Adapted To Be Secured By Resiliently Biased Part Latching Behind Shoulder Patents (Class 439/871)
  • Publication number: 20150111441
    Abstract: A front portion of a terminal is provided with a flattened-rectangular tube-shaped box part for receiving a male tab terminal so as to establish contact and conduction thereto. Then, lock holes are provided at three parts of the center in the width direction of the box part and vicinities of both ends in the width direction. A lance for locking the terminal is formed in the shape of one plate. Three beaks protrude therefrom for engaging with the lock holes of the terminal. Further, the lance is provided with slits for improving elasticity and a linkage part for linking the three beaks together.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: Kenji SUZUKI, Hiroshi MIYAZAKI
  • Patent number: 7753741
    Abstract: An electrical interconnection system is described. The electrical interconnection system comprises a first contact and a second contact configured to electrically couple together. The system also comprises a receptacle assembly including a receptacle shell and a first retaining ring secured within the receptacle shell. The receptacle assembly is configured to couple the first contact to the receptacle shell. The system further comprises a plug assembly including a plug shell and a second retaining ring secured within the plug shell. The plug assembly is configured to couple the second contact to the plug shell. The receptacle shell and the plug shell are further configured to align the first contact and the second contact for coupling together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2010
    Assignee: Times Microwave Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: John D. Bloomfield
  • Patent number: 7677935
    Abstract: A connector forms a connection by inserting a socket connector and a plug connector into a housing. The housing is configured by integrally forming a plug insertion recessed part and a socket insertion recessed part in an L shape. A socket terminal of the socket connector, which is inserted in a socket insertion recessed part, is connected to and pinched by a plug terminal of the plug connector, which is inserted in and attached to the plug insertion recessed part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2010
    Assignee: SMK Corporation
    Inventors: Shigetoshi Ogata, Mieko Kano
  • Patent number: 7625251
    Abstract: A connector is disclosed. The connector includes a connector housing having a terminal channel and a terminal positioned within the terminal channel. The connector includes a primary locking mechanism including a locking beam configured to engage a first terminal locking surface and a secondary locking mechanism including a locking hinge having a locking foot configured to engage a second terminal locking surface. The locking hinge is configured to pivot from a staging position to permit passage of the terminal into the connector through the terminal channel to an operative position to retain the terminal within the terminal channel and establish a position of maximum rearward travel of the terminal within the terminal channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2009
    Assignee: Tyco Electronics Corporation
    Inventors: Galen M Martin, Matthew F Foriska
  • Patent number: 7597589
    Abstract: A housing (10) made of synthetic resin, in which plate-like terminals (20) are to be accommodated, is formed with cavities (14), into which the terminals (20) are inserted, and resin locking lances (16) extending along surrounding walls (15) of the cavities (14). An engaging projection (16B) engageable with an engaging hole (22) of the terminal (20) projects from the resin locking lance (16). A clearance CL for permitting displacements of the terminal (20) is defined between a facing wall (15L) of the surrounding wall (15) of the cavity (14) facing the resin locking lance (16) and a main body (16A) of the resin locking lance (16) excluding the engaging projection (16B). A projecting distance of the engaging projection (16B) is longer than a difference between the dimension of the clearance and the thickness of the terminal (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2009
    Assignee: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventor: Masayuki Kawamura
  • Patent number: 7347743
    Abstract: A stagable electrical connector and method of assembly has a housing and a shuttle that moves with respect to the housing from a staged position to an assembled position. An electrically conductive terminal snap fits to the shuttle when in the staged position and generally does not move with respect to the shuttle as the shuttle is then moved from the staged position to the assembled position that further secures the terminal to the shuttle. Preferably, a one-way coupler is carried between the shuttle and the housing to strongly resist withdrawal of the shuttle from the housing as the terminal is snap fitted to the shuttle. During snap fitting of the terminal, a flex beam of the shuttle is free to move giving way to the terminal and resiliently flexing back when the terminal is fitted to the shuttle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2008
