Secured To Common Flaccid Member Patents (Class 206/345)
  • Patent number: 10662991
    Abstract: A fastener for fastening an elongate object to a support structure, the fastener comprising a body portion formed entirely of one or more electrically non-conductive materials and comprising a bridge, a first column extending substantially perpendicularly from a first end of the bridge and a second column extending substantially perpendicularly from a second end of the bridge, the bridge and columns together forming a U-shaped receptacle for engaging the elongate object, and a nail formed entirely of one or more electrically non-conductive materials and partially contained within the first column of the body portion for positively engaging with the support structure upon the application of force by a driving mechanism thereby fastening the elongate object to the support structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Gray's Clips Limited
    Inventor: David Gray
  • Patent number: 10486875
    Abstract: A collating strip for holding plugs prior to insertion of the plugs into a hole such as a screw hole or nail hole after the screw or nail has been driven. The collating strip comprises an elongated strip having a plurality of perforations spaced along its length; and a plug positioned in each of the perforations, each plug having an insertion end and an external end, the insertion ends projecting from said strip. The strips may be in sheet form of a plurality of strips side by side with an individual strip being separable from the remaining strips of the sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Handy & Harman
    Inventors: Peter J. Shadwell, Richard L. Belinda, Timothy F. Gillis
  • Patent number: 8944245
    Abstract: A sharps container for (i) safe transportation and dispensing of a large number of unused pen needle assemblies, and (ii) safe storage of used pen needle assemblies. The unused pen needle assemblies may be connected to a flexible tape and are removed from a storage receptacle via an exit opening in the receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: UltiMed, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas E. Erickson, James J. Erickson, Timothy A. Bachman
  • 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: 8752699
    Abstract: A fastener cartridge can comprise a compressible, collapsible, and/or crushable cartridge body and fasteners embedded within the cartridge body 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 the first jaw can be positioned opposite a second jaw, or anvil. The anvil can be engaged with the fastener cartridge to compress, collapse, and/or crush the cartridge body and deform, or otherwise deploy, the fasteners contained therein. As the fasteners are deformed or deployed, the fasteners can capture at least a portion of the cartridge body therein along with at least a portion of the tissue being fastened. In various embodiments, the cartridge body can comprise a plurality of bioabsorbable layers. These bioabsorbable layers can be comprised of materials which can be bioabsorbed at different rates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.
    Inventors: Jerome R. Morgan, Charles J. Scheib, Frederick E. Shelton, IV
  • Patent number: 8627956
    Abstract: A screwstrip is disclosed including angled slots which allow a driver of an automated screwdriver to advance the screwstrip. The slots include a leading edge, which may be perpendicular to the line of travel of the screwstrip, and a trailing edge provided at an oblique angle with respect to the line of travel of the screwstrip. A slot including an angled sidewall is more forgiving and prevents misalignment of the driver with the slots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: Simpson Strong-Tie Company Inc.
    Inventor: Scott Park
  • Patent number: 8579571
    Abstract: In a connecting fastener consisting of a plurality of fasteners connected through a connecting member of synthetic resin, the connecting member includes a ring-shaped portion attached to so as to encircle the shaft of each of the fasteners to be connected and a connecting portion connected to the ring-shaped portions encircling adjacent fasteners. When the fasteners each suffers from the blow at the time of driving by a fastener driving tool, the ring-shaped portions each has strength enough to be held over the shaft and the connecting portion has strength enough to be broken.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Max Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroki Yamamoto, Takamichi Hoshino, Takao Tsukada
  • Patent number: 8403139
    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: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: Conveyor Accessories, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Willoughby Richardson, Robert Richard Jennings
  • 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: 20120241490
    Abstract: A setting tool having an engagement structure for setting a fastening anchor comprising a receptacle structure implemented in a shaft, the engagement structure engaging with the receptacle structure during a setting procedure. The fastening anchor can thereby be reliably brought to the setting tool and applied in a yielding soft material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2010
    Publication date: September 27, 2012
    Applicant: A. RAYMOND ET CIE
