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Quadrant Probe

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000088905D
Original Publication Date: 1977-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-04
Document File: 2 page(s) / 34K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Stenabaugh, DD: AUTHOR

Abstract

It was necessary to probe electrical contacts within an enclosed environment, for example, within a liquid environment. A probe cap was provided through which the electrical probe extends in a sealed relationship therewith. The probe, sealed within the probe cap, has a limited motion within the probe cap. The motion was insufficient to cover the full dimensions of the area to be probed. Accordingly, a radial motion was added to the probe with respect to the cap, and the area to be probed was reduced to quadrants. Breaking the area to be probed into quadrants reduced the X, Y motion to half the total dimension. The radial motion arrangement has a positive latch in the four positions 90 Degrees apart. The arrangement also includes an indicator to show "active" quadrant.

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Quadrant Probe

It was necessary to probe electrical contacts within an enclosed environment, for example, within a liquid environment. A probe cap was provided through which the electrical probe extends in a sealed relationship therewith. The probe, sealed within the probe cap, has a limited motion within the probe cap. The motion was insufficient to cover the full dimensions of the area to be probed. Accordingly, a radial motion was added to the probe with respect to the cap, and the area to be probed was reduced to quadrants. Breaking the area to be probed into quadrants reduced the X, Y motion to half the total dimension. The radial motion arrangement has a positive latch in the four positions 90 Degrees apart. The arrangement also includes an indicator to show "active" quadrant.

The area 12 to be probed is outlined in the above figure. The probe stage is shown at 10 and the probe 14 motion extent is shown. It can be appreciated that the probe 14 and probe stage 10, if moved to the A point, will have the ability to reach the full extent of the quadrant.

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