Resiliently Urging Coupling Part And Mating Part Together Patents (Class 439/370)
  • Patent number: 10411368
    Abstract: A connection terminal for connecting at least one electrical conductor includes: a clamping element which is arranged on a receiving element so as to be able to pivot about a shaft between an open position and a clamping position, the clamping element forming, together with a contact element, a clamping point for the electrical conductor; and an actuating arm for receiving an actuating tool, a first free limb of the actuating arm being pivotally arranged on the clamping element so as to be spaced apart from the shaft thereof such that, by pivoting the actuating arm using the actuating tool, the clamping element is able to shift from the open position into the clamping position and vice versa. A second free limb of the actuating arm is movably guided over at least one cam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: PHOENIX CONTACT GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventor: Jochen Mestars
  • Patent number: 10187996
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure provide techniques for a printed circuit board (PCB) with a recess to accommodate discrete components of a package attachable to the PCB, in accordance with some embodiments. In one embodiment, a PCB may include a recess disposed in at least a portion of the PCB, to receive at least a portion of a package. The package may be attachable to the PCB via a plurality of connectors. The connectors may be disposed on a side of the package that faces the PCB. The portion of the package may include one or more discrete components disposed on the side of the package that faces the PCB. The recess may have a depth to accommodate those discrete components that have a height that is greater than a height of the connectors. Other embodiments may be described and/or claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Rajasekaran Swaminathan, Ram S. Viswanath
  • Patent number: 9614314
    Abstract: A connector is miniaturized and while still preventing damage to locking lances. Deflectable first and second locking lances (19, 79) configured to lock first and second terminal fittings (11, 61) are arranged to be exposed on first and second facing surfaces (15, 75) of first and second housings (10, 60). When the first and second housings 10, 60 are assembled, the first and second locking lances (19, 79) are arranged back-to-back with each other. Surfaces of the first and second locking lances (19, 79) facing the first and second cavities (17, 77) on tip parts in a projecting direction are continuous without any step and include locking surfaces (23, 83) configured to lock the first and second terminal fittings (11, 61) on tips in the projecting direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: SUMITOMIO WIRING SYSTEMS, LTD.
    Inventors: Takahiro Chikusa, Shinji Iihoshi
  • Patent number: 9559440
    Abstract: A lead-through terminal for connecting a conductor so as to conduct electricity includes: a terminal housing having a bearing portion that abuts a wall of an electrical installation when in an installed state, the bearing portion defining on the terminal housing a first housing portion on a first side and a second housing portion on a second side of the bearing portion, a wall feedthrough being provided on the bearing portion; and a pivotable actuation device being provided on the terminal housing to clamp the conductor in a contact position on a current bar and to release the conductor when in an open position. The actuation device is located on the first side to a greater extent when in the contact position than when in the open position, in which the actuation device extends through the wall feedthrough onto the second side at least in part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: PHOENIX CONTACT GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Andreas Wendt, Ralf Beckmann
  • Patent number: 9537574
    Abstract: An optical transmitting and receiving unit includes: an optical transmitting module having a light emitting element and having a metal case that stores the light emitting element; an optical connector having a ferrule for holding an optical fiber and having a flange portion provided at one end of the ferrule, the ferrule being inserted into a sleeve of the metal case to connect the optical connector with the optical transmitting module; and a tubular waterproof cap that has a bottom, with one end open and the other end closed, and caps the optical connector to seal an optical connecting portion between the optical connector and the optical transmitting module in a watertight manner. The metal case has step portions with different outside diameters. One of the step portions closest to the optical connecting portion contacts an inner surface of the waterproof cap along an entire circumference thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tsutomu Urakawa, Susumu Kawata, Hideaki Kinouchi
  • Patent number: 9433769
    Abstract: A line separation protector is provided that can include an arm, an anchor, a clasp attached to the arm, and a tab connected to and configured to manipulate the clasp. A tubing subsystem is also provided that can include a first tubing threaded through the anchor of the line separation protector described herein. A line connection system is also provided and can include the tubing subsystem described herein, and a second tubing, wherein the clasp of the line separation protector is configured to engage the second tubing. A method of protecting a line connection system is also described herein and includes engaging a second tubing with the clasp of the protector to form a protected line connection system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc.
