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Autodocking Insulator Set for Power Cable Connector

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000118686D
Original Publication Date: 1997-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-01
Document File: 2 page(s) / 36K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Behrens, LM: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Disclosed is a set of plastic insulators that provide protection and alignment for a high current power cable connector. These insulators ensure that the power cable connector does not come in contact with the sub-frame. Once assembled, the insulators allow the power cable connector to float enough to allow autodocking of the mating connector.

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Autodocking Insulator Set for Power Cable Connector

      Disclosed is a set of plastic insulators that provide
protection and alignment for a high current power cable connector.
These insulators ensure that the power cable connector does not come
in contact  with the sub-frame.  Once assembled, the insulators allow
the power cable  connector to float enough to allow autodocking of
the mating connector.

      As shown in the Figure, the insulator set consists of two
separate parts (C and D) that snap together to capture the power
cable socket connector and fusion lug assembly (A) between them.

      To achieve final assembly, the insulator/cable assembly is
pushed through an enlarged clearance hole in the sheet metal
sub-frame (B) and secured to the sub-frame with two shoulder screws
(E).

      The plastic insulator set ensures that the power cable
connector assembly does not contact the sheet metal sub-frame.  The
use of an enlarged clearance hole in the sub-frame and enlarged holes
in the insulator set allow the power cable connector assembly to
float around the secured shoulder screws to enable the mating
connector to align and autodock.