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May 8, 1962
3,034,092
s. J. MAJEWSKI
CONNECTOR AND MOUNTING BRACKET THEREFOR
Filed Oct. 6, 1959
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456
INVE/VTOR
Sz‘anley (I magma/51ft’
By GUPW 3mm
‘ATTORNEY
rice
3,634,992
Eatented May 8, 1962
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3,034,092
CONNECTOR AND MQUNTHNG BRACKET
THEREFQR
Stanley J. Majewski, Chicago, TEL, assignor to United
(Zarr Fastener Corporation, Boston, Mass, a corpora
tion of Delaware
Filed Oct. 6, 1959, Ser. No. 844,812
4 Claims. (Cl. 339-119)
similar to that of FIGURE 2, but showing the mounting
bracket before the locking ears are restored to the pre
deformed condition thereof; FIGURE 5 is a perspective
view of a modi?ed form of mounting bracket; and FIG
URE 6 is a side view in elevation of a connector body
section secured directly to a chassis with the mounting
bracket shown in FIGURE 5, and in which portions of the
structure are broken away and are illustrated in section.
Illustrated in FIGURE 1 is one component of a multi
This invention relates to a connector structure, and 10 ple-contact connector, and in particular is a cover-mounted
more particularly to a multiple contact connector and.
male component which is designated in its entirety with‘
mounting bracket therefor.
The mounting of connectors exempli?es mounting prob
the numeral 10. This component comprises a body sec?
tion 11 equipped with a plurality of contacts 12 arranged
lems that are encountered in a variety of environments;
in multiple, transversely and longitudinally extending
and while the present invention is useful in a number 15 rows. The contacts 12 are in the form of pins or prongs
of such environments, it will be considered herein with
adapted to berespectively inserted into female receptacles
speci?c reference to multiple contact connectors. In gen
provided by a complementary connector component (not
eral, such connectors comprise two parts or components,
shown). The body section llris formed of an insulating
one of which provides a plurality of male pins adapted,
material, andmay be a molded product. The contacts
to be rmpectively received within female sockets pro
12 are positioned in openings provided therefor in the
vided therefor by the other component. Both the pins
body section 11, and may be secured in position ‘by any
and sockets are contact members and whether the particu
suitable and conventional means. The contacts 12 are
lar connector component has contacts of either the male
respectively connected to a plurality of conductors 13
or female species, such contacts are carried by a body
forming a cable 14', and such conductors will in turn be
section or casting that is ordinarily secured to a mount
connected in a circuit which includes the connector com
ing structure of some type. Typical connector embodi
ponent as an element thereof.
ments have either cover mounted body sections or chassis
The body section 11 is secured to a mounting structure,
mounted body sections, and the cover or chassis con
and in FIGURE 1 such structure comprises a cover 15
stitutes the mounting structure. In the ?rst instance, the
which is substantially closed on ?ve sides and is openvv
cover usually has a box-like con?guration that is open 30 along one side thereof, as shown at 16. The body section
along one side, and the body section of the connector
11 is oriented within the open side Id of the cover; and
component is positioned in such open side and is ?xedly
if desired, the body section may be located with respect
anchored to the cover. In the second instance, the body
to the-cover by indentations 17 formed in the side walls
section of the connector component is secured directly to
thereof, and such indentations may be inwardly projecting
a chassis or similar structure, and a cover is unnecessary.
dimples or protuberances as shown. The cable 14 extends
An object of the present invention is to provide an
outwardly through the bottom wall 18 of the cover, and
improved mounting means for components of this type.
may be anchored thereto by a bracket 19 rigidly secured
Another object of the invention is in the provision of a
to the cover and clamp 20 which forces end portions of
mounting arrangement for the body section of a connec
the bracket into tight frictional engagement with the
tor component which simpli?es the procedures heretofore
cable.
.
necessary in securing such body section to a cover or
As shown most clearly in FIGURE 2, the body section
chassis, reduces structural complexity, and improves the
11 is anchored to each end wall 21 of the cover by means
quality of the mounting.
Still another object is that
of a screw 22 which extends through an aperture 23 in
of providing a connector body section and mounting
bracket combination, wherein the mounting bracket, slides
into a position therefor in the body section and is there
after locked within such position by bendable locking ears
the end wall and threadedly engages a mounting bracket
provided by the mounting bracket.
