Patents Examined by Bernard A. Gelak
  • Patent number: 4247968
    Abstract: A slide fastener has coupling elements secured to adjacent edges of a pair of carrier tapes wherein each of the elements is formed from a tubular filament by plastic deformation of selected portions, thus defining head portions, leg portions and connecting portions wherein the tubular filament has a ratio of filament wall thickness divided by the average inside diameter in the range of about 0.65 to about 1.8.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 1975
    Date of Patent: February 3, 1981
    Assignee: Textron, Inc.
    Inventor: George B. Moertel
  • Patent number: 4203181
    Abstract: The releasable strap connector has a female connector and male connector, the latter having one or more prongs insertable in pockets of the female connector; a rocking bar has cut-away portions intersecting said pockets to interlock with correspondingly cut-away portions of the prongs of the male member, and a manipulating yoke lever for rocking the bar into a releasing position where the bar is withdrawn from said prongs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 1978
    Date of Patent: May 20, 1980
    Assignee: H. Koch & Sons Division, Gulf & Western Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: John A. Gaylord, Kenneth A. Marks
  • Patent number: 4197615
    Abstract: This invention relates broadly to an apparatus for shortening wires, cables and the like without requiring the disconnection of such wires and cutting off the ends thereof to achieve the shortening. The apparatus consists generally of a sheet metal or the like shortening device which has a degree of flexibility therein by means of which the shortening function is accomplished. The wire or the like to be shortened is affixed to lugs or the like which are struck from the edge of one portion of the device and from this portion extends a tail which is bent towards the aforesaid portion and the wire is affixed to the bend which is made in this tail portion. The amount of shortening of the wire is determined by the place where the tail is bent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 1978
    Date of Patent: April 15, 1980
    Inventor: Lawrence C. Ullom
  • Patent number: 4197620
    Abstract: An adjustable hose-type clamping device fabricated entirely of a polymeric material, the device comprising an elongated flexible strap element having a thread form provided integrally along a portion of one side thereof; an enclosure member is fixedly secured adjacent one end of the strap element and includes spaced apart end wall portions and an arcuate-shaped side wall portion, a gear element disposed within the enclosure member and includes a double enveloping worm gear form adapted for engagement with the thread form on the strap element, one end of the gear is provided with a tool engaging portion whereby the gear element may be selectively rotated to effect advancement of the strap relative to the enclosure member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 1978
    Date of Patent: April 15, 1980
    Inventor: John M. Heuchert
  • Patent number: 4196499
    Abstract: A fastening mechanism for a safety belt comprising a locking tongue attached to one end of a safety belt and a locking case attached to the other end of the safety belt. The case pivotably supports a locking flap which selectively engages the locking tongue to lock the same in the case or to release the locking tongue. A spring acts on the locking flap to urge the same to a locking position in which the locking tongue is engaged by the locking flap. An expeller is mounted in the case for displacement to expel the tongue from the case when the tongue has been released from the locking flap. A push button including an integral cam has a cam surface on which the locking flap is engaged under the action of the spring and displacement of the push botton displaces the cam and moves the locking flap to a release position with respect to the tongue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 1978
    Date of Patent: April 8, 1980
    Inventor: Ulf Tolfsen
  • Patent number: 4195392
    Abstract: A seat belt buckle device having a latch device comprising a base, a latch member pivotally supported on the base and having a latching portion for locking a tongue, the latch member being biased into a tongue locking position, a push button adapted, when operated, to bring the latch member into an unlocking position, and a cover having an inlet port for inserting the tongue therethrough and an opening for operating the push button therethrough. The latch member is pivotally supported on a supporting bed secured to the base. The latch device further comprises means for holding the latch member in its unlocking position when the latch member is brought from its tongue locking position to its unlocking position by the push button, whereby the latch member is held in the unlocking position until the latch member is brought back to its tongue locking position after the tongue is again inserted in the inlet port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 1977
    Date of Patent: April 1, 1980
    Assignee: NSK-Warner K.K.
