Visual latching indicator arrangement for an electrical bushing and terminator

  • US 6,504,103 B1
  • Filed: 03/20/1997
  • Issued: 01/07/2003
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/19/1993
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. In combination, an electrical terminator and an electrical bushing component, said terminator including a socket rigidly fixed thereto, and said bushing component including a tongue receivable in said socket to electrically interconnect said terminator and bushing, said tongue and socket including a latching mechanism for positively latching said bushing component and terminator together when said tongue longitudinally enters said socket to a prescribed depth, a color band formed flush on a portion of an outer circumferential surface of said tongue, said portion arranged to enter said socket and be radially covered completely by a covering portion of said socket when said tongue enters said socket to said prescribed length to provide a visual indication of positive latching, said tongue including a longitudinal center axis and a longitudinal free end which constitutes an initial portion of said tongue to enter said socket;

  • said portion of said outer circumferential surface on which said color band is disposed flush being spaced longitudinally from said free end and being spaced radially from said longitudinal axis by a first radial distance, and wherein all other portions of said outer circumferential surface disposed between said color band and said free end being spaced radially from the center axis by a radial spacing no larger than said first radial distance.

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