Connector Moved Rectilinearly For Engagement, Preventer Or Cover Moved About Axis Parallel To Direction Of Connector Movement Patents (Class 439/139)
  • Patent number: 10655802
    Abstract: A tangle-resistant decorative lighting assembly, comprising: a main portion including a plurality of wires and connectors, including first and second connectors and first and second lighted-extension portions extending transversely from the main portion. The first lighted extension portion including: a first connector configured to detachably connect to the first connector of the main portion, a first plurality of wires connected to the first connector, and a first plurality of lamp assemblies connected to the first plurality of wires. The second lighted-extension portion including: a second connector configured to detachably connect to the second connector of the main portion, a second plurality of wires connected to the second connector, and a second plurality of lamp assemblies connected to the second plurality of wires. The first connector of the main portion comprises a lock portion configured to engage with a lock portion of the first connector of the first lighted-extension portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Willis Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Johnny Chen
  • Patent number: 10559916
    Abstract: The present invention provides a power adapter assembly including a first adapter and a second adapter. The first adapter includes a main body and a rotating cover. The main body includes a first electrical contact element. The rotating cover is pivotally connected with the main body and rotated between a first position and a second position. The rotating cover includes a first through hole and a protruding pin. The protruding pin is disposed adjacent to the outer edge of the rotating cover. At the first position, the first through hole and the first electrical contact element are misaligned with each other. At the second position, the first through hole and the first electrical contact element are aligned with each other. The second adapter includes a second electrical contact element, an accommodation space and a guiding groove. The guiding groove is disposed on the inner wall of the accommodation space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: DELTA ELECTRONICS, INC.
    Inventor: Tzu-Hao Lo
  • Patent number: 10119664
    Abstract: A tangle-resistant decorative lighting assembly, comprising: a main portion including a plurality of wires and connectors, including first and second connectors and first and second lighted-extension portions extending transversely from the main portion. The first lighted extension portion including: a first connector configured to detachably connect to the first connector of the main portion, a first plurality of wires connected to the first connector, and a first plurality of lamp assemblies connected to the first plurality of wires. The second lighted-extension portion including: a second connector configured to detachably connect to the second connector of the main portion, a second plurality of wires connected to the second connector, and a second plurality of lamp assemblies connected to the second plurality of wires. The first connector of the main portion comprises a lock portion configured to engage with a lock portion of the first connector of the first lighted-extension portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: WILLIS ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Johnny Chen
  • Patent number: 10116081
    Abstract: An electrical outlet structure includes an electrical outlet body having four plug terminal insertion holes formed in a front surface thereof, and a blocking panel which has two plug terminal through holes, and is installed on the front surface of the electrical outlet body to block the four plug terminal insertion holes. The user may easily insert the plug into the plug terminal insertion hole installed in a diagonal direction without the user directly having to visually check a direction in which the plug terminal insertion hole of the electrical outlet body is installed, as well as select the insertion direction of the plug into the electrical outlet body as necessary, in consideration of a use state and a surrounding environment of other adjacent electrical outlet bodies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Inventor: Keum-ok Chae
  • Patent number: 9944240
    Abstract: A power outlet seal for a vehicle includes an iris seal and an actuator knob configured to translate the iris seal between an opened configuration and a closed configuration. The iris seal is defined by a plurality of blades disposed concentrically on a base ring. The actuator knob includes an actuator ring for biasing the plurality of blades to the opened configuration. One or more resilient members are disposed to bias the plurality of blades to the closed configuration. Power outlet seal assemblies including the power outlet seal, and console or trim pieces including the power outlet seal assemblies, are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Edgar Salazar Fabian, Jesus Guadalupe Castillo Maldonado
