Separation Or Disconnection Aid Patents (Class 439/923)
  • Patent number: 11984682
    Abstract: A connector assembly includes a female connector having a pair of female terminals inserted into a housing of which one side is open, and including a male connector having a male terminal inserted between the pair of female terminals to come into contact with the pair of female terminals. one end of a female terminal of the pair of female terminals is fixed to an inner surface of the housing. The other end thereof is disposed to extend by a predetermined length. A displacement of the other end occurs toward the one end due to the configuration of the male connector. A contact defect problem during coupling does not occur and reworking of the connector assembly is facilitated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Inventors: Eul-Yong Chae, Min-Gun Jeong
  • Patent number: 11827113
    Abstract: A charge coupler adapted to be coupled to a charging inlet of an electric vehicle, the charge coupler including: a housing including a first portion adapted to be disposed around a first plurality of contacts and a second portion adapted to be disposed around a second plurality of contacts; a conductive member disposed between the first portion of the housing and the second portion of the housing; and a control system coupled to the conductive member and operable for sensing a break in the conductive member indicating damage to one or more of the first portion of the housing and the second portion of the housing or that the second portion of the housing is detached from the first portion of the housing. Optionally, the conductive member includes a conductive loop disposed around an inner periphery of the housing, the first plurality of contacts, and the second plurality of contacts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2023
    Assignee: Rivian IP Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Kyle Robert Underhill, Steven Schulz, Silva Hiti, Tyler Erikson
  • Patent number: 11716825
    Abstract: A power distribution unit (PDU) comprises a housing, an input on the housing, and an input connector coupled to the input on the housing. The input connector is connectable to a power source that provides power for distribution by the PDU to one or more power consuming devices. The PDU includes an output including output connectors that provide blind-mate connection with a connection interface coupled to the one or more power consuming devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2023
    Inventors: Ohad Gal Gartenlaub, Roy Kauffman, Alex Kremenetsky
  • Patent number: 11682862
    Abstract: An apparatus includes an electrical plug insertable into a power outlet of a receptacle, where the electrical plug includes a ground pin with an indent. The apparatus further includes a retention mechanism enclosed by the receptacle includes a rod configured to interact with the indent of the ground pin, where the rod seated within the indent of the ground pin prevents a removal of the electrical plug from the power outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2023
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Franklin Gurney, Noah Singer, Khaalid Persaud Juggan McMillan, Ryan Elsasser, Suraush Khambati
  • Patent number: 11452229
    Abstract: Provided are a cable backplane board, a cable box and a cable assembly. The cable backplane board is mounted on a sub-rack and includes at least one cable box, where each of the at least one cable box includes a box body and at least one cable assembly, and each of the at least one cable assembly includes at least two electrical connectors and at least one cable, where the at least two electrical connectors are fixed to the box body, the at least one cable is disposed inside the box body, and the at least two electrical connectors are connected to each other through the at least one cable; and a plurality of single boards on the sub-rack is interconnected through the electrical connectors and the cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Inventors: Zhiwei Yang, Yingchun Shang
  • Patent number: 8939783
    Abstract: The invention relates to a plug-in connector comprising a first and a second plug part which can be reversibly coupled and disconnected in a bayonet manner with axial and rotational movements, wherein a connection device is designed that has at least one spring element, at least one spring piece of which engages with a sliding guide in the second plug part in order to connect the plug parts. The sliding guide and the spring element are designed such that the plug parts are automatically disconnected when a release threshold value is exceeded. A raised release element which is embraced by the spring piece in the plugged state of the plug parts is formed on the sliding guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Intercontec Pfeiffer GmbH
    Inventor: Wolfgang Pfeiffer
  • Patent number: 8864509
