Pivoted Lever Patents (Class 24/191)
  • Patent number: 10660411
    Abstract: According to one aspect of the present invention, a buckle for a clothing belt includes a first rotating body supported by the first shaft so as to be rotatable, an open end portion of the first rotating body being capable of being disposed between a bar and a back plate of a base body by making a first shaft slid; and a second rotating body supported by a second shaft so as to be rotatable with the second shaft as a fulcrum, formed so as to have a second convex portion, and capable of hindering a movement of the first rotating body in a direction opposite to the bar side with the second convex portion in a state where the second convex portion is rotated so as to be pushed in toward the opening portion of the back plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Inventor: Nobuyori Bessho
  • Patent number: 10076161
    Abstract: An adjustable strap securing device having a first side adapted to contact the adjustable strap and having a loop end and a tail end, a second side attached to the loop end of the first side at an angle relative to the first side and having a second side distal end, a second side fastener disposed adjacent to the second side distal end, a third side attached to the straight end of the first side at an angle relative to the first side and having a third side distal end, a third side fastener disposed adjacent to the third side distal end. The second side fastener and the third side fastener are adapted to releasably engage the adjustment device of the adjustable strap. A method for providing an adjustable strap securing device and securing the adjustable strap securing device around an adjustable strap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Inventor: Maranda Nicole Walden
  • Patent number: 9752613
    Abstract: A hook assembly includes a substrate having three tabs arranged in a triangular configuration, a hook including a pair of opposing side flaps, and a tripod mounting member configured to couple the hook to the substrate. The tripod mounting member includes three legs arranged in a triangular configuration, a pair of opposing side plates extending from two rear legs of the three legs, and a stopper groove. The three legs of the tripod mounting member correspond to the three tabs of the substrate. The hook assembly also includes a torsion spring having a pair of arms extending from opposite ends of the torsion spring, a first fastener configured to couple the tripod mounting member to the substrate, and a second fastener configured to extend through the side plates of the tripod mounting member and the side flaps of the hook to rotatably couple the hook to the tripod mounting member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Gardenia Industrial Limited
    Inventor: Qiang Ye Wen
  • Patent number: 9750316
    Abstract: A buckle apparatus for a wearable device may include a main body of the wearable device; a band for wearing the main body on a user's wrist; and a buckle assembly including a cover part to which a first end of the band is coupled and a coupling part in which a second end of the band is inserted into and maintained. The cover part includes upper and lower covers coupled to each other to form rails, and the coupling part includes first and second link pieces hingedly coupled to each other and is assembled to the lower portion of the cover part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Sangin Baek
  • Patent number: 9555943
    Abstract: Cable lacing tie devices and methods of using the same are disclosed. The cable lacing tie devices include a head assembly and a cable lacing tape. The head assembly being configured to retain a first portion of the cable lacing tape within the head assembly and having a length of the cable lacing tape extending from the head assembly. The head assembly further adapted to retain a second portion of the cable lacing tape extending from the head assembly. The methods of using the cable lacing tie devices to hold together a plurality of objects with a cable lacing tie device include retaining a first portion of a cable lacing tape in a head assembly, looping the cable lacing tape around the plurality of objects and retaining a second portion of the cable lacing tape within the head assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: IDEAL Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis M. Breen, IV, Alan E. Zantout, Thomas D. Peterson, Peter J. Crichton
  • Patent number: 9526301
    Abstract: An adaptable buckle system that can be secured to a loop in a strap or cable to replace a broken buckle or add a buckle. The present invention includes two component members, a male connector and a female connector, which removably engage to form a fastening buckle. Both components have an interlocking side-release mechanism at the end opposing the connector. The interlocking side-release mechanism comprises a receiver on one side of the component member configured to receive a prong extending from the free end of a flexible arm pivotally affixed to the other side of the component member. The flexible arm may be fed through a loop in a strap or cable. Ridges that line the inner surface of the prong and inner wall of the receiver cause a cross-biting action that secures the prong in place. The prong is released when the arm is twisted thereby rotating the prong.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Inventor: Jill Sloan
