(19)
(11)EP 3 230 167 B1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT SPECIFICATION

(45)Mention of the grant of the patent:
25.03.2020 Bulletin 2020/13

(21)Application number: 15868399.5

(22)Date of filing:  11.12.2015
(51)International Patent Classification (IPC): 
B65B 13/02(2006.01)
B25B 25/00(2006.01)
B65B 13/22(2006.01)
(86)International application number:
PCT/US2015/065364
(87)International publication number:
WO 2016/094855 (16.06.2016 Gazette  2016/24)

(54)

COMPOUND TENSION AND CALIBRATION MECHANISM FOR CABLE TIE TENSIONING AND CUT-OFF TOOL

VERBINDUNGSSPANN- UND -KALIBRIERMECHANISMUS FÜR KABELBINDERSPANN- UND -SCHNEIDWERKZEUG

MÉCANISME MIXTE DE MISE SOUS TENSION ET D'ÉTALONNAGE DESTINÉ À UN OUTIL DE MISE SOUS TENSION D'UN COLLIER D'ATTACHE POUR CÂBLES ET DE COUPURE


(84)Designated Contracting States:
AL AT BE BG CH CY CZ DE DK EE ES FI FR GB GR HR HU IE IS IT LI LT LU LV MC MK MT NL NO PL PT RO RS SE SI SK SM TR

(30)Priority: 12.12.2014 US 201462091004 P

(43)Date of publication of application:
18.10.2017 Bulletin 2017/42

(60)Divisional application:
19154054.1 / 3514072

(73)Proprietor: Hellermanntyton Corporation
Milwaukee, WI 53224 (US)

(72)Inventor:
  • MYERS, Travis J.
    Whitefish Bay, WI 53217 (US)

(74)Representative: Westphal, Mussgnug & Partner Patentanwälte mbB 
Werinherstrasse 79
81541 München
81541 München (DE)


(56)References cited: : 
US-A- 5 492 156
US-A1- 2004 079 436
US-A1- 2009 121 069
US-A1- 2013 167 969
US-A- 5 921 290
US-A1- 2004 079 436
US-A1- 2013 167 969
  
      
    Note: Within nine months from the publication of the mention of the grant of the European patent, any person may give notice to the European Patent Office of opposition to the European patent granted. Notice of opposition shall be filed in a written reasoned statement. It shall not be deemed to have been filed until the opposition fee has been paid. (Art. 99(1) European Patent Convention).


    Description

    RELATED APPLICATION



    [0001] This is a national stage application of International Patent Application PCT/US2015/065364 filed 11 December 2015 which claims the benefit of U.S. Provisional Patent Application Serial No. 62/091,004, filed 12 December 2014.

    BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION



    [0002] The present invention relates to hand held tensioning and cutting tools, and particularly to an improved hand tool for tensioning and cutting cable ties .

    [0003] Cable ties are widely used in a variety of environments and applications. They may be used, for example, to bundle a plurality of elongate wires, cables, or other elongate articles. Cable ties may also be used to secure elongate articles to rigid structures or used as hose clamps, by way of example. Such cable ties typically include an elongate tail portion which is threaded through an integral head portion to encircle the articles to be bound and the tie tail is drawn through the cable tie head to tightly bind the elongate articles into a bundle. After the tie is tensioned around the bundle, the excess length of the tie tail which extends out of the head portion is then severed by the tool close to the head. Ties are often applied in high volumes and to precise tensions.

    [0004] One disadvantage of many presently available tie tensioning and severing tools is that those tools require an operator to apply an excessive force on their triggers which leads tool operator fatigue after only a relatively small number of cables ties have been installed by the operator. Additionally, many prior art tie tensioning and severing tools have their tool triggers mechanically linked to the tensioning and severing mechanisms in a manner that the actual tension attained in the cable tie immediately prior to severing of the cable tie tail varies with the position of the operator's grip on the trigger during operation of the tool. Tools which rely upon mechanical linkages often increase the tension in the cable tie above the preselected value immediately prior to severing due to the movement of the linkages during the tensioning operation. This can cause stretching, weakening or breakage of the tie during severing.

    [0005] The present invention has application to the cable tie tensioning and cut-off tools disclosed in U.S. patent application serial numbers 13/534,791; 13/534,826; 13/534,877; 13/534,902; 14/532,619 and 14/532, 637 owned by the same assignee.

    [0006] Document US2013/167969A1 discloses a cable tie tensioning and cut-off tool, with a tensioning system having a tension adjustment knob for adjusting the tension applied to the cable-tie. The knob is coupled to an inner nut-like movable member so that the member can move axially with respect to the knob but cannot rotate. The member has an outer thread that is supported inside a stationary member. Accordingly, the inner member is moved axially but not rotationally when the knob is rotated. This axial movement serves to adjust the tension of the tensioning mechanism.

    SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION



    [0007] The present invention is directed to a handheld tensioning and severing tool which avoids the aforementioned shortcomings.

    [0008] In accordance with a principal aspect of the present invention, a selective tension adjustment system is provided in the form of an acme thread cam and knob for selectively changing the preselected tie tension to a selected tension value.

    [0009] Another object of the present invention is to provide a hand tool for tensioning and severing cable ties which includes rotatable selective tension adjustment means for rapidly and reliably selecting a number of preselected tension levels.

    [0010] An embodiment of the invention comprises a tensioning system for adjusting the tension imparted to a cable tie in a cable tie tensioning and cut-off tool, the cut off tool including a housing and a cable tie gripping mechanism, the tensioning system having a tension adjustment knob having at least one slot formed thereon and at least one spline formed therein; a ring member having at least one cog on a first side and at least one detent on a second side, the at least one cog being engageable with the at least one slot; a rotating cam having an external thread and at least, one tessellated portion formed thereon, the at least one tessellated portion being engageable with the at least one spline; a fixed cam coupled to the housing and having an internal thread being engageable with the rotating cam external thread; a tension shaft having a first, end, the first, end being coupled to the rotating cam; and at least one tension biasing member coupled to the shaft and to the gripping mechanism.

    [0011] The tensioning system includes a locking latch coupled to the housing and having at least one tooth engageable with the at least one detent and a protrusion affixed to the fixed cam, the protrusion being engageable with the at least one detent formed on the ring member. When engaged the locking latch prevents a disengagement of the at least one tooth and detent.

    [0012] The tensioning system further includes a calibration mechanism, the calibration mechanism having a thread being formed on a first end of the tension shaft and a calibration nut being located between the rotating cam and the tension adjustment knob, the nut including a threaded opening for receiving the first end of the tension shaft. The tension biasing member may comprise a spring, two springs or a plurality of springs.

    [0013] The tensioning system may further include a calibration tool having a working end. The calibration nut may have at least one slot formed therein whereby the calibration tool working end may be engaged with the at least, one calibration nut slot. In another embodiment, the tension adjustment knob has an opening formed therein and further includes a removable cap covering the opening. In addition a plurality of ridges may be formed on the calibration nut, the ridges being engageable with groves formed on the rotating cam. In another embodiment, the tension adjustment knob has a recessed opening and the tension calibration nut is accessible through the opening.

    [0014] Indicia may be formed on or applied to the tension adjustment knob; the indicia correspond to incremental tension ranges and designated tension settings for the system. In addition the at least one detent and the at least one protrusion may provide a tactile indication of tension adjustment as the knob is rotated. Alternatively or concurrently, the at least one detent and the at least one protrusion may provide an audible indication of tension adjustment as well.

    [0015] Another cable tie tensioning and cut-off tool, helpful for understanding the invention comprises a tensioning system for adjusting the tension imparted to a cable tie in a cable tie tensioning and cut-off tool, the cut off tool including a housing and a cable tie gripping mechanism, the tensioning system having a rotatable tension adjustment knob coupled to a rotating cam; the rotating cam threadingly coupled to a fixed cam; the fixed cam coupled to the housing; a tension shaft having at least one tension biasing member coupled thereto, the tension shaft being attached to the fixed cam; and the tension shaft coupled to the cable tie gripping mechanism. A locking latch may be proved as described above to prevent desired movement of the tension adjustment knob all together or in desired increments . The increments may be relatively small or large as desired by the user. A similar calibration mechanism may also be provided to calibrate the force the cable tie tensioning and cutoff tool applies to a cable tie before cutting or severing the cable tie tail. These and other objects, features and advantages of the present invention will be clearly understood through a consideration of the following detailed description.

    BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS



    [0016] 

    Figure 1 is a perspective view of a cable tie tensioning and cut-off tool according to the present invention.

    Figure 2 is a left side view of the tool illustrated in Figure 1.

    Figure 3 is a top view of the tool illustrated in Figures 1 and 2.

    Figure 4 is a view similar to that of Figure 2, but with a portion of the housing removed and showing the tensioning mechanism.

    Figure 5 is a top perspective view of a control knob on the tool shown in Figures 1 - 4 that provides tension adjustment.

    Figure 6 is a bottom perspective view of the control knob illustrated in Figure 5.

    Figures 7A - 7C are cross sectional views of the control knob illustrated in Figure 5 taken along lines 7A-7A thereof, and showing further details of the form and function of the control knob, operation of the control knob and showing movement of the associated parts .

