Including Carrier Feed Means For A Plurality Of Members Patents (Class 227/135)
  • Patent number: 11446026
    Abstract: An end effector includes an anvil and a cartridge assembly having a plurality of surgical staples disposed in a cavity defined therein. The cartridge assembly may include a movable driver or sled configured to deploy the surgical staple from the cavity into tissue. The surgical staple may include a linear leg and an arcuate leg extending therefrom. The linear leg may include a protruding portion to provide pressure to tissue captured by the surgical staple. A three-dimensional and/or self-supporting surgical staple may interlock its two legs upon deployment thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Stanislaw Z. Marczyk, Simon R. Grover
  • Patent number: 11172935
    Abstract: A hand tool has a pivot connection pivotally attaching a first arm to a second arm, with the pivot connection fixed relative to the first arm and movable to first and second positions relative to the second arm. A spring urges the pivot connection into the first position. When jaws on the front ends of the arms clamp tissue with force greater than a pre-set threshold, the spring force is overcome and the jaws may move linearly apart, allowing for more uniform clamping of the tissue. The first arm may have an arm spring extending between a front segment pivotally attached to a rear segment of the first arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: City of Hope
    Inventors: David Wong, Anthony Le, Gagandeep Singh, H. Lawson Fisher, James McCrea
  • Patent number: 11045193
    Abstract: A surgical stapler includes a first stapler half a second stapler half configured to releasably couple together. The second stapler half includes a first elongate member, a second elongate member, and a polymeric body that encapsulates at least a portion of each of the first elongate member and the second elongate member. One of the first stapler half or the second stapler half includes a distal portion configured to receive a staple cartridge, and the other of the first stapler half or the second stapler half includes a distal portion having a plurality of staple-forming pockets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: Cilag GmbH International
    Inventors: Brian D. Schings, Gary S. Jaworek, Donald J. Vogel, Gregory J. Bakos
  • Patent number: 10806447
    Abstract: An end effector includes first and second jaw members that are pivotable relative to one another between open and clamped configurations about a pivot axis. The first and second jaw members each define a pivot hole which defines the pivot axis. The first and second jaw members also each define an articulation axis that is orthogonal to the pivot axis and position distal of the pivot axis. The first and second jaw members are articulatable about the articulation axis between straight and fully articulated configurations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventor: Stanislaw Kostrzewski
  • Patent number: 10588630
    Abstract: A surgical tool assembly that includes a surgical end effector that has first and second jaws that are movable between a fully open position and a fully closed position relative to each other. A proximal closure member is configured to move through a first closure stroke distance upon application of a closure input motion thereto. A closure reduction linkage operably interfaces with the proximal closure member and a distal closure member such that when the proximal closure member moves through the first closure stroke distance, the closure reduction linkage causes the distal closure member to axially move through a second closure stroke distance that is less than the first closure stroke distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jason L. Harris
  • Patent number: 10271843
    Abstract: A surgical instrument comprising a handle assembly, an elongated portion, a head portion, an approximation mechanism, and a lockout mechanism is disclosed. The handle assembly comprises a movable handle and a stationary handle. The elongated portion extends distally from the handle assembly and defines a longitudinal axis. The head portion is disposed adjacent a distal portion of the elongated portion, and comprises a first jaw member and a second jaw member. The approximation mechanism comprises a drive member disposed in mechanical cooperation with the first jaw member and is configured to longitudinally move the first jaw member in relation to the second jaw member. The lockout mechanism is configured to selectively permit actuation of the movable handle to eject fasteners from the second jaw member. The lockout mechanism comprises a pin extending from the movable handle and is slidingly engaged with a slot in the drive member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Stone Shi, Qianhong Yang, Shunhong Xu
  • Patent number: 9700315
    Abstract: A linear cutting stapler includes an upper jaw and a lower jaw capable of closing or opening relative to each other. A staple cartridge is disposed at a distal end of the lower jaw. The lower jaw is U-shaped, and has a staple driving rod and a blade driving rod slidably disposed therein. The linear cutting stapler further includes a safety mechanism which includes an engagement member. A notch fitting the engagement member is disposed on a bottom surface of the staple driving rod. The safety mechanism further includes a floating block which is displaceable in the lower jaw in an up-down direction perpendicular to the length direction of the lower jaw. When the floating block is pressed against the staple cartridge or an anvil, a top end of the engagement member is driven to displace in the up-down direction, thus the engagement member is separated from the notch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: TOUCHSTONE INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL SCIENCE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Wangdong Chen, Kaifen Fu, Jing Zhou
