Secured By Superposition Of Insulating Body Parts Patents (Class 439/752)
  • Patent number: 11329416
    Abstract: A connector apparatus includes a housing having an upper surface portion formed with an accommodation space, and a position assurance to be inserted into the accommodation space of the housing. When the position assurance is mounted in the housing, a mounting portion of the position assurance is exposed on a side surface portion of the housing, such that visibility at the time of work is improved. In addition, the position assurance is connected to the housing in a catching structure, such that it is easy to mount and demount the position assurance and mounting strength is secured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jong Soo Kim, Yong Soo Jung
  • Patent number: 11228131
    Abstract: Connector apparatus having a female connector assembly and a male connector assembly. The female connector assembly includes a female housing, a connector position assurance (CPA) member for assuring the engagement of the male connector assembly with the female connector assembly, and a first terminal position assurance (TPA) member for assuring that terminals for the female connector assembly are positioned properly. The female housing further includes a connector latch used to securely hold together a connector apparatus. The female housing has TPA protection ribs and CPA protection walls. The male housing has TPA protection ribs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignee: J.S.T. CORPORATION
    Inventors: Khalid Jabrane, Franklin A. Holub, Rajit Abraham
  • Patent number: 11223154
    Abstract: Connector apparatus having a female connector assembly and a male connector assembly. The female connector assembly includes a female housing, a connector position assurance (CPA) member for assuring the engagement of the male connector assembly with the female connector assembly, and a first terminal position assurance (TPA) member for assuring that terminals for the female connector assembly are positioned properly. The female housing further includes a connector latch used to securely hold together a connector apparatus. The female housing has TPA protection ribs and CPA protection walls. The male housing has TPA protection ribs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: J.S.T. CORPORATION
    Inventors: Khalid Jabrane, Franklin A. Holub, Rajit Abraham
  • Patent number: 11139605
    Abstract: The invention relates to a plug connection (1) having a plug connector (2) and a mating plug connector (3). The plug connector (2) and the mating plug connector (3) can be plugged together in order to form the plug connection (1), wherein the plug connector (2) has a contact support (4) with at least one contact chamber for receiving a contact partner, the contact support (4) is inserted into an outer housing (5) of the plug connector (2), each contact partner is primarily locked in the respective contact chamber, and a secondary lock (6) is provided for a secondary locking of the contact partners in the respective contact chambers. The invention is characterized in that the outer housing (5) has at least one locking hook (13) which interacts with the contact support (4). The contact support (4) has a hook mating geometry (14), and the at least one locking hook (13) is aligned diagonally to a central axis of the outer housing (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: HIRSCHMANN AUTOMOTIVE GMBH
    Inventors: Andreas Metzler, Markus Kalb, Dominic Pfeiffer
  • Patent number: 11108189
    Abstract: A connector remains attached to a vehicle body and prevents water intrusion during high-pressure washing. The connector with cover is mounted on a vehicle body. The connector includes a wire, a connector housing including a housing body having a wire holding portion for holding an end of the wire, and a cassette continuous with the housing body and having an insertion slot in one surface. A sealing member seals a clearance between the wire holding portion and the wire by being mounted on the wire, and a cover covers the wire holding portion and the wire by being assembled with the connector housing. The cover includes a bracket having an insertion piece to be inserted into the cassette through the insertion slot, the bracket is assembled with the cassette, and a vehicle body mounting portion is connected to the bracket and mounted on the vehicle body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Inventor: Noboru Moriyama
  • Patent number: 11101602
    Abstract: A connector structure enables the replacement of an STP cable (10B) and a UTP cable (10A) without making a large structural change. UTP connection terminals (21A) to be connected to respective wires (11) of the UTP cable (10A) are arranged to be proximate in a width direction by being accommodated into accommodating portions (26) of a UTP dielectric (22A) proximate in the width direction. STP connection terminals (21B) to be connected to respective wires (11) of the STP cable (10B) are farther apart in the width direction than the UTP connection terminals (21A) by being accommodated in accommodating portions (26) of an STP dielectric (22B) spaced apart in the width direction. The UTP connection terminals and the STP connection terminals are set such that protrusions (34) projecting out from box portions (27) in a common direction when accommodated in the accommodating portions (26).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignees: AutoNetworks Technologies, Ltd., Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd., Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroyoshi Maesoba, Toshifumi Ichio
  • Patent number: 11095064
    Abstract: A connector structure has a housing including a connection portion and a retainer to be attached to the connection portion from a lateral side of the connection portion and to lock, when the retainer is attached to the connection portion, the terminal. The connection portion includes an upper portion and a lower portion, at least one of which having a guide rail. The retainer includes a pair of plate portions and a coupling portion coupling the plate portions to each other at a first side of the retainer, the retainer being to be attached to the connection portion from a second side of the retainer, the second side being opposite to the first side. At least one of the plate portions has a slide rail to engage with the guide rail when the retainer is attached to the connection portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuhide Ikeya, Hikaru Anma, Sho Kasuya