Yet a further object is to provide a multiple contact
connector component having a ‘body section equipped
with a mounting bracket to enable the body section to be
?xedly anchored to a support structure such as a cover
24, ‘which in turn is carried by the body section. As’ in
dicated, it is preferable to use at least two mounting
brackets 24; and in the structure of FIGURES 1 and 2,
such mounting brackets are disposed at opposite ends of
the cover and body section. The support structure or
cover 15 ordinarily will be metal, as shown, but it may
be formed of any other sturdy material.
The body section 11 has top- and bottom faces 25 and
or chassis, and in which the electrical characteristics of
26, and extending about the ‘body section intermediate
the connector are improved and the likelihood of destruc
such faces is a perimetric edge 27. Formed in the edge
tion thereof is minimized by obviating the need for screws, 55 27 at each end of the body section is a recess 28 that
projects from the upper face 25 to‘ the lower face 26
rivets and similar fasteners in securing the mounting
of'the body section. The recess 28 has a base wall 2?,
bracket to the body section. Additional objects and ad
and formed centrally therein is a channel or slot 30 ex
vantages of the invention will become apparent as the
tending between the faces 25 and 26. Projecting in
speci?cation develops.
Embodiments of the invention are illustrated in the ac 60 wardly from the respective edges 31 and 32 of the recess
are fasteners 33 and 34, which are located substantially
companying drawing, in which—
midway between the faces of the body section and are
FIGURE 1 is a side view in elevation of a cover
provided with tapered inner edges de?ning channels 35
mounted connector, and in which portions of the structure
and 36 with the base wall 29 of the recess.
are broken away to more clearly show certain of the phy
The mounting bracket 24 is adapted to be received
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sical relationships of the various components; FIGURE 2
within the recess 28, as shown most clearly in FIGURE
is an enlarged, broken horizontal sectional view taken
1, and is provided with a generally planar base wall 3'‘!
along the line 2-2 of FIGURE 1; FIGURE 3 is an en
terminating at the ends thereof in tapered tongues 38
larged, broken perspective view of a connector body sec
and 39, respectively adapted to slide into the channels 35
tion and mounting bracket therefor, and in which the sec
70 and 36 and cooperate with the tapered inner edges of the
tion and bracket are illustrated in exploded relation;
fasteners 33 and 34 so as to constrain movement of the
FIGURE 4 is an enlarged, broken vertical sectional view
mounting bracket toward and away from the base wall
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29'of the-recess. Oriented above the tongues 33 and 39
and extending outwardly therebeyond are upper locking
ears 40pand 41 which are adaptedto abut the upper
corresponding elements in the mounting bracket 24', and
edges of'the fasteners 33 and 34 so as to limit move
because ‘of the correspondence‘ of such components no
further description will be included herein. It will be
understood that the body section 47 is provided at each
inent of the mounting bracket downwardly along the ‘base
end thereof (and sides, if desired) in the perimetric wall
wall 29. 0f the recess toward the face 26 of the body
section. Disposed below the tongues 38 and 39 are a
pair of elongated tabs or looking ears‘42 and 4-3 which ,
are adapted to extend outwardly beyond the tongues 38
and 39 and to engage the lower edges of the fasteners 33
and 34 to prevent upward movement‘ of the mounting
member along the base wall 29 of the recess toward the
upper face 25 of the body section.
59 with recesses which correspond to the recess 28, and
are adapted to respectively receive the mounting ‘brack
ets 24' therein. Since the laterally turned leg 58 of the
mounting bracket 24' is used‘to secure the structure to
the chassis 55,, it will be evident that the recesses pro
vided in the body section 47 need not have a slot or
channel 31} formed therein, and instead the base wall 60
of the recess may be planar or continuous throughout the
center portion thereof, as shown in FIGURE 6.
However, the ears or tabs 42 and 43 are bendable, and
initially project laterally outwardly from the plane of the 15 It is clear that either of the mounting brackets 24 and
base wall 37/ of the mounting bracket, and the angular
24' may be used in conjunction with a multiple contact
connector component irrespective of whether such com
V forientation ofrthe tabs is suf?cicntrto clear the fasteners
' '33 and 34 when the mounting bracket is moved‘ down
- ponent is of the male or female species; and, more spe~
' wardly along the base wall 2? of the recess 28 to slide
ci?cally, either of the mounting brackets maybe used with
the tongues 38 and 39 into the respective channels 35
the body section 11 or 47. The body section in either
and 36 and bring the ears 40 and 41 into respective en- . . instance is provided with one or more recesses (as shown
gagement with the fasteners. Thereafter, the tabs 42
and 43 arev ‘bent inwardlyv towardthe plane of the
mounting bracket wall 37 and into adjacency with the
base wall 29 of the recess to locate the tabs below the.
fasteners 33 and.34. FIGURES 1 and '2 illustrate the
con?guration of the mounting bracketafter the tabs 42
and 43 have been bent inwardly to lock the bracket
within the recess 28.
