Hinged Connector Housing Parts Patents (Class 439/467)
  • Patent number: 11025002
    Abstract: A magnetic adapter for a cable connector includes a main body having an opening, a compression surface exposed within the opening and configured to compress a biasing retention clip of the cable connector, at least one locking surface configured to secure the biasing retention clip in a second non-locking position; and at least one magnet adjacent the opening. When the biasing retention clip is positioned within the opening, the compression surface causes the biasing retention clip to move from a first locking position where the retention clip is in a fully biased position to the second non-locking position where the retention clip is compressed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Xiaoyang Zhang, Toby Xu, Frederick Patton Mondale
  • Patent number: 11011878
    Abstract: An electrical receptacle including a body having a plurality of electrical connections, a device face connected to the body and movable with respect to the body, a plurality of electrical plug contacts positioned behind the device face, and wherein the electrical plug contacts retain an electrical plug prong at a first tension when the device face is in a first position and the electrical plug contacts retain the electrical plug prong at a second tension when the device face is in a second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Inventor: Jeffrey P. Baldwin
  • Patent number: 10729022
    Abstract: A casing for a control unit, including: a connector region, situated on a connector side of the casing, is close-able by two covering hoods, each of the covering hoods including at least one hinge element; and at least two gripping arms, which are configured to at least partially engage around the at least one hinge element of the two covering hoods and to hold it rotationally; in which the two covering hoods are place-able at different positions on the connector region of the casing and are close-able rotationally. Also described are a related covering hood, a control unit, and a commercial vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: KNOR-BREMSE SYSTEME FUER NUTZFAHRZEUGE GMBH
    Inventors: Klaus Lechner, Elena Mueller, Norbert Behrendt
  • Patent number: 9960529
    Abstract: A communication plug is described. The communication plug has a communication cable with a plurality of conductors, a plug housing, and a cable manager partially enclosed within the plug housing. The cable manager has a load bar with a plurality of holes, a first cable management section connected to the load bar via a first hinge, and a second cable management section connected to the load bar via a second hinge. The first and second cable management sections are configured to fold together and partially enclose the cable before the cable manager is inserted into the plug housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Panduit Corp.
    Inventors: Keith S. Maranto, Satish I. Patel, Robert E. Fransen, Michael G. Dragisic, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9960535
    Abstract: A connector includes a first member constituting a main body of the connector; and one or a plurality of second members attached to the first member. A specific member is selected from the group consisting of the first member and the second members to have a portion to be elastically deformed upon the attachment, and the specific member is formed of a hydrolysis-resistant material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kousuke Kida
  • Patent number: 9743545
    Abstract: An electrical connection box applied to a wire harness includes a casing and a cover member. The casing is provided with a first member that houses an electronic component and a second member and an insertion port formed on the first member, and an exterior installation unit formed outside the insertion port of the first member with an end of an exterior member of which being arranged in a stacking direction. The cover member has a pair of locking units, and is locked to the exterior installation unit via the pair of locking units and holds an end of the exterior member between the cover member and the first member. The second member includes a pressing wall that interposes an end to be pressed of the cover member between the pressing wall and the first member and that presses the end to be pressed toward the first member side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Akinori Nakashima, Nobutaka Kaneko, Yoshiya Miyazaki
  • Patent number: 9601862
    Abstract: A charge connector includes a connector case and a connector body. The connector case includes a pair of case split members to be coupled together. The connector body is housed in the connector case and includes charge terminals connected with electric wires and housed in a connector housing. The connector housing is provided with rotation direction regulation projections. The case split members are provided with rotation direction regulation holes that engage with the rotation direction regulation projections. The case split member is provided with a temporarily holding portion for holding the connector housing at a temporarily housed position. The connector housing is provided with a temporarily held portion at which the temporarily holding portion is locked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hirotaka Fukushima, Satoshi Okuda, Tsutomu Sawada
  • Patent number: 9496660
    Abstract: Electrical plugs having single and double insulation as well as the method for manufacturing the double insulating electrical plugs are disclosed. The single insulated electrical plugs have internal walls which electrically isolate the electrical connectors. The single insulated electrical plug has a one-piece body with a central base which accepts the electrical connectors, as well as two covers hingably coupled to the base to secure the connectors in place. The double insulated electrical plugs are insulated by both an inner body as well as the overmold material. The inner body has vents which enable overmold material to be injected into the inner portions of the inner body as well as onto the outside of the inner body. During the manufacturing process, molten material flows over the outside of the inner body, and also flows into the interior of the inner body to provide two layers of electrical insulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: STANDARD CABLE USA, INC.
