Including Resilient Securing Patents (Class 439/552)
  • Patent number: 11243359
    Abstract: A fiber optic connector and cable assembly includes a cable and a fiber optic connector. The connector has a main connector body, a ferrule, a spring for biasing the ferrule, and a spring push for retaining the spring within the main connector body. A crimp band is provided for securing the fiber optic cable to the fiber optic connector. The crimp band includes a first portion securing a cable strength member. The crimp band also includes a second portion crimped down on a jacket of the cable. The crimp band further includes an inner surface having gripping structures for gripping the strength member and/or the jacket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Assignee: CommScope Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Steven C. Zimmel, Yu Lu, Patrick J. Nault, Scott C. Kowalczyk, Scott Droege, Brent Campbell, Christopher Stroth
  • Patent number: 10785881
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a housing, a circuit board, a sealant and a baseplate. The housing may have a shelf and a flange along an open side. The circuit board may be (i) disposed on the shelf of the housing and inside the flange of the housing and (ii) secured to the housing. The sealant may be dispensed (i) through the open side of the housing and (ii) along a gap between the flange and the circuit board. The baseplate may be compressed to the housing thereby causing the sealant to flow between (i) the baseplate and the circuit board and (ii) the baseplate and the flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: VEONEER US INC.
    Inventors: Demetri Stilianos, Jacob Jay Yoder, Luis Fernando Sanchez, Floyd J. Malecke
  • Patent number: 10553995
    Abstract: A relay socket mountable on a mounting structure comprises a main body and a clipping system disposed on the main body. The main body has an upper part disposed on a first side of the mounting structure and a lower part extending beyond a fixation edge of the mounting structure to a second side of the mounting structure opposite the first side. The upper part of the main body receives a relay. The clipping system is adapted to lock the main body to the fixation edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Connecteurs Electriques Deutsch
    Inventors: Laurent Houry, Martin Brunet
  • Patent number: 9590348
    Abstract: A connector assembly configured to be mounted through an opening in a panel for providing a connection between different harnesses of a vehicle. The connector assembly includes a connector housing and a fixing element. The fixing element is configured to lock the connector housing to the panel when the connector housing is inserted into the opening in the panel and the fixing element is attached to the connector housing. The fixing element is configured to be releasably attached to the connector housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Michal Grudzewski, Pawel Lesniak, Krzysztof Pitala
  • Patent number: 9214762
    Abstract: A connector includes a housing, a mounting block assembled to the housing and a first contact inserted into the mounting block and the housing. The housing includes a receiving space and a first through hole in communication with the receiving space. The mounting block is assembled in the receiving space and includes a second through hole which is aligned with the first through hole. The first contact is inserted into the second through hole and the first through hole in sequence along a rear-to-front direction. The first contact includes an elastic member and the housing and/or the mounting block comprise a stop surface to resist against the elastic member for position restriction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: ALLTOP ELECTRONICS (SUZHOU) LTD.
    Inventors: Wang-I Yu, Hung-Chi Tai, Kuo-Cheng Liu
  • Patent number: 8840427
    Abstract: A socket with an assembling and unloading mechanism comprises: a frame, having at least one installing hole; at least one holding member for assembling and unloading the frame and having a plate member and a pair of flexible clamping members disposed on the two sides of the plate member, the plate member has an accepting hole, each of the flexible clamping members has a pressing portion and a hook disposed on the one side of the pressing portion and driven by the pressing portion, each hook buckles the peripheral of the frame adjacent to the installing hole; and at least one connecting port, connecting to the inside of the accepting hole; wherein the hook is unloaded from the frame while pressing the pressing portion, and the holding member is withdrawn from the installing hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: YFC-Boneagle Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ying-Ming Ku, Chun-Chieh Chen
  • Patent number: 8689436
    Abstract: An align fixture for aligning an electronic component having a receptacle adapted to receive the electronic component and having a first abutting section and a second abutting section, the align fixture further having a first elastic unit and a second elastic unit, the first abutting section is flexibly mounted via the first elastic unit, and the second abutting section is flexibly mounted via the second elastic unit, and the first abutting section and the second abutting section are together adapted to floatingly engage the electronic component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Multitest Elektronische Systeme GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas Hofmann, Helmut Scheibenzuber
  • Patent number: 8323049
    Abstract: An electrical power connector is provided that is configured to mate with a complementary electrical connector. The electrical power connector includes a connector housing that retains both electrical signal contacts and electrical power contacts. The electrical power connector includes an engagement assembly that includes 1) at least one polarization member configured to mate with a polarization member of the complementary electrical connector only when the electrical power connector is in a desired orientation relative to the complementary electrical connector, and 2) a securement member configured to releasably engage a securement member of the complementary electrical connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: FCI Americas Technology LLC
    Inventor: Hung Viet Ngo
  • Patent number: 8162693
    Abstract: A connector assembly including a connector body with a locking cam defined on an external surface. In a method of use the locking cam cooperates with a perimeter of a knock-out hole into which the connector is to be inserted. During insertion of the connector body the locking cam engages the knock-out hole and deforms a retainer ring so as to permit further insertion. Once the connector body is fully seated, the locking cam cooperates with a locking tang on the retainer ring to hold the connector assembly together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: Bridgeport Fittings, Inc.
