Splice Box And Surplus Fiber Storage/trays/organizers/ Carriers Patents (Class 385/135)
  • Patent number: 10739544
    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: May 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: CommScope Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Mark Smrha, Hutch Coburn, Chad Sjodin
  • Patent number: 10736179
    Abstract: A cell site includes a tower, a multi-service terminal mounted to the tower and a base transceiver station in communication with the multi-service terminal. The multi-service terminal includes a housing and a plurality of adapters mounted to the housing. Each of the adapters includes an outer port accessible from outside the housing and an inner port accessible from inside the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: CommScope Technologies LLC
    Inventors: M'hamed Anis Khemakhem, Scott C. Kowalczyk, Nicholas Torman, Dominic J. Louwagie
  • Patent number: 10732370
    Abstract: A cable distribution system is provided wherein a feeder cable with one or more feeder fibers is received by a distribution device or box. The feeder fibers are terminated to a fiber optic connector. Customers can directly connect to the connectors of the feeder cable through an adapter and a mating connector for a point-to-point connection. Alternatively, a splitter input can be connected to one or more of the connectors of the feeder cable, such as through a pigtail extending from the splitter, wherein the splitter splits the signal as desired into a plurality of outputs. The outputs of the splitters can be in the form of connectors or adapters. Customers can connect to the splitter outputs through a mating connector (and an adapter if needed).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignees: CommScope Connectivity Belgium BVBA, ADC Czech Republic
    Inventors: David Jan Irma Van Baelen, Jiri Ambroz, Jiri Pasek, Jiri Zavrel, Roger Alaerts, Eric Schurmans, Denys Mizen, Stephane Collart
  • Patent number: 10735633
    Abstract: An image pickup apparatus that prevents hooking of a cable, coming-off of a connector, or the like without lowering insertion and extraction performance of a cable even when external connection terminals are arranged on inclined faces formed on a side surface of an apparatus main body in its width direction while reducing a size of the apparatus main body in the width direction. The inclined faces inclines such that ends of the respective inclined faces on a back side of the apparatus main body are inclined in a direction to come close to the optical axis. The inclined faces are arranged at positions so as not to overlap to each other when viewed from the width direction of the apparatus main body, and are arranged such that a part of the inclined faces overlap to each other when viewed from a direction of the optical axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kazuo Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 10732373
    Abstract: An optical fiber distribution system including a rack and elements which populate the rack including fiber terminations. Each element includes a chassis and a movable tray. The movable tray includes a synchronized movement device for moving a cable radius limiter. The tray includes cable terminations which extend in a line generally parallel to a direction of movement of the movable tray. Each of the cable terminations are mounted on hinged frame members positioned on each tray. The cables entering and exiting the movable tray follow a generally S-shaped pathway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: CommScope Connectivity Belgium BVBA
    Inventors: Johan Geens, Kristof Vastmans, Eric Marcel M. Keustermans, Pieter Vermeulen, Bart Vos, Dirk Jozef G. Van De Weyer, Lukas Desmond Elisas Van Campenhout, Yves Peeters, Matthias Cyriel George Corneel Alderweireldt
  • Patent number: 10718920
    Abstract: A tray may be arrangeable in a chassis that is slideably displaceable from a stowed position to a first use position or to a second use position. A flexible member may be coupled to a tray and provide for maintaining a bend radius of optical fibers received by the flexible member. The flexible member may include anti-jamming features to prevent links of the flexible member from jamming. A handle may be coupled to the tray and may be lockingly engageable with the flexible member. A faceplate may be couplable to a first end of the tray or to a second end of the tray, the faceplate to provide a respective cable management capability for a plurality of fibers received by the tray. The first end of the tray may have a first geometry symmetrical, about at least one axis, to a second geometry of the second end of the tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Telect, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven W. Ellison, David Michael Smead
  • Patent number: 10718919
    Abstract: A cable adapter module includes a cable tray that holds a plurality of cables and an adapter tray removably attached to the cable tray. The adapter tray includes a plurality of adapters configured to connect the plurality of cables. The cable adapter module may also include a plurality of cable clips configured to secure the plurality of cables to the cable tray. The cable tray of the cable adapter module may also include a plurality of steps configured to hold the plurality of cables. The cable tray of the cable adapter module may also include a plurality of splice slots extending from the base wall towards the top of the cable tray, and at least one splice holder removably attached to the plurality of splice slots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: AFL Telecommunications LLC
