Having Circuit Interrupting Provision Effected By Mating Or Having "dead" Contact Activated After Mating Patents (Class 439/188)
  • Patent number: 10673169
    Abstract: Method of operating a connector apparatus having a female connector assembly and a male connector assembly. The female connector assembly includes a female housing, a connector position assurance (CPA) member for assuring the engagement of the male connector assembly with the female connector assembly, and a first terminal position assurance (TPA) member for assuring that terminals for the female connector assembly are positioned properly. The female housing further includes a connector latch used to securely hold together a connector apparatus. The female housing has TPA protection ribs and CPA protection walls. The male housing has TPA protection ribs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: J.S.T. CORPORATION
    Inventors: Khalid Jabrane, Franklin A. Holub, Rajit Abraham
  • Patent number: 10663737
    Abstract: A magnetically detachable head-mounted-display strap-interface apparatus may include (1) a strap that includes an electrical accessory that necessitates an electrical connection to a head-mounted display and (2) a mount coupled to the strap that includes (a) an interface that is mateable and demateable to an opposing interface of the head-mounted display, (b) an electrical connector that is configured to provide the electrical connection from the electrical accessory to the head-mounted display when contacting an opposing electrical connector of the head-mounted display, and (c) a magnetic element that magnetically couples the interface and the opposing interface of the head-mounted display by attracting an opposing magnetic element of the head-mounted display and enables the interface to be decoupled from the opposing interface of the head-mounted display and the electrical connector to be disconnected from the opposing electrical connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Facebook Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Lesley Ribble Magrath, Paul Bongkyu Koh
  • Patent number: 10571641
    Abstract: An adapter assembly includes a single-piece or two-piece multi-fiber adapter defining a recess at which a contact assembly is disposed. The adapter assemblies can be disposed within adapter block assemblies or cassettes, which can be mounted to moveable trays. Both ports of the adapters disposed within adapter block assemblies are accessible. Only one port of each adapter disposed within the cassettes are accessible. Circuit boards can be mounted within the block assemblies or cassettes to provide communication between the contact assemblies and a data network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: CommScope Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Cyle D. Petersen, Bruce Ogren, Scott C. Sievers, Thomas Marcouiller
  • Patent number: 10547126
    Abstract: An electrical connector comprises a contact, an electric wire connection spring connecting an electric wire to the contact, and a housing. The housing includes a contact accommodating portion receiving the contact, a mechanism accommodating portion receiving the electric wire connection spring, and a lock arm supported on the contact accommodating portion in front of the mechanism accommodating portion and configured to catch a mating connector. The mechanism accommodating portion has a front opening disposed between a rear end portion of the lock arm and the electric wire connection spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Tyco Electronics Japan G.K.
    Inventor: Kazuya Riku
  • Patent number: 10547146
    Abstract: A modular connector including a pair of energizable contacts that facilitate an electrical path which may be de-energized by a switch component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Sentinel Connector Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Brennan, Justin Wagner
  • Patent number: 10522928
    Abstract: The present invention discloses an electric connector plug, an electric connector socket and an electric connector assembly, which are applied to the butting of connector for a power supply, and capable of avoiding the generation of spark in butting and reducing supply temperature in butting. The electric connector plug, electric connector socket, and electric connector assembly are functional in non-directional butting and can supply large current to electronic apparatuses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: SUZHOU E-CONN TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ling-Ming Tang, Qi-Shun Feng, Liang Xiao
  • Patent number: 10490942
    Abstract: An anti-off socket includes a socket body defining therein an insertion space for receiving a blade of a plug, a locking mechanism including an elastic latch that has a positioning segment affixed to the socket body and an abutting segment extended from the positioning segment and inserted into the insertion space for allowing insertion of a blade of a plug into the insertion space and stopping the inserted blade from backward displace relative to the socket body after the inserted blade entered the insertion space, and a release mechanism including a release member mounted in the socket body and operable to release the elastic latch from the inserted blade of the plug for allowing removal of the plug from the socket body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: EXITO ELECTRONICS CO. , LTD.
