(19)
(11)EP 3 265 708 B1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT SPECIFICATION

(45)Mention of the grant of the patent:
04.11.2020 Bulletin 2020/45

(21)Application number: 16706925.1

(22)Date of filing:  26.01.2016
(51)International Patent Classification (IPC): 
F16L 3/233(2006.01)
E05B 75/00(2006.01)
B65D 63/10(2006.01)
H02G 3/32(2006.01)
(86)International application number:
PCT/US2016/014981
(87)International publication number:
WO 2016/123140 (04.08.2016 Gazette  2016/31)

(54)

ELASTOMER LINED SELF LOCKING TIE

MIT ELASTOMER AUSGEKLEIDETER SELBSTVERRIEGELNDER BINDER

ATTACHE AUTOBLOQUANTE REVÊTUE D'ÉLASTOMÈRE


(84)Designated Contracting States:
AL AT BE BG CH CY CZ DE DK EE ES FI FR GB GR HR HU IE IS IT LI LT LU LV MC MK MT NL NO PL PT RO RS SE SI SK SM TR

(30)Priority: 26.01.2015 US 201562108010 P
30.10.2015 US 201562249002 P

(43)Date of publication of application:
10.01.2018 Bulletin 2018/02

(73)Proprietor: Lock Right LLC
West Valley City, Utah 84120 (US)

(72)Inventor:
  • KING, Creighton
    Spanish Fork, Utah 84660 (US)

(74)Representative: Banse & Steglich Patentanwälte PartmbB 
Patentanwaltskanzlei Herzog-Heinrich-Straße 23
80336 München
80336 München (DE)


(56)References cited: : 
JP-A- H06 346 907
JP-A- 2012 060 706
US-A1- 2013 067 695
JP-A- 2010 265 922
US-A1- 2010 146 742
  
      
    Note: Within nine months from the publication of the mention of the grant of the European patent, any person may give notice to the European Patent Office of opposition to the European patent granted. Notice of opposition shall be filed in a written reasoned statement. It shall not be deemed to have been filed until the opposition fee has been paid. (Art. 99(1) European Patent Convention).


    Description

    FIELD OF THE INVENTION



    [0001] This invention relates to self-locking ties and more particularly relates to elastomer lined self-locking ties.

    DESCRIPTION OF THE RELATED ART



    [0002] Self-locking ties are conventionally known as cable ties, tie-wraps, hose ties or zip ties. A self-locking tie is a type of fastener for holding items together. A common use for self-locking ties is to hold electric cables or wires together. Conventional self-locking ties are constructed with smooth sides and rigid edges. The rigid edges of a conventional self-locking tie can easily damage an electric cable.

    [0003] The use of self-locking ties is not limited to electric cables or wires. For example, self-locking ties may be used to hold painted items together. The relatively rigid edges of a conventional self-locking may damage the very objects it is intended to collect and organize. The hard edges of the self-locking tie straps may cut into, scratch, and otherwise damage the surface of its collected objects.

    [0004] Another common use for self-locking ties includes the use of a conventional self-locking ties as a physical restraint for an arrested person by law enforcement agencies in a manner similar to the way law enforcement typically uses handcuffs. When used in law enforcement, conventional self-locking ties may cause injury when used as a temporary restraint by cutting and bruising skin or cutting of circulation. Injuries resulting from the use of conventional self-locking ties may create liability problems for law enforcement.

    [0005] Furthermore, the hard and inflexible nature of the conventional tie offer little or no friction between the tie straps and the objects they encompass. In other words, conventional self-locking ties merely encompass objects as opposed to securely gripping them and holding them in place. This lack of friction between the self-locking tie and the encompassed objects often results in an incomplete cinch around the encompassed objects. The self-locking tie can therefore wiggle, slide, or otherwise move around the objects it is intended to securely hold in place. This movement in the self-locking tie creates stress points, breaking points, or fracture lines in the self-locking tie that lead the self-locking tie to fail completely.

    [0006] JP 2010 265922 A describes a belt clamp fixing and holding a wire harness which includes a band-shaped belt part wound around the outer peripheral part of the wire harness and binding and fixing the wire harness, a buckle part formed on a base end part of the belt part and having a through-hole into which the belt part can be inserted from the distal end, and an anchor part protruded from a lower surface of the buckle part and inserted into an attachment hole formed on a workpiece so as to be fitted.

    SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION



    [0007] From the foregoing discussion, it should be apparent that a need exists for an apparatus, system, and method for a self-locking tie that avoids damage to the objects collected by the self-locking tie and securely encompasses such objects. Beneficially, such an apparatus, system, and method would extend the life of the self-locking tie by avoiding stress points, breaking points, or fracture lines in the self-locking tie.

    [0008] The present invention has been developed in response to the present state of the art, and in particular, in response to the problems and needs in the art that have not yet been fully solved by currently available self-locking ties. Accordingly, the present invention has been developed with a view to an apparatus, system, and method for an elastomer lined self-locking tie that overcome many or all of the above-discussed shortcomings in the art.

    [0009] The present invention is featured in the appended claims.

    [0010] The self-locking tie includes an elongated strap, at least one cavity disposed in the elongated strap, and a locking head. The elongated strap includes a head end and a tapered end. The tapered end is positioned opposite the head end on the elongated strap. The tapered end includes a first surface disposed opposite a second surface. The locking head extends from the head end of the elongated strap and includes an orifice shaped to receive the tapered end of the elongated strap and the elastomer segment.

    [0011] The elastomer segment includes a pair of cavity engaging portions and a pair of extending portions. Optionally, the cavity engaging portion substantially fills the cavity. The extending portions extend beyond the first surface and the second surface, respectively, of the tapered end of the elongated strap.

    [0012] The self-locking tie includes a series of ridges In certain embodiments, the cavity is positioned within the first surface adjacent the series of ridges. In another embodiment, the cavity surrounds the series of ridges. In yet another embodiment, the cavity is positioned longitudinally along a center of the series of ridges.

    [0013] The orifice in the locking head, in an exemplary embodiment, is substantially filled by the tapered end of the elongated strap and the elastomer segment when the locking head receives the tapered end of the elongated strap and the elastomer segment.

    [0014] Reference throughout this specification to features, advantages, or similar language does not imply that all of the features and advantages that may be realized with the present invention should be or are in any single embodiment of the invention. Rather, language referring to the features and advantages is understood to mean that a specific feature, advantage, or characteristic described in connection with an embodiment is included in at least one embodiment of the present invention. Thus, discussion of the features and advantages, and similar language, throughout this specification may, but do not necessarily, refer to the same embodiment.

    [0015] One skilled in the relevant art will recognize that the invention may be practiced without one or more of the specific features or advantages of a particular embodiment. In other instances, additional features and advantages may be recognized in certain embodiments that may not be present in all embodiments of the invention.

    [0016] These features and advantages of the present invention will become more fully apparent from the following description and appended claims, or may be learned by the practice of the invention as set forth hereinafter.

    BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS



    [0017] In order that the advantages of the invention will be readily understood, a description of the subject matter will be rendered by reference to specific embodiments that are illustrated in the appended drawings. Understanding that these drawings depict only typical embodiments of the subject matter and are not therefore to be considered to be limiting of its scope, the subject matter will be described and explained with additional specificity and detail through the use of the accompanying drawings, in which:

    Figure 1 is a perspective view illustrating one embodiment of a self-locking tie in accordance with the present subject matter;

    Figure 2 is an exploded perspective view further illustrating the self-locking tie of Figure 1 in accordance with one embodiment of the present subject matter;

    Figure 3 is a top view further illustrating the self-locking tie of Figure 1 in accordance with one embodiment of the present subject matter;

    Figure 4 is a side cutaway view taken along line A-A of Figure 3 further illustrating the self-locking tie in accordance with one embodiment of the present subject matter;

    Figure 5 is a side view further illustrating the elastomer segment of the self-locking tie of Figures 1-4 in accordance with another embodiment of the present subject matter;

    Figure 6 is a top view illustrating an embodiment of a self-locking tie not comprised by the present invention (for reference purposes);

    Figure 7A is a top view illustrating another embodiment of an elongated strap not comprised by the present invention (for reference purposes); and

    Figure 7B is a side view illustrating one embodiment of an elastomer segment not comprised by the present invention (for reference purposes).


    DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION



    [0018] Reference throughout this specification to "one embodiment," "an embodiment," or similar language means that a particular feature, structure, or characteristic described in connection with the embodiment is included in at least one embodiment of the present invention. Thus, appearances of the phrases "in one embodiment," "in an embodiment," and similar language throughout this specification may, but do not necessarily, all refer to the same embodiment.

