Tubular Socket Patents (Class 439/252)
  • Patent number: 11024997
    Abstract: An electrical plug contact for high-current applications. The plug contact encompasses a housing that extends along a longitudinal axis and an interior space for receiving a single counterpart contact element. The plug contact encompasses a cable having a plurality of strands, the cable being guided from an exterior space of the housing into the interior space and being fastened thereon. The cable has an end in the interior space, the cable having, adjacently to the end, a damping portion in which the cable is split into a plurality of separate conductors; a plurality of contacting elements, each of which is arranged suitable for electrically and mechanically contacting the single counterpart contact element, each of which is secured on a corresponding one of at least two of the conductor strands, so that each conductor strand is connected to one contact element, and so that each conductor strand is at the same electrical potential.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Rolf Wittmann
  • Patent number: 10985502
    Abstract: A connector (10) includes a first connector (20) and a second connector (50) to be connected to each other. The first connector (20) includes first terminals (21) and a first housing (23) configured to accommodate the first terminals (21). The second connector (50) includes second terminals (51) and a second housing (53) configured to accommodate the second terminals (51) and having a receptacle (54) to be fit to the first housing (23). A concave portion (30) is provided on a side of the first housing (23) to be fit to the second housing (53). The second housing (53) is provided with a pry preventing protrusion (62) projecting forwardly of the receptacle (54) and configured to suppress a positional deviation of the second housing (53) with respect to the first housing (23) by entering the concave portion (30) during a connecting operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Inventor: Yasuhiro Kudo
  • Patent number: 10944197
    Abstract: A connector terminal may include a terminal body extending along a center line, a contact portion provided at a first end portion of the terminal body in an extension direction of the terminal body, and a lance portion provided at a second end portion of the terminal body in the extension direction of the terminal body. The lance portion includes at least three positioning lances, when viewed from the extension direction of the center line, an angle formed by a first imaginary straight line connecting the center line and the first positioning lance and a second imaginary straight line connecting the center line and the second positioning lance is larger than 0 degrees and smaller than 180 degrees around the center line, and an angle formed by the first imaginary straight line and a third imaginary straight line connecting the center line and the third positioning lance is larger than 0 degrees and smaller than 180 degrees around the center line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: OMRON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Norihiro Otsu, Tomoyuki Haruna, Hidekazu Koyama, Yukito Yoshida
  • Patent number: 10644425
    Abstract: A connector includes a housing (10) formed with a terminal accommodation chamber (13) and a terminal fitting (30) to be inserted into the terminal accommodation chamber (13) from behind the housing (10). A stabilizer (35) projects from an outer peripheral surface of the terminal fitting (30), and an interfering portion (19) is formed on an inner wall of the terminal accommodation chamber (13). The terminal fitting (30) contacts the interfering portion (19) when the terminal fitting (30) is inserted into the terminal accommodation chamber (13) in an improper posture, and this contact presses the terminal fitting 30 in a direction intersecting a projecting direction of the stabilizer (35).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Norihito Hashimoto, Wataru Yamanaka
  • Patent number: 10403990
    Abstract: A press-fit terminal is configured to exert a reaction force through elastic deformation on a through-hole and to be supported by the board, and includes two beams to be opposite to each other and to be elastically deformable. The two beams respectively have counter surfaces facing to each other. Each beam includes: a base material with a main surface and a side surface having one or more rounded corners formed in a curved surface with a contact zone in contact with the wall surface of the through-hole; and a plated film having a main portion on the main surface and an extension portion having an average thickness smaller than an average thickness of the main portion. The two beams have two or more of the rounded corners in total, and at least one of the rounded corners are provided with the extension portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kenji Ochi, Takumi Shiomi
  • Patent number: 10116071
    Abstract: An electrical connector includes an insulative housing defining a top surface and a bottom surface opposite to each other and a plurality of electrical contacts received in the insulative housing. Each electrical contact is formed by stamping a metal plate and includes a contacting portion exposed to the top surface, a mounting portion extending out of the bottom surface and an elastic portion disposed between the contacting portion and the mounting portion and in the insulative housing, wherein the elastic portion includes a first elastic portion and a second elastic portion disposed on two opposite sides of the contacting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: FOXCONN INTERCONNECT TECHNOLOGY LIMITED
    Inventors: Xin-Tian Li, Wei Yin, Ji-Wang Jin, Bin Peng, Zhi-Jian Chen
  • Patent number: 10035103
