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Tubing Clamp

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000080925D
Original Publication Date: 1974-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-27
Document File: 2 page(s) / 40K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Jones, AL: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

This tubing clamp may be used to close plastic tubing in two places to form a leak-proof liquid seal, while providing a thin section between the sealed places which can be cut to accordingly section the tubing. Fig. 1 shows, to an enlarged scale, a view of the clip as it is originally formed by a process such as stamping. It will be noted that bridging members extending between the two longitudinal members have a thin cross section, which enables the clip to be cut after it is in place. The meshing teeth at the ends of the clip are arranged to ensure alignment of the two longitudinal arms of the clip, and to cause a labyrinth effect in the tubing to thus more effectively prevent fluid flow.

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Tubing Clamp

This tubing clamp may be used to close plastic tubing in two places to form a leak-proof liquid seal, while providing a thin section between the sealed places which can be cut to accordingly section the tubing. Fig. 1 shows, to an enlarged scale, a view of the clip as it is originally formed by a process such as stamping. It will be noted that bridging members extending between the two longitudinal members have a thin cross section, which enables the clip to be cut after it is in place. The meshing teeth at the ends of the clip are arranged to ensure alignment of the two longitudinal arms of the clip, and to cause a labyrinth effect in the tubing to thus more effectively prevent fluid flow.

Fig. 2 shows the clip after it has been formed but before applying it to the tubing. Fig. 3 shows the manner in which a pair of conventional parallel jaw pliers are used to squeeze the clip shut, the tubing having been placed between the arms as is apparent. Fig. 4 is a cross section through the clip which shows the clip after it has been clamped in place on the tubing, and Fig. 5 shows another view of the clip in place on the tubing.

At any time after the clip has been applied, the tubing may be cut by using a conventional cutting device, for example a pair of scissors or shears, to cut through the thin webs or joining pieces of the clip, and through the enclosed tubing, so that the tubing is effectively sectioned while still maintaining the fluid tight seals.

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