  • Patent number: 9636114
    Abstract: Described herein are endoscopic staplers and methods used to apply one or more fasteners to body tissue. In one embodiment, a fastener-applying device, which is preferably a stapler, is passed transorally into the stomach to plicate stomach tissue by engaging tissue from inside the stomach and drawing it inwardly. In the disclosed embodiments, the tissue is drawn into a tissue chamber, causing sections of serosal tissue to be positioned facing one another. The disclosed staplers allow opposed sections of tissue to be moved into contact with another, and preferably deliver staples for maintaining contact between tissue sections at least until serosal bonds form. Each of these steps may be performed wholly from the inside of the stomach and thus can eliminate the need for any surgical or laparoscopic intervention, After one or more plications are formed, medical devices may optionally be coupled to the plication(s) for retention within the stomach.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: David Cole, Andrew Smith
  • Patent number: 9517065
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a body, a shaft in communication with the body, and an end effector in communication with the shaft. The end effector is operable to drive staples through tissue. The end effector comprises an anvil and a cartridge. The anvil is operable to move pivotally relative to the cartridge. The cartridge is positioned to drive staples upwardly toward the anvil. The cartridge comprises a plurality of protrusions operable to prevent lateral rocking of the anvil. The plurality of protrusions is pointed toward the anvil. In some versions, an alignment member and/or a lateral stabilization member may be used between the anvil and the cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, LLC
    Inventors: Robert J. Simms, Douglas B. Hoffman, Jason E. Zerkle, Charles J. Scheib, Janna B. Volz
  • Patent number: 8904615
    Abstract: A fastening device includes a rotational drive portion that rotationally drives a socket, an advance/retract drive portion that causes this socket to advance or retract along a rotational axis thereof, a magazine that retains a plurality of heads that retain bolts, and a switching portion that moves this magazine to selectively position one of a plurality of heads ahead and on the rotational axis of the socket. One of the heads is selected and positioned on the rotational axis of the socket by the switching portion, then the socket is advanced by the advance/retract drive portion and the head thus selected is retained by the socket, then the socket is advanced further by the advance/retract drive portion and the head to detach is detached from the magazine, and then the head is rotated by driving the rotational drive portion, thereby fastening a bolt retained in the head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kenichi Ohno, Mitsutaka Igaue, Kenichiro Ono, Takeshi Nakamura
  • Patent number: 8550322
    Abstract: A spring-energized stapler having a pliers type configuration, wherein papers and like items are fastened at a front end and the stapler is normally gripped and squeezed at a rear end. A compact mechanism and independent handle linkages provide a compact overall shape in a high efficiency action. An upper handle is pivoted at a front, top of a housing with a pressing area spaced at least one half the handle length away from the upper handle pivot. A lower handle includes a multi-segment cam link to a base to provide a minimal gripping distance with a large clamping force at an anvil. A simplified front-loading mechanism provides a compact, low cost assembly. A release latch holder is located behind the striker for a compact front end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Worktoools, Inc.
    Inventor: Joel S. Marks
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8511530
    Abstract: A stapler includes an enclosing portion that encloses staples, a clinch portion that bends a staple, and a projecting portion that projects the staple from the enclosing portion, inserts the staple to a sheet bundle, and bends the staple in cooperation with the clinch portion to bind the sheet bundle. In addition, a guide portion guides the staple projected by the projecting portion toward the sheet bundle. The guide portion has guide surfaces for guiding the staple from an inlet adapted to receive the inserting ends of the staple to an outlet that is formed narrower than the inlet such that the staple is projected by the projecting portion toward the sheet bundle side, and the projecting portion projects the staple to the guide portion, moves the staple along the guide surfaces to deform the staple in a horseshoe shape, inserts the pair of inserting ends to the sheet bundle, and bends the staple in cooperation with the clinch portion to bind the sheet bundle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Canon Finetech Inc.
