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SMART LATCH

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000008779D
Original Publication Date: 1998-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2002-Jul-11
Document File: 1 page(s) / 49K

Publishing Venue

Motorola

Related People

Monica Tan Poh Choo: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Latches that are used in products typically form a separate part and require a secondary action to effect latching. As a result, users of these products may inadvertently forget to apply the latches accordingly. The concept of this article is a latch that is incorporated with, for example, a housing door such that the latch is applied automatically when the housing door is closed.

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MOTOROLA Technical Developments

SMART LATCH

by Monica Tan Poh Choo, Tang Puay Meng and Jessie Low Siang Choo

  Latches that are used in products typically form a separate part and require a secondary action to effect latching. As a result, users of these products may inadvertently forget to apply the latches accordingly. The concept of this article is a latch that is incorporated with, for example, a housing door such that the latch is applied automatically when the housing door is closed.

  Figures 1 and 2 illustrate how the latch is actuated. As shown in Figure 1, the latch is integral- ly molded to a back housing and a battery door. A housing slot precedes a locking edge on the back housing. An extension on the battery door has a lead-in chamfer. Figure 2 shows the lead-in chamfer being slid through the housing slot for the extension to engage an extension slot on the back housing.

  The latch as described and shown in Figures 1 and 2 is advantageously integrated as one molded part. Operation of the latch is easy with a simple assembly process effected by sliding the battery door to engage the extension with the extension slot. Cost savings can therefore be realized when such a latch is applied into products.

Locking

Edge

Lead-In Chamfer

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Extension slot

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Fig. 2

Q Mofomlr. 1°C. 1998 4 September 1998

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