    Inventor: Michelle Bayly
  • Patent number: 9312623
    Abstract: A connector for an electronic device is provided. The connector includes a connector housing to be connected to the electronic device, a terminal fitting held by the connector housing, and a relay terminal to be held between a distal end of the terminal fitting and the contact portion of the electronic device when the connector housing is connected to the electronic device. The relay terminal includes an electrically-insulating member and an electrically-conductive portion. The electrically-conductive portion includes a conductor provided on the electrically-insulating member to electrically couple a contact portion of the electronic device and the terminal fitting to each other. The conductor extends in a direction intersecting a center axis of the connector in a state in which the conductor is in contact with at least one of the contact portion of the electronic device and the terminal fitting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventor: Naoki Takamura
  • Patent number: 9039439
    Abstract: An interconnect device includes a contact assembly having a carrier holding an array of conductors configured to provide an electrical path between first and second electrical components. The interconnect device includes a frame defining a receiving space configured to receive the first electrical component therein. The frame includes corner frames configured to engage the first electrical component to locate the first electrical component within the receiving space. Each of the corner frames includes a base and an engagement member configured to engage the first electrical component as the first electrical component is received into the receiving space. The engagement member is configured to be resiliently deflected toward the base in a compliance direction via engagement with the first electrical component. Opposing spring beams mechanically connect the engagement member to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Tyco Electronics Corporation
    Inventor: Wayne Stewart Alden, III
  • Patent number: 9017090
    Abstract: An electrical connector of the present invention is configured such that when abutting portions of leg portions of a support member are abutted against receiving faces of jutting portions of a retainer, and a connector housing at a first position is pressed toward the mating side, an elastic member undergoes elastic deformation. If the connector housing does not reach a second position, the connector housing returns to the first position by elastic restoring force of the elastic member. If the connector housing reaches the second position, then the abutting portions move away from the receiving faces due to being pressed by pressing portions, the support member is pressed toward the mating side due to being subjected to the elastic restoring force of the elastic member, and the connector housing becomes relatively positioned at the first position. Also, a squib connection device of the present invention includes this electrical connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: J.S.T. Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Matsumoto, Munetaka Yasuda
  • Publication number: 20150111413
    Abstract: The disclosure provides a subscriber identity module (SIM) card holder, a base of the SIM card holder is provided with SIM card metallic contacts and first fixed metallic pins connected with the metallic contacts; the base of the SIM card holder is further provided with an additional metallic dome; the additional metallic dome is in uncompressed state and in contact with high level when the SIM card is not plugged in the SIM card holder, and is in compressed state and in contact with low level when the SIM card is plugged in the SIM card holder, delivering the high/low level with which it is in contact to a master chip of a mobile terminal to identify the plug-in and pull-out of the SIM card. The disclosure further comprises a mobile terminal and a method of identification of the hot-plug of a SIM card. With the help of the disclosure, problems of complex design, occupation of motherboard space, increased product cost in existing cell phones with hot-plug of SIM cards may be solved.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2012
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Applicant: ZTE Corporation
    Inventor: Zhuojiao Jiang
  • Publication number: 20150099390
    Abstract: A contact terminal having a main body case and a plunger pin received in an elongate hole formed in the main body case is provided. The plunger pin is a round bar provided with a step and includes a small diameter portion including the protrusion end portion and a large diameter portion that slides on a surface of the hole to freely move in a longitudinal direction thereof. A cut space is formed to extend from an end of the large diameter portion so as to leave at least a part of a side surface portion of the large diameter portion and the cut space receives an insulation ball including at least an insulation surface. A coil spring is arranged between the hole and the insulation ball to press the protrusion end portion of the plunger pin such that the protrusion end portion protrudes from the main body case.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Applicant: Shimano Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shuhi MORI
  • Patent number: 8986039
    Abstract: A shelf lighting connector assembly provides an electrical connection between a power strip on a wall and a light mounted on the underside of a shelf mounted on the wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Phoenix Contact Development and Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Tod M. Harlan, Osenaga Osagie, Nathan Potteiger, Kevin Walker
  • Publication number: 20150056843
    Abstract: The invention relates to a system (16) for forming a modular distribution panel (14), comprising a carrying device (10) having a front plate (20) and comprising at least one distribution module (12), which has at least one connection socket (30) at a head end (28), wherein the head end (28) of the at least one distribution module (12) is opposite the back side of the front plate (20) when the distribution module (12) is fastened to the carrying device (10) and the front plate (20) enables access to the at least one connection socket (30) from the front. The carrying device (10) has a U-profile-shaped accommodating part (18), for which the front plate (20) forms the base of the U-profile shape and into which the head end (28) of the at least one distribution module (12) can be inserted, wherein the distribution module (12) can be detachably fastened to the carrying device (10) at the head end (28) inserted into the accommodating part (18) by means of a clip connection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventor: Ralf Tillmanns
  • Patent number: 8956176
    Abstract: The present invention is related to a connector for a lead wire for a electrode. The present invention is further related to the use of a connection element to provide mechanical and electrical connections with a physiological electrode. The present invention is further related to the use of a helical connection element to provide mechanical and electrical connections with the node of a physiological electrode. In various embodiments, the invention comprises an expander that can stretch the connection element so that it may fit over the head of a male connector of an electrode and release to secure the connection element around the neck of the male connector of the electrode. When secured to the electrode, the connection element preferably makes contact with the electrode at multiple points in order to increase electrical connectivity with the electrode and decrease mechanical force in a single direction on the electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Cleveland Medical Devices Inc.
