Resiliently Interlocking Coupling Part With Adjacent Modular Coupling Part Patents (Class 439/594)
  • Patent number: 11101591
    Abstract: A connector (10) has: a terminal (20); a base insulator (30) having a holding hole (330); and a front insulator (40) having a passage hole (430). The terminal (20) has: a cylindrical section (22); a lance (26) extending from the cylindrical section (22); and a stopper (270) projecting from the cylindrical section (22). The terminal (20) is retained by the holding hole (330). A retaining portion (334) inside the holding hole (330) is positioned between the lance (260) of the terminal (20) and the stopper (270). A gap is formed between an inner wall (332) of the holding hole (330) and the cylindrical section (22) of the terminal (20). The front insulator (40) is attached to the base insulator (30). The passage hole (430) is positioned in front of the holding hole (330). The passage hole (430) is smaller than the cylindrical section (22) of the terminal (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: Japan Aviation Electronics Industry, Limited
    Inventors: Yasukazu Itou, Katsuhiko Nakazawa
  • Patent number: 10857706
    Abstract: Provided are an assembly type terminal for a fuel pump capable of decreasing a process additionally required at the time of injection-molding a flange using a separation type terminal according to the related art and preventing a defect of a product that may occur at the time of injection-molding the flange, and a method of manufacturing a fuel pump flange using the same. The assembly type terminal for a fuel pump includes: a plurality of power supply terminals; a plurality of coupling bodies 100 and 200 coupling one or more power supply terminals to each other; and a coupling member 300 formed in the coupling bodies and coupling the plurality of coupling bodies 100 and 200 to each other, wherein the plurality of coupling bodies are spaced apart from each other and are coupled to each other by the coupling member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: COAVIS
    Inventors: Chaehoon Lim, Kusung Kwon, Heejin Yoon, Dongheon Mo
  • Patent number: 10826251
    Abstract: A connector having a cage with a top wall, a bottom wall and a pair of side walls between the top wall and the bottom wall and a light pipe assembly with a light pipe and a connection structure fixing the light pipe assembly on an outer surface of one of the cage side walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Tyco Electronics (Shanghai) Co. Ltd.
    Inventors: WenYu Liu, Hongqiang Han, Chenxi Wang, Jiwang Jin, Xingjie Ge
  • Patent number: 10811804
    Abstract: A connector assembly includes a connector housing that defines a terminal cavity that extends along a cavity axis. A terminal lock is adapted to retain an electric terminal in the terminal cavity in an installed position. The terminal lock includes a lock arm that extends from the connector housing and a lock tab that extends from the lock arm into the terminal cavity. The connector assembly also includes a terminal position assurance that is attached to the connector housing for relative movement between a pre-lock position and a lock position. When the terminal position assurance is in the lock position, it limits movement of the terminal lock away from the cavity axis and it limits movement of the terminal lock toward the cavity axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Deborah Probert, Michael Glick, David Menzies
  • Patent number: 10686277
    Abstract: One example of a cable assembly includes a plurality of 1-lane cable assemblies and latching features to couple the cable assembly to a receptacle. Each 1-lane cable assembly generally includes a cable and a cable connector attached to at least one end of the cable. As an example, surfaces of each cable connector of a 1-lane cable assembly generally includes features to conjoin with corresponding features on surfaces of cable connectors of other 1-lane cable assemblies. As an example, the conjoined features may secure the 1-lane cable assemblies to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Hewlett Packard Enterprise Development LP
    Inventors: Kevin B. Leigh, John Norton
  • Patent number: 10644443
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a power connector which comprises an insulative housing and a terminal. The insulative housing defines a terminal receiving groove therein and comprises a stopping wall. The terminal is positioned in the terminal receiving groove and comprises a mating portion, a stopping portion and a wire connecting portion. The stopping portion abuts against the stopping wall and comprises a first horizontal portion and a second horizontal portion. The first horizontal portion comprises a first front end edge. The second horizontal portion comprises a second front end edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Molex, LLC
    Inventors: You-Xiang Zheng, Hao Yin
  • Patent number: 10050395
    Abstract: Electrical cables are described having strands of fibers of wire that are fused together at their ends to facilitate attachment to a respective mating member and mounting member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: FCI USA LLC
    Inventors: Hung Viet Ngo, Charles M. Gross, Christopher J. Kolivoski
  • Patent number: 9837753
