Coupling Part With Latching Means And Tether Or Explosive To Unlatch From Mating Part Patents (Class 439/258)
  • Patent number: 10312631
    Abstract: A communications connector for a vehicle store, the communications connector includes a receptacle interface plate, and a communications receptacle configured for coupling with an umbilical lanyard plug of a host vehicle, the communications receptacle having at least one magnetic member configured to couple the communications receptacle to the receptacle interface plate so that the communications receptacle is decoupled from the receptacle interface plate upon release of the vehicle store from the host vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: James V Eveker, Cory G Keller, Alberto A Martinez
  • Patent number: 10283912
    Abstract: A connector comprises a body, a shield housing fitted over the body, and a spring disposed within the shield housing and fitted over the body. The body has a first positioning structure formed on an outer wall of the body. The shield housing has a second positioning structure formed on an inner wall of the shield housing. The spring has a first end abutting against the second positioning structure and an opposite second end abutting against the first positioning structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Tyco Electronics (Shanghai) Co. Ltd.
    Inventors: Bo Gao, Hao Wang, Biao Pan, Jiefeng Zhang, Ning Wang, Jianfei Yu
  • Patent number: 10254491
    Abstract: An optical transceiver includes casing, fastening member and driving member. The fastening member is movably disposed in the casing to be either in fastened position or released position. The fastening member has a first inclined surface. The first inclined surface has a start end and a stop end. Distance between the start end and the supporting surface is larger than distance between the stop end and the supporting surface. The driving member is movable in the casing. When the driving member presses the first inclined surface from the start end to the stop end, the driving member facilitates the movement of the fastening member from the fastened position to the released position. When the fastening member is in the fastened position, the fastening member is fastened to the fastening portion. When the fastening member is in the released position, the fastening member is removed from the fastening portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Prime World International Holdings Ltd.
    Inventors: Ming-Hsing Chung, Huan-Yu Lin, Ting-Jhang Liao
  • Patent number: 10209462
    Abstract: The present utility model relates to the field of a QSFP+ module hot-pluggable unlocking structure. The hot-pluggable unlocking structure includes a housing formed of an upper cover and a lower cover buckled to each other, and a locking component provided on the housing, where guiding grooves are provided on two sides of the housing, two unlocking pieces are provided at one end of the locking component and a pull tab is provided at the other end, the unlocking pieces are engaged with and provided in the guiding grooves, a spring is provided on the upper cover, spring-catch elements are provided on the locking component and protrude towards the upper cover, and the spring-catch elements and the spring are pressed against each other. The structure simplifies the pull tab unlocking structure and manufacturing process thereof and helps reduce costs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: O-NET COMMUNICATIONS (SHENZHEN) LIMITED
    Inventors: Peiwen Zhu, Zhaofeng Zeng
  • Patent number: 10186352
    Abstract: A percutaneous connector assembly including a feedthrough assembly having a body and a plurality of electrically conductive feedthroughs extending through the body from a first end toward a second end thereof. A cable assembly having a plurality of conductors arranged side-by-side within a first plane to form a substantially flat portion thereof is included, each conductor being connected to a corresponding feedthrough of the feedthrough assembly and the flat portion extending from the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Medtronic HeartWare, Inc.
    Inventor: Timothy McSweeney
  • Patent number: 10158194
    Abstract: Narrow width fiber optic connectors having spring loaded remote release mechanisms to facilitate access and usage of the connectors in high density arrays. A narrow width fiber optic connector comprises a multi-fiber connector, wherein a width of said narrow width fiber optic connector is less than about 12.4 mm, a housing configured to hold the multi-fiber connector and further comprising a connector recess, and a pull tab having a ramp area configured to disengage a latch of one of an adapter and an SFP from said connector recess. The pull tab may include a spring configured to allow the latch of one of the adapter and the SFP to engage with the connector recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Senko Advanced Components, Inc.
