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Spacer Handling Tool

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000037558D
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

Christenson, DE: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

The tool is used to handle disk spacers A (see Fig. 1) during assembly of packs of magnetic disks B and is designed so that the disk spacer A is placed into the tool by hand, after which the handle of the tool is simply squeezed lightly, and the spacer is held in the tool for placement onto the disk surface.

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Spacer Handling Tool

The tool is used to handle disk spacers A (see Fig. 1) during assembly of packs of magnetic disks B and is designed so that the disk spacer A is placed into the tool by hand, after which the handle of the tool is simply squeezed lightly, and the spacer is held in the tool for placement onto the disk surface.

This tool is a one-piece construct of acetal copolymer. It has an internal spring 1 which spreads the jaws 3 to allow a part A to be removed from the tool. To grasp a part A, handle 4 is squeezed lightly which compresses the spring 1, and jaws 3 close around the part A. Handle 4 has a long slot 4a in it to allow for easy opening and closing of jaws 3. Two set screws 2 are provided to allow for adjustment of the spring force which opens the jaws 3.

Jaws 3 each have a step 6 cut into the side so that when a part A is grasped, it is held square to the tool. Steps 6 also allow a part A to be placed on a magnetic disk B without the risk of the tool slipping and contacting disk B.

An offset 5 in handle 4 allows for clearance between a disk B and the hands/fingers of a person grasping the tool.

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