Plastic Bands Patents (Class 24/17AP)
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 6044526
    Abstract: A fastening clasp for holding fabric or other sheet-like material in a given position. The fastening clasp includes a flexible sleeve having a first end and a second end. A ring is attached to the first end of the flexible sleeve. A flexible, transverse tab is attached to the second end of the flexible sleeve. A piece of the fabric is positioned directly over the ring while the tab is inserted within the ring. The tab and fabric are both held in place by the stiffness of the tab's perimeter. The sleeve gathers and holds the fabric in the desired position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2000
    Inventor: Marilyn Putney
  • 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: 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: 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: 5987707
    Abstract: A cord retaining device consisting of a T-shaped housing with three legs. Through holes extend through each leg with two of the holes in two legs being aligned with each other. The third or other leg's through hole intersects with the two aligned holes. At the third leg there are two opposite cord retaining grooves that open upwardly and taper downwardly. A bottom slot extends along the length of the two aligned legs and has an enlarged mid portion. By placing a cord having a diameter slightly greater than the diameter of the two aligned housing through holes, such as a bungee cord, through the bottom slot and pulling a mid portion of the cord into the third leg, a loop may be formed by the pulled portion. Lower portions of this formed loop may be inserted into the cord retaining grooves to fix the cord therein. A second bungee cord may also be used with the first bungee cord and housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 23, 1999
    Inventor: James Richard DeShon
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 5901416
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a releasable and reusable tie strap for bundling a group of wires together. A plastic tie strap has a clip head attached to the strap. The clip head has a hinged cover which can be releasably closed over the strap. The clip head has a ratchet tooth which engages ribs on the strap. The hinged cover is closed over the strap to cause the ratchet tooth to engage the ribs. The strap may then be drawn through the clip head to achieve the desired tightness around the object it is tying. The ratchet tooth prevents withdrawal of the strap from the clip head until the hinged cover is opened. Thus, the device may be opened and reused. Alternate embodiments utilize pins in lieu of the hinged cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 11, 1999
    Inventor: Arthur William Mears
  • Patent number: 5893456
    Abstract: The one piece rubber tying and fastening device comprising an endless band with an outer face located between two lateral faces, a knob and a neck portion connecting the said knob to the outer face of the endless band, the said knob having a substantially circular face and two intermediate faces connecting the said circular face to the neck portion, while the neck portion has two opposite side faces connecting the outer face of the endless band to the intermediate faces of the knob, whereby the intermediate faces in the neighborhood of the neck portion and the two side faces of the neck portion have a minimum bend radius of 0.5 mm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 13, 1999
    Assignee: Ghent Supply N.V.
    Inventor: Jan Bosmans
  • Patent number: 5884368
    Abstract: A method for coupling at least two structures. The method comprises engaging the structures with a resilient, elongated band. The band has a plurality of spaced-apart projections extending away from a first portion thereof and a plurality of spaced-apart apertures positioned in a second portion thereof. The method further comprises receiving the projections in the apertures, and changing the shape of the projections and/or the apertures to bias the projections into engagement with the apertures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 23, 1999
    Assignee: Micron Electronics, Inc.
    Inventor: Craig L. Boe
  • Patent number: 5881435
    Abstract: A tie strap device is in the form of an elongated body of substantially yieldably resilient deformable and reformable material. The elongated body includes a strap and a locking head. The strap has opposite longitudinal surfaces and opposite ends. The locking head is formed at one end of the strap while the other end of the strap is free. The locking head defines a cavity therethrough having an interior surface. The locking head has portions which are connected together and define a line of weakness in the locking head in communication with the cavity. The line of weakness allows for separation of the portions from one another and forcible removal of the strap from the cavity in response to a pulling force applied by the strap on the locking head at the line of weakness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 16, 1999
    Inventor: Richard A. Jermyn, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5846473
    Abstract: A method of injection molding a tie that includes an abutment wall surface having at least one tooth facing a pawl that has at least one tooth inside a locking head utilizes a core that defines at least a portion of the abutment surface tooth and at least a portion of a surface of the pawl that includes the at least one pawl tooth. The core is movable in relation to a first other mold part and is separated from a second other mold part not sooner than the first other mold part is separated from the second other mold part to thereby enable (a) the pawl to flex into a space vacated by movement of the first other mold part and (b) the abutment wall to flex into a space also vacated by movement of the first other mold part during separation of the first other mold part from the second other mold part so that the tie can be removed from the mold without significantly damaging either the at least one pawl tooth or the at least one abutment surface tooth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 8, 1998
    Assignee: GB Electrical, Inc.
