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Method for Retaining the Connection Between Non-Latching Connectors and Non-Latching Receptacles of Cabled Devices Disclosure Number: IPCOM000014002D
Original Publication Date: 2000-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-19

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The disclosed invention is a bracket when in place ensures the engagement of the cable connector to the receptacle. The problem identified is when a cable plugged to the rear of a device with a non-latching connector undergoes normal shipping shocks, the momentum of the cable disconnects the cable connector from the device connector. Advantages of this invention include guaranteed reliable electrical connections, tool-less installation and reduced numbers of DOA’s (defects on arrival) resulting in improved customer satisfaction. Use of the disclosed idea solves the disconnection problem by clamping the cable connector (H) between the bracket (I) and the device receptacle (G). First the pivot end (D) of the bracket (I) is engaged in the hook opening (C) of the base structure (J). Next the clasping end (B) is rotated into place, engaging the receiving opening (A) of the base structure (J). The bracket is designed such that it can absorb a variance of tolerances due to the bend in the span (F) that covers the cable connector. Other features of the invention are a formed up tab (E) and hem bends along the span (F) that covers the cable connector. The tab formed (E) up allows easy removal of the bracket when device (K) replacement is necessary. Hemming the edges along the span (F) that covers the cable connector reduces the risk of fraying the cable in shipping vibration. A