    Figure 8 is an exploded view of the control knob shown in Figures 5 -7C.

    Figure 9 is a perspective view of a hold back fin shown in Figure 8.

    Figure 10 is a perspective view of a calibration tool for use with the present device.

    Figure 11 is a fragmentary exploded view of the cams and calibration nut and showing engagement means.

    Figure 12 is a bottom perspective view of a locking latch for use with the present device.

    Figure 13 is a perspective view of the ring and tensioning knob for use with the present device.

    Figures 14 - 16 illustrate operation of the cable tie tensioning and cut-off tool shown in Figures 1 - 4.

    Figure 17 is a view similar to that of Figures 14 - 16, but showing locking of the top latch.


    DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT



    [0017] Although the disclosure hereof is detailed and exact to enable those skilled in the art to practice the invention, the physical embodiments herein disclosed merely exemplify the invention which may be embodied in other specific structures. While the preferred embodiment has been described, the details may be changed without departing from the invention.

    [0018] Referring now to the drawings and in particular to Figures 1 and 2, an embodiment of the cable tie tensioning and cut-off tool 10 incorporating the principles of the present invention is shown as having a housing 12 in the shape of a pistol or gun and having a handle or grip portion 14, a barrel portion 16, and a trigger 18. The trigger 18 is located forwardly of the grip 14 and under the barrel portion 16 where it fits naturally in the hand of a user (not shown in these views). The tool 10 is typically used to install cable ties 20 (seen in phantom in Figure 2) around elongate bundles 22, such as wire cable or the like. As mentioned earlier, cable ties are widely used in a variety of environments and applications, and may be used, for example, to bundle a plurality of elongate wires, cables, or other elongate articles 22, as is shown in Figure 2. However, it is to be understood that the tool 10 of the present invention may be used to secure cable ties 20 in other applications, such as to secure elongate articles to rigid structures or used as hose clamps (not shown), by way of non-limiting example. As illustrated, a tie 20 includes a head portion 24 and a tie tail portion 26. The tool 10 grips the tail portion 26 of the tie 20 and pulls it through the head 24 until a predetermined tension is achieved. The tool 10 then locks the tension and automatically cuts off the excess tail portion 26 adjacent the head 24.

    [0019] As seen in Figure 4, a portion of one housing 12 sidewall has been cut away to show the opposite housing 12 sidewall and the internal parts and mechanism of the present tool 10. The tool 10 generally contains the usual components for a tool of this type, including a reciprocating tension mechanism, located in the barrel portion 16 of the tool 10 (not shown) ; the tension mechanism includes a gripping mechanism 30, for gripping the tail portion 26 of a tie 20, and a locking mechanism, for locking the tension mechanism at a predetermined tension prior to activating a cutoff mechanism. In operation, the tensioning mechanism pulls the gripped tail portion 26 rearwardly to a predetermined tension. Upon reaching the predetermined tension, the locking mechanism locks the tension. A cutoff mechanism (not shown), also located at the forward end of the barrel portion 16, activates to cause a blade member (not shown) to cut off the tie tail 26 closely adjacent the head portion 24. The predetermined tension is set or adjusted by way of a tension adjustment mechanism located at the rear of the tool 10, as will be discussed in detail.

    Tension Adjustment System



    [0020] The present tool 10 includes a novel tension adjustment mechanism. As will be seen, the tension control and adjustment mechanism of the present tool 10 functions to provide a controlled tension to the rear of the cutoff cam 36 (see Figure 4) . This, in turn, determines the point at which the cutoff cam 36 pivots to actuate the locking mechanism and the cutoff mechanism, to thereby cut off a tie tail 26.

    [0021] The tension adjustment system of the present device is simple to use and eliminates the use of two knobs, as in known devices, through the use of an acme thread cam action and knob, as will be discussed. The system further provides both incremental tension settings and predetermined, widely spaced settings. The widely spaced settings allow the user to quickly change the tension settings in a one-handed operation. A tension control mechanism according to the present invention may be seen particularly in the views of Figures 5 - 8. As illustrated, the tension control mechanism includes a U-bracket 38 positioned horizontally, and slideably moveable, within the housing 12 at the rear end of the barrel portion 16 of the tool 10. The forward ends 40 of the U-bracket 38 are pivotally coupled to the rear end of the cutoff cam 36 by way of a tension pin (not shown) or other acceptable device, extending through the forward ends 40 of the U- bracket 38 and through a corresponding slot (not shown) in the cutoff cam 36. The rearward end of the U- bracket 38 is biased toward the rear of the housing 12 by means of the inner and outer tension springs, 46, 48 respectively. The tension springs 46, 48 are adjusted by a tension nut 52. A rotating cam 54 is coupled to a tension adjustment knob 56 by way of tessellated portions 58 which engage corresponding interlocking splines 60 in the adjustment knob 56. The rotating cam 54 further includes a threaded portion 62 adapted to threadingly engage the internal threaded portion 70 of fixed cam 64 and its housing 66. As the adjustment knob 56 is turned, the rotating cam 54 either draws the tension shaft 50 closer to the rear of the housing 12 or drives the tension shaft 50 farther from the rear of the housing 12 depending on the direction in which the adjustment knob 56 is turned. Accordingly, the tension applied by the U-bracket 38 to the cutoff cam 36 is increased as the adjustment knob 56 is turned so as to compress the tension springs 46, 48, and is decreased as the adjustment knob 56 is turned to decompress the tension springs 46, 48.

