US Pat. No. 9,619,003

COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, RELAY DEVICE, AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING POWER SUPPLY

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A communication system comprising:
a plurality of communication buses;
a plurality of communication devices connected to any one of the plurality of communication buses, and one communication device
of the plurality of communication devices transmitting/receiving an information group of one or more pieces of information
to/from one communication bus of the plurality of communication buses;

a relay device that relays information between different communication buses, the relay device including:
a plurality of communication parts respectively connected to the plurality of communication buses,
a communication control part transmitting/receiving an information group transmitted from each communication device through
the plurality of communication parts,

an extracting part extracting information required for power supply control from the received information group, and
a creating part creating information related to power supply control based on information extracted from the extracting part;
and

a power supply control device performing power supply control of one or a plurality of devices being connected, wherein:
the communication control part transmits information created by the creating part from a specified communication part among
the plurality of communication parts, and

the power supply control device is connected to the specified communication part of the relay device for performing power
supply control based on information transmitted from the relay device.

US Pat. No. 9,197,127

POWER SUPPLY CONTROLLER

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A power supply controller to be connected to a power supply path for supplying power from a power source to a load and
to be connected to an external manual input switch, the power supply controller being configured to control power supply from
the power source to the load and comprising:
a switch circuit to be provided between the power source and the power supply path, the switch circuit being configured to
switch the power supply from the power source to the load between on and off; and

a power-supply-path protection circuit configured (i) to control switching operation of the switch circuit according to a
power-supply command signal that commands to start or terminate the power supply to the load and is output based on a turn-on
operation or a turn-off operation of the external manual input switch, (ii) to calculate a temperature of the power-supply
path, and (iii) if the calculated temperature reaches a predetermined upper limit, to inhibit the switch circuit from the
power supply, thereby protecting the power-supply path,

wherein if the power-supply-path protection circuit receives the power-supply command signal which commands to terminate the
power supply to the load and is output based on the turn-off operation of the external manual input switch, in case the power
supply by the switch circuit is inhibited, the power-supply-path protection circuit removes the inhibition of the power supply
by the switch circuit.

US Pat. No. 9,255,976

CURRENT DETECTION DEVICE

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

8. A current detection device comprising:
a U-shaped current detection busbar, including:
a cylindrical penetration portion;
two cylindrical extension portions extending in a symmetrical arrangement from opposite ends of the cylindrical penetration
portion; and

two terminal portions, each of the terminal portions connected to one of the two cylindrical extension portions, wherein the
terminal portions have a larger width than the extension portions;

a magneto-electric conversion element that detects magnetic flux changes; and
a magnetic core defining a hole and a gap,
wherein the cylindrical penetration portion is disposed in the hole, the two terminal portions are disposed outside of the
hole and the magneto-electric conversion element is disposed in the gap.

US Pat. No. 9,374,916

ELECTRICAL JUNCTION BOX

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. An electrical junction box comprising:
a case that comprises a bottom plate portion and a case-side peripheral wall portion extending upright from a peripheral edge
of the bottom plate portion, the case having an opening that opens to a lateral side;

a circuit structure that is accommodated in the case; and
a cover that closes the opening of the case and comprises a lid plate portion and a cover-side peripheral wall portion extending
upright from a peripheral edge of the lid plate portion and covering a perimeter of the case-side peripheral wall portion,

wherein the circuit structure comprises a circuit board and electronic components that are mounted on a mounting surface of
the circuit board, and the circuit structure is accommodated in the case such that the mounting surface of the circuit board
faces the opening,

wherein the circuit structure is disposed in the case with a space that allows water to pass through being provided between
an inner surface of the bottom plate portion and the circuit structure, and

wherein the electrical junction box further includes a waterproof wall extending from the lid plate portion toward the case
in a configuration in which the cover and the case are assembled, the waterproof wall located inside of the cover-side peripheral
wall portion, and located inside of the case-side upper wall portion in a configuration in which the cover and case are assembled,
wherein a protruding end of the waterproof wall extends closer to the bottom plate portion than a height from the bottom plate
portion of an outer peripheral end of a non-mounting surface of the circuit board on which no electronic components are mounted
such that the outer peripheral end of the circuit board is adjacent the protruding end of the waterproof wall in a configuration
in which the cover and the case are assembled, the protruding end of the waterproof wall being slightly spaced apart from
the bottom plate portion.

US Pat. No. 9,241,431

ELECTROMAGNETIC SHIELDING TOOL AND WIRE HARNESS

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. An electromagnetic shielding tool comprising:
a metallic cloth including a first outer edge portion and a second outer edge portion on a side opposite to the first outer
edge portion, the metallic cloth comprising a metallic thread fabric; and

a plurality of bracket sets configured to hold the first outer edge portion and the second outer edge portion in a shape of
a ring that surrounds a periphery of an electrical wire,

wherein each of the bracket sets comprises:
two elongated portions comprising a conductive material, the elongated portions joined to the metallic cloth and arranged
in series along an outer edge portion of the metallic cloth and fixed to each other on two opposite sides of the electrical
wire to form the ring that surrounds the electrical wire, and

at least one coupling portion that couples end portions of the two elongated portions to each other to detachably fix the
two elongated portions in the ring shape.

US Pat. No. 9,281,613

BATTERY WIRING MODULE

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A battery wiring module attached to a battery group formed by juxtaposing a plurality of batteries each having positive
and negative electrode terminals, the battery wiring module comprising:
a plurality of connectors connected to the electrode terminals; and
a plurality of holder units made of an insulating resin and having holding portions that holds the connectors, wherein:
the holder units include a first holder unit, and a plurality of second holder units joined together, the first holder unit
is disposed at an end of the jointed second holder units;

the holding portion of the second holder units is provided with a wall closing lateral sides other than in a direction in
which the batteries are juxtaposed, and a connector insertion portion through which the connectors are inserted in the direction
in which the batteries are juxtaposed; and

the holding portion of the first holder unit is provided with an encompassing wall encompassing the entire circumferential
edges of the connectors and adapted to insert the connectors in a direction in which the first holder unit is attached to
the battery group.

US Pat. No. 9,362,881

NOISE FILTER DEVICE

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

6. A noise filter comprising:
a ground connection terminal configured to provide an electrical ground potential;
a coil having a conductive wire wound around a magnetic core;
a pair of capacitors each having one terminal electrically connected to the ground connection terminal, the pair of capacitors
and coil together constituting a ?-type filter circuit;

a housing configured to house the coil and the pair of capacitors;
a first conductive shielding plate interposed between the pair of capacitors, the first conductive shielding plate being electrically
connected to the ground connection terminal; and

a second conductive shielding plate interposed between the coil and the pair of capacitors, the second conductive shielding
plate being electrically connected to the ground connection terminal;

wherein both capacitors are arranged on one side of a virtual plane that virtually divides the coil in two equal and symmetrical
parts, the virtual plane extending along a longitudinal axis of the coil; and

wherein the first and second conductive shielding plates are integrally formed with the ground connection terminal.

US Pat. No. 9,054,474

WIRE HARNESS INCLUDING SHORT CIRCUIT AND PRODUCTION METHOD THEREFOR

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A wire harness including a plurality of short circuits the wire harness comprising a plurality of circuit modules each
making up the respective short circuits and a binding tape for fixing the circuit modules together in a bundle, each of the
circuit modules including: a plurality of electric wires; a plurality of external-connection connectors each connected to
respective first ends of the electric wires; and a joint connector connected to respective second ends, opposite to the first
ends respectively, of the electric wires to short-circuit the second ends of the electric wires
wherein the electric wires constituting the circuit modules are bundled together in such a manner that the joint connector
of each of the circuit modules is discretely disposed so as to be located in a vicinity of at least one of the external-connection
connectors included in the circuit module, and the binding tape is wound around the bundled electric wires,

wherein the electric wires constituting the circuit modules are bundled together to thereby form a trunk line, and respective
ends of the electric wires included in a common one of the circuit modules are extracted from the trunk line to form a plurality
of branch wires, to the ends of which the respective joint connectors are commonly connected, and

wherein the binding tape is continuously wound across and around the joint connector, the branch wires and the trunk line
to fix the joint connector onto the trunk line.

US Pat. No. 9,332,668

ELECTRONIC CIRCUIT UNIT CAPABLE OF EXTERNAL CONNECTION

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. An electronic circuit unit, comprising:
a circuit board including an edge part and first and second opposite surfaces extending from the edge part, a plurality of
first conductors for connection provided on the first surface thereof and a plurality of second conductors for connection
provided on the second surface thereof;

a case for housing the circuit board; and
a connector for connecting wires to the conductors for connection of the circuit board;
wherein:
the case includes an opening that is open in a specific direction and is so shaped that the circuit board is insertable into
the case in a board inserting direction perpendicular to a plate thickness direction of the circuit board through the opening
with the edge part in the lead;

the connector includes a board insertion space configured for receiving the edge part of the circuit board therein, first
and second pluralities of terminal accommodating chambers disposed respectively on first and second sides of the board insertion
space, first and second pluralities of connector terminals connected to ends of the respective wires and disposed respectively
in the first and second terminal accommodating chambers, the first and second pluralities of connector terminals being electrically
conductively connectable respectively to the first and second pluralities of conductors for connection of the circuit board
by respectively coming into contact with the conductors, the housing being configured for holding the connector terminals
in such an arrangement that the respective connector terminals simultaneously come into contact with the respective conductors
for connection, the housing being shaped to be mountable into the case to close the opening of the case at a position where
each connector terminal held in the housing comes into contact with each conductor for connection of the circuit board at
a board holding position; and

the case includes a housing locking portion for locking the housing of the connector at the position where each connector
terminal of the connector comes into contact with each conductor for connection of the circuit board housed in the case.

US Pat. No. 9,327,661

ELECTRIC-WIRE PROTECTION PIPE AND HARNESS

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. An electric-wire protection pipe having a first circumferential region and a second circumferential region, the electric-wire
protection pipe being formed of a material that includes metal and being configured to surround an electric wire, the electric-wire
protection pipe comprising:
a first reinforced section located at the first circumferential region in the circumferential direction of the electric-wire
protection pipe, the first reinforced section including: (1) a protrusion configured to form a ridge line extending along
the longitudinal direction of the electric-wire protection pipe on at least one of an internal surface and an external surface
of the electric-wire protection pipe, and (2) a groove configured to extend along the longitudinal direction of the electric-wire
protection pipe opposite of the protrusion; and

a flat pipe section constituting at least a part of the electric-wire protection pipe in the longitudinal direction, the flat
pipe section being configured such that an outer size of the flat pipe section in a first direction is smaller than an outer
size of the flat pipe section in a second direction orthogonal to the first direction, wherein

the first direction is a direction from a first circumferential region, in which the first reinforced section is formed, in
the circumferential direction of the electric wire protection pipe toward a second circumferential region that is opposite
to the first circumferential region.

US Pat. No. 9,305,678

COMPOSITION FOR WIRE COATING MEMBER, INSULATED WIRE, AND WIRING HARNESS

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. An insulated wire comprising a non-crosslinked insulation coat, wherein the non-crosslinked insulation coat is made from
a composition comprising:
(A) a polypropylene;
(B) a polyolefin elastomer;
(C) a bromine flame retardant;
(D) an antimony trioxide;
(E) magnesium hydroxide;
(F) at least one of (i) and (ii):
(i) (F1) a zinc sulfide,
(ii) a combination of (F2) a zinc oxide and (F3) mercaptobenzimidazole; and
(G) a hindered phenolic antioxidant,
wherein:
each of (A) the polypropylene and (B) the polyolefin elastomer is not modified by a functional group or a silane coupling
agent, and

a total content of (A) the polypropylene and (B) the polyolefin elastomer is 45 wt % or more of the composition.

US Pat. No. 9,153,880

GROUND CONNECTION BODY

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A ground connection body for collectively connecting ground wires to a plurality of ground locations provided on a wall
surface in a vehicle, comprising:
a first wire-side terminal portion shaped to be connectable to an end of a first ground wire;
a second wire-side terminal portion shaped to be connectable to an end of a second ground wire different from the first ground
wire; and

a first ground-side terminal portion electrically connected to each of the first and second wire-side terminal portions, including
a first ground location connection part connectable to a first ground location and a second ground location connection part
connectable to a second ground location different from the first ground location and having such a relative positional relationship
that the first and second ground location connection parts are simultaneously connectable to the first and second ground locations;

wherein the second wire-side terminal portion is obliquely arranged relatively with respect to the first wire-side terminal
portion so that the second ground wire connected to the second wire-side terminal portion extends in a direction toward the
first ground wire connected to the first wire-side terminal portion with distance from the first ground-side terminal portion.

US Pat. No. 9,197,290

COMMUNICATION SYSTEM AND COMMUNICATION DEVICE

SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTR...

1. A communication system provided with an output circuit that is provided in an electricity supply apparatus supplying electricity
to a vehicle and that outputs a rectangular wave signal of given frequency and with an input circuit that is provided in the
vehicle and connected to the output circuit through a plurality of signal lines and that receives the rectangular wave signal
outputted by the output circuit, whereby a communication signal is superimposed on the signal lines so that communication
is achieved between the vehicle and the electricity supply apparatus, the communication system comprising:
a first communication unit provided in the electricity supply apparatus and transmitting and receiving a communication signal
via a first transformer connected between the signal lines;

a second communication unit provided in the vehicle and transmitting and receiving a communication signal via a second transformer
connected between the signal lines;

a first lowpass filter interposed between the output circuit and the first transformer; and
a second lowpass filter interposed between the input circuit and the second transformer, wherein
the output circuit outputs a rectangular wave signal of 1 kHz; and
a rise time and a fall time of the rectangular wave signal on an input side of the input circuit are 10 ?s or shorter.

US Pat. No. 9,054,434

METHOD FOR PRODUCING WIRING HARNESS, AND WIRING HARNESS

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A wiring harness comprising:
a bunch of electric wires comprising a plurality of insulated electric wires, each of which comprises a conductor and an insulation
with which a portion of the conductor is coated while the other portion is exposed, the bunch of electric wires comprising:

an exposed bunched portion comprising a splice, the exposed bunched portion defining a spot at which the exposed portions
of the conductors of the insulated electric wires are bunched and connected to each other; and

a coated bunched portion that defines a spot at which the coated portions of the conductors of the insulated electric wires
are bunched; and

a sealing member arranged to seal all of the exposed bunched portion, and an end portion of the coated bunched portion that
is adjacent to the exposed bunched portion,

wherein the sealing member comprises a resin that is cured by photo polymerization and redox copolymerization.

US Pat. No. 9,204,562

ELECTRICAL JUNCTION BOX

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. An electrical junction box comprising:
a case that comprises a bottom plate portion and a ease-side peripheral wall portion extending upright from a peripheral edge
of the bottom plate portion, the case having an opening that opens to a lateral side; a circuit structure that is accommodated
in the case; and a cover that closes the opening of the case and comprises a lid plate portion and a cover-side peripheral
wall portion extending upright from a peripheral edge of the lid plate portion and covering a perimeter of the case-side peripheral
wall portion,

wherein a protruding length of a cover-side upper wall portion of the cover-side peripheral wall portion that is located on
an upper side in a state in which the electrical junction box is used is set at such a length that the cover-side upper wall
portion protrudes outward beyond an outer surface of the bottom plate portion,

a step is formed in an outer surface and an inner surface of at least a case-side upper wall portion of the case-side peripheral
wall portion that is located on the upper side in the state in which the electrical junction box is used such that a region
of the case-side peripheral wall portion on the side of the opening protrudes outward beyond a region of the case-side peripheral
wall portion on the side of the bottom plate portion,

in a state in which the cover and the case are assembled, the cover comprises a waterproof wall protruding from the lid plate
portion toward the case, the waterproof wall being disposed at a position to the inside of the case-side upper will portion
and overhanging the circuit structure, and

the waterproof wall is disposed below the step that is formed in the inner surface of the case-side upper wall portion.

US Pat. No. 9,252,527

MULTIPLE WIRE CONNECTING TERMINAL

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A relay terminal made of metal and configured to join a first wire and a second wire by being electrically connected to
the first and second wires, comprising:
a first barrel portion caulked and crimped to a first core made of a metal different from a metal constituting the relay terminal
and exposed at an end of the first wire including the first core in such a manner as to embrace the first core from opposite
sides;

a second barrel portion caulked and crimped to a second core exposed at an end of the second wire in such a manner as to embrace
the second core from opposite sides;

a linking portion defining a plate that links the first and second barrel portions;
a water drainage portion provided on the linking portion, the water drainage portion defining a resin ring that surrounds
the plate of the linking portion over an entire circumference thereof and that projects out from the plate over the entire
circumference to restrict intrusion of water at least from the second barrel portion toward the first barrel portion; and

a tubular waterproof covering that covers the first and second barrel portions that have been caulked and crimped respectively
to the first and second cores and that bridges the linking portion and the resin ring that surrounds the plate of the linking
portion.

US Pat. No. 9,318,735

TERMINAL-ATTACHED PLATE, PLATE ASSEMBLY, AND BATTERY MODULE

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A terminal-attached plate for use in a plate assembly of a battery module, the battery module comprising:
a single-cell stack comprising thin batteries stacked in a thickness direction, each battery of the single-cell stack comprising
thin batteries comprises:

a thin-plate-shaped battery body comprising an electric power generation element sealed with an exterior package, and
tabs connected to electrodes of the electric power generation element and drawn to the outside from end portions of the exterior
package; and

a plate assembly connected to an end portion of the single-cell stack,
the terminal-attached plate comprising:
a joining portion, with which the terminal-attached plate is arranged to be joined to an end portion of the thin battery;
a plate supporting portion arranged to support a second plate that is stacked on the terminal-attached plate;
a terminal comprising:
a connecting portion, with which the terminal is arranged to be connected to a tab of the thin battery; and
a contact portion, with which the terminal is arranged to be connected to a connector; and
a hood member arranged to protect the contact portion of the terminal,
wherein:
the hood member is disposed at a position that is offset to an end portion side of the terminal-attached plate from a center
in a longitudinal direction of the terminal-attached plate, and

at least a portion of the hood member of the terminal-attached plate overlaps a hood member of the second plate in a direction
orthogonal to a direction of stacking of the terminal-attached plate and the second plate in the plate assembly.

US Pat. No. 9,231,312

TERMINAL-WIRE ASSEMBLY

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A terminal-wire assembly, comprising:
a copper wire including a conductor made of copper;
an aluminum wire including a conductor made of aluminum or aluminum alloy; and
a crimping terminal connectable to ends of the respective copper wire and aluminum wire;
wherein:
the crimping terminal includes a first wire-side terminal portion shaped to be connectable to the end of the copper wire,
a second wire-side terminal portion shaped to be connectable to the end of the aluminum wire and an electrical connecting
portion bonded to the first and second wire-side terminal portions and shaped to be electrically connectable to at least one
mating section;

the first wire-side terminal portion includes a first crimping portion shaped to be crimpable to the conductor exposed at
the end of the copper wire;

the second wire-side terminal portion includes a second crimping portion shaped to be crimpable to the conductor exposed at
the end of the aluminum wire;

the first crimping portion is crimped to the conductor of the copper wire to have such a first crimping height that the first
crimping portion is capable of coming into contact with a surface of the conductor of the copper wire; and

the second crimping portion is crimped to the conductor of the aluminum wire to have such a second crimping height that the
second crimping portion is capable of coming into contact with the conductor of the aluminum wire through an oxide film covering
a surface of the conductor.

US Pat. No. 9,147,504

ALUMINUM ALLOY WIRE

SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTR...

1. A covered electric wire for a wire harness, comprising: a conductor formed of an aluminum alloy stranded wire formed by
stranding together a plurality of aluminum alloy wires, and an insulating cover, layer formed on an outer periphery of said
conductor,
said aluminum alloy wire consisting of not less than 0.005% and not more than 2.2% by mass of Fe, less than or equal to 0.2%
Ni, less than or equal to 0.3% Si, less than or, equal to 0.2% Cu, and optionally not more than 1.0% by mass in total of at
least one additive element selected from the group consisting of Mg, Si, Cu, Zn, Ni, Mn, Ag, Cr, and Zr and a remainder of
Al and an impurity,

said aluminum alloy wire having an electrical conductivity of not less than 58% IACS,
said aluminum alloy wire having an elongation of not less than 10%,
said aluminum alloy wire having a tensile strength of not less than 128 MPa and not more than 200 MPa, and
said aluminum alloy stranded wire having a terminal securing strength, of not, less than 58 N.

US Pat. No. 9,362,692

MULTIPOLAR CONNECTOR

SUMITOMO WIRING SYSTEMS, ...

1. A multipolar connector comprising:
a housing containing a plurality of partitioned terminal-accommodating spaces, each of the terminal-accommodating spaces optionally
comprising a connecting terminal electrically connected to a wiring; and

a high-dielectric-constant body inserted into at least one of the terminal-accommodating spaces that does not comprise a connecting
terminal electrically connected to a wiring;

wherein the high-dielectric-constant body comprises a material that has a higher dielectric constant than air and has a higher
dielectric constant than a material constituting the housing and that has an impedance that is matched to an impedance of
a connector mated to the multipolar connector, and

wherein the high-dielectric constant body is solid.

US Pat. No. 9,362,726

WIRING HARNESS PROTECTION MEMBER AND WIRING HARNESS

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

2. A wiring harness, comprising:
a wire bundle; and
a wiring harness protection member covering the wire bundle, the wire harness protection member being obtained by molding
a nonwoven fabric into a predetermined shape, nonwoven fabric being made of:

mixed fibers containing 10 to 90 mass % of polypropylene resin fibers and 90 to 10 mass % of polyethylene terephthalate resin
fibers into a predetermined shape; and

low melting point resin fibers mixed with the mixed fibers, and a mixing amount of the low melting point resin fibers is in
a range of 5 to 80 parts by mass based on total 100 parts by mass of the polypropylene resin fibers and the polyethylene terephthalate
resin fibers.

US Pat. No. 9,439,317

WIRING MODULE

AutoNetworks Technologies...

