For Direct Simultaneous Contact With Plural Battery Or Cell Terminals Patents (Class 439/627)
  • Patent number: 10763628
    Abstract: A connection module includes a plurality of bus bars that connect positive and negative electrode terminals of adjacent energy storage elements, a plurality of bus bar holding portions that hold bus bars in an insulated manner, and a pitch adjustment portion. The pitch adjustment portion is to be provided across the adjacent bus bar holding portions so as to couple the adjacent bus bar holding portions, and extends and contracts in a line-up direction of the plurality of bus bar holding portions so as to enable adjustment of a pitch between the positive and negative electrode terminals of the adjacent energy storage elements. Each of the bus bar holding portion includes a bus bar housing portion including an isolation wall that keeps the corresponding bus bars apart in an insulated manner. The bus bar housing portion includes, on one side in the line-up direction, a free portion where there is no isolation wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignees: AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES, LTD., SUMITOMO WIRING SYSTEMS, LTD., SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroki Shimoda, Shinichi Takase, Nobuyuki Matsumura, Yoshinori Ito
  • Patent number: 10763616
    Abstract: A wiring module is for attachment to a power module in which power elements that store or generate electrical power are arranged side-by-side. The wiring module includes: an insulating protector that houses interconnection conductors for interconnecting the power elements; detection wires that are housed in the insulating protector, extend from a side corresponding to the power elements, and detect a state of the power elements; a connector that is provided at an end portion of the detection wires and is arranged inside the insulating protector; and a movement restricting means that is provided in the insulating protector and is for restricting movement of the connector by locking the connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignees: AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES, LTD., SUMITOMO WIRING SYSTEMS, LTD., SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Shimizu, Ryouya Okamoto, Hitoshi Takeda
  • Patent number: 10673054
    Abstract: A wiring module to be attached to an electricity storage element group in which a plurality of electricity storage elements having electrodes are lined up includes a plurality of busbars to be connected to the electrodes and a plurality of accommodating portions in which the busbars are respectively accommodated. Each of the accommodating portions has an accommodating wall that is disposed around the busbar, and the accommodating wall includes a first adjoining wall and a second adjoining wall opposing the first adjoining wall. The first adjoining wall of one accommodating portion and the second adjoining wall of another accommodating portion are arranged adjoining each other. The first adjoining wall has a first locking portion that locks the busbar and an auxiliary wall that protrudes toward the second adjoining wall and covers the first locking portion from the second adjoining wall side. The second adjoining wall has an opening in which the auxiliary wall is accommodated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignees: AutoNetworks Technologies, Ltd., Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd., Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Osamu Nakayama, Seishi Kimura
  • Patent number: 10431801
    Abstract: A bus bar module includes: a plurality of linear conductors disposed in parallel at predetermined intervals; a belt-form flat conductor disposed adjacent to the linear conductors and extending in an axial direction of the linear conductors; and an insulating resin portion that integrally covers outer peripheral portions of the plurality of linear conductors and one side edge portion of the flat conductor, the one side edge portion being adjacent to the linear conductors. A tensile strength of the flat conductor and the insulating resin portion is not less than 50 N/mm2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yuki Tosaya, Hiroki Kondo
  • Patent number: 10389047
    Abstract: An embodiment is directed to a module-to-module power connector configured to form connections between battery modules installed in a battery housing of an energy storage system. The module-to-module power connector includes electrical interfaces and busbar(s) configured to form one or more electrical connections terminals of adjacent battery modules. The busbar(s) is flexibly configured to permit a defined range of movement of the electrical interfaces during insertion of the respective battery modules into respective battery module compartments. The module-to-module power connector may further be arranged inside in a tunnel space, whereby holes are defined in a battery module mounting area housing the battery modules that open into the tunnel space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: InEVit LLC
    Inventors: Heiner Fees, Andreas Track, Alexander Eichhorn, Ralf Maisch, Jörg Damaske
  • Patent number: 10333236
    Abstract: A battery wiring module to be mounted on a unit cell group formed by arranging a plurality of unit cells including positive and negative electrode terminals includes a terminal to be electrically connected to the electrode terminal, a detection wire for detecting a state of the unit cell by being electrically connected to the terminal, and a resin protector including a terminal accommodating portion for accommodating the terminal, a wire accommodation groove for accommodating the detection wire and a through groove allowing communication between the terminal accommodating portion and the wire accommodation groove and used to pull out the detection wire connected to the terminal into the wire accommodation groove. The detection wire is bent at least at two or more positions in the wire accommodation groove or the through groove and held in a bent state while being routed in the resin protector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignees: AutoNetworks Technologies, Ltd., Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd., Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.