    Abstract: A rocket launcher connector assembly that comprises a first connector component coupled to a launch tube and a second connector component is coupled to a rocket. The second connector component includes an interface side configured to engage the mating interface of the first connector component. Spring members of the second component have rounded portions for engaging contact pads of the first component. A housing of the assembly has a connector holding portion for holding the first and second components. The connector holding portion defines an alignment channel that supports the first component and the alignment member is slidably received in the alignment channel in an insert direction. A tolerance member is engaged with both the alignment member and the connector holding portion of the housing, wherein as the alignment member slides in the alignment channel, the tolerance member biases the alignment member in a direction opposite the insert direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Amphenol Corporation
    Inventors: Erik Strahl, Ritch Allen Selfridge
  • Patent number: 8845352
    Abstract: A male connector housing has a first projection whose leading end projects backward beyond a rear end of a female connector housing when the male connector housing is placed at a location where the male connector housing starts to fit into the female connector housing, and a first recess that is formed in a leading end of the first projection so that a tip of another rod-shaped member can be inserted; wherein the female connector housing has a second projection that is provided so as to oppose the leading end of the first projection, and a first contact surface that an exterior surface of the middle portion of the rod-shaped member whose tip is inserted into the first recess can contact. The rod-shaped member is utilized as a lever for bringing the male connector housing and the female connector housing into a fit connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroshi Aoki, Osamu Oshita
  • Patent number: 8764469
    Abstract: A power supply system for use with a power source. The system includes a safety circuit panel with a safety circuit and a power cable with a safety release in the form of a safety ejection subsystem. The safety ejection subsystem includes a latch connected to the wall receptacle connector of the power cable and a tension line connected to the latch and to the power cable. When the power cable is placed in tension, such as when the power cable has not been disconnected from the wall receptacle in the ordinary way, the safety ejection subsystem forces the disconnection of the power cable from a plug, thereby ensuring that no live wiring is exposed to the environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Atlantic Great Dane, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott D. Lamb
  • Patent number: 8672697
    Abstract: A connector to be detachably fitted with a connecting object such as a flexible printed circuit board or flexible flat cable, includes a plurality of contacts each having a contact portion adapted to contact the connecting object, a housing arranging and holding therein the contacts and having a fitting opening into which the connecting object is inserted, and a pivoting member rotatably or pivotally mounted on the housing. According to the invention, an auxiliary member having an engaging unit for engaging the pivoting member is mounted on the pivoting member at its predetermined position. With the aid of the auxiliary member, the pivoting member can be easily rotated or pivotally moved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: DDK Ltd.
    Inventors: Takanobu Yoshimi, Masato Hida, Takeki Fukazawa, Kouta Ogura
  • Patent number: 8535071
    Abstract: Disclosed is a plug-type connection having a plug and a socket with a plug-in opening for the plug. The socket includes a socket housing and at least one retaining element connected to the socket housing and movable about a first pivot axis. The retaining element secures the plug plugged into the plug-in opening against slipping out of the plug-in opening. A means is provided to displace the retaining element about the first pivot axis out of the position securing the plug against slipping out, thereby releasing the plug, if a specific force acting on the plug opposite to the plug-in direction is exceeded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Schaltbau GmbH
    Inventor: Benno Mueller
  • Patent number: 8410369
    Abstract: A breakaway mechanism for a charging cable of an electric vehicle charging station includes a retention component and a breakaway component. The retention component is secured to the charging station and the breakaway component is secured to the charging cable. The charging cable passes through the breakaway component and includes charging wires that connect to connectors on the charging station. The breakaway component is adapted to disengage from the retention component at a predetermined pull force thereby causing the charging wires to disconnect from the connectors on the charging station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Chargepoint, Inc.
