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Dokumentenidentifikation EP0608222 01.02.1996
EP-Veröffentlichungsnummer 0608222
Titel MITTELS ZAPFEN GEHALTENER VERBINDER
Anmelder ITT Industries, Inc., Wilmington, Del., US
Erfinder MOSQUERA, Rene, Augusto, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677, US
Vertreter derzeit kein Vertreter bestellt
DE-Aktenzeichen 69115720
Vertragsstaaten DE, FR, GB
Sprache des Dokument En
EP-Anmeldetag 15.10.1991
EP-Aktenzeichen 929016707
WO-Anmeldetag 15.10.1991
PCT-Aktenzeichen US9107602
WO-Veröffentlichungsnummer 9308619
WO-Veröffentlichungsdatum 29.04.1993
EP-Offenlegungsdatum 03.08.1994
EP date of grant 20.12.1995
Veröffentlichungstag im Patentblatt 01.02.1996
IPC-Hauptklasse H01R 13/64
IPC-Nebenklasse H01R 23/68   

Beschreibung[en]

One type of connector designed to mount on a circuit board, includes a group of downwardly-depending pegs which fit into holes drilled into the circuit board. When the pegs have been fully inserted through the top surface of the circuit board and projected through the bottom surface, the bottom of the pegs are heat deformed into a mushroom shape to trap the pegs in the board and thereby hold the connector in place during subsequent soldering of connector contacts to plated-through holes of the board and afterwards. Such heat-staked pegs involve time-consuming operations in melting the bottoms of the peg, and can be unreliable because the holding power of the pegs depends on the thickness of the circuit board, and the pressure and temperature applied to the pegs during their deformation.

In the US-A-5,037,327 an other type of connector designed to mount on a substrate with means for securing to a substrate is described, which has positioning lobes projecting perpendicular to the bottom face of the connector and engage with corresponding apertures of the substrate and for the final step of securing, has rectangular metal member parts inserted into corresponding apertures of the substrate and soldered onto the metallized contact area. Reliable holddown of the connector is reached after the soldering.

A peg arrangement which enables secure holding of a connector to a circuit board or other board-like device, which avoided the need for heat staking the pegs while assuring reliable holddown of the connector, would be of considerable value.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

In accordance with one embodiment of the present invention, a connector is provided that has pegs for installation in holes of a circuit board or the like, which facilitates installation and assures reliable holding of the connector to the board. Each peg has a peg body with an axis, and has a plurality of ribs extending radially outwardly from the body for interference fit in a board hole. Each peg also has a slot extending radially inwardly from the body to near or beyond the axis of the peg, and has a pair of ribs on opposite sides of the slot, so the ribs can deflect to a smaller radius by slight closing of the slot. The circuit board is of harder material than the pegs and a recess is provided around the upper end of each peg to receive debris shaved from the ribs when they are pressed into a hole where there is large interference. Adjacent pegs are oriented with their slots turned at least 45° from one another, to minimize stress and possible breakage of the pegs.

The novel features of the invention are set forth with particularity in the appended claims. The invention will be best understood from the following description when read in conjunction with the accompanying drawings.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

Fig. 1 is a top and side isometric view of a connector of the present invention, showing it fully installed on a circuit board, with only a portion of the circuit board being shown.

Fig. 2 is a side elevation view of the connector of Fig. 1, with the circuit board being shown in phantom lines.

Fig. 3 is an upside-down isometric view of the assembly of Fig. 1, with much of the circuit board being cut away.

Fig. 4 is an isometric view of a portion of the assembly of Fig. 4.

Fig. 5 is an end view of the peg of Fig. 4.

Fig. 6 is a view taken on the line 6 - 6 of Fig. 5.

Fig. 7 is a view taken on the line 7 - 7 of Fig. 6.

Fig. 8 is an enlarged view of a portion of the peg of Fig. 5, but showing it deformed in a circuit board hole.

