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Publication numberWO2000013398 B1
Publication typeApplication
Application numberPCT/US1999/019250
Publication date13 Apr 2000
Filing date20 Aug 1999
Priority date31 Aug 1998
Also published asCN1157918C, CN1285246C, CN1318247A, CN1545100A, CN1545100B, CN1545378A, DE69933684D1, DE69933684T2, DE69940683D1, EP1110366A1, EP1110366B1, EP1701521A1, EP1701521B1, US6318687, US20010002691, WO2000013398A1
Publication numberPCT/1999/19250, PCT/US/1999/019250, PCT/US/1999/19250, PCT/US/99/019250, PCT/US/99/19250, PCT/US1999/019250, PCT/US1999/19250, PCT/US1999019250, PCT/US199919250, PCT/US99/019250, PCT/US99/19250, PCT/US99019250, PCT/US9919250, WO 0013398 B1, WO 0013398B1, WO 2000/013398 B1, WO 2000013398 B1, WO 2000013398B1, WO-B1-0013398, WO-B1-2000013398, WO0013398 B1, WO0013398B1, WO2000/013398B1, WO2000013398 B1, WO2000013398B1
InventorsRoger Michael Trana, Wayne S Hoofnagle, Peter J Adam
ApplicantFluke Corp
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: Patentscope, Espacenet
Accessory mount
WO 2000013398 B1
Abstract
An accessory mount (20) for a portable instrument (26) is provided. The device includes a housing (28a and 28b) and a recess (30) located in the housing. The accessory mount also includes a frame (24) received within the recess and a fastener member (36a and 36b) attached to the frame for selectively attaching the frame within the recess. The accessory mount also includes a slot (42) that is partially formed with the frame for selectively attaching and/or positioning equipment, such as an adapter (22), to the device, thereby permitting operation of the device without requiring the use of both hands of an operator.
Claims  (OCR text may contain errors)
AMENDED CLAIMS[received by the International Bureau on 22 February 2000 (22.02.00); original claims 1, 2, 4, 7-9, 13, 14 and 17-19 amended; new claims 20 and 21 added; remaining claims unchanged (4 pages)]The embodiments of the invention in which an exclusive property or privilege is claimed are defined as follows:
1. An accessory mount for an instrument, the instrument having a body and a recess formed within the body, the accessory mount comprising:
(a) a frame adapted and constructed to be releasably received . within the recess;
(b) a fastener member formed with the frame for selectively securing the frame to the instrument; and
(c) accessory attachment means for detachably receiving and attaching equipment to the instrument, the accessory attachment means being at least partially integrally formed with the frame.
2. The accessory mount of Claim 1, wherein the accessory attachment means further comprising a slot located between the frame and the recess when the accessory mount is releasably received within the recess, the slot being sized to slidably receive and fasten the equipment to the instrument.
3. The accessory mount of Claim 2, wherein the accessory attachment means further comprising coupling means for selectively coupling an accessory to the instrument, the coupling means being slidably receivable within the slot.
4. The accessory mount of Claim 3, wherein the coupling means is a coupling member having an end adapted to be selectively fastened within the slot and another end adapted for attaching an accessory to the instrument from which the instrument is selectively attachable to an object.
5. The accessory mount of Claim 1, further comprising at least a first stowage member integrally formed with the frame for stowing a probe connected to the instrument.
6. The accessory mount of Claim 2, further comprising at least a first stowage member integrally formed with the frame for stowing a probe connected to the instrument.
7. An accessory mount for a portable device, the device having a housing and a recess located in the housing, wherein the accessory mount comprises: 13
(a) a frame adapted and constructed to be received within the recess;
(b) a fastener member attached to the frame for selectively securing the frame to the device; and
(c) an accessory attachment member at least partially formed with the frame for detachably receiving and attaching equipment to the device.
8. The accessory mount of Claim 7, wherein the accessory attachment member further comprises a slot defined between the frame and the recess when the frame is received within the recess, the slot being sized to slidably receive and fasten the equipment to the device.
9. The accessory mount of Claim 8, wherein the accessory attachment member further comprises a coupling member slidably receivable within the slot, the coupling member having an end adapted to be releasably fastened within the slot and another end adapted for attaching an accessory to the device from which the device is selectively attachable to an object.
10. The accessory mount of Claim 7, further comprising at least a first stowage member integrally formed with the frame for stowing a probe connected to the device.
11. The accessory mount of Claim 8, further comprising at least a first stowage member integrally formed with the frame for stowing a probe connected to the device.
12. The accessory mount of Claim 11, wherein the fastener member comprises a pair of tabs located on opposite sides of the frame, the tabs being sized to be received within corresponding pockets located within the recess of the device.
13. An accessory mount for a hand-held instrument, the instrument having a housing and a recess formed within the housing, the accessory mount comprising:
(a) a frame adapted to be selectively received within the recess and defining a slot therebetween when the frame is received within the recess; and
(b) an accessory attachment member partially formed with the frame for detachably receiving and attaching equipment to the device. 14
14. The accessory mount of Claim 13, further comprising a coupling member slidably receivable within the slot, the coupling member having an end adapted to be selectively fastened within the slot and another end adapted for attaching an accessory to the instrument from which the instrument is selectively attachable to an object.
15. The accessory mount of Claim 13, further comprising at least a first stowage member for selectively attaching a probe connected to the instrument, the stowage member being at least partially integrally formed with the frame.
16. The accessory mount of Claim 14, further comprising at least a first stowage member for selectively attaching a probe connected to the instrument, the stowage member being at least partially integrally formed with the frame.
17. An accessory mount for an instrument, the instrument having a housing, a recess formed within the housing, and at least a first accessory, the accessory mount comprising:
(a) a frame selectively received within the recess and defining a slot therebetween, the slot being adapted for selectively attaching equipment to the instrument;
(b) an attachment member formed with the frame for selectively attaching the accessory mount to the instrument;
(c) accessory stowage means for selectively attaching the accessory to the frame, the accessory stowage means being at least partially integrally formed with the frame; and
(d) a coupling member selectively attachable to the frame, the coupling member having an end adapted to be selectively fastened within the slot and another end adapted for attaching the equipment to the instrument.
18. An accessory mount, comprising
(a) a body having first and second ends, the body being sized for selective attachment to an instrument;
(b) an attachment member formed with the body first end for selectively attaching an accessory to the body;
(c) a coupling member integrally disposed on the body second end for selectively fastening the accessory mount to the instrument. 15
19. The accessory mount of Claim 18, wherein the coupling member further includes a locking tab actuatable between a locked position, wherein a portion of the locking tab engages a portion of the instrument to fasten the accessory mount to the instrument, and an unlocked position, wherein the accessory mount is selectively removable from the instrument.
20. In an instrument housing for an electronic instrument having a top casing, a bottom casing, and an elongate slot extending from a first end portion of said bottom casing in spaced relationship with a surface of said bottom casing, said surface having a lock-receiving aperture therethrough exposing at least a portion of said slot, an accessory mount comprising: an elongate coupling member having a proximal and a distal end and further having a spring lock integrally formed therewith, said elongate coupling member adapted and constructed to be received in said slot with said spring lock engaging said lock-receiving aperture.
21. The accessory mount of Claim 20, further comprising an accessory attachment slot at the distal end of said elongate coupling member.
Classifications
International ClassificationB60R11/02
Cooperative ClassificationB60R11/0241
European ClassificationB60R11/02G
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