Hinged Or Flexed Detent On Insulation Engaging To Secure Contact Within Coupling Part Housing Patents (Class 439/595)
  • Patent number: 11114795
    Abstract: A male terminal 10 is provided with a terminal body 15 including a tab 40 extending forward, and a cover 16 slidable between a protection position for accommodating the tab 14 inside a sheath portion 24 and a retracted position for exposing a front end part of the tab 14 from a front end of the sheath portion 24, and the cover 16 is made of a magnetic material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Inventors: Tetsuya Miyamura, Hajime Kawase, Hajime Matsui
  • Patent number: 11108193
    Abstract: A connector is connected to a mating connector and includes at least one terminal, a housing and a retainer (90). The housing includes at least one fitting (72) and an exposed portion (80). The fitting (72) is fit into the mating connector and formed with a terminal accommodating portion for accommodating the terminal. The exposed portion (80) is exposed from the mating connector. The retainer (90) includes a locked portion and a locking protrusion (94). The locked portion is assembled with the exposed portion (80) and locked to a locking portion provided on the exposed portion (80), thereby fixing the retainer (90) to the housing. The locking protrusion (94) is assembled with the fitting (72) to project into the terminal accommodating portion and retains the terminal in the terminal accommodating portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Inventors: Keisuke Kanemura, Shohei Mitsui
  • Patent number: 11095063
    Abstract: A terminal metal fitting (10) includes a tubular box portion (11) receiving a counterpart terminal; a lock hole (14) formed through a wall (11a) of the box portion (11) and receiving the lock projection (25); a terminal spring (16) extending from an inner wall surface of the box portion (11) to press and contact to the counterpart terminal; and a supporting point portion (15) formed at a portion around the lock hole (14) to have a cantilevered-shape. The supporting point portion (15) serves as a supporting point (15a) when the terminal spring (16) contacts to the counterpart terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Shingo Chiba, Naokazu Nagasaka, Dacheng Jin, Atsuhito Saito
  • Patent number: 11056819
    Abstract: A connector is provided. The connector includes a shell assembly, a circuit board, a terminal, and an insulated block. The terminal includes a contact piece and a connecting piece including a connecting portion and a connecting pin, and an angle is between the connecting portion and the connecting pin. The insulated block is disposed on one side of the shell assembly, and the connecting pin passes through the insulated block to be connected to the circuit board. The connecting portion and a bending portion of the connecting piece are both embedded in the insulated block. The periphery of the contact piece is devoid of material receiving areas. The contact area of the contact piece has a pleasing appearance. Moreover, as the bending portion is completely embedded in the insulated block, insufficient molding and burr phenomenon during molding can be avoided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: LUXSHARE PRECISION INDUSTRY (SUZHOU) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hong-Wei Sun, Tao Wang, Kuo-Chin Lin
  • Patent number: 11056836
    Abstract: A shield terminal (30) includes a dielectric (40) configured to accommodate inner conductors (32) and an outer conductor (43) surrounding the dielectric (40), and is mountable into a selected one of first housing (10) and a second housing (20). A first locking portion (55) and second locking portions (57) are formed on an outer surface of the outer conductor (40). The shield terminal (30) inserted into a first accommodation chamber (13) is retained by a front retainer (17) restricting the resilient deflection of a first locking lance (14) and the first locking portion (55) being to the first locking lance (14). The shield terminal (30) inserted into a second accommodation chamber (21) is retained by the locking of the first locking portion (55) and a second locking lance (22) and the locking of the second locking portions (57) and a side retainer (24).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Inventors: Hiroyoshi Maesoba, Toshifumi Ichio
  • Patent number: 11056851
    Abstract: A terminal insertion device is provided which enables inserting connector terminals into terminal accommodating chambers of a connector housing, each of the connector terminals being connected to an end of each of a plurality of electric wires in a multi-core cable by crimping, while reducing the separation length for the plurality of electric wires. The terminal insertion device comprises: a terminal separator configured to be interposed between two connector terminals; a terminal chuck configured to clamp and bundle the two connector terminals in two directions, i.e., in a first direction intersecting an insertion direction and in a second direction intersecting the insertion direction and the first direction; and a moving mechanism configured to move at least one of a connector housing and the two connector terminals held by the terminal separator and the terminal chuck to insert the two connector terminals into two terminal accommodating chambers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Miyoshi Mabuchi, Nobuto Tsukiji
  • Patent number: 11031733
