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Sub-Panel Component Self-Alignment

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000043198D
Original Publication Date: 1984-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-04
Document File: 2 page(s) / 31K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Lovatt, M: AUTHOR

Abstract

A method of sub-panel component self-alignment is described for use where a front panel can be removed while the component remains attached to the sub-panel. The component is mounted by conical fasteners to the sub-panel which allow the component to move in the plane of the panel. A component aperture on the panel has adjacent lugs on the panel which, during assembly, engage with the component to align the component within the aperture. Reduced assembly time results due to the self-alignment of the component. The figure shows a component switch 1 mounted firmly to sub-panel or bracket 2 by means of two snap fasteners 3. Spacers 4 may be included, if required. Fasteners 3 pass through slots 5 in sub-panel 2 which are dimensioned so that they allow switch 1 to move in all direction in the plane of sub-panel 2.

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Sub-Panel Component Self-Alignment

A method of sub-panel component self-alignment is described for use where a front panel can be removed while the component remains attached to the sub- panel. The component is mounted by conical fasteners to the sub-panel which allow the component to move in the plane of the panel. A component aperture on the panel has adjacent lugs on the panel which, during assembly, engage with the component to align the component within the aperture. Reduced assembly time results due to the self-alignment of the component. The figure shows a component switch 1 mounted firmly to sub-panel or bracket 2 by means of two snap fasteners 3. Spacers 4 may be included, if required. Fasteners 3 pass through slots 5 in sub-panel 2 which are dimensioned so that they allow switch 1 to move in all direction in the plane of sub-panel 2. The movement is sufficient to ensure that switch 1 may be aligned with the aperture in front panel 7, even though aperture 6 is only slightly larger than the rocker of switch 1. Although switch 1 can move laterally, it is held firmly against sub-panel 2 so that it retains the position to which it is moved and feels secure when operated. Panel 7 has centralizing lugs 9 positioned around aperture 6. When front panel 7 is fitted over switch 1, centralizing lugs 9 engage the switch rocker and move switch 1 into alignment with aperture 6. The mounting flanges on switch 1 are positioned on the outside of sub-panel 2 so that any f...