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Connector Card Keying Using Bonded Geometric Inserts

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000102047D
Original Publication Date: 1990-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-17
Document File: 2 page(s) / 35K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Lifshey, IH: AUTHOR

Abstract

Disclosed is a design and process for keying paddle cards using unique pre-molded geometric inserts that are molded from the same material as the connector hoursing and ultrasonically bonded to the base paddle card (see Fig. 1). These keys will personalize the cards and allow for easy visual identification by geometric shapes. The keys could be color coded for additional identification.

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Connector Card Keying Using Bonded Geometric Inserts

       Disclosed is a design and process for keying paddle cards
using unique pre-molded geometric inserts that are molded from the
same material as the connector hoursing and ultrasonically bonded to
the base paddle card (see Fig. 1). These keys will personalize the
cards and allow for easy visual identification by geometric shapes.
The keys could be color coded for additional identification.

      The base connector housings are molded with provisions to
ultrasonically bond unique keys on both sides of the connector (see
Fig. 2).  The appropriate keys are selected by a computer-generated
program that matches the keys to a specific part number connector.
Once the keys are bonded to the base connector, the connector can
only be inserted into a specific matching slot on the connector
housing.  This method of personalizing the base connectors is easily
adapted to automation and computer control to eliminate errors.