01 August 2008
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Inject/eject mechanisms aid board assembly

Southco has announced the introduction of a new family of inject/eject mechanisms for circuit boards.

A broad, easy-to-grasp handle design is stated to "provide ample grip"; an intuitive release action with a low operating force "simplifies usage".

As the cPCI board is inserted into the backplane connector the handles engage with the mounting rail to ensure a positive connection, reports Southco's Dale Clouser.

The new faceplate mounting hardware includes designs for upper and for lower inject/eject handles. "The operating button is easily accessible yet protected to prevent accidental operation. An optional microswitch, to signal board insertion and 'hot swap' extraction, is triggered by the release mechanism prior to any handle rotation."

The products are supported by a range of accessories including retention screws, press-in and snap-in ferrules, printed circuit board mounting blocks, and microswitch assemblies.

Paul Gay


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