Having Integral Means To Interlock Or Interfit With A Duplicate Insulating Block Or Board Patents (Class 439/717)
  • Patent number: 10381768
    Abstract: A contact housing for an electrical connector comprises a plurality of electrical contacts and a plurality of contact housing modules in which the plurality of electrical contacts are disposed. The contact housing modules include a first contact housing module and a second contact housing module. The first contact housing module has a first contact securing comb engaging the second contact housing module and securing the contacts in the second contact housing module. The second contact housing module has a second contact securing comb engaging the first contact housing module and securing the contacts in the first contact housing module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: TE Connectivity Germany GmbH
    Inventors: Christoph Kosmalski, Michael Schall, Zoran Stjepanovic
  • Patent number: 10194553
    Abstract: A modular I/O device includes a terminal base with a terminal block that includes a plurality of wiring connectors. An auxiliary wiring device includes a plurality of auxiliary wiring connectors and is selectively physically connectable to the terminal base in an operative position and selectively physically removable from the terminal base. The terminal block includes a receiver and the auxiliary wiring device includes a body including at least one mounting tab that projects outwardly from the body and that is located in the receiver. The receiver includes a projecting lip about which the auxiliary wiring device is pivotable relative to the receiver on a pivot axis. The terminal base includes at least one catch and the auxiliary wiring device further includes at least one latch arm that is adapted to engage the catch when the auxiliary wiring device is physically connected to said terminal base in its operative position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: ROCKWELL AUTOMATION ASIA PACIFIC BUSINESS CENTER PTE. LTD.
    Inventors: Rajiv Chakraborty, Srinivasan Melkote, Terence S. Tenorio, Douglas A. Lostoski, David S. Wehrle, Adam M. Wrobel
  • Patent number: 10146370
    Abstract: In a touch panel device, an output control unit controls a process of outputting touch information acquired by a sensing unit and a touch detection unit of a touch sensor panel to host equipment, where the information indicates presence or absence and a coordinate of a touch of an indicator to the touch sensor panel. A state sensing unit senses an operation state of the sensing unit or the touch detection unit. A state restoration unit restores the sensing unit or the touch detection unit in the abnormal state to a normal state, based on a detection result of the state sensing unit. Upon detecting an abnormal state in the state sensing unit, an output control unit stops an output of the touch information to the host equipment for a fixed period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Seiichiro Mori, Kageyasu Miyahara, Yuichi Okano, Yusuke Shimasaki
  • Patent number: 9903531
    Abstract: A hanger apparatus includes a support base and at least one support frame. The support base has a containing groove, a fastening component, and at least one receiving slot. The containing groove has at least one locating device. The locating device is configured to secure the support base to a fixed structure. The fastening component is installed at two end portions of the support base. The fastening component is removably attached to a fastening component of another support base. The receiving slot detachably receives the support frame. The support frame has at least one support post and at least one support component. The supporting component is mounted at an end of the support post, and is configured to support a hanging object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: XIX INC.
