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Publication numberUS20020009267 A1
Publication typeApplication
Application numberUS 09/295,521
Publication dateJan 24, 2002
Filing dateApr 21, 1999
Priority dateApr 24, 1998
Also published asDE19918395A1, DE19918395C2, US6416233
Publication number09295521, 295521, US 2002/0009267 A1, US 2002/009267 A1, US 20020009267 A1, US 20020009267A1, US 2002009267 A1, US 2002009267A1, US-A1-20020009267, US-A1-2002009267, US2002/0009267A1, US2002/009267A1, US20020009267 A1, US20020009267A1, US2002009267 A1, US2002009267A1
InventorsTsuguhito Shirakawa
Original AssigneeTsuguhito Shirakawa
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Optical fiber connector
US 20020009267 A1
Abstract
In an optical connector, a ferule accommodated in a ferule chamber of a housing is urged by a spring so that the optical connector is coupled with a complementary connector. The housing is provided with a means for stopping the retracting of the ferule when the ferule retracts by a certain length. In this configuration, a break in communication occurs even when force is applied to an optical fiber cable.
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What is claimed is:
1. An optical fiber connector comprising:
a housing having a ferule chamber;
a ferule having an optical fiber and accommodated in the ferule chamber;
a spring attached to the optical fiber in the ferule chamber, for urging the ferule so to be coupled with a complementary connector; and
stopping means for stopping the ferule from retracting when it retracts by a prescribed length.
2. An optical fiber connector according to claim 1, wherein said prescribed length is within a range where said ferule is kept in contact with the complementary connector when the ferule retracts.
3. An optical fiber connector according to claim 1, wherein said stopping means includes a convex member formed on the outer periphery of the ferule and a securing piece formed in the ferule chamber and to be engaged with the convex member.
4. An optical fiber connector according to claim 3, wherein said securing piece is formed so as to cut a ]-shape slit in a side wall of the ferule chamber and comprises a protrusion attached to its tip and to be brought into contact with the convex member.
5. An optical fiber connector according to claim 3, wherein said convex member prevents the ferule from being coming off from the ferule chamber in engagement with a protrusion formed on an inner wall of the housing.
6. An optical fiber connector according to claim 1, wherein said stopping means stops the ferule from retracting when the ferule retracts until the spring reach a compression limitation corresponding to the prescribed length.
7. An optical fiber connector according to claim 6, wherein said length can be adjusted by a diameter of the spring.
Description
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

[0001] 1. Field of the Invention

[0002] The present invention relates to an optical fiber connector.

[0003] 2. Description of the Related Art

[0004] Now referring to FIGS. 4 and 5, an explanation will be given of a prior art optical fiber connector. FIG. 4 is an exploded perspective view of the prior art connector. FIG. 5 is a sectional view thereof.

[0005] As seen from FIGS. 4 and 5, a ferule 12 with an optical fiber mounted is accommodated in a housing.

[0006] A convex member 13 is provided on the outer periphery of the ferule 12. An auxiliary cover 14 is engaged with the rear end of the housing 17. A spring 15 is provided between the convex member 13 and the auxiliary cover 14. The ferule 12 is urged in a direction of coupling the pertinent optical connector with a complementary connector.

[0007] The housing 17 is provided with a protruding wall on its inner periphery. The convex member 13 is kept in contact with the protruding wall 16 so that the ferule 12 is prevented from coming off from the housing 17.

[0008] Specifically, the ferule 12 is accommodated in the housing so that it can move so as to be coupled with a complementary connector. In connector coupling, the ferule of the connector at issue is brought into contact with the tip of the ferule of the complementary connector, thereby reducing optical loss.

[0009] In such a conventional optical fiber connector, when the optical fiber 11 is touched with a hand, it will be pulled. Thus, the ferule 12 attached to the tip of the optical fiber retracts. As a result, a gap may be produced between the complementary connector and the ferule to increase the optical loss leading to a break of communication.

[0010] In order to avoid such a break in communication, the, optical fiber connector as shown in FIGS. 6 and 7 has been proposed in JP-A-7-218764.

[0011] As seen from FIGS. 6 and 7, an optical fiber 21 provided with a ferule 22 is accommodated in its bent state within a housing 23, and the optical fiber 21 is secured by a wedge 24 attached to an auxiliary cover 25 engaged with the rear end of the housing 23. In this configuration, when force is applied to the optical fiber connector 20, the optical fiber 21 will not retract.

[0012] However, the optical fiber connector proposed in the publication is very complicate in structure. This leads an increase in the number of components, a rise in cost and an increase in the number of man-hours.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

[0013] An object of the present invention is to provide an optical fiber connector which is simple in structure and does not give rise to a break in communication when force is applied.

