US20150364876A1 - Patch Panel Assembly for Media Patching Systems - Google Patents

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US20150364876A1
US20150364876A1 US14/683,569 US201514683569A US2015364876A1 US 20150364876 A1 US20150364876 A1 US 20150364876A1 US 201514683569 A US201514683569 A US 201514683569A US 2015364876 A1 US2015364876 A1 US 2015364876A1
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Abstract

Improved patch panel assemblies/patching systems and related methods of use are provided. The present disclosure provides improved systems/methods for the design and use of patching systems configured to support multiple media connections (e.g., high density, mixed media connections). The present disclosure provides advantageous systems/methods for the design and use of media patching systems having one or more movable panel assemblies (e.g., U-shaped patch panel assemblies) that facilitate cable management. In exemplary embodiments, the panel assemblies are configured to move relative to bracket members for cable management purposes. The improved systems of the present disclosure provide users with the ability to install multiple media connections (e.g., copper-based and/or fiber optic connections) in the same patching system/enclosure.

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    CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS
  • This application claims the benefit of U.S. Provisional Application No. 62/013,079 filed Jun. 17, 2014, all of which is herein incorporated by reference in its entirety.
  • FIELD OF THE DISCLOSURE
  • The present disclosure relates to patching systems configured to support multiple media connections (e.g., high density, mixed media connections) and, more particularly, to media patching systems having one or more movable panel assemblies (e.g., U-shaped patch panel assemblies) that facilitate cable management.
  • BACKGROUND OF THE DISCLOSURE
  • In general, devices for interfacing with high frequency data transfer media are known. See, e.g., U.S. Pat. Nos. 8,439,702; 8,672,709 and 8,731,364, the entire contents of each being hereby incorporated by reference in their entireties.
  • For example, connectors or jack assemblies having a plurality of contacts (e.g., modular communication jacks) have been developed that facilitate communication with contacts in connecting assemblies (e.g., plug connectors), that in turn interact with various media (e.g., copper-based media such as unshielded twisted pair (UTP) media, fiber optic cables, etc.). The jack assembly contacts are typically positioned for communication with data signal transmission media plug elements/contacts introduced to a receiving space of the jack assembly.
  • In general, many data transfer media includes multiple pairs of lines bundled together. Communications systems typically incorporate such media (e.g., UTP media, fiber optic cables, etc.) and connectors (e.g., jack/plug combinations) for data transfer. For example, a plurality of jack assemblies/housings may be positioned adjacent one another in a multi-gang jack panel or the like, with each jack assembly/housing releasably secured and/or attached to the jack panel or the like.
  • In general, commercial buildings require an effective and efficient telecommunications infrastructure to support the wide variety of services that rely on the transport of information. Typically, wiring systems within buildings are terminated at a location where they may be interconnected with one another, and/or to other cabling systems or telecommunications equipment. Cables are often terminated on wire panels or patch panels or the like, which can be mounted to racks or to some other location/structure.
  • Patch panels are known in the field of data communication systems. See, e.g., U.S. Pat. No. 8,106,311, the entire contents of which is hereby incorporated by reference in its entirety. Some other exemplary assemblies/systems in this general field are described and disclosed in U.S. Pat. Nos. 7,697,811; 7,983,038; 8,184,938; 8,398,039; and U.S. Patent Pub. Nos. 2012/0064760 and 2013/0129296, the entire contents of each being hereby incorporated by reference in their entireties.
  • A patch panel generally provides a plurality of network ports incorporated into a structural element that connect incoming and outgoing lines of a communication/electrical system (e.g., a local area network (LAN) or the like). Typical patch panels are mounted hardware units that include a plurality of port locations, and utilize cables for interconnections. A patch panel can use patch cords to create the interconnections. Patch panel systems are generally intended to facilitate organization and management in implementing telecommunications wiring systems (e.g., for high speed data networks).
  • In general, many rows of cabinets or racks typically fill a data center or telecommunications room. Patch panels affixed to a rack and/or a telecommunications room provide convenient access to telecommunication devices (e.g., servers) within the rack or room. As the demand for the use of telecommunication devices rapidly grows, space for such devices becomes limited and/or expensive.
  • A constant need exists among manufacturers to develop patch panel assemblies/patching systems or the like that include improved features and structures.
  • Thus, an interest exists for improved patch panel assemblies/patching systems and related methods of use. These and other inefficiencies and opportunities for improvement are addressed and/or overcome by the assemblies, systems and methods of the present disclosure.
  • SUMMARY OF THE DISCLOSURE
  • The present disclosure provides advantageous patch panel assemblies/patching systems, and improved methods for using the same. The present disclosure provides advantageous patching systems configured to support multiple media connections (e.g., high density, mixed media connections), and related methods of use.
  • More particularly, the present disclosure provides improved systems/methods for the design and use of media patching systems having one or more movable panel assemblies (e.g., U-shaped patch panel assemblies) that facilitate cable management. In exemplary embodiments, the panel assemblies are configured to move relative to bracket members for cable management purposes.
  • In certain embodiments, disclosed herein is a high density patching system configured to support multiple media connections. The improved systems of the present disclosure provide users with the ability to install multiple media connections (e.g., copper-based and/or fiber optic connections) in the same patching system/enclosure. For example, high density jack patch panels can be utilized in the systems of the present disclosure to support multiple media connections (e.g., high density media connections, such as copper and/or fiber optic connections). Exemplary patch panel assemblies disclosed herein can advantageously increase the patching density of the systems of the present disclosure, and provide improved access to the media connectors and cabling elements.
  • The present disclosure provides for a media patching system including a panel assembly having a substantially U-shaped configuration, the panel assembly including a front panel segment, a first side segment and a second side segment, with the front panel segment: (i) connecting the first and second side segments to define the substantially U-shaped configuration, and (ii) having a plurality of apertures with each aperture configured to mount with respect to a media connector assembly; a first bracket member and a second bracket member, the first side segment of the panel assembly movably mounted with respect to the first bracket member and the second side segment of the panel assembly movably mounted with respect to the second bracket member; wherein the front panel segment of the panel assembly moves axially forwards or backwards via: (i) the first side segment moving relative to the first bracket member, and (ii) the second side segment moving relative to the second bracket member.
  • The present disclosure also provides for a media patching system wherein the front panel segment of the panel assembly includes: (i) a first connector assembly terminating at least one optical fiber, the first connector assembly mounted with respect to a first aperture of the plurality of apertures of the front panel segment, and (ii) a second connector assembly terminating at least one copper electrical wire, the second connector assembly mounted with respect to a second aperture of the plurality of apertures of the front panel segment; wherein the first connector assembly includes one or more ports or adapters to facilitate communication with a mating fiber optic connector; and wherein the second connector assembly includes a jack housing that is adapted to mate with a plug connector terminating copper electrical wires.
  • The present disclosure also provides for a media patching system wherein the front panel segment includes two mounting holes; wherein the panel assembly includes a bezel member having: (i) a plurality of apertures, and (ii) a rear face having two mounting members; wherein the bezel member is configured to be mounted with respect to the front panel segment with the two mounting members securing to the two mounting holes; wherein a first connector assembly is mounted with respect to a first aperture of the bezel member, the first connector assembly terminating at least one optical fiber; and wherein a second connector assembly is mounted with respect to a second aperture of the bezel member, the second connector assembly terminating at least one copper electrical wire.
  • The present disclosure also provides for a media patching system wherein the front panel segment includes two mounting holes; wherein the panel assembly includes a bezel member having: (i) a slot, and (ii) a rear face having two mounting members; wherein the bezel member is configured to be mounted with respect to the front panel segment with the two mounting members securing to the two mounting holes; wherein a fiber optic connector assembly is mounted with respect to the slot of the bezel member; and wherein the fiber optic connector assembly is a fiber optic cassette having a plurality of fiber optic ports for mating with fiber optic connectors.
  • The present disclosure also provides for a media patching system wherein an outer surface of the first side segment of the panel assembly includes a protrusion member, and an outer surface of the second side segment of the panel assembly includes a protrusion member; wherein the first bracket member includes a slot therethrough that extends along a length of the first bracket member, and the second bracket member includes a slot therethrough that extends along a length of the second bracket member; and wherein the first side segment is movably mounted to the first bracket member via the protrusion member of the first side segment movably positioned within the slot of the first bracket member, and the second side segment is movably mounted to the second bracket member via the protrusion member of the second side segment movably positioned within the slot of the second bracket member.
  • The present disclosure also provides for a media patching system wherein a proximal end of the slot of the first bracket member includes an enlarged portion, and a proximal end of the slot of the second bracket member includes an enlarged portion; wherein the protrusion member of the first side segment is configured to be removed from the slot of the first bracket member when the protrusion member of the first side segment is positioned in the enlarged portion of the slot of the first bracket member; and wherein the protrusion member of the second side segment is configured to be removed from the slot of the second bracket member when the protrusion member of the second side segment is positioned in the enlarged portion of the slot of the second bracket member.
  • The present disclosure also provides for a media patching system wherein the first side segment includes an aperture therethrough; wherein an inner surface of the first side segment includes a motion limiter member mounted thereto, the motion limiter member including a tab member that extends through the aperture of the first side segment; wherein the first bracket member includes a distal slot portion and a proximal slot portion spaced apart from the distal slot portion; and wherein the tab member extends through the distal slot portion when the panel assembly moves to a first position relative to the first and second bracket members, and the tab member extends through the proximal slot portion when the panel assembly moves to a second position relative to the first and second bracket members.
  • The present disclosure also provides for a media patching system wherein the motion limiter member is mounted with respect to the inner surface of the first side segment via one or more protrusion members positioned on the inner surface of the first side segment.
  • The present disclosure also provides for a media patching system wherein the slot of the first bracket member includes: (i) a distal end having a first downward angled slot portion, and (ii) a second downward angled slot portion spaced apart from the first downward angled slot portion; and wherein the protrusion member of the first side segment is positioned within the first downward angled slot portion when the panel assembly moves to a first position relative to the first and second bracket members, and the protrusion member of the first side segment is positioned within the second downward angled slot portion when the panel assembly moves to a second position relative to the first and second bracket members.
  • The present disclosure also provides for a media patching system wherein an outer surface of the first side segment includes a tab member, and an outer surface of the second side segment includes a tab member; wherein the first bracket member includes a distal slot portion, and the second bracket member includes a distal slot portion; wherein the first side segment is movably mounted to the first bracket member via the tab member of the first side segment movably positioned within the distal slot portion of the first bracket member, and the second side segment is movably mounted to the second bracket member via the tab member of the second side segment movably positioned within the distal slot portion of the second bracket member.
  • The present disclosure also provides for a media patching system wherein the first bracket member includes a proximal slot portion spaced apart from the distal slot portion, and the second bracket member includes a proximal slot portion spaced apart from the distal slot portion; wherein the tab member of the first side segment extends through the distal slot portion of the first bracket member and the tab member of the second side segment extends through the distal slot portion of the second bracket member when the panel assembly moves to a first position relative to the first and second bracket members; and wherein the tab member of the first side segment extends through the proximal slot portion of the first bracket member and the tab member of the second side segment extends through the proximal slot portion of the second bracket member when the panel assembly moves to a second position relative to the first and second bracket members.
  • The present disclosure also provides for a media patching system wherein a top side and a bottom side of the first and second side segments each include an enlarged section;
  • wherein a top side and a bottom side of the first and second bracket members each include at least one C-shaped flange; and wherein the first side segment is movably mounted to the first bracket member via the enlarged sections of the first side segment movably positioned within the C-shaped flanges of the first bracket member, and the second side segment is movably mounted to the second bracket member via the enlarged sections of the second side segment movably positioned within the C-shaped flanges of the second bracket member.
  • The present disclosure also provides for a media patching system wherein the top side and bottom side of the first and second bracket members each include two C-shaped flanges. The present disclosure also provides for a media patching system wherein a top and bottom surface of the first and second bracket members each include a plurality of protrusion members spaced apart from one another along a length of the first and second bracket members; and wherein the first side segment is movably mounted to the first bracket member via top and bottom edges of the first side segment movably positioned between the top plurality of protrusion members and the bottom plurality of protrusion members of the first bracket member, and the second side segment is movably mounted to the second bracket member via top and bottom edges of the second side segment movably positioned between the top plurality of protrusion members and the bottom plurality of protrusion members of the second bracket member.
  • The present disclosure also provides for a media patching system wherein an inner surface of the first side segment includes a protrusion member, and an inner surface of the second side segment includes a protrusion member; wherein the panel assembly includes a removable cable manager member having: (i) one or more horizontal members and one or more vertical members, and (ii) a first securing member and a second securing member; wherein the cable manager member is configured to be removably mounted with respect to the panel assembly with the first securing member engaging the protrusion member of the first side segment, and with the second securing member engaging the protrusion member of the second side segment.
  • The present disclosure also provides for a media patching system wherein the removably mounted cable manager member translates along with the panel assembly when the panel assembly is moved relative to the first and second bracket members.
  • The present disclosure also provides for a media patching system further including a mounting member removably mounted to the cable manager member, the mounting member including one or more apertures or slots, each aperture or slot configured to releasably secure a breakout assembly or a cable management member to the mounting member.
  • The present disclosure also provides for a media patching system wherein an outer surface of the first side segment of the panel assembly includes three protrusion members, and an outer surface of the second side segment of the panel assembly includes three protrusion members; wherein the first bracket member includes three slots therethrough that extend along a length of the first bracket member, and the second bracket member includes three slots therethrough that extend along a length of the second bracket member; and wherein the first side segment is movably mounted to the first bracket member via the protrusion members of the first side segment movably positioned within a respective slot of the first bracket member, and the second side segment is movably mounted to the second bracket member via the protrusion members of the second side segment movably positioned within a respective slot of the second bracket member.
  • The present disclosure also provides for a media patching system including a panel assembly having a substantially U-shaped configuration, the panel assembly including a front panel segment, a first side segment and a second side segment, with the front panel segment: (i) connecting the first and second side segments to define the substantially U-shaped configuration, and (ii) having a plurality of apertures with each aperture configured to mount with respect to a media connector assembly; a first bracket member and a second bracket member, the first and second bracket members each including a slot portion, with a top side and a bottom side of the first and second bracket members each including at least one flange member; wherein a top side and a bottom side of the first and second side segments each include an enlarged section; wherein the first side segment is movably mounted to the first bracket member with: (i) a tab member of the first side segment movably positioned within the slot portion of the first bracket member, and (ii) the enlarged sections of the first side segment movably positioned within the flange members of the first bracket member; wherein the second side segment is movably mounted to the second bracket member with: (i) a tab member of the second side segment movably positioned within the slot portion of the second bracket member, and (ii) the enlarged sections of the second side segment movably positioned within the flange members of the second bracket member; wherein the front panel segment of the panel assembly moves axially forwards or backwards via: (i) the first side segment moving relative to the first bracket member, and (ii) the second side segment moving relative to the second bracket member.
  • The present disclosure also provides for a media patching system including a panel assembly having a substantially U-shaped configuration, the panel assembly including a front panel segment, a first side segment and a second side segment, with the front panel segment: (i) connecting the first and second side segments to define the substantially U-shaped configuration, and (ii) having a plurality of apertures with each aperture configured to mount with respect to a media connector assembly; a first bracket member and a second bracket member; means for mounting the panel assembly to the first and second bracket members so that the panel assembly can move relative to the first and second bracket members between a distal position and a proximal position and vice-versa; and means for stopping the movement of the panel assembly relative to the first and second bracket members at a pre-determined position between the distal position and the proximal position.
  • Any combination or permutation of embodiments is envisioned. Additional advantageous features, functions and applications of the disclosed systems, methods and assemblies of the present disclosure will be apparent from the description which follows, particularly when read in conjunction with the appended figures. All references listed in this disclosure are hereby incorporated by reference in their entireties.
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  • Features and aspects of embodiments are described below with reference to the accompanying drawings, in which elements are not necessarily depicted to scale.
  • Exemplary embodiments of the present disclosure are further described with reference to the appended figures. It is to be noted that the various features, steps and combinations of features/steps described below and illustrated in the figures can be arranged and organized differently to result in embodiments which are still within the scope of the present disclosure. To assist those of ordinary skill in the art in making and using the disclosed assemblies, systems and methods, reference is made to the appended figures, wherein:
  • FIG. 1 is a top perspective view of a media patching system according to an exemplary embodiment of the present disclosure, prior to connector assemblies mounted to the system;
  • FIG. 2 is a bottom perspective view of the system of FIG. 1;
  • FIG. 3 is a top perspective view of the system of FIG. 1, after exemplary connector assemblies are mounted to the system;
  • FIG. 4 is a bottom perspective view of the system of FIG. 3;
  • FIG. 5 is a bottom view of the system of FIG. 3;
  • FIG. 6 is a partial top perspective view of the system of FIG. 1, after exemplary connector assemblies are mounted to the system;
  • FIG. 7 is a top perspective view of the cable management plate of the system of FIG. 1;
  • FIG. 8 is a top perspective view of the system of FIG. 1, with front cover member attached;
  • FIG. 9 is a side perspective view of a bracket member of the system of FIG. 1;
  • FIG. 10 is a side perspective view of a cable management member of the system of FIG. 1;
  • FIG. 11 is a top perspective view of another exemplary media patching system of the present disclosure, prior to connector assemblies mounted to the system;
  • FIG. 12 is a bottom perspective view of the system of FIG. 11;
  • FIG. 13 is a top perspective view of the system of FIG. 11, after exemplary connector assemblies are mounted to the system;
  • FIG. 14 is a top perspective view of another exemplary media patching system of the present disclosure, prior to connector assemblies mounted to the system;
  • FIG. 15 is another top perspective view of the system of FIG. 14;
  • FIG. 16 is a top perspective view of the system of FIG. 14, after exemplary connector assemblies are mounted to the system;
  • FIG. 17 is a front view of an exemplary bezel member for use with the system of FIG. 14;
  • FIG. 18 is a rear view of the bezel member of FIG. 17;
  • FIG. 19 is a front perspective view of the bezel member of FIG. 17;
  • FIG. 20 is a front perspective view of the bezel member of FIG. 17, after an exemplary connector assembly is mounted to the bezel member;
  • FIG. 21 is a front perspective view of the bezel member of FIG. 17, after exemplary connector assemblies are mounted to the bezel member;
  • FIG. 22 is a front perspective view of another exemplary bezel member for use with the system of FIG. 14;
  • FIG. 23 is a front perspective view of the bezel member of FIG. 22, after an exemplary connector assembly is mounted to the bezel member;
  • FIG. 24 is a front perspective view of another exemplary bezel member for use with the system of FIG. 14;
  • FIG. 25 is a front perspective view of the bezel member of FIG. 24, after an exemplary connector assembly is mounted to the bezel member;
  • FIG. 26 is a top perspective view of the system of FIG. 3, after exemplary cables/wires are mounted to the system;
  • FIG. 27 is a side perspective view of exemplary media patching systems mounted with respect to a supporting structure;
  • FIG. 28 is a side view of the exemplary bracket member of FIG. 9;
  • FIG. 29 is a bottom view of the exemplary bracket member of FIG. 28;
  • FIG. 30 is a side perspective view of an exemplary panel assembly;
  • FIG. 31 is a side perspective view of another exemplary panel assembly;
  • FIG. 32 is a side perspective view of the panel assembly of FIG. 44 mounted with respect to exemplary bracket members;
  • FIG. 33 is a side perspective view of an exemplary motion limiter member;
  • FIG. 34 is a side perspective view of another exemplary bracket member;
  • FIG. 35 is a side perspective view of another exemplary panel assembly;
  • FIG. 36 is a side perspective view of the panel assembly of FIG. 35 mounted with respect to exemplary bracket members;
  • FIG. 37 is a side perspective view of another exemplary bracket member;
  • FIG. 38 is a side perspective view of another exemplary panel assembly;
  • FIG. 39 is a side perspective view of the panel assembly of FIG. 38 mounted with respect to exemplary bracket members;
  • FIG. 40 is a side perspective view of another exemplary bracket member;
  • FIG. 41 is a side perspective view of another exemplary panel assembly;
  • FIG. 42 is a side perspective view of the panel assembly of FIG. 41 mounted with respect to exemplary bracket members;
  • FIG. 43 is a side perspective view of another exemplary bracket member;
  • FIG. 44 is a side perspective view of the panel assembly of FIG. 41 mounted with respect to exemplary bracket members;
  • FIG. 45 is a partial side perspective view of an exemplary media patching system according to the present disclosure; and
  • FIGS. 46-47 are side perspective views of an exemplary panel assembly.
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  • The exemplary embodiments disclosed herein are illustrative of advantageous media patching systems (e.g., patch panel assemblies) of the present disclosure and methods/techniques thereof. It should be understood, however, that the disclosed embodiments are merely exemplary of the present disclosure, which may be embodied in various forms. Therefore, details disclosed herein with reference to exemplary patching systems/fabrication methods and associated processes/techniques of assembly and use are not to be interpreted as limiting, but merely as the basis for teaching one skilled in the art how to make and use the advantageous patching assemblies/systems and/or alternative assemblies of the present disclosure.
  • In general, the present disclosure provides improved patching systems (e.g., patch panel assemblies), and related methods of use. The present disclosure provides improved systems/methods for the design and use of patching systems (patch panel assemblies) configured to support multiple media connections (e.g., high density, mixed media connections).
  • More particularly, the present disclosure provides advantageous systems/methods for the design and use of media patching systems having one or more movable panel assemblies (e.g., U-shaped patch panel assemblies) that facilitate cable management. In exemplary embodiments, the panel assemblies are configured to move relative to bracket members for cable management purposes.
  • In certain embodiments, disclosed herein is a high density patching system configured to support multiple (mixed) media connections. The improved systems provide users with the ability to install multiple media connections (e.g., copper-based and/or fiber optic connections) in the same patching system/enclosure. For example, high density jack patch panels can be utilized to support multiple mixed media connections. The exemplary patching systems can be used to support one or more types of cables used in a communication network. Moreover, exemplary patch panel assemblies disclosed herein can advantageously increase patching density of the media patching system while maintaining port accessibility.
  • In exemplary embodiments, the present disclosure provides for improved systems/methods for the design/use of patching systems configured to support multiple media connections (e.g., copper and/or fiber optic connections) in the same patching system/enclosure, thereby providing a significant operational, commercial and/or manufacturing advantage as a result. Moreover, the present disclosure also provides for improved patching systems having one or more movable panel assemblies (e.g., U-shaped patch panel assemblies) that facilitate cable management, with the panel assemblies configured to move relative to bracket members for cable management purposes, thereby providing a significant operational, commercial and/or manufacturing advantage as a result.
