Buckle Type Patents (Class 24/68E)
  • Patent number: 6141835
    Abstract: Adjustable belts include new and improved belt buckles which allow for convenient adjustment of belt lengths, as well as secure and easily adjustable couplings of the two ends of the belts. This is accomplished by providing the belt buckles with an arrangement of slots and struts around which the belt is looped to selectively accumulate its length thereon and through which the belt is trained, so as to frictionally retain the belt on the buckle while determining the length of the belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2000
    Assignee: Sport Supply Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Porter C. Wilson
  • Patent number: 6131249
    Abstract: The present invention provides a belt connecting device which can be applied to various uses, has an excellent design property, and can be safely and easily operated even by elderly people and infants. The belt connecting device comprises a belt connecting member fixed to one portion of an article and a belt including one end portion fixed to another portion of the article. A female surface fastener is sewn on the other end portion of the belt to constitute an engaging portion to be engaged with the belt connecting member. The belt connecting member has at one end thereof an inserting hole through and to which the portion of the article is inserted and fixed, at the other end an engaged portion of a male surface fastener and with which the engaging portion of the belt detachably engages, and between the inserting hole and the engaged portion a belt threading portion comprising an elongated hole which is slightly longer than a width of the belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2000
    Assignee: YKK Corporation
    Inventor: Tomohiro Suenaga
  • Patent number: 6049950
    Abstract: An adjustable BUNGEE cord device for fastening, securing or mounting objects together or to a stationary object. The device comprises at least two sections of conventional BUNGEE cord, each having a means for attaching the cord sections to each other or to some stationary object, such as metal hooks. One of the cord sections is firmly attached to a locking mechanism via a roll pin positioned near the middle of the locking mechanism. This cord section extends from the locking mechanism through a slot which runs from the roll pin to the edge of the locking mechanism. The other cord section is slidably engaged with the locking mechanism via a slot which extends completely from one end of the locking mechanism to the other. The locking mechanism further comprises a latch hook comprising a lip for securing it in the closed position, a pin hole for rotatably attaching it to the locking mechanism, and a serrated edge for gripping the cord section when the latch hook is in its closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2000
    Inventor: Louis Cavallo
  • Patent number: 5797171
    Abstract: A waist belt with a first end having a hook, and a second end having an inner surface with a series of engagement wires. The hook engages one of the wires, and the second end of the belt overlaps the first end, covering and hiding the hook mechanism from the front view. This provides a smooth, fashionable appearance. A spring-loaded sliding lock on the first end of the belt blocks the hook entrance, retaining the engagement wire without reliance on constant belt tension. The hook, loops, and sliding lock are designed for minimal thickness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 25, 1998
    Inventor: Constantinelli R. Nelson
  • Patent number: 5625926
    Abstract: A mounting is disclosed for lengthening a clamping strap on which is arranged a strap tie element which may detachably engage the holding profile of a counterpiece. The mounting consists of a plate provided with the holding profile and of a ring for inserting the lengthening strap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 1995
    Date of Patent: May 6, 1997
    Assignee: Ribeco GmbH
    Inventor: Ridha Berrezouga
  • Patent number: 5158450
    Abstract: A buckle assembly is disclosed for use in fastening opposite ends of a strap, belt, suspender and the like, which buckle assembly comprises a plug member, a socket member engageable therewith and a tension control means adapted to reciprocate the plug member back and forth through the socket member for a predetermined distance in response to tensile forces applied to the straps. A tension adjusting means is further provided to adjust the compressive tension of the tension control means to a desired extent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 1991
    Date of Patent: October 27, 1992
    Assignee: Yoshida Kogyo K.K.
