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         cylindrical geometry.
           With continued reference to figures 25 and 26, a cable 18 is
         shown to be disposed within the inner cavity 14 of the cable
         end  housing  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 geom-

                                                             Figure 27: Cross-sectional view of the lifting assembly in the assem-
                                                             bled condition.
                                                               A 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 defin-
                                                              ing an interior region 37 of the cable retainer 26. The ca-
                                                              ble retainer 26 also defines a slot 38 extending completely
                                                              through the curvilinear wall  32 and completely from the
                                                              first end 28 to the second end 30. More specifically, the slot
                                                              38 is defined by a first retainer wall 40 and a second retain-
                                                              er wall 42. The first and second retainer walls 40, 42 each
                                                              include a first wall portion 46 and a second wall portion 48
         Figure 26: Partially assembled view of the lifting assembly.  that are angularly oriented relative to each other to define
                                                              a geometric orientation of the slot 38 that is characterized
         etry accommodates off-center forces that the cable 18 may   as “chevron.” It is contemplated that only one of the first
         exert on the lifting assembly 10 due to varied loading angles   and second retainer walls have the angular oriented wall
         of loads applied to the cable 18.                    portions to form the chevron slot. A chevron orientation re-
           A retainer ring 20 defines an aperture 22 that is sized   fers to a substantially zigzag length of the wall(s) to form
         to fit over the cable end fitting 16 and is inserted into the   a slot that does not extend along a single linear segment
         inner cavity 14 of the cable end housing 12. The retainer   along its entire length. More precisely, the slot 38 includes
         ring 20 is inserted in a longitudinal direction of the cable   a first slot segment 50 and a second slot segment 52 that
         end housing  12 to an end  24 of the inner cavity  14, as   are angularly oriented relative to each other, such that the
         shown in figure 27.                                  segments 50, 52 are not parallel. WRN

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