Held By Aperture In Member Patents (Class 206/347)
  • Patent number: 10433882
    Abstract: An apparatus for inserting implants in a bone comprising a frame having a cartridge receiving chamber and a barrel. A cartridge defining a plurality of chambers is positioned in the cartridge receiving chamber so the chambers are selectively alignable with a longitudinal passage of the barrel. At least one instrument is positioned in one of the chambers, and a plurality of implants is positioned in the other chambers. A drive assembly is engageable with the instrument and the implants. The drive assembly is slidably and rotatably disposed in the frame and is moveable between a retracted position, an engaging position wherein the distal end of the drive assembly is positioned to engage the selected one of the instrument and the implants, and an extended position wherein the drive assembly extends through the chamber to transport the selected one of the instrument or the implant from the chamber to the distal end of the barrel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael O'Neil, Zoher Bootwala, Joseph Peterson
  • Patent number: 9832887
    Abstract: Components and methods of making the same are disclosed herein. In one embodiment, a method of forming a component comprises forming metal anchoring elements at a first surface of a support element having first and second oppositely facing surfaces, the support element having a thickness extending in a first direction between the first and second surfaces, wherein each anchoring element has a downwardly facing overhang surface; and then forming posts having first ends proximate the first surface and second ends disposed above the respective first ends and above the first surface, wherein a laterally extending portion of each post contacts at least a first area of the overhang surface of the respective anchoring element and extends downwardly therefrom, and the overhang surface of the anchoring element resists axial and shear forces applied to the posts at positions above the anchoring elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Invensas Corporation
    Inventors: Liang Wang, Ilyas Mohammed, Belgacem Haba
  • Patent number: 9046119
    Abstract: The present invention provides a tacking nail connection body which allows a user to clearly recognize a stage for use of a tacking nail and a point in time for charging a tacker. In the tacking nail connection body (20) in which a plurality of tacking nails are arranged in a line and connected to each other, at least one tacking nail (21) disposed on a position biased from a central portion of the tacking nail connection body (20) toward one side includes an indicating member (30) attached along a length direction of a body part (21b) on a surface of the body part (21b) between a head part (21a) and a tip part (21c) of the tacking nail (21) and separated from the body part (21b) when the body part (21b) is stuck into lumber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Inventor: Sang Ho Choi
  • Patent number: 8870510
    Abstract: A wire mesh rivet (13) is provided which is used to produce a wire mesh isolator (11) in a bore (9) of a substrate such as a heat shield (7) for a vehicle exhaust system. The rivet (13) comprises a unitary wire mesh structure (19) which has a collar (15) and a shank (17). The collar (15) has a higher density than the shank (17), e.g., the collar (15) has the density of the finished isolator (11). The rivet (13) is formed into the finished isolator (11) by compressing the shank (17) to form a second collar, while restraining the original collar (15) from substantially changing its shape. The rivet (13) can include a metal insert (23) which prevents the wire mesh of the finished isolator (11) from experiencing high levels of compression when the substrate is fastened to its supporting structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: ACS Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: George Greenwood
  • Patent number: 8721244
    Abstract: In a connected fastener assembly, the shaft sections of multiple fasteners are connected using a connecting band made of a synthetic resin. Retaining sections for allowing the shaft sections of the fasteners to be inserted therein and connecting sections for connecting the adjacent retaining sections are formed continuously. The connecting sections are offset from the center line “a” connecting the centers of the adjacent fasteners (retaining sections).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Max Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasushi Nakagawa, Hiroki Yamamoto, Takamichi Hoshino, Kazuhisa Takeuchi
  • Publication number: 20130270135