    Inventors: Yoshiyuki Horita, Shunji Akashi
  • Patent number: 5009405
    Abstract: An end attachment assembly for a twisted rope torsion bar includes an anchor nut and a plurality of strap wrenches. A plurality of tie rods and a washer secure the assembly and transmit the torque. The torison bar is preferably fabricated of a lightweight glass fiber/epoxy composite material formed in a rope. In operation, the application of torque to the anchor nut results in a rotating/pivoting action by the strap wrenches. The strap associated with each strap wrench loops around the torsion bar and overlaps itself in the area of engagement with a cross bar that forms a cam. As the cross bar rotates/pivots and presses against the engaging portion of the strap, the strap firmly grips the torsion rod. The strap resists by frictional engagement any sliding motion over the torsion bar and against itself in the overlapping region. This compressive action adjusts for the diametral change of the torsion bar upon the application of torque and results in a tighter and tighter grip to the torsion bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 1989
    Date of Patent: April 23, 1991
    Assignee: General Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Jack E. Smith
  • Patent number: 4999846
    Abstract: A strap and buckle assembly wherein a plurality of ratchet teeth are formed on the strap and the buckle has a ratchet type of catch for releasably retaining the strap. The housing of the buckle has a slipway which receives the strap. A catch lever is pivotally mounted on the housing for movement between a locking position and a release position. The catch lever having first and second portions of its length extending from opposite sides of its pivotal axis. A shoulder is formed on the first portion of the catch lever and is arranged to be oppositely disposed with respect to the locking faces of the ratchet teeth when the catch lever is in the locking position. Resiliently deformable catch biasing arms are formed integrally with and extending from the second portion of the catch lever into contact with the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 1990
    Date of Patent: March 19, 1991
    Assignee: Safeco Mfg. Limited
    Inventors: Roger M. Ball, Steve A. Copeland
  • Patent number: 4987653
    Abstract: A band retaining unit includes a female retaining body adapted to be mounted securely on a canvas, a male retaining body connected pivotally to the female retaining body, a gripping element disposed slidably on the male retaining body, and a spring element biasing the engagement arms of the gripping element to engage within the gripping notches of the female retaining body, so as to clamp tightly a retaining band between the male retaining body and the female retaining body. The gripping element is provided with a projection which is positioned so that when a rope is passed through the rope holes of the female retaining body and into the depressions of the male retaining body, the projection is obstructed by the rope from moving in the band retaining unit, thereby locking the gripping element on the female retaining body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 1990
    Date of Patent: January 29, 1991
    Inventor: Shu-Huang Lin
  • Patent number: 4843688
    Abstract: A compact buckle, streamlined in appearance, comprises a main body and a stopper piece. The main body includes a pair of side frames, and three shafts disposed between the side frames in such a manner as to extend from one side frame to the other. The stopper piece is axially and pivotably supported between the side frames. The stopper piece is provided with a retaining projection which has a sloped surface for cooperating with a correspondingly sloped surface of a winding shaft, which is one of the aforenoted three shafts, in order to frictionally engage and entrap a belt portion therebetween thereby securing the belt portion within the buckle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 1987
    Date of Patent: July 4, 1989
    Assignee: NIFCO, Inc.
