US 9,814,155 B2
Adjustable computing component rack
Aaron R. Cox, Tucson, AZ (US); Jason E. Minyard, Phoenix, AZ (US); Camillo Sassano, Durham, NC (US); and Kevin L. Schultz, Raleigh, NC (US)
Assigned to INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION, Armonk, NY (US)
Filed by INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION, Armonk, NY (US)
Filed on Aug. 25, 2015, as Appl. No. 14/835,431.
Prior Publication US 2017/0064858 A1, Mar. 2, 2017
Int. Cl. H05K 7/00 (2006.01); H05K 7/14 (2006.01)
CPC H05K 7/1488 (2013.01) 9 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A rack system for mounting a plurality of computing components, comprising:
a stationary inner cabinet;
an outer cabinet, the outer cabinet adjustably coupled to the inner cabinet;
wherein the outer cabinet is selectively movable laterally over the inner cabinet such that, as the outer cabinet is moved, a space gap of the inner cabinet is adjusted within a confine of the outer cabinet to promote flexibility in configuring the plurality of computing components within the inner cabinet in three dimensional space; wherein:
when the outer cabinet is moved laterally over the inner cabinet in a first direction, the space gap between the inner cabinet and the outer cabinet is created on a first side, and
when the outer cabinet is moved laterally over the inner cabinet in a second direction, the space gap between the inner cabinet and the outer cabinet is created on a second, opposing side;
a track system comprising a notched depth formed and disposed on an inside edge of either of a top and opposing bottom horizontal rail of the outer cabinet;
a plurality of guide wheels coupled to an outside edge of either of a top and opposing bottom horizontal rail of the inner cabinet, the plurality of guide wheels for positioning inside the track system of the outer cabinet for selectively moving and guiding the outer cabinet upon the plurality of guide wheels of the inner cabinet;
a plurality of apertures formed horizontally along the track system of the outer cabinet; and
a releasable latching mechanism disposed through each of the plurality of guide wheels, the releasable latching mechanism comprising a screw pin for engaging one of the plurality of apertures.