    Inventors: Delbert L. Auray, Kenneth M. Kiely
  • Patent number: 8129634
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a conduit connector can comprise: a body comprising a box engagement region capable of engaging an opening in an enclosure and a spring configured to engage the connector and the enclosure. The box engagement region can have a root surface, a leading tab, and a follower tab wherein the root surface and leading tab can be located between a leading edge and a secondary edge. A leading tab perimeter edge and a follower tab perimeter edge define a tab perimeter diameter that is larger than an opening in the enclosure. When the leading tab is inserted into the enclosure the spring can be disposed to engage the secondary edge and the enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Assignee: Sigma Electric Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Robert K. Sheehan, Vinayak Manohar Chavan
  • Patent number: 8124891
    Abstract: A duplex electrical fitting including a one-piece connector body that is die-cast of metal. The duplex fitting includes a pair of inbound bores on the inbound end and a single outbound bore on the outbound end. Two cable engaging clips are secured to the connector body, one adjacent each of the inbound bores, for engaging and securing an electrical cable in each of the inbound bores. An end stop with a pair of round openings therein stops the forward travel of the cables just before the outbound bore. The outbound end of the connector body includes a cylindrical nose portion and a split cylindrical snap ring for providing positive engagement of the outbound end of the duplex fitting to an electrical box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: Arlington Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas J. Gretz
  • Publication number: 20120045932
    Abstract: A connector isolator system, having a mounting plate with a contact surface and an opposing operational surface and an aperture extended therebetween; a plurality of backstops spaced a distance away from the operational surface of the mounting plate; a printed circuit board (PCB) or other connector carrier member that is movable out-of-plane between the backstop and the operational surface of the mounting plate, and a plurality of in-plane isolators mounted therein with an electrical connector mounted thereon in a position to pass through the aperture in the mounting plate; and one or more biasing members arranged for urging the connector carrier member toward the mounting plate and the electrical connector through the aperture therein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2011
    Publication date: February 23, 2012
    Inventor: Jeffrey D. Carnevali
  • Patent number: 8119933
    Abstract: This disclosure is directed to electrical connectors, and more specifically to various types of electrical connectors, including an connector assembly having an integrally formed connector body having opposed end openings provided with an outer surface that slopes downwardly toward the outlet opening. The inlet opening having lips that are crimped retaining cable retainer inserts. A sloping or frustro-conical, snap fit, outer, retaining ring with locking tangs is provided for snap locking the outlet end portion of the connector body to an associated electric box or panel. The frustro-conical retaining ring has grounding tangs engaging the inner periphery of a knock out hole of an electric box or panel for effecting a positive electrical ground therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignee: Bridgeport Fittings, Inc.
