Bare Contact Patents (Class 439/381)
  • Patent number: 10658805
    Abstract: A mounting assembly for an electrical fixture can include an upper unit and a lower unit that be releaseably retained together and including respective contacts that touch when the upper and lower units are retained together to create an electric pathway. The units can further include respective contacts for a neutral or ground connection. The assembly can also include a device in electrical contact with both of the contacts of the lower unit to draw power. The lower unit can also include a third contact and a power distribution circuit to deliver a level of electrical power to the third contact that is different than power available through the other contact of the lower unit. In a system of the mounting assemblies, each mounting assembly can include also include a transceiver to communicate with one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: IDEAS TO ACTION, LLC
    Inventor: Peter A. Bosworth
  • Patent number: 10431912
    Abstract: High-speed data transmissions through a CPU socket are facilitated with CPU socket contacts that have a CPU socket contact body that improves bandwidth throughput. The CPU socket contact body is partially suspended from a CPU socket contact and may include a cavity. The CPU socket contact body includes capacitive impedance that substantially cancels an inductive impedance of the CPU socket contact. Canceling the inductive impedance causes the CPU socket contact to operate like an impedance-matched coaxial transmission line, which enables better bandwidth throughput than a non-impedance matched transmission line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Gregorio R. Murtagian, Zhichao Zhang
  • Patent number: 10348027
    Abstract: A connector is disclosed. The connector comprises a housing having a receiving passageway, an insert having a slot in a surface of the insert, and a contact. The contact is disposed in the slot, and the insert is disposed in the receiving passageway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Tyco Electronics (Shanghai) Co. Ltd.
    Inventor: Yuqiang Zhao
  • Patent number: 10170852
    Abstract: The invention relates to a press-in contact, a component assembly comprising at least one contact receptacle and a press-in contact, and a method for manufacturing a press-in contact, The method comprising producing a rough contour, in particular a punched contour, of a press-in contact, with a connecting body and two limbs which adjoin the latter and are arranged opposite each other, wherein the limbs have press-in regions and end regions which face away from the connecting body and have contact portions which face each other and are spaced apart from each other in a defined manner, and reshaping the limbs, comprising moving the end regions of the limbs toward each other by at least partial plastic deformation of at least one of the limbs, wherein the contact portions of the limbs touch in a defined manner at least in sections after being relieved of load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Walter Söhner GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Thomas Betz
  • Patent number: 9935386
    Abstract: A coupling device, in particular a multiple coupling (1), connects a first line portion to a second line portion by a first coupling body (3) and second coupling body (5). A connection unit (23, 25) can be inserted into an accommodating opening (41, 42) in each coupling body (3, 5). A plug-in connection between line portions having electric conductors has an electrical connector (63) with plug-shaped and/or socket-shaped contact elements (67, 69). The connection unit (23, 25) is a cartridge with a single-part, sleeve-shaped housing (37) having a through-passage (39) accommodating the connector (63).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: EISELE PNEUMATICS GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Viktor Deister, Hakan Bolat
  • Patent number: 9887480
    Abstract: A contact for connecting a first object and a second object. The contact includes a base to be connected to the first object, a connector to be brought into contact with the second object, a support that supports the connector such that the connector is disposed away from the base, and a deformation preventer that prevents deformation of the support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: FUJITSU COMPONENT LIMITED
    Inventors: Tetsugaku Tanaka, Yasuyuki Miki, Koki Sato, Mitsuru Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 9686880
