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STRAP TIGHTENERS

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Class / Patent application numberDescriptionNumber of patent applications / Date published
024068000 Cargo tie down 57
024068000 Ski, boot, and shoe fasteners 12
024068000 Buckle type 9
024069000 Cam lever and loop 8
024071000 Strap-attached folding lever 7
024068000 Strap stretching tools, tighteners, and sealers 4
20130042446SEGMENT POSITIONING BELT - An improved structure of a segment positioning belt characterized in that it includes a flexible belt body having the form of an elongated strip. The belt body made of plastic or rubber materials presents flexibility, and also has a positioning end and an extension. The positioning end is provided with a mounting portion. Several segment positioning portions are set at interval onto the belt body along its extension. A strengthened metal core is integrally located into the belt body in an elongated form, so as to cover the positioning end and extension of the belt body. The present invention enables production of tensile stress against breakage of the belt body through arrangement of the strengthened metal core, making it possible to improve the endurance of the segment positioning belt, extend its service life and enhance the safety with better anti-burglary effect.02-21-2013
20110138589Sash window and door transportation clip - A clip assembly may safely secure sliding sashes of a window or door during transportation, and, in one embodiment, be comprised of a strap member and a pawl member. The strap member may be comprised of a bumper portion, and a strap portion extending therefrom, where the strap portion may have a plurality of teeth formed within the thickness of the strap. The pawl member may have a pair of sidewalls supported by a top wall and an intermediate wall. The top wall may have a protrusion which includes a plurality of pawl teeth formed to complement the strap teeth, and be located proximate to the intermediate wall. The strap may be introduced through the gap between the top rail of an upper sash and bottom rail of the second sash, to then be inserted into the pawl, and thereby be retained by the respective teeth to secure the sashes.06-16-2011
20100139057REEL BASED LACING SYSTEM - A lacing system configured to selectively adjust the size of an opening on an object and allow for the incremental release of the lace within the lacing system. The lacing system can have a reel comprising a housing, a spool supported by the housing, and a knob supported by the housing. The reel can be configured so that cable is gathered in the channel formed in the spool when the spool is rotated in a first direction relative to the housing, and so that cable can be incrementally released from the spool when the spool is rotated in a second direction relative to the housing. In some embodiments, the reel can include a rotation limiter which can be configured to prevent over-tightening of the lacing system and/or to prevent rotation past the substantially fully loosened state.06-10-2010
20080289160STRUCTURE OF BUCKLE SET - A buckle set, two of which pair off for being inset in frame of the swimming goggles on two sides so that a strap can be inserted in the buckle sets for fastening the swimming goggles on user's face. Structure of the present invention features a 211-27-2008
20110088227Quick Release Adjustable Strap Clamp - A strap clamp includes a housing which is attached to an end of an elongated strap band. The housing pivotally support a screw member, the threads of which engage and drive the strap band to tighten or loosen the strap band. The screw member may be pivoted away from the strap band to disengage screw threads and release the strap band. The housing is attached to the strap band via elongated slots which have a minimal impact on the strength of the strap band.04-21-2011
20110197406SECURING ARRANGEMENT FOR SECURING A DIVING CYLINDER TO A BUOYANCY CONTROL DEVICE - A securing arrangement for a diving cylinder, and more particularly for use in securing a diving cylinder to a harness of a buoyancy control device, includes: a securing strap for securing the cylinder to the harness; a strap-retaining device allowing the strap to pass therethrough in one direction, and selectively preventing the strap from passing therethrough in an opposite direction; and a pivotable tensioning lever for increasing the tension of the securing strap.08-18-2011
20080276437Method and apparatus for tightening a belt - The present invention includes a method and related apparatus for tightening or loosening a belt. Some illustrative embodiments include a method and apparatus for tightening or loosening a belt used in e.g., power-lifting, to provide adequate leverage in tightening or loosening the belt to prevent injury comprising using the apparatus (constructed with a rigid material) to attach to the belt and allowing for appropriate tension to be applied to fasten and unfasten the belt at the desired tightness.11-13-2008
20100037440Attachment System for Entertainment Device - The present invention relates to an attachment system or mounting structure that can be used with a device to mount or couple the device to a support, such as an infant support structure. In different embodiments, the device can be an entertainment device, such as a mobile or toy aquarium, or another type of device, such as a monitor. In different embodiments, the infant support structure can be a crib or bassinet or other type of structure.02-18-2010
20120246895Belt Binder Structure - An improved belt binder structure having a binder body with a flat base and the two sides bended upward to form side panels that constitute a a binder body with a flat base with two sides bended upward to form an enclosure space for enclosing a reel, a ratchet wheel, a handle, a locking plate and a control pulling plate attached to the two side panels of the handle and can move up and down by the connecting points, and whereas the frontal portion of the control pulling plate has locking structure that locks with the positioning slot on the flat base and the bottom of the plate engages with the ratchet wheels.10-04-2012
20120233825BUCKLE FOR SWIMMING/DIVING GOGGLES - A buckle includes a base engaged with a body of swimming/diving goggle. A head strap is extended through a slot in a rear end of the base. A cover is engaged with the body. A space is defined between the cover and the base. A button is mounted in a groove of the cover and made of flexible material. An engagement plate is formed on the button and includes a catch releasably engaging with teeth of the head strap. First and second supporting points are defined between the button and the base. A pressing section is formed between the first and second supporting points. The catch can be disengaged from the teeth of the head strap to allow movement of the head strap in a loosening direction by pressing the pressing section or manually moving the grip.09-20-2012
20120324686BUCKLE - A buckle has a pair of side frame portions; first and second crossbars extending between the pair of side frame portions; a fastening portion disposed on at least one portion of the buckle for fastening a belt-like body. The fastening portion includes a clamping member rotatably supported in the side frame portions, and sandwiching the belt-like body between a free end portion and the first crossbar in a rotating position wherein the free end portion is most closely contacting with the first crossbar from the front surface side of the buckle; and holding devices generating an elastic deformation against a rotation in the clamping member relative to the rotation of the clamping member in a direction of separating the free end portion from the first crossbar.12-27-2012
20110146036STRAP FASTENING DEVICE - A strap fastening device includes two fastening straps and a tightness adjusting unit. The fastening straps each have a fixing end and an opposing free end. The tightness adjusting unit includes an assembling box and two locating members. The assembling box is provided at a left and a right half with at least one non-return retaining tooth each. The two locating members are slidably mounted to the assembling box and connected to the free ends of the two fastening straps, such that the free ends of the fastening straps are not turned back to expose from the assembling box. The slidable locating members respectively have a raised locating rib releasably engaging with the at least one non-return retaining tooth at the left and the right half of the assembling box. The two locating members can be conveniently slid with one hand to adjust the tightness of the fastening straps.06-23-2011
20130097828Configuration of a Belt Attachment Part - A flat belt attachment includes a first bar that connects corresponding positions of a pair of base bars facing each other; and a second bar that is parallel to the first bar and connects the base bars. The second bar includes a second inclined portion at an end portion, and the second inclined portion is shaped to approach the first bar toward a proximal end of the second inclined portion.04-25-2013
20130205552Belt Buckle - A belt and belt buckle design that opens to the front where the strap enters the belt buckle from below. The buckle is made from a single buckle member that is formed and that uses force and/or guidance from the buckle to hold the belt in place. The buckle has a hook region to support the strap of the belt and has a body passing around the strap from the back region of the strap to the front region of the strap.08-15-2013
20130025098RATCHET STRAP TENSIONER - A ratchet strap tensioner and methods of using the same where the ratchet strap tensioner comprises a first arm pivotally mounted to a second arm by means that include a bush member which allows pivotal movement of the first arm relative to the second arm subject to the restraint of a ratchet mechanism; and further comprising a two-part winding spindle located partly within the bush member; the first part of said winding spindle being fixed to said bush member and the second part of said winding spindle being adapted to allow lateral movement (with respect the winding axis) from a closed position alongside said first part to an open position and thereby allow a strap to be attached without threading the strap through the tensioner and without bending the strap.01-31-2013
20090119892RATCHET TIE-DOWN - A ratcheting tie-down device includes a main body portion having first and second ends, and a rotatable reel located about the second end. A dynamic webbing is extendable from the first end of the main body portion and is windable about the reel. A static webbing is coupled to the main body portion about the second end. The device includes means for attaching at least one end of the dynamic webbing to an object, and means for ratcheting rotation of the reel to wind the dynamic webbing thereon. A lever arm is rotatable relative to the main body portion between a first position and a second position to cause ratcheting rotation of the ratchet wheel. In one example, the lever arm includes at least a pair of independent lever arm rails. In another example, the dynamic webbing travels underneath a guide member prior to being wound about the reel.05-14-2009
20090119891Bungee Cord and Ratchet/Cambuckle Tie down with a Freely Rotatable Hook from 0.degree. to 360 - The present invention relates to a fastening apparatus with a hook that is freely rotatable from 0° to 360°, the apparatus comprises a cord body, a connecting assembly, and a hook, wherein the body is connected with the connecting assembly, and the hook is movably connected with the connecting assembly such that the hook may be freely rotated from 0° to 360°. The fastening apparatus may include a hook on each end of the cord body. In other embodiments, the fastening apparatus is provided as a tie-down where the cord body is a webbing and the apparatus incorporates an adjustable securing mechanism such as a ratchet or cam buckle. The rotatable hook feature increases the utility of the fastening apparatus because the apparatus is able to adapt or conform to varying requirements. Additionally, the operation of the fastening apparatus is easy and convenient. The fastening apparatus may be made more aesthetic by adding some decoration on the connecting assembly. The fastening apparatus may be made more durable by forming the connecting assembly utilizing an injection molding technique.05-14-2009
20130036580Strap-Tensioning Apparatus - A strap-tensioning apparatus includes a frame, a handle, a reel, a coil spring, a brake and two detents. The frame includes two walls each including two edges. A strap is wound on the reel. The handle includes two cams for pushing the first detent from ratcheted wheels of the reel when the second detent is located on the second edges. When the second detent is located on the second edges, the second detent is movable between a first position in contact with the ratcheted wheels and a second position away from the ratcheted wheels. In the second position, the second detent keeps the brake from the ratcheted wheels. The distance of the ratchets from the axle is longer than the distance of the second edges from the axle. Thus, the second detent frictionally contacts the ratcheted wheels in the second position, thus slowing the reeling in of the strap.02-14-2013
20100043186SECURITY STRAP - A theft resistant strap and buckle assembly for securing cargo on a vehicle rack includes a strap and a buckle. The strap is reinforced to resist cutting. The buckle has a lock and pawl device that operates to prevent loosening of the strap when the buckle is locked.02-25-2010
20130031755Strap-Tensioning Apparatus - A strap-tensioning apparatus includes a base including two walls each formed with a first arched edge and a second arched edge, a short strap connected to the base, a spring-loaded reel supported on the base, a long strap wound on the reel, a spring-loaded detent movably supported on the walls for engagement with the reel, a handle supported on the base, and a spring-loaded detent/suppressor is movably supported on the handle for engagement with the reel. The detent/suppressor suppresses the reel when it is retained in position on the first arched edges of the walls but allows the reel to spin when it is moved on the first arched edges of the walls in a direction.02-07-2013
20090013511Cargo bracing device - A cargo bracing device includes a base having two side plates for rotatably attaching a reel drum, one or more toothed discs attached to the reel drum and controlled to rotate relative to the base with a stop, an operating arm having two legs rotatably attached to the reel drum, a catch device attached to the operating arm and engaged with the toothed disc, and an anchoring device may detachably anchor the legs of the operating arm to the reel drum, and the legs of the operating arm may be selectively disengaged from the reel drum to prevent the operating arm from being operated by unauthorized persons, and for preventing the cargo from being stolen by the unauthorized persons.01-15-2009
20120233824RETRACTABLE RATCHETING TIE DOWN - A retractable ratcheting tie down apparatus is provided, including a frame and a hub rotatably mounted within the frame. A ratchet wheel is mounted to the hub and interfaces with a pawl to selectably prevent motion of the hub relative to the frame. A single tie down strap extends between two attachment members and winds around the hub. An operable means for rotating the hub and ratchet wheel is included to wind the single tie down strap around the hub. Tension between the two attachment members is transmitted directly through the single tie down strap and transitions between segments of the single tie down strap at the windings of the single tie down strap about the hub. In further examples, the operable means for rotating the hub and ratchet wheel is removable. The tie down apparatus can also move freely along the single tie down strap.09-20-2012
20130160254Combination Chain Tensioning Boom and Tensioning Sensor - A system and device that measures the cargo load securing tension upon a tensionable cargo load securing line including but not limited to a woven web, belt, cord, chain having a tension boom and conveys tension information sensed in the tension boom to a remote location is presented. Utilized is an “indirect” form of tension information conveyance, that being radio, light or sound, or a “direct” form of signal conveyance, that being wire or vehicle ground system or vehicle frame. Various remote locations may receive conveyed tension signal. They may include receiver devices located within transportation vehicle power unit cab, visual display on anterior portion of haul unit, transportation operator wrist or clothing mounted device, satellite linked management or office facility, associated convoy vehicle cab or operator, or other. Cab and operator tension display devices may provide an array of tension analysis recording and view and travel assist options.06-27-2013
20110271500Apparatus for Tensioning a Strap - A strap-tensioning apparatus includes a frame, a handle connected to the frame, a reel supported on the frame, two ratchets secured to the reel, a first detent supported on the handle and biased to engage with the ratchets, and a second detent supported on the frame and biased to engage with the ratchets. The frame includes two walls each including a recess. The handle includes two walls each including a lobe. The first detent includes a chamfered tip. The ratchets can slide on the chamfered tip of the first detent to allow a strap to be reeled out when the chamfered tip of the first detent is in the recesses of the frame. The second detent is disengaged from the ratchets by the lobes of the handle when the chamfered tip of the first detent is in the recesses of the walls of the frame.11-10-2011
20100275420Tie Down Apparatus - A tie down apparatus comprising a base, a biasing element, a torsion spring, and a shaft, wherein the base is die cast or plastic rejection molded and includes two side plates disposed on two sides thereof respectively, and between one ends of the side plates is mounted an engaging pillar, between another ends of the side plates is fixed a retaining member, between middle sections of the side plates is secured an abutting shank, the biasing element matches with the torsion spring and is axially fixed between the two side plates of the base by using the shaft, and is die cast or plastic rejection molded, and includes a contacting portion having a pressing piece extending from one side thereof, thereby cooling quickly after die casting or plastic rejection molding process to lower production time and cost, and enabling to decrease production material and cost.11-04-2010
20080216294Tensioning Ratchet for Tautening and Holding Tensioning Means - A tensioning ratchet for tautening and holding tensioning means, such as webbings, extruded straps, ropes, chains and the like, includes a console, with a winding-on shaft, rotatably mounted in the console, which is formed by at least two direction reversal bars, delimiting a distance between one another, and with a tensioning lever for turning the winding-on shaft about an axis of rotation. The tensioning ratchet according to the invention withstands a higher load and enables high pre-tensioning forces to be applied while preventing inadmissible stress on the user. This is achieved by the fact that the position at least of the outer circumferential face of the direction reversal bars coming into contact with the tensioning means, is variable.09-11-2008
20100125986Locking Mechanism for A Tie Down - A locking device and system for a tie down includes elements that positively secure a securing strap within a locking housing to hold one or more objects in place. In one embodiment, the locking housing includes a sloped housing having a cavity adapted to receive one end of the securing strap. The locking housing includes at least a user actuable lever and a gripping element. When the securing strap is threaded through the cavity of locking housing and the securing strap is in a desired positioned within the locking housing, the locking device enables a user to pivot the lever to cause the gripping element to press against the strap and positively secure the position of the strap within the housing. In one embodiment, the strap is a cogged belt having teeth and the gripping element includes a surface with teeth that mesh with the teeth of the strap.05-27-2010
20080307618Strap Fastener - A strap fastener includes a frame, a handle and a reel inserted through the frame and handle so that a strap can be reeled when the reel is rotated. A plurality of bushings are inserted to a plurality of grooves defined by the frame respectively for protecting the reel from the handle or the frame. Two ratchet wheels are connected to the reel. A first detent is movable on the frame for engagement with the ratchet wheels. A second detent is movable on the handle for engagement with the ratchet wheels.12-18-2008
20080201922Hand lever for a binding machine - A binding machine includes a tightening mechanism adapted to tension a belt and a limiting mechanism adapted to limit tensioning of the belt. The tightening mechanism includes, for example, a ratchet and a pawl coupled to a body of the tightening mechanism. A handle is adapted to rotate the ratchet in a first direction in response to a first force applied to the handle. The pawl is adapted to prevent the ratchet from returning in a second direction when the first force is released. A spring mechanism allows the handle to indicate when a second force opposing the first force achieves an established magnitude.08-28-2008
20080263837Rachet Strap Tightener and Mating Rotary Driven Tool - A rachet strap tightener and a power driven rotary tool are arranged to be operated together for tightening a strap. The body of the power driven rotary tool is arranged to be anchored in mating engagement relative to the body of the rachet strap tightener, in addition to coupling the rotating mating parts of the tool and the strap tightener, such that the torque applied when winding the spindle of the tightener no longer acts to twist the tightener body from the user's hands but rather the torque is anchored directly through the bodies so that winding of the spindle with the power driven tool can be accomplished quickly, efficiently and in a safe manner.10-30-2008
20090100653Binding Machine - This practical new model makes an improved binding machine known to the public, which includes main body, handle, ratchet wheel, roller, fastening belt, latch reed spring, control plate. Among them, the handle's side board is linked with the main section's side board through torsion spring. In this manner, when the fastening belt needs to be tightened as the binding machine is being used, the user can press down the handle which will resume its initial position with the bounce force of the torsion spring. It is not necessary for the user to push it back to the initial position after pressing the handle down. It is very easy and labor-saving with higher efficiency. Furthermore, it can also set a coil spring in the outside end of the roller. The fastening belt can withdraw inside the main section automatically, which is very convenient.04-23-2009
20090106957Buckle device - A buckle device includes a base coupled to a strap, an operating arm is rotatably secured to the base with a stationary axle, a shaft is attached to the operating arm. A latch is slidably attached to the operating arm to selectively lock the operating arm to the base. Another strap has an intermediate portion engaged around the stationary axle to form two strap segments, the shaft may force the strap segment to tighten the straps when the operating arm is moved toward the base and locked to the base at the locking position with the latch, the stationary axle and the shaft are spaced from each other for a distance to allow one of the strap segments to be further pulled by a user and to further tighten the straps.04-30-2009
20120192389TIE-DOWN TENSION ENHANCER - A tie-down tension enhancer for in-situ tightening of an installed tie down having a locking mechanism. The tension enhancer generally includes a body having openings for transverse insertion and removal of a line or strap as well as longitudinal movement of the line or strap within the body. A cinch is provided and disposed on the body for engaging the line or strap upon longitudinal movement of the line or strap in one direction and a line or strap mechanism is provided and spaced apart from the cinch for enabling pulling of the line or strap past the cinch for providing further tension to the existing tie down.08-02-2012
20090241307Tie-down strap system - A tie-down strap system designed to be integrated with the plurality of tie-down straps that are currently on the market. A system for the protection of the tightening mechanism, the storage of excess strapping during use, a storage device when not used as a tie-down strap, a hanging system when not in used as a tie-down strap, and a termination feature that prevents the free end of the strap from sliding through the tightening mechanism.10-01-2009
20120102690Apparatus for Tightening Two Belts - A belt-tightening apparatus includes a frame, a handle, a shaft, two ratchet wheels, two spring-biased detents and a connector. The shaft is used to rotationally connect the handle to the frame and wind a first belt. The ratchet wheels are connected to the shaft. The first spring-biased detent is movably connected to the handle for engagement with the spring-biased detent wheels. The second spring-biased detent is movably connected to the frame for engagement with the spring-biased detent wheels. The connector includes a tube and a reinforcement strip. The tube is connected to the frame on one hand and connected to the second belt on the other hand. The reinforcement strip is inserted it in the tube for reinforcing the tube.05-03-2012
20100293766Tensioning Apparatus for Strap - A tensioning apparatus includes a frame, a tensioning device mounted on a first end of the frame, and a reeling device mounted on a second end of the frame. The tensioning device includes a tensioning mechanism and a lever operably pivoted to rotate the tensioning mechanism, and a strap engaged with the tensioning device can be tensioned as the tensioning device is rotated. Additionally, the strap can be collected on the reeling device. Furthermore, the reeling device includes a ratcheting mechanism that facilitates collection of the strap by preventing the reeling device to turn in a direction that unreels the strap.11-25-2010
20110209315Force multiplying retaining straps - A generally U-sectioned cam buckle frame is modified to include a first turning roller aligned transversely across the frame proximate the free end of a release lever. A generally planar tongue having one end pivoted adjacent the first roller extends within the frame under the cam piece connected to the release lever provides a force transfer structure for a strap is inserted between the tongue and the frame bottom surface, around the first roller to pass between the cam piece and the other side of the tongue. Other transverse rollers may be included in the frame to form a pulley arrangement and one end of a frame side wall may be convolved to form a hook assembly.09-01-2011
20110067210Ratchet Tie-Down and Reinforcement Assembly - A ratchet tie-down includes a frame, a lever including two cams pivotally connected to the frame, a reeling device rotatably mounted on the frame and lever, and a ratcheting device including two ratchet wheels mounted on the reeling device. The ratchet tie-down further includes a reinforcement assembly including two reinforcement members mounted on the reeling device. Each ratchet wheel includes two lateral sides disposed between one cam and one reinforcement member. Each reinforcement member defines an annular surface in contact with one lateral side of one ratchet wheel, and with the reinforcement member imposing an urging force in a direction perpendicular to a rotation direction of the ratchet wheel.03-24-2011
20110061213HAND PULLER WITH A STRUCTURE OF DOUBLE STOPPING PLATES - A hand puller with the structure of double stopping plates is disclosed. An axle part goes through a fixing part and a pulling part. Both ends of the axle part have a ratchet, respectively. The fixing part has two stopping plates, fixed to the two opposite sides of the axle part. The pulling part has a driving claw. The driving claw and the stopping plates of the fixing part engage with the ratchet.03-17-2011
20110209314Force multiplying motorcycle retaining strap - A generally U-sectioned cam buckle frame is modified to include a first turning roller aligned transversely across the frame proximate the free end of a release lever. A generally planar tongue having one end pivoted adjacent the first roller extends within the frame under the cam piece connected to the release lever provides a force transfer structure for a strap is inserted between the tongue and the frame bottom surface, around the first roller to pass between the cam piece and the other side of the tongue. Other transverse rollers may be included in the frame to form a pulley arrangement and one end of a frame side wall may be convolved to form a hook assembly.09-01-2011
20110041301Strap tensioner or tightener - A strap tightener includes a ratchet wheel rotatably attached to a supporting member with an axle, a tension lever rotatably attached to the supporting member with a shaft and having an actuating end for engaging with the ratchet teeth of the ratchet wheel, a strap engaged between the actuating end of the tension lever and the ratchet wheel, and a spring member for biasing the actuating end of the tension lever to engage with the strap and to clamp the strap between the actuating end of the tension lever and the ratchet wheel, the actuating end of the tension lever is forced to engage with the grooves between the ratchet teeth for generating a click sound when the strap has not been tightened or tensioned.02-24-2011
20100175233SEPARATE STRAP STORAGE IN A RATCHET ARRANGEMENT - A storage device within a ratchet arrangement for automatically storing a length of fastening material including a storage housing and a biasing member for drawing the fastening material into the storage housing. The fastening material can be used with a ratchet/handle tie-down mechanism, allowing for the dynamic portion of the webbing to automatically be retracted into the storage housing. The automatic retraction leaves little or no excess webbing or fastening material, such that a user does not have to tie off excess webbing or material.07-15-2010
20110167599RATCHET STRAP - Described is a ratchet strap with a free end securing system. The ratchet strap has a strap with an attachment end and a free end and a strap winding shaft which is capable of receiving the free end in a wrapped relationship. A ratchet mechanism is included for simultaneously shortening the attachment end and the free end wherein the free end is drawn from the wrapped relationship with the strap winding shaft.07-14-2011
20110088226Strap Tensioner and Associated Gripping Jaws - A strip clamping device having a strip to be clamped (04-21-2011
20100000061 BUCKLE01-07-2010
20120000043TENSIONING DEVICE - A simple and inexpensive device for a reliable tie down tensioning which device enables the tie-down to be quickly and easily applied and the flexible element tensioned and just as quickly and easily removed.01-05-2012
20110041300Hand puller with detachable handle - The present invention disclosed a hand puller with a detachable handle, and the hand puller includes a body, an axle, and a handle. The axle is passed and mounted onto the body, and a sheath opening is formed at an end of the handle for sheathing an edge of the axle, such that the handle can be turned by using the axle as an axial center, and a guide section is defined and formed at an external periphery of the sheath opening, and the body includes at least one stop portion protruded from a position proximate to the guide section of the handle. When the handle is turned by using the axle as the axial center, the guide section and the stop portion are slidably coupled to restrict a radial movement of the handle to prevent the handle from being separated from the axle along the radial direction.02-24-2011
20120110801STRAP TENSIONING DEVICE - A strap tensioning device that includes a base having one of the ends of which accommodates a rotating drum that accommodates the end of a first strap section or first strap, the drum being capable of engaging with a tensioning lever articulated on the drum, the latter being disengageable relative to the tensioning lever; a tension shaft to which a second strap section or second strap is secured; means for the temporary storage of the first strap comprising elements that are independent both of the shaft for tensioning the second section or second strap, and of the drum, the elements being mounted on the base.05-10-2012
20110167600LOAD BINDER - A load binder is described for securing a load to a vehicle or the like, the load binder including: attachment means for attaching a flexible member to be tensioned by the load binder; an over-centre mechanism; an operating lever; and a ratchet mechanism; the load binder is moveable between a tensioned configuration and a released configuration by way of the operating lever; and wherein the ratchet mechanism allows the load binder to be progressively moved from the released configuration to the tensioned configuration.07-14-2011
20090133235Buckle device - A buckle device includes a base coupled to a strap, an operating arm rotatably secured to the base with a stationary axle, a shaft attached to the operating arm, a latch slidably attached to the operating arm to selectively lock the operating arm to the base, and another strap engaged around the stationary axle to form two strap segments, the shaft may force the strap segment to tighten the straps, the base includes one or more fasten notches for engaging with the latch for retaining the latch and the operating arm to the base at a fastening position when the straps may further be pulled away from each other, and includes one or more lock notches for solidly locking the latch.05-28-2009
20090133234Buckle mechanism - A buckle mechanism includes a base coupled to a strap, an operating arm rotatably secured to the base with a stationary axle, a shaft attached to the operating arm, a latch slidably attached to the operating arm to selectively lock the operating arm to the base, and another strap engaged around the stationary axle to form two strap segments, the shaft may force the strap segments to tighten the straps, the rotatable or swingable shaft is arranged or located between the stationary axle and the bottom panel of the base for engaging with and for forcing the strap segments and for tighten the straps. The stationary axle may also be arranged or located between the shaft and the bottom panel of the base.05-28-2009
20100205790RATCHET BUCKLE WITH C-SHAPE BAR - The tie-down provides an adjustable strap under control of a ratchet during retraction and pay-out. The tie-down is provided with a strap issuing rearward from a transverse bar between base sides, the bar being an integral part of the base, three sides having been rolled up from the base bottom into a C-shaped bar opening rearward. A forward strap issues forward from the tie-down secured to a spindle to which ratchet wheels attach. The forward strap wraps the spindle during tie-down strap retraction.08-19-2010
20100071174Ratchet Strapping Device - An improved ratchet strapping device is provided, comprising a frame, an axle, and a handle pivotally installed on the axle. Ratchets are mounted on the axle and adjacent to the exterior of the frame. The frame includes a first detent on the outside of the frame which engages the ratchet. A release device is mounted on the handle, wherein the release device includes a second detent on the outside of the handle which engages the ratchets at another location. The frame includes a first cam having a radius greater than the ratchets and on which the second detent slides, and the handle includes a second cam having a radius greater than the ratchets and on which the first detent slides. Placement of the ratchet and detent components on the outside of the device permits spooling of substantially all of the strap for storage or unused portions of the strap during use.03-25-2010
20110179609STRAP-TIGHTENING DEVICE - A strap-tightening device includes a frame, a handle connected to the frame and a reel located on the frame. A first detent is located on the frame. A second detent is located on the handle. The second detent includes two horns each including a downward prong and an upward prong. The reel includes a cylinder and two ratcheted wheels attached to the cylinder. The ratcheted wheels are engaged with the upward prongs of the horns of the second detent during pivoting of the handle in a direction to cause the cylinder to reel in a strap. The ratcheted wheels are engaged with the first detent during pivoting of the handle in an opposite direction to prevent the handle from spinning the cylinder to reel out the strap. A withdrawing unit spins the reel to withdraw the strap.07-28-2011
20090126171BUCKLE05-21-2009
20120073097Ratchet buckle - A ratchet buckle has a body and a trigger. One end of the body has two opposite pivotal holes, two opposite positioning notches, and a pivotal shaft penetrating the pivotal holes. Two ends of the pivotal shaft each have a ratchet wheel synchronously rotating with the pivotal shaft. One end of the trigger has two opposite shaft holes engaged to the pivotal shaft of the body and has a positioning rod transversally mounted on the trigger to engage the two positioning notches of the body. By operating the trigger to set the pivotal shaft free, the pivotal shaft is easily rotated to reel a strap.03-29-2012
20120227224Cargo Tie-Down - A cargo carrier tie-down assembly that utilizes a fastener made up of a shackle element that includes a wall in a form that is closed in two dimensions, defining an opening and wherein the wall also defines a pair of opposed apertures, a pin that can be inserted through the two apertures and a knob fastener element, having a head, that is sized to be passed through the opening when the pin is withdrawn from the wall, and that is retained when the pin is inserted into the two apertures. A tension member has one of the fastener elements attached to at least one end. The other fastener element is attached to the cargo carrier.09-13-2012
20120227223STRAP TENSIONING SYSTEM - A strap tensioning system having a frame and a core shaft on the frame. The system further has first and second separate lengths of flexible strap extending generally oppositely away from the frame, a drive shaft, and a gear assembly with a worm and a worm gear that are driven by the drive shaft. The drive shaft is operable to drive the gear assembly to thereby cause the first length of flexible strap to be wrapped around the core shaft to thereby vary a combined effective length of the first and second lengths of flexible strap.09-13-2012
20110119877TENSIONING DEVICE HAVING AN ILLUMINATION SOURCE AND RELATED METHOD - In one embodiment, a tensioning device having a permanently affixed illumination source disposed on the tensioning device to provide illumination during, among other things, operation of the tensioning device, is described herein.05-26-2011
20120233823Ratchet Strap Tightener - A strap tightener for securing cargo is disclosed. The tightener includes a base frame and a handling frame, which pivotally connect to form a vee structure. The base frame is connected to the handling frame by inserting a pivot into pivot hole thereof. Each of two ends of the pivot is ringed with a protection loop and a ratchet wheel. The protection loop is composed of a flange for being blockedly fixed on the pivot hole and a sleeve for penetrating into the pivot hole. The sleeve can protect the pivot hole to prevent it from being directly pressed by the pivot.09-20-2012
20120317763DRIVING DEVICE FOR BELT AXLE OF WINCH - 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.12-20-2012
20120084951Positioning Hook Structure for a Hand Puller - A positioning hook structure for a hand puller contains a base including a first and a second ends; a rotating member including a first segment axially connected with the second end and a second segment having a handle; a central shaft set being axially coupled with the first segment and the second end; two ratchets including teeth arranged therearound and fixed onto one end of the central shaft set; the base including a movable retaining member to abut against one of the teeth, the rotating member including a movable pulling rod to abut against another tooth of the ratchet; a positioning hook including a third and a fourth ends, the third end including two sides including two insertions, the fourth end including a hooking portion extending outward so that the positioning hook inserts to the holes of the base by using the insertions.04-12-2012
20100199474SAFETY RATCHET - Safety ratchets provided herein allow for safely releasing tension in strap ratchets. A safety ratchet can tighten and then quickly reverse to slowly and controllably release tension, instead of abruptly releasing tension.08-12-2010
20100199473RATCHET BUCKLE - In the present invention, a lightweight apparatus for secure transport of cargo in cargo compartments, such as those found in trucks and freight trains, is provided. The ratchet buckle has a front reel which receives a cargo strap. The light weight of the ratchet buckle is achieved by the use of a dual purpose detachable ratcheting lever or wrench. The wrench has a wrench head which engages the front reel to tighten the ratchet buckle. The wrench also has a release end which engages a release hole in the ratchet buckle, to disengage the ratcheting mechanism and allow removal of the cargo strap. Additional purposes and advantages are provided herein.08-12-2010
20100132169Binding Machine - This invention introduces a binding machine with improved structure. It mainly includes main body, non-slip mat, scroll, ratchet wheel, hand knob, spring leaf, and control pulling plate, main lacing, and auxiliary lacing. The non-slip mat is made of soft materials and is connected with the bottom board of the main body. In addition, there are two hand pieces attached to the main body and there is the recess in the shape matching the fingers. This invention of binding machine does not scrape the surface of the tied down items and it is more convenient for use.06-03-2010
20110146035HAND PULLER WHOSE HANDLE ROLLS IN THE STRAP - A hand puller whose handle can roll in a strap includes a base and a movable arm. The base has a pivotal element. The movable arm is disposed on the outer end of the pivotal element. A ratchet wheel is disposed between the movable arm and both ends of the base, respectively. The movable arm has a second stopping plate and extends with a pulling element. The pulling element has a third sliding groove with a rotating axis. Both ends of the rotating axis are disposed on the two arm boards of the movable arm. A rotating element is provided for the user to rotate, so that the strap is winded on the rotating axis.06-23-2011
20080244883Binding device - A binding device for pulling tight a belt comprises a first ratchet wheel and a second ratchet wheel, each having a plurality of mounting openings, a roll, having a plurality of roll sectors that are respectively mounted in the mounting openings of the first and second ratchet wheels, of which at least one roll sector is removable, a lever, connected with the first ratchet wheel, a frame, connected with the second ratchet wheel; an upper blocking assembly, mounted on the lever, blocking the first ratchet wheel from turning, and a lower blocking assembly, mounted on the lever, blocking the second ratchet wheel from turning. Due to removability of one of the roll sectors, the belt is easily mounted and dismounted, and a wide range of applications is provided for.10-09-2008
20100064489LOAD SECURING RATCHET WITH ANCHOR ATTACHMENT SYSTEM - An anchor attachment system is provided for use with tensioning device for tensioning lines, particularly belts or webs. The anchor attachment system releasably secures an anchoring line to one end of the tensioning device. Embodiments of the anchor attachment system employ a pin, a cross-pin, a spring element, and a locking cam working in cooperation to secure the pin to first and/or second ends of the tensioning device.03-18-2010
20130091673CABLE ADJUSTING DEVICE - Cable adjusting devices are presented including: a base plate; a pair of walls connected with the base plate along a top surface, where each of the pair of walls includes an outer surface and an inner surface, where the inner surfaces of the pair of walls form a v-groove, and where the inner surfaces include, a number of gripping ridge pairs, and a locking ridge pair disposed alongside one end of the number of gripping ridge pairs at the distal end of the base plate; a keeper bar extending between the pair of walls at the proximal end of the base plate; and an attachment point disposed along the bottom surface of the base plate along at least the distal end or the proximal end.04-18-2013
20130111715CABLE TENSIONING DEVICE UTILITY APPLICATIONS - A tensioning device for tie down applications in a utility market that includes a drive end and a cable output end to attach to a medium, item, or truck or trailer. The tensioning device creates more tension in the medium than is generally able to be applied by hand with ratchet straps or chains, which provides a more secure tie down of items in a utility application. The tensioning device includes a drive system that can be driven with standard power tools or hand tools to retract a cable. The tensioning device may be designed with or without a clutch feature. The clutch feature allows for a desired cable tension to be reached for each installation and provides feedback to the operator when the correct tension is reached. The tensioning device includes an external bracket or hook for easily attaching to an item, medium, or truck or trailer.05-09-2013
20100293765Tensioning Apparatus for Strap - A tensioning apparatus includes a first shaft and a strap wound on the first shaft such that the strap has first and second portions extending in opposite directions, and the first portion of the strap is collected on the first shaft by operably moving the rotating shaft. The tensioning apparatus further includes a reeling device for collecting the second portion of the strap. Furthermore, the reeling device includes a ratcheting mechanism that facilitates collection of the strap.11-25-2010
20080235922ADJUSTABLE LEVER LOAD BINDER - Apparatuses are disclosed where in a lever binder may include an adjuster that when manipulated adjusts the binding length of the lever binder. In various embodiments, a lever binder is disclosed including an automatic latching mechanism to help resist undesired movement of a lever from a binding position.10-02-2008
20110289741Methods and apparatus for applying tension to a motion transmission element - In exemplary implementations of this invention, tension is applied to a motion transmission element with periodic features by causing that element to mesh with a device that has a pitch slightly greater than the pitch of the motion transmission element. The motion transmission element with periodic features may comprise, for example: (a) a belt with teeth, or (b) a chain. Further, the motion transmission element may comprise either an open or a closed loop. In exemplary implementations, the width of the teeth of the motion transmission element (along that element's long axis) is greater than the width of the teeth in the rack (along the rack's long axis). This allows room for the teeth of the rack to both fit and move within the gap between the teeth in the motion transmission element. This extra width of the element's teeth is not necessary if the element is sufficiently elastic.12-01-2011
20100313394Fastening apparatus for a pressurized-gas vessel - A fastening apparatus for pressurized-gas vessels is provided on a carrier. The fastening apparatus makes it possible to fasten a pressurized-gas vessel as well as to adapt the fastening apparatus to differently sized pressurized-gas vessels with one manipulative step. The fastening apparatus includes a carrier, a belt, a locking device, fastening points and redirection points for the belt.12-16-2010
20120174355RATCHET ADJUSTMENT SYSTEM - An adjustment system for adjusting the width of a cuff has an elongated adjustment strip having a set of longitudinally extending teeth. Each tooth has a forward side and a rearward side. The length of each forward side is greater than a length of each of the rearward sides so that an angle between a longitudinal axis of the strip and the forward side is less than an angle between the longitudinal axis and the rearward side of each tooth. There is a locking mechanism formed by a base plate having a locking device on an underside and a guide for slidably connecting the locking mechanism to the strip. The teeth and the locking device are configured so that the locking device can be moved forward along the strip using only a small amount of force, and can then be moved rearward using a larger amount of force.07-12-2012
20100218348CLAMPING LOCK FOR A TENSIONING MEANS - A clamping lock for a tensioning means with a housing comprising two cheek parts arranged at a distance from each other, a stop web extending between the cheek parts and a pivot spindle likewise extending between the cheek parts and a comb element pivotably mounted on the pivot spindle of the housing. The clamping lock can be manufactured in a simple manner and at the same time has a compact, easily manageable design because there is a reinforcing insert at least in the region of the cheek parts of the stop web and of the pivot spindle of the housing, said reinforcing insert being surrounded by a plastics material casing and comprises a material which is firmer than the plastics material casing.09-02-2010
20080250616Jewelry Clasp - A jewelry clasp is provided for use with one or more jewelry strands and further comprises, in one embodiment, a spring clasp with first and second bead pins attached thereto. Each bead pin comprises a removable bead that allows for attachment of the jewelry strands to the bead pins and maintains the jewelry strands attached thereto. Different jewelry strands can be interchangeably attached to a single jewelry clasp to create a desired appearance or effect.10-16-2008
20120102691STRAP CONNECTING MEMBER AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE WITH THE STRAP CONNECTING MEMBER - The electronic device includes a body, a strap, and a strap connecting member. The strap connecting member further includes a pin, a torsion spring one end of which is connected to the pin, a receiving chamber accommodating the pin and defining an opening notch passing through the sidewall thereof, and a cover connected with the torsion spring and engaging with the receiving chamber. The strap is double-layered. The double-layered strap forms a folded end and an open end, the folded end is connected with the pin and is wrapped around the pin, and the open end is separated into two portions which pass at the opening notch and are respectively connected to the body. When the torsion spring is elastically deformed and generates a torsion force, the pin is rotated and the strap automatically shrinks in the receiving chamber under the torsion force.05-03-2012
20100050403ROTARY TENSIONING DEVICE - A rotary tensioning device that is low profile when not being used to apply or reduce tension and that provides an easily manipulated tightening and loosening control mechanism. A control mechanism in the form of a flip up handle is pivotally connected to a drive member and rotation of the handle and drive member rotates a driven member connected to a spool to take up or let out a cable or wire to apply or reduce tension in the cable or wire. When not being used to apply or reduce tension, the flip up handle is pivoted to lie flush against a housing of the spool to provide a low profile. A tension indicating device provides a user with a mechanism for reproducing tensions between uses.03-04-2010
20130047388RATCHET BUCKLE AND STRAP ASSEMBLY - A ratchet buckle and strap assembly is provided. The ratchet buckle has a passageway configured to slidably receive the strap, a pawl arranged to engage the strap and prevent movement of the strap in a direction from the rear portion toward the front portion, while allowing movement of the strap in a direction from the front portion toward the rear portion of the passageway, and a drive actuator arranged to engage the strap and feed the strap through the passageway from the front portion toward the rear portion of the passageway. The strap may have a plurality of first teeth, and a plurality of separate second teeth. The first teeth may be on a first side of the strap and the second teeth may be on a second side of the strap. The ratchet buckle may be configured such that the pawl is configured to engage a first side of the strap and the drive actuator may be configured to engage a second side of the strap opposite the first side.02-28-2013
20110289742SHOELACE FASTENER - A shoelace fastener is fixed on a vamp of a shoe for wearing shoelace and comprises two longitudinal seats each having a slider slidably mounted thereon for wearing shoelace. The slider has a spring-like structure. The slider has a front end fixed on a front end of the seat and a rear end. The shoelace is tightened when the slider is positioned after stretching.12-01-2011
20090038128DEVICE AND METHOD OF RAPIDLY TYING SHOELACES - Provided is a shoe which is tied with a piece of shoelace, in which a pair of pulling string rings are provided in both left and right upper ends of the neck of the shoe, to thereby enable a user to pull or release a pair of pulling strings hooked on the rings one time in order to put on or take off the shoe. Double instep covers of the footwear are provided, and the exposed knots of the shoelace end portions are positioned between the double instep covers, so that the knots are not exposed and the knots which are not well untied can be smoothly adjusted. Moreover, a cover-type fastening locker or protection guard which protects the protruded latch from external impact is used to solve the conventional problems, and to furthermore provide a simple shoelace tying shoe having no knots of the end of the lower portion of the shoelaces.02-12-2009
20090172928Turning fastener for a shoe - A turning fastener for a shoe has a pulling means with two end portions, which act on a take-up reel, which is provided with an annular groove for receiving the pulling means, a rotatable mounting of the take-up reel with a bearing journal, which engages in a bearing, a holder, which can be fastened to the shoe, for the rotatable mounting, and an engageable and disengageable directional locking mechanism, which in the engaged position blocks the take-up reel in one direction of rotation for closing the shoe and in the disengaged position releases it in this direction of rotation. The take-up reel is formed as a rotary grip, wherein two through-openings, extending from the annular groove to the end face of the take-up reel that is facing away from the holder, are provided for leading one or the other end portion of the pulling means through. The take-up reel is guided in an axially displaceable manner with the bearing journal and the bearing, and the directional locking mechanism is engaged in the position of the take-up reel in which it is pushed towards the holder and is disengaged in the position in which it is pushed away from the holder.07-09-2009
20120102692TIGHTENING STRAP OF A DIVING FLIPPER - An improved diving flipper's adjustable foot strap with a conveniently located handle which allows the diver to quickly pull the stretchable strap whereby he or she move the strap away from the back of his or her foot in one fluid motion.05-03-2012
20110000057FASTENING DEVICE - A fastening device (01-06-2011
20110131772Reformable Closure Device Strap - A strap for a mechanical closure device is disclosed. The strap includes a wire disposed along a longitudinal axis of the strap. The wire maintains the strap in a desired geometry that is different from a previous geometry of the strap. In other embodiments, a wire-core strap can include transverse ridges, holes, or other types of grooves or apertures.06-09-2011
20120297591Selectively Releasable Buckle - A buckle is provided for use in footwear. The buckle includes a lever arm that feeds a strap into the buckle in a ratcheting fashion and a lock that secures the strap relative to the buckle when the lever arm is released. To release the strap from the buckle, a user may impart rotational motion onto the lock to remove it from engagement from teeth associated with the strap. Alternatively, pressure may be applied to the lever arm, which releases a locking pawl from the strap and allows the strap to incrementally move a predetermined amount.11-29-2012
20130014359ADJUSTING DEVICE FOR TIGHTENING OR LOOSING LACES AND STRAPSAANM CHEN; Chin-ChuAACI Taichung CityAACO TWAAGP CHEN; Chin-Chu Taichung City TW - An adjusting device for tightening or loosing laces and straps includes a base, an actuating member and a knob. When a user rotates the knob clockwise, the adjusting device is tightening a flexible strap of the clothing or a lace of the footwear. However, when a user rotates the knob counterclockwise, the adjusting device is loosing a flexible strap of the clothing or a lace of the footwear. The knob never moves up and down along the axis during the operation for tightening or loosing the flexible strap or the lace.01-17-2013
20130091674FASTENING DEVICE FOR FOOTWEAR - A fastening device for footwear includes a hook element with a major tooth and a minor tooth, a releasing element, a boosting cover, a base and a strap with teeth. Each tooth has an inclining surface and a vertical surface. When the hook element is pressed, the major tooth and the miner tooth are engaged with the inclining surface of the teeth alternately to push the strap to move backward. When the boosting cover is bent up, the boosting tooth is engaged with the vertical surface of the teeth to push the strap to move forward. When the releasing element is pulled up, the strap is completely released from the base.04-18-2013
20080209702Buckle guide assembly - An improved guide for securing a lace, rope or other material, which enables the material to be tightened and secured with ease is disclosed. The guide allows the material to slide through a buckle allowing a user to tighten the material and lock the buckle without the loss of tension in the material. The guide is implemented on footwear, watch bands, luggage and backpack straps, ropes for tents, boats and other structures, and any other buckling or line securing apparatus.09-04-2008
20080196224Shoelace reel operated easily and conveniently - A shoelace reel includes a support seat, a spool rotatably mounted in the support seat, a shoelace having two distal ends each secured to the winding zone of the spool, a limit sleeve mounted on the support seat, a drive member rotatably and movably mounted in the limit sleeve, and a control knob rotatably and movably mounted on the limit sleeve and connected to the drive member. Thus, the user only needs to rotate the control knob to tighten the shoelace and to pull out the control knob to loosen the shoelace. In addition, the user only needs to operate the control knob to tighten or loosen the shoelace, so that the user can tighten or loosen the shoelace by his one hand only.08-21-2008
20110209313Wristbands With Interchangeable Layers Allowing Sizing By End User - A wearable band with an adjustable size or length. The band includes a first band element and a second band element with a planar body extending from a first to a second end. The second band element body is greater in length than the first band element body and includes a hole for receiving the first band element body. The band includes a coupling mechanism that detachably connects an outer sidewall of the first band element body to the inner sidewall of the second band element body, e.g., to allow the two band elements to be selectively disconnected and reassembled without tools. The coupling mechanism includes a first coupling component extending along the outer sidewall of the first band element and a second coupling element extending along the inner sidewall of the second band element such that the two band elements are connected along the periphery of the hole.09-01-2011
20100170068Adjustment Mechanism - An adjustment mechanism comprises a dial comprising an inner wall defining a hole passing through the dial, the inner wall comprising a ledge having one or more cutouts. The mechanism further comprises a base comprising a first set of teeth and an actuator comprising a second, the second set of teeth configured to engage the first set of teeth and allow the actuator to be rotated in a first direction but not in a second opposite direction. The actuator further comprises one or more drive-dogs configured to engage a cutout on the inner wall of the dial, each drive-dog comprising a ramped edge configured to disengage the drive-dog from the cutout and lift the second set of teeth from the first set of teeth when the dial is rotated in the second direction.07-08-2010
20110056057STRUCTURE OF STEEL CABLE FASTENER - A structure of steel cable fastener is provided for eliminating a returning force caused by twisting stress induced in a steel cable when the steel cable is stretched and fixed by the fastener, which induces a stress due to fixing of a fixing end of the steel cable. Such a returning force makes the operation and adjustment of mounting a locking cap to the steel cable difficult and also induces damage and wear of a fixing end of the steel cable due to twisting stress induced in the steel cable. The structure of the steel cable fastener includes a bearing retainer that carries a bearing device and arranged inside the locking cap to secure an end of the steel cable and a resilient element arranged between the bearing retainer and the locking cap for relief of twisting stress induced in the steel cable through the rotation of the bearing device.03-10-2011
20100229358APPARATUS FOR EXTENDING THE ARM OF A LEVER - An apparatus for extending the arm of a lever, particularly for extending the arm of a lever of strap tensioning devices, comprising an element for connection to the lever, which can be associated therewith jointly and reversibly, a main body, which is associated with the connecting element by way of elements for mutual inclination and can be gripped by the user to operate the lever, and elements for contrasting the mutual inclination of the main body with respect to the connecting element, which can yield to a predefined force that contrasts the rotation of the lever, applied thereby to the connecting element.09-16-2010
20130111716CABLE TENSIONING DEVICE FOR HUNTING TREE STANDS OR CLIMBING LADDERS - A tensioning device for installing tree stands that includes a drive end and a cable output end to attach to a medium that is placed around a tree. The tensioning device creates more tension in the medium than is generally able to be applied by hand with ratchet straps or chains, which provides safer installation of a tree stand or climbing ladder. The tensioning device includes a drive system that can be driven with standard power tools or hand tools to retract a cable. The tensioning device may be designed with or without a clutch feature. The clutch feature allows for a desired cable tension to be reached for each installation and provides feedback to the operator when the correct tension is reached. The tensioning device includes an external bracket or hook for easily attaching to a tree stand or climbing ladder.05-09-2013