    Inventors: Jung-Ya Hsieh, Ta-Wei Chien, Yao-Tsung Yeh, Shu-Ming Wei, Cheng-Yu Tsai, Kuo-Wei Lu, Kuei-Yuan Chen
  • Patent number: 9774127
    Abstract: A connector includes a housing and an electric wire cover assembled with the housing. The housing includes a terminal housing portion and an electric wire leading portion. A locking rib protruding outward is formed on the electric wire leading portion. An assembling portion is formed on an end part of the electric wire cover facing to the housing. The assembling portion includes a locking protrusion and a catching portion protruding more than the locking protrusion in a mounting direction of mounting the electric wire cover on the housing. The catching portion includes a sliding face inclined with respect to the mounting direction. When the electric wire cover is mounted on the housing, the sliding face makes contact with the electric wire leading portion, thereby the assembling portion is displaced outward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shin Yamaki, Hisaya Shibata
  • Patent number: 9755332
    Abstract: An example terminal block may include a frame that is to attach to a power supply casing. The frame may be formed from an electrical insulator, and may include a base, exterior walls connected to the base, and a number of interior walls that separate an interior region of the frame into multiple compartments. The example terminal block may include a cover that may be formed from an electrical insulator and may be connected to the frame such that the cover may transition between an open position and a closed position. Each of the compartments may electrically isolate bus bars from one another, where the bus bars extend from within the power supply casing into the frame. The base may include a nut holder in each of the compartments, each of the nut holders having a cavity formed therein that is shaped so as to hold a nut captive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Hewlett Packard Enterprise Development LP
    Inventors: Sunil Ganta, Andrew Cifala
  • Patent number: 9681548
    Abstract: An electrical connecting device includes: a first connection element; a second connection element; and a body element. The first connection element is connected with a support element and the second connection element. The body element has a main extension plane, the main extension plane of the body element being positioned between the first connection element and the second connection element. The first connection element and/or the second connection element extend in a direction substantially orthogonal to the main extension plane of the body element. The body element includes a first mechanical fastening element and a second mechanical fastening element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: JOHNSON CONTROLS AUTOMOTIVE ELECTRONICS SAS
    Inventors: Jean-Claude Lemoult, Jean-Marie Bariller
  • Patent number: 9337637
    Abstract: A slide for a modular rail-mounted device where the rail mounted device is embodied for use in a bus bar network. The slide is used for locking the rail-mounted device on an attachment rail, wherein the slide has an attachment device for captive attachment of the slide to the rail-mounted device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Michael Neumeier, Tobias Sturm, Christoph Weber
  • Patent number: 9240637
    Abstract: A module of a terminal block (100) comprises a body (104) having an input configured to be coupled to an input wire and an output configured to be coupled to a plurality of output wires, a conductive element disposed within the input, and a plurality of terminals, each terminal having a first portion and a second portion configured to be coupled to an output wire, wherein the first portions of the plurality of terminals are nested together to achieve a single conductive structure, and wherein the conductive element is configured to engage and compress the input wire against the single conductive structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2016
    Assignee: SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC IT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hao Lu, Tong Xu, Jiuhong Geng
  • Patent number: 9225098
    Abstract: A splice box includes: a housing including chambers each partitioned with each of partition walls, and slits each provided at each of the partition walls; and a splice terminals each including a terminal body portion inserted into and thereby received in each of the chambers, a pair of contact portions made to protrude from respective sides of the terminal body portion and arranged at the slits. A first contact portion and a second contact portion of each pair of adjacent splice terminals contact each other. Each of the chambers is provided with a pair of elastic portions so contacting side wall portions on respective sides of the terminal body portion as to have elastic deformation, and each of the elastic portions has a deformation portion formed by a part of the partition wall and a contact protrusion portion protruding from the deformation portion to the chamber side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yoshifumi Shinmi
  • Patent number: 9118147
    Abstract: An electrical connector includes a housing holding an array of contacts. The housing has opposite first and second sides and opposite first and second ends. The housing has a base. The housing has side walls extending from the base at the first and second sides of the housing with a cavity defined between the side walls. The contacts are arranged in the cavity. The cavity is configured to receive a mating connector along a mating axis in a vertical direction. The housing includes a first end wall at the first end of the housing extending between the opposite side walls. The housing includes a second wall at the second end of the housing extending between the opposite side walls. The second end wall may be vertically offset with respect to the first end wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: TYCO ELECTRONICS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Alex Michael Sharf
  • Patent number: 9093761
    Abstract: The improved terminal block structure comprises a body, a lower terminal base, an upper terminal base, and an elastic component. The lower terminal base is vertically configured in an opening slot of the body, and the lower terminal base comprises a stopper; the upper terminal base vertically slides in the opening slot and vertically slides with respect to the lower terminal base, the orientation of a screw component of the upper terminal base corresponds to a tapped hole of the lower terminal base, and the upper terminal base comprises an another stopper and the orientation of which corresponds to the stopper; and the elastic component is vertically configured in the opening slot and pushing against the body and the upper terminal base from between, and provides an elastic prestress for the upper terminal base to vertically slide with respect to the lower terminal base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: DINKLE ENTERPRISE CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Shang Tsai Wu
