Plastic Band Patents (Class 24/16PB)
  • Patent number: 6164605
    Abstract: A band clamp for capturing a tubular member, e.g., brake line of a motor vehicle, is presented, wherein the band clamp is adapted to be mounted around an annular object, e.g., an axle assembly of the motor vehicle. In an exemplary embodiment, the clamp comprises an open-ended substantially annular band having first and second opposed primary interlockable members disposed at the open ends thereof. The clamp further includes first and second cooperating, opposed secondary interlockable members disposed within the annular band between the open ends. The first and second secondary interlockable members provide complementary engaging surfaces extending a predetermined distance from the annular band for securing the tubular member to the clamp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2000
    Assignee: General Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Ronald A. Drake, Nickolas J Ristich
  • Patent number: 6151761
    Abstract: A flexible tie comprises a flexible strap having a head portion and an opposing end portion. The head portion of the strap includes first and second slots. Loops are formed in the strap by inserting the end portion of through the first and second slots. The first slot is a non-locking slot that permits the strap to move in both directions. The second slot is a locking slot that limits movement of the strap to a single direction. In use, the loops are tightened around a prisoner's arms or legs. The non-locking slot prevents the loops from over-tightening and cutting off circulation to the prisoner's arms and legs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2000
    Inventor: Greg Thompson
  • Patent number: 6149109
    Abstract: A cable mount for securing a cable bundle is provided which comprises a cable tie having a locking head and a support plate. The support plate is provided with openings which permit passage of the cable tie therethrough. An extension such as a ratcheting pawl or beads are positioned adjacent or within at least one of the openings which frictionally supports the cable tie within the opening prior to locking a leading edge of the cable tie within the locking head thereby to secure the cable bundle to the support plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2000
    Inventor: Ralph Stankowski
  • Patent number: 6145167
    Abstract: A label which can be attached to a commercial article for the emission of an alarm signal, includes a body of the label containing a device which can be perceived by suitable detection equipment for emission of an alarm signal, a band for attachment to the article for connecting the body of the label to the article, and a structure for restraining the band and the body of the label firmly one to the other. The label body includes a housing suitable for being entered by the band. The band has an end band section and an intermediate section which oppose each other and are compressed one in relation to the other in the housing. The band has, along at least part of one longitudinal face, securing teeth so that the portions of securing teeth on the parts of the band in contact in the housing are compressed against each other in such a way as to block relative sliding of the portions of the band in the housing during an attempt to disengage the article from the band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2000
    Inventor: Attilio Brentini
  • Patent number: 6142158
    Abstract: The present invention relates to hair barrettes. More specifically, hair barrettes with removable clasps. The removable clasps may be attached to the barrette by a variety of different structure, including direct attachment and attachment through an intermediate universal adapter. The universal adapter allows the clasp to remain in the hair while simultaneously exchanging the ornamental component of the hair barrette. Furthermore, the universal adapter allows interchange of parts such that any size clasp may be used with any of the receiving ornamental components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2000
    Inventors: Lisa Lloyd, Jose Pepe Elijio Velasquez
  • Patent number: 6138327
    Abstract: The present invention includes an elongated securement strap comprised of a plurality of joined segments. The strap preferably comprises of an elongated first webbed segment of material having a first end and a second end, an elongated second segment of material having a first end and a second end; and an elongated third webbed segment of material having a first end and a second end, wherein the segments are joined in an overlapping relationship to form the elongated strap. The second end of the first segment and the first end of the third segment have securement openings therein. The middle or second segment of the elongated strap is comprised of a stretchable material to permit ease of strapping and holding objects together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2000
    Inventors: Andrew P. Powell, Michael J. Lamontagne
  • Patent number: 6119314
    Abstract: An extremely versatile tie which can; 1) be releasable or non-releasable; 2) tie one bundle or two bundles;, 3) be threaded from either side; 4) have a circular or oval shape; 5) have controlled release; and 6) attach to other ties so two or more ties can be opened in unison. This tie can be made out of one or more pieces. Each releasable tie has a strap, a holder, and a retainer, which can be in a locked or unlocked position. In the locked position, the tie can tighten in discrete increments, but cannot loosen. In the unlocked position, the tie can loosen or release in discrete increments (i.e., controlled release), but cannot tighten. The retainer and holder engage to keep the tie in either a locked or unlocked position. To ensure that the retainer and holder are not accidentally dislodged from the locked or unlocked position, a deliberate movement (perpendicular to the strap) is required by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2000
