Including Three Or More Contacts Adapted To Be Selectively Interconnected Patents (Class 439/49)
  • Patent number: 10644563
    Abstract: A terminal lead assembly for use in an integrated drive generator has a body formed of a lead portion and a support portion. The lead portion is received within an aperture in the support portion. The support portion has an outer periphery defined within a plane extending perpendicularly to a central axis of the lead portion. The outer periphery includes two curved portions and straight side portions extending parallel to each other and connecting the curved portions. An integrated drive generator and a method are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Hamilton Sundstrand Corporation
    Inventors: Derek R. Hochstetler, Ted A. Martin, Duane C. Johnson, Glenn C. Lemmers, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10622177
    Abstract: A switching device having a housing, with a cover that can pivot about a rotational axis, and a securing device for carrier rail mounting. The cover has at least one coupling contact for an electrical and/or signal-type contact connection with at least one engageable switching device. A closing or releasing of the contact connection occurs with a pivoting of the cover. A locking or unlocking of the securing device occurs with a pivoting of the cover. The securing device has a spring-elastic clipping element shaped on the housing, for force-locking securing to a carrier rail end face, and has a sliding element, which is mounted such that it can slide in a linear manner within the housing and is coupled to the cover, for interlocking securing to the carrier rail end face opposite the clipping element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Ellenberger & Poensgen GmbH
    Inventor: Herbert Roth
  • Patent number: 10566739
    Abstract: A twisted pair communications device and associated twisted pair communications system are disclosed. One twisted pair communications device includes a plurality of twisted pair connectors each associated with a different twisted pair communication channel, and a multi-channel connector communicatively connected to each of the plurality of twisted pair connectors. The multi-channel connector is configured to transmit and receive communication signals associated with each of the twisted pair communication channels on a multi-channel twisted pair cable and includes a plurality of wire pairs disposed in a plurality of rows within the connector. Fewer than all of the plurality of wire pairs are communicatively connected to twisted pair connectors, and wherein unassociated wire pairs in the multi-channel connector separate at least two groups of wire pairs associated with different twisted pair communication channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: CommScope Connectivity Spain, S.L.
    Inventor: Arturo Pachón
  • Patent number: 10484306
    Abstract: A system applied to patch panels having pairs of ports to be interconnected by the insertion of connectors provided at each end of a patch cord and carrying a passive NFC identification tag and containing a unique identity of the patch cord. A tracking module associated to each patch panel and connected to a controller device and comprising an NFC antenna associated with each panel port and a reader for processing and storing the signals that each antenna picks up from the identification tag of a connector inserted in the respective panel port. Each tracking module carries a light indicator, indicating the connection status of each port, and a button for registering the patch panel in the controller device having its operation managed, in accordance with a programmed interconnection layout, by a server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: FURUKAWA ELECTRIC LATAM S.A.
    Inventors: Sergio Roberto Scarpin, Francisco Da Silva Tavares, Cinthya Oestreich Silva, Guilherme Bauml Campagnoli, Matheus Kulcheski Carneiro, Adriel Erich Pereira, Carlos Alberto Fernandes Sobrinho, André Luís De Castro Mello
  • Patent number: 10439305
    Abstract: A connection device for conductors has at least one double conductor connection for connecting two conductors. The conductor connections are formed as direct plug connections each having a metal clamping cage formed of a highly conductive material such as sheet metal. A clamping spring is mounted on each clamping cage. Each clamping cage serves as a spring support for a clamping spring and as a contact element for each conductor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Weidmüller Interface GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Karlo Stjepanovic, Stephan Fehling, Walter Hanning
  • Patent number: 10388636
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus relating to integrating System in Package (SiP) with Input/Output (IO) board for platform miniaturization are described. In an embodiment, a SiP board includes a plurality of logic components. An IO board is coupled to the SiP board via a grid array. The plurality of logic components is provided on both sides of the SiP board and one or more of the plurality of logic components are to positioned in an opening in the IO board. Other embodiments are also disclosed and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Eng Huat Goh, Wee Hoe, Khang Choong Yong, Ping Ping Ooi
  • Patent number: 10367295
    Abstract: The present disclosure illustrates a clamping mechanism for an industrial input/output device. In the clamping mechanism, an operating link can be slid and rotated to drive links of mechanism elements. Therefore, the efficiency of clamping the industrial input/output device on a DIN rail or unloading the industrial input/output device from the DIN rail fast and conveniently may be achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: MOXA INC.
