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Auto Plugging Alignment/Compliance Runners

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000114229D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-28
Document File: 2 page(s) / 49K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Gray, DJ: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

Disclosed is a connector system for autoplugging electronic units that eliminates the need to mechanically float the connectors on rigid wide rails or to tighten manufacturing tolerances. It is easy to assemble, operate, has few parts and is cost effective by avoiding the conventional floating mechanisms on the connector. Suitable for either single or banks of units such as disk files in a common housing.

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Auto Plugging Alignment/Compliance Runners

      Disclosed is a connector system for autoplugging electronic
units that eliminates the need to mechanically float the connectors
on rigid wide rails or to tighten manufacturing tolerances.   It is
easy to assemble, operate, has few parts and is cost effective by
avoiding the conventional floating mechanisms on the connector.
Suitable for either single or banks of units such as disk files in a
common housing.

      With reference to the Figure (front view).   A housing 4 is
designed to hold one or more electronic units 1 plugged in from the
front of the housing 4 with a single connector 2 projecting from the
rear of the unit 1 mating with a fixed receiving socket (not shown)
at the back of the housing.

      The unit(s) are slid in via flexible plastic guidance system
consisting of two identical upper and lower runners 3.   The
connector 2 is geometrically centred in both the vertical and
horizontal axes (CL) between the two runners 3.   Upper and lower
support rails 6 are toleranced to position and offer the unit 1 and
hence connector 2 its rear fixed housing socket.

      This design provides a balanced force which centralizes the
unit 1 within its loading bay 4, eliminating any clearances between
unit 1 and runners 3 which would add to the alignment tolerances of
other manufactured parts.   The arrangement also provides compliance
for the unit to accommodate any mis-alignment due to manufacturing...