Patent Number: 6,166,332

Title: Method and apparatus for controlling the bend in a ribbon cable

Abstract: A method and apparatus for securing a ribbon cable in a bent position with the extent of the bend limited to prevent distortion of or damage to the cable. The cable clamp apparatus includes a first and a second member, an inner member positioned inside the bend and an outer member located outside the bend of the ribbon cable, with one of the two members including at least one latch for securing the other member in a fixed relationship while the ribbon cable remains bent but at no greater a bend than the minimum radius. The latch is preferably formed integrally with the outer member, projecting each end at a distance approximately equal to the length of the inner member to hold the inner member in releasable relationship to the outer member while limiting the bend of the ribbon cable to the diameter of the inner member to avoid damage to the cable. One embodiment of the design of the inner member and the complementary outer member includes both concave radiused portions and convex radiused portions to define a serpentine path there between for the ribbon cable.

Inventors: Farrow; Timothy S. (Apex, NC), Keung; Tze-wing (Apex, NC), Walker; Joel E. (Raleigh, NC)

Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation

International Classification: G11B 33/12 (20060101); H01R 12/00 (20060101); H01R 12/24 (20060101); H01B 007/18 ()

Expiration Date: 12/26/2017