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Ribbon Connector Switch

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000090046D
Original Publication Date: 1969-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-05
Document File: 2 page(s) / 36K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Fugardi, JF: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

The contact structure includes a flexible conductive ribbon that has one end 2 attached to stationary part 3 and an end 4 attached to moveable part 5. Stationary end 2 is arranged to be connected to an external circuit. Stationary contact element 6 is spaced outward from the ribbon connector. In the open position of the switch, ends 2 and 4 are aligned. When part 5 is moved into the closed position, the ribbon is twisted into a wiping engagement with contact 6. The structure is particularly useful for engaging terminals of a printed circuit board. For this application, a large number of individual ribbon contacts are mounted on a common assembly of stationary part 3 and moveable part 5. The latter can be made to move in either direction and to engage either of a pair of stationary contacts.

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Ribbon Connector Switch

The contact structure includes a flexible conductive ribbon that has one end 2 attached to stationary part 3 and an end 4 attached to moveable part 5. Stationary end 2 is arranged to be connected to an external circuit. Stationary contact element 6 is spaced outward from the ribbon connector. In the open position of the switch, ends 2 and 4 are aligned. When part 5 is moved into the closed position, the ribbon is twisted into a wiping engagement with contact 6. The structure is particularly useful for engaging terminals of a printed circuit board. For this application, a large number of individual ribbon contacts are mounted on a common assembly of stationary part 3 and moveable part 5. The latter can be made to move in either direction and to engage either of a pair of stationary contacts. A pointer can be attached to the ribbon about midway between its ends to produce an angular displacement according to the position of moveable end 4.

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