Environmental connector

  • US 5,485,673 A
  • Filed: 06/16/1994
  • Issued: 01/23/1996
  • Est. Priority Date: 06/16/1994
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A method of making an electrical connector, comprising the steps of:

  • forming a plastic housing having an axis and being formed with an axial chamber extending between opposing open ends, said housing having an external annular shoulder and an aperture adjacent to said shoulder;

    positioning said housing in a cavity of an insertion mold having at least one post extending axially through said chamber of said housing, said cavity having an annular void adjacent to said shoulder;

    injecting thermoplastic rubber into said chamber of said housing to form a rubber insert of predetermined shape within said housing and around said at least said one post, and to cause said thermoplastic rubber to flow out of said aperture and around said housing in said annular void to form an annular ring against said shoulder wherein said insert and said ring are interconnected as one piece;

    removing said housing and insert from said cavity and away from said at least one post to form at least one axial bore through said insert within said chamber in the space vacated by said at least one post; and

    inserting at least one conductive contact into said bore.

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