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IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000079097D
Original Publication Date: 1973-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 65K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Crawford, WL: AUTHOR

Abstract

Flat cable or the like is folded back over itself to provide a preselected angular change in routing direction, with a predetermined spacing between the cable portions to each side of an oblique fold line.

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Flat cable or the like is folded back over itself to provide a preselected angular change in routing direction, with a predetermined spacing between the cable portions to each side of an oblique fold line.

Insulated conductor flat cable 1 is laid on a hard rubber-surfaced bed 2 (Fig.
1). Respective end portions of cable 1 project beyond edges 3 of the bed. Each edge 3 is disposed at a preselected angle to the longitudinal axis of the cable, depending upon the angle of change in routing direction desired. A trapezoidal- shaped clamping member 4 has anvil edges 5 that are parallel to but project distance x (see FIG. 2) beyond edges 3. Handle 6 pivots on pin 7 carried by housing 8 and is operatively connected to member 4 by element 9. Thus, when handle 6 is pulled forward, member 4 moves in an arc and clamps cable 1 against bed 2.

Forming members 10a, 10b are respectively disposed directly adjacent the opposite edges 3 of bed 2. When in one position (that of 10a), each member constitutes an extension of the bed and supports the cable from underneath. Each member 10 is, however, pivotally supported on a pin 11 having an axis y parallel to a respective anvil edge 5. As member 10a is moved arcuately in the direction of arrow 12, it pivots about axis y, progressively pushing the outer portion of cable 1 up and around 180 degrees and over the central portion, until a stop surface 13 on the now under side of the member contacts the top of clamping member 4. Duri...