Screw-threaded Securing Means Coaxial With Elongated Conductors Joined In Axially Aligned Relationship Patents (Class 439/784)
  • Patent number: 11039876
    Abstract: An instrument includes a body having an interior conduit. A shaft extends distally out of the body and is movable between a retracted position and an extended position. A locking mechanism that selectively secures the shaft in the retracted and extended positions includes grooves in the body and a locking nut having pins that travel through the grooves to move the locking nut between a locked position and an unlocked position. The locking mechanism also includes compression flanges that flex towards and apply pressure/friction to the shaft when the locking nut is in the locked position and release/reduce the pressure/friction from the shaft when the locking nut is in the unlocked position. The compression flanges restrict the movement of the shaft when the compression flanges are flexed towards, and apply pressure to the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: Megadyne Medical Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Darcy W. Greep, Chad S. Frampton
  • Patent number: 10555770
    Abstract: An electrosurgical tubular shaft for use with a surgical instrument grip for formation of an electrosurgical tubular shaft instrument is provided. The tubular shaft comprises a tube, an electrosurgical tool arranged at the distal end on the tubular shaft, at least one electric connection line electrically connected to the tool and extending in the tube, and at least one coupling element arranged at the proximal end on the tubular shaft for interacting with at least one corresponding coupling element of the instrument grip for releasably coupling the instrument grip to the tubular shaft. The tube comprises an outlet opening which is arranged distally of the at least one coupling element and through which the at least one connection line issues from the tube. The tubular shaft comprises an electric connection element for an electric energy supply. A surgical instrument grip and an electrosurgical tubular shaft instrument are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Aesculap AG
    Inventors: Matthias Wand, Dieter Weisshaupt, Markus Nesper
  • Patent number: 10021481
    Abstract: A microphone joint is provided that includes movable parts having preferable electrical connection, movability, and fixing force. The microphone joint is to be coupled to a unit case accommodating a microphone unit and a connector case accommodating a connector configured to output signals from the microphone unit to an external device. The microphone joint includes a first unit to be coupled to the unit case, a second unit to be coupled to the connector case, and a conductive member disposed between the first unit and the second unit. The first unit is supported by the second unit with the conductive member and is rotatable relative to the second unit. The conductive member has resilience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Audio-Technica Corporation
    Inventor: Hiroshi Akino
  • Publication number: 20140213122
    Abstract: A coaxial connector includes a body, a female connector, and a detecting structure. The female connector has a pillar, and the pillar connects with the body. The detecting structure has a movable socket and a flexible conductor, wherein the movable socket is slidably sheathed on the pillar, and an interval space is formed between the movable socket and the pillar. The flexible conductor is located in the interval space, and has a detecting terminal. A part of the detecting terminal exposes to outside the movable socket, the movable socket pushes the flexible conductor toward the body in order to electrically connect the detecting terminal with the body. Hence, an RF (radio frequency) signal switching element on a mother board can be driven to switch between a build-in RF unit and an external RF unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2014
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: GRAND-TEK TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kung-Yu SHEN
  • Patent number: 8628362
    Abstract: A connector to be connected to a mating connector, includes a connector main body including a cylindrical member, a supporting member disposed in the cylindrical member, a terminal supported on the supporting member, and a fitting portion having an engaging portion; a movable sleeve including a diameter control portion; an elastic deformation member disposed to be elastically deformable in a radial direction thereof; an accommodating portion disposed between the connector main body and the movable sleeve for accommodating the elastic deformation member; and a transmission unit for transmitting a force in the axial direction from the movable sleeve to the elastic deformation member when the movable sleeve moves, and for transmitting a force in the radial direction from the elastic deformation member to the movable sleeve when the elastic deformation member returns to an original shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: Hirose Electric Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Kentaro Maki
  • Publication number: 20140011409
    Abstract: An electrically conductive screw connection between two parts (10, 12) which are screwed to one another by means of a screw (16) with a screw head (18) and with a shank (22) with an external thread (24) and by means of a nut (28), wherein the screw (16) runs through a bore (14) in one part (10), wherein the electrical contact between the other part (12) and the screw (16) is produced by teeth (27) on the workpiece-side surface of the screw head (18) and/or of the nut (28) or of a washer (30) arranged between the nut (28) and the other part (12), whereas the contact between the screw (16) and one part (10) is produced by a bushing (34; 34?) which is formed so as to be radially elastic and which is arranged coaxially with respect to the shank (22) of the screw (16) in a portion (15) of the bore (14) with an enlarged inner diameter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2012
    Publication date: January 9, 2014
    Applicant: RUIA GLOBAL FASTENERS AG
    Inventors: Thorsten Schraer, Wolfgang Giraud
  • Patent number: 8500497
