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Restraint Fork for Feature Cards

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000109639D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-24
Document File: 2 page(s) / 81K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Rachui, RA: AUTHOR

Abstract

The figure shows a slip-on restraint fork 1 designed to interlock with features common to all of the adapter card back brackets. This particular implementation involves screw 2 attachment of the restraint fork to a card retainer bracket 3 that is mounted to the machine by use of existing screws. Another approach would be to design the fork and the bracket such that the fork would snap into a feature on the retainer bracket, but the simpler screw-attachment approach is illustrated here.

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Restraint Fork for Feature Cards

       The figure shows a slip-on restraint fork 1 designed to
interlock with features common to all of the adapter card back
brackets.  This particular implementation involves screw 2 attachment
of the restraint fork to a card retainer bracket 3 that is mounted to
the machine by use of existing screws.  Another approach would be to
design the fork and the bracket such that the fork would snap into a
feature on the retainer bracket, but the simpler screw-attachment
approach is illustrated here.

      The fork engages with the geometry of the back bracket such
that the card assembly can neither move vertically upward nor rotate
up out of the connector.  The card retainer bracket design shown
would be appropriate for a rack-mounted system, but the same concept
can be adopted for desktop and deskside machines.

      This invention can be readily implemented on existing machines
and is customer installable.  In the future, this type of card
retainer bracket could be integrated into the design with a snap
finger installation scheme.