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Spring Retainer

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000081360D
Original Publication Date: 1974-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-27
Document File: 2 page(s) / 43K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Evans, RT: AUTHOR

Abstract

A low-cost spring retainer is provided which has a simple engagement and release feature, as well as a positive retention when used in a connector system.

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Spring Retainer

A low-cost spring retainer is provided which has a simple engagement and release feature, as well as a positive retention when used in a connector system.

Two spring retainers 10 are utilized, one on each side of the external cable connector. The springs are inserted through the cover 12, rotated and kept in position by the connector housing 14 which is mounted to the cover 12. When the mating connector halves 14 and 16 are fitted together, the camming front surface 15 of the spring 10 and the connector block 16 ride past each other with no user interaction. The spring 10 snaps into the recess 20 of the mating block 16 for a positive retention.

Pressing on the bowed potion 10a of the spring 10 in Fig. 1 overcomes the inward pressure on the small spring member 17, and then deflects to allow the retention arms 18 to swing out from the block recess 20, as shown in dashed lines in Fig. 1.

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