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Method for a bezel with an actuation lever for front-access dockable electronics devices

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000012715D
Publication Date: 2003-May-21
Document File: 7 page(s) / 162K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method for a bezel with an actuation lever for front-access dockable electronics devices. Benefits include improved functionality and improved usability.

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Method for a bezel with an actuation lever for front-access dockable electronics devices

Disclosed is a method for a bezel with an actuation lever for front-access dockable electronics devices. Benefits include improved functionality and improved usability.

Background

              Data centers clamor for fast-swap, easy to maintain servers. Conventionally, servers are large, bulky, and physically hard to manage. Data centers require a solution with 1-minute server swappability from the front of the rack.

              Conventionally, all server connections and disconnections must be made from the back of the rack. Dockable concepts have been applied to small components (such as hard disk drives) but not yet to entire servers.


Description

              The disclosed method is a bezel and lever actuator mechanism for use with dockable electronics devices. It is used to dock and undock a device, lock the device in place, and provide tolerance adjustment for mating connectors from the front of a server rack. The method provides a means to conveniently and quickly attain fast-swapping high-density electronics devices.

              The front bezel is attached to the front panel of an electronics device, such as a high-density server. The bezel provides mounting points for a lever actuator and a handle for manipulating the electronics device. The bezel also contains mounting for front-access devices, such as electronic media, USB ports, and power switches.

              The lever actuator consists of a lever bar, an oblong pivot hole, and an actuator thumb. In use, the lever bar is swung away from the bezel to pivot the actuator thumb parallel to the direction of device movement (see Figure 1). The device is moved into its receptacle, such as a rack for a dockable server. The le...