    Inventors: Délbert Auray, Kenneth M. Kiely, Lawrence J. Smith
  • Publication number: 20110124221
    Abstract: A socket assembly includes a rotor assembly, a housing, and at least one electrical contact. The rotor assembly has an axis of rotation and defines a channel having a length about perpendicular to the axis of rotation. The rotor assembly is adapted to receive at least one lamp pin within the channel from an edge of the rotor assembly. Each of the at least one lamp pin defines a longitudinal axis. Each of the axis of each of the at least lamp pin is about parallel to the axis of rotation when each of the at least one lamp pin is received from the edge of the rotor assembly to within the channel. The housing is adapted to receive the rotor assembly such that the rotor assembly is rotatable along its axis of rotation therein. The housing defines a notch adapted to receive each of the at least one lamp pin when each of the axis of each of the at least one pin is about parallel to the axis of rotation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2011
    Publication date: May 26, 2011
    Applicant: Leviton Manufacturing Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory Galluccio, Anthony Tufano, Francisco Schapira, Cesar Vásquez, Carlos Salazar
  • Patent number: 7824213
    Abstract: A cable connector is provided for connecting a cable to an electrical box. The cable connector has a body with an axial passage for receiving the cable where the body has a first end and a second end. The first end of the body is connected to the electrical box by a coupling member. Two spaced apart spring arms extend from the second end of the body and are angled inwardly to engage the cable and couple the cable to the connector. In one embodiment, the spring arms extend from a top portion of the body inwardly toward the axial center of the body. The first end of the connector includes a coupling tab for coupling to the electrical box and attaching the connector to the electrical box. In one embodiment, the coupling tab is formed with the front end of the body. In a second embodiment, the coupling tab is formed with the forward end of the coupling spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Assignee: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventors: Krzysztof W. Korcz, Mahran H. Ayrton
  • Publication number: 20100248523
    Abstract: A power connector assembly includes a male power connector and a female power connector engaged in the male power connector. The male power connector includes a main body defining a receiving cavity and a number of terminals positioned in the receiving cavity. The female power connector includes a main body, an inserting portion, and a latching member with elasticity. The latching member includes a latching portion and an actuating portion. The latching portion includes a guiding tab connected to the inserting portion and an engaging tab extending from the guiding tab. The actuating portion extends from the engaging tab. A latching slot is defined in a wall of the main body of the male power connector to engage with the engaging tab to engage the female power connector in the male power connector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2009
    Publication date: September 30, 2010
    Applicants: HONG FU JIN PRECISION INDUSTRY (ShenZhen)CO.,LTD., HON HAI PRECISION CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Lei Liu, Xiao-Feng MA
  • Patent number: 7789701
    Abstract: A connector assembly adapted for mounting to a panel having a cutout includes a connector having a body including sides defining a perimeter configured to fit within the cutout. The connector includes a flange extending outward from one of the sides of the body, and the flange is configured to engage a front surface of the panel to define a stop against the panel when the connector is in a mated position. The connector is configured to be one of either front loaded through the cutout from a front of the panel to the mated position or rear loaded through the cutout from a rear of the panel to the mated position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2010
    Assignee: Tyco Electronics Corporation
    Inventors: Keith McQuilkin Murr, Scott S. Duesterhoeft, Robert N. Mulfinger, Lee Jacobo Jose Roitberg
  • Publication number: 20100197166
    Abstract: An electrical power connector is provided that is configured to mate with a complementary electrical connector. The electrical power connector includes a connector housing that retains both electrical signal contacts and electrical power contacts. The electrical power connector includes an engagement assembly that includes 1) at least one polarization member configured to mate with a polarization member of the complementary electrical connector only when the electrical power connector is in a desired orientation relative to the complementary electrical connector, and 2) a securement member configured to releasably engage a securement member of the complementary electrical connector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2010
    Publication date: August 5, 2010
    Inventor: Hung Viet Ngo
  • Patent number: 7726983
    Abstract: An electrical connector comprises an insulative housing, a plurality of terminals assembled to the insulative housing and a pair of fastening elements assembled to the insulative housing. The insulative housing comprises an elongated base portion and a pair of retaining slots respectively disposed at two sides thereof. The base portion defines a mating face and an engaging face opposite to the mating face. A pair of fastening elements are assembled to the pair of retaining slots of the insulative housing, each fastening element comprises a fixing portion received in the retaining slot and a resilient arm disposed outside of the retaining slot and opposite to the fixing portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2010
