Pivotal Movement Patents (Class 439/341)
  • Patent number: 10707632
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a docking cradle assembly for holding a computing device as disclosed herein. The docking cradle assembly comprises a cradle housing; a cover including an opening; and a connector assembly supported by the cover and having a connector positioned within the opening, the connector being rotatable between a first position, a second position substantially perpendicular to the first position, and a subset of positions each between the first and second positions and angularly displaced from the first position, wherein the cover is mountable to a first mounting surface and a second mounting surface angularly displaced from the first mounting surface by rotating the connector to a position suitable for the selected mounting surface in which the connector is inaccessible after the cover is mounted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: PANASONIC AVIONICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoshimi Yamamoto, Andrew Barnes, David E. Diaz
  • Patent number: 10696238
    Abstract: In certain embodiments, a mobile entertainment system includes a screen assembly with a display and a signal generating device. A housing pivotally coupled to the screen assembly can have a lower portion, an upper portion, and a housing cavity sized and shaped to receive the screen assembly. The upper portion can receive at least a portion of the signal generating device. At least a portion of the screen assembly can rotate through an opening in the lower portion. A shell can receive the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: VOXX INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION
    Inventor: Chung Lung Chang
  • Patent number: 10608376
    Abstract: A mechanism for securing a connector device and a mating connector device to one another and for releasing them from one another, the mechanism having at least one catch arranged on the connector device and a drive with a shaft, the rotation of which is capable of moving the catch to and fro between an open position and a locking position of the catch. The mechanism is constructed such that, during travel between the open position and the locking position, the catch performs a combined pivoting and translational movement, and/or a translational movement on a curved path. The mechanism has a slotted link with a link guide and a link block, wherein the link guide is arranged on the catch and the link block lies on the axis of the shaft or is formed by the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: ODU GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventor: Horst Linnerbauer
  • Patent number: 10510507
    Abstract: A fuse unit includes a fusible link, a holding mechanism, and a locking mechanism. The fusible link is connected to a battery terminal and includes a fusible element that melts when an overcurrent flows through the fusible link. The holding mechanism includes a base portion disposed between a post standing surface of a battery housing and the battery terminal in a state where the battery terminal is fastened to a battery post provided on the post standing surface, and a holding portion that is formed next to the base portion and that holds the fusible link above the post standing surface. The locking mechanism locks the holding mechanism onto the post standing surface. With this configuration, the fuse unit can suppress a load acting on the battery post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoshinori Kitano, Takahiro Shiohama, Shinya Onoda, Tatsuya Aoki
  • Patent number: 10003206
    Abstract: An electronic system may include a charging device and an electronic device. The charging device may include an input port, a charge circuit, a storage, and a connector device. The charging device may receive a direct current (DC) voltage at the input port. The charge circuit may receive the DC voltage and provide a charged voltage to the storage. The electronic device may include a body, a battery, a first pad directly on the battery and a second pad directly on the battery. The battery may receive the DC charged voltage when the electronic device is coupled to the charging device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventor: Andrew Keates
  • Patent number: 9985371
    Abstract: A connector is mountable on an object in an up-down direction and mateable with a mating connector along the up-down direction. The mating connector comprises four locked portions. The connector comprises two additional members. Each of the additional members comprises two regulation mechanisms. Each of the regulation mechanisms comprises a spring portion, an operation portion, a first regulating portion, and a second regulating portion. The spring portion has a lock portion. The operation portion has a first regulated portion. One of the spring portion and the operation portion is provided with a second regulated portion. An upward movement of the lock portion is regulated when the first regulated portion is moved upward in the up-down direction to abut against the first regulating portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignees: JAPAN AVIATION ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY, LIMITED, JAE ELECTRONICS, INC.
