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(12) United States Patent
Savicki, Jr. et al.
(io) Patent No.: (45) Date of Patent:
US 7,736,175 Bl *Jun. 15, 2010
(54) COMPACT ELECTRICAL WIRING SYSTEM
(75) Inventors: Gerald R. Savicki, Jr., Canastota, NY (US); John Benoit, Montpelier, VT (US)
(73) Assignee: Pass & Seymour, Inc., Syracuse, NY (US)
( * ) Notice: Subject to any disclaimer, the term of this patent is extended or adjusted under 35 U.S.C. 154(b) by 0 days.
This patent is subject to a terminal disclaimer.
(21) Appl.No.: 12/396,214
(22) Filed: Mar. 2, 2009
Related U.S. Application Data
(63) Continuation-in-part of application No. 11/933,943, filed on Nov. 1,2007, now Pat. No. 7,497,725, which is a continuation of application No. 11/691,116, filed on Mar. 26, 2007, now Pat. No. 7,470,145, which is a continuation of application No. 11/357,563, filed on Feb. 17, 2006, now Pat. No. 7,195,517, which is a continuation of application No. 11/032,420, filed on Jan. 10, 2005, now Pat. No. 7,189,110, which is a continuation-in-part of application No. 10/680,797, filed on Oct. 7, 2003, now Pat. No. 6,994,585.
(51) Int. CI.
H01R 13/60 (2006.01)
(52) U.S. CI 439/535; 439/536; 174/58
(58) Field of Classification Search 439/535,
439/536, 650, 107; 174/58 See application file for complete search history.
(56) References Cited
U.S. PATENT DOCUMENTS
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The present invention is directed to a electrical wiring system that includes a plug connector having a plurality of plug contacts configured to terminate a plurality of wires. The system also includes an electrical wiring device having a cover member, a body member, a ground strap assembly disposed between the cover member and the body member, and a receptacle formed in a rear portion of the body member, the receptacle being configured to accept the plug connector. The ground strap assembly is configured to conform to at least one body member feature such that a distance from the ground strap assembly to a major rear surface of the body member is less than a predetermined distance. The receptacle includes a plurality of receptacle contacts configured to mate with the plurality of plug contacts when the plug connector is inserted into the receptacle.
44 Claims, 11 Drawing Sheets
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* cited by examiner