|Publication number||USH1694 H|
|Application number||US 08/569,415|
|Publication date||Nov 4, 1997|
|Filing date||Dec 6, 1995|
|Priority date||Dec 6, 1995|
|Publication number||08569415, 569415, US H1694 H, US H1694H, US-H-H1694, USH1694 H, USH1694H|
|Inventors||John C. McCann|
|Original Assignee||Mccann; John C.|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (14), Classifications (9)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
The present invention relates to electronic cable connectors. More specifically, but without limitation thereto, the present invention relates to a replaceable connector tip for flat cable assemblies.
Flat cable assemblies with molded connector pins are typically replaced at considerable expense when the pins are damaged because the pins are non-replaceable. Unlike semipermanent cable installations, test cables are manually mated and disconnected from their receptacles many times and consequently are more frequently damaged. Miniature, hollow pin connectors are particularly vulnerable to damage in a test environment.
A need therefore exists for a pin connector replacement for flat cable assemblies that may be readily installed in the field.
A replaceable connector of the present invention is directed to overcoming the problems described above, and may provide further related advantages. No embodiment of the present invention described herein should be construed to preclude other embodiments or advantages that may exist or become obvious to those skilled in the art.
A replaceable connector of the present invention comprises an array of connector pins in a parallel alignment each having a female end and a male end. The connector pins are fixed in a molded connector body that exposes the female ends and forms a receptacle around each of the male ends.
An advantage of the replaceable connector of the present invention is that expensive cable assemblies may readily be repaired in the field without special tools.
Another advantage is that the replaceable connector reduces the cost of repairing cable assemblies with damaged pins.
The features and advantages summarized above in addition to other aspects of the present invention will become more apparent from the description accompanied by the following drawings.
FIG. 1 is a side view cross-section of a replaceable connector of the present invention.
FIG. 2 is a bottom view of the replaceable connector of FIG. 1.
FIG. 3 is a top perspective view of the replaceable connector of FIG. 1.
FIG. 4 is a top view of a cable assembly for mating to the replaceable connector of FIG. 3.
The following description is presented solely for the purpose of disclosing how the present invention may be made and used. The scope of the invention is defined by the claims.
In the side view cross-section of FIG. 1, replaceable connector 10 comprises a connector pin 100 and a molded connector body 104. One end of connector pin 100 is formed into a female end 102. The other end of connector pin 100 is formed into a male end 106. Connector pin 100 is fixed in a molded connector body 104 that exposes female end 102 and forms a receptacle 108 around male end 106. A crimp 110 prevents connector pin 100 from being displaced from connector body 104. A retainer clip 112 may be added for locking connector body 104 to a cable assembly.
FIG. 2 shows replaceable connector 10 viewed from the bottom to illustrate receptacle 108 formed in connector body 104 around each connector pin 100. Connector pins 100 are fixed in a parallel alignment as shown by connector body 104.
FIG. 3 is a top perspective view of replaceable connector 10. Retainer clip 112 locks connector body 104 by a detent 312 to a mating connector 402 of a cable assembly 40 in FIG. 4. In FIG. 3, a hole 314 may be provided for applying leverage against retainer clip 112 through hole 314 to assist in overcoming high insertion force that may be required to release connector pins 100 when replacing replaceable connector 10. Other retaining mechanisms may be used as practiced in the art. A cover piece (not shown) may be used as is well known in the art to protect connector pins 100 when connector 20 is mated to cable assembly 40 in FIG. 4 while cable assembly 40 is disconnected.
Other modifications, variations, and applications of the present invention may be made in accordance with the above teachings other than as specifically described to practice the invention within the scope of the following claims.
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|International Classification||H01R12/70, H01R12/77, H01R31/06|
|Cooperative Classification||H01R31/06, H01R23/661, H01R12/777, H01R12/778|