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Tester for Connector Pins Latched in Connector Housing

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000040287D
Original Publication Date: 1987-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-02
Document File: 1 page(s) / 11K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Tapley, LA: AUTHOR

Abstract

In some electrical connectors, the pins that are electrically connected to conductors of a cable are physically held in the connector housing by a latching mechanism. If a pin is not properly latched, it will not make proper electrical contact with a matching connector part: the force on the pin may push the poorly latched pin out of position. A tool for testing the pins has a housing that adapts to the connector part to be tested. The tool has spring-loaded push rods that bear against the connector pins with sufficient force to dislodge a poorly latched connector pin. If a pin is properly latched, it pushes the push rod out of its extended position.

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Tester for Connector Pins Latched in Connector Housing

In some electrical connectors, the pins that are electrically connected to conductors of a cable are physically held in the connector housing by a latching mechanism. If a pin is not properly latched, it will not make proper electrical contact with a matching connector part: the force on the pin may push the poorly latched pin out of position. A tool for testing the pins has a housing that adapts to the connector part to be tested. The tool has spring-loaded push rods that bear against the connector pins with sufficient force to dislodge a poorly latched connector pin. If a pin is properly latched, it pushes the push rod out of its extended position. Each push rod is associated with an electrical switch that is closed when the push rod is in its extended position and open when the push rod has been pushed to its retracted position (or vice versa). The switch signals the person making the test if the pin is not latched properly.

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