Browse Prior Art Database

Serpentine Electro Mechanical Strain Relief

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000108991D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-23
Document File: 1 page(s) / 27K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Kubich, R: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Disclosed is an electro-mechanical strain relief for the Serpentine I/O cable system.

This text was extracted from an ASCII text file.
This is the abbreviated version, containing approximately 100% of the total text.

Serpentine Electro Mechanical Strain Relief

       Disclosed is an electro-mechanical strain relief for the
Serpentine I/O cable system.

      The electro-mechanical strain relief is developed in response
to an ESD (electrostatic discharge) problem being encountered in the
field during the 'plug' operation of I/O (channel) cables.

      To solve the EDS problem, it is necessary to ground-out all of
the individual signal lines in the I/O (channel) cable assembly.  The
grounding is accomplished by a combination of three things:
metalizing the plastic housing of the cable assembly, removing the
outer jacket of the individual signal wires, and installing the new
strain-relief bar.  The new bar is designed to replace the current
strain relief bar and place the individual signal wires in
compression against the metalized connector housing.  This allows use
of the current housing design (avoiding scrap), provides the
additional electrical ground required to solve an ESD problem, and
utilizes the same strain relief design concept as today's highly
reliable strain relief.