Novel Tiewraps and Handgun for Tying Cables and Wires
Original Publication Date: 1985-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-18
Nylon ties are used commonly today for tying bundles of wires, but they have proved to be damaging to pressure-sensitive cables, such as coaxial and high-speed transmission cables. Two types of thermoplastic rubber (TPR) tiewraps are disclosed, which are intended specifically for pressure-sensitive cables. Also described is a handgun capable of securing the tiewraps around bundles of cables with sufficient pressure to prevent loosening, but without damaging the cables. TPR is a soft, resilient, tacky-feeling rubber material, which has a high resistance to ozone, a major cause of rubber degradation. KRATON*, a type of TPR, was chosen as the material for the two types of tiewraps, design 1 and design 2, shown in Fig. 1A.