Connector Moved Rectilinearly For Engagement, Preventer Or Cover Moved Rectilinearly And Parallel Thereto Patents (Class 439/140)
  • Patent number: 11283210
    Abstract: An electrical plug-in connector includes an internal conductor contact element, an external conductor contact element and an insulating protective element arranged between the internal conductor contact element and the external conductor contact element. The external conductor contact element may have a recess for providing an assembly access point for fastening the internal conductor contact element to an internal conductor of an electrical cable. The insulating protective element can be displaced between an assembly position, in which the assembly access point is cleared through the assembly recess to the internal conductor contact element, and an insulating protection position, in which the assembly access point to the internal conductor contact element is blocked by the insulating protective element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: Rosenberger Hochfrequenztechnik GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Julian Fuchs, Elie Truc-Vallet, Markus Wallner
  • Patent number: 11256888
    Abstract: The present invention is a wireless HVIL system and method using RFID-enabled Electrical Connector with connector position assurance (“CPA”) features. Each RFID-enabled Electrical Connector has an RFID tag that is only readable after the CPA features of the RFID-enabled Electrical Connector have been fully deployed. If a CPA feature has not been fully deployed, electrically conductive material will obscure the RFID tag so that it cannot be read. At least one RFID reader is distributed so that all of the RFID tags are within its effective range. When system power is cycled on, the at least one RFID reader emits a digital pulse and reads all of the non-obscured RFID tags. If the at least one RFID reader detects all of the expected RFID tags, an HVIL processor will shut an HVIL switch, and power will be supplied to all HV devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: Global Inventive Consulting, Inc.
    Inventors: Slobodan Pavlovic, Mohamad Zeidan
  • Patent number: 11203310
    Abstract: An electrical connector assembly includes an electrical terminal that is mounted to a support structure. The assembly also includes a stabilizer that has a slot that receives a free end of the electrical terminal. The assembly further includes a first spring that operatively supports the stabilizer relative to support structure. The first spring biases the stabilizer away from the support structure to a pre-staged position. The first spring is configured to flex from the pre-staged position to an assembled connector position in which more of the free end protrudes through the slot than in the pre-staged position. The first spring extends from each of opposing sides of a first post which is arranged at a first lateral edge of the stabilizer. A second post and a second spring are arranged at a second lateral edge of the stabilizer opposite the first lateral edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignee: APTIV TECHNOLOGIES LIMITED
    Inventors: Erick A. Rodriguez, Naiki A. Reynoso Galvan, Katy Stephanie Almonte Cortes
  • Patent number: 11196201
    Abstract: A male terminal includes a terminal body having a tab extending forward, and a cover slidable between a protection position where the tab is accommodated inside a sheath portion and a retracted position where a front end part of the tab is exposed from the front end of the sheath portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignees: AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES, LTD., SUMITOMO WIRING SYSTEMS, LTD., SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Tetsuya Miyamura, Hajime Kawase, Hajime Matsui
  • Patent number: 11189961
    Abstract: A low cost sealed electrical connector that incorporates multiple connection elements and is sealed against harsh environment with redundant seals. The connector is a harsh environment sealed electrical assembly that is assembled in-situ with a variety of end connector fittings for sealing. The modularity of the sealed connector puck type assembly enables mass manufacturing by injection molding or other mass production methods. The connector can either be mounted to a bulkhead or used in an inline cable assembly using a variety of end fittings. Multiple connector types are encompassed including various sizes of electrical conductors or a combination connector. The connector sealing material is chemical and harsh environment resistant and may include but are not limited to epoxy, urethane and silicone. The invention reduces the number of penetrations in a harsh environment system application thus reducing size, weight, and cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: Suburban Marine, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas Wernicke, Matthew Moldovan
  • Patent number: 11088488
    Abstract: A moving plate (12) for protecting tips of male tabs (15) is mounted into a receptacle (18). The moving plate (12) includes a peripheral wall (36) in the form of a rectangular frame, and the peripheral wall (36) includes long sides (43) and short sides (44). Projections (50) are provided on both sides across a center in a longitudinal direction on an outer surface of each long side (43). Recesses (31) shaped to correspond to the respective projections (50) and to be fit to the projections (50) are provided at positions corresponding to the projections (50) on an inner surface of the receptacle (18). Each of the projections (50) has a one-sided dovetail shape projecting toward a central side in the longitudinal direction, but not protruding toward an end side in the longitudinal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Inventors: Tomoaki Yasuda, Kazoaki Takeda
