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Quick Releasing and Engaging System for Computer Equipment Rack Doors Disclosure Number: IPCOM000016239D
Original Publication Date: 2002-Aug-28
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-21

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Computer equipment rack doors are commonly removed during installation and service procedures to facilitate the servicing task, especially when several adjacent racks are being serviced simultaneously. The front and rear rack doors, which couple with the rack chassis via two hinge points, are cumbersome to remove and even more difficult to replace. Disclosed is a simple, low-cost, self locating quick release and engaging mechanism that eliminates the current difficulties associated with these doors. A typical embodiment of the mechanism is shown in the Figure. This embodiment includes a low-cost pin and rod assembly that interfaces with 2 hinge points on standard computer racks, actuated by a rotating handle located centrally and internally on the rack door. In the normal position with the handle flush against the internal door surface, the pins extend outward engaging the rack door to the rack. When the handle is rotated outward (away from the door surface), the pins retract releasing the rack door from the rack. The handle also assists in lifting and carrying the door. In addition to the engage and release mechanism, the bottom lower pin housing is designed with a taper to facilitate locating the mechanism prior to engagement. 1 2