US 2549731 A
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
April 1951 v. E. WATTLEY FLEXIBLE TEST PROD 2 Sheets-Sheet 1 Filed Dec. 18, 1944 ATTORNEYS.
April 1?, H9511 v. E. WATTLEY FLEXIBLE TEST PROD 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 Filed Dec. 18, 1944 illllilllll ATTQRNEYS.
Patented Apr. 17, 1951 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE.
1 2,549,731 r i I FLEXIBLE TEST PROD Vincent E. Wattley, Bronx, N. Y. Application December 18,1944, Serial No. 568,694 j ;'This invention relates to improvements in instruments particularlywell adapted for use in repairing electrical equipment wherein it is necessary to bridge contacts, lead wires .or otherelectrical terminations.
The primaryobjectof this invention is the provision of atool for use in the radio and electronic field by means of which a technician may make temporary electrical connection between radio or electronic equipment and indicating or vtest instruments without the liability of shorting and with complete safety to the technician. Other objects and advantagesv of the invention'wil1 appear in the following detailed description. V
In the accompanying drawings, forming a part ofthis specification, and wherein similar refer- Figurez is aperspective view of one'F Ype of probing end for the tool.
1 Claim. (Cl '173-273) the Preferred instance, the toolis provided with a rigid assemblage where the terminals to be connected are accessible within the range of the tool; the tool including flexible means'by Figure 3 is a perspective dotted line view show- 7 ing a clamping position of the jaws of the tool end shown in Figure 2.
Figure 4 is a perspective view showing anothertype of tool end, adapted to be used. with the improved device.
Figure 5 is a longitudinal cross sectional view taken thru'the tool end of Figure 4'.
Figure 6 is a-fragmejntary sectional iew show-- which it is adaptable for reaching otherwise inaccessibly located terminals.
Inthe tool asillustrated in Figures 1 and "7, the same comprises a rigid metallic casing assemblage including an upper part I5 and a lower part [8 detachably connected at H so as to define a passageway I8 for slidably receiving a reciprocating plunger shaft 20. The latter fits snugly in the passageway IS of the part It without lateral play. The. metallic casing portion 15 has its passageway enlarged at I8 and at its end defines an internal seat 25 facing the passageway; At the hand engaging end of the tool the casing portion 15 is internally screw threaded to detachably receive therein a reduced externally screw threaded end of 'an insulation cap 30. In
lieu of this arrangement, the cap may be inter- "ciprocates thru a passageway 3| in the cap 39 and within the passageway Iii the rod-is provided with an annular flange, 33. The spiral spring .34, under compression, engages this flange at one end and the seat 25 at the other end. It
ing the manner of attachment of the handf graspingportion to the metallic shaftof the tool.
Figure 7 is a longitudinal cross sectional view taken thru the improved tool of Figure 1.
Figure 8 is a longitudinal cross sectional view Figure 9 is a fragmentary longitudinal section- 5 a1 view showing the operating end of the tool of Figure '7 partly closed.
Figures 10 and 11 are cross'sectional views taken substantially on their respective lines in Figure 7 of the drawings.
In the drawings, wherein for the purpose of illustration is shown a preferred embodiment of testing equipment and radio and electronic' instruments, etc.
is under normal compression sufficient to properly positionthe plunger, as will hereinafter be described. The end of the plunger 20, where it extendsthru the cap 30, isreduced, as shown at 40 in Figure 6 of the drawings and thereon receivesan insulation sleeve 4|. The extreme end of the portion 40 receives an insulation hand bar or handle 42. It is internally screw threaded at 43 from an outer end thereof, to receivea set i screw 44 by means of which the handle maybe .detachably connected to the end of the portion 40 ofthe plunger. The sleeve 41- extends from the flange 33 to the handle 42, so that no part f the metal portion of the plunger is exposed The .metallic casing portion I5 is externally covered with an insulation sleeve 50, shown in Figure '7' of the drawings, which at the hand grasping end is provided with la-teral extensions 5| defining a handle bar of about the same nature as the bar 44 and complementary thereto. The sleeve 5!] entirely covers the casing portion l5 from end to. end. In similar manner, the casing portion it at the lower end of the tool is eXternally provided with an insulation sleeve iiiiwhich nection with .thecasing part i5. These insulation sleeves til and 60 are complementary and when the casing parts It and it are connected, there is no exposed metal at the joint. The tool,
as thus provided, may taper with a decreasing The insulation of the sleeve 66 extends over these A walls at the end of the casing it so that the outer end of this casing I6 is not exposed. There is an overlap of the insulation, as shown in Figure 9.
