Pintle Pin Connected Belt Ends Patents (Class 24/33P)
  • Patent number: 6085897
    Abstract: A connector for a flat belt having an end with front and back faces has a U-section end clip having front and back legs adapted to embrace the belt end against the respective faces thereof and a bight portion interconnecting outer ends of the legs. Each leg is formed with at least two throughgoing holes that align with the holes of the leg on the opposite face of the belt. A relatively soft metal plate extending a full width of the belt end lies between the front leg and the front face of the belt. Staples driven through the holes from the front face of the belt pierce through the soft metal plate and are crimped over on the back leg.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2000
    Assignee: Vi-Goro Sarl
    Inventor: Jean-Fran.cedilla.ois Schick
  • Patent number: 6053308
    Abstract: A hinged fastener for splicing transverse ends of conveyor belts together with the belt fastener having teeth that are bent from one of the fastener plates for piercing and sinking into the belt to increase the holding power of the fastener. In the preferred form, the fastener is attached to the belt end with two rivets with the teeth being adjacent the rivets to provide a small, low cost, high performance fastener. The teeth are formed by bending them down from the outer edge of the plate and about a bend line parallel to the inner edge of the plate so that the teeth face the belt end to keep the teeth from being pulled through the belt material. The location of the teeth adjacent the rivets maximizes the depth of penetration of the teeth into the belt for improved fastener holding power and minimizes the likelihood that the teeth will be bent upward and lose holding power when the belt is highly tensioned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2000
    Assignee: Flexible Steel Lacing Company
    Inventors: Joseph C. Vogrig, John H. Winkelman, Edward C. Musil
  • Patent number: 5915422
    Abstract: An improvement (20) for producing an enhanced seam on a machine clothing for a paper or cellulose machine, especially, but not exclusively, when using flat filament yarns (26) in the machine direction of the clothing is shown. The seam has two preformed yarn spirals (20), which are each bound, by the machine direction yarns (26) of the clothing, to one seam edge, thereby each forming a row of seam loops (22) which are meshable with each other and joinable onto each other by means of a pintle wire. At least one spiral (20), preferably both, is, between neighboring seam loops (22) in the row of loops, preformed with special securing portions (24), to which the spiral (20) is attached at the corresponding seam edge. The securing portions (24) hold the seam loops (22) spaced apart and are extended substantially in the longitudinal direction of the spiral (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 29, 1999
    Assignee: Albany Nordiskafilt AB
    Inventor: Lars Fagerholm
  • Patent number: 5890266
    Abstract: A unique connecting pin is provided for splicing or lacing up conveyor belt egments. The connecting pin has multiple core pieces of defined lengths, aligned within the interior of a casing element. The casing element is constructed from a relatively soft material, which can give during operations, and the core pieces are aligned in such a way, that they extend through more than two coupling eyelets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 6, 1999
    Assignee: MATO Maschinen-und Metallwarenfabrik Curt Matthaei GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Wolfgang Herold
  • Patent number: 5884369
    Abstract: A pair of similar U-section clips each have a pair of legs secured to a respective belt end and a plurality of spaced knuckles that are interleaved to form a transversely extending passage. A coupling rod extending through the passage and interconnecting the clips has a relatively soft and bendable core pin and a helicoidal wrap of a wear-resistant hard material surrounding and directly engaging the pin and engaging the clip knuckles. The wrap can be made of an austenitic manganese steel and the pin can be a length of highly flexible steel cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 23, 1999
    Assignee: Goro S.A.