    Inventors: Ken Yonekawa, Isao Itagaki
  • Patent number: 8505798
    Abstract: A fastener driving device includes a fastener driver, a magazine for carrying a supply of fasteners to the fastener driver, a spring that moves the fastener driver through a drive stroke, and a motor configured to move the fastener driver through a return stroke. The motor is operable upon completion of the drive stroke, to move the fastener driver partially through the return stroke a predetermined amount to partially pre-compress the spring. The motor is further operable to fully compress the spring after receiving a signal for the drive stroke.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Stanley Fastening Systems, L.P.
    Inventors: David Simonelli, Charles W. Hewitt, Keven E. Miller, Lok C. Lam, Tim Kimball, Andrew P. Leonczyk
  • Patent number: 8479631
    Abstract: An explosion-driven setting tool includes a setting mechanism (12) driven by a propellant (23), an ignition unit (18) for igniting the propellant (23), a receptacle (15) for receiving a propellant holder (20), a data communication interface (31) for receiving and transmitting data of the propellant holder (20), and a data processing unit (30) for receiving data transmitted by the data communication interface (31) and connected with a display (50) for displaying the propellant supply level (27) of the propellant (23) in the propellant holder having a housing (21) with an interior space (22) for receiving the propellant (23), and a data storage identification unit (40) in which the propellant supply level (27) is stored for being read-out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: Hilti Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Gerhard Ehmig, Tilo Dittrich
  • Patent number: 8397973
    Abstract: A surgical apparatus may include at least one feeder belt; a plurality of staples frangibly affixed to each feeder belt, where each staple includes two ends, a first end frangibly connected to a corresponding feeder belt and a second, free end; and a handle within which at least part of at least one feeder belt is received, where that feeder belt extends along a path within that handle that is at least partially nonlinear. A method for operating a surgical apparatus, including providing a surgical stapler including an end effector, a shaft, a handle and at least one feeder belt, where staples are frangibly affixed to each feeder belt; deploying a plurality of staples from the end effector; and advancing at least one feeder belt along a nonlinear path after deploying the staples, whereby fresh staples are moved into the end effector into position for deployment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Cardica, Inc.
    Inventor: Bernard A. Hausen
  • Patent number: 8381958
    Abstract: A self-contained button attachment kit includes a pair of buttons, fastener clips and a tool for dispensing a fastener from a fastener clip to reattach a button to an article of clothing. The tool includes a single, hollow needle, a holder adapted to retain the needle and buttons, a handle telescopingly mounted on the holder, a spring-biased ejection mechanism connected to the handle, a front cap removably coupled to the handle over the needle and a rear cap removably coupled to the handle for storing fastener clips. In operation, the front cap serves as an anvil that supports the article and button to be attached. With a fastener clip loaded into the holder, the needle is then inserted through the pair of items. Displacement of the handle relative to the holder causes an ejection rod to dispense the cross-bar of a fastener through the needle, thereby completing the attachment process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Avery Dennison Corporation
    Inventors: Pauline M. Lussier, Michael French, David L. Schuttler
  • 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
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8297485
    Abstract: A stapler has an anvil leg that supports an anvil plate in the front region, a staple magazine which can be swivelled to a limited degree about a transverse pin on a bearing block in the rear region of the anvil leg, and a driver leg which can be swivelled to a limited degree relative to the staple magazine and the anvil leg about the transverse pin. The driver leg supports a driver for guiding the staples through a gap at the front end of the staple magazine. The stapler has at least one guiding element which is arranged between the anvil plate and the bearing block. The guiding element longitudinally extends between the anvil leg and the staple magazine, is fixedly connected to the anvil leg, and is guided in a longitudinally movable manner within a guiding opening in a bottom wall of the staple magazine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Esselte Leitz GmbH & Co KG
    Inventors: Thomas Schneider, Ulrich Schneider, Kurt Leute
  • Patent number: 8296917
    Abstract: A method for replacing a tag tool needle includes securing at least a portion of a tag tool needle coupled to a tag tool in a needle container; and removing the tag tool needle from the tag tool with the needle container. A tag tool needle container includes a first tubular aperture adapted to receive at least a portion of a first tag tool needle therein, where the first tubular aperture has a compression-fit adapted to securely enclose the portion of the first tag tool needle when urged over the first tag tool needle; and a second tubular aperture coupled to the first tubular aperture and adapted to receive at least a portion of a second tag tool needle therein, where the second tubular aperture has a compression-fit adapted to adapted to securely enclose the portion of the second tag tool needle when urged over the second tag tool needle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: ADCO Industries—Technologies, L.P.
