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. 9,327,661

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. 9,153,880

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. 9,332,668

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. 9,305,678

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. 9,054,434

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. 9,252,527

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. 9,204,562

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. 9,197,290

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. 9,147,504

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. 9,231,312

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. 9,318,735

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. 9,362,692

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. 9,325,083

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. 9,439,317

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. 9,147,944

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. 9,350,267

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. 9,331,660

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. 9,370,126

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. 9,295,172

WIRE HARNESS PROTECTOR

SUMITOMO WIRING SYSTEMS, ...

1. A plate-shaped wire harness protector made of resin and protecting a wire harness, the protector comprising:
a plate having a plurality of excavated portions recessed into a panel surface, the excavated portions having a circular shape
in plan view and being aligned at intervals in an X axis direction and a Y axis direction orthogonal to the X axis direction,
the excavated portions being arrayed in the X axis direction in a straight line along the X axis direction and arrayed in
the Y axis direction in a zigzag, shifting a phase so as to be positioned between excavated portions neighboring each other
in the X axis direction, the excavated portions neighboring each other in the Y axis direction being further arrayed so as
to have portions mutually overlapping in the Y axis direction,

wherein a resin configuring the plate is any of polypropylene, polyethylene, polyamide, polybutylene terephthalate, and polypropylene/polyethylene,
and

plate thickness is 0.5 to 1.0 millimeter in a portion where the plate has been made thinner by the excavated portions; a height
of a rib between neighboring excavated portions is 1.0 to 1.6 millimeter; a minimum width of the rib between neighboring excavated
portions is 1.2 to 1.5 millimeter; and a diameter of the excavated portion is 5 to 22 millimeter.

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. 9,105,998

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. 9,287,934

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. 9,362,640

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. 9,166,671

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. 9,082,529

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. 9,246,239

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. 9,136,628

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. 9,099,803

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. 9,316,798

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. 9,281,101

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. 9,240,821

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. 9,526,187

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. 9,287,672

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. 9,088,040

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. 9,545,001

PRINTED BOARD WITH BOARD TERMINAL AND ELECTRICAL CONNECTION BOX USING SAME

Sumitomo Wiring Systems, ...

1. A printed board assembly for connecting an electrical component, the printed board assembly comprising:
a printed board having a through hole into which a tab terminal of the electrical component is inserted;
a terminal board having an insertion hole into which a tab terminal of the electrical component is inserted and a connecting
portion which projects inwardly from the insertion hole and is pressed into contact with the tab terminal; and

a tab terminal inserting portion including the through hole and the insertion hole, the tab terminal is formed by arranging
the through hole of the printed board and the insertion hole of the board terminal such that the through hole and the insertion
hole overlap each other in a plan view.

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. 9,148,964

ELECTRICAL JUNCTION BOX

Sumitomo Wiring Systems, ...

1. An electrical junction box comprising:
a fuse module with a terminal holding block and a plurality of fuse attachment portions that open into a first side face of
a box body, the fuse attachment portions being arranged side by side in a plurality of tiers that are placed one above another;
and

at least first and second connector attachment portions that open into a second side face of the box body that is perpendicular
to the first side face, and first and second input terminals of the fuse module respectively projecting at least partly into
the first and second connector attachment portions, the connector attachment portions being shifted from one another in a
direction in which the tiers of the plurality of fuse attachment portions are placed one above another.

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. 9,209,555

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. 9,221,408

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. 9,231,348

WATERPROOF CONNECTOR

Sumitomo Wiring Systems, ...

1. A waterproof connector, comprising:
a housing having an interior;
a terminal fitting fixed to an end of a wire and accommodated in the interior of the housing;
a rubber plug fit in a rear end of the housing to seal the interior of the housing;
a rear holder mounted behind the rubber plug, the rear holder being set in a partially locked state while inserting the terminal
fitting into the housing and being set in a fully locked state when the terminal fitting is accommodated completely;

a lever assembled with the housing and being movable to assist a connecting operation to a mating connector; and
a movement limiting portion provided on the rear holder, the movement limiting portion being retracted from a movable range
of the lever to permit a movement of the lever when the rear holder is in the fully locked state and being in the movable
range of the lever to limit the movement of the lever when the rear holder is in the partially locked state.

US Pat. No. 9,200,389

BRAIDED WIRE MANUFACTURING METHOD AND BRAIDED WIRE MANUFACTURING APPARATUS

SUMITOMO WIRING SYSTEMS, ...

1. A braided wire manufacturing method in which, after obtaining a braided wire by braiding a plurality of wire members, the
braided wire is wound up using a take-up unit, the method comprising:
feeding the plurality of wire members from a wire feeding mechanism toward a hole die having a circular opening;
passing the plurality of wire members through a path restricting section provided on a moving path which is a path of the
plurality of wire members that extends along a first direction passing through the hole die up to the take-up unit, the plurality
of wire members being braided into the braided wire at a convergence position before passing through the path restricting
section, the convergence position being defined at a predetermined height above the hole die, and set based upon a size of
the circular opening of the hole die; and

winding up the braided wire after passing through the path restricting section using the take-up unit, wherein:
the path restricting section is capable of performing a second direction restriction so that movement of the braided wire
in a second direction, which is perpendicular to the first direction, falls within a predetermined restriction width from
an ideal center position that coincides with a winding position of the braided wire by the take-up unit, and

the path restricting section is provided at a formation height in the first direction at substantially a braiding pitch length
of the braided wire above the convergence position.

US Pat. No. 9,252,576

CORRUGATED TUBE WITH PATH-MAINTAINING MEMBER AND WIRE HARNESS

SUMITOMO WIRING SYSTEMS, ...

