Shrinkable Tubes, Etc. Patents (Class 174/DIG8)
  • Patent number: 6111200
    Abstract: A shrinkable protection element for covering filiform items, such as a joint between electrical cables. The element comprises a first (2) and second (3) sleeve, the second sleeve being coaxially superimposed upon the first one. Both sleeves are elastically expandable in a radial direction, i.e. shrinkable. The first sleeve is made up of a compound of cross-linked polymeric material including a peroxide curable hydrocarbon terpolyme of ethylene, propylene and a non conjugated dilene EPDM material, while the second sleeve is made of sulfur-cured EPDM material. As a result, the shrinking speed of the second sleeve (3) is higher than that of the first sleeve (2), especially at temperatures between 0.degree. C. and 40.degree. C. The cables may thereby be used about 30 minutes after the installation of the protection element thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2000
    Assignee: Alcatel
    Inventors: Ivan Florent De Schrijver, Annie Cheenne-Astorino
  • Patent number: 6090231
    Abstract: An electric wire-connecting portion (11) is formed by connecting together conductive ends of a plurality of electric wires (W). One end of a heat shrinkable tube (12) is sealed with hot melt adhesive (15). The heat shrinkable tube (12) is attached onto the electric wire-connecting portion (11). A tube holding tool (13) for protecting the one end of the heat shrinkable tube (12) against heat is attached to the one end of the heat shrinkable tube (12). The heat shrinkable tube (12) is heated to shrink thereby sealing the electric wire-connecting portion (11). The tube holding tool (13) includes a holding portion (13a) for holding the one end of the heat shrinkable tube (12), and a shaft portion (13b) integrally formed with the holding portion (13a).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2000
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventor: Takahiro Saito
  • Patent number: 6064000
    Abstract: A heat shrinkable shielding tube and a manufacturing method thereof employ an electromagnetic wave shielding material inserted into a heat shrinkable tube and adhered lengthwise thereto. A metallized fabric electromagnetic shielding material may be adhesively bonded inside the tube with a longitudinal stripe of adhesive. The longitudinal edges of the electromagnetic shielding material overlap to prevent electromagnetic leakage. Electrical wires or cables to be shielded are inserted into the shielding tube, and upon heating, the tube tightly engages the wires and provides effective electromagnetic shielding. The heat shrinkable shielding tube provides an outstanding effect in shielding electromagnetic wave radiation, and because the construction and manufacturing processes are flexible, it can also significantly reduce production costs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 1995
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2000
    Assignee: The Zippertubing Company
    Inventor: Sun Ki Kim
  • Patent number: 6015600
    Abstract: An article (2) in which at least part of a surface (8) of a polymeric element has an embossed pattern (6). The article may be either heat-recoverable or non-heat-recoverable. If the article is heat-recoverable, when heated the article recovers and the embossed surface becomes substantially smooth. The change in surface texture can be used to indicate that sufficient heat has been applied to the article to achieve adequate recovery and/or to adequately melt an attached adhesive layer (10). In another embodiment, the article (2) is in the form of a patch (14) which can be used to secure the opposing longitudinal edges of heat-recoverable article which is in the form of a wraparound sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2000
    Inventors: Walter J. Greuel, Jr., George Pieslak, Efrain Renteria, Stanley Simpson, Jan L. Vansant, Barnie A. Wallace, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6005191
    Abstract: A heat-shrinkable electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding jacket sheathable over a generally elongate object of a given outer diameter extent. The jacket is formed of a tubular outer member of an indefinite length and an expanded inner diameter which is greater than the outer diameter of the object, an electrically-conductive inner member received coaxially within the outer member and extending coextensive therewith, and a generally continuous, thermoplastic interlayer interposed between the outer and inner members and extending coextensive therewith. The interlayer bonds the inner member to the outer member along substantially the entire length thereof for consolidating the jacket into an integral structure. The outer member, in turn, is heat-shrinkable to a recovered, i.e., contracted inner diameter smaller than the expanded inner diameter for substantially conforming the jacket to the outer diametric extent of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 21, 1999
    Assignee: Parker-Hannifin Corporation
    Inventors: Wen-Shian V. Tzeng, Ronald Saccuzzo, Jonathan E. Mitchell