    Inventors: Kazuyoshi Takano, Jeffrey Gniadek
  • Patent number: 9876315
    Abstract: A coupling unit has an electrical-connector for push-fit electrical connection in the coupling unit axial direction to a mating electrical-connector of a unit. The electrical-connector and mating electrical-connector have engagement formations permitting push-fit connection only when the electrical-connector is in predetermined rotational alignment about axial direction with the mating electrical-connector. The coupling unit has a backshell in fixed rotational relationship with the electrical-connector and extending rearwardly therefrom to house, in use, one or more leads extending rearwardly from the electrical-connector. The coupling unit has coaxial actuation sleeve surrounding the backshell. The actuation sleeve axially moves to effect push-fit connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: ROLLS-ROYCE plc
    Inventors: Richard Edward Mellor, Redland Sanders
  • Patent number: 9859662
    Abstract: A connector can include a first shell having at least one first wall made of an electrically conductive material, where the at least one first wall forms a first cavity. The connector can also include an insert disposed within the first cavity. The connector can further include at least one connector pin disposed in and traversing the first shell. The connector can also include an electrically conductive face seal that abuts against a distal end of the insert within the first cavity, where the at least one connector pin traverses at least one first aperture in the electrically conductive face seal. The connector can further include at least one electrically insulating bushing disposed within the at least one first aperture in the electrically conductive face seal, where the at least one electrically insulating bushing is further disposed between the face seal and the at least one connector pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: COOPER TECHNOLOGIES COMPANY
    Inventor: Charles Pitman Fischer
  • Patent number: 9331428
    Abstract: A connector is mateable with a mating connector comprising a mating fitting portion and a locked portion. The connector comprises a fitted portion and a lock structure arranged in a first direction. The fitted portion is fitted to the fitting portion under a mated state where the connector is mated with the mating connector. The lock structure includes a lock member and an operation member. The lock member has an operated portion and a lock portion. The operation member has an operation portion. The lock portion locks the locked portion under the mated state. Under the mated state, when the operation portion is moved from a first position toward a second position, the operated portion is operated and moved by the operation portion. The lock portion is moved in conjunction with the operated portion along a direction perpendicular to the first direction to unlock the locked portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: JAPAN AVIATION ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY, LIMITED
    Inventors: Chikara Kawamura, Yukitaka Tanaka
  • Publication number: 20150132981
    Abstract: A quick release connector for tensioned power lines, the connector comprising: a first component, said first component attached to a power line segment; and a second component attached to a second generally collinear power line segment, said second component comprising a locking clamp mechanism that selectively clamps the first component and automatically releases upon the application of a longitudinal force of predetermined magnitude along the clamp.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: Patrick McCammon, Andrew Rekeweg
  • Publication number: 20140335711
    Abstract: A power supply system for use with a power source. The system includes one or more power supply connections and an optional configuration with one or more remote control panels spaced from a safety circuit panel. The safety circuit panel includes a safety circuit. The system further includes a power cable with a safety ejector subsystem. The safety ejector subsystem includes a latch connected to the wall receptacle connector of the power cable and a tension line connected to the latch and to the power cable. When the power cable is placed in tension, such as when the power cable has not been disconnected from the wall receptacle in the ordinary way, the safety ejector subsystem forces the disconnection of the power cable from a plug, thereby ensuring that no live wiring is exposed to the environment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Inventor: Scott D Lamb
  • Patent number: 8847759
    Abstract: A merchandise display security device for displaying and protecting an article of merchandise includes means for retaining a power adapter cord on a sensor housing when the article of merchandise is attached to the sensor housing. The sensor housing includes a body configured for attachment to the article of merchandise and a power output port. A shelf adjacent the power output port includes an outer wall that defines a groove for receiving and retaining a portion of the power adapter cord. The portion of the power adapter cord is disposed within the groove and rotatable between an engaged, but uncoupled position in which the article of merchandise cannot be readily attached to the sensor housing and an engaged and coupled position in which the article of merchandise can be attached to the sensor housing and the power adapter cord is retained on the sensor housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: InVue Security Products Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Bisesti, Kai-Sheng Cheng