    Inventor: Yasuhiko Ikeda
  • Patent number: 4843689
    Abstract: A belt buckle of the type in which a loop can be released by lifting the buckle to permit slippage of the loop is permanently anchored to another belt portion by a bar provided with a broad contact surface connected at an inner edge by a film hinge to a flap which can press the other belt portion against this surface and an array of points are barbs which pierce this other belt portion and form a row at an outer edge of this surface which is inclined downwardly from the top of the buckle toward the outer edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 1987
    Date of Patent: July 4, 1989
    Inventor: Gerhard Fildan
  • Patent number: 4796336
    Abstract: A two part, over center buckle for belting. The buckle has a retention member on one part of the buckle which will engage a detent on the second part of the buckle when the buckle is closed. The retention member holds the buckle closed against normal vibration and jarring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 1987
    Date of Patent: January 10, 1989
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventor: Andrew J. Scully
  • Patent number: 4610055
    Abstract: A two piece buckle has a frame member and a bale member which is pivotally supported on the frame member. The frame member includes a central elongated substantially flat piece and a pair of arm members extending from the edges of the central piece at an angle of substantially 90 degrees. These arm members have a pair of apertures formed therein which provide sockets into which the opposite ends of the bale fit. A pair of detents which are in the form of protrusions extend outwardly from the frame arm members. The bale member is resilient such that the bale member can be pivotally moved over the detents and thus positioned on either side thereof. The central piece of the frame has a first cross arm with an elongated slot formed on either side thereof and a second cross arm spaced from the first cross arm by one of said slots, a clamp member being slidably mounted on the second cross arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 1985
    Date of Patent: September 9, 1986
    Assignee: Ancra Corporation
    Inventor: Howard T. Knox
  • Patent number: 4567628
    Abstract: A cam buckle assembly has a main body portion fabricated of a suitable resilient material such as a resilient plastic. A cam member is pivotally assembled in the main body portion and is resiliently urged towards the main body portion by a resilient arm member which extends from the main body portion and abuts against the cam member. A strap is wound around a cross arm formed in the main body portion at one end thereof, this strap being adjustable as to its effective length and once so adjusted retained in such position by means of the cam member. Means are provided at the other end of the body portion, for attaching the body portion to securing means which in one embodiment comprises a resilient hook and in another embodiment a cross bar for receiving an attachment strap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 1984
    Date of Patent: February 4, 1986
    Assignee: Ancra Corporation
    Inventors: Ernest Prete, Jr., Howard T. Knox
  • Patent number: 4564982
    Abstract: A clasp for a bracelet or similar device including first and second arms hinged for pivotal movement between open and closed positions, wherein a buckle carried by the first arm adjustably receives the end of a first strap therethrough, the free end of the first strap being inserted through an opening provided in the first arm and concealed under a second strap connected to the second arm when the arms are disposed in the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 1984
    Date of Patent: January 21, 1986
    Assignee: Fabrique Ebel SA
    Inventor: Jean Paolini
  • Patent number: 4564981
    Abstract: A two piece buckle has a frame member and a bale member which is pivotally supported on the frame member. The frame member includes a central elongated substantially flat piece and a pair of arm members extending from the edges of the central piece at an angle of substantially 90 degrees. These arm members have a pair of apertures formed therein which provide sockets into which the opposite ends of the bale fit. A ramp is formed directly beneath each one of these apertures to facilitate the installation of the bale member in the apertures in a snap fit. A pair of detents which are on the form of projections extending outwardly from the frame arm members are located forward of the apertures in which the bale member is pivotally supported. The bale and arm members are both resilient such that the bale member can be pivotally moved over the detents and thus positioned on either side of the detents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 1984
    Date of Patent: January 21, 1986
    Assignee: ANCRA Corporation
    Inventor: Howard T. Knox
  • Patent number: 4493135
    Abstract: A fitting for flexible fabric type web slings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 1983
    Date of Patent: January 15, 1985
    Assignee: The Crosby Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Edward J. Crook, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4470174
    Abstract: An adjustable fastener comprising a strap having a first portion and a second portion and a plurality of holes in the first portion of the strap and a yoke having a hook portion and a clasp portion and a hole adjustably coupled to the first portion of the strap and engagement means coupled to the second portion of the strap capable of engaging the yoke and disengaging from the yoke.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 1982
    Date of Patent: September 11, 1984
    Inventor: Don E. Rhea
  • Patent number: 4445253