    Inventor: Ryouya Okamoto
  • Patent number: 10305083
    Abstract: A wiring module to be attached to a power storage element group in which a plurality of power storage elements having cathodes composed of a first metal and anodes composed of a second metal that is different from the first metal are aligned, includes: bus bars having first metal portions composed of the first metal and second metal portions composed of the second metal; an insulating protector for housing the bus bars; and detection terminals connected to the bus bars. The bus bars have overlapping portions at which portions of the first and second metal portions overlap, the overlapping portions have welded portions at which the first and second metal portions are welded, and the bus bars have terminal connection portions on which the detection terminals are overlaid, at positions different from the positions of the welded portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignees: AutoNetworks Technologies, Ltd., Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd., SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Osamu Nakayama, Naoki Fukushima, Katsushi Miyazaki, Seishi Kimura
  • Patent number: 10199625
    Abstract: A bus bar according to an embodiment includes a block-shape thick portion, two thin portions provided along the thick portion on both sides, and two bend portions that connect the thick portion and the thin portions, the connected thick portion and the thin portions being elastically deformable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA
    Inventors: Takaya Ogawa, Shinya Aikawa, Masato Iwata
  • Patent number: 10193129
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a parallel battery module comprising a plurality of battery cells, a first current collection connector, and a second current collection connector. The plurality of battery cells are in parallel connection. Each battery cell comprises a conducting top cover plate, a first terminal, a conducting connector, a second terminal, a bare cell, a fuse, and a conducting deformable piece. The first current collection connector and the second current collection connector are disposed on the top of the plurality of battery cells, and are electrically connected to the first terminal and the second terminal of the plurality of battery cells, respectively. When the conducting deformable piece of a battery cell deforms and becomes electrically connected to the conducting connector, the electrical connection between said battery cell and other battery cells is broken by blowing the first current collection connector and/or the second current collection connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: CONTEMPORARY AMPEREX TECHNOLOGY CO., LIMITED
    Inventors: Quankun Li, Pinghua Deng, Kai Wu, Xiaobo Chen, Peng Wang
  • Patent number: 10177352
    Abstract: A battery module has battery cells. The battery cells are arranged side by side while being separately held by battery holders. The battery cells are connected in series with bus bars. Each bus bar has a bent portion. Each battery holder includes a protruding wall that is provided between connection terminals adjacent to each other in the direction in which the battery cells are arranged. The protruding walls protrude further than the connection terminals in the direction in which the connection terminals protrude from the cases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOYOTA JIDOSHOKKI
    Inventors: Takashi Sakai, Takayuki Kato, Hiromi Ueda, Naoto Morisaku
  • Patent number: 10115954
    Abstract: A battery module includes a plurality of battery cells arranged in a first direction, each one of the plurality of battery cells having a terminal portion on an upper surface thereof, a bus-bar holder positioned on the plurality of battery cells, the bus-bar holder having an opening exposing terminal portions of the plurality of battery cells, a bus-bar positioned in the opening of the bus-bar holder, the bus-bar being spaced apart from a circumference of the opening of the bus-bar holder by a predetermined interval, and the bus-bar electrically connecting terminal portions of adjacent battery cells among the plurality of battery cells, a guide portion extending along the opening in the first direction, the guide portion extending upward above the opening, and a fixing member on an inner surface of the guide portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG SDI CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jang-Wook Lee
  • Patent number: 10062977
    Abstract: An embodiment is directed to a module-to-module power connector configured to form connections between battery modules installed in a battery housing of an energy storage system. The module-to-module power connector includes electrical interfaces and busbar(s) configured to form one or more electrical connections terminals of adjacent battery modules. The busbar(s) is flexibly configured to permit a defined range of movement of the electrical interfaces during insertion of the respective battery modules into respective battery module compartments. The module-to-module power connector may further be arranged inside in a tunnel space, whereby holes are defined in a battery module mounting area housing the battery modules that open into the tunnel space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: InEVit LLC
    Inventors: Heiner Fees, Andreas Track, Alexander Eichhorn, Ralf Maisch, Jörg Damaske
  • Patent number: 10008709
    Abstract: A bus bar module electrically connects in series a plurality of batteries stacked against each other in a row with alternately opposite polarities. This bus bar module has the plurality of bus-bars, and a housing part. The housing part includes a plurality of housing units for housing each of the plurality of the bus-bars such that the bus bars are movable along three axes. Each of the plurality of the bus-bars connects together electrodes of the two adjacent batteries among the plurality of the batteries, while being provided with two holes for loosely inserting the electrodes. Each of the plurality of housing units has a retaining part for retaining each of the plurality of the bus-bars inside each of the plurality of the housing units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Haruhiko Osanai, Koichi Sasaki