    Abstract: The present invention is directed toward a dialysis unit that is modular and portable, with improved functionality. In one embodiment, the dialysis system comprises a top unit that is detachably affixed to a base that comprises a reservoir for fluid storage. Among numerous other features, the portable, modular dialysis system of the present invention has improved power door locking, zoned leak detection, fluid handling, and mechanical design features that enable improved modularity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Barry Neil Fulkerson, Martin Hering, Mark F. Smith, Jan B. Zwierstra
  • Patent number: 9793621
    Abstract: A connector assembly for use with a mining cable coupler includes a first connector and a second connector. The first connector includes a front portion including a plug and a rear portion including a barrel configured to receive a first conductor. The second connector includes a front portion including a socket having a channel defined therein and a rear portion including a barrel configured to receive a second conductor. An annular groove is defined in an inner surface of the channel. An annular spring held in the annular groove. The channel is sized and configured to receive the plug such that the plug resiliently contacts the spring to electrically connect the first conductor received in the first connector barrel and the second conductor received in the second connector barrel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignees: TE Connectivity Corporation, Tyco Electronics Canada ULC, Tyco Electronics Industrial Comercial Chile Limitada
    Inventors: Senthil A. Kumar, Barry James Johnson, Juan Darritchon
  • Patent number: 9705244
    Abstract: The electric connector includes an outer shell, at least one terminal, at least one floating resilient part, at least one screw and a panel. The outer shell includes at least one terminal groove and at least two fastening grooves. The floating resilient part includes at least one inner resilient tab and at least one outer resilient tab. The terminal groove is provided at the middle portion of the outer shell and has an end opening provided at the center of the panel. The fastening grooves are respectively provided at two sides of the outer shell and have end openings provided at two sides of the panel. The terminal is pluggable into the terminal groove, and a head of the terminal passing through the ending opening of the terminal groove is connected with a terminal of a mating connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Amphenol East Asia Electronic Technology (Shen Zhen) Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Fei Liu
  • Patent number: 9634427
    Abstract: A high pressure and temperature, hermetically sealed bulkhead connector with pin and socket contacts for use in logging tools is described. The bulkhead connector comprises (a) one or more contact(s) placed within one or more channels wherein the channels provide a clearance path between contact(s) and bulkhead body and travel at least a partial longitudinal distance between proximal and distal ends. The contact(s) reside in the channel(s) and include at least; an optional movement limiter section, one central elongated section, and one fixed section where the contact(s) is attached to the bulkhead body at the distal end. The body correctly positions respective ends of the contact so that the body secures contact(s) to be parallel to each other and the contact(s) have terminal ends for connection. This arrangement provides at least one pivotable, pliable, free floating contact extending away from the fixed distal end of the bulkhead body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Advanced Oilfield Innovations (AOI), Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Maurice Lerner, Andrew Lerner, Andre Orban
  • Patent number: 9466899
    Abstract: A connector includes an insulation body, a first pin row, a second pin row, a first connection terminal row and a second connection terminal row. The insulation body includes a division portion and defines a first receiving groove and a second receiving groove positioned at two opposite sides of the division portion. The first pin row and the second pin row are attached to two opposite sides of the division portion. One of the ends of the first connection terminal row electrically connect to a motherboard, the other one of the ends of the first connection terminal row connect to the first pin row. One of the ends of the second connection terminal row electrically connect to the motherboard, the other one of the ends of the second connection terminal row connect to the second pin row. The disclosure also provides a data cable to connect the connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignees: HONG FU JIN PRECISION INDUSTRY (WuHan) CO., LTD., HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ching-Jou Chen, Wen-Hsiang Hung, Chun-Bao Gu, Hong-Mei Zhang
  • Patent number: 9455516
    Abstract: An electrical connector having a female part with a socket portion configured for receiving a male part in the socket portion. The male part comprises openings in the area of the base and the socket portion comprises projections protruding into the openings. The projections in the openings are form-fittingly connected to the male part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Rainer Gutenschwager, Karl Wirth, Martina Panahi, Eduard Cvasa
  • Patent number: 9263199
    Abstract: An electrical contact arrangement for medium to high voltage applications includes a contact arm having a distal end section on which a circular shaped annulus arrangement having several axially and parallel directed contact fingers is arranged. The contact fingers are pressed on the contact arm via respective radially directed connection sections by a spring ring which is peripherally arranged around the contact fingers. The distal end section of the contact arm includes a first ring-shaped surface and an adjacent second ring-shaped surface, so that the connection section of each contact finger is pressed to at least both the first and second ring-shaped surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: ABB TECHNOLOGY AG
