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METHOD OF CONNECTING A THERMOSTAT OR OTHER ELECTRICAL DEVICE

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000026328D
Original Publication Date: 1991-Apr-30
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-05
Document File: 2 page(s) / 89K

Publishing Venue

Xerox Disclosure Journal

Abstract

The accurate and rapid installation of large electrical components into systems is an important consideration in the design of the system and components. For example, the present invention is related to a snap action thermostat, as illustrated in Figures 1 and 2, which enables the rapid establishment of mechanical and electrical connection in a reliable manner.

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XEROX DISCLOSURE JOURNAL

METHOD OF CONNECTING A THERMOSTAT OR OTHER US. C1.439/786 ELECTRICAL DEVICE
Ross E. Schroll
Anthony G. Poletto

Proposed Classification

Int. C1. HOlr 4/48

f"

FIG. 1

14a -., f"

18b 18a

FIG. 2

XEROX DISCLOSURE JOURNAL - Vol. 16, No. 2 March/April1991 149

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METHOD OF CONNECTING A THERMOSTAT OR OTHER

ELECTRICAL DEVICE(Cont'd)

The accurate and rapid installation of large electrical components into systems is an important consideration in the design of the system and components. For example, the present invention is related to a snap action thermostat, as illustrated in Figures 1 and 2, which enables the rapid establishment of mechanical and electrical connection in a reliable manner.

Figure 1, which illustrates a side view of thermostat 12, shows the thermostat mounted to a substrate 16, thereby forming an interfacial region 20 upon which the thermostat senses temperature. Electrical connection with exposed contact areas 22a,b is accomplished with resilient electrical contact members 14a,b, respectively. Figure 2, which illustrates thermostat 12 from another side, shows the configuration of the front and rear snap-in connectors 18a,b. More specifically, connectors 18a,b would be inserted through clearance holes (not shown) in substrate 16, whereby upon full insertion, shoulders extending outwardly from the lower end of the connectors would engage the underside of substrate 16, th...