Patents Assigned to YKK Corporation
  • Publication number: 20190281931
    Abstract: This male member of a snap fastener is provided with a first portion and a second portion, wherein the first portion is composed of a plastic material, and the second portion is composed of a metal portion. In addition, the male member of the snap fastener has an engaging protrusion part working together with an eyelet of a female member, and a cover which at least partially covers the engaging protrusion part is provided to a side of the male member, the side facing the female member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2017
    Publication date: September 19, 2019
    Applicant: YKK CORPORATION
    Inventor: Thomas Pferdehirt
  • Patent number: 10413023
    Abstract: A slider may include a slider body, a pull-tab attachment portion provided at the slider body, and a resin-made pull tab attached to the pull-tab attachment portion. The pull tab may include an axial portion and a pair of bars extending from respective ends of the axial portion. The pull-tab attachment portion may include a pair of claws that axially support the axial portion of the pull tab. Each claw may be held by and between the respective paired bars while the pull tab pivots. A width of a terminal end of each claw in an axial direction of the axial portion may be less than a width of a base end of each claw in the axial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: YKK Corporation
    Inventors: Hsien Hsiang Hsu, Yuichi Iwase
  • Patent number: 10405615
    Abstract: Systems and methods for joining two or more pieces of hook fastener tape. In some embodiments, the two or more pieces of tape are spliced together using ultrasonic welding. At least one of the splicing components used to splice the tapes together may be configured so that the component influences the profile of a connecting portion along which the two tapes are welded together. In some cases, at least one of the splicing components may be configured to minimize deformation of the tapes as they are welded together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: YKK Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Nozaka, Yoshifumi Nakata, Chieko Dokyu, John Rene Hawkins, III, Howard Joseph Pfeuffer, Eric Tham Rice
  • Patent number: 10391005
    Abstract: Described is a diaper that includes an absorbent core and a chassis surrounding the absorbent core. The chassis may include a first end and a second end, the first end including at least two tabs. Each of the at least two tabs may include a fastening portion with a grip portion and a handle portion. Each grip portion is configured to removably attach to a portion of the second end, and each fastening portion may include at least one cut portion extending through an entire thickness of the fastening portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: YKK Corporation
    Inventor: Wolfgang E. Coronel
  • Patent number: 10383408
    Abstract: A slide fastener chain includes a first tape and a second tape. A row of coupling elements is fixed along an inner edge of the first tape. A row of coupling elements is fixed along an inner edge of the second tape. The coupling elements of the first and second tapes being arranged such that the coupling elements of the first tape interdigitate with coupling elements of the second tape so as to secure the first and second tapes together. The chain includes a bottom stop. At least one of the tapes is provided with an extension portion which extends beyond a bottom stop portion of the tape. A width of the extension portion is less than a width of a portion of the tape which does not form part of the extension portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: YKK Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuo Tamura, Haruo Matsushima
  • Patent number: 10369765
    Abstract: A water-proof fastener tape of an environment-conscious type fabricated using a reduced amount of an organic solvent is provided. The fastener tape includes a base fabric and a water-stop film laminated to at least one surface of the base fabric, the water-stop film includes a surface layer of a polyurethane film and an adhesive layer of a cured product of an aqueous polyurethane adhesive adjacent to the surface layer so that the fastener tape has a laminate structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: YKK Corporation
    Inventors: Toshimasa Konaka, Shinyo Yokoyama, Jun Hamada
  • Patent number: 10362839
    Abstract: A fastening device includes a first tape portion and a first fastening portion joined thereto, the first fastening portion defining a first side surface and a second side surface opposite thereto, the first fastening portion including a plurality of fastening elements extending from the first side surface, the plurality of fastening elements arranged lengthwise along a lengthwise direction of the fastening device, each adjacent pair of fastening elements offset by a pitch distance and defining a fastening gap therebetween, each of the plurality of fastening elements including an engagement portion extending in a direction parallel to the lengthwise direction, each of the plurality of fastening elements being asymmetric about a protrusional centerline of the fastening element, the fastening device being a first fastening device configured to be joined to a second fastening device comprising a second fastening portion having the same geometry as the first fastening portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: YKK Corporation
    Inventors: Tsuyoshi Minato, Suguru Ogura, Mingsi Wang, Yusuke Hosokawa
  • Patent number: 10327518
