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Cable Connector Retainer

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000053164D
Original Publication Date: 1981-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-12
Document File: 2 page(s) / 54K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Squillace, ZD: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Computing systems commonly require connections to be made between sub-assemblies. Such connections are usually in the form of flat cables with plugs at each end. The plugs mate with small pins on the sub assemblies. While the plugs perform satisfactorily in a normal computer environment, they tend to loosen as a result of shock and vibration, such as that experienced during shipment. The plug retainer shown above is inexpensive, easily put in place, and need not be removed except when the plug is to be disconnected.

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Cable Connector Retainer

Computing systems commonly require connections to be made between sub-assemblies. Such connections are usually in the form of flat cables with plugs at each end. The plugs mate with small pins on the sub assemblies. While the plugs perform satisfactorily in a normal computer environment, they tend to loosen as a result of shock and vibration, such as that experienced during shipment. The plug retainer shown above is inexpensive, easily put in place, and need not be removed except when the plug is to be disconnected.

The retainer 1 has a pair of ears 2 and 3 at the end of frame 4 which snap over corresponding tabs on the plug 5. The web portions 6 and 7 join frame 4 with a retainer bracket 9. A pair of extensions 10 and 11 prevent bracket 9 from slipping off the card guide 12.

Insertion or removal of the plug 5 is accomplished by inserting a finger in ring 13 and pulling toward plug 5. This causes web portions 6 and 7 to deform outwardly and allow retainer bracket 9 to be moved up and out of engagement with guide 12. The entire plug assembly can then be removed.

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