Female Coupling Part Convertible To Male Coupling Part By Addition Of Prong Patents (Class 439/176)
  • Patent number: 11108203
    Abstract: An electrical contact has a contact surface adapted to contact a mating contact. The contact surface has a plurality of rotatable rolling contact bodies made of an electrically conductive material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: TE Connectivity Germany GmbH
    Inventor: Karl Beck
  • Patent number: 11081813
    Abstract: A connector is provided that is easy to assemble. A terminal fitting is arranged on a base of a housing, a conductor portion is inserted into a tubular portion of a conductor connection portion, and a lid portion is assembled on the base. Thus, an insertion portion is inserted between extension portions to that intersect each other, and a diameter of the tubular portion is reduced. The conductor portion is tightened by the tubular portion, and the conductor connection portion is connected to the conductor portion. Therefore, a dedicated machine is not required to connect the terminal fitting to an electric wire, and operation of connecting the terminal fitting to the electric wire and of accommodating the terminal fitting in the housing can be performed substantially simultaneously. Thus, the connector can be easily assembled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Inventor: Naoki Ito
  • Patent number: 10794574
    Abstract: A socket for allowing a threaded light bulb or a bayonet light bulb to be quickly and effectively inserted into and removed from the socket by axial force, avoiding the need for it to threaded by rotational forces within the socket to achieve connectivity. The socket includes a bulb interface including a plurality of flanges for cooperating with a bulb having a threaded base and/or a bayonet base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Wintergreen Corporation
    Inventor: William Hale
  • Patent number: 10700455
    Abstract: An electrical connector with improved terminal structure includes an insulative housing, a terminal set including a terminal block mounted in insulative housing and conductive terminals mounted in terminal block with respective front contact endpieces and rear connection endpieces respectively extended out of the opposite front and rear sides of terminal block, and electrical wires respectively electrically connected to rear connection endpieces of conductive terminal. Front contact endpiece has a curved front contact point and a width gradually reduced from terminal block toward the front contact point so that attenuation of transmission noise is more obvious, improved and stable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Inventor: Chun-Lai Shen
  • Patent number: 10404019
    Abstract: A power transfer system to facilitate the transfer of electrical power between tree trunk sections of an artificial tree is disclosed. The power transfer system can advantageously enable neighboring tree trunk sections to be electrically connected without the need to rotationally align the tree trunk sections. Power distribution subsystems can be disposed within the trunk sections. The power distribution subsystems can comprise a male end, a female end, or both. The male ends can have prongs and the female ends can have voids. The prongs can be inserted into the voids to electrically connect the power distribution subsystems of neighboring tree trunk sections. In some embodiments, the prongs and voids are designed so that the prongs of one power distribution subsystem can engage the voids of another power distribution subsystem without the need to rotationally align the tree trunk sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Polygroup Macau Limited (BVI)
    Inventors: Chi Yin Alan Leung, Ricky Tong, Chi Kin Samuel Kwok, Chang-Jun He
  • Patent number: 9762006
    Abstract: The electric connector includes a housing to be fit into a second electric connector, and a cylindrical hollow terminal making contact with a projecting terminal arranged in the second electric connector when the projecting terminal is inserted into the cylindrical hollow terminal, the housing and the cylindrical hollow terminal being formed integrally with each other by an insertion-molding process, the cylindrical hollow terminal being formed with a structure for preventing molten resin from flowing into an area at which the cylindrical hollow terminal and the projecting terminal make contact with each other while the inserting-molding process is being carried out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: DAI-ICHI SEIKO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takayoshi Endo, Shuji Touno
  • Patent number: 9502804
    Abstract: An electrical connecting module includes a first electrical connector, and a second electrical connector, both being coaxially fittable into each other. The first electrical connector includes a first housing, and a contact terminal housed in a terminal space formed in the first housing. The second electrical connector includes a second housing and a cylindrical terminal fixed in the second housing, the cylindrical terminal being fabricated by joining opposite ends of an electrically conductive sheet to each other in a manner such that the sheet defines a circular cross-section. The contact terminal includes an elastic contact piece contacting an inner surface of the cylindrical terminal. Each of the housings includes a positioning section for causing the elastic contact piece to contact the cylindrical terminal at the inner surface other than an area through which the opposite ends of the electrically conductive sheet are joined to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: DAI-ICHI SEIKO CO. LTD.