    Abstract: A strip includes a number of barrels coupled together and disposed side by side, the barrels each include a bore and an open upper portion for receiving and engaging with a fastener, and the barrels each include an enclosed lower end portion for receiving the tip of the fastener and for preventing the tip of the fastener from being exposed. The barrels are coupled together with a number of coupling members, and the coupling member each include a hinge line for allowing the barrels to be easily disengaged from each other, when required. The coupling members each include a reinforcing member for solidly coupling the barrels together.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2012
    Publication date: October 17, 2013
    Inventor: Ching Yun HUANG
  • 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: 20130001116
    Abstract: A nail belt is provided with a main body; teeth along either side of the main body; nail sockets depending from one surface of the main body; a mating member at one end of the main body and including two hollow cylinders each having two opposite latches on a circumferential surface; and a corresponding mating member at the other end of the main body and including two holes, two sets of two opposite flanges wherein the flanges of each set are formed on mouth of each hole, and a rectangular recess on the other surface of the main body and communicating with the holes. The cylinders of the mating member of a first nail belt can be inserted into the holes of the corresponding mating member of a second nail belt until the flanges are urged by the latches and the mating member is complementarily seated in the recess.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 16, 2012
    Publication date: January 3, 2013
    Inventors: Sheng-Huei Lin, Chan-Wei Lin
  • 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: 20120292212
    Abstract: A nail belt is provided with a main body; a plurality of holes on the main body; and a plurality of nail sockets each depending downward from the hole, each nail socket including a bottom rim, a plurality of longitudinal slits formed on a circumferential surface of the nail socket, and a plurality of projections extending from the rim toward inside of the nail socket.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2012
    Publication date: November 22, 2012
    Inventors: Sheng-Huei Lin, Chan-Wei Lin
  • Patent number: 8162196
    Abstract: A device for processing a belt strap for storing screws, in which the belt strap has a flat, U-shaped cross section that has a periphery that has a ratio of no more than 11:10 relative to the non-flanged belt. A guide device for the belt strap guides and holds the belt strap. The screws can be pressed out from the upper side of the belt strap. The guide device (3) has two guide slits (10) receiving the belt strap (2) in at least the region of the flanges (4), each slit being L-shaped in cross section and each having a contact surface (5) for the underside (6) of the belt (20) and a guide rib (11) extending across the flange (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: SFS intec Holding AG
    Inventors: Daniel Gasser, Werner Zwicky
  • Publication number: 20120074008
    Abstract: A screw feed belt includes a plurality of substrates; at least one mating member disposed at one end of the substrates; at least one corresponding mating member disposed at other end of the substrates; and a plurality of supports disposed between the at least one mating member and the at least one corresponding mating member, wherein the support includes an annular opening in the substrate, an annularly flanged mouth distal the opening, and a plurality of equally spaced slits each formed between the mouth and the opening; and wherein a plurality of screws are adapted to retain in the supports.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2010
    Publication date: March 29, 2012
    Inventor: Chan-Wei Lin
  • Patent number: 8100259
    Abstract: A carrier apparatus for carrying at least one fastener includes a back plate, at least one inserting hole defined on the base plate, a restricting hole defined on the base plate communicating with the at least one inserting hole, at least two elastic flanges, and a fixing flange adjacent to the restricting hole. The at least one inserting hole is configured for inserting a body of the at least one fastener therein. The restricting hole is configured for receiving the body of the at least one fastener therein. The body of the at least one fastener inserts in the at least one inserting hole and is moved in to the restricting hole. The body presses the at least two elastic flanges when entering the restricting hole. The fixing flange abuts a head portion of at least one fastener to fix the at least one fastener on the base plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2012
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chin-Wen Yeh, Zhen-Neng Lin
  • Patent number: 8087325