    Inventors: Selvin Kao, Philip Carlo J. DeGuzman
  • Patent number: 9231338
    Abstract: A connector (10) includes a housing (12) with a terminal receiving cavity (22) and a wire receptacle (24) communicating with the terminal receiving cavity (22). The wire receptacle (24) includes at least one V-shaped wire support (40) for supporting a wire (50) at two circumferentially spaced positions on the wire (50). A cover (60) is mounted to the housing (12) and has at least one resiliently deflectable strain relief beam (70) that biases the wire (50) into the wire receptacle (24).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: Sumitomo Electric Wiring Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Nagy, Joseph Lanzotti
  • Patent number: 9130295
    Abstract: In an electrical plug connector comprising an insulating contact adapter the contact adapter has a first wing which can be pivoted between an open and a closed position. The contact adapter is designed to enclose a metal contact element between the first wing and a wall of the contact adapter when the first wing is in the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: Tyco Electronics AMP GmbH
    Inventors: Lam Nguyen Nhu, Uwe Gassauer, Stefan Konrad Nagel
  • Patent number: 9099795
    Abstract: The invention relates to a terminal arrangement comprising a housing (12) having a first housing half (14) and a second housing half (16), wherein at least one electric terminal (18) is implemented on the housing (12), wherein the electric terminal (18) comprises a connection region (20) for connecting a conductor, wherein according to the invention the connecting region (20) is implemented as a single piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: PHOENIX CONTACT GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Markus Hanses, Wendelin Simon, Heinrich Heise, Andreas Wöhrmeier
  • Patent number: 8979574
    Abstract: A modular plug includes a plug housing, plug contacts held by the plug housing, and a stuffer cap coupled to the plug housing. The stuffer cap includes a cable channel configured to receive a cable therein. The stuffer cap includes an interior side that defines at least a portion of the cable channel. The modular plug includes a strain relief member held by the plug housing. The strain relief member includes a base and a spring beam extending from the base such that the spring beam is cantilevered from the base. The spring beam is configured to engage the cable and thereby pinch the cable between the interior side of the stuffer cap and the spring beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Tyco Electronics Corporation
    Inventors: Christopher George Daily, Jr., Edward John Howard
  • Patent number: 8961219
    Abstract: A communication plug is described. The communication plug has a communication cable with a plurality of conductors, a plug housing, and a cable manager partially enclosed, within the plug housing. The cable manager has a load bar with a plurality of holes, a first cable management section connected to the load bar via a first hinge, and a second cable management section connected to the load bar via a second hinge. The first and second cable management sections are configured to fold together and partially enclose the cable before the cable manager is inserted into the plug housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Panduit Corp.
