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Method for a hand tool for cable installation

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000021641D
Publication Date: 2004-Jan-28
Document File: 3 page(s) / 383K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method for a hand tool for cable installation. Benefits include improved functionality, improved ergonomics, and improved yield.

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Method for a hand tool for cable installation

Disclosed is a method for a hand tool for cable installation. Benefits include improved functionality, improved ergonomics, and improved yield.

Background

Installing cables into boards can be difficult. Ribbon cable connectors in particular are difficult to hold in the correct orientation for proper insertion. Ergonomic stress can occur due to the repeated manual insertion of cables in a factory environment. Additionally, physical damage can occur to connectors due to cable misalignment or twisting during installation (see Figures 1 and 2).

General description

The disclosed method is a hand tool to facilitate the manual installation and attachment of electrical cables onto board products, such as computer motherboards and cards. The tool is particularly useful in the board test and system assembly environments where cable installation is performed frequently.

         The key elements of the method include:

•         Ergonomic design that simplifies the process of manually installing cables

•         Guide features incorporated into the tool that align the cable to the board connector prior to insertion

•         Tool that facilitates full cable insertion, which reduces the retest rate during product test due to cables that are not fully seated

Advantages

         The disclosed method provides advantages, including:

•         Improved functionality due to ensuring that the cable connector being installed is centered on the board connector and cannot twist or rotate during insertion

•         Improved ergonomics due to being much easier to hold compared to bare cable connectors

•         Improved yield due to preventing twisting or rotation during insertion, which can damage the connector or the internal pins

Detailed description

The disclosed method is a hand tool that simplifies the proce...