    Inventors: Jean-Francois Schick, Fabrice Longis
  • Patent number: 5881863
    Abstract: A belt lacing is provided for conveyor belts of the type used in installans with a trough zone, where the conveyor belt is supported on both sides curved towards the top. The conveyor belt ends are joined together with a hinge joint or lacing, which is exclusively located outside of the curved sections of the trough zone of the conveyor belt. The hinge joint or lacing contains coupling eyes which are fastened to the conveyor belt and at least one connecting pin, which passes through the intermeshing coupling eyes. The conveyor belt excels because of the minor wear in laterally flexing transition areas of the conveyor belt during passage through the trough zone. Moreover, it is simply constructed and can be manufactured in an uncomplicated way.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 16, 1999
    Assignee: Mato Maschinen-und Metallwarenfabrik Curt Matthaei GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Gerhard Borner
  • Patent number: 5772551
    Abstract: A connector having dual parallel biting edges at each end of the connector for locking a portion of belting ends into the connector. The height of the biting edges and a centering ring is larger than the transverse dimension of the cylindrical body of the connector and the transverse dimension of recesses at the end portions of an endless belt. The endless belt is formed when the connector is inserted into each end of a finite length of hollow tubing or solid tubing with recesses at each end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 30, 1998
    Assignee: L.M. & L. Corporation
    Inventor: Norman H. Mabie
  • Patent number: 5701638
    Abstract: A connector for securing together two belt ends has a pair of similar U-section clips each having a pair of legs secured to the respective belt end and a plurality of spaced knuckles. The knuckles are interleaved to form a transversely extending passage, and a connector rod extends through the passage and interconnects the clips. The rod is made of a hard austenitic manganese steel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 30, 1997
    Assignee: Goro S. A.
    Inventor: Jean-Fran.cedilla.ois Schick
  • Patent number: 5669114
    Abstract: The joining device is constituted by U-shaped staples fixed to the ends of the conveyor belt. The staples (1) comprise in their concave part a ring (3) of a wear resisting material the wear being due to the friction, and which has also good slipping properties. A tightness stripe (8) links the rings (3) and therefore the staples (1). The tightness stripe (8) comprises blades (9) which form a double tightness barrier in the gaps which are present between the front part (14) of the conveyor belt (13) and the front convex part of the opposed staple. The staples (1) are connected by means of a linking and hinging rod (15) threaded across the rings (3) of the successive staples (1) belonging alternately to one and to the other staple row. When mounted the rings (3) are in abutment against the front part (14) of the conveyor (13).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 23, 1997
    Assignee: Aser
    Inventor: Horst Jakob
  • Patent number: 5638582
    Abstract: A combination of a belt fastener having upper and lower plates joined by arcuate hinge loops and staples preassembled in apertures formed in the upper plates is provided with the staples cooperating with the plates to capture an end of a belt between the plates. The edges of the apertures provide the staples with vertically spaced areas of interference fit with the combination of the preassembled staples and fasteners being effective to reduce the time required to install these plate-type fasteners on bell ends while also holding the staples in an upright, pre-set position against forces that would otherwise cause the staple to slide against the aperture edges until a sufficient driving force is applied for driving the legs through belt material to attach the fastener on a belt end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 17, 1997
    Assignee: Flexible Steel Lacing Company
    Inventors: Richard A. Klatt, David F. Drabek, John H. Winkelman
  • Patent number: 5553359
    Abstract: A unique fastener is provided for conveyor belts and the like, and includes body element with a U-shaped cross section, containing at least one generally semicircular coupling eyelet, and a fastening leg with an entrance slot for at least one fastening pin. The fastening pin is peg-shaped, and has two blunt ends, at least one of which is upset to retain the fastening pin in the body element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 1994
    Date of Patent: September 10, 1996
    Assignee: Mato Maschinen-und Metallwarenfabrik Curt Matthaei GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Wolfgang Herold
  • Patent number: 5514438
    Abstract: A papermakers fabric comprises a felt made up of a base cloth and a batt of fibres needled to the base cloth. The papermakers fabric is woven from machine direction yarns and cross machine direction yarns. The machine direction yarns form a series of loops at each of the fabric ends, the two sets of loops being interdigitable and capable of union by a pintle wire. The machine direction yarns comprise a core of cabled monofilaments surrounded by a sheath of multifilaments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 7, 1996
    Assignee: Scapa Group PLC
    Inventor: Robert L. Crook, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5467867
    Abstract: A splice assembly is provided for connecting together a pair of belt ends by splice members having elongated tensile members such as cables or straps in a manner which allows for troughing of the belt across its width at the connected belt ends. End members are fastened to the ends of the cables or belts and the belt fasteners have slots or apertures for engageably receiving the ends members of the cables or straps, whereby the cables or straps are affixed to both of the first and second belt ends to be joined along the width of the belt ends. There is a small gap between adjacent belt fasteners which allows for flexion of the belt to allow for the aforementioned troughing of the belt. The belt splice may be provided with a support slab, which protects the cables or belts against abrasion or being snagged and which also maintains a plurality of cables or straps in spaced, generally parallel relation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 1994
    Date of Patent: November 21, 1995
    Assignee: Flexible Steel Lacing Company
    Inventors: Edward C. Musil, William J. Daniels
  • Patent number: 5415913
    Abstract: A method of splicing a belt in a round baler having a bale forming chamber defined by at least one elongated belt having opposing ends spliced together to form a continuous band. The splice includes a first and a second series of similar side-by-side loops connected to and extending from the respective opposing ends of the belt, and an attaching element extending through both series of loops to maintain the opposing ends of the belt in alignment and close proximity to each other. Retention components affixed to the attaching element retain it in operative relationship to the loops and are disposed outwardly of the outer loops.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 16, 1995
    Assignee: New Holland North America, Inc.