    Abstract: It is aimed to reliably prevent inverted insertion of a terminal fitting. Oblique insertion restricting portions (27, 28) recessed while extending in a direction intersecting an inserting direction of a terminal fitting (T) into a connector housing (1) and capable of restricting the insertion of a rectangular tube portion (10) by a material of an inner wall of a cavity (4) biting into the oblique insertion restricting portions when the terminal fitting (T) is inserted in an orientation inverted from a proper posture and in an oblique posture into the cavity (4) are provided on corner parts of the rectangular tube portion (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Inventors: Shunya Takeuchi, Yasuo Omori, Tetsuya Miyamura
  • Patent number: 11018446
    Abstract: A male housing (12) includes a housing body (23) with a fitting space (28) that accommodates tabs (20) of male terminal fittings (11). An accommodation space (29) is rearward of the fitting space (28) and accommodates a sealing plug (17). An outer peripheral portion (24) of the male housing (12) defines an outer periphery of the accommodation space (29). An inner surface of the outer peripheral portion (24) closely contacts the sealing plug (17), and plate locks (44) project into the fitting space (28). A moving plate (14) to be locked by the plate locks (44) is arranged in the fitting space (28). The male housing (12) includes communication spaces (35) between the housing body (23) and the outer peripheral portion (24) and behind the plate locks (44). The communication spaces (35) allow communication between the fitting space (28) and the accommodation space (29).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Inventors: Yuma Mamiya, Shinjiro Kida, Sho Saito
  • Patent number: 10998669
    Abstract: It is aimed to mount a sealing member into a receptacle after arranging a moving plate in the receptacle. In a fitting space (28) of a receptacle (25), plate lock portions (44) are provided to project, a moving plate (14) to be locked by the plate locks (44) at a protecting position is arranged, and a sealing member (16) is arranged closer to an opening than the plate locks (44). The receptacle (25) is composed of a body-side receptacle (30) including the plate locks (44) and a tip-side receptacle (31) arranged closer to the opening of the fitting space (28) than the body-side receptacle (30) and to be coupled to the body-side receptacle (30). The sealing member (16) is fixed by being sandwiched between the body-side receptacle (30) and the tip-side receptacle (31).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Inventors: Yuma Mamiya, Shinjiro Kida, Sho Saito
  • Patent number: 10965058
    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: January 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Molex, LLC
    Inventors: You-Xiang Zheng, Hao Yin
  • Patent number: 10923853
    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: January 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Molex, LLC
    Inventors: You-Xiang Zheng, Hao Yin
  • Patent number: 10910753
    Abstract: It is aimed to realize miniaturization. A connector includes a terminal unit (50) having a terminal holding member (51) and configured to be displaced between a partial locking position and a full locking position integrally with a retainer (30), a terminal fitting (58) mounted in the terminal holding member (51) such that a draw-out direction of a wire (61) is a direction intersecting a displacing direction of the retainer (30), a stopper (25) formed in the housing (10) and facing in a direction opposite to the draw-out direction of the wire (61), and a butting portion (54) formed on the terminal holding member (51), the butting portion being not locked to the stopper (25) with the retainer (30) held at the partial locking position and being lockable to the stopper (25) by a displacement of the retainer (30) to the full locking position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Inventors: Tetsuya Miyamura, Masaaki Tabata, Yasuo Omori, Hajime Matsui
  • Patent number: 10903600
    Abstract: A male plug connector having a contact support (1) with at least one contact chamber (2), wherein a contact partner (7) is mounted in the at least one contact chamber (2), wherein the contact partner (7) has a primary locking tab (10) that cooperates with its contact chamber (2), wherein a locking element (6) that can be displaced between a prelocking position and a final locking position is mounted on and/or in the contact support (2), wherein the locking element (6) is designed to secondarily lock the contact partner (7) having a secondary locking tab (12) when the contact partner (2) is located in its specified position in its contact chamber (2) and the locking element (6) has been displaced from its prelocking position into its final locking position, characterized in that, in addition to the secondary locking tab (12) of the contact partner (7), a locking web (13) that cooperates with the locking element (6) is mounted on the contact partner (7).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: HIRSCHMANN AUTOMOTIVE GMBH
    Inventors: Alexander Denz, Kurt Ellensohn
  • Patent number: 10897103
    Abstract: An electrical connector includes first and second housing portions that are secured to one another and respectively provide an aperture and a hole. The aperture is configured to receive a terminal of a wire. The hole is configured to receive the wire. The first housing portion includes a face that is configured to mate with another connector that carries another terminal that is engageable with the terminal. A seal is captured between the first and second housing portions and is configured to engage the other connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Inventors: Rangarajan Sundarakrishnamachari, Velmurugan Kandasamy