    Inventor: Yi-Chun Huang
  • Patent number: 10181692
    Abstract: Embodiments of the disclosure are directed to a coaxial connector with a translating grounding collar for establishing a ground path with a mating connector. The coaxial connector is configured to provide an electrical connection between two mating connectors. The coaxial connector includes a housing with a first conductor and a second conductor mounted within the housing. Further, the coaxial connector comprises a grounding collar mounted to the housing to provide a grounding of the coaxial connector with a mating connector that can discharge electro-static discharge build up before connections are established between the first and second conductors and a mating connector. Thus, the coaxial connector is grounded before establishing an electrical connection between the coaxial connector and a mating connector while also compensating for tolerance stack variability in the coaxial connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Corning Optical Communications RF LLC
    Inventor: Thomas Edmond Flaherty, IV
  • Patent number: 10128619
    Abstract: A contact module includes a dielectric holder holding signal contacts and guard traces. The guard traces are electrically commoned and provide electrical shielding between the corresponding signal contacts. A ground shield is coupled to a first side of the dielectric holder and provides electrical shielding for the signal contacts. The ground shield is electrically connected to each guard trace and has a plurality of rails. Each rail has side strips aligned with the signal contacts and connecting strips extending inward from a first edge of the side strip into the dielectric holder to directly engage the corresponding guard traces. The rails are generally L-shaped defined by the side strips and corresponding connecting strips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignees: TE CONNECTIVITY CORPORATION, TYCO ELECTRONICS JAPAN G.K.
    Inventors: Chad William Morgan, John Joseph Consoli, Masaaki Iwasaki, Justin Dennis Pickel, Masayuki Aizawa
  • Patent number: 9865970
    Abstract: A connector includes a housing unit which accommodates terminals which are crimped onto respective ends of a plurality of electric wires. The housing unit includes housings of a number corresponding to a number of the terminals, each of the housings configured to accommodate each of the terminals. At least one of the housings is formed by a material which has a dielectric constant at which impedance between each of the terminals is a desired impedance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shintaro Abe, Isao Kameyama
  • Patent number: 9685782
    Abstract: Power distribution modules capable of “hot” connection and/or disconnection in distributed antenna systems (DAS), and related components, power units, and methods are disclosed. The power distribution modules are configured to distribute power to a power-consuming DAS component(s), such as a remote antenna unit(s) (RAU(s)). By “hot” connection and/or disconnection, it is meant that the power distribution modules can be connected and/or disconnected from a power unit and/or a power-consuming DAS component(s) while power is being provided to the power distribution modules. Power is not required to be disabled in the power unit before connection and/or disconnection of power distribution modules. As a non-limiting example, the power distribution modules may be configured to protect against or reduce electrical arcing or electrical contact erosion that may otherwise result from “hot” connection and/or connection of the power distribution modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Corning Optical Communications LLC
    Inventors: Chois Alven Blackwell, Jr., Boyd Grant Brower, Terry Dean Cox
  • Patent number: 9454501
    Abstract: A universal serial bus (USB) sensor bar and a device manager are configured to intelligently monitor one or more patch panels. The USB sensor bar comprises an array of sensors configured to read identification data from memory devices affixed to respective cables plugged into ports of a patch panel. The USB sensor bar converts the identification data to a USB protocol and sends the data to a device manager over a USB bus. The device manager uses the received information to document a network architecture, generate web-based interfaces that render configuration and status information for the network, and generate alarms or notifications in response to detection of defined network conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: LEVITON MANUFACTURING CO., INC.
