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Cone Clamp

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000078682D
Original Publication Date: 1973-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 34K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Willard, LA: AUTHOR

Abstract

This clamp gives uniform horizontal movement to jaws 10 when a vertical force is applied to actuator 12. Fig. 1 shows the clamp in an open position and Fig. 2 shows it in a closed position, to engage an article such as module 14.

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Cone Clamp

This clamp gives uniform horizontal movement to jaws 10 when a vertical force is applied to actuator 12. Fig. 1 shows the clamp in an open position and Fig. 2 shows it in a closed position, to engage an article such as module 14.

Actuator 12 has a jaw spreader 16 attached to it. Each of the jaws 10 is in a slip fit with the spreader 16. Grooves 20 are provided in top plate 22 and bottom plate 24, to allow jaws 10 to open and close with a sliding motion, as indicated by arrows 22 in Fig. 2.

As actuator 12 and jaw spreader 16 is moved upward as shown in Fig. 2, jaws 10 close without rotation or pivoting by sliding along grooves 20. This produces maximum precision in positioning of jaws 10 with respect to module 14. In the form shown, the mechanism is used to remove cap 24 from module 14. Tips 26 of jaws are inserted along sides 28 of the module 14, which extend beyond the bottom of module substrate 30. The ability to position jaws 10 precisely is important to allow tips 26 to be placed between sides 28 and module pins 32.

To remove the cap 24, jaws 10 are spread apart to the open position of Fig. 1, to pull sides 28 of cap 24 away from module substrate 30.

This mechanism can also be used for precision clamping of a workpiece having a small clamp engaging surface.

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