Multiple-Pin Location Device
Original Publication Date: 1987-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-01
An alignment device for square connector pins of a zero insertion force (ZIF) connector places the pins in the correct position for insertion into holes of a printed circuit board. The pins are aligned by a pair of combs that are attached to a sliding bar. The device works in the following manner. (Image Omitted) The ZIF connector 1 (Fig. 1) having square pins 2 is actuated into the alignment device 3 such that combs 4 on device 3 pass between pins 2. The combs 4 consist of two rows, an upper row 4A and a lower row 4B, seen in the side view in Fig. 2. The combs 4 are constructed with recesses 5 (Fig. 2) to engage pins 2. The combs 4 move in equal and opposite directions to direct the recesses 5 to close about and align pins 2 in both X and Y planes. Fig. 3 shows the position of the combs 4 before alignment, and Fig.