Moved About An Axis Patents (Class 439/138)
  • Patent number: 10468807
    Abstract: Tamper resistant cartridges for electrical devices are provided. The tamper resistant cartridges include a housing and one or more tamper resistant assemblies configured to normally block access to electrical contacts with the electrical device, and to permit access to such electrical contacts when the line phase prongs of a plug are inserted into the electrical device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: HUBBELL INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Thomas L. Scanzillo, Edward Bazayev, Jason Zachary Walker
  • Patent number: 10468820
    Abstract: A locking electrical outlet assembly includes at least one electrical plug that has a pair of blades and an outlet housing is provided that is positioned in a wall. A pair of sockets is each rotatably positioned in the outlet housing. Each of the sockets is rotatable between a first position and a second position, and each of the sockets is biased to rotate into the second position. A pair of locking units is each movably coupled to a respective one of the sockets for releasably retaining the sockets in the first position. Each of the locking units in the respective socket disengages the outlet housing when the electrical plug is plugged into the respective socket. A plurality of contacts is coupled to the outlet housing and each of the terminals on the sockets engages respective ones of the contacts when the sockets are rotated into a second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Inventor: Jeremy Ito
  • Patent number: 10468794
    Abstract: One example of a system includes a system board including first contacts and second contacts and a cage attached to the system board. The cage includes a first side over the first contacts and a second side over the second contacts. A first lever is coupled to the first side of the cage and pivotable with respect to the cage. A second lever is coupled to the second side of the cage and pivotable with respect to the cage. A removable transceiver module includes third contacts. The transceiver module is installable in at least one of the first side and the second side of the cage using at least one of the first lever and the second lever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Hewlett Packard Enterprise Development LP
    Inventors: Kevin Leigh, John Norton, George Megason
  • Patent number: 10320137
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a 360°, continuously rotatble (swiveling) electric plug adaptor or socket. Specifically, the disclosure relates to a rotatble plug or socket comprising a toroidal component configured to maintain continuous, 360° conductive contact between a plugged male connector and a power source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Alon Almouli
    Inventor: Alon Almouli
  • Patent number: 10256580
    Abstract: Power connectors with integrated fuse support, and associated systems and methods are disclosed. A representative power connector can include a power port and a mating plug. The power port can include a fuse support having first and second fuse receptacles, wherein the first fuse receptacle is connectable to a first supply cable. The power port can include first and second port terminals, wherein the first port terminal is connectable to a second supply cable. A jumper cable can be connected between the second port terminal and the second fuse receptacle. The plug can include a housing configured to enclose the fuse support between the plug and the power port when the plug is mated to the power port. The plug can include first and second plug terminals mateable with the first and second port terminals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Superwinch, LLC
    Inventors: Jacob August, Ty Hargroder, Brent Nasset
  • Patent number: 10256040
    Abstract: A method of assembling a transformer/reactor is disclosed comprising the steps of: receiving a first coil having a first coil end conductor; receiving a second coil having a second coil end conductor; mounting the first coil and second coil on respective limbs of a magnetic core; arranging the first coil such that the first conductor projects outwardly from the first coil from a point between the first and second coils; arranging the second coil such that the second conductor projects outwardly from the second coil from a point between the first and second coils; and connecting the conductors to form an interconnection between the coils.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Technology GmbH
    Inventor: David Wright
  • Patent number: 10224671
    Abstract: A connector includes a first housing housing a plurality of first terminals, a second housing being fittable to the first housing and housing a plurality of second terminals connectable to the respective first terminals, a short-circuiting terminal housed in the first housing and having contact pieces contacting the respective first terminals which are adjacent to each other, and a release portion provided on the second housing and displacing the contact pieces to release contact between the first terminals and the contact pieces. The second housing is deflectably provided with a lock arm on an outer peripheral surface of the second housing, the lock arm holding a state in which the first housing and the second housing are fit together. The release portion is arranged on the outer peripheral surface of the second housing forward of the lock arm in a fitting direction of the first housing and the second housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tetsuya Sekino, Nobuyuki Sakamoto, Toshinori Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 10197740
    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: April 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Senko Advanced Components, Inc.
