US 10,890,723 B2
Alignment adapter and alignment design for a connector therefor
Hiep V. Nguyen, Fort Mill, SC (US); Darrell R. Childers, Hickory, NC (US); Michael E. Hughes, Hickory, NC (US); Jillcha Fekadu Wakjira, Hickory, NC (US); and Joseph P. Howard, Hickory, NC (US)
Assigned to US Conec, Ltd., Hickory, NC (US)
Filed by US Conec, Ltd, Hickory, NC (US)
Filed on Dec. 10, 2018, as Appl. No. 16/214,317.
Application 15/855,750 is a division of application No. 14/214,931, filed on Mar. 15, 2014, granted, now 9,857,538, issued on Jan. 2, 2018.
Application 16/214,317 is a continuation of application No. 15/855,750, filed on Dec. 27, 2017, granted, now 10,156,684.
Claims priority of provisional application 61/789,499, filed on Mar. 15, 2013.
Prior Publication US 2019/0107679 A1, Apr. 11, 2019
This patent is subject to a terminal disclaimer.
Int. Cl. G02B 6/38 (2006.01)
CPC G02B 6/3879 (2013.01) [G02B 6/3817 (2013.01); G02B 6/3825 (2013.01); G02B 6/3881 (2013.01); G02B 6/3885 (2013.01)] 17 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. An adapter for aligning a first fiber optic ferrule inserted from a first side and a second fiber optic ferrule inserted from a second side, comprising:
a main body having an opening defined by two opposing side walls, a top surface and a bottom surface, the opening extending between the first side and the second side, the first side and the second side separated by a central portion inside the main body; and
a plurality of grooves disposed in a second top surface and a plurality of grooves disposed in a second bottom surface of the central portion, the second top surface and the second bottom surface being different from the top surface and the bottom surface in the main body, each of the plurality of grooves extending into the central portion from each of the first side and the second side.