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Connector Interface to Power Bus

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000110022D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-25
Document File: 3 page(s) / 95K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Mullady, RK: AUTHOR

Abstract

Disclosed is a design for a connector interface to power bus bars for signal and power connectors.

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Connector Interface to Power Bus

       Disclosed is a design for a connector interface to power
bus bars for signal and power connectors.

      It is common to require attachment of leads to a power bus
distribution system.  These leads are required for sensing voltage or
as a branch circuit in the power distribution system.  Typically,
these leads are attached with ring lugs and screws.  When there is a
large number of wires involved, this becomes a tedious and
error-prone operation.  Providing a connector interface to the bus
reduces the manual assembly operations and reduces the chance for
errors being made in the factory or field.

      The connector is soldered to a flexible or semi-flexible
circuit which provides common connections for the (+) and (-) leads
of the connector.  The connector/circuit assembly is strain-relieved
and mounted to the bus structure using a plastic (non-conductive)
housing.  This provides for a reliable and easily removable
connection to the bus.

      Fig. 1 shows a detailed assembly process.  Outlined below is a
description of each part.
1)   Connector - This connector interfaces with the sense lead cable.
Ejection style or similar signal connection can be used.
2)   Circuit - This is an etched copper circuit with KAPTON* on
either side, a product that is readily available commercially.
3)   Support Housing - Non-conductive housing that provides strain
relief for connector and mounting to the bus structure.
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