Including Plural Prongs Patents (Class 439/511)
  • Patent number: 10141672
    Abstract: A latching mechanism for plug contacts in insulating housings of plug connectors is provided. The latching mechanism which, in addition to the known arrangement of a latching arm and latching shoulder, provides a latching lug on the latching shoulder. As a result of the latching lug, the latching mechanism is prevented from becoming released under a mechanical load. The latching lug enables additional latching of the latching arm against the plug contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: HARTING Electric GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Sebastian Griepenstroh
  • Patent number: 9530595
    Abstract: A vacuum circuit breaker includes a frame and a vacuum interrupter supported by the frame. A control wiring harness exits from an opening in a top face of a housing portion of the frame and a terminal block is disposed on the top face of the housing portion and includes first terminals connected to wires of the control wiring harness and second terminals configured to be connected to external wires.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Eaton Corporation
    Inventors: James Jeffery Benke, Daniel Evan Palmieri, Zachary Ryan Jenkins, Matthew Eugene Siegfried
  • Patent number: 9085240
    Abstract: The invention relates to a high voltage module for motor vehicles. The high voltage module includes a manually operated circuit breaker in a module housing which is disposed in a socket of the module housing. By removing the circuit breaker from the socket, at least one high voltage cable within the module housing is interrupted. A manually operated tool with a plug-type housing adapted to the socket includes a pivotable cover. The pivotable cover can assume an opened and a closed position. The tool includes at least one measuring lead which is connected to the at least one high voltage cable and a measuring terminal in the plug-type housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventor: Ralf Rathmacher
  • Patent number: 9048036
    Abstract: A switching apparatus includes a base, a housing, a main switch for mechanically disconnecting a power supply circuit and an interlock switch for electrically disconnecting the power supply circuit. The switching apparatus also includes a lever which is rotatably supported by one of the base and the housing and also is engaged with an engaging section formed in the other of the base and the housing. The lever causes a wall of the housing to be slid in a depth direction of an annular groove of the base in accordance with a rotation of the lever. The interlock switch is disconnected ahead of the main switch by separating a movable terminal of the interlock switch away from a fixed terminal of the interlock switch when the lever is rotated to cause the housing slid in a direction away from the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yukihisa Kikuchi, Yuichi Motoshige, Nobuyuki Kawai, Naoyuki Horii, Ryoji Taneda, Takehide Tone
  • Patent number: 8992251
    Abstract: An electrical splice assembly includes a housing having a forward portion, a rearward portion, and an intermediate portion defining a plurality of terminal retention cavities between the forward portion and the rearward portion. A conductive bus plate is retained within the forward portion of the housing. A plurality of terminals each extend into a respective terminal retention cavity and each terminal is in electrical contact with the bus plate. Each of the terminal retention cavities is defined by 1) a pair of opposing sidewalls connected to the forward portion and to the rearward portion and 2) a pair of opposing retention beams. The retention beams each include a latch which engages a respective terminal to retain the terminals in the terminal retention cavities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Dale J. Smutny, Wesley W. Weber, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8986020
    Abstract: An inter-terminal connection structure includes a circuit board terminal to be mounted on a circuit board; and a connection connector for connecting the circuit board terminal. The circuit board terminal includes a base portion, a pair of contact pieces extending from the base portion, and a pair of locking pieces extending from the base portion. Each contact pieces includes an elastic arm portion, and each locking pieces includes a locking portion having a locking protrusion. The connection connector includes a connection terminal having a plate shape portion sandwiched between the contact pieces and the locking pieces, and a housing that holds the connection terminal. The plate shape portion includes a locked portion, so that the locking protrusion is situated in the locked portion with a play to be movable when the connection connector is attached to the circuit board terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Hirose Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kentaro Ishii
  • Publication number: 20140377984