  • Referring now to the drawings, like parts are marked throughout the specification and drawings with the same reference numerals, respectively. Drawing figures are not necessarily to scale and in certain views, parts may have been exaggerated for purposes of clarity.
  • With reference to FIGS. 1-6, there is illustrated an embodiment of an exemplary media patching system 10 according to the present disclosure. In general, media patching system 10 is configured and dimensioned to be used as a patching system for media connections. More particularly, media patching system 10 can be configured to support high density, multiple (mixed) media connections, as discussed further below. It is noted that media patching system 10 can take a variety of forms, shapes and/or designs.
  • In exemplary embodiments, system 10 is a high density patching system configured to support multiple (mixed) media connections. In certain embodiments, system 10 provides users with the ability to install multiple media connections (e.g., copper-based connections, fiber optic connections, combinations thereof, or the like) in the same patching system/enclosure 10.
  • As discussed further below, panel assemblies 12 (e.g., patch panel assemblies/multi-connector panel assemblies 12) can be utilized with system 10 to support multiple media connections (e.g., copper and/or fiber optic connections). Exemplary patch panel assemblies/multi-connector panel assemblies 12 disclosed herein can advantageously increase the patching density of system 10.
  • In general, media patching system 10 includes a panel assembly 12 (e.g., patch panel assembly/multi-connector panel assembly 12). Exemplary panel assembly 12 has a front panel surface/segment 15 that includes a plurality of apertures 13 therethrough. As discussed in further detail below, each aperture 13 is typically configured and dimensioned to have a connector assembly/connective device 14, 14A or 14B mounted with respect thereto (FIGS. 3-6, 13, 16, 21 and 26). It is noted that the front panel surface/segment 15 of panel assembly 12 can be angled (FIGS. 1-6), or it can be substantially flat or planar (panel assembly 12′ of FIGS. 11-13). Additionally, it is further noted that panel assembly 12, 12′ can take a variety of shapes, forms and/or geometries.
  • As shown in FIGS. 3-5, one or more connector assemblies 14 can be mounted with respect to panel assembly 12 (e.g., with one aperture 13 configured to house/mount to one assembly 14), as described and disclosed in U.S. Pat. Nos. 8,439,702 and 8,672,709 noted above. More particularly, each connector assembly 14 typically includes a movable locking member 16 (FIGS. 3, 6 and 21) that is configured to releasably secure the connector assembly 14 to panel assembly 12 as described and disclosed in U.S. Pat. Nos. 8,439,702 and 8,672,709. Panel assembly 12 can include any number of connector assemblies 14 mounted thereon (e.g., one, two, three, four, a plurality, etc.).
  • Each exemplary connector assembly 14 takes the form of a copper-based electrical connector assembly 14. More particularly, it is noted that each connector assembly 14 includes a jack housing (e.g., high density modular communication jack housing) that is adapted to receive signals from a mating connecting assembly (e.g., a plug connector, such as an RJ-45 plug or an IEC 60603-7-7 compliant plug) inserted or introduced to a receiving space of the jack housing. As such, associated contacts (e.g., eight contacts) or the like of the jack housing are positioned for electrical communication with data signal transmission media plug elements/contacts introduced to the receiving space of the jack housing. In general, the jack housing of electrical connector assembly 14 is suitable for use in various applications, e.g., for interfacing with high frequency data transfer media, connection to data transfer devices or the like, etc. For example, the jack housing of connector assembly 14 may be mounted to a printed circuit board (PCB) and signals may transfer from a plug connector introduced to the receiving space of connector assembly 14 to the PCB and then to insulation displacement contacts (IDCs), thus completing the data interface and transfer through connector assembly 14.
  • In other embodiments and as discussed below in connection with FIGS. 13 and 21, panel assembly 12 can have one or more connector assemblies 14A mounted thereon (via apertures 13). Each connector assembly 14A takes the form of a fiber optic connector assembly 14A. Panel assembly 12 can include any number of connector assemblies 14A mounted thereon (e.g., one, two, three, four, a plurality, etc.).
  • More particularly, each connector assembly 14A includes one or more ports/adapters to facilitate communication with a mating assembly (e.g., fiber optic connector), that in turn can interact with various fiber optic media (fiber optic cables, etc.). The ports/adapters of assembly 14A are typically positioned for communication with fiber optic connectors introduced to a receiving space of connector assembly 14A. Similar to connector assembly 14, each connector assembly 14A can include a movable locking member 16 (FIGS. 13 and 21) that is configured to releasably secure the connector assembly 14A to panel assembly 12, as described above.
  • As shown in FIGS. 3-6, one or more connector assemblies 14B can be mounted with respect to panel assembly 12. Panel assembly 12 can include any number of connector assemblies 14B mounted thereon. Exemplary connector assembly 14B takes the form of a fiber optic cassette 14B having a plurality of fiber optic ports/adapters (e.g., 12 ports) for mating with fiber optic connectors. In certain embodiments, connector assembly 14B includes six port housings 18, with each port housing 18 including two or more fiber optic ports/adapters (e.g., LC, SC, MPO adapters).
  • Each port housing 18 is configured to be inserted through and mounted with respect to six respective apertures 13 of panel assembly 12 via locking members 16 disposed on each top end of connector assembly 14B (FIGS. 3 and 22), as similarly discussed above for locking members 16 of assemblies 14 and 14A. It is noted that connector assembly 14B can include any suitable number of port housings 18 and/or fiber optic ports and/or locking members 16 for mounting to panel assembly 12, and/or for fiber optic communication purposes.
  • It is noted that panel assembly 12 of system 10 can include any number, combination and/or permutation of connector assemblies/connector devices 14, 14A and/or 14B. As such, panel assembly 12 can include connector assemblies 14, 14A or 14B, or mixtures thereof. Thus, panel assembly 12 of system 10 advantageously provides users with the ability to install multiple (mixed) media connections (e.g., copper-based 14 and/or fiber optic connections 14A, 14B) in the same patching system/enclosure 10. Moreover, panel assembly 12 can advantageously increase patching density of the media patching system 10 while maintaining port accessibility. FIG. 26 shows a plurality of cables 38 mounted with respect to the ports of connector assemblies 14B, and a plurality of cables 40 mounted with respect to the jack housings of connector assemblies 14.
  • In certain embodiments, media patching system 10 is configured and dimensioned to be mounted with respect to a supporting structure 350 (e.g., rack 350FIG. 27) or the like. As shown in FIG. 27, it is noted that exemplary media patching systems 10 (and 100) are adapted for use in conjunction with a rack 350 (e.g., network or server rack) or the like, although the present disclosure is not limited thereto. Rather, the disclosed media patching systems 10 and/or 100 are adapted for use in conjunction with other structures, such as, for example, frames, cabinets, supporting structures, or other structures that stand to benefit from proximate cable management functionality. For ease of disclosure, the potential structures to which the disclosed systems 10/100 may be mounted are collectively referred to as “rack(s).” However, it is to be understood that the present disclosure is not limited by or to implementations wherein the disclosed systems 10/100 are mounted with respect to, or used in conjunction with, a rack 350, but may be mounted with respect to, or used in conjunction with other structures/units (e.g., structures/units associated with cable routing).
  • As shown in FIG. 27, one or more media patching systems 10 and/or 100 can be mounted with respect to rack 350 or the like. Any suitable number of systems 10/100 can be mounted with respect to rack 350, and the systems 10/100 may or may not include cover members 33, 34 and/or 35. For example and as shown in FIG. 27, ten systems 10/100 are mounted with respect to rack 350, with the ten systems mounted proximal to one another within rack 350. In one embodiment, the top system 100 in rack 350 includes top cover members 33 and 34 (shown in, for example, FIG. 8), and the bottom system 100 includes bottom cover member 35 (shown in, for example, FIG. 4).
  • Exemplary rack 350 is depicted in FIG. 27, and such rack 350 and other exemplary mounting structures suitable for use with systems 10/100 are described and disclosed in U.S. Pat. No. 7,983,038, the entire contents of which is hereby incorporated by reference in its entirety. However and as noted above, systems 10/100 may be mounted with respect to or used in conjunction with other structures/units.
  • Panel assembly 12 (e.g., patch panel assembly/multi-connector panel assembly 12) of media patching system 10 can be mounted with respect to a first bracket member 20 and a second bracket member 22 (FIGS. 1 and 9). A cable management member 24 can be mounted with respect to each bracket member 20, 22 for cable/wire management purposes of system 10. Each bracket member 20, 22 can be mounted with respect to a cable management plate 26. Cable management plate 26 can include one or more cable management spool assemblies 28 or the like removably mounted thereon for cable/wire management purposes of system 10. System 10 may or may not include top covers 33, 34 and/or bottom cover 35 (e.g., mounted with respect to bracket members 20, 22). System 10 may also include a door assembly 36 (e.g., mounted with respect to bracket members 20, 22) that is configured to open, close, lock and unlock as desired by a user.
  • In certain embodiments, panel assembly 12 can be movably mounted relative to bracket members 20, 22 via one or more slots 30 of bracket members 20, 22. Pull tab members 32 of panel assembly 12 can facilitate movement of panel assembly 12 relative to bracket members 20, 22. Cable management plate 26 can move relative to bracket members 20, 22 via slots 31 of cable management plate 26 (FIG. 7). In some embodiments, movement or sliding of the cable management plate 26 relative to bracket members 20, 22 can be independent from movement of panel assembly 12. Cable management plate 26 can therefore be extended from the media patching system 10 without affecting the position of panel assembly 12 (or 112).
  • As noted above and as shown in FIGS. 11-13, system 10 can include an alternative panel assembly 12′ having a front panel surface/segment 15 that is substantially flat or planar. Similar to panel assembly 12, the flat/planar front panel surface/segment 15 of panel assembly 12′ can include any number, combination and/or permutation of connector assemblies/connector devices 14, 14A and/or 14B mounted thereon, via apertures 13 of panel assembly 12′. As such, panel assembly 12′ can include connector assemblies 14, 14A or 14B, or mixtures thereof. Thus, panel assembly 12′ of system 10 advantageously provides users with the ability to install multiple (mixed) media connections (e.g., copper-based connections 14, fiber optic connections 14A, 14B, combinations thereof, or the like) in the same patching system/enclosure 10. Moreover, panel assembly 12′ can advantageously increase patching density of the media patching system 10 while maintaining port accessibility. Panel assembly 12′ can be mounted with respect to first bracket member 20 and second bracket member 22, as similarly discussed above.
  • In other embodiments and as shown in FIGS. 14-16, exemplary media patching system 100 is similar to system 10 discussed above, with some differences. Similar to system 10 discussed above, media patching system 100 is configured and dimensioned to be used as a patching system for multiple media connections. More particularly, media patching system 100 can be configured to support high density, multiple (mixed) media connections. It is noted that media patching system 100 can take a variety of forms, shapes and/or designs.
  • In exemplary embodiments, system 100 is a high density patching system configured to support multiple media connections. System 100 provides users with the ability to install multiple media connections (e.g., copper-based connections, fiber optic connections, combinations thereof, or the like) in the same patching system/enclosure 100.
  • Similar to system 10 above, media patching system 100 includes a panel assembly 112 (e.g., patch panel assembly or multi-connector panel assembly 112). In certain embodiments, media patching system 100 is configured and dimensioned to be mounted with respect to a supporting structure 350 (e.g., rack 350FIG. 27) or the like. As shown in FIG. 27, it is noted that exemplary media patching systems 100 (and 10) are adapted for use in conjunction with a rack 350 (e.g., network or server rack) or the like. As shown in FIG. 27, one or more media patching systems 100 (and/or 10) can be removably mounted with respect to rack 350 or the like.
