Pluggable Connector System With Housing Retention and Polarization
Original Publication Date: 1983-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-07
A header design is proposed which incorporates a latching spring that serves a dual purpose: 1. The latching spring retains the connector housing in position, eliminating the possibility of the housing from working up off the pin due to vibration and other inputs to the machine. 2. It serves as a polarization mechanism eliminating the misplugging or reverse plugging of the housing which would cause a serious machine problem. In the design shown in Fig. 1, the angle on the latch spring allows the spring to move in an outward direction when the housing is pushed downwardly into position. The spring returns to its normal position when the notch in the housing comes into position, thus retaining the housing. The latching design, shown in Fig.