A Fundamentally New Coupling 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 straps must be Quick Coupling and Strong
The ZicLok system offers both by using a new kind of gripping head.
Quick connecting action : the top side of this head is able to be flexibly bended open. Shown at the left is the way the strip can now move sideways in and out of the head.
High gripping strength : the head offers a clamping action with extra force when the coupling system is loaded : the open and flexible side will stay closed.
Active Fetching Head
The sideparts of the head are mounted pivotably to enable the passing through of the strip. Keeping them closed in a loaded situation is effected by a special interaction of several moving parts.
The system uses a controlled way of exerting forces to the parts, aiming at minimal stresses and at keeping the head closed and the strip securely fetched.
The picture at the right shows the flow of the main forces, generated by a 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. When the head has the right dimensions the forces will excite an active closing force in the two sideparts. A higher load will result in a bigger closing force.
This active coupling configuration of parts in the system is new. Recently the patent rights have been granted to ZicLok for the EU and US.