Contact Having Three Contact Surfaces, Including Diverse Surface Patents (Class 439/907)
  • Patent number: 8932079
    Abstract: A straight electrical coaxial cable connector (2) for connecting first and second coaxial cables (8, 10) each including a core (16, 24) and a shield layer (20, 28), the connector (2) including first and second interengeagable housing parts (68, 70), first and second crimp ferrules (34, 52) for respectively engaging the shield layers (20, 28) of the first and second cables (8, 10), shield connection means (38) for electrically interconnecting the first and second shield layers (20, 28), core connection means (36, 64) for electrically interconnecting the two cores (16, 24), and first and second ferrule engagement means (76, 88) operable to respectively secure the first and second ferrules (34, 52) relative to respective said housing parts (68, 70).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Tyco Electronics UK Ltd
    Inventor: John Marsh
  • Patent number: 8926362
    Abstract: An electrical connector comprising a threaded sleeve for mating with another electrical component, a connector body which has first and second ends and a central axis, the first end receiving the threaded sleeve and the second end having a blind hole extending through the connector body, an insulator positioned within the connector body, a contact pin positioned within the insulator having an axial center line, an extension extending from the second end of the connector body along its central axis, the extension extending coaxially with the contact pin and which has a primary cable clamp, a fastener positioned within the connector body, and a secondary cable clamp coupled to the second end of the connector body via the blind hole, wherein the blind hole is adjacent to the extension and the axis of the blind hole is parallel with the axial center line of the contact pin, such that the fastener passes through the connector body such that at least a portion is receivable in the blind hole is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Changzhou Amphenol Fuyang Communication Equip. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yiming Xu, Tingxing Sheng
  • Patent number: 8794995
    Abstract: A cable connector assembly, comprising comprises: a plurality of contacts (2) defining a plurality of first contacts (27) which may be used as power contacts and a plurality of second contacts (28), an insulative housing (1) molding outside the contacts (2), a flat-shaped cable (3) connecting with the contacts (2), the cable (3) comprises a plurality of coaxial wires arranged along the level direction, each coaxial wire comprises a plurality of inner conductors (30), two inner conductors (30) are connected with a first contact (27), and one inner conductor (30) is connected with a second contact (28), a metallic shell (4) shielding outside the insulative housing (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jerry Wu
  • Patent number: 8721361
    Abstract: A cable connector assembly (100), comprises: a plurality of first contacts (2), an insulative housing (1) molding outside the first contacts (2), a plurality of second contacts (3) received in the housing (1), a flat cable (4) connecting with the first contacts (2) and the second contacts (3), and the cable (4) comprising a plurality of inner conductors (40) arranged on upper and lower row, the upper row of the inner conductors (40) soldered to the second contacts (3) and the lower row of the inner conductors (40) soldered to the first contacts (2), a metallic shell (5) shielding outside the insulative housing (1). The two inner conductors (40) are soldered to a single power contact (21).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jerry Wu
  • Patent number: 8425264
    Abstract: An electrical connector for a threaded stud may include: a connector body having a first end with a recessed portion and an anti-rotation wall extending upwardly from the recessed portion; a connector element configured to electrically connect and secure the threaded stud thereto; and a fastener configured to secure said connector element to the connector body. The connector element is selectively attached to the connector body in either a right-hand configuration, in which the threaded stud is secured on a right side of the connector body, or a left-hand configuration, in which the threaded stud is secured on a left side of the connector body. The anti-rotation wall engages a side wall of the connector element to prevent the connector element from rotating about the fastener relative to the connector body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: Pan Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Adrian P. Michell, Roy K. Warner
  • Patent number: 8337219
    Abstract: A grounding strip is described configured to be installed along an edge portion of a substrate for establishing electrical grounding contact between the substrates and a card guide. The grounding strip includes integral grounding members. Each grounding member includes opposing sidewall portions defining a channel configured to receive the edge portion of the substrate therein. The sidewall portions of each grounding member are configured to engage the substrate when the edge portion of the substrate is received in the channel to help retain the edge portion of the substrate in the channel. Each grounding member also includes a contact element disposed generally over the channel. The contact element is integrally formed with at least one of the opposing sidewall portions of the grounding member and is configured to establish electrical contact with the card guide when the grounding strip is installed to the substrate and located in the card guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Laird Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel C. Green, James E. Kline
  • Patent number: 8303351
    Abstract: A distribution terminal for a wire-type fusible link is provided. The distribution terminal includes: an electrically-conductive metal plate having a fixing hole formed therethrough so as to be fastened to a battery terminal bolt; and a plurality of press-clamping barrels formed on the metal plate and provided corresponding respectively to a plurality of wire-type fusible links, each of the press-clamping barrels having a press-fastening leg for being press-clamped to a fusible conductor of the corresponding wire-type fusible link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Naoto Taguchi, Mitsuhiko Totsuka