    Inventors: Keith S. Maranto, Satish I. Patel, Robert E. Fransen, Michael G. Dragisic, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8845359
    Abstract: A patch cord including a connector attached to an end of an electrical cable. The connector includes a single-piece attachment member having a management section, a boot, and collar including a retention arrangement. Certain types of retention arrangements include one or more teeth that protrude inwardly from the collar to bite into at least an outer jacket of the electrical cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Tyco Electronics UK Ltd
    Inventors: Chris Taylor, Gordon John White
  • Patent number: 8834196
    Abstract: An electrical connector has a conductive member with a conductor receiving shoulder to at least partially define a conductor receiving receptacle at which a conductor may be positioned and a movable conductor engaging member configured for movement along a first path. At one position along the first path, the conductor is engaged between the conductor receiving shoulder and the conductor engaging member. The conductor engaging member also moves along a second path that intersects with the first path. At one of the positions along the second path, the conductor engaging member is retained to permit insertion of a conductor into the conductor receiving receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Molex Incorporated
    Inventors: Jaime Duran, Jeng-De Lin
  • Publication number: 20140170897
    Abstract: A cable connecting apparatus includes ground conductors, a first plate member, a second plate member, a separation torsion spring, and engagement members. The ground conductors each include a body that is to be mounted on an outer conductor of a cable, and an arm that is disposed on the body and to be connected to a ground contact of a cable connector. The first plate member and the second plate member clamp the ground conductors in a state in which the ground conductors are arranged side by side. The separation torsion spring and the engagement members are disposed between the first plate member and the second plate member and maintain a constant distance between the plate members.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2013
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: Hitachi Metals, Ltd.
    Inventor: Hideki Nonen
  • Patent number: 8702444
    Abstract: A communication plug is described. The communication plug has a communication cable with a plurality of conductors, a plug housing, and a cable manager partially enclosed within the plug housing. The cable manager has a load bar with a plurality of holes, a first cable management section connected to the load bar via a first hinge, and a second cable management section connected to the load bar via a second hinge. The first and second cable management sections are configured to fold together and partially enclose the cable before the cable manager is inserted into the plug housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Panduit Corp.
    Inventors: Keith S. Maranto, Satish I. Patel, Robert E. Fransen, Michael G. Dragisic, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8648735
    Abstract: Provided is a safety directional indicator to improve highway safety. Embodiments of the invention include devices for guiding a driver of a vehicle in a desired direction, typically away from highway workers, pedestrians, curbs, and opposing lanes of traffic. Specifically included is a safety directional indicator system comprising a flexible belt with a plurality of light transmitting bars disposed along the belt and having a plurality of LEDs disposed at one elongated end of each light transmitting bar and in operable communication with a control system for illuminating the LEDs in a manner to indicate a direction for traffic. Safety devices according to the invention can be stand-alone devices, devices capable of being attached to objects or structures at a highway scene, or configured to be worn on a person's body. An object of the safety devices according to embodiments of the invention is to increase driver awareness of highway situations especially during conditions of restricted visibility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Inventors: Paul Haynes, Eric Collins
  • Patent number: 8574000
    Abstract: A protective sleeve disposed around a cable and a connector which are connected includes a cable sleeve and a plurality of resilient elements. The cable sleeve includes a bushing, a first ring, and a second ring. The front of the bushing is connected to the connector. The first ring and the second ring are disposed around the cable. The resilient elements are formed by extending the second ring and spaced apart from each other to form an opening for penetration by the cable. The caliber of the opening is less than the caliber of the second ring. Accordingly, the resilient elements are conducive to the positioning of the cable while the cable is penetrating the rings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Quality Computer Accessories Inc.
