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Method for a flexible position indicator for sockets

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000008590D
Publication Date: 2002-Jun-25
Document File: 2 page(s) / 66K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method for a flexible position indicator for sockets. Benefits include improved functionality.

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Method for a flexible position indicator for sockets

Disclosed is a method for a flexible position indicator for sockets. Benefits include improved functionality.

Background

              A position indicator is required to show the open-closed status of a socket, and limited space is available due to design constraints (such as the keep-out envelope).

      Conventionally, socket visual indicator designs are not foolproof because each design uses a friction powered rotating washer to solve the keep-out envelope problem. Suppliers’ designs do not always accurately depict the position of the socket.

General description

              The disclosed method includes a flexible position indicator used in socket applications where visual indication of the socket position (open/closed) is required, and limited space or limited mechanism rotation is available.

      A flexible element attached to the actuation mechanism bends as required as the mechanism is rotated between the 0-degree and 180-degree positions. The flexible element bends the full range of the socket without the indicator violating the keep-out envelope.

Advantages

      The technical advantages of the disclosed method include:

·        Flexible position indicator that is 100% accurate

·        Compliant with keep-out envelope noninterference requirement

·        Low cost design

Detailed description

              The disclosed method is a flexible piece (see Figure 1) that is a detail of the socket actuation mechanism, which enables 180-degree rotation without interfering with the keep-out envelop...