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Connecting means for electrical conductors embedded in an insulating housing

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Jan. 23, 1962 J. CATALDO 3,018,463

CONNECTING MEANS FOR ELECTRICAL CONDUCTORS EMBEDDED IN AN INSULATING HOUSING Filed July 23, 1956 2 Sheets-Sheet 1 INVENTOR. JOHN CATHL D0 Jan. 23, 1962 J. CATALDO 3,018,463

CONNECTING MEANS FOR ELECTRICAL CONDUCTORS EMBEDDED IN AN INSULATING HOUSING Filed July 25, 1956 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 BYWW% MM 3,9l8,i3 Patented Jan. 23, 1962 3,018,463 CGNNECTING MEANS FOR ELECTRICAL CUN- DUC'IURS EMBEDDED IN AN INSULATING HOUSING .Iohn Cataldo, Birmingham, Mich, assignor, by mesne assignrnents, to I-T-E Circuit Breaker Company, Philadelphia, Pa, a corporation of Pennsylvania Filed July 23, 1956. Ser. No. 599,392 3 Claims. (Cl. 339-164) This invention relates to a connecting means for a first and second pair of conductors, each of which are embedded in insulating housings wherein the direction of the first and second pairs of conductors may be different.

Electrical conductors which are embedded in insulating housings may be seen with reference to application Serial No. 252,272, filed October 20, 1951 and now abandoned.

A primary object of this invention is to provide a connecting means which is so adapted as to allow interconnection between a first and second pair of conductors which are embedded in insulating housings wherein connection may be obtained by an insertion of the conductors into cooperating clip connectors supported within the connecting means.

Another object of this invention is to provide a connecting means of theabove described type which is comprised of an insulating housing and a back plate wherein the insulating housing is so constructed as to position and maintain a first and second electrical connector which are adapted to allow plug-in type connection between a first and second pair of conductors embedded in insulated housings.

Yet another object of this invention is to provide a connecting means of the above described type which carries electrical connectors therein adapted to be energizable from a power source so as to energize a pair of conductors housed within an insulating housing.

A further object of our invention is to provide a connecting means of the above described type which is fastened to a back plate so as to be mountable to an outlet box, this back plate having snappable grooves inscribed therein for providing easy points of fracture to adjust the size of the wall plate.

A still further object of this invention is to provide a connecting means of the above described type which is adjustably mounted on a wall plate so as to be capable of receiving a pair of conductors embedded in an insulating housing when this pair of conductors are in a horizontal or vertical direction.

These and other objects of this invention will become apparent from the following description when taken in connection with the drawings in which:

FIGURE 1 shows a perspective view of the connecting means of this invention when adapted to be mounted on a wall plate for subsequent mounting to an outlet box.

FIGURE 2 shows an exploded perspective of a connecting means constructed in accordance with this invention when it is adapted to be mounted on a wall plate for subsequent mounting to an outlet box.

FIGURE 3 shows a rear view of FIGURE 2.

FIGURE 4 shows a rear view of FIGURE 2 with the wall and back plates removed.

FIGURE 5 shows a side view of FIGURE 3.

FIGURE 6 shows a top view of FIGURE 3.

Now referring to the figures which illustrate my novel mounting device including means for bringing power leads to the electrical connectors to thereby energize the pairs of conductors connected thereto. This device is a straight through type of connecting means which is comprised of the housing '72 and connectors 73 and 74, which are maintained within the housing 72 by the back plate and cooperating screws 76 and 77.

As is seen in the bottom view of FIGURE 4, the connectors 73 and 74 which are connected to power leads 76' and 77 respectively nest within the housing 72 in recesses constructed to position and maintain the spring contacts 78, 79, 80 and 81 for cooperation with a pair of conductors embedded in an insulating housing.

By way of example, FIGURE 2 shows the spring type conductors 78 and 81 as being positioned to cooperate with a pair of conductors 82 and 83 while access to terminals 79 and 80 is blocked by the insulating plug 84 which may be inserted into the housing 72. Plug 84 may be replaced by another pair of conductors 82, 83 and their insulating housing 100.

This straight through type of connecting means may then be connected to a wall plate 85 by means of the screw 86 which projects through aperture 87 of the housing 72, aperture 88 of the back plate 75, and aperture 89 of the wall plate 85. The power leads 76' and '77 are, as may be seen more specifically in FIGURE 3,

taken through the aperture 90 of the back plate 75 and the curved aperture 91 of the wall plate 85. The boundaries of curved aperture 91 are defined by rolled over edge portions 91 extending rearwardly of plate 85. Wall plate 85 may then be mounted to an outlet box by the fastening means extending through apertures 92 and 93. Clearly the leads 76' and 77 which extend into the outlet box may be connectible to the power leads therein.