  • Patent number: 9912018
    Abstract: A battery pack, an integrated device for sensing individual battery voltage in a battery pack and a method of forming an integrated voltage-sensing circuit for use in a battery-powered automobile propulsion system. The integrated voltage-sensing circuit includes a busbar, a terminal pin and a voltage-sensing fuse electrically disposed between the busbar and the terminal pin. The construction of the voltage-sensing circuit is such that it forms an integral structure upon being coupled to the modular housing or related structure that may subsequently be secured to a frame that is used to provide support to each battery cell within the battery pack. In one form, the modular housing and voltage-sensing circuit may be secured to the frame during a frame molding process such that upon completion of the molding, the housing and at least a portion of the voltage-sensing circuit are encapsulated within the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Evan J. Dawley, Glenn F. Carroll
  • Patent number: 9887439
    Abstract: An example electric vehicle battery assembly includes a plurality of battery cells, a cold plate, and a biasing device to urge the plurality of battery cells toward the cold plate. An example method includes biasing a battery cell toward a cold plate to enhance thermal energy transfer between the battery cell and the cold plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Suriyaprakash Ayyangar Janarthanam, Bhaskara Boddakayala, John Paul Gibeau
  • Patent number: 9882194
    Abstract: A conductive connecting plate for a lithium battery and a method for forming the same are provided. By punching a metal plate in a generally linear shape, the conductive connecting plate is formed to comprise an elongated positioning plate, a bending plate, and a first extending plate. The elongated positioning plate has a first and a second end in an elongated direction. The bending plate extends vertically downwards from the second end in a direction away from the second end. The first extending plate extends horizontally from one side of the bending plate in a direction away from and perpendicular to that side. Thereby, when the elongated positioning plate and first extending plate are electrically connected with a terminal component and a tab-set of a lithium battery core, it can meet the requirement for the charge and discharge of high-rate and large current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Dijiya Energy Saving Technology Inc.
    Inventor: Wen-Hung Huang
  • Patent number: 9865860
    Abstract: A cell connector to connect a plurality of galvanic cells, system comprising a plurality of galvanic cells, and a method to connect a plurality of galvanic cells. The cell connector including a longitudinal, planar base section having opposite-lying first and second longitudinal edges. A planar, first connecting tab is connected to the base section on the first longitudinal edge thereof, the plane of the first connecting tab being aligned at a right angle to the base section. A planar, second connecting tab is connected to the base section on the second longitudinal edge thereof, the plane of the second connecting tab being aligned at a right angle to the plane of the base section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung SDI Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: David Fauland
  • Patent number: 9780351
    Abstract: A battery wiring module that is attachable to an electric cell set configured with a plurality of electric cells that are lined up in a line-up direction, and that have metal terminals, namely a positive electrode and a negative electrode. The battery wiring module includes: a bus bar for electrically connecting the metal terminals of adjacent electric cells to each other; a resin protector that is made of insulating resin, that has a bus bar holding section for holding the bus bar, and that is attachable to the electric cell set; and an electronic control unit for detecting a state of at least one electric cell. The resin protector is configured to accommodate a tolerance in the line-up direction of the plurality of electric cells, and the electronic control unit is attached to the insulating protector so as to be movable in the line-up direction relative to the insulating protector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignees: AutoNetworks Technologies, Ltd., Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd., Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroki Shimoda, Tomoyuki Sakata, Makoto Higashikozono, Masakuni Kasugai, Masato Tsutsuki, Hiroki Hirai, Hideo Takahashi
  • Patent number: 9722228
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a connection member for secondary batteries to achieve the electrical connection in a battery pack including two or more cylindrical secondary batteries in a physical contact manner, the connection member including an outer circumferential contact part contacting an electrode terminal of a lower battery cell along the outer circumferential region of the electrode terminal of the lower battery cell, such that the outer circumferential contact part can be electrically connected to the electrode terminal of the lower battery cell in a surface contact manner and a central contact part contacting an electrode terminal of an upper battery cell or the central region of a sidewall of the battery pack for providing an elastic contact force to the entire connection member mounted between the electrode terminals of the respective battery cells or between the electrode terminals of the battery cells and the sidewall of the battery pack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: LG CHEM, LTD.
