Slider Having Specific Configuration, Construction, Adaptation, Or Material Patents (Class 24/415)
  • Patent number: 10251454
    Abstract: There is provided a slider cover of a slide fastener. An upper mounting plate includes: an upper plate to be arranged above an upper blade of a slider and formed with a through-hole penetrating therethrough; and an upper wall protruding downward from the upper plate. A lower mounting plate includes: a lower plate to be arranged below a lower blade of the slider; and a lower wall for surrounding front, right and left sides of an outer periphery of the lower blade and protruding upward from the lower plate. At least one of the upper and lower mounting plates includes a protrusion protruding from an inner peripheral surface of at least corresponding one of the upper and lower walls and configured to come in close contact with a part of an outer peripheral surface of at least corresponding one of the upper and lower blades.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: YKK Corporation
    Inventors: Masayoshi Kojima, Takayuki Inukai
  • Patent number: 10076170
    Abstract: A storage solution for children's toys is described. A storage and transportation device for children's items (e.g., toys, puzzles, craft supplies, etc.) is specially designed to be used by children, including children under three years old. The storage solution may also include an improved zipper pull for opening and closing the storage and transportation device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Lucky Cat Inc. LLC
    Inventors: Kelly Gardner, Sebastian Gardner, Phoebe Gardner
  • Patent number: 9775412
    Abstract: An invisible zipper head assembly structure includes a sliding member and a pulling member. The sliding member has a base portion, a first lateral wall portion, a second lateral wall portion, a seat portion, an elastic component, and a retaining body. The retaining body has a positioning portion passing through a positioning through hole of the seat portion. The pulling member is movably mated with the retaining body. The thickness of the first lateral wall portion is smaller than the thickness of the second lateral wall portion. The first symmetric center line of the base portion passes through a geometric center point of the positioning through hole, and the second symmetric center line of the seat portion is horizontally moved relative to the first symmetric center line by horizontal offset and along a horizontal direction from the second lateral wall portion to the first lateral wall portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: CHUNG CHWAN ENTERPRISE CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yu-Pau Lin
  • Patent number: 9770074
    Abstract: A cap structure includes a cap body and an elastic piece. The cap body has at least two first inner concave grooves corresponding to each other, at least two first retaining blocks corresponding to each other and respectively extended outwardly from the at least two first inner concave grooves, and at least two first through holes corresponding to each other and respectively adjacent to the at least two first retaining blocks. The at least two first inner concave grooves are disposed on the inner surface of the cap body, and the at least two first through holes pass through the cap body to form two breach holes between the inner and the outer surfaces of the cap body. The elastic piece is disposed on the inner surface of the cap body, and the at least two first retaining blocks contact the elastic piece for retaining the elastic piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: CHUNG CHWAN ENTERPRISE CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yu-Pau Lin
  • Patent number: 9743722
    Abstract: A musical zipper including a zipper having a slider, a continuous C-shaped flap having a pair of outer ends attached to a front surface of the slider, a pull tab engaging the flap, a pair of interlocking teeth having a first interlocking member and a second interlocking member, a speaker disposed on the front surface of the slider, and a sound chip disposed within the slider. The slider is configured to travel from a first end of the zipper to a second end of the zipper to connect the first interlocking member with the second interlocking member. The slider is configured to travel from the second end of the zipper to the first end of the zipper to disconnect the first interlocking member from the second interlocking member. The sound chip is configured to play a musical tune when the sound chip is activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Inventor: Stan Divranos
  • Patent number: 9687050
    Abstract: A zipper head assembly structure for decreasing frictional resistance includes a sliding member and a pulling member. The sliding member has a first sliding portion, a second sliding portion, and a connection portion connected between the first and the second sliding portions. The pulling member has an end portion movably mated with a retaining body of the first sliding portion. The first sliding portion has a first inner surface and a first outer surface opposite to the first inner surface, the first sliding portion has a plurality of first sliding blocks disposed on the first inner surface thereof and separated from each other. The second sliding portion has a second inner surface and a second outer surface opposite to the second inner surface, and the second sliding portion has a plurality of second sliding blocks disposed on the second inner surface thereof and separated from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: CHUNG CHWAN ENTERPRISE CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yu-Pau Lin