    Inventors: Kenta Ashibu, Shuhei Yamaguchi, Hiroaki Obikane, Takayuki Nishimura, Daisuke Machihara
  • Patent number: 9960510
    Abstract: A male connector includes a housing fixed to a base, a holding unit supported in such a manner as to enable displacement with respect to the housing; and an elastically deformable male terminal held by the holding unit. The housing is able to maintain the holding unit in a stationary state with the terminal undeformed and apart from the conductive film, while the holding unit is in the temporal locking position with the housing fixed to the base. The housing is able to maintain the holding unit in a stationary state with the terminal elastically deformed and contacting the conductive film, while the holding unit is in the non-temporal locking position with the housing fixed to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: J.S.T. MFG. CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Makoto Shiraishi, Hiroshi Yamada, Satoru Shindo
  • Patent number: 9954338
    Abstract: A method and system for a dynamic keying system is disclosed. The method and system can include a male connector device having a first plurality of settings for one or more key features, and a female connector device having a second plurality of settings for one or more key features. The female connector device can be configured to operate in an initial mode in which it is configured to, in response to the introduction of the male connector device, correspond a first setting of the first plurality of settings to a second setting of the second plurality of settings. The female connector device can also be configured to operate in a subsequent mode, in which it can permit coupling with at least one male connector device having the first setting and consistently deny access to at least one male connector device having a third setting different than the first setting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Phillip V. Mann, Mark D. Plucinski, Sandra J. Shirk/Heath, Arvind K. Sinha
  • Patent number: 9893455
    Abstract: A plug comprises power contacts and a plug trip contact. During a plugging action between the plug and a receptacle, the plug trip contact makes a trip connection with mating contacts in the receptacle. Electrical power to the receptacle allows a current through the trip connection, which causes disconnection of the power to the receptacle. A receptacle comprises receptacle power contacts and receptacle trip contacts. During a plugging action between the receptacle and a plug, trip contacts in the receptacle makes a trip connection with a mating contact in the plug. Electrical power to the receptacle allows a current through the trip connection, which can cause disconnection of the power to the receptacle. The receptacle can be included in an enclosure having a trip breaker with a trip mechanism. An electrical system can have an electrical device with a line cord connected to a plug having the trip contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    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: 9793653
    Abstract: A controller unit includes: a base unit having a slot; a module that includes a printed circuit board and that is mounted on the base unit; a pair of male and female connectors, one being included in the base unit and the other being included in the module; and a turning support that allows the module to be turned with respect to the base unit. A pair of a recess and a projection are provided to prevent wrong attachment. The base unit has one of the recess and the projection and the module has the other. The positions of the recess and the projection vary depending on the type of module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: JTEKT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Sugita, Yasunori Tsuboi, Koji Hasegawa, Sutemaro Kato
  • Patent number: 9761965
    Abstract: An electronic device (1) is described comprising a base module (2) and an electronic module (3) detachably pluggable onto the base module (2). The base module (2) comprises an insulation material housing (16) with a snap-in base (5) for attaching the base module (2) on a carrier rail and plug contacts (7, 8) on the side walls. The electronic module (3) comprises an insulation material housing (20) and is connectable to the plug contacts (7, 8) of the base module (2) in the attached state on the base module (2). The base module (2) and the electronic module (3) comprise interacting snap-in elements (23, 26) for locking the base module (2) and the electronic module (3) to each other when the electronic module (3) is attached to the base module (2) A snap-in element (23) of the electronic module (3) comprises a protruding activation lug (27) on a second face (15) of the electronic device (1). The electronic module (3) comprises a protruding catch lug (19) on its first face (11) opposite the second face (15).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: WAGO VERWALTUNGSGESELLSCHAFT MBH
    Inventors: Viktor Mickmann, Axel Buchmeier
  • Patent number: 9583875
    Abstract: Provided is a plug connector for connecting electrical lines. The plug connector comprises a first plug connector housing and a second plug connector housing which can be plug-connected and locked to one another. The plug connector housings have two types of locking devices for locking purposes. In this case, the first type of locking device forms, from a rotary pin and a rotary bearing, a rotation axis about which the plug connector housings are mounted such that they can rotate in relation to one another. The second type of locking device is a type which is known from the prior art and which serves to fix the first plug connector housing to the second plug connector housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: HARTING ELECTRIC GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventor: Sebastian Griepenstroh
  • Patent number: 9509067
    Abstract: The reliability of electrical connectivity can be improved by a simple configuration while reducing the number of processes of connection of a coaxial cable. An outer conductor and a connector main-body part are configured to be electrically connected by pushing cable rupturing parts, which are projecting toward an inner side from a radial-direction outer side of a coaxial cable placed on a connector main-body part, against the radial-direction inner side toward the coaxial cable and rupturing an outer-periphery covering material of the coaxial cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: DAI-ICHI SEIKO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takao Yamauchi, Sho Suzuki
  • Patent number: 9496638
    Abstract: A connector with high contact density includes interior casing, first contact set, exterior casing, second contact set, and conducting element. The interior casing has a plug portion and a first slope. The first contact set is disposed in the first slope of the interior casing, and the first contact set has a plurality of first contact points. A containing space is formed inside the exterior casing, and the containing space is formed with a second slope, a second contact set is disposed in the second slope and has a plurality of second contact points. A conducting element includes an insulating main body and connecting terminals. The connecting terminals are disposed in the insulating main body and exposed to the exterior and interior of the insulating main body. The plug portion inserts into the containing space, so the first contact points contact the second contact points by the connecting terminals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: NEXTRONICS ENGINEERING CORP.
