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Dokumentenidentifikation EP1180831 08.12.2005
EP-Veröffentlichungsnummer 0001180831
Titel Zur Vergrösserung der Höhe des Raumes fähiger Drehverbinder zwecks Unterbringung flexibler Kabel
Anmelder Alps Electric Co., Ltd., Tokio/Tokyo, JP
Erfinder Oguma, Takashi, Tokyo 145-8501, JP
Vertreter Klunker, Schmitt-Nilson, Hirsch, 80797 München
DE-Aktenzeichen 60114526
Vertragsstaaten DE, FR, GB, IT, SE
Sprache des Dokument EN
EP-Anmeldetag 08.08.2001
EP-Aktenzeichen 011191590
EP-Offenlegungsdatum 20.02.2002
EP date of grant 02.11.2005
Veröffentlichungstag im Patentblatt 08.12.2005
IPC-Hauptklasse H01R 35/04
IPC-Nebenklasse H01R 35/02   

Beschreibung[en]
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION 1. Field of the Invention

The present invention relates to a rotary connector which is mounted on a steering shaft of an automobile or the like and performs an electric connection between electric devices provided to a steering wheel and a car body respectively.

2. Description of the Prior Art

Conventionally, there has been proposed a rotary connector which electrically connects an electric device provided to a steering wheel with an electric device provided to a car body.

This rotary connector enables the electric connection between the electric device which is provided to the steering wheel which constitutes a rotary body and the electric device which is provided to the car body which constitutes a fixed body. The rotary connector accommodates a flexible electric cable or an optical fiber cable (these are generally referred to as "flexible cable" hereinafter) in a wound form between a rotor portion which is rotatably driven by the steering wheel and a case which constitutes a stator portion. The flexible cable has one end thereof fixedly secured to the rotor portion and the other end thereof fixedly secured to the stator portion. Due to such a constitution, the rotary connector enables the electric connection between respective electric devices by making use of the reeling and unreeling of the flexible cable.

A conventional rotary connector is explained in conjunction with attached drawings.

Fig. 4 is a cross-sectional view showing the conventional rotary connector and Fig. 5 is an enlarged cross-sectional view of a portion B of Fig. 4.

As shown in Fig. 4, this rotary connector 100 is generally comprised of a pair of upper-side first rotor member 11 and a lower-side second rotor member 12 which are concentrically and rotatably connected to each other, a cable accommodating portion 13, rollers 14, a roller holder 15, a lower cover 16, and a flexible cable 17 which is accommodated and wound in the inside of a space defined by the first and second rotor member 11, 12, the cable accommodating portion 13 and the cover 16.

Here, the first rotor member 11 and the second rotor member 12 are united to form a movable housing, while the cable accommodating portion 13 and the cover 16 are united to form a fixed housing. Further, they are constituted such that when the movable-side housing is rotated in the clockwise direction or counter clockwise direction, the winding of the flexible cable 17 in the space is tightened or loosened.

In the rotary connector 100 having such a general constitution, the fixed-side housing is fixedly secured to a car body (not shown in the drawing) and the movable-side housing is fixedly secured to a hub (not shown in the drawing) of a steering shaft. At the same time, by connecting both ends of the flexible cable 17 respectively to electric devices at the car body side and the steering wheel side by way of respective connectors (not shown in the drawing), the rotary connector 100 can be used as electric connection means of an airbag system, a horn circuit or the like mounted on a vehicle.

Further, the first rotor member 11 includes a cylindrical portion 11a having an approximately circular cylindrical shape and an annular notched portion 11b which is formed in an outer peripheral portion of one end of the cylindrical portion 11a.

The second rotor member 12 includes a large-diameter cylindrical portion 12a having an approximately circular cylindrical shape, an intermediate-diameter cylindrical portion 12b which is contiguously connected to the large-diameter cylindrical portion 12a, a small-diameter cylindrical portion 12c which is contiguously connected to the intermediate-diameter cylindrical portion 12b, and an annular holding portion 12d which is formed perpendicularly in the radial direction from a joining portion of the large-diameter cylindrical portion 12a and the intermediate-diameter cylindrical portion 12b.

