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ELECTROSTATIC DISCHARGE STRAIGHT CORD

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000026434D
Original Publication Date: 1991-Dec-31
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-05
Document File: 2 page(s) / 108K

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 STRAIGHT CORD U.S. C1.3611212 Robert H. Gusciora
C1. Int. Robert E. Metz HOlg, H02h 1/00

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XEROX DISCLOSURE JOURNAL - Vol16 No 6 NovembedDecember 1991 399

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ELECTROSTATIC DISCHARGE STRAIGHT CORD(Conttd)

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 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 straight 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 10 is used to provide a discharge path between the ESD location on the equipment, and an externally located ESD mat. Specifically, one end of cord 10 has a standard banana plug 12, suitable for insertion into an available ESD jack provided within the equipment, or alternatively into an alligator clip which may be connected to a chassis ground within...