Movable About Axis Patents (Class 439/142)
  • Patent number: 10666001
    Abstract: A charging plug includes a housing, two charging pins, and an elastic piece. The housing includes a main body portion having an arrangement surface and a protruding portion. The protruding portion is connected to the main body portion and located on the arrangement surface. The protrusion portion has an upper surface, a first side surface and a second side surface opposite each other and connecting to the upper surface. The charging pins are disposed in the housing and extend out of the protrusion portion. The elastic piece is disposed on the protruding portion of the housing and located between the charging pins. The elastic piece covers the first side surface, the upper surface and the second side surface and has at least one positioning portion, and the positioning portion is adapted to be engaged with at least one slot of a casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Leadtek Research Inc.
    Inventor: Ting-Teng Hou
  • Patent number: 10612813
    Abstract: A system for controlling airflow in a plenum, that comprises a worm gear and planetary gear that are removably coupled to a worm shaft and planetary shaft, respectively. The planetary shaft controls the movement of a damper between an open position permitting maximum airflow through the plenum, and a closed position restricting airflow through the plenum. A motor or gear-motor is positioned at the plenum for driving the worm shaft. The motor is controlled by a remotely located controller that includes a power supply for operating the motor and that has a display providing a continuous indication of the position of the damper between the open and closed positions. The controller is connected to the motor through a cable with a detachable electrical connection between the cable and the controller, such as a jack and plug. A wall plate for housing the electrical connection is mounted on a wall or other structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Metropolitan Air Technology
    Inventors: John E. Hollender, Keith Alsberg, Michael Blaha
  • Patent number: 10601176
    Abstract: A connecting device includes a base, a locking member, linkage, and a detector. The locking member is rotatably disposed on the base and configured to rotate about an axis to a locked position along a first rotational direction and to an unlocked position along a second rotational direction opposite to the first rotational direction. The locking member has an engaging portion at a peripheral edge thereof. The linkage is rotatably disposed on the base and includes an abutting portion configured to abut against the peripheral edge. When the locking member is rotated to the locked position, the abutting portion is moved to and is engaged with the engaging portion accompanied with a rotation of the linkage. The detector is disposed on the base and configured to detect the rotation of the linkage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Gogoro Inc.
    Inventors: Zih-Wei Chen, Yu-Jung Wang, Chen-Hsin Hsu
  • Patent number: 10594099
    Abstract: A power module may be attached to and detached from a network extender. The power module may include one or more power connectors that are specific to one or more countries/regions. The power module may include one or more other interfaces (e.g., Ethernet port, etc.). The power module may include a power connector and a male local area network connector on a first surface. The power module may include a local area network port on a second surface, wherein the local area network port is conductively connected to the male local area network connector via a local area network port access.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: ARRIS Enterprises LLC
    Inventors: Paul Joseph Harley, Chien-Cheng Huang, Xue-Hong Wu, John Hausman, Lars Kristoffer Roberg
  • Patent number: 10496146
    Abstract: A digital device containing the port types: power I/O, computer accessory & peripheral I/O, telephony, router, switch, network, antenna, UPS, surge protectors and lockable storage for user storage drives. Power I/O ports allow for separate power control of: an external computer, UPS and monitors; accessories and non-computer peripheral units; network router and switch, internal/external storage drives and device chargers. Operating apparatus consists of plugging into AC power from wall and peripheral devices to apparatus by way of cable harness; turning the apparatus on/off by way of front power buttons for external computer power, peripheral power and network power. Storage of user placed storage drives inside apparatus occurs by opening lid, connecting storage drives inside device and closing lid. Locking device occurs by way of two locks: one secures lid to device; one secures device to desktop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Inventor: Carter Christopher Neale, IV
  • Patent number: 10464429
    Abstract: There is provided a cap for covering a receptacle enclosing charge terminals of a charge handle connected to a charging cord for providing electricity from a power source. The cap comprises a base member including a casing, the casing extending from the base member providing a hollow cavity for covering the receptacle enclosing the charge terminals of the charge handle, and two arms extending from the base member in a different direction from the casing, wherein the two arms are configured to receive the charging cord being coiled therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: KARMA AUTOMOTIVE LLC
    Inventors: Edward Djrbashian, Jake Iverson
  • Patent number: 10451232
