CONNECTOR ASSEMBLY WITH LOCKING FEATURE
1. A connector assembly, comprising:
- a connector-body having electrical-terminals disposed within cavities defined by the connector-body, said connector-body defining a front-face and a rear-face wherein the electrical-terminals are inserted into the cavities through terminal-apertures defined by the rear-face, said connector-body defining a slot in an outer-surface extending along a lateral-axis of the connector-body, said slot partially enclosed by a locking-shelf extending in a longitudinal-direction.
A connector assembly includes a connector-body having electrical-terminals. The electrical-terminals are inserted into cavities defined by the connector-body through apertures defined in a rear-face of the connector-body. The connector-body includes a lock feature configured to releasably lock the electrical-terminals within the cavities. The lock feature has a planar-member with a first-end and a second-end. The first-end defines a flex-lock feature. The second-end is attached by a hinge to a leading-edge of the outer-surface of the connector-body proximate the front-face. The flex-lock feature defines a hook-side and a wall-side disposed within a slot defined by the connector-body. The hook-side is configured to releasably engage a locking-shelf partially enclosing the slot. The wall-side engages the electrical-terminals when the hook-side engages the locking-shelf. When a removal-force is applied to the electrical-terminals, the removal-force is transferred through the hook-side to the locking-shelf, thereby inhibiting removal of the electrical-terminals from the cavities.
- 1. A connector assembly, comprising:
a connector-body having electrical-terminals disposed within cavities defined by the connector-body, said connector-body defining a front-face and a rear-face wherein the electrical-terminals are inserted into the cavities through terminal-apertures defined by the rear-face, said connector-body defining a slot in an outer-surface extending along a lateral-axis of the connector-body, said slot partially enclosed by a locking-shelf extending in a longitudinal-direction.
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This is a continuation application and claims the benefit under 35 U.S.C. § 120 of U.S. patent application Ser. No. 15/946,314, filed Apr. 5, 2018, the entire disclosure of which is hereby incorporated herein by reference.
This disclosure generally relates to an electrical connector assembly, and more particularly relates to an electrical connector assembly with a locking feature.
The present invention will now be described, by way of example with reference to the accompanying drawings, in which:
Reference will now be made in detail to embodiments, examples of which are illustrated in the accompanying drawings. In the following detailed description, numerous specific details are set forth in order to provide a thorough understanding of the various described embodiments. However, it will be apparent to one of ordinary skill in the art that the various described embodiments may be practiced without these specific details. In other instances, well-known methods, procedures, components, circuits, and networks have not been described in detail so as not to unnecessarily obscure aspects of the embodiments.
The flex-lock feature 38 extends along a width 48 (see
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Accordingly, a connector assembly 10 is provided. The assembly 10 is an improvement over prior art connector assemblies because the assembly 10 has the lock feature 32 that inhibits the removal of the electrical-terminals 14 from the cavities 16 and resists the unlocking when exposed to the removal-force 54.
While this invention has been described in terms of the preferred embodiments thereof, it is not intended to be so limited, but rather only to the extent set forth in the claims that follow. “One or more” includes a function being performed by one element, a function being performed by more than one element, e.g., in a distributed fashion, several functions being performed by one element, several functions being performed by several elements, or any combination of the above. It will also be understood that, although the terms first, second, etc. are, in some instances, used herein to describe various elements, these elements should not be limited by these terms. These terms are only used to distinguish one element from another. For example, a first contact could be termed a second contact, and, similarly, a second contact could be termed a first contact, without departing from the scope of the various described embodiments. The first contact and the second contact are both contacts, but they are not the same contact. The terminology used in the description of the various described embodiments herein is for the purpose of describing particular embodiments only and is not intended to be limiting. As used in the description of the various described embodiments and the appended claims, the singular forms “a”, “an” and “the” are intended to include the plural forms as well, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise. It will also be understood that the term “and/or” as used herein refers to and encompasses any and all possible combinations of one or more of the associated listed items. It will be further understood that the terms “includes,” “including,” “comprises,” and/or “comprising,” when used in this specification, specify the presence of stated features, integers, steps, operations, elements, and/or components, but do not preclude the presence or addition of one or more other features, integers, steps, operations, elements, components, and/or groups thereof. As used herein, the term “if” is, optionally, construed to mean “when” or “upon” or “in response to determining” or “in response to detecting,” depending on the context. Similarly, the phrase “if it is determined” or “if [a stated condition or event] is detected” is, optionally, construed to mean “upon determining” or “in response to determining” or “upon detecting [the stated condition or event]” or “in response to detecting [the stated condition or event],” depending on the context. Directional terms such as top, bottom, upper, lower, left, right, front, rear, etc. do not denote any particular orientation, but rather these directional terms are used to distinguish one element from another and establish a relationship between the various elements.