  • Patent number: 9630750
    Abstract: A storage solution for children's toys is described. A storage and transportation device for children's items (e.g., toys, puzzles, craft supplies, etc.) is specially designed to be used by children, including children under three years old. The storage solution may also include an improved zipper pull for opening and closing the storage and transportation device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Lucky Cat Inc. LLC
    Inventors: Kelly Gardner, Emily Smith, Sebastian Gardner, Phoebe Gardner
  • Patent number: 9226550
    Abstract: The instant disclosure relates to a zipper head. The zipper head includes a main structure, a flexible member, a securing member, a replaceable pull tab, a guiding member, and a shaft. The main structure has a first fixing portion and receives the flexible member. The securing member has a second fixing portion corresponding to the first fixing portion. The securing member contacts with the flexible member. The guiding member is pivotally connected to one end of the main structure and contacts with the securing member. A receiving space is cooperatively defined by the main structure, the securing member, and the guiding member. A fixing end of the replaceable pull tab is disposed in the receiving space. The shaft penetrates the main structure and is pivotally connected to the securing member. The instant disclosure also discusses a method for replacing the replaceable pull tab of the zipper head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: CHUNG CHWAN ENTERPRISE CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yu-Pau Lin
  • Patent number: 9125459
    Abstract: An invisible zipper head assembly structure includes a sliding member and a pulling member. The sliding member has a base portion, a first lateral wall portion, a second lateral wall portion, a seat portion, and a retaining body. The retaining body has a positioning portion passing through a positioning through hole of the seat portion. The pulling member is movably mated with the retaining body. A first thickness of the first lateral wall portion is smaller than a second thickness of the second lateral wall portion. The first symmetric center line of the base portion passes through a geometric center point of the positioning through hole, and the second symmetric center line of the seat portion is horizontally moved relative to the first symmetric center line by a predetermined horizontal offset and along a horizontal direction from the second lateral wall portion to the first lateral wall portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: CHUNG CHWAN ENTERPRISE CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yu-Pau Lin
  • Patent number: 8973224
    Abstract: There is provided a slide fastener in which one of the fastener stringers is separated from a tape insertion path at one side of a body in the width direction when a lateral pulling force directed outward in the width direction of the fastener tapes is applied to a pair of fastener stringers. At least one opposing surfaces of an upper and lower flange at one side of the body in the width direction has a protrusion on the rear end portion thereof, and the opposing surfaces of the upper and lower flanges at one side of the body in the width direction respectively have straight portions which are parallel with each other except for the position at which the protrusion is formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: YKK Corporation
    Inventor: Hideki Sato
  • Patent number: 8973223
    Abstract: Embodiments provide a weather resistant slide fastener with a modified slider body including a top control rib and tightly controlled inner dimensions. In embodiments, a water-resistant coating and/or an adhesive may be applied to the zipper tape, resulting in a highly water-resistant zipper and finished garment. Embodiments further provide a slider body that may accommodate longitudinal edge portions of the outer layer of fabric, allowing the edges of the fabric to be brought into close proximity/contact, substantially covering the zipper teeth and minimizing ingress of water and/or wind through the zipper tape. Additional embodiments provide methods of manufacturing and installing weather resistant slide fasteners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Columbia Sportswear North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Woody Blackford, Gary Davis
  • Patent number: 8966720
    Abstract: A slider of the invention has a slider body and a tab, and first and second tab attachment posts of the slider body rotatably retain an attachment shaft portion of the tab. Further, a cover body covering at least the first and second tab attachment posts is fixed to an upper blade of the slider body. In accordance with this, since the slider has a good touch feeling and an improved outer appearance, it is possible to construct a slide fastener which is excellent in quality. Further, in the case that the slider has a stop mechanism, the stop mechanism can be protected by the cover body, and it is accordingly possible to prevent a trouble in the stop mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: YKK Corporation
    Inventors: Yohei Miyazaki, Keiichi Keyaki
