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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) / 188K

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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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