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Publication numberUS3760330 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateSep 18, 1973
Filing dateMar 31, 1972
Priority dateMar 31, 1972
Also published asCA982246A, CA982246A1
Publication numberUS 3760330 A, US 3760330A, US-A-3760330, US3760330 A, US3760330A
InventorsJ Bennett, A Wenzel
Original AssigneeGte Automatic Electric Lab Inc
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Insulated common strip
US 3760330 A
An insulated common strip for selectively coupling electrical components to the circuits of a printed wiring card. A self-tapping screw is used to close an electrical path between first and second pretensioned spring conductors mounted on an insulating block and coupled to the printed circuits.
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ll States Patent 1 3,76,33

Bennett et al. Sept. 18, 1973 INSULATED COMMON STRIP 3,035,242 5 1962 Sloop 339 19 3,215,968 11 1965 11 339 17 LM [75] Inventors: Joseph C. Bennett, L1sle; Anton emmmn Wenzel, Villa Park, both Oflll. FOREIGN PATENTS OR APPLICATIONS 242,434 10/1946 Switzerland 339/246 [73] Assgnee GTE Elem 393,544 6/1933 Great 1311mm... 339 249 A Laboratories Inc., Northlake, Ill.

[22] Filed: Mar. 31, 1972 [21] Appl. No.2 239,983

1,490,440 11/1969 Germany 339/176 MP OTHER PUBLICATIONS Becon Connector, Brown Engineering Company Becon 90, Single 10 12-1961.

[52] US. Cl 339/18 R, 339/17 LM, 339/19, primary Examiner Marvin Champion [51] I Cl H01 9/00 ED3 3538 Assistant Examiner-Terrell P. Lewis nt. r r Atmmey K MuHerheim et aL [58] Field of Search 339/17, 18,19, 176,

339/198, 246, 249, 265 [57] ABSTRACT An insulated common strip for selectively coupling 56] References Cited eleeitniAcal tippiponents to th; cisrcclliitts of asprintep wtiriinagl car. se -app1ngscrew1ue ocoeaneecrc UNITED STATES PATENTS path between first and second pretensioned spring conlg; g

g ductors mounted on an insulating block and coupled to a a1 y 3,656,091 4/1972 Anhalt et al. 339/198 R the pr'med clrcu'ts' 3,238,496 3/1966 Crowther 339/246 8 Claims, 1 Drawing Figure INSULATED COMMON STRIP BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION 1. Field of the Invention The present invention relates generally to the field of apparatus for interconnecting electrical circuit paths and more particularly to a new and improved insulated common strip.

2. Description of the Prior Art Prior to the present invention the use of strapping blocks for selectively coupling circuits together were known. These strapping blocks basically involve the use of wire bars mounted on an insulating panel; one bar coupled to a first portion of a circuit and another parallel bar coupled to a second portion. The circuit portions were then coupled together through the head of a conductive screw threaded in a socket disposed between the wire bars. Although such strapping blocks have generally been considered adequate for use in electronic assemblies formed of discrete wired components they have exhibited deficiencies when used with modern printed circuitry. These prior art devices func tion satisfactorily to selectively couple circuit components, however, due to their panel-like structure could not be conveniently mounted directly on printed wiring cards. This, of course, presented a requirement that the strapping blocks be separately mounted and wired to the printed wiring card sockets of a wiring card file.

OBJECTS AND SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION- ferential springs, oneend of each extending beyond the surface of the'block. The spring'ends are adapted for insertion through apertures in printed wiring cards such that they may be soldered to circuits printed thereon. A self-tapping electrically conductive screw is inserted into the block between the springs such that electrical contact is provided when the screw head is tightened against the springs. A j

The foregoing as well as other objects, features and advantages of the present invention will become more readily understood from the following detailed description taken in conjunction with the appended'drawing.

' BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWING Thesingle appended FIGURE is a perspective view of'an insulated common strip constructed in accordance with the principles of the present invention.

DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT With reference now to the FIGURE there is shown an insulative block of generally rectangular configuration and having a plurality of spring receiving slots 12 disposed in the major surfaces. The block may conveniently be molded of an insulating plastic material, such as one of the many polycarbonate resins which are commercially available, and may include orthogonal through-holes l4 and spacing tabs 16.

A plurality of pre-tensioned wire springs 18, one pair for each electrical connection to be provided, are placed in the slots 12 with one end of each spring extending beyond the surface of the block 10. The springs are formed of tin plated spring temper rectangular wire and pre-tensioning is conveniently provided by the geometry of the spring itself; i.e., the curvature of the four sides of the springs 18.

To effect an electrical connection between the springs 18 of a given pair of an electrically conductive self-tapping screw 20 is driven into any one of the through holes 14 such that the screw head engage sobht of the springs 18 of the pair. Due to the pre-tensioning of the springs a reliable contact is made as the screw 20 is tightened. To open a given contact the screw 20 need only be turned out until the circuit is interrupted.

The common strip may conveniently be coupled to a conventional printed wiring card shown in part at 22. The ends of the springs 18 which extend beyond the surface of insulative block 10 are inserted in the plated through holes of circuit terminations 24 and soldered thereto. The spacing tabs 16 assure that the springs 18 on the side of block 10 adjacent the wiring card are not compressed against the card. The wiring card 22 may further, if desired, be provided with a plurality of apertures 26 in register with the through holes in the insulative block. In this fashion a self-tapping screw 20 may be inserted into the block 10 from any of its sides.

,It will thus be seen that the applicants have provided a new and novel insulated common strip whereby the objectives set forth hereinabove are efficiently achieved. Since certain changes inthe above-described construction will occur to those skilled in the art without departing from the scope of the invention it is intended that all matter contained in the foregoing description or shown in the appended drawing shall be interpreted as illustrative and not in a limiting sense.

Having described what is new andnovel and desired to secure by Letters Patent, what is claimed is:

1. Apparatus for selectively coupling electrical circuits-comprising an electrically insulative mounting block,

at least one pairof electrically conductive spring members disposed circumferentially about said mounting block, spaced apart from one another, eachhaving one end extending a selected distance from the surface of said mounting block, and each adapted for coupling to one of said electrical circuits to be coupled said mounting block having an aperture disposed between said conductive spring members, and

an electrically conductive screw threaded into said aperture such that tightening said screw closes an electrical path-through the head thereof between said spring members. I 2. Apparatusas recited in claim 1 furtherincluding a spring retaining slot disposed in the surfaces of said mounting block for each said conductive spring member and adapted to retain and align said spring members. 3. Apparatus as recited in claim 1 further including a plurality of spacing tabs integrally'formed on the surfaceof'said mounting block from which said conductive spring members extend.

4. Apparatus as recited in claim 1 wherein said mounting block is provided with a plurality of apertures having openings on each surface of said mounting block between the spring members of each said pair.

5. Apparatus as recited in claim 2 wherein each said spring member is formed of spring temper wire having a substantially rectangular crosssection.

6. Apparatus as recited in claim 5 wherein each said spring member is disposed on said mounting block under tension such as to assume an external convex configuration extending beyond the surface of said mounting block whereby said conductive screw compresses said springs when tightened. 7. Apparatus as recited in claim 1 further including a printed wiring card bearing said electrical circuits path between said spring members.

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U.S. Classification439/189, 439/781
International ClassificationH01R9/00, H01R29/00
Cooperative ClassificationH01R12/714
European ClassificationH01R23/72B
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Feb 28, 1989ASAssignment
Effective date: 19881228