Including Manipulatable Latch Patents (Class 248/681)
  • Patent number: 6068220
    Abstract: A cable support that is an improved wire chase for supporting electrical and signal cables, particularly for railroad signal houses. The cable support has several side members between which run cross-support members that are riveted to the side members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2000
    Assignee: PTMW Incorporated
    Inventor: David Alvin Alrey
  • Patent number: 6062515
    Abstract: A mounting bracket for supporting hollow ducts or water lines, or both in combination, between spaced-apart juxtaposed joists in a building structure comprising a lengthy plastic support member having a lineal length less than the joist spacing and a pair of parallel hollow open channels extending throughout its length, a pair of rod-shaped metallic members mounted adjacently and telescopically within said open channels, said metallic members having right-angled projecting end portions for rotational movement and forcible penetration of said bracket into juxtaposed joists to support said hollow ducts or water lines in durable long-term permenent relation within a building structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2000
    Inventor: Darryl L. Snyder
  • Patent number: 6061880
    Abstract: A fastener is provided for securing one or more water supply lines to a pipe, such as a drain or vent pipe. The fastener includes a first resilient clamping element for engaging the pipe and a second resilient clamping element for engaging the water line. The second resilient clamping elements may be unitary with the first resilient clamping elements or selectively connected together by means of a connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2000
    Assignee: Plastic Productions A LLC
    Inventor: Ralph B. Senninger
  • Patent number: 6053456
    Abstract: A cable anchor assembly for facilitating ready anchored connection of cables to components while protecting the cables from external forces and from moisture. The assembly includes a plurality of plates slidably engageable along a rail for facilitating relative movement between the plates. Each plate has an engaging edge that defines a portion of a formable collar in which a cable is receivable. A fixture, such as a rubber boot, is placed over a section of the cable and, with the plates separated, the cable section is placed between the formable collar portions, whereupon the plates are brought into sliding edge-to-edge contact with each other to enclose the cable section and boot. With the plates in contact, a securing mechanism is operated to maintain contact between the plates. In a preferred embodiment, the boot is configured to create a substantially water-resistant seal between the cable section and the movable plates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2000
    Assignee: Lucent Technologies Inc.
    Inventor: John Anthony Dispenza
  • Patent number: 6038852
    Abstract: A gas turbine augmentor fuel manifold unit is provided which includes a plurality of fuel manifolds, each having a plurality of feed tubes, and at least one wear resistant clamp for clamping the feed tubes. The wear resistant clamp includes first and second wear sleeves, first and second clamp members, and a fastener. The wear sleeves are disposed between the clamp members and the tubes to minimize wear therebetween. The first wear sleeve, which is fixed to one of the feed tubes, includes a plurality of retaining tabs to limit the travel of the first and second clamp members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2000
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventor: George R. Celi
  • Patent number: 6036145
    Abstract: An integrated system for protecting and fastening pipes to a supporting structure, in particular to a vehicle body, by means of threaded pins welded to the vehicle body, the system including at least one supporting element defined by a one-piece body or clip in turn including a central portion with a through hole housing, in use, a sleeve which fastens on to a threaded pin, at least one seat for a pipe, and a flat circular supporting region surrounding the hole on the side eventually facing the vehicle body; and a protection element integrated with the clip and defined by a channel, which provides for protecting the pipes and is connected laterally to the clip by a thin flexible strip which flexes to enable the channel to be rotated
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2000
    Assignee: I.T.W. Fastex Italia S.p.A
    Inventors: Rocco Calabrese, Pietro Cau
  • Patent number: 6029940
    Abstract: An apparatus is proposed for supporting a device, the apparatus having at least one foot with an undercut. The apparatus has a depression for accepting the foot and an engaging mechanism with a projection. When the device is moved toward the apparatus, the undercut presses against the projection and thereby displaces the engaging mechanism. As soon as an upper edge of the undercut moves below a lower edge of the projection, the engaging mechanism moves back toward its starting position and thereby engages the undercut of the foot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 29, 2000
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Company
    Inventor: Traugott Klein
  • Patent number: 6027082
    Abstract: A utility cross arm assembly for supporting electrical wires from a utility pole. The entire assembly is constructed from insulative materials. It is provided with easily replaceable wire support members or protective caps to enhance convertibility from a single phase delivery configuration to a three phase delivery configuration. The assembly frame provides left and right cross arms with an upper support neck. Various arms and legs provide structural support and a way to mount the assembly to the utility pole. Large open spaces between the arms and legs provide a lightweight construction with low air resistance upon mounting to the utility pole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2000
    Assignee: Cai Unit, Inc.