  • Patent number: 9088141
    Abstract: Support stands for screening terminals are disclosed, such as a support stand having a main body comprised of a receiving device for a bus bar and a fixing device for fixing the bus bar in the receiving device. According to illustrative implementations, the main body can be latched onto a mounting rail in such a way that, when the bus bar is fixed in the receiving device by the fixing device, the longitudinal extension of the mounting rail is parallel to a longitudinal extension of the bus bar. In further implementations, the receiving device and the fixing device may be designed in conjunction with the bus bar to achieve various configurations and/or arrangements having specified angular position(s) of the bus bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Assignee: PHOENIX CONTACT GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventor: Klaus Eisert
  • Patent number: 9022813
    Abstract: The invention relates to a contact housing (1) for at least two electrical contact means, in particular for an electrical plug connector or mating connector for the automotive sector, with two contact-housing modules (10, 20), with a first electrical contact means being able to be set up in a first contact-housing module (10) and a second electrical contact means in a second contact-housing module (20), the contact-housing modules (10, 20) being provided to be able to be moved towards one another and being able to be fixed to one another, in particular being able to be mutually latched with each other. Further, the invention relates to an electrical plug connector or an electrical mating connector, in particular an electrical female connector, and to an assembled electrical line, the electrical plug connector or the electrical mating connector, or the assembled electrical line having a contact housing (1) according to the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Tyco Electronics AMP GmbH
    Inventor: Andreas Wilkner
  • Patent number: 8921713
    Abstract: An auxiliary contact block for a low voltage contactor, wherein the contactor has a side wall including first and second recesses. The auxiliary contact block includes a first and a second housing, connected in parallel to each other, an actuation nipple extending out from the second housing, and a connecting mechanism for connecting the auxiliary contact block to the contactor. The connecting mechanism includes a snap-fit element for locking the auxiliary contact block to the contactor when it is at a latched position and being adapted to engage in the second recess provided on the side wall of the contactor, and a releasing member for unlocking the snap-fit element to an unlatched position and including a releasing bar arranged for receiving a pressing force. The releasing member is arranged on the second housing and further includes a wedge element connected to the pressing element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: ABB AB
    Inventor: Lars Eriksson
  • Patent number: 8840426
    Abstract: A telecommunications jack and associated panel and method of construction are disclosed. The telecommunications jack is configured for use in a twisted pair system and includes a housing defining a port for receiving a plug, and a latching mechanism positioned to retain the housing in an opening of a face of a telecommunications panel. The telecommunications jack also includes a first stop latch positioned along the left side of the housing and a second stop latch positioned along the right side of the housing, the first and second stop latches vertically offset from each other and extending from the sides of the housing by a width, wherein the telecommunications jack is installable in an array of telecommunications jacks at a distance from a neighboring telecommunications jack of less than twice the width.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Tyco Electronics Corporation
    Inventor: Paul John Pepe
  • Patent number: 8808032
    Abstract: A power or signal cable connector for allowing two or more electric devices to be connected to a single socket, the connector comprising: a shell having a first mounting block and a second mounting block; a nose piece assembly fastened to one end of the shell; a handle assembly fastened to an opposite end of the shell; a stud extending from the handle assembly through the nose piece assembly; and one of a cable adaptor and a socket/plug housing fastened to each of the first and second mounting blocks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Cooper Technologies Company
    Inventors: Charles Pitman Fischer, Brian Faucher Miller
  • Patent number: 8740654
    Abstract: A flexible organizational connect is shown and described. In one embodiment, the device comprises a flexible receiver assembly for receiving an interchangeable test adapter for a mass interconnect device. Typically, the flexible receiver assembly includes an integral structural unit and an interchangeable connection assembly. In other embodiments, a mass interconnect device includes an interchangeable test adapter and a flexible receiver assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Inventors: Philip Anthony Sedberry, Jr., David Mark Wilson, Donald Wayne Helton, Christopher John Boggs, James Alan Hall, Glen Christopherson
  • Patent number: 8742886
    Abstract: A multi unit controller has a plurality of base units each of which includes a control unit connector, a base unit connector through which the base units juxtaposed to each other are connected to each other, and a plurality of control units connected to the base units respectively through the respective control unit connector, wherein the base units juxtaposed vertically.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuta Sugimoto, Atsushi Nishioka, Eiji Kobayashi, Akihiro Ohashi, Katsumi Yoshida, Satoshi Nakamura, Fumihiko Nemoto
  • Patent number: 8684772
    Abstract: An electrical connector includes an insulating housing having a number of passageways and a number of dividing walls extending from a rear side of the passageways; and a number of contact modules received in the insulating housing and arranged along a first direction. Each contact module includes an insulator and a number of conductive contacts received in the insulator. Each insulator includes a first section and a second section. The dimension of the first section along the first direction is larger than the dimension of the second section. When the contact modules are assembled to the insulating housing, the second sections are received in corresponding dividing walls, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Alltop Electronics (Suzhou) Ltd.
