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Tab Locking Device for Printed Circuit Board Retention Between Cover Components Disclosure Number: IPCOM000060231D
Original Publication Date: 1986-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-08

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Albrechta, JH Otteson, RN Lentz, JW Stowe, CB [+details]


Two parts are joined together by a T-shaped tab formed on one part that extends through a slotted opening in the other part and is twisted to make a positive interference connection. The surfaces adjoining the slotted opening are inclined to provide a continuing wedging action as the tab is twisted in engagement therewith. As seen in Fig. 1, the T-shaped tab 5 is formed as a portion of the sheet metal component 6. A second component 8 has a slotted opening 9 with inclined surfaces 10 adjoining the longer side of the slots. As shown in Figs. 2 and 3, the lower flange surfaces 12 of tab 5 engage the inclined surfaces 10 as the tab is twisted after being inserted through opening 9.