  • Patent number: 11052830
    Abstract: A display holder includes a display mounting stand on which a display is to be placed. The display mounting stand includes a lower holding portion configured to support the display from below, a supporting wall configured to face a back surface of the display, and a pair of stoppers configured to project from the supporting wall toward a display side. The stoppers are arranged with a specified distance between the stoppers in a width direction, and configured to be accommodated in the display mounting stand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takako Yamada, Yasuhisa Fujiwara, Yoshinari Maeda, Yukinori Kawamura
  • Patent number: 10918755
    Abstract: This accommodation device is for performing sterilization through irradiation with ultraviolet light. The device is provided with an ultraviolet light lamp for emitting ultraviolet light, electric wires for supplying power to the ultraviolet light lamp, socket parts for supporting the ultraviolet light lamp, and a housing in which the ultraviolet light lamp is disposed, wherein: the socket parts have formed therein first opening portions which are open to the inside of the housing, and second opening portions which are in fluid connection with the first opening portions and through which the electric wires pass; and the housing has formed therein third opening portions which guide the electric wires to the outside and which are in fluid connection with the second opening portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: PHC HOLDINGS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tsugumasa Hitomi, Manami Baba, Megumi Onda
  • Patent number: 10804840
    Abstract: The present invention provides an electrical connection box for a panel of exterior cladding of a building equipped with at least one photovoltaic module including an electrical pole at one of its longitudinal extremities and an electrical pole of inverse polarity at the other extremity, the connection box including a first shell and a second shell which are interlockable, the first shell including a base including an aperture topped by a sealing chamber, a lateral wall surrounding the base and extending perpendicularly to it, the lateral wall including a removable hatch used as a wire passage, an electrical terminal attached perpendicularly to the base, the second shell including a base, a lateral wall surrounding the base and extending perpendicularly to it, the lateral wall including a wire passage, an electrical terminal of inverse polarity to that of the electrical terminal of the first shell, the electrical terminal being on a perpendicular axis to the base, attached to the base and positioned in such a
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: ARCELORMITTAL
    Inventors: Paul Wouters, Lionel Fourdrinier, Eftychios Xirakis, Renaud Vignal, Andreas Torma
  • Patent number: 10777980
    Abstract: A switchgear contact device includes at least one first contact element and at least one second contact element which can be slid inside each other in a positive-locking manner, such that they can be connected to each other in an electrically conductive manner in order to create an electrically conductive connection. The at least one first contact element includes a first cup-like contact sleeve and the at least one second contact element includes a contact pin that is surrounded by a hollow cylinder-like enclosure and is centrally arranged therein. A peripheral free area is provided between the contact pin and the enclosure which can be closed on the front side by an annular stop on which a force is exerted and which is arranged such that it is displaceable in the axial direction of the contact pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: ABB SCHWEIZ AG
    Inventor: Alexander Graf
  • Patent number: 10763610
    Abstract: A connector assembly comprises a male connector and a female connector. The male connector includes a cap housing, an access terminal accommodated in the cap housing, a connecting part fixably mounted in the cap housing, and a protection part configured to be movable relative to the connecting part in a lengthwise direction of the access terminal. The female connector includes a plug housing configured to insert in the cap housing. The plug housing is configured to release a fastening state between the connecting part and the protection part and to push the protection part toward a floor surface of the connecting part during coupling of the male connector and the female connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Tyco Electronics AMP Korea Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jae Yong Bae, Sang Ho Jang
  • Patent number: 10749292
    Abstract: An electrical outlet device includes water-resistant components to prevent the ingress of water to electrical components. One example includes a faceplate having a front surface, an outer edge extending around the front surface, and a first outlet opening extending through the front surface. A water-resistant seal is connected to the front surface of the faceplate. The seal has a first slit aligned with the first opening, a first flap adjacent the slit, and a second flap adjacent the slit. The first flap and the second flap are resiliently biased to a closed position and are moveable upon insertion of a plug.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventor: Sorin I. Mortun
  • Patent number: 10707617
