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Removable Door Mechanism for Input/Output Connectors

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000106245D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-20
Document File: 2 page(s) / 44K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Fernandez, PE: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

Described is a hardware implementation that provides a removable door mechanism for input/output (I/O) connectors to protect electronic components from the elements and to sustain a drop of four feet.

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Removable Door Mechanism for Input/Output Connectors

      Described is a hardware implementation that provides a
removable door mechanism for input/output (I/O) connectors to protect
electronic components from the elements and to sustain a drop of four
feet.

      The objective of the design is to provide a sealed door to
cover the access at an I/O connector, which acts as an interface
between a computer system and a docking station.  When the door
mechanism is installed, the door must protect the connector from the
elements and it must sustain a drop of four feet without coming
apart.  When the mechanism is connected to the docking station, the
door must be able to be removed so as not to interfere with the
connecting operation.

      Fig. 1 shows a cut-away side view of the removable door
mechanism.  The mechanism consists of chassis 10, door 11 and wipers
12.  Connector 13 is shown for reference.  Wipers 12 are designed so
that they can deflect and act as a seal to protect the unit from the
elements and to provide stability and cushioning for connector 13.
Door 11 is designed with a rib shaped pattern (not shown) to grip
connector 13 enabling it to meet the drop specifications.  Fig. 2
shows an isometric view of chassis 10 which is typically molded from
material such as Santoprene*.

* Trademark of Monsanto Corporation.