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Carrier Latching Mechanism

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000111206D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 73K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Boswell, G: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Disclosed is a mechanism to engage and disengage, in a precisely controlled manner, a device such as a multiconnector block into a carrier such as a PCB board. By manual one-handed action, the flat carrier is held in position in a latched guide-box, and several connectors blocks loaded into tailored spaces in the press, are progressively fitted and, forced together in one pass.

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Carrier Latching Mechanism

      Disclosed is a mechanism to engage and disengage, in a
precisely controlled manner, a device such as a multiconnector block
into a carrier such as a PCB board.   By manual one-handed action,
the flat carrier is held in position in a latched guide-box, and
several connectors blocks loaded into tailored spaces in the press,
are progressively fitted and, forced together in one pass.

      The machine is multifunction, simple to use and easily
generates the high insertion force required without damage and faster
than other methods.

      The assembled mechanism is shown in the Figure.   Features of
the design are listed below with a reference print numbers linked to
the Figure.

(1)  A handle to carry the device.

(2)  A stop to prevent accidental electrical contact of mating
connectors.

(3)  A controlled engagement and disengagement (Cam action).
AB (4)  A comfortable and effective surface on which to push or pull.

(5) A method to retain handle in closed position, (which does not
interfere with insertion/extraction forces).

(6)  A preload to ensure full engagement.

(7)  A method to prevent excess vertical movement of device in
engaged position.

(8)  A common guide, latch features for top and bottom positions.

(9)  A bias spring in guide to prevent excess sideways movement of
device in engaged position.

(10) A feature to give adequate aiming area and lead in to ease
engagement.

(11) Upper and lower pivots.

      When offering up the d...