    Abstract: A moving plate (13) is inserted into a receptacle (11) of a connector body (12) and movable between a partial locking position and a connection position and includes partial locking portions (91) and resilient locking pieces (46). The partial locking portions (91) restrict movement of the moving plate (13) to the connection position. The resilient locking pieces (46) lock to receiving portions (75) of a mating connector (60) and allow movement from the connection position to the partial locking position by being kept locked to the receiving portions (75) while separating the mating connector from the receptacle (11). The connector body (12) has restricting surfaces (28) to restrict deflection of the resilient locking pieces (46) until a riding amount of the partial locking portions (91) on second interfering portions (36) is a maximum when the moving plate (13) returns from the connection position to the partial locking position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventor: Masanori Hirota
  • Patent number: 10707620
    Abstract: A connector (10) includes a housing (12) to which a mating housing (82) is to be connected from front, side walls (56) constituting an outer surface of the housing (12) and adjacent to upper and lower surfaces via corners (59), and steps (62) provided from the side walls (56) to the corners (59) and becoming gradually thicker in a vertical direction and a lateral direction toward a front side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasuo Imai, Yukihiro Fukatsu
  • Patent number: 10644428
    Abstract: A connector assembly includes a first-connector-housing, an inner-housing, a terminal-stabilizer, and a second-connector-housing. The inner-housing is disposed within a cavity defined by the first-connector-housing. The inner-housing includes an opposed flexible-lock moveable from a locked-position to an unlocked-position. The terminal-stabilizer is disposed within the cavity and is movable from a pre-stage-position to a seated-position. The terminal-stabilizer defines a stop configured to engage an end of the opposed flexible-lock when the opposed flexible-lock is in the locked-position. The second-connector-housing includes an unlocking-feature configured to move the opposed flexible-lock from the locked-position to the unlocked-position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Aptiv Technolgies Limited
    Inventors: Rangarajan Sundarakrishnamachari, Sivakumar Jogula, John D. Schneider, Bart N. Caldwell
  • Patent number: 10644445
    Abstract: A lever-type connector has a lever (24) with a cam groove (28) curved to approach a center of rotation (13) of the lever (24) from an entrance (28E) to a back side. Rotation of the lever (24) from an initial position to a connection position causes cam projections (23) of a moving plate (18) to displace in the cam groove (28) and to approach the center of rotation (13) of the lever (24) while sliding in contact with a cam pin (41) of a female housing (40). The cam projections (23) displace in an escaping space (31) of the lever (24) without changing a positional relationship with respect to the center of rotation (13) of the lever (24) as the lever (24) is rotated from the initial position to the connection position in a state out of contact with the cam pin (41).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventor: Tomoaki Yasuda
  • Patent number: 10563816
    Abstract: The present invention provides a device for quick mounting and dismounting of equipment on ceiling. The device comprises: a face frame (105), the face frame (105) forming a mounting frame having an inner groove, a fixing plate (104) being positioned under the mounting frame, the mounting frame being mounted with a plurality of cylindrical fixing buckles (101), the fixing buckle penetrating through the mounting frame and the fixing buckle (101) further penetrating a tube, the tube being coupled to a foot buckle (103) via a coupling member, a reset structure (102) being arranged under the coupling member, the reset structure (102) being a telescopic member that is arranged between the coupling member and the mounting frame and positioned in a gap between the foot buckle and the fixing buckle, the mounting frame accommodating a product (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Inventor: Yangjun Mai
  • Patent number: 10535952
    Abstract: A lever (11) swings from a fitting start position to a fitting completion position on a housing (10) and has a cam groove (68). In the swinging process, a cam follower (21) of a counterpart housing (14) and cam (55) of a moving plate (13) advance a fitting operation between the housings (10) and (14) to move the moving plate (13) from a moving start position to a moving completion position. A detachment regulating portion (69) locks the cam (55) at the fitting start position to regulate detachment of the moving plate (13) from the hood (26). The lever (11) is swung from the fitting start position in an opposite direction of the fitting completion position, and has a detachment allowing position separating the cam (55) from the detachment regulating portion (69) to allow the moving plate (13) to detach from the hood (26).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuma Mamiya, Yujiro Imai
  • Patent number: 10520177
    Abstract: A mounting adaptor for an electric light fixture to be mounted on a surface. The mounting adaptor comprising: a base and a joining member each having an interfacing face and an electrical interface, one of the base and the joining member comprising on its interfacing face a groove, the other one of the base and the joining member comprising on its interfacing face a lip adapted to cooperate with the groove thereby providing a capability to assemble releasably the joining member with the base; a locking mechanism adapted to lock the base and the joining member in a mounted position relatively to each other; the base comprising a mounting element adapted to mount the base to the surface; and the joining member comprising a joint element adapted to mount the electric light fixture to the joining member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: LES PRODUITS SUNFORCE INC.