Fig. 9 is an end view of a peg constructed in accordance another embodiment of the invention.

Fig. 10 is a sectional side view of a portion of a connector with its peg inserted into a circuit board hole, constructed in accordance with another embodiment of the invention.

Fig. 11 is an end view of the peg of Fig. 10.

DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS

Fig. 1 illustrates a combination or system 10 that includes a connector 12 mounted on top of an edge portion of a circuit board 14. The connector has a housing 16 with a main housing portion 20 that contains socket contacts 22, the contacts extending from the main housing portion and through a support plate 24 into plated-through holes of the circuit board. The connector is designed to mate with another connector having pins that enter socket holes 26, to connect contacts of the other connector to traces on the circuit board. Although terms such as "upper", "lower", "horizontal", "depending", and the like will be used to aid in the description of the invention, it should be understood that the parts can be used in any orientation with respect to gravity.

As shown in Fig. 3, the main housing portion 20 has a board-engaging surface 30 which is designed to lie substantially facewise adjacent to an upper surface 32 of the board. A group of five pegs 41 - 45 depend from the main housing portion, and are designed to be received in holes 48 in the circuit board. The peg-receiving holes 48 have been drilled in the circuit board and therefore are round in that each has a round cross section when viewed from the top of the board along the axis 50 of the hole. The connector also has a group of locating pins 52 which fit into smaller pin-receiving holes and lie in slight interference fit with the walls of the holes, to aid in accurately locating the connector with respect to the circuit board. However, the pegs such as 41 provide a much greater interference fit with the holes to securely hold the connector in place during subsequent wave-soldering of the contacts 22 to the board and afterwards.

As shown in Fig. 4, each peg such as 41 includes a peg body 60 having a peg body axis 62, with the body having a largely cylindrical periphery 64. A slot 66 projects into the periphery of the body and extends to near the peg axis 62. The peg also includes three ribs 71 - 73 projecting radially outwardly (with respect to the peg axis 62) from the body. The peg is solid, in that it is completely filled with molded plastic material rather than being constructed as a hollow shell.

As shown in Fig. 5, the undeformed edges or tips 76 of the ribs lie on an imaginary circle 78, as seen in an end or plan view of the pegs taken along the peg axis 62. This imaginary circle 78 is of somewhat greater diameter than the diameter of the peg-receiving hole 48 in the circuit board into which the peg fits. As a result, there is a considerable interference fit between the peg and board hole, requiring substantial force to insert the pegs into the holes. The circuit board and the walls of its peg-receiving holes are commonly constructed of phenolic thermosetting plastic, while the pegs may be molded of a much softer thermoplastic. As a result, when a peg is forced into a hole, its ribs are deformed and/or shaved, with the first and second ribs 71, 72 on opposite sides of the slots 66, being deflected slightly together.

Applicant forms the slot 66 so it extends along most of the radius of the peg body to lie close to the peg axis 62. The distance A between the radially innermost slot location 80 and the peg axis 62 is preferably small, and may be negative (where the slot extends beyond the peg axis 62, as in the case of the peg shown in Fig. 9). Applicant places the first and second ribs 71, 72 on opposite sides of the slot 66, and close enough thereto so that radially inward forces on the ribs 71, 72 by the walls of the circuit board hole 48 cause the ribs to deflect with radially-inward directional components, which result in slight closing of the slot. Applicant prefers to provide a tapered slot 66 which is generally progressively wider at locations progressively further from the innermost slot location 80 (and from the axis 62 for the slot of Fig. 5). The slot 66 has a taper angle B of about 80°. This provides relatively high resilience for a peg of material of moderately low rigidity.

