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Space Saving Cam Handle

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000014127D
Original Publication Date: 2000-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-19
Document File: 3 page(s) / 85K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Disclosed is a device for camming a component in and out of a mechanical enclosure. This device is a cam handle (see Figure 1) that is specially designed with space constraints and ergonomics in mind. This design is very low in cost and uses a minimal number of parts.

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Space Saving Cam Handle

Disclosed is a device for camming a component in and out of a mechanical enclosure. This device is a cam handle (see Figure 1) that is specially designed with space constraints and ergonomics in mind. This design is very low in cost and uses a minimal number of parts.

Figure 1

A typical situation where this device can be utilized is in a front mounted power supply that is covered with a decorative bezel (see Figure 2). In a scenario such as this, space between the bezel and the power supply is at a premium. The thinner the design of the cam handle is, the more space there is available for the power supply.

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Figure 2

This cam handle is a single piece of polycarbonate plastic that rotates about a rivet at one end of the power supply and latches into the sheet metal at the other end. The latch is released by squeezing two circular touch points together. The circular touch points allow the customer to cam the power supply out of the box without readjusting their finger position. When the customer is ready to pull the supply out of the box, they place their fingers onto two features that are part of the handle that allow for a good removal grip and pull (see Figure 3). To replace the power supply the customer just slides it back into position, cams it into place and the latches catch on closure. The handle could be modified to accommodate various sizes and camming forces.

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