US Patent No. 10,342,150

MAGNETICALLY LATCHED LRU INSTALLATION AND EXTRACTION MECHANISM


Patent No. 10,342,150
Issue Date July 02, 2019
Title Magnetically Latched Lru Installation And Extraction Mechanism
Inventorship Joshua V. Davis, Cedar Rapids, IA (US)
Steven W. Kramer, Toddville, IA (US)
Assignee Rockwell Collins, Inc., Cedar Rapids, IA (US)

Claim of US Patent No. 10,342,150

1. A magnetically latched installation and extraction (I/E) mechanism, comprising:at least one bezel of a Line Replaceable Unit (LRU), the bezel configured to define at least one of a forward surface and a forward edge of the LRU, the LRU installable in and extractable from a housing mounted to an instrument panel of a vehicle;
at least one paddle hingedly coupled to the bezel, the paddle associated with an open position and a stowed position, the LRU installable in, and extractable from, the instrument panel via the at least one paddle;
and
at least one magnet disposed within at least one-of the paddle and the bezel, the at least one magnet configured to removably secure the paddle to the bezel in the stowed position,
wherein:
the at least one paddle includes an inner surface having a first recess;
the bezel includes at least one second recess corresponding to the first recess; and
the at least one paddle is configured to be deployed from the stowed position to the open position by inserting at least one of a finger and a tool between the first recess and the second recess.