With Disengagable Mechanical Connector Patents (Class 385/53)
  • Patent number: 10775567
    Abstract: The connector system of the present invention includes a crimp housing and a floating block. A passage extending in a longitudinal direction is formed in the crimp housing. The floating block is disposed in the passage of the crimp housing and has an interior passage extending in the longitudinal direction for receiving a back post of a connector. The floating block may make limited three-dimensional movements with respect to the crimp housing. The connectors seated in the connector system of the present invention may be independently moved with respect to each other thereby properly aligning with an adapter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Lecca Technologies Inc.
    Inventor: Muh-Chen Yang
  • Patent number: 10768374
    Abstract: A hybrid optical and electrical connection system includes a fiber optic connector; and a connector contact holder. The connector includes a connector body defining a forward plug end, a ferrule, a spring that biases the ferrule in a forward direction, and a rear piece that retains the spring within the connector body. The connector contact holder includes an attachment portion that attaches to the fiber optic connector, a lateral offset portion that extends laterally outwardly from the fiber optic connector and a forward extension structure that projects forwardly from the lateral offset portion toward the forward plug end of the connector body. The forward extension structure includes connector contact mounts. Connector electrical contacts are held by the connector contact mounts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: COMMSCOPE TECHNOLOGIES LLC
    Inventors: Michael Lawrence Gurreri, Robert Charles Flaig, Dwight A. Bretz, Eric Ryan Chappell
  • Patent number: 10768375
    Abstract: An example electro-optical connector may comprise an optical ferrule to optically engage with a complementary optical ferrule on a complementary electro-optical connector, a first conductive guide post disposed adjacent to the optical ferrule to electrically engage with a first guide pocket of the complementary electro-optical connector, and a second conductive guide post disposed on an opposite side of the optical ferrule from the first conductive guide post and to electrically engage with a second guide pocket of the complementary electro-optical connector. The first and second conductive guide posts may align the optical ferrule for engagement with the complementary optical ferrule when the guide posts are engaged with the respective guide pockets, and the first and second conductive guide posts may conduct an electrical signal or electrical power from the electro-optical connector to the complementary electro-optical connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Hewlett Packard Enterprise Development LP
    Inventors: Kevin B. Leigh, George D. Megason
  • Patent number: 10761288
    Abstract: A fiber optic cable connecter assembly includes a terminal wall having a port, an adapter at the port having one end for mating with a first fiber optic cable at the front of the wall and a second end for mating with a second cable at the back, and a spacer having an axial bore and a leading portion for engaging the port in sealing relationship. A cap has an axial bore, and a leading portion for engaging a rear portion of the spacer. A cable grommet/boot has a passage for receiving the first cable, and a leading end for engaging the rear portion of the spacer in sealing relationship. The rear portion of the grommet/boot protrudes from the back of the cap to act as a boot when the cap engages the spacer, after the first cable is connected to the adapter and the spacer engages the port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: OFS FITEL, LLC
    Inventors: Eric J Leichter, Denis E Burek
  • Patent number: 10746941
    Abstract: A fiber optic connector includes a positioning member formed with two installation holes and two guiding grooves, two central rods and a locking member. The locking member has two guiding portions and is operable to move relative to the positioning member between a locking position, where each of the guiding portions extends into an intersection of the corresponding guiding groove and the corresponding installation hole to engage an annular groove of the corresponding central rod for restricting movement of the central rods along the installation holes, and an open position, where the guiding portions are disengaged from the annular grooves, thereby allowing the central rods to move along the installation holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignees: Gloriole Electroptic Technology Corp., Shen Zhen Wonderwin Technology Co., Ltd., Fiberon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Shu-Hui Hsu, Yen-Chang Lee
  • Patent number: 10732372
    Abstract: A fiber optic shelf includes: a floor; side walls attached to opposite side edges of the floor, wherein the shelf has a longitudinal axis defined between the side walls; and a rear wall attached to a rear edge of the floor. The rear wall has a stepped profile and comprises a plurality of mounting panels facing laterally at an oblique angle to the longitudinal axis of the shelf.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: COMMSCOPE, INC. OF NORTH CAROLINA
    Inventors: Neil Christopher Fletcher, Wade J. Womack
  • Patent number: 10678000
    Abstract: An optical connector holding one or more LC-type optical ferrules is provided. The optical connector includes an outer housing, pin keep, and two pins. One pin acts as a push/pull mechanism to release the connector from the adapter. The pin keep has two side clips with one of two side clips having an alignment key on a top surface. The alignment key engages a corresponding surface in the adapter housing to aid in polarity setting of the connector with the adapter. The adapter has a panel mounting clip that contains one or more latches that engage and retain the connector in the adapter housing. The panel clips and surfaces of the connector are constructed to reduce the overall size of the connector and adapter. The adapter has a plural of internal ribs forming one or more channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Senko Advanced Components, Inc.
