Tag Type Patents (Class 292/307A)
  • Patent number: 6109673
    Abstract: A material-economizing, tamper-evident seal is disclosed having dual, non-contiguous, symmetrically placed, reusable catches and a tear-off identification tag. Should seal replacement become necessary, the seal's identification tag is first torn off, and then the remainder of the seal is passed through one of the catches. A replacement seal with its own identification tag may then be engaged with both of the catches. The invention's preferred embodiment allows easy rotation of the identification tag, thus facilitating inspection of the tag's identifying mark, typically a serial number. The tag's tear-off feature is effected by the presence of an abscission bead, which may take one of several forms, as, for example, a row of perforations. Whereas some of the invention's components are preferably molded out of a resilient and relatively weak, thermoplastic material such as polypropylene, other components may with advantage be molded out of a much-stronger material, such as polycarbonate, instead.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2000
    Inventor: Michael Cohnitz Olshausen
  • Patent number: 6055756
    Abstract: In a band for recognition, the present band for recognition comprises a flat plate shape display portion (2), a band portion (3) where multiple fixing holes (3a) are perforated, and a sealing portion (4), this sealing portion (4) including a male engagement portion (6) and a female engagement portion (7) arranged via a hinge portion (8), moreover, both engagement portion (6, 7) forming cutting rings (6c, 6d, 7a, 7b) around thin sheet portions (6a, 7c), and the biding force of the sealing portion (4) is made larger than the cutting force of the cutting rings (6c, 6d, 7a, 7b). As it can be used for recognition or identification wrapping around the wrist or the like of the visitor or others of various amusement parks, leisure land or the like, and once used and then detached from the wrist or the like, the sealing portion (4) will be broken and it can no more be reused.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2000
    Assignee: Sun Platech Co.
    Inventor: Gune Aoki
  • Patent number: 6006460
    Abstract: A game tagging system and method of affixing the game tagging system to a game animal utilizes a hunting license and a strip of material which displays the hunting license and attaches the hunting license to the game animal. The strip of material has an upper portion and a lower portion. The hunting license is attached to the lower portion of the strip of material and the upper portion of the strip of material is attached to the game animal. The game tagging system conveniently holds the hunting license until it is necessary to apply the license to the game animal and enables the hunter to easily and securely affix the hunting license to the game animal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 28, 1999
    Inventor: Larry Alan Blackmer
  • Patent number: 5873188
    Abstract: An identification device is disclosed comprising a display area for recorded indicia that is located between a first and a second end. The first end includes three or more equally spaced apart holes and the second end includes three or more equally spaced holes. The device is an improvement over the prior art in that the equal spacing on the first end is different than equal spacing on the second end by which means closer adjustment of the circumference of the band can be obtained without spacing the securing holes on either end so close together that they may be easily torn.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 23, 1999
    Inventor: Ned R. Gehris
  • Patent number: 5826447
    Abstract: A bung-plug lock apparatus for preventing a bung-plug (14, 16) from being unscrewed from a drum bung (12, 14) includes an elongated locking plate (38, 38') having a mounting portion (40, 40') for engaging the bung-plug and a locking portion (44, 44') extending radially outwardly from the bung-plug for contacting an inner surface of a raised rim of a drum to prevent the bung-plug from being rotated to unscrew it from the drum. The mounting portion has slots for receiving laterally positioned arms (34, 34') of a U-bracket (30, 30') attached in an external cavity of a standard bung plug. A retaining cable loop (52), having a unique serial number (62), passes through holes (50, 50') in the arms for retaining the locking plate on the bung plug. The locking plate can be turned over and used as a wrench for removing the bung plug.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 27, 1998
    Inventor: Michael C. Campbell
  • Patent number: 5765885
    Abstract: A tie-type security seal having a seal body (1) with internal locking teeth (5) in a tunnel (2) and an elongate element (11) having a series of sealing formations (14) therealong. The free end (13) of the elongate element (11) may be passed through the tunnel (2) so that the sealing formations (14) successively cooperate with the teeth (5) on tightening the loop so formed. According to the invention, a locking accessory (9) integral with the seal body (1) is formed with a through opening (15) having a shape substantially identical to the cross section of the elongate element (11) and at least one flexible edge part (16) to adjust itself to the differences in the said cross section in the regions of the regions of the sealing formations. The accessory (9) is foldable with respect to the seal body (1) so that the through opening (15) is superimposed on the open outlet (4) of the tunnel (2) in the seal body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 16, 1998
    Assignee: ELC Produtos de Seguranca E Comercio LTDA.
