Molding of fastening hooks and other devices

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United States of America Patent

PATENT NO 6163939
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09194898

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Methods of forming mold cavities (1) suitable for hook and loop fastening (100), along with effective hook construction and hook and loop fastener products that have an ultrathin cross section (118). Photochemical techniques are employed to form plates (250) that define hook-form mold cavities (1), and, alternatively, chemical etching is employed following preforming of the cavities and machining. Included are hooks having three-dimensional tapers with enhanced loop engaging characteristics. By utilization of special surface finishes and tolerances, hook fasteners, having ultrathin cross sections (118) are realized, that pave the way for practical use of touch fasteners in a wide range of new areas.

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VELCRO BVBADEINZE, BE198

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Condon, Mark Joseph Reading, MA 3 98
Dowd, Clinton Goffstown, NH 18 335
Filion, Scott M Newmarket, NH 21 382
Grulke, Peter E Fremont, NH 3 104
Jens, Stephen C Winchester, MA 31 485
Kaparis, Evangelos Manchester, NH 2 65
Lacey, Thomas G Derry, NH 7 255
Pollard, Samuel White Durham, NH 5 174
Provost, George A Litchfield, NH 83 1929
Van, Stumpf James Goffstown, NH 2 94

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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
YKK CORPORATION (2)
* 5131119 Hook structure for integrally molded surface fastener 57 1991
* 5604963 Hook structure for molded surface fastener 20 1995
 
John H. Blanz Company, Inc. (1)
* 4725221 Improved machine for continuously producing an element of a separable fastener 37 1986
 
DONNELLY CORPORATION (1)
* 5538674 Method for reproducing holograms, kinoforms, diffractive optical elements and microstructures 61 1993
 
The Procter & Gamble Company (2)
* 5058247 Mechanical fastening prong 101 1990
* 5116563 Process for producing a mechanical fastener 67 1990
 
VELCRO INDUSTRIES B.V. (4)
* 4775310 Apparatus for making a separable fastener 144 1986
* 4984339 Hook for hook and loop fasteners 135 1988
* 5315740 Hook for hook and loop fasteners 67 1992
* 5339499 Hook design for a hook and loop fastener 65 1993
 
MOTOROLA, INC. (1)
* 5348616 Method for patterning a mold 67 1993
* Cited By Examiner

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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (2)
* 7241126 Apparatus for imparting protusions and recesses and product 0 2001
* 2004/0091,563 Apparatus for imparting protusions and recesses and product 4 2003
 
MIKRO SYSTEMS, INC. (10)
8540913 Methods for manufacturing three-dimensional devices and devices created thereby 0 2007
7785098 Systems for large area micro mechanical systems 39 2007
8062023 Methods for manufacturing three-dimensional devices and devices created thereby 2 2008
* 2009/0084,933 Methods for Manufacturing Three-Dimensional Devices and Devices Created Thereby 12 2008
9208916 Methods for manufacturing three-dimensional devices and devices created thereby 0 2008
* 2008/0246,180 Methods for Manufacturing Three-Dimensional Devices and Devices Created Thereby 10 2008
9315663 Systems, devices, and/or methods for manufacturing castings 25 2009
8940210 Methods for manufacturing three-dimensional devices and devices created thereby 0 2010
8598553 Methods for manufacturing three-dimensional devices and devices created thereby 2 2011
8813824 Systems, devices, and/or methods for producing holes 2 2012
 
APLIX (5)
* 8281463 Intermediate fixing element 2 2005
* 2008/0229,556 Intermediate Fixing Element 14 2005
8522407 Insertion block for the formation of a hook field on an injection-moulded object, and a moulded object comprising a hook field of this type 1 2008
9278469 Injection-moulded article comprising a field of hooks obtained by moulding 0 2009
* 2011/0111,165 INJECTION-MOULDED ARTICLE COMPRISING A FIELD OF HOOKS OBTAINED BY MOULDING 6 2009
 
