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1. US4191442 - Electrical connector and method of fabricating a wire harness using the connector

Office United States of America
Application Number 05909732
Application Date 25.05.1978
Publication Number 4191442
Publication Date 04.03.1980
Grant Number 4191442
Grant Date 04.03.1980
Publication Kind A
IPC
H01R 4/24
HELECTRICITY
01BASIC ELECTRIC ELEMENTS
RELECTRICALLY-CONDUCTIVE CONNECTIONS; STRUCTURAL ASSOCIATIONS OF A PLURALITY OF MUTUALLY-INSULATED ELECTRICAL CONNECTING ELEMENTS; COUPLING DEVICES; CURRENT COLLECTORS
4Electrically-conductive connections between two or more conductive members in direct contact, i.e. touching one another; Means for effecting or maintaining such contact; Electrically-conductive connections having two or more spaced connecting locations for conductors and using contact members penetrating insulation
24Connections using contact members penetrating or cutting insulation or cable strands
H01R 24/00
HELECTRICITY
01BASIC ELECTRIC ELEMENTS
RELECTRICALLY-CONDUCTIVE CONNECTIONS; STRUCTURAL ASSOCIATIONS OF A PLURALITY OF MUTUALLY-INSULATED ELECTRICAL CONNECTING ELEMENTS; COUPLING DEVICES; CURRENT COLLECTORS
24Two-part coupling devices, or either of their cooperating parts, characterised by their overall structure
CPC
H01R 4/2445
HELECTRICITY
01BASIC ELECTRIC ELEMENTS
RELECTRICALLY-CONDUCTIVE CONNECTIONS; STRUCTURAL ASSOCIATIONS OF A PLURALITY OF MUTUALLY-INSULATED ELECTRICAL CONNECTING ELEMENTS; COUPLING DEVICES; CURRENT COLLECTORS
4Electrically-conductive connections between two or more conductive members in direct contact, i.e. touching one another; Means for effecting or maintaining such contact; Electrically-conductive connections having two or more spaced connecting locations for conductors and using contact members penetrating insulation
24Connections using contact members penetrating or cutting insulation or cable strands
2416the contact members having insulation-cutting edges, e.g. of tuning fork type
2445the contact members having additional means acting on the insulation or the wire, e.g. additional insulation penetrating means, strain relief means or wire cutting knives
Applicants Panduit Corp.
Inventors Caveney Jack E.
Moody Roy A.
Agents Wentzel Charles R.
Wakely Richard B.
Title
(EN) Electrical connector and method of fabricating a wire harness using the connector
Abstract
(EN)

An electrical connector for mechanically joining a plurality of wires to a plurality of other electrical components and for providing low resistance electrical paths between predetermined ones of the plurality of wires and preselected ones of the plurality of other electrical components. The connector includes an insulative housing having a front wall, a back wall and a plurality of spaced barrier walls extending between the front wall and back wall to define an array of cavities extending through the housing. The connector also includes a plurality of metallic terminal elements each of which has a wire terminating portion and a portion for receiving another electrical component with one terminal element preloaded into each of the housing cavities prior to wiring of the connector. The wire terminating portion has an open-ended elongate wire-receiving slot having a width less than the diameter of the conductor in the wire to be terminated in the wire terminating portion so that in response to the insertion of the wire laterally of its axis into the slot, the insulation of the wire is removed. The wire terminating portion further includes an entrance adjoining the slot and of greater width than the slot to guide the wire into the slot. The housing and/or the terminal element has holding means for mechanically holding each wire in alignment with the entrance to the slot corresponding to that wire prior to insertion of the wire into the slot whereby after positioning of the wires into the holding means and prior to insertion of the wires into the slots, the connector can be physically moved without dissociation of the wires from their corresponding slots.

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