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Publication numberUS20040173544 A1
Publication typeApplication
Application numberUS 10/377,880
Publication dateSep 9, 2004
Filing dateMar 4, 2003
Priority dateMar 4, 2003
Publication number10377880, 377880, US 2004/0173544 A1, US 2004/173544 A1, US 20040173544 A1, US 20040173544A1, US 2004173544 A1, US 2004173544A1, US-A1-20040173544, US-A1-2004173544, US2004/0173544A1, US2004/173544A1, US20040173544 A1, US20040173544A1, US2004173544 A1, US2004173544A1
InventorsFeng-Ming Chen
Original AssigneeFeng-Ming Chen
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Hard disc piling/assembling member of rack mount
US 20040173544 A1
Abstract
A hard disc piling/assembling member of rack mount, which is a hollow frame body and includes an upper panel and two side walls respectively downward integrally perpendicularly extending from two sides of the upper panel. At least one hard disc can be mounted between the two side walls. A bottom board radially integrally extends from bottom edge of each side wall. The upper panel and the bottom boards are formed with at least one set of corresponding latch members for latching with each other. The latch member of the bottom board of one hard disc piling/assembling member can be correspondingly firmly latched with the latch member of the upper panel of another hard disc piling/assembling member to stably pile multiple hard disc piling/assembling members. Accordingly, a manufacturer can immediately assemble a hard disc fixing frame for loading therein different number of hard discs.
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What is claimed is:
1. A hard disc piling/assembling member of rack mount, said hard disc piling/assembling member being a hollow frame body and including an upper panel and two side walls respectively downward integrally perpendicularly extending from two sides of the upper panel, whereby at least one hard disc can be mounted between the two side walls, a bottom board radially integrally extending from bottom edge of each side wall, the upper panel and the bottom boards being formed with at least one set of corresponding latch members for latching with each other, whereby the latch member of the bottom board of one hard disc piling/assembling member can be correspondingly firmly latched with the latch member of the upper panel of another hard disc piling/assembling member to stably pile multiple hard disc piling/assembling members, the latch member of the bottom board of the bottommost hard disc piling/assembling member being correspondingly latched with a latch member disposed on a base of the rack mount.
2. The hard disc piling/assembling member of rack mount as claimed in claim 1, wherein one of the set of latch members is a tenon, while the other is a latch slot.
3. The hard disc piling/assembling member of rack mount as claimed in claim 1, wherein one of the set of latch members is a latch hook, while the other is a latch hole.
4. The hard disc piling/assembling member of rack mount as claimed in claim 1, wherein the upper panel of the hard disc piling/assembling member is formed with at least one locating projection and the bottom board is formed with at least one stop shoulder, whereby when one hard disc piling/assembling member is latched with another hard disc piling/assembling member into a pile, the locating projection abuts against rear side of the stop shoulder of the other hard disc piling/assembling member.
5. The hard disc piling/assembling member of rack mount as claimed in claim 1, wherein the two side walls of the hard disc piling/assembling member define therebetween a slide channel, whereby a hard disc fixing tray on which a hard disc is fixed can be snugly slidably disposed in the slide channel.
6. The hard disc piling/assembling member of rack mount as claimed in claim 1, wherein the hard disc is directly locked between the two side walls by screws.
7. The hard disc piling/assembling member of rack mount as claimed in claim 5, wherein the side wall of the hard disc piling/assembling member is formed with at least one grounding plate for attaching to the hard disc fixing tray between the side walls so as to form a grounding circuit between the hard disc and the rack mount.
8. The hard disc piling/assembling member of rack mount as claimed in claim 6, wherein the side wall of the hard disc piling/assembling member is formed with at least one grounding plate for attaching to the hard disc between the side walls so as to form a grounding circuit between the hard disc and the rack mount.
Description
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

[0001] 1. FIELD OF THE INVENTION

[0002] The present invention is related to a hard disc piling/assembling member of rack mount. Multiple such hard disc piling/assembling members can be piled and firmly latched with each other.

