Laterally Moving Roller Or Ball Patents (Class 439/348)
  • Patent number: 10170846
    Abstract: In electrocardiography (ECG) system, a patient cable connecting one or more electrodes to a processing device for processing ECG signals may include one or more electrode connectors mechanically keyed to respective electrodes and/or a device connector mechanically and/or electronically keyed to a cable connector of the processing device. In some embodiments, keying between the cable and electrode is achieved, for example, with an electrode including a hollow-post portion that defines a bore in conjunction with a post protruding from an arm of the electrode connector that is sized to fit within the bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Heart Test Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Hilz, Paul Klotz, Mark Tiegs
  • Patent number: 10096937
    Abstract: A quick-lock coaxial connector includes: an inner contact; an outer connector body having a mating section at one end; a dielectric spacer disposed between the inner contact and the outer conductor such that the outer conductor body is coaxial with the inner contact; an unthreaded coupling sleeve that at least partially overlies the outer conductor body; an annular slide block positioned within the outer conductor body; a first biasing member that biases the slide block toward the mating section; a second biasing member that biases the coupling sleeve toward the mating section; and a retaining member captured in the mating section of the outer conductor body and movable radially relative to the mating section, the retaining member configured to interact with the slide block and the coupling sleeve to maintain the coupling sleeve in position relative to the outer conductor body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: CommScope Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Jiwu Shao, Yujun Zhang, Hongjuan An
  • Patent number: 9927746
    Abstract: A heater unit includes a heater in which a heating resistor member and an electrode electrically connected to the heating resistor member are disposed on a board; a connector having a connection terminal and attached to the heater at a specific connector attaching position thereof for electrically connecting the connection terminal to the electrode; a heater side engaging portion disposed on the heater; and a connector side engaging portion for engaging with the heater side engaging portion. The heater side engaging portion is provided for restricting the connector attached to the heater at the specific connector attaching position from shifting relative to the specific connector attaching position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: OKI DATA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Teruaki Kuroda
  • Patent number: 9897628
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for docking a test head to a peripheral. A docking pin (150) is moved past a projection (803) in a catch (802). The docking pin is further moved until the catch rotates and the projection in the catch engages a notch or indentation (152, 156) in the docking pin. A piston (620) is moved on to the catch so that the catch is prevented from rotating. The piston is further moved so that the test head is docked to the peripheral.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: inTEST Corporation
    Inventors: Christopher L. West, Charles P. Nappen, Steven J. Crowell
  • Patent number: 9853389
    Abstract: A high-voltage cable plug (1) for installing on an end of a high-voltage cable (20) has an insulating part (14) attached to the end of the high-voltage cable (20). The insulating part is cone-shaped at least in some sections on the outer surface of the insulating part and can electrically tight contact a socket element (2) associated with the high-voltage cable plug (1) when the plug-in connection is established. The high-voltage cable plug (1) has a protective element (40) at or near the end of the high-voltage cable plug facing the socket element (2). The protective element protrudes beyond the end of the high-voltage cable plug (1) facing the socket element (2) in a radial direction, with respect to a longitudinal axis (10) of the high-voltage cable plug (1), to such an extent that the protective element (40) prevents damage to the high-voltage cable plug (1) or to the socket element (2) when the high-voltage cable plug (1) is inserted into and removed from the socket element (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: PFISTERER KONTAKTSYSTEME GMBH
    Inventor: Jan Henrik Wilhelm Kuhlefelt
  • Patent number: 9257787
    Abstract: In a preferred embodiment, the present invention is an interface device comprising a receiver and a test adapter. The receiver has on each outer side a groove or ridge for use in initial engagement of the test adapter with the receiver. The test adapter has an engagement member having a plurality of clips arranged such that at least one clip engages with the groove or ridge on a side of the receiver. The test adapter further has a screw mechanism for drawing the engagement in and out of the test adapter to engage and disengage the test adapter with the receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: Virginia Panel Corporation
    Inventors: Jeffery P. Stowers, Randall C. Garman, Randall L. Herron, Darryl M. Ashby, Lucas A. Harman
  • Patent number: 9130305
    Abstract: Waterproof apparatus for cables and cable interfaces are provided herein. An exemplary apparatus includes a coupler body that includes a first end configured to releaseably couple with a connector bulkhead and a second end having an opening that is sized to receive a sealing gland, a cavity for receiving the sealing gland, the sealing gland comprising an outer peripheral surface configured to sealingly engage with an inner surface of the cavity, the sealing gland comprising an aperture that is configured to receive a cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: Mimosa Networks, Inc.
