With Contact Preventer Or Retractable Cover Part Patents (Class 439/135)
  • Patent number: 10250185
    Abstract: A functionally integrated detachable photovoltaic module junction box has a base part and an upper cover part. The base part has string ports and two power supply ports. The string port electrically connects to strings on a photovoltaic module. The upper cover part has a circuit board therein. The circuit board has an optimizing and monitoring circuit and multiple electrical connection pieces connected to the optimizing and monitoring circuit. The electrical connection pieces are detachably connected to the string ports and the power supply port on the base part, for the optimizing and monitoring circuit to perform such functions as component optimization, monitoring, communication and shutdown on the photovoltaic module. Use of the junction box reduces the production, assembly and maintenance costs. When the junction box requires maintenance, only the upper cover part is needed to be replaced, thereby quickly completing the repair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Jiangsu Enmagic Energy Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Zheng Fang, Jian Zuo, Jian-Bin Tong, Ke Wang
  • Patent number: 10236653
    Abstract: A pick and place cap is configured to facilitate picking and placing a connector when the cap is assembled to the connector. The cap includes a first wall defining a width, W, and a length, L of the cap. A second wall extends perpendicularly from the first wall and defines a height, H, of the cap. The cap also includes spaced apart parallel first, second, and third ribs extending from the first and second walls. Each of the first, second, and third ribs have the same first width, W1, and the same first height, H1. The first width and first height are less than the respective width and height of the cap. The cap includes spaced apart parallel fourth and fifth ribs disposed between and parallel to the second and third ribs. The fourth and fifth ribs are spaced part from the second wall and extend from the first wall. Each of the fourth and fifth ribs have the same second height, H2, which is greater than the first height, H1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: YunLong Qiao, Saujit Bandhu
  • Patent number: 10185357
    Abstract: A waterproof apparatus includes a case having a communication hole that allows an inside and an outside of the case to communicate with each other, and a waterproof cap that closes the communication hole, wherein a first contact surface and a second contact surface extend in the communication hole and at different levels, wherein the waterproof cap includes a plate-like first elastic member that is longer than the communication hole in a long-side direction of the communication hole, and a second elastic member attached to a surface of the first elastic member, the surface facing the communication hole, and wherein when the first elastic member that is in a bent state is brought into contact with the first contact surface, the waterproof cap is retained on an inner wall of the communication hole with a restoring force exerted by the first elastic member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventors: Satoshi Kanbayashi, Shingo Yamaguchi, Hayato Shida, Satoshi Watanabe
  • Patent number: 10128610
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a housing, a socket which is placed in the housing and includes a first protruding member having a first terminal connectable to a first connector and a second connector, a second protruding member having a second terminal connectable to the second connector, and one recess which is formed around the first protruding member and the second protruding member and between the first protruding member and the second protruding member, and a tilt restraining member configured to restrain the first connector fitted with the first protruding member from tilting toward the second protruding member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: PFU LIMITED
    Inventors: Masaya Takamori, Shigeru Yonemura
  • Patent number: 10114176
    Abstract: A preconnectorized outdoor cable streamlines the deployment of optical waveguides into the last mile of an optical network. The preconnectorized outdoor cable includes a cable and at least one plug connector. The plug connector is attached to a first end of the cable, thereby connectorizing at least one optical waveguide. The cable has at least one optical waveguide, at least one tensile element, and a cable jacket. Various cable designs such as figure-eight or flat cables may be used with the plug connector. In preferred embodiments, the plug connector includes a crimp assembly having a crimp housing and a crimp band. The crimp housing has two half-shells being held together by the crimp band for securing the at least one tensile element. When fully assembled, the crimp housing fits into a shroud of the preconnectorized cable. The shroud aides in mating the preconnectorized cable with a complimentary receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Corning Optical Communications LLC
    Inventors: Michael John Gimblet, Xin Liu, Stuart Reams Melton, David Allen Thompson, Hieu Vinh Tran, Richard Steven Wagman
  • Patent number: 10116076