    [0022] With specific attention to Figure 8, the tessellated portions 58 of the rotating cam 54 may be seen. The tessellated portions 58 mate with and slide on splines 60 located in the tension adjustment knob 56. This interrelationship allows the threaded portion 62 to rotate and move longitudinally along the splines 60, while the adjustment knob 56 remains stationary, thereby allowing the overall tool 10 length and tool ergonomics to remain constant throughout the adjustment range.

    [0023] With further attention to Figure 8, incremental tension ranges may be seen to be provided by detents 270 on a ring member 214. Protrusions 212 on a pusher 210 (see also Figure 9) ride in the detents 270. As shown, the ring member 214 includes a first side 216 which includes the mentioned detents 270, and a second side 218. Preferably, the adjustment knob 56 includes indicia 68 to designate selected tension settings. The indicia 68 correspond to the incremental tension ranges. The second side 218 includes a plurality of widely spaced cogs 220. The cogs 220 correspond to and engage with mating slots 222 on the adjustment knob 56 (see also Figure 13). The cogs 220, in conjunction with the mating slots 222, allow the tension adjustment system to be adjusted to predetermined settings independent from the incremental tension settings provided by the previously mentioned detents 270. The cogs 220 and mating slots 222 allow the user to alternatively select tension settings that correspond to the cog 220 spacing. The tension settings that correspond to the cog 220 spacing are designed to provide a preset setting location for quick change of tension without requiring the user to manipulate the locking latch 74, as will be described. While the present drawings illustrate three spaced cogs 220, it is to be understood that the number and spacing of the cogs 220 may vary without departing from the present invention.

    [0024] As mentioned, the present tension adjustment system further includes capability to calibrate, hold and lock. A locking latch 74 is slidingly located on the housing 66 of the fixed cam 64. As best shown in Figure 12, the locking latch 74 includes a plurality of teeth 72 that engage with detents 270 on ring member 214. As is seen particularly in the views of Figures 7A - 8, the locking latch 74 includes a switch 76 and a locking pin 78, seen as a screw in these views. Incremental tension adjustment using the locking latch 74 is illustrated in Figures 16 and 7C. As viewed, to adjust tension, the hold switch 76 on the top of the tool 10 is moved in the direction of arrow D, to an unlocked position; the adjustment knob 56 is rotated in the direction of arrow A (see also Figure 7C) to the desired tension setting; and the hold switch 76 is released to the lock position (see Figure 7A) . The precise tension setting is accomplished by rotating the adjustment knob 56 across the multiple discrete detent stops 270 on the ring 214. As is seen in Figure 7C, as the adjustment knob 56 is rotated in the direction of arrows A, the detent stops 270 pass over the protrusions 212 on the pusher 210 to thereby bias the pusher spring 224 in the direction of arrow B. This action provides the user with both tactile and audible indications of the tension settings associated with the indicia 68. If desired, the locking latch 74 may be locked to prevent inadvertent tension changes by moving the locking pin 78 from its stowed position to a locked position (see Figure 17).

    [0025] As seen in Figures 7B and 15, tension may be alternatively adjusted without the need to manipulate the locking latch 74. As shown, a user may rotate the adjustment knob 56 in the direction of arrow C without manipulating the locking latch 74. When a user rotates the adjustment knob 56 without manipulating the locking latch 74, the ring member 214 moves in the direction of arrow E and biases the pusher spring 224 and locking latch spring 226 in the direction of arrow D. The user continues to exert torque on the adjustment knob 56 to overcome the bias of the springs 224 and 226 while the ring member 214 continues movement in the direction of arrow E, thereby disengaging the slots 222 from the cogs 220 and allowing the adjustment knob 56 to rotate until the user reengages an adjacent cog 220. During adjustment, the slots 222 on tension adjustment knob 56 slip to ride over the second side 218 of the ring member 214, until the next desired cog 220 is selected thereby moving the tension shaft 50 in the direction of arrow F and changing the tension to correspond with the spaced cogs 220 on the ring member 214.