    Inventors: Wilfred J. Courchaine, Steve Polidan, Phillip Turner, Matthew Johnston, Roger Vaughn
  • Patent number: 10712523
    Abstract: A branch fiber optic cable assembly includes a main fiber optic cable and a plurality of stub cables. The main fiber optic cable has a plurality of branching sites which are spaced apart from each other along an axial direction of the main fiber optic cable. Each of the stub cables has a first end integrally connected to the main fiber optic cable at one of the branching sites, and a second end extending away from the main fiber optic cable. A method of making the branch fiber optic cable assembly is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: AMPHENOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Xing-Fu Mo, Jun Wen, Ling-Hua Zhu, Anh Nguyen
  • Patent number: 10698171
    Abstract: A high density fiber enclosure system includes a chassis, cassette trays, an optional unification clip, cassettes, and an optional trunk cable management system. The chassis, cassette trays, and cassettes are configured such that individual cassettes may be installed, removed, and otherwise positioned for easy access by a user. The unification clip allows two adjacent cassette trays to be connected to one other such that cassette trays move as one unit. The trunk cable management system is designed to organize trunk cables and trunk cable furcation legs as well as relieve strain on the trunk cables and trunk cable furcation legs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Panduit Corp.
    Inventors: Jerry A. Wiltjer, Shaun P. Brouwer, Gregory L. Kuffel, Joel D. Kwasny, Kai C. Lui, Benjamin S. Novak, Joseph E. Sanders
  • Patent number: 10684437
    Abstract: A connector closure for fiber optical cables includes a base portion having first and second compartments. One of the first and second compartments is designed to have a cover or door that allow selective access, while the other compartment signed for only authorized access. The connector closure features universal mounting arrangements, e.g., aerial, surface/wall, pedestal, or vault arrangements. Further, the closure may incorporate a splice enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Inventor: Steven E. Kaplan
  • Patent number: 10678010
    Abstract: A fiber optic telecommunications device includes a frame and a fiber optic module including a rack mount portion, a center portion, and a main housing portion. The rack mount portion is stationarily coupled to the frame, the center portion is slidably coupled to the rack mount portion along a sliding direction, and the main housing portion is slidably coupled to the center portion along the sliding direction. The main housing portion of the fiber optic module includes fiber optic connection locations for connecting cables to be routed through the frame. The center portion of the fiber optic module includes a radius limiter for guiding cables between the main housing portion and the frame, the center portion also including a latch for unlatching the center portion for slidable movement. Slidable movement of the center portion with respect to the rack mount portion moves the main housing portion with respect to the frame along the sliding direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: CommScope Technologies LLC
    Inventors: James J. Solheid, Thomas Marcouiller, Oscar Fernando Bran de León, Matthew Holmberg, Timothy Jon Haataja, Daniel Ray Mertesdorf, Soutsada Vongseng, Darren Chen, Patrick J. Thompson, John T. Pfarr, Kristofer Bolster, Brent Campbell, Raul Mario Saucedo, Gustavo Cano, Scott C. Sievers
  • Patent number: 10670822
    Abstract: A patch panel may include a tray that is slidable between a retracted position and an extended position on tray supports and features for holding the tray in the retracted position and in the extended position. The patch panel may also include a cassette that is slidable on cassette supports, latches for engaging the cassette to block movement of the cassette and features for disengaging the latches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: AFL Telecommunications LLC
    Inventor: Mark A. Vogel
  • Patent number: 10663684
    Abstract: A fiber optic module includes a housing having a first major surface and an opposite second major surface. The module includes an input configured to receive at least one module input fiber. The module includes at least one connectorized pigtail output routed from the housing. The pigtail output is configured to carry a signal from at the at least one module input fiber entering the housing via the input. The module further includes at least one connector storage feature disposed on the first major surface of the housing. The connector storage feature is configured to receive and store the connectorized pigtail output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: COMMSCOPE CONNECTIVITY BELGIUM BVBA
    Inventors: Bart Mattie Claessens, Erwin Beckers, Jan Oversteyns
  • Patent number: 10663686