    Abstract: An electrical connector assembly includes an electrical connector with an insulative housing retaining a plurality of conductive contacts therein, and a clip positioned by one end of the housing and adapted to be mounted upon a loading cavity in the housing. The clip includes a mounting section for mounting to the PCB, and a holding section forming a holding cavity for holding the CPU wherein the holding section is rotatable relative to the mounting section and adapted to be downwardly pressed by the load plate which is pivotally mounted by the other end of the housing opposite to the clip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: FOXCONN INTERCONNECT TECHNOLOGY LIMITED
    Inventor: Fang-Jwu Liao
  • Patent number: 10101397
    Abstract: A system includes a vehicle network integrated in an electric vehicle and a display device disposed in the electric vehicle. The display device is communicatively coupled to the vehicle network. The system also includes a computer processor communicatively coupled to the vehicle network and logic executable by the computer processor. The logic is configured to implement a method. The method includes monitoring, over the vehicle network, components relating to a charging function of the electric vehicle and determining from data resulting from the monitoring factors affecting the charging function. The method also includes processing the data to determine an impact of the factors and displaying results of the processing on the display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Robert B. Cooley, William M. Hare, Michael A. Assenmacher, Nicholas J. Hainer
  • Patent number: 10090650
    Abstract: An exemplary safety cover for a power panel includes at least one body, at least one connector, and at least one gripping portion. The body has a first surface and a second surface substantially parallel to and spaced apart from the first surface. A perimeter wall extends between at least a portion of a perimeter of the first surface to at least a portion of a perimeter of the second surface. The connector has a perimeter wall that extends from the second surface of the body to a distal end. A plurality of relief areas are located in the perimeter wall proximate the distal end of the connector. The connector also includes at least one stop that is spaced apart from the distal end of the perimeter wall. The connector is configured to removably engage at least one of a connector and an opening of the power panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: LayerZero Power Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: James M. Galm, Mijo Dejanovic, Milind Bhanoo
  • Patent number: 10020617
    Abstract: A lock device for electronic apparatus includes a lock body and a lock-operating unit. The lock body is configured for correspondingly plugging into a port on an electronic apparatus and has at least one protruded section formed therein for tightly abutting on a protrusion located to one lateral side of a plurality of terminals in the port, so that the lock body is locked to the port. And, the lock body locked to the port can be pulled out of the port only with a specific corresponding lock-operating unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: TIGEREX ENTERPRISE CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Ching-Hu Kung
  • Patent number: 10020623
    Abstract: An electric circuit jumper cable assembly having a plurality of leads electrically connected serially at first ends of the leads to form an electrical junction within a bus within a housing; a plurality of terminals individually connected at second ends of the leads, each terminal having: a base, an electrically conductive tip in the base electrically connected to one of the leads; and a cover element relative to the base that selectively shields at least a portion of the electrically conductive tip. The electric circuit jumper cable assembly is useful for convenient testing of electrical circuits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Inventor: Hughie Meehan
  • Patent number: 9985381
    Abstract: A housing assembly for a waterproof connector includes a housing, a sealing device, and a protective cover. The housing has a sealing chamber receiving a seal. The sealing device is movable to cover the seal in the sealing chamber. The protective cover covers the seal and the sealing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: TE Connectivity Germany GmbH
    Inventors: Lam Nguyen Nhu, Wolfgang Mueller, Andy Sattler
  • Patent number: 9979120
    Abstract: A connector includes a connector housing 10 provided with cavities 13 for accommodating terminal fittings and connectable to a mating connector, a cover 50 configured to cover wires pulled out from the connector housing 10 by being mounted on a cover mounting surface 10A side of the connector housing 10 opposite to a connection surface, locking pieces 55 deflectably provided on both side surfaces of the cover 50 and configured to lock the cover 50 to the connector housing 10 by projecting toward the connector housing 10, and protection walls 37 provided on the connector housing 10, the other locking piece 55 coming into contact with the protection wall 37 when being pushed in an unlocking direction when one of the locking pieces 55 is unlocked and the cover 50 is inclined with respect to the connector housing 10.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventor: Mizuho Fujimura
