Sliding Wedge Patents (Class 24/115M)
  • Patent number: 6115890
    Abstract: A two-piece clamp, of a spherical shape convenient for use as a hand grip, attached about a cord in an interposed position therebetween, which impales the cord with pointed teeth so that the clamp holds fast to its position at the attachment site despite forces exerted longitudinally of the cord.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2000
    Inventor: Howard Silagy
  • Patent number: 6058575
    Abstract: A cable clamp may be constructed from a hollow body, a wedge-shaped member and a means for dislodging the member from the body. The body includes a tapered channel that is sized and shaped to accommodate the member and round, flat or rectangular cable sections. The means for dislodging the member include an aperture extending from one side of the member to the other, at least one cylindrical bearing surface positioned at the upper end of the body, and a camshaft. The camshaft has at least one cylindrical end with an inward facing end and an outward facing end. A cylindrical shaft in orthogonally and eccentrically mounted to the inward facing end. The camshaft is positioned so that the cylindrical shaft will bear against the inner surface of the aperture and the end portion will bear against the bearing surface. When the camshaft is rotated, the cylindrical shaft will cause the aperture and the wedge-shaped member to be displaced upwardly from the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2000
    Inventor: Gideon Dagan
  • Patent number: 5987712
    Abstract: An improved cord lock provides a mechanism for preventing a moveable slide from being drawn too far into a cord lock body by heavy forces transmitted through the cord being locked. The improved cord lock has a body of standard manufacture, and a moveable slide which has been modified to provide a positive stop to prevent the slide from entering too far into the body. The positive stop may be formed as a number of projections from the moveable slide which make its overall cross section too large to fit within the lock body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 23, 1999
    Inventor: John C. Tucker
  • Patent number: 5894639
    Abstract: A cord lock apparatus includes an open-ended cage and a slide slidably received at least partially in the cage and movable relative to the cage between a cord locking position and an intermediate position. The slide includes travel limiting structure to engage the cage at the intermediate position, a slide body, and a tension spring mechanism to allow the slide body to be displaced to a cord releasing position while urging the slide body toward the cord locking position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 20, 1999
    Assignee: Robert O. Boden
    Inventors: Robert O. Boden, Kurt H. Lundstedt
  • Patent number: 5839768
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a cable loop forming and hoisting device and, more particularly, to a cable knot block device adapted to forming a sized hoisting sling or loop in fixed relation which is capable of lifting or restraining various types and sizes of loads of varying weight. The device may be readily attached to the load and easily disconnected from the cable while positively retaining the cable in looped load-bearing locked-in relation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 24, 1998
    Inventor: Gary E. Wackerly
  • Patent number: 5765227
    Abstract: A new bolo tie and method of fabrication for constructing a novel appearance of a bolo clasp. The inventive device includes a bolo clasp having a predetermined shape. The bolo clasp has a front portion and a rear portion. The front portion has an arcuate outer surface and a planar inner surface. The rear portion extends outwardly from the planar inner surface. The rear portion has a pair of apertures therethrough. The arcuate outer surface of the front portion has a recess formed therein. A layer of epoxy is disposed within the recess. A decorative stone is secured within the recess by the layer of epoxy. A length of cord has opposed free ends received through the pair of apertures of the bolo clasp. A pair of agelets are secured to the free ends of the length of cord.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 16, 1998
    Inventor: Alfred T. Wright
  • Patent number: 5735806
    Abstract: An apparatus for applying a traction force to an appendage of a subject which includes a one-way gripping device having a channel and a cam. The cam is pivotal so that a gripping surface of the cam can be positioned in the channel. A force applicator which can be a rope or cable extends through the channel of the one-way gripping device. The force applicator is free to slide through the channel of the one-way gripping device in one direction, but is gripped by the cam and prevented from moving in an opposite direction. One end of the force applicator is secured to an appendage of a subject. A traction force is applied to the appendage by pulling the force applicator through the one-way gripping device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 7, 1998
    Inventor: Stephen J. Leibovic
  • Patent number: 5735329
    Abstract: A connector for connecting a plurality of pull cords to a knob or tassel. A wedge cleat releasably engages the pull cords and releasably connects the same to a tassel. A surplus cord core integral with and depending from the cleat receives and retains surplus cord wound thereon. A tassel plate integral with the core mounts a tasseled manipulating cord. A decorative and protective cover encloses the wedge cleat, surplus cord core and cord, and tassel plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 7, 1998
    Assignee: Hunter Douglas Inc.
