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Linear Ratchet Connector Retainer Disclosure Number: IPCOM000053987D
Original Publication Date: 1980-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-12

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Brearley, LE Launikitis, JA [+details]


The present device provides a means for connector retention and concurrently limits connector separation to a predetermined acceptable amount within connector guidelines where an otherwise unacceptable tolerance condition exists. As shown in Fig. 1, the device used to control this separation is a linear ratchet, an inexpensive flexible molded thermoplastic detail that snaps onto a female connector which is more commonly made from rigid glass-filled thermoplastics or thermosetting materials, or it could also be an integral part of any thermoplastic connector.