With Unauthorized Connection Preventer, E.g., Key Or Combination Lock Patents (Class 439/133)
  • Patent number: 10790612
    Abstract: A plug-in contact arrangement for an electromotive linear actuating apparatus, which is arranged in a housing which is closed by a terminal closure. The plug-in contact arrangement including a plug, which has one or more plug-in contacts, at one end of one or more cables, which are routed to the housing from the outside and can be inserted into corresponding plug-in sockets arranged on the terminal closure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: STABILUS GMBH
    Inventors: Jonathan Kessler, Christof Theis, Jan Bochen, Marian Bochen, Eduard Jost, Axel Knopp
  • Patent number: 10770808
    Abstract: A coaxial cable termination device includes a barrel having opposed front and rear ends and a circumferential channel. A collet is at the front end of the barrel, and a sleeve is mounted over the barrel for reciprocal movement between a retracted position, in which the sleeve allows expansion and compression of the collet, and an advanced position, in which the sleeve prevents expansion of the collet. A locking mechanism is formed integrally in the sleeve and includes an arm mounted at a living hinge for movement between an unlocked position and a locked position in which a tooth on the arm is disposed within the circumferential channel. A lever is opposite the tooth from the living hinge and releases the arm from the locked position thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: PCT International, Inc.
    Inventor: Timothy L. Youtsey
  • Patent number: 10720731
    Abstract: An apparatus for locking welding leads together and for protecting such welding leads, such apparatus including two shell members hingedly attached together, an appendage, and an engagement member wherein the appendage and engagement member are configured for engaging with one another. The engagement member further includes a lock housing and associated built-in lock for locking the appendage to the engagement member, thereby locking the first shell member to the second shell member and, if two welding lead cable connectors are located in the primary cavity, locking the two welding lead cable connectors inside the shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Alpha/Omega Energy Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: Bradley Lance Pearman, Sydney Weiss
  • Patent number: 10707623
    Abstract: In a vehicle capable of external charging, when the connection of an inlet of the vehicle with a charging cable is detected, an ECU transmits a locking command to a locking device. When it is determined that the locking device is in a locked state, the ECU permits external charging, and when it is determined that the locking device is not in the locked state, the ECU does not permit external charging. When the ECU does not permit external charging, the ECU displays information about manual locking by manual operation. When it is determined that the locking device is in the locked state after the ECU does not permit external charging, the ECU permits external charging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Toru Ando, Hisanori Ito
  • Patent number: 10651610
    Abstract: An electrical connector assembly (1), comprising a housing (2) and an electrical connector receptacle (3) arranged to receive a complementary electrical connector, the housing arranged to be mounted to a support structure, the electrical connector receptacle arranged to be removably received within the housing, the electrical connector receptacle comprises a tongue (30) with a plurality of electrical contacts (31) arranged to connect with electrical contacts of the complementary electrical connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: IFPL GROUP LIMITED
    Inventors: John Michael Wright, Geoffrey Paul Underwood
  • Patent number: 10637189
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a locking apparatus for a LAN cable. The locking apparatus for the LAN cable includes: a connector receiving member coupled to receive a LAN port connector having a connector body, an elastic hook provided in an upper part of the connector body, and a stopping step provided in a lower part of the connector body; a locking apparatus body coupled to the connector receiving member; and a locking member disturbing operation of the elastic hook of the LAN port connector in the locking apparatus body, and movably installed to reciprocate between a locking position in which disconnecting operation of the connector receiving member and the LAN port connector is disturbed, and a unlocking position in which release operation of the elastic hook is enabled and the disconnecting operation of the connector receiving member is enabled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: COMXI Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chang Hoon Ahn, Yong Un Choi, Byong Ju Bae
  • Patent number: 10595427
    Abstract: An additional function device of an external power supply module includes a converter and a connecting line. With an input port configured at the converter in the additional function device, detachable assembly and connection to a power core unit can be achieved, and a plurality of power core units can be further assembled and connected to achieve a composite or redundant power output. Thus, the additional function device of an external power supply module is provided with diversified matching capabilities, enabling the additional function device of the external power supply module to be effectively utilized and reducing resource waste.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: FSP TECHNOLOGY INC.
