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Cable Clamping

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000046304D
Original Publication Date: 1983-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-07
Document File: 2 page(s) / 81K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Applegate, JP: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

The desire to retain a flat flexible cable in a fixed relationship to a moving part, such that the cable may flex and bend to accommodate the movement but will not translate with respect to the moving part, requires a cable clamp which will retain the cable but at the same time not damage the cable. Illustrated in the three figures are cable clamps which will retain the cable in a fixed relationship relative to the moving member of the machine to which the cable is connected for signal-carrying purposes and which will constrain the cable to minimize side-to-side motion.

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Cable Clamping

The desire to retain a flat flexible cable in a fixed relationship to a moving part, such that the cable may flex and bend to accommodate the movement but will not translate with respect to the moving part, requires a cable clamp which will retain the cable but at the same time not damage the cable. Illustrated in the three figures are cable clamps which will retain the cable in a fixed relationship relative to the moving member of the machine to which the cable is connected for signal-carrying purposes and which will constrain the cable to minimize side-to- side motion.

The clamp illustrated in Fig. 1 is comprised of two portions: a body 10 and a snap latch 12. The two mating parts act to grasp and retain flat flexible cable 14. The engagement of clamp 12 with body 10 is accomplished by leg 16 which will engage ledge 18 on body 10. The ledge will then maintain its associated end of clamp 12 at a fixed distance from body 10. The engagement of the other end of the clamp portion is accomplished by two latch hooks 20 which are snap engageable with ledge 22 on body 10.

The snap latch 12 is provided with a series of rounded protrusions 24 which act as a radiused surface against which the end 26 of cable 14 may be wrapped, thus insuring that the minimum radius of bend will not be too small and thereby break the conductors in the flat flexible cable 14.

In order to insure that the cable 14 does not translate longitudinally with respect to body 10 and clamp 12, a rib 28 is formed into the bottom surface of clamp 10 and a recess or cavity 30 is likewise formed into clamp...