1. A wiring module to be mounted on a stacked device formed by stacking a plurality of units in a stacking direction, each
of the units including first and second positioning projections spaced apart in a direction transverse to the stacking direction
and an identically shaped connector fitting portion formed on each of the plurality of units between the first and second
positioning portions, comprising:
a wiring harness including a plurality of wires and a plurality of connectors fixed to ends of the respective wires; and
a positioning member having opposite first and second surfaces and capable of being positioned at a predetermined position
with respect to the stacked device and including a plurality of first positioning holes extending between the first and second
surfaces and spaced apart in the stacking direction and a plurality of second positioning holes extending between the first
and second surfaces and spaced apart in the stacking direction, each of the plurality of first positioning holes aligned with
one of the plurality of second positioning holes and spaced therefrom in the direction transverse to the stacking direction;

a plurality of connector fixing portions extending between the first and second surfaces of the positioning member and spaced
apart in the stacking direction, each of the connector fixing portions positioned between the corresponding first and second
positioning holes and aligned therewith in the direction transverse to the stacking direction;

at least one wire accommodating passage formed on the positioning member and extending in the stacking direction between one
of the plurality of first positioning holes and the plurality of second positioning holes and the plurality of connector fixing
portions and configured for accommodating the plurality of wires of the wiring harness;

a plurality of first bundling member insertion holes formed in a wall of the at least one wire accommodating passage at positions
corresponding to each of the plurality of connector fixing portions, and a plurality of second bundling member insertion holes
formed in each of the plurality of connector fixing portions at positions corresponding to each of the plurality of first
bundling member insertion holes; and

a plurality of bundling members bundling the plurality of wires and inserted through corresponding pairs of the plurality
of first bundling member insertion holes and the plurality of second bundling member insertion holes, wherein

each of the plurality of connectors of the wiring harness is connected to a corresponding one of the plurality of connector
fixing portions in a state where the positioning member is positioned at the predetermined position with respect to the stacked
device, and

the positioning member is fitted on the stacking device with each of the plurality of first positioning holes and each of
the plurality of second positioning holes being fit to the first and second positioning projections and each of the plurality
of connectors fit into the connector fitting portion of one of the plurality of units.

US Pat. No. 9,287,996

COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, COMMUNICATION DEVICE, POWER SUPPLY DEVICE, AND VEHICLE

SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTR...

1. A communication system in which a vehicle including a power storage device and a power supply device that supplies power
to the power storage device are connected to each other via a power supply line used for power supply and a control line for
transmitting a control signal required for control of the power supply using the power supply line, and a communication signal
different from the control signal is transmitted and received using the control line as a medium, wherein
at least one of the vehicle and the power supply device includes a transmission section that transmits the communication signal,
and

the transmission section includes adjustment means that adjusts an output waveform relating to the transmission of the communication
signal to an amplitude previously set for each frequency.

US Pat. No. 9,325,083

ELECTRIC WIRE WITH TERMINAL AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. An electrical connector, comprising:
an electric wire having a conductor made of one of aluminum and an aluminum alloy, and an insulating coating covering the
conductor; and

a terminal having a connecting portion that is compression heated and to which an exposed conductor of the electric wire is
connected, the exposed conductor being exposed at a terminal end of the electric wire, wherein

the connecting portion is formed by compressing while heating a tubular part of the terminal in a condition in which the exposed
conductor is inserted into the tubular part and at a temperature between 300° C. and 500° C., and

wherein
a cross-sectional area of the connecting portion is 30% to 70% of a cross-sectional area of a portion corresponding to the
connecting portion before the connecting portion is compression heated.

US Pat. No. 9,147,944

TERMINAL FITTING

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A terminal fitting to be crimped to a wire including a core formed by putting a plurality of strands together, comprising:
a bottom plate portion on which the core is to be placed; and
a pair of crimping pieces connected to the bottom plate portion and to be crimped to the core in such a manner as to embrace
the core placed on the bottom plate portion, each crimping piece including an inner crimping piece to be arranged in the core
and an outer crimping piece to be arranged outside the core;

wherein butting parts of the respective crimping pieces are formed with a thinning portion between the inner and outer crimping
pieces, and a bent portion is formed by deforming the thinning portion when the respective crimping pieces are crimped to
the core.

US Pat. No. 9,331,660

NOISE FILTER DEVICE

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

6. A noise filter device, comprising: an inductance;
a bracket including a base plate and two end plates projecting from the base plate, the end plates facing opposite end surfaces
of the inductance in an axial direction with specified gaps between the end plates and the end surfaces of the inductance,
the bracket formed of a magnetic material and grounded;

at least one capacitor connected to the bracket and forming part of a noise filter circuit together with the inductance;
a connector housing including a filter housing that at least partly encloses the inductance, the at least one capacitor and
the bracket and an open-ended tube projecting from a partition wall of the filter housing and formed to fit with a mating
connector; and

input and/or output terminals having inner ends connected to the noise filter circuit housed in the filter housing and outer
ends projecting through the partition wall of the filter housing and into the open-ended tube projecting from the partition
wall of the filter housing so that the outer ends of the input and/or output terminals are connectable to mating terminals
in a mating connector.

US Pat. No. 9,350,267

REACTOR, CONVERTER AND POWER CONVERSION DEVICE

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A reactor, comprising:
a coil including a coil element formed by winding a winding wire;
a magnetic core including a part to be inserted into the coil element;
a pair of frame-shaped bobbins respectively provided on opposite axial ends of the coil element; and
a case for accommodating an assembly of the coil, the magnetic core and the pair of frame-shaped bobbins, wherein:
two positions out of a total of four positions near opposite widthwise end parts of one frame-shaped bobbin and near opposite
widthwise end parts of the other frame-shaped bobbin when the assembly accommodated in the case is viewed from above serve
as positioning positions for determining the position of the assembly in the case and the remaining two positions serve as
escaping positions;

projecting pieces are respectively provided at the four positions on either the frame-shaped bobbins or the case; and
engaging grooves to be engaged with the projecting pieces are respectively provided at the positioning positions and the escaping
portions for allowing the projecting pieces to escape are respectively provided at the escaping positions on the other of
the frame-shaped bobbins and the case.

US Pat. No. 9,370,126

ELECTRICAL JUNCTION BOX

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. An electrical junction box to be installed in a vehicle, the electrical junction box comprising:
a start electrical component to which a current is supplied by a power source at least at a start of the vehicle for controlling
supply of current to a vehicle electrical component for starting the vehicle, the start electrical component including:

a terminal including a contact; and
an electrical component case holding the terminal therein;
an operational electrical component to which a current is supplied by the power source at least during an operation of the
vehicle for controlling supply of current to a functional electrical component in the vehicle;

a casing holding the start electrical component and the operation electrical component therein;
a heat shield wall disposed between the start electrical component and the operational electrical component; and
a circuit board on which the start electrical component and the operational electrical component are mounted, the circuit
board has a circuit pattern connected to the terminal portion, wherein:

the start electrical component includes a plurality of start electrical components,
the heat shield wall has a tubular shape having a bottom and an opening that opens toward the circuit board, and
the heat shield wall includes a plurality of heat shield walls that individually surround each of the start electrical components.

US Pat. No. 9,256,260

PROCESSING SYSTEM, PROCESSING DEVICE AND POWER SUPPLY CONTROL METHOD

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A processing system comprising:
a plurality of processing devices connected via a communication line, each of the processing devices including:
a processing part processing an input signal and outputting the processed signal,
a communication part connected to a communication line including two signal lines, the communication part: (i) receiving a
signal transmitted using a differential signal on the basis of a first communication system to the communication line, (ii)
outputting the received signal to the processing part, and (iii) transmitting on the basis of the first communication system,
the signal output from the processing part to the communication line; and

a power supply control part controlling supply/non-supply of power from outside of the processing system to the processing
part,

wherein the processing part of one processing device among the plurality of processing devices outputs a control signal for
controlling supply/non-supply of the power to the processing part of another processing device,

wherein the one processing device further includes:
a transmission part transmitting on the basis of a second communication system, the control signal output by the processing
part of the one processing device to signal lines of the communication line in a same phase,

wherein the another processing device further includes:
a reception part receiving a first signal based on the first communication system and a second signal based on the second
communication system from the communication line,

wherein in the another processing device the first signal received by the reception part is input to the communication part,
wherein the power supply control part of the another processing device controls supply/non-supply of the power on the basis
of the second signal received by the reception part.

US Pat. No. 9,252,505

TERMINAL CONNECTOR, ELECTRIC WIRE WITH TERMINAL CONNECTOR, AND METHOD OF CONNECTING TERMINAL CONNECTOR AND ELECTRIC WIRE

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A terminal connector comprising:
a crimp portion to be crimped to an electric wire having an oxide film thereon, the crimp portion including:
a base material;
an aluminum layer or an aluminum alloy layer on a surface of the base material; and
an alumite layer on a surface of the aluminum layer or the aluminum alloy layer, the alumite layer being a porous layer with
a crystal structure denser than the oxide film and being harder than the base material, the alumite layer having a thickness
of 1 ?m or more and 10 ?m or less.

US Pat. No. 9,111,666

AUTOMOTIVE INSULATED WIRE, AND AUTOMOTIVE WIRING HARNESS

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. An automotive insulated wire comprising:
a metallic conductor; and
an insulation covering layer that covers the outer periphery of the metallic conductor,
wherein the insulation covering layer comprises a mixed resin composition that comprises resin ingredients that comprise
an ingredient A: a polysulfone resin, and
an ingredient B: an aromatic polyester resin comprising polybutylene napthalate, and
wherein a total of 100 parts by mass of the ingredients A and B in the mixed resin composition comprises 95 to 60 parts by
mass of the ingredient A, and 5 to 40 parts by mass of the ingredient B.

US Pat. No. 9,178,435

SWITCHING POWER SUPPLY

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A switching power supply comprising:
a bridge circuit that includes a plurality of switches, and is configured to convert an input DC voltage into an AC voltage
by switching;

a transformer to whose primary coil the AC voltage converted by the bridge circuit is applied, and that is configured to output
the transformed voltage from a center tap between secondary coils of the transformer;

two second switches for respectively causing two ends of the secondary coils to be brought in contact with and be separated
from a fixed electrical potential, and

a smoothing circuit that smoothes the voltage output from the center tap,
wherein a rectified DC voltage is output from the center tap by the second switches being respectively switched on/off with
control signals synchronized with the switching, and the DC voltage smoothed by the smoothing circuit is output from the switching
power supply, and

wherein the switching power supply further comprising:
two diodes that are respectively connected to the two ends of the secondary coils, and are configured to cause currents to
flow from the two ends;

a capacitor that is configured to store the currents caused to flow by the diodes; and
a third switch that is connected between the capacitor and the center tap,
wherein the capacitor is discharged to the smoothing circuit by the third switch being turned on with a second control signal
synchronized with the switching.

US Pat. No. 9,287,019

COMPOSITION FOR WIRE PROTECTIVE MEMBER, WIRE PROTECTIVE MEMBER, AND WIRING HARNESS

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A composition for a wire protective member comprising:
a polypropylene having a propylene monomer constituting 50 to 95 percent by mass of monomers forming a polymer, a melt flow
rate of 0.5 to 5 g/10 min, and a melting point of 150 degrees C. or more;

a bromine-based flame retardant and an antimony trioxide as a flame retarder;
a phenol-based antioxidant as a heat resistance life improving agent; and
a metal deactivator,
wherein the propylene has a tensile strength of 20 to 35 MPa and a Charpy impact strength of 10 kJ/m2 or more at 23 degrees C.; and

1.5 to 15 parts by mass in total of the bromine-based flame retardant and the antimony trioxide, 0.1 to 3 parts by mass of
the phenol-based antioxidant, and 0.1 to 3 parts by mass of the metal deactivator are compounded with 100 parts by mass of
the polypropylene.

US Pat. No. 9,287,934

COMMUNICATION DEVICE AND COMMUNICATION SYSTEM

SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTR...

1. A communication device, included in either a vehicle or a power supply device, in a communication system, the communication
system configured such that a communication signal is transmitted and received using a pair of power supply lines, the power
supply lines connecting the vehicle having a power storage device to the power supply device for supplying power to the power
storage device, the communication device including:
a pair of communication lines which are respectively connected to the pair of power supply lines; and
a pair of induction elements each having one end connected to each of the pair of communication lines, wherein
the other ends of the pair of induction elements are connected to a reference potential.

US Pat. No. 9,105,998

CONNECTOR

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A connector to be connected to a mating connector by being mounted into a case of a device including a base member and
the case fixed to the base member, comprising:
a first terminal;
a first housing fixed in position with respect to the base member and configured to hold the first terminal;
a second terminal connected to the first terminal via a flexible conductive member; and
a second housing configured to hold the second terminal and engageable with the first housing with a predetermined clearance
defined therebetween, wherein the predetermined clearance is formed by engagement of an engaging recess provided on one of
the first and second housings and an engaging protrusion provided on the other of the first and second housings.

US Pat. No. 9,306,306

TERMINAL

Autonetworks Technologies...

1. A terminal used in an electronic circuit unit with a circuit board including an edge portion and a plurality of connection
conductors on a surface of the edge portion, a housing for housing the circuit board and a plurality of terminals respectively
provided on ends of a plurality of wires to be connected to the respective connection conductors of the circuit board and
each including a contact portion to be brought into contact with the corresponding connection conductor, comprising:
a wire connecting portion to be connected to an end portion of the wire; and
a board connecting portion to be connected to the connection conductor;
wherein the board connecting portion includes a substantially rectangular tubular main portion having opposite front and rear
ends, a bottom wall formed with an opening and opposite first and second side walls extending from the bottom wall, a first
resilient contact piece bent from the bottom wall at a first distance from the front end and extending into the tubular main
body, the first resilient contact piece being adjacent the first side wall and having a first contact portion projecting into
the opening to be brought resiliently into contact with the connection conductor and being resiliently deformable so as to
allow a resilient displacement of the first contact portion and a second resilient contact piece bent from the bottom wall
at a second distance from the front end and extending into the tubular main body, the second resilient contact piece being
adjacent the second side wall and having a second contact portion projecting into the opening to be brought resiliently into
contact with the connection conductor that is contacted by the first contact portion and being resiliently deformable so as
to allow a resilient displacement of the second contact portion, and the first and second distances being different from one
another so that the first and second resilient contact pieces are resiliently deformable independently of each other and have
mutually different natural vibration frequencies.

US Pat. No. 9,306,316

FERRITE CORE INTEGRATED WATERPROOF CONNECTOR

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A ferrite core integrated fluidproof connector, comprising:
at least one wire having a terminal fitting connected thereto;
a housing formed with at least one terminal accommodating chamber capable of at least partly accommodating the terminal fitting;
a resilient plug mounted on the housing and formed with at least one wire insertion hole arranged to correspond to the terminal
accommodating chamber, the wire insertion hole having an inner peripheral surface and at least one compressively deformable
lip extending circumferentially on the inner peripheral surface of the wire insertion hole and projecting in from a base part
that defines an area of the wire insertion hole having a maximum inner diameter, the lip being configured to closely contact
an outer peripheral surface of the wire inserted through the wire insertion hole; and

a ferrite core embedded in the resilient plug and being radially outward of the base parts of the at least one lips in a direction
opposite to a projecting direction of the at least one lip in the resilient plug.

US Pat. No. 9,362,640

CARD EDGE CONNECTOR

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A card edge connector with a harness-side connector in which a plurality of terminal fittings are arranged side by side
in a harness-side housing and a board-side connector in which a connecting edge portion of a circuit board projects from a
front surface of a board-side housing, the plurality of terminal fittings being resiliently brought into contact with a plurality
of contact portions arranged side by side on the connecting edge portion when the board-side housing is connected to the harness-side
housing from front of the harness-side housing, comprising:
a terminal accommodating portion constituting the harness-side housing and configured to accommodate the plurality of terminal
fittings;

a housing accommodating portion constituting the harness-side housing, arranged to face a front surface of the terminal accommodating
portion and configured to accommodate the board-side housing connected to the harness-side housing; and

a resilient member provided in the housing accommodating portion and configured to bias the terminal accommodating portion
and the board-side housing in a direction toward or away from each other in parallel to a connecting direction.

US Pat. No. 9,327,660

WIRING HARNESS

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A wiring harness, comprising:
a terminal-provided wire including an insulated wire and a terminal fitting connected to an end of the insulated wire; and
a wire protecting member for covering a protected part including a connected part of the insulated wire and the terminal fitting
in the terminal-provided wire, wherein the wire protecting member has a double structure including:

a non-conductive inner member for holding the protected part of the terminal-provided wire in a pivotable state inside,
the inner member is a hard member and includes:
a fixing portion for fixing and holding a part of the insulated wire spaced from the terminal fitting, and an accommodating
portion accommodating with a play at least part of the terminal fitting and the insulated wire between the terminal fitting
and the part of the insulated wire held by the fixing portion; and

an outer member formed by insert molding a thermoplastic resin material with the inner member holding the terminal-provided
wire as an insert part so that the outer member surrounds the fixing part and part of the insulated wire extending from the
inner member without impeding movement of the terminal fitting and the part of the insulated wire in the accommodating portion.

US Pat. No. 9,246,239

CRIMPED TERMINAL WIRE FOR AUTOMOBILE

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A crimped terminal wire for an automobile, the wire comprising:
an aluminum electric wire comprising:
an aluminum conductor wire; and
an insulation, with which the aluminum conductor wire is coated;
a connecting terminal made from a copper-based material and crimped onto an end of the aluminum electric wire, the connecting
terminal comprising:

a crimped member that is crimped onto the aluminum electric wire; and
an electrical contact portion, with which the connecting terminal is connected to another terminal;
a crimped portion where the connecting terminal is crimped onto the aluminum electric wire; and
a resin-coated portion made from a resin, which is disposed on the crimped portion,
wherein the resin-coated portion is disposed on the crimped portion while an entire periphery of the crimped portion is coated
with the resin-coated portion,

wherein the insulation is an outermost layer of the aluminum conductor wire except in the resin-coated portion, and
wherein the resin-coated portion includes a tapered portion at a posterior end portion, the tapered portion has an edge, the
tapered portion extends directly from the outermost layer of the aluminum conductor wire and begins at the surface of the
outermost layer, and the edge of the tapered portion is an edge of the resin-coated portion.

US Pat. No. 9,209,942

COMMUNICATION SYSTEM AND COMMUNICATION APPARATUS

NATIONAL UNIVERSITY CORPO...

1. A communication system, comprising:
a plurality of communication apparatuses connected with a common communication line,
wherein a message transmitted by one communication apparatus among the plurality of communication apparatuses is received
by other communication apparatuses,

wherein one or more transmission rights are allocated to each of the plurality of the communication apparatuses in advance
and the plurality of communication apparatuses cyclically transmit messages in an order prescribed in relation to the allocated
transmission rights,

wherein each communication apparatus includes:
a message transmitting part creating and transmitting a message including a plurality of success/failure information of reception,
each of which represents a success/failure of message reception related to each transmission right, and data to be transmitted
to another communication apparatus;

a message retransmitting part retransmitting a message according to the success/failure information of reception included
in a message received from another communication apparatus; and

an error counter counting an occurrence number of errors related to message transmission and reception.

US Pat. No. 9,099,803

JOINT CONNECTOR AND ASSEMBLING METHOD THEREOF

Autonetworks Technologies...

1. A joint connector for connecting a plurality of wires included in a harness to a connection section in a vehicle, comprising:
a conductor including a connection-section-side connecting portion shaped to be connectable to the connection section and
a plurality of terminal fitting portions;

a plurality of wire-side terminals to be respectively connected to ends of the plurality of wires and fitted to the terminal
fitting portions;

a housing for holding the conductor and the wire-side terminals;
waterproof plugs to be respectively mounted on the plurality of wires; and
a seal member provided in the housing;
wherein:
the housing includes a wire-side housing portion for holding each wire-side terminal and a conductor-side housing portion
for holding the conductor;

the wire-side housing portion includes an accommodating portion into which each wire-side terminal is to be accommodated,
movable pieces which are provided in the accommodating portion and displaceable between a locking position where the wire-side
terminal is locked in the accommodating portion and a retracted position which is retracted from the locking position and
where the wire-side terminal is insertable into and withdrawable from the accommodating portion, waterproof plug close-contact
portions which communicate with the accommodating portion, into which the wire-side terminals are insertable and which are
to be held in close contact with the waterproof plugs, and fitting portion insertion holes which communicate with the accommodating
portion and into which the terminal fitting portions are insertable;

the conductor-side housing portion includes a cover portion for holding the conductor such that the connection-section-side
connecting portion is exposed and covering each terminal fitting portion of the conductor, and movable piece lock portions
for restricting the movable pieces at the locking position;

the cover portion includes an opening into which the wire-side housing portion is insertable;
the conductor-side housing portion includes a fixing portion for fixing the wire-side housing portion inserted into the opening
of the cover portion at a predetermined first position and a second position closer to a back side of the cover portion than
the first position;

the seal member is provided to seal a clearance between the inner peripheral surface of the cover portion of the conductor-side
housing portion and the outer peripheral surface of the wire-side housing portion at least at the second position; and

the movable piece lock portions are provided at such positions as not to restrict the movable pieces at the locking position
when the wire-side housing portion is fixed to the conductor-side housing portion at the first position and, on the other
hand, restrict the movable pieces at the locking position when the wire-side housing portion is fixed to the conductor-side
housing portion at the second position.

US Pat. No. 9,082,529

SHIELD CONDUCTOR

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A shield conductor comprising:
an electrical wire; and
a metal pipe that encloses the electrical wire and whose outer peripheral surface is covered with a resin layer of a color
other than a metallic color,

wherein the pipe is routed so that at least a portion of the pipe passes in proximity to an exhaust pipe of a vehicle, and
a section of the pipe passing in proximity to the exhaust pipe and that faces the exhaust pipe does not have the resin layer
thereon, such that a metallic-colored outer peripheral surface of the section of the pipe is exposed.