Velera Industries (1)
7192266 Molding device inserts 2 2004
 
3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY (3)
* 6800234 Method for making a molded polymeric article 10 2001
* 2004/0207,112 Method for making a molded polymeric article 0 2004
9694538 Articles having a multilayer structure including undercut features interlocked with an adhesive, and methods of making same 0 2014
 
OSSUR HF (1)
9474334 Fastener member for affixation to a structure in an orthopedic device and method for securing the same 0 2013
 
The Procter & Gamble Company (3)
* 2003/0049,407 Disposable cleaning sheets comprising a plurality of protrusions for removing debris from surfaces 33 2002
* 2003/0044,569 Disposable cleaning sheets comprising a plurality of protrusions for removing debris from surfaces 54 2002
* 2006/0272,115 Disposable cleaning sheets comprising a plurality of protrusions for removing debris from surfaces 5 2006
 
Velern Industries B.V. (1)
* 7225510 Fastener product 4 2003
 
VELCRO BVBA (23)
* 6543099 Varying the loop engageability of fastener element arrays 23 2000
* 6960314 Molding of fastening hooks and other devices 4 2000
* 2002/0125,605 Molding of fastening hooks and other devices 6 2000
6904649 Direct hook engagement 3 2002
* 6671935 Varying the loop engageability of fastener element arrays 12 2002
* 2004/0172,793 Fastener product 0 2003
8082637 Low profile touch fastener 8 2003
7520033 Multiple-crook male touch fastener elements 8 2003
7373699 Plastic sheet reinforcement 2 2003
* 2005/0081,345 Low profile touch fastener 3 2003
8314283 Medical wraps 6 2003
7516524 Hook fastener components and methods of their manufacture 22 2005
* 2006/0200,951 Hook fastener components and methods of their manufacture 1 2005
7217119 Fastener molding 3 2005
* 2006/0263,463 Fastener molding 1 2005
RE40858 Fastener element molding 1 2006
7641469 Fastener molding 0 2007
7806677 Molding apparatus and related systems and methods 0 2007
8231816 Medical wraps 0 2009
9090005 Blown film fastening 0 2012
9210970 Touch fastening 0 2013
9504295 Releasable fastenings with barriers 1 2015
9781980 Releasable fastenings with barriers 0 2016
 
Velcro Industries B.V., a Curacao (1)
* 2002/0190,418 Continuous molding of fastener products with a mold belt 9 2002
 
KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE, INC. (7)
* 2004/0133,179 Thin, flexible micro-hook system for a feminine care article 16 2003
7041091 Packaging system and method for personal care absorbent articles 4 2003
* 2005/0131,376 Packaging system and method for personal care absorbent articles 0 2003
* 2005/0131,372 Absorbent articles with removable protective wing portions 6 2003
7083603 Packaging configuration and method for personal care absorbent articles 0 2003
* 2005/0137,565 Packaging configuration and method for personal care absorbent articles 0 2003
* 2008/0134,476 Fastener having adjustable fastening strength 0 2006
 
VELCRO INDUSTRIES B.V. (9)
6524507 Process and apparatus for forming fastener elements 18 2000
6930277 Fastener element molding 0 2002
* 7214334 Continuous molding of fastener products 16 2002
* 2003/0127,769 Fastener members and apparatus for their fabrication 3 2003
* 2005/0081,343 Touch fastener element loop retention 0 2003
* 2005/0170,157 Composite products and methods of forming such products 19 2004
* 2005/0244,756 Etch rate control 1 2004
* 2006/0200,952 Touch fastener element loop retention 3 2006
* 2007/0029,695 Methods of producing fastener products 9 2006
 
QUANTA COMPUTER INC. (1)
* 2004/0198,442 Multiple functions transmitting apparatus for mobile phone 4 2002
 
Velero Industries B.V. (1)
7716792 Touch fastener elements 2 2003
* Cited By Examiner