  • Patent number: 8959729
    Abstract: A slider for a slide fastener is provided which is capable of quickly fastening and unfastening the slide fastener in a remote operation manner. A string having pull tabs on longitudinally opposite sides is fixed to a body of the slider for a slide fastener such that the string is not moved in the longitudinal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: YKK Corporation
    Inventors: Keiichi Keyaki, Kouji Yamagishi, Yohei Miyazaki
  • Patent number: 8910352
    Abstract: A slide fastener includes a pair of first and second separable interfitting parts fixed to first and second fastener stringers. The first separable interfitting part includes a slider-holding part, and the second separable interfitting part is configured to be insertable/removable into/from the slider held on the slider-holding part through the tape insertion gap. A protruding part is arranged at a front end of the second separable interfitting part. A width dimension A of the protruding part, a dimension B between a back end of a side surface of the protruding part and an opposed end on a side opposite to the first separable interfitting part, and a dimension C between a guide post and a flange of the slider have a relationship of A<C<B.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: YKK Corporation
    Inventors: Jiro Nozaki, Kenji Yuki, Kiyomasa Segawa, Hideki Sato
  • Patent number: 8910351
    Abstract: A zipper slider assembly includes a main body having first and second lateral walls connected by a perpendicular connecting panel, defining a zipper channel therebetween. The assembly also includes first and second loops, and a pull cord. The first loop extends from the first lateral wall, and defines a first eyelet. The second loop extends from the second lateral wall and defines a second eyelet. The first and second loops are aligned with one another. The pull cord is slidably retained by the first and second eyelets. The pull cord includes a first cap at one end, and a second cap at an opposite end. The pull cord is configured to be pulled through the first and second eyelets to move the main body over the zipper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher A. J. Iannello, Martin J. Nilsen, Jeffrey D. Anderson
  • Publication number: 20140359979
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a portion of a slide fastener. The method comprises providing a first tape having a first edge; providing the first tape with a row of coupling elements along the first edge of the first tape, the coupling elements being configured to interdigitate with a further row of coupling elements. The method further comprises attaching a first layer of a fluid resistant material to the first tape, attaching an extending layer of a fluid resistant material to the first layer, the extending layer forming an extension member comprising a first overhang portion which extends beyond a second edge of the first tape opposite the first edge of the first tape. The first layer of fluid resistant material is attached to the first tape and the extending layer is attached to the first layer such that there is no fluid path through the first layer and/or extending layer to the first tape.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2014
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventors: Eiji Gonda, Steven Thomas
  • Patent number: 8893356
    Abstract: The object is to provide a slider for fastener fittable to a fastener included in a sealed reclosable bag after the bag is broken and opened, and also easy to fit to as well as remove from a fastener of another bag. The slider includes to first slider member (2) provided with a projection (2A) for disengaging a male engageable member from a female engageable member both included in a fastener (F) and a second slider member (3) provided with a narrowed portion (3C) for fitting the male and female engageable members to each other. The projection (2A) of the first slider member (2) is adapted to be inserted forcibly from outside between the male and female engageable members in an engaged state, and the narrowed portion (3C) in the second slider member (3) is adapted to engage the male and female engageable members with each other. Two protrusions (2E) each provided with a boss (2I) are provided on the first slider member (2) in a manner extending toward the second slider member (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Mupack Ozaki Corporation
    Inventors: Ikuko Ozaki, Takeo Takashiro
  • Publication number: 20140259560
    Abstract: A top stop made of a flexible material that cooperates with at least a portion of a slider body. The top stop comprises a body having a fin that extends upwardly from the body and that includes a contour that generally conforms to a leading edge of the slider body. In some versions, the top stop comprises a gap that is configured to snuggly receive a connecting neck of the slider body in such a way that water is prevented from penetrating the slider body. In some embodiments, the top stop includes two extensions, at least one of which has one or more sliding surfaces that are configured so that the slider assembly produces an audible noise when the connecting neck is snuggly received within the gap and the assembly is in the locked position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: YKK CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventors: YOSHINORI KOJIMA, SHIGEYOSHI TAKAZAWA, JOHN E. HOLLIDAY, JR.