    Inventors: Mark Edward Dearing, Jason Erickson, Jeff Storm, Jay Treptow, Hua Wang
  • Patent number: 9247319
    Abstract: In one example embodiment, a panel assembly is provided that includes a first panel element having a first side edge to be attached to a communications rack, where the first panel element includes a first plurality of apertures proximate to the first side edge. The panel assembly also includes a second panel element having a second side edge to be attached to the communications rack, where the second panel element includes a second plurality of apertures proximate to the second side edge. The panel assembly also includes a third patch panel element provided between the first panel element and the second panel element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: CISCO TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventor: George Glen Daniel Cole
  • Patent number: 9083120
    Abstract: A socket for electronic components configured to connect each electrode terminal of an electronic component to a wiring of a wiring board with a shield member having electrical conductivity and multiple openings being disposed on the wiring board, with a contact unit configured to electrically conduct the electrode terminal of the electronic component and the wiring of the wiring board PB being disposed in the openings, and with the contact unit including a ground contacting portion configured to electrically conduct with the shield member, and when the contact unit is for grounding, grounding is performed by the ground contacting portion and the shield member being brought into contact and electrically conducting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: Alps Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shigetomo Chiba, Nobuyuki Okuda, Takeki Uozumi, Daisuke Takai
  • Patent number: 9077164
    Abstract: A cutting plate includes a planar interface able to accept electrical connectors, two ramps for supporting harnesses and two lateral walls, the dimensions of the interface and of the two ramps in a longitudinal direction being adapted to suit the number of connectors of the cutting plate and the dimensions in the directions other than the longitudinal direction and the dimensions of the lateral walls conforming to standard dimensions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: Airbus Operations S.A.S.
    Inventors: Christophe Casse, Steve Fernandez, Marie Bayle
  • Patent number: 9063278
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an electrostatic actuator includes a generally planar fixed frame, a generally planar moving frame coupled to the fixed frame by a flexure for substantially coplanar, perpendicular movement relative to the fixed frame, a plurality of interdigitated teeth, a fixed portion of which is attached to the fixed frame and a moving portion of which is attached to the moving frame, and an elongated output shaft having opposite input and output ends, the input end being coupled to the moving frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: DigitalOptics Corporation MEMS
    Inventors: Robert J. Calvet, Guiqin Wang, Roman C. Gutierrez, Xiaolei Liu
  • Publication number: 20150132975
    Abstract: Provided is a keystone jack for use as a port in a wired computing network. The keystone jack includes a housing, a plug receptacle within the housing configured to receive a plug connector therein, a termination portion of the housing for connecting a network cable thereto, a first circuit disposed between the plug receptacle and the termination portion, a plurality of conductive terminals disposed within the plug receptacle and configured for defining together with the first circuit and the termination portion a communication channel for electrically communicating between the plug receptacle and the termination portion, and an interfacing unit being in electric communication with the first circuit and configured for interfacing with a detachably attachable supplementary electric unit to provide electrical communication thereof with said at least a portion of the communication channel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: HCS KABLOLAMA SISTEMLERI SAN. ve TIC.A.S.
    Inventor: Shay Yossef
  • Patent number: 9025343
    Abstract: A telecommunication distribution box includes a housing and an electrical component mounted in the housing. A cover plate is movably connected to the housing and is movable between open and closed positions. A lip extends outwardly from the cover plate. The lip covers the electrical component when the cover plate is in the closed position to prevent accessing and removing the electrical component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventors: Stephen Kent Lebo, David Owen Corp
  • Patent number: 8991040
    Abstract: A reusable electronic circuit assembling system facilitates assembly and testing of electronic circuits. The system has at least one baseboard and one or more assembling blocks magnetically or mechanically attached to the baseboard. Each assembling block has at least two electrically connected conductive clips located separately in the opening holes of the assembly block. Discrete electronic components are connected by selectively inserting the electrodes of the to-be-connected electronic components into the clips of the assembling blocks. A complete circuit is constructed by attaching the above block-component assemblies on the baseboard and connecting them in accordance with the desired circuit diagram.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: 5eTek, LLC
    Inventor: Erli Chen
  • Publication number: 20140233902