  • Patent number: 9439476
    Abstract: A decorative ornament has a disc shaped plate member which is configured to fit into the top slit pocket opening of a “penny loafer” type shoe or an accessory with a similar opening. An extendable clasp is secured to the plate member. One or more decorative charms, each having a ring shaped section, are positioned around the crosspiece and extension member of the clasp. The decorative section of the charm hangs down from the clasp and extends over the upper surface of the shoe or accessory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Inventor: Judith Ann Riccardi
  • Patent number: 9433258
    Abstract: An apparatus including a combined strap-length adjuster and strap keeper is disclosed for use with multiple embodiments of a strap-length adjuster. A tether is used in combination with the strap keeper. The arrangement allows the tether to not interfere with the positioning or movement of the straps and maintains the straps close to the strap-length adjuster and prevents slippage of the strap through the strap-length adjuster.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: Fitness Anywhere, LLC
    Inventors: Randal Hetrick, Jordan Edward MacDonald, Stephanie Russo, Andrew Siu, Yuen Kwok Wing
  • Publication number: 20150113770
    Abstract: A ratchet belt system comprises a belt having a notch strip extending along a portion of the length thereof The notch strip is formed of a plurality of adjacent notches, each being configured to engage a ratcheting tab of an associated buckle. In an embodiment, the tab is coupled to a release lever that is oriented toward a receptacle portion of the buckle for ergonomically improving the release mechanics. In another embodiment the belt comprises a first notch strip about a first surface of the belt and a second notch strip about a second surface of the belt opposite of the first surface. Other improvements include accessories configured to engage with the ratchet belt system for display and storage thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: KORE ESSENTIALS
    Inventor: Robin Laatz
  • Patent number: 8966723
    Abstract: An adjustment and fixation system can be adopted, for example, for use with a protection vest for two-wheeled vehicle drivers. The system can include: at least a set of a teethed strap (1); a plug-in device (2) of the strap; the strap (1) being composed by several teeth (4) with a quadratic form; a step in quadratic form belonging to the plug-in device (2), that due to its indenture (3), works as a lever, enabling together with the teeth (4), the blocking and/or fixing of the strap movement, enabling the protector's correct fitting. During use, it is only necessary to press the extremity (10) of the device. The system can be configured to enable a more suitable adjustment and fixation for protection vests, so that the same can be adjusted while the driver is in movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Polisport Plasticos, S.A.
    Inventors: Jeremy Len Lathrop, Sergio Bruno Oliveira Tavares
  • Patent number: 8955200
    Abstract: A secure adjustable orthotic device having multiple brace portions and one or more locking mechanisms. One locking mechanism is a level moving buckle including a top member, a locking member and a base member. The locking member is adapted to engage and disengage an inserted strap in response to the longitudinal movement of the top member relative to the base member. The level moving buckle inhibits accidental longitudinal movement of the inserted strap when the top member is in a locked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Bio Cybernetics International, Inc.
    Inventor: Kwok Tim Ng
  • Patent number: 8935833
    Abstract: In a cam lock buckle, a slide mechanism holds a movable member so that the movable member can slide between a first position at which a shaft is located close to a first end of an elongated hole and a second position at which the shaft is located close to a second end of the elongated hole. A gap defined between a holding portion and a bottom portion when the movable member is slid to the second position is narrower than a gap defined between the holding portion and the bottom portion when the movable member is slid to the first position. One of the holding portion and the bottom portion facing the holding portion is provided with a concave groove and the other of the holding portion and the bottom portion is provided with a convex tread that pushes a part of the belt into the concave groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: YKK Corporation
    Inventor: Hitoshi Kaneko
  • Publication number: 20150013115