    Inventors: Simon Bailey, Michael Dahan, Leslie Wexelman
  • Patent number: 10498071
    Abstract: A port for an electronic device that is water and dust resistant is provided herein. The port includes a housing having a holding hole and an elastic member in the housing. The housing contains a holding hole, and the elastic member is disposed in the housing. The elastic member can snugly block the holding hole in a memory shape, and is configured to deform upon a plug entering the holding hole to thereby expose, and to allow an electrical connection of the plug to, at least one conducting end inside the housing; and is also configured to return to the memory shape to thereby snugly block the holding hole upon the plug exiting the holding hole. An electronic device having one or more of the ports is further provided in the disclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Zifeng Wang, Yan Ren, She Lin, Lei Cao, Nannan Hu
  • Patent number: 10468798
    Abstract: A card edge connector with an improved manner of creating a preload force on conductive elements held by a housing. The housing may include a member and an opening at a mating end. Each conductive element may have a contact portion curving inwardly relative to the opening and a tip extending from the contact portion towards the mating end. Each contact portion may form an electrical connection with an edge pad of a card to be inserted into the opening. The conductive elements may be configured to have a rest state in order to create a proper force to be exerted on the edge pads. The member may preload the conductive elements by contacting the conductive elements from a location farther from the mating end than the contact portion, which may avoid damage upon insertion of a card into the connector without the need for long tips of the conductive elements. As a result, the connector may operate at high frequencies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: FCI USA LLC
    Inventors: Christopher J. Kolivoski, Michael Fogg, Charles Copper, William Tanis, Mark Blaine Bruening
  • Patent number: 10411392
    Abstract: A hybrid electrical connector includes a housing having a central opening, a carrier plate supported by the housing within the central opening, and electrically conductive pins supported within the housing by the carrier plate. The housing is formed of a first plastic material, and the carrier plate is formed of a second plastic material having properties that make it more dimensionally stable than the first plastic material. In addition, a sealing layer is applied to one surface of the carrier plate, the sealing layer formed of a third plastic material and serving to secure the carrier plate to the housing and to secure the pins within the carrier plate. A method of forming the electrical connector is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Ligor Manushi, Mario Reyes, Hiram Avalos, Mark Ryskamp, Allison McInnis, Jens Oberender, Michael Schoenfeld, Alexander Moore, Robert Keller
  • Patent number: 10408396
    Abstract: A junction box for a regressed light module includes an upper housing having a top wall and perimeter walls. The perimeter walls form a polygonal shape. The junction box further includes a lower housing having a cylindrical shape. The lower housing has a cavity for receiving a light module. The lower housing is attached to the upper housing. A cavity of the upper housing and the cavity of the lower housing form a cavity of the junction box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Cooper Technologies Company
    Inventors: Grzegorz Wronski, Steven Walter Pyshos, Oliver Ernst, Rongxiu Huang
  • Patent number: 10403994
    Abstract: An electrical plug-in connector for forming a printed circuit board connector on a printed circuit board includes: a housing body which, when in use, overlaps a printed circuit board contact side on an upper face or lower face of the printed circuit board vis-à-vis a housing portion and includes a plug-in connection side, for a mating plug-in connector, at an angle to the printed circuit board contact side; and an electrical connector element being accommodated in the housing body, which element provides, on the printed circuit board contact side, a first contact portion for contacting a conducting track of the printed circuit board and, on the plug-in connection side, a second contact portion for contacting a mating contact of the mating plug-in connector. The connector element is formed from a punched sheet-metal part such that a center of gravity of the electrical plug-in connector is arranged within the housing portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: PHOENIX CONTACT GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventor: Frank Best
  • Patent number: 10389057
    Abstract: A charger for the microphone of the present invention is provided with a case which has a grip insertion hole into which the grip portion of the microphone is inserted, wherein a pin support stand which supports the power supply side terminal pins below the grip insertion hole; a pin protection part, which has a pin insertion hole into which the power supply side terminal pins are inserted, and which is up/down moveable along the grip insertion hole; and an up/down guide means for guiding the pin protection part between an elevated position and a lowered position, are provided in the case, and at the time of non-charging, the pin protection part is moved to the elevated position such that the power supply side terminal pins are buried in the pin insertion holes, whereby the power supply side terminal pins are protected from external shocks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: AUDIO-TECHNICA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kenji Maeda
