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WO1999035716A1
WO1999035716A1 PCT/EP1999/000116 EP9900116W WO9935716A1 WO 1999035716 A1 WO1999035716 A1 WO 1999035716A1 EP 9900116 W EP9900116 W EP 9900116W WO 9935716 A1 WO9935716 A1 WO 9935716A1
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Pier Carlo Bigotto
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Framatome Connectors International S.A.
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    • HELECTRICITY
    • H01BASIC ELECTRIC ELEMENTS
    • H01RLINE CONNECTORS; CURRENT COLLECTORS
    • H01R13/00Details of coupling devices of the kinds covered by groups H01R12/70 or H01R24/00-H01R33/00
    • H01R13/62Means for facilitating engagement or disengagement of coupling parts or for holding them in engagement
    • H01R13/627Snap or like fastening
    • H01R13/6271Latching means integral with the housing
    • H01R13/6272Latching means integral with the housing comprising a single latching arm
    • HELECTRICITY
    • H01BASIC ELECTRIC ELEMENTS
    • H01RLINE CONNECTORS; CURRENT COLLECTORS
    • H01R13/00Details of coupling devices of the kinds covered by groups H01R12/70 or H01R24/00-H01R33/00
    • H01R13/02Contact members
    • H01R13/28Contacts for sliding cooperation with identically-shaped contact, e.g. for hermaphroditic coupling devices
    • HELECTRICITY
    • H01BASIC ELECTRIC ELEMENTS
    • H01RLINE CONNECTORS; CURRENT COLLECTORS
    • H01R13/00Details of coupling devices of the kinds covered by groups H01R12/70 or H01R24/00-H01R33/00
    • H01R13/46Bases; Cases
    • H01R13/50Bases; Cases formed as an integral body
    • H01R13/501Bases; Cases formed as an integral body comprising an integral hinge or a frangible part

Abstract

An electric connector (1) having an insulating casing (3) defining a number of seats (6); and a number of electric terminals (7), each of which is housed in a respective seat (6) and has a contact portion (14) cooperating with a complementary contact element (14'), and a connection portion (13) which is connected to a respective electric cable (8) and in turn has knife means (15) defining an opening (17) for crosswise insertion of the cable (8); the casing (3) is defined by a box-shaped main body (20) defining an inner through cavity (21), and by a secondary body (22), which defines the seats (6) for housing the terminals (7), fits into a work position inside the cavity (21) of the main body (20), and, when outside the main body (20), permits transverse fitment of the cable (8) to the connection portions (13) of the respective terminals (7); the casing (3) is molded in one piece, and has a number of breakable connecting blades (42) connecting the secondary body (22) to the main body (20) in an assembly position in which the secondary body (22) projects outwards of the main body (20).

Description

ELECTRIC CONNECTOR

TECHNICAL FIELD

The present invention relates to an electric connector of the type comprising an insulating casing defining a number of seats; and a number of electric terminals housed coaxially in respective seats and retained inside the seats by snap-on retaining means.

BACKGROUND ART As is known, electric terminals substantially comprise a connection portion for connection to an electric cable; and a contact portion which cooperates, in use, with a complementary contact element, such as another electric terminal or a printed circuit board. Some known electric terminals have a so-called IDC

(insulation displacement contact) connection portion, i.e. comprising a knife element defining two blades between which the cable is forced transversely to cut the insulating sheath and establish electrical contact with the conductor inside, as opposed to the traditional method of stripping the end portion of the cable sheath.

The casing housing terminals of the above type is normally defined by a box-shaped main body defining an inner through cavity, and by a secondary or terminal-holder body which is separate from the main body, defines the terminal seats, and clicks into a work position inside the cavity of the main body. When outside the main body, the secondary body enables the cables to be fitted transversely to the connection portions of the respective terminals.

A major drawback of connectors of the above type is the need to store and assemble two separate bodies (the main and secondary body of the casing) , which, furthermore, are necessarily produced using two different molds, thus increasing cost. DISCLOSURE OF INVENTION It is an object of the present invention to provide an electric connector designed to eliminate the aforementioned drawbacks typically associated with known connectors.

