Wire Ties Patents (Class 140/93A)
  • Patent number: 6047741
    Abstract: A tool for tying articles, in particular cable harnesses, by means of tapes. The latter are fed to the tool in the form of a magazine strip (21) which contains the tapes alongside one another. Feeding takes place in a predetermined direction through a tool insertion opening (16) that accepts the end (22) of the magazine strip (21). According to the invention, the magazine can be attached to the tool (7) by means of guide devices (23, 24) which, at least in their part which determines the last part of the attaching movement, are designed such that the outlet opening of the magazine approaches the insertion opening (16) of the tool (7) approximately in the predetermined direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2000
    Inventor: Viktor Kurmis
  • Patent number: 6024136
    Abstract: A binding device includes a set part into which an assembly of binding bands is inserted after being bent in a generally U-shaped configuration, a first cutter for cutting a single binding band off the assembly of binding bands through operation of a lever, a pusher device for pushing the single binding band thus cut off forwardly, a curved pivot guide arm for guiding a distal end of the single binding band towards a retainer portion formed on an opposite end of the single binding band, a push-in device for pushing the distal end of the single binding band into the retainer portion, a reducing device for reducing a distal end portion of the single binding band which protrudes from the retainer portion, a second cutter for cutting off the reduced distal end portion of the single binding band which still protrudes from the retainer portion, and a feed device for feeding the assembly of binding bands in a manner so as to match the pitch of the plurality of binding bands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2000
    Assignee: J. E. Kabushiki-Kaisya
    Inventors: Tetsurou Wada, Shoichi Fukami
  • Patent number: 6019142
    Abstract: Tool for fastening an article, in particular a cable harness, by means of a band to be closed by a lock (10), which has, at a front surface of its tool body (1), a wraparound clamp (4) formed at least partially of clamp parts (5) movably held at the tool body (1), a lock mount (9), a tensioning device for tensioning the band guided in the wraparound clamp (4) and through the lock (10), and a control device for opening the wraparound clamp (4) and tensioning the band, in which the control device is designed in such a way that, before the completion of the tensioning of the band, the wraparound clamp (4) is opened and is retracted through a substantial part of its forward overhang.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2000
    Assignee: Paul Hellermann GmbH
    Inventor: Viktor Kurmis
  • Patent number: 6014927
    Abstract: A device for compressing stacks of branches or twigs pruned from trees or shrubs into compact bundles includes a winch having an elongated tubular shaft terminated at one end thereof by a hand crank, and rotatably supported by a pair of longitudinally spaced apart support structures disposed transversely to the winch shaft. Each support structure has a base plate having a lower surface adapted to abut a stack of prunings, and a bearing support structure protruding upwards from the base plate for rotatably supporting the winch shaft. An aperture through the base plate disposed radially rearwards from the winch shaft receives a tensioning rope wound around the winch shaft. The opposite end of each tensioning rope encircles a pruning stack, and is attached at longitudinally spaced apart locations to an anchor rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2000
    Inventor: Michael H. Hilford
  • Patent number: 5967316
    Abstract: A cable tie bandolier for use with automatic tools. The bandolier includes a plurality of interconnected cable ties. The ties are interconnected by a single web positioned between adjacent ties and located closer to the head of the tie than to the tail of the tie.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 19, 1999
    Assignee: Thomas & Betts International, Inc.