    Inventors: Gi-Hwan Kwon, Yongho Cho, Seunghyun Bang, Hakjun Lee, Hosang Kwon
  • Patent number: 9520587
    Abstract: A battery module includes a housing having an opening and a plurality of electrochemical cells disposed in the housing. The plurality of electrochemical cells have electrode terminals. The battery module also includes a carrier defined by an outside boundary and coupled to the plurality of electrochemical cells. The outside boundary of the carrier and the housing are in a nested arrangement. The battery module also includes a bus bar assembly disposed on the carrier, the bus bar assembly includes bus bars that electrically couple the electrode terminal of one of the plurality of electrochemical cells to a respective electrode terminal of another one of the plurality of electrochemical cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Richard M. DeKeuster, Robert J. Mack
  • Patent number: 9397327
    Abstract: A battery connecting assembly 20 includes a first coupling unit 21 having a plurality of individual units 20A each accommodating a connecting member 13, and configured by coupling the individual units 20A adjacent to each other; a second coupling unit 22 having a plurality of individual units 20A each accommodating a connecting member 13, and configured by coupling the individual units 20A adjacent to each other, and arranged side by side with the first coupling unit 21; and a positioning member 40 connected to the first coupling unit 21 and the second coupling unit 22 to position the first coupling unit 21 and the second coupling unit 22 relatively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignees: AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES, LTD., SUMITOMO WIRING SYSTEMS, LTD., SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Shinichi Takase, Hiroki Hirai, Masakuni Kasugai
  • Patent number: 9312562
    Abstract: The battery cell plate frame assembly comprising a frame, and a sub-assembly comprising a conductive cell plate connector bracket, a conductive terminal, a fuse interposed between the connector bracket and the terminal and a non-conductive bridge separately supporting the connector bracket, the terminal and the fuse. In one form, the connector bracket and terminal include planar elements frictionally connected to the bridge. The bridge includes grasping prongs to releasably support the fuse. The fuse includes a wire connected to the connector bracket and a wire connected to the terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.
    Inventors: Daniel A. Dechant, Jason D. Holt, Robert R. Schaser, Glenn Heavens
  • Patent number: 9306381
    Abstract: An electrical device according to the principles of the present disclosure includes a frame, a conductor having a conductive element and an electrically insulating cover disposed about at least a portion of the conductive element, and a busbar mounted to the frame. The busbar includes a busbar body and a weld crimp. The weld crimp has a base, which extends from the busbar body, and a cross-member that is coupled to the base on a side of the base that is opposite the busbar body. The cross-member has a weld portion and a crimp portion. The weld portion intersects the base. The crimp portion intersects the weld portion and has a crimp member that receives the conductor. The crimp member is permanently deformed about the conductor so as to apply a clamping force to the conductor. The conductive element is welded to the weld portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: Yazaki North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Lumetta, Tomohiro Ikeda, Koji Koizumi
  • Patent number: 9281581
    Abstract: A wiring module includes first detection terminals for detecting a state of electric cells, and a resin protector that retains the first detection terminals. The first detection terminals each include a first plate-shaped portion having a plate shape, and a first electric wire connecting portion continuous with the first plate-shaped portion and connected to a terminal portion of an electric wire W. The first plate-shaped portion is provided with projecting pieces for discriminating the front and back sides of the corresponding first detection terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignees: AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES, LTD., SUMITOMO WIRING SYSTEMS, LTD., SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventor: Osamu Nakayama
  • Patent number: 9196887
    Abstract: An assembled battery wiring member for an assembled battery that plural single cells each having a positive terminal and a negative terminal are arranged in a predetermined array direction and the positive terminal of one of a pair of single cells adjacent in the array direction is connected to the negative terminal of another single cell one after another by a conductive coupling member. It includes a flat cable including plural linear conductors arranged parallel to each other and an insulating film covering the plural linear conductors, and a connecting member to connect the plural linear conductors to the coupling member. The connecting member includes a plate-shaped conductor and an insulation covering the conductor, one end of the conductor is connected to the coupling member and another end of the conductor is connected to the linear conductor through an opening formed in the insulation film of the flat cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: HITACHI METALS, LTD.