    Inventors: Terry L. Akins, Joseph E. Kovach
  • Patent number: 5706559
    Abstract: A vehicular leaf spring plate tip liner insert is provided, having a variety of configurations (50, 100, 150, 200, 250), of which one preferred embodiment is referenced by numeral (50). Insert (50) has a pad portion (3) adapted to provide a pad between adjacent leaf spring tips and at least one shank portion (4) extending from pad portion (3). Shank portion (4) is axially divided into two pairs of opposed protuberances (14, 14' and 16, 16'), with each pair having surfaces in registration with each other that are at different axial distances from pad portion (3) and engageable with the side of leaf spring opening opposite to the side into which shank portion (4) is inserted and are able to secure insert (50) to a leaf spring plate having a range of thicknesses upon expanding away from each other upon passing through the leaf spring tip opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 1996
    Date of Patent: January 13, 1998
    Assignee: Eaton Corporation
    Inventors: James J. Oliver, Richard F. Pierman, Michael J. Maure
  • Patent number: 5692272
    Abstract: The invention is a two-part clip for the purpose of securely holding fabric or sheet material without damaging said material. The clip consists of a U-shaped body with an angled cavity and a wedge which is angled to fit snugly into the cavity. An additional component of the invention is a section of rope which is passed through a hole, first in the wedge, then through a hole in the body of the clip.The fabric to be secured is inserted into the cavity on either the top or the bottom of the wedge. As tension is applied to the rope, the wedge becomes firmly seated in the cavity, thus securing the fabric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 2, 1997
    Inventor: Lydia A. Woods
  • Patent number: 5681351
    Abstract: The present invention provides a suture clip for attachment to at least one suture comprising a suture clip body having a central longitudinal axis, a proximal end, a distal end, an inner surface, an outer surface and a proximal surface, wherein the inner surface forms a passage that is substantially parallel to the longitudinal axis and is connected to the outer surface by a longitudinal slot which extends from the distal end to the proximal end of the suture clip body and the proximal surface has a major dimension at least five times larger than the diameter of said suture and a collar disposed about said suture clip body engaging the outer surface of the suture clip body to deflect the inner surface to frictionally engage the suture. Also described herein are methods of using this suture clip in surgical procedures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 1994
    Date of Patent: October 28, 1997
    Assignee: Ethicon, Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis D. Jamiolkowski, Shawn T. Huxel, Daniel C. Rosenman
  • Patent number: 5666699
    Abstract: A cord fastener comprises a fastener body having a hollow and a pair of aligned first cord insertion through-holes communicating with the hollow, and a slide slidably inserted in the hollow of the fastener body and having a pair of aligned second cord-insertion through-holes. The slide has a head, a pair of resilient legs extending downwardly from a lower surface of the head and a pair of supporting arms extending downwardly from the lower surface of the head. Each of the second cord-insertion through-holes has an upper portion contiguous to the lower surface of the head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 16, 1997
    Assignee: YKK Corporation
    Inventor: Yoshinobu Takahashi
  • Patent number: 5630301
    Abstract: An anchorage assembly for post-tensioning a tendon in a pre-stressed concrete structure, comprises an anchor having a bore for receiving the tendon, the bore comprising a first bore portion which is convergent inwardly of the anchor and a second bore portion. Wedges are in wedging engagement between the first bore portion and the tendon to retain the tendon, and a seal is engaged between the second bore portion and the tendon, the seal having a wedge-shaped cross-section and being compressed by a wedging action between and into sealing engagement with the second bore portion and the tendon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 1995
    Date of Patent: May 20, 1997
    Assignee: Harris P/T, A Division of Harris Steel Limited
    Inventor: Lyle D. Sieg
  • Patent number: 5630824
    Abstract: A suture locking button is described. The device includes a base element with a first axial passage for receiving at least one, and preferably two, suture filaments that is attached via a frangible membrane to a locking dement. The locking dement is adapted for movement from a first position, where the locking element extends outwardly from the base dement, to a second position, where the locking element is disposed within the base element by disrupting the frangible membrane to trap the suture filament(s) within the first axial passage between the locking element and the base element. The locking element may have a flange integral with its proximal end that effectively prevents the base element from backing out of the tissue in a direction proximal to the tissue. The invention also pertains to the combination of a suture and a device for securing the suture to a tissue. A method for securing tissue by way of a suture is also included within the scope of the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 20, 1997
    Assignee: Innovasive Devices, Inc.