    Inventor: Meng-Hsiu Wu
  • Patent number: 10483686
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a high-safety power strip comprising a power strip body, having a plurality of three-hole and/or two-hole jacks for connecting with at least one plug; and a protective housing having an opening at one side thereof, the protective housing being connected with the power strip body, the jacks are located in the protective housing and face an inner wall of the protective housing. As the power strip of the invention comprises a protective housing, and the protective housing is covered outside the power strip body to prevent water or other liquid from splashing into the jacks of the power strip body, thus avoiding water or other liquid entering into the interior of the power strip body through the jacks. Therefore, the power strip of the invention has relatively high safety.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Shenzhen HUYUAN Electric Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jinlong Tang
  • Patent number: 10476187
    Abstract: Provided herein is technology relating to providing power over a universal serial bus (USB) connection and particularly, but not exclusively, to devices, methods, and systems related to a (USB) technology for reducing energy consumption by a USB receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Raffel Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Paul Li, Douglas A. Dorn, Jason D. Rohloff, Justin R. Saul
  • Patent number: 10476188
    Abstract: Printed circuit boards (PCBs) may include embedded lateral connectors. The embedded lateral connectors may be configured to enable components to quickly couple to or plug into a PCB, thus saving time to form connections. The embedded lateral connectors may also reduce weight and/or size by avoiding need for bulky tradition collections with conventional components (e.g., solders, external pin connectors, etc.). The connectors may include male connectors, female connectors, and/or mounting connectors. The connectors may be configured to connect multiple PCBs together, such as using a stacked configuration, which may enable reducing a volume of space needed in a housing for the PCBs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: William Mische
  • Patent number: 10461469
    Abstract: This invention discloses an information robot apparatus, comprising a robot body, a plug body, a socket body, a plug groove arranged in one end face of the socket body, a first sliding cavity communicated with the plug groove, a second sliding cavity communicated with the extending tail end of the first sliding cavity, a third sliding cavity arranged in the socket body. Wherein the tail end of the bottom of a rotating shaft extends into the third sliding cavity and is fixedly connected with the tail end of the top of an adjusting threaded rod. Therefore, it is convenient to quickly plug in and take out after disconnection with power; meanwhile, the automatic control of the power supply and the disconnection with power before taking out can be realized, so that the operation safety is greatly improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Wenling Haoda Electric Appliance Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Qiaoling Hu
  • Patent number: 10454223
    Abstract: The present application describes a connector assembly, a circuit board assembly, a cable assembly and to a method of manufacturing a connector assembly. A connector assembly comprises a shroud; and a plurality of co-axial radio frequency connectors at least partially received in the shroud such that the shroud extends around each radio frequency connector and between adjacent radio frequency connectors. The shroud comprises at least one piece of radiowave absorption material arranged to absorb radio frequency energy leaking or dispersing from the radio frequency connectors in use. Another connector assembly comprises a body, a plurality of radio frequency connectors at least partially received in the body, and a conductive foil integrally formed with the body and partially extending beyond the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: ETL SYSTEMS LIMITED
    Inventors: Esen Bayar, Daniel Mapp
  • Patent number: 10454209
    Abstract: A connector position assurance (CPA) device for assuring the full engagement of a female connector assembly and a male connector assembly in a connector apparatus, and the connector apparatus having the female connector assembly and the male connector assembly engaged together when the CPA device is at a full-lock position. Prior to the CPA device being at a full-lock position, the female connector assembly, with the CPA device at a pre-lock position therein, enters the male connector assembly for engagement thereto. At such time, protruding members of a flexible member of the female connector assembly enter a side elongated slot of the male connector assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: J.S.T. CORPORATION
