Patent Issued for Connector and Connector Assembly (USPTO 10014628)

Journal of Engineering |

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Journal of Engineering -- According to news reporting originating from Alexandria, Virginia, by VerticalNews journalists, a patent by the inventor Mito, Yusuke (Kanagawa-ken, JP), filed on , was published online on .

The assignee for this patent, patent number 10014628, is Tyco Electronics (Kanagawa, JP).

Reporters obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "A connector provided with an operation lever for reducing a force required for mating performed by an operator when connectors are caused to mate with each other is known. For example, in JP2014-99267A, a connector assembly composed of a connector provided with a slider and an operation lever for sliding the slider and a mating connector having a cam pin is disclosed.

"There is a problem when a connector assembly is arranged at a location to which vibrations are transmitted, such as in the vicinity of an engine of an automobile. In such a case, when rattling occurs between housings, the contact portion of a contact is rubbed and shaved, which may result in contact failure. Therefore, a connector assembly arranged at the location to which vibrations are transmitted must have a structure for preventing rattling between the housings from occurring.

"A connector assembly having a slider is positioned at the location to which vibrations are transmitted. There is play between the slider and the housing because the slider must be slid to the housing. Further, since the slider must move the cam pin of the mating connector within a cam groove, there is also play between the cam groove and the cam pin. Therefore, in the case of the connector assembly provided with the above-described cam member, rattling occurs between the housings and between each housing and the cam member."

In addition to obtaining background information on this patent, VerticalNews editors also obtained the inventor's summary information for this patent: "A connector, constructed in accordance with the present invention, includes a first housing having a mating portion adapted to mate with a mating housing that is a housing of a second connector. The housing also has one of a guide portion and a guide groove extending in a lateral direction. The connector, constructed in accordance with the present invention, also has a cam member that has that one of the guide groove and the guide portion not in the first housing and a cam groove adapted to mate with a cam pin on the mating housing. The cam member causes the mating housing to mate with the first housing by sliding in the lateral direction intersecting with a direction of mating to draw the cam pin into the cam groove. The connector, constructed in accordance with the present invention, further has an operation lever sliding the cam member by a turning operation and a guide projection extending in the lateral direction and entering the guide groove for guiding sliding of the cam member in the lateral direction. The connector, constructed in accordance with the present invention, also has a first nipping portion nipping, in the cam groove, the cam pin when the cam member slides to a mating completion position at which mating of the second housing with the first housing is completed and a second nipping portion nipping, in the guide groove, the guide projection when the cam member slides to the mating completion position."

For more information, see this patent: Mito, Yusuke. Connector and Connector Assembly. U.S. Patent Number 10014628, filed , and published online on . Patent URL:

Keywords for this news article include: Asia, Japan, Business, Tyco Electronics.

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