    Abstract: A light fixture includes a mount configured to mount onto a mounting surface and a stem having a first end attached to the mount and extending in a first direction away from the mount with respect to the mounting surface to a second end. The light fixture further includes at least one arm having a first end attached to the stem and extending in a second direction away from the stem with respect to the mounting surface to a second end, the second direction at an angle with respect to the first direction. The light fixture includes a socket disposed on the second end of the at least one arm for receiving a light emitter and a power receptacle and/or a communication receptacle disposed on the second end of the stem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: McKeon Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Devin Benner
  • Patent number: 10348030
    Abstract: A socket connector includes an insulating housing, at least one docking element, a plurality of docking terminals, a fastening board and an outer cover assembly. A middle of the insulating housing has at least one holding groove. The at least one docking element is assembled in the at least one holding groove. The at least one docking element defines a plurality of docking grooves. The plurality of the docking terminals are fastened in the plurality of the docking grooves, separately. The fastening board has a first opening. The insulating housing is fastened to a rear surface of the fastening board. The outer cover assembly is assembled in the first opening. The outer cover assembly includes a frame and a waterproof element. The waterproof element has a sleeving ring, a covering portion, and a connecting element connected between the sleeving ring and the covering portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: CHENG UEI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chih-Chiang Lin, Chun-Fu Lin, Te-Hung Yin
  • Patent number: 10259315
    Abstract: A charging connector device for a motor vehicle. A connector socket, which is arranged in a depression, with a pivotable cover, which can be detachably connected to said connector socket, as well as a pivotable cover flap, which closes the depression reversibly. The cover and the cover flap can pivot between a closed position and an opened position. The cover, situated in the opened position, is arranged in the pivoting path of the cover flap, which can pivot from the opened position to the closed position by a motor-driven positioning device, and, during the pivot movement of the cover flap, is entrained by the latter for closure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventors: Thomas Jobst, Jaume Sanchez, Michael Kauselmann
  • Patent number: 10243298
    Abstract: A connector includes first terminals configured to be connected to first electric cables, a housing having terminal housing cylinder portions configured to contain the first terminals in parallel, terminal housing portions provided between the terminal housing cylinder portions, second terminals configured to be connected to second electric cables and to be contained in the terminal housing portions, and fasteners configured to fasten and fix terminal metal fittings connected to end portions of the first electric cables to the first terminals protruding from rear ends of the pair of terminal housing cylinder portions. By the fasteners, the terminal metal fittings are fixed to side faces of the first terminals from directions intersecting with axis directions of the first terminals, the side faces being opposite to faces of the first terminals which face each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ryuji Kawai, Tomokazu Iwami, Michitake Masuda
  • Patent number: 10214113
    Abstract: A fully-automatic dust proof system for quick change connector of electric vehicle is provided. The fully-automatic dust proof system of the application comprises: a base provided at the quick change connector of the battery pack; a dust proof covering plate slidably installed onto the base; an electric motor fixed on the base; a power supply electrically connected with the electric motor; a control system for controlling the motor to drive the dust proof covering plate to slide; a distance sensor for monitoring relative distance between the battery pack and the electric vehicle; and a pressure sensor for monitoring whether the dust proof covering plate is in place or not.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: NIO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hui Qi, Bo Li, Yaping Jiang, Jie Fang, Xiaojia Deng
  • Patent number: 10198037
    Abstract: A low profile component mounting article is provided and includes a structure base, wherein the structure base defines a base cavity for containing a laptop computing device. The structure base further defines a cable opening and is configured to contain an auxiliary component having a connector cable, wherein the cable opening is communicated with the base cavity, and wherein when the auxiliary component is located within the base cavity, at least a portion of the extends out of the cable opening. Additionally, the structure base further includes a cable storage mount located proximate the cable opening and configured to removably contain the connector cable and a cable connector mount located proximate the cable storage mount and configured to removably contain the cable connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: CASE BYTE TECHNOLOGY, LLC
    Inventor: Ralph Belfiglio
  • Patent number: 10034394
    Abstract: An electrical component enclosure with a hygienic hinge, which is used to house electric components, includes a body for fixing to a surface and having six faces defining a volume within which the electrical components are contained. One of the faces has an access aperture with a flange around the aperture. A closure covers the aperture to seal the body. A hinge connects the body and closure permitting movement of one to the other. The hinge includes an opening contained within the body next to the access aperture and includes a rigid extension portion which extends through the opening. The extension portion is fixed to the closure at one end and has a retaining portion at the other end which prevents the rigid extension portion from exiting the opening and allows the closure to hang from an edge of the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Electrix International Ltd.