This large-diameter cylindrical portion 12a of the second rotor member 12 is made to pass through the cylindrical portion 11a of the first rotor member 11 and the second rotor member 12 is engaged with the first rotor member 11 by means of a suitable means such as a snap-in joint, for example. Then, by arranging an upper surface of the holding portion 12d of the second rotor member 12 and the notched portion 11b of the first rotor member 11 such that they are brought into contact with each other, a groove-like space portion 11c is formed.

The cable accommodating portion 13 includes an annular side wall 13a and has both end portions opened.

The roller holder 15 includes a planar annular base portion 15a and a plurality of roller supporting portions 15b which are perpendicularly and outwardly protruding from the base portion 15a. This roller holder 15 is arranged in the inside of the cable accommodating portion 13. Further, the roller holder 15 makes a portion of the inner peripheral side of the base portion 15a thereof arranged in the inside of the abovementioned space portion 11c.

The cover 16 includes an approximately planar annular wall portion 16a, a side wall 16b which is perpendicularly formed on the outer peripheral portion of the wall portion 16a, and a stepped portion 16c which is protruded in an L-shaped cross section inwardly from the inner peripheral portion of the wall portion 16a. Further, the side wall 13a of the cable accommodating portion 13 is engaged with the side wall 16b of the cover 16 by a suitable means such as a snap-in joint, for example, so that the cable accommodating portion 13 and the cover 16 are united to form the fixed housing.

Further, the cover 16 makes a portion of the inner peripheral side of the stepped portion 16c thereof arranged in the inside of the abovementioned space portion 11c. The portion of the inner peripheral side of the abovementioned base portion 15a of the abovementioned roller holder 15 and the stepped portion 16c of the cover 16 are laminated to each other and are arranged in a loose state with a play.

Here, the portion of the inner peripheral side of the base portion 15a, the stepped portion 16c and the holding portion 12d are arranged such that they face the notched portion 11b of the first rotor member 11 in an opposed manner, while the portion of the inner peripheral side of the base portion 15a and the stepped portion 16c are arranged in the inside of the notched portion 11b. In this manner, the portion of the inner peripheral side of the base portion 15a, the stepped portion 16c and the holding portion 12d are laminated and arranged in three layers . Then, an outer surface of the holding portion 12d and an outer surface of the wall portion 16a of the cover 16 are arranged on an approximately coplanar plane. In this state, with the provision of the holding portion 12d, the base portion 15a and the stepped portion 16c are formed such that they are not disengaged from the notched portion 11b.

Here, assume the thickness size from the outer surface of the holding portion 12d to the inner surface of the base portion 15a of the roller holder 15 as a size L2 (see Fig. 5), this size L2 becomes a relatively large thickness size because of the laminated structure in three layers.

The flexible cable 17 is a strip-like body which is formed by extending a plurality of conductive bodies made of copper (Cu) or the like on one surface of a base film made of an insulation tape, for example. The number of conductive bodies of this strip-like body is set to a given number corresponding to the number of circuits of electric devices to be connected.

The flexible cable 17 has both end portions thereof electrically led out to the outside of the movable-side and fixed-side housings. Further, the flexible cable 17 is placed on the base portion 15a of the roller holder 15 such that the flexible cable 17 can be reeled and unreeled.

As mentioned above, in the conventional rotary connector, the portion of the inner peripheral side of the base portion 15a, the stepped portion 16c and the holding portion 12d are sequentially laminated and arranged in three layers such that they face the notched portion 11b of the first rotor member 11b. Accordingly, the thickness size of this portion becomes large and hence, the thickness of the rotary connector in the axial direction becomes large whereby there has been a problem that it becomes impossible to make the rotary connector thin.

Further, recently, there has been a tendency that the number of circuits of electric devices connected by way of the rotary connector 100 is increased. Further, there has also been a tendency that the size of the flexible case 17 in the widthwise direction becomes physically large corresponding to the increase of the number of the circuits. In the rotary connector 100 which accommodates the flexible cable 17 which has the large size in the widthwise direction, although there has been a tendency that the thickness in the axial direction becomes large, there is a demand for making the rotary connector 100 thin on the other hand.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

The present invention has been made to solve the abovementioned problems, and it is an object of the present invention to provide a rotary connector which can largely increase the height of a space which accommodates a flexible cable without increasing the height of the rotary connector.