    Abstract: A thermostat that is configured to couple to a wall mountable connector includes a plurality of pins that extend out the back of the thermostat and that are intended to mate with corresponding pin terminals of the wall mountable connector and provide electrical connections between the thermostat and the wall mountable connector. In some cases, the plurality of pins of the thermostat are secured to a printed circuit board within the thermostat housing. A plurality of apertures formed in the back of the thermostat housing may be configured to accommodate the plurality of pins and to help align the printed circuit board with the thermostat housing. This may be particularly beneficial when assembling the printed circuit board with the thermostat housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Tarik Khoury, Eric Barton, David J. Emmons, Steven L. Wolff
  • Patent number: 9470561
    Abstract: A sensor arrangement for a hydraulic displacer unit includes a plurality of sensors which, at least in some sections, are positioned jointly in a sensor housing. The sensors are configured to be contacted via a common plug.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Wilfried Eichner, Bernd Huehn, Juergen Gintner, Bernd Sailer, Grit Geiβler, Dirk van Aalst, Hans-Joachim Vagt, Jochen Kircher
  • Patent number: 9455512
    Abstract: An electrical connector with locking structures is disclosed. The electrical connector comprises an insulation housing, two locking plates, multiple power terminals and multiple signal terminals. The insulation housing forms two locking structures, each of which includes a platform, a vertical fastener passage, a horizontal holding passage and a vertical block. There forms a gap between the vertical block and a bottom support wall of the holding passage. Each locking plate is an L type and has a horizontal locking portion, a vertical locking portion and a locking foot. The horizontal locking portion is fixed in the holding passage, the vertical locking portion is clamped in the gap, and the locking foot is used to fix the electrical connector on a circuit board. The locking structure can ensure the locking plate to be fixed on a preset position, thereby protecting the electrical connector when using.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: OUPIIN ELECTRONIC (KUNSHAN) CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hsin Chih Chen
  • Patent number: 9379496
    Abstract: A connector (10) includes a capacitor (30) with a capacitor main body (31) extending in a front-back direction and two lead wires (32) extending forward from the front end of the capacitor main body (31). Busbars (50, 60) are arranged before the capacitor (30) and have two electronic component connecting portions (55, 65) to be connected to the lead wires (32). The connector (10) also has a housing with a forwardly open insertion opening (21) into which the capacitor (30) and the busbars (50, 60) are insertable so that the busbars (50, 60) are held. An electronic component holding portion (43) is provided in the housing and includes resiliently deflectable pieces (44) that are configured to clamp the capacitor main body (31) in a deflected state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Tsutomu Hashimoto, Motohiro Ando
  • Patent number: 9356433
    Abstract: A motor vehicle ignition assembly. The assembly includes a high voltage tower, a retention clip coupled to the high voltage tower, and a resistor mounted within the retention clip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: DENSO International America, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory Lewandowski, Greg Westrick, Jeongung Hwang
  • Patent number: 9353894
    Abstract: A device for effecting and verifying a full mating operable engagement between a slidable coupler and a complementary corresponding socket. The coupler and the complementary corresponding socket are received into a receiving region defined between first and second opposing sidewall portions which squeeze the coupler and the complementary corresponding socket together to effect the full mating operable engagement from a partial mating engagement relationship. A method for use of the device to verifying a full mating operable engagement between a slidable coupler and a complementary corresponding socket is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Gavin Victor Charles Richards, Scott Alexander Baker
  • Patent number: 9318821
    Abstract: A multipolar connector is provided. It is possible to prevent deformation of a particular pin-shaped terminal of plural pin-shaped terminals arranged in a line in a direction perpendicular to a connection direction of the multipolar connector, and also possible to prevent positional displacements of the particular pin-shaped terminal and other pin-shaped terminals. The multipolar connector (101) includes plural pin-shaped terminals (110) arranged in a line in a direction (arrow X direction) perpendicular to a connection direction (arrow Y direction) of the multipolar connector to extend in the connection direction, and a hold member (120) configured to extend in the direction perpendicular to the connection direction and hold the plural pin-shaped terminals (110) at a predefined pitch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: NSK Ltd.
