receive about 6,900 fiber terminations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Telect, Inc.
    Inventors: Spencer Williams, David Knaggs, Steven W. Ellison
  • Patent number: 10031307
    Abstract: An optical splitter module (140) can be carried on a cover (120) of an enclosure (100) between a contoured surface (129) and a row of optical adapters (130). Output pigtails (165) from the splitter module (140) are routed to the optical adapters (130). In certain examples, a significantly longer input fiber (161) is routed from the splitter module (140) to a splice region (114) at a base (110) of the enclosure (100). Certain types of splitter modules (140) are mounted to the cover (120) at an angle relative to an insertion axis for a feeder cable (170). A certain type of splitter module (140) curves about a minor axis (A2) so that one major surface (142) has a concave curvature and another major surface (143) has a convex curvature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: COMMSCOPE CONNECTIVITY BELGIUM BVBA
    Inventors: Bart Mattie Claessens, Dirk Kempeneers, Erwin Beckers
  • Patent number: 10025055
    Abstract: A multi-positionable tray assembly (20) for mounting within a chassis (10) of a telecommunications panel (100) is disclosed. The multi-positionable tray assembly (20) may include support arm (24) that pivotally supports a tray (22) and that allows the tray assembly (20) to be installed and removed from the chassis (10). The tray (22) and the support arm (24) cooperatively define a cable routing pathway (208) that extends through a pivot axis (A1) defined by the tray and the support arm. To minimize the required depth of the tray (10) and optimize cable routing, the tray (20) can include a cable management structure (102) with a patch panel (104) having a plurality of adapters (108) arranged along a transverse axis (A2), wherein the transverse axis is non-parallel or oblique to a front plane (A4) of the tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignees: CommScope Connectivity Belgium BVBA, ADC Czech Republic, S.R.O.
    Inventors: Zoltan Alexi, Bernardus Johannes Nicolas Geling, Gwenole Stouthuysen, Johan Geens
  • Patent number: RE47307
    Abstract: A fiber optic connector storage apparatus for storing a fiber optic connector having an exposed ferrule includes a housing and a dust cap portion. The housing defines a socket to receive and hold the fiber optic connector. The dust cap portion is integral with the housing and is configured to receive and protect the exposed ferrule when the fiber optic connector is inserted into the socket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: CommScope Technologies LLC
    Inventor: Barry Wayne Allen