    Inventors: Franklin Holub, Jong Soo Kim
  • Patent number: 10446950
    Abstract: A method of forming a shield terminal from sheet metal having a tubular first portion having a single seam and aligned with a first axis and a second tubular portion having two seams radially opposed to one another and aligned with a second axis that is oriented at a right angle to the first axis, an inner insulator disposed within the shield terminal, and an outer housing defining a cylindrical cavity in which the tubular first portion of the shield terminal is disposed. Edges of the single seam and edges of the two seams are joined solely by the disposition of the tubular first portion in the cylindrical cavity. The shield terminal formed by this method is also presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: DELPHI TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: John R. Morello, James M. Rainey
  • Patent number: 10436816
    Abstract: A test coaxial connector has a probe portion with a small height, and prevents breakage of a switch-equipped coaxial connector even when the test coaxial connector is not properly fitted to the switch-equipped coaxial connector. The test coaxial connector includes a housing and a probe housed in the housing. The probe is formed of one continuous structure having elasticity, the structure including a contact at or near an end portion of the structure and including, at or near another end portion of the structure, a connection portion to which a central conductor of a coaxial cable is to be connected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shinichi Kenzaki
  • Patent number: 10424871
    Abstract: An electrical receptacle including a body having a plurality of electrical connections, a device face connected to the body and movable with respect to the body, a plurality of electrical plug contacts positioned behind the device face, and wherein the electrical plug contacts retain an electrical plug prong at a first tension when the device face is in a first position and the electrical plug contacts retain the electrical plug prong at a second tension when the device face is in a second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Inventors: Jeffrey Baldwin, Ryan Liebengood
  • Patent number: 10411382
    Abstract: A contact element for electrically connecting an electrical conductor with an electrical assembly includes two contact rails extending in a longitudinal direction. The rails are arranged one above the other and are at a distance from one another in a contact direction and are also connected to each other via a connection piece. The connection piece is arranged at a first side of the contact rails and extends in the longitudinal direction and in the contact direction so that the contact element is formed in an approximately U-shaped manner in a cross section transversely to the longitudinal direction which runs through the connection piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Weidmüller Interface GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Wolfgang Sichmann, Stefan Aporius
  • Patent number: 10396480
    Abstract: An electrical plug connector includes a plug insulated housing, first plug terminals, and second plug terminals. The plug insulated housing includes a bottom wall, a first side wall, a second side wall, and two end walls connected to the first side wall and the second side wall to enclose an insertion cavity. First plug-terminal assembling portions are on the first side wall. Second plug-terminal assembling portions are on the second side wall. The first plug-terminal assembling portions correspond to the second plug-terminal assembling portions in a one-to-one manner. The first plug terminals include one or more pair of first plug signal terminals. The second plug terminals include one or more pair of second plug signal terminals. The pair of the first plug signal terminals is shifted relative to the pair of the second plug signal terminals along a transversal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: ADVANCED-CONNECTEK INC.
    Inventors: Kuo-Ching Lee, Mao-Sheng Chen, Cheng-Feng Yu, Ta-Teh Meng
  • Patent number: 10389043
    Abstract: An electrical connector comprises a contact, a housing retaining the contact, and a lock arm configured to catch a mating connector. The lock arm has an arm main body integrally formed with the housing and a releasing operation portion formed separately from the housing and attached to the arm main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Tyco Electronics Japan G.K.
