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SPRING CLIP FOR PWB CONNECTOR

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000024612D
Original Publication Date: 1981-Apr-30
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-02
Document File: 2 page(s) / 52K

Publishing Venue

Xerox Disclosure Journal

Abstract

A concept is disclosed which provides means for holding connectors to printed wiring boards (PWB). Some PWB connectors rely on contact spring tension to hold the connector onto the mating PWB contacts. If an insufficient number of contacts is used, the connectors will work their way loose.

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XEROX DISCLOSURE JOURNAL

SPRING CLIP FOR PWB CONNECTOR Proposed Zia Shamsy Classification

U.S. C1. 403 Int. CI. F16b

FIG. I FIG. 2

A concept is disclosed which provides means for holding connectors to printed wiring boards (PWB). Some PWB connectors rely on contact spring tension to hold the connector onto the mating PWB contacts. If an insufficient number of contacts is used, the connectors will work their way loose.

With reference to Figures 1 and 2, the PWB 10 is shown in operative relationship to connector 12. Spring clips 14 are attached to connector 12 by fasteners 16. Inwardly facing dimples 18 are formed on spring clips 14. An aperture 20 is formed in a predetermined location in the PWB 10. As connector 12 is slid into place on the contacts (not shown) on the PWB 10, spring clips 14 slide down into a predetermined position on PWB 10. Dimples 18 come to rest in aperture 20, which tends to provide additional retention to lock the spring clips 14 into place and provide additional spring tension to maintain the connector 12 in operative position with respect to the PWB so connector 12 will not work loose from PWB.

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  XEROX DISCLOSURE JOURNAL Volume 6 Number 2 March/April 1981

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