    Abstract: A kit for providing intelligence capability to a communications frame includes: a housing having a central portion, pairs of upper members extending from opposite sides of the central portion, and a plurality of fingers extending away from each of the upper members; a rear cover attached to the housing, the cover having a central body, pairs of upper legs extending from opposite sides of the central body, and a plurality of fingers extending away from each of the upper members; and a PCB having a central section, pairs of upper members extending from opposite sides of the central section, and a plurality of fingers extending away from each of the upper members, the PCB being adapted for attachment to the housing and rear cover, with the central section being sandwiched between the central portion and the central body, the PCB upper members being sandwiched between the rear cover upper members and the housing upper members, and the PCB fingers being sandwiched between the rear cover fingers and the housing fin
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2013
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Applicant: CommScope, Inc. of North Carolina
    Inventors: Guilibaldo Ruiz, Patrick Fariello
  • Publication number: 20140211809
    Abstract: A network switch that can directly receive and connect to telecommunications cables includes: a body; a first panel mounted to the body; a first plurality of ports located in the first panel, each of the first plurality of ports configured to receive a telecommunications cable; a second panel mounted to the body; a second plurality of ports located in the second panel, each of the second plurality of ports configured to receive a patch cord; and electronic circuitry housed in the body for conducting network switching operations, the electronic circuitry being connected with the first plurality of ports and the second plurality of ports. Such a network switch can receive a cable directly, rather than requiring an intermediate patch panel, and therefore can simplify either an interconnect or a cross-connect telecommunications system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2014
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: CommScope, Inc. of North Carolina
    Inventors: Ryan Enge, George Brooks, G. Mabud Choudhury, Jeffrey Sumrall, Gregory Pinn
  • Patent number: 8736527
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a flexible LED pixel string comprising a number of LED pixels interconnected by a flexible cable, where the flexible LED pixel string comprises a connector for connecting the flexible LED pixel string to a data and power feeder. The flexible cable comprises a first conductor being a power line, a second conductor being a data line, a third conductor being a clock line, a fourth conductor being a first ground line and a third conductor being a second ground line. The data line or the clock line are arranged between the first ground line and the second ground line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Martin Professional A/S
    Inventor: Wouter Verlinden
  • Patent number: 8737079
    Abstract: An active patch panel uses small form factor plus (SFP+) connectivity with a plurality of channels extending between first and second faces of the panel. The channels connect ports on the opposing faces of the panel and are provided with additional electronic elements, such as an equalizer, a clock data recovery element, and a pre-emphasis element. A controller can be connected to the plurality of channels to provide instructions for simultaneous equalization and pre-emphasis of a plurality of cable assemblies in the same channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Panduit Corp.
    Inventors: Ronald A. Nordin, Paul W. Wachtel, Masud Bolouri-Saransar, Robert D. Elliot, Mysore Purushotham Divakar, Surrendra Chitti Babu
  • Patent number: 8698305
    Abstract: A multi-configuration interface device for coupling different types of GPUs (graphics processor units) to a PCB (printed circuit board). The interface device comprises a GPU interface for a connection to the GPU and a PCB interface for a connection to the PCB. The GPU interface is implemented using a customizable attachment footprint for effectuating a connection to differing GPU types while maintaining the PCB interface for the connection to the PCB. The ball array for different GPUs can be configured to respectively support them. The interface device maintains a consistent PCB interface. Thus, as GPU characteristics change and evolve, or as different GPU versions are implemented, a consistent connection can be maintained for the PCB.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Nvidia Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas E. Dewey, James K. Dobbins, Joseph S. Minacapelli, Simon A. Thomas
  • Publication number: 20130330043
    Abstract: A cable management device that hangs downward an overhead cable conveyance, such as a ladder rack or cable tray. The cable management device includes an enclosure chamber and a patch board. Spare runs of cable can be stored, out of sight and out of the way, in the enclosure chamber. the patch board allows cable connections to be made at the juncture where a cable “pays off” of its overhead conveyance, before heading downwards to a component rack extending upwards from the floor of the data center. Also, a flipper wiring path trunk assembly, for a set of 12 optical signals, with LC duplex modules and LC connectors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2012
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Applicant: CABLExpress
    Inventors: Kent Goldsmith, Joshua E. Taylor
  • Patent number: 8588050
    Abstract: An intelligent network patch field management system is provided that includes active electronic hardware, firmware, mechanical assemblies, cables, and software that guide, monitor, and report on the process of connecting and disconnecting patch cords plugs in an interconnect or cross-connect patching environment. The system is also capable of monitoring patch cord connections to detect insertions or removals of patch cords or plugs. In addition, the system can map embodiments of patch fields.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Panduit Corp.