    Inventors: Martin Büsch, Patrice Burg, Ronnie Weissenfeld, Sven Bokühn
  • Publication number: 20120159769
    Abstract: An improved fastener stock is comprised of a pair of longitudinal and continuous side members to which are coupled to a plurality of equidistantly spaced cross-pieces. The pair of longitudinal and continuous side members are extended in a parallel spaced relationship, and the series of cross-pieces are arranged at spaced intervals between the side members so as to connect the side members. Along at least one of the side members, a series of engagement notches are present at spaced intervals between each of said cross-pieces members, and the engagement notches are rectangular or square in shape. A method of applying a fastener to an article is provided. The method includes initially feeding a substantially continuous fastener stock from a supply, engaging at least one engagement notch, urging said fastener stock forward, feeding said fastener stock to a needle assembly, cutting a fastener from said fastener stock, and inserting said fastener into an article.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2012
    Publication date: June 28, 2012
    Applicant: AVERY DENNISON CORPORATION
    Inventor: William J. COOPER
  • 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: 20120103845
    Abstract: A carrier for use in fastener driving tools, i.e. tools for driving fasteners such as nails into concrete, steel or other materials. In use, a carrier which carries multiple fasteners is loaded into the fastener driving tool. The carrier disclosed in this disclosure can be used with fastener driving tools of many different brands and models. The carrier includes multiple sleeves connected together by connecting parts. Each sleeve has an upper breakable collar, a middle wall portion, and a lower collar. The outer cross section of the lower collar has a substantially circular shape; the outer cross section of the upper collar has a near-rectangular shape. The upper collar has a smaller thickness than the lower collar, which enables the carrier to fit into and be used with fastener driving tools of different brands and models. The carrier is made of a plastic material such as high density polyethylene.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2011
    Publication date: May 3, 2012
    Applicant: JAACO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Chien-Chain Liang
  • Patent number: 8109386
    Abstract: A fastening clip bar, comprising a plurality of fastening clips arranged parallel to each other, an adhesive joining the fastening clips with each other, and at least one elastic tape extending over the fastening clips which is glued together with the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2012
    Assignee: Joh. Friedrich Behrens AG
    Inventor: Burghardt Krohn
  • Publication number: 20110100849
    Abstract: A pack comprises a carrier for a plurality of closures for closing an opened package and configured such that the self-adhesive closures can be extended from the carrier to facilitate access to the self-adhesive closures for removal from the pack.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2008
    Publication date: May 5, 2011
    Applicant: Stayseal Limited
    Inventor: Terrall Jay Thompson
  • Publication number: 20100132519
    Abstract: Disclosed is a fastening system that is adapted for securing a sheathing board to an associated framing member. The system includes a feedband for retaining a series of fasteners and a powered drill for sequentially driving the fasteners. The feedband is made from a membrane of a polymeric compound. As the fastener is driven into the sheathing board, a portion of the membrane tears away from the surrounding feedband and becomes seated beneath the fastener. This acts to seal the penetration point and prevent water intrusion and otherwise prevents deterioration of the sheathing board.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2009
    Publication date: June 3, 2010
    Applicant: Certain Teed Gypsum, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert J. Hauber, Mark E. Hennis, Michael P. Fahey
  • Publication number: 20100038271
    Abstract: A uniform laundering kit includes Velcro® loop backed laundering patches adapted for use as attachments during laundering of a uniform to Velcro® hook areas sewn onto the uniform and a Velcro® hook surfaced sheet adapted for attachment with and storage of said Velcro® loop backed laundering patches not being used in uniform laundering. A patch storage wallet can include the Velcro® hook surfaced sheet, at least one Velcro® loop surfaced sheet adapted for attachment to and storage of Velcro® hook backed service patches during uniform laundering. The patch storage wallet can also include storage compartment adapted to contain loose articles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2009
    Publication date: February 18, 2010
    Inventors: Thomas T. Romero, Luis M. Ortiz
  • Publication number: 20100032326
    Abstract: A screwstrip is disclosed including angled slots which allow a driver of an automated screwdriver to advance the screwstrip. The slots include a leading edge, which may be perpendicular to the line of travel of the screwstrip, and a trailing edge provided at an oblique angle with respect to the line of travel of the screwstrip. A slot including an angled sidewall is more forgiving and prevents misalignment of the driver with the slots.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2009