  • Patent number: 9660374
    Abstract: An electrical connector providing a sealed electrical link between an inside environment subjected to corrosive gases or liquids under pressure and an outside environment of different pressure. The connector includes a connector body, conductor cables, a thermoplastic insulator, and a sealing element. The connector body is secured to a structure and includes insulating feed-throughs for receiving electrical contacts connecting an outside environment to an inside environment. The conductor cables, comprising an outer insulating layer made of a fusible thermoplastic material, are connected to said electrical contacts inside said inside environment. The thermoplastic insulator is secured to said connector body and surrounds the conductor cables. The thermoplastic insulator and cable outer insulating layers are made of a same type of fusible thermoplastic material making it possible, by localized fusion, to form a thermoplastic weld therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: AKTIEBOLAGET SKF
    Inventors: Luc Baudelocque, David Moulin, Mohamed Bendaoud, Bruno Tellier
  • Patent number: 9647376
    Abstract: A tamper resistant receptacle having shutter doors engaging a toggle mechanism wherein each shutter door must engage the toggle mechanism to move the device into the open position. When engaged properly by insertion of force into both the hot and neutral openings of the device simultaneous by the hot and neutral blades of an electrical plug, the shutter doors pivot to contact the toggle platform with force sufficient to overcome a spring bias and allow the platform to descend downwardly a distance sufficient to uncover blade openings in the platform and allow the blades to engage the device's electrical contacts. If only one of the pivoting doors contacts the platform, the platform tips, or toggles, in the direction of the door which blocks the item inserted into the receptacle opening of the device from reaching the underlying electrical contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventors: Matthew J. Samojeden, Scott B. Wurms
  • Patent number: 9553399
    Abstract: A method for underwater installing of a wet mateable connection assembly includes the steps of: providing a submerged case having a seat; connecting one end of a guiding rope to the seat, the other end being kept over the sea level; appending a submersible case to the guiding rope by a guide handle; causing the submersible case to move along the rope until the guide handle engages with the seat; and pivoting the submersible case around the seat up to contact the submerged case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: PRYSMIAN S.P.A
    Inventor: Lluis Ramon Sales Casals
  • Patent number: 9535222
    Abstract: A plug-side optical connector, including: a plug-side coupling mechanism and a ferrule. The plug-side coupling mechanism is to be coupled to a coupling mechanism of another optical connector, the other optical connector being on receptacle side and being for being coupled with the plug-side optical connector. The plug-side coupling mechanism includes: a reference section to which the coupling mechanism of the other receptacle-side optical connector is to be hooked; and an inserted section that is to be inserted into a cylindrical main body of the coupling mechanism on the receptacle side. The ferrule is accommodated inside the inserted section. When a direction in which the optical connector is attached or detached is defined as a front-rear direction and a side of the receptacle-side optical connector is defined as front, a distance in the front-rear direction from the reference section to a front edge of the inserted section is 7.0 mm or more.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: FUJIKURA LTD.
    Inventor: Shuhei Kanno
  • Patent number: 9529160
    Abstract: An optical connector, including: a coupling device that is made of metal, and that is to be coupled to a coupling mechanism of another optical connector that is to be coupled with the optical connector; a ferrule; a housing that is made of resin and that is accommodated by the coupling device while accommodating the ferrule in such a manner that the ferrule can move rearward; and a metal member that is affixed to the coupling device while holding the housing between the metal member and the coupling device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: FUJIKURA LTD.
    Inventor: Shuhei Kanno
  • Patent number: 9477060
    Abstract: A wet mateable connection assembly includes: at least one first and a second watertight case mateable to each other in a watertight manner, the first and the second case having respective first and second gates at respective first and second coupling ends; at least one first phase connector arranged inside the first case; and at least one second phase connector arranged inside the second case, wherein the first gate is movable inwardly to the second case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: PRYSMIAN S.P.A.
