Retaining Means Patents (Class 439/345)
  • Patent number: 11320916
    Abstract: Example implementations relate to pen holding devices. In an example, a pen holding device can comprise a connector coupled to a receiver to couple the pen holding device to an electronic device, and the receiver including a magnet and a pen clip holder, the receiver to couple a pen via the magnet and the pen clip holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Chan Woo Park, Paul Roberto Lalinde, Derek Kanas
  • Patent number: 11283209
    Abstract: A connector housing includes a contact housing receptacle and a contact housing disposed in the contact housing receptacle. The contact housing has a movable contact securing flap. The contact securing flap is disposed inside the contact housing receptacle and is movable between an open position, in which the electrical contact units are unlocked in the connector housing, and a locking position in which the contact units are locked in the connector housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: TE Connectivity Germany GmbH
    Inventors: Josef Woller, Carlo L'Abbate
  • Patent number: 11258220
    Abstract: A positioning structure includes a first positioning component and a second positioning component. The first positioning component includes a first arched positioning portion having a first arched positioning surface. The second positioning component is disposed at one side of the first positioning component, wherein the second positioning component includes a second arched positioning portion having a second arched positioning surface. The second positioning component is configured to rotate relative to the first positioning component, such that the second arched positioning portion is moved to one side of the first arched positioning portion. The second arched positioning surface abuts against the first arched positioning surface, such that a degree of freedom of movement of the second positioning component in a direction is restricted by the first positioning component. An energy storage device is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: Merry Electronics (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Wen-Chung Lee, Hsiang-Sen Chang, Feng-Ping Chang
  • Patent number: 11239590
    Abstract: An electrical connector includes an insulating block and multiple terminals arranged along a left-right direction of the insulating block. The insulating block has multiple opening holes along a vertical direction thereof. Each terminal has a fixing portion fixed to the insulating block. The fixing portion has an adjustment portion. The terminals in one row include multiple first ground terminals, multiple second ground terminals and multiple pairs of differential signal terminals, correspondingly arranged along the left-right direction sequentially as: one of the first ground terminals, one of the pairs of differential signal terminals, one of the second ground terminals, another one of the pairs of differential signal terminals, and another one of the first ground terminals. The adjustment portion of each second ground terminal is exposed in the opening hole along the vertical direction, and the adjustment portion of each first ground terminal is not exposed in the opening hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: LOTES CO., LTD
    Inventors: Qi Xiao Yang, Ming Jiang, Yong Fu Wang
  • Patent number: 11211735
    Abstract: A connector includes terminals and shield members respectively supported in a housing, and protection caps. The terminal is in the form of a flat plate extending in an assembling direction D with a mating connector and has a contact point with a mating terminal of the mating connector on a plate surface of the terminal. The shield member surrounds the terminal to face the terminal in a direction orthogonal to the assembling direction D. The protection cap includes a front covering portion for covering a front end part in the assembling direction D of the terminal and locking claws locked to the shield member, and is fixed to the shield member by locking of the locking claws. The connector 10 is coupled to the mating connector with the protection caps fixed to the shield members and front end parts of the terminals covered by the front covering portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignees: AutoNetworks Technologies, Ltd., Sumotomo Wiring Systems, Ltd., Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Shingo Kobayashi, Sunghyun Byun
  • Patent number: 10998831
    Abstract: The power module comprises an electronic board (EB), in which at least one power switching branch is integrated, a capacitor (CE) and at least three DC power supply busbars (B1, B2, B3), wherein the electronic board is mounted between a first busbar (B1) and a second busbar (B2) and the capacitor is mounted between the second busbar (B2) and a third busbar (B3) and the electronic board, the capacitor and the busbars comprise electric contact faces allowing assembly, of the “press pack” type, of the electronic board and of the capacitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: INSTITUT VEDECOM
    Inventor: Friedbald Kiel
  • Patent number: 10953752
