Snap-In Bearing Holder
Original Publication Date: 1985-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-18
In the assembly of printers and other mechanical products, simplified assembly methods are sought in order to keep costs low. In particular, assembly techniques which facilitate robotic assembly are important. This disclosure shows a bearing support which can be clipped into a dovetail-shaped receiving slot to hold the bearing in the side frame of a machine without the need for employing screws or other fasteners. After the bearing and bearing holders are assembled on the shaft, the entire assembly can be placed in the slots and secured by a robot using single direction motion. Referring to the figures, machine side frame 11 has two or more keystone-shaped slots 13. Bearing holder 15 is either fabricated of bearing material or holds separate roller, sleeve, or ball bearings so as to support shafts 17 and 19.