    Inventors: Salvatore J. Abbruzzese, Mark A. Bordwell, Peter M. Wells, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5944063
    Abstract: Tool for tying an article, in particular a cable harness, by means of a tape (7), which tool comprises a tool body (1), a carriage (12) that can move forwards and backwards thereon along a carriage guide (13, 14), and a closed pulling means (15, 16, 17, 18), which can be driven in only one direction, for the carriage drive, the forward and backward runs (15, 16) of the said pulling means (15, 16, 17, 18) being parallel and adjacent to the carriage guide (13, 14), and having a driver dog (19) for the carriage (12). According to the invention, in the region of each of the two runs (15, 16) there is provided a coupling stop, on the carriage, each of which is assigned to a run and cooperates with the driver dog. Expediently, the coupling stops (22, 34, 35), on the carriage (12) and assigned to the two runs, are connected by a guide track (20, 21, 23) accommodating the driver dog (19) on its deflection path (17, 18) from one run (15, 16) to the other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 31, 1999
    Assignee: Paul Hellermann GmbH
    Inventor: Viktor Kurmis
  • Patent number: 5934341
    Abstract: A tool for tying an article, in particular a cable harness, by means of a tape, which tool comprises a tool body (1), a push rod (10) guided therein, which pushes the tape (6) into a wrapping position around the article to be tied, and a drive device for the push rod (10). The drive device for the push rod comprises a carriage (15) that is guided on the tool body (1) and moved forwards and backwards by means of a crank (12, 13), and a pinion (20) that is rotatably mounted on the carriage (15), rolls on a running track (21) arranged parallel to the carriage guide (16, 17) and, on its opposite side, engages directly or by means of a larger gear wheel (19) that is connected in terms of rotation into the push rod (10) which, at least in the region of movement of the carriage (15), is guided parallel to the latter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 10, 1999
    Assignee: Paul Hellermann GmbH
    Inventor: Hans-Dieter Thieme
  • Patent number: 5845681
    Abstract: An arrangement for tying an article, in particular a cable harness, comprises a tough elastic tape with a closure (12) arranged at the end of an elongated tape tongue and a tying tool. Arranged at the front of the tool body (1) are wrapping tongs (2, 3) that can be opened and closed and through which the tape can be guided around the article to be tied. Located in the tool body is a tape guide channel (10) opening inside the wrapping tongs and having an advancing member for advancing the tape with the tape tongue forward, the channel being adjoined in the wrapping tongs by a tape guide groove (20, 21). Arranged at the mouth of the tape guide channel (10) is a closure holder for holding the closure (12) and a spring rocker (15) for pressing the tape tongue being advanced on to a surface (11) of the tape guide channel (10). According to the invention, the spring rocker (15) has a front face (24) that participates in forming the closure holder (11, 18, 24).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 8, 1998
    Assignee: Paul Hellermann GmbH
    Inventor: Viktor Kurmis
  • Patent number: 5829110
    Abstract: Improvement in connection to an automatic crimper (6) which operates in the known manner to divide leads (1) into groups (1a,1b,1c, etc.), before crimping one ends of the leads to branching connectors (2) and crimping the other ends of all the leads to a common connector (3) so as to form a multiple harness (4). Subsequently, the crimper drives the branching connectors to travel in parallel and in unison with the common connector along a pair of delivery rails (7) until discharged from the rails. The improvement resides in that the branching connectors (2) are caused to take a position close to the common connector (3) so that leads in each group are folded double, then the leads are gathered to form a compact bundle (1') before being tied with tapes (5) which serve as an easily breakable binding material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 3, 1998
    Assignee: Japan Solderless Terminal Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Masatoshi Kashihara
  • Patent number: 5799375
    Abstract: A fastener assembly is provided for easy loading in a fastener gun, the assembly being formed so as to also be easily operated upon by the fastener gun. The fastener assembly comprises a plurality of fasteners and at least one runner, wherein the fasteners are disposed in a predetermined direction and substantially coplanar with one another to form a plane, and each of the fasteners is attached to the at least one runner, the at least one runner being spaced from the plane of fasteners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 1, 1998
    Assignees: J.E. Co., Ltd., Ben Clements and Sons
    Inventor: Shoichi Fukami
  • Patent number: 5613530
    Abstract: A hand held portable twist tie apparatus which has a frame (20), a drive motor (44) and controls. A set of reduction drive gears (68) reduce the motor speed and drive a gear cluster with turntable (74). A twister (94) is rotated by a drive train (114) that intermeshes at the proper time with the gear cluster. A spring loaded shuttling carriage (126) slides along the twister and contains arms (130) that swing around the product and guide twist tie material (76) to enclose the product to be tied. A feed transport arm (142) advances the tie material and cuts it to the appropriate length for complete encircling, tightening and twisting by the above elements. A housing (208) and shield (210) cover the moving parts and a reel holder (194) mounted on top of the housing accepts a roll of tie material to supply the apparatus. A handle (218) provides a grip for one handed operation and power is supplied by a battery (48), or power converter (58).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 25, 1997
    Assignee: Johnston International Corp.