    Inventor: Anna B. Freed
  • Patent number: 6115888
    Abstract: A plastic holding strap is provided for bundling elongate objects and fastening the elongate bundled objects to an associated support member. The holding strap includes a first holding element adapted for connection onto the associated support member. An elongate profiled strap element extends from the first holding element for encircling and fastening a first bundle of associated elongate objects onto the holding element for connection in turn to an associated support member. In order to provide additional holding capability and to enable a wider range of application of the plastic holding strap, a second holding element is provided for selective intermatable attachment onto the first holding element. The second holding element defines at least one receiving area for selective connection to one or more associated articles in addition to the items fastened to the first holding element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2000
    Assignee: TRW Automotive Electronics & Components GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Willibald Kraus
  • Patent number: 6105210
    Abstract: A tie for use in pairing together two objects. The tie comprises a head having an elongated channel extending therethrough, a locking tang within the head, and a strap having a length of approximately 63.3 cm. The strap comprises a first end integrally formed onto the head and a second end. A projection is formed on the strap between the first end and the second end. The portion of the strap from the projection to the first end is in the form of an elongated, flexible filament having a length of approximately 59.5 cm. The elongated filament is narrow in thickness, narrow in width and has a generally uniform, rectangularly-shaped cross-section. In one embodiment, the portion of the strap from the projection to the second end is formed in a ladder structure having a plurality of rungs. The rungs of the strap are sequentially engaged by the locking tang when the strap is inserted into and through the elongated channel to form a closed loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2000
    Assignee: Avery Dennison Corporation
    Inventor: James C. Benoit
  • Patent number: 6105908
    Abstract: A retainer strap for fastening tubular objects to associated support structures includes a bearing region adapted for connecting the strap to an associated support structure, an elongate strap element having a plurality of catch teeth arranged along the strap element and a holding region formed on a first end of the elongate strap element for selectively receiving and holding the second end of the strap element therein. A breakable hinge member formed integrally with the retainer strap during manufacture initially connects the bearing region directly to the strap element. The breakable hinge is selectively manually severable to permit relative slidable movement of the bearing region on the strap element to enable a selectable relative distance between the bearing region and the holding region so that the retainer strap can be used in a wide variety of applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2000
    Assignee: TRW Automotive Electronics & Components GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Willibald Kraus
  • Patent number: 6101682
    Abstract: A training restraint having double loops formed of two separate, flexible straps joined together by an interlocking cover is extremely strong, tamper resistant and more easily molded than single strap devices. The restraint is designed to be folded into a compact storage position which can be easily carried by law enforcement personnel yet is instantly ready for use. The restraint is designed for repeated use and is provided with indicia to identify the device for training purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2000
    Assignee: Armament Systems and Procedures
    Inventor: Kevin L. Parsons
  • Patent number: 6101683
    Abstract: A loop fastener well-suited for attaching tags to articles of commerce. In one embodiment, the loop fastener comprises a flexible filament having a first end and a second end. In addition, the loop fastener comprises a socket, the socket having a top surface, a bottom surface and a side surface, the side surface being generally octagonal in shape and having a front end. The socket is also shaped to include a channel and a circumferential flange, the channel being generally circular in transverse cross-section and extending from the top surface to the bottom surface, the flange extending partially into the channel and being shaped to include an arcuate surface extending convexly downwardly from the top surface. The first end of the flexible filament is joined both to the top surface and the front end of the socket, the flexible filament extending away from the socket generally perpendicularly relative to the channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2000
    Assignee: Avery Dennison Corporation
    Inventors: Charles L. Deschenes, William J. Cooper, Clark L. Grendol, Clinton N. Matthews
  • Patent number: 6101690