    Abstract: A bridging terminal includes a cap and four conductive pieces. Each of the flexible conductive pieces has two pin portions and a connecting portion. The connecting portions are combined in an assembling chamber of the cap. The pin portion of the first flexible conductive piece has a front-left-outer facet and a front-right-outer facet jutting frontward, and has a flexible arch jutting backward. The second and third flexible conductive pieces have each of their pin portions including a left-outer facet, a right-outer facet and a slot. The pin portion of the fourth flexible conductive piece has a rear-left-outer facet and a rear-right-outer facet jutting backward, and has a flexible arch jutting frontward. When the flexible conductive pieces are aligned and piled, the flexible arches are received in the corresponding slots. Thereby, the bridging terminal provides improved electric conductivity, bonding strength and stability, while preventing elastic fatigue and premature failure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2013
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventor: Shang Tsai WU
  • Patent number: 8771007
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a system for connecting electrical conductors to mutually different potentials, consisting of at least two electrical terminals (10) arranged alongside one another with plug receptacles (12) and at least two plug bridges (14) which have in each case at least two plug contacts (14.2) which are connected to one another via a top web (14.1) and can be plugged into the plug receptacles (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Phoenix Contact GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Heinz Reibke, Bernd Wilinski
  • Patent number: 8541073
    Abstract: Disclosed are compositions of ethylene/(meth)acrylate copolymers, polyolefins (e.g., polyethylene and polypropylene), optional tackifier resins and optional fillers that provide very strong, tight hermetic heat seals yet are easily peelable. These compositions are useful as an adhesive layer in multilayer structures that are useful as packaging lidding films. Also disclosed are packages that comprise these multilayer structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: E I du Pont de Nemours and Company
    Inventors: Terrance D. Kendig, Stephen Robert Tanny
  • Patent number: 8460027
    Abstract: An interlock for use with an electrical system includes an electrical component that is supported on a support structure. A first member is removably secured to the support structure. The first member prevents contact with the electrical component while the first member is secured to the support structure. A second member is also removably secured to the support structure. The second member prevents removal of the first member while the second member is secured to the support structure. The electrical component is adapted to be connected to a power source only when both the first member and the second member are secured to the support structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventor: John N. Topolewski
  • Patent number: 8298018
    Abstract: A multi-phase cross connection link for carrying potential between at least two switching devices modularly connected on a support member, each switching device having connector holders for accepting the potential, includes a conductor rail associated with each phase and disposed in a housing, the housing being made of insulation material and extending in a lengthwise direction. A plurality of tabs is associated with the conductor rail, the tabs extending outward in a comb-like manner in a shared plane perpendicular to the lengthwise direction of the housing. The plurality of tabs is arranged next to each other in a sequence having a row distance that corresponds to a first grid distance of the connector holders of the switching device. At least one end, relative to the lengthwise extending, of the cross connection link has incoming contact openings leading to the conductor rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Eaton Industries GmbH
    Inventors: Oliver Knoerrchen, Stephan Stanke, Jan Karol Nowak
  • Patent number: 8257111
    Abstract: A sealed electrical splice assembly includes a housing defining a cavity and including an opening. A conductive bus plate is retained in the cavity. A plurality of electrically conductive terminals are received in the cavity are electrically connected to the bus plate. The plurality of terminals are connected to a plurality of wire conductors. A seal plug is disposed in the cavity through the opening adapted to sealingly engage an interior surface of the housing surrounding the seal plug. An end cover overlies the seal plug disposed in the opening. The cavity receives the plurality of terminals through the end cover and the seal plug thereby allowing the seal plug to sealingly engage the plurality of wire conductors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Dale J. Smutny, Wesley W. Weber
  • Patent number: 8192227
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for jumping a pin connections in an electrical device are provided. The electrical device can be a vehicle having a data link connector that once mated with the apparatus, such a jumping connector that will jump at least two pin connections in the data link connector. The jumping connector can also have dip switches that be in the active or inactive state. In the active state, the dip switch will cause a connection to one of the pin connectors on the electrical device while the inactive state, the dip switch will not cause a connection to one of the pin connectors on the electrical device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: SPX Corporation
    Inventors: Adam Gentner, Ray de Schepper
  • Patent number: 8118611
