11/14/14 – FUN FACT FRIDAY – CABLE TIE, TIE WRAP, HOSE TIE, ZAP-STRAP, or ZIP TIE,

In 1958 Maurus C. Logan invented “Cable Ties” while he worked for the electrical company Thomas & Betts. Initially they were designed for airplane wire harnesses

The most common cable tie consists of a sturdy nylon tape with an integrated gear rack, and on one end a ratchet within a small open case. Once the pointed tip of the cable tie has been pulled through the case and past the ratchet, it is prevented from being pulled back; the resulting loop may only be pulled tighter. This allows several cables to be bound together into a cable tree.

In order to increase resistance to ultraviolet light in outdoor applications, a specific grade of nylon containing a minimum of 2% carbon black is used to protect the polymer chains and extend the cable tie’s service life. Blue cable ties are supplied to the food industry and contain a metal additive so they can be detected by industrial metal detectors. Stainless Steel cable ties are also available for flameproof applications. Cable ties can be used as makeshift handcuffs. Specially constructed physical restraints called PlastiCuffs, based on the cable tie design, are used by police and military to restrain prisoners.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cable_tie

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