    Inventor: John Smith
  • Patent number: 8496488
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a housing and a cover. The housing can include a surface to receive a terminal block to transmit power to an electrical component. A shroud to be inserted within the electrical component can extend away from the housing surface. The cover can have an end for hingedly attaching to the housing. Another cover end can be configured to releasably lock to the housing. The housing and the cover can have notches. The cover is pivotable relative to the housing between a closed position and an open position. In the closed position, the cover and the housing together form an enclosure for the terminal block, and the notches of the housing and the cover cooperatively define passageways configured to receive external wires to connect to the terminal block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Don Grimm, Edward John Kliewer, Kwok Keung Lee, Sam David Blackwell
  • Patent number: 8246378
    Abstract: A tap connector includes a first clamping plate and a second clamping plate pivotably connected to the first clamping plate. The first clamping plate and the second clamping plate each define a channel. A conductive blade extends from a sidewall of one channel. The channels of the first clamping plate and the second clamping plate corporately form a receiving space to accommodate a wire, after the second clamping plate is pivoted to the first clamping plate. The conductive blade pierces the wire to be electrically connected to the wire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kang Wu, Zheng-Heng Sun
  • Patent number: 7927129
    Abstract: An electrical connector is provided with a hinged cover, which is connected in one piece to a connector housing. At least one guide slot is formed in a cover portion of the cover and opens outwards towards a free end of the cover portion. A cable is positioned in the guide slot upon closing the cover, and the guide slot is constricted when the cover is closed so that the cable is fixed inside it. The result is a secure fixing of the cable with low cost in terms of parts and assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2011
    Assignee: Tyco Electronics AMP GmbH
    Inventor: Markus Gimbel
  • Publication number: 20100233900
    Abstract: An electrical connector is provided with a hinged cover, which is connected in one piece to a connector housing. At least one guide slot is formed in a cover portion of the cover and opens outwards towards a free end of the cover portion. A cable is positioned in the guide slot upon closing the cover, and the guide slot is constricted when the cover is closed so that the cable is fixed inside it. The result is a secure fixing of the cable with low cost in terms of parts and assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2007
    Publication date: September 16, 2010
    Inventor: Markus Gimbel
  • Patent number: 7701313
    Abstract: In a case for a circuit breaker in which a terminal is simply replaceable or mountable according to a wiring method of the circuit breaker, the case comprises a case which accommodates components for breaking a circuit, a terminal block portion which provides a common platform for plural types of terminals, and a door engaged with the case in monolithic form so that it may be operable to a closed position for closing the case or an opened position for installing a selected terminal of the plural types of terminals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2010
    Assignee: LS Industrial Systems Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Ki-Young Kim
  • Patent number: 7679477
    Abstract: A contactor with modular connection of the coil according to the invention comprises an insulating body, an operating coil housed in the insulating body, and means of modular connection of the coil to an external circuit so that the coil can be powered. The coil connection means comprise a connection arrangement, internal to the body, comprising at least two pairs of contact pieces positioned near at least two faces of the insulating body, these two faces being chosen from the front face and two opposed side faces running transversely between the front face and the rear face, each contact piece facing an opening in the body, and at least one removable connection module comprising a pair of connection terminals, which is connected to a second pair of contacts which are intended to collaborate with a first pair of contact pieces of the internal connection arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2010
    Assignee: ABB France
    Inventor: Alain Portier
  • Patent number: 7641504
    Abstract: An electrical connector backshell adapter for terminating sheathed electrical cables, the electrical connector backshell adapter having a housing having a first and at least a second port, the electrical connector backshell adapter further having a cable sheath termination nipple having a proximal end, the cable sheath termination nipple overlying the housing's first port, the cable sheath termination nipple's proximal end being fixedly attached to or formed wholly with the housing; the electrical connector backshell adapter further having a seam extending through the housing, the seam further extending through the cable sheath termination nipple, the seam dividing the housing into first and second housing sections, the seam further dividing the cable sheath termination nipple into first and second nipple sections, and the electrical connector backshell adapter further having a hinge connected operatively to the housing's first and second housing sections for motions of the first and second housing sections b
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2010
    Inventor: Jason Padruzzi
  • Patent number: 7550672
