Deformable C- Or U-clamp Patents (Class 439/761)
  • Patent number: 9841737
    Abstract: An automatic test system and method are provided. The automatic test system includes at least one formation apparatus and a test fixture. The formation apparatus receives a first control command from a network and executes a test procedure according to the first control command. The test procedure includes a charging mode and a discharging mode. The test fixture is selectively coupled to the formation apparatus. During the test procedure, when the test fixture is coupled to the formation apparatus, the test fixture generates a first measurement result. The test fixture transmits the first measurement result to the formation apparatus via a wireless communication interface of the test fixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: CHROMA ATE INC.
    Inventors: Chih-Cherng Lu, Chia-Ching Ting, Chuan-Tse Lin
  • Patent number: 9664218
    Abstract: A connector is capable of being fitted to, and extracted from, a partner-side structure along the vertical direction. The partner-side structure is provided with a lock housing extending upwards. The connector is provided with a housing, and an operation member formed separately from the housing. The operation member is capable of rotating, about a rotary axis parallel to the vertical direction, between a release position and a lock position. A locked section protruding in the radial direction orthogonal to the rotary axis is provided to the operation member. The locked section allows the connector to be fitted to, and extracted from, the partner-side structure when the operation member is at the release position. The locked section interferes with the lock housing and prevents the connector from being fitted to, and extracted from, the partner-side structure when the operation member is at the lock position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Japan Aviation Electronics Industry, Limited
    Inventor: Yasukazu Ito
  • Patent number: 9083038
    Abstract: A battery cell terminal quick connect clamp for attaching to a battery cell terminal has a conductive contact coupled to a connecting element to which a connector attached to the end of a battery monitoring lead can attach. The quick connect clamp includes a clamping mechanism that when in a clamped position presses the conductive contact against a side of the battery cell terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: Liebert Corporation
    Inventor: James R. Jones
  • Publication number: 20150147637
    Abstract: An electric connector and a battery comprising the same may be provided. The electric connector (3) may comprise a core fixing part and an extension part (32) connected to the core fixing part. The core fixing part may include at least two hosting portions (31) each configured to hold an electrode tab of a winding core of a battery, respectively, and a connection portion (33) configured to connect the two adjacent hosting portions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 23, 2012
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: Yuanyuan He, Weixin Zheng
  • Publication number: 20140113506
    Abstract: A battery cell terminal quick connect clamp for attaching to a battery cell terminal has a conductive contact coupled to a connecting element to which a connector attached to the end of a battery monitoring lead can attach. The quick connect clamp includes a clamping mechanism that when in a clamped position presses the conductive contact against a side of the battery cell terminal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2013
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Inventor: James R. JONES
  • Publication number: 20120302107
    Abstract: Method for producing an electrically conductive connection, in particular between a contact pin (30, 32) and a cross connection link (34) on battery cells (10) in a battery pack (12). The contact pins (30, 32) are produced from a material A and the cross connection links (34) are produced from a material B, which is different than material A. The contact pins (30) and (32) can also be produced from the material B and the lug-shaped cross connection links (34) can also be produced from material A. Openings (35) or slot-shaped opening geometries (72) are produced in the cross connection link (34). A cohesive connection (52) between the contact pins (30, 32) and the lug-shaped cross connection links (34) is produced by laser welding.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2010
    Publication date: November 29, 2012
    Applicant: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventor: Reiner Ramsayer
  • Publication number: 20120270452
    Abstract: A battery terminal lug (1) is disclosed, the lug being equipped with a shunt (7) for measuring the battery current and other battery characteristics. The lug includes a support (8), such as for a printed circuit, of at least one electronic component. The lug is made up of a first part (2), which is configured to be secured to a terminal of the battery, and a second part, which is configured to be secured to the cable of the battery (which is ordinarily directly associated with the terminal of the battery). The two parts (2, 3) of the terminal lug are electrically insulated from one another and are provided with projecting portions (28, 38) to bear the shunt (7), and a casing (5, 6) to accommodate the shunt (7) and the support (8), wherein electrical insulation (4, 17) is positioned so as to intervene between the two parts (2, 3) of the terminal lug (1).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2010
