US Patent No. 9,825,395

PROTECTIVE COVER FOR A CONNECTOR


Patent No. 9,825,395
Issue Date November 21, 2017
Title Protective Cover For A Connector
Inventorship William Dreghorn Gooch, Hamburg, PA (US)
Tracy Lee Smith, Harrisburg, PA (US)
Kevin Edward Weidner, Hummelstown, PA (US)
Assignee TE CONNECTIVITY CORPORATION, Berwyn, PA (US)

Claim of US Patent No. 9,825,395

1. A protective cover for a connector that is mounted to a first side of a host structure, said cover comprising:
a metal shell having a body extending a length along a central longitudinal axis between a mounting end and a free end, the
body defined by at least one shell segment that includes a base at the mounting end and a strengthening rib at the free end
with a support wall that extends between the base and the strengthening rib, the support wall comprising an interior side
that defines a connector pocket, the support wall extending at least partially circumferentially around the connector pocket
along the central longitudinal axis, the connector pocket being configured to receive therein a corresponding sub-segment
of a cantilevered connector segment of the connector that is cantilevered from the first side of the host structure, the base
of the shell segment being configured to be mounted to the first side of the host structure over a mounting flange of the
connector with the support wall extending outward from the host structure over the corresponding sub-segment of the cantilevered
connector segment such that the body of the metal shell is cantilevered from the first side of the host structure around at
least a portion of a circumference and along at least a portion of a length of the cantilevered connector segment to provide
a metal barrier that covers at least a portion of the cantilevered connector segment of the connector.