  • Patent number: 5972139
    Abstract: A method is used to produce thermally shrinkable and electromagnetic wave proof tube and the product thereof which is internally or externally covered with a metallic net-like sleeve woven by soft zinc coated copper wires so as to make the electric cords arrangement in the tube neat, signal transmissions in a higher quality, appealing to eyes and durable against abrasion in use. The net-like sleeve can be woven by means of a weaving machine with different number of soft zinc-coated wires, such as 16, 24, 32 and 48 wires to obtain net-like sleeves of various densities and sizes. A so woven net-like sleeve is expandedly supported by a hollow metallic rod into shape and it can be adhered to the outer or inner surface of a thermally shrinkable tube. The metallic net-like sleeve can shrink along with the plastic tube when heated. It not only can neatly bind electric cords in a tube but also makes the tube appealing to eyes, durable against abrasion and anti-electromagnetic wave in practical operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 26, 1999
    Assignee: Chye Tay Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chung-Chiu Chu
  • Patent number: 5958529
    Abstract: A side entry heat recoverable article. The heat recoverable article comprises a longitudinal body member composed of a cross-linked polymer and having a generally C-shaped cross section. The body member preferably includes circumferential ribs. A layer of adhesive adjacent to the interior surface of the body member may be co-extruded with the body member or provided separately. The heat recoverable article is preferably used for repairing damaged wire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 28, 1999
    Assignee: Raychem Corporation
    Inventors: Inho Myong, David W. Solano
  • Patent number: 5922992
    Abstract: Electrical wire connector for a twisted pair of electrical wire ends, wherein the electrical wire connector has a heat-shrinkable inner portion which will provide a water-tight, electrically-insulating covering of the electrically-conductive junction after the electrical wire connector is applied and heated. In preferred embodiments of the present invention, a heat-shrinkable inner portion is visually distinct from a non-heat-shrinkable outer portion, so that the action of the heat-shrinkable inner portion is visually observable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 13, 1999
    Inventors: D. Brooke Kinney, Douglas S. Kinney
  • Patent number: 5922423
    Abstract: In a core assembly, a stretchable sleeve capable of recovering toward an initial unstretched configuration is supported on a hollow core. The core includes a plurality of structural elements connected by a plurality of linking elements that extend transversely of the structural elements. A mechanism is provided and connected to the distal end of the core whereby the core can be withdrawn from the sleeve in its axial direction by manipulating the mechanism allowing the sleeve to return to the initial unstretched configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 13, 1999
    Inventor: Daniel L. Jeremko
  • Patent number: 5914160
    Abstract: An adhesive tube, a composite tube comprising a heat-shrinkable tube having on the inner surface thereof the adhesive tube, and a method for sealing an object having an uneven surface comprising the steps of: inserting the object in the composite tube and then heating the composite tube. The adhesive tube comprises a double-layered thermoplastic resin layer comprising an outer layer and an inner layer, the outer layer having a melt index smaller than that of the inner layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 22, 1999
    Assignee: Sumitomo Electric Industries, LTD.
    Inventors: Shigeo Matsufuji, Tomoyoshi Kishimoto
  • Patent number: 5909007
    Abstract: A device for restricting the bending diameter and bending strain exerted on elongated articles (1) such as cables, pipes, umbilicals and other elongated articles is used when installating such articles from a cable ship to a sea bed. There is used a number of wire elements (32,33) which are arranged for tensioning the annular elements into contact with each other. The wire elements (32,33) are equally distributed in or on the annular elements to ensure uniform compression of these elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 1, 1999
    Assignee: Alcatel
    Inventor: John .O slashed.ivind N.o slashed.rholmen
  • Patent number: 5903973
    Abstract: A protectively packaged connector for connecting multiple conductors is disclosed. The connector has multiple parts, each of which is provided with a protective covering of heat shrink thermoplastic film. The connector is assembled in the normal manner but with the film in place. This protects the connector from outside contaminants and is especially useful for filled connectors which readily attract contaminants because of the sticky waterproof filling compound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 18, 1999
    Assignee: Lucent Technologies Inc.
