By Pliant Conductor Encircling Strap Patents (Class 439/471)
  • Patent number: 10186800
    Abstract: A wire cover (30) to be mounted on a rear surface of a connector body (C) that is connected to ends of wires (W). The wire cover (30) is configured to hold the wires (W) while bending the wires (W) in a predetermined direction. The wire cover (30) includes a wire fixing portion (38) provided on a rear part to project in the predetermined direction and a protruding portion (41) provided to protrude from the wire fixing portion (38) in a direction substantially perpendicular to a connecting direction of the connector body (C) and a mating connector (50).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: SUMITOMO WIRING SYSTEMS, LTD.
    Inventor: Masahito Matsuura
  • Patent number: 9666979
    Abstract: An assembly, and methods of fabricating the assembly. The assembly has an electrical cable that has a number of separate conductors, a bundle of cable reinforcing strands, and an outer jacket surrounding all of the conductors and the bundle. The conductors and the bundle protrude from an end of the outer jacket. A stopper element surrounds the end of the outer jacket and the portions of the conductors and bundle where they protrude from the outer jacket. Distal ends of the conductors and the bundle protrude from the stopper element. The distal end of the bundle that protrudes from the stopper element is divided into multiple protruding bundle portions, and a first protruding bundle portion is wrapped at least partly around the stopper element in one direction and a second protruding bundle portion is wrapped at least partly around the stopper element in another direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Bose Corporation
    Inventors: Natalie Zucker, Jian Wu Zhou
  • Patent number: 9570841
    Abstract: It is aimed to enable a connecting operation to smoothly proceed by preventing erroneous connection of a connector (10). A connector structure includes a housing (20) in which a terminal fitting (60) is to be accommodated, a wire (70) to be connected to the terminal fitting (60) and pulled out from a wire pull-out surface (24) of the housing (20), and an extra-length adjusting portion (21) provided continuously to the housing (20) and configured to hold the wire (70) pulled out from the wire pull-out surface (24) in a state loosened into a substantially U shape or wounded one or more turns and variably adjust the amount of loosening or winding of the wire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignees: AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES, LTD., SUMITOMO WIRING SYSTEMS, LTD., SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Keishi Kitamura, Yoshihiro Mizutani, Yasuto Takeda, Hiroki Hirai, Tetsuji Tanaka, Hiroyoshi Maesoba, Kosuke Sone
  • Patent number: 9484667
    Abstract: A vehicle-side connector (10) to be connected to a battery mounted in a vehicle includes an outer housing (31) to be fixed to a body of the vehicle, an inner housing (50) to be fitted into the outer housing (31) from a vehicle interior side, terminal fittings (11) respectively connected to a plurality of wires (20P, 20S) drawn out from the interior of the vehicle including the battery, a plurality of terminal accommodating chambers (53, 40) provided from the inner housing (50) to the outer housing (31) and configured such that the respective terminal fittings (11) are inserted and accommodated thereinto from behind, a retainer (60) assemblable with the inner housing (50) to lock and retain each terminal fitting (11), and a lock mechanism portion (47, 70) configured to lock the retainer (60) and the outer housing (31) in a joined state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: SUMITOMO WIRING SYSTEMS, LTD.