    Inventors: Kazuyoshi Takano, Kenji Iizumi
  • Patent number: 9907964
    Abstract: Medical devices provide metallic connector enclosures. The metallic connector enclosures may be constructed with relatively thin walls in comparison to polymer connector enclosures to aid in miniaturizing the medical device. The metallic connector enclosures may be constructed with interior surfaces that deviate less from an ideal inner surface shape in comparison to polymer connector enclosures to allow for better concentricity of electrical connectors. The metallic connector enclosures may include a panel that allows access to the cavity of the connector enclosure where set screw blocks, lead connectors, spacers, seals, and the like may be located. Furthermore, the lead connectors within the metallic connector enclosures may be separated from the metallic connector enclosure by being positioned within non-conductive seals that reside within features included in cavity walls of the connector enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: MEDTRONIC, INC.
    Inventors: Steven T. Deininger, Jeffrey J. Clayton, Charles E. Peters
  • Patent number: 9893452
    Abstract: Contact structures that are readily manufactured, where contacts in the contact structures provide a sufficient normal force while consuming a minimal amount of surface area, depth, and volume in an electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel C. Wagman, Eric S. Jol
  • Patent number: 9886654
    Abstract: A rotary tray holder includes a tray holder comprising a side A and a side B, each side comprising at least one window to hold a SIM card; and a handle grabber that allows rotation of the tray holder to enable insertion of the tray holder in an electronic device with any of the side A and the side B of the tray holder, thereby enabling the SIM card located on the side oriented in the desired direction to be active, and making the SIM card located on the other side to take a standby position. The tray holder may include two partly overlapping windows oriented at an angle to each other. One of the overlapping windows holds the SIM card with contacts providing a standby position for the SIM card that may be repositioned in the other of the two overlapping windows to make the SIM card active.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Almora, LLC
    Inventor: Adel Almorshedi
  • Patent number: 9887483
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention relate to a socket, comprising: a seat body including two insertion holes allowing two pins of a plug to insert respectively; wherein, an individual protective door movable member is disposed for each of the insertion holes in the seat body, the protective door movable member is configured in a way that when no pin of a plug is inserted into the insertion holes, the protective door movable members close corresponding insertion holes, and when the pins of the plug are inserted into the insertion holes, the protective door movable members are driven to move along a defined trajectory to open the corresponding insertion holes to allow the pins of the plug to extend into the insertion holes, and wherein movement of the protective door movable members along the defined trajectory makes the movement trajectory of at least a portion of the protective door movable members different from the movement trajectory of another portion of the protective door movable members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Schneider Electric (Australia) Pty Ltd.
    Inventors: Dahai Zhang, Pei Shang
  • Patent number: 9847611
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to an assembly that includes a shutter having an interface portion coupled to a railed guidance structure so that the shutter rides the railed guidance structure from a return position to an open position in response to being engaged by the plurality of plug blades; the interface portion and the railed guidance structure allowing the shutter to rotationally align with the ends of the plug blades in response to an asymmetry in respective lengths of the plug blades. The open position permits electrical engagement of the plurality of plug blades with the plurality of receptacle contacts. The shutter is also directed from the return position to a blocking position in response to being engaged by a foreign object via one of the plurality of receptacle openings to prevent the foreign object from engaging the set of receptacle contacts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: PASS & SEYMOUR, INC.
    Inventor: Gerald R. Savicki, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9728908
    Abstract: An electrical receptacle including a body having a plurality of electrical connections, a device face connected to the body, and wherein the device face is movable with respect to the body from an electrically inactive position to an electrically active position. The electrical receptacle may further include at least one pair of electrical contacts which are in electrical continuity when the electrical receptacle is in an electrically active position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Inventors: Jeffrey Baldwin, Ryan Liebengood
  • Patent number: 9669228
    Abstract: Medical devices provide metallic connector enclosures. The metallic connector enclosures may be constructed with relatively thin walls in comparison to polymer connector enclosures to aid in miniaturizing the medical device. The metallic connector enclosures may be constructed with interior surfaces that deviate less from an ideal inner surface shape in comparison to polymer connector enclosures to allow for better concentricity of electrical connectors. The metallic connector enclosures may include a panel that allows access to the cavity of the connector enclosure where set screw blocks, lead connectors, spacers, seals, and the like may be located. Furthermore, the lead connectors within the metallic connector enclosures may be separated from the metallic connector enclosure by being positioned within non-conductive seals that reside within features included in cavity walls of the connector enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: MEDTRONIC, INC.