    Inventor: Matthew D. Tarler
  • Publication number: 20150038001
    Abstract: A contact that electrically connects a first board and a second board includes a bottom part to be joined to the first board, a first spring that is bent and extends from the bottom part, a second spring configured to be displaced in a first direction toward the bottom part and in a second direction opposite to the first direction by the bending of the first spring, multiple side guides rising from the bottom part, and a stopper provided at an end of each of the side guides in the second direction and configured to come into contact with the second board. The side guides include respective extension parts configured to protect an area in which the second spring is displaced.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventors: Koichi Kiryu, Mitsuru Kobayashi
  • Publication number: 20150038000
    Abstract: An electrical assembly includes a base having a body including a first end and a second end. First and second opposed base beams extend from the first end of the body in a first direction. The assembly further includes a spring clamp having a clamp base and first and second opposed spring beams extending from the clamp base in the first direction and disposed over the first and second base beams biasing the first and second base beams towards one another. The spring clamp is assembled onto the base by moving the spring clamp along the first direction onto the base. A locking feature is integrally formed in the base and the spring clamp preventing the removal of the spring clamp from the base along a second direction opposite the first direction. The locking feature also prevents movement of the spring clamp relative to the base in a lateral direction normal to the first direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Applicant: LEAR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael Glick, Slobodan Pavlovic, Tulasi Sadras-Ravindra, David Menzies
  • Publication number: 20150004828
    Abstract: In an electrical connector, in a state in which an abutting portion of a support is abutted against a receiving face of a retainer or an inflator housing, if the connector housing is pressed toward the mating side and then released before being inserted into the retainer to a predetermined depth, the connector housing is pressed back in the counter mating direction due to restoring force generated in the support, and if the connector housing is pressed toward the mating side and inserted into the retainer to the predetermined depth, the abutting portion becomes displaced in the abutment cancelation direction so as to separate from the receiving face, and thus the connector housing is inserted into the retainer to the predetermined depth or more so as to be mated to the retainer, and electrical terminals become connected to squib terminals. Also, a squib connection device includes this electrical connector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Applicant: J.S.T. Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tsuyoshi OSADA, Hiroyuki MATSUMOTO, Munetaka YASUDA
  • Publication number: 20140322956
    Abstract: An electrical connector has a conductive shell provided with a locking hole adapted to be engaged with a mating object in a disconnection direction. An insulator is received inside the shell. Between the shell and the insulator, a conductive shielding plate covering the locking hole is provided so that the insulator is not visible through the locking hole. The insulator holds a conductive contact.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2013
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Applicant: Japan Aviation Electronics Industry, Limited
    Inventor: Takeharu NAITO
  • Publication number: 20140322955
    Abstract: Disclosed is a cable connector comprising a male connector and a female connector, wherein the male connector includes a male base and a plurality of male terminals received in the male base, a rear end of the male base defining a resilient arm protruded beyond the back of the male base, a substantial middle of a top of the resilient arm protruding upward to form a locking block, a guiding ramp being formed at a rear end of the locking block and slantwise connecting the back and a top face of the locking block; a female connector includes a female base and a plurality of female terminals, a front face of the female base being concaved rearward to form a receiving chamber. The design is ensure that the male connector with the parent is not easy to quit after the engagement of the connector to avoid functional failure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2013
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Applicant: Cheng Uei Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chih Hsien Chiang
  • Publication number: 20140322957