    Abstract: The strap retainer includes a relatively rigid post element with one end formed integrally with a relatively flexible strap element. The free end of the post element includes parallel stabilizing channels and a central detent channel which receive parallel stabilizing prongs and a central detent channel on the free end of the strap element. The detent channel includes detent protrusions with forward ramps to deflect the detent prong upon initial insertion, and further includes rearward ramps to detent engage lateral ramped surfaces on the detent prong after the detent prong has ramped over the detent protrusions and returned to an undeflected position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2000
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Paul F. Giampavolo, John S. Pontaoe
  • Patent number: 6102347
    Abstract: A cable tie for securing a connector to a cable of a harness, the connector having a pair of rails which together form a track therebetween. The cable tie comprises an elongated flexible strap having a first end and a second end. A locking head is integrally formed on the first end of the strap and is adapted to cooperate with the strap to form a loop around the cable. The cable tie further comprises a fastener coupled to the strap which is sized and shaped to slide into the track formed in the connector. In one embodiment, the fastener of the cable tie is integrally formed on the strap. In another embodiment, the fastener of the cable tie and the strap are two separate pieces, thereby enabling the fastener to slide along the strap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2000
    Assignee: Avery Dennison Corporation
    Inventor: James C. Benoit
  • Patent number: 6098932
    Abstract: A mounting apparatus for pipes and the method which enables the reliable attachment of pipes while offering corrosion protection. The mounting apparatus includes a plurality of fused together bands having a thermoplastic coating. Each band includes a plurality of adjacently disposed strings of various load-carrying filaments. The bands each have a thermoplastic coating thereby preventing corrosion where the thermoplastic surface lies against the pipe. By providing strings composed of fibers having different characteristics the bands are particularly tailored to a desired mounting application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2000
    Assignee: Roblon A/S
    Inventor: John Olesen
  • Patent number: 6098250
    Abstract: A fastening device [or belt] comprising a strip of colored plastic molded in a desired shape with one surface being substantially flat. At both ends of the strip are a plurality of loops. The loops may be interlocked to surround and secure an object, or the loops may be directly attached to the object to be secured. Two strips may be interlocked with each other to create a larger strip. [Also claimed are methods for making this fastening device or belt by open mold or injection molding processes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2000
    Inventor: Harry S. Katz
  • Patent number: 6098253
    Abstract: A one-piece, tamper-resistant fastener for attaching one item to another is described. The fastener is particularly suited for attaching an item such as a ski coupon to a skier's garment. The attachment mechanism of the fastener is designed to allow a user to attach both items to the fastener, and thus the items to each other, in one action. The fastener is made of a single piece of plastic material, preferably polypropylene, which is easily recycled, even with a typical ski coupon attached. The one-piece fastener may alternatively be made using a biodegradable material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2000
    Assignee: YKK Corporation of America
    Inventors: Yasutaka Nishida, Ryoichiro Uehara
  • Patent number: 6085394
    Abstract: A coupler and a method for securing foam tube insulation elements to one another for pipes, comprising of a strip having a top surface and a bottom surface. The top surface may have a series of tab-like projections that define openings between the top surface and the bottom surface. The top surface may also have a series of teeth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2000
    Assignee: Industrial Thermo Polymers Limited
    Inventor: Steven David Hartman
  • Patent number: 6076234
    Abstract: A cable tie includes an elongate generally planar strap and a head. The head includes a tapering entrance into a passageway therethrough for inserting the strap and a flexibly hinged locking pawl adjacent the passageway. The head also includes a fixed locking tooth adjacent the entry end of the passageway for engaging the strap after full securing an article or articles to be bundled. The fixed locking tooth of the present invention is desirably positioned to allow unobstructed insertion of the tail through the head. The present invention is able to minimize the stretching of the strap body when adjacent to the locking pawl by providing an edge which frictionally engages the strap body as the strap body egresses from the passageway of the head. Furthermore, the present invention may include a pair of counter-rotatable locking elements positioned to one side of the passageway through the head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2000
    Assignee: Thomas & Betts Corporation
    Inventors: Wasim Khokhar, Mark A. Bailey, Peter M. Wells, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6073315
    Abstract: A band is set forth which can function to wrap bundles of items together or to secure one item to another. In a first mode, the band is wrapped about a bundle and an opening disposed along the length of the band is passed over a stud to secure the band wrapped about the bundle. In the second mode, the band is wrapped about one item and an end is passed through a slit near the other end of the band to define a first loop. The band is thereafter wrapped about the other item to define a second loop and an opening is passed over the stud to secure the band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2000