    Calibration



    [0026] The tension adjustment system may be calibrated at the point of manufacture or may be calibrated in the field. Calibration sets the base tension point from which the further tension adjustments, discussed previously, may be made. During calibration, a calibration tension tool 80 may be used.

    [0027] With specific reference to Figure 10, a calibration tension tool 80 for use with the present device 10 may be seen. As seen, the calibration tension tool 80 includes a first side 180 and a second side 182. As viewed, the first side 180 preferably includes a plurality of upstanding protuberances 184. A second side 182 of calibration tension tool 80 includes an upstanding, elongate key device 186. As shown, the key device 186 may further include at least one pin portion 188. The first side 180 of calibration tool 80 may be used to remove the calibration cap 190. The protuberances 184 engage corresponding detents 191 in the calibration cap 190 to allow the calibration tool 80 to twist off the calibration cap 190 when access is desired. When the calibration cap 190 is removed, and as seen in Figures 10 and 11, the key device 186 on the second side 182 of calibration tool 80 along with pin portions 188 engage the tension calibration nut 52 in corresponding slots 192. The calibration tool 80 is then rotated in a direction to thereby rotate the tension nut 52 to a predetermined tension force. It is to be noted that rotation of the tension nut 52 may be in clockwise or counterclockwise direction, depending on whether the user wishes to set calibration at a higher or lower set tension force. Moreover, the calibration nut 52 may include a plurality of upstanding ridges 228 that are adapted to engage corresponding grooves 230 in the housing 66 of rotating cam 54 and fixed cam 64 (see Figure 11). The arrangement of cooperating ridges 228 and grooves 230 provides a secure interaction between the elements over time and thereby reduces undesired tension nut. 52 rotation and resultant tension force change due to slippage caused by vibration or frequent adjustment.

    [0028] The foregoing is considered as illustrative only of the principles of the invention. Furthermore, since numerous modifications and changes will readily occur to those skilled in the art, it is not desired to limit the invention to the exact construction and operation shown and described. While the preferred embodiment has been described, the details may be changed without departing from the invention.

    [0029] adjustment, the slots 222 on tension adjustment knob 56 slip to ride over the second side 218 of the ring member 214, until the next desired cog 220 is selected thereby moving the tension shaft 50 in the direction of arrow F and changing the tension to correspond with the spaced cogs 220 on the ring member 214.

    Calibration



    [0030] The tension adjustment system may be calibrated at the point of manufacture or may be calibrated in the field. Calibration sets the base tension point from which the further tension adjustments, discussed previously, may be made. During calibration, a calibration tension tool 80 may be used.

    [0031] With specific reference to Figure 10, a calibration tension tool 80 for use with the present device 10 may be seen. As seen, the calibration tension tool 80 includes a first side 180 and a second side 182. As viewed, the first side 180 preferably includes a plurality of upstanding protuberances 184. A second side 182 of calibration tension tool 80 includes an upstanding, elongate key device 186. As shown, the key device 186 may further include at least one pin portion 188. The first side 180 of calibration tool 80 may be used to remove the calibration cap 190. The protuberances 184 engage corresponding detents 191 in the calibration cap 190 to allow the calibration tool 80 to twist off the calibration cap 190 when access is desired. When the calibration cap 190 is removed, and as seen in Figures 10 and 11, the key device 186 on the second side 182 of calibration tool 80 along with pin portions 188 engage the tension calibration nut 52 in corresponding slots 192. The calibration tool 80 is then rotated in a direction to thereby rotate the tension nut 52 to a predetermined tension force. It is to be noted that rotation of the tension nut 52 may be in clockwise or counterclockwise direction, depending on whether the user wishes to set calibration at a higher or lower set tension force. Moreover, the calibration nut 52 may include a plurality of upstanding ridges 228 that are adapted to engage corresponding grooves 230 in the housing 66 of rotating cam 54 and fixed cam 64 (see Figure 11). The arrangement of cooperating ridges 228 and grooves 230 provides a secure interaction between the elements over time and thereby reduces undesired tension nut 52 rotation and resultant tension force change due to slippage caused by vibration or frequent adjustment.

    [0032] The foregoing is considered as illustrative only of the principles of the invention. Furthermore, since numerous modifications and changes will readily occur to those skilled in the art, it is not desired to limit the invention to the exact construction and operation shown and described. While the preferred embodiment has been described, the details may be changed without departing from the invention.


