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Self-Aligning Connector

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000035100D
Original Publication Date: 1989-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-28
Document File: 2 page(s) / 58K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Fournier, TR: AUTHOR

Abstract

The illustrated connector provides for aligning the power/signal connectors automatically in a removable hard file application. The connector 9 mounted on alignment block 1 is aligned to the connector 10 in portable hard file 2 when domes 5 seat in the tapered hole 6 and tapered slot 7 in the file enclosure. Block 1 is movable vertically and horizontally by mounting on four compression springs 4 and locating screw 3. By moving hard file 2 into block 1, block 1 is free to float in all directions as it leaves positioning screw 3. At this point, the two connectors line up for mating, as shown in Fig. 2.

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Self-Aligning Connector

The illustrated connector provides for aligning the power/signal connectors automatically in a removable hard file application. The connector 9 mounted on alignment block 1 is aligned to the connector 10 in portable hard file 2 when domes 5 seat in the tapered hole 6 and tapered slot 7 in the file enclosure. Block 1 is movable vertically and horizontally by mounting on four compression springs 4 and locating screw 3. By moving hard file 2 into block 1, block 1 is free to float in all directions as it leaves positioning screw 3. At this point, the two connectors line up for mating, as shown in Fig. 2.

When removing hard file 2, block 1 assumes the nominal position shown in Fig. 1 by sliding onto tapered screw 3. When hard file 2 and block 1 disengage, domes 5 leave hole 6 and slot 7 without binding because of the tapered mating surfaces of the two parts.

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