    Inventors: Jack E. Caveney, Ronald A. Nordin, Shahriar B. Allen
  • Publication number: 20130303002
    Abstract: There is provided a three-dimensional interconnect structure for micro-electronic devices and a method for producing such an interconnect structure. The method comprises a step wherein a backbone structure is manufactured using an additive layer-wise manufacturing process. The backbone structure comprises a three-dimensional cladding skeleton and a support structure. The cladding skeleton comprises layered freeform skeleton parts that will form the electric interconnections between the electric contacts of the interconnect structure after a conductive material is applied on the backbone structure. The support structure supports the layered freeform skeleton parts. Parts of the support structure may be removed to isolate and/or expose the electric interconnections. The cladding skeleton can be embedded by an insulating material for providing a further support.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 24, 2011
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Applicant: Nederlandse Organisatie voor toegepastnatuuwetenschappelijk onderzoek TNO
    Inventors: Gerrit Oosterhuis, Herman Hendrikus Maalderink, Andries Rijfers, René Jos Houben, Clemens Maria Bernardus van der Zon, Leonardus Antonius Maria Brouwers
  • Patent number: 8562358
    Abstract: A patch panel (100) for use with infrastructure management systems that utilizes a plurality of cables interconnected to end-user devices and work area outlets, and integrated circuits to monitor the status of these end-user devices and outlets includes a pair of circuit boards. A plurality of connective jacks (31) are mounted on the first (36) of the two circuit boards, and are interconnected to other network devices. Wires from the jacks extend to and connect with network devices and the first circuit board has a plurality of first integrated circuits (45) mounted thereon which monitor the status of the network devices connected to the jacks. The second circuit board (49) is spaced apart from the first circuit board and it includes a plurality of second integrated circuits (52) that convey the status information obtained from the network work area outlets on the network to network devices, such as switches and scanners of the network (104).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Molex Incorporated
    Inventors: Augusto P. Panella, Elliot A. Baines, Jeng-De Lin
  • Publication number: 20130217247
    Abstract: An intelligent network patch field management system is provided that includes electronic hardware, firmware, mechanical assemblies, cables, and software that provide visible and audible cues for connecting and disconnecting patch cords in an interconnect or cross-connect patching environment. Systems of the present invention also monitor patch cord connections in a network.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2013
    Publication date: August 22, 2013
    Applicant: Panduit Corp.
    Inventor: Panduit Corp.
  • Publication number: 20130201993
    Abstract: A network switch that can directly receive and connect to telecommunications cables includes: a body; a first panel mounted to the body; a first plurality of ports located in the first panel, each of the first plurality of ports configured to receive a telecommunications cable; a second panel mounted to the body; a second plurality of ports located in the second panel, each of the second plurality of ports configured to receive a patch cord; and electronic circuitry housed in the body for conducting network switching operations, the electronic circuitry being connected with the first plurality of ports and the second plurality of ports. Such a network switch can receive a cable directly, rather than requiring an intermediate patch panel, and therefore can simplify either an interconnect or a cross-connect telecommunications system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2013
    Publication date: August 8, 2013
    Applicant: CommScope, Inc. of North Carolina
    Inventor: CommScope, Inc. of North Carolina
  • Patent number: 8382501
    Abstract: Communications patching system and methods utilizing common-mode channel communications are provided for identifying patch panel ports to which a backbone cable is connected in a communications patching system, for identifying a patch panel port to which a horizontal cable terminating at a telecommunications outlet is connected in a communications patching system, and for identifying the physical location of first and second connectors of a patch cord in a communications patching system having multiple patching zones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: CommScope Inc. of North Carolina
    Inventor: Peter T. Tucker
  • Patent number: 8342858
    Abstract: A patch panel that comprises a housing exhibiting a front face, in addition to first, second and third connectors. Each second connector corresponds to one of the first connectors, while each third connector also corresponds to one of the first connectors. Each first, second and third connector provides access, via the front face of the housing, to a respective set of terminals disposed at a set of positions relative to the respective connector. Each terminal in a first subset of the terminals to which one of the first connectors provides access is connected to a corresponding terminal to which the corresponding second connector provides access. Each terminal in a second, complementary subset of the terminals to which that same one of the first connectors provides access is connected to a corresponding terminal to which the corresponding third connector provides access.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: BCE Inc.