According to the present invention, there is provided an electric connector comprising an insulating casing defining at least one seat for housing a respective electric terminal; said terminal comprising a contact portion cooperating with a complementary contact element, and a connection portion for connection to a respective electric cable; said casing comprising a box-shaped main body defining an inner through cavity, and a secondary body defining said seat for housing said terminal, and which fits inside said cavity of said main body in a work position, and, when located outside the main body, permits insertion of said terminal inside said seat; characterized in that said casing is molded in one piece, and comprises breakable connecting means connecting said secondary body to said main body in an assembly position in which said secondary body projects outwards from said main body.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF DRAWINGS

A preferred, non-limiting embodiment of the present invention will be described by way of example with reference to the accompanying drawings, in which:

Figure 1 shows a view in perspective of an electric connector in accordance with the present invention and in the assembly position; Figure 2 shows a longitudinal section, with parts removed for clarity, of the Figure 1 electric connector;

Figure 3 shows a larger-scale view in perspective of a detail of the Figure 2 electric connector in the work position; Figure 4 shows a side view of an electric connecting unit defined by the Figure 1-3 electric connector and by an identical complementary electric connector;

Figure 5 shows a longitudinal section of the Figure 4 electric connecting unit;

Figure 6 shows an exploded view in perspective of the Figure 4 and 5 electric connecting unit;

Figure 7 shows a front view of the Figure 2 and 3 electric connector connected to an identical complementary electric connector indicated by the dash lines.

BEST MODE FOR CARRYING OUT THE INVENTION Number 1 in Figures 1 to 3 indicates as a whole a hermaphroditic electric connector which mates, in a longitudinal mating direction A, with an identical complementary electric connector 1' (Figures 4 to 7) to form an electric connecting unit 2. In particular, when assembling unit 2 (Figure 6), connector 1' is positioned facing and rotated 180° about direction A with respect to connector 1.

With reference to the accompanying drawings, connector 1 substantially comprises an insulating casing 3 defining two superimposed rows 4, 5 of through seats 6

- in the example shown, ten in each row 4, 5 - having respective longitudinal axes B parallel to direction A; and a number of hermaphroditic electric terminals 7, which are connected to respective electric cables 8, are housed coaxially inside respective seats 6, and are retained one-way inside seats 6 by snap-on retaining means described later on.

As is known, each electric cable 8 comprises an inner conductor 10 defined by a number of strands (not shown); and an outer insulating sheath 11 (Figures 1, 4,

5, 6).

With particular reference to Figure 5 , each terminal 7 comprises , integrally, a substantially cylindrical intermediate portion 12 of axis B; a connection portion 13 for connection to respective electric cable 8; and a contact portion 14 cooperating, in use, with a contact portion 14' of an identical complementary electric terminal 7'.

The connection portion 13 of each terminal 7 is a so-called IDC (insulation displacement contact) type, and comprises, integrally, a substantially U-shaped knife element 15 defining two blades 16 located symmetrically on opposite sides of respective axis B and between which cable 8 is forced crosswise to direction A to cut insulating sheath 11 and establish electrical contact with the inner conductor 10 of cable 8. More specifically, blades 16 of each terminal 7 define an opening 17 (Figure 1) through which to insert respective electric cable 8 transversely.

Casing 3 comprises a box-shaped, substantially parallelepiped main body 20 defining an inner through cavity 21; and a secondary or terminal-holder body 22, which defines seats 6 for housing terminals 7, clicks into a work position inside cavity 21 in direction A, and, when outside main body 20, enables cables 8 to be fitted transversely to connection portions 13 of respective terminals 7. More specifically, cavity 21 comes out through a rear opening 18, from which electric cables 8 project in use, and through a front opening 19 opposite opening 18. Main body 20 is defined by two substantially parallel base walls 23, 24 facing respective rows 4 and 5 of seats 6 in the work position of secondary body 22, and by two lateral guide walls 25 joined to base walls 23, 24 by respective curved lateral edges. Each lateral wall 25 is divided into two flat longitudinal portions 26, 27 of substantially the same height and defining a step. More specifically, portions 26 adjoining base wall 23 project with respect to respective portions 27. Base wall 23 and portions 26 of lateral walls 25 have respective longitudinal end portions projecting frontwards with respect to base wall 24 and portions 27 of lateral walls 25, and defining as a whole a U-shaped flange 28 of main body 20. When connecting connectors 1 and 1', flange 28 of each connector 1, 1' slides over the base wall 24 and portions 27 of lateral walls 25 of the other connector 1', 1 (Figures 4 and 6).