  • Publication number: 20140259561
    Abstract: Media cord managing zipper systems in accordance with the present invention may comprise a zipper slider and a pull tab. Prongs may extend from the pull tab on opposing sides of a longitudinal axis of the pull tab. The prongs may be shaped to hold portions of a media cord in a cavity of the pull tab. The media cord managing zipper system may be incorporated into articles of clothing, such as jackets and sweatshirts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Nike, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Hernandez, Kristin Reiter
  • Publication number: 20140245519
    Abstract: A zipper assembly that allows for coupling multiple objects together and a single slider that serves to control a common opening for the coupled objects.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2014
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Applicant: The North Face Apparel Corp.
    Inventor: John Thiet Ly
  • Publication number: 20140230197
    Abstract: There is provided a slide fastener. A pair of fastener element rows are respectively sewn to opposing tape side edge portions of a pair of fastener tapes with sewing threads. Each of the fastener element rows has a plurality of fastener elements. A slider is configured to engage and disengage the pair of fastener element rows. The pair of fastener tapes and the pair of fastener element rows are colored in different colors. The slide fastener is used such that the fastener element rows are at a back side. A width dimension of a gap between the pair of fastener tapes is set to be 10 to 25% of a width dimension of the pair of fastener element rows that are engaged with each other. The color of the fastener element rows is visible through the gap from a front side of the slide fastener.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2011
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Applicant: YKK Corporation
    Inventors: Yuichi Miyazaki, Yasuyuki Takabayashi
  • Patent number: 8800119
    Abstract: Disclosed is a slider for a slide fastener having a flexible upper wing piece and lower wing piece, and configured in such a way that zipper teeth are thrust into a tape insertion passage when a lateral pulling force is applied to a left and right pair of first and second fastener stringers. Accordingly, the application of a lateral pulling force to the left and right first and second fastener stringers results in the expansion of the width of the tape insertion passage of the slider and the separation of the zipper tooth rows. Thereupon the first and second fastener stringers which are engaged can be readily switched to a disengaged state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: YKK Corporation
    Inventor: Hideki Sato
  • Publication number: 20140216969
    Abstract: The invention provides solutions to the problem connected with the difficulties encountered, when trying to open flexible packages, whether they are simple plastic bags with a regular opening mouth, or whether the bags comprise zipper closure strips. Similar solutions can be used with zipper closure strips by themselves, solutions are Also provided to facilitate in the opening of blister packages and the like. Furthermore, similar solutions are proposed for packages containing food items such as cheese slices and the like.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2013
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Inventor: GABE CHERIAN
  • Patent number: 8793847
    Abstract: A double-layer nylon zipper includes two zipper tapes each having two series of teeth respectively disposed at opposing top and bottom sides of the fabric strip thereof, and a zipper slider coupled between the interlocking series of teeth of the two zipper tapes and having opposing top guard frame wall and bottom guard frame wall, a division wall between the top and bottom guard frame walls, a nose located on the top guard frame wall and a pull tap coupled to the nose. The top guard frame wall and bottom guard frame wall have respective first ends kept in flush and respective second ends in different lengths so that an accommodation space is defined right below the second end of the top guard frame wall outside the second end of the bottom guard frame wall to facilitate smooth interlocking of the interlocking series of teeth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Inventor: Roger C. Y. Chung
