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Cable Retainer

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000088116D
Original Publication Date: 1977-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-04
Document File: 2 page(s) / 92K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Anderson, NA: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

Electrical cables of the type used in computer systems terminate on a printed-circuit card connected to a female socket which is adapted to plug onto a male socket fixed to a circuit board. A cable retainer fixedly attaches by screws or rivets to the cable printed-circuit card and includes recesses for capturing the female socket. The cable retainer includes a pair of arms extending beyond the female socket and having shoulder portions which hook over ledges on the male socket to retain the cable assembly in connected relationship with the male socket.

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Cable Retainer

Electrical cables of the type used in computer systems terminate on a printed-circuit card connected to a female socket which is adapted to plug onto a male socket fixed to a circuit board.

A cable retainer fixedly attaches by screws or rivets to the cable printed-circuit card and includes recesses for capturing the female socket. The cable retainer includes a pair of arms extending beyond the female socket and having shoulder portions which hook over ledges on the male socket to retain the cable assembly in connected relationship with the male socket.

The cable assembly (Fig. 1) consists of cable wires 10 terminated by soldering on printed-circuit card 15. Contacts 16, which are soldered to conductors 17 on card 15, form a female socket with connector block 18. Contact pins 31 projecting from male socket 30 are adapted to enter holes 21 (Fig. 2) in connector block 18 and make electrical connection with contacts 16.

Male socket 30 attaches to circuit board 40, and, for proper circuit operation, it is imperative that the cable assembly does not accidentally disconnect from plug 30. Cable retainer 50 (Fig. 4) assures against accidental disconnection.

Retainer 50 consists of a pair of laterally-spaced arms 51 and 52 joined at one end by a horizontal member 53 to which card 15 is to be secured. Member 53 has a stepped relief 54 for forming a strain relief with card 15 for both flat wire cable and loose wire cable. Arms 51 and 52 have recesses 55 and 56...