The front end portion of base wall 23 comprises a C-shaped recess 29 along a respective front peripheral edge .

Secondary body 22 comprises two substantially flat, parallel lateral walls 30 which, in use, slide inside cavity 21 of main body 20 along respective lateral walls 25; a transverse wall 31 substantially parallel to base walls 23, 24 and extending perpendicularly between mid-portions of lateral walls 30; and a number of intermediate walls 32, which are parallel to lateral walls 30, intersect transverse wall 31, and define, between one another and with lateral walls 30 and transverse wall 31, said two superimposed rows 4 , 5 of seats 6.

More specifically, each seat 6 comprises a substantially U-shaped rear portion 35 for housing connection portion 13 of respective terminal 7 , and in turn comprising an opening 36 located on the same side as opening 17 of terminal 7 and on the opposite side to transverse wall 31 to permit insertion of respective cable 8 between blades 16 in a direction crosswise to direction A. Each seat 6 also comprises a substantially cylindrical front portion 37 closed on the opposite side to transverse wall 31 by a respective wall 38 parallel to transverse wall 31; a U-shaped rear opening 39 from which respective electric able 8 projects in use; and a circular front opening 40 opposite opening 39.

As shown in Figures 1, 4, 5, 6, each terminal 7 is inserted inside respective seat 6 through respective opening 39 and in an insertion direction parallel to respective axis B, so that respective contact portion 14 projects axially from seat 6 through respective opening 40. Each seat 6 has a known retaining tooth 41 carried by one of walls 30, 32 laterally defining seat 6, and which snaps onto the connection portion 13 of respective terminal 7 to retain the terminal one-way inside seat 6 and prevent withdrawal of the terminal though opening 39.

According to the present invention, casing 3 is molded in one piece, and comprises a number of - in the example shown, four - breakable connecting blades 42 connecting secondary body 22 to main body 20 in an assembly position in which secondary body 22 projects outwards from main body 20. In particular, connecting blades 42 are located close to respective vertices of a front surface 43 of secondary body 22, and extend from front surface 43 to a peripheral edge of opening 18 of main body 20 (Figure 2) . With particular reference to Figure 2, main body

20 comprises a number of elastically deformable retaining lances 33, which project inside cavity 21 from base wall 23 towards opening 19 in direction A, and snap onto respective rear edges 34 of respective walls 38 of secondary body 22 to prevent withdrawal of secondary body 22 from cavity 21.

In a preferred embodiment, secondary body 22 comprises shell-sector protection means 44 (Figures 2, 3, 7) which, in use, partly surround contact portions 14 of terminals 7, and define, with corresponding shell-sector protection means 44' carried by an identical complementary casing 3' of connector 1', a number of protective shells 47 (Figure 7) for protecting respective pairs of mutually connected identical complementary terminals 7, 7' .

More specifically, shell-sector protection means 44 comprise, for each seat 6, a first projection 45, which projects in direction A from front surface 43 of secondary body 22, extends along a peripheral edge portion of respective opening 40, and has a substantially J-shaped cross section with the concavity facing respective terminal 7. Each projection 45 comprises a straight portion 48 alongside contact portion 14 of terminal 7; and a curved portion 49 forming an extension of straight portion 48 and extending substantially about a quarter of the circumferential peripheral edge of respective opening 40.

The projections 45 of each pair of superimposed seats 6, and therefore of the respective pair of superimposed terminals 7, are positioned upside down with respect to each other and with reference to transverse wall 31, and are located on opposite sides of respective terminals 7 so as to define, with corresponding projections 45' carried by identical complementary connector 1', a closed oval-section jacket 50 enclosing said two terminals 7. The projections 45 of adjacent seats 6 in the same row 4 , 5 are located on opposite sides of respective terminals 7; and the projections 45 of adjacent seats 6 in the same row 4 , 5 and located at respective intermediate walls 32 are arranged side by side in pairs to define respective numbers of substantially Y-shaped elements 51, 52. More specifically, the shaped elements 52 of row 5 of seats 6 are upside down with respect to the shaped elements 51 of row 4 of seats 6, and are offset with respect to shaped elements 51 in a direction perpendicular to lateral walls 30.

