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Tool for Testing Location of Electrical Connector in its Insulating Housing

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000049031D
Original Publication Date: 1982-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-09
Document File: 2 page(s) / 29K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Tapley, L: AUTHOR

Abstract

A tool has a pair of blades that engage a reference surface on an electrical connector and a reference surface on a housing for the connector. The blades are relatively movable to actuate a switch to signal an operator that the connector is properly seated in its housing.

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Tool for Testing Location of Electrical Connector in its Insulating Housing

A tool has a pair of blades that engage a reference surface on an electrical connector and a reference surface on a housing for the connector. The blades are relatively movable to actuate a switch to signal an operator that the connector is properly seated in its housing.

A well-known connector for a tri-lead cable has two forks that connect the signal lead of the cable to a pin on a circuit board and connect the two ground leads of the cable to a ground rail on the circuit board. The forks and the end of the cable are partly encapsulated, and this assembly is mounted in a housing that holds the forks in alignment with the pin and the rail of the circuit board.

The drawing shows the conventional cable 2, housing 3, forks 4, 5, and the encapsulant 6. An end surface 7 of the encapsulant and an internal surface 8 of the housing form position references. The tool has a handle 9 that holds a rigid blade 10 and a slidable blade 11.

When the connector and housing are accurately assembled, a switch closes to signal the operator.

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