For A Fastener Patents (Class 206/338)
  • Patent number: 10589911
    Abstract: A stacked package of angle plates for use in association with a device for assembling individual ones of said angle plates into receptive flanges of HVAC duct sections is disclosed. A strap zone is defined as a portion of the stacked package located proximate to the apex of each of the angle plates, preferably from the apex to a point approximately 25% along the length of each of the legs. A single tensioned strap is placed extending around each of the angle plates in the stacked package and is located within the strap zone. The strap exerts a sufficient amount of tension to restrain each of the angle plates within the stacked package, and is preferably four foot-pounds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Ductmate Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas Gudenburr, Duane Fetko
  • Patent number: 10252839
    Abstract: The fastener container in the present invention includes a lid and a receptacle base as main components combined together. Said lid has a first section and a second section which are connected by a hinge. This invention used the first prominent portion with flexible cushioning effect and the pressing member of the first prominent portion of the first section, and the blocking member and the third recess of the second prominent portion of the second section to reduce the wear and tear between the pressing member and the blocking member, it also can prevent the pressing member from squeezing the blocking member for a long time to result in a problem that the pressing member and the blocking member are deformed and the first section can not be held in the open position, so that the service life of the lid can be extended and the user can easily open or close the first section of the lid to take or place screws or other items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: YI-HSIN CHEN
    Inventor: Min-Chien Chen
  • Patent number: 10238381
    Abstract: An apparatus for loading suture needles into a surgical instrument comprises a body, a first movable member, an engagement feature, and a needle. The body has a channel configured to receive a surgical instrument. The engagement feature is configured to open a cover of a surgical instrument upon insertion of a surgical instrument into the channel of the body. The first movable member is configured to deliver the suture needle to a surgical instrument after a surgical instrument has been inserted into the channel and the cover has been opened. The apparatus may further comprise a second movable member configured to facilitate delivery of the needle to a surgical instrument in conjunction with the first movable member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: David T. Martin, Benjamin D. Dickerson
  • Patent number: 9993912
    Abstract: A nail pushing device of a nail gun includes a base connected to the nose of the nail gun, a cover slidably connected to the base, and restriction units received in the cover. The base has multiple positioning slots, slide slots and passages. The restriction units are installed in the positioning slots and each have a main part for being contact with the nails. The main part of each restriction unit has a ridge protruding laterally therefrom and a resilient leg extends from each of two ends of the ridge. The restriction units each have a guide member and an engaging portion on two ends thereof. The restriction units located in the positioning slots at different positions are used to guide nails of different lengths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Samson Power Tool Co. Ltd.
    Inventor: Yi-Kuan Lee
  • Patent number: 9915282
    Abstract: A plurality of stacked fastener caps, each having a cap body. The cap body has first and second faces joined by a perimeter of the cap body, and adjacent faces of adjacent caps are joined by at least one connecting stem. The adjacent caps and connecting stems are integrally molded as a unit as by injection molding. One or both of the first and second faces may be planar. One of the first or second faces may be concave and the other may be convex. One or both of the first and second faces may have first and second thicker portions with a transverse groove interposed therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: PneuTools, Incorporated
    Inventor: Frederick W. Lamb
  • Patent number: 9907558
    Abstract: A guide and method useful in cutting and rejoining bones is presented. The guide is particularly useful in performing an osteotomy of a long bone adjacent a joint such as a hand or foot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Smith & Nephew, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Wade Fallin, M. Mary Sinnott
  • Patent number: 9829027
    Abstract: A collated staple strip assembly includes first and second staples, each staple having a bight extending between first and second legs, first and second leg axes, and a bight axis. An attachment strip is secured to at least one of the first and second legs of the first staple and at least one of the first and second legs of the second staple. The attachment strip is deformable about a first axis extending along at least a portion of the height of one of the first and second staples and substantially parallel to the leg axes of one of the first and second staples to position the first and second staples such that the bight axis of the first staple is substantially alignable with the bight axis of the second staple.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Inventor: Anthony C. Binek
