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Connector Pin Alignment Device

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000062122D
Original Publication Date: 1986-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-09
Document File: 2 page(s) / 59K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Fellows, CJ: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

A device for aligning connector pins for insertion into the plated- through holes of a printed circuit board (PCB), or the like, is constructed having the same width as the connector, thereby allowing easy insertion in a crowded environment. The device is an assembly consisting of a comb-like section 1, which is actuated so that its teeth 2 enter spaces between rows of connector pins 3. When teeth 2 are inserted such that pins 3 are adjacent to V-shaped notches 4 of teeth 2, the pins 3 are roughly aligned. A mating section 5 of the aligning assembly has beveled shims 6 that enter spaces 7 between combs 2. As shims 6 enter spaces 7, the beveled edges of shims 6 force pins 3 firmly into V-shaped slots 4. As shims 6 continue to enter spaces 7, all pins are aligned in both X and Y axes.

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Connector Pin Alignment Device

A device for aligning connector pins for insertion into the plated- through holes of a printed circuit board (PCB), or the like, is constructed having the same width as the connector, thereby allowing easy insertion in a crowded environment. The device is an assembly consisting of a comb-like section 1, which is actuated so that its teeth 2 enter spaces between rows of connector pins 3. When teeth 2 are inserted such that pins 3 are adjacent to V-shaped notches 4 of teeth 2, the pins 3 are roughly aligned. A mating section 5 of the aligning assembly has beveled shims 6 that enter spaces 7 between combs 2. As shims 6 enter spaces 7, the beveled edges of shims 6 force pins 3 firmly into V-shaped slots 4. As shims 6 continue to enter spaces 7, all pins are aligned in both X and Y axes. When shims 6 are fully actuated, a locking mechanism consisting of a pair of locating ears 8, one on each side of section 5, and a pair of receiving latches 9 on section 1 unite, aligning assembly and firmly securing pins 3 in aligned position. The pins 3 are partially inserted in the PCB (not shown) and the aligning device is disassembled by removing section 5 and then section 1 from connector pins 3. The connector pins 3 can then be fully inserted into the PCB.

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