    Inventors: Kazuhiko Sasada, Hidenori Kobayashi, Hiroaki Komatsu, Masamitsu Konya
  • Patent number: 9178206
    Abstract: A battery module includes a plurality of rechargeable batteries respectively including externally protruded terminals, a bus-bar electrically coupling at least two of the terminals of the rechargeable batteries, and a protection member disposed between the bus-bar and the rechargeable batteries, and including a protruding portion formed along a circumference of the bus-bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignees: SAMSUNG SDI CO., LTD., ROBERT BOSCH GmbH
    Inventors: Shi-Dong Park, Tae-Yong Kim
  • Patent number: 9159972
    Abstract: A battery module includes first and second battery cells having positive and negative cell terminals arranged adjacent one another. A buss bar connects the positive cell terminal of the first battery cell to the negative cell terminal of the second battery cell. The connection to the positive cell terminal is a threaded connection. The connection to the negative cell terminal is a quick connect connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: TYCO ELECTRONICS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Weiping Zhao
  • Patent number: 9136039
    Abstract: A cell connector for the electrically conductive connection of a first cell terminal of a first electrochemical cell and a second cell terminal of a second electrochemical cell of an electrochemical device is provided, the cell connector including a first contact region for connection to the first cell terminal and a second contact region for connection to the second cell terminal, where the cell connector allows a large relative displacement between the first contact region and the second contact region even under the influence of only small deformation forces. The cell connector can include a base body made of two or more material layers, at least two material layers being connected to one another in one piece along a fold line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignees: ElringKlinger AG, Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Armin Diez, Hubertus Goesmann, Axelle Hauck, Christian Zachar
  • Patent number: 9099729
    Abstract: Provided is an assembled battery with which a wasted space can be reduced and having a large energy density. The assembled battery including a first laminated battery provided to a plurality of current collectors, a second laminated battery provided to a plurality of current collectors, and a connecting portion that bundles and connects the plurality of current collectors provided to the first laminated battery and the plurality of current collectors provided to the second laminated battery, wherein the plurality of current collectors provide to the first laminated battery and the plurality of current collectors provided to the second laminated battery are laminated and bundled in the connecting portion, and a lamination direction of the plurality of current collectors in the connecting portion and a lamination direction of the plurality of current collectors in each laminated battery are intersecting with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Akira Tsujiko, Michiyuki Ide
  • Patent number: 9083030
    Abstract: There is provided a battery module including a first housing and a second housing, the first housing and the second housing each retaining a plurality of rechargeable batteries electrically connected to each other, the second housing being stacked on the first housing, and at least one of the rechargeable batteries retained by the second housing being coupled with at least one of the rechargeable batteries retained by the first housing; and a connecting member electrically connecting electrode terminals of the at least one rechargeable battery retained by the first housing and the at least one rechargeable battery retained by the second housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignees: SAMSUNG SDI CO., LTD., ROBERT BOSCH GmbH
    Inventors: Shi-Dong Park, Tae-Yong Kim
  • Patent number: 9083098
    Abstract: A battery wiring module including first connecting members that connect adjacent electrode terminals of a plurality of electric cells to serially connect the plurality of electric cells; second connecting members, one end of each of which is connected to the electrode terminal at one end of the serial connection and the other end of each of which is connected to an external conductive member; and a resin protector that holds the first connecting members and the second connecting members. The resin protector includes first holding portions that hold the first connecting members and second holding portions that hold the second connecting members. Concave engaged portions are provided in the second connecting members and convex engaging portions are provided in the second holding portions for engaging the concave engaged portions to limit the movement of the second connecting members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignees: AutoNetworks Technologies, Ltd., Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd., Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.
