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Snap On Tape Cable Clip

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000089340D
Original Publication Date: 1977-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-04
Document File: 2 page(s) / 29K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Burns, TA: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

A clamp 1 for removably fastening a tape cable 2 to a support structure is shown in the figures. Fig. 1 shows a side view of the tape cable 2 fastened by an adhesive, for instance, to the clamp 1. Locating stops 3 help position the cable during the fastening process. Extensions 4 and 5 clamp the cable to the support structure (not shown). Locking slots 6, also see Fig. 2, support round wire cables which are connected to terminating pads of the tape cable 2. The locking slots provide a strain relief for the cable interconnections.

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Snap On Tape Cable Clip

A clamp 1 for removably fastening a tape cable 2 to a support structure is shown in the figures. Fig. 1 shows a side view of the tape cable 2 fastened by an adhesive, for instance, to the clamp 1. Locating stops 3 help position the cable during the fastening process. Extensions 4 and 5 clamp the cable to the support structure (not shown). Locking slots 6, also see Fig. 2, support round wire cables which are connected to terminating pads of the tape cable 2. The locking slots provide a strain relief for the cable interconnections.

Fig. 2 is a front view of the clamp 1 of Fig. 1. Fig. 3 is an end view showing the shape of the extensions 4 and 5. The clamp 1 is preferably formed by a single piece mold of a heat stabilized polycarbonate material, which is a resilient material. The extension 4 includes a tab 7 for insertion into a cutout in the support structure. The extensions 4 and 5 are molded to resiliently form towards each other, as shown in Fig. 3. Extension 5 includes a tab 8 for insertion into another cutout in the support structure, and a slot 9 and a second tab 10 for extra support to fasten to a strut. Slot 9 is formed for a tight fit such that the tabs 8 and 10 grip the strut therebetween. Snapping the resilient tabs 7, 8 and 10 into the support structure fastens the tape cable to the structure while allowing removal and replacement by prying the extension 4 and 5 away from the structure.

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