    Abstract: Housing for a module outlet includes first housing with a first opening configured to receive a body of a first outlet core so that a lip area of the first outlet core prevents the first outlet core from travelling through the first opening. A tab is configured to hold the body of the first outlet core secure within the first opening. A dovetail tongue is configured for sliding into a dovetail groove of a second module housing so as to secure the first module housing to the second module housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Six Sights Corporation
    Inventor: Liang Light Chen
  • Patent number: 9673561
    Abstract: It is aimed to prevent a tape from being displaced in the case of taping a connector. In the case of fixing a connector to a wiring harness (WH) by winding a tape, upper-surface side ribs (9) extending in a direction substantially perpendicular to a winding direction of a tape (T) are formed to project on opposite end parts of the upper surface of a connector housing (1). In the case of taping, a winding width is set to be wider than the upper-surface side ribs (9). Since this causes opposite end parts of the upper-surface side ribs (9) in an extending direction to serve as parts for catching the tape (T), a situation where the tape (T) is displaced in the extending direction of the upper-surface side ribs (9) can be prevented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: SUMITOMO WIRING SYSTEMS, LTD.
    Inventor: Yasuo Imai
  • Patent number: 9515408
    Abstract: A connector system includes a cartridge having a cavity configured to hold one or more connector modules therein. The cartridge has a port opening to the cavity. The cartridge receiving the one or more connector modules through the port. The connector system includes a release mechanism housed in the cavity. The release mechanism configured to eject the one or more connector modules when actuated. The connector system includes a release button exposed beyond the cartridge and operably coupled to the release mechanism. The release button being pressed to an actuated position to activate the release mechanism. The release button is configured to be in a locked position to avoid inadvertent activation thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: TYCO ELECTRONICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kyle Gary Annis, Kevin Michael Thackston, Matthew Richard McAlonis, Albert Tsang, Mitchell Kunane Storry, Nicholas Paul Ruffini
  • Patent number: 9300073
    Abstract: An electrical connector used for electrically connecting a first electronic element and a second electronic element opposite to each other, includes an insulating body and multiple conducting terminals. The insulating body has multiple receiving spaces, and the conducting terminals are correspondingly accommodated in the receiving spaces. At least one fixing piece is connected to one of the conducting terminals through at least one insulation piece, and the fixing piece fixes the conducting terminal to the corresponding receiving space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: LOTES CO., LTD
    Inventor: Ted Ju
  • Patent number: 9300085
    Abstract: An electrical connector including a connector body that defines a terminal cavity within the connector body and an electrical terminal at least partially disposed within the terminal cavity. A first cavity wall within the terminal cavity defines a longitudinally oriented wedge feature. A biasing feature within the terminal cavity is configured to urge the wedge feature into intimate contact with surfaces of the terminal, such as those defined by a longitudinally oriented slot, thereby limiting a freedom of motion of the terminal within the terminal cavity. The wedge feature may be defined by the biasing feature or it may be defined by another cavity wall opposite the biasing feature within the terminal cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: John R. Morello, James M. Rainey
  • Patent number: 9147950
    Abstract: A device and an assembly related to connecting cables, wires, and electrical devices are described herein. The device can include a retainer, subretainer, and at least one contact pin in some embodiments. The retainer and subretainer can be removably coupled. The at least one contact pin can be positioned within channels of the retainer and the subretainer. In other aspects, a device can include a retainer, a subretainer, a retainer clip, a circuit web, and at least contact pin. The at least one contact pin can be position within channels of the retainer, the subretainer, and the retainer clip. Also described herein are methods of manufacturing a connector device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: Precision Concepts Group LLC
    Inventor: Kenneth Ballard
  • Patent number: 7695316
    Abstract: An electrical connector assembly includes a first electrical connector, a second electrical connector, and a connecting member. The first electrical connector includes an insulative main body with a receiving recess defined therein. The second electrical connector includes an insulative main body with a receiving recess defined therein. The connecting member is slidably engaged in the receiving recess of the first electrical connector and is configured for being slidably engaged in the receiving recesses of the first and second connectors simultaneously, thereby combining the first and second connectors together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2010
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Zheng-Heng Sun
  • Patent number: 7637775