    Inventors: Nancy King, Halm King
  • Patent number: 6024329
    Abstract: A support device for a cableway of the kind which comprises a number of longitudinally extending thread elements positioned at a distance from each other and transversely extending thread elements connecting the longitudinally extending thread elements is connectable with the cableway for forming a support surface for cables attached to the cableway and branched off downwardly therefrom, the support device having the object of defining the radius of curvature of the branched off cables.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2000
    Assignee: Defem System AB
    Inventor: Sven Stjerneby
  • Patent number: 6019322
    Abstract: A roller-support rung arrangement for a cable bed and a cable laying method utilizing the arrangement are disclosed. The cable bed has roller rungs and support rungs on which support blocks are to be mounted. Generally, the roller rungs are mounted on the side rails at a higher level than the support rungs so that a cable drawn onto the cable bed initially contacts only the roller rungs for easy drawing of the cable. Generally, the support blocks are provided on the support rungs after the cable is initially laid on the cable bed such that the support blocks can substantially support the cable weight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2000
    Assignee: Mirai Industries Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Shohachi Shimizu
  • Patent number: 6019323
    Abstract: A cable support assembly which includes at least one elongate flexible spine member and a plurality of open ended support members mounted on the flexible spine member and spaced apart from one another such that the open ended support members define a support surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2000
    Inventor: Roger Jette
  • Patent number: 6012683
    Abstract: The invention, in one embodiment is a cable management device. The device includes an elongated tray having a first surface and a second surface. The first surface further comprises a notched section continuous with the first surface; and a first end on the notched section distal from the first surface. The second surface further is continuous with the first surface and angularly disposed relative thereto and has a second end. The device also includes a cover attachable to the first end and to the second end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2000
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Matthew G. Howell
  • Patent number: 6012685
    Abstract: A wire positioning support bracket is for positioning electrical wiring during installation. The support bracket includes an elongated strip of electrically insulating material having mounting surfaces at opposite ends for attachment to wall support elements, and is formed with an array of wiring apertures spaced along its length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 1993
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2000
    Inventor: Eugene A. Saraceno, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6007029
    Abstract: A system for linking adjacent cuff sets for boiler tubes in parallel. A pair of contoured, plate-like adapter links is shaped to fit over the endmost cuff portions of two endwise mated cuff sets, and then secured to the endwise mated cuff sets to hold them in parallel. In a preferred form the adapter links are radially connected by a male throughpiece such as a bolt or bar extending through a keyway formed integrally in the end faces of the mated cuff sets. In a further preferred form, the end cuff portions of the mated cuff sets include welding tangs adapted to fit into welding slots formed in the adapter links so that the adapter links can be welded to the tangs, thereby locking the mated cuff sets together in a lengthwise direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 28, 1999
    Assignee: ASTECH, Inc.
