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An Affordable Flexible Gooseneck iPad or Tablet Attachment to an Invacare TDX SP2 Power Wheelchair

Among the many uses for SnakeClamp flexible arm products is the assistive devices category. Our products are used to to position and hold all kinds of objects - including iPads/tablets, smartphones, cups/drinks, joystick controllers, etc. - for folks with limited mobility.

We visited recently with a longtime SnakeClamp customer in Charleston, SC who uses an iPad SnakeClamp to attach his iPad to an Invacare TDX SP2 power wheelchair.  The purpose of the visit was to get a first hand look at the powerchair and determine if the SnakeClamp could be permanently attached to the chair.  The powerchair supplier - Bobby Bryant from PHC Health - also joined us.

One of the features of the TDX SP2 is the ability of the chair to tilt back from the base.  So we did not want to attach the SnakeClamp to the base, but rather to the chair itself so that it would also move when the chair was tilted back.  Then the iPad would always be in the same position relative to the user.

Invacare TDX SP2 Power Wheelchair

Invacare TDX SP2 Power Wheelchair

While looking over the chair we discovered a T-slot on the side of the chair which is used to attach various components such as side rails. Bobby had a sample t-nut which we inserted into the slot for testing.

T-slot in Invacare TDX SP2 power wheelchairThe T-Slot bar on the side of the TDX SP2 chair

After some tinkering we came up with the idea of inserting a 3/8" button-head screw into the slot, along with an internal-tooth washer to prevent rotation.

Button head screw inserted into t-slot of Invacare TDX SP2 power wheelchair

3/8" button-head screw inserted into t-slot

On the outside of the t-slot we installed a SnakeClamp coupling (SCP-CPL) which has slot cuts for tightening.  With the internal-tooth lockwasher on the inside of the slot we were able to tighten the assembly without any slipping.

We then attached a SnakeClamp 90 Degree Angle Adapter (SCP-90) and Quick Disconnect (SCP-QD).  The Quick Disconnect is optional, but this allows the customer to quickly remove the entire SnakeClamp flexible arm and iPad from the chair with a quick push and twist.

SnakeClamp Coupling, 90 Degree Angle Adapter and Quick Disconnect

SnakeClamp coupling, 90 degree angle adapter and quick disconnect

It is important to insert the appropriate washers to lock the components together so we put together an illustration:

How to attach a flexible gooseneck arm to a power wheelchair powerchair Invacare TDX SP2

The end result is a happy customer.  Shown is the 18" Super Duty flexible gooseneck arm and Extra Large Adjustable Tablet Mount.

iPad SnakeClamp flexible gooseneck arm attached to Invacare TDX SP2 power wheelchair powerchair

iPad SnakeClamp flexible gooseneck iPad stand mount Invacare TDX SP2 power wheelchair powerchair

 

Thank you to Reynaldo Acosta for inviting us into his home and for the technical assistance of Bobby Bryant.

 

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Among the many uses for SnakeClamp flexible arm products is the assistive devices category. Our products are used to to position and hold all kinds of objects - including iPads/tablets, smartphones, cups/drinks, joystick controllers, etc. - for folks with limited mobility.

We visited recently with a longtime SnakeClamp customer in Charleston, SC who uses an iPad SnakeClamp to attach his iPad to an Invacare TDX SP2 power wheelchair.  The purpose of the visit was to get a first hand look at the powerchair and determine if the SnakeClamp could be permanently attached to the chair.  The powerchair supplier - Bobby Bryant from PHC Health - also joined us.

One of the features of the TDX SP2 is the ability of the chair to tilt back from the base.  So we did not want to attach the SnakeClamp to the base, but rather to the chair itself so that it would also move when the chair was tilted back.  Then the iPad would always be in the same position relative to the user.

Invacare TDX SP2 Power Wheelchair

Invacare TDX SP2 Power Wheelchair

While looking over the chair we discovered a T-slot on the side of the chair which is used to attach various components such as side rails. Bobby had a sample t-nut which we inserted into the slot for testing.