    Inventor: Ting-Chuan Chu
  • Patent number: 10587075
    Abstract: An anti-theft connector head structure includes at least a connector head, a latch lock piece, a fastening ring, and a protection sleeve. On a side of a main body of the connector head is disposed a first connector end, on the other side of the main body is disposed a second connector end. The latch lock piece is a flexible wire body, a tail portion of a movable end on one side of the latch lock piece is provided with a buckle, on the other side of the latch lock piece is a fixed end, disposed on the main body of the connector head. In a center of the fastening ring is provided with a connector seat, connected and fixed to a fixed point. In the protection sleeve is provided with a chamber, to receive the fastening ring and the buckle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: ELKA INTERNATIONAL LTD
    Inventors: Kai-Hsuan Lin, Yi-Chieh Cheng, You-Yuan Deng
  • Patent number: 10557298
    Abstract: A locking apparatus for covering and releasing a charging interface of a motor vehicle. The locking apparatus comprises a cover element, which is pivotable relative to the charging interface and which can be displaced between a closed position and an open position. The locking apparatus is equipped with a flexible connection element, which is rigidly connected to the cover element at one upper end region of the cover element in the direction of the vehicle along the transverse extent of the cover element. The cover element is at the same time permanently and in every position coupled by the connection element for protecting the charging interface with a part that is stationary relative to the charging interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventors: Andreas Dillinger, Jaume Sanchez, Josef Burger
  • Patent number: 10529149
    Abstract: A translation device that allows communication between off road vehicle networks and standard on board diagnostic tools, such as phone applications, other interface devices, computers, etc. The translation device maybe programmed to specifically be compatible with one off road vehicle manufacturer network but compliant to a universal output that may be read and controlled by various software packages and devices using the standard ISO 15031 messaging system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: ATV-LINK LLC
    Inventors: Dimitrios James Chirivas Manoukis, Harry Brink
  • Patent number: 10503058
    Abstract: A projection device includes a snap-in structure for securing a mobile terminal; a first data interface arranged on the device body and connected to a second data interface of the mobile terminal; and a projection unit secured on the device body and connected to the first data interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Xin Wang, Jianhua Du, Fan Yang
  • Patent number: 10461460
    Abstract: Device (1) for securing together cables for the electrical charging of an electronic apparatus (2), said electronic apparatus comprising two connectors (211, 221), each connector being connectable to a charging plug, characterized in that it comprises: a first portion (3) for connection to a first connector (211), and a second portion (4) provided with a housing (45) for the insertion of a connection cable (6) dedicated to a second connector (221), said first portion (3) and said second portion (4) being secured together by securing means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: INGENICO GROUP
    Inventors: Marion Froment, Olivier Blanc, Alain Soubirane
  • Patent number: 10431930
    Abstract: An apparatus for locking welding leads together or for locking a welding lead connector to a welding machine terminal connector, and for protecting such welding leads. A method of locking welding leads together or locking a welding lead connector to a welding machine terminal connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Alpha/Omega Energy Solutions, LLC
    Inventor: Bradley Lance Pearman
  • Patent number: 10326219
    Abstract: A coaxial cable termination device including a barrel having opposed front and rear ends, a collet at the front end of the barrel, and a sleeve mounted over the barrel for reciprocal movement. The sleeve moves between a retracted position, in which the sleeve allows compression of the collet, and an advanced position, in which the sleeve urges compression of the collet. In some embodiments, a locking mechanism locks the sleeve into either of the advanced and retracted positions. In some embodiments, contact means carried loosely within the device maintain contact between the barrel and a mating post to which the device is applied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Inventor: Timothy L. Youtsey
  • Patent number: 10185844
    Abstract: A security device for preventing the use of a data sending/receiving component having a connector and positioned in a computer housing includes a locking member. The locking member has a sidewall defining an interior space. A plurality of tabs extends from the sidewall towards an end of the locking member. The tabs are deflectable relative to the sidewall. The tabs of the locking member have a deflected condition in which the tabs extend a first angle from the sidewall to allow for movement of the locking member into the data sending/receiving component in a first direction and an installed condition in which the tabs extend a second angle greater than the first angle to prevent removal of the locking member from the data sending/receiving component. The locking member is incapable of returning to the deflected condition once in the installed condition by accessing the end of the locking member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Tom Flynn, Christoph Graham
  • Patent number: 10170848
