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Article Inserting Tool

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000093040D
Original Publication Date: 1967-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-05
Document File: 2 page(s) / 41K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Tasnady, AJ: AUTHOR

Abstract

This article inserting tool facilitates the insertion and removal of electrical components 2. The latter have lateral contacts 3 for cooperation with spring contacts 4 of test apparatus 5. The tool minimizes the forces normally associated with the insertion and removal of the component between contacts 4. Thus the possibility of damage to components having fragile contacts particularly in the form of contacts 3 is reduced.

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Article Inserting Tool

This article inserting tool facilitates the insertion and removal of electrical components 2. The latter have lateral contacts 3 for cooperation with spring contacts 4 of test apparatus 5. The tool minimizes the forces normally associated with the insertion and removal of the component between contacts 4. Thus the possibility of damage to components having fragile contacts particularly in the form of contacts 3 is reduced.

Each spring contact 4 of unit 5 has an upstanding leg 6 with an inwardly inclined cam portion 7, a nib 12 and an indent 8 within which contacts 3 of component 2 are to be engaged. For insertion of component 2 into contacts 4, tool 1 is elevated in the raised position by ram 9 actuated by, for example, a hydraulic cylinder. Tool 1 includes a planar platform surface 10 for supporting component 2 and a beveled cam surface 1 1 for cooperation with inclined portions 7 and nibs 12 of contacts 4. As tool 1 is raised, cam surface 11 engages the inclined portions 7 of contacts 4, to spread contacts 4 apart until nibs 12 ride on the side walls of tool 1. Component 2 is deposited on the face 10 of tool 1. The latter is then lowered for insertion of component 2 into indented portions 8 of contacts 4.

As nibs 12 begin to ride on cam surface 11, component 2 is vertically positioned so as to dispose its contacts 3 substantially opposite indented portions 8 of contacts 4. Upon further lowering of tool 1, nibs 12 ride up on surface 11 cau...