The tips 76 of the ribs 71, 72 are angled apart by an angle C of about 120° and preferably no more than 140°. Such angling of the rib tips allows the radially-inward forces applied to the tips to create a considerable force tending to close the slot and allowing the tips to move with a radially inward component. For example, tip 76 (Fig. 8) on deformed rib 71A may move towards a location 76A where the undeformed rib would lie on the circle forming the peg-receiving hole. Fig. 8 illustrates a case where the rib tip 76 has been deflected from the position 76 to the position 76B, and also has been deformed, to fit within the walls of the hole 48 in the circuit board. The undeformed tip is tapered along most of its length by an angle H of 95°. A taper angle of at least about 90° is preferred to avoid bending-over of the rib when sideward forces are applied to it.

It would be possible to move the ribs 71, 72 so their tips lay closer to the opposite sides 82, 84 of the slot. Fig. 11 shows a peg 90 where the angle D between the tips 92 of ribs at opposite sides of the slot are angled by about 100° from the axis 94 of the peg. However, such placement of the rib tips does not necessarily increase the force tending to compress the slot. In many applications, applicant finds that it is desirable to place the ribs so their tips are spaced from opposite sides of the slot, with the spacing often being more than one half the base width E of each rib, and preferably at least 100° but no more than about 120°.

As shown in Fig. 4, applicant prefers to provide a recess 100 around the end of each peg that is closest to the main housing portion 20, with a recess 100 lying above, or inward of the surface 30 of the main housing portion that lies adjacent to the upper surface of the circuit board in the fully installed position. The recess 100 is useful to receive any debris that has been shaved from the tips of the ribs during insertion of the peg into the circuit board hole. Fig. 10 indicates the presence of shavings at 102. Applicant forms the outer end of each peg, which lies furthest from the main housing portion, so it lies largely on a cone to facilitate insertion of each peg into a circuit board hole.

As shown in Fig. 3, the slots 66v - 66z of the pegs 41 - 45 do not open or face in the same direction. The slot 66v opens or faces in a first horizontal direction K, the slot 66w of the adjacent peg 42 faces in a perpendicular horizontal direction L, the slot 66x faces in another perpendicular horizontal direction M, and the slot 66y faces in another perpendicular horizontal direction N. The last slot 66z faces in the direction K. The reason for orienting adjacent pegs with their slots turned 90° from each other, is to allow the pegs to more easily accommodate variations in spacing of the peg-receiving holes relative to the spacing of the pegs. Such variations can result from warping or shrinking of the circuit board or manufacturing tolerances. The rotation of subsequent pegs also aids in installing them in the holes in case the axes of all pegs or the axes of all holes do not extend in a straight line. The rotation of adjacent pegs results in the ribs of adjacent pegs not pressing in directly opposite directions. It is possible to rotate adjacent pegs by less than 90°, but preferably by at least 45° and more preferably by at least 60°.

Fig. 9 illustrates a peg 110 with a slot 112 whose radially innermost location 114 extends beyond the axis 116 of the peg body. This provides greater resilience, which may be necessary where the peg material is harder or the tolerances are greater. It can be seen that when the ribs 120, 122 on opposite sides of the slot are deflected, a slot closes so its walls 124, 126 are deflected to the positions 124A, 126A. It is desirable that the innermost slot locations such as 80 in Fig. 5 or 114 in Fig. 9 lie closer to the peg axis than one-half and preferably one-quarter (25%) of the radius F or G of the peg-receiving hole 48 in the circuit board in which the peg is designed to fit or the peg body periphery 60.

Applicant has constructed connectors of the type illustrated in Figs. 1 - 8. Each peg had a largely cylindrical body of a diameter 2J of 1,88 mm (74 mils - one mil equals one thousandth inch) and each rib extended a distance K of 0,127 mm (5 mils) beyond the cylindrical periphery of the body. Each peg receiving circuit board hole 48 has a nominal diameter 2F of 2,032 mm (80 mils), to provide for an interference fir of about 0,05 mm (2 mils) between each rib and the walls of the circuit board hole, in the ideal case. The tolerances of the parts was chosen so the radial interference between each rib and the hole walls was between 0,025 and 0,1 mm (one and four mils).

