With Disengagable Mechanical Connector Patents (Class 385/53)
  • 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
  • Patent number: 10036860
    Abstract: A connector assembly for a fiber optic cable comprises a multi-part inner housing adapted to support an optical fiber splice connection structure. A cable clamp is located at a proximal end of the inner housing and is adapted to engage an outer sheath of a fiber optic cable. Preferably, the cable clamp is rotatable with respect to the inner housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: AFL Telecommunications LLC
    Inventors: Daigo Saito, Roger Vaughn
  • Patent number: 10007067
    Abstract: A wedge device for use with a fiber optic connector comprises an insert body comprising a light transmissive material. The insert body defines a wedge portion integrally extending into a light pass structure, the light pass structure terminating in a single upper face distal from the wedge portion. For example, wedge device may be a unitary member formed entirely of the light transmissive material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: AFL Telecommunications LLC
    Inventors: Daigo Saito, Roger Vaughn
  • Patent number: 10004141
    Abstract: A kitchen appliance operable by electric motor includes a housing, which has an outer surface, and a data transmission interface designed to interact with a data memory element. The data transmission interface is formed in an outer surface of the housing by metal contact elements, which are arranged adjacent to each other and which each have a contact surface and form part of the outer surface. Further, a data memory element for transmitting data to a kitchen appliance operable by electric motor includes a plurality of contact elements that are separate from each other and optionally a contact surface. Further, a combination of a kitchen appliance operable by electric motor and a data memory element, which can be detachably connected to the kitchen appliance, can transmit data of the data memory element to the kitchen appliance while the data memory element is connected to the kitchen appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Vorwerk & Co. Interholding GmbH
    Inventors: Georg Hackert, Carsten Jacobs, Torsten Lang
  • Patent number: 9995887
    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: January 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Luxtera, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark Peterson
  • Patent number: 9952392
    Abstract: An optical module includes: at least one optical waveguide provided on a surface of a substrate; a plurality of grooves provided in the optical waveguide on the surface of the substrate and having both a surface orthogonal to the surface of the substrate and an inclined surface; multiple pairs of light-emitting and light-receiving elements aligned with the plurality of grooves in the optical waveguide and provided so as to correspond to light of different wavelengths on the optical waveguide; and a plurality of light-selecting filters each provided on an inclined surface of the plurality of grooves in the optical waveguide and reflecting light of the wavelength corresponding to the light-emitting element in the respective pair of light-emitting and light-receiving elements towards the optical waveguide, and selectively reflecting light of the corresponding wavelength from the light propagating through the optical waveguide towards the corresponding pair of light-emitting and light-receiving elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Shigeru Nakagawa, Yoichi Taira, Masao Tokunari
  • Patent number: 9941655
    Abstract: A system for generating high power broadband light includes multiple light-sustained plasma light sources. Each one of the light-sustained sources includes a pumping source, a gas containment structure for containing gas and configured to receive pumping illumination from the pumping source and a parabolic reflector element arranged to collect at least a portion of the broadband radiation emitted by the generated plasma and form a collimated broadband radiation output. The system also including a set of optical elements configured to combine the collimated broadband outputs from the parabolic reflector elements of the multiple light-sustained plasma light sources into an aggregated broadband beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: KLA-Tencor Corporation
    Inventors: Anant Chimmalgi, Rahul Yadav, Anatoly Shchemelinin, Ilya Bezel, Matthew Derstine
  • Patent number: 9904020
    Abstract: A connecting component configured to fix a first ferrule and a second ferrule includes a first spring, a second spring, and a partition. The first spring and the second spring are provided at opposite ends of the connecting component. The partition is provided between the first spring and the second spring to be positioned between the first ferrule and the second ferrule. The first spring is configured to press the first ferrule toward the partition. The second spring is configured to press the second ferrule toward the partition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: FUJITSU COMPONENT LIMITED
    Inventors: Shinichiro Akieda, Osamu Daikuhara, Hongfei Zhang
  • Patent number: 9869824
    Abstract: An optical adapter includes: a housing having a plurality of openings on each of opposite end surfaces thereof; a plurality of ports formed in parallel with each other inside the housing and each extending to form one of the openings on each of the opposite ends surfaces, an optical connector being inserted into each of the openings; and a shutter part installed at each of the ports such that when the optical connector is inserted into an opening of one end of the port, the shutter part leans back to a retreat position that passes light emitted from the optical connector inserted into an opening of another end of the port, when the optical connector is pulled out of the opening of the one end of the port, the shutter part is raised up from the retreat position to a blocking position that blocks the emitted light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventors: Yukiko Sakai, Toshihiro Ohtani
