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Filed Déc. 15, 1944
Patented Dec. l0, 1946
Horace S. Beattie, Poughkeepsie, N. Y., and Wil
liam K. David, Verona, N. J., assìgnors to Inter
national Business Machines Corporation, New
York, N. Y., a corporation of New York
Application December 13, 1944, Serial No. 568,010
3 Claims.
(Cl. 200-6)
This invention relates to improvements in elec
Fig. 4 is a sectional view taken in the line 4--4
trical switches for making and breaking circuits.
The principal object of the invention is to de
vise a switch distinguished by its simplici-ty of
construction, compactness in arrangement, and
efliciency in operation.
proved features of construction.
The unitary construction of the switch is pro
There are occasional requirements for elec
vided by assembly coordinated coplanar parts be
of Fig. 1.
Fig. 5 is another construction of a switch of
another type which, however, includes the im
before-break,” Hsingle pole,” "single throw,” etc.,
tween two plates IU, II of any suitable insulating
material having the necessary insulating char
which are so reduced in thickness or width that a
gang of such switches may be assembled in a nar
row space. For example, some electrical machines
acteristics. External of plates lû, II are con
tact terminale I2, I3, I4 to which are soldered or
trical switches of , different types, such as "make
connected in any suitable manner the wires of the
electrical circuit the switch is to control. Ter
minal I3 has an integral extension to form a con
may require ten to -fifteen of such independent
switch units, more or less, depending upon the
requirement, to be located in a space not wider
than an inch. The present construc-tion is devised
tact pointl I5 while an integral extension of ter
minal I2 provides a contact point I5, both contact
as a solution to such requirement but many of
the features of the present invention are appli
cable to other forms of switches without regard
points being oppositely disposed with a predeter
mined separation between them. The terminal
I4 is part of a plate I'í which has specially formed
to limiting dimensions.
20 portions for certain functions. Numeral I9 desig
It is, therefore, a main object oi the invention
nates a scalloped notch of plate Il', and 20 desig
to devise a construction of a switch unit which in
nates a switch lever stop portion. A plate 2l is
provided with a triangular extension 22 receiving
respect to its thickness ñlls the above require
ments and which is rugged in construction and
eiñcient in its contact making function.
one of a pair of notches 23a, 23h of a switch lever
24, and the cooperation of a notch 23a with the
triangular extension provides a, fulcrum for the
Another object of the invention is to devise a
switch consisting of assembly side plates between
switch lever 24.
which are mounted the coplanar contact making
Numeral 25 represents a spring formed with a
parts of the switch, operable by an externally op
bowed portion 26 arranged to be seated in the scal
erated switch lever.
30 loped notch I9. When the bowed portion 2S seats
Another object of the invention is to devise an
in the notch I9, a resilient portion 2l of the spring
improved method of assembling the parts of the
25 exerts a downward force on the lever 24 di
switch and their juncture to said assembly plate
rectly over the pivotal point or fulcrum of lever
without the use of a multiplicity of rivets, pins,
24 to maintain the cooperation of notch 23a and
triangular extension 22 and electrically connect
etc., which would necessitate great deal more
time in assembly.
spring 25 and lever 24. Another resilient portion
28 of the spring 25 exerts e, downward force to one
‘Another feature of the invention is to devise an
side of the íulcrum and in the relationship shown
improved method of constructing a switch com
in the drawing urges the switch lever 24 counter
prising the provision of an assembly switch plate
carrying the previously assembled parts, joining 40 clockwise so that switch lever 24 abuts the stop
portion 20, maintaining the parts in normal rela
said switch plate to the side assembly plates :by
the use of an adhesive or the like with the applica
tion of pressure, and then cutting oiT certain un
Switch lever 24 carries contact making mem
used external portions of the switch plate, allow
bers 29, 3U, each preferably consisting of a plu
ing certain parts of the switch to remain in ñxed 45 rality of brush strands, the flexibility of which
position and in the desired relationship.
provides ñrin electrical contact with the contact
points I 6, I 5, respectively.
ther objects of the invention will be pointed
out in the following description and claims and
In the normal position shown in Fig. 1 brush
illustrated in the accompanying drawing, which
29 is in contact with contact point I6 and stop
disclose, by way of example, the principle of the 50 portion 20 is so located that the force exerted by
invention and the best mode, which has been con
portion 28 of spring 25 has rocked the switch
templated, of applying that principle.
lever 24 to make brush 29 contact with contact
In the drawing:
point I6 and to crowd the free end of brush 30
Fig. 1 is a fragmentary View in side elevation
against the free end of brush 29, the brush 3G
being now out of electrical contact with the con
of the improved make-before-break switch.
Fig. 2 is a detail View showing the contact re
tact point I5. With such relationship of parts an
lationship when the switch lever is partially op
electrical circuit is completed from terminal I4,
plate I‘I, spring 25, switch lever 24, brushes 23, 30,
Fig. 3 is a detail view showing the contact re
contact point I6, to terminal I2.
lationship when the switch is fully operated.