    Abstract: An electrical connector assembly comprises a carrier and an electrical connector with an insulative housing. The carrier has a base and a plurality of sidewalls extending downward from peripheral of the base and jointly defining a cavity. The carrier includes a plurality of claws and release sections associate with the claws. An electrical connector is received in the cavity and has alignment pins assembled to the electrical connector and engaged with the claws. Each alignment pin disengaged from the claw by the release section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2009
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Ind. Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chun-Yi Chang
  • Publication number: 20090163077
    Abstract: An electrical connector assembly comprises a carrier and an electrical connector with an insulative housing. The carrier has a base and a plurality of sidewalls extending downward from peripheral of the base and jointly defining a cavity. The carrier includes a plurality of claws and release sections associate with the claws. An electrical connector is received in the cavity and has alignment pins assembled to the electrical connector and engaged with the claws. Each alignment pin disengaged from the claw by the release section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2008
    Publication date: June 25, 2009
    Inventor: Chun-Yi Chang
  • Patent number: 7503766
    Abstract: In order to prevent the mismating of several daughterboards (2) that are combined into a plug-in unit (20) with corresponding board connectors (3) on a motherboard (1), it is proposed that the mating of the plug-in unit (20) is effectively prevented by means of a blocking block (10) that is inserted into an intermediate space between two board connectors (3) that are spaced apart from one another by a regular connector spacing and snapped into window-like recesses (4) of the board connectors (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2009
    Assignee: HARTING Electronics GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Gert Havermann
  • Publication number: 20080064261
    Abstract: A wire cover (1) has a connector-side fixing portion (10) to be fixed to a connector, a wire pressing portion (20) to be held in contact with wires (W), and a connecting portion (30) connecting the connector-side fixing portion (10) and wire pressing portion (20). Resilient engaging pieces (23) project from the wire pressing portion (20) and are formed with engaging holes (25) that can engage engaging projections (42) of a mating member (40) to fix the wire pressing portion (20) to the mating member (40). Catching holes (26) are formed at the leading ends of the resilient engaging pieces (23) and can be caught by a jig (50) inserted from the base side of the resilient engaging piece (23) to displace the resilient engaging piece (23) in a direction to disengage the engaging hole (25) and engaging projection (42).
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2007
    Publication date: March 13, 2008
    Applicant: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventor: Tomohiko Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 7311555
    Abstract: A seal member for a coaxial cable connector has a generally tubular seal body with a first and second section, the first and second sections being movable about a hinge portion between first and second resting states. The seal member has an internal surface that in one resting state is directed at least in part radially outward. The seal member may also have a first outer surface that touches a second outer surface in one of the resting states.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2007
    Assignee: Corning Gilbert, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald Andrew Burris, William Bernard Lutz, Kenneth Steven Wood
  • Patent number: 7306486
    Abstract: A connector has a housing (12) and a frame (15). The housing (12) has a wall (58) and a lock (19) that is resiliently deformable outward in the thickness direction of the wall (58). The lock (19) engages an interlocking portion (18) in the frame (15) when the housing (12) and the frame (15) are connected properly. A bracket (16) is inserted into a deformation area (62) for the lock (19) to prevent deformation of the lock (19). Thus, the lock (19) remains engaged with the interlocking portion (18) even if a force acts in a direction to separate the housing (12) and the frame (15).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2007
    Assignee: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuaki Takeda, Tomoyoshi Fukaya, Tsutomu Tanaka
  • Patent number: 7248481
    Abstract: Circuit board and system with multi-portion sockets, and signal methods practiced thereon are described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2007
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventor: Mark B. Trobough
  • Patent number: 7210963
    Abstract: The described embodiments provide mobile electronic devices and associated methods for securely maintaining a connected relationship between device housings. These embodiments include a first housing having at least one first engagement portion and a second housing having at least one second engagement portion, where the second engagement portion is movable between a disconnected state and a connected state relative to the first engagement portion. Further, the second engagement portion is also movable a predetermined engagement distance. Additionally, a limiting structure is positionable adjacent to at least one of the first housing and the second housing such that the limiting structure prevents the second engagement portion from moving the predetermined engagement distance after achieving the connected state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2007
