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Low Profile Latch for Securing Stacked Electronic Modules

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000113767D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-27
Document File: 2 page(s) / 51K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Otis, BP: AUTHOR

Abstract

A low profile reversible latch is disclosed. The latch functions to aid in the installation and removal of stacked devices. Very little space is required.

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Low Profile Latch for Securing Stacked Electronic Modules

      A low profile reversible latch is disclosed.  The latch
functions to aid in the installation and removal of stacked devices.
Very little space is required.

      The latch, shown in Fig. 1, mounts to the side of the tray that
holds the device.  The latch is symmetrical and can be pivoted up
above or down below the tray.

      The latch interfaces with one of two sets of hooks shown in
Fig. 2.  If the device is to be installed in the upper position, the
device is slid into position until the latch's end hits the flat of
the hook.  At this point the latch handle is pivoted upward.  This
action cams the device in further to ensure connector engagement.

      The latch's handle is held into the locked position with one of
two springs attached to the chassis as shown in Fig. 3.  The lip on
the catch prevents the latch's handle from swinging back down.
Unlocking the latch is achieved by pulling on the latch handle until
the lip releases the handle.