Dismiss
InnovationQ will be updated on Sunday, Oct. 22, from 10am ET - noon. You may experience brief service interruptions during that time.
Browse Prior Art Database

Cable Design Suitable for Recycling

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000109589D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-24
Document File: 1 page(s) / 40K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Baer, K: AUTHOR

Abstract

As their materials (plastics and copper) normally have to be separated by burning, computer cables are difficult to recycle. The cable described in this article may be readily reduced to its components without mechanical means when the computer in which it is installed is taken out of use.

This text was extracted from an ASCII text file.
This is the abbreviated version, containing approximately 100% of the total text.

Cable Design Suitable for Recycling

       As their materials (plastics and copper) normally have to
be separated by burning, computer cables are difficult to recycle.
The cable described in this article may be readily reduced to its
components without mechanical means when the computer in which it is
installed is taken out of use.

      Flat wire buses, such as power distribution and other thick
wire connections following a predetermined path, are designed such
that the actual conductor material (copper tape) is suitably molded.
Half shells 2 of (plastic) insulation material are placed around the
conductor material and detachably connected to each other by screws
or clamps.  For recycling, the conductor and the insulation material
are separated by loosening and removing the half shells.

      The figure shows a plan view of an example of a flat wire 1.
This flat wire is surrounded by detachable plastic shells 2 which are
used as an electrical insulator.  Taps or connectors 3 may be
provided on the outer surface of flat wire 1.