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ADVANCED RELIABILITY UNIVERSAL BUTTON ACTUATOR - A.R.U.B.A

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000009167D
Original Publication Date: 1999-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2002-Aug-12
Document File: 2 page(s) / 95K

Publishing Venue

Motorola

Related People

Jason Bass: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

Actuator (ARUBA.) was designed to realistically simulate and accelerate button actuation of a paging product. The ARUBA has many uses ranging from fatigue testing to software testing.

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ADVANCED RELIABILITY UNIVERSAL BUTTON ACTUATOR - A.R.U.B.A.

by Jason Bass, Bill Ceres, John Johnson and Brian Nover

  The Advanced Reliability Universal Button Actuator (ARUBA.) was designed to realistically simulate and accelerate button actuation of a paging product. The ARUBA has many uses ranging from fatigue testing to software testing.

  The uniqueness of the ARUBA comes from its versatility. Currently, there are many different pag- ing products, each with its own individual shape, size, and button configuration. The ARUBA was

designed to easily accommodate all of these prod- ucts with respect to all of their form factors. The ARUBA can also perform thousands of actuations on multiple units in a short period of time.

  The ARUBA consists of four main components: universal clamping blocks, flex-tube positioning system, pneumatics, and computer controls. Figure 1 shows a 3-Bay ARUBA station.

Fig. 1 3-Bay A.R.U.B.A. Station

  Clamping of virtually any paging device is attached to its housing, or if a beltclip is attached, accomplished by means of specially designed the pager can be elevated on small shelves cut into clamping blocks. The blocks allow a pager to be the clamp blocks. Figure 2 depicts the universal flat on the ARUBA base if there is no beltclip clamping blocks.

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Fig. 2 Universal Clamping Blocks

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