    Assignee: Qualcomm Incorporated
    Inventors: Thomas J. Chintala, Scott R. Semenik
  • Patent number: 7172443
    Abstract: An electrical connector set is disclosed to include an electrical connector, which has an electrically insulative housing houses a plurality of metal contact pins, the electrically insulative housing having a dovetail groove at each of two distal ends thereof, and two guide rails respectively connected to the two distal ends of the electrically insulative housing at right angles for guiding an electronic device into connection with the electrical connector, each guide rail having a long arm and a short arm connected to one end of the long arm at right angles, the short arm having a dovetail block extending from one end thereof remote from the long arm and fastened to the retaining groove at one end of the electrically insulative housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2007
    Assignee: Lotes Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ted Ju
  • Patent number: 7021974
    Abstract: A modular base for an electrical device and an electrical device including same and also removable modules are disclosed. The modular base comprises a plurality of base components adapted to be arranged relative to each other to define a backplane comprising a plurality of module mounting locations, wherein each mounting location comprises a first electrical base connector of one base component and a second electrical base connector of another base component. A plurality of removable modules are adapted to be respectively removably connected to the backplane in the mounting locations to provide a modular electrical device. Each of the modules comprises a first module connector adapted to be mated with a first base connector of a mounting location and a second module connector adapted to be mated with a second base connector of the mounting location The backplane comprises one or more coupling devices for releasably engaging a module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2006
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregg M. Sichner, Douglas A. Lostoski, Robert J. Hager, Robert A. Kozlowski, Torsten Wünsche, Klaus Püschner, Walter Hanning, Michael Höing
  • Patent number: 6881073
    Abstract: Disclosed is an interposer assembly that can be located between an integrated circuit package and a circuit carrying element for establishing communication there between. The interposer assembly includes a frame defining a window that holds together a plurality of panels having apertures for accommodating electrical contacts. Each panel includes an interlocking edge for engaging an opposing interlocking edge of an adjacent panel and a frame edge for engaging the frame. The apertures can be arranged across the panels to extend from the frame edge to a location near the interlocking edges. In various embodiments, the interlocking edges can be formed as a tongue and groove design or as a pair of interlocking claws. In an embodiment, the frame edge can include a flange that is set within a step formed on the frame. The panel and frame may be permanently joined by heat staking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2005
    Assignee: Cinch Connectors, Inc.
    Inventors: Anil Bali, Edmund S. Kirkus, David Philippi, Arun Shah
  • Patent number: 6881101
    Abstract: A modular base for an electrical device and an electrical device including same and also removable modules are disclosed. The modular base comprises a plurality of base components adapted to be arranged relative to each other to define a backplane comprising a plurality of module mounting locations, wherein each mounting location comprises a first electrical base connector of one base component and a second electrical base connector of another base component. A plurality of removable modules are adapted to be respectively removably connected to the backplane in the mounting locations to provide a modular electrical device. Each of the modules comprises a first module connector adapted to be mated with a first base connector of a mounting location and a second module connector adapted to be mated with a second base connector of the mounting location The backplane comprises one or more coupling devices for releasably engaging a module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2005
    Assignees: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc., Weidmuller Interface GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Gregg M. Sichner, Douglas A. Lostoski, Robert J. Hager, Robert A. Kozlowski, Torsten Wünsche, Klaus Püschner, Walter Hanning, Michael Höing
  • Patent number: 6796837
    Abstract: A connector housing (30) has a cavity (31) and a resiliently deformable lock (40) cantilevers forwardly from a wall (35) of the cavity (31) for engaging a locking surface (24) of a terminal fitting (10) inserted into the cavity (31). A base end of the lock (40) has a thinned portion (52). A backward pulling force on the female terminal fitting (10) creates a compressive force on the lock (40) in the longitudinal direction. Thus, the lock (40) undergoes such a resilient deformation at the thinned portion (52) that the length (L1) of the lock (40) becomes shorter than its natural length (L0). Buckling strength is enhanced by as much as the lock (40) is shortened and, as a result, a force for locking the female terminal fitting (10) is enhanced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2004
    Assignee: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yukihiro Fukatsu, Kiyofumi Ichida, Shinya Fujita
  • Patent number: 6780064