    Publication date: October 25, 2012
    Inventors: Alain Thimon, Denis Grawat, Sébastien Perard, Nicholas Bogaert, Emmanuel Ryckebusch, Christophe Monteil, Huques Gervais
  • Publication number: 20120171908
    Abstract: A wiring apparatus includes a wire housing portion, terminal housing chambers and wire extracting portions. The wire housing portion is provided with a plurality of elongated housing grooves that respectively house wires therein and are disposed in parallel to each other, each of the grooves is divided at one or more portions by groove(s), and side walls and are coupled by a U-shaped elastic coupling member. Each terminal housing chamber houses a conductive metal plate for coupling the terminal of the battery and the terminal of the adjacent battery and couples adjacent terminal housing chambers and by a U-shaped elastic coupling member. Each of the wire extracting portions couples a wire housing groove and the terminal housing chamber to thereby extract the wire to the wire housing groove.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2010
    Publication date: July 5, 2012
    Applicant: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventor: Fumitoshi Henmi
  • Publication number: 20100144214
    Abstract: A pressure connection apparatus includes a conductive spring member having first and second end portions that are curved, and first and second retaining members having curved pockets that are oppositely oriented for receiving the first and second curved ends of the conductive spring member. An aluminum foil terminal of one battery is sandwiched between the conductive spring and the pocket of the first retaining member, while a copper foil terminal of another battery is sandwiched between the conductive spring and the pocket of the second retaining member. The spring member is clad with aluminum on one side and copper on the other, and the end portions are oppositely curved so that the aluminum-clad side contacts the aluminum foil terminal within the pocket of the first retaining member, and the copper-clad side contacts the copper foil terminal within the pocket of the second retaining member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2008
    Publication date: June 10, 2010
    Inventors: Duane D. Kruger, Robert C. Beer
  • Patent number: 7682714
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention relate to a cell monitor connector having a pair of terminals is connected to a fuel cell stack including a plurality of fuel cells each having two separators. One terminal of the pair of terminals is caused to contact a first fuel cell at one of the two separators of the first fuel cell, and the other terminal of the pair of terminals is caused to contact a second fuel cell located adjacent to the first fuel cell at one of the two separators of the second fuel cell having the same polarity as the one of the separators of the first fuel cell, whereby an interval of the pair of terminals can be widened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2010
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Akira Aoto, Toru Bisaka
  • Patent number: 7530857
    Abstract: A connector for a terminal of a battery includes an elastically deformable clamping member that receives the terminal of the battery. A lever is moveable relative to the clamping member between a locked position and an unlocked position. The lever applies a clamping force to the clamping member in the unlocked position. A locking element engages the lever in the locked position to prevent movement thereof. The locking element is elastically deformable such that the locking element releases the lever when the clamping member receives the terminal of the battery so that the lever is moveable to the unlocked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2009
    Assignee: Tyco Electronics France SAS
    Inventor: Etienne Domps
  • Patent number: 7094071
    Abstract: A junction box containing at least one electrical terminal is connected for displacement between unfastened and fastened positions relative to a carrier element, whereby during movement of the housing toward the fastened position, a U-shape contact spring is progressively displaced on a contact tab portion of the terminal within the junction box from a retracted position to a clamping position, thereby to bend a deformable relatively small thin conductor into contiguous lateral engagement with the contact tab portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2006
    Assignee: Weidmüller Interface GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Frank Hackemack, Werner Radde
  • Patent number: 7046115
    Abstract: A fuse box includes a lower cover and an upper cover mounted on an intermediate case to form a box. A large-capacity fuse having an input terminal and an output terminal projecting in substantially opposite directions from one side surface of a body of the fuse is accommodated sidelong in the box within the lower cover and the upper cover to make a height of the fuse small. This makes the fuse box compact. The fuse box may be directly mounted on a battery by fixedly mounting it to an upwardly projecting batter post. An input-side bus bar to be accommodated in the box and the input terminal are fixed to each other with a screw, with one end of the input-side bus bar overlapping the input terminal. An output-side bus bar to be accommodated in the box and the output terminal are fixed to each other with a screw, with one end of the output-side bus bar overlapping the output terminal. A connection piece rigidly mounts the fuse box to the battery post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2006