  • Patent number: 8764469
    Abstract: A power supply system for use with a power source. The system includes a safety circuit panel with a safety circuit and a power cable with a safety release in the form of a safety ejection subsystem. The safety ejection subsystem includes a latch connected to the wall receptacle connector of the power cable and a tension line connected to the latch and to the power cable. When the power cable is placed in tension, such as when the power cable has not been disconnected from the wall receptacle in the ordinary way, the safety ejection subsystem forces the disconnection of the power cable from a plug, thereby ensuring that no live wiring is exposed to the environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Atlantic Great Dane, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott D. Lamb
  • Patent number: 8747141
    Abstract: A connector includes a body configured to latchingly connect to a complementary connector element in a latching direction and an arm projecting from the body at an angle to the axis. The arm is configured to shift from a first position with its distal end a first distance from the axis to a second position with its distal end a second distance from the axis, and the body is removable from the complementary connector element when the arm is in the second position. The connector includes a force redirection element connected to the body and an extension member in contact with the force redirection element. The force redirection element is configured such that when a force is applied to the extension member in a direction opposite the latching direction, the arm is shifted from the first position toward the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: CommScope, Inc. of North Carolina
    Inventor: Charles Thomas Crain
  • Patent number: 8187014
    Abstract: Lanyard connectors for release of an ordinance are provided. The lanyard connectors include a coupling sleeve and locking ring movable between a first position and a second position. The lanyard connectors also include a latching spring and a reset spring. The latching spring is partially disposed within a groove in the locking ring in the first position, and removed from the groove in the second position. The reset spring is held in place by a connector cover and interfaces with a second groove in the locking ring. The reset spring is compressed in the second position. The lanyard connectors allow for release of an ordinance receptacle when in the second position. Methods of using the connectors are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: Cooper Technologies Company
    Inventor: Patrick John Laughlin
  • Patent number: 8052444
    Abstract: In certain embodiments, a connection system includes a secondary latching release mechanism coupled to a lanyard release connector and a lanyard. The lanyard release connector has a primary latching release mechanism adapted to hold a complementary connector of a payload. The secondary latching release mechanism includes a mechanical forcing device that applies a force for actuating a primary latching release mechanism of the latching release connector when the mechanical forcing device is actuated by the lanyard such that the payload may be jettisoned from a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: Roy P. McMahon, Sarah E. Graber
  • Publication number: 20110237102
    Abstract: The invention relates to a plug-in connection (S) comprising a socket element (2), which has a number of contact openings (5.1 to 5.n), and a plug element (1) which corresponds to the socket element (2) and has a number of contact pins (4.1 to 4.n) corresponding to the contact openings (5.1 to 5.n), wherein a pyrotechnic separation element (6), by means of which the circuit can be cut, is integrated in the socket element (2) or in the plug element (1).
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2009
    Publication date: September 29, 2011
    Applicant: AUTO KABEL MANAGEMENTGESELLSCHAFT MBH
    Inventors: Rainer Mackel, Thomas Schulz
  • Patent number: 7887345
    Abstract: This disclosure describes systems and methods for a single-use oximetry sensor in which a single-use connector is used with the sensor assembly. The disclosure describes a connector which consists of a single-use male connector for use with female connector on an oximeter. The connector includes a housing enclosing one or more pins, one or more movable members, and a locking mechanism. Upon engagement of the male connector into the female connector the locking mechanism activates such that when the female connector is removed, the moveable member moves from a first position to a second position and locks into the second position. When in the second position the male connector can not engage the female connector, thereby limiting the male connector to a single use engagement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2011
    Assignee: Nellcor Puritan Bennett LLC
    Inventors: Marvin Wong, Albert Ollerdessen
  • Publication number: 20090291578