    Abstract: The buckle of the present invention is a buckle, of which engagement claw can be engaged with a serrate engagement groove of a band. The buckle includes: a buckle main body composed of a base plate and a roof frame, and two side plates connecting the base plate and the roof frame; and an operation piece being installed inside the roof frame, and having the engagement claw that can be engaged with the engagement groove of the band. The operation piece is movably supported by a connecting shaft connecting the two side plates in an intermediate point. The buckle main body is provided with a control piece for controlling a swing of the operation piece. The engagement claw is engaged with the engagement groove of the band, and the control piece functions as a spring for biasing the engagement claw toward the engagement groove side in such a locked state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventor: Syoji Shirai
  • Patent number: 8763211
    Abstract: A binding belt-based rod member clamping device includes a binding belt having a toothed surface portion located on the upper wall thereof, a buckle affixed to a head end of the binding belt and defining an insertion hole for the insertion of a tail end of the binding belt and two series of sloping teeth respectively disposed at two opposite lateral sides of the insertion hole, and a locking lever having a teethed cam located at one end thereof and pivotally coupled to the buckle and turnable to engage the toothed surface portion of the binding belt after insertion of the tail end of the binding belt through the insertion hole and two pawls bilaterally disposed near a rear end thereof and adapted for engaging the two series of sloping teeth of the buckle to lock the tail end of the binding belt in the inserted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Inventor: Cheng-Che Yu
  • Patent number: 8732915
    Abstract: A webbing clamp incorporating a hollow base frame adapted to receive elongated webbing segments in threaded relation through a pair of opposing slot openings and a hinging camming door structure rotatably mounted within the base frame about an axis of rotation. The camming door structure includes a lever projection for user engagement and a camming ear portion extending below the lever projection for disposition at the interior of the base frame. The camming door structure is mounted transverse to the threading direction of the webbing segments and rotates about an axis generally aligned with the threading direction of the webbing segments. Upon closing the hinging door structure, the camming ear portion engages the webbing segments in a compressing manner thereby blocking relative sliding action with the webbing clamp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: Scott D. Kolasa
  • Patent number: 8707523
    Abstract: A webbing securing device comprises a main body having two side arms, a first end, a second end, a cavity between the side arms and a cord securing mechanism. There is a releasable central arm connected to the main body adjacent the first end and an elastic cord connected to the second end. The elastic cord is adapted to be secured on the cord securing mechanism, and is dimensioned so that the cord must be stretched in order to be secured on the cord securing mechanism. A length of webbing is secured in the device by feeding a loop of webbing in between the side arms and over the central arm, or over the side arms and underneath the central arm, and securing the elastic cord on the cord securing mechanism, so that the webbing is secured between the side arms and the central arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Duraflex Hong Kong Limited
    Inventor: Gary Fraze
  • Patent number: 8648735
    Abstract: Provided is a safety directional indicator to improve highway safety. Embodiments of the invention include devices for guiding a driver of a vehicle in a desired direction, typically away from highway workers, pedestrians, curbs, and opposing lanes of traffic. Specifically included is a safety directional indicator system comprising a flexible belt with a plurality of light transmitting bars disposed along the belt and having a plurality of LEDs disposed at one elongated end of each light transmitting bar and in operable communication with a control system for illuminating the LEDs in a manner to indicate a direction for traffic. Safety devices according to the invention can be stand-alone devices, devices capable of being attached to objects or structures at a highway scene, or configured to be worn on a person's body. An object of the safety devices according to embodiments of the invention is to increase driver awareness of highway situations especially during conditions of restricted visibility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Inventors: Paul Haynes, Eric Collins
  • Publication number: 20130298354
    Abstract: An improved seatbelt adjuster for holding the lap seatbelt to the shoulder belt of an automobile seatbelt. The seatbelt adjuster prevents the shoulder belt from rubbing against the neck of a wearer. The adjuster is made of a single unitary piece and therefore cannot be separated. A frame member formed of resilient material has a front portion, rear portion, top edge, bottom edge and space between the front and back portions for containing the lap seatbelt. A parallel pair of dual gussets and rails is molded into the back portion to increase the stiffness of the flap member particularly to prevent it spreading open in hot weather. A snap clip has been added to the flap to avoid inadvertent release in hot weather. A horn gate has been added to the slot to prevent snagging on clothing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2012
