Means To Form Opening In Work For Member Patents (Class 227/67)
  • Patent number: 10449592
    Abstract: A method for removal of a workpiece part from a residual workpiece of a sheet-like workpiece includes detecting an interlocking of the workpiece part with the residual workpiece. The workpiece is fixed for machining by a holding device and movable in an X-Y plane of the workpiece. The workpiece part is formed by cutting machining on the workpiece resting on a workpiece support. Before or after the cutting, a gripper device is positioned in a removal position relative to the workpiece part, and the gripper device is activated and the workpiece part is gripped in its position resting on the workpiece support. The method includes initiating at least one release strategy for automatic workpiece removal. At least one travelling movement with at least one travel path of at least one of the holding device and the gripper device is activated with at least one movement component in the X-Y plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: TRUMPF Werkzeugmaschinen GmbH + Co. KG
    Inventors: Harald Mathias, Jochen Bellon, Martin Bechtold
  • Patent number: 10405955
    Abstract: An injector for injecting pellets includes a main body, a delivery opening which is formed on the main body and to which a hollow-bore needle can be connected and a magazine guide formed in the main body for a magazine which, for accommodating the pellets, comprises several barrels. Each barrel includes a hollow cylindrical compartment with an open front end and an open rear end. The magazine guide brings the magazine, barrel by barrel, into an injection position, in which a plunger of the injector can be introduced into the barrel via the rear end of the barrel positioned in the injection position and moved in the direction of the delivery opening in order to deliver the pellet provided in the barrel via the delivery opening. A drawer is formed in the main body for accommodating a replacement hollow-bore needle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Henke-Sass, Wolf GmbH
    Inventors: Melanie Eisele, Stefan Knefel
  • Patent number: 10117652
    Abstract: A surgical end effector for cutting and stapling tissue is disclosed. The surgical end effector comprises a first iaw and second iaw configured to clamp tissue when the first and second jaws are in a clamped position. The end effector further comprises a replaceable staple cartridge and a tissue thickness compensator configured to adapt to variations in the thickness of the clamped tissue. The tissue thickness compensator comprises three fibrous patterns oriented in three different directions and a tissue contacting surface comprising a textured surface. The textures surface is configured to minimize movement of the tissue relative to the tissue thickness compensator. The end effector further comprises an I-beam comprising a first camming member, a second camming member, and a cutting member. The end effector further comprises a first attachment member and a second attachment member configured to be progressively released by said cutting member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Katherine J. Schmid, Jerome R. Morgan, Donna L. Korvick, Frederick E. Shelton, IV
  • Patent number: 10085735
    Abstract: Featured is an implant/anchor deployment device/module, a device kit concept using such an implant/anchor deployment device/module, a system for deploying an implant/anchor into tissue, and a method for treating damaged tissue using such an implant/anchor deployment device/module such as for example, a method for deploying one or more anchors/implants during a meniscal repair procedure. Such a deployment device/module includes a body member having a proximal end portion and a distal end portion, the distal end portion being configured so that an implant/anchor can be deployed therefrom. Also, the proximal end portion is configured so as to be removably attached to a first end portion of the surgical device. In exemplary embodiments, the surgical device includes a suture cutter as known in the endoscopy arts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Smith & Nephew, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael C. Ferragamo, William R. Davis
  • Patent number: 9839422
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for altering a implantable layer which includes the steps of obtaining an implantable layer comprising a surface at least partially comprised from a material with a glass transition temperature and a melting temperature, heating the surface to a temperature higher than the glass transition temperature and lower than the melting temperature, manipulating the surface, allowing the manipulated surface to cool below the glass transition temperature, and releasing the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Emily A. Schellin, Michael J. Vendely, Lauren S. Weaner, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Taylor W. Aronhalt, Donald L. Reynolds, II, Mark D. Timmer, Jackie J. Donners, Trevor J. Barton
  • Patent number: 9211965
    Abstract: An improved hand tool for dispensing plastic fasteners having a novel anvil design. The hand tool has a gun shaped casing with a barrel portion and a handle portion. The casing has a needle assembly opening at the front of the barrel portion and a trigger slot at the front of the handle portion. The hand tool further has a hollow needle disposed on one end of a needle assembly, and a trigger that is pivotally mounted within the casing that extends out from the trigger slot. The trigger is capable of moving the needle assembly between the retracted and extended positions. The hand tool further has an anvil. The anvil has a needle guard, a main portion, and a fabric slot. The fabric slot separates the needle guard from the main portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: Avery Dennison Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel Gilbertson, David E Herring, Jeffrey A Raymond
  • Patent number: 9192730
    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: May 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: ADCO Industries —Technologies L.P.