Thus, the invention provides a connector system wherein a connector has depending pegs for lying in holes of a board to securely hold the connector in place. Each peg has a body with an axis, the body having a slot extending radially inwardly from its periphery and having a plurality of ribs projecting radially outwardly from its periphery. A pair of ribs lies on opposite sides of the slot, so forces applied to the ribs during insertion tend to cause closing of the slot.


Anspruch[de]
  1. Ein Steckverbinder (12) zur Montage auf einer Platine (14) oder eine andere Karte, die mehrere runde Löcher besitzt, wobei der Steckverbinder ein Verbindergehäuse (16) einschließt, das einen Hauptgehäusebereich mit einer unteren Fläche (30) und mehrere Stifte (41 bis 45) hat, die unter der unteren Fläche hervorstehen, wobei jeder Stift einen Stiftkörper (60) mit einer Achse (62) besitzt, dadurch gekennzeichnet,

    daß ein Stiftkörper (60) mit einer Peripherie (64) und mehreren Rippen (71, 72, 73) die sich radial nach außen vom Körper (60) erstreckt, wobei die radial verlaufenden Außenenden der Rippen (71, 72, 73) auf einem imaginären Kreis (78) liegen, wie auf einer Schnittansicht entlang der Achse (62) zu sehen ist;

    wobei mindestens ein Teilbereich der Rippen (71, 72, 73) spitz zulaufend ist, so daß dieser zu den Außenstellen hin zunehmend enger ist und

    der Stiftkörper (60) einen Schlitz (66) hat, der sich von der Körperperipherie (64) nach innen hin erstreckt und sich der Achse (62) nähert, und

    die erste (71) und zweite (72) Rippe auf der Körperperipherie (64) nahe den gegenüberliegenden Seiten des Schlitzes (66) liegen, so daß die radial nach innen laufenden Kräfte auf die Rippen (71, 72) bewirken, daß sich der Schlitz (66) schließt, und daß die Rippen (71, 72) sich radial nach innen bewegen können.
  2. Steckverbinder nach Anspruch 1,

    wobei die Stiftkörperperipherie (64) großteils zylindrisch ist und jede Rippe (71, 72, 73) entlang dem Großteil ihrer radialen Länge mit einem Winkel (H) von mindestens ca. 90° spitz zuläuft.
  3. Steckverbinder nach Anspruch 1 oder Anspruch 2,

    wobei der Stiftkörper (60) mit Ausnahme des Schlitzes (66) im wesentlichen massiv ist und der Schlitz (66) sich soweit zur Stiftachse (66) hin erstreckt, daß der Abstand (A) zwischen der radial ganz innen liegenden Schlitzstelle (80) und der Achse (62) nicht größer als ca. 25 Prozent des Radius der imaginären Kreises (78) ist.
  4. Steckverbinder nach wenigstens einem der Ansprüche 1 bis 3,

    wobei sich der Schlitz (66) zu der Stiftachse (66) hin und im wesentlichen auch durch sie hindurch und über sie hinweg erstreckt.
  5. Steckverbinder nach wenigstens einem der Ansprüche 1 bis 4,

    wobei der Schlitz (66) an den radial nach außen verlaufenden Stellen generell eine größere Breite hat.
  6. Steckverbinder nach Anspruch 5,

    wobei der Schlitz im wesentlichen keilförmig ist und einen Öffnungswinkel von wenigstens 60° hat.
  7. Steckverbinder nach wenigstens einem der Ansprüche 1 bis 6,

    wobei die erste (71) und zweite (72) Rippe voneinander um zwischen 100° und 140° versetzt sind.
  8. Steckverbinder nach wenigstens einem der Ansprüche 1 bis 7,