  • Patent number: 10367290
    Abstract: A connector device (A) includes male terminal fittings (32) having tabs (34) projecting forward from terminal bodies (33), and a holder (18) for holding the terminal bodies (33). A cover (22) is mounted on the holder (18) and is slidable between a protection position for covering the tabs (34) and a retracted position retracted from the protection position to expose the tabs (34). A pushing portion (50) of a female connector (40) pushes the cover (22) from the protection position to the retracted position while connecting the connectors (10, 40). A locking projection (31) and a locking recess (51) are formed on the cover (22) and the female connector (40) and serve as locks to pull back the cover (22) from the retracted position to the protection position by being locked to each other in the process of separating the female connector (40) from the male connector (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignees: AutoNetworks Technologies, Ltd., Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd., Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroyoshi Maesoba, Toshifumi Ichio, Kimiyasu Okumura
  • Patent number: 10340621
    Abstract: A housing (10) includes a housing body (11) and a receptacle (12) projecting forward from the housing body (11). The housing body (11) includes first cavities (13) into which first male terminals (70) are inserted, and second cavities (14) into which second male terminals (80) are inserted. Each second male terminal (80) includes a second tab (82) longer than a first tab (72) of each first male terminal (70). Recesses (23) are provided on a front surface (17) of the housing body (11) around openings of the second cavities (14) and are recessed farther rearward than areas around openings of the first cavities (13). A moving plate (40) is movable from an initial position to a connection position in the receptacle (12). The moving plate (40) has interpolar partitioning portions (52) configured to partition between the adjacent second tabs (82) by entering the recesses (23) at the connection position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Masanori Hirota, Yuji Kitagawa
  • Patent number: 10297951
    Abstract: A connector (100) is provided. The connector (100) includes a connector body (110) with a connector axis (X), the connector body (110) being comprised of an interface (112) at a first distal end (110a) of the connector body (110), an opening (114) at a second distal end (110b) of the connector body (110), and a conduit (116) extending from the interface (112) to the opening (114) along the connector axis (X). The connector (100) also includes a latch (120) that moves relative to the connector body (110) to selectively engage a plug connector (200), the latch (120) being comprised of a pivot end (122) coupled to the connector body (110), a manually operable end (124), and a latching feature (126) disposed between the pivot end (122) and the manually operable end (124).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Micro Motion, Inc.
    Inventors: Heng Zhao, Hua Jiang, Xue Zi
  • Patent number: 10285251
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a grounding device. In particular, the present invention relates to ground device, or an earth receptacle, that may be installed or fixed into a structure (e.g. placed in the ground) to provide an avenue of safe discharge for electrical current when the device is connected to a piece of equipment of vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: EQUIVOLT M PTE LTD
    Inventor: Wei Chon Alvin Ho
  • Patent number: 10236629
    Abstract: An electrical connector assembly includes a connector, a corresponding mating-connector, and a terminal-stabilizer. The a connector has a plurality of electrical-terminals. The connector also has an outer-surface that includes a plurality of retraction-fins. The mating-connector has a plurality of mating-electrical-terminals. The mating-connector is releasably connected to the connector along a mating-axis. The mating-connector includes a connector-shroud having side walls defining a shroud-cavity. The terminal-stabilizer is slideably disposed within the shroud-cavity and includes a plurality of retraction-locks that engage the plurality of retraction-fins on the connector. The terminal-stabilizer defines a plurality of terminal-apertures that slideably engage the plurality of mating-electrical-terminals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: APTIV TECHNOLOGIES LIMITED
    Inventors: Roberto C. Narro, Marcelino Hernandez
  • Patent number: 10170858
    Abstract: A lever-type connector (10) includes a housing (20) and a lever (40) mounted on the housing (20) movably to an initial position, a first connection position and a second connection position. The lever (40) includes a deflecting portion (45) deflectable in a moving direction of the lever (40). The housing (20) includes a projecting portion (25) configured to start contacting the deflecting portion (45) halfway through a movement of the lever (40) from the initial to the first connection position and deflect the deflecting portion (45) until the second connection position is reached and a lever lock portion (24) configured to hold the lever (40) in a movable state between the first connection position and the second connection position. The lever (40) includes a receiving portion (46) configured to contact not the lever lock portion (24), but the projecting portion (25) when the second connection position is reached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: SUMITOMO WIRING SYSTEMS, LTD.
