US Patent No. 10,116,092

ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR INCLUDING GUIDE MEMBER


Patent No. 10,116,092
Issue Date October 30, 2018
Title Electrical Connector Including Guide Member
Inventorship Hung-Wei Lord, Harrisburg, PA (US)
Michael Scholeno, York, PA (US)
Assignee FCI USA LLC, Etters, PA (US)

Claim of US Patent No. 10,116,092

1. An electrical connector configured to mate with a complementary electrical component, the electrical connector comprising:an electrically insulative connector housing; and
at least one electrical contact supported by the electrically insulative connector housing, the at least one electrical contact including a mating end,
wherein:
the electrically insulative connector housing includes at least one movable electrically insulative guide member that is disposed adjacent the mating end of the at least one electrical contact;
the electrically insulative connector housing comprises a receptacle configured to receive the complementary electrical component along a mating direction;
the at least one moveable electrically insulative guide member is movable with respect to the receptacle in a direction transverse to the mating direction;
the at least one movable electrically insulative guide member is configured to prevent the at least one electrical contact from stubbing on a corresponding mating portion of the complementary electrical component; and
the at least one electrical contact includes first and second contact beams that each define the mating end at least partially disposed in the receptacle, the first and second contact beams spaced from each other along a transverse direction that is substantially perpendicular to the mating direction, wherein the first and second contact beams are configured to deflect away from each other along the transverse direction as the complementary electrical component is mated with the electrical connector.