    Inventors: Wang-I Yu, Kuo-Cheng Liu, Zi-Yun Xia
  • Patent number: 8625293
    Abstract: A lightweight radio/CD player for vehicular application is virtually “fastenerless” and includes a case and frontal interface formed of polymer based material that is molded to provide details to accept audio devices such as playback mechanisms (if desired) and radio receivers, as well as the circuit boards required for electrical control and display. The case and frontal interface are of composite structure, including an insert molded electrically conductive wire mesh screen that has been pre-formed to contour with the molding operation. The wire mesh provides EMC, RFI, BCI and ESD shielding and grounding of the circuit boards via exposed wire mesh pads and adjacent ground clips. The PCB architecture is bifurcated into a first board carrying common circuit components in a surface mount configuration suitable for high volume production, and a second board carrying application specific circuit components in a wave soldered stick mount configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Chris R. Snider, Vineet Gupta, Joseph K. Huntzinger, Michael G. Coady, Curtis Allen Stapert, Kevin Earl Meyer, Timothy D. Garner, Jeffrey T. Bell, Robert L. Vadas, Donald G. Moeschberger, Allen E. Oberlin, John Michael Matly, Kip R. Piel, Jerry J. Wendling
  • Patent number: 8597037
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a socket and a system of cascadable sockets for insertion therein of electrical devices such as relays, timers or counters. The socket includes device connection means by which an electrical device may be electrically connected to the socket, and may further include terminals providing electrical contacts for connecting the electrical device to an external electrical signal or a circuit. The socket includes socket connection means, for example, in the form of a slidable connector for engaging another socket placed against it. Two or more sockets engaged in this manner may facilitate a parallel electrical connection between the electrical devices each inserted in one of the two or more sockets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Schneider Electric Industries SAS
    Inventors: Temy Sanjaya Halim, Chee Yeong Ya
  • Patent number: 8600507
    Abstract: A connector for an electrical stimulation system includes an assembly of individual contact modules arranged along a common axis. Each contact module includes a body having a seat and at least two insertion apertures. An aperture contact is associated with each of the insertion apertures and is configured and arranged to electrically couple to a terminal of an elongated member when the elongated member is inserted into the associated insertion aperture. A seal plate is disposed in each seat of an associated one of the contact modules such that the seal plate is sandwiched between adjacent contact modules. Each seal plate is configured and arranged to electrically isolate the aperture contacts of the associated contact module from the aperture contacts of the other contact modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Randall Lee Brase, Robert Randall Tong
  • Patent number: 8550859
    Abstract: Close proximity panel mount connectors include a first and a second connector body, each provided with a connection interface at an interface end, a mounting flange with a planar surface at a mounting end, a fastener tab of the mounting flange provided with a tab fastener hole at a male side of the connector body and a fastener slot of the mounting flange formed at a female side of the connector body, a slot fastener hole provided through the mounting flange to the fastener tab slot. The fastener tab of the first connector body seats within the fastener slot of the second connector body when the male side of the first connector body is seated adjacent to the female side of the second connector body, coaxially aligning the tab fastener hole of the first connector body and the slot fastener hole of the second connector body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Andrew LLC
    Inventor: Kendrick Van Swearingen
  • Publication number: 20130072071
    Abstract: An electrical connector assembly includes a front housing that has a mating interface. Contact modules are loaded into the front housing and extend rearward from the front housing. Each contact module has a plurality of conductors that are held by a dielectric contact module body. The conductors have mating portions that extend from the contact module body and mounting portions that extend from the contact module body. The contact modules have channels formed therein. An organizer bar is received in the channels of the contact modules. The organizer bar is manufactured from a dielectric material. The organizer bar holds the positions of the contact modules relative to one another.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2011
    Publication date: March 21, 2013