    Inventor: Eduardo De Lima Castro Netto
  • Patent number: 5568951
    Abstract: A security tag with an affixed label for deterring tampering or unauthorized opening of a closed container, case or other item to be secured has a base unit and an elongate strap secured at one end to the base unit for extending through eyelets on adjacent parts of the item to be secured, such as one part of a container or case and the closure or lid of the container or case. The base unit has a trapper channel for releasably trapping the free end of the strap. An upper wall of the base unit includes a fixed part and a moveable cover which is hinged to the base unit and moveable between an open position and a closed position preventing removal of the strap from the trapper channel. A label is secured across the fixed part of the upper wall and the closed lid, and a signature is applied to the label. The lid cannot be opened to release the strap without simultaneously tearing the label.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 29, 1996
    Inventor: Brian R. Morgan
  • Patent number: 5568952
    Abstract: A shackle seal which includes a housing which is open at least at one end and which receives, through the open end, a bail or shackle strap having a plurality of spaced locking elements along at least a portion of the length thereof which are engagable by at least two locking cages, each of which includes flexible locking fingers for engaging the locking elements of the strap. A first of the locking cages is fixedly mounted adjacent the at least one opening in the housing while a second of the locking cages is movable within the housing so as to be selectively engagable with the locking fingers of the first cage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 29, 1996
    Assignee: Stoffel Seals Corporation
    Inventor: Erwin Ruegg
  • Patent number: 5533767
    Abstract: A molded one piece thermoplastic seal comprises a tab, a socket depending from the tab, a pair of links extending from the tab and a locking member secured to the other end of the links. A tether is secured at opposite ends to the locking member with one of the tether ends weakened. The locking member comprises a pair of resiliently secured tangs attached to a cross-member in which there are a pair of opposing grooves and a transverse hole for receiving the tether. The recesses and hole are inserted within the cavity of the socket with the tether free end inserted so as to lock the tether within the recesses and hole. The tether includes a plurality of projections, one projecting from the tether on each side of the locking member so that when the tether is locked to the locking member in the socket the tether cannot be removed. In a further embodiment, two locking members each having a pair of locking tangs are attached to a strap in tandem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 9, 1996
    Assignee: E. J. Brooks Company
    Inventors: George Georgopoulos, George A. Lundberg, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5524945
    Abstract: A one piece molded thermoplastic, preferably polypropylene, high security seal for coin bags has a locking socket body from which a flag extends on one side and a rectangular flat elongated shackle extends on the opposite side via an intermediate flat member which has a tear band there across for selectively separating the member into two pieces to facilitate removal of the locked seal. The shackle has several locking circular segment teeth in two parallel linear arrays on opposite edges of the shackle adjacent to a tamper resistant flange at the member end. A locking sheet metal stamped insert has two sets of tangs defining two spaced tooth receiving openings in a socket locking cavity aligned with shackle receiving openings in the body. The body receives the insert transverse to the shackle insertion direction through a cavity side wall later sealed with a flap formed in the seal body. The locked shackle precludes removal of the insert should the side wall seal be tampered with.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 1994
    Date of Patent: June 11, 1996
    Assignee: E. J. Brooks Company
    Inventors: George Georgopoulos, George A. Lundberg, Jr., Louis J. Mattos
  • Patent number: 5452930
    Abstract: A tamper indicating device for use on any container or enclosure has a security strap or other elongate connecting member for securing to between one part of a container or other item and a movable closure for the item, and a base unit for releasably trapping at least one end of the strap so that the container or item cannot be opened without first releasing the strap. The base unit has a recess for releasably retaining the strap end, and an access opening to the recess across which a tamper indicating label can be applied to the base unit. The only access to the recess to release the strap end is via the access opening, and once the label is applied the strap end can only be released by first tearing off or removing the label.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 1993
    Date of Patent: September 26, 1995
    Inventor: Brian R. Morgan
  • Patent number: 5441316
    Abstract: A thermoplastic unitary molded seal comprises a tab, a socket depending from the tab, a pair of links extending from the tab and a locking member secured to the other end of the links. A tether is secured at one end to the locking member adjacent to one of the links and at another end adjacent to the other of the links. The tether is attached at one of its ends by a reduced cross-section to permit the tether to be severed from the locking member. The locking member comprises a pair of resiliently secured tangs attached to a cross-member in which there are a pair of recesses and a transverse hole. The recesses and hole receive the tether therethrough. The recesses and hole are inserted within the cavity of the socket with the tether free end inserted so as to lock the tether within the recesses and hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 15, 1995