    Inventors: Roger S. Kincel, Luis C. Contreras
  • Patent number: 5605180
    Abstract: A binder is provided for joining a plurality of objects together with a binding string. The binder includes a base member having a recess for receiving the objects. Structure for feeding the binding string is disposed behind the recess. A hook-shaped hand is provided for guiding the binding string around the objects and for causing a loose end of the binding string to turn back in a U shape while pressing the binding string against the objects to be bound, and for twisting the loose end of the binding string with another portion of the binding string to perform binding. The hook-shaped hand includes a slide base plate capable of moving backward and forward relative to the recess, a hook-shaped curved member rotatably coupled to the slide base plate and movable backward and forward in response to movement of the slide base plate, and a rotation mechanism for engaging and thereby rotating the hook-shaped curved member toward the recess in synchronized relation with forward movement of the slide base plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 1994
    Date of Patent: February 25, 1997
    Assignee: Kounan Kougyo Kabushikikaisya
    Inventors: Yoshiaki Tange, Humiko Tange, Atsuko Kawamura
  • Patent number: 5522436
    Abstract: A wiring harness assembling board 10 is provided with positioning members 20. In binding band clamps by a band clamp binder, the band clamp binder is engaged with the positioning members 20 to position the band clamp binder. If the band clamp binder is engaged with the positioning members 20, signals are sent to a clamp binding examining device 60 from operating pins 21 through signal lines 22. In the clamp binding examining device 60, the signals are counted, to inform a worker of passing when the number of signals becomes a predetermined number. As a result, it is possible to satisfactorily prevent the band clamps from not being bound by the band clamp binder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 1994
    Date of Patent: June 4, 1996
    Assignee: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Motoaki Tabuchi, Masanori Inaba
  • Patent number: 5518045
    Abstract: A twist tie device for twisting together the ends of the tie ribbon and encircling an article which is positioned therein for tying is provided. The device includes a feed element for feeding the tie ribbon in the device to the article. An arm is provided for guilding the tie ribbon around the article. A twist head, connected to a rod, is provided for tightening the tie ribbon around the article. A gear assembly is provided for rotating and driving the twist head and for driving tie ribbon feed element. A cylinder with a rod plunger, forming an actuator, is coupled to the gear assembly. In response to a control signal, the actuator moves in a first direction between a start position, a first position and a second position. When the actuator moves from a start position to a first position, it makes contact with the arm so that the arm partially wraps the tie ribbon around the article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 21, 1996
    Assignee: Ben Clements & Sons, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven D. Clements, Thomas O. Jacobsen
  • Patent number: 5462098
    Abstract: An automatic tightener is provided. The tightener comprises a tightening member and means for driving said tightening member. The tightening member includes a hook portion for engaging within a loop of binding wire. The tightening member, when rotated, tightens the binding wire so as to bind adjacent reinforcing bars together by the binding wire. The driving means includes an electric motor which is powered with a rechargeable battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 31, 1995
    Inventor: Saburo Murakami
  • Patent number: 5417252
    Abstract: Tool for binding an object (19) by means of a strip which consists of a strip tongue (7) and a lock which is connected to one end of the strip tongue and has a strip opening for retaining the other end of the strip tongue. The tool, which is of elongated construction, has a loop guide (15, 16), which can be opened and closed, on the end of the tool for guiding the strip around the object (19). Provided within the loop guide on the end of the tool is a lock holder (34, 35) from which the loop guide (15, 16) originates and to which it returns. Provided in the tool body is a guide channel (5), which runs approximately parallel to its longitudinal direction, for guiding the strip in its longitudinal direction from an original position into the looping-round and binding position. According to the invention, it is provided that the lock holder (34, 35) is arranged on the end surface of the tool on the circumference of the largest circular cross-section which can be retained by the loop guide ( 15, 16).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 23, 1995
    Assignee: Bowthorpe plc
    Inventor: Viktor Kurmis
  • Patent number: 5417254
    Abstract: Tool for binding an object by means of a strip, which has a strip tongue and a strip lock with a strip opening which receives the free end of the strip tongue. The tool comprises a lock holder and a loop guide, which originates from the lock holder, returns thereto and can be opened and closed, for guiding the strip around the object to be bound. Furthermore, the tool comprises a slide for feeding the strip into a position in which the strip tongue is located in the loop guide, and the lock is located in the lock holder. According to the invention, the lock holder is at least partially formed by the slide. In consequence, other holding parts having associated drive and control means are superfluous for fixed enclosure of the lock in the holder. The part of the lock holder which is arranged on the slide may have a guide for the free strip end which enters into the lock holder region from the loop guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 23, 1995
    Assignee: Bowthorpe plc
    Inventor: Viktor Kurmis
  • Patent number: 5417253