[0003] 2. DESCRIPTION OF THE PRIOR ARTS

[0004]FIGS. 1 and 2 show a conventional rack mount applied to a workstation. The rack mount includes a housing 61 and at least one hard disc fixing frame 62 fixed in the housing 61. At least one hard disc receptacle 621 is defined between two sides of the hard disc fixing frame 62 for receiving therein a hard disc. The assembly of the rack mount is adapted to the requirement of the workstation. In the case that the workstation stores numerous data, a rack mount for loading therein multiple hard discs must be used. Reversely, a rack mount for only loading therein few hard discs is used. Accordingly, in order to meet the requirement for different numbers of loaded hard discs, the rack mount manufacturer will manufacture many specifications of hard disc fixing frames 62 with different capacities for loading therein one layer (not shown), two layers (as shown in FIG. 1), three layers (as shown in FIG. 2), four layers (not shown), etc. of hard discs. Such hard disc fixing frame 62 with fixed specification has some shortcomings in manufacturing of the rack mount as follows:

[0005] 1. The manufacturer must manufacture many different types of hard disc fixing frames 62 to meet different requirements of different workstations. Therefore, the manufacturer must afford the cost for the development and production of the molds of various specifications of hard disc fixing frames 62. This leads to increased cost.

[0006] 2. The manufacturer must store a certain amount of various spare hard disc fixing frames 62 to satisfy different orders. Therefore, the manufacturer must afford increased storage cost. Also, this leads to many problems in management of material.

[0007] 3. In the case that the number of loaded hard discs demanded by a purchaser is different from the capacity of the spare hard disc fixing frame 62, the manufacturer must develop a new type of hard disc fixing frame 62 in accordance with the requirement of the purchaser. This costs much time and is not economic.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

[0008] It is therefore a primary object of the present invention to provide a hard disc piling/assembling member of rack mount. By means of one single specification of hard disc piling/assembling member, a rack mount manufacturer can assemble different rack mounts for loading therein different numbers of hard discs. Therefore, it is easier and quicker to manufacture and assemble the rack mount.

[0009] It is a further object of the present invention to provide the above hard disc piling/assembling member of rack mount. The rack mount manufacturer only needs to manufacture one single specification of hard disc piling/assembling member 1 so that the cost for the frame for fixing the hard discs and the cost for the development and manufacturing of the molds are saved.

[0010] It is still a further object of the present invention to provide the above hard disc piling/assembling member of rack mount. It is unnecessary for the manufacturer to store many spare different kinds of frames for fixing the hard discs. Therefore, the cost for storage and management is lowered.

[0011] It is still a further object of the present invention to provide the above hard disc piling/assembling member of rack mount. Multiple hard disc piling/assembling members 1 can be immediately assembled to form a necessary hard disc fixing frame in conformity with the number of the loaded hard disc required by a purchaser.

[0012] According to the above objects, the hard disc piling/assembling member of rack mount of the present invention is a hollow frame body and includes an upper panel and two side walls respectively downward integrally perpendicularly extending from two sides of the upper panel. At least one hard disc can be mounted between the two side walls. A bottom board radially integrally extends from bottom edge of each side wall. The upper panel and the bottom boards are formed with at least one set of corresponding latch members for latching with each other. The latch member of the bottom board of one hard disc piling/assembling member can be correspondingly firmly latched with the latch member of the upper panel of another hard disc piling/assembling member to stably pile multiple hard disc piling/assembling members. Accordingly, a manufacturer can immediately assemble a hard disc fixing frame for loading therein different number of hard discs.

[0013] The present invention can be best understood through the following description and accompanying drawings wherein:

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

[0014]FIG. 1 is a front view of a conventional rack mount;

[0015]FIG. 2 is a front view of another specification of conventional rack mount;

[0016]FIG. 3 is a perspective view of the present invention;

[0017]FIG. 4 is a bottom perspective view of the present invention;

[0018]FIG. 5 is a perspective view showing that the present invention is assembled with a rack mount;

[0019]FIG. 6 shows that two hard disc piling/assembling members of the present invention are piled;

[0020]FIG. 7 is a side sectional view of the present invention;

[0021]FIG. 8 shows that the present invention is applied to a one-layer rack mount;

[0022]FIG. 9 shows that the present invention is applied to a two-layer rack mount; and

[0023]FIG. 10 shows that the present invention is applied to a multilayer rack mount.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS

[0024] Please refer to FIGS. 3 to 10. The hard disc piling/assembling member 1 of rack mount of the present invention is a hollow frame body. One hard disc piling/assembling member 1 can be correspondingly latched with another identical hard disc piling/assembling member 1 to form a stable pile. The bottommost hard disc piling/assembling member 1 is latched on the base of the rack mount 100. Accordingly, in accordance with the requirement of a user, a manufacturer can immediately assemble a certain number of fixing frames in the rack mount in conformity with the number of the mounted hard discs.

