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Semi-Automatic Card Insertion Device

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000051068D
Original Publication Date: 1982-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-10
Document File: 2 page(s) / 55K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Chirino, OI: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

The device shown locates, aligns and locks a completed assembly 10 into a locator 12 and maintains this alignment as the assembly is passed through an IR solder reflow machine. 1. The center pin 14 in locator assembly 12 automatically locates the iron maiden 16 precisely. 2. The two shoehorn/comb assemblies 18, attached to respective front and back L brackets 19, very accurately align the housing springs 20 in the housing. The springs on either side of the housings are free to move slightly. 3. Prior to insertion, the card is accurately aligned by adjusting a micrometer (not shown) and sighting through the gauge gun sight attached to front L bracket 19. 4.

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Semi-Automatic Card Insertion Device

The device shown locates, aligns and locks a completed assembly 10 into a locator 12 and maintains this alignment as the assembly is passed through an IR solder reflow machine.
1. The center pin 14 in locator assembly 12 automatically

locates the iron maiden 16 precisely.
2. The two shoehorn/comb assemblies 18, attached to respective

front and back L brackets 19, very accurately align the

housing springs 20 in the housing. The springs on either side

of the housings are free to move slightly.
3. Prior to insertion, the card is accurately aligned by

adjusting a micrometer (not shown) and sighting through the

gauge gun sight attached to front L bracket 19.
4. The card is guided into housing 24 by the fixed and hinged

card guide assemblies 26 and 27, one of which is located on

each end of the locator assembly 12.
5. During insertion, the two shoehorn springs 18 center and

guide the card 11 between the housing springs 20

and remove the downward pressure of the card from the

springs and housing until the card bottoms in the

housing. The comb 19, which is fixed to the shoehorn

spring 18, accurately holds each housing spring 20 in place

during insertion.
6. The eight semi-automatic clamps 28 are locked by sliding the

actuator bar 30 in the base of the locator assembly

12. After lock, the iron maiden pins 32 exert about

one ounce of pressure on each of the springs

against the card pad 23, The eight clamps 28 also

prevent the housing 21...