    Inventors: Darren Chin-Ho Kim, Carl F. Hagenmaier, Jr., William Sauway Law, William Richardson Jones, III
  • Patent number: 8267594
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed that include a fiber optic connection with an alignment chamber. In the alignment chamber is a first fiber optic terminal and a second fiber optic terminal coupled to the first fiber optic terminal. In addition, a securing mechanism is placed within the alignment chamber and forces the first fiber optic terminal and second fiber optic terminal together. Also in this embodiment an ejection mechanism is disclosed that ejects the first fiber optic terminal upon the removal of the securing mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: Applied Optical Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Vincent A. Wouters
  • Patent number: 8206184
    Abstract: A connector assembly is provided with a support structure having an elongate shape and an inlet for receiving a charging cable. A fitting is disposed in mechanical interlocking engagement with a distal end of the support structure for interconnecting the support structure with a vehicle charging receptacle. The support structure and the fitting are configured for disconnecting from each other when the connector assembly is subjected to a lateral load above a predetermined threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Keith Kwasny, Marc Poulin
  • Patent number: 8197272
    Abstract: A connector includes a housing that holds contacts, a cover that covers the housing, and an ejection member that is movably held by the housing and the cover and ejects a SIM card inserted between the housing and the cover. The cover is formed with a spring portion that pushes the ejection member toward the housing, and the ejection member is formed with a groove that receives the spring portion in a relatively movable manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: Japan Aviation Electronics Industry Limited
    Inventor: Akihiro Matsunaga
  • Patent number: 8079868
    Abstract: An electrical connector includes first and second connector members each having respective complementary connecting elements, with the second connector member having an annular insert adapted for tight-fitting insertion in an annular recess of the first connector member. Attached to the second member is a circular spring having inwardly directed resilient tines which engage an outer surface of the second member for coupling the two connector members together in a locked manner. Attached to and disposed about the first member is a fixed apertured outer sleeve and the movable combination of an apertured inner sleeve and a release sleeve. Insertion of the flat blade of a tool into an aligned pair of outer and inner apertures, followed by rotation of the tool, causes its blade to displace the release sleeve into engagement with the spring, bending its tines and releasing the two connector members from one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2011
    Assignee: Molex Incorporated
    Inventors: Randall G. Stone, Joseph F. Murphy
  • Patent number: 7901237
    Abstract: A modular plug attaching and detaching tool includes a first holder configured to accommodate a plurality of modular plugs in an aligned state and a second holder configured to press unlocking claws of the plurality of modular plugs when the second holder is attached to the first holder. The first holder includes an engagement groove extending in an inserting direction of the modular plug. The second holder includes an engagement part configured to engage with the engagement groove of the first holder by being moved in the inserting direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2011
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Abe, Fujio Ozawa, Kiyonori Kusuda, Tetsuya Murayama, Hiroshi Kadoya
  • Patent number: 7878866
    Abstract: A connector assembly couples an electrical power supply to a vehicle charging circuit. The assembly includes an elongate handle and a plug coupled to each other. The handle forms an internal cavity for supporting an electrical harness. The plug includes a first end that is attached to the outlet of the handle, and a second end opposite the first end for engaging a vehicle charging receptacle. The plug includes a series of tabs that longitudinally extend from the first end to engage a series of slots formed in the outlet of the handle for attaching the plug to the handle. The series of tabs and the series of slots collectively form a structural weak point for failure by localizing deformation between the tabs and the slots when the assembly is subjected to a predetermined side load applied to an intermediate portion of the assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Keith Kwasny, Marc Poulin
  • Patent number: 7850476
    Abstract: A low profile photovoltaic (PV) connector for placement in space restricted areas. The connector includes a plug and receptacle for interconnecting PV solar arrays. The receptacle is mechanically secured to a solar array. The mechanical connection between the receptacle and the solar array may be a staking process (e.g., ultrasonic, heat). The plug and receptacle may be locking, where only an extraction tool or other similar device may remove the plug from the receptacle. The plug and receptacle may also be non-locking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Assignee: Tyco Electronics Corporation
    Inventor: Robert Scott Good
  • Patent number: 7841885
    Abstract: This connector has snap-fit lock including a partially deformable locking member which is mounted on the housing so as to be axially slideable between an extended locking position and a retracted position; and a biasing spring which axially bias said locking member to its locking position. The locking member has a flexible beam including a tooth member adapted to engage a complementary locking projection of the counterpart connector, and to provide an axial stop therewith. The flexible beam is elastically deflectable on the axial path of the locking member, whereby the snap-fit effect is provided by elastic load, both axial and in flexion, of the flexible beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2010
    Assignee: FCI
    Inventors: Gilles Schmitt, S├ębastien Deubel
  • Patent number: 7833031
    Abstract: A card fixing module for fixing a card is provided. The card fixing module comprises a housing, a card holder and an elastic element. The housing comprises an opening and a through hole, wherein the through hole corresponds to the opening. The card holder comprises a body portion, an abutting portion and a post, wherein the abutting portion is connected to the body portion, the post is connected to the body portion, the post passes through the through hole, the card holder is moved between a first position and a second position, and wherein when the card holder is in the first position, the abutting portion abuts the housing, and the card is received in the housing. The elastic element is telescoped on the post, an end of the elastic element contacts the housing, and the other end of the elastic element contacts the body portion, wherein the elastic element applies an elastic force to the card holder to move the card holder from the first position to the second position to push the card out of the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Assignee: ASUSTek Computer Inc.
