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Positive Locking Head Arm I/O Cable Male Connector Assembly

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000046718D
Original Publication Date: 1983-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-07
Document File: 2 page(s) / 52K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Gill, GG: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Described is a unique combination and arrangement of components that overcome assembly, process and manufacturing problems experienced with an input/output (I/O) male connector. Figs. 1, 2, 3, 4 show the detailed design in orthographic projection of the positive locking protective snap cap. Figs. 5 and 6 show this protective cap design isometrically. Fig. 7 shows the side view of the male I/O connector body. Fig. 8 shows the completed assembly of the protective cap and male connector body, also the routing, folding and strain relief of the I/O cable. Features of this design are: Positioning and soldering of I/O cable is accomplished by the simplified design of the male connector pin body. This facilitates manufacturing high production quantities for soldering and tooling (Fig. 7).

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Positive Locking Head Arm I/O Cable Male Connector Assembly

Described is a unique combination and arrangement of components that overcome assembly, process and manufacturing problems experienced with an input/output (I/O) male connector. Figs. 1, 2, 3, 4 show the detailed design in orthographic projection of the positive locking protective snap cap. Figs. 5 and 6 show this protective cap design isometrically. Fig. 7 shows the side view of the male I/O connector body. Fig. 8 shows the completed assembly of the protective cap and male connector body, also the routing, folding and strain relief of the I/O cable. Features of this design are: Positioning and soldering of I/O cable is accomplished by the simplified design of the male connector pin body. This facilitates manufacturing high production quantities for soldering and tooling (Fig. 7). Strain relief of the I/O cable is accomplished by a simple fold of the I/O cable, after soldering, back over the connector pins.

The cable is then held in this position by the positive locking legs of the protective cap when it is snapped on the connector (Fig. 8).

Snap assembly of the protective cap and the male connector pin body minimizes assembly time and lends itself to automation (Fig. 8). Inspection and rework time and cost are minimized by the design of the multisnap-unsnap legs of the protective cap. Should the positive locking legs of the protective cap, which latch the female connector, become damaged, the cap is sim...