US Patent No. 9,698,538

RIBBON ASSEMBLY AND A COMMUNICATION SYSTEM HAVING A PLURALITY OF RIBBON ASSEMBLIES


Patent No. 9,698,538
Issue Date July 04, 2017
Title Ribbon Assembly And A Communication System Having A Plurality Of Ribbon Assemblies
Inventorship Joshua Tyler Sechrist, Etters, PA (US)
Assignee TE CONNECTIVITY CORPORATION, Berwyn, PA (US)

Claim of US Patent No. 9,698,538

1. A communication system comprising:
first and second support panels extending parallel to each other and having a cabling cavity therebetween;
a plurality of electrical connectors positioned between the first and second support panels within the cabling cavity, the
plurality of electrical connectors having front ends that face an exterior of the communication system for engaging respective
mating connectors, the plurality of electrical connectors forming at least one connector stack in which the plurality of electrical
connectors are aligned along a lateral axis and the front ends face in a common direction that is perpendicular to the lateral
axis, wherein the back ends of the at least one connector stack and the first and second support panels define the cabling
cavity therebetween; and

a plurality of ribbon assemblies interconnecting the plurality of electrical connectors of the at least one connector stack,
each of the ribbon assemblies including a plurality of cables that extend through the cabling cavity and interconnect a first
electrical connector and a second electrical connector of the plurality of electrical connectors, the cables of each ribbon
assembly extending parallel to one another and being coplanar at the first electrical connector and at the second electrical
connector, wherein each of a corresponding ribbon assembly of the plurality of ribbon assemblies includes a cable organizer
that couples to the cables of the corresponding ribbon assembly, the cables extending parallel to one another and being coplanar
as the cables extend through the cable organizer, wherein at least some of the ribbon assemblies overlap one another within
a region of the cabling cavity, the first and second support panels compressing the ribbon assemblies therebetween at the
region;

wherein each of the corresponding ribbon assembly has a ribbon length that is measured between the first and second electrical
connectors, at least some of the cable organizers being located within one-third of the ribbon length from the first electrical
connector such that the twist of the corresponding ribbon assembly is located between the cable organizer and the corresponding
first electrical connector;

wherein the cables of the ribbon assemblies overlap one another and, as a group, are compressed within the cabling cavity
by the first and second support panels, the cables engaging one another within the cabling cavity to facilitate holding the
cables at designated positions with respect to one another.