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Electromechanical Connector for Modular Terminal

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000047427D
Original Publication Date: 1983-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-07

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Authors:
Lynch, RC McAdams, RP Shekita, GA Stanley, WW Williams, RC [+details]

Abstract

This article describes a cam-action connector for establishing a mechanical interlock and electrical connections between adjacent modular units. The connector plugs into mirror image recesses in adjacent vertical walls of the modular units and includes spring contacts for providing a bridge between printed conductors on circuit boards within the modular units. Fig. 1 illustrates one type of modular terminal in which the connector to be described could be used. The terminal consists of several free-standing modular units 10A through 10F. Each of the modular units would have a dedicated function suitable for a terminal. Units 10A-10C could be printers, displays, processors, etc. Units 10D-10F might be keypads.