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Module Tube with Internal Slider

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000104484D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-19
Document File: 2 page(s) / 59K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Albrecht, JM: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

A method to reduce the risk of Electrostatic Damage (ESD) to modules during tests and the assembly process is described.

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Module Tube with Internal Slider

      A method to reduce the risk of Electrostatic Damage (ESD) to
modules during tests and the assembly process is described.

      Described is a packaging device that reduces the risk of
introducing ESD and mechanical damage to electronic modules.  The
figure illustrates the packaging which can improve the general
handling of modules.  The module tube and module slide (shown out of
scale in the figure relative to the length of the module tube) is
conductive plastic.  The module slide holds the modules (only one
module is shown in the figure.)

      To use the device, the modules are first positioned axially
within the slide.  Next, the slide is inserted into the tube in the
direction indicated in the figure.  An integral cam surface keeps the
modules from snagging on the tube during insertion.  An ESD safe tube
plug (not shown in the figure) is then pressed into each end to
restrict the modules from coming out of the tube.  Note, this tube
plug could be replaced with a conventional pin capturing arrangement.

      A tester could be designed to accommodate the slide assembly
such that the walls of the slide are deflected slightly during the
test probe operation.  With this process, the module can be tested
without removal from the packaging, i.e., reduced risk of creating
mechanical and ESD damage.  Note that the slide need not be removed
completely from the tube for this test.

      It is possible to make...