T-slot in Invacare TDX SP2 power wheelchairThe T-Slot bar on the side of the TDX SP2 chair

After some tinkering we came up with the idea of inserting a 3/8" button-head screw into the slot, along with an internal-tooth washer to prevent rotation.

Button head screw inserted into t-slot of Invacare TDX SP2 power wheelchair

3/8" button-head screw inserted into t-slot

On the outside of the t-slot we installed a SnakeClamp coupling (SCP-CPL) which has slot cuts for tightening.  With the internal-tooth lockwasher on the inside of the slot we were able to tighten the assembly without any slipping.

We then attached a SnakeClamp 90 Degree Angle Adapter (SCP-90) and Quick Disconnect (SCP-QD).  The Quick Disconnect is optional, but this allows the customer to quickly remove the entire SnakeClamp flexible arm and iPad from the chair with a quick push and twist.

SnakeClamp Coupling, 90 Degree Angle Adapter and Quick Disconnect

SnakeClamp coupling, 90 degree angle adapter and quick disconnect

It is important to insert the appropriate washers to lock the components together so we put together an illustration:

How to attach a flexible gooseneck arm to a power wheelchair powerchair Invacare TDX SP2

The end result is a happy customer.  Shown is the 18" Super Duty flexible gooseneck arm and Extra Large Adjustable Tablet Mount.

iPad SnakeClamp flexible gooseneck arm attached to Invacare TDX SP2 power wheelchair powerchair

iPad SnakeClamp flexible gooseneck iPad stand mount Invacare TDX SP2 power wheelchair powerchair

 

Thank you to Reynaldo Acosta for inviting us into his home and for the technical assistance of Bobby Bryant.

 

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SnakeClamp Launches New 6" x 6" Square Base Mounting Option

Today we are pleased to announce the newest addition to our line of mounting base options for your SnakeClamp - our 6" x 6" Square Base:

6" x 6" steel Square Base flexible gooseneck tube mounting base option from SnakeClamp Products

The Square Base is made from 1/4" thick steel and features a durable black powdercoat painted finish.  It includes a countersunk center hole and a 3/8" stainless steel flat head screw and washers for attaching SnakeClamp brand flexible gooseneck or rigid arms.  It weights about 2-1/4 lbs. which is the perfect weight for stable mounting of small tablets, cameras, webcams and the like.

 

The top side has a single hole for attaching your flexible gooseneck or rigid arm:

Top view of 6" x 6" steel square base mounting option

The bottom side has a countersink for the 3/8" stainless steel flat-head screw. Note the included felt pads to protect your work surface:

Here is an example application as a Logitech webcam stand - shown with our Camera Mount Adapter, 13" Flexible Gooseneck Arm, Black and Square Base:

The most versatile webcam stand on the market with your choice of flexible gooseneck or rigid arm and mounting base

We're always looking for new ways to expand our product line to meet our customers' needs.  If you have an idea or suggestion please contact us.

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Today we are pleased to announce the newest addition to our line of mounting base options for your SnakeClamp - our 6" x 6" Square Base:

6" x 6" steel Square Base flexible gooseneck tube mounting base option from SnakeClamp Products

The Square Base is made from 1/4" thick steel and features a durable black powdercoat painted finish.  It includes a countersunk center hole and a 3/8" stainless steel flat head screw and washers for attaching SnakeClamp brand flexible gooseneck or rigid arms.  It weights about 2-1/4 lbs. which is the perfect weight for stable mounting of small tablets, cameras, webcams and the like.

 

The top side has a single hole for attaching your flexible gooseneck or rigid arm:

Top view of 6" x 6" steel square base mounting option

The bottom side has a countersink for the 3/8" stainless steel flat-head screw. Note the included felt pads to protect your work surface:

Here is an example application as a Logitech webcam stand - shown with our Camera Mount Adapter, 13" Flexible Gooseneck Arm, Black and Square Base:

The most versatile webcam stand on the market with your choice of flexible gooseneck or rigid arm and mounting base

We're always looking for new ways to expand our product line to meet our customers' needs.  If you have an idea or suggestion please contact us.