    Assignee: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, LTD
    Inventors: Eiji Higuchi, Yoshihisa Shimada
  • Patent number: 6950311
    Abstract: The switch has a passive section and an active section or tray that may be docked to the passive section. The passive section contains only the physical interfaces to the switch's external data and telephony networks and power input. It is not intended to be a field replaceable unit and is therefore intended to be mounted in a rack system with all of the power and communications cables attached thereto. The telephony and data ports are routed from the passive section to the active section via connectors on the two sections as well as to a redundancy connector on the passive section that may be physically connected by a cable to a slave unit in a redundant application. The active section or tray contains all of the active components of the switch and is inserted via guides into the passive section. The tray is considered a field replaceable unit and can be inserted into and extracted from the passive section while the system is powered up and operational.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2005
    Assignee: Excel Switching Corporation
    Inventors: John R. DeCesare, James F. Allen, Kathleen M. Lacey, Jesse A. Faunce, Peter Hynes Corsini
  • Patent number: 6932650
    Abstract: A battery terminal connector having at least one ferrule at one end of the connector; a body portion at the other end of the connector; a generally flat base portion between the ferrule and the body portion; and a removable fuse, having two terminals, and positioned between the ferrule and the body portion. The connector preferably has an insulator positioned adjacent the generally flat base portion, a spindle arising from a generally flat panel upon which the insulator is positioned, and a clamping nut rotatably connectable onto the spindle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2005
    Assignee: Royal Die & Stamping Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Erik Freitag
  • Patent number: 6869310
    Abstract: A battery connector is constituted by a battery terminal, a fitting portion, a terminal cover, an opening portion and an operation member. The battery terminal is connected to a wire and has the fitting portion which has an aperture enough to be loosely fitted to the battery post. The terminal cover receives the battery terminal therein and has the opening portion for the battery terminal to fit to the battery post therethrough. The operation member is movably attached to the terminal cover, and fastens the battery terminal to the battery post by reducing the aperture of the fitting portion loosely fitted to the battery post. Therefore, the battery connector is pressure-fixed to the battery post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2005
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventor: Eiji Fukuda
  • Publication number: 20040219842
    Abstract: An electronic device, such as a notebook computer, includes a main board housed in a casing that is at least partly constituted by a conductive member. A grounding path is established between the main board and the casing by arranging a resilient grounding tab, made of a conductive material, between the main board and the casing. The grounding tab has a U- or V-shape including first and second limbs. The first limb is positioned on the main board with a free end of the second limb engaging the casing and maintaining secured engagement with the casing by means of elastic deformation thereof. The first limb has legs perpendicularly extending therefrom for inserting into through holes defined in the main board. The legs are soldered to the main board by through-hole techniques to fixedly mount the grounding tab to the main board. A secured grounding path is thus established between the main board and the casing for suppressing electromagnetic interference of the electronic device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2003
    Publication date: November 4, 2004
    Inventor: Hee-Keun Park
  • Patent number: 6648701
    Abstract: A batter clamp comprises a contact ring which can be placed on a battery contact, and a terminal bolt to which a cable can be screwed. The contact ring is formed from two metal lugs each continuing into an intermediate section in which they extend in parallelism to each other and spaced from each other. Adjacent thereto, the metal lugs continue into a terminal section in which the terminal bolt is arranged. A stiffening lug is provided which starting from the terminal section extends as far as between the two intermediate sections and is connected thereto with the two metal lugs in a fashion resistant to shearing load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2003
    Assignee: Harting Automotive GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Bob Mouissie
  • Publication number: 20030157844
    Abstract: An electronic device includes an integrated connector, a printed circuit board (PCB), a case, and a cover. The integrated connector has a connector pin having a first end and a second end. The first end of the connector pin is soldered to the PCB and the second end is arranged so that it is exposed to the outside of the case via a through hole. The second end is loosely fitted to the case so that it is movable in the axial direction. Stresses are less likely to occur in the connector pin even when components of the electronic device expand or contract.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2003
    Publication date: August 21, 2003
    Inventor: Arihiro Kamiya