    Inventor: Lluis Ramon Sales Casals
  • Patent number: 9450338
    Abstract: A high speed connector assembly includes two interengaging connector halves each held in respective first and second interengaging connector housings. Each of the connector halves includes a plurality of conductive contacts arranged in at least two linear arrangements and at least partially surrounded by a conductive grounding shield. The connector housings are cylindrical and engage each other in a circular fashion, while the connectors engage each other in a linear, axial fashion. The connector housings provide a sealed environment for the connectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: Molex, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey A. Reeves, Rick Vandermolen
  • Patent number: 9431778
    Abstract: Methods and systems may provide for debris exclusion and removal apparatuses for connectors which have inverting end caps with a multi-axis lever configuration, inverting end caps with enlarged handle and/or side rail configurations, rotating end cap configurations, poppet valve configurations, O-ring configurations, filament barrier configurations, retractable cover configurations, clamshell end cap configurations, or any combination thereof. Apparatuses may also provide for an intelligent electrical connector system capable of detecting damage to or faults within a plurality of conductors and then rerouting the energy through a non-damaged spare conductor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: The United States of America as Represented by the Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
    Inventors: Robert P. Mueller, Mark E. Lewis, Gary L. Bastin, Matthew C. Branch, Jeffrey W. Carlson, Adam G. Dokos, Kevin A. Murtland, Matthew W. Nugent, Gabor J. Tamasy, Ivan I. Townsend, III
  • Patent number: 9207685
    Abstract: An electrical outlet for receiving an electrical plug is illustrated. The electrical outlet includes a housing defining a recess for receiving the electrical plug and a closed groove in a bottom of the recess, and a draining mechanism accommodated in the housing. The draining mechanism includes a barrel, a first sliding member, and a first driver. The barrel defines a first sliding groove and a slot communicating with both the first sliding groove and the closed groove. The first sliding groove includes a first, external open end and an opposite second open end. The first sliding member includes a first rod slidably retained in the first sliding groove through the second open end. The first driver is configured to drive the first sliding member to slide along the first sliding groove for pushing liquid out of the first sliding groove through the first open end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignees: Fu Tai Hua Industry (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd., HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Zhou Chen
  • Patent number: 8911437
    Abstract: The invention concerns a medical technology device for treatment of the human or animal body, comprising at least one electrical plug connector which is adapted to be connected to a complementary counterpart plug connector of a further medical technology device and which in an active position is arranged projecting upwardly at the top side of the device. To provide a medical technology device which can be used both as an individual device and also in conjunction with a second device as a device arrangement and which in that respect satisfies existing safety and aesthetic demands, it is provided in accordance with the invention that the plug connector is adapted to be movable from the active position into a passive position, wherein in the passive position the plug connector is removed from the top side of the device and the top side is closed in substantially fluid-tight relationship.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Olympus Winter & Ibe GmbH
    Inventors: Andreas Hörlle, André Roggan, Wolfgang Kühne, Uwe Fischer, Timo Strauss, Stefan Schiddel, Christopher Sprenger
  • Publication number: 20140273563
    Abstract: A protective shutter assembly is disposed within the at least one socket, the shutter assembly including a first and second shutter members positioned proximate the cover assembly. Each shutter member is at least partially aligned with a separate cover opening in the cover assembly and is movable between a closed position and an open position in response to engaging at least one plug blade by an electric motor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventors: Jeffrey P. Baldwin, Marcus J. Shotey, Richard L. Cleghom, Ryan K. Liebengood, Jason Thomas, Kenneth C. Booth, John Klein
  • Patent number: 8808013
    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: February 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventors: Jeffrey P. Baldwin, Marcus J. Shotey, Richard L. Cleghom, Ryan K. Liebengood, Jason Thomas, Kenneth C. Booth, John Klein
  • Patent number: 8672695
    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: September 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventors: Jeffrey P. Baldwin, Marcus J. Shotey, Richard L. Cleghom, Ryan K. Liebengood, Jason Thomas, Kenneth C. Booth, John Klein
  • Patent number: 8223478
    Abstract: A field device assembly includes a housing body, a first circuitry subassembly mounted to the housing body and positioned at least partially within the housing body, a first cover chassis having a shoulder, mating flame path restricting structures positioned on the first cover chassis and the housing body, a first threaded collar configured to fit about the first cover chassis and to permit rotation relative to the first cover chassis, and a second circuitry subassembly secured to the first cover chassis. The first threaded collar is threadably engaged with the housing body, and includes an engagement structure engaged with the shoulder of the first cover chassis to secure the first cover chassis to the housing body. The second circuitry subassembly includes an electrical connector configured for linear insertion engagement with a mating electrical connector within the housing body to electrically connect the first and second circuitry subassemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Rosemount Inc.
