Conductor Engaging Slot Extends Through Bight Of Contact Patents (Class 439/398)
  • Patent number: 10707607
    Abstract: In a case of a power distribution branch unit used in a vehicle or the like, one end of a branch wiring is connected to an exposed part of a main covered cable (a part where a core wire is exposed without an insulation cover). Branch couplers are connected to the other ends of the branch wiring and fixed to the case so as to be exposed to an outside. At least one retainer is disposed inside a hole part that is formed in the case and fixes the main covered cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Miharu Muramatsu, Hiroo Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 9941602
    Abstract: A terminal that is capable of positively scraping off insulation coating of an electric wire. A wire connection portion is formed with a slit. A pair of positioning portions and a pair of supporting portions are disposed with the slit of the wire connection portion therebetween. A spacing between the pair of supporting portions is smaller than a spacing between the pair of positioning portions. Each supporting portion is formed with a corner portion in an end portion thereof toward a positioning portion associated therewith. Each positioning portion is formed with a cutout in an end portion thereof toward the supporting portion. An inner surface of the cutout is continuous with a surface of each corner portion toward the positioning portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: JAPAN AVIATION ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY, LIMITED
    Inventors: Hiroatsu Nakajima, Osamu Hashiguchi, Hiroyuki Ebihara
  • Patent number: 9899754
    Abstract: An electric motor, in particular a radiator fan motor of a motor vehicle, has a stator which is fitted with a rotating-field winding, and a rotor which is mounted such that it can rotate in relation to the stator. A converter electronics system is provided, wherein a number of contact elements for insulation-free or enamel-insulated connection contacts of at least one component of the converter electronics system and/or for enamel-insulated winding ends of the rotating-field winding are mounted on a printed circuit board. The contact elements are in the form of clamping contacts or insulation-displacement terminal contacts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Brose Fahrzeugteile GmbH & Co. Kommanditgesellschaft, Wuerzburg
    Inventors: Georg Winheim, Thomas Ziegler, Stefan Zick, Jan Gwozdz, Maik Ruemmler
  • Patent number: 9666965
    Abstract: The present invention provides an electrical interconnection system comprising: a paddle card comprising a plurality of first contact pads positioned on a first surface of the paddle card and a plurality of second contact pads positioned on an opposite second surface of the paddle card; a first wafer comprising a plurality of first conductors each having a first contact portion; and a second wafer comprising a plurality of second conductors each having a second contact portion; wherein the first wafer and the second wafer are assembled together to have the first contact portion and the second contact portion face each other and be able to form a gap therebetween for accommodating at least part of the paddle card; each first contact portion is adapted to be in electrical contact with a corresponding first contact pad and each second contact portion is adapted to be in electrical contact with a corresponding second contact pad when the paddle card is at least partly accommodated in the gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Deng Liu, Xiang Yao, Qilin Chen
  • Patent number: 9647368
    Abstract: A female terminal for an electrical connector may generally include a socket with an opening for receiving a male terminal, a first pair of contacts, a second pair of contacts, a pair of crimping members, and positioning tabs. The socket may be defined by a pair of opposing sidewalls, a top, and a bottom, at least in examples where the socket is generally rectangular. The first and second pairs of contacts may be disposed along the pair of opposing sidewalls, projecting at least partially into the socket configured to contact and exert substantially the same normal force on a male terminal that is inserted into the socket. The pair of crimping members can be utilized to secure a wire to the female terminal, and the positioning tabs may be utilized to secure the female terminal within the electrical connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: IDEAL Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Davies, Charles York
  • Patent number: 9647378
    Abstract: An electrical connector is provided including a connector body having an upper housing, a lower housing and a front housing. The upper housing has terminal channels configured to receive terminals therein. The upper housing, the lower housing and the front housing are molded as a single piece with front sacrificial links connecting the upper and front housings and with rear sacrificial links connecting the upper and lower housings. The lower housing is press mated to the upper housing whereby the rear sacrificial links break as the lower housing is closed and mated to the upper housing. The front housing is press mated to the upper housing whereby the front sacrificial links break as the front housing is closed and mated to the upper housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: TE CONNECTIVITY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tisha Mikhaili Mingo
