Having Circuit Interrupting Provision Effected By Mating Or Having "dead" Contact Activated After Mating Patents (Class 439/188)
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 9837184
    Abstract: A high-voltage insulator has an insulating body which is arranged around a high-voltage conductor. The high-voltage insulator has a damping chamber which at least partially engages around the insulating body and which is filled with an electrically insulating damping medium for damping an action of external mechanical force on the insulating body. A transformer bushing for routing a high-voltage conductor out of a transformer housing in an electrically insulating manner is further disclosed. The transformer bushing is characterized in that the transformer bushing contains a high-voltage insulator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Paul Juntermanns, Achim Langens
  • 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
  • Patent number: 9818248
    Abstract: A compound and securable key is disclosed in the present invention. It includes a printed circuit board, a fingerprint sensor, a micro control unit, and a housing. The present invention provides a key structure with combination of a physical key patterns and biometrics for identification. The key is convenient to carry, difficult to duplicate. It is also has advantages such as low cost, easy use, and compact size of biometric module. The invention enhances security of keys.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Sunasic Technologies Inc.
    Inventor: Chi-Chou Lin
  • Patent number: 9793657
    Abstract: A high-profile electrical connector includes a terminal module, a metallic shell and a metallic supporting member. The terminal module has an insulative housing and a plurality of conductive terminals. The insulative housing has a base portion provided with a mounting face and an insulative mating portion. The conductive terminals have contacting portions and connecting legs. The metallic shell shielding around the terminal module has a metallic mating portion surrounding around the insulative mating portion and a plurality of printed circuit board mounting legs. The metallic mating portion has a lower face which is higher than the mounting face. The metallic supporting member has a supporting plate used for supporting the lower face and at least a supporting leg extending downwardly. The supporting plate is higher than the mounting face so that the supporting plate is spaced from an upper surface of the printed circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: FOXCONN INTERNCONNECT TECHNOLOGY LIMITED
    Inventors: Juan Du, Chun-Ming Yu, Guo-Hua Zhang, Liang Gong
  • Patent number: 9780502
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an electrical plug connector for a safety restraint system, preferably for an airbag ignition system. The plug connector includes at least two contact terminals assigned to the plug connector and a shorting clip that is configured to short-circuit the at least two contact terminals in an uncoupled or incorrectly coupled condition of the plug connector. The shorting clip includes at least two contact blades. Each contact blade is electrically connected with one of the at least two contact terminals. Each of the contact blades includes at least one cutting edge. The cutting edges contact each other such that one edge cuts the other when the plug connector is in an uncoupled or incorrectly coupled condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: DELPHIA INTERNATIONAL OPERATIONS LUXEMBOURG S.A.R.L.
    Inventors: Peter Nuetzel, Michael Gunreben, Vincent Regnier, Frank Odoerfer
  • Patent number: 9755349
    Abstract: A connector assembly and system assembling an electric connector assembly are provided. The connector assembly includes a connector housing having a plurality of terminal cavities greater than the predetermined number of electric connections so as to define an empty terminal cavity and a filled terminal cavity. The connector housing further includes a blocking member. The blocking member is the blocking member disposed within each of the empty terminal cavities. Accordingly, the blocking member closes off each of the empty terminal cavities so as to prevent fluid transfer between the terminal positioning assurance member and the connector positioning assurance member so as to prevent fluid and debris transfer between the terminal positioning assurance member and the connector positioning assurance member, or stated in another way, prevents fluid and debris transfer between the first open end and the second open end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Joseph Kim, Joseph Lanzotti
  • Patent number: 9744472
    Abstract: An illuminated modular decorative article includes a base control panel and a side panel. The base control panel includes a base, a first electrical/mechanical connection interface, and a power source. The side panel includes a base, a second electrical/mechanical connection interface, and illumination sources. The first electrical/mechanical connection interface connects to the second electrical/mechanical connection interface to electrically connect the base control panel to the side panel and to mechanically connect the base control panel substantially orthogonally to the side panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Inventor: Augustine J. DiCiacce
  • Patent number: 9735504
    Abstract: Embodiments disclose an electrical connector comprising a contact part including a sleeve enclosing a receiving space; a contact spring; and a locking pin including an axial end protruding laterally beyond the sleeve, the locking pin configured to be displaceably guided in the sleeve between a first final position and a second final position, be in contact with the contact spring, and push the contact spring towards the receiving space to a degree depending on a position of the locking pin between the first and second final positions; and a housing surrounding the contact part, the housing including a securing element configured to be selectively movable or fixed relative to the sleeve, grip the at least one axial end of the locking pin to form a locked connection, and selectively move the locking pin during a movement relative to the sleeve or fix the locking pin relative to the sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Lisa Draexlmaier GmbH
    Inventor: Stefan Wimmer
  • Patent number: 9692151
