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Researchers Submit Patent Application, "Module Connector for Uninterrupted Communication", for Approval

February 26, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Electronics Newsweekly -- From Washington, D.C., VerticalNews journalists report that a patent application by the inventors Karodi, Milind Mohaniraj (Maharashtra, IN); Kulkami, Sunil Nagnathrao (Maharashtra, IN); Kulkami, Rahul Rameshrao (Maharashtra, IN), filed on July 16, 2013, was made available online on February 13, 2014.

No assignee for this patent application has been made.

News editors obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "A variety of input-output (I/O) modules may be used as building blocks in circuit based systems, such as sensor assemblies or computing systems. For example, in systems managing control or measurement operations, sensor assemblies are implemented for various purposes, such as temperature control, gas detection, and fire detection. The I/O modules may be configured to perform desired control actions as per user requirements. The I/O modules may process data received from sensors or detectors installed at field sites and transmit the processed data to a central control board (CCB) for the required control action to be implemented.

"In one example, the various I/O modules in a sensor assembly are connected to a circuit board that provides for connection between the I/O modules and the CCB. The I/O modules may be connected to the circuit board through module connectors placed on the circuit board. The module connectors serve as sockets into which the I/O modules may be inserted or removed as per the requirement.

"The assembly formed by the I/O modules mounted on the circuit board through module connectors, may be further mounted onto a supporting structure for various purposes, such as mounting the assembly in a desired location.

"In one example, the assembly may be mounted onto a Deutsches Institut fur Normung (DIN) rail. The DIN rail is a standard type metallic rail or track widely used for mounting the I/O modules for various control operation in industries. A user can, for example, attach the circuit board with the module connectors to the DIN rail and mount the I/O modules onto the DIN rail by simply plugging the I/O modules in the module connectors or even remove the I/O modules from the DIN rail by unplugging the I/O modules from the module connectors.

"Consider an example where a user requires gas detection control or measurement operation in an industrial building. In such a case, the user may mount one or more I/O modules for gas detection control or measurement operation, onto a DIN rail through module connectors. The I/O modules may receive field data from one or more gas sensor for processing. The processed data may be further transmitted to the CCB, through the module connectors and the circuit board, for the further data processing or for performing some control action, such as generating an alarm or opening of exhaust vents.

"An I/O module mounted onto the circuit board through the module connector may be removed in case the I/O module is no longer needed. For example, the I/O module may be removed and may be replaced by another I/O module. In one example, an existing I/O module may be replaced with another I/O module having an updated version of software in a processor of the I/O module. In another example, any one of the several I/O modules present in a sensor assembly may become malfunctional and may be removed for repair or for replacement by another I/O module."

As a supplement to the background information on this patent application, VerticalNews correspondents also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent application: "This summary is provided to introduce concepts related to a module connector, which is further described below in the detailed description. This summary is not intended to identify essential features of the claimed subject matter nor is it intended for use in determining or limiting the scope of the claimed subject matter.

"In accordance with an embodiment of the present subject matter, a module connector for uninterrupted communication is described. The module connector comprises a slot for receiving connector pins of an I/O module. At least one pair of mating pins is disposed in the slot. The at least one pair of mating pins is normally closed in absence of the connector pins in the slot. Further, the at least one pair of mating pins in a normally closed state moves to an open state upon receiving the connector pins of the I/O module in the slot.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

"The detailed description is described with reference to the accompanying figure(s). In the figure(s), the left-most digit(s) of a reference number identifies the figure in which the reference number first appears. The use of the same reference number in different figure(s) indicates similar or identical items. The features, aspects and advantages of the subject matter will be better understood with regard to the following description, and the accompanying drawings.

"FIG. 1 illustrates a perspective top view of a backplane assembly with a plurality of module connectors, in accordance with an embodiment of the present subject matter.

"FIG. 2 illustrates a top view of a circuit board, in accordance with an embodiment of the present subject matter.

"FIGS. 3(a) and 3(b) illustrate a top view and a perspective top view of a DIN rail respectively, in accordance with an embodiment of the present subject matter.

"FIG. 4 illustrates a perspective top view of a supported assembly with the backplane assembly affixed to the DIN rail, in accordance with an embodiment of the present subject matter.

"FIGS. 5(a) and 5(b) illustrate perspective top views of the supported assembly with I/O modules, in accordance with an embodiment of the present subject matter.

"FIGS. 6(a) to 6(d) illustrate a module connector respectively, in accordance with an embodiment of the present subject matter.

"FIG. 7(a) illustrates a side view of the module connector in an open state, in accordance with an embodiment of the present subject matter.

"FIG. 7(b) illustrates a side view of the module connector in a normally closed state, in accordance with an embodiment of the present subject matter.

"It should be appreciated by those skilled in the art that any block diagrams herein represent conceptual views of illustrative systems embodying the principles of the present subject matter."

For additional information on this patent application, see: Karodi, Milind Mohaniraj; Kulkami, Sunil Nagnathrao; Kulkami, Rahul Rameshrao. Module Connector for Uninterrupted Communication. Filed July 16, 2013 and posted February 13, 2014. Patent URL: http://appft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.html&r=2625&p=53&f=G&l=50&d=PG01&S1=20140206.PD.&OS=PD/20140206&RS=PD/20140206

Keywords for this news article include: Patents, Electronics, Circuit Board.

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