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Connector Release Assembly

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000041453D
Original Publication Date: 1984-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-02
Document File: 2 page(s) / 55K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Geany, GM: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

The connector release assembly retains and releases the electronic connector connecting the pallet to the carousel on a production line. During product test, where the pallet is plugged into the carousel, the plug-in electrical contact must be maintained. This is accomplished by the use of two retractable balls each on an end of a pair of alignment pins. The following describes the release mechanism used to depress the buttons that retract the balls. A contact bar 10, that depresses the buttons, is attached to the rod 12 of an air cylinder 14 which is mounted on a carriage 16 that traverses vertically to a predetermined position for release activation, as shown in Figs. 1 and 2. A 24-volt DC motor (not shown) drives through a flex coupling, slip clutch, sprocket and chain. It is located at the bottom end.

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Connector Release Assembly

The connector release assembly retains and releases the electronic connector connecting the pallet to the carousel on a production line. During product test, where the pallet is plugged into the carousel, the plug-in electrical contact must be maintained. This is accomplished by the use of two retractable balls each on an end of a pair of alignment pins. The following describes the release mechanism used to depress the buttons that retract the balls. A contact bar 10, that depresses the buttons, is attached to the rod 12 of an air cylinder 14 which is mounted on a carriage 16 that traverses vertically to a predetermined position for release activation, as shown in Figs. 1 and 2. A 24-volt DC motor (not shown) drives through a flex coupling, slip clutch, sprocket and chain. It is located at the bottom end. An idler sprocket (not shown) is mounted at the top end. The chain 20 is looped over the sprockets, and the ends 22 and 24 are attached to the top and bottom of the carriage 16, respectively. Depending on motor rotation, the carriage moves up or down. The carriage 16 is supported by four "V" rollers 26 that ride on two "V" rails 28 that are mounted to the main support channel 30. A scanner bar 32, connected to the frame 30, has slots located at four-inch spacing, which are used in conjunction with a fiber-optic scanner 34 to count and locate the required position for release activation, as shown in Fig. 2. The motor is dynamically brak...