    Abstract: An electrical connector and conductor assembly cover is provided including a main housing section and a magnifying window section. The main housing section forms a connector receiving area. The connector receiving area is sized and shaped to house an electrical connector therein. The magnifying window section in the main housing section is located between the connector receiving area and an exterior of the cover such that a user can view a magnified image of a marking on the electrical connector in the connector receiving area from the exterior of the cover without opening the main housing section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2009
    Assignee: FCI Americas Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher G. Chadbourne, Thomas R. Faucher, David J. Shibilia, Thomas Nelson, Gerhard Schwebler
  • Patent number: 7465185
    Abstract: An electrical connector adapted to mate with a mating connector is provided. The electrical connector includes a housing; a wire dress cover pivotally connected to the housing; and a slide latch pivotally connected to the wire dress cover and slideably connected to the housing. The slide latch has a front end with a hole for snap lock connecting to a lock ramp on the mating connector. The housing includes at least one ramp for moving the front end of the slide latch relative to the lock ramp in response to the slide latch being slid relative to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2008
    Assignee: FCI Americas Technology, Inc
    Inventor: Adam P. Tyler
  • Patent number: 7438594
    Abstract: An electrical plug-and-socket connector includes a housing having chambers for receiving contacts. Latches of the chambers hold contacts inserted in the chambers. The housing has first and second openings with pairs of the first and second openings respectively leading into the chambers. A flap attached to the housing is pivotable to either open away from the housing or close against the housing. The flap includes first projections which extend through the first openings into the chambers when the flap is closed to lock contacts held in the chambers. The flap includes second projections which extend through the second openings into the chambers when the flap is closed and when the contacts held in the chambers are positioned correctly in the chambers to engage the contacts and thereby reinforce the locking of the contacts held in the chambers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2008
    Assignee: Kostal Kontakt Systeme GmbH
    Inventor: Brantley J. Natter
  • Patent number: 7413464
    Abstract: A socket with integrated insulation displacement connection terminals is provided, which includes a base, a terminal pusher, a first pressing element, and a second pressing element. The base has two rows of insulation displacement connection terminals engaged in one side thereof. The terminal pusher has two rows of receiving holes corresponding to each of the IDC terminals, for a plurality of wires bridging across one of holes respectively. The first pressing element is pivoted to the base to be rotated to press the terminal pusher through first pressing portions, such that each IDC terminal is inserted into each receiving hole and each wire is introduced in a corresponding IDC terminal. The second pressing element is pivoted to the base to be rotated to press against the first pressing element through second pressing portions, so as to fix the terminal pusher to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2008
    Assignee: Surtec Industries Inc.
    Inventor: Chou-Hsing Chen
  • Patent number: 7351094
    Abstract: A grommet (30) has a wire pull-out part (32) that extends at an angle to a direction in which a female housing (10) fits to a mating male housing (90). Wires pulled out from the female housing (10) are inserted into the electric wire pull-out part (32). A locking hole (35) is formed on the grommet (30) near the wire pull-out part (32) and can be fit on a locking projection (11) on the female housing (10). A grommet cover (50) has a lid (51) that can be opened and closed. The lid (51) has a convex grommet-engaging portion (52) that engages the grommet (30) between the locking hole (35) and the wire pull-out part (32) when the lid part (51) is closed thus preventing a periphery of the locking hole (35) from deforming in a direction in which the wire pull-out part (32) shakes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2008
    Assignee: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventor: Toshifumi Miyamoto
  • Patent number: 7207830
    Abstract: An electrical box suitable for safely and efficiently housing an electrical connection. The electrical box comprises a bottom and a plurality of adjacent side walls, each side wall being at least partially joined to the bottom and to each adjacent side wall to form an open box. Each side wall has a top edge wherein the top edges define an open box perimeter. A top is hingedly joined to one the top edges of one the side walls and is adapted to be moveable from an open position to a closed position. At least one the side walls comprises at least one notch, the notch comprising deformable plastic members that can be biased in an open position to define a conductor opening to receive at least one of the electrical conductors, the conductor opening being at least partially defined by the top when the top is in the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2007
    Inventor: Raymond Leonard Conway
  • Patent number: 7186151
    Abstract: An electrical connector connected to a flat cable, a wire harness, and a method for arranging wire harness is disclosed. Arranging the wire harness is easy and simple, the cost is low, and the degree of freedom in the housing construction is high. The electrical connector 10 has a plurality of mutually stackable base housings 11a, 11b, and 11c having the same shape, with each of these base housings 11a, 11b, and 11c having contact receiving cavities 16a, 16b, and 16c in a single row. At least one lock housing 40 is attached to the uppermost and/or lowermost base housing of the plurality of stacked base housings 11a, 11b, and 11c. A plurality of contacts 30a, 30b, and 30c are connected to the flat cable 2 and are inserted in the contact receiving cavities 16a, 16b, and 16c.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2007
