Advantages of ZicLok(r) Ties :
Coupling by just pulling the strap from the topside in. Without looking a freely choosable spot of the length can be connected. Extra tensioning can be done in the same move.
Unlocking and removing of the strap in an easy and quick way by sidewards pulling of it. A tongue ensures the inserted position. Effective use of material and multi time use are making the ZicLok tie a durable tool.
Quick usage opens the way to bundling during a short time. Temporary bundling and attaching helps handling of objects.
The ZicLok head closes itself around the strap supporting
the pawls with growing force, when the pulling forces grow. This is thanks to a newly developed mechanisme. The movement of the pawls into the teeth is very precise, enabling the user to reach a high bundling tension.
Low cost production
The cable ties can be made of
polymere in one piece by injection moulding in a simple two-piece mould. The relative low tension in the material offers the possibility to use a broad range of plastics, including bioplastics.
The ZicLok system is the only simple coupling system that offers sidewards coupling in combination with high force performance. It differs fundamentally from all other kinds of high force multi-use tensionable strap-couplers, and beats them all in speed.
Several applications of this system can be thought of, with different sizes and shapes.
A first small amount has been produced by injection moulding. It's a strong bundle tie with a big head and a circular strap with big barbs as
A videoregistration showing the use of this tie can be found here
At this moment ZicLok bundle straps are produced
by SLS 3Dprinting. One is shown below. They can very well be used for medium loads. They can be purchased at Shapeways
. This same model, and smaller variations, could after some modifications be produced by injection moulding too.
Biobind(r) ties make use of a different kind of the ZicLok coupling. The pawls are more integrated. A testmodel is produced by 3D printing. These ties, like shown at the right, have been designed to bind living material like young trees. They are extra flexible and can be reused when the tree grows.
Attaching of these ties can be done in short time like all ZicLok ties. It needs some simple moves as is shown. Releasing is very simple, without the use of tools.
Biodegradable plastic can be used to fabricate these ties, preventing pollution when ties occasionally may get lost.
ZicLok Patents :
regarding GB, DE, FR and BE patenting.
The strip finding its position guided by the grip handle.
Pulling the strip into the frontal up side of the channel.
The strip fixed, with a clicking movement pulled into the locking channel, if needed pulling to increase the tension.
Pulling the free end of the strip out of the head.
When decoupled ready for reuse.