    Abstract: An electronic module (100) includes an elongated housing (10) having a front portion and a rear portion, with a pair of spaced guide members (123) integrated with a peripheral portion of the rear portion; a latch mechanism (60) assembled to the housing, said latch mechanism including a slider member (61) disposed between and supported by the pair of guide members, a bail member (62) pivotally engaging with the rear portion of the housing and further linking with the slider member; and rocking the bail actuating the slider moving along a front-to-back direction for detaching the electronic module from a receptacle module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2008
    Publication date: November 26, 2009
    Inventor: Jerry Wu
  • Patent number: 7575456
    Abstract: A retractable umbilical system includes an umbilical connector assembly, a latching connector assembly, and a retracting umbilical extending between the umbilical connector assembly and the latching connector assembly. The umbilical connector assembly is configured to bias the retracting umbilical into a retracted configuration. The latching connector assembly is configured to selectively retain the retracting umbilical in an extended configuration. The umbilical connector assembly includes a roller that is in contact with the retracting umbilical.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2009
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventor: James M. Cronin
  • Publication number: 20080280472
    Abstract: A controller with an anti-pull out structure comprises at least one socket and one plug, the anti-pull out structure is formed with the same number of notches as the socket. The notch is used to restrict the plug in the socket of the controller, which not only prevents the plug from falling off but also prevents improper insertion of the plug into the socket of the controller.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2007
    Publication date: November 13, 2008
    Inventors: Chia-Chun Wei, Yu-Jian Lin
  • Publication number: 20080233781
    Abstract: A connector has a base having insertion holes in parallel at a predetermined pitch, A connector has a base having insertion holes in parallel at a predetermined pitch, H-shape connecting terminals laterally inserted into the insertion holes, each connecting terminal having a support contact piece on a lower side of the connecting terminal, a manipulation contact piece on an upper side of the connecting terminal, and a coupling portion which couples the support contact piece and the manipulation piece, and a manipulation lever rotatably attached to a bearing portion of the support contact piece disposed on a first side of the base. A latching pawl, formed on a first end of the support contact piece, is latched on an edge portion of the base. A flexible board is inserted from an opening on a second side of the base. The manipulation lever manipulates the manipulation contact piece to bring an end portion of the manipulation contact piece into pressure-contact with the flexible board.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2008
    Publication date: September 25, 2008
    Inventors: Masato Matoba, Atsushi Yokoigawa
  • Publication number: 20080220640
    Abstract: A plug-type connector has a plug-type socket, a contact holder fittable in the plug-type socket, and a cover shell engaged around the contact holder and fittable with the plug-type socket. Latch formations on the cover shell and on the contact holder secure the holder and shell together in a prelatched position with the holder only partially fitted in the shell. Thus, when the holder is fitted in the socket, the shell is to the socket and the holder is shifted in the shell into a final position fully inserted in the shell.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2007
    Publication date: September 11, 2008
    Inventors: Rudolf Fekonia, Arnold Federer, Kurt Ellensohn, Dagmar Dirnbauer
  • Patent number: 7422457
    Abstract: A plug-in module (100) includes opposite sidewalls (11, 21) parallel to each other and extending along a longitudinal direction and a latch mechanism (8). The latch mechanism includes an actuating member (4) rotatably assembled to the sidewalls and a pair of ejectors (5). The actuating member includes a pair of actuating arms (42) each formed with an actuating end (43) at one distal end thereof, and an operating portion (41) across the sidewalls along a lateral direction perpendicular to the longitudinal direction and connecting the other distal ends of the pair of actuating arms. The pair of ejectors are rotatably assembled to the sidewalls to cooperate with the actuating ends of the actuating member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2008
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Ind. Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jerry Wu
  • Publication number: 20080090438
    Abstract: A connector assembly includes a housing, the housing extends upwards to form a pair of elastic retaining arms. A plurality of contacts are received in the housing. A positioning base wedges in the housing, the positioning base has a retaining cavity defined in each of two opposite sides of the positioning base respectively, the inner surface of the retaining cavity protuberates outwards to define a retaining projection for cooperating with the retaining arm. A cable is formed together with the positioning base, one end of the cable is connected to the contacts, the other end of the cable stretches out of the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2006
