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Low Profile Mounting Clip For Electronic Components

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000113132D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-27
Document File: 2 page(s) / 53K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Hobbs, SP: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

An extremely low profile, snap-in plastic clip used to mount logic and/or power cards is disclosed.

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Low Profile Mounting Clip For Electronic Components

      An extremely low profile, snap-in plastic clip used to mount
logic and/or power cards is disclosed.

      A design for providing a low profile, electrically insulating
fastener point for mounting an electronic assembly (logic card, power
regulator, etc.) to a metallic structure such as a system frame
member is shown in Fig. 1.

      A molded plastic clip 1 having hole 2 to accept a screw is
provided with large and small rectangular portions 3 and 4 separated
by grooves 5.  The configuration of sheet metal member 6 that accepts
clip 1 includes a small rectangular opening 7, whose width is
slightly larger than the distance between the insides of grooves 5;
opening 7 is conjoined to opening 8, whose size is slightly larger
than small rectangular portion 4--this allows the small rectangular
portion 4 of clip 1 to pass through opening 8 and be trapped on
grooves 5 when clip 1 is dropped into opening 7.  Completing the
design are springs 9 formed into sheet metal member 6 as shown.
These are designed such that they form the outside boundary of
opening 8 and must be compressed at the start of clip 1 installation,
springing back and trapping clip 1 when clip 1 is dropped into its
final position in opening 7.  Assembly is, thus, first in the
direction shown by arrow A and then in the direction shown by arrow
B.

      Fig. 2 shows clip 1 assembled to sheet metal member 6, with a
logic card or power regula...