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Universal Mounting Stand For A Small Chassis Network Computer

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000013222D
Original Publication Date: 1999-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-18
Document File: 1 page(s) / 29K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Brian Kerrigan: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Described below is a methodology of holding a small chassis computer (typically a thin client or network computer) in a vertical orientation while enabling customers to mount the respective system units also to horizontal or vertical mounting surfaces.

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Universal Mounting Stand For A Small Chassis Network Computer

Described below is a methodology of holding a small chassis computer
(typically a thin client or network computer) in a vertical orientation while
enabling customers to mount the respective system units also to horizontal or
vertical mounting surfaces.

      Shown pictorially in Fig. 1 is one embodiment of this disclosure which
describes a one-piece stand (10), typically formed from plastic, that holds a
small chassis computer 11) in a vertical orientation. Special openings (12)
are formed in the embodiment (shown in Fig. 3 to allow the passage of cooling
air into the system unit similar to that presently used on IBM's System 3000
Network Computers. The design described in this disclosure incorporates
mechanical "cleats" which engage into selected ventilation holes (14) which
have been replicated into the four respective external surfaces of the system
chassis. Using the identical pattern of holes, the stand attaches to the
chassis from the top, bottom, right, or left sides, and thus satisfies the
design requirements for flexibility in mounting surface orientation as shown
in Fig. 2.

      In addition to the mounting surface flexibility, the independent
mounting orientation and hole pattern associated with this embodiment allows
the requisite air ventilation to pass throughout the system unit in a natural
convective mode without obstruction as shown in Fig. 3 The stand, as shown in
this embodiment, also features holes (15) used to...