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Method of Aligning and Securing Personal Computer Control Panel Bezels

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000110049D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-25
Document File: 3 page(s) / 111K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Barina, RM: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Described is a hardware design for fastening, capturing, aligning and securing personal computer (PC) control panel bezels. The design incorporates alignment pins or posts into the sides of the control panel bezels so as to facilitate a simple engagement into a retainer assembly.

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Method of Aligning and Securing Personal Computer Control Panel Bezels

       Described is a hardware design for fastening, capturing,
aligning and securing personal computer (PC) control panel bezels.
The design incorporates alignment pins or posts into the sides of the
control panel bezels so as to facilitate a simple engagement into a
retainer assembly.

      Typically, the control panel of a PC must incorporate devices,
such as light-emitting diodes (LEDs), to inform the user of certain
tasks or mode of operation and to provide access to control the
various functions of the PC.  It is desirable to have a control panel
that is easily removed or replaced and to be positioned prior to
installation of a top cover and to enable access to the parts behind
the panel.  Consideration must be made to allow for tolerance buildup
with relation to the frame of the PC so as not to encounter
misalignment problems.  The concept described herein provides a
method to overcome misalignment problems by utilizing alignment pins
of posts that have been designed onto the sides of the control panel
bezel assembly.  The pins have been designed with a radius and angles
on all sides to facilitate engagement to the retainer.  When the
control panel bezel is assembled onto the frame, it is allowed to
float approximately 1 mm in each direction.  This aspect is designed
to facilitate ease of assembly and to eliminate tolerance buildup and
possible mismatch problems.

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