1. A corrugated tube assembly, comprising:
a corrugated tube having annular convex portions and annular concave portions alternately formed along a longitudinal direction,
the corrugated tube being provided with a path-maintaining member; and

the path-maintaining member configured as an elongated member die-molded to maintain a shape at least a portion of which is
bent along the longitudinal direction, and attached to the corrugated tube along the longitudinal direction, wherein

a slit is formed on the corrugated tube along the longitudinal direction, and
the path-maintaining member comprises:
a first portion where a pair of concave grooves housing edge portions of the corrugated tube on both sides of the slit are
formed; and

a second portion comprising:
a lid portion covering a portion of the corrugated tube on an outer side of the slit; and
a protruding bar portion protruding at a width-direction center part of the lid portion and arranged in the slit, and
the second portion is more sharply bent than the first portion in the longitudinal direction.

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. 9,147,978

SHIELD CONNECTOR

Sumitomo Wiring Systems, ...

1. A shield connector, comprising:
a connector housing which is made of synthetic resin, from which a plurality of wires are drawn out, and which includes a
resilient locking piece provided resiliently deformably in a direction intersecting with a draw-out direction in which the
plurality of wires are drawn out;

a collective shield shell which is made of metal and includes a collective shield connecting portion, which is open in the
draw-out direction of the plurality of wires and into which the plurality of wires are collectively inserted, a collective
side engaging portion engageable with the resilient locking piece being formed on the collective shield connecting portion;
and

an individual core shield shell which includes a wall portion arranged to intersect with the draw-out direction of the plurality
of wires, a plurality of individual core shield connecting portions, which are open in the draw-out direction of the plurality
of wires, being provided on the wall portion, whereby the plurality of wires are individually inserted into the individual
core shield connecting portions, and an individual-core side engaging portion, which is an opening edge part of a through
hole engageable with the resilient locking piece being formed on the wall portion;

wherein the collective shield shell or the individual core shield shell is selectively fixed to the connector housing by resiliently
restoring the resiliently deformed resilient locking piece and engaging the resilient locking piece with the collective side
engaging portion when the collective shield shell is mounted onto the connector housing or by resiliently restoring the resiliently
deformed resilient locking piece and engaging the resilient locking piece with the individual-core side engaging portion when
the individual core shield shell is mounted onto the connector housing;

the connector housing is formed to be fittable into a mounting hole provided on a case made of metal;
each of the collective shield shell and the individual core shield shell is formed with a mounting piece for mounting the
shield shell on the case by tightening a bolt into the case in a direction intersecting with a fitting direction of the connector
housing; and

the resilient locking piece is formed to be resiliently deformable in a direction intersecting with both the fitting direction
of the connector housing and a tightening direction of the bolt.

US Pat. No. 9,236,675

TERMINAL FITTING

Sumitomo Wiring Systems, ...

1. A terminal fitting, comprising:
a tubular connecting portion into which a mating male tab is to be inserted; and
a plate-shaped resilient contact formed separately from the connecting portion, the resilient contact having opposite first
and second end parts spaced apart in a front-back direction and being disposed in the connecting portion for resiliently contacting
the male tab inserted into the connecting portion, wherein:

the connecting portion includes at least one lock for locking the resilient contact to the connecting portion;
a support provided on the second end part of the resilient contact and supporting the resilient contact in the connecting
portion; and

the resilient contact having a part locked by the lock and provided at a position overlapping an area extending from the support
to the second end part of the resilient contact in the front-back direction, the resilient contact further having a contact
main body extending in the front-back direction and two receiving portions protruding toward opposite outer sides from the
second end part of the contact main body, the receiving portions include the part of the resilient contact locked by the lock.

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. 9,130,360

ELECTRICAL JUNCTION BOX

SUMITOMO WIRING SYSTEMS, ...

1. An electrical junction box for connecting to a vehicle body side support member, the electrical junction box comprising:
an electrical junction box main body having an upper surface;
a bolt connecting section provided on the upper surface of the electrical junction box main body;
an external wiring having a terminal fitting fastened to and fixed on the bolt connecting section; and
a bracket incorporated in the electrical junction box main body for attaching the main body to the vehicle body side support
member, wherein

the bracket includes
an L-shaped base plate section having a flat lateral plate portion that extends along the vehicle body side support member,
and

a projecting plate portion that is bent from one end of the lateral plate portion in its longitudinal direction and protrudes
in a direction apart from the vehicle body side support member,

the lateral plate portion and projecting plate portion are each provided with latch portions for securing the bracket to the
electrical junction box main body, the latch portion of the lateral plate portion of the bracket being positioned on one side
of the electrical junction box main body beyond the bolt connecting section in a longitudinal direction of the lateral plate
portion, and the latch portion of the projecting plate portion of the bracket being disposed on an other side of said electrical
junction box main body, and

each of the latch portions of the lateral plate portion of the bracket includes a guide piece that protrudes outwardly from
the lateral plate portion in a width direction and is bent in a crank-like shape.

US Pat. No. 9,706,691

WIRING SHIELDING STRUCTURE

SUMITOMO WIRING SYSTEMS, ...