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Announcing our New 18" Very Light-Duty Flexible Gooseneck Tubing

Today we are pleased to announce the availability of our new 18" Very Light-Duty flexible gooseneck tube:

18" Very Light-Duty Flexible Gooseneck Tube

Customers have long asked us for a thinner, lighter flexible gooseneck tube for applications that don't support much weight (such as LED lighting).  This new design is also an excellent option for our precision Micro Clamps.  This new design is 18" long and features our same 3/8"-24 female threaded adapters on each end.  Each adapter also comes with a 4mm set screw and allen wrench.

18" Very Light-Duty flexible gooseneck end adapter showing 3/8"-24 female threads and 4mm set screw

This flexible gooseneck tube features a durable chrome-plated finish.  It weighs in at 5.5 ounces and has an outside diameter of 8mm.  The inside diameter is 9/64".  Mounted horizontally (the weakest orientation) it can support 2 ounces without bending.  However it is stronger in other orientations.

Here we have combined our Micro Clamp with the 18" Very Light-Duty flexible gooseneck tube and our Round Base.  The Round Base is also available with 2 or 3 mounting holes.

Micro Clamp SnakeClamp shown with Micro Clamp, 18" Very Light flexible gooseneck tube and Round Base.

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Today we are pleased to announce the availability of our new 18" Very Light-Duty flexible gooseneck tube:

18" Very Light-Duty Flexible Gooseneck Tube

Customers have long asked us for a thinner, lighter flexible gooseneck tube for applications that don't support much weight (such as LED lighting).  This new design is also an excellent option for our precision Micro Clamps.  This new design is 18" long and features our same 3/8"-24 female threaded adapters on each end.  Each adapter also comes with a 4mm set screw and allen wrench.

18" Very Light-Duty flexible gooseneck end adapter showing 3/8"-24 female threads and 4mm set screw

This flexible gooseneck tube features a durable chrome-plated finish.  It weighs in at 5.5 ounces and has an outside diameter of 8mm.  The inside diameter is 9/64".  Mounted horizontally (the weakest orientation) it can support 2 ounces without bending.  However it is stronger in other orientations.

Here we have combined our Micro Clamp with the 18" Very Light-Duty flexible gooseneck tube and our Round Base.  The Round Base is also available with 2 or 3 mounting holes.

Micro Clamp SnakeClamp shown with Micro Clamp, 18" Very Light flexible gooseneck tube and Round Base.

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The Mirror SnakeClamp - A Mirror, a Flexible Gooseneck Arm and a Mounting Base

Today we are pleased to announce the launch of our latest product - the Mirror SnakeClamp - your choice of 3 different mirrors for attaching to our line of flexible gooseneck tube arms and mounting base options:

The Mirror SnakeClamp offers 3 different mirror attachments and your choice of flexible gooseneck arm and many mounting base options

Mirror SnakeClamp shown with rectangular mirror, 18" heavy-duty flexible gooseneck arm and round base

 

Our mirrors are offered in 3 sizes: 6-1/4" round, 8-1/2" round and 5-1/2" x 7-1/2" rectangular.  The round mirrors are convex, which means that they are curved outward which provides a wider field of view.  Similar to mirrors in automobiles, they make the objects look farther away than they actually are.  The rectangular mirror is flat, so the object appears exactly as is.

8-1/2" Round Convex Mirror for attaching to SnakeClamp brand flexible gooseneck tubes

8-1/2" Round convex mirror

6-1/4" Round Convex mirror for attaching to SnakeClamp brand flexible gooseneck arms

6-1/4" Round convex mirror

 

The 6-1/4" round and rectangular mirrors attach to our line of flexible gooseneck tubes with an integral stainless steel adapter.  The 8-1/2" round mirror includes a stainless steel bracket, screw and washer for attaching to the flexible gooseneck arm.