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20130042446SEGMENT POSITIONING BELT - An improved structure of a segment positioning belt characterized in that it includes a flexible belt body having the form of an elongated strip. The belt body made of plastic or rubber materials presents flexibility, and also has a positioning end and an extension. The positioning end is provided with a mounting portion. Several segment positioning portions are set at interval onto the belt body along its extension. A strengthened metal core is integrally located into the belt body in an elongated form, so as to cover the positioning end and extension of the belt body. The present invention enables production of tensile stress against breakage of the belt body through arrangement of the strengthened metal core, making it possible to improve the endurance of the segment positioning belt, extend its service life and enhance the safety with better anti-burglary effect.02-21-2013
20110138589Sash window and door transportation clip - A clip assembly may safely secure sliding sashes of a window or door during transportation, and, in one embodiment, be comprised of a strap member and a pawl member. The strap member may be comprised of a bumper portion, and a strap portion extending therefrom, where the strap portion may have a plurality of teeth formed within the thickness of the strap. The pawl member may have a pair of sidewalls supported by a top wall and an intermediate wall. The top wall may have a protrusion which includes a plurality of pawl teeth formed to complement the strap teeth, and be located proximate to the intermediate wall. The strap may be introduced through the gap between the top rail of an upper sash and bottom rail of the second sash, to then be inserted into the pawl, and thereby be retained by the respective teeth to secure the sashes.06-16-2011
20100139057REEL BASED LACING SYSTEM - A lacing system configured to selectively adjust the size of an opening on an object and allow for the incremental release of the lace within the lacing system. The lacing system can have a reel comprising a housing, a spool supported by the housing, and a knob supported by the housing. The reel can be configured so that cable is gathered in the channel formed in the spool when the spool is rotated in a first direction relative to the housing, and so that cable can be incrementally released from the spool when the spool is rotated in a second direction relative to the housing. In some embodiments, the reel can include a rotation limiter which can be configured to prevent over-tightening of the lacing system and/or to prevent rotation past the substantially fully loosened state.06-10-2010
20080289160STRUCTURE OF BUCKLE SET - A buckle set, two of which pair off for being inset in frame of the swimming goggles on two sides so that a strap can be inserted in the buckle sets for fastening the swimming goggles on user's face. Structure of the present invention features a 211-27-2008
20110088227Quick Release Adjustable Strap Clamp - A strap clamp includes a housing which is attached to an end of an elongated strap band. The housing pivotally support a screw member, the threads of which engage and drive the strap band to tighten or loosen the strap band. The screw member may be pivoted away from the strap band to disengage screw threads and release the strap band. The housing is attached to the strap band via elongated slots which have a minimal impact on the strength of the strap band.04-21-2011
20110197406SECURING ARRANGEMENT FOR SECURING A DIVING CYLINDER TO A BUOYANCY CONTROL DEVICE - A securing arrangement for a diving cylinder, and more particularly for use in securing a diving cylinder to a harness of a buoyancy control device, includes: a securing strap for securing the cylinder to the harness; a strap-retaining device allowing the strap to pass therethrough in one direction, and selectively preventing the strap from passing therethrough in an opposite direction; and a pivotable tensioning lever for increasing the tension of the securing strap.08-18-2011
20080276437Method and apparatus for tightening a belt - The present invention includes a method and related apparatus for tightening or loosening a belt. Some illustrative embodiments include a method and apparatus for tightening or loosening a belt used in e.g., power-lifting, to provide adequate leverage in tightening or loosening the belt to prevent injury comprising using the apparatus (constructed with a rigid material) to attach to the belt and allowing for appropriate tension to be applied to fasten and unfasten the belt at the desired tightness.11-13-2008
20100037440Attachment System for Entertainment Device - The present invention relates to an attachment system or mounting structure that can be used with a device to mount or couple the device to a support, such as an infant support structure. In different embodiments, the device can be an entertainment device, such as a mobile or toy aquarium, or another type of device, such as a monitor. In different embodiments, the infant support structure can be a crib or bassinet or other type of structure.02-18-2010
20120246895Belt Binder Structure - An improved belt binder structure having a binder body with a flat base and the two sides bended upward to form side panels that constitute a a binder body with a flat base with two sides bended upward to form an enclosure space for enclosing a reel, a ratchet wheel, a handle, a locking plate and a control pulling plate attached to the two side panels of the handle and can move up and down by the connecting points, and whereas the frontal portion of the control pulling plate has locking structure that locks with the positioning slot on the flat base and the bottom of the plate engages with the ratchet wheels.10-04-2012
20120233825BUCKLE FOR SWIMMING/DIVING GOGGLES - A buckle includes a base engaged with a body of swimming/diving goggle. A head strap is extended through a slot in a rear end of the base. A cover is engaged with the body. A space is defined between the cover and the base. A button is mounted in a groove of the cover and made of flexible material. An engagement plate is formed on the button and includes a catch releasably engaging with teeth of the head strap. First and second supporting points are defined between the button and the base. A pressing section is formed between the first and second supporting points. The catch can be disengaged from the teeth of the head strap to allow movement of the head strap in a loosening direction by pressing the pressing section or manually moving the grip.09-20-2012
20120324686BUCKLE - A buckle has a pair of side frame portions; first and second crossbars extending between the pair of side frame portions; a fastening portion disposed on at least one portion of the buckle for fastening a belt-like body. The fastening portion includes a clamping member rotatably supported in the side frame portions, and sandwiching the belt-like body between a free end portion and the first crossbar in a rotating position wherein the free end portion is most closely contacting with the first crossbar from the front surface side of the buckle; and holding devices generating an elastic deformation against a rotation in the clamping member relative to the rotation of the clamping member in a direction of separating the free end portion from the first crossbar.12-27-2012
20110146036STRAP FASTENING DEVICE - A strap fastening device includes two fastening straps and a tightness adjusting unit. The fastening straps each have a fixing end and an opposing free end. The tightness adjusting unit includes an assembling box and two locating members. The assembling box is provided at a left and a right half with at least one non-return retaining tooth each. The two locating members are slidably mounted to the assembling box and connected to the free ends of the two fastening straps, such that the free ends of the fastening straps are not turned back to expose from the assembling box. The slidable locating members respectively have a raised locating rib releasably engaging with the at least one non-return retaining tooth at the left and the right half of the assembling box. The two locating members can be conveniently slid with one hand to adjust the tightness of the fastening straps.06-23-2011
20130097828Configuration of a Belt Attachment Part - A flat belt attachment includes a first bar that connects corresponding positions of a pair of base bars facing each other; and a second bar that is parallel to the first bar and connects the base bars. The second bar includes a second inclined portion at an end portion, and the second inclined portion is shaped to approach the first bar toward a proximal end of the second inclined portion.04-25-2013
20130205552Belt Buckle - A belt and belt buckle design that opens to the front where the strap enters the belt buckle from below. The buckle is made from a single buckle member that is formed and that uses force and/or guidance from the buckle to hold the belt in place. The buckle has a hook region to support the strap of the belt and has a body passing around the strap from the back region of the strap to the front region of the strap.08-15-2013
20130025098RATCHET STRAP TENSIONER - A ratchet strap tensioner and methods of using the same where the ratchet strap tensioner comprises a first arm pivotally mounted to a second arm by means that include a bush member which allows pivotal movement of the first arm relative to the second arm subject to the restraint of a ratchet mechanism; and further comprising a two-part winding spindle located partly within the bush member; the first part of said winding spindle being fixed to said bush member and the second part of said winding spindle being adapted to allow lateral movement (with respect the winding axis) from a closed position alongside said first part to an open position and thereby allow a strap to be attached without threading the strap through the tensioner and without bending the strap.01-31-2013
20090119892RATCHET TIE-DOWN - A ratcheting tie-down device includes a main body portion having first and second ends, and a rotatable reel located about the second end. A dynamic webbing is extendable from the first end of the main body portion and is windable about the reel. A static webbing is coupled to the main body portion about the second end. The device includes means for attaching at least one end of the dynamic webbing to an object, and means for ratcheting rotation of the reel to wind the dynamic webbing thereon. A lever arm is rotatable relative to the main body portion between a first position and a second position to cause ratcheting rotation of the ratchet wheel. In one example, the lever arm includes at least a pair of independent lever arm rails. In another example, the dynamic webbing travels underneath a guide member prior to being wound about the reel.05-14-2009
20090119891Bungee Cord and Ratchet/Cambuckle Tie down with a Freely Rotatable Hook from 0.degree. to 360 - The present invention relates to a fastening apparatus with a hook that is freely rotatable from 0° to 360°, the apparatus comprises a cord body, a connecting assembly, and a hook, wherein the body is connected with the connecting assembly, and the hook is movably connected with the connecting assembly such that the hook may be freely rotated from 0° to 360°. The fastening apparatus may include a hook on each end of the cord body. In other embodiments, the fastening apparatus is provided as a tie-down where the cord body is a webbing and the apparatus incorporates an adjustable securing mechanism such as a ratchet or cam buckle. The rotatable hook feature increases the utility of the fastening apparatus because the apparatus is able to adapt or conform to varying requirements. Additionally, the operation of the fastening apparatus is easy and convenient. The fastening apparatus may be made more aesthetic by adding some decoration on the connecting assembly. The fastening apparatus may be made more durable by forming the connecting assembly utilizing an injection molding technique.05-14-2009
20130036580Strap-Tensioning Apparatus - A strap-tensioning apparatus includes a frame, a handle, a reel, a coil spring, a brake and two detents. The frame includes two walls each including two edges. A strap is wound on the reel. The handle includes two cams for pushing the first detent from ratcheted wheels of the reel when the second detent is located on the second edges. When the second detent is located on the second edges, the second detent is movable between a first position in contact with the ratcheted wheels and a second position away from the ratcheted wheels. In the second position, the second detent keeps the brake from the ratcheted wheels. The distance of the ratchets from the axle is longer than the distance of the second edges from the axle. Thus, the second detent frictionally contacts the ratcheted wheels in the second position, thus slowing the reeling in of the strap.02-14-2013
20100043186SECURITY STRAP - A theft resistant strap and buckle assembly for securing cargo on a vehicle rack includes a strap and a buckle. The strap is reinforced to resist cutting. The buckle has a lock and pawl device that operates to prevent loosening of the strap when the buckle is locked.02-25-2010
20130031755Strap-Tensioning Apparatus - A strap-tensioning apparatus includes a base including two walls each formed with a first arched edge and a second arched edge, a short strap connected to the base, a spring-loaded reel supported on the base, a long strap wound on the reel, a spring-loaded detent movably supported on the walls for engagement with the reel, a handle supported on the base, and a spring-loaded detent/suppressor is movably supported on the handle for engagement with the reel. The detent/suppressor suppresses the reel when it is retained in position on the first arched edges of the walls but allows the reel to spin when it is moved on the first arched edges of the walls in a direction.02-07-2013
20090013511Cargo bracing device - A cargo bracing device includes a base having two side plates for rotatably attaching a reel drum, one or more toothed discs attached to the reel drum and controlled to rotate relative to the base with a stop, an operating arm having two legs rotatably attached to the reel drum, a catch device attached to the operating arm and engaged with the toothed disc, and an anchoring device may detachably anchor the legs of the operating arm to the reel drum, and the legs of the operating arm may be selectively disengaged from the reel drum to prevent the operating arm from being operated by unauthorized persons, and for preventing the cargo from being stolen by the unauthorized persons.01-15-2009
20120233824RETRACTABLE RATCHETING TIE DOWN - A retractable ratcheting tie down apparatus is provided, including a frame and a hub rotatably mounted within the frame. A ratchet wheel is mounted to the hub and interfaces with a pawl to selectably prevent motion of the hub relative to the frame. A single tie down strap extends between two attachment members and winds around the hub. An operable means for rotating the hub and ratchet wheel is included to wind the single tie down strap around the hub. Tension between the two attachment members is transmitted directly through the single tie down strap and transitions between segments of the single tie down strap at the windings of the single tie down strap about the hub. In further examples, the operable means for rotating the hub and ratchet wheel is removable. The tie down apparatus can also move freely along the single tie down strap.09-20-2012
20130160254Combination Chain Tensioning Boom and Tensioning Sensor - A system and device that measures the cargo load securing tension upon a tensionable cargo load securing line including but not limited to a woven web, belt, cord, chain having a tension boom and conveys tension information sensed in the tension boom to a remote location is presented. Utilized is an “indirect” form of tension information conveyance, that being radio, light or sound, or a “direct” form of signal conveyance, that being wire or vehicle ground system or vehicle frame. Various remote locations may receive conveyed tension signal. They may include receiver devices located within transportation vehicle power unit cab, visual display on anterior portion of haul unit, transportation operator wrist or clothing mounted device, satellite linked management or office facility, associated convoy vehicle cab or operator, or other. Cab and operator tension display devices may provide an array of tension analysis recording and view and travel assist options.06-27-2013
20110271500Apparatus for Tensioning a Strap - A strap-tensioning apparatus includes a frame, a handle connected to the frame, a reel supported on the frame, two ratchets secured to the reel, a first detent supported on the handle and biased to engage with the ratchets, and a second detent supported on the frame and biased to engage with the ratchets. The frame includes two walls each including a recess. The handle includes two walls each including a lobe. The first detent includes a chamfered tip. The ratchets can slide on the chamfered tip of the first detent to allow a strap to be reeled out when the chamfered tip of the first detent is in the recesses of the frame. The second detent is disengaged from the ratchets by the lobes of the handle when the chamfered tip of the first detent is in the recesses of the walls of the frame.11-10-2011
20100275420Tie Down Apparatus - A tie down apparatus comprising a base, a biasing element, a torsion spring, and a shaft, wherein the base is die cast or plastic rejection molded and includes two side plates disposed on two sides thereof respectively, and between one ends of the side plates is mounted an engaging pillar, between another ends of the side plates is fixed a retaining member, between middle sections of the side plates is secured an abutting shank, the biasing element matches with the torsion spring and is axially fixed between the two side plates of the base by using the shaft, and is die cast or plastic rejection molded, and includes a contacting portion having a pressing piece extending from one side thereof, thereby cooling quickly after die casting or plastic rejection molding process to lower production time and cost, and enabling to decrease production material and cost.11-04-2010
20080216294Tensioning Ratchet for Tautening and Holding Tensioning Means - A tensioning ratchet for tautening and holding tensioning means, such as webbings, extruded straps, ropes, chains and the like, includes a console, with a winding-on shaft, rotatably mounted in the console, which is formed by at least two direction reversal bars, delimiting a distance between one another, and with a tensioning lever for turning the winding-on shaft about an axis of rotation. The tensioning ratchet according to the invention withstands a higher load and enables high pre-tensioning forces to be applied while preventing inadmissible stress on the user. This is achieved by the fact that the position at least of the outer circumferential face of the direction reversal bars coming into contact with the tensioning means, is variable.09-11-2008
20100125986Locking Mechanism for A Tie Down - A locking device and system for a tie down includes elements that positively secure a securing strap within a locking housing to hold one or more objects in place. In one embodiment, the locking housing includes a sloped housing having a cavity adapted to receive one end of the securing strap. The locking housing includes at least a user actuable lever and a gripping element. When the securing strap is threaded through the cavity of locking housing and the securing strap is in a desired positioned within the locking housing, the locking device enables a user to pivot the lever to cause the gripping element to press against the strap and positively secure the position of the strap within the housing. In one embodiment, the strap is a cogged belt having teeth and the gripping element includes a surface with teeth that mesh with the teeth of the strap.05-27-2010
20080307618Strap Fastener - A strap fastener includes a frame, a handle and a reel inserted through the frame and handle so that a strap can be reeled when the reel is rotated. A plurality of bushings are inserted to a plurality of grooves defined by the frame respectively for protecting the reel from the handle or the frame. Two ratchet wheels are connected to the reel. A first detent is movable on the frame for engagement with the ratchet wheels. A second detent is movable on the handle for engagement with the ratchet wheels.12-18-2008
20080201922Hand lever for a binding machine - A binding machine includes a tightening mechanism adapted to tension a belt and a limiting mechanism adapted to limit tensioning of the belt. The tightening mechanism includes, for example, a ratchet and a pawl coupled to a body of the tightening mechanism. A handle is adapted to rotate the ratchet in a first direction in response to a first force applied to the handle. The pawl is adapted to prevent the ratchet from returning in a second direction when the first force is released. A spring mechanism allows the handle to indicate when a second force opposing the first force achieves an established magnitude.08-28-2008
20080263837Rachet Strap Tightener and Mating Rotary Driven Tool - A rachet strap tightener and a power driven rotary tool are arranged to be operated together for tightening a strap. The body of the power driven rotary tool is arranged to be anchored in mating engagement relative to the body of the rachet strap tightener, in addition to coupling the rotating mating parts of the tool and the strap tightener, such that the torque applied when winding the spindle of the tightener no longer acts to twist the tightener body from the user's hands but rather the torque is anchored directly through the bodies so that winding of the spindle with the power driven tool can be accomplished quickly, efficiently and in a safe manner.10-30-2008
20090100653Binding Machine - This practical new model makes an improved binding machine known to the public, which includes main body, handle, ratchet wheel, roller, fastening belt, latch reed spring, control plate. Among them, the handle's side board is linked with the main section's side board through torsion spring. In this manner, when the fastening belt needs to be tightened as the binding machine is being used, the user can press down the handle which will resume its initial position with the bounce force of the torsion spring. It is not necessary for the user to push it back to the initial position after pressing the handle down. It is very easy and labor-saving with higher efficiency. Furthermore, it can also set a coil spring in the outside end of the roller. The fastening belt can withdraw inside the main section automatically, which is very convenient.04-23-2009
20090106957Buckle device - A buckle device includes a base coupled to a strap, an operating arm is rotatably secured to the base with a stationary axle, a shaft is attached to the operating arm. A latch is slidably attached to the operating arm to selectively lock the operating arm to the base. Another strap has an intermediate portion engaged around the stationary axle to form two strap segments, the shaft may force the strap segment to tighten the straps when the operating arm is moved toward the base and locked to the base at the locking position with the latch, the stationary axle and the shaft are spaced from each other for a distance to allow one of the strap segments to be further pulled by a user and to further tighten the straps.04-30-2009
20120192389TIE-DOWN TENSION ENHANCER - A tie-down tension enhancer for in-situ tightening of an installed tie down having a locking mechanism. The tension enhancer generally includes a body having openings for transverse insertion and removal of a line or strap as well as longitudinal movement of the line or strap within the body. A cinch is provided and disposed on the body for engaging the line or strap upon longitudinal movement of the line or strap in one direction and a line or strap mechanism is provided and spaced apart from the cinch for enabling pulling of the line or strap past the cinch for providing further tension to the existing tie down.08-02-2012
20090241307Tie-down strap system - A tie-down strap system designed to be integrated with the plurality of tie-down straps that are currently on the market. A system for the protection of the tightening mechanism, the storage of excess strapping during use, a storage device when not used as a tie-down strap, a hanging system when not in used as a tie-down strap, and a termination feature that prevents the free end of the strap from sliding through the tightening mechanism.10-01-2009
20120102690Apparatus for Tightening Two Belts - A belt-tightening apparatus includes a frame, a handle, a shaft, two ratchet wheels, two spring-biased detents and a connector. The shaft is used to rotationally connect the handle to the frame and wind a first belt. The ratchet wheels are connected to the shaft. The first spring-biased detent is movably connected to the handle for engagement with the spring-biased detent wheels. The second spring-biased detent is movably connected to the frame for engagement with the spring-biased detent wheels. The connector includes a tube and a reinforcement strip. The tube is connected to the frame on one hand and connected to the second belt on the other hand. The reinforcement strip is inserted it in the tube for reinforcing the tube.05-03-2012
20100293766Tensioning Apparatus for Strap - A tensioning apparatus includes a frame, a tensioning device mounted on a first end of the frame, and a reeling device mounted on a second end of the frame. The tensioning device includes a tensioning mechanism and a lever operably pivoted to rotate the tensioning mechanism, and a strap engaged with the tensioning device can be tensioned as the tensioning device is rotated. Additionally, the strap can be collected on the reeling device. Furthermore, the reeling device includes a ratcheting mechanism that facilitates collection of the strap by preventing the reeling device to turn in a direction that unreels the strap.11-25-2010
20110209315Force multiplying retaining straps - A generally U-sectioned cam buckle frame is modified to include a first turning roller aligned transversely across the frame proximate the free end of a release lever. A generally planar tongue having one end pivoted adjacent the first roller extends within the frame under the cam piece connected to the release lever provides a force transfer structure for a strap is inserted between the tongue and the frame bottom surface, around the first roller to pass between the cam piece and the other side of the tongue. Other transverse rollers may be included in the frame to form a pulley arrangement and one end of a frame side wall may be convolved to form a hook assembly.09-01-2011
20110067210Ratchet Tie-Down and Reinforcement Assembly - A ratchet tie-down includes a frame, a lever including two cams pivotally connected to the frame, a reeling device rotatably mounted on the frame and lever, and a ratcheting device including two ratchet wheels mounted on the reeling device. The ratchet tie-down further includes a reinforcement assembly including two reinforcement members mounted on the reeling device. Each ratchet wheel includes two lateral sides disposed between one cam and one reinforcement member. Each reinforcement member defines an annular surface in contact with one lateral side of one ratchet wheel, and with the reinforcement member imposing an urging force in a direction perpendicular to a rotation direction of the ratchet wheel.03-24-2011
20110061213HAND PULLER WITH A STRUCTURE OF DOUBLE STOPPING PLATES - A hand puller with the structure of double stopping plates is disclosed. An axle part goes through a fixing part and a pulling part. Both ends of the axle part have a ratchet, respectively. The fixing part has two stopping plates, fixed to the two opposite sides of the axle part. The pulling part has a driving claw. The driving claw and the stopping plates of the fixing part engage with the ratchet.03-17-2011
20110209314Force multiplying motorcycle retaining strap - A generally U-sectioned cam buckle frame is modified to include a first turning roller aligned transversely across the frame proximate the free end of a release lever. A generally planar tongue having one end pivoted adjacent the first roller extends within the frame under the cam piece connected to the release lever provides a force transfer structure for a strap is inserted between the tongue and the frame bottom surface, around the first roller to pass between the cam piece and the other side of the tongue. Other transverse rollers may be included in the frame to form a pulley arrangement and one end of a frame side wall may be convolved to form a hook assembly.09-01-2011
20110041301Strap tensioner or tightener - A strap tightener includes a ratchet wheel rotatably attached to a supporting member with an axle, a tension lever rotatably attached to the supporting member with a shaft and having an actuating end for engaging with the ratchet teeth of the ratchet wheel, a strap engaged between the actuating end of the tension lever and the ratchet wheel, and a spring member for biasing the actuating end of the tension lever to engage with the strap and to clamp the strap between the actuating end of the tension lever and the ratchet wheel, the actuating end of the tension lever is forced to engage with the grooves between the ratchet teeth for generating a click sound when the strap has not been tightened or tensioned.02-24-2011
20100175233SEPARATE STRAP STORAGE IN A RATCHET ARRANGEMENT - A storage device within a ratchet arrangement for automatically storing a length of fastening material including a storage housing and a biasing member for drawing the fastening material into the storage housing. The fastening material can be used with a ratchet/handle tie-down mechanism, allowing for the dynamic portion of the webbing to automatically be retracted into the storage housing. The automatic retraction leaves little or no excess webbing or fastening material, such that a user does not have to tie off excess webbing or material.07-15-2010
20110167599RATCHET STRAP - Described is a ratchet strap with a free end securing system. The ratchet strap has a strap with an attachment end and a free end and a strap winding shaft which is capable of receiving the free end in a wrapped relationship. A ratchet mechanism is included for simultaneously shortening the attachment end and the free end wherein the free end is drawn from the wrapped relationship with the strap winding shaft.07-14-2011
20110088226Strap Tensioner and Associated Gripping Jaws - A strip clamping device having a strip to be clamped (04-21-2011
20100000061 BUCKLE01-07-2010
20120000043TENSIONING DEVICE - A simple and inexpensive device for a reliable tie down tensioning which device enables the tie-down to be quickly and easily applied and the flexible element tensioned and just as quickly and easily removed.01-05-2012
20110041300Hand puller with detachable handle - The present invention disclosed a hand puller with a detachable handle, and the hand puller includes a body, an axle, and a handle. The axle is passed and mounted onto the body, and a sheath opening is formed at an end of the handle for sheathing an edge of the axle, such that the handle can be turned by using the axle as an axial center, and a guide section is defined and formed at an external periphery of the sheath opening, and the body includes at least one stop portion protruded from a position proximate to the guide section of the handle. When the handle is turned by using the axle as the axial center, the guide section and the stop portion are slidably coupled to restrict a radial movement of the handle to prevent the handle from being separated from the axle along the radial direction.02-24-2011
20120110801STRAP TENSIONING DEVICE - A strap tensioning device that includes a base having one of the ends of which accommodates a rotating drum that accommodates the end of a first strap section or first strap, the drum being capable of engaging with a tensioning lever articulated on the drum, the latter being disengageable relative to the tensioning lever; a tension shaft to which a second strap section or second strap is secured; means for the temporary storage of the first strap comprising elements that are independent both of the shaft for tensioning the second section or second strap, and of the drum, the elements being mounted on the base.05-10-2012
20110167600LOAD BINDER - A load binder is described for securing a load to a vehicle or the like, the load binder including: attachment means for attaching a flexible member to be tensioned by the load binder; an over-centre mechanism; an operating lever; and a ratchet mechanism; the load binder is moveable between a tensioned configuration and a released configuration by way of the operating lever; and wherein the ratchet mechanism allows the load binder to be progressively moved from the released configuration to the tensioned configuration.07-14-2011
20090133235Buckle device - A buckle device includes a base coupled to a strap, an operating arm rotatably secured to the base with a stationary axle, a shaft attached to the operating arm, a latch slidably attached to the operating arm to selectively lock the operating arm to the base, and another strap engaged around the stationary axle to form two strap segments, the shaft may force the strap segment to tighten the straps, the base includes one or more fasten notches for engaging with the latch for retaining the latch and the operating arm to the base at a fastening position when the straps may further be pulled away from each other, and includes one or more lock notches for solidly locking the latch.05-28-2009
20090133234Buckle mechanism - A buckle mechanism includes a base coupled to a strap, an operating arm rotatably secured to the base with a stationary axle, a shaft attached to the operating arm, a latch slidably attached to the operating arm to selectively lock the operating arm to the base, and another strap engaged around the stationary axle to form two strap segments, the shaft may force the strap segments to tighten the straps, the rotatable or swingable shaft is arranged or located between the stationary axle and the bottom panel of the base for engaging with and for forcing the strap segments and for tighten the straps. The stationary axle may also be arranged or located between the shaft and the bottom panel of the base.05-28-2009
20100205790RATCHET BUCKLE WITH C-SHAPE BAR - The tie-down provides an adjustable strap under control of a ratchet during retraction and pay-out. The tie-down is provided with a strap issuing rearward from a transverse bar between base sides, the bar being an integral part of the base, three sides having been rolled up from the base bottom into a C-shaped bar opening rearward. A forward strap issues forward from the tie-down secured to a spindle to which ratchet wheels attach. The forward strap wraps the spindle during tie-down strap retraction.08-19-2010
20100071174Ratchet Strapping Device - An improved ratchet strapping device is provided, comprising a frame, an axle, and a handle pivotally installed on the axle. Ratchets are mounted on the axle and adjacent to the exterior of the frame. The frame includes a first detent on the outside of the frame which engages the ratchet. A release device is mounted on the handle, wherein the release device includes a second detent on the outside of the handle which engages the ratchets at another location. The frame includes a first cam having a radius greater than the ratchets and on which the second detent slides, and the handle includes a second cam having a radius greater than the ratchets and on which the first detent slides. Placement of the ratchet and detent components on the outside of the device permits spooling of substantially all of the strap for storage or unused portions of the strap during use.03-25-2010
20110179609STRAP-TIGHTENING DEVICE - A strap-tightening device includes a frame, a handle connected to the frame and a reel located on the frame. A first detent is located on the frame. A second detent is located on the handle. The second detent includes two horns each including a downward prong and an upward prong. The reel includes a cylinder and two ratcheted wheels attached to the cylinder. The ratcheted wheels are engaged with the upward prongs of the horns of the second detent during pivoting of the handle in a direction to cause the cylinder to reel in a strap. The ratcheted wheels are engaged with the first detent during pivoting of the handle in an opposite direction to prevent the handle from spinning the cylinder to reel out the strap. A withdrawing unit spins the reel to withdraw the strap.07-28-2011
20090126171BUCKLE05-21-2009
20120073097Ratchet buckle - A ratchet buckle has a body and a trigger. One end of the body has two opposite pivotal holes, two opposite positioning notches, and a pivotal shaft penetrating the pivotal holes. Two ends of the pivotal shaft each have a ratchet wheel synchronously rotating with the pivotal shaft. One end of the trigger has two opposite shaft holes engaged to the pivotal shaft of the body and has a positioning rod transversally mounted on the trigger to engage the two positioning notches of the body. By operating the trigger to set the pivotal shaft free, the pivotal shaft is easily rotated to reel a strap.03-29-2012
20120227224Cargo Tie-Down - A cargo carrier tie-down assembly that utilizes a fastener made up of a shackle element that includes a wall in a form that is closed in two dimensions, defining an opening and wherein the wall also defines a pair of opposed apertures, a pin that can be inserted through the two apertures and a knob fastener element, having a head, that is sized to be passed through the opening when the pin is withdrawn from the wall, and that is retained when the pin is inserted into the two apertures. A tension member has one of the fastener elements attached to at least one end. The other fastener element is attached to the cargo carrier.09-13-2012
20120227223STRAP TENSIONING SYSTEM - A strap tensioning system having a frame and a core shaft on the frame. The system further has first and second separate lengths of flexible strap extending generally oppositely away from the frame, a drive shaft, and a gear assembly with a worm and a worm gear that are driven by the drive shaft. The drive shaft is operable to drive the gear assembly to thereby cause the first length of flexible strap to be wrapped around the core shaft to thereby vary a combined effective length of the first and second lengths of flexible strap.09-13-2012
20110119877TENSIONING DEVICE HAVING AN ILLUMINATION SOURCE AND RELATED METHOD - In one embodiment, a tensioning device having a permanently affixed illumination source disposed on the tensioning device to provide illumination during, among other things, operation of the tensioning device, is described herein.05-26-2011
20120233823Ratchet Strap Tightener - A strap tightener for securing cargo is disclosed. The tightener includes a base frame and a handling frame, which pivotally connect to form a vee structure. The base frame is connected to the handling frame by inserting a pivot into pivot hole thereof. Each of two ends of the pivot is ringed with a protection loop and a ratchet wheel. The protection loop is composed of a flange for being blockedly fixed on the pivot hole and a sleeve for penetrating into the pivot hole. The sleeve can protect the pivot hole to prevent it from being directly pressed by the pivot.09-20-2012
20120317763DRIVING DEVICE FOR BELT AXLE OF WINCH - 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.12-20-2012
20120084951Positioning Hook Structure for a Hand Puller - A positioning hook structure for a hand puller contains a base including a first and a second ends; a rotating member including a first segment axially connected with the second end and a second segment having a handle; a central shaft set being axially coupled with the first segment and the second end; two ratchets including teeth arranged therearound and fixed onto one end of the central shaft set; the base including a movable retaining member to abut against one of the teeth, the rotating member including a movable pulling rod to abut against another tooth of the ratchet; a positioning hook including a third and a fourth ends, the third end including two sides including two insertions, the fourth end including a hooking portion extending outward so that the positioning hook inserts to the holes of the base by using the insertions.04-12-2012
20100199474SAFETY RATCHET - Safety ratchets provided herein allow for safely releasing tension in strap ratchets. A safety ratchet can tighten and then quickly reverse to slowly and controllably release tension, instead of abruptly releasing tension.08-12-2010
20100199473RATCHET BUCKLE - In the present invention, a lightweight apparatus for secure transport of cargo in cargo compartments, such as those found in trucks and freight trains, is provided. The ratchet buckle has a front reel which receives a cargo strap. The light weight of the ratchet buckle is achieved by the use of a dual purpose detachable ratcheting lever or wrench. The wrench has a wrench head which engages the front reel to tighten the ratchet buckle. The wrench also has a release end which engages a release hole in the ratchet buckle, to disengage the ratcheting mechanism and allow removal of the cargo strap. Additional purposes and advantages are provided herein.08-12-2010
20100132169Binding Machine - This invention introduces a binding machine with improved structure. It mainly includes main body, non-slip mat, scroll, ratchet wheel, hand knob, spring leaf, and control pulling plate, main lacing, and auxiliary lacing. The non-slip mat is made of soft materials and is connected with the bottom board of the main body. In addition, there are two hand pieces attached to the main body and there is the recess in the shape matching the fingers. This invention of binding machine does not scrape the surface of the tied down items and it is more convenient for use.06-03-2010
20110146035HAND PULLER WHOSE HANDLE ROLLS IN THE STRAP - A hand puller whose handle can roll in a strap includes a base and a movable arm. The base has a pivotal element. The movable arm is disposed on the outer end of the pivotal element. A ratchet wheel is disposed between the movable arm and both ends of the base, respectively. The movable arm has a second stopping plate and extends with a pulling element. The pulling element has a third sliding groove with a rotating axis. Both ends of the rotating axis are disposed on the two arm boards of the movable arm. A rotating element is provided for the user to rotate, so that the strap is winded on the rotating axis.06-23-2011
20080244883Binding device - A binding device for pulling tight a belt comprises a first ratchet wheel and a second ratchet wheel, each having a plurality of mounting openings, a roll, having a plurality of roll sectors that are respectively mounted in the mounting openings of the first and second ratchet wheels, of which at least one roll sector is removable, a lever, connected with the first ratchet wheel, a frame, connected with the second ratchet wheel; an upper blocking assembly, mounted on the lever, blocking the first ratchet wheel from turning, and a lower blocking assembly, mounted on the lever, blocking the second ratchet wheel from turning. Due to removability of one of the roll sectors, the belt is easily mounted and dismounted, and a wide range of applications is provided for.10-09-2008
20100064489LOAD SECURING RATCHET WITH ANCHOR ATTACHMENT SYSTEM - An anchor attachment system is provided for use with tensioning device for tensioning lines, particularly belts or webs. The anchor attachment system releasably secures an anchoring line to one end of the tensioning device. Embodiments of the anchor attachment system employ a pin, a cross-pin, a spring element, and a locking cam working in cooperation to secure the pin to first and/or second ends of the tensioning device.03-18-2010
20130091673CABLE ADJUSTING DEVICE - Cable adjusting devices are presented including: a base plate; a pair of walls connected with the base plate along a top surface, where each of the pair of walls includes an outer surface and an inner surface, where the inner surfaces of the pair of walls form a v-groove, and where the inner surfaces include, a number of gripping ridge pairs, and a locking ridge pair disposed alongside one end of the number of gripping ridge pairs at the distal end of the base plate; a keeper bar extending between the pair of walls at the proximal end of the base plate; and an attachment point disposed along the bottom surface of the base plate along at least the distal end or the proximal end.04-18-2013
20130111715CABLE TENSIONING DEVICE UTILITY APPLICATIONS - A tensioning device for tie down applications in a utility market that includes a drive end and a cable output end to attach to a medium, item, or truck or trailer. The tensioning device creates more tension in the medium than is generally able to be applied by hand with ratchet straps or chains, which provides a more secure tie down of items in a utility application. The tensioning device includes a drive system that can be driven with standard power tools or hand tools to retract a cable. The tensioning device may be designed with or without a clutch feature. The clutch feature allows for a desired cable tension to be reached for each installation and provides feedback to the operator when the correct tension is reached. The tensioning device includes an external bracket or hook for easily attaching to an item, medium, or truck or trailer.05-09-2013
20100293765Tensioning Apparatus for Strap - A tensioning apparatus includes a first shaft and a strap wound on the first shaft such that the strap has first and second portions extending in opposite directions, and the first portion of the strap is collected on the first shaft by operably moving the rotating shaft. The tensioning apparatus further includes a reeling device for collecting the second portion of the strap. Furthermore, the reeling device includes a ratcheting mechanism that facilitates collection of the strap.11-25-2010
20080235922ADJUSTABLE LEVER LOAD BINDER - Apparatuses are disclosed where in a lever binder may include an adjuster that when manipulated adjusts the binding length of the lever binder. In various embodiments, a lever binder is disclosed including an automatic latching mechanism to help resist undesired movement of a lever from a binding position.10-02-2008
20110289741Methods and apparatus for applying tension to a motion transmission element - In exemplary implementations of this invention, tension is applied to a motion transmission element with periodic features by causing that element to mesh with a device that has a pitch slightly greater than the pitch of the motion transmission element. The motion transmission element with periodic features may comprise, for example: (a) a belt with teeth, or (b) a chain. Further, the motion transmission element may comprise either an open or a closed loop. In exemplary implementations, the width of the teeth of the motion transmission element (along that element's long axis) is greater than the width of the teeth in the rack (along the rack's long axis). This allows room for the teeth of the rack to both fit and move within the gap between the teeth in the motion transmission element. This extra width of the element's teeth is not necessary if the element is sufficiently elastic.12-01-2011
20100313394Fastening apparatus for a pressurized-gas vessel - A fastening apparatus for pressurized-gas vessels is provided on a carrier. The fastening apparatus makes it possible to fasten a pressurized-gas vessel as well as to adapt the fastening apparatus to differently sized pressurized-gas vessels with one manipulative step. The fastening apparatus includes a carrier, a belt, a locking device, fastening points and redirection points for the belt.12-16-2010
20120174355RATCHET ADJUSTMENT SYSTEM - An adjustment system for adjusting the width of a cuff has an elongated adjustment strip having a set of longitudinally extending teeth. Each tooth has a forward side and a rearward side. The length of each forward side is greater than a length of each of the rearward sides so that an angle between a longitudinal axis of the strip and the forward side is less than an angle between the longitudinal axis and the rearward side of each tooth. There is a locking mechanism formed by a base plate having a locking device on an underside and a guide for slidably connecting the locking mechanism to the strip. The teeth and the locking device are configured so that the locking device can be moved forward along the strip using only a small amount of force, and can then be moved rearward using a larger amount of force.07-12-2012
20100218348CLAMPING LOCK FOR A TENSIONING MEANS - A clamping lock for a tensioning means with a housing comprising two cheek parts arranged at a distance from each other, a stop web extending between the cheek parts and a pivot spindle likewise extending between the cheek parts and a comb element pivotably mounted on the pivot spindle of the housing. The clamping lock can be manufactured in a simple manner and at the same time has a compact, easily manageable design because there is a reinforcing insert at least in the region of the cheek parts of the stop web and of the pivot spindle of the housing, said reinforcing insert being surrounded by a plastics material casing and comprises a material which is firmer than the plastics material casing.09-02-2010
20080250616Jewelry Clasp - A jewelry clasp is provided for use with one or more jewelry strands and further comprises, in one embodiment, a spring clasp with first and second bead pins attached thereto. Each bead pin comprises a removable bead that allows for attachment of the jewelry strands to the bead pins and maintains the jewelry strands attached thereto. Different jewelry strands can be interchangeably attached to a single jewelry clasp to create a desired appearance or effect.10-16-2008
20120102691STRAP CONNECTING MEMBER AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE WITH THE STRAP CONNECTING MEMBER - The electronic device includes a body, a strap, and a strap connecting member. The strap connecting member further includes a pin, a torsion spring one end of which is connected to the pin, a receiving chamber accommodating the pin and defining an opening notch passing through the sidewall thereof, and a cover connected with the torsion spring and engaging with the receiving chamber. The strap is double-layered. The double-layered strap forms a folded end and an open end, the folded end is connected with the pin and is wrapped around the pin, and the open end is separated into two portions which pass at the opening notch and are respectively connected to the body. When the torsion spring is elastically deformed and generates a torsion force, the pin is rotated and the strap automatically shrinks in the receiving chamber under the torsion force.05-03-2012
20100050403ROTARY TENSIONING DEVICE - A rotary tensioning device that is low profile when not being used to apply or reduce tension and that provides an easily manipulated tightening and loosening control mechanism. A control mechanism in the form of a flip up handle is pivotally connected to a drive member and rotation of the handle and drive member rotates a driven member connected to a spool to take up or let out a cable or wire to apply or reduce tension in the cable or wire. When not being used to apply or reduce tension, the flip up handle is pivoted to lie flush against a housing of the spool to provide a low profile. A tension indicating device provides a user with a mechanism for reproducing tensions between uses.03-04-2010
20130047388RATCHET BUCKLE AND STRAP ASSEMBLY - A ratchet buckle and strap assembly is provided. The ratchet buckle has a passageway configured to slidably receive the strap, a pawl arranged to engage the strap and prevent movement of the strap in a direction from the rear portion toward the front portion, while allowing movement of the strap in a direction from the front portion toward the rear portion of the passageway, and a drive actuator arranged to engage the strap and feed the strap through the passageway from the front portion toward the rear portion of the passageway. The strap may have a plurality of first teeth, and a plurality of separate second teeth. The first teeth may be on a first side of the strap and the second teeth may be on a second side of the strap. The ratchet buckle may be configured such that the pawl is configured to engage a first side of the strap and the drive actuator may be configured to engage a second side of the strap opposite the first side.02-28-2013
20110289742SHOELACE FASTENER - A shoelace fastener is fixed on a vamp of a shoe for wearing shoelace and comprises two longitudinal seats each having a slider slidably mounted thereon for wearing shoelace. The slider has a spring-like structure. The slider has a front end fixed on a front end of the seat and a rear end. The shoelace is tightened when the slider is positioned after stretching.12-01-2011
20090038128DEVICE AND METHOD OF RAPIDLY TYING SHOELACES - Provided is a shoe which is tied with a piece of shoelace, in which a pair of pulling string rings are provided in both left and right upper ends of the neck of the shoe, to thereby enable a user to pull or release a pair of pulling strings hooked on the rings one time in order to put on or take off the shoe. Double instep covers of the footwear are provided, and the exposed knots of the shoelace end portions are positioned between the double instep covers, so that the knots are not exposed and the knots which are not well untied can be smoothly adjusted. Moreover, a cover-type fastening locker or protection guard which protects the protruded latch from external impact is used to solve the conventional problems, and to furthermore provide a simple shoelace tying shoe having no knots of the end of the lower portion of the shoelaces.02-12-2009
20090172928Turning fastener for a shoe - A turning fastener for a shoe has a pulling means with two end portions, which act on a take-up reel, which is provided with an annular groove for receiving the pulling means, a rotatable mounting of the take-up reel with a bearing journal, which engages in a bearing, a holder, which can be fastened to the shoe, for the rotatable mounting, and an engageable and disengageable directional locking mechanism, which in the engaged position blocks the take-up reel in one direction of rotation for closing the shoe and in the disengaged position releases it in this direction of rotation. The take-up reel is formed as a rotary grip, wherein two through-openings, extending from the annular groove to the end face of the take-up reel that is facing away from the holder, are provided for leading one or the other end portion of the pulling means through. The take-up reel is guided in an axially displaceable manner with the bearing journal and the bearing, and the directional locking mechanism is engaged in the position of the take-up reel in which it is pushed towards the holder and is disengaged in the position in which it is pushed away from the holder.07-09-2009
20120102692TIGHTENING STRAP OF A DIVING FLIPPER - An improved diving flipper's adjustable foot strap with a conveniently located handle which allows the diver to quickly pull the stretchable strap whereby he or she move the strap away from the back of his or her foot in one fluid motion.05-03-2012
20110000057FASTENING DEVICE - A fastening device (01-06-2011
20110131772Reformable Closure Device Strap - A strap for a mechanical closure device is disclosed. The strap includes a wire disposed along a longitudinal axis of the strap. The wire maintains the strap in a desired geometry that is different from a previous geometry of the strap. In other embodiments, a wire-core strap can include transverse ridges, holes, or other types of grooves or apertures.06-09-2011
20120297591Selectively Releasable Buckle - A buckle is provided for use in footwear. The buckle includes a lever arm that feeds a strap into the buckle in a ratcheting fashion and a lock that secures the strap relative to the buckle when the lever arm is released. To release the strap from the buckle, a user may impart rotational motion onto the lock to remove it from engagement from teeth associated with the strap. Alternatively, pressure may be applied to the lever arm, which releases a locking pawl from the strap and allows the strap to incrementally move a predetermined amount.11-29-2012
20130014359ADJUSTING DEVICE FOR TIGHTENING OR LOOSING LACES AND STRAPSAANM CHEN; Chin-ChuAACI Taichung CityAACO TWAAGP CHEN; Chin-Chu Taichung City TW - An adjusting device for tightening or loosing laces and straps includes a base, an actuating member and a knob. When a user rotates the knob clockwise, the adjusting device is tightening a flexible strap of the clothing or a lace of the footwear. However, when a user rotates the knob counterclockwise, the adjusting device is loosing a flexible strap of the clothing or a lace of the footwear. The knob never moves up and down along the axis during the operation for tightening or loosing the flexible strap or the lace.01-17-2013
20130091674FASTENING DEVICE FOR FOOTWEAR - A fastening device for footwear includes a hook element with a major tooth and a minor tooth, a releasing element, a boosting cover, a base and a strap with teeth. Each tooth has an inclining surface and a vertical surface. When the hook element is pressed, the major tooth and the miner tooth are engaged with the inclining surface of the teeth alternately to push the strap to move backward. When the boosting cover is bent up, the boosting tooth is engaged with the vertical surface of the teeth to push the strap to move forward. When the releasing element is pulled up, the strap is completely released from the base.04-18-2013
20080209702Buckle guide assembly - An improved guide for securing a lace, rope or other material, which enables the material to be tightened and secured with ease is disclosed. The guide allows the material to slide through a buckle allowing a user to tighten the material and lock the buckle without the loss of tension in the material. The guide is implemented on footwear, watch bands, luggage and backpack straps, ropes for tents, boats and other structures, and any other buckling or line securing apparatus.09-04-2008
20080196224Shoelace reel operated easily and conveniently - A shoelace reel includes a support seat, a spool rotatably mounted in the support seat, a shoelace having two distal ends each secured to the winding zone of the spool, a limit sleeve mounted on the support seat, a drive member rotatably and movably mounted in the limit sleeve, and a control knob rotatably and movably mounted on the limit sleeve and connected to the drive member. Thus, the user only needs to rotate the control knob to tighten the shoelace and to pull out the control knob to loosen the shoelace. In addition, the user only needs to operate the control knob to tighten or loosen the shoelace, so that the user can tighten or loosen the shoelace by his one hand only.08-21-2008
20110209313Wristbands With Interchangeable Layers Allowing Sizing By End User - A wearable band with an adjustable size or length. The band includes a first band element and a second band element with a planar body extending from a first to a second end. The second band element body is greater in length than the first band element body and includes a hole for receiving the first band element body. The band includes a coupling mechanism that detachably connects an outer sidewall of the first band element body to the inner sidewall of the second band element body, e.g., to allow the two band elements to be selectively disconnected and reassembled without tools. The coupling mechanism includes a first coupling component extending along the outer sidewall of the first band element and a second coupling element extending along the inner sidewall of the second band element such that the two band elements are connected along the periphery of the hole.09-01-2011
20100170068Adjustment Mechanism - An adjustment mechanism comprises a dial comprising an inner wall defining a hole passing through the dial, the inner wall comprising a ledge having one or more cutouts. The mechanism further comprises a base comprising a first set of teeth and an actuator comprising a second, the second set of teeth configured to engage the first set of teeth and allow the actuator to be rotated in a first direction but not in a second opposite direction. The actuator further comprises one or more drive-dogs configured to engage a cutout on the inner wall of the dial, each drive-dog comprising a ramped edge configured to disengage the drive-dog from the cutout and lift the second set of teeth from the first set of teeth when the dial is rotated in the second direction.07-08-2010
20110056057STRUCTURE OF STEEL CABLE FASTENER - A structure of steel cable fastener is provided for eliminating a returning force caused by twisting stress induced in a steel cable when the steel cable is stretched and fixed by the fastener, which induces a stress due to fixing of a fixing end of the steel cable. Such a returning force makes the operation and adjustment of mounting a locking cap to the steel cable difficult and also induces damage and wear of a fixing end of the steel cable due to twisting stress induced in the steel cable. The structure of the steel cable fastener includes a bearing retainer that carries a bearing device and arranged inside the locking cap to secure an end of the steel cable and a resilient element arranged between the bearing retainer and the locking cap for relief of twisting stress induced in the steel cable through the rotation of the bearing device.03-10-2011
20100229358APPARATUS FOR EXTENDING THE ARM OF A LEVER - An apparatus for extending the arm of a lever, particularly for extending the arm of a lever of strap tensioning devices, comprising an element for connection to the lever, which can be associated therewith jointly and reversibly, a main body, which is associated with the connecting element by way of elements for mutual inclination and can be gripped by the user to operate the lever, and elements for contrasting the mutual inclination of the main body with respect to the connecting element, which can yield to a predefined force that contrasts the rotation of the lever, applied thereby to the connecting element.09-16-2010
20130111716CABLE TENSIONING DEVICE FOR HUNTING TREE STANDS OR CLIMBING LADDERS - A tensioning device for installing tree stands that includes a drive end and a cable output end to attach to a medium that is placed around a tree. The tensioning device creates more tension in the medium than is generally able to be applied by hand with ratchet straps or chains, which provides safer installation of a tree stand or climbing ladder. The tensioning device includes a drive system that can be driven with standard power tools or hand tools to retract a cable. The tensioning device may be designed with or without a clutch feature. The clutch feature allows for a desired cable tension to be reached for each installation and provides feedback to the operator when the correct tension is reached. The tensioning device includes an external bracket or hook for easily attaching to a tree stand or climbing ladder.05-09-2013