  • Patent number: 10892577
    Abstract: A connector assembly includes a housing that is adapted to hold an electric terminal in a terminal cavity. The connector assembly also includes a terminal position assurance that is movable relative to the housing. A terminal position assurance lock retains the terminal position assurance in a pre-lock position relative to the housing. The terminal position assurance lock also retains the terminal position assurance in a lock position relative to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Deborah Probert, Michael Glick, David Menzies
  • Patent number: 10862237
    Abstract: In a terminal accommodating chamber provided in a housing of a connector, a terminal to which an electric wire is connected is accommodated. The terminal is held by the engagement between a locking face of a lance molded in a terminal accommodating chamber and a locking target face provided in a box portion of the terminal. The locking target face is provided in a front ceiling plate molded by notching a ceiling plate of the box portion in a width direction to reach a facing plate outer face. The locking face and the locking target face are engaged with each other within a range wider than a facing plate inner face width of the facing plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Dacheng Jin, Naokazu Nagasaka, Atsuhito Saito, Shingo Chiba
  • Patent number: 10833444
    Abstract: A terminal unit (30) has inner conductors in a dielectric (36) and is mounted in a first or second housing (10, 20). The first housing (10) includes a first locking lance (14), a front retainer (17) and a first accommodation chamber (13). The second housing (20) includes a second locking lance (22), a second accommodation chamber (21) and a side retainer (25). First and second locks (45, 54) are formed on a surface of the dielectric (36). The terminal unit (30) inserted into the first accommodation chamber (13) is retained by the front retainer (17) restricting deflection of the first locking lance (14) and the first lock (45) locking the first locking lance (14). The terminal unit (30) inserted into the second accommodation chamber (21) is retained by locking the first lock (45) with the second locking lance (22) and locking the second lock (54) with the side retainer (25).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignees: AutoNetworks Technologies, Ltd., Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd., Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroyoshi Maesoba, Toshifumi Ichio
  • Patent number: 10826220
    Abstract: An electrical connector includes a housing having an interior space and a retaining finger extending into the interior space. An electrical terminal and a terminal position assurance are each disposed within the interior space of the housing. The terminal position assurance is movable relative to the housing between (1) a pre-lock position, wherein the retaining finger prevents the electrical terminal from being withdrawn from the interior space of the housing, and the terminal position assurance does not prevent the retaining finger from moving relative to the housing; (2) a service position, wherein the retaining finger does not prevent the electrical terminal from being withdrawn from the interior space of the housing; and (3) a lock position, wherein the retaining finger prevents the electrical terminal from being withdrawn from the interior space of the housing, and the terminal position assurance prevents the retaining finger from moving relative to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Anthony Butcher, David Menzies, Bhupinder Rangi, Yefim Grinshpun
  • Patent number: 10826221
    Abstract: A connector includes a terminal including an electric contact portion having a lock end edge at a rear end thereof in an insertion direction and a wire connection portion having a core wire caulked portion; a housing having an insertion opening on a rear end surface thereof and a terminal accommodation chamber to accommodate the terminal inserted from the insertion opening; a flexible lock piece integrally formed with the housing and having a lock surface locking the lock end edge of the terminal inserted into the terminal accommodation chamber; an inclined surface formed on the flexible lock piece, pressed by the terminal during insertion, and moving the lock surface in an unlocking direction; and a recessed clearance portion formed on the inclined surface and having a bottom surface located farther from the core wire caulked portion of the insertion-completed terminal and the vicinity thereof than the inclined surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shingo Chiba, Naokazu Nagasaka, Dacheng Jin, Atsuhito Saito
  • Patent number: 10794413
    Abstract: A connection assembly includes a housing, an adaptor and a conducting element. The housing has a chamber and an opening communicating with the chamber. The adaptor has a first through hole. The adaptor is at least partially connected outside the housing. The opening communicates with the first through hole. The conducting element penetrates through the first through hole and the opening. The conducting element is detachably connected with the adaptor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: NANYA TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Chia-Fu Chen
  • Patent number: 10756450
