Zero Insertion Force Contact System
Original Publication Date: 1989-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-29
The contact system illustrated in the figures consists of a contact spring housing 1 with two contact spring combs 2 of a non-conductive material. The faces of contact spring combs 2 are fitted with the individual zero insertion force (ZIF) contact springs 3. Contact spring combs 2 are connected by an axis 4, guided in slots 5, and are (Image Omitted) forced upwards by actuator springs 6, so that the contact system is open in this state. Spring separators 7, preventing shorts to contact springs 3, are arranged between the individual contact springs 3. These springs are made of CuBe and are gold-plated in the contact regions.