    Inventors: Alan P. Barriger, Rickey E. Wark
  • Patent number: 5996955
    Abstract: An engaging member is provided for engaging two cross rods consisting of a first rod and a second rod. The engaging member includes an inverted U-shaped section having two ends. Each end of the inverted U-shaped section extends in a direction transverse to a plane on which the inverted U-shaped section locates, thereby forming an upwardly facing receiving section through which the second rod is extended. The receiving sections are parallel to each other and respectively joined with a first inclined section and a second inclined section. The first inclined section has a distal end extending across the second inclined section, thereby forming a first inverted U-shaped retaining section that is located above the first inclined section and the second inclined section. The second inclined section has a distal end extending across the first inclined section and, thereby forming a second inverted U-shaped retaining section that is located above the first inclined section and the second inclined section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 7, 1999
    Inventor: Ding-Kuo Chen
  • Patent number: 5996945
    Abstract: The present invention includes the utilization of support blocks with angular surfaces which define semi-circular notches therein so that when assembled the semi-circular notches are aligned to form substantially circular regions for supporting a plurality of hoses individually in an offset and spaced relationship from one another. The ability to utilize support blocks which are designed in such a manner provides a space efficient manner for holding the individual hoses, while simultaneously, protecting the hoses from damage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 7, 1999
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Derry R. Coles, Julian E. Evans, Paul Fradgley, Andrew M. Whitford, Craig D. Williams
  • Patent number: 5996944
    Abstract: A trough for separately retaining different types of cables and/or wires to facilitate identification and handling of the cables and/or wires. The trough comprises at least two compartments. An upper compartment comprises a base having a pair of arms extending upwardly therefrom, enclosing a space for retaining a first type of cables and/or wires. A lower compartment comprises an integral arm and a pivotable arm downwardly extending from the base, enclosing a space for retaining a second type of cables and/or wires. A locking mechanism comprises of a screw, a countersink at the pivotable arm for the head of a screw and a receptacle at the integral arm for the shank of the screw is provided to maintain the pivotable arm in a closed position and in contact with the integral arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 7, 1999
    Assignee: Lucent Technologies Inc.
    Inventor: Bassel Hage Daoud
  • Patent number: 5992802
    Abstract: A support for parallel runs of coaxial cable is made up of pairs of molded blocks stacked on a single threaded rod. The blocks of each pair are identical, and have semi-circular cylindrical recesses which cooperate to provide circular, cable-gripping passages. The threaded rod extends in orthogonal relationship to the axes of the cable-gripping passages, through another passage located between two of the circular, cable-gripping passages, and cables can be installed and removed by loosening a nut on the rod, separating the blocks of a cooperating pair, and sliding the cables into and out of the recesses, without detaching any of the blocks from the rod. The blocks have interengaging ribs which prevent any pair of blocks from rotating about the rod relative to another pair of blocks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 30, 1999
    Assignee: Campbell Design Systems
    Inventor: John Campbell
  • Patent number: 5988570
    Abstract: An improved communications cable support which provides a curved surface over which the cabling is laid to insure an entirely smooth transition across the support as well as incorporating an integral resilient top closure side for securing the support after cable installation. Additionally, means are provided to permit separation of individual cables to the greatest extent possible and to inhibit their shifting within the support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 23, 1999
    Assignee: Arlington Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas J. Gretz
  • Patent number: 5971329
    Abstract: An elongated conduit support to suspend a plurality of conduits from an overhead structure includes a generally flat, elongated central plate having with a plurality of closed-perimeter conduit holes to receive conduits therethrough. The elongated plate has strengthening flanges extending along its longitudinal edges of the central plate to prevent buckling of the central plate due to the weight of the conduits and suspension-receiving means including at least first and second passageways, each of which is generally parallel to the central plate and close to the plane of the central plate and perpendicular to the longitudinal side edges to hold the plate so that its plane is substantially vertical and to transfer the weight of the conduit support and the conduits thereon to the suspension means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 26, 1999
