Business Machine Cover Latching Mechanism
Original Publication Date: 1986-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-08
A technique is described whereby a latching mechanism, used to secure a top cover of a business machine, is designed in such a way so as to enable the machine cover to be easily installed and removed, without the need of tools, while still maintaining security and safety. The latching mechanism, as shown in Fig. 1, is located at the two sides of the business machine. When top cover 10 is positioned over the machine mechanism to be covered, negative rake latch 11 engages top cover 10 to provide a self-locking latch, while being guided by locating rib 12. The greater the force applied downward to cover 10, the greater will be the locking force, thereby enhancing the safety features of the design. In the removal of cover 10, the operator applies downward pressure onto cover 10, above negative rake latch 11, with one hand.