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Connector Retainer/Guide

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000113777D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-27
Document File: 4 page(s) / 118K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Anderson, DH: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Disclosed are two means of a mechanical device that provide positive retention to the Micropax* connector that is produced by Berg Electronics. This connector has only 1.5 mm of contact wipe and unless there is a mechanical means to assure the connector remains seated, there is a potential that the connector can unseat itself during shipment and while the machine is operating. Berg offers an option that uses jack screws to assure the connector remains seated, but it requires full top side accessibility. The disclosed mechanical devices are able to be operated when accessibility is limited to one end of the connector only.

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Connector Retainer/Guide

      Disclosed are two means of a mechanical device that provide
positive retention to the Micropax* connector that is produced by
Berg Electronics.  This connector has only 1.5 mm of contact wipe and
unless there is a mechanical means to assure the connector remains
seated, there is a potential that the connector can unseat itself
during shipment and while the machine is operating.  Berg offers an
option that uses jack screws to assure the connector remains seated,
but it requires full top side accessibility.  The disclosed
mechanical devices are able to be operated when accessibility is
limited to one end of the connector only.

      Fig. 1 shows a device that consists of four plastic components
that make up the assembly.  A description of the four components are
as follows:
  o  Base Guide.  This part is captivated to the card when the
     connector receptacle is soldered to the card.  It has four
     legs that protrude up that are angled that provide course
     alignment to the connector plug prior to the two halves being
     seated.  It also has grooves that run along the side that will
     allow the Slide to maneuver into.
  o  Retainer.  The Retainer is similar to the Base Guide, except
     it mounts to the connector plug and is captivated to the
     flex circuit when the connector plug is soldered to the
     circuit.  It has four legs that protrude downward that lock
     the flex circuit assembly in a mated condition when the Slide
     is pushed forward.
  o  Top Cap.  The Top Cap snaps on the Retainer to cover the
     pin side of flex circuit assembly.  This is required to
     provide electro-static discharge shielding to the pins
     because a static charge to the pins would cause significant
     damage to the cable components.
  o  Slide.  This part slides in grooves that are on the Base
     Guide and remain with this part.  It has a tail on one end
     that is used to push and pull by the technician to lock and
     unlock the flex circuit assembly to the receptacle
     connector.  This part has bosses on...