    Inventors: Aaron Andrew Perrault, Daniel Justin Herzog
  • Patent number: 8218314
    Abstract: An electronic device using a cover mechanism to cover a hole is described. The cover mechanism includes a base member, a cover member and a retaining member. The cover member is fixed with the retaining member and moves between a closed position and an opened position. In the closed position, the cover member is elastically, partially deformed to lock to the base member. In the opened position, the cover member can be elastically bent to expose the hole while still being physically attached to the base member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: FIH (Hong Kong) Limited
    Inventors: Mu-Wen Yang, Chih-Chiang Chang, Chia-Wei Hu
  • Patent number: 8174836
    Abstract: A data card includes a casing provided with a circuit board therein. One end of the casing is provided with a plug electrically connected with the circuit board. The data card further includes a connecting part and a cap part. One end of the connecting part is connected with the casing, while the other end is connected with the cap part. The cap part can cover the plug. An antenna which is electrically connected with the circuit board is provided on the connecting part and/or the cap part. The invention mainly use in wireless data signal receiving or transmitting device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Assignee: Huawei Device Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shuai Zhao
  • Patent number: 8148724
    Abstract: A liquid crystal display device includes a gate line and a data line on a substrate crossing each other to define a pixel region; a thin film transistor in the pixel region and connected to the gate line and the data line; a pixel electrode in the pixel region and connected to the thin film transistor; and a gate pad at an end of the gate line and a data pad at an end of the data line, at least one of the gate pad and the data pad including: a pad electrode including at least one pad contact hole therein along with a passivation layer, the passivation layer on the pad electrode, at least one side of the pad contact hole having an uneven shape in plane; and a pad electrode terminal contacting inner side surfaces of the pad electrode surrounding the pad contact hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: LG Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chang-Deok Lee, Hyung-Beom Shin, Seok Kim
  • Patent number: 8038478
    Abstract: A mechanical and earthed safety contact intended for both small and large withdrawals of power and may for instance be used for connecting a vehicle to the electrical power net includes a telescopic part with a key and a docking unit, which when in mechanical contact interacts with each other for transmission of electric current. The docking unit includes multiple spring pins, of which one is pushed in when the key reaches the front of the docking unit. Transmission of current between the docking unit and the key can take place only when this pin is pushed in far enough. Contact surfaces on the key are used for exchange of information in interaction with contact surfaces of canals containing the spring pins. The key may have a seal that tightens against such a canal to protect the transmission of energy and signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Inventors: Jorgen Olsson, Thomas Bjorling
  • Patent number: 7980869
    Abstract: A safety socket for receiving terminals of a plug includes a socket housing where at least two electrodes are mounted, a socket cover coupled with the socket housing and defining at least two inserting apertures corresponding to the electrodes, and an insulating baffle rotatably located above the electrodes by a torsional spring and having at least two gaps opened at intervals along a circle of which a center is at the rotation axis of the insulating baffle, and at least two driven slopes arranged alternately with the gaps along the circle. The driven slopes movably block between the inserting apertures and the corresponding electrodes. The terminals pass through the inserting apertures and act on the driven slopes to drive the insulating baffle to rotate so as to make the gaps exposed in alignment with the corresponding electrodes. Then the terminals pass through the gaps to be inserted in the electrodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: Well Shin Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jing-Xiao Huang
  • Patent number: 7871279
    Abstract: Receptacles configured to securely mate with hazardous area plugs are provided. The receptacles include a housing, a locking plate, and a sliding lockout key. The sliding lockout key prevents the locking plate from rotating when the receptacle and plug are disconnected or when a standard plug is inserted into the receptacle. When the proper plug is inserted into the receptacle, the sliding key portion is depressed and allows rotation of the locking plate. Upon rotation, pins from the plug contact internal pins of the receptacle and make an electrical connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2011
    Assignee: Cooper Technologies Company
