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Hinge Cover

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000047221D
Original Publication Date: 1983-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-07
Document File: 2 page(s) / 40K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Alexander, JS: AUTHOR

Abstract

A plastic molded hinge member 10 is illustrated with two latches or snap-lock tabs 12 molded integrally therewith. The hinge plates 14 will engage the interior channel surfaces 16 formed by channel members 18. The channel members will constrain movement of the hinge plates 14 with respect to the cover member 20. The cover is provided with a latching surface 22 molded integrally therewith. When the hinge plate 14 is inserted within the channel 16, the tab 12 will ride up and over latch surface 22, thereby retaining hinge 10 in operative engagement with cover 20. A complimentary structure is likewise provided inside cover member 24 to engage the remaining hinge plate with the cover 24.

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Hinge Cover

A plastic molded hinge member 10 is illustrated with two latches or snap-lock tabs 12 molded integrally therewith. The hinge plates 14 will engage the interior channel surfaces 16 formed by channel members 18. The channel members will constrain movement of the hinge plates 14 with respect to the cover member 20. The cover is provided with a latching surface 22 molded integrally therewith. When the hinge plate 14 is inserted within the channel 16, the tab 12 will ride up and over latch surface 22, thereby retaining hinge 10 in operative engagement with cover 20. A complimentary structure is likewise provided inside cover member 24 to engage the remaining hinge plate with the cover 24. Should it be desired, the structure of the latching surface 22 and tabs 12 may be inverted such that the tabs 12 will be inserted under a latching surface which is supported by standoffs from the cover members 20, 24. The structure illustrated and described may be easily removed with the aid of a tool, such as a screwdriver, to allow removal of one cover segment 24 from the other cover segment 20 if desired. Should the web 26 of hinge 10 break or either tab 12 break, the entire hinge assembly may be conveniently replaced with another assembly.

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