A Fast and Strong System
Way of Use
These pictures are showing the way the system works using a 3D-printed testmodel.
A real product would show finer teeth, sharper edges and a smooth surface.
Powerfull Combination of Features
Bundle Ties are wanted to be Quickly Connectable as well as Strong .
The ZicLok system offers both by using a special head.
- Quick : The upper side of the head is able to bend open. This offers a fast sideward passageway to the strip moving in and out of the coupling head.
- Strong : The coupling head closes around the strip with extra force when the coupling system is loaded, enhancing the clamping force.
The topside insertion of the strip offers an easy way of use. The strip can be clicked into the locking channel of the head in one move, without looking, just by touch. It is easy, without any practice one can connect the strip very quickly because the strip finds its own way.
Stabbing the end of the strip into some small hole is unnecessary. This offers another benefit in that the strip can be placed at once into an almost right position. After that only a little extra tensioning is needed. This can be accomplished by a quick next move of the hands.
A next advantage is the easy way of unconnecting of the tie. Changes of the bundle can always be made in a simple way. The tie can be reused many times, offering profits regarding material use and costs.
Still, the ZicLok system is very strong by using a special mechanical system. The picture at the right shows the flow of the main forces, generated by the load, giving an idea of the principle. The yellow lines stand for the pulling forces, the red arrows for the pushing forces of the teeth of the strip. A higher load will result in a bigger closing force.
This configuration of parts in the system is new. Patent rights have been granted for the US and EU.