  • Patent number: 8707524
    Abstract: A double sided nylon sandwich mesh fabric zipper and slider assembly includes coil strips being left handed and right handed plastic coils each having a center cord and a series of interlocking teeth, each tooth having a tooth head and a tooth body so configured that the tooth heads are respectively interlockable with the tooth heads of the teeth of the coil strips at the other zipper tape. The slider has C-shaped guide grooves to guide locking and unlocking positions horizontal movement of the teeth of the upper and lower coil strips, and a balance guide block configured to match with the configuration of the tooth heads, facilitating accurate alignment between the left and right teeth of the upper and lower coil strips and assuring smooth engagement and disengagement of the interlocking teeth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Inventor: Lien-Chou Wang
  • Publication number: 20140082895
    Abstract: A cover is provided for covering the pull tab of a zipper to protect other clothing that may be or come in contact with the zipper. The cover has an elongated body with one or more walls defining a pocket wherein the zipper pull tab is situated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Inventor: Jennifer E. Gold
  • Patent number: 8661629
    Abstract: A roller-loaded zipper slide includes first and second roller brackets respectively mounted in top and bottom slide body blocks of the slide body thereof to carry a respective front roller in flush with the front edges of the top and bottom slide body blocks and in proximity to the zipper's interlocking teeth and in direct contact with the zipper tapes for guiding the interlocking teeth into the internal chamber of the roller-loaded zipper slide smoothly and accurately, avoiding scratching or damaging the stitches of the zipper tapes, improving zipper slide sliding mobility, reducing zipper teeth wear and prolonging zipper slide lifespan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Genmore Zipper Corporation
    Inventor: Lien-Chou Wang
  • Publication number: 20140053379
    Abstract: A method of applying a bittering agent to a substrate provided by an item which it is desired to impregnate in order to prevent, for example, chewing of the item, is disclosed. The method comprises the steps of: applying a first coating layer to the substrate, the first coating layer being of a substance that can be treated to acquire a hardened state; applying a bittering agent to the first layer; and treating the first coating layer thereby to generate the hardened state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2013
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Inventor: Steven SMITH
  • Patent number: 8650724
    Abstract: A zipper for luggage or a travel bag may include a slider and a releasable security device to provide access to the bag by authorized persons. The releasable security device may be configured to receive a portion of a locking apparatus, such as a padlock. A portion of the releasable security device may be received within the slider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Samsonite IP Holdings S.a.r.l.
    Inventors: William L. King, Robert Thomas Zielinski
  • Patent number: 8631543
    Abstract: A zipper pre-gather device which is operable for providing proper alignment of two sides of a zipper tape prior to being fed through a slider, thereby preventing the slider from becoming unintentionally engaged with sections of the foldable, stowable roof or parts of the foldable window. The zipper pre-gather device incudes a slider pivotally attached to a pre-gather device. The pre-gather device has two entrances, one for receiving each side of the zipper tape, which are operable with two exits. The entrances of the pre-gather device are of a large width and height in relation to the exits, and are operable for providing proper alignment between two sides of a zipper tape, prior to the two sides of the zipper tape being fed into the slider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: Magna International Inc.