    wobei die Stifte (41 bis 45) erste und zweite, im wesentlichen identische Stifte (41, 42) einschließen, die nebeneinander liegen, indem sie wenigstens so eng zusammenliegen wie zwei andere Stifte, wobei die Vertiefung (66v) des ersten Stiftes (41) um wenigstens 45° um ihre Achse (62) von der Richtung des zweiten Stiftes (42) gedreht ist.
  9. Steckverbinder nach wenigstens einem der Ansprüche 1 bis 7,

    wobei die ganz außen liegenden Stellen der nebeneinanderliegenden Stifte (41 bis 45) um wenigstens 60° voneinander um ihre Körperachsen (62) gedreht sind.
  10. Steckverbinder nach wenigstens einem der Ansprüche 1 bis 9,

    wobei die untere Fläche (30) des Hauptgehäusebereiches um das obere Ende der Stifte (41 bis 45) eine Vertiefung (100) hat, um Platz zur Aufnahme von abgeschliffenem Rippenmaterial zu bieten.
  11. Der Steckverbinder nach wenigstens einem der Ansprüche 1 bis 10 bei Verwendung - mit einer Platine (14),

    wobei eine Platine (14) erste und zweite gegenüberliegende Stimflächen besitzt und Wände hat, die mehrere Löcher (48) mit einem runden Querschnitt mit dem Durchmesser (F) zur Aufnahme von Stiften hat, wobei die Achse der Löcher (48) zur Aufnahme von Stiften im wesentlichen mit der Achse (62) der Stifte (41 bis 45) fluchten können, damit die Rippen (71, 72, 73) mit den Wänden eine Preßpassung bilden können.
  12. Die Verwendung des Steckverbinders nach Anspruch 11,

    wobei die Platine an den Wänden der Löcher zur Aufnahme von Stiften aus einem Material besteht, das eine größere Härte als das Material der Stifte (41 bis 45) bei den Rippen (71, 72, 73) aufweist, so daß die Rippen (71, 72, 73) beim Eindrücken in die Löcher (48) versetzt und abgeschliffen werden können.
  13. Die Verweendung des Steckverbinders nach Anspruch 11 oder 12,

    wobei die Stifte (41 bis 45) des Steckverbinders in den Löchem (48) zur Aufnahme von Stiften liegen und die untere Fläche des Gehäusebereiches im wesentlichen mit der Stimfläche gegen die erste Platinenfläche liegt

    und wobei die Spitzen (76) der Stiftrippen (71, 72, 73) gegen die Wände der Löcher (48) zur Aufnahme von Stiften abgeflacht sind.
  14. Eine Methode für die Bildung und den Einbau eines Steckverbinders (12), der eine untere Fläche und je nach Oberfläche mehrere Stifte (41 bis 45) hat, in eine Platine (16), die eine obere Fläche und Wände zur Bildung von mehreren Rundlöchem (48) hat, gekennzeichnet durch

    das Bilden jedes Stiftes (41 bis 45) mit einem Stiftkörper (50), der eine Peripherie (64) und eine Achse (62) hat,

    wobei mehrere Rippen (71, 72, 73) sich vom Körper (60) radial nach außen erstrecken,

    mit einem Schlitz (66) im Körper (60), der sich großteils radial von der Außenseite des Körpers (60) erstreckt, um sich der Achse (62) zu nähem,

    wobei ersten (71) und zweiten (72) Rippen aus der Peripherie (64) an Stellen nahe den gegenüberliegenden Seiten des Schlitzes (66) hervorstehen;

    das Drücken der Stifte (41 bis 45) in die Locher (48) zur Aufnahme von Stiften, wobei nur die Rippen (71, 72, 73) gegen die Lochwände drücken,

    wobei die ersten (71) und zweiten (72) Rippen sich zusammenwölben und der Schlitz (66) sich verengt.
  15. Die Methode nach Anspruch 14 einschließlich