  • Patent number: 8075326
    Abstract: A socket for a circuit board, comprising: a base having an opening area for introducing an electrical conductor of the circuit board, a contact element for electrically contacting a conductor of the circuit board, and an electrical output electrically connected to the contact element, wherein the contact element comprises a returning connecting contact spring disposed in an introduction area, wherein said spring can be actuated returnably by applying a force along a force direction, such that the electrical conductor can be disposed between a connecting contact area and the connecting contact spring, and wherein each contact element is configured such that the electrical conductor can be brought into contact with the contact element by any desired contact configurations or combinations of contact configurations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignees: Yamaichi Electronics Co., Ltd., Yamaichi Electronics Deutschland GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Quiter, Sven Braun
  • Patent number: 8057266
    Abstract: Power connector including a connector housing having a mating side configured to engage an electrical connector. The connector housing also has a mounting side configured to interface with a circuit board. The connector housing includes a housing cavity that opens to the mating side. The power connector also includes a power contact that is held within the housing cavity. The power contact includes a body panel that extends along a contact plane and has board terminals and a contact terminal that extend from the body panel. The board terminals extend away from the body panel in a mounting direction to engage the circuit board. The contact terminal extends in a different direction that is one of parallel to the circuit board or away from the circuit board. The power contact is configured to transmit electrical power through the board terminals and through the contact terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: Tyco Electronics Corporation
    Inventor: Lee Jacobo Jose Roitberg
  • Patent number: 7833033
    Abstract: A solar panel junction box and components thereof including a plurality of generally L-shaped connecting elements, each comprising a conductive member with a flat section and a first angular section. The first angular section having a resilient cut-out connecting member forming an electrical contact and the flat section having one or more retaining slots for receiving an electronic component terminal. The junction box further includes a plate having rectangular extensions for retaining and positioning solar ribbon and cylindrical extensions for positioning the plate with respect to a base which has cylindrical receptacles for receiving the cylindrical extensions and also has a channel section for edgewise accommodation of the connecting element and compartment areas which position the diodes adjacent the respective retaining slots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Assignee: Molex Incorporated
    Inventors: Sean McMahon, Peter Commane, Colm Reidy, George Hesse, Mike Mahony
  • Patent number: 7766673
    Abstract: An electrical coupling for electrically linking at least one battery to an actuator in a vehicle includes a housing having a base including at least two spaced apart connectors. A busbar has a first conductive portion, a second conductive portion spaced from the first conductive portion, and a fuse portion connecting the first and second conductive portions. The first conductive portion has at least two spaced apart junctions and the second conductive portion has at least one junction. The busbar is sized and configured to fit in the housing in at least a first position and a second position in which the busbar is rotated relative to the first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2010
    Assignee: Nissan Technical Center North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Dumont, Michael Dinsmore, James Beach
  • Patent number: 7762833
    Abstract: The invention relates to a contact element (10) for a plug-type connector for printed circuit boards, the contact element (10) having two connection sides, the one connection side being in the form of a contact for connecting wires and the other connection side being in the form of a contact for a printed circuit board, the contact element (10) further having an interface, via which electrical components can be connected, the interface being in the form of a plane contact face (13).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2010
    Assignee: ADC GmbH
    Inventor: Heiko Neumetzler
  • Patent number: 7686625
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a grounding clip which can provide an electrical connection between a ground wire, a first panel and a second panel. The grounding clip has a wire terminating section for terminating a grounding wire thereto, a first panel receiving portion for terminating a first panel therein, and a second panel receiving portion for terminating a second panel therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2010
    Assignee: Tyco Electronics Corporation
    Inventors: Jacob M. Dyer, Matthew Edward Mostoller
  • Patent number: 7591660
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to an apparatus and method for connecting a unitary cable terminal plate assembly to a busbar from multiple directions in tight closed spaces so that space and assembly problems are improved. A lug connection is accomplished by combining a polyhedron nut having differently oriented nut holes for cooperation with bi-directional holes in the terminal plate assembly together with a stair-step frame to orient the nut in the terminal plate assembly. This bi-directional connection made with a nut, terminal plate, and frame ensures that no change has to be made to a vehicle component needing an electrical lug connection. Further this invention allows for a preferred tool drive direction, for example only vertically, even though the unitary assembly is being repositioned for better packaging orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2009
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations, Inc.