    Inventor: Stéphane Maxime François Fortier
  • Patent number: 8340093
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present inventions are directed to a system and method for monitoring connectivity between a switch having switch ports and a patch panel having patch panel ports connected by removable cords. The system may include an identification device physically shaped to fit a cavity of the switch port, a communication cord having identification wires to connect the switch port to a patch panel port, a microcontroller mounted on the patch panel to read a unique identification number of the identification device in order to identify a connection between the switch port and the patch panel port and a management station to receive the unique identification from the microcontroller and to store data regarding the connection of the switch port and the patch panel port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: RIT Technologies Ltd.
    Inventors: Pinchas Shifris, Alex Shar, Yaakov Haggay, Ilan Kelmer, Yishay Gourman, Uriya Mantver, Guy Shapira
  • Publication number: 20120309211
    Abstract: An intelligent network patch field management system is provided that includes electronic hardware, firmware, mechanical assemblies, cables, and software that provide visible and audible cues for connecting and disconnecting patch cords in an interconnect or cross-connect patching environment. Systems of the present invention also monitor patch cord connections in a network.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2012
    Publication date: December 6, 2012
    Applicant: PANDUIT CORP.
    Inventors: Steven A. Jacks, Thomas G. Fuller, Robert J. Pflaum, Richard A. Rago, Wayne C. Fite, Brian D. Leshin, Robert Wilcox, Shariar B. Allen, John M. McNally
  • Patent number: 8251707
    Abstract: A structure for use with data network management systems uses a plurality of cables interconnecting patch panels, network devices and end-user devices and further utilizes integrated circuits to monitor the status of these end-user devices. The structure includes respective primary (36) and secondary (45) circuit boards. A plurality of connective jacks (31) are mounted on the primary circuit board and these jacks are interconnected to switches and other patch panels within the network. Wires from the jacks extend to and connect with end-user devices and a secondary circuit board is spaced apart from the primary circuit board so as to define a hollow nest (42) within the patch panel assembly that houses and protects integrated circuits (45, 52) and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: Molex Incorporated
    Inventors: Augusto P. Panella, Elliot A. Baines, Jeng-De Lin
  • Patent number: 8221159
    Abstract: A patchbay includes a front panel, a rear panel, and a circuit board with conducting traces. The front panel has mounted thereon a plurality of XLR/TRS combination jacks, and sets of pairs of TRS jacks. The rear panel has five DB25 connectors. The circuit board extends from the front panel to the rear panel; each set of three conducting traces forms a channel connected to one of the DB25 connectors. The DB25 connectors connect to channels for Mic in, Line in, Preamp out, A/D in, and D/A out, respectively. Each XLR/TRS combination jack is connected to a Mic in channel and to a Line in channel. One of each pair of TRS jacks in the first set is connected to a Preamp out channel and the other is connected to an A/D in channel. Each TRS jack in the second set is connected to a D/A out channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Inventor: Thomas William Knepp
  • Publication number: 20110256738
    Abstract: A structure for use with data network management systems uses a plurality of cables interconnecting patch panels, network devices and end-user devices and further utilizes integrated circuits to monitor the status of these end-user devices. The structure includes respective primary (36) and secondary (45) circuit boards. A plurality of connective jacks (31) are mounted on the primary circuit board and these jacks are interconnected to switches and other patch panels within the network. Wires from the jacks extend to and connect with end-user devices and a secondary circuit board is spaced apart from the primary circuit board so as to define a hollow nest (42) within the patch panel assembly that houses and protects integrated circuits (45, 52) and the like.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2009
    Publication date: October 20, 2011
    Applicant: Molex Incorporated
    Inventors: Augusto P. Panella, Elliot a. Baines, Jeng-De Lin
  • Publication number: 20110244698
    Abstract: An intelligent network patch field management system is provided that includes electronic hardware, firmware, mechanical assemblies, cables, and software that provide visible and audible cues for connecting and disconnecting patch cords in an interconnect or cross-connect patching environment. Systems of the present invention also monitor patch cord connections in a network.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2011
    Publication date: October 6, 2011
    Applicant: PANDUIT CORP.
