US Patent No. 10,741,945

REPLACEMENT ELECTRICAL CONNECTORS


Patent No. 10,741,945
Issue Date August 11, 2020
Title Replacement Electrical Connectors
Inventorship Thomas Brungard, York, PA (US)
Michael Percherke, Enola, PA (US)
Christopher J. Kolivoski, Lewisberry, PA (US)
Christopher S. Gieski, Gardners, PA (US)
Nazareth Eppley, Camp Hill, PA (US)
Charles Copper, Hummelstown, PA (US)
Thierry Goossens, Herdersem (BE)
Assignee FCI USA LLC, Etters, PA (US)

Claim of US Patent No. 10,741,945

1. An electrical assembly including electrical connectors in an electrical connector family comprising a plurality of related electrical connectors, the electrical assembly comprising:a printed circuit board comprising at least one bussed power pad and at least one non bussed power pad, the bussed power pad comprising first and second parallel columns of through holes that are configured to receive a first and second column of mounting terminals, wherein the through holes in the first column are electrically connected to the second column, and the non bussed power pad comprising a third column of through holes;
a first electrical connector comprising:
a plurality of first electrically insulative connector housings attached to each other, each of the plurality of first electrically insulative connector housings including openings to support one or more contact bodies of a power contact, the plurality of electrically insulative connector housings including a first connector housing, the first connector housing including a first opening, a second opening, and a first power contact supported by the first connector housing, the first power contact including a first contact body and a second contact body, each of the first opening and second opening including a set of opposed sides,
wherein 1) the first and second contact bodies are, within the first connector housing, electrically isolated, 2) the first and second contact bodies are separated by a medial space, 3) the first and second contact bodies each include a mating portion, a mounting portion and an intermediate portion connected to the mating portion and the mounting portion, the mating portion extending forward from the intermediate portion along a longitudinal direction, wherein the mounting portion of the first contact body includes the first column of mounting terminals, and the mounting portion of the second contact body includes the second column of mounting terminals thereby defining first and second parallel columns of mounting terminals that are electrically connected to the bussed power pad of the printed circuit board, 4) the first contact body is disposed in the first opening positioned along a first side of the set of opposed sides of the first opening, and 5) the second contact body is disposed in the second opening positioned along a second side of the set of opposed sides of the second opening; and
a second electrical connector that is a drop-in replacement for the first electrical connector mounted to the printed circuit board, the second electrical connector including a plurality of second electrically insulative connector housings attached to each other, the plurality of second electrically insulative connector housings including a second connector housing comprising a location configured to receive the first contact body and a location configured to receive the second contact body, and a second power contact supported by the second connector housing, the second power contact comprising a third contact body shaped like the first contact body, wherein:
the third contact body defines a third column of mounting terminals and is disposed in the location configured to receive the first contact body, and
the location configured to receive the second contact body in the second electrical connector is devoid of a contact body and a parallel column of through holes receives the third column of mounting terminals of the third contact body.