    Inventor: Kazuya Riku
  • Patent number: 10355404
    Abstract: A housing (12) of a board connector (10) to be connected to a circuit board (P) is disposed such that a connection surface to a mating connector (50) is exposed to outside through an opening (41) of a case (40) capable of accommodating the circuit board (P) inside. The housing (12) includes outer locking protrusions (31) for locking a peripheral edge part of the opening (41) of the case (40) from outside of the case (40) so that the board connector (10) will not displace into the case (40) due to forces exerted by a mating connector (50) during a connection operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kentaro Hirai, Mitsunori Kitajima
  • Patent number: 10312641
    Abstract: A remote controlled extension cord. The extension cord has a wire attached to a plug with an integrated base. The base serves to cradle a remote control, which is used to turn power on/off to the extensions on the cord. The extension cord has a number of advanced operations, for example a sequential flash operation which cycles power between all of the individual sockets in the extension cord in sequence, and then repeats the sequence. This can all be controlled by the remote control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Click, LLC
    Inventor: Michael McClurkan
  • Patent number: 10312651
    Abstract: An electronic device adapted to be detachably assembled to a lamp holder having a lamp socket is provided. The electronic device includes an adaptor module and a functional module. The adaptor module includes a lamp connector corresponding to the lamp socket, a first connector electrically connected to the lamp connector, and a first engaging member adjacent to the first connector. The functional module includes a second connector and a second engaging member. The second engaging member of the functional module is detachably connected to the first engaging member of the adaptor module. When the functional module is assembled to the adaptor module, the second connector is electrically connected to the first connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: COMPAL ELECTRONICS, INC.
    Inventors: Tzu-Chien Lai, Chia-Chen Lin
  • Patent number: 10258787
    Abstract: A cutaneous medical device having a main part containing an electrical energy source that can generate an electric current and electronic components that form part of an electric circuit; and at least one removable cutaneous electrode comprising an electric plug. The electrode is intended to be in electric contact with a user. The electrode also includes at least one base which is positioned on a first face of the main part and can be electrically connected to the at least one removable cutaneous electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: COMMISSARIAT A L'ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
    Inventors: Simon Perraud, Nicolas Karst
  • Patent number: 10243296
    Abstract: A safety socket includes a main body, a first and second conductive seat, a first and second electric connection plates, a first and second insulated member and a first and second conductive plates. A first and second position block projects outwardly from first and second chambers of the main body. The first conductive seat includes a first clamp couch having two first clamp arms, one of which is formed with a first recess permitting extension of the first position block. The second conductive seat includes a second clamp couch having two second arms, one of which is formed with a second recess permitting extension of the second position block. The present safety socket has lesser components, easy to assemble and low in manufacturing cost, double safety measures. Addition of a switch device enhances the anti-shock effect and prevents occurrence of electrical discharge phenomenon and/or arc light phenomenon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignees: Hung Shang Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chen-Yuan Cheng
  • Patent number: 10236633
    Abstract: A plug connector for connection with a mating connector in a plugging direction comprises a plug housing having a receptacle and a short circuiting bridge held in a plugging position in the receptacle. The short circuiting bridge has a pair of short circuiting contacts accessible from outside the plug connector counter to the plugging direction. The short circuiting bridge is movable about the plugging position within the receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: TE Connectivity Germany GmbH
    Inventors: Martin Listing, Stefan Siegert, Wolfgang Balles, Joachim Toboldt
  • Patent number: 10229806
    Abstract: A plug comprises power contacts and a trip jumper having jumper contacts configured to make a trip connection, during a plugging action with the plug and a receptacle, with mating trip contacts in the receptacle. When the receptacle is connected to electrical power during the plugging action, a current over the trip connection can cause disconnection of a receptacle power contact from the power. A receptacle comprises receptacle power contacts and a trip circuit having receptacle trip contacts configured to make a trip connection, during a plugging action with the receptacle and plug, with mating trip contacts in the plug. When the receptacle is connected to electrical power during the plugging action, a current over the trip connection can cause disconnection of power to a receptacle power contact. A system can have an electrical device with a line cord connected to the plug.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: William L. Brodsky, Byron S. Green, Robert K. Mullady, Jeffrey A. Newcomer, Arkadiy O. Tsfasman, John S. Werner