    [0019] Furthermore, the described features, structures, or characteristics of the invention may be combined in any suitable manner in one or more embodiments. In the following description, numerous specific details are provided for a thorough understanding of embodiments of the invention. One skilled in the relevant art will recognize, however, that the invention may be practiced without one or more of the specific details, or with other methods, components, materials, and so forth. In other instances, well-known structures, materials, or operations are not shown or described in detail to avoid obscuring aspects of the invention.

    [0020] Self-locking ties, known as cable ties or zip ties, are used to fasten objects, or pieces of objects together. This disclosure relates to a new self-locking tie that provides improvements over conventional self-locking ties.

    [0021] Self-locking ties are vulnerable to breaking at stress points created when encompassing objects of various dimensions. Self-locking ties typically comprise a tie head and a tie strap. Self-locking ties are typically composed of materials that are hard and inflexible. The hard and inflexible nature of self-locking ties creates kinks in the tie strap that weaken and eventually break the strap when it comes under great stress.

    [0022] Additionally, conventional self-locking ties are constructed with smooth sides and rigid edges. The hard and inflexible nature of the conventional tie offer little or no friction between the tie straps and the objects they encompass. In other words, conventional self-locking ties merely encompass objects as opposed to securely gripping them and holding them in place. This lack of friction between the self-locking tie and the encompassed objects often results in an incomplete cinch around the encompassed objects. The self-locking tie can therefore wiggle, slide, or otherwise move around the objects it is intended to securely hold in place. This movement in the self-locking tie creates stress points, breaking points, or fracture lines in the self-locking tie that lead the self-locking tie to fail completely.

    [0023] Furthermore, the smooth nature of the self-locking tie makes it more difficult to secure the tie system at the greatest maximum tension. The self-locking tie's smooth surface may create a slackness in the tension of the tie system as a user releases the self-locking tie when attempting to secure the self-locking tie as tight as possible.

    [0024] In use, a self-locking tie's contact points may damage the very objects it is intended to collect and organize. The hard edges of the self-locking tie straps may cut into, scratch, and otherwise damage the surface of its collected objects. For example, law enforcement agencies occasionally use conventional self-locking ties as a physical restraint for an arrested person, in a manner similar to the way law enforcement typically uses handcuffs. When used in law enforcement, conventional self-locking ties may cause injury when used as a temporary restraint by cutting and bruising skin or cutting of circulation. Injuries resulting from the use of conventional self-locking ties may create liability problems for law enforcement.

    [0025] It is therefore one object of the disclosure to include a flexible component to the self-locking tie to minimize kinks and stress points thereby reducing the tie's vulnerability to wear and tear and breaking. It is a further object of this disclosure to provide a tie that secures objects with the greatest maximum pressure. Another object of the disclosure is to provide a self-locking tie that secures objects without damaging or injuring them.

    [0026] Accordingly, the present subject matter is directed to an elastomer lined self-locking tie which substantially eliminates many or all of the above discussed problems with conventional self-locking ties. For example, Figure 1 is a perspective view illustrating one embodiment of a self-locking tie 100 in accordance with the present subject matter.

    [0027] The self-locking tie 100, in one embodiment, includes an elongated strap 102, at least one cavity 104 (see Figure 2), an elastomer segment 106, and a locking head 108. The self-locking tie 100 also includes a series of ridges 110 that extend across at least a portion of at least one surface of the elongated strap 102.

    [0028] The elongated strap 102, in certain embodiments, pliable material such as nylon, plastic, etc. Thus, the elongated strap 102 is bendable to encompass one or more objects of various dimension. The elongated strap 102 includes a head end 112 disposed opposite a tapered end 114. The locking head 108 is positioned on, coupled to, or integrally formed on the head end 112 of the elongated strap 102.

    [0029] In certain embodiments, the tapered end 114 of the elongated strap 102 comprises a substantially planar, pliable strap extended in a lengthwise direction. In one embodiment, the tapered end 114 of the elongated strap 102 can be considered the portion of the elongated strap 102 extending from a position wherein the locking head 108 is positioned on, coupled to, or otherwise integrally formed on the head end 112 of the elongated strap 102.