  • Patent number: 11050182
    Abstract: A connector includes a housing having a terminal receiving chamber having an opening on one or both of opposite sides in a preset direction crossing an insertion direction of a connection terminal; and a side retainer having a pair of opposed plate portions disposed in positions to sandwich the housing from the opposite sides in the preset direction. The side retainer is attached laterally to the housing and movably supported on the housing to move between a temporary locking position to temporarily lock the connection terminal and a formal locking position to formally lock the connection terminal. One or both of the opposed plate portions of the side retainer covers one or both of the opposite sides of the terminal receiving chamber when the side retainer locates at the formal locking position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ryosuke Ohfuku, Tomoyoshi Fukaya, Takahiro Ohmoto, Masaru Shinmura, Yu Saito, Yuki Goto, Takashi Endo, Kazuyuki Iwashita, Kazuhide Ikeya
  • Patent number: 11031717
    Abstract: The disclosure includes a housing including a first plate, a second plate, and a side member surrounding a space between the first and second plates, a printed circuit board disposed in the space and including an opening, a first conductive structure disposed in the space, a second conductive structure disposed in the space, and a flexible conductive member located between the first and second conductive structures through the opening to construct an electrical path between the first and second conductive structures. The flexible conductive member may include a base, a first flexible portion having a first height from the base, protruding from the base toward the first plate, and in contact with the first conductive structure, and a second flexible portion having a second height from the base, protruding from the base toward the second plate, and in contact with the second conductive structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yonglak Cho, Jeongki Park, Mihyun Kim, Jeongyong Lee, Choonggeun Lee, Dongjin Chung, Jangwon Hur, Jiwoo Lee
  • Patent number: 11005210
    Abstract: An electrical connector comprises a plurality of conductive terminals, a housing and a holder. The housing has a plurality of terminal receiving grooves which extend forwardly from a rear end face of the housing and receive the terminals respectively and a locking structure which is formed to a top surface of the housing. The holder is provided to the housing, the holder has a transverse frame portion which extends in a transverse direction, a plurality of positioning arms which obliquely extend downwardly and forwardly from the frame portion and are respectively inserted into the grooves, and a lock plate portion which extends forwardly from a top of the frame portion to above a top surface of the housing and has elasticity, the arms respectively position the terminals along slopes inside the grooves, the lock plate portion has a lock structure which is locked with a locking structure of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Molex, LLC
    Inventor: Yan Tian
  • Patent number: 10992091
    Abstract: An electrical plug accommodates many different angular configurations of electrical contacts, has a modular design, and is sturdy and robust. In one embodiment, a reconfigurable power cord assembly includes an electrical plug having a plug body having a plurality of cavities, each cavity for receiving a single electrical contact, at least one cavity configured to allow the respective electrical contact to be positioned at one of a plurality of angular positions, each electrical contact being supported within its cavity by a contact retainer that mounts within the plug body to secure respective electrical contacts within the plug body in a predetermined orientation, wherein the plug body is configured to accommodate a plurality of electrical contact orientations, the contact retainer being removably and rotatably attached to the interior of the plug body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Jack Enterprises LLC
    Inventor: Kylan Feld
  • Patent number: 10978829
    Abstract: An electrical connector may be provided for connection to a mating electrical contact in an insertion direction. The connector has an inner casing in which an electrical bushing contact having a locking element, which can be moved parallel to the insertion direction for setting a contact force, can be fixed to the mating contact, which can be inserted into the bushing contact. At least one axial end of the locking element may protrude laterally out of the inner casing. The connector also has an outer casing in which the inner casing can be accommodated. A locking element fixing means, which can be fixed on the outer casing in a stationary manner against movement parallel to the insertion direction and also engages in the axial end of the locking element, is also provided, allowing a movement of the inner casing relative to the outer casing parallel to the insertion direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: LISA DRAEXLMAIER GMBH
    Inventors: Stefan Wimmer, Martin Allersdorfer
  • Patent number: 10971851
    Abstract: The present invention aims to miniaturize a housing. Disclosed is a connector including a female housing (10) having a terminal accommodating chamber (11) formed therein, a first terminal fitting (24) inserted into the terminal accommodating chamber (11), an elastically displaceable lock arm (12) formed in the female housing (10), an accommodating recess (14) formed in the female housing (10) and communicating with a deflection space (13) of the lock arm (12), a terminal holding member (41) mounted in the accommodating recess (14), and a pair of second terminal fittings (58) connected to a twisted pair wire (59) and attached to the terminal holding member (41).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Inventors: Tetsuya Miyamura, Masaaki Tabata, Yasuo Omori, Hajime Matsui, Hiroshi Kobayashi, Motoya Hara, Ryutaro Yamazaki
  • Patent number: 10944224