    Inventors: Carlos Ramos, Wayne Miller
  • Patent number: 8956174
    Abstract: A locking electrical receptacle includes a housing having a pair of openings and contains a pair of prong clips adapted to be connected to a source of electricity and to engage a pair of male prongs inserted through the pair of openings. A push button having a pair of locking surfaces, a pair of unlocking surfaces and a pair of ramp surfaces is positioned in the housing and extends out of the housing. A pair of locking elements are positioned within the housing and movable between a locked position, where the pair locking elements are adapted to lock a pair of male prongs inserted through the pair of openings in the housing, and an unlocked position, where the male prongs are unlocked and may be removed from the pair of openings. The pair of locking elements engage the pair of locking surfaces of the push button when in the locked position, the pair of unlocking surfaces when in the unlocked position and the pair of ramp surfaces when moving between the locked and unlocked positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Marmon Retail Home Improvement Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Gregory Raptis
  • Patent number: 8858252
    Abstract: A receptacle connector 10 has a first holding mechanism 17 for holding a plug 50 connected to a holder 12 by fitting a ball 16 disposed in a hole 12D defined in the holder 12 into a hole 52A defined in a second shell 52 of the plug 50 through a recess 11E defined in the outer circumferential surface of a first body 11, and a second holding mechanism 18 for coacting with the first holding mechanism 17 to keep the plug 50 and the holder connectable to and releasable from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Inventor: Norihumi Ijima
  • Patent number: 8814608
    Abstract: The embodiments of the present invention provide a plug and a power connector. The plug is applied in a power connector connected between a power supply device and a radio frequency module. The plug includes a jack and a crimping component set at a tail end of the jack, and the crimping component is configured to connect a power cable introduced from the power supply device to the jack in a manner of fixing. A power connector that includes the plug is further provided. By using the technical solutions according to the embodiments, easy on-site installation of the power connector that includes the plug during use may be ensured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignees: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd., China Aviation Optical-Electrical Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Min Song, Tengfang Xiong, Baoliang Sun, Jianguo Wang, Yong Yao
  • Patent number: 8771002
    Abstract: A plug connector comprises a terminal module and a connecting module. The connecting module comprises a shelter having a bump arranged on an outer wall thereof, a fixing nut screwing on one end of the shelter, a socket holder having a ridge arranged on an inner wall thereof, and a spring. The terminal module is inserted into the shelter. The shelter is inserted into the socket holder, and the ridge is disposed between the bump and the fixing nut for enabling the socket holder to move relative to the shelter. The shelter, the fixing nut, and the socket holder define an accommodating space. The spring is arranged in the accommodating space, wherein two opposite ends of the spring are respectively abutted on the ridge and the fixing nut for providing an elastic force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: GT Contact Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jui-Jung Chiu, Chih-Cheng Tsai
  • Patent number: 8764473
    Abstract: Provided is a ball-lock connector wherein a connector which has a relatively small diameter and which can be smoothly attached or detached, is realized at low cost. Ball storage holes (23) are formed in a tubular member (20), and engagement balls (11) are contained in the ball storage holes (23). An inner sleeve (30) and an outer sleeve (40) are disposed on the outside of the tubular member (20) so as to move in the axial direction. When a counterpart connector (70) is attached, each engagement ball (11) moves from a first position wherein a part of the engagement ball is projected from the inner peripheral surface (21) of the tubular member (20) to a second position which is close to a first inner peripheral surface (42) of an outer sleeve (40), wherein a part of the engagement ball is not projected from the inner peripheral surface (21), and thereafter, returns to the first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Canare Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Manabu Komatsubara
  • Patent number: 8684760
    Abstract: Various example embodiments are disclosed. According to an example embodiment, a lockable power cord may include a power module, a locking member, a power cord, a power supply, and a loop. The locking member may include at least one arm member biased radially outward from the power module to an expanded state. The locking member may be configured to move radially inward toward the power module in response to the power module entering into the power receptacle, and expand radially away from the power module into a locking cavity of the power receptacle when the power module enters beyond a locking point within the power receptacle. The loop may include at least a first opening having a width smaller than a width of the power supply.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Lawrence Lam, Amy Han
  • Patent number: 8668514