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20130042446SEGMENT POSITIONING BELT - An improved structure of a segment positioning belt characterized in that it includes a flexible belt body having the form of an elongated strip. The belt body made of plastic or rubber materials presents flexibility, and also has a positioning end and an extension. The positioning end is provided with a mounting portion. Several segment positioning portions are set at interval onto the belt body along its extension. A strengthened metal core is integrally located into the belt body in an elongated form, so as to cover the positioning end and extension of the belt body. The present invention enables production of tensile stress against breakage of the belt body through arrangement of the strengthened metal core, making it possible to improve the endurance of the segment positioning belt, extend its service life and enhance the safety with better anti-burglary effect.02-21-2013
20110138589Sash window and door transportation clip - A clip assembly may safely secure sliding sashes of a window or door during transportation, and, in one embodiment, be comprised of a strap member and a pawl member. The strap member may be comprised of a bumper portion, and a strap portion extending therefrom, where the strap portion may have a plurality of teeth formed within the thickness of the strap. The pawl member may have a pair of sidewalls supported by a top wall and an intermediate wall. The top wall may have a protrusion which includes a plurality of pawl teeth formed to complement the strap teeth, and be located proximate to the intermediate wall. The strap may be introduced through the gap between the top rail of an upper sash and bottom rail of the second sash, to then be inserted into the pawl, and thereby be retained by the respective teeth to secure the sashes.06-16-2011
20100139057REEL BASED LACING SYSTEM - A lacing system configured to selectively adjust the size of an opening on an object and allow for the incremental release of the lace within the lacing system. The lacing system can have a reel comprising a housing, a spool supported by the housing, and a knob supported by the housing. The reel can be configured so that cable is gathered in the channel formed in the spool when the spool is rotated in a first direction relative to the housing, and so that cable can be incrementally released from the spool when the spool is rotated in a second direction relative to the housing. In some embodiments, the reel can include a rotation limiter which can be configured to prevent over-tightening of the lacing system and/or to prevent rotation past the substantially fully loosened state.06-10-2010
20080289160STRUCTURE OF BUCKLE SET - A buckle set, two of which pair off for being inset in frame of the swimming goggles on two sides so that a strap can be inserted in the buckle sets for fastening the swimming goggles on user's face. Structure of the present invention features a 211-27-2008
20110088227Quick Release Adjustable Strap Clamp - A strap clamp includes a housing which is attached to an end of an elongated strap band. The housing pivotally support a screw member, the threads of which engage and drive the strap band to tighten or loosen the strap band. The screw member may be pivoted away from the strap band to disengage screw threads and release the strap band. The housing is attached to the strap band via elongated slots which have a minimal impact on the strength of the strap band.04-21-2011
20110197406SECURING ARRANGEMENT FOR SECURING A DIVING CYLINDER TO A BUOYANCY CONTROL DEVICE - A securing arrangement for a diving cylinder, and more particularly for use in securing a diving cylinder to a harness of a buoyancy control device, includes: a securing strap for securing the cylinder to the harness; a strap-retaining device allowing the strap to pass therethrough in one direction, and selectively preventing the strap from passing therethrough in an opposite direction; and a pivotable tensioning lever for increasing the tension of the securing strap.08-18-2011
20080276437Method and apparatus for tightening a belt - The present invention includes a method and related apparatus for tightening or loosening a belt. Some illustrative embodiments include a method and apparatus for tightening or loosening a belt used in e.g., power-lifting, to provide adequate leverage in tightening or loosening the belt to prevent injury comprising using the apparatus (constructed with a rigid material) to attach to the belt and allowing for appropriate tension to be applied to fasten and unfasten the belt at the desired tightness.11-13-2008
20100037440Attachment System for Entertainment Device - The present invention relates to an attachment system or mounting structure that can be used with a device to mount or couple the device to a support, such as an infant support structure. In different embodiments, the device can be an entertainment device, such as a mobile or toy aquarium, or another type of device, such as a monitor. In different embodiments, the infant support structure can be a crib or bassinet or other type of structure.02-18-2010
20120246895Belt Binder Structure - An improved belt binder structure having a binder body with a flat base and the two sides bended upward to form side panels that constitute a a binder body with a flat base with two sides bended upward to form an enclosure space for enclosing a reel, a ratchet wheel, a handle, a locking plate and a control pulling plate attached to the two side panels of the handle and can move up and down by the connecting points, and whereas the frontal portion of the control pulling plate has locking structure that locks with the positioning slot on the flat base and the bottom of the plate engages with the ratchet wheels.10-04-2012
20120233825BUCKLE FOR SWIMMING/DIVING GOGGLES - A buckle includes a base engaged with a body of swimming/diving goggle. A head strap is extended through a slot in a rear end of the base. A cover is engaged with the body. A space is defined between the cover and the base. A button is mounted in a groove of the cover and made of flexible material. An engagement plate is formed on the button and includes a catch releasably engaging with teeth of the head strap. First and second supporting points are defined between the button and the base. A pressing section is formed between the first and second supporting points. The catch can be disengaged from the teeth of the head strap to allow movement of the head strap in a loosening direction by pressing the pressing section or manually moving the grip.09-20-2012
20120324686BUCKLE - A buckle has a pair of side frame portions; first and second crossbars extending between the pair of side frame portions; a fastening portion disposed on at least one portion of the buckle for fastening a belt-like body. The fastening portion includes a clamping member rotatably supported in the side frame portions, and sandwiching the belt-like body between a free end portion and the first crossbar in a rotating position wherein the free end portion is most closely contacting with the first crossbar from the front surface side of the buckle; and holding devices generating an elastic deformation against a rotation in the clamping member relative to the rotation of the clamping member in a direction of separating the free end portion from the first crossbar.12-27-2012
20110146036STRAP FASTENING DEVICE - A strap fastening device includes two fastening straps and a tightness adjusting unit. The fastening straps each have a fixing end and an opposing free end. The tightness adjusting unit includes an assembling box and two locating members. The assembling box is provided at a left and a right half with at least one non-return retaining tooth each. The two locating members are slidably mounted to the assembling box and connected to the free ends of the two fastening straps, such that the free ends of the fastening straps are not turned back to expose from the assembling box. The slidable locating members respectively have a raised locating rib releasably engaging with the at least one non-return retaining tooth at the left and the right half of the assembling box. The two locating members can be conveniently slid with one hand to adjust the tightness of the fastening straps.06-23-2011
20130097828Configuration of a Belt Attachment Part - A flat belt attachment includes a first bar that connects corresponding positions of a pair of base bars facing each other; and a second bar that is parallel to the first bar and connects the base bars. The second bar includes a second inclined portion at an end portion, and the second inclined portion is shaped to approach the first bar toward a proximal end of the second inclined portion.04-25-2013
20130205552Belt Buckle - A belt and belt buckle design that opens to the front where the strap enters the belt buckle from below. The buckle is made from a single buckle member that is formed and that uses force and/or guidance from the buckle to hold the belt in place. The buckle has a hook region to support the strap of the belt and has a body passing around the strap from the back region of the strap to the front region of the strap.08-15-2013
20130025098RATCHET STRAP TENSIONER - A ratchet strap tensioner and methods of using the same where the ratchet strap tensioner comprises a first arm pivotally mounted to a second arm by means that include a bush member which allows pivotal movement of the first arm relative to the second arm subject to the restraint of a ratchet mechanism; and further comprising a two-part winding spindle located partly within the bush member; the first part of said winding spindle being fixed to said bush member and the second part of said winding spindle being adapted to allow lateral movement (with respect the winding axis) from a closed position alongside said first part to an open position and thereby allow a strap to be attached without threading the strap through the tensioner and without bending the strap.01-31-2013
20090119892RATCHET TIE-DOWN - A ratcheting tie-down device includes a main body portion having first and second ends, and a rotatable reel located about the second end. A dynamic webbing is extendable from the first end of the main body portion and is windable about the reel. A static webbing is coupled to the main body portion about the second end. The device includes means for attaching at least one end of the dynamic webbing to an object, and means for ratcheting rotation of the reel to wind the dynamic webbing thereon. A lever arm is rotatable relative to the main body portion between a first position and a second position to cause ratcheting rotation of the ratchet wheel. In one example, the lever arm includes at least a pair of independent lever arm rails. In another example, the dynamic webbing travels underneath a guide member prior to being wound about the reel.05-14-2009
20090119891Bungee Cord and Ratchet/Cambuckle Tie down with a Freely Rotatable Hook from 0.degree. to 360 - The present invention relates to a fastening apparatus with a hook that is freely rotatable from 0° to 360°, the apparatus comprises a cord body, a connecting assembly, and a hook, wherein the body is connected with the connecting assembly, and the hook is movably connected with the connecting assembly such that the hook may be freely rotated from 0° to 360°. The fastening apparatus may include a hook on each end of the cord body. In other embodiments, the fastening apparatus is provided as a tie-down where the cord body is a webbing and the apparatus incorporates an adjustable securing mechanism such as a ratchet or cam buckle. The rotatable hook feature increases the utility of the fastening apparatus because the apparatus is able to adapt or conform to varying requirements. Additionally, the operation of the fastening apparatus is easy and convenient. The fastening apparatus may be made more aesthetic by adding some decoration on the connecting assembly. The fastening apparatus may be made more durable by forming the connecting assembly utilizing an injection molding technique.05-14-2009
20130036580Strap-Tensioning Apparatus - A strap-tensioning apparatus includes a frame, a handle, a reel, a coil spring, a brake and two detents. The frame includes two walls each including two edges. A strap is wound on the reel. The handle includes two cams for pushing the first detent from ratcheted wheels of the reel when the second detent is located on the second edges. When the second detent is located on the second edges, the second detent is movable between a first position in contact with the ratcheted wheels and a second position away from the ratcheted wheels. In the second position, the second detent keeps the brake from the ratcheted wheels. The distance of the ratchets from the axle is longer than the distance of the second edges from the axle. Thus, the second detent frictionally contacts the ratcheted wheels in the second position, thus slowing the reeling in of the strap.02-14-2013
20100043186SECURITY STRAP - A theft resistant strap and buckle assembly for securing cargo on a vehicle rack includes a strap and a buckle. The strap is reinforced to resist cutting. The buckle has a lock and pawl device that operates to prevent loosening of the strap when the buckle is locked.02-25-2010
20130031755Strap-Tensioning Apparatus - A strap-tensioning apparatus includes a base including two walls each formed with a first arched edge and a second arched edge, a short strap connected to the base, a spring-loaded reel supported on the base, a long strap wound on the reel, a spring-loaded detent movably supported on the walls for engagement with the reel, a handle supported on the base, and a spring-loaded detent/suppressor is movably supported on the handle for engagement with the reel. The detent/suppressor suppresses the reel when it is retained in position on the first arched edges of the walls but allows the reel to spin when it is moved on the first arched edges of the walls in a direction.02-07-2013
20090013511Cargo bracing device - A cargo bracing device includes a base having two side plates for rotatably attaching a reel drum, one or more toothed discs attached to the reel drum and controlled to rotate relative to the base with a stop, an operating arm having two legs rotatably attached to the reel drum, a catch device attached to the operating arm and engaged with the toothed disc, and an anchoring device may detachably anchor the legs of the operating arm to the reel drum, and the legs of the operating arm may be selectively disengaged from the reel drum to prevent the operating arm from being operated by unauthorized persons, and for preventing the cargo from being stolen by the unauthorized persons.01-15-2009
20120233824RETRACTABLE RATCHETING TIE DOWN - A retractable ratcheting tie down apparatus is provided, including a frame and a hub rotatably mounted within the frame. A ratchet wheel is mounted to the hub and interfaces with a pawl to selectably prevent motion of the hub relative to the frame. A single tie down strap extends between two attachment members and winds around the hub. An operable means for rotating the hub and ratchet wheel is included to wind the single tie down strap around the hub. Tension between the two attachment members is transmitted directly through the single tie down strap and transitions between segments of the single tie down strap at the windings of the single tie down strap about the hub. In further examples, the operable means for rotating the hub and ratchet wheel is removable. The tie down apparatus can also move freely along the single tie down strap.09-20-2012
20130160254Combination Chain Tensioning Boom and Tensioning Sensor - A system and device that measures the cargo load securing tension upon a tensionable cargo load securing line including but not limited to a woven web, belt, cord, chain having a tension boom and conveys tension information sensed in the tension boom to a remote location is presented. Utilized is an “indirect” form of tension information conveyance, that being radio, light or sound, or a “direct” form of signal conveyance, that being wire or vehicle ground system or vehicle frame. Various remote locations may receive conveyed tension signal. They may include receiver devices located within transportation vehicle power unit cab, visual display on anterior portion of haul unit, transportation operator wrist or clothing mounted device, satellite linked management or office facility, associated convoy vehicle cab or operator, or other. Cab and operator tension display devices may provide an array of tension analysis recording and view and travel assist options.06-27-2013
20110271500Apparatus for Tensioning a Strap - A strap-tensioning apparatus includes a frame, a handle connected to the frame, a reel supported on the frame, two ratchets secured to the reel, a first detent supported on the handle and biased to engage with the ratchets, and a second detent supported on the frame and biased to engage with the ratchets. The frame includes two walls each including a recess. The handle includes two walls each including a lobe. The first detent includes a chamfered tip. The ratchets can slide on the chamfered tip of the first detent to allow a strap to be reeled out when the chamfered tip of the first detent is in the recesses of the frame. The second detent is disengaged from the ratchets by the lobes of the handle when the chamfered tip of the first detent is in the recesses of the walls of the frame.11-10-2011
20100275420Tie Down Apparatus - A tie down apparatus comprising a base, a biasing element, a torsion spring, and a shaft, wherein the base is die cast or plastic rejection molded and includes two side plates disposed on two sides thereof respectively, and between one ends of the side plates is mounted an engaging pillar, between another ends of the side plates is fixed a retaining member, between middle sections of the side plates is secured an abutting shank, the biasing element matches with the torsion spring and is axially fixed between the two side plates of the base by using the shaft, and is die cast or plastic rejection molded, and includes a contacting portion having a pressing piece extending from one side thereof, thereby cooling quickly after die casting or plastic rejection molding process to lower production time and cost, and enabling to decrease production material and cost.11-04-2010
20080216294Tensioning Ratchet for Tautening and Holding Tensioning Means - A tensioning ratchet for tautening and holding tensioning means, such as webbings, extruded straps, ropes, chains and the like, includes a console, with a winding-on shaft, rotatably mounted in the console, which is formed by at least two direction reversal bars, delimiting a distance between one another, and with a tensioning lever for turning the winding-on shaft about an axis of rotation. The tensioning ratchet according to the invention withstands a higher load and enables high pre-tensioning forces to be applied while preventing inadmissible stress on the user. This is achieved by the fact that the position at least of the outer circumferential face of the direction reversal bars coming into contact with the tensioning means, is variable.09-11-2008
20100125986Locking Mechanism for A Tie Down - A locking device and system for a tie down includes elements that positively secure a securing strap within a locking housing to hold one or more objects in place. In one embodiment, the locking housing includes a sloped housing having a cavity adapted to receive one end of the securing strap. The locking housing includes at least a user actuable lever and a gripping element. When the securing strap is threaded through the cavity of locking housing and the securing strap is in a desired positioned within the locking housing, the locking device enables a user to pivot the lever to cause the gripping element to press against the strap and positively secure the position of the strap within the housing. In one embodiment, the strap is a cogged belt having teeth and the gripping element includes a surface with teeth that mesh with the teeth of the strap.05-27-2010
20080307618Strap Fastener - A strap fastener includes a frame, a handle and a reel inserted through the frame and handle so that a strap can be reeled when the reel is rotated. A plurality of bushings are inserted to a plurality of grooves defined by the frame respectively for protecting the reel from the handle or the frame. Two ratchet wheels are connected to the reel. A first detent is movable on the frame for engagement with the ratchet wheels. A second detent is movable on the handle for engagement with the ratchet wheels.12-18-2008
20080201922Hand lever for a binding machine - A binding machine includes a tightening mechanism adapted to tension a belt and a limiting mechanism adapted to limit tensioning of the belt. The tightening mechanism includes, for example, a ratchet and a pawl coupled to a body of the tightening mechanism. A handle is adapted to rotate the ratchet in a first direction in response to a first force applied to the handle. The pawl is adapted to prevent the ratchet from returning in a second direction when the first force is released. A spring mechanism allows the handle to indicate when a second force opposing the first force achieves an established magnitude.08-28-2008
20080263837Rachet Strap Tightener and Mating Rotary Driven Tool - A rachet strap tightener and a power driven rotary tool are arranged to be operated together for tightening a strap. The body of the power driven rotary tool is arranged to be anchored in mating engagement relative to the body of the rachet strap tightener, in addition to coupling the rotating mating parts of the tool and the strap tightener, such that the torque applied when winding the spindle of the tightener no longer acts to twist the tightener body from the user's hands but rather the torque is anchored directly through the bodies so that winding of the spindle with the power driven tool can be accomplished quickly, efficiently and in a safe manner.10-30-2008
20090100653Binding Machine - This practical new model makes an improved binding machine known to the public, which includes main body, handle, ratchet wheel, roller, fastening belt, latch reed spring, control plate. Among them, the handle's side board is linked with the main section's side board through torsion spring. In this manner, when the fastening belt needs to be tightened as the binding machine is being used, the user can press down the handle which will resume its initial position with the bounce force of the torsion spring. It is not necessary for the user to push it back to the initial position after pressing the handle down. It is very easy and labor-saving with higher efficiency. Furthermore, it can also set a coil spring in the outside end of the roller. The fastening belt can withdraw inside the main section automatically, which is very convenient.04-23-2009
20090106957Buckle device - A buckle device includes a base coupled to a strap, an operating arm is rotatably secured to the base with a stationary axle, a shaft is attached to the operating arm. A latch is slidably attached to the operating arm to selectively lock the operating arm to the base. Another strap has an intermediate portion engaged around the stationary axle to form two strap segments, the shaft may force the strap segment to tighten the straps when the operating arm is moved toward the base and locked to the base at the locking position with the latch, the stationary axle and the shaft are spaced from each other for a distance to allow one of the strap segments to be further pulled by a user and to further tighten the straps.04-30-2009
20120192389TIE-DOWN TENSION ENHANCER - A tie-down tension enhancer for in-situ tightening of an installed tie down having a locking mechanism. The tension enhancer generally includes a body having openings for transverse insertion and removal of a line or strap as well as longitudinal movement of the line or strap within the body. A cinch is provided and disposed on the body for engaging the line or strap upon longitudinal movement of the line or strap in one direction and a line or strap mechanism is provided and spaced apart from the cinch for enabling pulling of the line or strap past the cinch for providing further tension to the existing tie down.08-02-2012
20090241307Tie-down strap system - A tie-down strap system designed to be integrated with the plurality of tie-down straps that are currently on the market. A system for the protection of the tightening mechanism, the storage of excess strapping during use, a storage device when not used as a tie-down strap, a hanging system when not in used as a tie-down strap, and a termination feature that prevents the free end of the strap from sliding through the tightening mechanism.10-01-2009
20120102690Apparatus for Tightening Two Belts - A belt-tightening apparatus includes a frame, a handle, a shaft, two ratchet wheels, two spring-biased detents and a connector. The shaft is used to rotationally connect the handle to the frame and wind a first belt. The ratchet wheels are connected to the shaft. The first spring-biased detent is movably connected to the handle for engagement with the spring-biased detent wheels. The second spring-biased detent is movably connected to the frame for engagement with the spring-biased detent wheels. The connector includes a tube and a reinforcement strip. The tube is connected to the frame on one hand and connected to the second belt on the other hand. The reinforcement strip is inserted it in the tube for reinforcing the tube.05-03-2012
20100293766Tensioning Apparatus for Strap - A tensioning apparatus includes a frame, a tensioning device mounted on a first end of the frame, and a reeling device mounted on a second end of the frame. The tensioning device includes a tensioning mechanism and a lever operably pivoted to rotate the tensioning mechanism, and a strap engaged with the tensioning device can be tensioned as the tensioning device is rotated. Additionally, the strap can be collected on the reeling device. Furthermore, the reeling device includes a ratcheting mechanism that facilitates collection of the strap by preventing the reeling device to turn in a direction that unreels the strap.11-25-2010
20110209315Force multiplying retaining straps - A generally U-sectioned cam buckle frame is modified to include a first turning roller aligned transversely across the frame proximate the free end of a release lever. A generally planar tongue having one end pivoted adjacent the first roller extends within the frame under the cam piece connected to the release lever provides a force transfer structure for a strap is inserted between the tongue and the frame bottom surface, around the first roller to pass between the cam piece and the other side of the tongue. Other transverse rollers may be included in the frame to form a pulley arrangement and one end of a frame side wall may be convolved to form a hook assembly.09-01-2011
20110067210Ratchet Tie-Down and Reinforcement Assembly - A ratchet tie-down includes a frame, a lever including two cams pivotally connected to the frame, a reeling device rotatably mounted on the frame and lever, and a ratcheting device including two ratchet wheels mounted on the reeling device. The ratchet tie-down further includes a reinforcement assembly including two reinforcement members mounted on the reeling device. Each ratchet wheel includes two lateral sides disposed between one cam and one reinforcement member. Each reinforcement member defines an annular surface in contact with one lateral side of one ratchet wheel, and with the reinforcement member imposing an urging force in a direction perpendicular to a rotation direction of the ratchet wheel.03-24-2011
20110061213HAND PULLER WITH A STRUCTURE OF DOUBLE STOPPING PLATES - A hand puller with the structure of double stopping plates is disclosed. An axle part goes through a fixing part and a pulling part. Both ends of the axle part have a ratchet, respectively. The fixing part has two stopping plates, fixed to the two opposite sides of the axle part. The pulling part has a driving claw. The driving claw and the stopping plates of the fixing part engage with the ratchet.03-17-2011
20110209314Force multiplying motorcycle retaining strap - A generally U-sectioned cam buckle frame is modified to include a first turning roller aligned transversely across the frame proximate the free end of a release lever. A generally planar tongue having one end pivoted adjacent the first roller extends within the frame under the cam piece connected to the release lever provides a force transfer structure for a strap is inserted between the tongue and the frame bottom surface, around the first roller to pass between the cam piece and the other side of the tongue. Other transverse rollers may be included in the frame to form a pulley arrangement and one end of a frame side wall may be convolved to form a hook assembly.09-01-2011
20110041301Strap tensioner or tightener - A strap tightener includes a ratchet wheel rotatably attached to a supporting member with an axle, a tension lever rotatably attached to the supporting member with a shaft and having an actuating end for engaging with the ratchet teeth of the ratchet wheel, a strap engaged between the actuating end of the tension lever and the ratchet wheel, and a spring member for biasing the actuating end of the tension lever to engage with the strap and to clamp the strap between the actuating end of the tension lever and the ratchet wheel, the actuating end of the tension lever is forced to engage with the grooves between the ratchet teeth for generating a click sound when the strap has not been tightened or tensioned.02-24-2011
20100175233SEPARATE STRAP STORAGE IN A RATCHET ARRANGEMENT - A storage device within a ratchet arrangement for automatically storing a length of fastening material including a storage housing and a biasing member for drawing the fastening material into the storage housing. The fastening material can be used with a ratchet/handle tie-down mechanism, allowing for the dynamic portion of the webbing to automatically be retracted into the storage housing. The automatic retraction leaves little or no excess webbing or fastening material, such that a user does not have to tie off excess webbing or material.07-15-2010
20110167599RATCHET STRAP - Described is a ratchet strap with a free end securing system. The ratchet strap has a strap with an attachment end and a free end and a strap winding shaft which is capable of receiving the free end in a wrapped relationship. A ratchet mechanism is included for simultaneously shortening the attachment end and the free end wherein the free end is drawn from the wrapped relationship with the strap winding shaft.07-14-2011
20110088226Strap Tensioner and Associated Gripping Jaws - A strip clamping device having a strip to be clamped (04-21-2011
20100000061 BUCKLE01-07-2010
20120000043TENSIONING DEVICE - A simple and inexpensive device for a reliable tie down tensioning which device enables the tie-down to be quickly and easily applied and the flexible element tensioned and just as quickly and easily removed.01-05-2012
20110041300Hand puller with detachable handle - The present invention disclosed a hand puller with a detachable handle, and the hand puller includes a body, an axle, and a handle. The axle is passed and mounted onto the body, and a sheath opening is formed at an end of the handle for sheathing an edge of the axle, such that the handle can be turned by using the axle as an axial center, and a guide section is defined and formed at an external periphery of the sheath opening, and the body includes at least one stop portion protruded from a position proximate to the guide section of the handle. When the handle is turned by using the axle as the axial center, the guide section and the stop portion are slidably coupled to restrict a radial movement of the handle to prevent the handle from being separated from the axle along the radial direction.02-24-2011
20120110801STRAP TENSIONING DEVICE - A strap tensioning device that includes a base having one of the ends of which accommodates a rotating drum that accommodates the end of a first strap section or first strap, the drum being capable of engaging with a tensioning lever articulated on the drum, the latter being disengageable relative to the tensioning lever; a tension shaft to which a second strap section or second strap is secured; means for the temporary storage of the first strap comprising elements that are independent both of the shaft for tensioning the second section or second strap, and of the drum, the elements being mounted on the base.05-10-2012
20110167600LOAD BINDER - A load binder is described for securing a load to a vehicle or the like, the load binder including: attachment means for attaching a flexible member to be tensioned by the load binder; an over-centre mechanism; an operating lever; and a ratchet mechanism; the load binder is moveable between a tensioned configuration and a released configuration by way of the operating lever; and wherein the ratchet mechanism allows the load binder to be progressively moved from the released configuration to the tensioned configuration.07-14-2011
20090133235Buckle device - A buckle device includes a base coupled to a strap, an operating arm rotatably secured to the base with a stationary axle, a shaft attached to the operating arm, a latch slidably attached to the operating arm to selectively lock the operating arm to the base, and another strap engaged around the stationary axle to form two strap segments, the shaft may force the strap segment to tighten the straps, the base includes one or more fasten notches for engaging with the latch for retaining the latch and the operating arm to the base at a fastening position when the straps may further be pulled away from each other, and includes one or more lock notches for solidly locking the latch.05-28-2009
20090133234Buckle mechanism - A buckle mechanism includes a base coupled to a strap, an operating arm rotatably secured to the base with a stationary axle, a shaft attached to the operating arm, a latch slidably attached to the operating arm to selectively lock the operating arm to the base, and another strap engaged around the stationary axle to form two strap segments, the shaft may force the strap segments to tighten the straps, the rotatable or swingable shaft is arranged or located between the stationary axle and the bottom panel of the base for engaging with and for forcing the strap segments and for tighten the straps. The stationary axle may also be arranged or located between the shaft and the bottom panel of the base.05-28-2009
20100205790RATCHET BUCKLE WITH C-SHAPE BAR - The tie-down provides an adjustable strap under control of a ratchet during retraction and pay-out. The tie-down is provided with a strap issuing rearward from a transverse bar between base sides, the bar being an integral part of the base, three sides having been rolled up from the base bottom into a C-shaped bar opening rearward. A forward strap issues forward from the tie-down secured to a spindle to which ratchet wheels attach. The forward strap wraps the spindle during tie-down strap retraction.08-19-2010
20100071174Ratchet Strapping Device - An improved ratchet strapping device is provided, comprising a frame, an axle, and a handle pivotally installed on the axle. Ratchets are mounted on the axle and adjacent to the exterior of the frame. The frame includes a first detent on the outside of the frame which engages the ratchet. A release device is mounted on the handle, wherein the release device includes a second detent on the outside of the handle which engages the ratchets at another location. The frame includes a first cam having a radius greater than the ratchets and on which the second detent slides, and the handle includes a second cam having a radius greater than the ratchets and on which the first detent slides. Placement of the ratchet and detent components on the outside of the device permits spooling of substantially all of the strap for storage or unused portions of the strap during use.03-25-2010
20110179609STRAP-TIGHTENING DEVICE - A strap-tightening device includes a frame, a handle connected to the frame and a reel located on the frame. A first detent is located on the frame. A second detent is located on the handle. The second detent includes two horns each including a downward prong and an upward prong. The reel includes a cylinder and two ratcheted wheels attached to the cylinder. The ratcheted wheels are engaged with the upward prongs of the horns of the second detent during pivoting of the handle in a direction to cause the cylinder to reel in a strap. The ratcheted wheels are engaged with the first detent during pivoting of the handle in an opposite direction to prevent the handle from spinning the cylinder to reel out the strap. A withdrawing unit spins the reel to withdraw the strap.07-28-2011
20090126171BUCKLE05-21-2009
20120073097Ratchet buckle - A ratchet buckle has a body and a trigger. One end of the body has two opposite pivotal holes, two opposite positioning notches, and a pivotal shaft penetrating the pivotal holes. Two ends of the pivotal shaft each have a ratchet wheel synchronously rotating with the pivotal shaft. One end of the trigger has two opposite shaft holes engaged to the pivotal shaft of the body and has a positioning rod transversally mounted on the trigger to engage the two positioning notches of the body. By operating the trigger to set the pivotal shaft free, the pivotal shaft is easily rotated to reel a strap.03-29-2012
20120227224Cargo Tie-Down - A cargo carrier tie-down assembly that utilizes a fastener made up of a shackle element that includes a wall in a form that is closed in two dimensions, defining an opening and wherein the wall also defines a pair of opposed apertures, a pin that can be inserted through the two apertures and a knob fastener element, having a head, that is sized to be passed through the opening when the pin is withdrawn from the wall, and that is retained when the pin is inserted into the two apertures. A tension member has one of the fastener elements attached to at least one end. The other fastener element is attached to the cargo carrier.09-13-2012
20120227223STRAP TENSIONING SYSTEM - A strap tensioning system having a frame and a core shaft on the frame. The system further has first and second separate lengths of flexible strap extending generally oppositely away from the frame, a drive shaft, and a gear assembly with a worm and a worm gear that are driven by the drive shaft. The drive shaft is operable to drive the gear assembly to thereby cause the first length of flexible strap to be wrapped around the core shaft to thereby vary a combined effective length of the first and second lengths of flexible strap.09-13-2012
20110119877TENSIONING DEVICE HAVING AN ILLUMINATION SOURCE AND RELATED METHOD - In one embodiment, a tensioning device having a permanently affixed illumination source disposed on the tensioning device to provide illumination during, among other things, operation of the tensioning device, is described herein.05-26-2011
20120233823Ratchet Strap Tightener - A strap tightener for securing cargo is disclosed. The tightener includes a base frame and a handling frame, which pivotally connect to form a vee structure. The base frame is connected to the handling frame by inserting a pivot into pivot hole thereof. Each of two ends of the pivot is ringed with a protection loop and a ratchet wheel. The protection loop is composed of a flange for being blockedly fixed on the pivot hole and a sleeve for penetrating into the pivot hole. The sleeve can protect the pivot hole to prevent it from being directly pressed by the pivot.09-20-2012
20120317763DRIVING DEVICE FOR BELT AXLE OF WINCH - 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.12-20-2012
20120084951Positioning Hook Structure for a Hand Puller - A positioning hook structure for a hand puller contains a base including a first and a second ends; a rotating member including a first segment axially connected with the second end and a second segment having a handle; a central shaft set being axially coupled with the first segment and the second end; two ratchets including teeth arranged therearound and fixed onto one end of the central shaft set; the base including a movable retaining member to abut against one of the teeth, the rotating member including a movable pulling rod to abut against another tooth of the ratchet; a positioning hook including a third and a fourth ends, the third end including two sides including two insertions, the fourth end including a hooking portion extending outward so that the positioning hook inserts to the holes of the base by using the insertions.04-12-2012
20100199474SAFETY RATCHET - Safety ratchets provided herein allow for safely releasing tension in strap ratchets. A safety ratchet can tighten and then quickly reverse to slowly and controllably release tension, instead of abruptly releasing tension.08-12-2010
20100199473RATCHET BUCKLE - In the present invention, a lightweight apparatus for secure transport of cargo in cargo compartments, such as those found in trucks and freight trains, is provided. The ratchet buckle has a front reel which receives a cargo strap. The light weight of the ratchet buckle is achieved by the use of a dual purpose detachable ratcheting lever or wrench. The wrench has a wrench head which engages the front reel to tighten the ratchet buckle. The wrench also has a release end which engages a release hole in the ratchet buckle, to disengage the ratcheting mechanism and allow removal of the cargo strap. Additional purposes and advantages are provided herein.08-12-2010
20100132169Binding Machine - This invention introduces a binding machine with improved structure. It mainly includes main body, non-slip mat, scroll, ratchet wheel, hand knob, spring leaf, and control pulling plate, main lacing, and auxiliary lacing. The non-slip mat is made of soft materials and is connected with the bottom board of the main body. In addition, there are two hand pieces attached to the main body and there is the recess in the shape matching the fingers. This invention of binding machine does not scrape the surface of the tied down items and it is more convenient for use.06-03-2010
20110146035HAND PULLER WHOSE HANDLE ROLLS IN THE STRAP - A hand puller whose handle can roll in a strap includes a base and a movable arm. The base has a pivotal element. The movable arm is disposed on the outer end of the pivotal element. A ratchet wheel is disposed between the movable arm and both ends of the base, respectively. The movable arm has a second stopping plate and extends with a pulling element. The pulling element has a third sliding groove with a rotating axis. Both ends of the rotating axis are disposed on the two arm boards of the movable arm. A rotating element is provided for the user to rotate, so that the strap is winded on the rotating axis.06-23-2011
20080244883Binding device - A binding device for pulling tight a belt comprises a first ratchet wheel and a second ratchet wheel, each having a plurality of mounting openings, a roll, having a plurality of roll sectors that are respectively mounted in the mounting openings of the first and second ratchet wheels, of which at least one roll sector is removable, a lever, connected with the first ratchet wheel, a frame, connected with the second ratchet wheel; an upper blocking assembly, mounted on the lever, blocking the first ratchet wheel from turning, and a lower blocking assembly, mounted on the lever, blocking the second ratchet wheel from turning. Due to removability of one of the roll sectors, the belt is easily mounted and dismounted, and a wide range of applications is provided for.10-09-2008
20100064489LOAD SECURING RATCHET WITH ANCHOR ATTACHMENT SYSTEM - An anchor attachment system is provided for use with tensioning device for tensioning lines, particularly belts or webs. The anchor attachment system releasably secures an anchoring line to one end of the tensioning device. Embodiments of the anchor attachment system employ a pin, a cross-pin, a spring element, and a locking cam working in cooperation to secure the pin to first and/or second ends of the tensioning device.03-18-2010
20130091673CABLE ADJUSTING DEVICE - Cable adjusting devices are presented including: a base plate; a pair of walls connected with the base plate along a top surface, where each of the pair of walls includes an outer surface and an inner surface, where the inner surfaces of the pair of walls form a v-groove, and where the inner surfaces include, a number of gripping ridge pairs, and a locking ridge pair disposed alongside one end of the number of gripping ridge pairs at the distal end of the base plate; a keeper bar extending between the pair of walls at the proximal end of the base plate; and an attachment point disposed along the bottom surface of the base plate along at least the distal end or the proximal end.04-18-2013
20130111715CABLE TENSIONING DEVICE UTILITY APPLICATIONS - A tensioning device for tie down applications in a utility market that includes a drive end and a cable output end to attach to a medium, item, or truck or trailer. The tensioning device creates more tension in the medium than is generally able to be applied by hand with ratchet straps or chains, which provides a more secure tie down of items in a utility application. The tensioning device includes a drive system that can be driven with standard power tools or hand tools to retract a cable. The tensioning device may be designed with or without a clutch feature. The clutch feature allows for a desired cable tension to be reached for each installation and provides feedback to the operator when the correct tension is reached. The tensioning device includes an external bracket or hook for easily attaching to an item, medium, or truck or trailer.05-09-2013
20100293765Tensioning Apparatus for Strap - A tensioning apparatus includes a first shaft and a strap wound on the first shaft such that the strap has first and second portions extending in opposite directions, and the first portion of the strap is collected on the first shaft by operably moving the rotating shaft. The tensioning apparatus further includes a reeling device for collecting the second portion of the strap. Furthermore, the reeling device includes a ratcheting mechanism that facilitates collection of the strap.11-25-2010
20080235922ADJUSTABLE LEVER LOAD BINDER - Apparatuses are disclosed where in a lever binder may include an adjuster that when manipulated adjusts the binding length of the lever binder. In various embodiments, a lever binder is disclosed including an automatic latching mechanism to help resist undesired movement of a lever from a binding position.10-02-2008
20110289741Methods and apparatus for applying tension to a motion transmission element - In exemplary implementations of this invention, tension is applied to a motion transmission element with periodic features by causing that element to mesh with a device that has a pitch slightly greater than the pitch of the motion transmission element. The motion transmission element with periodic features may comprise, for example: (a) a belt with teeth, or (b) a chain. Further, the motion transmission element may comprise either an open or a closed loop. In exemplary implementations, the width of the teeth of the motion transmission element (along that element's long axis) is greater than the width of the teeth in the rack (along the rack's long axis). This allows room for the teeth of the rack to both fit and move within the gap between the teeth in the motion transmission element. This extra width of the element's teeth is not necessary if the element is sufficiently elastic.12-01-2011
20100313394Fastening apparatus for a pressurized-gas vessel - A fastening apparatus for pressurized-gas vessels is provided on a carrier. The fastening apparatus makes it possible to fasten a pressurized-gas vessel as well as to adapt the fastening apparatus to differently sized pressurized-gas vessels with one manipulative step. The fastening apparatus includes a carrier, a belt, a locking device, fastening points and redirection points for the belt.12-16-2010
20120174355RATCHET ADJUSTMENT SYSTEM - An adjustment system for adjusting the width of a cuff has an elongated adjustment strip having a set of longitudinally extending teeth. Each tooth has a forward side and a rearward side. The length of each forward side is greater than a length of each of the rearward sides so that an angle between a longitudinal axis of the strip and the forward side is less than an angle between the longitudinal axis and the rearward side of each tooth. There is a locking mechanism formed by a base plate having a locking device on an underside and a guide for slidably connecting the locking mechanism to the strip. The teeth and the locking device are configured so that the locking device can be moved forward along the strip using only a small amount of force, and can then be moved rearward using a larger amount of force.07-12-2012
20100218348CLAMPING LOCK FOR A TENSIONING MEANS - A clamping lock for a tensioning means with a housing comprising two cheek parts arranged at a distance from each other, a stop web extending between the cheek parts and a pivot spindle likewise extending between the cheek parts and a comb element pivotably mounted on the pivot spindle of the housing. The clamping lock can be manufactured in a simple manner and at the same time has a compact, easily manageable design because there is a reinforcing insert at least in the region of the cheek parts of the stop web and of the pivot spindle of the housing, said reinforcing insert being surrounded by a plastics material casing and comprises a material which is firmer than the plastics material casing.09-02-2010
20080250616Jewelry Clasp - A jewelry clasp is provided for use with one or more jewelry strands and further comprises, in one embodiment, a spring clasp with first and second bead pins attached thereto. Each bead pin comprises a removable bead that allows for attachment of the jewelry strands to the bead pins and maintains the jewelry strands attached thereto. Different jewelry strands can be interchangeably attached to a single jewelry clasp to create a desired appearance or effect.10-16-2008
20120102691STRAP CONNECTING MEMBER AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE WITH THE STRAP CONNECTING MEMBER - The electronic device includes a body, a strap, and a strap connecting member. The strap connecting member further includes a pin, a torsion spring one end of which is connected to the pin, a receiving chamber accommodating the pin and defining an opening notch passing through the sidewall thereof, and a cover connected with the torsion spring and engaging with the receiving chamber. The strap is double-layered. The double-layered strap forms a folded end and an open end, the folded end is connected with the pin and is wrapped around the pin, and the open end is separated into two portions which pass at the opening notch and are respectively connected to the body. When the torsion spring is elastically deformed and generates a torsion force, the pin is rotated and the strap automatically shrinks in the receiving chamber under the torsion force.05-03-2012
20100050403ROTARY TENSIONING DEVICE - A rotary tensioning device that is low profile when not being used to apply or reduce tension and that provides an easily manipulated tightening and loosening control mechanism. A control mechanism in the form of a flip up handle is pivotally connected to a drive member and rotation of the handle and drive member rotates a driven member connected to a spool to take up or let out a cable or wire to apply or reduce tension in the cable or wire. When not being used to apply or reduce tension, the flip up handle is pivoted to lie flush against a housing of the spool to provide a low profile. A tension indicating device provides a user with a mechanism for reproducing tensions between uses.03-04-2010
20130047388RATCHET BUCKLE AND STRAP ASSEMBLY - A ratchet buckle and strap assembly is provided. The ratchet buckle has a passageway configured to slidably receive the strap, a pawl arranged to engage the strap and prevent movement of the strap in a direction from the rear portion toward the front portion, while allowing movement of the strap in a direction from the front portion toward the rear portion of the passageway, and a drive actuator arranged to engage the strap and feed the strap through the passageway from the front portion toward the rear portion of the passageway. The strap may have a plurality of first teeth, and a plurality of separate second teeth. The first teeth may be on a first side of the strap and the second teeth may be on a second side of the strap. The ratchet buckle may be configured such that the pawl is configured to engage a first side of the strap and the drive actuator may be configured to engage a second side of the strap opposite the first side.02-28-2013
20110289742SHOELACE FASTENER - A shoelace fastener is fixed on a vamp of a shoe for wearing shoelace and comprises two longitudinal seats each having a slider slidably mounted thereon for wearing shoelace. The slider has a spring-like structure. The slider has a front end fixed on a front end of the seat and a rear end. The shoelace is tightened when the slider is positioned after stretching.12-01-2011
20090038128DEVICE AND METHOD OF RAPIDLY TYING SHOELACES - Provided is a shoe which is tied with a piece of shoelace, in which a pair of pulling string rings are provided in both left and right upper ends of the neck of the shoe, to thereby enable a user to pull or release a pair of pulling strings hooked on the rings one time in order to put on or take off the shoe. Double instep covers of the footwear are provided, and the exposed knots of the shoelace end portions are positioned between the double instep covers, so that the knots are not exposed and the knots which are not well untied can be smoothly adjusted. Moreover, a cover-type fastening locker or protection guard which protects the protruded latch from external impact is used to solve the conventional problems, and to furthermore provide a simple shoelace tying shoe having no knots of the end of the lower portion of the shoelaces.02-12-2009
20090172928Turning fastener for a shoe - A turning fastener for a shoe has a pulling means with two end portions, which act on a take-up reel, which is provided with an annular groove for receiving the pulling means, a rotatable mounting of the take-up reel with a bearing journal, which engages in a bearing, a holder, which can be fastened to the shoe, for the rotatable mounting, and an engageable and disengageable directional locking mechanism, which in the engaged position blocks the take-up reel in one direction of rotation for closing the shoe and in the disengaged position releases it in this direction of rotation. The take-up reel is formed as a rotary grip, wherein two through-openings, extending from the annular groove to the end face of the take-up reel that is facing away from the holder, are provided for leading one or the other end portion of the pulling means through. The take-up reel is guided in an axially displaceable manner with the bearing journal and the bearing, and the directional locking mechanism is engaged in the position of the take-up reel in which it is pushed towards the holder and is disengaged in the position in which it is pushed away from the holder.07-09-2009
20120102692TIGHTENING STRAP OF A DIVING FLIPPER - An improved diving flipper's adjustable foot strap with a conveniently located handle which allows the diver to quickly pull the stretchable strap whereby he or she move the strap away from the back of his or her foot in one fluid motion.05-03-2012
20110000057FASTENING DEVICE - A fastening device (01-06-2011
20110131772Reformable Closure Device Strap - A strap for a mechanical closure device is disclosed. The strap includes a wire disposed along a longitudinal axis of the strap. The wire maintains the strap in a desired geometry that is different from a previous geometry of the strap. In other embodiments, a wire-core strap can include transverse ridges, holes, or other types of grooves or apertures.06-09-2011
20120297591Selectively Releasable Buckle - A buckle is provided for use in footwear. The buckle includes a lever arm that feeds a strap into the buckle in a ratcheting fashion and a lock that secures the strap relative to the buckle when the lever arm is released. To release the strap from the buckle, a user may impart rotational motion onto the lock to remove it from engagement from teeth associated with the strap. Alternatively, pressure may be applied to the lever arm, which releases a locking pawl from the strap and allows the strap to incrementally move a predetermined amount.11-29-2012
20130014359ADJUSTING DEVICE FOR TIGHTENING OR LOOSING LACES AND STRAPSAANM CHEN; Chin-ChuAACI Taichung CityAACO TWAAGP CHEN; Chin-Chu Taichung City TW - An adjusting device for tightening or loosing laces and straps includes a base, an actuating member and a knob. When a user rotates the knob clockwise, the adjusting device is tightening a flexible strap of the clothing or a lace of the footwear. However, when a user rotates the knob counterclockwise, the adjusting device is loosing a flexible strap of the clothing or a lace of the footwear. The knob never moves up and down along the axis during the operation for tightening or loosing the flexible strap or the lace.01-17-2013
20130091674FASTENING DEVICE FOR FOOTWEAR - A fastening device for footwear includes a hook element with a major tooth and a minor tooth, a releasing element, a boosting cover, a base and a strap with teeth. Each tooth has an inclining surface and a vertical surface. When the hook element is pressed, the major tooth and the miner tooth are engaged with the inclining surface of the teeth alternately to push the strap to move backward. When the boosting cover is bent up, the boosting tooth is engaged with the vertical surface of the teeth to push the strap to move forward. When the releasing element is pulled up, the strap is completely released from the base.04-18-2013
20080209702Buckle guide assembly - An improved guide for securing a lace, rope or other material, which enables the material to be tightened and secured with ease is disclosed. The guide allows the material to slide through a buckle allowing a user to tighten the material and lock the buckle without the loss of tension in the material. The guide is implemented on footwear, watch bands, luggage and backpack straps, ropes for tents, boats and other structures, and any other buckling or line securing apparatus.09-04-2008
20080196224Shoelace reel operated easily and conveniently - A shoelace reel includes a support seat, a spool rotatably mounted in the support seat, a shoelace having two distal ends each secured to the winding zone of the spool, a limit sleeve mounted on the support seat, a drive member rotatably and movably mounted in the limit sleeve, and a control knob rotatably and movably mounted on the limit sleeve and connected to the drive member. Thus, the user only needs to rotate the control knob to tighten the shoelace and to pull out the control knob to loosen the shoelace. In addition, the user only needs to operate the control knob to tighten or loosen the shoelace, so that the user can tighten or loosen the shoelace by his one hand only.08-21-2008
20110209313Wristbands With Interchangeable Layers Allowing Sizing By End User - A wearable band with an adjustable size or length. The band includes a first band element and a second band element with a planar body extending from a first to a second end. The second band element body is greater in length than the first band element body and includes a hole for receiving the first band element body. The band includes a coupling mechanism that detachably connects an outer sidewall of the first band element body to the inner sidewall of the second band element body, e.g., to allow the two band elements to be selectively disconnected and reassembled without tools. The coupling mechanism includes a first coupling component extending along the outer sidewall of the first band element and a second coupling element extending along the inner sidewall of the second band element such that the two band elements are connected along the periphery of the hole.09-01-2011
20100170068Adjustment Mechanism - An adjustment mechanism comprises a dial comprising an inner wall defining a hole passing through the dial, the inner wall comprising a ledge having one or more cutouts. The mechanism further comprises a base comprising a first set of teeth and an actuator comprising a second, the second set of teeth configured to engage the first set of teeth and allow the actuator to be rotated in a first direction but not in a second opposite direction. The actuator further comprises one or more drive-dogs configured to engage a cutout on the inner wall of the dial, each drive-dog comprising a ramped edge configured to disengage the drive-dog from the cutout and lift the second set of teeth from the first set of teeth when the dial is rotated in the second direction.07-08-2010
20110056057STRUCTURE OF STEEL CABLE FASTENER - A structure of steel cable fastener is provided for eliminating a returning force caused by twisting stress induced in a steel cable when the steel cable is stretched and fixed by the fastener, which induces a stress due to fixing of a fixing end of the steel cable. Such a returning force makes the operation and adjustment of mounting a locking cap to the steel cable difficult and also induces damage and wear of a fixing end of the steel cable due to twisting stress induced in the steel cable. The structure of the steel cable fastener includes a bearing retainer that carries a bearing device and arranged inside the locking cap to secure an end of the steel cable and a resilient element arranged between the bearing retainer and the locking cap for relief of twisting stress induced in the steel cable through the rotation of the bearing device.03-10-2011
20100229358APPARATUS FOR EXTENDING THE ARM OF A LEVER - An apparatus for extending the arm of a lever, particularly for extending the arm of a lever of strap tensioning devices, comprising an element for connection to the lever, which can be associated therewith jointly and reversibly, a main body, which is associated with the connecting element by way of elements for mutual inclination and can be gripped by the user to operate the lever, and elements for contrasting the mutual inclination of the main body with respect to the connecting element, which can yield to a predefined force that contrasts the rotation of the lever, applied thereby to the connecting element.09-16-2010
20130111716CABLE TENSIONING DEVICE FOR HUNTING TREE STANDS OR CLIMBING LADDERS - A tensioning device for installing tree stands that includes a drive end and a cable output end to attach to a medium that is placed around a tree. The tensioning device creates more tension in the medium than is generally able to be applied by hand with ratchet straps or chains, which provides safer installation of a tree stand or climbing ladder. The tensioning device includes a drive system that can be driven with standard power tools or hand tools to retract a cable. The tensioning device may be designed with or without a clutch feature. The clutch feature allows for a desired cable tension to be reached for each installation and provides feedback to the operator when the correct tension is reached. The tensioning device includes an external bracket or hook for easily attaching to a tree stand or climbing ladder.05-09-2013
