New invention - zip tie with personality

Zip tie design is not a disposable like conventional ties, and also opens up some pretty cool design options...
Vorhis Zip Tie
Vorhis Zip Tie
FREELAND, Wash. - April 5, 2017 - PRLog -- Cable ties, aka "zip ties", are ubiquitous nowadays. A recent report on the industry looked at 45 manufacturers, showing annual sales of over $900 million, and projected continued growth in coming years. One manufacturer reportedly molded 10 billion zip ties last year!

Anyone who has used zip ties around the home is familiar with some of the quirks of the conventional tie - putting the strap in upside-down; trying to thread the strap into that tiny hole in the head of the tie; the fact that most ties must be destroyed to be released.

A new zip tie design introduced recently - still in the prototype phase - eliminates these issues without increasing the cost of the zip tie. Not only that, but this new design offers design options that are impossible with a conventional tie.

The "Next Gen" zip tie design employs a "side open" design in the head (see illustration), rather than the traditional small window, to hold the strap portion of the tie. To release the "side open" zip tie, the strap is stripped out the open side of the head, rather than cutting and destroying the tie.

Reusability is especially appealing for medium to large-sized ties, which tend to be more expensive per piece than the smaller zip ties. Reusability is also a worthwhile feature where a large quantity of ties are used regularly - in a vineyard, to hold grape vines to support wire, for example.

The "side open" concept allows the strap of the zip tie to be snapped into the head anywhere along the length of the strap - it does not need to be threaded into that tiny window of the conventional zip tie. As a result, features not possible in a conventional zip tie design are feasible.

In one example of this new design flexibility, a loop is molded into the strap end, permitting many ties to be collected and hung on a pin worn on the belt for ready access by the user - as in the vineyard application.

In another example, a heavy duty version of the "Next Gen" zip tie is molded with a hook on the strap end, for securing and hanging extension cords, rope, garden hoses.

Dan Vorhis, the inventor of the "Next Gen" zip tie, is looking for a company to work with to bring his concept to market.

"Let's face it, a new design in the cable tie industry will have to prove itself - it is up against millions of dollars of tooling already spent on conventional designs. But a better idea always has a chance."

Dan may be contacted via his website:

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