Connector with sheet assembling mechanism
Publication Date: 2010-Oct-22
The IP.com Prior Art Database
The present concept relates to an electrical connector for assembling in an opening in a wall or panel, as in particular an opening provided in the A- or B-pillar of a passenger vehicle.
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October, 4 2010
CONNECTOR WITH SHEET ASSEMBLING MECHANISM
The present concept relates to an electrical connector for assembling in an open- ing in a wall or panel, as in particular an opening provided in the A- or B-pillar of a passenger vehicle.
In many instances it is necessary to mount two corresponding connectors, as for example male and corresponding female connector housings, at an opening or cut- out of a panel. A typical application is for example the door-to-body connector in a passenger car, wherein for example openings have to be provided in the sheet or panel of the A- or B-pillar of the car, to allow for an electrical connection between the electrical equipment provided in the door of the car, as e.g. side airbags, audio speakers or electrical window openers, with the control electronics and power source inside of the body of the car. To this end, one connector housing is mounted from one side of the panel and the other housing is mounted from the opposite side through the opening. The new concept described in the following, provides assistance in the mounting of one of the two connectors and provides a simple but secure mounting means, in particular in cases where the edges of the cut-out or opening are not even and/or flat but provided with protrusions like for example a collar or similar.
Figure 1 shows an example of a connector housing 10 which is adapted to be mounted to a cut-out or opening in a sheet or panel. The connector housing 10 comprises a fence or ridge 12 arranged essentially circumferential around the con- nector housing and two clamping hooks 14, the function of which will be de- scribed further down below. The fence 12 provided essentially circumferentially around the connector housing 10 serves as a stop member on one of the edges of the opening in a panel, as one may derive from the left hand illustration of figure
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7. Still further, the connector housing 10 is provided with two shafts 16, which are adapted to rotatably connect to locking wing elements 20. In figure 2, the locking wing elements 20 are shown in more detail. Each locking wing element 20 com- prises a bearing hole 22 for the reception of one shaft 16. Further, each element 20 comprises a lock hole 24, a spring latch 28 and a latching recess 26. Upon mount- ing the spring latch 28 is pressed inwardly thereby providing a spring force. This offers the possibility to provide a Go/No-Go function, i.e. the mounting is either fully complete or the spring latches 28 will push the connector out of the opening. An intermediate position with an un-complete mounting is thus not possible.
Figure 3 shows the two locking wing elements 20 mounted to the respective shafts 16 of connector housing 10. Due to the shafts 16 and the bearing holes 22, the latching wings 20 can be rotated to a certain extend as it is apparent for the skilled person upon considering figure 5. In figure 4, a detail of a part of a panel 40 is shown, wh...