    Abstract: A lockout device configured to lockout a terminal block. The lockout device includes a pair of sections rotatably coupled to one another in which each of the sections has an upper portion including a corresponding lockout opening and a lower portion for selective reception into the space of an opened terminal block. The sections are rotatable between an opened and closed position. In the opened position, the upper portions are misaligned and the lower portions are aligned to permit at least a portion of the lower portions to be inserted into an opening in an opened terminal block. In the closed position, the lockout openings of the upper portions are aligned to accommodate reception of a lock in the lockout openings to prevent movement away from the closed position and the lower portions are misaligned to prevent removal of the lower portions from the opening in the terminal block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Brady Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventor: Andrew N. Enger
  • Patent number: 10153563
    Abstract: A coaxial cable termination device including a barrel having opposed front and rear ends, a collet at the front end of the barrel, and a sleeve mounted over the barrel for reciprocal movement. The sleeve moves between a retracted position, in which the sleeve allows compression of the collet, and an advanced position, in which the sleeve urges compression of the collet. In some embodiments, a locking mechanism locks the sleeve into either of the advanced and retracted positions. In some embodiments, contact means carried loosely within the device maintain contact between the barrel and a mating post to which the device is applied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Inventor: Timothy L. Youtsey
  • Patent number: 10148243
    Abstract: An interface terminating device for an interface port includes, in one embodiment, a resistor having first and second conductive leads and a resistive element between the first and second leads. The interface terminating device includes a resistor holder and resistor engager which cooperate together to establish electrical contact with an interface port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: PPC BROADBAND, INC.
    Inventors: Noah P. Montena, Brian K. Hanson
  • Patent number: 10135191
    Abstract: Disclosed is an apparatus for locking a USB port. The apparatus is configured to be coupled with the USB port including a connection part with recessed grooves, and includes: a main body including first and second mounting portions; a port coupling part coupled with the second mounting portion, and inserted into and coupled with the USB port; a locking part movably provided in the port coupling part and being movable between a lock position where the locking part is coupled with the recessed grooves and a release position where the locking part is separated from the recessed grooves; and a locking and releasing part provided in the first mounting portion to be movable reciprocally, the locking and releasing part controlling locking and releasing motions of the locking part relative to the recessed grooves by interfering with the locking part when the locking and releasing part moves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: COMXI Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chang Hoon Ahn, Yong Un Choi, Byong Ju Bae
  • Patent number: 10104804
    Abstract: Elongated top panel heat dissipation slits each include a first long side sidewall that extends in a depth direction of a first long side, and a second long side sidewall that extends in the depth direction of a second long side. For example, the second long side sidewall is provided with projection portions that protrude toward the first long side sidewall. Then, step portions are formed. The step portions incline to a lower side as the step portions extend away from printed circuit boards. An inclined rib inclining to a lower side in an extension direction of a casing locates near lower end portions of the step portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kazuyuki Sasaki
  • Patent number: 10084273
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus is configured to include a first connection port that is a connection port of a USB Type C; a second connection port that is a connection port of a USB other than the USB Type C; and a wire that branches off to the first connection port and the second connection port. The electronic apparatus has an exclusive structure in which, in a case where a connector is connected to one of the first connection port and the second connection port, another connector is not able to be connected to the other connection port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Takahiro Netsu
  • Patent number: 9952396
    Abstract: A closure (15) is installed at a network distribution point to facilitate upgrading a subscriber network (10) to extend optical fibers closer to the subscribers (18). The closure (15) may include active equipment to convert optical signals to electrical signals. The closure (15) enables a plug-and-play connection to the active equipment to facilitate installing and/or upgrading active equipment at the closure (15). The closure (15) also is expandable to enable drop cables (or other optical cable) to be routed from the closure (15) towards the subscribers (18).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: CommScope Connectivity Belgium BVBA
    Inventors: Gerd Van Cauteren, Dirk Kempeneers
  • Patent number: 9882362
    Abstract: An enclosable box for housing components from more than one telecommunication systems including a first housing portion, a second housing portion, a box mounting hinge that connects the first housing portion and the second housing portion, an internal telecommunication component compartment panel, a compartment panel mounting hinge that connects the internal telecommunication component compartment with one of the first and second housing portions. The box mounting hinge may be configured to allow the first housing portion and second housing portion to open and close in a clam like manner. The compartment panel mounting hinge may be configured to allow the compartment panel to open and close an internal compartment or cavity that is large enough to enclose at least a first telecommunications systems component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: PPC BROADBAND, INC.