    Inventor: Richard John Thompson
  • Patent number: 9985398
    Abstract: A wall socket having a connecting module includes a socket body and a connecting module. The socket body has a socket unit. The connecting module is mounted with the socket unit. The connecting module is electrically connected with the socket body and selectively protruded outside the socket body. Therefore, the invention has functions of wall socket, electricity-transmitting and electricity-connection, which is convenient for various applications with a better universal characteristic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Inventor: Sheng-Hsin Liao
  • Patent number: 9979804
    Abstract: Mobile communications devices having moveable housings are described. In an implementation, a mobile communications device includes a first housing and a second housing. At least one of the first or second housings are moveable between a first configuration in which the first housing substantially covers the second housing so that an outer surface of the second housing is covered and an outer surface of the first housing is viewable, and a second configuration in which said outer surface of the second housing is exposed and positioned such that said outer surface of the second housing is positioned in a substantially similar plane to that of said outer surface of the first housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Kabir Siddiqui, Quintin R. Morris
  • Patent number: 9941633
    Abstract: The connector (1) for the connection to the on-board diagnostics of a vehicle, comprising a container body (2) associable with an electronic connection port (A) of an on-board diagnostic system of a vehicle, a plurality of electrical terminals (3) supported by the container body (2) and connectable to corresponding electrical terminals (B) of the connection port (A), at least a protruding element (4) associated with the container body (2) and engageable in correspondence of at least a respective locator element (C) onto the connection port (A), and blocking means (5) of the protruding element (4) in correspondence of the locator element (C), able to prevent undesired disconnections of the connector itself from the connection port (A).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Meta System S.p.A.
    Inventor: Giuseppe Simonazzi
  • Patent number: 9912154
    Abstract: An electrical power-supplying device for supplying electrical power to a group of electrical appliances located in an environment. The electrical power supplying device includes a power supply cord for plugging into a standard power receptacle by way of a power supply plug, and supplying AC electrical power to the device. The device includes a housing base portion having a central aperture providing access to a 3D interior volume bounded by a side wall extending circumferentially about the 3D interior volume and having a capacity for holding a plurality of power adapter modules and/or power adapter blocks associated with said group of electrical appliances located in the environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: PUCLINE, LLC
    Inventor: Jeffrey Fleisig
  • Patent number: 9887502
    Abstract: A connector structure includes a jack including a receiver, and a plug connectable to the jack. The jack includes a wall located around the receiver and defining a receiving region configured to receive a locking portion. The plug includes a plug body, a plug holder, and the locking portion. The receiving region includes a first region where at least a part of the locking portion is configured to enter and exit by a movement of the locking portion along the first axis, and a second region where at least a part of the locking portion is configured to enter when the locking portion is rotated about the first axis. The second region is covered by the wall when the receiver is seen from the front.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: KYOCERA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yuki Yoshioka, Yasuo Nambu
  • Patent number: 9819116
    Abstract: An electrical outlet assembly for a vehicle is provided. The electrical outlet assembly includes a panel and an electrical receptacle. The panel includes a sidewall and a bottom wall that extends from the sidewall, and is coupleable to a vehicle panel of the vehicle to define an interior cavity therewith. The electrical receptacle is coupled within a receptacle opening defined in the sidewall. The sidewall defines a first drain opening beneath the electrical receptacle, and the bottom wall at least partially defines a second drain opening, each of the first and second drain openings providing fluid communication with the interior cavity. The panel is configured to direct fluid that enters the interior cavity through the first drain opening out of the second drain opening and away from the electrical receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Daniel M. Baughman, Alex W. Baker
  • Patent number: 9816655
    Abstract: A push fitting joint packaging arrangement allows for rotation locking as between a fitting and an inserted pipe or tubing element. In various embodiments, the arrangement comprises one or more sealing members, a fastening ring with one or more prolated ear members, a tube support member and a push release member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Quick Fitting, Inc.