    Inventor: Edward Dennis Nelson
  • Patent number: 5821459
    Abstract: The power cable splice includes two cables, the stripped respective end portions of which are interconnected by a metal connector and are covered by a splice body and by electrical shielding. The splice further includes a flexible composite plate including a first layer that is semiconductive, and a second layer that is not electrically conductive, the plate being wrapped around the connector and around the ends of the stripped insulation of the cables, with the semiconductive layer of the plate being in contact with the connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 13, 1998
    Assignee: Alcatel Cable France
    Inventors: Annie Cheenne-Astorino, Christophe Brackeniers, Johan Cauwel
  • Patent number: 5817978
    Abstract: A splicing device for connecting two electrical cables by forming a splice, each electrical cable including a sheath, a cladding and at least a first primary wire and a second primary wire. The cladding is surrounded by the sheath and surrounds the at least two primary wires. The splicing device includes a first electrical connector for connecting together the first primary wires of the two electric cables, and a second electrical connector for connecting together the second primary wires of the two electric cables. The splicing device further includes a first insulating sheath for covering the first electrical connector of the first primary wires, the first insulating sheath being made of a first material, and a second insulating sheath separated from the first insulating sheath for covering the second electrical connector of the second primary wires, the second insulating sheath being made of the first material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 6, 1998
    Assignee: Axon 'Cable S.A.
    Inventors: Stephane Hermant, Gilles Rouchaud
  • Patent number: 5796045
    Abstract: The invention relates to a sleeve of braided sheath having at least one expanded end whose diameter is greater than the nominal diameter of the sheath; the expanded end includes a certain quantity of adhesive between its component filaments and it is surrounded, at least up to its free edge, by a ring of heat-shrink plastics material. The ring is shrunk in part only so as to be capable of being heat shrunk again once the sleeve has been put into place, thereby clamping the expanded end and fixing the position of said sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 18, 1998
    Assignee: Gremco S.A.
    Inventors: Jean-Claude Lancien, Christian Guillemin
  • Patent number: 5786053
    Abstract: An article, for example a pipe, has a first covering such as a polymer layer, and a second covering, such as a repair patch or a repair deposit of melt-on adhesive or a wrap or a sleeve protecting a welded joint between two lengths of such pipe. The second covering may have a functional coating on an underside which is applied on and is at least partially superimposed over the first covering. A cured deposit of thermoset resin is applied at least over the edges of the second covering, for example in the form of a fibrous tape impregnated with a curable resin composition, and bonds to the first and second coverings. The resin deposit provides the second covering with increased stability against displacement laterally of said first covering, for example as a result of soil stress.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 28, 1998
    Assignee: Shaw Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Alfredo Andrenacci, Michael A. Romano, John H. Oliver
  • Patent number: 5766705
    Abstract: A marker sleeve assembly having a length of marker sleeves and a carrier configured such that the length of marker sleeves is oriented parallel to the carrier. The length of marker sleeves is held in a fixed, straight line adjoining the carrier, thereby reducing movement during the printing operation. Additionally, markings may be applied to both the length of marker sleeves and the carrier in a single printing operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 16, 1998
    Assignee: Raychem Corporation
    Inventors: John Terence O'Brien, C. Joseph Weber, Francis Yankello
  • Patent number: 5767444
    Abstract: A ceramic portion is inserted in the front side of the housing envelope by shrinking. At the the junction of these parts, a sealing layer, preferably a galvanized copper layer, is applied plied which ensures a connection which under the resulting pressure is impermeable to gases and humidity. The ceramic portion is exposed to a strong radial pressure prestress with the result that the tensile stress of the ceramic portion is reduced and thus the pressure resistance thereof is increased under the effect of an axially acting external pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 16, 1998
    Assignee: Optosys AG
    Inventor: Peter Heimlicher
  • Patent number: 5756936
