Abstract: An electronic price label arrangement and a protective element of an electronic price label, which protective element includes an envelope part, which comprises a front wall, a rear wall and at least one side wall. A space for the electronic price label is arranged between the front wall and rear wall of the envelope part, and the envelope part is further adapted to at least partly surround, on the front side and on the rear side and on at least one other side of the electronic price label, an electronic price label inside the envelope part and/or an electronic price label to be placed inside the envelope part.
Abstract: A snap fastener, of the type comprising a female part (2) including a spring (11, 11a, 11b) and a male part (4) including a stem (5) for engagement with the spring, wherein a chamber (10, 10a, 10b) is provided for housing the spring and including shoulders (12, 12a, 12b) on a buttoning side, the shoulders having a length (L1) longer than a length (L2) of shoulders (13, 13a, 13b) arranged on the opposite side. Thus, a differentiated effort buttoning and unbuttoning mechanism between the stem (5) and the spring (11) is achieved. With respect to prior snap fasteners, the inventive snap fastener provides the advantage of requiring very small buttoning efforts, much smaller than those necessary for unbuttoning the snap fastener, thereby facilitating the snap fastener closing operation while providing a tightness closure upon having buttoned the snap fastener male and female parts.
Abstract: A press stud comprises a male element and a female element. The male element comprises a coupling portion which is insertable into a housing seat of the female element in a coupling direction. The coupling portion of the male element has an anti-uncoupling appendage which interferes with the female element and prevents the uncoupling of the male element from the female element when they are subjected to tension acting in a substantially transverse direction with respect to the direction of coupling.
Abstract: A press stud comprises a male element and a female element, which show, when coupled, a capacity for mutual transverse displacement with respect to the coupling direction to move, when subjected to tension acting in a substantially transverse direction with respect to the coupling direction, from an uncouplable position to a locked position. An elastic centring member exerts an elastic force on the male element and/or on the female element to keep them in the uncouplable position in the absence of tension acting in a substantially transverse direction with respect to the coupling direction.
Abstract: Latch mechanism devices for attaching components within a device and methods of use are provided herein. In one aspect, the latch mechanism includes a pair of deflectable members between which a protruding latch member, such as a latch pin, is inserted thereby separating the deflectable members. A latch pin can have a distal insertion portion and a proximal locking portion, the locking portion having a reduced profile so as to resiliently receive the deflectable members displaced by insertion of the latch pin so as to couple the latch pin between the cords. The latch pin can have insertion faces and locking faces angled so as to control the force required to insert and retract the latch pin from the cord pair. The latch mechanism may utilize releasing mechanisms for separating or reducing tension in the deflectable members to facilitate retraction of the latch pin.
March 15, 2012
Date of Patent:
July 7, 2015
Bryan P. Kiple, Michael B. Wittenberg, Shayan Malek
Abstract: Fasteners including male and female assemblies. At least one of the male or female assembly may have a flexible base that flexes to conform to a non-planar mounting surface. The flexible base is bonded to the stud and/or the socket using techniques that provide a high degree of strength to withstand repeated engagement and disengagement of the fastener. Moreover, in certain embodiments the bonding techniques eliminate the need for mechanical means (for example, threads) to secure the stud to the flexible base. Mechanical tests show that the male assembly according to certain embodiments has 62% more strength than known male assemblies.
September 17, 2010
Date of Patent:
October 22, 2013
Chuck G. LeCompte, Chad A. Clark, Rodney H. Helwig
Abstract: A functionally decorative fastening system includes first and second fastener portions, each fixable to an article, so as to selectively allow for the articles to be secured together purposes such as transit, storage or laundering. Complementary mating surfaces of each fastener portion include decorative features, such as artwork, logos, trademarks, or the like. The decorative mating surfaces serve functionally to selectively lock the two fastener portions together when aligned and pushed together. Such integrated fastening is accomplished via mechanical interaction between the decorative mating surfaces.
