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Tool-Less Universal Slide Rail Mounting Assembly

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000099055D
Publication Date: 2005-Mar-10
Document File: 4 page(s) / 54K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method for a tool-less universal slide rail assembly to place a rack-mounted server into an electronic cabinet. Benefits include a solution that accommodates square or round holes.

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Tool-Less Universal Slide Rail Mounting Assembly

Disclosed is a method for a tool-less universal slide rail assembly to place a rack-mounted server into an electronic cabinet. Benefits include a solution that accommodates square or round holes.

Background

Currently, there is no tool-less solution to attach a slide rail assembly to a cabinet rack. A typical “tool-less attachment” accepts only the square cutout on the rack, so that a separate slide rail kit must be designed for round holes. The mounting also requires a loose thumbscrew to firmly secure the assembly. Because the thumbscrews are loose-fit, the solution does not pass stringent shock tests.

General Description

The disclosed method serves as an interface between the slide rail assembly and the four rack posts in the cabinet (see Figure 1). The assembly includes a sheet metal bracket, an injection-molded plastic slider, a tension spring, a cast aluminum pin block, and an injection-molded square adaptor insert (see Figure 2). The disclosed method contains more than just tool-less features; it also enables the universal adaptation of square and round holes, without switching any components.

Tool-less operation:

The user lines up the pins and inserts them through the openings in the rack post (square cutouts or round holes), and the spring tab is pushed back against the tension spring. As soon as the pins pass through the openings, the whole assembly drops down by a small amount, allowing the spring tab on top to r...