  • Patent number: 6478634
    Abstract: A terminal body is made of a conductive, resilient strip extending while forming an annular fitting portion having a first diameter which is smaller than a diameter of a battery post. An operating member is fitted with both end portions of the strip so as to movable between a first position in which the strip is retained such that the annular fitting portion has a second diameter which is larger than the diameter of the battery post, against a restoring force of the resilient strip, and a second position in which the restoring force is released. The battery post is fitted into the annular fitting portion of the terminal body while placing the operating member in the first position. The operating member is placed in the second position, after the terminal body is fitted on the battery post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2002
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventor: Eiji Fukuda
  • Patent number: 6430061
    Abstract: In an FOT connector housing which couples and retains an FOT and an optical fiber with the object of maintaining a desired distance between an FOT interface and the optical fiber, an EMI shield for the FOT comprising an FOT metal casing which maintains the interface side of the FOT in contact with a wall of the casing, the wall of the casing having a thickness designed to achieve and maintain the desired distance between the FOT interface and the optical fiber, the metal casing further including a spring member acting against the FOT cavity to maintain the FOT interface at the desired distance from the optical fiber under spring tension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2002
    Assignee: Yazaki North America
    Inventors: Mark S. Grant, Larry J. Kim, Richard P. Wong
  • Publication number: 20020098742
    Abstract: A power supply provides for simplified attachment to a substrate. The power supply has a housing having first surface and a second surface. The first surface intersects the second surface and is substantially perpendicular to the second surface. A printed circuit board is located within the housing and is substantially parallel to the first surface. A first connector is connected to the printed circuit board and extends substantially perpendicular to the printed circuit board and through the first surface. A second connector is connected to the printed circuit board and extends parallel to the printed circuit board and through the second surface. The housing has a protrusion formed thereon that is adapted to be received in a member attached to a substrate. The attachment causes a conductor on the substrate to electrically contact the first connector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2001
    Publication date: July 25, 2002
    Inventors: Shaun L. Harris, Eric C. Peterson
  • Patent number: 6409553
    Abstract: A battery clamp comprises a connecting lug (12), a contact ring (10) which is provided with a slot so as to form two opposite clamping ends (14). Each clamping end includes a bent lug (16), and a slope (18). A spring (22) engages the clamping ends of the contact ring. A blocking wedge (28) is positioned between the bent lugs of the clamping ends and can be shifted between a mounting position in which it keeps the clamping ends of the contact ring in a spread condition, and a contact position in which it releases the clamping ends so that the spring can pull the clamping ends together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2002
    Assignee: Harting Automotive GmbH & Co., KG
    Inventors: Jens Krause, Thomas Heimann
  • Publication number: 20020076997
    Abstract: A battery clamp comprises a contact ring which can be placed on a battery contact, and a terminal bolt to which a cable can be screwed. The contact ring is formed from two metal lugs each continuing into an intermediate section in which they extend in parallelism to each other and spaced from each other. Adjacent thereto, the metal lugs continue into a terminal section in which the terminal bolt is arranged. A stiffening lug is provided which starting from the terminal section extends as far as between the two intermediate sections and is connected at this place with the two metal lugs in a fashion resistant to shearing load.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2001
    Publication date: June 20, 2002
    Applicant: HARTING Automotive GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Bob Mouissie
  • Patent number: 6391489
    Abstract: A battery terminal jumper clip is presented that is capable of providing series battery connection between adjacent batteries in a battery stack useful for an uninterruptible power supply. The battery terminal jumper clip accommodates tab type terminal connectors and utilizes a single piece unitary construction. Once inserted to provide series coupling between adjacent batteries, the battery terminal jumper clip prevents inadvertent removal by providing a snap-on locking surface for the tab terminal connectors. Lateral removal is also inhibited via axial retention surfaces on either side of the battery terminal jumper clip. A bus surface provides a current path between adjacent tab connectors in the series coupling, and mechanical connection is insured through the provision of at least tab retention clip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2002
    Assignee: Powerware Corporation
    Inventors: Cary Winch, Craig Edevold, Gregory Mears
  • Patent number: 6383037
