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Swivel Connector

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000116949D
Original Publication Date: 1995-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-31
Document File: 2 page(s) / 61K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Bianchini, JM: AUTHOR [+5]

Abstract

Disclosed is a pivoting housing through which electrical cables and air lines extend into a moving mechanism, allowing the mechanism to move freely at high speeds without damaging or rubbing the cables and lines. The use of this housing eliminates environmental contamination and mechanism down time otherwise associated with rubbing or twisted cables and lines.

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Swivel Connector

      Disclosed is a pivoting housing through which electrical cables
and air lines extend into a moving mechanism, allowing the mechanism
to move freely at high speeds without damaging or rubbing the cables
and lines.  The use of this housing eliminates environmental
contamination and mechanism down time otherwise associated with
rubbing or twisted cables and lines.

      The Figure is an isometric view of various components of the
swivel connector in  an exploded relationship with one another.
Major components include an upper port 1, a swivel housing 2, an
ultra-light radial ball bearing 3, an optional upper swivel stop 4,
an optional lower swivel stop 5, a lower post 6, and a post clamp 7.
The upper port 1 includes an internal thread 8, into which a section
of flexible tubing (not shown) is screwed, carrying the cables and
air lines (also not shown) extending through the swivel connector.
The upper port 1 is  fastened to swivel housing 2 by means of a pair
of screws 9.  The ball bearing 3 is pressed over an upper hub portion
10 of lower post 6 and into a space (not shown) provided within the
lower surface of swivel housing 2.  The lower post 6 is clamped in
place on the moving device (not shown) by means of the clamping plate
7, which is fastened to the post 6 by means of four screws 11.

      Thus, the lower post 6 is held in place on the moving device,
while the upper port 1 and swivel housing 2 are allowed to rotate
freely on the b...