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Ind. Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yu Zhu
  • Patent number: 7727009
    Abstract: A light emitting element assembly for mounting to a panel. The assembly includes a housing configured to receive a light emitting element therein. In addition, the assembly includes a bezel having at least one latch arm extending from a surface of the bezel, wherein the bezel is configured to detachably engage a surface within the housing. The bezel is further configured to retain the assembly in a position relative to the panel. The assembly also includes a mounting structure having the light emitting element operably mounted therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2010
    Assignee: Tyco Electronics Canada ULC
    Inventor: Kazuhiro Goto
  • Patent number: 7708589
    Abstract: An electrical connector assembly is provided for mounting onto a panel having a panel opening. The connector assembly includes a connector and a latch. The latch is configured to mount on the connector, and attach to the panel as the housing is inserted into the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2010
    Assignee: FCI Americas Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph B. Shuey
  • Patent number: 7699649
    Abstract: The invention relates to an electrical connecting module comprising at least one connector strip for electrically connecting wires and/or cables. The connector strip has at least one catch element and a rigid front panel. This front panel has at least one opening through which the connector strip can be partially inserted and which is cut open in the area of the catch element. The connector strip rests against the face of the front panel via a stopping edge. A securing element can be locked from the rear side of the front panel by the connector strip. This securing element is situated between the catch element and the front panel, and the closed contour of the securing element forms a stopping face on the rear side of the front panel. The securing element has an at least partially elastic design whereby being elastic in the area of the catch element. The invention also relates to a securing element suitable for the electrical connecting module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2010
    Assignee: ADC GmbH
    Inventor: Ralf-Dieter Busse
  • Patent number: 7674130
    Abstract: An electric connector for passing a line through a housing wall has a rectangular housing made of an insulating material, at least one connection element and a securing element used to secure the connector to the rectangular wall opening of the housing wall. The securing element includes at least one fixing element and an elastic clamping element which is arranged in an essentially perpendicular manner in relation to the fixing element, such that the clamping element interacts against an inner edge of the narrow side of the wall opening when the connector is in the mounted state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2010
    Assignee: Phoenix Contact GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Stefan Giefers
  • Publication number: 20100009569
    Abstract: A plug connector (100) includes an insulative housing (1) including a base portion (10) and a mating portion (12) extending from the base portion in a first mating direction, a number of contacts (2) received in the insulative housing, a circuit board (6) with a plurality of through holes (620) therein, and a number of wires (3) comprising a number of signal wires (31) and a number of power wires (32) respectively electrically connecting with the contacts. The contacts comprise a number of signal contacts (23) and a number of power contacts (21), the signal contacts are soldered with the circuit board. The signal wires are flatly soldered on the circuit board, the power wires are soldered with the contacts directly or electrically connected with the contacts by the circuit board. The signal wires are arranged to extend laterally along a second direction perpendicular to a first mating direction, the power wires are arranged to extend along a third direction perpendicular to the second direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2009
    Publication date: January 14, 2010
    Applicant: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: PING-SHENG SU, HONG-LEI FAN
  • Patent number: 7614132
    Abstract: A case (12) for a computer monitor (10) having a tub (16) with a case aperture (38) therein adapted for receiving a subpanel (26). The subpanel (26) has a plurality of electrical connectors 28 which are user accessible thereby. A beveled flange (40) on the subpanel (26) is received within a receiving flange (44) on the case aperture (38). A structural grid (32) within the case (12) has a flexible portion (34) which includes an electronics enclosure (33) having a screw receiving aperture (42) therein such that a screw (30) is passed through a subpanel screw aperture (48) in the subpanel (26) and secured within the screw receiving aperture (42), thereby flexing the flexible portion (34) to hold the subpanel (26) firmly within the case aperture (38).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2009
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Douglas L. Heirich
  • Patent number: 7553188