    Inventors: Raymond E. Davis, Clifton Glenn Hampton
  • Publication number: 20150060515
    Abstract: A reactor plate assembly for a fastener dispensing device includes a metal reactor plate mounted onto the distal end of a fixed support arm for the device, the reactor plate including a flattened top surface shaped to define a pair of elliptical, needle-receiving holes. The reactor plate assembly additionally includes a brush anvil removably secured to the underside of the support arm. The brush anvil includes four separate bristle clusters that are retained within associated bores in a block, with a first pair of bristle clusters projecting into one needle-receiving hole and a second pair of bristle clusters projecting into the other needle-receiving hole. Each bristle cluster includes a group of individual nylon bristles, the free ends of the bristles lying flush with the top surface of the reactor plate to provide a planar support surface which can be penetrated by the needles of the device during the dispensing process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicant: Avery Dennison Retail Information Services, LLC
    Inventor: William J. COOPER
  • Patent number: 8936184
    Abstract: An improved hand tool for dispensing plastic fasteners having a novel anvil design that prevents inadvertent user needle sticks during operation of the hand tool and a needle having a novel casing that further prevents inadvertent user needle sticks during the replacement of the hand tool needle. The casing has a needle assembly opening at the front of the barrel portion and a trigger slot at the front of the handle portion. The hand tool further has a hollow needle disposed on one end of a needle assembly. The hand tool further has a trigger that is pivotally mounted within the casing that extends out from the trigger slot. The trigger is capable of moving the needle assembly between the retracted and extended positions. The anvil has a needle guard, a main portion, and a fabric slot. The fabric slot separates the needle guard from the main portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Avery Dennison Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel Gilbertson, David E. Herring, Jeffrey A. Raymond
  • Patent number: 8833627
    Abstract: A dual operating mode hand tool for dispensing plastic fasteners and a method for transitioning the hand tool from a first operating mode to a second operating mode is provided. The hand tool tagging gun can be used both to dispense a plastic fastener to attach labels, price tags or other items to articles, and also to dispense a plastic fastener to maintain certain articles of clothing in a folded condition. The hand tool has a gun shaped casing, a hollow needle, a needle assembly, a trigger, a locking switch, a safety button, and a hinged anvil. In the first operating mode the hand tool is best adapted to dispense plastic fasteners to maintain an article of clothing in a folded condition. In the second operating mode the hand tool is best adapted to dispense plastic fasteners to attach labels, price tags, or other items to an article of clothing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Avery Dennison Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel Gilbertson, David E. Herring, Jeffrey A. Raymond
  • Patent number: 8820601
    Abstract: An improved hand tool for dispensing plastic fasteners having a novel anvil design that reduces inadvertent user needle sticks during operation of the hand tool and a needle having a novel casing that further reduces inadvertent user needle sticks during the replacement of the hand tool needle. The hand tool has a gun shaped casing with a barrel portion and a handle portion. The casing has a needle assembly opening at the front of the barrel portion and a trigger slot at the front of the handle portion. The hand tool further has a hollow needle disposed on one end of a needle assembly. The needle assembly is slidably movable back and forth between a retracted position disposed substantially within casing and an extend position disposed substantially out of the casing through the needle assembly opening. The hand tool further has a trigger that is pivotally mounted within the casing that extends out from the trigger slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Avery Dennison Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel Gilbertson, David E. Herring, Jeffrey A. Raymond, John Albert
  • Publication number: 20140237791
    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: May 12, 2014
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: Adco Industries - Technologies, L.P.
