Original Publication Date: 1986-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-09
A titanium clamp holds a connector squarely in position in a printed circuit board (PCB) while solder rings are reflowed to secure the connector pins to the plated through holes. The clamp 1 is actuated in the direction of the arrow into the undercut section 7 of pin 3, as seen in the drawing. The clamp 1 is at one end of the PCB 5 and another clamp (not shown) is at the opposite end of the PCB 5 securing the other end of the connector pin row. The pins 3 are an integral part of a connector body 10. The clamp 1 has an inclined surface 2 that raises pins 3 when actuated until connector body standoff 9 engages the PCB 5. Solder rings 6 are placed around connector pin 3 on top of shoulder 4 prior to connector insertion and reflowed to make connection with the plated through hole 8.