    Abstract: A joint connector includes a plurality of target terminals (40), a joint terminal (10) connected to the respective target terminals (40) for short-circuiting the respective target terminals (40), and a housing (60) for accommodating the respective target terminals (40). The target terminal (40) includes a coupling portion (44) located between a body portion (42) and a crimping portion (43) to couple the both and having a concave cross-section. The joint terminal (10) includes a base portion (11) and a plurality of contact pieces (12) projecting from the base portion (11) and moves to an entrance position where the respective contact pieces (12) are inserted into the coupling portions (44) of the respective target terminals (40) after the respective target terminals 40 are accommodated into the housing (60). Each contact piece (42) resiliently contacts an inner surface of the corresponding coupling portion 44 at the entrance position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Inventors: Yukihiro Fukatsu, Toshikazu Sakurai
  • Patent number: 10938140
    Abstract: In order to eliminate the need to provide a connector including a side retainer with an additional waterproof seal for the side retainer, the connector includes a terminal holder in which the side retainer is mounted, and the terminal holder is configured to define access passages such that a tool for moving the side retainer between first and second positions can be inserted into an inlet of the terminal holder so as to reach inclined cam surfaces of the side retainer and move the side retainer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: NIPPON TANSHI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shinya Enomoto, Osamu Nishimura
  • Patent number: 10923847
    Abstract: A male terminal position assurance (TPA) device for a male connector assembly, preferably for a high voltage connector assembly. The male TPA has a substantially wing-like shaped upper member that respectively locks terminals inside a male inner housing, and further has a flexible arm member, in a lower member thereof, that locks the male TPA device in the male inner housing. The male TPA device does not lock inside the male inner housing if it detects that the corresponding terminal has not been fully inserted or installed into the male inner housing. The male inner housing includes a primarily lock for locking the terminal, while the male TPA device, when in full-lock position, provides for a secondary lock for locking the terminal inside the inner housing. When in the full-lock position inside the male inner housing, the male TPA device assures that the necessary retention forces are provided to ensure that the terminal remains fully locked within the male connector assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: J.S.T. CORPORATION
    Inventors: David Demaratos, Frank Holub
  • Patent number: 10916876
    Abstract: A terminal unit (30) includes inner conductors (31) having tabs (33) projecting from body portions (32) and a dielectric (40) configured to hold the inner conductors (31) while accommodating the bodies (32), and is mountable into a selected one of a first housing (10) and a second housing (20). The terminal unit (30) inserted into the first housing (10) is retained by a front retainer (17) restricting the resilient deflection of a first locking lance (14) and a first locking portion (47) being locked to the first locking lance (14). The terminal unit (30) inserted into the second housing (20) is retained by the locking of the first locking portion (47) and a second locking lance (22) and the locking of second locking portions (51) of the dielectric (40) and a side retainer (25).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignees: AutoNetworks Technologies, Ltd., Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd., Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroyoshi Maesoba, Toshifumi Ichio
  • Patent number: 10903605
    Abstract: A housing (10) includes a terminal holding portion (12) and a fitting space (23) facing the front surface of the terminal holding portion (12). A retainer (33) is mounted in a front part of the terminal holding portion (12). The retainer (33) is movable between a partial locking position and a full locking position. A moving plate (44) facing the front surface of the retainer (33) is accommodated in the fitting space (23), and the moving plate (44) is formed with openings (48) penetrating in the front-rear direction. The retainer (33) is formed with operated portions (41) facing the openings (48) from behind, and a tool (51, 52, 54) inserted into the opening (48) can contact the operated portion (41).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Inventors: Yuma Mamiya, Shinjiro Kida, Sho Saito
  • Patent number: 10895756
    Abstract: Data sets DS4 to DS6 each consisting of plural linear functions obtained by approximating an output characteristic of a Y-axis rotation position detection Hall element H2 and a data set DS2 consisting of plural linear functions obtained by approximating an output characteristic of an and the X-axis position detection Hall element H1 are stored for each of plural positions in a direction X in a ROM of a memory. A system controller detects a position of a movable member in the direction X based on the data set DS2 and an output signal of the X-axis position detection Hall element H1, then selects the data set corresponding to the position among the data sets DS4 to DS6, and detects a position of the movable member in a direction Y based on the selected data set and an output signal of the Y-axis rotation position detection Hall element H2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Kohei Awazu, Yasuhiro Miwa
  • Patent number: 10886656
    Abstract: An automotive electrical plug connector and an automotive electrical receptacle connector mating with the automotive electrical plug connector are provided. The automotive electrical plug connector includes an insulated housing electrical plug connector includes an insulated housing, plug terminals, terminal fixing plates, and a positioning member. Upper and lower surfaces of the insulated housing has buckling grooves for positioning the terminal fixing plates, so that the front ends of the terminal fixing plates are abutted against the plug terminals, and the plug terminals can be prevented from detaching off terminal grooves of the insulated housing. Moreover, when the positioning member is assembled in an engaging groove at the side surface of the insulated housing, the positioning member is moved from a movable position to a locked position, and the automotive electrical plug connector and the automotive electrical receptacle connector can be locked with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: ADVANCED-CONNECTEK INC.
