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Track Mechanism for Guiding Circuit Board Into Enclosure of Data Processor

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000047416D
Original Publication Date: 1983-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-07
Document File: 2 page(s) / 48K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Finck, EF: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

A horizontal track mechanism is mounted on the frame of the enclosure for a data processor. A roller mechanism rides on the track, and a circuit board is temporarily attached to the roller mechanism to be carried into the enclosure. The board pivots from the roller mechanism so that it can be turned and kept clear of the other elements inside the processor enclosure. The track can be attached to the frame permanently, or it can be attached temporarily during manufacture and during field service. Circuit boards are commonly lightweight components that are inserted into sockets in an enclosure by personnel who may use only simple guides that are part of the sockets. However, some boards carry heavier components, such as water-cooled cold plates, that make the board more difficult to manage manually. Fig.

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Track Mechanism for Guiding Circuit Board Into Enclosure of Data Processor

A horizontal track mechanism is mounted on the frame of the enclosure for a data processor. A roller mechanism rides on the track, and a circuit board is temporarily attached to the roller mechanism to be carried into the enclosure. The board pivots from the roller mechanism so that it can be turned and kept clear of the other elements inside the processor enclosure. The track can be attached to the frame permanently, or it can be attached temporarily during manufacture and during field service. Circuit boards are commonly lightweight components that are inserted into sockets in an enclosure by personnel who may use only simple guides that are part of the sockets. However, some boards carry heavier components, such as water-cooled cold plates, that make the board more difficult to manage manually. Fig. 1 is a top view of the frame 2 of a processor enclosure with four views 3-6 of a circuit board 7 as it is moved along a track into the enclosure. The solid views 3 and 6 show the initial position and the final position, respectively, where the board is electrically connected into the processor. Dashed line views 4 and 5 show intermediate positions where the board is swung to an angle to avoid obstructions. The track is L-shaped in section with a horizontal portion 8 and a vertical portion 9. A roller mechanism 10 carries two rollers 11, 12 that roll on track portion 8. Fig. 2 shows these com...