    Abstract: A device is disclosed for managing at least one flexible cable including a rigid portion. In at least one embodiment the device includes a first axial end and a second axial end distanced from one another along an axis of the device; at least a first winding surface at the first axial end and at least a second winding surface at the second axial for receiving at least first coil and a second coil of the flexible cable, the first and second winding surfaces being transversal with respect to the axis; and a constraint in the form of a clip or a cylindrical surface for supporting the rigid portion of the flexible cable between the first and the second axial end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Michael McLoughlin, Jens Holt Spanggaard, Kelly Turner
  • Patent number: 10667434
    Abstract: A liquid immersion cooling device includes a mounting frame, a liquid reservoir mounted to the mounting frame, and a cold source distributor mounted on an outer side of the mounting frame. The liquid reservoir is configured to immerse a server in an insulating coolant. The liquid reservoir is movably mounted to the mounting frame. The cold source distributor comprises a telescopic cold source tube and a telescopic heat return tube. An output end of the cold source tube and an output end of the heat return tube are coupled to the liquid reservoir. When the liquid reservoir is pulled out of the mounting frame, the cold source tube and the heat return tube are extended by the liquid reservoir to a predetermined length. When the liquid reservoir is pushed into the mounting frame, the cold source tube and the heat return tube are retracted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: HONGFUJIN PRECISION ELECTRONICS (TIANJIN) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tze-Chern Mao, Li-Wen Chang, Chao-Ke Wei, Yao-Ting Chang, Chih-Hung Chang, Yen-Chun Fu, Ching-Tang Liu
  • Patent number: 10656358
    Abstract: An optical fiber distribution module includes a base having a surrounding wall, a cover, and a sealing element in the cover. A pair of cable ports are formed in the base wall to pass an outdoor fiber distribution cable through an interior region of the module. One or more fiber ports in the wall pass corresponding drop fibers from the interior region where the fibers connect to designated fibers of the distribution cable, to a number of premises for which the fibers are designated inside a multi-dwelling unit building. Grommet seals are dimensioned and formed to be inserted in any unused fiber ports, and to surround the distribution cable and the drop fibers in their corresponding ports. The grommet seals cooperate with the sealing element in the cover to seal all the ports from the environment when the module is closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: OFS FITEL, LLC
    Inventors: James C Bandy, Denis E Burek, Xavier Chiron, Lynda Price, Willard C White
  • Patent number: 10656357
    Abstract: A fiber distribution hub includes an enclosure defining an interior region and a frame body having a longitudinal axis. The frame body is rotatably mounted within the interior region of the enclosure such that the frame body can rotate about the longitudinal axis relative to the enclosure between a first terminal angular position and a second terminal angular position. The frame body is rotatably mounted within the interior region of the enclosure also such that the entire frame body remains within the interior region as the frame body rotates between the first terminal angular position and the second terminal angular position. The fiber distribution hub also includes a splitter coupled to the frame body, and having a splitter input and a splitter output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: OPTERNA AM, INC.
    Inventors: K. R. Suresh Nair, Kizhakkekuttu Parameswaran Chandran, Mathew Anjilimoottil Thomas, Biji Mathew Arakkakudy, Binoy J. Puthussery, E. K. Kiran Kumar, Beevi M. Mohammedali, P. V. Ashwin, Benoy Sarasan, Randy Reagan
  • Patent number: 10656363
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques are provided for implementing installation of optical fiber, non-fiber lines, and/or power lines in a ground surface. In various embodiments, a foldable base might be placed in a channel in a ground surface. The foldable base might include a base portion, two side wall portions, at least two points of articulation, and two plug contacts. Each point of articulation allows each side wall portion to fold relative with the base portion, forming a cavity. One or more lines may be placed within the cavity. A plug, placed above the lines in the cavity, may engage with the two plug contacts to secure the plug to the foldable base. Capping material, placed in microchannel on a top surface of the plug, may flow beyond the microchannel and over any openings between the plug and the foldable base and between the foldable base and edges of the channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: Michael L. Elford, Michael P. Winterrowd, Patrick J. Sims
  • Patent number: 10656360
    Abstract: Various implementations of epoxy transitions for fiber optic modules are disclosed. As disclosed herein, a fiber optic module system may include a fiber optic module holding a plurality of multi-fiber adapters at a front of the fiber optic module, a multi-fiber cable, and an epoxy transition to transition the multi-fiber cable to a plurality of individual optical fibers inside the fiber optic module. The epoxy transition may be filled with an epoxy to secure the individual optical fibers inside the epoxy transition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Panduit Corp.
