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Method of Fastening Elastomers

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000113100D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-27
Document File: 2 page(s) / 29K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Liesenfelt, B: AUTHOR

Abstract

Described is a hardware implementation that provides a method for fastening thin flat membranes of elastomer material to tablets, as used in mobile computers, so as to provide ease of assembly and a smooth consistent appearance.

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Method of Fastening Elastomers

      Described is a hardware implementation that provides a method
for fastening thin flat membranes of elastomer material to tablets,
as used in mobile computers, so as to provide ease of assembly and a
smooth consistent appearance.

      In prior art, unsightly ripples appeared on the face of
tablets, used in mobile computers, which were caused by uneven
fastening of thin flat elastomer bumpers.  The bumpers are needed for
ruggidization as used in mobile work environments.

      The concept described herein provides a method of fastening a
thin flat membrane of elastomer material to the faceplate of the
tablet.  The method adheres a thin layer of magnetic material to
either the front surface of the tablet or to the inside surface of
the inside surface of the elastomer bumper.  The magnetic material
holds evenly and consistently across the face of the tablet to either
a steele faceplate on the tablet or to a matching steel stiffener
affixed to the inside surface of the elastomer material.  This
provides a non-permanent, non-adhesive method for easy assembly and a
smooth consistent appearance.  Serviceability is improved by allowing
quick disassembly and re-assembly by service personnel.