    Abstract: Tool for binding an object by means of a strip which, consists of a strip tongue and a lock which is firmly connected to one end of the strip tongue and has a strip opening for retaining the other end of the strip tongue. The tool comprises a binding device and a retaining device and, for guiding the strip from the strip retaining device to the binding device, a guide channel with which an elongated, flexible slide interacts which is guided via a drive roller which is provided at the end of the guide channel remote from the binding device. According to the invention, the elongated, flexible slide, or a part of the same, is formed by a flat slide strip, consisting especially of metal, which is broader than the guide channel at least in parts of its length, guide grooves being provided in the side walls of the guide channel for receiving the edges of the slide strip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 23, 1995
    Assignee: Bowthorpe plc
    Inventor: Viktor Kurmis
  • Patent number: 5212928
    Abstract: A method for drawing a bundling strap taut about the neck of a flexible container such as a bank bag, said bundling strap comprised of an elongated body portion having a plurality of serrations disposed along side edges thereof adapted to mate in locking contact with corresponding teeth members projecting into an aperture in a head-end portion connected to said strap body, the method utilizing an automatic bundling strap tensioning apparatus characterized by a reversible motor means connected to a reciprocating means for gripping moveable between an extended position and a retracted position, comprised of the steps of:looping said bundling strap about the open neck of said flexible container;inserting the tail end of the strap through the aperture defined by the head-end portion of the strap;pulling said tail-end of said strap completely through said aperture until at least the first set of serrations of the strap body are engaged by said teeth members projecting upwardly into the interior of the aperture, th
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 1990
    Date of Patent: May 25, 1993
    Assignee: Edge Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Ernest D. Scott, Donald L. Tedder, Gregory Scott
  • Patent number: 5208948
    Abstract: An apparatus for binding electric cables, etc. containing a series of prolonged binding bands wound round an object to be bound, like electric cables, etc., in a loop fashion, formed with a plurality of convex-like gears in a rack fashion on a surface of the binding band; a stopper having an opening portion through which the binding band is inserted with respective back faces overlapping; a pair of pawl members concurrently projected from opposing walls inside the opening portion, the pawl members engaged with the convex-like gears of the binding band; parallel ribs protrusively formed on both sides of an opening end of the opening portion of the stopper, the opening end facing toward the top, unattached end of the pawl member; and a space formed so that a cutter for cutting a protruding portion of the binding band may pass through between the ribs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 1991
    Date of Patent: May 11, 1993
    Assignee: Nirei Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shigenobu Nirei
  • Patent number: 5205328
    Abstract: A portable cable application tool for fastening an individual cable tie around an object where the cable tie has a strap and a strap locking head and is provided in a continuous ribbon of cable ties includes upper and lower jaws for positioning the cable tie around an object to be fastened. The tool includes a cable advancing means for advancing an individual cable tie within the tool having a carriage, a carriage mounting means for mounting the carriage to the tool for reciprocal movement between a rearward position and a forward position and cable tie pusher means carried on the carriage for pushing a cable tie from a cable tie receiver means to upper and lower jaws of the tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 1992
    Date of Patent: April 27, 1993
    Assignee: Panduit Corp.
    Inventors: Brett W. Johnson, Robert F. Levin, Steven S. Timian, Mark B. Richardson, David W. West
  • Patent number: 5167265
    Abstract: A hand-operated binding device which may be used to bind objects, for example, a bundle of electric wires, with a binding band. The binding device is provided with a means for transporting a binding band by a manual operation, the binding band comprising a band portion with engagement portions and a head portion with a hole and a locking projection. The binding device is further provided with a pair of first and second guide members capable of opening and closing as well as reducing a space for accommodating an object to be bound. In addition, the binding device is provided with a means for driving at least one of the first and second guide members by a manual operation. The binding band that is transported by the transport means is bent around the object in the space through the first and second guide members, and the band portion with the engagement portions is passed through the hole in the head portion by utilization of the elastic deformation of the locking projection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 1991
    Date of Patent: December 1, 1992
    Assignee: Kyoichi Limited
    Inventor: Kazumo Sakamoto
  • Patent number: 5161583
    Abstract: Clip securing apparatus for securing clips of plastics materials around filamentary, stranded or strip-like materials comprises a throat (25) for receiving materials to be secured together, a holder (14) for a plurality of clips, and a reciprocal driver (10) operable to remove clips one at a time from the holder (14) and to drive each clip in open condition through the throat (25) of the apparatus so that the materials to be secured together enter the clip. The throat (25) has opposed faces that act upon the clip as it passes through the throat (25) to close the clip around the materials and so secure the clip around the materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 1991
    Date of Patent: November 10, 1992
    Inventor: David Ackerman
  • Patent number: 5144989
    Abstract: A portable cable tie dispenser for providing individual cable ties from a ribbon of cable ties including a grooved cylinder for positioning the cable ties for severance from the ribbon and sequential transfer to a cable tie application tool, the grooved cylinder being driven by an electric motor disposed within the cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 1991
    Date of Patent: September 8, 1992
    Assignee: Panduit Corp.
