Offset Pin Connector
Original Publication Date: 1985-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-18
A multiple-pin connector, with the male and female ends at an angle to each other, permits interconnection of two adjacent non-parallel planar devices. Such an arrangement is sometimes advantageous to conserve space and/or facilitate robotic assembly. The figure shows that the connector is designed with standard male pins 1 which plug into a planar device, such as a logic card. Two clips 2, one at each end, assure accurate location. It is seen that the female end 3 of the connector is offset from the plane of the male pins by some desired angle. It is further seen that entry 4 to individual female connectors is a flared opening with four sloping sides. These flared openings accommodate slight misalignment when plugging in the mating device, and guide its pins into the female connectors. This facilitates robotic assembly.