    Abstract: A connecting terminal includes a receptacle body and a damping element configured to clamp a conductor inserted into the connecting terminal against a current rail arranged in the connecting terminal in order to form a contact in a contacting state. The connecting terminal also includes a first lever arm rotatably mounted on the clamping element, a compression spring, and a second lever arm rotatably mounted on the compression spring. The second lever arm is configured to engage the first lever arm in the contacting state such that the first and second lever arms are guided together to tension the compression spring and transfer a spring force from the compression spring to the clamping element via the first and second lever arms.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2012
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Applicant: PHOENIX CONTACT GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventor: Andreas Wendt
  • Publication number: 20140302702
    Abstract: An electrical connector system having a male and female connector. The male connector includes a U-shaped shroud axially surrounding a male terminal having an opening generally perpendicular to the male terminal's longitudinal axis. The female connector includes a female terminal having two openings, one generally parallel with the female terminal's longitudinal axis and another generally perpendicular to that axis. The male and female terminals mate in a parallel configuration having the male terminal axis generally parallel to the female terminal axis or in a perpendicular configuration having the male terminal axis generally perpendicular to the female terminal axis. A connector body holds the female terminal. The connector body defines a locking means that releasably secures the connector body to the shroud in both the parallel and perpendicular mating configurations. The locking means may include a triangular shaped lock tab that engages a similarly shaped lock aperture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2014
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Applicant: DELPHI TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: KENNETH B. GERM, TROY A. ILER, WILLIAM C. KETTERER, DON E. BIZON
  • Publication number: 20140273599
    Abstract: An electrical connector for forming a mechanical and electrical coupling with an electrical conductor includes a tubular housing, at least one jaw member, a sealant containment membrane, and a sealant. The tubular housing has a connector axis. The housing defines a conductor receiving opening and an interior cavity each configured to receive the conductor along the connector axis. The at least one jaw member is configured to clamp the conductor within the interior cavity. The sealant containment membrane is disposed in the interior cavity and defines a sealant chamber. The sealant is contained in the sealant chamber in the interior cavity to environmentally protect an electrical contact engagement between the conductor and the electrical connector when the conductor is clamped in the interior cavity by the at least one jaw member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicants: Tyco Electronics Brasil LTDA, Tyco Electronics Corporation
    Inventors: Edward O'Sullivan, Jose Alexandre La Salvia, Charles Hills, Matthew P. Galla, Mahmoud K. Seraj, George Triantopoulos
  • Publication number: 20140273600
    Abstract: An interconnect device includes a contact assembly having a carrier holding an array of conductors configured to provide an electrical path between first and second electrical components. The interconnect device includes a frame defining a receiving space configured to receive the first electrical component therein. The frame includes corner frames configured to engage the first electrical component to locate the first electrical component within the receiving space. Each of the corner frames includes a base and an engagement member configured to engage the first electrical component as the first electrical component is received into the receiving space. The engagement member is configured to be resiliently deflected toward the base in a compliance direction via engagement with the first electrical component. Opposing spring beams mechanically connect the engagement member to the base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Tyco Electronics Corporation
    Inventor: Wayne Stewart Alden, III
  • Publication number: 20140273601
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a micro ethernet connector includes an outer housing that has a recessed front end and a back end. The micro ethernet connector further includes an inner housing that is disposed within the recessed front end of the outer housing. The inner housing has an exposed end. The exposed end includes a recessed channel. The volume of the recessed channel is substantially equal to the volume of a correspondingly shaped protruding printed circuit board of a male micro ethernet connector. A plurality of spring-biased connectors are disposed within the recessed channel of the inner housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Silicon Graphics International Corp.
