With Means To Position "mating-member" In Alignment With Driver Patents (Class 227/15)
  • Patent number: 10758964
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for producing a riveted connection between a ball joint pin, having a pin longitudinal axis (BLA), and a component in the form of a metal sheet with an abutting portion surrounding a preliminary hole, in which the ball joint pin has at least one ball head portion an adjoining shank portion, a planar plate portion, having an upper side and an underside, and a rivet flange portion, in which the ball joint pin is connected to the component by deforming the rivet flange portion. Advantageously, in a first step, the ball joint pin is inserted into the preliminary hole by means of an inserting tool in such a way that the plate portion is supported at least in certain portions by its underside on the abutting portion of the component in the form of a metal sheet, preferably with surface-area contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Inventor: Heiko Schmidt
  • Patent number: 10349935
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods for closing the base of a left atrial appendage or other tissue structure comprise a device applicator having jaws, a shaft, and a handle. First and second triggers on a handle are configured to close the jaws and a closure device in a step-wise manner where tissue penetrating fasteners within the closure device are engaged by studs on the jaws, where the studs must be released prior to the opening of the jaws.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: DATASCOPE CORP.
    Inventors: Ashik A. Mohan, William K. Wheeler
  • Patent number: 9962163
    Abstract: A circular stapler apparatus for stapling tissue includes a staple and pledget assembly and a circular staple head operable to drive staples toward an anvil. A staple of the staple and pledget assembly has a pair of legs disposed substantially perpendicular to a crown of the staple in a first position. The pair of legs is operable to advance against a pocket in the anvil to form a staple with bent legs. The staple and pledget assembly includes the staple and a pledget configured to receive the pair of legs of the staple. The pledget comprises a bioabsorbable material. The pledget is configured to advance distal ends of the pair of legs to a position in which the distal ends are laterally offset from a plane in which the crown of the staple is disposed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, LLC
    Inventor: Frederick E. Shelton, IV
  • Patent number: 9955954
    Abstract: The invention relates to a tool for collecting a sample of animal tissue, for interacting with collection mechanism including at least one cutting element capable of cutting out a sample and a pushing element movable with respect to the cutting element and capable of pushing the sample into post-cutting storage area. According to the invention, such a tool includes: a mechanism for driving the cutting element (21), a mechanism for driving the pushing element (23), and a mechanism for reversibly coupling the drive mechanism of the cutting element with the drive mechanism of the pushing element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Allflex Europe
    Inventors: Jean-Jacques M. Destoumieux, Bruno M. Teychene
  • Patent number: 9563026
    Abstract: An assembly includes a first cable assembly with a first housing having a first mating face and a retention member. A first ferrule has a plurality of first optical fibers positioned therein. A first beam expanding element is generally aligned with each first optical fiber, and each first beam expanding element expands an optical beam generally to a beam diameter. A second cable assembly including a second housing with a second mating face. A second ferrule has a plurality of second optical fibers positioned therein. A second beam expanding element is generally aligned with each second optical fiber, and each second beam expanding element expands an optical beam generally to the beam diameter. A second retention member interacts with the first retention member to retain the first cable assembly to the second cable assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: Molex, LLC
    Inventor: Malcolm H. Hodge
  • Patent number: 8887364
    Abstract: A rivet setter that can efficiently and smoothly perform, and reduce the takt time for a rivet setting operation. The rivet setter can be configured to set a rivet sequentially fed from a rivet supplying means by inserting the rivet into apertures formed at predetermined positions on workpieces. The rivet setter can have delivery paths for delivering the rivet one by one by sliding the rivet down to a settable position and can have a hanging support portion formed in the settable position in the tip end of the delivery path for supporting the head of rivet and for hanging the rivet shank downward. The rivet setter can be configured to enable the rivet to be set in the apertures of the workpieces by moving the hanging support portion substantially horizontally while keeping the rivet suspended in the hanging support portion and inserted into the apertures of the workpieces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha F.C.C.