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20130042446SEGMENT POSITIONING BELT - An improved structure of a segment positioning belt characterized in that it includes a flexible belt body having the form of an elongated strip. The belt body made of plastic or rubber materials presents flexibility, and also has a positioning end and an extension. The positioning end is provided with a mounting portion. Several segment positioning portions are set at interval onto the belt body along its extension. A strengthened metal core is integrally located into the belt body in an elongated form, so as to cover the positioning end and extension of the belt body. The present invention enables production of tensile stress against breakage of the belt body through arrangement of the strengthened metal core, making it possible to improve the endurance of the segment positioning belt, extend its service life and enhance the safety with better anti-burglary effect.02-21-2013
20110138589Sash window and door transportation clip - A clip assembly may safely secure sliding sashes of a window or door during transportation, and, in one embodiment, be comprised of a strap member and a pawl member. The strap member may be comprised of a bumper portion, and a strap portion extending therefrom, where the strap portion may have a plurality of teeth formed within the thickness of the strap. The pawl member may have a pair of sidewalls supported by a top wall and an intermediate wall. The top wall may have a protrusion which includes a plurality of pawl teeth formed to complement the strap teeth, and be located proximate to the intermediate wall. The strap may be introduced through the gap between the top rail of an upper sash and bottom rail of the second sash, to then be inserted into the pawl, and thereby be retained by the respective teeth to secure the sashes.06-16-2011
20100139057REEL BASED LACING SYSTEM - A lacing system configured to selectively adjust the size of an opening on an object and allow for the incremental release of the lace within the lacing system. The lacing system can have a reel comprising a housing, a spool supported by the housing, and a knob supported by the housing. The reel can be configured so that cable is gathered in the channel formed in the spool when the spool is rotated in a first direction relative to the housing, and so that cable can be incrementally released from the spool when the spool is rotated in a second direction relative to the housing. In some embodiments, the reel can include a rotation limiter which can be configured to prevent over-tightening of the lacing system and/or to prevent rotation past the substantially fully loosened state.06-10-2010
20080289160STRUCTURE OF BUCKLE SET - A buckle set, two of which pair off for being inset in frame of the swimming goggles on two sides so that a strap can be inserted in the buckle sets for fastening the swimming goggles on user's face. Structure of the present invention features a 211-27-2008
20110088227Quick Release Adjustable Strap Clamp - A strap clamp includes a housing which is attached to an end of an elongated strap band. The housing pivotally support a screw member, the threads of which engage and drive the strap band to tighten or loosen the strap band. The screw member may be pivoted away from the strap band to disengage screw threads and release the strap band. The housing is attached to the strap band via elongated slots which have a minimal impact on the strength of the strap band.04-21-2011
20110197406SECURING ARRANGEMENT FOR SECURING A DIVING CYLINDER TO A BUOYANCY CONTROL DEVICE - A securing arrangement for a diving cylinder, and more particularly for use in securing a diving cylinder to a harness of a buoyancy control device, includes: a securing strap for securing the cylinder to the harness; a strap-retaining device allowing the strap to pass therethrough in one direction, and selectively preventing the strap from passing therethrough in an opposite direction; and a pivotable tensioning lever for increasing the tension of the securing strap.08-18-2011
20080276437Method and apparatus for tightening a belt - The present invention includes a method and related apparatus for tightening or loosening a belt. Some illustrative embodiments include a method and apparatus for tightening or loosening a belt used in e.g., power-lifting, to provide adequate leverage in tightening or loosening the belt to prevent injury comprising using the apparatus (constructed with a rigid material) to attach to the belt and allowing for appropriate tension to be applied to fasten and unfasten the belt at the desired tightness.11-13-2008
20100037440Attachment System for Entertainment Device - The present invention relates to an attachment system or mounting structure that can be used with a device to mount or couple the device to a support, such as an infant support structure. In different embodiments, the device can be an entertainment device, such as a mobile or toy aquarium, or another type of device, such as a monitor. In different embodiments, the infant support structure can be a crib or bassinet or other type of structure.02-18-2010
20120246895Belt Binder Structure - An improved belt binder structure having a binder body with a flat base and the two sides bended upward to form side panels that constitute a a binder body with a flat base with two sides bended upward to form an enclosure space for enclosing a reel, a ratchet wheel, a handle, a locking plate and a control pulling plate attached to the two side panels of the handle and can move up and down by the connecting points, and whereas the frontal portion of the control pulling plate has locking structure that locks with the positioning slot on the flat base and the bottom of the plate engages with the ratchet wheels.10-04-2012
20120233825BUCKLE FOR SWIMMING/DIVING GOGGLES - A buckle includes a base engaged with a body of swimming/diving goggle. A head strap is extended through a slot in a rear end of the base. A cover is engaged with the body. A space is defined between the cover and the base. A button is mounted in a groove of the cover and made of flexible material. An engagement plate is formed on the button and includes a catch releasably engaging with teeth of the head strap. First and second supporting points are defined between the button and the base. A pressing section is formed between the first and second supporting points. The catch can be disengaged from the teeth of the head strap to allow movement of the head strap in a loosening direction by pressing the pressing section or manually moving the grip.09-20-2012
20120324686BUCKLE - A buckle has a pair of side frame portions; first and second crossbars extending between the pair of side frame portions; a fastening portion disposed on at least one portion of the buckle for fastening a belt-like body. The fastening portion includes a clamping member rotatably supported in the side frame portions, and sandwiching the belt-like body between a free end portion and the first crossbar in a rotating position wherein the free end portion is most closely contacting with the first crossbar from the front surface side of the buckle; and holding devices generating an elastic deformation against a rotation in the clamping member relative to the rotation of the clamping member in a direction of separating the free end portion from the first crossbar.12-27-2012
20110146036STRAP FASTENING DEVICE - A strap fastening device includes two fastening straps and a tightness adjusting unit. The fastening straps each have a fixing end and an opposing free end. The tightness adjusting unit includes an assembling box and two locating members. The assembling box is provided at a left and a right half with at least one non-return retaining tooth each. The two locating members are slidably mounted to the assembling box and connected to the free ends of the two fastening straps, such that the free ends of the fastening straps are not turned back to expose from the assembling box. The slidable locating members respectively have a raised locating rib releasably engaging with the at least one non-return retaining tooth at the left and the right half of the assembling box. The two locating members can be conveniently slid with one hand to adjust the tightness of the fastening straps.06-23-2011
20130097828Configuration of a Belt Attachment Part - A flat belt attachment includes a first bar that connects corresponding positions of a pair of base bars facing each other; and a second bar that is parallel to the first bar and connects the base bars. The second bar includes a second inclined portion at an end portion, and the second inclined portion is shaped to approach the first bar toward a proximal end of the second inclined portion.04-25-2013
20130205552Belt Buckle - A belt and belt buckle design that opens to the front where the strap enters the belt buckle from below. The buckle is made from a single buckle member that is formed and that uses force and/or guidance from the buckle to hold the belt in place. The buckle has a hook region to support the strap of the belt and has a body passing around the strap from the back region of the strap to the front region of the strap.08-15-2013
20130025098RATCHET STRAP TENSIONER - A ratchet strap tensioner and methods of using the same where the ratchet strap tensioner comprises a first arm pivotally mounted to a second arm by means that include a bush member which allows pivotal movement of the first arm relative to the second arm subject to the restraint of a ratchet mechanism; and further comprising a two-part winding spindle located partly within the bush member; the first part of said winding spindle being fixed to said bush member and the second part of said winding spindle being adapted to allow lateral movement (with respect the winding axis) from a closed position alongside said first part to an open position and thereby allow a strap to be attached without threading the strap through the tensioner and without bending the strap.01-31-2013
20090119892RATCHET TIE-DOWN - A ratcheting tie-down device includes a main body portion having first and second ends, and a rotatable reel located about the second end. A dynamic webbing is extendable from the first end of the main body portion and is windable about the reel. A static webbing is coupled to the main body portion about the second end. The device includes means for attaching at least one end of the dynamic webbing to an object, and means for ratcheting rotation of the reel to wind the dynamic webbing thereon. A lever arm is rotatable relative to the main body portion between a first position and a second position to cause ratcheting rotation of the ratchet wheel. In one example, the lever arm includes at least a pair of independent lever arm rails. In another example, the dynamic webbing travels underneath a guide member prior to being wound about the reel.05-14-2009
20090119891Bungee Cord and Ratchet/Cambuckle Tie down with a Freely Rotatable Hook from 0.degree. to 360 - The present invention relates to a fastening apparatus with a hook that is freely rotatable from 0° to 360°, the apparatus comprises a cord body, a connecting assembly, and a hook, wherein the body is connected with the connecting assembly, and the hook is movably connected with the connecting assembly such that the hook may be freely rotated from 0° to 360°. The fastening apparatus may include a hook on each end of the cord body. In other embodiments, the fastening apparatus is provided as a tie-down where the cord body is a webbing and the apparatus incorporates an adjustable securing mechanism such as a ratchet or cam buckle. The rotatable hook feature increases the utility of the fastening apparatus because the apparatus is able to adapt or conform to varying requirements. Additionally, the operation of the fastening apparatus is easy and convenient. The fastening apparatus may be made more aesthetic by adding some decoration on the connecting assembly. The fastening apparatus may be made more durable by forming the connecting assembly utilizing an injection molding technique.05-14-2009
20130036580Strap-Tensioning Apparatus - A strap-tensioning apparatus includes a frame, a handle, a reel, a coil spring, a brake and two detents. The frame includes two walls each including two edges. A strap is wound on the reel. The handle includes two cams for pushing the first detent from ratcheted wheels of the reel when the second detent is located on the second edges. When the second detent is located on the second edges, the second detent is movable between a first position in contact with the ratcheted wheels and a second position away from the ratcheted wheels. In the second position, the second detent keeps the brake from the ratcheted wheels. The distance of the ratchets from the axle is longer than the distance of the second edges from the axle. Thus, the second detent frictionally contacts the ratcheted wheels in the second position, thus slowing the reeling in of the strap.02-14-2013
20100043186SECURITY STRAP - A theft resistant strap and buckle assembly for securing cargo on a vehicle rack includes a strap and a buckle. The strap is reinforced to resist cutting. The buckle has a lock and pawl device that operates to prevent loosening of the strap when the buckle is locked.02-25-2010
20130031755Strap-Tensioning Apparatus - A strap-tensioning apparatus includes a base including two walls each formed with a first arched edge and a second arched edge, a short strap connected to the base, a spring-loaded reel supported on the base, a long strap wound on the reel, a spring-loaded detent movably supported on the walls for engagement with the reel, a handle supported on the base, and a spring-loaded detent/suppressor is movably supported on the handle for engagement with the reel. The detent/suppressor suppresses the reel when it is retained in position on the first arched edges of the walls but allows the reel to spin when it is moved on the first arched edges of the walls in a direction.02-07-2013
20090013511Cargo bracing device - A cargo bracing device includes a base having two side plates for rotatably attaching a reel drum, one or more toothed discs attached to the reel drum and controlled to rotate relative to the base with a stop, an operating arm having two legs rotatably attached to the reel drum, a catch device attached to the operating arm and engaged with the toothed disc, and an anchoring device may detachably anchor the legs of the operating arm to the reel drum, and the legs of the operating arm may be selectively disengaged from the reel drum to prevent the operating arm from being operated by unauthorized persons, and for preventing the cargo from being stolen by the unauthorized persons.01-15-2009
20120233824RETRACTABLE RATCHETING TIE DOWN - A retractable ratcheting tie down apparatus is provided, including a frame and a hub rotatably mounted within the frame. A ratchet wheel is mounted to the hub and interfaces with a pawl to selectably prevent motion of the hub relative to the frame. A single tie down strap extends between two attachment members and winds around the hub. An operable means for rotating the hub and ratchet wheel is included to wind the single tie down strap around the hub. Tension between the two attachment members is transmitted directly through the single tie down strap and transitions between segments of the single tie down strap at the windings of the single tie down strap about the hub. In further examples, the operable means for rotating the hub and ratchet wheel is removable. The tie down apparatus can also move freely along the single tie down strap.09-20-2012
20130160254Combination Chain Tensioning Boom and Tensioning Sensor - A system and device that measures the cargo load securing tension upon a tensionable cargo load securing line including but not limited to a woven web, belt, cord, chain having a tension boom and conveys tension information sensed in the tension boom to a remote location is presented. Utilized is an “indirect” form of tension information conveyance, that being radio, light or sound, or a “direct” form of signal conveyance, that being wire or vehicle ground system or vehicle frame. Various remote locations may receive conveyed tension signal. They may include receiver devices located within transportation vehicle power unit cab, visual display on anterior portion of haul unit, transportation operator wrist or clothing mounted device, satellite linked management or office facility, associated convoy vehicle cab or operator, or other. Cab and operator tension display devices may provide an array of tension analysis recording and view and travel assist options.06-27-2013
20110271500Apparatus for Tensioning a Strap - A strap-tensioning apparatus includes a frame, a handle connected to the frame, a reel supported on the frame, two ratchets secured to the reel, a first detent supported on the handle and biased to engage with the ratchets, and a second detent supported on the frame and biased to engage with the ratchets. The frame includes two walls each including a recess. The handle includes two walls each including a lobe. The first detent includes a chamfered tip. The ratchets can slide on the chamfered tip of the first detent to allow a strap to be reeled out when the chamfered tip of the first detent is in the recesses of the frame. The second detent is disengaged from the ratchets by the lobes of the handle when the chamfered tip of the first detent is in the recesses of the walls of the frame.11-10-2011
20100275420Tie Down Apparatus - A tie down apparatus comprising a base, a biasing element, a torsion spring, and a shaft, wherein the base is die cast or plastic rejection molded and includes two side plates disposed on two sides thereof respectively, and between one ends of the side plates is mounted an engaging pillar, between another ends of the side plates is fixed a retaining member, between middle sections of the side plates is secured an abutting shank, the biasing element matches with the torsion spring and is axially fixed between the two side plates of the base by using the shaft, and is die cast or plastic rejection molded, and includes a contacting portion having a pressing piece extending from one side thereof, thereby cooling quickly after die casting or plastic rejection molding process to lower production time and cost, and enabling to decrease production material and cost.11-04-2010
20080216294Tensioning Ratchet for Tautening and Holding Tensioning Means - A tensioning ratchet for tautening and holding tensioning means, such as webbings, extruded straps, ropes, chains and the like, includes a console, with a winding-on shaft, rotatably mounted in the console, which is formed by at least two direction reversal bars, delimiting a distance between one another, and with a tensioning lever for turning the winding-on shaft about an axis of rotation. The tensioning ratchet according to the invention withstands a higher load and enables high pre-tensioning forces to be applied while preventing inadmissible stress on the user. This is achieved by the fact that the position at least of the outer circumferential face of the direction reversal bars coming into contact with the tensioning means, is variable.09-11-2008
20100125986Locking Mechanism for A Tie Down - A locking device and system for a tie down includes elements that positively secure a securing strap within a locking housing to hold one or more objects in place. In one embodiment, the locking housing includes a sloped housing having a cavity adapted to receive one end of the securing strap. The locking housing includes at least a user actuable lever and a gripping element. When the securing strap is threaded through the cavity of locking housing and the securing strap is in a desired positioned within the locking housing, the locking device enables a user to pivot the lever to cause the gripping element to press against the strap and positively secure the position of the strap within the housing. In one embodiment, the strap is a cogged belt having teeth and the gripping element includes a surface with teeth that mesh with the teeth of the strap.05-27-2010
20080307618Strap Fastener - A strap fastener includes a frame, a handle and a reel inserted through the frame and handle so that a strap can be reeled when the reel is rotated. A plurality of bushings are inserted to a plurality of grooves defined by the frame respectively for protecting the reel from the handle or the frame. Two ratchet wheels are connected to the reel. A first detent is movable on the frame for engagement with the ratchet wheels. A second detent is movable on the handle for engagement with the ratchet wheels.12-18-2008
20080201922Hand lever for a binding machine - A binding machine includes a tightening mechanism adapted to tension a belt and a limiting mechanism adapted to limit tensioning of the belt. The tightening mechanism includes, for example, a ratchet and a pawl coupled to a body of the tightening mechanism. A handle is adapted to rotate the ratchet in a first direction in response to a first force applied to the handle. The pawl is adapted to prevent the ratchet from returning in a second direction when the first force is released. A spring mechanism allows the handle to indicate when a second force opposing the first force achieves an established magnitude.08-28-2008
20080263837Rachet Strap Tightener and Mating Rotary Driven Tool - A rachet strap tightener and a power driven rotary tool are arranged to be operated together for tightening a strap. The body of the power driven rotary tool is arranged to be anchored in mating engagement relative to the body of the rachet strap tightener, in addition to coupling the rotating mating parts of the tool and the strap tightener, such that the torque applied when winding the spindle of the tightener no longer acts to twist the tightener body from the user's hands but rather the torque is anchored directly through the bodies so that winding of the spindle with the power driven tool can be accomplished quickly, efficiently and in a safe manner.10-30-2008
20090100653Binding Machine - This practical new model makes an improved binding machine known to the public, which includes main body, handle, ratchet wheel, roller, fastening belt, latch reed spring, control plate. Among them, the handle's side board is linked with the main section's side board through torsion spring. In this manner, when the fastening belt needs to be tightened as the binding machine is being used, the user can press down the handle which will resume its initial position with the bounce force of the torsion spring. It is not necessary for the user to push it back to the initial position after pressing the handle down. It is very easy and labor-saving with higher efficiency. Furthermore, it can also set a coil spring in the outside end of the roller. The fastening belt can withdraw inside the main section automatically, which is very convenient.04-23-2009
20090106957Buckle device - A buckle device includes a base coupled to a strap, an operating arm is rotatably secured to the base with a stationary axle, a shaft is attached to the operating arm. A latch is slidably attached to the operating arm to selectively lock the operating arm to the base. Another strap has an intermediate portion engaged around the stationary axle to form two strap segments, the shaft may force the strap segment to tighten the straps when the operating arm is moved toward the base and locked to the base at the locking position with the latch, the stationary axle and the shaft are spaced from each other for a distance to allow one of the strap segments to be further pulled by a user and to further tighten the straps.04-30-2009
20120192389TIE-DOWN TENSION ENHANCER - A tie-down tension enhancer for in-situ tightening of an installed tie down having a locking mechanism. The tension enhancer generally includes a body having openings for transverse insertion and removal of a line or strap as well as longitudinal movement of the line or strap within the body. A cinch is provided and disposed on the body for engaging the line or strap upon longitudinal movement of the line or strap in one direction and a line or strap mechanism is provided and spaced apart from the cinch for enabling pulling of the line or strap past the cinch for providing further tension to the existing tie down.08-02-2012
20090241307Tie-down strap system - A tie-down strap system designed to be integrated with the plurality of tie-down straps that are currently on the market. A system for the protection of the tightening mechanism, the storage of excess strapping during use, a storage device when not used as a tie-down strap, a hanging system when not in used as a tie-down strap, and a termination feature that prevents the free end of the strap from sliding through the tightening mechanism.10-01-2009
20120102690Apparatus for Tightening Two Belts - A belt-tightening apparatus includes a frame, a handle, a shaft, two ratchet wheels, two spring-biased detents and a connector. The shaft is used to rotationally connect the handle to the frame and wind a first belt. The ratchet wheels are connected to the shaft. The first spring-biased detent is movably connected to the handle for engagement with the spring-biased detent wheels. The second spring-biased detent is movably connected to the frame for engagement with the spring-biased detent wheels. The connector includes a tube and a reinforcement strip. The tube is connected to the frame on one hand and connected to the second belt on the other hand. The reinforcement strip is inserted it in the tube for reinforcing the tube.05-03-2012
20100293766Tensioning Apparatus for Strap - A tensioning apparatus includes a frame, a tensioning device mounted on a first end of the frame, and a reeling device mounted on a second end of the frame. The tensioning device includes a tensioning mechanism and a lever operably pivoted to rotate the tensioning mechanism, and a strap engaged with the tensioning device can be tensioned as the tensioning device is rotated. Additionally, the strap can be collected on the reeling device. Furthermore, the reeling device includes a ratcheting mechanism that facilitates collection of the strap by preventing the reeling device to turn in a direction that unreels the strap.11-25-2010
20110209315Force multiplying retaining straps - A generally U-sectioned cam buckle frame is modified to include a first turning roller aligned transversely across the frame proximate the free end of a release lever. A generally planar tongue having one end pivoted adjacent the first roller extends within the frame under the cam piece connected to the release lever provides a force transfer structure for a strap is inserted between the tongue and the frame bottom surface, around the first roller to pass between the cam piece and the other side of the tongue. Other transverse rollers may be included in the frame to form a pulley arrangement and one end of a frame side wall may be convolved to form a hook assembly.09-01-2011
20110067210Ratchet Tie-Down and Reinforcement Assembly - A ratchet tie-down includes a frame, a lever including two cams pivotally connected to the frame, a reeling device rotatably mounted on the frame and lever, and a ratcheting device including two ratchet wheels mounted on the reeling device. The ratchet tie-down further includes a reinforcement assembly including two reinforcement members mounted on the reeling device. Each ratchet wheel includes two lateral sides disposed between one cam and one reinforcement member. Each reinforcement member defines an annular surface in contact with one lateral side of one ratchet wheel, and with the reinforcement member imposing an urging force in a direction perpendicular to a rotation direction of the ratchet wheel.03-24-2011
20110061213HAND PULLER WITH A STRUCTURE OF DOUBLE STOPPING PLATES - A hand puller with the structure of double stopping plates is disclosed. An axle part goes through a fixing part and a pulling part. Both ends of the axle part have a ratchet, respectively. The fixing part has two stopping plates, fixed to the two opposite sides of the axle part. The pulling part has a driving claw. The driving claw and the stopping plates of the fixing part engage with the ratchet.03-17-2011
20110209314Force multiplying motorcycle retaining strap - A generally U-sectioned cam buckle frame is modified to include a first turning roller aligned transversely across the frame proximate the free end of a release lever. A generally planar tongue having one end pivoted adjacent the first roller extends within the frame under the cam piece connected to the release lever provides a force transfer structure for a strap is inserted between the tongue and the frame bottom surface, around the first roller to pass between the cam piece and the other side of the tongue. Other transverse rollers may be included in the frame to form a pulley arrangement and one end of a frame side wall may be convolved to form a hook assembly.09-01-2011
20110041301Strap tensioner or tightener - A strap tightener includes a ratchet wheel rotatably attached to a supporting member with an axle, a tension lever rotatably attached to the supporting member with a shaft and having an actuating end for engaging with the ratchet teeth of the ratchet wheel, a strap engaged between the actuating end of the tension lever and the ratchet wheel, and a spring member for biasing the actuating end of the tension lever to engage with the strap and to clamp the strap between the actuating end of the tension lever and the ratchet wheel, the actuating end of the tension lever is forced to engage with the grooves between the ratchet teeth for generating a click sound when the strap has not been tightened or tensioned.02-24-2011
20100175233SEPARATE STRAP STORAGE IN A RATCHET ARRANGEMENT - A storage device within a ratchet arrangement for automatically storing a length of fastening material including a storage housing and a biasing member for drawing the fastening material into the storage housing. The fastening material can be used with a ratchet/handle tie-down mechanism, allowing for the dynamic portion of the webbing to automatically be retracted into the storage housing. The automatic retraction leaves little or no excess webbing or fastening material, such that a user does not have to tie off excess webbing or material.07-15-2010
20110167599RATCHET STRAP - Described is a ratchet strap with a free end securing system. The ratchet strap has a strap with an attachment end and a free end and a strap winding shaft which is capable of receiving the free end in a wrapped relationship. A ratchet mechanism is included for simultaneously shortening the attachment end and the free end wherein the free end is drawn from the wrapped relationship with the strap winding shaft.07-14-2011
20110088226Strap Tensioner and Associated Gripping Jaws - A strip clamping device having a strip to be clamped (04-21-2011
20100000061 BUCKLE01-07-2010
20120000043TENSIONING DEVICE - A simple and inexpensive device for a reliable tie down tensioning which device enables the tie-down to be quickly and easily applied and the flexible element tensioned and just as quickly and easily removed.01-05-2012
20110041300Hand puller with detachable handle - The present invention disclosed a hand puller with a detachable handle, and the hand puller includes a body, an axle, and a handle. The axle is passed and mounted onto the body, and a sheath opening is formed at an end of the handle for sheathing an edge of the axle, such that the handle can be turned by using the axle as an axial center, and a guide section is defined and formed at an external periphery of the sheath opening, and the body includes at least one stop portion protruded from a position proximate to the guide section of the handle. When the handle is turned by using the axle as the axial center, the guide section and the stop portion are slidably coupled to restrict a radial movement of the handle to prevent the handle from being separated from the axle along the radial direction.02-24-2011
20120110801STRAP TENSIONING DEVICE - A strap tensioning device that includes a base having one of the ends of which accommodates a rotating drum that accommodates the end of a first strap section or first strap, the drum being capable of engaging with a tensioning lever articulated on the drum, the latter being disengageable relative to the tensioning lever; a tension shaft to which a second strap section or second strap is secured; means for the temporary storage of the first strap comprising elements that are independent both of the shaft for tensioning the second section or second strap, and of the drum, the elements being mounted on the base.05-10-2012
20110167600LOAD BINDER - A load binder is described for securing a load to a vehicle or the like, the load binder including: attachment means for attaching a flexible member to be tensioned by the load binder; an over-centre mechanism; an operating lever; and a ratchet mechanism; the load binder is moveable between a tensioned configuration and a released configuration by way of the operating lever; and wherein the ratchet mechanism allows the load binder to be progressively moved from the released configuration to the tensioned configuration.07-14-2011
20090133235Buckle device - A buckle device includes a base coupled to a strap, an operating arm rotatably secured to the base with a stationary axle, a shaft attached to the operating arm, a latch slidably attached to the operating arm to selectively lock the operating arm to the base, and another strap engaged around the stationary axle to form two strap segments, the shaft may force the strap segment to tighten the straps, the base includes one or more fasten notches for engaging with the latch for retaining the latch and the operating arm to the base at a fastening position when the straps may further be pulled away from each other, and includes one or more lock notches for solidly locking the latch.05-28-2009
20090133234Buckle mechanism - A buckle mechanism includes a base coupled to a strap, an operating arm rotatably secured to the base with a stationary axle, a shaft attached to the operating arm, a latch slidably attached to the operating arm to selectively lock the operating arm to the base, and another strap engaged around the stationary axle to form two strap segments, the shaft may force the strap segments to tighten the straps, the rotatable or swingable shaft is arranged or located between the stationary axle and the bottom panel of the base for engaging with and for forcing the strap segments and for tighten the straps. The stationary axle may also be arranged or located between the shaft and the bottom panel of the base.05-28-2009
20100205790RATCHET BUCKLE WITH C-SHAPE BAR - The tie-down provides an adjustable strap under control of a ratchet during retraction and pay-out. The tie-down is provided with a strap issuing rearward from a transverse bar between base sides, the bar being an integral part of the base, three sides having been rolled up from the base bottom into a C-shaped bar opening rearward. A forward strap issues forward from the tie-down secured to a spindle to which ratchet wheels attach. The forward strap wraps the spindle during tie-down strap retraction.08-19-2010
20100071174Ratchet Strapping Device - An improved ratchet strapping device is provided, comprising a frame, an axle, and a handle pivotally installed on the axle. Ratchets are mounted on the axle and adjacent to the exterior of the frame. The frame includes a first detent on the outside of the frame which engages the ratchet. A release device is mounted on the handle, wherein the release device includes a second detent on the outside of the handle which engages the ratchets at another location. The frame includes a first cam having a radius greater than the ratchets and on which the second detent slides, and the handle includes a second cam having a radius greater than the ratchets and on which the first detent slides. Placement of the ratchet and detent components on the outside of the device permits spooling of substantially all of the strap for storage or unused portions of the strap during use.03-25-2010
20110179609STRAP-TIGHTENING DEVICE - A strap-tightening device includes a frame, a handle connected to the frame and a reel located on the frame. A first detent is located on the frame. A second detent is located on the handle. The second detent includes two horns each including a downward prong and an upward prong. The reel includes a cylinder and two ratcheted wheels attached to the cylinder. The ratcheted wheels are engaged with the upward prongs of the horns of the second detent during pivoting of the handle in a direction to cause the cylinder to reel in a strap. The ratcheted wheels are engaged with the first detent during pivoting of the handle in an opposite direction to prevent the handle from spinning the cylinder to reel out the strap. A withdrawing unit spins the reel to withdraw the strap.07-28-2011
20090126171BUCKLE05-21-2009
20120073097Ratchet buckle - A ratchet buckle has a body and a trigger. One end of the body has two opposite pivotal holes, two opposite positioning notches, and a pivotal shaft penetrating the pivotal holes. Two ends of the pivotal shaft each have a ratchet wheel synchronously rotating with the pivotal shaft. One end of the trigger has two opposite shaft holes engaged to the pivotal shaft of the body and has a positioning rod transversally mounted on the trigger to engage the two positioning notches of the body. By operating the trigger to set the pivotal shaft free, the pivotal shaft is easily rotated to reel a strap.03-29-2012
20120227224Cargo Tie-Down - A cargo carrier tie-down assembly that utilizes a fastener made up of a shackle element that includes a wall in a form that is closed in two dimensions, defining an opening and wherein the wall also defines a pair of opposed apertures, a pin that can be inserted through the two apertures and a knob fastener element, having a head, that is sized to be passed through the opening when the pin is withdrawn from the wall, and that is retained when the pin is inserted into the two apertures. A tension member has one of the fastener elements attached to at least one end. The other fastener element is attached to the cargo carrier.09-13-2012
20120227223STRAP TENSIONING SYSTEM - A strap tensioning system having a frame and a core shaft on the frame. The system further has first and second separate lengths of flexible strap extending generally oppositely away from the frame, a drive shaft, and a gear assembly with a worm and a worm gear that are driven by the drive shaft. The drive shaft is operable to drive the gear assembly to thereby cause the first length of flexible strap to be wrapped around the core shaft to thereby vary a combined effective length of the first and second lengths of flexible strap.09-13-2012
20110119877TENSIONING DEVICE HAVING AN ILLUMINATION SOURCE AND RELATED METHOD - In one embodiment, a tensioning device having a permanently affixed illumination source disposed on the tensioning device to provide illumination during, among other things, operation of the tensioning device, is described herein.05-26-2011
20120233823Ratchet Strap Tightener - A strap tightener for securing cargo is disclosed. The tightener includes a base frame and a handling frame, which pivotally connect to form a vee structure. The base frame is connected to the handling frame by inserting a pivot into pivot hole thereof. Each of two ends of the pivot is ringed with a protection loop and a ratchet wheel. The protection loop is composed of a flange for being blockedly fixed on the pivot hole and a sleeve for penetrating into the pivot hole. The sleeve can protect the pivot hole to prevent it from being directly pressed by the pivot.09-20-2012
20120317763DRIVING DEVICE FOR BELT AXLE OF WINCH - 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.12-20-2012
20120084951Positioning Hook Structure for a Hand Puller - A positioning hook structure for a hand puller contains a base including a first and a second ends; a rotating member including a first segment axially connected with the second end and a second segment having a handle; a central shaft set being axially coupled with the first segment and the second end; two ratchets including teeth arranged therearound and fixed onto one end of the central shaft set; the base including a movable retaining member to abut against one of the teeth, the rotating member including a movable pulling rod to abut against another tooth of the ratchet; a positioning hook including a third and a fourth ends, the third end including two sides including two insertions, the fourth end including a hooking portion extending outward so that the positioning hook inserts to the holes of the base by using the insertions.04-12-2012
20100199474SAFETY RATCHET - Safety ratchets provided herein allow for safely releasing tension in strap ratchets. A safety ratchet can tighten and then quickly reverse to slowly and controllably release tension, instead of abruptly releasing tension.08-12-2010
20100199473RATCHET BUCKLE - In the present invention, a lightweight apparatus for secure transport of cargo in cargo compartments, such as those found in trucks and freight trains, is provided. The ratchet buckle has a front reel which receives a cargo strap. The light weight of the ratchet buckle is achieved by the use of a dual purpose detachable ratcheting lever or wrench. The wrench has a wrench head which engages the front reel to tighten the ratchet buckle. The wrench also has a release end which engages a release hole in the ratchet buckle, to disengage the ratcheting mechanism and allow removal of the cargo strap. Additional purposes and advantages are provided herein.08-12-2010
20100132169Binding Machine - This invention introduces a binding machine with improved structure. It mainly includes main body, non-slip mat, scroll, ratchet wheel, hand knob, spring leaf, and control pulling plate, main lacing, and auxiliary lacing. The non-slip mat is made of soft materials and is connected with the bottom board of the main body. In addition, there are two hand pieces attached to the main body and there is the recess in the shape matching the fingers. This invention of binding machine does not scrape the surface of the tied down items and it is more convenient for use.06-03-2010
20110146035HAND PULLER WHOSE HANDLE ROLLS IN THE STRAP - A hand puller whose handle can roll in a strap includes a base and a movable arm. The base has a pivotal element. The movable arm is disposed on the outer end of the pivotal element. A ratchet wheel is disposed between the movable arm and both ends of the base, respectively. The movable arm has a second stopping plate and extends with a pulling element. The pulling element has a third sliding groove with a rotating axis. Both ends of the rotating axis are disposed on the two arm boards of the movable arm. A rotating element is provided for the user to rotate, so that the strap is winded on the rotating axis.06-23-2011
20080244883Binding device - A binding device for pulling tight a belt comprises a first ratchet wheel and a second ratchet wheel, each having a plurality of mounting openings, a roll, having a plurality of roll sectors that are respectively mounted in the mounting openings of the first and second ratchet wheels, of which at least one roll sector is removable, a lever, connected with the first ratchet wheel, a frame, connected with the second ratchet wheel; an upper blocking assembly, mounted on the lever, blocking the first ratchet wheel from turning, and a lower blocking assembly, mounted on the lever, blocking the second ratchet wheel from turning. Due to removability of one of the roll sectors, the belt is easily mounted and dismounted, and a wide range of applications is provided for.10-09-2008
20100064489LOAD SECURING RATCHET WITH ANCHOR ATTACHMENT SYSTEM - An anchor attachment system is provided for use with tensioning device for tensioning lines, particularly belts or webs. The anchor attachment system releasably secures an anchoring line to one end of the tensioning device. Embodiments of the anchor attachment system employ a pin, a cross-pin, a spring element, and a locking cam working in cooperation to secure the pin to first and/or second ends of the tensioning device.03-18-2010
20130091673CABLE ADJUSTING DEVICE - Cable adjusting devices are presented including: a base plate; a pair of walls connected with the base plate along a top surface, where each of the pair of walls includes an outer surface and an inner surface, where the inner surfaces of the pair of walls form a v-groove, and where the inner surfaces include, a number of gripping ridge pairs, and a locking ridge pair disposed alongside one end of the number of gripping ridge pairs at the distal end of the base plate; a keeper bar extending between the pair of walls at the proximal end of the base plate; and an attachment point disposed along the bottom surface of the base plate along at least the distal end or the proximal end.04-18-2013
20130111715CABLE TENSIONING DEVICE UTILITY APPLICATIONS - A tensioning device for tie down applications in a utility market that includes a drive end and a cable output end to attach to a medium, item, or truck or trailer. The tensioning device creates more tension in the medium than is generally able to be applied by hand with ratchet straps or chains, which provides a more secure tie down of items in a utility application. The tensioning device includes a drive system that can be driven with standard power tools or hand tools to retract a cable. The tensioning device may be designed with or without a clutch feature. The clutch feature allows for a desired cable tension to be reached for each installation and provides feedback to the operator when the correct tension is reached. The tensioning device includes an external bracket or hook for easily attaching to an item, medium, or truck or trailer.05-09-2013
20100293765Tensioning Apparatus for Strap - A tensioning apparatus includes a first shaft and a strap wound on the first shaft such that the strap has first and second portions extending in opposite directions, and the first portion of the strap is collected on the first shaft by operably moving the rotating shaft. The tensioning apparatus further includes a reeling device for collecting the second portion of the strap. Furthermore, the reeling device includes a ratcheting mechanism that facilitates collection of the strap.11-25-2010
20080235922ADJUSTABLE LEVER LOAD BINDER - Apparatuses are disclosed where in a lever binder may include an adjuster that when manipulated adjusts the binding length of the lever binder. In various embodiments, a lever binder is disclosed including an automatic latching mechanism to help resist undesired movement of a lever from a binding position.10-02-2008
20110289741Methods and apparatus for applying tension to a motion transmission element - In exemplary implementations of this invention, tension is applied to a motion transmission element with periodic features by causing that element to mesh with a device that has a pitch slightly greater than the pitch of the motion transmission element. The motion transmission element with periodic features may comprise, for example: (a) a belt with teeth, or (b) a chain. Further, the motion transmission element may comprise either an open or a closed loop. In exemplary implementations, the width of the teeth of the motion transmission element (along that element's long axis) is greater than the width of the teeth in the rack (along the rack's long axis). This allows room for the teeth of the rack to both fit and move within the gap between the teeth in the motion transmission element. This extra width of the element's teeth is not necessary if the element is sufficiently elastic.12-01-2011
20100313394Fastening apparatus for a pressurized-gas vessel - A fastening apparatus for pressurized-gas vessels is provided on a carrier. The fastening apparatus makes it possible to fasten a pressurized-gas vessel as well as to adapt the fastening apparatus to differently sized pressurized-gas vessels with one manipulative step. The fastening apparatus includes a carrier, a belt, a locking device, fastening points and redirection points for the belt.12-16-2010
20120174355RATCHET ADJUSTMENT SYSTEM - An adjustment system for adjusting the width of a cuff has an elongated adjustment strip having a set of longitudinally extending teeth. Each tooth has a forward side and a rearward side. The length of each forward side is greater than a length of each of the rearward sides so that an angle between a longitudinal axis of the strip and the forward side is less than an angle between the longitudinal axis and the rearward side of each tooth. There is a locking mechanism formed by a base plate having a locking device on an underside and a guide for slidably connecting the locking mechanism to the strip. The teeth and the locking device are configured so that the locking device can be moved forward along the strip using only a small amount of force, and can then be moved rearward using a larger amount of force.07-12-2012
20100218348CLAMPING LOCK FOR A TENSIONING MEANS - A clamping lock for a tensioning means with a housing comprising two cheek parts arranged at a distance from each other, a stop web extending between the cheek parts and a pivot spindle likewise extending between the cheek parts and a comb element pivotably mounted on the pivot spindle of the housing. The clamping lock can be manufactured in a simple manner and at the same time has a compact, easily manageable design because there is a reinforcing insert at least in the region of the cheek parts of the stop web and of the pivot spindle of the housing, said reinforcing insert being surrounded by a plastics material casing and comprises a material which is firmer than the plastics material casing.09-02-2010
20080250616Jewelry Clasp - A jewelry clasp is provided for use with one or more jewelry strands and further comprises, in one embodiment, a spring clasp with first and second bead pins attached thereto. Each bead pin comprises a removable bead that allows for attachment of the jewelry strands to the bead pins and maintains the jewelry strands attached thereto. Different jewelry strands can be interchangeably attached to a single jewelry clasp to create a desired appearance or effect.10-16-2008
20120102691STRAP CONNECTING MEMBER AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE WITH THE STRAP CONNECTING MEMBER - The electronic device includes a body, a strap, and a strap connecting member. The strap connecting member further includes a pin, a torsion spring one end of which is connected to the pin, a receiving chamber accommodating the pin and defining an opening notch passing through the sidewall thereof, and a cover connected with the torsion spring and engaging with the receiving chamber. The strap is double-layered. The double-layered strap forms a folded end and an open end, the folded end is connected with the pin and is wrapped around the pin, and the open end is separated into two portions which pass at the opening notch and are respectively connected to the body. When the torsion spring is elastically deformed and generates a torsion force, the pin is rotated and the strap automatically shrinks in the receiving chamber under the torsion force.05-03-2012
20100050403ROTARY TENSIONING DEVICE - A rotary tensioning device that is low profile when not being used to apply or reduce tension and that provides an easily manipulated tightening and loosening control mechanism. A control mechanism in the form of a flip up handle is pivotally connected to a drive member and rotation of the handle and drive member rotates a driven member connected to a spool to take up or let out a cable or wire to apply or reduce tension in the cable or wire. When not being used to apply or reduce tension, the flip up handle is pivoted to lie flush against a housing of the spool to provide a low profile. A tension indicating device provides a user with a mechanism for reproducing tensions between uses.03-04-2010
20130047388RATCHET BUCKLE AND STRAP ASSEMBLY - A ratchet buckle and strap assembly is provided. The ratchet buckle has a passageway configured to slidably receive the strap, a pawl arranged to engage the strap and prevent movement of the strap in a direction from the rear portion toward the front portion, while allowing movement of the strap in a direction from the front portion toward the rear portion of the passageway, and a drive actuator arranged to engage the strap and feed the strap through the passageway from the front portion toward the rear portion of the passageway. The strap may have a plurality of first teeth, and a plurality of separate second teeth. The first teeth may be on a first side of the strap and the second teeth may be on a second side of the strap. The ratchet buckle may be configured such that the pawl is configured to engage a first side of the strap and the drive actuator may be configured to engage a second side of the strap opposite the first side.02-28-2013
20110289742SHOELACE FASTENER - A shoelace fastener is fixed on a vamp of a shoe for wearing shoelace and comprises two longitudinal seats each having a slider slidably mounted thereon for wearing shoelace. The slider has a spring-like structure. The slider has a front end fixed on a front end of the seat and a rear end. The shoelace is tightened when the slider is positioned after stretching.12-01-2011
20090038128DEVICE AND METHOD OF RAPIDLY TYING SHOELACES - Provided is a shoe which is tied with a piece of shoelace, in which a pair of pulling string rings are provided in both left and right upper ends of the neck of the shoe, to thereby enable a user to pull or release a pair of pulling strings hooked on the rings one time in order to put on or take off the shoe. Double instep covers of the footwear are provided, and the exposed knots of the shoelace end portions are positioned between the double instep covers, so that the knots are not exposed and the knots which are not well untied can be smoothly adjusted. Moreover, a cover-type fastening locker or protection guard which protects the protruded latch from external impact is used to solve the conventional problems, and to furthermore provide a simple shoelace tying shoe having no knots of the end of the lower portion of the shoelaces.02-12-2009
20090172928Turning fastener for a shoe - A turning fastener for a shoe has a pulling means with two end portions, which act on a take-up reel, which is provided with an annular groove for receiving the pulling means, a rotatable mounting of the take-up reel with a bearing journal, which engages in a bearing, a holder, which can be fastened to the shoe, for the rotatable mounting, and an engageable and disengageable directional locking mechanism, which in the engaged position blocks the take-up reel in one direction of rotation for closing the shoe and in the disengaged position releases it in this direction of rotation. The take-up reel is formed as a rotary grip, wherein two through-openings, extending from the annular groove to the end face of the take-up reel that is facing away from the holder, are provided for leading one or the other end portion of the pulling means through. The take-up reel is guided in an axially displaceable manner with the bearing journal and the bearing, and the directional locking mechanism is engaged in the position of the take-up reel in which it is pushed towards the holder and is disengaged in the position in which it is pushed away from the holder.07-09-2009
20120102692TIGHTENING STRAP OF A DIVING FLIPPER - An improved diving flipper's adjustable foot strap with a conveniently located handle which allows the diver to quickly pull the stretchable strap whereby he or she move the strap away from the back of his or her foot in one fluid motion.05-03-2012
20110000057FASTENING DEVICE - A fastening device (01-06-2011
20110131772Reformable Closure Device Strap - A strap for a mechanical closure device is disclosed. The strap includes a wire disposed along a longitudinal axis of the strap. The wire maintains the strap in a desired geometry that is different from a previous geometry of the strap. In other embodiments, a wire-core strap can include transverse ridges, holes, or other types of grooves or apertures.06-09-2011
20120297591Selectively Releasable Buckle - A buckle is provided for use in footwear. The buckle includes a lever arm that feeds a strap into the buckle in a ratcheting fashion and a lock that secures the strap relative to the buckle when the lever arm is released. To release the strap from the buckle, a user may impart rotational motion onto the lock to remove it from engagement from teeth associated with the strap. Alternatively, pressure may be applied to the lever arm, which releases a locking pawl from the strap and allows the strap to incrementally move a predetermined amount.11-29-2012
20130014359ADJUSTING DEVICE FOR TIGHTENING OR LOOSING LACES AND STRAPSAANM CHEN; Chin-ChuAACI Taichung CityAACO TWAAGP CHEN; Chin-Chu Taichung City TW - An adjusting device for tightening or loosing laces and straps includes a base, an actuating member and a knob. When a user rotates the knob clockwise, the adjusting device is tightening a flexible strap of the clothing or a lace of the footwear. However, when a user rotates the knob counterclockwise, the adjusting device is loosing a flexible strap of the clothing or a lace of the footwear. The knob never moves up and down along the axis during the operation for tightening or loosing the flexible strap or the lace.01-17-2013
20130091674FASTENING DEVICE FOR FOOTWEAR - A fastening device for footwear includes a hook element with a major tooth and a minor tooth, a releasing element, a boosting cover, a base and a strap with teeth. Each tooth has an inclining surface and a vertical surface. When the hook element is pressed, the major tooth and the miner tooth are engaged with the inclining surface of the teeth alternately to push the strap to move backward. When the boosting cover is bent up, the boosting tooth is engaged with the vertical surface of the teeth to push the strap to move forward. When the releasing element is pulled up, the strap is completely released from the base.04-18-2013
20080209702Buckle guide assembly - An improved guide for securing a lace, rope or other material, which enables the material to be tightened and secured with ease is disclosed. The guide allows the material to slide through a buckle allowing a user to tighten the material and lock the buckle without the loss of tension in the material. The guide is implemented on footwear, watch bands, luggage and backpack straps, ropes for tents, boats and other structures, and any other buckling or line securing apparatus.09-04-2008
20080196224Shoelace reel operated easily and conveniently - A shoelace reel includes a support seat, a spool rotatably mounted in the support seat, a shoelace having two distal ends each secured to the winding zone of the spool, a limit sleeve mounted on the support seat, a drive member rotatably and movably mounted in the limit sleeve, and a control knob rotatably and movably mounted on the limit sleeve and connected to the drive member. Thus, the user only needs to rotate the control knob to tighten the shoelace and to pull out the control knob to loosen the shoelace. In addition, the user only needs to operate the control knob to tighten or loosen the shoelace, so that the user can tighten or loosen the shoelace by his one hand only.08-21-2008
20110209313Wristbands With Interchangeable Layers Allowing Sizing By End User - A wearable band with an adjustable size or length. The band includes a first band element and a second band element with a planar body extending from a first to a second end. The second band element body is greater in length than the first band element body and includes a hole for receiving the first band element body. The band includes a coupling mechanism that detachably connects an outer sidewall of the first band element body to the inner sidewall of the second band element body, e.g., to allow the two band elements to be selectively disconnected and reassembled without tools. The coupling mechanism includes a first coupling component extending along the outer sidewall of the first band element and a second coupling element extending along the inner sidewall of the second band element such that the two band elements are connected along the periphery of the hole.09-01-2011
20100170068Adjustment Mechanism - An adjustment mechanism comprises a dial comprising an inner wall defining a hole passing through the dial, the inner wall comprising a ledge having one or more cutouts. The mechanism further comprises a base comprising a first set of teeth and an actuator comprising a second, the second set of teeth configured to engage the first set of teeth and allow the actuator to be rotated in a first direction but not in a second opposite direction. The actuator further comprises one or more drive-dogs configured to engage a cutout on the inner wall of the dial, each drive-dog comprising a ramped edge configured to disengage the drive-dog from the cutout and lift the second set of teeth from the first set of teeth when the dial is rotated in the second direction.07-08-2010
20110056057STRUCTURE OF STEEL CABLE FASTENER - A structure of steel cable fastener is provided for eliminating a returning force caused by twisting stress induced in a steel cable when the steel cable is stretched and fixed by the fastener, which induces a stress due to fixing of a fixing end of the steel cable. Such a returning force makes the operation and adjustment of mounting a locking cap to the steel cable difficult and also induces damage and wear of a fixing end of the steel cable due to twisting stress induced in the steel cable. The structure of the steel cable fastener includes a bearing retainer that carries a bearing device and arranged inside the locking cap to secure an end of the steel cable and a resilient element arranged between the bearing retainer and the locking cap for relief of twisting stress induced in the steel cable through the rotation of the bearing device.03-10-2011
20100229358APPARATUS FOR EXTENDING THE ARM OF A LEVER - An apparatus for extending the arm of a lever, particularly for extending the arm of a lever of strap tensioning devices, comprising an element for connection to the lever, which can be associated therewith jointly and reversibly, a main body, which is associated with the connecting element by way of elements for mutual inclination and can be gripped by the user to operate the lever, and elements for contrasting the mutual inclination of the main body with respect to the connecting element, which can yield to a predefined force that contrasts the rotation of the lever, applied thereby to the connecting element.09-16-2010
20130111716CABLE TENSIONING DEVICE FOR HUNTING TREE STANDS OR CLIMBING LADDERS - A tensioning device for installing tree stands that includes a drive end and a cable output end to attach to a medium that is placed around a tree. The tensioning device creates more tension in the medium than is generally able to be applied by hand with ratchet straps or chains, which provides safer installation of a tree stand or climbing ladder. The tensioning device includes a drive system that can be driven with standard power tools or hand tools to retract a cable. The tensioning device may be designed with or without a clutch feature. The clutch feature allows for a desired cable tension to be reached for each installation and provides feedback to the operator when the correct tension is reached. The tensioning device includes an external bracket or hook for easily attaching to a tree stand or climbing ladder.05-09-2013
024068000 Rack and pinion and circular tighteners 1