    Abstract: A disconnector comprises a first conductor (10), a second conductor (14) which is mechanically connected with the first conductor (10) but electrically insulated therefrom, and a semiconductor switch (28) which provides an electrically switchable electric connection between the first and second conductors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2002
    Assignee: Harting Automotive GmbH & Co., KG
    Inventors: Jens Krause, Uwe Metzing, Ludger Leve
  • Publication number: 20020022408
    Abstract: In a structure for connecting a battery terminal to a battery post of a battery, a terminal body has a U-shaped curved portion which is formed between a distal end portion and a proximal end portion of the battery terminal. A retaining portion, at which the distal end portion of the battery terminal is retained, is provided in the vicinity of the battery post. Locking members lock the proximal end portion of the battery terminal in a position where the proximal end portion has been pivoted in a leverage manner while the distal end portion is retained in the retaining portion as a fulcrum, and while the U-shaped curved portion is press-fitted onto an outer periphery of the battery post.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2001
    Publication date: February 21, 2002
    Applicant: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventor: Eiji Fukuda
  • Publication number: 20020019178
    Abstract: A terminal body is made of a conductive, resilient strip extending while forming an annular fitting portion having a first diameter which is smaller than a diameter of a battery post. An operating member is fitted with both end portions of the strip so as to movable between a first position in which the strip is retained such that the annular fitting portion has a second diameter which is larger than the diameter of the battery post, against a restoring force of the resilient strip, and a second position in which the restoring force is released. The battery post is fitted into the annular fitting portion of the terminal body while placing the operating member in the first position. The operating member is placed in the second position, after the terminal body is fitted on the battery post.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2001
    Publication date: February 14, 2002
    Applicant: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventor: Eiji Fukuda
  • Patent number: 6341990
    Abstract: In a structure for connecting a battery terminal to a battery post of a battery, a terminal body has a U-shaped curved portion which is formed between a distal end portion and a proximal end portion of the battery terminal. A retaining portion, at which the distal end portion of the battery terminal is retained, is provided in the vicinity of the battery post. Locking members lock the proximal end portion of the battery terminal in a position where the proximal end portion has been pivoted in a leverage manner while the distal end portion is retained in the retaining portion as a fulcrum, and while the U-shaped curved portion is press-fitted onto an outer periphery of the battery post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2002
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventor: Eiji Fukuda
  • Patent number: 6340319
    Abstract: A connector includes extending portions (12) formed with ribs (23) and receiving surfaces (24) that function as primary stoppers (22) to restrict movement of the extending portions (12) toward each other by contact each other when a spacing between the extending portions (12) is narrowed to a specified degree. A second stopper (25) restricts any further approach of the extending portions (12) by being brought into a contact state when the spacing between the extending portions (12) is further narrowed from the state where the primary stoppers (22) are in their contact states while being accompanied by deformation of the extending portions (12). Since two excessive fastening preventing functions are provided by providing the secondary stopper (25) in addition to the primary stoppers (22) in this embodiment, reliability of the excessive fastening preventing function is higher as compared to a case where only one stopper is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2002
    Assignee: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventor: Hideki Matsunaga
  • Patent number: 6166913
    Abstract: A casing for enclosing a circuit board comprises pair of symmetrical halves assembled together. Each said half forms plurality of retaining means on a first longitudinal side thereof and plurality of receiving means at a second longitudinal side opposite said first longitudinal side whereby said halves are fixedly assembled together by the interlocking engagement between said retaining means and said receiving means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2000
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Ind. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jones Fun, Kuo-Cheng Wang, Steven Wang
  • Patent number: 6162096
    Abstract: A ceiling mounted lighting fixture of the present invention accepts a PL-type fluorescent bulb. The lighting fixture includes a socket assembly which is recessed in a ceiling and a reflector mounted to the socket assembly. The socket assembly includes a base and a cover which cooperate to define a chamber having a bottom surface. A power supply for the PL lamp is made part of a circuit board. A receptacle on a lower surface of the bottom surface accepts the PL-bulb. The receptacle is accessible through the reflector. It includes a receptacle chamber sized and shaped to receive the bulb base, and at least two pin holes sized and shaped to receive the bulb pins. The pin holes extend through the receptacle and socket base bottom surface, so that when the bulb is inserted in the receptacle, the bulb pins will be in electrical contact with the circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2000