    Assignee: Tyco Electronics AMP K.K
    Inventor: Ryuichi Komiyama
  • Patent number: 7140905
    Abstract: An electrical plug includes a first portion and a second portion that is matable with the first portion. The second portion has a channel for receiving a wire. The first portion includes at least one prong having a bifurcated contact. The bifurcated contact can pierce an insulation of the wire in the channel and can make contact with at least one conductor of the wire when the first portion is mated with the second portion. The bifurcated contacts are displaced longitudinally from one another along the length of the channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2006
    Assignee: Leviton Manufacturing Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Cosmo Castaldo
  • Patent number: 7101218
    Abstract: An electrical connector assembly receives exposed ends of an electrical wire, and includes a foldable body with complementary first and second body portions and components for securely mounting a third body portion in the assembly using a single fastening screw, and for mounting the exposed ends to electrical contacts of an electrical connector device attached to the third body portion and securely mounted in the folded and assembled body portions. The components on the body portions include posts, ribs, and bridges for relieving strain on the electrical wire in the assembly, and other ribs and interlocking components prevent the electrical connector assembly from allowing the wires, the electrical connector device, and/or the third body portion from being removed from the folded and assembled electrical connector assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2006
    Assignee: Leviton Manufacturing Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Cosmo Castaldo, Anthony Tufano, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7080985
    Abstract: A quick release connector is provided. In one embodiment the connector includes an electrical connector including a first component having a first plurality of teeth and a second component having a second plurality of teeth. The first and second pluralities of teeth are configured to selectively engage and disengage one another upon connecting and disconnecting the connector. The engagement of the teeth is operative to substantially prevent relative axial motion between the first and second portions of the connector. Embodiments of this invention may advantageously support axial loads while maintaining a reliable electrical contact. Various alternative embodiments include a gimbal assembly in which electric lines extend through the gimbal, straddling one of the gimbal axles. Such gimbal assemblies may also support axial loads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2006
    Inventor: Michael B. Hopper
  • Patent number: 6955558
    Abstract: A sealing assembly for a cable to apparatus interconnection formed bya plurality of shells adapted to mate together, surrounding the interconnection within an interconnection space. When mated together, the shells forming openings for the cable and the apparatus at an apparatus end and a cable end, respectively. A gasket mounted to each shell along a mating surface between the shells and along the openings environmentally seals the interconnection space. A locking rib projecting inward from the shell(s) may be applied to rotationally interlock a coupling nut of the interconnection with the sealing assembly. In a two shell embodiment, a locking band positioned around an outer diameter of the mated together shells with an end to end retaining means may be used to secure the shells together. Alternatively, if three shells are used, the shells may be hinged together and a retaining means applied to join the unhinged ends together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2005
    Assignee: Andrew Corporation
    Inventors: David Low, Albert Cox, Tim Crawford, Richard Korczak, Raymond Horvath
  • Patent number: 6902423
    Abstract: An electrical connector assembly receives exposed ends of an electrical wire, and includes a foldable body with complementary first and second body portions and components for securely mounting a third body portion in the assembly using a single fastening screw, and for mounting the exposed ends to electrical contacts of an electrical connector device attached to the third body portion and securely mounted in the folded and assembled body portions. The components on the body portions include posts, ribs, and bridges for relieving strain on the electrical wire in the assembly, and other ribs and interlocking components prevent the electrical connector assembly from allowing the wires, the electrical connector device, and/or the third body portion from being removed from the folded and assembled electrical connector assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2005
    Assignee: Leviton Manufacturing Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Cosmo Castaldo, Anthony Tufano, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6878009
    Abstract: An electrical connector assembly and a wire protector used therefore for protecting wires led out of said electrical connector from damage. Said electrical connector has an insulative housing provided with contacts. Said contacts are connected to said wires that are led out of said electrical connector. Said wire protector has a connector mounting portion mounted on an outer wall of said electrical connector. A wire holding portion is integrally formed with said connector mounting portion. Said wire holding portion loosely holds said wires that are led out from said electrical connector at a position remote from said electrical connector while maintaining a direction thereof to reduce stress thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2005
    Assignee: Tyco Electronics AMP K.K.
