Patent Number: 7,824,208

Title: Electrical cable connector latch mechanism

Abstract: An electrical cable connector has a latch mechanism wherein the moveable portion is part of the mating receptacle, and the mechanism for unlatching resides in the cable connector. A rocker part is located such that one end extends under the resilient latch member and the other end has a surface which is made to rotate about a pivot point by an externally actuated ramp. The rotation of the rocker lifts the resilient member from its seat and releases the connector latch. The actuating ramp is spring loaded to return to its resting position which is the latched position; it is attached to a loop designed to allow a finger pull action to initiate latch disengagement. Forces and friction resistance is managed such that reliable single-hand operation is achieved, with push to engage and pull to disengage.

Inventors: Crofoot; Larry M. (Perry, OH), Venaleck; John T. (Painesville, OH)

Assignee: Ohio Associated Enterprises, LLC

International Classification: H01R 13/62 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 2019-11-02 0:00:00