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Self Storing Retainer for Electronics Package

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000088704D
Original Publication Date: 1977-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-04
Document File: 2 page(s) / 47K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Cimijotti, RL: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Fig. 1 shows a case 10 for electronics equipment such as a desktop computer. Upper shell 13 holds an electronics package 12, shown in dashed lines. The lower shell 11 also holds electromechanical components that fit closely to the electronics package 12 when the upper shell 13 and lower shell 11 are in a closed position. Upper shell 13 is hinged (not shown) to lower shell 11 along edge 14. Dashed lines 15 indicate wiring running between the two shells.

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Self Storing Retainer for Electronics Package

Fig. 1 shows a case 10 for electronics equipment such as a desktop computer. Upper shell 13 holds an electronics package 12, shown in dashed lines. The lower shell 11 also holds electromechanical components that fit closely to the electronics package 12 when the upper shell 13 and lower shell 11 are in a closed position. Upper shell 13 is hinged (not shown) to lower shell 11 along edge 14. Dashed lines 15 indicate wiring running between the two shells.

A flexible cable 21 is fastened to lower shell 11 at 16 by any conventional means. The other end of cable 21 has two crimp-on fasteners 16', merely to provide stops; other connectors, or even knots, would also serve. Leaf spring 17 is fastened to upper shell 13 by a bent-over arm 18, tending to hold spring 17 against edge 19 of shell 13. Cable 21, however, passes through grommeted aperture 20, holding spring 17 in a flexed position while case 10 is opened, as in Fig. 1.

Fig. 2 shows case 10 as it approaches a closed position. Spring 17 returns to its unflexed position along edge 19 while keeping cable 21 taut. In this way, cable 21 and spring 17 are prevented from interfering with electronics assembly 12 or other electromechanical components in the lower shell 11, thereby preventing damage to the components or the cable 21 and spring 17 assembly.

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