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Module Attach and Removal Tool

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000075336D
Original Publication Date: 1971-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-24
Document File: 2 page(s) / 40K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Zak, AG: AUTHOR

Abstract

This tool allows modules to be removed or positioned on a substrate in areas where minimal space exists between adjacent modules. A perspective view of the tool holding a module is shown in Fig. 1. Fig. 2 is a partial cross section illustrating the elements of the tool in relationship to a module and a substrate. A housing 10 holds a slideably mounted member 12. Attached to the member 12 is a screw handle and threaded portion 14 and 16, respectively. At each of the four sides, four arms 17 are each hingedly mounted at 18. A spring member 20 maintains an outward tension on each of the arms 17. At each of the sides the internal housing member is beveled, as shown in 22. Arms 17 are shown engaging a module 24 which in turn is affixed to a board 26, by a bonding material such as solder bumps 28.

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Module Attach and Removal Tool

This tool allows modules to be removed or positioned on a substrate in areas where minimal space exists between adjacent modules. A perspective view of the tool holding a module is shown in Fig. 1. Fig. 2 is a partial cross section illustrating the elements of the tool in relationship to a module and a substrate. A housing 10 holds a slideably mounted member 12. Attached to the member 12 is a screw handle and threaded portion 14 and 16, respectively. At each of the four sides, four arms 17 are each hingedly mounted at 18. A spring member 20 maintains an outward tension on each of the arms 17.

At each of the sides the internal housing member is beveled, as shown in 22. Arms 17 are shown engaging a module 24 which in turn is affixed to a board 26, by a bonding material such as solder bumps 28.

Only a small distance exists between adjacent modules 24. This tool provides easy removal or placement of modules in the following manner. Rotation of handle 14 moves the member 12 downward, and thus the spring urges the arms 17 to an open position, shown in phantom at 30. Opposite rotation of handle 14 raises the slideable members 12 so as to close the arms into the position shown for either removing or placing a module onto the board 26 via the solder connection 28.

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