  • Patent number: 9893458
    Abstract: An electrical connector assembly is used for connecting to a chip module. The electrical connector assembly includes an electrical connector and a dust-proof cover. The electrical connector includes an insulative housing, a plurality of terminals and a shell covering the insulative housing. The insulative housing includes a second cavity for receiving the chip module. The shell defines an opening corresponding to the second cavity. The dust-proof cover includes a dust-proof portion covering the opening and a pair of inclined pushing portions protruding from the dust-proof portion to the second cavity. The dust-proof cover has a plurality of supporting portions for supporting the dust-proof portion. The supporting portions separate from the shell when the inclined pushing portion is pushed by the chip module, and the dust-proof cover separates from the electrical connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: FOXCONN INTERCONNECT TECHNOLOGY LIMITED
    Inventors: Quan Wang, Fu-Jin Peng, Shan-Jun Chen
  • Patent number: 9859655
    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: September 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: BOSS Controls, LLC
    Inventors: Greg W. Puschnigg, Mike Krummey
  • Patent number: 9833020
    Abstract: An electronic smoking system (50) is disclose that comprises a mobile telephone (52) having a carrying case (152) and an electronic smoking apparatus (100) that fits within the carrying case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Inventor: Roni Shabat
  • Patent number: 9761983
    Abstract: A receptacle assembly is provided with an electrically conductive terminal received within a receptacle. A longitudinal guide body is received within the receptacle in engagement with the terminal. The guide body has an aperture formed therethrough, which is sized to receive a pin through the aperture. At least one fastener extends from the guide body to provide an interference fit with a housing of the receptacle. A retainer is also provided with at least one fastener extending from a guide body to fasten the retainer to the receptacle. A charge assembly is also provided with a handle housing. A shoulder extends transversely from the guide body to engage a distal end of the receptacle and to position the guide body relative to the receptacle. A sleeve extends from the shoulder at least partially over the receptacle housing. The sleeve is formed integrally with the handle housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Allen Leo Mott, Michael Glick
  • Patent number: 9755447
    Abstract: A USB charging device that is designed for installation in wet and/or environments where corrosive moisture (e.g., saltwater) are prevalent including a water tight enclosure that includes a door that is biased to a closed position to form a water tight seal over a USB receptacle. The device includes an intermediate seal that seals between the USB receptacles and the power electronics situated in the lower portion of the device. The device is also provided such that the lower portion may be slid into the upper portion to form a mechanical interlock and form an electrical connection between the upper and lower portions while simultaneously forming a water tight seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Carling Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Joseph Ries, Zoltan Bertalan, Trevor Fitch
  • Patent number: 9705257
    Abstract: A plug connector for protecting an electrical system, in particular an electronic device, a semiconductor component or cable harness, against overvoltage discharge, includes contact pins embedded in a plastic body, wherein the plastic has an area between the contact pins that exhibits an electrical resistance with an essentially electrically insulating property within an operating range up to a limiting voltage, and further exhibits a diminished electrical resistance above the limiting voltage, allowing a discharge of the overvoltages between the contact pins. A method of manufacturing the plug connector and its use are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Inventor: Kurt Stimpfl
  • Patent number: 9632268
    Abstract: An enclosure includes a housing and a sealing unit that fits within a sealing unit opening of the housing. The sealing unit provides a seal around cable ports and provides a peripheral seal between the housing and the sealing unit. The sealing unit can include a sealant arrangement and an actuation arrangement for pressurizing the sealant arrangement within the sealing unit opening. The actuation arrangement can include inner and outer pressurization structures between which the sealant arrangement is positioned. The actuation arrangement includes first and second actuators each movable between a non-actuated position and an actuated position. When the first and second actuators are moved towards the actuated positions, the first and second actuators generate first and second seal pressurization forces that press the sealant arrangement between the first and second pressurization structures, and the first and second seal pressurization forces are transferred through respective first and second springs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: COMMSCOPE CONNECTIVITY BELGIUM BVBA
