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Cam Actuated Connector

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000052887D
Original Publication Date: 1981-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-11
Document File: 2 page(s) / 44K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Petrozello, JR: AUTHOR

Abstract

The connector shown is adapted to connect a pin 15, which is mounted in a board 12, to a terminal 19. The connector includes a spring 10, a housing 11 and a cam 16. The spring 10 has two holes 10A which are out of alignnent when the spring is in the free state. In the compressed state the contact holes are aligned, making it possible to slip the connector over the pin 19.

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Cam Actuated Connector

The connector shown is adapted to connect a pin 15, which is mounted in a board 12, to a terminal 19. The connector includes a spring 10, a housing 11 and a cam 16. The spring 10 has two holes 10A which are out of alignnent when the spring is in the free state. In the compressed state the contact holes are aligned, making it possible to slip the connector over the pin 19.

The cam 16 can be rotated by lever 16A, thereby compressing spring 10 and aligning the holes. When the spring is released from its compressed state, it clamps onto the pin 15. Any attempt to remove the comnector while it is in the locked position will enhance the locking action.

The spring 10 is held in place in housing 11 by a retention block which is ultrasonically or adhesively bonded to the housing.

This cam-actuated connector provides quick disconnect capability, zero insertion force, positive retention and vibration resistance, and a wiping action during contact.

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