    Inventor: James T. Clevenger, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5405669
    Abstract: Joints for industrial fabrics are made such that the end edge of each part of the fabric is formed with projecting loops (5), which are formed by bending the warp threads of each part backwards, the return parts of these threads being woven into the fabric for a given length. The loops of one part are inserted between the loops in the opposite part for being fixed in this position. It is desirable that all warp threads in the fabric can coact in the joint, even if their collective width is greater than 100% of the fabric width. The individual loops (5) along at least some portion of the end edges (3, 4) of the parts (1, 2) are therefore formed from at least two juxtaposed threads (7, 8; 11, 12) crossing each other at least once (at 9) before the point of return into the fabric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 1993
    Date of Patent: April 11, 1995
    Assignee: Scandiafelt AB
    Inventor: Per-Ola Lidar
  • Patent number: 5341545
    Abstract: A fastening arrangement is provided to interconnect the opposite ends of a elt or the like, and includes a plurality of individual belt fasteners arranged side-by-side across the width of the belt ends. The belt fasteners include mounting portions which are impressed into the opposing faces of the belt end, such that the overall width of the belt tends to thereby expand and distort. A longitudinally inelastic tensioning element is positioned along a major portion of at least one of the belt ends, and is attached thereto, so as to generally maintain the overall width of the associated belt end and resist distortion thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 30, 1994
    Assignee: MATO Maschinen-und Metallwarenfabrik Curt. Matthaei GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Wolfgang Herold
  • Patent number: 5327823
    Abstract: A round baler having a bale forming chamber including one or more transversely mounted rolls and at least one elongated belt having opposing ends spliced together to form a continuous band. The splice includes a first and a second series of similar side-by-side loops connected to and extending from the respective opposing ends of the belt, and an attaching element extending through the first and second series of loops to maintain the opposing ends of the belt in alignment and close proximity to each other. Retention components affixed to the attaching element retain it in operative relationship to the first and second series of loops and are disposed outwardly of the outer loops.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 1993
    Date of Patent: July 12, 1994
    Assignee: Ford New Holland, Inc.
    Inventors: James T. Clevenger, Jr., Irwin D. McIlwain
  • Patent number: 5182933
    Abstract: This method relates to the production of connectors each embodied by a row of substantially U-shaped clips formed in their curved part with a row of regularly spaced-apart apertures which separate the hinge elements from one another. The following metal deep drawing and pressing operations are performed consecutively in the central part of a metal strip, forming an aperture of reduced cross-section in the center of the place intended for each aperture required to be present between two hinge elements; widening each such aperture and pressing in the edges to form a collar which projects from a surface of the strip; bending the sides of each collar around on to the corresponding surface of the metal strip; and bending the strip round into a U-shape by the surface towards which the collar edges have been bent round being inwardly directed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 1991
    Date of Patent: February 2, 1993
    Assignee: Goro S. A.