    Inventors: Philippe Coenegracht, Dirk Jozef G. Van De Weyer, Mohamed Aznag
  • Patent number: 9601879
    Abstract: An electrical connector assembly that includes a female and male connector assembly. The female assembly includes a primary female housing including two female terminals. A secondary female housing including two female terminals short circuited to one another. The secondary female housing affixed to a side of the primary female housing. A male connector assembly including a primary male housing including two male terminals. The two male terminals in contact with the two female terminals of the primary female housing when the primary male housing is seated in the primary female housing for providing electrical energy to the electrical component. A secondary male housing including two male terminals. The secondary male housing affixed to a side of the primary male housing, wherein at least one of the two male terminals have a shorter length than the at least two male terminals of the primary male housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Wen-Chiao Lin, Xinyu Du, Youssef A. Ghoneim, Daniel Demitrish
  • Patent number: 9515435
    Abstract: A retractable USB connector includes an outer housing case, an inner housing case, and a positioning assembly. The outer housing case has an opening. The inner housing case includes a USB connector disposed at a first end of the inner housing case, a press portion disposed at a second end of the inner housing case, and the inner housing case disposed in the outer housing case. The positioning assembly is disposed between the outer housing case and the inner housing case. The positioning assembly includes a swinging member defining a positioning sliding-track and a guiding column, disposed in the positioning sliding-track. When the guiding column is located at a positioning area of the positioning sliding-track, the positioning assembly fixes the relative position of the outer housing case with respect to the inner housing case, and the USB connector is protruded from the opening of the outer housing case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: ADATA TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chien-Lin Cheng, Chia-Hsiang Hsiao
  • Patent number: 9502808
    Abstract: An electrical receptacle including a body having a plurality of electrical connections a device face connected to the body, wherein the device face is slidable with respect to the body. An electrical device including a body having a face, a locking mechanism positioned within the body, and wherein the locking mechanism interacts with an electrical plug when the face is slide to a locked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Inventors: Jeffrey Baldwin, Ryan Liebengood
  • Patent number: 9494971
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus includes: a display portion including a display screen; a main body portion including upper and bottom surfaces; and a coupling portion to couple the display portion with the main body portion such that the display portion becomes rotatable between a first state where the display screen faces the upper surface and a second state where the display screen forms a predetermined angle with respect to the upper surface, the main body portion including a pair of side surfaces, and a first connector connectable with a first external connector and includes a lower surface exposed from the bottom surface, the display portion including a first leg portion that protrudes to be positioned lower than the bottom surface in the second state and comes into contact with a surface on which the main body portion is placed to form a predetermined tilt with respect to the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Kenji Saito, Manabu Watabe, Takashi Nakamura, Kazuto Nakagawa
  • Patent number: 9478928
    Abstract: A multi-function connectable data cable includes a first connector, a second connector, and a cable. The first connector includes a connector main body and an insertion end. The connector main body is provided with a socket for electrically connecting with the insertion end of another data cable. The connector main body is provided with the socket to mate with the insertion end of the first connector of anther same-model data cable, so that several data cables can be electrically connected in series for multi-function use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: DONGGUAN ELINKE INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jing Cao, Haotian Shi, Zhenbin Qin, Penghua Xiang, Yi Xian
  • Patent number: 9426917
    Abstract: A socket assembly, adapted for connecting IC package to a printed circuit board, comprises an insulative housing, a plurality of conductive contacts received in the insulative housing; and a pick up cap covering the insulative housing. The pick up cap has a position unit and a moving unit assembled to the position unit. The moving unit is movable relative to the position unit in a horizontal direction. The moving unit has a plurality of latch latching the insulative housing to retain the pick up cap to the insulative housing when the moving unit slides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: FOXCONN INTERCONNECT TECHNOLOGY LIMITED
    Inventor: Shuo-Hsiu Hsu
  • Patent number: 9392869