    Inventor: Naotaka Tanikawa
  • Patent number: 10148033
    Abstract: An electrical outlet device includes water-resistant components to prevent the ingress of water to electrical components. One example includes a faceplate having a front surface, an outer edge extending around the front surface, and a first outlet opening extending through the front surface. A water-resistant seal is connected to the front surface of the faceplate. The seal has a first slit aligned with the first opening, a first flap adjacent the slit, and a second flap adjacent the slit. The first flap and the second flap are resiliently biased to a closed position and are moveable upon insertion of a plug.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventor: Sorin I. Mortun
  • Patent number: 10088500
    Abstract: A combination test device including detection circuitry, outlet tester circuitry, and a single housing. The detection circuitry is configured to wirelessly detect a voltage. The outlet tester circuitry electrically is configured to perform a plurality of electrical outlet testing functions. The single housing has a first end, a second end opposite the first end, and an enclosure between the first end and the second end. The enclosure encloses the detection circuitry positioned at the first end and encloses the outlet tester circuitry positioned at the second end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Power Products, LLC
    Inventor: David Lloyd Wiesemann
  • Patent number: 10044128
    Abstract: A modular, repairable aircraft ground power receptacle includes a base containing pin bases with outwardly opening sockets. Removable pins are secured in the sockets and a pin cover plate is placed there over with prong ends of pins extending through the pin cover plate for connection with a ground power plug. Damage pins may be removed and replaced without disconnecting aircraft power cables from the receptacle. Repair kits may include replacement pins and, optionally, replacement cover plates and related fasteners and tooling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Innovative Electrical Design, Inc.
    Inventors: Preston D. Shultz, Kevin Crowl
  • Patent number: 10038279
    Abstract: A moving plate (30) includes two resilient locking pieces (34) and can be resiliently curved and deformed to incline a projecting direction of the resilient locking pieces (34), and a female housing (50) pulls the moving plate 30 back to an initial position by locking locks (55) to the resilient locking pieces (34). With the moving plate (30) held at the initial position by initial position holding projections (18), the locks (55) of the female housing (50) are displaced to locked positions to the resilient locking pieces (34) by resiliently deforming the resilient locking pieces (34). The initial position holding projections (18) are spaced apart in the same direction as a separating direction of the resilient locking pieces (34) and arranged at positions different from the pair of resilient locking pieces (34) in the separating direction of the pair of resilient locking pieces (34).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Masakazu Suzuki, Kazuo Nakai
  • Patent number: 10027051
    Abstract: A hybrid electrical connector includes a housing having a central opening, a carrier plate supported by the housing within the central opening, and electrically conductive pins supported within the housing by the carrier plate. The housing is formed of a first plastic material, and the carrier plate is formed of a second plastic material having properties that make it more dimensionally stable than the first plastic material. In addition, a sealing layer is applied to one surface of the carrier plate, the sealing layer formed of a third plastic material and serving to secure the carrier plate to the housing and to secure the pins within the carrier plate. A method of forming the electrical connector is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Ligor Manushi, Mario Reyes, Hiram Avalos, Mark Ryskamp, Allison McInnis, Jens Oberender, Michael Schoenfeld, Alexander Moore, Robert Keller
  • Patent number: 10012685
    Abstract: A method of locating an electrical defect in an underwater electrical distribution modular system including a power line along which are disposed: a line head module including an isolator; a line termination module; optionally, one or more intermediate modules; a set of electrical connectors linkable under the water. The method includes, after opening the isolator of the head module following detection of an electrical defect downstream on the line: disconnection, by a remotely operated underwater vehicle, of a male connector and female connector ensuring electrical connection between two underwater modules; fitting a dielectric stopper on the male connector disconnected from the female connector by a remotely operated underwater vehicle; closing the isolator of the head module; and verification of a detection of a defect on the line downstream of the isolator of the head module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES SAS
    Inventor: Terence Hazel
  • Patent number: 9997863
    Abstract: Retainers (37) are exposed on an outer surface of the sub-housing (30) and are displaceable between a locking state for retaining terminal fittings (34) inserted into a sub-housing (30) and a separated state for allowing the terminal fittings (34) to be withdrawn from the sub-housing (30). A frame (10) is formed with a holding portion (20) configured to hold the sub-housing (30) by being locked to the outer surface of the sub-housing (30) and openings (24) expose the retainers (37) with the sub-housing (30) held in the holding portion (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: SUMITOMO WIRING SYSTEMS, LTD.