    Inventors: Chien-Hung Hou, Chiu-Lang Huang
  • Patent number: 7811113
    Abstract: An electrical connector, such as a bushing insert, with a fault-closure lockout feature includes a housing with an inner bore having opposite ends. One end has an opening providing access to the inner bore. A piston-contact element is movable between first and second axially spaced positions within the inner bore. During fault conditions, the piston-contact element moves from the first position to the second position to accelerate connection with a male contact of another electrical connector, such as a cable connector, thereby inhibiting the formation of flashover or electrical arc. After fault closure, a lockout member on the piston-contact element prevents moving the piston-contact element from the second position to the first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2010
    Assignee: Cooper Technologies Company
    Inventor: David Charles Hughes
  • Patent number: 7798830
    Abstract: An electrical switch and outlet design which includes a modular electrical component system having a universal connector which can receive replacement switches, sockets and other electrical components. The connection between these switches, sockets or other components and the universal connector is controlled by a lifting system in which the entirety of the replacement module is inserted into a receptacle or removed therefrom without the user touching any electrical wiring. Essentially, components are changed by plugging a component into and unplugging one from a universal grounded connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2010
    Assignee: Qwick Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Scott Schneider, Brandon Jarvis, David Cowan
  • Patent number: 7753709
    Abstract: A call cord system and connection are disclosed. The system can be implemented in any number of situations where summoning assistance from a remote location is desirable, such as in a healthcare provider setting. In addition, the call cord connection allows the cord to be securely engaged for its intended operation, without concern that the cord will unintentionally become disconnected. However, given sufficient force, the call cord connection further allows the cord to be disconnected from the patient station by the patient or staff without damaging either the call cord itself or the patient station. Such an intentional disconnect can be used, for instance, to signal a patient or staff emergency and a corresponding response, when normal call signaling is not possible (e.g., the patient is not able to depress the call button) or higher priority attention is needed for whatever reason.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2010
    Assignee: SimplexGrinnell LP
    Inventors: Carl J. Silkey, Josef Prokop
  • Patent number: 7686638
    Abstract: A cable coupling apparatus includes a base defining a connector channel. A connector coupling feature is located on the base and operable to couple a connector positioned in the connector channel to the base. A socket coupling member is resiliently coupled to and extends from the base. A securing member is located on the socket coupling member, wherein the securing member comprises a socket coupling member release surface that is oriented relative to a connector removal direction at an angle of greater than 90 degrees such that the socket coupling member may be deflected by the movement of the base in the connector removal direction and the resulting engagement of a socket surface and the socket coupling member release surface on the securing member in order to remove a connector coupled to the base from a socket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2010
    Assignee: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: Scott J. Boyd, John Morrison
  • Patent number: 7625230
    Abstract: A strap (110, 210, 410) connected from one lateral side to the opposing lateral side of a non-conductive plate (120, 220, 420) disposed on the prongs (443, 444, 445) of an electrical plug 440 to permit easy removal of the electrical plug 440 from a socket for elderly or infirm individuals by applying force to the strap (110, 210, 410). The non-conductive plate 120 has preformed openings (123, 124, 125), which can each include a portion that is incurvate with respect to the opening for insertion of the electrical prongs therethrough. A slidable body (101-104; 201-204; 401-404) may be utilized with the strap (110, 210, 410) to retain the strap at a desired location on a power cord 430 or provide support for a power cord 430. A slidable body (101-104; 201-204; 305-306; 401-404) may be colored to aid in identifying a power cord 430 or appliance connected thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2009
    Inventor: Sean T. Boerner
  • Patent number: 7575456
    Abstract: A retractable umbilical system includes an umbilical connector assembly, a latching connector assembly, and a retracting umbilical extending between the umbilical connector assembly and the latching connector assembly. The umbilical connector assembly is configured to bias the retracting umbilical into a retracted configuration. The latching connector assembly is configured to selectively retain the retracting umbilical in an extended configuration. The umbilical connector assembly includes a roller that is in contact with the retracting umbilical.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2009