    Inventor: Osamu Nakayama
  • Patent number: 9039454
    Abstract: In a busbar module for connecting a plurality of batteries of a battery unit, the batteries are arranged so that electrodes of each of the batteries having different polarities are disposed adjacent to each other. The busbar module includes a plurality of busbars, a plurality of terminals, a plurality of wires, a plurality of plates and a connector. The busbars connect the electrodes adjacent to each other. The terminals are connected to the busbars respectively to detect a voltage of the batteries. The wires are connected to the terminals respectively. The plates accommodate the busbar, the terminals and the wires, and provided above the battery unit. The connector connects the plates together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shigeyuki Ogasawara, Shinichi Yanagihara, Keizo Aoki
  • Patent number: 8998646
    Abstract: A battery connecting assembly includes: a power line having the outer circumferential portion of a conductor covered with an insulating resin and connected to electrode terminals; and a connecting units including: a connecting member that connects the adjacent electrode terminals to each other; and a wire mounting portion that mounts the power line thereon along the direction of arranging electric cells. The connecting units are coupled to each by mounting the power line on the wire mounting portion of the connecting units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignees: Autonetworks Technologies, Ltd., Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd., Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Ryoya Okamoto, Shinichi Takase, Hiroki Hirai, Masakuni Kasugai
  • Patent number: 8992268
    Abstract: A connecting bus includes an electrically conductive bar comprising two electrical connector assemblies. At least one of the two electrical connector assemblies includes a female connector having at least one electrically conductive spring tongue. For each of the electrical connection assemblies included in the connecting bus, the electrically conductive bar includes a corresponding non-isolated zone surrounding the electrical connection assembly. The electrically conductive bar further includes an outside electrically insulating layer surrounding the whole electrically conductive bar apart from the non-isolated zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Delphi International Operations Luxembourg S.A.R.L.
    Inventors: Claude Casses, Jean Pierre Jarnoux
  • Patent number: 8986873
    Abstract: A battery pack includes at least two or more bare cells, a lead tab and an insulating member. Each of the bare cells has a first terminal portion. The lead tab is provided to the first terminal portion of the bare cell. The insulating member is interposed between the bare cell and the lead tab and is provided with an opening so that the bare cell and the lead tab are electrically connected to each other. In the battery pack, the insulating member includes two or more bare cell facing portions respectively corresponding to the bare cells, an extending portion that connects neighboring bare cell facing portions to each other, and guide portions respectively provided to the bare cell facing portions so as not to be arranged in one straight line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Samsung SDI Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Dong-Wan Kang
  • Patent number: 8974246
    Abstract: A mobile terminal is provided. The mobile terminal includes a case having a battery loading part to load a battery thereon, a printed circuit board mounted in the case, a terminal connection accommodating space formed in a predetermined portion of the battery loading part and extending in a first direction, a connection terminal comprising a fixing part configured to be connected to the printed circuit board, a connecting part extending toward the battery loading part via the terminal connection accommodating space, and a flexible part having a plurality of curved portions arranged between the fixing part and the connecting part and a stopper extending in the terminal connection accommodating space to restrict contraction of the flexible part in the first direction by coming into contact with one of the curved portions when the flexible part is contracted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Youngchul Son, Jeongho Kim
  • Publication number: 20150064976
    Abstract: This device (4) for electrically connecting an electric power supply source (8) such as a battery to an electric appliance (2), is characterized in that it comprises: at least two conductive elements (16, 18) in tended for electrically connecting the electric power supply source (8) to the electric appliance (2), each conductive element (16, 18) defining an aperture (58, 60); a shell (10) capable of receiving the conductive elements, the shell comprising a first half-shell (12) and a second half-shell (14), the shell defining at least two slots (42, 44) capable of receiving the conductive elements and of maintaining said conductive elements substantially parallel to each other, the shell further comprising at least one locking member (46) capable of engaging into the apertures of the conductive elements and of maintaining said conductive elements engaged in said slots of the shell. Application to a linear actuator intended to receive a removable tool.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventor: Franck DA ROCHA
  • Publication number: 20150024634
