Precision Pin Straightening Comb
Original Publication Date: 1979-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-20
A series of taper-ended blades 10 are spaced to closely fit between rows of contact pins 12 to form a comb like arrangement across the entire array of pins. It is designed to be drawn across the array in one direction and rotated 90 degrees, and drawn across again. The comb is a floating unit that the array guides in between the rows of pins 12. When an individual blade 10 contacts a bent pin 12, the tapered end will lift up and force the pin over into the alignment of the remaining straight pins in that row. The comb blades are highly polished and lubricated to prevent surface damage to the gold-plated pins. During the straightening operation, only a very minimal force is required, since, in effect, only one bent pin at a time per row is being acted upon as the comb assembly is drawn across the pin array.