    Inventor: Toshifumi Ichio
  • Patent number: 9304274
    Abstract: A strain relief device and method are provided for use with an optical fiber cable of an optical communications system. The strain relief device comprises a plurality of metal wires, or rods, grouped into a bundle of parallel metal wires and a clamping mechanism for clamping first and second ends of the metal wires to an optical fiber cable. The clamped bundle of metal wires forms a spring having a spring constant that provides it with a desired stiffness and a desired flexibility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: Avago Technologies General IP (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventor: Laurence R. McColloch
  • Patent number: 9106007
    Abstract: An electrical junction box includes: a case main body to which a bolt is attached; a terminal of which one end is provided with a bolt insertion portion, of which the other end is provided with a wire connection portion, and of which the center is provided with a bent portion bent at right angle; two electric wires connected to the wire connection portion; and a side cover to which the terminal is attached. When the side cover is mounted on one side surface of the case main body, the bolt is inserted into the bolt insertion portion. The side cover is provided with a wire fixing piece having an arc-like sectional shape and extended along the one electric wire. The two electric wires are wound together with the wire fixing piece by a tape, and fixed to the wire fixing piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Masahiro Makino, Kouji Ueyama
  • Patent number: 9070996
    Abstract: In a connector, a flange portion is provided at an end portion of an electric wire fixing portion. A rib is provided on outer surface of the electric wire fixing portion. A biding band winding space is provided between an end of the rib and the flange portion. An interval therebetween has a width equal to a width of the binding band. The electric wire is fixed by the binding band wound on the binding band winding space. A band passing hole is formed between the end of the rib and the flange portion. A plurality of side ribs are symmetrically provided at both sides of the rib. The binding band is inserted through the band passing hole, in response to a volume of the electric wire or in response to a size of a radius of curvature of the electric wire led out from the connector housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tohru Kobayashi, Shoji Yamamoto
  • Publication number: 20150056847
    Abstract: A cable retention mechanism locks an external connector with an input/output (I/O) connector of an electronic device. The mechanism includes a retention housing having a first surface and a second surface opposite the first surface, the second surface adjacent to the device housing when the retention mechanism and the electronic device are coupled to one another. The mechanism includes a retainer including a mounting arrangement defining a channel receiving a cable of the external connector, the mounting arrangement biased to apply a first retaining force to the cable. The retainer includes a biasing member compressing a portion of the mounting arrangement such that a width of the channel decreases as the channel approaches the second surface, the biasing member applying a second retaining force to the mounting arrangement to increase the first retaining force. When tension is applied to the cable, the biasing member increases the second retaining force.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2013
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Applicant: SYMBOL TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Jin Liu, Xiae Zhang
  • Publication number: 20140370741
    Abstract: Terminal connection device (10) for connecting an end of a medium- or high-voltage power cable (42) to a connection point, the terminal connection device (10) comprising an interface cable (12) having first and second end portions, comprising an inner conductor (14) and a conductive or semiconductive layer (18). The terminal connection device further comprises a first stress control tube (36) comprising—a stress control element (38), and an insulating layer (40) arranged around the stress control element (38), wherein the first stress control tube (36) is mounted on the first end portion of the interface cable (12).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2012
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventors: Giuliano Bolcato, Jens Weichold, Pasquale J. Zanoli, Mark Gravermann, Michael H. Stalder, Holger Kurzhals, Sebastian Eggert, Christian Weinmann
  • Publication number: 20140011394
    Abstract: In a housing for connector, there is formed a guiding portion that guides a tape when the housing for connector is engaged with a wire harness, and the wire harness and the housing for connector are bound with each other by the tape.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2013
    Publication date: January 9, 2014
    Inventor: Yoshifumi SHINMI
  • Patent number: 8602806
    Abstract: A plug fastener is provided to avoid a plug with a power line disengaging from a power strip. The plug fastener includes two fixing members, two connecting clips, and a fixing clip. The fixing members are detachably engaged with each other for sandwiching the power line therebetween. The fixing clip is placed around the power strip. A first end of each of the connecting clips is rotatably connected to the fixing clip, and a second end of each of the connecting clips opposite to the first end is rotatably connected to a respective one of the fixing members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chia-Shin Chou, Xiao-Feng Ma
  • Publication number: 20130288515
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for fixing a cable to a cable outlet connector (30), consisting of a clamping sleeve (2), a locking collar (20), and a locking slide (10), wherein the locking collar (20) encloses at least a part of the cable outlet connector (30) and at the same time encloses at least a part of the clamping sleeve (2), whereby the clamping sleeve (2) is held on the cable outlet connector (30), and wherein the locking slide (10) can be introduced into a guide (21) of the locking collar (20) provided for this purpose, and wherein the locking slide (10) comprises detent openings (12) which engage via detents (31) of the cable outlet connector (30) provided for this purpose such that the clamping sleeve (2), the locking collar (20) and the cable outlet connector (30) are captively connected to each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2011
    Publication date: October 31, 2013
    Applicant: HARTING ELECTRIC GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Dieter Riepe, Bernard Schlegel
  • Publication number: 20130196532
    Abstract: A cable retention system for a power distribution unit includes a tether and a tether mount. The tether has an elongate portion and an attachment portion, and the attachment portion includes a channel therein. The tether mount has a base at a proximal end and a head at a distal end. The base is adapted to attach the proximal end of the tether mount to the power distribution unit. The tether is adapted to be secured to the tether mount by snap-fitting the head of the tether mount into the channel of the attachment portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2013
    Publication date: August 1, 2013
    Applicant: CHATSWORTH PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventor: CHATSWORTH PRODUCTS, INC.