    Abstract: A bridge connector made of PCB material has a first plurality of press-fit pins on one portion of the bridge connector and a second plurality of press-fit pins on another portion of the bridge connector. Within the connector is a set of signal conductors. Each conductor connects a press-fit pin of the first plurality of press-fit pins to a corresponding press-fit pin of the second plurality of press-fit pins. When the connector is attached to a printed circuit board (PCB), the press-fit pins extend into and engage corresponding plated through holes in the PCB. The press-fit pins exert enough retention force to mechanically couple two PCB frame sections. The PCB frame sections are electrically connected through the press-fit pins and corresponding signal conductors of the bridge connector. A bridge connector attached at each corner of an infrared touch sensor frame assembly allows the assembly to be solidly assembled from four sections of PCB: a top, bottom, left, and right PCB frame section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Inventor: Myoungsoo Jeon
  • Patent number: 8083543
    Abstract: A joint connector capable of mutually short-circuiting wires reliably without an increase in the number of components and size thereof. The joint connector (JC) comprises a joint terminal for short-circuiting and a connector housing. The joint terminal includes a plurality of electric contact portions and a short-circuiting portion connecting the electric contact portions. The connector housing has a bottom wall and other walls surrounding a terminal insertion space into which each of the wire-side terminal is inserted, and a lance for locking the inserted wire-side terminal. The lance adapted to be deflected so as to project outwardly from the bottom wall, until the wire-side terminal reaches a proper insertion depth position, to be retracted from the wire-side terminal, and elastically return into the bottom wall, when the wire-side terminal reaches the position. The deflection of the lance allows the insertion of the wire-side terminal to be checked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Assignees: Autonetworks Technologies, Ltd., Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd., Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasuo Omori, Hiroki Hirai, Tetsuji Tanaka, Tatsuo Tamagawa
  • Patent number: 8075336
    Abstract: A bridge element (5) having at least two bridge prongs (4), which are intended to be inserted into the respective bridge shafts (2) and to make electrically conductive contact with a contact point (3), which is arranged in the bridge shaft (2), of one or more clamping elements (1A-1G), and having a bridge section (10) which is electrically conductively connected to the bridge prongs (4) is described. The bridge prongs (4) and the bridge section (10) are electrically conductive and extend parallel to one another in a common insertion direction (Z). At least the external b ridge prongs (4) each have a profile which is of L-shaped cross section and has an outer contact section (9) which extends flat in the direction (Z) of extent and in the bridging direction (Y) which faces the adjacent bridge prongs (4), and an inner contact section (6) which starts from the outer contact section (9) transverse to the bridging direction (Y).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignee: WAGO Verwaltungsgesellschaft mbH
    Inventor: Hans-Josef Koellman
  • Patent number: 8066526
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for jumping a pin connections in an electrical device are provided. The electrical device can be a vehicle having a data link connector that once mated with the apparatus, such a jumping connector that will jump at least two pin connections in the data link connector. The jumping connector can also have dip switches that be in the active or inactive state. In the active state, the dip switch will cause a connection to one of the pin connectors on the electrical device while the inactive state, the dip switch will not cause a connection to one of the pin connectors on the electrical device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Assignee: SPX Corporation
    Inventors: Adam Gentner, Ray de Schepper
  • Patent number: 7987594
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing an array of thin metallic foil strips of predetermined thickness, the strips assembled to form circuits that can be electrically connected to a printed circuit board, cables or attached to wires. The strips are assembled to a base using contacts. A first side of the strips are assembled to a first side of the base. The foil strips are draped over a mandrel and a second side of the strips are assembled to a second side of the base. The excess material is removed from the strip to form a plurality of strips that form independent circuits when assembled to the circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Assignee: Tyco Electronics Corporation
    Inventors: Dominic Anthony Farole, Keith Edwin Miller
  • Publication number: 20110151711
    Abstract: A bridge element (5) having at least two bridge prongs (4), which are intended to be inserted into the respective bridge shafts (2) and to make electrically conductive contact with a contact point (3), which is arranged in the bridge shaft (2), of one or more clamping elements (1A-1G), and having a bridge section (10) which is electrically conductively connected to the bridge prongs (4) is described. The bridge prongs (4) and the bridge section (10) are electrically conductive and extend parallel to one another in a common insertion direction (Z). At least the external b ridge prongs (4) each have a profile which is of L-shaped cross section and has an outer contact section (9) which extends flat in the direction (Z) of extent and in the bridging direction (Y) which faces the adjacent bridge, prongs (4), and an inner contact section (6) which starts from the outer contact section (9) transverse to the bridging direction (Y).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2010