    Abstract: A wiring module includes first detection terminals for detecting a state of electric cells, and a resin protector that retains the first detection terminals. The first detection terminals each include a first plate-shaped portion having a plate shape, and a first electric wire connecting portion continuous with the first plate-shaped portion and connected to a terminal portion of an electric wire W. The first plate-shaped portion is provided with projecting pieces for discriminating the front and back sides of the corresponding first detection terminal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 26, 2012
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventor: Osamu Nakayama
  • Publication number: 20140329413
    Abstract: A terminal fixation structure includes a terminal fixing portion including a terminal housing chamber, a terminal including a positioning recessed portion and housed in the terminal housing chamber, and a positioning rib provided in a center of the terminal fixing portion to protrude into the terminal housing chamber and fitted into the positioning recessed portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2014
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Applicant: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shigeyuki OGASAWARA, Shinichi YANAGIHARA, Michio OTA
  • Publication number: 20140322982
    Abstract: A battery wiring module including first connecting members that connect adjacent electrode terminals of a plurality of electric cells to serially connect the plurality of electric cells; second connecting members, one end of each of which is connected to the electrode terminal at one end of the serial connection and the other end of each of which is connected to an external conductive member; and a resin protector that holds the first connecting members and the second connecting members. The resin protector includes first holding portions that hold the first connecting members and second holding portions that hold the second connecting members. Concave engaged portions are provided in the second connecting members and convex engaging portions are provided in the second holding portions for engaging the concave engaged portions to limit the movement of the second connecting members.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2012
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Applicants: AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES, LTD, SUMITOMO WIRING SYSTEMS, LTD., SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventor: Osamu Nakayama
  • Patent number: 8871375
    Abstract: A coupling member between battery cells and a battery cell assembly using the same are disclosed. Specifically, a coupling member between battery cells comprises a coupling body having battery insertion holes at first and second sides of the coupling body, and an insertion space in an interior of the coupling body; and a conductor installed in the insertion space to partition the insertion space into the first and second sides, the conductor configured to contact an electrode of the battery cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung SDI Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Seung-Ju Lim
  • Publication number: 20140315441
    Abstract: A battery wiring module may include a connecting member and a resin protector. The connecting member may be connected to an electrode terminal, and the connecting member may include a beveled corner. The resin protector may be made of insulating resin and include a holding portion and a coming-off preventing projection. The holding portion may hold the connecting member and may be provided with a surrounding wall that surrounds a peripheral edge of the connecting member. The coming-off preventing projection may include an elastic piece disposed cover the beveled corner of the connecting member and thereby limit movement of the connecting member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2012
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicant: SUMITOMO WIRING SYSTEMS, LTD.
    Inventors: Yuko Kinoshita, Mitsutoshi Morita
  • Patent number: 8859134
    Abstract: A battery connector includes: a plurality of terminals, each of which is to be connected to each electrode of a plurality of batteries; and a case which contains the plurality of terminals therein. The case includes a terminal fixing part in which the plurality of terminals are fixed, and an insulating cover which is supported to be displaced to a closing position at which an open face of the terminal fixing part is covered by the insulating cover. A wire guide is formed in an outer surface of the insulating cover in the closing position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Tomohiro Ikeda, Keizo Aoki, Yukihisa Kikuchi, Ryuta Takishita, Kaiho Ryu, Masaru Imai
  • Publication number: 20140295243
    Abstract: What is described is a connector for producing an electrically conductive connection between at least three terminals of battery cells. The connector comprises at least three fastening regions, in which in each case one terminal of a battery cell can be or is fastened, and at least two electrically conductive connecting regions, wherein each of the connecting regions is arranged between a pair of the fastening regions, connects said pair conductively and surrounds a sub-region, which has a cross section perpendicular to a connecting line connecting the pair of fastening regions, the cross-sectional area of said cross section being reduced such that, in the event of an increased current flow in the sub-region, fusing of the sub-region takes place.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2012
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicants: SB Limotive Germany GMBH, SB Limotive Company LTD.