    Inventors: Raymond E. Davis, Clifton Glenn Hampton
  • Patent number: 8276798
    Abstract: A fastener driving tool including a power source having a reciprocating driver blade, a tool nose associated with the power source for receiving the driver blade for driving fasteners fed into the nose, a magazine constructed and arranged to house a supply of the fasteners and a magazine feeder mechanism associated with the magazine for sequentially feeding fasteners into the nose. The feeder mechanism operates between a retracted position and an advanced position. An electromechanical retention device is operationally associated with the feeder mechanism and is configured for retaining the feeder mechanism in the retracted position until the driver blade is positioned to allow fastener advancement into the nose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Larry M. Moeller, James W. Robinson
  • Patent number: 8172118
    Abstract: A fastening tool with a magazine housing, a nail plate in the magazine housing and an actuator disposed between the nail plate and the magazine housing. The actuator extends outwardly from the nail plate so as to be movable by a user to cause the nail plate to move axially with respect to the magazine housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Assignee: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventors: James R Niblett, Todd A Hagan, Glen V Steinbrunner, William H Harman
  • Patent number: 8167182
    Abstract: An electric driving machine includes a remaining fastener sensor 257 which detects the amount of fasteners (e.g., nails) remaining, in an aligned and held manner, in a magazine 2 and which generates a residual-quantity signal (a signal showing depletion of fasteners) when the amount of remaining fasteners has decreased to a predetermined level or less; a remaining fastener detection circuit 406 which outputs a control signal (a signal of level 0) for controlling control means (299, 283, and other means) in accordance with an input of the residual-quantity signal (a switch-on signal) generated by the remaining fastener sensor 257; and a delay circuit 401 for delaying the remaining signal (the ON signal) generated by the remaining fastener sensor 257 by a predetermined period of time (e.g., 20 milliseconds) and inputs the thus-delayed remaining signal to the remaining fastener detection circuit 256 (406).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: Hitachi Koki Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yukihiro Shima, Masahiro Inaniwa, Hiroyuki Oda, Takashi Ueda, Yoshihiro Nakano
  • 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: 20120061443
    Abstract: An automatic nail-feeding mechanism for a power tool having a striking assembly having a striking rod movable in a linear reciprocating manner feeds a nail to be struck to a front end of the striking rod. The automatic nail-feeding mechanism has a driving part movable between a first position and a second position in a direction of a reciprocating motion of the striking rod and a nail-storing element is provided with nails arranged at a fixed pitch, the nail-storing element being fed a distance of the fixed pitch towards the striking rod when the driving part moves from the first position to the second position and then from the second position to the first position in a stroke of the reciprocating motion thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2011
    Publication date: March 15, 2012
    Applicant: CHERVON (HK) LIMITED
    Inventors: Liang Chen, Hongtao Zhou, Yijie Yang
  • 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: 8066165
    Abstract: A clearance is set between a nail feeder and an outer profile portion so that the nail feeder can turn. A pin as a first restriction member that inhibits movement of the nail feeder to an ejection portion by engaging with the nail feeder and can release the engagement with the rotation of the nail feeder is provided to the outer profile portion. The position at which the nail feeder and a spring engage is set in deviation from the position at which the nail feeder and the pin engage, in a reciprocating direction of the nail feeder and in a vertical direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Assignee: Hitachi Koki Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshinori Ishizawa, Hiroki Kitagawa, Masashi Nishida