  • Patent number: 9590323
    Abstract: An electric motor, in particular a radiator fan motor of a motor vehicle, has a stator which is fitted with a rotating-field winding, and a rotor which is mounted such that it can rotate in relation to the stator. A converter electronics system is provided, wherein a number of contact elements for insulation-free or enamel-insulated connection contacts of at least one component of the converter electronics system and/or for enamel-insulated winding ends of the rotating-field winding are mounted on a printed circuit board. The contact elements are in the form of clamping contacts or insulation-displacement terminal contacts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Brose Fahrzeugteile GmbH & Co. KG, Wuerzburg
    Inventors: Georg Winheim, Thomas Ziegler, Stefan Zick, Jan Gwozdz, Maik Ruemmler
  • Patent number: 9505363
    Abstract: A bumper guard assembly for protecting a vehicle bumper from damage resulting from a low speed collision is provided. The bumper guard assembly includes a flexible elongated body, a rigid terminal brace positioned on each opposing end of the elongated body, and a fender strap mounted on each terminal brace for securing the bumper guard to a fender of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Inventor: Terrence K. Judd
  • Patent number: 9413095
    Abstract: A connector (20) to be connected to a device-side connector (10A) has terminals (21) to be connected to end parts of wires W, and terminal accommodating members (22A to 22D) accommodate the terminals (21). A holding member (41) includes two pair of side walls (42, 43) facing each other and two coupling walls (47, 47) connecting ends of the side walls (42, 43) in an extending direction and are configured to hold the terminal accommodating members (22A to 22D) side by side in a direction along the extending direction of the side walls (42, 43) between the side walls (42, 43). Each terminal accommodating member (22A to 22D) includes two supports (38, 38) projecting toward the respective side walls (42, 43) and supported on the respective side walls (42, 43).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignees: AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES, LTD., SUMITOMO WIRING SYSTEMS, LTD., SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Katsushi Miyazaki, Hiroyoshi Maesoba, Ryoya Okamoto
  • Patent number: 9368930
    Abstract: An attachable and removable protective rugged hood assembly for an electrical connector, including board-mounted electrical connectors. The rugged hood assembly comprises a male connector hood portion and a female connector hood portion. The rugged hood assembly allows standard electrical connectors to be used in harsh conditions, such as in military equipment, and also provides electromagnetic interference (“EMI”) shielding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: AIRBORN, INC.
    Inventors: Jason Smith, Emad Soubh
  • Patent number: 9318816
    Abstract: There is provided a terminal made of a single metal sheet, the terminal including a support unit in which a core wire of a cable is sandwiched, the support unit including a first portion extensive in a direction perpendicular to a direction in which an axis of the core wire extends, and a second portion spaced away from the first portion, and extensive in a direction perpendicular to a direction in which the axis of the core wire extends, the first and second portions being connected at an end thereof to each other, the first and second portions being formed with a slit thereover, a center line of the slit existing in the first portion and a center line of the slit existing in the second portion deviating from each other when viewed in a direction in which the axis of the core wire extends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: DAI-ICHI SEIKO CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Junji Osaka
  • Patent number: 9172195
    Abstract: A connector connected with an end of a coaxial cable having a small diameter is provided. The connector includes an insulating housing, a signal terminal, and a shielding housing. The insulating housing has a hollow hole, a terminal cavity, and an insulating plate. The hollow hole of the insulating housing penetrates through two surfaces of the insulating housing, and communicates with the terminal cavity of the insulating housing. The signal terminal is assembled the terminal cavity. The signal terminal has a flat portion electrically connected to the internal conductive wires of the coaxial cable. The shielding housing has a circular portion and a cover. The circular portion surrounds the outer surface of the insulating housing, and the cover of the shielding housing presses the insulating plate of the insulating housing to enable the internal conductive wires of the coaxial cable to contact the signal terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: SPEED TECH CORP.