    Inventors: Shu-Lin Duan, Wei Wan, Hua-Yan Wu
  • Patent number: 10879644
    Abstract: A busbar component constructing a terminal block has a busbar, a circular O-ring attached to a busbar main body of the busbar, and a holder attached to the busbar main body through an insertion hole of the holder. The busbar main body is formed with a busbar-side engagement portion. A holder main body is arranged between a busbar-side engagement portion and the O-ring. The holder main body is formed with a ring-shaped pressing portion on one opening side of the insertion hole. The holder main body is formed with, on another opening side of the insertion hole, a holder-side engagement portion which is engaged with the busbar-side engagement portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yukihiro Kawamura, Naoki Isaka
  • Patent number: 10873150
    Abstract: A housing tool that houses an intersecting terminal metal fitting with an electric wire includes a first housing member and a second housing member integrated by fitting cylinder opening parts to each other in an inserting manner. The first housing member includes a first housing chamber that houses a terminal connection part of the terminal metal fitting, a terminal insertion port, and an opening of an opening part of the first housing member through which the terminal metal fitting at an electric wire connection part side is drawn out to the outside. The second housing member includes a second housing chamber that houses the electric wire connection part drawn out from the opening with the end of the electric wire, an electric wire drawing port, and an opening of an opening part of the second housing member through which the terminal metal fitting is drawn out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yuki Miyazawa
  • Patent number: 10859848
    Abstract: An image shake correction device includes: a movable member that is supported to be movable in plural directions along a flat surface; a circuit board that is fixed to the movable member; an imager that is mounted on the circuit board; and plural position detectors fixed to a rear surface of the circuit board opposite to a surface of the circuit board on which the imager is mounted to detect a position of the movable member in a movement direction of the movable member by a change of a magnetic field supplied from the rear surface side of the circuit board, plural circuit elements including magnetic materials is formed on the rear surface of the circuit board, and a high-density region is formed in a second region as defined herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Kouhei Awazu
  • Patent number: 10854860
    Abstract: An inter-battery connection device for connecting electrode terminals of a plurality of batteries comprises a housing, a bus bar attached to the housing, and a movable member attached to the housing. The bus bar electrically connects two electrode terminals of a pair of batteries adjacent to each other. The bus bar includes a pair of clips each contacting one electrode terminal and a coupling portion connecting the pair of clips. The movable member is movable between a temporary catching position attached to the housing and a final catching position attached to the housing. The movable member has a clip contact avoiding portion preventing contact between one of the clips and the electrode terminal in the temporary catching position and permitting contact between the clip and the electrode terminal during movement from the temporary catching position to the final catching position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: Tyco Electronics Japan G.K.
    Inventors: Tomokazu Yamane, Hiroki Kondo
  • Patent number: 10840687
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for unlocking and remove at least one plug-in electrical or IoT device locked by two lock ramps included in two channel of ramps on two surfaces of the plug-in device engaging at least two reciprocal channel of ramps on two surfaces of a support box, by an insertable dual release bar attached to a pull cord or an handle of an hand tool for inserting two insertable bars between the channels of ramps and the reciprocal channels of ramps for unlock and pull to remove the plug-in device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: ELBEX VIDEO LTD.