FIGURE 3 shows the relative po
.best in FIGURE 3) having fasteners arranged therein
intermediate the faces of the body section. Such fas
teners de?ne channels with the base wall of the recess,
and slidably receive the tongues 38-—39 or 38’—39'
therein. The precise arrangement has a dove-tail con
?guration with the tapered tongues sliding into the corre
spondingly tapered channels therefor. Thereafter, the
tabs or ears of the mounting bracket are bent inwardly
sition of the mounting bracket and body section before 30 to orient the same under the fasteners, and in such event
positioning of the former in the recess '28, and FIGURE
4 shows the. relative-position of the components after
‘the mounting bracket is positioned in the recess but be-Vv
fore the tabs 42 and 43 have been bent inwardly to .an- '
Vchor the mounting bracket in the recess.
The mounting ‘bracket 24, and more particularly the
base. wall 37 thereof, is provided centrally with a
threaded aperture 44 that may be ‘formed initially by
the mounting bracket is'locked within the recess by abut
ment of the upper ears and lower tabs with the fasteners,
and by substantial abutment of the tongues with the fas
teners and base wall of the recess.
If the mounting brackets 24 are employed, the body
section will be mounted ma support structure such as
a cover 15; while if the mounting brackets 24’ are em
ployed, the body section will be secured to a support >
piercing the base wall 37. In such event, the base wall
such as the chassis 55. Screws, rivets, etc. are "
37 of the mounting bracket. ?ares outwardly about the 40 structure
not required to secure either of the mounting brackets to
aperture 44 (as shown at 45), and the slot 30 in the
the body section of the connector component, and there
7' base wall 2§ of the recess is adapted to receive such out
fore elements’ of such type do not project into the body
wardly ?ared portion 45 and pass the same therethrough ’
section and into adjacency with any of the contacts. As
when the mounting bracket is positioned in the recess.
a
result, the electrical chmacteristics of the component ’
28. The slot 30 also accommodates the threaded inner
are improved in that the occurrence of a capacitance be
end of the screw 22 used to fasten the cover 15 to the 45
tween such elements and the contacts is avoided. Also,
mounting bracket and body section, as shown'in'FlG
the possibility of shorts developing between elements of
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that type and the contacts is obviated. The recesses for
The modified structure illustrated in FIGURES 5 and
- the mounting brackets may be formed in the body sec
6 comprises a chassis-mounted multiple contact connec
tor component, and is designatedgenerally with the .nu 50 tion of the component during fabrication thereof, and the
mounting brackets are structurally simple and are readily
meral 46. Such component is the female counterpart of
anchored in position in the recesses therefor merely by
the male component 10 shown ‘in FIGURES l and 2, and
sliding the same into such recesses and ?attening the bend
7 comprises a body section 47 equipped with a plurality. of
able tabs against the base wall of the recess. Also, secur
female sockets or contacts 48 respectively connected to a
ance of the mounting bracket-equipped body sections to
plurality of conductors 49 forming a cable 50. The
a support structure therefor is readily accomplished, and
body section 47 is provided with a bottom face 51 and
the mounting bracket composition lends itself to machine
a top face 52 equipped with an oifset extension 53 that
. projects through an opening 54 therefor in a support
structure 55 in the form of a chassis. The body sec
assembly.
While in the foregoing speci?cation embodiments of the
tion 47 is ?xedly secured to the support structure or 60 invention have been set forth in detail for purposes of
making an adequate disclosure thereof, it will be apparent
chassis 55 by means of cap screws 56 which are thread
to those skilled in the art that numerous changes may be
edly received in apertures 57 respectively provided
made in such details without departing from the spirit
therefor in the laterally turned legs 53 of mounting
and principles of the invention.
brackets 24'. It will be evident that a mounting bracket
I claim:
is provided at each end of the body section 47, and such 65
1. In a multiple-contact connector structure, a connec
mounting brackets are secured to a perimetric edge 59
tor body section of one piece-having a plurality of con
provided by the body section intermediate the faces 51
tacts adapted to respectively mate with a plurality of cor
I and, 52.
