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Methode Electronics, Inc. Patents
Assignee:
Methode Electronics, Inc.
Address:
Chicago, IL
No. of patents:
241
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Patent Number Title Of Patent Date Issued
RE36820 Removable optoelectronic module August 15, 2000
A robust optoelectronic transceiver module which is quick, easy, and inexpensive to manufacture. The transceiver module has a main housing which consists of a potting box with potting material inserted therein. In addition, a circuit board is encased by the potting material. The circuit
RE36540 Method of manufacturing a memory card package February 1, 2000
A process by which a package for a memory card is manufactured. The package comprises chiefly two stamped steel covers, (an upper and a lower cover half), each secured to a plastic frame element. The cover halves are secured by extended fingers which wrap around the plastic frame. This
RE36491 Optoelectronic transceiver module laser diode stabilizer and bias control method January 11, 2000
A power stabilizer for maintaining a constant level of output power from a laser transmitter. The laser transmitter has a laser diode which produces an optical output which corresponds to the level of bias current received. In addition, the laser transmitter has a photodiode which produc
H1991 Clockspring using flexible printed wiring September 4, 2001
A clockspring including a housing, a hub, and flexible printed wiring. The flexible printed wiring electrically connecting the hub to the housing. The hub mounted in the housing. The hub being able to rotate relative to the housing. The flexible printed wiring able to be affixed with
D411827 Media interface adapter July 6, 1999
8578794 Magnetoelastic torque sensor with ambient field rejection November 12, 2013
The present invention involves a method and apparatus for canceling the effects of magnetic field noise in a torque sensor by placing three sets of magnetic field sensors around a shaft, the first set of field sensors being placed in the central region of the shaft and the second and thi
8151654 Sensor pad for controlling airbag deployment and associated support April 10, 2012
A sensor pad for controlling the deployment of an automobile airbag. Weight sensing pad 10 is used in the seat 54 of an automobile, (not illustrated), to detect the presence of an occupant on the seat. Weight sensing pad 10 is used in conjunction with the vehicle's airbag control mod
8040687 Retracting lock mechanism for an electronics device October 18, 2011
A retractable locking mechanism comprising: a lever having a handle end opposite a rotation end and a pivot point positioned between the handle end and the rotation end such that the lever pivots about an axis of rotation of the lever; a first cam positioned on the rotation end of the
7914317 Reverse cam release mechanism March 29, 2011
A releasable locking mechanism is provided that includes a carrier, at least one projection and an actuator. The projection extends from the carrier and is rotatable along a rotational axis between a locked state and an unlocked state. The actuator is operably coupled to the projection
7833019 Spring beam wafer connector November 16, 2010
A multi-contact electrical connector wafer includes an insulating base and at least one bay on a first side of the base. A conductor is associated with the at least one bay and the conductor is adapted to contact a corresponding mating element. The wafer further includes a loading beam
7806737 Stamped beam connector October 5, 2010
An electrical connector includes a first and second array of flexible beams that are overlapped within a hood and that define a substantially cylindrically cavity for receiving a mating connector. Contact areas of each of the flexible beams may be shaped to define multiple contact po
7794235 Continuous wireform connector September 14, 2010
Apparatuses and methods of manufacturing woven electrical connectors is disclosed. In one embodiment, the connector is formed with a continuous wire having adjacent sections with passageways formed from the wire through which loading elements may be inserted. In some embodiments, the
7702439 Crash sensing via piezoelectric sensors April 20, 2010
A system and method for characterizing piezoelectric sensor responses for automotive vehicle crash analysis, is disclosed. The method employs Daubechies wavelet analysis (1006) to plot signal response amplitudes (1008) in three-dimensional space of at least one piezoelectric sensor. A
7662002 Carbon fiber tow termination and method for making February 16, 2010
Discrete portions of a carbon fiber tow, selected from a group of tows, ranging in number of fibers from about 1,000 to about 150,000, and terminated by discrete contact portions of a metal conductor within a non-metallic termination assembly formed by the joinder of a cradle and a c
7547215 Round connector with spring helix June 16, 2009
Apparatuses and methods of manufacturing woven electrical connectors is disclosed. In one embodiment, the connector is formed with a continuous wire having adjacent sections with passageways formed from the wire through which loading elements may be inserted. In some embodiments, the
7516645 Omni-directional crash sensor April 14, 2009
A stress wave sensor comprising a piezoelectric film and means therein for connection to sensor electronics. The piezoelectric film preferably comprises polyvinylidene fluoride. Also a stress wave sensor system and methods employing one or more such stress wave sensors, preferably at
7475587 Omni-directional crash sensor January 13, 2009
A stress wave sensor comprising a piezoelectric film and means therein for connection to sensor electronics. The piezoelectric film preferably comprises polyvinylidene fluoride. Also a stress wave sensor system and methods employing one or more such stress wave sensors, preferably at