    Inventors: Hou-An Su, Xiaofeng Duan, Hai-Wen Yang
  • Patent number: 9483012
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus main body (apparatus main body) and an automatic document feeder mounted on the apparatus main body are provided, and a cable-side connector provided at a front end of an electrical cable extending from the automatic document feeder is removably connected to a board-side connector provided on a circuit board of the apparatus main body. In this configuration, an opening portion is provided in a back face of a housing of the apparatus main body at a position opposing the board-side connector, a lid that covers this opening portion is attached to a front end portion of the electrical cable by an attachment member, and this lid is configured so as to be attachable to the opening portion by a hook and fixing by screwing by means of a screw insertion boss.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masahiro Imoto, Yasumasa Morimoto, Toshiki Ohgita
  • Patent number: 9472897
    Abstract: A connector has a male-side housing provided with terminals and a female-side housing provided with contact portions to contact the terminals. In a state in which the male-side housing and the female-side housing are rotated relative to each other and engaged with each other, the terminals and the contact portions are contact each other to be electrically connected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hajime Kato, Miki Nakamura, Yoshitake Ohmori
  • Patent number: 9338917
    Abstract: An arrangement having a first peripheral device and a second peripheral device that each include basic modules that are provided with process connections and that accommodate electronic modules, where a redundancy adapter unit is provided for redundantly connecting a field device to one of the basic modules of each of the two peripheral devices such that the redundancy connection of assemblies, which are arranged in spatially separate peripheral devices, is suitable simplified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Willi Maier, Norbert Rottmann
  • Patent number: 9022795
    Abstract: A connector arrangement for connecting the bare ends of a plurality of insulated conductors to a horizontal row of first contacts arranged on an electrical device, respectively, including a main housing having a side portion containing a chamber in which the electrical device is mounted, a connector housing pivotally connected with the main housing for pivotal movement about a vertical pivot axis between engaged and disengaged positions, the connector housing supporting a horizontal row of conductor contacts arranged to engage the first contacts when the contact housing is in the engaged position, and a manually-operable locking arrangement for locking the connector housing in the engaged position. The locking arrangement includes a locking projection fixed to the main housing, a catch member movably connected with the connector housing, and an actuating member for displacing the catch member between locked and unlocked positions relative to the locking projection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Weidmueller Interface GmbH Co. KG
    Inventors: Sven Elsaesser, Stephan Schabbehard, Reinhard Nolting
  • Patent number: 8986033
    Abstract: An electrical module includes a rectangular carrier frame adapted for vertical transverse mounting on a horizontal support rail, a housing for mounting an electrical component in an open-top chamber contained in the carrier frame, and a rectangular electrical connector mounted on and extending across the upper end of the carrier frame, thereby to enclose the component and afford electrical connection with upper terminals thereof. The connector is pivotally connected at one end with the carrier frame for displacement between open and closed positions, and a fastener device serves to lock the connector in the closed position to the carrier frame. Alternatively, the ends of the connector are removably fastened to the carrier frame. Lower terminals of the component are connected with lower contacts arranged at the bottom of the chamber for connection with corresponding lower contacts of adjacent modules mounted in stacked relation on the support rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Weidmueller Interface GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Timo Berger, Stephan Fehling, Georg Kulturidi, Daniela Luecke-Janssen, Matthias Niggemann, Klaus Pueschner, Michael Schnatwinkel, Ralf Schumacher, Klaus Wohlgemuth, Gordon Opitz
  • Publication number: 20150079832
    Abstract: An LGA socket suitable for electro-optical modules, such as transceivers having channels operable at 25 Gbit/s, or greater. A socket may include a socket body having a bottom side to face a printed circuit board (PCB) and a backstop on a top side to receive a leading edge of a module substrate. The backstop has an overhang to contact a first side of the module substrate when seated into the socket body. The socket further includes a first and a second row of electrical contacts, the first row being more proximate to the backstop than is the second row. Contacts extend through the socket body between the top and bottom sides and are positioned relative to the overhang to be compressed against contact pads on a second side of the module substrate by a torque applied to the module substrate about a fulcrum within the socket body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventor: Glen Gordon
