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Contactor Assembly

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000091395D
Original Publication Date: 1968-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-05
Document File: 2 page(s) / 49K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Aronstein, J: AUTHOR

Abstract

This contactor assembly is for contacting holes or pins of printed circuit boards for purposes of performing tests. The assembly, drawing A, includes base 1, guide board 2 and a plurality of resilient contact test pins 3. The latter are attached to base 1 and project within apertures 4 which extend through board 2. Apertures 4 extend in an array which corresponds to a like array of holes 5 in printed circuit board 6 to be tested. Projecting upwardly from board 2 are alignment pins 7 provided with bore 8 for slideable mounting about guide pin 9 fixedly secured to base 1.

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Contactor Assembly

This contactor assembly is for contacting holes or pins of printed circuit boards for purposes of performing tests. The assembly, drawing A, includes base 1, guide board 2 and a plurality of resilient contact test pins 3. The latter are attached to base 1 and project within apertures 4 which extend through board
2. Apertures 4 extend in an array which corresponds to a like array of holes 5 in printed circuit board 6 to be tested. Projecting upwardly from board 2 are alignment pins 7 provided with bore 8 for slideable mounting about guide pin 9 fixedly secured to base 1.

Board 6 to be tested has guides in order to provide alignment of apertures 4 with holes 5 in such board. The latter is subsequently lowered to rest upon the upper surface of board 2. This board and board 6 are lowered together until the latter board is restricted from going down any further by abutment against limit stops 11. Board 2 is further lowered to a position adjacent base 1. During lowering of board 2 in board 6, the pins 3 are inserted in holes 5. In the loaded positions, pins 7 no longer restrict board 6 from lateral motion. Board 6 is moved laterally so there is suitable wipe and contact force to create a reliable contact between contacts 3 and conductive material 12 within a hole 5 of board 6 as in B.

This type of contactor can be arranged to contact a printed circuit board with a combination of holes and pins. Such arrangement can be adapted so that the contact pins...