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Publication numberUS3561113 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateFeb 9, 1971
Filing dateJan 30, 1969
Priority dateJan 30, 1969
Publication numberUS 3561113 A, US 3561113A, US-A-3561113, US3561113 A, US3561113A
InventorsBurke Clarence A
Original AssigneeEastman Kodak Co
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Method for making rheostats
US 3561113 A
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Feb. 9,1971 BURKE 3,561,113

METHOD FOR MAKING RHEOSTA'I'S Filed Jan. 30, 1969 F FIG.|

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ATTORNEYS United States Patent US. Cl. 29-621 6 Claims ABSTRACT OF THE DISCLOSURE The disclosure relates to a method for making rheostats. A substrate is prepared for supporting a resistive pattern with a first conductive member at one end, the substrate including a second conductive member forming an electrically common connection. A conductive means is positioned over the substrate, the conductive means integrally supporting a wiper element and a terminal pair. The wiper element is rotatably secured to the substrate, so that one end makes adjustable and contiguous contact with the resistive pattern, while the other end is electrically continuous with the electrically common connection. The terminal pairs are then secured to the first and second conductive members, and finally the terminal pairs and the wiper element are severed from the conductive means where they are integrally joined.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION (1) Field of the invention This invention relates to a method for making rheostats. (2) Description of the prior art While present day demands in the art of manufacturing electrical components are primarily addressed to miniaturization, nevertheless, the consideration of reducing costs continues to play an important, and in some applications, the dominant role.

Various cost reducing techniques are of course known in the art of electrical component manufacture. As an example, US. Pat. 2,887,558 to Tally discloses the use of a ladder stamping member, to facilitate the mass production of resistors suitable for printed circuitry applications.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION The present invention relates to a method for producing rheostats. In a preferred embodiment of the invention a substrate is prepared having a resistive pattern with a first conductive member at one extremity, the substrate also supporting a second conductive member. The substrata are then laid in tandem on an assembly line. A conductive means is prepared having a configuration suitable for integrally supporting terminal pairs and wiper elements; such conductive means are then positioned over the substrata, and each wiper elemen is rotatably secured to a respective substrate so that the wiper element is both in adjustable contact with the resistive pattern, and is electrically continuous with said second conductive member. Next, each terminal pair is secured to the first and second conductive members respectively. Finally, the terminal pairs and the wiper elements are severed where they are joined integrally with the conductive means to provide a plurality of completed rheostats.

This invention has for its object providing a method for fabricating rheostats which will produce a low cost rheostat by reason of the simplicity of the method of manufacture.

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The invention is more particularly described and illustrated in connection with the accompanying drawing which shows diagrammatically an embodiment of the invention.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWING FIG. 1 is an exploded view showing the component parts of the final assembly for a rheostat produced in accordance with the method of the instant invention; and

FIG. 2 is a top plan view showing the component parts in position prior to the final step in the method of the instant invention.

DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT Referring now to FIGS. 1 and 2 the entire method is accomplished using three major components indicated generally at: 10, 12 and 14.

The component 10, which is most clearly shown in FIG. 1, is first prepared on a dielectric substrate 16, centrally apertured at 18, on which is arranged a resistive pattern 20, (which may be arcuate), secured in any convenient manner and terminating at one extremity in a conductive member 22; a second conductive member 24 is secured to the substrate 16, and has a configuration, which in this illustrative embodiment, includes an aperture coincident with aperture 18 in the substrate.

The part 12 is prepared as a conductive means which may have any convenient configuration such as a ladder structure with rungs at 26, 28. Integral with the conductive means are a terminal pair 30, 32, and a wiper element 34; the Wiper element 34 includes a protuberance or dimple 36 and an aperture 38.

The third major part of the assembly is the eyelet 40 for rotatably securing the wiper element 34, although it will be readily appreciated that any fastening means may be used.

In the method of the invention, the substrate 10 is first prepared, and the substrata, (only one substrate is shown in FIG. 2), are then arranged along an assembly line with each respective substrate in tandem. Next, the conductive means 12 is prepared, and in the ladder configuration, here illustrated, it is positioned over the dielectric substrate 10, with each substrate 10 being located between successive rungs 26, 28 as shown in FIG. 2.