    Assignee: E. J. Brooks Company
    Inventor: George Georgopoulos
  • Patent number: 5382528
    Abstract: A locking device in the shape of a unitary body formed from a bio-degradable material which includes an element with at least one free end formed integral with said body. The severable element is designed to engage and secure a container lock mechanism when the container is in a closed position, whereby the free end of the element is capable of being mechanically or adhesively secured to said unitary body to form a seal, with said device being designed to fracture upon opening of the container lock mechanism thereby providing visible evidence of the lock mechanism being opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 1993
    Date of Patent: January 17, 1995
    Assignee: SPS Medical Supply Corporation
    Inventor: John R. Scoville
  • Patent number: 5225162
    Abstract: A locking device in the shape of a unitary body formed from a bio-degradable material which includes an element with at least one free end formed integral with said body. The severable element is designed to engage and secure a container lock mechanism when the container is in a closed position, whereby the free end of the element is capable of being mechanically or adhesively secured to said unitary body to form a seal, with said device being designed to fracture upon opening of the container lock mechanism thereby providing visible evidence of the lock mechanism being opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 1990
    Date of Patent: July 6, 1993
    Assignee: SPS Medical Supply Corporation
    Inventor: John R. Scoville
  • Patent number: 5125700
    Abstract: A security seal includes a first seal member having a first locking portion and a first detection circuit portion. A second seal member has a second locking portion and a second detection circuit portion. The first locking portion is engagable to the second locking portion to engage and irretrievably lock together the first seal member to the second seal member. Engagement of the first seal member to the second seal member operatively connects the first detection circuit portion to the second detection circuit portion to provide a combined detection circuit throughout the security seal. In a preferred embodiment, the first seal member includes a spear having the first locking portion, and the second seal member includes a sleeve having the second locking portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 1990
    Date of Patent: June 30, 1992
    Inventors: Lazzaro A. Fattori, James G. Fattori, Paul L. Fattori
  • Patent number: 5120097
    Abstract: A security seal includes a first seal member having a first locking portion and a first detection circuit portion. A second seal member has a second locking portion and a second detection circuit portion. The first locking portion is engageable to the second locking portion to engage and irretrievably lock together the first seal member to the second seal member. Engagement of the first seal member to the second seal member operatively connects the first detection circuit portion to the second detection circuit portion to provide a combined detection circuit throughout the security seal. The first seal member preferably includes a spear having the first locking portion, and the second seal member includes a sleeve having the second locking portion. The spear is insertible into the sleeve to engage the first locking portion to the second locking portion, and to thereby engage the first seal member and the first detection circuit portion to the second seal member and the second detection circuit portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 1990
    Date of Patent: June 9, 1992
    Assignee: The Rel Corporation
    Inventors: Lazzaro A. Fattori, Paul L. Fattori, James G. Fattori
  • Patent number: 5018286
    Abstract: A user authorization tag for the wearer thereof is rendered tamper resistant by forming the tag as an integral unit having a flat panel portion and a flexible loop portion extending from the panel portion. The loop is dimensioned for threading through a clothing opening, for example through a zipper pull, a button hole, or the like. Once the loop is threaded through the clothing opening, the panel is passed through the loop, to thereby secure the loop to the clothint opening. A relatively large ticket, carrying user authorization information such as bar code data, is then nonremovably secured to the panel. The size of the ticket is such that the panel with its attached ticket cannot pass back through the loop if an attempt is later made to remove the tag from the clothing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 1990
    Date of Patent: May 28, 1991
    Inventor: Daniel B. Zahner
  • Patent number: 4811844
    Abstract: A card for permitting selective access to an object. The card includes a formed section and a covering in sealing, overlying engagement with the formed section. A beaded, looped wire interconnected with the object is interposed with adhesive between the formed section and the covering, thereby preventing access to the object. Only after the code is read can the interposed portion of the beaded, looped wire be removed from its interposed relation thereby to permit access to the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 1986
    Date of Patent: March 14, 1989
    Inventors: Thomas S. Moulding, Jr., Donald G. Ellis