    Inventor: Peter Siltex Yuen
  • Publication number: 20140235093
    Abstract: A shelf lighting connector assembly provides an electrical connection between a power strip on a wall and a light mounted on the underside of a shelf mounted on the wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2013
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Applicant: Phoenix Contact Development & Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Tod M. Harlan, Osenaga Osagie, Nathan Potteiger, Kevin Walker
  • Publication number: 20140206221
    Abstract: An electrical connector system includes a backplane connector and a daughtercard connector coupled to the backplane connector. The backplane connector includes a housing holding a plurality of backplane contact assemblies that are movable relative to the housing and each have a center contact and an outer shell surrounding the center contact configured to be terminated to coaxial cables. The daughtercard connector includes a housing holding a plurality of daughtercard contact assemblies coupled to corresponding backplane contact assemblies. The daughtercard contact assemblies are configured to be directly terminated to a daughtercard circuit board.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2013
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: TYCO ELECTRONICS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Stephen T. Morley
  • Publication number: 20140179150
    Abstract: A current distribution device for a high-voltage network, in particular in a motor vehicle, includes at least two first connections that can be locked in such a way that, after a locking device is closed, a connector plugged into the connection can no longer be removed, wherein the first connections have a first locking plate as a common locking device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2011
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Applicants: Conti Temic microelectronic GmbH, AUDI AG
    Inventors: Jan Wischerath, Christoph Blösch, Christian Wirthmüller
  • Publication number: 20140167695
    Abstract: A lock device locks a locking subject to a power port. The lock device is provided with a lock mechanism including a lock member that is movable between a lock position and an unlock position. The lock mechanism moves the lock member to the lock position to lock the locking subject and moves the lock member to the unlock position to unlock the locking subject. A location registration unit registers, as a registered location, a location where switching of the locking subject between a lock state and an unlock state is prohibited or permitted. A location acquisition unit acquires a present location of the lock device. A switching control unit compares the present location with the registered location and controls the lock mechanism based on the comparison to switch the locking subject between the lock state and the unlock state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2013
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RIKA DENKI SEISAKUSHO
    Inventors: Takahiro SHIMIZU, Akihito KIMURA, Keiji YAMAMOTO, Takashi IEDA, Tadayuki TOBIMATSU
  • Publication number: 20140162487
    Abstract: A connector assembly having a housing and a shaft; at least a groove in the housing or on the shaft; one of the housing and the shaft has a first component and a second component; there being at least a first groove configuration and a second groove configuration resulting from two different relative positions of the first and second components; the first and second groove configurations resulting in a first insertion force and a first removal force of the shaft into and from the housing and a second insertion force and a second removal force of the shaft into and from the housing, respectively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2013
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Applicant: BAL SEAL ENGINEERING, INC.
    Inventors: Jeff Frederick, Derek Changsrivong, Pere Pla-Junca, Peter J. Balsells, Richard Dawson
  • Publication number: 20140154911
    Abstract: An electrical connector of the present invention is configured such that when abutting portions of leg portions of a support member are abutted against receiving faces of jutting portions of a retainer, and a connector housing at a first position is pressed toward the mating side, an elastic member undergoes elastic deformation. If the connector housing does not reach a second position, the connector housing returns to the first position by elastic restoring force of the elastic member. If the connector housing reaches the second position, the abutting portions move away from the receiving faces due to being pressed by pressing portions, the support member is pressed toward the mating side due to being subjected to the elastic restoring force of the elastic member, and the connector housing becomes relatively positioned at the first position. Also, a squib connection device of the present invention includes this electrical connector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2013
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Applicant: J.S.T. MFG. CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki MATSUMOTO, Munetaka YASUDA
  • Publication number: 20140127932
    Abstract: An electrical connection terminal having a housing, two clamping springs and a current bar, wherein a chamber is formed in the housing for receiving the clamping springs and at least one end of the current bar as well as a conductor insertion opening for inserting two conductors, and wherein the clamping springs are arranged next to each other in relation to the longitudinal extension of the current bar. In the electrical connection terminal, the clamping springs each have a clamping leg, an operating leg and a back which connects the two legs to one another, wherein the clamping limbs, together with the current bar form, in each case, a clamping point for a stripped conductor that is to be connected. Moreover, a spring receptacle is provided within the chamber, which has a partition, the two clamping springs being disposed on a respective side of the partition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2012
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Inventors: Ralph Hoppmann, Michael Strato
  • Publication number: 20140120762
    Abstract: A connector has a first housing (10), a second housing (40) including a base (41) arranged behind the first housing (10), and a retainer (60) between the base (41) and the first housing (10) and movable between partial and full locking positions along facing surfaces of the base and the first housing. The retainer (60) includes operating portions (62) projecting forward so that tips thereof are exposed at a front of the first housing (10). The first housing (10) has locking receiving portions (18, 19) arranged side by side in a moving direction of the retainer (60), and the operating portion (62) is formed with a lock (66) for resiliently locking the locking receiving portions (18, 19) when the retainer (60). An engaging direction of the lock (66) and the locking receiving portions (18, 19) intersects assembling directions of the retainer (60) and the first housing (10).