    Inventor: Shinji Amemiya
  • Patent number: 6783386
    Abstract: A strain relief device for an electrical connector designed to be interconnected to another connector of the same type to connect cables containing at least one twisted pair for the transmission of very high-frequency differential data signals. Conductors are connected in a connection block by insulation displacement contacts to contact blades, adapted to ensure contact in an interface block with the corresponding contact blades of the other connector. The device has two guillotines sliding in side grooves of the connection block. The side edges of the guillotines form a 90° angle between them and a 45° angle in relation to the direction of movement during the clamping operation, such that the side edges of the guillotines form a diaphragm when they approach one another, thereby ensuring a 360° seal preventing the cable from being deformed or damaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2004
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Jean-Yves Clement
  • Patent number: 6755679
    Abstract: The abject of the invention is a device for maintaining crimping regions of a flexible circuit in an electrical connector comprising a body (12) provided on the one hand with housings (14) adapted to receive contacts (16) with pins (24,25) to be crimped, and on the other hand with a flap (28) that is moveable in rotation with respect to this body about an axis (30). The invention also covers the connector equipped with this device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2004
    Assignee: FCI
    Inventors: Alban Godefroy, Claude Casses
  • Publication number: 20040077211
    Abstract: A cable strain relief device (1) for strain-relieving connection to a contact partner of at least one cable (2) which has at least one electrical lead (3), the at least one cable (2) having an attached extrusion-coated strain-relieving element (4) made of plastic, and the strain-relieving element (4) being attached by compression pins 7 or cement to the contact partner for strain relief.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2003
    Publication date: April 22, 2004
    Applicant: Hirschmann Electronics GmbH & Co.KG
    Inventor: David Silva
  • Publication number: 20040038582
    Abstract: A strain relief device for an electrical connector designed to be interconnected to another connector of the same type to connect cables containing at least one twisted pair for the transmission of very high-frequency differential data signals. Conductors are connected in a connection block by insulation displacement contacts to contact blades, adapted to ensure contact in an interface block with the corresponding contact blades of the other connector. The device has two guillotines sliding in side grooves of the connection block. The side edges of the guillotines form a 90° angle between them and a 45° angle in relation to the direction of movement during the clamping operation, such that the side edges of the guillotines form a diaphragm when they approach one another, thereby ensuring a 360° seal preventing the cable from being deformed or damaged.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2003
    Publication date: February 26, 2004
    Applicant: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Jean-Yves Clement
  • Patent number: 6695639
    Abstract: An electrical connector assembly receives exposed ends of an electrical wire, and includes a foldable body with complementary first and second body portions and components for securely mounting a third body portion in the assembly using a single fastening screw, and for mounting the exposed ends to electrical contacts of an electrical connector device attached to the third body portion and securely mounted in the folded and assembled body portions. The components on the body portions include posts, ribs, and bridges for relieving strain on the electrical wire in the assembly, and other ribs and interlocking components prevent the electrical connector assembly from allowing the wires, the electrical connector device, and/or the third body portion from being removed from the folded and assembled electrical connector assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2004
    Assignee: Leviton Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Cosmo Castaldo, Anthony Tufano, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6666709
    Abstract: A connecting device for connecting an electrical cable to an electrical device is provided. The electrical cable is connected to a plug connector, preferably of the RJ-45 plug configuration, for plugging into a corresponding socket of the electrical device. The connecting device is easy to assembly and ensures that the electrical cable and the plug connector are protected from mechanical damage. The electrical cable can be introduced into a housing together with the plug connector and maintained therein in this introduced state. The electrical cable, or the plug connector that is connected to the electrical cable, can be fixed to the socket or to the electrical device by means of snap-in elements which are located on the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2003
    Assignee: Phoenix Contact GmbH & Co.
