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Switch Actuator

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000064143D
Original Publication Date: 1985-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-18

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Authors:
Seaman, AL [+details]

Abstract

The switches of a rocker switch block are set to a desired on-off pattern by the use of a hand tool having pins located to actuate the switches as the tool is pressed down over the switch block. A well known switch block includes eight rocker switches. These switch blocks are used on circuit cards, and adapt the circuit card to achieve a function based upon the settings of the eight individual switches. The hand tool of Fig. 1 includes a rigid shaft 10 having a housing 11 at each end. Housing 11 is hollow, so as to fit over the switch block. Each housing carries eight protruding pins -- one for each switch. As shown by the label carried by the housing, one end of the tool sets the switches "ODD ON", whereas the other end sets the switches "EVEN ON". Fig. 2 shows a housing's internal pins placed in an "all off" pattern. Fig.