    Inventor: Rickey D. Hart
  • Patent number: 5594977
    Abstract: An apparatus for gripping a smooth, fiberglass rod, the apparatus comprising a housing, a jaw cluster within the housing, and a force tube for positioning the jaw cluster within the housing. The rod-gripping apparatus includes a first aperture and a second aperture which facilitate passage of a rod through the apparatus. The force tube is mechanically interfitted with the jaw cluster. The jaw cluster comprises a plurality of elongated jaw members which are generally wedge-shaped and complementary to an inner tapered wall of the housing. The jaw cluster, which surrounds the rod, is set to or released from the rod, as desired, in response to a repositioning of the force tube relative to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 1993
    Date of Patent: January 21, 1997
    Inventor: James P. McCallion
  • Patent number: 5582447
    Abstract: A serpentine shaped wire clip is disposed in a tapered bore of a housing for axial displacement in the bore and has in a preferred embodiment three U-shaped loops interconnected by end portions. The clip has a bore dimensioned for receiving a cable or rod in radial resilient compressive engagement along the clip entire length which engagement causes the clip to axial displace with the displacement of the cable or rod. The axial displacement of the clip in the tapered bore wedges the clip to the housing and cable or rod locking the elements. The clip may have any number of loops and wire diameter. Also, the housing may have a cylindrical bore and the tapered region may be formed on a rod or bar. The clip may be locked to smooth and grooved surfaces including threads. The housing and rod each have a different one of a cylindrical surface and tapered surface. The clip radially grips the cylindrical surface while wedging in response to relative displacement of the tapered surface to the cylindrical surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 10, 1996
    Assignee: E. J. Brooks Company
    Inventors: Jeremy P. Leon, Richard C. Dreisbach, Alexander Kelso
  • Patent number: 5573215
    Abstract: A clip assembly includes a main block with a tapered internal wall confining a receiving space to receive slidably and engageably a pair of clamps therein. The clamps define a gap therebetween. The clamps further define an elongated engaging groove at its upper portion and extends transversely to the gap which receives engageably two connectors with two connecting rods extending out from the engaging groove to connect a circular disc disposed above the clamps. The disc has a centrally located threaded through-hole. A cover member has a through-hole aligned with the threaded through-hole of the disc and mounted securely on the rigid block to cover the receiving space. A regulating screw has a threaded portion engaged threadedly in the threaded through-hole of the circular disc and a head portion engaged rotatably by the periphery of the through-hole of the cover member so as to prevent the head portion from moving axially when the regulating screw is rotated about its axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 12, 1996
    Inventors: Ming-Hwa R. Jen, Weihwang Lin
  • Patent number: 5562689
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for elevating, approximating and/or restraining internal organs or structures, and more particularly for treating female urinary stress incontinence are provided. The apparatus include an anchoring device having an elongated suture with an anchor at each end thereof and a cinching member therebetween for adjusting the operative length of the suture, an articulating apparatus for applying the anchoring device during an endoscopic or laparoscopic procedure, and an apparatus for drawing the suture relative to the cinching member after it has been emplaced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 8, 1996
    Assignee: United States Surgical Corporation
    Inventors: David T. Green, Henry R. Sienkiewicz, Keith Ratcliff, Salvatore Castro, Scott E. Manzo, Dragomir C. Marinkovich
  • Patent number: 5553360
    Abstract: A wedge socket assembly having a wedge socket, a pin for connecting objects to the wedge socket, a wedge, and a bolt for holding the wedge in the wedge socket. The wedge socket has an elongated, hollow basket of substantially rectangular cross-section. The hollow basket has a large opening at a first end, a small opening at a second end, and an interior cross-section tapering from said large opening to said small opening. Connected to the basket are a pair of jaws extending from opposite sides of the first end, and the jaws each have an opening therethrough aligned with one another, with the pin inserted through the openings and retained by a cotter pin. The wedge has a first wedge portion with a large end and a small end, and is of substantially the same shape as the interior of the basket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 10, 1996
