US 10,368,459 B2
Equipment clamping assembly using clamps and friction to secure equipment for use in rugged and other environments
Brian M. White, Bristol, RI (US)
Assigned to Raytheon Company, Waltham, MA (US)
Filed by Raytheon Company, Waltham, MA (US)
Filed on Dec. 15, 2016, as Appl. No. 15/380,972.
Prior Publication US 2018/0177066 A1, Jun. 21, 2018
Int. Cl. H05K 7/14 (2006.01); H05K 7/18 (2006.01); H05K 7/12 (2006.01)
CPC H05K 7/1489 (2013.01) 21 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. An apparatus comprising:
a clamping assembly configured to receive and secure a component in a support structure, the clamping assembly comprising:
a faceplate configured to be coupled to the support structure in a fixed position relative to the support structure;
first and second side rails configured to be coupled to the support structure in a fixed position relative to the support structure, the first and second side rails configured to apply frictional forces to the component, each of the first and second side rails having a plurality of cam slots;
first and second clamps slidably mounted to the first and second side rails respectively, wherein an extent of possible movement of each clamp relative to the corresponding side rail is constrained by boundaries of the cam slots; and
first and second spring assemblies configured to be coupled to the faceplate, the spring assemblies also configured to pull the first and second clamps toward the faceplate in order to apply clamping forces to the component.