    Inventor: David Elberbaum
  • Patent number: 10840686
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for unlocking and remove at least one plug-in electrical or IoT device locked by two lock ramps included in two channel of ramps on two surfaces of the plug-in device engaging at least two reciprocal channel of ramps on two surfaces of a support box, by an insertable dual release bar attached to a pull cord or an handle of an hand tool for inserting two insertable bars between the channels of ramps and the reciprocal channels of ramps for unlock and pull to remove the plug-in device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: ELBEX VIDEO LTD.
    Inventor: David Elberbaum
  • Patent number: 10831229
    Abstract: A push-button equipment includes a pressel; a mounting collar for being installed on a base, such as a button panel, the mounting collar including a seat for receiving the pressel; the pressel including a pressing face for receiving a press of a user and being insertable in the seat of the mounting collar in a forward direction orthogonal to the pressing face. The pressel is movable in the seat into a locked position by rotating it in the seat around a rotational axis extending in said direction orthogonal to the pressing face. In said locked position the collar blocks the pressel from moving in backwards direction orthogonal to the pressing face out from the seat. A pressel for the push-button equipment and a push-button arrangement of an elevator are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: KONE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Klaus Mäkelä, Mika Hautamäki
  • Patent number: 10797427
    Abstract: The present application relates to a connector housing whose device, called terminal position assurance (TPA) device, installed so as to be able to slide inside the housing, transverse to its axis, is activated only by inserting a cable terminal whose body releases one or more flexible tabs of the TPA previously abutting against the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: RAYDIALL
    Inventors: Mathieu Dupont, Rémi Duprez
  • Patent number: 10770835
    Abstract: An electrical plug connector includes a housing and a plug contact. The housing includes a housing body and a housing part which together form the housing with a receiving chamber therein. The housing body and the housing part are movable relative to one another perpendicularly to a plug-in direction and can be stably fixed to one another in a pre-locking position and in an end-locking position. The plug contact is connected to an electrical connection line and has a detent spring. The plug contact is inserted along the plug-in direction into the receiving chamber. The housing part has a locking arm having a detent protrusion. The detent spring engages the detent protrusion after the plug contact is inserted into the receiving chamber in the pre-locking position. The locking arm fixes the plug contact in the receiving chamber in a form-fit manner in the end-locking position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Kostal Kontakt Syteme GmbH
    Inventor: Georg Schroeder
  • Patent number: 10741961
    Abstract: A male connector 1 includes a housing 11 made of resin and to be fit to a female connector, a male terminal 12 made of metal, partially embedded in the housing 11, projecting forward in a connecting direction from the housing 11 and formed into a tubular shape, resin 12G being filled inside the male terminal, and a resin cap 13 configured to cover a tip of the male terminal 12 on a front side in the connecting direction. The male terminal 12 is provided with a communication opening 12F in a part embedded in the housing 11, the communication opening allowing communication between inside and outside of the male terminal 12, and a projection 12D is formed on an outer peripheral surface of the embedded part. The housing 11 is formed with a recess 12J configured to expose the projection 12D to outside.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignees: AutoNetworks Technologies, Ltd., Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd., Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Shiro Nishida, Seido Nishijima
  • Patent number: 10700463
    Abstract: A connector includes a terminal configured to be connected to a mating terminal, and having an electric wire led out in a direction orthogonal to a connection direction in which the terminal is connected to the mating terminal, a housing having a cavity part configured to accommodate the terminal, and a rear holder having a terminal holding part configured to hold the terminal. The terminal is accommodated in the cavity part when the rear holder is assembled to the housing. The rear holder includes a locking mechanism that locks the terminal or the electric wire and that maintains a state of the terminal being held in the terminal holding part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kouji Yanagibashi, Naoto Ikeya, Yoshitaka Tsushima, Masaya Okamoto
  • Patent number: 10680376
    Abstract: A connector includes a housing, a terminal metal fitting inserted into a housing chamber forwardly in a housing direction, and a spacer locking the terminal metal fitting. The terminal metal fitting has a plate-like lock piece extending in the housing direction. The terminal metal fitting is locked by contacting a rear edge of the lock piece with the spacer. The housing has an opening region between two adjacent terminal housing chambers and a support wall extending from a peripheral end portion of the opening region backwardly in the housing direction. The support wall supports a tip portion of the terminal metal fitting to eliminate movement of the tip portion through the opening region, even when the terminal metal fitting moves backwardly in the housing direction while allowing the rear edge of its lock piece to dig into the spacer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventor: Tomohiko Shimizu
