By Key Or Guideway Patents (Class 439/680)
  • Patent number: 10505322
    Abstract: A coaxial connector assembly includes a connector module having a connector body having a first side edge including a first slot. The connector body has contact channels holding coaxial contacts. The coaxial connector assembly includes a mounting frame having a first side wall including a second slot and a second side wall having a blocking surface supporting the connector body in a recess. The second slot is open to the recess. The coaxial connector assembly includes a side support removably received in the first and second slots. The side support has a side support surface. The side support passes through the second slot and extends into the first slot such that the side support surface supports the first side edge of the connector body in the recess. The side support may be formed as a threaded fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: TE CONNECTIVITY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Keith Edwin Miller
  • Patent number: 10389066
    Abstract: An insertion-type connecting arrangement having at least one first and one second insertion-type connector and an arrangement of insertion points having at least one first and one second insertion point for the insertion of the insertion-type connectors, there being connected to the first insertion-type connector two or more cores laid up at a preset first lay length and to the second insertion-type connector two or more cores laid up at a preset second lay length, having a coding mechanism which allows the first insertion-type connector to be inserted in the first insertion point but not in the second one and which allows the second insertion-type connector to be inserted in the second insertion point but not in the first one.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Rosenberger Hochfrequenztechnik GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Gunnar Armbrecht, Stephan Kunz, Thomas Müller
  • Patent number: 10367304
    Abstract: A plug connection having: a plug connector with, arranged thereon, a first coding element with a coding pattern and an insertion location with, arranged thereon, a second coding element with a coding pattern that matches the coding pattern, wherein the plug connector can be inserted, in an insertion direction (S), into the insertion location as far as a coupling position, when the first coding element and the second coding element adopt a predefined relative position. The first coding element can be rotated on the plug connector about an axis of rotation (A) that runs parallel to the insertion direction (S), and/or the second coding element is held on the insertion location so as to be able to rotate about the axis of rotation (A).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Rosenberger Hochfrequenztechnik GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Helmut Mühlfellner, Ulrich Hasenöhrl, Thomas Garten
  • Patent number: 10355399
    Abstract: The invention relates to a cable connector (6). It has a shielding sleeve (2) having a first portion with a first opening and having a second portion with a second opening which is angled relative to the first portion. The first portion furthermore has a third opening which is opposite the first opening on the longitudinal axis of the first portion. The second portion has a slot-shaped opening which connects the second opening to the third opening. A cable (3) is guided through the first opening and through the second opening of the shielding sleeve (2). The cable connector (6) can be produced by a first end of the cable (3) being introduced through the third opening into the first portion of the shielding sleeve (2) and then being guided out of this portion again through the first opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: ERNI Production GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Magnus Henzler
  • Patent number: 10271403
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to optical module. In one implementation, the optical module includes a multi-layer circuit board, a first optical chip, a second optical chip, and a processor, wherein a surface layer on a same side of the circuit board comprises a first row of edge connector pins and a second row of edge connector pins; the first row of edge connector pins comprise a first power pin; the second row of edge connector pins comprise a second power pin; the first power pin is connected to the first optical chip; the second power pin connected to the second optical chip and the processor; the first power pin and the second power pin are aligned along a same direction and are arranged at a same position among the first row of edge connector pins and the second row of edge connector pins; and the first power pin is electrically connected to the second power pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignees: Hisense Broadband Multimedia Technologies Co., Ltd., Hisense Broadband Multimedia Technologies, Ltd.