    Assignee: Dal Partnership
    Inventor: Dale A. Klaus
  • Patent number: 6162076
    Abstract: A shorting assembly is provided for shorting contacts of an electrical connector. A first shorting bridge having a plate portion and extensions interconnects a first set of electrical contacts preselected for shorting. A second shorting bridge having a plate portion and extensions interconnects a second set of electrical contacts preselected for shorting. The extensions project into bottom portions of guide slots for the contacts of the electrical connector to provide a reliable shorting connection. An insulator spaces the shorting bridges from one another. The shorting bridges and the insulator are mounted in a stack like manner to the electrical connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2000
    Assignee: Senior Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph N. Francaviglia
  • Patent number: 6162067
    Abstract: A coil bobbin for an AC adapter provides two flanges to be formed at both ends thereof, having coils wound between these flanges, and an incorporated core. At a lower portion of one flange, a unit to fit a rectifying circuit configured by electronic components is provided. A mounting apparatus is configured so that it is selectable whether electronic components are directly attached to a lower portion of a flange, or a substrate on which electronic components are mounted is attached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2000
    Assignee: Tamura Corporation
    Inventor: Yuji Haga
  • Patent number: 6159022
    Abstract: A universal electrical connector station includes an upper shell (1), a lower shell (3) and a circuit board (2) with several connectors (21) mounted thereon. Each shell (1, 3) has a body (11, 31) and several side walls (12, 13, 32, 33, 34, 35) extending from edges of the body (11,31). A number of openings (36) are defined in predetermined positions of the side walls (32, 34) for receiving connectors (21) therein. The shells (1,3) form several ribs (17, 39) on inner side walls of the shells (1, 3) for supporting the circuit board (2) at a predetermined position after the upper and lower shells (1, 3) are assembled together. A pair of upper and lower locking structures (14, 38) is provided on opposite side walls (13, 14, 33, 35) of the upper and lower shells (1, 3) in a same direction, respectively, for assembling the upper and the lower shells (1, 3) together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2000
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Ind. Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Thomas R. L. Tsai
  • Patent number: 6157542
    Abstract: An electric jack, which includes a housing, a circuit board mounted inside the housing, a terminal holder mounted inside the housing to hold down said circuit board, a plurality of forked terminals mounted in respectively holes at the terminal holders and welded to respective plug holes at the circuit board, a cable positioned in the terminal holder and having electric wires respectively connected to the forked terminals, and a plurality of holding down caps respectively pivoted to the terminal holders and turned between a first position where the electric wires of the cable are held down by the holding down caps to make a respective electric contact with the forked terminals, and a second position where the holding down caps are disconnected from the electric wires of the cable for enabling the cable to be disconnected from the terminal holder, the terminal holder having two stop blocks at two opposite sides, each stop block having a plurality of recessed receiving holes at inner side, which receive the end
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2000
    Assignee: Hsing Chau Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Peter Wu
  • Patent number: 6155856
    Abstract: An electronic control unit has a connector intervening between an external load and a printed circuit board inside the unit housing including a circuit casing and a connector casing both formed integrally therewith. At least one connector terminal of the connector is provided with a buffering portion effective to absorb an external stress. This connector terminal can be accurately and precisely constrained in a housing and can provide a stabilized electrical connection with a high workability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2000
    Assignee: Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.
    Inventor: Satoshi Sanada
  • Patent number: 6149452
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a frequency down converter for a multichannel multipoint distribution service (MMDS) television (TV) signal transmission and receiving system. The down converter system includes a separate address module for controlling signal reception for a subscriber according to a subscribing status carried by radio frequency signals transmitted from a signal transmission station. The address module includes a module container for containing a main circuit assembly therein. The down converter further includes a F-type connector for screwing onto the main circuit assembly through a connector opening of the module container for establishing an electric contact and for mechanically pulling the electric circuit assembly for sealing another opening on the module container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2000
    Assignee: Transystem, Inc.