    Inventors: Soren Christian Sorensen, Jens Ole Sorensen
  • Patent number: 5839169
    Abstract: A cable tie (10) includes a tie portion (12) and a head portion (14). The tie portion (12) is inserted through a slot (16) of the head portion (14). The slot (16) allows for insertion of the tie portion (12) and prevents de-insertion of the tie portion (12). After insertion, an excess length 22 of the tie portion (12) is trimmed away leaving a remaining edge (24). The head portion (14) includes a safety guard (18) attached by a flexible hinge (20) that snaps onto the head portion (14) to enclose the remaining edge (24).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 24, 1998
    Assignee: DSC Telecom L.P.
    Inventors: John B. Edwards, Kenneth M. Draganski
  • Patent number: 5836053
    Abstract: A one piece cable tie for forming a plurality of objects such as cables into a bundle includes an elongated flexible strap having a top planar surface, a bottom planar surface, a first end and a second end. The strap further includes a plurality of transverse raised cross-members projecting up from the top planar surface, said raised cross-members being spaced along the length of the strap and defining therebetween a plurality of openings. A locking head is integrally formed to the first end of the strap. The locking head includes an outer end wall, an inner end wall and a pair of sidewalls which together define a generally rectangularly shaped strap accepting channel therebetween. A holding tab is disposed within the locking head and projects out from the inner end wall and into the strap accepting channel. The outer end wall is shaped to include an angled locking face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 17, 1998
    Assignee: Avery Dennison Corporation
    Inventors: Paul A. Davignon, Richard M. Bastien, James C. Benoit
  • Patent number: 5819375
    Abstract: A tensioning strap for securing one or more elongate cables, pipes, hoses or similar objects has an elongate, flexible strap part which is provided with arresting elements and a tensioning lock which is affixed at one end of the strap part and is arranged to hold the strap part which is formed as a noose around and engages the objects. In order to form bundles of objects which are sensitive to pinching and have different overall bundle cross-sections without any risk of pinching or reductions in cross-section of the objects, a blocking element is provided in the region of the tensioning lock which comes into blocking engagement with the strap part and prevents further closing of the noose which is formed by the strap part when the strap part surrounds the objects in a closely abutting manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 13, 1998
    Assignee: Volkswagen AG
    Inventor: Michael Kastner
  • Patent number: 5819374
    Abstract: A retention clip which secures radiant heating tubing to a reinforcing bar or wire used to reinforce a concrete slab. In one embodiment, the clip has a C-shaped body which includes a pair of parallel legs connected by a straight bight. The bight is hinged in the center so it can be bent to bring the free ends of the legs together. A pin on one leg then enters a socket on the other leg and a flange on the pin interlocks with a shoulder of the socket to hold the clip around the tubing and reinforcing element. The clip body has stiffening ribs to enhance its strength and dimensional stability. An alternative embodiment provides a straight clip body having a central hinge joint and two elbow joints about which the body can be flexed to bring interlocking ends together. Each elbow joint includes opposing pairs of lugs which provide stability. A block on one side of each elbow joint enters a groove between the opposing lugs to lock the joint against sideward swaying.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 13, 1998
    Assignee: Ellenistic, LLC
    Inventors: Richard M. Chiles, Daniel T. Chiles, Kimmie F. McGinnis
  • Patent number: 5815891
    Abstract: A cable tie includes an elongate generally planar strap and a head. The head of the cable tie includes an aperture therethrough for insertably accommodating the strap. The head of the cable tie also includes a barb embedding surface adjacent the aperture through the head. A metallic locking barb is embedded in the embedding surface in a direction substantially parallel to the aperture in the head. The metallic locking barb is bent to form an obtuse angle so that the metallic locking barb extends into the aperture in the head to permit movement of the strap in an insertion direction and to prevent substantial movement of the strap in a withdrawal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 6, 1998
    Assignee: Thomas & Betts Corporation
    Inventors: John J. Students, Peter M. Wells, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5810854
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for attaching connective tissue to each other or to underlying bone is described. The invention includes a band with latching grooves to engage a detached clamping head. At one end of the band is an opening through which the other end of the band may pass to allow the band to form a loop. The end of the band is then inserted into the detached clamping head which has a ratcheting pawl which engages the grooves in the band to hold the band and prevent its slipping. The band may also have a bulb element at or near the end of the band with the opening. There may also be a number of disk or bulb elements to distribute the force on the tissue. The band may also have varying width to provide different force on the tissues. The band and clamping head may be manufactured of biocompatable polymers such as implantation grade nylon, polyethylene or biosoluble material. A method for use of the present invention to repair a torn rotator cuff is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 22, 1998
    Inventor: William R. Beach
  • Patent number: 5799376
    Abstract: An integrally formed tie strip (10) is formed with a series of apertures (14), at respective locations that are spaced apart in succession along the strip, and is formed with a series of laterally projecting latch members (11), at respective locations that are spaced apart in succession along the strip, for resisting withdrawal from one of the said apertures after having been passed therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 1, 1998