[0014] In order to attain the above object, in accordance with the present invention, there is provided an optical fiber connector comprising: a housing having a ferule chamber;

[0015] a ferule having an optical fiber and accommodated in the ferule chamber; a spring attached to the optical fiber in the ferule chamber, for urging the ferule so to be coupled with a complementary connector; and stopping means for stopping the ferule from retracting when it retracts by a prescribed length.

[0016] Since the stopping means for stopping the ferule from retracting when it retracts by a prescribed length is provided in the housing, even when force is applied to the optical fiber, optical loss does not increase, thereby preventing a break in communication.

[0017] Preferably, said prescribed length is within a range where said ferule is kept in contact with the complementary connector when the ferule retracts. In this configuration, an increase in the optical loss can be removed.

[0018] Preferably, said stopping means includes a convex member formed on the outer periphery of the ferule and a securing piece formed in the ferule chamber and to be engaged with the convex member.

[0019] In this configuration, the retracting of the ferule can be easily stopped.

[0020] Preferably, said securing piece is formed so as to cut a ]-shape slit in a side wall of the ferule chamber and comprises a protrusion attached to its tip and to be brought into contact with the convex member.

[0021] In this configuration, the ferule can be easily accommodated in the ferule chamber.

[0022] Preferably, the convex member prevents the ferule from being coming off from the ferule chamber in engagement with a protrusion formed on an inner wall of the housing.

[0023] In this configuration, the shape of the ferule can be simplified.

[0024] Preferably, said stopping means stops the ferule from retracting when the ferule retracts until the spring reach a compression limitation corresponding to the prescribed length.

[0025] In this configuration, a break in communication can be avoided through a simple structure.

[0026] Preferably, said prescribed length can be adjusted by a diameter of the spring.

[0027] Therefore, the prescribed length can be easily adjusted.

[0028] The above and other objects and features of the present invention will be more apparent from the following description taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

[0029]FIG. 1 is an exploded perspective view of a first embodiment of the present invention;

[0030]FIG. 2 is a sectional view of the first embodiment of the present invention;

[0031]FIG. 3 is a sectional view of the second embodiment of the present invention;

[0032]FIGS. 4 and 5 are an exploded perspective view and a sectional perspective view of a conventional optical fiber connector, respectively; and

[0033]FIGS. 6 and 7 are a sectional view and an enlarged sectional view of the main part of another conventional optical fiber connector, respectively.

DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS

[0034] Now referring to FIGS. 1 and 2, an explanation will be given of an embodiment of the present invention. FIG. 1 is an exploded perspective view of the first embodiment of the present invention, and FIG. 2 is a sectional view of the embodiment.

[0035] In FIGS. 1 and 2, a housing 1 is provided with a protrusion 3 on its inner periphery so that a ferule 2 is prevented from coming off from the housing 1. The protrusion 3 and an auxiliary cover 10 constitutes a ferule chamber 4.

[0036] A convex member 6 is provided on the outer periphery of the ferule 2. The convex portion 6 is brought into contact with the protrusion 3 to prevent the ferule 2 from coming off from the housing 1. The ferule 2 is provided with a flange 8 at its rear end. A spring 7 is provided between the flange 8 and the auxiliary cover 10. The ferule 2 is urged in the direction of coupling the pertinent optical connector with a complementary connector.

[0037] The side wall of the ferule chamber 4 is cut like a ]-shape slit to form a securing piece 9 (FIG. 1). The securing piece 9 is provided with a protrusion 9A at its tip. The protrusion 9A is brought into contact with the convex member 6 to stop the retract of the ferule 2.

[0038] In FIG. 2, the protrusion 9A is formed within a range where the tip 2A of the ferule 2 is kept in contact with that of a complementary connector 2 even when the ferule 2 retracts by a distance L from the coupling state.

[0039] Referring to FIG. 3, an explanation will be given of a second embodiment of the present invention.

[0040] In the first embodiment, the retracting of the ferule 2 is stopped by the securing piece 9. On the other hand, the second embodiment is different from the first embodiment in that the retracting of the ferule is stopped by the length of the ferule chamber 4 itself.

[0041] Specifically, when the ferule 2 retracts because of application of force to the optical fiber 5, the spring 7 is compressed. However, when the spring 7 reaches the compression limit, the retracting of the ferule 2 is stopped.

[0042] Therefore, as shown in FIG. 3, the length of the ferule chamber 4 is set at such a value that the spring 7 reaches the compression limit when the ferule 2 retracts by a length L. The length L can be adjusted by the diameter of the spring 7.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification385/60
International ClassificationG02B6/36, G02B6/38
Cooperative ClassificationG02B6/3821
European ClassificationG02B6/38D2K4
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Apr 21, 1999ASAssignment
Owner name: YAZAKI CORPORATION, JAPAN
Free format text: ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST;ASSIGNOR:SHIRAKAWA, TSUGUHITO;REEL/FRAME:009913/0682
Effective date: 19990409