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Spring Loaded Voltage Connector Receptacle Particularly Useful for Automated Testing

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000045436D
Original Publication Date: 1983-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-07
Document File: 2 page(s) / 45K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Miller, GD: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Temporary power connections are established between a spring-loaded probe box in a fixed location and a receiving connector associated with a moving pallet or the like.

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Spring Loaded Voltage Connector Receptacle Particularly Useful for Automated Testing

Temporary power connections are established between a spring-loaded probe box in a fixed location and a receiving connector associated with a moving pallet or the like.

As shown in Fig. 1, a reusable connector 10 is attached to the edge of a pallet 11 which is driven by means not shown such as in the direction indicated by arrow 12. Pallet 11 moves periodically along an automated production line or the like and is stopped in general alignment with connector 15 and, more particularly, with the face 16 of extendable box assembly 18. Connector 10 is attachable and removable from pallet 11 by means not shown. The device to be tested, which is also not shown, is contained on pallet 11 and its power cord is coupled to an appropriate connector 20 or 21. Connector 20 is suitably wired for 50 Hz power, whereas connector 21 is wired for 60 Hz power, so that either type of power is applicable to the device under test.

A stationary base 25 contains support and bearing rods 26 and 28 for probe block 50. Probe block 50 is extended to the right and retracted to the left by coupling rod 27 to an air cylinder or similar device (not shown). Box 18 is a spring-relieved safety shield around block 50 which prevents the probes from penetrating interface 16 until box 18 makes mechanical contact. Probe block 50 also contains eight probes 30-37 and eight probe springs similar to 51.

Pallet 11 moves into...