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Profiled retaining section for positioning a seam connecting two decorative layers and composite part comprising a profiled retaining section

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A profiled retaining section for positioning a seam connecting two decorative layers includes an upper region, a center region and a lower region forming at least one anchor. The upper region is designed as a piping, or in the manner of a piping, for protruding over a visible side of the skins to be positioned. The center region includes two sides to be sewn to the decorative layers. The anchor is designed to be introduced in a groove having a lesser width than the anchor itself and to exert a force on the groove in the lateral direction. The upper region, the center region and the anchor are integral with each other and arranged in the vertical direction relative to each other. Also described is a composite part that uses the profiled retaining section.



Orthopedic component for use with an orthopedic brace

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

An orthopedic component for use in orthopedic device includes a rigid frame and a flexible subshell connected to and extending flexibly outwardly from the rigid frame. The subshell may have a shell body and a perimeter edge portion defining a lip extending outwardly from a surface of a shell body and defining a clearance between the shell body and the lip. The subshell may include a plurality of slots and ventilated padding is used in combination with the slots. A tightenable fastener may be adjustably secured to the rigid frame and extend through an opening on the subshell, wherein the first side portion of the subshell is adjustable in location relative to the rigid frame.



Side-loading quadrant deadend clamp assembly

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A clamp assembly includes a body member having a cable groove formed therein to receive a cable. A keeper is connected to the body member and has a lower surface adapted to engage the cable received in the cable groove. A biasing member is disposed between the keeper and the body member.



Elevator load bearing member vibration control

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

An exemplary device that is useful for controlling vibrations of an elevator load bearing member includes a guide. A mass is moveable relative to the guide responsive to vibration of the load bearing member to introduce a force to counter the vibration.



Quick release buckle

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A buckle assembly structured for quick release and including a gripping assembly structured to removably retain an end connector in a locked position. Two locking segments are movably connected to one another and disposable between a closed orientation and a release orientation. The locked position includes the locking segments disposed in gripping engagement with the connector when the connector is disposed between the locking segments. A quick release assembly may be selectively positioned into a separating engagement with the locking segments to at least partially define a positioning thereof from their closed orientation into their release orientation. A secondary release assembly is connected to the gripping assembly and is independently operable to release the connector from the gripping engagement with the locking segments.



Seat belt buckle

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

The invention relates to a seat belt buckle (10) comprising a locking mechanism for a plug-in latch and a casing (12) that encloses the locking mechanism and includes an inserting opening (14) for inserting the plug-in latch as well as a release opening (16) in which a release element (20) for releasing the locking mechanism is disposed. There is provided a sealing device (22) for sealing the inserting opening (14), when the plug-in latch is not inserted, and/or the release opening (16).



Slider for concealed slide fastener

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

Providing a slider for a concealed slide fastener, capable of achieving a smooth sliding operation of the slider, even when the slider is applied to a seat cover for a seat and strong lateral pulling force is applied to the slider when the slide fastener is closed. A slider for a concealed slide fastener comprises a slider body having at least a lower blade, left and right side wall portions and left and right first flanges, and slider upper plate member engaged with the slider body and having at least a second flange projecting toward at least the left and right side wall portions.



Leash attachable bag holder

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A leash attachable animal excrement bag holder has a carabineer for engaging a leash, body-supported apparel or the like, a flexible, resilient and open-biased support hoop, and a bag suspended from the support hoop. A slide has a body and first and second holes passing entirely through. The first hole encompasses the support hoop at a first distinct location and the second hole encompasses the support hoop at a second distinct location. The slide operatively traverses the support hoop and thereby alters a bias of the support hoop from an open orientation suitable to receive or remove animal excrement bags to a more nearly closed orientation suitable to retain animal excrement bags. A coupling engages the support hoop with the carabineer.



Rope clasp

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A rope clasp device for securing a rope eliminates the need for a knot in a rope by selectively clasping and encasing at least one portion of a rope in a toothed clamp. The rope clasp device comprises a base, at least one, but generally two swinging doors, and a lock. The swinging doors are pivotably coupled to the base in order to be moved between an open position and a closed position. In the closed position, a pair of channels for passage of a rope is defined between the base and the doors. The channels are defined by a plurality of clasping teeth to retain the rope therein.