US Patent 5 980 285 which is considered as closest prior art, discloses a rotary connector comprising a stator housing defining a side portion and a bottom portion of the rotary connector, and a rotor housing defining a cover plate and an inner cylindrical portion of the rotary connector, the stator housing and rotor housing defining an internal accommodating space for a slidable sheet on which a flexible cable is provided in spiral form.

US Patent 5 588 854 discloses a rotary connector comprising a cylindrically rotor disposed within a cylindrical housing defining a bottom portion, side portions and a top portion of the rotary connector, the cylindrical rotor and the cylindrical housing defining an internal accommodating space in which an internal gear having guide rollers and accommodating a flexibel cable, and a plurality of planet gears are disposed, wherein the planet gears mesh with the inner surface of internal gear and the outer surface of the cylindrical rotor.

To achieve the abovementioned objects, according to the present invention, there is provided a rotary connector comprising a fixed housing having an outer cylindrical body and a bottom plate which is protruded inwardly from an outer periphery of a lower end of the outer cylindrical body, a movable housing being rotatably engaged with the fixed housing and having an inner cylindrical body which forms an accommodating space between the inner cylindrical body and the fixed housing, a top plate formed on at least either one of the housings such that the top plate suppresses the downward movement of the movable housing to the fixed housing, a flexible cable being accommodated in the accommodating space, being wound and being electrically led out to the outside of the fixed housing and the movable housing, and a hollow movable body being rotatably arranged in the accommodating space and having reverse rotation portions which reverse a rotating direction of the flexible cable, wherein a support cylindrical body which has a diameter smaller than an outer diameter of the inner cylindrical body and forms a stepped portion between the support cylindrical body and the inner cylindrical body is integrally connected to the inner cylindrical body at a lower portion of the inner cylindrical body, an engaging portion which is rotatably engaged with the movable body is protruded downwardly from a peripheral portion of a bottom surface of the inner cylindrical body at the stepped portion, an inner peripheral portion of the bottom plate of the fixed housing is bent toward a bottom surface of the inner cylindrical body at a position inside the engaging portion and is extended along the bottom surface of the inner cylindrical body so as to form a bent portion, and a holding portion which rotatably sandwiches the inner peripheral portion of the bottom plate of the fixed housing between the holding portion and the bottom surface of the inner cylindrical body is protruded outwardly from an outer peripheral portion of a lower end of the support cylindrical body.

Due to such a constitution, it becomes possible to provide the rotary connector which can largely increase the height of the space in which the flexible cable is accommodated without increasing the height of the rotary connector.

Further, according to the rotary connector of the present invention, the engaging portion may have a height size approximately equal to a thickness size of the movable body.

Due to such a constitution, the play of the movable body can be easily reduced with a simple constitution.

Further, according to the rotary connector of the present invention, between the inner peripheral portion of the bottom plate of the fixed housing and the bottom surface of the inner cylindrical body of the movable housing as well as between the inner peripheral portion of the bottom plate of the fixed housing and the holding portion of the support cylindrical body, gaps which allow the rotation of the movable housing relative to the fixed housing may be formed.

Due to such a constitution, it becomes possible to rotate the movable housing in a stable state.

Still further, according to the rotary connector of the present invention, the top plate is integrally formed with the inner cylindrical body, a top plate stepped portion is formed on an outer peripheral portion of a bottom surface of the top plate, and an engaging portion which is engaged with the top plate stepped portion is protruded inwardly from the outer cylindrical body of the fixed housing.

Due to such a constitution, the inner cylindrical body and the outer cylindrical body can be surely engaged with each other.

BRIEF EXPLANATION OF THE DRAWINGS

  • Fig. 1 is an exploded perspective view showing an embodiment of a rotary connector of the present invention.
  • Fig. 2 is a cross-sectional view showing an embodiment of a rotary connector of the present invention.
  • Fig. 3 is an enlarged cross-sectional view of a portion A of Fig. 2.
  • Fig. 4 is a cross-sectional view showing a conventional rotary connector.
  • Fig. 5 is an enlarged cross-sectional view of a portion B of Fig. 4.

PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS OF THE PRESENT INVENTION

A rotary connector of the present invention is explained in conjunction with attached drawings.

