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1. (WO2018200259) COAXIAL CONNECTORS WITH GROUNDING TUBE FOR ALTERING A GROUND PATH WITH A CONDUCTOR

Pub. No.:    WO/2018/200259    International Application No.:    PCT/US2018/027962
Publication Date: Fri Nov 02 00:59:59 CET 2018 International Filing Date: Wed Apr 18 01:59:59 CEST 2018
IPC: H01R 13/703
H01R 9/05
H01R 24/54
H01R 103/00
H01R 13/6581
H01R 13/648
Applicants: CORNING OPTICAL COMMUNICATIONS RF LLC
Inventors: FLAHERTY, IV, Thomas Edmond
Title: COAXIAL CONNECTORS WITH GROUNDING TUBE FOR ALTERING A GROUND PATH WITH A CONDUCTOR
Abstract:
Coaxial connectors with a grounding tube for altering a ground path with a conductor of the coaxial connector are disclosed. The coaxial connector comprises a grounding tube mounted within the connector housing and around at least a portion of a first conductor to initially establish and subsequently disconnect a grounding path between the first conductor and a housing of the coaxial connector. After contacting the mating connector, the first conductor moves, along with a first conductor housing, which moves a plurality of fingers of the grounding tube from the closed position to the open position. This disconnects the grounding path between the first conductor and the connector housing and establishes an electrical path between the first conductor and the mating connector. Thus, the coaxial connector is grounded before establishing an electrical connection between the coaxial connector and a mating connector.