    Publication date: February 11, 2010
    Inventor: Scott Park
  • Patent number: 7658283
    Abstract: A magazine strip for carrying fastening elements (1) including two opposite side walls (2) projecting from rear wall (3), extending parallel to each other in a longitudinal direction (L) of the magazine strip, and forming together a space (4) for receiving the fastening elements (1) at least along a portion of a longitudinal extent (a) of the fastening elements, and a loss-preventing element (7) for preventing the fastening elements from falling out in a direction transverse to the longitudinal direction of the magazine strip and having a spring element acting in a direction transverse to a longitudinal extent of the side walls (2) and narrowing at least partially an inner width of the receiving space (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2010
    Assignee: Hilti Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Andreas Pally, Gerd Daubinger
  • Patent number: 7618222
    Abstract: A collated strip of fasteners for use in a powered nail gun. Each fastener has a head and an elongated shank extending outwardly therefrom and the plurality of fasteners are disposed aligned one with the other. At least two wire members are secured to the shanks of the aligned plurality of fasteners so as to form a strip of connected fasteners. A first wire member is secured to a first side of each of the shanks and a second wire member is secured to a second and opposite side of each of the shanks. The first and second wire members are spaced a distance apart from each other so that a stable strip of fasteners is formed. A third wire member may also be secured to the first side of the shanks a spaced distance from the first wire member. In this instance, the second wire member is secured to the second and opposite side of the shanks in a position intermediate the first and third wire members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2009
    Inventor: Chi Hyun Kim
  • Publication number: 20090175703
    Abstract: A screw retaining strip comprising: a strip body made of plastics; a plurality of screws being vertically arranged on the strip body as a bank; the strip body being a slender strip and being bent upwards so that the strip body can provide sufficient stress to support the weight of the screws, wherein when screw retaining strip is combined with a nail driver and to shoot the screws forwards, it will avoid the screw retaining strip to bend downwards; and thus the distal end of the screw will not contact a surface of a work piece or is buckled to a corner of the work piece so as to prevent the distal end of the screw to scratch a surface of the work piece or the screw retaining strip can not smoothly enter into the nail driver.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2008
    Publication date: July 9, 2009
    Inventor: Shih-Jhong Huang
  • Publication number: 20090120818
    Abstract: A carrier strip (1) for nails (3) or other securing elements to feed an automatic nailing machine, which is characterized by a series of cartridges (2), whereby each cartridge (2) holds a nail (3). The cartridges (2) have a cylindrical central body (4) finished off at the ends by a wider base (6) and crown (7), with a special feature in which the transition between the central body (4) and the base (6) and crown (7) is carried out by conic geometry. Furthermore, the vertical reinforcement of the cartridge (2) is provided by two lateral pillars (5), parallel to the longitudinal axis (18) of the central body (4), which links the base (6) and the crown (7) without coming into contact with the central body (4).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2004
    Publication date: May 14, 2009
    Inventor: Inaki Diez Del Hoyo
  • Patent number: 7530458
    Abstract: The object of the invention is to make it possible to fill connecting fasteners of various thicknesses in a single kind of fastener magazine. A connecting fastener is such that the thickness of a connecting band (13a, 13b) is increased or decreased according to the stem diameter of a screw (12a, 12b), whereby the width of the connecting fastener (11a, 11b) as seen in the direction of travel thereof is made constant, and the connecting band (13a, 13b) is brought into engagement with a longitudinal guide groove (5a) formed in the fastener passageway of the fastener magazine (5) of a screw fastening machine. This makes it possible to stably hold the connecting fasteners (11a, 11b) of various stem diameters at a given height, thus improving the versatility of the fastener magazine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2009
    Assignee: Max Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takeo Fujiyama, Junichi Tamura, Yoshihiro Kaneko, Mitsuhisa Machida, Koichi Kohama
  • Patent number: 7395925
    Abstract: A pallet having wooden boards secured together by nails which achieve approved operating characteristics. The nail is embodied in a package secured together by a pair of parallel wires welded to the shanks. Each nail having a shank diameter between 0.078 in. and 0.085 in., each nail is manufactured from steel wire and has a length between 1.50 in. and 2.25 in. The ratio of the head diameter to the shank diameter of each nail is between 2.70 and 3.37.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2008
    Assignee: Stanley Fastening Systems, L.P.