    Inventors: Li-Sen Chen, Yen-Jang Liao, Ken Hsieh
  • Patent number: 9077233
    Abstract: An insertion system for electrical conductors is provided that can widen the gap between insulating paper. An insertion system (1) includes: a first moving part (4) that causes a leg of the coil element (10) to move in an insertion direction of a slot (16); a guide part (3) that guides the leg into the slot (16); and a pair of first spreader plates (7A) and a pair of second spreader plates (7B) that can spread at a leading end side thereof, in which these pairs of spreader plates are formed so as to extend inclined relative to the insertion direction so as to approach each other towards a leading end side, and a gap therebetween is narrower than a width of insulating paper (17) at the leading end side, and is wider than a width of the leg of the coil element (10) at a base end side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Toru Yoshida, Mitsuhiro Yamada, Yutaka Matsumoto, Kenichi Ohno, Kazuhito Hiraga, Junji Nakajima
  • Patent number: 9070992
    Abstract: An electrical connector has a carbon nanotube (CNT) conductor, a terminal terminated to the CNT conductor, and a conductive intermediary electrically coupled to the CNT conductor and the terminal to enhance an electrical connection between the CNT conductor and the terminal. Optionally, the terminal may have a crimp barrel that receives the CNT conductor. The electrical connector may include a second CNT conductor where the terminal splices the CNT conductor and the second CNT conductor together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: TYCO ELECTRONICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jessica Henderson Brown Hemond, Jerzy Gazda, Zhengwei Liu, Rodney Ivan Martens, Min Zheng
  • Patent number: 8753141
    Abstract: An adapter for connecting magnet wires to a harness. A first housing of the adapter is secured to a housing of a motor assembly. The first housing has first terminals which are secured in terminal receiving passages of the first housing. The first terminals have insulation displacing slots and mating portions, with the insulation displacing slots configured for receiving magnet wires therein and the mating portions configured to mate with contacts of a mateable connector attached to the harness. A second housing of the adapter has contact receiving passages with receiving portions which configured to receive the mating portions of the first terminals and mateable connector receiving passages extending from the receiving portions. The mateable connector receiving passages dimensioned to receive the contacts of a mateable connector therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Tyco Electronics Corporation
    Inventors: Kurt A. Randolph, Paul W. McDowell, Jeffrey R. Ruth
  • Patent number: 8746653
    Abstract: A winding body for a magnetic assembly of a solenoid valve is disclosed, which comprises a base body, onto which a winding wire is wound, and two electrical connection domes, each of which has a first clamping gap with a first width, into which the winding wire wound onto the base body is inserted, wherein each of the winding wire ends rests on a contact surface of a wire support, which, in the direction of the corresponding winding wire end, is arranged behind the first clamping gap, and to a corresponding magnetic assembly, and to a corresponding solenoid valve comprising such a winding body, and to a corresponding method for winding the winding wire onto the winding body according to the disclosure. In order to receive the corresponding winding wire end, in the region of the contact surface of the wire support, a second clamping gap with a minimal second width is arranged behind the first clamping gap, the width being smaller than the first width of the first clamping gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Bernd Kellner, Ernst Lorenz, Martin Haas, Wolfgang Mailaender, Ruediger Prumbs
  • Patent number: 8678851
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a metal component includes the steps of forming a resist film on a surface of an electrode plate, making the resist film exposed to light by use of a photomask having a mask pattern, in at least part of a rim of which a fine concavity and convexity are drawn, developing the resist film, to form an opening for molding in the resist film, and epositing an electroforming material by electroforming inside the opening for molding, to mold the material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: OMRON Corporation
    Inventors: Hitoshi Yoshida, Hidekazu Yoshioka, Takaaki Suzumura, Jiro Koyama
  • Patent number: 8378214
    Abstract: A harness connection member has a cover member. In fitting a cover member to a holder, a split slit is opened with use of a slit, and wires are inserted into the holder. Thereafter, the cover member is moved to the holder, then moved over one projected annular part of the holder, and fitted into the projected ring parts. A concaved strip part is fitted to a convexed strip part to complete the installation, whereby the cover member cannot be moved relative to the holder in both longitudinal and circumferential directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignees: Furukawa Electric Co., Ltd., Furukawa Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Tsugio Ambo, Yoshikazu Tanaka, Tomokazu Matsumoto, Satoru Fujiwara
  • Patent number: 8166640
    Abstract: Provided is a terminal pressing mold assembly including a first mold and a second mold having a projection. The first mold includes a main body, a pair of claws, and a groove. The main body includes a pair of first connecting portions. The claws each include a second connecting portion for adjoining a corresponding one of the first connecting portions, and adjoin the main body to thereby form the groove and a first slit between the claws. A second slit is formed between the main body and each of the claws. The claws include a pair of first guiding edges spaced apart by a first width. The projection includes a pair of second guiding edges spaced apart by a second width. The second width is not greater than the first width. The difference between the first and second widths is not greater than the width of the first slit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: K.S. Terminals Inc.