  • Patent number: 9742138
    Abstract: Provided is a belt strip for contact elements, which includes of a flat metal strip, from which individual tabs are angle by approximately 90°, wherein the tabs each have two retaining arms which are bent towards one another, wherein the retaining arms each have a constant direction of curvature, and wherein the radius of curvature is greater in the direction of the ends of the respective retaining arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: HARTING ELECTRIC GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Stefan Garske, Martin Schmidt, Mario Trost, Gero Degner
  • Patent number: 9692214
    Abstract: A dispenser is disclosed for carrying and dispensing a cable support of the type having a pair of hook structures disposed on opposite sides of a central shaft. The dispenser comprises a plurality of rails extending in parallel, spaced-apart relationship to one another and joined to one another at respective proximal ends thereof. Each rail has a cantilevered distal end slidably receivable within one of the hook structures of the cable support. Each rail further has a cantilevered distal end to allow the cable support to be slidably removed from the rail along the distal end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Inventor: Mark Richard Wolff
  • Patent number: 9566704
    Abstract: A toolbox comprises a rigid case having an open top side providing access to an internal case storage volume therein, and a rigid cover with an open bottom side open to a cover storage volume. The cover is fixed with the case at a plurality of hinges. A removable message board and marking implement are selectively fixed within the cover storage volume of the cover. The rear side of the case includes winding posts around which a power cord is wound that conducts power to a power strip circuit having a plurality of power receptacles fixed with the case. An audio system is fixed with the case and includes a plurality of speakers, a display interface, a wireless audio signal receiver, and a control circuit. An optional bottle opener and removable lamp device may be further included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Inventors: Christopher Stoikos, Shaun T. Kjellman
  • Patent number: 9561038
    Abstract: A surgical device for clipping tissue can include an actuator, such as a handle or a robotic arm, for example, and a replaceable end effector including a plurality of clips contained therein. After the replaceable end effector has been used, the end effector can be detached from the actuator and a new end effector can be operably coupled with the actuator. Each replaceable end effector can include a firing drive for advancing clips into a receiver of the end effector and a crimping drive configured to deform a clip positioned within the receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, LLC
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Chester O. Baxter, III
  • Patent number: 9512648
    Abstract: A lockable tool box contains: a base, a top cover, a connection unit, and a locking unit. The connection unit is in connection with a first side of the base and a first side of the top cover. The locking unit includes a first fixing member, a second fixing member, a rotating seat, a movable cap, and a lock button. The first fixing member has an engaging slot and a retaining slot, wherein the retaining slot has a through orifice and a stop cliff; the second fixing member extends outwardly from the base, and the rotating seat is coupled with the second fixing member and is joined with the movable cap. The movable cap has an affix block and a trench, the lock button is slidably retained in the trench of and is moved between a locking position and an unlocking position, wherein the lock button has a protrusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: I-N-B INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventor: Yi-Hung Lin
  • Patent number: 9456878
    Abstract: A marking device for identifying a subcutaneous biopsy cavity having a first nonabsorbable marker element detectable by a first imaging modality and a second nonabsorbable marker element detectable by a second imaging modality but not detectable by the first imaging modality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: DEVICOR MEDICAL PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: K. Angela Macfarlane, Sascha Zarins
  • Patent number: 9428204
    Abstract: A method and cart for handling spacers used for spacing the wire mesh reinforcing cages used in the production of concrete pipe, The spacers are placed and shipped on hollow tubes laid in layers in a shipping container. The spacers are shipped to the user stored on these hollow tubes together with a mobile cart that has a vertical support containing a plurality of outwardly extending arms. When ready to be installed at the concrete pipe production site, a tube containing the spacers is removed from the shipping container and slipped over each arm. The cart can then easily be moved around the production location where the spacers for readily available for use in making the concrete product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: Hawkeye Concrete Products Co.
