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Connector Actuation, Force Generation, and Compliancy System

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000113855D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-27
Document File: 2 page(s) / 48K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Brodsky, WL: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

The disclosed invention discusses the internal components of a pad-on-pad connector system. It builds on the prior art of using elastomers within a connector (i.e., [1,2]) but incorporates it with an actuation system that provides a simpler sub-assembly. The design is an effective method of incorporating an elastomer force application system and cam actuation system into a field pluggable connector. The system is structured to provide proper contact normal force and accommodate non-planarities in the contact region.

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Connector Actuation, Force Generation, and Compliancy System

      The disclosed invention discusses the internal components of a
pad-on-pad connector system.  It builds on the prior art of using
elastomers within a connector (i.e., [1,2]) but incorporates it with
an actuation system that provides a simpler sub-assembly.  The design
is an effective method of incorporating an elastomer force
application system and cam actuation system into a field pluggable
connector.  The system is structured to provide proper contact normal
force and accommodate non-planarities in the contact region.

      The main elastomer spring is molded between a "cam follower"
and a force redistribution plate, vulcanizing the components
together.  The tolerance absorbing elastomer structure is molded and
vulcanized on the other side of the redistribution plate.  The cam
follower can be machined prior to molding or after molding depending
on the tolerances required from the dowel pin center-line to the face
of the redistribution layer.  The cam follower contains machined
holes which accept the dowel pins that support cam bearings.  These
cam bearings create one-half of the cam structure.  The other half of
the cam system has the profiled surfaces, which can be investment
casted.  This concept allows the use of elastomer spring elements in
a connector system without the use of adhesives, thus reducing the
part count of the connector system.  In addition, this concept allows
for funct...