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Ribbon Cable Exit Clamp

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000052737D
Original Publication Date: 1981-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-11
Document File: 2 page(s) / 46K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Herriford, JL: AUTHOR

Abstract

When leading electrical ribbon cable or the like 10 from an aperture 11 in a machine frame 12, it is desirable to clamp the cable in some manner to prevent cable abrasion from occurring due to the cable hitting the edge of the aperture. The clamp-together cable clamp illustrated in the figure and described below permits easy coupling and uncoupling thereof without tools while holding the ribbon cable assembly firmly to the frame to inhibit such abrasion or the like.

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Ribbon Cable Exit Clamp

When leading electrical ribbon cable or the like 10 from an aperture 11 in a machine frame 12, it is desirable to clamp the cable in some manner to prevent cable abrasion from occurring due to the cable hitting the edge of the aperture. The clamp-together cable clamp illustrated in the figure and described below permits easy coupling and uncoupling thereof without tools while holding the ribbon cable assembly firmly to the frame to inhibit such abrasion or the like.

Referring to the figure, the clamp includes an upper portion 15 and a lower portion 20 which serve to embrace the ribbon cable 10 while snapping together into the aperture 11 associated with the frame 12. To this end, upper portion 15 includes a central section or portion 16 generally planar in configuration and of a width to overlie, in superimposed overlapping relation, the cable 10. Depending from opposite ends of the upper portion 15 are inturned hook portions 17a and 17b, the hooked portions being adapted for engagement in recesses 21 on opposite ends of the lower portion 20. As illustrated, the lower portion 2O also includes a planar portion 22 which coacts with the planar portion 16 of the upper portion 15 so as to form the outer layers of a sandwich, with the cable 10 intermediate the upper and lower portions.

In order to snap the clamp into the aperture 11 in the frame 12, the upper portion 15 includes four depending snaps 18 with beveled or cam-like lower surfaces 18a...