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Clip for Book Card Latches

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000115256D
Original Publication Date: 1995-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-30
Document File: 2 page(s) / 52K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Danen, JA: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Described is a clip that allows the use of the book assembly latches in any mechanical latching application.

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Clip for Book Card Latches

      Described is a clip that allows the use of the book assembly
latches in any mechanical latching application.

      Disclosed is a plastic clip which allows the use of the book
card latches to be used in almost any mechanical fastening system.
Fig. 1 shows the clip (1) being fastened inside a direct access
storage device (DASD) subsystem enclosure (2).  Only one screw is
required per clip, and the tab on the clip prevents the clip from
turning in the enclosure during use or installation.

      Fig. 2 shows the card assembly with latch (3) being inserted
into the enclosure/clip assembly (2).  The angled shape of the clip
(1) allows the latch (3) to pivot forward, ensuring accurate location
of the latch tab (A).  This tab allows added mechanical leverage to
aid in card connector mating and insertion.  In addition, when the
card assembly is removed, the shape of the clip provides a mechanical
advantage when disconnecting the card connector, using the latch as
an extraction tool.

      The clip is very small, allowing use in tight places.  The clip
mounting features required are fairly simple and inexpensive.  The
clip itself is inexpensive and robust.  The clip allows the book
latches to be used for insertion leverage, removal leverage, and
mechanical fastening.  The possible uses for this clip for the
mounting/fastening/docking of any mechanical or electrical assemblies
are virtually limitless.