    Assignee: 3244 Corporation
    Inventor: Gary S. Hickey
  • Patent number: 5967467
    Abstract: It is an object to provide a fixture which enables ready, accurate and positive preliminary mounting of an electric line part in completely one operation without the need for any screwing operation, regardless of a change in the width and height of the channel flanges of a channel rail and also, enables ready and positive permanent securement of the electric line part, and which allows an operator to extremely easily, positively and efficiently carry out this type of operation without the need for any skill.A means for clamping electric line parts according to the present invention comprises a fixture body 1 having a part attached to a channel rail 4, a bolt 2, and a clamp 3 threadedly engaged with the bolt 2. The clamp 3 includes a central nut 3B, pivot pins 8, 8 mounted to the nut 3B, a pair of right and left clamping elements 3A, 3A pivotable about the horizontal pivot pins 8, 8, and a protrusion 8a extending outwardly from one side of the nut 3B.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 19, 1999
    Inventors: Yoshio Onishi, Masakatsu Onishi
  • Patent number: 5964434
    Abstract: A fireproof cable loop forming strap of substantial width has pockets at each end and may have one intermediate pocket to receive front and rear spreader bars which project beyond the lateral edges of the strap. The projecting ends of the bars are configured to be received in hook tabs projecting from the face of a hanger plate or yoke. The rear spreader bar interfits with the plate or yoke and is preassembled therewith so it cannot be removed. The fireproof strap may be formed of fireproof cloth and has folded and sewn lateral edges in addition to the pockets. The hanger plate or yoke may be mounted directly to a variety of structures or surfaces. With an angle flange and intermediate fasteners the hanger may be secured to a wide variety of structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 12, 1999
    Assignee: Erico International Corporation
    Inventor: Edward J. Lynch, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5961081
    Abstract: A support clip for supporting cable in a generally horizontal position. The support clip comprises a generally J-shaped hook having a central cable supporting portion and first and second legs extending up from opposite ends of the central cable supporting portion. The clip further comprises a retaining member movable from a cable receiving position in which the retaining member is attached to the first leg and held in a position in which the retaining member does not interfere with insertion or removal of the cable in or from the support clip, to a cable retaining position in which the retaining member extends from the first leg to the second leg generally parallel to the central cable supporting portion to retain the cable within the hook of the support clip, and back to its cable receiving position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 5, 1999
    Assignee: Sigma-Aldrich Co.
    Inventor: Eric R. Rinderer
  • Patent number: 5957415
    Abstract: A device for fixing one or more rigid pipes to a rigid support comprises a block of rubber or elastomer overmolded on the pipes and on a fixing tab which is spaced apart from the pipes by a thickness of rubber or elastomer that prevents vibration and noise being transmitted. The invention is particularly applicable to fixing high pressure fluid pipes in a motor vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 28, 1999
    Assignee: Hutchinson
    Inventor: Cyrille Perea
  • Patent number: 5957416
    Abstract: A support system for conductor wires within a building having horizontally spaced apart building structural points includes a support line having two support line ends, an anchoring mechanism anchoring the support line ends to the spaced apart building structural points, and at least one hanger suspended from the support line, the at least one hanger having an engaging structure for engaging and supporting the conductor wire at a given location along the conductor wire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 28, 1999
    Inventor: Christopher G. Sellati
  • Patent number: 5954300
    Abstract: A holding element comprising a base part (1) for arrangement on a carrier, a support member (2) for a component (4) and a damping element (3) is proposed for fastening at least one tubular component on a carrier. The base part and the holding part are connected to one another by at least on flexible web (5, 6), the damping element (3) being arranged between the base part (1) and the support member (2). The damping element surrounds the web (5, 6) completely as viewed in the circumferential direction of the web (5, 6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 21, 1999
    Assignee: Emhart Inc.