    Inventor: Tsunetaka Kikuchi
  • Patent number: 8430290
    Abstract: An apparatus for driving a fastener (1300) including a nose (1202) having a passageway including a first channel portion (1204) and a second channel portion (1214). The first channel portion is adapted to receive a first fastener body portion (1302) and the second channel portion adapted to receive a second fastener body portion (1304). The first and second fastener body portions are obliquely angled relative to one another. The apparatus also includes a driver blade (120) configured to apply a force to a first end of the fastener for driving the fastener at least partially from the passageway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Inventor: Glenn J. Tebo
  • Publication number: 20130075442
    Abstract: The present invention includes a snap installation adaptor designed to be united with a handheld tool so that the union can permanently affix snaps onto fabric. The snap installation adaptor includes an upper portion with a cap node; a lower portion with a socket node; an intermediate portion connecting the upper and lower portions; and means for transferring external downward force from the handheld tool through the upper portion so that the cap node is forced to meet the socket node, thus permanently affixing a snap onto a piece of fabric between the upper and lower portions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2012
    Publication date: March 28, 2013
    Inventors: David Mills, William R. Deware
  • Patent number: 8376203
    Abstract: An apparatus for installing a hidden fastener in the course of attaching a plank to a joist includes a power tool with a retainer for holding the hidden fastener. The hidden fastener is placed on the retainer so that an attachment opening formed through the hidden fastener is in registration with a bore formed in the retainer for receiving a securing member. The power tool is used to position the hidden fastener in engagement with the plank, and to drive a securing member from the bore of the retainer through the attachment opening of the hidden fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: OMG, Inc.
    Inventors: David Martel, Johnathan Gardner
  • Patent number: 8302293
    Abstract: In order to ensure reliable feeding in particular of a clinch nut (M) from a ready position (16) into a processing position, the processing tool designed as a press-in tool (2) has a guide element (14), through which the clinch nut (M) is pressed into the processing position by means of a punch (8) against an elastic holding force exerted by the guide element (14). The guide element (14) is designed in particular as a slotted bush and is arranged as an insert in a hold-down (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Richard Bergner Verbindungstechnik GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Klaus Dehlke
  • Patent number: 8251273
    Abstract: A continuous cap feed mechanism for use with fastener driving device includes a housing for receiving a coiled strip of interconnected caps removably mounted the fastener driving device. The housing includes a passageway for guiding the strip of caps from the coil to a position beneath a fastener to be driven by the fastener driving device and an advancing mechanism for moving the leading cap on said strip from the passage to the position beneath the fastener to be driven after the fastener driving device drives a prior fastener into a cap and as it is moved away from the previously driven fastener. The advancing mechanism includes a driver movably mounted in the housing for movement between an extended and retracted position adjacent the location on the fastener driving device at which the fastener driving device drives fasteners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: Arrow Fastener Co., LLC
    Inventor: Ilya Shor
  • Patent number: 8181712
    Abstract: A nose piece for inserting fixing elements into predefined seats in a work piece includes a drive channel for receiving a lower end of a drive rod. The drive rod is movable from an initial upper position, through a first intermediate position, to a lower position when acted on from above on by a drive force. A lower face of the nose piece is adapted to receive a first fixing element. At least one finger is biased toward a side wall of the nose piece. When the drive rod exerts a force on an actuator, the actuator moves the finger from a closed position, in which a lower portion of the finger is disposed under an outer portion of the flange of the first fixing element, to an open position, in which the lower portion of the finger is disposed away from under the outer portion of the flange of the first fixing element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: Sigma Tool & Machine
    Inventor: Sung Hsiang Liu
  • Publication number: 20110114693
    Abstract: A pair of button pliers with improved retaining seats is disclosed. When the jaw members of the pliers are brought together with retaining seats carrying a male button element and a female button element retained thereon, respectively, the retaining seats help the male button element and the female button element to firmly combine as a whole button.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2009
    Publication date: May 19, 2011
    Inventor: Li-Chieh Lin
  • Patent number: 7798384
    Abstract: A slide hammer for driving a probe into the ground includes a probe lifting and removal arrangement in which a slide hammer tube is pivoted away from the probe to function as a lever operating with a clutch arrangement to incrementally withdraw the probe from the ground. A biasing arrangement using a coil spring is operative to hold the anvil in a locked probe driving position, to facilitate release of the tube from the locking position for pivotal movement to the probe removal position, to bias a clutch disk to a release position with respect to the pin, to facilitate incremental lifting contact between the clutch disk and the pin, and to return the tube to a subsequent incremental lifting position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2010
    Assignee: M-B-W, Inc.