    Inventor: Long Zheng
  • Patent number: 10164377
    Abstract: A plug connector being insertable into a corresponding socket connector is provided. The plug connector includes a first housing, a lock, and a first insertion device. The first housing includes a plurality of first connection terminal receiving passageways, while the lock is integrally connected with the first housing. The first insertion device formed on the lock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignees: Tyco Electronics (Shanghai) Co. Ltd., TE Connectivity Corporation
    Inventors: Hai-Jun Zhang, Eric Kong, Christopher Scott Hertzler
  • Patent number: 10044022
    Abstract: A fuse assembly according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, a housing, a fuse received within a receptacle of the housing and a retention device configured to retain the fuse within the receptacle and cover a conductive surface of the fuse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Wesley Edward Burkman, Eric Scott Smolen
  • Patent number: 10027050
    Abstract: An electrical connector assembly includes an electrical connector that defines a terminal cavity. The terminal cavity extends from an insertion opening to a mating opening. An inner housing is positioned in the terminal cavity. The inner housing defines an inner cavity. The inner cavity extends from an inner insertion opening to an inner mating opening. The inner mating opening is adjacent to the mating opening of the electrical connector. An electrical terminal is positioned in the inner cavity. A mating portion of the electrical terminal is adjacent the inner mating opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: LEAR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Bhupinder Rangi, Lewis Galligan, David Menzies, Michael Glick
  • Patent number: 9986894
    Abstract: A connector comprises an upper surface finger-resting portion that extends in the longitudinal axial direction on the outer periphery of the gripping portion, and on which the first finger is placed, a lower surface finger-resting portion on which the second finger or the third finger is rested when the connector is gripped by placing the first finger on the upper surface finger-resting portion, and a guide protrusion portion that is arranged on the same straight line as the upper surface finger-resting portion in the longitudinal axial direction and determines the position to be inserted, in which the connector is directly fitted into the receiving-side connector by directing the finger tip of the first finger that is placed on the upper surface finger-resting portion to the guide groove of the receiving-side connector and inserting the connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Koji Shimobayashi
  • Patent number: 9877404
    Abstract: An adapter apparatus and method of forming the adapter apparatus includes providing a substrate with a plurality of layers. The layers include at least one socket contact holding layer that includes a plurality of holding structures positioned between a plurality of other layers. A plurality of socket contacts (e.g., each including an end connection portion and first and second deflectable element coupled thereto) are held in corresponding openings defined through the substrate at least in part by the plurality of holding structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: IRONWOOD ELECTRONICS, INC.
    Inventor: Ilavarasan M. Palaniappa
  • Patent number: 9787020
    Abstract: Disclosed is a high-voltage male connector including: a male terminal formed of a metal material and having a plate shape; an insulating cap provided on a front end of the male terminal; an inner housing into which the male terminal is inserted and mounted such that the front end of the male terminal faces the outside; a partition unit integrally formed with an inner side of the inner housing and having a tetragonal pipe shape covering the male terminal; and an outer housing which is formed of a metal material and into which the inner housing is inserted and mounted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: LS CABLE & SYSTEM LTD.
    Inventors: Jeong-Hyeok Choi, Moon-Kyu Jang, Heung-Kyu Lee
  • Patent number: 9768553
    Abstract: In one example an electronic device comprises at least one electronic component, a chassis comprising a first section, a connector to connect the first section of the chassis to a second section, the connector comprising a housing defining a first shaft, a retention structure disposed in the shaft, and a plurality of electrical contacts positioned within a corresponding plurality of channels in the retention structure. Other examples may be described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Gavin Sung, Jeff Ku, Lance Lin, Tim Liu, Jason Y. Jiang
  • Patent number: 9730357
    Abstract: A connector brick for a cable communication system includes a header frame including end walls and side walls defining a header opening. The header frame is configured for mating with at least one circuit card. A plurality of cable connectors are received in the header opening. Each cable connector has cables extending therefrom and each cable connector has a header holding signal contacts at a mating end of the header and configured for mating with a corresponding card connector of the corresponding circuit card. Cable connector mounts are coupled to the end walls and extend into the header opening. The cable connector mounts engage corresponding cable connectors to secure the cable connectors in the header opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: TE CONNECTIVITY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jeffrey Stewart Simpson, Christopher Ritter
  • Patent number: 9710679
    Abstract: An anti-data theft structure in an electronic device includes a second cover, a printed circuit board (PCB), a connector, a plurality of terminals, and an elastic element. The PCB includes a first press piece. The connector is rotatably coupled to the second cover and defines a plurality of slots facing PCB. A number of terminals are received in the slots according to a predetermined order. The elastic element is located between the connector and the second cover. When the first press piece resists against connector, the terminals are electrically coupled to the PCB to allow normal working. When the first press piece is separated from the connector, the connector is rotated away under the elastic force to cause the terminals to fall from the slots. Reassembly of the connector contacts so as not to be in the predetermined order causes lockdown and lockout of the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Ying-Jui Huang
  • Patent number: 9583897
    Abstract: An electrical connector system includes a socket component and a plug component. The socket component includes a contact region, a first socket contact centrally located within the circular contact region, and a second socket contact radially offset from the first socket contact by a first distance. The plug component includes a plug having a plug face, a first plug contact centrally located substantially within the circular plug face, and an annular, elastically deformable conductor having a radius approximately equal to the first distance which functions as a second plug contact. The socket contact region is configured to mate with the plug face to provide electrical continuity, in a connected state, between the first socket contact and the first plug contact, and to provide electrical continuity between the second socket contact and the second plug contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: S&C ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventor: James Fargo