    Inventors: Anton L. Mika, Robert F. Levin
  • Patent number: 5050649
    Abstract: A strap (2) consisting of a strap tongue (3) and a strap lock (4) which has an orifice (7) for receiving the strap tongue (3) is looped and clamped around an elongate article by means of a tool. The tool possesses a looping guide (12, 13, 14) closable around the article and intended for the strap (2), with a retention means (20) for the strap lock (4), a guide (17) aligned approximately with the retention means (20) and intended for the free strap end (8) of the strap tongue (3), and a device for generating a relative movement occurring between the retention means (20) and the guide (17) in order to push the free strap end (8) into the orifice (7) of the strap lock (4). The strap tongue possesses a central recess (9) and the device provided on the tool and intended for generating the relative movement has a pushing-forward finger (30) interacting with the recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 1990
    Date of Patent: September 24, 1991
    Assignee: Paul Hellermann GmbH
    Inventor: Viktor Kurmis
  • Patent number: 5042535
    Abstract: A tool for applying a flexible, one-piece plastics tie around a bundle of cables drives the tie tail-first from the tool where it is guided around the bundle so that upon completion of this step, the free end of the tail is spaced from but aligned with and directed towards an aperture through a head at the other end of the tail. A pushing element of the tool is then displaced to engage in a notch in an edge of the tail, to push the free end of the tail through the head, where it interlocks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 1990
    Date of Patent: August 27, 1991
    Assignee: Bowthorpe-Hellermann Limited
    Inventor: Horst Schlottke
  • Patent number: 4947902
    Abstract: The device for twisting wires has a twisted rod with a binding hook, which is set into rotation upon pulling a handle part. The binding hook is pivotable around an axle and is held in the normal position by a stop slider engaging in recesses of the binding hook. When the wire loop around the binding hook is tightened, a catch is lifted up, whereby the stop slider and thus the binding hook are unlocked and pivoted, so that it can slip from the wire loop.Such a device enables a constant, optimum twisting of the wire without the risk of rupture thereof, and it permits automatic release of the binding hook by one and the same pulling movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 1989
    Date of Patent: August 14, 1990
    Assignee: Styner & Bienz AG
    Inventors: Peter Lehmann, Heinrich Glaus
  • Patent number: 4908911
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for automatically binding bundles of electric cables.According to this invention, a plastic strap in the form of a continuous serrated band is advanced by means of a feeding and pulling mechanism along guides and through a hollow retaining element provided with a similar indentation and fed in the form of a continuous strip of retaining elements. The plastic strap is advanced until the bundle of cables has been wrapped, and the end of the serrated band is reinserted through the opposite side of the retaining element. The binding is tightened by reversing the operation of the pulling mechanism until the cables are pulled together; the serrated band is then cut performing a binding stretched to the desired value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 1988
    Date of Patent: March 20, 1990
    Assignee: R.T.A. Italiana S.p.A.
    Inventors: Carlo Bretti, Franco Sermidi
  • Patent number: 4862928
    Abstract: A single cable tie loading gate assembly for an automatic cable tie installation tool includes a sliding gate disposed adjacent a cable tie ejection channel. The sliding gate is movable between a closed position sealing the cable tie ejection channel and an open position allowing insertion of a cable tie into the ejection channel for subsequent pneumatic propulsion to the cable tie application mechanisms of the tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 1988
    Date of Patent: September 5, 1989
    Assignee: Panduit Corp.
    Inventors: Jack E. Caveney, Mark B. Richardson
  • Patent number: 4834148
    Abstract: A reinforcement binding machine using a steel wire comprises a means for feeding the steel wire into a binding station for binding reinforcements together, a guide means provided with a guide path for guiding the steel wire fed into the binding station along a curve encircling the reinforcements and defining the binding station, a means for twisting the steel wire looped by the guide path and defining a slot through which the steel wire fed into the binding station is capable of passing, and a means for rotating the twisting means about the axis crossing the axis of the loop formed from the steel wire so as to twist the steel wire, the twisting means being provided with a pair of pins opposed to each other through the slot and adapted to be moved relatively in the axial direction with respect to the loop, and a means for normally biasing at least one of the pins toward the other one of the pins such that the end faces of the pins are abutted against each other within the binding station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 1987
    Date of Patent: May 30, 1989
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toyoda Kihan
    Inventors: Hiroshi Muguruma, Hiroshi Toyoda, Takayasu Sawano
  • Patent number: 4821636
    Abstract: A cable bundle is lifted off the nail board for presentation to a binding or lashing tool. The lifting is accomplished by a claw which has two claw members, one is spring biased and initially slightly lifts the bundle off the nail board. The other claw member is driven by a motor to first come into engagement with the other claw and then to further lift the bundle. The lifting and presenting claw mechanism and a binding and lashing mechanism are both carried by a robot arm closely spaced to each other for cooperation. Both devices can be operated in response to a computer program control. Due to the lifting and presenting of the bundle, the binding can be performed automatically without the need for any spacers between the nail board and the conductor bundle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 1987
