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Connector Actuator Tool

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000080943D
Original Publication Date: 1974-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-27
Document File: 2 page(s) / 57K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Harris, JB: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

This is a two-pronged hand tool 10 having circular bosses 11 on the inner sides of the prongs 12 and circular bosses 13 on the outer sides of the prongs 12.

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Connector Actuator Tool

This is a two-pronged hand tool 10 having circular bosses 11 on the inner sides of the prongs 12 and circular bosses 13 on the outer sides of the prongs
12.

In the connector application for which the actuator tool is particularly designed, there is a card 14 and spring carrier 15 assembly that is to be plugged into a board and stiffener assembly 16. The spring carrier 15 has a plurality of electrical connector springs 22 protruding from the bottom, which are to be electrically mated with the respective pins 23 in the stiffener assembly 16.

First, the card 14 and spring carrier assembly 15 are inserted into the stiffener assembly 16, which is controlled by the glide slots 17 in the spring carrier 15 and the projections 18 of the stiffener assembly 16. The hand tool 10 is then inserted wherein the outer bosses 13 enter slots 19 and function as the pivot for the actuator tool 10, and the inner bosses 12 enter slots 20 in the spring carrier 15 and function as the driver elements for engaging and disengaging the electrical connector elements 22 and 23.

The actuator tool 10 is readily inserted into the pivoting slots 19 and the slots
20. With a forward movement of the actuator tool 10 of approximately 25 degrees, the assemblies are relatively moved such that the connector elements 22 and 23 are mated and then the tool 10 is removed. By reversing the process the mated connections can be disengaged and the spring carrier assembly 15 removed from t...