US Patent No. 9,625,654

CONNECTOR WITH INTERFACE PROTECTION


Patent No. 9,625,654
Issue Date April 18, 2017
Title Connector With Interface Protection
Inventorship Malcolm H. Hodge, Chicago, IL (US)
B. Daniel Szilagyi, Naperville, IL (US)
Assignee Molex, LLC, Lisle, IL (US)

Claim of US Patent No. 9,625,654

1. An optical fiber assembly for mating with a mating component along a mated axis, the optical fiber assembly comprising:
a housing, the housing including a mating face for mating with the mating component;
a ferrule, the ferrule including a plurality of optical fibers positioned therein;
a lens plate including a lens array, the lens array comprising spaced apart lens elements, at least one lens element of the
lens array being generally aligned with an optical fiber of the plurality of optical fibers; and

a cover, the cover being slidably mounted on the housing adjacent the mating face;
wherein:
one of the housing and the cover includes a retention member; and
the other of the housing and the cover includes a guide and retention member, the guide and retention member interacting with
the retention member to retain the cover to the housing and permit sliding movement of the housing relative to the cover.