In view of the curved construction of aperture 91, it is seen that upon loosening of the fastening means 86, that the housing 72 with its assembled connectors 73 and 74 and back plate 75 may be rotated from the vertical position seen in the solid lines of FIGURE 2 to the horizontal position seen in the dotted lines of FIGURE 2, the slot 91 permitting movement of leads 76 and 77' within this slot in an arcuate path. I

It is to be further noted that the wall plate 85 has grooves 94, 95, 96 and 97 inscribed therein. These grooves provide easy points of fracture to thereby allow adjustment of the size of the wall plate 85. Clearly, a similar set of grooves could be provided in the horizontal direction in the same manner.

Since the connecting means may now be considered a power source, it may be important in some applications to have polarization for the leads 76' and 77. Polarization in the case of this type of connector is provided by constructing the housing 72 to have a slot 98 therein which is positioned oif center to cooperate with an olf-center protrusion such as protrusion 99 of an insulating housing such as the insulating housing 109 which carries conductors 82 and 83 only when the leads 82 and 83 are properly polarized with respect to the potentials appearing at spring contacts 78 and 81 respectively.

Although preferred embodiments of this invention have been described herein, many variations and modifications will now be evident to those skilled in the art. We prefer, therefore, to be limited, not by the specific disclosure herein, but only by the appended claims.

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1. A connecting means connectible to a first and sec-ond pair of conductors embedded in a first and second insulating housing respectively; said connecting means comprising a first and second electrical connector, an insulating housing, a back plate and means to fasten said back plate to said connecting means insulating housing; each end of said first and second electrical connectors having clip connectors of spring type current carrying material for cooperating with one of said conductors of said first and second pair of conductors in spring biasing engagement; said connecting means insulating housing being constructed to position and maintain said first and second electrical connectors in a predetermined relationship when said back plate is fastened to said connecting means insulating housing; a wall plate; means adjustably mounting said connecting means to said wall plate; said wall plate being mountable to an outlet box; individual flexible conductors connected to each of said first and said second electrical connectors for connecting same to a power source; said flexible conductor extending through said back plate and an arcuate slot in said wall plate.

2. A connecting means connectible to a first and second pair of conductors embedded in a first and second insulating housing respectively; said connecting means comprising a first and second electrical connector, an insulating housing, a back plate and means to fasten said back plate to said connecting means insulating housing; each end of said first and second electrical connectors having clip connectors of spring type current carrying material for cooperating with one of said conductors of said first and second pair of conductors in spring biasing engagement; said connecting means insulating housing being constructed to position and maintain said first and second electrical connectors in a predetermined relationship when said back plate is fastened to said connecting means insulating housing; a wall plate; means adjustably mounting said connecting means to said wall plate; said wall plate being mountable to an outlet box; individual flexible conductors connected to each of said first and said second electrical connectors for connecting same to a power source; said flexible conductors extending through said back plate and an arcuate slot in said wall plate; said arcuate slot being of a length sufficient to limit relative movement between said connecting means and said wall plate to approximately 90.

3. A connecting means connectible to a first and second pair of conductors embedded in a first and second insulating housing respectively; said connecting means comprising a first and second electrical connector, an insulating housing, a back plate and means to fasten said back plate to said connecting means insulating housing; each end of said first and second electrical connectors having clip connectors of spring type current carrying material for cooperating with one of said conductors of said first and second pair of conductors in spring biasing engagement; said connecting means insulating housing being constructed to position and maintain said first and second electrical connectors in a predetermined relationship when said back plate is fastened to said connecting means insulating housing; a wall plate; securing means adjustably mounting said connecting means to said wall plate; said first and second electrical connectors being connectible to a power source by conductors extending through an aperture in said wall plate; said wall plate being mountable in an outlet box; said aperture being constructed to permit adjustment of said connecting means between a first and a second position with respect to said wall plate by a rotation of at least in a plane parallel to said wall plate without dismounting therefrom; said securing means defining an axis of rotation for said connecting means and also comprising means for maintaining said connecting means in adjusted positions.

References Cited in the file of this patent UNITED STATES PATENTS Re. 19,092 Despard Feb. 20, 1934 1,157,026 Meschenmoser Oct. 19, 1915 1,779,924 Wallace Oct. 28, 1930 2,029,149 Barnes Ian. 28, 1936 2,212,145 Benander Aug. 20, 1940 2,218,545 Morten Oct. 22, 1940 2,227,743 Bone Jan. 7, 1941 2,239,652 Morten et a1. Apr. 21, 1941 2,265,341 Bol'chert Dec. 9, 1941 2,351,632 OBrien June 20, 1944 2,488,113 Barocas Nov. 15, 1949 2,538,296 Crocker Jan. 16, 1951 2,565,075 Harcharek Aug. 21, 1951 2,591,009 Riche Apr. 1, 1952 2,611,800 Naughton Sept. 23, 1952 2,792,557 Dowick May 14, 1957 2,792,561 Cohen May 14, 1957 FOREIGN PATENTS 554,477 Germany July 13, 1932 944,925 France Apr. 20, 1949

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