  • Patent number: 9496667
    Abstract: An electrical connector system includes a plug connector and a receptacle connector, each of which include a plurality of terminal receiving cavities for receiving a plurality of terminal lead wires. The electrical connector system further includes a connector link comprising a twisted pair differential cable for providing a data rate high data rate signal transmission transfer with the connector system, in addition to standard power and signal transmission, wherein the connector link is modularly connected within the electrical connector system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: Molex, LLC
    Inventor: Michael J. Gardner
  • Patent number: 9490567
    Abstract: A connector includes a housing, a terminal supported inside the housing and having a hollow cylindrical body and a wire connection portion provided on one side of the hollow cylindrical body, an insulating member inserted in the hollow cylindrical body and having, at a front end of the insulating member, a head portion protruding from a front end of the terminal, and a ring attached to a rear end portion of the insulating member protruding from a rear end of the hollow cylindrical body. An outer surface of the rear end portion of the insulating member has a stepped portion on which the ring abuts to restrict a movement of the insulating member in a direction towards the head portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takayoshi Hirakawa, Toshikazu Yoshioka, Atsunori Iwashita
  • Patent number: 9472879
    Abstract: An electrical connector has dielectric posts surrounding the contacts and extending outwardly from the root along the contact axis a finite amount. The mating connector (or plug) has a housing that surrounds the posts. A device that includes both the electrical connector and the mating connector provides good electrical isolation between adjacent contacts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: Cardioinsight Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: John T. Venaleck, Larry Crofoot
  • Patent number: 9437987
    Abstract: A connecting structure for an earphone contains: a male connector and a female connector. The male connector includes a plug terminal and an insulation holder, the plug terminal has a locking portion adjacent to a bottom of the plug terminal, and the plug terminal has at least one protrusion extending outwardly from a peripheral side of the locking portion. The plug terminal is mounted in the insulation holder, and between the insulation holder and the plug terminal is defined an inserting groove. The female connector includes an insertion seat and a body. The body has a fixing portion inserted into the inserting groove, and the fixing portion has at least one alignment orifice corresponding to the at least one protrusion. The insertion seat is fixed in the body to electrically connect with the plug terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: M2 Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Chun-Yao Yang
  • Patent number: 9362685
    Abstract: A system including a base mountable to a rail, the base including a receptacle for receiving an input/output (I/O) module, and an (I/O) module attachable to the base, the I/O module including communication circuitry disposed within a housing of the I/O module configured to communicate, via a terminal block, with one or more field devices configured to monitor and/or control an industrial automation process. The base and I/O module include mating male and female components, and the mating male and female components have a cross-sectional shape having a wedge portion and a radius portion, the wedge portion extending along a major portion of a midpoint axis bisecting the wedge portion and the radius portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Asia Pacific Business Center PTE Ltd.
    Inventors: Douglas A. Lostoski, Sreenivasulu Reddy Gajjala
  • Patent number: 9300082
    Abstract: A plug (1) for electrical equipment comprising a housing and a plurality of projections (2, 4, 5) extending from the housing, wherein first and second projections are larger than a third projection, and the projections are arranged so as to facilitate disengagement of the plug from the socket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: IFPL GROUP LIMITED
    Inventor: Geoffrey Paul Underwood
  • Patent number: 9274994
    Abstract: A system and method for providing a docking station that supports bi-directional high speed data, high bandwidth display, and power to a computing device utilizing a standard connector on the computing device are described. This includes a standard connector on the computing device including a standard digital display connector having a first set of two lanes and a second set of two lanes, a USB host that provides USB signals that enable bi-directional high speed data, a digital display source that provides digital display signals that enable high bandwidth display and couples digital display signals to the digital display connector on the second set of lanes, a multiplexor that receives signals from the USB host, receives signals from the digital display source, and couples the USB signals to the digital display connector on the first set of lanes, and a power subsystem that receives power via the digital display connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
    Inventors: Steve Capezza, Thomas L. Pratt
  • Patent number: 9246281
    Abstract: An authorized electrical plug has a plug surface with first and second plug edges and left and right side plug edges. The plug surface has left and right prongs projecting outwardly from the plug surface. A recess has a depth formed in the plug surface. An authorized electrical receptacle has a receptacle surface with first and second receptacle edges, left and right side receptacle edges, and left and right slots extending inwardly. A projection has a height formed in the receptacle surface. Left and right slots receive the left and right prongs respectively with the recess receiving the projection when an authorized electrical receptacle receives an authorized electrical plug.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Inventors: Wayne Edmunds, Stanley Adams
  • Patent number: 9209568
    Abstract: A connector assembly includes a receptacle connector and a plug connector. The receptacle connector includes a receptacle insulative housing including a receiving portion, a number of mating portions extending from the receiving portion and a number of contact-receiving slots extending through the mating portions and the receiving portion. At least one of the mating portions includes an anti-mismating block at a corner thereof. The plug connector includes a plug insulative housing including a mating surface and a number of cavities extending through the mating surface for receiving the mating portions. The plug insulative housing includes an anti-mismating groove at a corner of one of the cavities to receive the anti-mismating block of the receptacle insulative housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: ALLTOP ELECTRONICS (SUZHOU) LTD.