    Publication date: April 17, 2008
    Inventor: Ming-Chun Lai
  • Patent number: 7163412
    Abstract: An electrical connector includes an insulative housing, a plurality of terminals retained in the housing, a locking device for locking with a complementary connector and an electrically actuated anti-disengagement device having a holding status and a releasing status and being reverseable between the two status. Only when the anti-disengagement is in the releasing status, the locking device is able to engage with or disengage from the complement connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2007
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Ind. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chia-Hao Fan, Chin-Pao Kuo, Yu-Lung Shih
  • Patent number: 7163413
    Abstract: A cable connector which enables high-density mounting while reducing the risk of the locking arm being damaged or deformed is disclosed. The cable connector (1) comprises housings (10 and 30) that support a cable (C) and that have a locking arm (14) to be locked with a mating connector (50). A pull-tab (40) is connected to the locking arm (14). The pull-tab (40) is inserted into holes (18 and 19) that are respectively formed in the upper section (12) of the housings (10 and 30) and in the upper section (17) of the locking arm (14). When the pull-tab (40) is pulled in direction approximately opposite from the mating direction (i.e., in the direction of arrow A), the pull-tab (40) causes an approaching motion between the upper section (12) of the housings (10) and (30) and the section (17) of the locking arm (14), thus releasing the locking arm (14) from the mating connector (50).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2007
    Assignee: Tyco Electronics AMP K.K
    Inventor: Ryusuke Murayama
  • Patent number: 7086885
    Abstract: A shape memory actuator device, comprising of a shape memory cable assembled through a sheath and susceptible of being supplied with an electric current to cause it to heat up. The sheath is placed in such a way to allow a manual activation of the controlled mechanism, acting as a transmission element, alternatively to the electric activation through the shape memory cable. Means are foreseen to detect the stop end position of the shape memory cable following its heating up in order to disconnect the electricity supply to such cable and to protect it from the risk of overheating. It is possible to foresee more shape memory cables placed parallel between them.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2006
    Assignee: C.R.F. Societa Consortile per Azioni
    Inventor: Stefano Alacqua
  • Patent number: 6953356
    Abstract: A lock release mechanism for releasing an engagement with a counterpart connector (10) by moving a lock lever (2) engaging with the counterpart connector (10). A pull-tab (6) is connected to the lock lever. The lock lever is moved by a force pulling the pull-tab.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2005
    Assignee: Japan Aviation Electronics Industry, Limited
    Inventors: Kazuhito Hisamatsu, Akira Kimura, Nobukazu Kato, Tomohiko Tamada
  • Patent number: 6893284
    Abstract: A connector for interconnecting or mutually isolating two circuits one of which is connected to a first connector element (1) and the other of which is connected to a second connector element (2) which is interengageable with the first. One of the connector elements supports a first contact (12) connected to a respective circuit and a displaceable contact holder (4) carrying interconnected second (14) and third (15) contacts. The contact holder is displaceable between a first position in which the first (12) and second (14) contacts are separated and a second position in which the first and second contacts are interconnected. The connector elements are formed such that on interengagement the contact holder is displaced from the first to the second position after the third contact is interconnected with a contact (34) of the other connector element (2). The arrangement is such that on disengagement of the connector elements (1, 2) the contact holder is displaced from the second to the first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2005
    Assignee: Rota Engineering, Limited
    Inventors: Michael J. Fawcett, Peter Eric Ryde
  • Patent number: 6746158
    Abstract: A delatch mechanism includes wedges that reside in pockets adjacent to a post on a module when the module is latched in a cage. Pulling on a handle pulls the wedges out of the pockets so that the wedges rise and lift a tab. Pulling the delatch mechanism to a limit of its motion frees the post on the module from the tab, and further pulling transfers to the module to pull the module out of the cage. The delatch mechanism can include a spring system that returns the wedges to their pockets for latching, allows movement of the wedges relative to the module for lifting of the tab, and locks into the module to pull the module free of the cage. Handles for the latch mechanism can include a bail, a flexible tab, or fixed handle that is part of an integrated structure including the wedges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2004
    Assignee: Agilent Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen P. Merrick
  • Publication number: 20030148647