20130042446SEGMENT POSITIONING BELT - An improved structure of a segment positioning belt characterized in that it includes a flexible belt body having the form of an elongated strip. The belt body made of plastic or rubber materials presents flexibility, and also has a positioning end and an extension. The positioning end is provided with a mounting portion. Several segment positioning portions are set at interval onto the belt body along its extension. A strengthened metal core is integrally located into the belt body in an elongated form, so as to cover the positioning end and extension of the belt body. The present invention enables production of tensile stress against breakage of the belt body through arrangement of the strengthened metal core, making it possible to improve the endurance of the segment positioning belt, extend its service life and enhance the safety with better anti-burglary effect.02-21-2013
20110138589Sash window and door transportation clip - A clip assembly may safely secure sliding sashes of a window or door during transportation, and, in one embodiment, be comprised of a strap member and a pawl member. The strap member may be comprised of a bumper portion, and a strap portion extending therefrom, where the strap portion may have a plurality of teeth formed within the thickness of the strap. The pawl member may have a pair of sidewalls supported by a top wall and an intermediate wall. The top wall may have a protrusion which includes a plurality of pawl teeth formed to complement the strap teeth, and be located proximate to the intermediate wall. The strap may be introduced through the gap between the top rail of an upper sash and bottom rail of the second sash, to then be inserted into the pawl, and thereby be retained by the respective teeth to secure the sashes.06-16-2011
20100139057REEL BASED LACING SYSTEM - A lacing system configured to selectively adjust the size of an opening on an object and allow for the incremental release of the lace within the lacing system. The lacing system can have a reel comprising a housing, a spool supported by the housing, and a knob supported by the housing. The reel can be configured so that cable is gathered in the channel formed in the spool when the spool is rotated in a first direction relative to the housing, and so that cable can be incrementally released from the spool when the spool is rotated in a second direction relative to the housing. In some embodiments, the reel can include a rotation limiter which can be configured to prevent over-tightening of the lacing system and/or to prevent rotation past the substantially fully loosened state.06-10-2010
20080289160STRUCTURE OF BUCKLE SET - A buckle set, two of which pair off for being inset in frame of the swimming goggles on two sides so that a strap can be inserted in the buckle sets for fastening the swimming goggles on user's face. Structure of the present invention features a 211-27-2008
20110088227Quick Release Adjustable Strap Clamp - A strap clamp includes a housing which is attached to an end of an elongated strap band. The housing pivotally support a screw member, the threads of which engage and drive the strap band to tighten or loosen the strap band. The screw member may be pivoted away from the strap band to disengage screw threads and release the strap band. The housing is attached to the strap band via elongated slots which have a minimal impact on the strength of the strap band.04-21-2011
20110197406SECURING ARRANGEMENT FOR SECURING A DIVING CYLINDER TO A BUOYANCY CONTROL DEVICE - A securing arrangement for a diving cylinder, and more particularly for use in securing a diving cylinder to a harness of a buoyancy control device, includes: a securing strap for securing the cylinder to the harness; a strap-retaining device allowing the strap to pass therethrough in one direction, and selectively preventing the strap from passing therethrough in an opposite direction; and a pivotable tensioning lever for increasing the tension of the securing strap.08-18-2011
20080276437Method and apparatus for tightening a belt - The present invention includes a method and related apparatus for tightening or loosening a belt. Some illustrative embodiments include a method and apparatus for tightening or loosening a belt used in e.g., power-lifting, to provide adequate leverage in tightening or loosening the belt to prevent injury comprising using the apparatus (constructed with a rigid material) to attach to the belt and allowing for appropriate tension to be applied to fasten and unfasten the belt at the desired tightness.11-13-2008
20100037440Attachment System for Entertainment Device - The present invention relates to an attachment system or mounting structure that can be used with a device to mount or couple the device to a support, such as an infant support structure. In different embodiments, the device can be an entertainment device, such as a mobile or toy aquarium, or another type of device, such as a monitor. In different embodiments, the infant support structure can be a crib or bassinet or other type of structure.02-18-2010
20120246895Belt Binder Structure - An improved belt binder structure having a binder body with a flat base and the two sides bended upward to form side panels that constitute a a binder body with a flat base with two sides bended upward to form an enclosure space for enclosing a reel, a ratchet wheel, a handle, a locking plate and a control pulling plate attached to the two side panels of the handle and can move up and down by the connecting points, and whereas the frontal portion of the control pulling plate has locking structure that locks with the positioning slot on the flat base and the bottom of the plate engages with the ratchet wheels.10-04-2012
20120233825BUCKLE FOR SWIMMING/DIVING GOGGLES - A buckle includes a base engaged with a body of swimming/diving goggle. A head strap is extended through a slot in a rear end of the base. A cover is engaged with the body. A space is defined between the cover and the base. A button is mounted in a groove of the cover and made of flexible material. An engagement plate is formed on the button and includes a catch releasably engaging with teeth of the head strap. First and second supporting points are defined between the button and the base. A pressing section is formed between the first and second supporting points. The catch can be disengaged from the teeth of the head strap to allow movement of the head strap in a loosening direction by pressing the pressing section or manually moving the grip.09-20-2012
20120324686BUCKLE - A buckle has a pair of side frame portions; first and second crossbars extending between the pair of side frame portions; a fastening portion disposed on at least one portion of the buckle for fastening a belt-like body. The fastening portion includes a clamping member rotatably supported in the side frame portions, and sandwiching the belt-like body between a free end portion and the first crossbar in a rotating position wherein the free end portion is most closely contacting with the first crossbar from the front surface side of the buckle; and holding devices generating an elastic deformation against a rotation in the clamping member relative to the rotation of the clamping member in a direction of separating the free end portion from the first crossbar.12-27-2012
20110146036STRAP FASTENING DEVICE - A strap fastening device includes two fastening straps and a tightness adjusting unit. The fastening straps each have a fixing end and an opposing free end. The tightness adjusting unit includes an assembling box and two locating members. The assembling box is provided at a left and a right half with at least one non-return retaining tooth each. The two locating members are slidably mounted to the assembling box and connected to the free ends of the two fastening straps, such that the free ends of the fastening straps are not turned back to expose from the assembling box. The slidable locating members respectively have a raised locating rib releasably engaging with the at least one non-return retaining tooth at the left and the right half of the assembling box. The two locating members can be conveniently slid with one hand to adjust the tightness of the fastening straps.06-23-2011
20130097828Configuration of a Belt Attachment Part - A flat belt attachment includes a first bar that connects corresponding positions of a pair of base bars facing each other; and a second bar that is parallel to the first bar and connects the base bars. The second bar includes a second inclined portion at an end portion, and the second inclined portion is shaped to approach the first bar toward a proximal end of the second inclined portion.04-25-2013
20130205552Belt Buckle - A belt and belt buckle design that opens to the front where the strap enters the belt buckle from below. The buckle is made from a single buckle member that is formed and that uses force and/or guidance from the buckle to hold the belt in place. The buckle has a hook region to support the strap of the belt and has a body passing around the strap from the back region of the strap to the front region of the strap.08-15-2013
20130025098RATCHET STRAP TENSIONER - A ratchet strap tensioner and methods of using the same where the ratchet strap tensioner comprises a first arm pivotally mounted to a second arm by means that include a bush member which allows pivotal movement of the first arm relative to the second arm subject to the restraint of a ratchet mechanism; and further comprising a two-part winding spindle located partly within the bush member; the first part of said winding spindle being fixed to said bush member and the second part of said winding spindle being adapted to allow lateral movement (with respect the winding axis) from a closed position alongside said first part to an open position and thereby allow a strap to be attached without threading the strap through the tensioner and without bending the strap.01-31-2013
20090119892RATCHET TIE-DOWN - A ratcheting tie-down device includes a main body portion having first and second ends, and a rotatable reel located about the second end. A dynamic webbing is extendable from the first end of the main body portion and is windable about the reel. A static webbing is coupled to the main body portion about the second end. The device includes means for attaching at least one end of the dynamic webbing to an object, and means for ratcheting rotation of the reel to wind the dynamic webbing thereon. A lever arm is rotatable relative to the main body portion between a first position and a second position to cause ratcheting rotation of the ratchet wheel. In one example, the lever arm includes at least a pair of independent lever arm rails. In another example, the dynamic webbing travels underneath a guide member prior to being wound about the reel.05-14-2009
20090119891Bungee Cord and Ratchet/Cambuckle Tie down with a Freely Rotatable Hook from 0.degree. to 360 - The present invention relates to a fastening apparatus with a hook that is freely rotatable from 0° to 360°, the apparatus comprises a cord body, a connecting assembly, and a hook, wherein the body is connected with the connecting assembly, and the hook is movably connected with the connecting assembly such that the hook may be freely rotated from 0° to 360°. The fastening apparatus may include a hook on each end of the cord body. In other embodiments, the fastening apparatus is provided as a tie-down where the cord body is a webbing and the apparatus incorporates an adjustable securing mechanism such as a ratchet or cam buckle. The rotatable hook feature increases the utility of the fastening apparatus because the apparatus is able to adapt or conform to varying requirements. Additionally, the operation of the fastening apparatus is easy and convenient. The fastening apparatus may be made more aesthetic by adding some decoration on the connecting assembly. The fastening apparatus may be made more durable by forming the connecting assembly utilizing an injection molding technique.05-14-2009
20130036580Strap-Tensioning Apparatus - A strap-tensioning apparatus includes a frame, a handle, a reel, a coil spring, a brake and two detents. The frame includes two walls each including two edges. A strap is wound on the reel. The handle includes two cams for pushing the first detent from ratcheted wheels of the reel when the second detent is located on the second edges. When the second detent is located on the second edges, the second detent is movable between a first position in contact with the ratcheted wheels and a second position away from the ratcheted wheels. In the second position, the second detent keeps the brake from the ratcheted wheels. The distance of the ratchets from the axle is longer than the distance of the second edges from the axle. Thus, the second detent frictionally contacts the ratcheted wheels in the second position, thus slowing the reeling in of the strap.02-14-2013
20100043186SECURITY STRAP - A theft resistant strap and buckle assembly for securing cargo on a vehicle rack includes a strap and a buckle. The strap is reinforced to resist cutting. The buckle has a lock and pawl device that operates to prevent loosening of the strap when the buckle is locked.02-25-2010
20130031755Strap-Tensioning Apparatus - A strap-tensioning apparatus includes a base including two walls each formed with a first arched edge and a second arched edge, a short strap connected to the base, a spring-loaded reel supported on the base, a long strap wound on the reel, a spring-loaded detent movably supported on the walls for engagement with the reel, a handle supported on the base, and a spring-loaded detent/suppressor is movably supported on the handle for engagement with the reel. The detent/suppressor suppresses the reel when it is retained in position on the first arched edges of the walls but allows the reel to spin when it is moved on the first arched edges of the walls in a direction.02-07-2013
20090013511Cargo bracing device - A cargo bracing device includes a base having two side plates for rotatably attaching a reel drum, one or more toothed discs attached to the reel drum and controlled to rotate relative to the base with a stop, an operating arm having two legs rotatably attached to the reel drum, a catch device attached to the operating arm and engaged with the toothed disc, and an anchoring device may detachably anchor the legs of the operating arm to the reel drum, and the legs of the operating arm may be selectively disengaged from the reel drum to prevent the operating arm from being operated by unauthorized persons, and for preventing the cargo from being stolen by the unauthorized persons.01-15-2009
20120233824RETRACTABLE RATCHETING TIE DOWN - A retractable ratcheting tie down apparatus is provided, including a frame and a hub rotatably mounted within the frame. A ratchet wheel is mounted to the hub and interfaces with a pawl to selectably prevent motion of the hub relative to the frame. A single tie down strap extends between two attachment members and winds around the hub. An operable means for rotating the hub and ratchet wheel is included to wind the single tie down strap around the hub. Tension between the two attachment members is transmitted directly through the single tie down strap and transitions between segments of the single tie down strap at the windings of the single tie down strap about the hub. In further examples, the operable means for rotating the hub and ratchet wheel is removable. The tie down apparatus can also move freely along the single tie down strap.09-20-2012
20130160254Combination Chain Tensioning Boom and Tensioning Sensor - A system and device that measures the cargo load securing tension upon a tensionable cargo load securing line including but not limited to a woven web, belt, cord, chain having a tension boom and conveys tension information sensed in the tension boom to a remote location is presented. Utilized is an “indirect” form of tension information conveyance, that being radio, light or sound, or a “direct” form of signal conveyance, that being wire or vehicle ground system or vehicle frame. Various remote locations may receive conveyed tension signal. They may include receiver devices located within transportation vehicle power unit cab, visual display on anterior portion of haul unit, transportation operator wrist or clothing mounted device, satellite linked management or office facility, associated convoy vehicle cab or operator, or other. Cab and operator tension display devices may provide an array of tension analysis recording and view and travel assist options.06-27-2013
20110271500Apparatus for Tensioning a Strap - A strap-tensioning apparatus includes a frame, a handle connected to the frame, a reel supported on the frame, two ratchets secured to the reel, a first detent supported on the handle and biased to engage with the ratchets, and a second detent supported on the frame and biased to engage with the ratchets. The frame includes two walls each including a recess. The handle includes two walls each including a lobe. The first detent includes a chamfered tip. The ratchets can slide on the chamfered tip of the first detent to allow a strap to be reeled out when the chamfered tip of the first detent is in the recesses of the frame. The second detent is disengaged from the ratchets by the lobes of the handle when the chamfered tip of the first detent is in the recesses of the walls of the frame.11-10-2011
20100275420Tie Down Apparatus - A tie down apparatus comprising a base, a biasing element, a torsion spring, and a shaft, wherein the base is die cast or plastic rejection molded and includes two side plates disposed on two sides thereof respectively, and between one ends of the side plates is mounted an engaging pillar, between another ends of the side plates is fixed a retaining member, between middle sections of the side plates is secured an abutting shank, the biasing element matches with the torsion spring and is axially fixed between the two side plates of the base by using the shaft, and is die cast or plastic rejection molded, and includes a contacting portion having a pressing piece extending from one side thereof, thereby cooling quickly after die casting or plastic rejection molding process to lower production time and cost, and enabling to decrease production material and cost.11-04-2010
20080216294Tensioning Ratchet for Tautening and Holding Tensioning Means - A tensioning ratchet for tautening and holding tensioning means, such as webbings, extruded straps, ropes, chains and the like, includes a console, with a winding-on shaft, rotatably mounted in the console, which is formed by at least two direction reversal bars, delimiting a distance between one another, and with a tensioning lever for turning the winding-on shaft about an axis of rotation. The tensioning ratchet according to the invention withstands a higher load and enables high pre-tensioning forces to be applied while preventing inadmissible stress on the user. This is achieved by the fact that the position at least of the outer circumferential face of the direction reversal bars coming into contact with the tensioning means, is variable.09-11-2008
20100125986Locking Mechanism for A Tie Down - A locking device and system for a tie down includes elements that positively secure a securing strap within a locking housing to hold one or more objects in place. In one embodiment, the locking housing includes a sloped housing having a cavity adapted to receive one end of the securing strap. The locking housing includes at least a user actuable lever and a gripping element. When the securing strap is threaded through the cavity of locking housing and the securing strap is in a desired positioned within the locking housing, the locking device enables a user to pivot the lever to cause the gripping element to press against the strap and positively secure the position of the strap within the housing. In one embodiment, the strap is a cogged belt having teeth and the gripping element includes a surface with teeth that mesh with the teeth of the strap.05-27-2010
20080307618Strap Fastener - A strap fastener includes a frame, a handle and a reel inserted through the frame and handle so that a strap can be reeled when the reel is rotated. A plurality of bushings are inserted to a plurality of grooves defined by the frame respectively for protecting the reel from the handle or the frame. Two ratchet wheels are connected to the reel. A first detent is movable on the frame for engagement with the ratchet wheels. A second detent is movable on the handle for engagement with the ratchet wheels.12-18-2008
20080201922Hand lever for a binding machine - A binding machine includes a tightening mechanism adapted to tension a belt and a limiting mechanism adapted to limit tensioning of the belt. The tightening mechanism includes, for example, a ratchet and a pawl coupled to a body of the tightening mechanism. A handle is adapted to rotate the ratchet in a first direction in response to a first force applied to the handle. The pawl is adapted to prevent the ratchet from returning in a second direction when the first force is released. A spring mechanism allows the handle to indicate when a second force opposing the first force achieves an established magnitude.08-28-2008
20080263837Rachet Strap Tightener and Mating Rotary Driven Tool - A rachet strap tightener and a power driven rotary tool are arranged to be operated together for tightening a strap. The body of the power driven rotary tool is arranged to be anchored in mating engagement relative to the body of the rachet strap tightener, in addition to coupling the rotating mating parts of the tool and the strap tightener, such that the torque applied when winding the spindle of the tightener no longer acts to twist the tightener body from the user's hands but rather the torque is anchored directly through the bodies so that winding of the spindle with the power driven tool can be accomplished quickly, efficiently and in a safe manner.10-30-2008
20090100653Binding Machine - This practical new model makes an improved binding machine known to the public, which includes main body, handle, ratchet wheel, roller, fastening belt, latch reed spring, control plate. Among them, the handle's side board is linked with the main section's side board through torsion spring. In this manner, when the fastening belt needs to be tightened as the binding machine is being used, the user can press down the handle which will resume its initial position with the bounce force of the torsion spring. It is not necessary for the user to push it back to the initial position after pressing the handle down. It is very easy and labor-saving with higher efficiency. Furthermore, it can also set a coil spring in the outside end of the roller. The fastening belt can withdraw inside the main section automatically, which is very convenient.04-23-2009
20090106957Buckle device - A buckle device includes a base coupled to a strap, an operating arm is rotatably secured to the base with a stationary axle, a shaft is attached to the operating arm. A latch is slidably attached to the operating arm to selectively lock the operating arm to the base. Another strap has an intermediate portion engaged around the stationary axle to form two strap segments, the shaft may force the strap segment to tighten the straps when the operating arm is moved toward the base and locked to the base at the locking position with the latch, the stationary axle and the shaft are spaced from each other for a distance to allow one of the strap segments to be further pulled by a user and to further tighten the straps.04-30-2009
20120192389TIE-DOWN TENSION ENHANCER - A tie-down tension enhancer for in-situ tightening of an installed tie down having a locking mechanism. The tension enhancer generally includes a body having openings for transverse insertion and removal of a line or strap as well as longitudinal movement of the line or strap within the body. A cinch is provided and disposed on the body for engaging the line or strap upon longitudinal movement of the line or strap in one direction and a line or strap mechanism is provided and spaced apart from the cinch for enabling pulling of the line or strap past the cinch for providing further tension to the existing tie down.08-02-2012
20090241307Tie-down strap system - A tie-down strap system designed to be integrated with the plurality of tie-down straps that are currently on the market. A system for the protection of the tightening mechanism, the storage of excess strapping during use, a storage device when not used as a tie-down strap, a hanging system when not in used as a tie-down strap, and a termination feature that prevents the free end of the strap from sliding through the tightening mechanism.10-01-2009
20120102690Apparatus for Tightening Two Belts - A belt-tightening apparatus includes a frame, a handle, a shaft, two ratchet wheels, two spring-biased detents and a connector. The shaft is used to rotationally connect the handle to the frame and wind a first belt. The ratchet wheels are connected to the shaft. The first spring-biased detent is movably connected to the handle for engagement with the spring-biased detent wheels. The second spring-biased detent is movably connected to the frame for engagement with the spring-biased detent wheels. The connector includes a tube and a reinforcement strip. The tube is connected to the frame on one hand and connected to the second belt on the other hand. The reinforcement strip is inserted it in the tube for reinforcing the tube.05-03-2012
20100293766Tensioning Apparatus for Strap - A tensioning apparatus includes a frame, a tensioning device mounted on a first end of the frame, and a reeling device mounted on a second end of the frame. The tensioning device includes a tensioning mechanism and a lever operably pivoted to rotate the tensioning mechanism, and a strap engaged with the tensioning device can be tensioned as the tensioning device is rotated. Additionally, the strap can be collected on the reeling device. Furthermore, the reeling device includes a ratcheting mechanism that facilitates collection of the strap by preventing the reeling device to turn in a direction that unreels the strap.11-25-2010
20110209315Force multiplying retaining straps - A generally U-sectioned cam buckle frame is modified to include a first turning roller aligned transversely across the frame proximate the free end of a release lever. A generally planar tongue having one end pivoted adjacent the first roller extends within the frame under the cam piece connected to the release lever provides a force transfer structure for a strap is inserted between the tongue and the frame bottom surface, around the first roller to pass between the cam piece and the other side of the tongue. Other transverse rollers may be included in the frame to form a pulley arrangement and one end of a frame side wall may be convolved to form a hook assembly.09-01-2011
20110067210Ratchet Tie-Down and Reinforcement Assembly - A ratchet tie-down includes a frame, a lever including two cams pivotally connected to the frame, a reeling device rotatably mounted on the frame and lever, and a ratcheting device including two ratchet wheels mounted on the reeling device. The ratchet tie-down further includes a reinforcement assembly including two reinforcement members mounted on the reeling device. Each ratchet wheel includes two lateral sides disposed between one cam and one reinforcement member. Each reinforcement member defines an annular surface in contact with one lateral side of one ratchet wheel, and with the reinforcement member imposing an urging force in a direction perpendicular to a rotation direction of the ratchet wheel.03-24-2011
20110061213HAND PULLER WITH A STRUCTURE OF DOUBLE STOPPING PLATES - A hand puller with the structure of double stopping plates is disclosed. An axle part goes through a fixing part and a pulling part. Both ends of the axle part have a ratchet, respectively. The fixing part has two stopping plates, fixed to the two opposite sides of the axle part. The pulling part has a driving claw. The driving claw and the stopping plates of the fixing part engage with the ratchet.03-17-2011
20110209314Force multiplying motorcycle retaining strap - A generally U-sectioned cam buckle frame is modified to include a first turning roller aligned transversely across the frame proximate the free end of a release lever. A generally planar tongue having one end pivoted adjacent the first roller extends within the frame under the cam piece connected to the release lever provides a force transfer structure for a strap is inserted between the tongue and the frame bottom surface, around the first roller to pass between the cam piece and the other side of the tongue. Other transverse rollers may be included in the frame to form a pulley arrangement and one end of a frame side wall may be convolved to form a hook assembly.09-01-2011
20110041301Strap tensioner or tightener - A strap tightener includes a ratchet wheel rotatably attached to a supporting member with an axle, a tension lever rotatably attached to the supporting member with a shaft and having an actuating end for engaging with the ratchet teeth of the ratchet wheel, a strap engaged between the actuating end of the tension lever and the ratchet wheel, and a spring member for biasing the actuating end of the tension lever to engage with the strap and to clamp the strap between the actuating end of the tension lever and the ratchet wheel, the actuating end of the tension lever is forced to engage with the grooves between the ratchet teeth for generating a click sound when the strap has not been tightened or tensioned.02-24-2011
20100175233SEPARATE STRAP STORAGE IN A RATCHET ARRANGEMENT - A storage device within a ratchet arrangement for automatically storing a length of fastening material including a storage housing and a biasing member for drawing the fastening material into the storage housing. The fastening material can be used with a ratchet/handle tie-down mechanism, allowing for the dynamic portion of the webbing to automatically be retracted into the storage housing. The automatic retraction leaves little or no excess webbing or fastening material, such that a user does not have to tie off excess webbing or material.07-15-2010
20110167599RATCHET STRAP - Described is a ratchet strap with a free end securing system. The ratchet strap has a strap with an attachment end and a free end and a strap winding shaft which is capable of receiving the free end in a wrapped relationship. A ratchet mechanism is included for simultaneously shortening the attachment end and the free end wherein the free end is drawn from the wrapped relationship with the strap winding shaft.07-14-2011
20110088226Strap Tensioner and Associated Gripping Jaws - A strip clamping device having a strip to be clamped (04-21-2011
20100000061 BUCKLE01-07-2010
20120000043TENSIONING DEVICE - A simple and inexpensive device for a reliable tie down tensioning which device enables the tie-down to be quickly and easily applied and the flexible element tensioned and just as quickly and easily removed.01-05-2012
20110041300Hand puller with detachable handle - The present invention disclosed a hand puller with a detachable handle, and the hand puller includes a body, an axle, and a handle. The axle is passed and mounted onto the body, and a sheath opening is formed at an end of the handle for sheathing an edge of the axle, such that the handle can be turned by using the axle as an axial center, and a guide section is defined and formed at an external periphery of the sheath opening, and the body includes at least one stop portion protruded from a position proximate to the guide section of the handle. When the handle is turned by using the axle as the axial center, the guide section and the stop portion are slidably coupled to restrict a radial movement of the handle to prevent the handle from being separated from the axle along the radial direction.02-24-2011
20120110801STRAP TENSIONING DEVICE - A strap tensioning device that includes a base having one of the ends of which accommodates a rotating drum that accommodates the end of a first strap section or first strap, the drum being capable of engaging with a tensioning lever articulated on the drum, the latter being disengageable relative to the tensioning lever; a tension shaft to which a second strap section or second strap is secured; means for the temporary storage of the first strap comprising elements that are independent both of the shaft for tensioning the second section or second strap, and of the drum, the elements being mounted on the base.05-10-2012
20110167600LOAD BINDER - A load binder is described for securing a load to a vehicle or the like, the load binder including: attachment means for attaching a flexible member to be tensioned by the load binder; an over-centre mechanism; an operating lever; and a ratchet mechanism; the load binder is moveable between a tensioned configuration and a released configuration by way of the operating lever; and wherein the ratchet mechanism allows the load binder to be progressively moved from the released configuration to the tensioned configuration.07-14-2011
20090133235Buckle device - A buckle device includes a base coupled to a strap, an operating arm rotatably secured to the base with a stationary axle, a shaft attached to the operating arm, a latch slidably attached to the operating arm to selectively lock the operating arm to the base, and another strap engaged around the stationary axle to form two strap segments, the shaft may force the strap segment to tighten the straps, the base includes one or more fasten notches for engaging with the latch for retaining the latch and the operating arm to the base at a fastening position when the straps may further be pulled away from each other, and includes one or more lock notches for solidly locking the latch.05-28-2009
20090133234Buckle mechanism - A buckle mechanism includes a base coupled to a strap, an operating arm rotatably secured to the base with a stationary axle, a shaft attached to the operating arm, a latch slidably attached to the operating arm to selectively lock the operating arm to the base, and another strap engaged around the stationary axle to form two strap segments, the shaft may force the strap segments to tighten the straps, the rotatable or swingable shaft is arranged or located between the stationary axle and the bottom panel of the base for engaging with and for forcing the strap segments and for tighten the straps. The stationary axle may also be arranged or located between the shaft and the bottom panel of the base.05-28-2009
20100205790RATCHET BUCKLE WITH C-SHAPE BAR - The tie-down provides an adjustable strap under control of a ratchet during retraction and pay-out. The tie-down is provided with a strap issuing rearward from a transverse bar between base sides, the bar being an integral part of the base, three sides having been rolled up from the base bottom into a C-shaped bar opening rearward. A forward strap issues forward from the tie-down secured to a spindle to which ratchet wheels attach. The forward strap wraps the spindle during tie-down strap retraction.08-19-2010
20100071174Ratchet Strapping Device - An improved ratchet strapping device is provided, comprising a frame, an axle, and a handle pivotally installed on the axle. Ratchets are mounted on the axle and adjacent to the exterior of the frame. The frame includes a first detent on the outside of the frame which engages the ratchet. A release device is mounted on the handle, wherein the release device includes a second detent on the outside of the handle which engages the ratchets at another location. The frame includes a first cam having a radius greater than the ratchets and on which the second detent slides, and the handle includes a second cam having a radius greater than the ratchets and on which the first detent slides. Placement of the ratchet and detent components on the outside of the device permits spooling of substantially all of the strap for storage or unused portions of the strap during use.03-25-2010
20110179609STRAP-TIGHTENING DEVICE - A strap-tightening device includes a frame, a handle connected to the frame and a reel located on the frame. A first detent is located on the frame. A second detent is located on the handle. The second detent includes two horns each including a downward prong and an upward prong. The reel includes a cylinder and two ratcheted wheels attached to the cylinder. The ratcheted wheels are engaged with the upward prongs of the horns of the second detent during pivoting of the handle in a direction to cause the cylinder to reel in a strap. The ratcheted wheels are engaged with the first detent during pivoting of the handle in an opposite direction to prevent the handle from spinning the cylinder to reel out the strap. A withdrawing unit spins the reel to withdraw the strap.07-28-2011
20090126171BUCKLE05-21-2009
20120073097Ratchet buckle - A ratchet buckle has a body and a trigger. One end of the body has two opposite pivotal holes, two opposite positioning notches, and a pivotal shaft penetrating the pivotal holes. Two ends of the pivotal shaft each have a ratchet wheel synchronously rotating with the pivotal shaft. One end of the trigger has two opposite shaft holes engaged to the pivotal shaft of the body and has a positioning rod transversally mounted on the trigger to engage the two positioning notches of the body. By operating the trigger to set the pivotal shaft free, the pivotal shaft is easily rotated to reel a strap.03-29-2012
20120227224Cargo Tie-Down - A cargo carrier tie-down assembly that utilizes a fastener made up of a shackle element that includes a wall in a form that is closed in two dimensions, defining an opening and wherein the wall also defines a pair of opposed apertures, a pin that can be inserted through the two apertures and a knob fastener element, having a head, that is sized to be passed through the opening when the pin is withdrawn from the wall, and that is retained when the pin is inserted into the two apertures. A tension member has one of the fastener elements attached to at least one end. The other fastener element is attached to the cargo carrier.09-13-2012
20120227223STRAP TENSIONING SYSTEM - A strap tensioning system having a frame and a core shaft on the frame. The system further has first and second separate lengths of flexible strap extending generally oppositely away from the frame, a drive shaft, and a gear assembly with a worm and a worm gear that are driven by the drive shaft. The drive shaft is operable to drive the gear assembly to thereby cause the first length of flexible strap to be wrapped around the core shaft to thereby vary a combined effective length of the first and second lengths of flexible strap.09-13-2012
20110119877TENSIONING DEVICE HAVING AN ILLUMINATION SOURCE AND RELATED METHOD - In one embodiment, a tensioning device having a permanently affixed illumination source disposed on the tensioning device to provide illumination during, among other things, operation of the tensioning device, is described herein.05-26-2011
20120233823Ratchet Strap Tightener - A strap tightener for securing cargo is disclosed. The tightener includes a base frame and a handling frame, which pivotally connect to form a vee structure. The base frame is connected to the handling frame by inserting a pivot into pivot hole thereof. Each of two ends of the pivot is ringed with a protection loop and a ratchet wheel. The protection loop is composed of a flange for being blockedly fixed on the pivot hole and a sleeve for penetrating into the pivot hole. The sleeve can protect the pivot hole to prevent it from being directly pressed by the pivot.09-20-2012
20120317763DRIVING DEVICE FOR BELT AXLE OF WINCH - 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.12-20-2012
20120084951Positioning Hook Structure for a Hand Puller - A positioning hook structure for a hand puller contains a base including a first and a second ends; a rotating member including a first segment axially connected with the second end and a second segment having a handle; a central shaft set being axially coupled with the first segment and the second end; two ratchets including teeth arranged therearound and fixed onto one end of the central shaft set; the base including a movable retaining member to abut against one of the teeth, the rotating member including a movable pulling rod to abut against another tooth of the ratchet; a positioning hook including a third and a fourth ends, the third end including two sides including two insertions, the fourth end including a hooking portion extending outward so that the positioning hook inserts to the holes of the base by using the insertions.04-12-2012
20100199474SAFETY RATCHET - Safety ratchets provided herein allow for safely releasing tension in strap ratchets. A safety ratchet can tighten and then quickly reverse to slowly and controllably release tension, instead of abruptly releasing tension.08-12-2010
20100199473RATCHET BUCKLE - In the present invention, a lightweight apparatus for secure transport of cargo in cargo compartments, such as those found in trucks and freight trains, is provided. The ratchet buckle has a front reel which receives a cargo strap. The light weight of the ratchet buckle is achieved by the use of a dual purpose detachable ratcheting lever or wrench. The wrench has a wrench head which engages the front reel to tighten the ratchet buckle. The wrench also has a release end which engages a release hole in the ratchet buckle, to disengage the ratcheting mechanism and allow removal of the cargo strap. Additional purposes and advantages are provided herein.08-12-2010
20100132169Binding Machine - This invention introduces a binding machine with improved structure. It mainly includes main body, non-slip mat, scroll, ratchet wheel, hand knob, spring leaf, and control pulling plate, main lacing, and auxiliary lacing. The non-slip mat is made of soft materials and is connected with the bottom board of the main body. In addition, there are two hand pieces attached to the main body and there is the recess in the shape matching the fingers. This invention of binding machine does not scrape the surface of the tied down items and it is more convenient for use.06-03-2010
20110146035HAND PULLER WHOSE HANDLE ROLLS IN THE STRAP - A hand puller whose handle can roll in a strap includes a base and a movable arm. The base has a pivotal element. The movable arm is disposed on the outer end of the pivotal element. A ratchet wheel is disposed between the movable arm and both ends of the base, respectively. The movable arm has a second stopping plate and extends with a pulling element. The pulling element has a third sliding groove with a rotating axis. Both ends of the rotating axis are disposed on the two arm boards of the movable arm. A rotating element is provided for the user to rotate, so that the strap is winded on the rotating axis.06-23-2011
20080244883Binding device - A binding device for pulling tight a belt comprises a first ratchet wheel and a second ratchet wheel, each having a plurality of mounting openings, a roll, having a plurality of roll sectors that are respectively mounted in the mounting openings of the first and second ratchet wheels, of which at least one roll sector is removable, a lever, connected with the first ratchet wheel, a frame, connected with the second ratchet wheel; an upper blocking assembly, mounted on the lever, blocking the first ratchet wheel from turning, and a lower blocking assembly, mounted on the lever, blocking the second ratchet wheel from turning. Due to removability of one of the roll sectors, the belt is easily mounted and dismounted, and a wide range of applications is provided for.10-09-2008
20100064489LOAD SECURING RATCHET WITH ANCHOR ATTACHMENT SYSTEM - An anchor attachment system is provided for use with tensioning device for tensioning lines, particularly belts or webs. The anchor attachment system releasably secures an anchoring line to one end of the tensioning device. Embodiments of the anchor attachment system employ a pin, a cross-pin, a spring element, and a locking cam working in cooperation to secure the pin to first and/or second ends of the tensioning device.03-18-2010
20130091673CABLE ADJUSTING DEVICE - Cable adjusting devices are presented including: a base plate; a pair of walls connected with the base plate along a top surface, where each of the pair of walls includes an outer surface and an inner surface, where the inner surfaces of the pair of walls form a v-groove, and where the inner surfaces include, a number of gripping ridge pairs, and a locking ridge pair disposed alongside one end of the number of gripping ridge pairs at the distal end of the base plate; a keeper bar extending between the pair of walls at the proximal end of the base plate; and an attachment point disposed along the bottom surface of the base plate along at least the distal end or the proximal end.04-18-2013
20130111715CABLE TENSIONING DEVICE UTILITY APPLICATIONS - A tensioning device for tie down applications in a utility market that includes a drive end and a cable output end to attach to a medium, item, or truck or trailer. The tensioning device creates more tension in the medium than is generally able to be applied by hand with ratchet straps or chains, which provides a more secure tie down of items in a utility application. The tensioning device includes a drive system that can be driven with standard power tools or hand tools to retract a cable. The tensioning device may be designed with or without a clutch feature. The clutch feature allows for a desired cable tension to be reached for each installation and provides feedback to the operator when the correct tension is reached. The tensioning device includes an external bracket or hook for easily attaching to an item, medium, or truck or trailer.05-09-2013
20100293765Tensioning Apparatus for Strap - A tensioning apparatus includes a first shaft and a strap wound on the first shaft such that the strap has first and second portions extending in opposite directions, and the first portion of the strap is collected on the first shaft by operably moving the rotating shaft. The tensioning apparatus further includes a reeling device for collecting the second portion of the strap. Furthermore, the reeling device includes a ratcheting mechanism that facilitates collection of the strap.11-25-2010
20080235922ADJUSTABLE LEVER LOAD BINDER - Apparatuses are disclosed where in a lever binder may include an adjuster that when manipulated adjusts the binding length of the lever binder. In various embodiments, a lever binder is disclosed including an automatic latching mechanism to help resist undesired movement of a lever from a binding position.10-02-2008
20110289741Methods and apparatus for applying tension to a motion transmission element - In exemplary implementations of this invention, tension is applied to a motion transmission element with periodic features by causing that element to mesh with a device that has a pitch slightly greater than the pitch of the motion transmission element. The motion transmission element with periodic features may comprise, for example: (a) a belt with teeth, or (b) a chain. Further, the motion transmission element may comprise either an open or a closed loop. In exemplary implementations, the width of the teeth of the motion transmission element (along that element's long axis) is greater than the width of the teeth in the rack (along the rack's long axis). This allows room for the teeth of the rack to both fit and move within the gap between the teeth in the motion transmission element. This extra width of the element's teeth is not necessary if the element is sufficiently elastic.12-01-2011
20100313394Fastening apparatus for a pressurized-gas vessel - A fastening apparatus for pressurized-gas vessels is provided on a carrier. The fastening apparatus makes it possible to fasten a pressurized-gas vessel as well as to adapt the fastening apparatus to differently sized pressurized-gas vessels with one manipulative step. The fastening apparatus includes a carrier, a belt, a locking device, fastening points and redirection points for the belt.12-16-2010
20120174355RATCHET ADJUSTMENT SYSTEM - An adjustment system for adjusting the width of a cuff has an elongated adjustment strip having a set of longitudinally extending teeth. Each tooth has a forward side and a rearward side. The length of each forward side is greater than a length of each of the rearward sides so that an angle between a longitudinal axis of the strip and the forward side is less than an angle between the longitudinal axis and the rearward side of each tooth. There is a locking mechanism formed by a base plate having a locking device on an underside and a guide for slidably connecting the locking mechanism to the strip. The teeth and the locking device are configured so that the locking device can be moved forward along the strip using only a small amount of force, and can then be moved rearward using a larger amount of force.07-12-2012
20100218348CLAMPING LOCK FOR A TENSIONING MEANS - A clamping lock for a tensioning means with a housing comprising two cheek parts arranged at a distance from each other, a stop web extending between the cheek parts and a pivot spindle likewise extending between the cheek parts and a comb element pivotably mounted on the pivot spindle of the housing. The clamping lock can be manufactured in a simple manner and at the same time has a compact, easily manageable design because there is a reinforcing insert at least in the region of the cheek parts of the stop web and of the pivot spindle of the housing, said reinforcing insert being surrounded by a plastics material casing and comprises a material which is firmer than the plastics material casing.09-02-2010
20080250616Jewelry Clasp - A jewelry clasp is provided for use with one or more jewelry strands and further comprises, in one embodiment, a spring clasp with first and second bead pins attached thereto. Each bead pin comprises a removable bead that allows for attachment of the jewelry strands to the bead pins and maintains the jewelry strands attached thereto. Different jewelry strands can be interchangeably attached to a single jewelry clasp to create a desired appearance or effect.10-16-2008
20120102691STRAP CONNECTING MEMBER AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE WITH THE STRAP CONNECTING MEMBER - The electronic device includes a body, a strap, and a strap connecting member. The strap connecting member further includes a pin, a torsion spring one end of which is connected to the pin, a receiving chamber accommodating the pin and defining an opening notch passing through the sidewall thereof, and a cover connected with the torsion spring and engaging with the receiving chamber. The strap is double-layered. The double-layered strap forms a folded end and an open end, the folded end is connected with the pin and is wrapped around the pin, and the open end is separated into two portions which pass at the opening notch and are respectively connected to the body. When the torsion spring is elastically deformed and generates a torsion force, the pin is rotated and the strap automatically shrinks in the receiving chamber under the torsion force.05-03-2012
20100050403ROTARY TENSIONING DEVICE - A rotary tensioning device that is low profile when not being used to apply or reduce tension and that provides an easily manipulated tightening and loosening control mechanism. A control mechanism in the form of a flip up handle is pivotally connected to a drive member and rotation of the handle and drive member rotates a driven member connected to a spool to take up or let out a cable or wire to apply or reduce tension in the cable or wire. When not being used to apply or reduce tension, the flip up handle is pivoted to lie flush against a housing of the spool to provide a low profile. A tension indicating device provides a user with a mechanism for reproducing tensions between uses.03-04-2010
20130047388RATCHET BUCKLE AND STRAP ASSEMBLY - A ratchet buckle and strap assembly is provided. The ratchet buckle has a passageway configured to slidably receive the strap, a pawl arranged to engage the strap and prevent movement of the strap in a direction from the rear portion toward the front portion, while allowing movement of the strap in a direction from the front portion toward the rear portion of the passageway, and a drive actuator arranged to engage the strap and feed the strap through the passageway from the front portion toward the rear portion of the passageway. The strap may have a plurality of first teeth, and a plurality of separate second teeth. The first teeth may be on a first side of the strap and the second teeth may be on a second side of the strap. The ratchet buckle may be configured such that the pawl is configured to engage a first side of the strap and the drive actuator may be configured to engage a second side of the strap opposite the first side.02-28-2013
20110289742SHOELACE FASTENER - A shoelace fastener is fixed on a vamp of a shoe for wearing shoelace and comprises two longitudinal seats each having a slider slidably mounted thereon for wearing shoelace. The slider has a spring-like structure. The slider has a front end fixed on a front end of the seat and a rear end. The shoelace is tightened when the slider is positioned after stretching.12-01-2011
20090038128DEVICE AND METHOD OF RAPIDLY TYING SHOELACES - Provided is a shoe which is tied with a piece of shoelace, in which a pair of pulling string rings are provided in both left and right upper ends of the neck of the shoe, to thereby enable a user to pull or release a pair of pulling strings hooked on the rings one time in order to put on or take off the shoe. Double instep covers of the footwear are provided, and the exposed knots of the shoelace end portions are positioned between the double instep covers, so that the knots are not exposed and the knots which are not well untied can be smoothly adjusted. Moreover, a cover-type fastening locker or protection guard which protects the protruded latch from external impact is used to solve the conventional problems, and to furthermore provide a simple shoelace tying shoe having no knots of the end of the lower portion of the shoelaces.02-12-2009
20090172928Turning fastener for a shoe - A turning fastener for a shoe has a pulling means with two end portions, which act on a take-up reel, which is provided with an annular groove for receiving the pulling means, a rotatable mounting of the take-up reel with a bearing journal, which engages in a bearing, a holder, which can be fastened to the shoe, for the rotatable mounting, and an engageable and disengageable directional locking mechanism, which in the engaged position blocks the take-up reel in one direction of rotation for closing the shoe and in the disengaged position releases it in this direction of rotation. The take-up reel is formed as a rotary grip, wherein two through-openings, extending from the annular groove to the end face of the take-up reel that is facing away from the holder, are provided for leading one or the other end portion of the pulling means through. The take-up reel is guided in an axially displaceable manner with the bearing journal and the bearing, and the directional locking mechanism is engaged in the position of the take-up reel in which it is pushed towards the holder and is disengaged in the position in which it is pushed away from the holder.07-09-2009
20120102692TIGHTENING STRAP OF A DIVING FLIPPER - An improved diving flipper's adjustable foot strap with a conveniently located handle which allows the diver to quickly pull the stretchable strap whereby he or she move the strap away from the back of his or her foot in one fluid motion.05-03-2012
20110000057FASTENING DEVICE - A fastening device (01-06-2011
20110131772Reformable Closure Device Strap - A strap for a mechanical closure device is disclosed. The strap includes a wire disposed along a longitudinal axis of the strap. The wire maintains the strap in a desired geometry that is different from a previous geometry of the strap. In other embodiments, a wire-core strap can include transverse ridges, holes, or other types of grooves or apertures.06-09-2011
20120297591Selectively Releasable Buckle - A buckle is provided for use in footwear. The buckle includes a lever arm that feeds a strap into the buckle in a ratcheting fashion and a lock that secures the strap relative to the buckle when the lever arm is released. To release the strap from the buckle, a user may impart rotational motion onto the lock to remove it from engagement from teeth associated with the strap. Alternatively, pressure may be applied to the lever arm, which releases a locking pawl from the strap and allows the strap to incrementally move a predetermined amount.11-29-2012
20130014359ADJUSTING DEVICE FOR TIGHTENING OR LOOSING LACES AND STRAPSAANM CHEN; Chin-ChuAACI Taichung CityAACO TWAAGP CHEN; Chin-Chu Taichung City TW - An adjusting device for tightening or loosing laces and straps includes a base, an actuating member and a knob. When a user rotates the knob clockwise, the adjusting device is tightening a flexible strap of the clothing or a lace of the footwear. However, when a user rotates the knob counterclockwise, the adjusting device is loosing a flexible strap of the clothing or a lace of the footwear. The knob never moves up and down along the axis during the operation for tightening or loosing the flexible strap or the lace.01-17-2013
20130091674FASTENING DEVICE FOR FOOTWEAR - A fastening device for footwear includes a hook element with a major tooth and a minor tooth, a releasing element, a boosting cover, a base and a strap with teeth. Each tooth has an inclining surface and a vertical surface. When the hook element is pressed, the major tooth and the miner tooth are engaged with the inclining surface of the teeth alternately to push the strap to move backward. When the boosting cover is bent up, the boosting tooth is engaged with the vertical surface of the teeth to push the strap to move forward. When the releasing element is pulled up, the strap is completely released from the base.04-18-2013
20080209702Buckle guide assembly - An improved guide for securing a lace, rope or other material, which enables the material to be tightened and secured with ease is disclosed. The guide allows the material to slide through a buckle allowing a user to tighten the material and lock the buckle without the loss of tension in the material. The guide is implemented on footwear, watch bands, luggage and backpack straps, ropes for tents, boats and other structures, and any other buckling or line securing apparatus.09-04-2008
20080196224Shoelace reel operated easily and conveniently - A shoelace reel includes a support seat, a spool rotatably mounted in the support seat, a shoelace having two distal ends each secured to the winding zone of the spool, a limit sleeve mounted on the support seat, a drive member rotatably and movably mounted in the limit sleeve, and a control knob rotatably and movably mounted on the limit sleeve and connected to the drive member. Thus, the user only needs to rotate the control knob to tighten the shoelace and to pull out the control knob to loosen the shoelace. In addition, the user only needs to operate the control knob to tighten or loosen the shoelace, so that the user can tighten or loosen the shoelace by his one hand only.08-21-2008
20110209313Wristbands With Interchangeable Layers Allowing Sizing By End User - A wearable band with an adjustable size or length. The band includes a first band element and a second band element with a planar body extending from a first to a second end. The second band element body is greater in length than the first band element body and includes a hole for receiving the first band element body. The band includes a coupling mechanism that detachably connects an outer sidewall of the first band element body to the inner sidewall of the second band element body, e.g., to allow the two band elements to be selectively disconnected and reassembled without tools. The coupling mechanism includes a first coupling component extending along the outer sidewall of the first band element and a second coupling element extending along the inner sidewall of the second band element such that the two band elements are connected along the periphery of the hole.09-01-2011
20100170068Adjustment Mechanism - An adjustment mechanism comprises a dial comprising an inner wall defining a hole passing through the dial, the inner wall comprising a ledge having one or more cutouts. The mechanism further comprises a base comprising a first set of teeth and an actuator comprising a second, the second set of teeth configured to engage the first set of teeth and allow the actuator to be rotated in a first direction but not in a second opposite direction. The actuator further comprises one or more drive-dogs configured to engage a cutout on the inner wall of the dial, each drive-dog comprising a ramped edge configured to disengage the drive-dog from the cutout and lift the second set of teeth from the first set of teeth when the dial is rotated in the second direction.07-08-2010
20110056057STRUCTURE OF STEEL CABLE FASTENER - A structure of steel cable fastener is provided for eliminating a returning force caused by twisting stress induced in a steel cable when the steel cable is stretched and fixed by the fastener, which induces a stress due to fixing of a fixing end of the steel cable. Such a returning force makes the operation and adjustment of mounting a locking cap to the steel cable difficult and also induces damage and wear of a fixing end of the steel cable due to twisting stress induced in the steel cable. The structure of the steel cable fastener includes a bearing retainer that carries a bearing device and arranged inside the locking cap to secure an end of the steel cable and a resilient element arranged between the bearing retainer and the locking cap for relief of twisting stress induced in the steel cable through the rotation of the bearing device.03-10-2011
20100229358APPARATUS FOR EXTENDING THE ARM OF A LEVER - An apparatus for extending the arm of a lever, particularly for extending the arm of a lever of strap tensioning devices, comprising an element for connection to the lever, which can be associated therewith jointly and reversibly, a main body, which is associated with the connecting element by way of elements for mutual inclination and can be gripped by the user to operate the lever, and elements for contrasting the mutual inclination of the main body with respect to the connecting element, which can yield to a predefined force that contrasts the rotation of the lever, applied thereby to the connecting element.09-16-2010
20130111716CABLE TENSIONING DEVICE FOR HUNTING TREE STANDS OR CLIMBING LADDERS - A tensioning device for installing tree stands that includes a drive end and a cable output end to attach to a medium that is placed around a tree. The tensioning device creates more tension in the medium than is generally able to be applied by hand with ratchet straps or chains, which provides safer installation of a tree stand or climbing ladder. The tensioning device includes a drive system that can be driven with standard power tools or hand tools to retract a cable. The tensioning device may be designed with or without a clutch feature. The clutch feature allows for a desired cable tension to be reached for each installation and provides feedback to the operator when the correct tension is reached. The tensioning device includes an external bracket or hook for easily attaching to a tree stand or climbing ladder.05-09-2013