    Inventors: David B. Crompton, Libardo Ochoa Dias, Herbert J. Bouchard
  • Patent number: 9722371
    Abstract: A socket for a vehicle passenger compartment comprising a socket body and at least one electrical connection element fixed to the socket body by clinching. The socket is adapted for use on multiple vehicles of different manufacturers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Valeo Vision
    Inventors: Jean-Yves Demazeau, Benoit Descazeaux, Sylvain Fournier, Matthieu Bernable
  • Patent number: 9665123
    Abstract: An electronic device including a first body, a rotating base, and a rotating base driving system is provided. The rotating base is pivoted to the first body and suitable for rotating between a using position and a retracting position with respect to the first body. The rotating base driving system is adapted to determine an operation status of the electronic device to control a movement of the rotating base with respect to the first body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: COMPAL ELECTRONICS, INC.
    Inventors: Chung-Yuan Huang, Chia-Huang Chan
  • Patent number: 9579985
    Abstract: The invention relates to a system for electrically coupling an electrical charging device to the power storage means of a vehicle. The system includes a bar, a protective panel, a flap, a drive means, and a control device for synchronizing the movements of the bar, protective panel, and flap between a stowed position and a position for extending from the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: Conductix Wampfler France
    Inventor: Gilles Lacour
  • Patent number: 9564702
    Abstract: An electric apparatus with safety connector for preventing electric shock, having an electric circuit comprising at least a pair of terminals electrically separated from each other, and a cover which covers the electric circuit so as to prevent access to it when it is disposed in the assembly configuration to cover the electric circuit. The cover is mechanically fixed in position by a plurality of attachment mechanisms. A safety connector associated with the cover and provided with an electric conductor element, wherein the security connector passes through the cover so as to short-circuit the terminals and a projection supports the electric conductor element and is movable from a closed configuration in which it short-circuits the terminals to an open position in which it does not short circuit the terminals. A cover element which, in closed configuration, at least partially overlaps at least one of attachment mechanisms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: MAGNETI MARELLI S.P.A.
    Inventors: Franco Ciampolini, Enrico Della Fornace
  • Patent number: 9564745
    Abstract: A replaceable panel structure and a socket, switch and humidity sensor with the replaceable panel. The replaceable panel structure includes a base, and a panel main body which is replaceably mounted on the base by a snap structure having first snap structures and second snap structures, wherein each of the first snap structures includes a first elastic snap disposed on the panel main body and a stop block disposed on the base, a first slot fitted with the first elastic snap being formed on one side of the stop block away from the panel main body, the first elastic snap being deformed due to the stop of the stop block and then snapped into or released from the first slot; each of the second snap structures includes a second snap disposed on the panel main body and a second slot disposed on the base and fitted with the second snap, the second snap being able to be inserted into or released from the second slot in a horizontal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: Wenzhou MTLC Electric Co., LTD
    Inventors: Lidong Ni, Wei Gao
  • Patent number: 9538667
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an electrical component, in particular for surface mounting, comprising a housing body, preferably configured as a housing block, comprising a plurality of contact pins which project from the housing body, at least in portions, and comprising at least one orientation element on which, at least in the operating position thereof, the contact pins rest orientated along a predetermined contact contour (K), at least in portions. According to the invention, by installing the at least one orientation element with spacing from the housing body a component can be provided which is simple and cost-effective to produce, versatile and can be fitted in a reliable manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: TE Connectivity Germany GmbH
    Inventors: Oliver Frank, Jochen Fertig, Lutz Neubert, Thomas Schmitt, Willi Dietrich, Michael Spielvogel, Ulrich Kiefner, Sebastian David
  • Patent number: 9463702
    Abstract: A charging inlet device (1, 2, 3) includes: an inlet housing (10) fixed to a vehicle body panel (P) with a charging port (11A) open towards an outer side of a vehicle body; a terminal (20) arranged in the charging port (11A); and a rear connector (50) mounted to the inlet housing (10) on an opposite side from the charging port (11A) and having a wire lead-out terminal (52) connecting the terminal (20) and an electrical wire (W) routed through the vehicle body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hirotaka Fukushima, Daisuke Sugiyama, Tsutomu Sawada
