Tester for Connector Pins Latched in Connector Housing
Original Publication Date: 1987-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-02
In some electrical connectors, the pins that are electrically connected to conductors of a cable are physically held in the connector housing by a latching mechanism. If a pin is not properly latched, it will not make proper electrical contact with a matching connector part: the force on the pin may push the poorly latched pin out of position. A tool for testing the pins has a housing that adapts to the connector part to be tested. The tool has spring-loaded push rods that bear against the connector pins with sufficient force to dislodge a poorly latched connector pin. If a pin is properly latched, it pushes the push rod out of its extended position.