  • 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: 7938303
    Abstract: In a feed piston and cylinder mechanism for feeding a feed claw that engages with and disengages from connected nails accommodated within a magazine to a nose portion, the feed claw is biased in a feeding direction by a bias member and is retracted in a backward direction by high-pressure combustion gas. A valve is provided in a path which guides the high-pressure combustion gas to the feed piston and cylinder mechanism and communicates the path with the atmosphere. The feed piston and cylinder mechanism is controlled by opening/closing the valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2011
    Assignee: Max Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Junichi Tamura, Katsuhiko Murayama, Masakazu Konishi
  • Patent number: 7900804
    Abstract: A forming plate and a driver plate are held at a front portion of a path of supplying connected staples in a laminated state. A staple in a C-shape formed at an inside of a strike out path formed between a front end face of a supply path and a back face of the face plate arranged on a front side of the supply path is pressed to supply to inside of the strike out path toward the face plate by a pusher urged by a spring. The staple is struck out by the driver plate. The pusher is made to constitute a first pusher, and a second pusher for pressing a leg portion of the staple to the face plate is aligned to be arranged to a side of a staple strike out port of the first pusher.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2011
    Assignee: Max Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Katsuya Hakozaki, Kazuhiko Kishi, Toshio Shimizu, Kazuo Higuchi
  • Patent number: 7866521
    Abstract: A fastening tool includes a housing assembly having a nosepiece and a magazine assembly that is coupled to the housing assembly. The magazine assembly includes a canister, a door structure, a feed pawl and a follower structure. The canister is configured to hold a plurality of collated fasteners and has a first canister portion and a second canister portion that is movable relative to the first canister portion between a closed position and an open position. The fastening tool further includes a coil feeder assembly having an indexing pawl. The indexing pawl advances a fastener into operative engagement with the feed pawl upon movement of the second canister portion from the open position to the closed position. The movement of the indexing pawl may be effectuated by an electric actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Assignee: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventors: Paul G. Gross, Andrzej R. Wojcicki, Glen V. Steinbrunner, Michael P. Baron, James R. Niblett
  • Publication number: 20100288816
    Abstract: A method for replacing a tag tool needle includes securing at least a portion of a tag tool needle coupled to a tag tool in a needle container; and removing the tag tool needle from the tag tool with the needle container. A tag tool needle container includes a first tubular aperture adapted to receive at least a portion of a first tag tool needle therein, where the first tubular aperture has a compression-fit adapted to securely enclose the portion of the first tag tool needle when urged over the first tag tool needle; and a second tubular aperture coupled to the first tubular aperture and adapted to receive at least a portion of a second tag tool needle therein, where the second tubular aperture has a compression-fit adapted to adapted to securely enclose the portion of the second tag tool needle when urged over the second tag tool needle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2009
    Publication date: November 18, 2010
    Applicant: ADCO INDUSTRIES - TECHNOLOGIES, L.P.