    Assignee: The Crosby Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles E. Lucas, Douglas E. Wilson
  • Patent number: 5535562
    Abstract: A saddle anchorage in which the direction of the prestress is not perpendicular to the compression surface of the concrete structure. The anchorage comprises a saddle including a rectangular metal plate provided with two parallel locking portions defining a hollow portion therebetween, a bottom portion for the hollow portion, a first rib plate, a second rib plate, a third rib plate having a first opening, a hollow cylindrical sleeve, a plurality of U-shaped first reinforcing steel bars, and a plurality of U-shaped second reinforcing steel bars; and a rider for fixing an anchor head including two triangular side plates provided with locking portions, a rectangular top plate, and a front plate having a second opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 16, 1996
    Inventors: Chia-Hsiung Huang, John Chiang
  • Patent number: 5533238
    Abstract: A breakaway cord connector is made from two identical cord connector bodies, each about 3/4 inch long. Each body has a cord end clamp and a mating end. The mating end fits into the identical mating end of the opposite unit at a out of phase relationship. The units remain axially aligned and form a torpedo-like smooth assembly that can slide down garment hems or avoid catching on hazardous objects. The mating ends breakaway at a preset tension, thereby preventing injuries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 9, 1996
    Inventor: James Say
  • Patent number: 5525003
    Abstract: This invention relates to an improved termination connection for advanced fiber composite cables of the type comprised of fibers fixed in a matrix binder. In particular, the composite cable is provided with one or more ribs of tension wound binder impregnated fiber cured on the end portion thereof. Potting material is secured over the ribs at the end of the cable preferably having a parabolically curved outwardly tapered contour to distribute the longitudinal and transverse forces over the fibers in the cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 1993
    Date of Patent: June 11, 1996
    Assignee: Conoco Inc.
    Inventors: Jerry G. Williams, Randall G. Ivie, Joseph L. Schiltz
  • Patent number: 5511291
    Abstract: A rappelling descender having an elongated, substantially hexagonal ring, a capstan attached to a first long side of the ring, and a hand grippable handle attached to a second long side of the ring, opposite the capstan. The hand grippable handle is at least substantially one palm width in length. A first ear extends from one side of the capstan, and a second ear extends from an opposite side of the capstan as the first ear, both ears extending transversely to the capstan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 1994
    Date of Patent: April 30, 1996
    Inventor: Jeffrey W. Crawford
  • Patent number: 5450657
    Abstract: A stamped hardened sheet steel tapered ferrule with cantilevered radially resilient fingers is wedged by a spring against a tapered bore of a hardened steel housing. The fingers bend radially inwardly to grip a stranded steel cable in the ferrule bore in response to the spring action. When the cable is slid in the ferrule in one direction, the ferrule gripping the cable is further wedged against the tapered bore and further grips the cable. The cable is released when it is slid in the opposite direction pulling the engaged ferrule away from the tapered bore of the housing. The cable has a flag at one end which with the seal lock a hasp therebetween limiting the relative motion of the cable in the opposite ferrule release direction. In a second embodiment, the ferrule is in interference fit with a rod or cable and the spring is not used forcing the ferrule to always grip the rod or cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 1994
    Date of Patent: September 19, 1995
    Assignee: E. J. Brooks Company
    Inventors: George Georgopoulos, Richard C. Dreisbach, Terrence N. Brammall, David L. Stevenson
  • Patent number: 5435044
    Abstract: A cord tightening device comprises a case having a pair of front and rear plates and a pair of opposite lateral walls interconnecting the front and rear plates and having forwardly converging inner surfaces defining a small-width opening at one end thereof and a large-width opening at the other end thereof, and a sliding member slidably disposed inside the case and having pressing parts formed on opposite lateral surfaces thereof and adapted to press a cord against the opposite lateral walls of the case. The cord tightening device is provided on at least one sliding surface of either one of said case and said sliding member taken as a set with a sliding groove and on at least one sliding surface of the remaining member of the set with a sliding protrusion fit for insertion into said sliding groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 25, 1995
    Assignee: Yoshida Kogyo K.K.
