Device for Assembling and Locking Elements to Form a Box Without Any Screw
Original Publication Date: 1988-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-15
This article describes a device for assembling a base 1, a front panel 2, a rear panel 3 and a top cover 4 in order to form a full box. Front panel 2 includes upper retainers designed to provide two different positions of front panel 2 with respect to the base 1. A first position, called intermediary position, is provided to allow top cover 4 to be adjusted with respect to other elements. Front panel 2 may also be put in a second position which allows the final locking of the box. The development of mass production has entailed a need in devices to allow a quick assembly of panels in order to provide packaging boxes, such as in use in electronic equipment. Prior-art solutions generally involve locking screws allowing the clamping of all elements which thus form a rigid box.