    Applicant: TYCO ELECTRONICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: CHRISTOPHER DAVID RITTER, RONALD A. CARNS, DAVID K. FOWLER
  • Patent number: 8256456
    Abstract: A modular electrical bus system has a grounding circuit through a plurality of modular units with each unit being both electrically and mechanically connectable together via a bridge member connecting adjacent units and the main communication module. The bridge member and modular units are grounded together with a ground circuit that extends within both components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: Numatics, Incorporated
    Inventors: Enrico De Carolis, John F. Eskew, Michael W. Hundt, Jeffrey Welker
  • Patent number: 8206175
    Abstract: During implant of an implantable medical device, implanted cables or leads are inserted to a connector block. An insertion indicator provides the user with a visual indication the cables or leads have been correctly inserted into the connector block, which enables the implanted medical device to properly deliver treatment or receive signals via the implanted cables or leads. The insertion indicator may be provided by a mechanical indicator optically viewable once the lead has been correctly inserted, and/or may be provided by an electrically activated light indicator illuminated by a power source associated with the connector block or with a connector tool used to connect the lead or cable to the connector block upon correct insertion of the lead or cable. The insertion indicator may be permanently or removably disposed on the connector block, a connector tool, and/or a can associated with the connector block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: Deringer-Ney, Inc.
    Inventors: Garth W. Boyd, Aaron Engel, Dana Dubuc, Edward F. Smith, III, Michael E. Poppy, Michael E. Grant
  • Patent number: 8187015
    Abstract: An electrical connection apparatus includes an electrical connection contact and an adjustment component within an interior of the electrical connection apparatus. The electrical connection contact is operatively coupled to the adjustment component so that the electrical connection contact adjusts between an insertion position and a contact position in response to rotating the adjustment component. A slider movably arranged within the interior of the electrical connection apparatus causes the electrical connection contact to move in response to rotation of the adjustment component. The electrical connection apparatus includes one or more blocks, and the adjustment component, electrical contact and slider are arranged within an interior of the one or more blocks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: Deringer-Ney, Inc.
    Inventors: Garth W. Boyd, Aaron Engel, Dana Dubuc, Edward F. Smith, III, Michael E. Poppy, Michael E. Grant
  • Publication number: 20120060946
    Abstract: A modular electrical bus system has a grounding circuit through a plurality of modular units with each unit being both electrically and mechanically connectable together via a bridge member connecting adjacent units and the main communication module. The bridge member and modular units are grounded together with a ground circuit that extends within both components.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2011
    Publication date: March 15, 2012
    Applicant: Numatics, Incorporated
    Inventors: Enrico De Carolis, John F. Eskew, Michael W. Hundt, Jeffrey Welker
  • Patent number: 8133081
    Abstract: An automation appliance includes a terminal module, in which a function module that is plugged into the terminal module, the automation device being suitable for modular extension by arranging in a row further terminal modules. The terminal module comprises a first holding device for holding the function module, a second holding device including a first contact device for holding a connecting module which has a second contact device, where a supply voltage for the function module is passable through the connecting module, and where a voltage monitoring device for monitoring the supply voltage is integrated in the function module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Assignee: Siemens AG
    Inventors: Michael Bräunlich, Michael Chowaniec, Stefan Dausend
  • Patent number: 8105115
    Abstract: A housing for a coaxial jack including an opening for receiving the jack, the opening including a guide for preventing rotation of the jack within the opening. The housing also includes a stop to limit sliding of the jack within the opening and a flange extending from an outer surface. An outer face opposite the flange includes a ridge and a groove. A housing for coaxial jacks includes a pair of openings for receiving jacks. Each opening includes a guide to prevent rotation and a stop to limit sliding of the jack within the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Assignee: ADC Telecommunications, Inc.
