Original Publication Date: 1985-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-18
A grounded-file rail assembly is composed of two parts: an injection molded plastic rail and a steel ground spring. These components are readily assembled by simply snapping the spring into openings provided in the rail. The grounded rails are multifunctional. First, the rails support the files in the system frame. Second, they center the file in the container by means of four flexible fingers. Third, with the incorporation of the ground spring, the rails provide a ground path between the sheet metal frame and the file body. Finally, the rail assembly design allows for the dimensional variation between the files and the frame. The purpose of the grounded file rail design is to provide a method for locating, supporting, and grounding the files in the frame of the product.