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: James D. Daugherty, William G Strang, Michael Bashkin
  • Patent number: 7270575
    Abstract: An interconnect device and electrical signal filtering connector is disclosed that does not require soldering. The interconnect device is an electrical contact that has a proximate or forward end with a cavity for receiving an electrical conductor of a first plug, and a distal or rear end, also called a tail, formed with a circumferentially-arranged undercut that engages the ends of one or more electrically conducting flanges that extend radially inward in a contact receptacle of a printed circuit board. The connector can be a male plug or female receptacle, including a receptacle with front and rear shells and an insert slidably engaged inside the shells, the receptacle adaptable for receiving a round, 14-conductor plug. The printed circuit board assembly includes a printed circuit board with one or more contact receptacles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2007
    Assignee: Amphenol Corporation
    Inventors: Leonard A. Krantz, Jr., Joseph D. Magnan
  • Patent number: 6997730
    Abstract: An electrical connector includes a first cable contact with a mating surface and a retaining surface, a housing, a retaining device, and at least one groove. The housing defines a first passage for receiving the first cable contact, a second passage for mating with a portion of a second cable contact, and an opening which extends to one end of the first passage. The retaining device is mounted in the first passage and engages with at least a portion of the retaining surface of the first cable contact to detachably retain the first cable contact in the first passage. The groove is formed in the retaining surface of the first cable contact. The opening in the housing is in communication with the groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2006
    Assignee: Anderson Power Products
    Inventors: Craig Harold Baker, Danna Anthony Mancini, Urs Felix Nager
  • Patent number: 6957988
    Abstract: A clip unit (10) that holds an electrical contact (11) in a passageway (12) of a connector frame (13), is of small cost and small length and can be installed using a small force, and provides the functions of centering a location along the contact within the passageway and preventing rearward movement of the contact along the passageway. The unit includes front and rear ring-shaped clip elements (25, 35) that each has a slot (26, 36) that is expanded to mount the unit in a neck (18) of the contact. A contact with the unit installed is pushed forwardly along the passageway until the front clip element encounters a constriction (45) in the passageway which compresses the diameter of the front clip element until it moves forward of the constriction and then expands. Thereafter, a rear end (27) of the front element abuts the constriction while a front end of the front element abuts a collar (17) of the contact to prevent rearward movement of the contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2005
    Assignee: ITT Manufacturing Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Hans Kieninger, Andreas Wolfgang Wyderka, Matthias J├╝rgen Raithel
  • Patent number: 6817900
    Abstract: A connector 1 has a resilient terminal locking arm 12 having a forward half 31 and a rear half 33, the forward half 31 partially defining a wall partition wall 11 for a terminal accommodating space 7 of a housing 2 of the connector, the rear half having a fore end to serve as a terminal stopping surface 32. The terminal stopping surface 32 is positioned at a middle of the terminal locking arm 12 in a longitudinal direction of the connector. A pair of the forward arm halves 31 are provided to be opposed to each other in a transverse direction of the connector, and the terminal stopping surface 32 extends across a width of the terminal accommodation space 7 between the pair of forward halves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2004
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Takanori Yamawaki, Hisashi Machii, Kuninori Matsubara
  • Patent number: 6672908
    Abstract: This invention provides a substrate connector (63) allowing mating terminals to be inserted into terminal accommodating chambers in the housing main body (67) from one side or the other side and comprises an insertion guide portion (75) provided around an installation opening (73) in the housing main body (67) and for guiding the mating terminals into the terminal accommodating chambers (65) when inserting the mating terminals into the terminal accommodating chambers (65) from the other side of the housing main body (67).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2004
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Toshiaki Okabe, Tetsuya Yamashita