    Inventors: Thomas M. Sedor, Mark T. Sargis
  • Patent number: 10656356
    Abstract: Aspects and techniques of the present disclosure relate to an enclosure arrangement that provides a seal useful for sealing optical fiber cables. The enclosure arrangement can include a housing with two shell members that fit together to define a cable passage. The two shell members can include circumferential sealing ribs and longitudinal sealing ribs that each has a rounded profile. A sealant material can be used to wrap the optical fiber cable. When the housing is compressed into contact with the sealant material, the circumferential and longitudinal sealing ribs can apply a uniform, controlled pressure about the optical fiber cable without puncturing or damaging the sealant material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: CommScope Connectivity Belgium BVBA
    Inventors: Roel Modest Willy Bryon, Danny Willy August Verheyden, Kristof Vastmans
  • Patent number: 10649167
    Abstract: A fiber management tray (10) is disclosed. The fiber management tray (10) can have a body (12) including a bottom wall (14) with side walls (16) extending outwardly from the bottom wall (14). The fiber management tray (10) can include a termination region (18) that has a first side (24) and a second side (26). The termination region (18) includes a termination panel (13) that holds connectors (20). The fiber management tray (10) can include a hinge area (56) for mounting said tray (10) to a tray tower (58) and a storage basket (32) located between the termination region (18) and the hinge area (56). The storage basket (32) can include a first pocket (44) that communicates with the second side (26) of the termination region (18) and an opposite second pocket (48) that communicates with the first side (24) of the termination region (18). The fiber management tray (10) can define at least one fiber routing path on each of the first and second pockets (44, 48) of the storage basket (32).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: CommScope Connectivity Belgium BVBA
    Inventors: Kurt Cornelissen, Erwin Beckers, Robert Vanhentenrijk, Conny Van de Velde, Daniel Francois Daems
  • Patent number: 10641980
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a rack-mountable fiber optic splice enclosure. The fiber optic splice enclosure may include a body having two opposing side walls and a bottom and a cover attached to the body. The fiber optic splice enclosure may also include a sliding tray disposed on two guide rails on the bottom of the body. At least one removable panel is removably attached to the cover via at least a pair of latches so that the removable panel is detachable from the cover and can be attached to the sliding tray at an angle to serve as a work surface for splice trays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Panduit Corp.
    Inventor: Bon B. Sledzinski
  • Patent number: 10641979
    Abstract: An optical fiber rack includes a rack part on which a plurality of termination units arranged in a vertical direction are located, a first optical fiber housing part in which extra length wiring parts of a plurality of first optical fibers connected with each of the plurality of termination units 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 termination units is housed, and a partition plate partitioning the first optical fiber housing part from the second optical fiber housing part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignees: SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES, LTD., Japan Communication Accessories Manufacturing Co., Ltd., SUMITOMO ELECTIC LIGHTWAVE CORP.
