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Method for a flexible float mechanism for a rack docking station

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000007896D
Publication Date: 2002-May-02
Document File: 3 page(s) / 158K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method for a flexible float mechanism for a rack docking station. Benefits include improved functionality and improved maintainability.

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Method for a flexible float mechanism for a rack docking station

Disclosed is a method for a flexible float mechanism for a rack docking station. Benefits include improved functionality and improved maintainability.

Description

              The disclosed method includes a rack docking station on the rear of an electronics rack with a mechanism to take up associated assembly tolerances (see Figure 1). The mechanism ensures the proper mating of connectors in the rear of a server as it is engaged. Two clearance holes in an adapter board and foam rubber bushings provide self-centering (see Figure 2). This mechanism enables sufficient travel to allow guide pins to properly engage in mating receptacles (see Figure 3). Engagement is along the Z-axis, and the tolerance take-up is along the X- and Y-axes and about the Z-axis (rotation around the Z-axis).

      Conventionally, when a server is installed in a rack, the operator goes to the rear of the rack to attach the cables into the corresponding connectors on the server. The disclosed method enables the operator to install a server in a safe and controlled manner by engaging a ratchet mechanism.

Advantages

              The disclosed method provides advantages, including:

§         Rack docking station functionality

§         Rapid servicing and swapping of small form factor servers in data centers and server farms

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