    Inventor: Benjamin J. Paske
  • Patent number: 7699202
    Abstract: A continuous cap feed mechanism for use with fastener driving device includes a housing for receiving a coiled strip of interconnected caps removably mounted the fastener driving device. The housing includes a passageway for guiding the strip of caps from the coil to a position beneath a fastener to be driven by the fastener driving device and an advancing mechanism for moving the leading cap on said strip from the passage to the position beneath the fastener to be driven after the fastener driving device drives a prior fastener into a cap and as it is moved away from the previously driven fastener. The advancing mechanism includes a driver movably mounted in the housing for movement between an extended and retracted position adjacent the location on the fastener driving device at which the fastener driving device drives fasteners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2010
    Assignee: Arrow Fastener Company, LLC.
    Inventor: Ilya Shor
  • Publication number: 20100078460
    Abstract: A slide hammer for driving a probe into the ground includes a probe lifting and removal arrangement in which a slide hammer tube is pivoted away from the probe to function as a lever operating with a clutch arrangement to incrementally withdraw the probe from the ground. A biasing arrangement using a coil spring is operative to hold the anvil in a locked probe driving position, to facilitate release of the tube from the locking position for pivotal movement to the probe removal position, to bias a clutch disk to a release position with respect to the pin, to facilitate incremental lifting contact between the clutch disk and the pin, and to return the tube to a subsequent incremental lifting position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2008
    Publication date: April 1, 2010
    Applicant: M-B-W Inc.
    Inventor: Benjamin J. PASKE
  • Patent number: 7658310
    Abstract: An improved fabrication apparatus is provided for the placing screws accurately and reliably into body panels of cargo trailers. The apparatus uses a template that is positioned over the aluminum body panels of a cargo trailer to guide the placement of automatic screwdriver tools, so that the body panels are quickly and accurately mounted to vertical ribs that are part of the framework of the trailer. The invention includes a fabrication fixture that holds the template at predetermined positions to align the template with the ribs of the trailer's framework.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2010
    Assignee: Senco Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Duane Charles Shomler, Gary Michael Bohart, Michael P. Harvey
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20090217506
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for introducing at least one connecting element into a workpiece using a tool composed of at least one part. In said method, before the connecting element is joined and connected to the workpiece, the tool is precisely aligned in relation to the workpiece by means of at least one locating and centering element that engages with a centering region of the workpiece and by the relative displacement of the tool part and the workpiece. The invention also relates to an associated device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2006
    Publication date: September 3, 2009
    Inventor: Heiko Schmidt
  • Patent number: 7506789
    Abstract: A continuous cap feed mechanism for use with fastener driving device includes a housing for receiving a coiled strip of interconnected caps removably mounted the fastener driving device. The housing includes a passageway for guiding the strip of caps from the coil to a position beneath a fastener to be driven by the fastener driving device and an advancing mechanism for moving the leading cap on said strip from the passage to the position beneath the fastener to be driven after the fastener driving device drives a prior fastener into a cap and as it is moved away from the previously driven fastener. The advancing mechanism includes a driver movably mounted in the housing for movement between an extended and retracted position adjacent the location on the fastener driving device at which the fastener driving device drives fasteners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2009
    Assignee: Arrow Fastener Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Ilya Shor
  • Patent number: 7460977