    Inventors: Hocking Chen, Tai-Mo Wang
  • Patent number: 6151511
    Abstract: The adapter for cellular telephone apparatus arranged to operate with microprocessor subscriber identification cards having the plug-in format in cellular telephone apparatus arranged to operate with microprocessor subscriber identification cards having credit card format comprises a first area (4) for the insertion of the plug-in card (1) and a second area (5) for the connection of the adapter (3) with the cellular telephone apparatus, the first and second areas (4, 5) being spatially separated from each other and electrically connected, so that the signals coming from the first insertion area (4) are brought to the second connection area (5). Further embodiments are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2000
    Inventor: Andrea Cruciani
  • Patent number: 6150606
    Abstract: Contact piece (63), which are used to establish therethrough electric connections between shielding areas on front and rear cases (41) and (43) making up an electronic equipment housing, are formed without bending so that they can be mounted on ribs (57, 59) of the cases (41, 43). A metal shield layer is coated all over the interior surface (55) of the rear case (43) and the partition wall (59) in a manner to surround a high-frequency oscillation circuit, and each contact piece (63) is held in a recess (61) formed in the partition wall (59). The contact pieces (63) are each produced by stamping a conductive sheet metal and has a resilient contact portion (75), which makes resilient contact with the shielding area (53) on the mating case by bending in direction perpendicular to that in which the contact piece (63) was stamped from the conductive sheet metal. The contact piece (63) can be formed simply by stamping and can be mounted in the recess (61) of about the same width as its thickness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2000
    Assignee: SMK Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroshi Matsumoto, Yasuo Yoshiura, Tatsumi Kondo
  • Patent number: 6146154
    Abstract: An improved light bulb holder structure includes a housing, a heat insulation layer, a main body, and a bottom cover. The main body is disposed inside the housing. The heat insulation layer is disposed between the housing and the main body. The bottom cover is fitted and fastened to a bottom portion of the housing. The main body includes a substrate plate and a connecting seat. The substrate plate includes a printed circuit board having a stepless switch and necessary electronic components thereof soldered thereon. Three upwardly extending upper terminals are soldered to an upper side of the circuit board to be secured with the connecting seat as an integral whole. Two downwardly extending lower terminals are provided on a lower side of the circuit board to connect to electrical wires of a power source. The improved light bulb holder has advantages of cost and material savings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2000
    Inventor: Chien-Yu Lin
  • Patent number: 6146209
    Abstract: A connector platform includes a base having a first end and opposing second end. A retention wall upwardly projects from the first end of the base and has a plurality of slots longitudinally extending therein. A plurality of resiliently flexible conducting wires each have a first end projecting from the first end of the base and a securing portion extending from the first end of the base to the second end thereof. Each conducting wire further includes an engaging portion upwardly projecting from the second end of the base to the retention wall. A second end of each conducting wire is freely disposed within a corresponding slot of the retention wall. The platform is selectively enclosed within the housing of an electrical apparatus. The housing defines an opening which provides access to the platform. The opening and platform combine to form a receptacle configured to receive a standard RJ-type plug.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2000
    Assignee: 3COM Corporation
    Inventor: Dexter W. Francis
  • Patent number: 6146153
    Abstract: An adapter apparatus for transmitting electronic data includes a circuit board having a first side and a second side. At least two male connectors are positioned adjacent to the first side of the circuit board. Each of the at least two male connectors includes a plurality of transmit-receive pairs of pins. Each of the plurality of transmit-receive pairs of pins includes a pin for transmitting data and a pin for receiving data. A first pin header is positioned adjacent the second side of the circuit board. The first pin header includes a plurality of pins for receiving data. A second pin header is positioned adjacent the second side of the circuit board. The second pin header includes a plurality of pins for transmitting data. The plurality of pins for receiving data and the plurality of pins for transmitting data are operatively connected to the plurality of transmit-receive pairs of pins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2000
    Assignee: 3Com Corporation
    Inventors: Amir Koradia, Philip A. Ravlin, John J. Connell
  • Patent number: 6147879
    Abstract: A flexible container and method for its manufacture, the container provided for housing an electronic device. e.g. a printed circuit board. The container has a laminate wall with a dielectric layer facing into a chamber defined by the container, and an EMI protection layer surrounding the dielectric layer. An opening is provided to the chamber to accept the electronic device and a wall region of the container holds electrically conductive elements which are isolated from each other and from the EMI protection layer. The conductive elements connect conductors on the inside of the chamber to conductors outside the container. The wall region is conveniently provided by a preformed panel which bridges a container aperture. An assembly of electronic device and container is also provided. A common opening may be provided for device acceptance and for location of the preformed panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2000
