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Hand Tool for Inserting Coaxial Connectors

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000074253D
Original Publication Date: 1971-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-23
Document File: 2 page(s) / 42K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Monti, G: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

A tool 14 is shown which is capable of attaching coaxial connectors 10 to a circuit board 12 at any random location. The tooling for inserting the connector into the circuit board is a gun-type squeeze action tool but could be adapted for automatic operation. Both mechanical and electrical connections are made in one squeeze operation of the tool 14. The tool is connected to the connector by positioning the nose end 16 of the tool into the rear housing 18 of the connector 10 so that the housing lock tabs 20 are locked into the housing lock ports 22. As the operating mechanism not shown is energized, the hollow cylindrical ram 16 travels forward wedging the housing lock tabs 20 in place, and pushing the connector insulator 24 to the bottom of the connector housing 18.

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Hand Tool for Inserting Coaxial Connectors

A tool 14 is shown which is capable of attaching coaxial connectors 10 to a circuit board 12 at any random location. The tooling for inserting the connector into the circuit board is a gun-type squeeze action tool but could be adapted for automatic operation. Both mechanical and electrical connections are made in one squeeze operation of the tool 14. The tool is connected to the connector by positioning the nose end 16 of the tool into the rear housing 18 of the connector 10 so that the housing lock tabs 20 are locked into the housing lock ports 22. As the operating mechanism not shown is energized, the hollow cylindrical ram 16 travels forward wedging the housing lock tabs 20 in place, and pushing the connector insulator 24 to the bottom of the connector housing 18. This forces the nose 26 of the contact housing 18 to expand and lodge itself into the walls of the circuit board hole 28, mechanically locking it to the board. This is essentially a pop-rivet type mechanical connection. Simultaneously, the insulator lock tab 30 is snapped into the insulator lock port 32, mechanically securing the insulator 24 to the housing 18. When the ram 16 reaches its limit of travel the heater 34 is switched on, causing melting of the signal and ground solder rings 36,38, electrically connecting the pin 40 and housing to the respective signal and ground land. Releasing the operating mechanism causes the ram 16 to withdraw into the tool...