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Actuator Tool

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000088825D
Original Publication Date: 1977-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-04
Document File: 2 page(s) / 32K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Bocinski, TE: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Tool 10 facilitates removal of plural snap-in members (not shown) which are mounted in parallel-aligned relationship in a retainer (not shown).

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Actuator Tool

Tool 10 facilitates removal of plural snap-in members (not shown) which are mounted in parallel-aligned relationship in a retainer (not shown).

Tool 10 includes an integral frame 11 which has horizontal and vertical members 12, 13. Appended to the ends of member 12 are side guides 14, which self-center tool 10 with respect to the retainer. Symmetrical actuator arms 15, 16 are pivotably mounted by respective pivots 17 to member 12. The upper portion of arms 15, 16 are linked by respective pivot pins 18 to symmetrical slide arms 19, 20, respectively. Arms 19, 20 are commonly connected to a slide pivot 21, which is normally located at the top of elongated pivot groove 22 or track of center member 13.

In operation, tool 10 is positioned so that the lower portions P of arms 15, 16 are in adjacent aligned registration to the latching mechanisms (not shown) of the mounted snap-in members, in which case tool 10 is also self-centered about the retainer by virtue of guides 14. Exertion of a downward force A causes pivot 21 to slide downwardly in groove 22. In response, the lower portions P are deflected a specific distance as they pivot inwardly about their respective pivots 17. As a result, a high mechanical force is developed which causes the latching mechanisms of the snap-in members to be released from the retainer, allowing any one or all of the snap-in members to be removable from the retainer.

The centering guides 14 compensate for differences in toler...