    Inventor: Edward G. Sutt, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7374383
    Abstract: A wire nail for use with a powered nail-driving tool has a full-round head with an axis that is offset from an axis of the integrally formed shank. An outer circumferential surface of the shank is at least as offset from the shank axis in one radial direction as a circumferential surface of the head in that radial direction. Accordingly, such nails may be collated shank-to-shank in a strip of wire nails such that adjoining shanks are both parallel and touching. During manufacture of the wire nail, a notch is formed in the shank at the intersection between the shank and the head. The notch and the head axis are disposed on opposite sides of the shank axis from each other. The notch facilitates improved metal flow during the head-forming procedure and results in strong shank to head connections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2008
    Assignee: Stanley Fastening Systems, L.P.
    Inventors: John R. Crompton, Wayne Greene, George P. Smith
  • Publication number: 20080029414
    Abstract: To improve the function whereby each of the nails (2) is retained at a position which is vertical to both belt-shaped bodies (5,5) in the connecting nail (1) which is provided with multiple nails (2) with a head part (3) attached and two band-shaped belt-shaped bodies (5,5) which are made of a synthetic resin. This invention is provided with two belt-shaped bodies (5,5) which are disposed so that they are separate from one another in the axial direction of the nail (2) and parallel to one another and at the same time, multiple nail through holes (6a) are formed at appropriate intervals. Multiple cylindrical gripping parts (7) which communicate with the nail through holes (6a) and which can grip the shaft part (4) of the nail (2) are formed on both belt-shaped bodies (5,5).
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2004
    Publication date: February 7, 2008
    Applicant: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.
    Inventors: Yasutsugu Uejima, Keiji Yamakawa
  • Publication number: 20070292239
    Abstract: A screw strip for holding a plurality of screws has a plurality of screw-holding strip portions for holding respectively the screws. Each of the screw-holding strip portions includes a plurality of resilient clamping arms for clamping the corresponding screw. Two opposite sides of the screw strip are formed respectively with two long ribs extending along a full length of the screw strip. Each side of the screw strip is further formed with a plurality of spaced-apart wings located outside of the corresponding long rib.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2006
    Publication date: December 20, 2007
    Inventor: Chao-Wei Lin
  • Patent number: 7237996
    Abstract: A nut feed system and method of feeding nuts through a nut feed passage which avoids contact between the feed pawl and the nut bore. The end face of the nut includes a nut feed groove extending perpendicular to the nut bore and the free end of the feed pawl is received in the groove to drive the nuts through a nut feed passage without contacting the bore. The disclosed embodiment of the nut includes a counterbore through the end face and radial channel-shaped feed grooves and the feed pawl includes a cylindrical center portion and radial portions received in the counterbore and feed grooves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2007
    Assignee: Fabristeel Products, Inc.
    Inventor: John J. Vrana
  • Patent number: 7108130
    Abstract: A strip includes fasteners (1), each having a shank (2) which is pointed at one end (4) and bears a head (3) at the other end. The fasteners are respectively engaged by their shanks (2) in guide and damping blocks joined together in a string (8). The strip further includes a second guide string (9).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2006
    Assignee: Societe de Prospection et d'Inventions Techniques SPIT
    Inventors: Patrick Herelier, Roland Almeras
  • Patent number: 7029220
    Abstract: A plurality of screws (21) are aligned in parallel with each other, and head side portions (21b) of shaft portions (21A) of the screws are fixed, by a band (30) fixed to a strip sheet (31), to be band-shaped connected screws (20). Further, in the band-shaped connected screws (20), the head side portion (21b) of the shaft portion (21A) of each screw (21) is formed with an inverse screw thread (23) formed inverse direction to a screw thread (22) formed at the shaft portions (21A).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2006
    Assignee: Max Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takeo Fujiyama, Junichi Tamura, Mitsuhisa Machida, Yasushi Nakagawa
  • Patent number: 7014407
    Abstract: A wire nail for use with a powered nail-driving tool has a full-round head with an axis that is offset from an axis of the integrally formed shank. An outer circumferential surface of the shank is at least as offset from the shank axis in one radial direction as a circumferential surface of the head in that radial direction. Accordingly, such nails may be collated shank-to-shank in a strip of wire nails such that adjoining shanks are both parallel and touching. During manufacture of the wire nail, a notch is formed in the shank at the intersection between the shank and the head. The notch and the head axis are disposed on opposite sides of the shank axis from each other. The notch facilitates improved metal flow during the head-forming procedure and results in strong shank to head connections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2006
    Assignee: Stanley Fastening Systems, L.P.