    Abstract: The invention concerns a battery system (200) for a vehicle (1), preferably for an industrial truck, comprising: at least one rechargeable battery (210) for supplying at least a vehicle component (2) of the vehicle (1), a charging component (50) for mechanically (52) and electrically (53) charging connection with an external charging device (310) to charge the battery (210) through the charging device (310) in a state of charge, a safety device (60), which is arranged at least partially in the area of the charging component (50), for detecting the mechanical charging connection of the charging component (50) with the charging device (310), so that a safety interruption of the power supply of the vehicle component (2) can be performed in the charging state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Intilion GmbH
    Inventors: Norman Winkler, Thomas Nawrath, Stefan Reinhold
  • Patent number: 10923843
    Abstract: A cabled receptacle connector includes a receptacle housing and a cable assembly received in the receptacle housing. The cable assembly includes a support frame supporting first and second mating contacts have mating ends for electrical connection with a pluggable module. The cable assembly includes cables with conductors electrically connected to the first mating contacts. The cable assembly includes jumper contacts coupled to the support frame electrically connected to the second mating contacts. The jumper contacts include mounting ends mounted to a host circuit board. First electrical paths are defined between the pluggable module and a remote electrical component by the first mating contacts and the cable conductors. Second electrical paths are defined between the pluggable module and the host circuit board by the second mating contacts and the jumper contacts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: TE CONNECTIVITY SERVICES GmbH
    Inventors: Randall Robert Henry, Brandon Michael Matthews, Michael John Phillips
  • Patent number: 10886640
    Abstract: An electrical connector comprises a housing having a receiving passage and a conductive terminal inserted and removably mounted in the receiving passage in an insertion direction. The conductive terminal includes a body portion having a first end and a second end opposite to the first end, a clamping portion disposed at the first end of the body portion and configured to clamp a wire of a cable, and a spring locking portion disposed on the body portion and obliquely extending from the body portion in a direction away from the body portion toward the second end. The locking portion is configured to engage a bottom wall of the receiving passage. The engagement of the locking portion with the bottom wall of the receiving passage is released by driving the locking portion with an external tool inserted in the insertion direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Tyco Electronics (Shanghai) Co. Ltd.
    Inventors: Wei Zhang, Ming Shi, Xiaozhi Fu, Dingbing Fan, Hongtao Jiang
  • Patent number: 10886657
    Abstract: Connector apparatus having a female connector assembly and a male connector assembly. The female connector assembly includes a female housing, a connector position assurance (CPA) member for assuring the engagement of the male connector assembly with the female connector assembly, and a first terminal position assurance (TPA) member for assuring that terminals for the female connector assembly are positioned properly. The female housing further includes a connector latch used to securely hold together a connector apparatus. The female housing has TPA protection ribs and CPA protection walls. The male housing has TPA protection ribs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: J.S.T. CORPORATION
    Inventors: Khalid Jabrane, Franklin A. Holub, Rajit Abraham
  • Patent number: 10811819
    Abstract: Electrical connector with low profile connector position assurance (CPA) member for assuring the engagement of a female housing with a male housing. The female housing forms apertures designed to stably and securely receive the low profile CPA member. Also, the female housing includes a connector latch used to securely hold together the female housing and the male housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: J.S.T. Corporation
    Inventors: Vikas Azad, Ping Chen
  • Patent number: 10714866
    Abstract: An electrical connector assembly includes: an electrical connector including a terminal module, a shielding shell enclosing the terminal module, an insulative cover enclosing the shielding shell, and a sealing member disposed at a front portion of the insulative cover; and an outer housing accommodating the electrical connector, wherein the insulative cover has a plurality of humps engaging an inner surface of the outer housing, and the sealing member is compressed between the front portion of the insulative cover and the inner surface of the outer housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignees: FUYU ELECTRONICAL TECHNOLOGY (HUAIAN) CO., FOXCONN INTERCONNECT TECHNOLOGY LIMITED
    Inventor: Shao-Cong Zhou
  • Patent number: 10686275
    Abstract: A power interface may include a housing and a connection body. The housing has an inner wall defining a stopping groove. The connection body is disposed in the housing and includes a first encapsulation portion and a plurality of pins spaced apart. The pins are wrapped by the first encapsulation portion, and a partial outer face of each of the pins is exposed by the first encapsulation portion. The first encapsulation portion is connected to the housing. The first encapsulation portion is made from polyamide resin and has an engaging flange arranged adjacent an end of the pins, and the engaging flange is engaged in the stopping groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: GUANGDONG OPPO MOBILE TELECOMMUNICATIONS CORP., LTD.