  • Patent number: 10216682
    Abstract: A method of provisioning cards in a rack mount system, by selecting a desired configuration file from a library of configuration files, and copying the configuration file into a memory device. The memory device is inserted into the rack mount system and powered up. Whereupon the configuration file automatically and without any further user intervention provisions a card of the rack mount system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: epro GmbH
    Inventors: Uwe Tegeder, Sven Wermers, Hilmar Hermens
  • Patent number: 10211576
    Abstract: A connector with self-powered mating detection is disclosed. An example disclosed connector pair includes a first connector. The example connector pair also includes a piezoelectric sensor attached to the first connector. The example piezoelectric sensor generates a voltage when the first connector and a second connector are mated. The example piezoelectric sensor generates a voltage when the first connector and a second connector are unmated. The example connector pair also includes a memory circuit electrically coupled to the piezoelectric sensor to record a connection event in response to detecting voltage generated by the piezoelectric sensor(s). Additionally, the example connector pair includes an RFID circuit electrically coupled to the memory circuit. The example RFID circuit transmits the connection events.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Amin Emrani
  • Patent number: 10187515
    Abstract: A method of providing a telecommunications service using a network interface device (NID) is provided. The method includes connecting a provider line to one or more protector assemblies connected to a ground bar and configured to conduct current surges from the NID to ground. The one or more protector assemblies are electrically connected to an insulation displacement connector (IDC) module. An outgoing jack module wire is connected to the IDC module by inserting the outgoing jack module wire into a wire insertion hole of the IDC module to receive signals from the provider line. The outgoing jack module wire is electrically connected to a jack module outside the NID thereby providing a demarcation point. An incoming jack module wire is electrically connected to the jack module for carrying signals back to the NID.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Corning Optical Communications LLC
    Inventors: Robert Alexander Crane, Christian Shane Duran, John Austin Keenum, Rodger Alan Tenholder
  • Patent number: 10148034
    Abstract: An electrical connector matable to and unmatable from a separable mating electrical connector includes a housing having a terminal channel and an auxiliary terminal channel with a power terminal received in the terminal channel and an auxiliary power terminal received in the auxiliary terminal channel. A TPA device is movably coupled to the housing between an open position and a blocking position for blocking removal of the power terminal from the terminal channel. A protective thermal coupler is held by and movable with the TPA device. The protective thermal coupler has a variable resistive member electrically coupled between the power terminal and the auxiliary power terminal. The variable resistive member provides a shunt so that arcing does not occur when the power terminal is disconnected from the mating power terminal of the mating electrical connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: TE CONNECTIVITY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Zachary Wood Lyon, Abraham Louis Shocket, Jeremy Christian Patterson
  • Patent number: 10141699
    Abstract: Technologies are described for an audio jack housing configured to concentrically align with an opening in a chassis of a computing device and to accept a plug associated with external audio components. When the housing is aligned with the opening, a snout of the audio jack housing abuts an interior surface of the opening and does not protrude into the opening. The chassis where the opening is located may be constructed from a plastic material to reduce a risk of shorting-out when a metal plug is inserted into the housing. The chassis may include alignment features to concentrically align the audio jack housing with the opening during assembly, such that interior edges of the opening and interior edges of the snout are flush creating a smooth interior entry into the audio jack housing through the opening and the snout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Thomas Pope, Christina Ashley Yee, David Kazmierz Szczypinski
  • Patent number: 10135184
    Abstract: A lever-type connector (10) includes a lever (40) provided with a cam groove (41), a first housing (30) having the lever (40) movably mounted thereon, and a second housing (60) provided to be connectable to the first housing (30). The second housing (60) includes a lever shaft (64) movable along the cam groove (41) according to a movement of the lever (40), a lever fitting portion (72) to which a peripheral edge part of the lever (40) is fit, and a bracket mounting portion (66) disposed behind an entrance space (71) for the lever (40) and provided with a locking claw (67). The locking claw (67) is disposed between the lever shaft (64) and the lever fitting portion (72) when the second housing (60) is viewed from a connecting direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: SUMITOMO WIRING SYSTEMS, LTD.
