Title:
GRIP & ROLL IN PLACE STRING (G.R.i.P.-String)
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
A grip & roll in place string (G.R.i.P.-String) technique is described for the purpose of fastening or securing items that require additional physical support. The inventive device includes standard nylon string material with an integrated hook & loop section for increased gripping after the string has been tied. The string material is 100% multifilament nylon (FIG. 1, item 15). It is available in colors and resistant to chemicals and abrasion and is non-spliceable. The ‘Hook & Loop’ sections are integrated into the nylon string material. They consist of alternating minute hooks and loop pile that are integrated in a 45 degree angle (FIG. 2, item 30) to the string 0 degree line (FIG. 2, item 25) detail) from end-to-end of the ‘Hook & Loop’ section. The tie-through eye (FIG. 1, item 10) is a means to attach the G.R.i.P.-String fastener to the object that requires additional physical fastening support.



Inventors:
Henderson, Walter Mark (Ridgecrest, CA, US)
Application Number:
12/189711
Publication Date:
03/11/2010
Filing Date:
09/08/2008
Primary Class:
Other Classes:
24/18, 428/395
International Classes:
A44B18/00
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Primary Examiner:
LEE, MICHAEL S
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
WALTER MARK HENDERSON (RIDGECREST, CA, US)
Claims:
1. A method for physically securing items comprising: providing an original method using standard nylon string or rope material with an integrated hook & loop section for increased physical gripping of physical object; physically securing of said physical object based on said analysis.

2. The device of claim one further comprising the steps of: optimizing dimensional relationships for the parts of the invention; including variations in size, materials, shape, form, function and manner of operation, assembly and use; and physically securing of said physical object based on said analysis.

3. The method of claim three further comprising the steps of: providing exceptional lifetime compared to other types of physical fastener devices; and physically securing of said physical object based on said analysis.

4. The method of claim four further comprising the steps of: providing additional physical attachment security on clothing, equipment and accessories; and physically securing of said physical object based on said analysis.

Description:

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

1. Field of the Invention

The present invention relates generally to fastening string and more specifically it relates to a grip & roll in place string (G.R.i.P.-String) for the purpose of fastening or securing items that require additional support.

2. Description of the Prior Art

It can be appreciated that fastening strings have been in use for years. Typically, fastening devices are comprised of existing fastener products commonly found in the marketplace which includes cable ties, rope, string, wire ties and Velcro tape.

The main problem with existing products is as follows; cable ties fail due to fatigue of the plastic material after repeated use, wire ties fail due to metal fatigue caused by repeated twisting, Velcro tape is the incorrect form factor for the fastening many of the items that G.R.i.P-String is designed for. In addition rope and string can become loose during use which can lead to damage or loss of the item(s) being fastened.

While these devices may be suitable for the particular purpose to which they address, they are not as suitable for addressing items which need more robust fastening support with the added easy unfastening convenience offered by G.R.i.P-String. The purpose of my invention is for fastening or securing items that require additional support.

In these respects, the grip G.R.i.P-String according to the present invention substantially departs from the conventional concepts and designs of the prior art, and in so doing provides an apparatus primarily developed for the purpose of fastening or securing items that require additional support with added easy unfastening convenience.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

In view of the foregoing disadvantages inherent in the known types of fastening string now present in the prior art, the present invention provides a new grip & roll in place string (G.R.i.P.-String) construction wherein the same can be utilized for the purpose of fastening or securing items that require additional support with added easy unfastening convenience.

The general purpose of the present invention, which will be described subsequently in greater detail, is to provide a new G.R.i.P.-String that has many of the advantages of the fastening string mentioned heretofore and many novel features that result in a new fastening string which is not anticipated, rendered obvious, suggested, or even implied by any of the prior art fastening string, either alone or in any combination thereof.

To attain this, the present invention generally comprises components of my invention that includes standard nylon string material with an integrated hook & loop section for increased gripping after the string has been tied. The string material is 100% multifilament nylon (FIG. 1, item 15). It is available in colors and resistant to chemicals and abrasion and is non-spliceable. The ‘Hook & Loop’ sections are integrated into the nylon string material. They consist of alternating minute hooks and loop pile that are integrated in a 45 degree angle (FIG. 2, item 30) to the string 0 degree line (FIG. 2, item 25) from end-to-end of the ‘Hook & Loop’ section. The tie-through eye (FIG. 1, item 10) is a means to attach the G.R.i.P.-String fastener to the item(s) that requires additional fastening support.