  • Patent number: 10673166
    Abstract: An electrical connector includes an insulative housing and a plurality of contacts. Each contact has a retaining section, a mating section and a crimping section, the insulative housing defines a positioning groove communicated with contact-receiving passageways, the retaining section is provided with an elastic retaining arm extending backwards, a pair of cutouts on both sides of the retaining arm along a transverse direction, and a pair of limiting walls exposed in the cutouts and the positioning groove. When the contacts assembled to the relative contact-receiving passageways, each retaining arm is abutting against a rear inner surface of the positioning groove via a free end thereof to prevent the contact moving backwards, the electrical connector further comprises a retainer, and the retainer defines a plurality of limiting blocks extruding into the positioning groove and the corresponding cutouts, and the limiting blocks are abutting against the relative limiting walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignees: ALLTOP ELECTRONICS (SUZHOU) LTD., ALLTOP TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yungchih Hung, Wangi Yu
  • Patent number: 10644429
    Abstract: A connector assembly includes a housing which includes a box portion storing path to store a box portion formed in a vertically or horizontally asymmetric shape and a slot formed perpendicular to an extending direction of a box storing path and a retainer which includes a box portion opening to which the box portion is inserted in a case where the retainer is inserted into the slot and located at a temporary locking position. When a terminal is inserted into the box portion storing path from the box portion opening, the box portion opening is shaped to prevent the insertion when the terminal is rotated about the insertion axis of the terminal from an appropriate position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: J.S.T. MFG. CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shinya Masada, Saki Katsumoto
  • Patent number: 10644426
    Abstract: A connector (C) includes a flat terminal (20), an obliquely wound coil spring (10) wound around a winding axis (A) that is parallel to the terminal (20) with the coil spring (10) sandwiched between the terminal (20) and a flat mating terminal (71). A connector housing (30) accommodates the terminal (20) and the coil spring (10) and includes an insertion path (37) for the mating terminal (71) to be parallel to the terminal (20). A rotation restricting portion (33) is in the connector housing (30) and restricts the coil spring (10) in a rotation posture to tilt with respect to the winding axis (A) such that a mating terminal side of a half-turn winding plane and a straight line connecting a start point (P1) and an end point (P2) of the half turn is on a back side in an inserting direction of the mating terminal (71).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignees: AutoNetworks Technologies, Ltd., Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd., Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Akio Kimura, Kyohei Ida
  • Patent number: 10622748
    Abstract: A terminal includes a box, the box of the terminal connected to an electric wire includes a ceiling plate and an inner plate. The ceiling plate includes a front ceiling plate and a rear ceiling plate formed by a notch. The rear ceiling plate includes a projection part engagement surface provided by the forming of the notch. The inner plate includes a projection part. In a state where the ceiling plate and the inner plate are superimposed, the projection part and the projection part engagement surface are engaged with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Dacheng Jin, Naokazu Nagasaka, Atsuhito Saito, Shingo Chiba
  • Patent number: 10617156
    Abstract: A garment comprising a sensor, a body portion, a receptacle provided on the body portion, and an electronics module positioned in the receptacle. The receptacle comprises a receptacle housing, a sensor lead, and a receptacle contact. The receptacle housing forms a socket including a back wall and at least one sidewall. The sensor lead abuts the receptacle contact and is retained within a channel extending through the at least one sidewall. The receptacle contact includes a contact surface exposed to the socket with the contact surface oriented substantially perpendicular to the back wall of the socket. The electronics module is releasably positioned within the socket and includes at least one module contact. The at least one module contact abuts the receptacle contact and is electrically connected to the sensor lead when the electronics module is positioned within the socket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Under Armour, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark A. Oleson, Samuel J. Hollenbach, F. Grant Kovach, Jason Berns
  • Patent number: 10594069
    Abstract: A connector includes a lock member attached to a housing and configured to lock a terminal inside the housing. The lock member includes: a substantially plate-shaped base portion located in an outside of the housing; a first attachment portion provided in the base portion and configured to attach the lock member to the housing; and a locking portion configured to lock the terminal so that the terminal is held inside the housing. The base portion includes a first extension portion formed to extend, from the first attachment portion, in a longitudinal direction of the housing. The first extension portion includes a second attachment portion formed to attach the lock member to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Molex, LLC
    Inventors: Takeshi Kon, Nobumasa Motohashi, Manabu Yamanaka, Ryotaro Takeuchi
  • Patent number: 10461458