    Inventor: Teruo Hara
  • Patent number: 10116084
    Abstract: A connector includes a housing that holds a plurality of terminals and a mating housing that holds a plurality of mating terminals to be connected to the terminals. The mating housing is fitted into the housing to connect the mating terminals to the terminals. The housing comprises a partition wall portion which projects ahead of the terminals and separates adjacent ones of the terminals from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masayuki Saitoh, Dacheng Jin
  • Patent number: 10095650
    Abstract: A system comprises a plurality of nodes connected in a peer-to-peer network via a communication interface. At least one node of the plurality of nodes comprises a transceiver, at least two connectors, at least one termination resistance module coupled to the transceiver, the at least one termination resistance module providing termination resistance within the node, a first detection circuit coupled to a first connector of the at least two connectors, and a second detection circuit coupled to a second connector of the at least two connectors. The first and second detection circuits are configured to detect that the node is coupled to one or more other nodes in the peer-to-peer network, and automatically adjust the termination resistance based on the detecting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: A-dec, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan M. Williams, Paul Scott Bontrager
  • Patent number: 10084263
    Abstract: A cable connector comprises a housing, a conductive element fixed on the housing and connected with the cable, an elastic piece adjacent to the conductive element, detective and switch terminals fixed on the housing and connected with a pressing plate. The pressing plate is rotatable between a first position and a second position. When the pressing body is abutted at the first position by the elastic piece, a receiving gap between the elastic piece and the conductive element is closed to prevent the cable from entering, and the pressing body is abutted against the switch terminal to define a first conductive state. When the pressing body is at the second position, the receiving gap is opened to receive the cable, and the pressing body is disengaged with the switch terminal, to define a second conductive state. A connection state can be known by detecting the first and second conductive states.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Inventors: Jun Shi, Hao Chen
  • Patent number: 10062998
    Abstract: A connector includes: a short circuit terminal housed in a first housing and having contact pieces contacting with adjacent first terminals of a plurality of first terminals respectively with the first housing and a second housing not being engaged with each other; and a releaser provided in the second housing and configured to displace the contact pieces and release contact between the adjacent first terminals and the contact pieces upon engaging of the first housing and the second housing. The contact pieces include: contact portions contactable with the adjacent first terminals respectively; and slide portions slidable on the releaser and respectively arranged in positions anterior to the contact portions in an engaging direction of the first housing and the second housing. The contact portions are apart from the releaser with the contact pieces being displaced due to slide of the slide portions on the releaser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignees: YAZAKI CORPORATION, TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tetsuya Sekino, Hiroshi Kobayashi, Takeshi Misaiji
  • Patent number: 10056703
    Abstract: A telecommunications plug includes a housing having an insertion portion sized to be received in a telecommunications jack, and a circuit board at least partially disposed within the housing. The circuit board includes a plurality of contacts exposed through the insertion portion to electrically connect to contact springs of the telecommunications jack and a plurality of wire connections receiving wires of a telecommunications cable. The plug further includes a switching mechanism movable relative to the circuit board and configured to switch between first and second positions, wherein the first and second positions selectably provide capacitive crosstalk between wire pairs within the plug.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: CommScope Connectivity Spain, S.L.
    Inventors: Jorge Gatnau Navarro, Maria Maqueda Gonzalez, Andres Martinez Garcia, Arturo Pachon Munoz, Jose Jaime Sanabra Jansa, Rafael Mateo Ferrus
  • Patent number: 10050701
    Abstract: The present invention provides an apparatus including: a macrobending injected-light modulation and control module, configured to modulate an injected optical signal according to a port identifier of each first port and inject the injected optical signal to an optical fiber connected to the first port; a macrobending signal detection module, configured to receive a received optical signal at a second port of an optical transmission path; a phase-locked detection module, electrically connected to the macrobending injected-light modulation and control module and the macrobending signal detection module, and configured to: when an injected optical signal that is injected by the macrobending injected-light modulation and control module to an optical fiber is consistent with a received optical signal that is acquired by the macrobending signal detection module, acquire and output port identifiers of a first port and a second port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jianmin Gong, Jun Huang, Jun Zhao
  • Patent number: 10014635
    Abstract: The invention relates to a grounding clip for an airbag ignition system adapted to be mounted to an airbag retainer insert. The clip comprises a first grounding contact in form of a spring tongue adapted to contact a grounding contact of a squib connector and a second grounding contact adapted to contact an electroconductive part of an airbag squib. The clip comprises a flat base connecting the first and second grounding contacts with each other, wherein the spring tongue has a straight portion that extends perpendicular from the flat base and wherein the free end of the spring tongue comprises a bent portion that is not perpendicular to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: DELPHI INTERNATIONAL OPERATIONS LUXEMBOURG S.A.R.L.