    Inventor: Pao-shing Huang
  • Patent number: 7901231
    Abstract: A lamp holding unit includes a coupling terminal and a main body. The coupling terminal includes a coupling plate extended in a direction crossing a longitudinal direction of a lamp. The coupling plate has a cutout portion to receive a lead line of the lamp so that the cutout portion of the coupling plate making contact with the lead line. The main body is coupled with the coupling terminal and guiding the lamp. Therefore, an electrical connection between the lamp holding unit and the lead line of the lamp is stabilized, so that noise or spark caused by mal-connection is prevented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2011
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kyu-Bok Hwang
  • Publication number: 20090075526
    Abstract: An electrical connector for connecting wires including dissimilar electrical conductors such as copper and aluminum conductors with the electrical connector including failure inhibiting features that can include an oxidation inhibiting coating and a sealant. To ensure that a minimum pressure contact has been achieved at the interface between the electrical connector a shearable fastener can be used to secure an electrical conductor in the electrical connector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2008
    Publication date: March 19, 2009
    Inventors: Lloyd Herbert King, JR., Michael Belgeri, James C. Keeven, William Hiner
  • Patent number: 7438586
    Abstract: An electrical connector is disclosed to include two conducting terminals mounted in each terminal slot of the electrically insulative housing thereof and electrically coupled together for connection to a respective external electronic member, and a spring member accommodated in an accommodation space between the two conducting terminals in each terminal slot to support the associating conducting terminals against external pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2008
    Inventor: Ted Ju
  • Patent number: 7118404
    Abstract: An insulation cutting and displacing contact element comprises a substantially U-shaped insulation displacement portion and a clamping portion. The insulation displacement portion has a base with a wire insertion opening. The base has first and second legs extending therefrom. Each of the first and second legs has an insulation displacement slot that communicates with the wire insertion opening. The first leg has a spring contact member projecting into an inner portion of the insulation displacement portion. The clamping portion extends from the second leg. The clamping portion is bent about a bending axis by about 90 degrees. The clamping portion has tongues for securing a connecting wire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2006
    Assignee: Tyco Electronics AMP GmbH
    Inventor: Hartmuth Ploesser
  • Patent number: 6750402
    Abstract: A tension spring clamp assembly comprising: a housing (1) in which a tension spring (2) is attached by its bearing arm (3) to a power terminal (4) that protrudes through a clamping window (7) in a frontal section (6) of a spring arm (5) of the tension spring (2), and which is furnished with a conductor insertion aperture (8) below the power terminal (4) that in a clamped position faces an open area of the clamping window (7), and a test tap aperture (10) opposite an actuating aperture (9) allowing insertion of a contact pin (11 ) of a test plug (12) that contacts the power terminal (4). The test tap aperture (10) for insertion of the contact pin (11) is conformed as a hollow cylinder, wherein an extension of a cylinder axis (A) thereof extends along an inner side (13) of the bearing arm (3) that is facing away from the power terminal (4). An insertion aperture (14) for the contact pin (11) is also present in the frontal section (6) of the spring arm (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2004
    Assignee: Phoenix Contact GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Ralf Geske
  • Patent number: 6443754
    Abstract: A coated wire crimping portion 13 having a pair of grip pieces 16, 16 is provided on one side of a pressure connecting terminal 11, in which a coated wire 10 is connected to the other side by pressure. This other side includes a first pressure connecting portion 14 comprising a pair of punched blades 17, 17 each having a plated face and a second pressure connecting portion 15 which is an erected piece 19 on a bottom wall 11abetween the first pressure connecting portion 14 and the pair of the grip pieces 16, 16 while supported by a pair of side wall portions 11b, 11b, so that the coated wire 10 pressed into a slit formed from a top end thereof toward the bottom wall 11a is prevented from moving in the axial direction so as to secure a conductive connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2002
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Yuji Hatagishi, Akira Maeda
  • Patent number: 6371792
    Abstract: An insulation-displacement terminal (T) includes opposed side walls (12) and a wire-receiving space therebetween. Insulation-displacement portions (17) project from the side walls (12) and into the wire-receiving space. Each insulation-displacement portion (17) has two bases (18) that project from longitudinally spaced positions on the corresponding side wall (12). A blade (19) has two panels folded from the respective bases (18) and projecting further into the wire-receiving space. The folded blades (19) cut sharply into the resin coating (Wa) of a wire (W) urged into the wire-receiving space, and the bases (19) resist pulling forces on the wire (W). Therefore, a loose movement of the wire (W) in its longitudinal direction can be prevented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2002
    Assignee: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Masahiko Aoyama, Eiji Kojima
  • Patent number: 6135804
    Abstract: An electrical connector assembly includes a main connector body formed of insulating material and containing a longitudinal through bore, an electrical contact having an insulation-piercing cutting edge mounted in a slot contained in the rear end of the connector body, and a wire support member having a forward end portion that is insertable within the slot, the support member forward end containing on its lateral surface a vertical groove for receiving an insulated wire conductor, whereby when the support member forward end is inserted within the slot, the cutting edge pierces the wire insulation and engages the electrical conductor at a desired location intermediate its ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2000
    Assignee: Weidmuller Interface GmbH & Co.