    Inventors: Kazuyoshi Takano, Jeffrey Gniadek
  • Patent number: 10663674
    Abstract: A coupling device includes a socket defining a through groove and a connecting seat connected to a rear end of the socket. The connecting seat has a casing portion defining a plugging space therein, a base wall portion disposed in the casing portion and defining a through hole in spatial communication with the through groove and the plugging space, two first connecting portions respectively disposed at two lateral sides of the through hole and extending forwardly from the base wall portion to the through groove, and two second connecting portions respectively disposed at the lateral sides and extending rearwardly from the base wall portion to the plugging space. The socket and the connecting seat are formed as one piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Amphenol Fiber Optic Technology (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ling-Hua Zhu, Xing-Fu Mo, Jinan Zhou, Shu-Hui Hsu
  • Patent number: 10641814
    Abstract: A probe structure for inspecting characteristics of a connector having at least one terminal includes a plunger, a coaxial probe, a flange, a housing, and a spring. A first end portion of the housing and the flange are configured to restrict rotation of the housing in the circumferential direction in a state in which the first end portion of the housing is fitted into the through-hole of the flange. Thus, inspection of characteristics of the terminal of the connector can be performed with higher accuracy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shinichi Kenzaki, Yukihiro Kitaichi
  • Patent number: 10634860
    Abstract: A fiber optic connector holder is sized to fit within an opening for mounting a fiber optic adapter. The fiber optic connector holder is configured to permit a fiber optic connector with a dust cap positioned about a ferrule and a polished end face of an optical fiber held by the ferrule to be inserted within and releasably held by the connector holder. A system for holding fiber optic connectors includes a fiber optic connector holder mounted within an opening in a bulkhead for mounting a fiber optic adapter. The fiber optic connector holder is configured to receive a fiber optic connector with a dust cap mounted about a ferrule and polished end face of an optical fiber held by the ferrule. An optical fiber connector may be held to a bulkhead when the fiber optic connector includes a dust cap mounted about a ferrule and a polished end face of an optical fiber held by the ferrule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: CommScope Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Trevor D. Smith, Thomas C. Tinucci, Cindy S. Walters, James W. Conroy, Joel B. Douglas, Kathleen M. Barnes, Marlon E. Holmquist
  • Patent number: 10606001
    Abstract: An optical fiber transceiver includes: a cartridge, formed with two opposite sidewalls and a front end thereof disposed with an insertion part, wherein each sidewall is transversally formed with a runner; and a sliding member, formed with a pair of extending arms inserted in the pair of runners, wherein bottom ends defined at front portions of the pair of extending arms are connected via a connecting sheet, and rear ends thereof are protrudingly disposed with a pair of unlocking flanges; wherein, a top surface of the connecting sheet and a bottom surface of the insertion part are oppositely disposed with an elastic member and an abutting unit, two sides of the elastic member have a pair of elastic arms, and two sides of the abutting unit respectively have a guiding part symmetrically arranged and allowing each elastic arm to be in contact and displaced thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: YEAR ROUND TECHNOLOGY CORP.
    Inventor: Hung-Jung Ko
  • Patent number: 10591679
    Abstract: A multi-fiber connector (40) that promotes physical contact with a communicating multi-fiber connector. The multi-fiber connector (40) has a connector body (44) with a front end (47) and a back end (49). The multi-fiber connector (40) also includes a ferrule (10a, 10b) with optical contacts (20a, 20b) at a front end (14a, 14b). The ferrule (10a, 10b) is spring biased toward the front end (14a, 14b) of the connector body (44). The ferrule (10a, 10b) has a pair of alignment pin openings (30a, 30b) extending into the ferrule from a front end (14a, 14b). The ferrule (10b) also has a pair of alignment pins (22) mounted within the alignment pin openings (30a, 30b). The base ends of the alignment pins (22) have a different transverse cross-sectional shape than the alignment pin openings (30a, 30b). This difference in transverse cross-sectional shapes allows the alignment pins to pivot relative to the ferrule along a major axis of the ferrule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: CommScope Asia Holdings B.V.
