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Fixture for Holding an Array of Spring Connectors

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000059896D
Original Publication Date: 1986-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-08

Publishing Venue

IBM

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Authors:
Backes, JL Kunkler, EW Lamb, FJ [+details]

Abstract

This fixture holds an array of spring connectors in staggered alignment. It is particularly useful for soldering the array of connectors to an array of pads on a substrate which are in registered alignment with the connectors. Plural symmetrically spaced spring connectors 1 (Fig. 1) and their common selvage strip 2 are stamped from sheet metal, e.g., Cu. The stampings are formed into a generally U-shaped configuration with an outwardly extended dimple 3 that is formed on the free end 4 of the spring connector 1. The outer surface of dimple 3 is plated with a metal or alloy having good electrical and wear resistant properties, e.g., BeCu, and becomes the wipe contact of spring connector 1.