    Inventor: Jean-Francois Schick
  • Patent number: 5157812
    Abstract: Disclosed is an integral one piece plastic fastener for securing belt ends together. The fastener has upper and lower plastic plates clasped to a belt end with integral, hollow rivets projecting from the upper plate through openings in the bottom plate and with hollowed ends of the rivets deformed to form rivet heads for maintaining clasping of the plastic plates on the belt end. Also disclosed is a rivet head forming tool which smoothly forms rivet heads by a spinning process in which a rotating tool is forced against the hollow end of the rivet and spun with sufficient velocity and applied with a high force to create a sufficient heat and pressure to cause the end wall of the rivet to curl and turn over radially outwardly to form a rivet head tightly pushing against the lower plate of the fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 1991
    Date of Patent: October 27, 1992
    Assignee: Flexible Steel Lacing Company
    Inventor: Edward C. Musil
  • Patent number: 5136832
    Abstract: An improved, removable beater belt for a harvesting machine is disclosed. The improved belt comprises a carcass formed of a pliant material having a pair of free ends, each free end having a plurality of dovetail segments separated by a series of dovetail recesses. The dovetail segments on each free end are disposed such that when the free ends are connected the dovetail segments are interdigitated in the dovetail recesses. A retaining pin is slidably received within a series of mutually aligned holes extending transversely through the dovetail segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 1990
    Date of Patent: August 11, 1992
    Inventor: Lloyd P. Sund
  • Patent number: 5095590
    Abstract: Each belt connector or each clip is substantially so U-shaped as to be engaged with both sides of the corresponding edge of a conveyor belt (T) in order there to be secured by means of a U-shaped fixing staple or cramp of metal wire, whose arms are pressed through apertures in the bowed parts of each clip and through the strip between them. In the bowed part of each clip, to receive the staple ends, each aperture disposed opposite a tine of such a staple is connected, by way of a groove or channel or the like contrived in the outside surface of this same zone, to another aperture through which the corresponding tine can be led. The same can therefore be returned to inside the clip in order there to be pressed again into the conveyor belt or to engage between the same and the corresponding bowed part of the clip, something which occurs automatically when the staple ends are bent around and pressed against an anvil on which the clips are supported while the staples are driven in and secured in situ.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 17, 1992
    Assignee: Goro S.A.
    Inventor: Jean-Francois Schick
  • Patent number: 5079807
    Abstract: This disclosure shows a novel shaped pintle wire for papermachine clothing. The intended use of the pintle wire is to close a pin seam by joining the loops formed by the machine-direction yarns at each end of an open-ended papermachine fabric. The present pintle has a non-circular cross section with a major dimension and a minor dimension. The major dimension stretches the loops and reduces seam gap. The minor dimension is approximately equal to the thickness of the fabric under load. Both serve to reduce the marking of the paper sheet by the seam region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 1989
    Date of Patent: January 14, 1992
    Assignee: Albany International Corp.
    Inventor: Paul F. Hood
  • Patent number: 5049425
    Abstract: This invention consists of a pintle for use in closing the pin seam of an on-machine-seamed (OMS) press fabric. The pintle takes the form of a braided, knitted, or ply-twisted yarn whose components are monofilaments of various and/or varying diameter. It has an essentially circular cross section for ease of installation, but will flatten in use to an oblate shape closely conforming to that of the void shape formed by the loops at the end of the press fabric and leaving little or no gap when the seam is closed and under tension. Its porous structure allows the passage of water. In this way, the completed seam will more closely resemble the main body of the press fabric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 1989
    Date of Patent: September 17, 1991
    Assignee: Abany International Corporation
    Inventor: Klaus M. Essele
  • Patent number: 5048675
    Abstract: A belt connection for conveyor belts, especially for a conveyor belt made of heavy textile fabric and used in an apparatus for manufacturing corrugated paper or cardboard, is provided wherein each one of two belt ends to be connected, at a face thereof, is equipped with a plurality of U-shaped clasps that are arranged adjacent to one another in a direction transverse to a longitudinal center axis of the belts and are spaced at a distance from one another. The clasps are attached to the belt ends in such a manner that, at the respective faces that are opposite each other, a respective receiving channel is formed that extends in a direction transverse to the longitudinal center axis of the belts. The clasps of the opposite faces engage and intermesh in a hinge-type fashion whereby the clasps when engaged in that hinge-type fashion are secured via a connecting rod inserted into the intermeshing receiving channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 1991
    Date of Patent: September 17, 1991
    Assignee: Muhlen Sohn GmbH & Co.