    Inventors: Steven T. Deininger, Jeffrey J. Clayton, Charles E. Peters
  • Patent number: 9601861
    Abstract: A charging connector connecting device includes a cover that is movable between a closed position at which a connecting portion is closed and an open position at which the connecting portion is opened so that a second charging connector can be connected to the connecting portion; an elastic member that applies a biasing force to the cover so that the cover is positioned at an initial position between the closed position and the open position; and a pressing member configured to move with insertion of a first charging connector into the connecting portion so as to press the cover positioned at the initial position to thereby move the cover to the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Takashi Kanamori
  • Patent number: 9543685
    Abstract: A tamper resistant electrical receptacle for use with 20 A receptacles. A pair of pivoting shutter and trap doors biased in the same direction use a cam and cam follower that moves laterally a distance sufficient to allow passage of the perpendicular portion of a neutral blade of a 20 A electrical plug when simultaneous insertion of electrical plug tines overcome the spring bias of the springs to allow the tines to access the devices hot and neutral electrical contacts. Absent simultaneous insertion, the shutter and trap doors cannot operate in tandem to provide the tines passage to the electrical contacts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventors: Sorin Mortun, Athanasios Diakomis
  • Patent number: 9527391
    Abstract: A method and system are provided for controlling a lock state of a charging cable connected to a power inlet of an electrical vehicle. The vehicle includes an energy storage device electrically connected to the power inlet, a lock unit for locking the charging cable to the power inlet, and a control unit for controlling a lock state of the lock unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Volvo Car Corporation
    Inventors: Anders Hockenstrom, Per Torstensson, Martin Hadartz
  • Patent number: 9531106
    Abstract: An electronic device comprises a case and a connector mechanism. The case comprises a bottom plate, a lateral plate and a pivoting base. The lateral plate is connected to the bottom plate, the lateral plate has an opening and the pivoting base is connected to the lateral plate. The connector mechanism comprises an electrical connector, a cover member and an elasticity-adjusting member. The electrical connector comprises an insulating base and a plurality of conductive terminals installed in the insulating base. A slot is formed in the insulating base and exposed to the opening. The cover member comprises a cover portion, a pivoting portion and an elastic portion all connected together, wherein the pivoting portion is positioned between the elastic portion and the cover portion while being disposed on the pivoting base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: WISTRON CORP.
    Inventors: Tien-Chung Tseng, Chih-Sheng Chou
  • Patent number: 9505312
    Abstract: The invention relates to a locking apparatus (10) for locking and unlocking a charging cable plug (22) of a charging cable, in particular for a vehicle, to a charging cable socket having at least one moving locking means (15), in particular in the form of a locking pin, which serves to mechanically lock the charging cable plug (22) to the charging cable socket, wherein the locking means (15) has at least a locking position (II), in which the charging cable plug (22) can be locked by the locking means (15), and an unlocking position (I), in which the charging cable plug (22) can be released by the locking means (15), and having an electromechanical drive (13), which drives the locking means (15), as a result of which it is possible to generate a changeover between the locking position (II) and the unlocking position (I).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: HUF HULSBECK & FURST GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Igor Alexander Gorenzweig, Stefan Mönig
  • Patent number: 9494746
    Abstract: A shuttered adapter is described that includes a shuttered housing, a shutter sub-assembly frame contained within the housing, a pair of shutter doors hingedly secured to the shutter sub-assembly frame, and a door spring configured to push the shutter doors outward from the shutter sub-assembly frame and away from each other. The shuttered housing can have a separable sleeve retention insert which allows a ledge to be molded inside the shuttered housing. The ledge can be configured to abut the front lower surface of the shuttered doors when the doors are pushed outward from the shutter sub-assembly frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: Panduit Corp.
    Inventors: Joseph E. Sanders, Gregory L. Kuffel, Phillip J. Irwin, Samuel M. Marrs
  • Patent number: 9496665
    Abstract: Connector receptacles having a contoured form factor that allows their use in stylized enclosures. These receptacles may also be contoured to avoid circuitry internal to the device enclosure. The contoured form factor may also simplify the assembly of the connector receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Trent K. Do, Jason S. Sloey
  • Patent number: 9484683
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a conductive terminal including two conductive members or further comprising a hot melt fixing member. Each conductive member is provided with a groove which is concaved in from an edge of the host conductive member. The grooves on the two conductive members are opposite to each other and a gap is maintained between the two conductive members by an elastic force between the conductive members. The hot melt fixing member is put into the grooves of the two conductive members and is combined on the conductive members to overcome the elastic force, enabling the two conductive member to form contact limit, the hot melt fixing member to be damaged when overheat, and the two conductive members to be opened by the elastic force to form open circuit. The conductive member can be applied to overheat protection of a plug and a socket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: GREEN IDEA TECH INC.
