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Multiple Orientation Switch Holding Cavity

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000110051D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-25
Document File: 2 page(s) / 54K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Barina, RM: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

Described is a hardware device that provides a multiple orientation holding cavity for switches for a personal computer (PC). The cavity provides a means to vary the orientation of the switch button and to enable various switch buttons to be installed in one common holding device.

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Multiple Orientation Switch Holding Cavity

       Described is a hardware device that provides a multiple
orientation holding cavity for switches for a personal computer (PC).
The cavity provides a means to vary the orientation of the switch
button and to enable various switch buttons to be installed in one
common holding device.

      Typically, snap-on switches are used in PCs to provide ON/OFF
power switching and other requirements.  The switches generally
incorporate actuating snap-in-buttons that can be required to be
mounted vertically or horizontally onto the shaft of a snap-on
switch.  The concept described herein provides a switch holding
cavity that enables the snap-in-buttons to be oriented in four
different orientations using a single cavity.  Additionally, the
device provides a second snap-on feature to enable another switch to
be installed.  The device enables the snap-in-button to engage the
switches actuating shaft at each of 90 degrees for a total of four
button position orientations.

      Fig. 1 is an isometric view of the multiple orientation cavity
with an actuating switch positioned for installation.  Multiple
orientation cavity 10 is positioned to accept an orientated
snap-in-button 11 which is attached to snap-in switch 12.  Fig. 2 is
an exploded isometric view of cavity 10.  Shown are two snap-in
switch positions that can accommodate two switch assemblies.  The
switch slides onto surface 13 so that protrusions 14 can hold the
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