Abstract: Snap fastener part comprising an axis (30), a coupling means (10) for coupling with a complementary coupling means of the other snap fastener part, a fixing means (14) for fixing the coupling means (10) to a carrier material (32), a cap (12) for covering the coupling means (10) on a side facing away from the carrier material (32) and a protrusion (28) on the side of the coupling means (10) facing away from the carrier material (32), said protrusion (28) encircling the axis (30), the fixing means (14) comprising at least one leg (16, 18, 20, 22, 24) which engages behind the coupling means (10) on the side facing away from the carrier material (32) when assembled and which is placed between the surface of the coupling means (10) facing away from the carver material (32) and the cap (12).
Abstract: A self draining snap fastener socket allows water and other liquids to drain from inside of the self draining snap fastener socket. The self draining snap fastener socket has a snap action attachment/detachment portion defining a channel for a resilient snap member. The channel has an annular side wall extending generally along an axial direction of the self draining snap fastener socket, an upper flange extending from an upper portion of the annular side wall toward a socket center, and a lower flange extending from a lower portion of the annular side wall toward the socket center. A fluid passageway extends from the interior of the self draining snap fastener socket through the annular side wall to outside of the self draining snap fastener socket.
Abstract: A clutch fastener is provided for securely receiving pins, shafts, and the like. The clutch fastener includes a housing and a coil spring disposed within a central chamber contained in the housing. The chamber originates near the top surface of the housing and extends through the bottom surface. The bottom surface is countersunk to provide for easy insertion of the shaft. The chamber is sized such that it has a larger diameter than the shaft to be retained. The shaft is inserted into the chamber and retained by frictional forces generated against the coil spring. The clutch fastener may allow the user to selectively increase the tension placed on the shaft via a locking mechanism. The clutch fastener may also be provided with a second spring disposed within the chamber in order to limit the degree of compression of the first spring. Various designs are also disclosed for the spring stock from which the coil spring is formed.
Abstract: Unlike conventional snap fasteners, this clasp's mechanism temporarily locks to prevent opening by accidental forces which apply unevenly and tilt the socket against the elongated stud that passes through and beyond the socket. Designed for general use, it is especially valuable for bracelets. While accidental opening is virtually impossible, stud and socket support-bodies make intentional opening easy, with one hand. With bracelet between them, middle and index fingers hold the socket support-body on opposite edges, without blocking stud movement, while thumb pressure is applied to the protruding end of the stud to eject it and open the clasp. This procedure keeps axes of stud and socket sufficiently aligned to avoid the locking effect, and automatically leaves the wearer holding the socket side of the clasp to avoid dropping the bracelet. The support-body means of attachment makes pull from chain or bracelet substantially perpendicular to clasp's opening direction.
Abstract: A cord stopper releasably fastens a cord thereto. The cord stopper has a front body and a housing attached to a rear side of the front body. The housing has a through hole and a seat formed around the through hole. An annular spring rests on the seat. The annular spring is slightly less in diameter than the through hole so that the inner peripheral part of the annular spring appears beyond the periphery of the through hole. The cord is joined to the annular spring so that the cord is retained against the front body.
Abstract: A snap-fit button comprising: a button body having on its front surface an ornamental; a snap member; a caulking member with which the button body and snap member are adapted to be caulked; a locking ring having on and along its outer peripheral portion a ridge and attached to a flange of the caulking member; a socket having an aperture for receiving the locking ring and having a taper diverging from an edge of the aperture toward a back surface of the button body, the socket being secured to the back surface of the button body; and a ring-shape spring disposed in the socket for resiliently engaging the locking ring.
Abstract: A replacement fastener for use with a female snap member to provide a snap fastener. The male snap member is formed of an acetal resin which is tough and resilient and has its own self-lubricating properties. The male fastner has a flange with a button on one side adapted to engage in the socket of the female snap and has an anchor portion adapted to be firmly anchored in a boat structure in the precise location where the conventional male fastener was located.