    Inventors: Peter A. Carapella, Noah P. Montena, Brian K. Hanson
  • Patent number: 9837762
    Abstract: A plug connector part for a plug connector includes a housing part; a plug portion arranged on the housing part for plug-connection to another plug connector part; and a latching element, which is arranged in a movable manner on the housing part, including a latching portion for locking to the other plug connector part, the latching element being movable between a first, locking position for establishing locking between the plug connector part and the other plug connector part and a second, unlocking position for unlocking the plug connector part from the other plug connector part. A handle is arranged on the housing part, and has a handle piece with a securing element arranged on the handle piece so as to be movable in a securing direction to act on the latching element in a securing position to prevent the latching element from moving out of the first, locking position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: PHOENIX CONTACT E-MOBILITY GMBH
    Inventor: Carsten Garth
  • Patent number: 9768551
    Abstract: An electrical plug-type connector has a housing for holding electrical plug elements, and a pulling aid made of an electrically insulating material, which enables the plug-type connector to be pulled apart from a mating connector, and which protrudes from the housing of the plug-type connector in the form of a tab. The pulling aid is provided with an electrically conductive portion which is designed and provided as a screening support for the screening of an electrical lead that is to be connected to the electrical plug-type connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: PHOENIX CONTACT GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Arndt Schafmeister, Ralf Geske, Ralf Gehle
  • Patent number: 9735506
    Abstract: A lock-in device for network cables includes a locker, a holding section, and an elastic seesaw. The locker has a through hole for modular connectors to engage therein and to be removed therefrom and a locker hole parallel to the through hole for a key to be inserted therein; an extended end is arranged at a rear end of the locker hole and a space and a fillister with an inclined surface are arranged adjacent to the locker hole. The holding section is disposed in the space with a first depression facing upward at a front end thereof and a second depression facing downward at a rear end thereof. The elastic seesaw has a positioning portion at a rear end thereof extending upwards and forming an elastic piece abutting the second depression for the holding section to be operated by the elasticity. The device thereby enables simultaneous operation of unlocking and removing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: You Hung International Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tzu-Rung Tsay
  • Patent number: 9710677
    Abstract: A port protector is provided by a base member that engages the port and a slidably mounted slide member. Locking members are provided on the base member and the slide member such that when the locking members are engage the slide member does not slide relative to the base member. Unlocking of the port protector is achieved by removing or perforating a tongue of the base. Removal of the tongue provides evidence that access to the port was achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Inventor: Gary S. Mosholder
  • Patent number: 9698531
    Abstract: A USB lock for an electronic device may comprise an inner casing, an outer casing, a USB connector and a driving unit. The inner casing has a front opening to secure the USB connector thereon. A rear portion of the inner casing has a tube body, and a first through hole penetrating through the tube body is communicated with the front opening and configured to receive the driving unit with a lock rod and a key lock. The USB lock of the present invention is configured to engage with a USB port of a 3C product to achieve the anti-theft effect, which is easily to assembly, simplifies the structure, lowers manufacturing cost and prevents the 3C product from getting infected with a virus through an unsafe USB.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: INGAMAR CO. LTD.
    Inventor: Jason Su
  • Patent number: 9692178
    Abstract: The present disclosure is an apparatus for retaining a plug within a receptacle. The apparatus for retaining a plug within a receptacle may include a receptacle body and a retention device. The retention device may include a face portion and at least one prong, each prong of the at least one prong including a barb. The retention device is configured to retain a plug inserted within the receptacle body by contact with a shroud of the plug from the barb of each prong of the at least one prong of the retention device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: PCE, Inc.
    Inventors: Gordon Hutchison, Jesse Preuss, Duncan Shea-Simonds
  • Patent number: 9644402
    Abstract: A USB lock for an electronic device may comprise an inner casing, an outer casing, a USB connector and a driving unit. The inner casing has a front opening to secure the USB connector thereon. A rear portion of the inner casing has a tube body, and a first through hole penetrating through the tube body is communicated with the front opening and configured to receive the driving unit with a lock rod and a key lock. The USB lock of the present invention is configured to engage with a USB port of a 3C product to achieve the anti-theft effect, which is easily to assembly, simplifies the structure, lowers manufacturing cost and prevents the 3C product from getting infected with a virus through an unsafe USB.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: INGMAR CO. LTD.