    Abstract: A cylindrical radially shrinkable sleeve (10) for enclosing a connection or an end termination of an electrical cable having an insulation surrounded by a shielding layer. The sleeve (10) has an outer shielding layer (16) of semi-conductive material and at least an insulation layer (14) on the inner side of the shielding layer (16). The cylindrical layers are made of flexible material adapted to be retained in a radially expanded state by a mechanical support. The radially innermost layer is of a homogeneous material having a relative dielectric constant which is larger than that of the insulation of the cable. The material is a matrix of dielectric plastic material containing microspheres which are electrically conductive either totally or only at the outer surface thereof, and which have a diameter between 10 and 500 .mu.m. The microspheres are uniformly mixed into the matrix material, with the compound having a dielectric constant equal to or larger that 3 in a dielectric strength of at least 5 kV/mm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 26, 1998
    Assignee: Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Manfred G. G. Viebranz, Raymond A.W. Krabs, Dieter Hellbusch, Burkhard Muenchow, Craig Chamberlain, Winfried H. Knorr
  • Patent number: 5755465
    Abstract: A heat recoverable article for sealing splices having substrates of disparate size. The heat recoverable article includes a first heat shrinkable sleeve having an adhesive which extends over at least part of its interior surface and a second heat shrinkable sleeve which overlaps an end of the first sleeve. The second sleeve begins to recover before the first sleeve and holds the first sleeve in place as recovery continues, eliminating milk off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 1995
    Date of Patent: May 26, 1998
    Assignee: Raychem Corporation
    Inventors: John B. Stewart, Jr., Ronald W. Watson
  • Patent number: 5753861
    Abstract: A covering device for applying an elastic cover to an elongate object includes a folded elastic sleeve having an inner sleeve portion and at least one coaxially disposed outer sleeve portion overlaying the inner sleeve portion. The inner and outer sleeve portions are continuously joined at least at one circumferential edge. The folded elastic sleeve is positioned on a support for holding the folded elastic sleeve in a radially stretched condition. The support has a first end arranged adjacent to the continuous joint of the outer and inner sleeve portions. Relative movement between the outer sleeve portion and the inner sleeve portion results in the outer portion moving and recovering onto the elongate object. The support includes stress relief means associated with the first end for reducing the stress in the outer sleeve portion adjacent the first end of the support when the outer sleeve portion has been moved onto the object to be covered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 19, 1998
    Assignee: Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing
    Inventors: Clemens Hansen, Herbert Dust, Gerhard Lohmeier
  • Patent number: 5747742
    Abstract: A protectively packaged connector for connecting multiple conductors is disclosed. The connector has multiple parts, each of which is provided with a protective covering of heat shrink thermoplastic film. The connector is assembled in the normal manner but with the film in place. This protects the connector from outside contaminants and is especially useful for filled connectors which readily attract contaminants because of the sticky waterproof filling compound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 1995
    Date of Patent: May 5, 1998
    Assignee: Lucent Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Edward Dennis Nelson
  • Patent number: 5736208
    Abstract: A heat shrinkable shed (2) is mounted on a power cable (12) and sealed thereto by a hot-melt adhesive (10). Four projections (8) are equispaced around the interior surface of the shed (2) to penetrate the adhesive (10) and to engage the outer surface of the cable (12) to enhance the longitudinal retention of the shed (2) on the cable (12), particularly under conditions of thermal cycling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 7, 1998
    Assignee: Raychem GmbH
    Inventors: Manfred Hermann Otto Wilck, Sean Michael Lewington
  • Patent number: 5733614
    Abstract: An arrangement for tightly enclosing a substrate with a heat-shrinking plastic sleeve (1), which has thickened sections (2, 3) along its longitudinal edges, has at least two rails (4, 5) pushed on the sleeve (1) after it has been placed around the substrate. The rails hold the longitudinal edges of the sleeve (1) together before, during and after the heat-shrinking. The two rails (4, 5) form a junction area and S-shaped profiles (6, 7) are placed in the junction area on both sides of the thickened edge sections (2, 3) and are enclosed by both of the rails (4, 5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 31, 1998
    Assignee: Alcatel Kabel AG & Co.