    Inventor: Jacob Arie Elenbaas
  • Patent number: 10581214
    Abstract: A lockout system for a laser device of a type having a laser emitter operable to emit a laser beam at a plurality of intensity levels includes a lockout switch operable to be placed in either a first state or a second state, wherein the laser device is configured to prevent actuation of the laser emitter at an intensity level above a preselected threshold intensity level when the lockout switch is in the first state and to permit actuation of the laser emitter at an intensity level above the preselected threshold intensity level when the lockout switch is in the second state. A lockout key operable to transition the lockout switch between the first state and the second state. In a further aspect, a laser sight device incorporating the lockout system herein is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Wilcox Industries Corp.
    Inventors: Gary M. Lemire, Douglas Harwood
  • Patent number: 10564367
    Abstract: A fiber optic connector assembly has an MT connector. The MT connector has a housing. A first slot is formed in a front surface of the housing. The first slot extends across a width of the front surface of the housing and partially down a length of the housing. A pair of slots is formed in a rear surface of the housing. The pair of slots extends across a width of the rear surface of the housing and partially down the length of the housing. An aperture is formed through a side surface of the housing and between the pair of slots. The aperture extends completely through the housing. An opening is formed in a central area of the rear surface of the housing and in communication with the aperture. A channel is formed between the first slot and the aperture connecting the first slot to the aperture. At least one securing pin is formed within the first slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: BENCHMARK ELECTRONICS, INC.
    Inventors: Kevin Jon Pitkin, Peter Everett Brooks, Mark Braithwaite
  • Patent number: 10551584
    Abstract: A wired optical communication assembly includes an optical transmission connector and a cable assembly having a casing, at least one optical waveguide, a first cable and a second cable. The casing has a storage space, a first through hole and a second through hole located at two sides of the casing. The optical waveguide is disposed in the storage space and has a first end and a second end. One end of the first cable is connected to the optical transmission connector, and another end of the first cable penetrates through the first through hole of the casing and is connected to the first end. One end of the second cable penetrates through the second through hole of the casing and is connected to the second end, and another end of the second cable is configured to be coupled to another optical communication module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Prime World International Holdings Ltd.
    Inventors: Ming-Hsing Chung, Ting-Jhang Liao, Ming-You Lai
  • Patent number: 10545295
    Abstract: The invention provides an optical adapter with a shutter which can shorten a total depth dimension of an adapter main body by reducing a radius of two doors in a rotating direction, and can also achieve a firm coupling of two doors to a plug insertion port side. In an optical adapter with a shutter in which an adapter main body having a plug insertion port inserted a rectangular casing-shaped optical connector plug and formed into a horizontally long rectangular opening shape is equipped with a shutter for closing a plug insertion port so as to freely open and close, and biased each other in a closing direction by an elastic member, the shutter is constructed by two doors respectively rotated inward when the shutter is pressed by an optical connector plug inserted into the plug insertion port and vertically divided into two sections so as to be arranged vertically.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: SANWA DENKI KOGYO CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Takashi Sato
  • Patent number: 10534138
    Abstract: In one example, a system for a module board coupling includes a module bracket coupled to a plate, a module board coupled to the plate, a number of frame pins coupled to the module frame to slide under the plate when a back spring coupled to the module bracket is depressed, wherein the module board is engaged with a socket when the number of frame pins slide under the plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Hewlett Packard Enterprise Development
    Inventors: Kevin B. Leigh, Sunil Ganta, John Norton, George D. Megason
  • Patent number: 10520689
    Abstract: Various embodiments disclosed herein are directed to a Network system including: a connector comprising a housing comprising a groove running widthwise on a surface of the housing; and a push-pull tab comprising a complementary groove, wherein the push-pull tab is detachably connected to the housing; and a receiver device comprising one or more ports for receiving the connector, the one or more ports having an interchangeable anchor device including a first portion and a second portion; wherein the groove is configured to receive the first portion of the interchangeable anchor device when the connector is inserted into the receiving element, and wherein the complimentary groove is configured to receive the second portion of the interchangeable anchor device when the connector is inserted into the receiving element, the push-pull tab being configured to disengage the second portion of the interchangeable anchor device from the complementary groove when the push-pull tab is moved in a direction away from the co
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Senko Advanced Components, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Gniadek, Kimman Wong, Kazuyoshi Takano, Siu Kei Ma
  • Patent number: 10520688
