Rotating locking member
Publication Date: 2009-Jun-03
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The present invention regards a locking member comprising a main body having a locking end portion, an actuation opposite end portion and an intermediate portion. The intermediate portion comprises a latching member and a spring member integrally formed with the intermediate portion.
ROTATING LOCKING MEMBER
Field of the invention
The invention relates to a rotating locking member
Rotating locking member is known for instance from US
7,300,300. The prior art rotating locking member is
fastened to the connector housing via a pivot joint
element. Although this way to fasten the locking member to
the housing is satisfactory in term of retention, it is a
Summary of the invention
To this end it is provided a locking member
comprising a main body having a locking end portion, an
need to use any additional fastening means to locate the
locking member since the latter comprises an integrated
latching element with cooperate directly with the connector
housing. Further the locking element is of simple design
and an electrical connector incorporating such a rotating
Description of prior art
quite time consuming for the harness maker.
An object of the present invention is to provide a
locking member of simple design and which easy to mount to
a connector. Another object is to provide a low profile
connector comprising an active latching system.
actuation opposite end portion and an intermediate portion.
The intermediate portion comprises a latching member and a
spring member, these latching and spring members being
integrally formed with the intermediate portion. With the
locking member according to the invention, there is no more
and is easily made from stamping a sheet of metal or by
moulding plastic material.
In addition, the installation of the locking member
is relatively convenient for the user since it only
requires a simple insertion step to introduce the locking
member into the dedicated compartment provided in the
It is also provided a connector comprising an outer
housing and a latching member as above-mentioned and
wherein the latching member is received within a circular
hole provided in the outer housing and is adapted to pivot
in said circular hole.
Short description of the drawings
These and further aspects of the invention will be
explained in greater detail by way of example and with
reference to the accompanying drawings in which:
Fig.1 shows a perspective view of a cable connector
comprising a locking member according to the
Fig.2 shows the cable connector locked with a board
Fig.3 shows a detailed perspective view of Fig. 2;
Fig.4 is a detailed perspective view of part of the
locking member according to the invention;
Fig.5 shows the locking member received in the housing;
The figures are not drawn to scale. Generally,
identical components are denoted by the same reference
numerals in the figures.
Detailed description of preferred embodiments
Fig. 1 shows a cable connector 1 comprising an outer
housing 2 enclosing a part of terminal block 3 with a
portion of which protruding from the outer housing 2. The
outer housing 2 is made of two parts, namely a first cover
member 4 and a seco...