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US4859198: Contact assembly

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Filing Information

Inventor(s) Alex F. Owen ·
Assignee(s) GTE Products Corporation ·
Attorney/Agent(s) William H. McNeil ·
Primary Examiner Eugene F. Desmond ·
Application Number US7236486
Filing date 08/25/1988
Issue date 08/22/1989
Predicted expiration date 08/25/2008
U.S. Classifications 439/252  · 439/852  ·
International Classifications H01R 1311  ·
Kind CodeA
International Classifications 439252;851;852;856;857;858;65;78 ·
15 Claims, No Drawings


Abstract

A contact assembly for electrically conductively engaging large numbers of electrical connections between printed circuit boards. A plurality of pins mounted on one board are mated to a plurality of corresponding contacts mounted on another board, such contacts being contained in cavities extending along respective axes in a housing such that when the pins are fully engaged by the corresponding contacts each contact is substantially concentric relative to a corresponding axis and pin, and when the pins are not fully engaged by the corresponding contacts each contact extends at an angle relative to a corresponding axis.

Independent Claims | See all claims (15)

  1. 1. A contact assembly for electrically conductively engaging at least one first pin at one end of said contact assembly and at least one second pin at an opposite end of said contact assembly, comprising:a housing having at least one elongated cavity therein for receiving said at least one first pin at a first entrance to said cavity and said at least one second pin at an opposite second entrance to said cavity, said cavity extending along a longitudinal axis;an elongated contact extending within said at least one elongated cavity along said longitudinal axis for electrically conductively engaging said at least one first pin at one end of said at least one elongated contact and said at least one second pin at an opposite end of said at least one elongated contact, said at least one elongated contact comprising:a bridging member;first means extending from a first end of said bridging member and forming said one end for electrically conductively engaging said at least one first pin so that when said at least one first pin is fully engaged by said one end said first means is substantially concentric relative to said longitudinal axis and said first pin, and when said first pin is not fully engaged by said one end said first means extends at an angle relative to said longitudinal axis; and,second means extending from a second end of said bridging member and forming said opposite end for electrically conductively engaging said second pin.
  2. 15.15. A contact assembly for electrically conductively engaging first pins at one end of said contact assembly and second pins at an opposite end of said contact assembly, comprising:a housing having a plurality of elongated cavities extending therethrough from said one end to said opposite end, each cavity extending along a respective longitudinal axis and being formed by at least one sidewall; and,an elongated contact extending within respective select elongated cavities of said plurality of elongated cavities along a respective longitudinal axis, each elongated contact comprising:a bridging member having a first end spring biased towards said longitudinal axis;first means extending from said first end of said bridging member for electrically conductively engaging a respective first pin so that when said respective first pin is fully engaged by said first means said first means is substantially concentric relative to said longitudinal axis and said respective first pin, and when said respective first pin is not fully engaged by said first means said first means extends at an angle relative to said longitudinal axis; and,second means extending from a second end of said bridging member for electrically conductively engaging a respective second pin.

References Cited

U.S. Patent Documents

Document NumberAssigneesInventorsIssue/Pub Date
US3853389 BUNKER RAMO Occhipinti Dec 1974
US4685886 AMP Incorporated Denlinger et al. Aug 1987
US4776651 AMP Incorporated Paulo Oct 1988

Foreign Patent Documents

Document NumberAssigneesInventorsIssue/Pub Date
FR2390029ERICSSON TELEFON AB L MDec 1978
GB1435587BUNKER RAO CORPMay 1976

Referenced By

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US4966557 AMP Incorporated Lee A. Barkus et al. Oct 1990
US5338217 Yazaki Corporation Hitoshi Saitoh et al. Aug 1994
US5667401 Fujitsu Limited Kiyoshi Kuwabara et al. Sep 1997

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