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Soft Cable Retainer With Snap-In Feature

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000100324D
Original Publication Date: 1990-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-15
Document File: 2 page(s) / 45K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Moncourtois, LJ: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

This part was designed for the purpose of combining three different plastic parts into a single molded plastic part.

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Soft Cable Retainer With Snap-In Feature

       This part was designed for the purpose of combining three
different plastic parts into a single molded plastic part.

      The design represents a significant cost savings in terms of
hardware reduction, reduced assembly time and part number reduction.
Another unique feature of this part is that it allows better positive
retention.  The "soft" cable retainer is specifically designed to
harness fragile sense cables and signal cables.  A standard nylon
tie-wrap will crimp these types of cables and destroy them.  This
construction also allows the part to be reusable whereas the
traditional nylon tie-wrap must be cut.  The soft cable retainer is
made by molding a nylon base having an eye and a snap-fit feature to
the end of a soft cable tie (see Fig. 1).  The soft cable tie has
a soft side and a hook side. The part is assembled by first being
snapped into a drilled or punched hole in the chassis.  The sense or
signal cables are placed next to the base, and the soft cable tie is
looped around the cable with the soft side contacting the cables, the
free end is inserted through the eye of the base so that the soft
side adheres to the hook side, providing positive retention (see Fig.
2).