    Inventor: Chuan-Sheng Wang
  • Patent number: 9461407
    Abstract: A manual unlocking structure arranged in a locking device for locking a power feeding plug to a power receiving connector arranged in a vehicle. The power feeding plug includes a hook. The locking device includes a fastening member capable of fastening the hook to the power receiving connector to lock the power feeding plug to the power receiving connector. The manual unlocking structure includes an operation member that is manually operable to move and separate the fastening member from the hook. A user operates the operation member to manually unlock the power feeding plug. An operation box is arranged in the vehicle and used to manually operate the operation member in the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignees: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RIKA DENKI SEISAKUSHO, TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Naoto Kurumizawa, Shinji Ichikawa, Nobuhiro Kibudera
  • Patent number: 9393431
    Abstract: Medical devices provide metallic connector enclosures. The metallic connector enclosures may be constructed with relatively thin walls in comparison to polymer connector enclosures to aid in miniaturizing the medical device. The metallic connector enclosures may be constructed with interior surfaces that deviate less from an ideal inner surface shape in comparison to polymer connector enclosures to allow for better concentricity of electrical connectors. The metallic connector enclosures may include a panel that allows access to the cavity of the connector enclosure where set screw blocks, lead connectors, spacers, seals, and the like may be located. Furthermore, the lead connectors within the metallic connector enclosures may be separated from the metallic connector enclosure by being positioned within non-conductive seals that reside within features included in cavity walls of the connector enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: MEDTRONIC, INC.
    Inventors: Steven T. Deininger, Jeffrey J. Clayton, Charles E. Peters
  • Patent number: 9337580
    Abstract: A locking device for locking electrical plugs in sockets has a rotational track element which can be driven by a motor and on which a guide track is provided around the axis of rotation thereof, said guide track being provided with a plurality of track sections that have different pitches. A sliding element has a track engagement part that engages in the guide track and that can be displaced parallel to the axis of rotation of the rotational track element by rotation of the rotational track element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: TEMTEC FAHRZEUGTECHNIK ENTWICKLUNGSGESELLSCHAFT MBH
    Inventor: Thomas Temmesfeld
  • Patent number: 9236680
    Abstract: A connector includes: a first connector terminal to which a first electric cable is to be connected; a second connector terminal to which a second electric cable is to be connected; a sidewall that surrounds the first connector terminal and the second connector terminal; a protection cover; and an interlock mechanism. The interlock mechanism includes an interlock connector and an interlock pin. The interlock connector is disposed between the first connector terminal and the second connector terminal, and the interlock pin is provided at the protection cover and is positioned such that the interlock pin is inserted into the interlock connector when the protection cover is attached to the sidewall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignees: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA, DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Akinobu Murakami, SangGyu Kim, Jun Ishii
  • Patent number: 9196991
    Abstract: The conducting device and the socket with stable electrical-connection ability are provided. The socket comprises a socket body, the conducting device arranged in an accommodating slot of the socket body, and an ending cap arranged on the socket body. The conducting device comprises a movable spring plate, a stationary spring plate and a reset spring member. The movable spring plate is rotatably connected with the stationary spring plate. The reset spring member is located in the outer side of the movable spring plate and contacts with the movable spring plate. An inserting slot is formed between the movable spring plate and the stationary spring plate. The width of the inserting slot is gradually decreased from inner part to outer part. The ending cap blocks the reset spring member and is adaptive with the socket body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Inventor: Jie Liu
  • Patent number: 9144689
    Abstract: Medical devices provide metallic connector enclosures. The metallic connector enclosures may be constructed with relatively thin wails in comparison to polymer connector enclosures to aid in miniaturizing the medical device. The metallic connector enclosures may be constructed with interior surfaces that deviate less from an ideal inner surface shape in comparison to polymer connector enclosures to allow for better concentricity of electrical connectors. The metallic connector enclosures may include a panel that allows access to the cavity of the connector enclosure where set screw blocks, lead connectors, spacers, seals, and the like may be located. Furthermore, the lead connectors within the metallic connector enclosures may be separated from the metallic connector enclosure by being positioned within non-conductive seals that reside within features included in cavity walls of the connector enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: MEDTRONIC, INC.