  • Patent number: 8491328
    Abstract: An electrical connector is provided for terminating a cable. The electrical connector includes an electrical contact configured to be terminated to a wire of the cable, and a housing extending between a mating end and a cable end. The housing is configured to mate with a mating connector at the mating end. The electrical contact is held by the housing. A back shell is mounted to the cable end of the housing. The back shell includes an opening configured to hold an end of the cable such that the back shell supports the end of the cable. The back shell includes an accessory socket. An accessory is held within the accessory socket of the back shell such that the accessory extends outwardly from the back shell. The accessory is configured to engage the cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Tyco Electronics Corporation
    Inventors: Robert Neil Mulfinger, Lawrence Se-Jun Oh
  • Patent number: 8313340
    Abstract: A wiring connector back shell having a plurality of cable exit angles is disclosed. The back shell has a single transition element with a number of holes fashioned therein, which allow a cable retaining device to be fastened thereto. The cable retaining device provides strain relief for the cable exiting the back shell, as well as determining the exit angle of the cable. The cable retaining device has integral pins which mate with hole patterns in the transition element, and are locked in place with a retaining collar. Alternatively, cable ties or tie wraps may be utilized to fasten the cable to the transition element. The system provides a high reliability, low mass method for cable back shells wherein cable exit angles are easily changed or chosen in the field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: Joslyn Sunbank Company LLC
    Inventors: Gordon Krueger, Ezra Phillips
  • Patent number: 8109797
    Abstract: A cable connector assembly, for mating with a complementary connector, includes a cable having a number of wires; and a connector comprising a contact module connected with the wires, a mounting ring attached to the cable, and a shielding shell attached to the mounting ring. The shielding shell and the mounting ring both have a number of screw threads to match with each other. An associated method of manufacturing the cable connector assembly comprises screwing the shielding shell onto the mounting ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2012
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Ind. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ping-Sheng Su, Li-Song Cao
  • Patent number: 8043111
    Abstract: Either of first and second corrugated tubes having different groove (or ridge) pitches can be mounted on a connector 10. In this case, the distance between a first retaining projection 32 and a second retaining projection 34 is a common multiple of these pitches, and therefore either of the two different corrugated tubes can be properly retained on both of the first and second retaining projections 32 and 34. Furthermore, either of the first and second corrugated tubes 50 and 52 of different diameters can be properly fixed to a tube insertion portion 20 by a binding band passed through binding band passage holes 30.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2011
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Toshiharu Takahashi, Motoyoshi Suzuki, Kenji Kajikawa
  • Patent number: 8042751
    Abstract: A nozzle system for an injector may include a casing that has an inlet through which liquid flows and an injector outlet through which liquid is outwardly injected, a swirler that is disposed inside the casing and includes at least one swirl groove formed in the exterior circumference thereof through which liquid passes and a swirl chamber formed between an end portion thereof and the injector outlet, and a needle for controlling liquid injection whereby swirl torque is generated when the liquid flows into the swirl chamber through the swirl groove and the liquid swirls in the swirl chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2011
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Myung Jun Lee, Chang Il Kim, Choong-Won Lee
  • Patent number: 7955121
    Abstract: An electrical connector assembly includes a housing, a cable and a cable retention element. The housing holds contacts that are configured to be electrically joined with a peripheral device. The housing includes a cable port that is disposed at an outer surface of the housing. The cable extends from the cable port of the housing along a cable axis. The cable is electrically coupled with the contacts in the housing. The cable retention element is attached to the cable and is at least partially disposed within the housing. The cable retention element includes a body that is joined with the cable and a wing protruding from the body in a direction oriented at an angle with respect to the cable axis. The wing engages the housing to prevent the cable from being removed from the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Assignee: Tyco Electronics Corporation
    Inventors: Steve Sattazahn, Stephen Apa, David Cours
  • Publication number: 20100311269
    Abstract: An electrical connector assembly includes a housing, a cable and a cable retention element. The housing holds contacts that are configured to be electrically joined with a peripheral device. The housing includes a cable port that is disposed at an outer surface of the housing. The cable extends from the cable port of the housing along a cable axis. The cable is electrically coupled with the contacts in the housing. The cable retention element is attached to the cable and is at least partially disposed within the housing. The cable retention element includes a body that is joined with the cable and a wing protruding from the body in a direction oriented at an angle with respect to the cable axis. The wing engages the housing to prevent the cable from being removed from the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2009