  • Publication number: 20150064953
    Abstract: A lever-actuated electrical connector is disclosed having a housing mateable with a mating connector having complementary mating detection terminal. A mating detection terminal is positioned in the housing to form a detection circuit when in contact with the complementary mating detection terminal. A mating lever is supported by the housing. A housing lock is positioned on the housing and in contact with the mating lever when the housing is mated to the mating connector, with the housing lock being displaceable by an operation of the mating lever. The mating detection terminal is positioned at a distance from the counterpart mating detection terminal when the mating lever is in an unlocked positioned, and is in contact with the counterpart mating detection terminal when the mating lever reaches the final mating position to actuate the detection circuit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicant: TYCO ELECTRONICS JAPAN G.K.
    Inventor: Shingo Iwatani
  • Patent number: 8821173
    Abstract: A docking station for a portable computer or other portable computing device. The docking station having a docking tray formed of a tray body formed with a bearing surface that is adapted for receiving thereon a body portion of the portable computing device. A device receiver structure is positioned adjacent to an edge of the bearing surface of the tray body, and a device clamping mechanism is coupled opposite from the receiver structure for cooperating therewith. At least one substantially resilient preload mechanism is positioned adjacent to bearing surface with at least a portion thereof being projected thereabove. A floating expansion connector that is connectable with the device I/O connector is projected from the bearing surface and is resiliently movable in three dimensions relative thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Inventor: Jeffrey D. Carnevali
  • Publication number: 20140199872
    Abstract: A combination female-oriented receiver and male-oriented mount, said the mounting side of said receiver in electrical communication with electrical connections from a junction box or mounting plate, the receiving side of said receiver having electrical plates also in electrical communication with said junction box or mounting plate. Said receiver further provided with access points and a race to receive said mount and a pin slot, said electrical plates being positioned such that when corresponding conducting surfaces on said mount are rotated in said race in proper position by inserting dog ears of said mount through said access points and turning said mount in said race, said conducting surfaces become in electrical communication with said receiver's conducting plates, said race further providing a weight-bearing surface to hold said mount in position along with the weight of an electrical fixture upon which said mount had been removably affixed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2013
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Inventors: Timothy Huss, John Carr
  • Patent number: 8597042
    Abstract: A connector (500) for operably coupling a medical lead to an implantable medical device includes first and second pivotably coupled elongate members (510, 520). Each of the first and second elongate members has (i) a proximal end portion (512, 522), and (ii) a distal end portion (514, 524) for engaging the lead. The lead has a proximal end portion having a shoulder. The first and second elongate members are pivotably coupled such that the distal end portions of the first and second elongate members are moveable to allow insertion of the lead proximally past the distal end portions of the elongate members and to allow the distal end portions to engage the lead distal the shoulder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc
    Inventor: Gary W. King
  • Publication number: 20130316558
    Abstract: A lever connector includes a first connector housing, a second connector housing that includes a distal fitting portion to which a distal end of the first connector housing is fittedly connected, and is attached to a connector attaching plate in a state of inserting the second connector housing through a connector attaching hole of the connector attaching plate, a lever pivotally that is equipped on the first connector housing and fits the first connector housing into the second connector housing by a pivoting operation of the lever, and a grommet that is mounted on the first connector housing and ensures a waterproofing property of an inside of the first connector housing. The lever includes a lever body and an operation plate. The grommet includes an operation plate a tubular portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2013
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Applicant: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventor: Naoki Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 8467190