    dem Abschleifen der extrem radial verlaufenden Außenspitzen (76) der Rippen (71, 72, 73) gegen die Lochwände.
Anspruch[en]
  1. A connector (12) for mounting on a circuit board (14) or other board, that has a plurality of round holes, which connector includes a connector housing (16) having a main housing portion with a lower surface (30) and a plurality of pegs (41 to 45) projecting below said lower surface, each peg having a peg body (60) with an axis (62), characterized by:

    a peg body (60) with a periphery (64) and a plurality of ribs (71, 72, 73) extending radially outwardly from said body (60), with the radially outer ends of said ribs (71, 72, 73) lying on an imaginary circle (78) as seen in a sectional view taken along said axis (62);

    with at least a portion of said ribs (71, 72, 73) being tapered to be progressively narrower at more radially-outer positions, and

    said peg body (60) has a slot (66) extending inwardly from said body periphery (64) to near said axis (62),

    and first (71) and second (72) of said ribs lie on said body periphery (64) near opposite sides of said slot (66), so radially inward forces on said ribs (71, 72) cause said slot (66) to close and allow said ribs (71, 72) to move radially inwardly.
  2. The connector described in claim 1 wherein:

    said peg body periphery (64) is largely cylindrical, and each of said ribs (71, 72, 73) is tapered along most of its radial length by an angle (H) of at least about 90°.
  3. The connector as claimed in claim 1 or 2 wherein:

    said peg body (60) is substantially solid except for said slot (66), and said slot (66) extends toward said peg axis (66) sufficiently that the distance (A) between the radially innermost slot location (80) and said axis (62) is no more that about 25 per cent of the radius of said imaginary circle (78).
  4. The connector as claimed in at least one of claims 1 to 3 wherein:

    said slot (66) extends toward and substantially through and beyond said peg axis (66).
  5. The connector as claimed in at least one of claims 1 to 4 wherein:

    said slot (66) is generally of greater width at more radially outward locations.
  6. The connector described in claim 5 wherein:

    said slot is substantially wedge-shaped, with an included angle of at least 60°
  7. The connector as claimed in at least one of claims 1 to 6 wherein:

    said first (71) and second (72) ribs are angled apart by between 100° and 140°.
  8. The connector as claimed in at least one of claims 1 to 7 wherein:

    said pegs (41 to 45) include first and second substantially identical pegs (41, 42) that are adjacent in that they are at least as close together as any two of said pegs, with the recess (66v) of said first peg (41) tumed at least 45° about its axis (62) from the orientation of said second peg (42).
  9. The connector as claimed in at least one of claims 1 to 7 wherein:

    adjacent of said pegs (41 to 45) have their outermost locations rotated at least about 60° from each other about their body axes (62).
  10. The connector as claimed in at least one of claims 1 to 9 wherein:

    said lower surface (30) of the main housing portion has a recess (100) around the upper end of each of said pegs (41 to 45) to provide a space to receive shaved-off rib material.
  11. The connector as claimed in at least one of the claims 1 to 10 used with a circuit board (14) wherein:

    a circuit board (14) having first and second opposite faces and having walls forming a plurality of peg-receiving holes (48) of round cross-section with a diameter (F), the axis of said peg-receiving holes (48) can be substantially aligned with the axis (62) of said pegs (41 to 45) to enable said ribs (71, 72, 73) to form an interference fit with said walls.
  12. The use of the connector as claimed in claim 11 wherein:

    said circuit board being constructed of material, at the walls of said peg-receiving holes (48), which is of greater hardness than the material of said pegs (41 to 45) at said ribs (71, 72, 73) thereof, so said ribs (71, 72, 73) can be displaced and shaved as they are pressed into said holes (48).
  13. The use of the connector as claimed in claim 11 or 12 wherein:

    said connector pegs (41 to 45) lie in said peg-receiving holes (48), and said lower surface of said housing portion lies substantially facewise against said first board surface;

    the tips (76) of said peg ribs (71, 72, 73) are flattened against the walls of said peg-receiving holes (48).
  14. A method for forming and installing a connector (12) having a lower surface and a plurality of pegs (41 to 45) depending from said surface, in a circuit board (16) having an upper surface and walls forming a plurality of round holes (48), characterized by:

    forming each of said pegs (41 to 45) with a peg body (60) having a periphery (64) and an axis (62),

    with a plurality of ribs (71, 72, 73) extending radially outward from said body (60), with a slot (66) in said body (60) that extends largely radially from the outside of said body (60) to near said axis (62),

    with first (71) and second (72) of said ribs projecting from said periphery (64) at locations near opposite sides of said slot (66);

    pressing said pegs (41 to 45) down into said peg-receiving holes (48) with only said ribs (71, 72, 73) bearing against the hole walls,

    while said first (71) and second ribs (72) deflect closer together and said slot (66) narrows.
  15. The method described in claim 14 including;

    shaving the extreme radially outer tips (76) of said ribs (71, 72, 73) against said hole walls.
Anspruch[fr]
  1. Connecteur (12) à monter sur une plaquette de circuit imprimé (14) ou autre, présentant une pluralité de trous ronds, ledit connecteur comportant un boîtier (16) possédant une portion principale avec une surface inférieure (30) et une pluralité de fiches (41 à 45) faisant saillie au-dessous de ladite surface inférieure, chaque fiche ayant un corps (60) avec un axe (62), caractérisé par:

    un corps de fiche (60) avec une périphérie (64) et une pluralité de nervures (71, 72, 73) s'étendant dans le sens radial vers l'extérieur dudit corps (60), les extrémités extérieures radiales desdites nervures (71, 72,73) suivant un cercle imaginaire (78) comme indiqué dans une vue en coupe prise dans ledit axe (62);

    au moins une portion desdites nervures (71, 72,73) étant conique de sorte qu'elle devient progressivement plus étroite aux positions les plus à l'extérieur dans le sens radial, et

    ledit corps de fiche (60) présente une fente (66) s'étendant vers l'intérieur de la périphérie dudit corps (64) à la proximité dudit axe (62),

    et la première (71) et la deuxième (72) desdites nervures sur ladite périphérie (64) du corps près des côtés opposés de ladite fente (66), en sorte que les forces exercées vers l'intérieur dans le sens radial sur lesdites nervures (71, 72) obligent ladite fente (66) à se fermer et permet auxdites nervures (71, 72) de se déplacer vers l'intérieur dans le sens radial.
  2. Connecteur selon la revendication 1, dans lequel:

    ladite périphérie (64) du corps de fiche est sensiblement cylindrique et chacune desdites nervures (71, 72, 73) est conique sur la plus grande partie de sa longueur radiale selon un angle (H) d'au moins 90°.
  3. Connecteur selon la revendication 1 ou 2, dans lequel:

    ledit corps de la fiche (60) est essentiellement plein à l'exception de ladite fente (66), et ladite fente (66) s'étend suffisamment en direction dudit axe de la fiche (66) pour que la distance (A) entre l'emplacement de la fente le plus à l'intérieur dans le sens radial (80) et ledit axe (62) ne dépasse pas environ 25 pour-cent du rayon dudit cercle imaginaire (78).
  4. Connecteur selon au moins l'une des revendications 1 à 3, dans lequel:

    ladite fente (66) s'étend en direction et essentiellement à travers et au-delà dudit axe de fiche (66).
  5. Connecteur selon au moins l'une des revendications 1 à 4, dans lequel:

    ladite fente (66) est généralement plus large aux emplacements les plus à l'extérieur dans le sens radial.
  6. Connecteur selon la revendication 5, dans lequel:

    ladite fente a une forme essentiellement triangulaire, avec un angle compris d'au moins 60°.
  7. Connecteur selon au moins l'une des revendications 1 à 6, dans lequel:

    lesdites première (71) et deuxième (72) nervures sont espacées selon un angle de 100° à 140°.
  8. Connecteur selon au moins l'une des revendications 1 à 7, dans lequel:

