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Robotic Assembly of a Pluggable Cable Form

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000044577D
Original Publication Date: 1984-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-06
Document File: 2 page(s) / 52K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Bosier, MH: AUTHOR

Abstract

The end portion of a pluggable cable to be connected to a receiving unit is supported by a plastics moulding which holds the various individual components of the cable in the required relative orientation for subsequent direct placement on the receiving unit and connection to the unit by robotic operation. A cable end attached to such a moulding 1 is shown in Fig. 1. The main part of the cable is terminated in a plug 2 which is held in place in its retracted position (relative to the unit to which it is to be connected) in a correspondingly shaped recess 3 at one end of the moulding. The cable is further attached to the moulding by two integral moulded cable clips 4 and 5.

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Robotic Assembly of a Pluggable Cable Form

The end portion of a pluggable cable to be connected to a receiving unit is supported by a plastics moulding which holds the various individual components of the cable in the required relative orientation for subsequent direct placement on the receiving unit and connection to the unit by robotic operation. A cable end attached to such a moulding 1 is shown in Fig. 1. The main part of the cable is terminated in a plug 2 which is held in place in its retracted position (relative to the unit to which it is to be connected) in a correspondingly shaped recess 3 at one end of the moulding. The cable is further attached to the moulding by two integral moulded cable clips 4 and 5. A cable ground lead 6 is taken to the opposite end of the moulding and attached to a cranked portion 7 of the moulding by an integral moulded cable clip 8 so that a ground terminal 9 at the end of the lead is positioned with its hole aligned with a corresponding hole in the moulding. An integral strain relief 10 at one edge of the moulding securely clamps the cable in the usual manner. A raised edge 11 of the moulding is provided to facilitate its picking up by a robotic gripper mechanism (not shown). The remainder of the cable is coiled and sealed in a polyethylene bag 12 to prevent tangling and snagging during handling. Conveniently, a number of such cables are packaged in special cartons, each cable hanging from its moulding from where it can be lif...