Browse Prior Art Database

Self-Aligning Connector

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000035100D
Original Publication Date: 1989-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-28

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Authors:
Fournier, TR [+details]

Abstract

The illustrated connector provides for aligning the power/signal connectors automatically in a removable hard file application. The connector 9 mounted on alignment block 1 is aligned to the connector 10 in portable hard file 2 when domes 5 seat in the tapered hole 6 and tapered slot 7 in the file enclosure. Block 1 is movable vertically and horizontally by mounting on four compression springs 4 and locating screw 3. By moving hard file 2 into block 1, block 1 is free to float in all directions as it leaves positioning screw 3. At this point, the two connectors line up for mating, as shown in Fig. 2.