    Abstract: A tool device includes a frame, a barrel extending from the frame, a first magazine having first passages for containing work or drive bits, and a second magazine having second passages for containing fasteners. A shaft is movable over a path that extends through the barrel. When a second passage is vacant and aligned with a selected first passage, a work bit in the first passage is urged by the shaft through the vacant second passage and through the barrel, to be set at a distal end of the barrel for use on a work object. When a second passage containing a fastener is aligned with a selected first passage, a drive bit in the first passage is urged by the shaft to engage the fastener and advance the fastener to the distal end of the barrel, to enable the bit to drive the fastener into the work object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2012
    Inventor: Seth L. Neubardt
  • Patent number: 8061517
    Abstract: In order to improve a holding device for an implant, comprising a first connecting device for releasably connecting the holding device and the implant, such that very small implants, in particular, are easy to handle, it is suggested that the holding device have a second connecting device for releasably connecting the holding device and a storage unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Assignee: Aesculap AG
    Inventors: Burkhard Loeffler, Jens Beger, Beate Celmerowski, Kay Fischer
  • Patent number: 8047366
    Abstract: A connected fastener assembly is formed by fitting a shaft guide on a shaft section of each fastener, by connecting the fasteners using two connecting sheets made of a synthetic resin and disposed on upper and lower sides of the shaft guides. Since the connecting sheets have through holes thorough which the fasteners pass and connecting sections formed so as to be easy to bend or difficult to bend in the width direction, the connected fastener assembly can be formed into a straight type or a coil type. In a connected fastener assembly, shaft sections of a plurality of fasteners are connected by a connecting band formed of a thin sheet of a synthetic resin. Ring-shaped retaining sections for retaining the shaft sections are formed at constant intervals in the connecting bands. The ring-shaped retaining sections are disposed so as to be overlaid on shaft guides made of soft materials and fitted on the shaft sections. Each of the shaft guides is formed into a cylindrical shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignee: Max Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasushi Nakagawa, Hiroki Yamamoto, Takamichi Hoshino, Kazuhisa Takeuchi
  • Patent number: 8033394
    Abstract: A connected fastener assembly is formed by fitting a shaft guide on a shaft section of each fastener, by connecting the fasteners using two connecting sheets made of a synthetic resin and disposed on upper and lower sides of the shaft guides. Since the connecting sheets have through holes through which the fasteners pass and connecting sections formed so as to be easy to bend or difficult to bend in the width direction, the connected fastener assembly can be formed into a straight type or a coil type. In a connected fastener assembly, shaft sections of a plurality of fasteners are connected by a connecting band formed of a thin sheet of a synthetic resin. Ring-shaped retaining sections for retaining the shaft sections are formed at constant intervals in the connecting bands. The ring-shaped retaining sections are disposed so as to be overlaid on shaft guides made of soft materials and fitted on the shaft sections. Each of the shaft guides is formed into a cylindrical shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Assignee: Max Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasushi Nakagawa, Hiroki Yamamoto, Takamichi Hoshino, Kazuhisa Takeuchi
  • Publication number: 20110210155
    Abstract: A connected fastener assembly is formed by fitting a shaft guide on a shaft section of each fastener, by connecting the fasteners using two connecting sheets made of a synthetic resin and disposed on upper and lower sides of the shaft guides. Since the connecting sheets have through holes thorough which the fasteners pass and connecting sections formed so as to be easy to bend or difficult to bend in the width direction, the connected fastener assembly can be formed into a straight type or a coil type. In a connected fastener assembly, shaft sections of a plurality of fasteners are connected by a connecting band formed of a thin sheet of a synthetic resin. Ring-shaped retaining sections for retaining the shaft sections are formed at constant intervals in the connecting bands. The ring-shaped retaining sections are disposed so as to be overlaid on shaft guides made of soft materials and fitted on the shaft sections. Each of the shaft guides is formed into a cylindrical shape.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2011