    [0030] The tapered end 114 of the elongated strap 102 includes a first surface 116 disposed opposite a second surface 118. In the embodiment illustrated in Figure 1, the series of ridges 110 are depicted as extending across the first surface 116 of the tapered end 114 of the elongated strap 102. As depicted, the series of ridges 110 are formed across most of the length of the tapered end 114 of the elongated strap 102. In other embodiments, the series of ridges 110 may be formed across a portion of the length of the tapered end 114 of the elongated strap 102 that is less than the entire length of the tapered end 114 of the elongated strap 102.

    [0031] A tapered grasping tab 120 extends from the tapered end 114 of the elongated strap 102. In use, a user moves the tapered grasping tab 120 in the direction indicated by arrow 122 and into an orifice 124 in the locking head 108 on the head end 122 of the elongated strap 102 to form a loop with the elongated strap 102. The tapered nature of the tapered grasping tab 120 facilitates insertion of the tapered grasping tab 120 into the orifice 124 in the locking head 108 on the head end 122 of the elongated strap 102. The orifice 124 in the locking head 108 is sized and shaped to receive the tapered end 114 of the elongated strap 102 and to receive the elastomer segment 106 which extends beyond the first surface 116 of the tapered end 114 of the elongated strap 102.

    [0032] Figure 2 is an exploded perspective view illustrating the self-locking tie 100 of Figure 1 in accordance with one embodiment of the present subject matter. In the embodiment illustrated in Figure 2, the elastomer segment 106 has been removed from the first surface 116 of the tapered end 114 of the elongated strap 102 to more clearly illustrate the cavity 104 disposed in the first surface 116 of the tapered end 114 of the elongated strap 102.

    [0033] The cavity 104 is basically an elongated channel that extends along at least a portion of the length of the tapered end 114 of the elongated strap 102. As illustrated in Figure 2, the cavity 104 comprises two channels 202a and 202b (collectively channels 202) that extend along both sides of the series of ridges 110 formed across most of the length of the tapered end 114 of the elongated strap 102. The channels 202 are connected to one another by end recesses 204a and 204b (collectively end recesses 204) at either end of the tapered end 114 of the elongated strap 102.

    [0034] In other embodiments, the cavity may include channels 202 that extend along both sides of the series of ridges 110 but which are not connected to one another with end recesses 204. In another embodiment, the channels 202 may extend for a length substantially less than the length of the tapered end 114 of the elongated strap 102.

    [0035] In any of the above described embodiments, at least a portion of the elastomer segment 106 is positioned within the cavity 104 to facilitate coupling the elastomer segment 106 to the tapered end 114 of the elongated strap 102. Generally, the elastomer segment 106 includes a cavity engaging portion 206 which is received within the cavity 104. Disposing the cavity engaging portion 206 of the elastomer segment 106 within the cavity 104 helps to maintain a coupling between the elastomer segment 106 and the tapered end 114 of the elongated strap 102 due to the fact that the cavity engaging portion 206 of the elastomer segment 106 is surrounded by the cavity 104 on three sides of the cavity 104.

    [0036] An extending portion 208 of the elastomer segment 106 extends above the plane of the first surface 116 of the tapered end 114 of the elongated strap 102. The elastomer segment 106 is a flexible material which may be may be comprised of materials such as silicone, rubber, thermoplastic elastomer, foam, or other materials with similar properties. The soft and flexible quality of the elastomer segment 106 enable the self-locking tie 100 to encompass one or more objects of various dimension and minimize kinks and stress points thereby reducing the self-locking tie's 100 vulnerability to wear and tear and breaking.

    [0037] The friction provided by the elastomer segment 106 permits the self-locking tie 100 to grip objects more securely, holding them in place. However, the increased friction provided by the elastomer segment 106 also subjects the elastomer segment 106 to lateral forces that would not otherwise be encountered. If the elastomer segment 106 were directly coupled to the first surface 116 of the tapered end 114 of the elongated strap 102, the lateral forces may cause the elastomer segment 106 to become separated from the first surface 116 of the tapered end 114 of the elongated strap 102. The cavity engaging portion 206 of the elastomer segment 106 along with the cavity 104 maintain the coupling between the elastomer segment 106 and the first surface 116 of the tapered end 114 of the elongated strap 102. The ability to hold objects more securely in place also enables the self-locking tie 100 to secure objects with less slack. The soft nature of the elastomer segment 106 also allows the self-locking tie 100 to secure objects without damaging or injuring them. For example, the soft nature of the elastomer segment 106 allows a user to position the self-locking tie 100 about a painted or otherwise finished object without worry that the paint may become scratched or otherwise damaged by the self-locking tie 100. This is particularly true in situations where the self-locking tie 100 may move or vibrate when in use.

