US Patent No. 9,413,099


Patent No. 9,413,099
Issue Date August 09, 2016
Title Feed Through Panel Connector With Seal
Inventorship Mike Vanslambrouck, Ray, MI (US)
Joe Mauney, South Lyon, MI (US)
Vijy Koshy, Lapeer, MI (US)
Assignee Molex, LLC, Lisle, IL (US)

Claim of US Patent No. 9,413,099

1. An electrical connector for locking to a panel having an annular rib extending from an outer surface of the panel and surrounding
a pass-through hole having an engagement lip and a stop surface, the connector comprising:
a housing having an insertion portion at one end of the housing for entering the pass-through hole and an outer portion at
an opposite end of the housing, the insertion portion including a locking member and a first engagement member positioned
about an outer wall of the insertion portion;

a flange extending radially outwardly from the housing adjacent the insertion portion, the flange including a channel at an
outer end portion thereof facing in the direction of the insertion portion for receiving the annual rib, the flange spaced
apart from the first engagement member to define a gap for receiving the engagement lip to lock the connector to the panel;

a sealing gasket disposed in the channel about an inner wall of the channel for radial compression between an inner surface
of the annular rib and the inner wall,

wherein insertion of the insertion portion into the pass-through hole causes the annular rib to enter the channel, and rotation
of the connector causes the engagement lip to enter the gap to lock the connector to the panel and moves the locking member
into engagement with the stop surface to restrict counter-rotation and removal of the connector.