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventor: James M. Cronin
  • Patent number: 7537490
    Abstract: A device for sharing signals from a portable media player is disclosed. The device includes a headset, a media player connector, a cable connected to the headset and the media player connector, and a breakaway connector connected to the device for sharing signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2009
    Assignee: Plantronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Dean A. Hovey, Phil Johnson, Chris Tacklind
  • Patent number: 7407395
    Abstract: One embodiment is a system for holding a component in a device comprising: a latch feature that is connected to one of the component and the device and has a tang and a cavity; a latch module that is connected to the other of the device and the component and has a first pin that interacts with the tang and a second pin that moves between a first position and a second position, wherein the first position is within the latch module, and the second position is within the cavity; and wherein the first pin and the second pin are connected with each other such that a movement of the first pin causes the second pin to change from one of the first position and the second position to the other of the first position and the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2008
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Ronald E. Deluga, Earl Moore, Jeffrey K. Jeansonne
  • Patent number: 7402068
    Abstract: An interlock connection is provided for use in conjunction with a high voltage electrical system. The interlock connection includes a male portion, a resilient member, and a female portion adapted to receive the male portion therein. The female portion includes an access hole through which the resilient member is accessible when the male portion is received in the female portion. The resilient member is coupled to the male portion and configured to engage the female portion to prevent disconnection of the male portion from the female portion until the resilient member is deformed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2008
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations, Inc.
    Inventor: James E. Tarchinski
  • Patent number: 7354290
    Abstract: A surface contact card holder (8) includes a body (10) and a receiving mechanism (20). The receiving mechanism has two sidewalls (21), an elastic member (26), a holding wall (27), and a holding piece (25). The sidewalls, the elastic member, and the holding wall are provided on the body. The holding piece is formed on the holding wall. The elastic member and the holding wall cooperate to hold a surface contact card in a first direction. The two sidewalls cooperate to hold the surface contact card in a second direction. The holding piece and the body cooperate to hold the surface contact card in a third direction. The elastic member can be pressed in the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2008
    Assignees: Shenzhen Futaihong Precision Industry Co., Ltd., Sutech Trading Limited
    Inventors: Zi-Gang Zhan, Chia-Hua Chen
  • Patent number: 7341458
    Abstract: An electric signal transmission connector assembly includes at least one plug and a receptacle mounted to an electronic apparatus. The plug and the receptacle are internally provided at two opposite positions with a permanent magnet each, so that the plug may be easily connected to the receptacle through magnetic attraction between the two magnets. The plug and the receptacle also include a plurality of terminals each. When the plug and the receptacle are magnetically connected to each other, the terminals thereof are contacted with one another to enable transmission of electric signals or supply of power via the plug and the receptacle. Two or more plugs may be stacked up to magnetically connect to the same one receptacle to save a lot of space by magnetically connecting a lower connecting section of an upper plug to an upper receiving section of a lower plug.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2008
    Inventor: Chao Ming Koh
  • Patent number: 7335044
    Abstract: A small-sized card connector includes a base frame being open at an upper side thereof and having a receiving space formed therein for receiving a card inserted from the upper side thereof, a retaining wall formed at a rear end thereof and facing the receiving space, a stop portion formed at the rear end thereof and located above the receiving space, and a first hollow portion formed at the rear end thereof; a plurality of terminals mounted to the base frame, each having an end extending into the receiving space and located at a front section of the receiving space; a limiting member mounted to the base frame and located above a front end of the receiving space; and the springy member mounted to the base frame and located at the front end of the receiving space for generating rebounding resilience working toward a rear end of the receiving space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2008
    Assignee: Tai-Sol Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yaw-Huey Lai
