US Patent No. 9,793,621

MINING CABLE COUPLER CONNECTORS AND RELATED ASSEMBLIES AND METHODS


Patent No. 9,793,621
Issue Date October 17, 2017
Title Mining Cable Coupler Connectors And Related Assemblies And Methods
Inventorship Senthil A. Kumar, Morrisville, NC (US)
Barry James Johnson, Vaughan (CA)
Juan Darritchon, Santiago (CL)
Assignee TE Connectivity Corporation, Berwyn, PA (US) Tyco Electronics Canada ULC, ...

Claim of US Patent No. 9,793,621

1. A connector assembly for use with a mining cable coupler, the assembly comprising:
a first connector comprising a front portion including a plug and a rear portion including a barrel configured to receive
a first conductor;

a second connector comprising a front portion including a socket having a channel defined therein and a rear portion including
a barrel configured to receive a second conductor, wherein an annular groove is defined in an inner surface of the channel;
and

an annular spring held in the annular groove;
wherein the channel is sized and configured to receive the plug such that the plug resiliently contacts the spring to electrically
connect the first conductor received in the first connector barrel and the second conductor received in the second connector
barrel;

the connector assembly in combination with:
the first conductor comprising a first conductor end held in the first connector barrel; and
the second conductor comprising a second conductor end held in the second connector barrel;
wherein:
each of the first and second conductor ends comprises a plurality of strands; and
a shielding mesh layer is wrapped around the plurality of strands of each of the first and second conductor ends to secure
the strands together.