|Publication number||USRE43194 E1|
|Application number||US 12/121,759|
|Publication date||Feb 21, 2012|
|Filing date||May 15, 2008|
|Priority date||Oct 3, 2003|
|Also published as||CN1894520A, CN100455845C, CN101424311A, CN101424311B, DE602004031748D1, EP1678062A2, EP1678062A4, EP1678062B1, US7043801, US20050071958, WO2005035407A2, WO2005035407A3|
|Publication number||12121759, 121759, US RE43194 E1, US RE43194E1, US-E1-RE43194, USRE43194 E1, USRE43194E1|
|Original Assignee||Feeney, Inc.|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (17), Non-Patent Citations (7), Referenced by (2), Classifications (7), Legal Events (5)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
This application claims the benefit of priority from U.S. Provisional Application No. 60/508,254 entitled “Spring Loaded and Self-Locking Cable Gripping Apparatus”, filed Oct. 3, 2003, which is herein incorporated by reference.
The present invention generally relates to an improved cable gripping apparatus which allows a user to secure a variety of cable materials, make adjustments to the length and tension of the cable materials, and shield the cable materials in a stainless steel casing to minimize corrosion of said cable materials.
There exists in the field of securing cables, devices for gripping and anchoring a variety of cables to enclosures or structures. The conventional procedure for cable gripping devices involves a casing with a hollow conical-shaped wedge, wherein the wedge contains a threaded inner surface. Some devices additionally provide a spring held within the one end of the conical-shaped wedge. Together the spring and the threaded surface guide a cable through the device and grip the cable materials.
Various such cable gripping devices are currently available. However, such devices often have too many components. The multiplicity of components create confusion for the user. Further, such components are prone to be lost, misplaced or damaged, rendering the device useless. Such devices are also larger than necessary, requiring additional material to manufacture. Also, components of such devices are shaped in complicated designs for instance T-shaped cutouts, requiring added expense when manufacturing the components as well as increasing the possibility that components will not fit well. Additionally, with prior devices, dirt and moisture are prone to becoming trapped within such devices. This often leads to corrosion of the cables held within the devices. Furthermore, there are no devices to accommodate smaller sized cables with diameters such as small as 1/16 inch to ⅛ inch.
Therefore, there exists a need to provide a spring loaded and self-locking cable gripping apparatus that (1) is capable of securing a variety of cable materials, and particularly aircraft cable; (2) is simple to use for making length and tension adjustments; (3) is capable of being hidden in an enclosure with only a low profile cap being visible while minimizing the corrosion of the apparatus from the elements such as salt air and the like; (4) possesses sufficient strength because of the materials that make up the apparatus parts.
Further objects of the invention will become apparent from the following description.
The embodiments of the present invention solve the problems and address the drawbacks of the approaches in the above description. It is an object of the present invention to provide a spring loaded and self-locking cable gripping apparatus of a minimum of components, sturdy, non-corrosive, and capable of securing a variety of cable materials of even very small diameter. It is an object of the present invention to provide a finished look to a cable apparatus in use and at the same time protect the. components of the apparatus from damage.
An embodiment of the present invention is a spring loaded and self-locking gripping apparatus comprising a housing with a central conical passageway section, a pair of serrated half-jaws, a spacer, retaining clip, an o-ring, a spring, and a cap at one end of the housing. The housing has a receiving end and a dispatching end. The spring is housed within the conical passageway at the receiving end. The two serrated half-jaws fit tightly into the conical passageway at the dispatching end. The cap is attached to the exterior of the dispatching end. The spacer separates the serrated jaws from the spring. The retaining clip and the o-ring separates the spring from the cap. The serrated half-jaws also have a conical shape. Each serrated half-jaw have an inner surface and an outer surface. The inner surface is serrated. The two serrated half-jaws are tapered to the receiving end.
In an embodiment of the present invention, cable material enters the apparatus from the receiving end of the housing. The pressure from the cable material causes the serrated jaws to open, thus allowing the cable to enter the apparatus. The pressure from the cable also causes the spring to be compressed which applies pressure against the spacer which in turn presses against the jaws against the cable. The jaws slide longitudinally toward the dispatching end and begin to separate. As the serrated jaws open, the cable is received through the passageway until the spring is expanded. The applied pressure of the spring to the spacer and the spacer to the jaws keeps the receiving end of the jaws in place by causing the jaws to close, thus securely gripping the cable. Thus, the cable is locked within the apparatus and can only move from the receiving end to the dispatching end.
In the preferred embodiment, the apparatus comprises an end cap at the dispatching end of the housing including an o-ring for sealing the dispatching end of the housing from the environment and providing a clean finish. When in use, the gripping apparatus is enclosed in a structure and only the end cap remains visible on the structure.
In additional alternative embodiments, the components of the present invention are made of stainless steel. In the preferred embodiment, the o-ring is not made of stainless steel but is preferably composed of an elastomeric material such as a rubber, silicone or other similar flexible material.
In additional alternative embodiments, the serrated half-jaws and the spacer have diameters ranging from 1/16 inch to ⅛ inch.
These and other embodiments of the present invention are further made apparent, in the remainder of the present document, to those of ordinary skill in the art.
In order to more fully describe embodiments of the present invention, reference is made to the accompanying drawings. These drawings are not to be considered limitations in the scope of the invention, but are merely illustrative.
The description above and below and the drawings of the present document focus on one or more currently preferred embodiments of the present invention and also describe some exemplary optional features and/or alternative embodiments. The description and drawings are for the purpose of illustration and not limitation. Those of ordinary skill in the art would recognize variations, modifications, and alternatives. Such variations, modifications, and alternatives are also within the scope of the present invention.
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Throughout the description and drawings, example embodiments are given with reference to specific configurations. It will be appreciated by those of ordinary skill in the art that the present invention can be embodied in other specific forms. Those of ordinary skill in the art would be able to practice such other embodiments without undue experimentation. The scope of the present invention, for the purpose of the present patent document, is not limited merely to the specific example embodiments of the foregoing description, but rather is indicated by the appended claims. All changes that come within the meaning and range of equivalents within the claims are intended to be considered as being embraced within the spirit and scope of the claims.
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|International Classification||F16G11/00, F16G1/04|
|Cooperative Classification||F16G11/106, F16G11/04, Y10T24/3969|
|Nov 5, 2011||FPB1||Expired due to reexamination which canceled all claims|
|Dec 16, 2011||AS||Assignment|
Owner name: FEENEY, INC., CALIFORNIA
Free format text: CHANGE OF NAME;ASSIGNOR:FEENEY WIRE ROPE & RIGGING;REEL/FRAME:027402/0021
Effective date: 20081101
|Sep 18, 2012||RR||Request for reexamination filed|
Effective date: 20120731
|Dec 27, 2013||REMI||Maintenance fee reminder mailed|
|May 16, 2014||LAPS||Lapse for failure to pay maintenance fees|