    Inventors: Rene Lehmann, Vincent Regnier, Frank Odorfer, Bartlomiej Siwek
  • Patent number: 10014611
    Abstract: A device and a method for integrating at least one electrical element into an electrical circuit during ongoing operation of the electrical circuit. In addition, a meta module for dynamic extension of an electrical circuit is possible to add any desired number of electrical elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Stefan Götz
  • Patent number: 9997873
    Abstract: A connector includes at least two terminal fittings, a connector housing including terminal accommodating chambers which respectively accommodate the at least two terminal fittings, and a shorting terminal electrically connecting the at least two terminal fittings to each other. An electrical connection of the at least two terminal fittings is released by a mating connector which is fitted on the connector. Abutment portions provided at front ends of shorting contact pieces of the shorting terminal project from a front surface of the connector housing. A front surface of the mating connector facing a front surface of the connector housing presses against the abutment portions and deflects the shorting contact pieces in a rear direction of the connector so as to release shorting of the at least two terminal fittings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Takuya Ishida, Tomoyuki Miyakawa, Naoki Kobayashi, Shinichi Ikemoto
  • Patent number: 9972947
    Abstract: A connector includes a first housing, a second housing, a short-circuiting terminal, and a release portion configured to release contact between the first terminals and the contact pieces. The contact piece includes a contact portion provided to be in contact with the first terminal, and a sliding protrusion protruding from the contact portion in a direction intersecting a fitting direction of the housings. The release portion includes a sliding slope sliding on the sliding protrusion to displace the contact piece, a support portion continuously provided with the sliding slope, the support portion coming into contact with the sliding protrusion and holding the contact piece is displaced in a state, and a contact housing portion arranged from the sliding slope and the support portion in a direction crossing a fitting direction of the first housing and the second housing, the contact housing portion housing the contact portion the fitted state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tetsuya Sekino, Nobuyuki Sakamoto
  • Patent number: 9960550
    Abstract: A coaxial connector assembly is described herein. The coaxial connector assembly includes an inner contact that is configured to terminate a center conductor of a coaxial cable, an insulative inner sleeve holding the inner contact, a tubular outer contact surrounding the inner sleeve and the inner contact, said outer contact configured to terminate a shield braid of the coaxial cable and an insulative cylindrical outer sleeve defining a central cavity extending longitudinally therethrough in which said outer contact is disposed. The cavity has an opening configured to receive a corresponding coaxial connector. A lip on a forward end of the outer sleeve extends into the opening such that a forward edge of the outer contact is not exposed within the opening. The coaxial connector assembly may be configured to meet the FAKRA connector standards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: DELPHI TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Cory R. Ensley, John R. Morello, Michael Jerry Demonica, Matthew L. Penn, James M. Rainey, Geronimo Mauricio De La Torre, Crystal F. Krompegel
  • Patent number: 9960548
    Abstract: A connector assembly having a housing configured to hold a plurality of electric connections of different sizes is provided. The connector assembly includes a housing having a plurality of first through-holes and a plurality of second through-holes. The housing includes a plurality of first terminal housings and a plurality of second terminal housings. The first terminal housings are spaced apart from each other so as to define a first axial slot. The terminal positioning assurance includes a spacer configured to be inserted within the first axial slot so as to maintain a fixed spatial relationship between the first terminal housings, the spacer is closed by a terminal housing, so as to prevent water from infiltrating into the first through-holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Danielle Irish, Will Lyons
  • Patent number: 9948036