    Date of Patent: April 18, 1989
    Assignee: Messerschmitt-Boelkow-Blohm GmbH
    Inventor: Siegfried Kraemer
  • Patent number: 4798231
    Abstract: In the method for connecting at least two rods, wherein a binding apparatus, which is provided with a rotatable hook member, seizes a wire loop, which extends around the rods, and twists the loop during a pulling movement. The wire clamp or clip which has leg portion ends provided with locking means is brought around the rods to be connected in such a manner that, when viewed from the hook member the locking means are brought into engagement with each other behind the rods, and the closed wire clamp in front of the rods is seized by the hook member of the binding apparatus and twisted.The device required for this purpose includes a binding apparatus which has a slide member connected to a displaceable gripping member for the forward advancement of the wire clamp and closing jaws which are adapted to bring the locking members on the wire clamp into engagement behind the rods to be connected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 1987
    Date of Patent: January 17, 1989
    Assignee: Styner & Bienz AG
    Inventors: Heinrich Glaus, Peter Lehmann, Hans Joehr, Rene Freiburghaus
  • Patent number: 4790225
    Abstract: An automatic cable tie installation tool for applying discrete cable ties around bundles of wires or the like where the cable ties are provided to the tool on a continuous ribbon. The automatic tool including a dispenser mechanism that accepts the ribbon of cable ties and provides discrete cable ties therefrom; a tool mechanism that positions the discrete cable tie around the bundle of wire, tensions the tie to a preselected value and severs the tail of the cable tie; and a conveyance mechanism that delivers the cable tie provided by the dispenser mechansim to the tool mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 1986
    Date of Patent: December 13, 1988
    Assignee: Panduit Corp.
    Inventors: Roy A. Moody, John J. Bulanda, Robert F. Levin, Steven S. Timian, Stephen A. Waltasti
  • Patent number: 4762154
    Abstract: An automatic apparatus for strapping together a first and a second superposed elongated body (1,2) even in a nonangulated axial relationship, with particular reference to reinforcement for reinforcing concrete, essentially comprising a rotatable system of locking devices (141) capable of engaging respective ends of two wire-like elements, relatively stiff, previously proportioned and shaped, straddling over said first elongated body of under said second elongated body, side by side opposed edges of said second elongated body or said first elongated body, respectively, so that following the rotation around its own axis of said system of locking devices the ends of said wire-like elements are twisted together in pairs under said second elongated body or all together over the first elongated body, in order to perform the sought strapping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 1987
    Date of Patent: August 9, 1988
    Inventor: Guido Cianciullo
  • Patent number: 4705080
    Abstract: A bundle typing device is provided with a pair of jaws which are mounted so that the jaw ends move toward and away from each other and are adapted to receive tie stock thereacross. The jaw ends with the tie stock are drawn over a bundle, the tie stock embracing the bundle. The jaws are then rotated to twist the tie stock about the bundle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 1986
    Date of Patent: November 10, 1987
    Assignee: H.F. Hanscom & Company, Inc.
    Inventor: John F. Hanscom
  • Patent number: 4685493
    Abstract: A portable reinforcing bar binding device used in reinforced concrete casting sites for automatically binding reinforcing bars at their intersections with a length of wire, wherein mounted on a handle-equipped frame are a feed reel for a steel wire to be used as a binding wire, a steel wire delivery mechanism disposed in the path of withdrawal of the steel wire from the feed reel, a steel wire loop forming mechanism disposed at the terminal end of the path of withdrawal of steel wire and adapted to be advanced and retracted by a driving unit, a steel wire cutting mechanism whose region of engagement with the steel wire is positioned between the steel wire loop forming mechanism and the terminal end of the path of withdrawal of steel wire, and a steel wire twisting mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 1985
    Date of Patent: August 11, 1987
    Inventor: Sadao Yuguchi
  • Patent number: 4683920
    Abstract: The invention relates to a banding machine for banding linear objects through a banding element having engageable male and female members on both ends, which includes a retractable member which prevents drift of the banding element provided in the neighborhood of a leading end portion of a banding-element carrying passage provided in the banding machine, which prevents the banding element from drifting when it is being fed laterally or at the beginning of a banding operation, and a biased arm which supports the banding element, disposed in the banding-element carrying passage, which supports the banding element in the course of being laterally fed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 1985
    Date of Patent: August 4, 1987
    Assignees: Japan Bano'k Co., Ltd., Ben Clements & Sons, Inc.
    Inventor: Akira Furutsu
  • Patent number: 4653548
    Abstract: A process for tying metal reinforcement and/or mesh structures wherein U-shaped clips having bent and generally diverging arms are placed at the crossings of the rod to be tied together and engage twice on each of the rods of the crossing, the arm ends being closed by being twisted until a portion of the ends ruptures, the twisting being performed by a substantially longitudinal tool having at the front jaws which in the open state close on the clip ends, turn and twist the same and finally break the ends leaving them twisted, the jaws returning to the same initial position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 1985
    Date of Patent: March 31, 1987
    Assignee: Simes-Senco, S.A.
