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Latch for Processor Gate With Lock for Shipping

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000046873D
Original Publication Date: 1983-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-07
Document File: 2 page(s) / 43K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Finck, EF: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

A latch for a gate of a data processing system has a C-shaped bracket that is mounted on the gate, a pin that slides in bearings mounted in the upper and lower horizontal extension of the bracket, and a striker that is attached to the processor frame and has a hole that receives the end of the pin when the gate is in its closed position. A spring urges the pin into its locking position. The upper end of the pin has an uppermost region where the shaft is smooth and easily fits into and out of the latch opening of the striker for the normal operation of locking or releasing the gate. Below this region the pin is threaded and fits into corresponding threads on the striker. The lower end of the pin is hex-headed or knurled so that the pin can be screwed into the striker plate to form a secure connection for shipping.

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Latch for Processor Gate With Lock for Shipping

A latch for a gate of a data processing system has a C-shaped bracket that is mounted on the gate, a pin that slides in bearings mounted in the upper and lower horizontal extension of the bracket, and a striker that is attached to the processor frame and has a hole that receives the end of the pin when the gate is in its closed position. A spring urges the pin into its locking position. The upper end of the pin has an uppermost region where the shaft is smooth and easily fits into and out of the latch opening of the striker for the normal operation of locking or releasing the gate. Below this region the pin is threaded and fits into corresponding threads on the striker. The lower end of the pin is hex-headed or knurled so that the pin can be screwed into the striker plate to form a secure connection for shipping. In some data processing apparatus, components are mounted on a vertical frame that is called a gate and is hinged so that it can be swung out from the processor enclosure so that maintenance personnel can reach the components easily. A spring latch conventionally holds the gate locked into its operating position, but additional packing material is ordinarily required to hold the gate closed while the processor is being shipped to a customer's location. This latch easily provides the normal latching function and also secures the gate for shipping. The drawing shows the gate 2, the striker 3, C-shaped bracket...