    Inventors: Steven A. Jacks, Thomas G. Fuller, Robert J. Pflaum, Richard A. Rago, Wayne C. Fite, Brian D. Leshin, Robert Wilcox, Shahriar B. Allen, John M. McNally
  • Patent number: 8029290
    Abstract: A method for supplying a plurality of capacitance values to a plurality of heating, ventilation, air-conditioning, and refrigeration (HVAC/R) components is provided. The method includes configuring a first set of terminals of a connection device to couple a first capacitor to the connection device and configuring the connection device to couple the first capacitor to at least one of the plurality of HVAC/R components. The method further includes configuring a second set of terminals of the connection device to couple a second capacitor to the connection device and configuring the connection device to selectively couple the second capacitor to at least one of the plurality of HVAC/R components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Assignee: Regal Beloit Corporation
    Inventors: James Ryan Johnson, Francisco Javier Curiel
  • Patent number: 8002555
    Abstract: An electrical connector (100) comprises the following: (a) a first element (102) having an opening (114) for receiving an electrical cable (116), (b) a second element (104, 106) coupled to an electrical connector element (108), wherein the first element is coupled to the second element in order to define a cavity between the first and the second elements, wherein the connector element is in electrical contact with the cable in the cavity, and (c) an adjustable insulating shield (110) that is movable between a first position and a second position relative to the second element, such that a conductive contact section of the connector element is exposed for direct contact when the shield is moved to the first position, and that the shield covers the section in order to restrict direct access to the section when the shield is moved to the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: ADC GmbH
    Inventor: Scott David Lee
  • Patent number: 7993143
    Abstract: A powered communications patch panel is adapted to power network devices connected to the communications patch panel. Power is supplied to the network devices by the powered communications patch panel over the communication cabling. The powered communications patch panel may be provided with a management port to allow remote management of the patch panel via a network connection. Multiple management ports may be provided, allowing patch panels to be connected to one another in a daisy-chain configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: Panduit Corp.
    Inventors: Ronald A. Nordin, Masud Bolouri-Saransar, Michael V. Doorhy
  • Patent number: 7931473
    Abstract: A device for interfacing power from an electrical supply having power terminals, that permits implementation of a wide range of power cord lengths and voltage connection combinations. The device includes a body having a cord side and an appliance side. The body has four or more terminals located on the cord side of the body, with one terminal being a ground terminal. At least one electrical connecting device is adapted to connect terminals. In a first configuration, the device is used at a lower voltage. In a second configuration, the device is used at a higher voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2011
    Assignee: Crane Pumps & Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: William J. Watkins, Mark Kowalak
  • Patent number: 7927107
    Abstract: A network patch panel is provided. The network patch panel includes a frame having a plurality of first indentations and a plurality of second indentations; and a patch module having a plurality of first protrusions and a plurality of second protrusions, wherein the patch module is assembled within the frame by inserting each the first protrusion into a corresponding one of the plurality of first indentations, and fixed to the frame by inserting each the second protrusion into a corresponding one of the plurality of second indentations thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2011
    Inventors: John Peng, Ying-Shang Lo
  • Publication number: 20110053386
    Abstract: A connector includes a universal conductor, a first connecting body, and a second connecting body. The first connecting body connects to the conductor, and the second connecting body rotatably connects to the conductor. The present disclosure further discloses an electronic device using the universal connector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2009
    Publication date: March 3, 2011
    Applicants: SHENZHEN FUTAIHONG PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD., FIH (HONG KONG) LIMITED
    Inventor: JIAN-HUI LI
  • Publication number: 20100304577
    Abstract: A powered communications patch panel is adapted to power network devices connected to the communications patch panel. Power is supplied to the network devices by the powered communications patch panel over the communication cabling. The powered communications patch panel may be provided with a management port to allow remote management of the patch panel via a network connection. Multiple management ports may be provided, allowing patch panels to be connected to one another in a daisy-chain configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2010
    Publication date: December 2, 2010
    Applicant: PANDUIT CORP.
