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Title:
HANDS FREE OPERATION ADHESIVE TAPE DISPENSER
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2009/114770
Kind Code:
A2
Abstract:
A hands free adhesive tape dispenser comprising a protective housing shell consisting of a base, a body with tape cutting blade and a hinged lid/cover, including an interior turning hub for mounting adhesive tape or label rolls, the running end of which is threaded through a discharge opening to which the tape is available for quick access at the U notch where a finger or thumb easily fits to grasp the running end of the tape to pull and cut the desired length on the serrated cutting edge. The end of such tape rests at the dispenser's cutting edge ready for the next retrieval. The base housing comprising a rotary mount to which a role tape hub rides and actuated by movement as the user pulls tape from the dispenser housing during the tape retrieving and cutting process. As tape is severed a new tape end remains adhered until released by the next retrieved application. Hands free dispenser is warn on a person by means of the arm/leg harness attachment, chest harness strap, detachable belt hook device, or attached to an object or wall mount by using the same.

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Inventors:
FREEMAN, Louis, Dale (P.O. Box 7314, Reno, NV, 89510, US)
Application Number:
US2009/037099
Publication Date:
September 17, 2009
Filing Date:
March 13, 2009
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
FREEMAN, Louis, Dale (P.O. Box 7314, Reno, NV, 89510, US)
International Classes:
B65H35/07
Foreign References:
US5961066A
US6085955A
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
HAYDEN, Bruce, E. (Lewis And Roca LLP, 1663 U.S. Hwy. 395 N. Suite 20, Minden NV, 89423, US)
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Claims:

CLAIMS

What is claimed is:

1. A hands free dispenser for dispensing a medium such as a tape comprising: an dispenser body having rounded sidewalls and a bottom plate, wherein: said sidewalls have an opening through which tape can be dispensed; a means for rotably mounting and dispensing the medium coupled to the bottom plate; a means for cutting the medium integrally formed into an outside of the dispenser body; a dispenser lid cover rotatably coupled to the dispenser with a hinge; a means for securing the dispenser lid to the dispenser body; and a means for removably attaching the dispenser body to a person.

2. The hands free dispenser in claim 1 wherein: the means for rotatably mounting and dispensing the medium is a rotating hub on which the medium is mounted.

3. The hands free dispenser in claim 2 wherein: the means for rotatably mounting and dispensing the medium is removably attached to the bottom plate utilizing a post and a screw.

4. The hands free dispenser in claim 3 wherein: a plurality of different rotating hubs of different sizes can be exchangeably utilized as the means for rotatably mounting and dispensing the medium.

5. The hands free dispenser in claim 1 wherein: the dispenser body is oval in shape.

6. The hands free dispenser in claim 1 wherein: the dispenser lid is slightly domelike.

7. The hands free dispenser in claim 1 wherein: the means for removably attaching the dispenser body to the person comprises: a clip for attaching the hands free dispenser to a waist band or belt.

8. The hands free dispenser in claim 1 wherein: the means for removably attaching the dispenser body to the person comprises: a chest harness for attaching the hands free dispenser to a torso.

9. The hands free dispenser in claim 1 wherein: the means for removably attaching the dispenser body to the person comprises: an arm harness for attaching the hands free dispenser to an arm.

10. The hands free dispenser in claim 8 wherein: the arm harness comprises: a first strap and a second strap; a hook fastener material; a loop fastener material, wherein: the arm harness is attached to the arm by engaging the hook fastener material with the loop fastener material.

11. A hands free dispenser for dispensing a medium such as a tape comprising: an dispenser body having rounded sidewalls and a bottom plate and an overall oval shape, said sidewalls having an opening through which tape can be dispensed; a hub for rotably mounting and dispensing the medium coupled to the bottom plate, said hub removably connected to the bottom plate with a removable binding post and screw inserted through a port in the bottom plate; a cutting platform for cutting the medium integrally formed into an outside of the dispenser body; a slightly dome-like dispenser lid cover rotatably coupled to the dispenser with a hinge and a double torsion spring; an automatic latch hook for securing the dispenser lid to the dispenser body; and a means for removably attaching the dispenser body to a person allowing for hands free operation.

Description:

HANDS FREE OPERATION ADHESIVE TAPE DISPENSER

CROSS REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS

This application claims priority to co-pending United States Patent Application Serial Number 12/403,232, filed 12 March 2009, and claims priority to co-pending United States Provisional Patent Application Serial Number 61/069,330, filed 14 March 2008, which are hereby incorporated by reference as if set forth herein.