    Inventors: Takayoshi Endo, Sakai Yagi, Shuji Touno
  • Patent number: 9419366
    Abstract: The invention relates to a contact assembly for a combined power and data connector and to a socket assembly for a mating socket. In order to provide a combined power and data connector that allows combined transport of electrical power and data signals, which is compact, solid and may be produced cost-effectively, it is intended according to the invention that a connector face of the contact assembly comprises a data section and a second section, wherein the data section comprises a plurality of data contacts, which are separated from the second section by at least one separating wall assembly, the data contacts being arranged on a carrier unit that is mounted on a data section side of the separating wall assembly, that the carrier unit further carries electric power and wherein the at least one separating wall assembly comprises a fixation sub-assembly that fixates the carrier unit onto the separating wall assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignees: Tyco Electronics Svenska Holdings AB, TE Connectivity Nederland BV
    Inventors: Rickard Barrefelt, Dolf Campschroer, Sebastiaan Roger Neerincx
  • Publication number: 20140030899
    Abstract: A connector assembly that includes an electrical connector and an electrically conductive busbar. The connector can include a housing that defines a receptacle, a first row of at least one power contact, and a second row of at least one power contact at a location spaced from the first row along a first direction. Each power contact of the first and second rows can define at least two mating ends that are at least partially disposed in the receptacle so as to define a slot that extends between the mating ends of the first row and the mating ends of the second row. The housing can include a first attachment member. The electrically conductive busbar can include a first end, a second end opposite the first end, and an attachment member that is configured to mate with the first attachment member so as to attach the busbar to the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2013
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Inventors: Alan Crighton, Christopher Geiski, Hung Viet Ngo
  • Patent number: 8464078
    Abstract: A system comprises an AC/DC adapter having a connector. The system also comprises a portable computer that receives said connector. The portable computer comprising a delay circuit coupled to a power transistor that is coupled in parallel with a resistor. The delay circuit causes the power transistor to activate following a time delay after current from the adapter begins to flow through the resistor. As a result of a user beginning to remove the connector from the portable computer, a control transistor is activated to reset the delay circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Robert C. Brooks, Joseph A. Clegg, George F. Squibb, Robert S. Wright
  • Patent number: 8410602
    Abstract: In one embodiment, the present invention includes a socket for a semiconductor package, where the socket has a frame with a segmented design, where socket streets are located between the segments. One or more of the streets may include a conduit to enable thermal transfer during operation of the semiconductor package. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Venkat Natarajan, Arun Chandrasekhar, Pr Patel, Vittal Kini
  • Patent number: 8215974
    Abstract: A power plug is configured for connecting a power adaptor to a power supply socket. The power plug includes a first portion and a second portion. At least two prongs are disposed on the first portion and are capable of being coupled to the power supply socket. The second portion is configured to be electrically coupled to the power adaptor. The second portion defines a receiving housing capable of accommodating the power adaptor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Choon-Tyng Lau, Yi-Fang Wu
  • Patent number: 7857643
    Abstract: The XLR cable connector comprises a sliding element, by means of whose displacement between a retracted and an advanced end position, the XLR cable connector can be converted between a plug and a socket, and that has a first, a second, a third, and a fourth channel, a first, a second, and a third contact pin that are received by the first, second, and third channel of the sliding element, whereby in the retracted position of the sliding element, these contact pins project from the plug-in-side front face of the sliding element, and in the advanced end position of the sliding element, these contact pins are retracted into the channels of the sliding element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Assignee: Neutrik Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Oliver Dobler
  • Publication number: 20100130042
    Abstract: A socket (102) and plug (152) for an electrical connector arrangement are designed so that the contact blades (158) of the plug are elongate and oriented transverse to the body (154) of the plug and the direction of connexion is parallel to the plane of the blades and transverse to the major axis of the contact blades.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2008
    Publication date: May 27, 2010
    Inventor: Jeremy Gray
  • Patent number: 7210949
    Abstract: According to the present invention there is provided an electrical appliance having a releasable cable connector for electrically connecting the appliance to a remote power supply, wherein a first junction means is adapted to provide the releasable electrical connection between the cable connector and the appliance, characterised by the provision of a second junction means adapted to provide a non-releasable, hard-wired electrical connection between an alternative cable connector and the appliance, wherein the first junction means and the second junction means are arranged and configured so that the selection and use of one of said junctions by attachment of one cable connector precludes the simultaneous selection of the other connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2007
    Assignee: Numatic International Limited
    Inventors: Christopher Robert Duncan, Michael Edward Gailes
  • Patent number: 7108527
    Abstract: Systems in accordance with embodiments of the present invention can include an adapter having a sliding portion (a slider) slidable to expose an interface, thereby allowing mating—for example, between a test port and a DUT—to be observed and adjusted as required. The slider is removable, allowing an adapter sex change. In one embodiment, an insertion tool is provided which can hold a dual male pin and allow installation and removal of the dual male pin while assisting mating alignment. After calibration, the slider can be locked in place and the adapter can function as a standard coaxial connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2006
    Assignee: Anritsu Company
    Inventors: William W. Oldfield, Kyle Stickle, Thomas H. Roberts
  • Patent number: 6942508
    Abstract: An electrical adapter includes a base having conducting pins extending from one side for insertion into apertures of a mating socket, electrical terminals on the other side and electrically connected to each of the conducting pins. The base a bayonet fitting. A body for connection to the base has a corresponding bayonet fitting for co-operating with the bayonet fitting of the base to secure the body to the base in a desired orientation. There are electrical contacts configured on the body to engage with the terminals of the base when the body and base are secured to one another. A power cord extends from the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2005
    Assignee: Modern Sense Ltd.