    Inventor: Ilio Nadalutti
  • Patent number: 5038442
    Abstract: A coupling device forming a hinge pin for interconnecting connector eleme secured to conveyor belt ends, has a threaded end for facilitating the driving of the hinge pin into a channel formed by the connector elements when these connector elements intermesh. The threaded end of the hinge pin may be a deparate element that can be attached to a hinge pin in a remobable manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 1990
    Date of Patent: August 13, 1991
    Assignee: MATO Maschinen-und Metallwarenfabrik Curt Matthaei GmbH & Co. KG.
    Inventors: Hermann Stolz, Wolfgang Herold
  • Patent number: 5031283
    Abstract: A helical coil seam construction for joining the ends of a length of papermakers fabric into a continuous loop is disclosed using a pair of generaly helical coils formed of a multifilament yarn subjected to a stiffening treatment with that stiffened yarn being formed into a helical coil. A first such coil is affixed to a first end of a length of papermakers fabric and a second coil, wound in the direction opposite to the winding of the first coil, is affixed to a second end of the fabric, opposed to the first end. Means are provided for releasably joining the coils with the loops thereof in an interengaged relationship, whereby the ends of the fabric are releasably joined to form a continuous loop of the fabric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 1990
    Date of Patent: July 16, 1991
    Assignee: Niagara Lockport Industries Inc.
    Inventor: W. Daniel Aldrich
  • Patent number: 4976293
    Abstract: A pin seam construction in which cross direction yarns in the area proximal the seam have a cross sectional size greater than the size of the cross direction yarns appearing in the body of the fabric to provide a weave portion of greater thickness proximal the pin seam to protect the seam in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 1990
    Date of Patent: December 11, 1990
    Assignee: Niagara Lockport Industries Inc.
    Inventor: W. Daniel Aldrich
  • Patent number: 4896702
    Abstract: A seamed papermaking fabric having a multilayer base fabric includes an endless woven fabric forming a tubular belt that is flattened to form a base fabric with at least one helical coil seaming member inserted between opposing sidewall portions at each respective lengthwise extremity of the base fabric. The helical axes of the seaming members extend transverse to the lengthwise direction of the fabric and the coils of the seaming member extend through spaces between adjacent machine direction yarns and supportably engage the machine direction yarns. The opposed lengthwise extremities of the base fabric are joined together by interengagement of the coils of the respective seaming members and insertion of the pintle member axially through the interengaged coils to form a seamed endless fabric of substantially twice the predetermined thickness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 1988
    Date of Patent: January 30, 1990
    Assignee: Niagara Lockport Industries Inc.
    Inventor: Robert L. Crook
  • Patent number: 4862926
    Abstract: A spiral seam construction for lower caliper, multi-layer papermaking fabrics. The spiral seam members have a plurality of headcurves which are interconnected by a plurality of winding legs. Each of the winding legs has a cross-section in which the vertical dimension is less than the horizontal dimension, whereby it is possible to use a larger seaming pintle without an associated increase in seam caliper. The winding legs determine the maximum caliper of the seam, and the seam does not exceed the final fabric caliper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 1988
    Date of Patent: September 5, 1989
    Assignee: Asten Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Denis Barrette, Rajat Chakravarty, Andre' Loiselle
  • Patent number: 4858280
    Abstract: A hinge-pin for coupling two rows of belt-fasteners mounted to the ends of a belt-conveyor or the like is constituted by a series of metallic elements fitted in succession around a flexible axial core. Each element has the approximate shape of a semi-cylindrical rod and carries two projecting lugs at each end. These elements are placed on each side of the flexible core in two inverted rows and in staggered relation from one row to the next. The projecting lugs of both ends of each element are engaged in corresponding cavities of the opposite elements of the other row. The different elements disposed in succession are thus interengaged in the axial direction with a possibility of limited displacement of the elements in the other directions, thus endowing the hinge-pin with the requisite flexibility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 1988
    Date of Patent: August 22, 1989
    Assignee: Goro S.A.