1. A wiring shielding structure comprising:
a high-voltage wire configured to connect high-voltage units to each other;
a low-voltage wire configured to connect low-voltage units to each other;
a shielding pipe into which intermediate portions of the high-voltage wire and the low-voltage wire are inserted alongside
each other;

a tube-shaped braided shielding member for high voltage into which the high-voltage wire is inserted, the shielding member
for high voltage surrounding the high-voltage wire between the shielding pipe and the high-voltage units, the shielding member
for high voltage configured to be grounded with a terminal portion fitted over an outer circumferential surface of the shielding
pipe; and

a tube-shaped braided shielding member for low voltage into which the low-voltage wire is inserted, the shielding member for
low voltage surrounding the low-voltage wire inside the shielding pipe, a terminal portion of the shielding member for low
voltage having a crimped portion that extends outside the shielding pipe and through expanded stitches of the shielding member
for high voltage so as to be laid on top of the terminal portion of the shielding member for high voltage,

wherein the terminal portion of the shielding member for high voltage is crimped and fastened to the shielding pipe, between
the terminal portion of the shielding member for low voltage and the shielding pipe, by a crimping member.

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. 9,124,024

CONNECTOR HAVING INNER CONDUCTIVE MEMBER

Sumitomo Wiring Systems, ...

1. A connector connectable to a mating connector, comprising:
a housing connectable to a mating housing of the mating connector;
at least one terminal held in the housing and including a terminal connecting portion to be connected to a mating terminal
provided in the mating connector and a conductor connecting portion connected to the terminal connecting portion;

a flexible outer wire pulled out to outside from the interior of the housing; and
an inner conductive member configured to connect the conductor connecting portion and the outer wire in the housing, the inner
conductive member including an inner wire and an intermediate terminal connected to the wire to form a bent intermediate portion
by bending a conductive plate material, the intermediate portion being fixed to the housing.

US Pat. No. 9,281,670

CORRUGATED TUBE PROVIDED WITH PASSAGE MAINTENANCE MEMBER, AND WIRE HARNESS

SUMITOMO WIRING SYSTEMS, ...

1. A corrugated tube with a passage maintaining member, comprising:
a corrugated tube having annular convex portions and annular concave portions alternately disposed along a longitudinal direction
of the corrugated tube and a slit formed along the longitudinal direction of the corrugated tube;

a die-molded passage maintaining member maintaining a shape at least part of which is curved along the longitudinal direction
of the corrugated tube, the passage maintaining member having: (i) an arc-shaped horizontal cross section, and (ii) an opening
that passes through inner and outer circumferential sides of the passage maintaining member and extends along at least part
of the longitudinal direction of the corrugated tube, the passage maintaining member being arranged along an outer circumference
of the corrugated tube in a state in which the opening is arranged at an outer circumferential side of the slit; and

a mounting member having: (i) an inner circumferential-side engaging portion that is configured to engage an inner circumferential-side
portion of the slit of the corrugated tube, (ii) an outer circumferential-side engaging portion that is configured to engage
an outer circumferential-side portion of the opening of the passage maintaining member, and (iii) a connector that connects
the inner and outer circumferential-side engaging portions.

US Pat. No. 9,281,627

DEVICE CONNECTOR WITH IMPROVED OPERABILITY WHEN CONNECTING HARNESS-SIDE TERMINALS AND DEVICE-SIDE TERMINALS

Sumitomo Wiring Systems, ...

1. A device connector, comprising:
a device-side housing configured to hold one or more device-side terminals;
a device-side shield shell to be mounted on the device-side housing
one or more harness-side terminals to be fixed to one or more wires of a wiring harness and to be connected to device-side
terminals

a harness-side housing connectable to the device-side housing and configured to hold the one or more harness-side terminals
a harness-side shield shell connectable to a shielding layer at least partly surround the one or more wires the harness-side
shield shell being configured to at least partly surround the harness-side housing and including:

a first shell to be connected to the shielding layer and including at least one operation cutout for enabling a connecting
operation of the device-side terminals and the harness-side terminals and

a second shell to be mounted on the first shell and the device-side shield shell while at least partly closing the operation
cutout.

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. 9,425,595

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. 9,263,866

CORRUGATED TUBE AND WIRE HARNESS WITH CORRUGATED TUBE

SUMITOMO WIRING SYSTEMS, ...

1. A corrugated tube comprising:
a corrugated tube main body formed in a tubular shape, with annular projections and annular depressions alternatingly formed
along a length direction thereof, and with a slit formed along the length direction thereof;

a plurality of first extended tabs provided at intervals on the corrugated tube main body on one of two lateral edges having
the slit therebetween, the first extended tabs having a first engagement notch formed on two lateral portions; and

a plurality of second extended tabs provided at intervals on the other of the two lateral edges at positions between each
of the plurality of first extended tabs, the second extended tabs having a second engagement notch formed on two lateral portions
and configured to engage with the first engagement notch,

wherein a depression is formed on a portion of an inner periphery of the corrugated tube main body, the plurality of first
extended tabs or the plurality of second extended tabs being positioned in the depression in a condition in which the plurality
of first extended tabs and the plurality of second extended tabs are fitted together.

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. 9,300,093

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. 9,170,283

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. 9,153,360

WIRE HARNESS AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING WIRE HARNESS

SUMITOMO WIRING SYSTEMS, ...

1. A wire harness comprising:
a wire harness main body including at least one electric wire; and
a protection member comprising:
a path regulating portion formed by hot-pressing a nonwoven member covering at least a portion of the wire harness main body;
and

a bendable portion formed by covering the wire harness main body with the nonwoven member, adjacent to the path regulating
portion along an extending direction of the wire harness main body, the bendable portion configured to be more readily bent
than the path regulating portion and more depressed than the path regulating portion, wherein

the protection member comprises:
a portion where a first nonwoven member having a square sheet shape is wrapped around at least a portion of the wire harness
main body; and

a portion where a second nonwoven member having a strip shape is partially wound in the extending direction of the wire harness
main body around the portion where the first nonwoven member is wrapped around, and

the path regulating portion is provided in a portion corresponding to the portion where the second nonwoven member is wound
and the bendable portion is provided in a portion corresponding to the portion where the second nonwoven member is not wound.

