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Plastic Component Housing

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000097232D
Original Publication Date: 1962-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-07
Document File: 2 page(s) / 58K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Hardardt, AT: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

This is in regard to housings for components, such as lamps, switches, etc. that are to be mounted in a panel. In certain instances, the housing is metal and is provided with a threaded portion that extends into the panel and requires a nut to lock it in place. In others, a metal spring member is snapped back of the panel to anchor it.

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Plastic Component Housing

This is in regard to housings for components, such as lamps, switches, etc. that are to be mounted in a panel. In certain instances, the housing is metal and is provided with a threaded portion that extends into the panel and requires a nut to lock it in place. In others, a metal spring member is snapped back of the panel to anchor it.

The housing 10, molded of a resilient plastic such as polycarbonate, has a shoulder 11 formed on each of the long sides of casing 12. Arm 14 formed by slots 15 is located in each side. Each arm tapers outwardly from its base to a point near the free end and then inwardly. The slots free the top and sides of the arms permitting them to be deflected inwardly when the housing is inserted in an aperture in panel 3 16. With the shoulder abutting the upperside of the panel, the arms lock the housing in place.

This housing is universal in that it may contain a lamp, a switch or other electrical components. The only change necessary is in the form of cover, e. g., a translucent top 17 for a lamp, an opaque button 18 for a switch.

Top 17 for lamp 20 is formed of resilient plastic. It has legs 21 having feet 22 that are adapted to engage knobs 23 formed adjacent the arm 14. The top is inserted in the housing until the feet engage and lock with knobs 23. The base rests on ledge 24 formed on the housing.

Slots 25, cut in the side walls of the casing on each side of arms 14, form resilient arms 26 having knobs 27 forme...