    Inventor: Steven A. Nunnikhoven
  • Patent number: 9271732
    Abstract: A fastener system for placing screws into bone or tissue structure during a medical procedure is disclosed. The fastener system comprises a drive shaft and driver tip that securely and removeably interlocks with the fastener head and drives the fastener into the surgical site, then disengages the fastener and withdraws. The fastener system comprises a multi-chamber cartridge, which can be either reloadable or a pre-loaded disposable one-use unit. Each chamber holds a fastener using one or more of several alignment systems. Example of alignment systems are cantilevers with springs, spring-clips, or molded features within the chamber to hold the fastener in place until the driver tip engages the fastener head. The fastener head also can latch onto the driver tip. As an example, the fastener head can have hooks that lock into a ridge on the driver, and disengage when the driver tip withdraws.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Inventor: Douglas W. Walker
  • Publication number: 20150114856
    Abstract: A compact containment device that can efficiently combine several post-it notes and a paper clip holder. It is an object of the invention to provide convenient access to several flag notes and paper clips with various color options. The post-it note assembly and paper clip holder structure A and B. Can be manufactured from a rigid plastic, which provides a robust design that constitutes stability for the internal components and sturdy shielding from exterior environments. The device also provides a simple and cost effective way of using both a paper clip holder and several post-it note assemblies. The portability and compact size allows the user to take the assembly to their desired location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventor: Steven Dornell Raymond
  • Patent number: 8991016
    Abstract: A piece of furniture (10) includes a rectangular frame (12) for supporting a plurality of sinuous springs (20). A plurality of clip assemblies (18) are secured to opposed side walls (14) of frame (12). Each clip assembly (18) comprises a non-metallic piece (22) having openings (40) and a metallic piece having tacks (42) extending through the openings (40) for insertion into the frame (12). Flexible connectors (38) may be located in grooves (36) of the clip assembly (18) to collate multiple clip assemblies (18).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: L&P Property Management Company
    Inventors: Lawrence J. Conway, Scott A. Bridges
  • Publication number: 20150034513
    Abstract: A twist-tie dispenser refill comprises a twist-tie cluster and a base. The twist-tie cluster includes a top cluster portion. The base includes a top portion, which is generally U-shaped and forms an opening configured and arranged to receive the top cluster portion of the twist-tie cluster. The base also includes a rear portion that defines mounting members used for mounting the base to a fixture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventor: James R. Helseth
  • Patent number: 8887913
    Abstract: A dental case including a substrate having a plurality of holes therein and a grommet matrix. The grommet matrix including a plurality of grommets each having a groove. The plurality of grommets are interconnected outside of said groove and the plurality of grommets are located at predetermined positions corresponding to the plurality of holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Symmetry Medical Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventor: Timothy E. Wood
  • Patent number: 8875880
    Abstract: A receptacle for receiving fastening elements for connection of two components of a unit to be assembled, the receptacle has means for providing a separate reception of different fastening elements which differ from one another with regard to a shape, and/or a size, and/or a material, such that different ones of the fastening elements with which the receptacle is charged are coordinated with the components which are respectively to be connected, and a number of the fastening elements to be received by the receptacle corresponds at least to a number of connection sites on the components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Broetje Automation GmbH
    Inventors: Kenneth Benczkowski, Brian O'Rourke, Mark A. Willer, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8839954
    Abstract: The invention relates to a medical clip carrier device for retention and/or mounting of at least one medical clip, in particular a ligature clip, comprising at least one clip receptacle in which a clip is retainable in a mounted position, and a securing device with at least one securing member for detachably securing a clip in the at least one clip receptacle. The clip receptacle comprises an insertion opening for insertion of a clip into the clip receptacle and removal of the clip therefrom. The at least one securing member is constructed in the form of a retaining projection which protrudes at least partially into the insertion opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Aesculap AG
    Inventor: Alexander Disch
  • Patent number: 8777004
    Abstract: A fastener cartridge can comprise a support portion, a tissue thickness compensator positioned relative to the support portion, and a plurality of fasteners positioned within the support portion and/or the tissue thickness compensator which can be utilized to fasten tissue. In use, the fastener cartridge can be positioned in a first jaw of a surgical fastening device, wherein a second jaw, or anvil, can be positioned opposite the first jaw. To deploy the fasteners, a staple-deploying member is advanced through the fastener cartridge to move the fasteners toward the anvil. As the fasteners are deployed, the fasteners can capture at least a portion of the tissue thickness compensator therein along with at least a portion of the tissue being fastened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Chester O. Baxter, III, Taylor W. Aronhalt, Joseph E. Young
  • Patent number: 8668084
    Abstract: A system for identification of different fastening elements used for connecting of components of a unit to be assembled has a receptacle to receive different fastening elements which differ from each other with regard to shape and/or size and/or material and are coordinated to the components which are respectively to be connected so that the number of fastening elements which are able to be received by the receptacle corresponds at least to the number of connection sites on the components, a housing which serves to receive the receptacle, and identification elements to display the individual charging position of a fastening element in the receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Broetje Automation GmbH
    Inventors: Kenneth Benczkowski, Brian O'Rourke, Mark A. Willer, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8627954
    Abstract: A strip for the formation of handles or labels for fruit and vegetable product bags, such as mesh bags, the strip having a linear succession of handles, or labels where appropriate, joined without interruption to the immediately preceding and to the immediately following one, a central portion and two opposite ends being distinguished in each of them, which together with those of the immediately preceding and immediately following handles or labels determine respective joining areas, each handle or label provided in the transition area between each end and its corresponding central portion with at least one recess or depression at its edges, the inner contour of which is made up of a curved or mixed curve line devoid of angles and without inflexion points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: Girnet Internacional, S.L.