    Inventor: Andrew Adams Litteer
  • Publication number: 20100285679
    Abstract: An electrical terminal connector assembly includes a protective cover for substantially enclosing an electrical terminal on a vehicle component when the assembly is in a connected or disconnected condition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 5, 2009
    Publication date: November 11, 2010
    Inventors: Ryan A. Miller, Eric M. Heitkamp
  • Patent number: 7786380
    Abstract: The present disclosure is a wall plate with a multiple flexible member covered opening. A wall plate with a multiple flexible member covered opening may allow for multiple types of wires to run through the same wall box and wall plate. Wall plate may be designed to directly attach to a standard single gang wall box for an easy installation. Wall plate may include multiple flexible members that may allow cables to enter and exit through the flexible members while covering an opening defined by a frame of the wall plate to provide a finished appearance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2010
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Erik D. Anderson
  • Patent number: 7775813
    Abstract: A safety electrical outlet includes a socket body containing at least two electrical contacts, a pivotally mounted socket cap with at least two apertures and a safety mechanism that holds the socket cap in a first position where the apertures are not aligned with the electrical contacts. The socket cap is released when plug prongs are inserted, allowing the socket cap to be rotated so that the prongs can engage the contacts in the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2010
    Inventor: Yaakov Filiba
  • Publication number: 20100190365
    Abstract: A card connector for a plurality of memory cards includes a housing having a plurality of inserting holes for the memory cards, respectively. The card connector includes a swing member made of an elastic metal plate and having fixing portions and a swing part in the form of a hollow square rod having extending portions extending into the inserting holes when the swing member is fixed in the housing. A partition wall between the inserting holes is formed with a rectangular notch and slits in opposite faces of the rectangular notch for press-fitting the fixing portions of the swing member, respectively. When one memory card is inserted into one inserting hole, the inserted memory card causes the swing part to be further extended into anther inserting hole, thereby preventing another memory card from being inserted into the another inserting hole.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2009
    Publication date: July 29, 2010
    Inventors: Kazunori Takei, Hitoshi Kikuchi, Hirokazu Takahashi, Hiromichi Kato
  • Patent number: 7695293
    Abstract: A childproof electrical outlet covering system includes a panel has a first side and a second side, the panel has two receiving openings therein extending into the second side and outwardly of the first side. Each of the receiving openings corresponds with one of two female apertures in a female outlet when the first side is facing and positioned over the outlet to allow the male prongs to extend through panel and into the female apertures. A mounting assembly is mounted on the panel. The panel is releasably securable to the housing with the mounting assembly. A covering is rotationally coupled to the first side. The covering has a pair of receiving holes extending therethrough that are simultaneously alignable with one of the receiving openings to allow male prongs to be extended through the receiving openings and the receiving holes and into the female apertures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2010
    Inventor: Dwight D. Sikes
  • Publication number: 20100055935
    Abstract: An electrical connector (100) used to transmit electric and optical signal from a module to a circuit substrate comprises an insulative housing (1), a plurality of contacts (2) received in the insulative housing (1) and a cover (3) being assembled on the insulative housing (1) and can move between an opened position to a closed position, the insulative housing (1) comprises a bottom wall (141) and a plurality of sidewalls (142) extending upwardly from the bottom wall (141), each of the sidewalls (142) each defines a plurality of datum blocks (145) and the inner surface of the datum (145) on one sidewall (142) are located in one plane, the datum blocks (145) together formed a space (14) to receive the module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2009
    Publication date: March 4, 2010
    Applicant: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: SHUO-HSIU HSU, HAO-YUN MA
  • Patent number: 7537169
    Abstract: A flash memory mass storage drive stores user files in a convenient credit card sized drive. Embodiments function as both a credit card and a mass storage drive. Communication may be through a host interface connector such as a USB connector, a magnetic interface, a smart card interface, and/or a near field communication interface. In certain embodiments the drive comprises a portion that is sufficiently thin to be swiped through a standard credit card, ATM, or point of sale device. The USB connector of the drive can easily be plugged into even a crowded receptacle of a host computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2009