    Inventor: Feifei Li
  • Patent number: 10665999
    Abstract: A shielded coaxial termination device includes a center conductor having a front end and a barrel encircling the center conductor. The barrel includes a front end and an annular sidewall defining an interior configured to receive and electrically couple with a coaxial post. A shield, having a front end and an opposed rear end, is mounted to the barrel so as to deploy from a retracted position toward an advanced position to radially cover the center conductor when the barrel is not fully installed on a coaxial post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: PCT International, Inc.
    Inventors: Brandon Wilson, Timothy L. Youtsey
  • Patent number: 10651608
    Abstract: A connector assembly (10) is disclosed in which a connector part (12) and a cable manager part (20) are provided. The cable manager part (20) can be provided with a housing assembly (70, 170, 270, 370) that contains a pair of clamp members (74, 174, 274, 374) that function together to ensure a grounded connection between the connector assembly (10) and a conductive element (5) of a cable (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: CommScope Technologies LLC
    Inventor: Gordon John White
  • Patent number: 10630014
    Abstract: A power interface may include a housing and a connection body. The housing has an inner wall defining a stopping groove. The connection body is disposed in the housing and includes a first encapsulation portion and a plurality of pins spaced apart. The pins are wrapped by the first encapsulation portion, and a partial outer face of each of the pins is exposed by the first encapsulation portion. The first encapsulation portion is connected to the housing. The first encapsulation portion has an engaging flange arranged adjacent an end of the pins, and the engaging flange is engaged in the stopping groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: GUANGDONG OPPO MOBILE TELECOMMUNICATIONS CORP., LTD.
    Inventors: Guodong Gu, Feifei Li
  • Patent number: 10630013
    Abstract: A power interface may include a housing and a connection body. The housing has an inner wall defining a stopping groove. The connection body is disposed in the housing and includes a first encapsulation portion and a plurality of pins spaced apart. The pins are wrapped by the first encapsulation portion, and a partial outer face of each of the pins is exposed by the first encapsulation portion. The first encapsulation portion is connected to the housing. The first encapsulation portion has an engaging flange arranged adjacent an end of the pins, and the engaging flange is engaged in the stopping groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: GUANGDONG OPPO MOBILE TELECOMMUNICATIONS CORP., LTD.
    Inventors: Guodong Gu, Feifei Li
  • Patent number: 10622750
    Abstract: A power interface may include a housing and a connection body. The housing has an inner wall defining a stopping groove. The connection body is disposed in the housing and includes a first encapsulation portion and a plurality of pins spaced apart. The pins are wrapped by the first encapsulation portion, and a partial outer face of each of the pins is exposed by the first encapsulation portion. The first encapsulation portion is connected to the housing. The first encapsulation portion is made from polyamide resin and has an engaging flange arranged adjacent an end of the pins, and the engaging flange is engaged in the stopping groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: GUANGDONG OPPO MOBILE TELECOMMUNICATIONS CORP., LTD.
    Inventor: Feifei Li
  • Patent number: 10606012
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides improved fiber optic connector assemblies (e.g., high density fiber optic cassette assemblies) for use in communication systems, and improved methods for using the same. More particularly, the present disclosure provides advantageous systems/methods for the design and use of media patching systems having fiber optic connector assemblies that include a sliding securement member. The fiber optic connector assemblies are easily secured and/or unsecured to or from a media system (e.g., to or from a panel member of a media system). The present disclosure provides for improved systems and methods for easily securing and/or unsecuring fiber optic connector assemblies to or from a panel member or the like by utilizing advantageous connector assemblies that include a sliding securement member, and related assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Ortronics, Inc.
