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Damper Mechanism

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000060072D
Original Publication Date: 1986-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-08
Document File: 2 page(s) / 37K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Kroeker, EB: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

A device to control motion of attached devices is described and shown in the figure. The damper mechanism, shown in the figure, is a device that is used to control the rate of motion in opening and closing of any object such as a cover, door, panel, display, or any other similar application that needs a controlled action. The dampening action is developed by using the items shown in the figure. The carriage assembly 1 includes a roller 3, two adjustable setscrews 7, a linkage arm 2, and pin 4 which attaches the linkage arm 2 to carriage assembly 1. Linkage arm 2 can be altered for various applications being controlled. The carriage assembly is inserted into a captive track 6 which allows the carriage assembly to be moved in the "A" and "B" directions. Installed between the tracks 6 is the rubber pad 5.

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Damper Mechanism

A device to control motion of attached devices is described and shown in the figure. The damper mechanism, shown in the figure, is a device that is used to control the rate of motion in opening and closing of any object such as a cover, door, panel, display, or any other similar application that needs a controlled action. The dampening action is developed by using the items shown in the figure. The carriage assembly 1 includes a roller 3, two adjustable setscrews 7, a linkage arm 2, and pin 4 which attaches the linkage arm 2 to carriage assembly
1. Linkage arm 2 can be altered for various applications being controlled. The carriage assembly is inserted into a captive track 6 which allows the carriage assembly to be moved in the "A" and "B" directions. Installed between the tracks 6 is the rubber pad 5. The roller 3 makes contact with the rubber pad 5 which causes an interference in carriage movement in the "A" and "B" directions. The interference can be varied by the roller pressure applied to the rubber pad by adjustment of the setscrews 7. Interference can also be varied by changing the rubber composition and durometer rating. Ramping the rubber pad will increase interference when moving from the "A" to "B" position. With the correct roller pressure applied to the rubber pad, the damper mechanism will hold at any set position, and movement of the mechanism is smooth and firm.

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