Integral Connector Latch
Original Publication Date: 1987-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-02
Where signal cable connectors require a retainer, many applications use a molded-in metal spring latch. The metal latch is formed, finger pads are then molded on to it, and eventually it is molded in place with the final molding of the connector head. Fig. 1 shows a broken-away side view of simplified design for this part. Fig. 2 shows an edge view. The integral latch design uses the polyproplene pre-mold material to form the latches 10, 12 plastic as part of the premolding "shot". (Pre-mold is the operation which holds the wires and pins in place prior to finish molding.) This will provide latches that are durable and flexible because of the inherent properties of polyproplene.