    Inventor: Jason Su
  • Patent number: 9640908
    Abstract: An alignment apparatus is coupled to an accessory module that is rotatably attachable to an electronic device. The alignment apparatus includes a pivot mounting member and a connector retaining member movably coupled to the pivot mounting member. The connector retaining member is rigidly coupled to a connector. The connector retaining member moves the connector with respect to the pivot mounting member to a predetermined angle. The predetermined angle aligns the connector with a connecting mate on the electronic device in an approximately parallel position while the accessory module is rotating for attachment onto the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: MIZCO INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Maurice Mizrahi, Mark Andersen, David Goetz
  • Patent number: 9566109
    Abstract: A system includes an energy source and a surgical device. The energy source has a receptacle configured to delivery energy to the surgical device through a receptacle. The surgical device is configured to deliver the energy to tissue. The surgical device includes a plug selectively engagable to the receptacle to couple the surgical device to the energy source. The plug includes a prong configured to mechanically transition from a condition permitting engagement of the plug and the receptacle to another condition inhibiting engagement of the plug with the receptacle upon reaching a predetermined usage threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventors: Keir Hart, Jeffrey R. Townsend, Weng-Kai K. Lee, Prakash Manley, Geneva Ladtkow, Arlen J. Reschke, Diana Gunnarson, Scott N. Lacosta, Kelley D. Goodman, Kenneth E. Netzel, Susan Hiebert
  • Patent number: 9553408
    Abstract: Provided is a USB port locking device including: a blocking member having a blocking coupling part to block access of an external device; an external USB port part connected to the blocking member and to which an external USB connection port is insertively coupled; a signal connection part enabling signal transmission between a terminal inside the USB port of the electronic device and the external USB connecting port; a locking member selectively locked to the electronic device so that the blocking member is not forcedly removed; a stopping member selectively blocking an unauthorized external USB connecting port from being inserted into the external USB port part; and a lock member controlling a locking operation of the locking member and a blocking operation of the stopping member by interfering with the locking member and the stopping member when they are inserted into the blocking member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Inventor: Chang Hoon Ahn
  • Patent number: 9484695
    Abstract: A smart plug system includes, in an embodiment, a smart plug that may be securable to an electrical outlet by way of an anti-theft device. The anti-theft device may include in an embodiment: a body securable to the electrical outlet; and a protrusion that extends from the body and which may extend into an aperture of the smart plug to secure the smart plug to the electrical outlet when the smart plug is plugged into an electrical outlet. In an embodiment, the smart plug may be configured to be customizable in appearance by including a plurality of different covers that may be secured to a face of the smart plug.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: Boss Controls, LLC
    Inventors: Greg W. Puschnigg, Mike Krummey
  • Patent number: 9397484
    Abstract: A plurality of current sensors on a support is attached to bracket which is secured in an electric power distribution panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: Veris Industries, LLC
    Inventor: Jerald R. Woodbury
  • Patent number: 9346368
    Abstract: A motor vehicle charging inlet structure includes: a first charging socket disposed in a recess portion of a vehicle body and connected to an electricity storage unit of a motor vehicle, the first charging socket being configured to be connected to a charging connector which supplies electric power from an external power supply to the electricity storage unit; a lid configured to open and close the recess portion; and a lock member configured to, when the lid is closed, come into engagement with the lid to fix the lid in a closed state and configured to, when the charging connector is connected to the first charging socket in a state in which the engagement of the lock member with the lid is released, come into press-contact with the charging connector to fix the charging connector in a connected state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI JIDOSHA KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Terutoshi Bito
  • Patent number: 9327606
    Abstract: A charging apparatus includes a fixed member to be fixed to a fixed object, a charging cable unit including a cable, a connecting portion connected to the cable and to be connected to a charging unit provided for a vehicle, a control unit controlling electric power to be supplied to the charging unit, and a case housing the control unit, a cable holder including a case housing section housing the case so as to be pulled out, the charging cable unit being arranged in the cable holder and the cable holder being attachable/detachable to/from the fixed member, and a restricting portion restricting exiting of the case housed in the case housing section from the case housing section when the cable holder is fitted to the fixed member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tomoya Ono, Shigeki Kinomura, Michiaki Arasu
  • Patent number: 9312624
    Abstract: A safety device prevents the terminal of an electrical plug from being disengaged from or engaged with an electrical receptacle. When the terminal is engaged with the receptacle, a tubular lock-in member slides over the plug to obstruct the release of a plug securing means that secures the plug to the receptacle. A retainer member attaches to the lock-in member and engages the receptacle or a part attached to the receptacle to limit the movement of the lock-in member. When the terminal is disengaged from the receptacle, a lock-out member obstructs contact between the terminal and the receptacle and engages the plug securing means. The lock-in member obscures the plug securing means and is secured to the lock-in member by the retainer member and the keyed lockable means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignees: HITEK URETHANE GLOBAL LTD., AKITA DRILLING LTD.