    Inventors: John R. Crompton, Wayne Greene, George P. Smith
  • Patent number: 6968945
    Abstract: A cap assembly for an automatic cap feeder and fastener driver comprises a plurality of relatively thin, domed metal discs that can be pierced by fasteners discharged from a fastener driver such as a nail gun without bending the nail or jamming the driver, with the caps being connected together by a paper backed adhesive tape mounted on the undersides of the concave caps, with the caps having outer edges that are sufficiently sharp that they sever the tape from the strip of caps when the caps are driven into a substrate after a fastener has penetrated the caps. The fastener driver includes improved feeder teeth and an anti-backup pawl that extend into recesses in the track. A cover encloses an open edge of a cap storage basket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2005
    Assignee: National Nail Corp.
    Inventors: Roger C. Bruins, Roger A. Vanden Berg
  • Patent number: 6896135
    Abstract: Coil strapped nails and a nailing device using coil strapped nails are provided. The coil may be provided with steel nails (1) having a length of 14 to 25 mm and a shaft diameter of 2 to 3 mm. The nails are held by wires (2,3) 6.5 to 7.5 mm apart, wherein the wires are preferably quenched and tempered. In the center of the coil a wrapping sleeve may be provided having due clearance for the nail heads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2005
    Inventor: Helmut Leitner
  • Patent number: 6848575
    Abstract: A plurality of fastening elements are arranged parallel to each other, each of the unit fastening elements having a filament section, an inserting head section equipped with a suitable engagement section at one end, and a socket section equipped with a hole for irreversibly passing the inserting head section located at the other end. The socket sections arranged on one connection bar, and the inserting head sections are arranged on another connection bar. The connection bars are closely arranged to each other so as to be oppositely disposed to each other with a predetermined length displaced to each other along a longitudinal direction of the bars. The filament section of each one of the unit fastening elements is formed in a curved configuration which is in fixed condition, so jamming is reduced when the operator couples the fastening element using a coupler gun.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2005
    Assignees: Kotec's Co., Ltd., Sanyo Seisakusho Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hideyuki Ueno, Akihiro Goto
  • Patent number: 6832696
    Abstract: A strip magazine for drive-in elements (2) including a plurality of pairs of retaining webs (3a, 3b), and a respective plurality of pairs of at least partially opposite recesses (6a, 6b) associated with respective pairs of retaining webs (6a, 6b), with the retaining webs (3a, 3b) of each pair of retaining webs (3a, 3b) defining, together with the recesses (6a, 6b) of a respective pair of recesses (6a, 6b), an opening (4) for receiving a stem (5) of a drive-in element (2) and with the recesses (6a, 6b) of the respective pair if the recesses (6a, 6b) extending radially of the respective receiving opening (4) and sidewise limiting the retaining webs (3a, 3b), and with each recesses (6a, 6b) having width at least of a half of that of the retaining web (3a, 3b).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2004
    Assignee: Hilti Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Hans-Christian Donner
  • Patent number: 6779958
    Abstract: A fastening element having a stem provided, at its opposite ends, with a head and a tip, respectively, and a separate cover element releasably arrangeable on the head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2004
    Assignee: Hilti Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Ulrich Rosenbaum
  • Patent number: 6708821
    Abstract: For use in a fastener driving tool, a fastener assembly includes a plurality of fasteners arranged in a row, each fastener including a head and an elongated shank and a carrier including a plurality of connected carrier sleeves for receiving and surrounding a portion of an associated fastener. Each of the carrier sleeves includes an axis, an upper breakable portion, a middle portion, a lower breakable portion, a pedestal associated with the lower breakable portion, the pedestal axially extending away from the lower breakable collar, and a pair of notches in the lower breakable portion, the pair of notches opening toward the head of the associated fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2004
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin M. Tucker, Frank K. Villari
  • Patent number: 6705464
    Abstract: A belt of collated nails for use with an air-driven nailing gun is disclosed having a plurality of nails, a plurality of flexible nail guide caps connected in series and respectively capped on the points of the nails and adapted to guide the nails into the workpiece, and a plurality of breakable flexible sockets connected in series and spaced above the flexible nail guide caps and adapted to hold the nails in the flexible nail guide caps, the breakable flexible sockets each having a through hole for receiving the nails respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2004
    Assignee: Testo Industry Corp.