    Inventors: Raymond E. Davis, Clifton Glenn Hampton
  • Publication number: 20140054351
    Abstract: An improved hand tool for dispensing plastic fasteners having a novel anvil design. The hand tool has a gun shaped casing with a barrel portion and a handle portion. The casing has a needle assembly opening at the front of the barrel portion and a trigger slot at the front of the handle portion. The hand tool further has a hollow needle disposed on one end of a needle assembly, and a trigger that is pivotally mounted within the casing that extends out from the trigger slot. The trigger is capable of moving the needle assembly between the retracted and extended positions. The hand tool further has an anvil. The anvil has a needle guard, a main portion, and a fabric slot. The fabric slot separates the needle guard from the main portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2013
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Applicant: Avery Dennison Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel GILBERTSON, David E. HERRING, Jeffrey A. Raymond
  • Patent number: 8657172
    Abstract: A device for dispensing an individual plastic fastener from a supply of fastener stock includes a motor-driven head assembly adapted to receive the supply of fastener stock, sever an individual fastener from the supply and in turn eject the severed fastener. The head assembly includes a pair of needle block assemblies that retain corresponding hollow needles, each needle block assembly being shaped to define a feed channel that transitions a side rail for the fastener stock into axial alignment behind its corresponding needle. In addition, at least one needle block assembly includes a rearward shelf and a forward bowing plate. In use, the lowermost cross-links of the fastener stock fittingly align between the shelf and the bowing plate. In this manner, the lowermost cross-links are limited to distort uniformly upward within the single plane defined by the pair of feed channels, thereby optimizing feed reliability of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Avery Dennison Corporation
    Inventor: William J. Cooper
  • Patent number: 8636188
    Abstract: This document discloses, among other things, a long reach, side ejecting fastener placement apparatus suitable for use in nasal septal surgery. A first linear member carries a fastener body and a second linear member delivers a fastener retainer or provides support for placement of the fastener body. In various examples, the fastener includes a single stud rivet or includes a two legged staple. A mechanical linkage coupled to the handle provides a linear force for placement and deployment of a fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Inventors: Ryan K. Buesseler, David B. Hom, Arthur G. Erdman
  • Patent number: 8579174
    Abstract: A tag-attaching pin attaching apparatus is used with a tag-attaching pin unit which is formed with a plurality of tag-attaching pins each having an insertion head section and a holding section both of which are provided on both end portions of a fiber section. The plurality of tag-attaching pins are mutually and adjacently arranged in parallel and connected with each other via connecting members. The tag-attaching pin attaching apparatus of the present invention is configured so that under a situation in which one of an end portion of the tag-attaching pin unit, without using any connecting bars, is arranged at an insertion head portion shooting out position, a tag-attaching pin unit pushing member applies a bias force directing to the insertion head portion shooting out position, to another end portion of the tag-attaching pin unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: M.I.T. International Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hideyuki Ueno, Hitoshi Fujiwara
  • Publication number: 20130105543
    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: November 26, 2012
    Publication date: May 2, 2013
    Inventors: Raymond E. Davis, Clifton Glenn Hampton
  • Patent number: 8413866
    Abstract: A device for dispensing individual plastic fasteners from a continuous supply of 0.1875 inch pitch ladder stock includes a head assembly that is designed to receive the supply of ladder stock, sever an individual fastener from the supply ladder stock and eject the individual fastener during a single stroke of its actuation cycle. The device also includes a stepper motor for driving the head assembly through its actuation cycle, a DC power switching supply for regulating the power supplied to the stepper motor from an AC input power source, and a controller for collecting historical data relating to usage of the device and for regulating operation of the stepper motor. The controller is programmed to enable certain operational characteristics, such as stroke speed and mode, to be regulated through a user interface which includes a screen display and a plurality of control buttons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: Avery Dennison Corporation
    Inventors: William J. Cooper, John Earley, Jeffrey A. Raymond, Shaoming Liu
  • Patent number: 8387849
    Abstract: This document discloses, among other things, a long reach, side ejecting fastener placement apparatus suitable for use in nasal septal surgery. A first linear member carries a fastener body and a second linear member delivers a fastener retainer or provides support for placement of the fastener body. In various examples, the fastener includes a single stud rivet or includes a two legged staple. A mechanical linkage coupled to the handle provides a linear force for placement and deployment of a fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Inventors: Ryan K. Buesseler, David B. Hom, Arthur G. Erdman
  • 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: 8316529
    Abstract: A product tagging system includes a tag tool having a housing and a tag tool needle that extends from the housing. The system includes a protective assembly that is mounted to the housing, a first retaining member adjacent the needle, and a second retaining member adjacent the first retaining member. The first retaining member includes a first aperture and the second retaining member includes a second aperture substantially aligned with the first aperture. The retaining members define a gap therebetween that is adjustable to receive at least a portion of a tag. The system further includes a protective member that is adjacent the second retaining member and includes a third aperture substantially aligned with the first and second apertures with a curved surface disposed around at least a portion of the third aperture. The first, second, and third apertures may receive at least a portion of the needle therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: ADCO Industries—Technologies, L.P.