    Abstract: A fiber optic connector having a push/pull tab wherein the push/pull tab travel is removed from connector housing using a tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Senko Advanced Components, Inc
    Inventors: Siu Kei Ma, Kimman Wong, Kazuyoshi Takano
  • Patent number: 10495825
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a fiber optic network architecture that uses outside plant fan-out devices to distribute optical signals between fiber distribution hubs and multi-service terminals. The network architecture can also include collector boxes positioned at selected locations of the network architecture. Additionally, patching systems can be used in facilitating upgrading the capacity of the fiber optic network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: CommScope Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Thomas G. LeBlanc, Bryan Kennedy, Erik J. Gronvall, Douglas C. Ellens
  • Patent number: 10466425
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a fiber optic connector comprises: a ferrule assembly; a spring seat provided behind the ferrule assembly; and a spring provided between the ferrule assembly and the spring seat. The spring seat has a receiving chamber having an insertion port through which a portion of the ferrule assembly is inserted into the receiving chamber; wherein the ferrule assembly is pre-assembled into the receiving chamber of the spring seat in a way that the ferrule assembly is held to be movably engaged with the spring seat. The spring is fitted and compressed in the receiving chamber. As a result, the ferrule assembly, the spring seat and the spring are pre-assembled into an integral assembly before being inserting into a connector housing. All components of the connector except for the housing may be smoothly pulled through a small long pipe as a whole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: CommScope Telecommunications (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Lei Liu, Zhaoyang Tong
  • Patent number: 10459180
    Abstract: The disclosure provides an optical module, including a housing, a circuit board and a light conducting structure; a portion of the light conducting structure is disposed in the housing, another portion of the light conducting structure juts out from the housing; the circuit board is provided with a light source, and the light conducting structure is configured to conduct light emitted by the light source to an outside of the housing. The optical conducting module in the optical module can conduct light emitted from the optical module to outside of the optical module. The optical module allows the state inside the optical module to be conducted to and displayed in the outside of the optical module with optical signals as propagation medium. The state inside the optical module can be directly learned from the outside of the optical module housing, thereby extending application scenarios of the optical module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignees: HISENSE BROADBAND MULTIMEDIA TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD., HISENSE BROADBAND MULTIMEDIA TECHNOLOGIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Sigeng Yang, Yinlong Liu, Yongliang Huang, Shijian Ben, Jingsheng Xia, Peng He, Haiqiang Xu, Shengwei Bo, Tengyue Li
  • Patent number: 10451826
    Abstract: A system for fiber optic communication connections may include a connector housing, a circuit board disposed in the connector housing, and a port formed in the connector housing and sized to restrict ingress of a fiber optic cable into the port to a predetermined rotational orientation of the fiber optic cable. The system may include circuitry positioned for electrical communication with printed circuitry included on the fiber optic cable received in the port. The circuitry may receive and process data received as a light signal via the fiber optic cable. The system may further include an output connector extending from the connector housing and configured for detachable connection. The output connector may be in electrical communication with the circuitry and may be configured to receive and output an output electrical signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignees: Rolls-Royce Corporation, Rolls-Royce North American Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Dawn Kay Andrus, Richard Joseph Skertic, John Joseph Costello
  • Patent number: 10451810
    Abstract: An adapter for electrically connecting a laser diode to a circuit board is disclosed. An example laser diode may form part of an optical communications system in which the laser diode emits optical signals into an optical fiber cable based on electrical signals received from one or more source circuits. The laser diode is electrically connected to the source circuit(s) through a circuit board. A laser diode adapter is provided to facilitate electrically connecting, as well as mechanically coupling, the laser diode to the circuit board. In this regard, the laser diode adapter includes conductive pads for coupling to conductive legs of the laser diode. The laser diode adapter also includes a set of conductive signal pads for coupling to conductive receiving pads which are electrically connected to the conductive pads, thereby electrically connecting the conductive legs of the laser diode to the circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Corning Optical Communications LLC
    Inventors: Ofer Shalom, Motti Yakobi
  • Patent number: 10444444
    Abstract: An optical fiber connector assembly comprises at least one connector having a latching arm for coupling to an adapter, and a remote release tab having a protrusion configured to cooperate with the adapter to depress said latching arm when the remote release tab is pulled relative to the adapter. The optical fiber connector assembly may further be configured to have a deformable region at one end of the pull tab operatively connector to the latch arm assembly for releasing the connector from the adapter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Senko Advanced Components, Inc.