    Inventors: Jens Sturies, Dieter Mauer
  • Patent number: 5954301
    Abstract: A cable management unit having a tray-divider/rack mount tray adapted to mate with a clamp/cable organizer. The clamp/cable organizer has a several mounting ears adapted to mate with a corresponding number of slide receipt openings in the tray-divider/rack mount tray. The tray-divider/rack mount tray includes a generally planar base, the base containing a plurality of openings to accommodate a plurality of bundling straps, two slide sections, each of the slide sections being formed as downward vertical extensions to the base and extending at a ninety degree angle from the base and each including a slide receipt opening, and two sets of mounting ears, each one of the sets formed from a corresponding slide section, each one of the sets providing attachment means to a rack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 21, 1999
    Assignee: Cabletron Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Joseph, Norman J. Wainio, Michael Romm
  • Patent number: 5947425
    Abstract: The holding device is intended to allow more rapid, secure and simpler height-adaptable pipe mounting, which is intended to reduce the number of types required up to now for different pipe diameters and to be produced inexpensively. For example, a C- or L-shaped pipe support (10) is essentially designed as a plate, in whose lower area a pipe bed (12) is formed. At least on the side towards the pipe bed (12), the pipe support (10) is designed for the releasable connection with a holding element (6), which can project upwardly, laterally or downwardly. A pipe hold-down (20), which is vertically adjustable for receiving pipes (1) of different diameters, is fixed resting flat against the pipe support (10). The, as a whole very flat, construction of the holding device also allows a perfect heat insulation of the pipe, since no or only narrow gaps are created between successive insulating shells (4) laterally resting against the holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 7, 1999
    Assignee: Zurecon AG
    Inventor: Max Gerster
  • Patent number: 5947426
    Abstract: The invention relates to a holding element made of plastic, with at least one dish-shaped holding area 2, 2', 2"and 2'", for at least one tube-shape element, with an attachment area 3 with engagement parts 4 for fastening to a support, such as a body of a motor vehicle. According to the invention, the attachment area 3 is connected with a frame 6 by at least two elastic connection areas 5, 5', arranged at spaced axial distances from each other. The frame 6 includes cross-pieces with at least one of the cross-pieces of the frame constituting part of the holding areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 7, 1999
    Assignee: TRW United-Carr GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Willibald Kraus
  • Patent number: 5941483
    Abstract: A clamp having two like members for securing service lines and cables to the frame of a motor vehicle. Service lines are secured between the members. The members are fixed together by a nut and bolt with each held in an associated member recess by an associated tension tab. The tension tabs permit any nut and bolt within a range of sizes to be used. At least one of the members has an external saddle formed in a surface which is an external surface when the clamp is in use. The saddle is used to carry additional service lines held in place by a self sizing tie.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 24, 1999
    Assignee: Volvo Trucks North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Frank T. Baginski
  • Patent number: 5940962
    Abstract: One or more specific wires is placed at the middle of the wire harness cross section with double-sided adhesive tape between the specific wires and the other wires surrounding these core wires. One side of the double-sided adhesive tape adheres to these core wires while the other side adheres to the other wires surrounding the core wires. The double-sided adhesive tape thus positions and holds both the selected core wires and the surrounding other wires. A single-sided adhesive tape can be also used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 24, 1999
    Assignee: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Noriyasu Shima, Nobuyoshi Ohtani, Haruhiro Mutoh
  • Patent number: 5938152
    Abstract: A cable transit includes an outer frame (10), at least one module-based cable seal, and a final seal which fills-out the frame together with the cable seal. The final seal includes two compressible wedges (11, 12) which can be moved towards an away from each other by a screw (17), and two further compressible wedges (15, 16) which can also be moved towards and away from each other and which coact with the two first wedges. The four wedges are held together by a movable strap (19) which holds the wedges so that they can move relative to one another, wherein the wedges and the screw (17) together form a contained component which can be easily fitted into the frame. The outer side of the flexible strap (19) is provided with guide shoulders (191 to 194) approximately opposite the further wedges (15, 16) for guiding the component to a correct position in the frame. The strap and the wedges are molded in one piece, and one end (51) of the strap is glued to the other end (52) thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 17, 1999
    Assignee: Roxtec AB
    Inventor: Tomas Kreutz
  • Patent number: 5932846
    Abstract: This assembly is for attaching a wire harness to a panel. Preferably, the panel is a motor vehicle interior trim panel and the harness is a flat wire harness. Typically, the panel then attaches to an outside door frame. The assembly includes a motor vehicle interior trim panel having a surface with at least one pin protruding therefrom, and a wire harness having at least one aperture therein, wherein the wire of the harness is adjacent the surface of the trim panel and the pin of the trim panel passes through the aperture of the wire harness. A portion of the pin extends beyond the aperture and that portion of the pin is heat staked to secure the wire harness to the trim panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 3, 1999
    Assignee: UT Automotive Dearborn, Inc.
