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Card Separation Tool

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000109918D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-24
Document File: 1 page(s) / 34K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Craighill, K: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

The tool assembly was designed to separate two electronic circuit board assemblies. When circuit board assemblies are held together with connectors and sockets having a large numbers of pins, or several connector and socket assemblies, these cards are very hard to separate by hand. The cards have many sharp components that can cut fingers, or the operator can damage the card by bending components that are soldered on the board. To separate the cards without damage to the cards, it is essential that the cards be held in a parallel plane to each other while they are separated. This tool has two parallel planes that are inserted between the cards. By using a CAMMING action, the cards are then easily separated without damage.

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Card Separation Tool

      The tool assembly was designed to separate two electronic
circuit board assemblies.  When circuit board assemblies are held
together with connectors and sockets having a large numbers of pins,
or several connector and socket assemblies, these cards are very hard
to separate by hand.  The cards have many sharp components that can
cut fingers, or the operator can damage the card by bending
components that are soldered on the board.  To separate the cards
without damage to the cards, it is essential that the cards be held
in a parallel plane to each other while they are separated.  This
tool has two parallel planes that are inserted between the cards.  By
using a CAMMING action,  the cards are then easily separated without
damage.  The tool has adjustable stops on the actuator arm plates to
compensate for differences in the distance in between card
assemblies.  To operate the tool the operator must open the tool by
sliding the CAM assembly to the right, then insert the card assembly
into the tool, and close the slide assembly to secure the card in the
tool.  The actuator is then pushed downward with a light amount of
pressure to separate the cards.

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