    Abstract: A terminal position assurance device (TPA) generally of a “C-shape” design which fits into a housing for an electrical connector, has two arms including a side portion and a ledge portion, and a back portion. The TPA arms flex such that housing breakage is limited. The inward facing surface of each ledge portion has a narrowly tapered shape. The corresponding housing used has a C-shape opening similarly shaped to the TPA. The TPA has stops that engage the housing such that the TPA device can be inserted into the housing at preset and full-lock positions and will not eject out. At a full-lock position, the TPA fully resides in the housing opening completely. The TPA also has associated pads that reduce associated noise with the housing when it is in service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: J.S.T. CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jong Soo Kim, Gwen Upson, Ping Chen
  • Patent number: 10396486
    Abstract: An electrical connector includes a housing and a terminal position assurance (TPA) member. The housing defines multiple cavities that extend between mating and cable ends of the housing, and are oriented parallel to a cavity axis. The housing holds electrical terminals within the cavities for electrically connecting to mating contacts of a mating connector. The TPA member is mounted to the cable end of the housing and movable relative to the housing between an unlocked position and a locked position. The TPA member moves from the unlocked position to the locked position along an actuation axis that is perpendicular to the cavity axis. The TPA member includes ledges that protrude into the cavities of the housing and into corresponding retreat paths of the terminals when the TPA member is in the locked position to block retreat of the terminals towards the cable end of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignees: TE CONNECTIVITY INDIA PRIVATE LIMITED, TE CONNECTIVITY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Aaron James de Chazal, Gajanan Bhat, Tejus Kiran Salaka
  • Patent number: 10367310
    Abstract: The invention discloses a connector, a connector, a matched connector, a matched connector and a connecting assembly. The connecting assembly includes the connector and the matched connector. A terminal fixing portion of the connector is provided with terminal accommodating cavities for accommodating connecting terminals. Separators for separating adjacent connecting terminals are disposed as protruding between the terminal accommodating cavities. The matched connector comprises insertion holes and isolating slots provided on a female end seat. The separators are inserted into the isolating slots. One end of the connecting terminal is disposed on the body of the connector, and the other end is held within the insertion hole and is connectable with a terminal connecting piece of the matched connector. The invention prevents connecting terminals from interfering with each other to provide a higher secure connection performance, while maintaining smaller spacing therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignees: Tyco Electronics Technology (SIP) Co., Ltd., TE Connectivity Corporation
    Inventors: Jianghua Zhu, Weiping Zhao
  • Patent number: 10251430
    Abstract: A garment includes a fabric portion, an electrode fixedly connected to the fabric portion, a receptacle fixedly connected to the fabric portion, and an electronics module releasably positioned in the receptacle. The receptacle includes a receptacle housing, an electrode lead, and a receptacle contact. The electrode lead is attached to the electrode. The electrode lead engages the receptacle contact to establish an electrical connection with the receptacle contact without being attached to the receptacle contact. The electronics module includes a module contact that engages the receptacle contact when the electronics module is positioned in the socket to establish an electrical connection between the module contact and the receptacle contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Under Armour, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark A. Oleson, Samuel J. Hollenbach, F. Grant Kovach, Jason Berns
  • Patent number: 10188939
    Abstract: A modular assembly system is described which enables interaction with an interactive software experience such as a game. The system enables a coherent physical whole object to be assembled from a core module and one or more peripheral modules. The core module includes a battery, processor and a wireless module which is able to communicate with the interactive software experience which runs on a separate computing device such as a smartphone, tablet or games console. Each of the peripheral modules stores a module ID and these IDs are collected by the core module and communicated to the interactive software experience. The user experience within the interactive software experience changes dependent upon the set of modules which are connected to form the coherent physical whole object and may also be altered as a result of manipulation of the coherent physical whole object or individual modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Haiyan Zhang, Nicolas Villar, James William Scott, Greg Saul, Alexandra Keeley Bunting, Lee Jason Schuneman, Philip Robert Harrison, Struan Andrew Robertson, Jonathan Leslie Venables, Thomas James Mejias Stott, Sandeep Bhara, Navtej Sunner
  • Patent number: 10179295
    Abstract: One variation of a conductive construction tape for electrifying a stack of bricks in a studded-brick building system includes: a tape substrate defining a first linear array of perforations that each define a circular cross-section configured to receive a stud extending from a brick in the studded-brick building system and offset from an adjacent perforation in the linear array by a standard stud offset distance between studs extending from the brick; and a conductive tape layer applied over the tape substrate; an electrically-conductive material extending along the first linear array of perforations and cooperating with the tape substrate to define a total nominal thickness less than a thickness of the studded building brick; wherein the perforated conductive tape is configured to transiently install horizontally between bricks in the stack of bricks to communicate electrical current laterally across the stack of bricks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Inventor: Rachel Hellenga
