The patent's assignee for patent number 8622627 is
News editors obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "An adapter plate is disclosed and methods therefor. In particular, an adapter plate is disclosed which secures and seals an adapter to an equipment housing wall and methods therefor.
"It is often necessary within fiber optic networks to optically connect optical fibers through mating connectors. Mating connectors may include connector alignment features on the ferrules for fine alignment, but are typically grossly aligned using some form of adapter assembly. Adapters may be stand-alone components or may be maintained within network structures, walls or receptacles, for example, within a network connection terminal or on an antenna mounted electronics housing. Desirable adapters should not only properly align mating connectors, but should also protect the mating connectors and optical fibers from adverse environmental and mechanical influences, such as from side loading, rotational and tensile forces.
"In many cases, the network structures, walls or receptacles are not configured to receive such a desirable adapter. Upgrades, retrofitting, and alterations to existing networks may require the application of a new or different adapter. Most adapters have particular installation geometrical constraints or 'footprint,' usually defined by the network structures, walls or receptacles. However, in some cases such footprints are not available to the craft. An adapter plate is therefore needed to retrofit the particular footprints of a desired adapter to the network structures, walls or receptacles."
As a supplement to the background information on this patent, VerticalNews correspondents also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent: "The disclosure describes an adapter plate assembly including an adapter for mating two connectors and an adapter plate. The adapter includes a first end and a second end and a passage therethrough. The adapter further includes an adapter footprint and an adapter flange. The first end has an external threaded portion and the second end has an external threaded portion. The adapter is adapted to receive a ruggedized connector in the first end and an MT connector in the second end. The adapter plate includes an aperture for receiving at least a portion of the adapter, a footprint receiving portion for receiving at least a portion of the adapter footprint, a flange receiving portion for receiving the adapter flange, and an attachment feature.
"The disclosure also set outs a method of mounting a standard adapter to a non-standard wall by providing a standard adapter and an adapter plate, the adapter plate having a footprint configured to receive the standard adapter. The method involves placing a drill template on the non-standard wall and drilling holes in the non-standard wall to accommodate the standard adapter and the adapter plate, and securing the adapter to the adapter plate, and securing the adapter plate to the non-standard wall.
"Additional features are set out in the detailed description which follows, and in part will be readily apparent to those skilled in the art from that description or recognized by practicing the described embodiments and the claims, as well as the appended drawings.
"It is to be understood that both the general description and the detailed description are exemplary, and are intended to provide an overview or framework to understand the claims. The accompanying drawings are included to provide a further understanding, and are incorporated in and constitute a part of this specification. The drawings illustrate one or more embodiment(s), and together with the description serve to explain principles and operation of the embodiments."
For additional information on this patent, see: Elkins, II,
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