    Inventors: Takayasu Yamauchi, Tomohiko Ueda, Takayuki Yokochi, Takashi Kondo
  • Patent number: 10637220
    Abstract: A hybrid cable distribution system wherein a feeder cable is received by a box. The feeder cable can be a hybrid cable including optical fibers and copper wire (coax). The box may be used only for copper signal handling (such as coaxial signal handling), and then at a later date, the box may be used for receiving fiber signals. Customers can directly connect to the feeder fan out device by connecting a tail of a drop splice module that is spliced to an individual distribution cable to the feeder fan out device. This connection creates a point-to-point connection. The number of fan out devices in the system can be increased or decreased as needed. Alternatively, a splitter input can be connected to the feeder fan out device, such as through a pigtail extending from the splitter, wherein the splitter splits the signal as desired into a plurality of outputs. The outputs of the splitters can be in the form of connectors or adapters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: CommScope Connectivity Belgium BVBA
    Inventor: David Jan Irma Van Baelen
  • Patent number: 10620392
    Abstract: An optical fiber cable assembly has a first end portion of each of a plurality of optical fibers positioned in a generally parallel first array and a second end portion of each of the plurality of optical fibers is positioned in a generally parallel second array. Optical fibers along a portion of the length spaced from the first and second end portions are not retained in a parallel array. A coating is applied to at least a section of each optical fiber. A generally planar carrier of an optical assembly has a first guide member and a second guide member with a first cable assembly disposed within the first guide member and a second cable assembly disposed within the second guide member. Connectors of the cable assemblies are spaced from the carrier. A securement structure retains the cable assemblies within the guide members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Molex, LLC
    Inventors: Jerome Scherwin, Loreta Sadauskas, Jesus Enrique Fung, Mark Waldron, Thomas Schiltz, Gennady Genchanok
  • Patent number: 10613285
    Abstract: A module for interconnecting fiber optic cables and/or cords includes: a housing having a rear wall; a plurality of MPO adapters mounted in the rear wall; and forty-eight fiber optic adapters mounted to a front portion of the housing, the duplex adapters being operatively connected with the MPO adapters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: CommScope, Inc. of North Carolina
    Inventor: Richard L. Case
  • Patent number: 10613286
    Abstract: A cable adaptor case for sorting a first plurality of cables and adapting a plurality of types of cables comprising a cable tray for holding cables, an adaptor tray for adapting a first plurality of cables to a second plurality of cables, and a lid which is removably attached and hingably attached to the cable tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: AFL Telecommunications LLC
    Inventors: Wilfred J. Courchaine, Steve Polidan, Phillip Turner, Matthew Johnston, Roger Vaughn
  • Patent number: 10606017
    Abstract: A fiber optic enclosure assembly includes a housing having an interior region and a bearing mount disposed in the interior region of the housing. A cable spool is connectedly engaged with the bearing mount such that the cable spool selectively rotates within the housing. A termination module disposed on the cable spool so that the termination module rotates in unison with the cable spool. A method of paying out a fiber optic cable from a fiber optic enclosure includes rotating a cable spool, which has a subscriber cable coiled around a spooling portion of the cable spool, about an axis of a housing of the fiber optic enclosure until a desired length of subscriber cable is paid out. A termination module is disposed on the cable spool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: CommScope Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Scott C. Kowalczyk, Jonathan Walter Coan, Jonathan R. Kaml
  • Patent number: 10606009
    Abstract: A cable distribution system is provided wherein a feeder cable with one or more feeder fibers is received by a distribution terminal, device, or box. The feeder fibers are spliced to a feeder fan out device. Customers can directly connect to the feeder fan out device by patching between the feeder fan out device and a distribution fan out device that is spliced to a distribution cable. This connection creates a point-to-point connection. Alternatively, a splitter input can be connected to the feeder fan out device wherein the splitter splits the signal as desired into a plurality of outputs. The outputs of the splitters can be in the form of connectors or adapters. The connectors or adapters are then connected to the distribution fan out device, and customers can receive a split signal through the distribution cable that is spliced with the distribution fan out device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: CommScope Connectivity Belgium BVBA
    Inventors: David Jan Irma Van Baelen, Eric Schurmans, Jiri Zavrel
  • Patent number: 10606013
    Abstract: A high density fiber enclosure system includes a chassis, cassette trays, an optional unification clip, cassettes, and an optional trunk cable management system. The chassis, cassette trays, and cassettes are configured such that individual cassettes may be installed, removed, and otherwise positioned for easy access by a user. The unification clip allows two adjacent cassette trays to be connected to one other such that cassette trays move as one unit. The trunk cable management system is designed to organize trunk cables and trunk cable furcation legs as well as relieve strain on the trunk cables and trunk cable furcation legs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Panduit Corp.
    Inventors: Jerry A. Wiltjer, Shaun P. Brouwer, Gregory L. Kuffel, Joel D. Kwasny, Kai C. Lui, Benjamin S. Novak, Joseph E. Sanders
  • Patent number: 10609226
    Abstract: An all-encompassing fully integrated communication Access Node for call stations and other security and communications equipment includes a modular housing within which is mounted wire and wireless communication systems and power systems. The housing has a chassis for mounting the electronics and battery modules and a backbox and panel for staged installations, managing cables and providing heat dissipation. A door to the chassis is secured using latch hooks with roller bearings. Optical cable termination is provided as a two sided patch panel. Dual power supplies provide power to internal components and to external components via a distribution module. Backup power is provided by a custom battery backup with a charging controller. Cooling is controlled by dual fans and a fan controller moving air through the housing using openings and baffles. Freestanding pedestal mounting of the Access Node and various other mounts for column, wall, or ceiling to any substrate or condition is an option.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Boyce Technologies Inc.