    Publication date: December 9, 2010
    Applicant: TYCO ELECTRONICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: STEVE SATTAZAHN, STEPHEN APA, DAVID COURS
  • Patent number: 7800468
    Abstract: A strain relief mechanism is provided for an accessory for an electrical switching apparatus, such as a circuit breaker. The accessory includes an enclosure having a first end with an aperture, a second end disposed opposite and distal from the first end, and a number of electrical conductors, such as wires, extending through the aperture and outwardly from the first end of the accessory enclosure. The strain relief mechanism includes a support extending outwardly from the first end of the enclosure, and being proximate the aperture and the number of electrical conductors extending therethrough. A fastening mechanism, such as a wire tie, wraps around the electrical conductors and the support in order to secure the number of electrical conductors to the support and resist undesired movement thereof. First and second portions of the enclosure are fastened together without a plurality of separate fasteners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2010
    Assignee: Eaton Corporation
    Inventors: Erik R. Bogdon, Thomas A. Whitaker
  • Patent number: 7661982
    Abstract: A rubber boot (30) is fit on a peripheral surface of a connector housing (10). Wires (90) pulled out of a rear surface of the housing (10) are folded back midway, and a folded region of the electric wires (90) is disposed along a peripheral surface of the boot (30). In this state, a tightening member (50) is tightened to the peripheral surface of the boot (30) to fix the wires (90) and the housing (10) together. A positioning portion (36) for regulating a longitudinal position of the tightening member (50) is provided on the peripheral surface of the boot (30). The phase of the wires (90) and the housing (10) become almost equal to each other when the connector is subjected to vibration. Therefore it is possible to prevent the terminal fittings (60) from vibrating inside the housing (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2010
    Assignee: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hideshi Tachi, Masaya Horiuchi
  • Patent number: 7619164
    Abstract: A clamp that guides and secures cables in a cable management system. The clamp includes a body member and latch members integrally formed with the body member. The body member includes at least one cable guide and the latch members include outwardly extending arms. The latch members pivot from an open position to a closed position over the body member. When the latch members are in the closed position, each arm is disposed over a cable guide to secure a cable positioned therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2009
    Assignee: Panduit Corp.
    Inventors: Jack E Caveney, Jason O'Young
  • Patent number: 7544085
    Abstract: A backshell assembly that includes a housing configured to terminate a cable that has a main body defining a central longitudinal axis and a connector interface for mating with an electrical connector. At least one adjustment extension extends from the main body opposite the connector interface and substantially parallel to the central longitudinal axis. An adjustable strain relief structure is coupleable to the cable and the housing. The adjustable strain relief structure includes at least one adjustment member coupleable to the cable that cooperates with the adjustment extension of the housing such that the adjustment member is moveable between different cable positions with respect to the central longitudinal axis of the housing. A biasing member is disposed between the at least one adjustment member and the at least one adjustment extension of the main body. The biasing member biases the at least one adjustment member into engagement with the at least one adjustment extension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2009
    Assignee: Amphenol Corporation
    Inventors: Brendon A. Baldwin, David O. Gallusser
  • Publication number: 20090111321
    Abstract: A backshell assembly that includes a housing configured to terminate a cable that has a main body defining a central longitudinal axis and a connector interface for mating with an electrical connector. At least one adjustment extension extends from the main body opposite the connector interface and substantially parallel to the central longitudinal axis. An adjustable strain relief structure is coupleable to the cable and the housing. The adjustable strain relief structure includes at least one adjustment member coupleable to the cable that cooperates with the adjustment extension of the housing such that the adjustment member is moveable between different cable positions with respect to the central longitudinal axis of the housing. A biasing member is disposed between the at least one adjustment member and the at least one adjustment extension of the main body. The biasing member biases the at least one adjustment member into engagement with the at least one adjustment extension.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2007
    Publication date: April 30, 2009
    Inventors: Brendon A. Baldwin, David O. Gallusser
  • Publication number: 20090093153
    Abstract: A rubber boot (30) is fit on a peripheral surface of a connector housing (10). Wires (90) pulled out of a rear surface of the housing (10) are folded back midway, and a folded region of the electric wires (90) is disposed along a peripheral surface of the boot (30). In this state, a tightening member (50) is tightened to the peripheral surface of the boot (30) to fix the wires (90) and the housing (10) together. A positioning portion (36) for regulating a longitudinal position of the tightening member (50) is provided on the peripheral surface of the boot (30). The phase of the wires (90) and the housing (10) become almost equal to each other when the connector is subjected to vibration. Therefore it is possible to prevent the terminal fittings (60) from vibrating inside the housing (10).