    Inventors: Christian Reuber, Dietmar Gentsch
  • Publication number: 20150050824
    Abstract: A system for the transmission of electrical current that has at least two rigid conductors, wherein the two conductors are connected via at least one electrically conducting, deformable connecting element, which can comprise a helical spring that is shaped like a ring in the direction of the longitudinal axis thereof and grips a section of a first conductor under pre-tension.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventor: Willem Blakborn
  • Patent number: 8956170
    Abstract: A ground power connector comprising: a plug body comprising a cavity, wherein the cavity comprises an inside dimension; a female socket positioned within the cavity, wherein the female socket comprises an outside dimension, wherein the outside dimension of the female socket is smaller than the inside dimension of the cavity; and a support of the female socket in the cavity, wherein the support allows the female socket to change positions within the cavity. A method of manufacturing a ground power connector having a female socket, the method comprising: providing an internal block comprising a cavity; inserting at least a portion of a female socket into the cavity of the internal block; sealing the cavity of the internal block; and molding a rubber plug body onto an exterior of the internal block so that the plug body flexibly supports the female socket in the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Cooper Technologies Company
    Inventor: John Andrew White
  • Patent number: 8757915
    Abstract: An adapter unit capable of preventing breakage of a positioning key for accurately connecting first and adapters. A key is formed on an inner peripheral surface of a hollow cylindrical portion of a receptacle adapter such that a front end thereof is rearward of a front end of the hollow cylindrical portion. Projecting portions are formed on the inner peripheral surface of the hollow cylindrical portion at locations away from the key in a circumferential direction, for receiving a front end of a hollow cylindrical portion of a plug adapter inserted into the hollow cylindrical portion of the receptacle adapter. Receiving portions are formed on an outer peripheral surface of the hollow cylindrical portion of the plug adapter, for receiving the projecting portions. The front end of the key is rearward of the front end of each projecting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Japan Aviation Electronics Industry, Limited
    Inventors: Hideo Sugimoto, Hideto Shimazu, Yuichi Koreeda
  • Patent number: 8636529
    Abstract: A coaxial interconnect and contact are provided. The coaxial contact is patterned to define a plurality of openings along its longitudinal length. An inner surface of the contact may circumferentially engage an outer surface of a mating contact, wherein such engagement causes at least a portion of the contact to flex radially outwardly. The contact may also flex in the longitudinal or axial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Corning Gilbert Inc.
    Inventor: Casey Roy Stein
  • Patent number: 8348220
    Abstract: A portable ceiling fan mounting assembly adapted for use on the exterior of a parked motorized recreational vehicle is disclosed. The assembly includes an arm to which the ceiling fan and bracket for the fan is mounted. The arm has an electrical plug disposed on one end that connects the ceiling fan assembly electrically to the available power in the recreational vehicle. A mounting plate is attached to the recreational vehicle wall which receives the arm and contains an electrical receptacle for receipt of the electrical plug. The device is thus easy to handle and install and is user friendly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Inventor: Lee Carter
  • Patent number: 8251725
    Abstract: An electrical connector comprising: a conductive housing that contains within an interior of the housing a conductive inner barrel; a low insertion force connector positioned within the inner barrel and having a bore concentrically aligned with a bore of the inner barrel, the housing further comprising: one or more conductive springs disposed circumferentially about the inner barrel and in contact engagement with an interior recessed surface of the inner barrel and the interior of the housing so as to be in electrical contact therewith, wherein the bore of the inner barrel is adapted to receive a conductive pin, the inner barrel being movable both axially and radially via said spring in response to insertion of the conductive pin through the bore and into the low insertion force connector to accommodate off axis orientation of the conductive pin into the connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: Fredrick J. Kasparian, Stanley M. Granat, James M. Radka
  • Patent number: 8226428
    Abstract: In an electrical connection for high-voltage or medium-voltage switchgear, a bar (2) is inserted in a recess (6) provided with a projection (10). In the invention, the dimensions are established so that the axes (AA, BB) of the bar (2) and of the projection (10) can be inclined relative to each other. Spring-forming conductor elements (12, 14) establish the electrical connection even in the event of tilt. A high-performance electrical contact can thus be obtained compactly, which makes it possible to perform assembly/disassembly operations on electrical equipment without any additional element of the telescopic ferrule or separable bar type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: Areva T & D SA
    Inventors: Alain Arnaud, Jean-Pierre Roulet, Jean-Michel Berals
  • Patent number: 8070502
