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Multiple Connector Receptacle and Locator

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000084746D
Original Publication Date: 1976-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-02
Document File: 2 page(s) / 69K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Habich, AB: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Cable connection for multiple and variously sized printed circuit boards is simplified with the receptacle and locator system shown in Figs. 1 and 2. Receptacle 1 is mounted to a rigid support, not shown, by screws extending through holes 2. Spacers 11 are interposed between the mounting surfaces at holes 2 to prevent the U-shaped receptacle 1 from yielding under the tension of the screw load. Receptacle 1 is symmetrical, although Fig. 1 shows only a portion of its length.

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Multiple Connector Receptacle and Locator

Cable connection for multiple and variously sized printed circuit boards is simplified with the receptacle and locator system shown in Figs. 1 and 2. Receptacle 1 is mounted to a rigid support, not shown, by screws extending through holes 2. Spacers 11 are interposed between the mounting surfaces at holes 2 to prevent the U-shaped receptacle 1 from yielding under the tension of the screw load. Receptacle 1 is symmetrical, although Fig. 1 shows only a portion of its length.

Receptacle 1 is mounted adjacent an edge of printed-circuit boards 8 as shown in Fig. 2. Female shrouds 9 are slipped over the ends of boards 8 adjacent receptacle 1. Clothespin type connector 6 can then be matched to shrouds 9 without damage to connector pins 10.

The front to rear location of connector 6 is obtained by the spring fingers 12 of spacer 5 positioned in slots 4, which bias shrouds 9 into full contact with extruded lugs 14 of receptacle 1. Left to right location of board 8 is obtained by a long slot in the edge of the board that is keyed to shroud 9. Vertical location and pin engagement for electrical contact is provided by latching notches 16 on connector 6, which detent with the connector latching surfaces 13 on receptacle
1. Left to right location of connector 6 is obtained by slots 15 in receptacle 1.

Spacing between boards 8 allows for cooling air flow over the components on the boards. Receptacle 1 acts as a heat sink when made of a m...