    Inventor: Ryan J. Grandidge
  • Patent number: 10566738
    Abstract: An electrical connector includes an insulative housing, a plurality of contacts, a plurality of wires and a locking mechanism. The insulative housing has a first side and a second side. The locking mechanism comprises a rotating member and a fastener, the rotating member has a pair of opposite rotary arms rotatably connected to the insulative housing and an holding arm, and the fastener is arranged on an inner side of the holding arm, the rotating member has a first status and a second status which can be switched by rotation, while the rotating member in the first status, the electrical connector and the complementary connector can be freely plugged in or separated from each other, and while the rotating member being rotated to near or in the second status, the fastener rotates or shifts to achieve a locking of the electrical connector and the complementary connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: ALLTOP ELECTRONICS (SUZHOU) LTD.
    Inventors: Yung-Chih Hung, Wang-I Yu
  • Patent number: 10511123
    Abstract: The present invention discloses an industrial connector and a connecting structure. The industrial connector comprises a holder and a plug matingly connected to the holder, wherein the holder comprises: a hollow connecting cylinder; a connecting base fixed around an opening of the connecting cylinder; a buckle plate and an elastic component fixed within the connecting base, with buckles embedded into the connecting cylinder being provided on the buckle plate; and an elastic component which is connected to the buckles and used for driving the buckle plate to translate along the plane of the opening. The industrial connector provided by the present invention is easy to mount and reliable in connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: SHENZHEN LINKO ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Shunhua Lin
  • Patent number: 10442290
    Abstract: An exemplary charge port covering assembly includes, among other things, a biasing device configured to move to a first position when a charger is decoupled from a charge port, and to a second position when the charger is coupled to the charge port. A charge port door is moveable to a closed position when the biasing device is in the first position, and is held in an open position when the biasing device is in the second position. An exemplary charge port covering method includes, among other things, biasing a charge port door toward an open position with a biasing device in a first position, and moving the biasing device from the first position to a second position to close the charge port door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Hafiz Shafeek Khafagy, Julie D'Annunzio, Mahmud Salam, Maria Guido
  • Patent number: 10362707
    Abstract: A method of making a reduced-depth rack server includes: forming a tray structure of a carrier having a service panel attached to two opposed side panels and a bottom panel; inserting a longest dimension of a data storage device in a sideways orientation with at least one electrical connector of the data storage device proximate to a selected lateral panel; electrically connecting a first electrical connector of an interposer cable to the at least one electrical connector of the data storage device; and attaching a second electrical connector attached to one of the tray structure and the data storage device directed towards an insertion end of the data storage assembly in an orientation opposite to the service panel and aligned to electrically connect with a backplane of a reduced-depth rack server in response to the tray structure being inserted in a rack server chassis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Dell Products, L.P.
    Inventors: Shane Michael Chiasson, James Frederic McKinney, Alan Jacob Brumley
  • Patent number: 10283905
    Abstract: An electrical connector assembly includes a plug with a plug body having a contact holder portion and an annular locking ring attached to the plug body. An elastic element holds the locking ring in a rest position. The locking ring has a first recess at a first end that creates a guide surface. The assembly also includes a mating connector having a plug-receiving portion configured to receive the contact holder portion of the plug. The plug-receiving portion includes a collar having a projection which, when mating the electrical plug and mating connector, engages the guide surface and rotates the locking ring. The locking ring has a second recess at a second end. The projection and the second recess are in a plane perpendicular to the plug-in axis in fully assembled state. The spring force rotates the locking ring and locks the plug body with the plug-receiving portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Aptiv Technologies Limited
    Inventors: Vincent Regnier, Michael Gunreben
  • Patent number: 10276964
    Abstract: A contact carrier can be inserted into the contact carrier and removed again by a slight elastic deformation of a holding element, a detent engagement action of a detent of the holding element with a further detent of a main body of the contact carrier can be released. A particularly simple mounting and dismounting of a contact element in the contact carrier is realized. The contact carrier is constructed such that the holding element and the contact element can be inserted into the main body from an attachment side which is situated opposite a plug-in side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: HARTING ELECTRIC GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Norbert Kropiewnicki, Xiafu Wang
  • Patent number: 10249414
    Abstract: In exemplary embodiments, wiring harness assemblies for electrical equipment and related methods are disclosed. In an exemplary embodiment, a wiring harness assembly for electrical equipment generally includes a first connector configured for connecting to a wiring harness, a second connector configured for mounting to a panel, and one or more conductors connecting the first connector with the second connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: EMERSON ELECTRIC CO.
