AN ELASTOMERIC HOUSING LATCH FOR A PAGER OR SIMILAR DEVICE
Original Publication Date: 1994-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2002-Mar-01
A variety of methods have been employed to hold the front and back of a pager housing together including screws, ultrasonic staking, and plastic latches. These have had varying amounts of success. Some were costly, requiring other parts such as threaded inserts in the case of screws, and were dif- ficult to assemble. Plastic latches can be broken and require very exact tolerances to function properly, Ultrasonic staking requires special staking equip- ment and closing the housing becomes permanent, so repairs are impossible. None of these methods provide any protection against accidental impact due to drop.