    Inventor: Kazuo Ida
  • Patent number: 5392496
    Abstract: A cable clamping mechanism (10) having first and second jaws (24, 26) for clamping a cable (12). First and second backstops (20, 22) are fixed to a top plate (18) on opposite sides of the jaws. A first wedge (52) is slidably mounted between the jaws and the second backstop. A second wedge (56) is slidably mounted between the top plate and the first wedge. A hydraulic cylinder (60) slidably forces the second wedge across the first wedge, thereby forcing the first wedge against the jaws to clamp the cable therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 1993
    Date of Patent: February 28, 1995
    Assignee: Newnes Machine Ltd.
    Inventor: Emeric W. Johnson
  • Patent number: 5369849
    Abstract: The present invention is a cable gripping unit having: a casing provided with a central circular shell bore having a tapered portion terminating in a cable receiving open end and inwardly projecting stop means spaced from the cable receiving end; a gripping member within the casing and movable longitudinally thereof comprised of jaw retaining means and jaw segments; spring means engaging the gripping member and the stop means yieldingly urging the gripping member towards the cable receiving end within the tapered portion of the shell; and the jaw retaining means being circular and concentric with the shell bore and provided with a plurality of retaining slots within each, of which a respective jaw segment is disposed with the jaw segments in circular arrangement defining a cylindrical jaw bore; and the jaw segments being radially movably disposed in the retaining means so that upon the spring means yieldingly urging the gripping member toward the cable receiving end the jaw members within tapered portion defi
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 1993
    Date of Patent: December 6, 1994
    Assignee: Fargo Mfg. Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert V. De France
  • Patent number: 5347689
    Abstract: A self locking rod seal includes a plurality of stamped sheet metal tapered frustro-conical segments which mate in a tapered frustro-conical bore of a steel housing. The segments are identical and include a projection upstanding from a recess in each of two opposing shoulders. The projections are received in the recess formed in an opposing shoulder of the other segment. The recesses receive the projections of the different segments in interengaging relation so that axial displacement of one segment requires axial displacement of the other segment. A spring urges the segments against the tapered bore of the housing. The segments in one embodiment have cantilevered radially resilient fingers which grip a rod in the bore thereof when the rod is slid in one direction and which release the rod when the rod is slid in the opposite direction. The rod has a flag at one end which with the seal lock a hasp therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 1993
    Date of Patent: September 20, 1994
    Assignee: E. J. Brooks Company
    Inventors: George Georgopoulos, Richard C. Dreisbach
  • Patent number: 5340230
    Abstract: A connector is provided formed from an elongated seamless tubular member having a first segment to which a conductor may be attached and opposite second segment which comprise a male connector end or a female connector end. The conductor is attached to the tubular member by providing a groove or crease in the first segment. The conductor lead is disposed in such groove and, the first segment is then crimped to hold the lead in place relative to the conductor. Alternatively, the lead may be soldered to the groove or sandwiched between the groove and a sleeve positioned upon the first segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 1992
    Date of Patent: August 23, 1994
    Assignee: Osram Sylvania Inc.
    Inventor: John R. Anderson
  • Patent number: 5339498
    Abstract: An adjustable tyer is formed using no knots. A slide, possibly made of plastics material is provided. The slide has a pair of channels through it for rope. A bight of rope is formed at one end of the slide. Anchoring means are provided to anchor the rope so that it is fixed against sliding in at least one of the channels. When rope is fixed with respect to only one channel a slip noose is formed. When rope is fixed with respect to both channels a tyer of fixed length is provided. The anchoring means to fix rope in respect of the second channel is releasable for adjustment purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 23, 1994
    Inventor: Llewellyn B. Parsons
  • Patent number: 5325746
    Abstract: A lockable wire guide control handle for grasping and manipulating a wire guide. The control handle includes an elongated member and a thumb slide positioned in a retention channel formed in the distal portion of the elongated member. The proximal portion of the elongated member is cylindrical having an enclosed passageway extending longitudinally therethrough, which is offset for passage of the wire guide therethrough. The distal portion of the elongated member includes a dovetail-shaped retention channel, the bottom surface including an inclined slot for positioning the wire guide therein. The thumb slide includes a mating dovetail-shaped tenon positioned in the retention channel. Extending from the flat surface of the dovetail-shaped tenon is an inclined projection for fixedly positioning the wire guide in the inclined slot. The inclined slot and projection have a variable, uniform spacing therebetween for fixedly positioning various diameter wire guides therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 1992
    Date of Patent: July 5, 1994
    Assignee: Cook Incorporated
    Inventor: Burton A. Anderson
  • Patent number: 5308026
    Abstract: This invention provides an improved cable clamp construction for telecommunication cables such as coaxial cables made from continuous filaments of optical glass fibers which are surrounded by an annulus of aramid material and contained within an outer plastic jacket. In order to provide intermediate gripping action on the continuous cable without its interruption, the gripping action must be carefully controlled and distributed over a relatively sizable intermediate area of the cable to prevent damage to the fragile fibers of the cable over a long useful life in varying climatic conditions. The gripping clamp is comprised of a limited number of components which are capable of surrounding and gripping the cable without undue flexure, the clamp being comprised essentially of a separable sleeve member and a separable plug member, both of which have tapered surfaces to positively secure the cable with compressive forces over a localized area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 1992
    Date of Patent: May 3, 1994
    Assignee: Esmet, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles R. Shaw
  • Patent number: 5306885
    Abstract: The invention provides a clamping device which removably secures a body to a cable, the clamping device comprising a toothed, tapered cable gripping insert which fits into a stepped, tapered recess slot in the body. The cable gripping insert is retained in position by a T-shaped latching bar on the top of the insert which fits into transverse grooves in the body on either side of the recess slot. A clamped cable exits the recess slot at right angles to its entry, providing pivoting action. The cable attaching device is particularly suited for use with an attachment for use with a float switch assembly. Such an attachment may be used as a weighted pivot for a float switch or alternatively as an unweighted float for extending the range of an existing float switch assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 1992
    Date of Patent: April 26, 1994
    Assignee: S. J. Electro Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Gene Utke
  • Patent number: 5233730
    Abstract: A cable grip for improving the performance of cable bolts for ground support comprises a segmented wedge defining a cone, each segment having an inside cavity adapted to conform to a circumference of a cable and serrated grooves cut into said inside cavity to grip the cable, and a sleeve consisting of a plastic cone conforming to the conical shape of the wedge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 1992
    Date of Patent: August 10, 1993
    Assignee: Noranda, Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas Milne, Alain Gendron
  • Patent number: 5228653
    Abstract: Tension clamp of the type including a sheath provided with an anchoring element and a tapered cavity inclined at a slight angle. In the cavity is a slidably mounted, transversely movable core including a single jaw having an abutting face against the cable. A part of the cavity of the sheath serves as a cradle for the cable and has a substantially semicylindrical cross-section with a radius matching that of the cable. A shell is provided between the part of the cavity of the sheath serving as a cradle for the cable and the cable. The shell is connected axially to the single jaw so as to follow its lengthwise movements, namely those parallel to the cable, but which is displaceable perpendicular to the lengthwise movements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 1992
    Date of Patent: July 20, 1993
    Assignee: Malico
    Inventor: Jean-Claude Libert
  • Patent number: 5226620
    Abstract: Tension clamp having a sheath provided with a tapered cavity inclined at a slight angle, opened by a lengthwise slit in which is slidably mounted a transversely movable core having a single jaw. An abutting face of the jaw facing a cable is equipped with a bar having a serration in a free face. A bearing face of the single jaw abutting a tapered bearing part of the cavity and the tapered bearing part have matching semicylindrical cross-sections and a common lengthwise axis. The tip of each serration is sloped such that its point of contact with the cable is offset toward a bottom of the cavity opposite lengthwise slit, relative to a diametral plane which contains the axis of the bearing face of the jaw and the axis of the cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 1992
    Date of Patent: July 13, 1993
    Assignee: Malico
    Inventor: Jean-Claude Libert
  • Patent number: 5226216
    Abstract: A clamp assembly with a releasable bail for securing and suspending cables, drop wires or the like that utilizes a locking structure cooperating with an aperture in a tail of the clamp assembly to secure and lock the releasable free end of the bail to the clamp assembly. Preferably, the locking structure is a foot segment and head at the end of a leg of the bail with a reduced portion permitting passage of the foot segment from an entry portion along a connecting portion to locate the head at a lock portion. Additionally, the other leg of the bail can be slideably attached utilizing an interlocking structure that reduces bail deformations during installation. Furthermore, the present invention provides a method for assembling the cable clamp assembly wherein the first and second legs are assembled and attached to the tail, and also providing a method for simultaneously forming the reduced portion of the second leg and a deformed region in the tail to capture the first leg in the tail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 1992
    Date of Patent: July 13, 1993
    Assignee: MacLean-Fogg Company
    Inventor: William M. Pizzi
  • Patent number: 5164546
    Abstract: A wire harness protector prevents wire harness wear resulting from repeated flexing at a single point by holding the harness in a bent fashion. The harness fits between a retaining portion and a retaining cap. A fixing arm may be connected to the retaining portion to facilitate attachment of the harness to a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 1990
    Date of Patent: November 17, 1992
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventor: Fumio Kumagai
  • Patent number: 5159861
    Abstract: A lockable wire guide control handle for grasping and manipulating a wire guide. The control handle includes an elongated member and a thumb slide positioned in a retention channel formed in the distal portion of the elongated member. The proximal portion of the elongated member is cylindrical having an enclosed passageway extending longitudinally therethrough, which is offset for passage of the wire guide therethrough. The distal portion of the elongated member includes a dovetail-shaped retention channel, the bottom surface includng an inclined slot for positioning the wire guide therein. The thumb slide includes a mating dovetail-shaped tenon positioned in the retention channel. Extending from the flat surface of the dovetail-shaped tenon is an inclined projection for fixedly positioning the wire guide in the inclined slot. The inclined slot and projection have a variable, uniform spacing therebetween for fixedly positioning various diameter wire guides therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 1991
    Date of Patent: November 3, 1992
    Assignee: Cook Incorporated
    Inventor: Burton A. Anderson
  • Patent number: 5148579
    Abstract: A cable hook comprises a body member having a longitudinal channel of generally rectangular cross-section formed therein for receiving a portion of a cable against one wall thereof, a cable clamping member laterally movable in such channel and having an inner surface engaging the cable and a longitudinally double-tapered inverted V-shaped outer surface, a transverse aperture extending through the channel, and a wedge member insertable in such transverse aperture and having a vertically tapered surface for driving the cable clamping member against the cable in the channel and a transversally double-tapered surface mating the longitudinally double-tapered surface of the cable clamping member to provide oppositely acting wedging surfaces generating increased clamping action during pulling of the cable in either direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 1991
    Date of Patent: September 22, 1992
    Assignee: Wire Rope Industries Ltd.
    Inventors: William Dyck, Harry Jones, William Jordan
  • Patent number: 5142745
    Abstract: A drop wire clamp is disclosed having dimples disposed in longitudinal rows along the length of the shim. Alternatively, transverse ridges may be formed on the shim instead of dimples. Furthermore, the shim may be held captive within the shell so that the shell is a convenient one-piece unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 1991
    Date of Patent: September 1, 1992
    Assignee: Diamond Communication Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Thim Setty, Gene Coll
  • Patent number: 5137517
    Abstract: A device for gripping a medical shaft such as a guide wire or catheter tube has two operative components: a body member with a longitudinal slot for receiving the shaft and an insert member slidably received in the slot of the body member. The body member and insert member have opposed, generally parallel shaft engagement surfaces which extend longitudinally along the shaft on each side thereof. Moving the insert member longitudinally relative to the body member activates a slide arrangement which moves the opposed surfaces laterally toward one another to grip the shaft therebetween while remaining generally parallel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 1991
    Date of Patent: August 11, 1992
    Assignee: SciMed Life Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Carol Loney, Richard C. Mattison, David B. Robinson
  • Patent number: 5121525