  • Panel assembly 112 of media patching system 100 can be mounted with respect to a first bracket member 20 and a second bracket member 22 (FIGS. 9 and 14-16). A cable management member 24 can be mounted with respect to each bracket member 20, 22 for cable/wire management purposes of system 100. Each bracket member 20, 22 can be mounted with respect to a cable management plate 26. Cable management plate 26 can include one or more cable management spool assemblies 28 or the like removably mounted thereon for cable/wire management purposes. System 100 may or may not include top covers 33, 34 and/or bottom cover 35 (e.g., mounted with respect to bracket members 20, 22). System 100 may also include a door assembly 36 (e.g., mounted with respect to bracket members 20, 22) that is configured to open, close, lock and unlock as desired by a user.
  • In certain embodiments, panel assembly 112 can be movably mounted relative to bracket members 20, 22 via one or more slots 30 of bracket members 20, 22. Pull tab members 132 of panel assembly 112 can facilitate movement of panel assembly 112 relative to bracket members 20, 22. Cable management plate 26 can move relative to bracket members 20, 22 via slots 31 of cable management plate 26 (FIG. 7).
  • Exemplary panel assembly 112 has a front panel surface/segment 115 that includes a plurality of apertures 113. As shown in FIGS. 14-25 and as discussed in further detail below, each aperture 113 is typically configured and dimensioned to have a connector assembly/connective device 14, 14A, 14B, 14C or 14D mounted with respect thereto (e.g., via bezel member 144, 146 or 148). As discussed further below, each aperture 113 of panel assembly 112 is typically associated with one or more mounting holes 142 of front panel surface/segment 115 of panel assembly 112.
  • It is noted that the front panel surface/segment 115 of panel assembly 112 can be substantially flat or planar (FIGS. 14-16), or it can be can be angled. Additionally, it is further noted that assembly 112 can take a variety of shapes, forms and/or geometries.
  • As shown in FIGS. 16-25, exemplary panel assembly 112 can include or be associated with one or more removable bezel members 144, 146 and/or 148. Bezel member 144 can include one or more apertures 213, with each aperture 213 configured and dimensioned to have a connector assembly/connective device 14, 14A, 14B mounted/housed with respect thereto, as similarly discussed above in connection with apertures 13 of panel assembly 12 (e.g., via moving locking members 16 of connector assembly/connective device 14, 14A, 14B). As such, one or more connector assembly/connective device 14, 14A, 14B can be mounted with respect to bezel member 144 (FIGS. 20-21).
  • In exemplary embodiments, the front face of bezel member 144 includes one or more handle members 150, and the rear face of bezel member 144 includes one or more mounting members 152 for the releasable attachment to mounting holes 142 of panel assembly 112. Turning to bezel member 146 (FIG. 22), exemplary bezel member 146 includes an aperture or slot 313, with aperture 313 configured and dimensioned to have a connector assembly/connective device 14C mounted/housed with respect thereto (FIG. 23). Similar to bezel member 144, the front face of bezel member 146 includes one or more handle members 150, and the rear face of bezel member 146 includes one or more mounting members 152 for the releasable attachment to mounting holes 142 of panel assembly 112. Exemplary connector assembly 14C takes the form of a fiber optic cassette 14C having a plurality of fiber optic ports/adapters (e.g., 12 ports) for mating with fiber optic connectors.
  • With reference to bezel member 148 (FIG. 24), exemplary bezel member 148 includes an aperture or slot 413, with aperture 413 configured and dimensioned to have a connector assembly/connective device 14D mounted/housed with respect thereto (FIG. 25). Similar to bezel member 144, the front face of bezel member 148 includes one or more handle members 150, and the rear face of bezel member 148 includes one or more mounting members 152 for the releasable attachment to mounting holes 142 of panel assembly 112.
  • In certain embodiments, connector assembly 14D includes a mounting plate 154, with the front face of mounting plate 154 having one or more handle members 150′, and the rear face of mounting plate 154 having one or more mounting members 152′ for the releasable attachment to mounting holes 142′ of bezel member 148. Exemplary connector assembly 14D takes the form of a fiber optic cassette 14D having a plurality of fiber optic ports/adapters (e.g., 12 ports) for mating with fiber optic connectors.
  • It is noted that panel assembly 112 of system 100 can include any number, combination and/or permutation of bezel members 144, 146 and/or 148, and thus can include any number, combination and/or permutation of connector assemblies/connector devices 14, 14A, 14B, 14C and/or 14D. As such, panel assembly 112 can include connector assemblies 14, 14A, 14B, 14C and/or 14D (alone or in combinations thereof). Thus, panel assembly 112 of system 100 advantageously provides users with the ability to install multiple media connections (e.g., e.g., copper-based connections 14, fiber optic connections 14A, 14B, 14C, 14D, combinations thereof, or the like) in the same patching system/enclosure 100. Moreover, panel assembly 112 can advantageously increase patching density of the media patching system 100 while maintaining port accessibility.
  • With reference to FIGS. 9 and 28, perspective and side views of exemplary bracket members 20, 22 are shown.
  • In exemplary embodiments, each bracket member 20, 22 defines a substantially z-shaped configuration, including a first planar segment 401, a second planar segment 402, and a third planar segment 403 connecting the first and second planar segments 401, 402. More particularly and as shown in FIG. 29, first planar segment 401 defines the plane of Arrow A, second planar segment 402 defines the plane of Arrow B, and third planar segment 403 defines the plane of Arrow C. As such, exemplary first and second planar segments 401, 402 are substantially parallel relative to each other and define sides of the media patching system 10, 100. Exemplary third planar segment 403 is substantially perpendicular to first and second planar segments 401, 402, although the present disclosure is not limited thereto.
  • As shown in FIG. 28, one or more slots 30 can extend along a length defined by second planar segment 402. In certain embodiments, second planar segment 402 includes top and bottom slots 30, and a middle slot 30′ positioned between the top and bottom slots 30. In general, slots 30, 30′ extend through segment 402.
  • In some embodiments and as shown in FIG. 28, middle slot 30′ includes an enlarged slot portion 29. Exemplary enlarged slot portion 29 takes the form of a rectangular or square slot portion 29, although the present disclosure is not limited thereto. Rather, slot portion 29 can take a variety of forms/shapes (e.g., polygonal, circular, etc.). Enlarged slot portion 29 can be positioned at a suitable pre-determined position along the length of slot 30′ (e.g., approximately half-way along the length of slot 30′; at or near the proximal end of slot 30′, etc.). It is noted that middle slot 30′ may or may not include enlarged slot portion 29.
  • The proximal ends of slots 30, 30′ can include enlarged/detent portions 37 (e.g., positioned at, near or proximal to proximal end 41 of second planar segment 402). Enlarged/detent portions 37 can take a variety of forms/shapes (e.g., circular, polygonal, etc.). In general and as discussed further below, enlarged portions 37 act as a detent to position the sliding panel assembly 112, and provide a means/position to mount the panel assembly 112 to the bracket members 20, 22.
  • Exemplary second segment 402 can also include distal slot portion 39 positioned at or near (e.g., proximal to) distal end 43 of second planar segment 402 (e.g., spaced from the distal end of slot 30′ and substantially axially aligned with slot portion 29). Distal slot portion 39 can take a variety of forms/shapes (e.g., polygonal, circular, etc.).
  • With reference again to FIG. 9, the third segment 403 of each bracket member 20, 22 typically includes one or more apertures 23 (e.g., three apertures 23) therethrough. In general, each aperture 23 is configured and dimensioned to allow bracket member 20, 22 to be mounted with respect to rack 350 (FIG. 27) or the like (e.g., via corresponding apertures on rack 350, and with fastening members or the like through the respectively aligned bracket/rack apertures).
  • With reference again to FIGS. 14 and 15, and also to FIG. 30, exemplary panel assembly 112 defines a substantially U-shaped configuration, including the front panel surface/segment 115, a first side segment 156, and a second side segment 158. In general, front panel segment 115 connects the first and second side segments 156, 158 to define the substantially U-shaped configuration of panel assembly 112.
  • In exemplary embodiments, panel assembly 112 is fabricated from a single piece of material, although the present disclosure is not limited thereto. For example, the segments 115, 156, 158 can be integral to one another, with the side segments 156, 158 bent back to form the substantially U-shaped configuration of panel assembly 112.
  • Exemplary first and second side segments 156, 158 are substantially parallel relative to each other and define sides of the panel assembly 112. Exemplary front panel segment 115 is substantially perpendicular to first and second side segments 156, 158, although the present disclosure is not limited thereto. Rather, it is noted that front panel segment 115 can be angled (e.g., similar to panel segment 15 of FIG. 1). As such, assembly 112 (e.g., front panel segment 115) can take a variety of shapes, forms and/or geometries.
  • FIGS. 11 and 31 show another exemplary panel assembly 12′ of the present disclosure. Similar to panel assembly 112, exemplary panel assembly 12′ defines a substantially U-shaped configuration, including the front panel surface/segment 15, a first side segment 56, and a second side segment 58.
  • In exemplary embodiments and as shown in FIGS. 14-16, 30 and 32, panel assembly 112 (or assembly 12′, or assembly 12FIGS. 1-6, 11-13 and 31) can be movably mounted relative to bracket members 20, 22 via one or more slots 30, 30′ of bracket members 20, 22 (FIG. 28). As noted above, pull tab members 32, 132 of panel assembly 12, 12′, 112 can facilitate movement of panel assembly 12, 12′, 112 relative to bracket members 20, 22.
  • Moreover and as discussed in detail above, cable management plate 26 can move relative to bracket members 20, 22 via slots 31 of cable management plate 26 (FIG. 7). In exemplary embodiments, movement or sliding of cable management plate 26 relative to bracket members 20, 22 can be independent from movement of panel assembly 12, 12′, 112 relative to bracket members 20, 22. Cable management plate 26 can therefore be extended from the media patching system 10 without affecting the position of panel assembly 12, 12′, 112 (e.g., for cable management purposes).
  • With reference to FIG. 30, the inner surface of first side segment 156 can include one or more protrusion members 160 (e.g., panel fasteners, panel screws, PEMs, etc.) that extend inwards from the inner surface of first side segment 156. Similarly, the inner surface of second side segment 158 can include one or more protrusion members 160.
  • Moreover, the outer surface of first side segment 156 can include one or more protrusion members 160, and the outer surface of second side segment 158 can include one or more protrusion members 160. The distal end of first and second side segments 156, 158 each can include an aperture 162 therethrough (e.g., rectangular, polygonal, circular aperture 62, etc.).
  • Similarly and as shown in FIG. 31, the inner and outer surfaces of first side segment 56 can include one or more protrusion members 60, and the inner and outer surfaces of second side segment 58 can include one or more protrusion members 60. The distal end of first and second side segments 56, 58 each can include an aperture 62 therethrough.
  • In exemplary embodiments and as shown in FIGS. 30-33, a motion limiter member 64 is configured and dimensioned to be mounted with respect to the inner surface of each distal end of first and second side segments 56, 58, 156, 158 of panel assembly 12′ or 112.