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. 9,781,868

PROTECTOR

SUMITOMO WIRING SYSTEMS, ...

1. A protector comprising:
first and second plate members having wiring areas that are substantially rectangular, and a plurality of parallel slits located
at intervals in a length direction of the wiring areas and having a depth that is approximately half a length of the wiring
areas in a width direction of the wiring areas, a first linear conductor supported on the wiring areas of the first plate
member, and a second linear conductor supported on the wiring areas of the second plate member,

wherein the first and second linear conductors are respectively supported by the first and second plate members such that
the first and second linear conductors have a substantially wave shape that is bent in a length direction, a width direction,
and a thickness direction of the first and second plate members,

wherein the first and second plate members are laterally fitted to each other such that respective bottom parts of each pair
of parallel slits that face each other are brought close to each other, and such that the first and second plate members alternatingly
face each other in opposite directions along a plate thickness direction at positions on two sides of the pair of parallel
slits in the length direction of the wiring areas, and

wherein the first and second linear conductors in plan view of the wiring areas that overlap each other have: first loop sections
that constitute a plurality of loops corresponding to the wave shape of the first and second linear conductors; and second
loop sections that constitute a plurality of loops corresponding to the wave shape of the first and second linear conductors
and are formed along lateral cross sections of the first and second plate members.

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. 9,402,324

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. 9,312,626

SHIELD CONNECTOR

Sumitomo Wiring Systems, ...

1. A shield connector to be connected to a device-side connector provided on a device, comprising:
a resin housing having a fitting portion for connecting to the device-side connector and a tubular wire pull-out portion extending
from the fitting portion, the wire pullout portion having a wire pull-out hole with an opening edge facing away from the fitting
portion defining a housing-side holding portion;

at least one terminal mounted in the housing and configured to be connected to at least one device-side terminal in the device-side
connector;

at least one wire connected to the terminal and pulled out from the housing in a pull-out direction that extends parallel
to the wire; and

a resin molded body molded onto the wire to define a unitary matrix of resin held in close contact with an outer peripheral
surface of the wire, the resin molded body having a molded fitting portion fit in the tubular wire pull-out portion of the
housing and a molded main body cross-sectionally larger than the wire pull-out portion and disposed external of the wire pull-out
portion, the resin molded main body having a first end surface adjacent the molded fitting portion and held in contact with
the housing-side holding portion and a second end surface facing oppositely from the first end surface; and

a shield shell covering the housing and the molded main body and being configured to be connected to a shield case of the
device, a portion of the shield shell that covers the resin molded main body being formed with a shell-side holding portion
protruding inward and contacting the second end surface of the molded main body of the resin molded body so that the resin
molded main body is sandwiched in the pull-out direction of the wire between the housing-side holding portion of the resin
housing and the shield shell and in direct contact with both the housing-side holding portion and the shell-side holding portion
of the shield shell.

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. 9,425,520

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. 9,378,871

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. 9,974,182

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. 9,450,485

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. 9,422,612

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. 9,397,417

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. 9,300,061

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. 9,514,587

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. 9,336,942

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. 9,499,063

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. 9,543,711

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. 9,460,842

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. 9,506,993

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. 9,412,989

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. 9,324,983

BATTERY MODULE FOR VEHICLE

SUMITOMO WIRING SYSTEMS, ...

1. A module for a battery for a vehicle comprising:
a metal shielding case for housing a battery pack; and
a junction box being housed inside the metal shielding case, the junction box having resin cases of a relay, an electric component,
and a resin case cover,

wherein:
the resin cases of the relay and the electric component are fixed to a bottom wall of the shielding case or to a surface of
a metal plate fixed to the bottom wall, and a first electric wire is laid out on the metal plate,

the resin case cover of the junction box is put on in a state where the relay and the electric component fixed to the bottom
wall or the metal plate as well as the first electric wire are covered with the case cover, upper surfaces of the relay and
the electric component are exposed through openings provided in the case cover,

the case cover is fixed to the shielding case by fastening and electrically connecting contact portions provided on the upper
surfaces of a second electric wire and a bus bar disposed on the case cover, and

contact portions of the relay and contact portions of the electric component, which are connected to the first electric wire,
are provided on a side surface of the relay and a side surface of the electric component such that the first electric wire
passes through a through hole provided on a side wall of the case cover.

US Pat. No. 9,287,664

CONNECTOR

Sumitomo Wiring Systems, ...

1. A connector, comprising:
a housing which is connectable to a mating connector;
two lock arms formed respectively on opposite left and right side surfaces of the housing, the lock arms being resiliently
deformed due to interference with locks formed on the mating connector in the process of connecting the mating connector and
the housing, and disengaged from the locks to resiliently return when the mating connector and the housing are connected properly;

a connection detector movably mounted on the housing and having two connection detection function portions corresponding to
the lock arms and connected by a detecting portion, the connection detector being held at an initial position by locking the
connection detection function portions and the lock arms to each other in a state where the mating connector and the housing
are not properly connected, and permitted to move to a detection position by unlocking the connection detection function portions
and the lock arms from each other in a state where the mating connector and the housing are connected properly;

a stopper formed on the housing; and
a lock formed on the detecting portion and being locked to the stopper to restrict movement of the connection detector from
the initial position in a direction away from the detection position to be separated from the housing.