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Inventor: TERRY A. CAMPBELL
  • Patent number: 8522402
    Abstract: A separately operating cargo strap collector for use with a ratchet-buckle assembly of known construction having longer and shorter straps and a ratchet-buckle. The strap collector includes sidewalls connected to upper and lower walls forming a channel through which the longer strap passes with a clamp in the channel for attaching the strap collector to the longer strap. The sidewalls and upper wall forming a magazine for folds of excess longer strap after the longer strap is tightened by the ratchet-buckle. A pair of lever arms are journaled in the sidewalls with a finger for clamping the folds of excess strap against the bottom wall of the magazine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Inventor: James D. Spooler
  • Publication number: 20130180085
    Abstract: A composite-material buckle contains a base including a first segment with an engaging face and a second segment, between the first segment and the second segment being defined two side walls having two symmetrical holes and two symmetrically elongated pivoting portions respectively; a shaft including two ends inserted into the two symmetrical holes respectively; a plastic press member including a pressing portion and an actuating portion secured, and between the pressing portion and the actuating portion being defined a through aperture, the plastic press member including an elastic arm; a metal member connected with the pressing portion of the plastic press member so that the metal member covers the pressing portion and contacts with the engaging face of the base, and the metal member including a number of retaining teeth arranged thereon.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2012
    Publication date: July 18, 2013
    Inventor: Wen Cheng Chang
  • Patent number: 8464402
    Abstract: A clamping lock for a tensioning means with a housing comprising two cheek parts arranged at a distance from each other, a stop web extending between the cheek parts and a pivot spindle likewise extending between the cheek parts and a comb element pivotably mounted on the pivot spindle of the housing. The clamping lock can be manufactured in a simple manner and at the same time has a compact, easily manageable design because there is a reinforcing insert at least in the region of the cheek parts of the stop web and of the pivot spindle of the housing, said reinforcing insert being surrounded by a plastics material casing and comprises a material which is firmer than the plastics material casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: Spanset Inter AG
    Inventor: André Mamié
  • Patent number: 8429797
    Abstract: A buckling device for fastening a belt is provided. The buckling device comprises a first portion, a second portion and an elastic portion. The elastic portion is made of a material with a shore hardness substantially between A10 and A95. The elastic portion contacts the first portion and the second portion, so that the second portion engages with the belt and the belt is fastened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: QBAS Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chih-Cheng Shiue
  • Patent number: 8365363
    Abstract: A strap fastening device includes two fastening straps and a tightness adjusting unit. The fastening straps each have a fixing end and an opposing free end. The tightness adjusting unit includes an assembling box and two locating members. The assembling box is provided at a left and a right half with at least one non-return retaining tooth each. The two locating members are slidably mounted to the assembling box and connected to the free ends of the two fastening straps, such that the free ends of the fastening straps are not turned back to expose from the assembling box. The slidable locating members respectively have a raised locating rib releasably engaging with the at least one non-return retaining tooth at the left and the right half of the assembling box. The two locating members can be conveniently slid with one hand to adjust the tightness of the fastening straps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Inventor: Chien-Rung Chen
  • Publication number: 20130019439
    Abstract: A buckle assembly for a vehicle restraint system where the buckle assembly is adapted to receive a plurality of belt connectors, with the belt connectors being simultaneously released upon moving at least one handle to a release position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2012
    Publication date: January 24, 2013
    Applicant: AmSafe, Inc.
    Inventors: Allen R. Keene, David Thayer Merrill
  • Patent number: 8327507
    Abstract: A child-restraint system is adapted for use with a juvenile vehicle seat. The child-restraint system includes a frame configured to be mounted on the juvenile vehicle seat and a web clamp coupled to the frame. The web clamp is configured to clamp a web passing under the web clamp and through a web-receiving channel formed in the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Cosco Management, Inc.