  • Patent number: 9352660
    Abstract: A combined charging inlet (10) including plural connector fitting portions that are integrated, including: an inlet housing (20) including a first hood (50) and a second hood (60) that are provided integrally and continuously with each other. First drains (34A) to (34C) configured to drain water from first cavities (32A) to (32C) that accommodate first terminals (31A) to (31C) in a first connector fitting (30) to a first drain space (33). A first water guide (51) guides water from the first drain space (33) to a second drain space (43). Second drains (44A) and (44B) drain water from second cavities (42A) and (42B) that accommodate second terminals (41A) and (41B) in a second connector fitting (40) to the second drain space (43), and a second water guide (61) guides water from the second drain space (43) to outside of a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventor: Kiyoshi Osawa
  • Patent number: 9333868
    Abstract: A charging connector accommodation apparatus for use in a truck-type or pickup-type electric vehicle includes a box body having an opening facing an outside of a vehicle body and an opening facing an inside of the vehicle body, and a lid member. The box body includes a frame body, and a center panel disposed inside the frame body. A bent edge folded toward the outside and joined to the frame body is provided at the center panel. A highly rigid frame section enhanced in rigidity by the bent edge is disposed is provided more outward to the outside than the center panel, and a hollow frame section having rigidity lower than that of the highly rigid frame section is disposed is provided more inward to the inside than the center panel of the box body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignees: MITSUBISHI JIDOSHA KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA, MITSUBISHI JIDOSHA ENGINEERING KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takanobu Uchida, Takashi Yakata, Isahiro Imamura, Masanori Kobayashi, Tatsuaki Kawahara, Kenshiro Miyashita
  • Patent number: 9325161
    Abstract: A universal receptacle cover for an electrical receptacle is provided. The universal receptacle cover includes a base, a neck supported by the base, and a cap coupled to the neck, the cap moving between an open configuration and a closed configuration. In some cases, a portion of the universal receptacle cover consists essentially of a material transparent to visible light. In some cases, the universal receptacle cover is sized and shaped to completely cover standard electrical receptacles when the cap is in the closed configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: Trystar, Inc.
    Inventors: Frederick Alan Dahl, James Jerome Koberg, Brian Allen Amacher
  • Patent number: 9300083
    Abstract: A stackable connector interface with magnetic retention for electronic devices and accessories can allow power and data to be transferred between one or more stacked connectors. Each interconnected stackable connector may include one or more magnetic elements, which magnetic elements may have poles arranged to facilitate mating with other stackable connectors. The magnetic elements may also provide a magnetic retention force that holds mated connectors in contact with each other. The connectors can also include connection detection circuitry for determining whether the connectors are mated with other connectors, thereby allowing the connectors to prevent live contacts from being exposed at an unmated surface of the connectors. In addition to connection detection circuitry, routing circuitry may also be included to determine how signals should be transferred between the interconnected stackable connectors and/or corresponding devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Nathan P. Bosscher, Eric S. Jol, Albert J. Golko, Jeffrey J. Terlizzi, Jahan C. Minoo
  • Patent number: 9287665
    Abstract: An incorrect-insertion-prevention structure of a connector which prevents a first connector from being incorrectly inserted into a space formed within a second connector to be fitted to the first connector, wherein the first connector includes at least one first magnet, a bottom surface or a side surface at an insertion end to be inserted into the second connector, wherein the second connector includes: a shutter rotatably and pivotally supported by a rotating shaft to open and close an inlet of the space, and a shutter-rotation-prevention unit rotatably and pivotally supported by a supporting shaft in parallel to the rotating shaft of the shutter to prevent the shutter from being rotated in an opening direction, and wherein the shutter-rotation-prevention unit shutter-rotation-prevention unit includes: at least one engaging member facing a rotation end of the shutter in a closed state to prevent the shutter from being moved in the opening direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventor: Takashi Watanabe
  • Patent number: 9252539