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2008
    Publication date: April 9, 2009
    Applicant: SUMITOMO WIRING SYSTEMS, LTD.
    Inventors: Hideshi Tachi, Masaya Horiuchi
  • Patent number: 7488196
    Abstract: A wire retaining connector, connector system and method of connecting wires to connectors to reduce or eliminate unintentional wire disconnection from wire connectors, including disconnection of poke-in connectors. The connectors and connector systems include a connector body having at least one opening configured to receive a wire, the wire including a partially exposed conductor and insulation. The connector body further includes a wire retention member having at least one surface onto which a wire may be engaged. A cutting projection may also be provided on the wire connector to form a channel in the insulation during insertion of the wire into the connector. The wire retention member or the projection provides sufficient retention of the wire to resist disconnection of the wire from the connector body. A method for connecting wires to the connectors is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2009
    Assignee: TYCO Electronics Corporation
    Inventors: Timothy Lee Kocher, Christopher George Daily, John Steven Wilson, John Michael Landis, David James Fabian, Kenneth Aaron Reigle, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7476121
    Abstract: A connector cover (14) holds a corrugated tube (15) surrounding wires (W) drawn out from the rear side of a housing (12) and is mounted on the rear side of the housing (12). The cover (14) has first and second cover shells (29, 30) to be assembled with each other. The cover shells (29, 30) include tube holders (28) capable of holding an end portion of the corrugated tube (15) therebetween. The first cover shell (29) includes locks (49), and the second cover shell (30) includes lock pieces (50) engageable with the locks (49). The first cover shell (29) has lock-piece protecting portions (54) to be arranged adjacent to leading end corners (53) of the lock pieces (50) corresponding to the tube holder (28) and projecting more outward than the lock pieces (50) in the thickness directions thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2009
    Assignee: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventor: Takeshi Tsuji
  • Patent number: 7442072
    Abstract: The invention relates to a cable connector including a housing with a base substantially extending between a front side and a rear side of said connector and a first housing part mountable to said base such that said first housing part and a first portion of said base determine a cable passage configured to accommodate a ferrule arrangement of a cable. The cable passage includes at least one recessed portion configured to receive a corresponding protrusion of said ferrule arrangement or vice versa Accordingly a high density cable connector is obtained with improved cable relief performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2008
    Assignee: FCI
    Inventors: Gert Droesbeke, Nico Van Stiphout, LĂ©onard Van Kuijk
  • Patent number: 7435096
    Abstract: An RF connector assembly (100) for being mounted on a printed circuit board includes a coaxial cable (20) having a central contact (21), a coaxial connector (11), an insulative member (12) and an inner conductor (13) having a contacting portion (131). The coaxial connector has a main body (111), a tubular portion (118) extending horizontally from the main body, an axial bore (113) extending through the main body and the tubular portion for receiving the insulative member, a connecting member (112) extending from the main body and having at least one post (211) for engaging with the printed circuit board. The connecting member, the main body and the tubular portion are integrally formed as a whole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2008
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Ind. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chien-Chiung Wang, Qing-Man Zhu, Hong-Feng Jiang, Lin Wu
  • Patent number: 7425148
    Abstract: A cord holder is shown and disclosed. The cord holder has a bridge and a fixture on each end of the bridge. The fixture has a finger on the outermost edge of the bridge which extends from one side of the bridge to the other side forming an upwardly opening saddle. A pair of knobs located adjacent to the fingers, extend from the bottom of the bridge. The arrangement of the knobs forms a downward opening curved area for housing the cord. The user inserts one cord into the saddle and the curved area on one end and the second cord into the saddle and curved area on the opposite end. The ends of the cords can then be attached and retained below the bridge in this plugged together position until removed by the users as the cords are retained preventing premature disconnect of the cords. Alternative embodiments show a cord holder either translatable or fixed to one end of the cord. Another embodiment shows multiple cord holders attached to form a multiple line extension cord.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2008
    Inventor: Robert S. Allen
  • Patent number: 7345241
    Abstract: A clamp that guides and secures cables in a cable management system. The clamp includes a body member and latch members integrally formed with the body member. The body member includes at least one cable guide and the latch members include outwardly extending arms. The latch members pivot from an open position to a closed position over the body member. When the latch members are in the closed position, each arm is disposed over a cable guide to secure a cable positioned therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2008
    Assignee: Panduit Corp.