    Claims

    1. A cable tie tensioning and cut-off tool (10), the cut off tool (10) including a housing (12) and a cable tie gripping mechanism (30), and a tensioning system for adjusting the tension imparted to a cable tie in the cable tie tensioning and cut-off tool (10), the tensioning system comprising:

    a tension adjustment knob (56) having at least one slot (222) formed thereon and at least one spline (60) formed therein;

    a ring member (214) having at least one cog (220) on a first side and at least one detent (270) on a second side, the at least one cog (220) being engageable with the at least one slot (222);

    a locking latch (74) coupled to the housing (12) and having at least one tooth (72) engageable with the at least one detent (270);

    a rotating cam (54) having an external thread and at least one tessellated portion (58) formed thereon, the at least one tessellated portion (58) being engageable with the at least one spline (60);

    a fixed cam (64) coupled to said housing (12) and having an internal thread being engageable with the rotating cam external thread;

    a tension shaft (50) having a first end, the first end being coupled to the rotating cam (54); and

    at least one tension biasing member coupled to the shaft (50) and to the gripping mechanism (30).


     
    2. The cable tie tensioning and cut-off tool (10) of claim 1 further including a protrusion affixed to the fixed cam (64), the protrusion (212) being engageable with the at least one detent (270) formed on the ring member (214).
     
    3. The cable tie tensioning and cut-off tool (10) of claim 1 wherein when engaged the locking latch (74) prevents a disengagement of the at least one tooth (72) and at least one detent (270).
     
    4. The cable tie tensioning and cut-off tool (10) of claim 1 further including a calibration mechanism, the calibration mechanism comprising:

    a thread being formed on a first end of the tension shaft (50); and

    a calibration nut (52) being located between the rotating cam (54) and the tension adjustment knob (56), the nut (52) including a threaded opening for receiving the first end of the tension shaft (50).


     
    5. The cable tie tensioning and cut-off tool (10) of claim 4 further including a calibration tool (80) having a working end; and the calibration nut (52) including at least one slot (192) being formed therein whereby the calibration tool working end may be engaged with the at least one calibration nut slot (192).
     
    6. The cable tie tensioning and cut-off tool (10) of claim 5 wherein the tension adjustment knob (56) has an opening formed therein and further including a removable cap (190) attachable to the opening .
     
    7. The cable tie tensioning and cut-off tool (10) of claim 5 wherein a plurality of ridges (228) are formed on the calibration nut (52), the ridges (228) being engageable with grooves formed on the rotating cam (54).
     
    8. The cable tie tensioning and cut-off tool (10) of claim 1 wherein the tension biasing member comprises at least one spring (46, 48).
     
    9. The cable tie tensioning and cut-off tool (10) of claim 1 wherein the tension biasing member comprises a plurality of springs (46, 48).
     
    10. The cable tie tensioning and cut-off tool (10) of claim 4 whereby the tension adjustment knob (56) has an opening and the tension calibration nut (52) is accessible through said opening.
     
    11. The cable tie tensioning and cut-off tool (10) of claim 1 further including indicia formed on the tension adjustment knob (56), said indicia corresponding to incremental tension ranges and designated tension settings.
     
    12. The cable tie tensioning and cut-off tool (10) of claim 2 wherein the at least one detent (270) and the at least one protrusion (212) provide a tactile indication of tension adjustment.
     
    13. The cable tie tensioning and cut-off tool (10) of claim 2 wherein the at least one detent (270) and the at least one protrusion (212) provide an audible indication of tension adjustment.
     


    Ansprüche

    1. Kabelbinderspann- und Schneidwerkzeug (10), wobei das Schneidwerkzeug (10) ein Gehäuse (12) und einen Kabelbindergreifmechanismus (30), und ein Spannsystem zur Einstellung der Spannung, die an einem Kabelbinder in dem Kabelbinderspann- und Schneidwerkzeug (10) übermittelt wird, aufweist, wobei das Spannsystem aufweist:

    einen Spannungseinstellungsknopf (56), der mindestens eine darauf gebildete Aussparung (222) und mindestens eine darin gebildete Rippe (60) aufweist;

    ein Ringelement (214), welches mindestens einen Zahn (220) an einer ersten Seite und eine Arretierung (270) an einer zweiten Seite aufweist, wobei der mindestens eine Zahn (220) mit der mindestens einen Aussparung (222) in Eingriff kommen kann;

    einen Sperrriegel (74), der mit dem Gehäuse (12) verbunden ist und mindestens einen Zahn (72) aufweist, der mit der mindestens einen Arretierung (270) in Eingriff kommen kann;

    eine Drehnocke (54), welche ein Außengewinde und mindestens einen darauf gebildeten Kronenabschnitt (58) aufweist, wobei der mindestens eine Kronenabschnitt (58) mit der mindestens einen Rippe (60) in Eingriff kommen kann;

    eine feste Nocke (64), welche mit dem Gehäuse (12) verbunden ist und ein Innengewinde aufweist, das mit dem Drehnockenaußengewinde in Eingriff kommen kann;

    eine Spannwelle (50), welche ein erstes Ende aufweist, wobei das erste Ende mit der Drehnocke (54) verbunden ist; und

    mindestens ein Vorspannungselement, welches mit der Welle (50) und dem Greifmechanismus (30) verbunden ist.