    Abstract: A clamp is provided for securing a device at an opening formed in a mounting surface, such as a table, desk, wall panel, or the like. The clamp includes a substantially vertical member with upper and lower portions, an outwardly extending member that projects outwardly from the vertical member, and an adjustable clamp member that is mounted to the outwardly-extending leg and can be tightened or loosened for installing or removing the clamp. The upper portion of the vertical member engages an interior surface of the mounting surface, while another projection extends from the vertical member and engages a sidewall of the device being secured to the mounting surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Inventors: Norman R. Byrne, Thomas A. Petersen
  • Patent number: 9368900
    Abstract: A power socket structure for outdoor electric extension line is disclosed, comprising one or more power sockets, a socket body including a first pivotal axis and a second pivotal axis, a fixation case and a cone, wherein the cone is fixedly combined with at least a sidewall of the fixation case, and the socket body is pivotally connected onto the fixation case such that the socket body can rotate within the fixation case. Upon inserting a power plug of an electric product into the power socket, the power plug can bring the socket body to rotate within the fixation case so that the power socket of the socket body always faces towards the electric product thereby preventing the product power line of the power plug from wrapping around the socket body which may otherwise cause troublesome power line entanglements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Inventor: Li-Chun Lai
  • Patent number: 9357658
    Abstract: A dual-personality extended USB (EUSB) system supports both USB and EUSB devices using an extended 9-pin EUSB socket. Each EUSB device includes a PCBA having four standard USB metal contact pads, and several extended purpose contact springs disposed on an upper side of a PCB. A single-shot molding process is used to form a molded housing over passive components and IC dies disposed on the lower PCB surface. The passive components are mounted using SMT methods, and the IC dies are mounted using COB methods. The extended 9-pin EUSB socket includes standard USB contacts and extended use contacts that communicate with the PCBA through the standard USB metal contacts and the contact springs. The EUSB device is optionally used as a modular insert that is mounted onto a metal or plastic case to provide a EUSB assembly having a plug shell similar to a standard USB male connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: Super Talent Technology, Corp.
    Inventors: Jim Chin-Nan Ni, Nan Nan, Abraham C. Ma
  • Patent number: 9331416
    Abstract: A touch proof connector is contemplated. The connector may be comprised of a conducting body with a non-conducting end cap. The touch-proof connector may be included within a charging receptacle of a vehicle to facilitate establishing electrical connection with a connector assembly of a plug-in charging system. The non-conducting end cap may be configured to facilitate insulating a tip of the touch-proof connector from human contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventor: Brantley Natter
  • Patent number: 9306313
    Abstract: A first adapter arrangement includes a housing having a sealing end supporting the housing in a vertical wall opening of a casing containing an electronics device, and a connecting end extending externally of the casing for connection with the housing of a companion adapter arrangement. A pair of resilient generally-annular longitudinally-spaced seal members are mounted concentrically about the adapter housing sealing portion for sealing the space between the adapter housing outer surface and the adjacent surface of the casing wall opening. An electrical connector mounted in a through passage contained in the adapter housing includes a conductor contact end connected with the conductors of the electrical device, and a connector contact end adapted for connection with the corresponding contacts of a companion second adapter arrangement. A fastening device serves to connect together the adjacent ends of the adapter housings of the first and second arrangements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: Weidmueller Interface GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Christian Heggemann, Hans Schlingmann
  • Patent number: 9209542
    Abstract: An electronic card protecting mechanism is adapted to an electronic device including a casing. The electronic card protecting mechanism includes a base, a substrate, an elastic component and a positioning component. The base is slidably disposed in the casing and has a covering plate having a slot. The substrate is disposed on the base and aligned to the slot. When the base is located at a first position, an opening of the casing is covered by the covering plate. When the base resists an elastic force of the elastic component and moves to a second position, the positioning component positions the base and the opening is aligned to the slot, such that the electronic card is adapted to be plugged to or unplugged from the substrate through the opening. When the base is released by the positioning component, the base is restored by the elastic force of the elastic component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: Wistron NeWeb Corp.