  • Patent number: 9857538
    Abstract: An adapter with novel alignment features engages alignment features on a plug, providing general alignment of the ferrule holders and ferrules in the plug. After the plug engages the adapter, the ferrule holders engage a second set of alignment features in the adapter to provide fine alignment for the ferrules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: US Conec, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiep Nguyen, Darrell R. Childers, Michael E. Hughes, Jillcha Fekadu Wakjira, Joseph P. Howard
  • Patent number: 9846291
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments are directed to modular cable management systems for a rack, the rack including frame members. The systems can include a first support plate and a second support plate. The first and second support plates can be mountable in a horizontal orientation relative to the frame members of the rack. The systems can include a media patching assembly mountable in a vertical orientation relative to the rack. Embodiments are also directed to methods of mounting cable management systems to a support structure or a rack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Ortronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Rudolph A Montgelas, Ryan J. Grandidge, Michael J. Wood
  • Patent number: 9835803
    Abstract: A connector assembly includes a first connector that has an attachment feature. A second connector is removably attachable to the attachment feature of the first connector without establishing communication with the first connector. One of the first and second connectors is an optical connector, and another of the first and second connectors is an electrical connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Hewlett Packard Enterprise Development LP
    Inventors: Kevin B. Leigh, George D. Megason, Chong Sin Tan
  • Patent number: 9829652
    Abstract: In the present invention, a connector structure comprises a multi-core fiber and a ferrule. The multi-core fiber comprises a plurality of cores and a cladding that surrounds the cores. The ferrule holds the multi-core fiber. A tip of the multi-core fiber protrudes from an end face of the ferrule. A relation ??14.8/a is satisfied. In the formula, ? (?m) is a difference between a maximum protrusion height and a minimum protrusion height from an end face of the ferrule in a reference circle at the tip of the multi-core fiber. The reference circle is a minimum circle that includes all mode field diameters of the plurality of the cores having a center of cross section of the multi-core fiber as its center. And a (?m) is a radius of the reference circle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kengo Watanabe, Tsunetoshi Saito
  • Patent number: 9823425
    Abstract: A dust-proof apparatus for a fiber optic connector has a base; a ferrule receiving sleeve positioned on a mating end of the base; two primary cantilevered arms extending substantially in parallel from the mating end of the base, with the ferrule receiving sleeve being positioned therebetween; and a secondary cantilevered arm extending from the mating end of the base, and having a locking projection receiving hole disposed on a free end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: ADC Telecommunications (Shanghai) Distribution Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Teller Xiao, Yanhong Yang, Eric Wang, Paul Hubbard
  • Patent number: 9823426
    Abstract: There is provided an optical communication device including a lens substrate configured to have a first face on which a plurality of lenses corresponding to a plurality of channels of optical communication are two-dimensionally formed, and a ferrule configured to be disposed facing a second face that is the opposite face of the first face of the lens substrate and to be provided with through holes into which optical fibers are inserted in positions corresponding to each of the plurality of lenses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Kazunao Oniki, Hiizu Ootorii, Eiji Otani
  • Patent number: 9804343
    Abstract: A multiport optical fiber connection terminal with a compact footprint has a configuration that allows for easy accessibility and interconnection of cables, while providing several mounting options and including storage space within the terminal. The terminal may include cable connectors that are configured to allow for weather proof installation of pre-terminated fiber optic cables with the terminal ports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Clearfield, Inc.
    Inventors: John P. Hill, Walter E. Power, II, Randy Van Horn
  • Patent number: 9804340
    Abstract: An optical fiber connector according to the present disclosure includes an inner housing, a first outer housing and a second outer housing. The inner housing has a first wall, a second wall, a third wall and a fourth wall, wherein the first wall faces the third wall and connects with the second and fourth walls. The first outer housing is positioned to surround the inner housing. The second outer housing is positioned to surround the inner housing and engage the first outer housing. A key arm extends from the second outer housing and is configured to position on the first wall or the third wall of the inner housing. When the inner housing is inserted into an optical fiber adapter, the key arm is inserted into the key recess of the optical fiber adapter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Inventor: Yu-Ching Lin
  • Patent number: 9791636
    Abstract: A fiber optic ferrule coupling system including a ferrule interface plate having a ferrule port extending therethrough and a pocket in a side of the ferrule interface plate adjacent to the ferrule port, wherein a spring element disposed in the pocket partially protrudes into the port and applies an adjustable spring force to a ferrule connector inserted in the ferrule port via a spring cover fittable within the pocket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Excelitas Technologies Corp.