    Abstract: An electrical connector with a first coupling device with a first connection for a first electrical cable and a second coupling device with a second connection for a second electrical cable and wherein both coupling devices are interlocking for electrical contact. The second coupling device includes a first component to contact the first coupling device by interlocking, a second component that includes the second connection, and a coupling device for electrical coupling of the first component with the second component, wherein both components are flexible relative to each other in radial and/or axial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Assignee: ODU Steckverbindungssysteme GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Alfred Mitter, Eduard Huber
  • Patent number: 7909658
    Abstract: The invention relates to a plug connector (1c) with a plug (11) which has a handle element (13) which has at least one snap-in unit (19) and one contact support (14) oriented in the plug-in direction (X), and with a bushing (12) whose handle element (40) forms a contact support holder (45) and an opposing snap-in means (44) corresponding to the snap-in means, said opposing snap-in means cooperates with the snap-in means to secure the plug and the bushing in the connected state, wherein the contact support (14) and the contact carrier holder (45) form mutually corresponding positioning means (23, 49) which allow insertion of the plug into the bushing only with the snap-in means facing the opposing snap-in means. The problem of the invention is to create a plug connector which improves in particular the blind insertion of plug and bushing and thus improves the ease of assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Assignee: Lumberg Connect GmbH
    Inventor: Dirk Pfaffenbach
  • Patent number: 7554266
    Abstract: A mechanical shunt for use in a socket of a string of lights resides in an otherwise typical lamp of a string of lights. The present shunt is a horizontal spring held in position by a shunt holder between the two conducting terminals on the interior walls of the socket so that the lateral ends of the shunt contact the terminals when the base is removed. When the base is inserted, a depending prong on the bottom of the base presses the shunt into a V-shaped surface formed in the shunt holder to pivot the lateral ends away from the terminals and allow current to flow through the Dumet wires to the filament.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2009
    Assignee: Willis Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chung-Wei Johnny Chen
  • Patent number: 7214103
    Abstract: A lead frame has slots therein for bayonet type connection to electrical terminals provided on a solenoid valve or group of valves. Projections on the lead frame are disposed between the slots and upon bayonet connection to the terminals closely interfit a web disposed between the terminals on the solenoid. Preferably, support stanchions are provided for the terminals and may be integrally molded with the web.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2007
    Assignee: Eaton Corporation
    Inventors: Tae-Kyung Kim, Kenneth J. Parker, Charles Chang, Nathan W. Kryglowski, Jeffrey S. Diller, Mark W. Hildebrandt, Thomas R. Hildebrandt, Randy R. Reamsma, Kelly M. Newby
  • Patent number: 6705875
    Abstract: A coaxial plug member comprises a housing, an inner contact, an outer contact and an insulating piece which is arranged between the inner and outer contacts. The outer contact is pivotally attached to the housing, as a result of which also the insulating piece received in the outer contact and the inner contact received in the insulating piece are able to pivot as a unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2004
    Assignee: Harting KGaA
    Inventors: Manfred Berghorn, Günter Pape
  • Patent number: 6585544
    Abstract: A terminal fitting has a resilient contact piece (18) coupled to an inner ceiling wall (15) via a resilient supporting piece (17). The resilient contact piece (18) is cantilevered back from the resilient supporting piece (17) and then is bent forward. A portion of the resilient contact piece (17) is resiliently deformable upward and downward with a folded portion (20) as a center. The resilient contact piece (18) is entirely displaceable along the longitudinal direction with the resilient supporting piece (17) as a center. An auxiliary spring portion (30) has a first and a second curves (32) that project up and down immediately before the folded portion (20) of the resilient contact piece (18). The auxiliary spring portion (30) can be elongated and contracted resiliently along the same direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2003
    Assignee: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventor: Mitsugu Furutani
  • Patent number: 6394829
    Abstract: A molded electrical interconnect having an electrical conductor embedded therein, a conductive terminal disposed in the cavity, a first end portion of the terminal disposed toward an open end of the cavity and a second end portion thereof coupled to a portion of the electrical conductor protruding into the cavity, the terminal is pivotally supported by a fulcrum near the second end portion thereof so that the first end portion of the terminal is movable in the cavity for alignment with a mating terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2002
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Jon M. Patterson, Louis M. Spoto, Tao-Ming Wang
  • Patent number: 6379179
    Abstract: A semiconductor signal connector has a contact area provided with a contact part. The contact part is elongated in a transverse direction so that a signal terminal can contact at any location thereof. Further, the semiconductor signal connector has a first contact part to contact a first signal terminal, a second contact part to contact a second signal terminal, and a connecting part formed by a deformable member for connecting the first contact part and the second contact part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2002
    Assignee: Fanuc Ltd.