7458827 Electrical connector December 2, 2008
Electrical connectors are adapted to provide a reliable electrical connection to mating elements of a mating connector. The connector can have sockets that accept mating elements of the mating connector. Conductors of the connector are associated with each socket and make electrical
7381064 Flexible flat cable termination structure for a clockspring June 3, 2008
The present invention is directed towards a flexible flat cable of a vehicular clockspring whose conductors are directly attached to the contacts of a mounting header. The flat cable comprises a series of conductors "printed" in-between a pair of insulating layers. The conductors are
7355857 Heat sink gasket April 8, 2008
A receptacle assembly is provided having a gasket interposed between a heat sink and the receptacle, in order to provide EMI shielding and limit leakage from an opening in the receptacle that allows the heat sink to engage an electronic module inserted in the receptacle cavity. The heat
7317392 Apparatus for occupant detection January 8, 2008
An apparatus for occupant detection in a vehicle, including a dielectric substrate with a reference plane, and a plurality of electrodes forming a capacitive array on said dielectric substrate and coupled to said reference plane. Each of the plurality of electrodes being formed of a
7275959 Multi-port module receptacle October 2, 2007
A multi-port receptacle assembly is provided having a housing forming multiple ports and having electrical connectors mounted within the ports so that upon assembly with a base via mounting features between the base and the housing a uniform multi-port assembly is provided that may be
7247822 Carbon fiber heating element assembly and methods for making July 24, 2007
An electrical resistance heating element has an axially elongated flat carbon fiber tow, which includes a multiplicity of continuous axially parallel carbon filaments. The tow is sandwiched between two layers of polyester sheet material and bonded to only one of the layers. The other
7237443 Sensor pad for controlling airbag deployment and associated support July 3, 2007
A sensor pad for controlling the deployment of an automobile airbag. Weight sensing pad 10 is used in the seat 54 of an automobile, (not illustrated), to detect the presence of an occupant on the seat. Weight sensing pad 10 is used in conjunction with the vehicle's airbag control mod
7188414 Method of assembling a flat electrical cable March 13, 2007
A flat electrical cable and a modular rotary anvil for assembling a flat electrical cable wherein the flat cable includes an upper and lower layer. The upper layer has ribs protruding along its length that are substantially parallel to one another, and continuous substantially parall
7181173 Electrical transceiver module with alternate peripheral device connector February 20, 2007
The present invention pertains to an electrical transceiver module having a peripheral device connector to receive copper plugs having a profile equal to or larger than the outer profile of the standard module housing profile. An embodiment of the invention provides an RJ-45 receptacle a
7161099 Warning system for ignition switch January 9, 2007
A warning system for an ignition switch that includes a housing of the ignition switch and a plunger having at least a portion slidably received in the housing, a key abutment end and a contact abutment end opposite the key abutment end. The plunger is movable between first and second
7159306 Modular rotary anvil January 9, 2007
A modular rotary anvil for mounting on an ultrasonic welding machine. The modular rotary anvil includes a first end segment configured to attach to the ultrasonic welding machine, a second end segment configured to attach to the ultrasonic welding machine, and at least one insert having
7096082 Design control document linking template August 22, 2006
A control document template streamlines the creation of control documents and facilitates consistent entry of data. A multi-page spreadsheet file incorporates the design and process failure mode effects analysis pages, the control plan, tools for forming the process flow diagram, the wor
7044777 Multi-port module receptacle May 16, 2006
A multi-port receptacle assembly is provided having a housing forming multiple ports and having electrical connectors mounted within the ports so that upon assembly with a base via mounting features between the base and the housing a uniform multi-port assembly is provided that may be
7037139 Wiretrap electrical connector and assembly with strain relief plate May 2, 2006
A canister assembly is provided including electrical connector having a plate which may be moved between a first and second position in order to lock a wire to the electrical connector. The electrical connector provides for a wire trap contact in order to quickly insert a conductor w
7029284 Floating contact assembly for a steering wheel April 18, 2006
The present invention is directed towards an electrical contact assembly in a steering wheel that allows the contacts of a primary circuit board to move relative to the corresponding contacts of a secondary circuit board without disengaging the electrical connection. Thus, any minor
7005592 Plunger contact assembly for an automobile control stalk February 28, 2006
The contact switch assembly comprises a rotating housing with a stalk having a hollow shaft portion, a tip portion extending forwardly from the shaft portion and a contact arm extending downwardly from the shaft portion. The tip portion extends out from the housing to engage an adjac
6966787 Clockspring with flat cable November 22, 2005
A clockspring for electrically connecting an airbag of a vehicle to crash sensors. The clockspring including a housing that has an inner chamber, and a flat electrical cable with an upper insulator layer, a lower insulator layer connected to the upper layer along substantially contin
