custom-fit cable routing: The new Ratchet P-Clamp cable clip
For decades, PVC Tubes clamps have been trusty servants to installers and maintenance engineers. But RCA, P and aluminium clamps have also always presented an inherent problem that makes working with them fiddly: cable routing and clamp fastening occur simultaneously. This is compounded by inflexible cable clamp diameters and cable insulation rubbing against the metal edges. The following article illustrates how HellermannTyton’s innovative Ratchet P-Clamp solves both of these issues and more besides.
Reducing costs, saving time, protecting cables from damage – these were the goals that product developers at HellermannTyton set themselves as they ventured to improve on the conventional cable clamp. The reinvention was prompted by an actual industry application: a client wanted to secure hydraulic tubes to a vehicle, but wasn’t satisfied with the conventional processing situation. The problem was that cables and clamps had to be attached simultaneously, which takes up a lot of time for the installers and makes cable routing a real challenge in areas that are difficult to access. Likewise, subsequently routing the cable would have been unthinkable without completely unscrewing and replacing the aluminium clamps.The product developers at HellermannTyton were also bothered by the fact that the aluminium clamps didn’t have flexible diameters. For clients, this means having to have an enormous supply of clamps on hand at all times in all possible sizes. Installers also had to carry several different sizes with them during maintenance.
Another problem presented itself as soon as the vehicle with the traditionally mounted cables began to move: the aluminium clamps were not precisely adapted to the cable’s diameter. The cables moved and rubbed against the edges of the clamps. This would ultimately result in breakdowns and damage. Machines with hydraulic lines, however, could pose a serious risk to life in such situations: damaged hydraulic lines can cause machines to completely lose control. The hydraulic fluid can also spray under high pressure. Both scenarios pose a risk to life and limb.
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