    Inventors: Wang-I Yu, Hung-Chi Tai, Yung-Chih Hung
  • Patent number: 9209564
    Abstract: A card connector includes a housing that houses a card provided with a terminal member, a connection terminal that attaches to the housing and contacts the terminal member of the card, a cover member that attaches to the housing and forms a card housing space between the housing, wherein the cover member is provided with a locking member to lock the card housed within the card housing space; the locking member is a leaf spring member with a cantilever form, and provides a locking main body part integrally connected to the cover member and which extends in the insertion direction of the card, and a locking ridged part connected to the tip of the locking main body part, and which protrudes inward toward the cover member; and the locking ridged part inserts into a recessed part formed on the edge of the card housed in the card housing space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: Molex, LLC
    Inventors: Yuji Naito, Mitsuhiro Tomita
  • Patent number: 9179088
    Abstract: A power supply for a television and a television including the same, the power supply including: a rectifier which rectifies input AC power; a converter which converts the rectified power into DC power through a switching control; a circuit board on which at least one of the rectifier and the converter is mounted; and an input connector which receives the AC power and is mounted on the circuit board such that a projecting height of the input connector projecting from the circuit board is substantially equal to or smaller than a projecting height of at least one of the rectifier and the converter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Young-deok Choi
  • Patent number: 9152592
    Abstract: Methods and systems are disclosed herein for providing a universal PCIe port. In one example, the same port is configured to accept a PCIe connection as a host or an endpoint symmetrically. Downstream transactions towards an endpoint can be intercepted and a virtual address in the downstream transaction can be translated to a local address using a mapping. The downstream transactions can be forwarded to the endpoint using the local address instead of the virtual address. For endpoints that share the same local address with multiple hosts, a reverse lookup may be provided to determine which one of the hosts a local address corresponds when forwarding upstream transactions. PCIe over Ethernet is provided as one embodiment for allowing remote PCIe endpoints to be associated with a local host transparently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: CISCO TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventors: Michael B. Galles, Hemant M. Vinchure
  • Patent number: 9106025
    Abstract: A circular plug connector unit for shielded electrical cables, having an insulating body that is enveloped by a shielding sleeve, wherein plural electrical socket shaped plug contacts and/or pin shaped plug contacts are arranged in receiving cavities in the insulating body, wherein the shielding sleeve is interlocked with the insulating body. The plug side end of the shielding sleeve includes an even number of axially extending sleeve segments which are separated by longitudinal slots which are advantageously configured as sleeve segments that are short in axial direction and sleeve segments that are long in axial direction. Sleeve segments which are arranged in sequence advantageously have a uniform radial offset relative to each other in an alternating direction, wherein the sleeve segments of two identically configured shielding sleeves are insertable into one another with a rotational offset in circumferential direction of 360° divided by a number of the sleeve segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: Coninvers GmbH
    Inventors: Manfred Brode, Markus Michel
  • Patent number: 9097090
    Abstract: A communication connection in a subsea well for converting an optical signal from an optical fiber to an electrical signal, comprising a small form factor pluggable device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: GE Oil & Gas UK Limited
    Inventors: Peter John Davey, Ian Kent
  • Patent number: 9093785
    Abstract: An electrical connector includes an insulative housing, a number of contacts retained in the insulative housing and a pair of latch members located at lateral sides of the insulative housing. The insulative housing includes a mating portion, a mounting portion and a number of passageways extending therethrough to receive the contacts. Each latch member includes a pivot portion connected to corresponding lateral side of the insulative housing, a locking arm extending forwardly from the pivot portion and a driving portion extending backwardly from the pivot portion. The locking arms are capable of pivoting outwardly along a horizontal direction to a release status under condition that the driving portions are inwardly pressed. With the dual latch members, the electrical connector can be much reliable in locking with a mateable connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: ALLTOP ELECTRONICS (SUZHOU) LTD.