Cable tie

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A cable tie has a flexible, elongated strap with a head and tail at opposite ends. The strap has two opposed sides, with teeth on both sides. The head includes an opening for receiving the strap, a movable pawl with teeth on one side of the opening and, on the opposite side of the opening, an abutment surface having an abutment tooth. The head may include a molding line adjoining the apex of the abutment tooth. The cable tie may be used to retain articles by looping the strap around the articles, and inserting the strap, tail first, into the opening, whereby the pawl teeth and abutment teeth may be brought into engagement with the teeth on the two opposed sides, respectively, at least when retraction force is applied to the strap, such as to lock the strap in the head, preventing retraction of the strap from the head.



Holding covers for seat belt attachment

Tue, 19 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A fixing buckle assembly for use as part of a motor vehicle seatbelt restraint system of a type having webbing for positioning on an occupant and a lap pretensioner for pretensioning the seatbelt restraint system. The buckle assembly includes a tongue, preferably affixed to a pyrotechnic lap pretensioner (PLP). The buckle assembly includes a buckle plate featuring an aperture for connection to a loop of the webbing. A cover assembly encases the internal components of the buckle assembly and is formed of two cover halves which are preferably injection molded and snap together in a clam-shell construction. Each of the cover halves have sections which circumscribe a tongue passageway such that after they are assembled and the tongue is inserted in the buckle assembly, the cover halves become interlocked together. At the opposite end of the buckle assembly, the cover halves each include a section extending from the aperture which is retained from separation by being enclosed by the webbing loop. These features prevent separation of the housing halves upon activation of the PLP.



Loop clips for golf bags and methods to manufacture golf bags

Tue, 19 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

Embodiments of a loop clip used with a golf bag and methods to manufacture a golf bag are generally described herein. Other embodiments of the loop clip may be described and claimed.



Lockable buckle

Tue, 19 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

There is provided a lockable buckle including a male member, a female member and a key member. A front surface portion of the female member is formed with a key member insertion hole communicating with an accommodation space. When the key member inserted into the accommodation space through the key member insertion hole is operated, the key member elastically deform engaging portions of the male member to release engagement between the engaging portions and engaged portion of the female member.



Double locking safety snap hook

Tue, 19 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A safety snap hook includes a body defining a hook throat opening, a pivotable gate biased to close the hook throat opening, a pivotable trigger extending through an aperture in the gate and biased to press against a locking surface of the gate, and a pivotable locking member biased to a locking position whereat rotation of the gate relative to the body is prevented. When free ends of the trigger and the locking member are rotated toward the body to remove the trigger from the locking surface and rotate the locking member to a release position, the gate can be rotated relative to the body to open the hook throat opening.



Hook with magnetic closure

Tue, 19 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A hook formed into a body having a hook shape and having a neck and fabricated from nonferromagnetic material with the body having a first end and a second end. The neck is proximate the first end. The hook also includes a closure that is fabricated from nonmagnetic ferromagnetic material, other nonmagnetic materials, and magnetic ferromagnetic materials, and having a first closure end and a second closure end, the closure being pivotally and/or pivotally and slidably attached to the body and positioned to span a gap between the second end of the hook and the body. There is at least one magnet fixedly attached to the neck, so the at least one magnet holds the closure in a closed position that spans the gap such that the hook encloses a defined space in the closed position.



Fastening or mounting apparatus

Tue, 19 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A fastening or mounting apparatus for releasably joining two objects is disclosed. The apparatus uses a cam portion opposite a hook portion in a structure of one of the objects to engage with flanges, protrusions or ends of the other object. In the case of flanges, one of the flanges deforms a resilient element in the hook portion during insertion, and the other flange snaps into the detent of the cam portion upon application of force. The apparatus may be adaptable from small scale applications to large-scale heavy duty applications.



Band clamp

Tue, 19 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A band clamp includes an elongated band having a base portion which in cross section extends in a plane and first and second side portions. The first and second side portions of the band protrude away from the plane. A first housing is attached to the band and a second housing is attached to the band in a spaced manner from the first housing. A fastener is attached to one of the first and second housings in an adjustable manner. The fastener selectively engages with another of the first and second housings in a quick connect manner, such that the first and second housings can be brought closer to each other for tensioning the clamp around an associated object.



Cable tie

Tue, 19 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A cable tie including a stripe body having a first surface and a second surface opposite to the first surface. A plurality of convex portions are disposed on the first surface in a regularly arranged manner. A first end of the stripe body has a stationary portion, while a second end opposite to the first end has a movable portion. A pawl hole and a pawl are formed on the stationary portion, and the width of the pawl hole is greater than that of the movable portion. Each of the convex portions of the stripe body has a hook oriented toward the first end. Therefore, the hooks engage the pawl when the movable portion of the stripe body passes through the pawl hole for achieving a securing effect.