    Abstract: An internally switched female receptacle or connector for use with IEC 60309-2 configuration plugs and the like. Various plug-latching and plug-actuated safety interlock arrangements coordinate strictly axial plug movement relative to the receptacle with the closing and opening of sleeve contacts and terminal pressure contacts. A continuous ground feature ensures grounding of the primary electrical circuit throughout plug insertion and withdrawal. An optional low-current lighting control circuit powers an LED status indicator. A modular clocking design enables variable angular positioning of the terminals during manufacture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventors: Mark Andrew Condo, Thomas Louis Scanzillo, William Henry Dietz, William Ramon Valentin
  • Patent number: 9243436
    Abstract: A spring hook structure includes: a torsion coil spring including a coil portion and a first arm and a second arm extending from each side of the coil portion; and a rotation support pin by which a cap is rotatably supported on an exterior case. The rotation support pin is inserted into the coil portion. The first arm is hooked on a first hook surface of the exterior case, and the second arm is hooked on a second hook surface of the cap. At least one of the exterior case and the cap is provided with a regulation wall at a position not interfering with the arm moving along the hook surface due to flexural deformation of the coil portion but interfering with the arm moving along the hook surface due to flexural deformation of the arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Tsutomu Sawada, Norihisa Yamada, Takashi Tsukamoto
  • Patent number: 9214750
    Abstract: An electrical assembly connector for connecting a flexible assembly having a plurality of flexible assembly electrical contacts to a rigid assembly having a connector receptacle with a plurality of attachment element electrical contacts. The connector comprises an intermediary device configured to electrically connect the rigid assembly and the flexible assembly. The intermediary device has a plurality of connector electrical contacts. The intermediary device electrical contacts are exposed on a first base side and on a second base side of the intermediary device. The intermediary device electrical contacts exposed on the second base side are configured to mechanically and electrically couple to the flexible assembly electrical contacts, and the intermediary device electrical contacts exposed on the first base side are configured to electrically and mechanically couple to the attachment element electrical contacts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: Hi Rel Connectors, Inc.
    Inventors: Derick Esquivel, Willis Williams
  • Patent number: 9196994
    Abstract: A connecter mechanism includes a casing, a half socket and a door. The casing includes a first actuating portion, an opening and a pivot hole. The half socket is disposed inside the casing. The door is movably disposed on the casing to cover the half socket. The door includes a body, at least one pivot shaft, a cover and a second actuating portion. The pivot shaft is disposed on a side of the body. The cover is connected to an edge of the body for covering the opening. The second actuating portion is connected to the other edge of the body opposite to the cover. Position of the cover relative to the opening is adjusted via the second actuating portion and the first actuating portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: Wistron Corporation
    Inventors: Tien-Chung Tseng, Po-Lun Lin, Chih-Peng Chen, Chih-Sheng Chou, Chia-Jou Chen
  • Patent number: 9190785
    Abstract: An outlet type versatile adapter that can plug into a standard outlet, such as a wall outlet, power-strip outlet, extension cord outlet, etc. The versatile adapter includes the ability to rotate as much as 360 degrees even while plugged into an outlet. Further, the versatile adapter includes at least two adapters that can be removed and replaced with different types of interfaces. The at least two adapters can swivel between an expanded position and a closed or contacted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Inventor: Gene Rogero
  • Patent number: 9184532
    Abstract: A socket comprising a body having an opening in which a contact-holder is housed, a cover articulated to the body and movable between a closed position in which it closes said opening and an open position in which it is raised from said opening, a yoke articulated to the body and movable between a lowered position and a raised position, the yoke having two arms which, in the lowered position, are intended to cooperate with a shoulder of a plug to retain the plug inserted into the socket, and a latch member articulated to the yoke and movable with respect to the yoke between a locked position and an unlocked position, the latch member having at least one pawl which, in the locked position, engages a corresponding seat of the body and which, in the unlocked position, is disengaged from said seat, and a cover-lock element articulated to the body and movable between an engaged position and a disengaged position, wherein the latch member has at least one cam portion that cooperates with the cover-lock element for
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: Menber's S.p.A.