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are described for aligning components. Misalignment is calculated based on sensed values with a controller illustrating a process for data acquisition with graphical icons and indicia that include and/or are based on sensed data. The alignment process also includes graphical icons showing the process for alignment and the direction and amount of correction needed to achieve adequate alignment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2008
    Assignee: Fixturlaser AB
    Inventors: Peter Stromberg, Reine Nilsson, Roberth Asplund, Bo Baversjo, Peter Sandstrom
  • Patent number: 7232050
    Abstract: The invention provides a manually actuated fastener driver device having a fastener cap reservoir disposed in proximity to the driver of the device and a cap advancement mechanism. Upon each actuation, the device delivers a cap and fastener to a work surface, for example, during the attachment of a sheet-like material to the work surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2007
    Assignee: Allan Omli, LLC
    Inventor: Allan T. Omli
  • Patent number: 7093714
    Abstract: A roofing washers assembly includes a plurality of stacked roofing washers and a positioning roofing washer is located at an end of the stacked roofing washers. An elongate holding member has a removable end piece connected to a first end thereof and the end piece extends through the central aperture in each of the stacked roofing washers and the positioning aperture of the positioning roofing washer. The end piece has expandable spikes which are pushed inward when passing through the positioning washer and then expand outward after the spikes go through the positioning aperture. The end piece is disengaged from the holding member when the holding member is pulled from a second end thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2006
    Inventor: Wen-Sheng Huang
  • Patent number: 7073699
    Abstract: A fastening tool applies parts, in particular plastic parts, to objects. The plastic parts are supplied in the form of a belt in which the plastic parts are linked together by at least one flexible web. The fastening tool transports the belt by a feed mechanism such that one plastic part at a time is delivered to a fastening position. The feed mechanism has a fluid drive that is coupled by a translation-rotation converter to a transport gear rotatably mounted on the fastening tool and designed to positively or nonpositively engage the belt in order to transport it. The translation-rotation converter has an overrunning clutch whose driving gear is kinematically coupled to the fluid drive and whose driven gear is coupled to the transport gear in a rotationally fixed manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2006
    Assignee: Newfrey LLC
    Inventor: Dieter Seidler
  • Patent number: 6908022
    Abstract: A pneumatically operated washer feeding attachment for use with a fastener driver of the type having a driver stroke axis and an exit barrel. A delivery channel has an acceleration chamber at one end for receiving washers one at a time from a magazine, and a retention region at the other end to which washers are pneumatically driven. The retention region has an exit aperture aligned with the fastener driver exit barrel and with the exit aperture. The attachment is powered by collected exhaust gas from the fastener driver. Some embodiments require no moving parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2005
    Inventor: Jeffrey F. Schmitz
  • Patent number: 6907647
    Abstract: The invention relates to a ringless eyelet (10?) comprising a plate (11) arranged on the display side (23) of the carrier strip (20), and a tube-shaped collar penetrating the hole in the carrier strip. The hem of the collar of the eyelet element (10?) is supported on the rear side (24) of the carrier strip (20). The aim of the invention is to connect the eyelet to the carrier strip (20) faster and in a more cost-effective manner. In order to achieve this, the free end part of the collar of the eyelet element (10?) is provided with projections (16). An essentially closed ring profile (50), into which the collar projections (16) are integrated, is created when the collar is hemmed. After hemming, pressure points (40) are created on the carrier strip (20) between the collar projections (16) and the abutment surfaces (49) formed by the plate (11), said pressure points reliably holding the carrier strip (20). Said carrier strip (20) extends namely inside (51) the ring profile (50) beyond the pressure points (40).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2005
    Assignee: William Prym GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Heinz-Dieter Kopatz
  • Patent number: 6779700
    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: February 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2004
    Assignee: National Nail Corp.