Attaching a mirror to a flexible gooseneck arm has all kinds of applications.  For example it can give you a view of a tight workspace; or allow you to see around a corner.  The possibilities are endless - in fact this product was designed at the request of a SnakeClamp customer.

With all of our flexible gooseneck tube designs and mounting base options, nobody offers as many options as the Mirror SnakeClamp.  Build yours today!

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Today we are pleased to announce the launch of our latest product - the Mirror SnakeClamp - your choice of 3 different mirrors for attaching to our line of flexible gooseneck tube arms and mounting base options:

The Mirror SnakeClamp offers 3 different mirror attachments and your choice of flexible gooseneck arm and many mounting base options

Mirror SnakeClamp shown with rectangular mirror, 18" heavy-duty flexible gooseneck arm and round base

 

Our mirrors are offered in 3 sizes: 6-1/4" round, 8-1/2" round and 5-1/2" x 7-1/2" rectangular.  The round mirrors are convex, which means that they are curved outward which provides a wider field of view.  Similar to mirrors in automobiles, they make the objects look farther away than they actually are.  The rectangular mirror is flat, so the object appears exactly as is.

8-1/2" Round Convex Mirror for attaching to SnakeClamp brand flexible gooseneck tubes

8-1/2" Round convex mirror

6-1/4" Round Convex mirror for attaching to SnakeClamp brand flexible gooseneck arms

6-1/4" Round convex mirror

 

The 6-1/4" round and rectangular mirrors attach to our line of flexible gooseneck tubes with an integral stainless steel adapter.  The 8-1/2" round mirror includes a stainless steel bracket, screw and washer for attaching to the flexible gooseneck arm.

Attaching a mirror to a flexible gooseneck arm has all kinds of applications.  For example it can give you a view of a tight workspace; or allow you to see around a corner.  The possibilities are endless - in fact this product was designed at the request of a SnakeClamp customer.

With all of our flexible gooseneck tube designs and mounting base options, nobody offers as many options as the Mirror SnakeClamp.  Build yours today!

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New and Improved Table Clamp Now Has Two Attachment Points for Your Flexible Gooseneck Arm

We've been selling our popular Table Clamp mounting option for about 8 years now.  A while back a customer needed to mount the flexible gooseneck perpendicular to the table clamp rather than inline with the original hole.  So we took them to a local machine shop and had another hole added.  This makes the Table Clamp so much more versatile so we decided to implement this improvement to all of our new Table Clamps:

SnakeClamp Table Clamp mounting base options now features two attachment holes

With this additional attachment hole the Table Clamp can be used, for example, to attach a flexible gooseneck arm vertically from a bed headboard, vertical bed frame, etc.  Each hole has a rubber pad to protect your attachment surface.

Table Clamp with flexible gooseneck arm attached parallel or inline

Table Clamp with flexible gooseneck arm attached perpendicular

The Table Clamp can attach to any flat surface between 1/4" and 1-5/8" thick.  If you have a wider surface check out our larger Megaclamp.

As always if you have a special need or product suggestion please contact us.  Our best ideas come from our customers.

 

 

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We've been selling our popular Table Clamp mounting option for about 8 years now.  A while back a customer needed to mount the flexible gooseneck perpendicular to the table clamp rather than inline with the original hole.  So we took them to a local machine shop and had another hole added.  This makes the Table Clamp so much more versatile so we decided to implement this improvement to all of our new Table Clamps:

SnakeClamp Table Clamp mounting base options now features two attachment holes

With this additional attachment hole the Table Clamp can be used, for example, to attach a flexible gooseneck arm vertically from a bed headboard, vertical bed frame, etc.  Each hole has a rubber pad to protect your attachment surface.

Table Clamp with flexible gooseneck arm attached parallel or inline

Table Clamp with flexible gooseneck arm attached perpendicular

The Table Clamp can attach to any flat surface between 1/4" and 1-5/8" thick.  If you have a wider surface check out our larger Megaclamp.

As always if you have a special need or product suggestion please contact us.  Our best ideas come from our customers.

 

 

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