    Abstract: Provided is a switch attached coaxial connector that improves an isolation characteristic between a common terminal and a closed terminal. In a normal state where a coaxial plug is not connected to the switch attached coaxial connector, a movable contact portion biased by a leaf spring piece portion elastically contacts a fixed contact piece portion so that a closed terminal and a common terminal are electrically connected to each other. When the coaxial plug is connected to the switch attached coaxial connector, the movable contact portion moves rearward from the fixed contact piece portion by the plug pin abutting against a plug contact portion so that the contact with respect to the fixed contact piece portion is disconnected and the electrical connection of the common terminal is switched from the closed terminal to the plug pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: SMK Corporation
    Inventors: Hironori Kunieda, Katsuhisa Serizawa
  • Patent number: 9660393
    Abstract: In a connector fitted with a shorting terminal, both sides of an elastic member included in the shorting terminal are respectively provided with abutting parts to form one pair on the left and right, and each of the abutting parts can be independently elastically deformed and also biases two terminals to maintain a shorted state. When the connector fits with a mating connector housing, a short-cancellation member makes contact with a cancellation part and the abutting part is separated from the terminal to cancel the shorted state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yoshifumi Shinmi
  • Patent number: 9640892
    Abstract: An electronic card connector includes a metal shell, a terminal block and a tray. The metal shell is provided on a circuit board and cooperates with the circuit board to define a slot having an entrance. The tray has an insertion end which first enters the slot of the metal shell and two receiving portions which are respectively parallel to two sides of the inserting-ejecting direction and respectively correspond to two limiting arms of the metal shell. The tray further has two interference oblique surfaces adjacent to the insertion end, when the tray is improperly inserted under a state that the tray is turned upside down, the two interference oblique surfaces respectively abut against the two limiting arms, therefore the tray cannot enter into the slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Molex, LLC
    Inventors: Hong-Liang Wang, Shang-Xiu Zeng, Kian Heng Lim
  • Patent number: 9640922
    Abstract: Out of resilient contact pieces (21) provided on a shorting terminal (20), contact portions (24) to come into contact with specific terminal fittings (10) to be shorted by the shorting terminal (20) are provided on a front side of the shorting terminal (20) in a connecting direction to a mating connector (M). A shorting terminal accommodating chamber (46) provided in a housing (40) is open forward in the connecting direction to the mating connector (M). The shorting terminal (20) can be accommodated into the shorting terminal accommodating chamber (46) from front in the connecting direction. Front press-fit portions (34) to be press-fitted to wall portions (48A) of the housing (40) forming the shorting terminal accommodating chamber (46) are provided at positions of the shorting terminal (20) juxtaposed with the contact portions (24) in a width direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventor: Keisuke Kanemura
  • Patent number: 9614327
    Abstract: A connector assembly is provided and includes a connector, a lock, and a spring arrangement. The connector has a housing, a spring arrangement holder, and a plug section. The housing has an upper shell and a lower shell that provide a lock receiving passageway into an interior thereof. The spring arrangement holder is disposed along the lower shell. The plug section is disposed along the lower shell and opposite the spring arrangement holder. The lock is inserted into the lock receiving passageway. The spring arrangement is inserted into the spring arrangement holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignees: TE Connectivity India Private Limited, Tyco Electronics UK Ltd
    Inventors: John Marsh, Gopi Kt
  • Patent number: 9606143
    Abstract: A device under test (DUT) has terminals connected to electrically conductive contacts which are in turn connect to a load board and to a test signal source. A second set of kelvin terminals are likewise connected to the DUT, but by pass the load board for connection to a test signal source. The kelvin terminals extend distally away from the DUT and are bonded to a flex circuit at their distal ends so that they make electrical and mechanical contact with the flex circuit. An intermediary terminal block receives the flex circuit and a ribbon cable or other wire connects to a test signal source. The entire circuit then circumvents the use of the load board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Johnstech International Corporation
    Inventor: Jeffrey C. Sherry
  • Patent number: 9561728
    Abstract: To effectively suppress radiation and mixture of noise superimposed on a power line into a connection detection line. A power conversion device includes a connector having a wiring line which transmits DC power; and a housing in which the connector is arranged. The connector has a connection detection wiring line which detects whether the connector is connected with an external circuit. An opening part which connects with the connector is formed in the housing. An annular core formed of a magnetic substance is inserted through the opening part. The annular core is an annular member formed with a through-hole. The wiring line and the connection detection wiring line are introduced into an inside of the housing through the through-hole of the annular core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuji Sobu, Mikito Komatsu, Tatsuya Nakazawa
  • Patent number: 9551484
    Abstract: An electric lamp comprises a lighting module, a pin comprising an electric contact for powering the lighting module, and an insulating sleeve surrounding the pin and movable along the pin between a covering position and an uncovering position. Further, the sleeve covers the electric contact of the pin when in the covering position, and is retractable against the action of a biasing means to the uncovering position, in which the sleeve uncovers at least a portion of said electric contact of the pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: PHILIPS LIGHTING HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Antonius Petrus Marinus Dingemans, Allart Van Den Berg, Pieter Joseph Clara Van Der Wel