A slight rocking of switch lever 24 to the posi
4 .
tion shown in Fig. 2 has compressed the left
vided with all parts coplanar and in the desired
bowed portion .of spring 25 and in such position
brushes 2&3,
are capable of assuming their nor
In Fig. 1 reference numerals 33, Bâ, 35 repre
mal relationship wherein there is no contact be
sent isolated portions insulated from all other
tween their free ends, and brush 29 is in contact Ul pieces of the switch assembly which may slide
with the contact point it, but brush Se is now in
into respective slots of guide blocks 39 to as
contact with the contact point I5. The >circuit
semble a series of switch units adjacent to each
connection between terminals Ille-I2 is still main
other; to hold them in fixed relation with regard
to the individual operating members 3l, and to
tained while the same circuit can now branch off
to the terminal i3.
each other.
In Fig. 3 the switch lever 2e has been shown
Both plates Iii, II may have peep holes St to
as rocked still further clockwise, first _separating
enable inspection of the contact making portions
brush 29 from contact pointA I6 and then'crowd
iirm electrical contact with contact point I5.
of the switch unit, three others 37 to inspect
spring 2%, and a hole 38 for inspection of the
pivot. All of these enable the information de
Thus, in the position shown in Figs. 2 and 3, the
sired to determine whether or not the switch unit
ing brush 2@ against brush 3B, both providing
circuit to terminal IE is made before the circuit
to terminal I2 is broken, hence a “make-before
is operating in the desired manner and its etti
ciency in operation.
break” circuit connection is made.
While there have been shown and described
' Switch lever 2Q may now rock clockwise by 20 and pointed out the fundamental novel features
the action of spring 25 and the reverse operation
of the invention, it will be understood that various
takes place.
omissions and substitutions and changes in the
Any suitable operating member may be em
form and details of the device illustrated and in
ployed to rock switch lever Z?l, and numeral 3|
its operation may be made by those skilled in
designates one which is reciprocated to provide
the art without dé’parting from the spirit of the
the above described operation of the improved
invention. It is the intention, therefore, to be
switch. The’triangular extension 212 cooperates
limited only as indicated by the scope of the folf
with the notch 23a of the switch lever Z4 when
lowing claims.
a long stroke of the operating member 3l is
What is claimed is:
l. In an electrical switch, the combination oi
' The embodiment oi Fig. 5 shows the notch 23h
a pair of parallel insulating plates, a pair of op~
of switch lever 2li in cooperation with the tri
positely disposed contact members coplanar in
angular extension 22 which relation is desirable
arrangement between said insulating plates and
when operating member SI has a short stroke.
carried by both of said plates, a switch lever co
In this embodiment switch lever 2t has but a
operating with said cppositely disposed contact
single brush 29 to provide an equivalent of a
single pole, single throw switch. The circuit wire
connected to terminal lli has a normal circuit
connection to the wire connected to terminal I2,
as previously described. Rocking of switch lever
2li to the dotted line position separates> brush 29
from contact point Iii and then makes firm elec
trical contact with the contact point I5, >and
hence the circuit from, terminal Iii is now con
nected to the circuit wire joined to terminal I3.
Obviously, not considering the spring 25 and
switch lever 214 the switch as shown has seven
coplanar parts disposed between assemblyl plates
lil, I I and all have a predetermined relationship.
This relationship can be made by attaching all
of such parts to one or both oi the plates I8, il,
but numerous attaching means are required,
adding tothe cost of assembly, and requiring con
siderable time to do so.
As outlined in Fig. 5 it is preferred to have all
such parts initially as integral coplanar portions
of a switch plate 32 having initially the outline.
members operable externally ci said insulating
plates and in the plane of said Contact members
to engage one or the other dependent upon the
position of said lever, and a4 plate coplanar with
the aforementioned parts oi said switch and
carried by both ci said insulating plates. for pro
viding a iulcrum for said switch lever.
2. In an electrical switch, the combination of
a pair of parallel insulating plates, a plurality
of switch members coplanar in arrangement and
carried insulated from each other by and be
tween said insulating plates, a switch lever op
erable externally oi said insulating plates and
pivoted to. cooperate with said switch members
and arranged, to operate in the same plane as
the latter, a resilient spring between said plates
and coplanar with respect to said switch lever
and switch members, and further means. carried
by said insulating plates for mounting said
3. In an electrical switch, the combination> of a
pair of oppositely disposed contact members, a
coplanar switch lever having contactrportions co
sembled between insulating plates I0, II. Suit 60 operating with saidk contact members, a fulcrum
plate for said switch lever, a- springV having a re
able attaching means may be provided to attach
all of the plates together but it is preferred to
silient portion engaging` said switch' lever to
thrust the latter against- the fulerum portion of
cement, by a suitable adhesive, such parts to
said fulcrum plate and» having a supplemental
gether, and by application of heat and pressure,
provide a welding or bonding of all component
resilient switch lever operating portion bearing
parts together. After a unitary assembly is pro
on said switchrlever at apoint removed from the
vided, the unit is placedin a punch press and the
fulcrurn of thev latter, and- a pair ci insulating
shadedY portions of switch plate 32 shown in Fig.
plates which carry in a coplanar arrangement
5 are cut ori. Spring 25'and- switch lever 2li are
said Contact members, said spring and said ful
then inserted» therein with'the desiredV relation 70 crum plate.
ship. These parts obviously will remain in their ,
shown in Fig. 5. Such plate 32 can be blanked
out in one operation by a punch press and as
assembled position. Thus, an electrical switch
having the external shape shown in Eig. 17- is pro
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