    Inventors: M'hamed Anis Khemakhem, Kenneth Allen Skluzacek
  • Patent number: 8100728
    Abstract: A connector assembly includes a first male connector, a second male connector, and a female connector. The female connector defines two receiving slots side by side. The first male connector includes a first body, a first inserting terminal, extending downwardly from the first body, and a first securing portion. The first inserting terminal engages one of the receiving slots of the female connecter. The second male connector includes a second body; a second inserting terminal, extending downwardly from the second body; and a second securing portion, engaging the slot of the first male connector. The second inserting terminal engages the other one of the receiving slots of the female connecter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2012
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chin-Wen Yeh, Zhi-Jian Peng
  • Patent number: 8079882
    Abstract: Interconnecting modular connectors or headers have flexible tongue and groove structures for forming a variety of header assembly configurations. The interconnecting modular headers can have locking structures in addition to the tongue and groove mating structures for permanently interlocking the modular headers together. The sidewalls of each modular connector can be parallel to each other and disposed at supplementary angles with respect to the rear wall of the housing. The top wall of each modular connector can have a portion wall extending inwardly from each sidewall at an angle of greater than ninety degrees and each portion wall can have an upwardly extending wall that joins the portion walls to a ceiling. The portion walls can join with the upwardly extending walls to form a T-shape corner. The upwardly extending walls can join with the ceiling equally at an angle of greater than ninety degrees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2011
    Assignee: Molex Incorporated
    Inventors: Matthew Bailey, Michael Gonzalez, Christopher Dillon
  • Patent number: 8074680
    Abstract: A modular electrical bus system has a grounding circuit through a plurality of modular I/O units with each unit being both electrically and mechanically connectable together via a bridge member connecting adjacent units and the main communication module. The bridge member and modular I/O units are grounded together with a ground circuit that extends within both components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignee: Numatics, Incorporated
    Inventors: Enrico De Carolis, John F. Eskew, Michael W. Hundt, Jeffrey Welker
  • Patent number: 8047881
    Abstract: A connector base includes an assembly plate and a plug plate. The assembly plate defines a plurality of assembly holes. The plug plate includes a plurality of plug units, a plurality of plug portions, and a plurality of elastic members. The plug portions are formed on the plug units respectively. The plug portions engage in the assembly holes of the assembly plate. The elastic members connect the two plug units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Wei-Jun Wang
  • Patent number: 8017881
    Abstract: A circuit breaker enables selective left, right or a combination of both side connection to a power conductor, such as a cable or wire. Side connection eliminates the need for large radius U-bends of the power conductor that is normally required when using top connection circuit breakers. An electrically non-conductive cavity commonly defined by left and right sides of the circuit breaker housing receives the power conductor in a connector such as a lug. The circuit breaker may have a visualization window oriented to observe whether excessive cable is projecting out of the lug, so as to confirm compliance with electrical code over surface spacing requirements. In some embodiments, the circuit breaker lugs are vertically oriented above its front cover surface in a receptacle portion of the housing. The receptacle may be constructed for selective lug orientation in horizontal or vertical positions by the installer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: Siemens Industry, Inc.
