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Positive Locking Connector Assembly

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000044207D
Original Publication Date: 1984-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-05
Document File: 2 page(s) / 53K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Gill, GG: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

A positive locking male cable connector assembly is described which includes a protective cap to shield the connector pins from both mechanical and electrical damage. This connector assembly is an improvement over the connector described in [*]. The connector assembly comprises a protective cap 1 which is snapped and locked into position with respect to connector base 2 by three notched holes 3 on the top of the connector base 2 into which flexible locking legs 4 of the cap 1 are snapped. The position of these notched holes 3 insures a correctly polarized assembly of the connector base 2 and cap 1. Connector base 2 is designed so that the cap 1 can be snapped and locked into position within the shadow of the connector base 2 to facilitate the use of multiple side by side connectors.

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Positive Locking Connector Assembly

A positive locking male cable connector assembly is described which includes a protective cap to shield the connector pins from both mechanical and electrical damage. This connector assembly is an improvement over the connector described in [*]. The connector assembly comprises a protective cap 1 which is snapped and locked into position with respect to connector base 2 by three notched holes 3 on the top of the connector base 2 into which flexible locking legs 4 of the cap 1 are snapped. The position of these notched holes 3 insures a correctly polarized assembly of the connector base 2 and cap 1. Connector base 2 is designed so that the cap 1 can be snapped and locked into position within the shadow of the connector base 2 to facilitate the use of multiple side by side connectors. The design of connector base 2 includes four corner protrusions 5 and a series of stand-offs 6. Corner protrusions serve as a positive locating surface during the automated soldering process in which the connector pins 7 are soldered to associated areas of electrical conductor cable 8. In addition, corner protrusions serve as positive stops for the sidewalls 9 of cap 1 to maintain the position of the cap in the length direction and to minimize stress on the cap snap legs 10 should a force be applied to the cap in the length direction. Stand- offs 6 provide a sturdy plane for the cable 7 to rest upon for soldering. The ends 11 of the stand-offs 6 are...