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Electrical Compression Connector

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000103529D
Original Publication Date: 1990-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-18
Document File: 3 page(s) / 127K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Anderson, DH: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

An electrical connector is disclosed for establishing electrical contact between circuit traces in two or more flexible circuits and at least one other circuit device. Referring to Figs. 1 and 2, the connector includes a top plate 12, a pair of centrally located circuit bars 14a and 14b, and a bottom plate 16. These three components cooperate to effect electrical connection between a pair of flexible circuit cables 18 and 20 and a third circuit device 22, which may also be flexible.

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Electrical Compression Connector

      An electrical connector is disclosed for establishing
electrical contact between circuit traces in two or more flexible
circuits and at least one other circuit device. Referring to Figs. 1
and 2, the connector includes a top plate 12, a pair of centrally
located circuit bars 14a and 14b, and a bottom plate 16.  These three
components cooperate to effect electrical connection between a pair
of flexible circuit cables 18 and 20 and a third circuit device 22,
which may also be flexible.

      Each flexible circuit cable is mounted on and wrapped about a
separate one of the circuit bars with an adhesive to create two
solidly backed sub-assemblies without need for strain relief.  The
top plate is then fastened to the sub-assemblies with screws 28 and
30 and retaining clips 150 and 151 to create a single sub-assembly.
A resilient pressure pad 24 is mounted on the bottom plate and the
third circuit device 22 is mounted thereon, thereby providing optimal
location of the pad when the third circuit device is more compliant
than the flexible circuit cables.  Each circuit bar is then mounted
over the third circuit device to make electrical contact between the
third circuit device and each flexible circuit cable.  The components
are aligned using pins extending upward from the bottom clamp plate
to eliminate stretching of the flexible circuit cables during
manufacture.  The single sub-assembly is then fastened to the bottom
clamp plat...