November 15, 1991
Date of Patent:
January 5, 1993
Joseph L. Terrels, Christopher J. Terrels
Abstract: The loop comprises a flexible length of small-diameter cable, nylon or like tough, flexible material, which has on its respective ends a socket with a constricted area, and a plug with a reduced neck groove so that the plug is forcibly inserted into the socket to form a releasable but positive engagement between the two ends of the loop.
Abstract: A snap button for attachment to a garment fabric comprises a socket member, a plug member snappingly engageable therewith and a spring member accommodated in the socket. The socket member includes a cylindrical hub and a bottomless collet having an annular flange which has a plurality of ridges adapted to be folded radially inwardly over the spring and over the hub, respectively.
Abstract: The invention relates to an apparatus for detachably connecting two parts. It has a receiving part (1) which possesses a housing (3a). A lock (5a) which has a bevelled entrance (7a) is mounted in the housing (3a). A locking pin (9d) having a displacement part (12a) is used for locking or for latching with the lock (5a), which is kept pressed in the locking direction by a rubber ring (16). A spring or block acts against movement of the locking pin (arrow 57). An unlocking part (11a) is mounted on the shaft of the locking pin (9d) so that the said unlocking part can slide in the direction of movement (arrow 57). The locking pin (9d) carries a thrust plate (8) on its end facing away from the displacement part (12a). If pressure is exerted on this thrust plate, the displacement part (12a) initially interlocks with the lock (5a).
Abstract: A split ring spring for snap fasteners has a burr extending from each end of the ring spring in a direction parallel to the imaginary central axis of the ring spring. When a stud member is snapped with a socket member in which the split ring spring is incorporated, the burrs do not damage or scar a body of the stud member. The ring spring having such unobjectionable burrs is produced by feeding a length of a strip of resilient material transversely across a mandrel, then severing the length off the strip in a direction parallel to the longitudinal axis of the mandrel while holding the length on the mandrel, and thereafter bending the severed length of strip around the mandrel.
Abstract: A socket element assembly for snap fasteners is composed of a socket member and a capped eyelet adapted to be joined together with a garment fabric sandwiched therebetween. The socket member and the capped eyelet have substantially the same outside diameter and include respective annular gripping portions of arcuate cross-section projecting from the outer peripheries thereof. In assembled condition, the socket member and the capped eyelet are firmly retained on the garment fabric against rotation with the garment fabric firmly gripped by and between the annular gripping portions. With the annular gripping portions located remote from the joint between the socket member and the capped eyelet, the garment fabric is free from any wrinkle.
Abstract: A composite styled wheel including a metallic disc and rim and an ornamental plastic overlay permanently affixed to the disc and/or rim. The overlay has a central cavity adapted to receive wheel hub and mounting parts therein inserted into said disc. A retainer is secured to the body and is spaced radially outwardly from the cavity surface, the overlay material engulfing the retainer so as to at least partially embed the same in the overlay to thereby hide the retainer from view and assist in securement thereof to the body. The body and retainer have cooperative detent structure disposed in the vicinity of the outboard face of said body encircling the outboard entrance to the body cavity and adapted to yieldably releasably engage a center ornament hub cap or the like for removable attachment of the same to the body to close the outboard end of the body cavity.
Abstract: A snap fastener and method of attaching the same to a section of sheet material are disclosed. The snap fastener comprises an operative component and a securing component, both of these components being formed of plastics material. The operative component has a base wall with an opening therethrough and a tubular portion including a snap engaging portion formed thereon surrounds the opening and projects from one side of the base wall. The securing component has a pin and a cap flange at one end thereof, the pin being adapted to pass through the opening of the operative component so that the terminal end portion of the pin is located beyond the side of the base wall from which the tubular portion projects. The terminal end portion of the pin is deformable when so located relative to the operative component so as to secure the two components against separation. At least a peripheral portion of the cap flange slopes outwardly in a direction towards the terminal end of the pin.