Next, the wiper element 34 is rotatably secured to the dielectric substrate 10. In this embodiment an eyelet 40 is then passed through the aperture 38 in the wiper element, and through the aperture 18 in the substrate 10, and by mechanical pressure it is movably secured to the substrate 10, with the protuberance or dimple 36 contiguous with the resistive pattern 20.

Next, the terminal pair 30, 32 are secured to conductive members 22 and 24, respectively, in any convenient manner such as by soldering as indicated at 42, 44.

Finally, the wiper element 34 and the terminals 30 and 32 are separated from the conductive structure 12, by shearing along the lines as indicated at 46, 48 and 50, respectively.

This entire operation can take place at an accelerated pace, so that the rheostats can be produced in great numbers. The finished rheostat then has the general configuration shown in the exploded view in FIG. 1 with the wiper element 34 being enabled to move along the arcuate resistive pattern 20, the protuberance or dimple 36 providing a means for arresting rotary displacement of the wiper element at the selected point along the resistive pattern 20.

The invention has been described in detail with particular references to a preferred embodiment thereof but 3 it will be understood that variations and modifications can be efi'ected within the spirit and scope of the invention.

I claim:

1. A method for making a rheostat having a pair of terminals, one terminal being at one extremity of a resistive pattern, and a wiper element having one end electrically common with the other one of said terminal pair, the other end of said Wiper element making adjustable contact with said resistive pattern, said method comprising the steps of:

(a) preparing a substrate supporting said resistive pattern terminating at one end in a first conductive member, with a second conductive member on said substrate at said electrically common point;

(b) positioning conductive means over said substrate,

said conductive means having formed integral therewith said terminal pair and said wiper element;

() securing said wiper element to said substrate so that said wiper element is both in adjustable contact with said resistive pattern and is electrically continuous with said second conductive member;

(d) securing said terminal pair to said first and second conductive members respectively; and

(e) severing said terminal pair and said wiper element where they are joined integrally with said conductive means.

2. A method for making rheostats, each rheostat comprising a pair of terminals, one terminal being at one extremity of a resistive pattern, and a wiper element having one end electrically common with the other one of said terminal pair, the other end of said wiper element making adjustable contact with said resistive pattern, said method comprising the steps of:

(a) preparing substrata, each respective substrate supporting said resistive pattern terminating at one end in a first conductive member with a second conductive member on said respective substrate at said electrically common point;

(b) arranging said substrata with each respective substrate in tandem;

(c) preparing conductive means having formed integral therewith terminal pairs and wiper elements;

((1) positioning said conductive means over said arranged substrata respectively;

(e) securing each respective wiper element to a respective substrate so that each wiper element is both in adjustable contact with said resistive pattern and is electrically continuous with said second conductive member;

(if) securing said terminal pairs to said first and second 'conductive members respectively; and

(g) severing each of said terminal pairs and each of said wiper elements where they are respectively joined integrally with said conductive means.

3. A method for making a rheostat having a pair of terminals, one terminal being at one extremity of an arcuate resistive pattern, and a wiper element having one end electrically common with the other one of said terminal pair, the other end of said wiper element making moving contact with said arcuate resistive pattern, said method comprising the steps of:

(a) preparing a substrate supporting said arcuate resistive pattern, said arcuate resistive pattern terminating at one end in a first conductive member, with a second conductive member on said substrate at said electrically common point;

(b) positioning conductive means over said substrate,

said conductive means having formed integral therewith said terminal pair and said wiper element, said wiper element having a protuberance means at said other end adapted for said moving contact with said arcuate resistive pattern;

(c) rotatably securing said wiper element at said one end so that said wiper element is electrically connected with said second conductive member, and said protuberance means is contiguous with and movable along said arcuate resistive pattern;

(d) securing said terminal pair to said first and second conductive members respectively; and

(e) severing said terminal pair and said wiper element where they are joined integrally with said conductive means.