    Abstract: Connector modules have complementary profiles configured for sliding engagement. Modules bearing a first profile may be mounted in series, such as on a rail, on a frame or component. Modules bearing a second profile may similarly be mounted in series, such as on a rail, so that rails bearing modules with the first profile may slide into rails bearing modules with the second profile. Contacts in connectors of the module are configured to facilitate sliding engagement. Male contacts are biased to protrude, but travel into connectors in which they are mounted during sliding until aligned with corresponding female contacts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Justin I. Morosi
  • Patent number: 8657623
    Abstract: A connector for quick connect/disconnect engagement between two or more segments of coaxial cable has a hollow housing for attaching to a first electrical conductor and a coupler for attaching to a second electrical conductor. The housing and the coupler move to a limited distance in a sliding relation to each other. A locking member is fitted between the housing and the coupler to lock position of the housing in relation to the coupler and disengage the housing from the coupler when needed. The locking member has a compression spring that normally urges the housing away from the coupler and locking balls fitted in cutouts made in the locking member. When the spring is compressed, the locking balls move from the cutouts into an annular groove formed in the inner wall of the housing, thus allowing a limited sliding movement of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Inventors: Clarke Heebe, Melvin L. Arroyo
  • Patent number: 8568301
    Abstract: A connector system includes a plug section, and a receptacle section having a concave portion in an inside of which the plug section can be inserted, wherein the plug section includes a flange portion including a first inclined surface portion which increases in diameter toward an extraction direction, and a second inclined surface portion which decreases in diameter toward the extraction direction on an extraction direction side of the first inclined surface portion, in which an inclination angle with respect to an insertion direction of the second inclined surface portion is larger than an inclination angle with respect to the insertion direction of the first inclined surface portion, and the receptacle section includes a ball which is placed to be projectable/retractable from a side surface portion of the concave portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: Olympus Medical Systems Corp.
    Inventors: Masaaki Watanabe, Koji Omori, Masato Toda
  • Patent number: 8435061
    Abstract: A connector 10 is made of a socket 20, a plug 30, and a removal prevention mechanism 40. The removal prevention mechanism 40 includes a slider tube 41 slidably mounted on a first body 21, a stop ring 42 mounted on the outer circumferential surface of the first body 21, a helical spring 43 resiliently disposed between the slider tube 41 and a socket member 22, a ball 44 movably mounted in a through hole 41C defined in the slider tube 41, a cavity 45 defined in the outer circumferential surface of the first body 21 for the ball 44 to drop therein, and an engaging surface 46 defined in the inner circumferential surface of the plug member 32, for engaging the ball 44.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: Ijimaseiki Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Norihumi Ijima
  • Publication number: 20130084730
    Abstract: Connector modules have complementary profiles configured for sliding engagement. Modules bearing a first profile may be mounted in series, such as on a rail, on a frame or component. Modules bearing a second profile may similarly be mounted in series, such as on a rail, so that rails bearing modules with the first profile may slide into rails bearing modules with the second profile. Contacts in connectors of the module are configured to facilitate sliding engagement. Male contacts are biased to protrude, but travel into connectors in which they are mounted during sliding until aligned with corresponding female contacts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2011
    Publication date: April 4, 2013
    Applicant: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventor: Justin I. Morosi
  • Publication number: 20130052855
    Abstract: Provided is a ball-lock connector wherein a connector which has a relatively small diameter and which can be smoothly attached or detached, is realized at low cost. Ball storage holes (23) are formed in a tubular member (20), and engagement balls (11) are contained in the ball storage holes (23). An inner sleeve (30) and an outer sleeve (40) are disposed on the outside of the tubular member (20) so as to move in the axial direction. When a counterpart connector (70) is attached, each engagement ball (11) moves from a first position wherein a part of the engagement ball is projected from the inner peripheral surface (21) of the tubular member (20) to a second position which is close to a first inner peripheral surface (42) of an outer sleeve (40), wherein a part of the engagement ball is not projected from the inner peripheral surface (21), and thereafter, returns to the first position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2011
    Publication date: February 28, 2013
    Applicant: CANARE ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Manabu Komatsubara
  • Patent number: 7918677
    Abstract: The invention relates to a female connector (1) for a connector system (2) that couples first and second signal transmission conductor means. The connector system comprises a self-locking system of the push-pull type, some elements of which are secured to the female connector (1). The female connector (1) comprises a tubular body (10) housing an insert (11) equipped to accept each of the ends of the first signal conducting means. The elements (12) of the self-locking system that are secured to the female connector are formed on said insert (11). The invention also relates to a male connector (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2011
    Assignee: Interlemo Holding S.A.