HELD OF THE INVENTION

This invention relates to hands free tape dispensers, and particularly to hands free tape dispensers for adhesive tape and labels of the sort, which is used in construction sites, auto/marine repair shops, warehouse locations, hospitals, medical care facilities as well as office and home.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

Tape / label dispensers are generally associated with home and office while few can be found among construction, workshop, industrial or medical care environments. Though there has been a constant effort to create tape dispensers that are handy, easy to use and inexpensive most workers in the construction, workshop, industrial or medical care environments are found using the bare roll of tape to tare off small strips to fasten loose ends of masking paper, bandages and the like. With each application the worker can be found setting aside the work at hand to focus entirely on the roll of tape, using both hands to find the tapes end, pulling out a desired length and tarring that desired length by using the thumb and forefinger. With each repetition the roll tape is set down often exposed to foreign airborne matter, dust, dirt, moister and other elements that can compromise the tape composition. Repeating this task of picking up the roll tape, finding the end of tape, pulling the desired amount and tarring it off then setting the tape back down time and again diminishes worker productivity. The - ready to use at any moment - convenience of a tape dispenser can be enhanced by locating the tape dispenser within easy reach of a workman's immediate space. Convenience is also enhanced if the roll tape end can be found easily extended from a protective case without visually looking for it and dispensed from the dispenser by using only one hand. This allows the workman to retrieve a clean dry tape end and dispense the tape without having to remove both-hands, nor eyes from the work item requiring tape.

Many tape dispensers currently on the market require the user to use both hands while distracting the visual attention from the task at hand. This forces the user to remove

both hands and divert sight of the work piece each time a piece of tape is required. Other attempts to address a - hands free -, one hand dispenser of tape include apparatus (like that of a hand masker) with additional tape hub attachments to which a roll of tape is affixed. Although the roll tape remains on hand at the work place, the tape still requires both hands and a visual for dispensing each time the tape is needed. This type of tape dispenser (demanding one hand to hold down the apparatus and the other hand to pull the tape) can be inconvenient where the user repeatedly needs to dispense peaces of tape, which require a repetitive retrieval of the tape dispenser.

Therefore there is need for a case type tape / label dispenser in which the tape or label is protected within an enclosed case that will keep tape / label dry and free of contaminants and can remain easily and conveniently accessible to the user at all times as the user moves from work space to work space. There is also the need of a tape / label dispenser that remains easily and conveniently accessible that the user does not need to remove sight from the work place while retrieving and dispensing the tape. There is also a need of a tape dispenser that does not require the user to pick up and put down the dispenser each time a peace of tape or label is needed. Additionally, there is also a need of a tape / label dispenser in which the tape can be retrieved and the desired length acquired by using only one hand.

To alleviate the problems of the traditional tape dispensers, some have proposed tape dispensers to be clipped or attached to an article of clothing in order for the dispenser to be with the user as the user moves from place to place. U.S. Pat. No. 2,929,540 to Carey discloses a tape dispenser designed to dispense a spool of tape while having a sturdy clip on its backside so the dispenser can be clipped to the users belt. U.S. Pat. No. 3,217,955 to Tinkey discloses a tape dispenser having a pair of slots in its backside to be affixed to a belt, which is worn around a persons waste. U.S. Pat. No. 5,065,925 to Ridenout reveals a tape dispenser hosting a pair of clips, which allows the dispenser to be clipped to an article of clothing such as a pocket or belt. By having the tape dispenser attached to an article of clothing, the user has the tape with them as they move about from work space to work space. By having the tape attached to the body, tape can be found without visually looking for it while only requiring one hand to retrieve and dispense it. These alleviate necessity of picking up and putting down each time tape is needed. However, these dispensers still fall short of a design that will meet the needs of many users.

Some have tried to extend the convenience of tape dispensers by designing them to be worn on the wrist or fingers. U.S. Pat. No. 3,993,230 to Oakes reveals a tape dispenser having one or more openings in which a person's fingers may be extending through to

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support the tape dispenser. U.S. Pat. No. 5,215,236 to Waddell reveals a clip on bracket, which is used to selectively support a conventional disposable type dispenser. Unfortunately, these types of dispensers are generally warn around a users hands, which confine the user from full use of both hands. Other wrist worn tape dispensers such as: U.S. Pat. No. 5,961,066 to Hambleton show a roll tape holding devise strapped to a wrist in which the tape rides on a hub. Unfortunately, the device does not offer any protective measures for the tape nor does the device offer a cutting tool to cut the tape and maintain the end of the tape for easy access. No, although the tape is readily available, a person would have to hunt for the end of the tape, peal off the desired amount, then wrestle with one hand to cut the tape. Also U.S. Pat. No. 6,085,955 to Hicks reveal a wrist mount tape holder with cutter that offers dispensing of small diameter roll tape. Unfortunately, where this device does offer utility for small diameter tape rolls, it does not offer tape protection from debris or the elements, nor does it offer platform for large diameter roll tape typically associated with construction and industrial uses.

