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Self-Locating Means for Mounting an Electrical Control

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000061762D
Original Publication Date: 1986-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-09
Document File: 3 page(s) / 47K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Davidge, RV: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

This article describes an arrangement for mounting an electrical control device, such as a power switch on an electronic assembly, such as a power supply, in a manner that allows the alignment of the control device with an associated opening in a subsequently installed machine enclosure (cover). Presently, personal computers (PCs) have power switches which are located on the right sides of the machines, near the rear. In this location, a relatively large switch is used so that the visual effect of misalignment of the switch with the cover is minimized. Accordingly, the switch is mounted to the power supply, which is in turn mounted to the PC frame. An enlarged opening is provided in the cover through which the switch operates after installation of the cover.

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Self-Locating Means for Mounting an Electrical Control

This article describes an arrangement for mounting an electrical control device, such as a power switch on an electronic assembly, such as a power supply, in a manner that allows the alignment of the control device with an associated opening in a subsequently installed machine enclosure (cover). Presently, personal computers (PCs) have power switches which are located on the right sides of the machines, near the rear. In this location, a relatively large switch is used so that the visual effect of misalignment of the switch with the cover is minimized. Accordingly, the switch is mounted to the power supply, which is in turn mounted to the PC frame. An enlarged opening is provided in the cover through which the switch operates after installation of the cover. A power supply has been developed extending generally along the right side of the PC from the front to the rear. It is desirable to mount the switch in the front of the machine so that it can be operated easily and so that its position can be seen easily. With the switch in the front, it is desirable that the switch be aligned accurately with respect to the associated opening in the front cover. So as to maintain the desired gap and design appearance of central positioning and flush condition with product cover, it is further desirable that the switch be mounted in the power supply as it is built. The mounting arrangement disclosed herein is shown in the drawing which is an exploded view showing the power switch, the portion of the power supply into which it fits, and an adjacent portion of the cover. The switch 1 fits in a hole formed by edges 2, 3 and 4 of power supply front plate 5 and edge 6 of power supply right plate 7. In the process of assembling the power supply, the switch is slid leftward so that edge 4 is captured between front tabs 8 and rear tab 9, while edge 2 is captured between similar tabs (not shown). Conn...