Electronic Package: Power Distribution, Positive Retention System
Original Publication Date: 1984-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-04
A retention system with flexible members that adjusts to various heights mechanically supports and retains power connectors which plug to a pinned board used in a card-on-board electronic package. A back cover assembly 2 which mounts to the back of the printed wiring board assembly 3 provides support for the bail latch 4 used to retain flat wire bus (FWB) assemblies 5 and the cap 6 used to secure the discrete wire power connector assemblies 7 to that board. After a FWB assembly 5 is plugged to the board 3, the bail latch 4 for retention is assembled by snapping it into matching recesses 8 provided in the back cover 2. By pivoting the latch 4 about the mounting recesses 8, the latch is closed over catches 9 provided along the edge of the back cover 2, securing it in place.