    Inventors: Takashi Sunaga, Noboru Kaneko, Osamu Miyoshi
  • Patent number: 9304263
    Abstract: A connector includes an insulating connector body having a contact hole formed in the connector body. A metal shell receives the connector body. An adapter in the contact hole supports a fiber optic terminus. A securing member is located on an exterior surface of the connector body and releasably attaches the adapter to the connector body such that the adapter and terminus can be conjointly and nondestructively inserted into the connector body and conjointly and nondestructively removed from the connector body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: Positronic Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott Youngkin
  • Patent number: 9153886
    Abstract: Improved pin header assemblies, printed circuit board assemblies and methods of forming the same are disclosed. In an aspect, a method of forming a pin header assembly for use with a printed circuit board is provided. The method includes the step of providing a base formed of an electric insulator. The method further includes the step of forming a plurality of openings through the base. The method further includes the step of inserting a plurality of conductive pins through the openings, wherein a press fit is formed between the conductive pins and the base, and the conductive pins extend from opposite sides of the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Catalin Nastasa, Jacobo Barraza-Rubio
  • Patent number: 8769812
    Abstract: Propagating pin corrections through physically mating devices including bending one of a plurality of connectors of a first mating device; and mating the first mating device having the bent connector with an unmodified second mating device; wherein the mating of the first mating device and the unmodified second mating device bends a connector corresponding to the bent connector of the first mating device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Keith M. Campbell, Eric R. Kern, Caroline M. Metry
  • Patent number: 8439700
    Abstract: A socket for electrical parts which makes a locater plate fulfill the function satisfactory and enhance the operational feeling of the locater plate. In a preferred embodiment of the present invention, the lock members are fixed on the vertically movable locater plate. The top of the lock member is the first engaging potion formed so as to have a hook shape, and the bent double portion thereof is a second engaging portion. The first engaging portion regulates the downward movement of the locater plate at the bottom position. The second engaging portion which regulates the upward movement and releases the regulation of the upward movement by deforming elastically when a force larger than a predetermined value is applied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: Enplas Corporation
    Inventor: Osamu Hachuda
  • Patent number: 7544072
    Abstract: An apparatus for protecting an array of pins of an electronic device is provided. The apparatus includes a pin protector defining an array of holes therethrough, wherein each hole is configured to receive one of the pins. The apparatus also comprises a spring element configured to bias the pin protector away from the electronic device toward an end of each of the pins. The spring element is also configured to allow the pin protector to be retracted toward the electronic device to expose the pins for insertion into a socket or similar component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2009
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Brandon Rubenstein, Roger Nattkemper, Eric Daniel
  • Patent number: 7210955
    Abstract: A fully buffered memory module is disclosed having a two piece housing comprised of a primary housing portion and an alignment plate. An array of terminals is included having at least two terminal configurations where the terminals are trapped between the primary housing portion and the alignment plate. A printed circuit board tine of the electrical terminals extend through the alignment plate while a contact portion protrudes into a slot which receives the memory module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2007
    Assignee: Tyco Electronics Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel R Ringler, Michael A Correll, Richard N Whyne, Richard E Hamner
  • Patent number: 7179110
    Abstract: A safety plug includes a pair of prongs each prong having a hook portion formed on an end portion of the prong to be locked or engaged with a fastening loop portion formed in a receptacle when plugged in the receptacle to prevent from unexpected withdrawal of the safety plug from the receptacle for enhancing electrical safety and for maintaining a normal power supply to an electric equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2007
    Inventor: Chia-Hung Huang
  • Patent number: 7165979
    Abstract: A terminal through-hole in which a given clearance exists between an inner surface of a terminal through-hole in an insulation plate and a whole peripheral surface of a terminal. The terminal through-hole includes protrusions for correction of alignment. The terminal includes bulged portions that engage the protrusions in the terminal through-hole when an end of the terminal is inserted into a terminal hole in a printed board. Before soldering the end of the terminal to a conductor on the printed board, the insulation plate is moved toward the other end of the terminal and the bulged portions of the terminal no longer engage the protrusions in the terminal through-hole. By thus releasing correction of alignment of the terminal after insertion, the possibility of cracks in the soldered part is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2007