    Inventor: Ezequiel Giro Amigo
  • Patent number: 8596942
    Abstract: A screw including a sealing washer assembly and a shank which defines a screw axis and has a thread in at least a portion thereof and whose one end is provided with a head. The sealing washer assembly is disposed on the shank and includes at least one sealing washer and a reinforcing washer, said reinforcing washer having a thickness, and the sealing washer assembly having a cumulative thickness is disclosed. The sealing washer assembly is spaced, along the screw axis, at a distance from an underside of the head facing the shank, said distance being greater than the thickness of the reinforcing washer and smaller than the cumulative thickness of the sealing washer assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Hilti Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Michael Baumgartner, Markus Kieber, Sven Matthiesen, Mirko Meboldt
  • Patent number: 8517238
    Abstract: A fastener assembly includes an elongate fastener, and a support collar mounted on the elongate fastener. The support collar is shaped such that it has profiles on opposite sides of the elongate fastener that are asymmetric with respect to each other. The asymmetry may be an asymmetry in the number, shape, position, or size of recesses on two opposite sides of the elongate fastener. A plurality of fastener assemblies may be provided as a fastener strip, in which each support collar is joined to one or two adjacent support collars in a strip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventors: Stefan Gensmann, Michael Kunz, Markus Rompel
  • Publication number: 20130140205
    Abstract: A staple cartridge (7) containing staple blanks (8) which is intended to be releasably mounted to an electrically driven stapler (1), whose motor (10) is included in an electric current circuit (19) and is driven by this current circuit. In addition, a part of the current circuit (19) is disposed to the staple cartridge (7).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2011
    Publication date: June 6, 2013
    Inventor: Arne Edvardsson
  • Patent number: 8360291
    Abstract: A staple cartridge is provided with: a refill which houses in a wound manner a staple sheet formed by coupling a plurality of straight staples and includes a guide passage for carrying out the staple sheet; and a cartridge body which includes a feeding passage for guiding the staple sheet carried out from the refill via the guide passage to a position of driving out by the driver. The guide passage is communicated with the feeding passage when the refill is attached to the cartridge body, and the refill is attached to and detached from the cartridge body from a direction different from a direction along which the guide passage and the feeding passage are communicated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Max Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Futoshi Kameda
  • Patent number: 8328012
    Abstract: A fastening element magazine strip is disclosed. The magazine strip having a carrier strip made of plastic extending along a longitudinal axis and formed over several carrier segments connected to one another. The carrier segments have at least one guide section with a guide diameter as well as feed-through openings, in which a respective fastening element is positionable. Projections project from the carrier strip to both sides of a plane defined by the carrier strip, and extend from their starting point on the carrier strip up to their free end over a length and feature a first width perpendicular to the length. The projections in the radial direction (as related to the longitudinal axis) project beyond the guide diameter. The projections are configured in at least one direction transverse to their longitudinal extension to be bendable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Hilti Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Stefan Miescher
  • Publication number: 20120298716
    Abstract: A fastener collation includes a collation of alignment caps fitted over the pointed ends of respective fasteners for maintaining the fasteners in a parallel-spaced configuration for positioning the nosepiece of a pneumatically powered fastener-driving tool for driving a fastener, such as a nail, through an aperture in a workpiece, such as a metal channel, into an underlying workpiece, such as a wood beam. The alignment caps each include a convex tip which enables tactile placement of the nosepiece of the tool when the tip is dragged on the surface of the workpiece with the purpose of positioning the tip into the aperture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2011
    Publication date: November 29, 2012
    Inventor: Ricardo Segura
  • Publication number: 20120270465
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a toy, and particularly, to a magnet mounting component 30 for mounting magnets, and a magnet toy 2 having the same. Disclosed is a magnet mounting component 30 configured to rotatably accommodate a magnet 20 therein, wherein a closure part 32A to which the accommodated magnet 20 clings by an attraction force with an external magnet 20? is formed to be non-magnetic, and wherein a magnetic part M is formed of a material to which the accommodated magnet 20 can cling, and is formed on at least part rather than the closure part 32A.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2010