  • Patent number: 6475037
    Abstract: For transmitting high currents, such as in the electrical system of a motor vehicle for example, a contact element is proposed which is rolled and stamped from sheet-metal material and which consists of a contact-making section, a conductor-connecting section and a fastening section with an overlapping sleeve. In the contact element, the sleeve is at a radial distance from the fastening section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2002
    Assignee: Harting KGaA
    Inventors: Dietmar Harting, Jens Krause, Ludger Leve
  • Patent number: 6280206
    Abstract: A high-voltage connector consists of a male assembly (1) that mates a female assembly (2) having an insulating housing (3) and pin contacts (4). Each pin contact has a pin body (15) parallel to an axis of the housing and facing its opening, a lead (17,18) continuing from the body and an exposed portion (19) to be soldered to a printed circuit board. The leads are bent sideways in opposite directions to make the soldered portions more spaced than the pin bodies. The male assembly has a partition (7) in the housing and intermediate the pin bodies, its free end located close to the opening. The female assembly has a housing (21) and socket contacts (22) secured on wire ends, this housing inserted into the first housing (3) causes the socket contacts to fit on the pin bodies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2001
    Assignee: J.S.T. Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Keiji Kuroda, Isao Kodani
  • Patent number: 6247965
    Abstract: An electrical connector assembly includes male and female connector bodies formed with a plurality of locking cavities in which electrical cables are disposed with the terminal ends thereof secured against removal from the cavities by lock arms within the cavities engaging catches of the terminal ends. A seal on the cables closes and seals the cavities in which they are installed. At least one of the cavities is unoccupied by a cable and is closed by a non-electrical locking plug. The plug has a catch that engages the lock aim of the unoccupied cavities in which it is installed to secure the plug against removal and carries a seal which engages and seals the unoccupied cavities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2001
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas S. Cummings, Duane L. Brantingham, John M. Chupak, Christopher Adrian Margrave
  • Patent number: 6183312
    Abstract: The present invention provides, in a simple form, an electrical contact in which a latch member protective section, which protects a flexible latch member and prevents reverse insertion of the electrical contact into a connector housing, is structurally strengthened, and which is equipped with an anti-overstress member that prevents overstress in the flexible latch member. The electrical contact 1 is equipped with a latching section 20 which has a flexible latch member 25 that latches the contact to a connector housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2001
    Assignee: The Whitaker Corporation
    Inventor: Toru Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 6123549
    Abstract: A high integrity electrical connector (10) including an electrically conductive retention clip (12) and an electrically conductive internal contact (14). The retention clip (12) includes a substantially tubular wall (16) presenting a longitudinally extending channel (18) and first and second opposed ends (20,22), the wall defining a window (24) intermediate the ends (20,22) and presenting first and second legs (32,34) extending into the channel (18). The internal contact (14) is received in the channel (18) and retained by the first and second legs (32,34) against longitudinal shifting in the channel (18). Lead wires (58,60) having respective terminals (62,64), when inserted into the channel (18) are retained by tines (40,42) which project into the channel (18) and engage circumscribing bands (68) on the terminals (62,64) to resist separation of the wires from the connector (10) and provide a high integrity splice capable of separation when desired by using a standard extraction/separation tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2000
    Inventor: Craig Williams
  • Patent number: 5653612
    Abstract: An electrical connector with a housing and a plurality of contact assemblies. Each contact assembly has a contact and a contact mount. Both the contact and the contact mount are generally tubular shaped. The contact mount surrounds a substantial portion of the contact and has tabs that are bent into a slot in the contact to fixedly and stationarily attach the contact mount to the contact. A front end of the contact mount has a latch that latches behind a portion of the housing. A rear end of the contact mount has a stabilizer cone that circumferentially contacts the housing to stabilize the assembly inside the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 5, 1997
    Assignee: Framatome Connectors USA Inc.
