Original Publication Date: 1987-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-31
Board designs requiring the use of cables that are plugged to connector pins must use cable retainers to attach to the connectors in order to provide a positive retention scheme to the cable plug. When the cable retainer is of such a construction that it interferes with some of the pins during its assembly to the pins, this necessitates the cutting of these pins to provide clearance so that the cable retainer can be attached. The use of short pins with pin extenders can avoid pin cutting. The following describes a pin extender design that accomplishes this objective. (Image Omitted) As seen in Fig. 1, a short pin 1 is inserted in a plated through hole 2 of a printed circuit board 3. A pin extender 4 is fashioned by attaching a pin extension 5 and a connector housing 6 by means of choice, e.g., welding or staking.