    Inventor: Charles Boyce
  • Patent number: 10598867
    Abstract: In one implementation, a connection system includes an adapter block assembly (130, 160) and methods for making thereof. In one aspect, the adapter block assembly (130, 160) includes a plurality of adapters (20), each of which having a slot structure (50). The adapter block assembly 130 can be built by providing a support structure (100) having a plurality of extension members (102) that engage with the adapter slot structures (50). In one implementation, a flange clip (200, 220) is removably inserted into the slot structure (50), wherein the flange clip (200, 220) has a second width (W3, W4) that is greater than first width (W1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: COMMSCOPE CONNECTIVITY BELGIUM BVBA
    Inventor: Danny Willy August Verheyden
  • Patent number: 10598884
    Abstract: A modular fiber optic cassette and tray assembly is disclosed. The assembly comprises a tray engaging part which engages with a cassette engaging part on the tray and such that the cassettes may be arranged horizontally side by side on the trays. The cassettes are mounted to a front of a tray and such that a portion of each cassette is positioned in front of the tray. In an embodiment, a release mechanism such as a push button is provided on top of each cassette for disengaging the tray engaging part from the cassette engaging part. Still in another embodiment a plurality of trays and cassettes are provided stacked on top of one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: BELDEN CANADA INC.
    Inventors: Marc Fontaine, Vincent Pilon, Olivier Kedzierski
  • Patent number: 10591692
    Abstract: An optical distribution frame defining a coordinate system having a mutually orthogonal longitudinal axis, transverse axis, and lateral axis includes a body extending along the longitudinal axis between a top and a bottom, the body including a front and a rear separated from each other along the transverse axis. The front includes a central portion, a first outer portion, and a second outer portion, the first and second outer portions bordering the central portion and angled inwardly relative to the lateral axis towards each other. The optical distribution frame further includes a first patch body disposed on the first outer portion, the first patch body including a plurality of adapters, and a second patch body disposed on the second outer portion, the second patch body including a plurality of adapters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: AFL IG LLC
    Inventors: Asher Leong Raven, Robert Dennelly
  • Patent number: 10571640
    Abstract: A cassette adapter for the installation of a cassette in a patch panel of a data rack including a base configured to accept the cassette, a front frame connected to a distal end of the base, at least one latch connected to the base, and a mounting portion configured to mount the cassette adapter to the panel. The cassette adapter being configured to retain the cassette within the cassette adapter and connect the cassette to the patch panel in a removable fashion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Panduit Corp.
    Inventor: Benjamin J. Berridge
  • Patent number: 10564376
    Abstract: A interior distribution cabinet includes a body defining an interior, the interior including a provider portion and a subscriber portion. The body further defines a subscriber cable entry slot, the subscriber cable entry slot disposed in a portion of the body defining the subscriber portion. The interior distribution cabinet further includes a first door selectively providing access to the provider portion, and a second door selectively providing access to the subscriber portion. The interior distribution cabinet further includes a connector storage tray disposed within the subscriber portion, the connector storage tray including a tray body defining a plurality of connector slots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: AFL Telecommunications LLC
    Inventors: Vahid Ebrahimi, Shirley Ball, William Miller, Kelly Laffere
  • Patent number: 10551585
    Abstract: A cassette may include a channel with a lock tab disposed within the channel. Each cassette may be adapted to receive and secure any type of data cable and cable connector. A chassis may include an alignment slot and a key which may extend away from the alignment slot, and the key may have a key aperture. The cassette may be coupled within the alignment slot by inserting the key into the channel so that the lock tab and key aperture are engaged together. Preferably, the portion of the key having the key aperture may be movable away from the portion of the cassette having the lock tab to disengage the lock tab and key aperture so that the cassette is able to be uncoupled from the alignment slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: TACTICAL DEPLOYMENT SYSTEMS, LLC
    Inventor: David M. Mullsteff
  • Patent number: 10545302
    Abstract: Some embodiments include a latch mechanism and an optoelectronic module that includes the latch mechanism. The latch mechanism may include a driver, a follower, a pivot member, and a cam member. The driver may be configured to rotate relative to a housing of the optoelectronic module about an axis of rotation between a latched position and an unlatched position. The follower may be configured to be move when the driver rotates between the latched and unlatched position. The follower may include at least one electromagnetic interference (EMI) window that is configured to engage with at least one EMI protrusion positioned on the housing and thereby maintain contact with a cage of a host device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Finisar Corporation
    Inventor: Demetrios Koutrokois
  • Patent number: 10545305
    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: July 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: CommScope Connectivity Belgium BVBA