I prefer to provide several operating connectors for use with the plunger 20. To that end the outer end of the plunger 20 is internally screw threaded at 80. One type of tool is shown in detail in Figures 1, 2, 3, 7, 3 and 9 of the drawings and consists of a shank or body portion 3| having a screw threaded end 82 for detachable connection in the socket 8D. The body portion BI is of about the same diameter as the plunger 20 and slides within the passageway of the casing l6, as shown in Figure 9. The outer end of body 8| is provided with divergently disposed spring jaws 82 and 83 which inherently assume the open position shown in Figures 2 and 8 of the drawings. The material of the connector is, of course, such as to establish an electrical connection; preferably being metal. The jaws 82 and 83 have terminal gripping ends 85 which are exposed; the said jaws being otherwise covered at their outer ends with insulation sleeves 81 which extend from the tip ends of these jaws to a point where the same will enter the flaring mouth of the tool casing when the jaws are retracted, as shown in Figure 7 of the drawings.
In the position of the tool part shown in Fig-' ure 7, it is seen that the spring 3t. retracts the tool so that the jaws B2 and 83 will be pressed together. The length of the passageway l8 and the spring is such that when the plunger is forced forwardly it can extend the tool end out of the housing or casing of the tool to the point of connection of the screw threaded shank 82 in the socket end 89 of the plunger 29, so that the tool end may, with facility, be detached, and another connector placed upon the plunger.
The cam action of the jaws upon the flaring wall of the end of the casing part It can be seen in Figure 9 of the drawings where the plunger is being retracted into the casing and the jaws are being forced to a closing position.
Another type of probing tool connector is shown at 9B in Figure 4 of the drawings. This consists of a body portion 9| having a screw threaded shank 92 adapted to lit in the socket end of the plunger 20. At its outer end the body 9! has a pyramidal-shaped portion 94 adapted to fit snugly in the flared mouth of the casing 16. The tool part includes a reduced conductor end 94 having an enlarged connector point 95. The shank 94 is covered by means of an insulation sleeve 96 and the exposed end of the pyramidal-shaped portion 94 is also covered with insulation, as shown at 97.
Use of the tool connector of Figures 4 and will be well understood by those skilled in the art of radio and electronic repair or testing equipment. In position in the casing portion 16, the pyramidal-sha'ped portion 94 will fit snugly in the flared mouth of the casing i B and no part thereof will project. The insulation wall 9'! prevents exposure of any metallic part of the tool connector 96 except the pointed conductor end 95.
The tool assembly above described is adapted to be used where the operator can properly insert the tool into the equipment to be tested in a straight line. There are, of course, inaccessible areas and locations where a tool of this sort will have to be used. For this purpose I provide a plunger having all of the characteristics of the plunger 20 above described, so far as spring mounting and insulation are concerned, except that at the forward end the plunger is provided with a flexible body portion 26 in the nature of a Bowden wire which at its forward end is provided with a socket providing portion 20 to which the tool connector parts above described may be attached. In lieu of the metallic casing portion l6, which is of rigid nature, I provide a flexible metallic tube l6 which has an end lfi provided with screw threads for detachable connection in the internal screw threaded socket of the part IS. The outer end of the flexible tube It is provided with a 'portion lli of the same nature as the flared end of the rigid tool casing l6, above described. A flexible insulation sleeve 60 covers the metallic portion 'of the sleeve l 6 and the associated parts 16 and I8. Except for these variations, the parts of the tool assemblage both in construction and operation, are identical with respect to those of the rigid type tool above described.
It is possible to operate this tool'under such conditions that electrical connections between terminals, lead wires and contacts may be established with great facility. The operator need only. use one hand since the handle bar 34 may rest against the thumb or in the palm of the hand and adjacent fingers used with the bar extensions to perform the reciprocatory function of the plunger.
The insulation parts of the instrument may be of rubber, synthetic resin or any thermoplastic material. It will be noted that all metallic parts of theinstrument are covered when the instrument is in repose, as shown in Figure 1, except the contact-tips at the ends of the jaws, and
- that is also true of the flexible type of tool shown i in Figure 8.
Various changes in the shape, size and arrangement of parts may be made to the form of invention herein shown and described, without departing from the spirit of the invention or the scope of the following claim.
In a tool for use in connection with electrical appliances the combinationof an elongated casing insulated from end to end and having laterally extending opposed handles at one end thereof and an open outwardly flared mouth at the oppo site end, said casing having a passageway therethru and a flared entrance in said mouth, a reciprocatory plunger in said passageway having an end extending from that end of the casing which is provided with handles, said plunger at its end adjacent the handles of the casing being provided with insulation handles spaced from and beyond the handles of the casing, spring means normally forcing the handles of the casing and plunger relatively apart and retracting t plunger within the casing; and a pair of inherently opening spring gripping jaws connected upon the end of the plunger opposite the handies, said plunger and jaws being so constructed and arranged with respect to the casing that when the plunger is urged by the spring means to the limit of its retraction in the casing said jaws will engage in the flared mouth in a contracted clamping relation, said casing and 5 plunger each including a rigid portion adjacent to the handle end of the tool and a long flexible portion connected to the rigid portion at the jaw end of the tool, the flexible portion of the plunger being disposed Within and operating within the flexible portion of the casing to assume a flexible length of the assembled device.
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