No Insertion Force Connector
Original Publication Date: 1987-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-31
Figs. 1-4 illustrate a reliable, high density contact connector that utilizes minimum insertion force. The connector contact housing is mounted in a rigid, fixed location and employs a handle attached to a mechanism that clamps the card in place. The printed circuit card is installed by sliding it down into place, closing the connector lever, clamping the card, and enabling the electrical connection. Mechanical alignment pins are provided to insure proper alignment between the card and connector. The pins are mounted in the rubber and pass through the printed circuit card when the clamp is closed. The flexible connector is held in alignment against these pins, providing the necessary alignment with the circuit board pattern.