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20120204381TIGHTENING SYSTEM FOR AN ORTHOPEDIC ARTICLE - A tightening system and method for operating the same in an article for a wearer includes first and second members arranged for being connected at first ends, and separated by a distance at second ends. A tension element connects the first and second members. A tensioning mechanism is mounted on the first member and coupled to the tension element. The tensioning mechanism includes a housing and a retractable and extendable line arranged to be extended from the housing and automatically retract to the housing upon release of the line to permit one-way incremental winding of the tension element to thereby draw the first and second members closer to one another by reducing the distance therebetween.08-16-2012
024068000 Split band with tightener 1
20130042446SEGMENT POSITIONING BELT - An improved structure of a segment positioning belt characterized in that it includes a flexible belt body having the form of an elongated strip. The belt body made of plastic or rubber materials presents flexibility, and also has a positioning end and an extension. The positioning end is provided with a mounting portion. Several segment positioning portions are set at interval onto the belt body along its extension. A strengthened metal core is integrally located into the belt body in an elongated form, so as to cover the positioning end and extension of the belt body. The present invention enables production of tensile stress against breakage of the belt body through arrangement of the strengthened metal core, making it possible to improve the endurance of the segment positioning belt, extend its service life and enhance the safety with better anti-burglary effect.02-21-2013
20110138589Sash window and door transportation clip - A clip assembly may safely secure sliding sashes of a window or door during transportation, and, in one embodiment, be comprised of a strap member and a pawl member. The strap member may be comprised of a bumper portion, and a strap portion extending therefrom, where the strap portion may have a plurality of teeth formed within the thickness of the strap. The pawl member may have a pair of sidewalls supported by a top wall and an intermediate wall. The top wall may have a protrusion which includes a plurality of pawl teeth formed to complement the strap teeth, and be located proximate to the intermediate wall. The strap may be introduced through the gap between the top rail of an upper sash and bottom rail of the second sash, to then be inserted into the pawl, and thereby be retained by the respective teeth to secure the sashes.06-16-2011
20100139057REEL BASED LACING SYSTEM - A lacing system configured to selectively adjust the size of an opening on an object and allow for the incremental release of the lace within the lacing system. The lacing system can have a reel comprising a housing, a spool supported by the housing, and a knob supported by the housing. The reel can be configured so that cable is gathered in the channel formed in the spool when the spool is rotated in a first direction relative to the housing, and so that cable can be incrementally released from the spool when the spool is rotated in a second direction relative to the housing. In some embodiments, the reel can include a rotation limiter which can be configured to prevent over-tightening of the lacing system and/or to prevent rotation past the substantially fully loosened state.06-10-2010
20080289160STRUCTURE OF BUCKLE SET - A buckle set, two of which pair off for being inset in frame of the swimming goggles on two sides so that a strap can be inserted in the buckle sets for fastening the swimming goggles on user's face. Structure of the present invention features a 211-27-2008
20110088227Quick Release Adjustable Strap Clamp - A strap clamp includes a housing which is attached to an end of an elongated strap band. The housing pivotally support a screw member, the threads of which engage and drive the strap band to tighten or loosen the strap band. The screw member may be pivoted away from the strap band to disengage screw threads and release the strap band. The housing is attached to the strap band via elongated slots which have a minimal impact on the strength of the strap band.04-21-2011
20110197406SECURING ARRANGEMENT FOR SECURING A DIVING CYLINDER TO A BUOYANCY CONTROL DEVICE - A securing arrangement for a diving cylinder, and more particularly for use in securing a diving cylinder to a harness of a buoyancy control device, includes: a securing strap for securing the cylinder to the harness; a strap-retaining device allowing the strap to pass therethrough in one direction, and selectively preventing the strap from passing therethrough in an opposite direction; and a pivotable tensioning lever for increasing the tension of the securing strap.08-18-2011
20080276437Method and apparatus for tightening a belt - The present invention includes a method and related apparatus for tightening or loosening a belt. Some illustrative embodiments include a method and apparatus for tightening or loosening a belt used in e.g., power-lifting, to provide adequate leverage in tightening or loosening the belt to prevent injury comprising using the apparatus (constructed with a rigid material) to attach to the belt and allowing for appropriate tension to be applied to fasten and unfasten the belt at the desired tightness.11-13-2008
20100037440Attachment System for Entertainment Device - The present invention relates to an attachment system or mounting structure that can be used with a device to mount or couple the device to a support, such as an infant support structure. In different embodiments, the device can be an entertainment device, such as a mobile or toy aquarium, or another type of device, such as a monitor. In different embodiments, the infant support structure can be a crib or bassinet or other type of structure.02-18-2010
20120246895Belt Binder Structure - An improved belt binder structure having a binder body with a flat base and the two sides bended upward to form side panels that constitute a a binder body with a flat base with two sides bended upward to form an enclosure space for enclosing a reel, a ratchet wheel, a handle, a locking plate and a control pulling plate attached to the two side panels of the handle and can move up and down by the connecting points, and whereas the frontal portion of the control pulling plate has locking structure that locks with the positioning slot on the flat base and the bottom of the plate engages with the ratchet wheels.10-04-2012
20120233825BUCKLE FOR SWIMMING/DIVING GOGGLES - A buckle includes a base engaged with a body of swimming/diving goggle. A head strap is extended through a slot in a rear end of the base. A cover is engaged with the body. A space is defined between the cover and the base. A button is mounted in a groove of the cover and made of flexible material. An engagement plate is formed on the button and includes a catch releasably engaging with teeth of the head strap. First and second supporting points are defined between the button and the base. A pressing section is formed between the first and second supporting points. The catch can be disengaged from the teeth of the head strap to allow movement of the head strap in a loosening direction by pressing the pressing section or manually moving the grip.09-20-2012
20120324686BUCKLE - A buckle has a pair of side frame portions; first and second crossbars extending between the pair of side frame portions; a fastening portion disposed on at least one portion of the buckle for fastening a belt-like body. The fastening portion includes a clamping member rotatably supported in the side frame portions, and sandwiching the belt-like body between a free end portion and the first crossbar in a rotating position wherein the free end portion is most closely contacting with the first crossbar from the front surface side of the buckle; and holding devices generating an elastic deformation against a rotation in the clamping member relative to the rotation of the clamping member in a direction of separating the free end portion from the first crossbar.12-27-2012
20110146036STRAP FASTENING DEVICE - A strap fastening device includes two fastening straps and a tightness adjusting unit. The fastening straps each have a fixing end and an opposing free end. The tightness adjusting unit includes an assembling box and two locating members. The assembling box is provided at a left and a right half with at least one non-return retaining tooth each. The two locating members are slidably mounted to the assembling box and connected to the free ends of the two fastening straps, such that the free ends of the fastening straps are not turned back to expose from the assembling box. The slidable locating members respectively have a raised locating rib releasably engaging with the at least one non-return retaining tooth at the left and the right half of the assembling box. The two locating members can be conveniently slid with one hand to adjust the tightness of the fastening straps.06-23-2011
20130097828Configuration of a Belt Attachment Part - A flat belt attachment includes a first bar that connects corresponding positions of a pair of base bars facing each other; and a second bar that is parallel to the first bar and connects the base bars. The second bar includes a second inclined portion at an end portion, and the second inclined portion is shaped to approach the first bar toward a proximal end of the second inclined portion.04-25-2013
20130205552Belt Buckle - A belt and belt buckle design that opens to the front where the strap enters the belt buckle from below. The buckle is made from a single buckle member that is formed and that uses force and/or guidance from the buckle to hold the belt in place. The buckle has a hook region to support the strap of the belt and has a body passing around the strap from the back region of the strap to the front region of the strap.08-15-2013
20130025098RATCHET STRAP TENSIONER - A ratchet strap tensioner and methods of using the same where the ratchet strap tensioner comprises a first arm pivotally mounted to a second arm by means that include a bush member which allows pivotal movement of the first arm relative to the second arm subject to the restraint of a ratchet mechanism; and further comprising a two-part winding spindle located partly within the bush member; the first part of said winding spindle being fixed to said bush member and the second part of said winding spindle being adapted to allow lateral movement (with respect the winding axis) from a closed position alongside said first part to an open position and thereby allow a strap to be attached without threading the strap through the tensioner and without bending the strap.01-31-2013
20090119892RATCHET TIE-DOWN - A ratcheting tie-down device includes a main body portion having first and second ends, and a rotatable reel located about the second end. A dynamic webbing is extendable from the first end of the main body portion and is windable about the reel. A static webbing is coupled to the main body portion about the second end. The device includes means for attaching at least one end of the dynamic webbing to an object, and means for ratcheting rotation of the reel to wind the dynamic webbing thereon. A lever arm is rotatable relative to the main body portion between a first position and a second position to cause ratcheting rotation of the ratchet wheel. In one example, the lever arm includes at least a pair of independent lever arm rails. In another example, the dynamic webbing travels underneath a guide member prior to being wound about the reel.05-14-2009
20090119891Bungee Cord and Ratchet/Cambuckle Tie down with a Freely Rotatable Hook from 0.degree. to 360 - The present invention relates to a fastening apparatus with a hook that is freely rotatable from 0° to 360°, the apparatus comprises a cord body, a connecting assembly, and a hook, wherein the body is connected with the connecting assembly, and the hook is movably connected with the connecting assembly such that the hook may be freely rotated from 0° to 360°. The fastening apparatus may include a hook on each end of the cord body. In other embodiments, the fastening apparatus is provided as a tie-down where the cord body is a webbing and the apparatus incorporates an adjustable securing mechanism such as a ratchet or cam buckle. The rotatable hook feature increases the utility of the fastening apparatus because the apparatus is able to adapt or conform to varying requirements. Additionally, the operation of the fastening apparatus is easy and convenient. The fastening apparatus may be made more aesthetic by adding some decoration on the connecting assembly. The fastening apparatus may be made more durable by forming the connecting assembly utilizing an injection molding technique.05-14-2009
20130036580Strap-Tensioning Apparatus - A strap-tensioning apparatus includes a frame, a handle, a reel, a coil spring, a brake and two detents. The frame includes two walls each including two edges. A strap is wound on the reel. The handle includes two cams for pushing the first detent from ratcheted wheels of the reel when the second detent is located on the second edges. When the second detent is located on the second edges, the second detent is movable between a first position in contact with the ratcheted wheels and a second position away from the ratcheted wheels. In the second position, the second detent keeps the brake from the ratcheted wheels. The distance of the ratchets from the axle is longer than the distance of the second edges from the axle. Thus, the second detent frictionally contacts the ratcheted wheels in the second position, thus slowing the reeling in of the strap.02-14-2013
20100043186SECURITY STRAP - A theft resistant strap and buckle assembly for securing cargo on a vehicle rack includes a strap and a buckle. The strap is reinforced to resist cutting. The buckle has a lock and pawl device that operates to prevent loosening of the strap when the buckle is locked.02-25-2010
20130031755Strap-Tensioning Apparatus - A strap-tensioning apparatus includes a base including two walls each formed with a first arched edge and a second arched edge, a short strap connected to the base, a spring-loaded reel supported on the base, a long strap wound on the reel, a spring-loaded detent movably supported on the walls for engagement with the reel, a handle supported on the base, and a spring-loaded detent/suppressor is movably supported on the handle for engagement with the reel. The detent/suppressor suppresses the reel when it is retained in position on the first arched edges of the walls but allows the reel to spin when it is moved on the first arched edges of the walls in a direction.02-07-2013
20090013511Cargo bracing device - A cargo bracing device includes a base having two side plates for rotatably attaching a reel drum, one or more toothed discs attached to the reel drum and controlled to rotate relative to the base with a stop, an operating arm having two legs rotatably attached to the reel drum, a catch device attached to the operating arm and engaged with the toothed disc, and an anchoring device may detachably anchor the legs of the operating arm to the reel drum, and the legs of the operating arm may be selectively disengaged from the reel drum to prevent the operating arm from being operated by unauthorized persons, and for preventing the cargo from being stolen by the unauthorized persons.01-15-2009
20120233824RETRACTABLE RATCHETING TIE DOWN - A retractable ratcheting tie down apparatus is provided, including a frame and a hub rotatably mounted within the frame. A ratchet wheel is mounted to the hub and interfaces with a pawl to selectably prevent motion of the hub relative to the frame. A single tie down strap extends between two attachment members and winds around the hub. An operable means for rotating the hub and ratchet wheel is included to wind the single tie down strap around the hub. Tension between the two attachment members is transmitted directly through the single tie down strap and transitions between segments of the single tie down strap at the windings of the single tie down strap about the hub. In further examples, the operable means for rotating the hub and ratchet wheel is removable. The tie down apparatus can also move freely along the single tie down strap.09-20-2012
20130160254Combination Chain Tensioning Boom and Tensioning Sensor - A system and device that measures the cargo load securing tension upon a tensionable cargo load securing line including but not limited to a woven web, belt, cord, chain having a tension boom and conveys tension information sensed in the tension boom to a remote location is presented. Utilized is an “indirect” form of tension information conveyance, that being radio, light or sound, or a “direct” form of signal conveyance, that being wire or vehicle ground system or vehicle frame. Various remote locations may receive conveyed tension signal. They may include receiver devices located within transportation vehicle power unit cab, visual display on anterior portion of haul unit, transportation operator wrist or clothing mounted device, satellite linked management or office facility, associated convoy vehicle cab or operator, or other. Cab and operator tension display devices may provide an array of tension analysis recording and view and travel assist options.06-27-2013
20110271500Apparatus for Tensioning a Strap - A strap-tensioning apparatus includes a frame, a handle connected to the frame, a reel supported on the frame, two ratchets secured to the reel, a first detent supported on the handle and biased to engage with the ratchets, and a second detent supported on the frame and biased to engage with the ratchets. The frame includes two walls each including a recess. The handle includes two walls each including a lobe. The first detent includes a chamfered tip. The ratchets can slide on the chamfered tip of the first detent to allow a strap to be reeled out when the chamfered tip of the first detent is in the recesses of the frame. The second detent is disengaged from the ratchets by the lobes of the handle when the chamfered tip of the first detent is in the recesses of the walls of the frame.11-10-2011
20100275420Tie Down Apparatus - A tie down apparatus comprising a base, a biasing element, a torsion spring, and a shaft, wherein the base is die cast or plastic rejection molded and includes two side plates disposed on two sides thereof respectively, and between one ends of the side plates is mounted an engaging pillar, between another ends of the side plates is fixed a retaining member, between middle sections of the side plates is secured an abutting shank, the biasing element matches with the torsion spring and is axially fixed between the two side plates of the base by using the shaft, and is die cast or plastic rejection molded, and includes a contacting portion having a pressing piece extending from one side thereof, thereby cooling quickly after die casting or plastic rejection molding process to lower production time and cost, and enabling to decrease production material and cost.11-04-2010
20080216294Tensioning Ratchet for Tautening and Holding Tensioning Means - A tensioning ratchet for tautening and holding tensioning means, such as webbings, extruded straps, ropes, chains and the like, includes a console, with a winding-on shaft, rotatably mounted in the console, which is formed by at least two direction reversal bars, delimiting a distance between one another, and with a tensioning lever for turning the winding-on shaft about an axis of rotation. The tensioning ratchet according to the invention withstands a higher load and enables high pre-tensioning forces to be applied while preventing inadmissible stress on the user. This is achieved by the fact that the position at least of the outer circumferential face of the direction reversal bars coming into contact with the tensioning means, is variable.09-11-2008
20100125986Locking Mechanism for A Tie Down - A locking device and system for a tie down includes elements that positively secure a securing strap within a locking housing to hold one or more objects in place. In one embodiment, the locking housing includes a sloped housing having a cavity adapted to receive one end of the securing strap. The locking housing includes at least a user actuable lever and a gripping element. When the securing strap is threaded through the cavity of locking housing and the securing strap is in a desired positioned within the locking housing, the locking device enables a user to pivot the lever to cause the gripping element to press against the strap and positively secure the position of the strap within the housing. In one embodiment, the strap is a cogged belt having teeth and the gripping element includes a surface with teeth that mesh with the teeth of the strap.05-27-2010
20080307618Strap Fastener - A strap fastener includes a frame, a handle and a reel inserted through the frame and handle so that a strap can be reeled when the reel is rotated. A plurality of bushings are inserted to a plurality of grooves defined by the frame respectively for protecting the reel from the handle or the frame. Two ratchet wheels are connected to the reel. A first detent is movable on the frame for engagement with the ratchet wheels. A second detent is movable on the handle for engagement with the ratchet wheels.12-18-2008
20080201922Hand lever for a binding machine - A binding machine includes a tightening mechanism adapted to tension a belt and a limiting mechanism adapted to limit tensioning of the belt. The tightening mechanism includes, for example, a ratchet and a pawl coupled to a body of the tightening mechanism. A handle is adapted to rotate the ratchet in a first direction in response to a first force applied to the handle. The pawl is adapted to prevent the ratchet from returning in a second direction when the first force is released. A spring mechanism allows the handle to indicate when a second force opposing the first force achieves an established magnitude.08-28-2008
20080263837Rachet Strap Tightener and Mating Rotary Driven Tool - A rachet strap tightener and a power driven rotary tool are arranged to be operated together for tightening a strap. The body of the power driven rotary tool is arranged to be anchored in mating engagement relative to the body of the rachet strap tightener, in addition to coupling the rotating mating parts of the tool and the strap tightener, such that the torque applied when winding the spindle of the tightener no longer acts to twist the tightener body from the user's hands but rather the torque is anchored directly through the bodies so that winding of the spindle with the power driven tool can be accomplished quickly, efficiently and in a safe manner.10-30-2008
20090100653Binding Machine - This practical new model makes an improved binding machine known to the public, which includes main body, handle, ratchet wheel, roller, fastening belt, latch reed spring, control plate. Among them, the handle's side board is linked with the main section's side board through torsion spring. In this manner, when the fastening belt needs to be tightened as the binding machine is being used, the user can press down the handle which will resume its initial position with the bounce force of the torsion spring. It is not necessary for the user to push it back to the initial position after pressing the handle down. It is very easy and labor-saving with higher efficiency. Furthermore, it can also set a coil spring in the outside end of the roller. The fastening belt can withdraw inside the main section automatically, which is very convenient.04-23-2009
20090106957Buckle device - A buckle device includes a base coupled to a strap, an operating arm is rotatably secured to the base with a stationary axle, a shaft is attached to the operating arm. A latch is slidably attached to the operating arm to selectively lock the operating arm to the base. Another strap has an intermediate portion engaged around the stationary axle to form two strap segments, the shaft may force the strap segment to tighten the straps when the operating arm is moved toward the base and locked to the base at the locking position with the latch, the stationary axle and the shaft are spaced from each other for a distance to allow one of the strap segments to be further pulled by a user and to further tighten the straps.04-30-2009
20120192389TIE-DOWN TENSION ENHANCER - A tie-down tension enhancer for in-situ tightening of an installed tie down having a locking mechanism. The tension enhancer generally includes a body having openings for transverse insertion and removal of a line or strap as well as longitudinal movement of the line or strap within the body. A cinch is provided and disposed on the body for engaging the line or strap upon longitudinal movement of the line or strap in one direction and a line or strap mechanism is provided and spaced apart from the cinch for enabling pulling of the line or strap past the cinch for providing further tension to the existing tie down.08-02-2012
20090241307Tie-down strap system - A tie-down strap system designed to be integrated with the plurality of tie-down straps that are currently on the market. A system for the protection of the tightening mechanism, the storage of excess strapping during use, a storage device when not used as a tie-down strap, a hanging system when not in used as a tie-down strap, and a termination feature that prevents the free end of the strap from sliding through the tightening mechanism.10-01-2009
20120102690Apparatus for Tightening Two Belts - A belt-tightening apparatus includes a frame, a handle, a shaft, two ratchet wheels, two spring-biased detents and a connector. The shaft is used to rotationally connect the handle to the frame and wind a first belt. The ratchet wheels are connected to the shaft. The first spring-biased detent is movably connected to the handle for engagement with the spring-biased detent wheels. The second spring-biased detent is movably connected to the frame for engagement with the spring-biased detent wheels. The connector includes a tube and a reinforcement strip. The tube is connected to the frame on one hand and connected to the second belt on the other hand. The reinforcement strip is inserted it in the tube for reinforcing the tube.05-03-2012
20100293766Tensioning Apparatus for Strap - A tensioning apparatus includes a frame, a tensioning device mounted on a first end of the frame, and a reeling device mounted on a second end of the frame. The tensioning device includes a tensioning mechanism and a lever operably pivoted to rotate the tensioning mechanism, and a strap engaged with the tensioning device can be tensioned as the tensioning device is rotated. Additionally, the strap can be collected on the reeling device. Furthermore, the reeling device includes a ratcheting mechanism that facilitates collection of the strap by preventing the reeling device to turn in a direction that unreels the strap.11-25-2010
20110209315Force multiplying retaining straps - A generally U-sectioned cam buckle frame is modified to include a first turning roller aligned transversely across the frame proximate the free end of a release lever. A generally planar tongue having one end pivoted adjacent the first roller extends within the frame under the cam piece connected to the release lever provides a force transfer structure for a strap is inserted between the tongue and the frame bottom surface, around the first roller to pass between the cam piece and the other side of the tongue. Other transverse rollers may be included in the frame to form a pulley arrangement and one end of a frame side wall may be convolved to form a hook assembly.09-01-2011
20110067210Ratchet Tie-Down and Reinforcement Assembly - A ratchet tie-down includes a frame, a lever including two cams pivotally connected to the frame, a reeling device rotatably mounted on the frame and lever, and a ratcheting device including two ratchet wheels mounted on the reeling device. The ratchet tie-down further includes a reinforcement assembly including two reinforcement members mounted on the reeling device. Each ratchet wheel includes two lateral sides disposed between one cam and one reinforcement member. Each reinforcement member defines an annular surface in contact with one lateral side of one ratchet wheel, and with the reinforcement member imposing an urging force in a direction perpendicular to a rotation direction of the ratchet wheel.03-24-2011
20110061213HAND PULLER WITH A STRUCTURE OF DOUBLE STOPPING PLATES - A hand puller with the structure of double stopping plates is disclosed. An axle part goes through a fixing part and a pulling part. Both ends of the axle part have a ratchet, respectively. The fixing part has two stopping plates, fixed to the two opposite sides of the axle part. The pulling part has a driving claw. The driving claw and the stopping plates of the fixing part engage with the ratchet.03-17-2011
20110209314Force multiplying motorcycle retaining strap - A generally U-sectioned cam buckle frame is modified to include a first turning roller aligned transversely across the frame proximate the free end of a release lever. A generally planar tongue having one end pivoted adjacent the first roller extends within the frame under the cam piece connected to the release lever provides a force transfer structure for a strap is inserted between the tongue and the frame bottom surface, around the first roller to pass between the cam piece and the other side of the tongue. Other transverse rollers may be included in the frame to form a pulley arrangement and one end of a frame side wall may be convolved to form a hook assembly.09-01-2011
20110041301Strap tensioner or tightener - A strap tightener includes a ratchet wheel rotatably attached to a supporting member with an axle, a tension lever rotatably attached to the supporting member with a shaft and having an actuating end for engaging with the ratchet teeth of the ratchet wheel, a strap engaged between the actuating end of the tension lever and the ratchet wheel, and a spring member for biasing the actuating end of the tension lever to engage with the strap and to clamp the strap between the actuating end of the tension lever and the ratchet wheel, the actuating end of the tension lever is forced to engage with the grooves between the ratchet teeth for generating a click sound when the strap has not been tightened or tensioned.02-24-2011
20100175233SEPARATE STRAP STORAGE IN A RATCHET ARRANGEMENT - A storage device within a ratchet arrangement for automatically storing a length of fastening material including a storage housing and a biasing member for drawing the fastening material into the storage housing. The fastening material can be used with a ratchet/handle tie-down mechanism, allowing for the dynamic portion of the webbing to automatically be retracted into the storage housing. The automatic retraction leaves little or no excess webbing or fastening material, such that a user does not have to tie off excess webbing or material.07-15-2010
20110167599RATCHET STRAP - Described is a ratchet strap with a free end securing system. The ratchet strap has a strap with an attachment end and a free end and a strap winding shaft which is capable of receiving the free end in a wrapped relationship. A ratchet mechanism is included for simultaneously shortening the attachment end and the free end wherein the free end is drawn from the wrapped relationship with the strap winding shaft.07-14-2011
20110088226Strap Tensioner and Associated Gripping Jaws - A strip clamping device having a strip to be clamped (04-21-2011
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20120000043TENSIONING DEVICE - A simple and inexpensive device for a reliable tie down tensioning which device enables the tie-down to be quickly and easily applied and the flexible element tensioned and just as quickly and easily removed.01-05-2012
20110041300Hand puller with detachable handle - The present invention disclosed a hand puller with a detachable handle, and the hand puller includes a body, an axle, and a handle. The axle is passed and mounted onto the body, and a sheath opening is formed at an end of the handle for sheathing an edge of the axle, such that the handle can be turned by using the axle as an axial center, and a guide section is defined and formed at an external periphery of the sheath opening, and the body includes at least one stop portion protruded from a position proximate to the guide section of the handle. When the handle is turned by using the axle as the axial center, the guide section and the stop portion are slidably coupled to restrict a radial movement of the handle to prevent the handle from being separated from the axle along the radial direction.02-24-2011
20120110801STRAP TENSIONING DEVICE - A strap tensioning device that includes a base having one of the ends of which accommodates a rotating drum that accommodates the end of a first strap section or first strap, the drum being capable of engaging with a tensioning lever articulated on the drum, the latter being disengageable relative to the tensioning lever; a tension shaft to which a second strap section or second strap is secured; means for the temporary storage of the first strap comprising elements that are independent both of the shaft for tensioning the second section or second strap, and of the drum, the elements being mounted on the base.05-10-2012
20110167600LOAD BINDER - A load binder is described for securing a load to a vehicle or the like, the load binder including: attachment means for attaching a flexible member to be tensioned by the load binder; an over-centre mechanism; an operating lever; and a ratchet mechanism; the load binder is moveable between a tensioned configuration and a released configuration by way of the operating lever; and wherein the ratchet mechanism allows the load binder to be progressively moved from the released configuration to the tensioned configuration.07-14-2011
20090133235Buckle device - A buckle device includes a base coupled to a strap, an operating arm rotatably secured to the base with a stationary axle, a shaft attached to the operating arm, a latch slidably attached to the operating arm to selectively lock the operating arm to the base, and another strap engaged around the stationary axle to form two strap segments, the shaft may force the strap segment to tighten the straps, the base includes one or more fasten notches for engaging with the latch for retaining the latch and the operating arm to the base at a fastening position when the straps may further be pulled away from each other, and includes one or more lock notches for solidly locking the latch.05-28-2009
20090133234Buckle mechanism - A buckle mechanism includes a base coupled to a strap, an operating arm rotatably secured to the base with a stationary axle, a shaft attached to the operating arm, a latch slidably attached to the operating arm to selectively lock the operating arm to the base, and another strap engaged around the stationary axle to form two strap segments, the shaft may force the strap segments to tighten the straps, the rotatable or swingable shaft is arranged or located between the stationary axle and the bottom panel of the base for engaging with and for forcing the strap segments and for tighten the straps. The stationary axle may also be arranged or located between the shaft and the bottom panel of the base.05-28-2009
20100205790RATCHET BUCKLE WITH C-SHAPE BAR - The tie-down provides an adjustable strap under control of a ratchet during retraction and pay-out. The tie-down is provided with a strap issuing rearward from a transverse bar between base sides, the bar being an integral part of the base, three sides having been rolled up from the base bottom into a C-shaped bar opening rearward. A forward strap issues forward from the tie-down secured to a spindle to which ratchet wheels attach. The forward strap wraps the spindle during tie-down strap retraction.08-19-2010
20100071174Ratchet Strapping Device - An improved ratchet strapping device is provided, comprising a frame, an axle, and a handle pivotally installed on the axle. Ratchets are mounted on the axle and adjacent to the exterior of the frame. The frame includes a first detent on the outside of the frame which engages the ratchet. A release device is mounted on the handle, wherein the release device includes a second detent on the outside of the handle which engages the ratchets at another location. The frame includes a first cam having a radius greater than the ratchets and on which the second detent slides, and the handle includes a second cam having a radius greater than the ratchets and on which the first detent slides. Placement of the ratchet and detent components on the outside of the device permits spooling of substantially all of the strap for storage or unused portions of the strap during use.03-25-2010
20110179609STRAP-TIGHTENING DEVICE - A strap-tightening device includes a frame, a handle connected to the frame and a reel located on the frame. A first detent is located on the frame. A second detent is located on the handle. The second detent includes two horns each including a downward prong and an upward prong. The reel includes a cylinder and two ratcheted wheels attached to the cylinder. The ratcheted wheels are engaged with the upward prongs of the horns of the second detent during pivoting of the handle in a direction to cause the cylinder to reel in a strap. The ratcheted wheels are engaged with the first detent during pivoting of the handle in an opposite direction to prevent the handle from spinning the cylinder to reel out the strap. A withdrawing unit spins the reel to withdraw the strap.07-28-2011
20090126171BUCKLE05-21-2009
20120073097Ratchet buckle - A ratchet buckle has a body and a trigger. One end of the body has two opposite pivotal holes, two opposite positioning notches, and a pivotal shaft penetrating the pivotal holes. Two ends of the pivotal shaft each have a ratchet wheel synchronously rotating with the pivotal shaft. One end of the trigger has two opposite shaft holes engaged to the pivotal shaft of the body and has a positioning rod transversally mounted on the trigger to engage the two positioning notches of the body. By operating the trigger to set the pivotal shaft free, the pivotal shaft is easily rotated to reel a strap.03-29-2012
20120227224Cargo Tie-Down - A cargo carrier tie-down assembly that utilizes a fastener made up of a shackle element that includes a wall in a form that is closed in two dimensions, defining an opening and wherein the wall also defines a pair of opposed apertures, a pin that can be inserted through the two apertures and a knob fastener element, having a head, that is sized to be passed through the opening when the pin is withdrawn from the wall, and that is retained when the pin is inserted into the two apertures. A tension member has one of the fastener elements attached to at least one end. The other fastener element is attached to the cargo carrier.09-13-2012
20120227223STRAP TENSIONING SYSTEM - A strap tensioning system having a frame and a core shaft on the frame. The system further has first and second separate lengths of flexible strap extending generally oppositely away from the frame, a drive shaft, and a gear assembly with a worm and a worm gear that are driven by the drive shaft. The drive shaft is operable to drive the gear assembly to thereby cause the first length of flexible strap to be wrapped around the core shaft to thereby vary a combined effective length of the first and second lengths of flexible strap.09-13-2012
20110119877TENSIONING DEVICE HAVING AN ILLUMINATION SOURCE AND RELATED METHOD - In one embodiment, a tensioning device having a permanently affixed illumination source disposed on the tensioning device to provide illumination during, among other things, operation of the tensioning device, is described herein.05-26-2011
20120233823Ratchet Strap Tightener - A strap tightener for securing cargo is disclosed. The tightener includes a base frame and a handling frame, which pivotally connect to form a vee structure. The base frame is connected to the handling frame by inserting a pivot into pivot hole thereof. Each of two ends of the pivot is ringed with a protection loop and a ratchet wheel. The protection loop is composed of a flange for being blockedly fixed on the pivot hole and a sleeve for penetrating into the pivot hole. The sleeve can protect the pivot hole to prevent it from being directly pressed by the pivot.09-20-2012
20120317763DRIVING DEVICE FOR BELT AXLE OF WINCH - 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.12-20-2012
20120084951Positioning Hook Structure for a Hand Puller - A positioning hook structure for a hand puller contains a base including a first and a second ends; a rotating member including a first segment axially connected with the second end and a second segment having a handle; a central shaft set being axially coupled with the first segment and the second end; two ratchets including teeth arranged therearound and fixed onto one end of the central shaft set; the base including a movable retaining member to abut against one of the teeth, the rotating member including a movable pulling rod to abut against another tooth of the ratchet; a positioning hook including a third and a fourth ends, the third end including two sides including two insertions, the fourth end including a hooking portion extending outward so that the positioning hook inserts to the holes of the base by using the insertions.04-12-2012
20100199474SAFETY RATCHET - Safety ratchets provided herein allow for safely releasing tension in strap ratchets. A safety ratchet can tighten and then quickly reverse to slowly and controllably release tension, instead of abruptly releasing tension.08-12-2010
20100199473RATCHET BUCKLE - In the present invention, a lightweight apparatus for secure transport of cargo in cargo compartments, such as those found in trucks and freight trains, is provided. The ratchet buckle has a front reel which receives a cargo strap. The light weight of the ratchet buckle is achieved by the use of a dual purpose detachable ratcheting lever or wrench. The wrench has a wrench head which engages the front reel to tighten the ratchet buckle. The wrench also has a release end which engages a release hole in the ratchet buckle, to disengage the ratcheting mechanism and allow removal of the cargo strap. Additional purposes and advantages are provided herein.08-12-2010
20100132169Binding Machine - This invention introduces a binding machine with improved structure. It mainly includes main body, non-slip mat, scroll, ratchet wheel, hand knob, spring leaf, and control pulling plate, main lacing, and auxiliary lacing. The non-slip mat is made of soft materials and is connected with the bottom board of the main body. In addition, there are two hand pieces attached to the main body and there is the recess in the shape matching the fingers. This invention of binding machine does not scrape the surface of the tied down items and it is more convenient for use.06-03-2010
20110146035HAND PULLER WHOSE HANDLE ROLLS IN THE STRAP - A hand puller whose handle can roll in a strap includes a base and a movable arm. The base has a pivotal element. The movable arm is disposed on the outer end of the pivotal element. A ratchet wheel is disposed between the movable arm and both ends of the base, respectively. The movable arm has a second stopping plate and extends with a pulling element. The pulling element has a third sliding groove with a rotating axis. Both ends of the rotating axis are disposed on the two arm boards of the movable arm. A rotating element is provided for the user to rotate, so that the strap is winded on the rotating axis.06-23-2011
20080244883Binding device - A binding device for pulling tight a belt comprises a first ratchet wheel and a second ratchet wheel, each having a plurality of mounting openings, a roll, having a plurality of roll sectors that are respectively mounted in the mounting openings of the first and second ratchet wheels, of which at least one roll sector is removable, a lever, connected with the first ratchet wheel, a frame, connected with the second ratchet wheel; an upper blocking assembly, mounted on the lever, blocking the first ratchet wheel from turning, and a lower blocking assembly, mounted on the lever, blocking the second ratchet wheel from turning. Due to removability of one of the roll sectors, the belt is easily mounted and dismounted, and a wide range of applications is provided for.10-09-2008
20100064489LOAD SECURING RATCHET WITH ANCHOR ATTACHMENT SYSTEM - An anchor attachment system is provided for use with tensioning device for tensioning lines, particularly belts or webs. The anchor attachment system releasably secures an anchoring line to one end of the tensioning device. Embodiments of the anchor attachment system employ a pin, a cross-pin, a spring element, and a locking cam working in cooperation to secure the pin to first and/or second ends of the tensioning device.03-18-2010
20130091673CABLE ADJUSTING DEVICE - Cable adjusting devices are presented including: a base plate; a pair of walls connected with the base plate along a top surface, where each of the pair of walls includes an outer surface and an inner surface, where the inner surfaces of the pair of walls form a v-groove, and where the inner surfaces include, a number of gripping ridge pairs, and a locking ridge pair disposed alongside one end of the number of gripping ridge pairs at the distal end of the base plate; a keeper bar extending between the pair of walls at the proximal end of the base plate; and an attachment point disposed along the bottom surface of the base plate along at least the distal end or the proximal end.04-18-2013
20130111715CABLE TENSIONING DEVICE UTILITY APPLICATIONS - A tensioning device for tie down applications in a utility market that includes a drive end and a cable output end to attach to a medium, item, or truck or trailer. The tensioning device creates more tension in the medium than is generally able to be applied by hand with ratchet straps or chains, which provides a more secure tie down of items in a utility application. The tensioning device includes a drive system that can be driven with standard power tools or hand tools to retract a cable. The tensioning device may be designed with or without a clutch feature. The clutch feature allows for a desired cable tension to be reached for each installation and provides feedback to the operator when the correct tension is reached. The tensioning device includes an external bracket or hook for easily attaching to an item, medium, or truck or trailer.05-09-2013
20100293765Tensioning Apparatus for Strap - A tensioning apparatus includes a first shaft and a strap wound on the first shaft such that the strap has first and second portions extending in opposite directions, and the first portion of the strap is collected on the first shaft by operably moving the rotating shaft. The tensioning apparatus further includes a reeling device for collecting the second portion of the strap. Furthermore, the reeling device includes a ratcheting mechanism that facilitates collection of the strap.11-25-2010
20080235922ADJUSTABLE LEVER LOAD BINDER - Apparatuses are disclosed where in a lever binder may include an adjuster that when manipulated adjusts the binding length of the lever binder. In various embodiments, a lever binder is disclosed including an automatic latching mechanism to help resist undesired movement of a lever from a binding position.10-02-2008
20110289741Methods and apparatus for applying tension to a motion transmission element - In exemplary implementations of this invention, tension is applied to a motion transmission element with periodic features by causing that element to mesh with a device that has a pitch slightly greater than the pitch of the motion transmission element. The motion transmission element with periodic features may comprise, for example: (a) a belt with teeth, or (b) a chain. Further, the motion transmission element may comprise either an open or a closed loop. In exemplary implementations, the width of the teeth of the motion transmission element (along that element's long axis) is greater than the width of the teeth in the rack (along the rack's long axis). This allows room for the teeth of the rack to both fit and move within the gap between the teeth in the motion transmission element. This extra width of the element's teeth is not necessary if the element is sufficiently elastic.12-01-2011
20100313394Fastening apparatus for a pressurized-gas vessel - A fastening apparatus for pressurized-gas vessels is provided on a carrier. The fastening apparatus makes it possible to fasten a pressurized-gas vessel as well as to adapt the fastening apparatus to differently sized pressurized-gas vessels with one manipulative step. The fastening apparatus includes a carrier, a belt, a locking device, fastening points and redirection points for the belt.12-16-2010
20120174355RATCHET ADJUSTMENT SYSTEM - An adjustment system for adjusting the width of a cuff has an elongated adjustment strip having a set of longitudinally extending teeth. Each tooth has a forward side and a rearward side. The length of each forward side is greater than a length of each of the rearward sides so that an angle between a longitudinal axis of the strip and the forward side is less than an angle between the longitudinal axis and the rearward side of each tooth. There is a locking mechanism formed by a base plate having a locking device on an underside and a guide for slidably connecting the locking mechanism to the strip. The teeth and the locking device are configured so that the locking device can be moved forward along the strip using only a small amount of force, and can then be moved rearward using a larger amount of force.07-12-2012
20100218348CLAMPING LOCK FOR A TENSIONING MEANS - A clamping lock for a tensioning means with a housing comprising two cheek parts arranged at a distance from each other, a stop web extending between the cheek parts and a pivot spindle likewise extending between the cheek parts and a comb element pivotably mounted on the pivot spindle of the housing. The clamping lock can be manufactured in a simple manner and at the same time has a compact, easily manageable design because there is a reinforcing insert at least in the region of the cheek parts of the stop web and of the pivot spindle of the housing, said reinforcing insert being surrounded by a plastics material casing and comprises a material which is firmer than the plastics material casing.09-02-2010
20080250616Jewelry Clasp - A jewelry clasp is provided for use with one or more jewelry strands and further comprises, in one embodiment, a spring clasp with first and second bead pins attached thereto. Each bead pin comprises a removable bead that allows for attachment of the jewelry strands to the bead pins and maintains the jewelry strands attached thereto. Different jewelry strands can be interchangeably attached to a single jewelry clasp to create a desired appearance or effect.10-16-2008
20120102691STRAP CONNECTING MEMBER AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE WITH THE STRAP CONNECTING MEMBER - The electronic device includes a body, a strap, and a strap connecting member. The strap connecting member further includes a pin, a torsion spring one end of which is connected to the pin, a receiving chamber accommodating the pin and defining an opening notch passing through the sidewall thereof, and a cover connected with the torsion spring and engaging with the receiving chamber. The strap is double-layered. The double-layered strap forms a folded end and an open end, the folded end is connected with the pin and is wrapped around the pin, and the open end is separated into two portions which pass at the opening notch and are respectively connected to the body. When the torsion spring is elastically deformed and generates a torsion force, the pin is rotated and the strap automatically shrinks in the receiving chamber under the torsion force.05-03-2012
20100050403ROTARY TENSIONING DEVICE - A rotary tensioning device that is low profile when not being used to apply or reduce tension and that provides an easily manipulated tightening and loosening control mechanism. A control mechanism in the form of a flip up handle is pivotally connected to a drive member and rotation of the handle and drive member rotates a driven member connected to a spool to take up or let out a cable or wire to apply or reduce tension in the cable or wire. When not being used to apply or reduce tension, the flip up handle is pivoted to lie flush against a housing of the spool to provide a low profile. A tension indicating device provides a user with a mechanism for reproducing tensions between uses.03-04-2010
20130047388RATCHET BUCKLE AND STRAP ASSEMBLY - A ratchet buckle and strap assembly is provided. The ratchet buckle has a passageway configured to slidably receive the strap, a pawl arranged to engage the strap and prevent movement of the strap in a direction from the rear portion toward the front portion, while allowing movement of the strap in a direction from the front portion toward the rear portion of the passageway, and a drive actuator arranged to engage the strap and feed the strap through the passageway from the front portion toward the rear portion of the passageway. The strap may have a plurality of first teeth, and a plurality of separate second teeth. The first teeth may be on a first side of the strap and the second teeth may be on a second side of the strap. The ratchet buckle may be configured such that the pawl is configured to engage a first side of the strap and the drive actuator may be configured to engage a second side of the strap opposite the first side.02-28-2013
20110289742SHOELACE FASTENER - A shoelace fastener is fixed on a vamp of a shoe for wearing shoelace and comprises two longitudinal seats each having a slider slidably mounted thereon for wearing shoelace. The slider has a spring-like structure. The slider has a front end fixed on a front end of the seat and a rear end. The shoelace is tightened when the slider is positioned after stretching.12-01-2011
20090038128DEVICE AND METHOD OF RAPIDLY TYING SHOELACES - Provided is a shoe which is tied with a piece of shoelace, in which a pair of pulling string rings are provided in both left and right upper ends of the neck of the shoe, to thereby enable a user to pull or release a pair of pulling strings hooked on the rings one time in order to put on or take off the shoe. Double instep covers of the footwear are provided, and the exposed knots of the shoelace end portions are positioned between the double instep covers, so that the knots are not exposed and the knots which are not well untied can be smoothly adjusted. Moreover, a cover-type fastening locker or protection guard which protects the protruded latch from external impact is used to solve the conventional problems, and to furthermore provide a simple shoelace tying shoe having no knots of the end of the lower portion of the shoelaces.02-12-2009
20090172928Turning fastener for a shoe - A turning fastener for a shoe has a pulling means with two end portions, which act on a take-up reel, which is provided with an annular groove for receiving the pulling means, a rotatable mounting of the take-up reel with a bearing journal, which engages in a bearing, a holder, which can be fastened to the shoe, for the rotatable mounting, and an engageable and disengageable directional locking mechanism, which in the engaged position blocks the take-up reel in one direction of rotation for closing the shoe and in the disengaged position releases it in this direction of rotation. The take-up reel is formed as a rotary grip, wherein two through-openings, extending from the annular groove to the end face of the take-up reel that is facing away from the holder, are provided for leading one or the other end portion of the pulling means through. The take-up reel is guided in an axially displaceable manner with the bearing journal and the bearing, and the directional locking mechanism is engaged in the position of the take-up reel in which it is pushed towards the holder and is disengaged in the position in which it is pushed away from the holder.07-09-2009
20120102692TIGHTENING STRAP OF A DIVING FLIPPER - An improved diving flipper's adjustable foot strap with a conveniently located handle which allows the diver to quickly pull the stretchable strap whereby he or she move the strap away from the back of his or her foot in one fluid motion.05-03-2012
20110000057FASTENING DEVICE - A fastening device (01-06-2011
20110131772Reformable Closure Device Strap - A strap for a mechanical closure device is disclosed. The strap includes a wire disposed along a longitudinal axis of the strap. The wire maintains the strap in a desired geometry that is different from a previous geometry of the strap. In other embodiments, a wire-core strap can include transverse ridges, holes, or other types of grooves or apertures.06-09-2011
20120297591Selectively Releasable Buckle - A buckle is provided for use in footwear. The buckle includes a lever arm that feeds a strap into the buckle in a ratcheting fashion and a lock that secures the strap relative to the buckle when the lever arm is released. To release the strap from the buckle, a user may impart rotational motion onto the lock to remove it from engagement from teeth associated with the strap. Alternatively, pressure may be applied to the lever arm, which releases a locking pawl from the strap and allows the strap to incrementally move a predetermined amount.11-29-2012
20130014359ADJUSTING DEVICE FOR TIGHTENING OR LOOSING LACES AND STRAPSAANM CHEN; Chin-ChuAACI Taichung CityAACO TWAAGP CHEN; Chin-Chu Taichung City TW - An adjusting device for tightening or loosing laces and straps includes a base, an actuating member and a knob. When a user rotates the knob clockwise, the adjusting device is tightening a flexible strap of the clothing or a lace of the footwear. However, when a user rotates the knob counterclockwise, the adjusting device is loosing a flexible strap of the clothing or a lace of the footwear. The knob never moves up and down along the axis during the operation for tightening or loosing the flexible strap or the lace.01-17-2013
20130091674FASTENING DEVICE FOR FOOTWEAR - A fastening device for footwear includes a hook element with a major tooth and a minor tooth, a releasing element, a boosting cover, a base and a strap with teeth. Each tooth has an inclining surface and a vertical surface. When the hook element is pressed, the major tooth and the miner tooth are engaged with the inclining surface of the teeth alternately to push the strap to move backward. When the boosting cover is bent up, the boosting tooth is engaged with the vertical surface of the teeth to push the strap to move forward. When the releasing element is pulled up, the strap is completely released from the base.04-18-2013
20080209702Buckle guide assembly - An improved guide for securing a lace, rope or other material, which enables the material to be tightened and secured with ease is disclosed. The guide allows the material to slide through a buckle allowing a user to tighten the material and lock the buckle without the loss of tension in the material. The guide is implemented on footwear, watch bands, luggage and backpack straps, ropes for tents, boats and other structures, and any other buckling or line securing apparatus.09-04-2008
20080196224Shoelace reel operated easily and conveniently - A shoelace reel includes a support seat, a spool rotatably mounted in the support seat, a shoelace having two distal ends each secured to the winding zone of the spool, a limit sleeve mounted on the support seat, a drive member rotatably and movably mounted in the limit sleeve, and a control knob rotatably and movably mounted on the limit sleeve and connected to the drive member. Thus, the user only needs to rotate the control knob to tighten the shoelace and to pull out the control knob to loosen the shoelace. In addition, the user only needs to operate the control knob to tighten or loosen the shoelace, so that the user can tighten or loosen the shoelace by his one hand only.08-21-2008
20110209313Wristbands With Interchangeable Layers Allowing Sizing By End User - A wearable band with an adjustable size or length. The band includes a first band element and a second band element with a planar body extending from a first to a second end. The second band element body is greater in length than the first band element body and includes a hole for receiving the first band element body. The band includes a coupling mechanism that detachably connects an outer sidewall of the first band element body to the inner sidewall of the second band element body, e.g., to allow the two band elements to be selectively disconnected and reassembled without tools. The coupling mechanism includes a first coupling component extending along the outer sidewall of the first band element and a second coupling element extending along the inner sidewall of the second band element such that the two band elements are connected along the periphery of the hole.09-01-2011
20100170068Adjustment Mechanism - An adjustment mechanism comprises a dial comprising an inner wall defining a hole passing through the dial, the inner wall comprising a ledge having one or more cutouts. The mechanism further comprises a base comprising a first set of teeth and an actuator comprising a second, the second set of teeth configured to engage the first set of teeth and allow the actuator to be rotated in a first direction but not in a second opposite direction. The actuator further comprises one or more drive-dogs configured to engage a cutout on the inner wall of the dial, each drive-dog comprising a ramped edge configured to disengage the drive-dog from the cutout and lift the second set of teeth from the first set of teeth when the dial is rotated in the second direction.07-08-2010
20110056057STRUCTURE OF STEEL CABLE FASTENER - A structure of steel cable fastener is provided for eliminating a returning force caused by twisting stress induced in a steel cable when the steel cable is stretched and fixed by the fastener, which induces a stress due to fixing of a fixing end of the steel cable. Such a returning force makes the operation and adjustment of mounting a locking cap to the steel cable difficult and also induces damage and wear of a fixing end of the steel cable due to twisting stress induced in the steel cable. The structure of the steel cable fastener includes a bearing retainer that carries a bearing device and arranged inside the locking cap to secure an end of the steel cable and a resilient element arranged between the bearing retainer and the locking cap for relief of twisting stress induced in the steel cable through the rotation of the bearing device.03-10-2011
20100229358APPARATUS FOR EXTENDING THE ARM OF A LEVER - An apparatus for extending the arm of a lever, particularly for extending the arm of a lever of strap tensioning devices, comprising an element for connection to the lever, which can be associated therewith jointly and reversibly, a main body, which is associated with the connecting element by way of elements for mutual inclination and can be gripped by the user to operate the lever, and elements for contrasting the mutual inclination of the main body with respect to the connecting element, which can yield to a predefined force that contrasts the rotation of the lever, applied thereby to the connecting element.09-16-2010
20130111716CABLE TENSIONING DEVICE FOR HUNTING TREE STANDS OR CLIMBING LADDERS - A tensioning device for installing tree stands that includes a drive end and a cable output end to attach to a medium that is placed around a tree. The tensioning device creates more tension in the medium than is generally able to be applied by hand with ratchet straps or chains, which provides safer installation of a tree stand or climbing ladder. The tensioning device includes a drive system that can be driven with standard power tools or hand tools to retract a cable. The tensioning device may be designed with or without a clutch feature. The clutch feature allows for a desired cable tension to be reached for each installation and provides feedback to the operator when the correct tension is reached. The tensioning device includes an external bracket or hook for easily attaching to a tree stand or climbing ladder.05-09-2013