Springy clip type apparatus for fastening power semiconductor

Tue, 12 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

The present disclosure relates to an apparatus for fastening a power semiconductor using an integral springy (elastic) clip, capable of fixing a power semiconductor, such as a diode and a MOSFET, using elasticity of a U-shaped clip by integrally molding the clip onto a housing of a plastic module. The apparatus includes an elastic (springy) clip integrally molded onto a lower surface of the housing and downwardly curved into a U-like shape in a bridge module in which a bridge of the power semiconductor protrudes through a through hole of the housing to be connected to a printed circuit board, whereby the power semiconductor is fixed by a force that the housing presses the power semiconductor.



Driving device for belt axle of winch

Tue, 12 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

The present invention discloses a driving device for a belt axle of a winch, which addresses the problems existing in conventional winches, for example the driving devices being out of work attributing to wearing of the unidirectional teeth on the fixed base and rotary body of the winch. The rotary cylinder of the driving device of the invention is provided with insertion holes into which a crow bar can be inserted. The fixed base is fixedly connected with the belt axle of the winch. The rotary cylinder is covered on the fixed base and fixed thereto in the axial direction. A unidirectional mechanism is located between the rotary cylinder and the belt axle to be engaged by unidirectional teeth. As the shift element and shift plates can be conveniently removed, the worn shift plates or shift element can be conveniently replaced after being used for a long period.



Tool for separating a hair bundle

Tue, 12 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

The present invention relates to a tool (1) for separating a hair bundle (11) comprising a number of hair strands appropriate for receiving a hair treatment composition (15) for creating a hair bundle effect. The hair bundle (11) is received into a through hole (10) via a slit (50). The dimensions of the through hole (10) dictate the appropriate size of a hair bundle (11). In one aspect of the present invention, the tool (1) is substantially flat in order to prevent spillages of hair treatment composition (15) onto the scalp. A gripping layer (70) may extend upon at least a portion of the tool (1) for aiding the grip of the tool (1) to the hair bundle (11).



Headgear connection assembly for a respiratory mask assembly

Tue, 12 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A respiratory mask assembly for delivering breathable gas to a patient includes a frame and at least one locking clip. The frame has a main body and a side frame member provided on each lateral side of the main body, at least one of the side frame members including a locking clip receiver assembly. The at least one locking clip has a main body providing a front portion adapted to be removably coupled with the at least one locking clip receiver assembly and a rear portion adapted to be removably coupled to a headgear assembly. The rear portion includes a cross bar that forms an opening through which a strap of the headgear assembly can pass and be removably coupled with the cross bar, and the front portion includes at least one resiliently flexible spring arm that is flexible within the plane of the main body.



Device clip

Tue, 12 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A device clip includes a first jaw member, and a second jaw member having fixed end pivotally connected to one end of the first jaw member and a free end provided with a rod member that is movable along the major axis of the second jaw member by an external force and can return to its former position when the external force disappears. Thus, the other end of the first jaw member is detachably lockable to the rod member at the free end of the second jaw member for enabling the device clip to conveniently and steadily link two objects together, for example, to link a camera bag to a backpack.



Fastening strap and manufacturing method thereof

Tue, 12 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A fastening strap and a manufacturing method thereof are provided. The fastening strap includes a first band and a second band. The first band has a first surface and a second surface. The first surface has a plurality of hooks of special configuration. The second band has a third surface and a fourth surface. The third surface is directly adhered to the second surface of the first band, and the fourth surface has a plurality of loops for being mechanically latched by the hooks on the first surface. The second surface and/or the third surface is printed with at least one pattern. After the first band and the second band are adhered together, the pattern can be seen from the first surface of the first band.



Self-aligning zipper

Tue, 12 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A Self-Aligning Zipper is disclosed that allows for one handed operation by anyone who would, otherwise use a zipper or use of the Self-Aligning Zipper by those with physical and developmental limitations or equipment such, as cold weather gloves or mittens. The proper alignment of each half of the Self-Aligning Zipper is accomplished by way of magnets of opposite polarity along with structural guide elements to ensure proper alignment and operation of the zipper.