  • More particularly and as depicted in FIG. 31, each motion limiter member 64 is configured to mount to one or more inner protrusion members 60 (or 160) of segments 56, 58 (or 156, 158), with a portion of a tab member 65 (e.g., cammed tab member 65) of the motion limiter member 64 protruding and extending through each aperture 62, 162 (e.g., extending through each aperture 62, 162 and beyond the outer surface of segments 56, 58, 156, 158).
  • As shown in FIG. 33, exemplary motion limiter member 64 includes one or more fastener features 66 (e.g., three fastener features 66), with each fastener feature 66 configured to releasably mount to an inner protrusion member 60, 160. One or more fastener features 66 can include members that snap-fit onto a protrusion member 60, 160.
  • With reference to FIGS. 28 and 30-32, to mount panel assembly 112, 12′ (or 12) to bracket members 20, 22, a user can position segments 56, 58, 156, 158 of panel assembly 112, 12′ (or 12) between bracket members 20, 22 (e.g., prior to or after bracket members 20, 22 are mounted to rack 350 via apertures 23) so that one or more protrusion members 60, 160 of the outer surface of segments 56, 58, 156, 158 are each positioned within an enlarged portion 37 of slots 30, 30′ of bracket members 20, 22.
  • The panel assembly 112, 12′ can then be moved back toward the distal end 43 of bracket members 20, 22 until each outer protrusion member 60, 160 within slots 30, 30′ reaches the distal end of slots 30, 30′ (FIG. 32), and with a portion of each tab member 65 of the mounted motion limiter member 64 protruding/extending through each aperture 62, 162 and also protruding/extending through each distal slot portion 39 of bracket members 20, 22. As such and in this position, each aperture 62, 162 (and each tab member 65) is respectively aligned with a distal slot portion 39 of a bracket member 20, 22.
  • However, it is noted that some embodiments may not include a motion limiter member 64 mounted to segments 56, 58, 156 and/or 158, and therefore in this position each aperture 62, 162 is respectively aligned with a distal slot portion 39 of a bracket member 20, 22 without the tab member 65 extending through aligned apertures 62, 162 and slot portions 39 (FIG. 32). With respect to FIG. 32, it is noted that a motion limiter member 64 can be mounted to the inner surfaces of segments 156, 158, as similarly shown in FIG. 31 for panel assembly 12′, with the tab member 65 extending through aligned apertures 162 and slot portions 39 in the position shown in FIG. 32.
  • It is noted that prior to or after mounting the panel assembly 112, 12′ (or 12) to bracket members 20, 22, the connector assemblies/connective devices 14, 14A, 14B, 14C and/or 14D can be mounted with respect to panel assembly 112, 12′, 12 (FIGS. 3-6, 13, 16, 26, 27), as discussed above.
  • For example, prior to or after mounting the panel assembly 112 to bracket members 20, 22 as shown in FIG. 46, each aperture 113 of panel assembly 112 can have a connector assembly/connective device 14, 14A, 14B, 14C or 14D mounted with respect thereto (e.g., via bezel members 144, 146 or 148). Similarly, prior to or after mounting the panel assembly 12, 12′ to bracket members 20, 22, each aperture 13 of panel assembly 12, 12′ can have a connector assembly/connective device 14, 14A or 14B mounted with respect thereto (FIGS. 3-6, 13).
  • It is noted that a user can move/pull (e.g., via pull tab members 32, 132) the panel assembly 112, 12′, 12 from the position shown in FIG. 32 toward the proximal end 41 of second segment 402 of bracket member 20, 22 (FIGS. 28 and 32), with the tab members 65 extending through apertures 62, 162 being released from slot portions 39, and then the panel assembly 112, 12′, 12 moving toward proximal end 41 and relative to bracket members 20, 22 with the outer protrusion members 60, 160 traveling within slots 30, 30′ until the panel assembly 112, 12′, 12 reaches a desired proximal position determined by the user.
  • For example, the user can move the panel assembly 112, 12′, 12 toward proximal end 41 until the tab members 65 extending through apertures 62, 162 also extend through aligned slot portions 29 of slot 30′, and with the outer protrusion members 60, 160 positioned within slots 30, 30′. In such a position (tabs 65 in slots 29), a user can easily access and manage the connector assemblies/connective devices 14, 14A, 14B, 14C, 14D of panel assembly 112, 12′, 12 (e.g., manage, access, plug, unplug the media, cables, wires, fibers, ports, etc. to or from 14, 14A, 14B, 14C, 14D), and/or mount/replace/remove/repair the connector assemblies/connective devices 14, 14A, 14B, 14C, 14D of panel assembly 112, 12′, 12.
  • In this regard, it is noted that when panel assembly 112, 12′, 12 is in such a forward position (e.g., with tab members 65 extending through apertures 62, 162 also extending through aligned slot portions 29 of slot 30′), the slot portions 29, via tab members 65 extending therethrough, provide a stop position for panel assembly 112, 12′, 12 such that users can easily access and manage assemblies/devices 14, 14A, 14B, 14C, 14D (e.g., when the panel assembly 12′, 112 is moved proximally away from the back position shown in FIG. 32).
  • After a user is done with panel assembly 112, 12′, 12 in the forward position (tab members 65 through slot portions 29), the user can move the panel assembly 112, 12′, 12 distally to the back position shown in FIG. 32. For example, with user force (distally—via members 32, 132) the tab members 65 can be released from slot portions 29, and then the panel assembly 112, 12′, 12 can be moved toward distal end 43 (relative to bracket members 20, 22) with the outer protrusion members 60, 160 traveling within slots 30, 30′ until the panel assembly 112, 12′, 12 reaches the distal end of slots 30, 30′ and with tab members 65 extending through distal slot portions 39. In the back position shown in FIG. 32, it is noted that the panel assembly 112, 12′, 12 is also prevented from moving further distally because the top and bottom flanges 68, 70 of second segment 402 (FIG. 9) engage/contact with the respective top and bottom flanges 72, 74, 172, 174 of panel assembly 112, 12′, 12 (FIGS. 30-32) when the panel assembly 112, 12′, 12 is at or near the back position shown in FIG. 32.
  • Alternatively, after a user is done with panel assembly 112, 12′, 12 in the forward position (tab members 65 through slot portions 29), the user can move the panel assembly 112, 12′, 12 even more proximally with the outer protrusion members 60, 160 traveling within slots 30, 30′ until the outer protrusion members 60, 160 reach the proximal end 41 of slots 30, 30′. At such proximal position, the outer protrusion members 60, 160 are positioned within the enlarged portions 37 of slots 30, 30′, and the user can also easily access and manage the assemblies/connective devices 14, 14A, 14B, 14C, 14D, or the user can remove/replace the panel assembly 112, 12′, 12 from bracket members 20, 22 (e.g., via removing/disengaging the outer protrusion members 60, 160 from enlarged portions 37 of slots 30, 30′).
  • It is noted that when panel assembly 112, 12′, 12 is mounted relative to bracket members 20, 22 via outer protrusion members 60, 160 traveling within slots 30, 30′, the user can advantageously move/position the panel assembly 112, 12′, 12 to a desired position along slots 30, 30′ for access and/or management purposes (e.g., to easily access/manage the assemblies/connective devices 14, 14A, 14B, 14C, 14D). Additionally, a user can easily remove or replace a panel assembly 112, 12′, 12 from bracket members 20, 22, as noted above. Further, it is noted that when outer protrusion members 60, 160 travel within slots 30, 30′ (e.g., proximally or distally), the slots 30, 30′ advantageously prevent binding of the sliding panel assembly 112, 12′, 12 as it slides/moves proximally or distally.
  • Turning now to FIGS. 34-36, an alternative panel assembly 112′ and alternative bracket members 20′, 22′ for use with media patching system 10, 100 is shown. It is noted that assemblies 12, 12′ discussed above can have similar features/structures as panel assembly 112′, as described further below, and such panel assemblies 12, 12′ having similar features/structures as panel assembly 112′ can be utilized with media patching system 10, 100 as well.
  • The panel assembly 112′ and bracket members 20′, 22′ can be structurally and functionally similar to the panel assembly 112′ and bracket members 20′, 22′ discussed above, with some differences.
  • With reference to FIGS. 34 and 36, each exemplary bracket member 20′, 22′ defines a substantially z-shaped configuration, including a first planar segment 401, a second planar segment 402, and a third planar segment 403 connecting the first and second planar segments 401, 402.
  • One or more slots 30, 30′ can extend along a length defined by second segment 402. Second segment 402 can include top and bottom slots 30, and a middle slot 30′ positioned between the top and bottom slots 30.
  • In exemplary embodiments, one or more slots 30, 30′ include a downward angled slot portion 27. Each slot portion 27 can take a variety of forms/shapes/angles. Each angled slot portion 27 can be positioned at a suitable pre-determined position along the length of slots 30, 30′ (e.g., approximately one-third or one-half of the way along the length of slots 30, 30′; at or near the proximal or distal end of slots 30, 30′, etc.).
  • The proximal ends 41 of slots 30, 30′ can include enlarged portions 37 (e.g., positioned proximal to proximal end 41 of second segment 402). Enlarged portions 37 can take a variety of forms/shapes.
  • The distal ends 43 of slots 30, 30′ can include downward angled slot portion 25. Each slot portion 25 can take a variety of forms/shapes/angles.
  • With reference to FIG. 35, exemplary panel assembly 112′ defines a substantially U-shaped configuration, including the front panel segment 115, a first side segment 156, and a second side segment 158. It is noted that front panel segment 115 can be angled (e.g., similar to panel segment 15 of FIG. 1). As such, assembly 112′ (e.g., front panel segment 115) can take a variety of shapes, forms and/or geometries.
  • As shown in FIG. 36, panel assembly 112′ can be movably mounted relative to bracket members 20′, 22′ via one or more slots 30, 30′. Pull tab members 32, 132 can facilitate movement of assembly 112′ relative to bracket members 20′, 22′. Moreover and as discussed above, the movement of cable management plate 26 relative to bracket members 20′, 22′ can be independent from movement of panel assembly 112′ relative to bracket members 20′, 22′.
  • With reference to FIG. 35, the outer surface of first side segment 156 can include one or more protrusion members 160 (e.g., three members 160), and the outer surface of second side segment 158 can include one or more protrusion members 160.
  • With reference to FIGS. 34-36, to mount panel assembly 112′ to bracket members 20′, 22′, a user can position segments 156, 158 of panel assembly 112′ between bracket members 20′, 22′ so that one or more protrusion members 160 of the outer surface of segments 156, 158 are each positioned within an enlarged portion 37 of slots 30, 30′ of bracket members 20′, 22′.
  • The panel assembly 112′ can then be moved back toward the distal end 43 of bracket members 20′, 22′ until each outer protrusion member 160 within slots 30, 30′ reaches the distal end of slots 30, 30′ (FIG. 36), and with each outer protrusion member 160 positioned within a downward angled slot portion 25.
  • It is noted that prior to or after mounting the panel assembly 112′ to bracket members 20′, 22′, assemblies/devices 14, 14A, 14B, 14C and/or 14D can be mounted with respect to panel assembly 112′, as discussed above.
  • It is noted that a user can move/pull (e.g., via pull tab members 132) the panel assembly 112′ from the position shown in FIG. 36 toward the proximal end 41, with the protrusion members 160 being removed each downward angled slot portion 25, and with the panel assembly 112′ then moving toward proximal end 41 and relative to bracket members 20′, 22′ with the outer protrusion members 160 traveling within slots 30, 30′ until the panel assembly 112′ reaches a desired proximal position determined by the user.
