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Assembly of electric connectors

Imported: 24 Feb '17 | Published: 06 Jan '04

Makoto Morita, Toshiaki Horii

USPTO - Utility Patents

Abstract

An electric connector assembly has an upper connector (

1) stacked on a lower connector (

2) and having an insulated housing (

4), whose opposite side-walls extend downwards to form pairs of elongate legs (

5). An insulated housing (

20) of the lower connector (

2) also has opposite side-walls extending down to form a pair of stubby legs (

21) shorter than the elongate legs (

5). The lower connector (

2) is detachably secured in between the elongate legs (

5) so as to be nested in the upper connector (

1), in such a manner that either of the upper and lower connectors (

1,2) can be separated from the other so as to be used alone, although any additional supporting parts or the like is not required to stack the upper connector on the lower connector.

Description

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 is a perspective view of an assembly of electric connectors provided herein;

FIG. 2 is a fragmentary perspective view of the assembly, with its principal parts shown in cross section;

FIG. 3 is a side elevation of the connector assembly;

FIG. 4 is a cross section taken along the line

4

4 in FIG. 3;

FIG. 5 is a cross-sectional side elevation of the connector assembly in use;

FIG. 6 is a perspective view of an upper connector included in the assembly;

FIG. 7 is a fragmentary perspective view of the upper connector, with its principal parts shown in cross section;

FIG. 8 is a side elevation of the upper connector;

FIG. 9 is a cross section taken along the line

9

9 in FIG. 8;

FIG. 10 is a fragmentary and cross-sectional side elevation of the upper connector from which a guiding support has been removed;

FIG. 11 is a cross-sectional side elevation of the upper connector used alone;

FIG. 12 is a perspective view of a lower connector included in the assembly;

FIG. 13 is a fragmentary perspective view of the lower connector, with its principal parts shown in cross section;

FIG. 14 is a side elevation of the lower connector;

FIG. 15 is a cross section taken along the line

15

15 in FIG. 14;

FIG. 16 is a fragmentary and cross-sectional side elevation of the lower connector from which the guiding support has been removed;

FIG. 17 is a cross-sectional side elevation of the lower connector used alone;

FIG. 18 is a perspective view of the guiding support; and

FIG. 19 is a plan view of the guiding support.

Claims

1. An assembly of electric connectors, the connectors being an upper connector and a lower connector stacked one on another:

2. An assembly of electric connectors as defined in claim 1, wherein the guiding supports of the upper and lower connectors are formed integral with each other to provide a common support plate.

3. An assembly of electric connectors as defined in claim 1, wherein each elongate leg of the upper connector has a cutout opened down, and each stubby leg of the lower connector has a ridge fitted in the cutout so that the insulated housings of the connectors are fixed in place relative to each other.