    Abstract: Systems and methods for balanced cooling of electrical systems, including electrical systems containing transceivers used in electrical and optical communication. An electrical system includes a cage, where the cage has a top, front and bottom. The cage contains a plurality of upper bays disposed in the front of the cage. Each of the plurality of upper bays is configured to receive a transceiver. The cage also contains a plurality of lower bays disposed in the front of the cage. Each of the lower bays is configured to receive a transceiver. Additionally, each of the plurality of upper bays is stacked on one of the plurality of lower bays. An upper heat sink extends from the outer surface of the top of the cage and a lower heat sink extends from the outer surface of the bottom of the cage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: Avago Technologies General IP (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Robert Yi, Paul Yu
  • Patent number: 8419459
    Abstract: A connector port provided on the outer surface of a housing of an electronic device includes: a connector holding section that is formed in the housing and has a connector opening; and an opening/closing cover including an attaching section that is screwed to the connector holding section, a flat cover section that is pivotably supported by the attaching section at the proximal end thereof and opens and closes the connector opening, and an elastically deforming section that is provided at the distal end of the cover section and elastically deforms to engage in the connector holding section. The connector holding section is formed as a recess on the outer surface of the housing, the opening/closing cover is housed in the recess, and the outer surface of the housing and the outer surface of the cover section are substantially flush with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Koichiro Nihei, Katsunao Aizawa, Haruhiko Kondo
  • Publication number: 20130084729
    Abstract: Provided is a lever fitting-type connector wherein the time for connecting a second connector comprised of a plurality of connector segments to a first connector can be reduced; and a compact connector portion of a wire harness can be obtained. A second connector (14) fitted and connected to a first connector (13) by an operation for rotating a fitting operation lever (15) attached to the first connector (13), is configured by combining a main connector segment (31) with a subsidiary connector segment (32). The main connector segment (31) has a lever engagement portion (34) to be engaged with the fitting operation lever (15) when the main connector segment is fitted to an initial fitting position. The main connector segment (31) is shifted from the initial fitting position to a complete fitting position by an operation for rotating the fitting operation lever (15).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 16, 2011
    Publication date: April 4, 2013
    Applicants: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kaoru Matsumura, Kazuto Ohtaka, Hideki Homma, Tetsuya Mitani
  • Patent number: 8292638
    Abstract: A two-in-one connector includes an insulating housing, a plurality of first and second terminals, and a shielding shell. The insulating housing has a first base body and a second base body. Each first terminal has a first soldering portion projecting under the first base body to be mounted on a printed circuit board, and a first contact portion projecting beyond a top of the first base body. Each second terminal has a second soldering portion projecting under the second base body to be mounted on the printed circuit board, and a second contact portion projecting beyond a front of the second base body. The shielding shell is mounted on the first base body to define an insertion space therebetween for receiving a SIM card therein to contact with the first contact portions. A battery can be mounted on the shielding shell to contact with the second contact portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Cheng UEI Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Dong-Mei Wu, Zhu-Rui Liu, Jui-Ming Chang
  • Publication number: 20120100741
    Abstract: The power connection system for a power tool includes a housing defining a recess, a plurality of electrical connector guide grooves, an electric motor connected to a tool member, an electric circuit connected to the motor, and arcuate electrical contact prongs disposed in the recess. The power cord has complementary arcuate receptacles that can be removably engageable with the prongs in a desired manner, the cord being connectable to a power source to connect the power tool to the power source, and a lock pin that locks the power cord to the housing. The power cord may be universally connected to any power tool having a similar recess with arcuate prongs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2010
    Publication date: April 26, 2012
    Inventor: Harold G. MOORE
  • Publication number: 20120040548
    Abstract: A connector (500) for operably coupling a medical lead to an implantable medical device includes first and second pivotably coupled elongate members (510, 520). Each of the first and second elongate members has (i) a proximal end portion (512, 522), and (ii) a distal end portion (514, 524) for engaging the lead. The lead has a proximal end portion having a shoulder. The first and second elongate members are pivotably coupled such that the distal end portions of the first and second elongate members are moveable to allow insertion of the lead proximally past the distal end portions of the elongate members and to allow the distal end portions to engage the lead distal the shoulder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2010
    Publication date: February 16, 2012
    Applicant: MEDTRONIC, INC.