    [0038] In certain embodiments, the self-locking strap 100 is formed in a two-step overmolding process. In the first step, the elongated strap 102 is formed using conventional methods known in the art. An overmold is then positioned on the elongated strap 102 and a second molding step is perform to mold the elastomer segment 106 onto the elongated strap 102 with the cavity engaging portion 206 of the elastomer segment 106 positioned within the cavity 104.

    [0039] Figure 3 is a top view further illustrating the self-locking tie 100 of Figure 1 in accordance with one embodiment of the present subject matter. As discussed above, the cavity 104 includes a pair of channels 202a and 202b that extend along each side of the series of ridges 110 disposed on the first surface 116 of the tapered end 114 of the elongated strap 102. The channels 202 are connected to one another by end recesses 204a and 204b at either end of the tapered end 114 of the elongated strap 102. In the illustration depicted in Figure 3, the channels 202a and 202b and the end recesses 204a and 204b are obscured from view by the elastomer segment 106. However, one of skill in the art will recognize that the channels 202a and 202b and the end recesses 204a and 204b are positioned below the elastomer segment 106 and have been labeled as such.

    [0040] Figure 4 is a side cutaway view taken along line A-A of Figure 3 further illustrating the self-locking tie 100 in accordance with another embodiment of the present subject matter. In Figure 3, the elastomer segment 106 can be clearly seen as being positioned within channel 202a such that a portion (i.e., the cavity engaging portion 206) of the elastomer segment 106 is disposed below the first surface 116 of the tapered end 114 of the elongated strap 102 and a second portion (i.e., extending portion 208) extends above the plane of the first surface 116 of the tapered end 114 of the elongated strap 102.

    [0041] Figure 5 is a side view further illustrating the elastomer segment 106 of the self-locking tie 100 of Figures 1-4 in accordance with another embodiment of the present subject matter. As discussed above, the elastomer segment 106 includes two portions, the cavity engaging portion 206 and the extending portion 208.

    [0042] In certain embodiments, the cavity engaging portion 206 of the elastomer segment 106 has a depth that is approximately the same as a depth of the extending portion 208. In other embodiments, such as in the embodiment illustrated in Figure 5, the depth of the cavity engaging portion 206 of the elastomer segment 106 is smaller than the depth of the extending portion 208. In yet another embodiment, the depth of the cavity engaging portion 206 of the elastomer segment 106 is larger than the depth of the extending portion 208.

    [0043] The cavity engaging portion 206 is received within the cavity 104. The cavity engaging portion 206 substantially fills the cavity 104 such that the cavity engaging portion 206 of the elastomer segment 106 is surrounded by the cavity 104 on three sides of the cavity 104. Positioning the cavity engaging portion 206 of the elastomer segment 106 within the cavity 104 helps to maintain a coupling between the elastomer segment 106 and the tapered end 114 of the elongated strap 102 due to the fact that the cavity engaging portion 206 of the elastomer segment 106 is surrounded by the cavity 104 on three sides of the cavity 104.

    [0044] The extending portion 208 of the elastomer segment 106 extends above the plane of the first surface 116 of the tapered end 114 of the elongated strap 102. The soft and flexible quality of the elastomer segment 106 enable the self-locking tie 100 to encompass one or more objects of various dimension and minimize kinks and stress points thereby reducing the self-locking tie's 100 vulnerability to wear and tear and breaking.

    [0045] With the extending portion 208 extending beyond the plane of the first surface 116 of the tapered end 114 of the elongated strap 102, the extending portion 208 increases friction between the elongated strap 102 and any items encompassed by the elongated strap 102. The increased friction provided by the elastomer segment 106 subjects the elastomer segment 106 to lateral forces that would not otherwise be encountered. If the elastomer segment 106 were directly coupled to the first surface 116 of the tapered end 114 of the elongated strap 102, the lateral forces may cause the elastomer segment 106 to become separated from the first surface 116 of the tapered end 114 of the elongated strap 102.