    Inventors: Alex Zaguskin, Nathan Moore
  • Patent number: 5921509
    Abstract: The invention comprises an apparatus for suspending conduit from a solid support structure (e.g., a bridge) which includes a plurality of hanger elements arranged and configured for interconnection to form a horizontally or vertically extending array of cells. Each cell includes a size and shape adapted to support an individual conduit. Support rods extend from the solid support structure to support the hanger elements. The support rods may include a first end anchored into the solid support structure and a threaded second end adapted to retain threaded nuts and washers, or the like. In one embodiment, the invention comprises a J-shaped hanger element having an upright support leg with first and second ends and a conduit support bar extending laterally from the second end of the upright support leg. The conduit support bar includes a first end connected to the upright support member and a second end which may receive various attaching and connecting devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 13, 1999
    Assignee: Americon International Corporation
    Inventors: Timothy E. Flood, Anthony J. Carmen, John P. Graham
  • Patent number: 5921510
    Abstract: A one-piece cable tie for securing a cable to mounting surface having an aperture therein. The cable tie comprises an elongated strap and a locking head integrally formed together. The locking head is adapted to cooperate with the strap to form a loop around the cable. The cable tie further comprises a fastener coupled to the locking head in coaxial alignment with the longitudinal axis of the strap. The fastener includes a flange and a Christmas tree head adapted to be inserted in the aperture of the mounting surface. The Christmas tree head includes a pair of legs integrally formed on and projecting out from the underside of the flange which terminate in a common tip. The pair of legs are capable of being inwardly compressed upon insertion of the Christmas tree head into the aperture. The flange, the legs and the tip together define a longitudinal slot therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 13, 1999
    Assignee: Avery Dennison Corp.
    Inventors: James C. Benoit, Clinton Noddin Matthews
  • Patent number: 5918837
    Abstract: A cable retainer bracket (10) includes an elongated member (12) having two longitudinal edges (14 and 16) and a curved surface (18), the curved surface (18) defined by a predetermined radius of curvature (20). A plurality of teeth (22) are disposed along each longitudinal edge (14) and (16) which define notches (24) therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 6, 1999
    Assignee: Alcatel USA Sourcing, L.P.
    Inventor: James L. Vicain
  • Patent number: 5906465
    Abstract: A Christmas tree type clip for mounting a wire harness or electrical component to a vehicle body panel, the clip being designed to provide a low insertion force and a high retention or withdrawal force. The clip has a hollow, thin-walled, flexible stem supporting a plurality of conventional barbs along its length. The interior of the hollow, flexible stem includes pairs of opposed withdrawal-hindering fingers associated with the barbs such that insertion force exerted on the walls of the stem from the barbs is transmitted to the fingers. The opposed pairs of fingers are angled and spaced from one another such that insertion force spreads the fingers further apart, but withdrawal force exerted on the barbs forces the opposed fingers into withdrawal-hindering contact with one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 25, 1999
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Akiyoshi Sato, Jeromy William Tomlin
  • Patent number: 5906341
    Abstract: A pipe supporting device is shown of the type used to support an exposed pipe of a roof. The device includes a base having a flat bottom for resting on the roof, an upright member of a length which is connectable to the base and a receiving portion which is connectable to the upright member for receiving and supporting the exposed pipe. The length of the upright member can be altered by a user at a job site to thereby provide a device having a desired overall height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 25, 1999
    Inventor: James M. Brown
  • Patent number: 5901756
    Abstract: A flexible wear sleeve for protectively surrounding one or more flexible cables or conduits leading to a spot-welding machine or an arc-welding machine or robot, the wear sleeve being formed by joining opposed edges of a flexible web to one another by a zipper connection. The flexible web is formed from a tough, durable material, such as a KEVLAR.RTM. material, and its opposed edges are also provided with elements of a VELCRO.RTM. connection to overlie the zipper and protect the zipper from contact with welding flash and/or foreign material. The flexible web is provided with at least one longitudinally extending pocket, and a flexible rod is inserted into the pocket to provide the flexible wear sleeve and the flexible cables or conduits protected thereby with an elastic memory to cause them to return to an undistorted configuration after removal of a distorting load therefrom and to provide a controlled bend radius thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 11, 1999
