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High Force Mechanism for Blind Swapping Computer Components in Tight Spaces

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000016204D
Original Publication Date: 2002-Aug-21
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-21

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

A mechanism design was necessary to produce adequate force to fully seat the mating connectors of the Federation interposer to planer assembly. To obtain this goal the spacing was very dense and to date the plug forces had doubled from our intial try to over come this impossible task. We need to create a mechanism which provided about 3:1 ratio plug the interposer and still meet the human factors criteria. This had to produce 30lbs of force in a about a 6" tall cassette with 20 mm of connector travel. Federation interposer contact build up: