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Pluggable Safety Grounding Mechanism for a Printed Circuit

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000034341D
Original Publication Date: 1989-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-27

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Authors:
Basco, JP Cranston, WV Small, MS Young, MA [+details]

Abstract

This article describes a mechanism for safety grounding a pluggable feature without using a screw or similar type of fastener. (Image Omitted) Conventionally, for safety grounding a removable part of a system, screws or similar types of fasteners are used to secure two metal parts (base portion and removable portion) together. The safety grounding mechanism disclosed herein is integrated in a pluggable array of modules called shrouds. A shroud houses a printed circuit (PC) board that is required to be safety grounded. This mechanism alleviates the need for using a screw or other fastening means when plugging a shroud into the system. Referring to the exploded perspective view of Fig. 1, the mechanism of this disclosure is shown utilizing a connector specifically designed for safety grounding pluggable shrouds.