    Inventors: Jack E. Caveney, Jason O'Young
  • Patent number: 7249964
    Abstract: A device for providing strain relief between an electrical connector and a wiring harness having wires or cables already joined to the contacts of the connector includes a T-shaped plate having axial and transverse members and a pair of opposing, inwardly facing, U-shaped structures disposed at opposite ends of the transverse member and extending at a right angle to the plate from a front edge thereof. The device is mounted on the connector with the U-shaped structures respectively straddling a corresponding mounting flange of the connector and a distal end portion of the axial member extending rearward over a portion of the harness extending rearward from the connector. The two rearward extending portions of the plate and harness are cinched together with a strap or the like. The device can be installed after the harness has been assembled without the need to remove the wires or contacts from the connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2007
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Edward K. Hoffman, Brian J. Hupf
  • Patent number: 7210964
    Abstract: An electrical connector backshell assembly may include at least one cable containing at least one electrical wire that is protected by a shield, at least a portion of the shield being separable from the at least one electrical wire. The backshell assembly also may include a housing defining an opening configured to receive the at least one cable and a termination area electrically coupled to the housing. The separable portion of the shield may be urged into contact with the termination area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2007
    Assignee: Honeywell International, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian S. Morris, Scott A. Hoffman, Robert D. Lanning
  • Patent number: 7077688
    Abstract: A cable manager includes a body and a cable clamping device integrally formed on the body. The cable clamping device has a pair of clamping pieces forming a space and an opening therein, and the space having a reception width and the opening having an opening width. The opening width is relatively smaller than the reception width.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2006
    Inventor: Yuan-Huei Peng
  • Patent number: 7044795
    Abstract: An electrical connector assembly includes a wire bundle having at least one wire with a metal shield surrounding at least a portion of the wire. The shield has an end portion and provides electromagnetic interference protection to the wire. A backshell includes a body and a cover secured to the body together defining an internal cavity with the wire at least partially arranged within the cavity. The backshell provides EMI protection for the portion of the wire bundle not covered by the shield. The backshell includes a hole in a wall of either the body or the cover with the end portion of the shield extending through the hole. The clamp is secured about the body and the cover with the end portion of the shield arranged between the clamp and the backshell grounding the shield to the backshell. The clamp forces the backshell into engagement with the wire bundle to provide strain relief for the wire bundle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2006
    Assignee: Hamilton Sundstrand
    Inventor: Chuong H. Diep
  • Publication number: 20040198091
    Abstract: An electrical connector assembly includes a wire bundle having at least one wire with a metal shield surrounding at least a portion of the wire. The shield has an end portion and provides electromagnetic interference protection to the wire. A backshell includes a body and a cover secured to the body together defining an internal cavity with the wire at least partially arranged within the cavity. The backshell provides EMI protection for the portion of the wire bundle not covered by the shield. The backshell includes a hole in a wall of either the body or the cover with the end portion of the shield extending through the hole. The clamp is secured about the body and the cover with the end portion of the shield arranged between the clamp and the backshell grounding the shield to the backshell. The clamp forces the backshell into engagement with the wire bundle to provide strain relief for the wire bundle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2003
    Publication date: October 7, 2004
    Inventor: Chuong H. Diep
  • Patent number: 6762363