4. A method for making rheostats, each rheostat comprising a pair of terminals, one terminal being at one extremity of an arcuate resistive pattern, and a wiper element having one end electrically common with the other one of said terminal pair, the other end of said wiper element making moving contact with said arcuate resistive pattern, said method comprising the steps of:

(a) preparing substrata, each respective substrate supporting said arcuate resistive pattern, said arcuate resistive pattern terminating at one end in a first conductive member, with a second conductive member on said respective substrate at said electrically common point;

(b) arranging said substrata with each respective substrate in tandem;

(c) preparing conductive means having formed integral therewith terminal pairs and wiper elements each wiper element respectively having a protuberance means at said other end for making moving contact with said arcuate resistive pattern;

(d) positioning said conductive means over said arranged substrata respectively;

(e) rotatably securing respectively each wiper element at said one end so that respective wiper element is electrically connected with said second conductive member, and said protuberance means is contiguous with and movable along said arcuate resistive pattern;

(f) securing said terminal pairs to said first and second conductive members respectively; and

(g) severing each of said terminal pairs and each of said wiper elements respectively where they are joined integrally with said conductive means.

5. A method for making a rheostat having a pair of terminals, one terminal being at one extremity of an arcuate resistive pattern, and a wiper element having one end electrically common with the other one of said terminal pair, the other end of said wiper element making moving contact with said arcuate resistive pattern to vary the ohmic magnitude presented across said terminal pair, said method comprising the steps of:

(a) preparing a dielectric substrate supporting said arcuate resistive pattern, said arcuate resistive pattern terminating at one end in a first conductive member, with a second conductive member at said electrically common point, and having a configuration including a first aperture concentric with a second aperture in said dielectric substrate and with said arcuate resistive pattern;

(b) positioning conductive means over said dielectric substrate, said conductive means having formed integral therewith said terminal pair and said wiper element, said wiper element having a third aperture concentric with said first and second apertures, and including a protuberance means adapted for contact with said arcuate resistive pattern;

(c) rotatably securing said wiper element through said first, second and third apertures so that said wiper element is electrically connected with said second conductive portion, and said protuberance means is contiguous with said arcuate resistive pattern;

(d) securing said terminal pair to said first and second conductive members respectively; and

(e) severing said terminal pair and said wiper element where they are joined integrally with said conductive means.

6. A method for making rheostats each rheostat comprising having a pair of terminals, one terminal being at one extremity of an arcuate resistive pattern, and a wiper element having one end in electrically common union with the other one of said terminal pair, the other end of said wiper element making adjustable contact with said arcuate resistive pattern to vary the ohmic magnitude presented across said terminal pair, said method comprising the steps of:

(a) preparing dielectric substrata, each respective substrate supporting said arcuate resistive pattern, said arcuate resistive pattern terminating at one end in a first conductive member, With a second conductive member at said electrically common union, and having a configuration including a first aperture concentric with a second aperture in said respective dielectric substrate and with said arcuate resistive pattern;

(b) arranging said substrata with each respective dielectric substrate in tandem;

(c) preparing conductive means having formed integral therewith terminal pairs and Wiper elements, each of said wiper elements having a third aperture concentric with said first and second apertures, and including a protuberance means adapted for contact with said arcuate resistive pattern;

(d) positioning said conductive means over said arranged substrata;

(e) rotatably securing respectively each wiper element to said respective dielectric substrate through said first, second and third apertures, so that each re- References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 1,691,251 11/1928 Rathbone 29-621X 2,173,186 9/1939 Swartz et al 2961OX 2,269,136 1/ 1942 Tellkamp 29621X 2,606,985 8/1952 De Bell 29621X 2,756,307 7/ 1956 Schwartz 29620 3,095,636 7/1963 Ruckelshans 29-610 3,200,010 8/ 1965 Place, Sr. 29-620X 3,464,104 9/ 1969 Towner et a1. 29-589X 3,497,947 3/ 1970 Ardezzone 29589X JOHN F. CAMPBELL, Primary Examiner R. I. SHORE, Assistant Examiner US. Cl. X.R.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification29/621, 29/610.1, 29/418, 29/412, 228/160, 228/188, 228/179.1
International ClassificationH01C10/00, H01C10/30
Cooperative ClassificationH01C10/30
European ClassificationH01C10/30