    Inventors: Wang-I Yu, Hung-Chi Tai, Yung-Chih Hung, Chieh-Yu Cheng
  • Patent number: 9054443
    Abstract: A connector includes a connecter housing and a case. A housing fixing portion of the case includes a first rib which extends in a circumferential direction of the housing fixing portion. The connector housing includes a second rib which extends in a circumferential direction. An inner circumferential groove which extends in the circumferential direction is formed on an inner circumferential face of the first rib. Vertical protrusions which extend in an inserting direction of the second rib into the inner circumferential groove are formed at a plurality of positions on at least one of vertical side walls defining the inner circumferential groove. Top parts of the vertical protrusions are deformed so as to engage the second rib with the inner circumferential groove when the second rib is inserted into the inner circumferential groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hirotaka Fukushima
  • Patent number: 9004954
    Abstract: An electrical connection assembly includes a first connector which includes a first electrical contact surrounded by a first connector wall defining a first connector cavity. The first connector wall includes a plurality of ribs extending into the first connector cavity. A second connector is matable with the first connector along a mating axis and includes a second electrical contact in electrical communication with the first electrical contact when the first connector is mated with the second connector. The second connector includes a second connector body surrounding the second electrical contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald A. Baldwin, Christopher Adrian Margrave
  • Patent number: 8998651
    Abstract: An electric power plug includes an insulative body having a first bar and a second bar at a space. The first bar is longitudinally formed with only one first channel for receiving a first plug terminal. The second bar is longitudinally formed with a plurality of second channels for receiving a plurality of second plug terminals. An electric power receptacle includes an insulative seat having a first trough for connecting the first bar and a second trough for connecting the second bar. The first and second troughs are arranged at a space. The first trough is provided with only one first receptacle terminal. The second trough is provided with a plurality of second receptacle terminals which are parallel with each other and arranged at a space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Bellwether Electronic Corp.
    Inventors: Kuan-Wu Chen, Hsing-Yu Lee
  • Publication number: 20150079850
    Abstract: A decorative tree is disclosed, and includes a base, a vertical column supported by the base and including a plurality of interconnected hollow tubes, and a power connector assembly. The power connector assembly includes a first connector terminal and a second connector terminal. The first connector terminal includes a raised step including an annular wall with a discontinuity that defines a positioning groove, and a pair of electrical contacts exposed on the annular wall. The second connector terminal includes an annular recess configured to receive the raised step, an annular ring disposed within the annular recess, and a pair of conductive terminals extending from the annular ring. Each of the conductive terminals is configured for contact with a corresponding electrical contact of the pair of electrical contacts. A positioning key extends from the annular ring and is configured for insertion into the positioning groove.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventor: Hou Yan Tao
  • Patent number: 8979559
    Abstract: A lockout tagout hole that traverses at least one wall of a cylindrical body of a lockout tagout plug sleeve, where the lockout tagout hole securely receives a lockout tagout tag. Also disposed on the outer surface of the cylindrical body can be a polarizing slot, where the polarizing slot and an end of the wall of the sleeve are used to orient the position of the lockout tagout hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Cooper Technologies Company
    Inventors: Alvah Benjamin Aldrich, Daniel Treible, Joseph Allen Menzel
  • Patent number: 8961240
    Abstract: A power connector in accordance with the present invention includes an insulative housing including a main body and at least two mating ports, a number of power contacts received in the insulative housing. At least one mating port includes an anti-mismating portion protruding outwardly from an outer surface thereof and extending along a mating direction of the power connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Alltop Electronics (Suzhou) Ltd.