    Inventors: Junya Matsuura, Toshikazu Sakurai
  • Patent number: 9853379
    Abstract: A terminal placement region of the cartridge is divided into an upper region and a lower region, and the cartridge includes a plurality of terminals placed in the upper region, a plurality of terminals placed in the lower region, and a plurality of long terminals across the upper region and the lower region. The long terminals are a ground terminal, a chip-enable terminal, a power supply terminal, or a reset terminal. A strobe terminal and a clock terminal are arranged one above the other. Two data input/output terminals are arranged one above the other, and four sets of data input/output terminals arranged one above the other are present. A long terminal is near the strobe terminal and the clock terminal arranged one above the other, and a long terminal is near the two data input/output terminals arranged one above the other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: NINTENDO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shinji Hirose, Yuta Fujita
  • Patent number: 9825396
    Abstract: An electrical connector can include a male blade terminal protector that protects one or more male blade terminals from external objects before, during, and after coupling of the male connector to a female connector. The male blade terminal protector can be slidably disposed within a housing of the male connector and configured to retract when the female connector is coupled to the male connector and extend when the female connector is decoupled from the male connector. The male blade terminal protector is moveable from an extended position to a retracted position when a ledge is disengage from a catch by a ramped surface of a female housing and a retraction tab of the female housing is configured to move the male blade terminal protector from the retracted position to the extended position as the female connector is disengaged from the male connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: YAZAKI NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Joseph Paul Besser, Jen Vun Ng
  • Patent number: 9768547
    Abstract: A water resistant port and a method for using it are provided. The port comprises a moveable seal assembly coupled to a spring structure. The moveable seal assembly may comprise a plastic material on an inner surface and a seal material on an outer surface. When the spring structure is in a relaxed position, the moveable seal assembly is caused to create a seal with a gasket material coupled to a side wall of a port casing. The spring structure comprises a spring coupled to the moveable seal assembly at one end and to a guide at an opposite end in an interior portion of the port casing. The port casing comprises, on an interior surface, one or more electrical connectors adapted to receive one or more electrical contacts of an accessory plug when the spring structure is compressed and the moveable seal assembly is in an engaged position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventors: Ryan Christopher Lindstrom, Patrick J. Hills, Richard Aaron Reiser, Andrew Lawrence Liszewski
  • Patent number: 9755355
    Abstract: A connection module for a portable electronic device is disclosed. The connection module includes a mating structure that is configured to attach to a mating structure interface of the portable electronic device. The mating structure includes a fixed alignment projection disposed on a first end of the mating structure, a retractable alignment projection disposed on a second end of the mating structure, and a retractable electrical connector disposed between the fixed alignment projection and the retractable alignment projection. The retractable electrical connector and the retractable alignment projection are fixed relative to each other and movable relative to the fixed alignment projection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Charles A. Schwalbach, Liane Fang
  • Patent number: 9755363
    Abstract: A male housing of a connector assembly has moving plate (30) with a pair of resilient locking pieces (34) that can be curved resiliently and deformed to incline a projecting direction of the resilient locking pieces (34). A female housing (50) causes the moving plate (30) to interfere with initial position holding projections (18) and pulls the moving plate (30) back to an initial position by locking with locking portions (55) to the resilient locking pieces (34). The initial position holding projections (18) are paired and spaced apart in the same direction as a separating direction of the resilient locking pieces (34) and are arranged at positions different from the resilient locking pieces (34) in the separating direction of the resilient locking pieces (34).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: SUMITOMO WIRING SYSTEMS, LTD.
