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Publication numberUS2675528 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateApr 13, 1954
Filing dateOct 12, 1951
Priority dateOct 12, 1951
Publication numberUS 2675528 A, US 2675528A, US-A-2675528, US2675528 A, US2675528A
InventorsLa Point James P
Original AssigneeLa Point James P
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Universal test probe
US 2675528 A
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April 3, 1954 J. P. LA POINT UNIVERSAL TEST PROBE Filed Oct. 12, 1951 INVENTOR, James P.

ATTORN EY5- Patented Apr. 13, 1954 um so S TATES PATENT OF F ICE UNIVERSAL TEST PROBE James P. La-Point, BuckroeBeach, Va.

Applicationflctobel' 12, l95lyseriail flof2'5m985' This invention relates to a universal test probe.

An object of this invention is to provde a device which will grasp and hold small wires that usually are tedious to contact. 1

Another object of this invention is to provide a device which will effectively grasp pin connectors, etc., in recessed and crowded installations.

A still further Object is to provide a device in which the clamp and point are both operated by the same thumb button whereby the user does not have to shift his hand position in changing from one action to another, so as to save time.

With the foregoing and other objects in view, this invention comprises certain novel constructions, combinations, and arrangements of parts as will be hereinafter fully described, illustrated in the accompanying drawings, and more particularly pointed out in the appended claims.

In the drawings:

Figure 1 is a view in side elevation of a device constructed in accordance with this invention.

Figure 2 is a top plan view of the device.

Figure 3 is a vertical, longitudinal, sectional view of the device.

Figure 4 is a transverse sectional view of the device taken on line 44, Fig. 3, and looking in the direction of the arrows.

Figure 5 is a transverse sectional view of the device, taken on line 5-5, Fig. 3, and looking in the direction of the arrows.

Referring to the drawings, in which the preferred embodiment of this invention is illustrated, I designates a cylindrical casing which is preferably of insulating material. This casing I is provided with an elongated slot 2. The ends of the casing I are open. Slidably mounted in casing I is a core 3. The core 3 is limited in its rearward movement at 4, Fig. 3. A button 5 is positioned in slot 2 and is threaded into the core 3, Fig. 3. A penetrating point 6 has its inner end extending into the outer end of the core 3, as clearly shown in Fig. 3. This point 6 is provided with a notch I.

A fiat spring contact 8 extends through the core 3 and a screw 9 is on the cylinder I and this screw extends through a portion of the flat spring contact, holding said spring contact securely within the casing I. On the inner end of the flat spring contact is suitably secured an insulated wire III. This wire It! may be connected to any desired instrument.

On the outer end of the spring contact 8 is formed a gripping jaw II; said jaw extending normally in an upward position to better cooperate with the penetrating point 6. This gripping jaw II is provided with different sized holding notches I2.

The spring contact is comparatively wide, as shown in Figures 4 and 5. This permits the screw 9 to be placed through without any weakening of the spring contact 8.

This device is intended for use by service men and other electrical workmen, etc. It is ve y convenient, as one hand can control the operation of the device.

When the thumb-operated button 5 is fully advanced, as shown in Figures 1 and 2, the point 6 is in position for normal probing. When the point 6 is retracted, as shown in Fig. 3, the probe is then ready for clipping. In clipping to an object, the spring contact 8 is pressed against one side of the object, and the sliding assembly is advanced over the object. The design of the clipping elements (2) is such that a wide range of objects of varied sizes can be easily contacted. Also, recessed terminals, with pin connectors, such as Army-Navy plugs and sockets, can be clipped onto easily.

While I have described the preferred embodiment of the invention and illustrated the same in the accompanying drawings, certain minor changes or alterations may appear to one skilled in the art to which this invention relates during the extensive manufacture of the same, and I, therefore, reserve the right to make such changes or alterations as shall fairly fall within the scope of the appended claims.

What I claim is:

1. In a device of the class described, the combination of an insulating tubular casing, a cylindrical core slidably mounted in said casing and having an opening extending from end to end thereof, said opening being a cross-section of flat rectangular form, said casing having a longitudinal slot adjacent its forward end, a button extending through said slot and having threaded engagement with said core, a piercing point fixed in the forward end of the core parallel to said rectangular opening, said piercing point projecting forwardly of the casing, a leaf spring member extending through the longitudinal opening in the core, means for fixedly holding said spring member from longitudinal movement within the casing and an extension at the forward end of said spring member provided with a gripping jaw at its free extremity, the free extremity being of substantially U-shaped in cross section to partially surround and receive the point, the edges of said free extremity being notched to provide gripping means on an article being probed for and the point having a, notch confronting said free extremity.

2. In a device of the class described, the combination of an insulating tubular casing, a cylindrical core slidably mounted in said casing and having an opening extending from end to end thereof, said opening being a cross-section of flat rectangular form, said casing having, a longitudinal slot adjacent its forward end, a button extending through said slot and having threaded engagement with said core, a piercing point fixed in the forward end of the core parallel to said rectangular opening, said piercing point projecting forwardly of the casing, a leaf spring, member extending through the longitudinal opening in the core, means for fixedly holding said spring member from longitudinal movement within the casing and an extension at the forward end of 4 said spring member provided with a gripping jaw at its free extremity, said extension being in clined away from the piercing point, and the gripping jaw being inclined upwardly from the extension to lie in the path of the piercing point, the free extremity being of substantially U-shaped in cross section to partially surround and receive the point, the edges of said free extremity being notched to provide gripping means on an article being probed for and the point having a notch confronting said free extremity.

References Cited in the file of this patent UNITED STATES PATENTS Number Name Date 2,477,642 Novello Aug. 2, 1949 2,529,270 Webster Nov. 7, 1950 2,580,682 Kraft Jan. 1, 1952

Patent Citations
Cited PatentFiling datePublication dateApplicantTitle
US2477642 *Nov 21, 1945Aug 2, 1949Gennaro NovelloClamp type electrical terminal
US2529270 *Feb 26, 1949Nov 7, 1950Robert WebsterSelf-piercing and self-holding test prod
US2580682 *Nov 15, 1949Jan 1, 1952United Technical LabElectrical test prod
Referenced by
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US2769155 *Mar 22, 1954Oct 30, 1956Wimble Marcus LElectronic test prod, clip and wire tapper
US2778992 *Nov 6, 1953Jan 22, 1957Mcfarland William OElectrical circuit device
US2918646 *Jul 2, 1957Dec 22, 1959Davidson Jack HConvertible test probe
US3022483 *Nov 15, 1957Feb 20, 1962Youger Robert NElectrical test probe
US3201746 *Jul 31, 1963Aug 17, 1965Askew Crawford STest probe with grappler
US3250869 *Apr 5, 1962May 10, 1966Rt & E CorpInspection device for fluid filled electrical apparatus
US4414506 *Dec 30, 1980Nov 8, 1983Kelley Jack MElectrical circuit test probe
US6222378 *May 28, 1999Apr 24, 2001Tektronix, Inc.Probe adapter for a ball-grid-array package
Classifications
U.S. Classification439/169
International ClassificationG01R1/067
Cooperative ClassificationG01R1/06788
European ClassificationG01R1/067P