    Inventor: Stefan Eichhorst
  • Patent number: 7481684
    Abstract: An electrical connector for clamping securely onto a threaded shaft, comprising a transformer bar, a connector body, and a clamping component. The transformer bar includes a plurality of conductor bores therein, a distal end, an upper component having at least one setscrew extendable into one of the bores with wrenching on an exposed end thereof, and a lower component with a lower end surface remote from the exposed end of the setscrew. The transformer bar is substantially Z-shaped such that a bottom end of the upper component is adjacent a top end of the lower component. The connector body at the distal end includes at least one boss adjacent the lower surface of the lower component. The connector body also includes first and second connector sides. The clamping component is pivotally mounted by an attachment link to the boss to be selectively located adjacent each of the first and second connector sides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2009
    Assignee: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventor: Jason L. Bundren
  • Patent number: 7179137
    Abstract: An electrical connector arrangement includes slidably connected upper and lower connector body sections, at least one pair of first contacts carried by the upper body section, at least one pair of second contacts of the pin type carried by the lower body section beneath the first contacts, respectively, and a third contact arranged on the upper section body section for connecting the pairs of first and second contacts, the third contact having two upwardly extending arm portions in engagement with the two first contacts, respectively, and three downwardly extending spaced leg portions that define a pair of gaps that receive the two pin second contacts, respectively. A plurality of the first, second and third contacts are arranged in parallel rows on the upper and lower connector sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2007
    Assignee: Weidmüller Interface GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Eckardt Quendt, Marcell Nickol
  • Patent number: 7175484
    Abstract: An electrical connector for clamping securely onto a threaded shaft, comprising a transformer bar, a connector body and a clamping component. The transformer bar has a plurality of conductor bores therein, a distal end, a bar top. The connector body is at the distal end and has a boss at the bar top and first and second clamping sides. The clamping component is pivotally mounted by an attachment link to be selectively located adjacent one of the first and second clamping sides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2007
    Assignee: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventors: Carl R. Tamm, Robert G. Hay
  • Patent number: 7128579
    Abstract: Disclosed is a semiconductor package structure that incorporates the use of conductive pins to electrically and mechanically connect a semiconductor module and a substrate (e.g., printed wiring board). Specifically, one or both ends of the pins are hooked and are adapted to allow a press-fit connection with the walls of the plated through holes of either one or both of the semiconductor module and the substrate. The hook-shaped ends of the pins may have one or more hooks to establish the connection. Additionally, the pins may be formed of a temperature induced shape change material that bends to allow engaging and/or disengaging of the hook-shaped ends from the walls of the plated through holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2006
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: William L. Brodsky, James A. Busby, Bruce J. Chamberlin, Mitchell G. Ferrill, Robin A. Susko, James R. Wilcox
  • Patent number: 7125295
    Abstract: The present invention provides a terminal ring assembly structured for engagement to a conductor post. The terminal ring assembly of the present invention includes a first ring element and a second ring element, each having a circular body and at least one grip having crimpable barrels for engaging a wire in electrical connectivity. The first and second ring elements further include an interlocking device, in which the interlocking components of the first and second ring elements engage each other so that the first and second ring elements are locked together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2006
    Assignee: Alcon Fujikura Limited
    Inventors: Weiping Zhao, George Farquhar, Gordon Noethen
  • Patent number: 7064431
    Abstract: An electronic assembly is described, having a substrate and contacts on the substrate which are spaced and arranged in a manner that allows for a more dense arrangement of contacts but still allows for routing of traces between the contacts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2006
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Kuljeet Singh, Kevin E. Wells, Julius Delino