    Abstract: A connector device and system for joining electrical conductors is presented. The connector device is comprised generally of an elongated body having at least two tapered ends. Each tapered end has male threads disposed on the exterior surface and at least one compression groove. A compression nut having an internal taper matching the angle of the taper of the tapered end is disposed on each tapered end. In use, a conductor is inserted into one tapered end and the compression nut is rotated towards the center of the elongated body thus compressing the compression grooves and providing enhanced mechanical stability and electrical conductivity by providing 360 degree contact of the connector device with the conductor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Inventor: Joseph W. Patten
  • Publication number: 20130130563
    Abstract: The invention relates to an electrically conducting screw connection between two parts (10, 12) which are fastened to each other by a screw (16) having a screw head (18) and a shaft (22) and by a nut (28), wherein the screw (16) extends through a hole (14) in one of the parts (10), wherein the electrical contact between the other part (12) and the screw (16) is established by teeth (27) on the workpiece-side surface of the screw head (18) and/or of the nut (28) or of a washer (30) arranged between the nut (28) and the outer part (12), while the contact between the screw (16) and the one part (10) is established by elevations (26) on the shaft (22) of the screw (16), the outer diameter of the elevations being slightly greater than the inner diameter of the hole (14) and the elevations being arranged between the external thread (24) and the screw head (18), wherein the elevations (26) have flanks (42, 44) that extend at an angle and that meet each other at an angle of approximately 60° and that are connected to
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2011
    Publication date: May 23, 2013
    Applicant: RUIA GLOBAL FASTENERS AG
    Inventors: Wolfgang Giraud, Thorsten Schraer
  • Patent number: 8348705
    Abstract: A pivoting electrical connector includes a base and housing. The base has a cavity and base partitions to receive at least two conductors. The housing is operative to pivotally connect to said base and is adapted to rotate about an axis of rotation to allow insertion of one or more conductors into said cavity and to twist the conductors into electrical contact when the housing is pivoted. The electrical connector is operative to twist one or more conductors safely within the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Termax Corporation
    Inventor: Daniel James Dickenson
  • Publication number: 20120276788
    Abstract: A mating operation mutually between connectors can be easily and precisely carried out with a simple configuration. An insertion reference surface having a predetermined outer-diameter size D1 is provided to extend by a predetermined length in an axial direction on an outer peripheral surface of an inner-side contact among both cylindrical-shaped contacts overlapped with each other in inside/outside in the radial direction. A mutual mating relation is set so that the inner peripheral surface of the outer-side contact has an inner-diameter size D2 (D2?D1) approximately same as an outer-diameter size D1 of the insertion reference surface of the inner-side contact. The outer-side contact can be smoothly inserted while carrying out positioning by the insertion reference surface of the inner-side contact 13.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2012
    Publication date: November 1, 2012
    Applicant: Dai-Ichi Seiko Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tomohito TAKANO, Hidenori Minegishi
  • Publication number: 20120252282
    Abstract: A connector to be connected to a mating connector, includes a connector main body including a cylindrical member, a supporting member disposed in the cylindrical member, a terminal supported on the supporting member, and a fitting portion having an engaging portion; a movable sleeve including a diameter control portion; an elastic deformation member disposed to be elastically deformable in a radial direction thereof; an accommodating portion disposed between the connector main body and the movable sleeve for accommodating the elastic deformation member; and a transmission unit for transmitting a force in the axial direction from the movable sleeve to the elastic deformation member when the movable sleeve moves, and for transmitting a force in the radial direction from the elastic deformation member to the movable sleeve when the elastic deformation member returns to an original shape.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2012
    Publication date: October 4, 2012
    Inventor: Kentaro MAKI
  • Patent number: 8277230
    Abstract: An electrical connector and a conductive member thereof are provided. In one embodiment of the present invention, the conductive member is installed in an insulating body, and a solder ball is retained between two retaining ends of the conductive member to form the electrical connector. In the conductive member, a base extends downwards to form two soldering arms, each of the soldering arms has an extending arm and a retaining end extending from the extending arm, the retaining ends are exposed outside the insulating body, and at least one of the retaining ends is provided with a recessed portion, so as to enable the solder ball, when entering between the two retaining ends, to prop the two retaining ends and partially enter the recessed portion, so that the solder ball is securely retained by the two retaining ends, thereby preventing the solder ball from falling off from the two retaining ends when the electrical connector is under an external force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Lotes Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Zhu Dong Huo, Jian Min Peng
  • Patent number: 7803023
    Abstract: A connector for an automobile with high current capability includes a circular terminal and a connector housing. The circular terminal is configured with a cylinder and has a slot formed in an outer periphery of the cylinder at one end and at least one projection formed on the outer periphery at the other end. The connector housing has a cylindrical space for receiving the circular terminal. The cylindrical space has an anti-separation protrusion formed on an inner periphery thereof and coupled with the slot of the circular terminal to prevent separation of the circular terminal. Also, the cylindrical space has at least one anti-rotation groove formed in the inner periphery thereof and engaged with the at least one projection of the circular terminal so as to prevent rotation of the circular terminal. This connector may keep the coupling between the circular terminal and the connector housing in a stable state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2010
    Assignee: LS Cable Ltd.
