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Method and System for Organizing Cables using Magnetism

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000235455D
Publication Date: 2014-Feb-28
Document File: 3 page(s) / 127K

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Abstract

A method and system is disclosed for organizing cables using magnetism.

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Method and System for Organizing Cables using Magnetism

Cable management can be difficult due the number of cables that are bundled, use and disuse of cables which causes cable orphaning, and possibility of cable entanglement and damage. Generally, cable trays can lead to cable tangling, pre-bundled cables often times leave orphan cables and manual cable bundles requires items like straps and plastic zip ties. Currently, unused, bad or damaged cables are not easily removable, retrievable and replaceable. In most cases, the bundle of cables becomes tangled, and entire bundle removal is required for maintenance of a single cable.

Disclosed is a method and system for organizing cables using magnetism. The system includes a grooved base which allows an easy insertion and removal of either metal clad cables or cables composed of magnetic material. The grooved base can be either metallic or magnetic. The method and system allows easy cable management without the need for various clasping mechanisms. The system holds the cable to the grooved base and keeps the cable away from other cables. The level of magnetism is strong enough to provide secure positioning of the cable, but not so strong as to allow electromagnetic interference of transmitted signal. Cables can be easily peeled off the grooved base, and reapplied with a new cable. The method and system provides a grooved interface and a mechanism for secure attachment of cables to the grooved base. The method and system prevents the touching of cables with each other, prevents tangling of cables and allows easy replacement of cables.

In an embodiment, the system includes a flexible base with groves running along the length of the base as show in Fig. 1.

Figure 1

The material of the flexible base is magnetic in nature allowing a metal clad object to stick to the base. Alternatively, the material of the flexible base can be metallic in nature allowing a cable formed of the magnetic material to adhere securely to the flexible base. The depth of grooves can be deep enough to allow cables to snap in to position and prevent the cables from moving side-to-side due to casually applied forces. A cabl...