    Assignee: Nortel Networks Limited
    Inventors: L. Eugene Batten, Jr., Dennis A. McCulloch, Mark J. Fordham
  • Patent number: 6145037
    Abstract: A PC Card input/output device comprises a PC Card connector including a socket portion into which a PC Card can get inserted. The socket portion contains a switch which can be fully accommodated within a space defined by inner walls of the socket portion and a notch formed on a PC Card inserted if the upper and lower sides of the PC Card inserted are oriented in proper directions with respect to the socket portion, and which can be mechanically actuated so as not to prevent insertion of a PC Card if the upper and lower sides of the PC Card inserted are oriented in improper directions with respect to the socket portion, so that the switching state of the switch is changed. When the switch state of the switch is changed, a connection switching unit can change a connection between the plurality of connecting terminals of the PC Card connector and a plurality of terminals with which the connection has been set up, before the PC Card inserted is electrically connected to the PC Card connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2000
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Denki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kazuo Sakakibara
  • Patent number: 6142793
    Abstract: A molded plastic saddle (19) lies at the front of a PC card (10), the saddle connecting to the front connector (18), the front of the circuit board (16), and the front of the lower cover part (12) in connections that are easily performed by the PC card maker who assembles the components. The saddle has laterally spaced opposite saddle side portions (120, 122) connected by a laterally-extending crossbar (28). Each saddle side portion has a cutout (38) in its side, and the sheet metal lower cover part has upstanding side rails (51, 52) with front portions forming holdown tabs (53) that are bent to extend into the cutouts to lock the front of the lower housing part to the saddle and thereby to the front connector and the front end of the circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2000
    Assignee: ITT Manufacturing Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Andreas Schremmer, Werner Biermann, Roland Schmid
  • Patent number: 6139369
    Abstract: A coaxial connector for providing a terminal at a panel for equipment in a transmission network, comprising a housing with two housing halves with at least two connector passageways. At least two of the connector passageways are provided with connecting jack elements. The housing forms a U-link type connector which is adapted to be mounted in an aperture in said panel. The housing halves are made of an electrically conductive material and a holder of an insulating material is provided for mounting the connector in the aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2000
    Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson
    Inventors: Viktoria Arwidi, Ingela Blomberg, Anders Forslund, Tore Sjodin
  • Patent number: 6139365
    Abstract: A centronic connector assembly comprises a lower cover and an upper cover assembled to the lower cover defining a receiving space therebetween. A lower EMI shield and an upper EMI shield are assembled in the receiving space. One of the EMI shields includes a mount on a wall thereof. A centronic connector including a housing having front and rear faces is assembled to the covers. A printed circuit board is assembled to the rear face of the connector at a first end and a second end opposite the first end is securely supported by the mount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2000
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Ind. Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Gordon Lok
  • Patent number: 6139357
    Abstract: A cable connector for the usual on-line computer peripheral interface card such as PCMCIA card or COMPACT FLASH card, comprising a main body portion and a connecting head outside which a substantially rigid pin is exposed. The main body portion and the connecting head being fixed together and directly disposed in a notch preset on an interface card to fix both the body portion and the interface card together by fixing the pin directly on a solder pad disposed on the circuit board. The main body portion being arranged and configured to receive a portion of a signal line, the fixing of the main body portion to the connecting head facilitating communication between the signal line and the pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2000
    Assignee: 3 View Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: David Shih
  • Patent number: 6135821
    Abstract: An adapter structure for providing an interface between an external wire and a circuit board includes an inner unit, an outer unit separable from the inner unit, and a first set of terminals mounted between the inner unit and the outer unit, wherein the terminals respectively include feet for being electrically connected with the circuit board. The adapter structure further includes a second set of terminals mounted between the inner unit and the outer unit, wherein the second terminals respectively include feet for being electrically connected with the circuit board. The first and second sets of terminals are respectively mounted at two opposite sides of the inner unit. The inner unit and the outer unit form a mounting which includes plural positioning elements respectively having plural protrusions and plural grains for positioning the first and the second sets of terminals respectively having plural slots and plural holes thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2000
    Assignee: Dan-Chief Enterprise Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Danny Liu