    Assignee: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventor: Tatsuya Oka
  • Patent number: 7147504
    Abstract: In a lever-fitting type connector, a moving plate is accommodated in a hood part of the male connector housing. The moving plate includes a plurality of temporary engagement parts that can be slidably and temporarily engaged with the male connector housing. These temporary engagement parts are arranged on lines perpendicular to a center axis of a lever in engagement with the male connector housing. The temporary engagement part is positioned on one side of the center axis, while the other temporary engagement parts are positioned on the other side of the center axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2006
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Kenichi Ikeya, Yasuhiro Sasaki
  • Patent number: 7029313
    Abstract: An auxiliary device is used for assisting electrical connection between pins of an electronic component and corresponding contact portions of a printed circuit board. The auxiliary device includes a main body and a plurality of connection parts. The main body has a plurality of perforations for the pins to penetrate therethrough. The connection parts are coupled to the main body and penetrate through corresponding retaining holes of the printed circuit board such that the main body is fixed on the printed circuit board. The pins of the electronic component penetrate through corresponding perforations of the main body and are in contact with corresponding contact portions of the printed circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2006
    Assignees: Delta Electronics, Inc., Delta Electronics (Thailand) Public Company, Limited
    Inventor: Jui-Ching Huang
  • Patent number: 7018229
    Abstract: A terminal block (64) of a telecommunications distribution point comprises at least one group of subscriber contacts, at least one group of XDSL contacts, at least two groups of backbone contacts, each backbone contact of the first group being connected to a backbone contact of the second group, and at least one splitter assembly (32) connected to the subscriber contacts, the XDSL contacts and the backbone contacts of the first and/or second group. A distribution point comprises at least one such terminal block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2006
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Dieter Otto, Bernhard Schneider, Claudia Burmeister, Bernd Lindenbeck, Bettina Trenkmann, Klaus-Dieter Burmeister
  • Patent number: 6939163
    Abstract: A female connector (F) has female terminal fittings (10), female auxiliary housings (20) for accommodating the female terminal fittings (10), and a female frame for accommodating the female auxiliary housings (20). A male connector (M) has male terminal fittings (40) with tabs (41), male auxiliary housings (50) for accommodating the male terminal fittings (40), and a male frame (60) with a receptacle (61) for accommodating the male auxiliary housings (50) and into which the female connector (F) is fittable. A moving plate (70) is movable backward in the receptacle and has positioning holes (73) into which the tabs (41) are introduced. The moving plate (70) has positioning projections (80), and the female auxiliary housings (20) has positioning recesses (81) engageable with the positioning projections (80). Thus, the moving plate (70) and the female auxiliary housings (20) can be positioned with respect to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2005
    Inventor: Shinya Fujita
  • Patent number: 6905358
    Abstract: The invention relates to a connector comprising a first insulating body, and first contact elements supported by said first insulating body, said first insulating body comprising: at least one guiding or catching area having a perimeter defining and limiting said catching area, said catching area being adapted to assure that even for a certain amount of misalignment between said first connector and a second connector supporting second contact elements and adapted to be coupled to said first connector a proper engagement and connection of said first and second, contact elements occurs, thus forming a connector system due to the fact that said guide means provided on said second connector cooperate with said catching area, and guide said first and second connectors into engagement wherein the outer perimeter of said catching area has the shape of one of a square and a rectangle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2005
    Assignee: Amphenol-Tuchel Electronics GmbH
    Inventors: Hans Joachim Wodok, Andreas Christian Genesius
  • Publication number: 20040235334