    Inventor: Werner Stieb
  • Patent number: 5733613
    Abstract: The invention relates to synthetic plastic sheeting which is in the form of a flexible synthetic plastic film of material which has a biocide incorporated therein. The biocide can serve to inhibit the growth of different microorganisms that cause bio-deterioration and, as such, the film can be used for packaging of or the covering, or protection of, products that are exposed to bio-deterioration. The sheeting can also be provided in sleeve form permitting fitting on timber poles, for covering regions of poles to be disposed underground, in use, thereby protecting these regions against bio-deterioration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 31, 1998
    Inventor: Albin Alexander Wladyslaw Baecker
  • Patent number: 5731051
    Abstract: A sleeve for protecting and reinforcing a fusion splice of two or more optical fibers. The fusion splice protector includes a heat-shrinkable sleeve adapted to surround the fusion splice and adjacent portions of the fused optical fibers, a stress-relieving support element adjacent the fusion splice, and a hot-melt adhesive contained within the sleeve for retaining the support element adjacent a longitudinal section of the sleeve. The support element is designed to impart varying elasticity along a length of the sleeve such that the fusion splice protector is more rigid at the central portion of the sleeve member than at its ends. This may advantageously be achieved by providing a support element having a cross-sectional profile which varies along the length of the sleeve. The support element is preferably constructed of a polymer or polymer blend, most preferably one having a coefficient of thermal expansion which is approximately equal to the coefficient of thermal expansion of the optical fibers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 24, 1998
    Assignee: Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Maureen T. Fahey, Alan G. Hulme-Lowe, Charles M. Mansfield, Grieg A. Olson
  • Patent number: 5725921
    Abstract: The invention relates to a sleeve provided for protecting a timber pole against sub-soil decay. The application of the sleeve on a pole forms part of a primary/preventative form of treatment, the sleeve comprising a composite structure including at least two layers of synthetic plastic material. At least one of the layers of the sleeve has heat shrink properties permitting the sleeve to be heat shrunk onto a pole, all the individual layers of the sleeve being of different materials having different properties that are selected in terms of the specific conditions of a pole to be protected and the sub-soil conditions to which the pole will be exposed, in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 10, 1998
    Assignee: Biotrans International (Pty) Ltd
    Inventors: Alexander Wladyslaw Baecker, Graham David Shelver
  • Patent number: 5700528
    Abstract: A resiliently flexible ring of dimensionally heat-recoverable polymeric material whose tubular length is less than its notional circular diameter, formed so that it inherently maintains a non-circular open configuration enabling it to grip resiliently an object around which it is placed in use prior to heat-recovery, the maximum transverse dimension of the said object being at least 2.5% less, preferably at least 5% less, than the notional circular diameter of the ring. The ring preferably has at least three "corners" of relatively small radius of curvature, preferably evenly spaced around its circumference. Use of the rings is described for damping the noise of chain-drive sprocket wheels and for connecting flexible hoses to supply outlets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 23, 1997
    Assignee: Raychem Limited
    Inventor: Anthony Ronald Leslie Fitch
  • Patent number: 5698280
    Abstract: A heat-shrinkable envelope of at least one shrinkable surface layer and a reinforcing insert has the reinforcing insert formed of a grid of plastic, and the grid is shrinkable in the shrink direction of the shrinkable layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 16, 1997
    Assignee: RXS Kabelgarnituren GmbH
    Inventors: Ulrich Affolderbach, Andreas Kupczyk, Hans-Juergen Meltsch, Sigrid Rose, Wolfgang Schulte
  • Patent number: 5693908
    Abstract: A housing (1) which gently holds at least one pressure sensitive connecting cable (4) and provides strain relief for the at least one pressure sensitive connecting cable has a housing wall portion (2) which has an opening (3) through which the at least one connecting cable (4) can be passed into the housing (1). The housing (1) has a holding comb (22) therein, which include an angle member (5) having tangs or projections (7). The tangs or projections (7) are loosely fitted into additional openings (8) formed in the housing wall portion (2). The holding comb (22) also has tines (10) for respectively securing one of the connecting cables (4) using a heat shrinkable tube (11) to a respective one of the tines (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 2, 1997
    Assignee: Alcatel, N.V.
    Inventor: Reinhard Amberger
  • Patent number: 5681626
    Abstract: The invention provides a heat recoverable article, like a heat shrinkable tubing, which is used for the joint or terminal arrangement of electric cables, wherein an inner layer is formed on the inner surface of the heat recoverable article comprising a polymer material. A resin composite containing ethylene alkyl(meth) acrylate carbon monoxide copolymer is used for the inner surface, to produce a heat shrinkable tubing having an outstanding adhesive property to adherents, without suffering from foaming during the manufacturing process since this inner layer has little hygroscopic property.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 28, 1997
    Assignee: Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Takehiro Hosokawa, Hiroshi Hayami, Shuji Adzuma
  • Patent number: 5662974
    Abstract: An article, for example a pipe, has a first covering such as a polymer layer, and a second covering, such as a repair patch or a repair deposit of melt-on adhesive or a wrap or a sleeve protecting a welded joint between two lengths of such pipe. The second covering may have a functional coating on an underside which is applied on and is at least partially superimposed over the first covering. A cured deposit of thermoset resin is applied at least over the edges of the second covering, for example in the form of a fibrous tape impregnated with a curable resin composition, and bonds to the first and second coverings. The resin deposit provides the second covering with increased stability against displacement laterally of said first covering, for example as a result of soil stress.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 2, 1997
    Assignee: Shaw Industries Ltd.