    Inventor: Scott Carpenter
  • Patent number: 9784928
    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: October 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    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: 9720181
    Abstract: The present invention is to provide a hybrid connector essentially formed with an RJ45 configuration while further equipped with an MPO device wherein the receptacle connector includes an insulative housing defining an RJ45 receiving cavity and a holder assembly located behind the housing. The holder assembly includes a holder and a printed circuit board is assembled upon the holder with a plurality of transformers thereon. A plurality of contacts are retained by and connected to the printed circuit boar with corresponding resilient contacting sections extending forwardly into the receiving cavity. An MPO device is retained in the holder with corresponding optical fibers forwardly directed toward the receiving cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: FOXCONN INTERCONNECT TECHNOLOGY LIMITED
    Inventors: Terrance F. Little, Yuan Zhang
  • Patent number: 9703051
    Abstract: A connector housing apparatus for allowing field engineers or technicians to run cable point to point, and to protect the connection in an environmentally sealed, crush resistant housing is provided. The connector housing apparatus includes a connector housing body, two sealing boots, two sealing elements, a fiber optic adapter, a fiber optic adapter insert that holds the fiber optic adapter and two fiber optic pigtails connected to two fiber optic cables. Each boot has two seal points. The first seal is between the fiber optic cable, the sealing element, and the tapered portion of the sealing boot. The second seal is between the interference lip on the sealing boot and the interference lip on the connector housing body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: AFL Telecommunications LLC
    Inventors: Ted Lichoulas, Eddie Kimbrell
  • Patent number: 9696501
    Abstract: A fiber coupling module comprises an optical fiber connector detachable from an optical fiber cable, wherein an end surface of the optical fiber cable is treated with an anti-reflection coat to set the reflectance lower than a predetermined value relative to the light of a first wavelength band and to set the reflectance higher than a predetermined value relative to the light of a second wavelength band excluding the first wavelength band, and the fiber coupling module connects to the optical fiber cable through said optical fiber connector. A main light source outputs the light of the first wavelength band to the optical fiber cable. An aiming light source outputs the light of the second wavelength band to the optical fiber cable. A detection element that detects the connection status of the optical fiber cable to the optical fiber connector based on the light of the second wavelength band reflected from the end surface of the optical fiber cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: SHIMADZU CORPORATION
    Inventors: Akiyuki Kadoya, Koji Tojo
  • Patent number: 9664862
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a fiber optic connector for use with a fiber optic adapter. The fiber optic connector includes a connector housing having an end defining a plug portion. A ferrule assembly is mounted at least partially within the connector housing. The ferrule assembly includes a ferrule located at the plug portion of the connector housing. A sealing member is mounted about an exterior of the connector housing for providing a seal between the connector housing and the adapter. The fiber optic connector further includes first and second separate retaining mechanism for retaining the fiber optic connector within the fiber optic adapter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: CommScope Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Yu Lu, Randy Reagan
  • Patent number: 9632271
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments are directed to modular cable management systems for a rack, the rack including frame members. The systems can include a first support plate and a second support plate. The first and second support plates can be mountable in a horizontal orientation relative to the frame members of the rack. The systems can include a media patching assembly mountable in a vertical orientation relative to the rack. Embodiments are also directed to methods of mounting cable management systems to a support structure or a rack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Ortronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Rudolph A. Montgelas, Ryan J. Grandidge, Michael J. Wood
  • Patent number: 9629420
    Abstract: The present invention is related to monitoring movement, and in particular to systems and methods for securing a monitoring device to a monitor target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: BI Incorporated
    Inventors: Larry T. Cooper, Donald A. Melton
  • Patent number: 9625659
    Abstract: An optical connector includes: an optical fiber cable in which an optical fiber core wire and a tensile strength material are covered by a sheathing; a ferrule; a housing which holds the ferrule; a crimping sleeve which includes: a tubular portion; a tensile strength material holding projection which is formed on an outer circumference of the tubular portion; and a sheathing holding projection which is formed on the outer circumference so as to lie further rearwards than the tensile strength material holding projection; and a crimping ring which is crimped on to the tubular portion not only to thereby hold the tensile strength material between the tensile strength material holding projection and the crimping ring but also to thereby hold the tensile strength material and the sheathing between the sheathing holding projection and the crimping ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tomohiro Hikosaka
  • Patent number: 9618702
    Abstract: Reduced-profile connection components are described. The reduced-profile connection components are configured to connect various data transmission elements, including cables, network devices, and computing devices. A non-limiting example of a connection component includes a fiber optic connection component, including connectors, adapters, and assemblies formed therefrom. In some embodiments, the connection components may include mechanical transfer (MT) and multi-fiber push-on/pull-off (MPO) connection components, such as MT ferrules and MPO adapters. The reduced-profile connection components configured according to some embodiments have a smaller profile and/or require less parts to achieve a connection compared to conventional connection components. In some embodiments, the reduced-profile connection components may be used with conventional connection components. For example a reduced-profile connector may use a conventional MT ferrule to establish a connection within a conventional MPO adapter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Senko Advanced Components, Inc.
    Inventors: Kazuyoshi Takano, Kenji Iizumi
  • Patent number: 9599779
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a stackable optical fiber adapter including shell members, a base with mating parts formed at front and rear sides thereof, and an accommodating cavity being transversely formed therein and communicated with the two opposite mating parts. One positioning part and wedged-jointing part are at two adjacent bases, and one clasping block and position-limiting groove are on the positioning part and the wedged-jointing part. By such a way, each two adjacent bases can be stacked, arranged or formed by a modularized manner, so that more shell members can be installed on a panel. The adapter can be easy to design the corresponding mold, the mating parts of each shell member is constant, and necessary to develop different molds, so the manufacturing process and the mold can be simplified, and the optical fiber adapter of the present disclosure can have stable structure and low cost, and further facilitate mass production.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Alliance Fiber Optic Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Jhih-Ping Lee, Wei-Cheng Lee