US Pat. No. 9,316,798

OPTICAL ASSEMBLY

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. An optical assembly comprising:
a circuit board including an electrically conductive path formed by printed wiring technology;
a photoelectric conversion element connected to the circuit board via the electrically conductive path;
a resin member made of light transmissive synthetic resin and attached to the circuit board, the resin member including a
sleeve into which a ferrule attached to an end of an optical fiber is inserted and integrally including a lens through which
an optical path passes, the optical path extending between the sleeve and the photoelectric conversion element; and

a shielding member made of metal, the shielding member being connected to the circuit board and arranged to cover the photoelectric
conversion element, the shielding member including a window through which the optical path extends to the photoelectric conversion
element, wherein

the shielding member includes a top plate, a side plate, and a board connection portion, the board connection portion extending
from the side plate and elongated toward the circuit board, and

the board connection portion is soldered to the electrically conductive path formed on the circuit board.

US Pat. No. 9,166,671

COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, RELAY DEVICE, AND COMMUNICATION METHOD

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A communication system comprising:
a plurality of communication device groups, each including a plurality of communication devices;
a plurality of first relay devices, one of the first relay devices being provided for each of the communication device groups
and including a communication means for exchanging data with any communication device in the corresponding communication device
group, a relay means for relaying a data exchange between communication device groups, and a storage means for storing data
that is to be relayed; and

a second relay device (i) that is connected to the plurality of first relay devices, (ii) includes a communication means for
exchanging data with the first relay devices, and a wireless communication means for wirelessly exchanging data with an external
device, and (iii) that relays a data exchange between the external device and the plurality of first relay devices, wherein

the second relay device includes:
a selection means for, if the wireless communication means receives data, selecting one or a plurality of the first relay
devices from the plurality of first relay devices,

a storage destination storage means for storing the first relay device that was selected by the selection means,
a data transmission means for transmitting received data to the first relay device that was selected by the selection means,
a data requesting means for, if data is to be transmitted to an external device, making a request to the first relay device
that was stored in the storage means, requesting that first relay device to transmit the data, and

a data reception means for receiving data transmitted from the first relay device,
and the wireless communication means transmits data received by the data reception means to the external device.

US Pat. No. 9,136,628

CRIMP TYPE TERMINAL FITTING

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A terminal fitting to be crimped to a wire including a core having an outermost surface, the core being formed by putting
a plurality of strands together, comprising:
a bottom plate portion on which the core is to be placed; and
first and second crimping pieces connected to the bottom plate portion and to be crimped to the core in such a manner as to
embrace the outermost surface of the core placed on the bottom plate portion;

wherein overlapping portions are formed on tip parts of the respective crimping pieces by folding a plate material forming
each of the crimping pieces to overlap layers of the plate material, each of the crimping pieces includes an adjacent surface
between the bottom plate and the overlapping portion of the respective crimping piece, each of the overlapping portions including
an inner contact surface extending along the outermost surface of the core and contacting the outermost surface of the core,
the inner contact surface including a flat portion between a fold defined in the respective crimping piece when forming the
overlapping portion of the corresponding crimping piece and the adjacent surface of the corresponding crimping piece, the
flat portion being farther out from the bottom plate portion than the adjacent surface in a crimping direction in which the
crimping pieces are crimped and the respective overlapping portions come into contact with each other without intruding into
between the strands when the respective crimping pieces are crimped to the core.

US Pat. No. 9,130,659

COMMUNICATION DEVICE AND COMMUNICATION SYSTEM

SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTR...

1. A communication device including:
a signal line connected to a power supply line used for power supply;
a transmission circuit configured to transmit a communication signal via the signal line, the transmission circuit, when transmitting
the communication signal to an external reception circuit via the signal line by using the power supply line as a medium,
the transmission circuit, when transmitting the communication signal, being switched from a state where it cannot transmit
the communication signal to a state where it can transmit the communication signal;

an inductance element interposed in the signal line; and
a resistance element interposed in the signal line in series with the inductance element,wherein, in a communication band used for the communication signal, an absolute value of impedance caused by the inductance
element and the resistance element is smaller than an absolute value of impedance of the external reception circuit.

US Pat. No. 9,287,672

BATTERY WIRING MODULE INCLUDING A WIRE ROUTING SPACE DISPOSED ON A LID COVERING A BUS BAR

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A battery wiring module for attachment to an electric cell group that includes an array of a plurality of electric cells,
each having positive and negative electrode terminals, the battery wiring module comprising:
a bus bar to be connected to the electrode terminals;
a detection wire configured to detect a state of the electric cell group;
a resin protector that holds the bus bar;
a lid portion that covers the bus bar and is formed of an insulating material, the lid portion defining a face that is opposite
to the bus bar in a direction intersecting the lid portion; and

at least one wall portion disposed on the face of the lid portion, the at least one wall portion defining a routing space
in which the detection wire is routed.

US Pat. No. 9,240,821

COMMUNICATION SYSTEM

SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTR...

1. A communication system comprising:
a power feeding device, and
a vehicle connected to the power feeding device by two cables, and the vehicle having an electric storage device receiving
power from the power feeding device, and communication of a control signal required for charge control of the electric storage
device is performed through the cables, wherein

one of the power feeding device and the vehicle includes
a first superimposing/separating unit connected to two branch lines branched from the two cables, respectively, and performing
superimposition of a communication signal different from the control signal onto communication through the cables and performing
separation of the communication signal superimposed onto the communication through the cables, and

a first communication unit transmitting and receiving a communication signal through the first superimposing/separating unit,
and that

another one of the power feeding device and the vehicle includes
a second superimposing/separating unit located in only one of the two cables and performing superimposition of the communication
signal onto communication through the cable and performing separation of the communication signal superimposed onto the communication
through the cable, and

a second communication unit transmitting and receiving a communication signal through the second superimposing/separating
unit.

US Pat. No. 9,088,040

CELL WIRING MODULE

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A cell wiring module that is to be attached to a single cell group in which a plurality of single cells are arranged, the
single cells each having a positive electrode terminal and a negative electrode terminal, the cell wiring module comprising:
a plurality of coupling units that hold connection members for electrically connecting electrode terminals of adjacent single
cells, and are coupled to one another in a coupling direction;

an opening end section that is positioned on one side in the coupling direction of each coupling unit, and has a first engagement
hole formed therein that opens in the coupling direction;

a latching end section that is positioned on the other side in the coupling direction of each coupling unit, and has a latching
unit that is inserted into the first engagement hole of the coupling unit positioned adjacent in the coupling direction and
latches onto a hole edge section of the first engagement hole; and

a fluctuating movement restricting piece that is arranged at one of the opening end section and the latching end section,
wherein the fluctuating movement restricting piece is inserted into a second engagement hole opening in the coupling direction
that is provided at the other of the opening end section and the latching end section of an adjacent coupling unit, the fluctuating
movement restricting piece restricting fluctuating movements of the adjacent coupling unit in a direction different from the
coupling direction.

US Pat. No. 9,281,101

ELECTRIC WIRE WITH TERMINAL AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING THE SAME

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. An electric wire with a terminal comprising:
an insulated electric wire comprising:
a conductive core wire; and
an insulating coating of polyolefin based resin that covers a circumference of the core wire;
a metal terminal electrically connected to the core wire at an end portion of the insulated electric wire;
an adhesive layer that comprises a composition of a copolymer of ethylene, glycidyl methacrylate, and a phenol based curing
agent, and is formed over an entire circumference of a surface of the insulating coating at an end portion of the insulated
electric wire; and

a waterproofing resin portion that comprises aromatic nylon and is formed by insert molding using, as an insert portion, a
protected region, wherein

the protected region comprises a region that is at least disposed between a portion of the insulated electric wire where the
adhesive layer is formed and a portion where the metal terminal is connected to the core wire,

the waterproofing resin portion covers protected region, and
the adhesive layer bonds an outside surface of the insulating coating to an inside surface of the waterproofing resin portion.

US Pat. No. 9,172,555

DISTRIBUTION APPARATUS, COMMUNICATION SYSTEM AND COMMUNICATION METHOD

NATIONAL UNIVERSITY CORPO...

1. A communication system with a plurality of distribution apparatuses each of which is connected to a group of corresponding
electronic control units, wherein
each of the distribution apparatuses comprises:
a storing unit that stores multiple types of data;
a synchronizing unit that synchronizes the data on the storing unit with data in a storing unit of another distribution apparatus
when determining that a predetermined period has started;

a receiving unit that receives different types of data transmitted periodically from a corresponding electronic control unit
in the group of corresponding electronic control units; and

a sending unit that sends data among the multiple types of data stored in the storing unit to the corresponding electronic
control unit, wherein

the receiving unit stores received data on the storing unit whenever receiving data during the predetermined period, and
the predetermined period is equal to or shorter than a period of data transmitting from the corresponding electronic control
unit mounted in a car.

US Pat. No. 9,526,187

WIRING MODULE

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A wiring module to be attached to a power storage element group in which a plurality of power storage elements are lined
up, each power storage element having a positive electrode terminal and a negative electrode terminal, the wiring module comprising:
an insulating protector having a connection member holding section for holding a connection member that electrically connects
adjacent electrode terminals;

a temperature detecting member that is arranged so as to be in contact with the connection member held by the connection member
holding section, and is configured to detect a temperature of the connection member;

a cover configured to cover the insulating protector; and
a restricting member configured to restrict movement of the temperature detecting member by covering the insulating protector
with the cover.

US Pat. No. 9,455,538

CARD EDGE CONNECTOR

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A card edge connector assembly comprising: a board-side connector with a board-side housing and a circuit board attached
to the board-side housing, a plurality of contact portions juxtaposed on the circuit board; and
a harness-side connector that includes a terminal accommodating portion accommodating a plurality of terminal fittings in
a state positioned in a juxtaposition direction for resiliently contacting the contact portions on the circuit board and a
housing main body accommodating the terminal holding member therein and formed with resiliently deflectable locking lances
for retaining the terminal fittings in the terminal holding member,
wherein
a linear expansion coefficient of the terminal holding member is substantially equal to that of the circuit board and smaller
than that of the housing main body.

US Pat. No. 9,358,939

RELAY BUSBAR DEVICE WITH BUILT-IN CURRENT SENSOR FOR VEHICLE

SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTR...

1. A relay busbar device with a built-in current sensor, which is interposed between a motor casing and an inverter casing,
comprising:
a relay busbar, both ends of which enter into both of the casings;
a resin plate, through which the relay busbar penetrates, and which is interposed between the two casings;
a magnetic core, positioned within the resin plate and surrounding the relay busbar; and
a magnetic sensor, provided in a removed portion of the magnetic core,
wherein the relay busbar is mold-formed integrally with the resin plate during resin molding thereof, and incorporates therein
a current sensor in which a change in magnetic field occurring in the removed portion due to current flowing in the relay
busbar is detected by the magnetic sensor and a value of the current flowing in the relay busbar is measured.

US Pat. No. 9,209,555

CONNECTOR AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SAME

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A connector, comprising:
a first housing made of resin and including a first terminal portion connected to a first device;
a second housing made of resin and including a second terminal portion connected to a second device; and
a coupling portion made of rubber and formed by insert molding or two-color molding, the coupling portion coupling and uniting
the first and second housings so that the coupling provides the only coupling between the first and second housings and absorbs
manufacturing tolerances of the first device connected to the first terminal portion and the second device connected to the
second terminal portion.

US Pat. No. 9,124,016

CONNECTOR WITH COVERING WALL

AutoNetworks Technologies...

1. A connector, comprising:
first terminals to be mounted respectively to wires;
second terminals fittable to the respective first terminals;
a first terminal holder including a first terminal holding portion configured to hold the first terminals in a specified arrangement,
the first terminal holder defining cavities configured to accommodate the respective first terminals and being open outward
in a direction substantially perpendicular to a terminal fitting direction in which the first terminals and the second terminals
are fit together, the first terminal holding portion including a base wall configured to support the first terminals from
an inner side in a direction substantially perpendicular to the terminal fitting direction, first terminal locks projecting
out from the base wall in the terminal fitting direction and configured to prevent separation of the first terminals in a
direction away from the second terminals by contacting the respective first terminals accommodated in the cavities from a
side opposite to the second terminals fit to the first terminals, and a covering wall configured to at least partly cover
rear end parts of the cavities from an outer side, the first terminals being inserted into the cavities through an inner side
of the covering wall from behind, the covering wall having flexible pieces corresponding to the respective first terminals
and disposed to be deformed by the first terminals that move onto the first terminal locks and to exert resilient restoring
forces for suppressing lift of the first terminals and pressing the inserted first terminals inward;

and
a second terminal holder configured to collectively hold the second terminals and including a second terminal holding portion
configured to hold the respective second terminals in an arrangement so that the second terminals are fittable to the respective
first terminals and a first terminal restraining portion to be fit to the first terminal holding portion to restrain the first
terminals held in the first terminal holding portion from an outer side in a state where the first terminals and the second
terminals are fit.

US Pat. No. 9,281,581

WIRING MODULE FOR A BATTERY MODULE THAT HAS DETECTION TERMINAL FOR DETECTING STATE OF ELECTRIC CELLS

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A wiring module to be attached to a battery module in which adjacent electrode terminals of a plurality of electric cells
having positive and negative electrode terminals are connected by connecting members, the wiring module comprising:
a detection terminal for detecting a state of the electric cells; and
a resin protector that retains the detection terminal,
wherein the detection terminal includes a plate-shaped portion having a plate shape, and an electric wire connecting portion
continuous with the plate-shaped portion and connected to a terminal portion of an electric wire, and

the plate-shaped portion is provided with a front-back discriminating means configured to distinguish between front and back
sides of the detection terminal,

the front-back discriminating means is a projecting portion that projects with respect to a surface of the plate-shaped portion,
the plate-shaped portion is rectangular, and the projecting portion is formed at a corner portion of the plate-shaped portion,
the resin protector is provided with a partition wall that partitions the connecting members from the outside, and
the partition wall is provided with a bulging portion that bulges toward the outside, and inside of which the corner portion
is disposed.

US Pat. No. 9,093,197

COMPOSITION FOR WIRE COATING MEMBER, INSULATED WIRE, AND WIRING HARNESS

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A composition for a wire coating member, the composition comprising:
(A) water-crosslinkable polyolefin that comprises polyolefin that is modified by a silane coupling agent;
(B) unmodified polyolefin;
(C) modified polyolefin that is modified by a functional group;
(D) a flame retardant;
(E) a cross-linking catalyst;
(F) a phenolic antioxidant; and
(G) either one of (G1) a zinc sulfide, or (G2) a zinc oxide and (G3) an imidazole compound, wherein

(D) the flame retardant contains (D1) a bromine flame retardant, and

the composition does not include any additional inorganic fillers.

US Pat. No. 9,221,408

POWER SUPPLY CONTROL APPARATUS FOR VEHICLE

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A vehicle power supply control apparatus comprising:
a first electrical path opening/closing unit that switches an electrical current to a first vehicle accessory that is to be
remotely operated;

a second electrical path opening/closing unit that switches an electrical current to a plurality of second vehicle accessories
that does not include the first vehicle accessory;

a remote operation signal obtaining unit configured to obtain a remote operation signal for controlling a switching on/off
of an electrical current to the first vehicle accessory;

a first power supply control unit configured to control a turning off of the second electrical path opening/closing unit,
if the remote operation signal obtaining unit has obtained a remote operation signal; and

a second power supply control unit configured to control a turning on/off of the first and second electrical path opening/closing
units in response to a switching on/off of an ignition switch,

wherein the first power supply control unit disables an on signal from the second power supply control unit to the second
electrical path opening/closing unit if the remote operation signal obtaining unit has obtained a remote operation signal.

US Pat. No. 9,379,493

FERRITE CORE BUILT-IN CONNECTOR

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A connector, comprising:
at least one ferrite core including opposite front and rear surfaces, first and second parallel long sides extending between
the front and rear surfaces and first and second short sides extending between the front and rear surfaces and between the
first and second long sides, and a plurality of through holes extending through the at least one ferrite core between the
front and rear surfaces;

a terminal fitting formed with a plurality of tab terminals inserted through the respective through holes from the rear surface
to the front surface to define input and output portions, and a base coupling the respective tab terminals to each other;
and

a housing molded from resin that surrounds the base of the terminal fitting while leaving tip sides of the tab terminals exposed,
and the resin further covering the front and rear surfaces of the ferrite core and the first and second long sides of the
ferrite core without contacting the first and second short sides of the ferrite core so that the resin does not impose contractile
forces in directions parallel to the long sides during curing of the resin.

US Pat. No. 9,379,473

CONNECTOR

AutoNetworks Technologies...

1. An electrical connector, comprising:
a connector main body defining a frame having an open rear end, a front wall opposite the open rear end, a plurality of insertion
holes formed through the front wall and communicating with the open rear end, locking lances projecting, inward from the frame
at positions aligned respectively with the insertion holes, and rearward facing projections formed in the connector main body
in proximity to the insertion holes;

a plurality of separate tubular cavities, each of the tubular cavities having opposite front and rear ends, and at least one
side wall extending between the front and rear ends, the tubular cavities being inserted into the open rear end of the frame
of the connector main body along an insertion direction so that the front end of each of the tubular cavities passes respectively
into one of the insertion holes of the connector main body, each of the tubular cavities being locked in the connector main
body separately and independently of the other tubular cavities inserted into the connector main body by a respective one
of the locks, a stopper projecting from the at least one side wall of each of the tubular cavities at a position on the respective
tubular cavity in proximity to the rear end of the respective tubular cavity, each of the stoppers having a forward facing
surface that is engageable with one of the rearward facing projections of the connector main body to limit forward movement
of the respective cavity in the insertion hole into which the respective tubular cavity is inserted

a cover hinged to the connector main body at a position behind the tubular cavities and being closable for preventing rearward
detachment of the tubular cavities from the connector main body, a distance between the cover and the rearward facing projections
on the connector main body along the insertion direction when the cover is closed being greater than a dimension of the stoppers
along the insertion direction so that the tubular cavities can move along the insertion direction relative to the connector
main body when the cover is closed; and

clearances provided between the tubular cavities and the connector main body in directions transverse to the insertion direction
so that the tubular cavities are permitted to move relative to the connector main body by the clearances.

US Pat. No. 9,362,665

JOINT CONNECTOR WITH PAIRS OF LOCKING LANCES AND COMMUNICATION SPACE EXTENDING BETWEEN THE PAIRS OF LOCKING LANCES

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A joint connector for electrically connecting a plurality of terminal fittings mounted on ends of a plurality of wires
of a vehicle, comprising:
a housing having opposite front and rear ends and a plurality of pairs of terminal accommodating chambers extending through
the housing from the rear end to the front end, the terminal accommodating chambers in each of the pairs being opposed to
one another and the pairs of terminal accommodating chambers being arranged side by side to define two rows of terminal accommodating
chambers, each of the terminal accommodating chambers being configured for holding one of the terminal fittings;

a conductive member having a U-shaped tab coupling portion insert molded into the front end of the housing, tabs extending
from the tab coupling portion and projecting into the respective terminal accommodating chambers for contacting the terminal
fittings held therein, and a mounting portion extending from the tab coupling portion to a location external of the front
end of the housing, the mounting portion being configured for mounting to and grounded by a body of the vehicle;

pairs of locking lances cantilevered forward in the housing and disposed so that the locking lances in each of the pairs of
locking lances project partly into the terminal accommodating chambers in each of the pairs of terminal accommodating chambers,
the locking lances being deflectable with respect to each other and configured to suppress withdrawal of the terminal fittings
by locking the terminal fittings, the locking lances in each of the pairs of locking lances being arranged back to back with
each other and on opposite sides of a forwardly open deflection permitting space between the terminal accommodating chambers
in each of the pairs of terminal accommodating chambers; and

forwardly open lateral communication spaces between the deflection permitting spaces.

US Pat. No. 9,184,541

TERMINAL AND TERMINAL-PROVIDED WIRE

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A terminal-provided wire, comprising:
a wire with a core whose end is exposed; and
a terminal crimped to the end of the core and connectable to a mating side;
wherein the terminal includes:
a rear terminal portion with a bottom plate portion on which the core is to be placed, a pair of wire barrel portions respectively
laterally extending from opposite ends of the bottom plate portion and to be crimped to wind around the core on the bottom
plate portion, an easily breakable portion extending in an axial direction from the bottom plate portion and to be broken
at the time of disassembling, and a first fixing portion extending in the axial direction from the easily breakable portion;
and

a front terminal portion formed separately from the rear terminal portion and having an auxiliary crimping portion to be placed
on and overlapped with the bottom plate portion in such a manner as to be sandwiched between the bottom plate portion and
the core and to be crimped to the core together with the wire barrel portions to partly highly compress the core, a second
fixing portion to be fixed to the first fixing portion in such a manner as to be placed on and overlapped with the first fixing
portion, and a connecting portion extending in the axial direction from the second fixing portion and to be connected to the
mating side.

US Pat. No. 9,209,615

ELECTRIC WIRE WITH TERMINAL AND CONNECTOR

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. An electric wire with terminal comprising: an electric wire covering an outer periphery of a core wire with an insulating
coating; and a terminal connected to the electric wire, wherein:
the terminal includes a wire barrel that has a bottom plate on which the core wire exposed beyond an end of the insulating
coating is placed and that is crimped onto the core wire and an extending portion extending from the bottom plate;

the extending portion is provided with a water blocking wall molded by a synthetic resin;
the core wire is covered with a tubular water blocking coating that is in direct contact with an outer surface of the water
blocking wall and with an outer surface of the end of the insulating coating and that extends from the water blocking wall
and the end of the insulating coating; and

a top portion of the water blocking wall is covered by the tubular water blocking coating.

US Pat. No. 9,455,525

CONNECTOR WITH FLEXIBLE CONDUCTIVE MEMBER TO ISOLATE TERMINAL FROM VIBRATIONS IN A WIRE

Autonetworks Technologies...

