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LCD Protector

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000101548D
Original Publication Date: 1990-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-16
Document File: 2 page(s) / 45K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

LaPree, SR: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Disclosed is a device which protects Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) leads used in the operator panel assembly of a rack-mounted storage subsystem. The plastic device provides multiple functions in assembly, manufacturing processes, and reliability while reducing cost and the quantity of parts required.

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LCD Protector

       Disclosed is a device which protects Liquid Crystal
Display (LCD) leads used in the operator panel assembly of a
rack-mounted storage subsystem.  The plastic device provides multiple
functions in assembly, manufacturing processes, and reliability while
reducing cost and the quantity of parts required.

      The LCD used on the operator panel assembly of the subsystem
enclosure (see the figure) is soldered to two sets of very long
connector leads.  The leads must be long to attain the correct height
of the front cover and bezel components.  These connector leads are
likely to be short circuited by the adjacent Electromagnetic
Compatible (EMC) screen, resulting in hardware failure.

      The disclosed device provides five functional features: 1) it
surrounds the long leads to protect against contact by adjacent metal
parts, 2) it acts as a three-axes locator for a quality fit, 3) it
acts as a stiffener for the connector leads, 4) it provides a small
shelf for the placement of a label to identify adjacent customer
engineering switches, and 5) it eliminates the need for a spacer or
fixture for locating and clamping during the assembly and soldering
processes.