    Inventors: Chih-Yung Shih, Feng-Ming Chang, Yu-Ling Lee
  • Patent number: 9060653
    Abstract: A bath spout cover is provided that includes a body structure having an upper portion, two opposing side portions, and a front portion; a receiving area defined between the upper portion, the two opposing side portions, and the front portion; a strap spanning the two opposing side portions, said strap being adjustable on at least one of the side portions of the body structure; and at least one aperture defined by one of the side portions of the body structure, said aperture for receiving an end of the strap. Further provided are methods for securing a bath spout cover to a bath spout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: SKIP HOP, INC.
    Inventors: Scott Henderson, Janet Villano, Ellen Diamant, Elizabeth Zack
  • Patent number: 9048642
    Abstract: An electrical outlet raceway that eliminates the necessity of daisy chaining or doubling of electrical cords within the raceway. The electrical outlet raceway includes a modular system of several components that can be assembled together in order to provide additional electrical outlets on a wall, including a raceway back plate, a cordless receptacle, a raceway cover, a coupler, and one or more faceplates for attaching a high or low voltage component to the raceway. The electrical outlet raceway may also include a corner, end caps, and means for attaching faceplates to the raceway. Cordless receptacles enable the use of off-the-shelf electrical cords, thus allowing the installer to plan a given installation and obtain the proper number and lengths of electrical cords required to construct the planned installation. This eliminates the inefficiencies caused by the corded receptacles of conventional electrical raceways.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: ARLINGTON INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventor: Thomas J. Gretz
  • Publication number: 20150146411
    Abstract: An electrical power socket comprising a well having an electrically conductive well portion having a proximal and a distal end; a connector part for receiving electrical connections to an electrical power supply disposed at the distal end of the well portion; a first electrical contact being provided in electrical isolation from the well portion at the distal end of the well portion, the first electrical contact being electrically connected to a first electrical connection of the connector part; the well portion being electrically connected to a second electrical connection of the connector part; and an electrically insulating sleeve portion being provided at the proximal end of the well portion forming an electrically insulating portion of the well, the sleeve portion adapted to be disposed in an opening in a receiving panel, whereby the insulating sleeve portion prevents an electrically conductive foreign object that is inserted in the well and electrically contacts the first electrical contact from simulta
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: Gregory J. Holland, Ali El-Haj, Salmen Abroug
  • Publication number: 20150147898
    Abstract: A connector is mateable with a mating connector along a predetermined direction. The connector comprises a holding member, a plurality of contacts and a plurality of contact prevention members. The holding member includes a holding portion. The plurality of contacts include held portions and main portions, respectively. The held portions are held by the holding portion. The main portions extend from the held portions, respectively, in the predetermined direction. The main portions project over the holding portion in the predetermined direction. Each of the main portions has a tubular shape. Each of the contact prevention members is made of insulator. The contact prevention members occupy insides of the main portions, respectively. The contact prevention members project over the main portions, respectively, in the predetermined direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: JAPAN AVIATION ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY, LIMITED
    Inventor: Masakazu MATSUMOTO
  • Patent number: 9028263
    Abstract: A waterproof structure of communication connector is disclosed, which comprises: a first frame; a first gasket and at least one second frame. The first frame is composed of a first connecting member and a second connecting member that are disposed opposite to each other, in which the first connecting member is configured with a first end in a manner that that it is formed with a first groove surrounding the first end. The first gasket is disposed receiving inside the first groove and is made of a waterproofing material. The second frame has a third connecting member that is formed with an accommodation space, in which the accommodation space is formed with an abutment surface. Moreover, the first connecting member is arranged extending into the second frame and connected to the third connecting member, while enabling the first gasket to be sandwiched between the first end and the abutment surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Kinsun Industries Inc.