    Publication date: September 1, 2011
    Applicant: MAX CO., LTD
    Inventors: Yasushi Nakagawa, Hiroki Yamamoto, Takamichi Hoshino, Kazuhisa Takeuchi
  • Patent number: 7963393
    Abstract: A connected fastener assembly is formed by fitting a shaft guide on a shaft section of each fastener, by connecting the fasteners using two connecting sheets made of a synthetic resin and disposed on upper and lower sides of the shaft guides. Since the connecting sheets have through holes thorough which the fasteners pass and connecting sections formed so as to be easy to bend or difficult to bend in the width direction, the connected fastener assembly can be formed into a straight type or a coil type. In a connected fastener assembly, shaft sections of a plurality of fasteners are connected by a connecting band formed of a thin sheet of a synthetic resin. Ring-shaped retaining sections for retaining the shaft sections are formed at constant intervals in the connecting bands. The ring-shaped retaining sections are disposed so as to be overlaid on shaft guides made of soft materials and fitted on the shaft sections. Each of the shaft guides is formed into a cylindrical shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Assignee: Max Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasushi Nakagawa, Hiroki Yamamoto, Takamichi Hoshino, Kazuhisa Takeuchi
  • Publication number: 20110068029
    Abstract: A nail-belt for use in a nail gun to feed nails is disclosed having a plurality of nail sockets for holding nails individually, each nail socket having a top ring, a bottom ring and a flat connection portion vertically connected between the top ring and the bottom ring, and a plurality of links respectively transversely connected between the top rings of each two adjacent nail sockets and the bottom rings of each two adjacent nail sockets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2009
    Publication date: March 24, 2011
    Inventor: TINO S. TENG
  • Patent number: 7827667
    Abstract: A packaging arrangement for smoothly and conveniently providing small hardware items to an assembly line operator is described. The items are fastened onto a flexible band, lined up in the order in which they are to be installed on an article being assembled. The band is divided into equal segments defined by index marks, each segment containing the hardware items required for the assembly of one article. The items are fastened to the band off-line using securing features fashioned from the band itself in a manner and orientation by which each item can be plucked from the band with a tool that can grasp the item, pull it off the band, transport it to the article being assembled, and install it on the article without intermediate disengagement from the tool. The utilization of the band improves the productivity and reliability of manually assembled articles such as disk drives.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2010
    Assignee: ESGW Holdings Limited
    Inventors: Young Chee Yu, Ming-Goei Sheu
  • Publication number: 20100051490
    Abstract: To present a screw coupling strip having a drill screw and a seal washer assembled in a screw holding belt, capable of tightening the screw by using an existing screw holding belt assembling only the drill screw and an existing continuous screw tightening machine, in which the screw holding belt has enough size and strength for allowing to pass the screw head part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 1, 2009
    Publication date: March 4, 2010
    Inventor: Kimio SHINJO
  • Patent number: 7594456
    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: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2009
    Assignee: Certain Teed Gypsum, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert J. Hauber, Mark E. Hennis, Michael P. Fahey
  • Publication number: 20090114559
    Abstract: A connected fastener assembly is formed by fitting a shaft guide on a shaft section of each fastener, by connecting the fasteners using two connecting sheets made of a synthetic resin and disposed on upper and lower sides of the shaft guides. Since the connecting sheets have through holes thorough which the fasteners pass and connecting sections formed so as to be easy to bend or difficult to bend in the width direction, the connected fastener assembly can be formed into a straight type or a coil type. In a connected fastener assembly, shaft sections of a plurality of fasteners are connected by a connecting band formed of a thin sheet of a synthetic resin. Ring-shaped retaining sections for retaining the shaft sections are formed at constant intervals in the connecting bands. The ring-shaped retaining sections are disposed so as to be overlaid on shaft guides made of soft materials and fitted on the shaft sections. Each of the shaft guides is formed into a cylindrical shape.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2008