1. A connector for connecting at least one wire that extends in a first direction to a mating connector in a device, comprising:
an integral housing formed to include a first terminal accommodating chamber fixed at a first position in the housing and
aligned in the first direction, a second terminal accommodating chamber fixed at a second position in the housing and aligned
in a second direction orthogonal to the first direction, a coupling space fixed at a third position in the housing between
the first and second terminal accommodating chambers, and an opening formed through the housing at a location spaced from
the second terminal accommodating chamber and communicating with the coupling space at a position aligned with the first terminal
accommodating chamber;

a first terminal having a first wire connecting portion crimped to the wire and mounted in the first terminal accommodating
chamber, the first terminal further having a fixing portion unitary with the first wire connecting portion and extending into
the coupling space of the housing at a position aligned with the opening;

a second terminal mounted in the second terminal accommodating chamber and having a terminal connection portion configured
for resilient sliding connection along the second direction to a terminal in the mating connector and a second wire connecting
portion;

a flexible conductive member extending substantially in the second direction and comprised of a plurality of thin flexible
wires, the flexible conductive member having a first end extending into the coupling space and a second end connected to the
second wire connecting portion of the second terminal;

an intermediate terminal having a link connected with the first end of the flexible conductive member and having a fixing
portion bent orthogonally to the link and being in contact with in contact with the fixing portion of the first terminal fitting
at a position in the coupling space of the housing aligned with the opening; and

a screw passing through the fixing portions of the first terminal and the intermediate terminal along the second direction
and screwed into the housing in the second direction and at a position so that a head of the screw is aligned with the opening,
wherein the flexible conductive member isolates the second terminal from vibrations in the wire in a plurality of different
directions.

US Pat. No. 9,280,165

POWER SUPPLY CONTROL CIRCUIT USING N-TYPE AND P-TYPE FETS IN PARALLEL AND POWER SUPPLY CONTROL DEVICE

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A power supply control circuit, comprising:
a power supply side terminal connected to a direct current power supply;
a load side terminal connected to a load that is activated by power from the direct current power supply;
a first FET (Field Effect Transistor) of a P type;
a second FET of an N type;
a first driving circuit for the first FET;
a second driving circuit for the second FET; and
a potential difference detection circuit, comprising:
a detection part for detecting a potential difference between a drain and a source of the first FET or a drain and a source
of the second FET; and

a voltage comparison part for comparing the detected potential difference and a given voltage value,
wherein the first FET and the second FET are connected in parallel with each other between the power supply side terminal
and the load side terminal, and

the potential difference detection circuit outputs a signal to the second driving circuit so as to turn on the second FET
if the potential difference is equal to or higher than the given voltage value as a result of a comparison performed by the
voltage comparison part.

US Pat. No. 9,743,567

ELECTROMAGNETIC SHIELDING COMPONENT AND ELECTRIC WIRE ASSEMBLY WITH ELECTROMAGNETIC SHIELDING COMPONENT

AutoNetworks Technologies...

1. An electromagnetic shielding component comprising:
a shielding pipe that is tubular, contains metal material, is rigid, and includes an expanded-diameter portion that is an
end portion whose inner circumferential surface and outer circumferential surface each have a diameter that is greater than
diameters of an inner circumferential surface and an outer circumferential surface of a portion that is contiguous with the
expanded-diameter portion;

a flexible shielding member that is tubular, contains metal material, is flexible, includes an overlapping portion that is
a portion in an end region and that overlaps the inner circumferential surface of the expanded-diameter portion of the shielding
pipe, and is configured to provide a continuous hollow space together with the shielding pipe;

a coupling member that is ring-shaped, and holds the overlapping portion of the flexible shielding member, the overlapping
portion being sandwiched between the coupling member and the inner circumferential surface of the shielding pipe; and

a grommet that is a non-conductive tubular elastic member, and includes, in an end region thereof, a portion that encloses
a portion of the shielding pipe, and whose inner circumferential surface, when the grommet is in a natural state, has a diameter
that is greater than a diameter of the outer circumferential surface of the portion contiguous with the expanded-diameter
portion of the shielding pipe, and that is smaller than a diameter of the outer circumferential surface of the expanded-diameter
portion.

US Pat. No. 9,379,460

TERMINAL WELDED AND CRIMPED TO A WIRE AND A SHRINKABLE TUBE COVERING THE WIRE AND THE TERMINAL

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A terminal-provided wire, comprising:
a terminal having a base extending in forward and backward directions and a wire connecting portion;
a wire having an end, a core extending from the end and an insulation coating covering the core from a location spaced from
the end so that a section of the core from the end to the insulation coating defines an exposed core portion, an area of the
insulation coating in proximity to the exposed core portion being crimped by the wire connecting portion to define a crimped
connection between the terminal and the wire, the exposed core being welded to the base of the terminal to define a weld having
an inclined surface extending from the end of the core to a position on the base of the terminal spaced from the wire;

and
a shrinkable tube fitted about the terminal and the wire, the shrinkable tube covering at least the inclined surface of the
weld, the exposed core, and a portion of the insulation coating.

US Pat. No. 9,211,852

CONDUCTIVE PLATE AND JOINT CONNECTOR

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A conductive plate for grounding a plurality of wires to a body of a vehicle, comprising: a conductive plate main body
including a body-side grounding portion to be grounded to the body by being bolted to the body; a plurality of terminal connecting
portions provided on one end of the conductive plate main body and to be connected to wire-side terminals electrically connected
to the respective wires; and a protrusion comprising a plurality of ribs projecting from the conductive plate main body in
a thickness direction of the conductive plate main body and provided, the plurality of ribs including at least a low-rigidity
rib having a first height in the thickness direction of the conductive plate main body and a first width normal to the thickness
direction of the conductive plate main body and a high-rigidity rib having a second height larger than the first height and
a second width larger than the first width, the low-rigidity rib arranged at a position closer to the body-side grounding
portion than the high-rigidity rib to set the rigidity of the conductive plate main body to be low at a position close to
the body-side grounding portion and high at a position distant from the body-side grounding portion.

US Pat. No. 9,209,550

BATTERY WIRING MODULE

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A battery wiring module to be attached to a cell group including a plurality of cells each having positive and negative
electrode terminals, the battery wiring module comprising:
a connecting member connecting the electrode terminals;
a sensing member overlapped with the connecting member and connected to one of the electrode terminals, the sensing member
being configured to sense a state of the cell group;

an insulation protector including a housing and a wire guiding groove, the housing in which the connecting member and the
sensing member are housed, the wire guiding groove configured to guide a sensing wire extending from the sensing member to
extend out of the housing;

an elastic locking piece formed in the housing and configured to be elastically deformed;
a connecting member lock tab formed on the elastic locking piece and configured to lock the connecting member; and
a sensing member lock tab formed on the elastic locking piece and configured to lock the sensing member.

US Pat. No. 9,170,283

CURRENT DETECTOR

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A current detector for detecting a current that flows through a busbar, comprising:
a magnetic core configured to be molded by sintering powder made from a magnetic material,
the magnetic core having at least two ends facing each other across a gap portion, and
the magnetic core being formed in one piece so as to surround a hole portion;
a magneto-electric conversion element being disposed in the gap portion of the magnetic core and detecting a magnetic flux
that changes in accordance with a current that passes through the hole portion of the magnetic core; and

a current detection busbar made of a conductor;
the current detection busbar including a penetrating portion that penetrates the hole portion of the magnetic core and terminal
portions that are in connection with the penetrating portion on both sides in a direction in which the penetrating portion
penetrates the hole portion;

the terminal portions being configured to be joined with an upstream connection end and a downstream connection end respectively
of a current transmission path,

a width of the terminal portion being larger than a width of the hole portion,
wherein at least one of the terminal portions of the current detection busbar is in a shape of a flat plate, and a minimum
width of a cross-sectional contour of the penetrating portion is configured to be larger than a thickness of the terminal
portion in the shape of the flat plate.

US Pat. No. 9,145,100

IN-VEHICLE ECU

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. An in-vehicle ECU configured to stop supplying electric power to at least one ECU subjected to power supply control, the
in-vehicle ECU comprising:
a microcomputer that operates when supplied with an operation power, and is set to a pre-OFF mode if a predetermined condition
is satisfied during the operation; and

a power supply unit that supplies the operation power to the microcomputer when a normal mode is set, and stops the supply
of the operation power to the microcomputer when the pre-OFF mode is set,

wherein the power supply unit includes a counter circuit that counts down a predetermined time when the pre-OFF mode is set,
and the power supply unit restarts the supply of the operation power to the microcomputer when the predetermined time has
elapsed, and

wherein the microcomputer executes a power supply stop operation for stopping supplying electric power to the at least one
ECU subjected to power supply control if, at the time of the restart of the supply of the operation power after the pre-OFF
mode was set, the predetermined time has elapsed since the pre-OFF mode was set, without any change in an activation factor,
wherein the activation factor serves as a factor for activating the microcomputer.

US Pat. No. 9,083,137

OPTICAL COMMUNICATION MODULE

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. An optical communication module that performs an optical communication, comprising:
a photoelectric conversion device that performs a photoelectric conversion;
a transparent containing unit that internally keeps the photoelectric conversion device and has a transparent portion which
passes light;

a plurality of conductive plates that are connected to an external surface of the transparent containing unit;
plural coupled-fixing members that are arranged on the plurality of conductive plates; and
an electrical circuit component that is connected to a conductive plate among the plurality of conductive plates, wherein:
the photoelectric conversion device and the electrical circuit component are utilized to perform the optical communication,
the electrical circuit component is arranged between the plural coupled-fixing members, and
a longitudinal direction for at least one of the plural coupled-fixing members is not parallel to a longitudinal direction
for the conductive plate.

US Pat. No. 9,440,542

REACTOR, CONVERTER, AND POWER CONVERSION DEVICE

SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTR...

1. A reactor comprising:
a coil formed by connecting a pair of coil elements configured by a wound wire; and
a magnetic core, wherein
the reactor is configured to be used for an on-vehicle converter that converts an input voltage, electricity applying conditions
including a maximum DC current of 100 A or higher and 1000 A or smaller, an average voltage of 100 V or higher and 1000 V
or smaller, and a usable frequency of 5 kHz or higher and 100 kHz or smaller,

the magnetic core is obtained by combining a plurality of divided core pieces with an unavoidable clearance or an adhesive
therebetween, all of the divided core pieces being made of a hardened compact obtained by hardening a resin of a composite
material containing magnetic powder and the resin;

the unavoidable clearance or the adhesive suppresses a change in the relative magnetic permeability of the whole magnetic
core so that the change is 5% or lower as compared to a case where the unavoidable clearance or the adhesive is not present;
and

a distance between an inner peripheral surface of the coil element and an outer peripheral surface of the magnetic core which
is opposite to the inner peripheral surface is 0.1 mm or more and 2 mm or less.

US Pat. No. 9,425,595

WIRING MODULE

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A wiring module, comprising:
a metal connector configured to connect neighboring electrode terminals of electrical storage elements that each have a positive
electrode terminal and a negative electrode terminal; and

an insulating protector that accommodates the metal connector,
wherein the insulating protector includes:
a main body that holds the metal connector,
an insulating cover that is supported by the main body so as to be capable of moving to a closed position in which the insulating
cover covers at least part of the metal connector, and

an electric wire guide that can be laid over at least a portion of the insulating cover located in the closed position and
that has an electric wire passing portion configured to pass an electric wire through the electric wire guide.

US Pat. No. 9,300,093

GROUND CONNECTION FITTING AND GROUND CONNECTION DEVICE USING SAME

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A ground connection device for collectively connecting ground wires to first and second ground sections provided on a wall
surface in a vehicle and spaced from one another along an arrangement direction, comprising:
a first ground connection fitting with a first wire connecting portion projecting transverse to the arrangement direction
and shaped to be connectable to an end of at least one first ground wire and a first ground-side terminal portion defining
a plate extending in the arrangement direction and having opposite upper and lower surfaces, the first ground-side terminal
portion including a first ground section connection part connectable to the first ground section and a second ground section
connection part connectable to the second ground section and having a step between the first and second ground section connection
parts, the first and second ground section connection parts being formed respectively with first and second press-contact
portions and first and second coupling portions;

a second ground connection fitting with a second wire connecting portion shaped to be connectable to an end of at least one
second ground wire different from the first ground wire and a second ground-side terminal portion including a first ground
section connection part that is pressed by the first press-contact portion into contact with the first coupling portion at
the lower surface of the first ground-side terminal portion for simultaneous connection of the first ground section connection
parts of the first and second ground connection fittings to the first ground section; and

a third ground connection fitting with a third wire connecting portion shaped to be connectable to an end of at least one
third ground wire different from the first and second ground wires and a third ground-side terminal portion including a second
ground section connection part that is pressed by the second press-contact portion into contact with the second coupling portion
at the upper surface of the first ground-side terminal portion for simultaneous connection of the second ground section connection
parts of the first and third ground connection fittings to the second ground section, wherein

the lower surface of a part of the first ground-side terminal portion located below the third ground-side terminal portion
is at the same height as a lower surface of the second ground-side terminal portion.

US Pat. No. 9,368,779

COVER OF BATTERY WIRING MODULE, BATTERY WIRING MODULE, AND BATTERY MODULE

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A cover of a battery wiring module that includes a connection member electrically connecting electrode terminals of a bank
of single batteries having a plurality of aligned single batteries having positive and negative electrode terminals, the cover
comprising:
a plate-shaped cover main body covering the battery wiring module;
a first engagement portion projecting orthogonally from a first surface side of the cover main body, and a first engagement
hole through the first engagement portion in a direction along the first surface side of the cover main body and configured
to engage with an engaged portion of the battery wiring module; and

a second engagement portion projecting orthogonally from a second surface side of the cover main body, and a second engagement
hole through the second engagement portion in a direction along the second surface side of the cover main body and configured
to engage with an engaged portion of a battery wiring module that is different from the battery wiring module.

US Pat. No. 9,214,756

CONNECTOR, CONNECTOR MANUFACTURING METHOD, AND METHOD FOR CONNECTING WIRE HARNESS AND WIRING MATERIALS TO MEMBER TO BE CONNECTED

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A connector for connecting a wiring material to a connecting target member and having a dust protection function, the connector
comprising:
a terminal member including a contact portion that can be brought into contact with the connecting target member, the terminal
member being attached to an end of the wiring material;

a housing including: (i) a top wall, (ii) a bottom wall, and (ii) an insertion recess into which the connecting target member
can be inserted, the housing retaining the terminal member such that the contact portion can be brought into contact with
the connecting target member inserted into the insertion recess, the insertion recess defining an insertion opening; and

a dust protection member formed of a sheet having a uniform thickness, the sheet overlapping a surface of the top wall and
overlapping a surface of the bottom wall such that the insertion recess of the housing is covered by the sheet, the dust protection
member being configured to protect the insertion recess against dust by blocking the insertion opening of the insertion recess,
the dust protection member being configured to be penetrated by the connecting target member when the connecting target member
is inserted into the insertion recess.

US Pat. No. 9,425,520

BATTERY WIRING MODULE

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A battery wiring module comprising:
a connecting member connected to an electrode terminal and comprising a beveled corner; and
a resin protector made of insulating resin that comprises:
a holding portion for holding the connecting member, wherein the holding portion is provided with a surrounding wall that
surrounds a peripheral edge of the connecting member, and

a coming-off preventing projection, wherein the coming-off preventing projection comprises an elastic piece that is disposed
so as to cover the beveled corner of the connecting member and thereby limit movement of the connecting member.

US Pat. No. 9,402,324

ELECTRICAL JUNCTION BOX

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. An electrical junction box comprising:
a casing; and
an electrical component that is accommodated in the casing and has an electrical component case and a terminal portion, the
terminal portion being accommodated in the electrical component case and having a contact, wherein

a small heat amount-generating region, that generates a smaller amount of heat than the electrical component generates when
current flows through the electrical component, is formed in the casing,

the electrical component is disposed such that the contact is located on the small heat amount-generating region side,
the casing accommodates an electrical component-mounting board on which the electrical component is mounted, and a small heat
amount-generating board that is disposed in the small heat amount-generating region and generates a smaller amount of heat
than the electrical component-mounting board generates when current flows through the electrical component, and

the electrical component is disposed such that the contact is located on the small heat amount-generating board side.

US Pat. No. 9,484,126

COVERING MATERIAL FOR ELECTRIC WIRE, INSULATED ELECTRIC WIRE, AND WIRING HARNESS

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A covering material for electric wire containing a polyvinyl chloride, wherein
the covering material comprises, with respect to 100 parts by mass of the polyvinyl chloride:
10 to 20 parts by mass of a plasticizer;
1 to 6 parts by mass of a chlorinated polyethylene; and
1 to 6 parts by mass of an MBS resin,
a total amount of the chlorinated polyethylene and the MBS resin is 2 to 7 parts by mass, and
a resin content of the covering material consists of the polyvinyl chloride, the MBS resin and the chlorinated polyethylene.

US Pat. No. 9,378,871

WIRE HARNESS, WIRE HARNESS MANUFACTURING METHOD AND WIRE HARNESS MANUFACTURING APPARATUS

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A wire harness manufacturing apparatus for manufacturing a wire harness having an electric wire and a covering member,
molded with thermoplastic material, that covers a predetermined part of the electric wire, comprising:
a material plasticizing unit that plasticizes the thermoplastic material to a softened and plastic-deformable state upon reception
of an external force; and

a nozzle having a single thermoplastic material inlet communicating with the material plasticizing unit, the nozzle being
formed from first and second nozzle components separably connected along a diametric plane and configured to define a through
hole therebetween for accommodating the predetermined part of the electric wire when the first and second nozzle components
are in an integrally connected state, and a thermoplastic material discharge orifice continuously surrounding a periphery
of the through hole at one axial end of the through hole, each of the first and second nozzle components having a grooved
member and a groove cover, the grooved member having an array of groove-shaped thermoplastic material channels, the groove
cover covering the channels, the channels extending from the single thermoplastic material inlet and being branched to form
channel branches that widen at farther distances from the thermoplastic material inlet so that the channel branches are joined
and integrated with one another at the thermoplastic material discharge orifice that continuously surrounds the periphery
of the through hole at the one axial end of the through hole,

wherein, when the nozzle components are connected integrally, the covering member that covers the predetermined part of the
electric wire can be integrally molded with the thermoplastic material, by discharging the thermoplastic material, plasticized
by the material plasticizing unit from the thermoplastic material discharge orifice formed in the nozzle, on the outer peripheral
surface of the predetermined part of the electric wire projected from one end of the through hole, in a state where the predetermined
part of the electric wire is accommodated in the through hole formed in the nozzle.

US Pat. No. 9,118,503

COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, RELAY DEVICE AND WIRING HARNESS

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A communication system, comprising a plurality of relay devices, wherein
each of the relay devices has a shape of a polyhedron, and comprises:
a transmission section connected to a communication line to send or receive a communication signal through the communication
line;

a relay processing section for determining if the communication signal needs to be relayed and specifying a relaying destination;
and

a plurality of terminals formed on one or plural surfaces of the polyhedron and connected to the relay processing section,
wherein

the plurality of terminals formed on one or each of plural surfaces of each of the relay devices are connected to a plurality
of terminals formed on an opposed surface of another relay device.

US Pat. No. 9,116,307

SLEEVE FOR OPTICAL CONNECTOR, AND OPTICAL CONNECTOR

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. An optical connector, comprising:
a sleeve comprising:
a portion having a tube shape;
a straight portion that extends from one end of the tube-shaped portion in an axial direction of the tube-shaped portion;
and

a hook portion protruding in a diameter direction of the tube-shaped portion, the hook portion having a bending shape in the
diameter direction from an end of the straight portion;

a ferrule disposed within the sleeve; and
an optical fiber disposed within the ferrule.

US Pat. No. 9,422,612

ALUMINUM ALLOY WIRE

SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTR...

1. An aluminum alloy wire used as a conductor, comprising:
not less than 0.2% and not more than 1.5% by mass of Mg, not less than 0.25% and not more than 2.0% of Si, not less than 0.1%
and not more than 0.5% of Cu, as essential elements, and a remainder including Al and an impurity, wherein among said essential
elements, at least Cu is precipitated in the aluminum alloy, and having

a mass ratio Mg/Si of said Mg to said Si satisfying 0.8?Mg/Si?3.5,
an electrical conductivity not less than 35% IACS and less than 58% IACS,
a tensile strength not less than 150 MPa and not more than 400 MPa, and
an elongation not less than 2%.

US Pat. No. 9,974,182

CIRCUIT ASSEMBLY

AutoNetworks Technologies...

1. A circuit assembly comprising:a substrate provided with a conductive pattern formed on one side of the substrate;
an electronic component that has a main body, and a first terminal and a second terminal that protrude from the main body, and that is mounted on the one side of the substrate; and
a conductive member constituting a conductive path fixed to another side of the substrate,
a first opening formed on the substrate, the first opening being smaller than the electronic component, wherein the electronic component covers a portion of the first opening, and wherein the electronic component is spaced apart from the conductive member and connected to the conductive member through the first opening, and
the first terminal is connected to the conductive pattern of the substrate, and the second terminal is connected to the conductive member through a second opening formed in the substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,514,587

VEHICLE LOCK CONTROLLER

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A vehicle lock controller, comprising:
a short-range wireless communicator configured to communicate with a portable wireless communication device within a short
range;

a long-range wireless communicator configured to communicate with the wireless communication device within a long range, the
long range being longer than the short range;

a controller configured to lock or unlock at least one door of a vehicle in response to a lock or unlock request received
from the wireless communication device;

a detection device configured to detect the presence of a person around the vehicle; and
a lock time setting device configured, when a request to unlock the at least one door is received from the wireless communication
device, to set a lapse of time before the at least one door is locked, depending on whether or not (i) the short-range wireless
communicator has communicated with the wireless communication device, (ii) the long-range wireless communicator has communicated
with the wireless communication device, and (iii) a result of detection by the detection device, wherein:

the controller is configured such that, when the controller receives the unlock request from the wireless communication device,
the controller unlocks the at least one door and then locks the at least one door after the lapse of time set by the lock
time setting device; and

the lock time setting device:
sets the lapse of time before the at least one door is locked to a long period when the short-range wireless communicator
has communicated with the wireless communication device;

sets the lapse of time before the at least one door is locked to a medium-length period shorter than the long period when
(i) the short-range wireless communicator has not communicated with the wireless communication device, (ii) the long-range
wireless communicator has communicated with the wireless communication device, and (iii) the detection device has not detected
a person; and

sets the lapse of time before the at least one door is locked to a short period shorter than the medium period when (i) the
short-range wireless communicator has not communicated with the wireless communication device, (ii) the long-range wireless
communicator has communicated with the wireless communication device, and (iii) the detection device has detected a person.