    Inventor: John J. Goodrich
  • Patent number: 5901753
    Abstract: In a closure fitting assembly two identical fittings are adapted to be coupled together in a mirror-image relationship for closing a gap between containment components in a double-containment system. Each fitting defines a first axially-extending fusion surface located on one side of the fitting; a second axially-extending fusion surface located on an opposite side of the fitting relative to the first axially-extending fusion surface; a first circumferentially-extending fusion surface located on one end of the fitting; and a second circumferentially-extending fusion surface located on an opposite end of the fitting. Axially-extending fusion wires are interposed within the seams formed between opposing axially-extending fusion surfaces, and circumferentially-extending fusion wires are seated against each circumferentially-extending fusion surface for receiving electric current to heat the wires and in turn fuse opposing surfaces together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 11, 1999
    Inventor: Christopher G. Ziu
  • Patent number: 5902961
    Abstract: A cable manager including a channel and a plurality of channel retainers mounted to the channel. Slots are provided on the channel for mounting the channel retainers thereby allowing the user to dictate the position of the channel retainers. The channel retainers may be completely removed from the channel or may be pivoted to the left or the right to provide access to the cables within the channel. Cable management devices may be mounted within the channel to separate different types of cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 11, 1999
    Assignee: The Siemon Company
    Inventors: Mark Viklund, Jeff Edgerly
  • Patent number: 5893539
    Abstract: A harness device which includes an elongated arm and affixed in spaced locations. G or C-shaped guides for receiving cables loosely and/or in a bound fashion within the guide. The arm has a spring mounted hinge whereby the arm is essentially two components, the spring mounted hinge urges the two components towards a folded closure position. In this manner, cables for electronic components such as elements of a computer can be neatly and conveniently housed in a cabinet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 13, 1999
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventors: Bao Quoc Tran, Nancy McCreary, Milton E. Norman, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5893538
    Abstract: A clamping device for clamping a conduit to a channel rail, comprising a main unit with a retainer section of which the shape fits the sectional form of the conduit, a screw member and a buckle. Just pushing the screw member axially causes abutments of the buckle to be engaged on the channel rail and thus the conduit is fixed to the channel rail at least provisionally. The abutments of the buckle are made to engage the channel rail just when the screw member is pushed axially by holding the buckle in a predetermined direction in the main body until the screw member is pushed axially, rotating the buckle when the buckle is released from the held state so that the abutments are positioned under the lower ends of a pair of inlet-opening walls defining together an inlet opening of the channel rail, and drawing the buckle in the direction of the head of the screw member while the abutments are kept positioned under the lower ends of the pair of walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 13, 1999
    Inventors: Yoshio Onishi, Masakatsu Onishi
  • Patent number: 5890684
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for securing a stranded cable to an object involves passing a first end portion of the cable through an opening defined by a wall of the member, by moving the first end portion in a direction toward the connector member. A spreader member formed of a material operable to plastically deform, is placed between strands of the cable to spread apart at least some of the strands of the cable and the cable end portion and the spreader member are forced into the opening until the spreader member and at least some of the cable strands are plastically deformed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 6, 1999
    Inventors: Troy Duncan Stewart, Anton Opsetmoen
  • Patent number: 5887832