    Inventors: Samuel Leeman, David Jan Irma Van Baelen, Stephane Collart, Vincent Francois Michel Cnops
  • Patent number: 10539757
    Abstract: A slide assembly for slidably coupling a telecommunications tray to a telecommunications chassis includes a rail configured for mounting to the chassis, the rail defining a rail sliding cavity flanked by a first detent adjacent a first end and a second detent adjacent a second end of the rail, the rail further comprising first and second chassis mounting features, the first and the second chassis mounting features are oriented with respect to each other such that if two of the same rails are aligned and brought together in a juxtaposed relationship with the first and second chassis mounting features facing each other, the first and the second chassis mounting features can nest relative to each other so as to not increase the total width of the two rails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: CommScope, Inc. of North Carolina
    Inventor: Guilibaldo Ruiz
  • Patent number: 10538946
    Abstract: A double jointed hinge mechanism for pivotally coupling a door to a telecommunications chassis includes an first hinge arm configured to be non-rotatably attached to the chassis, a second hinge arm non-rotatably attached to the door, and a third hinge arm pivotally attached to the first and second hinge arms. The hinge mechanism is configured such that the door can be placed in a first open position and a second open position through rotation about first and second rotational axes. In the first open position, the door is in a generally horizontal position and below the first rotational axis. In the second open position, the door is in a generally vertical position and forward of a vertical plane defined by the first rotational axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: CommScope Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Dennis Ray Wells, Rodney C. Schoenfelder
  • Patent number: 10534150
    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: February 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Marco Mauricio Gutierrez Flores
  • Patent number: 10536759
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques are provided for implementing point-to-point fiber insertion within a passive optical network (“PON”) communications system. The PON communications system, associated with a first service provider or a first service, might include an F1 line(s) routed from a central office or DSLAM to a fiber distribution hub (“FDH”) located within a block or neighborhood of customer premises, via at least an apical conduit source slot, an F2 line(s) routed via various apical conduit components to a network access point (“NAP”) servicing customer premises, and an F3 line(s) distributed, at the NAP and from the F2 Line(s), to a network interface device or optical network terminal at each customer premises via various apical conduit components (e.g., in roadway surfaces). Point-to-point fiber insertion of another F1 line(s), associated with a second service provider or a second service, at either the NAP or the FDH (or outside these devices).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: Michael L. Elford, Michael P. Winterrowd, Thomas C. Barnett, Jr., Thomas Schwengler
  • Patent number: 10527811
    Abstract: A fiber storage module having a removable supply spool is mounted inside a user premises. The module is arranged to retain the spool at either a first position where the spool can freely rotate, or a second position where the spool is locked. While the spool is removed from the module, a length of fiber sufficient to route from an entry point to the premises to the mounted module, and from the module to an optical device inside the premises, is wound on the spool. The spool with the wound fiber is retained at the first position inside the module, and the fiber is unwound and adhered or fastened to a supporting surface along a determined routing path at the premises. The spool is then locked at the second position, and a length of the remaining fiber is removed for connection to the optical device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: OFS FITEL, LLC
    Inventors: Denis E. Burek, Willard C White, Xavier Chiron
  • Patent number: 10527809
    Abstract: A telecommunications cabinet includes a cabinet housing; a fiber optic splitter; a plurality of spools disposed on a cable management surface; a panel oriented at a fixed angle relative to the access opening so that the panel extends laterally and rearwardly between the access opening and the cable management surface; and a plurality of adapters disposed on the panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: CommScope Technologies LLC
    Inventors: James J. Solheid, James W. Conroy, Daniel Ray Mertesdorf, Matthew Holmberg, Trevor D. Smith, Joel B. Douglas, Kathleen M. Barnes, Marlon E. Holmquist, Thomas Caesar Tinucci, Cindy S. Walters
  • Patent number: 10520695
    Abstract: A cable fixation device (100, 200, 300, 400) includes a base (102, 202) with fastener holes (104), an upright (110, 208) projecting from the base and including a fixation projection (126, 212, 316, 318) having a reduced dimensional portion (128, 214, 324) for receiving a cable tie (152, 222, 326). Protrusions (130, 218, 320) are provided for engaging the cable jacket. Variations on the cable fixation device include a fixation element (130, 218, 320) which can slide and/or rotate about a vertical rod; a plate element (304) which includes a plurality of fixation projections extending between two rods; and a plurality of uprights (208) integrally formed with the base and including forwardly and rearwardly projecting projections. The base (102, 202) and the fixation projections (126, 212, 316, 318) can be made from molded plastic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignees: CommScope Connectivity Belgium BVBA, ADC Czech Republic, S.R.O.