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2013
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventor: Shinya Kuroda
  • Patent number: 8651890
    Abstract: An electric connector is described which provides direct contact between an electric conductor and a respective counterpart. The connection is locked in place by means of one or more spring clips, for example associated with a casing. In a variant a single common casing is provided for the direct connection between a plurality of electric conductors and respective counterparts, which may be contact elements which are also associated with respective electric conductors or bump contacts of a PCB. In a further variant the counterpart is also an electric conductor, in such a way that direct contact is produced between two electric conductors held in mutual engagement by one or more spring clips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Tyco Electronics AMP Italia S.R.L.
    Inventor: Davide Chiarelli
  • Publication number: 20140038449
    Abstract: System and method for communicatively coupling a serial communication plug to a serial communication bus. The system may include a housing. The housing may include a receptacle that is configured to communicatively couple to a bus. The receptacle may include one or more internal retention springs situated inside the receptacle. The one or more internal retention springs may be configured to grip a male plug with a retention force, when the male plug is inserted into the receptacle. The housing may include or may be coupled to a clamp where the clamp is external to the receptacle. When the male plug is inserted into the receptacle, the clamp may be adjustable via a clamp adjustment mechanism to constrain the one or more internal retention springs, thus augmenting the retention force and further securing the male plug in the receptacle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2012
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Inventors: Matthew R. Fallon, Dennis Vance Toth, Christopher A. Rake
  • Publication number: 20140017930
    Abstract: A conductor connection tool includes a terminal platform base, a conduction fitting accommodated in a fitting recessed part of the terminal platform base. The conduction fitting is formed in a substantially U shape and includes a bottom plate portion, a vertical portion bent vertically upward from one end of the bottom plate portion, and an attachment portion extending from an upper end of the vertical portion in parallel to the bottom plate portion, and having a terminal portion extending in the opposite direction to the attachment portion. A plate spring bent in a substantially V shape with one side serving as an attachment piece to be fixed to the attachment portion of the conduction fitting with the other side serving as a locking piece whose front end is to be brought into pressure contact with the bottom plate portion of the conduction fitting.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2012
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Applicant: OMRON CORPORATION
    Inventors: NAOYA SASANO, Makoto Sato, Motoyuki Tomizu, Jun Yamane, Shinya Iwasaki, Naoki Ueno
  • Publication number: 20140011389
    Abstract: An connector includes a housing and connection terminals. The housing includes chambers each to be inserted one of the connection terminals, flexible lances each having one free end and the other end secured in respective chamber, and communication holes each communicating with an outside through the housing on the side of the free end of each of the lances. Each of the connection terminal includes a wire connection portion to be connected with a wire W, a terminal body formed to allow inserted into each of the chambers, and a lance engagement portion formed engageable with each of the lances. In a cross direction perpendicular to the inserting direction of each of the connection terminal into the housing, the lance engagement portion is formed to have a width narrower than a width of each of the lances and a width of each of the communicating holes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2013
    Publication date: January 9, 2014
    Inventor: Yoshifumi SHINMI
  • Publication number: 20130330958
    Abstract: A plug-wire type lampholder comprises an acting body having a set of slots formed in the acting body and provided for installing a wire clamping plate separately, and the wire clamping plate has at least one end bent to form two into movable plates, and each slot has two notches and different notches are separated with an interval apart, so that when the wire clamping plate is installed into the slot, the movable plates remain in different corresponding notches respectively, and in different notches the same slot are provided for plugging bare ends of different electric wires respectively to achieve an electric conduction, so as to facilitate connecting lamps of different plug-wire type lampholders into a lamp string quickly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2012
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Applicant: Rich Brand Industries Limited
    Inventor: Wen Ho YANG
  • Patent number: 8585426