While these units mentioned above may be suitable for the particular purpose employed, or for general use, they would not be as suitable for the purposes of the present invention as described hereafter.

BRIEF SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

A hands free adhesive tape dispenser comprising a protective housing shell consisting of a base, a body with tape cutting blade and a hinged lid/cover, including an interior turning hub for mounting adhesive tape or label rolls, the running end of which is threaded through a discharge opening to which the tape is available for quick access at the U notch where a finger or thumb easily fits to grasp the running end of the tape to pull and cut the desired length on the serrated cutting edge. The end of such tape rests at the dispenser's cutting edge ready for the next retrieval. The base housing comprising a rotary mount to which a role tape hub rides and actuated by movement as the user pulls tape from the dispenser housing during the tape retrieving and cutting process. As tape is severed a new tape end remains adhered until released by the next retrieved application. Hands free dispenser is warn on a person by means of the arm/leg harness attachment, chest harness strap, detachable belt hook device, or attached to an object or wall mount by using the same. BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a tape dispenser according to the present invention mounted on a forearm with a roll of tape installed, the free running end of this roll tape is being dispensed;

FIG. 2 is a plan views of the tape dispenser shown in FIG. 1 with a protective lid raised exposing the interior of the invention;

FIG. 3 is a plan view of the tape dispenser shown in FIG. 1 with protective lid raised exposing the interior of the invention with a large (3" core) roll of tape mounted on the hub and the free running end of the tape loaded for immediate retrieval at the finger notch;

FIG. 4 is a top plan of the tape dispenser shown in FIG. 1;

FIG. 5 is a bottom plan of the tape dispenser shown in FIG. 1 with protective lid raised exposing the interior of the invention with a small (e.g. 1" core) roll of tape mounted on the hub and the free running end of the tape loaded for immediate retrieval at the finger notch;

FIG. 6 is a side view of the bottom plate of the tape dispenser shown in FIG. 1 ;

FIG. 7 is a bottom plan showing an attachment clip installed to the tape dispenser shown in FIG. 1 ;

FIGs. 8A- 8D a multiple views of the tape dispenser with attachment clip shown in HG. 7;

FIGs. 9A-9F are multiple views of two sizes of free turning tape roll mounting hubs;

FIG. 10 provides multiple views of the tape cutter;

FIG. 11 provides multiple views of a removable belt clip;

FIG. 12 is a partial view of lid latching assembly in the body sidewall of the tape dispenser shown in FIG. 1 ;

FIG. 13 Provides a partial view of the lid hinge ports and the torsion spring axel assembly located the tape dispenser body shown in FIG. 1 ;

FIG. 14 is a perspective view of the arm harness with tape dispenser mounting straps.

FIG. 15 provides front and back views of a harness for wearing the tape dispenser on a person's chest or lower torso.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

FIGS. 1-15 refers to a hands free tape dispenser 10 for protecting and securely housing a roll of adhesive tape 20 or labels. As shown in FIGs. 1, the tape dispenser 10 is typically made of a plastic material that may be securely fastened onto a user's lower or upper arm (see FIG. 14). As shown in FIG. 7 the tape dispenser may also be securely clipped and worn on the users trouser waste band or belt. The tape dispenser may also be worn as shown in FIG. 15 with an adjustable harness securing the tape dispenser to the user's chest or lower torso.

Referring to FIG. 1, the tape dispenser 10 comprises an oval shaped body with rounded sidewalls 16 and slightly domelike lid cover 18. The body is comprised with an upper and lower segment which are attached to form the rounded sidewall feature. The left sidewall of the tape dispenser shows an opening 34 and a U shaped notch 30. The left side wall opening 34 allows the free running end of the adhesive tape roll 20 to protrude and adhere to the tape rest and cutting platform 22. Adhesive tape is retrieved by inserting a finger or thumb into the U shaped notch 30, grasping the tape, pulling to desired length and applying pressure on the tape against the serrated cutting edge of the tape rest and cut platform 22.

The tape dispenser 10 has a lid 18 attached by a hinge (not shown) to a body with sidewalls 16. It latches shut using the latching structures shown in FIGs. 12 tape or labels are peeled off of a roll of tape or labels 20 and fed through a sidewall tape extraction port opening 34, and then torn off with a cutter 22 at the desired length. In this FIG., the tape dispenser 10 is shown attached to the arm 14 of a user with an arm harness 70 and arm harness retaining straps 72. The tape 20 is shown being torn off by a hand 12 on the arm opposite that to which the tape dispenser 10 is attached.

