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Tri-Lead Cable Positive Connectors Retention System

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000045617D
Original Publication Date: 1983-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-07
Document File: 2 page(s) / 52K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Bocinski, TE: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

The tri-lead connector system consists of a housing and connectors installed over a pin and ground rail. During normal system vibration, lugging and unplugging of adjacent connectors, routing wires, probes, etc., the housings and/or connectors may become unseated, causing opens or intermittents.

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Tri-Lead Cable Positive Connectors Retention System

The tri-lead connector system consists of a housing and connectors installed over a pin and ground rail. During normal system vibration, lugging and unplugging of adjacent connectors, routing wires, probes, etc., the housings and/or connectors may become unseated, causing opens or intermittents.

Shown and described are means for applying a positive retention system for connectors in the housings and housings to the circuit board. The retention system consists of two latches activated by mechanical means. The first latch is the connector retention latch (1). This latch is a flexible L-shaped member fastened to the housing and having a portion extending into a slot in the connector to hold the two tuning forks in place and prevent their removal without deactivating the latch. The latch pivots from its base and swings outwardly to allow insertion or removal of the connector. A small tool is used to swing the latch outwardly to allow removal of the connector. The top of the latch is designed to allow the tuning forks to enter the housing by themselves without the aid of a tool to open the latch.

The second latch is the housing retention latch (2). This flexible latch locks under the ground rail of the circuit board and prevents removal of the housing until the latch is deactivated by the housing insert/extract tool (3). Placement of the housing insert/extract blade over the T-bar and the latch activation pin (4) dow...