Fig. 1 is an exploded perspective view showing an embodiment of a rotary connector of the present invention, Fig. 2 is a cross-sectional view showing an embodiment of a rotary connector of the present invention, and Fig. 3 is an enlarged cross-sectional view of a portion A of Fig. 2.

As shown in Fig. 1, this rotary connector 10 is generally comprised of a pair of a first rotor member 1 which constitutes an inner cylindrical and a second rotor member 2 which constitutes a support cylindrical body which is integrally connected to the first rotor member 1, the first rotor member 1 and the second rotor member 2 being concentrically and rotatably connected, a cable accommodating portion 3 which constitutes an outer cylindrical body, rollers 4, a roller holder 5 which constitutes a control member, a cover 6, and a flexible cable 7 which is accommodated and wound in the inside of an accommodating portion 9 defined among the first and second rotor members 1, 2, the cable accommodating portion 3 and the cover 6 and is brought into contact with the roller holder 5.

The first rotor member 1 and the second rotor member 2 are united to form a movable housing, while the cable accommodating portion 3 and the cover 6 are united to form a fixed housing. Further, they are constituted such that when the movable housing is rotated in the clockwise direction or counter clockwise direction, the winding of the flexible cable 7 in the accommodating portion 9 is tightened or loosened.

The first and the second rotor members 1, 2 which constitute the movable housing of the rotary connector 10 and the cable accommodating portion 3 and the cover 6 which constitute the fixed housing of the rotary connector 10 are engaged with each other in a relatively loose manner and a relatively large clearance is formed in the engaging portion. Due to a play formed between the movable housing and the fixed housing derived from the clearance at this engaging portion, the stability of the rotation of the rotary connector 10 is maintained.

In the rotary connector 10 which has such a general constitution, the fixed housing which is constituted of the cable accommodating portion 3 and the cover 6 is fixedly secured to a car body (not shown in the drawing) and the movable housing which is constituted of the first rotor member 1 and the second rotor member 2 is fixedly secured to a hub (not shown in the drawing) of a steering shaft. Further, by connecting both ends of the flexible cable 7 to respective electric devices at the car body and the steering wheel side through respective connectors 8a, 8b, the rotary connector 10 can be used as an electric connecting means for an airbag system, a horn circuit and the like which are mounted on a vehicle.

As shown in Fig. 2 and Fig. 3, the first rotor member 1, for example, is made of a synthetic resin material and is formed by molding. A central hole 1g is formed in the first rotor member 1 and an annular flange portion 1c which constitutes a top plate and is protruded radially outwardly from a distal end portion of the first rotor member 1 is formed on the first rotor member 1. Further, on an outer peripheral portion of a bottom surface of the flange portion 1c, a top-plate stepped portion 1h is formed. Below the first rotor member 1, the second rotor member 2 which has a diameter smaller than a diameter of the first rotor member 1 is integrally connected to the first rotor member 1 such that a stepped portion 1e is formed between the first rotor member 1 and the second rotor member 2.

The second rotor member 2 is, for example, made of a synthetic resin material and is formed by molding. The second rotor member 2 includes an approximately cylindrical large-diameter cylindrical portion 2a which forms the central hole 1g together with the inner peripheral surface of the first rotor member 1, an intermediate-diameter cylindrical portion 2b which is contiguously connected to the large-diameter cylindrical portion 2a, a small-diameter cylindrical portion 2d which is contiguously connected to the intermediate-diameter cylindrical portion 2b, and an annular holding portion 2c which is formed such that the holding portion 2c is extended perpendicularly in the radial direction from the lower end of the large-diameter cylindrical portion 2a that is a joining portion between the large-diameter cylindrical portion 2a and the intermediate-diameter cylindrical portion 2b. Then, at a stepped portion formed by connecting the first rotor member 1 and the second rotor member 2, an annular engaging portion 1f is formed on a peripheral portion of a bottom surface of the first rotor member 1 such that the engaging portion 1f is protruded downwardly. Here, the distal end portion of the holding portion 2c is positioned in the inside of the engaging portion 1f in the radial direction of the rotor member.

This second rotor member 2 is made to pass through the central hole 1g of the first rotor member 1 and is engaged with the first rotor member 1 by a suitable means such as a snap-in joint, for example, so that the second rotor member 2 and the first rotor member 1 are united to form the movable housing. Then, the holding portion 2c of the second rotor member 2 is arranged such that a portion of the stepped portion 1e is closed by an upper surface of the holding portion 2c.

