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Publication numberUS1334040 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMar 16, 1920
Filing dateJun 12, 1918
Priority dateJun 12, 1918
Publication numberUS 1334040 A, US 1334040A, US-A-1334040, US1334040 A, US1334040A
InventorsLee Thomas L
Original AssigneeNorth East Electric Co
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Electric connection
US 1334040 A
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To all whom it may concem:

Be it known that I, THOMAs L. LEE, a citizen of the United States, residing at Rochester, in the county of Monroe and State of 'New York, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Electric Connec- -tions; and I do hereby declare the following to be a full, clear, and exact description of the invention, such as will enable others skilled in the art towhich it appertains to make and use the same.

This invention relates to an electric connection of the kind in which a fleXble conductor or cable is' removably attached to a socket terminal-member, by means of a plug or tip on the end of the conductor.

The object of the invention is to produce an electric connection, of the type ust referred to, which shall be simple and inexpensive in construction, and in which the conductor shall be securely held in contact with the socket-member. u

To the foregoing end the invention resides in the use of a coil of wire attached to the end of the fiexible conductor and coperating e with a, s'ocket-member of suitable form, in the manner hereinafter described.

In the accompanying drawings F igure 1 is a side-elevation of the two parts of a connection embodying the present invention, these parts being shown as disengaged, and the socket-member 'being shown in section. Fig. 2 is an end-view of the coiled wire tip which is attached to the fiexible conductor.

The invention is illustrated as embodied in an elec'tric connection such as' is used in electric ignition-apparatus, although it is obviously applicable to various other uses. As illustrated, the flexible conductor is in the form of a cable 5 provided with an insulating sheath 6. The plug-member of the connection is formed by the use of a coil 7 of spring-wire. This coil is preferably made to fit closely upon the surface of the insulation 6. The last turn 8 of the wire is made smaller than the others, to receive the extremity of the cable 5, which may be secured in place by separating its constituent Specification of Letters Patent. Patented Mar. 16, 1920.

Application filed .Tune 12, 1918. Serial No. 239,569. V

wires and securing them with a drop of solderi9, thus forming a good electrical connection with the coil 7; and fastening the coil securely in place. v a

The socket-membe" of the connection com prises a metal sleeve 10 adapted to receive the plug-member and provided witha counterbore or recess 11. This' socket-mem'ber is shown as embedded in insulating' material 12, such as bakelite, although this is not an essential feature ol the invention.

The coil 7 is adapted to engage resiliently the walls of the socket, and thus to retain the conductor in place therein. As a preferred means for insurng this resilient engagement, each turn of the coil 7 is made somewhat greater in external diameterthan the diameter of the socket, so that the coils must be 'contracted i'n diameter when introduced into the socket. This contraction results in a slght elongation of the coil, but

` this is readily permitted by the elasticity of the wire and of the insulating material 6, this insulating material being of rnb-ber or some other fleXible substance. The counterbore or recess 11 is not essential but is preferably used, as it tends to increase the tenacity with which the plug-member is re tained in the socket.

The upper extremity of the coil 13 is preferably bent inwardly, so as to embed it in the insulati'on 6, thus retaining the upper end of the coil securely in place and spre- Venting longitudinal dstortion of the coil when the conductor is introduced into and removed 'from the socket.

The invention claimed is:

An electric connection oomprising: a flexible conductor With an. elastic insulating sheath; a wire spring; with separated co-ils, closely embracing said sheath adjacent the end of the conductor, one end of the spng being attached to the conductor and the other end of the spring being embedded in the sheath; and a socket-member of an internal diameter slightly smaller than the normal diameter of the spring.


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U.S. Classification439/825, 439/866
International ClassificationH01R13/02, H01R13/33
Cooperative ClassificationH01R13/33
European ClassificationH01R13/33