    Inventor: Gary W. King
  • Patent number: 8042622
    Abstract: An electric power tool having a housing, a motor, a jack for receiving a connection plug of an electric cable, and a swivel unit mounted on the housing and carrying the jack, wherein the swivel unit includes a first head mounted on the housing for rotation about a first axis, and a second head mounted on the first head for rotation about a second axis. The first and second axes form an angle between them, and provide for freedom of rotation of the jack, thereby providing for positioning of the jack and routing of a connected cable in desired directions relative to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2011
    Assignee: Atlas Copco Tools AB
    Inventors: Kjell Thomas Martin Eriksson, Gunnar Christer Hansson, Erik Vilhelm Persson
  • Patent number: 8011943
    Abstract: An exemplary electrical connector for connecting an electronic device to a main circuit board is provided. The electronic device includes a secondary circuit board. The electrical connector includes an insulating housing shell, a first sidewall, a second sidewall facing the first sidewall, and a third sidewall interconnecting the first and second sidewalls. The first, second and third sidewalls cooperatively define a housing space. There is an electrically conductive member mounted at the third sidewall. The electrically conductive member is electrically connected to the main circuit board. The housing space is configured for housing the electronic device therein in a manner so as to enable the secondary circuit board of the electronic device to be electrically connected to the electrically conductive member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jen-Tsorng Chang
  • Patent number: 8011936
    Abstract: An electrical center includes a housing and a relay module that is disposed in a well of the housing. The relay module has a base, a printed circuit board assembly, plug in electronic components, a cover and means of coupling and latching of the base to the well in the housing. The base includes a tray having a depending shroud at one end portion. The end portion of the tray that has depending shroud has a plurality of apertures that extend through tie end portion of the tray. A plurality of terminals have first end portions that engage the printed circuit board for electrical connection to the plurality of relays and second end portions that plug into the apertures and terminate in free ends disposed in the space inside the shroud.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Frank Goto
  • Patent number: 7976328
    Abstract: An electrical connector for a flexible printed circuit is provided. The electrical connector comprises a connector set, a terminal and a fasten assembly. The connector set has a base, a cover and a pin. The cover is pivotally connecting to the base by the pin and adapted to open or shut the receiving space defined by the base and the cover. The terminal is adapted to be detachably inserted into the receiving space to electrically connect the connector set. The fasten assembly is disposed on the base and the terminal respectively. When the terminal is inserted into the receiving space, the fasten assembly is adapted to fasten the terminal to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: Au Optronics Corp.
