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 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.