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Contact Cleaning and Drying Station

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000044984D
Original Publication Date: 1983-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-06
Document File: 2 page(s) / 62K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Gasparri, AS: AUTHOR [+6]

Abstract

This contact cleaning and drying station has several advantages over the way contact washing is presently done. This arrangement permits inline cleaning and prevents cleaning fluid from reaching the components. The cleaning time is considerably lessened.

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Contact Cleaning and Drying Station

This contact cleaning and drying station has several advantages over the way contact washing is presently done. This arrangement permits inline cleaning and prevents cleaning fluid from reaching the components. The cleaning time is considerably lessened.

The cleaning and drying station consists of a cam-actuated clamshell device 10, as shown in the figure. The clamshell device has a pair of opposing seals 12 which press against the card 14 on the top and on the bottom when the clamshell is closed thereon. This keeps the distilled water during the wash cycle from wetting the components on the card. Actually, only the edge of the card is inserted deep enough such that the whole edge connector area is contained within the chamber formed in the clamshell cleaner. The seals 12 keep the distilled water used in the wash cycle from splashing or wetting the components on the card. The clamshell device 10 has ports 16 from which the distilled water flows, located above and below the card. The clamshell device 10 also has upper and lower ports 18, that is, located above and below the card, from which hot air blows into the stream of distilled water to provide agitation which accelerates the cleaning. Drain holes 20 are provided at the bottom of the chamber for draining the distilled washing water.

In operation, the card transport fixture moves the card 14 into the clamshell cleaning and drying station. The cam 22 is actuated, closing the...