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Diskette Drive Signal and Power Connector Retainer

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000038761D
Original Publication Date: 1987-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-01
Document File: 2 page(s) / 74K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Basco, JP: AUTHOR

Abstract

This article describes a diskette drive signal and power connector retainer which minimizes loosening of the connectors due to high vibration in an industrial manufacturing environment. Signal and power connectors can start to loosen out and move away at side-to-side vibration during system resonance frequency dwell. Failures occur when the signal is interrupted due to backward displacement of the connectors. The retainer device disclosed herein minimizes such loosening. (Image Omitted) Fig. 1 shows the connector retainer of this disclosure in exploded perspective in relation to a diskette drive. Fig. 2 is a rear view of the retainer installed on the drive frame. The retainer 1 is composed of VO rating polycarbonate for flammability resistance. A rigid lower finger 2 is installed first, slipping over lower boss 4.

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Diskette Drive Signal and Power Connector Retainer

This article describes a diskette drive signal and power connector retainer which minimizes loosening of the connectors due to high vibration in an industrial manufacturing environment. Signal and power connectors can start to loosen out and move away at side-to-side vibration during system resonance frequency dwell. Failures occur when the signal is interrupted due to backward displacement of the connectors. The retainer device disclosed herein minimizes such loosening.

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Fig. 1 shows the connector retainer of this disclosure in exploded perspective in relation to a diskette drive. Fig. 2 is a rear view of the retainer installed on the drive frame. The retainer 1 is composed of VO rating polycarbonate for flammability resistance. A rigid lower finger 2 is installed first, slipping over lower boss 4. A flexible upper finger 3 snaps into upper boss 5 holding the power and signal connectors in place on the drive frame via surfaces 6, 7 and 8, 9, respectively. The notches allow proper cable routing. The width of the fingers of the retainer matches the height of the bosses for tight side-to-side fit.

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