    Abstract: A terminal is to be connected to an electric wire including a conductor core wire and a sheath covering the conductor core wire. The terminal includes a connection portion and a conductor fixing portion which is located rearward of the connecting portion and configured to fix the conductor core wire exposed from the electric wire. The connection portion and the conductor fixing portion are integrally formed to each other and are extended in a front-rear direction. The conductor fixing portion has through holes penetrating in a thickness direction of the conductor fixing portion. An end edge portion of each of the plurality of through holes on an outer peripheral surface side of the conductor fixing portion is provided with a tapered portion that increases in diameter of the tapered portion toward an outer peripheral surface of the conductor fixing portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takashi Matsunaga, Koichi Ikebe, Keiichiro Kurashige, Youji Kutsuna
  • Patent number: 10734751
    Abstract: An insulating body or a module for a modular industrial plug-in connector is provided. At least two electrical contact elements are arranged in the module, each of which is assigned a Hall sensor for current measurement. The Hall sensors are electromagnetically shielded from one another within the module by shielding arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Harting Electric GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Norbert Kropiewnicki
  • Patent number: 10700467
    Abstract: It is aimed to enable the present or absence of an incompletely inserted state to be detected in a stacked connector. A connector (1) is provided with retaining portions (27, 57) for deflecting a second base portion (45) of a second housing (3) outward in a stacking direction when a first housing (2) and the second housing (3) are locked in a state where a female terminal fitting (80) in an incompletely inserted state is present. Further, the second base (45) is provided with a detection rib (71) in a part easily deflected when the first and second housings (2, 3) are locked to each other. The detection rib (71) is formed to project downward from the lower surface of the second base (45).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventor: Takahiro Chikusa
  • Patent number: 10644427
    Abstract: A connector includes a housing (10) formed with a terminal accommodation chamber (13), a terminal fitting (21) to be inserted into the terminal accommodation chamber (13) from behind the housing (10), a locking lance (14) disposed to face the terminal accommodation chamber (13), cantilevered forward and resiliently displaceable in a direction away from the terminal accommodation chamber (13) and in a direction to enter the terminal accommodation chamber (13), and a recess (20) formed in an area on a side of the locking lance (14) opposite to the terminal accommodation chamber (13).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventor: Junya Matsuura
  • Patent number: 10637188
    Abstract: An electrical plug connector includes a plug housing having a wall with a first opening. A contact element holder surrounds the first opening. A collar extends from the wall, surrounding the contact element holder. A fixing element is detachably attached to the contact element holder and radially surrounds the contact element holder and part of the contact element holder. First protrusions project from the fixing element between the fixing element and the collar. Second protrusions project from an inner surface of the fixing element into the contact element holder. The first protrusions and the second protrusions are designed in so that after fitting the plug housing together with a mating plug housing, a collar of the mating plug housing engages the first protrusions, whereby the first protrusions are pressed inwards and whereby the second protrusions are pressed inwards against an electrical contact element held in the contact element holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Aptiv Technologies Limited
    Inventor: Rainer Schmidt
  • Patent number: 10622746
    Abstract: Terminal position assurance (TPA) member used in a connector, to make sure that a terminal is positioned properly. The TPA member has at least one locating/guide feature to provide proper guidance and to avoid an imbalance during engagement with a connector housing, and has at least one flexible feature to help retain the TPA member in a preset position and/or a final lock position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: J.S.T. CORPORATION
    Inventors: Rajit Abraham, Franklin A. Holub
  • Patent number: 10622754
    Abstract: A female connector (F) includes a housing (10) to fit into a receptacle (81) of a male connector (M) and a front retainer (50) to be mounted to a front part of the housing (10). The housing (10) includes a terminal accommodating portion (12) that accommodates female terminal fittings (11). Plate-shaped butting portions (24) extend forward from an outer periphery of the terminal accommodating portion (12) and butt against a back surface of the receptacle (81) when the housing (10) is fit into the receptacle (81). The front retainer (50) includes a cover (51) configured to cover a front end of the terminal accommodating portion (12) by being disposed along inner side surfaces of the butting portions (24) and intrusion preventing portions (54) projecting from the cover (51) to close both sides of clearances between the cover (51) and the butting portions (24) in a front view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuma Mamiya, Yujiro Imai, Shinjiro Kida, Masami Kawamoto
  • Patent number: 10622747