    Inventors: Raymond E. Davis, Clifton Glenn Hampton
  • Publication number: 20100212245
    Abstract: A fastening member and a magazine configured to deliver each of a plurality of the fastening members into a groove in a decking member. The fastening member includes a generally planar first surface, a generally planar second surface generally parallel to the first surface and at least one side generally perpendicular to the first surface and the second surface and circumscribing at least a portion of the first surface and the second surface, wherein the fastening member is configured to be positioned at least partially in a groove in a first decking member and the fastening member is configured to provide a nominal spacing between the first decking member and the adjacent decking member; and an expansion feature configured to accommodate expansion of an adjacent decking member adjacent the first decking member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2010
    Publication date: August 26, 2010
    Inventor: Glenn J. Tebo
  • Publication number: 20100193565
    Abstract: A method for loading coil collated fasteners into a fastening tool. The method includes providing internal access to the fastening tool by moving a door structure and a portion of a canister to load the coil collated fasteners.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2010
    Publication date: August 5, 2010
    Inventors: Todd A. Hagan, Glen V. Steinbrunner, James R. Niblett, Andrzej R. Wojcicki, C. Kerwin Braddock
  • Patent number: 7757923
    Abstract: A stapler has a supporting base, a magazine assembly, a trigger assembly and a leg-flatting device. The trigger assembly has a trigger lever and a pushing element. The pushing element is mounted pivotally on the trigger lever with a pivot and has two pushing arms extending toward the supporting base. The leg-flatting device is mounted on the supporting base and has a sliding base, a moving base and an anvil element. The sliding base is slidably mounted on the supporting base and has a pushed segment corresponding to and selectively pushed by the pushing arms. The moving base is selectively blocked by the sliding base to keep the moving base from moving downwardly before the sliding base sliding relative to the supporting base and has an elongated hole. The anvil element is mounted in the elongated hole in the moving base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2010
    Assignee: SDI Corporation
    Inventors: Chi-Feng Huang, I-Hui Liu, Chun-Hsien Chiang
  • Patent number: 7731071
    Abstract: A staple leg guide for use with desktop staplers having a channel shape, with two downward extending fingers that support the underside of the staple legs as the staple is driven into a stack of sheet media to reduce kinking and improper penetration of the stack by the staple leg.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2010
    Assignee: Accentra, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian E. Melgaard, Joel S. Marks, Warren Yan
  • Patent number: 7721929
    Abstract: An opening portion (104) is formed at a rear face of a staple cartridge (103), a slide door (106) is provided at the opening portion (104), and the slide door (106) is maintained at a closing position by a tension coil spring (107). When the slide door (106) is pushed down, also a pressing plate (109) is moved down by being pushed by the slide door, the opening portion (104) is opened and a staple pack (121) can be inserted into the cartridge. A staple can be refilled to an electric stapler (101) in a state of mounting the staple cartridge (103), and time and labor of attaching and detaching the staple cartridge is dispensed with.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Assignee: Max Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Toru Yoshie
  • Patent number: 7699201
    Abstract: A fastening tool with a magazine assembly for holding and dispensing collated fasteners. The magazine assembly includes a canister and a door that is hingedly coupled to a nosepiece. The canister includes a stationary portion and a movable portion that may be moved relative to the stationary portion to permit access to an interior of the canister, e.g., for loading the fasteners into the canister. The door cannot be moved from a closed position to an open position and vice versa without first opening the canister. A method for loading a magazine is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2010
    Assignee: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventors: Todd A Hagan, Glen V Steinbrunner, James R Niblett, Andrzej Wojcicki, C. Kerwin Braddock
  • Patent number: 7690545
    Abstract: A hand-operated stapler comprises an arm, a sliding belt and a blocking member, wherein the arm comprises a front end which acts as an effort, a rear end which acts as a fulcrum, and a load portion in between the front end and the rear end of the arm; and the rear end of the blocking member is connected to a front end of the sliding belt. At a non-stapling default position a front end of the blocking member is biased to be disposed above the stopper and blocks the upper clincher member from engaging with the lower clincher member. At a stapling position the rear end of the sliding belt is pulled upward, thereby pulling the blocking member rearward and away from the stopper and thus allowing the upper clincher member to engage with the lower clincher member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2010
    Assignee: Cosimex (H.K.) Limited
    Inventor: Koc Sing Co
  • Patent number: 7658309
    Abstract: The nail presser lid structure for a nailer includes a coupling end and a swinging end. The swinging end is provided with a flexible presser, formed of a presser portion and a spring. The presser portion protrudes from the swinging end to press on the closing side of the removable cover. An inclined guide plane is placed outside of the presser portion. When the removable cover presses the inclined guide plane, the presser portion is forced to return and press the spring to accumulate elastic restoring force. When the closing side of the removable cover overpasses the inclined guide plane, the presser portion will recover again and press the positioning portion of the closing side, such that the nail presser lid and removable cover of the nail box are closed flexibly, offering greater operational friendliness and practicability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2010
    Assignee: Basso Industry Corp.