  • Patent number: 6969276
    Abstract: A metal terminal has a terminal body having a crimp part crimped to a wire and a fastening part connected to the terminal body through breaking parts. The fastening part has a through-hole for passage of a bolt. The metal terminal further includes a co-fastening part formed in the terminal body. The tip side of the co-fastening part is fastened to a vehicle body by the bolt, together with the fastening part. When detaching the terminal body from the vehicle body, one side of the one terminal body is pulled up in a direction opposite to the fastening direction of the bolt under condition that the fastening part and the co-fastening part are together fastened by the bolt. Consequently, the co-fastening part is released from its fastened condition and a breaking force is applied on the breaking parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2005
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Shuji Ono, Hiroaki Arai, Hiroki Goto, Masahiro Takamatsu, Koji Nomura, Shyunsaku Takeuchi, Keiichi Ito, Yoshihide Tsukamoto, Masanori Wakui, Isao Yoneyama
  • Patent number: 6929502
    Abstract: A lamp socket (20) of the invention mainly includes an upper socket (21), a lower socket (22), and terminal members (23). The upper socket 21 has a bulb mounting portion (25) formed on an upper side of an socket body (24), and a wire connection portion (26) is formed on a side surface of the socket body (24). This wire connection portion (26) has two wire insertion grooves (30, 30) formed by opposite side walls (27, 27), projecting from the socket body (24), and a partition wall (28). The lower socket (22) has a connector housing (35) formed on a lower side of a lower socket body (34), and a terminal receiving plate (36) projects from a side surface of the lower socket body. Terminal setting grooves (37) are formed in this terminal receiving plate (36).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2005
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventor: Takeya Miwa
  • Patent number: 6863540
    Abstract: An electrical connector to make an electrical connection between a first electrical device and an electrical trace of a circuit of a second electrical device. The first electrical device is of a kind which includes two surfaces, the planes of which are not parallel to each other. A first of the two surfaces has disposed thereon a first conductive pad region and a second of the two surfaces has disposed thereon a second conductive pad region. The first and second conductive pad regions are in electrical connection with each other. The electrical connector includes a housing, at least one conductive element, and, which includes a first contact region for engagement with the first conductive pad region, a second contact region for engagement with the second conductive pad region, and a third contact region to make contact with the electrical trace of the second electrical device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2005
    Assignee: FCI
    Inventor: Conway Francis Spykerman
  • Patent number: 6848950
    Abstract: An electrical connector is provided, including an insulative housing and one or more power contacts disposed in the insulative housing. Each of the power contacts has a first electrical interface portion for engaging a contact associated with a mating electrical connector, a second electrical interface portion for engaging a printed circuit board, and a third electrical interface portion for engaging a cable plug connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2005
    Assignee: FCI Americas Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey W. Allison, Matthew E. Mostoller, Brian M. Rohrbaugh
  • Patent number: 6820324
    Abstract: A resistor connector (C) includes a pair of parallel lead frames (1, 1), a resistor (10) with a pair of electrodes (14, 14) and a mold resin (2). Each said lead frame (1) includes a terminal portion (1a) and an electrode connection portion. Said pair of electrodes (14, 14) are electrically connected to respective said electrode connection portions of said pair of lead frames (1, 1) through solder (b). Said mold resin (2) covers said resistor (10) so as to expose said terminal portion (1a, 1a). Said lead frame (1) includes solder flow inhibit means (40, 41) between said electrode connection portion and said terminal (1a) for preventing said solder (b) to flow towards said terminal portion (1a).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2004
    Assignee: Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshifumi Matsumoto, Hiromi Yabutani
  • Patent number: 6793543
    Abstract: A bus bar structure includes: a bus bar stored in an electric junction box; and a tab terminal electrically connected to a pattern portion of the bus bar. The tab terminal is separately formed with the bus bar. The pattern portion is welded with the tab terminal by using a laser beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2004