    Assignee: SanDisk Corporation
    Inventors: Carlos Gonzalez, Edwin J. Cuellar, Joel Jacobs, Robert C. Miller, Ronald LaPedis
  • Publication number: 20090075504
    Abstract: An electrical plug-in connection system has a first electrical plug-in connection element and a second electric plug-in connection element complementary thereto. Pertaining first and a second housings having a number of contact elements corresponding to the number of the wires in the one housing and a corresponding number of opposite contact elements in the other housing are provided. An electrical plug-in connection between the contact elements and their respective opposite contact elements can be established and released again respectively by a relative movement of the two housings. A locking connection occurs between the two housings, which can be established and detached again.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2008
    Publication date: March 19, 2009
    Applicant: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Rudolf FEKONJA
  • Patent number: 7495171
    Abstract: The wall plate structure (10) includes a wall plate (16) that has a rectangular opening (50) therein. A flat, flexible screen (18) is mounted to the back surface (46) of the wall plate and closes the opening (50). Openings (66, 67 and 68) are formed in the screen for the passage therethrough of communication cable (74). The wall plate structure is substantially flat to facilitate the mounting of communication equipment in flat abutment with the wall surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2009
    Assignee: Data:) Comm Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Michael Gorin, James Loye Hutchinson
  • Patent number: 7458831
    Abstract: Wobbling of a coil portion of a torsion spring for urging a rotor/cover to a “usage position” is prevented. An outlet cover of an outlet main body has plugholes for insertion of the plug-in terminals of an outlet plug. A rotor/cover is pivotally provided so that its position can be switched between a “non-usage position,” where the plugholes are closed off, and a “usage position,” where a plug can be connected to the outlet. A supporting axle portion is provided between the outlet cover and the rotor/cover that can support the coil portion of a torsion spring for urging the rotor/cover to the “non-usage position”. The torsional arms of the torsion spring are respectively engaged with the outlet main body and the rotor/cover by utilizing the relative pivoting of the rotor/cover with respect to the outlet main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2008
    Assignee: Togo Seisakusyo Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroki Okada, Masahiro Nishioka
  • Publication number: 20080293271
    Abstract: An electrical safety adaptor includes a receptacle including a plug housing and at least two resilient conductors, a replaceable head unit including a supporting platform slidably fitted on the plug housing in a detachably attaching manner and at least two plugging heads, and a safety arrangement slidably mounted on the replaceable head unit to enclose rear ends of the plugging heads in a hidden manner, wherein when the replaceable head unit is slid to engage with the receptacle, the safety arrangement is slidably pushed to expose the rear ends of the plugging heads for the resilient conductors conductively contacting thereto.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2005
    Publication date: November 27, 2008
    Inventor: Rui Zhuge
  • Patent number: 7403383
    Abstract: An information handling system (‘IHS’) cooling apparatus includes a blank base comprising a pair of opposing ends. A connector engagement member extends from each opposing end of the blank base. A notch is defined by the blank base and located on each opposing end of the blank base. A contacts channel is defined by the blank base and the connector engagement members and extends between the opposing ends of the blank base. The IHS cooling apparatus may be secured in an IHS connector in order to direct airflow over memory devices secured in adjacent IHS connectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2008
    Assignee: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: Matthew Stanley McGuff, Sabrina D. Cauthern
  • Patent number: 7396997
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a weatherproof electrical outlet box assembly for shielding and protecting electrical components from moisture including a faceplate for attaching to an outlet box, the faceplate being substantially planar, and perimetrically bounded by a substantially rectangular side edge, the faceplate having at least one aperture for receiving an electrical component and; the faceplate including a first hinge socket and a second hinge socket extending respectively from the side edge in substantially orthogonal orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2008
    Assignee: Thomas & Betts International, Inc.
