Connector Pin Alignment Device
Original Publication Date: 1986-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-09
A device for aligning connector pins for insertion into the plated- through holes of a printed circuit board (PCB), or the like, is constructed having the same width as the connector, thereby allowing easy insertion in a crowded environment. The device is an assembly consisting of a comb-like section 1, which is actuated so that its teeth 2 enter spaces between rows of connector pins 3. When teeth 2 are inserted such that pins 3 are adjacent to V-shaped notches 4 of teeth 2, the pins 3 are roughly aligned. A mating section 5 of the aligning assembly has beveled shims 6 that enter spaces 7 between combs 2. As shims 6 enter spaces 7, the beveled edges of shims 6 force pins 3 firmly into V-shaped slots 4. As shims 6 continue to enter spaces 7, all pins are aligned in both X and Y axes.