    Inventors: Karel An Johan Jaksons, Eric Schurmans, Peter Jerome Istas, Jiri Zavrel, Denys Mizin, Jiri Pasek, Jiri Ambroz, Ales Smisek
  • Patent number: 10520692
    Abstract: An optical connection terminal for a fiber optic communications network includes a base, the base comprising an exterior wall. The terminal further includes a cover connected to the base, wherein an interior cavity is defined between the base and the cover. The cover includes a bottom panel, a first end wall, a second opposing end wall, a first sidewall, and a second opposing sidewall, wherein the bottom panel extends between the first end wall and opposing second end wall and between the first side wall and second opposing sidewall. The terminal further includes an exterior channel defined in the bottom panel, and a stub cable port defined in the bottom panel within the exterior channel of the cover. The terminal further includes a plurality of connector ports defined in the exterior wall of the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: AFL Telecommunications LLC
    Inventors: Wink Courchaine, Roger Vaughn, Vahid Ebrahimi
  • Patent number: 10502917
    Abstract: A modular multi-positionable tray assembly (420) for mounting within a chassis (10) of a telecommunications panel (100) is disclosed. The multi-positionable tray assembly (420) may include support arm structure (423) having a first support arm (424) and a second support arm (480) that pivotally supports a tray (422) and that allows the tray assembly (420) to be installed and removed from the chassis (10). The tray (422) and the support arm structure (423) cooperatively define a cable routing pathway (208) that extends through a pivot axis (A1) defined by the tray and the support arm. To protect the cables (300) and to increase accessibility of cables (300) within the portion of the cable routing pathway (208) defined by the tray (422), a bend radius limiter (460) can be provided that is rotatably mounted to the tray (422). The tray (422) can also be provided with attachment features for allowing the tray (422) to accept various telecommunications components, such as splice trays and splitter trays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: CommScope Connectivity Belgium BVBA
    Inventors: Johan Geens, Pieter Vermeulen, Eric Marcel M. Keustermans
  • Patent number: 10502916
    Abstract: Certain types of fiber termination enclosures include an enclosure and at least one of a plurality of plate module mounting assemblies. Example plate module mounting assemblies include a termination panel plate assembly; a splice tray plate assembly; a cable spool plate assembly; and a drop-in plate assembly. Example cable spool plate assemblies include a cable spool arrangement rotationally coupled to a mounting plate, which fixedly mounts within the enclosure housing. A stand-off mount element may be disposed on the front of the cable spool arrangement to rotate in unison with the cable spool arrangement. The stand-off mount element may include one or more termination adapters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Commscope Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Jonathan Walter Coan, Dennis Krampotich, Jonathan R. Kaml
  • Patent number: 10502920
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure relate to a modular fiber optic distribution system for enhancing installation flexibility and for facilitating adding components to a terminal housing over time so as to delay cost. The system is configured to allow components (e.g., inserts, add-on modules, etc.) to be readily added to the terminal housing over time to expand capacity, provide upgrades and to provide forward and backward compatibility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: CommScope Connectivity Belgium BVBA
    Inventors: Philippe Coenegracht, Alexandre Caroline M. De Bie, Maddy Nadine Frederickx, Paul Joseph Claes, Geert Van Genechten, Mohamed Aznag, Diederik Houben, Patrick Jacques Ann Diepstraten