    Inventors: Bok-Hee Youn, Wan-Ki Park, Yong-Joon Noh, Sei-Hoon Cho
  • Patent number: 7658655
    Abstract: An electrical connector union coupler assembly including a coupling subassembly and a collet retainer. The coupling subassembly includes a coupling sleeve rotatably connected to a coupling body. The coupling body includes a first end with a threaded section and a first surface adapted to press against a first set of electrical connector wedges. The coupling sleeve is constrained on the coupling body for substantially only rotational movement relative to the coupling body. The collet retainer has a first end movably connected to the coupling sleeve by a threaded connection. The collet retainer includes a second end with a threaded section and a second surface adapted to press against a second set of electrical connector wedges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2010
    Assignee: Burndy Technology LLC
    Inventor: Peter A. Waltz
  • Publication number: 20090209141
    Abstract: A cable connection assembly (100, 200, or 300) for coupling a cable (102, 104, 204, 302, or 304) to an apparatus (106, 206, or 306). The cable connection assembly includes a collar (108, 110, 210, 308, or 310) adapted to sealingly engage the apparatus, the collar having a fastener (144) for coupling the collar to the cable by rotating the collar into locking engagement with at least a portion of the cable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2009
    Publication date: August 20, 2009
    Applicant: UTILX CORPORATION
    Inventors: William R. Stagi, Jorge Albe, James Steele
  • Publication number: 20090203267
    Abstract: A connector for an automobile with high current capability includes a circular terminal and a connector housing. The circular terminal is configured with a cylinder and has a slot formed in an outer periphery of the cylinder at one end and at least one projection formed on the outer periphery at the other end. The connector housing has a cylindrical space for receiving the circular terminal. The cylindrical space has an anti-separation protrusion formed on an inner periphery thereof and coupled with the slot of the circular terminal to prevent separation of the circular terminal. Also, the cylindrical space has at least one anti-rotation groove formed in the inner periphery thereof and engaged with the at least one projection of the circular terminal so as to prevent rotation of the circular terminal. This connector may keep the coupling between the circular terminal and the connector housing in a stable state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2008
    Publication date: August 13, 2009
    Inventors: Bok-Hee Youn, Wan-Ki Park, Yong-Joon Noh, Sei-Hoon Cho
  • Patent number: 7544105
    Abstract: A cable connection assembly (100, 200, or 300) for coupling a cable (102, 104, 204, 302, or 304) to an apparatus (106, 206, or 306). The cable connection assembly includes a collar (108, 110, 210, 308, or 310) adapted to sealingly engage the apparatus, the collar having a fastener (144) for coupling the collar to the cable by rotating the collar into locking engagement with at least a portion of the cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2009
    Assignee: UTILX Corporation
    Inventors: William R. Stagi, Jorge Albe, James Steele
  • Patent number: 7494386
    Abstract: A power amplifier (power amplifier) having multiple solid state sub-amplifiers connected in parallel between the power amplifier input and the power amplifier output are described. The signal input to the power amplifier is provided to an RF splitter connected between the power amplifier input connector and the input of each of the sub-amplifiers The RF splitter splits the input power from the signal input and provides the power to the sub-amplifier inputs through input electrical paths. The input electrical paths from the power amplifier input to the sub-amplifiers are substantially physically identical. Each of the sub-amplifiers drive an input of an RF combiner connected between the outputs of the sub-amplifiers and the output of the power amplifier. The RF combiner combines the output power from each of the sub-amplifiers through output electrical paths, and provides the combined power to the power amplifier output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2009
    Assignee: Keragis Corporation
    Inventor: Robert M. Rector
  • Publication number: 20090011659
    Abstract: An electrical connector union coupler assembly including a coupling subassembly and a collet retainer. The coupling subassembly includes a coupling sleeve rotatably connected to a coupling body. The coupling body includes a first end with a threaded section and a first surface adapted to press against a first set of electrical connector wedges. The coupling sleeve is constrained on the coupling body for substantially only rotational movement relative to the coupling body. The collet retainer has a first end movably connected to the coupling sleeve by a threaded connection. The collet retainer includes a second end with a threaded section and a second surface adapted to press against a second set of electrical connector wedges.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2008