    Abstract: A connector includes a housing (10) having a terminal accommodation chamber (11) formed therein, and a first terminal fitting (12) can be inserted into the terminal accommodation chamber (11). A retainer (20) can be assembled to the housing (10) at a temporary locking position and at a final locking position, and a terminal holding member (30) can be assembled to the housing (10). A second terminal fitting (40) is attached to the terminal holding member (30). Interference parts (24, 26) are formed in the retainer (20) and the terminal holding member (30), respectively. The interference parts do not interfere with each other when the retainer (20) is in the final locking position. However, the interference parts interfere with each other to prevent the terminal holding member (30) from being assembled to the housing (10) when the retainer (20) is in the temporary locking position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignees: AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES, LTD., SUMITOMO WIRING SYSTEMS, LTD., SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES, LTD., TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tetsuya Miyamura, Masaaki Tabata, Yasuo Omori, Hajime Matsui, Hiroshi Kobayashi, Motoya Hara, Ryutaro Yamazaki
  • Patent number: 10566725
    Abstract: A connector housing (10) includes a terminal inserting portion (15) into which deflectable locking lances (23) project, and a retainer mounting hole (26) communicating with the terminal inserting portion (15) and open in one surface facing in a direction intersecting an inserting direction of a terminal fitting (70). A retainer (40) is inserted into the retainer mounting hole (26). The retainer (40) includes a deflection restricting portion (44) configured to restrict the deflection of the locking lance (23) by entering a deflection space (58) for the locking lance (23) with the retainer (40) inserted to a proper depth in the retainer mounting hole (26) and supports (43) capable of supporting the terminal fitting (70) by being located to be able to come into contact with the terminal fitting (70).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventor: Wataru Ochiai
  • Patent number: 10511115
    Abstract: A connector with retainer includes a housing (20) configured such that terminal fittings (10) are inserted thereinto from behind, and a front retainer (40) to be mounted into the housing (20) from front. The housing (20) includes locking lances (31) capable of locking the terminal fittings (10) inserted to a proper position. The locking lances (31) are cantilevered forward. The front retainer (40) includes ribs (45) configured to enter spaces (S2) lateral to the locking lances (31). The ribs (45) are disposed in a height range of locking portions (32) of the locking lances (31) to be locked to the terminal fittings (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventor: Masanori Hirota
  • Patent number: 10476193
    Abstract: It is aimed to detect a mounted state of a second terminal fitting in a terminal unit in which the second terminal fitting is mounted in a terminal holding member. A connector includes an interfering projection (25) formed on a retainer (21). When a second terminal fitting (50) of a terminal unit (30) is properly mounted in a terminal holding member (31), the retainer (21) is displaceable from a partial locking position to a full locking position without the interfering projection (25) interfering with the second terminal fitting (50). When the second terminal fitting (50) is improperly mounted in the terminal holding member (31), the interfering projection (25) interferes with the second terminal fitting (50), thereby restricting a displacement of the retainer (21) to a full locking position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignees: AutoNetworks Technologies, Ltd., Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd., Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Tetsuya Miyamura, Masaaki Tabata, Yasuo Omori, Hajime Matsui
  • Patent number: 10476207
    Abstract: An electrical distribution assembly comprising a junction box having a box housing. The box housing comprises a plug portion to receive an electrical connector. The electrical connector has a connector housing comprising a plurality of cavities to receive and hold a terminal. The plug portion comprises a plurality of first blocking devices protruding along a mating axis. Each cavity comprises a second blocking device extending along the mating axis. Each of the first blocking devices blocks the corresponding second blocking device in a blocked position when the corresponding cavity is empty, thereby preventing movement of the connector housing towards the box housing. The assembly further comprises a terminal movable from an outward position to an inserted position. When inserted in the cavity, the terminal relocates the corresponding first or second blocking device to release the blocking, thereby allowing movement of the connector housing towards the box housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: APTIV TECHNOLOGIES LIMITED
    Inventors: Erwan Guillanton, Aymeric Perot
  • Patent number: 10476194
    Abstract: A connector includes a housing (10) formed with a terminal accommodating portion (11), terminal fittings (15) to be inserted into the terminal accommodating portion (11) from behind, a front retainer (30) to be assembled with the housing (10) from front, and locking surfaces (29) formed in the terminal accommodating portion (11) and configured to hold the front retainer (30) and the housing (10) in an assembled state by having locking projections (37) of the front retainer (30) locked thereto from behind. The locking surfaces (29) are inclined with respect to an assembling direction of the front retainer 30 with the housing (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Norihito Hashimoto, Wataru Yamanaka