    Inventors: Claudio Crovetti, Tiziano Bianchin
  • Patent number: 9150113
    Abstract: A vehicle externally chargeable includes a power storage device, an AC/DC converter, an inlet, a first power line, at least one connector inserted in the first power line, and a second power line. To the inlet, a charging cable can be connected to transfer electric power from an external power source. The first power line is connected to the inlet and the AC/DC converter. The second power line is branched from a path that is located on the first power line and that connects the connector and the AC/DC converter to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Shinji Ichikawa
  • Patent number: 9147960
    Abstract: To provide a connector of which cover is easily opened even when the cover is firmly fixed to a housing due to freezing, and cannot be opened by only biasing force of a spring. A connector 1 includes: a housing 2; a cover 3 pivotally supported by the housing 2, and opening and closing openings 21a, 22a of the housing 2; and a lock 4 pivotally supported by the housing 2 and keeping the cover 3 covering the openings 21a, 22a by hooking on an edge 33 of the cover 3 covering the openings 21a, 22a. The lock 4 is provided with a base 40, a pushing claw 42, and a projection 43. The connector 1 is formed so that the edge 33 of the cover 3 positioned between the pushing claw 42 and the projection 43 is overlapped with a rotation track of the projection 43.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroshi Kojima, Tsutomu Sawada
  • Patent number: 9148003
    Abstract: A housing having three side walls and a cover is provided, wherein an opening for introducing a pipe is formed in one of the side walls. The side walls are arranged in a U-shape, with the opening being provided in the side wall forming the first side thereof, and with a pipe section that aligns with the opening being connectable to the second side forming the opposite side wall thereof. The cross-section of the pipe section, in particular its diameter, is larger or smaller than the cross-section of the pipe. As a result, the pipe and the pipe section can be slid one inside the other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: Adensis GmbH
    Inventors: Bernhard Beck, Sebastian Bachmann, Ge Xiong
  • Patent number: 9126489
    Abstract: A vehicle charging arrangement includes a charging station outside of a vehicle, a charging cable, and an electric charging unit of the vehicle. The charging station can be supplied with electric power from an external alternating-current network. The charging cable is electrically connected to the charging station or can be electrically connected to the charging station. The charging cable can be electrically connected to the electric charging unit by way of a plug-and-socket connection. The charging station has six electric taps, and the charging cable has six electric lines. In order to charge the electric energy storage device, the six electric taps of the charging station are connected in the same configuration with the six electric lines of the charging cable, and the six electric lines of the charging cable are connected in the same configuration with at least four electric contacts of the electric charging unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Torsten Herzog
  • Patent number: 9093777
    Abstract: Provided is a connector in which a cover is readily closed when ice is induced between a pair of shaft attachment plates by such snowfall. A connector mounted in an electric vehicle and connected to a connector of a charge cable is provided with a housing, a cover rotatably pivoted by the housing and covering an opening of the housing, a latch, and shafts. The cover is provided with a pair of shaft attachment plates and a rib arranged between the pair of shaft attachment plates. The rib extends in a direction perpendicular to a direction of the pair of shaft attachment plates being opposed to each other, and formed such that its tip is peaked. In the connector, even when ice is induced, rotation of the cover in closing direction allows the ice to be broken by the rib so as to readily close the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventor: Hiroshi Kojima
  • Patent number: 9078348
    Abstract: An apparatus for providing utility receptacles and VGA cables at a selected location of a workstation. The apparatus has a receptacle enclosure housing and a component housing that is movably attached to the receptacle enclosure housing. The component housing can be pivoted to a horizontal position or vertical position. An elongate member is removably inserted into a first combination of through-holes to maintain the component housing in a horizontal position under the work surface of a work station. In order to orient the component housing in a vertical position, the elongate member is removed from the first combination of through-holes and the component housing is pivoted to a vertical position. The elongate member is then reinserted into a second combination of through-holes in order to maintain the component housing in the vertical position. The apparatus provides a plurality of utility receptacles and has a cable retractor and VGA switching device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: Premier Manufacturing Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Grandin, David Black, Michael O'Keefe
  • Patent number: 9070993