    Publication date: January 8, 2009
    Inventor: Peter A. Waltz
  • Patent number: 7467979
    Abstract: An apparatus for engaging an electrical conductor comprises a gripping contact having a plurality of fingers, where the plurality of fingers has a substantially conical outer surface. A contact receptacle has a substantially conical inner surface. A tension member urges the gripping contact toward the contact receptacle such that interaction between the substantially conical outer surface and the substantially conical inner surface forces the plurality of fingers to engagingly compress the electrical conductor placed between the fingers. A method of engaging an electrical conductor comprises inserting an electrical conductor between a plurality of fingers of a gripping contact, where the plurality of fingers has a substantially conical outer surface. The substantially conical outer surface of the gripping contact is urged to interact with a substantially conical inner surface of a contact receptacle such that the interaction forces the plurality of fingers to engage the electrical conductor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2008
    Assignee: Power Feed-Thru Systems & Connectors, LLC
    Inventors: Michael G. Colescott, Wayne Horley, Jeffrey W. Harvill, Sr., Roy Jackson
  • Patent number: 7435144
    Abstract: An electrical connector union coupler assembly including a coupling subassembly and a collet retainer. The coupling subassembly includes a coupling sleeve rotatably connected to a coupling body. The coupling body includes a first end with a threaded section and a first surface adapted to press against a first set of electrical connector wedges. The coupling sleeve is constrained on the coupling body for substantially only rotational movement relative to the coupling body. The collet retainer has a first end movably connected to the coupling sleeve by a threaded connection. The collet retainer includes a second end with a threaded section and a second surface adapted to press against a second set of electrical connector wedges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2008
    Assignee: FCI Americas Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter A. Waltz
  • Publication number: 20080176461
    Abstract: An electrical connector union coupler assembly including a coupling subassembly and a collet retainer. The coupling subassembly includes a coupling sleeve rotatably connected to a coupling body. The coupling body includes a first end with a threaded section and a first surface adapted to press against a first set of electrical connector wedges. The coupling sleeve is constrained on the coupling body for substantially only rotational movement relative to the coupling body. The collet retainer has a first end movably connected to the coupling sleeve by a threaded connection. The collet retainer includes a second end with a threaded section and a second surface adapted to press against a second set of electrical connector wedges.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2007
    Publication date: July 24, 2008
    Inventor: Peter A. Waltz
  • Patent number: 7112106
    Abstract: A quick connecting device includes a first connector, a metallic mounting ring, a first electric cord, a second connector, a second electric cord, a metallic conductive plug, and an elastic member. Thus, the second exposed electric wires of the second electric cord is clamped by the conductive plug, and the first exposed electric wires of the first electric cord is clamped between the conductive plug and the mounting ring, so that the second electric cord is connected to the first electric cord exactly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2006
    Inventor: Hsin-Cheng Su
  • Patent number: 7014513
    Abstract: A weathertight connector for electrical connectors having multiple connection chambers. Compression seals are used for each connection chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2006
    Assignee: Swenco Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Guy Tomasino
  • Patent number: 6953373
    Abstract: A wire connector which comprises first and second components that can be screwed together. Each component has a passageway which enables a wire to be passed through it from an entrance end to an exit end. Each component has an internal cavity into which the respective passageway opens. Each cavity is formed with wire entraining devices which drag around with them the free end portions of wires that have been passed through the passageways and cavities of one component and inserted into the cavities of the other component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2005