    Inventor: Jen-Fang Jang
  • Patent number: 7654430
    Abstract: A coil nailing device for finishing materials is invented that comprises a standby part for temporarily retaining and loading the nails into a muzzle. A door is installed adjacent to the standby part to check the nail supply. A door latch consists of a hook, coil spring and latch hinge shaft. The door and door latch are operated in the lateral direction, perpendicular to the axis of the main body. The muzzle consists of an adapter, lever arm and a pair of arc-shaped sliding grooves formed on both lateral surfaces. The adapter is attachable to the nose of the main body. A clearance setting device is designed to allow the use of various sizes of nails by setting the depth of the magazine depending on the loaded nail size. An interval setting device is convenient to nail a series of shingle panels by setting the panel interval while the coil nailing device is sliding along the edge of the panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2010
    Assignee: Jeil Tacker Co. Ltd.
    Inventors: Bo-Seob Cho, Gil-Sub Song, Jae Sung Kim, In Sung Hwang, Myung-Kyun Kim, Sang Chun Lee, Jong-Yeol Han
  • Publication number: 20100019014
    Abstract: A washer holding device for temporarily retaining nonmagnetic washers being applied to a building material surface with a fastener gun comprises an arm for affixing the washer holding device to a fastener gun and a washer receptacle joined to the arm. The washer receptacle includes a contacting end, a washer receiving cavity, and a central aperture, with the contacting end defining a distal end of the washer holding device and the cavity sized to receive a nonmagnetic washer such that the washer is temporarily retained within the cavity via a friction fit. An embodiment may include a shoulder, such as an annular flange, recessed from the contacting end, with the shoulder adapted to contact the surface of a deformable building material to limit the depression of the washer receptacle into the building material. The arm may be of various configurations for use with different style fastener guns.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2009
    Publication date: January 28, 2010
    Applicant: RODENHOUSE, INC.
    Inventor: Robert H. Rodenhouse
  • Patent number: 7628305
    Abstract: A manually swingable hammer-type stapling tool having an elongate housing having a striker movably mounted thereon; a staple driving blade mounted on the housing and movable relative to the striker along a staple discharge path when the striker impacts against a surface; a staple magazine carried on said housing and containing a clip of staples so that a leading staple of the clip is disposed in a staple discharge path below the driving blade; and a cap supply and feeding arrangement mounted on the housing for positioning a cap in a discharge position wherein it is disposed below the leading staple, the arrangement including a cap magazine containing a significant number of individual caps disposed in adjacent and joined edge-to-edge relationship to define a connected strip of caps, and an impact activated feeding mechanism for advancing a leading cap of the strip into the discharge position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2009
    Assignee: National Nail Corporation
    Inventors: Roger A. Vanden Berg, Roger C. Bruins, Ross Kooienga
  • Patent number: 7575143
    Abstract: A portable device for inserting fixing elements into predefined seats in a work piece, the portable device including a drive head; a drive rod extending downward from the drive head; a hollow nose piece slidably fit around a lower end of the drive rod, the nose piece being attached to the head and being movable vertically by a predetermined distance with respect to the head and the drive rod; a magazine mounted on the nose piece at a predetermined angle with respect to a lower face of the nose piece for feeding a first fixing element into a horizontal slot on the lower face the nose piece; and a single-blow drive mechanism providing a force produced by a pressurized fluid to an upper end of the drive rod when the drive mechanism is triggered. The force on the drive rod drives the first fixing element into the predefined seat in the work piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2009
    Assignee: Sigma Tool & Machine, A Partnership Between Sigma Tool & Machine Ltd. And Sigma Fasteners, Ltd.