    Abstract: A cable clamp shim, wherein a side part thereof is bent at a right angle to the remainder thereof, with the slit being in the remainder portion for holding the sleeve of the clamp, so that the side part of the shim fits closely to the outside surface of the sleeve and thereby eliminates possibility of injury to the worker by the edge of the shim, and improves the positioning security of the shim in the clamping arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 1991
    Date of Patent: June 16, 1992
    Inventor: Masahiko Okura
  • Patent number: 5003672
    Abstract: An organization including a shock cord defined by elongate elastomeric cord including a rigid hook member mounted to each terminal end of the cord with the including a body fixedly secured to the cord and a hook directed downwardly overlying the body. The cover assembly includes a conical cover including a tapered neck portion wherein the neck portion surroundingly and slidingly engages the elastomeric cord to permit overlying covering of the hook member during periods of non-use to prevent snagging of the cord upon undesirable objects.Modifications of the invention include a cover assembly formed of a sponge fluid absorbent material including a conduit member to permit allocation of fluid into the cover to insure ease of slidability of the cover relative to the cord as well as providing a protectant about the hook member to prolong longevity of the hook and cord during use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 1990
    Date of Patent: April 2, 1991
    Inventor: Ovid Randall
  • Patent number: 4939821
    Abstract: A drop wire clamp assembly sandwiches an insulated drop wire between a housing bail and an elongated pressure pad which is pressed by a slide wedge assembly against the pad. The pressure pad has a side tab which extends into a capturing aperture in the wall of the housing to guide the pressure pad for movement along the height of the side wall of the housing, and allows tilting motion thereof, without allowing the pad to drop out of an open channel formed in the housing bail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 1989
    Date of Patent: July 10, 1990
    Inventor: George J. Frank, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4935993
    Abstract: A jam cleat for holding a rope under tension is disclosed. The cleat comprises two converging surfaces between which a roller is located. The rope is inserted between the roller and first of the converging surfaces. When the rope comes under tension friction between the rope and the roller causes the roller to roll along the second converging surface and thereby grip the rope with a wedging action. Devices are disclosed for forcing the roller to release the rope. One such, device is a lever which is optionally pivotably mounted on the cleat. In one example the cleat comprises a base and a body embodying the converging surfaces and the roller and slidably mounted on the base. The body can be moved along the base by the rope as it comes under tension and the base is provided with an abutment which is brought to bear on the roller during this movement and forces the roller to release the rope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 1988
    Date of Patent: June 26, 1990
    Inventor: Charles C. Bree
  • Patent number: 4916850
    Abstract: A line attachment device for fixing objects to a line such as a fishing line, a string or a piece of rope. The device includes a shank or stem securable to the object to be fixed. The line attaching portion of the device includes a plug fixed to the stem, a cleat next to the plug and extended outward from it, and a cap with a central opening that fits snuggly over the plug. To fix the line to the device, an open loop is formed in the line and is trained through the opening in the cap when the cap is removed from the plug. The loop is drawn over the end of the plug and over the cleat such that it bears against the cleat when pulling toward the plug. The cap is then secured on the plug to hold the loop in place. The loop is secured on the cleat and is prevented by the cap from passing over the cleat whereby the line is secured to the line ataching device and thus to the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 1989
    Date of Patent: April 17, 1990
    Inventor: Paul A. Dodge
  • Patent number: 4872626
    Abstract: A clamp comprises a split sleeve provided with a mooring element and a conical recess with a slight slope in which a compressible core is mounted to a slide exhibiting a cavity for housing of the electric conductor or its carrying cable. The slide has an outside shape complementary to that of the recess of sleeve and which can be wedged by sliding in the latter. At least one longitudinal portion of the wall of cavity the central core, provided for housing the carrying cable of conductor and, preferably, each of the two diametrically opposite longitudinal portions of this cavity, consists of a metal bar inserted in this wall and whose free face is provided with teeth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 1987
    Date of Patent: October 10, 1989
    Assignee: Malico S.A.
    Inventor: Jean-Pierre Lienart
  • Patent number: 4858810
    Abstract: The pin vise is usable in connection with guidewire of the type used in medical applications, i.e., for guiding catheters. The pin vise is constructed from two parts which are assembled together to provide a handle over a guidewire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 1987
    Date of Patent: August 22, 1989
    Assignee: Heart Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. Intlekofer, Michael W. Slota
  • Patent number: 4809408
    Abstract: A wedge-type cable clamp has an outer member providing an open-ended tapered recess receiving a wedge around which a cable is wrapped in the usual manner. The wedge projects beyond the larger end of the recess, and the sides of the outer member extend past the wedge to shield it against random accidental forces. A cut-out in the sides provides finger access for intentionally releasing the clamp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 1987
    Date of Patent: March 7, 1989
    Inventor: Thomas C. Abrahamson