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. 9,564,254

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. 9,531,261

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. 9,353,204

(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. 9,425,594

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. 9,315,163

HARNESS PROTECTOR AND WIRE HARNESS ROUTING STRUCTURAL PART

SUMITOMO WIRING SYSTEMS, ...

1. A harness protector attached to an opening edge of a through-hole in a panel having a wire harness comprising bundled wires
passed therethrough, the harness protector comprising:
a tubular main body configured to be inserted into the through-hole in an insertion direction and including an installation
hole enabling the wire harness to be installed; and

an engagement structural part formed in a shape that flares from an outer circumference of the main body and configured to
engage in a through direction of the through-hole with the opening edge of the through-hole, wherein

the installation hole includes a small space formed in a shape following the outer circumference of the wire harness and configured
to position the wire harness with respect to the through-hole in a radial direction relative to a center axis, and a large
space provided to a portion including at least one of a forward end and a rear end in the insertion direction, the large space
including an interior space expanding further than the small space toward an outer periphery on at least one side of the small
space in a circumferential direction,

the harness protector being configured by a pair of separate members brought adjacent in an assembly direction and assembled
in a tubular shape,

each of the separate members integrally comprising:
a divided main body forming a portion of the main body;
a divided engagement structural part forming a portion of the engagement structural part; and
a pressure portion on the divided main body at a location on a forward side of the divided engagement structural part in the
insertion direction, the pressure portion including a pressure surface facing rearward in the assembly direction, and the
pressure portion, as seen in a front view, is formed in a shape having the pressure surface on a portion overlapping with
both ends of the divided main body on a rear side in the assembly direction, and wherein

the pressure surface is oriented in a plane that extends parallel to the insertion direction,
wherein the divided engagement structural part includes a forward engagement part and a rear engagement part, and wherein
the forward engagement part and the pressure surface defines a step portion at a circumference of the divided main body.

US Pat. No. 9,231,334

CONNECTOR

Sumitomo Wiring Systems, ...

1. A connector on an upper surface of a housing of which a casing for covering a board is to be mounted, wherein:
the housing includes a plurality of connector fitting receptacles into which a mating connector is fittable, and provided
side by side while being spaced apart in a horizontal direction, and a lever accommodating receptacle arranged above the connector
fitting receptacles and into which a lever for assisting a connecting operation to the mating connector is accommodated;

an upwardly open groove provided behind the lever accommodating receptacle in a connecting direction to the mating connector
and extending along an arrangement direction of the connector fitting receptacles and

a hole provided on a bottom part of the groove and communicating with a clearance between adjacent ones of the connector fitting
receptacles.

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. 9,281,578

CONNECTING APPARATUS FOR POWER CABLE

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A connecting apparatus comprising:
power cables that are configured to supply electric power from an inverter to a motor, the power cables including a connector
and a plurality of terminals, the plurality of terminals being fixed to the connector, a housing of the connector including
a first rib, the first rib being provided between the adjacent terminals, and the first rib connecting mutually facing surfaces
of the housing; and

a terminal block that is attached to an enclosure of the inverter or an enclosure of the motor, the terminal block including
a plurality of retaining walls, each of the plurality of retaining walls enclosing and retaining a nut, the terminal block
including a second rib for connecting the adjacent retaining walls, one of the first rib and the second rib including a recess,
the connector being connected to the terminal block when each of the plurality of terminals is fastened to the terminal block
with a bolt and the nut, and the other of the first rib and the second rib being disposed in the recess and the first rib
intersecting with the second rib when the connector is connected to the terminal block.

US Pat. No. 9,231,342

CONNECTOR

Sumitomo Wiring Systems, ...

1. A connector, comprising:
a housing connectable to a mating housing;
a lock arm extending back from a front end part of the housing and being deflectable in a height direction intersecting a
connecting direction of the housing and the mating housing, the lock arm being configured to be locked to the mating housing
to hold a connected state when the housing and the mating housing are connected properly;

a pair of lock-arm protection walls standing on the housing and extending along the connecting direction at opposite sides
of the lock arm in a width direction;

a detector to be mounted into the housing and being movable between an initial position and a detecting position, the detector
being configured to contact the lock arm from behind to restrict a forward movement at the initial position before the housing
is connected to the mating housing and to enter a deflection space for the lock arm to restrict the deflection of the lock
arm when released from a movement restricted state at the initial position and reaching the detecting position by being pushed
forward from the initial position when the housing is connected properly to the mating housing;

detector protection walls configured to cover the detector by standing behind and at widthwise outer sides of the lock-arm
protection walls on the housing;

first and second lock receiving portions formed on inner surfaces of the detector protection walls; and
locking arms formed on opposite widthwise sides of the detector and being resiliently deformable inward in the width direction,
and being releasably locked to the first and second lock receiving portions (43, 44) for restricting a backward movement of the detector when the detector is at the initial position and the detecting position,
the locking arms being arranged to cross backward extensions of the lock-arm protection walls in the connecting direction
toward widthwise inner sides when being resiliently deformed.

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. 9,233,654

WIRE HARNESS ROUTING STRUCTURAL PART

SUMITOMO WIRING SYSTEMS, ...

1. A wire harness routing structural part routing a wire harness between a body and a door of a vehicle, the wire harness
routing structural part comprising:
a wire harness configured such that a portion thereof is fixated to the body and including a main path wire and a different
path wire routed on a path different from a path of the main path wire; and

a protector positioned on the interior of the door, the protector comprising:
an accommodation part having an extraction opening for extraction of the wire harness to the interior of the door and accommodating
the wire harness with a space enabling the wire harness to be redirected; and

a different path guide part guiding the different path wire of the wire harness extracted through the extraction opening on
a path following an outer surface of the accommodation part, the path being different from the path of the main path wire
of the wire harness, wherein

the different path wire is branched off from the main path wire in the wire harness extracted from the extraction opening,
U-turned and returned inside the extraction opening, and positioned in the different path guide part.