Snag resistant slide fastener

Tue, 12 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

Embodiments herein provide modified slider bodies with one or more features such as an elongated spring cap, a protrusion on the bottom plate and/or plate coupler of the slider body, and/or vertically offset side rails. These features may minimize introduction of loose fabric, such as the lining of a lined garment, into the tape slot of the slider body, thereby help reduce jamming of the slider body during operation of the slide fastener.



Wire gripping assembly for drop wire support of electrical boxes or light fixtures

Tue, 12 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A wire gripping assembly for securing an electrical box or light fixture to a support. The wire gripping assembly includes a wire gripping device having a body with open channels and a through bore, a clip member having legs for sliding engagement within the channels, a cable having an end connector thereon, and a thumbscrew for adjusting the clip member with respect to the body. The thumbscrew includes a head having an outer circumference with serrations to enable hand tightening and an end with a slot for engagement by a screwdriver or similar tool. The wire gripping assembly eases installation of an electrical device to an overhead support by enabling a two-step connection including initial hand tightening using the serrated outer surface of the thumbscrew and subsequent secure tightening by engaging the slot of the thumbscrew with a screwdriver or similar tool.



Paper clips with integral fastener

Tue, 12 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A removable device for holding or clipping at least two pieces of paper, cardboard, plastic film or other sheets of material together. The paper clip includes a self biasing spring member for providing spring tension to hold an article to a flat substrate such as a piece of paper or papers and may include locking elements for removable engagement and holding of sheets of paper or the like together.



Copper-zinc alloy product and process for producing copper-zinc alloy product

Tue, 05 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A copper-zinc alloy product of the invention contains zinc in an amount of higher than 35% by weight and 43% by weight or less and has a two-phase structure of an α-phase and a β-phase. Further, the ratio of the β-phase in the copper-zinc alloy is controlled to be higher than 10% and less than 40% and the crystal grains of the α-phase and the β-phase are crushed into a flat shape and arranged in a layer shape through cold working. According to the copper-zinc alloy product, it is possible to decrease the copper content and to appropriately secure the strength and cold workability by appropriately controlling the ratio of the β-phase.



Note tote system

Tue, 05 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

First and second plates have a space between them. Each plate has parallel top and bottom edges, parallel inner and outer edges, and interior and exterior surfaces. First and second fingering assemblies include fingers fabricated of a flexible material. Each finger includes a terminal projection extending into the space between the support plates. The fingers may move into and out of the space between the support plates. First and second tubes are provided. Each tube is coupled to the inner edge of an associated plate. Each tube has circumferential recesses with C-shaped clips positioned within the circumferential recesses. In this manner the tubes are secured together. Also in this manner rotation of the tubes and support plates is allowed.



Seatbelt buckle tongue assembly

Tue, 05 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

Self adjusting and/or locking buckle tongue assemblies for use with occupant restraint systems in vehicles are described herein. In one embodiment, a buckle tongue assembly includes a plate having a tongue portion configured to cooperatively engage a corresponding buckle assembly. The buckle tongue assembly of this embodiment can further include first and second web gripping portions carried by the plate. The second web gripping portion is configured to move relative to the first web gripping portion between a first position in which the web gripping portions are spaced apart to permit movement of a web therebetween, and a second position in which the web gripping portions are engaged or interlocked to clamp the web therebetween.



Watch comprising interchangeable strap connecting means

Tue, 05 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A watch comprising a watch case with opposite arranged connecting parts in form of two parallel branches for the mounting of a watch strap or cord between said branches, where said watch further comprises at least one generally T-shaped strap or cord connector comprising a spring loaded sliding bar suited for engaging in holes provided in a surface of each branch facing each other, said T-shaped strap or cord connector further comprises a cord receiving opening being arranged opposite to the spring loaded sliding bar and being an opening adapted to receive a cord having generally round or polygonal cross section, said cord at a first end and a second end being provided with interacting locking parts.



Removable jewelry setting

Tue, 05 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

The present invention provides an improvement in an article of jewelry of the type in which the ornamental portion of the article is secured or released selectively from the support portion of the article. The removable jewelry setting provides a simplified construction which is used readily by the wearer of jewelry to assemble a particular combination of ornament and support selected from a wide variety of such combinations made available by the improvement. The construction also enhances the ability to tailor a jewelry article to a particular style of dress without unduly multiplying the number of expensive ornaments required to provide a wide range of ornamented articles. The construction enables ease of interchange of the ornamental portion of an article of jewelry.



Collapsible retaining structure for body piercing jewelry

Tue, 05 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

Flexible retaining structures for body jewelry and method for their use.