    Inventor: Von O. Rasmussen
  • Patent number: 6070304
    Abstract: A cable assembly for a cable tying device includes a cable having two or more rows of cavities arranged in a stagger way, and includes a tie head having two or more pairs of ratchet catches extended inward of a bore of the tie head. The pairs of ratchet catches each has one or more teeth arranged in a stagger way for engaging with the rows of cavities of the cable and for securing the cable to the tie head. The cable will not be easily disengaged or released from the tie head when only one or two of the ratchet catches are damaged or are disengaged from the tie head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2000
    Inventor: Yeon Shin Lii
  • Patent number: 6062622
    Abstract: A handle clasp for carrying grocery bags will decrease "cutting" sensations on the hand of the user, allow the user to more easily grasp several bags at once, and reduce tumbling and spillage of the bags during transport. The handle clasp includes a slotted handle, a bag connection segment, and a head for clasping to the handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2000
    Assignee: Ari D. Susman
    Inventors: Ari David Susman, Kenneth Susman, H. Lee Evett
  • Patent number: 6059241
    Abstract: A clip-type fastening device having a deformable and resilient body which is constructed of first and second deformable aperture defining portions which in combination define an aperture within the body. First and second engaging members are integrally formed with the deformable aperture defining portions and are inter-engageable to clamp the body around a fixed member in a step-lock fashion. The aperture defining portions and engaging members may be deformed and separated in a twisting manner to release the body from the fixed member and a deformable clip portion is likewise separable to releasably secure an object such as a length of cord or a flag grommet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2000
    Inventor: Michael A. Martone
  • Patent number: 6049949
    Abstract: A cable binder includes a cable binder head (1) and a cable binder band (3) extending therefrom. The cable binder head includes first and second planar contact surfaces (11, 18) that intersect each other at a contact angle (.alpha.) in the range from 145.degree. to 160.degree., and are adapted to establish a substantially uniform and continuous contact of the cable binder head (1) with the substantially circular outer contour of a cable or other elongate component (6) that is to be secured. The cable binder head has an opening (2) extending at an incline therethrough and adjoining an edge of the contact surface (11). This arrangement ensures the maximum contact of the binder band (3) and contact surfaces (11, 18) of the head (1) with the outer contour of the component (6) being secured, and minimizes or eliminates the formation of a triangular open gap (4) between the binder head and the component (6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2000
    Assignee: DaimlerChrysler Aerospace Airbus GmbH
    Inventor: Hans-Peter Guthke
  • Patent number: 6047448
    Abstract: A new bundling strap system for providing a reusable strap for bundling items together. The inventive device includes an elongate flexible bundling strap and a fastening member. The bundling strap has a pair of opposite ends. A fastening member has opposite first and second ends. One of the ends of the bundling strap is insertable through one of the ends of the fastening member into the fastening member. Another of the ends of the bundling strap is insertable through another of the ends of the fastening member into the fastening member. The fastening member has first and second pawls. The first pawl engages the bundling strap to prevent pulling of the one end of the bundling strap out of the fastening member through the one end of the fastening member. The second pawl engages the bundling strap to prevent pulling of the other end of the bundling strap out of the fastening member through the other end of the fastening member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2000
    Inventor: Phillip F. Arnold
  • Patent number: 6047447
    Abstract: The present invention is to provide a new sealing device which has not a capability of the push-through head portion being re-inserted into the socket portion 2 again after when the sealing condition has once been broken and further, a new sealing device can be provided in which an evidence showing the fact that the sealed condition of the sealing device had been broken, intentionally, is remained on this sealing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2000
    Assignees: Kotec's Co., Ltd, Snayo Seisakusho Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hideyuki Ueno
  • Patent number: 6044524
    Abstract: A tie including a tongue and a locking head having a pawl that is hinged at one side of an opening in the locking head across the opening from an abutment surface for locking engagement with a first set of ratchet teeth on one side of the tongue when the tongue has been inserted through the opening, and also having teeth on the abutment surface for locking engagement with a second set of ratchet teeth on the other side of the tongue when the tongue has been so inserted, is formed by injection molding. An artifact line is formed at a parting line between the mold parts while the plastic material solidifies in the mold cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2000
    Assignee: GB Electrical, Inc.
