FIELD OF THE INVENTION
The present is directed to a hand held implement which
may also be carried as an attachment to one's belt, harness or work area. The invention
is ideally directed to commercial uses in an office or warehouse environment, as
it includes multiple fastening means typically utilized in those environs. As described
and claimed below, this invention is directed to an ergonomically designed fastening
device to facilitate comfortable and easy multi-purpose uses and which may be clipped
to another article. The invention is directed to the use of staples, small brad
nails or similar fasteners, however, the invention also includes an integral tape
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
In the past, traditional fastening implements were generally
directed to performance of a single task, such as a stapler or a tape dispenser.
In addition, these implements generally were either small light duty desk implements
or large and bulky industrial devices. Moreover, these fastening devices typically
had no means by which they may be easily carried by the user and maintained at the
ready in any environment to perform a multitude of fastening tasks, for example
in a warehouse operation. Lastly, the repetitive use of a hand held implement such
as a stapler often led to fatigue of the user's hand, and, in extreme cases, to
medical and neurological issues such as carpal tunnel syndrome.
Prior attempts have been made to design multi-functional
fastening devices to incorporate the stapling and tape dispensing function. For
U.S. Patent No. 4,727,610, to Lin
discloses and claims a stapler with integral tape dispenser. That device,
however, does not satisfy the need for a multifunction device in a commercial or
industrial environment. The device it is a light duty design with no means by which
it may be attached to a belt or another article and it is essentially a formed device
with rectangular leg portions, ill suited to the repetitive and frequent use as
such use would quickly lead to hand and nerve fatigue and associated problems.
Others have utilized a curved shape in a stapling device,
U.S. Patent No. 6,152,347, to Wilson, et al
. Once again, however, these devices have no incorporated stapling and
tape dispensing function, nor do they contemplate a conveyance and attachment mechanism
to provide quick and efficient use in any situation.
In conjunction with the less than efficient use, the previously
designed devices are typically designed to rest either upright or on only one outer
surface, and will not be balanced and stable when rested in any number of positions,
such as on one of their leg portions or on an end. This leads to dropping the device,
having it fall off the work surface and generally having to fumble with the device
rather than being able to quickly rest the device on a surface and grab it when
necessary without concern to its resting orientation.
Finally, with the tremendous utility of a device as contemplated
in the present invention, it is essential that it have surface imprinting areas
for advertising or graphics. The contemplated invention would be most desirable
and would be a valuable promotional item for those businesses which provide services
or products to commercial or industrial operations.
What is needed is a versatile and attachable multi-function
fastening device which is designed with the industrial or commercial user in mind.
Such a device must be efficient and easy to comfortably use for multiple fastening
tasks and must be designed to be always within reach of the user.
SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
The present invention is directed to provide the user in
a commercial or industrial setting with a multi-function fastening device. Another
object of the invention is to provide the fastening device which will be readily
available at all times and provide ergonomic comfort for continuous and frequent
use. A furher object of the invention is to provide a device which is highly desirable
and will become a valuable promotional item, and accordingly, must have smooth and
flat surfaces on which a business or professional's advertizing or desired graphics
may be imprinted.
The present invention accomplishes these and other objectives
by providing a multi-functional fastening implement which has ergonomically contoured
and cushioned grips, numerous positions in which it may rest on a surface and many
flat smooth surfaces on which material may be imprinted. The Combination stapler
with tape dispenser, as it will be known, is envisioned to have many differing embodiments,
based on the needs of the intended user. It will primarily dispense a fastening
means of staples or small brad nails, with concurrent capability to dispense any
type of tape product which is available in roll form. These products could include
adhesive tape, carpet tape, fiber tape or any other similar functioning roll product.
The Combination stapler with tape dispenser, however, is
far more than a simple fastening device. It is designed and configured to be easily
grasped, and to be carried by the user so as to be constantly ready to use. To accomplish
these objectives, the Combination stapler with tape dispenser first incorporates
ergonomic contoured and cushioned grip leg portions. The use of these contoured
cushioned surfaces facilitates tireless use of the device with less likelihood of
developing hand fatigue and neurological symptoms commonly associated with continuous
repetitive had tasks. Additionally, the Combination stapler with tape dispenser
is designed so it may be placed on its end, its legs or flat on its sides upon any
work surface. As such, the user need not be concerned about carefully placing the
device on the work surface between uses. The multitude of resting surfaces inhibits
its falling, rolling or otherwise becoming displaced from the work surface. This
ease of use leads to more efficient use of the device and less fumbling and blind
reaching for the device during use.
Moreover, the Combination stapler with tape dispenser may
incorporate an integral mounting for a belt clip or other common attaching device.