    Inventors: Keijo J. Huotari, Eric Hanson, Stephen J. Lewis
  • Publication number: 20140013549
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a slider for a slide fastener with an automatic stopper. A common part which includes a stopping pawl portion, a biasing portion and a cover portion and forms the automatic stopper is provided. At least two bodies selected from among a first body having a guide recess configured to guide metal teeth, a second body having a guide recess configured to guide resin teeth which are formed by injection molding, and a third body having a guide recess configured to guide teeth made of resin monofilaments are prepared. The common part is mounted on one of the bodies selected from the at least two bodies.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2011
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Applicant: YKK Corporation
    Inventors: Kiyoshi Oda, Keiichi Keyaki, Yoshikazu Hamada
  • Publication number: 20130291349
    Abstract: A slider for actuating profiled closure tracks, especially for a bag, having a base and two flanks parallel to a median central longitudinal plane and configured for stressing the profiled closure tracks between a closed latch position and an open separated position. A longitudinal rib subdivides the internal space of the slider into two non parallel channels. A first axial end of the channels wherein the channels are convergent makes an input end of the channels, while a second axial end of the channels wherein the channels are divergent makes an output end of the channels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2013
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Inventor: Antony Roger
  • Patent number: 8539651
    Abstract: A replacement zipper slider includes upper and lower plates, which are held together by a threaded fastener extending from one plate to the other; the plates are urged apart by a spring between them, and the threaded fastener sets a maximum limit on the distance between the plates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Inventor: James Marvin Williams
  • Publication number: 20130185903
    Abstract: In a fastener chain, at least some warps constituting a woven fastener tape are provided with a flame retardant phosphorus-copolymerized polyester fiber fiber and wefts constituting the same fastener tape are provided with a synthetic fiber that is not phosphorus-copolymerized and that has a higher degree of tensile strength than the flame retardant polyester fiber. With this configuration, superior flame retardancy can be stably obtained and there is no variance in the flame retardancy of the fastener chains. In the fastener chain, the heat contraction of the warp is used to improve the chain horizontal pull force, and by increasing the frictional resistance between the warp and the weft, shifting of the weave pattern of the fastener tape can be prevented. Further, the fastener chain can be provided at a low cost because of the small amount of flame retardant polyester fiber used.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2010
    Publication date: July 25, 2013
    Applicant: YKK Corporation
    Inventors: Shinji Matsuzawa, Takuya Shimizu, Yusuke Numata, Satoshi Kuno, Takayayuki Hasegawa
  • Publication number: 20130180088
    Abstract: Provided is a fastener that can be recycled as paper. The fastener comprises a tape member and an engaging element attached to the tape member, and the total weight of the cellulose fibers included in the tape member and the engaging element is 51 to 100 wt % of the total weight of the tape member and the engaging element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2010
    Publication date: July 18, 2013
    Applicant: YKK Corporation
    Inventors: Go Takani, Eiji Nakayama, Mitsuo Tsuzuyama
  • Patent number: 8484811
    Abstract: A zipper arrangement comprises a plurality of zipper elements with a slider moveably positioned on the plurality of zipper elements. At least one wheel is rotatably positioned on the slider and configured to engage the plurality of zipper elements. The at least one wheel may include a first wheel configured to engage a first plurality of zipper elements and a second wheel configured to engage a second plurality of zipper elements within a slider. The slider may be generally triangular or trapezoidal in shape. Accordingly, the slider and includes a first end configured to pass disengaged zipper elements and a second end configured pass engaged zipper elements, wherein the second end is wider than the first end. The slider also includes a window configured to display at least a portion of the first wheel and the second wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Under Armour, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonas K. Damon, Peter Michaelian, Gregory Daniel Louis Germe, Jinseok Hwang, Allison S. Conner
  • Publication number: 20130174386
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to zipper for a reclosable package, particularly a zipper which has been foamed with the use of bioresins or biodegradable additives to increase the degradability of the zipper. The combination of the process of foaming with the use of bioresins or biodegradable additives typically increases the rate of degradability of the zipper, particularly in biodegradable environments, such as landfills.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2013
    Publication date: July 11, 2013
    Applicant: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.
    Inventor: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.