    Inventors: Michael J. Moran, John J. Heller, David L. Vie
  • Patent number: 10215329
    Abstract: An expandable socket for attachment to a portable media player or a portable media player case. The expandable socket generally includes a platform, a skin coupled to the platform, a button coupled to the skin opposite the platform, and a biasing element. The skin includes an outer wall, an inner wall spaced radially inward of the outer wall, and a cavity defined by the inner wall, wherein the skin is deformable between a collapsed configuration and an expanded configuration. The biasing element is arranged within the cavity of the skin between the platform and the button, such that the biasing element is at least partially surrounded by the inner wall of the skin. The biasing element is configured to bias the skin into the expanded configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: POPSOCKETS LLC
    Inventors: Molly M. Hobbs, David B. Barnett
  • Patent number: 10164364
    Abstract: A connector may have a housing having a housing part housing a flat cable, and a mounting member mounted to the housing for locking the flat cable. The mounting member may have a mounting part mounted to at least one of the housing and a circuit board, an elastic part extending in a width direction of the flat cable, an extending part extending in the width direction of the flat cable, and an engaging part engaging with an engaged part formed on the flat cable. The mounting part may be connected to an end part in the width direction of the elastic part. An intermediate region of the extending part may be connected to an intermediate region in the width direction of the elastic part. The engaging part may be connected to an end part in the width direction of the extending part. The elastic part may be elastically deformable in a thickness direction of the flat cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Molex, LLC
    Inventors: Naoto Asanuma, Yasuaki Kobayashi, Akihiro Ishii, Akihiko Okajima
  • Patent number: 10062533
    Abstract: An electrical switch device features a switch module housing that fits at least partially within an in-wall electrical box. The housing contains electrically controlled switches and has line and neutral contacts carried for each of the electrically controlled switches to enable connection of a different respective load circuit across each electrically controlled switch. A control panel is mountable over an open front of the in-wall electrical box and the housing therein, and has a user-interface for operation of the switch module to control the electrically controlled switches and connected loads. The control panel is sized to fully cover the open front of a multi-gang electrical box, whereby the same switch module and control panel are usable with either a single-gang or multi-gang electrical box without leaving any portion of the open front of the single-gang or multi-gang electrical box uncovered by said control panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Umbrela Smart Inc.
    Inventors: Salman Qureshi, Filipe Fernandes, Ryan Ramchandar
  • Patent number: 9995467
    Abstract: A light emitting device and a holder thereof are provided, the light emitting device comprises a light emitting module, a holder, and a heat dissipate member formed with fastening holes in a surface thereof. The light emitting module comprises a substrate, a light emitting package, and at least two contact pads. The holder comprises a body, a bracket, at least two terminals pressed against the corresponding contact pads, and at least two latching members. The body has a top surface, a bottom surface, and a receiving opening and a plurality of fixing holes which penetrate through the top surface and the bottom surface. The receiving opening comprises an upper opening and a lower opening formed in the bottom surface of the body. The bracket is connected with the body and provided to the receiving opening for the light emitting module to abut against.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Molex, LLC
    Inventor: Yi-Tse Ho
  • Patent number: 9997974
    Abstract: A motor case (10) has connectors (30) fixed at motor case mounting holes (11), and an inverter case (50) has connectors (60) radially movable at inverter case mounting holes (65). The inverter case (50) is mounted on the motor case (10) so that the connectors (30, 60) fit together. A surface seal (45) is disposed on a lower surface of a flange (42) at an outer periphery of a housing (35) of the motor-side connectors (30), and is compressed elastically against an upper surface of the motor case (10) at an outer periphery of the motor case mounting holes (11). A metal pressing member (20) is fixed on the motor case (10) and presses the flange (42). An axial seal (47) is fit on the outer periphery of the housing (35) and is compressed elastically between the outer periphery and an inner periphery of the second mounting hole (65).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignees: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd., Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takeshi Ishibashi, Tsukasa Aiba, Takahide Hashimoto, Tatsuya Choji
  • Patent number: 9991650
    Abstract: A connector assembly includes an outer contact and a cavity insert. The outer contact has a mating segment, a terminating segment, and a middle segment therebetween. The mating segment is configured to engage a mating outer contact of a mating connector assembly. The terminating segment is configured to be terminated to a cable. The cavity insert surrounds the middle segment of the outer contact. The cavity insert has an overmold body. An interior surface of the overmold body engages an exterior surface of the outer contact and follows contours of the exterior surface along the middle segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: TE CONNECTIVITY CORPORATION
    Inventor: David James Lane
  • Patent number: 9960563
    Abstract: In exemplary embodiments, wiring harness assemblies for electrical equipment and related methods are disclosed. In an exemplary embodiment, a wiring harness assembly for electrical equipment generally includes a first connector configured for connecting to a wiring harness, a second connector configured for mounting to a panel, and one or more conductors connecting the first connector with the second connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: EMERSON ELECTRIC CO.
