(12) United States Patent ao) Patent No.: us 6,364,534 Bi
Lampert (45) Date of Patent: Apr. 2,2002
(54) PANEL MOUNTING ASSEMBLY FOR OPTICAL FIBER CONNECTORS
(75) Inventor: Norman R. Lampert, Norcross, GA (US)
(73) Assignee: Lucent Technologies, Inc., Murray Hill, NJ (US)
( * ) Notice: Subject to any disclaimer, the term of this patent is extended or adjusted under 35 U.S.C. 154(b) by 0 days.
(21) Appl. No.: 09/515,976
(22) Filed: Feb. 29, 2000
(51) Int. C I. G02B 6/36
(52) U.S. CI 385/53; 385/56; 385/59
(58) Field of Search 385/56, 58, 59,
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* cited by examiner
Primary Examiner—Hung N. Ngo
(74) Attorney, Agent, or Firm—Needle & Rosenberg, PC; Charles H. Fails, Esq.
A panel mounting assembly for use with optical fiber connectors is disclosed. The panel mounting assembly includes at least one receptacle, and a clip constructed and arranged to be mated to the receptacle. The receptacle is provided with a body portion having a first end and a spaced second end, a pair of spaced sides extending between the ends, and at least one optical fiber connector opening defined within the body. The clip is provided with at least one elongate tongue, the tongue having a spaced series of teeth extending at least partially along the length thereof. The tongue of the clip is intended to be received in at least one elongate slot defined within the body of the receptacle, and a tooth is formed within the elongate slot of the body for being engaged with the teeth of the at least one tongue of the clip. The receptacle is positioned on a first side of a mounting panel such that it extends across a panel opening formed therein, whereupon the clip is positioned on a second side of the mounting panel, the tongue, or tongues of the clip being passed through the panel opening and into and through the slot, or slots defined in the receptacle, for securely positioning the receptacle on the mounting panel. A spring is formed in the sides of the clip, and is constructed to urge the receptacle into snug engagement with the first side of the mounting panel by bearing against the second side of the mounting panel and drawing the receptacle against the first side of the mounting panel in response thereto.
27 Claims, 8 Drawing Sheets