US Pat. No. 9,450,485

POWER SUPPLY CONTROL APPARATUS

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A power supply control apparatus, comprising:
a voltage detection unit that detects an output voltage of a battery or an alternator provided to a vehicle;
a condition acquisition unit that acquires a condition of an engine provided to the vehicle;
a voltage transformation unit that raises or lowers the output voltage;
a switching unit that switches power supply to each of a plurality of in-vehicle devices provided to the vehicle to either
of the output voltage and a voltage transformed by the voltage transformation unit; and

a control unit that outputs an instruction to switch the switching unit based on the output voltage value detected by the
voltage detection unit and the condition of the engine acquired by the condition acquisition unit,

wherein the switching unit switches a destination of power supply between a first in-vehicle device group to which a voltage
higher than V1 is to be supplied and a second in-vehicle device group other than the first in-vehicle device group, and

the control unit outputs an instruction to lower the voltage or an instruction to raise the voltage to the voltage transformation
unit, and outputs an instruction to switch between the first in-vehicle device group and the second in-vehicle device group
to the switching unit.

US Pat. No. 9,300,061

BATTERY WIRING MODULE

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A battery wiring module configured to be attached to a battery group including a plurality of batteries each having electrode
terminals including a positive terminal and a negative terminal and to connect the electrode terminals, the battery wiring
module comprising:
a plurality of connection units connected to each other in a battery arrangement direction in which a plurality of batteries
are arranged, each of the connection units includes a bus bar housing; and

a bus bar housed in the bus bar housing and configured to connect one of the electrode terminals of one of the batteries and
one of the electrode terminals of another one of the batteries and the bus bar has a pair of terminal through holes through
which the electrode terminals are inserted and each of the terminal through holes is formed in a shape so as to elongate in
the battery arrangement direction,

wherein the bus bar housing of the connection unit has a plurality of insulation walls surrounding an edge portion of the
bus bar, a pair of the insulation walls that are perpendicular to the battery arrangement direction are a pair of side walls,

one of the connection units has a cutout formed by cutting away a part of one of the side walls, and
another one of the connection units adjacent to the one of the connection units has a fitting portion formed in another one
of the side walls, the fitting portion being fitted to the cutout in the one of the connection units.

US Pat. No. 9,499,063

POWER-SUPPLY DEVICE

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A power-supply device for converting a DC voltage and supplying the converted voltage to an external battery, the power-supply
device comprising:
a switching element;
a control circuit that generates a control signal to turn on or off the switching element;
a driving circuit that drives the switching element by using the control signal generated by the control circuit;
an output terminal from which the converted voltage is supplied to the external battery; and
a voltage terminal to which voltage is applied from the battery, wherein:
the driving circuit is configured to receive voltage supplied from the output terminal,
the control circuit is configured to receive voltage supplied from the voltage terminal,
the control circuit is configured to detect the voltage of the output terminal and compare the detected voltage with a predetermined
voltage,

the power-supply device further comprises:
a switch that switches the voltage supplied from the output terminal to the driving circuit between on and off,
a resistor circuit that supplies voltage from the voltage terminal to the driving circuit, and
a capacitor that is charged with the voltage supplied from the resistor circuit,
the control circuit is configured to turn on the switch each time the control circuit is activated,
the control circuit includes a timer that measures an elapsed time period after the activation of the control circuit, and
the control circuit is configured to (i) generate the control signal when the timer has measured a predetermined time period,
(ii) detect the voltage of the output terminal in time series, and (iii) turn on the switch when the detected voltage reaches
a level that is higher, by at least a predetermined threshold value, than the voltage of the output terminal detected at the
start of generation of the control signal.

US Pat. No. 9,456,530

DC-DC CONVERTER

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

13. A DC-DC converter, comprising:
a transformer having a primary coil and a secondary coil;
switching elements connected to the primary coil for switching the flow of electrical current to the primary coil;
rectifying elements connected to the secondary coil;
a case having (i) a first accommodating portion in which the transformer is accommodated and (ii) a second accommodating portion
in which the switching elements and the rectifying elements are accommodated;

a metal heat sink attached to the case, the metal heat sink being thermally connected to the switching elements and the rectifying
elements and having a radiator portion exposed on an outer surface of the case; and

the case includes a lower case opened upward and an upper cover that shuts the lower case from above, wherein
an upper edge of a lower-side partition formed in the lower case abuts with a lower edge of an upper-side partition formed
in the upper cover, thereby partitioning the first accommodating portion from the second accommodating portion.

US Pat. No. 9,397,417

WIRING MODULE HAVING A VOLTAGE DETECTION TERMINAL

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A wiring module, comprising:
a connecting member that connects between adjacent electrode terminals of a plurality of electricity storage elements that
have a positive electrode terminal and a negative electrode terminal;

an insulating protector that has a partition wall surrounding the connecting member and that accommodates the connecting member;
and

a detection terminal that is connected to an end portion of an electric wire and that is laid over the connecting member,
wherein:

the detection terminal is provided with (i) a fastened portion that is laid over the connecting member and is fastened by
a fastening member and (ii) a terminal guide-out portion that is guided to an area that does not overlap the connecting member
and whose diameter is reduced from an end portion of the fastened portion;

the insulating protector is provided with an engaging portion that engages the terminal guide-out portion;
the terminal guide-out portion is provided with an electric wire connecting portion that is connected to the end portion of
the electric wire;

the engaging portion is formed between the fastened portion and the electric wire connecting portion;
part of a peripheral portion of the terminal guide-out portion is provided with an engaged portion formed of a groove portion
or a projection portion; and

at an internal wall of an engagement portion, at a position corresponding to the engaged portion, the engaging portion is
constituted by a projection portion that engages the groove portion of the engaged portion or a groove portion that engages
the projection portion of the engaged portion that extends along a direction in which the detection terminal is engaged.

US Pat. No. 9,336,942

REACTOR, CONVERTER, AND POWER CONVERSION DEVICE

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A reactor comprising:
a coil with a pair of coil elements connected to each other,
a magnetic core with a pair of interior core portions disposed inside the coil elements and an exterior core portion which
connects the interior core portions to form a closed magnetic path, and

an insulator interposed between the coil and the magnetic core,
wherein the reactor is provided with a sensor for measurement of a physical quantity during operation of the reactor, and
a sensor holder which includes a member independent from the insulator and which holds the sensor,

wherein each coil element of the pair of coil elements has a tubular body formed by spirally winding a wire and has an end
surface shaped to have rounded corner portions with rounded corners, and the coil elements are disposed in parallel such that
axes of the coil elements are disposed in parallel to each other,

wherein the sensor holder is provided with an engaging portion which engages with the insulator to prevent the sensor holder
form being detached from the insulator, and

wherein the sensor is disposed, with the sensor holder which is engaged at the engaging portion with the insulator, in a trapezoidal
space interposed between the rounded corner portions which are disposed to face each other in the coil elements.

US Pat. No. 9,543,711

WIRING MODULE

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A wiring module to be attached to a power storage element group in which a plurality of power storage elements are lined
up, each power storage element having a positive electrode terminal and a negative electrode terminal, the wiring module comprising:
an insulating protector configured to hold a connection member that electrically connects adjacent electrode terminals; and
a temperature detecting member configured to detect a temperature of the connection member,
wherein the temperature detecting member includes:
a temperature detecting element;
an electric wire connected to the temperature detecting element;
an element accommodating section in which the temperature detecting element is accommodated and through which the electric
wire is led out; and

a detection section that is contiguous to the element accommodating section and that is arranged to be in contact with the
connection member, and

the element accommodating section being arranged in parallel or perpendicular to a line connecting shaft centers of the two
electrode terminals that are connected to each other by the connection member,

wherein the insulating protector is provided with a receiving groove that receives the element accommodating section so that
the detection section is arranged in a real contact with a connection member.

US Pat. No. 9,508,464

BUS BAR COVER, AND BUS BAR WITH COVER

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. An insulating bus bar cover that is attachable to a bus bar between (i) a first cell group in which a plurality of cells,
each including a positive and negative electrode terminal, are arranged in a row, and (ii) a second cell group of a same type
adjacent to the first cell group, both ends of the bus bar being respectively fixable to electrode terminals having opposite
polarities in order to electrically connect the electrode terminals, the bus bar cover comprising:
a main body portion configured to cover the bus bar while exposing both ends of the bus bar, the main body portion being disposed
spaced from the respective ends of the bus bar in a first direction perpendicular to a longitudinal direction of the main
body portion, the main body portion including:

a tubular member configured to cover the bus bar while exposing both ends of the bus bar; and
frame members provided at ends of the tubular member, the frame members extending from the respective ends of the tubular
member in order to surround the ends of the bus bar exposed from the tubular member when viewed in a plan view while the frame
members are spaced from the ends of the bus bar in the first direction directly above the ends of the bus bar;

hinge portions provided on the frame members; and
lid portions that are attached via the hinge portions to the frame members, and are pivotable by the hinge portions so as
to cover or expose the ends of the bus bar.

US Pat. No. 9,564,254

ALUMINUM ALLOY WIRE, AND ALUMINUM ALLOY TWISTED WIRE, COVERED ELECTRICAL WIRE AND WIRE HARNESS USING THE SAME

SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTR...

1. An aluminum alloy wire to be used as a conductor, containing in mass %:
Mg at 0.2% to 1.5%;
Si at 0.1% to 2.0%;
Fe at 0.1% to 1.0%, or at least one element selected from Cu, Cr, Mn and Zr, and Fe at a total of 0.1% to 1.0%;
Ti at 0.005% to 0.08% and B at 0.0005% to 0.016%;
Zr at 0.02% to 0.40% and Mn at 0.05% to 0.40%; and
the balance being Al and impurities,
wherein the content of the Mg is greater than the content of at least one of the Fe, Cu, Cr, Mn, and Zr,
wherein the content of the Si is greater than the content of the Fe,
and having:
an electrical conductivity of 40% IACS or more;
a tensile strength of 150 MPa or more;
an elongation of 5% or more;
a wire diameter of 0.5 mm or less; and
a maximum grain size of 50 ?m or less, wherein
a ratio of the maximum grain size relative to the wire diameter is less than 10%.

US Pat. No. 9,506,993

WIRING MODULE

SUMITOMO WIRING SYSTEMS, ...

1. A wiring module that is configured to be attached to a storage element group in which a plurality of storage elements are
lined up, the plurality of storage elements each including a pair of positive and negative electrode terminals, the wiring
module comprising:
a bus bar holding member that is made of an insulating material and is configured to be attached to the storage element group;
bus bars that are configured to be connected to the electrode terminals, the bus bars being held on a side of the bus bar
holding member that is opposite to a side of the bus bar holding member facing the storage element group;

detection terminals that detect states of the storage elements, the detection terminals being electrically connected to the
bus bars and being held by the bus bar holding member;

detection wires that are drawn from the detection terminals; and
a wire routing path that is provided on the side of the bus bar holding member that faces the storage elements, the detection
wires being routed along the wire routing path.

US Pat. No. 9,490,551

FITTING EQUIPPED ELECTRICALLY CONDUCTIVE SHEET

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A fitting-equipped electrically conductive sheet comprising:
an electrically conductive sheet material; and
a connection fitting configured to electrically connect the sheet material to another member, the connection fitting including
a crimp section that is formed by a plate-shaped section being folded back and that is crimped to an edge section of the sheet
material,

wherein the crimp section includes:
a pair of plate-shaped holding sections between which the edge section of the sheet material is sandwiched; and
a folded-back section that connects the pair of plate-shaped holding sections,
at least one of the pair of plate-shaped holding sections has a band-shaped recess on an outer surface of an intermediate
region between the folded-back section and an opposite edge section of the plate-shaped holding section, the band-shaped recess
being band-shaped by being more strongly crimped to the sheet material than adjacent parts,

the band-shaped recess longitudinally extends parallel to the folded-back section,
the sheet material protrudes from the crimp section to a side that is opposite to the folded-back section, and
a connection section configured to be electrically connected to a connection target is provided on at least one side of the
crimp section in a longitudinal direction of the band-shaped recess.

US Pat. No. 9,460,842

REACTOR, COIL MOLD PRODUCT, CONVERTER, AND POWER CONVERTER APPARATUS

Sumitomo Electric Industr...

1. A reactor comprising:
a coil and a magnetic core, the coil including a turn portion formed by a wound wire whose cross-sectional shape has a corner
portion, the coil further including a draw-out portion of the wire drawn out from the turn portion, the magnetic core being
disposed inside and outside the coil to form a closed magnetic path;

a mold resin portion that covers the turn portion and at least part of the draw-out portion to retain a shape of the coil;
and

a resin containing mold product that is formed to cover at least part of an outer circumference of the mold resin portion
covering the draw-out portion, wherein

in the mold resin portion, an outer circumferential face of a corner portion region that covers a corner portion of the draw-out
portion is formed by a curved surface,

when a bend radius of the outer circumferential face of the corner portion region is R, the bend radius R is greater than
0.5 mm,

the wire is formed by a rectangular wire, and
when a thickness of the rectangular wire is a and a thickness of the mold resin portion covering the draw-out portion is m,
the bend radius R is 0.2(m+(a/2))?R?5.0(m+(a/2)).

US Pat. No. 9,353,204

(METH)ACRYLATE COMPOSITION

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A method for curing a (meth)acrylate composition, the composition comprising a first compound having one or more vinyl
groups in a molecular structure thereof, the compound having a ratio of a molecular weight thereof to a number of the vinyl
groups of 300 or lower, the composition not comprising a thermal polymerization initiator or a chain transfer agent, the method
comprising a step of curing the composition without agitating the composition, wherein a portion of the composition that is
not irradiated with light reaches a temperature from 151 to 175° C. as a result of photopolymerization of the composition
and is cured by thermal polymerization caused by a heat of reaction generated during said photopolymerization.

US Pat. No. 9,184,432

CELL WIRING MODULE

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A cell wiring module, comprising:
a plurality of connection members connecting adjacent electrode terminals of a plurality of single cells having positive and
negative electrode terminals;

a plurality of holding portions holding the connection members;
detection terminals placed on the connection members and connected to terminal portions of wires; and
wire insertion portions through which the wires connected to the detection terminals are inserted, wherein
the detection terminals are oriented in a direction inclined relative to a direction orthogonal to a connecting direction
in which the connection members are arranged side-by-side, and

the detection terminals including corner portions that are inserted in the holding portions.
US Pat. No. 9,611,337

CHAIN TRANSFER AGENT, PHOTOSENSITIVE COMPOSITION, CURED PRODUCT OF PHOTOSENSITIVE COMPOSITION, AND METHOD FOR CURING PHOTOSENSITIVE COMPOSITION

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A photosensitive composition comprising:
an ultraviolet curable material; and
a chain transfer agent comprising:
an ingredient (a) that comprises a compound comprising at least one selected from the group consisting of a urethane bond,
a urea bond, and an isocyanate group; and

an ingredient (b) that comprises a metal-containing compound, wherein:
a portion of the composition where irradiation light does not reach is curable;
the composition is not moisture-curable;
the chain transfer agent does not contain a thermal radical generating agent; and
a mass ratio of the ingredient (a) to the ingredient (b) is in a range of from 100:0.001 to 100:1.

US Pat. No. 9,412,989

BATTERY CONNECTING ASSEMBLY

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A battery connecting assembly in a battery module, the battery connecting assembly connecting batteries having electrode
terminals, the batteries being aligned to configure a battery group, the battery connecting assembly comprising:
a plurality of connection units in which a connecting member connecting the electrode terminals of adjacent batteries is arranged,
each of the connection units including:

an accommodation portion in which the connecting member is arranged,
a cover configured to cover the accommodation portion, the cover including a cover stopper and a cover stopper receiver that
is configured to fit to the cover stopper of an adjacent connection unit,

a hinge connecting the accommodation portion and the cover,
a unit stopper, and
a unit stopper receiver configured to fit to the unit stopper of the adjacent connection unit, wherein
the connection units are connected to each other such that the unit stoppers and the unit stopper receivers are fitted to
each other and the covers of the connection units are connected to each other such that the cover stoppers and the cover stopper
receivers are fitted to each other.

US Pat. No. 9,531,261

POWER SUPPLY CONTROL DEVICE

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A power-supply control device, comprising:
a transistor that is interposed between a power source and a load;
a control circuit to which a voltage from the power source is applied, the voltage being applied across a high-voltage side
input terminal and a low-voltage side input terminal of the control circuit, and that is configured to turn the transistor
on or off based on an operating signal for the load that is applied from an external device, and controlling supply of power
to the load;

a voltage detector that is configured to detect a value of the voltage applied to the control circuit by the power source,
and is configured to determine whether or not the applied voltage value detected is lower than a predetermined voltage value;
and

a negative voltage output circuit that is configured to output a negative voltage to the low-voltage side input terminal of
the control circuit if the voltage detector determines that the applied voltage value is lower than the predetermined voltage
value.

US Pat. No. 9,425,594

WIRING HARNESS AND RELAY HARNESS

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A wiring harness, comprising:
a first harness provided with a first connector on a plurality of first wires, the first wires formed such that each first
wire has a first conductor surrounded by a first insulation coating;

a second harness provided with a second connector on a plurality of second wires, the second wires formed such that each second
wire has a second conductor surrounded by a second insulation coating;

a relay harness wired between the second connector and the first connector,
the relay harness having relay wires formed such that each relay wire has a conductor surrounded by a coating resin,
the relay harness further having a first housing composed of a first housing resin and configured to connect to the first
connector for connecting the relay wires to the first wires, and having a second housing composed of a second housing resin
and configured to connect to the second connector for connecting the relay wires to the second wires;

wherein the coating resin, the first housing resin, and the second housing resin includes non-halogen type synthetic resins
that (A) have a higher ignition points than a resin material used for the first insulation coating and the second insulation
coating; and/or (B) are self-extinguishable.

US Pat. No. 9,089,048

MAGNETIC SHIELDING DEVICE AND WIRE HARNESS

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. An electromagnetic shielding device comprising:
a conductive sheet that is a sheet-shaped flexible conductive member that can be deformed into a tube shape; and
a tube-shape holding member that keeps the conductive sheet in a tube shape in a state in which a first outer edge portion
and a second outer edge portion of four outer edge portions of the conductive sheet are joined together, the second outer
edge portion being located on a side opposite to the first outer edge portion, wherein

in the conductive sheet, a parallel slit group is formed, the parallel slit group being constituted by a plurality of slits
that extend in a direction that crosses a first direction from the first outer edge portion toward the second outer edge portion
and that are lined up in the first direction, and

a folding line is formed, the folding line extending across the parallel slit group.

US Pat. No. 9,413,095

CONNECTOR

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A connector to be connected to a mating connector provided on a device side, comprising:
a plurality of terminals to be connected to end parts of wires;
a plurality of terminal accommodating members configured to accommodate the plurality of terminals; and
a holding member including a pair of side wall portions facing each other and a pair of coupling wall portions connecting
end sides of the pair of side wall portions in an extending direction and configured to hold the plurality of terminal accommodating
members side by side in a direction along the extending direction of the side wall portions between the pair of side wall
portions,

wherein:
each terminal accommodating member including a pair of supporting portions projecting toward the respective side wall portions
and supported on the respective side wall portions;

the mating connector is configured by stacking a plurality of split connector portions;
the split connector portion includes a mating terminal to be connected to the terminal and a partition wall partitioning the
mating terminal from outside;

the partition wall of one of the plurality of split connector portions is formed into a rectangular tube surrounding the mating
terminal on four sides and the partition walls of the other partition walls are formed into a U shape with one open side surrounding
the mating terminal on three sides; and

the mating connector is configured by stacking the plurality of split connector portions such that the one open side of the
partition wall in the split connector portion is covered by the partition wall of the adjacent split connector portion.

US Pat. No. 9,331,461

ELECTRIC-WIRE PROTECTING PIPE AND WIRE HARNESS

SUMITOMO WIRING SYSTEMS, ...

1. An electric-wire protection pipe having a first circumferential region and a second circumferential region, the electric-wire
protection pipe being formed of a material that includes metal and being configured to surround an electric wire, the electric-wire
protection pipe comprising:
a first reinforced section located at the first circumferential region in the circumferential direction of the electric-wire
protection pipe, the first reinforced section being configured to extend along the entire length in the longitudinal direction
of the electric-wire protection pipe, and being thicker than other sections in the circumferential direction of the electric-wire
protection pipe; and

a flat pipe section constituting at least a part of the electric-wire protection pipe in the longitudinal direction, the flat
pipe section being configured such that an outer size of the flat pipe section in a first direction is smaller than an outer
size of the flat pipe section in a second direction orthogonal to the first direction, wherein

the first direction is a direction from a first circumferential region, in which the first reinforced section is formed, in
the circumferential direction of the electric-wire protection pipe toward a second circumferential region that is opposite
to the first circumferential region.

US Pat. No. 9,461,385

CARD EDGE CONNECTOR

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A card edge connector assembly comprising:
a board-side connector that has a board-side housing and a circuit board attached to the board-side housing, the circuit board
having a front edge region projecting from the board-side housing and having a plurality of contact portions and a cut portion
in proximity to the front edge region; and

a harness-side connector comprising:
a housing main body formed with a receptacle configured to accommodate the board-side connector; and
a terminal holding member inserted in the receptacle of the housing main body, the terminal holding member including:
a front wall;
opposed supporting walls extending rearward from the front wall;
a board accommodation space open into the front wall at a position between the supporting walls and configured to receive
the front edge region of the circuit board;

terminal accommodating chambers formed between the support walls and adjacent the board accommodation space, the terminal
accommodating chambers being configured for accommodating a plurality of juxtaposed terminal fittings and configured so that
the supporting walls receive reaction forces given to the terminal fittings from the circuit board due to a resilient pressing
action of resilient contact pieces of the terminal fittings; and

a coupling portion formed at the front wall portion and extending between the supporting walls; wherein
the coupling portion is disposed to fit in the cut portion formed on the circuit board and is configured to resist the reaction
forces given to the supporting walls by the terminal fittings when the circuit board is inserted in the board accommodation
space.