    Inventors: Hung-Chi Tai, Yung-Chih Hung, Chieh-Yu Cheng
  • Patent number: 8961031
    Abstract: A connector system comprising a set of plug housings, each plug housing having a front face and defining a first keying element at least partially on the front face, the first keying element of each plug housing in the set of plug housings being different, a set of receptacles, each receptacle being an adapter configured to connect two plugs together, each receptacle defining a front opening and a second keying element projecting from at least one interior surface of the receptacle into the front interior space of the receptacle, the second keying element of the each receptacle of the set of receptacles being different and being adapted to cooperate with the first keying element of one and only one plug housing of the set of plug housings such that each receptacle of the set of receptacles mates with only one plug housing of the set of plug housings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Tyco Electronics Corporation
    Inventor: Michael Lawrence Gurreri
  • Publication number: 20150037615
    Abstract: An electronic device ensuring the polarity-correct installation of a battery includes a polarity-safe structure. The polarity-safe structure includes a fixing member located in a fixing groove and an elastic member secured in a receiving groove opposite to the fixing member. The battery cathode can be electrically coupled to the elastic member, but while the battery anode can be coupled to the fixing member, it cannot couple to the elastic member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventors: JIAN-FENG XIAO, BIN HUANG
  • Patent number: 8939789
    Abstract: An electrical device, a method of manufacturing a HVAC unit and a HVAC unit employing the electrical device are disclosed herein. In one embodiment, the electrical device includes: (1) a contact configured to indicate a status of the electrical device and (2) terminals configured to terminate connections, the terminals having: (2A) a pair of functional terminals internally connected across the contact and (2B) a pair of jumpered terminals independent of the pair of functional terminals and internally connected together. Designated combinations of the terminals indicate a circuit configuration for the electrical device with each of the terminals having a particular design that dictates a specific corresponding connection header be used for each of the designated combinations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Lennox Industries Inc.
    Inventor: Randall L. Lisbona
  • Publication number: 20150017841
    Abstract: An electric power plug includes an insulative body having a first bar and a second bar at a space. The first bar is longitudinally formed with only one first channel for receiving a first plug terminal. The second bar is longitudinally formed with a plurality of second channels for receiving a plurality of second plug terminals. An electric power receptacle includes an insulative seat having a first trough for connecting the first bar and a second trough for connecting the second bar. The first and second troughs are arranged at a space. The first trough is provided with only one first receptacle terminal. The second trough is provided with a plurality of second receptacle terminals which are parallel with each other and arranged at a space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: Kuan-Wu CHEN, Hsing-Yu LEE
  • Patent number: 8911263
    Abstract: A connection assembly includes a first connector and a second connector, each with a housing extending along an axis and having a connection face, being connected together via their connection faces. Also included is, at least, one coupled-together pair of polarizing keys, each key being of elongate shape along an axis and projecting from one of the housings beyond its connection face. Each key includes at each one of its ends a portion with a peripheral surface that is provided with at least one projecting and/or hollow shape. Each end portion of one of the two keys is adapted to engage via complementary shapes with a single end portion of the other of the two keys along their coinciding axes and in only one relative angular position between them. Each polarizing key is fastened via one of its end portions to the housing of one of the connectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Radiall
    Inventor: Patrice Becavin
  • Publication number: 20140349507
    Abstract: An electrical connector assembly includes a first connector and a second connector mating with the first connector in a mating direction. The first connector includes a mating portion defining two long walls opposite to each other and two short walls disposed oppositely, the long and short walls are connected to each other together to form a mating cavity. The second connector includes a mating tongue extending forwardly and a second shielding shell defining a mating frame surrounding the mating tongue. Wherein one of the long walls defines a pair of fool-proof portions extending outwardly from both sides thereof, the mating frame defines a pair of fool-proof slots and engaging with the fool-proof portions so as to prevent the first connector from mismating the second connector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 26, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Applicant: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: WEI ZHONG, QIU QIAN
  • Patent number: 8894428
    Abstract: A connecting device for the fluid-tight connection of a first and a second duct provided with a connector having a fixed electrical connection terminal; a mobile electrical connector for establishing an electrical connection with the fixed electrical connection terminal; a control unit suited to check the presence of a connection between the fixed electrical connection terminal and the mobile electrical connector; and an intermediate connecting body interposed in use between the connector and the mobile electrical connector, suited to establish an electrical connection between the fixed electrical connection terminal and the mobile electrical connector and suited to allow the fixed electrical connection terminal and the mobile electrical connector to be coupled to each other, only when there is a fluid-tight joint between the two ducts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Ferrari S.p.A.