    Inventor: Darren P. Eisinger
  • Publication number: 20120297591
    Abstract: A buckle is provided for use in footwear. The buckle includes a lever arm that feeds a strap into the buckle in a ratcheting fashion and a lock that secures the strap relative to the buckle when the lever arm is released. To release the strap from the buckle, a user may impart rotational motion onto the lock to remove it from engagement from teeth associated with the strap. Alternatively, pressure may be applied to the lever arm, which releases a locking pawl from the strap and allows the strap to incrementally move a predetermined amount.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2011
    Publication date: November 29, 2012
    Applicant: PEARL IZUMI
    Inventors: Valter Bozzetto, Fabrizio Stecca, Tony Terrance, Michele Tosello
  • Patent number: 8312603
    Abstract: A buckle includes a base engaged with a body of swimming/diving goggle. A head strap is extended through a slot in a rear end of the base. A cover is engaged with the body. A space is defined between the cover and the base. A button is mounted in a groove of the cover and made of flexible material. An engagement plate is formed on the button and includes a catch releasably engaging with teeth of the head strap. First and second supporting points are defined between the button and the base. A pressing section is formed between the first and second supporting points. The catch can be disengaged from the teeth of the head strap to allow movement of the head strap in a loosening direction by pressing the pressing section or manually moving the grip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Inventor: Terry Chou
  • Publication number: 20120266418
    Abstract: A buckle includes a coupling block engaged with a body of swimming/diving goggles. A pressing block is mounted to an outer side of the coupling block. A pin is mounted to an inner side of the pressing block and has a spacing to a pressing edge of an insertion hole of the coupling block. The inner side of the pressing block includes first and second surfaces. A fulcrum is located between the first and second surfaces and abuts a pressing face on the outer side of the pressing block. A section of a head strap is received in the insertion hole and wound around the pin. The pressing block can be pivoted about the fulcrum to move the pin away from the pressing edge of the coupling block to increase the spacing between the pin and the pressing edge, allowing loosening of the head strap.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2011
    Publication date: October 25, 2012
    Inventor: Terry Chou
  • Patent number: 8267556
    Abstract: An exemplary lamp includes a first member, a second member, and buckle assemblies securing the first member on the second member. Each buckle assembly includes a connecting member having an end thereof pivotally connected to the second member, a buckle having an end thereof pivotally connected to an opposite end of the connecting member and having an opposite end thereof clasping the first member to the second member, and a knob. Each buckle assembly has a dead point. When the buckle is flapped towards the connecting member and a pivoted end between the buckle and the connecting member passes through the dead point to get close to the second member, the knob extends through the buckle. Then the knob is rotated along a predetermined direction to press on the buckle, thereby preventing the pivoted end from moving away from the second member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignees: Fu Zhun Precision Industry (Shen Zhen) Co., Ltd., Foxconn Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: You-Xue Liu
  • Patent number: 8225430
    Abstract: Swimming goggles have a frame unit, lenses and buckles assembled on the frame unit, and at least a head strap with a plurality of stop grooves. Each buckle comprises an abutting arm having a stop end, an operating lever being movable transversely and bringing the abutting arm to move, and an offset portion between the abutting arm and the operating lever. When the operating lever moves transversely, the offset portion makes the stop end of the abutting arm move upward or downward to abut or release the stop grooves of the head strap. The swimming goggles adjust length of the head strap easily.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Inventor: Herman Chiang
  • Publication number: 20120144628
    Abstract: A latching device secures a strap to a piece of sports equipment. The latching device includes a buckle and a base. The buckle has a main body portion. The main body portion has an integrally formed collet and has a first slot and a second slot. The first and second slots each having a plurality of teeth shaped members that are configured to secure the strap to the buckle. The base is attached to the piece of sports equipment. The base has a first shaft and an annular ring. The first shaft has a first end and a second end. A ball shaped member is attached to the first end of the first shaft. The annular ring is formed on a periphery of the base surrounding the first shaft. The ball shaped member is releasably received in the collet to releasably engage the buckle with the base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2011
    Publication date: June 14, 2012
    Inventors: Bruce James Mitchell, JR., Joseph Albert Simon
  • Patent number: 8146211