    Inventor: David Robert
  • Patent number: 7878840
    Abstract: A Universal Serial Bus socket-equipped arrangement (USB-SEA) configured for mating with a Universal Serial Bus (USB) plug having a plug metal housing and an aperture disposed in the plug metal housing. The arrangement includes a plug-receiving cavity configured to receive the USB plug. The arrangement further includes a spring-loaded mechanism disposed within the plug-receiving cavity. The spring-loaded mechanism is biased toward an interior region of the plug-receiving cavity. The spring-loaded mechanism is also configured to slide along the connector metal housing of the USB plug when the USB plug is inserted into the plug-receiving cavity and to movably mate with the aperture disposed in the plug metal housing when the USB plug is in a terminal mating position with the USB socket assembly. The spring-loaded mechanism represents one of a spring-loaded ball and a spring-loaded pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Evans Hankey, Rico Zorkendorfer, John Benjamin Filson, Douglas Joseph Weber, Stephen Zadesky
  • Publication number: 20110008987
    Abstract: An IC socket comprises a socket body, a plurality of contacts, an actuator mounted on the socket body and moveable up-and-down relative to the socket body, and a latch member configured with one end thereof connecting with the actuator via a pivotal shaft and another end thereof movably connecting with the socket body. When the actuator is moved downwardly, the pivotal shaft is pushed downwardly and drives the latch member to rotate from a closed position to an open position. The actuator further defines a supporting element extending to a position under the latch member for abutting against the latch member during rotational movement of the latch member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2010
    Publication date: January 13, 2011
    Applicant: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: MING-LUN SZU, HSIU-YUAN HSU, KE-HAO CHEN
  • Patent number: 7819035
    Abstract: A connector system for attaching a probe to a probe shaft mating assembly comprising: a probe shaft mating assembly comprising a connector body, a plunger chamber located within the connector body, a spring located within the plunger chamber, a locking ball channel extending through the connector body from the plunger chamber to the outer surface of the connector body, a locking ball located within the locking ball channel, and a plunger located within the plunger chamber adjacent to the spring, wherein the locking ball is in contact with the outer surface of the plunger; a probe comprising a probe body, a probe shaft chamber located within the probe shaft facing end of the probe body, and a locking ball receiver located in the probe body adjacent to the probe shaft chamber; wherein the diameter of the probe shaft chamber is larger than that of the probe shaft mating assembly such that when the plunger and the spring are moved from a first position to a second position, the locking ball moves inwardly towards
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2010
    Assignee: GE Inspection Technologies, LP
    Inventors: Jeffrey Draper, Matthew Wolf
  • Publication number: 20100059341
    Abstract: A motorized roller includes a roller body of a cylindrical shape, in which a motor and a reducer are housed. The motorized roller has fixed shafts protruding out of both ends of the roller body. A first fixed shaft has a cavity, in which a first connector is housed. A second connector is connected to the first connector. The first fixed shaft has a first engaging part (inside screw) for preventing disengagement of the second connector, so that a part (screw forming part) of the second connector is engaged with the first engaging part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 3, 2009
    Publication date: March 11, 2010
    Inventors: Kazuo ITOH, Masaki TANAKA, Takenobu NAKASHIMA, Tatsuhiko NAKAMURA
  • Patent number: 7641498
    Abstract: A Universal Serial Bus socket-equipped arrangement (USB-SEA) configured for mating with a Universal Serial Bus (USB) plug having a plug metal housing and an aperture disposed in the plug metal housing. The arrangement includes a plug-receiving cavity configured to receive the USB plug. The arrangement further includes a spring-loaded mechanism disposed within the plug-receiving cavity. The spring-loaded mechanism is biased toward an interior region of the plug-receiving cavity. The spring-loaded mechanism is also configured to slide along the connector metal housing of the USB plug when the USB plug is inserted into the plug-receiving cavity and to movably mate with the aperture disposed in the plug metal housing when the USB plug is in a terminal mating position with the USB socket assembly. The spring-loaded mechanism represents one of a spring-loaded ball and a spring-loaded pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2010
    Assignee: Apple Inc
    Inventors: Evans Hankey, Rico Zorkendorfer, John Benjamin Filson, Douglas Joseph Weber, Stephen Zadesky
  • Publication number: 20090227137
    Abstract: A Universal Serial Bus socket-equipped arrangement (USB-SEA) configured for mating with a Universal Serial Bus (USB) plug having a plug metal housing and an aperture disposed in the plug metal housing. The arrangement includes a plug-receiving cavity configured to receive the USB plug. The arrangement further includes a spring-loaded mechanism disposed within the plug-receiving cavity. The spring-loaded mechanism is biased toward an interior region of the plug-receiving cavity. The spring-loaded mechanism is also configured to slide along the connector metal housing of the USB plug when the USB plug is inserted into the plug-receiving cavity and to movably mate with the aperture disposed in the plug metal housing when the USB plug is in a terminal mating position with the USB socket assembly. The spring-loaded mechanism represents one of a spring-loaded ball and a spring-loaded pin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2009