    Inventors: Ching-Neng Kan, Chun-Hsiang Chiu
  • Patent number: 9025320
    Abstract: A housing for a computer system which can be opened at least on a first housing wall for access into the housing and wherein, on a second housing wall, an opening for an external connector plug is arranged, the housing having a covering fixture to cover the opening for the connector plug, wherein the covering fixture is operable by the first housing wall such that the opening for the external connector plug is covered at least partially when the housing is opened, and the opening for the external connector plug is not covered when the housing is closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Fujitsu Technology Solutions Intellectual Property GmbH
    Inventor: Wilhelm Neukam
  • Publication number: 20150102776
    Abstract: A charging device for charging a charge storage device includes a coupling device for coupling a connector for charging the charge storage device, an optical waveguide for illuminating the coupling device and/or for indicating a state of charge of the charge storage device, and a light source for coupling light into the optical waveguide. Search lighting and an indication of the state of charge of the charge storage device can be realized by way of the optical waveguide.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventor: Tarek SAID
  • Patent number: 8988860
    Abstract: A power supply having one or more power electronic modules that may be replaced without shutting down the power supply. Each power electronic module may be enclosed in a separate compartment of the power supply. Each compartment may have stationary electrical connectors configured to electrically connect to the power electronic module. A racking mechanism connected to a handle outside the compartment may move a power electronic module out of electrical contact with the stationary electrical connectors and/or into electrical contact with the stationary electrical connectors. Movement of a power electronic module within the compartment may occur without shutting down the power supply. Methods of replacing power electronic modules without shutting down the power supply are also provided, as are other aspects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Peter Willard Hammond
  • Patent number: 8968015
    Abstract: A safety socket includes a main body, a restraint mechanism and a release mechanism. The restraint mechanism includes an immovable end and a movable end. The immovable end is disposed in the main body. The movable end has a through hole. The through hole corresponds in position to one of insertion holes of the main body. The movable end has an annular protruding portion axially extending from the wall of the through hole. The annular protruding portion has a free end which is curved outward. The safety socket can prevent a plug from being disengaged from the socket by accident. The outer surface of the conductive pin of the plug won't be scraped and damaged by the wall of the through hole to enhance the service life and safety of the plug.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Inventor: Chi-Tsai Chang
  • Patent number: 8951051
    Abstract: A connector having an optimized tip is disclosed. The tip may be optimized to facilitate insulating the connector and/or providing a low friction surface to facilitate insertion. The tip may be optimized with a non-conducting and/or low friction end cap configured to be positioned over the tip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Brantley Natter, Michael Hardy, Slobodan Pavlovic, Michael Glick
  • Publication number: 20150024616
    Abstract: A multi-type receptacle connector includes a receptacle insulator, main receptacle contacts arranged at the receptacle insulator to provide an electric contact point corresponding to a universal plug connector, sub receptacle contacts additionally installed at both sides of the main receptacle contacts to give an additional contact point, and a receptacle shell surrounding at least a part of the receptacle insulator, wherein the sub receptacle contacts are arranged at the same height as the main receptacle contacts and disposed at a relatively inner side in the insertion direction of a plug connector in comparison to the main receptacle contacts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2013
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventors: Jung-Hoon Choi, Kyung-Hae Choi, Dong-Hee Kim
  • Patent number: 8933321
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for automatically or remotely rendering a solar array safe during an emergency or maintenance. A watchdog unit is disclosed for monitoring a signal from a central controller. If the signal is lost, interrupted, or becomes irregular, or if a shutdown signal is received, then the watchdog unit can shutdown one or more solar modules. Shutting down a solar module can mean disconnecting it from a power bus of the solar array or lowering the solar module voltage to a safe level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Tigo Energy, Inc.
