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Cable Management System

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000106114D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-20
Document File: 2 page(s) / 80K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Cutts, SJ: AUTHOR [+5]

Abstract

Disclosed is a cable management technique which allows easy installation of self contained modular cable assemblies in restricted spaces.

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Cable Management System

      Disclosed is a cable management technique which allows easy
installation of self contained modular cable assemblies in restricted
spaces.

     In densely packaged 19" rack drawers there is the need to pass
signal and power cables from one end to the other.  This can be done
by providing tubular ducts within the chassis structure to
accommodate the cables.  Described is a cable form and mechanism to
allow easy assembly of the cable into the chassis duct.

     The cable described carries signals in two 50 way cables.  They
pass through the duct and are fixed at each end to allow connection
of other cables.  Fig 1 shows two connector carriers (1) and two
stiff channels (2) together with support for both cables.  The
carriers and channels are arranged as a hinged frame which can be
rectangular Fig 1a or a parallelogram Fig 1b.  The cables are made to
the appropriate length with 50 way connectors at each end.  These
connectors are fixed into the carriers with the cables retained in
the centre of the channels.

     In order to install the cable assembly into the narrow chassis
duct the width in the chassis is restricted because of structural
requirements.  The frame is adjusted to a parallelogram form thus
making it narrower Fig. 1b, it is then passed through the chassis and
readjusted back to rectangular.  As this is done the lugs as each end
of the carriers align with the lugs on the sides of the chassis duct
and are screwed into place.
     Alternatively in Fig. 2 connector carriers (1) are hinged at
each end of...