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Fast connecting system for electrical or electronic devices with interchangeable common elements

Imported: 24 Feb '17 | Published: 11 May '04

Marti Palet Mercader, Miguel Ortiz Gimenez

USPTO - Utility Patents

Abstract

This system is applicable to the connection and assembly between electric or electronic modules or devices (

1 and

2) which are fitted with input and output connectors installed in corresponding bases which are supplemented with protective covers installed on the connector input and output sections proper. The novelty consists of the input connector sections (

5) of the module (

2) including, reproduced and integrated, the base (

7) and cover (

8) of the output connector section (

4) of the module (

1), as a result of which these bases (

7) and cover (

8) of the module (

1) can be changed over to the output connector sections (

6) of the module (

2), it therefore being possible for this module to be supplied without said base and cover. Additionally, a fast system for connecting and attaching the two modules (

1 and

2) to one another has been provided based on the screws (

16) which make the connection and attachment between the terminals of the two modules (

1 and

2), are mounted on springs (

18) which keep them open and facing the openings through which the connector terminals proper are put in and screwed into place. These modules can be concatenated, in other words, whatever number of modules may be desired or may be necessary depending upon their intended use, can be connected to each other one after the other.

Description

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

To complete the description which is going to be made in following and for the purpose of aiding in a better comprehension of the features of this invention, a set of drawings is attached to this descriptive account, based on which the innovations and advantages of the system comprising the object of the invention may be more easily understood.

FIG.

1. Showing a depiction from one perspective view of the basic and supplementary modules, separate from one another, exactly as they are supplied to the user, for making their connection and attachment.

FIG.

2. Showing a likewise perspective view of the same basic and supplementary modules shown in the figure above, in which it can be seen how the base holding the screws onto which the setscrews of the terminals are screwed has been separated from the output connector section of the basic module, as well as the corresponding protective cover of the basic module, the arrows shown in this figure indicating the sections from which these two elements are removed as well as the section in which these elements are mounted on the corresponding supplementary module.

FIG.

3. Showing a perspective view of the two modules facing one another for making their connection and attachment, the supplementary module incorporating the corresponding protective cover and base which have previously been removed from the basic module.

FIG.

4. Showing a perspective view of the part corresponding to the output connectors of the supplementary modules, exactly as it is sold, in other words, without the base and cover which must be removed from the basic module to e mounted in the output connector section of thee supplementary module shown in the figure.

FIG.

5. Showing a side elevational view of the two modules facing one another and ready to be coupled to one another, showing the end parts of the coupling in cross-section in order to allow its basic components to be seen.

FIG.

6. Showing a view like that of the immediately preceding figure hereinabove with the two modules attached to one another.

FIG.

7. Showing a view like that of the immediately preceding figure hereinabove with the screw screwed into the nut pertaining to the input connectors of the supplementary modules, the screw of which secures the corresponding terminal to the basic module.

FIG.

8. Showing a perspective view of the supplementary module, along the part corresponding to the input connector section, with one of these connectors removed and blown up to allow the parts and components of which it is comprised to be seen.

Claims

1. FAST CONNECTING SYSTEM FOR ELECTRICAL OR ELECTRONIC DEVICES WITH INTERCHANGEABLE COMMON ELEMENTS, intended to electrically attach and connect a plurality of modules of different types to one another, in which said modules have an input connector section and an output connector section, wherein a connection and assembly is accomplished by means of the output connector section of a first module and of the input connector section of a second module, said first and said second modules being provided with bases in which nuts are set for screwing setscrews of terminals corresponding to the input and output connectors, said first and said second modules being provided with protective covers for said connectors, wherein the base and protective cover of the second module are reproduced and integrated in the input connector section of the first module, said base and cover being interchangeable to be mounted in the output connector section of the second module; the protective cover of the input connector section of the second module being integrated therein.

2. FAST CONNECTING SYSTEM FOR ELECTRICAL OR ELECTRONIC DEVICES WITH INTERCHANGEABLE COMMON ELEMENTS according to claim 1, wherein the first and second modules are preferably materialized by means of a switch and by a differential breaker relay to prevent chassis-ground current leaks, acting as electrical distribution circuits and/or equipment protecting means.

3. FAST CONNECTING SYSTEM FOR ELECTRICAL OR ELECTRONIC DEVICES WITH INTERCHANGEABLE COMMON ELEMENTS according to claim 2, wherein each one of the connectors of the input connector section of the second module comprises an upside-down housing situated in a receptacle of the second module, in whose housing a setscrew of a terminal corresponding to the first module is mounted for the connection and assembly of the first module to the second module, each one of the connectors of said input connector section of the second module also comprising a nut into which the screw is screwed, said screw being pushed towards an opening position by means of a spring, regarding which said screw is secured by means of a washer with prongs forming a housing to secure and guide said screw, keeping said screw above a section where the terminal belonging to the first module is located, facing openings in order to allow said screw to be screwed once the assembly has been accomplished.

4. FAST CONNECTING SYSTEM FOR ELECTRICAL OR ELECTRONIC DEVICES WITH INTERCHANGEABLE COMMON ELEMENTS according to claim 1, wherein each one of the connectors of the input connector section of the second module comprises an upside-down housing situated in a receptacle of the second module, in whose housing a setscrew of a terminal corresponding to the first module is mounted for the connection and assembly of the first module to the second module, each one of the connectors of said input connector section of the second module also comprising a nut into which the screw is screwed, said screw being pushed towards an opening position by means of a spring, regarding which said screw is secured by means of a washer with prongs forming a housing to secure and guide said screw, keeping said screw above a section where the terminal belonging to the first module is located, facing openings in order to allow said screw to be screwed once the assembly has been accomplished.