    Inventors: Kelly Borden, Thompson Lorne, Erik Nosyk
  • Patent number: 9252526
    Abstract: A waterproof connector for a vehicle includes a front holder mounted on a front side of a main housing via a front seal for watertight, and having terminal-connecting holes. The front seal and the front holder are disposed inside the first mounting hole sequentially. An inner housing with a terminal is mounted to a rear side of the main housing and has terminal insertion holes. A subcover is disposed at a rear side of the inner housing. Each terminal has a connector portion disposed inside a terminal-connecting hole of the front holder, and a wire-welding portion is disposed inside a terminal insertion hole of the inner housing. Watertight and vibration-absorbing materials are attached to a lower side of an upper cover and an upper side of a lower cover of the subcover to protect the wire-welding portions of the terminals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KUM CO., LTD., THN CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ha Young Cho, Young Jong Lee, Jeong Wook Choi, Nam Jin Kang, Jae Hyoung Kim, Tae Hong Yun
  • Patent number: 9239938
    Abstract: A protective data holding vault that includes a module with onboard memory that can be configured as a drive, e.g. flash drive, attached to a machine or apparatus and which securely and protectively holds data associated with the machine or apparatus and a unique identifier thereof. The vault includes a casing with a receptacle in which the module is received and a cover that is sealingly attachable to the casing to cover the receptacle and protect the module in the receptacle. The vault is mounted in a pocket on the machine or apparatus, or a component therefor or thereof, and is linkable to a processor equipped device, such as via a USB link, enabling data stored on the vault to be retrieved and stored offboard providing secure data backup. In one system implementation, data synchronization can be performed to a remotely located storage device with bidirectional data transfer contemplated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2016
    Assignee: Red E Innovations, LLC
    Inventors: Klaus A. Wieder, James P. Stuart
  • Patent number: 9187934
    Abstract: A securing device for a portable device has a lock assembly and a cable connected to the lock assembly. The lock assembly has two locking pins, two resilient elements, a slider, and a lock mounted in a housing. When the lock is rotated by a key, the lock drives the slider and the slider pushes the locking pins to slide laterally. Thus, the lock assembly can be fastened to a casing with a lock hole and with interior space laterally reserved beside the lock hole. The securing device secures the portable device regardless of thickness of the portable device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: ABA UFO INTERNATIONAL CORP.
    Inventor: Miko Lee
  • Patent number: 9184538
    Abstract: An improved electrical conduit is disclosed for conveying an electrical current between a male plug and a female receptacle. The electrical conduit comprises a substitute male plug for engaging with the female receptacle. A substitute locking clip is pivotably mounted to the substitute male plug engaging with the locking clip receiver for preventing inadvertent removal of the substitute male plug from the female receptacle. A substitute female clip engages with the male plug. A flexible electrical conduit couples the substitute male plug and the substitute female clip for transmitting the electrical current between the male plug and the female receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Inventor: James F. McGuire
  • Patent number: 9039431
    Abstract: A lockout device configured to be lockingly secured to an external structure includes a housing defining an opening sized to receive the external structure, at least one gripping member disposed within the housing and positioned to receive the external structure, and a driving member assembled with the housing. The at least one gripping member is movable in an axial direction between a first position in which internal surfaces of the housing urge the at least one gripping member into gripping engagement with the external structure, and a second position in which the internal surfaces of the housing allow the at least one gripping member to expand to release the external structure. The driving member is operatively connected with the at least one gripping member for movement of the at least one gripping member between the first and second positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: MASTER LOCK COMPANY LLC
    Inventors: Mark Johnson, Ray Wojtak
  • Publication number: 20150099379
    Abstract: A safety device prevents the terminal of an electrical plug from being disengaged from or engaged with an electrical receptacle. When the terminal is engaged with the receptacle, a tubular lock-in member slides over the plug to obstruct the release of a plug securing means that secures the plug to the receptacle. A retainer member attaches to the lock-in member and engages the receptacle or a part attached to the receptacle to limit the movement of the lock-in member. When the terminal is disengaged from the receptacle, a lock-out member obstructs contact between the terminal and the receptacle and engages the plug securing means. The lock-in member obscures the plug securing means and is secured to the lock-in member by the retainer member and the keyed lockable means.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Applicants: AKITA DRILLING LTD., HITEK URETHANE GLOBAL LTD.