[0025] Referring to FIGS. 3 to 10, the hard disc piling/assembling member 1 is made of metal sheet by integral punching. The hard disc piling/assembling member 1 includes an upper panel 11 and two side walls 12 respectively downward integrally perpendicularly extending from two sides of the upper panel 11. At least one hard disc 4 is mounted between the two side walls 12. A bottom board 13 radially integrally extends from bottom edge of each side wall 12. The upper panel 11 and the bottom boards 12 are formed with at least one set of corresponding latch members 3 a, 3 b for latching with each other. The latch member 3 b of the bottom board 13 of a hard disc piling/assembling member 1 can be correspondingly firmly latched with the latch member 3 a of the upper panel 11 of another hard disc piling/assembling member 1. Alternatively, the latch member 3 b of the bottom board 13 of a hard disc piling/assembling member 1 can be correspondingly firmly latched with a latch member 3 a disposed on the base of the rack mount 100.

[0026] Referring to FIGS. 3 to 10, the latch member 3 a of the hard disc piling/assembling member 1 can be a tenon, while the other latch member 3 b can be a latch slot. Alternatively, the set of latch members 3 a, 3 b can be a latch hook and a latch hole.

[0027] Referring to FIGS. 3, 4 and 7, the upper panel 11 of the hard disc piling/assembling member 1 is formed with at least one locating projection 111 and the bottom board 13 is formed with at least one stop shoulder 131. When one hard disc piling/assembling member 1 is latched with another hard disc piling/assembling member 1 into a pile, the locating projection 111 abuts against rear side of the stop shoulder 131 of the other hard disc piling/assembling member 1.

[0028] Referring to FIGS. 3 to 10, the two side walls 12 of the hard disc piling/assembling member 1 define therebetween a slide channel 120. A hard disc fixing tray 5 can be snugly slidably disposed in the slide channel 120. Accordingly, along with the hard disc fixing tray 5, a hard disc 4 fixed thereon can be quickly pushed into the hard disc piling/assembling member 1 or drawn out therefrom. Alternatively, the hard disc 4 can be directly locked between the side walls 12 by screws.

[0029] Referring to FIGS. 3 to 10, the side wall 12 of the hard disc piling/assembling member 1 is formed with at least one grounding plate 121 for attaching to the hard disc fixing tray 5 or the hard disc 4 between the side walls 12 so as to form a grounding circuit between the hard disc 4 and the rack mount 100.

[0030] Referring to FIGS. 3 to 10, the hard disc piling/assembling members 1 can be latched and assembled into a pile. After a manufacturer gets an order of rack mount for loading therein a certain number of hard discs, the manufacturer can easily pile and assemble the hard disc piling/assembling members 1 in accordance with the number of the hard discs to complete the assembly of the rack mount. As shown in FIG. 8, one single hard disc piling/assembling member 1 is latched on the base of the rack mount 100 to form rack mount applied to one row of hard discs. In FIG. 9, two hard disc piling/assembling members 1 are piled and firmly latched on the base of the rack mount 100 applied to two rows of hard discs. In FIG. 10, more than three rows of hard disc piling/assembling members 1 can be piled and latched on a suitable rack mount 100. Accordingly, a rack mount in which multiple rows and lines of hard discs are loaded can be achieved. Therefore, the manufacturer only needs to manufacture one single specification of hard disc piling/assembling member 1 to meet different requirements of different users. According to the above arrangement, the present invention has the following advantages:

[0031] 1. By means of one single specification of hard disc piling/assembling member 1, a rack mount manufacturer can assemble different rack mounts for loading therein different numbers of hard discs. Therefore, it is easier and quicker to manufacture and assemble the rack mount.

[0032] 2. The rack mount manufacturer only needs to manufacture one single specification of hard disc piling/assembling member 1 so that the cost for the frame for fixing the hard discs and the costs for the development and manufacturing of the molds are saved.

[0033] 3. It is unnecessary for the manufacturer to store many spare different kinds of frames for fixing the hard discs. Therefore, the cost for storage and management is lowered.

[0034] 4. Multiple hard disc piling/assembling members 1 can be immediately assembled to form a necessary hard disc fixing frame in conformity with the number of the loaded hard disc required by a purchaser.

[0035] The above embodiments are only used to illustrate the present invention, not intended to limit the scope thereof. Many modifications of the above embodiments can be made without departing from the spirit of the present invention.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification211/26, G9B/33.034, 361/679.39
International ClassificationG11B33/12, A47F7/00
Cooperative ClassificationG11B33/128
European ClassificationG11B33/12C2A
Legal Events
DateCodeEventDescription
Mar 3, 2003ASAssignment
Owner name: CHENBRO MICOM CO., LTD., TAIWAN
Free format text: ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST;ASSIGNOR:CHEN, FENG-MING;REEL/FRAME:013843/0513
Effective date: 20030224