Rhode Island Patent of the Month – November 2021

Buildings are designed and constructed with proper wiring and cable management in mind. If your electrical panel is all tangled together, or wires are exposed throughout the structure, you could be at risk of power outages and fires. When wiring or cabling needs to be protected, it is usually pulled through conduits made of metals or plastics. The process of pulling cables through a conduit can be quite tedious though, especially when the conduit and cable are quite lengthy. Quick Fitting, Inc. knows how unreliable the traditional methods are, and so they designed a wholly new system to quickly and securely run cables through the conduit.

Their design uses a cable securing device which can then be pulled through a conduit without damaging the cable or risking detachment during the process. The device is made of a retaining cap, compression member, and barrel which tapers to a fastening device. To set an image in your mind, their design looks similar to an animal control pole, which is to say, its pieces come together to form a pole with a looped lanyard at the end. A cable can be inserted into the opening of the barrel opposite the lanyard. This causes the cable to push the fastening device and compress the compression member back to the inner edge of the retaining cap. This further causes the jaws of the fastening device to open up and fit around the cable. The compression member then expands back out, sliding the fastening device back down the barrel towards the tapered end. This action forces the jaws to securely engage the cable. At this point, fish tape can be used to secure the loop in the rigid lanyard to pull the cable through a conduit. This method prevents fish tape from separating from the cable during the pulling process, and ensures a more successful method.

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