    Inventors: Steven T. Deininger, Jeffrey Clayton, Charles E. Peters
  • Patent number: 9138587
    Abstract: Medical devices provide connector enclosures that have a metallic portion that has a metallic weld to a metallic portion of a can that houses medical circuitry. The connector enclosure may have a metallic base that receives the metallic weld to the can. The can may have an open top that is capped by the metallic base of the connector enclosure upon mounting the connector enclosure to the can, and the metallic weld to the base of the connector enclosure may create a hermetic seal for the can. The metallic base may provide feedthrough pin passageways where feedthrough pins are present within the connector enclosure and are exposed beyond the metallic base for connection to medical circuitry within the can. The connector enclosure may also include additional metal features where an enclosure for the lead connectors may have walls that are entirely metal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: MEDTRONIC, INC.
    Inventors: Steven T. Deininger, Jeffrey Clayton, Charles E. Peters
  • Patent number: 9138588
    Abstract: Medical devices provide a connector enclosure that includes a feedthrough integrated into the base of the connector enclosure. The feedthrough may include feedthrough passageways that align longitudinally with lead connectors of the connector enclosure where feedthrough pins extend from the lead connectors through the feedthrough passageways. The feedthrough may also include filter plates mounted to the base of the connector enclosure to provide an integrated filtered feedthrough. Additionally, the connector enclosure may include metallic features such as the base and one or more walls that define an enclosure of the lead connectors. The base may be bonded to the can of the medical device to provide a hermetic seal such that the feedthrough integrated into the base eliminates the need for a feedthrough for the can.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: MEDTRONIC, INC.
    Inventors: Steven T. Deininger, Jeffrey Clayton, Charles E. Peters
  • Patent number: 9097861
    Abstract: The present invention provides optical connectors and optical feedthrough systems that can be mated and unmated in a harsh environment, such as underwater, and is particularly concerned with a method and apparatus for securing and sealing an optical feedthrough or connector from the surrounding turbid environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: Teledyne Instruments, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan Hatcher Hatcher, Justin Kretschmar, Alan McCleary, Corey Williams, Daniel Hawkins
  • Patent number: 9099801
    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: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: Casco Products Corporation
    Inventors: Gregory J. Holland, Ali El-Haj, Salmen Abroug
  • Patent number: 9025343
    Abstract: A telecommunication distribution box includes a housing and an electrical component mounted in the housing. A cover plate is movably connected to the housing and is movable between open and closed positions. A lip extends outwardly from the cover plate. The lip covers the electrical component when the cover plate is in the closed position to prevent accessing and removing the electrical component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventors: Stephen Kent Lebo, David Owen Corp
  • Publication number: 20150118874
    Abstract: An incorrect-insertion-prevention structure of a connector which prevents a first connector from being incorrectly inserted into a space formed within a second connector to be fitted to the first connector, wherein the first connector includes at least one first magnet, a bottom surface or a side surface at an insertion end to be inserted into the second connector, wherein the second connector includes: a shutter rotatably and pivotally supported by a rotating shaft to open and close an inlet of the space, and a shutter-rotation-prevention unit rotatably and pivotally supported by a supporting shaft in parallel to the rotating shaft of the shutter to prevent the shutter from being rotated in an opening direction, and wherein the shutter-rotation-prevention unit shutter-rotation-prevention unit includes: at least one engaging member facing a rotation end of the shutter in a closed state to prevent the shutter from being moved in the opening direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventor: Takashi Watanabe
  • Patent number: 8986023
    Abstract: A slim type electronic connector for receiving a plug therein includes a half socket, a covering lid, a holding seat, and a recovering element. The covering lid has a main body, a sheltering portion extended from the main body, and a pair of rotating axles formed at one end of the main body. An inserting space is formed between the half socket and the holding seat. When the covering lid rotates to a covered position, the sheltering portion extends beyond a front edge of the holding seat. When the covering lid rotates to an opening position, the sheltering portion moves away the front edge of the holding seat to allow for inserting the plug. When the plug is inserted between the half socket and the holding seat, the recovering element pushes the sheltering portion to engage the plug for preventing from moving outside.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Wistron Corp.