    Inventors: Jens Andresen, Bernd Behling, Ralf Feldner, Bernd Horrmeyer
  • Patent number: 6626696
    Abstract: Projections are provided in gaps between each wire opening for electric wire main bodies of a flat cable in a connection box to clamp and hold the flat cable. Stronger holding force is easily attained with smaller body size of the connection box for a flat cable. Various flat cables with deferent wire diameter are accepted in the same size connection box. The operation for assembling the connection box and the flat cable is facilitated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2003
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventor: Masayuki Kondo
  • Patent number: 6604966
    Abstract: An electrical connector housing including a main body having a receiving area which is sized and shaped to receive a flat conductor cable with contacts attached thereto into the receiving area; and a locking section connected to the main body by a living hinge. The locking section comprising a front end and a rear end. When the locking section is inserted into a receiving aperture of the main body, the front end is adapted to block withdrawal of at least one of the contacts located in the receiving area and, the rear end includes at least one strain relief projection which is sized and shaped to press the flat conductor cable against the main body to form a strain relief for the cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2003
    Assignee: FCI Americas Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Earl James Hayes, Michael Jerome Alloway, Raymond Bruce McLauchlan
  • Patent number: 6544070
    Abstract: A splicing enclosure is comprised of a base portion and a lid portion, with a grounding contact positioned in both halves. The grounding contacts include a plurality of grounding contact portions to receive shielded cable in a transverse relation thereto. The enclosure is provided with a removable ferrule, which can be slidably received between the shielding and inner sheath of a shielded cable to enhance the strain relief on the cable between the cable and the grounding contact. The grounding contact is designed so as to accommodate a plurality of shielded cable configurations. The enclosure is also provided with a progressive latch, which cooperates upon rotation of the lid relative to its base portion to take off the load from the integrated hinge to prevent breakage of the hinge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2003
    Assignee: Tyco Electronics Corporation
    Inventor: David Ray Radliff
  • Publication number: 20030022549
    Abstract: An electrical connector assembly receives exposed ends of an electrical wire, and includes a foldable body with complementary first and second body portions and components for securely mounting a third body portion in the assembly using a single fastening screw, and for mounting the exposed ends to electrical contacts of an electrical connector device attached to the third body portion and securely mounted in the folded and assembled body portions. The components on the body portions include posts, ribs, and bridges for relieving strain on the electrical wire in the assembly, and other ribs and interlocking components prevent the electrical connector assembly from allowing the wires, the electrical connector device, and/or the third body portion from being removed from the folded and assembled electrical connector assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2001
    Publication date: January 30, 2003
    Inventors: Cosmo Castaldo, Anthony Tufano
  • Patent number: 6478609
    Abstract: A strain relief assembly (10) for an electrical connector (84) includes a connector receiving frame (12) dimensioned to receive an electrical connector (84) along an insertion axis (A); a pair of members (26, 56) hingedly secured to and extending from the frame (12), the members (26, 56) being securable together to define a wire receiving cavity (24); and at least one cable securing arm (38, 68) extending outwardly from each of the hinged members (26, 56) to a leading end. Each leading arm end is dimensioned to surround at least a portion of the cable (98).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2002
    Assignee: Tyco Electronics Corporation
    Inventors: Wayne Samuel Davis, Robert Neil Whiteman, Jr.