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Serpentine Connector Assembly

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000035153D
Original Publication Date: 1989-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-28
Document File: 2 page(s) / 80K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Becker, RJ: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

A particular serpentine connector assembly is designed such that it is held together by self-tapping screws requiring manual assembly. A modification in the connector design allows it to be used in an automated assembly as described in the following.

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Serpentine Connector Assembly

A particular serpentine connector assembly is designed such that it is held together by self-tapping screws requiring manual assembly. A modification in the connector design allows it to be used in an automated assembly as described in the following.

The manual assembly design (Fig. 1) consists of a connector base 1, a board assembly 2 and a cover 3, all held together by self-tapping screws 4 that insert from the cover to the base. Spring clips 5 are used to affix the board assembly 2 and the connector base 1 as well as serve as a gounding spring. In the modified design (Fig. 2) the base 6 contains protrusions 7 that lock into holes 8 provided on cover 9 to hold the assembly together.

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Also shown in Fig. 2 is a grounding spring 10 that replaces the spring clips 5 used in the manual assembly.

Latches 11 are now part of the molded cover 9 to further reduce the number of parts and assembly time.

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