  • Patent number: 7303414
    Abstract: A holder for holding a surface contact card (40) includes a main body (10), a latch (20), a fixing portion (18) and an elastic element (30). The main body defines a receiving groove (16) and a sliding groove (17). The receiving groove is located at one side of the main body. The sliding groove is configured for receiving the surface contact card therein. The latch engages the receiving groove and selectably encloses one end of the surface contact card. The fixing portion is provided on the opposite side of the main body adjacent to the sliding groove. The elastic element sets in the fixing portion and configures for resisting the other end of the surface contact card. The elastic element provides a force allowing removal of the surface contact card.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2007
    Assignees: ShenZhen FuTaiHong Precision Industry Co., Ltd., Sutech Trading Limited
    Inventors: Rui-Hao Chen, Hsiao-Hua Tu, Chia-Hua Chen
  • Patent number: 7303413
    Abstract: A drawer-type card connector is composed of a base, a cover member, a slide member, a card-fastening device. The base includes a bottom plate. The slide member is slidably mounted in the base, including a top plate, a left sidewall, and a right sidewall. A receiving chamber for receiving the inserted card is formed among the bottom plate, the top plate, the left sidewall, and the right sidewall. The card-fastening device includes two pivot members pivotably connected with the slide member, a prop mounted between the two pivot members and parallel to the bottom plate for pivoting downward, and at least one stop portion extending from the prop. When the card is inserted fully, the prop supports the card, the at least one stop portion stops against the card, and the bottom plate supports the prop, thus effectively preventing the card from disengagement from the card connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2007
    Assignee: Tai-Sol Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yaw-Huey Lai, Chin-Hwa Wu
  • Patent number: 7261574
    Abstract: One embodiment is a system for holding a component in a device comprising: a latch feature that is connected to one of the component and the device and has a tang and a cavity; a latch module that is connected to the other of the device and the component and has a first pin that interacts with the tang and a second pin that moves between a first position and a second position, wherein the first position is within the latch module, and the second position is within the cavity; and wherein the first pin and the second pin are connected with each other such that a movement of the first pin causes the second pin to change from one of the first position and the second position to the other of the first position and the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2007
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Ronald E. DeLuga, Earl Moore, Jeffrey K. Jeansonne
  • Patent number: 7195512
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are provided for predetermining the withdrawal force required to disconnect an appliance coupler such as a plug and socket. The invention also relates to a method and apparatus for preventing disconnection of an appliance coupler such as a plug from a socket. Furthermore, the invention relates to method and apparatus for preventing inadvertent or unintentional disconnection of a plug from a socket for the supply of electrical power to a medical apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2007
    Assignee: ResMed, Limited
    Inventors: Philip James Jenkinson, Nicholas Jerome Reed, Philip Andrew Jones, Dan Kao
  • Patent number: 7192295
    Abstract: In an anti-decoupling structure for a USB connector, a hooking device is mounted on a terminal base. A control plate is extended from the hooking device. A hidden lock is mounted behind the control plate. The terminal base, the hidden lock and the hooking device are packaged by the outer shell to form a unity, whereby the USB connectors are protected from being decoupled by using the hooking device. Besides, the hooking device is locked or unlocked by controlling the hidden lock to protect the USB connectors from being stolen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2007
    Inventor: Ming-Hsiang Yeh
  • Patent number: 7168972
    Abstract: A female electrical connector is provided for receiving a standardized male electrical connector having a movable release tab. The female electrical connector includes an electrical connector body, at least one electrical contact, and at least one lock member. The electrical connector body has an axial cavity configured to receive a male connector. The at least one electrical contact is provided in the cavity. The at least one lock member is carried by the body in load deflecting relation relative to an opposed inner face of the cavity. The at least one lock member is configured to displace relative to the inner face between a loaded position and a released position responsive to a release tab of a male electrical connector applying an overload condition on the at least one tab.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2007
    Assignee: Itronix Corporation