    Inventor: Solveig Lux
  • Patent number: 6135827
    Abstract: A press-connecting connector housing in which insulating sheathed wires are press-connected by a press-connecting device is disclosed. The connector housing comprises a pair of opposed side walls, a notch provided respective upper portion of inside the side wall, and receiving the press-connecting device when the insulating sheathed wires are press-connected, an outer peripheral wall provided respective upper portion of the side wall, a partition wall defining at least two cavities inside the side walls, and a terminal accommodated within the respective cavity, the top end of the terminal is lower than the top face of the partition wall and is higher than the bottom face of the notch, wherein, the outermost top end portion of the terminal is supported by the press-connecting device when the insulating sheathed wires are press-connected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2000
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Toshiaki Okabe, Yuji Hatagishi
  • Patent number: 6124166
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method of forming a lower electrode of a capacitor on a DRAM cell in a semiconductor wafer for increasing a surface area of the lower electrode. It is achieved by forming a second dielectric layer on a first polysilicon layer which comprises a plurality of doped horizontal layers along a vertical direction. Because dopant densities of the doped horizontal layers alternate in a high and low sequence, when forming a second polysilicon layer on the second dielectric layer, the second polysilicon layer will have many hemispherical grains on the vertical side wall of the second dielectric layer. This will result in an increased surface area of the lower electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2000
    Assignee: United Microelectronics Corp.
    Inventors: Chuan-Fu Wang, Der-Yuan Wu
  • Patent number: 6106324
    Abstract: A programmable terminal strip for connecting the internal electrical conductors of an electrical device, such as the phase windings of an electric motor, with a plurality of external electrical conductors includes a plurality of pockets formed thereon. Each of the pockets is provided to form a terminal for the programmable terminal strip. To accomplish this, one end of one of the internal electrical conductors is connected to a wire terminal member installed within the pocket so as to provide an electrical connection therebetween. A plurality of external electrical conductor and terminal assemblies are provided for use with the programmable terminal strip. A first embodiment of the external conductor assembly includes an insulated external electrical conductor wire having a metallic wire terminal member secured thereto. The wire terminal member is adapted to be inserted into the pocket to provide an electrical connection therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2000
    Assignee: Dana Corporation
    Inventors: Steven Kwapien, Michael Saman, Jr., Arthur T. Westergren
  • Patent number: 6093047
    Abstract: The present invention provides a slot type connecting terminal (40) which may make a connection between the conductor material (Wc) of the insulated conductor (W) and the slot (42) by penetration into the insulation of conductor and contacting the conductor material therewith in the area at least half a circle of the arcuate, by weighing down of the conductor after setting the insulated conductor into the slot (42) of terminal (40), and the slot having semi-circular knife edge profile in at least the lower part thereof will penetrate and make a contact area between them. The cover (20) and the terminal block body (30) have respective conductor receiving groove (23, 33) to securely hold the connected conductor in place. The cover has a scoring line (24) formed in transverse direction to the length of the cover by cutting off a part of its height, leaving thin film at the scoring line such that the scoring line will act as a snap hinge (25).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2000
    Inventor: Young Sook Ann
  • Patent number: 6045389
    Abstract: Plug and jack connector assemblies (20, 24) having internal shields (34, 108) separating pairs of connections, and grounding arrangements insuring continuity of ground between the mated assemblies. Within each assembly an interior shield comprises a unitary conductive member having a cross-shaped cross section dividing the interior of the assembly into quadrants. The assemblies are adapted to make eight separate connections, divided into pairs, for use with cabling made up of four twisted pairs (44). Each set of two connections is disposed within one of the quadrants defined by the interior shield, so that it is isolated from all the other connection pairs. The plug connector assembly includes a grounding bracket (32) securely attached to the outer shield (42) of its associated cable (22). The grounding bracket securely engages the conductive housing (102) of the mating jack connector assembly, which in turn is in contact with the outer shield (114) of its associated cable (26).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2000