     
    2. Kabelbinderspann- und Schneidwerkzeug (10) gemäß Anspruch 1, welches weiter einen Vorsprung umfasst, der an der festen Nocke (64) befestigt ist, wobei der Vorsprung (212) mit der mindestens einen Arretierung (270), welche an dem Ringelement (214) gebildet ist, in Eingriff kommen kann.
     
    3. Kabelbinderspann- und Schneidwerkzeug (10) gemäß Anspruch 1, wobei, im eingerasteten Zustand, der Sperrriegel (74) eine Abkoppelung des mindestens einen Zahns (72) und der mindestens einen Arretierung (270) verhindert.
     
    4. Kabelbinderspann- und Schneidwerkzeug (10) gemäß Anspruch 1, welches weiter einen Kalibriermechanismus umfasst, wobei der Kalibriermechanismus umfasst:

    ein Gewinde, welches an einer ersten Seite der Spannwelle (50) gebildet ist; und

    eine Kalibriermutter (52), welche zwischen der Drehnocke (54) und dem Spannungseinstellungsknopf (56) angeordnet ist, wobei die Mutter (52) eine Gewindebohrung zur Aufnahme des ersten Endes der Spannwelle (50) aufweist.


     
    5. Kabelbinderspann- und Schneidwerkzeug (10) gemäß Anspruch 4, welches weiter ein Kalibrierwerkzeug (80) aufweist, welches ein Arbeitsende aufweist; und wobei die Kalibriermutter (52) mindestens einen darin gebildeten Schlitz (192) aufweist, wodurch das Kalibrierwerkzeugsarbeitsende mit dem mindestens einen Kalibriermutterschlitz (192) in Eingriff kommen kann.
     
    6. Kabelbinderspann- und Schneidwerkzeug (10) gemäß Anspruch 5, wobei der Spannungseinstellungsknopf (56) eine darin gebildeten Öffnung aufweist und weiter eine abnehmbare Kappe (190) umfasst, welche an der Öffnung befestigbar ist.
     
    7. Kabelbinderspann- und Schneidwerkzeug (10) gemäß Anspruch 5, wobei eine Vielzahl Rippen (228) auf der Kalibriermutter (52) gebildet sind, wobei die Rippen (228) mit Nuten, welche auf der Drehnocke (54) gebildet sind, in Eingriff kommen können.
     
    8. Kabelbinderspann- und Schneidwerkzeug (10) gemäß Anspruch 1, wobei das Vorspannungselement mindestens eine Feder (46, 48) umfasst.
     
    9. Kabelbinderspann- und Schneidwerkzeug (10) gemäß Anspruch 1, wobei das Vorspannungselement eine Vielzahl Federn (46, 48) umfasst.
     
    10. Kabelbinderspann- und Schneidwerkzeug (10) gemäß Anspruch 4, wobei der Spannungseinstellungsknopf (56) eine Öffnung aufweist und die Spannungskalibriermutter (52) durch diese Öffnung zugänglich ist.
     
    11. Kabelbinderspann- und Schneidwerkzeug (10) gemäß Anspruch 1, welches weiter Teilstriche, welche auf dem Spannungseinstellungsknopf (56) gebildet sind, umfasst, wobei die Teilstriche inkrementellen Spannungsbereichen und bezeichneten Spannungseinstellungen entsprechen.
     
    12. Kabelbinderspann- und Schneidwerkzeug (10) gemäß Anspruch 2, wobei die mindestens eine Arretierung (270) und der mindestens eine Vorsprung (212) eine tastbare Anzeige der Spannungseinstellung bereitstellen.
     
    13. Kabelbinderspann- und Schneidwerkzeug (10) gemäß Anspruch 2, wobei die mindestens eine Arretierung (270) und der mindestens eine Vorsprung (212) eine hörbare Anzeige der Spannungseinstellung bereitstellen.
     