    Publication date: May 7, 2009
    Applicant: MAX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yasushi NAKAGAWA, Hiroki Yamamoto, Takamichi Hoshino, Kazuhisa Takeuchi
  • Patent number: 7520385
    Abstract: In a packaging arrangement for smoothly and conveniently providing small hardware items to an assembly line operator, the items are fastened onto a flexible band, lined up in the order in which they are to be installed on an article being assembled. The band is divided into equal segments defined by index marks, each segment containing the hardware items required for the assembly of one article. The items are fastened to the band off-line using securing features fashioned from the band itself in a manner and orientation by which each item can be plucked from the band with a tool that can grasp the item, pull it off the band, transport it to the article being assembled, and install it on the article without intermediate disengagement from the tool. The utilization of the band improves the productivity and reliability of manually assembled articles such as disk drives.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2009
    Assignee: ESGW Holdings Limited
    Inventors: Young Chee Yu, Ming-Goei Sheu
  • Patent number: 7516841
    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: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2009
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Yasutsugu Uejima, Keiji Yamakawa
  • Patent number: 7458462
    Abstract: A die storing and organizing system includes a holder for storing and organizing crimp dies, the holder having a first side and a second, opposite side. The system further includes a plurality of apertures in the holder, each aperture extending from the first side to the second, opposite side; wherein each aperture is adapted to receive a die pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2008
    Assignee: FCI Americas Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Carr
  • Patent number: 7341146
    Abstract: A screwdriver for driving collated screws including a slide body coupled to a housing for reciprocal displacement in a cycle including a retraction stroke and an extension stroke. A lever pivotably mounted to the slide body carries at one end a cam pin received in a cam slot in the housing with the other end of the lever advancing successive screws in the screwstrip, the cam slot having first and second camming surfaces for selective engagement by the cam pin to vary the relative positionning of the lever to be different for the same position if the slide body in the housing in the retraction strokes than in the extension stroke.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2008
    Assignee: Simpson Strong-Tie Company Inc.
    Inventor: G. Lyle Habermehl
  • Patent number: 7168601
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided for packaging fasteners such as screws, that is to be worn by a user. The packaging device includes a tray with a plurality of wells, each well accommodating the shank of a respective fastener. An attachment device is used for securing a tray to a user. In a preferred dispensing method, fasteners may be dispensed from the tray using a magnetized screwdriver bit which is placed over the head of the fastener, followed by withdrawing the screwdriver bit with the fastener magnetically attached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2007
    Assignee: Systemation, Inc.
    Inventor: William V. Goodhue
  • Patent number: 7090077
    Abstract: A magazine strip (2) for fastening elements (14) includes a strip-shaped support strap (4), a plurality of uniformly spaced from each other, transporting recesses (8) for a stepwise displacement of the magazine strip (2) in a magazine receptacle and opening toward a first one (6) of opposite longitudinal edges of the strap, and a plurality of substantially cylindrical receptacles (12) for retaining fastening elements (14) and limited by a lower surface (21) and an upper surface (22) of the support strap (4) and opening toward a second one (10) of the opposite longitudinal edges of the support strap (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2006
    Assignee: Hilti Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Andreas Pally, Gerd Daubinger
  • Patent number: 7051875
    Abstract: A curved screwstrip comprising in combination a plastic holding strap and a plurality of threaded fasteners. The plastic holding strap has a greater mass in its top half than in its bottom half so that shrinking after extrusion will tend to have the holding strap adopt a preferred curved configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2006
    Assignee: Simpson Strong-Tie Company, Inc.