  • Patent number: 10461456
    Abstract: The connector includes: a housing provided with a terminal accommodating chamber; a terminal to be accommodated in the terminal accommodating chamber; a locking lance flexibly provided in the terminal accommodating chamber, a free end side of the locking lance configured to abut on the terminal when the terminal is inserted into the terminal accommodating chamber, thereby the locking lance being restored after being bent, thereby the free end side being capable of locking the terminal in the terminal accommodating chamber; and a thin-walled portion flexibly provided on the free end side of the locking lance, a thickness in a bending direction of the locking lance being set to be smaller than a thickness on a base end side of the locking lance in the thin-walled portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Nobuyoshi Mochizuki, Kouichirou Matsushita, Naoki Takamura
  • Patent number: 10454200
    Abstract: A connector includes a housing that has a terminal accommodating chambers into which terminals are inserted and a housing flexible piece for locking and preventing the terminals from coming off, a rear holder that includes terminal insertion openings and is mounted on the housing at a temporary locking position and a final locking position, the retainer part is disposed at a position just before the retainer is engaged with the housing flexible piece when the rear holder is at the temporary locking position, and the retainer part is disposed at a position where the retainer part restrains the locking release of the housing flexible piece when the rear holder is at the final locking position, and a rail part that is formed in the housing and restrains a movement of the retainer in an inclination direction of a mounting direction by slide contact to the retainer part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Daisuke Uenosono, Takashi Tsukamoto, Yoshitaka Tsushima, Shoya Ueda
  • Patent number: 10446969
    Abstract: An electrical connector includes a housing and a terminal position assurance (TPA) member. The housing defines cavities that extend from a cable end of the housing parallel to a cavity axis and hold corresponding terminals therein. The housing includes first and second walls defining a TPA slot therebetween that is open to the cavities. The TPA member is mounted to the housing within the TPA slot such that a front side of the TPA member engages the first wall and a rear side of the TPA member engages the second wall. The TPA member is movable relative to the housing between an unlocked position and a locked position along an actuation axis perpendicular to the cavity axis. The TPA member in the locked position extends into the cavities, and the front side of the TPA member engages the terminals to retain the terminals within the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignees: TE Connectivity India Private Limited, TE Connectivity Brasil Industria De Electronics
    Inventors: Gajanan Bhat, Fabio Fortunato Christiano, Raghunandan S. Shanbhag, Tejus Kiran Salaka
  • Patent number: 10446968
    Abstract: A connector assembly includes an electrical-terminal, a housing, and a lock-reinforcement. The a housing defines a cavity configured to receive the electrical-terminal. The housing includes a locking-finger overlaying the electrical-terminal configured to lock the electrical-terminal within the cavity. The locking-finger has a rib protruding from the locking-finger having a first-surface and a second-surface. A tip of the locking-finger includes a locking-ramp projecting from the locking-finger configured to engage a perimeter-edge of a lock-slot defined by the electrical-terminal. The lock-reinforcement is disposed within the cavity and configured to slideably engage both the first-surface and the second-surface of the rib after the lock-reinforcement is moved from a pre-stage-position to a seated-position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: DELPHI TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Wesley W. Weber, Jr., Jeffrey S. Campbell
  • Patent number: 10348019
    Abstract: A connector assembly includes a connector-body having electrical-terminals. The electrical-terminals are inserted into cavities defined by the connector-body through apertures defined in a rear-face of the connector-body. The connector-body includes a lock feature configured to releasably lock the electrical-terminals within the cavities. The lock feature has a planar-member with a first-end and a second-end. The first-end defines a flex-lock feature. The second-end is attached by a hinge to a leading-edge of the outer-surface of the connector-body proximate the front-face. The flex-lock feature defines a hook-side and a wall-side disposed within a slot defined by the connector-body. The hook-side is configured to releasably engage a locking-shelf partially enclosing the slot. The wall-side engages the electrical-terminals when the hook-side engages the locking-shelf.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: DELPHI TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Erika M. Hocevar, Bart N. Caldwell, Christopher A. Margrave
  • Patent number: 10333250
