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Flex Cable Connector for Automation

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000037918D
Original Publication Date: 1989-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-30
Document File: 2 page(s) / 44K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Johns, WD: AUTHOR

Abstract

An improved connector for a flexible cable is shown in Figs. 1 and 2. The design permits the connector to be readily assembled by robotics.

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Flex Cable Connector for Automation

An improved connector for a flexible cable is shown in Figs. 1 and 2. The design permits the connector to be readily assembled by robotics.

The square pyramids 10 and 11 at the ends of the top portion of the connector make the connector easier to grasp, using robot grippers or by humans. The end design allows the top connector to be very closely located by the robot. The pyramid-shaped sides will not be affected if some "flash" is left on the parting lines of the mold since the gripper would have round indentations so that registration of the connector to the gripper is not affected.

A tab 14 on top of the connector aids both in insertion of the connector to the board as well as installing the flex cable into the connector correctly.

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