    Inventors: Michael J. Moran, John J. Heller, David L. Vie
  • Patent number: 9882305
    Abstract: This application is directed to a waterproof power adapter, which includes: a waterproof housing enclosing an AC to DC converter having an AC power supply input and a DC power supply output; a fixed, waterproof AC power connection for coupling an external power supply to the AC power supply input; a female connector, a portion of which is coupled within the housing to the DC power supply output, and an exposed portion of which is configured to couple a DC voltage provided at the DC power supply output to a complementary and separate male connector, the exposed portion being exposed when not coupled to the male connector; a sealing structure configured to engage with a cover of the male connector in a sealed position to provide a waterproof environment; and a locking mechanism configured to releasably tighten and lock the cover of the male connector in the sealed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: GOOGLE INC.
    Inventors: Jason Evans Goulden, Nicholas Webb, William Raeming Dong
  • Patent number: 9837654
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to an improved energy storage system. The energy storage system includes an energy storage device having positive and negative terminals, a battery management system configured to monitor and control the energy storage device, and a power connector configured to electrically couple the battery management system with the energy storage device. The power connector includes a housing and positive and negative bus bars, each containing a positive and negative interface pin, respectively. The interface pins are operatively coupled to the positive and negative terminals of the energy storage device to form a power connection. The housing contains separate, opposing side walls defining an open passageway therebetween. Thus, the open passageway provides air cooling across the power connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Michael Stanley Zanoni
  • Patent number: 9812820
    Abstract: A connector includes: a locking lever; a switching mechanism that includes a switch configured to generate a signal capable of establishing conduction between the connector and an inlet when operated by the locking lever and is arranged so as to be movable between a first position and a second position; an outer shell configured to accommodate the locking lever and the switch therein; a cover including a cover-side protrusion and being arranged on the outer shell so that at least a part of the cover is exposed to an outside of the outer shell; and a movable-plate-side protrusion arranged in the switching mechanism and configured to retain the switching mechanism at the first position through contact with the cover-side protrusion. The locking lever includes an operating portion capable of operating the switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Japan Aviation Electronics Industry, Limited
    Inventor: Youhei Takagi
  • Patent number: 9799981
    Abstract: A small, low-profile plug connector for use with electronic devices provides a latching member with a pair of hooks that engage mating holes in a guide frame, and which can be easily disengaged from the guide frame or opposing connector or housing. The connector includes an elongated actuator interposed between the connector housing and latching member and the actuator terminates in a cylindrical cam member that is captured in a recess on the connector housing such that rearward movement of the actuator imparts a raising action to the latching member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Molex, LLC
    Inventor: Kenneth A. Weber
  • Patent number: 9796285
    Abstract: An on-board charger for an eco-friendly vehicle includes a timer-type control pilot (CP) detection circuit, which is connected to electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) using a connector, that: i) detects a CP signal transmitted from the EVSE as an input signal via the connector, ii) outputs the CP signal as a direct current (DC) signal recognized as DC, and iii) allows an on-board charger (OBC) control circuit to control a charge to be maintained in a turned-on state by the DC signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Jaewon Lee, Sanghoon Kwak, Jeehye Jeong, Junghwan Na
  • Patent number: 9780491
    Abstract: A cable connector includes a body member having a first opening to receive a cable and a second opening. An indicator is movable between first and second positions. A stop member substantially prevents unintended movement of the indicator from the first position to the second position. The indicator moves past the stop member and through the second opening in the body member when moving from the first position to the second position and is exposed externally of the body member to indicate full insertion of the cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventors: Seydou Diop, Paul Zelazny
  • Patent number: 9711905