  • Patent number: 10164366
    Abstract: A connector terminal includes a contact portion to be contacted with a counter connector terminal, a hold portion held in a connector housing, and a coupling portion coupling the contact portion and the hold portion, the coupling portion being configured as a rectangular tube with four bending portions and having a single continuous band portion from the contact portion to the hold portion by having notches staggered from the contact portion toward the hold portion, each of the notches including an oblique part that extends to cross over adjacent two of the four bending portions, the oblique part of an odd numbered notch being slanted in a direction from the contact portion toward the hold portion as approaching a tip from an entrance thereof, an even numbered notch being slanted in a direction from the hold portion toward the contact portion as approaching a tip from an entrance thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: JAPAN AVIATION ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY, LIMITED
    Inventor: Tomoki Kataoka
  • Patent number: 10109955
    Abstract: An electrical connector apparatus with a protected terminal position assurance device (TPA) provided in the male housing and the female housing, the male housing having a TPA for connecting thereto at least a set of terminals, and the female housing having a TPA for connecting thereto at least a set of terminals. Specifically, the male housing and the female housing of the electrical connector apparatus are designed with ribs and other protective features to prevent the TPA from moving from a pre-set position to a final lock position during shipping and/or handling. The ribs and other protective features of the male housing and the female housing ensure a physical barrier from any contact with the TPA which may alter the position of the TPA.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: J.S.T. CORPORATION
    Inventors: Franklin A. Holub, Rajit Abraham, Khalid Jabrane
  • Patent number: 10103481
    Abstract: A system and method are described for improved connector position assurance. A latch stop mechanism (10) on a first connector may be used to selectively limit movement of a latch (50) and attached latch lock (54) after the latch lock (54) has been engaged to secure the first connector (2) to a second connector (1). The latch stop (10) mechanism may be attached to the connector housing (80) and have a series of hinges (12), (16) that allow a latch stop (10) to pivot into place, limiting movement of the latch (50) and latch lock (54).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: J.S.T. CORPORATION
    Inventors: Zachary Graham, Eric Blankinship, Gwendolyn Upson, Ping Chen
  • Patent number: 10096928
    Abstract: A connector having a connector housing, the connector includes a columnar terminal accommodating portion that is provided with a terminal accommodating chamber accommodating terminals therein and a hood portion that surrounds an outer circumferential surface of the terminal accommodating portion to have a gap between the hood portion and the outer circumferential surface so that a fitting tube of a mating connector is fitted into the gap, and is formed with a retainer insertion opening serving as an insertion port of a retainer locking the terminals in the terminal accommodating chamber. In the connector, the retainer insertion opening has an opening inner-edge surface facings in a fitting direction toward the mating connector, and the opening inner-edge surface is recessed in a direction opposite to the fitting direction and a center part of the opening inner-edge surface is most recessed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventor: Tomohiko Shimizu
  • Patent number: 9887490
    Abstract: A retainer (60) includes locking protrusions (66) projecting toward side surfaces of a housing (10). A resilient wall (18) defining a mounting hole (17) and including a part capable of interfering with the locking protrusion (66) is disposed on the side surface of the housing (10). The resilient wall (18) includes a lock receiving portion for lockably receiving the locking protrusion (66) by resilient return. An erroneous arrangement identifying portion (27) is disposed on an inner surface of the mounting hole (17) of the housing (10) for restricting an erroneous arrangement of the retainer (60) into the mounting hole (17). The erroneous arrangement identifying portion (27) is a rib-like part provided on the resilient wall (18).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: SUMITOMO WIRING SYSTEMS, LTD.
    Inventors: Masahito Matsuura, Toshihiro Ito
  • Patent number: 9882300
    Abstract: A connector includes a housing, a terminal housed in the housing and configured to contact a terminal of another connector, a pivoting part pivotably housed in the housing, wherein a contact part configured to contact the housing of the other connector is formed at a first end of the pivoting part and a pressing part configured to press the terminal of the connector is formed at a second end of the pivoting part, and a spring that urges the pivoting part. In connecting the connector to the other connector, the housing of the other connector contacts the contact part to pivot the pivoting part in a first direction to have the pressing part press the terminal of the connector toward the terminal of the other connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: FUJITSU COMPONENT LIMITED
    Inventors: Tohru Yamakami, Koichi Kiryu, Takahiro Kondo, Mitsuru Kobayashi