The cable accommodating portion 3 is, for example, made of synthetic resin material and is formed by molding. The cable accommodating portion 3 includes an annular side wall 3a and an annular intermediate holding portion 3b which is protruded inwardly from an approximately intermediate portion of the side wall 3a and has both end portions thereof opened. On an outer surface of the intermediate holding portion 3b of this cable accommodating portion 3, a top-plate stepped portion 1h which is formed on an outer peripheral end portion of the flange portion 1c of the first rotor member 1 is placed.

The rollers 4 are, for example, made of a synthetic resin material and are formed by molding. Each roller 4 includes an approximately circular upper wall 4a and a cylindrical side wall 4b which is formed such that side wall 4b is extended perpendicularly from an outer peripheral portion of the upper wall 4a.

The roller holder 5 which constitutes a movable body is, for example, made of synthetic resin material and is formed by molding. The roller holder 5 includes a planar and approximately annular base portion 5a and a plurality of roller supporting portions 5b which are protruded perpendicularly and outwardly from the base portion 5a. In the inside of the cable accommodating portion 3, this roller holder 5 is accommodated in the accommodating portion 9 (see Fig. 1) which is formed by the movable housing and the fixed housing. Further, a portion of the inner peripheral side of the base portion 5a of the roller holder 5 is rotatably engaged with the engaging portion 1f at the stepped portion formed in the joint portion of the first rotor member 1 and the second rotor member 2. That is, the roller holder 5 is arranged such that the roller holder 5 is not moved toward the upper side of the first rotor member 1, that is, toward the flange portion 1c side.

The rollers 4 are rotatably mounted on the roller supporting portions 5b of the roller holder 5 by suitable means such as snap-in joints.

The roller holder 5 is configured to control the movement of the flexible cable 7 and to make the rotational operation thereof different from the rotation of the movable housing.

Here, although the roller holder 5 which is provided with the rollers 4 is explained as a movable body, the holder 5 may not be provided with rollers.

The cover (bottom plate) 6 is, for example, made of a synthetic resin material and is formed by molding. The cover 6 includes a left wall portion 6a which is formed in an annular and planar shape, a side wall 6b which is formed perpendicularly from an outer peripheral portion of the left wall portion 6a, and a bent portion 6c which is protruded and bent in an L-shaped cross section inwardly from an inner peripheral portion of the left wall portion 6a. Further, the side wall 3a of the cable accommodating portion 3 is engaged with the side wall 6b of the cover 6 by a suitable means such as a snap-in joint, for example, so that the cable accommodating portion 3 and the cover 6 are united to form the fixed housing.

Further, the bent portion 6c of the cover 6 is positioned at the inside of the rotor member in the radial direction with respect to the engaging portion 1f. Further, in the inside of the stepped portion 1e which is formed at a connecting portion between the first rotor member 1 and the second rotor member 2, a distal end portion of the bent portion 6c is arranged such that the distal end portion is extended along a bottom surface of the first rotor member 1, while the distal end portion of the bent portion 6c is arranged such that the distal end portion is sandwiched between the bottom surface of the first rotor member 1 and the holding portion 2c of the second rotor member 2.

Accordingly, this bent portion 6c and the holding portion 2c are arranged in the inside of the stepped portion 1e such that only the bent portion 6c and the holding portion 2c are laminated in an overlapped manner. Due to such a constitution, the fixed housing is arranged such that it is latched by the movable housing. On the other hand, the bottom wall portion 6a is positioned radially outwardly from these rotor members with respect to the engaging portion 1f such that the bottom wall portion 6a overlaps the base portion 5a.

That is, an overlapped portion between the bent portion 6c and the holding portion 2c and an overlapped portion between the bottom wall portion 6a and the base portion 5a are arranged such that they are displaced in the radial direction of the movable housing. Accordingly, compared to a conventional example of a rotary connector which laminates the base portion 5a, a stepped portion 16c and a support portion 12d, the rotary connector of the present invention can largely increase the height of the cable accommodating portion 3.

Then, an inner surface of the stepped portion 6c and an inner surface of the base portion 5a of the roller holder 5 are arranged such that they become approximately coplanar. The flexible cable 7 is brought into contact with the inner surface of the base portion 5a.

