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Connector Lubricant Applicator

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000110209D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-25
Document File: 1 page(s) / 43K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Baska, DA: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

A hand-held tool for applying lubricant to electrical contacts is disclosed. The portable, refillable tool can be used to lubricate connector contacts at the system level without concern for inadvertent lubricant splash onto nearby components.

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Connector Lubricant Applicator

      A hand-held tool for applying lubricant to electrical contacts
is disclosed.  The portable, refillable tool can be used to lubricate
connector contacts at the system level without concern for
inadvertent lubricant splash onto nearby components.

      A connector lubricant applicator was designed which applies the
lubricant to the contact surfaces as the contacts are being slid into
a cavity containing polyester bristles wetted with the lubricating
solution.  The design consists of a handle and applicator head, both
made from nylon.  The handle houses a reservoir 1 , a fill plug and a
controlled fluid flow passage 2.  The head houses a cavity 3 full of
polyester bristles and a replaceable cap 5.  The cap is drilled 4 so
that it will accept a specific contact pattern, it is replaceable for
flexibility in accepting a variety of contact patterns.

      To use the applicator, the cavity is filled with polyester
bristles cut to length.  A cap, drilled to accept the proper contact
field, is slid into place over the cavity.  The reservoir is then
filled with the lubricant and closed by screwing in the fill plug.
The bristles are wet by gravity feed of the lubricant through the
controlled flow passage.  Once the bristles are wet, the contacts are
lubricated by pushing the applicator over the contacts (see the
figure).

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