  • Patent number: 9548578
    Abstract: A socket apparatus, including a plate for being held by sockets of a wall outlet in contact with a front surface of the wall outlet, the plate shaped complementary to the front surface of the wall outlet and having holes shaped and located corresponding to the sockets of the wall outlet; metal apertures, each extending from one of the holes of the plate, the metal apertures for receiving electric supply from the sockets of the wall outlet, and for inserting prongs of a plug of an electric appliance thereinto, an electric gadget, for providing an electric function, and an electric circuit, for receiving electric supply from the metal apertures, and for converting the electric supply to the electric function. The wall socket further includes an extension pin, for allowing attaching thereof to at least one of the prongs of the plug of the electric appliance, for extending thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Inventor: Ran Azoulay
  • Patent number: 9548574
    Abstract: A power socket includes a main body and a photo-interrupter. The main body has a jack set, and the jack set has a first jack and a second jack. A partition region is formed between the first jack and the second jack. The photo-interrupter is disposed in the body and under the jack set. The photo-interrupter has a first sensing portion and a second sensing portion. The first sensing portion is under the partition region, and the width of the first sensing portion is less than the width of the partition region. A sensing region is formed between the first sensing portion and the second sensing portion. The sensing region is under the first jack, and the length of the sensing region is more than or equal to the width of the first jack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: POWERTECH INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jung-Hui Hsu
  • Patent number: 9531135
    Abstract: Telecommunications jacks and methods of their use and construction are described. One telecommunications jack is adapted to receive a plug, and includes a housing defining a port for receiving the plug, as well as first, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth consecutively arranged contact springs adapted to make electrical contact with the plug when the plug is inserted into the port of the housing along a first axis. The jack includes first, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth wire termination contacts for terminating wires to the jack, and a circuit board arrangement including first and second circuits, the circuit board arrangement including a circuit board moveable in a direction non-parallel with the first axis between first and second positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: CommScope Connectivity Spain, S.L.
    Inventors: Jorge Gatnau Navarro, Arturo Pachón, Maria Maqueda Gonzalez, Albert Font Aranega, Jose Jamie Sanabra Jansa
  • Patent number: 9520685
    Abstract: An electrical connector includes: an insulating body having an upper face and a lower face, two opposite side faces, a front face and a rear face, and a plug-receiving hole; and a number of terminals mounted to the insulating body, each terminal having a holding portion, an elastic portion extending into the hole, and an abutment portion. The abutment portion is movably exposed to a corresponding side face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: FOXCONN INTERCONNECT TECHNOLOGY LIMITED
    Inventors: Jun Zhao, Jing-Jie Guo
  • Patent number: 9517331
    Abstract: An iontophoresis patch is equipped with a donor gel and a reference gel which are disposed to contact an external conductor, for example, the skin of a patient and thereby output current from a current-carrying device to the external conductor. The iontophoresis patch includes: a donor portion having the donor gel containing a medical agent to be penetrated into the external conductor; a reference portion having a reference gel, mounted with the current-carrying device on the surface on the side opposite to the reference gel, and disposed on the external conductor apart from the donor portion; and an electrode film for supplying current from the current-carrying device to the donor gel and the reference gel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignees: TERUMO KABUSHIKI KAISHA, TEIKOKU SEIYAKU CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Mitsutoshi Yaegashi, Akihiro Hasui, Hiroyuki Kubo
  • Patent number: 9509103
    Abstract: An apparatus comprising: a connector for providing an electrical interface, the connector comprising an opening configured to receive a suitable member; at least one conductive contact located at least partially within the connector and configured to operate as a switch such that when the connector is in an unplugged to partially plugged state the at least one conductive contact is grounded and when the connector is in a partially plugged to a fully plugged state the at least one conductive contact is coupled to an electrical terminal channel interfacing an electrical signal between the connector and the member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: Nokia Corporation
    Inventors: Yinong Liu, Pi Lin
  • Patent number: 9502835
    Abstract: An electrical connector includes: an insulative housing including a first insulative base with a first contact-receiving slot and a second contact-receiving slot and a second insulative base mounted to the first insulative base; an insulative cap attached to the insulative housing; a metal shell covering the insulative housing and the insulative cap; a static terminal received in the first contact-receiving slot; and a movable terminal received in the second contact-receiving slot. The movable terminal includes a resisting portion connecting and a pair of extension arms extending from the resisting portion. The second contact-receiving slot includes an engaging groove and a holding groove crossing with the engaging groove, the engaging groove defines a bottom wall inclining upwardly from a middle thereof to outer ends thereof to support the free ends of the extension arms. And the resisting portion is operable to be in touch with the bottom wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: FOXCONN INTERCONNECT TECHNOLOGY LIMITED
    Inventor: Ming-Ching Chen