    Inventors: Carl C. Peterson, Frederick D. Hooper, Forest W. Whitesel
  • Patent number: 5562495
    Abstract: The object of the present invention is to provide an electrical connector in which a mechanism for preventing the incorrect insertion of terminals is part of the housing lances so that the incorrect insertion of terminals is prevented. Housing lances 6 are formed in the housing 2 of an electrical connector 1. The housing lances 6 have an inclined surface 8 which protrudes into cavities 4, and recesses 20, which accommodate projections 76 used to prevent the incorrect insertion of terminals 70, are formed in the inclined surfaces 8. Stop surfaces 22 which are contacted by the projections 76 are formed in the front portions of the recesses 20. As a result, further insertion of the terminals 70 is prevented so that incorrect insertion is prevented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 8, 1996
    Assignee: The Whitaker Corporation
    Inventors: Yutaka Kakitani, Satoru Shindo, Yasuyuki Ueno
  • Patent number: 5458426
    Abstract: A connector includes a connector housing and at least one metal terminal. The connector housing has at least one terminal accommodating hole for receiving the metal terminals, a primary locking device for elastically engaging with the metal terminals, at least one fallout preventing protrusion formed on the wall of the terminal accommodating holes, and at least one window for inserting a jig. The metal terminal includes a secondary locking device extended from the metal terminal, confronting with the window when the metal terminal is locked by the primary locking device while avoiding interference with the fallout preventing protrusion. The secondary locking device is adopted to be deformed by a jig inserted into the window to engage with the fallout preventing protrusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 1994
    Date of Patent: October 17, 1995
    Assignee: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventor: Katsuya Ito
  • Patent number: 5226839
    Abstract: A connector comprised of a connector housing including first and second chambers, and a terminal which passes through a first aperture provided between the first and second chambers is disclosed. The terminal comprises a base part having a substantially flat bottom, a tab portion extending from an end of the base part so as to be inserted into the first aperture, a first protrusion protruding upwards from the base part, and a second protrusion protruding downwards from the base part, the first chamber having, an upper wall, and a bottom wall, the bottom wall having a groove for receiving the second protrusion of the terminal therein and a step portion defined by the groove, the step portion having a top surface upon which the second protrusion slides so that the tab portion can be guided into the first aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 1992
    Date of Patent: July 13, 1993
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Seiji Koumatsu, Kimihiro Abe
  • Patent number: 5077893
    Abstract: An electrical terminal having a portion of a contact section overhanging the plane of the stock is made by a method that does not weaken the terminal by the use of a slot or similar structure. A blank is stamped from sheet metal stock. Portions of the blank including the portion to overhang are formed up from the plane of the stock. At least part of the terminal base is formed up from the plane of the stock. The formed base portion is returned to the plane of the stock to rotate the contact section and move the overhanging portion to its final position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 1991
    Date of Patent: January 7, 1992
    Assignee: Molex Incorporated
    Inventors: Rene A. Mosquera, Jimmy W. Powell, Sr.
  • Patent number: 4795371
    Abstract: A connector comprising contacting terminals; terminal-containing chambers for accommodating the contacting terminals, each one of the terminal-containing chambers having a resilient connection arm which is provided within the chamber for resiliently securing the contacting terminal, the connection arm defining a space between the back surface of itself and the inner wall of the terminal-containing chambers; and a terminal having contacting-pieces and a spacer which are integrally constructed in parallel to each other and are extending in the same direction, the contacting-pieces being inserted into contact with the contacting terminals and the spacer into the space for fitting therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 1987
    Date of Patent: January 3, 1989
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventor: Ryuetsu Oikawa
  • Patent number: 4776816
    Abstract: An electrical connector comprises a supporting base (210); a locking clip (217) disposed in an open recess (214) in the base, the clip being constituted by a body defining a cavity having resilient stop means (218, 219); and an electrical contact disposed (221) co-operatively in the body of the clip. Said contact is constituted by an oblong member with a ring (220) rigidly mounted therearound and is situated in the cavity in such a manner that the ring (220) co-operates on one side (223) with the stop means (218, 219) to limit its displacement in one direction. The cavity is delimited at the other side (224) by at least one resilient tongue (233) turned towards the inside of the cavity, the tongue being suitable for co-operating with the other side of the ring in such a manner that the distance between the stop means (218, 219) and the contact surface of the tongue (233) is less than the thickness of the ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 1983