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an outlet and plug which are coupled with each other to supply electricity to household electric appliances and to a safety outlet and plug which can be safely used by preventing an electric shock and a short circuit occurring when conductive objects are inserted into the outlet. A prong slot of the outlet is formed in a curved shape and a grasper is installed in an inner side of the prong slot. A prong of the plug is also formed in a curved shape such that the prong of the plug is inserted into the prong slot of the outlet. A conductive projection formed on an end of the prong is connected with the grasper of the outlet to thereby supply electricity. Due to the curved shape of the prong slot, a long conductor does not pass through the prong slot, so that an electric shock and a short circuit can be prevented.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2004
    Publication date: November 25, 2004
    Inventor: Koum-Hwuan Kim
  • Patent number: 6805575
    Abstract: A connection system for two electrical components, in particular for plugs, multipoint plugs and female multipoint connectors as well as plug-in cards, circuit boards and similar things, has a pin (1), arranged at the first component, and a socket (2) for receiving the pin (1), arranged at the second component. The pin (1) penetrates an opening at the wall section (3) of the first component and is attached with a nut (5) that can be screwed onto the pin (1) at the rear side of this wall section (3). The pin (1) is furnished with a flange (6) that projects over the pin (1) at its circumferential surface. The flange (6) is inserted into a recess of a spacer plate (7) complementary to the flange (6), and the spacer plate (7) is arranged at the wall section (13) of the first component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2004
    Assignee: ERNI Elektroapparate GmbH
    Inventors: Jürgen Lappöhn, Peter Aichem
  • Patent number: 6755677
    Abstract: In an electronic circuit unit having more than two electric connectors, at least one of the connectors gets to have a group of connector pins, penetration-type connector housing, which the group of connector pins can be passed through with clearances, a plate to support the connector pins. This connector can be installed in the printed wiring board easily. Especially, when the electronic circuit unit has many electric connectors and some connectors are the above type, they can be installed in the printed wiring board easily and securely at the same time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2004
    Assignee: Denso Corporation
    Inventor: Arihiro Kamiya
  • Publication number: 20040048510
    Abstract: A receptacle comprises a receptacle housing having a body, a plug interface portion extending therefrom, and a contact support member with pivot areas formed therein for urging contacts disposed in the housing into alignment. A receptacle further comprises a shielding shell having cantilevered beams formed therein. The shielding shell has a projection extending therefrom for contacting a latch arm extending from the receptacle housing. A shielding gasket is disposed around the shielding shell and has overlapping rows of beams extending therefrom. The shielding gasket also has a projection extending therefrom that is situated in a channel formed in a latch arm. The latch arm is formed as part of a latch plate comprising a latch bar, two latch arms, and at least one projection for contacting ground.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2003
    Publication date: March 11, 2004
    Inventors: Stanley W. Olson, Stuart C. Stoner
  • Publication number: 20030162434
    Abstract: In an electronic circuit unit having more than two electric connectors, at least one of the connectors gets to have a group of connector pins, penetration-type connector housing, which the group of connector pins can be passed through with clearances, a plate to support the connector pins. This connector can be installed in the printed wiring board easily. Especially, when the electronic circuit unit has many electric connectors and some connectors are the above type, they can be installed in the printed wiring board easily and securely at the same time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2002
    Publication date: August 28, 2003
    Inventor: Arihiro Kamiya
  • Patent number: 6572412
    Abstract: The control device has a printed circuit board with surface-mountable components. A wired component is accommodated in a plug-in connector housing that is mounted on a housing of the control device. The contact pins of the plug-in connector, the connecting wires of the wired component, and the surface-mountable components are soldered in a common working step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2003
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Christian Beuther, Michael Tost
  • Publication number: 20030082944
    Abstract: A connection system for two electrical components, in particular for plugs, multipoint plugs and female multipoint connectors as well as plug-in cards, circuit boards and similar things, has a pin (1), arranged at the first component, and a socket (2) for receiving the pin (1), arranged at the second component. The pin (1) penetrates an opening at the wall section (3) of the first component and is attached with a nut (5) that can be screwed onto the pin (1) at the rear side of this wall section (3). The pin (1) is furnished with a flange (6) that projects over the pin (1) at its circumferential surface. The flange (6) is inserted into a recess of a spacer plate (7) complementary to the flange (6), and the spacer plate (7) is arranged at the wall section (13) of the first component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2002
    Publication date: May 1, 2003
    Applicant: ERNI Elektroapparate GmbH
