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TOP POPPER

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000009011D
Original Publication Date: 1999-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2002-Jul-31
Document File: 1 page(s) / 40K

Publishing Venue

Motorola

Related People

Richard Lendabarker: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

The Top Popper is a hex tool bit used in a stan- dard hex drive hand tool. The Top Popper has a machined extension to provide a lip designed to pro- vide leverage to remove snap-on covers used on modules such as Quantar exciters and receivers, and iDEN power amplifiers.

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Technical Developments

TOP POPPER

by Richard Lendabarker and Frank Liu

  The Top Popper is a hex tool bit used in a stan- dard hex drive hand tool. The Top Popper has a machined extension to provide a lip designed to pro- vide leverage to remove snap-on covers used on modules such as Quantar exciters and receivers, and iDEN power amplifiers.

  The previous method for cover removal has been to use a flat blade screw driver, which, depend- ing on the size of the screw driver, and expertise of the service technician, tended to cause cosmetic damage to the edge of the cover, or actual damage to the snap-on lid feature, by bending the lid.

  The Top Popper has a cylindrical steel body, with a hex shaft for insertion into a standard hex dr- ver hand tool. The face of the cylinder is machined to provide a lip which is a section of the cylinder. The lip has a flat inner face, which reduces the thickness of the lip and makes the tool more univer- sal, being able to function on a number of different cover to housing spacings. The outer surface of the lip follows the curve of ithe cylinder, and provides an arc which acts as the fulcrum to improve the ergonomics of the tool function.

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