    Assignee: The Whitaker Corporation
    Inventors: Jess Britton Ferrill, Terry Lee Pitts
  • Patent number: 5915988
    Abstract: A contact for engaging a magnet wire in an insulation displacement manner having a magnet wire insulation displacement contact section for engaging the magnet wire, a conductor engaging portion for engaging an electrical conductor that is be interconnected with the magnet wire, and a body portion therebetween where the conductor engaging portion extends from the body portion as a spring member having a contact surface thereupon remote from the body for forming a wiping interconnection with the conductor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 29, 1999
    Assignee: The Whitaker Corporation
    Inventors: Helmut Adam Bitsch, Hartmuth Georg Friedrich Ploesser
  • Patent number: 5908326
    Abstract: The invention relates to an electrical connector with a housing (1) of insulating material and a metal contact element (2) fittable in the housing (1). The contact element has a crimp contact region (4) to contact a first cable end (11) and a cutting clamp contact region (3) to contact a second cable (12). Such an arrangement is not suitable for contacting cables of different diameters via the cutting clamp contact region. According to the invention, the cutting clamp contact region (3) has two tension-relieving regions (5, 6), with the cutting clamp blades, which are fitted opposite one another in pairs (7, 8, 9, 10), arranged between them. Two pairs of cutting clamp blades (7, 10) are provided for small-diameter cables and two pairs (8, 9) are provided for large-diameter cables. The pairs of cutting clamp blades (8, 9) for small-diameter cables are arranged between those for large-diameter cables.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 1, 1999
    Assignee: The Whitaker Corporation
    Inventors: Robert Neuhauser, Rudolf Kraemer, Martin Franz Felix Maluche, Werner Tille
  • Patent number: 5830004
    Abstract: A press-connecting terminal including a contact portion provided on one side of a bottom wall so as to be connected to a partner terminal, a caulking portion provided on the other side of the bottom wall for caulking an electric wire, and a press-connecting portion provided between the contact portion and the caulking portion so that an end of the electric wire is press-connected to the press-connecting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 3, 1998
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventor: Kimihiro Abe
  • Patent number: 5827087
    Abstract: A cable connector in the form of a single flat metal plate and capable of stably connecting a cable consisting of a core and a covering is disclosed. The cable connector connects a cable stably over a long period of time without regard to the diameter of the cable by using the same jig and the same connecting method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 27, 1998
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventor: Shuji Yamasaki
  • Patent number: 5820402
    Abstract: Electrical terminal having an insulation displacement contact for electrically engaging multiple conductors received therein. The IDC includes a first contact region in-line with, a second contact region such that multiple conductors may be received in a staked manner with the first conductor receiving region is located in-line with a second conductor receiving region and separated therefrom by a fulcrum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 13, 1998
    Assignee: The Whitaker Corporation
    Inventors: Duilio Chiacchio, Paolo Castello
  • Patent number: 5794332
    Abstract: A method of producing a press-connecting joint connector and a method of press-connecting wires, in which the step of mounting press-connecting terminals in a housing is eliminated thereby reducing the production time, the housing-forming mold is simplified, and connective portions are prevented from being easily ruptured. Linked press-connecting terminal groups (32) are inserted-molded integrally in housings (34), respectively, thereby forming press-connecting joint connectors (30) which are linked together by a linkage plate (40) which is integral with the press-connecting terminal groups (32). Thus, when molding the housings (34), the press-connecting terminal groups (32) are formed integrally with the housings (34), respectively, so that the step of inserting the press-connecting terminal groups into the respective housings (34) is eliminated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 18, 1998
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroshi Yamamoto, Akira Kato
  • Patent number: 5782652
    Abstract: The invention comprises an electrical connector assembly having a wire housing with a wire contact disposed therein. The wire contact has two ends, one of the ends having insulation displacing slots for receiving a magnet wire therein, the other of the ends having a resilient contact finger. The assembly further includes a connector housing having a tab contact disposed therein. The tab contact has a poke-in tab and a contact tab for mating with a matable connector. The wire housing is matable with the connector housing, the poke-in tab engages the resilient contact finger to provide electrical connection therebetween and to provide electrical connection between the magnet wire and the matable connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 21, 1998