    Publication date: September 10, 2009
    Inventors: Evans Hankey, Rico Zorkendorfer, John Benjamin Filson, Douglas Joseph Weber, Stephen Zadesky
  • Patent number: 7540754
    Abstract: A Universal Serial Bus socket-equipped arrangement (USB-SEA) configured for mating with a Universal Serial Bus (USB) plug having a plug metal housing and an aperture disposed in the plug metal housing. The arrangement includes a plug-receiving cavil configured to receive the USB plug. The arrangement further includes a spring-loaded mechanism disposed within the plug-receiving cavity. The spring-loaded mechanism is biased toward an interior region of the plug-receiving cavity. The spring-loaded mechanism is also configured to slide along the connector metal housing of the USB plug when the USB plug is inserted into the plug-receiving cavity and to movably mate with the aperture disposed in the plug metal housing when the USB plug is in a terminal mating position with the USB socket assembly. The spring-loaded mechanism represents one of a spring-loaded ball and a spring-loaded pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2009
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Evans Hankey, Rico Zorkendorfer, John Benjamin Filson, Douglas Joseph Weber, Stephen Zadesky
  • Patent number: 7384295
    Abstract: A Universal Serial Bus socket-equipped arrangement (USB-SEA) configured for mating with a Universal Serial Bus (USB) plug having a plug metal housing and an aperture disposed in the plug metal housing. The arrangement includes a plug-receiving cavity configured to receive the USB plug. The arrangement further includes a spring-loaded mechanism disposed within the plug-receiving cavity. The spring-loaded mechanism is biased toward an interior region of the plug-receiving cavity. The spring-loaded mechanism is also configured to slide along the connector metal housing of the USB plug when the USB plug is inserted into the plug-receiving cavity and to movably mate with the aperture disposed in the plug metal housing when the USB plug is in a terminal mating position with the USB socket assembly. The spring-loaded mechanism represents one of a spring-loaded ball and a spring-loaded pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2008
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Evans Hankey, Rico Zorkendorfer, John Benjamin Filson, Douglas Joseph Weber, Stephen Zadesky
  • Patent number: 7357659
    Abstract: A coil spring 213 is sandwiched between a coil spring adjoining wall 202a of the female plug shell 202 and the edge of the large ring of the slide sleeve 203 and is held inside of the slide cover 215 in which the coil spring 213 can expand and contract freely. Sliding of the slide cover 215 in the positive direction of the x axis is restricted because the coil spring 213 or the slide sleeve 203 is adjacent to the coil spring adjoining wall 202a, and sliding in the negative direction of the x axis is restricted by a caulking 210. The caulking 210 caulks its bottom part, or the end part 215b which is placed at the opposite side of the opening part of the slide cover 215, to inside of the female plug 200. By applying this calking 210, problems described above can be solved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2008
    Assignee: Canare Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Naoki Yoshimori, Manabu Komatsubara
  • Patent number: 7331813
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to provide a plug/socket assembly in which the plug will never pull out of the socket even if an excessive pull-out force is applied to the plug. A plug/socket assembly (10) comprises a plug (20) and a socket (30) for receiving and fixing the plug (20) therein. The socket (30) includes a socket main body (31) having a plug insertion hole (311), balls (32) which are provided with the socket main body (31) in a radially displaceable manner with respect to the plug insertion hole (311), a sleeve (33) which is mounted over the outer surface of the socket main body (31) and is displaceable along the axial direction of the plug insertion hole (311), and a compression spring (34) for urging the sleeve (33) along the axial direction toward the inlet port (313) of the plug insertion hole. The inner surface of the sleeve is provided with a slide surface (332). The slide surface has first to fourth regions (P1-P4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2008
    Assignee: Nitto Kohki Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Satoshi Tsujita
  • Publication number: 20070167063
    Abstract: A fastener coupler includes a first securing member configured to receive and retain a first fastener within a first inner cavity, wherein at least one passage is formed through the first securing member, and a setting indication material within at least a portion of the first inner cavity. The setting indication material is configured to extrude through the first passage when the first fastener is urged into the setting indication material in order to indicate that the first fastener is properly secured to the first securing member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2006
    Publication date: July 19, 2007
    Inventors: Martin J. Nilsen, Michael E. Ward
  • Patent number: 7156682
    Abstract: An electric socket includes a rotation unit and a switching cap unit. The rotation unit abuts the conducting units inside the socket. The switching cap unit protrudes from the rest of the socket. The rotation unit may be moved along with the switching cap unit. When each of the two prongs of a plug is inserted into the two prong slots of the socket, a user may rotate switching cap unit by a certain angle so that the long sides of the rotation unit may press against the two conducting units of the socket; now, the two conducting units of the socket seize and lock the two prongs of the plug. To take out the plug, a user may rotate the switching cap unit in the reversed direction by a certain angle; now, the two long sides of the rotation unit no longer press against the two conducting units, and the plug may be taken out from the two slots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2007
