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Folded Beam Type Connector

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000091149D
Original Publication Date: 1969-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-05
Document File: 2 page(s) / 55K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Apgar, DH: AUTHOR

Abstract

Folded beam-type connector 10 is adapted to be mounted in the electrical circuit elements on a printed circuit Board 11 or the like and includes electrical circuit material 12 attached or etched to it. Connector 10 is made of beryllium copper or the like. Circuit board 11 is made of nonconductive or insulating material and includes circuit elements 12 fixed to it generally by chemical process. Connector 10 is fixed in aperture 13 in an element 12 by solder 15.

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Folded Beam Type Connector

Folded beam-type connector 10 is adapted to be mounted in the electrical circuit elements on a printed circuit Board 11 or the like and includes electrical circuit material 12 attached or etched to it. Connector 10 is made of beryllium copper or the like. Circuit board 11 is made of nonconductive or insulating material and includes circuit elements 12 fixed to it generally by chemical process. Connector 10 is fixed in aperture 13 in an element 12 by solder 15.

Connector 10 is relatively small in size and is fabricated of conductive metal having a thickness of approximately three-thousandths of an inch. When completely formed, connector 10 has an over-all length of approximately two- tenths of an inch. Connector 10 can be constructed from thin gauge metal possessing resilient characteristics and can be cut and formed by die-stamping and sheet metal forming operations.

Connector 10, when in assembled form, has a substantially square shape when viewed from the top. It includes a mounting portion 10b adapted for insertion into the circuit board apertures. Its spring type characteristics permit resilient contraction to fit apertures within the circuit board. Use of the extremely thin and tapered connector 10 covered with tin-lead provides a relatively long line of contact along component module pin 16. This results in low unit pressure and good damping characteristics. Contact systems using tin-lead are sensitive to shock which causes apprec...