    Abstract: An electrical connector assembly including a first connector and a second connector mated with each other. The first connector includes an insulative housing with a mating cavity sounded by opposite top wall and bottom wall, two opposite side walls and a rear wall. The rear wall forms opposite inner surface and outer surface. A plurality of contacts are retained to the housing and include the contacting sections exposed in the mating cavity and soldering sections exposed outside of the housing and behind the rear wall. A plurality of inner partitions are formed on the interior surface of the rear wall and extend into the mating cavity to separate the contacting sections of the neighboring contacts, respectively. A plurality of outer partitions are formed on the exterior surface of the rear wall to separate the soldering sections of the neighboring contacts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: FOXCONN INTERCONNECT TECHNOLOGY LIMITED
    Inventors: Xue-Yuan Xiao, Ling-Jie Meng, Zi-Qiang Zhu, Wei Wang
  • Patent number: 10326227
    Abstract: It is aimed to improve a terminal holding force. A terminal fitting includes a terminal connecting portion (12) connectable to a mating terminal fitting, a wire connecting portion (13) disposed behind the terminal connecting portion (12) and to be connected to an end part of a wire, and a retainer locking portion (18) formed to project on the terminal connecting portion (12) and having a retainer locking surface (22) to be locked by a retainer (5). The retainer locking surface (22) is formed into a reverse tapered shape from a projecting end side toward a base end side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignees: AutoNetworks Technologies, Ltd., Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd., SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Tetsuya Miyamura, Masaaki Tabata, Yasuo Omori, Shunya Takeuchi
  • Patent number: 10312626
    Abstract: An electrical connector assembly having a housing, a terminal alignment plate and an independent secondary lock member. The terminal alignment plate has secondary lock engagement surfaces. The independent secondary lock member has terminal alignment plate engagement surfaces. When the independent secondary lock member is in the open position, the terminal alignment plate engagement surfaces engage the secondary lock engagement surfaces of the terminal alignment plate to retain the terminal alignment plate in the protecting position and prevent the terminal alignment plate from being moved to the fully inserted position. When the independent secondary lock member is in the closed position, the terminal alignment plate engagement surfaces do not engage the secondary lock engagement surfaces of the terminal alignment plate, allowing the terminal alignment plate to be moved to the fully inserted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: TE CONNECTIVITY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Andrew Jacob Vasbinder, Matthew Bryan Hitchcock
  • Patent number: 10263360
    Abstract: A waterproof connector has a cable in which metal terminals are connected to the tip end, a housing that houses the metal terminals and a part of the cable, a packing in which a cable through hole that is passed to the front and rear sides is disposed, which is incorporated in the housing in a state where the packing is passed over the cable, and which ensures a watertightness between the cable and the housing, and a stopper in which a cable through hole that is passed to the front and rear sides is disposed, which is incorporated in the housing on a side of the packing opposite to the side of the metal terminals, in a state where the stopper is passed over the cable, and which holds the packing to the housing in a slipping-off preventing state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: HOSIDEN CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yuta Iwamoto
  • Patent number: 10224665
    Abstract: A connector includes a housing (10) having cavities (13) and deflectable and deformable locking lances (15) project into the cavities (13), and a front retainer (60) to be mounted into the housing (10) from the front. A terminal fitting (50) is inserted into the cavity (13) of the housing (10), and the locking lance (15) resiliently locks a lance receiving portion (54) so that rearward detachment of the terminal fitting (50) is restricted. The front retainer (60) includes a deflection restricting portion (77) configured to restrict the deflection of the locking lances (15), and a retaining portion (69) configured to lock retainer receiving portions (55) and retain the terminal fittings (50) by laterally approaching the terminal fittings (50) by a tilting displacement about a hinge (68) from an opening state to a closing state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventor: Masahiro Iida
  • Patent number: 10218124
    Abstract: An electrical connector includes a first housing with a plurality of first terminal slots. Each first terminal slot includes a first terminal lock. Each first terminal slot also includes a first end stop. The first end stops are part of the first housing. Each first terminal slot is configured to retain a first electrical terminal between the first terminal lock and the first end stop. The electrical connector also includes a first terminal position assurance. The first terminal position assurance includes a first terminal position assurance body. A plurality of first lock retainers extend from the first terminal position assurance body. The first lock retainers prevent the first terminal locks from moving to a release position. The first terminal position assurance body is located in the same plane as the first end stops.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Deborah Probert, Reinhard Pusch, David Menzies, Bhupinder Rangi, Michael Glick, Yasin Canol
  • Patent number: 10193263
