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Spring-Loaded File Rails

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000060860D
Original Publication Date: 1986-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-09

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Authors:
Habermehl, RW [+details]

Abstract

An arrangement is described which eliminates looseness of disk file mechanical fits to a computer enclosure. A standard way of packaging the files to the computer enclosure is shown in Fig. 1. Rails are attached to the disk/diskette drive, and this assembly then slides into mating tracks which are attached to some kind of housing or base enclosure. To allow for robotic assembly, a spring wire latch that snaps over the end of the rail after insertion of the drives into the tracks was added to the method described above. No screws are required to lock the file into the machine. While this method captures the files, the tolerances required to manufacture the various parts could allow the drive to be loose within the tracks and the spring wire latch. Figs.