    Abstract: A molded surface fastener, in which many magnetic particles can be contained in a closer part with respect to a magnet of a molding die, and further a front surface and a rear surface can be easily identified, is provided. In the molded surface fastener of the invention, a magnetic region containing magnetic particles is formed on at least a part between right and left resin intrusion barrier portions, and a magnetic raised portion which is lower than engaging elements and contains the magnetic particles therein is disposed between the engaging elements adjacent in a length direction within the magnetic region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: YKK Corporation
    Inventors: Shinichi Imai, Ayumi Fujisaki, Hiromasa Abe, Kenta Okada, Mineto Terada, Tsuyoshi Minato
  • Patent number: 10306954
    Abstract: There is provided a side fastener chain. A plurality of elements are fixed on each of opposing edge portions of a pair of fastener tapes at a predetermined pitch. The elements include a base portion and a head portion. A ratio (Rt) of the sum dimension of a first partial thickness, which is measured from an upper surface of each element to an upper surfaces-side apex of the respective edge portion, and a second partial thickness, which is measured from a lower surface of the element to a lower surface-side apex of the edge portion, to a thickness of the element satisfies the following equation: 40%?Rt. A ratio (Rtl) of the thickness of the element to the entire length of the element satisfies the following equation: 0<Rtl<60%.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: YKK Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshinori Kojima, Hayuru Tanaka, Isamu Michihata, Yui Miyawaki
  • Patent number: 10306953
    Abstract: Provided is a molding hook and loop fastener, in which a barrier erected near left and right side edges of a substrate includes at least two rows of vertical wall arrays, and the vertical wall array positioned on the outermost side includes a plurality of gaps provided at a predetermined pitch in a length direction. At least two of the gaps are provided on the vertical wall array positioned on the outermost side with respect to a region between the engaging elements adjacent in the length direction of the substrate. Due to this, in the molding hook and loop fastener, an outer side and an inner side of the barrier can be divided by the vertical wall array, and flexibility of the molding hook and loop fastener can be improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: YKK Corporation
    Inventors: Mineto Terada, Shinichi Imai, Hiromasa Abe
  • Patent number: 10292458
    Abstract: A buckle includes a female part having a housing and an engaging portion provided at an inner surface of the housing, and a male part including a base and an inserted portion to be inserted into the housing of the female part. The inserted portion includes a base end coupled to the base, a free end opposite to the base end, and an engaged portion to be engaged with the engaging portion. When a force is applied to the male part for pulling the male part out of the housing, the engaged portion has a contact surface that is in contact with the engaging portion. Relative to a first center point at the center of the base end in the thickness direction of the inserted portion, a second center point at the center of the contact surface in the thickness direction is positioned downward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: YKK Corporation
    Inventors: Naoyuki Ito, Hitoshi Kaneko
  • Publication number: 20190142181
    Abstract: A cover-material fastening clip includes a locking portion having a guide piece and a hook which includes an extension portion and a distal end portion. The guide piece extends includes a bent portion bent and extended toward the distal end portion. An insertion opening having a predetermined gap and allowing a wire to be inserted therethrough is positioned between the bent portion and the distal end portion. A distal end portion of the guide piece extending from the bent portion is an elastic piece portion being elastically deformed to be spaced from the distal end portion and to widen the insertion opening. In a part of the locking portion, which is located within a range, in which the elastic piece portion can be elastically deformed and thus moved, an escape space is provided to allow a distal end of the elastic piece portion to be positioned therein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2016
    Publication date: May 16, 2019
    Applicant: YKK Corporation
    Inventors: Genta Matsumura, Shinsuke Saiga, Yoshitomo Iyoda, Takefumi Adachi
  • Patent number: 10278457
    Abstract: A snap button includes a female snap body and a socket ring. The female snap body includes a bottom portion and a side wall rising from a peripheral edge of the bottom portion, the side wall provided with a holding portion for holding the socket ring. The socket ring includes a flange portion arranged radially outward and held by the holding portion and an engaging portion arranged radially inside the flange portion. The engaging portion protrudes downwardly toward the bottom portion side of the female snap body and below the flange portion, in the axial direction of the socket ring. An inner diameter of the socket ring may be gradually increased from an intermediate point in the axial direction of the engaging portion to one end and other end in the axial direction of the engaging portion. The engaging portion of the socket ring may be provided with a plurality of slits along the radial direction in the circumferential direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: YKK Corporation
    Inventor: Daisuke Hayashi
  • Patent number: 10278876