    Assignee: The Whitaker Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Scott Feher, Edward John Howard, Nelson Edward Neff
  • Patent number: 5772480
    Abstract: A press-connecting joint connector in which the step of mounting press-connecting terminals in a housing is eliminated thereby reducing the production time, the housing-forming mold is simplified, and connective portions are prevented from being easily ruptured. Linked press-connecting terminal groups (32) are inserted-molded integrally in housings (34), respectively, thereby forming press-connecting joint connectors (30) which are linked together by a linkage plate (40) which is integral with the press-connecting terminal groups (32). Thus, when molding the housings (34), the press-connecting terminal groups (32) are formed integrally with the housings (34), respectively, so that the step of inserting the press-connecting terminal groups into the respective housings (34) is eliminated. The housings (34) can be molded independently of each other so that the housing (34) can be simplified, and linkage portions of the press-connecting joint connectors (30) have an increased strength.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 30, 1998
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroshi Yamamoto, Akira Kato
  • Patent number: 5669778
    Abstract: An IDC branch connector comprises an IDC connection section positioned on a central carrier strip. Strain relief sections extend from either side of the carrier strip such that a wire terminated to the IDC section is securely held on either side. The IDC section comprises first IDC slots positioned between second larger IDC slots such that a large range of wire sizes can be terminated thereto. The branch connector is overmoulded by an insulative housing, whereby the carrier strip can be maintained between a plurality of connector modules depending on the number of wires to be interconnected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 23, 1997
    Assignee: The Whitaker Corporation
    Inventors: Rudolf Kramer, Harald Michael Lutsch
  • Patent number: 5667414
    Abstract: A plug connector for contacting a device, having a plurality of contacts and comprising flat plugs, includes a combination of a lockable flat plug sleeve and an insulation displacement contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 16, 1997
    Assignee: Stocko Metallwarenfabriken Henkels & Sohn GmbH & Co.
    Inventor: Sami Karacora
  • Patent number: 5622515
    Abstract: A set of electrical terminals is provided for interconnecting and grounding electrical leads of a harness, for example an automotive engine harness. Each terminal comprises two spaced pairs of spring beams defining a pair of aligned, insulation displacement slots for receiving a common electrical lead. The spring beams of each pair are defined by a pair of juxtaposed loops. The loops of all of the terminals are connected together to provide a cage-like structure by a front wall, a rear wall and a base. One end of each loop is connected to the front wall and the other end of each loop is connected to the rear wall. Lead strain relief ferrules project rearwardly from the base and the rear wall in a single row in closely spaced relationship. The rear wall is secured to the base by means of a flange which has been struck out from the base and which engages over a neck connecting one of the ferrules to the rear wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 1994
    Date of Patent: April 22, 1997
    Assignee: The Whitaker Corporation
    Inventors: Gheorghe Hotea, Harald M. Lutsch
  • Patent number: 5616048
    Abstract: An electrical connector assembly (100) which includes electrical contacts (10) of the insulation displacement type, an inner housing (20), an outer housing (40), and a strain relief meter (50). The assembly (100) is assembled by first securely placing the electrical contacts (10) within the inner housing (20) and then inserting the inner housing (20) into the outer housing (40) so that the electrical contacts (10) can be terminated to wires by using the insulation displacement method of wire recitation. The inner housing (20) is fully inserted into outer housing (40), and is then in a fully latched position within the outer housing (40). Strain relief member (50) is then mounted to outer housing (40) and includes an abutment flange (55) for ensuring that the inner housing (20) has been fully inserted within outer housing (40).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 1, 1997
    Assignee: The Whitaker Corporation
    Inventors: John M. Myer, John R. Shuey, Kenneth F. Folk
  • Patent number: 5554046