    Revendications

    1. Outil de mise en tension et de coupure de collier de serrage (10), l'outil de coupure (10) comprenant un boîtier (12) et un mécanisme de préhension de collier de serrage (30), et un système de mise en tension destiné à ajuster la tension transmise à un collier de serrage dans l'outil de mise en tension et de coupure de collier de serrage (10), le système de mise en tension comprenant :

    un bouton de réglage de tension (56) comprenant au moins une rainure (222) formée sur celui-ci et au moins une cannelure (60) formée à l'intérieur de celui-ci ;

    un élément annulaire (214) comprenant au moins une dent (220) sur une première face et au moins un cran (27) sur une deuxième face, la ou les dents (220) pouvant venir en prise avec la ou les rainures (222) ;

    un loquet de verrouillage (74) couplé avec le boîtier (12) et comprenant au moins une dent (72) pouvant venir en prise avec le ou les crans (270) ;

    une came rotative (54) comprenant un filetage extérieur et au moins une partie crénelée (58) formée sur celle-ci, la ou les parties crénelées (58) pouvant venir en prise avec la ou les cannelures (60) ;

    une came fixe (64) couplée au boîtier (12) et comprenant une filetage interne pouvant venir en prise avec le filetage extérieur de la came tournante ;

    un arbre de tension (50) comprenant une première extrémité , la première extrémité étant couplée à la came rotative (54) ; et

    au moins un élément de mise en pré-tension couplé à l'arbre (50) et au mécanisme de préhension (30).


     
    2. Outil de mise en tension et de coupure de collier de serrage (10) selon la revendication 1, comprenant en outre une saillie fixée à la came fixe (64), la saillie (212) pouvant venir en prise avec le ou les crans (270) formés sur l'élément annulaire (214).
     
    3. Outil de mise en tension et de coupure de collier de serrage (10) selon la revendication 1, selon lequel, en position enclenchée, le loquet de verrouillage (74) empêche le découplage de la ou des dents (72) et du ou des crans (270).
     
    4. Outil de mise en tension et de coupure de collier de serrage (10) selon la revendication 1, comprenant en outre un mécanisme d'étalonnage, le mécanisme d'étalonnage comprenant :

    une filetage formé sur une première extrémité de l'arbre de tension (50) ; et

    un écrou d'étalonnage (52) situé entre la came rotative (54) et le bouton de réglage de tension (56), l'écrou (52) comprenant une ouverture filetée destinée à recevoir la première extrémité de l'arbre de tension (50).


     
    5. Outil de mise en tension et de coupure de collier de serrage (10) selon la revendication 4, comprenant en outre un outil d'étalonnage (80) comprenant une extrémité de travail ; et l'écrou d'étalonnage (52) comprenant au moins une rainure (192) formée à l'intérieur de celui-ci, permettant à l'extrémité de travail d'outil d'étalonnage de venir en prise avec la ou les rainures d'écrou d'étalonnage.
     
    6. Outil de mise en tension et de coupure de collier de serrage (10) selon la revendication 1, selon lequel le bouton de réglage de tension (56) comprend une ouverture formée à l'intérieur de celui-ci et comprend en outre un capuchon amovible (190) qui peut être fixé à l'ouverture.
     
    7. Outil de mise en tension et de coupure de collier de serrage (10) selon la revendication 5, selon lequel une pluralité d'arêtes (228) est formée sur l'écrou d'étalonnage (52), les arêtes (228) pouvant venir en prise avec des rainures formées sur la came rotative (54).
     
    8. Outil de mise en tension et de coupure de collier de serrage (10) selon la revendication 1, selon lequel l'élément de mise en pré-tension comprend au moins un ressort (46, 48).
     
    9. Outil de mise en tension et de coupure de collier de serrage (10) selon la revendication 1, selon lequel l'élément de mise en pré-tension comprend une pluralité de ressorts (46, 48).
     
    10. Outil de mise en tension et de coupure de collier de serrage (10) selon la revendication 4, selon lequel le bouton de réglage de tension (56) comprend une ouverture et l'écrou d'étalonnage de tension (52) est accessible à travers cette ouverture.
     
    11. Outil de mise en tension et de coupure de collier de serrage (10) selon la revendication 1, comprenant en outre des graduations formées sur le bouton de réglage de tension (56), les graduations correspondant à des plages de tension incrémentales et à des paramètres de tension désignés.
     
    12. Outil de mise en tension et de coupure de collier de serrage (10) selon la revendication 2, selon lequel le ou les crans (270) et la ou les saillies (212) fournissent une indication tactile du réglage de tension.
     
    13. Outil de mise en tension et de coupure de collier de serrage (10) selon la revendication 2, selon lequel le ou les crans (270) et la ou les saillies (212) fournissent une indication audible du réglage de tension.
     




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