    Assignee: Dovetail Trading 144 CC
    Inventor: Michael Llewellyn Vos
  • Patent number: 6866550
    Abstract: A plug-type connector in which the individual stripped wire ends coming into the connector, whether for the female element of the plug or for the prong male element of the plug, are secured without the use of any tools.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2005
    Assignee: Swenco Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Guy Tomasino
  • Patent number: 6830491
    Abstract: A weathertight connector for electrical connectors having multiple connection chambers with a conductive element having splaying ends in the connection chambers. One common O-ring and an O-ring for each connection chamber is utilized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2004
    Assignee: Swenco Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Guy Tomasino
  • Patent number: 6814630
    Abstract: A plug-type connector in which the individual stripped wire ends coming into the connector, whether for the female element of the plug or for the prong male element of the plug, are secured without the use of any tools.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2004
    Assignee: Swenco Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Guy Tomasino
  • Publication number: 20040192121
    Abstract: A weathertight connector for electrical connectors having multiple connection chambers. Compression seals are used for each connection chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2004
    Publication date: September 30, 2004
    Inventor: Guy Tomasino
  • Patent number: 6796853
    Abstract: A no-crimp electrical connector for electrically connecting first and second electrical wires. A non-conductive housing member having first and second connection chambers separated by an insulated wall. A conductive metal insert member securely mounted in the insulated wall. The insert member has first and second ends, each of the first and second ends being in the first and second connection chambers, respectively. A ball-type clamping arrangement secures a first wire in one chamber. The second end of the insert member has a wire-engaging clamp means for pressing the second wire against a surface on the second end of the insert member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2004
    Assignee: Swenco Products, Inc.
    Inventor: René Tomasino
  • Patent number: 6644998
    Abstract: An electrical connection element for connecting an electrically insulated end of a wire has a clamping sleeve in which an end of a wire is insertable and clampable, an insulation sleeve connectable with the clamping sleeve and provided with a connecting contact arranged so that, during a connection of the clamping sleeve with the insulation sleeve the connecting contact of the insulation sleeve is brought into contact with an end of a wire with removal of an insulation of the wire, and is then held there.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2003
    Assignee: Jostra AG
    Inventors: Ralf Kaufmann, Manfred Hoecherl
  • Publication number: 20030194916
    Abstract: A connector assembly for use in transmission line installations. An elongated steel tube is provided and an aluminum sleeve is axially inserted into the tube and exhibits a rate of extrusion greater than the tube. A current carrying cable has a plurality of outer strands and a central extending plurality of inner strands which insert within the sleeve. The tube is subjected to a mechanically compressing and area reducing procedure such that the sleeve extrudes at a rate greater than the tube and the aluminum material associated with the sleeve fills irregularities existing between the inner strands. The sleeve also establishes stress relief between the wire strands and the tube. An aluminum outer tubular body is slidably engaged over the assembled tube and sleeve and is mechanically compressed at specified locations in order to secure about the outer strands of the cable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2002
    Publication date: October 16, 2003
    Inventors: Wayne L. Quesnel, Richard A. Bragg
  • Patent number: 6488548
    Abstract: A conductive metal end terminal for use with no tool electrical connector. The end terminal has a central shank portion shank portion having a pair of ends, a splayable coupling portion on one of the ends and a terminal end on the other of the ends. One or more barbs may be on the shank portion, and the splayable end may have one or more claw formations thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2002
    Assignee: Swenco Products, Inc.