    Inventors: Keith G. Bromley, Sung Hsiang Liu
  • Publication number: 20090134195
    Abstract: A magazine for a fastening tool drives one or more fasteners into a workpiece. The magazine generally includes an outer case and an inner rail movable relative to the outer case. The inner rail is extendable from the outer case to permit adding the one or more fasteners to the magazine. A bar extends between a front end and a rear end of the inner rail. A pusher bearing slidably receives the bar. A spring biases the pusher bearing toward the front end. A pusher block is coupled to the pusher bearing and disposed over the bar. The pusher block is operable to rock about the pusher bearing as the pusher block is sliding through the inner rail to urge the one or more fasteners toward the front end.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2009
    Publication date: May 28, 2009
    Applicant: BLACK & DECKER INC.
    Inventor: Andrzej R. Wojcicki
  • Patent number: 7530483
    Abstract: A manually swingable hammer-type stapling tool having an elongate housing having a striker movably mounted thereon. A staple driving blade is mounted on the housing and movable relative to the striker along a staple discharge path when the striker impacts against a surface. A staple magazine is carried on the housing for containing a clip of staples so that a leading staple of the clip is disposed in a staple discharge path below the driving blade. A cap supply and feeding arrangement is mounted on the housing for positioning a cap in a discharge position wherein it is disposed below the leading staple, which arrangement includes a cap magazine containing a significant number of individual caps and inertia energy activated feeding mechanism for advancing a leading cap into the discharge position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2009
    Assignee: National Nail Corporation
    Inventors: Roger C. Bruins, Roger A. Vanden Berg, Ross Kooienga
  • Publication number: 20090072004
    Abstract: A device for applying insulated fasteners to a substrate is disclosed. The device comprises a housing that includes a fastener recess and an ejection recess, and the fastener recess is configured to accommodate insulated fasteners. The device further comprises a powered actuator that includes an ejection member that moves over a range of positions. The ejection member permits one of the insulated fasteners to enter the ejection recess in a retracted position, and the ejection member forces the one of the insulated fasteners to leave the ejection recess in an extended position. A power connector operatively connects the powered actuator to a power source to provide power to move the ejection member. A manual actuator is operatively disposed between the power source and the powered actuator to selectively provide power from the power source to the powered actuator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2008
    Publication date: March 19, 2009
    Inventors: Patrick J. Radle, Austin R. Braganza
  • Patent number: 7455207
    Abstract: A fastening tool includes a housing assembly having a nosepiece and a magazine assembly that is coupled to the housing assembly. The magazine assembly includes a canister, a door structure, a feed pawl and a follower structure. The canister is configured to hold a plurality of collated fasteners and has a first canister portion and a second canister portion that is movable relative to the first canister portion between a closed position and an open position. The fastening tool further includes a coil feeder assembly having an indexing pawl. The indexing pawl advances a fastener into operative engagement with the feed pawl upon movement of the second canister portion from the open position to the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2008
    Assignee: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventors: Andrzej R. Wojcicki, Glen V. Steinbrunner, Michael P. Baron, James R. Niblett
  • Publication number: 20080265000
    Abstract: A stapler (1) for stapling together a workpiece (7), primarily a sheaf of papers, in which the stapler comprises a stapling unit (3) and an anvil (2), which interacts with the stapling unit and on which the workpiece is placed, and against which stapling is performed, which stapling unit and an anvil are, by means of a drive means (4), driven relative to each other in a reciprocating stapling movement (P), during which movement stapling takes place, wherein the stapling unit comprises a frame (8) and a staple cassette (9) which houses staple blanks (32) and which is exchangeable, and which is detachably connected to the frame by attachment devices (10), wherein the staple blanks are fed one by one to an outlet channel (56) by a feeding device (13) incorporated in the stapler, through which outlet channel a staple (35) which has been fed and formed into staple shape during the stapling movement is driven, by a blade-shaped driver (45) incorporated in the stapler, to staple the workpiece, which driver is driven
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2005
    Publication date: October 30, 2008
    Applicant: ISBERG RAPID AB
    Inventors: Ulf Jonsson, Lars-Inge Magnusson, Frank Ambjornsson, Trygve Gustavsson