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1. (WO2019064179) WIRE CLAMP
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WHAT IS CLAIMED IS:

1. A wire clamp (104) comprising:

a base (132) including a first upright portion (150) and a second upright portion (152), the base including a cavity (154) defined between the first and second upright portions; and

a pair (134) of first and second jaws (136, 138) mounted to the base and extending into the cavity, the first jaw (136) pivotally mounted to the first upright portion via a first pivot axle (156), the second jaw (138) pivotally mounted to the second upright portion via a second pivot axle (158) that is spaced apart laterally from the first pivot axle, the first and second jaws each including a respective hook member (172), the first and second jaws crisscrossing each other at an overlap area (166), the hook members of the first and second jaws defining a mouth (180) therebetween that is configured to receive a wire (108), the mouth located above the overlap area,

wherein the first and second jaws are spring -biased to pivot relative to the base from an open position towards a closed position, and wherein a size of the mouth adjusts automatically to a size of the wire within the mouth when the first and second jaws are allowed to pivot towards the closed position.

2. The wire claim (104) of claim 1, wherein, as the first and second jaws (136, 138) pivot towards the closed position, the first and second jaws pivot in opposite directions (184, 186) about the corresponding first and second pivot axles (156, 158).

3. The wire claim (104) of claim 1, wherein the first jaw (136) includes a mounting end (204) that couples to the first pivot axle (156) below the overlap area (166) and the second jaw (138) includes a mounting end (204) that couples to the second pivot axle (158) below the overlap area.

4. The wire claim (104) of claim 1, wherein the hook members (1 2) of the first and second jaws (136, 138) are configured to overlap one another across a top of the mouth (180) as the first and second jaws pivot towards the closed position.

5. The wire claim (104) of claim 1, further comprising a lever (140) mounted to the first jaw (136), the lever including a handle (142) configured to be gripped by an operator to manually move the first and second jaws (136, 138) towards the open position for loading and unloading the wire (108) in the mouth (180).

6. The wire claim (104) of claim 1, wherein the first jaw (136) is connected to the second jaw (138) via a link (202), wherein pivoting of the first jaw relative to the base (132) causes the second jaw to pivot relative to the base via the link.

7. The wire claim (104) of claim 1, wherein, as the first and second jaws (136, 138) are allowed to pivot from the open position towards the closed position, the size of the mouth (180) decreases and a center of the mouth vertically rises in a direction away from the base (132).

8. The wire claim (104) of claim 1, wherein each of the first and second jaws (136, 138) is coupled to a respective drive shaft (194), the drive shaft (194A) coupled to the first jaw (136) extending from the first jaw into engagement with a first spring (190A) held in the first upright portion (150), the drive shaft (194B) coupled to the second jaw (138) extending from the second jaw into engagement with a second spring (190B) held in the second upright portion (152), the first and second springs biasing the respective first and second jaws, via the drive shafts, to pivot towards the closed position.

9. The wire claim (104) of claim 8, wherein the drive shaft (194 A) coupled to the first jaw (136) is connected to one end (212) of a link (202), the link including a linking pin (214) at an opposite end (216) of the link, the linking pin coupling to the second jaw (138) at a location (218) spaced apart from the drive shaft (194B) that is coupled to the second jaw.

10. The wire claim (104) of claim 8, wherein the first and second springs (190A, 190B) are each coupled to a different, corresponding set screw (302) within the base (132), the set screws being adjustable to selectively control an amount of spring -biasing force exerted on the respective first and second jaws (136, 138) via the drive shafts (194).

11. The wire claim (104) of claim 1, wherein the first and second jaws (136, 138) have identical sizes and shapes.

12. The wire claim (104) of claim 1, wherein the size of the mouth (180) is configured to adjust automatically to the size of the wire (108) within the mouth when a diameter of the wire is between about 0.05 inches and about 1.0 inch.