    Inventors: Alfredo Andrenacci, Michael A. Romano, John H. Oliver
  • Patent number: 5661842
    Abstract: A method for providing substantial protection and insulation for submarine cable joints without utilizing costly molding and x-ray equipment. A heat shrinkable polyolefin protective covering includes an unexpanded conical transition between two expanded cylindrical portions. The unexpanded conical transition precisely locates the protective covering against a conical portion of a submarine cable jointbox. Polyamide adhesive is applied to the inside surfaces of the protective covering. During the application of heat to the protective covering, insubstantial relative movement between the conical transition portion of the protective covering and the locating portion of the jointbox allows proper alignment of the protective covering as the expanded cylindrical portions shrink and move relative to the jointbox. The diameters of the cylindrical portions of the protective covering are selected such that a nominal hoop stress is created during heating to minimize air entrapment and voids in the adhesive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 26, 1997
    Assignee: AT&T
    Inventor: Michael Allen Faust
  • Patent number: 5660660
    Abstract: An article (2) in which at least part of a surface (8) of a polymeric element has an embossed pattern (6). The article may be either heat-recoverable or non-heat-recoverable. If the article is heat-recoverable, when heated the article recovers and the embossed surface becomes substantially smooth. The change in surface texture can be used to indicate that sufficient heat has been applied to the article to achieve adequate recovery and/or to adequately melt an attached adhesive layer (10). In another embodiment, the article (2) is in the form of a patch (14) which can be used to secure the opposing longitudinal edges of heat-recoverable article which is in the form of a wraparound sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 26, 1997
    Assignee: Raychem Corporation
    Inventors: Walter J. Greuel, Jr., George Pieslak, Efrain Renteria, Stanley Simpson, Jan L. Vansant, Barnie A. Wallace, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5635674
    Abstract: An assembly of heat shrink tubes provides an interface across a barrier, such as a boundary of a chamber of a transformer housing. Each of the tubes has an axial aperture for receiving at least one respective electrical lead, such as ones extending from a transformer disposed in the chamber of the transformer housing to a connection outside the chamber. The interface preferably also includes a plurality of bushings, wherein each of the bushings is disposed in the axial aperture of a respective one of the heat shrink tubes. A support member is preferably included so that the heat shrink tubes are disposed adjacent a plurality of holes defined through the support member. An adhesive fluid tightly connects the heat shrink tubes to the support member. The chamber of the transformer housing includes a wall having an inner surface, against which an insulating liquid is disposed, and an outer surface, against which a gas is disposed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 1994
    Date of Patent: June 3, 1997
    Inventor: Donald W. Owen
  • Patent number: 5627343
    Abstract: A cable re-entry assembly for feedthroughs and the like is provided. The preferred embodiment includes an expansion mandrel positionally secured on the conduit with a heat shrinkable locking ring, a transition boot with a heat shrinkable sleeve portion and a rigid body portion which couples to a feedthrough nut, and a sealant between the conduit and the sleeve. Upon re-entry and re-use of the assembly, the mandrel mechanically expands the sleeve, when the sleeve is re-heated above its crystalline transition temperature, the expansion mandrel is translated against the sleeve and both the conduit and expansion mandrel are withdrawn from the sleeve. Following repair, the conduit is reinserted into the dimensionally unstable sleeve which is then heated to shrink about and reseal the conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 6, 1997
    Assignee: XL Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Henry E. Brandolf
  • Patent number: 5589667
    Abstract: A removable core for a pre-stretched elastomeric tube includes a serpentine rather than helical arrangement for break lines around the core which permits the core to be withdrawn in one continuous pulling operation rather than the intermittent, rotating operation required in the past.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 1994
    Date of Patent: December 31, 1996
    Assignee: Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Tomio Tsukazaki, Tsunehisa Nakamura
  • Patent number: 5579575
    Abstract: A method and apparatus of forming a solder connection between a plurality of elongate bodies, comprises:(i) forming an initial connection between the elongate bodies by inserting them into an induction heatable connecting element of a connector, the connector comprising a dimensionally heat-recoverable sleeve and, retained within the sleeve, the connecting element and a solder insert that is in thermal contact with the connecting element; and(ii) heating the connector (a) by subjecting the connecting element to an alternating magnetic field so that it is heated by induction thereby melting the solder insert, and (b) subjecting the sleeve to hot air and/or infrared radiation, thereby causing the sleeve to recover.The apparatus for applying heat to an elongate connector, comprises a first heat source which comprises an induction coil, and a second heat source arranged to generate hot air or infrared radiation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 1994
    Date of Patent: December 3, 1996
    Assignee: Raychem S.A.