    Abstract: A slide adjuster includes a belt having engagement grooves in a form of saw teeth, and a buckle for receiving the belt therein in a forward direction and preventing the belt in the buckle from moving in a backward direction. The buckle includes a buckle body, and an operating plate disposed above a bottom plate and including an engagement claw projecting toward the bottom plate to engage one of the engagement grooves of the belt. The buckle body further includes restricting members projecting inwardly from two side plates thereof, and the operating plate includes recessed portions for receiving the restricting members therein without connecting thereto to prevent an accidental pressing force from being applied in a vertical direction to the operating plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: Builmatel Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Syoji Shirai, Kouhei Musha
  • Patent number: 8108973
    Abstract: A side buckle of swimming goggles is approximately formed into a strip shape. The side buckle has a retaining clip and a retaining groove respectively at two ends thereof. The retaining clip has two shaft rods and a step-shaped urging portion. The retaining groove has two shaft holes and a belt hole. A connecting portion is formed between the retaining clip and the retaining groove. The retaining clip and the retaining groove may be locked to each other after the connecting portion is bent. Thereby, the side buckle of swimming goggles is fitted at side edges of a pair of swimming goggles and connected to a belt. The connecting portion is pressed to trigger the operation of the retaining clip to loosen or fasten the belt, so as to quickly adjust a length of the belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2012
    Assignee: First Rank Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Cheng-Yo Chen
  • Publication number: 20110239413
    Abstract: A buckle that includes a catch, a buckle housing and at least one pawl is provided. The catch has a manipulation end and a lead end. The lead end has at least one shoulder that has at least one tooth. The at least one pawl has a manipulation portion and an engaging portion. The manipulation portion is configured and arranged to allow a manipulation force to rotate the at least one pawl in relation to the buckle housing. The engaging portion of the at least one pawl includes an engaging edge configured and arranged to selectively engage the at least one shoulder of the catch. The engaging edge includes at least one notch. Moreover, the at least one tooth of the at least one shoulder of the catch is selectively received in the at least one notch of the engaging edge of the at least one pawl.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2010
    Publication date: October 6, 2011
    Inventor: Michael N. Milbright
  • Patent number: 7921523
    Abstract: A buckle set, two of which pair off for being inset in frame of the swimming goggles on two sides so that a strap can be inserted in the buckle sets for fastening the swimming goggles on user's face. Structure of the present invention features a 2nd bump, which keeps the buckle in effective spacing even when the buckle is loaded with force and thus keeping the buckle well covered by the buckle hood.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2011
    Assignee: First Rank Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shu-Fang Chou
  • Patent number: 7657977
    Abstract: A belt clamp with a pivotal article carrier attached thereto includes a base and a cover hinged together at the top. The cover includes a passageway at the lower end to accept a barb-like fastener integral with lower end of base to lock clamp closed. A tongue projects inwardly from the cover to contact and inhibit movement of a duty belt inside the clamp. The base includes a pair of intersecting arcuate slots and a reversible insert having one arcuate slot to make the clamp usable by either right- or left-handed users. A movable belt width adjustment bar is mounted inside the clamp to accommodate belts of various widths. Bosses around the lower opening of the cover inhibit twisting of locked clamp to prevent inadvertent opening. A locking plate is provided to inhibit rotation of fasteners used in pivotal mounting of an article carrier to the belt clamp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2010
    Assignee: Prezine, LLC
    Inventor: Norman E. Clifton, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7631400
    Abstract: A buckle for swimming goggles is assembled on a left/right frame of swimming goggles, allowing a head strap pulling therethrough and controlling engagement with or disengagement from stopping grooves of the head strap. The buckle for swimming goggles includes a connecting base, a pressing member pivoting to the connecting base by means of leverage, a button for controlling the pressing member to disengage from the stopping grooves of the head strap, a cover assembled to the connecting base, a wrapping layer, and a mounting element between the connecting base and the cover for mounting on the left/right frame of the swimming goggles. The wrapping layer is provided on an outward side of the cover, and enveloping the button entirely, thereby avoiding nipping users' hair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2009
    Inventor: Herman Chiang
  • Publication number: 20090300888
