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Method for a tooling fixture for aligning an optical connector

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000009294D
Publication Date: 2002-Aug-14
Document File: 2 page(s) / 135K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method for a tooling fixture for aligning an optical connector. Benefits include improved ease of manufacturing.

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Method for a tooling fixture for aligning an optical connector

Disclosed is a method for a tooling fixture for aligning an optical connector. Benefits include improved ease of manufacturing.

Background

        � � � � � Conventionally, the optics module is installed by hand. The 300-pin connector is on the bottom of the optics module. It has no alignment pins built into it, and it cannot be visually aligned during high-volume manufacturing. The connector is fragile with breakage as high as 10%.

Description

        � � � � � The disclosed method is a tooling fixture for aligning an optical connector. The fixture is comprised of the following items (see Figure 1):

•        � � � � A ½-inch thick aluminum base plate

•        � � � � An electrically grounded ESD isolation mat

•        � � � � Four .125Ø diameter tooling pins to align the PCB

•        � � � � Six spring pins with pointed tops to self-align the optics module

        � � � � � The PCB is placed onto the tooling pins and lays flat on the base plate and isolation mat. The optics module is placed onto the six self-centering spring pins. The optics module is pushed straight down until the 300-pin connector is mated and fully engaged. The PCB is removed from the fixture, and the six screws are installed in the optics module.

Advantages

        � � � � � The disclosed method provides advantages including improved ease of manufacturing due to automatically aligning and seating the 300-pin optics connector, preventing breakage.

Fig. 1

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