    Inventors: Raymond E Davis, Clifton Glenn Hampton
  • Publication number: 20120217281
    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: April 27, 2012
    Publication date: August 30, 2012
    Applicant: ADCO INDUSTRIES - TECHNOLOGIES, L.P.
    Inventors: Raymond E. Davis, Clifton Glenn Hampton
  • Publication number: 20110226833
    Abstract: A dual operating mode hand tool for dispensing plastic fasteners and a method for transitioning the hand tool from a first operating mode to a second operating mode is provided. The hand tool tagging gun can be used both to dispense a plastic fastener to attach labels, price tags or other items to articles, and also to dispense a plastic fastener to maintain certain articles of clothing in a folded condition. The hand tool has a gun shaped casing, a hollow needle, a needle assembly, a trigger, a locking switch, a safety button, and a hinged anvil. In the first operating mode the hand tool is best adapted to dispense plastic fasteners to maintain an article of clothing in a folded condition. In the second operating mode the hand tool is best adapted to dispense plastic fasteners to attach labels, price tags, or other items to an article of clothing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2011
    Publication date: September 22, 2011
    Applicant: AVERY DENNISON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Daniel GILBERTSON, David E. HERRING, Jeffrey A. RAYMOND
  • Publication number: 20110226835
    Abstract: An improved hand tool for dispensing plastic fasteners having a novel anvil design that prevents inadvertent user needle sticks during operation of the hand tool and a needle having a novel casing that further prevents inadvertent user needle sticks during the replacement of the hand tool needle. The hand tool has a gun shaped casing with a barrel portion and a handle portion. The casing has a needle assembly opening at the front of the barrel portion and a trigger slot at the front of the handle portion. The hand tool further has a hollow needle disposed on one end of a needle assembly. The needle assembly is slidably movable back and forth between a retracted position disposed substantially within the casing and an extend position disposed substantially out of the casing through the needle assembly opening. The hand tool further has a trigger that is pivotally mounted within the casing that extends out from the trigger slot.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2011
    Publication date: September 22, 2011
    Applicant: AVERY DENNISON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Daniel GILBERTSON, David E. HERRING, Jeffrey A. RAYMOND
  • Publication number: 20110220701
    Abstract: An improved hand tool for dispensing plastic fasteners having a novel anvil design that reduces inadvertent user needle sticks during operation of the hand tool and a needle having a novel casing that further reduces inadvertent user needle sticks during the replacement of the hand tool needle. The hand tool has a gun shaped casing with a barrel portion and a handle portion. The casing has a needle assembly opening at the front of the barrel portion and a trigger slot at the front of the handle portion. The hand tool further has a hollow needle disposed on one end of a needle assembly. The needle assembly is slidably movable back and forth between a retracted position disposed substantially within casing and an extend position disposed substantially out of the casing through the needle assembly opening. The hand tool further has a trigger that is pivotally mounted within the casing that extends out from the trigger slot.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2011
    Publication date: September 15, 2011
    Applicant: AVERY DENNISON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Daniel GILBERTSON, David E. HERRING, Jeffrey A. RAYMOND, John ALBERT
  • Patent number: 8015689
    Abstract: A protective assembly for a tag tool includes a shoe, a shoe spring coupled to the shoe, a tag spring, and a thimble. The shoe includes a shoe bore extending through a distal end of the shoe, where the shoe is adapted to attach to a tag tool having a tag tool needle extending from the tool. The tag spring is coupled to the shoe adjacent the shoe spring and distal ends of the shoe spring and tag spring define an opening to receive a product tag therebetween. The distal end of the tag spring and the shoe define a slot to receive a product material therebetween. The thimble is adapted to move through the shoe bore in response to a force applied to a distal end of the thimble and transmit at least a portion of the force to the tag spring and the shoe spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: ADCO Industries—Technologies, L.P.
