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‘ Oct. 8, 1946.
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M. c. GAUTHIER
2,408,843
ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR ‘
Filed Dec. 1. 1943
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INVENTOR
M C. GAUTHIER
BY
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ATTORNEY
2,408,843
Patented Oct. 8, 1946
UNHTED STATES PATENT OFHQE
2,408,843
ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR
Marcel C. Gauthier, Montclair, N. J ., assignor to
Western Electric Company, Incorporated, New
York, N. Y., a corporation of New York
Application December 1, 1943, Serial No. 512,436
1 Claim. (Cl. 173-324)
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suitable contours may be provided to receive a
plurality of the bodies It as illustrated in Fig. 2.
The panel 2| is formed of a suitable insulating
This invention relates to electrical connectors,
and more particularly to combination terminals
and spring clips.
material and is mounted upon a frame (not
In the ?eld of telephony carbon protector blocks
are employed in certain of the communication CI shown).
Referring now to Fig. 2, it will be noted that
circuits adjacent terminal connections to effect
a
contact
22 is mounted upon the panel as indi
grounding of a circuit should a high surge of
cated at 23, and projects midway between each
electrical energy pass through the circuit.
pair of clip portions l4. U-shaped carbon blocks
An object of the invention is to provide an elec
or members 25 are disposed in place in engage
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trical connector which is simple in structure,
ment with the contacts 22, as shown, and par
formed of one piece of material, and including
tially surround their respective spring clips.
both a terminal portion and a spring clip portion.
Through the aid of electrical conductors 21, the
With this and other objects in view, the inven
contacts 22 are connected to ground. In the pres
tion comprises an electrical connector structure
including a body partially embedded in a panel 15 ent embodiment the conductors l8 extend to and
are electrically connected to other electrical ap
and formed of a strip of conductive material
paratus
such as terminals 28.
folded intermediate its ends to produce a termi
Upon reviewing the electrical connector, its
nal portion and a spring clip portion, the latter
simplicity in structure will be apparent in the
being bent away from and back toward the ter
formation of the two portions, namely the termi
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minal portion.
nal i2 and the spring clip Ill of the single strip
Other objects and advantages will be apparent
of spring metal. Permanent electrical connec
from the following detailed description when con
tion of the two portions is, therefore, assured, the
sidered in conjunction with the accompanying
terminal portion functioning in its respective cir
drawing, wherein
Fig. 1 is a perspective View of the electrical 25 cuit, including the conductors I8 and 2%! and
the spring clip M, in readiness to connect the
connector structure, the panel portion thereof
circuit to ground should there exist a high surge
being shown in section;
of electrical energy to effect shorting of the cir
Fig. 2 is a fragmentary top plan view of the
cuit through the spring clip, the protector block
electrical connector structure showing a plurality
and the adjacent contact 22 to ground.
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of the units illustrated in Fig, 1, and
Although speci?c improvements of the inven
Fig. 3 is a front elevational view of a portion of
tion have been shown and described, it will be
Fig. 2 taken substantially along the-line 3—3 of
understood that they are but illustrative and
that ?gure.
that
various modi?cations may be made therein
Referring now to the drawing, attention is ?rst
without departing from the scope and spirit of
directed to Fig. 1, which illustrates a body, indi
this invention as de?ned by, the appended claim.
cated generally at Iii, formed of a strip of spring
What is claimed is:
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metal folded at I l intermediate its ends to pro
An electrical connector comprising a body
vide a terminal portion l2 and a spring clip por
formed of a strip of conductive material notched
tion it. The spring clip portion is bent outwardly,
adjacent one end to form a single terminal por
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at [5, from the terminal portion l2 and inwardly,
tion, a length of the material near the other end
at it, toward the terminal portion. Notches ii
being bent at spaced positions to form an angular
are formed in conductors 18 (Fig. 2) singly there
resilient contact portion, the material of the body
to by suitable means such as soldering. The op
also
being bent back on itself intermediate the
posite end of the terminal portion i2 is notched,
as at 59, for connection singly with electrical 45 single terminal portion and the contact portion
to form a double terminal portion, with aligned
conductors it as illustrated in Fig. 2. The inter
notches
therein near the last mentioned bend,
mediate portion of the body, including closely
and to position the free ends of the contact por
adjacent parts indicated at 20 of the terminal
tion and the single terminal portion in a com
and spring clip portions, is mounted in a panel
mon plane at spaced positions from each other.
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2|. In the present embodiment the panel 2! is
molded about the body H] as illustrated in Fig. 1,
MARCEL C. GAUTHIER.
it being understood, however, that apertures of
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