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HOOK AND LOOP TYPE CONNECTOR FOR A GROUNDING HARNESS

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000026224D
Original Publication Date: 1990-Dec-31
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-05
Document File: 2 page(s) / 62K

Publishing Venue

Xerox Disclosure Journal

Abstract

In a xerographic system it is generally necessary to maintain a system ground between all components of the system. Usually, this type of component grounding is accomplished by connecting each component through a grounding harness. The harness is typically a braided wire terminated by a grounding lug, which is electrically attached to the components via a machine screw located on a conductive surface of the component. Unfortunately, use of the machine screw fastening method results in additional time to insert and tighten the screw during initial assembly and in subsequent service situations.

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XEROX DISCLOSURE JOURNAL

HOOK AND LOOP TYPE CONNECTOR FOR A GROUNDING HARNESS Int. C1. H02g 15/02 Neil J. Dempsey

Proposed Classification US. C1.1741074R

In a xerographic system it is generally necessary to maintain a system ground between all components of the system. Usually, this type of component grounding is accomplished by connecting each component through a grounding harness. The harness is typically a braided wire terminated by a grounding lug, which is electrically attached to the components via a machine screw located on a conductive surface of the component. Unfortunately, use of the machine screw fastening method results in additional time to insert and tighten the screw during initial assembly and in subsequent service situations.

The present invention utilizes a conductive hook-and-loop type fastening system to replace the conventional machine screw system. First, the braided wire is terminated with a conductive hook-type fastening material. Second, the component to be grounded includes a conductive loop-type material conductively attached thereto by suitable means such as a conductive adhesive or possibly a non-removable metallic fastener. In order to complete the grounding path, the assembler or service representative connects the grounding harness to the component by simply pressing the mating hook-and- loop type fastening materials together, thereby reducing the time required to affix the component grounding system.

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