    Inventors: Siu Kei Ma, Kazuyoshi Takano, Kimman Wong, Jeffrey Gniadek
  • Patent number: 10444440
    Abstract: A fiber optic adapter (736/836) includes a body configured to mate a first fiber optic connector (12) with a second fiber optic connector (50), the first and second fiber optic connectors (12,50) including latches (60) for mating with catches (771) of the adapter (736/836) for releasably engaging the first and second connectors (12,50) with the fiber optic adapter (736/836), wherein the latches (60) are configured to be unlatched from the catches (771) by direct contact with the latches (60). The adapter (736/836) includes a release mechanism (702/802) for allowing a user to release the latch (60) of at least one of the first and second fiber optic connectors (12,50) from the adapter (736/836) without directly contacting the latch (60) of the at least one of the first and second fiber optic connectors (12,50).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: CommScope Connectivity Belgium BVBA
    Inventors: Danny Willy August Verheyden, Johan Geens, Lodewijk Van Noten, Stephane Collart, Dirk Jozef G. Van De Weyer
  • Patent number: 10436997
    Abstract: A laser optical fiber tray is generally presented. In some embodiments, the optical fiber tray comprises an enclosure, coupled with a laser system rack, having an opening in the enclosure to accept a feeding fiber exiting from the laser system rack, an opening in the enclosure to allow passage of the feeding fiber out of the enclosure, and a user-accessible space within the enclosure to contain a length of the feeding fiber. In some embodiments, the optical fiber tray is mounted to a top panel of the laser system rack. In some embodiments, the optical fiber tray is mounted to a top panel of an external module which is mounted to a top panel of the laser system rack. Other embodiments are also disclosed and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: NLIGHT, INC.
    Inventors: Joseph J. Emery, Aaron Brown, Shelly Lin
  • Patent number: 10379311
    Abstract: An over-molded multi-optical ribbon fiber assembly comprises a housing over-mold including a middle section having first and second ends that branch into first legs and second legs, respectively. The assembly further comprises multiple sets of optical fibers. The optical fibers of all of the sets extend through the middle section as individual optical fibers in a non-ribbon fiber, stacked configuration. The optical fibers of each set further: extend through a respective first leg and a respective second leg of the housing; extend past a free-end of the respective first leg, and transition to a respective first ribbon fiber outside of the housing; and extend past a free-end of the respective second leg, and transition to a respective second ribbon fiber outside of the housing. The assembly further comprises multiple optical fiber connectors each terminating a respective one of the first and second ribbon fibers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: NORTHROP GRUMMAN SYSTEMS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jason Krywicki, Gregg A. Robertson, Stephen E. Krug
  • Patent number: 10348363
    Abstract: The various embodiments provide a system for interconnecting a plurality of devices for budding automation systems. The system comprising on or more sensor units to transmit data along with a sensor device address an a network, one or more actuator units to receive the transmitted data, a monitoring unit to receive, monitor and record the transmitted data, a control unit to monitor functioning of devices on the network and transmit data to the actuators, a link unit to extend range of the network by retransmitting the signals received from one cable to other cables and an interface unit to convert signals to and from the network into a format of another communication protocol. The network comprises a plurality of devices connected to a single cable to communicate with other devices on the network by generating charge disturbances and detecting the charge disturbances propagated over the cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: KFX CIRCUITS AND SYSTEMS PRIVATE LIMITED
    Inventor: Nishil Thomas Koshy
  • Patent number: 10288824
    Abstract: An optical transceiver, pluggable into a cage, includes a case, a fastening component, and a driving component. The case defines a supporting surface. The fastening component is movably disposed in the case to be at either a fastening position or a releasing position. The fastening component defines a pressed slope, and the pressed slope defines a first end and a second end connected to each other. A vertical distance between the first end and the supporting surface is different from a vertical distance between the second end and the supporting surface. The driving component is disposed in the case. The driving component is movable relative to the fastening component along a pressing direction to press the pressed slope. The fastening component is movable to the releasing position by interaction between the fastening component and the driving component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Prime World International Holdings Ltd.
    Inventor: Huan-Yu Lin
  • Patent number: 10274692
    Abstract: An optical termination module (50) comprises a fixed part (60) to be attached to a mounting member (108) of an electric cabinet (100) and a movable part (70) rotatably attached to the fixed part (60) to move relative to the fixed part (60) about a rotation axis (X-X) between a first position and a second position. The fixed part (60) has a bottom surface (61a) with an inlet opening (61b) configured to receive an optical drop cable (1) and the movable part (70) has a bottom surface (71a) with one or more outlet openings (71b) configured to receive respective one or more optical customer cables (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Prysmian S.p.A.