Molded polymeric spacing devices

Tue, 05 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

Substrates such as sheet metal components may be kept spaced apart from each other using a molded polymeric spacing device. The spacing device has a main body with a thickness corresponding to the desired minimum spacing between the substrates and, extending from the main body or a base connected to said main body, an attachment member capable of being inserted into an opening in one of the substrates, but resistant to being easily withdrawn from such opening. Noise and vibration that might otherwise be generated or propagated by closely proximate substrates are reduced through the use of such molded polymeric spacing devices, which may be integrally fashioned from a rubber.



Mountable cable tie with fine adjustment and method of use thereof

Tue, 05 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A mountable cable tie with fine adjustment with an elongated strap having a first strap end and a second strap end, the elongated strap having one or more rows of teeth or cross-bars formed crosswise on the elongated strap, and a plurality of holes positioned linear along the median between the one or more rows of teeth, at least one locking buckle positioned proximate the second strap end, the at least one locking buckle having at least one channel and at least one locking tang or pawl positioned within the locking buckle, wherein increased insertion of the first strap end into the locking head decreases the size of the loop of the elongated strap to secure the bundle.



Clip

Tue, 05 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A clip comprising a first wall member and a second wall member is disclosed. A cross-section of the first wall member is defined by a first side wall, a second side wall and a connecting wall that is positioned between the first side wall and the second side wall. A cross-section of the second wall member is defined by a first end and a second end, wherein at least a portion of the first end is connected to a portion of the first side wall of the first wall member and wherein a second end is positioned between the first side wall and the second side wall and spaced away from an inner surface of the connecting wall. The first wall member and the second wall member cooperate to define a channel having a first portion and a second portion.



Flash grip systems

Tue, 05 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

Flash grip system is used to securely retain a USB flash drive or thumb drive and provide a comfortable, gripping surface. Further, the flash grip system may use an article-fastener such that the USB flash drive may be removably attached to a variety of articles (such as a keychain, a belt loop, a bag strap, etc). The holding surface may further include decorative indicia for decorating the USB flash drive.



Elastic zip tie

Tue, 05 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

An elastic zip tie is integrally molded from foam rubber, and includes a long strip of strap, a head located at a front end of the strap, and a plurality of flexible grips axially spaced on an upper and a lower surface of the strap. At least one holding space is defined by between any two adjacent axially-spaced flexible grips. The head has a thickness defined between two lateral sides thereof and is substantially larger than a longitudinal length of the holding space, i.e., a distance between two adjacent flexible grips. When a tail end of the strap is extended through the head for the latter to rest on the strap in a selected holding space, the flexible grips located immediately before and behind the holding space are elastically pressed against the two opposite lateral sides of the head to thereby firmly hold the latter in the holding space.



Method and device for storing and carrying a portion of rope

Tue, 05 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

An apparatus and method for carrying and storing a portion of rope is claimed. A portion of rope is braided and wound about two complementary loops. Attached to one complementary loop is a flexible fastener. The flexible fastener can be passed through the second complementary loop and attached to itself. The apparatus can then be worn as a bracelet. When the rope is needed, the person can unwind the rope. After using the rope, the rope can be rewound and then bound with the flexible fastener.



Low friction buckle tightening systems and methods

Tue, 28 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A tensioning device comprises an elongate member, preferably a band, and a frame having first and second sides. The band has a first end that is attachable to the first side of the frame and a second end that is releasably securable to the second side of the frame. A movable clamping member on the frame secures the second end of the band to the second side of the frame by cinching the second end of the band between an engagement surface on the band and a mating engagement surface on the second side of the frame. A restraining member is provided for restraining the clamping member to a first position spaced from the mating locking surface on the second side of the frame, when the restraining member is in a restraining orientation. The restraining member is movable out of the restraining orientation after the band is tensioned to a predetermined level using the second end. The band is tensioned to the aforementioned predetermined level and is secured to the second side of the frame, so that the band establishes a path of tension along its length that extends linearly between the two ends of the band.



Buckle device

Tue, 28 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

Foreign objects that have entered inside an insertion body are suppressed from reaching a detector side. In a buckle device, when a tongue plate is attached, an ejector slides downwards inside a buckle body, opening a through hole in a partitioning wall of a lower cover at the upper side. A main body portion of a slider member of a buckle switch is inserted into the through hole, closing off a portion of the through hole that has been opened by the ejector. Hence it is suppressed that foreign objects discharged through an insertion through hole in the buckle body to outside the buckle body pass through the through hole and reach the buckle switch side further than the partitioning wall.