    Inventors: Roger C. Bruins, Roger A. Vanden Berg
  • Patent number: 6766569
    Abstract: Jigs (52 to 57) are respectively set on upper and lower holders (21, 31) of a button attaching apparatus instead of upper and lower dies; relative position of the upper and the lower holders (21, 31) is adjusted while upper and lower springs (211, 317) are disabled; while the upper spring (211) is kept disabled, the lower spring (317) having stronger biasing force is enabled to adjust the lower spring; and the upper spring (211) is enabled to adjust the upper spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2004
    Assignee: YKK Corporation
    Inventor: Tomoyuki Okada
  • Publication number: 20040079781
    Abstract: A stack of caps each have a central hole and a connection cord frictionally extends through the central holes for collection the caps as a stack. A ring is connected to a first end of the cord and an enlarged end piece is integrally formed on a second end of the cord. The enlarged end piece is slightly larger than the central hole of each cap so that it is allowed to be pulled through the central holes when the cord is pulled out from the stack of the caps. A pushing mechanism includes a cover and a pushing rod which movably extends through the cover. The cover is threadedly engaged with the threaded inner periphery defined in the open top of the tube and a spring is mounted to the pushing rod. A pushing end is connected to the pushing rod so as to press on a top of the stack of the caps.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2003
    Publication date: April 29, 2004
    Inventor: Chen-Fa Huang
  • Patent number: 6681976
    Abstract: A rotary device for a rivet setting machine for self-punching rivets that includes a rotatable pick-up device (1) having an angle of rotation lock (2), wherein the angle of rotation lock (2) in the open state allows free rotation of the pick-up device (1) relative to a headpiece (12) and in the closed state stops the pick-up device (1) at predeterminable angle positions. An important feature of the present invention is that the pick-up device (1) in the open position permits free rotation, while in the closed position, stops its rotation relative to a headpiece (12) and this can be accomplished in a simple manner, manually and without the use of a separate or special tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2004
    Assignee: Newfrey LLC
    Inventors: Reinhold Opper, Joachim Moeser, Rubén Romero Guitierrez
  • Patent number: 6659326
    Abstract: A washer supply device includes a hollow tubular member connected to a side of a power nailer and an opening is defined longitudinally through the tubular member. A washer transferring member is connected to the power nailer a hole is defined through the washer transferring member. A plurality of washers each have a central hole and a flexible wire frictionally extends through the central holes to collect the washers together so that the washers are received in the tubular member via the opening. The wire is pulled out from the washers via the hole in the washer transferring member. A pushing rod movably connected to the tubular member compresses on the washers and includes an outer portion for pressing on a flange of each washer, and an inner portion which is engaged with an annular groove in each washer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2003
    Assignee: Besco Pneumatic Corp.