    Inventors: Soren Christian Sorensen, Jens Ole Sorensen
  • Patent number: 6044525
    Abstract: A fastener strap sheet is provided that includes (a) a sheet material having a first surface and a second surface substantially opposite the first surface, the first surface being constructed for face-to-face cooperating engagement with the second surface; and (b) a pattern of cuts extending through the sheet material, the cuts defining an array of fastener straps, each fastener strap including an elongated body having a predetermined width, and a head portion at one end of the body having a width greater than the predetermined width and defining an opening through which the strap body can be pulled. The array of straps define a first set of straps and a second set of straps, the heads of the first set, being located on a first side of the array and the heads of the second set being located on a second, opposite side of the array, and the bodies of the first set being directly bordered by and parallel with the bodies of the second set, in an interdigitated arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2000
    Assignee: Velcro Industries B.V.
    Inventors: Jordi Blade Sastre, Mireia Musquera Ferrer, William Clune, Samuel W. Pollard, Clifton Wall
  • Patent number: 6041925
    Abstract: A self-lockable loop fastener adapted for attaching tags and the like to articles of commerce. According to one embodiment, the fastener includes an elongated flexible filament, a receiving part disposed at one end of the flexible filament and an inserting part disposed at the opposite end of the flexible filament. The receiving part has a longitudinal axis extending generally perpendicular to that of the filament and includes a socket. The socket is provided with an aperture, the aperture having a longitudinal axis extending generally parallel to that of the filament. A circumferential flange is disposed within the aperture to reduce the diameter of a portion of aperture. The inserting part, which has a longitudinal axis extending generally perpendicular to that of the filament but generally parallel to that of the receiving part, includes a plug, the plug being insertable into the aperture and past the flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2000
    Assignee: Avery Dennison Corporation
    Inventor: Clark L. Grendol
  • Patent number: 6026544
    Abstract: A loop fastener well-suited for attaching tags to articles of commerce. In one embodiment, the loop fastener comprises a flexible filament having a first end and a second end. In addition, the loop fastener comprises a socket, the socket having a top surface, a bottom surface and a side surface, the side surface being generally octagonal in shape and having a front end. The socket is also shaped to include a channel and a circumferential flange, the channel being generally circular in transverse cross-section and extending from the top surface to the bottom surface, the flange extending partially into the channel and being shaped to include an arcuate surface extending convexly downwardly from the top surface. The first end of the flexible filament is joined both to the top surface and the front end of the socket, the flexible filament extending away from the socket generally perpendicularly relative to the channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2000
    Assignee: Avery Dennison Corporation
    Inventors: Charles L. Deschenes, Clark L. Grendol, Clinton N. Matthews, William J. Cooper
  • Patent number: 6003208
    Abstract: A parallel entry tie include a flexible strap having a locking head and a free end. The strap is received in a passage in the locking head where it is engaged by a locking tab which is biased toward engagement with the strap as it passes into and through the passage. The locking tab prevents withdrawal of the tie from the locking head. The strap can be released for withdrawal from the locking head by moving the tab against the bias. An opening is provided in the locking head generally opposite to the location of the locking tab. The strap, throughout the major portion of its extension, has a width which is less than the width of the opening. The opening in the locking head is preferably provided with spaced shoulders in the area of the engagement between the locking tab and the straps serrations. An inclined lip is provided in the area through which the strap exits the locking head. The lip is angled such as to displace the strap from the normal exterior of the strap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 21, 1999
    Assignee: Tyton Hellerman Corporation
    Inventors: Kenneth A Christian, Mark A Federspiel
  • Patent number: 5987706
    Abstract: An apparatus for coupling at least two structures. The apparatus comprises a resilient, elongated coupling member having a plurality of spaced-apart apertures and a plurality of projections positioned between respective pairs of adjacent apertures. The apertures in a first portion of the coupling member are sized and positioned to removably receive the projections of a second portion of the coupling member when the coupling member is wrapped around a bundle or structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 23, 1999
    Assignee: Micron Electronics, Inc.