    Abstract: The invention concerns an analytical system in which at least two modules are in contact with one another by a connecting plug, and a connecting plug which is suitable for connecting modules. When two modules are connected by the connecting plug a part of the plug extends partially underneath the bottoms of the modules such that the plug connection is secured by the dead weight of the modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2004
    Assignee: Roche Diagnostics Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Guido Abel, Friedrich Ackermann, Manfred Augstein, Wolfgang Fabian
  • Patent number: 6739919
    Abstract: An electrical connection box is comprised of a wiring base group constituted by a minimum number of wiring bases required to realize a wiring pattern suitable to specifications of the connection box. Each wring base includes a base body, wing portions provided on an outer periphery of the base body having end faces each formed with a coupling portion to which another wiring base of the same construction can be coupled, and guide portions integral with the wing portions and projecting circumferentially therefrom. In receiving a wire fed from a wiring head in a desired wire groove of the wing portions via a corresponding wire guide groove of the guide portions, the guide portion concerned prevents the wire from being dislocated from the wire groove, resulting in increased wiring speed, shortened wiring time and reduced manufacturing costs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2004
    Assignee: The Furukawa Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masakazu Murakami, Tatsuo Satori, Kazuo Miyajima
  • Patent number: 6699068
    Abstract: A stacked connector assembly (10) includes a first connector (12) and a second connector (14) vertically stacked on the first connector. The first connector includes a first housing (16) and a number of first terminals (20) arranged in the first housing. The second connector includes a second housing (51), a number of second terminals (58) received in the second housing and a grounding member (78) attached to a rear portion of the second housing. The grounding member has a front engaging portion (810) projecting forwardly beyond the second housing for mating with a corresponding ground contact of a complementary electrical connector and a base portion (80) projecting rearwardly beyond the second housing. A spacer (36) attached to a rear end of the stacked connector assembly has an upper portion (361) receiving the second terminals therethrough and a lower portion (362) receiving the first terminals therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2004
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Ind. Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jerry Wu
  • Patent number: 6652327
    Abstract: A terminal/pin block for making a multipin electronic plug has a rigid dielectric plate lying in a plane and having a pair of edges and two opposite faces. Respective centering formations formed on the faces project away from the plane and the centering formations of one of the faces are complementary to and fittable in the centering formations of the other of the faces. A row of conductive strips imbedded in the plate all lie in a common plane parallel to each other and each have one end forming a contact pin and an opposite end forming a terminal. The contact pins all extend from one of the edges of the plate and the terminals all extend from another of the plate edges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2003
    Assignee: Elco Europe GmbH
    Inventors: Thorsten Lau, Gert Krah, Heinz Sonntag
  • Patent number: 6632105
    Abstract: An input/output connector (1) has an insulative housing (10), a plurality of conductive contacts (20) retained in the insulative housing for surface mounting to a printed circuit board and a shell (30). The insulative housing has a hole (130) extending in a front-to-back direction and a recess (131) communicating with the hole. The shell includes a top plate (31), a bottom plate (32) and a pair of side plates (33) connecting the bottom plate and the top plate. The bottom plate has a pair of cantilevers (320) extending perpendicularly and rearwardly to be inserted into the hole of the insulative housing and then be bent to be received in the recess of the insulative housing for preventing the shell from bulging downwardly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2003
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Ind. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: JianQiang Zhang, LiQi Liu
  • Patent number: 6503094
    Abstract: According to a connector supporting structure of the invention, a connector has a concave portion formed from an outer side face of a connector housing up to a position leading to a terminal accommodating chamber is supported with a bracket having a convex portion which engages with the concave portion so as to position the connector and unit the connector with the bracket. Further, according to a connector coupling structure of the invention, a holder, which has an opening portion corresponding to a bracket mounting hole formed in a panel, is installed to a face on an opposite side to a face on which the bracket is to be mounted, of the panel. And further a mating connector is installed within the holder such that it is freely movable around a supporting shaft and when the bracket united with the connector is installed to the panel, the connector is advanced into the holder through the opening portion and coupled with the mating connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2003
