Electrical connector

  • US 5,865,638 A
  • Filed: 09/05/1997
  • Issued: 02/02/1999
  • Est. Priority Date: 12/21/1995
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. An electrical connector comprising:

  • a first terminal member and a second terminal member engageable therewith, each terminal member including a planar face portion, said terminal members being configured so that the face portions thereof are in a superposed relationship when said terminal members are engaged;

    an electrically conductive contact plate disposed so as to be between, and in contact with, the face portion of said first terminal member and the face portion of said second terminal member, when said terminal members are engaged, said contact plate being compressible in a direction perpendicular to one of said face portions when it is in contact therewith; and

    locking means for reversibly retaining said first and second terminal members in engagement including a tab associated with one of said terminal members and a ramp associated with the other of said terminal members;

    said ramp being operative to engage with said tab and prevent further rotational movement between said engaged terminal members.

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