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Clicking Connector

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000098919D
Original Publication Date: 1958-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-08
Document File: 2 page(s) / 34K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Panaro, MC: AUTHOR

Abstract

An audible warning click insures that the male and female members of a connector are properly engaged so that electrical connection is assured.

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Clicking Connector

An audible warning click insures that the male and female members of a connector are properly engaged so that electrical connection is assured.

The female member 10 of the connector is screwed to its mating part 11 in a normal fashion. A spring biased pawl 12 is resiliently positioned within an opening 13 formed in the side of the female member 10. The pawl 12 rides the mating thread 14 of the male member 11 until it reaches a suitable keyway 15 in the male thread 14. The spring biased pawl 12 falls into the keyway 15 with a clicking sound, indicating that the connector has been sufficiently tightened. Depressing the spring 16 at point 17 urges the pawl 12 from the slot 15 so that the female member may be unscrewed.

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