    Inventors: Takeo Ueda, Shinichi Fujita, Hideo Tachiki, Shuichi Asano
  • Patent number: 4194272
    Abstract: Device for seamless attachment of buttons for use on buttons provided with conventional holes, comprising a base element to be placed under the button between the button itself and cloth, wherein such a base element comprises through holes intended to at least partially coincide with the button holes, and wherein said through holes are internally provided with retaining means, preferably in the form of annular flats or projecting ridges, as well as fastening means, preferably in the form of rivet-like elements to be inserted on one side in the button holes to downwardly project into said base element, and on the other side to be inserted in the cloth for similarly engaging said base element, the engagement from one to the other side being carried out by means of the projections provided on the shank of said rivet-like elements hooking on said annular flats or projecting ridges provided internally of the base element holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 1978
    Date of Patent: March 25, 1980
    Assignee: Sauro Albertini
    Inventor: Felice Taffurelli
  • Patent number: 4193133
    Abstract: A generally U-shaped bracket for detachably securing in particular a resilient retaining strap of safety goggles to a safety helmet having a rim is provided. The bracket is made of flexible material, has two limbs and comprises a two-armed clamp lever for detachably clamping the bracket to the rim of the safety helmet. The clamp lever has a passage through which the retaining strap of the safety goggles placed about the safety helmet passes. One of the limbs of the bracket has a bifurcation defining bifurcated ends and the two-armed clamp lever is pivotally mounted in and between said bifurcated ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 1978
    Date of Patent: March 18, 1980
    Assignee: Fondermann & Co.
    Inventors: Friedrich Laibach, Paul Hoebink
  • Patent number: 4192285
    Abstract: A fuel burning stove for holding and burning fuel to heat the surrounding atmosphere in a room where the stove is employed. The stove includes a fire box which supports the fuel and where the combustion is sustained. An air inlet is provided to the fire box allowing the inflow of air for combustion with the fuel. The air is preheated upon entry into the fire box for mixture with volatiles formed by the burning fuel directed toward the entering air by a baffle means to effect a secondary combustion. In addition, a movable damper cooperates with the baffle to direct volatiles toward the incoming heated air when the damper is in the closed position and to provide a more direct path to the chimney when in the open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 1977
    Date of Patent: March 11, 1980
    Assignee: Valco Corporation
    Inventor: Val J. Nietupski
  • Patent number: 4191334
    Abstract: A one piece cable tie for positioning first and second wires relative to one another comprising spacer means for spacing the first wire a predetermined distance from the second wire, retaining means for releasably retaining the first wire, securing means for securely holding the first and second wires against relative movement and spaced the predetermined distance, and abutment means for tightening the hold of the cable tie about the wires.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 1978
    Date of Patent: March 4, 1980
    Assignee: Panduit Corp.
    Inventors: John J. Bulanda, John E. Lopata
  • Patent number: 4190934
    Abstract: A buckling assembly for a safety harness has two parts which can be connected and disconnected from one another. One of the parts has a member which must be actuated to allow connection and disconnection, and once the assembly is connected and closed, actuation of this member is prevented. Additionally, the two parts can only be separated in one relative orientation which will not be reached while the harness is being worn.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 1978
    Date of Patent: March 4, 1980
    Assignee: Securiweb Limited
    Inventor: Leo J. Wildi
  • Patent number: 4189055
    Abstract: A fixture for a string, a band or the like, comprising at least two spaced vertical fixing portions and a horizontal connecting portion extending between the vertical fixing portions. The material, such as a string or a band, is helically wound or coiled round the horizontal connecting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 1978
    Date of Patent: February 19, 1980
    Inventor: Hiromichi Nohzuka
  • Patent number: 4188686
    Abstract: This invention relates to a clamping mechanism which is effective to produce a high compressive force on the gathered open end of a thermoplastic bag containing an appropriate product, such as food items for freezing, characterized by the fact that a high compressive force is supplied to at least two spaced portions of the gathered bag end material to effect the sealing of the bag material through cold flow of the material and without the application of any external heat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 1978
    Date of Patent: February 19, 1980
    Inventor: Gunter Baum
  • Patent number: 4188688