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20130042446SEGMENT POSITIONING BELT - An improved structure of a segment positioning belt characterized in that it includes a flexible belt body having the form of an elongated strip. The belt body made of plastic or rubber materials presents flexibility, and also has a positioning end and an extension. The positioning end is provided with a mounting portion. Several segment positioning portions are set at interval onto the belt body along its extension. A strengthened metal core is integrally located into the belt body in an elongated form, so as to cover the positioning end and extension of the belt body. The present invention enables production of tensile stress against breakage of the belt body through arrangement of the strengthened metal core, making it possible to improve the endurance of the segment positioning belt, extend its service life and enhance the safety with better anti-burglary effect.02-21-2013
20110138589Sash window and door transportation clip - A clip assembly may safely secure sliding sashes of a window or door during transportation, and, in one embodiment, be comprised of a strap member and a pawl member. The strap member may be comprised of a bumper portion, and a strap portion extending therefrom, where the strap portion may have a plurality of teeth formed within the thickness of the strap. The pawl member may have a pair of sidewalls supported by a top wall and an intermediate wall. The top wall may have a protrusion which includes a plurality of pawl teeth formed to complement the strap teeth, and be located proximate to the intermediate wall. The strap may be introduced through the gap between the top rail of an upper sash and bottom rail of the second sash, to then be inserted into the pawl, and thereby be retained by the respective teeth to secure the sashes.06-16-2011
20100139057REEL BASED LACING SYSTEM - A lacing system configured to selectively adjust the size of an opening on an object and allow for the incremental release of the lace within the lacing system. The lacing system can have a reel comprising a housing, a spool supported by the housing, and a knob supported by the housing. The reel can be configured so that cable is gathered in the channel formed in the spool when the spool is rotated in a first direction relative to the housing, and so that cable can be incrementally released from the spool when the spool is rotated in a second direction relative to the housing. In some embodiments, the reel can include a rotation limiter which can be configured to prevent over-tightening of the lacing system and/or to prevent rotation past the substantially fully loosened state.06-10-2010
20080289160STRUCTURE OF BUCKLE SET - A buckle set, two of which pair off for being inset in frame of the swimming goggles on two sides so that a strap can be inserted in the buckle sets for fastening the swimming goggles on user's face. Structure of the present invention features a 211-27-2008
20110088227Quick Release Adjustable Strap Clamp - A strap clamp includes a housing which is attached to an end of an elongated strap band. The housing pivotally support a screw member, the threads of which engage and drive the strap band to tighten or loosen the strap band. The screw member may be pivoted away from the strap band to disengage screw threads and release the strap band. The housing is attached to the strap band via elongated slots which have a minimal impact on the strength of the strap band.04-21-2011
20110197406SECURING ARRANGEMENT FOR SECURING A DIVING CYLINDER TO A BUOYANCY CONTROL DEVICE - A securing arrangement for a diving cylinder, and more particularly for use in securing a diving cylinder to a harness of a buoyancy control device, includes: a securing strap for securing the cylinder to the harness; a strap-retaining device allowing the strap to pass therethrough in one direction, and selectively preventing the strap from passing therethrough in an opposite direction; and a pivotable tensioning lever for increasing the tension of the securing strap.08-18-2011
20080276437Method and apparatus for tightening a belt - The present invention includes a method and related apparatus for tightening or loosening a belt. Some illustrative embodiments include a method and apparatus for tightening or loosening a belt used in e.g., power-lifting, to provide adequate leverage in tightening or loosening the belt to prevent injury comprising using the apparatus (constructed with a rigid material) to attach to the belt and allowing for appropriate tension to be applied to fasten and unfasten the belt at the desired tightness.11-13-2008
20100037440Attachment System for Entertainment Device - The present invention relates to an attachment system or mounting structure that can be used with a device to mount or couple the device to a support, such as an infant support structure. In different embodiments, the device can be an entertainment device, such as a mobile or toy aquarium, or another type of device, such as a monitor. In different embodiments, the infant support structure can be a crib or bassinet or other type of structure.02-18-2010
20120246895Belt Binder Structure - An improved belt binder structure having a binder body with a flat base and the two sides bended upward to form side panels that constitute a a binder body with a flat base with two sides bended upward to form an enclosure space for enclosing a reel, a ratchet wheel, a handle, a locking plate and a control pulling plate attached to the two side panels of the handle and can move up and down by the connecting points, and whereas the frontal portion of the control pulling plate has locking structure that locks with the positioning slot on the flat base and the bottom of the plate engages with the ratchet wheels.10-04-2012
20120233825BUCKLE FOR SWIMMING/DIVING GOGGLES - A buckle includes a base engaged with a body of swimming/diving goggle. A head strap is extended through a slot in a rear end of the base. A cover is engaged with the body. A space is defined between the cover and the base. A button is mounted in a groove of the cover and made of flexible material. An engagement plate is formed on the button and includes a catch releasably engaging with teeth of the head strap. First and second supporting points are defined between the button and the base. A pressing section is formed between the first and second supporting points. The catch can be disengaged from the teeth of the head strap to allow movement of the head strap in a loosening direction by pressing the pressing section or manually moving the grip.09-20-2012
20120324686BUCKLE - A buckle has a pair of side frame portions; first and second crossbars extending between the pair of side frame portions; a fastening portion disposed on at least one portion of the buckle for fastening a belt-like body. The fastening portion includes a clamping member rotatably supported in the side frame portions, and sandwiching the belt-like body between a free end portion and the first crossbar in a rotating position wherein the free end portion is most closely contacting with the first crossbar from the front surface side of the buckle; and holding devices generating an elastic deformation against a rotation in the clamping member relative to the rotation of the clamping member in a direction of separating the free end portion from the first crossbar.12-27-2012
20110146036STRAP FASTENING DEVICE - A strap fastening device includes two fastening straps and a tightness adjusting unit. The fastening straps each have a fixing end and an opposing free end. The tightness adjusting unit includes an assembling box and two locating members. The assembling box is provided at a left and a right half with at least one non-return retaining tooth each. The two locating members are slidably mounted to the assembling box and connected to the free ends of the two fastening straps, such that the free ends of the fastening straps are not turned back to expose from the assembling box. The slidable locating members respectively have a raised locating rib releasably engaging with the at least one non-return retaining tooth at the left and the right half of the assembling box. The two locating members can be conveniently slid with one hand to adjust the tightness of the fastening straps.06-23-2011
20130097828Configuration of a Belt Attachment Part - A flat belt attachment includes a first bar that connects corresponding positions of a pair of base bars facing each other; and a second bar that is parallel to the first bar and connects the base bars. The second bar includes a second inclined portion at an end portion, and the second inclined portion is shaped to approach the first bar toward a proximal end of the second inclined portion.04-25-2013
20130205552Belt Buckle - A belt and belt buckle design that opens to the front where the strap enters the belt buckle from below. The buckle is made from a single buckle member that is formed and that uses force and/or guidance from the buckle to hold the belt in place. The buckle has a hook region to support the strap of the belt and has a body passing around the strap from the back region of the strap to the front region of the strap.08-15-2013
20130025098RATCHET STRAP TENSIONER - A ratchet strap tensioner and methods of using the same where the ratchet strap tensioner comprises a first arm pivotally mounted to a second arm by means that include a bush member which allows pivotal movement of the first arm relative to the second arm subject to the restraint of a ratchet mechanism; and further comprising a two-part winding spindle located partly within the bush member; the first part of said winding spindle being fixed to said bush member and the second part of said winding spindle being adapted to allow lateral movement (with respect the winding axis) from a closed position alongside said first part to an open position and thereby allow a strap to be attached without threading the strap through the tensioner and without bending the strap.01-31-2013
20090119892RATCHET TIE-DOWN - A ratcheting tie-down device includes a main body portion having first and second ends, and a rotatable reel located about the second end. A dynamic webbing is extendable from the first end of the main body portion and is windable about the reel. A static webbing is coupled to the main body portion about the second end. The device includes means for attaching at least one end of the dynamic webbing to an object, and means for ratcheting rotation of the reel to wind the dynamic webbing thereon. A lever arm is rotatable relative to the main body portion between a first position and a second position to cause ratcheting rotation of the ratchet wheel. In one example, the lever arm includes at least a pair of independent lever arm rails. In another example, the dynamic webbing travels underneath a guide member prior to being wound about the reel.05-14-2009
20090119891Bungee Cord and Ratchet/Cambuckle Tie down with a Freely Rotatable Hook from 0.degree. to 360 - The present invention relates to a fastening apparatus with a hook that is freely rotatable from 0° to 360°, the apparatus comprises a cord body, a connecting assembly, and a hook, wherein the body is connected with the connecting assembly, and the hook is movably connected with the connecting assembly such that the hook may be freely rotated from 0° to 360°. The fastening apparatus may include a hook on each end of the cord body. In other embodiments, the fastening apparatus is provided as a tie-down where the cord body is a webbing and the apparatus incorporates an adjustable securing mechanism such as a ratchet or cam buckle. The rotatable hook feature increases the utility of the fastening apparatus because the apparatus is able to adapt or conform to varying requirements. Additionally, the operation of the fastening apparatus is easy and convenient. The fastening apparatus may be made more aesthetic by adding some decoration on the connecting assembly. The fastening apparatus may be made more durable by forming the connecting assembly utilizing an injection molding technique.05-14-2009
20130036580Strap-Tensioning Apparatus - A strap-tensioning apparatus includes a frame, a handle, a reel, a coil spring, a brake and two detents. The frame includes two walls each including two edges. A strap is wound on the reel. The handle includes two cams for pushing the first detent from ratcheted wheels of the reel when the second detent is located on the second edges. When the second detent is located on the second edges, the second detent is movable between a first position in contact with the ratcheted wheels and a second position away from the ratcheted wheels. In the second position, the second detent keeps the brake from the ratcheted wheels. The distance of the ratchets from the axle is longer than the distance of the second edges from the axle. Thus, the second detent frictionally contacts the ratcheted wheels in the second position, thus slowing the reeling in of the strap.02-14-2013
20100043186SECURITY STRAP - A theft resistant strap and buckle assembly for securing cargo on a vehicle rack includes a strap and a buckle. The strap is reinforced to resist cutting. The buckle has a lock and pawl device that operates to prevent loosening of the strap when the buckle is locked.02-25-2010
20130031755Strap-Tensioning Apparatus - A strap-tensioning apparatus includes a base including two walls each formed with a first arched edge and a second arched edge, a short strap connected to the base, a spring-loaded reel supported on the base, a long strap wound on the reel, a spring-loaded detent movably supported on the walls for engagement with the reel, a handle supported on the base, and a spring-loaded detent/suppressor is movably supported on the handle for engagement with the reel. The detent/suppressor suppresses the reel when it is retained in position on the first arched edges of the walls but allows the reel to spin when it is moved on the first arched edges of the walls in a direction.02-07-2013
20090013511Cargo bracing device - A cargo bracing device includes a base having two side plates for rotatably attaching a reel drum, one or more toothed discs attached to the reel drum and controlled to rotate relative to the base with a stop, an operating arm having two legs rotatably attached to the reel drum, a catch device attached to the operating arm and engaged with the toothed disc, and an anchoring device may detachably anchor the legs of the operating arm to the reel drum, and the legs of the operating arm may be selectively disengaged from the reel drum to prevent the operating arm from being operated by unauthorized persons, and for preventing the cargo from being stolen by the unauthorized persons.01-15-2009
20120233824RETRACTABLE RATCHETING TIE DOWN - A retractable ratcheting tie down apparatus is provided, including a frame and a hub rotatably mounted within the frame. A ratchet wheel is mounted to the hub and interfaces with a pawl to selectably prevent motion of the hub relative to the frame. A single tie down strap extends between two attachment members and winds around the hub. An operable means for rotating the hub and ratchet wheel is included to wind the single tie down strap around the hub. Tension between the two attachment members is transmitted directly through the single tie down strap and transitions between segments of the single tie down strap at the windings of the single tie down strap about the hub. In further examples, the operable means for rotating the hub and ratchet wheel is removable. The tie down apparatus can also move freely along the single tie down strap.09-20-2012
20130160254Combination Chain Tensioning Boom and Tensioning Sensor - A system and device that measures the cargo load securing tension upon a tensionable cargo load securing line including but not limited to a woven web, belt, cord, chain having a tension boom and conveys tension information sensed in the tension boom to a remote location is presented. Utilized is an “indirect” form of tension information conveyance, that being radio, light or sound, or a “direct” form of signal conveyance, that being wire or vehicle ground system or vehicle frame. Various remote locations may receive conveyed tension signal. They may include receiver devices located within transportation vehicle power unit cab, visual display on anterior portion of haul unit, transportation operator wrist or clothing mounted device, satellite linked management or office facility, associated convoy vehicle cab or operator, or other. Cab and operator tension display devices may provide an array of tension analysis recording and view and travel assist options.06-27-2013
20110271500Apparatus for Tensioning a Strap - A strap-tensioning apparatus includes a frame, a handle connected to the frame, a reel supported on the frame, two ratchets secured to the reel, a first detent supported on the handle and biased to engage with the ratchets, and a second detent supported on the frame and biased to engage with the ratchets. The frame includes two walls each including a recess. The handle includes two walls each including a lobe. The first detent includes a chamfered tip. The ratchets can slide on the chamfered tip of the first detent to allow a strap to be reeled out when the chamfered tip of the first detent is in the recesses of the frame. The second detent is disengaged from the ratchets by the lobes of the handle when the chamfered tip of the first detent is in the recesses of the walls of the frame.11-10-2011
20100275420Tie Down Apparatus - A tie down apparatus comprising a base, a biasing element, a torsion spring, and a shaft, wherein the base is die cast or plastic rejection molded and includes two side plates disposed on two sides thereof respectively, and between one ends of the side plates is mounted an engaging pillar, between another ends of the side plates is fixed a retaining member, between middle sections of the side plates is secured an abutting shank, the biasing element matches with the torsion spring and is axially fixed between the two side plates of the base by using the shaft, and is die cast or plastic rejection molded, and includes a contacting portion having a pressing piece extending from one side thereof, thereby cooling quickly after die casting or plastic rejection molding process to lower production time and cost, and enabling to decrease production material and cost.11-04-2010
20080216294Tensioning Ratchet for Tautening and Holding Tensioning Means - A tensioning ratchet for tautening and holding tensioning means, such as webbings, extruded straps, ropes, chains and the like, includes a console, with a winding-on shaft, rotatably mounted in the console, which is formed by at least two direction reversal bars, delimiting a distance between one another, and with a tensioning lever for turning the winding-on shaft about an axis of rotation. The tensioning ratchet according to the invention withstands a higher load and enables high pre-tensioning forces to be applied while preventing inadmissible stress on the user. This is achieved by the fact that the position at least of the outer circumferential face of the direction reversal bars coming into contact with the tensioning means, is variable.09-11-2008
20100125986Locking Mechanism for A Tie Down - A locking device and system for a tie down includes elements that positively secure a securing strap within a locking housing to hold one or more objects in place. In one embodiment, the locking housing includes a sloped housing having a cavity adapted to receive one end of the securing strap. The locking housing includes at least a user actuable lever and a gripping element. When the securing strap is threaded through the cavity of locking housing and the securing strap is in a desired positioned within the locking housing, the locking device enables a user to pivot the lever to cause the gripping element to press against the strap and positively secure the position of the strap within the housing. In one embodiment, the strap is a cogged belt having teeth and the gripping element includes a surface with teeth that mesh with the teeth of the strap.05-27-2010
20080307618Strap Fastener - A strap fastener includes a frame, a handle and a reel inserted through the frame and handle so that a strap can be reeled when the reel is rotated. A plurality of bushings are inserted to a plurality of grooves defined by the frame respectively for protecting the reel from the handle or the frame. Two ratchet wheels are connected to the reel. A first detent is movable on the frame for engagement with the ratchet wheels. A second detent is movable on the handle for engagement with the ratchet wheels.12-18-2008
20080201922Hand lever for a binding machine - A binding machine includes a tightening mechanism adapted to tension a belt and a limiting mechanism adapted to limit tensioning of the belt. The tightening mechanism includes, for example, a ratchet and a pawl coupled to a body of the tightening mechanism. A handle is adapted to rotate the ratchet in a first direction in response to a first force applied to the handle. The pawl is adapted to prevent the ratchet from returning in a second direction when the first force is released. A spring mechanism allows the handle to indicate when a second force opposing the first force achieves an established magnitude.08-28-2008
20080263837Rachet Strap Tightener and Mating Rotary Driven Tool - A rachet strap tightener and a power driven rotary tool are arranged to be operated together for tightening a strap. The body of the power driven rotary tool is arranged to be anchored in mating engagement relative to the body of the rachet strap tightener, in addition to coupling the rotating mating parts of the tool and the strap tightener, such that the torque applied when winding the spindle of the tightener no longer acts to twist the tightener body from the user's hands but rather the torque is anchored directly through the bodies so that winding of the spindle with the power driven tool can be accomplished quickly, efficiently and in a safe manner.10-30-2008
20090100653Binding Machine - This practical new model makes an improved binding machine known to the public, which includes main body, handle, ratchet wheel, roller, fastening belt, latch reed spring, control plate. Among them, the handle's side board is linked with the main section's side board through torsion spring. In this manner, when the fastening belt needs to be tightened as the binding machine is being used, the user can press down the handle which will resume its initial position with the bounce force of the torsion spring. It is not necessary for the user to push it back to the initial position after pressing the handle down. It is very easy and labor-saving with higher efficiency. Furthermore, it can also set a coil spring in the outside end of the roller. The fastening belt can withdraw inside the main section automatically, which is very convenient.04-23-2009
20090106957Buckle device - A buckle device includes a base coupled to a strap, an operating arm is rotatably secured to the base with a stationary axle, a shaft is attached to the operating arm. A latch is slidably attached to the operating arm to selectively lock the operating arm to the base. Another strap has an intermediate portion engaged around the stationary axle to form two strap segments, the shaft may force the strap segment to tighten the straps when the operating arm is moved toward the base and locked to the base at the locking position with the latch, the stationary axle and the shaft are spaced from each other for a distance to allow one of the strap segments to be further pulled by a user and to further tighten the straps.04-30-2009
20120192389TIE-DOWN TENSION ENHANCER - A tie-down tension enhancer for in-situ tightening of an installed tie down having a locking mechanism. The tension enhancer generally includes a body having openings for transverse insertion and removal of a line or strap as well as longitudinal movement of the line or strap within the body. A cinch is provided and disposed on the body for engaging the line or strap upon longitudinal movement of the line or strap in one direction and a line or strap mechanism is provided and spaced apart from the cinch for enabling pulling of the line or strap past the cinch for providing further tension to the existing tie down.08-02-2012
20090241307Tie-down strap system - A tie-down strap system designed to be integrated with the plurality of tie-down straps that are currently on the market. A system for the protection of the tightening mechanism, the storage of excess strapping during use, a storage device when not used as a tie-down strap, a hanging system when not in used as a tie-down strap, and a termination feature that prevents the free end of the strap from sliding through the tightening mechanism.10-01-2009
20120102690Apparatus for Tightening Two Belts - A belt-tightening apparatus includes a frame, a handle, a shaft, two ratchet wheels, two spring-biased detents and a connector. The shaft is used to rotationally connect the handle to the frame and wind a first belt. The ratchet wheels are connected to the shaft. The first spring-biased detent is movably connected to the handle for engagement with the spring-biased detent wheels. The second spring-biased detent is movably connected to the frame for engagement with the spring-biased detent wheels. The connector includes a tube and a reinforcement strip. The tube is connected to the frame on one hand and connected to the second belt on the other hand. The reinforcement strip is inserted it in the tube for reinforcing the tube.05-03-2012
20100293766Tensioning Apparatus for Strap - A tensioning apparatus includes a frame, a tensioning device mounted on a first end of the frame, and a reeling device mounted on a second end of the frame. The tensioning device includes a tensioning mechanism and a lever operably pivoted to rotate the tensioning mechanism, and a strap engaged with the tensioning device can be tensioned as the tensioning device is rotated. Additionally, the strap can be collected on the reeling device. Furthermore, the reeling device includes a ratcheting mechanism that facilitates collection of the strap by preventing the reeling device to turn in a direction that unreels the strap.11-25-2010
20110209315Force multiplying retaining straps - A generally U-sectioned cam buckle frame is modified to include a first turning roller aligned transversely across the frame proximate the free end of a release lever. A generally planar tongue having one end pivoted adjacent the first roller extends within the frame under the cam piece connected to the release lever provides a force transfer structure for a strap is inserted between the tongue and the frame bottom surface, around the first roller to pass between the cam piece and the other side of the tongue. Other transverse rollers may be included in the frame to form a pulley arrangement and one end of a frame side wall may be convolved to form a hook assembly.09-01-2011
20110067210Ratchet Tie-Down and Reinforcement Assembly - A ratchet tie-down includes a frame, a lever including two cams pivotally connected to the frame, a reeling device rotatably mounted on the frame and lever, and a ratcheting device including two ratchet wheels mounted on the reeling device. The ratchet tie-down further includes a reinforcement assembly including two reinforcement members mounted on the reeling device. Each ratchet wheel includes two lateral sides disposed between one cam and one reinforcement member. Each reinforcement member defines an annular surface in contact with one lateral side of one ratchet wheel, and with the reinforcement member imposing an urging force in a direction perpendicular to a rotation direction of the ratchet wheel.03-24-2011
20110061213HAND PULLER WITH A STRUCTURE OF DOUBLE STOPPING PLATES - A hand puller with the structure of double stopping plates is disclosed. An axle part goes through a fixing part and a pulling part. Both ends of the axle part have a ratchet, respectively. The fixing part has two stopping plates, fixed to the two opposite sides of the axle part. The pulling part has a driving claw. The driving claw and the stopping plates of the fixing part engage with the ratchet.03-17-2011
20110209314Force multiplying motorcycle retaining strap - A generally U-sectioned cam buckle frame is modified to include a first turning roller aligned transversely across the frame proximate the free end of a release lever. A generally planar tongue having one end pivoted adjacent the first roller extends within the frame under the cam piece connected to the release lever provides a force transfer structure for a strap is inserted between the tongue and the frame bottom surface, around the first roller to pass between the cam piece and the other side of the tongue. Other transverse rollers may be included in the frame to form a pulley arrangement and one end of a frame side wall may be convolved to form a hook assembly.09-01-2011
20110041301Strap tensioner or tightener - A strap tightener includes a ratchet wheel rotatably attached to a supporting member with an axle, a tension lever rotatably attached to the supporting member with a shaft and having an actuating end for engaging with the ratchet teeth of the ratchet wheel, a strap engaged between the actuating end of the tension lever and the ratchet wheel, and a spring member for biasing the actuating end of the tension lever to engage with the strap and to clamp the strap between the actuating end of the tension lever and the ratchet wheel, the actuating end of the tension lever is forced to engage with the grooves between the ratchet teeth for generating a click sound when the strap has not been tightened or tensioned.02-24-2011
20100175233SEPARATE STRAP STORAGE IN A RATCHET ARRANGEMENT - A storage device within a ratchet arrangement for automatically storing a length of fastening material including a storage housing and a biasing member for drawing the fastening material into the storage housing. The fastening material can be used with a ratchet/handle tie-down mechanism, allowing for the dynamic portion of the webbing to automatically be retracted into the storage housing. The automatic retraction leaves little or no excess webbing or fastening material, such that a user does not have to tie off excess webbing or material.07-15-2010
20110167599RATCHET STRAP - Described is a ratchet strap with a free end securing system. The ratchet strap has a strap with an attachment end and a free end and a strap winding shaft which is capable of receiving the free end in a wrapped relationship. A ratchet mechanism is included for simultaneously shortening the attachment end and the free end wherein the free end is drawn from the wrapped relationship with the strap winding shaft.07-14-2011
20110088226Strap Tensioner and Associated Gripping Jaws - A strip clamping device having a strip to be clamped (04-21-2011
20100000061 BUCKLE01-07-2010
20120000043TENSIONING DEVICE - A simple and inexpensive device for a reliable tie down tensioning which device enables the tie-down to be quickly and easily applied and the flexible element tensioned and just as quickly and easily removed.01-05-2012
20110041300Hand puller with detachable handle - The present invention disclosed a hand puller with a detachable handle, and the hand puller includes a body, an axle, and a handle. The axle is passed and mounted onto the body, and a sheath opening is formed at an end of the handle for sheathing an edge of the axle, such that the handle can be turned by using the axle as an axial center, and a guide section is defined and formed at an external periphery of the sheath opening, and the body includes at least one stop portion protruded from a position proximate to the guide section of the handle. When the handle is turned by using the axle as the axial center, the guide section and the stop portion are slidably coupled to restrict a radial movement of the handle to prevent the handle from being separated from the axle along the radial direction.02-24-2011
20120110801STRAP TENSIONING DEVICE - A strap tensioning device that includes a base having one of the ends of which accommodates a rotating drum that accommodates the end of a first strap section or first strap, the drum being capable of engaging with a tensioning lever articulated on the drum, the latter being disengageable relative to the tensioning lever; a tension shaft to which a second strap section or second strap is secured; means for the temporary storage of the first strap comprising elements that are independent both of the shaft for tensioning the second section or second strap, and of the drum, the elements being mounted on the base.05-10-2012
20110167600LOAD BINDER - A load binder is described for securing a load to a vehicle or the like, the load binder including: attachment means for attaching a flexible member to be tensioned by the load binder; an over-centre mechanism; an operating lever; and a ratchet mechanism; the load binder is moveable between a tensioned configuration and a released configuration by way of the operating lever; and wherein the ratchet mechanism allows the load binder to be progressively moved from the released configuration to the tensioned configuration.07-14-2011
20090133235Buckle device - A buckle device includes a base coupled to a strap, an operating arm rotatably secured to the base with a stationary axle, a shaft attached to the operating arm, a latch slidably attached to the operating arm to selectively lock the operating arm to the base, and another strap engaged around the stationary axle to form two strap segments, the shaft may force the strap segment to tighten the straps, the base includes one or more fasten notches for engaging with the latch for retaining the latch and the operating arm to the base at a fastening position when the straps may further be pulled away from each other, and includes one or more lock notches for solidly locking the latch.05-28-2009
20090133234Buckle mechanism - A buckle mechanism includes a base coupled to a strap, an operating arm rotatably secured to the base with a stationary axle, a shaft attached to the operating arm, a latch slidably attached to the operating arm to selectively lock the operating arm to the base, and another strap engaged around the stationary axle to form two strap segments, the shaft may force the strap segments to tighten the straps, the rotatable or swingable shaft is arranged or located between the stationary axle and the bottom panel of the base for engaging with and for forcing the strap segments and for tighten the straps. The stationary axle may also be arranged or located between the shaft and the bottom panel of the base.05-28-2009
20100205790RATCHET BUCKLE WITH C-SHAPE BAR - The tie-down provides an adjustable strap under control of a ratchet during retraction and pay-out. The tie-down is provided with a strap issuing rearward from a transverse bar between base sides, the bar being an integral part of the base, three sides having been rolled up from the base bottom into a C-shaped bar opening rearward. A forward strap issues forward from the tie-down secured to a spindle to which ratchet wheels attach. The forward strap wraps the spindle during tie-down strap retraction.08-19-2010
20100071174Ratchet Strapping Device - An improved ratchet strapping device is provided, comprising a frame, an axle, and a handle pivotally installed on the axle. Ratchets are mounted on the axle and adjacent to the exterior of the frame. The frame includes a first detent on the outside of the frame which engages the ratchet. A release device is mounted on the handle, wherein the release device includes a second detent on the outside of the handle which engages the ratchets at another location. The frame includes a first cam having a radius greater than the ratchets and on which the second detent slides, and the handle includes a second cam having a radius greater than the ratchets and on which the first detent slides. Placement of the ratchet and detent components on the outside of the device permits spooling of substantially all of the strap for storage or unused portions of the strap during use.03-25-2010
20110179609STRAP-TIGHTENING DEVICE - A strap-tightening device includes a frame, a handle connected to the frame and a reel located on the frame. A first detent is located on the frame. A second detent is located on the handle. The second detent includes two horns each including a downward prong and an upward prong. The reel includes a cylinder and two ratcheted wheels attached to the cylinder. The ratcheted wheels are engaged with the upward prongs of the horns of the second detent during pivoting of the handle in a direction to cause the cylinder to reel in a strap. The ratcheted wheels are engaged with the first detent during pivoting of the handle in an opposite direction to prevent the handle from spinning the cylinder to reel out the strap. A withdrawing unit spins the reel to withdraw the strap.07-28-2011
20090126171BUCKLE05-21-2009
20120073097Ratchet buckle - A ratchet buckle has a body and a trigger. One end of the body has two opposite pivotal holes, two opposite positioning notches, and a pivotal shaft penetrating the pivotal holes. Two ends of the pivotal shaft each have a ratchet wheel synchronously rotating with the pivotal shaft. One end of the trigger has two opposite shaft holes engaged to the pivotal shaft of the body and has a positioning rod transversally mounted on the trigger to engage the two positioning notches of the body. By operating the trigger to set the pivotal shaft free, the pivotal shaft is easily rotated to reel a strap.03-29-2012
20120227224Cargo Tie-Down - A cargo carrier tie-down assembly that utilizes a fastener made up of a shackle element that includes a wall in a form that is closed in two dimensions, defining an opening and wherein the wall also defines a pair of opposed apertures, a pin that can be inserted through the two apertures and a knob fastener element, having a head, that is sized to be passed through the opening when the pin is withdrawn from the wall, and that is retained when the pin is inserted into the two apertures. A tension member has one of the fastener elements attached to at least one end. The other fastener element is attached to the cargo carrier.09-13-2012
20120227223STRAP TENSIONING SYSTEM - A strap tensioning system having a frame and a core shaft on the frame. The system further has first and second separate lengths of flexible strap extending generally oppositely away from the frame, a drive shaft, and a gear assembly with a worm and a worm gear that are driven by the drive shaft. The drive shaft is operable to drive the gear assembly to thereby cause the first length of flexible strap to be wrapped around the core shaft to thereby vary a combined effective length of the first and second lengths of flexible strap.09-13-2012
20110119877TENSIONING DEVICE HAVING AN ILLUMINATION SOURCE AND RELATED METHOD - In one embodiment, a tensioning device having a permanently affixed illumination source disposed on the tensioning device to provide illumination during, among other things, operation of the tensioning device, is described herein.05-26-2011
20120233823Ratchet Strap Tightener - A strap tightener for securing cargo is disclosed. The tightener includes a base frame and a handling frame, which pivotally connect to form a vee structure. The base frame is connected to the handling frame by inserting a pivot into pivot hole thereof. Each of two ends of the pivot is ringed with a protection loop and a ratchet wheel. The protection loop is composed of a flange for being blockedly fixed on the pivot hole and a sleeve for penetrating into the pivot hole. The sleeve can protect the pivot hole to prevent it from being directly pressed by the pivot.09-20-2012
20120317763DRIVING DEVICE FOR BELT AXLE OF WINCH - 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.12-20-2012
20120084951Positioning Hook Structure for a Hand Puller - A positioning hook structure for a hand puller contains a base including a first and a second ends; a rotating member including a first segment axially connected with the second end and a second segment having a handle; a central shaft set being axially coupled with the first segment and the second end; two ratchets including teeth arranged therearound and fixed onto one end of the central shaft set; the base including a movable retaining member to abut against one of the teeth, the rotating member including a movable pulling rod to abut against another tooth of the ratchet; a positioning hook including a third and a fourth ends, the third end including two sides including two insertions, the fourth end including a hooking portion extending outward so that the positioning hook inserts to the holes of the base by using the insertions.04-12-2012
20100199474SAFETY RATCHET - Safety ratchets provided herein allow for safely releasing tension in strap ratchets. A safety ratchet can tighten and then quickly reverse to slowly and controllably release tension, instead of abruptly releasing tension.08-12-2010
20100199473RATCHET BUCKLE - In the present invention, a lightweight apparatus for secure transport of cargo in cargo compartments, such as those found in trucks and freight trains, is provided. The ratchet buckle has a front reel which receives a cargo strap. The light weight of the ratchet buckle is achieved by the use of a dual purpose detachable ratcheting lever or wrench. The wrench has a wrench head which engages the front reel to tighten the ratchet buckle. The wrench also has a release end which engages a release hole in the ratchet buckle, to disengage the ratcheting mechanism and allow removal of the cargo strap. Additional purposes and advantages are provided herein.08-12-2010
20100132169Binding Machine - This invention introduces a binding machine with improved structure. It mainly includes main body, non-slip mat, scroll, ratchet wheel, hand knob, spring leaf, and control pulling plate, main lacing, and auxiliary lacing. The non-slip mat is made of soft materials and is connected with the bottom board of the main body. In addition, there are two hand pieces attached to the main body and there is the recess in the shape matching the fingers. This invention of binding machine does not scrape the surface of the tied down items and it is more convenient for use.06-03-2010
20110146035HAND PULLER WHOSE HANDLE ROLLS IN THE STRAP - A hand puller whose handle can roll in a strap includes a base and a movable arm. The base has a pivotal element. The movable arm is disposed on the outer end of the pivotal element. A ratchet wheel is disposed between the movable arm and both ends of the base, respectively. The movable arm has a second stopping plate and extends with a pulling element. The pulling element has a third sliding groove with a rotating axis. Both ends of the rotating axis are disposed on the two arm boards of the movable arm. A rotating element is provided for the user to rotate, so that the strap is winded on the rotating axis.06-23-2011
20080244883Binding device - A binding device for pulling tight a belt comprises a first ratchet wheel and a second ratchet wheel, each having a plurality of mounting openings, a roll, having a plurality of roll sectors that are respectively mounted in the mounting openings of the first and second ratchet wheels, of which at least one roll sector is removable, a lever, connected with the first ratchet wheel, a frame, connected with the second ratchet wheel; an upper blocking assembly, mounted on the lever, blocking the first ratchet wheel from turning, and a lower blocking assembly, mounted on the lever, blocking the second ratchet wheel from turning. Due to removability of one of the roll sectors, the belt is easily mounted and dismounted, and a wide range of applications is provided for.10-09-2008
20100064489LOAD SECURING RATCHET WITH ANCHOR ATTACHMENT SYSTEM - An anchor attachment system is provided for use with tensioning device for tensioning lines, particularly belts or webs. The anchor attachment system releasably secures an anchoring line to one end of the tensioning device. Embodiments of the anchor attachment system employ a pin, a cross-pin, a spring element, and a locking cam working in cooperation to secure the pin to first and/or second ends of the tensioning device.03-18-2010
20130091673CABLE ADJUSTING DEVICE - Cable adjusting devices are presented including: a base plate; a pair of walls connected with the base plate along a top surface, where each of the pair of walls includes an outer surface and an inner surface, where the inner surfaces of the pair of walls form a v-groove, and where the inner surfaces include, a number of gripping ridge pairs, and a locking ridge pair disposed alongside one end of the number of gripping ridge pairs at the distal end of the base plate; a keeper bar extending between the pair of walls at the proximal end of the base plate; and an attachment point disposed along the bottom surface of the base plate along at least the distal end or the proximal end.04-18-2013
20130111715CABLE TENSIONING DEVICE UTILITY APPLICATIONS - A tensioning device for tie down applications in a utility market that includes a drive end and a cable output end to attach to a medium, item, or truck or trailer. The tensioning device creates more tension in the medium than is generally able to be applied by hand with ratchet straps or chains, which provides a more secure tie down of items in a utility application. The tensioning device includes a drive system that can be driven with standard power tools or hand tools to retract a cable. The tensioning device may be designed with or without a clutch feature. The clutch feature allows for a desired cable tension to be reached for each installation and provides feedback to the operator when the correct tension is reached. The tensioning device includes an external bracket or hook for easily attaching to an item, medium, or truck or trailer.05-09-2013
20100293765Tensioning Apparatus for Strap - A tensioning apparatus includes a first shaft and a strap wound on the first shaft such that the strap has first and second portions extending in opposite directions, and the first portion of the strap is collected on the first shaft by operably moving the rotating shaft. The tensioning apparatus further includes a reeling device for collecting the second portion of the strap. Furthermore, the reeling device includes a ratcheting mechanism that facilitates collection of the strap.11-25-2010
20080235922ADJUSTABLE LEVER LOAD BINDER - Apparatuses are disclosed where in a lever binder may include an adjuster that when manipulated adjusts the binding length of the lever binder. In various embodiments, a lever binder is disclosed including an automatic latching mechanism to help resist undesired movement of a lever from a binding position.10-02-2008
20110289741Methods and apparatus for applying tension to a motion transmission element - In exemplary implementations of this invention, tension is applied to a motion transmission element with periodic features by causing that element to mesh with a device that has a pitch slightly greater than the pitch of the motion transmission element. The motion transmission element with periodic features may comprise, for example: (a) a belt with teeth, or (b) a chain. Further, the motion transmission element may comprise either an open or a closed loop. In exemplary implementations, the width of the teeth of the motion transmission element (along that element's long axis) is greater than the width of the teeth in the rack (along the rack's long axis). This allows room for the teeth of the rack to both fit and move within the gap between the teeth in the motion transmission element. This extra width of the element's teeth is not necessary if the element is sufficiently elastic.12-01-2011
20100313394Fastening apparatus for a pressurized-gas vessel - A fastening apparatus for pressurized-gas vessels is provided on a carrier. The fastening apparatus makes it possible to fasten a pressurized-gas vessel as well as to adapt the fastening apparatus to differently sized pressurized-gas vessels with one manipulative step. The fastening apparatus includes a carrier, a belt, a locking device, fastening points and redirection points for the belt.12-16-2010
20120174355RATCHET ADJUSTMENT SYSTEM - An adjustment system for adjusting the width of a cuff has an elongated adjustment strip having a set of longitudinally extending teeth. Each tooth has a forward side and a rearward side. The length of each forward side is greater than a length of each of the rearward sides so that an angle between a longitudinal axis of the strip and the forward side is less than an angle between the longitudinal axis and the rearward side of each tooth. There is a locking mechanism formed by a base plate having a locking device on an underside and a guide for slidably connecting the locking mechanism to the strip. The teeth and the locking device are configured so that the locking device can be moved forward along the strip using only a small amount of force, and can then be moved rearward using a larger amount of force.07-12-2012
20100218348CLAMPING LOCK FOR A TENSIONING MEANS - A clamping lock for a tensioning means with a housing comprising two cheek parts arranged at a distance from each other, a stop web extending between the cheek parts and a pivot spindle likewise extending between the cheek parts and a comb element pivotably mounted on the pivot spindle of the housing. The clamping lock can be manufactured in a simple manner and at the same time has a compact, easily manageable design because there is a reinforcing insert at least in the region of the cheek parts of the stop web and of the pivot spindle of the housing, said reinforcing insert being surrounded by a plastics material casing and comprises a material which is firmer than the plastics material casing.09-02-2010
20080250616Jewelry Clasp - A jewelry clasp is provided for use with one or more jewelry strands and further comprises, in one embodiment, a spring clasp with first and second bead pins attached thereto. Each bead pin comprises a removable bead that allows for attachment of the jewelry strands to the bead pins and maintains the jewelry strands attached thereto. Different jewelry strands can be interchangeably attached to a single jewelry clasp to create a desired appearance or effect.10-16-2008
20120102691STRAP CONNECTING MEMBER AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE WITH THE STRAP CONNECTING MEMBER - The electronic device includes a body, a strap, and a strap connecting member. The strap connecting member further includes a pin, a torsion spring one end of which is connected to the pin, a receiving chamber accommodating the pin and defining an opening notch passing through the sidewall thereof, and a cover connected with the torsion spring and engaging with the receiving chamber. The strap is double-layered. The double-layered strap forms a folded end and an open end, the folded end is connected with the pin and is wrapped around the pin, and the open end is separated into two portions which pass at the opening notch and are respectively connected to the body. When the torsion spring is elastically deformed and generates a torsion force, the pin is rotated and the strap automatically shrinks in the receiving chamber under the torsion force.05-03-2012
20100050403ROTARY TENSIONING DEVICE - A rotary tensioning device that is low profile when not being used to apply or reduce tension and that provides an easily manipulated tightening and loosening control mechanism. A control mechanism in the form of a flip up handle is pivotally connected to a drive member and rotation of the handle and drive member rotates a driven member connected to a spool to take up or let out a cable or wire to apply or reduce tension in the cable or wire. When not being used to apply or reduce tension, the flip up handle is pivoted to lie flush against a housing of the spool to provide a low profile. A tension indicating device provides a user with a mechanism for reproducing tensions between uses.03-04-2010
20130047388RATCHET BUCKLE AND STRAP ASSEMBLY - A ratchet buckle and strap assembly is provided. The ratchet buckle has a passageway configured to slidably receive the strap, a pawl arranged to engage the strap and prevent movement of the strap in a direction from the rear portion toward the front portion, while allowing movement of the strap in a direction from the front portion toward the rear portion of the passageway, and a drive actuator arranged to engage the strap and feed the strap through the passageway from the front portion toward the rear portion of the passageway. The strap may have a plurality of first teeth, and a plurality of separate second teeth. The first teeth may be on a first side of the strap and the second teeth may be on a second side of the strap. The ratchet buckle may be configured such that the pawl is configured to engage a first side of the strap and the drive actuator may be configured to engage a second side of the strap opposite the first side.02-28-2013
20110289742SHOELACE FASTENER - A shoelace fastener is fixed on a vamp of a shoe for wearing shoelace and comprises two longitudinal seats each having a slider slidably mounted thereon for wearing shoelace. The slider has a spring-like structure. The slider has a front end fixed on a front end of the seat and a rear end. The shoelace is tightened when the slider is positioned after stretching.12-01-2011
20090038128DEVICE AND METHOD OF RAPIDLY TYING SHOELACES - Provided is a shoe which is tied with a piece of shoelace, in which a pair of pulling string rings are provided in both left and right upper ends of the neck of the shoe, to thereby enable a user to pull or release a pair of pulling strings hooked on the rings one time in order to put on or take off the shoe. Double instep covers of the footwear are provided, and the exposed knots of the shoelace end portions are positioned between the double instep covers, so that the knots are not exposed and the knots which are not well untied can be smoothly adjusted. Moreover, a cover-type fastening locker or protection guard which protects the protruded latch from external impact is used to solve the conventional problems, and to furthermore provide a simple shoelace tying shoe having no knots of the end of the lower portion of the shoelaces.02-12-2009
20090172928Turning fastener for a shoe - A turning fastener for a shoe has a pulling means with two end portions, which act on a take-up reel, which is provided with an annular groove for receiving the pulling means, a rotatable mounting of the take-up reel with a bearing journal, which engages in a bearing, a holder, which can be fastened to the shoe, for the rotatable mounting, and an engageable and disengageable directional locking mechanism, which in the engaged position blocks the take-up reel in one direction of rotation for closing the shoe and in the disengaged position releases it in this direction of rotation. The take-up reel is formed as a rotary grip, wherein two through-openings, extending from the annular groove to the end face of the take-up reel that is facing away from the holder, are provided for leading one or the other end portion of the pulling means through. The take-up reel is guided in an axially displaceable manner with the bearing journal and the bearing, and the directional locking mechanism is engaged in the position of the take-up reel in which it is pushed towards the holder and is disengaged in the position in which it is pushed away from the holder.07-09-2009
20120102692TIGHTENING STRAP OF A DIVING FLIPPER - An improved diving flipper's adjustable foot strap with a conveniently located handle which allows the diver to quickly pull the stretchable strap whereby he or she move the strap away from the back of his or her foot in one fluid motion.05-03-2012
20110000057FASTENING DEVICE - A fastening device (01-06-2011
20110131772Reformable Closure Device Strap - A strap for a mechanical closure device is disclosed. The strap includes a wire disposed along a longitudinal axis of the strap. The wire maintains the strap in a desired geometry that is different from a previous geometry of the strap. In other embodiments, a wire-core strap can include transverse ridges, holes, or other types of grooves or apertures.06-09-2011
20120297591Selectively Releasable Buckle - A buckle is provided for use in footwear. The buckle includes a lever arm that feeds a strap into the buckle in a ratcheting fashion and a lock that secures the strap relative to the buckle when the lever arm is released. To release the strap from the buckle, a user may impart rotational motion onto the lock to remove it from engagement from teeth associated with the strap. Alternatively, pressure may be applied to the lever arm, which releases a locking pawl from the strap and allows the strap to incrementally move a predetermined amount.11-29-2012
20130014359ADJUSTING DEVICE FOR TIGHTENING OR LOOSING LACES AND STRAPSAANM CHEN; Chin-ChuAACI Taichung CityAACO TWAAGP CHEN; Chin-Chu Taichung City TW - An adjusting device for tightening or loosing laces and straps includes a base, an actuating member and a knob. When a user rotates the knob clockwise, the adjusting device is tightening a flexible strap of the clothing or a lace of the footwear. However, when a user rotates the knob counterclockwise, the adjusting device is loosing a flexible strap of the clothing or a lace of the footwear. The knob never moves up and down along the axis during the operation for tightening or loosing the flexible strap or the lace.01-17-2013
20130091674FASTENING DEVICE FOR FOOTWEAR - A fastening device for footwear includes a hook element with a major tooth and a minor tooth, a releasing element, a boosting cover, a base and a strap with teeth. Each tooth has an inclining surface and a vertical surface. When the hook element is pressed, the major tooth and the miner tooth are engaged with the inclining surface of the teeth alternately to push the strap to move backward. When the boosting cover is bent up, the boosting tooth is engaged with the vertical surface of the teeth to push the strap to move forward. When the releasing element is pulled up, the strap is completely released from the base.04-18-2013
20080209702Buckle guide assembly - An improved guide for securing a lace, rope or other material, which enables the material to be tightened and secured with ease is disclosed. The guide allows the material to slide through a buckle allowing a user to tighten the material and lock the buckle without the loss of tension in the material. The guide is implemented on footwear, watch bands, luggage and backpack straps, ropes for tents, boats and other structures, and any other buckling or line securing apparatus.09-04-2008
20080196224Shoelace reel operated easily and conveniently - A shoelace reel includes a support seat, a spool rotatably mounted in the support seat, a shoelace having two distal ends each secured to the winding zone of the spool, a limit sleeve mounted on the support seat, a drive member rotatably and movably mounted in the limit sleeve, and a control knob rotatably and movably mounted on the limit sleeve and connected to the drive member. Thus, the user only needs to rotate the control knob to tighten the shoelace and to pull out the control knob to loosen the shoelace. In addition, the user only needs to operate the control knob to tighten or loosen the shoelace, so that the user can tighten or loosen the shoelace by his one hand only.08-21-2008
20110209313Wristbands With Interchangeable Layers Allowing Sizing By End User - A wearable band with an adjustable size or length. The band includes a first band element and a second band element with a planar body extending from a first to a second end. The second band element body is greater in length than the first band element body and includes a hole for receiving the first band element body. The band includes a coupling mechanism that detachably connects an outer sidewall of the first band element body to the inner sidewall of the second band element body, e.g., to allow the two band elements to be selectively disconnected and reassembled without tools. The coupling mechanism includes a first coupling component extending along the outer sidewall of the first band element and a second coupling element extending along the inner sidewall of the second band element such that the two band elements are connected along the periphery of the hole.09-01-2011
20100170068Adjustment Mechanism - An adjustment mechanism comprises a dial comprising an inner wall defining a hole passing through the dial, the inner wall comprising a ledge having one or more cutouts. The mechanism further comprises a base comprising a first set of teeth and an actuator comprising a second, the second set of teeth configured to engage the first set of teeth and allow the actuator to be rotated in a first direction but not in a second opposite direction. The actuator further comprises one or more drive-dogs configured to engage a cutout on the inner wall of the dial, each drive-dog comprising a ramped edge configured to disengage the drive-dog from the cutout and lift the second set of teeth from the first set of teeth when the dial is rotated in the second direction.07-08-2010
20110056057STRUCTURE OF STEEL CABLE FASTENER - A structure of steel cable fastener is provided for eliminating a returning force caused by twisting stress induced in a steel cable when the steel cable is stretched and fixed by the fastener, which induces a stress due to fixing of a fixing end of the steel cable. Such a returning force makes the operation and adjustment of mounting a locking cap to the steel cable difficult and also induces damage and wear of a fixing end of the steel cable due to twisting stress induced in the steel cable. The structure of the steel cable fastener includes a bearing retainer that carries a bearing device and arranged inside the locking cap to secure an end of the steel cable and a resilient element arranged between the bearing retainer and the locking cap for relief of twisting stress induced in the steel cable through the rotation of the bearing device.03-10-2011
20100229358APPARATUS FOR EXTENDING THE ARM OF A LEVER - An apparatus for extending the arm of a lever, particularly for extending the arm of a lever of strap tensioning devices, comprising an element for connection to the lever, which can be associated therewith jointly and reversibly, a main body, which is associated with the connecting element by way of elements for mutual inclination and can be gripped by the user to operate the lever, and elements for contrasting the mutual inclination of the main body with respect to the connecting element, which can yield to a predefined force that contrasts the rotation of the lever, applied thereby to the connecting element.09-16-2010
20130111716CABLE TENSIONING DEVICE FOR HUNTING TREE STANDS OR CLIMBING LADDERS - A tensioning device for installing tree stands that includes a drive end and a cable output end to attach to a medium that is placed around a tree. The tensioning device creates more tension in the medium than is generally able to be applied by hand with ratchet straps or chains, which provides safer installation of a tree stand or climbing ladder. The tensioning device includes a drive system that can be driven with standard power tools or hand tools to retract a cable. The tensioning device may be designed with or without a clutch feature. The clutch feature allows for a desired cable tension to be reached for each installation and provides feedback to the operator when the correct tension is reached. The tensioning device includes an external bracket or hook for easily attaching to a tree stand or climbing ladder.05-09-2013