    Inventor: Tatsuo Shinohara
  • Patent number: 6315591
    Abstract: The electrical connector of the present invention includes a female contact 1 having a pair of contact receiving cavities 5a and 5b at both ends that are capable of accommodating mating contacts A and B. One mating contact A is inserted into and removed from one of the contact receiving cavities 5a. A pair of lances 9a and 9b extend from the female contact away from each other and contact the side walls 16 of the cavity 14 of the housing 10, to allow contact float.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2001
    Assignee: Tyco Electronics
    Inventors: Kenzo Oda, Tetsuya Sagawa
  • Patent number: 6299489
    Abstract: A sleeve terminal which provides a continually assured level of normal force with respect to a received pin terminal, even as the sleeve member thereof may tend to relax over time. The sleeve terminal includes a sleeve member having a slot which allows the sleeve member to be resiliently expanded when a pin terminal is inserted therewithin. A pair of resilient arms characterized by an opposing V-shape are formed integrally with the sleeve member on opposing sides of the slot. The apex of the resilient arms provides a contact location with the inner surface of a barrel which is concentrically receives the sleeve terminal. A free end of each resilient arm is spaced a predetrmined distance from the sleeve member. A wire mount is connected to the sleeve member opposite the slot. In operation, a pin terminal is inserted into the sleeve member, causing the sleeve member to be resiliently expanded as the slot widens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2001
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Paul Phillips, David A Simoni, William L. Stein, Sr., John M Sova, William G Strang
  • Patent number: 6273744
    Abstract: The present invention involves a self-aligning connector assembly adapted for connecting first and second electrical conductors. The invention may be incorporated within a door panel assembly of a vehicle. The self-aligning connector assembly provides for self-aligning assembly techniques of vehicle panels to sheet metal structures. The connector assembly comprises a male connector, a female connector receiving the male connector, and a conductive member disposed on the female connector. The male connector has a base portion and a head portion. Head portion tapers from the base portion to form an arcuate top. The base portion has a conductive area disposed thereon and adapted to connect to the first electrical conductor, such as electrical wires. The female connector has a body portion defining an opening and has inner and outer surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2001
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Jay Allan Murdock, Albert Wojewnik
  • Patent number: 6250969
    Abstract: An electrical connector comprises a dielectric housing and a number of contacts received in the housing. The housing defines three aligned apertures and a partition is provided between two proximate aperture. The housing defines four recesses equiangularly disposed in a periphery of each aperture and two selected recesses thereof are respectively recessed in two partitions beside the aperture. Therefor each contact is received in a corresponding aperture and abuts against parts of the periphery of the aperture that are not recessed therein while being spaced from the partition. Thus, stress exerted on the partitions is limited thereby preventing the partitions from being crushed by the contacts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2001
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Ind. Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: She-Min Cai
  • Patent number: 6186810
    Abstract: A female electrical contact member has a body extended by a bush open at its free end for insertion of a male member and a male-member-receiving member comprises a ring extended by elastic tongues which grip the male member. The ring is mounted to slide and float in the bush and is connected to the body by a flexible electrical connection. Sliding of the ring in the bush is restricted. The flexible electrical connection forms a loop at a point part way along its length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2001
    Assignee: Connecteurs Cinch
    Inventors: Stéphane Barnabe, Fabrice Durand-Cochet
  • Patent number: 5989047
    Abstract: A Christmas lamp socket includes an inner socket for a lamp to fit therein and an outer shell to hold the inner socket. The inner socket has two supporting base parts defining an intermediate room. The outer shell has an intermediate wall inside and two holding cavities defined by the intermediate wall and an outer wall to retain a respective one of the supporting base parts such that the intermediate wall is received within the intermediate room and forms a pressure upon the supporting base parts for firmly holding leads of a wire between the supporting base parts and the outer shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 23, 1999
    Inventor: Shun-Feng Huang
  • Patent number: 5951314
    Abstract: Female electrical contact member includes a body with an arrangement at one end for receiving an electrical conductor and a receiving member for the elastic engagement of a complementary male electrical contact member. The body is extended by a bush open at its free end to provide a passage for the male member and the receiving member includes a ring extended towards the arrangement for receiving an electrical conductor by elastic tongues adapted to grip the male member. The ring slides and floats in the bush and is connected by a flexible electrical connection to the body, an arrangement being provided to limit sliding of the ring in the bush.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 14, 1999