    Inventor: Chen-Fa Huang
  • Patent number: 6634537
    Abstract: A detachable insulation wire-pressing element of a stapling device is disclosed. The wire-pressing element has a wire-pressing section at the center of the element and the bottom face of the wire-pressing section is provided with a wire slot having an opening facing downward the two sides of the wire-pressing section are respectively provided with a corresponding nailing hole, and the nailing hole is corresponding to a staple-impacting plate of the stapling device, thereby a wire-pressing element is formed. When the front edge of the wire-pressing element is aligned with the front edge of the stapling device the nailing holes are corresponding to the staple-impacting plate of the stapling device, and thereby a staple row utilized in the stapling device and by aligning the wire-pressing element with the front edge of the stapling device, the wire-pressing element can be used to secure insulation wires. The wire-pressing element can be utilized in stapling device for outdoors and indoors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2003
    Inventor: Tung-I Chen
  • Publication number: 20030146261
    Abstract: A cap connection cord for connecting caps includes a ring connected to a first end of the cord and the cord frictionally fits in the hole in each of the caps. The pile of caps is conveniently put in a cylinder attached to the stapling gun and the cord can be pulled out from the central holes of the caps.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2002
    Publication date: August 7, 2003
    Inventor: Chen-Fa Huang
  • Patent number: 6481610
    Abstract: A nail comprises a washer delivery device attached to the nail outlet of the nail gun having an internal elongate delivery groove for delivering washer to the nail outlet, a washer receiving device provided on top of washer delivery device in communication therewith such that washer may drop into the washer delivery device by either its own weight or pushed down by an elastic member received between washers and the top of washer receiving device, and a compressed air activated feeding device for pushing a dropped washer in the delivery groove to the nail outlet such that a case nail may penetrate washer. This can enhance the fixing of objects when secured by nail and washer combination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2002
    Inventors: Hsien Nung Liu, Chien Chi Chou
  • Patent number: 6481611
    Abstract: A fastener feeding mechanism for a power actuated gun (10, 310, 410, 510) having a track (16, 316, 416, 516) for holding a plurality of fasteners (18, 318, 636). Fasteners are biased by a spring (32, 372, 672) down the track towards a holding or latch mechanism (22, 322, 422, 522). The holding or latch mechanism has a retractable latch. The holding or latch mechanism holds a fastener in a predetermined position to be driven into a substrate. A guide (14, 314, 414, 514) attached to a barrel (12, 312, 412, 512) of a power actuated gun guides the barrel permitting the barrel to be advanced for firing and driving the fastener. After firing a bias on the guide causes the barrel to be retracted for the positioning of another fastener to be driven. The present invention greatly facilitates the driving of fasteners having a plate, and permits the driving of fasteners quickly resulting in more efficient and therefore less costly construction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2002
    Inventor: Alfonso Losada
  • Publication number: 20020125294
    Abstract: A nail gun and spacer assembly for ejecting nails into a substrate which contains two or more layers of roofing materials one of which is a compressible fibrous layer. The nails penetrate the substrate but are prevented by the spacer from permanently compressing the compressible fibrous layer which springs back to is original thickness after completion of the nailing process. The spacer, attached to the base of the nail gun, is of semi-oval configuration having a pressure sensitive layer and a solid layer, is provided with an oval cavity in its center portion through which the nails are ejected into the substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2001
    Publication date: September 12, 2002
    Applicant: BUILDING MATERIALS INVESTMENT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Edward C. Villela, Adem Chich
  • Publication number: 20020096548
    Abstract: A washer supply device includes a hollow tubular member connected to a side of a power nailer and an opening is defined longitudinally through the tubular member. A washer transferring member is connected to the power nailer a hole is defined through the washer transferring member. A plurality of washers each have a central hole and a flexible wire frictionally extends through the central holes to collect the washers together so that the washers are received in the tubular member via the opening. The wire is pulled out from the washers via the hole in the washer transferring member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2001
    Publication date: July 25, 2002
    Inventor: Chen-Fa Huang
  • Publication number: 20010054635