    Inventor: Li-Chun Lai
  • Patent number: 7125273
    Abstract: A connection device is provided for operatively connecting a temperature control for an electrical appliance to a power source. The connection device includes first and second connection surfaces projecting from the temperature control that partially define a cavity. Each connection surface includes a corresponding depression formed therein. A power cord housing supports a first end of a power cord. The power cord housing includes a forward end that is receivable in the cavity. The connection device further includes first and second detent elements that are movable between first extended positions wherein the detent elements project from the power cord housing and are receivable in corresponding depressions and second retracted positions. Biasing structure is provided for urging the first and second detent elements toward their extended positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2006
    Assignee: Advance Thermo Control, Ltd.
    Inventors: Michael F. Irwin, Raymond Leung Wai Tat, Benny Wong Wai Kwong
  • Patent number: 7001199
    Abstract: The invention teaches a socket that provides a quick-release and twist-resistant connection. It is emphasized that this abstract is provided to comply with the rules requiring an abstract that will allow a searcher or other reader to quickly ascertain the subject matter of the technical disclosure. It is submitted with the understanding that it will not be used to interpret or limit the scope or meaning of the claims. 37 CFR 1.72(b).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2006
    Inventor: Ashour Badalpour
  • Patent number: 6945805
    Abstract: A self-locking electrical coupling includes slidably interactive male and female components having interactive contacts that produce continuity for two polarized power lines and a ground wire line, and maintain said continuity during rotative movement between the components. The male component has a cylindrical post equipped with a centered and an off-centered metal prong and a surrounding sleeve having a forwardly directed conductive circular rim. The female component has a socket equipped with a center contact adapted to abut with the centered prong, a ring-shaped contact adapted to abut with the off-centered prong, and a third contact disposed radially outward from the ring-shaped contact and adapted to abut with the conductive circular rim.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2005
    Inventor: Lester Bollinger
  • Patent number: 6893284
    Abstract: A connector for interconnecting or mutually isolating two circuits one of which is connected to a first connector element (1) and the other of which is connected to a second connector element (2) which is interengageable with the first. One of the connector elements supports a first contact (12) connected to a respective circuit and a displaceable contact holder (4) carrying interconnected second (14) and third (15) contacts. The contact holder is displaceable between a first position in which the first (12) and second (14) contacts are separated and a second position in which the first and second contacts are interconnected. The connector elements are formed such that on interengagement the contact holder is displaced from the first to the second position after the third contact is interconnected with a contact (34) of the other connector element (2). The arrangement is such that on disengagement of the connector elements (1, 2) the contact holder is displaced from the second to the first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2005
    Assignee: Rota Engineering, Limited
    Inventors: Michael J. Fawcett, Peter Eric Ryde
  • Patent number: 6824415
    Abstract: A locking mechanism for a coaxial connector assembly of the type wherein an inner cylindrical connector member of a female connector is adapted for receipt within an outer connector member of a male connector. The locking mechanism is positionable between the male and female connectors and includes one or more locking balls disposed within a sleeve portion of the male connector. The sleeve is of the push-pull variety and incorporates an internal surface for biasing the locking ball or balls into a recess formed in the female connector. When the sleeve is in a locked position, the locking ball or balls captured therein are biased radially inwardly therefrom to urge the male and female connectors into a tighter engagement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2004
    Assignee: Andrew Corporation
    Inventor: James J. Wlos
  • Patent number: 6805572
    Abstract: A socket structure essentially including a socket with a press unit therein, the two sides of the press unit are respectively configured with a first recess and a second recess, and the first recess integrates with a ball, when the ball is placed in the first recess, it protrudes within the power jacks of the socket, when the plug has be plugged in the power jacks of the socket, the ball is made possible to engage with the hole of the electric conduction flake of the plug for fixing the plug without separating from the power jacks of the socket; when the user wants to unplug the plug, he can just press the press unit for making the ball out of the hole of the electric conduction flake of the plug and hide in the second recess, then unplug the plug from the power jacks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2004
    Inventor: Li-Chun Lai
  • Patent number: 6796827