    Inventor: Andrew John Harsley
  • Patent number: 5799375
    Abstract: A fastener assembly is provided for easy loading in a fastener gun, the assembly being formed so as to also be easily operated upon by the fastener gun. The fastener assembly comprises a plurality of fasteners and at least one runner, wherein the fasteners are disposed in a predetermined direction and substantially coplanar with one another to form a plane, and each of the fasteners is attached to the at least one runner, the at least one runner being spaced from the plane of fasteners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 1, 1998
    Assignees: J.E. Co., Ltd., Ben Clements and Sons
    Inventor: Shoichi Fukami
  • Patent number: 5797670
    Abstract: A portable power tool light for mounting to a portable power tool and method of using the portable power tool light are provided and preferably include a belt shaped to detachably mount to and surround a distal portion of a portable power tool. A portable power tool preferably has a power tool main body and a handle connected to and extending outwardly from the main body. The belt includes a fastener for securely fastening the belt to the outer surface of a distal portion of a portable power tool. Flexible lighting means preferably is connected to the belt and extends outwardly therefrom toward a distal portion of a power tool for flexibly positioning a light source to direct radiation from the light source toward an object for using the power tool thereon to thereby illuminate the object for increasing visibility of the object to the user of the power tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 25, 1998
    Assignee: American Industrial Design Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Phillip Jack Snoke, Michael John Mark, Javier Verdura, Kevin A. Nagatani
  • Patent number: 5782648
    Abstract: A device to secure an electric plug to a wall outlet by the use of a fastener which attaches to the electric cord and which also attaches to the wall socket. The device is of two pieces, to allow adjustment for the size of the electrical plug. The device attaches to the wall socket by the use of a shouldered screw which replaces the standard screw holding the wall place in place. One version of the device is designed to securely connect an electric plug to an extension cord.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 21, 1998
    Inventor: Edwin R. Peterson
  • Patent number: 5774944
    Abstract: A band cable having a tie through hole which is formed within a head, a stopper which is protrudedly formed on the top surface of the tie through hole, and a tie, on which a plurality of first grooves are formed, which is formed as a unitary body with the head, the band cable including a second groove formed on the lower portion of the tie through hole; and an elastic supporting member whose left and right side surfaces are separated from the inner side surface of the head, thus to move upwardly and downwardly, whereby after the tie is inserted into the tie through hole and is coupled with the head, if the tie coupled with the head is to be released, a user grasps the tie and then presses downwardly it with his thumb, and thereby, as the elastic supporting member is pushed in the downward direction of the second groove, the stopper is easily deviated from the first grooves formed on the tie.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 7, 1998
    Inventor: Woncheol Choi
  • Patent number: 5746965
    Abstract: In a method of injection molding a tie that includes an abutment wall surface having at least one tooth inside a locking head facing a pawl, a retractable core that defines at least a portion of the abutment surface that includes the at least one abutment surface tooth is retracted so that the tie can be removed from the mold without significantly damaging the at least one abutment surface tooth. The core is disposed for retraction in a direction inclined toward the pawl at an acute angle away from the direction of insertion of the tongue of the tie into the locking head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 5, 1998
    Assignee: GB Electrical, Inc.
    Inventors: Soren Christian Sorensen, Jens Ole Sorensen
  • Patent number: 5745957
    Abstract: A cable tie includes an elongate generally planar strap and a head. The head includes a passageway therethrough for inserting the strap and a flexibly hinged locking pawl adjacent the passageway. The cable tie resists longitudinal deformation of the locking notches when adjacent the locking teeth on the pawl. Side edge-barriers are located along the strap adjacent the head so that the strap may be cut at a location between the side edge-barriers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 5, 1998
    Assignee: Thomas & Betts Corporation
    Inventors: Wasim Khokhar, Mark A. Bailey
  • Patent number: 5722123
    Abstract: A one piece cable tie for forming a plurality of objects such as cables into a bundle. The cable tie includes in one embodiment an elongated flexible strap having a top planar surface, a bottom planar surface, a first end and a second end. The strap further includes a plurality of raised cross-members spaced along its length, each cross-member being in the shape of a ratchet tooth. A locking head is integrally formed to the first end of the strap. The locking head has a top surface and a bottom surface and includes a strap accepting channel having an inner end wall and an outer end wall. The outer end wall is shaped to include an angled locking face for engaging with one of the raised cross-members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 3, 1998
    Assignee: Avery Dennison Corporation
    Inventors: Paul A. Davignon, Richard M. Bastien, Francis L. Cormier, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5715578
    Abstract: A plastic handle about two inches long has a longitudinal slot sized to receive a rubber band. After the rubber band is inserted into the slot, a locking pin is inserted into the first end of the rubber-band loop which has been inserted in the slot. The rubber band is then pulled back through the slot, thereby locking the plastic handle, rubber band, and locking pin into a bundle tie assembly. The second end of the rubber band is wrapped around an extension cord, rope, or the like and snapped around the plastic handle of the first end of the rubber band. The bundle tie assembly self-tightens to quickly and neatly secure the extension cord.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 10, 1998
