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Plastic Protective Cover

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000037552D
Original Publication Date: 1989-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-29
Document File: 1 page(s) / 11K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Coppola, BA: AUTHOR [+5]

Abstract

Disclosed is a plastic cover for mechanical protection of electronic device cards in a dense package.

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Plastic Protective Cover

Disclosed is a plastic cover for mechanical protection of electronic device cards in a dense package.

Newly designed electronic cards are grouped and packaged more densely than previous stand alone units. The cover assembly was designed to protect up to five cards, mounted vertically in close proximity to each other in an existing pluggable termination device. This cover assembly, while protecting the cards from mechanical and application damage, also maintains uniform spacing between cards.

Tight spatial tolerances, made possible by good injection mold design, are maintained by the grooved inner side walls of the cover. The rounded top of the assembly protects cables by matching the cable minimum allowable bend radius. The cover retention extensions are molded to the same card and cable terminal specifications. These extensions use two slots of the pluggable assembly and four keyed latches lock the cover firmly in place. No screws or other fasteners are required to secure the protective cover on the pluggable assembly. Seven of ten slots in the terminal assembly are used for the cover and cards, leaving three slots free for use by cable assemblies, if required by system design. The figure shows the use of a cover in an assembly drawing.

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