US Pat. No. 9,396,840

SHIELD CONDUCTING PATH

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A shield conducting path comprising:
a plurality of electric wires each of which including an electric conductor and an insulation coating surrounding the electric
conductor; and

a metal pipe for shielding and protecting the electric wires arranged therein, wherein
the pipe includes a cylindrical tube main body in which the electric wires are arranged and a partition wall continuing to
an inner wall of the tube main body and partitioning an inner space of the tube main body into a first area and a second area,

the partition wall includes:
a pair of end convex portions, each of the end convex portions being an edge portion of the partition wall and adjacent to
the inner wall of the tube main body, and curving so as to protrude in a direction from the first area toward the second area;
and

a concave portion between the pair of end convex portions, the concave portion curving so as to be recessed in an opposite
direction from the direction in which each of the end convex portions protrudes, and

the inner wall of the tube main body includes ribs protruding inward of the tube main body and extending in an axial direction
of the tube main body.

US Pat. No. 9,075,207

OPTICAL MODULE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING OPTICAL MODULE

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A method of manufacturing an optical module, the optical module including: a circuit board; an optical device mounted on
the circuit board; and a resin member arranged on the circuit board and formed of a light-transmissive synthetic resin, wherein:
the resin member includes:
a sleeve configured to receive a ferrule fitted around a terminal of an optical fiber; and
a lens formed integrally with and located on an axis of the sleeve,
the optical device includes an optical device active layer adapted to emit or receive invisible light having a single wavelength
of between 800 nm and 900 nm or 1260 nm and 1625 nm, and

the lens is configured such that the invisible light transmitted through the lens forms an image of the optical device active
layer at an optical fiber coupling plane, the optical fiber coupling plane being a plane at which an end surface of the optical
fiber is located when the ferrule is attached to the sleeve,

the method comprising the steps of:
applying the invisible light onto the resin member and the optical device;
observing a part of the resin member located at the optical fiber coupling plane and an image formed at the optical fiber
coupling plane by the optical device active layer, with use of a camera, while applying the invisible light onto the resin
member and the optical device;

aligning positions of the resin member and the circuit board with respect to each other while observing the part of the resin
member located at the optical fiber coupling plane and the image formed at the optical fiber coupling plane; and

fixing the resin member to the circuit board while maintaining the aligned positions of the resin member and the circuit board.

US Pat. No. 9,620,260

INSULATING COATED WIRE AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A method for manufacturing an insulating coated wire, the method comprising:
preparing an insulating coated wire material that includes a center conductor and an insulating coating made of an insulating
thermoplastic resin material and covering the center conductor;

arranging a metal mold on the circumference of at least a portion in the axial direction of the insulating coated wire material,
the metal mold having an inner surface with a portion having a shape protruding outwardly in the radial direction with respect
to the outer circumferential surface of the insulating coated wire material; and

forming, on the insulating coating, a bending auxiliary section that has a shape along the inner surface of the metal mold,
by generating a pressure difference in which a pressure inside the insulating coating is higher than a pressure outside the
insulating coating within the metal mold in a condition in which the insulating coating is heated within the metal mold to
a temperature at which the thermoplastic resin material constituting the insulating coating is softened, the bending auxiliary
section being configured such that an insulating coating thickness thereof is smaller than an insulating coating thickness
of the other portion, and having a shape that facilitates bending of the insulating coated wire by elongation deformation
thereof.

US Pat. No. 9,531,131

POWER RECEIVING CONNECTOR, CHARGING SYSTEM AND COMMUNICATION SYSTEM

SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTR...

1. A power receiving connector, which can be placed in a vehicle and can be connected with a feeder wire to be used for power
feeding, with a ground wire, and with a control wire configured to transmit a control signal to be used for power feeding
control, comprising:
a plurality of connection terminals to be connected with the feeder wire, the ground wire and the control wire;
a plurality of internal wirings to be connected with the feeder wire, the ground wire and the control wire via the connection
terminals;

a superposition separation element, which is interposed in at least one of the internal wiring to be connected with the ground
wire and the internal wiring to be connected with the control wire, configured to superpose and separate a communication signal,
which is different from the control signal, for the internal wiring; and

a path section which passes the connection terminal to be connected with the ground wire, the superposition separation element,
and the connection terminal to be connected with the control wire, and which bridges the internal wiring to be connected with
the ground wire and the internal wiring to be connected with the control wire in order to form a communication path for the
communication signal.

US Pat. No. 9,490,094

OVERCURRENT PROTECTION APPARATUS

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. An overcurrent protection apparatus to be installed in a vehicle provided with a low voltage circuit through which a current
with a low voltage flows and a high voltage circuit through which a current with a high voltage flows, the high voltage being
higher than the low voltage, the overcurrent protection apparatus being connectable to the low voltage circuit to protect
the low voltage circuit from an overcurrent,
the overcurrent protection apparatus comprising at least one fuse member comprising a fuse and a fusible wire that is connected
in series to the fuse, the fusible wire comprising a conductor that has a melting point lower than that of copper, and having
a fusing current value that is higher than that of the fuse,

wherein the at least one fuse member is connected in series to the low voltage circuit.

US Pat. No. 9,481,327

WIRE HARNESS AND WIRE FITTING

SUMITOMO WIRING SYSTEMS, ...

1. A wire harness comprising:
a wire bundle including a plurality of wires;
a wire fitting including a base and a cover, the base supporting a portion of the wire bundle from one side and having a periphery,
the cover being assembled to the base and covering the portion of the wire bundle together with the base;

a first tie member that ties together a portion of the plurality of wires of the wire bundle, the first tie member being freely
movable relative to the base;

a second tie member that ties together all wires of the tied portion of the plurality of wires, the second tie member being
freely movable relative to the base, the tied portion of the plurality of wires extending in a first direction from the first
tie member to the second tie member and having a first length between the first tie member and the second tie member in the
first direction; and

a protrusion that is formed protruding from a surface of the base of the wire fitting, the surface facing the cover, the protrusion
extending through the tied portion of the plurality of wires at a region of the first length of the tied portion that is between
the first tie member and the second tie member,

wherein the first tie member and the second tie member cooperate with the protrusion to limit movement of the tied portion
of the plurality of wires relative to the base such that movement of all wires of the tied portion relative to the base in
the first direction is limited to the first length between the first tie member and the second tie member, and

wherein the base includes:
a plate-shaped wiring portion having a periphery, and
an outer frame at the periphery of the base and extending continuously about the periphery of the plate-shaped wiring portion,
the outer frame being raised relative to the plate-shaped wiring portion about the periphery of the plate-shaped wiring portion
by a step extending from the plate-shaped wiring portion to the outer frame, the protrusion being spaced from the periphery
of the plate-shaped wiring portion, the protrusion having a first end at the surface of the outer frame and extending away
from the surface of the outer frame to a second end spaced from the surface of the outer frame.

US Pat. No. 9,083,098

BATTERY WIRING MODULE

AutoNetworks Technologies...

1. A battery wiring module comprising:
first connecting members that connect adjacent positive and negative electrode terminals of a plurality of electric cells
to serially connect the plurality of electric cells;

second connecting members, one end of each of which is connected to the electrode terminal at one end of the serial connection
and the other end of each of which is connected to an external conductive member; and

a resin protector that holds the first connecting members and the second connecting members, the resin protector including:
first holding portions that hold the first connecting members, and
second holding portions that hold the second connecting members,
wherein engaged portions are provided in the second connecting members and engaging portions are provided in the second holding
portions to engage the engaged portions such that the movement of the second connecting members is limited.

US Pat. No. 9,788,441

SWITCHING DEVICE

AutoNetworks Technologies...

1. A switching device, comprising:
a switching board including a circuit constituent having a control circuit board and a busbar arranged on one surface of the
control circuit board, and a switching element mounted on the circuit constituent;

a case member arranged to be placed on the surface of the switching board where the busbar is arranged;
a bolt arranged to penetrate through the busbar and the case member; and
a nut for fixing a fastening terminal the busbar by being threadably engaged with the bolt, a wire mounted to an end of the
fastening terminal,

wherein:
the case member includes a guide wall arranged around the bolt and configured to guide a movement of a tool for fastening
the nut to the bolt to a fastening position to the bolt and a restriction wall connected to the guide wall, the restriction
wall having a length greater than a length of the fastening terminal so as to restrict the rotation of the fastening terminal
by coming into contact with the wire; and

prevent the fastening terminal from contacting the restriction wall by placing the wire into contact with the restriction
wall.

US Pat. No. 9,663,631

PHOTOSENSITIVE THERMOPLASTIC RESIN COMPOSITION AND MOLDED PRODUCT USING SAME

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A photosensitive thermoplastic resin composition comprising:
a thermoplastic polymer; and
a photocrosslinking agent compatible with the thermoplastic polymer,
the composition being melt-moldable, and a melt-molded product of the composition being crosslinkable by photoirradiation,
wherein the photocrosslinking agent comprises:
a (meth)acrylate compound;
a photopolymerization initiator; and
a chain transfer agent,
wherein the chain transfer agent is a complex compound that contains:
at least one selected from the group consisting of a urethane bond, a urea bond, and an isocyanate group, and
a metal-containing compound.

US Pat. No. 9,356,388

TERMINAL-ATTACHED WIRE AND TERMINAL

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A terminal-attached wire comprising:
a wire having an end portion;
a heat shrinkable tube that is a waterproof tube and that seals the end portion of the wire and has an opening edge and an
inner peripheral surface adjacent the opening edge; and

a terminal connected to the end portion of the wire, the terminal including:
a terminal connecting portion to be connected to a mating terminal,
a wire connecting portion to be connected to the end portion of the wire, the terminal connecting portion and the wire connecting
portion being spaced apart along a longitudinal direction, and

a coupling portion coupling the terminal connecting portion and the wire connecting portion, the coupling portion including:
a bottom having opposite first and second sides,
first and second side walls extending respectively from the opposite first and second sides of the bottom,
first and second water-stop pieces extending respectively from ends of the first and second opposite side walls remote from
the bottom and being bent inward from the opposite side walls along outer bend lines that extend substantially parallel to
the longitudinal direction, each of the water-stop pieces further being bent at a location spaced from the respective side
wall about an inner bend line that extends substantially parallel to the longitudinal direction so that a free end of the
respective water-stop piece is opposed to and facing the bottom of the coupling portion, a mount portion being defined on
an outer peripheral surface of each of the water stop pieces and the side walls, the mount portion extending from the bottom
of the coupling portion to the inner bend lines, the opening edge of the heat shrinkable tube terminating on the mount portion
and the inner peripheral surface of the heat shrinkable tube adjacent the opening edge of the heat shrinkable tube closely
contacting the mount portion, and

a draining portion provided on a side closer to the terminal connecting portion than the opening edge of the heat shrinkable
tube for preventing water from running from a terminal connecting portion side to the opening edge of the heat shrinkable
tube.

US Pat. No. 9,565,780

ELECTRONIC CIRCUIT UNIT CAPABLE OF EXTERNAL CONNECTION

AutoNetworks Technologies...

1. An electronic circuit unit, comprising:
a circuit board including an edge part and a plurality of conductors for connection provided on a surface thereof;
a plurality of terminals provided on ends of wires to be connected to the respective conductors for connection of the circuit
board and each including a board contact portion which comes into contact with the corresponding conductor for connections;

a case including a board housing portion configured to house the circuit board while holding the circuit board at a specific
board holding position and a terminal holding portion configured to hold each terminal;

the board housing portion has a housing main body with side walls configured to hold the circuit board from both sides in
a plate thickness direction of the circuit board while guiding the circuit board in a board inserting direction and an opening
open toward a side opposite to the terminal holding portion and shaped to allow the circuit board to be inserted in the board
inserting direction perpendicular to the plate thickness direction and toward the terminal holding portion through the opening
with the edge part in the lead;

the terminal holding portion includes a plurality of terminal insertion portions through which the respective terminals are
insertable from the outside to the inside of the case, a plurality of terminal accommodating chambers into which each terminal
is inserted, and a plurality of terminal locking portions configured to lock the terminal inserted into each terminal accommodating
chamber at a position where the board contact portion of the terminal comes into contact with the corresponding one of the
conductors for connection;

a lid removably attached to the housing main body, the lid including a lid main body to be attached to the housing main body
to close the opening, and a lid-side waterproof member configured to seal the opening of the housing main body being interposed
between the lid main body and the main body; and

a plurality of wire-side waterproof members provided to seal a clearance between each of the plurality of wires and inner
peripheral surfaces of the corresponding terminal inserting portion.

US Pat. No. 10,136,566

ELECTROMAGNETIC SHIELDING MEMBER

AutoNetworks Technologies...

1. An electromagnetic shielding member comprising:a first shielding member that is a flexible tubular metal member;
a second shielding member that is harder than the first shielding member and that includes a metal tubular body including a plurality of recesses formed in a connecting surface that is connected to the first shielding member; and
a connecting member that connects the first shielding member and the second shielding member to each other in a state in which the connecting member presses the first shielding member against the connecting surface of the second shielding member and in a state in which, at a portion where the first shielding member abuts against an edge portion of the plurality of recesses formed in the connecting surface of the second shielding member, an oxide film on a surface of the first shielding member or the second shielding member or on surfaces of both of the first and second shielding members is removed;
wherein the first shielding member includes a plurality of elemental wires that are assembled into a tubular shape, and
the plurality of recesses have a depth that is smaller than an external diameter of the elemental wires.

US Pat. No. 10,117,322

CIRCUIT ASSEMBLY AND ELECTRIC JUNCTION BOX

AutoNetworks Technologies...

1. A circuit assembly comprising:a heatsink;
an insulating sheet disposed on the heatsink; and
a circuit board spaced apart from the heat sink, wherein the insulating sheet is disposed between the circuit board and the heat sink,
wherein the circuit board is fixed to the heatsink by a fixing member, and
a plurality of heat conductive members formed of viscous material and is disposed on the insulating sheet so as to be pressed between the insulating sheet and the circuit board and form a continuous planar surface, each of the plurality of heat conductive members being spaced a part from each other so as to form a gap.

US Pat. No. 9,543,624

ELECTRICAL STORAGE MODULE

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. An electricity storage module comprising:
a stack formed by stacking a plurality of power storage elements having positive and negative lead terminals that protrude
outward from end portions thereof;

holder members made of an insulating resin and attached at least to the end portions of the power storage elements from which
the lead terminals protrude, the holder members being arranged to hold the power storage elements; and

heat-transfer plate members disposed between power storage elements that are adjacent in a stacking direction of the stack,
the heat-transfer plate members being made of a heat conductive material configured to conduct heat generated by the power
storage elements to outside of the module,

wherein an engaging portion is provided on one of the holder members and the heat-transfer plate members, and an engaged portion
arranged to be engaged by the engaging portion is provided on the other of the holder members and the heat-transfer plate
members,

wherein the holder members and the heat-transfer plate members are integrated by mutual engagement of the engaging portions
and the engaged portions, and

wherein the holder members are formed with slide portions on which the heat-transfer plate members are slidably mounted.

US Pat. No. 9,490,550

ALUMINUM-BASED TERMINAL FITTING

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. An aluminum-based terminal fitting comprising:
a conductor connecting portion for connection to a conductor of an electric wire, and an electric connecting portion that
is provided to extend from the conductor connecting portion and is electrically connected to a separate connection object,

the aluminum-based terminal fitting having a composition that consists of a base material that is of aluminum or an aluminum
alloy, and

a Sn layer directly formed on the base material, the Sn layer provided on at least a contact region of the electric connecting
portion;

the Sn layer comprising an immersion-plated layer having a thickness of 0.05 ?m to 0.3 ?m carried directly by the base material,
and an electroplated layer having a thickness of 0.25 ?m to 1.7 ?m carried directly by the immersion-plated layer.

US Pat. No. 9,728,901

CONNECTOR STRUCTURE

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A connector structure for connecting a plurality of electric devices accommodated in metal casings and arranged proximate
to each other, comprising:
a first connector provided in one of the metal casings;
a second connector provided in the other of the metal casings and configured to electrically connect the electric devices
by being connected to the first connector; and

a conductive resilient member arranged to be sandwiched between the both metal casings while being electrically conductive
to the metal casings and surround connected parts of the first and second connectors wherein:

the one metal casing includes an annular first rib provided on a peripheral edge part of the first connector and projecting
toward the other metal casing and the other metal casing includes an annular second rib provided on a peripheral edge part
of the second connector and projecting toward the one metal casing; and

the conductive resilient member is compressed between the first and second ribs.

US Pat. No. 9,570,841

CONNECTOR STRUCTURE AND WIRING HARNESS

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A wiring harness including a plurality of connectors having a connector structure with:
a housing in which a terminal fitting is to be accommodated;
a wire to be connected to the terminal fitting and pulled out from a wire pull-out surface of the housing; and
an extra-length adjusting portion provided continuously to the housing and configured to hold the wire pulled out from the
wire pull-out surface in a state where the wire is loosened into a substantially U shape or wounded one or more turns and
variably adjust the amount of loosening or winding of the wire,

wherein the plurality of connectors are arranged in parallel with a connecting direction of the housing and a mating housing,
the connectors are spaced apart in a direction intersecting the connecting direction and the extra-length adjusting portion
of a first of the connectors has an area for holding the wire pulled out from the wire pull-out surface of the housing of
the first connector and an area for allowing the passage of the wire pulled out from the wire pull-out surface of the housing
of a second of the connectors.

US Pat. No. 9,524,821

REACTOR, CONVERTER, AND POWER CONVERSION DEVICE HAVING COUPLING COEFFICIENT ADJUSTER

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A reactor comprising:
a plurality of coils obtained by winding a winding wire; and
a core that magnetically couples the plurality of coils to each other,
wherein the plurality of coils are arranged parallel to each other such that adjacent outer circumferential surfaces of the
plurality of coils are opposed to each other, ends of each of the coils on one side are electrically connected to each other,
and the plurality of coils are electrically connected in parallel,

wherein the core comprises:
a plurality of magnetic leg portions around which the plurality of coils are respectively disposed; and
a pair of coupling portions that are disposed at both end portions of the magnetic leg portions and that couple the end portions
of the magnetic leg portions adjacent to each other,

wherein the magnetic leg portions include gap materials having a lower magnetic permeability than core piece components of
the magnetic leg portions; and

a coupling coefficient adjuster that adjusts a coupling coefficient between adjacent coils,
wherein the coupling coefficient adjuster is disposed between the adjacent coils,
wherein the coupling coefficient adjuster comprises a shielding plate,
wherein a thickness of the coupling coefficient adjuster is between one and two times a coil skin depth, and
wherein the shielding plate is provided at positions corresponding to the gap materials in the magnetic leg portions.

US Pat. No. 9,505,359

SOUND-ABSORBING MATERIAL AND WIRE HARNESS EQUIPPED WITH SOUND-ABSORBING MATERIAL

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A sound-absorbing material equipped wiring harness comprising:
a laminated sound absorbing material that includes:
a first non-woven fabric base material sheet having a first basis weight and comprised of a plurality of first fibers having
a first diameter;

a second non-woven fabric base material sheet having a second basis weight and comprised of a plurality of second fibers having
a second diameter;

a non-woven fabric skin material sheet laminated between the first and second base material sheets, the skin material sheet
having a third basis weight smaller than the first and second basis weights and comprised of a plurality of third fibers having
a third diameter different than the first and second diameters; and the sound-absorbing material equipped wiring harness further
including:

a wiring harness sandwiched between the skin material sheet and at least one of the base material sheets.

US Pat. No. 9,450,225

COVER FOR BATTERY WIRING MODULE, AND BATTERY WIRING MODULE

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A cover for a battery wiring module,
the battery wiring module including:
a bus bar that electrically connects positive and negative electrode terminals of a cell group formed by arranging in a row
a plurality of cells having the electrode terminals; and

a resin protector that holds the bus bar, the cover being configured to cover the resin protector, the resin protector being
configured to deform or move in accordance with a variation of a pitch between the electrode terminals,

the cover of the battery wiring module comprising:
a dislocation compensating portion that is configured to deform to compensate a dislocation of the resin protector resulting
from deformation or movement of the resin protector, the dislocation compensating portion including:

a plurality of thin-walled portions that have a wall thickness smaller than a wall thickness of other portions of the cover,
and

a thick-walled portion that is formed between two of the plurality of thin-walled portions, the thick-walled portion having
a wall thickness greater than the wall thickness of the plurality of thin-walled portions.

US Pat. No. 9,614,324

CONNECTOR

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A connector comprising:
a counterpart housing including a cylindrical hood; and
a housing including a housing body that can be fitted in the hood,
wherein at least one of the counterpart housing and the housing is allowed to be angularly displaced about an axis parallel
to a fitting direction of the housings,

one side of an opening edge of the hood is configured as a counterpart arc portion that curves in an arc shape along an angular
displacement direction,

one side of a front face of the housing body in the fitting direction is configured as an arc portion that curves in an arc
shape along the angular displacement direction, and is configured capable of entering into the hood by being guided by the
counterpart arc portion, and

upon fitting the housings, the arc portion and the counterpart arc portion are arranged along a concentric arc having a center
at an axial center of the angular displacement direction.

US Pat. No. 9,590,341

CONNECTOR TERMINAL AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING CONNECTOR TERMINAL

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A connector terminal comprising:
a contact portion configured to be electrically brought into contact with another electrically conductive member, wherein
the contact portion is covered with a coating layer that includes a silver layer and a film formed by bringing the silver
layer into contact with a solution containing a thiol compound and benzotriazole, and the formation of the film occurs substantially
without the formation of silver thiolate.