    Abstract: A lock release mechanism for releasing an engagement with a counterpart connector (10) by moving a lock lever (2) engaging with the counterpart connector (10). A pull-tab (6) is connected to the lock lever. The lock lever is moved by a force pulling the pull-tab.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2002
    Publication date: August 7, 2003
    Applicant: JAPAN AVIATION ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY, LIMITED
    Inventors: Kazuhito Hisamatsu, Akira Kimura, Nobukazu Kato, Tomohiko Tamada
  • Patent number: 6461185
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for an electromechanically controlled electronic interface plug. The interface plug provides electrical connection with a complementary connector while providing electromechanical control over the ability to disconnect or decouple the interface plug. When the prevention mechanism is in an engaged position it prevents decoupling the interface plug. When the prevention mechanism is in a disengaged position it allows decoupling the interface plug. An electrical signal controls whether the prevention mechanism moves from the engaged to the disengaged position. An electronic controller provides the electrical signal when it is determined safe to allow the interface plug to decouple. The electromechanical interface plug is especially useful in notebook computer docking/undocking applications where the notebook computer must be in a safe state before undocking can occur.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2002
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventor: Gregory Alan James
  • Patent number: 6398569
    Abstract: An apparatus for automatically disconnecting a plug-in connector. A cord has a first end connected to the connector and has a second end extending from the connector. A catch member is attached to the second end. A fixed member includes an opening which is sized to permit the cord to move through the opening and to restrain the catch member from moving through the opening. As a result, movement of the connector away from the fixed member moves the cord through the opening until the catch member engages the opening, so that further movement of the connector is limited.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2002
    Assignee: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: Scott J. Boyd, Mark S. Manley, Roy A. Rachui, Robert C. Sloan
  • Patent number: 6244889
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for an electromechanically controlled electronic interface plug. The interface plug provides electrical connection with a complementary connector while providing electromechanical control over the ability to disconnect or decouple the interface plug. When the prevention mechanism is in an engaged position it prevents decoupling the interface plug. When the prevention mechanism is in a disengaged position it allows decoupling the interface plug. An electrical signal controls whether the prevention mechanism moves from the engaged to the disengaged position. An electronic controller provides the electrical signal when it is determined safe to allow the interface plug to decouple. The electromechanical interface plug is especially useful in notebook computer docking/undocking applications where the notebook computer must be in a safe state before undocking can occur.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2001
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventor: Gregory Alan James
  • Patent number: 6193535
    Abstract: A connector assembly which includes conventional components that are well known in the connector assembly field but which includes within it an improved ceramic deadface which is located at a front face plate on an interior portion of the connector assembly. If the connector is separated so that the deadface is exposed, then in the event that location with the deadface exposed faces an area of extreme high temperature, the deadface preserves the connector assembly and prevents internal components including plugs and wires from being destroyed or melted. The connector assembly involves the incorporation of a novel ceramic deadface on the interior portion of the connector assembly which is able to withstand extreme high temperatures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2001
    Assignee: G&H Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: James E. Ayers, Shohreh Sedighi, John D. Kisch, David J. Hernandez, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5915987
    Abstract: A latching electrical connector with a body connectable to a receptacle and having a latch mechanism that mechanically engages the receptacle to resist disconnection. A flexible electrical cable extends from the body, and a grip element is connected to the latch mechanism to unlatch the mechanism upon pulling. The grip element is flexibly connected to the latch mechanism so that it may be folded aside to provide a compact arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 29, 1999
    Assignee: Tektronix, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary W. Reed, William R. Mark, Paul K. Andersen
  • Patent number: 5350308