    Inventors: Ron Hadar, Shmuel Arditi
  • Patent number: 8926117
    Abstract: A portable attachable illumination device configured to slidably attach to and partially encompass a brush.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Brush Lite Innovations, LLC
    Inventor: David Raymond Blanchette
  • Publication number: 20150004818
    Abstract: A chip card ejecting mechanism includes a main body, a tray assembled in the main body and configured to receive a chip card, and a door. The door includes a rotating end rotatably mounted on the main body and a push pole protruding from the rotating end. A resisting portion is located on an end of the push pole away from the rotating end. When the door is opened and the rotating end is rotated relative to the main body, the resisting portion resists against the chip card and drives the chip card to move out from the main body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventors: PO-HAN HUANG, YU-CHIEH CHENG, MIN-SHENG WANG, MONG-HAU TSAI
  • Patent number: 8913948
    Abstract: A printer accessory including a housing and a connector, the connector having a frame defining an opening in the housing, and including a contact housing and a door slideably disposed within the opening. Biasing elements bias the contact housing and door to extend from the opening, wherein the door is configured to be depressed into the housing through the opening to expose electrical contacts on the contact housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Jerrod Houston Tyler, Kevin Lo, Jeffrey Castleberry, Alvaro Pardo
  • Patent number: 8900000
    Abstract: A robotically mateable connector has a flying-lead plug unit and a receptacle unit adapted for releasable mating engagement with the plug unit. The plug unit includes a robotic manipulator grip assembly. A rear end shell which includes a cable attachment fitting holds a plug module having an outer surface carrying a plurality of axially spaced, annular contacts of gradually decreasing diameter towards a forward end of the module, and is rotatable relative to a plug front shell. The receptacle unit contains a receptacle module having a bore containing spaced annular contact seats of gradually increasing diameter designed for engagement with the plug contacts when the plug and receptacle units are fully mated. This provides a robotically actuated electrical connector that requires no rotational keying and relieves cable torque.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Teledyne ODI, Inc.
    Inventor: James L. Cairns
  • Publication number: 20140342588
    Abstract: Provided is a memory card. The memory card includes interconnection terminals for electric connection with an external electronic machine. The interconnection terminals may be spaced from the front side of the memory card by a distance greater than the lengths of the interconnection terminals. Alternatively, the memory card may include other interconnection terminals between its front side and the former interconnection terminals. The former and latter interconnection terminals may be used for electric connection with different kinds of electronic machines.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Inventors: JinTae KANG, Kisun KIM, Dongyang LEE, Doil KONG, Sunghoon LEE
  • Publication number: 20140342587
    Abstract: A connector assembly includes a connecting body and a protecting cover mounted to the connecting body. The connecting body defines a limiting hole and includes a guiding portion. The guiding portion includes a limiting bar. A first guiding bar and a second guiding bar extend from the limiting bar. The first guiding bar and the second guiding bar cooperatively define a first sliding slot. The protecting cover includes a second hook and an engaging portion. An accommodating space is defined in the protecting cover. The engaging portion includes a first engaging bar and a second engaging bar. The second hook is locked in the limiting hole. The first engaging bar is slidable in the first sliding slot. The limiting bar is locked between the first engaging bar and the second engaging bar. A plurality of connecting lines extends out of the protecting cover from the accommodating space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Applicant: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: YI-FANG WU, FOO SEE WOEI
  • Publication number: 20140329396
    Abstract: A pin terminal (PT) is such that a cap (30) made of synthetic resin is attached to a tip part of a terminal main body (10) made of metal and in the form of a round pin. An attachment hole (21) including an uninterrupted and continuous peripheral wall over the entire circumference is perforated on the tip surface of the terminal main body (10), whereas a press-fitting portion (35) to be press-fitted into the attachment hole (21) is formed to project on the rear surface of the cap (30). An internal thread (23) is formed on the peripheral surface of the attachment hole (21), and a ridge portion (24) of this internal thread (23) constitutes a biting protrusion. The tip of the pin terminal (PT) is structured to form a smooth and tapered guiding portion (40).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2012
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Applicant: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasushi Okayasu, Satoru Izukura