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ELECTROSTATIC DISCHARGE COILED CORD

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000026432D
Original Publication Date: 1991-Dec-31
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-05
Document File: 2 page(s) / 120K

Publishing Venue

Xerox Disclosure Journal

Abstract

The need to protect electronic devices from static electricity is currently of great importance in the electronic equipment industry. The primary concern is to avoid exposing sensitive machine components to voltage spikes caused by electrostatic discharge (ESD). The potential for ESD is particularly high when a piece of equipment is being serviced. Moreover, it is also important to insure that the serviceperson is also protected from any voltage discharges, which may be hazardous to hidher health.

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XEROX DISCLOSURE JOURNAL

ELECTROSTATIC DISCHARGE Proposed Classification COILED CORD US. C1.361/212 Robert H. Gusciora
C1. Int. Robert E. Metz HOlg, H02h 1/00

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XEROX DISCLOSURE JOURNAL - Vol16 No 6 NovembedDecember 1991 395

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ELECTROSTATIC DISCHARGE COILED CORD(Cont'd)

The need to protect electronic devices from static electricity is currently of great importance in the electronic equipment industry. The primary concern is to avoid exposing sensitive machine components to voltage spikes caused by electrostatic discharge (ESD). The potential for ESD is particularly high when a piece of equipment is being serviced. Moreover, it is also important to insure that the serviceperson is also protected from any voltage discharges, which may be hazardous to hidher health.

The present invention, when used in conjunction with the Electrostatic Discharge Straight Cord is directed towards dissipating static electricity from people and/or materials that might be placed in contact with equipment during a service operation. Furthermore, the electrostatic discharge coiled cord, described herein, is designed to eliminate the potential for misuse of the cord, which could result in personal injury or equipment damage.

Referring to the figure, which illustrates an embodiment of the present invention, cord 30 is used to provide a discharge path between a common-point ground and a serviceperson. Specifically, one end of cord 30 has a connector 32
upon which is an electrically conductive, one-eighth inch diameter female snap
34. Snap 34 is generally used for establishing connection with a personal wrist strap or other grounding means that is directly worn by the serviceperson. Snap 34 is electric...