    Abstract: In order to permit the quick release of a motorcycle rider's helmet when a bee or wasp is trapped inside the visor, a quick release arrangement for operation with only one hand is provided. The normal strap arrangements for a helmet include a first strap extending from one side of the helmet and carrying two D-Rings secured to the end of this strap. The other strap is threaded through the two D-rings, and then back through the outer one of the two D-rings so that friction between the two portions of the second strap holds the helmet tightly in place. The present disclosure involves the addition of a release member which extends around the second strap between the point where it is threaded through the two D-rings and the point where it extends back through the outer D-ring. By pulling on this release member, the strap assembly may be released with only one hand so that the motorcycle rider can continue guiding the motorcycle with his other hand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 1982
    Date of Patent: May 1, 1984
    Inventor: Thomas L. Howey
  • Patent number: 4194713
    Abstract: Provided is an electrically non-conductive tool holder capable of being self-secured to the fiberglass boom of an aerial ladder comprising(1) a strap,(2) a means for tightening the strap comprised of a lever arm and retaining means each secured to the strap, and(3) a tool holder comprised of a flexible, bent biasing spring plate member having a looped tool holder strap extending between the bent sides of the plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 1977
    Date of Patent: March 25, 1980
    Inventor: Thomas L. Johnson
  • Patent number: 4181345
    Abstract: A lifting device for filled sacks comprises a frame in which a pair of parallel clamping bars are mounted to be revolved in unison by a crank about a common horizontal axis parallel to and spaced from the longitudinal axes of the bars. One of the bars is individually rotatable about its own longitudinal axis and is displaceable towards and away from the other bar. The gathered top of a sack is introduced between the bars when these are separated and automatically becomes wrapped around the bars and clamped therebetween as the crank is turned, whereafter the sack can be lifted by raising the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 1977
    Date of Patent: January 1, 1980
    Assignee: Windmoller & Holscher
    Inventor: Fritz Achelpohl
  • Patent number: 4136422
    Abstract: A device for tensioning and locking air cargo net straps. A frame has laterally spaced side webs having elongated grooves in which is slidably mounted a wedge member. A clamping lever cooperates with the wedge member in clamping a free end portion of a strap disposed therebetween and reversely over the wedge member. A control lever pivotally mounted on the frame has laterally spaced lugs on which is mounted a roller that is moved to a position engaging the clamping lever to clamp the strap when the control lever is in a locking position. The control lever moves the roller away from the clamping lever to release the strap when it is moved to an unlocked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 1977
    Date of Patent: January 30, 1979
    Inventors: Jury N. Ivanov, Leonid I. Suris, Nikolai M. Zaitsev, Vladimir G. Shikin
  • Patent number: 4094044
    Abstract: A tensioning device for tightening a holding strap and for securing a holding strap in a tightened position which includes a bracket having opposed arm portions to which there is pivotally connected a handle for rotation between an operative and inoperative position. A strap ring is pivotally connected to the handle for receiving the free end of the holding strap to be tightened. Rotation of the handle causes the holding ring to be rotated in unison therewith so that the holding strap is pulled tight and secured in the tensioned position by the rotation of the strap ring about the pivotal connection of the handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 1976
    Date of Patent: June 13, 1978
    Inventor: J. O. Coker
  • Patent number: 4073317
    Abstract: A clamping device comprises a body portion having a pair of parallel flanges secured to opposite sides thereof and a slot formed through one end of the body portion. A ring is pivotally mounted on the flanges and suitably sized to freely pivot over the one end of the body portion whereby a first end of a strap may be inserted through the ring and reverse folded under the strap. A second end of the strap is then inserted through the slot and is pulled to tighten the strap about an article, such as an insulated pipe. The point whereat the ring is pivotally mounted on the body portion is then pivoted into over-center relationship relative to the point whereat the second end of the strap engages the slot to superimpose the body portion over the second end of the strap to tightly clamp the same about the article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 1976
    Date of Patent: February 14, 1978
    Assignee: Fibreboard Corporation
    Inventor: James B. Ellis
  • Patent number: 4005506
    Abstract: A device for releasably joining two opposed portions of an orthopedic brace, garment, or the like in variably spaced relationship includes a first strap extending from one portion of the garment, and a second strap joined to the other portion. A buckle or loop is joined to the end of the second strap, and a tabular member is secured to the buckle. One surface of the first strap is provided with a loop fastening surface, and both sides of the tabular member are provided with hook fastening surfaces. The first strap is passed through the buckle and pulled to join the portions together. The tabular member is then joined to the portions of the first strap both entering and leaving the buckle, providing a secure lock directly adjacent to the buckle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 1975
    Date of Patent: February 1, 1977
    Inventor: Robert R. Moore