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Toshiaki Okabe, Kenji Oishi
  • Patent number: 6503108
    Abstract: The object of the present invention is to provide a general purpose connector with which development costs can be reduced and inventory can be easily controlled even when a plurality of terminal arrangements are required. In order to achieve this object, a general purpose connector according to the present invention includes: a connector housing-having a base including a terminal mounting portion; at least a pair of walls formed on the base; and a plurality of partitions being inserted into the connector housing, thereby forming a receiving space with the connector housing for receiving a mating connector, the receiving space being suitable for the terminal arrangement of the mating connector, wherein mis-insertion prevention groups are formed on the partitions to prevent either incorrect insertion as a result of receiving the wrong mating connector having the same terminal arrangement or reversed insertion as a result of receiving a corresponding mating connector in a reversed orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2003
    Assignee: NEC Tokin Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuya Kikuchi, Yoshihiro Kuroi, Wataru Takahashi
  • Patent number: 6375517
    Abstract: A joining connector system comprises: one connector having an engaging piece protruded on a connector housing thereof; and another connector having an engaging groove to which the engaging piece fits and which is formed in a connector housing thereof, the joining connector system being joined by sliding the engaging groove and the engaging piece with each other in a sliding direction. In such a structure, a protrusion having a shape tapered toward the sliding direction is provided near an end portion in a side in which a join of the joining connector is finished in the sliding direction, in at least one of the engaging piece and the engaging groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2002
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Toshiaki Okabe, Tetsuya Yamashita
  • Patent number: 6280253
    Abstract: An electrical connection and power distribution assembly 10 including a dynamically configurable array of substantially identical terminal members 12, 14 which are disposed upon a dielectric surface 66, which may be selectively connected to a plurality of automobile circuit assemblies 99, 101, and 110; which may selectively receive fuses 93 or other components; and which may be selectively interconnected and/or selectively severed to form a desired and/or required circuit and component interconnection scheme.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2001
    Assignee: Visteon Global Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Allen Kraus, Thomas Dudley Belanger, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6193550
    Abstract: A coupling connector includes: a connector housing of a first connector having an engagement piece formed by projecting an outer wall thereof; and a connector housing of a second connector having an engagement groove formed on an outer wall thereof. In the construction, the engagement piece is engaged with the engagement groove. The engagement piece and engagement groove are formed so as to be engaged with each other in an engagement direction intersecting perpendicularly to a coupling direction where the first and second connectors are coupled to each other. The connector housing of the first connector is slid to the coupling direction with respect to the connector housing of the second connector so that the engagement piece is engaged with the engagement groove so that the first connector and second connector are coupled to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2001
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Tetsuya Yamashita, Toshiaki Okabe
  • Patent number: 6146598
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a two-wire pyrotechnic initiator unit intended for motor-vehicle safety. The initiator unit comprises a socket molded over electrodes which are connected, on the one hand, to a pyrotechnic ignition device and, on the other hand, to unstripped electrical wires via deformable conducting pincers capable of cutting the insulating sheath of the wires. The wires are supported by an elastic ring which can be snap-fastened in the socket and which presses the conducting pincers. The initiator unit is useful for manufacturing two wire pyrotechnic gas generators for inflatable cushions or seat belt tensioners in which the unstripped wires are only incorporated at the end of the assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2000
    Assignee: SNC Livbag
    Inventors: Daniel Duvacquier, Christian Perotto
  • Patent number: 6099366
    Abstract: A terminal has a lower plate and an upper plate and is accommodated in a groove portion of a connector housing. A covered wire is inserted between the lower plate and upper plate. When a cover is mounted over the groove portion, a protrusion of the cover presses the terminal so that the upper and lower plates are closed. By ultrasonic vibration, a covering portion of the covered wire is melted and removed and cores are pinched between the upper and lower plates and held. An engaging pawl is engaged with the upper plate thereby the pinching condition of the cores being held. As a result, even if contacting load is reduced due to a change of the temperature or like reason, the contact condition between the covered wire and the cores are securely maintained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2000