    Inventor: Cong Thanh Dinh
  • Patent number: 7390966
    Abstract: A simple, two piece slide-on electrical device cover assembly can be adapted for either horizontal or vertical mounting on the same base. Removable rail members that are coupled to the cover through thinned or partially broken or grooved sections enable the rail members to be snapped off under reasonable force. A manufacturer can package and ship a product in a generic configuration and allow an installer to select whether a horizontal or vertical configuration is desired, and quickly adapt and assembly the product for either configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2008
    Assignee: TayMac Corporation
    Inventors: Michael J. Shotey, Marcus J. Shotey, Lincoln Jolley, Jeffrey P. Baldwin, George Lynn Hagen, Richard L. Cleghorn, Kenneth C. Booth
  • Patent number: 7331804
    Abstract: Wobbling of a coil portion of a torsion spring for urging a rotor/cover to a “usage position” is prevented. An outlet cover of an outlet main body has plugholes for insertion of the plug-in terminals of an outlet plug. A rotor/cover is pivotally provided so that its position can be switched between a “non-usage position,” where the plugholes are closed off, and a “usage position,” where a plug can be connected to the outlet. A supporting axle portion is provided between the outlet cover and the rotor/cover that can support the coil portion of a torsion spring for urging the rotor/cover to the “nonusage position”. The torsional arms of the torsion spring are respectively engaged with the outlet main body and the rotor/cover by utilizing the relative pivoting of the rotor/cover with respect to the outlet main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2008
    Assignee: Togo Seisakusyo Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroki Okada, Masahiro Nishioka
  • Patent number: 7304237
    Abstract: A simple, two piece slide-on electrical device cover assembly can be adapted for either horizontal or vertical mounting on the same base. Removable rail members that are coupled to the cover through thinned or partially broken or grooved sections enable the rail members to be snapped off under reasonable force. A manufacturer can package and ship a product in a generic configuration and allow an installer to select whether a horizontal or vertical configuration is desired, and quickly adapt and assembly the product for either configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2007
    Assignee: TayMac Corporation
    Inventors: Michael J. Shotey, Marcus J. Shotey, Lincoln Jolley, Jeffrey P. Baldwin, George Lynn Hagen, Richard L. Cleghorn, Kenneth C. Booth
  • Publication number: 20070232099
    Abstract: A connector device includes a circuit unit having a first connector provided with a plurality of contacts. The circuit unit is moveable between a mating position and a final mating position. An electrical connector has a cover member and a second connector provided with a plurality of contacts that is arranged in the cover member. The cover member has a first connector housing receiving recess that receives the first connector. At least one locking projection locks the second connector in the cover member when the circuit unit is in the mating position. At least one lock release projection unlocks the second connector when the first connector is moved from the mating position to the final mating position. The contacts of the first connector are electrically connected to the contacts of the second connector in the mating position and the final mating position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2007
    Publication date: October 4, 2007
    Inventors: Akira Okada, Ryuchi Nagai, Yuuchi Yamanouchi
  • Patent number: 7264489
    Abstract: A connector assembly for an electronic device saves space and cost. It includes first and second sockets defining first and second insertion paths for receiving mating plugs. A pivoting keep-out member has first and second blocking surfaces and can be pivoted between first and second positions. In the first position, the first blocking member blocks at least a portion of the first insertion path, but the second blocking member clears the second insertion path. In the second position, the second blocking member blocks at least a portion of the second insertion path, but the first blocking member clears the first insertion path. Thus the connector assembly may receive a plug in either the first or the second socket, but not in both simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2007
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Stephen J Higham, Juan M. Perez
  • Patent number: 7241952
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a weatherproof electrical outlet box assembly for shielding and protecting electrical components from moisture including a faceplate for attaching to an outlet box, the faceplate being substantially planar, and perimetrically bounded by a substantially rectangular side edge, the faceplate having at least one aperture for receiving an electrical component and; the faceplate including a first hinge socket and a second hinge socket extending respectively from the side edge in substantially orthogonal orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2007
    Assignee: Thomas & Betts International, Inc.