    Inventors: G. Lyle Habermehl, Troy D. Hale, William S. Kepley
  • Patent number: 7007364
    Abstract: A nail module for nail attachment of metal tags to hot steel includes a nail and a fracturable carrier. The nail has a pointed shank and a head. The carrier houses the nail and has a delivery end and a female socket end. The carrier delivery end is adapted to receive said nail shank. The female socket end is adapted to receive said nail head. The female socket end also is adapted to receive a mandrel for carrying the module to a driving location in an orientation for driving the nail into a workpiece. The carrier is fractured and releases the nail when the mandrel drives the nail into a workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2006
    Assignee: Infosight Corporation
    Inventors: John A. Robertson, Ken R. Vaughn
  • Patent number: 6974030
    Abstract: A screw magazine includes a form-stiff framework (1) having a front side (4) and a back side (5) between which a plurality of mutually spaced-apart bores (10) extend, each one of which is delimited by an endless limiting wall (11) of a resilient, demolishable nature and of which at least some house screws (12) located at a distance from each other. The length of the individual screw (12) is smaller than the depth of the framework (1) counted as the distance between the front and back sides (4, 5), a free tip of the individual screw being located at a certain distance inside the back side of the framework, at the same time as an end surface on the head of the individual screw (12) is situated in flush with the front side (4) of the framework.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2005
    Inventor: Fred Sundström
  • Patent number: 6966440
    Abstract: A non-intrusive surface mount interconnect that provides a through-hole interconnect to the opposite side of a PCB board. A headed pin (head up/shank down) can be picked by standard placement equipment from a specially configured pocket tape using a hole that is tightly controlled for pin location. The head of the pin rests on top of the packaging tape preventing the pin from passing through the hole. A tapered section on the pin fits with minimal clearence assuring that a vacuum nozzle on the placement equipment when it descends sees and contacts the head top for vacuum nozzle pick-up.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2005
    Assignee: Autosplice Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Craig M. Kennedy, Gregory K. Torigian
  • Patent number: 6823990
    Abstract: A nail holder strip, having a plurality of nail holders including a support base, for holding and supporting a nail, and a passage in the support base for receiving the nail. Additionally, each of the nail holders includes a stiffening stem positioned adjacent to the passage and to the support base, so as to provide additional rigidity to the strip. The plurality of nail holders are releasably attached to form the nail holder strip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2004
    Assignee: Power Products III, LLC
    Inventor: Paul Gaudron
  • Patent number: 6814231
    Abstract: In a fastener driving tool, a carrier for holding a plurality of fasteners comprises a plurality of sleeves, each sleeve holding an associated fastener. Each sleeve has a body with an axis and a bore, the bore extending axially through the body and the bore being for receiving the associated fastener. A set of compressible ribs is also included within the bore of the sleeve for gripping a shank of the associated fastener so that the associated fastener is positioned substantially in the axial direction of the sleeve when the fastener is driven. Each rib has a curved portion that is concave with respect to the bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2004
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: Harish C. Gupta
  • Patent number: 6783001
    Abstract: A magazine for a screwdriver. The magazine is provided with a magazine strip used to store screws which can be successively inserted into and extracted from an object. The magazine strip has a central web and a flange running along each edge. The magazine has a guide made up of a guiding part with a guiding slit on each side of the magazine strip. The guiding part is dimensioned in such a way that the enlargement extends respectively in positive fit outside the guiding part when the belt piece is inserted into the guiding slit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2004
    Assignee: Ahorn Geräte- und Wekzeuge-Vertriebs GmbH
    Inventor: Markus Wollner
  • Patent number: 6779959
    Abstract: A belt of nails for nailers includes an outer belt, an inner belt and multiple nails. The outer and inner belts are parallel and respectively have multiple cylindrical outer and inner brackets connected in a straight line with connecting ribs between adjacent brackets. The outer and inner brackets respectively have axial outer and inner nail holes that are aligned. The nails have enlarged heads, shanks and tips. The shanks are mounted respectively through the outer nail holes, and the tips are mounted respectively inside the inner nail holes. Consequently, the outer and the inner belts securely hold the nails so the nailer will roof or nail perfectly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2004
    Assignee: Testo Industry Corp.