    Abstract: Apparatus for fastening spaced ends of a necklace and the like or for locking a safety pin of a badge, brooch, or the like, the invention comprises a rotatable locking member having spaced opposing bayonet slots formed in arcuate wall portions of the locking member. The wall portions are discontinuous about diametrically aligned portions of the periphery of the locking member to define aligned openings which receive a portion of a safety pin or spring thereinto, the locking member being rotatable to engage said portion of the safety pin or spring within the bayonet slot, thereby to releasably lock the pin or spring therewithin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 1978
    Date of Patent: February 19, 1980
    Inventor: Henri Y. d'Orgelys
  • Patent number: 4187590
    Abstract: A one-piece elastic fastener includes a pair of spaced elastic, generally dish-shaped head members adapted to fit on opposite sides of pieces of material to be joined. The head members each have a rim and are disposed concavely inwardly with their rims facing each other. An elastic shank member joins the head members and is adapted to pass through an opening in the pieces of material. In one embodiment an elongated loop member is centrally attached to one of the head members and is adapted to pull it through an opening in the pieces of material to be joined. In another embodiment a boss is positioned on one of the head members and a hook is used to pull it through the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 1978
    Date of Patent: February 12, 1980
    Assignee: R. D. Bussard & Son, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard D. Harris, Franklin G. Smith, Jerome F. Moshofsky
  • Patent number: 4186464
    Abstract: An improvement in the class of chain stopper comprising a framework having a chain track extending through it for receiving the chain and a pawl which is pivotably attached at one of its ends to the framework and comprising two parts pivotably connected to each other in the fashion of a toggle link which remains substantially unbent in its chain-stopping position and is actuated to a bent position when the chain is released; this class of chain stopper also comprises an arm pivotably attached at one of its ends to the other end of the pawl and pivotably attached at its other end to the framework, this arm having a bearing portion resting against, and substantially conforming to, the surface of the chain when the pawl is in its chain stopping position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 1978
    Date of Patent: February 5, 1980
    Assignee: Pusnes Mek, Verksted A/S
    Inventor: Harry S. Sandoy
  • Patent number: 4186468
    Abstract: A ring clamp has a pair of flexible sheet-metal strips formed into a ring with one end of each strip juxtaposed with the one end of the other strip, and the other end of each strip lying intermediate the ends of the other strips. The buckles are each formed of a pair of sheet-metal parts one of which has ends bent over and formed with channels into which fit similar channels of another latch part whose ends are in turn bent over the first part for locking-together of the entire buckle into a rigid unit without the use of welding or rivets. Furthermore each buckle has inwardly directed teeth that can bite into the object being clamped. When the ends of the clamp are drawn together to tighten it around an object the two buckles are tightly pressed against the object and prevent sliding of the two strips relative to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 1978
    Date of Patent: February 5, 1980
    Inventor: Michel H. Zaniewski
  • Patent number: 4185363
    Abstract: The releasable strap connector of the type used on parachute harness, has a female connector and a male connector; one or more prongs of the male connector are insertable in fitting pockets in the female connector; a rocking bar has cut-away portions intersecting said pockets so as to interlock with correspondingly cut-away portions of the respective prongs; a manipulating yoke lever is connected to the bar for rocking it into a releasing position where the cut-away portion of the bar is aligned with the pockets and the bar is withdrawn from the cut-away portions of the prongs thereby releasing the male member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 1978
    Date of Patent: January 29, 1980
    Assignee: H. Koch & Sons Division (Gulf & Western Mfg. Co.)
    Inventor: Nicholas F. David
  • Patent number: 4185361
    Abstract: A locking device for skis or the like comprises two lengths of cable having loops formed at their remote ends and an intervening length of chain. By inserting the free ends of the cables through appropriate links in the chain and thereafter locking the free ends together, the size of the loops can be adjusted so that objects to be locked together can be snugly embraced by the opposite cable lengths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 1978
    Date of Patent: January 29, 1980
    Inventor: Robert B. Stuart
  • Patent number: 4185362
    Abstract: A tensioning device for maintaining tension in ropes, cables and the like is disclosed. The device includes a boss member over which one of the lines passes and which changes the direction of the line and a pair of pivoting gripping members which are designed to allow one of the lines to pass freely in one direction but to prohibit motion of the line in the opposite direction. The device may be employed to tension lines such as tent lines, clotheslines and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 1978
    Date of Patent: January 29, 1980
    Assignees: Stephen D. Davis, Laddie D. Davis
    Inventor: Stephen D. Davis