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Patent Application Titled "Fixing Mechanism for Fixing a Storage Module of an Electronic Device and Electronic Device Therewith" Published Online

August 21, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Computer Weekly News -- According to news reporting originating from Washington, D.C., by VerticalNews journalists, a patent application by the inventors Lee, Guo-Shiang (New Taipei City, TW); Tsai, Ming-Hung (New Taipei City, TW), filed on April 15, 2013, was made available online on August 7, 2014.

The assignee for this patent application is Synology Incorporated.

Reporters obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "The present invention relates to a fixing mechanism for fixing a storage module of an electronic device, and more specifically, to a fixing mechanism for fixing a storage module of an electronic device without using any screw.

"A server computer is widely used in large enterprises, such as banks, game companies and technology companies. Most of normal server computers have different replaceable storage modules, such as a hard drive, for storing a lot of information. In order to facilitate a user to replace a new hard drive, tracks are often disposed on a casing of the server computer in the market, and sliding components corresponding to the tracks are installed on two sides of the hard drive, so that the hard drive can be slidably installed inside the casing of the server computer. However, the sliding components are often installed on the two sides of the hard drive by using screws, so that it does not facilitate the user to detach the sliding components from the hard drive and wastes too much time. As a result, it is an important issue to design a fixing mechanism of the storage module with easy assembly and without using any screw."

In addition to obtaining background information on this patent application, VerticalNews editors also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent application: "The present invention is to provide a fixing mechanism for fixing a storage module of an electronic device without using any screw to solve above problems.

"According to the disclosure, a fixing mechanism for fixing a storage module of an electronic device includes a tray, two fixing components, two engaging structures and two fixing structures. The tray is for supporting the storage module. The two fixing components are detachably installed on two sides of the tray respectively. The two engaging structures are disposed on the two fixing components respectively, and the two engaging structures are for engaging the two fixing components with the tray. The two fixing structures are disposed on the two fixing components respectively, and two fixing structures are for fixing the storage module on the tray after the two fixing components are engaged with the tray.

"According to the disclosure, each fixing structure includes a front fixing portion, a middle fixing portion and a rear fixing portion for passing through a front hole, a middle hole and a rear hole respectively after the corresponding fixing component is engaged with the tray, to insert into a plurality of fixing holes on the storage module, so as to fix the storage module on the tray.

"According to the disclosure, each engaging structure includes a front engaging portion and a rear engaging portion, and the front engaging portion and the rear engaging portion are engaged with a front engaging slot and a rear engaging slot of the tray respectively.

"According to the disclosure, the front hole and the rear hole are communicated to the front engaging slot and the rear engaging slot respectively.

"According to the disclosure, the middle fixing portion is a column whereon a slot is formed, and a size of the middle fixing portion is greater than a size of the corresponding fixing hole on the storage module, so that the middle fixing portion is deformed to engage with the storage module after passing through the corresponding fixing hole of the storage module.

"According to the disclosure, the front engaging portion and the rear engaging portion are hooks, respectively.

"According to the disclosure, at least one locating column is disposed on the tray for inserting into at least one locating hole on the storage module, so that the plurality of fixing holes is aligned to the corresponding front hole, the corresponding middle hole and the corresponding rear hole.

"According to the disclosure, the front fixing portion, the middle fixing portion and the rear fixing portion are pins, respectively.

"According to the disclosure, the fixing mechanism further includes four resilient components respectively disposed between the tray and the two fixing components, the four resilient components being respectively installed in the two front holes and the two rear holes, and the four resilient components being for contacting against the storage module to absorb shocks generated by the storage module as the two fixing structures fix the storage module on the tray.

"According to the disclosure, each resilient component includes a groove, an inner portion and an outer portion, the four grooves of the four resilient components are engaged with the two front holes and the two rear holes respectively, and the four inner portions and the four outer portions of the four resilient components are located on two sides of the two front holes and the two rear holes respectively as the four grooves of the four resilient components are engaged with the two front holes and the two rear holes respectively, so as to contact against the two fixing components and the storage module respectively.

"According to the disclosure, each engaging structure includes at least one protrusion, at least one opening is formed on the tray, and the at least one protrusion is engaged with the at least one opening, so that the corresponding fixing component is engaged with the tray.

"According to the disclosure, each fixing component includes a detaching portion for driving the corresponding engaging structure to detach from the tray and driving the corresponding fixing structure to detach from the storage module and the tray as the detaching portion is forced.

"According to the disclosure, an electronic device includes a casing whereon a track is disposed, an engaging component, a storage module and a fixing mechanism. The engaging component is disposed on a front end of the track. The storage module is installed inside the casing in a slidable manner relative to the track. The fixing mechanism for fixing the storage module of the electronic device includes a tray, two fixing components, two engaging structures and two fixing structures. The tray is for supporting the storage module. The two fixing components are detachably installed on two sides of the tray respectively. The two engaging structures are disposed on the two fixing components respectively, and the two engaging structures are for engaging the two fixing components with the tray. The two fixing structures are disposed on the two fixing components respectively, and two fixing structures are for fixing the storage module on the tray after the two fixing components are engaged with the tray.

"The present invention provides the fixing mechanism for fixing the storage module on the tray. The front engaging portion and the rear engaging portion of the fixing component are respectively fixed on the front engaging slot and the rear engaging slot, and the front fixing portion, the middle fixing portion and the rear fixing portion of each fixing component respectively insert into the corresponding fixing holes of the storage module at the same time, so that the storage module is installed on the fixing mechanism. As a result, it improves the inconvenience in assembly by using the screws and the need of additional assembly tools, such as a screwdriver, to fix the storage module in the prior art. Therefore, the fixing mechanism of the present invention has enhanced convenience of assembly and has no additional manufacturing cost resulted from a complicated structural design. In addition, the fixing component is detachably installed on the tray, so that it can replace a new fixing component directly instead of replacing the whole fixing mechanism as the fixing component, the engaging structure or the fixing structure is damaged, so as to save the cost of components. Furthermore, as the storage module is detached from the tray, the fixing component and the resilient component can be installed on the tray again, so as to prevent the components from loss.

"These and other objectives of the present invention will no doubt become obvious to those of ordinary skill in the art after reading the following detailed description of the preferred embodiment that is illustrated in the various figures and drawings.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

"FIG. 1 is a diagram of an electronic device according to an embodiment of the present invention.

"FIG. 2 is an exploded diagram of a fixing mechanism according to the embodiment of the present invention.

"FIG. 3 is an assembly diagram of the fixing mechanism according to the embodiment of the present invention.

"FIG. 4 is a diagram of a storage module according to the embodiment of the present invention.

"FIG. 5 is a diagram of a resilient component according to the embodiment of the present invention.

"FIG. 6 is an assembly diagram of the storage module installed on the fixing mechanism according to the embodiment of the present invention."

For more information, see this patent application: Lee, Guo-Shiang; Tsai, Ming-Hung. Fixing Mechanism for Fixing a Storage Module of an Electronic Device and Electronic Device Therewith. Filed April 15, 2013 and posted August 7, 2014. Patent URL: http://appft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.html&r=4271&p=86&f=G&l=50&d=PG01&S1=20140731.PD.&OS=PD/20140731&RS=PD/20140731

Keywords for this news article include: Synology Incorporated.

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