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Adaptable Card Retainer

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000101175D
Original Publication Date: 1990-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-16
Document File: 3 page(s) / 86K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Purcell, BD: AUTHOR

Abstract

Disclosed is a device which retains the relative position of different size printed circuit boards in an electronic package.

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Adaptable Card Retainer

       Disclosed is a device which retains the relative position
of different size printed circuit boards in an electronic package.

      Card retainers are used in almost every kind of electronic
product that requires printed circuit boards. They are sometimes
mounted with screws through holes in the PC boards, and others are
mounted with flexible latch levers for quick release.  The purpose of
these retainers is to hold the PC cards in position and prevent them
from breaking or being disconnected if the entire unit is moved,
shaken or dropped.

      In electronic packages which may require various quantities of
printed circuit boards as well as different size boards, an adaptable
retainer is required.

      Fig. 1 shows two different size cards in one possible
arrangement.  Fig.     2 is an illustration of two diffenent size
cards in another possible arrangement.  The retension of theses cards
is accomplished by a strap (1) which is attached to two side walls
(2).  The card retainer (3) can be inserted into a dove tail locking
design in the horizontal position (A) for retension of the large
cards. The card retainer (3) can be inserted into the dove tail
locking design in the vertical position (B) for retension of the
smaller cards.

      The card retainer (3) has small bumps (4) molded in which
provide a slight interference fit when it is inserted into the strap
(1).  The strap (1) has openings (5) which will accep...