Further, an outer surface of the wall portion 6a and an outer surface of the holding portion 2c of the second rotor member 2 are arranged such that they become approximately coplanar.

Here, assume the thickness size from the outer surface of the wall portion 6a of the cover 6 to the inner surface of the base portion 5a of the roller holder 5 as a size L1, this size L1 is made thin compared with the size L2 of the conventional connector to satisfy L1 < L2.

Accordingly, without increasing the size of the rotary connector in the height direction, the present invention can set the size of the accommodating portion 9 in the height direction at a large value and hence, the width of the flexible cable 7 can be increased.

The flexible cable 7 is, for example, a strip-like body which is formed by extending a plurality of conductive bodies made of copper (Cu) or the like on one surface of a base film made of an insulation tape. The number of conductive bodies of this strip-like body is determined to a given number corresponding to the number of circuits of an electric device to be connected. That is, corresponding to the increase of the number of circuits of the electric device, the number of the conductive bodies is increased and hence, the width size of the strip-like body is increased.

The flexible cable 7 has both end portions thereof respectively electrically led out to the outside of the movable-side housing and the outside of the fixed-side housing. Further, the flexible cable 7 is placed on the inner surface of the base portion 5a of the roller holder 5 and is reeled or unreeled corresponding to the rotation of the movable housing. That is, the flexible cable 7 is accommodated in the accommodating portion 9 defined between the fixed housing and the movable housing.

In the abovementioned embodiment, although the flange portion 1c is integrally formed with the first rotor member 1, the present invention is not limited to such a constitution and the flange portion may be formed on the cable accommodating portion 3.

As has been described heretofore, according to the rotary connector of the present invention, a support cylindrical body which has a diameter smaller than an outer diameter of the inner cylindrical body and forms a stepped portion between the support cylindrical body and the inner cylindrical body is integrally connected to a lower portion of the inner cylindrical body, an engaging portion which is rotatably engaged with the disc-like movable body is protruded downwardly from a peripheral portion of a bottom surface of the inner cylindrical body at the stepped portion, an inner peripheral portion of the bottom plate of the fixed housing is bent toward a bottom surface of the inner cylindrical body at a position inside the engaging portion and is extended along the bottom surface of the inner cylindrical body so as to form a bent portion, and a holding portion which rotatably sandwiches the inner peripheral portion of the bottom plate of the fixed housing between the holding portion and the bottom surface of the inner cylindrical body is protruded outwardly from an outer peripheral portion of a lower end of the support cylindrical body. Accordingly, compared with the conventionally manufactured rotary connector, the present invention can achieve an advantageous effect that it becomes possible to provide the rotary connector which can increase the height of the space in which the flexible cable is accommodated without increasing the height of the rotary connector.


Anspruch[de]
  1. Drehverbinder (10), aufweisend: ein feststehendes Gehäuseteil (3, 6) mit einem äußeren zylindrischen Körper (3) und einer Bodenplatte (6), die von einem Außenumfang an einem unteren Ende des äußeren zylindrischen Körpers in Richtung nach innen ragt, ein bewegliches Gehäuseteil (1), das mit dem feststehenden Gehäuseteil drehbar in Eingriff steht und einen inneren zylindrischen Körper (1g) aufweist, der einen Aufnahmeraum zwischen dem inneren zylindrischen Köper und dem feststehenden Gehäuseteil bildet, eine obere Platte (1h, 3b), die an wenigstens einem der Gehäuseteile derart ausgebildet ist, dass die obere Platte eine nach unten gehende Bewegung des beweglichen Gehäuseteils zu dem feststehenden Gehäuseteil unterdrückt, ein flexibles Kabel (7), das in dem Aufnahmeraum in einem aufgewickelten Zustand untergebracht ist und aus dem feststehenden Gehäuseteil und dem beweglichen Gehäuseteil heraus elektrisch nach außen geführt ist, sowie einen hohlen beweglichen Körper (5), der in dem Aufnahmeraum drehbar angeordnet ist und Rotationsumkehrbereiche (4) aufweist, die eine Rotationsrichtung des flexiblen Kabels umkehren,

