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ENVIRONMENTALLY CORRECT A.C. LINE CORD

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000007181D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2002-Mar-04
Document File: 1 page(s) / 54K

Publishing Venue

Motorola

Related People

Sam Insalaco: AUTHOR [+5]

Abstract

Typical line cords can use two or three types of metal, and two types of plastics. These line cords are constructed in a manner which do not make it very easy, nor cost effective to separate the plastic from the metal. As a result more raw materials are needed to produce an item which will be eventually thrown away.

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Technical Developments Volume 22 June1994

ENVIRONMENTALLY CORRECT A.C. LINE CORD

by Sam Insalaco, Tom Garvens, Tracy Plansky, Rob Hirsbrunner, and Dan Flondro

Typical line cords can use two or three types of metal, and two types of plastics. These line cords

are constructed in a manner which do not make it very easy, nor cost effective to separate the plastic from the metal. As a result more raw materials are needed to produce an item which will be eventually thrown away.

  The Environmentally Correct A.C. Line Cord requires less raw materials and needs less energy to be produced. Instead of having the insulator molded around the conductor, the insulator would be like conduit with the conductor inside. The conduit containing the copper alloy wire will be modular with flexible joints. This allows the wire to move freely inside the conduit, and in turn, allows the wire to be extracted from the conduit easily during the recycling process. The metal contacts on each

end of the line cord will be composed of the same copper alloy as the wire itself.

  The plastic end connectors are split into two pieces, and when assembled, they captivate the con- nector contacts and line cord insulation. The two halves would be snap fit or ultrasonically welded, etc. The ends would be made of the same material as the modular conduit.

  By reducing the variety of raw materials, and using modular construction this A.C. line cord will be more environmentally correct. The two materia...