    Publication date: June 23, 2011
    Inventor: Hans-Josef Koellmann
  • Patent number: 7963796
    Abstract: A bridge connector configured to electrically and mechanically couple adjacent circuit boards. The connector includes a connector housing that has a mating side configured to interface with board surfaces of adjacent circuit boards when mounted thereon. The housing includes a contact-receiving slot that at least partially defines a restricted space. The connector also includes a bridge contact that is held within the slot and the restricted space. The bridge contact has a pair of contact ends that are spaced apart from each other and project from the mating side. The contact ends are inserted into corresponding through-holes of the adjacent circuit boards when the housing is mounted thereon. The bridge contact is sized and shaped relative to the restricted space to float within the slot such that the bridge contact at least one of shifts and pivots therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Assignee: Tyco Electronics Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew Sypolt, James Lee Fedder
  • Patent number: 7942692
    Abstract: A connecting element is disclosed for the connection of at least two switching devices and a switching device and an electric distribution system. In order to allow for the rapid and wireless connection of a plurality of electromechanical devices, at least one embodiment of the invention proposes a connecting device for the connection of at least two switching devices, wherein the connecting element includes first element(s) for mechanically connecting the switching devices to one and another and second element(s) for electrically connecting switching poles of the switching devices. The second element(s) include flexible connecting elements for connecting the switching devices to the switching poles that are electrically connected to the connecting device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2011
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Martin Bodenmeier
  • Patent number: 7883362
    Abstract: A joint connector has a housing (10) with cavities (11) capable of accommodating mating terminals (30) and a joint terminal (40) with a strip-like base (41) and terminal portions (42) projecting at specified intervals from the strip-like base (41). Insertion openings (18) are formed in a part of the housing (10) before the cavities (11) and communicate with the cavities (11). The joint terminal (40) is mounted into the housing (10) from the front with the terminal portions (42) in the lead. The strip-like base (41) has engaging holes (43) located between the terminal portions (42). Engaging projections (19A) project from a resilient wall (19) continuous with left and right side wall portions (12D) of the housing (10) and engage with the engaging holes (43).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Assignee: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Toshifumi Ichio, Takeshi Tsuji
  • Patent number: 7690927
    Abstract: A scalability card for use with a plurality of computer blades. The computer blades are releasably securable in a parallel configuration, wherein each blade includes a circuit board and a processor operatively coupled to the circuit board. Each processor is in electronic communication with a scalability connector on a floating plate that is loosely secured to the computer blade. Furthermore, each scalability connector is preferably disposed in a common plane extending perpendicular to the plurality of parallel computer blades. The scalability card includes a plurality of electronically interconnected scalability connectors arranged for rough alignment with the scalability connectors of each computer blade. In addition, the scalability card preferably includes at least one alignment feature for engaging each floating plate and, therefore, providing fine alignment of the scalability connector on each floating plate to one of the scalability connectors of the scalability card.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2010
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Brian M. Kerrigan, Justin P. Bandholz, Martin J. Crippen, Andrew S. Heinzmann, Joseph E. Maxwell, Edward J. McNulty, Pravin Patal, Tony C. Sass, Phillip L. Weinstein
  • Patent number: 7674127
    Abstract: An electrical contact-making element for electrical carrier components in an electronic housing is particularly suited for automotive applications. The electrical contact-making element is in the form of a U-shaped plug pin having a base limb and two side limbs. There is provided a robust, reliable electrical contact connection between a plurality of electrical carrier components, such as printed circuit boards, for example, which ensures secure contact is made even in the case of external influences such as vibrations, for example, and can be fitted, by way of a simple press-in mechanism, at the end of the fitting process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2010
    Assignee: VDO Automotive AG
    Inventor: Bernhard Lichtinger
  • Patent number: 7645145
