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Optical Device Bezel, Frame and Cover Packaging

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000106488D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-21
Document File: 2 page(s) / 46K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Henry, M: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

The typical package for optical storage device is a combination of sheet metal parts screwed together, spot welded, or riveted. The drive bezel is typically a molded part held to supporting sheet metal with screws. The back, bottom, sides, and top covers are multiple parts held together at many locations.

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Optical Device Bezel, Frame and Cover Packaging

      The typical package for optical storage device is a combination
of sheet metal parts screwed together, spot welded, or riveted.  The
drive bezel is typically a molded part held to supporting sheet metal
with screws.  The back, bottom, sides, and top covers are multiple
parts held together at many locations.

      This concept of packaging is unique in that we minimize the
number of fasteners.  The side covers are single piece parts that
also contain shock bushing features.  The back and bottom cover is
single piece design keyed into tabs molded into the front bezel and
fastened in two locations into the back of the side covers.  The top
cover is fastened into the side covers a four locations which double
as attachment points for an electronic card.  Eight fasteners have
been used to attain a secure and effective package.

Added benefits of this concept are:

1.  The bezel/front cover molded and attached by two fasteners
    provides location features for side covers and back/bottom cover.

2.  The side covers are single piece and provide for drive mounting,
    shock mount locations, keying and mounting of bezel, mounting of
    back/bottom cover, and mounting of top cover/electronics card.

3.  The back/bottom cover provides coverage for bottom and back of
    drive keying into front bezel, providing cooling slots at back,
    engages the edges of the side covers, and has only two fasteners....