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Latch and Stopper Function for the Canister in Raid Subsystem

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000118502D
Original Publication Date: 1997-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-01
Document File: 2 page(s) / 50K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Iwasa, H: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Disclosed is a mechanism which describes a latch function for the Redundant Array of Independent Disks (RAID) subsystem. This mechanism uses a pair of Ball Catches. One piece of Ball Catch is fixed to the canister and the other piece is fixed to the chassis of the RAID subsystem. This mechanism enables firm latching of the canister latch to the chassis.

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Latch and Stopper Function for the Canister in Raid Subsystem

      Disclosed is a mechanism which describes a latch function for
the Redundant Array of Independent Disks (RAID) subsystem.  This
mechanism uses a pair of Ball Catches.  One piece of Ball Catch is
fixed to the canister and the other piece is fixed to the chassis of
the RAID subsystem.  This mechanism enables firm latching of the
canister latch to the chassis.

Fig. 1 shows the mechanism of the canister:
  1.  A male piece of Ball Catch is connected to the canister.
  2.  A connector for electrical signals is also connected to
       the canister.

Fig. 2 shows the mechanism of the chassis:
  1.  The canisters are inserted into the bay of the chassis
       of the RAID subsystem.
  2.  A Female Ball Catch is connected to the side panel of the
       chassis.
  3.  A Header which meets with the connector is fixed to the
       chassis.

      When the canister is inserted into one of the bays, the male
Ball Catch first touches the female Ball Catch.  Pushing the canister
strongly, each Ball Catch latches to the other.  At the same time,
the connector and the header meet.  Once the Ball catches meet each
other, the female Ball Catch stops the canister from being inserted
more.  Even if a weak force which pulls out the canister is added to
the canister, the male Ball Catch is rebounded by the female Ball
Catch.  Thus, the canister is latched firmly and withstands aga...