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US7172458: Adapter for a multi-contact connector, and such a connector

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Filing Information

Inventor(s) Marnix Van Der Mee · Henri Perrin · Armel Baldyrou ·
Assignee(s) Radiall ·
Attorney/Agent(s) Oliff & Berridge, PLC ·
Primary Examiner Tho D. Ta ·
Application Number US11304762
Filing date 12/16/2005
Issue date 02/06/2007
Prior Publication Data
Predicted expiration date 12/16/2025
U.S. Classifications 439/577  ·
International Classifications H01R33945  ·
Kind CodeB2
Foreign Priority FR0453023 - 12/16/2004 ·
22 Claims, 4 Drawings


Abstract

An adapter may be for a multi-contact connector including at least one insert including at least two cavities. The adapter may include a first face configured to be pressed against a front face of the insert, and a second face opposite from the first face, a plurality of cells extending from the first face to the second face. The cells may include at least one cell of a first type configured to be placed in line with a first of the cavities of the insert and to receive an alignment sleeve configured to co-operate with a ferrule of an optical contact element when engaged in the first cavity, and at least one cell of a second type configured to be disposed in line with a second of the cavities so as to receive an end portion of a female electrical contact element when engaged in the second cavity.

Independent Claims | See all claims (22)

  1. 1. An adapter for a multi-contact connector including at least one insert, the insert including at least two cavities, a first of said cavities being configured to receive at least part of an optical contact element and a second of said cavities being configured to receive at least part of a female electrical contact element, the insert including a front face into which said at least two cavities open, the adapter being configured to be disposed on said front face of the insert, and comprising: a first face configured to be pressed against the front face of the insert, and a second face opposite from the first face, a plurality of cells extending from the first face to the second face of the adapter; the plurality of cells including at least one cell of a first type configured to be placed in line with a first of said cavities of the insert and to receive an alignment sleeve configured to co-operate with a ferrule of an optical contact element when engaged in said first cavity of the insert, at least one cell of a second type configured to be disposed in line with a second of said cavities of the insert so as to receive an end portion of a female electrical contact element when engaged in said second cavity of the insert; and the cell of the second type being connected to a tubular portion that at least one of projects from the second face and opens in the second face.
  2. 21. An adapter for a multi-contact connector including at least one insert, the insert including at least two cavities, a first of said cavities being configured to receive at least part of an optical contact element and a second of said cavities being configured to receive at least part of a female electrical contact element, the insert including a front face into which said at least two cavities open, the adapter being arranged to be disposed on said front face of the insert, and comprising: a first face configured to be pressed against the front face of the insert, and a second face opposite from the first face, a plurality of cells extending from the first face to the second face of the adapter; the plurality of cells including at least one cell of a first type configured to be placed in line with a first of said cavities of the insert and to receive an alignment sleeve configured to co-operate with a ferrule of an optical contact element when engaged in said first cavity of the insert, at least one cell of a second type configured to be disposed in line with a second of said cavities of the insert so as to receive an end portion of a female electrical contact element when engaged in said second cavity of the insert; and the adapter comprising two assembled-together elements, a first of the elements defining the first face, and a second of the elements defining the second face of the adapter.
  3. 22. An adapter for a multi-contact connector including at least one insert, the insert including at least two cavities, a first of said cavities being configured to receive at least part of an optical contact element and a second of said cavities being configured to receive at least part of a female electrical contact element, the insert including a front face into which said at least two cavities open, the adapter being configured to be disposed on said front face of the insert, and comprising: at least one cell of a first type configured to be placed in line with a first of said cavities of the insert and to receive an alignment sleeve configured to co-operate with a ferrule of an optical contact element when engaged in said first cavity of the insert; at least one cell of a second type arranged to be disposed in line with a second of said cavities of the insert so as to receive an end portion of a female electrical contact element when engaged in said second cavity of the insert; and at least one fastener element configured to fasten the adapter to the insert and comprising at least one screw.

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Patent Family

Document NumberAssigneeInventorsIssue/Pub Date
EP1672401 RADIALL Van Der Mee, Marnix et al. Jun 2006
US20060134990 RADIALL Marnix Van Der Mee et al. Jun 2006
FR2879837 RADIALL SA VAN DER MEE MARNIX et al. Jun 2006
US7172458 Radiall Marnix Van Der Mee et al. Feb 2007