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Publication numberUS20040159736 A1
Publication typeApplication
Application numberUS 10/368,030
Publication dateAug 19, 2004
Filing dateFeb 19, 2003
Priority dateFeb 19, 2003
Publication number10368030, 368030, US 2004/0159736 A1, US 2004/159736 A1, US 20040159736 A1, US 20040159736A1, US 2004159736 A1, US 2004159736A1, US-A1-20040159736, US-A1-2004159736, US2004/0159736A1, US2004/159736A1, US20040159736 A1, US20040159736A1, US2004159736 A1, US2004159736A1
InventorsRichard Cook
Original AssigneeCook Richard L.
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Wire circles
US 20040159736 A1
Wire Circles are enclosed, interlocking, slotted, circular spools designed to incase excess wires. They may vary in size and color. The primary use would be for those wires of smaller gauge but not limited to them. Primary utility would be for computer, and audio-video products.
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1. What I claim as my invention is the interlocking slotted circular plastic enclosures that secure wires in a safer manner.
  • [0001]
    Each enclosure has slots to allow wires to enter and exit. They are designed to interlock in a stair step placement. The dimensions vary from inch wide by 2 inches in diameter, to 1 inch wide by 5 inches in diameter.
  • [0002]
    Additional variance could occur by different utilization. The circles, interlocking spools, allow for low voltage wires, such as computer, audio-video wires, to be wrapped entering and exiting taking up all excess wire. The circles would be plastic at appropriate thickness. White would be the recommended color for ease of labeling, but any color could be used. Each circle could be used separately with a protective snap-on ring shield.
  • [0003]
    The claimed invention is proven way to eliminate without cutting undesirable excess wire especially with computers, but also including other wiring congestions, such as audiovisual installations. The database was searched in a cursory manner and no prior invention was discovered. Working experimental models were tested using similar material available and all were judged more than satisfactory to solve this increasing problem.
  • [0004]
    As more and more electronic components are linked together the problem of excess wires caused by vendor manufactured modular techniques will increase. The congestion of these wires is unsafe, cause of product failure, and just unsightly.
  • [0005]
    Both commercial and residential utilizations are appropriate.
  • [0006]
    As mentioned in the “Background” section, Wire Circles are an answer to, “what to do with all the extra wire” that is caused by manufactured wiring for connecting components. They are both simple to use and inexpensive. And they require not special training or tools to install. Their lifetime is only subject to their care.
  • [0007]
    Wire Circles are manufactured out of inexpensive molded plastic. Thickness and flexibility, as well as size will be determined by desired task. Other solutions such as cutting and reattaching vendor connections require special tools and training. Binding, tying, and just “balling up” can cause damage to the wire and create malfunction. Wire Circles require only the gentle winding of the wires around 360-degree cylinder, then either interlocking it with other Wire Circles, or just attaching the protective shield. It is quicker, safer, easier, and less costly than another solution to the growing problem.
  • [0008]
    To use a Wire Circle you simply hold the desired wire in one hand, the circle in the other. Insert the wire through one of the two opposing slots on the same side of the circle. Then just wind the wire until the desired length is reached. Use the other slot to exit the wire. Either attaches the shield to outside of the circle, or insert the smaller circle into the next larger circle. It should take less then a minute.
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U.S. Classification242/388.1, 242/401
International ClassificationB65H75/14, H02G11/02
Cooperative ClassificationB65H75/143, H02G11/02
European ClassificationH02G11/02, B65H75/14C