    Inventors: Jurgen Lappohn, Peter Aichem
  • Publication number: 20020146928
    Abstract: This invention relates to a carrier for holding an electric component (4) having a one or more electrical connection pins (6), comprising a frame (2) for holding the component, a pin guide (8), and a flexible portion (10) connecting the pin guide to the frame. The pin guide having one or more channels through it for receiving the electrical connection pins (6). The frame having a base for mounting the carrier to a surface and the flexible portion being adapted to flex to allow the pin guide to move parallel to the connection axis (16) when the pin guide is pressed in a direction along the connection axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2002
    Publication date: October 10, 2002
    Inventors: Paul Simon Ewers, Rapinder Mangat, Pascal Guirauton
  • Patent number: 6447310
    Abstract: An electrical connector includes an insulative housing (1), a plurality of molded ground buses (2), a plurality of terminals (3), and a stabilizer (4). The housing includes a pair of side walls (12), a pair of end walls (13), a mating face (140) and a bottom wall (15) which together define a cavity (14). The stabilizer defines a plurality of through holes (46). The molded ground buses and signal terminals are inserted in the cavity and secured with a bottom wall (15) of the housing. The stabilizer is inserted into the cavity and adjacent to the mating face with the terminals and molded ground buses extending through the corresponding through holes of the stabilizer and being organized therein. This stabilizer supports the side walls to prevent the side walls from deformation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2002
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Ind. Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Robert William Brown
  • Publication number: 20020045378
    Abstract: A media connector assembly with an extended electrical contact capable of non-destructive deflection when various media plugs are placed therein that do not accommodate each contact pin within the media connector. The media connector includes a platform with an arched mid-portion for enlarging the radius of deflection of the contact pins such that the contact pins deflect when a media connector is placed therein at a position further from the aperture receiving the media connector. The arch maintains curved support for the deflected contact pin and assists in the positive contact force applied by the contact pin to the contact of the media plug.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2001
    Publication date: April 18, 2002
    Inventors: Thomas A. Johnson, Patrick A. Tucker, Steven Loforte, David Oliphant
  • Patent number: 6203356
    Abstract: An apparatus having a thin metal frame has an opening and a protective rail on each end. Four guide posts extend from the lower surface of the frame to a plate which is spring-biased away from the frame. The plate has pin holes which are arrayed for a particular electrical component having contact pins. The component is loaded into the apparatus by extending the pins through the opening and into the pin holes in the plate. The rails may be flexed outward to accommodate the component before snapping onto and around the ends of the component to fix it from movement relative to the apparatus. The guide posts extend beyond the tips of the pins to provide stand-off protection. The tips of the guide posts are placed in a socket and the assembly is pressed into the socket until the pins seat in it. As the pins are inserted into the socket, the plate is pressed toward the frame to collapse the springs. The apparatus is left permanently installed with the component in the socket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2001
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Peter Thomsen
  • Patent number: 6190195
    Abstract: The connector includes at least a terminal accommodating cavity for receiving a receptacle terminal of a rectangular hollow beam. The receptacle terminal has an electrical connection portion including a resilient contact tongue. The terminal accommodating cavity has a pin terminal insertion opening. Furthermore, a distortion preventing member extending from said pin terminal insertion opening is provided in the terminal accommodating cavity. The distortion preventing member is constructed to prevent distortion of a pin terminal even when the pin terminal is incorrectly inserted in a slanting direction through the pin terminal insertion opening into the receptacle terminal. The distortion preventing member has a rising wall rising from a bottom wall of the terminal accommodating cavity. An extended wall is provided to extend from a free end of the rising wall into the terminal accommodating cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2001
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroshi Yamamoto, Masahiro Kanda
  • Patent number: 6171133
    Abstract: In a contact-making device having a connector strip (1) that is to be fixed on a circuit board (2), a guide plate (3) is arranged between the circuit board (2) and the connector strip (1). The guide plate (3) has cutouts (8) for contact legs (7) of the connector strip (1) and aligns the latter relative to holes (9) in the circuit board (2). The mounting of the contact-making device is configured in a particularly simple manner as a result of this.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2001