    Date of Patent: October 11, 1988
    Assignee: Souriau & Cie
    Inventors: Yves Herscovici, Jacques Benoist
  • Patent number: 4751422
    Abstract: The tubular electric incandescent lamp has at its ends (7,8) metal hoods (4), to which the current supply conductors (9,10) are secured. The metal hoods (4) are arranged in an insulator housing (5,6) provided with an opening (13), through which a contact member (11,12) extends to the exterior. The contact member (11,12) has a bifurcate part (19) which grips around the metal hood (4) behind a collar (17) at the said hood. The insulator housings (5,6) lock the contact members (11,12) against radial displacement. By the collar (17) and the insulator housing (6), the contact member (12) is undetachably connected to the metal hood (4). The lamp can be constructed so that the contact members (11,12) are displaceable in longitudinal direction between two extreme positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 1986
    Date of Patent: June 14, 1988
    Assignee: U.S. Philips Corporation
    Inventors: Kurt Moianz, Franz Rendl, Peter Wancura
  • Patent number: 4732437
    Abstract: An electrical connector including two complimentary box-shaped elements each including a body having a plurality of compartments. Each compartment includes an aperture to receive an electrical contact device, a locking device for engaging the electrical contact device to lock the contact device in the compartment, and a lug having a portion that is sufficiently steep to prevent the electrical contact device from passing over this portion of the lug when the electrical contact device is inserted into the compartment in a position different from a normal insertion position. Also provided is a barrier which consists of a ramp connected to the steep portion of the lug. In the normal insertion position the electrical contact device passes over the ramp and lug to be locked in the compartment, whereas in a position different from this normal insertion position the electrical contact device abuts the steep portion of the lug and cannot fully enter the compartment or engage the locking device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 1986
    Date of Patent: March 22, 1988
    Assignee: Precision Mecanique Labinal
    Inventor: Bertrand Vandame
  • Patent number: 4717359
    Abstract: An improved arrangement for retaining a terminal in a terminal holder includes providing a mounting opening through a wall of the terminal and provides a resilient snap-lock extending from the surface of a support member of the holder. The snap-lock extends through the terminal mounting opening for preventing relative longitudinal motion of the terminal in the holder and for yieldably restricting relative motion of the terminal substantially normal to the support member of the holder. The snap-lock has two locking fingers extending in "V"-shape fashion from the support member, which is preferably the holder's base. The locking fingers include camming surfaces to facilitate mounting the terminal on the locking fingers by moving the terminal transverse to its longitudinal extent. The holder is open at its top to facilitate mounting and removal of a terminal. A connector housing may be provided to removably close that opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 1986
    Date of Patent: January 5, 1988
    Assignee: United Technologies Automotive, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas F. Rahrig, Thomas E. Hall
  • Patent number: 4701004
    Abstract: A retention clip for use in a one-piece housing is stamped and formed to have a plurality of spaced pairs of locking lances located around the circumference proximate the middle to engage an annulus along a housing passageway to retain the clip therein. Lance-like latching projections extend forwardly from a rear end of the clip and radially inwardly to engage behind a rear stop surface of a terminal inserted thereinto, with the latching projection deflectable outwardly by the terminal during insertion and also deflectable outwardly by a removal tool inserted along the terminal to permit same face terminal removal. Short radially inward tabs at the front end of the clip provide forward stops to engage a forward stop surface of the terminal. The clip thus retains a terminal having a simple larger diameter central section, within a housing passageway having only a single annulus, in a manner permitting easy terminal removal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 1986
    Date of Patent: October 20, 1987
    Assignee: AMP Incorporated
    Inventor: Brent D. Yohn
  • Patent number: 4679870
    Abstract: Manufacture of low profile clip connectors characterized by a cap in the form of a planar strip of plastic material provided with plural tapered holes spaced along its length. The cap is loaded into a test clip mold along with a cable/contact sub-assembly with the cap in juxtaposition with the side of the cable opposite the contacts which are soldered to respective conductors of the cable. After the mold is closed, molten plastic material is introduced into the mold cavity to form the balance of a clip body, the molten material flowing up through an insulation removed area of the cable around the soldered junctions and into the tapered holes in the cap which locks the cap to the thusly molded balance forming portion of the clip body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 1984
    Date of Patent: July 14, 1987
    Assignee: Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company
    Inventor: David A. Pretchel