    Inventor: Brad Yang
  • Publication number: 20040045999
    Abstract: A screw alignment device for assisting engagement of a screw driving tool during a fastening operation with a screw of the type having a shank disposed between a head end and a front end, the screw tool being of the type having a shaft with a gripping formation at one end thereof for engagement with the screw head. The screw alignment device includes a screw guide having a body of generally annular configuration formed from a resilient material and having an internal capacity of generally frusto-conical configuration. There is also a tool guide spaced rearwardly from the screw guide and aligned with the cone axis. The device further includes a connector which connects the screw guide to the tool guide.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2003
    Publication date: March 11, 2004
    Inventor: Alex Babij
  • Patent number: 6679415
    Abstract: A fastener collation strip has pairs of vertically aligned rail-engaging members or projections which have convergent sides disposed within at least two mutually orthogonal planes such that lower and upper tip regions of the rail-engaging members or projections define point-type contacts whereby the fastener collation strips are movably supported upon the rail members of the magazine section of the fastener-driving tool. As a result of the point-type contacts, frictional forces generated between the collation strips of fasteners and the rail members of the magazine section of the fastener-driving tool are effectively reduced as much as possible whereby the conveyance or transportation of the collation strips of fasteners through the magazine section of the fastener-driving tool is effectively facilitated so as to render the conveyance or transportation of the collation strips of fasteners through the magazine section of the fastener-driving tool as smooth as possible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2004
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: Harish C. Gupta
  • Publication number: 20030213712
    Abstract: A screw-holding belt (20) has a belt body (2) made from a plastics and having cutouts (8) that are formed at a pitch ‘P’ in and along side edges of the belt body so as to intermittently drive it. Passage holes (5) are formed at the same pitch as the cutouts in order to eject the screws (15), and have a diameter larger than their heads or washers. Screw-holding cylinders (3) are formed each in and coaxial with the central region passage hole (5), so that each screw's threaded leg is inserted into and held in the cylinder. Four stays (21) continue from the rim of upper opening (4) of each cylinder and extend outwards to the inner periphery of passage hole (5) in radial directions each intersecting the center line of belt body (2), so that the belt body can smoothly advance to eject the screws, without suffering from any trouble even if their heads or washers are of a large diameter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2003
    Publication date: November 20, 2003
    Inventor: Katsumi Shinjo
  • Publication number: 20030178334
    Abstract: A magazine strip for holding fasteners (1) comprising two opposing side walls (2) running approximately parallel to each other in a longitudinal direction (L) and projecting from a rear wall (3) to form a receiving space and having open end zones (4). The receiving space receives the fasteners (1) at least in part by their longitudinal extent and a loss prevention means (7) prevents unintentional escape of the fasteners (1). The loss prevention means (7) is formed by a constriction (8) of the receiving space extending vertical to the rear wall (3).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2003
    Publication date: September 25, 2003
    Inventors: Andreas Pally, Gerd Daubinger
  • Publication number: 20030178333
    Abstract: A magazine strip for carrying fastening elements (1) including two opposite side walls (2) projecting from rear wall (3), extending parallel to each other in a longitudinal direction (L) of the magazine strip, and forming together a space (4) for receiving the fastening elements (1) at least along a portion of a longitudinal extent (a) of the fastening elements, and a loss-preventing element (7) for preventing the fastening elements from falling out in a direction transverse to the longitudinal direction of the magazine strip and having a spring element acting in a direction transverse to a longitudinal extent of the side walls (2) and narrowing at least partially an inner width of the receiving space (4).