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventor: Akira Shinchi
  • Patent number: 6059615
    Abstract: An element of an electrical connector in which a plurality of axial segments are positioned in side by side relation. A transverse passageway extends through the axial segments and a rail is positioned in the transverse passageway to link the segments together. A latch is fixed within an end segment to lock the rail in place. The segments may be power modules or signal modules. The number and type of power modules used may be selected based on specific power requirements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2000
    Assignee: Berg Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher S. Pendleton, Ray C. Doutrich, Stuart C. Stoner
  • Patent number: 5827091
    Abstract: A method of preventing damage to the metal contacts of multiple contact connectors in wiring harnesses during shipment and preinstallation handling. The method comprises the steps of providing essentially identical connector bodies with complemental, multi-point mechanical interconnections so that the connector bodies can be segregated into pairs and releasably attached to one another in such a way that the connector body surfaces relative to which the metal contacts are most exposed are juxtaposed relative to one another. The mated connectors and the associated wiring harnesses are thereafter packaged and shipped to a location where they are assembled into the vehicle. The mated connector pairs are detached from one another so that they may be separately routed in the course of the installation process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 27, 1998
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Curt M. Briski, Mark S. Grant
  • Patent number: 5727969
    Abstract: A first connector (6) has a plurality of connecting bodies (2, 3, 4) slidable in the connector-engaging direction and one or more joinder members (5) for sequentially joining the plurality of connecting bodies. Flexible extended arms (21) are provided in one end portion of the joinder member (5) and have abutting projections (24) and tapered portions. A mating projection (15) provided in the second connector (9) slidably mates with the tapered portion to deflect the flexible extended arm (21) so that the engagement between the abutting projections (24) and the abutted projections (32) provided in the connecting body (2) can be released.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 17, 1998
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventor: Makoto Yamanashi
  • Patent number: 5685743
    Abstract: A connector housing for an air bag connector and a method for contacting an air bag connector. A connector housing having at least two sections is provided with locking elements for a pre-lock-in position and a final lock-in position. In the pre-lock-in position, both sections of the housing are arranged apart from one another and the pre-lock-in position is localized by means of a spacer to maintain the pre-lock-in position maintain at a predetermined distance so that electric conductors can be introduced into the connector housing. The spacer ensures that the connector housing is not inadvertently pressed from the pre-lock-in position to the final lock-in position. The connector housing can be pressed together for an insulation-piercing contact in the connector housing, and locked in the final lock-in position. The connector housing is furthermore provided with a belt arrangement, with the spacer being of a one-piece design with one of the elements of the belt arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 11, 1997
    Assignee: Grote & Hartmann GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Karsten Schmidt, Werner Moritz, Reinhard Pusch
  • Patent number: 5529507
    Abstract: An electrical connector assembly has a pair of mating connector housings carrying mating metal terminals, a double ended shorting clip carried by one of the housings and having both ends thereof in spring biased engagement with its associated metal terminals in that housing and a connector position assurance member. The shorting clip first has one end automatically disengaged from its associated metal terminals by a first cam when the connector housings are mated together and then its other end automatically disengaged from its associated terminals by a second cam on the connector position assurance member when connected to the mated housings so that a shorting path across the associated metal terminals is only fully disconnected if proper mating of the connector housings is assured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 25, 1996
    Assignee: General Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Steven D. Felix, Joseph H. Gladd, Randy L. Fink
  • Patent number: 5427549
    Abstract: An electrical cable and organizer assembly (10) with an improved latch (50) is disclosed. The connector (20) includes contacts (16, 18) that are terminated to the conductors (22) of the cable (14), and a connector housing (20) that is overmolded so that it surrounds the entire end (30) of the cable and the leads of the contacts (16, 18). A plurality of these cables (14) and attached connectors (20) are arranged within side by side cavities (80) in an organizer (12) and releasable latched in place. The latch (50), a separate part attached to each connector, includes a convex surface ( 62 ) that latchingly engages an opening ( 90 ) in the top wall of the organizer. By depressing the convex surface (62) of the latch member (50) the cable and associated connector are released and can be removed from the organizer (12). The latch member includes an elastic beam (56) that allows sufficient deflection to release the latch while maintaining the beam within its elastic limit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 1994