  • For example, the user can move the panel assembly 112′ toward proximal end 41 until the outer protrusion members 160 are positioned within downward angled slot portions 27. In such a position, a user can easily access and manage the assemblies 14, 14A, 14B, 14C, 14D, and/or mount/remove the assemblies 14, 14A, 14B, 14C, 14D.
  • In this regard, it is noted that when panel assembly 112′ is in such a forward position (e.g., with outer protrusion members 160 within downward angled slot portions 27), the slot portions 27 provide a stop position for panel assembly 112′ such that users can easily access and manage assemblies 14, 14A, 14B, 14C, 14D.
  • After a user is done with panel assembly 112′ in the forward position (protrusion members 160 within downward angled slot portions 27), the user can move the panel assembly 112′ distally to the back position shown in FIG. 36, as discussed above.
  • Alternatively, after a user is done with panel assembly 112′ in the forward position (protrusion members 160 within downward angled slot portions 27), the user can move the panel assembly 112′ even more proximally with the outer protrusion members 160 traveling within slots 30, 30′ until the outer protrusion members 160 reach the proximal end 41 of slots 30, 30′. At such proximal position, the outer protrusion members 160 are positioned within the enlarged portions 37 of slots 30, 30′, and the user can also easily access and manage the assemblies 14, 14A, 14B, 14C, 14D, or the user can remove/replace the panel assembly 112′ from bracket members 20′, 22′ (e.g., via removing/disengaging the outer protrusion members 160 from enlarged portions 37 of slots 30, 30′).
  • It is noted that when panel assembly 112′ is mounted relative to bracket members 20′, 22′ via outer protrusion members 160 traveling within slots 30, 30′, the user can advantageously move/position the panel assembly 112′ to a desired position along slots 30, 30′ for access and/or management purposes (e.g., to easily access/manage the assemblies/connective devices 14, 14A, 14B, 14C, 14D). Additionally, a user can easily remove or replace a panel assembly 112′ from bracket members 20′, 22′, as noted above.
  • Turning now to FIGS. 37-39, an alternative panel assembly 512 and alternative bracket members 520, 522 for use with media patching system 10, 100 is shown. It is noted that assemblies 12, 12′ discussed above can have similar features/structures as panel assembly 512, as described further below, and such panel assemblies 12, 12′ having similar features/structures as panel assembly 512 can be utilized with media patching system 10, 100 as well.
  • The panel assembly 512 and bracket members 520, 522 can be structurally and functionally similar to the panel assemblies 12, 112 and bracket members 20, 22 discussed above, with some differences.
  • With reference to FIGS. 37 and 39, each exemplary bracket member 520, 522 defines a substantially z-shaped configuration, including a first planar segment 501, a second planar segment 502, and a third planar segment 503 connecting the first and second planar segments 501, 502.
  • First and second slots 530, 530′ (e.g., rectangular slots 530, 530′) can extend along a length defined by second planar segment 502. Each slot 530, 530′ can take a variety of forms/shapes/lengths. In exemplary embodiments, slots 530, 530′ are spaced apart from one another on segment 502, and are substantially axially aligned with one another along segment 502.
  • As shown in FIG. 37, exemplary bracket members 520, 522 include first top and first bottom flanges 568, 570 of second segment 502. Exemplary bracket members 520, 522 also include second top and second bottom flanges 568A, 570A, third top and third bottom flanges 568B, 570B, fourth top and fourth bottom flanges 568C, 570C, fifth top and fifth bottom flanges 568D, 570D, and sixth top and sixth bottom flanges 568E, 570E.
  • In certain embodiments, first top and first bottom flanges 568, 570 and third top and third bottom flanges 568B, 570B take the form of C-shaped flanges or the like. Second top and second bottom flanges 568A, 570A, fourth top and fourth bottom flanges 568C, 570C, fifth top and fifth bottom flanges 568D, 570D, and sixth top and sixth bottom flanges 568E, 570E take the form of L-shaped flanges or the like. It is noted that bracket members 520, 522 can include other numbers/permutations of top/bottom flanges (e.g., four top/bottom flanges, seven top/bottom flanges, etc.), and that each flange can take a variety of shapes/structures/designs.
  • With reference to FIG. 38, exemplary panel assembly 512 defines a substantially U-shaped configuration, including the front panel segment 515, a first side segment 556, and a second side segment 558. It is noted that front panel segment 515 can be angled (e.g., similar to panel segment 15 of FIG. 1). As such, panel assembly 512 (e.g., front panel segment 515) can take a variety of shapes, forms and/or geometries.
  • As shown in FIG. 38, the outer surface of first side segment 556 can include one or more tab members 576 (e.g., a cammed or hemmed tab member 576), and the outer surface of second side segment 558 can include one or more tab members 576 (e.g., a cammed or hemmed tab member 576).
  • The top inner surface of exemplary side segments 556, 558 includes an enlarged section 578 (e.g., folded/molded section 578) that extends along a length of side segments 556, 558 (e.g., extends substantially along top inner surface of side segments 556, 558). Likewise, the bottom inner surface of side segments 556, 558 includes an enlarged section 580 (e.g., folded/molded section 580) that extends along a length of side segments 556, 558 (e.g., extends substantially along bottom inner surface of side segments 556, 558).
  • As shown in FIG. 39, panel assembly 512 can be movably mounted relative to bracket members 520, 522 via one or more slots 530, 530′, and/or by positioning enlarged sections 578, 580 of side segments 556, 558 within the first top and first bottom flanges 568, 570 and within the third top and third bottom flanges 568B, 570B of bracket members 520, 522 (FIG. 39). Pull tab members 32, 132 can facilitate movement of assembly 512 relative to bracket members 520, 522. Moreover and as discussed above, the movement of cable management plate 26 relative to bracket members 520, 522 can be independent from movement of panel assembly 512 relative to bracket members 520, 522.
  • With reference to FIGS. 37-39, to mount panel assembly 512 to bracket members 520, 522, a user can position segments 556, 558 of panel assembly 512 between bracket members 520, 522 so that the distal ends of enlarged sections 578, 580 of side segments 556, 558 are inserted into/within the first top and first bottom flanges 568, 570, and then into/within the third bottom flanges 568B, 570B of bracket members 520, 522 (FIG. 39).
  • The tab members 576 of segments 556, 558 can then each be positioned within respective slots 530′ of bracket members 520, 522.
  • The panel assembly 512 can then be moved back toward the distal end 543 of bracket members 520, 522 until each tab member 576 within slots 530′ reaches the distal end of slots 530′ (FIG. 39), and/or until first top and first bottom flanges 568, 570 of second segment 502 engage/contact with the respective top and bottom flanges 572, 574 of panel assembly 512 (FIG. 39).
  • It is noted that prior to or after mounting the panel assembly 512 to bracket members 520, 522, assemblies 14, 14A, 14B, 14C and/or 14D can be mounted with respect to panel assembly 512, as similarly discussed above.
  • In use, a user can move/pull (e.g., via pull tab members 132) the panel assembly 512 from the position shown in FIG. 39 toward the proximal end 541, with the tab members 576 moving proximally in slots 530′ until they are proximally removed from each slot 530′, with the panel assembly 512 then moving toward proximal end 541 with the enlarged sections 578, 580 traveling within the flanges 568, 570, 568B, 570B until the panel assembly 512 reaches a desired proximal position determined by the user.
  • For example, after the tab members 576 are proximally removed from the slots 530′, the panel assembly 512 can be moved toward proximal end 541 with the enlarged sections 578, 580 traveling within the flanges 568, 570, 568B, 570B until the tab members 576 are positioned within slots 530.
  • In such a position (tabs 576 within slots 530), a user can easily access and manage the assemblies 14, 14A, 14B, 14C, 14D, and/or mount/remove the assemblies 14, 14A, 14B, 14C, 14D from panel assembly 512.
  • In this regard, it is noted that when panel assembly 512 is in such a forward position (e.g., tabs 576 within slots 530), the slots 530 provide a stop position for panel assembly 512 such that users can easily access and manage assemblies 14, 14A, 14B, 14C, 14D.
  • After a user is done with panel assembly 512 in the forward position (tabs 576 within slots 530), the user can move the panel assembly 512 distally to the back position shown in FIG. 39, as discussed above.
  • Alternatively, after a user is done with panel assembly 512 in the forward position (tabs 576 within slots 530), the user can move the panel assembly 512 even more proximally with the tab members 576 traveling within slots 530 until they are proximally removed from slots 530. The user can then continue to slide the panel assembly 512 proximally until the enlarged sections 578, 580 no longer travel within the flanges 568, 570, 568B, 570B. The user can then remove/replace the panel assembly 512 from bracket members 520, 522.
  • It is noted that when panel assembly 512 is mounted relative to bracket members 520, 522 as discussed above, the user can advantageously move/position the panel assembly 512 to a desired position along bracket members 520, 522 for access and/or management purposes (e.g., to easily access/manage the assemblies/connective devices 14, 14A, 14B, 14C, 14D). Additionally, a user can easily remove or replace a panel assembly 512 from bracket members 520, 522, as noted above.
  • Turning now to FIGS. 40-42, an alternative panel assembly 612 and alternative bracket members 620, 622 for use with media patching system 10, 100 is shown. It is noted that assemblies 12, 12′ discussed above can have similar features/structures as panel assembly 612, as described further below, and such panel assemblies 12, 12′ having similar features/structures as panel assembly 612 can be utilized with media patching system 10, 100 as well.
  • The panel assembly 612 and bracket members 620, 622 can be structurally and functionally similar to the panel assemblies 12, 112 and bracket members 20, 22 discussed above, with some differences.
  • With reference to FIGS. 40 and 42, each exemplary bracket member 620, 622 defines a substantially z-shaped configuration, including a first planar segment 601, a second planar segment 602, and a third planar segment 603 connecting the first and second planar segments 601, 602.
  • At least one slot 630 (e.g., rectangular slot 630) can extend along a length defined by second segment 602. Each slot 630 can take a variety of forms/shapes/lengths.
  • As shown in FIGS. 40 and 42, the inner surface of second segment 602 includes one or more protrusion members 660. In exemplary embodiments, the top inner surface of second segment 602 includes a plurality of protrusion members 660 (e.g., three members 660) that are spaced apart from one another along a length of the top inner surface of second segment 602. Similarly, the bottom inner surface of second segment 602 includes a plurality of protrusion members 660 (e.g., three members 660) that are spaced apart from one another along a length of the bottom inner surface of second segment 602.
  • With reference to FIG. 41, exemplary panel assembly 612 defines a substantially U-shaped configuration, including the front panel segment 615, a first side segment 656, and a second side segment 658. It is noted that front panel segment 615 can be angled (e.g., similar to panel segment 15 of FIG. 1). As such, panel assembly 612 (e.g., front panel segment 615) can take a variety of shapes, forms and/or geometries.
  • As shown in FIG. 41, the outer surface of first side segment 656 can include one or more tab members 676 (e.g., a cammed or hemmed tab member 676), and the outer surface of second side segment 658 can include one or more tab members 676 (e.g., a cammed or hemmed tab member 676).
  • As shown in FIG. 42, panel assembly 612 can be movably mounted relative to bracket members 620, 622 via one or more slots 630, and/or by positioning the top and bottom edges 678, 680 of side segments 656, 658 between: (i) the plurality of protrusion members 660 that are spaced apart from one another along a length of the top inner surface of second segment 602, and (ii) the plurality of protrusion members 660 that are spaced apart from one another along a length of the bottom inner surface of second segment 602 (FIG. 42). Pull tab members 32, 132 can facilitate movement of assembly 612 relative to bracket members 620, 622. Moreover and as discussed above, the movement of cable management plate 26 relative to bracket members 620, 622 can be independent from movement of panel assembly 612 relative to bracket members 620, 622.