    Inventors: Wei-Yi Lee, Tien-Chung Tseng
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8770860
    Abstract: A connector assembly includes: a plug (10) including a body (11), an insert (12) and contacts (13) housed longitudinally in the insert, and a front face closed off by a first closure valve (15) positioned radially on the plug, a socket (20) including a body (21), a spacer (27), an insert (22) and contacts (23) housed longitudinally in the insert, and a front face closed off by a second closure valve (25) positioned radially on the socket, the body (11) of the plug being capable of getting inserted into the body (21) of the socket during a coupling, providing for a connection of the contacts (13) of the plug with the contacts of the socket, the first and second closure valves being capable of pivoting simultaneously and getting housed inside the plug and the socket during the coupling of the plug and the socket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Souriau
    Inventors: Ronan Affre De Saint Rome, Alain Philippe
  • Patent number: 8764465
    Abstract: A connector mechanism includes a base, a cover and a resilient component. An opening is formed on the base, and an external plug can inset into the opening. The cover is pivotably disposed on the base. The cover includes a first portion, a second portion and an axle. The first portion rotates to a first position for covering the opening, and further rotates to a second position to hold a body of the external plug. The second portion includes a buckling structure for buckling a pin of the external plug when the first portion rotates to the second position, so as to constrain a movement of the external plug relative to the base. Two ends of the resilient component respectively contact against the base and the cover, and the cover can cover the opening via a resilient recovering force of the resilient component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Wistron Corporation
    Inventor: Hung-Ming Huang
  • Patent number: 8690459
    Abstract: A protect cap for an optical fiber adapter according to the present disclosure is provided. The protect cap includes a casing defining a passage for receiving the optical fiber adapter, a pair of supporting lugs formed on the casing, a covering lid, and a pair of supporting arms extending from the covering lid. Each of the supporting lugs defines a shaft hole. Each of the supporting arms is provided with a shaft, wherein the shafts are positioned in the shaft holes, respectively such that the covering lid is pivotally connected to the casing. A first protrusion is formed on one of the shafts and a second protrusion is formed on an inner surface of one of the shaft holes. When the shafts are rotated to bring the first protrusion into contact with the second protrusion, the covering lid is kept in an open position with respect to the casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Ezontek Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sung An Lin, Sung Chi Lin
  • Patent number: 8632348
    Abstract: An electrical cord including a plug on a first end and at least one socket on a second end opposite the first end, a protective shutter assembly disposed within the at least one socket, the shutter assembly including a first and second shutter members positioned proximate the cover assembly and each of the first and second shutter members is at least partially aligned with separate cover openings in the cover assembly and being configured to move from a closed position to an open position in response to engaging at least one plug blade, a third shutter member positioned behind the first shutter member, a fourth shutter member positioned behind the second shutter member, and wherein the first and second shutter members pivot from the closed position to the open position and the third and fourth shutter members slide from the closed position to the open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventors: Jeffrey P. Baldwin, Marcus J. Shotey, Richard L. Cleghorn, Ryan K. Liebengood, Jason Thomas, Kenneth C. Booth, John Klein
  • Patent number: 8615612
    Abstract: An avionics data storage device and data transfer system are provided. The data storage device, has a slanted, “shark-like” door, which provides an environmental seal when not installed in the data transfer system. The storage device and data transfer system maintain environmental seals at all times other than installation. The storage device and transfer system can implement a variety of identification and authentication methods, including electrical, physical, and optical authentication or identification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2013
    Assignee: Physical Optics Corporation
    Inventors: Andrew Kostrzewski, Kang Lee, Sookwang Ro, Thomas Forrester, Tomasz Jannson, Michael Alan Thompson
  • Patent number: 8608493
    Abstract: A keying mechanism within a device bay allows a device connector of a device to make electrical connection with the device bay connector when a key slot of the device is located in one of a plurality of predetermined locations on the device. The keying mechanism prevents the device connector from making electrical connection with the device bay connector when the device does not have a key slot in any of the predetermined locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: David R Cowles, Robert Dobbs, James D Hensley, John Machado
  • Publication number: 20130260581