    Abstract: A connector includes a housing provided with a terminal chamber, a terminal accommodated in the terminal chamber and having a terminal-connecting portion and a wire-connecting portion, and a locking lance flexibly provided in the terminal chamber and having a locking portion. A plate portion is provided in the terminal-connecting portion. A hole portion is provided in the plate portion. An engagement surface to be engaged with the locking portion is provided on an edge portion of the hole portion. Chamfered portions are provided at edges of the hole portion on both sides of the engagement surface, and are inclined toward an inside of the hole portion. Supplemental engagement surfaces to be engaged with the locking portion in a detachment direction of the terminal from the terminal chamber are provided at parts of the engagement surface where the chamfered portions are located.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Naokazu Nagasaka, Jerico Constantino Cando, Elaine Diwa Italia
  • Patent number: 10181679
    Abstract: An electrical connector includes a first housing with a plurality of first terminal slots. Each first terminal slot includes a first terminal lock. Each first terminal slot also includes a first end stop. The first end stops are part of the first housing. Each first terminal slot is configured to retain a first electrical terminal between the first terminal lock and the first end stop. The electrical connector also includes a first terminal position assurance. The first terminal position assurance includes a first terminal position assurance body. A plurality of first lock retainers extend from the first terminal position assurance body. The first lock retainers prevent the first terminal locks from moving to a release position. The first terminal position assurance body is located in the same plane as the first end stops.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Deborah Probert, Reinhard Pusch, David Menzies, Bhupinder Rangi, Michael Glick, Yasin Canol
  • Patent number: 10158189
    Abstract: A terminal reception chamber (201) of a connector (1) includes a first chamber (201A), a second chamber (201B) and a third chamber (201C). The connector includes a first housing (100) defining a mating terminal insertion hole (102), a second housing (200) defining the first chamber and the second chambers and attached to the first housing, and a third housing (300) defining the third chambers and attached to the first housing and the second housing to contact with the first housing and the second housing and to inseparably connect the first housing and the second housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoji Kutsuna, Shin Nemoto, Shunsuke Narama
  • Patent number: 10135182
    Abstract: Connector latch for a housing used to securely hold together a connector apparatus. The connector apparatus has at least a first housing and a second housing. The first housing has the connector latch. The first and second housings can be mated together. Initially, after the connector latch is manufactured, the connector latch is in an undeflected position. After manufacture, the connector latch is subjected to a pre-mating deflection process, in order to deflect the connector latch into a preloaded position. After the pre-mating deflection process has been completed, the connector latch is locked in the preloaded position. The preloaded connector latch provides a number of desirable characteristics, including at least an extra loud “click” sound when the first housing and the second housing are mated together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: J.S.T. CORPORATION
    Inventor: Vikas Azad
  • Patent number: 10079445
    Abstract: It is aimed to prevent a noise reduction function of a twisted pair cable from being reduced near the entrances of cavities. A connector (CO) includes a twisted pair cable formed by twisting a pair of wires, female terminals (9A, 9B) connected to respective ends of both wires (W) of the twisted pair cable, a housing (15) formed with cavities (18) for individually accommodating the female terminals (9A, 9B), and a locking lance (13) deflectably arranged in the housing (15) and capable of locking the female terminals (9A, 9B). A pair of the female terminals (9A, 9B) connected to the both wires (W) of the twisted pair cable are accommodated into the cavities (18) adjacent in a Y direction and the locking lance (13) integrally and interlockably formed to straddle between the adjacent cavities (18) is formed in the adjacent cavities (18).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignees: AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES, LTD., SUMITOMO WIRING SYSTEMS, LTS., SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Hajime Matsui, Yasuo Omori
  • Patent number: 10069241
    Abstract: A fitting connector includes: a first connector; a second connector; a detection member that is relatively movable to a main locking position with respect to a housing when the housings are completely fitted to each other and is locked to the housing at the main locking position; and first and second holding structures which keep the completely fitted state, in which the first holding structure includes a first locking holder for the housing with a locking portion and a second locking holder provided in the counterpart housing and entering the locking portion to regulate the relative movement between the housings in the completely fitted state, in which the second locking holder includes a protrusion portion entering the locking portion and a flexible portion capable of moving the protrusion portion in a direction opposite to the insertion direction toward the locking portion while being bent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventor: Noboru Hayasaka