    Abstract: A male surface fastener has a sheet having a main surface, and a group of engagement elements in which the engagement elements are regularly arranged, the engagement element having a pillar that stands on the main surface of the sheet and an engagement head that is expanded along the main surface from the top end of the pillar, wherein 0.05?S2/S1?0.15 is satisfied where S1 represents an area of the main surface which corresponds to a region in which the group of engagement elements is arranged, and S2 represents a sum of areas of the top surfaces of the engagement heads of the engagement elements of the group of engagement elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: YKK Corporation
    Inventors: Ayumi Fujisaki, Masayuki Naohara
  • Patent number: 10273360
    Abstract: Provided is a molded component for slide fasteners, which has a good balance between mechanical strength and platability. This molded component for slide fasteners is made of a resin composition that contains 30-50% by mass of a polyamide and 50-70% by mass of reinforcing fibers, with the total of the polyamide and the reinforcing fibers being substantially 100% by mass. In the resin composition, the polyamide has a weight average molecular weight of 30,000-80,000, and 50% by mass or more of the polyamide is composed of an aliphatic polyamide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: YKK Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuya Mizumoto, Tatsurou Nara, Takuya Abe
  • Patent number: 10271618
    Abstract: There is provided a slide fastener stringer. A substrate tape includes a first main side having a rough surface structure perceptible to the eye and/or the touch and a second main side opposite to the first main side. A gripping member is affixed to a longitudinal edge of the first main side of the substrate tape. A cover sheet is made of an artificial flexible material and has a 5 top surface provided with a predetermined design and a bottom layer made of a thermoformable material having a predetermined thickness. The bottom layer is attached to the second main side of the substrate tape such that the surface structure of the second main side of the substrate tape is not perceivable through the cover sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: YKK Corporation
    Inventors: Giovanni La Rocca, Gabriele Biava, Pier Marco Gabutti
  • Patent number: 10258113
    Abstract: The molded surface fastener has a plurality of engaging regions having engaging elements and a plurality of space regions disposed between the engaging regions. Each space region has a plurality of wall pieces standing on a substrate portion and intrusion-accepted space portions which allows a foam resin material to intrude across the wall pieces in foam molding of a cushion body. By that, deformation or breakage of the engaging element in a manufacturing process can be prevented. Moreover, the molded surface fastener is firmly fixed in a state that the engaging elements are exposed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: YKK Corporation
    Inventors: Shinichi Imai, Mineto Terada, Kenji Okuda, Tsuyoshi Minato, Zhiyu Ren
  • Patent number: 10258112
    Abstract: There is provided an apparatus for attaching an item to a substrate, using a prong ring with a ring and two or more prongs. When attached, the prongs extends from the ring on a first side of the substrate through such substrate and being bent. A lower die is positioned to approach the first side of the substrate. An upper die is on a second side of the substrate. The substrate is placed in a manner substantially perpendicular to the attaching movement of the upper and lower dies and a first redirecting member for redirecting the prongs which are bent inwardly. The first redirecting member cooperates with an abutting member positioned along the approach of the prong ring towards the first side of the substrate for inhibiting movement of the prong ring towards the substrate while the first redirecting member is used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: YKK Corporation
    Inventors: Markus Wetzel, Rainer Siegemund
  • Patent number: 10258114
    Abstract: Stringers without fastener tape have continuous fastener elements and have element fixing members wherein the fastener elements are sewn together by a sewing thread. The element fixing members are inserted between upper and lower leg sections of the fastener elements. The sewing thread comes in contact with and straddles the upper and lower leg sections of each fastener element and pierces the element fixing members between the fastener elements. As a result of such stringers without fastener tape, the fastener elements can be held and the weight and cost of an article with a slide fastener can be reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: YKK Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshiyuki Sho, Makoto Saito
  • Patent number: 10251454
    Abstract: There is provided a slider cover of a slide fastener. An upper mounting plate includes: an upper plate to be arranged above an upper blade of a slider and formed with a through-hole penetrating therethrough; and an upper wall protruding downward from the upper plate. A lower mounting plate includes: a lower plate to be arranged below a lower blade of the slider; and a lower wall for surrounding front, right and left sides of an outer periphery of the lower blade and protruding upward from the lower plate. At least one of the upper and lower mounting plates includes a protrusion protruding from an inner peripheral surface of at least corresponding one of the upper and lower walls and configured to come in close contact with a part of an outer peripheral surface of at least corresponding one of the upper and lower blades.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: YKK Corporation
    Inventors: Masayoshi Kojima, Takayuki Inukai