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LOW COST RACKING SYSTEM FOR ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000006646D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2002-Jan-18
Document File: 3 page(s) / 110K

Publishing Venue

Motorola

Related People

Peter J. Morgan: AUTHOR

Abstract

A flexible, low cost racking system is described for electronic equipment such as a cellular base station sys- tem (BSS). The racking system requires no fasteners to mount equipment (reducing factory inventory and proc- ess time) and improves service access to internal cabling and equipment, because front mounting is eliminated.

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M MOTOROLA INC. Technical Developments Volume 17 December 1992

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LOW COST RACKING SYSTEM FOR ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT

by Peter J. Morgan

  A flexible, low cost racking system is described for electronic equipment such as a cellular base station sys- tem (BSS). The racking system requires no fasteners to mount equipment (reducing factory inventory and proc- ess time) and improves service access to internal cabling and equipment, because front mounting is eliminated.

  The idea is a mounting system for electronic equip- ment. The principle is derived from low cost racking used for industrial and domestic shelving. A completely flexible arrangement is proposed, whereby each mount- ing rail can have additional rails linked to it, during assem- bly or in the field. For strength and pcb card cage rea- sons, the minimum number of rails will be two. Each mounting rail can be used to mount a transceiver and its (manually tuned) front end components. Therefore the minimum coniiguration will have a 2 carrier channel capacity. Physically, there need be no upper limit to the number of rails that can be linked together. This expandable system will be useful where, for instance, customers decide to increase the channel capacity of their BSS. The invention will offer the flexibility that the core structure can be inexpensively housed within either an indoor or all-weather enclosure.

  The current standard method of mounting electronic equipment is by housing in a 19" or 24" cabinet. These cabinets have restricted access to the internal compo- nents and have relatively high unit costs. It is necessary to use fasteners to mount each individual piece of equip- ment into the cabinet.

  The new system allows equipment to be mounted without fasteners and allows much improved access to the sides of the equipment when installed. Manufactur- ing handling and assembly is...