    Inventors: Fabio Abbiati, Arnaud Le Dissez
  • Patent number: 10261264
    Abstract: A multiple optical fiber connection apparatus comprises an outer housing to receive a plurality of optical fibers and a collar body disposed within the housing having a fiber comb portion disposed at a front portion of the collar body. The fiber comb portion includes an array of grooves, with each groove configured to guide an optical fiber disposed therein, and a ramp section adjacent the groove array, wherein the ramp section including a gradual rising portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Corning Research & Development Corporation
    Inventors: Mark R. Richmond, Johnny P. Bryant, Ding Wang, James R. Bylander, Nathan Stipek
  • Patent number: 10234642
    Abstract: Methods and systems for a multi-fiber push-on/pull-off connector locking clip are disclosed and may include operatively coupling a multi-fiber push-on/push-off (MPO) connector to an MPO adaptor by inserting the MPO connector into the MPO adaptor, where the MPO connector comprises an MPO connector pull-to-release housing. The MPO connector may be secured to the MPO adaptor by placing an MPO locking clip adjacent to the MPO connector pull-to-release housing, thereby preventing the MPO connector pull-to-release housing from being actuated. An optical cable may be coupled to the MPO connector. The adaptor may be coupled to an optical device, which may include an optical transceiver. The MPO locking clip may be plastic or metal. The MPO connector and the MPO connector pull-to-release housing may be plastic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Luxtera, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark Peterson
  • Patent number: 10222556
    Abstract: A fiber optic connector may include a body, a first fiber ferrule, and a second fiber ferrule. The first fiber ferrule may extend in a length direction of the body from a module-side end of the body. The second fiber ferrule may extend in the length direction of the body from the module-side end of the body and may be spaced apart from the first fiber ferrule in a width direction of the body. A maximum width in the width direction of a portion of the body configured to be received in a port of an optoelectronic communication module may be less than half a width of a fiber-side end of the optoelectronic communication module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: FINISAR CORPORATION
    Inventor: Long Van Nguyen
  • Patent number: 10215926
    Abstract: A flexible pin for use in a male fiber optic connector is flexible both in bending and radially to accommodate variations in fiber optic ferrules of the male fiber optic connector and a female fiber optic connector. The flexibility may accommodate angular errors of the male and the female fiber optic connectors. The flexibility may also accommodate diametral errors of the flexible pin of the male fiber optic connector and diametral errors in a pin hole of the female fiber optic connector. The flexibility is sufficient that a connector spring or spring clamp can mate mating faces of the male and the female fiber optic connectors with the errors present. In certain embodiments, the flexible pin is a removable pin that includes a latch. The removable pin can be installed and removed from a fiber optic connector without disassembling a ferrule from a connector housing of the fiber optic connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: CommScope Technologies LLC
    Inventor: Michael J. Ott
  • Patent number: 10215933
    Abstract: Systems and methods for optically connecting first and second fiber arrays at different locations with paired transmit and received fibers are disclosed. A method includes establishing at a first location first and second fiber arrays of fibers T and R, and establishing at a second location third and fourth fiber arrays of fibers T? and R?. A trunk cable is then used to optically connect fibers T to fibers R? and fibers R? to fibers T to form first fiber pairs (T,R) where T=1 to (N/2) and R=[(N/2)+1] to N, and second fiber pairs (T?,R?), where T?=1? to (N/2)? and R?=[(N/2)+1]? to N?, wherein N is an even number greater than 2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: CORNING OPTICAL COMMUNICATIONS LLC
    Inventor: Donald Kennedy Hall
  • Patent number: 10215931
    Abstract: Provided is an optical fiber connector including a connector body, an outer enclosure and a handle. The connector body is provided with a head and a first sliding slot. The outer enclosure is configured to enclose the connector body and to be slidable along the connector body. The handle includes a holding portion and a hooking portion. The hooking portion extends forward from the holding portion, and is slidable along the first sliding slot. The connector body and the handle are each provided with a abutting portion. When the handle moves forward along the first sliding slot, the handle abuts against the connector body through the abutting portions to push the connector body forward. When the handle moves backward along the first sliding slot, the hooking portion is hooked onto the outer enclosure to pull the outer enclosure backward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: HYC Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yong He
  • Patent number: 10209457