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. 9,481,327

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. 9,287,667

SHIELD SHELL AND SHIELD CONNECTOR

Sumitomo Wiring Systems, ...

1. A shield shell to be connected to a case made of metal, comprising:
a shell main body including a case connecting portion to be connected to the case;
a single collective shield connecting portion provided on the shell main body and formed into a tubular shape having an open
front end, a rear wall opposite the open front end, the rear wall having opposite front and rear surfaces, and a side wall
extending between the front end and the rear wall and having a continuous first outer peripheral surface;

a plurality of individual-core shield connecting portions projecting from the rear surface of the rear wall and formed into
a tubular shape, each of the plurality of individual-core shield connection portions having a second outer peripheral surface;

a first braided wire configured to be selectively mounted to the continuous first outer peripheral surface;
a first caulking ring configured to be caulked to an outer periphery of the first braided wire when the first braided wire
is selectively mounted to the first outer peripheral surface to shield connect the first braided wire to the single collective
shield connecting portion;

a plurality of second braided wires configured to be selectively mounted to each of the second outer peripheral surfaces of
the plurality of individual-core shield connecting portions; and

a plurality of second caulking rings configured to be mounted to each of the plurality of second braided wires when the second
braided wires are selectively mounted to the second outer peripheral surfaces of the plurality to shield connect the plurality
of second braided wires to the plurality of individual-core shield connecting portions.

US Pat. No. 9,100,450

ELECTRONIC UNIT, A COMMUNICATION UNIT AND A COMMUNICATION SYSTEM AND METHOD

Sumitomo Wiring Systems, ...

1. An electronic control unit having a gateway function for connecting a first communication network formed in a vehicle with
at least one other communication network and performing functions allotted beforehand by transmitting and/or receiving signals
via the communication networks, comprising:
at least one plug-in connecting portion including a first connector connected with a communication line of the first communication
network for carrying signals transmitted from and/or received by the electronic control unit and a first communication terminal
to be plug-in connected with a detachable relay unit,

the detachable relay unit including a second communication terminal for mating with the first communication terminal and a
second connector connected with a communication line of the at least one other communication network, the detachable relay
unit including a relay circuit portion for converting the protocol of a signal inputted from the second communication terminal,
outputting the resulting signal from the second connector, converting a signal inputted from the second connector and outputting
the resulting signal from the second communication terminal, thereby connecting the detachable relay unit with the communication
line of the first communication network, when the electronic control unit performs the gateway function, and

at least one communication circuit portion disposed in the at least one plug-in connecting portion for transmitting and/or
receiving signals between the communication line of the first communication network and the communication line of the at least
one other communication network connected to the detachable relay unit when the detachable relay unit is plug-in connected
with the at least one plug-in connecting portion.

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. 9,083,098

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. 9,287,649

CONNECTOR AND HOUSING

Sumitomo Wiring Systems, ...

1. A connector, comprising:
a terminal including a connecting portion formed with a nut mounting hole, the terminal further having at least one projection;
a nut integrally mounted on the connecting portion and including a bolt hole that coaxially communicates with the nut mounting
hole; and

a housing formed with a terminal accommodating portion that accommodates the terminal, a locking portion formed in the housing
and configured to retain the connecting portion by engaging an outer part of the nut from behind, and a front stop formed
in the terminal accommodating portion and engaging the projection of the terminal to stop the connecting portion at a front
end position when the locking portion engages the nut from behind.

US Pat. No. 9,278,658

WATER STOP SHEET FOR WIRING HARNESS AND WATER STOP STRUCTURE OF WIRING HARNESS

Sumitomo Wiring Systems, ...

1. A water stop sheet for a wiring harness of a vehicle, comprising:
a closed-cell elastic sheet having opposite first and second surfaces;
an entire adhesive layer provided on all of the first surface of the elastic sheet; and
a partial adhesive layer provided only on a part of the second surface adjacent one end edge;
wherein the water stop sheet is wound with the entire adhesive layer located on the first surface held in contact with the
outer periphery of a wire group of the wiring harness and wound at least one turn, a winding end part is placed on the outer
peripheral surface of a winding start part, and the partial adhesive layer located on the outer peripheral surface of the
winding start part and the entire adhesive layer located on the inner peripheral surface of the winding end part are adhered
to each other.

US Pat. No. 9,136,048

WIRE HARNESS PROTECTOR

SUMITOMO WIRING SYSTEMS, ...

1. A wire harness protector made of a resin, in which a wire harness insertion portion is surrounded by a bottom wall and
two side walls and is provided with openings at both ends in a length direction and at an upper end, the wire harness protector
comprising:
a trunk wire insertion portion having a U-shaped cross section and two side walls and extending in a length direction;
a branch wire insertion portion having a U-shaped cross section and two side walls and extending from a peripheral edge of
a branch wire outlet provided in one side wall of the trunk wire insertion portion at a central position in the length direction,
the side walls of the trunk wire insertion portion and the side walls of the branch wire insertion portion are continuous
via a curved boundary on both sides of the branch wire outlet, and a slit provided from an upper end at each curved boundary;
and

engagement tabs and engagement holes provided in the trunk wire insertion portion, the engagement tabs projecting from the
upper end of one side wall of the trunk wire insertion portion, the engagement holes being provided to opposite positions
in the other side wall of the trunk wire insertion portion so as to engage with the engagement tabs, the engagement tabs and
the engagement holes each being spaced apart in the length direction,

wherein after a trunk wire and a branch wire are inserted into the trunk wire insertion portion and the branch wire insertion
portion, respectively, the engagement tabs are inserted into and engaged with the engagement holes to close the upper ends
of the two side walls of the trunk wire insertion portion, each engagement tab, which is inserted to and engaged with each
engagement hole, has a V-shape in which a base projects diagonally from the upper end of one side wall towards the other side
wall and a stem continues in a bend-back manner from a front end of a projecting portion of the base, an apex of the one side
wall having the engagement tabs and an apex of the other side wall having the engagement holes are provided on a substantially
same plane.