    Inventor: René Tomasino
  • Patent number: 6364721
    Abstract: An electrical connector for joining a series of wires, relies on connecting two wire nut assemblies together, by electrically connecting the wires in the nuts with a pin and connecting the wire nuts together to keep the pin in contact with the wires.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2002
    Inventor: Kenneth G. Stewart, III
  • Publication number: 20010051470
    Abstract: An electrical connector for joining a series of wires, relies on connecting two wire nut assemblies together, by electrically connecting the wires in the nuts with a pin and connecting the wire nuts together to keep the pin in contact with the wires.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2000
    Publication date: December 13, 2001
    Inventor: Kenneth G. Stewart
  • Publication number: 20010036774
    Abstract: An apparatus to connect two portions of at least one cable together comprising a male member, a female member and an actuation means. The actuation means is adapted to radially displace the first or second portions of the cables to engage each other. The actuation means typically comprises a tapered rod, and the male member is normally inserted into the female member and the rod is moved along its central axis so that engaging portions abutting against the rod move radially outwards causing the attached cable portions to move radially outward.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2001
    Publication date: November 1, 2001
    Inventor: Thomas David Shon Littlewood
  • Patent number: 6273765
    Abstract: A wedge connector provided with an insulating covering, comprising: an external C-shaped member (2), having two first curved wings (10), the respective bottoms (12) of which are mutually inclined; a wedge member (6) having two mutually inclined concave active edges (14); and at least one intermediate member (4) which [i] comprises electrically conducting material; [ii] is adapted to be located between the external member (2) and said wedge member (6); [iii] is provided with a plurality of perforating teeth (22); and [iv] surrounds in part at least one portion of a conductor (20) disposed between the wedge member (6) and the intermediate member (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2001
    Assignee: Framatome Connectors International
    Inventors: Said Lalaouna, Marcel L. De Keyser
  • Patent number: 6213818
    Abstract: An electrical connector is provided comprising a frame and at least one set screw. The frame comprises a connector head having multiple intersecting conductor receiving passageways capable of receiving an electrical conductor in one of a plurality of directions. The at least one set screw is connected to the connector head to intersect the conductor receiving passageways. The frame is formed from a single piece of flat conductive material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2001
    Assignee: FCI USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher G. Chadbourne
  • Patent number: 6210183
    Abstract: An improved spark plug and spark plug boot combination used with an internal combustion engine. The spark plug and spark plug boot combination provide for ease in securing the spark plug boot to the spark plug when the spark plug is mounted on the engine. Also, the plug and boot combination provide for ease in removing the spark plug boot from the spark plug which heretofore was difficult to remove because of the boot sticking to the sides of the plug. Further, the combination reduces “flash over” and reduces static electricity with improved engine performance and fuel economy. The spark plug includes external threads formed in a ceramic housing of the plug. The boot includes internal threads formed inside a boot housing for releasable engagement of the external threads on the ceramic body of the spark plug. The boot also includes a spark plug wire connector having “snap-in” connector ribs. The connector ribs are used for releasable receipt in one end of the boot housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2001
    Inventor: Walter E. Sacarto
  • Patent number: 6146186
    Abstract: This connector comprises:a conducting piece which has a slot intended to accommodate the cable to be connected and which is fitted into an insulating casing having an opening allowing insertion of a cable;means allowing the cable to be stripped locally, these means being made on a piece separate from the conducting piece and facing the slot in the latter; andmovement means for moving the cable from an insertion position to a connection position in which the cable is in the slot in the conducting piece, the cable passing through the means allowing it to be stripped locally during this movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2000
    Assignee: Entrelec S.A.
    Inventors: Sylvain Barrat, Bernard Bechaz, Philippe France
  • Patent number: 6109946
    Abstract: There is a connection between on the one hand an electrical power lead made as a metal-clad cable with at least one electrical inner conductor electrically insulated from the metal shroud by a mineral and on the other a device to be electrically connected thereto, especially an electrically heatable catalytic converter, the inner conductor and the device being connected to one another via a detachable terminal connection, one part of which being located on the device and its other part being provided on the free end of the power lead.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2000
    Assignee: Heraeus Electro-Nite International N.V.
    Inventors: Uwe Hotz, Raffaele Stamerra, Marcus Abele, Hagen Fischer
  • Patent number: 6102751
    Abstract: A removable socket assembly (36, 44) for an electrical connector (10, 18) in a take-out assembly for a seismic cable (11). The socket assembly (36, 44) has a receptacle (50) receiving a socket (52) in a threaded relation. Base (68) of socket (52) has a bore (82) of a hexagonal cross section and a tool (90) of a hexagonal cross section is received within bore (82) in a mating relation for removal and replacement of socket (52) in the event of malfunctioning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2000
    Assignee: Houston Geophysical Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Timothy D. Becker
  • Patent number: 6027373
    Abstract: An electrical conductor terminating arrangement such as an electrical connector includes a contact-making element which makes good contact with an electrical conductor in response to axial pressure displacement over the contact-making element of a displaceable element to exert a radial force on the contact-making element and to co-operate therewith for providing ongoing pressure engagement between the contact-making element and the electrical conductor without the need for the continuance of axial pressure on the displaceable element after a predetermined axial displacement of the displaceable element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2000
    Assignee: ITT Manufacturing Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Ian James Gray, Melvin Donald White
  • Patent number: 5911604
    Abstract: An electrical wedge connector having a shell, a wedge assembly, seals and cushions. The wedge assembly has a dielectric frame and electrically conductive bars. The seals are mounted around the outer ends of the bars. The cushions are positioned between the conductors and the shell. When the wedge connector connects the two conductors the bars electrically connect the conductors in a sealed electrical connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 15, 1999
    Assignee: Framatome Connectors USA Inc.