    Inventor: Antonio Lucas Huerta
  • Patent number: 4640319
    Abstract: A tie gun for applying a flexible tie around a roll or bundle, said tie having an apertured head through which the tail of the tie, after looping around the roll or bundle, is threaded, tensioned and locked in position, the gun incorporating an indexing means in the form of a rotary drum which advances successive ties, tail forward, into the path of a push rod driven by a trigger actuated, pneumatically operated piston so that said push rod performs a rearward stroke during the second part of an operating cycle and in so doing indexes the tie feed drum and simultaneously turns the buckle of an advanced tie into a tail receiving position, thus completing loading of the gun in readiness for the next operating cycle during the first part of which the push rod moves forwardly to push the tail around the roll or bundle to be tied back through the pre-orientated buckle ready for tensioning and locking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 1985
    Date of Patent: February 3, 1987
    Assignee: Bowthorpe-Hellermann Limited
    Inventor: John G. Walker
  • Patent number: 4640320
    Abstract: A gun for applying cable ties includes a pinch wheel for acting on the flat tail of the tie to drive the tie from the gun, the tie being guided (as it is advanced, tail-first) around a nose loop guide. The tie finishes with its head engaged with a threader which is then lifted to lift the tie head and thus cause the tail to pass through the head aperture, become interlocked therein and project from the lower side of the head. Then the threader is lowered to lower the head and engage the projecting end of the tail with a pinch wheel which serves to tension the tie. The ties are fed from a bandolier of side-by-side ties in which they are interconnected at their heads and tail tips by continuous strips running along the edges of the bandolier, successive ties being cut from the bandolier while leaving the two strips intact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 1984
    Date of Patent: February 3, 1987
    Assignee: Bowthorpe-Hellermann Limited
    Inventors: Gerald Avison, John W. Teape, Paul H. F. Willer
  • Patent number: 4610067
    Abstract: A binding tool in which a fastener row consisting of a plurality of fasteners arranged side by side at a predetermined pitch is fed by increments corresponding to said pitch, a binding tape is fed into the leading fastener in a set position from behind in a tool body, the tape emerging from the front end of the fastener is passed around an object, the leading end of the tape is inserted into the fastener from the front end, the tape end emerging from the rear end of the fastener is clamped by a stopper in the body, the tape is pulled back to be tightened around the object, the tape is secured to the fastener by driving an associated pin thereinto in the body, the tape is cut behind the fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 1985
    Date of Patent: September 9, 1986
    Assignee: Nifco Inc.
    Inventor: Kunio Hara
  • Patent number: 4502905
    Abstract: A typing ribbon is carried by a carrier ring around a bundle of wires, while locating pins hold the ribbon spaced from the wires. A finger engages the ribbon and moves it laterally across one of the ribbon loops to form the tie. Then, an electrically heated weld bar engages the ribbon at the tie area to bond the ribbon portion to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 1982
    Date of Patent: March 5, 1985
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Charles H. Jung, Charles G. Jung
  • Patent number: 4498506
    Abstract: An automatic cable tie installation tool for applying discrete cable ties around bundles of wires or the like where the cable ties are provided to the tool on a continuous ribbon. The automatic tool including a dispenser mechanism that accepts the ribbon of cable ties and provides discrete cable ties therefrom; a tool mechanism that positions the discrete cable tie around the bundle of wire, tensions the tie to a preselected value and severs the tail of the cable tie; and a conveyance mechanism that delivers the cable tie provided by the dispenser mechanism to the tool mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 1982
    Date of Patent: February 12, 1985
    Assignee: Panduit Corp.