    Inventors: Sidney David Autry, David Stockham, Jeff Anderson
  • Patent number: 7160123
    Abstract: An anisotropically conductive connector, not causing permanent deformation by contact of target electrodes to be connected with pressure and deformation by abrasion even if the target electrodes are projected, and achieving stable conductivity over a long time period even when pressed repeatedly, a production process thereof, and an inspection circuit board equipped with the connector. The connector includes (1) anisotropically conductive film, with plural conductive path-forming parts each extending in a thickness-wise direction of the film arranged insulated by insulating parts and including at least 2 elastic layers, which are each formed by an insulating elastic polymeric substance, and (2) conductive particles exhibiting magnetism in portions of the respective elastic layers, at which conductive path-forming parts are formed. The connector satisfies H1?30, and H1/H2?1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2007
    Assignee: JSR Corporation
    Inventors: Daisuke Yamada, Kazuaki Mayumi, Kiyoshi Kimura
  • Patent number: 7160136
    Abstract: An electrical connector comprising: a base having a front port and a rear end; a number of contacts received in the base and exposed to the front port; a number of cable wires each connected through the rear portion to a corresponding contact; a latching element being integrally formed with the base and extending rearwardly; and a block disposed rearwardly of the latching element on the rear end of the base. Additionally, the block can assist in conveniently connecting/disconnecting the connector to/from a mating connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2007
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Ind. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Qing-Wen Zhang, Xian-Kui Shi, Yi Zhou
  • Patent number: 7160133
    Abstract: A system and method for providing an electrical and mechanical connection which includes a housing having a face, an electrical connector mounted to the housing and configured to engage with a second electrical connector, a receiver connected to the housing and encompassing at least part of the electrical connector and bolt housing mounted on a side of the housing opposite the face and aligned with the holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2007
    Assignee: Gencsus
    Inventors: Margaret Karadimas, Andrew Hottel, Thomas Pravongviengkham, Sr.
  • Patent number: 7140893
    Abstract: A light source device for a medical endoscope system comprises a lamp unit including a xenon lamp and a heat sink, with fins, certain ones of which form electrodes, a lamp housing into which the lamp unit is removably which is provided with first power electrodes and discharge electrodes of a static discharge circuit. These first power electrodes and discharge electrodes are biased in a direction of removal of the lamp unit. The first power electrodes are brought into contact with the heat sink electrodes and thrust back by the heat sink when the lamp unit is set in the lamp housing. The discharge electrodes are thrust back away from the discharge circuit by the heat sink on the way of insertion of the lamp unit into the lamp housing and allowed to return to electric coupling to the discharge circuit ground on the way of removal of the lamp unit from the lamp housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2006
    Assignee: Fujinon Corporation
    Inventors: Kazunori Abe, Daisuke Ayame
  • Patent number: 7101207
    Abstract: A memory card connector has an insulative frame, a plurality of conductive terminals received in the insulative frame, an ejecting device for guiding a memory card in or out, a shell shielding the insulative frame, and an activation switch. The conductive terminals have at least two power terminals for power supply. Each power terminal has double springy connecting points and a channel between the two connecting points, whereby the two connecting points are apart from each other for engaging contacting points of the memory card firmly. The activation switch is normal-closed type and includes a switch base, a bias strip integrally stamped from an end of the switch base, and an interferential strip at another end of the switch base. The bias strip is substantially inclined upwardly and has a guiding portion, a connecting portion, and a bending portion for providing a certain resiliency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2006
    Assignee: L&K Precision Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kuan Chi-Te
  • Patent number: 7090537
    Abstract: In a connector adapted to be selectively connected to two types of cards inserted towards an insertion direction and different from each other in width thereof, a housing defines a guide space and has a guide portion for guiding an insertion of a selected one of the cards. The guide portion extends in the guide space in a particular direction intersecting the insertion direction. An eject mechanism is provided for moving the selected one towards a removing direction opposite to the first direction. The eject mechanism includes an eject member to be engaged with the selected one and moved together with the selected one, an operating member for moving the eject member towards the removing direction, and a rotary member having a rotation center and rotatable around the rotation center to transmit operation of the operating member to the eject member. The rotation center is disposed in the guide space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2006