    Abstract: Provided is a plug wherein a plurality of points in an electric circuit can be easily put into a conductive state or a nonconductive state. A system wherein such a plug is applied is also provided. The composite plug is provided with a plurality of plugs, each of which is provided with two conductive pieces connected by a conductive member. A current is carried between the two circuit terminals when the two conductive pieces are brought into contact with two circuit terminals included in the electric circuit, respectively. A current is not carried between the two circuit terminals when the two conductive pieces are separated from the two circuit terminals included in the electric circuit, respectively. The plugs are attached to a common case body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2010
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takaya Soma, Hiroshi Yoshida, Takeshi Mogari
  • Patent number: 7618283
    Abstract: A bridge connector that is configured to electrically and mechanically couple first and second circuit boards is provided. Each circuit board includes a board surface having through-holes. The connector includes a housing having a coupling side configured to interface with the board surfaces when the housing is coupled to the first and second circuit boards. The connector also includes a plurality of bridge contacts that are held within the housing. Each contact includes tail portions that project from the coupling side. Each tail portion is configured to form an interference fit with a corresponding through-hole in order to couple the first and second circuit boards. The tail portions are arranged to hold the first and second circuit boards along the coupling side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2009
    Assignee: Tyco Electronics Corporation
    Inventor: Brian Patrick Costello
  • Patent number: 7578682
    Abstract: A dual interface separable insulated connector comprising a faraday cage molded over a bus bar for use in an electric power system and a method of manufacturing the same are provided. The faraday cage can be disposed within a semi-conductive shell. The configuration of the separable insulated connector can provide for easier bonding between the faraday cage and insulating material. Additionally, the configuration can eliminate or reduce the need to coat the bus bar with an adhesive agent and to smooth the metal bus bar to remove burrs, other irregularities, and sharp corners from the bar. Manufacturing the dual interface separable insulated connector can include molding a semi-conductive rubber faraday cage over a conductive bus bar, inserting the faraday cage into a shell, and injecting insulating material between the faraday cage and shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2009
    Assignee: Cooper Technologies Company
    Inventors: David Charles Hughes, Mark Clifford Kadow, Michael John Gebhard, Sr.
  • Publication number: 20090098765
    Abstract: The invention relates to a modular electric cross connector for producing an electrically conductive connection, in particular of electric contacts (20) of relay sockets, comprising a carrier (100) and an electric bridge (200) partially received on/in the carrier (100), by means of which bridge the electrically conductive connection can be produced, wherein the carrier (100) can be mechanically connected by means of a mechanical plug connection to at least a second electric cross connector (1).
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2008
    Publication date: April 16, 2009
    Inventor: Johannes Helmreich
  • Patent number: 7497735
    Abstract: The invention is an electrical connector that minimizes signal skew caused by varying propagation times through different transmission paths within the connector, minimizes crosstalk caused by intermingling electric fields between signal contacts, and maximizes signal density within the connector. The electrical connector may include a plug and receptacle housing, plug contacts, receptacle contacts, and contact plates. The contact plates may include connecting contacts that electrically connect plug contacts to receptacle contacts. The electrical connector minimizes signal skew by maintaining substantially equal-length transmission paths within the connector through varying the lengths and positions of plug and receptacle contacts. The electrical connector minimizes crosstalk by surrounding the connecting contacts with electrical ground by placing the connecting contacts in grooves of the connecting plates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2009
    Assignee: FCI Americas Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Yakov Belopolsky
  • Patent number: 7488200
    Abstract: This connector assembly comprises a pair of receptacles 1, and an attachment member 2. Each receptacle comprises a housing 10, and substrate terminals 11. The attachment member 2 comprises a pair of holders 20, and connection members 21. The connection members comprise first connection members 21a and second connection members 21b. Each of the first and second connection members have, respectively, a link section 200, 210 disposed between the pair of holders, and connection terminals 201, 211 formed at both ends of the link section. The first connection members connect between the substrate terminals arranged on a side of each housing which is near the opposite housing, and the second connection members connect between the substrate terminals arranged on a side far from the opposite housing. The link section of each first connection member is disposed nearer to the printed circuit boards than the link section each second connection member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2009
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Works, Ltd.