    Publication date: October 25, 2012
    Applicant: ORDA KOREA CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kyung-Hwa Park
  • Publication number: 20120267033
    Abstract: Touch fastener products (10) are made by distributing a multiplicity of discrete fastening bits (14, 14a, 14b) over a support surface (12) and fixing the distributed bits (14, 14a, 14b) to the support surface (12), such as by an adhesive (32). Each bit (14, 14a, 14b) has opposite side surfaces (24, 24b, 26, 26b) forming boundaries of surfaces defining projections (16) extending in different directions from the fastening bits (14, 14a, 14b), at least one of the opposite side surfaces (24, 24b, 26, 26b) being non-planar, and each projection (16) has an overhanging head (18). As fixed, each bit (14, 14a, 14b) is oriented with at least one of its projection heads (18) raised from the support surface (12) to releasably engage fibers (30). Bits (14, 14a, 14b) are made by pelletizing shaped rails (36). Applications include securing floor coverings (150).
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 3, 2011
    Publication date: October 25, 2012
    Applicant: VELCRO INDUSTRIES B.V.
    Inventor: Peter J. Mueller
  • Publication number: 20120228170
    Abstract: An apparatus and system for retaining and installing rivets into a belt fastener includes a collated rivet strip comprising connected upper and lower strips and retaining a predetermined configuration of rivet heads therebetween. The rivet strip is used in conjunction with a guide block assembly having top and bottom portions interlocked together. The top portion contains studs aligning with the rivet heads to assist the release of the rivet head from the rivet strip, seating the rivets in pilot holes of the lower portion of the guide block assembly for further driving through the belt fastener and into the belt material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2011
    Publication date: September 13, 2012
    Inventors: Thomas Willoughby Richardson, Robert Richard Jennings
  • Patent number: 8234904
    Abstract: A contact magazine loader for guiding the insertion of individual electrical contacts into a crimping section of a crimping tool. A magazine is adapted to be placed in removable and rotatable engagement with a hand-held crimping tool. The magazine is approximately cylindrical, has a plurality of channels evenly dispersed around the radial periphery of the magazine, and is preloadable with electrical contacts. Each preloaded electrical contact is positioned within an individual insert casing. Each insert casing is adapted to being linearly slideably received into one of the channels. As a shuttle assembly is moved into compressed configuration, an insert casing guides the preloaded electrical contact into the crimping section of the hand-held crimper. A trigger assembly allows a user, with a single movement, to cause the shuttle assembly to return to its released configuration, and to rotate the magazine to axially align a subsequent casing with the crimping section of the hand held crimper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Tri-Star Technologies
    Inventors: Alex Kerner, Simon Schwartzman
  • Publication number: 20120181197
    Abstract: A continuous strip of T-Nuts formed on a common strip of metal. Each T-Nut of the strip of T-Nuts is integrally connected to the next adjacent T-Nut by carry tabs. The carry tabs can be frangible themselves or contain a frangible portion. Each T-Nut includes a cylindrical bore therein and a threaded interior. A mechanism feeds and severs the endmost T-Nut in endwise fashion. The mechanism to feed and sever the endmost T-Nut includes a cutting blade positioned vertically below the frangible portion of the carry tab. A shearing ram having a guide positioned axially in line with the cylindrical bore in the endmost T-Nut is adapted to move vertically from an upper to a lower position to engage the cutting blade with the frangible portion and sever the endmost T-Nut.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2011
    Publication date: July 19, 2012
    Applicant: STAFAST PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: JONATHAN WAYNE DIETER, STEPHEN R. SELLE
  • Patent number: 8196743
    Abstract: A needle-holding device (1) suitable in particular as a package comprises a flat needle carrier section (4) and an adjoining section that has a clamping lip (5) that is resiliently biased against the needle carrier section (4). The clamping lip (5) reaches around the stitch-forming sections of the needles (2) which are held lying next to each in contact with each other on the needle carrier section (4). The resiliently yielding clamping lip (5) permits the insertion and the pull-out of one, several or of all the needles (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: Groz-Beckert KG
    Inventors: Uwe Stingel, Johannes Bruske, Hans-Joachim Halamoda
  • Patent number: 8192825