    Inventors: Raymond E. Davis, Clifton Glenn Hampton
  • Publication number: 20110084110
    Abstract: The present invention provides a tag-attaching pin attaching apparatus 20 which having a simple configuration with an easy operation when it is used for attaching a predetermined label 5 to a predetermined good utilizing an tag-attaching pin attaching apparatus with using a tag-attaching pin unit without having any connecting bars.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2009
    Publication date: April 14, 2011
    Applicant: M.I.T. INTERNATIONAL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hideyuki Ueno, Hitoshi Fujiwara
  • Publication number: 20100288813
    Abstract: A protective assembly for a tag tool includes a shoe, a shoe spring coupled to the shoe, a tag spring, and a thimble. The shoe includes a shoe bore extending through a distal end of the shoe, where the shoe is adapted to attach to a tag tool having a tag tool needle extending from the tool. The tag spring is coupled to the shoe adjacent the shoe spring and distal ends of the shoe spring and tag spring define an opening to receive a product tag therebetween. The distal end of the tag spring and the shoe define a slot to receive a product material therebetween. The thimble is adapted to move through the shoe bore in response to a force applied to a distal end of the thimble and transmit at least a portion of the force to the tag spring and the shoe spring.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2009
    Publication date: November 18, 2010
    Inventors: Raymond E. Davis, Clifton Glenn Hampton
  • Patent number: 7828183
    Abstract: A device for attaching fasteners has a casing having a grip, a lever supported by the casing rotatably about its upper end and urged forward, a link arm actuated by the rotation of the lever, a piston engaged slidably by the upper end of the link arm, a driving rod slidable with the piston, a hollow needle situated at the leading end of the driving rod and having a slit and a guide formed behind the hollow needle for fitting an assembly of plastic fasteners. A guide attachment which can be changed to another is removably held below the assembly fitting guide for guiding a connecting bar in the assembly in the direction of its ejection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2010
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisya Toska
    Inventor: Akira Furutsu
  • Publication number: 20100230462
    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: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2010
    Publication date: September 16, 2010
    Inventors: Pauline M. Lussier, Michael French, David L. Schuttler
  • Patent number: 7789280
    Abstract: A semi-automatic machine for affixing an anti-theft device, such as an EAS marker, to an article of clothing or the like. The anti-theft device is of the type made up of two elements that are to be snapped together through the article of clothing. Each of the two kinds of elements is stored in a respective vibrating bowl and transferred to an assembly station by a respective vibrating conveyor. One of the two elements is positioned on a working surface at the assembly station. The second element is taken up by a snap-connection mechanism. A laser provides a reference mark at the working surface so that an operator can precisely position a desired part of the article of clothing for receiving the anti-theft device. After the article is positioned in accordance with the reference mark, the snap-connection mechanism is actuated to insert the second element into the first element through the article of clothing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2010
    Assignee: Sensormatic Electronics, LLC
    Inventors: Didier Gouelibo, Alain Dameme
  • Patent number: 7762444
    Abstract: A method for coupling together at least two layers (23, 25, 27, 29, 21-1) of a mattress includes the steps of aligning each layer in its proper position in relation to the other layers of the mattress (11) and, after the alignment step, inserting a plastic fastener (31) through the layers. A fastener dispensing tool (211) is provided for inserting plastic fasteners (31)through the layers (23, 25, 27, 29, 21-1) of the mattress(11). In one embodiment, the fastener dispensing tool (211) includes a housing (213), a hollow sharpened needle (229) fixedly coupled to the housing (213), an ejection mechanism for advancing a cross-bar of the plastic fastener through the hollow needle, a needle guard slidably coupled to the housing over a portion of the sharpened needle, and a needle guard stop slidably coupled to the housing in such a manner so that it can be releasably fixed place in either of two or more set positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2010
    Assignee: Avery Dennison Corporation
    Inventors: William G. Berrocal, John Godfrey
  • Patent number: 7562799
    Abstract: A loop pin connecting device for causing mutual mating between a insertion head portion and a socket portion of a filament has a first feeding means, which feeds out the insertion head portion in front of the loop pin connecting device, and a second feeding means, which feeds out the socket portion in front of the loop pin connecting device, wherein along one stroke from a position at which the insertion head portion and the socket portion of the individual loop pins are set into the device such that the insertion head portion and socket portion are moved up to a position at which there is mutual mating therebetween, at least the first feeding means has a operation interruption mechanism capable of temporarily stopping the feeding operation at an arbitrary position during the stroke.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2009
