Connector Retention and Polarizing Clip
Original Publication Date: 1985-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-19
A connector plugs into an array of pins on a board and is both retained in position and polarized by a U-shaped clip. One arm of the clip passes through the connector, clips behind a flexible portion of the connector wall, and extends to occupy an empty pin location to provide polarization. The other arm is hooked and latches behind a ramp located adjacent to the board to retain the connector in position. Fig. 1 shows connector 1 with entering cable harness 2 connected to an array of pins 3 on a board 4. The U-shaped clip 5 with a generally square cross section is shown in Fig. 3 with a hook 6 at the end of one arm 7 and a clip slot 9towards the end 10 of its other arm 11. End 10 is dimensioned to occupy an empty pin location. Fig. 2 illustrates the initial assembly step.