    Abstract: A pneumatically operated washer feeding attachment for use with a fastener driver of the type having a driver stroke axis and an exit barrel. A delivery channel has an acceleration chamber at one end for receiving washers one at a time from a magazine, and a retention region at the other end to which washers are pneumatically driven. The retention region has an exit aperture aligned with the fastener driver exit barrel and with the exit aperture. The attachment is powered by collected exhaust gas from the fastener driver. Some embodiments require no moving parts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 12, 2001
    Publication date: December 27, 2001
    Inventor: Jeffrey F. Schmitz
  • Publication number: 20010052534
    Abstract: A washer feeding device attached to a nail gun is provided. The washer feeding device comprises a receiving cylinder having a plurality of washers stacked therein; a pneumatic delivery mechanism for pushing the bottommost washer in the receiving cylinder into the nail gun; a support mechanism secured to the delivery mechanism and the nail gun for mounting the receiving cylinder; and a bias mechanism put on the support mechanism being movable in the receiving cylinder, the bias mechanism including an upright, a spring put on the upright, and a disc secured to the upright. The disc is elastically biased against the topmost washer in the receiving cylinder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2001
    Publication date: December 20, 2001
    Inventors: Hsien Nung Liu, Chien Chi Chou
  • Patent number: 6212762
    Abstract: An apparatus for tagging pieces of lumber including a motor-driven chain for positioning adjacent a lumber conveyor. A stapler is positioned adjacent one end of the chain for affixing a tag to a piece of lumber on the conveyor. A tag feeding attachment urges one tag of a contiguous sequence of tags into alignment with the stapler and severs the tag from the contiguous sequence of tags. A photosensor is positioned adjacent the stapler for detecting the presence of lumber upon the conveyor and for generating an electrical signal in response thereto. Upon receiving an electrical signal from the photosensor, a central processing unit energizes the stapler and the tag feeding attachment in a predetermined sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2001
    Inventor: David F. Lucier
  • Patent number: 6209771
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an apparatus for securing a security tag to an article. In one embodiment, the main body portion of the security tag is fixtured in a head while the fastener portion of the security tag is positioned within a fastener-driving unit. The fastener-driving unit is actuated to drive the fastener through the article and into locking engagement with security tag main body portion. In one embodiment, the fastener-driving unit is powered by a solenoid. Another form of the apparatus for securing a security tag to an article utilizes a pivoting lever to drive the security tag main body portion into locking engagement with the fastener portion of the security tag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2001
    Inventors: Richard A. Lyons, Denise D. Sosbe, Emily L. Abel
  • Patent number: 6205641
    Abstract: An anvil for a press for assembling a fastener to a plate having an aperture. The press includes a ram assembly for pressing the fastener into the plate aperture. The anvil includes a housing and a pin disposed in the housing. The pin is slidable between an extended position, partially extending outwardly of the housing and is adapted to extend through the plate aperture. The pin moves to a retracted position disposed within the housing for contact with the bottom surface of the plate. The anvil further includes a collar disposed in the housing and concentrically disposed around the pin. The collar includes a plurality of spaced apart collar sections, each collar section having a bottom flange retained by the housing and a top flange. The collar sections are movable between an expanded position when the pin is in the extended position, and a collapsed position when the pin is in the retracted position within the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2001
    Assignee: Lucent Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: James Randell Brumley, Jon P. Martin, William L. Woods, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6196438
    Abstract: A fixing machine with a machine frame, a feeding tool attached to the machine frame, and a fixing tool also attached to the machine frame is provided. The fixing tool can be operated for fixing by fixing elements moved into a fixing position on a support. The feeding tool can be operated for transferring the fixing elements into the fixing position, and can be moved back and forth by a drive element which is rotatable about a drive axis stationary relative to the machine frame. The feeding tool has a feeding rocker which is pivotable about a pivot axis stationary relative to the machine frame. A coupling element is coupled in an articulated manner to the feeding rocker and fastened to the drive element through a rotary joint. The rotary joint is rotatable with the drive element about the drive axis and has a joint axis extending parallel offset relative to the drive axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2001
    Assignee: YKK Europe Ltd.