Shell-sector protection means 44 also comprise, for each pair of superimposed seats 6, a projection 46, which projects from front surface 43, substantially forms an extension of transverse wall 31, is interposed between a respective pair of superimposed terminals 7 , and is defined, towards terminals 7, by respective curved surfaces 53. More specifically, each of said surfaces 53 is concave towards the facing terminal 7, and is substantially aligned with a peripheral edge portion of opening 40 from which contact portion 14 of terminal 7 projects.

Each projection 46 extends between straight portions 48 of each pair of projections 45 of respective superimposed seats 6 , has an L-shaped longitudinal section (Figure 5) , and mates with an identical projection 46' on connector 1' to define, in use, a transverse partition dividing jacket 50 into two superimposed protective shells 47.

With reference to the accompanying drawings, connector 1 also comprises a retaining lever 60 and a tooth 61 with a substantially right-triangular profile, which are carried respectively by opposite base walls 23, 24 of main body 20 of casing 3, and respectively snap onto an identical tooth 61' and an identical retaining lever 60' carried by identical complementary connector 1 ' . More specifically, retaining lever 60 is elongated in direction A, and comprises an integral tooth 62, which projects towards casing 3 from a front end of lever 60, has a substantially right-triangular profile, and snaps onto tooth 61' of identical complementary connector 1 ' .

Retaining lever 60 is connected integrally to a beam element 63, which is fitted integrally at opposite ends to respective lateral edges, parallel to direction A, of base wall 23, and extends crosswise to retaining lever 60, which thus oscillates about beam element 63 and is activated manually to release teeth 62 and 61' and so release connectors 1 and 1'.

Beam element 63 has an arc-shaped longitudinal section with the concavity facing base wall 23 of casing 3, and decreases in width from the opposite ends towards a central portion connected to retaining lever 60.

Connector 1 is assembled as described below, commencing with casing 3 in the molded configuration in which secondary body 22 is connected in the assembly position to main body 20 by connecting blades 42.

In particular, terminals 7 are inserted inside respective seats 6 of secondary body 22 through respective openings 39, and are pushed in direction A along seats 6 so that retaining teeth 41 snap onto respective connection portions 13. At this point, the end portions of electric cables 8 are inserted, crosswise to direction A, through respective openings 36 into portions 35 of respective seats 6, and are forced into respective connection portions 13 of terminals 7 through openings 17 of knife elements 15 so as to cut insulating sheaths 11 of cables 8 and establish electrical contact with inner conductors 10 of cables 8. Once cables 8 are fitted to respective terminals 7, assembly of connector 1 is completed by sliding secondary body 22 inside cavity 21 of main body 20 so as to simultaneously break connecting blades 42. Lances 33 flex towards base wall 23 to permit insertion of secondary body 22; and, once secondary body 22 is inserted fully inside cavity 21, lances 33 spring back to snap behind rear edges 34 of respective walls 38 and so form a stop to prevent withdrawal of secondary body 22.

Unit 2 is assembled by positioning connector 1' facing and rotated 180° about direction A with respect to connector 1, and by bringing connectors 1 and 1' together in direction A. When so doing, flange 28 of each connector 1, 1' slides along wall 24 and portions 27 of walls 25 of the other connector 1', 1 so that retaining levers 60, 60' snap onto respective teeth 61', 61.

Once the unit is assembled, each pair of mutually connected identical complementary terminals 7 , 7 ' is surrounded completely by a respective protective shell 47 defined by mutual penetration of projections 45, 45', 46, 46' of connectors 1, 1', and is therefore insulated from the adjacent pairs of terminals 7, 7'.

The advantages of connector 1 according to the present invention will be clear from the foregoing description. In particular, molding main and secondary bodies

20, 22 in one piece and in a given (assembly) position provides, on the one hand, for dealing with only one body from actual manufacture of casing 3 to assembly of connector 1, and, on the other, for assembling connector 1 quickly and easily by simply inserting terminals 7 inside respective seats 6 on secondary body 22 of casing 3 in the assembly position, fitting cables 8 transversely to connection portions 13 of respective terminals 7, and sliding secondary body 22 inside cavity 21 of main body 20 to simultaneously break connecting blades 42. Main and secondary bodies 20, 22 are therefore only detached at the final stage in the assembly of connector 1, and in particular when secondary body 22 is inserted inside main body 20. Furthermore, main and secondary bodies 20, 22 are formed in one mold, thus reducing cost.