    Inventors: Roy A. Moody, John J. Bulanda, Robert F. Levin, Steven S. Timian, Stephen A. Waltasti
  • Patent number: 4495972
    Abstract: A tie gun for applying a flexible tie around a roll or bundle, the tie having an apertured head through which the tail of the tie, after looping around the roll or bundle, is threaded, tensioned and locked in position, the gun incorporating an indexing means in the form of a rotary drum which advances successive ties, tail forward, into the path of a push rod driven by a trigger actuated, pneumatically operated piston so that the push rod performs a rearward stroke during the second part of an operating cycle and in so doing indexes the tie feed drum and simultaneously turns the buckle of an advanced tie into a tail receiving position, thus completing loading of the gun in readiness for the next operating cycle during the first part of which the push rod moves forwardly to push the tail around the roll or bundle to be tied back through the pre-oriented buckle ready for tensioning and locking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 1982
    Date of Patent: January 29, 1985
    Assignee: Bowthorpe-Hellermann Limited
    Inventor: John G. Walker
  • Patent number: 4393641
    Abstract: In a device for closing a U-shaped clip about the gathered end of a wrapper and comprising a housing carrying a clip-closing die and, a punch pivotally mounted on the die to move from inoperative to clip-closing position in cooperation with the die, the improvement which comprises (a) a wedge shaped opening provided in one end face of the housing, the opening widening adjacent the apex to form a space for receiving the gathered end; (b) two gathering arms pivotally mounted on the housing on opposite sides of the wedge-shaped opening so that, upon pivoting, a gathered end within the opening is caused to enter the receiving space; and (c) a gathering nose on the punch; the punch being pivoted, only after the gathering arms have been closed, so that the nose engages and further compacts the gathered end against the die whereupon the punch applies the clip about the gathered end, the clip being closed by the die.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 1981
    Date of Patent: July 19, 1983
    Inventor: Herbert Niedecker
  • Patent number: 4388791
    Abstract: A device for securing together crossing re-inforced rods or bars, commonly referred to as rebar, and comprising a spring wire clip having a curved saddle-shaped mid-portion formed to seat on the posterior side of the vertical rebar, i.e., the side away from the horizontal rebar, and having a pair of parallel legs dimensioned to extend across the top of the horizontal rebar and curved in parallel vertical planes to provide concavities to receive, grip and provide vertical support for the horizontal rebar. The clip is formed for manual application in a one-handed operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 1980
    Date of Patent: June 21, 1983
    Inventor: Frank H. Anderson
  • Patent number: 4371010
    Abstract: A power-operated tool for automatically applying a bundling tie to a plurality of wires or the like comprises an elongate rotatable tie carrier and a loading mechanism disposed adjacent thereto for positioning ties on the carrier. The loading mechanism is adapted to receive ties individually in succession from a series of ties that are webbed together head to head and to transfer the interconnected ties laterally to the carrier. A pawl is included for rotatably indexing the tie carrier to advance the ties positioned thereon to a separating station whereat the web between the heads is cut to thereby provide separated, individual ties. The ties are further advanced to a feeding position whereat an individual tie is positioned about the articles in a closed loop. A gripper is provided to tension the tie about the articles and a severing mechanism is included to suitably sever a strap portion at a predetermined tie tension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 1980
    Date of Patent: February 1, 1983
    Assignee: Thomas & Betts Corporation
    Inventor: Laszlo Hidassy
  • Patent number: 4368762
    Abstract: Tie sensing apparatus is provided in a bundling tie applying tool for sensing presence and absence of a bundling tie on a support within the tool. The support is adjacent a tie loading apparatus in the tool whereby ties transferred from the loading apparatus are positioned thereon. The sensing apparatus, upon sensing absence of a tie on the support operates a switch that provides an indication that the tool requires replenishment of ties. The switch is operable to effectively interrupt operation of the tool until presence of ties is sensed and for actuating a light for visual indication that tie replenishment is required.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 1980
    Date of Patent: January 18, 1983
    Assignee: Thomas & Betts Corporation
    Inventor: Joseph Peterpaul
  • Patent number: 4359070
    Abstract: A power-operated tool for automatically applying a bundling tie to a plurality of wires or the like comprises an elongate rotatable tie carrier and a loading mechanism disposed adjacent thereto for positioning ties on the carrier. The loading mechanism is adapted to receive ties individually in succession from a series of ties that are webbed together head to head and to transfer the interconnected ties laterally to the carrier. Means are included for rotatably indexing the tie carrier to advance the ties positioned thereon to a separating station whereat the web between the heads is cut to thereby provide separated, individual ties. The ties are further advanced to a feeding position whereat an individual tie is positioned about the articles in a closed loop. Tensioning means is provided to tension the tie about the articles and a severing mechanism is included to suitably sever a strap portion at a predetermined tie tension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 1980
    Date of Patent: November 16, 1982
    Assignee: Thomas & Betts Corporation
    Inventors: Laszlo Hidassy, Louis A. Netta
  • Patent number: 4354535
    Abstract: A portable tool for enabling a workman (while maintaining a comfortable standing position) to bind a pair of concrete re-enforcement rod structural members (which may be disposed in proximity to the feet of the workman) together by utilizing a supply of wire that is carried on a reel as part of the tool. Disposed adjacent the lower end of the tool is a pair of jaws which are normally open to introduce the structural members into a hole defined by the jaws when closed. The tool is fully automatic and a sequence of binding events is started by depressing a trigger which is disposed adjacent the upper end of the tool. The binding sequence is completed in a few seconds which, of course, enables the workman to accomplish considerably more work than normal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 1980
    Date of Patent: October 19, 1982
    Inventors: Robert Y. Powell, Jeff A. Fisher