    [0046] Figure 6 is a top view illustrating another embodiment of a self-locking tie 600 for reference purposes. In certain embodiments, the self-locking tie 600 is substantially similar to the self-locking tie 100 discussed above. Thus, the self-locking tie 600 includes an elongated strap 602, at least one cavity 604, an elastomer segment 606, and a locking head 608.

    [0047] The elongated strap 602, in certain embodiments, pliable material such as nylon, plastic, etc. Thus, the elongated strap 602 is bendable to encompass one or more objects of various dimension. The elongated strap 602 includes a head end 612 disposed opposite a tapered end 614. The locking head 608 is positioned on, coupled to, or integrally formed on the head end 612 of the elongated strap 602.

    [0048] In certain embodiments, the tapered end 614 of the elongated strap 102 comprises a substantially planar, pliable strap extended in a lengthwise direction. In one embodiment, the tapered end 614 of the elongated strap 602 can be considered the portion of the elongated strap 602 extending from a position wherein the locking head 608 is positioned on, coupled to, or otherwise integrally formed on the head end 612 of the elongated strap 602.

    [0049] The tapered end 614 of the elongated strap 602 includes a first surface 116 disposed opposite a second surface 618. In the embodiment illustrated in Figure 6, a series of ridges 610a and 610b (collectively series of ridges 610) are depicted as extending across the first surface 616 of the tapered end 614 of the elongated strap 602. The series of ridges 610 extend across only a portion of the first surface 616 of the tapered end 614 of the elongated strap 602 on opposing sides of the cavity 604. The cavity 604 is disposed longitudinally along a center of a series of ridges 610. In other embodiments, the series of ridges 610 and the cavity 604 are disposed on the second surface 118 of the elongated strap 102.

    [0050] The elastomer segment 606 is sized and shaped to be received within the cavity 604. As with the elastomer segment 106 discussed above, the elastomer segment 606 includes a cavity engaging portion and an extending portion 620. Because the view in Figure 6 is a top view, only the extending portion 620 of the elastomer segment 606 can be seen.

    [0051] The cavity engaging portion and the extending portion 620 of the elastomer segment 606 of the self-locking tie 600 operate in a manner substantially similar to the manner in which the cavity engaging portion 206 and the extending portion 208 of the self-elastomer segment 106 of the locking tie 100 operate. Thus, the cavity engaging portion substantially fills the cavity 604 and is surrounded on at least three sides to facilitate coupling between the elastomer segment 606 and the elongated strap 602. Similarly, the extending portion 620 of the elastomer segment 606 extends beyond a plane of the first surface 616 of the tapered end 614 of the elongated strap 602.

    [0052] An orifice 624 in the locking head 608 is sized and shaped to receive the tapered end 614 of the elongated strap 602 and to receive the elastomer segment 606 of the self-locking tie 600. Pawls 626a and 626b are configured to engage the series of ridges 610 on either side of the cavity 604 or elastomer segment 606 to maintain the tapered end 614 of the elongated strap 102 at a desired position within the head 608.

    [0053] In one embodiment, the elastomer segment 106 or 606 may be positioned on the second surface 118 or 618 while the series of ridges 110 or 610 are disposed on the first surface 116 or 618.

    [0054] Figure 7A is a top view illustrating another embodiment of an elongated strap 702 for reference purposes. In certain embodiments, instead of including a continuous cavity, such as cavities 104 or 604 discussed above, the at least one cavity 704 includes a series of voids disposed along at least a portion of a tapered end 714 of the elongated strap 702. In such an embodiment, the elastomer segment includes corresponding cavity engaging portions to substantially fill the voids comprising the at least one cavity 704.

    [0055] For example, Figure 7B is a side view illustrating one embodiment of an elastomer segment 706for reference purposes. In the embodiment illustrated in Figure 7B, the elastomer segment 706 includes an extending portion 720 and a series of cavity engaging portions 720. Each of the cavity engaging portions 720 substantially fill the voids comprising the at least one cavity 704 in the elongated strap 702.

    [0056] The described embodiments are to be considered in all respects only as illustrative and not restrictive. The scope of the invention is, therefore, indicated by the appended claims.