    wobei ein zylindrischer Stützkörper (2), der einen kleineren Durchmesser als ein Außendurchmesser des inneren zylindrischen Körpers aufweist und einen Stufenbereich (1e) zwischen dem zylindrischen Stützkörper und dem inneren zylindrischen Körper bildet, in integraler Weise mit dem inneren zylindrischen Körper an einem unteren Bereich des inneren zylindrischen Körpers verbunden ist, wobei ein Eingriffsbereich (1f), der mit dem beweglichen Körper drehbar in Eingriff steht, von einem Umfangsbereich einer Bodenfläche des inneren zylindrischen Körpers an dem Stufenbereich in Richtung nach unten ragt, wobei ein Innenumfangsbereich der Bodenplatte des feststehenden Gehäuseteils an einer Stelle innenseitig von dem Eingriffsbereich in Richtung auf die Bodenfläche des inneren zylindrischen Körpers gebogen ist und sich entlang der Bodenfläche des inneren zylindrischen Körpers erstreckt, um einen gebogenen Bereich (6c) zu bilden, und

    wobei ein Haltebereich (2c), der den Innenumfangsbereich der Bodenplatte des feststehenden Gehäuseteils zwischen dem Haltebereich und der Bodenfläche des inneren zylindrischen Körpers sandwichartig drehbar einschließt, von einem Außenumfangsbereich an einem unteren Ende des zylindrischen Stützkörpers nach außen weg ragt.
  2. Drehverbinder nach Anspruch 1,

    wobei der Eingriffsbereich eine Höhe aufweist, die in etwa gleich der Größe der Dicke des beweglichen Körpers ist.
  3. Drehverbinder nach Anspruch 1 oder 2,

    wobei zwischen dem Innenumfangsbereich der Bodenplatte des feststehenden Gehäuseteils und der Bodenfläche des inneren zylindrischen Körpers des beweglichen Gehäuseteils sowie zwischen dem Innenumfangsbereich der Bodenplatte des feststehenden Gehäuseteils und dem Haltebereich des zylindrischen Stützkörpers Spalte gebildet sind, die die Rotationsbewegung des beweglichen Gehäuseteils relativ zu dem feststehenden Gehäuseteil zulassen.
  4. Drehverbinder nach einem der Ansprüche 1 bis 3,

    wobei die obere Platte in integraler Weise mit dem inneren zylindrischen Körper ausgebildet ist, ein Stufenbereich (1h) der oberen Platte an einem Außenumfangsbereich einer Bodenfläche der oberen Platte ausgebildet ist und ein Eingriffsbereich (3b), der mit dem Stufenbereich der oberen Platte in Eingriff steht, von dem äußeren zylindrischen Körper des feststehenden Gehäuseteils in Richtung nach innen ragt.
Anspruch[en]
  1. A rotary connector (10) comprising a fixed housing (3,6) having an outer cylindrical body (3) and a bottom plate (6) which is protruded inwardly from an outer periphery of a lower end of the outer cylindrical body, a movable housing (1) being rotatably engaged with the fixed housing and having an inner cylindrical body (1g) which forms an accommodating space between the inner cylindrical body and the fixed housing, a top plate (1h, 3b) formed on at least either one of the housings such that the top plate suppresses a downward movement of the movable housing to the fixed housing, a flexible cable (7) being accommodated in the accommodating space, being wound and being electrically led out to the outside of the fixed housing and the movable housing, and a hollow movable body (5) being rotatably arranged in the accommodating space and having reverse rotation portions (4) which reverse a rotating direction of the flexible cable, wherein