    Abstract: An electrical connector for mounting to a panel includes a housing configured to be mounted to the panel, and a deflectable latch including a latch arm having a length extending in a longitudinal direction between a fixed end secured to the housing and a free end movable with respect to the housing. The free end has a locking finger extending therefrom. The latch arm is deflected laterally with respect to the length thereof to align the locking finger with an opening through the panel. The deflectable latch returns to a resting position once the housing is mounted to the panel, and the locking finger engages the panel when in the resting position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2009
    Assignee: Tyco Electronics Corporation
    Inventors: Robert Neil Whiteman, Jr., Christopher David Ritter
  • Patent number: 7549258
    Abstract: An adjustable housing assembly for mounting to a wall is disclosed. The assembly generally includes a back plate having a flange that defines an axis extending perpendicularly from the back plate and a front plate disposed in parallel relationship to the back plate. A connector connects the plates in the parallel relationship at various distances longitudinally along the axis. The connector includes co-acting male and female components extending circumferentially about the axis and at least one of the male and female components is spaced longitudinally along the axis for connecting the plates at any one of the various distances in response to relative rotation between the male and female components about the axis. The connector may also include a mounting ring separate from the back plate and the front plate that couples the front plate to the back plate. The mounting ring allows for additional distances to be obtained between the front plate and the back plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2009
    Assignee: Tapco International Corporation
    Inventor: Todd M. Lajewski
  • Patent number: 7527522
    Abstract: A connector assembly is disclosed that includes a first connector provided at an end of a printed board of an electronic apparatus, the first connector having a connector main body part thereof projecting from an opening in the panel of the electronic apparatus; a second connector provided at an end of a cable, the second connector being fitted and connected to the connector main body part of the first connector; and a latch part to which a latch claw of the second connector is latched, the latch part being provided on the panel. The latch claw of the second connector is latched to the latch part on the panel so that the second connector is connected to the first connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2009
    Assignee: Fujitsu Component Limited
    Inventor: Takahiro Kondou
  • Publication number: 20090098768
    Abstract: An electric connector for passing a line through a housing wall has a rectangular housing made of an insulating material, at least one connection element and a securing element used to secure the connector to the rectangular wall opening of the housing wall. The securing element includes at least one fixing element and an elastic clamping element which is arranged in an essentially perpendicular manner in relation to the fixing element, such that the clamping element interacts against an inner edge of the narrow side of the wall opening when the connector is in the mounted state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2005
    Publication date: April 16, 2009
    Applicant: PHOENIX CONTACT GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventor: Stefan Giefers
  • Publication number: 20090088021
    Abstract: A receptacle assembly for a twist-lock photocontrol that is mounted on a luminaire housing. The assembly includes a receptacle and a spring clamp. The receptacle has a disc portion with a hub extending from the central portion of the back side, a perimeter side wall with a castellated bottom edge that engages stops on the luminaire housing. Three fingers extend from the back side of the disc and terminate at a lip edge. The spring clamp has a substantially flat, ring-shaped body that includes a top surface, an opening, an inner edge, an outer edge, and at least one pair of spring members. The receptacle is attached to a luminaire housing using the spring clamp. The orientation of the receptacle can be adjusted and can be locked into a stationary position without tools.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2008
    Publication date: April 2, 2009
    Inventors: Rick Kauffman, Jason Cook, Gerald Ballard, William E. Lee
  • Publication number: 20090075517
    Abstract: An electrical connector includes an insulating housing defining a base portion and a tongue portion extending forwards from a front face of the base portion, a plurality of terminals, a shielding shell and a detect pin. Each contact defines a solder portion extending towards a bottom face of the base portion and a contacting portion located on a first surface of the tongue portion. The shielding shell surrounds the insulating housing and forms a receiving cavity for being inserted by a counter connector with an insulating tongue portion and a shielding member surrounding the insulating tongue portion. The receiving cavity is divided into a housing receiving portion for receiving the insulating tongue portion of the counter connector and a shell receiving portion for receiving the shielding member. The detecting pin has an arc section projecting only into the shell receiving portion of the receiving cavity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2008
    Publication date: March 19, 2009
    Inventors: Gang Li, Bao-Shan Zhou
  • Patent number: 7495184