    Inventor: Albin Eugene Knudson
  • Patent number: 5704097
    Abstract: A reusable security seal comprising a first member including a plurality of frangible sections, each frangible section having a first clasp portion and an identity associated therewith is provided. A housing is coupled to a first end of the first member and includes a second clasp portion disposed at least partially therein for cooperating with the first clasp portion. The first member and the housing form a closed loop extending between the cooperating clasp portions. The first clasp portion and the second clasp portion are adapted for substantially locking engagement, so that pressure applied to the closed loop will cause at least one of the frangible sections to break before the clasp portions will unlock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 1995
    Date of Patent: January 6, 1998
    Inventor: Avraham Rahav
  • Patent number: 5696427
    Abstract: The strip-type retainer device for fitting a degaussing coil of a cathode ray tube in a display device is provided. The retainer device comprises a first end section, a contact section, a middle section and a second end section. The contact section has a plurality of positioning slots. The middle section has a first passage allowing passage of the first end section. The first passage defines a periphery around the passage. A latch is provided on the periphery of the first passage to cooperate with one of a plurality of positioning slots. A second end section has a second passage allowing passage of the lug. The retainer device is removably attached to the peripheral edge of the cathode ray tube. The first end section passes through the first passage and the degaussing coil contacts with the funnel-shape surface of the cathode ray tube tightly by selecting an appropriate positioning slot to cooperate with the latch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 9, 1997
    Assignee: Acer Peripherals, Inc.
    Inventor: Chun-Jung Tsuo
  • Patent number: 5685048
    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 extending from the head. The strap is approximately 30 cm in length and 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. As the strap is further inserted through the elongated channel, the size of the closed loop is decreased. The tie further includes a projection formed on a rung of the strap and located approximately 26 cm from the head. The projection protrudes upward from the rung approximately 1 mm and serves as a stop to limit the minimum size of the closed loop which can be formed when the strap is inserted into the head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 11, 1997
    Inventor: James C. Benoit
  • Patent number: 5675870
    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 top planar surface, a bottom planar surface, a first end and a second end. The strap further includes a plurality of raised teeth spaced along its length. A locking head is integrally formed to the first end of the strap. The locking head includes a top surface, a bottom surface and a strap accepting channel having an entrance end, an exit end, an inner end wall and an outer end wall. A flexible pawl is integrally connected to the outer end wall of the locking head and extends into the strap accepting channel. The flexible pawl is capable of flexion towards the exit end of the strap accepting channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 14, 1997
    Assignee: Avery Dennison Corporation
    Inventor: William J. Cooper
  • Patent number: 5669111
    Abstract: A cable tie having a reduction in occurrences of neck breaks is provided by positioning a knockout impression adjacent the cable tie head and providing strengthening gussets along the strap and extending past the knockout impression area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 23, 1997
    Assignee: Panduit Corp.
    Inventor: Joseph S. Rohaly
  • Patent number: 5664294
    Abstract: In a tie including an elongated tongue and a locking head having a movable 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 broad side of the tongue when the tip of the tongue has been inserted through the opening and teeth on the abutment surface for locking engagement with a second set of ratchet teeth on the other broad side of the tongue when the tip of the tongue has been inserted through the opening, locking engagement is enhanced by the locking surface of at least one abutment surface tooth extending toward the apex of such tooth at an angle inclined toward the direction of insertion for locking engagement with a tooth of the second set of ratchet teeth; and by the locking surface of at least one of the second set of ratchet teeth extending toward the apex of such tooth at an angle inclined away from the direction of insertion for locking engagement with an abutment surface toot
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 9, 1997
    Inventors: Soren Christian Sorensen, Jens Ole Sorensen
  • Patent number: 5642554
    Abstract: In a tie including an elongated tongue and a locking head having a movable 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 broad side of the tongue when the tip of the tongue has been inserted through the opening and teeth on the abutment surface for locking engagement with a second set of ratchet teeth on the other broad side of the tongue when the tip of the tongue has been inserted through the opening, and in which the side of the pawl including the pawl teeth converges toward the opposite side of the pawl in the direction of insertion, locking engagement is enhanced by the locking surface of at least one pawl tooth extending toward the apex of such tooth at an angle inclined toward the direction of insertion for locking engagement with a tooth of the first set of ratchet teeth; and by the locking surface of at least one of the first set of ratchet teeth extending toward the apex of
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 1, 1997
    Assignee: GB Electrical, Inc.
    Inventors: Soren Christian Sorensen, Jens Ole Sorensen