With its first patent submitted by Inventor Maurus Logan in 1958 as a way to bundle wiring in airplanes, the Ty-Rap® cable tie brand remains a benchmark of excellence and innovation in wire management.
First developed to solve the problem of bundling the hundreds of feet of wiring found inside commercial aircraft, Ty-Rap cable ties can now be found virtually everywhere - from Nascar racing engines to backyard tool sheds. Before 1958, cable installers used tape, lacing cord or nylon string.
Self-fastening and basically indestructible, the ground-breaking design of the Ty-Rap cable tie demonstrates how to solve a complex problem with a simple technology.
For the cable tie, the proverbial light bulb came on over Logan's head while touring a Boeing aircraft manufacturing facility in 1956. Aircraft wiring was a cumbersome and detailed undertaking, involving thousands of feet of wire organized on sheets of 50-foot long plywood and held in place with knotted, waxcoated, braided nylon cord. Each knot had to be pulled tight by wrapping the cord around one's finger which sometimes cut the operator's fingers until they developed thick calluses or "hamburger hands."
Maurus Logan was convinced there had to be an easier, more forgiving, way to accomplish this critical task. For the next couple of years, Logan experimented with various tools and materials. On June 24, 1958, a patent for the longlasting, easy-to-use Ty-Rap cable tie was submitted. The rest, as they say, is history.