  • Patent number: 8474109
    Abstract: Slider assemblies and methods of manufacturing slider assemblies including a slider with a locking feature that cooperates with a plurality of coils of a standard zipper component. In some embodiments, the slider is capable of moving freely along the length of the zipper component when sufficient force is applied to the slider, but is capable of being locked in position when sufficient force is no longer applied to the slider. In certain embodiments, the locking feature is generally M-shaped. In some embodiments, the sliders are formed using injection molding techniques.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: YKK Corporation
    Inventors: Shigeyoshi Takazawa, Albert E. Barrows, John B. Sears
  • Patent number: 8438705
    Abstract: A double layer zipper includes two zipper tapes, each zipper tape having a seal strip covered on transverse top and bottom edges and one longitudinal side edge thereof and stitched with the associating interlocking series of teeth, and an interlocking series of teeth formed of a series of coils and respectively fastened to each of opposing top and bottom sides of each of the zipper tapes, each coil having a coil head and a coil body connected to the front side of the coil head, the coil body having a recessed face disposed adjacent to the associating coil head, two flank portions disposed at two opposite lateral sides of the recessed face and a neck connected between the recessed face and associating coil head so that each coil has a tadpole-shaped profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Inventor: Lien-Chou Wang
  • Patent number: 8434944
    Abstract: A sachet has a body, the inner space of which is notably delimited by two sheets forming its main walls, and which includes complementary closing profiles respectively attached on these sheets as well as a cursor for actuating the profiles upon closing and opening, which comprises two longitudinal flanks connected by a base, as well as a longitudinal sole which extends from the base between the flanks, in order to delimit two opening/closing channels of the profiles. The cursor includes, longitudinally, in the extension of the base, a jutting-out element which extends beyond the flanks. The jutting-out element is positioned on the side of the cursor which corresponds to a closing direction of the profiles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: S2F Flexico
    Inventors: Henri Bois, Antony Roger
  • Publication number: 20130104349
    Abstract: A copper-zinc alloy product of the invention contains zinc in an amount of higher than 35% by weight and 43% by weight or less and has a two-phase structure of an ?-phase and a ?-phase. Further, the ratio of the ?-phase in the copper-zinc alloy is controlled to be higher than 10% and less than 40% and the crystal grains of the ?-phase and the ?-phase are crushed into a flat shape and arranged in a layer shape through cold working. According to the copper-zinc alloy product, it is possible to decrease the copper content and to appropriately secure the strength and cold workability by appropriately controlling the ratio of the ?-phase.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 5, 2010
    Publication date: May 2, 2013
    Inventors: Yasuharu Yoshimura, Takuya Koizumi, Koichi Mikado, Takahiro Fukuyama, Atsushi Ogihara
  • Publication number: 20130097819
    Abstract: A fastening member contains a synthetic resin, in which flat metal foil containing aluminum is mixed with the synthetic resin and an average particle diameter of the metal foil is set to be equal to or more than 3 ?m and equal to or less than 8 ?m. Accordingly, the fastening member has both an advantage of a synthetic resin of being inexpensive and light and an advantage of a metal of having strength and gloss having a high-grade sense, and an outer appearance or a texture thereof can be viewed like the metallic member. In the fastening member, a weld mark can be restrained from being generated, and even if the weld mark is generated, the weld mark can be made difficult to be visually recognized relatively and the weld mark can be mixed with the gloss.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2010
    Publication date: April 25, 2013
    Applicant: Ykk Corporation
    Inventor: Masayoshi Kojima
  • Publication number: 20130074292
    Abstract: A slide fastener according to the invention includes a pair of first and second separable interfitting parts fixed to first and second fastener stringers. A protruding part is arranged at a front end of the second separable interfitting part and if a width dimension of the protruding part is defined as a first dimension A, a dimension between a back end of a side surface of the protruding part and an opposed end on a side opposite to the first separable interfitting part is defined as a second dimension B, and a dimension between a diamond and a flange of the slider is defined as a third dimension C, the protruding part has a relationship of the first dimension A<the third dimension C<the second dimension B. Accordingly, when the second separable interfitting part is held in a normal position, element rows can smoothly be interlocked.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2010
    Publication date: March 28, 2013
    Applicant: YKK Corporation
    Inventors: Jiro Nozaki, Kenji Yuki, Kiyomasa Segawa, Hideki Sato
  • Publication number: 20130061434