    Inventors: Alain Lamome, Jacques Delalle, Sylvain Briens
  • Patent number: 5571994
    Abstract: A weatherproof seal for wire entrance into an enclosure for an electrical device in an automobile. The seal including a tubular element adapted for the passage of the wires entering the enclosure and a wrapper wrapped about the tubular element and also wrapped about a length of the wires outside of the tubular element and adjacent to one end of the tubular element. The wrapper including heat shrinkable tubing having a lining of meltable material that has been placed around the tubular element and the length of the wires and heated sufficiently to melt the meltable material and cause the heat shrinkable tubing to shrink.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 1994
    Date of Patent: November 5, 1996
    Inventor: Peter Norton
  • Patent number: 5524337
    Abstract: A catheter having an elongated polymeric body with hollow encircling ring electrodes thereon and a method of forming the same are provided by the invention. Ring electrodes are each connected to an external electrical circuit by wires extending through the lumen, the wires each passing through an aperture through a wall of the body and being connected to an interior surface of the ring electrode. The tubular body of the catheter is expanded into a tight interference fit with the interior surfaces of the ring electrodes by heating the body to a temperature approaching its glass transition temperature to permit relief of internal stresses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 1994
    Date of Patent: June 11, 1996
    Assignee: EP Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Russell A. Houser, Gloria Alvarez, Russell B. Thompson, Michael Idaomi
  • Patent number: 5514836
    Abstract: A device for forming an electrical connection between a plurality of elongate electrical conductors comprises an electrically insulating sleeve, and contained within the sleeve a resiliently deformable tapering coil and a quantity of fusible polymeric material, the device being arranged so that the elongate electrical conductors may be connected by twisting them into the coil so that at least part of the coil is deformed and heating the device so that at least some of the fusible polymeric material melts and then, when solidified, substantially binds the coil in its deformed state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 1995
    Date of Patent: May 7, 1996
    Assignee: Raychem S.A.
    Inventors: Jacques Delalle, Alain Lamome
  • Patent number: 5492740
    Abstract: The enclosure assembly, being particularly but not exclusively conceived for use over electric cable splices, comprises a sleeve of an elastomer material, a support whereover the sleeve is fitted in a condition of elastic expansion, said sleeve being adapted to shrink around the elongate cylindrical objects upon removal of the support. The support comprises two substantially cylindrical, tubular bodies having ends abutted coaxially with each other in mutual continuation relationship; the abutted ends are disposed at substantially inward locations of the sleeve longitudinal extension. Thus, the support removal can begin from a predetermined internal region of the sleeve; the sleeve starts shrinking over the splice within said internal region, and any axial deformations in the sleeve would leave the sleeve positioning relatively to said predetermined internal region unaffected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 1994
    Date of Patent: February 20, 1996
    Assignee: Pirelli Cavi S.p.A.
    Inventors: Ubaldo Vallauri, Francesco Portas, Bruno Parmigiani
  • Patent number: 5486388
    Abstract: The enclosure assembly particularly, but not exclusively, conceived for spliced electric cables, comprises a sleeve of an elastomer material, a support whereover the sleeve is fitted in a state of elastic expansion, said sleeve being adapted to shrink about the elongate cylindrical objects upon removal of the support. The support comprises a tubular body formed of a strip of a strong flexible material wound into a helix having mutually bonded adjacent turns, the turns being separable by applying a pull force along a substantially longitudinal direction to an end portion of the strip unravelled from the adjacent turns and taken through the interior of the tubular body along a substantially axial direction and out through the opposite end of the tubular body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 1995
    Date of Patent: January 23, 1996
    Assignee: Pirelli Cavi S.p.A.
    Inventors: Francesco Portas, Ubaldo Vallauri
  • Patent number: 5482087
    Abstract: A method of covering a joint between pipelines comprises installing a heat recoverable polymer sheet coated on its inner surface with a hot-melt adhesive comprising a mixture of 25 to 40 parts by weight of a polyethylene alkyl acrylate terpolymer containing maleic anhydride and having a melt flow index as determined according to ASTM D1238-70 of at least 40, and 25 to 70 parts by weight of a polyethylene alkyl acrylate copolymer having a melt flow index as determined according to ASTM D1238-70 of at least 40.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 1993
    Date of Patent: January 9, 1996
    Assignees: N.V. Raychem S.A.