    Abstract: An electrical fitting with an improved arrangement on the trailing end for securing an electrical cable to a panel or an electrical box. The electrical fitting may include a single bore on the trailing end for connecting a single electrical cable to a knockout or two bores for securing two cables to a single knockout opening. The electrical fitting include a connector body having a leading body portion and a trailing body portion. The leading body portion may include a snap ring for snap-in connection to the panel or box or a threaded nose portion and locknut. The trailing body portion may include one or two inlet bores therein for the insertion of electrical cables. The improved arrangement for inserting a cable on the trailing end of the fitting includes an improved tandem tang with a common middle portion and a leading and trailing tang extending therefrom. A portion connecting the trailing tang to the common middle portion is of arcuate shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2009
    Assignee: Arlington Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas J. Gretz
  • Patent number: 7442078
    Abstract: An adaptor for electrical junction box comprises: a split sleeve insertable through a wall opening of a box wall of a junction box, and coupled on a cable connector; a plurality of resilient chucking members each integrally formed on the sleeve and sloping rearwardly upwardly from the sleeve to be resiliently compressibly engaged with the wall opening; each chucking member having a plurality of ratchet teeth gradationally formed on the chucking member, whereby upon a forward insertion of the adaptor into the wall opening of the junction box, the split sleeve will be resiliently fastened on the cable connector, and the wall opening will be firmly engaged with the ratchet teeth to stably lock the adaptor and the cable connector on the box wall to prevent a backlash movement of the adaptor and the cable connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2008
    Inventor: Run Chi Hsu
  • Publication number: 20080081511
    Abstract: A small, low-profile plug connector for use with electronic devices provides a latching member with a pair of hooks that engage mating holes in a guide frame, and which can be easily delatched from the guide frame or opposing connector or housing. The hooks lock the plug connector into engagement with the frame or housing, but are readily released by way of a simple ramp and lobe mechanism in the plug connector. The ramp and lobe mechanism converts horizontal movement of a pull tab actuator into vertical movement of a latching member such that the hooks are lifted upward and disengaged from the guide frame or housing. The pull tab has a configured shape that fits within the width profile of the connector and which partially envelops the cable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2007
    Publication date: April 3, 2008
    Applicant: MOLEX INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Brian Keith Lloyd, Jay H. Neer
  • Patent number: 7318748
    Abstract: A connector has a housing (12) with a front end that can be inserted through a mount hole (11) in a panel (10). A receptacle (13) is formed by walls at the front end of the housing (12). Resilient deforming pieces (26) are formed in the walls and cantilever rearwardly. Locking claws (19) project out from the free rear ends (27B) of the resilient deforming pieces (26) and inclined walls (27) extend between the locking claws (19) and the front base ends (26A) of the resilient deforming pieces (26). Outer edges of the inclined walls (27) are concavely arcuate to reduce insertion resistance as the inclined walls (27) engage the panel (10) adjacent the mount hole (11).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2008
    Inventor: Toshio Yamakado
  • Publication number: 20080003868
    Abstract: A dry-mate connector has nipples on the front or mating side of the electrical conductors on both the plug and receptacle units which cooperate with an elastomeric seal on the mating end of one of the units to provide an individual seal around each electrical circuit in the mated condition. In a hybrid version of the connector, an optical contact assembly is provided in each unit which has a multi-fiber ferrule at the mating end of the assembly, allowing a high contact density to be achieved in a relatively small space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2007
    Publication date: January 3, 2008
    Inventor: James L. Cairns
  • Publication number: 20070293084
    Abstract: Embodiments of electrical connectors include features that facilitate circulation of air through and around the electrical connectors. The air can cool the power contacts of the electrical connectors, thereby allowing the power contacts to operate at higher currents that would otherwise be possible.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2007
    Publication date: December 20, 2007
    Inventor: Hung Viet Ngo
  • Patent number: 7304251
    Abstract: A duplex electrical fitting having angled cable insertion bores that direct the cables to a leading outlet. The duplex electrical fitting includes a connector body, an internal snap ring holder, and snap rings secured to the snap ring holder. The angled bores are axially aligned with the leading outlet of the electrical fitting. Electrical cables inserted within the angled bores are directed to the leading outlet of the fitting. The inserted electrical cables are held within the fitting by the snap rings. The angled cable insertion bores enable easier insertion of electrical cables through the electrical fitting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2007