    Abstract: A solderless terminal for interconnecting a terminal to a lead wire in which the terminal has superior mechanical strength to enable the plate material used in manufacturing the terminal to have a minimum thickness thus reducing the overall size and weight of the terminal. The solderless terminal includes an electrical contact portion engageable with a mating connecting terminal and a conductor connecting portion having at least two core-wire contact slots longitudinally spaced from each other. Each of the core-wire contact slots is defined by a pair of opposing conductor clamping blades adapted to cut an insulating cover of a lead wire and retain the conductor of the lead wire to thereby electrically connect the terminal to the conductor. The terminal also includes first and second constricted portions each having a cubic shape defined by a bottom plate and opposing side walls which are bent inwardly to form right and left reinforcing walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 1994
    Date of Patent: September 10, 1996
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Osamu Sugiyama, Sakai Yagi
  • Patent number: 5417582
    Abstract: The present invention provides an improved structure for connector terminals for use in computers, directing primarily to terminals for serial and parallel connectors wherein one end of the terminal is a contacting section and the other end is a connecting section with an inserting section interposed therebetween for inserting a plastic base to be joined therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 23, 1995
    Inventor: Wen-Yun Tang
  • Patent number: 5399098
    Abstract: An electrical connector assembly for making a tap connection between an insulated wire and a blade contact. The connector assembly includes an integrally formed housing which mounts a generally U-shaped terminal therein. The terminal includes an IDT portion and a blade-receiving portion, and the U-shape is defined by a pair of generally parallel leg portions joined by a bight portion. The leg portions define a longitudinal terminal axis generally centrally therebetween. The bight portion includes a blade-receiving slot extending into the leg portions and defining a bifurcated contact formation for receiving a blade contact with a locking recess along a centerline thereof. The bight portion is indented on one side of the terminal axis to define an offset portion inwardly of one of the leg portions. The blade-receiving slot and bifurcated contact formation extend into the offset portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 1993
    Date of Patent: March 21, 1995
    Assignee: Molex Incorporated
    Inventors: Robert C. Marshall, Frank Pansari, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5397251
    Abstract: An electrical connector comprises as shown in FIGS. 23 to 25, an insulating housing defining a socket for an electrical lamp bulb and first and second cavities and for receiving a first terminal and a second terminal respectively. The first terminal has a contact spring in the socket, the second terminal having a contact spring in the socket. An electric lamp bulb can be inserted into the socket so that contacts of the bulb are resiliently engaged by the respective contact springs. Each terminal also has a slotted plate portion for connection to an insulated electrical lead. The top wall of the housing is formed with two spaced holes for receiving lead wires of a diode. The first terminal has, a spring socket aligned with each of the holes and. Between the spring sockets, the first terminal has a reduced cross section severable portion, which is accessible to be sheared by shearing tooling, by way of an opening in the top wall and an opening in the opposite wall of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 1993
    Date of Patent: March 14, 1995
    Assignee: The Whitaker Corporation
    Inventor: Christopher Kaminski
  • Patent number: 5356297
    Abstract: A socket carries a lamp and is mountable into an opening of a circuit plate to make a connection between the lamp and a circuit of the circuit plate. The socket comprises a body in which electrical terminals are mounted. Wires which are joined to the lamp are connected to the electrical terminal. The electrical terminals make electrical contact with the circuit when the socket is inserted into the circuit plate. Each terminal includes a contact portion projecting forwardly from the body, and a shank portion mounted in the body. The contact portion has a through-slot therein such that the contact portion presents two relatively movable contact surfaces on opposite sides of the slot. The shank portion includes two slots for receiving and tightly gripping the wire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 18, 1994
    Assignee: Cooper Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Steven W. Haskins
  • Patent number: 5290176
    Abstract: An electrical terminal includes an insulation displacement slot formed by two upstanding beams having a slot there between profiled to receive a wire. At an upper portion of the terminal, a wire receiving opening is formed which is profiled to receive an insulated wire, the opening being in transition with, insulation severing surfaces. To increase the reaction forces on the beams, a back-up spring is added to the spring beams, interconnected to the spring beams alongside the wire contact surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 1992
    Date of Patent: March 1, 1994
    Assignee: The Whitaker Company
    Inventors: Lucas Soes, Franciscus M. Wouters