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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...
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;
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)
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: http://www.muscleandarmfarm.com/
Muscle and Arm Farm