Test Point Connector
Original Publication Date: 1988-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-15
A test point connector for connecting to the land patterns of a printed circuit board is spring loaded to make a positive contact without any need for testing using hand probing. The connector works as described in the following. (Image Omitted) The connector is shown in a top view in Fig. 1. Spring contact members 1 make contact with test points (not shown). The connector consists of two identical halves which are secured together by fasteners 2. Fig. 2 shows a side view of the connector in the open position. The connector is held in the open position by an actuating lever 3 which exerts an outward force on jaws 4 of the connector. When the actuating lever 3 is retracted, as shown in Fig. 3, jaws 4 converge to make contact with the land pattern (not shown) to establish electrical contact for testing purposes.