    Abstract: A cap main body is provided with an approximately rectangular conical occluded portion in a leading end side, an approximately rectangular tubular cover portion in an inner side of the occluded portion, and approximately rectangular tubular right and left and upper and lower side plates in a rear end side. A pair of slits are provided at upper and lower positions of the right and left side plates or right and left positions of the upper and lower side plates from an opening end of the cap main body toward an inward occluded portion so that elastic side plates are formed in a facing manner. A locking mechanism protruding out of an opening portion in a rear end of the cap main body and capable of locking to and unlocking from a spring push of the plug main body is provided in a leading end of the elastic side plates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: SANWA DENKI KOGYO CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yasuhiro Watanabe
  • Patent number: 10191227
    Abstract: A fiber optic connector includes at least one ferrule configured to support at least one optical fiber, an inner connector body having a front end from which the at least one ferrule extends, a latch arm extending outwardly from the inner connector body, and a handle. The handle has a housing portion in which the inner connector body is at least partially received and a grip portion extending rearwardly from the housing portion. The handle can move relative to the inner connector body so that the housing portion can cause the latch arm to flex toward the inner connector body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Alliance Fiber Optics Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Jhih-Ping Lee
  • Patent number: 10180550
    Abstract: A method for producing a lateral connection of an electro-optical interface is specified. In the method, a printed circuit board having a non-curved center plane is provided. An electro-optical component and an electrical component are arranged and oriented with respect to one another in a connection region. A first section of the printed circuit board is deformed in such a way that the center plane encloses an angle with the non-deformed layer in the region of the first section. An electro-optical interface and a control device are also specified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE GMBH
    Inventors: Detlev Bagung, Thomas Riepl
  • Patent number: 10162123
    Abstract: An optical connector includes a first attachment area (110) for receiving and permanently attaching to an optical waveguide (115). A light coupling unit (120) is disposed and configured to move translationally and not rotationally within the housing of the connector. The light coupling unit includes a second attachment area (121) for receiving and permanently attaching to an optical waveguide received and permanently attached at the first attachment area. The light coupling unit also includes light redirecting surface (122). The light redirecting surface is configured such that when an optical waveguide is received and permanently attached at the first and second attachment areas, the light redirecting surface receives and redirects light from the optical waveguide. The optical waveguide limits, but does not prevent, a movement of the light coupling unit within the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Terry L. Smith, Barry S. Carpenter, Takayuki Hayauchi
  • Patent number: 10139566
    Abstract: An optical waveguide connector including a surface having an insertion hole that is connectable to a waveguide by inserting an end portion of the optical waveguide, the insertion hole having a bottom surface, the bottom surface being capable of being bonded with an end surface of the optical waveguide by using an adhesive, and a first convex portion located on the bottom surface of the insertion hole, the first convex portion including an incident surface that receives light from the optical waveguide, the incident surface being larger than an end surface of a core of the optical waveguide to be inserted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventor: Mariko Kase
  • Patent number: 10120147
    Abstract: A method for fabricating an optical transmitting apparatus includes steps of: preparing a temporary assembly including a stub device having an optical fiber, a magnetic guide member with a hole, and a holder, an optical connector, and an magnetic alignment member extending in a direction of an axis; applying a magnetic force to the alignment member of the temporary assembly with a magnet device of an electromagnet or a permanent magnet; carrying out optical alignment of the stub device with an optical device by active alignment, the stub device being optically coupled to the optical connector, and; separating the optical connector and the alignment member apart from the stub device. The alignment member is disposed in the hole of the stub device and a guide hole of the optical connector in the temporary assembly such that the alignment member aligns the stub device with the optical connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventor: Akira Furuya
  • Patent number: 10101544
    Abstract: Fiber optic connector assemblies and subassembly are disclosed. In one embodiment, a fiber optic connector subassembly includes a body and a pivot arm. The body includes a first body shell and a second body shell having a joint portion. The first body shell is coupled to the second body shell. The pivot arm is rotatably coupled to the joint portion. In another embodiment, a fiber optic connector assembly includes a plurality of cable assemblies, a housing, a body, and a pivot arm. Each cable assembly includes a fiber optic cable having a plurality of optical fibers, and a ferrule. The plurality of optical fibers is coupled to the ferrule. The housing receives the ferrules of the plurality of cable assemblies. The body is coupled to the housing. The pivot arm is rotatably coupled to the body. The plurality of optical fibers is disposed within the pivot arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Corning Optical Communications LLC