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20130042446SEGMENT POSITIONING BELT - An improved structure of a segment positioning belt characterized in that it includes a flexible belt body having the form of an elongated strip. The belt body made of plastic or rubber materials presents flexibility, and also has a positioning end and an extension. The positioning end is provided with a mounting portion. Several segment positioning portions are set at interval onto the belt body along its extension. A strengthened metal core is integrally located into the belt body in an elongated form, so as to cover the positioning end and extension of the belt body. The present invention enables production of tensile stress against breakage of the belt body through arrangement of the strengthened metal core, making it possible to improve the endurance of the segment positioning belt, extend its service life and enhance the safety with better anti-burglary effect.02-21-2013
20110138589Sash window and door transportation clip - A clip assembly may safely secure sliding sashes of a window or door during transportation, and, in one embodiment, be comprised of a strap member and a pawl member. The strap member may be comprised of a bumper portion, and a strap portion extending therefrom, where the strap portion may have a plurality of teeth formed within the thickness of the strap. The pawl member may have a pair of sidewalls supported by a top wall and an intermediate wall. The top wall may have a protrusion which includes a plurality of pawl teeth formed to complement the strap teeth, and be located proximate to the intermediate wall. The strap may be introduced through the gap between the top rail of an upper sash and bottom rail of the second sash, to then be inserted into the pawl, and thereby be retained by the respective teeth to secure the sashes.06-16-2011
20100139057REEL BASED LACING SYSTEM - A lacing system configured to selectively adjust the size of an opening on an object and allow for the incremental release of the lace within the lacing system. The lacing system can have a reel comprising a housing, a spool supported by the housing, and a knob supported by the housing. The reel can be configured so that cable is gathered in the channel formed in the spool when the spool is rotated in a first direction relative to the housing, and so that cable can be incrementally released from the spool when the spool is rotated in a second direction relative to the housing. In some embodiments, the reel can include a rotation limiter which can be configured to prevent over-tightening of the lacing system and/or to prevent rotation past the substantially fully loosened state.06-10-2010
20080289160STRUCTURE OF BUCKLE SET - A buckle set, two of which pair off for being inset in frame of the swimming goggles on two sides so that a strap can be inserted in the buckle sets for fastening the swimming goggles on user's face. Structure of the present invention features a 211-27-2008
20110088227Quick Release Adjustable Strap Clamp - A strap clamp includes a housing which is attached to an end of an elongated strap band. The housing pivotally support a screw member, the threads of which engage and drive the strap band to tighten or loosen the strap band. The screw member may be pivoted away from the strap band to disengage screw threads and release the strap band. The housing is attached to the strap band via elongated slots which have a minimal impact on the strength of the strap band.04-21-2011
20110197406SECURING ARRANGEMENT FOR SECURING A DIVING CYLINDER TO A BUOYANCY CONTROL DEVICE - A securing arrangement for a diving cylinder, and more particularly for use in securing a diving cylinder to a harness of a buoyancy control device, includes: a securing strap for securing the cylinder to the harness; a strap-retaining device allowing the strap to pass therethrough in one direction, and selectively preventing the strap from passing therethrough in an opposite direction; and a pivotable tensioning lever for increasing the tension of the securing strap.08-18-2011
20080276437Method and apparatus for tightening a belt - The present invention includes a method and related apparatus for tightening or loosening a belt. Some illustrative embodiments include a method and apparatus for tightening or loosening a belt used in e.g., power-lifting, to provide adequate leverage in tightening or loosening the belt to prevent injury comprising using the apparatus (constructed with a rigid material) to attach to the belt and allowing for appropriate tension to be applied to fasten and unfasten the belt at the desired tightness.11-13-2008
20100037440Attachment System for Entertainment Device - The present invention relates to an attachment system or mounting structure that can be used with a device to mount or couple the device to a support, such as an infant support structure. In different embodiments, the device can be an entertainment device, such as a mobile or toy aquarium, or another type of device, such as a monitor. In different embodiments, the infant support structure can be a crib or bassinet or other type of structure.02-18-2010
20120246895Belt Binder Structure - An improved belt binder structure having a binder body with a flat base and the two sides bended upward to form side panels that constitute a a binder body with a flat base with two sides bended upward to form an enclosure space for enclosing a reel, a ratchet wheel, a handle, a locking plate and a control pulling plate attached to the two side panels of the handle and can move up and down by the connecting points, and whereas the frontal portion of the control pulling plate has locking structure that locks with the positioning slot on the flat base and the bottom of the plate engages with the ratchet wheels.10-04-2012
20120233825BUCKLE FOR SWIMMING/DIVING GOGGLES - A buckle includes a base engaged with a body of swimming/diving goggle. A head strap is extended through a slot in a rear end of the base. A cover is engaged with the body. A space is defined between the cover and the base. A button is mounted in a groove of the cover and made of flexible material. An engagement plate is formed on the button and includes a catch releasably engaging with teeth of the head strap. First and second supporting points are defined between the button and the base. A pressing section is formed between the first and second supporting points. The catch can be disengaged from the teeth of the head strap to allow movement of the head strap in a loosening direction by pressing the pressing section or manually moving the grip.09-20-2012
20120324686BUCKLE - A buckle has a pair of side frame portions; first and second crossbars extending between the pair of side frame portions; a fastening portion disposed on at least one portion of the buckle for fastening a belt-like body. The fastening portion includes a clamping member rotatably supported in the side frame portions, and sandwiching the belt-like body between a free end portion and the first crossbar in a rotating position wherein the free end portion is most closely contacting with the first crossbar from the front surface side of the buckle; and holding devices generating an elastic deformation against a rotation in the clamping member relative to the rotation of the clamping member in a direction of separating the free end portion from the first crossbar.12-27-2012
20110146036STRAP FASTENING DEVICE - A strap fastening device includes two fastening straps and a tightness adjusting unit. The fastening straps each have a fixing end and an opposing free end. The tightness adjusting unit includes an assembling box and two locating members. The assembling box is provided at a left and a right half with at least one non-return retaining tooth each. The two locating members are slidably mounted to the assembling box and connected to the free ends of the two fastening straps, such that the free ends of the fastening straps are not turned back to expose from the assembling box. The slidable locating members respectively have a raised locating rib releasably engaging with the at least one non-return retaining tooth at the left and the right half of the assembling box. The two locating members can be conveniently slid with one hand to adjust the tightness of the fastening straps.06-23-2011
20130097828Configuration of a Belt Attachment Part - A flat belt attachment includes a first bar that connects corresponding positions of a pair of base bars facing each other; and a second bar that is parallel to the first bar and connects the base bars. The second bar includes a second inclined portion at an end portion, and the second inclined portion is shaped to approach the first bar toward a proximal end of the second inclined portion.04-25-2013
20130205552Belt Buckle - A belt and belt buckle design that opens to the front where the strap enters the belt buckle from below. The buckle is made from a single buckle member that is formed and that uses force and/or guidance from the buckle to hold the belt in place. The buckle has a hook region to support the strap of the belt and has a body passing around the strap from the back region of the strap to the front region of the strap.08-15-2013
20130025098RATCHET STRAP TENSIONER - A ratchet strap tensioner and methods of using the same where the ratchet strap tensioner comprises a first arm pivotally mounted to a second arm by means that include a bush member which allows pivotal movement of the first arm relative to the second arm subject to the restraint of a ratchet mechanism; and further comprising a two-part winding spindle located partly within the bush member; the first part of said winding spindle being fixed to said bush member and the second part of said winding spindle being adapted to allow lateral movement (with respect the winding axis) from a closed position alongside said first part to an open position and thereby allow a strap to be attached without threading the strap through the tensioner and without bending the strap.01-31-2013
20090119892RATCHET TIE-DOWN - A ratcheting tie-down device includes a main body portion having first and second ends, and a rotatable reel located about the second end. A dynamic webbing is extendable from the first end of the main body portion and is windable about the reel. A static webbing is coupled to the main body portion about the second end. The device includes means for attaching at least one end of the dynamic webbing to an object, and means for ratcheting rotation of the reel to wind the dynamic webbing thereon. A lever arm is rotatable relative to the main body portion between a first position and a second position to cause ratcheting rotation of the ratchet wheel. In one example, the lever arm includes at least a pair of independent lever arm rails. In another example, the dynamic webbing travels underneath a guide member prior to being wound about the reel.05-14-2009
20090119891Bungee Cord and Ratchet/Cambuckle Tie down with a Freely Rotatable Hook from 0.degree. to 360 - The present invention relates to a fastening apparatus with a hook that is freely rotatable from 0° to 360°, the apparatus comprises a cord body, a connecting assembly, and a hook, wherein the body is connected with the connecting assembly, and the hook is movably connected with the connecting assembly such that the hook may be freely rotated from 0° to 360°. The fastening apparatus may include a hook on each end of the cord body. In other embodiments, the fastening apparatus is provided as a tie-down where the cord body is a webbing and the apparatus incorporates an adjustable securing mechanism such as a ratchet or cam buckle. The rotatable hook feature increases the utility of the fastening apparatus because the apparatus is able to adapt or conform to varying requirements. Additionally, the operation of the fastening apparatus is easy and convenient. The fastening apparatus may be made more aesthetic by adding some decoration on the connecting assembly. The fastening apparatus may be made more durable by forming the connecting assembly utilizing an injection molding technique.05-14-2009
20130036580Strap-Tensioning Apparatus - A strap-tensioning apparatus includes a frame, a handle, a reel, a coil spring, a brake and two detents. The frame includes two walls each including two edges. A strap is wound on the reel. The handle includes two cams for pushing the first detent from ratcheted wheels of the reel when the second detent is located on the second edges. When the second detent is located on the second edges, the second detent is movable between a first position in contact with the ratcheted wheels and a second position away from the ratcheted wheels. In the second position, the second detent keeps the brake from the ratcheted wheels. The distance of the ratchets from the axle is longer than the distance of the second edges from the axle. Thus, the second detent frictionally contacts the ratcheted wheels in the second position, thus slowing the reeling in of the strap.02-14-2013
20100043186SECURITY STRAP - A theft resistant strap and buckle assembly for securing cargo on a vehicle rack includes a strap and a buckle. The strap is reinforced to resist cutting. The buckle has a lock and pawl device that operates to prevent loosening of the strap when the buckle is locked.02-25-2010
20130031755Strap-Tensioning Apparatus - A strap-tensioning apparatus includes a base including two walls each formed with a first arched edge and a second arched edge, a short strap connected to the base, a spring-loaded reel supported on the base, a long strap wound on the reel, a spring-loaded detent movably supported on the walls for engagement with the reel, a handle supported on the base, and a spring-loaded detent/suppressor is movably supported on the handle for engagement with the reel. The detent/suppressor suppresses the reel when it is retained in position on the first arched edges of the walls but allows the reel to spin when it is moved on the first arched edges of the walls in a direction.02-07-2013
20090013511Cargo bracing device - A cargo bracing device includes a base having two side plates for rotatably attaching a reel drum, one or more toothed discs attached to the reel drum and controlled to rotate relative to the base with a stop, an operating arm having two legs rotatably attached to the reel drum, a catch device attached to the operating arm and engaged with the toothed disc, and an anchoring device may detachably anchor the legs of the operating arm to the reel drum, and the legs of the operating arm may be selectively disengaged from the reel drum to prevent the operating arm from being operated by unauthorized persons, and for preventing the cargo from being stolen by the unauthorized persons.01-15-2009
20120233824RETRACTABLE RATCHETING TIE DOWN - A retractable ratcheting tie down apparatus is provided, including a frame and a hub rotatably mounted within the frame. A ratchet wheel is mounted to the hub and interfaces with a pawl to selectably prevent motion of the hub relative to the frame. A single tie down strap extends between two attachment members and winds around the hub. An operable means for rotating the hub and ratchet wheel is included to wind the single tie down strap around the hub. Tension between the two attachment members is transmitted directly through the single tie down strap and transitions between segments of the single tie down strap at the windings of the single tie down strap about the hub. In further examples, the operable means for rotating the hub and ratchet wheel is removable. The tie down apparatus can also move freely along the single tie down strap.09-20-2012
20130160254Combination Chain Tensioning Boom and Tensioning Sensor - A system and device that measures the cargo load securing tension upon a tensionable cargo load securing line including but not limited to a woven web, belt, cord, chain having a tension boom and conveys tension information sensed in the tension boom to a remote location is presented. Utilized is an “indirect” form of tension information conveyance, that being radio, light or sound, or a “direct” form of signal conveyance, that being wire or vehicle ground system or vehicle frame. Various remote locations may receive conveyed tension signal. They may include receiver devices located within transportation vehicle power unit cab, visual display on anterior portion of haul unit, transportation operator wrist or clothing mounted device, satellite linked management or office facility, associated convoy vehicle cab or operator, or other. Cab and operator tension display devices may provide an array of tension analysis recording and view and travel assist options.06-27-2013
20110271500Apparatus for Tensioning a Strap - A strap-tensioning apparatus includes a frame, a handle connected to the frame, a reel supported on the frame, two ratchets secured to the reel, a first detent supported on the handle and biased to engage with the ratchets, and a second detent supported on the frame and biased to engage with the ratchets. The frame includes two walls each including a recess. The handle includes two walls each including a lobe. The first detent includes a chamfered tip. The ratchets can slide on the chamfered tip of the first detent to allow a strap to be reeled out when the chamfered tip of the first detent is in the recesses of the frame. The second detent is disengaged from the ratchets by the lobes of the handle when the chamfered tip of the first detent is in the recesses of the walls of the frame.11-10-2011
20100275420Tie Down Apparatus - A tie down apparatus comprising a base, a biasing element, a torsion spring, and a shaft, wherein the base is die cast or plastic rejection molded and includes two side plates disposed on two sides thereof respectively, and between one ends of the side plates is mounted an engaging pillar, between another ends of the side plates is fixed a retaining member, between middle sections of the side plates is secured an abutting shank, the biasing element matches with the torsion spring and is axially fixed between the two side plates of the base by using the shaft, and is die cast or plastic rejection molded, and includes a contacting portion having a pressing piece extending from one side thereof, thereby cooling quickly after die casting or plastic rejection molding process to lower production time and cost, and enabling to decrease production material and cost.11-04-2010
20080216294Tensioning Ratchet for Tautening and Holding Tensioning Means - A tensioning ratchet for tautening and holding tensioning means, such as webbings, extruded straps, ropes, chains and the like, includes a console, with a winding-on shaft, rotatably mounted in the console, which is formed by at least two direction reversal bars, delimiting a distance between one another, and with a tensioning lever for turning the winding-on shaft about an axis of rotation. The tensioning ratchet according to the invention withstands a higher load and enables high pre-tensioning forces to be applied while preventing inadmissible stress on the user. This is achieved by the fact that the position at least of the outer circumferential face of the direction reversal bars coming into contact with the tensioning means, is variable.09-11-2008
20100125986Locking Mechanism for A Tie Down - A locking device and system for a tie down includes elements that positively secure a securing strap within a locking housing to hold one or more objects in place. In one embodiment, the locking housing includes a sloped housing having a cavity adapted to receive one end of the securing strap. The locking housing includes at least a user actuable lever and a gripping element. When the securing strap is threaded through the cavity of locking housing and the securing strap is in a desired positioned within the locking housing, the locking device enables a user to pivot the lever to cause the gripping element to press against the strap and positively secure the position of the strap within the housing. In one embodiment, the strap is a cogged belt having teeth and the gripping element includes a surface with teeth that mesh with the teeth of the strap.05-27-2010
20080307618Strap Fastener - A strap fastener includes a frame, a handle and a reel inserted through the frame and handle so that a strap can be reeled when the reel is rotated. A plurality of bushings are inserted to a plurality of grooves defined by the frame respectively for protecting the reel from the handle or the frame. Two ratchet wheels are connected to the reel. A first detent is movable on the frame for engagement with the ratchet wheels. A second detent is movable on the handle for engagement with the ratchet wheels.12-18-2008
20080201922Hand lever for a binding machine - A binding machine includes a tightening mechanism adapted to tension a belt and a limiting mechanism adapted to limit tensioning of the belt. The tightening mechanism includes, for example, a ratchet and a pawl coupled to a body of the tightening mechanism. A handle is adapted to rotate the ratchet in a first direction in response to a first force applied to the handle. The pawl is adapted to prevent the ratchet from returning in a second direction when the first force is released. A spring mechanism allows the handle to indicate when a second force opposing the first force achieves an established magnitude.08-28-2008
20080263837Rachet Strap Tightener and Mating Rotary Driven Tool - A rachet strap tightener and a power driven rotary tool are arranged to be operated together for tightening a strap. The body of the power driven rotary tool is arranged to be anchored in mating engagement relative to the body of the rachet strap tightener, in addition to coupling the rotating mating parts of the tool and the strap tightener, such that the torque applied when winding the spindle of the tightener no longer acts to twist the tightener body from the user's hands but rather the torque is anchored directly through the bodies so that winding of the spindle with the power driven tool can be accomplished quickly, efficiently and in a safe manner.10-30-2008
20090100653Binding Machine - This practical new model makes an improved binding machine known to the public, which includes main body, handle, ratchet wheel, roller, fastening belt, latch reed spring, control plate. Among them, the handle's side board is linked with the main section's side board through torsion spring. In this manner, when the fastening belt needs to be tightened as the binding machine is being used, the user can press down the handle which will resume its initial position with the bounce force of the torsion spring. It is not necessary for the user to push it back to the initial position after pressing the handle down. It is very easy and labor-saving with higher efficiency. Furthermore, it can also set a coil spring in the outside end of the roller. The fastening belt can withdraw inside the main section automatically, which is very convenient.04-23-2009
20090106957Buckle device - A buckle device includes a base coupled to a strap, an operating arm is rotatably secured to the base with a stationary axle, a shaft is attached to the operating arm. A latch is slidably attached to the operating arm to selectively lock the operating arm to the base. Another strap has an intermediate portion engaged around the stationary axle to form two strap segments, the shaft may force the strap segment to tighten the straps when the operating arm is moved toward the base and locked to the base at the locking position with the latch, the stationary axle and the shaft are spaced from each other for a distance to allow one of the strap segments to be further pulled by a user and to further tighten the straps.04-30-2009
20120192389TIE-DOWN TENSION ENHANCER - A tie-down tension enhancer for in-situ tightening of an installed tie down having a locking mechanism. The tension enhancer generally includes a body having openings for transverse insertion and removal of a line or strap as well as longitudinal movement of the line or strap within the body. A cinch is provided and disposed on the body for engaging the line or strap upon longitudinal movement of the line or strap in one direction and a line or strap mechanism is provided and spaced apart from the cinch for enabling pulling of the line or strap past the cinch for providing further tension to the existing tie down.08-02-2012
20090241307Tie-down strap system - A tie-down strap system designed to be integrated with the plurality of tie-down straps that are currently on the market. A system for the protection of the tightening mechanism, the storage of excess strapping during use, a storage device when not used as a tie-down strap, a hanging system when not in used as a tie-down strap, and a termination feature that prevents the free end of the strap from sliding through the tightening mechanism.10-01-2009
20120102690Apparatus for Tightening Two Belts - A belt-tightening apparatus includes a frame, a handle, a shaft, two ratchet wheels, two spring-biased detents and a connector. The shaft is used to rotationally connect the handle to the frame and wind a first belt. The ratchet wheels are connected to the shaft. The first spring-biased detent is movably connected to the handle for engagement with the spring-biased detent wheels. The second spring-biased detent is movably connected to the frame for engagement with the spring-biased detent wheels. The connector includes a tube and a reinforcement strip. The tube is connected to the frame on one hand and connected to the second belt on the other hand. The reinforcement strip is inserted it in the tube for reinforcing the tube.05-03-2012
20100293766Tensioning Apparatus for Strap - A tensioning apparatus includes a frame, a tensioning device mounted on a first end of the frame, and a reeling device mounted on a second end of the frame. The tensioning device includes a tensioning mechanism and a lever operably pivoted to rotate the tensioning mechanism, and a strap engaged with the tensioning device can be tensioned as the tensioning device is rotated. Additionally, the strap can be collected on the reeling device. Furthermore, the reeling device includes a ratcheting mechanism that facilitates collection of the strap by preventing the reeling device to turn in a direction that unreels the strap.11-25-2010
20110209315Force multiplying retaining straps - A generally U-sectioned cam buckle frame is modified to include a first turning roller aligned transversely across the frame proximate the free end of a release lever. A generally planar tongue having one end pivoted adjacent the first roller extends within the frame under the cam piece connected to the release lever provides a force transfer structure for a strap is inserted between the tongue and the frame bottom surface, around the first roller to pass between the cam piece and the other side of the tongue. Other transverse rollers may be included in the frame to form a pulley arrangement and one end of a frame side wall may be convolved to form a hook assembly.09-01-2011
20110067210Ratchet Tie-Down and Reinforcement Assembly - A ratchet tie-down includes a frame, a lever including two cams pivotally connected to the frame, a reeling device rotatably mounted on the frame and lever, and a ratcheting device including two ratchet wheels mounted on the reeling device. The ratchet tie-down further includes a reinforcement assembly including two reinforcement members mounted on the reeling device. Each ratchet wheel includes two lateral sides disposed between one cam and one reinforcement member. Each reinforcement member defines an annular surface in contact with one lateral side of one ratchet wheel, and with the reinforcement member imposing an urging force in a direction perpendicular to a rotation direction of the ratchet wheel.03-24-2011
20110061213HAND PULLER WITH A STRUCTURE OF DOUBLE STOPPING PLATES - A hand puller with the structure of double stopping plates is disclosed. An axle part goes through a fixing part and a pulling part. Both ends of the axle part have a ratchet, respectively. The fixing part has two stopping plates, fixed to the two opposite sides of the axle part. The pulling part has a driving claw. The driving claw and the stopping plates of the fixing part engage with the ratchet.03-17-2011
20110209314Force multiplying motorcycle retaining strap - A generally U-sectioned cam buckle frame is modified to include a first turning roller aligned transversely across the frame proximate the free end of a release lever. A generally planar tongue having one end pivoted adjacent the first roller extends within the frame under the cam piece connected to the release lever provides a force transfer structure for a strap is inserted between the tongue and the frame bottom surface, around the first roller to pass between the cam piece and the other side of the tongue. Other transverse rollers may be included in the frame to form a pulley arrangement and one end of a frame side wall may be convolved to form a hook assembly.09-01-2011
20110041301Strap tensioner or tightener - A strap tightener includes a ratchet wheel rotatably attached to a supporting member with an axle, a tension lever rotatably attached to the supporting member with a shaft and having an actuating end for engaging with the ratchet teeth of the ratchet wheel, a strap engaged between the actuating end of the tension lever and the ratchet wheel, and a spring member for biasing the actuating end of the tension lever to engage with the strap and to clamp the strap between the actuating end of the tension lever and the ratchet wheel, the actuating end of the tension lever is forced to engage with the grooves between the ratchet teeth for generating a click sound when the strap has not been tightened or tensioned.02-24-2011
20100175233SEPARATE STRAP STORAGE IN A RATCHET ARRANGEMENT - A storage device within a ratchet arrangement for automatically storing a length of fastening material including a storage housing and a biasing member for drawing the fastening material into the storage housing. The fastening material can be used with a ratchet/handle tie-down mechanism, allowing for the dynamic portion of the webbing to automatically be retracted into the storage housing. The automatic retraction leaves little or no excess webbing or fastening material, such that a user does not have to tie off excess webbing or material.07-15-2010
20110167599RATCHET STRAP - Described is a ratchet strap with a free end securing system. The ratchet strap has a strap with an attachment end and a free end and a strap winding shaft which is capable of receiving the free end in a wrapped relationship. A ratchet mechanism is included for simultaneously shortening the attachment end and the free end wherein the free end is drawn from the wrapped relationship with the strap winding shaft.07-14-2011
20110088226Strap Tensioner and Associated Gripping Jaws - A strip clamping device having a strip to be clamped (04-21-2011
20100000061 BUCKLE01-07-2010
20120000043TENSIONING DEVICE - A simple and inexpensive device for a reliable tie down tensioning which device enables the tie-down to be quickly and easily applied and the flexible element tensioned and just as quickly and easily removed.01-05-2012
20110041300Hand puller with detachable handle - The present invention disclosed a hand puller with a detachable handle, and the hand puller includes a body, an axle, and a handle. The axle is passed and mounted onto the body, and a sheath opening is formed at an end of the handle for sheathing an edge of the axle, such that the handle can be turned by using the axle as an axial center, and a guide section is defined and formed at an external periphery of the sheath opening, and the body includes at least one stop portion protruded from a position proximate to the guide section of the handle. When the handle is turned by using the axle as the axial center, the guide section and the stop portion are slidably coupled to restrict a radial movement of the handle to prevent the handle from being separated from the axle along the radial direction.02-24-2011
20120110801STRAP TENSIONING DEVICE - A strap tensioning device that includes a base having one of the ends of which accommodates a rotating drum that accommodates the end of a first strap section or first strap, the drum being capable of engaging with a tensioning lever articulated on the drum, the latter being disengageable relative to the tensioning lever; a tension shaft to which a second strap section or second strap is secured; means for the temporary storage of the first strap comprising elements that are independent both of the shaft for tensioning the second section or second strap, and of the drum, the elements being mounted on the base.05-10-2012
20110167600LOAD BINDER - A load binder is described for securing a load to a vehicle or the like, the load binder including: attachment means for attaching a flexible member to be tensioned by the load binder; an over-centre mechanism; an operating lever; and a ratchet mechanism; the load binder is moveable between a tensioned configuration and a released configuration by way of the operating lever; and wherein the ratchet mechanism allows the load binder to be progressively moved from the released configuration to the tensioned configuration.07-14-2011
20090133235Buckle device - A buckle device includes a base coupled to a strap, an operating arm rotatably secured to the base with a stationary axle, a shaft attached to the operating arm, a latch slidably attached to the operating arm to selectively lock the operating arm to the base, and another strap engaged around the stationary axle to form two strap segments, the shaft may force the strap segment to tighten the straps, the base includes one or more fasten notches for engaging with the latch for retaining the latch and the operating arm to the base at a fastening position when the straps may further be pulled away from each other, and includes one or more lock notches for solidly locking the latch.05-28-2009
20090133234Buckle mechanism - A buckle mechanism includes a base coupled to a strap, an operating arm rotatably secured to the base with a stationary axle, a shaft attached to the operating arm, a latch slidably attached to the operating arm to selectively lock the operating arm to the base, and another strap engaged around the stationary axle to form two strap segments, the shaft may force the strap segments to tighten the straps, the rotatable or swingable shaft is arranged or located between the stationary axle and the bottom panel of the base for engaging with and for forcing the strap segments and for tighten the straps. The stationary axle may also be arranged or located between the shaft and the bottom panel of the base.05-28-2009
20100205790RATCHET BUCKLE WITH C-SHAPE BAR - The tie-down provides an adjustable strap under control of a ratchet during retraction and pay-out. The tie-down is provided with a strap issuing rearward from a transverse bar between base sides, the bar being an integral part of the base, three sides having been rolled up from the base bottom into a C-shaped bar opening rearward. A forward strap issues forward from the tie-down secured to a spindle to which ratchet wheels attach. The forward strap wraps the spindle during tie-down strap retraction.08-19-2010
20100071174Ratchet Strapping Device - An improved ratchet strapping device is provided, comprising a frame, an axle, and a handle pivotally installed on the axle. Ratchets are mounted on the axle and adjacent to the exterior of the frame. The frame includes a first detent on the outside of the frame which engages the ratchet. A release device is mounted on the handle, wherein the release device includes a second detent on the outside of the handle which engages the ratchets at another location. The frame includes a first cam having a radius greater than the ratchets and on which the second detent slides, and the handle includes a second cam having a radius greater than the ratchets and on which the first detent slides. Placement of the ratchet and detent components on the outside of the device permits spooling of substantially all of the strap for storage or unused portions of the strap during use.03-25-2010
20110179609STRAP-TIGHTENING DEVICE - A strap-tightening device includes a frame, a handle connected to the frame and a reel located on the frame. A first detent is located on the frame. A second detent is located on the handle. The second detent includes two horns each including a downward prong and an upward prong. The reel includes a cylinder and two ratcheted wheels attached to the cylinder. The ratcheted wheels are engaged with the upward prongs of the horns of the second detent during pivoting of the handle in a direction to cause the cylinder to reel in a strap. The ratcheted wheels are engaged with the first detent during pivoting of the handle in an opposite direction to prevent the handle from spinning the cylinder to reel out the strap. A withdrawing unit spins the reel to withdraw the strap.07-28-2011
20090126171BUCKLE05-21-2009
20120073097Ratchet buckle - A ratchet buckle has a body and a trigger. One end of the body has two opposite pivotal holes, two opposite positioning notches, and a pivotal shaft penetrating the pivotal holes. Two ends of the pivotal shaft each have a ratchet wheel synchronously rotating with the pivotal shaft. One end of the trigger has two opposite shaft holes engaged to the pivotal shaft of the body and has a positioning rod transversally mounted on the trigger to engage the two positioning notches of the body. By operating the trigger to set the pivotal shaft free, the pivotal shaft is easily rotated to reel a strap.03-29-2012
20120227224Cargo Tie-Down - A cargo carrier tie-down assembly that utilizes a fastener made up of a shackle element that includes a wall in a form that is closed in two dimensions, defining an opening and wherein the wall also defines a pair of opposed apertures, a pin that can be inserted through the two apertures and a knob fastener element, having a head, that is sized to be passed through the opening when the pin is withdrawn from the wall, and that is retained when the pin is inserted into the two apertures. A tension member has one of the fastener elements attached to at least one end. The other fastener element is attached to the cargo carrier.09-13-2012
20120227223STRAP TENSIONING SYSTEM - A strap tensioning system having a frame and a core shaft on the frame. The system further has first and second separate lengths of flexible strap extending generally oppositely away from the frame, a drive shaft, and a gear assembly with a worm and a worm gear that are driven by the drive shaft. The drive shaft is operable to drive the gear assembly to thereby cause the first length of flexible strap to be wrapped around the core shaft to thereby vary a combined effective length of the first and second lengths of flexible strap.09-13-2012
20110119877TENSIONING DEVICE HAVING AN ILLUMINATION SOURCE AND RELATED METHOD - In one embodiment, a tensioning device having a permanently affixed illumination source disposed on the tensioning device to provide illumination during, among other things, operation of the tensioning device, is described herein.05-26-2011
20120233823Ratchet Strap Tightener - A strap tightener for securing cargo is disclosed. The tightener includes a base frame and a handling frame, which pivotally connect to form a vee structure. The base frame is connected to the handling frame by inserting a pivot into pivot hole thereof. Each of two ends of the pivot is ringed with a protection loop and a ratchet wheel. The protection loop is composed of a flange for being blockedly fixed on the pivot hole and a sleeve for penetrating into the pivot hole. The sleeve can protect the pivot hole to prevent it from being directly pressed by the pivot.09-20-2012
20120317763DRIVING DEVICE FOR BELT AXLE OF WINCH - 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.12-20-2012
20120084951Positioning Hook Structure for a Hand Puller - A positioning hook structure for a hand puller contains a base including a first and a second ends; a rotating member including a first segment axially connected with the second end and a second segment having a handle; a central shaft set being axially coupled with the first segment and the second end; two ratchets including teeth arranged therearound and fixed onto one end of the central shaft set; the base including a movable retaining member to abut against one of the teeth, the rotating member including a movable pulling rod to abut against another tooth of the ratchet; a positioning hook including a third and a fourth ends, the third end including two sides including two insertions, the fourth end including a hooking portion extending outward so that the positioning hook inserts to the holes of the base by using the insertions.04-12-2012
20100199474SAFETY RATCHET - Safety ratchets provided herein allow for safely releasing tension in strap ratchets. A safety ratchet can tighten and then quickly reverse to slowly and controllably release tension, instead of abruptly releasing tension.08-12-2010
20100199473RATCHET BUCKLE - In the present invention, a lightweight apparatus for secure transport of cargo in cargo compartments, such as those found in trucks and freight trains, is provided. The ratchet buckle has a front reel which receives a cargo strap. The light weight of the ratchet buckle is achieved by the use of a dual purpose detachable ratcheting lever or wrench. The wrench has a wrench head which engages the front reel to tighten the ratchet buckle. The wrench also has a release end which engages a release hole in the ratchet buckle, to disengage the ratcheting mechanism and allow removal of the cargo strap. Additional purposes and advantages are provided herein.08-12-2010
20100132169Binding Machine - This invention introduces a binding machine with improved structure. It mainly includes main body, non-slip mat, scroll, ratchet wheel, hand knob, spring leaf, and control pulling plate, main lacing, and auxiliary lacing. The non-slip mat is made of soft materials and is connected with the bottom board of the main body. In addition, there are two hand pieces attached to the main body and there is the recess in the shape matching the fingers. This invention of binding machine does not scrape the surface of the tied down items and it is more convenient for use.06-03-2010
20110146035HAND PULLER WHOSE HANDLE ROLLS IN THE STRAP - A hand puller whose handle can roll in a strap includes a base and a movable arm. The base has a pivotal element. The movable arm is disposed on the outer end of the pivotal element. A ratchet wheel is disposed between the movable arm and both ends of the base, respectively. The movable arm has a second stopping plate and extends with a pulling element. The pulling element has a third sliding groove with a rotating axis. Both ends of the rotating axis are disposed on the two arm boards of the movable arm. A rotating element is provided for the user to rotate, so that the strap is winded on the rotating axis.06-23-2011
20080244883Binding device - A binding device for pulling tight a belt comprises a first ratchet wheel and a second ratchet wheel, each having a plurality of mounting openings, a roll, having a plurality of roll sectors that are respectively mounted in the mounting openings of the first and second ratchet wheels, of which at least one roll sector is removable, a lever, connected with the first ratchet wheel, a frame, connected with the second ratchet wheel; an upper blocking assembly, mounted on the lever, blocking the first ratchet wheel from turning, and a lower blocking assembly, mounted on the lever, blocking the second ratchet wheel from turning. Due to removability of one of the roll sectors, the belt is easily mounted and dismounted, and a wide range of applications is provided for.10-09-2008
20100064489LOAD SECURING RATCHET WITH ANCHOR ATTACHMENT SYSTEM - An anchor attachment system is provided for use with tensioning device for tensioning lines, particularly belts or webs. The anchor attachment system releasably secures an anchoring line to one end of the tensioning device. Embodiments of the anchor attachment system employ a pin, a cross-pin, a spring element, and a locking cam working in cooperation to secure the pin to first and/or second ends of the tensioning device.03-18-2010
20130091673CABLE ADJUSTING DEVICE - Cable adjusting devices are presented including: a base plate; a pair of walls connected with the base plate along a top surface, where each of the pair of walls includes an outer surface and an inner surface, where the inner surfaces of the pair of walls form a v-groove, and where the inner surfaces include, a number of gripping ridge pairs, and a locking ridge pair disposed alongside one end of the number of gripping ridge pairs at the distal end of the base plate; a keeper bar extending between the pair of walls at the proximal end of the base plate; and an attachment point disposed along the bottom surface of the base plate along at least the distal end or the proximal end.04-18-2013
20130111715CABLE TENSIONING DEVICE UTILITY APPLICATIONS - A tensioning device for tie down applications in a utility market that includes a drive end and a cable output end to attach to a medium, item, or truck or trailer. The tensioning device creates more tension in the medium than is generally able to be applied by hand with ratchet straps or chains, which provides a more secure tie down of items in a utility application. The tensioning device includes a drive system that can be driven with standard power tools or hand tools to retract a cable. The tensioning device may be designed with or without a clutch feature. The clutch feature allows for a desired cable tension to be reached for each installation and provides feedback to the operator when the correct tension is reached. The tensioning device includes an external bracket or hook for easily attaching to an item, medium, or truck or trailer.05-09-2013
20100293765Tensioning Apparatus for Strap - A tensioning apparatus includes a first shaft and a strap wound on the first shaft such that the strap has first and second portions extending in opposite directions, and the first portion of the strap is collected on the first shaft by operably moving the rotating shaft. The tensioning apparatus further includes a reeling device for collecting the second portion of the strap. Furthermore, the reeling device includes a ratcheting mechanism that facilitates collection of the strap.11-25-2010
20080235922ADJUSTABLE LEVER LOAD BINDER - Apparatuses are disclosed where in a lever binder may include an adjuster that when manipulated adjusts the binding length of the lever binder. In various embodiments, a lever binder is disclosed including an automatic latching mechanism to help resist undesired movement of a lever from a binding position.10-02-2008
20110289741Methods and apparatus for applying tension to a motion transmission element - In exemplary implementations of this invention, tension is applied to a motion transmission element with periodic features by causing that element to mesh with a device that has a pitch slightly greater than the pitch of the motion transmission element. The motion transmission element with periodic features may comprise, for example: (a) a belt with teeth, or (b) a chain. Further, the motion transmission element may comprise either an open or a closed loop. In exemplary implementations, the width of the teeth of the motion transmission element (along that element's long axis) is greater than the width of the teeth in the rack (along the rack's long axis). This allows room for the teeth of the rack to both fit and move within the gap between the teeth in the motion transmission element. This extra width of the element's teeth is not necessary if the element is sufficiently elastic.12-01-2011
20100313394Fastening apparatus for a pressurized-gas vessel - A fastening apparatus for pressurized-gas vessels is provided on a carrier. The fastening apparatus makes it possible to fasten a pressurized-gas vessel as well as to adapt the fastening apparatus to differently sized pressurized-gas vessels with one manipulative step. The fastening apparatus includes a carrier, a belt, a locking device, fastening points and redirection points for the belt.12-16-2010
20120174355RATCHET ADJUSTMENT SYSTEM - An adjustment system for adjusting the width of a cuff has an elongated adjustment strip having a set of longitudinally extending teeth. Each tooth has a forward side and a rearward side. The length of each forward side is greater than a length of each of the rearward sides so that an angle between a longitudinal axis of the strip and the forward side is less than an angle between the longitudinal axis and the rearward side of each tooth. There is a locking mechanism formed by a base plate having a locking device on an underside and a guide for slidably connecting the locking mechanism to the strip. The teeth and the locking device are configured so that the locking device can be moved forward along the strip using only a small amount of force, and can then be moved rearward using a larger amount of force.07-12-2012
20100218348CLAMPING LOCK FOR A TENSIONING MEANS - A clamping lock for a tensioning means with a housing comprising two cheek parts arranged at a distance from each other, a stop web extending between the cheek parts and a pivot spindle likewise extending between the cheek parts and a comb element pivotably mounted on the pivot spindle of the housing. The clamping lock can be manufactured in a simple manner and at the same time has a compact, easily manageable design because there is a reinforcing insert at least in the region of the cheek parts of the stop web and of the pivot spindle of the housing, said reinforcing insert being surrounded by a plastics material casing and comprises a material which is firmer than the plastics material casing.09-02-2010
20080250616Jewelry Clasp - A jewelry clasp is provided for use with one or more jewelry strands and further comprises, in one embodiment, a spring clasp with first and second bead pins attached thereto. Each bead pin comprises a removable bead that allows for attachment of the jewelry strands to the bead pins and maintains the jewelry strands attached thereto. Different jewelry strands can be interchangeably attached to a single jewelry clasp to create a desired appearance or effect.10-16-2008
20120102691STRAP CONNECTING MEMBER AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE WITH THE STRAP CONNECTING MEMBER - The electronic device includes a body, a strap, and a strap connecting member. The strap connecting member further includes a pin, a torsion spring one end of which is connected to the pin, a receiving chamber accommodating the pin and defining an opening notch passing through the sidewall thereof, and a cover connected with the torsion spring and engaging with the receiving chamber. The strap is double-layered. The double-layered strap forms a folded end and an open end, the folded end is connected with the pin and is wrapped around the pin, and the open end is separated into two portions which pass at the opening notch and are respectively connected to the body. When the torsion spring is elastically deformed and generates a torsion force, the pin is rotated and the strap automatically shrinks in the receiving chamber under the torsion force.05-03-2012
20100050403ROTARY TENSIONING DEVICE - A rotary tensioning device that is low profile when not being used to apply or reduce tension and that provides an easily manipulated tightening and loosening control mechanism. A control mechanism in the form of a flip up handle is pivotally connected to a drive member and rotation of the handle and drive member rotates a driven member connected to a spool to take up or let out a cable or wire to apply or reduce tension in the cable or wire. When not being used to apply or reduce tension, the flip up handle is pivoted to lie flush against a housing of the spool to provide a low profile. A tension indicating device provides a user with a mechanism for reproducing tensions between uses.03-04-2010
20130047388RATCHET BUCKLE AND STRAP ASSEMBLY - A ratchet buckle and strap assembly is provided. The ratchet buckle has a passageway configured to slidably receive the strap, a pawl arranged to engage the strap and prevent movement of the strap in a direction from the rear portion toward the front portion, while allowing movement of the strap in a direction from the front portion toward the rear portion of the passageway, and a drive actuator arranged to engage the strap and feed the strap through the passageway from the front portion toward the rear portion of the passageway. The strap may have a plurality of first teeth, and a plurality of separate second teeth. The first teeth may be on a first side of the strap and the second teeth may be on a second side of the strap. The ratchet buckle may be configured such that the pawl is configured to engage a first side of the strap and the drive actuator may be configured to engage a second side of the strap opposite the first side.02-28-2013
20110289742SHOELACE FASTENER - A shoelace fastener is fixed on a vamp of a shoe for wearing shoelace and comprises two longitudinal seats each having a slider slidably mounted thereon for wearing shoelace. The slider has a spring-like structure. The slider has a front end fixed on a front end of the seat and a rear end. The shoelace is tightened when the slider is positioned after stretching.12-01-2011
20090038128DEVICE AND METHOD OF RAPIDLY TYING SHOELACES - Provided is a shoe which is tied with a piece of shoelace, in which a pair of pulling string rings are provided in both left and right upper ends of the neck of the shoe, to thereby enable a user to pull or release a pair of pulling strings hooked on the rings one time in order to put on or take off the shoe. Double instep covers of the footwear are provided, and the exposed knots of the shoelace end portions are positioned between the double instep covers, so that the knots are not exposed and the knots which are not well untied can be smoothly adjusted. Moreover, a cover-type fastening locker or protection guard which protects the protruded latch from external impact is used to solve the conventional problems, and to furthermore provide a simple shoelace tying shoe having no knots of the end of the lower portion of the shoelaces.02-12-2009
20090172928Turning fastener for a shoe - A turning fastener for a shoe has a pulling means with two end portions, which act on a take-up reel, which is provided with an annular groove for receiving the pulling means, a rotatable mounting of the take-up reel with a bearing journal, which engages in a bearing, a holder, which can be fastened to the shoe, for the rotatable mounting, and an engageable and disengageable directional locking mechanism, which in the engaged position blocks the take-up reel in one direction of rotation for closing the shoe and in the disengaged position releases it in this direction of rotation. The take-up reel is formed as a rotary grip, wherein two through-openings, extending from the annular groove to the end face of the take-up reel that is facing away from the holder, are provided for leading one or the other end portion of the pulling means through. The take-up reel is guided in an axially displaceable manner with the bearing journal and the bearing, and the directional locking mechanism is engaged in the position of the take-up reel in which it is pushed towards the holder and is disengaged in the position in which it is pushed away from the holder.07-09-2009
20120102692TIGHTENING STRAP OF A DIVING FLIPPER - An improved diving flipper's adjustable foot strap with a conveniently located handle which allows the diver to quickly pull the stretchable strap whereby he or she move the strap away from the back of his or her foot in one fluid motion.05-03-2012
20110000057FASTENING DEVICE - A fastening device (01-06-2011
20110131772Reformable Closure Device Strap - A strap for a mechanical closure device is disclosed. The strap includes a wire disposed along a longitudinal axis of the strap. The wire maintains the strap in a desired geometry that is different from a previous geometry of the strap. In other embodiments, a wire-core strap can include transverse ridges, holes, or other types of grooves or apertures.06-09-2011
20120297591Selectively Releasable Buckle - A buckle is provided for use in footwear. The buckle includes a lever arm that feeds a strap into the buckle in a ratcheting fashion and a lock that secures the strap relative to the buckle when the lever arm is released. To release the strap from the buckle, a user may impart rotational motion onto the lock to remove it from engagement from teeth associated with the strap. Alternatively, pressure may be applied to the lever arm, which releases a locking pawl from the strap and allows the strap to incrementally move a predetermined amount.11-29-2012
20130014359ADJUSTING DEVICE FOR TIGHTENING OR LOOSING LACES AND STRAPSAANM CHEN; Chin-ChuAACI Taichung CityAACO TWAAGP CHEN; Chin-Chu Taichung City TW - An adjusting device for tightening or loosing laces and straps includes a base, an actuating member and a knob. When a user rotates the knob clockwise, the adjusting device is tightening a flexible strap of the clothing or a lace of the footwear. However, when a user rotates the knob counterclockwise, the adjusting device is loosing a flexible strap of the clothing or a lace of the footwear. The knob never moves up and down along the axis during the operation for tightening or loosing the flexible strap or the lace.01-17-2013
20130091674FASTENING DEVICE FOR FOOTWEAR - A fastening device for footwear includes a hook element with a major tooth and a minor tooth, a releasing element, a boosting cover, a base and a strap with teeth. Each tooth has an inclining surface and a vertical surface. When the hook element is pressed, the major tooth and the miner tooth are engaged with the inclining surface of the teeth alternately to push the strap to move backward. When the boosting cover is bent up, the boosting tooth is engaged with the vertical surface of the teeth to push the strap to move forward. When the releasing element is pulled up, the strap is completely released from the base.04-18-2013
20080209702Buckle guide assembly - An improved guide for securing a lace, rope or other material, which enables the material to be tightened and secured with ease is disclosed. The guide allows the material to slide through a buckle allowing a user to tighten the material and lock the buckle without the loss of tension in the material. The guide is implemented on footwear, watch bands, luggage and backpack straps, ropes for tents, boats and other structures, and any other buckling or line securing apparatus.09-04-2008
20080196224Shoelace reel operated easily and conveniently - A shoelace reel includes a support seat, a spool rotatably mounted in the support seat, a shoelace having two distal ends each secured to the winding zone of the spool, a limit sleeve mounted on the support seat, a drive member rotatably and movably mounted in the limit sleeve, and a control knob rotatably and movably mounted on the limit sleeve and connected to the drive member. Thus, the user only needs to rotate the control knob to tighten the shoelace and to pull out the control knob to loosen the shoelace. In addition, the user only needs to operate the control knob to tighten or loosen the shoelace, so that the user can tighten or loosen the shoelace by his one hand only.08-21-2008
20110209313Wristbands With Interchangeable Layers Allowing Sizing By End User - A wearable band with an adjustable size or length. The band includes a first band element and a second band element with a planar body extending from a first to a second end. The second band element body is greater in length than the first band element body and includes a hole for receiving the first band element body. The band includes a coupling mechanism that detachably connects an outer sidewall of the first band element body to the inner sidewall of the second band element body, e.g., to allow the two band elements to be selectively disconnected and reassembled without tools. The coupling mechanism includes a first coupling component extending along the outer sidewall of the first band element and a second coupling element extending along the inner sidewall of the second band element such that the two band elements are connected along the periphery of the hole.09-01-2011
20100170068Adjustment Mechanism - An adjustment mechanism comprises a dial comprising an inner wall defining a hole passing through the dial, the inner wall comprising a ledge having one or more cutouts. The mechanism further comprises a base comprising a first set of teeth and an actuator comprising a second, the second set of teeth configured to engage the first set of teeth and allow the actuator to be rotated in a first direction but not in a second opposite direction. The actuator further comprises one or more drive-dogs configured to engage a cutout on the inner wall of the dial, each drive-dog comprising a ramped edge configured to disengage the drive-dog from the cutout and lift the second set of teeth from the first set of teeth when the dial is rotated in the second direction.07-08-2010
20110056057STRUCTURE OF STEEL CABLE FASTENER - A structure of steel cable fastener is provided for eliminating a returning force caused by twisting stress induced in a steel cable when the steel cable is stretched and fixed by the fastener, which induces a stress due to fixing of a fixing end of the steel cable. Such a returning force makes the operation and adjustment of mounting a locking cap to the steel cable difficult and also induces damage and wear of a fixing end of the steel cable due to twisting stress induced in the steel cable. The structure of the steel cable fastener includes a bearing retainer that carries a bearing device and arranged inside the locking cap to secure an end of the steel cable and a resilient element arranged between the bearing retainer and the locking cap for relief of twisting stress induced in the steel cable through the rotation of the bearing device.03-10-2011
20100229358APPARATUS FOR EXTENDING THE ARM OF A LEVER - An apparatus for extending the arm of a lever, particularly for extending the arm of a lever of strap tensioning devices, comprising an element for connection to the lever, which can be associated therewith jointly and reversibly, a main body, which is associated with the connecting element by way of elements for mutual inclination and can be gripped by the user to operate the lever, and elements for contrasting the mutual inclination of the main body with respect to the connecting element, which can yield to a predefined force that contrasts the rotation of the lever, applied thereby to the connecting element.09-16-2010
20130111716CABLE TENSIONING DEVICE FOR HUNTING TREE STANDS OR CLIMBING LADDERS - A tensioning device for installing tree stands that includes a drive end and a cable output end to attach to a medium that is placed around a tree. The tensioning device creates more tension in the medium than is generally able to be applied by hand with ratchet straps or chains, which provides safer installation of a tree stand or climbing ladder. The tensioning device includes a drive system that can be driven with standard power tools or hand tools to retract a cable. The tensioning device may be designed with or without a clutch feature. The clutch feature allows for a desired cable tension to be reached for each installation and provides feedback to the operator when the correct tension is reached. The tensioning device includes an external bracket or hook for easily attaching to a tree stand or climbing ladder.05-09-2013

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