    Inventor: Michael Pong Kei Wong
  • Publication number: 20040175976
    Abstract: A card type USB (Universal Serial Bus) connector, and a USB gender changer and a USB memory card using the card type USB connector. The connector includes a card type plug having a plug body and a plurality of pins on a top of the plug body and a card type receptacle having a receptacle body receiving the card type plug therein. A plurality of pins inside the receptacle body are disposed in correspondence to the plurality of pins of the card type plug so as to be electrically connected. Accordingly, the plurality of pins of the card type plug and the plurality of pins of the card type receptacle are electrically turned on or off according to contact of the plug body to the receptacle body or detachment of the plug body from the receptacle body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2004
    Publication date: September 9, 2004
    Inventor: Hyoung-jun Park
  • Publication number: 20040147150
    Abstract: A power adapter is provided. The power adapter includes a case having an indented region, a conducting terminal and an opening, wherein the conducting terminal is located in the indented region, and an connector includes a main body comprising a first surface, a second surface, and a depression having a bottom surface and located at the second surface, a conducting piece having a first end and a second end, wherein the first end is protruded out of the first surface, and the second end is protruded out of the bottom surface and falls short of the second surface, an arm laterally extended from the main body, and a protruding portion located on an end of the arm away from the main body, wherein the connector is putted into the indented region as in a first position, and then the connector is rotated through an angle to be in a second position so that the protruding portion is wedged into the opening and the main body is fixed in the indented region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2004
    Publication date: July 29, 2004
    Applicant: Delta Electronics, Inc.
    Inventor: Chun-Chen Chen
  • Patent number: 6431891
    Abstract: A power connector comprises a housing (20), a metal pin (30) accommodated in a passage (13) of the housing, a number of terminals (60) secured in the housing and abutting against the pin, and a dielectric cover (40) attached to the housing. The cover forms opposite cross blocks (43) which have arcuate lower ends (431) tightly engaging with corresponding recesses (32, 34) defined in the pin, thereby prohibiting the pin from moving longitudinally relative to the housing. The connector forms a plug type power connector with the pin inserted, and forms a receptacle type power connector with the pin removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2002
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Ind. Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Timothy B. Billman
  • Publication number: 20020081879
    Abstract: A power connector comprises a housing (20), a metal pin (30) accommodated in a passage (13) of the housing, a number of terminals (60) secured in the housing and abutting against the pin, and a dielectric cover (40) attached to the housing. The cover forms opposite cross blocks (43) which have arcuate lower ends (431) tightly engaging with corresponding recesses (32, 34) defined in the pin, thereby prohibiting the pin from moving longitudinally relative to the housing. The connector forms a plug type power connector with the pin inserted, and forms a receptacle type power connector with the pin removed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 26, 2000
    Publication date: June 27, 2002
    Inventor: Timothy B. Billman
  • Patent number: 6407657
    Abstract: A metallic element for use with a blade fuse or other electrical component, and a blade fuse or other electrical component that includes that metallic element as one of its components. The fuse maybe mounted in a fuseholder having either male terminal receiving clips, or female terminal receiving clips. The metallic element includes two terminal portions, each made of a first prong and a second prong. The second prong is spaced apart from the first prong, and a fusible link is secured to each of the two terminal portions. The spaced apart first and second prongs together form a gap between them to ensure secure engagement of the first and second prongs with male terminal blade-receiving clips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2002
    Assignee: Littelfuse, Inc.
