Koch Industries has filed a patent for a connector assembly that includes a metal shielding cage and a grounding member. The assembly is designed to prevent damage to the inner side elastic fingers when a pluggable module is inserted or removed from the insertion space. The metal shielding cage is constructed with a protecting protrusion that protrudes towards the insertion space, avoiding any hooking or pulling of the elastic fingers. GlobalData’s report on Koch Industries gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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Connector assembly with metal shielding cage and grounding member

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Koch Industries Inc

A recently filed patent (Publication Number: US20230318236A1) describes a connector assembly with a metal shielding cage and a grounding member. The metal shielding cage has an insertion space with a front end opening and is constructed with a protecting protrusion on the inner side surface of at least one of the top wall, bottom wall, and two side walls. This protecting protrusion is positioned behind and adjacent to a plurality of inner side elastic fingers on the grounding member, protruding towards the insertion space.

The protecting protrusion can have an elongated protruding bar or a plurality of protruding blocks arranged transversely. The metal shielding cage can have the protecting protrusion on the bottom wall, or on both the bottom wall and the two side walls.

The metal shielding cage also has latching apertures spaced apart from the front end opening. Each inner side elastic finger on the grounding member has a hook portion that is assembled to the corresponding latching aperture. Additionally, each inner side elastic finger has two wing portions that protrude from the hook portion and pass through the latching aperture from one side, bending back and latching with the other side.

The grounding member also includes a plurality of outer side elastic fingers positioned on the outer side of the metal shielding cage.

This connector assembly design aims to provide improved protection and grounding for electronic connectors. The protecting protrusion on the metal shielding cage helps prevent damage to the inner side elastic fingers and enhances the overall durability of the assembly. The latching mechanism ensures secure attachment of the grounding member to the metal shielding cage. The presence of outer side elastic fingers further enhances the grounding capabilities of the assembly.

Overall, this patent filing introduces a novel connector assembly design that addresses the need for reliable and robust grounding in electronic connectors.

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