    Assignee: Japan Aviation Electronics Industry, Limited
    Inventor: Keisuke Nakamura
  • Patent number: 7086886
    Abstract: A locking connector system includes a first body having a rotatable collar mounted thereon and a second body configured to mate with the first body, including one or more components configured to control the breakaway force of the first and second bodies. The first and second bodies include telescopingly engaged body portions and axially mating contacts. The connector system further includes an annular collar encircling the telescoping body portions and rotatively held on the first body and a spring inside the collar. The ends of the spring are confined between the first body and the collar so as yieldingly to resist rotation of the collar relative to the first body. Axially aligned tabs are provided on the collar and the second body for latching the first body and the second body together through a predetermined range of forces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2006
    Assignee: Alden Products Company
    Inventors: Constance E Thurston, legal representative, Bryan A. Thurston, deceased
  • Patent number: 7084361
    Abstract: A switch device for assembly with a fastener securing an access cover to a high voltage storage device includes a switch connector device connectable to a shroud. The switch connector includes a flange with a bolt hole through which a fastener passes and a first connector having a shorting bar. The shroud includes a second connector with first and second wire cables, mateable to the first connector. The switch device has open and closed positions. In closed position, the shroud is mated to the switch connector device, and conducts electrical signals between the first and second wire cables. The shroud substantially completely obstructs operative access to the fastener. In open position, the shroud is sufficiently unmated from the switch connector device to permit operative tool access to the fastener. The first connector is disconnected from the second connector when in the open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2006
    Assignee: General Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Christopher J. Bowes, Michael J. Howenstein, Ted R. Kisielewski
  • Patent number: 7056127
    Abstract: The invention provides an audio plug capable of preventing excessive stress from being applied to a plug by enabling a plug body to be detached from a plug-in portion equipped with a channel plug, thus preventing damage and deterioration of function of the plug or a connecting portion between a cable and the plug. An audio plug 1 is equipped with a plug body 2 connected to a cable 3 leading to a headset, and an adapter 20 having channel plugs 30 and 31 that can be plugged into a jack 73, capable of transmitting audio signals from the jack 73 to the plug body 2 when attached. Since the adapter 20 is detachably attached to the plug body 2 by magnetic force, when a force greater than the magnetic force is applied from the cable 3, the plug body 2 is detached from the adapter 20 leaving the adapter 20 plugged into the jack 73, thus preventing poor contact or disconnection caused by excessive force applied to a connecting portion 5 of the cable 3.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2006
    Assignee: Jamco Corporation
    Inventors: Jun Suzuki, Shigeo Suzuki
  • Patent number: 7052309
    Abstract: An electric plug includes two locating blocks aligned at two sides of the housing thereof to pivotally hold a substantially C-shaped pull ring. The pull ring has two pivot holes aligned at the ends thereof and respectively pivotally connected to the locating blocks by a respective pivot bolt that has a head stopped outside the respective pivot hole. The heads of the pivot bolts each have a diameter greater than that of the pivot holes so as to prevent disconnection of the pull ring from the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2006
    Inventor: Tsang-I Chen
  • Patent number: 7030315
    Abstract: A utility box having a housing and a ring affixed on an upper circumferential rim of the housing. The ring forms a through hole with a bore that receives an attachment means from the cover. Tabs at a lower portion partially form a retaining recess that is disposed between the tabs and the bore. The tabs receive a fastener there through. The retaining recess receives a flexible washer, which deforms to pass through the tabs. The tabs retain the washer within the retaining recess against a first downward force, and allow the washer to be ejected upon application of a greater force. A fastener cavity is disposed between the bore and the retaining recess. The fastener cavity receives the fastener. The fastener is retained when the washer is within the retaining recess, and is loosed when the washer is removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2006
    Assignee: United States Utility Enclosures L.L.C.
    Inventors: John P. Dunn, Bobby C. Kent, Jr.