Grounding Shunt For Electronic Components
Original Publication Date: 1979-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-19
Shunt 10 (figures 1 and 2) is made of tempered spring steel having two rows of individual fingers 11 extending outwardly from the opposite edges of a rectangular frame portion 12. The fingers 11 in the rows are aligned so that each pair of opposite fingers clamps onto the leads 14 (Fig. 3) of the electronic component device 13 by spring action. Grooves 15 are cut deep enough so that each finger 11 is individually flexible. This allows the pairs of fingers to be independently flexed different amounts to adjust for variations in the width between component leads 14. In this shunt all leads 14 are tied together through the frame portion 12. This creates a parallel path to carry off the static charge which may be generated during handling and fabrication of the component device.