    Assignee: M.I.T. International Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hideyuki Ueno
  • Patent number: 7472813
    Abstract: A tool for dispensing plastic fasteners from a fastener clip includes a housing, a trigger pivotally mounted in the housing, a hollow slotted needle slidably mounted in the housing, an ejector rod disposed to insert back and forth through the hollow needle and an indexing mechanism for advancing the cross-bar of a fastener in the fastener clip into axial alignment behind the needle. The indexing mechanism includes a feed slide coupled to the trigger and a pivotally mounted feed cam connected to the feed slide, the feed cam including a pair of spaced apart projections. A metal feed pawl includes a ratchet shaped tooth and is disposed against the feed cam in a fitted relationship between the pair of projections. A spring mounted on the feed pawl resiliently urges the ratchet tooth into continuous contact with the fastener clip to prevent a jamming condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2009
    Assignee: Avery Dennison Corporation
    Inventors: William J. Cooper, Jeffrey A. Raymond
  • Publication number: 20080238097
    Abstract: In a tag fastener for fastening a tag by looping and knotting a thread, an apparatus for adjusting the length of a thread loop is provided at the forefront portion of the body (1) having a front cover plate (2) supporting a needle (1n) and capable of being opened and closed, with a thread hanging bar (3) being translatable between an upper step and a lower step position through a displacement lever (3v). As the position of the thread hanging bar (3) can be variably adjusted between upper and lower step positions, the length of the loop for attaching a tag can be adjusted as desired. Further, as the front cover plate (2) can be opened, it is easy to clean the inside of the front cover plate and the tag fastener can be used more conveniently.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2008
    Publication date: October 2, 2008
    Inventor: Duk-Hee Lee
  • Publication number: 20080237292
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an apparatus for replacing a knotter in a tag fastener, wherein the knotter is mounted on a separate base plate and the hub of the pinion of the knotter is inserted vertically from the bottom of a side plate of the tag fastener body. The pinion protruding onto the outside of the base plate is mounted onto a side of the body by the base plate and engaged with the driving gear arranged on the outside of the body of the tag fastener. A tag is fastened by the tag fastener while the knotter, working in conjunction with the mechanism in the body, knots a looped thread and cuts the knotted loop. The knotter can be separated easily from the body of the tag fastener for repair or replacement without disassembling the body of the tag fastener.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2008
    Publication date: October 2, 2008
    Inventor: Duk-Hee Lee
  • Patent number: 7380694
    Abstract: An attachment used for an apparatus for attaching a tag-attaching pin utilizing a sheet of tag-attaching pins in which a plurality of tag-attaching pins is provided. Each pin has a filament section, an inserting head section provided at one end of the filament section, and a socket section or a holding section provided at the another end of the filament section. The pins are mutually arranged in parallel configuration and at least the inserting head section, the socket section, or the holding section are connected to connecting bars. The attachment is provided with a connecting portion detachably coupled with a coupling means formed on a side wall surface of the apparatus and a tag attaching pin controlling means, which is provided on the side wall surface of the apparatus and extends upward from a top surface of the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2008
    Assignee: Kotec's Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hideyuki Ueno
  • Publication number: 20080087703
    Abstract: The device (5), designed to be fixed to the distal end of a fastener-positioning instrument, comprises a plane transverse distal end (9), a split first longitudinal channel (10) and a second longitudinal channel (20), in which channels the anchoring bar and the stop bar of a fastener can slide, respectively. The device has a longitudinal bearing face that defines a half-space. The device further includes: a cam (19) forming a stop/sliding surface for the distal end of the stop bar, in order to produce a pivoting movement of the stop bar; cams (15, 25) for the lateral splaying of the proximal part of the stop bar; and an escapement cam (17), allowing the lateral displacement of the distal part of the stop bar and its disengagement from the first cam.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2006
    Publication date: April 17, 2008
    Inventors: Pierre Bailly, Michel Therin, David Perdreaux
  • Patent number: 7331497