    Inventor: Craig L. Boe
  • Patent number: 5987719
    Abstract: Tamper resistant plastic fastener which may be used, among other things, to attach a tag to a desired article, such as a garment of clothing, a product label or the like. The fastener comprises an elongated unitary plastic member shaped to include a cross bar, a paddle, and a flexible filament interconnecting the cross bar and paddle. The cross bar is sufficiently small so that it cannot easily be manually aligned with the installation hole for removal therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 23, 1999
    Assignee: Avery Dennison Corporation
    Inventor: William J. Cooper
  • Patent number: 5970585
    Abstract: A buckle located around a resilience strap and a method of manufacturing includes a resilient strap material provided on a continuous basis and having a particular width and thickness. The strap material is stretched to reduce the width and thickness of the strap material at a particular position. A mold member is provided to form a buckle and the buckle is molded around the strap at the particular position where the strap material is reduced in width and thickness to increase the friction between the buckle and the strap material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 26, 1999
    Assignee: Moldex-Metric, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Forbes Scholey
  • Patent number: 5967316
    Abstract: A cable tie bandolier for use with automatic tools. The bandolier includes a plurality of interconnected cable ties. The ties are interconnected by a single web positioned between adjacent ties and located closer to the head of the tie than to the tail of the tie.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 19, 1999
    Assignee: Thomas & Betts International, Inc.
    Inventors: Salvatore J. Abbruzzese, Mark A. Bordwell, Peter M. Wells, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5966781
    Abstract: A dual spacing clamp tie includes a locking head and two flexible straps extending outwardly in opposite directions from the locking head. The straps are insertable through the locking head to form two, spaced loops that can be used to secure items in spaced, parallel relationship to each other. A pair of releasable pawls in the locking head secure the straps around the items to be secured. An aperture through the locking head is provided for securing the dual spacing clamp tie to a mounting structure such as a threaded stud. Preferably, the aperture is smooth-walled and slightly undersized to hold the clamp tie in place through frictional engagement with the stud. If desired, a nut or other fastener can be applied. Alternatively, an additional pawl mechanism can be provided within the aperture to secure the clamp tie to the mounting stud. Again, if desired, a nut or other fastener can be used to further secure the clamp tie to the mounting stud.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 19, 1999
    Assignee: Tyton Hellermann Corporation
    Inventor: Gerard G. Geiger
  • Patent number: 5964013
    Abstract: An improved cable tie for bundling wires, cables and the like having a band, head, spring section and retainer. The retainer is wrapped around the head and the band is inserted into an opening in the retainer and pulled until it meet the spring section. The band is then wrapped around the material to be bundled and then into the underside of the head and through the head. An interlocking device prevents the band from reversing its direction. The band is tightened until the installer feels the tension and the tightening of the spring section on the bundle. Cutting the retainer after installation will loosen the bundle by a controlled amount for tracking wires or subsequent removal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 12, 1999
    Inventor: John A Bergstrom
  • Patent number: 5956814
    Abstract: A band cable comprising a tie having a plurality of grooves, a head having a tie passing slot into which the tie is inserted, and a stopper located in a one-body with the tie passing slot to fixedly secure the tie, is characterized in that there is formed in both sides of the tie passing slot an inclined path which makes the stopper separated from the groove of the tie, in case that a sort of force is given in one part of the tie so as to release the tie under such as a situation that the tie is bound by the tie passing slot of the head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 28, 1999
    Inventor: Woncheol Choi
  • Patent number: 5956813
    Abstract: A one piece cable tie for forming a plurality of objects such as cables into a bundle. The cable tie includes an elongated flexible strap having a first end, a second end, a top planar surface, a bottom planar surface, a first recessed portion formed in the top planar surface, a second recessed portion formed in the bottom planar surface, a first set of ratchet-shaped teeth formed within the first recessed portion and a second set of ratchet-shaped teeth formed within the second recessed portion. The cable tie further includes a locking head integrally formed to the first end of the strap. The locking head includes a top surface and a bottom surface. The locking head also includes an inner channel wall, an outer channel wall and a pair of sidewalls which together define a strap accepting channel therebetween, the strap accepting channel having a first open end formed in the top surface of the locking head and a second open end formed in the bottom surface of the locking head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 28, 1999