    Inventor: Roy Simmons
  • Patent number: 7967646
    Abstract: A modular electrical bus system for a valve manifold has a main communication module with a plurality of modular I/O units each having a plurality of I/O fittings being both electrically and mechanically connectable together via a bridge member connecting adjacent units and the main communication module. At least one of the modular I/O units is also mechanically separable from and maintains communication connection to the main communication module. One or both of the modular IO units and main communication module may have an alpha-numeric display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Assignee: Numatics, Incorporated
    Inventors: Enrico De Carolis, John F. Eskew, Adam Gibson, Michael W. Hundt
  • Patent number: 7896711
    Abstract: A modular electrical bus system for a valve manifold has a main communication module with a plurality of modular I/O units each having a plurality of I/O fittings being both electrically and mechanically connectable together via a bridge member connecting adjacent units and the main communication module. At least one of the modular I/O units is also mechanically separable from and maintains communication connection to the main communication module. One or both of the modular IO units and main communication module may have an alpha-numeric display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2011
    Assignee: Numatics, Incorporated
    Inventors: Enrico De Carolis, John F. Eskew, Adam Gibson, Michael W. Hundt
  • Patent number: 7874875
    Abstract: An electrical connector for electrically connecting an element to a circuit board includes at least two adjacent insulation bodies, a plugging slot located on the insulation bodies for being plugged with the element, and a set of conductive terminals disposed on the insulation bodies and electrically connected with the circuit board. One side of each of the insulation bodies is movably connected with the adjacent insulation body. When the circuit board undergoes soldering process, the relation position of the insulation bodies at the adjacent location is automatically adjusted according to the warp caused by the high temperature of soldering so as to reduce the warp and deformation. Thereby, the soldering portion of each conductive terminal received in the insulation bodies can be soldered onto the circuit board well, such that electrical connector is normally and electrically connected with the circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2011
    Assignee: Lotes Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Wen Chang Chang
  • Patent number: 7837514
    Abstract: An electrical connector assembly includes a plug connector and a receptacle connector. The plug connector has plug contacts and a shroud partially surrounding the plug contacts. The shroud has a shape that is elongated along a longitudinal axis. The stood frames the plug contacts. The receptacle connector has a nose with a shape that is elongated along the longitudinal axis. The nose includes a plurality of slots formed therein and oriented along a transverse axis relative to the longitudinal axis. The plug contacts are separated from the shroud such that when the plug and receptacle connectors are co-nested with one another, the nose is received in the shroud and the plug contacts are received in a corresponding one of the slots in order to mate the plug and receptacle connectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2010
    Assignee: Tyco Electronics Corporation
    Inventor: Michael Warren Fogg
  • Patent number: 7837515
    Abstract: The combined type connector includes a base connector housing and a detachable connector housing. The base connector housing includes a first main body, a boss groove provided on a first outer surface of the first main body, a first guide part provided on the first outer surface; and a first stopping part provided on the first outer surface. The detachable connector housing includes a second main body, a boss provided on a second outer surface of the second main body, a second guide part provided on the second outer surface and a second stopping part provided on the second outer surface. The base connector housing and the detachable connector housing are connected by engaging the boss with the boss groove and pivoting the detachable connector housing about the boss from a first position to a second position so that the first guide part slides along the second guide part and the first stopping part and the second stopping part are engaged so as to stop the detachable connector pivoting at the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2010
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Toshiharu Takahashi, Kazuto Ohtaka, Hideki Ohsumi
  • Publication number: 20100248556
    Abstract: A modular electrical bus system for a valve manifold has a main communication module with a plurality of modular I/O units each having a plurality of I/O fittings being both electrically and mechanically connectable together via a bridge member connecting adjacent units and the main communication module. At least one of the modular I/O units is also mechanically separable from and maintains communication connection to the main communication module. One or both of the modular IO units and main communication module may have an alpha-numeric display.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2010
    Publication date: September 30, 2010
    Applicant: Numatics, Incorporated
    Inventors: Enrico De Carolis, John F. Eskew, Adam Gibson, Michael W. Hundt
  • Patent number: 7786831
    Abstract: A modular terminal for a molded case circuit breaker by which various types of terminals can be joined together and configuration and assembly are simplified, the modular terminal comprising a plurality of terminal bases each of which is provided for each phase, a terminal which is detachably supported at each terminal base, and a joint piece which connects a pair of the terminal bases adjacent to each other to form a terminal module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2010
    Assignee: LS Industrial Systems Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ki-Hwan Oh
  • Patent number: 7780481
    Abstract: A power supply apparatus includes a main body, a power input device, a first power output device and a second power output device. The first power output device includes a first cable and a first connector. The first cable is connected to a first surface of the first connector and includes at least a stop block and at least a fastening element. The second power output device includes a second cable and a second connector. The second cable is connected to a first surface of the second connector and includes an extension part and a retaining wall. An edge of the retaining wall is confined by the stop block and the extension part is clamped by the fastening element so as to selectively combine the first connector with the second connector as a composite connector assembly and facilitate securely fixing the composite connector assembly in a common power socket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2010
    Assignee: Delta Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Hung-Chuan Chen, Hung-Chang Hsieh
  • Patent number: 7780479
    Abstract: A housing for a coaxial jack including an opening for receiving the jack, the opening including a guide for preventing rotation of the jack within the opening. The housing also includes a stop to limit sliding of the jack within the opening and a flange extending from an outer surface. An outer face opposite the flange includes a ridge and a groove. A housing for coaxial jacks includes a pair of openings for receiving jacks. Each opening includes a guide to prevent rotation and a stop to limit sliding of the jack within the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2010
    Assignee: ADC Telecommunications, Inc.