    Assignees: Autonetworks Technologies, Ltd., Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd., Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Takahiro Onizuka, Atsuhiko Fujii, Yoshifumi Saka, Atsuhiro Togawa
  • Patent number: 6780018
    Abstract: An electrical connector (1, 1′) includes an elongate dielectric housing (2, 2′) defining a slot (200, 200′) along a longitudinal direction thereof and a receiving cavity (2210, 74) therein, a number of first contacts (3, 3′) retained in the housing and a second contact (4, 4′, 8) retained in the housing. The first contact includes a contact portion (30, 30′) extending into the slot for engaging with an electronic card (5). The second contact includes a first engaging portion (420, 420′, 800) extending into the slot for engaging with the electronic card and a second engaging portion (44, 44′, 82) received in the receiving cavity for electrically connecting to a complementary component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2004
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Ind. Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Joanne E. Shipe
  • Patent number: 6780027
    Abstract: Electrical connectors are provided for transmitting electrical power. A preferred connector comprises an insulative housing and a plurality of AC power contacts disposed therein. The insulative housing comprises a circuit board facing portion and a mating face including a plurality of apertures. Each of the AC power contacts comprises an engaging portion accessible through one of the apertures for engagement with a complementary contact associated with a mating connector. A tab extends from the engaging portion of each of the AC power contacts that protrudes from the insulative housing at a position farthest from the circuit board facing portion for engagement with an AC cable plug.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2004
    Assignee: FCI Americas Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey W. Allison
  • Patent number: 6764353
    Abstract: A battery terminal connector having a body portion. The body portion has a front end and a back end, and a first and a second ferrule. The second ferrule is secured to the front end of the body portion, and the first ferrule is connected to the back end of the body portion. The first ferrule is separated from the second ferrule by an angle of between approximately 150-180 degrees. A line passing through the axis of the first ferrule and second ferrule passes through the battery terminal post to which the terminal connector is attached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2004
    Assignee: Royal Die & Stamping Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Erik Freitag
  • Patent number: 6672895
    Abstract: A marking system to enable physicians to determine whether a connector of a lead is properly seated within the pulse generator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2004
    Assignee: Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.
    Inventor: Avram Scheiner
  • Patent number: 6648698
    Abstract: A welding apparatus having a metal enclosure and a pair of plastic end panels affixed to the enclosure to contain therein the various components of the welding apparatus. A conductive grounding tab is affixed in a receptacle formed in each of the plastic panels and the grounding tab has a friction terminal for easy connection to a standard electrical connector of a grounding wire. The grounding tab has a pair of prongs having angled distal ends that forcefully engage the enclosure when the end panels are assembled to the enclosure to provide a good conductive path to ground from the metal enclosure through that ground wire and ultimately to a ground wire of a supply cable. A second grounding connection between the enclosure and the grounding tab is created by a screw that passes through the enclosure and is threaded into a threaded hole in the grounding tab.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2003
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: Richard M. Achtner
  • Patent number: 6530795
    Abstract: A terminal fitting (1) is provided with a wire connecting portion (3) to be connected with an end of a wire (W) and a shaft fixing portion (5) through which a bolt (4) is insertable. The shaft fixing portion (5) is formed by folding a metallic plate material in three. Each of exposed surface portions (8, 9) located at the front and rear surfaces of the shaft fixing portion (5) is provided with engaging portions (10, 11) for holding the adjacent terminal fittings fixed by engaging with the mating engaging portions (11, 10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2003
    Assignee: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Tatsuya Maeda, Tetsuya Shinozaki, Kazuhiro Aoki
  • Patent number: 6494723