    Inventors: Ronald A. Nordin, Masud Bolouri-Saransar, Michael V. Doorhy
  • Publication number: 20100266117
    Abstract: A network switch that can directly receive and connect to telecommunications cables includes: a body; a first panel mounted to the body; a first plurality of ports located in the first panel, each of the first plurality of ports configured to receive a telecommunications cable; a second panel mounted to the body; a second plurality of ports located in the second panel, each of the second plurality of ports configured to receive a patch cord; and electronic circuitry housed in the body for conducting network switching operations, the electronic circuitry being connected with the first plurality of ports and the second plurality of ports. Such a network switch can receive a cable directly, rather than requiring an intermediate patch panel, and therefore can simplify either an interconnect or a cross-connect telecommunications system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2010
    Publication date: October 21, 2010
    Inventors: Ryan Enge, George Brooks, G. Mabud Choudhury, Jeffrey Sumrall, Gregory Pinn
  • Publication number: 20100267251
    Abstract: A cable management system. The system has the following: (a) a computer or network device having a plurality of first communication connectors, (b) one or more adapters having a plurality of second communication connectors and a plurality of third communication connectors, and (c) a plurality of patch cables. Each of the plurality of first connectors has an assigned corresponding connector among the plurality of second connectors. Each of the plurality of second connectors has an assigned corresponding connector among the plurality of third connectors. Each of the plurality of third connectors has an assigned corresponding connector among the plurality of patch cables. The one or more adapters is adapted to being connected to or being removed from the device. The first connectors are adapted to being connected to and in electrical connection with the plurality of second connectors or being disconnected therefrom.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2010
    Publication date: October 21, 2010
    Inventor: Kenneth A. Phu
  • Patent number: 7811093
    Abstract: A telecommunications connectivity system including a patch panel comprising a plurality of ports, each port including first and second electrical terminals, the first electrical terminal enabling at least one data communications standard not enabled by the second electrical terminal. The telecommunications connectivity system also includes a terminal selection system including a terminal selector that houses an electrical connector. The terminal selector may be installed in one of the ports such that the electrical connector connects to either the first or second electrical terminal, as preselected. The telecommunications connectivity system also includes a wall receptacle system electrically connected to each of the ports, the wall receptacle system including first and second jacks, the first jack enabling at least one data communications standard not enabled by the second jack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2010
    Assignee: Optical Cable Corporation
    Inventors: Ian J. Timmins, Derrick F. Stikeleather, William B. Everette, Sterling Vaden, Sumio Seo, Lyudmila Z. Burtseva, James Yanik
  • Publication number: 20100255687
    Abstract: A network patch panel is provided. The network patch panel includes a frame having a plurality of first indentations and a plurality of second indentations; and a patch module having a plurality of first protrusions and a plurality of second protrusions, wherein the patch module is assembled within the frame by inserting each the first protrusion into a corresponding one of the plurality of first indentations, and fixed to the frame by inserting each the second protrusion into a corresponding one of the plurality of second indentations thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 16, 2009
    Publication date: October 7, 2010
    Inventors: John PENG, Ying-Shang LO
  • Patent number: 7803020
    Abstract: A computer system architecture in which functionally compatible electronic components are located on modular printed circuit boards. Thus, a type of processor used by the system can be changed by replacing the printed circuit board incorporating the processor. Similarly a type of peripheral bus used can be changed simply by replacing the printed circuit board containing the peripheral controller. High-density connectors connect the circuit boards. Some embodiments of the invention use a single backplane. Other embodiments place peripheral slots on a second, passive backplane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2010
    Inventors: Stanford W. Crane, Jr., Maria M. Portuondo, Willard Erickson, Maurice Bizzarri