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Патент USA US2411783

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Nov. 26, 19460
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Filed Dec. 1, 1945
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Patented Nov. 26, 1946
Marcel C. Gauthier, Montclair, N. J., assignor to
Western Electric Company, Incorporated, New
York, N. Y., a corporation of New York
Application December 1, 1943, Serial No. 512,437
1 Claim.
(Cl. 175-298)
This invention relates to multi-terminal struc
tures, and more particularly to molded panel ter
minal structures.
An object of the invention is to provide a sim
ple, ef?cient and practical terminal panel struc
ture formed of inter?tting sections.
With this and other objects in View, the inven
tion comprises a panel structure comprising a
of the sections in place. When thus mounted, it
will be apparent that the inter?tting sections
form a completely closed wall or partition for
the frame or casing structure [5. A back wall
or panel 32, having terminals or electrical units
drawing, wherein
33 mounted therein, may be electrically connected
to the terminals 25 through the aid of conduc
tors 34. In such structures it is ofttimes desir
plurality of inter?tting panel sections, certain of
able to embed the electrical connections between
the sections having terminals molded therein, 10 the panels with an insulating compound. This
these sections jointly forming the wall of a hous
is possible due to the fact that, although the front
panel is composed of a plurality of sections, the
Other objects and advantages will be apparent
sections are not only inter?tting and interlock
from the following detailed description when con
ing against displacement but are provided with
sidered in conjunction with the accompanying 15 seals against the escapement of such sealing
Fig. 1 is a fragmentary top plan View of the
panel structure, and
These sections of which the front panel is com
posed, are preferably molded of a suitable insu
Fig. 2 is a sectional view taken substantially
along the line 2—2 of Fig. 1.
lating material. By molding the terminals in the
sections 12 and M, the necessity for drilling op
Referring now to the drawing, there are il
erations and the provision of additional acces
lustrated plain sections ii! and H and terminal
supporting sections l2 and 54. Sections IE! and
II are of the cross-sectional contours shown in
Fig. 2, and are of desired lengths depending upon 25
sories for mechanically mounting the terminals
on the panels is eliminated; also, the time and
effort required for their assembly. In this struc
the width desired.
taneously molded in each section and their rigid
These sections are called
ture a multiplicity of terminals may be simul
plain sections as they donot include terminals
support as well as their insulation from each
therein. A frame or casing structure, indicated
other is assured. Only two plain or non-termi
at l5, includes a bottom it‘ and sides ll. Mount
nal supporting sections are illustrated but it
ing strips i8 ?xed to the sides ll have threaded 30 should be understood that others may be em
apertures l9 at desired spaced positions therein
ployed, the number desired depending upon the
for the securing of the sections l0, Ii, l2 and
number of terminals required for a given appa
I4 in place by suitable means such as screws 28.
ratus and the size of the frame structure l5 so
The bottom section I9 has an integral tongue
that a complete panel may be formed from these
portion 22 adapted for interengagement with a 35 sections.
grooved portion 23 of the section l2, to support
Although speci?c improvements of the inven
tion have been shown and described, it will be
understood that they are but illustrative and
with grooved portions 23 adjacent the lower edges
that various modi?cations may be made therein
thereof and tongue portions 24 at their upper
without departing from the scope and spirit of
edges. In this manner any desired number of the
this invention as de?ned by the appended claim.
terminal supporting sections may be disposed in
What is claimed is:
stacked formation as illustrated in Fig. 2.
mnlti-terminal structure for a casing having
Groups of ?at terminals 25 molded in the sections
a bottom and side walls, the latter having par
[2 and I4 are almost completely embedded in 45
allel vertical mounting members ?xed thereto,
lateral portions 26 of the sections, these por
the structure comprising a base panel section,
tions being reenforced by integral ribs 21.
with a to-ngued upper edge, resting upon the bot
Notches 28 are formed in the exposed ends of the
tom of the casing and having its ends secured to
terminals for connections with electrical conduc
the vertical mounting members, a plurality of
tors. The section II is substantially identical 50 molded panel sections each having spaced sets of
with the section Ill, the only difference being that
laterally extending terminals with their ends ex
the inner portion 29 thereof is grooved to receive
tending from the front and back faces of the
the tongue portion 24 of the section it.
sections, each terminal panel section being formed
Apertures 30 are formed in the ends of the
with molded portions extending outwardly from
sections to receive the screws 20 for the securing 55 and integral with the front face thereof to sur
the latter and provide an inter?tting seal there
between. The sections l2 and M are identical
round the major portions of the sets of terminals,
and further formed with laterally extending in
termediate reinforcing ribs between the outward
1y projecting molded portions and a longitudi
nally extending tongue and groove at their top 5
and bottom edges, means to secure the ends of
the terminal panel sections to the vertical
mounting members in stacked formation upon
the base section with their tongues and grooves
forming interlocking connections, and a top panel
section, with a groove extending longitudinally
in its bottom edge for interengagement with
the tongue of the topmost terminal panel sec
tion, having its ends secured to the vertical
mounting members to cooperate with the other
panel sections to form a liquid tight wall in the
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