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Connector Assembly

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000090880D
Original Publication Date: 1969-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-05
Document File: 2 page(s) / 44K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Cefarelli, FP: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

The connector assembly contains two halves, one of which is usually connected to a cable and the other of which is connected to either another cable or a machine. It is normally connected to a machine here referred to as the machine half. Each half has a set of contacts, not shown, carried in insulating panel 12. The contacts are serpentine of the hermaphroditic type described in U. S. Patent 3,208,030. The contacts have a special shape for snap fitting into specially shaped apertures 14 in panels 12.

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Connector Assembly

The connector assembly contains two halves, one of which is usually connected to a cable and the other of which is connected to either another cable or a machine. It is normally connected to a machine here referred to as the machine half. Each half has a set of contacts, not shown, carried in insulating panel 12. The contacts are serpentine of the hermaphroditic type described in U.
S. Patent 3,208,030. The contacts have a special shape for snap fitting into specially shaped apertures 14 in panels 12.

Each panel 12 has two flanges 16 and 18. These extend straight out from the front surface adjacent the edges. One flange 16 extends along half the edges of the front face. The other flange 18 is offset a flange width from the flange 16 and extends around the other half of the edges of the front face of panel 12. Flange 16 nearest the edges has a groove or channel 20 running along the inside wall. The other flange has a similar channel 22 running along the outside wall. Thus, if one of two similar panels 12 is rotated 180 degrees about an axis running at right angles through the faces of the panel and the flanged faces of panels 12 are brought together, flanges 16 and 18 would fit into grooves 22 and 20 of the opposing faces, thus mating the two panels. U-shaped keys 35 and 36 provide a unique keying arrangement to prevent mismating.

The interconnecting faces of each panel 12 have an array of flanges 23 extending from them. Flanges 23 extend at rig...