    Abstract: A wire fixing portion (26) with a substantially U-shaped cross section that projects from an edge section of a wire draw-out opening (22) of a wire cover (20). The wire fixing portion (26) has a pair of bundling holes (28) through which a bundling band (40) can be introduced for bundling wires (W). In order to fix the wires (W) to the wire cover (20), the bundling band (40) is put on the wires (W) and the wire fixing portion (26) to fasten the wires (W). At this time, the wires (W) can be firmly fixed to the wire fixing portion (26) by suitably selecting a mounting path of the bundling band (40) based on the number of the wires (W) to be fixed and the outer diameter thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2004
    Assignee: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazunori Yamashita, Koji Okutani
  • Patent number: 6619997
    Abstract: A modular electrical connector back shell apparatus that provides wire strain relief when using pre-wired modules for electrical wiring applications. The apparatus includes a housing, a modular frame insertable into the housing, and a plurality of modular connectors insertable into the modular frame. The housing includes a plurality of wire-tie receiving orifices for fastening the wires in the pre-wired modular connectors to the housing via a wire-tie inserted through at least two wire-tie receiving orifices and fastened around at least one wire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2003
    Assignee: Bombardier Transportation
    Inventors: George A. Wilson, Ronald J. Schmidt
  • Patent number: 6419519
    Abstract: A backshell adapter assembly includes a clamp body and one or more extending strain relief arms, pivotably connected to the clamp body. The strain relief arms are adapted to receive a pair of opposing saddle clamps or cable tie to provide radial clamping of a wire bundle relative to the backshell adapter assembly to prevent axial movement of the cable in response to axial forces thereupon. The extending strain relief arms are adapted to be rotated between various positions including −90° to +90°. Provisions may be provided for securing the extending arms at various detent positions relative to the axis of the clamp body. As such the need for separate tooling for different configurations is eliminated, thus lowering the cost of the device. In addition, the use of such backshell adapter assemblies is greatly simplified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2002
    Assignee: Glenair Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas Frederic Young
  • Patent number: 6248952
    Abstract: A protective splash shield assembly for electrical wiring has a plurality of fasteners installed in slots. The fastener has an elbow shaped conduit guide connected thereto with a distal end connected to a corrugated tubular conduit that extends along a wall of the splash shield. The fastener has a conduit connected to it that extends transverse from the splash shield.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2001
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey A. Reeves, Andreas Lindenbach
  • Patent number: 6077113
    Abstract: The modular cross-connect panel for cable lines of cabled networks comprises a support assembly defining a vertical front portion and a horizontal rear portion, together with female connectors retained on the front portion and connected to the lines of cables fixed on the rear portion. In the panel said support assembly comprises two separate rigid supports referred to as a "front" support and as a "rear" support, together with two assembly columns fixed to the front support and releasably holding the rear support. The panel is applicable to a distribution frame for use in operating cable networks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2000
    Assignee: Alcatel
    Inventor: Didier Lecomte
  • Patent number: 6025557
    Abstract: Disclosed is apparatus for mounting a cable within an electronics enclosure, such as a network interface unit, which includes a splice chamber. A recessed portion is formed in one surface of the chamber, and a tie bar is formed across the recessed portion to provide a gap. A tie wrap is threaded through the gap and tightened around the cable to secure it to the surface. A grommet can also be mounted at the opening to the chamber. The grommet is made of a compliant material which has a series of perforations defining a plurality of non-concentric circles, and a series of perforations defining radial lines. A number of circles can be removed approximating the diameter of the cable, and segments formed by the radial lines can be used as flaps to prevent dust or other undesirable material from entering the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2000
    Assignee: Lucent Technologies Inc.
