Easy-insertion integrally hinged C-shaped connector

  • US 5,693,910 A
  • Filed: 11/05/1996
  • Issued: 12/02/1997
  • Est. Priority Date: 04/30/1993
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A one-piece C-shaped connector for connecting a sheathed electric cable through an opening in a panel, comprising:

  • (a) a hollow one piece C-shaped round body of resiliently flexible material having an outboard end, an inboard end, a wall and a passageway surrounded by said wall extending from said outboard end to said inboard end for enclosing the cable;

    (b) two opposed gripper jaws having transverse straight faces with an opening therebetween at said inboard end of said body for gripping said cable;

    (c) a full opening in said wall extending from said outboard end to said inboard end with sufficient width to permit said wall to be circumferentially collapsed sufficiently to permit the inboard end of said body to be inserted in said opening in said panel;

    (d) an angled support having an inboard end and an outboard end for each of said gripper jaws with each of said gripper jaws integrally attached at said inboard end of a corresponding one of said angled supports;

    (e) said gripper jaws and angled supports having sides which are approximately perpendicular to said straight faces of said gripper jaws;

    (f) an opening in said wall adjacent to each of said sides of each of said gripper jaws and angled supports for a total of four openings, with one of said openings being said full opening and the other three openings being partial openings;

    (g) a base flange having two arcuate parts with each arcuate part having a first facing end and a second facing end with said base flange located at said outboard end of said body and having a diameter greater than the diameter of the opening in the panel and with said full opening separating said two arcuate parts between their first facing ends;

    (h) a notch on said outboard end separating said second facing ends of said two arcuate parts of said base flange located on an opposite side of said body from said full opening and extending entirely through said base flange;

    (i) a seat in said outboard end of said body of approximately the same diameter as the diameter and equal or greater width as the thickness of the opening in the panel, said seat having an outboard abutment edge located on an inner side of said base flange;

    (j) an inner flange located on an inboard side of said seat with said inner flange being integrally attached to said seat; and

    (k) an integral hinge in said wall located between said notch and the nearest of said partial openings adjacent to a side of one of said gripper jaws whereby said body can be collapsed by folding about said hinge to close said full opening and decrease an outer diameter of the body sufficiently to be inserted in the opening of the panel.

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