    Inventor: Seibang Oh
  • Patent number: 6146166
    Abstract: An electrical connector assembly (10) is provided for connecting a pair of devices (12, 14) that have precision flat surfaces (20, 22) that lie facewise against each other. Each device has socket contacts (30, 32, 34, 36) with a socket contact end lying slightly inward of the corresponding precision surface, and a spring pin contact (40, 42) fits into each pair of sockets to electrically connect them. The spring pin contact is formed from a piece of sheet metal that is bent into a sleeve that has opposite end portions (80, 82) and a middle portion (84). Each end portion forms at least three radially-outward projections (86, 88) for providing large area engagement with the corresponding socket inside surface. The socket contacts preferably compress the sleeve so its edges (94, 96) abut one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2000
    Assignee: ITT Manufacturing Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Steven Zoltan Muzslay
  • Patent number: 6099332
    Abstract: An electrical connector (1) constructed with, an insulating insert (3) mounted to a connector housing (4), the insert (3) having a mating face (10) at a front of the housing (4), at least one electrical contact (2) in a contact receiving cavity through the insert (3), the contact (2) having a pin (6) and a receptacle (5), and the contact (2) being adapted for mounting in the insert (3) to provide the receptacle (5) at the mating face (10), and the contact (2) being adapted for mounting in the insert (3) to provide the pin (6) at the mating face (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2000
    Assignee: The Whitaker Corp.
    Inventor: Bruce Robert Troyan
  • Patent number: 5575690
    Abstract: A hybrid modular electrical connector system comprised of a family of interlocking modules used to produce custom dedicated, hybrid electrical connectors for power distribution and signal circuit interconnections between printed circuit boards. A dedicated hybrid electrical connector for printed circuit boards can be built up from any number of power connector modules, signal connector modules, spacer modules, and mounting flange modules. With this family of interlocking modules, a custom hybrid electrical connector can be produced with uniform off-the-shelf parts. Once the modules are locked together they form a rigid assembly that functions the same as a unitary molded dedicated connector. In addition only female type modules are produced which can be converted to male type modules by simply inserting electrically conductive adapters into the female modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 1994
    Date of Patent: November 19, 1996
    Assignee: TVM, Inc.
    Inventor: Larry D. Eaton
  • Patent number: 5211589
    Abstract: An electrical connector system includes socket and plug connector components which each receive a plurality of electrical wires for interconnection. The socket and plug components each include a molded receiver element having a plurality of elongated, parallel locking finger elements and a molded spacer element having a plurality of elongated, parallel spacer fingers. The receiver and spacer elements are assembled so that their respective fingers are interdigitated to define a plurality of terminal receiver channels within each of the socket and plug components. Each of the electrical wires carries a socket or a pin terminal for connection to respective socket or plug components, the terminals each incorporating a locking surface which engages a corresponding locking surface formed in corresponding terminal receiver channels, so that the terminals can be releasably secured in the connector components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 1992
    Date of Patent: May 18, 1993
    Assignee: Cardell Corporation
    Inventor: Willard B. McCardell
  • Patent number: 4904195
    Abstract: An auxiliary male twist-lock plug-adapter for converting a female twist-lock plug-adapter to male. The male adapter is a disc defining an upper and a lower face. Three twist-lock electrode-prongs project from the upper surface, and three conventional electrode-prongs project from the lower surface. Either of the two sets of three prongs may be coupled to the female twist-lock plug adapter so that the other, uncoupled set may be connected to a conventional female plug or to another female twist-lock plug adapter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 1988
    Date of Patent: February 27, 1990
    Inventor: Michael Thackeray
  • Patent number: 4824380
    Abstract: A modular connector (10) has a generally rectangular insulating housing (12). A one piece conductive member (14) is mounted within and extends from the housing (12). The conductive member (14) has a common conductive portion (16), compliant pin portions (18) extending from the common conductive portion (16), a socket portion (20) extending from the common conductive portion (16), and a tail portion (22) connected to a bus element (23). The socket portion (20) has a circular receptacle (24) in face (25) for receiving a mating pin contact (52) of another connector (10) and a plurality of tines (28) extending axially with respect to the receptacle (24) to engage the mating pin contact (52). The housing (12) has a substantially open bottom (30) having slots (32) along sides (34), which receive the pin portions (18) of the conductive member (14).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 1987
    Date of Patent: April 25, 1989
    Assignee: Elcon Products International Company
    Inventor: Russell H. Matthews
  • Patent number: 4728163
    Abstract: A dual gender electrical connector is made up of a "male" member, a "female" member, and a positioning means. The positioning means may be integral with either the male or female member, and/or a part of any shielding used. The male member is made up of a non-conductive support material of predetermined thickness in which electrically conductive electrical contacts are embedded in parallel. Short lengths of the electrical contacts are exposed on the rear end for connection to electrical conductors. Longer lengths of electrical contacts are exposed on the front end. The female member is made up of an electrically non-conductive support material of the basic form and often the same material as the male member, though not the same depth as the male member. Tubes having a length equal to approximately the depth of the female member support material are positioned within the support material so as to be capable of sliding over and in contact with the electrical contacts of the male member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 1985
    Date of Patent: March 1, 1988
    Inventors: Bruce E. Kittinger, Patrick J. Burns, James M. Kincaid, III