As such, the Combination stapler with tape dispenser is truly designed for an industrial
or commercial setting, as it may be easily transported yet remain constantly at
the ready for any fastening task which one may encounter.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
These and other aspects of the invention will now be described
with reference to the accompanying drawings, in which:
DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION
FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a preferred embodiment of the Combination
stapler with tape dispenser assembly, which depicts the contoured ergonomic grip
of the stapling leg as well as the stapling and tape dispensing portions of the
FIG. 2 is a side view of a preferred embodiment of the Combination stapler
with tape dispenser assembly, which depicts the tape dispensing and stapling functions
at opposite ends of the device, the two ergonomic gripping legs and a raised circular
surface upon which graphical or advertising materials may be imprinted.
FIG. 3 is a top view of a preferred embodiment of the Combination stapler
with tape dispenser assembly, which again depicts the tape dispenser and the ergonomic
grip of one leg of the invention.
FIG. 4 is an end view of a preferred embodiment of the Combination stapler
with tape dispenser assembly, which depicts the contours of both of the legs as
well as the stapling head portion of the invention.
FIG. 5 is a view of the opposite end of a preferred embodiment of the Combination
stapler with tape dispenser assembly, which depicts the tape dispensing mechanism.
FIG. 6 is a bottom view of a preferred embodiment of the Combination stapler
with tape dispenser assembly, which depicts the contoured grip of the staple forming
leg, as it incorporates both a contoured portion for gripping and a flat portion
which provides a stable and non-slip surface upon which the Combination stapler
with tape dispenser may rest.
The Combination stapler with tape dispenser comprises a
multi-functional device which incorporates a staple fastening portion and a tape
dispensing portion within an ergonomic assembly for ease of use. As shown in FIG.
1, the Combination stapler with tape dispenser 1, is comprised of a stapling
leg 2, which is attached to a staple forming leg 3, through a pivoting
connection 4. Referring to FIGS. 1 and 4, a preferred embodiment of the Combination
stapler with tape dispenser a conventional stapling head 5, is mounted within
the stapling leg 2. On this stapling leg 2, a cushioned grip
2a, provides a comfortable and efficient contoured gripping surface, which
optionally may further include non-slip surface projections 2b, or indentations.
As shown in FIGS. 1, 2 and 3, the stapling head
5, in the preferred embodiment mates with a forming plate 6, which
is mounted atop the staple forming leg 3. This forming leg 3 also
includes a similar cushioned grip surface 3a, which is curved and contoured
toward the gripping end 3c, and proceeds to a flat portion 3d, that
extends along the bottom length of the Combination stapler with tape dispenser
1. On the inwardly facing surface of the forming leg 3, a relieved
section 3e, permits the user to utilize the stapling function of the Combination
stapler with tape dispenser while a fully sized tape roll 8, remains loaded
on the invention. Referring to FIGS. 2 and 6, the flat portion 3d, is utilized
to provide a non-slip surface on which the device may be rested on a surface. The
forming leg surface 3a may similarly include non-slip projections
Referring to FIGS. 2 and 5, the tape dispensing spool
6, is oriented in the preferred embodiment to be opposite the stapling head
5 of the Combination stapler with tape dispenser. The spool 6 is aligned
with a cutting edge 7, so the tape 8 may be cut to size upon dispensing.
These figures also depict a raised circular boss 9, at the pivot connection
4 location, between the stapling leg 2, and the staple forming leg
3. This boss 9 is included in the preferred embodiment to provide
a prominent surface on which graphical or advertising materials may be imprinted.
The use of this area for imprinting diminishes the prospects that the imprinting
will fade or become worn off from repeated hand gripping, as would be the case of
imprinting on a surface of one or both of the leg portions.
FIG. 5 further depicts the clip opening 10, into
which a belt clip or other attachment means would be inserted for ready attachment
to another article.
Although the depicted preferred embodiment describes a
device for use with staples and adhesive tape, the contemplated invention is not
so limited. Embodiments are within the scope of this invention that use small brad
nails, pins, tacks or any other fastening means which may be loaded into a stapling
type device. Associated with these embodiments, the pivot connection 4, of
the invention which maintains the preferred embodiment in a typical "stapling" position
may be released in a conventional manner, so as to permit the stapling leg and staple
forming leg to be aligned 180° with respect to one another, to permit driving
fasteners into a surface without need of the forming plate.
Similarly, while the preferred embodiment depicts the Combination
stapler with tape dispenser loaded with what appears to be ordinary adhesive tape
8, it may be utilized with any roll formed product, including but not limited
to as carpet tape, double sided tape, drywall tape, fiberglass joint tape. As such,
the contemplated device loaded, for example, with brad nails and drywall tape presents
a heavy duty industrial application which is equally within the contemplated scope
of the invention as that of a common staple/adhesive tape loaded Combination stapler
with tape dispenser.
Finally, although the preferred embodiment depicts the
Combination stapler with tape dispenser as having a raised boss 9, for imprinted
material, it is contemplated that any of the numerous generally flat surfaces of
the Combination stapler with tape dispenser are well suited for and may be utilized
for the imprinting of graphical or advertising material for the purposes of advertising