    Assignee: Avery Dennison Corporation
    Inventor: William J. Cooper
  • Patent number: 5943741
    Abstract: The object of the present invention is to provide a new fastener means in which the inserting part thereof can easily be inserted into the aperture or a through hole provided inside the socket portion, and also to provide a new fastener means with which a desired fastener means can be easily singled out from a bundle thereof without generating any entanglement formed among the fasteners. The label supporting means comprising a linear flexible string portion 3, a holder portion 2 connected to one end of the string portion 3 and a connecting portion 4 connected to another end 32 of the string portion 3. The holder portion 2 is provided with a finger contacted grasping portion 15 between the holder portion 2 and the string portion 3.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 31, 1999
    Assignees: Kotec's Co., Ltd., Akira Furutsu
    Inventor: Akira Furutsu
  • Patent number: 5940944
    Abstract: A strap retainer comprising a flexible elongated body having two planar sides and two free ends adapted for closure on to each other. A locking pawl is integrally formed with one free end and comprises a post and a head section having two locking legs. A receptacle for the locking pawl is integrally formed with the other free end. The receptacle has top and bottom surfaces that are parallel to the planar sides of the body. There is a cavity in the top surface of the receptacle, having an enlarged section and a narrow section extending through the free end of the receptacle. There are two apertures on either side of the narrow section that extend toward the free end. Inserting the locking pawl into the cavity and sliding it toward the free end of the receptacle causes the legs to snap into the apertures and lock the locking pawl into the receptacle, to permanently close the strap retainer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 24, 1999
    Assignee: National Molding Corporation
    Inventor: Joseph Anscher
  • Patent number: 5937488
    Abstract: A unitary clamp is provided for securing a brakeline to the axle of a vehicle. The clamp includes a first clamping structure that clamps around the axle and a second clamping structure that clamps around the brakeline. Both clamping structures are independently operated so that the clamp can first be secured to the brakeline and thereafter to the axle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 17, 1999
    Assignee: Tyton Hellerman Corporation
    Inventor: Gerard G Geiger
  • Patent number: 5934465
    Abstract: A cable tie bandolier for use with automatic tools. A continuous length of cable ties may be formed utilizing a non-continuous molding operation by molding discrete shots of cable ties, such discrete shots having connection capability therebetween allowing the connection of one discrete shot of cable ties to a second discrete shot of cable ties thereby providing one continuous strip of cable ties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 10, 1999
    Assignee: Thomas & Betts Corporation
    Inventors: Salvatore J. Abbruzzese, Mark A. Bordwell, Michael A. Bridgman, William T. O'Neill, Peter M. Wells, Jr., Derek Woods
  • Patent number: 5926921
    Abstract: A one-piece cable tie for securing a cable to a mounting surface having a threaded stud attached thereto, the cable having an outer sheath of convoluted tubing. The cable tie comprises an elongated strap and a locking head on one end of the strap. The locking head is adapted to cooperate with the strap to form a loop around the cable. The cable tie further includes a fastener coupled to the locking head for securing the cable to the threaded stud. The fastener includes a boss having a central bore to enable the boss to be mounted over the threaded stud. The fastener also includes a first set of flexible fingers formed on the boss which are disposed to project into the bore. Each finger comprises an arm pivotally connected to the boss and an engagement head formed on the arm for engaging the threaded stud. The fastener further includes a cover connected to the boss.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 27, 1999
    Assignee: Avery Dennison Corporation
    Inventor: James C. Benoit
  • Patent number: 5924171
    Abstract: In a tie including an elongated tongue with a locking head at one end of the tongue, a tip at the other end of the tongue, a first set of ratchet teeth extending along one broad side of the tongue and a second set of ratchet teeth extending along the other broad side of the tongue, wherein the locking head has sides defining an opening for receiving the tip of the tongue, a movable pawl that is hinged at one side of the opening and an abutment surface that is across the opening from the pawl, wherein the pawl has pawl teeth disposed for engaging the first set of ratchet teeth, and wherein stationary teeth are disposed on the abutment surface for engaging the second set of ratchet teeth, the stationary teeth on the abutment surface have a greater lateral extension with respect to the direction of insertion of the tongue through the opening than do the pawl teeth and the second set of ratchet teeth have a greater lateral extension with respect to the direction of insertion than do the first set of ratchet teeth
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 20, 1999
    Assignee: GB Electrical, Inc.