    Abstract: A clamping device for the clamping of one or more tubes to a support, comprising a base member (1) having at least one recess (2) for receiving a tube (4) or the like, a top plate (11) for bearing against the base member (1) at the side facing away from the support (6), and at least one fastening screw (7; 8 ) extending through aligned holes (12, 9; 13, 10) in the top plate (11) and the base member (1), for attachment to the support (6). Each fastening screw (7; 8) is a screw bolt holding such elements (1, 11) together as a completely preassembled, mounting-ready unit without loose elements, the screw at the end to be fastened to the support (6) having a head (14; 15) arranged to be passed through an adapted hole (16; 17) or slot in the support (6), and to be locked in relation to the support by tightening of a nut (18; 19) at the other end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 30, 1999
    Inventor: Eilif Elvegaard
  • Patent number: 5887831
    Abstract: A cable support system for use on roofs comprises a cable support bracket with a raised center portion, having a plurality of spaced apertures located thereon, walls extending downwardly from said raised portion to form a channel therebetween and flange portions extending outwardly from the base of said walls having apertures at the end of each flange portion. The system further includes a roof pad to which the bracket is affixed with mounting means extending through the flange apertures. The bracket is mounted perpendicularly to the cables which are secured in position by snap in hanger brackets which extend through the apertures in the cable support bracket. A second bracket extension may be mounted above the bracket increasing the cable capacity. A substantially U-shaped cover is mounted over the cable and secured to adjacent brackets. The cover includes an upper surface and downwardly extending side portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 30, 1999
    Inventor: Robert E. Post
  • Patent number: 5876001
    Abstract: Apparatus for supporting cooling pipes for an ice rink comprises an elongate base on which is mounted a plurality of upstanding vertical legs and cross wires for supporting the pipes and reinforcing bars necessary for burying in a cast layer of concrete. Each cross wire defines a generally U shaped cradle for properly supporting the cooling pipes. The apparatus can also provide supports for a lower layer of horizontal reinforcing bars and an upper layer of horizontal reinforcing bars which are properly spaced from the cooling pipes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 2, 1999
    Inventor: Jacob Wiebe
  • Patent number: 5876000
    Abstract: A universal pipe bracket includes, at one end, an integral mounting flange portion with a pair of through bores positioned to receive mounting screws for attachment of the pipe bracket to a vertical surface, such as a wall stud. A four sided elongate bracket portion is attached to and extends outward from the flange portion and is designed to accommodate clamps which support, or are used for supporting the bracket by, pipes running both vertically and horizontally. The bracket can also be used in a trapeze support configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 2, 1999
    Assignee: Sioux Chief Manufacturing Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph P. Ismert
  • Patent number: 5868362
    Abstract: Two devices having a latching mechanism of the present invention can be mounted back to back within a single mounting hole in a mounting surface. Each latching mechanism has two or more prongs designed such that they do not interfere with the prongs of another device mounted within the same mounting hole from the opposite side of the mounting surface. In one embodiment, the present invention can be implemented as a retainer for retaining wires, cables, and cables for telecommunications applications. In a preferred embodiment, each retainer prevents access from its side of the mounting surface to the other retainer mounted from the other side of the mounting surface. As such, the present invention provides a security feature for the assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 9, 1999
    Assignee: Lucent Technologies Inc.
    Inventor: Bassel H. Daoud
  • Patent number: 5868361
    Abstract: A support system for data transmission lines and the like, including a rail formed as a plurality of separate sections, and splices for connecting the rail sections end to end. In one embodiment, a plurality of supports extend down from one or more rail sections at intervals spaced along the sections. Each support has a generally vertical column and a series of arms extending laterally outwardly from the column along the length of the column at different elevations. The arms of each support cooperate with the arms of the other supports for supporting a series of horizontal runs of data transmission lines and the like at the different elevations. Other embodiments of the invention are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 9, 1999
    Assignee: Sigma-Aldrich Co.
    Inventor: Eric R. Rinderer