6956198 Rapid high resolution position sensor for auto steering October 18, 2005
A position sensor for determining the angular position of a steering wheel. The shaft of the steering wheel is connected to a code disk and turn ring of the sensor so that when steering wheel is rotated, the coded disk and turn ring are also rotated. The code disk is a flat circular disk
6948706 Clockspring with integral strain relief September 27, 2005
A clockspring with a housing that includes a stationary member having a first wall and a hub member rotatably coupled to the stationary member having a second wall. A flat cable is wound between the first and second walls. The flat cable has opposite first and second ends with the first
6914201 Multiple detent switch July 5, 2005
A multifunctional switch for any automobile application having a need for a multiple detent switch. The switch includes a button that is moveably connected to a base. The switch includes a first lever connected to the button at a point of the first lever that is closer to a first end of
6900403 Operating device for an electric switch comprising a push-button May 31, 2005
An operating device having a rotatable crank drive which can be actuated by repeatedly pressing and releasing a knob or push-button. The push-button is thus alternately fixed in an operating position, i.e. the out position, and a locking position, i.e. the pressed-in position. A rotatabl
6900399 Electrical switch assembly May 31, 2005
An electrical switch assembly for actuating an electrical circuit by closing at least one pair of conducting contacts in a sliding manner is disclosed. The assembly includes a contact carrier within a switch housing, a spring attached to the carrier that biases the carrier in an elec
6881904 Heat-Shrinkable EMI/RFI shielding material April 19, 2005
The present invention relates to a material for shielding electromagnetic interference (EMI) and radio frequency interference (RFI) between a, electrical conductor or bundle of conductors and the environment. The material comprises a heat-shrinkable woven fabric coated with a conductive
6876838 Electrical transceiver module with alternate peripheral device connector April 5, 2005
The present invention pertains to an electrical transceiver module having a peripheral device connector to receive copper plugs having a profile equal to or larger than the outer profile of the standard module housing profile. An embodiment of the invention provides an RJ-45 receptacle a
6860745 Modular clockspring March 1, 2005
The present invention is directed to a modular clockspring to be used in automobile steering columns that allow modular parts of the clockspring to be modified without the need to alter the design of the entire clockspring. The clockspring is composed of at least six modules, a cover
6851840 Illuminated surfaces in the interior of an automobile February 8, 2005
A lighting system for a vehicle having luminescent or "glow-in-the-dark" markings placed on an interior surface of the vehicle and a light source located remotely from the markings to illuminate the markings, particularly at night. The markings can be placed on any surface inside a v
6844541 Rapid high resolution position sensor for auto steering January 18, 2005
A position sensor for determining the angular position of a steering wheel. The shaft of the steering wheel is connected to a code disk and turn ring of the sensor so that when steering wheel is rotated, the coded disk and turn ring are also rotated. The code disk is a flat circular disk
6841735 Flat cable and modular rotary anvil to make same January 11, 2005
A flat electrical cable and a modular rotary anvil for assembling a flat electrical cable is provided wherein the flat cable includes an upper and lower layer. The upper layer has ribs protruding along its length that are substantially parallel to one another, and continuous substantiall
6793537 Wire connector assembly and method of forming same September 21, 2004
The present invention provides for a wire plug connector assembly where the individual wires are connectorized by forming a housing around the wires and capturing the terminal metallic potion of the wire by a ferrule which is received within an aperture of a receptacle for providing an e
6762693 Multiple input multiplexing connection apparatus and method July 13, 2004
A connection system for communicating multiple signals between a steering wheel and a steering column of a vehicle over a single wire is provided that uses time division to multiplex multiple signals. A plurality of signals are multiplexed together ranging from two to as many signals as
6732584 Fuel level sensor with flexible circuit May 11, 2004
A fuel level sensor is provided having a flexible printed circuit cylinder, having a buoyant member mounted on a rod and a contact member mounted on the buoyant member which abuttingly contacts the rod and the conductive traces formed on the inside of the flexible cylinder wall.
6698299 Magnetoelastic torque sensor March 2, 2004
A flux-gate magnetometer torque sensor is provided having a rotatable shaft to which a torque force is to be applied, a sleeve of conductive foil affixed to the surface of the shaft over the magnetically active regions, a plurality of saturable magnetic wires or strips mounted to the rot
6692664 Printed wiring board conductive via hole filler having metal oxide reducing capability February 17, 2004
A conductive via filler for printed wiring boards capable of reducing copper oxides and thereby eliminating a cleaning step in printed wiring board construction, the conductive via filler consisting essentially of silver flake, a resin, a hardener, and a titanate coupling compound. The
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