US Pat. No. 9,577,709

COMMUNICATION SYSTEM AND COMMUNICATION DEVICE

SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTR...

1. A communication system including an output circuit provided in a power feeding device for feeding power to a vehicle and
outputting a rectangular wave signal of a predetermined frequency, and an input circuit provided in the vehicle and connected
with the output circuit through a plurality of signal lines, the rectangular wave signal output by the output circuit being
input to the input circuit through the plurality of signal lines, the communication system performing communication between
the vehicle and the power feeding device by transmitting both a communication signal and the rectangular wave signal on the
signal lines, the communication system comprising:
a first communication unit provided in the vehicle and performing transmission and reception of a communication signal, different
from the rectangular wave signal, through a first voltage transformer interposed in a midway of the signal line;

a second communication unit provided in the power feeding device and performing transmission and reception of a communication
signal, different from the rectangular wave signal, through a second voltage transformer interposed in a midway of the signal
line; and

a first low pass filter interposed between the input circuit and the first voltage transformer to allow the rectangular wave
signal to pass through as a rectangular wave signal and not to allow the communication signal to pass through.

US Pat. No. 10,049,232

REWRITE DETECTION SYSTEM, REWRITE DETECTION DEVICE AND INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE

NATIONAL UNIVERSITY CORPO...

1. A rewrite detection system for preventing an unauthorized rewrite of a program or data stored in a rewritable storage unit of an information processing device, wherein the rewrite detection system has a rewrite detection device comprising:a network communication interface configured to enable communication with the information processing device; and
a processor programmed to:
cause the network communication interface to transmit a random value as seed information, over the network, to the information processing device;
receive, via the network communication interface, a hash value transmitted from the information processing device in response to the seed information being transmitted to the information processing device by the rewrite detection device;
determine whether the received hash value is valid or not; and
detect whether a rewrite is authorized or unauthorized in accordance with a result of the determination of whether the received hash value is valid or not, wherein the information processing device is configured to: in response to receiving the seed information transmitted by the network communication interface: (i) calculate the hash value based on the seed information transmitted by the network communication interface and the program or data stored in the rewritable storage unit of the information processing device, and (ii) transmit the calculated hash value to the rewrite detection device.

US Pat. No. 9,667,045

WIRE HARNESS AND CONNECTOR

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A wire harness including a plurality of connectors aligned in a direction intersecting a front-rear direction, each connector
being provided with a housing capable of being fitted into a counterpart housing, a front face of each of the housings being
oriented in a direction facing the counterpart housing when fitting each of the housings together with the respective counterpart
housing, wherein:
each of the housings has a housing body provided with a cavity capable of having a terminal metal fitting connected to an
end of an electrical wire inserted into the respective cavity from a rear side,

each of the housings is provided with a through portion defined partly by a rear face of the respective housing body and passing
through the housing in the direction intersecting the front-rear direction,

the electrical wires extended out from each of the connectors are arranged densely in a height direction in the respective
through portion so as to abut the rear face of the respective housing body so that a free movement of the electrical wires
is restricted, and

the electric wires in a main line that are drawn out of other of the connectors are passed through the through portion and
are routed in two directions intersecting the front-rear direction, and the electric wire in a branching portion that is drawn
out of the rear face of the respective housing body in the front-rear direction is bent at a position rearward of the rear
face of the respective housing body and also is passed through the through portion of the respective housing.

US Pat. No. 9,620,883

CONNECTOR WITH WIRE HAVING INSULATION COATING REMOVED FROM AN END PART AND A THIN COATING LAYER OF PHOTOCURABLE RESIN APPLIED TO THE END PART

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A conduction path to be accommodated into a housing, comprising:
a wire having opposite first and second ends, a conductor extending from the first end to the second end, an insulation coating
surrounding the conductor from a first location spaced from the first end toward the second end, a coating layer made of a
photocurable resin surrounding the conductor from the first location to a second location between the first location and the
first end, the coating layer being thinner than the insulation coating; and

a terminal fitting having a wire barrel surrounding at least part of the conductor between the coating layer and the first
end, and an insulation barrel surrounding at least part of the coating layer at a position spaced from the insulation coating;
wherein:

the portions of the terminal fitting surrounding the wire and the portion of the wire having the coating layer thereon are
dimensioned to be accommodated in the housing.

US Pat. No. 9,491,197

CONNECTION DETECTION APPARATUS AND IN-VEHICLE RELAY APPARATUS

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A connection detection apparatus comprising:
a waveform information acquiring unit that is connected to a communication line via which a plurality of in-vehicle communication
devices communicate with each other, and is configured to acquire waveform information on signals that are transmitted and
received via the communication line;

a waveform information storage unit that has stored therein waveform information on a predetermined signal;
a connection detection unit configured to compare the waveform information acquired by the waveform information acquiring
unit with the waveform information on the predetermined signal stored in the waveform information storage unit, and to detect,
based on a comparison result, whether an unauthorized device has been connected to the communication line; and

a prohibition unit that prohibits relay processing with respect to the communication line, if connection of an unauthorized
communication device to the communication line has been detected.

US Pat. No. 9,083,095

WIRING MODULE

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A wiring module attached to a plurality of electric cells having electrode terminals including positive electrodes and
negative electrodes, the wiring module comprising:
a plurality of bus bars having pairs of connection portions respectively connected to the positive electrodes and the negative
electrodes of the electric cells; and

bus bar insulating members, each of which is held between side edges of the bus bars that are adjacent to either side of each
of the bus bar insulating members, wherein

the bus bar insulating members comprise a first bus bar insulating member and a second bus bar insulating member connected
with each other by one of the bus bars, wherein

at least one of the first bus bar insulating member and the second bus bar insulating member has a housing portion that houses
at least a first portion of an adjacent one of the bus bars, and wherein

one of the first bus bar insulating member and the second bus bar insulating member is movable relative to the adjacent one
of the bus bars in a direction in which the bus bars are arranged.

US Pat. No. 10,136,536

RESILIENT SHIELDING MEMBER FOR DEVICE

AutoNetworks Technologies...

1. A resilient shielding member for device, comprising:a waterproofing component configured to resiliently contact a conductive first shield case constituting a first electrical device and a second shield case constituting a second electrical device in a liquid-tight manner over the entire circumference; and
a shielding component configured to conductively contact the first and second shield cases;
wherein the waterproofing component and the shielding component are integrated and disposed in a facing space between the first and second shield cases and surround conductive paths connecting the first and second electrical devices over an entire circumference.
US Pat. No. 9,695,107

CURABLE SENSITIZER, PHOTOCURABLE MATERIAL, CURED PRODUCT, AND MATERIAL FOR WIRING HARNESS

SUMITOMO WIRING SYSTEMS, ...

1. A photocurable material consisting essentially of:
an alcohol (meth) acrylate selected from the group consisting of hydroxypropyl acrylate, dipropylene glycol diacrylate, tetraethylene
glycol diacrylate, 2-hydroxy-3-acryloyloxy propyl methacrylate, and triacrylate of ethylene oxide modified trimethylolpropane;

a photoinitiator; and
isobornyl acrylate or stearyl methacrylate,
wherein the photoinitiator is 1-hydroxycyclohexyl phenyl ketone or 2-hydroxy-2-methyl-1-phenylpropane-1-one.

US Pat. No. 9,692,162

ELECTRIC CONTACT AND CONNECTOR TERMINAL PAIR

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. An electric contact comprising:
a bulge-shaped contact having a bulge shape; and a plate-shaped contact that has a plate shape and comes into electrical contact
with an apex portion of the bulge-shaped contact, wherein

the bulge-shaped contact has a silver-tin alloy layer and a silver coating layer that coats a surface of the silver-tin alloy
layer and is exposed at an outermost surface,

the plate-shaped contact has a silver layer that does not have a silver-tin alloy layer directly below and is exposed at the
outermost surface, and

the silver layer formed at the plate-shaped contact is thicker than the silver coating layer formed at the bulge-shaped contact.

US Pat. No. 9,564,661

BATTERY MODULE AND WIRING MODULE

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A battery module comprising:
an electric cell group of a plurality of electric cells with positive and negative electrode terminals;
connecting members that connect adjacent ones of the positive and negative electrode terminals; and
a wiring module assembled to the electric cell group;
wherein the wiring module comprises:
a plurality of detection terminals connected to ends of a plurality of electric wires detecting conditions of electric cells,
a plurality of retainer portions retaining the plurality of detection terminals, and
an interval adjusting device provided between adjacent ones of the plurality of retainer portions configured to adjust the
intervals between the plurality of retainer portions, the retainer portions including partition walls having corners, and
the interval adjusting device extending obliquely from the corners of the partition walls with respect to the direction in
which the plurality of retainer portions are aligned.

US Pat. No. 9,540,750

WIRING HARNESS PROTECTION MATERIAL AND WIRING HARNESS

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A wiring harness, comprising:
a wire bundle including a plurality of wires extending in a longitudinal direction; and
a wiring harness protection member having first and second protection material sheets, each of the first and second protection
material sheets being a nonwoven fabric made of polyethylene terephthalate fibers having a weight-average molecular weight
in a range of 10000 to 200000 and a fiber length of 51 to 120 mm, each of the first and second protection material sheets
further having first and second side edges extending in the longitudinal direction, the nonwoven fabric of the first and second
protection material sheets being thermally molded to the wire bundle so that an outer surface of the wire bundle is thermally
fused to a portion of the wiring harness protection member and the first and second side edges of the first protection material
sheet are bonded to the first and second side edges of the second protection material sheet, respectively.

US Pat. No. 9,974,195

ELECTRICAL JUNCTION BOX

AutoNetworks Technologies...

1. An electrical junction box comprising:a circuit assembly including a circuit board and a conductive plate;
an engaging component: and
a frame including an installation portion to which the engaging component is installed,
wherein a first engaging portion is formed on one end side of the circuit assembly, the first engaging portion being displaced from the conductive plate and having a first mounted surface disposed on a plane parallel to the conductive plate, and a second engaging portion is formed on another end side of the circuit assembly, the second engaging portion being displaced from the conductive plate and having a second mounted surface disposed on a plane parallel to the conductive plate,
the frame includes a first engaged portion having a first seat surface which is planar and that is engaged with the first engaging portion and receives the one end side of the circuit assembly, and
the engaging component includes a second engaged portion having a second seat surface which is planar and that is engaged with the second engaging portion and receives the other end side of the circuit assembly.

US Pat. No. 9,698,523

CONNECTOR AND WIRE HARNESS

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A connector comprising:
a housing body having opposite front and rear ends spaced apart along a front-rear direction, opposite first and second side
walls extending between the front and rear ends and opposite top and bottom walls extending between the front and rear ends
and between the first and second side walls, a terminal metal fitting being housed in the housing body and from which an electrical
wire connected to the terminal metal fitting extends out from the rear end thereof; and

a guide arranged at the rear end of the housing body and having at least one through portion passing through the guide in
a direction intersecting the front-rear direction,

electrical wires of a main line being arranged in the through portion so as to penetrate the through portion coaxially in
the direction intersecting the front-rear direction and extending out in both directions through both end openings of the
through portion, wherein

the guide includes a base fixed to a rear end of the upper wall of the housing body and projecting rearward from the housing
body and projecting laterally beyond at least one of the side walls of the housing body, and arms fixed to a rear end of the
base and projecting down at positions spaced laterally out from the side walls of the housing body,

the through portion is defined by a rear face of the housing body, a lower face of the base, and front faces of the arms.

US Pat. No. 9,407,051

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING WATERPROOF INTERMEDIATE SPLICED PORTION OF WIRES AND WATERPROOF INTERMEDIATE UNIT OF WIRES

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A waterproof intermediate spliced unit, comprising:
a plurality of wires, each of the wires having a conductive core and first and second spaced apart areas of insulation coating
circumferentially surrounding the core, so that each of the wires has an exposed area of the conductive core between the first
and second longitudinally spaced areas of insulation coating of the respective wire, the exposed areas of the wires being
adjacent one another and in electrical contact with one another to define an intermediate spliced portion of the wires;

a photo-curable waterproofing agent supplied to the exposed conductive cores at the intermediate spliced portion; and
a deformable protective sheet formed from a material having a UV transmittance of at least 50%, the protective sheet being
wound around the exposed areas of the conductive cores of the wires and around longitudinal sections of the first and second
longitudinally spaced areas of insulation coating adjacent to the exposed areas of the conductive cores, the deformable protective
sheet being pressed sufficiently for following deformations of a surface of the waterproofing agent supplied to the intermediate
spliced portion and for urging air bubbles from the waterproofing agent in the intermediate spliced portion and holding the
protective sheet in close contact with the surface of the waterproofing agent, the waterproofing agent inward of the protective
sheet and surrounding the exposed areas of the conductive cores of the wires and around longitudinal sections of the first
and second longitudinally spaced areas of insulation coating adjacent to the exposed areas of the conductive cores being photo-cured.

US Pat. No. 9,397,327

BATTERY CONNECTING ASSEMBLY

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A battery connecting assembly comprising:
a plurality of connecting members connecting electrode terminals adjacent to each other in each of a plurality of lines of
electrode terminals in a battery module, the battery module including a plurality of electric cells, each having a positive
electrode terminal and a negative electrode terminal aligned to form the plurality of lines of electrode terminals;

a first coupling unit having a first plurality of individual units, each of the first plurality of individual units accommodating
one of the connecting members, the first coupling unit being configured by coupling the first plurality of individual units
adjacent to each other;

a second coupling unit having a second plurality of individual units, each of the second plurality of individual units accommodating
one of the connecting members, the second coupling unit being configured by coupling the second plurality of individual units
adjacent to each other, the second coupling unit being spaced apart from the first coupling unit and extending parallel to
the first coupling unit; and

at least one positioning member that engages with the first coupling unit and with the second coupling unit, the at least
one positioning member positioning the first coupling unit and the second coupling unit relatively to one another.

US Pat. No. 9,387,763

POWER SOURCE DEVICE FOR VEHICLE

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A power source device for a vehicle that includes a driving motor and an electric load mounted on the vehicle, the power
source device comprising:
a first battery that supplies power to the driving motor of the vehicle, the first battery including a cathode;
a switch that is connected between the cathode terminal of the first battery and the driving motor, the switch including a
terminal at a side of the driving motor;

a controller that controls on and off operations of the switch;
a second battery that supplies power to the electric load mounted in the vehicle, the second battery including a cathode terminal;
a step-down circuit that is connected between: (i) the terminal of the switch, and (ii) the cathode terminal of the second
battery, steps down an output voltage of the first battery, and provides the stepped-down voltage to the cathode terminal
of the second battery, the step-down circuit including a connecting node;

a first power source circuit that supplies power to the controller;
a second power source circuit that supplies power to the step-down circuit, the first and second power source circuits being
supplied with power from the second battery and including a connecting node;

a diode that is connected, in a forward direction, between: (i) the connecting node of the step-down circuit and the second
battery, and (ii) the connecting node of the first and second power source circuits, the diode including a cathode; and

a third battery having a cathode terminal connected to the cathode of the diode via a charging circuit and a discharging circuit
for charging and discharging the third battery.

US Pat. No. 10,154,590

CIRCUIT ASSEMBLY AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SAME

AutoNetworks Technologies...

1. A circuit assembly comprising:a substrate having a top surface opposite of a bottom surface, the substrate including an opening and an electronic component having a plurality of terminals, wherein one of the plurality of terminals is disposed on an underside of the electronic component, a portion of the electronic component mounted on the top surface of the substrate and another portion of the underside terminal of the electronic component disposed over the opening;
a conductive member that is a plate-shaped member fixed to the bottom surface of the substrate, the conductive member constituting a conductive path; and
a relay member that is fixed to a top surface of the conductive member and made of an electrically conductive material, the relay member disposed entirely within the opening formed in the substrate, wherein the terminal disposed on an underside of the electronic component is electrically connected to the relay member so as to maintain a bottom surface of the electronic component on a plane coplanar with the top surface of the substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,496,636

FEMALE TERMINAL HAVING OPPOSED FIRST AND SECOND PLURALITIES OF RESILIENT PIECES, WITH EACH RESILIENT PIECE HAVING A FREE END AND A CONTACT PORTION NEAR THE FREE END

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A female terminal, comprising:
a tubular portion having a front end and opposite first and second walls extending rearward from the front end, the tubular
portion being configured to receive a male terminal inserted into the tubular portion from the front end;

a first base extending from the first wall of the tubular portion and being folded rearward to extend into the tubular portion
from the front end of the tubular portion;

a plurality of first resilient pieces projecting inwardly of the tubular portion from an end of the first base in the tubular
portion and being arranged side by side in a direction intersecting an inserting direction of the male terminal into the tubular
portion so that the first resilient pieces are branched from the first base at a position within the tubular portion,

each of the first resilient pieces having a first main body portion extending continuously from the end of the first base
to a first free end of the respective first resilient piece, the first free end of each of the first resilient pieces being
spaced from the first and second walls of the tubular portion, a first bend substantially adjacent the first free end of the
respective first resilient piece so that the first free end extends toward the first wall, each of the first bends defining
a first linear contact portion aligned in a direction intersecting the inserting direction of the male terminal;

a second base extending from the second wall of the tubular portion and being folded rearward to extend into the tubular portion
from the front end of the tubular portion; and

a plurality of second resilient pieces projecting inwardly of the tubular portion from an end of the second base in the tubular
portion and being arranged side by side in the direction intersecting the inserting direction of the male terminal into the
tubular portion, each of the second resilient pieces having a second main body portion extending continuously from the end
of the second base to a second free end of the respective second resilient piece, the second free end of each of the second
resilient pieces being spaced from the first and second walls of the tubular portion, a second bend substantially adjacent
the second free end of the respective second resilient piece so that the second free end extends toward the second wall, each
of the second bends defining a second linear contact portion aligned in the direction intersecting the inserting direction
of the male terminal, wherein

the second linear contact portion of each of the second resilient pieces respectively corresponding to the first linear contact
portion of each of first resilient pieces, and the second resilient pieces and the first resilient pieces being configured
to sandwich the male terminal therebetween with the male terminal being in contact with the first and second linear contact
portions, and wherein the first and second resilient pieces twist independently of one another to maximize contact with the
male terminal that is twisted during insertion.

US Pat. No. 9,449,745

REACTOR, REACTOR-USE COIL COMPONENT, CONVERTER, AND POWER CONVERTER APPARATUS

Sumitomo Electric Industr...

1. A reactor comprising:
a sleeve-like coil;
a magnetic core that is disposed inside and outside the coil to form a closed magnetic path;
a resin mold portion formed by an insulating resin, the resin mold portion covering at least part of an outer circumference
of the coil to retain a shape of the coil; and

a case that stores the coil and the magnetic core and the resin mold portion, wherein
at least part of the magnetic core is formed by a composite material that contains magnetic substance powder and resin,
the case includes:
a bottom plate portion that is formed by a non-magnetic metal material, an assembled product made up of the coil and the magnetic
core being disposed on the bottom plate portion; and

a wall portion that is an independent member from the bottom plate portion, the wall portion being attached to the bottom
plate portion to surround the assembled product,

the resin mold portion integrally retains the coil and the bottom plate portion, and
the magnetic core includes:
an inner core portion that is disposed inside the coil so that at least one of both axial end faces of the inner core portion
is not covered by the resin mold portion and exposed outside; and

an outer core portion that is in a shape conforming to a space formed by an inner circumferential face of the case and an
outer circumferential face of the resin mold portion, the outer core portion has a part that is coupled to at least one of
both axial end faces of the inner core portion.

US Pat. No. 10,110,377

COMMUNICATION SYSTEM AND KEY INFORMATION SHARING METHOD

NATIONAL UNIVERSITY CORPO...

12. A key information sharing method which allows a first communication device and a second communication device having a second storage unit to share key information to be used for cryptograph processing, comprising:copying storage content of the second storage unit of the second communication device into the first communication device;
calculating, by the first communication device, a first hash value based on the copied storage content;
extracting a first part from the first hash value;
transmitting the first part to the second communication device;
calculating, by the second communication device, a second hash value based on storage content of the second storage unit;
receiving, at the second communication device, the first part from the first communication device;
determining whether the first part coincides with a part of the second hash value or not;
extracting a second part, which is different from the first part, from the second hash value if determined that the first part coincides with a part of the second hash value;
transmitting the second part to the first communication device;
generating key information according to a residual value obtained by removing the first part and the second part from the second hash value;
receiving, at the first communication device, the second part from the second communication device;
determining whether the second part coincides with a part of the first hash value or not; and
generating key information according to a residual value obtained by removing the first part and the second part from the first hash value, if determined that the second part coincides with a part of the first hash value.

US Pat. No. 9,698,528

CONNECTOR FOR DIRECTLY CONNECTING AN INVERTER AND A MOTOR

AutoNetworks Technologies...

1. A connector for connecting an inverter and a motor, comprising:
an inverter-side terminal block provided on the inverter side, the inverter-side terminal block having a first mounting portion
with a first tube and a first supporting surface extending transverse to the first tube, and further having a second mounting
portion with a second tube and a second supporting surface extending transverse to the second tube;

a motor-side terminal block provided on the motor side;
a first housing mounted at least partly in the first tube and supported on the first supporting surface, the first housing
being cross-sectionally smaller than the first tube so that the first housing can float within the first tube on the first
supporting surface;

a second housing mounted at least partly in the second tube and supported on the second supporting surface, the second housing
being cross-sectionally smaller than the second tube so that the second housing can float within the second tube and on the
second supporting surface;

a first terminal held in the first housing and to be mated with an inverter-side terminal for supplying alternating-current
power from the inverter in a direction orthogonal to the first supporting surface;

a second terminal held in the second housing and to be mated with a motor-side terminal provided in the motor-side terminal
block in a direction orthogonal to the second supporting surface; and

a flexible conductive wire having a first end part connected to the first terminal and a second end part connected to the
second terminal and arranged slidably in each of directions along the first supporting surface and along the second supporting
surface.