    Abstract: A connector mechanism includes a casing, a socket, a rotary cover and a resilient plate. An opening is formed on the casing. The resilient plate is connected to an inner side of the casing and the rotary cover for driving the rotary cover to rotate relative to the casing. The resilient plate includes a fixing portion fixed on the inner side of the casing, a driving portion resiliently connected to the fixing portion and the rotary cover for driving the rotary cover to rotate relative to the casing by deflection relative to the fixing portion, and a stopping portion disposed on the driving portion for stopping a tongue of a plug as the plug passes through the opening to connect with the socket, so as to fasten the plug.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Applicant: WISTRON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Wei-Ching Kuo, Ting-Fang Lai, Chuan-Hsiao Chiu
  • Patent number: 8500481
    Abstract: A connector mechanism includes a housing whereon an opening is formed, a socket, and a rotary casing for rotatably covering the opening. The rotary covering includes a main body, a pivoting portion, a stopping portion, and an engaging portion for engaging with an engaging structure of a plug as the plug is inserted into the opening and fastened on the socket so as to fix the plug. The connector mechanism further includes a resilient component for driving the rotary covering to rotate relative to the housing so that the engaging portion engages with the engaging structure of the plug as the plug is fastened on the socket, and a stopping component for stopping the stopping portion of the rotary covering as the resilient component drives the rotary covering to rotate relative to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Wistron Corporation
    Inventors: Li-Sheng Lin, Li-Wei Liu
  • Patent number: 8496487
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a housing, a card reader, and a cover. The housing includes a slot and two protrusions defined on the inner wall of the housing. The cover includes a body and two connection ends. The body is for covering the slot. The connection ends extend from the body. Each of the two connection ends includes a sliding slot which receives one of the two protrusions respectively to guide the two connection ends to slide. When the cover covers the card which contains a memory card therein, the cover is operable to be pressed to eject the memory card. When the memory card is ejected, it push the body of the cover to cause the two connection ends to slide along the two protrusions to make the body of the cover uncover the slot and rotate to expose the memory card.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Da-Yi Peng
  • Patent number: 8376760
    Abstract: An avionics data storage device and data transfer system are provided. The data storage device, has a slanted, “shark-like” door, which provides an environmental seal when not installed in the data transfer system. The storage device and data transfer system maintain environmental seals at all times other than installation. The storage device and transfer system can implement a variety of identification and authentication methods, including electrical, physical, and optical authentication or identification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Physical Optics Corporation
    Inventors: Andrew Kostrzewski, Kang Lee, Sookwang Ro, Thomas Forrester, Tomasz Jannson, Michael Alan Thompson
  • Patent number: 8353711
    Abstract: An electrical connector includes a metal shell, an insulative housing, a plurality of terminals retained in the insulative housing and a shutter. The metal shell defines a receiving space with a mating port. The insulative housing defines a mating portion extending forwardly and received in the receiving space. The mating portion defines two rows of passageways exposed on opposite surfaces thereof. The terminals include contact portions retained in the corresponding passageways of the mating portion. The shutter is located in the mating port of metal shell. The shutter is made of metal sheet and pivotally mounted to the shell. The shutter includes a main portion and a pair of shafts extending outwardly form two sides of one end of the main portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2013
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Ind. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hsin-Kai Huang, Yu-San Hsiao
  • Patent number: 8337222
    Abstract: This invention provides a connector socket and a portable electronic device using the same. The connector socket is disposed at a casing for connecting a connector. The connector socket includes a rotatable element and a biasing element. The rotatable element is pivotally connected to the casing. The biasing element is coupled to the casing and the rotatable element. The rotatable element has a protrudent portion. When the connector is connected to the connector socket, the connector presses the protrudent portion to allow the rotatable element to automatically rotate from a storage position to an open position. When the connector is separated from the connector socket, the rotatable element automatically rotates from the open position to the storage position via the biasing element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignees: Pegatron Corporation, Pretek (Shanghai) Limited
    Inventors: Shih-Wei Hung, Xiao Ye
  • Patent number: 8333600
    Abstract: A shutter assembly is provided for an electrical system including at least one withdrawable electric apparatus, such as a circuit breaker, and an electrical bus member. A protruding structure of the circuit breaker is removably coupled to a corresponding primary contact of the electrical bus member to electrically connect the circuit breaker and the electrical bus member. The shutter assembly includes a pair of cover members that are pivotably movable between a first position in which the corresponding primary contact of the electrical bus member is isolated, and a second position in which the circuit breaker is connected with the primary contact and the electrical bus member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Eaton Corporation
    Inventor: Robert Yanniello