    Inventors: Cheng-Min Tsai, Hao-Liang Chao
  • Patent number: 7963790
    Abstract: The current invention teaches a new and novel electrical connector which utilizes a cover with complimentary lower curved engagement aids to ensure the accurate engagement and disengagement of a plurality of data and electrical connections. The electrical connector further allows the one-handed engagement and disengagement of the connector while reducing the lateral forces required and reducing the corresponding stress on the conductor wires.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Inventor: John T. Winter, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7950954
    Abstract: The present invention includes a fastening mechanism comprising a base and a metal frame. The base has an accommodating slot arranged for accommodating a memory card, a first fastener and a second fastener. The first fastener and the second fastener are electrically connected to a battery and the memory card, respectively. When the metal frame is in a fastening position and fastened to the first fastener and the second fastener, the memory card can be clamped between the base and the metal frame. Then an electrical path is formed among the first fastener, the second fastener and the metal frame, thereby supplying the memory card with power of the battery. The present invention further includes a portable electronic device with the above fastening mechanism in which the electrical path is opened, while removing the memory card, so as to prevent supplying the memory card with power of the battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Assignees: Inventec Appliances (Shanghai) Co. Ltd., Inventec Appliances Corp., Inventec Appliances Corp., Nanjing
    Inventor: Zhi-Gang Liu
  • Patent number: 7916467
    Abstract: A docking system is disclosed. The docking system includes a portable electronic device capable of operating in multiple orientations including vertical and horizontal. The docking system also includes a docking station configured to mechanically accept and operatively interface with the portable electronic device in any of its multiple orientations including vertical and horizontal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Steve Hotelling, Gus Pabon
  • Patent number: 7905742
    Abstract: The invention relates to a coaxial plug for connecting to a high-frequency transmission line. The housing of the coaxial plug has two slits arranged opposite each other, extending from the plug-side end in the axial direction, and both arranged and designed to form an axial abutment for receiving a BNC pin. A latching fork is arranged on the housing with two latching prongs tangentially overlapping an axial slit of the housing between the abutment and the plug-side end. Each BNC pin is held between a latching prong and an abutment of the axial slit, creating a locked connection between the coaxial plug and the BNC coaxial socket. The latching fork is pivotably arranged between a locking position in which the latching prongs tangentially overlap the axial slits, and a clearing position in which the latching prongs clear the axial slits over the entire length thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2011
    Assignees: Rosenberger Hochfrequenztechnik GmbH & Co. KG, Rohde & Schwarz GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Michael Wollitzer, Manuela Fuhrich, Frank Tatzel, Herbert Babinger, Hans-Dieter Konig, Martin Peschke, Stefan Ullrich, Thomas Reichel, Ralf Hagenbusch
  • Patent number: 7828576
    Abstract: A test socket comprising an insulative base with a plurality of contacts received in the base and a cover pivotally mounted to one end of the base. The cover comprises a pusher with an opening extending therethrough and a lid aligned with the pusher. The lid has a through hole corresponding to the opening of the pusher. Between the pusher and the lid have a plurality of elastic members for making the lid moveably with respect to the pusher.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2010
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Ind. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Wei-Chih Lin, Hsiu-Yuan Hsu, Wen-Yi Hsieh
  • Publication number: 20100255707
    Abstract: A socket comprises an insulative base, a movable frame assembled to the insulative base, and at least one latch device pivotally assembled to the insulative base. The movable frame can move up and down relative to the insulative base. Each latch device includes a latching member pivotally assembled to the movable frame and a pressing pad linked to the latching member. The pressing pad can be able to rotate freely relative to the latching member when the movable frame actuates the latch device to rotate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2010
    Publication date: October 7, 2010
    Applicant: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: KE-HAO CHEN, HSIU-YUAN HSU
  • Publication number: 20100197158
    Abstract: A cable connector includes a housing and a first contact provided in the housing. The first contact includes a first engaging and pivoting unit opposed to a back surface of the cable. The cable connector also includes a second contact which is provided in the housing and which includes a second engaging and pivoting unit opposed to the back surface of the cable. The second engaging and pivoting unit has a root which is thicker than that of the first engaging and pivoting unit. The cable connector also includes a cover. The cover includes a first through hole into which the first engaging and pivoting unit is inserted, a first cam unit engaged with the first engaging and pivoting unit, a second through hole into which the second engaging and pivoting unit is inserted, and a second cam unit engaged with the second engaging and pivoting unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2010
    Publication date: August 5, 2010
    Applicant: PANASONIC ELECTRIC WORKS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hirohisa TANAKA, Shunsuke HASHIMOTO
  • Patent number: 7740509
