Search Images Maps Play YouTube News Gmail Drive More »
Sign in
Screen reader users: click this link for accessible mode. Accessible mode has the same essential features but works better with your reader.


  1. Advanced Patent Search
Publication numberUS3400360 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateSep 3, 1968
Filing dateJan 16, 1967
Priority dateFeb 23, 1966
Publication numberUS 3400360 A, US 3400360A, US-A-3400360, US3400360 A, US3400360A
InventorsSchmitt Karl-Friedrich, Boch Walter
Original AssigneeUlrich Tuchel
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Electrical plug with flexible contact member
US 3400360 A
Abstract  available in
Previous page
Next page
Claims  available in
Description  (OCR text may contain errors)

Sept. 3, 1968 KARL-FRIEDRICH S CHMlTT ETAL 3,400,360


INVENTORS Karl-Friedrich Schmifl8n Walter Boch Barflfwmw ,5 W

ATTORNEYS United States Patent 3,400,360 ELECTRICAL PLUG WITH FLEXIBLE CONTACT MEMBER Karl-Friedrich Schmitt, Neckarsulm, and Walter Boch,

Eberbach, Bad Neckartal, Germany, assignors to Ulrich Tuchel, Heilbronn (N eckar), Germany Filed Jan. 16, 1967, Ser. No. 609,413 Claims priority, applicatioai (ermany, Feb. 23, 1966,

1 Claim. 01. 33964) ABSTRACT OF THE DISCLOSURE Background of the invention This invention relates to electrical plugs which contain a flexible contact member made of a flat, resilient material mounted within a receptacle of insulating material, with one or more tongues formed on one end of the flexible contact member to make electrical contact with a flat contact, and means on the other end of the flexible contact member for connection to a conductor.

Plugs of the above noted type are known in which several pairs of tongues facing each other are floatingly mounted within the plug housing. This floating mounting serves the purpose of providing a good contact even if the opposing contact is misaligned between the pairs of tongues.

This prior art plug, however, has the disadvantage that when the conductor exerts a transverse pull on the lower end of the flexible contact member, one pair of tongues is thereby pushed into the area between the pairs of tongues which receive the other contact, due to the floating mounting, thereby causing interruptions of contact and making it difficult to insert the flat contact between the pairs of tongues.

Summary of the invention It is the object of the present invention to provide a plug of the above-noted type which is rigidly mounted within its housing. In accordance with this invention, this is accomplished by providing one or more extensions projecting from the middle portion of the flexible contact member and abutting against an inner surface of the housing therefor.

Brief description of the drawings FIGURE 1 is a vertical cross-sectional view of one embodiment of the invention.

FIGURE 2 is a vertical cross-sectional view of another embodiment of the invention.

Description of the preferred embodiments Referring to FIGURE 1, a flexible contact member 1 is mounted within a hollow housing 5 made of insulating Patented Sept. 3, 1968 "ice material. Although only one flexible contact member 1 is visible in the drawing, several are disposed within the housing 5 in side-by-side relation. Flexible contact member 1 is provided at one end with two pairs of tongues 2, which provide contact with a flat contact which is not shown in the drawings. Flexible contact member 1 contains two symmetrical arm portions, stamped from one piece, which are joined to a common end 3 which is adapted at 4 to be connected to a conductor. In the individual contact members, the tongues 2 are slightly displaced in position with respect to each other so that the flat contact (not shown) traverses several independently flexible contacting points when inserted. The other end of the flexible contact member extends through the opening 6 of housing 5. To avoid lateral displacement of the contact member when a lateral pull is exerted on its lower end 4, the contact member of the present invention is provided with two additional extensions 7, which project from the middle portion of the contact member and abut against the recess 9 in housing 5 at the inner surfaces indicated by the reference numeral 8. After flexible contact member 1 is inserted in housing 5, tabs 10 are laterally bent to prevent the member from slipping out of the housing.

FIGURE 2 shows two flexible contact members 1' and 1" which are both inserted into receptacle 5' having recesses 9 and 9". This flexible contact member differs from the other flexible contact member in being provided with a pair of outwardly extending tongues 2 and 2 which are adapted to make contact with a pair of parallel contact plates (not shown) which are inserted over the plug. Extensions 7 and 7" abut against corresponding surfaces 8' and 8" in the recesses 9 and 9". The projections 11' and 11" abut against the opposing inner surfaces of recesses 9' and 9".

To provide for easy construction, the housing 5 is preferably divided into a lower portion 12 and an upper portion 13. It will be apparent that the two electrical contact points, namely the tongue 2 and the lower end 4 of the contact member, mechanically decouple from each other in the plug according to the present invention, whereby a transverse force applied to the conductor end of the plug will not displace the tongues 2 and prevent proper electrical contact with the opposing flat contact.

It will be understood that the above description of the present invention is susceptible to various modifications, changes, and adaptations, and the same are intended to be comprehended within the meaning and range of equivalents of the appended claim.

We claim:

1. In an electrical plug including a housing made of insulating material and a flexible contact member mounted within said housing, one end of said flexible contact member being shaped to make sliding contact with another electrical contact element, and the other end of said fiexible contact member being shaped to make fixed contact with an electrical conductor, the improvement comprising at least one extension projecting from the middle portion of said flexible contact member and abutting against an interior surface of said housing to prevent said flexible contact member from being displaced by movement of said electrical conductor; said flexible contact member being stamped from 'a single piece of resilient, electrically conductive material and comprising a pair of approximately identical flexible contact members disposed sideby-side within said housing; said one end of said flexible contact members containing projecting tongues for mak- 3 I 4 ing sliding contact with another electrical contact, and FOREIGN PATENTS the projecting tongues on one of said approximately identical members being slightly displaced with respect to the E i; projecting tongues on the other of said approximately 1001221 8/1965 i i identical members. 5 rea H References Cited MARVIN A. CHAMPION, Primary Examiner.


2,994,056 7/1961 Fox 339-17

Patent Citations
Cited PatentFiling datePublication dateApplicantTitle
US2994056 *Dec 13, 1955Jul 25, 1961Benjamin FoxPrinted circuit board connector
FR1399216A * Title not available
GB869497A * Title not available
GB1001221A * Title not available
Referenced by
Citing PatentFiling datePublication dateApplicantTitle
US3673545 *Nov 10, 1969Jun 27, 1972Bunker RamoMiniature connector construction{13 adjustable or floating
US4275944 *Jul 9, 1979Jun 30, 1981Sochor Jerzy RMiniature connector receptacles employing contacts with bowed tines and parallel mounting arms
US4685886 *Jun 27, 1986Aug 11, 1987Amp IncorporatedElectrical plug header
US7040915Jun 6, 2000May 9, 2006Pollack George PInsulation displacement electrical plug assembly and method of making plug assembly
DE2130729A1 *Jun 21, 1971Dec 23, 1971Bunker RamoElektrischer Verbinder
U.S. Classification439/248, 439/733.1
International ClassificationH01R13/115, H01R13/11, H01R12/18
Cooperative ClassificationH01R13/112, H01R12/721
European ClassificationH01R23/70B, H01R13/11D
Legal Events
Jun 15, 1983ASAssignment
Effective date: 19820922