    Abstract: A terminal is mounted on an electric wiring board that has both a wire circuit formed by a wire and a printed circuit formed by a printed conductor. The terminal includes a connecting portion capable of electrically connecting an internal circuit of the electric wiring board to an external circuit, a lead portion capable of being electrically connected to the printed circuit of the electric wiring board, and a press-fitting portion capable of being electrically connected to the wire circuit. The electric wiring board may be mounted in an electric junction box. A load supporting member may be provided which transfer a load acting on the terminal from a connector of the external circuit to the housing. The load supporting member may include an engaging portion provided at an end surface of a wiring circuit board, and a retaining portion provided on a side wall of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2002
    Assignees: Autonetworks Technologies, Ltd., Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd., Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Shigeki Yamane, Takahiro Onizuka, Isao Isshiki
  • Patent number: 6461172
    Abstract: A bus bar with integrated quick-disconnect terminals for distributing electrical current from a power supply or other electronic component is disclosed. The bus bar and terminals are comprised of a single piece of copper alloy or other suitable bus bar material. The quick-disconnect terminals are blades configured to connect to industry standard receptacles. The bus bar additionally includes integral threaded inserts or other alternate means to provide direct attachment of lugs or other terminals using threaded fasteners, and pins for electrical engagement with power and ground traces on a circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2002
    Assignee: Power-One, Inc.
    Inventor: Stanton W. Ross
  • Patent number: 6402542
    Abstract: An electrical connector comprises a body portion comprising a vertical portion and a horizontal portion connected to the vertical portion. A reception slot is defined in the vertical portion. A plurality of first contacts are formed in the reception slot. A plurality of second contacts expose from the horizontal portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2002
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Ind. Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Dennis Boyd Jones
  • Patent number: 6386925
    Abstract: A press-contact joint connector includes: a first connector housing having a plurality of cavity walls formed with a plurality of terminal housing chambers; and a terminal assembly having a plurality of terminals to be housed respectively in said plurality of terminal housing chambers, and having a plurality of carrier portions for connecting said plurality of terminals. In the above construction, notched portions are formed respectively in positions of said cavity walls corresponding to said carrier portions. Carrier cutting holes are formed below said notched portions. The carrier portions are composed of lower surface portions, stand portions and upper surface portions for connecting said adjacent stand portions. Overlap portions which are arranged so as to overlap said cavity walls are formed in positions correspondingly to said stand portions of said carrier portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2002
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Kei Sato, Akira Maeda
  • Patent number: 6312297
    Abstract: An implantable electronic unit (1, 30, 50), in particular a cardiac pacemaker, having at least one substantially socket-shaped connecting arrangement (3, 32, 33, 52, 53) arranged in the header (2, 31, 51) for a plug disposed at the proximal end of an electrode line (4, 34, 35, 54, 55), a plug receiving means (7, 60, 61) having a contact element (8, 20, 37, 38, 58, 59) for the deferent pole (6, 39, 40, 56, 57) of the plug, wherein the connecting arrangement includes a locking device (15) which secures the fit of the plug in relation to a tensile force acting in the axial direction and which can be operated by a hand lever (11) on the outside of the header.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2001
    Assignee: BIOTRONIK MESS-und Therapiegeraete GmbH & Co. Ingenieurburo Berlin
    Inventor: Lars Lorkowski
  • Patent number: 6302709
    Abstract: A bus bar with integrated quick-disconnect terminals for distributing electrical current from a power supply or other electronic component is disclosed. The bus bar and terminals are comprised of a single piece of copper alloy or other suitable bus bar material. The quick-disconnect terminals are blades configured to connect to industry standard receptacles. The bus bar additionally includes integral threaded inserts or other alternate means to provide direct attachment of lugs or other terminals using threaded fasteners, and pins for electrical engagement with power and ground traces on a printed circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2001
    Assignee: Power-One, Inc.
