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Frame Outrigger

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000075129D
Original Publication Date: 1971-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-24
Document File: 2 page(s) / 47K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Karge, MR: AUTHOR

Abstract

When a heavy gate is opened wide on a piece of equipment such as a computer frame, there is a danger that the weight of the gate may cause the frame to tip forward.

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Frame Outrigger

When a heavy gate is opened wide on a piece of equipment such as a computer frame, there is a danger that the weight of the gate may cause the frame to tip forward.

This danger may be alleviated through the use of an outrigger leg 1 which is attached to the gate 2 by bracket 3. Both views show the leg in its down (lock) position. Pawl 4, which is biased towards the leg by spring 5, presses against flange 6 which is fixed to the leg to prevent the leg from rising. A collar 7 fixed to the leg rests atop bracket 3 to help prevent the leg from pressing so strongly against the floor as to prevent the gate from being swung open or shut. In order to provide additional control of floor clearance, the foot 8 is attached to leg 1 by a threaded bolt 9.

When closing the gate, the leg is rotated against the force of torsion spring 11, 90 degrees counterclockwise to a positive stop, not shown, using handle 10, positioning slot 12 in flange 6 to line up with pawl 4. Leg 1 is then in its release position and may be manually raised to the position shown in dotted lines in the side view and gate 2 may be closed. When the gate is closed, caster 13 will help to support the gate on the base member of the frame.

When the gate is again opened, the leg will fall and torsion spring 11 will cause Leg 1 to be rotated to its locked position.

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