There has thus been outlined, rather broadly, the more important features of the invention in order that the detailed description thereof may be better understood, and in order that the present contribution to the art may be better appreciated. There are additional features of the invention that will be described hereinafter.

In this respect, before explaining at least one embodiment of the invention in detail, it is to be understood that the invention is not limited in its application to the details of construction and to the arrangements of the components set forth in the following description or illustrated in the drawings. The invention is capable of other embodiments and of being practiced and carried out in various ways. Also, it is to be understood that the phraseology and terminology employed herein are for the purpose of the description and should not be regarded as limiting.

A primary object of the present invention is to provide a G.R.i.P.-String that will overcome the shortcomings of the prior art devices.

An object of the present invention is to provide a G.R.i.P.-String for fastening or securing items that require additional support.

GRiP-String is composed of standard nylon string material with an integrated hook & loop section for increased gripping after the string has been tied. GRiP-String product lifetime is exceptional in that it will not become inoperative due to fatigue compared to other types of fastener devices. GRiP-String is a means to secure the components on the following items; shoes, jackets, zippers on multiple items like back and fanny packs, cables, sporting accessories and equipment.

Other objects and advantages of the present invention will become obvious to the reader and it is intended that these objects and advantages are within the scope of the present invention.

To the accomplishment of the above and related objects, this invention may be embodied in the form illustrated in the accompanying drawings, attention being called to the fact, however, that the drawings are illustrative only, and that changes may be made in the specific construction illustrated.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

Various other objects, features and attendant advantages of the present invention will become fully appreciated as the same becomes better understood when considered in conjunction with the accompanying drawings, in which like reference characters designate the same or similar parts throughout the several views, and wherein:

FIG. 1 is a cross-sectional view of the G.R.i.P.-String invention where it is broken down into separate integrated components; 15 is the standard string material, 10 is the eyelet for tying back through itself if desired and 20 is the loop & hook material for gripping the string after tying;

FIG.2 is an exploded view of the G.R.i.P. String ‘Hook & Loop’ section and it's orientation to the string which consists of alternating minute hooks and loop pile that are integrated in a 45 degree angle (FIG. 2, item 30) to the string 0 degree line (FIG. 2, item 25) detail) from end-to-end of the ‘Hook & Loop’ section;

FIG.3 is a perspective view of the G.R.i.P. String prototype where each end is displayed by itself;

FIG.4 is a perspective view of the G.R.i.P. String prototype where each end is displayed in the grip & roll in place mode.

DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT

Turning now descriptively to the drawings, in which similar reference characters denote similar elements throughout the several views, the attached figures illustrate a G.R.i.P.-String, which comprises standard nylon string material with an integrated hook & loop section for increased gripping after the string has been tied. The string material is 100% multifilament nylon (FIG. 1, item 15). It is available in colors and resistant to chemicals and abrasion and is non-spliceable. The ‘Hook & Loop’ sections are integrated into the nylon string material. They consist of alternating minute hooks and loop pile that are integrated in a 45 degree angle (FIG. 2, item 30) to the string 0 degree line (FIG. 2, item 25) detail) from end-to-end of the ‘Hook & Loop’ section. The tie-through eye (FIG. 1, item 10) is a means to attach the G.R.i.P.-String fastener to the object that requires additional fastening support.

The G.R.i.P.-String interconnections are integrated in the single composite unit. Alternate G.R.i.P.-String variations include different string diameter, color, strand numbers, and braid types.

The main object of the invention is to provide a device that fastens or secures items that require additional support. GRiP-String is composed of standard nylon string material with an integrated hook & loop section for increased gripping after the string has been tied. GRiP-String product lifetime is exceptional in that it will not become inoperative due to fatigue compared to other types of fastener devices. GRiP-String is a means to secure the following items; shoes, jackets, zippers on multiple items like back and fanny packs, cables, sporting accessories and equipment.

As to a further discussion of the manner of usage and operation of the present invention, the same should be apparent from the above description. Accordingly, no further discussion relating to the manner of usage and operation will be provided.

With respect to the above description then, it is to be realized that the optimum dimensional relationships for the parts of the invention, to include variations in size, materials, shape, form, function and manner of operation, assembly and use, are deemed readily apparent and obvious to one skilled in the art, and all equivalent relationships to those illustrated in the drawings and described in the specification are intended to be encompassed by the present invention.

Therefore, the foregoing is considered as illustrative only of the principles of the invention. Further, since numerous modifications and changes will readily occur to those skilled in the art, it is not desired to limit the invention to the exact construction and operation shown and described, and accordingly, all suitable modifications and equivalents may be resorted to, falling within the scope of the invention.