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Retaining Clip for Reed Switch

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000093366D
Original Publication Date: 1967-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-06
Document File: 2 page(s) / 35K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Habich, AB: AUTHOR

Abstract

The drawings show the assembly-of a reed switch held in a circuit board. Clips 1a and 1b hold switch 3 in position by their natural resilience and also serve to provide electrical contact to board 5. Switch 3 can be accurately adjusted in a longitudinal position by sliding it under clips 1a and 1b.

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Retaining Clip for Reed Switch

The drawings show the assembly-of a reed switch held in a circuit board. Clips 1a and 1b hold switch 3 in position by their natural resilience and also serve to provide electrical contact to board 5. Switch 3 can be accurately adjusted in a longitudinal position by sliding it under clips 1a and 1b.

Board 5 is primarily made of any rigid material and has copper coatings 7a and 7b near holes 9a and 9b. Clips 1a and 1b are made of metal wires which are inherently resilient and good electrical conductors.

Each clip 1a and 1b, for example, clip 1a, is first inserted in hole 9a and is then pushed through hole 11a. The wire end of switch 3 is inserted in the hooked end of clip 1a. This is done identically with the other end of switch 3 and clip 1b. When clips 1a and 1b pre released, the resilience and configuration of such clips are proper to hold the wire ends of switch 3 firmly against the sides of board 5. Then switch 3 is positioned as desired longitudinally by sliding it while it is held by clips 1a and 1b. The ultimate position can be held by solder.

The electrical connection is from switch 3 through clips 1a and 1b to coatings 7a and 7b. The latter can be on either side of board 5, thus permitting more versatility.

The assembly is compact and changes in dimensions, because of environmental changes, do not apply significant stresses to the switch 3.

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