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Mounting Method for Disk Drive Unit

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000039834D
Original Publication Date: 1987-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-01
Document File: 3 page(s) / 46K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Robbins, LH: AUTHOR

Abstract

A method is described which solves the problems of robotic assembly, customer upgrade and service, accuracy of positioning, and protection from damage of a disk drive or similar device used in a portable computer. (Image Omitted) Modern, lightweight, low cost, rugged, portable computing devices require mounting of components which allow these components to be assembled with the aid of robots which allow the components to be easily installed and removed for upgrade and servicing. Figs. 1, 2, and 3 show a disk drive component 1 mounted in portable unit covers 4 which are cut away for clarity. A drive bezel 2 is attached to the drive with snap clips 2a which are an integral part of the bezel. Mating features (not shown) in the bezel and the drive provide for accurate positioning between the bezel and the drive.

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Mounting Method for Disk Drive Unit

A method is described which solves the problems of robotic assembly, customer upgrade and service, accuracy of positioning, and protection from damage of a disk drive or similar device used in a portable computer.

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Modern, lightweight, low cost, rugged, portable computing devices require mounting of components which allow these components to be assembled with the aid of robots which allow the components to be easily installed and removed for upgrade and servicing. Figs. 1, 2, and 3 show a disk drive component 1 mounted in portable unit covers 4 which are cut away for clarity. A drive bezel 2 is attached to the drive with snap clips 2a which are an integral part of the bezel. Mating features (not shown) in the bezel and the drive provide for accurate positioning between the bezel and the drive. The drive/bezel assembly rests on two slides 4a, one on each side of the cover, which are an integral part of the cover. The circuit card with card edge contact tabs 1a is mounted to the drive but extends behind the drive so that it can engage with a mating connector 5 which is mounted firmly to the cover by means not shown. When the drive/bezel assembly is in position such that electrical connection is made through the connector and circuit card, and proper cover mating requirements are met, the assembly is firmly attached to the cover by use of two screws 3 which are easily accessible. The drive/bezel assembly is further held in place by a) guide tabs 2b which are an integral part of the bezel, (b) two guide tabs 4d which are an integral part of the cover and engage with slots 1a located in the body of the drive, (c) stops 4c which are an integral part of the cover, and (d) pads 4b which are an integral part of the cover. The unique features of this desig...