    Inventor: Gaetano Cecchinelli
  • Publication number: 20140335739
    Abstract: A connector unit has a male connector that includes a cylindrical proximal portion in which a female terminal is accommodated, and a female connector that includes a tubular proximal portion in which a male terminal is held. The cylindrical proximal portion has a cylinder side marking portion including a flat surface formed on a part of an outer circumferential surface thereof, and a cylinder side rotation restricting portion including a groove portion or a projecting portion formed on the outer circumferential surface thereof. The tubular proximal portion has a tube side marking portion including a flat surface formed on an inner surface circumferential surface of the tubular proximal portion, and a tube side rotation restricting portion including a projecting portion projected from the inner circumferential surface or a groove portion formed in the inner circumferential surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Applicant: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Akira Sato, Kazuhide Takahashi, Tomonari Okamoto, Kazuhisa Nimura
  • Publication number: 20140320082
    Abstract: A receptacle assembly is provided with an electrically conductive terminal received within a receptacle. A longitudinal guide body is received within the receptacle in engagement with the terminal. The guide body has an aperture formed therethrough, which is sized to receive a pin through the aperture. At least one fastener extends from the guide body to provide an interference fit with a housing of the receptacle. A retainer is also provided with at least one fastener extending from a guide body to fasten the retainer to the receptacle. A charge assembly is also provided with a handle housing. A shoulder extends transversely from the guide body to engage a distal end of the receptacle and to position the guide body relative to the receptacle. A sleeve extends from the shoulder at least partially over the receptacle housing. The sleeve is formed integrally with the handle housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2014
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Inventors: Allen Leo MOTT, Michael GLICK
  • Patent number: 8851934
    Abstract: An assembly is configured to retain a plurality of electrical modules and mate with a shroud having a plurality of connecting interfaces configured to mate with the plurality of electrical modules. The assembly includes a frame having at least one shroud-securing bracket and at least one bay configured to retain at least one of the plurality of electrical modules, and at least one keying insert retained within at least one insert passage of the at least one shroud-securing bracket. The at least one keying insert includes at least one adjustable keying feature that is configured to be adjusted to different positions in order to accommodate a reciprocal alignment post of the shroud.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Tyco Electronics Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew Richard McAlonis, Chong Hun Yi, Albert Tsang, Dustin Carson Belack, Kevin Michael Thackston
  • Patent number: 8845368
    Abstract: An electrical connector. The connector includes rails that attach to channels. The rails and the channels can be fully supported along their length to prevent damage. In addition, a nonconductive mass of the connector is positioned between the rails and the channels, preventing an accidental short.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Brock R. Gardner
  • Patent number: 8834209
    Abstract: An electricity conducting cord has first and second ends, one of the ends comprising an electrical connection member engageable with a power connection member of an apparatus having an apparatus power rating, at least one of the power connection member and the electrical connection member comprising electrical connectors and a physical cord identification member, the physical cord identification member is configured to inhibit the electricity conducting cord being electrically connected to the power connection member if the electricity conducting cord has a power rating lower than the apparatus power rating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: G.B.D. Corp.
    Inventor: Wayne Ernest Conrad
  • Patent number: 8807843
    Abstract: A receptacle for optically coupling with a plug from a set of plugs, each of the plugs in the set of plugs having a plug housing with a unique front face geometry and a ferrule disposed within the plug housing, the receptacle comprising: a tub having a plurality of walls that define an interior for receiving a plug, said tub interior having a tub interior geometry corresponding to one and only one unique front face geometry and defining by a ferrule guiding portion in the tub, wherein said ferrule guiding portion projects from one or more of the plurality of walls into the tub interior and includes a keying element in a predefined position within said receptacle interior, the keying element preventing mating engagement between the receptacle and the plugs of the set of plugs except for the plug having said corresponding unique front face geometry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Tyco Electronics Corporation
    Inventor: Michael Lawrence Gurreri
  • Patent number: 8794849
    Abstract: A connector set of discriminating receptacles and plugs, the connector set comprising a plurality of different receptacles and a plurality of different plugs for optically or electrically coupling with the different receptacles, each different plug having a unique first geometry, each different receptacle having a unique second geometry; wherein each unique first geometry corresponds to one, and only one, unique second geometry such that the plugs and receptacles having corresponding unique first and second geometries in the connector set are mating pairs; wherein each mating pair is marked with a matching visual identification different from the plugs and receptacles having different first and second geometries in the connector set, the visual identification being at least one of color, alphanumerical, or symbol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Tyco Electronics Corporation
    Inventor: Michael Lawrence Gurreri