Brady has been granted a patent for a lockout assembly designed to secure a battery connector. The assembly consists of a connector cover part with a cavity and guide rail, and a sliding part with a hooking foot. The sliding part can engage the connector head, and a blocking feature prevents disengagement once assembled. GlobalData’s report on Brady gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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Lockout assembly for locking a battery connector

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Brady Corp

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11757232B2) describes a lockout assembly designed to secure a battery connector. The assembly consists of a connector cover part with a cavity and a guide rail, and a sliding part with a hooking foot. The connector head is inserted into the cavity, and the sliding part is slid onto the guide rail to engage the hooking foot with the connector head, preventing it from disengaging. The guide rail has a blocking feature that ensures the sliding part remains securely attached to the connector cover part.

The lockout assembly is versatile and can accommodate different sizes of battery connector heads. By adjusting the position of the sliding part along the guide rail, the hooking foot can selectively engage either a first or second battery connector head size. The hooking foot may also include multiple feet for added stability.

The sliding engagement between the sliding part and the guide rail occurs parallel to the length of the guide rail. The cavity in the connector cover part is concave and rectangular in shape, providing a secure fit for the connector head. The guide rail and sliding part have aligned apertures that allow for different positions of the sliding part along the guide rail, accommodating various connector head lengths.

In another embodiment, the guide rail is T-shaped, with a fin that includes guide rail apertures. The sliding part has corresponding sliding part apertures, and at least one guide rail aperture aligns with at least one sliding part aperture in different positions of the sliding part on the guide rail.

Overall, this lockout assembly provides a secure and adjustable mechanism for locking out battery connectors. Its design allows for flexibility in accommodating different connector head sizes and lengths, ensuring a reliable and customizable solution for preventing accidental disconnection of battery connectors.

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