    Abstract: A tool for dispensing fasteners from a fastener clip having a runner bar comprises a housing shaped to include a handle portion, a barrel portion and a guide channel for receiving the used portion of the runner bar. A trigger assembly is pivotally mounted in the handle portion. The tool also includes a needle slide slidably mounted in the barrel portion, a needle coupled to the needle slide, and a needle slide link coupling the needle slide to the trigger assembly. An ejector slide is slidably mounted within the needle slide and adapted to receive an ejector rod which is insertable back and forth through the hollow needle. The needle slide and the ejector slide are independently coupled to the trigger assembly. An anvil extends out in front of the barrel portion and is adapted to receive a removable brush, the needle being aligned to selectively project into the brush.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2008
    Assignee: Avery Dennison Corporation
    Inventors: William J. Cooper, Jeffrey A. Raymond
  • 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: 7036680
    Abstract: A device for dispensing an individual plastic fastener from a supply of fastener stock to couple together two or more objects. The supply of fastener stock includes a plurality of equidistantly spaced cross links which are coupled at one end to a continuous side rail. The fastener dispensing device includes a hollowed sharpened needle shaped to define a longitudinal bore and a feed mechanism for advancing the continuous side rail of the fastener stock into direct axial alignment behind the longitudinal bore of the hollowed needle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2006
    Assignee: Avery Dennison Corporation
    Inventor: Steven E. Flannery
  • Patent number: 6929166
    Abstract: A tag attaching device which can surely hold a tag hooked on a hollow needle projected from a front end portion of the tag attaching device. The device includes a main body 20, a gripping portion provided beneath the main body 20 and a lever 4 projected in front of the grip and swingably supported by the main body with a resilience force, and by driving the lever 4, a piston is moved forward via an internal mechanism so that a tag fastening element can be shot out. The device is characterized in that it provided with a tag holding member to tentatively hold a tag at a front of the main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2005
    Assignees: Kotec's Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Akira Furutsu
  • Patent number: 6892920
    Abstract: Apparatus is provided for actuating a tag attaching tool of the type which dispenses plastic fasteners from a clip of fasteners in response to the depression of a trigger. Each of the fasteners has a T-bar. The fasteners are dispensed by severing the fastener from the clip and ejecting the T-bar of the fastener through the hollow slotted needle of the tool. The tag attaching tool is actuated in two stages. During the first actuation stage, the trigger of the tool is partially depressed as the tool and an abutment are moved relative to each other such that the lead fastener is severed from the clip of fasteners. During the second actuation stage, the trigger of the tool is depressed completely, as the tool and abutment are moved further toward each other, causing the severed fastener to be ejected from the hollow needle of the attaching tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2005
    Inventor: Steven Kunreuther
  • Patent number: 6848606
    Abstract: An apparatus (11) for dispensing individual plastic fasteners from fastener stock (13), includes a housing (27) and a hollow slotted needle (173) mounted onto said housing (27). An indexing wheel (95) is rotatably disposed within the housing (27) and advances a fastener to the rear end of the needle (173). A rocker (177) is slidably disposed within the housing and serves to move the cross-bar of the fastener in parallel with the needle bore. A plunger (179) is disposed within the housing (27) and is capable of being slidably displaced by a trigger assembly. An ejector rod (181) is fixedly mounted onto the plunger (179) and serves to push the cross-bar of the fastener out of the front of the needle (173). An indexing slide (137) separate from the rocker (177) is slidably disposed within the housing (27) and serves to rotatably advance the indexing wheel (95) after the ejector rod (181) pushes the cross-bar of the fastener out the front end of the needle (173).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2005
    Assignee: Avery Dennison Corporation
    Inventors: James C. Benoit, Marilyn Bone Kloss, William G. Berrocal, Arnold R. Bone
  • Patent number: 6837413
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, the plastic fastener comprises a flexible filament having a length of about 4.3 mm and a tensile strength of about 2 pounds, a first transverse bar located at one end of the flexible filament, and a second transverse bar located at the opposite end of the flexible filament. The fastener clip, which preferably does not contain a runner bar, comprises a plurality of identical fasteners of the aforementioned type, each of the fasteners being arranged in a parallel, side-by-side, spaced relationship. A connector post connects the first transverse bars of adjacent fasteners, and a connector post connects the second transverse bars of adjacent fasteners. An extra transverse bar is connected by a connector post to the first transverse bar of the last fastener, and another extra transverse bar is connected by a connector post to the second transverse bar of the last fastener, the extra transverse bars not being interconnected by a flexible filament.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2005
    Assignee: Avery Dennison Corporation
    Inventors: Jeffrey A. Raymond, Paul A. Davignon, Charles L. Deschenes, William J. Cooper, Clark L. Grendol
  • Patent number: 6796479