    Inventor: Jean-Francois Schick
  • Patent number: 4806208
    Abstract: A pintle unit and method of closing a seam in a papermakers felt which provides a tight closure along the full length of the seam. The seam is closed with a pintle unit made up of a plurality of pintle elements which are tapered and pulled into the seam to interact in a wedging fashion. The pintle elements are tapered for a length at least as long as the width of the seam so that when wedged in the seam a pintle unit of substantially uniform size across the full width of the felt is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 1987
    Date of Patent: February 21, 1989
    Assignee: Asten Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Patrick Penven
  • Patent number: 4775446
    Abstract: A joinable paper machine felt assembly includes a plurality of spaced first and second cross-threads, the cross-threads being longitudinally spaced and each first cross-thread being laterally spaced from a second cross-thread for thereby defining a plurality of cross-thread pairs. An end two of the cross-thread pairs define first and second fabric ends. A plurality of first and second alternatingly disposed and directly adjacently positioned lengthwise threads bind the cross-threads into a fabric. Each first lengthwise thread forms a first loop extending over the threads of the cross-thread pair at one of the fabric ends and immediately thereafter each first lengthwise thread extends back into the fabric and alternatingly first crossing between and then passing over the associated cross-threads of the cross-thread pairs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 1987
    Date of Patent: October 4, 1988
    Assignee: Thomas Josef Heimbach GmbH & Co.
    Inventor: Sylvester Eschmann
  • Patent number: 4671403
    Abstract: A flexible hinge-pin for coupling two complementary rows of fastening staples on the opposite ends of closed-loop conveyor belt or the like comprises a flexible central core such as a steel cable. The core is surrounded successively by an intermediate plastic sheath and a tubular outer jacket formed by twisting one or a number of strands of wire, either in the same direction of twist as the core or in the opposite direction. The intermediate sheath can be of plastic material filled with grease which is capable of flowing under the action of the relative movements of the hinge-pin components at the time of flexural deformation of the pin in order to ensure that a fraction of the grease spreads over the surface of the pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 1985
    Date of Patent: June 9, 1987
    Assignee: Goro S.A.
    Inventor: Jean-Francois Schick
  • Patent number: 4658863
    Abstract: A papermaking screen has a pair of ends secured together at a joint and formed of a plurality of longitudinal warp filaments having warp ends secured together at the joint and weft filaments transversely woven with the warp filaments. One end of each warp filament is formed with a short loop extending longitudinally a short distance past the weft filaments and the opposite end is formed with a long loop extending longitudinally a long distance past the weft filaments longitudinally in line with but longitudinally spaced from the respective short loop. A first portion of the warp filaments has its long loops projecting from one end of the belt and a second portion has its long loops projecting from the opposite end of the belt between the short loops of the first portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 1986
    Date of Patent: April 21, 1987
    Assignee: Binet Feutres S. A.
    Inventor: Jean-Louis Errecart
  • Patent number: 4641398
    Abstract: A device for coupling the hinge-knuckles of two complementary series of belt-fasteners fixed respectively on each edge of a conveyor belt is constituted by a series of independent rod segments. The maximum length of each segment corresponds to the length of the hinge-knuckles of two opposite belt-fasteners. The rod segments have relatively displaced portions each corresponding to the width of one hinge-knuckle and are thus stationarily fixed in the longitudinal direction after positioning. The different segments are initially joined together by means of at least one temporary coupling member which is readily shearable at the time of initial use and troughing of the conveyor belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 1985
    Date of Patent: February 10, 1987
    Assignee: Goro S.A.