  • With reference to FIGS. 40-42, to mount panel assembly 612 to bracket members 620, 622, a user can position segments 656, 658 of panel assembly 612 between bracket members 620, 622 so that the distal ends of top and bottom edges 678, 680 of side segments 656, 658 are positioned between/against the first proximal top/bottom protrusion members 660 of second segment 602 (FIG. 42).
  • The panel assembly 612 can then be moved back toward the distal end 643 of bracket members 620, 622 until each tab member 676 is positioned within respective slots 630 of bracket members 620, 622, and while the top and bottom edges 678, 680 of side segments 656, 658 are positioned between/against the top/bottom protrusion members 660 of second segment 602.
  • The panel assembly 612 can then be moved back toward the distal end 643 of bracket members 620, 622 until each tab member 676 within slots 630 reaches the distal end of slots 630 (FIG. 42), and/or until first top and first bottom flanges 668, 670 of second segment 602 engage/contact with the respective top and bottom flanges 672, 674 of panel assembly 612 (FIG. 42).
  • It is noted that prior to or after mounting the panel assembly 612 to bracket members 620, 622, assemblies 14, 14A, 14B, 14C and/or 14D can be mounted with respect to panel assembly 612, as similarly discussed above.
  • In use, a user can move/pull (e.g., via pull tab members 132) the panel assembly 612 from the position shown in FIG. 42 toward the proximal end 641, with the tab members 676 moving proximally in slots 630 until they are proximally removed from each slot 630, with the panel assembly 612 then moving toward proximal end 641 with the top and bottom edges 678, 680 traveling between/against the top/bottom protrusion members 660 of second segments 602 until the panel assembly 612 reaches a desired proximal position determined by the user. In such user desired positions, a user can easily access and manage the assemblies 14, 14A, 14B, 14C, 14D, and/or mount/remove the assemblies 14, 14A, 14B, 14C, 14D from panel assembly 612.
  • After a user is done with panel assembly 612 in a desired forward position, the user can move the panel assembly 612 distally to the back position shown in FIG. 42, as discussed above.
  • Alternatively, after a user is done with panel assembly 612 in a desired position, the user can move the panel assembly 612 proximally until the top/bottom edges 678, 680 no longer travel between/against the top/bottom protrusion members 660 of second segments 602. The user can then remove/replace the panel assembly 612 from bracket members 620, 622.
  • It is noted that when panel assembly 612 is mounted relative to bracket members 620, 622 as discussed above, the user can advantageously move/position the panel assembly 612 to a desired position along bracket members 620, 622 for access and/or management purposes (e.g., to easily access/manage the assemblies/connective devices 14, 14A, 14B, 14C, 14D). Additionally, a user can easily remove or replace a panel assembly 612 from bracket members 620, 622, as noted above.
  • Turning now to FIGS. 43-44, and also with reference to FIG. 41, alternative bracket members 720, 722 for use with media patching system 10, 100 is shown. The bracket members 720, 722 can be structurally and functionally similar to the bracket members 20, 22 discussed above, with some differences.
  • With reference to FIGS. 43-44, each exemplary bracket member 720, 722 defines a substantially z-shaped configuration, including a first planar segment 701, a second planar segment 702, and a third planar segment 703 connecting the first and second planar segments 701, 702.
  • First and second slots 730, 730′ (e.g., rectangular slots 730, 730′) can extend along a length defined by second segment 702. Each slot 730, 730′ can take a variety of forms/shapes/lengths. In exemplary embodiments, slots 730, 730′ are spaced apart from one another on segment 702, and are substantially axially aligned with one another along segment 702.
  • As shown in FIGS. 43-44, the inner surface of second segment 702 includes one or more protrusion members 760. In exemplary embodiments, the top inner surface of second segment 702 includes a plurality of protrusion members 760 (e.g., three members 760) that are spaced apart from one another along a length of the top inner surface of second segment 702. Similarly, the bottom inner surface of second segment 702 includes a plurality of protrusion members 760 (e.g., three members 760) that are spaced apart from one another along a length of the bottom inner surface of second segment 702.
  • As shown in FIG. 44, panel assembly 612 (FIG. 41) can be movably mounted relative to bracket members 720, 722 via one or more slots 730, 730′, and/or by positioning the top and bottom edges 678, 680 of side segments 656, 658 (FIGS. 41 and 44) between: (i) the plurality of protrusion members 760 that are spaced apart from one another along a length of the top inner surface of second segment 702, and (ii) the plurality of protrusion members 760 that are spaced apart from one another along a length of the bottom inner surface of second segment 702 (FIGS. 43-44). Pull tab members 32, 132 can facilitate movement of assembly 612 relative to bracket members 720, 722. Moreover and as discussed above, the movement of cable management plate 26 relative to bracket members 720, 722 can be independent from movement of panel assembly 612 relative to bracket members 720, 722.
  • With reference to FIGS. 43-44, to mount panel assembly 612 to bracket members 720, 722, a user can position segments 656, 658 of panel assembly 612 between bracket members 720, 722 so that the distal ends of top and bottom edges 678, 680 of side segments 656, 658 are positioned between/against the first proximal top/bottom protrusion members 760 of second segment 702 (FIG. 44).
  • The panel assembly 612 can then be moved back toward the distal end 743 of bracket members 720, 722 until each tab member 676 is positioned within respective slots 730′ of bracket members 720, 722, and while the top and bottom edges 678, 680 of side segments 656, 658 are positioned between/against the top/bottom protrusion members 760 of second segment 702.
  • The panel assembly 612 can then be moved back toward the distal end 743 of bracket members 720, 722 until each tab member 676 within slots 730′ reaches the distal end of slots 730′ (FIG. 44), and/or until top and bottom flanges 768, 770 of second segment 702 engage/contact with the respective top and bottom flanges 672, 674 of panel assembly 612 (FIG. 44).
  • It is noted that prior to or after mounting the panel assembly 612 to bracket members 720, 722, assemblies 14, 14A, 14B, 14C and/or 14D can be mounted with respect to panel assembly 612, as similarly discussed above.
  • In use, a user can move/pull (e.g., via pull tab members 132) the panel assembly 612 from the position shown in FIG. 44 toward the proximal end 741, with the tab members 676 moving proximally in slots 730′ until they are proximally removed from each slot 730′, with the panel assembly 612 then moving toward proximal end 741 with the top and bottom edges 678, 680 traveling between/against the top/bottom protrusion members 760 of second segments 702 until the panel assembly 612 reaches a desired proximal position determined by the user.
  • For example, after the tab members 676 are proximally removed from the slots 730′, the panel assembly 612 can be moved toward proximal end 741 until the tab members 676 are positioned within slots 730. In such a position (tabs 676 within slots 730), a user can easily access and manage the assemblies 14, 14A, 14B, 14C, 14D, and/or mount/remove the assemblies 14, 14A, 14B, 14C, 14D from panel assembly 612. In this regard, it is noted that when panel assembly 612 is in such a forward position (e.g., tabs 676 within slots 730), the slots 730 provide a stop position for panel assembly 612 such that users can easily access and manage assemblies 14, 14A, 14B, 14C, 14D.
  • After a user is done with panel assembly 612 in a desired forward position, the user can move the panel assembly 612 distally to the back position shown in FIG. 44, as similarly discussed above.
  • Alternatively, after a user is done with panel assembly 612 in a desired position, the user can move the panel assembly 612 proximally until the top/bottom edges 678, 680 no longer travel between/against the top/bottom protrusion members 760 of second segments 702. The user can then remove/replace the panel assembly 612 from bracket members 720, 722.
  • It is noted that when panel assembly 612 is mounted relative to bracket members 720, 722 as discussed above, the user can advantageously move/position the panel assembly 612 to a desired position along bracket members 720, 722 for access and/or management purposes (e.g., to easily access/manage the assemblies/connective devices 14, 14A, 14B, 14C, 14D). Additionally, a user can easily remove or replace a panel assembly 612 from bracket members 720, 722, as noted above.
  • As noted above and as shown in FIG. 45, the movement of cable management plate 26 relative to bracket members 520, 522 can be independent from movement of panel assembly 512 relative to bracket members 520, 522.
  • It is noted that FIG. 45 depicts: (i) cable management plate 26 mounted relative to bracket members 520, 522, and (ii) panel assembly 512 mounted relative to bracket members 520, 522.
  • However, it is noted that the other panel assemblies (e.g., 12, 12′, 112, 112′, 612) disclosed herein can also be similarly mounted relative to their respective bracket members (e.g., 20, 22, 20′, 22′, 620, 622, 720, 722), and also with the cable management plate 26 mounted relative to exemplary bracket members (e.g., 20, 22, 20′, 22′, 620, 622, 720, 722) of the present disclosure. As such, cable management plate 26 can therefore be extended from the media patching system 10, 100 without affecting the position of panel assembly 12, 12′, 112, 112′, 512, 612 (e.g., for cable management purposes).
  • In other embodiments and as shown in FIGS. 46-47, panel assembly 612 can include a manager member 81 that is removably mounted with respect to panel assembly 612 (e.g., when optional cable management plate 26 is not mounted relative to bracket members 620, 622).
  • More particularly, the inner surfaces of side segments 656, 658 can each include one or more protrusion members 660′ (e.g., two protrusion members 660′) that are configured and dimensioned to allow a securing member 83 (e.g., mounting bracket member 83) on each side of manager member 81 to removably mount to members 660′ of sides 656, 658 (FIGS. 41 and 46). In exemplary embodiments, manager member 81 includes one or more horizontal members 81A, and one or more vertical members 81B that are substantially transverse to members 81A, although the present disclosure is not limited thereto. Rather, manager member 81 can take a variety of shapes/designs/forms (e.g., shelf-like, wire-cage, etc.).
  • As shown in FIG. 46, after removably mounting the manager member 81 to sides 656, 658 via securing members 83 interacting/engaging with protrusion members 660′, a user can position/secure media wires/cables 38, 40 (e.g., copper wires/cables 40, fiber optic wires/cables 38FIG. 26) relative to manager member 81 (e.g., for cable management purposes). For example, a user can lay/position wires/cables 38, 40 across or next to manager member 81, and then tie-down and/or secure the wires/cables 38, 40 to manager member 81 (e.g., via zip-ties or hook-and-loop fastener straps, etc.).
  • In exemplary embodiments, when manager member 81 is secured to panel assembly 612, the manager member 81 thereby translates/moves along with panel assembly 612 when a user moves panel assembly 612 relative to bracket members 620, 622, which thereby does not allow the wires/cables 38, 40 secured to and/or associated with manager member 81 to substantially move relative to the assemblies 14, 14A, 14B, 14C, 14D mounted to panel assembly 612, which advantageously reduces signal loss associated with the assemblies 14, 14A, 14B, 14C, 14D and their associated wires/cables 38, 40.
  • In some embodiments and as shown in FIG. 47, one or more mounting members 85 (as described and disclosed in U.S. Pat. No. 8,731,364, the entire contents of which is hereby incorporated by reference in its entirety) can be removably mounted to manager member 81. More particularly and as disclosed in the '364 patent, each mounting member 85 typically includes at least one attachment member that is configured to attach or mount with respect to various equipment (e.g., to manager member 81) or the like. Each mounting member 85 can include one or more apertures 87, each aperture 87 configured to releasably secure a breakout assembly 89 or the like.