    Abstract: An electrical connector includes a connector housing and at least one electrical contact supported by the connector housing, the at least one electrical contact configured to mate with a complementary electrical contact of a complementary electrical connector. The electrical connector further includes a latch assembly that includes an actuator and a latch body. The actuator has an actuator portion and at least one arm extending from the actuator portion. The arm includes a proximal end connected to the actuator portion, an opposed distal end, and an intermediate portion. The intermediate portion is retained by the connector housing at a location below the distal end. The latch body is connected to the connector housing so as to rotate about a pivot axis. The latch body includes a latch member at one side of the pivot axis, and a spring disposed at a second opposite side of the pivot axis. The spring provides a spring force that biases the latch member toward a latched position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: FCI Americas Technology LLC
    Inventors: Arkady Y. Zerebilov, Deborah A. Ingram
  • Publication number: 20130280946
    Abstract: The invention relates to a connection device for a solar module, comprising a housing, at least one contact rail which is arranged in the housing, and at least one contacting device for contacting an electrical conductor, the contacting device being able to be fitted to the contact rail and being able to be moved at least between an initial position (AS) and an end position (ES).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2013
    Publication date: October 24, 2013
    Applicant: TYCO ELECTRONICS AMP GMBH
    Inventors: Kristopher SALZMANN, Norbert GEISTER, Andreas WOEBER
  • Publication number: 20130280933
    Abstract: A connector socket has two hooking parts each having at least one hook to fasten to a housing, at least one hooking part is mounted on the housing; the two hooking parts move apart from each other when at least the slidable hooking part slides from a retracted position towards a deployed position; at least one tongue that is connected to the slidable hooking part to cause the hooking part to slide from a deployed position to a retracted position when an operator presses against the tongue; and at least one spring distinct from the hooking parts, each spring having one end connected to the housing and its other end connected to a corresponding slidable hooking part and exerting a thrust force thereon transversely to the axis of the housing, at least when in a deployed position and in the absence of pressure being applied on the corresponding tongue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2013
    Publication date: October 24, 2013
    Applicant: RADIALL
    Inventors: Patrice BECAVIN, Emmanuel DEMARET
  • Publication number: 20130252455
    Abstract: A connector assembly comprising a connector housing, a secondary locking member and a safety spring bar, whereby the secondary locking member and the safety spring bar are assigned to the connector housing. The secondary locking member is movable between a first and a second position, whereby the safety spring bar is adapted to lock the secondary locking member in its second position. The secondary locking member comprises a deflection surface adapted to engage the safety spring bar when the secondary locking member is moved in an insertion direction. Thereby, upon movement of the secondary locking member, the safety spring bar is deflected essentially in the insertion direction, urging the secondary locking member towards its first position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2011
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Inventors: Michael Gunreben, Frank Odorfer
  • Publication number: 20130244472
    Abstract: A retention latch mechanism having corresponding retention features and stress reducing members is provided herein. In an exemplary embodiment, the retention latch mechanism comprises a pair of spring arm retention features of a receptacle engageable with a corresponding pair of recessed retention features of an insertable tab and one or more backup spring members for reducing stress within the spring arms during insertion of the tab into the receptacle. The backup spring may be positioned adjacent an outward facing surface such that outward lateral deflection of the spring arms deflects the backup spring thereby reducing force within the spring arm. The backup spring may include any or all of a bent portion of an associated bracket or arm member, a wire, a loop, a complementary spring arm, dual backup springs, elastomeric members and self-lubricating members. Methods of providing retention of a tab within a receptacle are also provided herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 7, 2012
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas J. Weber, Naoto Matsuyuki, Jason S. Sloey, Trent K. Do
  • Publication number: 20130224987
    Abstract: Provided is a technique for improving connection reliability. A contact part that contacts with a detecting male contact is formed in a detecting collision spring piece. The detecting male contact includes a contact surface that contacts with the contact part. The detecting collision spring piece is elastically deformed in advance so that a gap is formed between the contact part and the contact surface when the contact part is opposed to the contact surface in a height direction. When an elastic deformation force that elastically deforms the detecting collision spring piece is released, the contact part contacts with the contact surface with collision against the contact surface due to a spring restoring force of the detecting collision spring piece. A locus of the contact part just before the contact part collides with the contact surface is oblique with respect to the contact surface when seen from a mate direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2012
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Applicant: Japan Aviation Electronics Industry, Ltd.