    Abstract: A buckle includes a strap slidably looped around a strut proximate a front opening of a housing, a spring-biased, lever-like ratchet having front and rear sections and a front engagement tooth adapted to matingly engage with one of a plurality of rack teeth on an upper surface of the strap, and two opposite pivotal arms extending outside of the housing. Pressing the arms will push down the rear section to lift the front section to disengage the engagement tooth from the rack tooth, thereby adjusting the buckle in discrete increments to tighten the strap.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2008
    Publication date: December 10, 2009
    Inventor: Chih-Cheng Shiue
  • Publication number: 20090078268
    Abstract: Respirator and buckle having a flexural member allowing the buckle to move in three dimensions, potentially improving user comfort, the effectiveness of the respirator, and allowing for more precise adjustments to be made to the fit of the respirator on the user. The flexural member may be a three dimensional living hinge. By lifting on the buckle, the straps that secure the respirator to the user are released and the ability of the buckle to move in three dimensions tends to increase the situations in which the adjustment may occur. Various types of three dimensional living hinges may be utilized, including a cylindrical hinge and a serpentine hinge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2008
    Publication date: March 26, 2009
    Inventors: Daniel J. Stepan, Yonas Gebrewold, Lance E. Behymer, Dwayne D. Daugaard, Michael K. Domroese
  • Publication number: 20080244875
    Abstract: A buckle set, which fits onto a strap for adjusting the strap to a desired length, generally fits onto the strap attached to goggles of almost any application, such as swimming goggles, scuba mask, or dust and wind goggles. Specifically, a buckle set allows a strap to easily and quickly be adjusted to a desired length from its two ends.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 5, 2007
    Publication date: October 9, 2008
    Inventor: Shu-Fang CHOU
  • Publication number: 20080201912
    Abstract: A strap assembly capable of engagement with an object (101) includes a strap (110) having a first end (111) and a second end (112), and further includes a buckle (120, 190) coupled to the strap. The buckle includes a cover (210) and a base (220) adjacent to the cover, and the base includes a slot (221) and an engagement aperture (122). The object with which the strap assembly is engaged has coupled thereto an attachment piece (102), which may take the form of a post (141) topped with a cap (142). The strap extends through the slot, the engagement aperture is capable of engaging the attachment piece, and the buckle is capable of rotating about the attachment piece when the engagement aperture is engaged with the attachment piece.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2008
    Publication date: August 28, 2008
    Applicant: Arena Industries, LLC
    Inventors: Davin Saderholm, Robert Radi
  • Publication number: 20080189916
    Abstract: A low profile locking tie head having a reduced wall thickness is provided for use in conjunction with a flexible strap. The low profile head comprises a wall, which circumferentially defines an opening, a reinforcement rib attached to the wall, and a pawl mechanism disposed at least partially inside the opening. A pair of clamping rails preferably provides a complete clamping surface, lowers the required tie head height, and assists in the transfer of force to the reinforcement rib. Further, a tie head retainer is provided to allow secure connection to a predetermined support structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2007
    Publication date: August 14, 2008
    Inventor: Gerard G. Geiger
  • Publication number: 20080155793
    Abstract: A buckle structure includes a housing including a top plate and two side plates, a sliding wedge and a pivotal piece. Each side plate has a guiding slot. The sliding wedge is positioned below the housing and has projection portions projecting from its two sides. The projection portions are fit into corresponding guiding slots of the housing, and stoppers are positioned on top surface of the sliding wedge. The waist belt is fastened by the stoppers positioned on top surface of the sliding wedge so that the waist belt will not be loosed. Connection portions are extending from the top plate, and each connection portion has a through hole at its midpoint. Pivotal pins are extending from the pivotal piece and correspond to the through holes of the two connection portions. The pivotal piece is formed with the two pivotal pins so structure is simplified and cost is lowered.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2006
    Publication date: July 3, 2008
    Inventor: Sheng-Yi Chen
  • Publication number: 20070240286
    Abstract: A buckle arranged to connect a band member to a connected member includes a base having an attaching portion for the connected member, a base portion, and opposing lever member supporting portions projecting from the base portion. A lever member is rotatably attached to the base, and includes a combined portion and an operating portion extending from the combined portion. The operating portion includes a slit through which the band member is allowed to pass. The lever member further includes a clamping portion protruding from the combined portion in a direction different from the operating portion. The clamping portion is configured to clamp the band member, which passes between the base portion and the combined portion, to the base portion by a rotation of the lever member towards the base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2007
    Publication date: October 18, 2007
    Applicant: NIFCO INC.