    Inventors: Kelly Borden, Thompson Lorne, Erik Nosyk
  • Patent number: 8979559
    Abstract: A lockout tagout hole that traverses at least one wall of a cylindrical body of a lockout tagout plug sleeve, where the lockout tagout hole securely receives a lockout tagout tag. Also disposed on the outer surface of the cylindrical body can be a polarizing slot, where the polarizing slot and an end of the wall of the sleeve are used to orient the position of the lockout tagout hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Cooper Technologies Company
    Inventors: Alvah Benjamin Aldrich, Daniel Treible, Joseph Allen Menzel
  • Publication number: 20150017824
    Abstract: A lock device for electronic apparatus includes a lock body and a key member. The lock body includes a front end, a rear end, and a bottom side defined between the front and the rear end and having at least one retaining section provided thereon. The lock body is configured for inserting into a slot on an electronic apparatus. When the lock body is inserted into the slot, the bottom side of the lock body is located corresponding to a plurality of terminals in the slot with the retaining section abutted against inner sides of the terminals, so that the lock body is held in the slot to lock the same. The key member is configured for detachably engaging with a lock core structure of the lock body, so that the lock body can be inserted into and extracted from the slot only with the key member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Applicant: Tigerex Enterprise Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ching-Hu Kung
  • Publication number: 20140354217
    Abstract: The present patent application inter alia relates to a micro plug and a modified standard micro receptacle. The modified standard micro receptacle comprises a housing, at least two contact terminals attached to a surface of a bar of the housing, a shield attached to the housing and at least partially laterally enclosing the at least two contact terminals and the bar of the housing, and at least one projection configured to be received in a recess of a corresponding micro plug when the micro plug is correctly inserted into the modified standard micro receptacle. Therein, the at least one projection is further configured to hinder an insertion of a standard micro plug into the modified standard micro receptacle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2013
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventors: Christian Nessel, Ilona Eggert, Michael Caspers
  • Publication number: 20140308831
    Abstract: A connector for disconnecting electrical lines from a module or connecting them to the module includes a first housing part formed as a flap and a second housing part second housing part formed as a base part with an inner and outer sides, and a coding element receptacle for accepting a coding element, which interacts with a mating coding element disposed in the module, wherein the coding element receptacle is integrated into the base part and, looking towards the inner side, bears a first label field, and the base part is formed on the outer side in the area of the coding element receptacle with an opening and a second label field assigned to the opening, and in addition to numbers/letters, the label fields have marking lines disposed such that, when the coding element is plugged in, the markings match markings disposed on the coding element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 14, 2014
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Applicant: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Martin BERGMANN, Andreas Mulzer
  • Patent number: 8845344
    Abstract: A lock-release adapter attached to a first connector, the first connector being put into a locked state with a second connector upon the first connector being fitted with the second connector, the locked state being released when a lock-release projection of the first connector is depressed, the lock-release adapter includes a holder fitted with the first connector, and an axial member pivotally supported by the holder, the axial member including, at one end in a direction of the pivot axis of the axial member, a projection portion that projects in a direction perpendicular to the pivot axis, the projection portion depressing the lock-release projection to release the locked state when the axial member is in a first pivot position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventor: Kazunori Ishiyama
  • Patent number: 8808014
    Abstract: The instant disclosure relates to a plug connector for inserting into at least one hole of an electrical outlet. The plug includes a plug body, a switch, a pushing member, at least one conductive member, and at least one locking member. The plug body is constructed of at least one shell defining a via hole, where the via hole penetrates entirely through the shell. The switch has a connecting end inserted through the via hole for connecting pivotally to the pushing member. The conductive member protrudes from the plug body, and the locking member is arranged in close to the conductive member. Thus, when the switch is operated, the connecting end is driven to push the pushing member to move with respect to the conductive member, and the locking member is pushed by the pushing member to deform or move.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Powertech Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jung-Hui Hsu, Chen-Teng Hsu