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Retainer for Cable Connector

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000081365D
Original Publication Date: 1974-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-27
Document File: 2 page(s) / 54K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Goplen, FA: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

A retainer for a cable connector is attachable to a connector block, to prevent the cable connector from accidental disengagement from the connector block.

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Retainer for Cable Connector

A retainer for a cable connector is attachable to a connector block, to prevent the cable connector from accidental disengagement from the connector block.

Cable connector 10 and connector block 20, Figs. 1 and 2 have been in use for some time. However, when servicing machines using these devices, there has been a number of instances where the cable connector disengages from the connector block without the service man realizing it. Retainer 30 prevents such accidental disengagement. It is made of plastic or other suitable material and snaps into place as it mounts on connector block 20.

Block 20 has three L-shaped posts 21, and the outer two posts are gripped by channeled arms 31 extending orthogonally from the body 32 of retainer 30. Lower edges 33 of arms 31 abut against supporting ledges 23 on block 20. The upper portion 34 of body 32 sits upon longitudinal ledge 24 on block 2O. The lower portion 35 of body 32 is offset from the upper portion 34 and arms 31 hold it in face contact with longitudinal side 25 of body 20. Lower portion 35 has a pair of U-shaped cutouts 36 which receive lugs 26 projecting from side 25, to secure retainer 30 to body 20 in a vertical direction.

Cable connector 10 is held in engagement with connector block 20 by latch arm 37, which extends upwardly from body 32 at an incline in an inward overhanging position so that hook 38 captures cable connector 10. The end of arm 37 is in the form of a tab 39, to facil...