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Multipurpose Adjustable Self-Compensating Clamp

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000043334D
Original Publication Date: 1984-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-04
Document File: 2 page(s) / 34K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Vollkomm, HO: AUTHOR

Abstract

A technique is described whereby a single self-adjusting part is used as a clamp to hold cables, hoses, electrical wires, etc. The clamp, as shown in the elevational view of Fig. A and top view of Fig. B, is designed to be molded as a single part, having structural bridge support 1 as the main supporting member. Flexible compression members 2 provide automatic adjustment so that retractable pressure applicator pad 3 is able to hold variable thicknesses of cables. Positioning dowels 4 incorporate self-locating retention heads 5 for ease of insertion at assembly time. To provide for clamp removal, pressure applied at 6 enables retention heads 5 to retract so that the clamp may be lifted off. The top surface 7, of the retractable pad 3, is serrated and curved in the lateral direction to reduce cable slippage and movement. Fig.

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Multipurpose Adjustable Self-Compensating Clamp

A technique is described whereby a single self-adjusting part is used as a clamp to hold cables, hoses, electrical wires, etc. The clamp, as shown in the elevational view of Fig. A and top view of Fig. B, is designed to be molded as a single part, having structural bridge support 1 as the main supporting member. Flexible compression members 2 provide automatic adjustment so that retractable pressure applicator pad 3 is able to hold variable thicknesses of cables. Positioning dowels 4 incorporate self-locating retention heads 5 for ease of insertion at assembly time. To provide for clamp removal, pressure applied at 6 enables retention heads 5 to retract so that the clamp may be lifted off. The top surface 7, of the retractable pad 3, is serrated and curved in the lateral direction to reduce cable slippage and movement. Fig. C is taken along section line C-C of Fig. A and shows the cross-sectional shape of dowel 4.

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