    Inventors: Christopher Paul Lewallen, James Phillip Luther, Brian Keith Rhoney
  • Patent number: 10073224
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides an optical fiber connector, comprising an integrated ferrule assembly and an integrated outer housing assembly, the ferrule assembly being adapted to be fitted into the housing assembly. The ferrule assembly at least comprises an inner housing, a spring, a multi-hole ferrule, a multi-fiber optical cable, a sleeve and a thermal shrinkable tube. The housing assembly at least comprises an outer housing, an outer tail tube and an outer protection cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: ADC TELECOMMUNICATIONS (SHANGHAI) DISTRIBUTION CO. LTD
    Inventors: Zhaoyang Tong, Xingjun Cheng, Lei Liu, Longzhou Qi
  • Patent number: 10069271
    Abstract: A modular and scalable high-power fiber laser system is configurable to generate 1 kW or more of laser output, and includes one or more separable pump modules separately disposed from each other, each pump module including a plurality of fiber-coupled component pump sources optically combined by one or more fiber-based pump module pump combiners, each pump module providing one or more pump module fiber outputs, and a gain module separately disposed from the one or more separable pump modules and including one or more gain module pump fiber inputs optically coupled to corresponding ones of the pump module fiber outputs, and including a gain fiber optically coupled to the one or more gain module pump fiber inputs, the gain fiber configured to generate a gain module fiber output power scalable in relation to the number and power of said pump module fiber outputs coupled to the gain fiber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: nLIGHT, Inc.
    Inventor: Dahv A. V. Kliner
  • Patent number: 10054579
    Abstract: A communication interface apparatus is provided for use with a handheld medical test device. The communication interface apparatus is comprised of an attachment member configured to detachably couple to a housing of the medical test device, where the attachment member substantially overlays a rear side of the medical test device. The communication interface apparatus houses an infrared receiver, a secondary transceiver and a controller. The infrared receiver is arranged such that its input port aligns with an output port of an infrared transmitter in the medical test device when the attachment member is coupled to the medical test device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Roche Diagnostics Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Howard Sams, Andreas Staubert
  • Patent number: 10050718
    Abstract: An optical communication module includes a module board housed in a casing, a VCSEL and a driving IC mounted on a mounting surface of the module board, a lens holder mounted on the mounting surface of the module board, a lens block held by the lens holder, a plurality of thermal vias passing through the module board, and a first fixing screw and a second fixing screw passing through the module board to be screwed into the casing so as to press a back surface of the module board against a bottom surface of the casing, and the first fixing screw and the second fixing screw are each arranged in a region between the plug connector and the lens holder and on either outer side of the lens holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: APRESIA SYSTEMS, LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshinori Sunaga, Masataka Sato, Kinya Yamazaki, Akira Ogura, Shinji Komatsuzaki
  • Patent number: 10048449
    Abstract: A terminus for a fiber optic cable includes a ferrule. In one embodiment, an optical fiber of the cable passes through a central bore of the ferrule and is attached to a lens seated in a conical or cylindrical seat formed in an end surface of the ferrule by an epoxy. In a second embodiment, an optical fiber of the cable passes through the central bore of the ferrule. Next, a cap sleeve with a lens therein is slid over and attached to the ferrule such that the lens abuts or is attached to the optical fiber. In either embodiment, an inspection slot may optionally be formed in the ferrule and/or the cap sleeve to allow a technician to inspect the state of the attachment and/or abutment and/or spacing of the optical fiber and the lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: CommScope, Inc. of North Carolina
    Inventors: Jeffrey D. Nielson, Gary F. Gibbs, Matthew Cruz, Timothy W. Anderson
  • Patent number: 10042128
    Abstract: In some embodiments, the present disclosure is directed at an optical fiber connector that occupies a small volume, and can therefore fit into small optical modules. In some embodiments, the optical fiber connector may comprise a removable faceplate. During installation, the faceplate may be removed to allow an optical fiber plug with a flange to be placed within the optical fiber connector. The flange may comprise one or more spring tabs. The faceplate may then be re-attached to the optical fiber connector, wherein at least a portion of the faceplate engages with the flange and secures the optical fiber plug with the optical fiber connector. The one or more spring tabs may also engage with the removable faceplate, thereby holding the optical fiber plug in place so as to ensure proper light transmission from the fiber to an opposing fiber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Acacia Communications, Inc.
    Inventor: David Mullert