    Abstract: A connector includes a housing having an insertion portion an upper part of which is opened so as to insert a connection end portion of a connection target having a plurality of contact portions, and at least one confirmation groove for viewing a tip end position of the connection end portion of the connection target inserted into the insertion portion from above, an actuator rotatably attached to the housing between an open position where the upper part of the insertion portion is opened and a closed position where the upper part of the insertion portion is covered, and a portion of the actuator which is located right above the confirmation groove of the housing when the actuator is located at the open position is cut out, and a plurality of contacts fixed to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: Japan Aviation Electronics Industry, Limited
    Inventor: Yosuke Honda
  • Patent number: 9054444
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a housing, a system connector accessible at an external surface of the housing, and a hinged door to selectively expose or cover the system connector. The electronic device may also include a mechanism coupled to the hinged door that pivotally biases the door from an open position, in which the system connector can receive an external connector, to a partially closed position in which the hinged door at least partially covers said system connector. The hinged door is to slide along the housing if the hinged door is moved from the partially closed position to a fully closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventor: Mark D. Senatori
  • Publication number: 20150140843
    Abstract: A cable connector assembly (100, 100?) includes a first cable end (1, 1?), a second cable end (2, 2?), and a cable (3, 3?) connecting between the first cable end and the second cable end. The first cable end has a first insulative body (11, 11?) and a first connecting tongue (12, 12?) extending beyond the first insulative body. The second cable end has a second insulative body (211, 211?), a third insulative body (212, 212?) extending from the second insulative body, a second connecting tongue (23, 23?) extending beyond the second insulative body, and a third connecting tongue (24, 24?) extending beyond the third insulative body. The cable connector assembly has a cover (25, 25?) covering the second cable end along a first direction. The cover is moveable with respect to the second cable end in a second, perpendicular direction to cover one of the two connecting tongues.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: XIAO-GANG WU, DUO YANG, CHENG-PANG CHEN
  • Publication number: 20150132978
    Abstract: The electrical connection box includes a block and a frame which accommodates the block. The block is configured to include a terminal support section which supports a relief terminal section of a bus bar in a state in which the relief terminal section of a bus bar is protruded, and a first cover support section which is provided in the vicinity of the terminal support section. The frame is configured to include an insertion hole into which the relief terminal section is inserted when the block is accommodated, and a second cover support section which is provided in the vicinity of the insertion hole. A terminal cover is rotatably supported around a shaft section, with the shaft section being interposed between the first cover support section and the second cover support section in an accommodation state in which the block is accommodated in the frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2015
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroki TASHIRO, Hideki KAWAMURA, Yuki KOMIYA
  • Publication number: 20150124384
    Abstract: An electronic device comprises a case and a connector mechanism. The case comprises a bottom plate, a lateral plate and a pivoting base. The lateral plate is connected to the bottom plate, the lateral plate has an opening and the pivoting base is connected to the lateral plate. The connector mechanism comprises an electrical connector, a cover member and an elasticity-adjusting member. The electrical connector comprises an insulating base and a plurality of conductive terminals installed in the insulating base. A slot is formed in the insulating base and exposed to the opening. The cover member comprises a cover portion, a pivoting portion and an elastic portion all connected together, wherein the pivoting portion is positioned between the elastic portion and the cover portion while being disposed on the pivoting base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Applicant: Wistron Corp.
    Inventors: Tien-Chung TSENG, Chih-Sheng CHOU
  • Patent number: 9025320
    Abstract: A housing for a computer system which can be opened at least on a first housing wall for access into the housing and wherein, on a second housing wall, an opening for an external connector plug is arranged, the housing having a covering fixture to cover the opening for the connector plug, wherein the covering fixture is operable by the first housing wall such that the opening for the external connector plug is covered at least partially when the housing is opened, and the opening for the external connector plug is not covered when the housing is closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Fujitsu Technology Solutions Intellectual Property GmbH
    Inventor: Wilhelm Neukam