    Inventor: Jean-Francois Schick
  • Patent number: 4611367
    Abstract: A hook keeper is provided to protect and reinforce belt lacings of the type having a plurality of hooks clenched in opposite ends of a belt, with the loop ends of the hooks meshed together and interconnected by a pin. The hook keeper has a rigid body with at least two side-by-side slots therethrough. The hook keeper is positioned between the connecting pin and an associated end of the belt, and preferably reinforces one of the two outermost hooks in the lacing. The selected outermost lacing hook is closely received in one of the keeper slots, and another one of the lacing hooks is closely received in the second keeper slot. Forces acting on the outermost hook are transmitted to and resisted at least partially by the second hook to improve the strength and longevity of the lacing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 1985
    Date of Patent: September 16, 1986
    Assignee: Clipper Belt Lacer Company
    Inventors: John H. Meulenberg, Roy A. McKeage
  • Patent number: 4597137
    Abstract: A hinge pin construction for connecting the free ends of a conveyor belt. The hinge pin includes a plurality of bushings arranged end to end and having aligned bores through each. A cable extends through the bores and is connected at opposite ends to a termination bushing. The bushings are free to rotate relative to the cable. This construction extends through aligned eyes in a mechanical splice connected to each of the free ends of the conveyor belt. A hinge pin tool is provided to assemble and disassemble the hinge pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 1984
    Date of Patent: July 1, 1986
    Assignee: Ocenco Incorporated
    Inventors: J. Patrick Droppleman, Iner C. Olson, Jeffrey S. Phillip, Steven K. Berning
  • Patent number: 4582505
    Abstract: The invention relates to a connector element for the belt ends of conveyor elts, which embraces the belt end with its shanks in a U-shape while forming an eye loop. The connector element has openings in its shanks for receiving staple-like securing means, as well as projections on the sides of the shanks facing each other. These projections extend perpendicularly to the longitudinal direction of the shanks, and can be pressed into the belt surface. At least two projections are arranged on each shank, one behind the other as viewed in the shank's longitudinal direction. The projections protrude sideways beyond the shanks, and their free ends form an intermeshing connection of the shanks of neighboring connector elements. These projections may extend at a right angle or at a slant across the length of the respective shank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 1984
    Date of Patent: April 15, 1986
    Assignee: MATO Maschinen-und Metallwarenfabrik Curt Matthaei GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Hermann Stolz
  • Patent number: 4455718
    Abstract: A weight strap adapted to be mounted circumferentially about the scuba tank of a diver is disclosed which is specifically designed to permit rapid jettisonning of the same in an emergency situation. The weight strap of the present invention is formed to utilize conventional lead diving weights and includes a resilient strap portion designed to provide tension within the strap and tightly maintain the weight strap about the scuba tank. Opposite ends of the strap are provided with a pair of mating, quick release connectors which by way of a single manual motion, may be separated from one another to selectively release the weight strap from the scuba tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 1982
    Date of Patent: June 26, 1984
    Assignee: Joseph J. Ryan
    Inventor: David L. Finnern
  • Patent number: 4315349
    Abstract: A connector strip for conveyor belts includes a plurality of preshaped inidual connector elements (1) which are held together by a wire (2) secured to the inside of a leg of each connector element (1). The wire has a wave form shape whereby the bendability of the connector is maintained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 1980
    Date of Patent: February 16, 1982
    Assignee: MATO Maschinen- und Metallwarenfabrik Curt Matthaei GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Hermann Stolz
  • Patent number: 4212094
    Abstract: A plurality of belt fasteners are joined together by intermediate bridging portions which may break off and leave the adjacent belt fastener edges spaced from each other by the width of the bridging portions when the belt is in use. The preferred fasteners are plate fasteners joined together in a strip of these frangible bridge portions. Preferably, a pair of lines of weakness are formed by stamping parallel notches adjacent either edge of the plate fastener so that substantially all of the bridging material between adjacent fasteners may break off thereby leaving a sizeable gap between adjacent sides of adjacent fasteners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 1978
    Date of Patent: July 15, 1980
    Assignee: Flexible Steel Lacing Company
    Inventor: Winston C. Pray
  • Patent number: 4024605
    Abstract: A flexible hinge pin is disclosed for connecting belt fasteners which are attached to adjacent ends of a conveyor belt. The hinge pin includes a central stranded core with an outer spirally wrapped metallic ribbon overlay. Means in the form of end caps are secured to the opposite ends of the stranded core to prevent unwinding of the core and ribbon overlay. A flexible plastic layer surrounds the ribbon overlay and provides a seal between the end caps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 1975
    Date of Patent: May 24, 1977
    Assignee: Flexible Steel Lacing Company
    Inventor: Albert E. Henke
  • Patent number: 4023239
    Abstract: A coupling rod for connecting the ends of a conveyor belt comprises a flele core enclosed within a plurality of sleeves, each of which has curved end faces in contact with mating faces of adjacent sleeves. The sleeves may have both end faces convex or concave, or one end face convex and the other end face concave. The sleeve bores may vary in diameter along their lengths, the smallest diameter being in the middle of the bore for a sleeve having both end faces convex, or at the concave end face of a sleeve having one end face convex and the other end face concave so as to bear evenly on the core when the rod bends under load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 1976
    Date of Patent: May 17, 1977
    Assignee: Mato Maschinen- und Metallwarenfabrik Curt Matthaei GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Hermann Stolz