    Inventor: Alexander Reitzle
  • Publication number: 20140295225
    Abstract: There are provided an electric cell group of a plurality of electric cells 11 with positive and negative electrode terminals, connecting members for connecting adjacent electrode terminals, and a wiring module assembled to the electric cell group. The wiring module includes a plurality of voltage detection terminals connected to the ends of a plurality of electric wires W for detecting the conditions of the electric cells, a plurality of retainer portions retaining the detection terminals, and interval adjusting device provided between a plurality of adjacent retainer portions for adjusting the intervals between the retainer portions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2012
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventors: Ryoya Okamoto, Hiroomi Hiramitsu, Hiroki Hirai
  • Patent number: 8802277
    Abstract: An electrode is provided with a metal terminal extending from a battery module main body, a bolt which has an expanded section configuring a retaining section at a rear end portion and penetrates the metal terminal upward, and an insulating body which insulates the metal terminal and the battery module case one from the other. The insulating body is provided with a drop preventing section which abuts at least a lower surface of the expanded section of the bolt and prevents the bolt from dropping from the metal terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takenori Tsuchiya, Hiroki Nagai, Masahide Hikosaka
  • Patent number: 8795877
    Abstract: A connection member connects a plurality of secondary battery cells when the secondary battery cells are mounted in a battery pack case. The connection member includes terminal connection parts connected to each other for connecting the battery cells. Each terminal connection part includes a first contact part, contacting the electrode terminal of a lower battery cell. An elastic pat tapers upward from the first contact part towards a central axis of each terminal connection part for elastically supporting the lower battery cell. Coupling parts protrude upward from the elastic part such that the protruding coupling pats are coupled to an electrode terminal of an upper battery cell. A second contact part is disposed on the central axis of each terminal connection part such that the second contact part is depressed from the protruding coupling parts, the second contact part contacting the electrode terminal of the upper battery cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: LG Chem, Ltd.
    Inventors: Gi-Hwan Kwon, Sain Park, Yongho Cho
  • Patent number: 8777668
    Abstract: A wiring member is provided that can suppress an influence due to deviation of a position of connection as much as possible so as to maintain a good wiring state. The wiring member 11 is formed of a flexible printed circuit board to be connected to terminals of a plurality of batteries. The wiring member 11 includes a straight section 21 which is disposed along arrangement of aligned terminals, and a plurality of branch sections 22 which extend toward positions of connection to the respective terminals from the straight section 21 so as to be connected thereto. The branch sections 22 have deflection portions 32 which can be deformed in response to displacement of the straight section 21 in the longitudinal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Tomohiro Ikeda, Katsunori Sato, Hiroyuki Kato
  • Patent number: 8771862
    Abstract: A bus bar holder for connecting electrode terminals of a plurality of batteries arranged in a lengthwise direction, the bus bar holder including a bus bar holder plate having an opening in a lengthwise direction thereof and configured such that at least some electrode terminals of the plurality of batteries are extendable through the opening and slidable along the opening; and a bus bar for electrically connecting at least two electrode terminals of adjacent batteries, wherein the bus bar holder plate includes a settling groove in which the bus bar is settled, and the bus bar attached to the electrode terminals is slidable when the electrode terminal slides along the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignees: Samsung SDI Co., Ltd., Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Myung-Chul Kim, Tae-Yong Kim, Hyun-Ye Lee, Shi-Dong Park
  • Patent number: 8771868
    Abstract: An electrode is provided with a metal terminal extending from a battery module main body, a bolt which has an expanded section configuring a retaining section at a rear end portion and penetrates the metal terminal upward, and an insulating body which insulates the metal terminal and the battery module case one from the other. The insulating body is provided with a drop preventing section which abuts at least a lower surface of the expanded section of the bolt and prevents the bolt from dropping from the metal terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takenori Tsuchiya, Hiroki Nagai, Masahide Hikosaka