    Inventor: Rolf Kamps
  • Patent number: 6142352
    Abstract: In a roofing washer-dispensing and fastener-driving machine, which has a fastener-feeding tube, a fastener-engaging pawl is mounted operatively to the tube, near its upper end. The pawl is pivotable between a normal position wherein the pawl is arranged to engage a fastener dropped into the tube so as to prevent the fastener from dropping through the tube and a pivoted position wherein the pawl is arranged to disengage from the fastener. An elongate rod is arranged to pivot the pawl from the normal position into the pivoted position when the machine is operated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2000
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Paul M. Larson, Riaz Hasan, Sigismund G. Paul
  • Patent number: 6131786
    Abstract: The device is used for fixing rivets, buttons, etc., which comprises an article lower part and an article upper part, to a fabric. It has a lower gripper (1) supporting the article lower part and a plunger (2) performing the riveting stroke. With the lower end of the plunger is associated an upper gripper (3) acting on the article upper part and with the upper end is associated a drive mechanism (4) responsible for the stroke movement. A finger guard bow (11), associated with the plunger and extending into the movement path of the upper gripper and which, after initiating a plunger riveting stroke, on encountering an obstacle and before reaching its end position, stops the drive mechanism and consequently the plunger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2000
    Assignee: YKK Corporation
    Inventor: Rolf Kamps
  • Patent number: 6098442
    Abstract: A fastening device (30) includes a housing (32) and a handle (34) extending from a first side of the housing to assume a pistol-like configuration. A head (38) is located at a forward end of the housing (32) and includes a nose member (40) located between two spaced housing parts or guide plates (41) and (42). A magazine (36) is attached to the nose member (40) adjacent a second side of the housing (32), opposite the first side thereof. A plurality of spaced, serially-arranged fastening elements (44) are linked together in a belt-like fashion, and are located within the magazine (36) for feeding and conveying of the fastening elements to a forward fitting position or assembly station (46) at a forward end of the nose member (40).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2000
    Assignee: Emhart Inc.
    Inventors: Hugo Walldorf, Daniel Eisenhardt
  • Patent number: 6065237
    Abstract: A starter pistol for firing blank cartridges is generally in the shape of a typical medium duty upholstery stapler. A magazine having at least one chamber each holding a cartridge is fed into an open channel on the bottom of the device. A trigger is operatively connected to a firing pin and actuates the firing pin upon squeezing of a lever of the trigger by an operator. The trigger is also operatively connected to an advancement mechanism that advances each cartridge laden chamber into proper position for firing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2000
    Inventor: Gene G. Hillesland
  • Patent number: 6061888
    Abstract: A device and automated method for inserting spacers into grooves of frames. The device and method are particularly useful in the woodworking industry. Resilient substances are severed into sections to form the spacers which are thereafter pneumatically inserted into the groove. The apparatus can be provided with a positioner for advancing the resilient substance. A timer may also be utilized to calibrate actuation of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2000
    Inventors: Printess Campbell, J. Richard Clay
  • Patent number: 5915615
    Abstract: A manually operated fastener driving device including first and second arm assemblies, each of the arm assemblies having a distal portion and a proximal portion, the proximal portion of the first arm assembly being pivotally coupled to the proximal portion of the second arm assembly; a fastener capsule associated with the first arm assembly and being constructed and arranged at the distal portion thereof so as to be movable between an inoperative position and an operative position; a plurality of fasteners carried by the first arm assembly, each fastener being constructed and arranged to be individually received within the fastener capsule, the first arm assembly including a first actuator constructed and arranged to move the fastener capsule from its inoperative position to its operative position; a plurality of fastener receptacles carried by the second arm assembly, a leading receptacle of the plurality of receptacles being selectively disposed to receive and engage a fastener; and a handle assembly couple
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 29, 1999
    Inventor: William Bauer
  • Patent number: 5636427
    Abstract: Closer comprises a cylindrical housing defined by a front end and a rear end, the housing being formed with an axial bore having an enlargement in the front end. An air-driven cylinder is fixedly mounted in the bore and has an axial drive shaft reciprocable therein extending toward the front end and terminating in an impact head normally in an inward position. Reciprocably disposed in the enlargement is an annular trigger loosely surrounding the impact head and normally in an outward position extending down beyond the front end of the housing and movable to an inward position when the housing is lightly depressed over the fastener. An actuator in the housing is moved by the trigger as it approaches its inward position to activate the cylinder and slam the impact head downward to close the fastener. In a modification the cylinder is replaced by a solenoid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 10, 1997
    Assignee: Scovill Fasteners Inc.
    Inventor: Michael A. Lyle