Referring to FIG 2, access to the interior of the tape dispenser case may be achieved by placing a finger into the concave opening 32 at the top of the tape dispenser and depressing the automatic latch hook or lid latch assembly 24, which opens the lid/cover 18. When the lid/cover is open, access is provided to a rotary hub mount 36 on which a roll of adhesive tape 20 can be placed to securely rotate upon. The lid/cover 18 is closed by pressing the lid latch platform 32 on the lid 18. The lid 18 is attached to the body 16 of the tape dispenser 10 utilizing a hinge boss/torsion spring axel 48 with a double torsion spring 28. Also shown are the opening for tape, a U-shaped notch opening 30, and tape rest and cut platform 22. Also shown, the bottom plate 52 of the tape dispenser offers four rectangle openings 42 that the arm harness 70 straps 72 are threaded through. This FIG. also shows the securing braces 40 that hold the removable belt clip attachment in place.

Referring now to FIG 3, with the tape dispenser lid 18 open a large roll (e.g. 3" core) roll of adhesive tape 20 is pressed upon the rotary hub mount 36. The free running end of the roll tape is threaded through the left side opening of the tape dispenser body and adhered to the rest and cut platform 22. The lid 18 is then closed in the same fashion as referred to earlier.

FIG. 4 shown an opened tape dispenser lid 18 with a small (1 inch core) tape mounting hub 38 installed. The hub 38 is mounted utilizing a connecting screw and cap 26

inserted through a port 46 in the bottom plate 52 (see FIG. 6). FIG. 5 shows tape 20 installed on the small tape mounting hub 38 shown in FIG. 4.

Now referring to FIG. 6, a side view of the bottom plate 52 shows the nature of the securing braces 40 that hold the removable belt clip attachment. This view also reveals the stationary hub in which the free turning tape mount turns upon. Also shown attached to the bottom plate 52 is a port 46 for removable binding post and screw for attaching the rotating wheels or hubs 36, 38 on which the tape 20 is installed.

Referring to FIG. 7, a bottom plan view 52 of the tape dispenser is seen with the removable belt clip attachment 44 held securely in place by the securing braces 40. Adjacent to FIG 7, FIGs. 8A-8D reveal multiple views of the removable belt clip attachment.

FIGs. 9A-9F shown multiple views of a large (typically 3 inch) wheel hub 36 and small (typically 1 inch) wheel or hub 38.

Referring to FIG. 10 we can see multiple views of the tape cutter.

FIG. 11 offers multiple views of the detachable belt clip 44.

FIG. 12 shows an automatic latch hook 24 /lid latch assembly in the body sidewall 16 of the tape dispenser 10. When installed in the body sidewall 16, it latches the lid 18 to close the tape dispenser, and then by depressing the button on the automatic latch hook 24, the tape dispenser 10 spring activated lid 18 swings open.

FIG. 13 shows a partial view of the open ports for the lid axels to be inserted and a hinge/ torsion spring axel 48 for which the double torsion springs 28 are installed 48 to provide tension for the lid 18 to open when the automatic latch hook 24 is depressed.

FIG. 14 offers a perspective of the arm harness 70 working in concert with the tape dispenser. Notable features such as the harness straps 72 are threaded through the securing ports of the tape dispenser allowing the tape dispenser to ride securely in place.

As seen in FIG. 14, the arm harness 70, has two securing straps 72. Each strap 72 is comprised of hook material (such as VELCRO®) 76. These harness straps with hook material are used to secure the arm harness comprising the loop material to the desired tension on the arm by allowing the hook material to adhere to the loop material 76 attached to the harness70.

FIG. 15 offers a perspective of the utility of the tape dispenser 10 as it is worn by using the removable chest harness 80. Shown are the chest harness 80 with chest harness straps 82 attaching the chest harness 80 to a user's body. In this example, one strap goes around the chest of the user under his arms, and another strap 82 goes over one shoulder. The two straps 82 are connected in either the front and/or the back with an adjustable strap

retaining buckle 86 which allows adjustment of the strap 82 or the user's shoulder. The chest harness straps 82 are opened and closed with a strap retaining buckle 84. The type of buckle shown is a typical plastic tongue and flange type fixation clip or buckle which also allows for adjustment of the strap 82 around the user's chest.

The tape dispenser 10 comprises a many possibilities of fastening means. According to the preferred embodiment, the fastening means 70 is a nylon type fabric in which a hook and loop material is attached to offer the securing properties to hold the harness in place. Another preferred embodiment is the detachable clip 44 typically made from the same plastic type material as the tape dispenser body. The other preferred embodiment is the detachable harness 80, usually made of a nylon type material, is comprised of adjustable straps with a securing hook and eye type closure.

Those skilled in the art will recognize that modifications and variations can be made without departing from the spirit of the invention. Therefore, it is intended that this invention encompass all such variations and modifications as fall within the scope of the appended claims.