    Abstract: Reverse polarity protection for plug-in connectors comprising two intermateable plug-in connector parts (100, 200), wherein the one plug-in connector part (100) comprises a first coding element and the other plug-in connector part (200) comprises a second coding element and wherein the two coding elements are matched to each other in such a manner that when the plug-in connector parts (100, 200) are arranged correctly they make a plug-in connection possible and that when the plug-in connector parts (100, 200) are not arranged correctly prevents a plug-in connection, characterized in that the one coding element is a groove (110) extending in the mating direction and having a trapezoid-shaped cross-section, and that the other coding element is a coding rib (210) that is extending in the mating direction and that is formed in a U-shaped manner with elastically bendable walls (212, 213) that are arranged in a U-shaped configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: ERNI Production GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Juergen Lappoehn
  • Patent number: 9685746
    Abstract: A plug connector includes a case and a securing portion located in the case. The case is configured to receive a coupling end of a socket connector and includes two opposite sidewalls. The securing portion has a plurality of resilient pins configured to electronically couple to the socket connector. An inner surface of each sidewall is configured to abut against a side surface of the coupling end. Each sidewall defines a positioning slot extending outwardly from the inner surface of the sidewall. The positioning slot is configured to engage a positioning block extending from the coupling end. A socket connector matched to the plug connector and a connector assembly including the plug connector and the socket connector are further provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignees: HONG FU JIN PRECISION INDUSTRY (WuHan) CO., LTD., HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hui Yu, Si-Xiang Zhu, Lu Jiang
  • Patent number: 9647387
    Abstract: A connector includes a first contact module, a second contact module, a shielding shell and a latching member. The contact modules each include a number of contacts and an insulator retaining the contacts. The contact has a fastening portion assembled in the insulator, a contacting portion extending from the fastening portion, and a terminal portion extending from the fastening portion opposite to the contacting portion. The shielding shell covers around the first and the second contact modules. The latching member assists to secure the connection between the electrical connector with a complementary connector. The first contacts and the second contacts each have a pair of grounding terminals and the latching member connects with the pair of grounding terminals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: ALLTOP ELECTRONICS (SUZHOU) LTD.
    Inventors: Ya-Juan Gou, Zhi-Qiang Rong, Wang-I Yu, Mao-Jung Huang, Yi-Chang Chen
  • Patent number: 9647380
    Abstract: A connector 1 connecting an inverter and a motor includes an inverter case 10 where the inverter is arranged, an inverter side terminal block 30 mounted on the inverter case 10, an inverter side terminal disposed on the inverter side terminal block 30, a motor case where the motor is arranged, a motor side terminal block 40 mounted on the motor case 20, a motor side terminal disposed on the motor side terminal block 40 and fit to the inverter side terminal 32 such that the inverter case 10 is opposite the motor side terminal block 40, and a second sealing member S2 arranged between the inverter case 10 and the motor side terminal block 40 to surround a connection portion of the inverter side terminal 32 and the motor side terminal 42 and configured to seal a space between the inverter case 10 and the motor side terminal block 40.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignees: AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES, LTD., SUMITOMO WIRING SYSTEMS, LTD., SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Junichi Mukuno, Shiro Nishida
  • Patent number: 9490577
    Abstract: A cable connector includes a body member having a first opening to receive a cable and a second opening. An indicator is movable between first and second positions. A stop member substantially prevents unintended movement of the indicator from the first position to the second position. The indicator moves past the stop member and through the second opening in the body member when moving from the first position to the second position and is exposed externally of the body member to indicate full insertion of the cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventors: Seydou Diop, Paul Zelazny
  • Patent number: 9490559