US Pat. No. 9,270,101

OUTER COVER STRUCTURE FOR WIRE HARNESS

Sumitomo Wiring Systems, ...

1. An outer cover structure for a wire harness, the wire harness being a floor harness that is routed from a front portion
of a vehicle interior toward a vehicle rear portion along an upper surface side of a sill panel and below a kicking plate,
the outer cover structure comprising:
a protector provided at a position corresponding to a rear end of the kicking plate, the protector having a body formed with
a bottom wall, opposed first and second lateral walls projecting up from the bottom wall a distance less than a spacing between
the lateral walls, a cover hinged from an upper end of the first lateral wall and being releasably engageable with an upper
end of the second lateral wall, front and rear openings formed at front and rear ends of the body and front and rear tape
wrapped portions extending forward and rearward from the openings, the bottom wall having a lower surface, and only one clip
for fixation projecting from the lower surface of the bottom wall of the protector for fixing the protector to the sill panel;

a front protective tube extending forward from the opening in the front end of the body of the protector and being taped to
front tape wrapped portion; and

a rear protective tube extending rearward from the rear opening in the rear end of the body of the protector and being taped
to the rear tape wrapped portion 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. 9,153,909

LEVER-TYPE CONNECTOR

Sumitomo Wiring Systems, ...

1. A lever-type connector, comprising:
a main body side housing to which a mating side connector is connectable from a front end surface toward a rear end surface
of the main body side housing and which is formed with a lever accommodation space extending in a direction perpendicular
to a connecting direction, in which the mating side connector is connected, and forming an opening on a side end surface;

a slide lever which is a long plate-like member, inserted into the lever accommodation space through the opening with one
longitudinal end thereof as a leading end part in the lead and arranged to be movable back and forth along an extending direction
of the lever accommodation space;

wherein:
the slide lever includes a cam groove engageable with a cam pin projecting on the mating side connector; and
the cam groove includes an open end portion open on an end surface of the slide lever extending in an inserting direction
of the slide lever, a first path part connected to the open end portion and extending toward the leading end part with distance
from the end surface, and a second path part extending away from the leading end part with distance from the end surface and
connected to a deepest portion of the cam groove and

the slide lever further includes a return preventing portion capable of coming into contact with the cam pin so that the cam
pin does not move back from the second path part to the first path part while allowing the cam pin to enter the second path
part from the first path part.

US Pat. No. 9,177,694

WIRE HARNESS

SUMITOMO WIRING SYSTEMS, ...

1. A wire harness, comprising:
a wire harness main body having at least one electric wire; and
a protective member formed by hot pressing a non-woven member covering at least a portion of the wire harness main body, the
protective member having a first compressed portion extending along a longitudinal direction of the wire harness main body
and being hot pressed to a first degree of compression, and a second compressed portion extending along the longitudinal direction
of the wire harness main body, projecting further than the first compressed portion, and being hot pressed to a second degree
of compression lower than the first degree of compression,

wherein the first compressed portion is compressed to the first degree of compression, such that a thickness after hot pressing
is ½ or less than a thickness prior to hot pressing,

the second compressed portion is compressed to the second degree of compression, such that a thickness after hot pressing
is ¾ or less than a thickness prior to hot pressing, and

wherein the second compressed portion is defined by a plurality of projections that project in a shape radiating around the
wire harness main body.

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. 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. 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. 9,450,225

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. 9,172,158

TERMINAL BLOCK

Sumitomo Wiring Systems, ...

1. A terminal block for connecting conductive members extending from a device and mating conductive members, comprising:
a bracket to be fixed to a case of the device;
at least one nut configured to fasten at least one of the conductive members and at least one of the mating conductive members
together with at least one bolt;

an insulating plate sandwiched between the nut and the bracket, the insulating plate being made of a highly heat conductive
synthetic resin containing glass or talc;

at least one guide provided adjacent to the nut and configured to guide the conductive member to the nut by contacting a lateral
edge part of the conductive member; and

a resin portion that integrally fixes the nuts, the insulating plate and the bracket while holding them one over another in
close contact, the resin portion including a nut locking portion for each nut, the nut locking portion locking a step of the
nut together with the insulating plate from above to prevent a clearance from being formed between the nut and the insulating
plate when the bolt is tightened with the nut, at least one posture correcting portion provided at one or more positions where
the conductive members are pulled out to outside from the nut and configured to correct postures at least one of the conductive
members in a width direction by contacting at least one of the conductive members pulled out to the outside from the nuts
in the width direction.

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. 9,577,709

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. 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. 9,543,624

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. 9,524,821

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. 9,257,789

CONNECTOR WITH FORCE MULTIPLYING MECHANISM AND CONNECTOR ASSEMBLY PROVIDED THEREWITH

Sumitomo Wiring Systems, ...