    Abstract: The present invention is to provide a loop-pin attaching device 20 which has a configuration that can easily deal with any troubles which would be occurred in the device 20 such as a malfunction or damage on the device 20 as well as that can flexibly use for any kinds of good to attach a tag thereto, can be provided and in order to attain the above-mentioned object, a loop-pin attaching device 20 of the present invention is provided with a grip lever 22, a first feeding pin 34 and a second feeding pin 42, and wherein the loop-pin attaching device 20 being further provided with a first hollow guide member 43 having a curved configuration and a second hollow guide member 21 having a front end portion 35 directing to a tip end portion 44 of the first hollow guide member 43, both of the first and second hollow guide member 43, 21 being provided on a front end surface of the device, and further wherein the first hollow guide member 43 or the second hollow guide member being attached to the front end surface of the
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2004
    Assignee: M.I.T. International Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hideyuki Ueno
  • Patent number: 6789716
    Abstract: An individual plastic fastener for coupling together two or more items includes a shortened, cylindrical connector having a first end and a second end, a first disk-shaped cross-member integrally formed onto the first end of the connector and a second disk-shaped cross-member integrally formed onto the second end of the connector. Each of the first and second disk-shaped cross-members include a flat inner surface, a flat outer surface and a rounded side surface. A flat needle is designed for use in dispensing the individual plastic fastener. The needle terminates in a flattened tip and is shaped to define a longitudinally-extending rectangular bore which is dimensioned to receive one of the cross-members of the fastener and a longitudinally-extending slot which is dimensioned to permit the connector to extend therethrough while the cross-member is disposed within the bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2004
    Assignee: Avery Dennison Corporation
    Inventors: Paul A. Davignon, Steven E. Flannery
  • Patent number: 6789717
    Abstract: A loop pin connecting device includes a grip lever rotatably pivoted to the grip section of the device proper, a driving arm rotated by the grip lever, the first pin holder section linearly traveling on the first guide rail by the driving arm, the first feeding pin mounted to the first pin holder section, the second pin holder section linearly traveling on the second guide rail by the driving arm, the second feeding pin including a flexible member whose base end is fixed to the second pin holder section, and the guide member for guiding the head end section of the second feeding pin and the guide member bends and its head end lowers to the first feeding pin position arranged with the height and horizontal position varied, entangling of the filament section is prevented and occurrence of jams in operation is prevented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2004
    Assignees: M.I.T. International Co., Ltd., Lasco Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hideyuki Ueno, Junji Shiraya
  • Patent number: 6779701
    Abstract: This appliance comprises, in a tubular body (20), a magazine slide (22) secured to a needle (50) and the magazine slide (22) containing fasteners (A), an element for distributing the fasteners one by one, and an ejection plunger (42) able to push the anchoring bar (2) of the awaiting first fastener (A) into the needle. According to the invention, the magazine slide (22) comprises below the needle (50) a transverse finger (59) able, as the fastener is distributed by movement of its anchoring bar (2) by the plunger (42), to have the downstream end (3a) of this catching bar bear against it to force it to pivot by raising its upstream end (3b), beside the needle (50), a downwardly projecting rib (51) able to guide the pivoting of the upstream end (3b) of the catching bar (3) so that the latter does not butt against the needle, and, on the transverse finger (59), a sloping face (59a) driving the downstream end (3a) of the catching bar (3) transversely away from this finger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2004
    Assignee: Sofradim Production
    Inventors: Pierre Bailly, Frederic Evrard, Michel Therin, Salomon Benchetrit
  • Publication number: 20040159694
    Abstract: An apparatus (11) for dispensing individual plastic fasteners from fastener stock (13), includes a housing (27) and a hollow slotted needle (173) mounted onto said housing (27). An indexing wheel (95) is rotatably disposed within the housing (27) and advances a fastener to the rear end of the needle (173). A rocker (177) is slidably disposed within the housing and serves to move the cross-bar of the fastener in parallel with the needle bore. A plunger (179) is disposed within the housing (27) and is capable of being slidably displaced by a trigger assembly. An ejector rod (181) is fixedly mounted onto the plunger (179) and serves to push the cross-bar of the fastener out of the front of the needle (173). An indexing slide (137) separate from the rocker (177) is slidably disposed within the housing (27) and serves to rotatably advance the indexing wheel (95) after the ejector rod (181) pushes the cross-bar of the fastener out the front end of the needle (173).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2004
    Publication date: August 19, 2004
    Inventors: James C. Benoit, Arnold R. Bone, Marilyn Bone Kloss, William G. Berrocal