Side release buckle

Tue, 28 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A side release buckle includes: a plug; and a socket, the plug including: a base; a pair of legs; and engaging portions, the socket including: a body; an insertion opening; a housing space; engaged portions; and a pair of guide surfaces. The guide surfaces, which are formed on an inner surface of the housing space and extend in an insertion direction of the legs while being opposed to each other, each include: a squeezing portion formed continuously with corresponding one of the engaged portions; and a guiding portion formed between the squeezing portion and the insertion opening. An interval between the guiding portions near the engaged portions is wider than an interval between the squeezing portions near the engaged portions. An inclination angle of each guiding portion to an insertion direction of the plug is smaller than an inclination angle of each of the squeezing portion to the insertion direction.



Coupling device for securing an ISOFIX child seat to a vehicle

Tue, 28 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A coupling device for securing an ISOFIX child seat to a vehicle is provided with a housing including a first opening; a first pivot member adjacent to the first opening and pivotably secured to the housing, the first pivot member including first and second slots; a second pivot member forward of the first pivot member and pivotably secured to the housing, the second pivot member including a lock pin configured to receive in the second slot; a first biasing member in the housing and anchored on the second pivot member to interconnect the first and second pivot members so that the first and second pivot members can rotate clockwise; and a pulling member having one end held secure to the second pivot member and extending outwardly so that the second pivot member can rotate counterclockwise. The coupling device can be easily connected to or disengaged from an anchorage member.



Spaced multi-rib zipper

Tue, 28 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

The present disclosure relates to a one piece multi-rib fastener including at least two groups of ribs, each rib with one or more hooks, wherein the groups are separated by a space less than the width of the maximum number of ribs within one of the groups.



Slide fastener

Tue, 28 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A separation portion having weakened tensile rupture strength of an element having tensile rupture strength reduced to 40 N or below is formed in a range of a first fixing portion of a first leg portion to a second fixing portion of a second leg portion via a coupling head portion, in at least a part of elements of the slide fastener. With this arrangement, when excessive lateral pulling force is applied to the slide fastener, cleavage lateral pulling force that causes cleavage of the slide fastener can be reduced. By adjusting tensile rupture strength of the elements, cleavage lateral pulling force of the slide fastener can be set within a predetermined range.



Liquid-tight slide fastener

Tue, 28 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

There is provided a liquid-tight slide fastener capable of sufficiently ensuring waterproof property regardless of where fastener elements are formed and capable of sufficiently ensuring attachment strength of the fastener elements to fastener tapes provided with liquid-tight layers. There is also provided a manufacturing method for the liquid-tight slide fastener. The liquid-tight slide fastener includes a pair of fastener tapes that include a pair of tape members, core sections respectively provided on opposing tape edges of the pair of tape members, and liquid-tight layers formed on one side of the pair of tape members; a pair of fastener element rows; and a slider. The liquid-tight layers are formed with gaps to the core sections in a width direction of the fastener tapes. The fastener elements are attached to the core sections.



Fastening strap assembly and foam article including same

Tue, 28 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

One aspect of the present invention provides a fastening strap assembly for used in a foam article. The fastening strap assembly includes a substrate having two sidewalls each formed along one side thereof in a longitudinal direction and spaced apart from each other; a substantially fishbone-shaped fastening member disposed between the sidewalls and adhered to the substrate, the fastening member having an elongate central rib and a plurality of fastening parts laterally extending from either sides of the rib and longitudinally spaced apart from each other, each fastening part having a plurality of hooks formed on a upper surface thereof; and a magnetic layer disposed between the substrate and the fastening member. The fastening strap assembly of the present invention has a unique sideway bending/curving function. Another aspect of the present invention provides a foam article, such as a seat cushion, including the sideway-bendable fastening strap assembly.



Cable tie with improved pawl

Tue, 28 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A cable tie includes a band of one material and a pawl of a different material. The pawl has a stem region and a securing region, wherein the securing region includes at least one barb and a stabilizing surface opposite the at least one barb. The band includes a head section and a tail section that may be inserted through the head section to secure a load. The head section includes a base section into which at least a portion of the stem region of the pawl is inserted, and an insertion channel to receive the tail section, wherein at least a portion of the pawl extends into the insertion channel. When a load is exerted to remove the tail section from the insertion channel, the barb engages the tail section and the stabilizing surface contacts a wall of the insertion channel to prevent bending of the pawl.