    Abstract: A connector includes: a housing; terminals inserted in the housing from a first side of the housing; a short circuit terminal inserted in the housing from a second side of the housing, having contact pieces configured to contact the terminals respectively, and connecting the terminals to each other; and a front holder attached to the housing from the second side of the housing, configured to retain the terminals in the housing, and having a displacement portion. The displacement portion of the front holder attached to the housing displaces the contact pieces of the short circuit terminal inserted in the housing with the terminals not inserted in the housing, by a prescribed distance in a direction of separating the contact pieces from the terminals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventor: Noritaka Nishiyama
  • Patent number: 9876295
    Abstract: A socket connector includes a first connection terminal and a second connection terminal that come into electrical contact with a plug connector, and a socket housing having an insertion opening for the plug connector. The first connection terminal is provided with a switch contact piece and a terminal body that comes into electrical contact with the plug connector. The switch contact piece has an opening contact point portion that comes into pressure contact with the plug connector, a short-circuit contact point portion, and an elastic arm that elastically supports the opening contact point portion and the short-circuit contact point portion and that is elastically deformed when the opening contact point portion is pressed by the plug connector, and thereby brings the short-circuit contact point portion out of contact with the second connection terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Inventor: Kiichi Hori
  • Patent number: 9876308
    Abstract: A connector part which is a female connector part for engagement with a male connector part having a pin. A connector body has a front portion with an opening for receiving a pin of a male connector part. A chamber inside the connector body is filled with dielectric liquid. A shuttle pin is configured to seal the opening in the front portion of the connector body when the connector part is in a de-mated state. The shuttle pin is moveable rearwardly into a rear portion of the connector body during mating. The first latching mechanism latches the shuttle pin to the pin of the male connector part during mating. A second latching mechanism in the rear portion of the connector body inside a fluid-filled chamber latches at least one of the shuttle pin or the pin towards the connector body in a mated state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Trevor Jones, Christopher Plant
  • Patent number: 9847569
    Abstract: An modular antenna for integration with an Internet of Things (IoT) hub and associated systems and methods. For example, one embodiment of an apparatus comprises: a modular antenna to be used with an embedded Internet of Things (IoT) hub having a plurality of wireless communication interfaces, the modular antenna comprising an interface component and an antenna component; the interface component comprising a first plurality of pins or pads to electrically couple the module antenna to the embedded IoT hub; and the antenna component comprising a plurality of antennas to be electrically coupled to the first plurality of pins or pads, thereby electrically coupling each of the plurality of antennas to one of the plurality of wireless communication interfaces of the embedded IoT hub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Afero, Inc.
    Inventors: Omar Zakaria, Joe Britt, Houman Forood
  • Patent number: 9838761
    Abstract: An intelligent network patch field management system is provided that includes active electronic hardware, firmware, mechanical assemblies, cables, and software that guide, monitor, and report on the process of connecting and disconnecting patch cords plugs in an interconnect or cross-connect patching environment. The system is also capable of monitoring patch cord connections to detect insertions or removals of patch cords or plugs. In addition, the system can map embodiments of patch fields.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Panduit Corp.
    Inventors: Jack E. Caveney, Ronald A. Nordin, Shahriar B. Allen
  • Patent number: 9836037
    Abstract: A method, system or computer usable program product for controlling power emission from a socket to a plug including providing a first unit connected to the socket with full power emission disabled and a second unit connected to the plug, each unit with a signal generation capability, establishing a handshake protocol between the first and second units, and responsive to a successful handshake protocol between the first and second units, the first unit enabling full power emission from the socket to the plug.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: ChunHui Y. Higgins, William P. Higgins