Clearly, changes may be made to connector 1 as described herein without, however, departing from the scope of the present invention. In particular, connector 1 may be of a different type, e.g. other than hermaphroditic, and may be connected to a different type of connecting element, e.g. a complementary connector, a printed circuit board or a terminal board of an electronic device. Similarly, contact portion 14 of terminal 7 may be of any other type, in particular, other than hermaphroditic, such as female or male in the form of a blade or cylindrical pin.

Claims

1) An electric connector (1) comprising an insulating casing (3) defining at least one seat (6) for housing a respective electric terminal (7) ; said terminal (7) comprising a contact portion (14) cooperating with a complementary contact element (14'), and a connection portion (13) for connection to a respective electric cable (8) ; said casing (3) comprising a box-shaped main body (20) defining an inner through cavity (21) , and a secondary body (22) defining said seat (6) for housing said terminal (7) , and which fits inside said cavity (21) of said main body (20) in a work position, and, when located outside the main body (20) , permits insertion of said terminal (7) inside said seat (6) ; characterized in that said casing (3) is molded in one piece, and comprises breakable connecting means (42) connecting said secondary body (22) to said main body (20) in an assembly position in which said secondary body (22) projects outwards from said main body (20) .
2) A connector as claimed in Claim 1, characterized in that said connection portion (13) of said terminal (7) comprises knife means (15) defining a first opening (17) for transverse insertion of said cable (8) inside said seat (6) of said secondary body
(22) in said assembly position of the secondary body (22). 3) A connector as claimed in Claim 1 or 2, characterized in that said secondary body (22) comprises a number of said seats (6) for housing respective said electric terminals (7) . 4) A connector as claimed in Claim 3, characterized in that said electric terminals are hermaphroditic electric terminals (7) which mate with respective identical complementary electric terminals (7'); and in that said casing (3) comprises shell-sector protection means (44) carried by said secondary body (22) , partly surrounding, in use, said contact portions (14) of said terminals (7) , and defining, with corresponding shell-sector protection means (44') carried by an identical complementary electric connector (1') connectable to said connector (1), a number of protective shells (47) for protecting respective pairs of mutually-connected identical complementary terminals (7, 7').
5) A connector as claimed in any one of the foregoing Claims, characterized in that said casing (3) comprises snap-on retaining means (33) for mutually locking said main body (20) and said secondary body (22) , and defining said work position of the secondary body (22) . 6) A connector as claimed in Claim 5, characterized in that said snap-on retaining means comprise a number of elastically deformable lances (33) projecting inside said cavity (21) of said main body (20) , and which snap onto respective engaging elements (34) of said secondary body (22) to prevent withdrawal of the secondary body (22) from said cavity (21) .
7) A connector as claimed in any one of the foregoing Claims from 3 to 6, characterized in that said cavity (21) of said main body (20) communicates externally via a second opening (18) from which said electric cables (8) extend in use; said breakable connecting means comprising a number of connecting blades (42) extending between a peripheral edge of said second opening (18) and an end edge of a front surface (43) of said secondary body (22) from which said contact portions (14) of said terminals (7) project in use; said connecting blades (42) being breakable upon insertion of said secondary body (22) inside said cavity
(21) of said main body (20) .
8) A connector as claimed in any one of the foregoing Claims from 3 to 7 , characterized in that each said seat (6) comprises a U-shaped portion (35) for housing said connection portion (13) of the respective said terminal (7) , and having a third opening (36) located on the same side as said first opening (17) of the connection portion (13) and for enabling transverse insertion of the respective said cable (8) . 9) A connector as claimed in any one of the foregoing Claims, characterized in that said main body (20) comprises two substantially parallel first lateral guide walls (25) ; and in that said secondary body (22) comprises two second lateral walls (30) which slide along respective said first lateral guide walls (25) as said secondary body (22) is inserted inside said cavity (21) of the main body (20) . 10) A connector as claimed in Claim 9, characterized in that said secondary body (22) comprises a transverse wall (31) crosswise to said second lateral walls (30) ; and a number of intermediate walls (32) parallel to said second lateral walls (30) and defining, with the second lateral walls (30) and with said transverse wall (31), two superimposed rows (4, 5) of said seats (6) for housing said terminals (7) ; said third openings (36) of each pair of superimposed said seats (6) being located on opposite sides of said transverse wall (31) .
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