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Method of assembling an electric power

United States Patent

April 3, 2007
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A method of assembling and providing an electric power apparatus. The method uses a heat resistant housing having a structure adapted to accommodate and retain a power circuit card and also including a bracket adapted to accommodate and constrain a rigid conductive member. A power circuit card having an electrical terminal is placed into the housing and a rigid conductive member into the bracket. The rigid conductive member is flow soldered to the electrical terminal, thereby exposing the heat resistant housing to heat and creating a solder bond. Finally, the rigid conductive member is affirmatively connected to the housing. The bracket constrains the rigid conductive member so that the act of affirmatively connecting does not weaken the solder bond.
Rinehart; Lawrence E. (Lake Oswego, OR), Romero; Guillermo L. (Phoenix, AZ)
Rinehart Motion Systems, LLC (Wilsonville, OR)
11/ 016,602
December 18, 2004
STATEMENT OF GOVERNMENT SUPPORT This invention was made with government support under grant no DE-FG02-03ER83768 awarded by the Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in the invention.