    Abstract: A quick connector for power wire can be easy assembled and disassembled, wherein a distribution box is interiorly provided with female base, the female base is provided with rolling needle, loop and sliding piece, so as to fit a male base provided on an end of power wire of electrical appliance. Such that the female base in the distribution box can be easily connected to the power wire of the appliance just by hand, the quick connector for power wire also can be firmly positioned and can prevent linkage. The rolling needle in the female base of the present invention is able to firmly position the male base, so as to prevent electrical linkage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2004
    Inventor: Chia-Teh Chen
  • Patent number: 6773292
    Abstract: A connector comprising first and second interengagable connector elements, the first comprising a socket and the second comprising a spigot insertable into the socket of the first element, wherein the first element supports at least one radially displaceable locking member protruding into the socket and a displaceable collar for controlling the radial position of the or each locking member. The second element defines at least one groove extending from adjacent an end of the spigot and aligned to receive the or a respective locking member projecting into the socket. The collar is displaceable relative to the first element between a first position in which the or at least one locking member is caused to project at least a first distance into the socket and a second position in which the or at least one locking member is caused to project at least a second distance in the socket, the first distance being greater than the second.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2004
    Assignee: Rota Engineering Limited
    Inventor: Michael J. Fawcett
  • Patent number: 6761469
    Abstract: A connecting structure of lamp rod and lamp base for all kinds of for lamps, comprising a lamp base coupled to a side of the wire connection box and a lamp rod inserted into the interior of the lamp base; wherein a socket is coupled to an end of the lamp base, and a guiding hole is protruded from a side of the lamp base to provide an embedding member for the fixture, and the embedding member further comprises a steel ball placed in a guiding groove of the lamp base in advance, a spring disposed behind the steel ball, and a stopcock disposed at the rear end of the spring; working together with a blocking groove disposed at the position at the head of the lamp rod corresponsive to the embedding member for accommodating the insertion of the lamp rod such that the resumption of spring pushes the steel ball back into its original position, and the steel ball will press against and be stuck in the blocking groove for inserting the lamp rod into the lamp base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2004
    Inventor: Wen-Chang Wu
  • Patent number: 6761588
    Abstract: A connector for quick connect/disconnect engagement between two or more segments of coaxial cable has a hollow housing for attaching to a first electrical conductor and a coupler for attaching to a second electrical conductor. The housing and the coupler move to a limited distance in a sliding relation to each other. A locking member is fitted between the housing and the coupler to lock position of the housing in relation to the coupler and disengage the housing from the coupler when needed. The locking member has a compression spring that normally urges the housing away from the coupler and locking balls fitted in cutouts made in the locking member. When the spring is compressed, the locking balls move from the cutouts into an annular groove formed in the inner wall of the housing, thus allowing a limited sliding movement of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2004
    Inventors: Clark Heebe, Warren G. Treme, Melvin L. Arroyo
  • Publication number: 20040121641
    Abstract: A connector comprising first and second interengagable connector elements, the first comprising a socket and the second comprising a spigot insertable into the socket of the first element, wherein the first element supports at least one radially displaceable locking member protruding into the socket and a displaceable collar for controlling the radial position of the or each locking member. The second element defines at least one groove extending from adjacent an end of the spigot and aligned to receive the or a respective locking member projecting into the socket. The collar is displaceable relative to the first element between a first position in which the or at least one locking member is caused to project at least a first distance into the socket and a second position in which the or at least one locking member is caused to project at least a second distance in the socket, the first distance being greater than the second.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2004
    Publication date: June 24, 2004
    Inventor: Michael J Fawcett
  • Publication number: 20040106320
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a structure for coupling a plug connector to a receptacle connector by simply pushing the plug connector to lock into place on a receptacle connector and pull the coupling nut to release. Although the action of the push to lock and pull to release is not unique to the connector industry, the present invention is unique in that the plug and receptacle connectors are locked from relative circumferential motion or axial motion to each other when coupled. The connector in a locked mated condition prevents relative motion during high shock and vibration applications. This is achieved by making surface contact between the plug connector and the receptacle connector with a considerable force.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2003
    Publication date: June 3, 2004
    Applicant: ITT Manufacturing Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Edwin Collin, William D. Porzio, Allen J. Bernardini, Paul Kozubal
  • Publication number: 20040067675
