Top Cover Snap Fit
Original Publication Date: 1984-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-05
A technique is described whereby a cover is positioned and attached to a base unit by means of a snap fit. The cover and base units are designed to eliminate screws and latch mechanisms and to simplify assembly. The cover 10 and base unit 11, as shown in Fig. 1, utilize stiffening bars 12, spaced several inches apart, to allow cover 10 to flex during positioning and removal of the cover to the base. Wedge-shaped projections 13 are incorporated into the sidewalls of base unit 11 to enable the cover 10 to be held in place by detents 14 located intermediate the stiffening bars 12, as shown in Fig. 2. When top cover 10 is placed onto base unit 11, the detents 14 engage projections 13 to hold the cover secure.