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2003
    Publication date: September 25, 2003
    Inventors: Andreas Pally, Gerd Daubinger
  • Publication number: 20030137154
    Abstract: It is an object to provide a fastening element which can be easily mounted on an attaching gun as well as provide a fastening element with less generation of jamming at the time of operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2003
    Publication date: July 24, 2003
    Applicant: Kotec's Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hideyuki Ueno, Akihiro Goto
  • Publication number: 20030116458
    Abstract: A strip magazine for drive-in elements (2) including a plurality of pairs of retaining webs (3a, 3b), and a respective plurality of pairs of at least partially opposite recesses (6a, 6b) associated with respective pairs of retaining webs (6a, 6b), with the retaining webs (3a, 3b) of each pair of retaining webs (3a, 3b) defining, together with the recesses (6a, 6b) of a respective pair of recesses (6a, 6b), an opening (4) for receiving a stem (5) of a drive-in element (2) and with the recesses (6a, 6b) of the respective pair if the recesses (6a, 6b) extending radially of the respective receiving opening (4) and sidewise limiting the retaining webs (3a, 3b), and with each recesses (6a, 6b) having width at least of a half of that of the retaining web (3a, 3b).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2002
    Publication date: June 26, 2003
    Inventor: Hans-Christian Donner
  • Patent number: 6564939
    Abstract: A needle particularly well-suited for use in the dispensing of plastic fasteners of the type comprising a filament having a cross-bar at a first end thereof; each of the cross-bar and the filament including a first flat side, the first flat sides of the cross-bar and the filament being coplanar. The needle includes a stem portion. The stem portion terminates in a tip at its front end and is shaped to define a longitudinal bore and a longitudinal slot. The longitudinal bore is shaped to receive the cross-bar, and the longitudinal slot is shaped to permit the filament to extend therethrough while the cross-bar is disposed within the longitudinal bore. The longitudinal bore has a first flat side, and the longitudinal slot has a first flat side, the first flat sides of the longitudinal bore and the longitudinal slot being coplanar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2003
    Assignee: Avery Dennison Corporation
    Inventors: Charles L. Deschenes, Daniel Gilbertson
  • Patent number: 6561350
    Abstract: A sealing implement has a plurality of single sealing implements having a flexible filament part, an insertion head part having an appropriate engaging part provided on one end part of the filament part, and a socket part having a hole for the purpose of irreversibly inserting the insertion head part provided on the other end of the filament, the arrangement of the plurality of single sealing implements being made so that the filament parts thereof are mutually parallel and adjacent, each of the plurality of insertion head parts, or socket parts in proximity thereto, or parts thereof being caused to be connected to separately provided connection bar parts and a filament part of the unit of sealing implement showing curvilinear configuration or at least one portion of said filament part thereof provided with a folded portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2003
    Assignee: Kotec's Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hideyuki Ueno
  • Patent number: 6557703
    Abstract: Coil strapped nails and a nailing device using coil strapped nails are provided. The coil may be provided with steel nails (1) having a length of 14 to 25 mm and a shaft diameter of 2 to 3 mm. The nails are held by wires (2,3) 6.5 to 7.5 mm apart, wherein the wires are preferably quenched and tempered. In the center of the coil a wrapping sleeve may be provided having due clearance for the nail heads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2003
    Inventor: Helmut Leitner
  • Publication number: 20030075466
    Abstract: The strip comprises fasteners (1), each having a shank (2) which is pointed at one end (4) and bears a head (3) at the other end, these fasteners being respectively engaged by their shanks (2) in guide and damping blocks joined together in a string (8). The strip comprises a second guide string (9).
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2002
    Publication date: April 24, 2003
    Inventors: Patrick Herelier, Roland Almeras
  • Patent number: 6427895
    Abstract: A needle particularly well-suited for use in the dispensing of plastic fasteners of the type comprising a filament having a cross-bar at a first end thereof, each of the cross-bar and the filament including a first flat side, the first flat sides of the cross-bar and the filament being coplanar. The needle includes a stem portion. The stem portion terminates in a tip at its front end and is shaped to define a longitudinal bore and a longitudinal slot. The longitudinal bore is shaped to receive the cross-bar, and the longitudinal slot is shaped to permit the filament to extend therethrough while the cross-bar is disposed within the longitudinal bore. The longitudinal bore has a first flat side, and the longitudinal slot has a first flat side, the first flat sides of the longitudinal bore and the longitudinal slot being coplanar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2002
    Assignee: Avery Dennison Corporation
    Inventor: Charles L. Deschenes