    Abstract: An elastic device that provides solderless, pressure contact, electrical connections between leads or leads and terminals at an interface. The elastic device comprises elastomeric material, such as silicone rubber, and has electrical conductive, compressible wires formed of a metal, such as monel, embedded in the silicone. The elastic device is particularly suited to provide electrical connections between an interface that is brought together by a connector and which is separable in response to an impulse that may be created by an explosion produced by a pyrotechnic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 1993
    Date of Patent: September 27, 1994
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Joseph E. Laska, John T. Oakley, Francis R. Reinert
  • Patent number: 5315064
    Abstract: An improved suspended line cable breakaway device includes a first body portion for connecting to a first end of a support cable and a second body portion for connecting to a second end of the support cable. The first body portion includes resilient fingers having nubs, which are releasably received by slots contained in a cavity wall of the second body portion. A biased spreader, slidably contained in a cavity in the second body portion, is displacable axially along the cavity by an external force along the support cable to urge the nubs outwardly such that the second body portion is disengaged from the first body portion, simultaneously disconnecting component lines of a first end of a suspended line from corresponding component lines of a second end of the suspended line. A shield protects the component line connections, which are spaced internal to the device, from the elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 1991
    Date of Patent: May 24, 1994
    Assignee: William D. Piper
    Inventor: Dean D. Andrews
  • Patent number: 5122067
    Abstract: An umbilical release mechanism (10) for disconnecting an electrical umbilical (14, 16) extending between a host and a releasable vehicle accomplishes the disconnection without imparting any force to the releasable vehicle, and without leaving pieces of the disconnection mechanism (10) in the releasable vehicle. The umbilical release mechanism (10) includes an umbilical connector (12) in which two electrical harness connectors (22, 24) are releasably clamped together, with an intermediate plate (28) using a mat (32) of electrically conductive wires to complete the electrical conduction path between the harness connectors (22, 24). A pair of backing plates (34, 36) having a clamping bore (38) therethrough capture the harness connectors (22, 24) therebetween. A clamping force is releasably applied to the backing plates (34, 36) by engaging a hollow outer shaft (40) through the clamping bore (38), and reacting a clamping force on the backing plates (34, 36) through the outer shaft (40).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 1991
    Date of Patent: June 16, 1992
    Assignee: Hughes Aircraft Company
    Inventor: Wayne L. Sunne
  • Patent number: 5080600
    Abstract: An electrical connector assembly is shown having two connector members. The first connector member is a shell having electrical terminals mounted therein. The shell can be fixedly mounted to a base. The second connector member includes a body portion (20) which includes a second plurality of terminals which are matable with the first set of terminals. The second connector member includes a locking ring assembly (130) comprising a forward lock ring (50), a center stop ring (70) and a rear lock ring (100). A lanyard (40) is fixed to the connector body yet resides within a groove (84) of the center stop ring (70). Tension on the lanyard (40) causes a camming effect between the lanyard (40) and the stop ring (70) and causes the stop ring (70) to rotate, thereby disconnecting the first and second connector members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 1990
    Date of Patent: January 14, 1992
    Assignee: AMP Incorporated
    Inventors: Robert W. Baker, James D. Hutchinson
  • Patent number: 5069631
    Abstract: An actuator for use with electric conductor systems using push-to-connect fittings, especially suitable for tractor/semi-trailer connections employing an actuator body having linearly displaceable plungers mounted upon a flexible conductor fitting which separates the conductor fitting and receptacle upon the plungers extending. A lever operator mounted upon the actuator body is connected to a flexible lanyard of a length less than that of the electrical conductor whereby tensioning of the lanyard occurs before damaging tension can be applied to the conductor and lanyard tensioning extends the plungers to disconnect the conductor fitting and receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 1990
    Date of Patent: December 3, 1991
    Assignee: Aeroquip Corporation
    Inventors: David M. Bauer, David L. Gilbert
  • Patent number: 4974594
    Abstract: A biomedical "tab" type of electrode suited for use with male and female connectors of the type that are adapted to snap together is provided. The female connector is located at one end of a lead wire. A male snap connector is secured to the lead wire by means of a flexible tether. The electrode includes an extension or tab having an opening therein. The tether is mounted on the lead wire and is preferably adapted to slide along its length. During use, the male snap connector can be moved into proximity of the female connector and aligned with it on opposite sides of the tab portion of the electrode and then brought into contact and connected to each other through the opening in the tab to establish both a mechanical and an electrical connection with the tab of the electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 1989
