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Self-Capture Cable Raceway Or Wire Router

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000041119D
Original Publication Date: 1987-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-02
Document File: 1 page(s) / 12K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Welz, HP: AUTHOR

Abstract

The cable raceway 10 allows simple pressure insertion of cables and wires. The flexible retainers 12 have fingers which part to allow the wire insertion and resiliently close. The fingers 14 may be formed with a semi-permanent snap-lock 16 which is used when the raceway is full.

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Self-Capture Cable Raceway Or Wire Router

The cable raceway 10 allows simple pressure insertion of cables and wires. The flexible retainers 12 have fingers which part to allow the wire insertion and resiliently close. The fingers 14 may be formed with a semi-permanent snap-lock 16 which is used when the raceway is full.

The cable raceway 10 consists of two plastic injection molded parts, the base and retainer 14. It's purpose is to route and secure wires and cables through a machine.

The new cable raceway has retainers that snap into the desired position in the base prior to cable routing (see Figure 1). The raceway is then mounted to the machine frame using plastic push-in rivets. A slot in the base presents rotation of the retainer.

The retainer has fingers 14 that hold the individual wires/ cables as they are routed through the machine. The fingers spread apart to allow insertion of the cables. Once all the wires/cables are routed and dressed, the fingers may be snapped together or cable ties may be inserted trough the base to hold them securely. The plastic base 18 isolates signal carrying wires from electrostatic discharge (ESD) energy that appears in the machine frame. The base is molded in a bulk length and can be cut to the desired length at corresponding molded-in notches.

In Figure 2, another version of the retainer 20 has fingers 22 and a snap lock feature 24. In addition, a release tab 26 is provided on one of the fingers 22 so the retainer may be qui...