    Inventor: Richard Chadbourne
  • Patent number: 5899777
    Abstract: An electric wire connector includes a hollow tubular fitting element screwably fitted into a screw hole on a conductive connector, a hollow tubular plug element rotatably coupled to one end of the fitting element to secure inwardly extended wire strands of an electric wire being inserted through the fitting element and the plug element in positive contact between the plug element and the periphery of the screw hole of the conductive connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 4, 1999
    Inventor: Shih-Tsung Liang
  • Patent number: 5868589
    Abstract: A fuse holder and connecting assembly for fusing a circuit and connecting two insulated wires (13, 14), comprising a pair of tubular housing members (15L, 15R), each housing member having a connection chamber, a fuse chamber and a conductive member (W1) extending between the connection chamber and the fuse chamber. The conductive member having a bullet shaped portion (23') located in the connection chamber and a fuse engaging portion (61) located in the fuse chamber. A clamp member (31') having externally threaded surface for threaded engagement with the threaded interior wall of the connection chamber. The clamp member also having a throughbore which is adapted to receive a wire end which is to be connected to the bullet shaped end of the conductive member and clamp the wire end in the connection chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 9, 1999
    Inventor: Roger M. Swenson, Sr.
  • Patent number: 5695369
    Abstract: A quick connect electrical connector for connecting the bare ends of a pair of electrical wires. It comprises a non-conductive first coupling member, having a plurality of connection chambers, each connection chamber having a threaded wall and a central axis. A common conductive connector member is fixedly mounted in the coupling member and having a plurality of bullet-shaped ends, one in each connection chamber with the end surfaces of the coupling member tapering inwardly to a tip. A corresponding plurality of non-conductive second coupling members having an externally threaded wall and internal throughbore having first and second ends and a first conically shaped annular wall surface. The first conically shaped surface and the bullet-shaped connector portions are spaced a variable distance apart when the threaded surfaces are engaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 9, 1997
    Inventor: Roger M. Swenson, Sr.
  • Patent number: 5683273
    Abstract: The invention comprises an electrical connector having a central member with a first securing portion. A pair of jaws extend from the central member. A conical member has a hollow interior and a second securing portion. The second securing portion engaging the first securing portion and the jaws being received within the hollow interior whereby as the securing portions are tightened together, the jaws are pushed together in order to grip a conductor therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 4, 1997
    Assignee: The Whitaker Corporation
    Inventors: William Joseph Garver, Hung Viet Ngo
  • Patent number: 5624288
    Abstract: A geophone connector assembly includes a body having a socket that includes a tubular mandrel, a female contact assembly positioned in the mandrel and having resilient fingers surrounded by a sleeve member and arranged to receive the pin of a mating connector, and a threaded bore in the mandrel arranged to receive a threaded shank on the inner end of the female contact assembly to enable removal and replacement of the contact assembly as a unit in the field in the event of damage thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 29, 1997
    Assignee: Houston Geophysical Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Timothy D. Becker
  • Patent number: 5620339
    Abstract: A connector (e.g. coaxial connector) comprises a tubular body structure (22, 23) with an axially extending bore therein for receiving an incoming cable (40) (e.g. coaxial) and for accommodating electrically-conductive contact-making means (31) located adjacent a part of the cable within the tubular body structure and electrically coupled with contact means (32) (e.g. pin contact) of the connector. Axially displaceable means (35) at least partly received by the tubular body structure (22, 23) causes the contact-making means (31) to make good electrical contact with a conductor (44) of the cable (40) (e.g. control conductor of coaxial cable) in response to a predetermined axial displacement of the displaceable means (35). The displaceable means (35) has a first positive hold position relative to the tubular body structure in which position the displaceable means acts solely to retain other connector components within the tubular body structure (22, 23).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 1994
    Date of Patent: April 15, 1997
    Assignee: ITT Industries Ltd.
    Inventors: Ian J. Gray, Melvin D. White