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Printed Circuit Board Back-Up Mechanism

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000034337D
Original Publication Date: 1989-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-27

Publishing Venue

IBM

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Authors:
Bleau, CD Gagliardi, ND Gasper, A McPherson, MC Wattenbarger, HE [+details]

Abstract

A technique is described whereby a printed circuit board back-up mechanism provides mechanical support during the component insertion process. The mechanism is designed so as to provide equal counter- acting forces, during component insertion operations, so as to prevent excessive deflection of the printed circuit board. During the component insertion process of printed circuit board fabrication, significant downward pressure is exerted against the printed circuit board. This downward pressure can be applied to any location on the board's surface. To prevent excessive deflection of the board during the insertion process, the back-up mechanism utilizes a multiplicity of locking back-up devices, equally spaced, so as to provide counter-acting forces to the components being inserted.