    Date of Patent: December 4, 1990
    Assignee: Lec Tec Corporation
    Inventor: Lee M. Berlin
  • Patent number: 4950174
    Abstract: A field separable ordnance stepover bracket connects abutting ordnance transfer fuse cables across the interstage junction of a multistage missile system using a plug and a receptacle. The plug receives a first set of ordnance transfer cables that terminate in percussion devices; and fits with the receptacle which receives a second set of similar ordnance transfer fuse cables. For maintenance, the plug is simply unplugged from the receptacle to allow access to the interior of the missile when the interstage junction is opened. For flight interstage separation, the fast burning ordnance transfer fuse cables ignite the percussion charges which are fixed in proximity to a linear shaped charge that circumscribes a flight separation junction. The percussion charges ignite the linear shaped charge which detonates to separate the stages of the missile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 1989
    Date of Patent: August 21, 1990
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Air Force
    Inventors: William R. Llewellin, Verne W. Carlson
  • Patent number: 4930209
    Abstract: An electrical connector 6 comprises, an insulative housing block 7 containing multiple, spaced apart, conductive electrical contacts 9 for connection with corresponding conductors 3 of electrical wiring 2, and for disconnect coupling with corresponding multiple electrical terminals 14 arranged in an array, the housing block 7 includes at least one recess 16 without an electrical contact therein, said recess 16 is open for pluggable receipt of a corresponding said electrical terminal 14, a flexible lanyard 18 extends in a loop 19, said loop 19 is anchored to said housing block 7, and said loop 19 extends into said recess 16 and is anchored therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 1989
    Date of Patent: June 5, 1990
    Assignee: AMP Incorporated
    Inventors: John T. Haddock, Charles A. Miller, Stanford C. Moist, Jr., Warren D. Nauman, Ronald S. Pala
  • Patent number: 4911657
    Abstract: The present invention provides a lead wire for a medical electrode. The lead wire has a female snap connector at one end. Adjacent to the female snap connector is a male snap connector which is secured to the lead wire by means of a tether. The tether is preferably removably mounted on the lead wire and is most preferably adapted to slide along its length. The male snap connector is moved into proximity of the female connector. The male and female snap connectors are then aligned on opposite sides of a tab portion of a tab-type electrode and are then brought into contact and connected together through the tab to establish both a mechanical and an electrical connection with the tab of the electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 1989
    Date of Patent: March 27, 1990
    Assignee: Lec Tec Corporation
    Inventor: Lee M. Berlin
  • Patent number: 4907981
    Abstract: An electrical coupling assembly is disclosed having a receptacle portion attached to an electrical connector element and releasably attached to a housing, affixed to the opposite electrical connector portion, by engagement of a latching ball on the housing with a latching detent formed on the receptacle. Axial movement of an operating sleeve, with respect to the housing facilitates the coupling and decoupling of the housing and the receptacle. The operating sleeve is spring biased to assume a position with respect to the housing retaining the coupling portions together. A force exerted on a lanyard attached to the sleeve axially moves the sleeve with respect to the housing to decouple the coupling elements. A lanyard guide ring is attached to the housing and has an opening through which the lanyard passes such that the portion of the lanyard extending between the guide ring and the operating sleeve extends in a generally axial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 1988
    Date of Patent: March 13, 1990
    Assignee: Amphenol Corporation
    Inventors: David O. Gallusser, Gene L. Snyder
  • Patent number: 4889790
    Abstract: A dry film for forming a solder mask includes a cover sheet, a photoimageable composition layer which is curable to form a solder mask and a top coat interposed between the cover sheet and the photoimageable composition layer which is selectively adherent to the photoimageable composition layer. The dry film is applied to a surface of a printed circuit board with a minor portion of the area of the photoimageable composition layer tacked to the printed circuit board. The cover sheet is peeled away. With heat and vacuum, the photoimageable composition layer is laminated to the irregular surface of the printed circuit board, conforming the photoimageable composition layer to the contours thereof and leaving the top coat as a protective covering over the photoimageable composition layer. The photoimageable composition layer is exposed to patterned actinic radiation, developed and cured to form a hard, permanent solder mask.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 1988
    Date of Patent: December 26, 1989
    Assignee: Morton Thiokol, Inc.
    Inventors: Leo Roos, Fredrick J. Axon, James J. Briguglio