    Inventor: Stanton W. Ross
  • Patent number: 6200163
    Abstract: An electrical connector includes a dielectric housing and a plurality of terminals mounted therein. A conductive ground blade is mounted in the housing and includes at least a pair of positioning arms projecting therefrom for engaging the metallic shields of a pair of coaxial cables. A partition on the housing extends between the positioning arms to separate the coaxial cables and maintain the metallic shields near the positioning arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2001
    Assignee: Molex Incorporated
    Inventor: Michael O'Sullivan
  • Patent number: 6196886
    Abstract: A longitudinally elongated parallel-arrangement of contact pieces are each mounted in an insulating housing of an electric connector. The parallel arrangement of contact pieces (1) has a longitudinal carrier strip (3) integrally connected thereto. The contact pieces have transverse connections (4) preformed in the vicinity of their tails to connect adjacent contact pieces. Gangs of parallel-connected contact pieces can be easily made simply by cutting and removing selected transverse connections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2001
    Assignee: Honda Tsushin Kogyo Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kiyoshi Sato
  • Patent number: 6129598
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a power supply system with modularized and integrated cable interface configuration for providing power from an external power source to a plurality of subsystems in a personal computer. The power supply system includes a power cable for connecting the power supply system to the external power source. The power supply system further includes an output (O/P) cable having a first end and second end, the O/P cable including a plurality of cable groups wherein each of the cable groups including a subsystem plug module on the first end for connecting to a corresponding PC subsystems. The power supply system further includes an integrated PC receptive module for providing an interface with the O/P cable. The O/P cable further including an integrated O/P cable plug module on the second end for plugging the O/P cable into the integrated receptive module, wherein the integrated O/P plug module being in electric connection to each of the cable groups.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2000
    Assignee: Delta Electronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Chen Yu Timothy Yu, Jui-Yuan Hsu
  • Patent number: 6123553
    Abstract: A branch junction box assembly containing a busbar and a flexible printed substrate. The busbar has a contact section extending therefrom and, similarly, the substrate has a contact portion extending therefrom. Connection between the two is made by inserting a connector into a connector holder in a position whereby the connector makes contact with both the contact section and the contact portion, thereby completing the circuit. It is preferable that the contact portion and contact section, as well as the terminals in the connector be parallel to each other and to the insertion direction of the connector into the connector holder. This provides a simple construction, minimizes the number of parts, and enables easy and smooth assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2000
    Assignee: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Makoto Kobayashi, Yukinori Kita
  • Patent number: 6109952
    Abstract: A terminal connector comprising a housing (10), a contact element (30), in the housing, said contact element having at least one clamped connection for connecting a conductor (50), and at least one connecting contact formed on the contact element, said contact element (30) being a one-piece member and having edges shaped to form springs (32, 33a, 33b, 36a, and 36b) for at least one clamped connection and at least one connecting contact, and means mounting the contact element (30) in a positive, form-locking manner in the housing (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2000
    Assignee: Ria Electronic Albert Metz
    Inventor: Dieter Jaag
  • Patent number: 6027376
    Abstract: A connector assembly for an integrated circuit includes two interengaging connector components. One of the components (1) has a chip receiving socket that receives the integrated circuit (41) while the other component (21) has a wire receiving socket that receives at least one array of wires (99). Each component further includes a plurality of conductive terminals (3,23) that engage the integrated circuit or the wires. The terminals of the other component have their contact portions (29) offset. Two of the terminals of the one component are interconnected so they have two contact blades (10) but only one IC engaging contact (8) whereby a single lead (42) of the IC may be electrically joined to a pair of the wires (99), the voided contact spring region being for alignment with a dummy lead of the IC. The terminals (3,23) are formed in a single die and simultaneously inserted into their respective housings in order to simplify the manufacturing process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2000
    Assignee: Molex Incorporated
    Inventors: Naoya Matsuura, Tomonari Kaneko
  • Patent number: 6010366