    Inventor: Bassel Hage Daoud
  • Patent number: 6019645
    Abstract: An electrical connector assembly includes a terminal position assurance (TPA) system. The assembly includes a connector housing having at least one terminal-receiving cavity. A terminal is received in the cavity and is adapted for terminating an electrical wire which extends from the terminal to the exterior of the housing. A TPA device is mountable on the housing and is engageable with the terminal. The TPA device has a strain relief portion engageable with the electrical wire. The TPA device also has a wire routing portion engageable with the electrical wire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2000
    Assignee: Molex Incorporated
    Inventors: Hazelton P. Avery, Donald J. Brinkman
  • Patent number: 5977486
    Abstract: A grommet assembly includes a main grommet body including first and second surfaces opposite one another. The first surface includes a sealing portion. A pivotable pressing member operatively associated with the main grommet body applies a pressing force to the second surface. The grommet assembly may include a rigid plate member including opposed tabbed hinge portions that receive a pivotable arm pivotable between a first position to apply a pressing force to the sealing portion and a second portion to release the pressing force. The grommet assembly may be attached to a vehicular wall panel by inserting the grommet into an opening of the wall panel, engaging a pressing member associated with the main grommet body with a bracket mounted on the wall panel, and pivoting the pressing member to apply a pressing force that seals connection between the main grommet body and the wall panel. The method may be carried out without accessing or modifying an interior portion of the wall panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 2, 1999
    Assignee: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventor: Hiroo Fujita
  • Patent number: 5973271
    Abstract: A grommet assembly has a main grommet body including first and second surfaces opposite one another. The first surface includes a sealing portion. An elastic pressing member operatively associated with the main grommet body applies a pressing force to the second surface. The elastic pressing member may attach to brackets provided on an exterior wall of a vehicle, e.g., an automobile. The grommet assembly may include a rigid plate member disposed between the elastic pressing member and main grommet body. The grommet assembly may include structure for substantially preventing relative rotation between the main grommet body and the elastic pressing member, structure for uniformly distributing the pressing force from the elastic pressing member to the main grommet body, and structure for supporting the elastic member in substantial alignment with the grommet body prior to assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 26, 1999
    Assignee: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd
    Inventor: Hiroo Fujita
  • Patent number: 5911595
    Abstract: The electrical connector of this invention is for terminating the wires of a cable into an electrical insert positioned within a connector backshell at an angle to the direction of the cable. A wireing space at the rear of the backshell is provided to terminate the wires within the insert. The connector is used to provide a connector interface for a cable running along one surface of a bulkhead and turning at an angle through the bulkhead to a receptacle or connector face extending from the other face of the bulkhead. The connector face receives an associated electrical interface device. The electrical connector of this invention provides the connector in a minimum amount of clearance space on both sides of the bulkhead. Grounding and shielding of a shielded portion of the cable to the connector is also provided within the minimum clearance space. A tie cord attaches the wires of the cable to a neck of the hollow shaft of the connector backshell to provide stress relief for the wires.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 15, 1999
    Assignees: Kern Engineering & Mfg. Co., Woven Electronics Corp
    Inventors: Lawrence William Orr, Jr., Roland A. Kern, Richard John Kern
  • Patent number: 5910026
    Abstract: An electrical connector assembly is disclosed for terminating the conductors of an electrical cable. A dielectric housing includes a plurality of terminal-receiving passages for receiving a plurality of terminals terminated to the conductors of the cable. A discrete dielectric cover is removably mounted on the housing over a termination end thereof. A discrete dielectric strain relief member is mounted on the housing near the termination end thereof and to which the electrical cable can be fixed. The cover is mounted to the housing independently of the strain relief member, whereby the cover can be removed from the housing without removing the strain relief member and the affixed cable. The strain relief member can be mounted on the housing at a plurality of different locations, whereby the cable can exit the connector from the housing in different locations and orientations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 8, 1999
    Assignee: Molex Incorporated
    Inventors: Lawrence E. Geib, Chandrasekaran Krishnaswamy, Gregory Paul Meyer
  • Patent number: 5886298
    Abstract: Disclosed is apparatus for mounting a cable within an electronics enclosure, such as a network interface unit, which includes a splice chamber. A recessed portion is formed in one surface of the chamber, and a tie bar is formed across the recessed portion to provide a gap. A tie wrap is threaded through the gap and tightened around the cable to secure it to the surface. A grommet can also be mounted at the opening to the chamber. The grommet is made of a compliant material which has a series of perforations defining a plurality of non-concentric circles, and a series of perforations defining radial lines. A number of circles can be removed approximating the diameter of the cable, and segments formed by the radial lines can be used as flaps to prevent dust or other undesirable material from entering the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 23, 1999
    Assignee: Lucent Technologies Inc.
    Inventor: Bassel Hage Daoud
  • Patent number: 5755597
    Abstract: A connector for a cable with a plurality of conductors and a common shielding comprises a housing of insulating material with contacts to be connected with the conductors, and a metal hood. The housing is at least partially accommodated in the hood. The shielding of the cable can be connected to the hood and the metal hood is provided with a wall with a passage for the cable. This wall of the hood comprises an upright collar joining the passage and having a conical outer wall. A ring with a correspondingly conical inner wall can be attached on this wall of the hood while clamping the shielding of the cable between the conical outer wall of the collar and the conical inner wall of the ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 26, 1998
    Assignee: Framatome Connectors International
    Inventors: Werner Panis, Eddy Kamiel Creele