US Pat. No. 9,537,397

CONVERTER

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A converter comprising:
an inductor;
a first switch;
a second switch,
wherein one end of each of the first switch and the second switch is connected to one end of the inductor;
a third switch,
wherein one end of the third switch is connected to the other end of the inductor;
a fourth switch connected between the other ends of the inductor and the second switch,
wherein the converter is adapted to turn ON/OFF individually the first switch, the second switch, the third switch and the
fourth switch so as to convert a voltage applied between the other ends of the first switch and the second switch;

a diode having an anode and a cathode, the anode and the cathode being connected respectively to one end and the other end
of the third switch;

a maintaining device adapted to maintain the third switch at OFF after transition has occurred from a state that the first
switch and the third switch are OFF to a state that a ON/OFF switching of the first switch is allowable and the third switch
is OFF;

a generating device adapted to turn, during the time that the maintaining device maintains the third switch at OFF, ON/OFF
individually the first switch, the second switch and the fourth switch so as to generate an output electric current that flows
between the other end of the third switch and the second-switch-side one end of the fourth switch; and

a release device for releasing, after the generating device has generated the electric current, the maintaining of OFF of
the third switch performed by the maintaining device,

wherein the generating device includes:
a semiconductor transistor having a first end, a second end, and a third end, a resistance between the first end and the second
end becoming small/large in correspondence with high/low of a voltage applied on the third end;

a resistor provided on a pathway of an electric current flowing from the second end; and
a capacitor, one end of which is connected to the third end,
wherein a constant voltage is applied on the first end,
wherein the generating device generates small/large output electric current in correspondence with high/low of a voltage of
a connection node between the semiconductor transistor and the resistor, and increases the output electric current by switching
a voltage applied on the third end from a first voltage to a second voltage lower than the first voltage.

US Pat. No. 9,444,168

SOCKET TERMINAL

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A socket terminal including a tubular portion with opposite front and rear ends, the tubular portion being configured to
be fit and connected to a mating pin terminal inserted into the tubular portion from the front end, the tubular portion comprising:
a base portion provided at the rear end of the tubular portion, the base portion having an inner circumferential surface;
a plurality of holding portions projecting radially inward from the inner circumferential surface of the base portion and
configured to hold an outer peripheral surface of the pin terminal at a leading end thereof, the holding portions being resiliently
deformable radially outward; and

a plurality of terminal pieces integral with the base portion and extending in an axial direction of the tubular portion from
the base portion toward the front end, the terminal pieces being spaced apart in a circumferential direction of the tubular
portion and capable of resiliently contacting the outer peripheral surface of the pin terminal fit in the tubular portion.

US Pat. No. 9,647,434

BINDING STRUCTURE FOR BAND FOR WIRE HARNESS

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A binding structure for one long band for a wire harness comprising a belt-shaped band section by which plural electric
wires are bound, wherein
the band section includes:
a first winding portion wound around an outer periphery of all of the electric wires extending in a common lengthwise direction
of the electric wires in a manner that the first winding portion is shifted away from a binding start point in a forward direction
along the lengthwise direction of the electric wires; and

a second winding portion intersecting with the first winding portion in the forward direction while overlapping with an inner
side of the first winding portion in the forward direction and wound around the outer periphery of the electric wires in a
manner that the second winding portion is shifted toward the binding start point in a return direction opposite to the forward
direction.

US Pat. No. 9,635,151

IN-VEHICLE COMMUNICATION SYSTEM AND IN-VEHICLE RELAY APPARATUS

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. An in-vehicle communication system comprising:
a plurality of in-vehicle networks respectively connected to at least one in-vehicle device; and
an in-vehicle relay apparatus that is connected to the plurality of in-vehicle networks and that relays information between
the in-vehicle networks, the in-vehicle relay apparatus comprising:

a first memory that stores relay destination determination information that is necessary to determine a destination of information
to be relayed by the in-vehicle relay apparatus, and

a first processor that determines, based on the relay destination determination information stored in the first memory, another
said in-vehicle network to which received information is to be transmitted if the received information is received from one
said in-vehicle network, the in-vehicle communication system further comprising:

an external communicator that transmits and receives information to and from a communication device outside of a vehicle;
and

a second processor that (i) acquires, using the external communicator, updated relay destination determination information
from the communication device outside of the vehicle, and (ii) performs authentication processing to determine if the acquired
updated relay destination determination information is legitimate by comparing the updated relay destination determination
information to a predetermined condition, wherein:

if the second processor has determined that the updated relay destination determination information satisfies the predetermined
condition, the first processor updates the relay destination determination information previously stored in the first memory
of the in-vehicle relay apparatus by storing the updated relay destination determination information in the first memory and
deleting the previously stored relay destination determination information, and

the updated relay destination determination information is used to determine the destination of the information to be relayed
by the in-vehicle relay apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,806,470

CONNECTOR AND WIRING HARNESS FOR CONNECTING ADJACENT ELECTRODE TERMINALS OF A PLURALITY OF BATTERIES

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A connector, comprising:
a connecting member including a main body portion with first and second spaced apart insertion holes penetrating therethrough
for connecting adjacent positive and negative electrode terminals of a plurality of battery cells, a first terminal projecting
from the main body portion at a right angle between the first and second insertion holes, and an end of the first terminal
opposite the main body portion having first and second clamping portions;

a battery-side connector housing accommodating the first terminal;
a wire-side connector housing to be connected to the battery-side connector housing and an end part of a wire; and
a fuse arranged in the battery-side connector housing and clamped between the first and second clamping portions of the first
terminal to electrically connect the first terminal and the wire.

US Pat. No. 9,627,103

TERMINATED COVERED ELECTRIC WIRE, WIRE HARNESS, AND ANTICORROSIVE AGENT

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A terminated covered electric wire comprising:
a terminal fitting having a surface to which oil adheres;
an electric wire conductor of a covered electric wire; and
an electrical connection portion in which the terminal fitting and the electric wire conductor are electrically connected
to each other, wherein

the electrical connection portion is covered with an anticorrosive agent comprising an adhesive resin and an oil-adsorbing
organic macromolecule mixed together with the adhesive resin, and

the oil-adsorbing organic macromolecule adsorbs the oil adhered to the terminal fitting.

US Pat. No. 9,391,437

ELECTRICAL JUNCTION BOX

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. An electrical junction box configured to be installed in a passenger compartment of a vehicle, the electrical junction
box comprising a casing having a case portion and a cover portion, and a circuit structure within the case portion,
wherein the case portion of the casing comprises a bottom plate portion and a case-side peripheral wall portion that extends
upright from a peripheral edge of the bottom plate portion, the case portion having an opening that opens to a lateral side,
and the case portion accommodates the circuit structure therein;

wherein the cover portion of the casing closes the opening of the case portion and comprises a lid plate portion and a cover-side
peripheral wall portion that extends upright from a peripheral edge of the lid plate portion and covers a perimeter of the
case-side peripheral wall portion of the case portion,

wherein in a configuration in which the cover portion and the case portion are assembled, a protruding end of the cover-side
peripheral wall portion extends to at least such a position that the protruding end is substantially flush with an outer surface
of the bottom plate portion, and

wherein the case portion and the cover portion are assembled by engagement of locking protrusions that are formed on an outer
surface of the case-side peripheral wall portion of the case portion with lock receiving portions that are formed on an inner
surface of the cover-side peripheral wall portion of the cover portion.

US Pat. No. 9,735,832

COMMUNICATION SYSTEM AND COMMUNICATION DEVICE

SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTR...

13. A communication device, including an input circuit to which a rectangular wave signal of a predetermined frequency is
input through a plurality of signal lines, comprising:
a series circuit connected between the signal lines and comprising: a communication unit, configured to perform transmission
and reception of a communication signal by superimposing a communication signal onto the signal lines, and a bandpass filter;
and

a low pass filter interposed between the input circuit and the communication unit, wherein
one end of the communication unit of the series circuit is directly and only connected to one end of the bandpass filter.

US Pat. No. 9,722,349

WIRE HARNESS

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A wire harness comprising:
a terminated electric cable that includes an electric cable having a conductive wire and an insulation coating covering a
circumference of the conductive wire, and a terminal fitting that is connected to the conductive wire at an end of the electric
cable;

a connector that is made from a first synthetic resin that is insert-molded with a part of the terminal fitting used as an
insert section, the connector sealing a partial region of the terminal fitting other than a contact section to be brought
into contact with a connection counterpart of the terminated electric cable, the partial region being located on the contact
section side of the terminal fitting;

a water-stopping portion that is made from a second synthetic resin that is softer than the first synthetic resin and insert-molded
with a section extending from a part of the terminal fitting to the insulation coating of the terminated electric cable used
as an insert section, the water-stopping portion sealing a water-stopping region extending from a boundary, on a side connected
to the conductive wire, of the partial region of the terminal fitting that is sealed by the connector, to the insulation coating
of the electric cable;

a ring-shaped seal portion that is made from the second synthetic resin and that is insert-molded together with the water-stopping
portion with the connector used as an insert section, the ring-shaped seal portion being formed into one piece with the connector
over an outer circumferential surface of a portion of the connector, and

a coupling portion formed into one molded piece together with and connecting the water-stopping portion and the ring-shaped
seal portion,

the coupling portion connecting the water-stopping portion and the seal portion without penetrating the connector.

US Pat. No. 9,695,270

PHOTOCURABLE MATERIAL COMBINING RADICAL CURABILITY AND ANIONIC CURABILITY

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A photocurable material that comprises a photocurable liquid composition curable by irradiation of light, the material
comprising:
(meth)acrylate; and
a chain transfer agent;wherein the chain transfer agent is represented by the following chemical formula:
R represents an alkyl group; X represents a divalent hydrocarbon group; Y represents a linear divalent hydrocarbon group,
a saturated cyclic divalent hydrocarbon group, or an unsaturated cyclic divalent hydrocarbon group; Z represents a repeating
unit of a dial component; n is 5 to 100; and m is 2 to 100.

US Pat. No. 9,660,517

DC-AC CONVERSION DEVICE, CONTROL CIRCUIT CONTROLLING OPERATION OF DC-AC CONVERSION DEVICE, AND CONTROL METHOD FOR CONTROLLING OPERATION OF DC-AC CONVERSION DEVICE

Sumitomo Electric Industr...

1. A DC-AC conversion device, comprising:
a DC-DC conversion circuit having a full bridge circuit for bidirectionally performing AC-DC conversion on alternating current
and direct current by switching control and converting DC voltage applied to a DC terminal pair of the full bridge circuit
to output the converted DC voltage;

a DC-AC conversion circuit converting DC voltage output from the DC-DC conversion circuit into AC voltage and outputting the
converted AC voltage;

a coil with one end connected to one terminal of the DC terminal pair;
a capacitor connected between another end of the coil and another terminal of the DC terminal pair;
a short-circuit control part controlling switching of the full bridge circuit so that a leg of the full bridge circuit is
temporarily short-circuited;

a phase reverse control part controlling switching of the full bridge circuit so that a phase of AC voltage output from the
full bridge circuit is reversed, after the short-circuit control part temporarily short-circuits the leg of the full bridge
circuit; and

a short-circuit duration variation part varying a duration for which the leg of the full bridge circuit is short-circuited
at a specific cycle according to a cycle of AC voltage output from the DC-AC conversion circuit.

US Pat. No. 9,613,732

WIRE HARNESS, WIRE HARNESS MANUFACTURING METHOD AND WIRE HARNESS MANUFACTURING APPARATUS

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A wire harness, comprising:
an electrical wire bundle having a plurality of electric wires extending for a specified length in a longitudinal direction
of the electric wires, the plurality of electric wires in the wire bundle comprises at least one inner electric wire and a
plurality of outer electric wires surrounding the at least one inner electric wire, each of the plurality of electric wires
having a conductor coated respectively with a sheath member having an outer peripheral surface, the plurality of electric
wires arranged to be tangent with at least one other of the plurality of electric wires in the wire bundle; and

a covering member formed from a thermoplastic resin material and integrally molded onto a selected longitudinal portion of
the wire bundle that is less than the specified length of the electric wires of the wire bundle, the covering member defining
an approximately tubular shape and having an inner peripheral surface molded to portions of the outer peripheral surfaces
of the sheath members of at least some of the outer electric wires so that the covering member is directly fixed to the outer
electric wires of the wire bundle at the selected longitudinal portion of the wire bundle; and

a plurality of circumferentially spaced interstices being formed between the covering member and the plurality of electric
wires and between the at least one inner electric wire and the outer electric wires, with the interstices between the outer
electric wires and the inner electric wires not being filled by the thermoplastic resin material of the covering member, whereby:
the covering member holds the electric wires together along the selected longitudinal portion of the wire bundle; protects
the electric wires inward of the covering member; remains at the selected longitudinal portion of the wire bundle by being
directly attached to the outer electric wires, while the interstices that are not filled by the thermoplastic resin material
of the covering member prevent a lowering of a flexibility of a part of the wire bundle where the covering member is formed.

US Pat. No. 9,614,767

TRANSMISSION MESSAGE GENERATING DEVICE AND VEHICLE-MOUNTED COMMUNICATION SYSTEM

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A transmission message generating device mounted on a vehicle, the transmission message generating device comprising:
a plurality of communication sensors respectively connected to one or a plurality of communication devices through a communication
line and respectively transmitting and receiving a message containing one or more pieces of information to and from the connected
communication devices;

a memory storing a configuration identifying a type of information to be transmitted, for each of the communication sensors
or each of the communication devices;

a processor programmed to:
generate a message for transmission containing one or plural pieces of information of a type to be transmitted for each of
the communication sensors based on information contained in the message received by the plurality of communication sensors,
in accordance with the configuration stored in the memory;

receive through a signal line an inputted signal indicating a status of electric power supply from a power supply mounted
on the vehicle to the communication devices and then, in accordance with the electric power supply status indicated by the
inputted signal, controlling permission or non-permission of transmission by the communication sensor of the message generated
by the processor, for each of the communication sensors or each of the communication devices;

judge an abnormality of the message received by the communication sensor; and
cause the communication sensor to transmit a command of stopping electric power supply to the communication device having
transmitted the message judged as abnormal, to an electric power supply control device controlling electric power supply to
the communication devices, wherein:

each communication sensor transmits the message generated by the processor to one or a plurality of the communication devices
connected through the communication line, and

for information contained in messages received afterward by the communication sensor having received the message judged as
abnormal by the processor, the processor: (i) does not include the information into the message to other communication sensors,
or (ii) generates the message in which information indicating that the processor judges as abnormal is attached to the information.

US Pat. No. 9,461,406

CONNECTOR

Sumitomo Wiring Systems, ...

1. A connector for collectively connecting terminals of a plurality of devices, the plurality of devices being stacked to
define a stacked body, and the terminals of the stacked body being on an end part of the stacked body, the connector comprising:
a terminal holding frame;
a first fitting portion and a plurality of second independent fitting portions arranged in a stacked posture inward of the
frame and configured for connection to the respective terminals of the devices; and

a first connecting portion integrally connecting the first fitting portion and the terminal holding frame in a fixed manner
and a plurality of resiliently deformable second connecting portions integrally connecting the plurality of second independent
fitting portions and the terminal holding frame and capable of resiliently accommodating movement of the plurality of second
independent fitting portions relative to one another, to the first connection portion, and to the terminal holding frame for
absorbing a tolerance due to the stacking of the devices.

US Pat. No. 9,722,353

CONNECTOR WITH ALIGNMENT FUNCTION

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A connector with alignment function, comprising:
a first connector including a deflectable lock arm;
a holder, the first connector being mountable into the holder and being a waiting side; and
a second connector connectable to the first connector and lockable by the lock arm,
wherein:
a plurality of spring portions for aligning the first connector with a reference position are interposed between the holder
and the first connector; and

the plurality of spring portions include:
a Y-direction spring portion arranged at a position across a center axis at the time of connecting the first and second connectors
in a Y-axis direction, which is a deflecting direction of the lock arm, and configured to bias the first connector toward
the reference position; and

an X-direction spring portion arranged at a position across the center axis in an X-axis direction, which is a direction perpendicular
to the Y-axis, and configured to bias the first connector toward the reference position.

US Pat. No. 9,640,963

TERMINAL-PROVIDED WIRE

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A terminal-provided wire, comprising:
an insulated wire including an end, an electrically conductive core extending to the end and an insulation coating made of
a polyolefin-based resin covering the core to a location spaced from the end;

a metal terminal electrically connected to the core at the end of the insulated wire at a connection area;
an adhesive layer made of a modified olefin-based resin, which is an olefin-based resin modified with a polar group, the adhesive
layer being bonded on a molecular level to the polyolefin-based resin insulation coating at an end part of the insulated wire
over an entire outer circumference of the insulation coating; and

a waterproof resin portion made of aromatic nylon and covering a protection area that includes at least an area from a part
of the insulated wire;

the adhesive layer closing a clearance between an outer surface of the insulation coating and an inner surface of the waterproof
resin portion, and wherein the adhesive layer is made of a material that is stretchable by 104.7% or more at ?40° C. in a
test in accordance with the provision of JIS K6251.

US Pat. No. 9,570,061

ACOUSTIC MATERIAL AND WIRE HARNESS WITH ACOUSTIC MATERIAL

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A wiring harness assembly, comprising: a wiring harness sandwiched between and integrated with at least two sheets of a
sound-absorbing material, each of the sheets of the sound-absorbing material having a base material sheet using a non-woven
fabric and a skin material sheet laminated to the respective base material sheet, the skin material sheet being a non-woven
fabric having a smaller basis weight than the base material sheets, wherein: at least one of the skin material sheets is arranged
between a plurality of the base material sheets; and an air permeation amount of the sound-absorbing material is within a
range of 5 to 50 cm3/cm2·s.

US Pat. No. 9,803,769

SOLENOID FIXING STRUCTURE

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A solenoid fixing structure, comprising:
a valve body including a tubular valve insertion portion;
a solenoid inserted into the valve insertion portion;
a cover arranged to cover the valve body in a direction intersecting with an inserting direction of the solenoid into the
valve insertion portion; and

a pin inserted and pierced through the valve insertion portion and the solenoid from a side where the cover is located with
the solenoid inserted in the valve insertion portion, thereby restricting a detachment of the solenoid from the valve insertion
portion;

the cover including a resilient pressing piece configured to be pressed against the pin and resiliently deformed in the process
of inserting the pin and hold an inserted state of the pin by resiliently returning and pressing an end part of the pin when
the insertion of the pin is completed.

US Pat. No. 9,637,461

ELECTRICAL CONNECTION STRUCTURE

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. An electrical connection structure comprising:
a first metal member including copper or a copper alloy, a plated tin layer being formed on at least a portion of the first
metal member;

a second metal member that is electrically connected or connectable to the first metal member; and
a surface treating layer formed on a surface of the first metal member,
wherein the surface treating layer is formed by applying a surface treating agent containing base oil and a metal affinity
compound having a lipophilic group and an affinity group that has an affinity for metal, and

the metal affinity compound contains:
an adduct (a) between an azole compound and an acidic alkyl phosphate ester including one or more of the compounds represented
by General Formula (1):

P(?O)(—OR1)(—OH)2   (1)
and General Formula (2):
P(?O)(—OR1)2(—OH)  (2)
where R1 represents an organic group having 4 or more carbon atoms; and
an adduct (b) between a metal and/or an organic amine compound and an acidic alkyl phosphate ester including one or more of
the compounds represented by General Formula (1) and General Formula (2).

US Pat. No. 9,620,944

WIRE HARNESS AND CONNECTOR

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A wire harness comprising:
a plurality of connectors, each of the connectors including a housing with a front face and a rear face spaced apart along
a front-rear direction, each of the housings being connectable to a counterpart housing when the front face of each of the
housings faces the respective counterpart housing, the connectors being arranged in a line along an aligning direction that
intersects the front rear direction, a through portion is provided in each of the housings, each of the through portions penetrating
the respective housing in the aligning direction and the respective through portions being aligned coaxially with one another;

a main line that includes plural electrical wires arranged in the aligning direction,
branching portions, each of which comprises at least one of the electrical wires of the main line that is branched off from
the main line to extend substantially in the front-rear direction, the branching portions being connected respectively to
the connectors,

an aligning member passed through the respective through portions and arranging each of the connectors at a position capable
of facing its counterpart connector, the aligning member includes at least one of the electrical wires of the main line, wherein

the connectors are supported by the aligning member.

US Pat. No. 9,653,894

WIRE HARNESS AND CONNECTOR

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A wire harness comprising:
a plurality of connectors, each of the connectors including a housing with a front face and a rear face spaced apart along
a front-rear direction, each of the housings being connectable to a counterpart housing when the front face of each of the
housings faces the respective counterpart housing, the connectors being arranged in a line along an aligning direction that
intersects the front rear direction, a through portion is provided in each of the housings, each of the through portions penetrating
the respective housing in the aligning direction and the respective through portions being aligned coaxially with one another;

a main line that includes plural electrical wires arranged in the aligning direction,
branching portions, each of which comprises at least one of the electrical wires of the main line that is branched off from
the main line to extend substantially in the front-rear direction, the branching portions being connected respectively to
the connectors,

an aligning member passed through the respective through portions and arranging each of the connectors at a position capable
of facing its counterpart connector, the aligning member includes at least one of the electrical wires of the main line, wherein

the connectors are supported by the aligning member.

US Pat. No. 10,136,511

CIRCUIT ASSEMBLY AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING CIRCUIT ASSEMBLY

AutoNetworks Technologies...

1. A circuit assembly comprising:a circuit board;
a heat dissipation member on which the circuit board is placed and that is configured to release heat of the circuit board;
an insulating layer that is formed on a surface on the circuit board side of the heat dissipation member;
a bonding portion made of a bonding agent that is arranged in a predetermined region between the circuit board and the heat dissipation member; and
an adhesive portion that is arranged in a region other than the predetermined region between the circuit board and the heat dissipation member, so as to have a same thickness of the bonding and be generally coplanar with the bonding portion, wherein the adhesive portion is made of an adhesive with which the circuit board and the heat dissipation member are bonded to each other with lower bonding force than with the bonding agent.