VCT sensor and actuator module

Patent No. 6,904,880

Issued: June 14, 2005
Filed: December 9, 2003

Inventors: Green; John C. (Sterling Heights, MI); Telep; Robert J. (Livonia, MI)
Assignee: BorgWarner Inc. (Auburn Hills, MI)

A lead frame disposed within the confines of an engine cover, having an insulating portion and an electrically conducting portion. The conducting portion has at least one electrically conducting interconnect. Both the insulating portion and the electrically conducting portion form an integral piece for retaining and accurately positioning devices within an internal combustion engine. The lead frame includes a plurality of retaining elements for retaining or positioning of at least some of the devices; and an electrical connector member extending outside the confines of the internal combustion engine, the electrical connector member having a plurality of electrically conducting terminals in electrical communication with at least some of the devices within the internal combustion engine by means of the at least one electrically conducting interconnect, whereby at least some of the devices are retained and accurately positioned within the internal combustion engine.

REFERENCE TO PROVISIONAL APPLICATION

This application claims an invention which was disclosed in Provisional Application No. 60/508,957, filed Oct. 6, 2003, entitled "VCT SENSOR AND ACTUATOR MODULE". The benefit under 35 USC 119(e) of the United States provisional application is hereby claimed, and the aforementioned application is hereby incorporated herein by reference.


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