    Abstract: Electrical connectors, particularly for connecting telephone wire pairs, are disclosed in which connector strips having at least one row of apertures containing wire connection terminals is provided with at least one captive wire insertion tool which can push or otherwise force wires into terminals of the connector strip to establish electrical connection. The or each tool is mounted for captive sliding movement relative to the strip to position the tool with a selected one of the apertures in which a wire connection is to be made. In one form of the invention, a tool is adapted to slide along the strip so that it can be positioned at each aperture. In a further embodiment, the strip is provided with a plurality of tools, one for each aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2010
    Assignee: Tyco Electronics Raychem SA
    Inventors: Carlos Aparici Ballester, Ramon Asensio Camacho
  • Patent number: 7722377
    Abstract: The power connection system for a power tool includes a housing defining a recess, a plurality of electrical connector guide grooves, an electric motor connected to a tool member, an electric circuit connected to the motor, and arcuate electrical contact prongs disposed in the recess. The power cord has complementary arcuate receptacles removably engageable with the prongs, the cord being connectable to a power source to connect the power tool to the power source, and a lock pin that locks the power cord to the housing. The power cord may be universally connected to any power tool having a similar recess with arcuate prongs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Inventor: Harold G. Moore
  • Patent number: 7715187
    Abstract: A docking system is disclosed. The docking system includes a portable electronic device capable of operating in multiple orientations including vertical and horizontal. The docking system also includes a docking station configured to mechanically accept and operatively interface with the portable electronic device in any of its multiple orientations including vertical and horizontal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2010
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Steve Hotelling, Gus Pabon
  • Publication number: 20100081313
    Abstract: There is provided a lever-type connector, whereby it is possible to avoid any damage at a mating contact provided at a mating connector, when the mating connector is subjected to so-called twist mating on the pivotal end of arms of a lever. The lever-type connector having a housing that includes a contact receiving area, a slider receiving slot, a slider, a wire cover, an outlet, a lever provided with a connector and being rotatably and detachably disposed on the housing and the cover to slide the slider; a pair of arms that extend from both ends of the connector, and a pair of wall portions arranged at the pivotal end of the arms of the lever. The wall portions extend from a pivotal end of the arms, respectively, and oppose each other at end edges of the wall portions, respectively. The outlet arranged at the wire cover has a width set greater than a width of a contact receiving area in the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2009
    Publication date: April 1, 2010
    Inventors: Ryuichi Komiyama, Kazushige Sakamaki
  • Patent number: 7606025
    Abstract: A computer dock having a device for protecting a portable computer against damage during vertical or inclined insertion within the computer dock. The computer dock includes an abutment member, slidably mounted on a rail, and biased to an upper position when the dock is not in use; the abutment member moving downwardly as a result of abutment against a portable computer during insertion, and at the same time exerting an upward force that at least in part counteracts the downward force of gravity acting on the portable computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2009
    Assignee: Tempus Computers Limited
    Inventor: Richard Anthony Abram
  • Patent number: 7556521
    Abstract: A computer docking apparatus for use with a portable computer, particularly in vehicles, having a cradle member suitable for receiving a portable computer and a closure member, and electrical connector assembly that operably makes power and/or data transfer connections to the computer, the connector assembly being attached to the closure member the position of which may be changed such that the computer may be inserted into or removed from the cradle when the closure member is in a first position and moving the closure member from this first position to a second position causes the electrical connector assembly to engage the computer to allow power and/or data-transfer connections between the docking apparatus and the computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2009
    Assignee: Tempus Computers Limited
    Inventor: Richard Anthony Abram
  • Publication number: 20090104807
    Abstract: A test socket comprising an insulative base with a plurality of contacts received in the base and a cover pivotally mounted to one end of the base. The cover comprises a pusher with an opening extending therethrough and a lid aligned with the pusher. The lid has a through hole corresponding to the opening of the pusher. Between the pusher and the lid have a plurality of elastic members for making the lid moveably with respect to the pusher.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2008
    Publication date: April 23, 2009
    Inventors: Wei-Chih Lin, Hsiu-Yuan Hsu, Wen-Yi Hsieh
  • Publication number: 20090088023
    Abstract: A locking receptacle for engaging a USB device is provided. The locking receptacle comprising a four sided header with a top opening at the top of the header and a bottom opening at the bottom of the header, the top opening and the bottom opening for USB connections; the header connected to a pivotable locking tip on one side, the pivotable locking tip located to engage a standard opening on a side of a USB plug of a USB device when the USB plug is fully inserted in the locking receptacle; and the pivotable locking tip connected to a lever for pivoting the locking tip.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2007
    Publication date: April 2, 2009
    Applicant: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jeremy S. Bridges, Norman B. Desrosiers, Dean F. Herring, Paul J. La Rocca