    Assignee: Arlington Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas J. Gretz
  • Patent number: 7303433
    Abstract: A zero insertion force socket for a lamp. The lamp socket (10) for a high wattage lamp (12) having lamp pins (14, 16), comprises a substantially solid, parallelepipedonal electrically insulating body (18), preferably of a ceramic material, having two side walls (20, 22), two end walls (24, 26) and a top (28) and a bottom (30) with first and second electrical contact receiving sections (32, 34) formed in the top (28). First and second contact reception areas (34, 36), respectively, are formed in each of the first and second electrical contact receiving sections. An electrical contact (38), is positioned in each of the contact reception areas (34, 36), and each of the electrical contacts (38) has a lamp pin receiver (40) with arms (42, 44). Means (46), for example, a threaded member (58) such as a bolt, is provided for constricting the arms to grasp the lamp pins after insertion into the socket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2007
    Assignee: Osram Sylvanis Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Scholeno, Michael Swantner, Shane Brown, Randall Gillotti
  • Publication number: 20070249223
    Abstract: A connector having a sealing function, which can be disassembled and also assembled easily, is provided. The connector includes: a connector housing which receives a terminal fitting attached to an end of an electric wire; a sealing member which includes sealing pieces made of resilient material positioning the electric wire between the sealing pieces and a holding means holding the sealing pieces at predetermined positions; and an outer housing which receives the connector housing and the sealing member, wherein the sealing pieces maintain a waterproof characteristic between the outer housing and the electric wire when the connector housing and the sealing member are received in the outer housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2007
    Publication date: October 25, 2007
    Applicant: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Nobuyuki Sakamoto, Kazuki Zaitsu, Keiko Azuma
  • Publication number: 20070155227
    Abstract: An electrical connector detachably fitted with a mating connector includes a plurality of contacts, a housing arranging and holding the contacts therein and having guide portions for guiding the mating connector, and fixtures to be fixed to a substrate. The fixtures are made of a metal and each include the guide portion in the form of a substantially U-shape integrally formed therewith. A free end of the guide portion is provided on each of its both sides with an extending piece downwardly extending and adapted to be inserted into an inserting groove of the housing. The housing is provided with the inserting grooves at locations corresponding to the extending pieces for inserting the extending pieces, respectively, and is provided with slits, one at each of its longitudinal ends, to form holding portions having elasticity, thereby holding the guide portions of the fixtures therein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2006
    Publication date: July 5, 2007
    Inventors: Shinya Ishizuka, Kazuyuki Ozai, Hirokazu Takahashi, Akio Yamada
  • Patent number: 7238894
    Abstract: An electrical fitting having an improved arrangement on the trailing end for attaching electrical cables thereto. A tubular body having an inner bore includes a clip member secured externally thereto. At least one leg is included on the clip member extending from outward of the tubular body into the inner bore. The leg is of substantial length and is cantilevered over such a distance so as to enable easy insertion of cable within the inner bore at the trailing end. The electrical fitting is enables increased ease of securing metal clad or armored cable to a panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2007
    Assignee: Arlington Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas J. Gretz
  • Publication number: 20070141901
    Abstract: A connector includes a housing, a housing cover for covering at least part of the housing, and a plurality of terminals arranged in the housing. The housing cover has a tongue portion extending in a direction perpendicular to the plugging direction. The side edge of the tongue portion is brought into close contact with the housing by means of cutting by the tongue portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2006
    Publication date: June 21, 2007
    Inventors: Ryozo Koyama, Eiji Wakatsuki
  • Patent number: 7182502
    Abstract: A tracer lamp unit for use with a DSX system is disclosed herein. The tracer lamp unit includes an elongate housing with a generally rounded cross section wherein the housing is configured to be secured within an opening defined by a piece of telecommunications equipment and held within with a press-fit, wherein the housing provides structural support for a lighting arrangement including a lens, a capacitor, a resistor, leads, and a flashing control circuitry, the housing further providing structural support for spring members including tail portions and electrical contact portions, wherein the electrical contact portions engage the leads to provide an electrical connection therebetween. In another embodiment, the tracer lamp unit comprises an LED flashing module that houses a lens, a capacitor, a resistor, leads, and a flashing control circuitry, wherein the tracer lamp unit housing is adapted to slidably receive, provide structural support for, and be separable from the LED flashing module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2007
    Assignee: ADC Telecommunications, Inc.