    Inventors: Toshihiro Yamamoto, Hirohisa Tanaka
  • Patent number: 7476113
    Abstract: A flexible wiring member, which is capable of being wound around a wire harness, is provided with joint-side terminals, which are capable of being fitted with wire-side terminals, and the flexible wiring member includes a connection circuit for electrically connecting specified joint-side terminals in the joint-side terminals. Or, a plurality of joint-side terminals are previously held in the insulation housing, and these joint-side terminals are connected with a common flexible wiring member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2009
    Assignees: Autonetworks Technologies, Ltd., Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd., Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Tatsuo Tamagawa, Hiroki Hirai, Yuuji Saka, Akinori Oishi, Mitsuhiro Hattori, Eiji Kojima
  • Publication number: 20080318467
    Abstract: A relay receptacle shorting plug to short power contacts of a relay receptacle. The shorting plug includes a base having a plurality of terminals projecting from a first end of the base and the terminals have a physical arrangement to mate with contacts of the relay receptacle. The arrangement of the terminals allows for the shorting plug to be matably inserted into the relay receptacle. The terminals include first and second power terminals and at least one control terminal. The shorting plug also includes a closed conductive pathway between the first and second power terminals so that the shorting plug provides a current pathway between first and second power contacts of the relay receptacle. The relay receptacle shorting plug may provide an elongated structure to facilitate insertion and removal of the shorting plug with respect to the relay receptacle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2007
    Publication date: December 25, 2008
    Inventors: Gary M. Denomme, Richard L. Bir
  • Patent number: 7449645
    Abstract: A neutral connection arrangement for use with a pair of aligned transfer switch assemblies of an electrical panel. The first transfer switch assembly is operable to regulate electrical connection of a neutral conductor of a utility service, and the second transfer switch assembly is operable to connect a neutral conductor of a generator. The neutral connection arrangement may be in the form of a neutral bracket apparatus that includes a bracket having a first mount member, a second mount member, and a third mount member. The first mount member is attached at the first neutral bus of the electrical panel, and the second mount member is attached at the second neutral bus of the electrical panel located opposite the first neutral bus. An elongated body portion electrically connects the first and second mount members. The third mount member is generally U-shaped and extends from the elongated body portion for electrical connection to the first and second transfer switch assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2008
    Assignee: Reliance Controls Corporation
    Inventor: David D. Flegel
  • Patent number: 7425149
    Abstract: A connection system that couples a contact of a flat block of components to an apparatus is provided. The connection system comprises a conductive connecting element electrically coupled to the contact of the flat block of components, and a clamping device electrically coupled to the apparatus. The clamping device receives the connecting element. The connecting element is a rigid conductor. The rigid conductor is a screw fastened conductively to the contact. The screw penetrates a bore in the flat block of components and is locked by a nut on a second side of the flat block of components, which is opposite a first side of the flat block of components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2008
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Siegfried Hofler, Stefan Nowak, Wieland Portisch
  • Patent number: 7410361
    Abstract: A terminal assembly for selectively coupling multiple electrical loads in parallel or in series includes a plurality of jumper contacts in a spaced relationship. The jumper contacts may be in electrical communication with load terminals as well as source terminals. Connections made in a first group of electrically connectable pairings of adjacent jumper contacts couples the load terminals, and thus any loads attached thereto, in parallel. Connections made in a second group of electrically connectable pairings of adjacent jumper contacts couples the load terminals in series.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2008
    Assignee: Sound Sources Technology
    Inventors: Yoichiro Sumitani, Lin Chun-Yi, Chih-Huang Hsiao
  • Patent number: 7335054
    Abstract: A wiring connector having a connector housing made of an insulator and a plurality of stages of terminal rows provided in the connector housing. The plurality of stages of terminal rows includes a first terminal row and a second terminal row and the first and second terminal rows each comprise a plurality of terminals. The base of the first terminal row is attached to the base of said second terminal row and a new connection terminal formed at a turndown.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2008
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Nakazawa, Koji Kano, Atsushi Ikematsu, Kenichi Tamakoshi, Keishi Takayama
  • Patent number: 7336491
    Abstract: A heat dissipation device for electrical components includes an outer surface and an inner surface. The outer surface is configured for mounting the electrical components thereon, wherein the components are mounted to the outer surface to allow the transfer of heat from the electrical components to the heat dissipation device and ambient air. The inner surface defines a cavity within the heat dissipation device that also enables housing of the electrical components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2008
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Frank Goemmel, Roland Hammer
  • Patent number: 7281950
