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Mounting Clip

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000047426D
Original Publication Date: 1983-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-07
Document File: 2 page(s) / 44K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Lawrence, MJ: AUTHOR

Abstract

This article describes a clip suitable for mounting electrical connectors (such as fiber-optic tunnels) or the like to a distribution panel. With reference to Figs. 1 and 2, the connector 11 is comprised of a tunnel member 10 fitted inside an octagonally-shaped support member 12. The support member 12 is fitted with holes 14 and 16. The mounting clip 13 is fabricated from members 18 and 20. Member 18 is fabricated from a relatively flat piece of metal with beam members 22 and 24, extending upwardly from the flat surface. Retention tabs 26 and 28 are formed on the surface of the members 22 and 24 respectively. Member 20 is fabricated into a U-shaped structure from a flat piece of metal. Four dimples (only three of which are shown in Fig. 1) identified by numerals 30, 32 and 34) are fabricated therein.

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Mounting Clip

This article describes a clip suitable for mounting electrical connectors (such as fiber-optic tunnels) or the like to a distribution panel. With reference to Figs. 1 and 2, the connector 11 is comprised of a tunnel member 10 fitted inside an octagonally-shaped support member 12. The support member 12 is fitted with holes 14 and 16. The mounting clip 13 is fabricated from members 18 and 20. Member 18 is fabricated from a relatively flat piece of metal with beam members 22 and 24, extending upwardly from the flat surface. Retention tabs 26 and 28 are formed on the surface of the members 22 and 24 respectively. Member 20 is fabricated into a U-shaped structure from a flat piece of metal. Four dimples (only three of which are shown in Fig. 1) identified by numerals 30, 32 and 34) are fabricated therein. To assemble the clip, member 20 is rigidly mounted or welded onto member 18. The configuration is such that a space is formed between surfaces 36 and 38 and surfaces 40 and 42. Opening 44 is formed into surfaces 36 and 38. Likewise, opening 46 is formed into surfaces 40 and 42. To attach the tunnels to the clip, an operator forces the cylindrical members 10 into respective openings 44 and 46. The octagonal members 12 fall into the spaces formed between members 36, 38 and 40, 42. The dimples on member 20 coact with the openings 14 and 16 to lock the tunnel connector into place. With reference to Fig. 2, the mounting clip 13 is mounted onto panel 46 by fo...