    Abstract: A branch metal terminal has a branch lead terminal portion with a branch wire connected to this terminal portion through a branch female metal terminal. The branch wire is connected to a female-side wire connected to a mold-type electronic part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2000
    Assignees: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd., NGK Spark Plug Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Fumiyoshi Tanigawa, Tessho Yamada, Yoshihide Kami
  • Patent number: 5865637
    Abstract: Structures are disclosed whereby two or more electrical terminal fittings (10,30) are pressed into tight mutual engagement to ensure a good electrical connection. The invention is especially adapted for earth terminal fittings which are mutually engageable by sliding or rotating movement and which each define an aperture to receive a common mounting stud or screw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 2, 1999
    Assignee: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Tetsuya Shinozaki, Hiroyuki Matsuoka, Kazuhiko Nimura
  • Patent number: 5853300
    Abstract: A watthour meter socket adapter 310 includes a plurality of current jaw contacts 290 and potential jaw contacts 10 mounted between front and rear housings 314, 312, with each jaw contact 290, 10 surrounding by a receptacle 422, 70 in the front housing 314. An aperture in each receptacle 422, 70 allows insertion of a meter blade terminal into the jaw contact. An electrical conductor extends from each jaw contact 290, 10 to an individual terminal 102 mounted in a terminal portion of the front and rear housings 314, 312. Apertures in the front housing 314 allow insertion of a tool into engagement with a fastener 112 carried on each terminal 290, 10 for fixedly joining a terminal clip 116 mounted a conductor 132 extending from the jaw contacts to an external conductor 138 inserted through openings in the bottom of the front and rear housings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 29, 1998
    Assignee: Ekstrom Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Darrell Robinson, Robert O. Learmont, Karl R. Loehr, Allen V. Pruehs, Keith C. Dropiewski
  • Patent number: 5759055
    Abstract: An interlocking terminal connection includes a pair of terminal plates each having a base portion with a hole for receiving a fastener. Each terminal plate further includes a pair of wing portions on either side of the base portion. The wing portions on a first terminal plate are displaced upwardly, while the wing portions on a second terminal plate are displaced downwardly. Each base portion includes a latch at the rearward end and a complementary latch window at its forward end. The base portion of the first terminal plate includes a plurality of downwardly deformed retaining members for preventing rotation of the terminal connection during mounting. Upon insertion of the first terminal plate into the second terminal plate, the base portions and wing portions interlock and the latch on each base portion is received within the latch window of the other base portion to prevent the release of the terminal plates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 2, 1998
    Assignee: United Technologies Automotive, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert G. Colantuano, Charles W. Kuster
  • Patent number: 5622515
    Abstract: A set of electrical terminals is provided for interconnecting and grounding electrical leads of a harness, for example an automotive engine harness. Each terminal comprises two spaced pairs of spring beams defining a pair of aligned, insulation displacement slots for receiving a common electrical lead. The spring beams of each pair are defined by a pair of juxtaposed loops. The loops of all of the terminals are connected together to provide a cage-like structure by a front wall, a rear wall and a base. One end of each loop is connected to the front wall and the other end of each loop is connected to the rear wall. Lead strain relief ferrules project rearwardly from the base and the rear wall in a single row in closely spaced relationship. The rear wall is secured to the base by means of a flange which has been struck out from the base and which engages over a neck connecting one of the ferrules to the rear wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 1994
    Date of Patent: April 22, 1997
    Assignee: The Whitaker Corporation
    Inventors: Gheorghe Hotea, Harald M. Lutsch
  • Patent number: 5588844
    Abstract: The invention relates to a variable orientation, surface mountable connector assembly. Electrical connector 1 comprises an insulative housing 100, a plurality of electrical contacts 200, and a pair of variable orientation board mounts 300. The electrical contacts 200 are mounted in the insulative housing 100 so as to be surface mountable to a printed circuit board 3 regardless of whether the electrical connector 1 is surface mounted vertically or horizontally. Two board mounts 300 are located in corresponding lateral cavities 125 in the insulative housing 100. Each board mount 300 is adapted to be selectively oriented in either a first position corresponding to a vertically mounted electrical connector 1 or a second position corresponding to a horizontally mounted electrical connector 1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 31, 1996
    Assignee: The Whitaker Corporation
    Inventor: Lynn R. Sipe