    Date of Patent: June 27, 1995
    Assignee: The Whitaker Corporation
    Inventors: Lisa A. Smith, David K. Eisentraut, Michael S. Leonzo, Rodd R. Ruland
  • Patent number: 5240434
    Abstract: An object of the present invention resides in providing a connector which assures that clearance between an engagement projection of a flexible engagement piece projecting from the inner wall of each terminal accommodating chamber of a connector housing and an engagement hole of a terminal is minimized, and moreover, each terminal is properly inserted into the corresponding terminal accommodating chamber with a higher intensity of engaging force. According to the present invention, a connector includes a plurality of terminals each of which one end serves as an electrical contact portion having an engagement hole formed on a base plate and of which other end serves as a cable connecting portion. In addition, the connector includes a connector housing having a plurality of terminal accommodating chambers formed therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 1992
    Date of Patent: August 31, 1993
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Sakai Yagi, Motohisa Kashiyama
  • Patent number: 5201674
    Abstract: A connector comprising an upper housing and a lower housing connected with each other vertically and each having terminal accommodating chambers arranged in parallel with each other therein and a cover interposed therebetween with projections extending upwardly and downwardly therefrom. An electric wire is fixedly sandwiched in the longitudinal direction of the electric wire between the upper and lower edges of the projections and the rear end of the upper and lower end surfaces of the terminal accommodating chambers. The terminal is locked at the rear end thereof by the front end of the projections and also locked at a front portion thereof by a terminal-locking portion formed on the wall of each terminal accommodating chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 1992
    Date of Patent: April 13, 1993
    Assignee: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoshio Okura
  • Patent number: 5190476
    Abstract: A pluggable electrical connection block comprises a rectangular housing having parallel sideways therein and a plurality of flat slabs of elongated cross-section made of insulating material, each in one slideway. Each slab is formed with a single row of parallel passages for receiving respective contact terminals and has a major face cut out to constitute individual resilient retaining detents for engaging holes in the terminals. The housing and slabs have a slidable keying connector. The projections defining the slideways are formed throughout the entire depth of the housing so as to guide each slab from the moment it is inserted in the housing. The detents are placed short of the front end of the respective slab. The housing has a step formed internally on one of the major sides for coming into abutment against any raised detent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 1992
    Date of Patent: March 2, 1993
    Assignee: Francelco
    Inventor: Georges Chaillot
  • Patent number: 5118304
    Abstract: An electrical terminal for forming an electrical connector assembly has an electrical wire connecting portion and a tubular terminal connecting portion extending forward from the electrical connecting portion. First and second axes are defined in the cross-sectional plane of the terminal connecting portion. A plurality of slots are formed in the terminal connecting portion with at least one of the slots extending from the free end of the terminal connecting portion toward the electrical wire connecting portion. when the connecting portion of one electrical terminal is fitted in the slot formed in the connecting portion of another electrical terminal, the respective electrical terminals are sequentially connected in a chained fashion in the direction of the first axes, the second axes of the respective connecting portions are parallel to each other, and the first axes of the respective connecting portions are in alignment with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 1990
    Date of Patent: June 2, 1992
    Assignee: Sumitomo Wiring System, Ltd.
    Inventors: Mitsuhiro Fujitani, Hiroyuki Oka, Nori Inoue, Hisashi Konoya
  • Patent number: 5108310
    Abstract: An electrical connector (11) including a housing (13), arms (27) defectable into a space (31) disposed under the arms (27), and a spacer block (17) finally positioned in the space (31) for preventing involuntary deflection of the arms. A projection (27a) of the arm (27) engages with a splicer in the connector (11) to prevent the splicer from coming out of the connector. The spacer block (17) has devices (35a, 35b) by which the spacer block (17) is placed and engaged in a temporary position in the connector, and has an inclined portion (37) on which an implement for disengaging the projection (27a) from the splicer is guided accurately to a forked end (27a, 27b) of the arm (27).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 1991
    Date of Patent: April 28, 1992
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshitsugu Sawada, Takayuki Yamamoto, Masakuni Samejima