    Abstract: A zipper device for repairing and extending the life of a standard zipper used on boat tops, covers and enclosures, or the tops, covers and enclosures on other equipment that use a zipper for fastening and snapping together their openings. The use of the zipper device of the present invention also widens a standard zipper to provide slack to tops, covers and enclosures on boats and other equipment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2012
    Publication date: March 14, 2013
    Inventor: Tammy Rice Hampton
  • Patent number: 8381369
    Abstract: A roller zipper slide includes a slide body having a longitudinal slot on a top slide body block in communication with an internal chamber thereof and two coupling grooves located at two opposite lateral sides of the longitudinal slot. The roller zipper slide further includes a roller pivotally having two pivot pins respectively pivotally coupled to the coupling grooves and a bottom side thereof projecting into the internal chamber of the slide body right above the engaging position between the left and right series of teen of the zip fastener, thereby improving sliding mobility, reducing zipper teeth wear and prolonging zipper slide lifespan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Inventor: Lien-Chou Wang
  • Publication number: 20130036575
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a slider assembly having a separable slider. The slider assembly having a slider for intercoupling or separating zipper teeth at a pair of zipper tapes according to the present invention comprises: a fixed member which is provided at the lower end of one zipper tape, and includes a connection pin for connecting the bottom ends of a pair of vertical pieces opposing each other and an extended portion extending in a certain length from one of the pair of the vertical pieces; and a movable member which is slidably movable along the zipper teeth at the pair of zipper tapes to be inserted between the pair of opposing vertical pieces and fixed therein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2011
    Publication date: February 14, 2013
    Inventors: Tae Young Jung, Gyu Seok Yang
  • Patent number: 8365367
    Abstract: The slide fastener includes elements, and a slider, the slide fastener including a horizontal functional section and a vertical functional section. The horizontal functional section includes element heads which are meshed with and unmeshed from each other, and horizontal fastener tapes which are opened and closed in a horizontal direction. The vertical functional section and includes upper element legs which are formed by extending the elements upwards and bending the extended upper portions into a hook-like shape, upper holding portions formed by distal ends of the upper element legs, an upper vertical fastener tape which is engageable in the upper holding portions, lower element legs which are formed by extending the elements downwards and bending the extended lower portions into a hook-like shape, lower holding portions formed by distal ends of the lower element legs, and a lower vertical fastener tape which is engageable in the lower holding portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Inventor: Masaki Matsumoto
  • Publication number: 20130007993
    Abstract: Provided are a metal double-sided tooth that prevents a flow protruding portion from protruding from the boundary between a coupling concave portion and a body, and a slide fastener using the metal double-sided tooth. The inner side of a coupling concave portion is formed in a substantially bowl shape and a concave portion is formed throughout the boundary between the coupling concave portion and a body and a front side and a rear side of the body. Further, when the metal double-sided tooth is attached to a fastener tape, it is possible to prevent a flow protruding portion generated by caulking a pair of legs from protruding outward from the coupling concave portion or the front side and the rear side of the body until sliding friction is generated in a slider.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2010
    Publication date: January 10, 2013
    Applicant: YKK Corporation
    Inventors: Futoshi Kozato, Yusuke Meiwa, Hirofumi Tanikoshi
  • Publication number: 20120297583
    Abstract: A zipper component includes a metal plating film provided on the surface of a component body made of a metal. Further, in the zipper component, at least a part of the component body has been thermally treated before bending and thus the metal plating film has a recrystallized structure wherein at least a part of the metal plating film been recrystallized. Accordingly, since the ductility of the metal plating film can be improved, even when the zipper component is bent, the metal plating film can be deformed to follow the deformation of the component body. Therefore, the occurrence of crevicing or cracking in the metal plating film can be prevented.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 25, 2009
    Publication date: November 29, 2012
    Applicant: YKK Corporation
    Inventors: Yasuhiko Sugimoto, Norio Kikukawa
  • Publication number: 20120284971
    Abstract: A zipper comprises a button grip on an end of a pull tab. The button grip may include a tactile surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2012
    Publication date: November 15, 2012
    Inventor: GLENN EDWARD ROBERTS