US 9,810,284 B2
Tension link for a belt splicer
Timothy Glen Shaw, Stoney Creek (CA)
Assigned to Shaw-Almex Industries Ltd., Parry Sound, Ontario (CA)
Appl. No. 14/9,595
Filed by Timothy Glen Shaw, Stoney Creek (CA)
PCT Filed Apr. 4, 2012, PCT No. PCT/CA2012/000334
§ 371(c)(1), (2), (4) Date Oct. 3, 2013,
PCT Pub. No. WO2012/135945, PCT Pub. Date Oct. 11, 2012.
Claims priority of application No. 1105764.3 (GB), filed on Apr. 4, 2011.
Prior Publication US 2014/0014275 A1, Jan. 16, 2014
Int. Cl. F16G 3/16 (2006.01); F16G 3/10 (2006.01); B65H 21/00 (2006.01); B30B 15/04 (2006.01); B29C 65/00 (2006.01)
CPC F16G 3/16 (2013.01) [B29C 66/4324 (2013.01); B29C 66/855 (2013.01); B30B 15/04 (2013.01); B65H 21/00 (2013.01); F16G 3/10 (2013.01); B29C 66/4322 (2013.01)] 15 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A tension-link for a belt-splicer, wherein:
the tension-link has the capability to be used with an associated machine, being a machine that:
(a) has upper and lower force-transmitting surfaces; and
(b) is so arranged as to urge those two surfaces forcefully apart, during operation;
the tension-link includes an upper boss and a lower boss;
the bosses are made of metal;
the tension-link includes a tension-member with a fixed operational length;
the two bosses are linked together by the tension-member, and are prevented from moving apart along the operational length, during operation, by the tension-member;
the upper boss has an upper load-receiving metal surface, which, in operation, receives force at least indirectly from the upper force-transmitting surface of the machine;
the lower boss has a lower load-receiving metal surface, which, in operation, receives force at least indirectly from the lower force-transmitting surface of the machine;
the tension-link includes a pliable plastic covering;
the plastic covering is molded over and encapsulates the two bosses and the tension member;
the plastic covering is so configured that:
(a) substantially all of the tension-member is covered;
(b) substantially none of the plastic covering lies in the load-line of the tension member;
(c) the upper load-receiving metal surface is uncovered; and
(d) the lower load-receiving metal surface is uncovered.