    Assignee: Connecteurs Cinch
    Inventors: Fabrice Durand-Cochet, Nicolas Deloge
  • Patent number: 5888096
    Abstract: A shielded electrical connector having a housing and a cover each of which are formed by inmoulding an insulative portion respectively within a respective outer shield portion. Terminals are mounted within the housing and the housing and cover are joined together. Shielding characteristics are improved by a carrier strip interconnecting the shielding of adjacent connectors within a connector stack. Further shielding improvements are recognized by incorporating a contact surface external the shielding for engaging an outer reference terminal. The connector includes terminals having a floatable contact portion and a support feature for preventing damage to the terminals as a result of stubbing with a mating terminal. The connector being impedance matched to the cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 30, 1999
    Assignee: The Whitaker Corporation
    Inventors: Lucas Soes, Johannes Marinus Jacobus Den Otter, Willem Reginald Maria Smits, Jan Hendrik Ate Wiekamp
  • Patent number: 5855675
    Abstract: A processing station adaptable to standard cluster tools has a vertically-translatable pedestal having an upper wafer-support surface including a heater plate adapted to be plugged into a unique feedthrough in the pedestal. At a lower position for the pedestal wafers may be transferred to and from the processing station, and at an upper position for the pedestal the pedestal forms an annular pumping passage with a lower circular opening in a processing chamber. A removable, replaceable ring at the lower opening of the processing chamber allows process pumping speed to be tailored for different processes by replacing the ring. In some embodiments the pedestal also has a surrounding shroud defining an annular pumping passage around the pedestal. A unique two-zone heater plate is adapted to the top of the pedestal, and connects to a unique feedthrough allowing heater plates to be quickly and simply replaced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 5, 1999
    Assignee: Genus, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth Doering, Carl J. Galewski
  • Patent number: 5795170
    Abstract: A female terminal for waterproof connector which is so filled with resin-material that water or the like can not permeate the inside of a terminal receiving chamber of a connector housing, and a resin-filled waterproof connector which is inserted into the waterproof connector so that it prevents an outflow of the resin-material toward an electric contacting section. The female terminal includes the electrical contacting section 6 with a contacting spring piece 12, and the electrical wire connected section following the electrical contacting section, in order to prevent the resin material from outflow toward the side of electrical contacting section 6, the closed section which blocks the terminal receiving chamber 4a of the connector housing 2 containing the female terminal is formed between the electrical contacting section and the electrical wire connected section 8. The closed section 7 is so integrally formed that it becomes box-shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 18, 1998
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventor: Toshiaki Okabe
  • Patent number: 5611717
    Abstract: A terminal comprises an inner contact and an outer body. The inner contact is U-shaped and has a spring section positioned between a connection section and a contact section for resilient longitudinal movement of the contact section with respect to the connection section for preventing fretting corrosion. The spring section is comprised within side walls and a bottom wall whereby this U-shape is easy to stamp and form thereby increasing the ease of manufacture, which is particularly important from miniature terminals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 18, 1997
    Assignee: The Whitaker Corporation
    Inventor: Jean C. Joly
  • Patent number: 5334035
    Abstract: A plug connector may include an electrically insulated contact holder and a plug contact or contact element located in a contact chamber of the contact holder. The plug connector may be configured as a multi-pole plug connector exhibiting a plurality of contact chambers and contact elements. A plug contact or contact element may have an outwardly curving annular bead and may be configured as a bearing support with an annular groove in the contact chamber. The annular groove may be configured to complement the contour of the annular bead. The annular groove may be located in the terminal area on the connection side of a contact chamber. Alternatively, the annular groove may be located in the contact element and the annular bead may be disposed in the contact chamber. The plug connector may be manufactured without a water tight connection, if desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 1992
    Date of Patent: August 2, 1994
    Assignee: Richard Hirschmann GmbH
    Inventors: Gerhard Wehrle, Michael Sonn
  • Patent number: 4859198