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responding contacts provided by a complementary body
The mounting brackets 24’ are substantially identical
to thernounting brackets 24 heretofore described except 70 section, said body section having top and bottom faces
and being provided in an edge portion thereof with a re
that the brackets 24’ are each equipped with the later
cess extending between said faces, a pair of integral fas
ally turned leg 58 formed integrally with the base wall
of the mounting bracket. Consequently, the primed
equivalents of the numerals used to designate the elements
teners respectively oriented along opposite sides of said
recess intermediate said faces and extending inwardly from
ofthe mounting bracket 24 are employed to identify the 75 said opposite sides with portions of the fasteners spaced
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fIom the base wall of said recess to de?ne channels there
with, and a mounting bracket provided along opposite
sides thereof with a pair of tongues respectively receivable
in said channels so as to prevent movement of the mount
ing bracket toward and away from the base Wall of said
recess, said mounting bracket being provided along one
edge of said tongues with outwardly extending ears for
away from the base wall, said mounting bracket being
provided with a pair of ears disposed along one edge of
said tongues in substantial abutment with said fasteners
to prevent movement of said mounting bracket in one
direction toward a face of said body section, said mount
ing bracket also being, provided with a pair of tabs dis
posed along an opposite edge of said tongues and in sub
engagement with said fasteners to limit movement of said
mounting bracket along the base Wall of said recess in
stantial abutment with said fasteners to prevent move
ment of said mounting bracket in the opposite direction
one direction toward a face of said body section, said 10 toward the other face of said body section, said tabs be
mounting bracket also being provided with a pair of tabs
disposed along the opposite edge of said tongues, said
tabs being bendable between a ?rst position extending
laterally outwardly from said mounting bracket to enable
ing bendable between a ?rst position extending laterally
outwardly from said mounting bracket to enable the same
to be moved in the aforesaid one direction along‘ the base
wall of said recess‘ to position saidtongues within said '
the same to be moved in the aforesaid one direction along 15 channels and a second position extending generally along
the base wall of said recess to position said tongues within
said tongues for disposition in alignment with said fas
said channels and a second position extending generally
teners to prevent movement of the mounting bracket
along said tongues for disposition in alignment with said
in the opposite direction along the base Wall of said re
fasteners to prevent movement of the mounting bracket
cess, said mounting bracket being provided with securing
in the opposite direction along the base wall of said re 20 means to anchor the same and said connector body sec
cess, said mounting bracket being provided with securing
tion to a support structure.
means to anchor the same and said connector body sec
4. The connector ‘structure of claim 3 in which said ' '
tion to a support structure.
tongues are beveled, and in which said channels are corre
2. The connector structure of claim 1 in which said
spondingly beveled and de?ne with the tongues a gen
tongues are beveled, and in which said channels are corre 25 erally dove-tail con?guration. 1
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spondingly beveled and de?ne with the tongues a‘ generally
dove-tail con?guration.
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References Cited in the ?le of this patent
'3. In combination, a body section of one piece having
top and bottom faces and'being provided in an edge por- ‘
tion thereof with a recess extending between said faces,‘ 30
UNITED‘ STATES‘ PATENTS .
1,703,046
- Paiste “a. ___________ __ Feb. 19, 1929
1,823,143
Hines _______________ __ Sept. 15, 1931
a pair of integral fasteners disposed intermediate said
2,004,039
faces and extending inwardly toward the center of said
2,123,231
recess from opposite sides thereof along the base Wall of
2,275,484
said recess, said fasteners having portions thereof respec
2,277,468
35
tively spaced from said recess ball wall to de?ne chan
2,292,084
nels, and a mounting bracket positioned in said recess and
2,631,211
Clemence ___________ __ July 12, 1938
Alden ______________ __ Mar. 10, 1942
Welch' ______________ __ Mar. 24, 1942
2,890,265
Smith ________________ __ June 9, 1959
' being provided with a pair of tongues respectively dis
posed in said channels in substantial abutment with both
Pistey _______________ __ Aug. 4, 1942
Klay _______________ __ Mar. 10, 1953
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the base wall of said recess and said fasteners so as to
_ prevent movement of the mounting bracket toward and 40
Despard _____________ __ June 4, 1935
578,391
FOREIGN PATENTS
Great Britain _'_ _______ _._ June 26, 1946
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