1. A connector with a force multiplying mechanism to be connected to a mating connector based on a force multiplying action,
comprising:
a housing;
a slider to be mounted slidably in a direction intersecting a connecting direction through a side surface of the housing and
formed with at least one cam groove engageable with at least one cam follower on the mating connector (F1); and

a lever including an operating portion on one end and displaceably mounted on the housing while being interlockingly coupled
to the slider;

wherein:
the slider is movable with respect to the housing between a movement start position where the cam follower is received in
the cam groove while the slider projects back in a mounting direction thereof and a movement end position reached by inserting
the slider deeper into the housing from the movement start position to properly connect the connector with the mating connector;

at least one of the slider and the lever includes a lock that holds the slider at the movement start position by being locked
to the housing, but is releasable from a locking state to the housing by displacing the lever;

a part of the lever located at substantially the same height as a projecting end part of the slider from the housing when
the slider is at the movement start position serves as a protecting edge located substantially at the same position as or
behind the projecting end part in the mounting direction of the slider.

US Pat. No. 10,091,882

CIRCUIT STRUCTURE USING PRINTED-CIRCUIT BOARD

Sumitomo Wiring Systems, ...

1. A circuit structure comprising:a printed-circuit board on which a plurality of circuit patterns are provided; and
a circuit switching component placed on the printed-circuit board, wherein
the circuit switching component includes a plurality of types of connection bus bars, and a bus bar support base on which any connection bus bar selected from the plurality of types of connection bus bars can be mounted and held,
respective connection points of the plurality of circuit patterns are disposed below the bus bar support base and arranged so as to be spaced apart from each other in an extension direction of the bus bar support base,
the plurality of types of connection bus bars are different from each other and are configured to engage different connection points of the plurality of circuit patterns so as to be electrically connected to the connection points, and wherein mounting any one of the plurality of connection bus bars to corresponding connection points of the plurality of circuit patterns provides a corresponding one of a
a plurality of types of circuit specifications.

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. 9,695,107

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. 9,614,324

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. 9,667,045

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. 9,564,661

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. 9,491,197

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. 9,257,773

CONNECTOR

Sumitomo Wiring Systems, ...

1. A connector, comprising:
a housing with a mounting hole open into the housing and a guide rib formed on an outer surface of the housing for stabilizing
a connecting posture when the connector is being fit to a mating connector;

a terminal fitting to be inserted into the housing;
a retainer mounted into the mounting hole and selectively movable between a partial locking position for allowing an inserting
operation of the terminal fitting and a full locking position for locking the already inserted terminal fitting;

a base defined at a rear end of the retainer in a mounting direction into the housing and located outside the mounting hole
when the retainer is at the partial locking position; and

backlash eliminating portions formed on the base and in the housing and configured to restrict a relative displacement of
the retainer with respect to the housing by contact each other when the retainer is at the partial locking position, the backlash
eliminating portion of the housing being formed on the guide rib.

US Pat. No. 9,209,582

CONNECTOR

Sumitomo Wiring Systems, ...

1. A connector in which at least one conductor-side terminal to be connected to at least one device-side terminal by being
fit into at least one case-side opening is arranged inside, the device-side terminal being provided in a device-side connector
formed separately from a case of a device including the case-side opening and mounted in correspondence with the case-side
opening, the connector comprising:
a housing having opposite first and second ends, a fitting at the first end of the housing and being fittable into the case-side
opening;

at least one flexible and stretchable conductor having first and second ends, the first end being connected to the conductor-side
terminal and the second end being connected to an at least one connecting terminal; and

a terminal accommodating portion formed separately from the fitting and accommodating the conductor-side terminal inside;
wherein the terminal accommodating portion is mounted to the housing loosely movably in a direction intersecting with a fitting
direction of the fitting into the case-side opening when connecting the device-side terminal and the conductor-side terminal.

US Pat. No. 9,160,084

CONNECTOR

Sumitomo Wiring Systems, ...

1. A connector comprising:
a housing having a terminal accommodation chamber;
a terminal fitting accommodated in the terminal accommodation chamber, a restricting protrusion being formed on the terminal
fitting;

a lance cantilevered forwards along an inner wall surface of the terminal accommodation chamber and configured to lock the
restricting protrusion of the terminal fitting in a detachment prevention state;

a front retainer mounted to the housing so as to cover a front surface of the housing and configured to maintain the lance
in a state where the lance is locked to the terminal fitting;

a mold removal space formed in the housing at a time of molding the lance and opened in the front surface of the housing,
and which communicates with the terminal accommodation chamber and allows entrance of a probe for conduction detection;

a guide portion formed in the front retainer and being inclined so that the probe makes a pre-stopping before the probe contacts
the restricting protrusion in a probe insertion process; and

a detection hole formed in the front retainer, arranged longitudinally side by side with the mold removal space, allowing
insertion of the probe from a front side of the front retainer, and communicating with the terminal accommodation chamber
via the mold removal space.

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. 9,723,736

ELECTRICAL JUNCTION BOX

SUMITOMO WIRING SYSTEMS, ...

1. An electrical junction box comprising:
a main body provided with a circuit board; and
a cover externally fitted to the main body, the electrical junction box being assembled in a state in which the main body
is accommodated in the cover,

the main body including an opposing surface that opposes an inner surface of the cover, the opposing surface having a water
capturing hole that is a first recess that opens toward the inner surface of the cover, and

a first opposing distance between the inner surface of the cover and an upper opening edge of the water capturing hole is
larger than a second opposing distance between the inner surface of the cover and a lower opening edge of the water capturing
hole.

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.