    Abstract: A connector assembly for quick connect/disconnect engagement between two or more segments of coaxial cables has a hollow housing for attaching to a first electrical conductor and a coupler for attaching to a second electrical conductor. The housing and the coupler move to a limited distance in a sliding relation to each other. A locking member is fitted between the housing and the coupler to lock position of the housing in relation to the coupler and disengage the housing from the coupler when needed. The locking member has a compression spring that normally urges the housing away from the coupler and locking balls fitted in cutouts made in the locking member. When the spring is compressed, the locking balls move from the cutouts into an annular groove formed in the inner wall of the housing, thus allowing a limited sliding movement of the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2003
    Publication date: April 8, 2004
    Inventors: Clark Heebe, Warren G. Treme, Melvin L. Arroyo
  • Patent number: 6716048
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a structure for coupling a plug connector to a receptacle connector by simply pushing the plug connector to lock into place on a receptacle connector and pull the coupling nut to release. Although the action of the push to lock and pull to release is not unique to the connector industry, the present invention is unique in that the plug and receptacle connectors are locked from relative circumferential motion or axial motion to each other when coupled. The connector in a locked mated condition prevents relative motion during high shock and vibration applications. This is achieved by making surface contact between the plug connector and the receptacle connector with a considerable force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2004
    Assignee: ITT Manufacturing Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Edwin Collin, William D. Porzio, Allen J. Bernardini, Paul Kozubal
  • Patent number: 6663410
    Abstract: A fastener for fastening and releasing a first electrical contact on a cable with a second electrical contact on a computer component, and a method for fastening and releasing the first and second electrical contacts, are shown and described. The computer component generally has an attachment orifice defining a fastening axis. In one embodiment, the fastener has a body, an elongated casing, an engagement element and an actuator. The elongated casing can project from the body along the fastening axis when the first and second electrical contacts are aligned for engagement. The engagement element can be positioned along the casing at a location spaced apart from the body. The casing and/or the engagement element is movable between release and fasten positions. In the release position, the engagement element is generally near the fastening axis and the casing and/or the engagement element is generally configured to be received in the attachment orifice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2003
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul A. Revis
  • Patent number: 6655991
    Abstract: A connector assembly for quick connect/disconnect engagement between two or more segments of coaxial cables has a hollow housing for attaching to a first electrical conductor and a coupler for attaching to a second electrical conductor. The housing and the coupler move to a limited distance in a sliding relation to each other. A locking member is fitted between the housing and the coupler to lock position of the housing in relation to the coupler and disengage the housing from the coupler when needed. The locking member has a compression spring that normally urges the housing away from the coupler and locking balls fitted in cutouts made in the locking member. When the spring is compressed, the locking balls move from the cutouts into an annular groove formed in the inner wall of the housing, thus allowing a limited sliding movement of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2003
    Inventors: Clark Heebe, Warren G. Treme, Melvin L. Arroyo
  • Patent number: 6641405
    Abstract: A length-adjustable vehicular power plug for use with a vehicular electrical appliance is disclosed. The vehicular power plug includes a plug end electrically connected to a vehicular power source for getting a power needed for the vehicular electrical appliance; a connector end electrically connected to the vehicular electrical appliance for transmitting the power to the vehicular electrical appliance; a first sleeve body connected to the plug end for supporting the plug end; a second sleeve body connected to the connector end for supporting the connector end, and slipable relative to the first sleeve body; and a positioning member for changing the relative position between the first sleeve body and the second sleeve body from a first position to a second position in response to an external force applied on the first and second sleeve bodies, and securing the first and second sleeve bodies at the second position when the external force is removed, thereby adjusting the length of the vehicular power plug.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2003
    Assignee: Primax Electronics, Ltd.
    Inventor: Chin-Yi Chou
  • Publication number: 20030082942
    Abstract: A locking mechanism for a coaxial connector assembly of the type wherein an inner cylindrical connector member of a female connector is adapted for receipt within an outer connector member of a male connector. The locking mechanism is positionable between the male and female connectors and includes one or more locking balls disposed within a sleeve portion of the male connector. The sleeve is of the push-pull variety and incorporates an internal surface for biasing the locking ball or balls into a recess formed in the female connector. When the sleeve is in a locked position, the locking ball or balls captured therein are biased radially inwardly therefrom to urge the male and female connectors into a tighter engagement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2001
    Publication date: May 1, 2003
    Applicant: Andrew Corporation
    Inventor: James J. Wlos