US 9,810,861 B2
Ruggedized optical fiber connection structures and assemblies
Zachary M. Thompson, Austin, TX (US); and Donald K. Larson, Cedar Park, TX (US)
Assigned to 3M Innovative Properties Company, St. Paul, MN (US)
Filed by 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY, St. Paul, MN (US)
Filed on Dec. 10, 2015, as Appl. No. 14/965,036.
Claims priority of provisional application 62/094,399, filed on Dec. 19, 2014.
Prior Publication US 2016/0178859 A1, Jun. 23, 2016
Int. Cl. G02B 6/38 (2006.01)
CPC G02B 6/3897 (2013.01) [G02B 6/3825 (2013.01); G02B 6/3879 (2013.01)] 11 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A ruggedized cable connection structure configured to direct mate first and second ruggedized optical fiber connectors, the connection assembly comprising:
a housing having a channel extending from a first end of the housing through to the second end of the housing and an interconnection feature to allow connection to another cable connection structure, wherein the interconnection feature includes a vertical alignment guide extending from the housing transverse to a longitudinal axis of the cable connection structure to allow a second cable connection structure to be mounted on top of the housing; and
an adapter secured within the channel near a midpoint of the housing to enable direct mating of the first and second ruggedized optical fiber connectors.