    Assignee: Mannesmann VDO AG
    Inventors: Turgay Altuner, Birgit Möller
  • Patent number: 6171154
    Abstract: An electrical connector comprises a dielectric housing having a front face and a rear face opposite the front face. A mating portion extends from the rear face for mating with a complementary connector. A first contact section is integrally formed on the front face for connecting with a first connector. A second contact section is integrally formed on the front face for connecting with a second connector and includes at least a contact pin extending beyond the front face. An alignment plate having an opening for insertion of the contact pin is assembled to the front face for securely positioning the contact pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2001
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Ind. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Eric Juntwait, George Lee, Jerry Wu
  • Patent number: 6168454
    Abstract: A removable pin stabilizer for stabilizing carrier pins of an integrated circuit chip carrier before and during placement of the pins into sockets of a circuit board. The removable pin stabilizer includes a non-dissolvable plate, the non-dissolvable plate having parallel dissolvable sections traversing the plate, the parallel dissolvable sections being through the plate and having holes through the plate for receiving the carrier pins, the holes encompassing the parallel dissolvable sections, wherein the parallel dissolvable sections can be dissolved by a solvent after the chip carrier is mounted and positioned correctly to the circuit board. The resultant additional space created by such removal will allow an increased flow of air between the integrated circuit chip carrier and the circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2001
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventor: Luke Dzwonczyk
  • Patent number: 6142815
    Abstract: A plurality of interface modules (200,300,400,500) having identical first mating interfaces (202,302) for mating with the mating face (100) of a cable tap connector (10), to enable interconnection therewith at second mating interfaces by different types of electrical conductors. A set of contacts in each module have identical first contact sections (212,318) along the first mating interface, and the contacts are secured in the module housing (206,306) under an insulative retention plate (210,360) that assuredly secures the contacts in proper position for accurate positioning of the first contact sections. The insulative plate (210,360) also protects the first contact sections during handling of the module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2000
    Assignee: The Whitaker Corporation
    Inventors: Robert Neil Whiteman, Jr., Earl William McCleerey, Michael Eugene Shirk, Douglas Morgan Walburn, Robert Wayne Walker
  • Patent number: 6139362
    Abstract: A fastener apparatus for mechanically connecting and holding the main housing of an electrical device, such as an electrical connector, to a substrate, such as a PCB, in a manner that allows for a relatively low insertion force and a corresponding relatively high retention force. The fasteners are adapted for attachment to both an electrical connector and to a substrate, thereby forming a mechanical connection between the two. Preferably, one or more fasteners are attached to the housing of the electrical connector and then the electrical connector having fasteners extending therefrom is connected to board openings formed in the PCB. The fastener apparatus is constructed having one or more arms connected to a bottom end of the fastener, the arms sweep outward and upward from the bottom end toward the top end. Preferably, the arms have a cantilevered design that allows the arms to deflect inward during insertion of the fastener into the board openings, thereby providing for a relatively low insertion force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2000
    Assignee: Berg Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: John Bossert Brown
  • Patent number: 6132247
    Abstract: Disclosed is a one-piece hold-down for interconnecting an electrical connector and a printed circuit board, the hold-down having a trunk, a head portion, and a tail portion. The one-piece hold-down is suitable for holding an electrical connector having either a dielectric or a metallic housing to the printed circuit board. After the hold-down is fitted into a locating hole formed on the electrical connector, the head portion of the hold-down is deformed by means of an assembly apparatus so as to latch the electrical connector housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2000
    Assignee: Berg Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Hung-Chang Liou, Wen-Yen Liu, Bih-Meau Chen
  • Patent number: 6126475
    Abstract: An electrical connector and guide bush therefor wherein the guide bush is mounted upon the front of the electrical connector into an aperture in the front face and wherein a shield is mounted onto the front face. The guide bush receives therein a guide pin from a mating electronic component. The guide bush includes an integral body having a head portion and a tail portion. The tail portion may be retainably inserted into the aperture in the front face. The head portion has a bore therein for receiving the guide pin from the mating electronic component. At least one resilient contact member protrudes into the bore for contacting the guide pin of the mating component when the guide pin is received in the bush. The contact established thereby creates a ground circuit therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2000