    Inventors: Gaku Kawaguchi, Ki-Po Sim
  • Patent number: 7203972
    Abstract: A pair of strap adjustment assemblies for a bicycle helmet is provided. A first pair of straps is connected to one side of the helmet and a second pair of straps is connected to the other side of the helmet. A first strap adjustment assembly includes a release lever and a base for engaging the first pair of straps. The lever can be moved from a closed position to an open position. When the lever is in the open position, the user can move the strap adjustment assembly along the first pair of straps to adjust the location of the strap adjustment assembly. When the lever is in the closed position, the first strap adjustment assembly draws together the first pair of straps at a desired location. A second strap adjustment assembly is similar the first strap adjustment assembly and engages the second pair of straps, which are connected to the other side of the helmet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2007
    Assignee: Specialized Bicycle Components, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher T. Pietrzak, Christopher J. Bullock
  • Patent number: 7181808
    Abstract: A fastener is adapted to retain one or more holes of a belt or strap beneath a belt frame without passing through the frame. The fastener comprises primarily a frame and a back plate, coupled together for relative rotational movement about an axis parallel to the axial orientation of the strap. The frame also serves as a biasing member to engage a latch mechanism. The back plate anchors the member-to-be-secured, if it is a belt. Otherwise, if the member-to-be-secured is a strap to, for example, close a pocket, then the back plate is mounted to the body on which the pocket is mounted, such as a purse or a piece of luggage. A faux tongue gives the appearance of a known buckle, but the faux tongue does not pass through the belt or strap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2007
    Inventor: Denzal Wayne Van Winkle
  • Patent number: 7004547
    Abstract: A safety belt positioning device includes a top cover and a bottom cover pin jointed together, wherein a clasp is configured interior of a clasp-eye of the top cover, and the positioning device is fixedly secured directly on a location of the safety belt by means of the clasp, which not only effectuates easy installation, but also convenient adjustment thereof. The present invention is characterized in that the positioning device is moveably disposed on the safety belt, and upon using the safety belt, the clasp of the positioning device is utilized to fixedly secure length of the safety belt in accordance to physique of the passenger, thereby achieving objective of adjusting degree of tightness of the safety belt. Moreover, because of a tensile force of an interior spring, re-pullback on the safety belt will not occur, which thus provides even greater comfort to a passenger when seated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2006
    Inventor: Sheng-Hsiung Cheng
  • Patent number: 6978519
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device for adjusting and locking a strap. The device includes a base portion, the base portion including a base having a first and a second side and a front and a back. A first sidewall extends away from the first side of the base, the first sidewall defining a window. A second sidewall extends away from the second side of the base, the second sidewall defining a further window. A door portion cooperates with the base portion, the door portion having a first and a second edge. The door portion includes a locking bar having a first and a second end, the locking bar extending between the first and second edges of the door portion. The first end of the locking bar defines a first positioning dial. The second end of the locking bar defines a second positioning dial such that in use of the device, the first positioning dial is movably located within the window. Also, the second positioning dial is movably located within the further window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2005
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: John S. Pontaoe
  • Patent number: 6938925
    Abstract: An apparatus for reversibly locking a lap belt portion of a belt webbing in a three-point, continuous loop seat belt system which includes a tongue assembly having the belt webbing routed therethrough, includes a cinch body adapted to mount to the tongue assembly, and a cam coupled to the cinch body and adapted to urge the belt webbing against the cinch body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2005
    Assignee: Lap Belt Cinch, Inc.
    Inventor: Bruce A. Mather
  • Patent number: 6898826
    Abstract: A ladder strap (150) is made by joining—for example, by co-molding—a first, relatively supple material, defining a lower strap portion (155) with a second, relatively hard material defining an upper strap portion (165). The teeth (167) of the ladder strap are comprises substantially of the harder, second material. In a preferred embodiment, the first and second materials are thermoplastic urethanes, and the co-molding is done using an injection molding process. The co-molding process may be accomplished with co-injection, wherein the two materials are injected at about the same time, or the first material may be injected into a first mold cavity and allowed to partially set, after which the cavity is modified to accommodate the second material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2005
    Assignee: K-2 Corporation
    Inventors: Alexander D. Draper, Nigel Bruce Edward Steere, Kenneth Wayne Heinle