US Patent No. 10,468,798

ELECTRICAL CONTACT PRE-LOAD STRUCTURE


Patent No. 10,468,798
Issue Date November 05, 2019
Title Electrical Contact Pre-load Structure
Inventorship Christopher J. Kolivoski, Lewisberry, PA (US)
Michael Fogg, Etters, PA (US)
Charles Copper, Hummelstown, PA (US)
William Tanis, Mechanicsburg, PA (US)
Mark Blaine Bruening, Mechanicsburg, PA (US)
Assignee FCI USA LLC, Etters, PA (US)

Claim of US Patent No. 10,468,798

1. A connector comprising:a housing comprising an opening at an end and a member; and
at least one compliant, conductive element comprising a contact portion curving inwardly relative to the opening, a tip extending from the contact portion towards a mating end, a mounting end opposite the mating end, and an intermediate portion that extends between the mounting end and the contact portion,
wherein:
the at least one compliant, conductive element has a rest state;
the member contacts the at least one compliant, conductive element from a location farther from the end than the contact portion, and presses against an elongate surface of the intermediate portion of the at least one compliant, conductive element, the elongate surface facing the opening; and
the contact between the at least one compliant, conductive element and the member deflects the at least one compliant, conductive member from its rest state.