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         ponents for retaining a cable end fitting 16. The cable end
         housing 12 may be formed of several components that are
         operatively coupled to each other to form the overall hous-
         ing, as shown in figure 2. Additionally, certain components
         of the cable end housing 12 may be biased in desired man-
         ners with various biasing members, such as the springs il-
         lustrated in figure 2. The inner cavity 14 is defined by the
         cable end housing 12 at an interior region thereof. Although
         several alternative geometries of the inner cavity 14 are con-







                                                              Figure 5: End view of the lifting assembly in an assembled condition.
                                                              off-center forces that the cable 18 may exert on the lifting as-
                                                              sembly 10 due to varied loading angles of loads applied to the
                                                              cable 18. A retainer ring 20 defines an aperture 22 that is sized
                                                              to fit over the cable end fitting 16 and is inserted into the inner
                                                              cavity 14 of the cable end housing 12. The retainer ring 20 is
                                                              inserted in a longitudinal direction of the cable end housing 12
                                                              to an end 24 of the inner cavity 14, as shown in figure 2.
                                                               Referring to figures 1-4, a cable retainer 26 is illustrated.
                                                              The cable retainer 26 includes a first end 28 and a second
                                                              end 30. A curvilinear wall 32 forms the cable retainer 26
                                                              and includes a retainer inner surface 34 and a retainer outer
                                                              surface 36, with the retainer inner surface 34 defining an
         Figure 3: Perspective view of a cable retainer of the lifting assembly.  interior region 37 of the cable retainer 26. The cable retainer
                                                              26 also defines a slot 38 extending completely through the
         templated, an exemplary embodiment of the inner cavity 14   curvilinear wall 32 and completely from the first end 28 to
         comprises a substantially cylindrical geometry.      the second end 30. More specifically, the slot 38 is defined by
           With continued reference to figure 1, a cable 18 is shown to   a first retainer wall 40 and a second retainer wall 42. The
         be disposed within the inner cavity 14 of the cable end hous-
         ing  12.  In  a  final  assembled  condition,  the  cable  end  fitting
         16 is disposed and retained within the cable end housing 12
         to secure the cable to the portion of the lifting assembly 10.
         The cable end fitting 16 is typically formed of a substantially
         spherical geometry. Therefore, the cable end fitting 16 may be
         referred to as a ball type fitting. This geometry accommodates
































                                                              Figure 6: Perspective view of a cable end fitting of the lifting assembly
         Figure 4: Partially assembled view of the lifting assembly.  self-retained within a cable retainer.
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