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Retaining Clip and Forming Tool

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000079657D
Original Publication Date: 1973-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 64K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Horn, GD: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

The tool shown in Fig. 1, is used to form clip 1 to clamp together two parts 2, 3 in a manner shown in Fig. 2.

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Retaining Clip and Forming Tool

The tool shown in Fig. 1, is used to form clip 1 to clamp together two parts 2, 3 in a manner shown in Fig. 2.

The tool consists essentially of two cooperating parts 4, 5, each having a hooked jaw portion 6, 7. The part 5 of the tool carrying the lower jaw 7 is slidably mounted in a groove in the main body 4 and is retained in position by a back plate 9. The handle 8 is mounted on a spindle 10, eccentrically connected to a circular cam 11 contained and rotatable within a lateral bore in the part. The spindle 10 passes through horizontal slots 12 in the part 4 which prevent displacement of the spindle in a vertical direction, but allows sideways displacement. Auxiliary clamps 13 are provided one on each side of the lower jaw portion 7. These clamps are mounted on the ends of toggle action levers 14 operated by the handles 15.

Figs. 3 and 4 show that rotation of handle 8 about spindle 10 causes rotation of the circular cam 11 in the retaining bore of part 5. This rotation produces a camming action against part 5 causing it to slide in the locating groove of part 4, to close or open the jaws as the case may be.

In operation, one end of the clip 1 of the shape shown in solid outline in Fig. 1 is hooked over the locating shoulder 16 of part 2. The upper jaw 6 of the tool is placed over the clip with the jaws of the tool at their utmost extension. The toggle levers 14 are then operated to raise the auxiliary clamps 13 to engage and suppo...