    Abstract: A low-melt plastic fastener. According to one embodiment, the low-melt plastic fastener is shaped to include a flexible filament having a first cross-bar at a first end, and a second cross-bar at a second end. The filament, the first cross-bar, and the second cross-bar may be formed from the same material and may be molded as a unitary structure. Preferably, the fastener is molded as part of a length of continuously connected ladder stock. The plastic fastener is preferably made from a formulation consisting of about 60-99%, by weight, of a low-melt polyurethane and 1-40%, by weight, of a styrene acrylonitrile. The formulation is selected so that the filament melts when heated for about 10 minutes at 130-180° C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: Avery Dennison Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas Shilale, Charles J. Burout, III
  • Publication number: 20120111750
    Abstract: A container for fasteners is disclosed. In one configuration, the container includes a compartment for housing fasteners, a lid disposed over the compartment, and an attachment element. The lid and the compartment are coupled using a hinge and male and female latch elements. The lid includes a foldable display tag with an opening therein that facilitates placement of the container in a retail display. When the display tag is in a folded position, it is adapted to fold into a tag recess defined in the lid top. A notch defined in the lid facilitates positioning the display tag in an upright position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2010
    Publication date: May 10, 2012
    Inventor: Steven Michael Phillips
  • Publication number: 20120048909
    Abstract: A fastener assembly includes an elongate fastener, and a support collar mounted on the elongate fastener. The support collar is shaped such that it has profiles on opposite sides of the elongate fastener that are asymmetric with respect to each other. The asymmetry may be an asymmetry in the number, shape, position, or size of recesses on two opposite sides of the elongate fastener. A plurality of fastener assemblies may be provided as a fastener strip, in which each support collar is joined to one or two adjacent support collars in a strip.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2010
    Publication date: March 1, 2012
    Applicant: BLACK & DECKER INC.
    Inventors: Stefan Gensmann, Michael Kunz, Markus Rompel
  • Patent number: 8118162
    Abstract: An inexpensive, portable, and convenient organizer for bolts and screws is provided that holds fasteners and gaskets of various types and sizes. Fasteners may be stored in a pattern according to user-preference. Fasteners held may occupy relative positions on the organizer similar to their relative positions on the original assembly to facilitate identification for proper reassembly. The organizer may be preprinted or labeled by the user to further clarify sequence, position, or other useful information about the fasteners being held.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Inventors: Mike McEwin, Ben McEwin
  • Patent number: 8083057
    Abstract: A screw feeder includes a magazine configured to store a plurality of screws arranged along a single line, and a magazine table configured to support the magazine. A pair of rail members slidably support head portions of the screws. A spacer is sandwiched and fixed between the rail members. Threaded portions of the screws are accommodated in a slot formed by the spacer being sandwiched between the rail members. The rail members and the spacer are detachably attached to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventor: Makoto Kuboyama
  • Publication number: 20110290848
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a magazine of a setting device for storing and feeding a plurality of joining elements, particularly of joining elements, such as setting fasteners, to a provisioning module for joining elements and a setting device in combination with the joining elements. The magazine has a base element within the setting device including a storage groove, in which the joining elements can be received in an aligned and jointly moveable manner and one end of the base element ends in a head piece of the setting device. The magazine further includes an advancing mechanism, by which the joining elements can be moved within the storage groove towards the head piece of the setting device, as well as a dispensing mechanism, by which the joining elements can be fed individually from the storage groove to the head piece of the setting device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2009
    Publication date: December 1, 2011
    Applicant: Bollhoff Verbindungstechnik GmbH
    Inventors: Andreas Wenzel, Mathias Krause, Bernd Haesler, Iris Spiller-Bohnenkamp, Torsten Draht
  • Patent number: 8056715
    Abstract: Portable dispensers of nail strips, coils of roofing mails, roof staples, sheathing staples, welding rods, roofing nails, cartridge holders for diagonal nails which are put in a cartridge nail gun, framing nails, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Inventor: William M. Conklin
  • Patent number: 7976555
