US Patent No. 10,070,553

CONNECTOR REPLACEMENT METHODS IN A NETWORK ELEMENT CHASSIS


Patent No. 10,070,553
Issue Date September 04, 2018
Title Connector Replacement Methods In A Network Element Chassis
Inventorship Cindy Lee, Kanata (CA)
Ryotaro Miyagawa, Kanata (CA)
Trevor Meunier, Kempville (CA)
Michael Reginald Bishop, Nepean (CA)
Peter Saturley, Ottawa (CA)
Assignee Ciena Corporation, Hanover, MD (US)

Claim of US Patent No. 10,070,553

1. A connector replacement method in a network element chassis utilizing associated tools, the connector replacement method comprising:obtaining a connector insertion tool comprising a housing, a handle, a vise configured to move based on rotation of the handle, a push out block configured to move based on movement of the vise, and a plurality of pins on the push out block arranged based on backplane connectors for replacement and configured to push out the backplane connectors for replacement based on movement of the push out block;
obtaining a connector removal tool comprising a housing, a handle, a vise configured to move based on rotation of the handle, a push in block configured to move based on movement of the vise, and a connector block on the housing opposing the push in block;
at a location where the network element chassis is physically deployed and operating in-service, obtaining physical access to a backplane in the network element chassis;
powering down backplane connectors for replacement while other backplane connectors remained powered;
removing the powered down backplane connectors with the connector removal tool;
inserting a new set of backplane connectors in place of the removed, powered down backplane connectors with the connector insertion tool; and
powering up the new set of backplane connectors.