    Inventors: Nobuhisa TODO, Yuji Hamaoka, Akira Ohno
  • Patent number: 8506321
    Abstract: The male housing of the connector includes a flexible brace that extends in insertion direction of the male housing in a position separated from the main body and is connected to the main body at a front side and a backside of the insertion direction and has a latching block that fits into a latching hole formed on the side of a female housing, formed on a side separated from the main body of a midway part, where the midway part can be flexibly deformed so as to be close to the main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Molex Incorporated
    Inventors: Takuji Hanyu, Koji Chikano
  • Publication number: 20130095691
    Abstract: An apparatus for retaining a plug in an outlet is provided. The apparatus includes a body and a pair of arms extending from opposite sides of the body. The body includes a retaining tab for retaining the plug in the outlet and a pair of locking tabs extending from opposite sides of the retaining tab for locking the retaining tab to the plug. Additionally, or in the alternative, each of the arms includes a safety loop for preventing the arms from being electrically connected to the outlet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2012
    Publication date: April 18, 2013
    Applicant: PANDUIT CORP.
    Inventor: Panduit Corp.
  • Publication number: 20130095690
    Abstract: Spring-loaded contacts having an improved reliability. One example may provide spring-loaded contacts having a reduced likelihood of entanglement between a spring and a plunger. For example, a piston may be placed between a plunger and a spring. The piston may have a head portion that is wider than the diameter of the spring and located between the spring and the plunger to isolate the spring and the plunger. In these and other examples, an additional object, such as a sphere, may be placed between the plunger and spring. In another example, two additional objects, such as two spheres, may be placed between a plunger and piston.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2012
    Publication date: April 18, 2013
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Min Chul Kim, John DiFonzo, Nathan N. Ng, Chris Liqtenberg, Bradley Hamel, Rian Leichter, Sridhar Sundaram, Josh Pong, Vince Duperron, Zheng Gao
  • Publication number: 20130090000
    Abstract: A power terminal connector having a terminal body that has a socket configured to receive, and be electrically connected to, a pin of a power terminal. A spring clip is coupled to the terminal body. The spring clip is movable between a locking position and a clearance position. The spring clip is configured to engage the pin of the power terminal in the locking position to secure the power terminal connector to the power terminal. The spring clip is configured to be disengaged from the pin of the power terminal in the clearance position. A cap is coupled to the terminal body. The cap is coupled to the spring clip to move the spring clip between the locking position and the clearance position as the cap is actuated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2011
    Publication date: April 11, 2013
    Applicant: TYCO ELECTRONICS CORPORATION
    Inventor: WEIPING ZHAO
  • Publication number: 20130065419
    Abstract: An LED socket is provided for accommodating an LED module and connecting to a heat sink. The LED socket includes a socket housing and a contact. The socket housing includes an LED module receiving portion and a first LED module securing member projecting downward from a bottom surface of the LED module receiving portion. The contact includes a securing portion securable with the socket housing, a wire connecting portion extending from the securing portion and received by the socket housing, and a contact portion insertable into the socket housing and projecting into the LED module receiving portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Publication date: March 14, 2013
    Inventor: Ken Sakai
  • Publication number: 20130017709
    Abstract: An electrical connector having a first and second housing. The first housing for mating with a mating connector, is provided with a contact being electrically connectable with a mating contact provided in the mating connector. The second housing movably supports the first housing in a mating direction and in an opposite direction and has a lock to be locked with the mating connector. A resilient member is supported by the second housing for biasing the first housing in the mating direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2012
    Publication date: January 17, 2013
    Inventors: Keita Mashino, Tadahiro Fumikura, Masayuki Aizawa
  • Publication number: 20130005174
    Abstract: A signal transmission medium inserted into an insulating housing can be held and released in a favorable manner with a simple structure. A pair of lock release parts are arranged to face opposite each other at both outer ends of a signal transmission medium, this pair of lock release parts being integrally and continuously formed to release arms integrally extending from the insulating housing to be movable to approach and separate from each other, with a lock release link mechanism being provided for causing the locking portion to displace in an unlocking direction by moving the pair of lock release parts in directions approaching each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2012
    Publication date: January 3, 2013
    Applicant: DAI-ICHI SEIKO CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Masao ISHIMARU