    Abstract: The invention includes a needle loader that may be used with a suturing device. The needle loader includes a generally planar needle supporting surface, a hub configured and adapted for receiving a generally toroidally shaped suturing needle around the hub, and means for retaining a suturing needle in a fixed toroidal rotational position with respect to the hub about a center axis of needle rotation. Generally, a needle mounted around the hub is selectively disposable on and removable from the hub. In accordance with a further aspect, the loader may further include an opening for retaining suture material attached to a suturing needle. The opening may include a groove defined through the needle supporting surface. The needle loader may further include a guard for preventing access to the point of a suturing needle to protect the needle and/or to prevent accidental needle sticks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: EndoEvolution, LLC
    Inventors: John C. Meade, Gerald I. Brecher
  • Publication number: 20110100848
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for holding elements (1) in a successive arrangement in the longitudinal direction in holding units (5). The holding units (5) are inseparably connected to edge strips (2, 3) via connecting webs (7). The elements (1) are arranged releasably in the holding elements (5). Thus the device can be reused and can be again equipped with elements (1) after removing the elements (1) from the holding units (5).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2009
    Publication date: May 5, 2011
    Applicant: A. RAYMOND ET CIE
    Inventors: Martin Büsch, Hans-Jürgen Lesser
  • Publication number: 20110056858
    Abstract: A receptacle for receiving fastening elements for connection of two components of a unit to be assembled, the receptacle has means for providing a separate reception of different fastening elements which differ from one another with regard to a shape, and/or a size, and/or a material, such that different ones of the fastening elements with which the receptacle is charged are coordinated with the components which are respectively to be connected, and a number of the fastening elements to be received by the receptacle corresponds at least to a number of connection sites on the components.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2010
    Publication date: March 10, 2011
    Inventors: Kenneth BENCZKOWSKI, Brian O'ROURKE, Mark A. WILLER, JR.
  • Patent number: 7882948
    Abstract: A structure and method for forming a U-clip assembly made of a plurality of U-clips arrayed in a continuous abutting relation, each U-clip having first and second slots defined in its crown portion with first and second soft metal wires positioned, respectively, in such first and second slots, such soft metal wire forming a shallow U shape between adjacent crown portions, such first and second soft metal wires being compressed within their slots to expand within such slots for contacting and urging against the sides and bottom of each slot and being retained therein, such soft metal wire and its shallow U shape between adjacent crown portions allowing the U-clip assembly to maintain a non-curved shape and to be substantially flat in configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Inventor: Robert J. West
  • Patent number: 7878745
    Abstract: A stackable U-nut fastener includes first and second spaced arms and a folded edge portion interconnecting the arms. A plurality of U-nut fasteners can be engaged one with another to form a collated strip of fasteners. A collating tab from one arm of one U-nut fasteners engages an opening in an arm of an adjacent U-nut fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony A. Allen, Don Hinson, John M. Kosidlo, Douglas W. Johnson, Troy D. Carman
  • Publication number: 20100320265
    Abstract: A manipulation device (5) for either securing a twist-lock to a shipping container or releasing it therefrom or both, the device (5) comprising engagement means (20) operative to engage and rotate at least a portion of the twist-lock so as to secure the twist-lock in the shipping container or to release it therefrom; a support member (15) disposed above the engagement means (20), the support member (15) being arranged to receive and support a mid region of the twist-lock whilst allowing a lower portion of the supported twist-lock to protect below the member to be engagable with the engagement means (20), said support member (15) being in the form of a plate incorporating at least one aperture allowing the lower portion of the supported twist-lock to protect below the plate; wherein said support member (15) is selectively movable out of alignment with an axis of rotation of the twist-lock.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2007
    Publication date: December 23, 2010
    Inventor: Cameron Hay
  • Patent number: 7721885
    Abstract: Portable dispensers for coiled roofing nails, nail strips, roof staples, sheathing staples, welding rods, welding tools, framing nails and the like. The dispenser has an open top container which may be fastened to the belt of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Inventor: William M. Conklin