Nov. 26, 19460 I ’ M. c. GAUTHIER ‘ 2,411,783 MULTITERMINAL S TRUG TURE Filed Dec. 1, 1945 H _ FIG. /. N.’ lNl/EN TOR MCZGAUTH/ER ATTORNEY Patented Nov. 26, 1946 2,411,783 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE 2,411,783 MULTITERMINAL STRUCTURE 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) 1 2 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 compound. 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 mg. 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. A 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 2,411,783 3 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 casing‘ MARCEL C. GAUTHIER.