    Abstract: The invention is an electrical connector that minimizes signal skew caused by varying propagation times through different transmission paths within the connector, minimizes crosstalk caused by intermingling electric fields between signal contacts, and maximizes signal density within the connector. The electrical connector may include a plug and receptacle housing, plug contacts, receptacle contacts, and contact plates. The contact plates may include connecting contacts that electrically connect plug contacts to receptacle contacts. The electrical connector minimizes signal skew by maintaining substantially equal-length transmission paths within the connector through varying the lengths and positions of plug and receptacle contacts. The electrical connector minimizes crosstalk by surrounding the connecting contacts with electrical ground by placing the connecting contacts in grooves of the connecting plates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2007
    Assignee: FCI Americas Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Yakov Belopolsky
  • Patent number: 7241168
    Abstract: A joint connector has a housing (10) with insertion spaces (11) for receiving terminal fittings (20). A joint terminal (30) is mounted in the housing (10) at a first position where the joint terminal (30) is retracted from the insertion spaces (11). The terminal fittings (20) then are inserted into the insertion spaces (11) of the housing (10). The joint terminal (30) then is displaced to a full locking position for contacting and shorting the terminal fittings (20). As a result, the joint terminal (30) does not hinder insertion of the terminal fittings (20). Furthermore, the joint terminal (30) is mounted directly in the housing (10) and does not require a separate holder. Thus, the number of parts is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2007
    Assignee: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Toshikazu Sakurai, Atsushi Sakatani
  • Patent number: 7232324
    Abstract: A plug-in electrical bridge connector includes a pair of parallel bridge contacts that extend through contact openings contained in an insulated bus bar housing arrangement for electrical engagement with bus bars mounted in chambers contained therein, respectively. A locking device is arranged in at least one of the bus bar chambers for automatic locking engagement with the associated bridge contact, thereby to retain the bridge contact in engagement with the associated bus bar. A release device is moveably mounted on the bridge connector body for displacement from a retracted position toward an operable extended position in which the release member unlocks the locking device from the bridge contact, thereby to permit removal of the bridge connector from the bus bar housing arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2007
    Assignee: Weidmüller Interface GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Jens Oesterhaus
  • Patent number: 7189108
    Abstract: In a terminal connection apparatus by which the space between terminals, such as the terminals of two adjacent electromagnetic contactors, is bridged by three-phase terminal connection conductors arranged in the order of the phases or in the order of phase switching to realize a motor reversing operation, load switching, power source switching or the like, the three-phase terminal connection conductors are housed in a box-shaped insulation case for unitization. As a result, the terminal connection conductors are collectively surrounded by the insulation case to protect the insulation. At the same time, the terminal connection conductors are connected to an electrical device in a unitized manner, thus preventing wrong wiring operation when they are connected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2007
    Assignee: Fuji Electric Fa Components & Systems Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kouetsu Takaya, Hideki Daijima
  • Patent number: 7182631
    Abstract: A bridging member for electrical terminals provides each of the connecting pins of the bridging member with a sleeve of insulating material, which extends in the axial direction around the connecting pin in such a way that an inner free space is present between the connecting pin and the sleeve of insulating material, whereby the connecting pin possesses a material constriction in the depth of the sleeve of insulating material. The connecting pin can execute equilibrating movements in the free space of the sleeve of insulating material and also can be removed from the sleeve of insulating material by means of a rotational movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2007
    Assignee: WAGO Verwaltungsgesellschaft mbH
    Inventor: Hans-Josef Kollmann
  • Patent number: 7160145
    Abstract: The invention concerns an interconnect device in particular for connection and/or line terminals arranged on-line, comprising first and second interconnect combs facing each other and comprising each a connecting bar, and teeth, extending substantially perpendicularly from the connecting bar, the device comprising elastic teeth and rigid teeth. The teeth of each of the first and second combs are alternately rigid and elastic. The elastic teeth and the rigid teeth of the first comb are located respectively opposite the rigid teeth and the elastic teeth of the second comb.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2007
    Assignee: ABB Entrelec
    Inventors: Sylvain Barrat, Stéphane Prost
  • Patent number: 7131863
    Abstract: Each of a plurality of jumper templates is configured to fit over a jumper block. Each jumper template contains a set of jumpers disposed to connect to pin pairs on the jumper block and thereby set the jumper block to one of a permissible setting for the jumper block. A jumper template may include a key that corresponds to a physical feature of the jumper block to ensure proper orientation of the jumper template with respect to the jumper block. Alternatively, a jumper template includes a jumper for each pin pair of a jumper block. Buttons are configured to move sets of the jumpers into or out of position to short selected pin pairs of the jumper block. The buttons correspond to permissible settings of the jumper block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2006
    Assignee: Sharp Laboratories of America, Inc..