    Inventor: Cyle D. Petersen
  • Patent number: 7161095
    Abstract: A duplex electrical fitting having an improved arrangement on the trailing end for attaching electrical cables thereto. A connector body includes a leading opening, a midportion, two trailing openings, and a sidewall. Two open channels are provided in the sidewall on the trailing end of the connector, one open channel into each trailing opening. Each of the open channels extends from the trailing opening to the midportion of the connector body. Each of the channels includes a bridge adjacent the trailing opening which bridges each of the open channels. Each of the bridges is adapted to receive a tandem tang secured thereto. The tandem tangs include a common middle section and a leading tang and a trailing tang extending therefrom. Cable grabbing ends are provided on both the leading and trailing tangs. The leading and trailing tangs extend from outward of the connector body into the open channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2007
    Assignee: Arlington Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas J. Gretz
  • Patent number: 7154054
    Abstract: An electrical fitting having an improved arrangement on the trailing end for attaching electrical cables thereto. A connector body includes a trailing opening and an intermediate flange. An open channel extends from the trailing opening to the intermediate flange and includes a bottom. A bridge on the connector body adjacent the trailing opening is adapted to receive a tandem tang secured thereto. The tandem tang includes a common middle section and a leading tang and a trailing tang extending therefrom. Cable grabbing ends are provided on both the leading and trailing tangs. The leading and trailing tangs extend from outward of the connector body into the open channel. The tangs are of substantial length and are cantilevered over such a distance so as to enable easy insertion of cable within the trailing opening. The open channel permits additional space for flexing of the tangs of the tandem tang to further ease insertion of cables into the fitting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2006
    Assignee: Arlington Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas J. Gretz
  • Patent number: 7090526
    Abstract: Lead-through terminal with a terminal casing (1) made of insulating material, at least one metallic outer conductor connecting element (3) arranged in the terminal casing (1) or protruding out of the terminal casing (1) and at least one metallic inner conductor connecting element (4) partly arranged in the terminal casing (1) and partly protruding out of the terminal casing (1), connected electrically with said at least one outer conductor connecting element (3). The terminal casing (1) can be fastened elastically in an opening of a housing wall (9) or such from one side only with fastening elements (21) integrated in said terminal casing (1). Thanks to this construction, the lead-through terminal can be fastened for example from outside to the housing wall (9) of an electrical apparatus without it being necessary to provide further fastening means inside the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2006
    Assignee: Schaffner EMV AG
    Inventors: Peter Monte, Alex Rösch, Felix Fuchs
  • Patent number: 7021952
    Abstract: An electrical plug connector includes a housing having at least one receiver for an electrical contact, a second latching element which can be moved with respect to the housing from a pre-assembly position, in which the electrical contact can be inserted into the receiver, into an end position, in which the contact is secured in the receiver by the second latching arrangement, and a seal mounted on a spigot-like housing section. Considered in the plug-in direction, guide ribs for the seal are provided between the region of the spigot-like housing section designed to receive the seal and the second latching element adopting its pre-assembly position in order also to support the seal in the intermediate region in the event of a possible shift in the direction of the second latching element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2006
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas Drescher
  • Patent number: 6976871
    Abstract: A case (12) for a computer monitor (10) having a tub (16) with a case aperture (38) therein adapted for receiving a subpanel (26). The subpanel (26) has a plurality of electrical connectors 28 which are user accessible thereby. A beveled flange (40) on the subpanel (26) is received within a receiving flange (44) on the case aperture (38). A structural grid (32) within the case (12) has a flexible portion (34) which includes an electronics enclosure (33) having a screw receiving aperture (42) therein such that a screw (30) is passed through a subpanel screw aperture (48) in the subpanel (26) and secured within the screw receiving aperture (42), thereby flexing the flexible portion (34) to hold the subpanel (26) firmly within the case aperture (38).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2005
    Assignee: Apple Computer, Inc.
    Inventor: Douglas L. Heirich
  • Patent number: 6971910
    Abstract: An engaging device for use in a user interface device is provided. The engaging device for use in a user interface device, wherein the user interface includes a main body having a body panel disposed therein, and a case having a panel with a recess therein, the engaging device includes a plurality of engaging elements disposed on the main body for engaging the main body in the recess of the case panel through an engagement between the case panel and the engaging elements, wherein one end of the engaging elements is connected to the main body, the other end thereof is a free end, and the middle portion thereof is bent and protruded for being away from the main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2005
    Assignee: Delta Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Chin-Jui Chang, Thomas Chiang