LOCKING MECHANISM FOR TWO PIECE HOUSING
Original Publication Date: 1990-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2001-Nov-27
In apparatus utilizing two piece housings, especially portable electronic devices like pagers, it is often necessary to lock the front and back housings together after assembly. In the past this was accomplished by providing a boss as a part of a complicated bracket that is mounted in one of the housing pieces. A plunger is spring loaded in the boss so as to extend through an opening in the other housing piece when the housing is properly assembled. The housing is opened by simply depressing the plunger and sliding the housing pieces apart. This locking mechanism includes at least six components and is time consuming to assemble.