Patent Number: 6,167,613

Title: Mechanism for engaging and disengaging electrical connector halves

Abstract: A device is disclosed herein for engaging and disengaging electrical connector halves, particularly electrical connector halves mounted on printed assembly boards that are to be electrically connected to a back plane. The device provides a drive train mechanism comprised of a plurality of gears and racks that, when attached, act to reduce the insertion force required to make the electrical connector halves disposed on the printed board assemblies and the back plane. A further aspect of the present invention involves the method of attaching a back plane to at least one stationary printed board assembly by actuation of a drive train.

Inventors: Jarrett; Brian S. (Hillsboro, OR), Flamm; Ronald C. (Olympia, WA), Pai; Sanjay (Hillsboro, OR), Daskalakis; George (Forest Grove, OR), Jahne; Craig (Beaverton, OR), Cole; Paul A. (Clackamas, OR), Broadbent; Neal E. (Portland, OR), Brown; Stephen R. (Portland, OR)

Assignee: Intel Corporation

International Classification: H05K 7/14 (20060101); B23P 019/00 ()

Expiration Date: 01/02/2018