    Inventors: M'hamed Anis Khemakhem, Kenneth Allen Skluzacek
  • Patent number: 7753740
    Abstract: A modular electrical bus system for a valve manifold has a main communication module with a plurality of modular I/O units each having a plurality of I/O fittings being both electrically and mechanically connectable together via a bridge member connecting adjacent units and the main communication module. At least one of the modular I/O units is also mechanically separable from and maintains communication connection to the main communication module. One or both of the modular IO units and main communication module may have an alpha-numeric display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2010
    Assignee: Numatics, Incorporated
    Inventors: Enrico De Carolis, John F. Eskew, Adam Gibson, Michael W. Hundt
  • Patent number: 7718303
    Abstract: An electrolyte layer (121) and a hydrogen-permeable metal layer (122) are fitted in a fitting portion (131) of a low thermal expansion member (130), and a cathode electrode (110) is provided on the electrolyte layer (121). Gas separators (100, 150) are provided such that a low thermal expansion member (130) is held between the gas separators (100, 150). Since the low thermal expansion member (130) is made of metal which has a thermal expansion coefficient lower than that of the hydrogen-permeable metal layer (122), thermal expansion of the hydrogen-permeable metal layer (122) can be suppressed. Accordingly, it is possible to reduce shear stress applied to an interface between the electrolyte layer (121) and the hydrogen-permeable metal layer (122) due to the thermal expansion. It is possible to suppress separation of the electrolyte layer (121) from the hydrogen-permeable metal layer (122) and occurrence of a crack in the electrolyte layer (121).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2010
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Satoshi Aoyama, Satoshi Iguchi, Makoto Taniguchi
  • Patent number: 7713096
    Abstract: A modular electrical connector including at least one body portion having an electrical terminal and at least one mating surface. An end portion has a mating surface interconnected to the mating surface of the body portion. The body portion and the end portion define a connector body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2010
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Slobodan Pavlovic, David Menzies, Mohamad Zeidan
  • Patent number: 7695316
    Abstract: An electrical connector assembly includes a first electrical connector, a second electrical connector, and a connecting member. The first electrical connector includes an insulative main body with a receiving recess defined therein. The second electrical connector includes an insulative main body with a receiving recess defined therein. The connecting member is slidably engaged in the receiving recess of the first electrical connector and is configured for being slidably engaged in the receiving recesses of the first and second connectors simultaneously, thereby combining the first and second connectors together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2010
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Zheng-Heng Sun
  • Patent number: 7690953
    Abstract: An electrical connection apparatus includes at least one stackable block operably coupleable to another stackable block, at least one pin receiving portion defined by an inner wall within the stackable block, and at least one electrical connection contact having a C-shaped contact portion with elastic properties disposed within the pin receiving portion and a lead portion disposed at a location exterior to the stackable block. The electrical connection apparatus may further include an adjustment component and an adjustment component receiving portion defined by in inner wall within the stackable block. In addition, sliders may be arranged on the stackable block and may engage with tabs formed on the at least one electrical connection contact. The sliders may be moved to a raised or lowered position in order to move the at least one electrical connection contact between a contact and an insertion position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2010
    Assignee: Deringer-Ney, Inc.
    Inventors: Garth W. Boyd, Aaron Engel, Dana Dubuc, Edward F. Smith, III, Michael E. Poppy