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Electrical connector

United States Patent

7,137,839
November 21, 2006
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An electrical connector includes a female component having one or more receptacles, a first test receptacle, and a second test receptacle. The electrical connector also includes a male component having one or more terminals configured to engage the one or more receptacles, a first test pin configured to engage the first test receptacle, and a second test pin configured to engage the second test receptacle. The first test receptacle is electrically connected to the second test receptacle, and at least one of the first test pin and the second test pin is shorter in length than the one or more terminals.
Dilliner; Jennifer L. (Peoria, IL), Baker; Thomas M. (Peoria, IL), Akasam; Sivaprasad (Peoria, IL), Hoff; Brian D. (East Peoria, IL)
Caterpillar Inc. (Peoria, IL)
10/ 740,454
December 22, 2003
U.S. GOVERNMENT RIGHTS This invention was made with government support under the terms of Contract No. DE-FC04-2000AL67017 awarded by the Department of Energy. The government may have certain rights in this invention.