US Patent No. 10,485,117

ELECTRICAL JUNCTION BOX


Patent No. 10,485,117
Issue Date November 19, 2019
Title Electrical Junction Box
Inventorship Toshihisa Sekido, Mie (JP)
Takato Fujiki, Mie (JP)
Katsuya Ito, Mie (JP)
Takeshi Nozaki, Mie (JP)
Takayuki Taniguchi, Mie (JP)
Assignee Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd., Yokkaichi, Mie (JP)

Claim of US Patent No. 10,485,117

1. An electrical junction box comprising:a substrate;
a substrate connector including a base portion that is made of a synthetic resin;
a case;
a pair of temporary fixing protrusions integrally formed to the substrate connector and disposed on opposing sides of the substrate connector, the pair of the temporary fixing protrusions are arranged symmetrically to each other with respect to a virtual intermediate plane between the pair of temporary fixing protrusions, each of the pair of temporary fixing protrusions being elastic and including:
a positioning shaft having a conical end being smaller in diameter than a base of the positioning shaft so as to form a reduced-diameter tip portion; and
a temporary fixing shaft spaced apart from the positioning shaft, the temporary fixing shaft has a semi-circular cross-section so as to present a planar surface along an interior surface of the temporary fixing shaft, the temporary fixing shaft having a base end portion and an enlarged-diameter portion at a tip thereof, the base end portion having a constant radius;
a splitting groove is formed between the positioning shaft and the temporary fixing shaft of the temporary fixing protrusion;
wherein each of the positioning shafts is disposed interior of the substrate connector relative to the temporary fixing shaft so as to place each of the temporary fixing shafts on a peripheral side of the substrate connector, the positioning shaft positions the substrate; and
a fitting-target portion to which the temporary fixing protrusion can be fitted is provided on the substrate, the fitting-target portion is a fitting hole and a radius from an axial center of the temporary fixing protrusion to an outer circumferential surface of the base end portion of the positioning shaft is the same as a radius of the fitting hole, and a radius of the base end portion of the temporary fixing shaft is smaller than the fitting hole, and a radius of the temporary fixing shaft from the axial center of the temporary fixing protrusion to a crown portion of the enlarged-diameter portion of the temporary fixing shaft is larger than the radius of the fitting hole wherein the electrical junction box is assembled by temporarily fixing and soldering the substrate to the substrate connector and storing the substrate connector and the substrate in the case.