    Inventors: Masakazu Suzuki, Kazuo Nakai
  • Patent number: 9748692
    Abstract: An electrical connector can include a male blade stabilizer that protects one or more male blade terminals from external objects before, during, and after coupling of the male connector to a female connector. The male blade stabilizer can be slidably disposed within a housing of the male connector and configured to retract when the female connector is coupled to the male connector and extend when the female connector is decoupled from the male connector. The male blade stabilizer is moveable from an extended position to a retracted position when a lever lock of a lever is resiliently deflected by the engagement of a female housing with the male housing to a pre-set position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: YAZAKI NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Chad Thomas Pardo
  • Patent number: 9735494
    Abstract: Pluggable connector having a connector housing with a receiving space that opens to a leading end of the connector housing. The pluggable connector includes an edge interface that is positioned within the receiving space and has a mating edge. The pluggable connector also includes a guard assembly that is coupled to the connector housing and includes a front wall and a spring member that operably engages the front wall. The front wall has an edge slot. The spring member is biased to hold the front wall in a forward position with respect to the edge interface. The front wall compresses the spring member as the front wall moves from the forward position to a displaced position. The mating edge moves through the edge slot and clears the front wall as the front wall moves to the displaced position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: TE CONNECTIVITY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael David Herring, Michael John Phillips
  • Patent number: 9722344
    Abstract: A safety shield is provided for use with an electrical plug engaged in a wall socket, the plug having two or more prongs extending from a plug body. The shield comprises a plate formed of an electrically insulating material, with two or more openings defined in the plate in alignment with the two or more prongs of the electrical plug, each opening sized for a snug fit with a corresponding prong. The plate defines a perimeter area around the two or more openings that is at least five times greater than a planar area bounded by the two or more openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Inventor: James T. Hamilton
  • Patent number: 9577388
    Abstract: A connector for being attached to a power-supply unit including a switching element and for mating with a mating connector of a wire harness, the connector including a connecting terminal including an end portion connected to an output terminal in a casing of the power-supply unit, a housing fixed to the casing and enclosing at least a portion of the connecting terminal, a current sensor enclosed in the housing so as to detect a magnetic field generated by an electric current flowing through the connecting terminal, and a signal line for transmitting an output signal of the current sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: HITACHI METALS, LTD.
    Inventors: Jun Umetsu, Sachio Suzuki, Katsuya Akimoto, Naoki Futakuchi, Shinya Hayashi, Takahiro Futatsumori
  • Patent number: 9556686
    Abstract: A wet-mateable connector unit for use in vertical or substantially vertical orientation in a subsea gas well has an outer shell and a movable wall inside the shell surrounding a pressure compensated chamber containing dielectric fluid. The chamber wall is exposed to ambient pressure outside the connector unit. At least one relief valve is mounted in the connector unit and has an inlet in communication with the upper end of the chamber and an outlet in communication with the external environment surrounding the connector unit. The relief valve opens to release gas from the upper end of the chamber when the differential pressure between the chamber and external environment exceeds a predetermined valve cracking pressure. A plurality of relief valves may be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: Teledyne Instruments, Inc.
    Inventor: Andrew Krumpe
  • Patent number: 9520675
    Abstract: A lever type connector includes: a female housing having a box shape of which one portion is open; a male housing configured to be inserted into the female housing and provided with a plurality of male terminals; a lever configured to be rotatably coupled with an outer side of the male housing; and a movable plate configured to be mounted on a bottom surface of the male housing, have the bottom surface provided with a plurality of through holes through which the male terminals penetrate, and enclose the male terminal to protect the male terminals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kyungshin Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jong Pil Choi, Jae Ho Park
  • Patent number: 9509093
    Abstract: When a female connector body is inserted into a hood portion in a temporary lock state of a moving plate, plate lifting locks are deflected in a falling-over direction which is different from an outside direction of a male connector housing by lock portions and the plate lifting locks and the lock portions are engaged with each other after the plate lifting locks are deflected in the falling-over direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tomohiko Shimizu