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Cable Puller

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000040810D
Original Publication Date: 1987-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-02
Document File: 1 page(s) / 12K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Low, JD: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Pulling cables through suspended ceilings or small passageways is time consuming, difficult, and often dangerous to workers. The small areas often contain dangerous materials, voltage sources, vapors, or particles which can present hazards to those doing the work and those in the immediate area. Suspended ceilings, for example, require removal of many panels to gain access for the passing of pull cords, or "snakes" as they are sometimes called, which are then used to pull the heavier cables through. This procedure often allows dust, insulating material, or other contaminants to escape from the closed ceiling area and enter the rooms below. It also often results in the disruption of the workers in the offices or labs below the tiles which must be removed.

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Cable Puller

Pulling cables through suspended ceilings or small passageways is time consuming, difficult, and often dangerous to workers. The small areas often contain dangerous materials, voltage sources, vapors, or particles which can present hazards to those doing the work and those in the immediate area. Suspended ceilings, for example, require removal of many panels to gain access for the passing of pull cords, or "snakes" as they are sometimes called, which are then used to pull the heavier cables through. This procedure often allows dust, insulating material, or other contaminants to escape from the closed ceiling area and enter the rooms below. It also often results in the disruption of the workers in the offices or labs below the tiles which must be removed.

This publication describes a small battery powered track driven radio controlled vehicle which is used to maneuver the pull cord or "snake" through the suspended ceiling or passageway. This requires only the removal of tiles (or access) at the starting and ending locations of the cable which is being installed. By using this technique the workers installing the cable are not required to enter hazardous areas or disturb workers in the areas where tiles would have to be removed using the current methods. This would also keep environmental pollution to a minimum. Dust, insulating materials and other contaminants released into work areas with current methods would be eliminated or kept to a minimum. The...