  • As shown in FIG. 47, exemplary mounting member 85 can also include one or more slots 91 (e g , similar to slots on plate 26) that are configured and dimensioned to allow cable management spool assemblies 28 to be mounted with respect to mounting member 85 (e.g., for cable management purposes).
  • It is noted that FIGS. 46-47 depict a manager member 81 mounted relative to panel assembly 612 via inner protrusion members 660′. However, it is noted that manager member 81 can also be similarly mounted with respect to the other panel assemblies (e.g., 12, 12′, 112, 112′, 512) disclosed herein via similar inner protrusion members or the like of the panel assemblies.
  • Although the systems and methods of the present disclosure have been described with reference to exemplary embodiments thereof, the present disclosure is not limited to such exemplary embodiments and/or implementations. Rather, the systems and methods of the present disclosure are susceptible to many implementations and applications, as will be readily apparent to persons skilled in the art from the disclosure hereof. The present disclosure expressly encompasses such modifications, enhancements and/or variations of the disclosed embodiments. Since many changes could be made in the above construction and many widely different embodiments of this disclosure could be made without departing from the scope thereof, it is intended that all matter contained in the drawings and specification shall be interpreted as illustrative and not in a limiting sense. Additional modifications, changes, and substitutions are intended in the foregoing disclosure. Accordingly, it is appropriate that the appended claims be construed broadly and in a manner consistent with the scope of the disclosure.

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1. A media patching system comprising:
a panel assembly having a substantially U-shaped configuration, the panel assembly including a front panel segment, a first side segment and a second side segment, with the front panel segment: (i) connecting the first and second side segments to define the substantially U-shaped configuration, and (ii) having a plurality of apertures with each aperture configured to mount with respect to a media connector assembly;
a first bracket member and a second bracket member, the first side segment of the panel assembly movably mounted with respect to the first bracket member and the second side segment of the panel assembly movably mounted with respect to the second bracket member;
wherein the front panel segment of the panel assembly moves axially forwards or backwards via: (i) the first side segment moving relative to the first bracket member, and (ii) the second side segment moving relative to the second bracket member.
2. The system of claim 1, wherein the front panel segment of the panel assembly includes: (i) a first connector assembly terminating at least one optical fiber, the first connector assembly mounted with respect to a first aperture of the plurality of apertures of the front panel segment, and (ii) a second connector assembly terminating at least one copper electrical wire, the second connector assembly mounted with respect to a second aperture of the plurality of apertures of the front panel segment;
wherein the first connector assembly includes one or more ports or adapters to facilitate communication with a mating fiber optic connector; and
wherein the second connector assembly includes a jack housing that is adapted to mate with a plug connector terminating copper electrical wires.
3. The system of claim 1, wherein the front panel segment includes two mounting holes;
wherein the panel assembly includes a bezel member having: (i) a plurality of apertures, and (ii) a rear face having two mounting members;
wherein the bezel member is configured to be mounted with respect to the front panel segment with the two mounting members securing to the two mounting holes;
wherein a first connector assembly is mounted with respect to a first aperture of the bezel member, the first connector assembly terminating at least one optical fiber; and
wherein a second connector assembly is mounted with respect to a second aperture of the bezel member, the second connector assembly terminating at least one copper electrical wire.
4. The system of claim 1, wherein the front panel segment includes two mounting holes;
wherein the panel assembly includes a bezel member having: (i) a slot, and (ii) a rear face having two mounting members;
wherein the bezel member is configured to be mounted with respect to the front panel segment with the two mounting members securing to the two mounting holes;
wherein a fiber optic connector assembly is mounted with respect to the slot of the bezel member; and
wherein the fiber optic connector assembly is a fiber optic cassette having a plurality of fiber optic ports for mating with fiber optic connectors.
5. The system of claim 1, wherein an outer surface of the first side segment of the panel assembly includes a protrusion member, and an outer surface of the second side segment of the panel assembly includes a protrusion member;
wherein the first bracket member includes a slot therethrough that extends along a length of the first bracket member, and the second bracket member includes a slot therethrough that extends along a length of the second bracket member; and
wherein the first side segment is movably mounted to the first bracket member via the protrusion member of the first side segment movably positioned within the slot of the first bracket member, and the second side segment is movably mounted to the second bracket member via the protrusion member of the second side segment movably positioned within the slot of the second bracket member.
6. The system of claim 5, wherein a proximal end of the slot of the first bracket member includes an enlarged portion, and a proximal end of the slot of the second bracket member includes an enlarged portion;
wherein the protrusion member of the first side segment is configured to be removed from the slot of the first bracket member when the protrusion member of the first side segment is positioned in the enlarged portion of the slot of the first bracket member; and
wherein the protrusion member of the second side segment is configured to be removed from the slot of the second bracket member when the protrusion member of the second side segment is positioned in the enlarged portion of the slot of the second bracket member.
7. The system of claim 1, wherein the first side segment includes an aperture therethrough;
wherein an inner surface of the first side segment includes a motion limiter member mounted thereto, the motion limiter member including a tab member that extends through the aperture of the first side segment;
wherein the first bracket member includes a distal slot portion and a proximal slot portion spaced apart from the distal slot portion; and
wherein the tab member extends through the distal slot portion when the panel assembly moves to a first position relative to the first and second bracket members, and the tab member extends through the proximal slot portion when the panel assembly moves to a second position relative to the first and second bracket members.
8. The system of claim 7, wherein the motion limiter member is mounted with respect to the inner surface of the first side segment via one or more protrusion members positioned on the inner surface of the first side segment.
9. The system of claim 5, wherein the slot of the first bracket member includes: (i) a distal end having a first downward angled slot portion, and (ii) a second downward angled slot portion spaced apart from the first downward angled slot portion; and
wherein the protrusion member of the first side segment is positioned within the first downward angled slot portion when the panel assembly moves to a first position relative to the first and second bracket members, and the protrusion member of the first side segment is positioned within the second downward angled slot portion when the panel assembly moves to a second position relative to the first and second bracket members.
10. The system of claim 1, wherein an outer surface of the first side segment includes a tab member, and an outer surface of the second side segment includes a tab member;
wherein the first bracket member includes a distal slot portion, and the second bracket member includes a distal slot portion;
wherein the first side segment is movably mounted to the first bracket member via the tab member of the first side segment movably positioned within the distal slot portion of the first bracket member, and the second side segment is movably mounted to the second bracket member via the tab member of the second side segment movably positioned within the distal slot portion of the second bracket member.
11. The system of claim 10, wherein the first bracket member includes a proximal slot portion spaced apart from the distal slot portion, and the second bracket member includes a proximal slot portion spaced apart from the distal slot portion;
wherein the tab member of the first side segment extends through the distal slot portion of the first bracket member and the tab member of the second side segment extends through the distal slot portion of the second bracket member when the panel assembly moves to a first position relative to the first and second bracket members; and
wherein the tab member of the first side segment extends through the proximal slot portion of the first bracket member and the tab member of the second side segment extends through the proximal slot portion of the second bracket member when the panel assembly moves to a second position relative to the first and second bracket members.
12. The system of claim 1, wherein a top side and a bottom side of the first and second side segments each include an enlarged section;
wherein a top side and a bottom side of the first and second bracket members each include at least one C-shaped flange; and
wherein the first side segment is movably mounted to the first bracket member via the enlarged sections of the first side segment movably positioned within the C-shaped flanges of the first bracket member, and the second side segment is movably mounted to the second bracket member via the enlarged sections of the second side segment movably positioned within the C-shaped flanges of the second bracket member.
13. The system of claim 12, wherein the top side and bottom side of the first and second bracket members each include two C-shaped flanges.
14. The system of claim 1, wherein a top and bottom surface of the first and second bracket members each include a plurality of protrusion members spaced apart from one another along a length of the first and second bracket members; and
wherein the first side segment is movably mounted to the first bracket member via top and bottom edges of the first side segment movably positioned between the top plurality of protrusion members and the bottom plurality of protrusion members of the first bracket member, and the second side segment is movably mounted to the second bracket member via top and bottom edges of the second side segment movably positioned between the top plurality of protrusion members and the bottom plurality of protrusion members of the second bracket member.
15. The system of claim 1, wherein an inner surface of the first side segment includes a protrusion member, and an inner surface of the second side segment includes a protrusion member;
wherein the panel assembly includes a removable cable manager member having: (i) one or more horizontal members and one or more vertical members, and (ii) a first securing member and a second securing member;
wherein the cable manager member is configured to be removably mounted with respect to the panel assembly with the first securing member engaging the protrusion member of the first side segment, and with the second securing member engaging the protrusion member of the second side segment.
16. The system of claim 15, wherein the removably mounted cable manager member translates along with the panel assembly when the panel assembly is moved relative to the first and second bracket members.
17. The system of claim 15, further including a mounting member removably mounted to the cable manager member, the mounting member including one or more apertures or slots, each aperture or slot configured to releasably secure a breakout assembly or a cable management member to the mounting member.
18. The system of claim 1, wherein an outer surface of the first side segment of the panel assembly includes three protrusion members, and an outer surface of the second side segment of the panel assembly includes three protrusion members;
wherein the first bracket member includes three slots therethrough that extend along a length of the first bracket member, and the second bracket member includes three slots therethrough that extend along a length of the second bracket member; and
wherein the first side segment is movably mounted to the first bracket member via the protrusion members of the first side segment movably positioned within a respective slot of the first bracket member, and the second side segment is movably mounted to the second bracket member via the protrusion members of the second side segment movably positioned within a respective slot of the second bracket member.
19. A media patching system comprising:
a panel assembly having a substantially U-shaped configuration, the panel assembly including a front panel segment, a first side segment and a second side segment, with the front panel segment: (i) connecting the first and second side segments to define the substantially U-shaped configuration, and (ii) having a plurality of apertures with each aperture configured to mount with respect to a media connector assembly;
a first bracket member and a second bracket member, the first and second bracket members each including a slot portion, with a top side and a bottom side of the first and second bracket members each including at least one flange member;
wherein a top side and a bottom side of the first and second side segments each include an enlarged section;
wherein the first side segment is movably mounted to the first bracket member with: (i) a tab member of the first side segment movably positioned within the slot portion of the first bracket member, and (ii) the enlarged sections of the first side segment movably positioned within the flange members of the first bracket member;
wherein the second side segment is movably mounted to the second bracket member with: (i) a tab member of the second side segment movably positioned within the slot portion of the second bracket member, and (ii) the enlarged sections of the second side segment movably positioned within the flange members of the second bracket member;
wherein the front panel segment of the panel assembly moves axially forwards or backwards via: (i) the first side segment moving relative to the first bracket member, and (ii) the second side segment moving relative to the second bracket member.
20. A media patching system comprising:
a panel assembly having a substantially U-shaped configuration, the panel assembly including a front panel segment, a first side segment and a second side segment, with the front panel segment: (i) connecting the first and second side segments to define the substantially U-shaped configuration, and (ii) having a plurality of apertures with each aperture configured to mount with respect to a media connector assembly;
a first bracket member and a second bracket member;
means for mounting the panel assembly to the first and second bracket members so that the panel assembly can move relative to the first and second bracket members between a distal position and a proximal position and vice-versa; and
means for stopping the movement of the panel assembly relative to the first and second bracket members at a pre-determined position between the distal position and the proximal position.
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