  • Patent number: 4811977
    Abstract: A security seal having a tag attached to a flat strap at the central portion by a pair of flexible members. The seal is adapted for sealing a box structure or container having a strap in one surface thereof and a hasp attached to the container. The tag extends upwardly so as to be visible against the surface of the hasp and container. Formed in the label and the tag surface, such as by stamping or the like, are a plurality of circular scores randomly positioned. The random positioning may be recorded to provide a means for verification. Any attempt to remove the label from the tag will result in destruction of the label.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 1988
    Date of Patent: March 14, 1989
    Assignee: E. J. Brooks Company
    Inventors: Allan W. Swift, Frank Venable
  • Patent number: 4782613
    Abstract: An identification seal for an electricial cable having resilient insulation on the surface thereof, said seal comprising a flat plastic body retaining a wire shackle. The shackle is provided with a pair of legs for engagement in seal body apertures and has a medial portion connecting the legs which comprises a semi-circular loop portion for gripping the cable, the plane of said semicircular portion being perpendicular to the plane of the shackle legs and the plane of a seal face so that when the seal is assembled onto the cable said face of the seal body is readily visible. Numbers or letters identifying the particular cable may be impressed into the surface of the seal face. The components are so dimensioned that when the seal is assembled onto a cable, the cable is gripped firmly by the loop portion of the shackle to prevent longitudinal or rotational movement of the seal on the cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 1984
    Date of Patent: November 8, 1988
    Assignee: E. J. Brooks Company
    Inventors: Richard S. Guiler, Allan W. Swift
  • Patent number: 4673922
    Abstract: This seal is characterized in that the delay line is extended by a frustum-shaped part terminated by a spherical cap, which is able to receive a marking participating in the acoustic identity of the seal. The sealing capsule of the seal is perforated with an opening adapted to the dimensions of the frustum-shaped part of the identity module. The sealing cable is fixed between the module and the sealing capsule.Application to the monitoring of containers containing dangerous or precious products and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 1985
    Date of Patent: June 16, 1987
    Assignees: Commissariat a l'Energie Automatique, Communaute, European de l'Energie Atomique (Euratom)
    Inventors: Rene Denis, Giulio Ghiringhelli, Alfred Schaal
  • Patent number: 4664432
    Abstract: Single piece injection molded security seal includes a flexible strap having fastener support bodies at each end defining a telescoping locking means and having a camming surface for cooperating with the hasp to hold the security seal in descrete positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 1986
    Date of Patent: May 12, 1987
    Inventor: Allan W. Swift
  • Patent number: 4317516
    Abstract: A method of shipping and a shipping device for an appliance having a cabinet with a hinged door and a sealing gasket therebetween. The shipping device includes a spacer member with a body having two flat surfaces, with each surface having an adhesive coating and one of the adhesive coatings is in contact with the door and the other in contact with the cabinet. The appliance door is maintained in its closed position and retained in its proper vertical position, relative to the cabinet, during shipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 1980
    Date of Patent: March 2, 1982
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Marion H. Palmer-Ball, Sr.
  • Patent number: 4001957
    Abstract: A label holder for mail bags or the like comprises two parts, at least one of which is transparent, which can be superimposed with a label placed therebetween. Corresponding ends of the superimposed parts are provided with locking means for closing the holder, the first of the two parts being provided with an upstanding spool and the second of said parts including a cap portion for covering said spool upon closure of the label holder. The cap portion is formed with an orifice through which protrudes an upstanding lug formed on the upper surface of said spool and provided with groove means, at least partially, around its periphery. A string is attached to the part provided with the spool, the string being wrapped around the mail bag or the like, and then around the spool, whereupon the second part with the cap is closed to cover the spool. A plastic seal is then applied around said groove means in said lug so as to prevent the opening of the label holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 1974
    Date of Patent: January 11, 1977
    Inventor: Eduardo Neto de Lima Castro
  • Patent number: 3983645
    Abstract: A tamper-proof label adapted to be applied to joined surfaces of a member and heat sealed in place. A label includes a sheet adapted to bear identifying indicia with the sheet being cut in at least one location and the cuts being spaced so that they are located on each side of adjoining surfaces of the member to which the label is applied. The cuts permit material of the member to flow therethrough and over the exposed surface of the label when a predetermined amount of heat and pressure is applied so as to mechanically lock the label in position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 1975
    Date of Patent: October 5, 1976
    Assignee: Becton, Dickinson and Company
    Inventor: Alan Rycroft