    lesdites fiches (41 à 45) comprennent les première et deuxième fiches (41, 42) qui sont essentiellement identiques et adjacentes en ce qu'elles sont au moins aussi proches l'une de l'autre que deux quelconques desdites fiches, le renfoncement (66v) de ladite première fiche (41) étant orienté à au moins 45° autour de son axe (62) par rapport à l'orientation de ladite deuxième fiche (42).
  9. Connecteur selon au moins l'une des revendications 1 à 7, dans lequel:

    celles desdites fiches (41 à 45) qui sont adjacentes voient leurs emplacements les plus à l'extérieur tournés d'au moins 60° les uns par rapport aux autres autour de l'axe de leurs corps (62).
  10. Connecteur selon au moins l'une des revendications 1 à 9, dans lequel:

    ladite surface inférieure (30) de la portion principale du boîtier présente un renfoncement (100) à l'extrémité supérieure de chacune desdites fiches (41 à 45) afin d'offrir un espace pour recevoir le matériau de nervure enlevé par frottement.
  11. Connecteur selon au moins l'une des revendications 1 à 10 utilisé avec une plaquette de circuit imprimé (14), dans lequel:

    une plaquette de circuit imprimé (14) ayant des première et deuxième faces opposées et présentant des parois formant une pluralité de trous recevant des fiches (48) de section ronde de diamètre (F), l'axe desdits trous recevant des fiches (48) pouvant être essentiellement aligné avec l'axe (62) desdites fiches (41 à 45) pour permettre auxdites nervures (71, 72, 73) de former un ajustement serré avec lesdites parois.
  12. Utilisation du connecteur selon la revendication 11, dans lequel:

    ladite plaquette de circuit imprimé étant fabriquée en matériau, aux parois desdits trous recevant des fiches (48), beaucoup plus dur que le matériau de fabrication desdites fiches (41 à 45) à leursdites nervures (71, 72, 73), de sorte que lesdites nervures (71, 72, 73) peuvent être déplacées et réduites par frottement lorsqu'elles sont enfoncées dans lesdits trous (48).
  13. Utilisation du connecteur selon la revendication 11 ou 12, dans lequel:

    lesdites fiches (41 à 45) du connecteur sont disposées dans lesdits trous recevant des fiches (48) et ladite surface inférieure de ladite portion du boîtier est placée sensiblement face contre ladite première surface de la carte; les extrémités (76) desdites nervures de fiches (71, 72, 73) sont aplaties contre les parois desdits trous recevant des fiches (48).
  14. Procédé visant à former et à installer un connecteur (12) possédant une surface inférieure et une pluralité de fiches (41 à 45) dépendantes de ladite surface, dans une carte de circuit imprimé (16) présentant une surface supérieure et des parois formant une pluralité de trous ronds (48), caractérisé par:

    la formation de chacune desdites fiches (41 à 45) avec un corps de fiche (60) ayant une périphérie (64) et un axe (62),

    une pluralité de nervures (71, 72, 73) s'étendant vers l'extérieur dudit corps (60) dans le sens radial, avec une fente (66) dans ledit corps (60) qui s'étend sensiblement dans le sens radial de l'extérieur dudit corps (60) à la proximité dudit axe (62);

    la première (71) et la deuxième (72) desdites nervures partant de ladite périphérie (64) aux emplacements près des côtés opposés de ladite fente (66);

    l'enfoncement desdites fiches (41 à 45) dans lesdits trous recevant des fiches (48) et seulement lesdites nervures (71, 72, 73) s'appuyant contre les parois des trous,

    tandis que la première (71) et la deuxième (72) nervures se rapprochent et ladite fente (66) se rétrécit.
  15. Procédé selon la revendication 14 comprenant:

    la réduction par frottement des extrémités extérieures radiales (76) desdites nervures (71, 72, 73) contre lesdites parois des trous.






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