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Fiber Optic Cable Strain Relief Device

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000122737D
Original Publication Date: 1991-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-04
Document File: 1 page(s) / 34K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Barthel, GM: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

A device is disclosed that provides protection to electronics attached to fiber cables from external loads applied during installation of the cables. Cables in the device are wrapped around a series of fixed cylinders 1 in the pattern shown in the figures. The cylinders 1 and entrance and exit 3 are sized to provide the minimum required bend radius 4 for fiber damage protection. The design is symmetrical, allowing the cable to enter or exit on either side 3. Installation, removal, or addition of cables is simplified by allowing quick removal and rethreading of the cable bundle. Multiple cable removal is done by grasping the bundle 2 and slipping them off the posts 1.

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Fiber Optic Cable Strain Relief Device

      A device is disclosed that provides protection to electronics
attached to fiber cables from external loads applied during
installation of the cables.  Cables in the device are wrapped around
a series of fixed cylinders 1 in the pattern shown in the figures.
The cylinders 1 and entrance and exit 3 are sized to provide the
minimum required bend radius 4 for fiber damage protection.  The
design is symmetrical, allowing the cable to enter or exit on either
side 3.  Installation, removal, or addition of cables is simplified
by allowing quick removal and rethreading of the cable bundle.
Multiple cable removal is done by grasping the bundle 2 and slipping
them off the posts 1.

      While this particular configuration shows four cylinders a
number less than or greater than four can be used to solve a
particular problem.

      Disclosed anonymously.