    Inventors: Noel M. M. Overbergh, Yvo Leest
  • Patent number: 5474819
    Abstract: A hollow, heat-recoverable article 1, for enclosing objects such as electronic components etc. has a thermoplastic lining on its interior surface and includes a fusion bonded portion 2 in which different parts of the article have been brought together and bonded by fusion of the lining with substantially no welding of the heat-recoverable material forming the wall. The lining has a melting point that is higher than the recovery temperature of the article, thereby enabling subsequent recovery of the article without rupture of the bonded portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 1990
    Date of Patent: December 12, 1995
    Assignee: Raychem Limited
    Inventors: Derek R. Chambers, Michael Carpenter
  • Patent number: 5470622
    Abstract: A substrate (12,14) is enclosed with a heat recoverable backing with a layer of a thermosetting adhesive composition (20) comprising an amorphous thermoplastic resin and a thermosetting resin positioned between the heat recoverable article (10, 26) and the substrate (12,14). The adhesive composition can be in the form of a self supporting sheet or tape or it can be on a surface of the heat recoverable article (10). In some embodiments, a polymeric insert (32) is also used to ensure adequate sealing between the substrate and the thermosetting adhesive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 1994
    Date of Patent: November 28, 1995
    Assignee: Raychem Corporation
    Inventors: James A. Rinde, Richard M. Rowe
  • Patent number: 5467802
    Abstract: Woven sleeving having integral tie cords for bundling and harnessing electrical cables and other elongated substrates is disclosed. The sleeving is woven by displacing catch cords a fixed distance from the fabric selvages and raising the catch cords at predetermined intervals to effect a looping of the fill yarn at predetermined intervals. The fill yarn may extend directly from the selvage or from points spaced inwardly from the selvage so as to creat a tab area along the margin of the sleeve so that the sleeve margins overlap when the sleeve is fastened in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 1994
    Date of Patent: November 21, 1995
    Assignee: The Bentley-Harris Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Leonard Lusen, Tammy S. Ebersole
  • Patent number: 5461198
    Abstract: A device for forming an electrical connection between part of an elongate electrical conductor between its ends and one or more other electrical conductors comprises and electrically insulating sleeve, a metallic connecting element located within the sleeve, and a quantity of solder for forming a permanent electrical connection between the conductors. The electrically insulating sleeve and the connecting element have two open ends to allow the elongate electrical conductor to extend through them, and the connecting element has a tapering internal surface which has a screw thread to enable the other electrical conductor or conductors to be held in contact with the elongate electrical conductor by twisting the connecting element about the conductors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 1994
    Date of Patent: October 24, 1995
    Assignee: Raychem SA
    Inventor: Jacques Delalle
  • Patent number: 5459285
    Abstract: This invention discloses a method and apparatus for waterblocking wire-to-wire connections in a cable using an arrangement of seals. Lead-in transmission lines are slid through a multiple-aperture seal to produce a compression seal between the transmission lines and the seal and the trailing transmission line is slid through a single-aperture seal to produce another compression seal. A piece of constrictive tubing is slid over the first seal before splicing the wires in the lead-in and trailing transmission lines together. The tubing then is positioned over both seals to produce a compression seal between the tubing and the seals to form a waterblock in the area defined by the two seals containing the splice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 1994
    Date of Patent: October 17, 1995
    Assignee: Western Atlas International, Inc.
    Inventors: Rick A. Curto, Danny T. Moore
  • Patent number: H1650
    Abstract: An impervious cable connected electrical component assembly is provided wh includes an electrical component which has a conductive wire extending therefrom. An impervious container is provided which has an open top and a closed bottom. The electrical component is located within the container with its conductive wire extending out of and beyond the container's top. A cable is provided which has a conductive wire within an impervious sheath. A lengthwise portion of this wire is exposed. The conductive wire extending from the top of the container and the exposed conductive wire portion of the cable are electrically joined at a junction outside the container. An impervious sleeve is bonded to the cable sheath so as to hermetically seal the wire junction along the cable. The open top of the container and the sleeve are bonded to hermetically seal the electrical component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 1993
    Date of Patent: June 3, 1997
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventor: Jack R. Olson