    Inventors: Levi Lebo, Charles Michael Pickett, James Owen
  • Patent number: 7056150
    Abstract: An electrical connector box constructed to prevent inaccurate insertion of a short circuit forming terminal to the contacts of an internal circuit. A shorting terminal includes a conductor plate having multiple tabs extending from a link portion, the link portion being covered by a cover, and a post that extends in the same direction as the tabs. A relay receptacle includes a post aperture into which post member of cover is inserted, thus allowing the tabs to enter specified terminal slots of the relay receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2006
    Assignee: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yukinori Saka, Kouichi Okada
  • Patent number: 7008260
    Abstract: An electrical cross-connector arrangement is provided for connecting to an electrical junction box or the like a plurality of connecting terminals, modules or pin-and-socket connectors, including a comb-like member having a plurality of resilient flat finger portions having free ends that extend within corresponding openings contained in a plurality of bus bars, respectively, the free end of each finger portion being twisted about the longitudinal axis of the finger portion, thereby to effect a positive electrical contact between the finger portion and the walls of the bus bar opening, while affording a certain degree of tolerance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2006
    Assignee: Weidmuller Interface GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Torsten Diekmann
  • Patent number: 6888077
    Abstract: A protection and control assembly includes several multipole electrical switch devices each having a box (10,20,30) provided with input side and output side conducting connection strips, that project along a vertical axis on a horizontal connection area on the input side, and output side respectively, of the box (10,20,30) and that can be inserted in openings (44) of removable power terminal blocks (40,40?,50,50?,60). The assembly includes at least one connecting element (80,80?) that electrically connects the poles of a first and a second electrical device of the assembly, the connecting element (80) being arranged such that it is positioned firstly between the box (10) and a power terminal block (40,50) of the first device, and secondly between the box (20) and a removable power terminal block (40?,50?) of the second electrical device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2005
    Assignee: Schneider Electric Industries SAS
    Inventors: José Garcia, Serge Paggi, Régis Perrocheau
  • Patent number: 6851971
    Abstract: A terminal block includes a block body, a plurality of conductive terminals, and a switch assembly. The block body has a front surface, and each conductive terminal has a portion outwardly extending from the front face. The plurality of conductive terminals is arranged in an array of rows and columns, with each row having at least one pair of conductive terminals. The switch assembly has an open position and a closed position, with the closed position permitting electrical communication between conductive terminals in a row of the array. The open position does not permit electrical communication between conductive terminals in the row.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2005
    Assignee: Bellsouth Intellectual Property Corporation
    Inventor: Kevin Forsberg
  • Patent number: 6843684
    Abstract: An electrical hub network connecting apparatus electrically couples a plurality of stackable hubs in close proximity to one another. The connecting apparatus includes a housing rigidly formed for enclosing a plurality of electrical conductors. The housing has a main body extending between transverse first and second ends each having a connector affixed thereto. The connectors are electrically connected by the electrical conductors and each releasably attaches electrically and mechanically to a respective receiving connector mounted on one of the hubs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2005
    Inventor: Henry Milan
  • Publication number: 20040106322
    Abstract: A terminal block includes a block body, a plurality of conductive terminals, and a switch assembly. The block body has a front surface, and each conductive terminal has a portion outwardly extending from the front face. The plurality of conductive terminals is arranged in an array of rows and columns, with each row having at least one pair of conductive terminals. The switch assembly has an open position and a closed position, with the closed position permitting electrical communication between conductive terminals in a row of the array. The open position does not permit electrical communication between conductive terminals in the row.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2002
    Publication date: June 3, 2004
    Inventor: Kevin Forsberg