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Method and Apparatus for Conditioning Electrical Connector Board Locks

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000198652D
Publication Date: 2010-Aug-11
Document File: 4 page(s) / 186K

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Abstract

A method and apparatus for conditioning electrical connector board locks which reduces defects encountered during connector to circuit board assembly.

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Method and Apparatus for Conditioning Electrical Connector Board Locks

Disclosed is a method and apparatus for conditioning electrical connector board locks. The method and apparatus disclosed herein greatly reduces the number of defects caused by electrical connector board locks during circuit board processing by conditioning the electrical connector board locks prior to insertion into the circuit board.

The apparatus provides a simple, inexpensive and effective method of reducing defects by improving board lock to board fits. The apparatus provides ability to resize board locks to a desired dimension, thus achieving a better fit between board locks and the circuit board holes into which they are to be inserted. The apparatus gives manufacturing engineering the ability to immediately respond to, and solve, board lock fit problems which otherwise can be time consuming and expensive to resolve.

In an embodiment, the apparatus may be a stand alone (manual) tool. The apparatus may be configured to be incorporated as a module in a larger automated system.

In an exemplary illustration, the method is applied to a dual in-line memory module (DIMM) style connector.

Figure 1

As shown in fig.1, an electrical connector (12) is inserted (either by hand when being used as a standalone manual tool or mechanically when being used as a module in a larger automated system) into connector nest (2). Connector nest (2) is located by and can slide along the axis of guides (13). When connector nest
(2) is depressed a predetermined distance, mechanically limited by contacting tool enclosure (1) and thereb...