    Inventor: Brad Yang
  • Patent number: 6761268
    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: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2004
    Assignee: Yugenkaisha Shinjo Seisakusho
    Inventor: Katsumi Shinjo
  • Patent number: 6722497
    Abstract: A magazine has an elongated carrier strip (12) which carries several fastening elements (13) arranged one behind the other. For each fastening element (13), the carrier strip (12) has several receiving surfaces, each receiving surfaces being formed by a support surfaces (1) having an opening (11) and by two side members (2, 3) whose end parts are connected to each other and which jointly form a passage (5). The diameter of the opening (11) and of the passage (5) essentially match the diameter of the shaft (15) of the fastening element (13). Extending from the circumference of the opening (11), there are at least two slits (7, 8, 9, 10) which divide the circumferential area of the opening (11) into two circular ring segments that can be pivoted downwardly into the interior of the magazine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2004
    Assignee: Hilti Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Andreas Pally, Gerd Daubinger
  • 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
  • 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
  • Patent number: 6676353
    Abstract: A clip of fasteners for use in attaching a structural panel to a metal substrate comprises a plastic strip with openings characterized by inwardly-extending ribs for gripping and supporting fasteners that comprise a forward self-drilling portion and a rearward self-tapping thread portion. Each fastener has a head with a top surface adapted for driving engagement by a driver tool for rotatively driving the fastener, and a tapered surface having a plurality of circumferentially spaced cutting edges that function to cut away the ribs supporting the fastener as the fastener is rotatively driven through the structural panel to secure the panel to the substrate and create a countersink in the structural panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2004
    Inventor: Harry M. Haytayan
  • Patent number: 6604665
    Abstract: A collation strip for use within a nail gun is fabricated from a suitable polypropylene composition and has a relatively large thickness dimension, however, in order to impart enhanced flexibility to the thickened collation strip, the collation strip is provided with a plurality of auxiliary apertures within its spine section, or alternatively within its spine and hinged sections. Such enhanced flexibility permits the collation strip to be utilized under relatively low temperature conditions such that the collation strip will not experience jamming within the nail gun.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2003
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc
    Inventor: William L. Gabriel
  • Publication number: 20030102236
    Abstract: A screw band with washers includes a screw band body having a plurality of planting holes spaced apart equidistantly for planting screws vertically and a plurality of washers respectively located just under the head of each screw and above the band body. Then an automatic screwdriver may drive each screw and each washer smoothly and quickly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2001
    Publication date: June 5, 2003
    Inventor: Lin Chao Wei
  • Patent number: 6519997
    Abstract: Automatic feeding blind rivet guns and method facilitating rapid installation of blind rivets with good freedom of movement of the operator. The blind rivet guns receive a carrier holding a substantial plurality of blind rivets in close side by side proximity and automatically sequentially loads and sets the blind rivets in response to operator control. The blind rivets are preferably supplied on an inexpensive disposable plastic carrier ready for use with the rivet installation gun. The installation gun itself is pneumatically powered, though other sources of power, such as electrical power, could be used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2003
    Assignee: Allfast Fastening Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Ralph Luhm, Magin Puig
  • Patent number: 6494322
    Abstract: A plastic screwstrip has a holding strip carrying a plurality of screws in a side-by-side relation as adapted for feeding, into an autofeed screwdriver. To assist in identifying which of two distal ends of the screwstrip are to be fed into the screwdriver and to assist in guiding the entry of the holding strip therein, a guide section of the holding strip forward of the first screw to be driven is provided at its front lead end with an arrow shaped forwardmost portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2002
    Inventors: G. Lyle Habermehl, Troy D. Hale
  • Publication number: 20020092784
    Abstract: A nail holder strip, having a plurality of nail holders including a support base, for holding and supporting a nail, and a passage in the support base for receiving the nail. Additionally, each of the nail holders includes a stiffening stem positioned adjacent to the passage and to the support base, so as to provide additional rigidity to the strip. The plurality of nail holders are releasably attached to form the nail holder strip.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2002
    Publication date: July 18, 2002
    Inventor: Paul Gaudron
  • Patent number: 6394268
    Abstract: A collation strip, and a collation strip assembly, comprises a plurality of fasteners upon which a plurality of collar members are disposed, the collar members being interconnected by means of a plurality of web members. Undersurface portions of the collar members are adapted to support the collation strip assembly upon rail members of a tool magazine, and in addition, the collar members have annular guide ring portions which cooperate with head portions of the fasteners so as to guide the fasteners in a two-point axially spaced manner within the nosepiece bore of the tool so as to ensure coaxial disposition of the fasteners within the bore throughout their driven movement through the bore by means of a tool driving blade assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2002
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Michael C. Dill, William L. Gabriel