    Abstract: A connector includes a lock lever that is fastened to a flat conductor and that maintains electrical connection between a terminal and the flat conductor. The lock lever includes a fastening portion that, in an interior of a fitting chamber, is fastened to the flat conductor that electrically contacts the terminal, and prevents removal of the flat conductor; an elastic portion that displaces the fastening portion in directions towards and away from the flat conductor; and an operation portion that includes a flat plate portion and a connecting portion, the flat plate portion extending along a front wall, the connecting portion extending from the flat plate portion in the direction away from the flat conductor and connected to the elastic portion. The flat plate portion is pushed along an insertion direction of the flat conductor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: IRISO ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Toru Takane
  • Patent number: 9484660
    Abstract: An electrical connector includes a housing including a front housing and a rear housing matable to define the housing. The front housing and the rear housing are molded as a single piece with a hinge member connecting the front housing and the rear housing. The rear housing is rotatable about the hinge member from an open position to a closed position. The front housing has front terminal channels configured to receive terminals and the rear housing has rear terminal channels aligned with the front terminal channels when the rear housing is rotated to the closed position but not aligned with the front terminal channels when the rear housing is in the open position. The rear terminal channels are configured to allow the terminals to at least partially pass therethrough into the front terminal channels during loading of the terminals into the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: TYCO ELECTRONICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: John Raymond Shuey, Galen M. Martin
  • Patent number: 9461453
    Abstract: Provided is a terminal fitting that includes a first terminal fitting having a first electric wire holding section for holding an electric wire, a first attachment section to be attached to an attachment target object, and a protruding section provided on the first attachment section, and a second terminal fitting piece having a second electric wire holding section for holding an electric wire, a second attachment section to be attached to the attachment target object, and a hole section provided in the second attachment section, the first attachment section and the second attachment section being overlapped with each other in a state that the protruding section is inserted into the hole section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Haruki Yoshida, Yoshitaka Tsushima
  • Patent number: 9391399
    Abstract: A charging connector (1) includes a connector case (3A, 3B) and a release lever (40) slidable in the connector case (3A, 3B). The release lever (40) includes slide projections (48). The connector case (3A, 3B) includes slide grooves (6) in which the slide projections (48) are inserted. The slide projections (48) slide in the slide grooves (6) so that the release lever (40) is guided by the slide grooves (6) in a slidable manner. The slide grooves (6) include water drain grooves (8) provided on bottoms thereof and extending downward to penetrate the bottoms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takenori Ohmura
  • Patent number: 9385460
    Abstract: A connector includes a connector housing provided with multiple terminal housing chambers. The multiple terminal housing chambers are separated by top walls, bottom walls, and side walls. Lances are supported by the bottom walls of the terminal housing chambers, which are located on the same surface side. Each of the bottom walls includes a cutout portion which avoids interference with the lance when the lance bends in a direction to retreat from the terminal housing chamber. Each lance bends in the direction to retreat from the terminal housing chamber when a terminal is inserted into the terminal housing chamber. When the terminal is fully inserted into a regular insertion position, each lance recovers from flexural deformation and is locked to the terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventor: Junya Shinohara
  • Patent number: 9368887
    Abstract: An apparatus including a socket forming at least one compartment together with a printed circuit board assembly. The compartment including a first side wall, a second side wall, a ceiling, and an opening for receiving one pluggable transceiver, such that when the pluggable transceiver is inserted into the opening, a transceiver contact of the pluggable transceiver is connected to a respective board contact of the printed circuit board assembly. A clamping means is arranged along at least one surface of: the first side wall, the second side wall and the ceiling, to exert a pressure on the pluggable transceiver towards a surface that is opposed the surface on which the clamping means is arranged. The opposed being one of: the second side wall, the first side wall, and the printed circuit board assembly, when the pluggable transceiver is inserted into the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (publ)
    Inventors: Ulf Ekstedt, Michael Lindahl, Hong Tang