US Patent No. 9,583,860

ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR WITH RECORDABLE POSITION ASSURANCE


Patent No. 9,583,860
Issue Date February 28, 2017
Title Electrical Connector With Recordable Position Assurance
Inventorship Thomas Robert DeWitte, Shelby Township, MI (US)
Assignee TE CONNECTIVITY CORPORATION, Berwyn, PA (US)

Claim of US Patent No. 9,583,860

1. An electrical connector having recordable position assurance, the electrical connector comprising:
a housing having a mating interface configured to engage a complementary mating connector during a mating operation;
at least one electrical conductor held in the housing;
an indicating feature carried by the housing, the indicating feature having a visual identifier disposed thereon, the visual
identifier comprising at least one of a one-dimensional barcode, a two-dimensional barcode, or a three-dimensional barcode;
and

a concealing feature carried by the housing, wherein the indicating feature and the concealing feature are movable relative
to each other between a concealed position and an exposed position, the concealing feature concealing at least a portion of
the visual identifier in the concealed position, the visual identifier being at least one of exposed or exposable in the exposed
position;

wherein the indicating feature is in the concealed position relative to the concealing feature when the housing is not fully
mated relative to the mating connector, and the indicating feature is in the exposed position relative to the concealing feature
responsive to the housing being fully mated to the mating connector.