       a support cylindrical body (2) which has a diameter smaller than an outer diameter of the inner cylindrical body and forms a stepped portion (1e) between the support cylindrical body and the inner cylindrical body is integrally connected to the inner cylindrical body at a lower portion of the inner cylindrical body, an engaging portion (1f) which is rotatably engaged with the movable body is protruded downwardly from a peripheral portion of a bottom surface of the inner cylindrical body at the stepped portion, an inner peripheral portion of the bottom plate of the fixed housing is bent toward the bottom surface of the inner cylindrical body at a position inside the engaging portion and is extended along the bottom surface of the inner cylindrical body so as to form a bent portion (6c), and a holding portion (2c) which rotatably sandwiches the inner peripheral portion of the bottom plate of the fixed housing between the holding portion and the bottom surface of the inner cylindrical body is protruded outwardly from an outer peripheral portion of a lower end of the support cylindrical body.
  2. A rotary connector according to claim 1, wherein the engaging portion has a height size approximately equal to a thickness size of the movable body.
  3. A rotary connector according to claim 1 or 2, wherein between the inner peripheral portion of the bottom plate of the fixed housing and the bottom surface of the inner cylindrical body of the movable housing as well as between the inner peripheral portion of the bottom plate of the fixed housing and the holding portion of the support cylindrical body are gaps which allow the rotation of the movable housing relative to the fixed housing are formed.
  4. A rotary connector according to any of claims 1 to 3, wherein the top plate is integrally formed with the inner cylindrical body, a top plate stepped portion (1h) is formed on an outer peripheral portion of a bottom surface of the top plate, and an engaging portion (3b) which is engaged with the top plate stepped portion is protruded inwardly from the outer cylindrical body of the fixed housing.
Anspruch[fr]
  1. Connecteur rotatif (10) comprenant un boîtier fixe (3, 6) ayant un corps cylindrique extérieur (3) et une plaque de fond (6) qui fait saillie vers l'intérieur depuis une périphérie extérieure d'une extrémité inférieure du corps cylindrique extérieur, un boîtier mobile (1) étant en prise à rotation avec le boîtier fixe et ayant un corps cylindrique intérieur (1g) qui forme un espace de logement entre le corps cylindrique intérieur et le boîtier fixe, une plaque supérieure (1h, 3b) formée sur au moins l'un des boîtiers de manière telle que la plaque supérieure empêche le mouvement vers le bas du boîtier mobile par rapport au boîtier fixe, un câble souple (7) étant logé dans l'espace de logement, enroulé et relié électriquement à l'extérieur du boîtier fixe et du boîtier mobile, et un corps mobile creux (5) étant placé à rotation dans l'espace de logement et ayant des parties à rotation inverse (4) qui inversent le sens dé rotation du câble souple, dans lequel

       un corps cylindrique de support (2) qui a un diamètre inférieur au diamètre extérieur du corps cylindrique intérieur et forme une partie étagée (1e) entre le corps cylindrique de support et le corps cylindrique intérieur est connecté d'un seul tenant au corps cylindrique intérieur en une partie inférieure du corps cylindrique intérieur, une partie de mise en prise (1f) qui est mise en prise à rotation avec le corps mobile fait saillie vers le bas depuis une partie périphérique d'une surface inférieure du corps cylindrique intérieur au niveau de la partie étagée, une partie périphérique intérieure de la plaque de fond du boîtier fixe est courbée vers la surface inférieure du corps cylindrique intérieur en une position située à l'intérieur de la partie de mise en prise et s'étend le long de la surface inférieure du corps cylindrique intérieur afin de former une partie courbée (6c), et une partie de maintien (2c) qui prend en sandwich à rotation la partie périphérique intérieure de la plaque de fond du boîtier fixe entre la partie de maintien et la surface inférieure du corps cylindrique intérieur fait saillie vers l'extérieur depuis une partie périphérique extérieure d'une extrémité inférieure du corps cylindrique de support.
  2. Connecteur rotatif selon la revendication 1, dans lequel la partie de mise en prise a une hauteur à peu près égale à une épaisseur du corps mobile.
  3. Connecteur rotatif selon la revendication 1 ou 2, dans lequel, entre la partie périphérique intérieure de la plaque de fond du boîtier fixe et la surface inférieure du corps cylindrique intérieur du boîtier mobile ainsi qu'entre la partie périphérique intérieure de la plaque de fond du boîtier fixe et la partie de maintien du corps cylindrique de support, des espaces vides qui permettent la rotation du boîtier mobile par rapport au boîtier fixe sont formés.
  4. Connecteur rotatif selon l'une quelconque des revendications 1 à 3, dans lequel la plaque supérieure est formée d'un seul tenant avec le corps cylindrique intérieur, une partie étagée de plaque supérieure (1h) est formée sur une partie périphérique extérieure d'une surface inférieure de la plaque supérieure, et une partie de mise en prise (3b) qui est mise en prise avec la partie étagée de la plaque supérieure fait saillie vers l'intérieur depuis le corps cylindrique extérieur du boîtier fixe.






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