    Inventor: Cong Thanh Dinh
  • Patent number: 7235740
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a weatherproof electrical outlet box assembly for shielding and protecting electrical components from moisture comprising a faceplate for attaching to an outlet box, the faceplate being substantially planar, and perimetrically bounded by a substantially rectangular side edge, the faceplate having at least one aperture for receiving an electrical component and; the faceplate including a first hinge socket and a second hinge socket extending respectively from the side edge in substantially orthogonal orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2007
    Assignee: Thomas & Betts International, Inc.
    Inventor: Cong Thanh Dinh
  • Patent number: 7092252
    Abstract: An air-directing unit for use in redirecting air flow in a memory module environment of a computer. The air-directing unit comprises a body portion configured to redirect air flow therearound such that the air flow is redirected in the memory module environment. The air-directing unit includes a coupling element for removably engaging the air-directing unit with a connector portion of the memory module environment, the coupling element removably engaging the air-directing unit without compromising electrical contacts in the connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2006
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development, L.P.
    Inventor: Kenneth G. Robertson
  • Patent number: 6905354
    Abstract: Alignment of optical components to one another in 3-degrees of freedom is facilitated by a U-clip and a sleeve having an off-axis optical component running there through. A generally U-shaped clip comprises a base a first arm and a second arm to form a channel. A generally cylindrical sleeve fits within the channel with a fiber or other optical component encased in the sleeve and positioned off center relative to a mechanical axis of the sleeve. Fine alignment adjustments may be made by sliding and rotating the sleeve within the channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2005
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventor: Eric J. Zbinden
  • Patent number: 6891104
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a weatherproof electrical outlet box assembly for shielding and protecting electrical components from moisture comprising a faceplate for attaching to an outlet box, the faceplate being substantially planar, and perimetrically bounded by a substantially rectangular side edge, the faceplate having at least one aperture for receiving an electrical component and; the faceplate including a first hinge socket and a second hinge socket extending respectively from the side edge in substantially orthogonal orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2005
    Assignee: Thomas & Betts International, Inc.
    Inventor: Cong Thanh Dinh
  • Patent number: 6799984
    Abstract: A connector includes a first housing section having a plurality of electrically conductive contacts therein. The connector also includes a second housing section including a plurality of electrically conductive contacts that can form an electrical connection with the contacts of the first housing section. The first housing section and the second housing section are removably connectable and are capable of forming an explosion proof or flame proof housing when connected. The contacts of at least one of the second housing section and the first housing section are movable relative to their respective housing section to align the contacts of the second housing and the contacts of the first housing section during connection of the second housing section to the first housing section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2004
    Assignee: Mine Safety Appliances Company
    Inventors: Christopher D. Starta, Bruce P. Apel, Leonard J. Blatnica, Scott A. Turner, Dennis D. Mast, Jeffrey L. Weber
  • Patent number: 6797884
    Abstract: A waterproof cover structure of an electric distribution box includes a first cover member and a second cover member, the first cover member, includes a covering wall, a first side wall formed on the covering wall, and an inner wall formed on the covering wall with a gap between the first side wall and the inner wall, and having a straight wall and a slanting wall. The second cover member has a second side wall to be inserted into the gap. The covering wall has an opening communicating the gap with an exterior. An end portion of the second side wall is disposed above the slanting wall when the second side wall is inserted into the gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2004
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventor: Katsuhiro Kubota