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Clamping Mechanism for Mounting a System Unit to a Floorstand

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000110246D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-25
Document File: 2 page(s) / 66K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Childs, JD: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Disclosed is a screw-type clamping mechanism for mounting a system unit in a vertical orientation to a floorstand. The floorstand provides the wider lower surface needed for mechanical stability in this orientation and may provide additional improvements, such as provisions for better airflow. The mechanism, which makes use of louvers in a cover of the system unit, provides adjustability so that several different types of system units can alternately be clamped to the same floorstand using the same clamping mechanism.

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Clamping Mechanism for Mounting a System Unit to a Floorstand

       Disclosed is a screw-type clamping mechanism for mounting
a system unit in a vertical orientation to a floorstand.  The
floorstand provides the wider lower surface needed for mechanical
stability in this orientation and may provide additional
improvements, such as provisions for better airflow.  The mechanism,
which makes use of louvers in a cover of the system unit, provides
adjustability so that several different types of system units can
alternately be clamped to the same floorstand using the same clamping
mechanism.

      Fig. 1. is an elevational view showing the clamping mechanism
from under the floorstand, while Figs. 2 and 3 are transverse
cross-sectional views taken as indicated by lines II-II and III-III,
respectively, in Fig. 1.

      A system unit includes a number of parallel louver slots 12 in
a cover section 14, which becomes the bottom cover when the unit is
placed in an upright position.  A floorstand unit 16 includes, in its
upper surface 18, a number of slots 20 between downward extending
ribs 22, which are used to mount one or more clamping mechanisms 24.
Each clamping mechanism 24 includes a pair of T-shaped brackets 26,
engaging adjacent louver slots 12, and a central portion 28, with
external threads 30 around arcuate surfaces 31, engaging internal
threads 32 of a nut 34.  Each clamping mechanism 24 is fastened into
place by tightening nut 34.  An edge of a coin i...