    Assignee: Molex Incorporated
    Inventors: Naoya Matsuura, Tomonari Kaneko, Yoshikazu Ito
  • Patent number: 6106322
    Abstract: In order to space apart the terminal pins 12 of an electrical component 10 before the component is mounted on a printed circuit board 16, the component is placed in a guide body 18 which has pin guide sockets 32 with funnel-like mouths through which the pins pass to be guided through apertures 36 which are offset to different sides of an imaginary median line of the sockets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2000
    Assignee: Visteon Global Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Silverio Muela Navarrete, Malcolm John Livermore, Jose Luis Pancorbo, Richard Keith Atkins
  • Patent number: 6083033
    Abstract: The connector includes at least a terminal accommodating cavity for receiving a receptacle terminal of a rectangular hollow beam shape. The receptacle terminal has an electrical connection portion including a resilient contact tongue. The terminal accommodating cavity has a pin terminal insertion opening. Furthermore, a pair of distortion preventing members opposed to one another and projecting respectively from each of opposed inner side walls of the terminal accommodating cavity are provided adjacent to the pin terminal insertion opening. A guide recess is defined in each side wall of the electrical contact portion for guiding the distortion preventing member. The distortion preventing members are able to prevent distortion of the pin terminal cooperatively with an inner surface of a pin terminal insertion opening even when the pin terminal is incorrectly inserted in a slanting direction through the pin terminal insertion opening into the receptacle terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2000
    Assignees: Yazaki Corporation, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Yamamoto, Takahiro Yoneda
  • Patent number: 6062890
    Abstract: An electrical connector for interconnecting an IC module and a circuit board comprises a base, a slide plate, a plurality of contacts, a spacing plate, a prepreg, a cover and a push plate. A plurality of passageways is formed in the base for receiving corresponding contacts. The slide plate is mounted on a top surface of the base, and a plurality of apertures is formed in the slide plate corresponding to the passageways of the base. The spacing plate is mounted to a bottom surface of the base and forms a plurality of positioning holes for receiving soldering portions of the corresponding contacts. The prepreg is disposed between the base and the spacing plate, and a plurality of spacing holes is formed in the prepreg corresponding to the passageways of the base. Since the spacing plate and the circuit board have the same thermal expansion coefficient, the positioning holes remain in alignment with corresponding solder pads formed on the circuit board during a soldering process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2000
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Ind. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Wen-Chun Pei, Yu-Min Wang
  • Patent number: 5860828
    Abstract: A PCMCIA card connector that minimizes bent pins by employing a U-shaped outer guide rail, having a plurality of rigidly fixed pins, having at least one movable release pin, and having at least one alignment recess; a U-shaped inner guide rail, where the inside surface of the inner guide rail is shaped like a sideways flat-bottomed "V," having at least one alignment projection, and having a plurality of apertures; at least one guide spring; and at least one U-shaped release spring so that the PCMCIA card is aligned to the fixed pins of the connector prior to insertion of the pins into the PCMCIA card and the fixed pins are supported during insertion into the PCMCIA card.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 19, 1999
    Assignee: United States of America
    Inventors: Christopher Scott Anderson, Gary Sturgill Clevinger, Jr., Donald Lee Knapp, Charles Forrest Mountford
  • Patent number: 5820393
    Abstract: An electrical connector is disclosed for mounting on a printed circuit board. The connector includes a dielectric housing having a mating portion. A plurality of terminals are mounted in the housing and include tail portions extending therefrom. A conductive shell is mounted on the housing at least about the mating portion thereof. A conductive electrostatic discharge plate is mounted about the tail portions creating a predetermined spark gap between the plate and the tail portions to pass a current when a predetermined voltage exists between the plate and the tail portions. A conductive board lock holds the connector to the printed circuit board and is adapted for connection to a ground circuit on the board. The board lock engages the conductive shell and the conductive electrostatic discharge plate to common the shell and the plate with the ground circuit on the printed circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 13, 1998
    Assignee: Molex Incorporation
    Inventors: Richard R. Edgley, Charlie Manlapaz, Augusto P. Panella, Nels Pearson