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Cable Guide for Swingable Electrical Panel

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000081508D
Original Publication Date: 1974-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-28
Document File: 2 page(s) / 42K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Sylte, DE: AUTHOR

Abstract

Hinged panels containing electrical circuits usually require flexible-electrical cables, for connection to other circuits within the enclosure on which the panels are mounted.

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Cable Guide for Swingable Electrical Panel

Hinged panels containing electrical circuits usually require flexible-electrical cables, for connection to other circuits within the enclosure on which the panels are mounted.

Fig. 1 shows an arrangement which allows panel 10 to be opened either to the right or to the left of enclosure 11 without excessive flexure of an electrical cable 12, yet which allows cable 12 to be as short as possible. Panel 10 carries arms 13, 14 which engage releasable hinge pins 15, 16. Cable 12 passes through cable guide 17, which carries arm 18 engaging hinge pin 16. Guide 17 also has a projecting pin 19 engaging slotted bracket 20, which in turn is mounted on the back of panel 10.

Panel 10 may be opened to the right of enclosure 11 by releasing hinge pins
16. Then, as shown in Fig. 2, cable-guide arm 18 pivots about pin 16, but bracket 20 releases pin 18 on guide 17. Therefore, cable 12 is constrained to remain in almost the same position which it occupied in Fig. 1.

Panel 10 may be opened to the left by releasing hinge pins 15, as shown in Fig. 3. Again, cable-guide arm 18 pivots about hinge pins 16. This time, however, the shape of bracket 20 causes pin 19 to be retained, so that guide 17 follows the motion of panel 10. Whether panel 10 is opened to the right or to the left, cable 12 is held firmly in position without undue pulling or flexure, and without adding unnecessary length to the cable.

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