    Claims

    1. A self-locking tie (100), comprising:

    an elongated strap including a first surface (116), a second surface (118) a head end (112), and a tapered end (114), the second surface (118) disposed opposite from the first surface (116), the tapered end (114) disposed opposite from the head end (112);

    a cavity (104) comprising a first channel (202a) recessed in the first surface (116) of the elongated strap (102) and positioned along at least a portion of a length of the elongated strap (102), a second channel (202b) recessed in the first surface (116) of the elongated strap (102) and positioned along at least a portion of a length of the elongated strap (102);

    an elastomer segment (106) including a pair of cavity engaging portions (206) and a pair of extending portions (208), a first cavity engaging portion (206) of the pair of cavity engaging portions (206) being located within the first channel (202a), a second cavity engaging portion (206) of the pair of cavity engaging portions (206) being located within the second channel (202b), a first extending portion (208) of the pair of extending portions (208) extending from the first cavity engaging portion (206) and extending beyond the first surface (116), a second extending portion (208) of the pair of extending portions (208) extending from the second cavity engaging portion (206) and extending beyond the first surface (116); and

    a locking head (108) extending from the head end of the elongated strap (102), the locking head (108) comprising an orifice (124) shaped to receive the tapered end (114) of the elongated strap (102) and the elastomer segment (106),

    characterized in that the self-locking tie (100) further comprises a series of ridges (110) protruding from the first surface (116) of the elongated strap (102) and extending across at least a portion of a width of the first surface (116) of the elongated strap (102), the first channel (202a) and the second channel (202b) located on opposite sides of the series of ridges (110), the first extending portion (208) and the second extending portion (208) of the elastomer segment (106) protruding beyond the series of ridges (110) and joined at the head end (112) of the elongated strap (102).


     
    2. The self-locking tie (100) of claim 1, wherein the orifice (124) of the locking head (108) is substantially filled by the tapered end (114) of the elongated strap (102) and the elastomer segment (106) when the orifice (124) of the locking head (108) receives the tapered end (114) of the elongated strap (102) and the elastomer segment (106).
     
    3. The self-locking tie (100) of claim 1 of claim 2, wherein the pair of extending portions (208) of the elastomer segment (106) are joined at the tapered end (114) of the elongated strap (102).
     


    Ansprüche

    1. Selbstverriegelnder Binder (100), umfassend:

    ein längliches Band, das eine erste Oberfläche (116), eine zweite Oberfläche (118), ein Kopfende (112) und ein verjüngtes Ende (114) einschließt, wobei die zweite Oberfläche (118) gegenüber der ersten Oberfläche (116) angeordnet ist und das verjüngte Ende (114) gegenüber dem Kopfende (112) angeordnet ist;

    einen Hohlraum (104), der einen ersten Kanal (202a), der in die erste Oberfläche (116) des länglichen Bands (102) eingelassen und entlang wenigstens eines Abschnitts einer Länge des länglichen Bands (102) angeordnet ist, und einen zweiten Kanal (202b), der in die erste Oberfläche (116) des länglichen Bands (102) eingelassen und entlang wenigstens eines Abschnitts einer Länge des länglichen Bands (102) angeordnet ist, umfasst;

    ein Elastomersegment (106), das ein Paar in Hohlraum eingreifende Abschnitte (206) und ein Paar sich erstreckender Abschnitte (208) einschließt, wobei sich ein erster in Hohlraum eingreifender Abschnitt (206) des Paares in Hohlraum eingreifender Abschnitte (206) innerhalb des ersten Kanals (202a) befindet, sich ein zweiter in Hohlraum eingreifender Abschnitt (206) des Paares in Hohlraum eingreifender Abschnitte (206) innerhalb des zweiten Kanals (202a) befindet, sich ein erster erstreckender Abschnitt (208) des Paares sich erstreckender Abschnitte (208) von dem ersten in Hohlraum eingreifenden Abschnitt (206) erstreckt und sich über die erste Oberfläche (116) hinaus erstreckt, und sich ein zweiter erstreckender Abschnitt (208) des Paares sich erstreckender Abschnitte (208) von dem zweiten in Hohlraum eingreifenden Abschnitt (206) erstreckt und sich über die erste Oberfläche (116) hinaus erstreckt; und

    einen verriegelnden Kopf (108), der sich von dem Kopfende des länglichen Bands (102) erstreckt, wobei der verriegelnde Kopf (108) eine Öffnung (124) umfasst, die zur Aufnahme des verjüngten Endes (114) des länglichen Bands (102) und des Elastomersegments (106) ausgestaltet ist,

    dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass der selbstverriegelnde Binder (100) ferner eine Abfolge von Erhöhungen (110) umfasst, die von der ersten Oberfläche (116) des länglichen Bands (102) vorstehen und sich entlang wenigstens eines Abschnitts einer Breite der ersten Oberfläche (116) des länglichen Bands (102) erstrecken, wobei sich der erste Kanal (202a) und der zweite Kanal (202b) an gegenüberliegenden Seiten der Abfolge von Erhöhungen (110) befinden, und der erste sich erstreckende Abschnitt (208) und der zweite sich erstreckende Abschnitt (208) des Elastomersegments (106) über die Abfolge von Erhöhungen (110) hinaus vorstehen und am Kopfende (112) des länglichen Bands (102) zusammengefügt sind.


     
    2. Selbstverriegelnder Binder (100) nach Anspruch 1, wobei die Öffnung (124) des verriegelnden Kopfes (108) durch das verjüngte Ende (114) des länglichen Bands (102) und das Elastomersegment (106) im Wesentlichen ausgefüllt ist, wenn die Öffnung (124) des verriegelnden Kopfes (108) das verjüngte Ende (114) des länglichen Bands (102) und das Elastomersegment (106) aufnimmt.
     
    3. Selbstverriegelnder Binder (100) nach Anspruch 1 nach Anspruch 2, wobei das Paar sich erstreckender Abschnitte (208) des Elastomersegments (106) am verjüngten Ende (114) des länglichen Bands (102) zusammengefügt sind.
     


    Revendications

    1. Attache autobloquante (100), comprenant :

    une sangle allongée comprenant une première surface (116), une seconde surface (118), une extrémité de tête (112) et une extrémité conique (114), la seconde surface (118) étant disposée à l'opposé de la première surface (116), l'extrémité conique (114) étant disposée à l'opposé de l'extrémité de tête (112) ;

    une cavité (104) comprenant un premier canal (202a) en retrait dans la première surface (116) de la sangle allongée (102) et positionné le long d'au moins une partie d'une longueur de la sangle allongée (102), un second canal (202b) en retrait dans la première surface (116) de la sangle allongée (102) et positionné le long d'au moins une partie d'une longueur de la sangle allongée (102) ;

    un segment d'élastomère (106) comprenant une paire de parties en prise avec la cavité (206) et une paire de parties d'extension (208), une première partie en prise avec la cavité (206) de la paire de parties en prise avec la cavité (206) étant située à l'intérieur du premier canal (202a), une seconde partie en prise avec la cavité (206) de la paire de parties en prise avec la cavité (206) étant située à l'intérieur du second canal (202b), une première partie d'extension (208) de la paire de parties d'extension (208) s'étendant depuis la première partie en prise avec la cavité (206) et s'étendant au-delà de la première surface (116), une seconde partie d'extension (208) de la paire de parties d'extension (208) s'étendant depuis la seconde partie en prise avec la cavité (206) et s'étendant au-delà de la première surface (116) ; et

    une tête de verrouillage (108) s'étendant depuis l'extrémité de tête de la sangle allongée (102), la tête de verrouillage (108) comprenant un orifice (124) formé pour recevoir l'extrémité conique (114) de la sangle allongée (102) et le segment d'élastomère (106),

    caractérisée en ce que l'attache autobloquante (100) comprend en outre une série de nervures (110) faisant saillie de la première surface (116) de la sangle allongée (102) et s'étendant sur au moins une partie d'une largeur de la première surface (116) de la sangle allongée (102), le premier canal (202a) et le second canal (202b) étant situés sur des côtés opposés de la série de nervures (110), la première partie d'extension (208) et la seconde partie d'extension (208) du segment d'élastomère (106) faisant saillie au-delà de la série de nervures (110) et étant jointes au niveau de l'extrémité de tête (112) de la sangle allongée (102).


     
    2. Attache autobloquante (100) selon la revendication 1, l'orifice (124) de la tête de verrouillage (108) étant sensiblement rempli par l'extrémité conique (114) de la sangle allongée (102) et le segment d'élastomère (106) lorsque l'orifice (124) de la tête de verrouillage (108) reçoit l'extrémité conique (114) de la sangle allongée (102) et le segment d'élastomère (106).
     
    3. Attache autobloquante (100) selon la revendication 1 ou 2, la paire de parties d'extension (208) du segment d'élastomère (106) étant jointes au niveau de l'extrémité conique (114) de la sangle allongée (102).
     




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