    Inventors: Soren Christian Sorensen, Jens Ole Sorensen
  • Patent number: 5920968
    Abstract: An attacher for restraining straps or belts of a restraining system has a belt member with a rounded shape which engages a loop of a restraining belt or strap, a surrounding member and interconnection means to enclose the strap attacher around an anchoring member, for example, of a shopping cart. The belt and surrounding members include cavities therethrough, such that cracks which may develop in these members will be limited, thus preventing catastrophic failure of the strap attacher.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 13, 1999
    Assignee: National Molding Corporation
    Inventor: Joseph Anscher
  • Patent number: 5911367
    Abstract: A tie having a receptacle with an aperture there through, a lower edge of which includes at least one or more saw teeth or the like members which can engage with similar saw teeth members on the underside of a free end of the tie as it passes through the aperture, which lower edge is parallel to the surface of the body of the tie so that the free end, on connection, lies effectively on the periphery of the tie. The free end of the tie may be positively directed downwards towards the body of the tie as it passes through the receptacle by the provision of an upper inner curved surface within the aperture in the receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 15, 1999
    Inventor: Gregory Charles McInerney
  • Patent number: 5911368
    Abstract: A one piece cable tie for forming a plurality of objects such as cables into a bundle. The cable tie includes an elongated flexible strap having a first end, a second end, a top planar surface, a bottom planar surface, a first recessed portion formed in the top planar surface, a second recessed portion formed in the bottom planar surface, a first set of ratchet-shaped teeth formed within the first recessed portion and a second set of ratchet-shaped teeth formed within the second recessed portion. The cable tie further includes a locking head integrally formed to the first end of the strap. The locking head includes a top surface and a bottom surface. The locking head also includes an inner channel wall, an outer channel wall and a pair of sidewalls which together define a strap accepting channel therebetween, the strap accepting channel having a first open end formed in the top surface of the locking head and a second open end formed in the bottom surface of the locking head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 15, 1999
    Assignee: Avery Dennison Corporation
    Inventor: Paul A. Davignon
  • Patent number: 5908110
    Abstract: A flexible pin assembly for hooking tags includes a plurality of flexible pins arranged in parallel relation, and a connecting assembly for connecting together the plurality of flexible pins. Each of the flexible pins includes an intermediate portion made of a tough plastic fiber, an earlobe portion secured to one end of the intermediate portion, the earlobe portion including a through-hole and an engagement portion formed on an inner surface of a wall defining the through-hole, and a head portion secured to an opposite end of the intermediate portion and adapted to be inserted for engagement into the through-hole so that a loop is formed at the intermediate portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 1, 1999
    Assignee: J.E. Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Tomoyuki Hirai
  • Patent number: 5906342
    Abstract: A holding device (1) made of plastic for attachment to a support for holding and supporting at least one tube-shaped body comprises an attachment portion (2) connectable to the support and a holding portion (3) of two half-dishes (4, 5) enveloping the tube-shaped body. The two half-dishes are connected with each other at the side next to the attachment portion (2). At the side opposite the attachment portion (2), the half-dishes are connected by at least one hinged element (6) while at the side next to the attachment portion (2) they are joined by a snap-in catch device (7) arranged within the attachment portion (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 25, 1999
    Assignee: TRW United-Carr GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Willibald Kraus