    Abstract: A contact assembly for electrically conductively engaging large numbers of electrical connections between printed circuit boards. A plurality of pins mounted on one board are mated to a plurality of corresponding contacts mounted on another board, such contacts being contained in cavities extending along respective axes in a housing such that when the pins are fully engaged by the corresponding contacts each contact is substantially concentric relative to a corresponding axis and pin, and when the pins are not fully engaged by the corresponding contacts each contact extends at an angle relative to a corresponding axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 1988
    Date of Patent: August 22, 1989
    Assignee: GTE Products Corporation
    Inventor: Alex F. Owen
  • Patent number: 4834571
    Abstract: An improved connector having a looped wire retained in one piece of the connector and providing a second piece having a concentric bore and able to engage a free end of said looped wire to cause the wire to constrict upon rotation of the second piece relative to the first piece to bind wires inserted through the second piece into a receptacle of the first piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 1988
    Date of Patent: May 30, 1989
    Inventor: Jonathan G. Greenburg
  • Patent number: 4815986
    Abstract: A self-aligning blind mate connector designed for surface mounting to existing RF coaxial pin and outer sheath ring of a sealed RF module. The two halves of the connector provide positive interlock upon engagement and allow for both axial and radial misalignment. Each half includes an inner body member housing the conductors and a body capture member to secure the inner body to the RF module while allowing for mobility of the connectors to accommodate misalignment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 1988
    Date of Patent: March 28, 1989
    Assignee: Lucas Weinschel, Inc.
    Inventor: Jimmy F. Dholoo
  • Patent number: 4808127
    Abstract: A connector assembly comprises a female connector having a protruding portion extending from one end and with one or more sockets therein and a male connector having one or more pins for being received in a different one of the sockets and a retractable pin shield member in which the pins are recessed when the shield member is in a forward position. The pin shield member includes a cavity for receiving the protruding portion of the female connector and as the connectors are progressively engaged the protruding portion is urged against the shield member causing it to become gradually retracted and exposing the pins which are then progressively received in the sockets of the female connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 1987
    Date of Patent: February 28, 1989
    Assignee: Arbus, Inc.
    Inventor: Anthony Swanic
  • Patent number: 4721829
    Abstract: A segmented inner conductor of a transmission line has joints between the segments with a plug on one segment fitting into a socket on an adjacent segment. An electrostatic shield covers the joint and confines particles. Particular features have to do with simplifying the parts and their means of assembly for speed and economy including a plug end having a stop configured for easy assembly with the main portion of an inner conductor segment, a shield with a folded under portion over a bond joining the plug end to the inner segment main portion, spring loaded contacts holding the shield to the plug end, and use of a retaining ring, without bonding, to secure a ring of contact fingers to a socket end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 1986
    Date of Patent: January 26, 1988
    Assignee: Westinghouse Electric Corp.
    Inventors: Jeffry R. Meyer, Melvyn D. Hopkins, Gary K. Bowman
  • Patent number: 4707045
    Abstract: A microminiature, multi-pin electrical connector for high voltage applications. The connector includes a plug portion including a resilient body member having a plurality of cavities therein, and a receptacle portion having a plurality of extended members. When the plug and receptacle portions are connected, the extended members extend into the cavities to mate terminal means within the cavities and extended portions. The receptacle portion includes means for supporting the extended members while permitting them to move independently relative to one another. Radial and axial compression seals, preferably formed integral with the resilient body member, are provided to seal between the peripheral surface of each cavity and the outer peripheral surface of each extended member, and the base surface of each cavity and the extended end surface of each extended member, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 1986
    Date of Patent: November 17, 1987
    Assignee: AMP Incorporated
    Inventors: Reuben E. Ney, Bryon L. Walters
  • Patent number: 4681385
    Abstract: An electrical connector system comprising a cylindrical plug assembly with terminals and a cylindrical socket assembly with terminals is disclosed. The assemblies may be axially joined virtually independent of their rotational orientation with respect to each other to effect the proper coupling of the terminals. The terminals of each assembly are recessed within their assemblies and coil springs are positioned to bias the terminals into an electrical coupling relationship with one other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 1986
    Date of Patent: July 21, 1987
    Assignee: Dart Industries Inc.
    Inventors: Kurt J. Kruger, Lester Miller
  • Patent number: D453921
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2002
    Assignee: Medserve Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary R. Bussett, Hans W. Reiss