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1. (WO1998051953) QUICK-RELEASE CLAMP

Pub. No.:    WO/1998/051953    International Application No.:    PCT/US1998/009609
Publication Date: Fri Nov 20 00:59:59 CET 1998 International Filing Date: Thu May 14 01:59:59 CEST 1998
IPC: F16L 3/10
F16L 3/123
F16L 55/035
Applicants: ALLISON ENGINE COMPANY, INC.
HANNAH, Mark, A.
PEREZ, Lucas, R.
Inventors: HANNAH, Mark, A.
PEREZ, Lucas, R.
Title: QUICK-RELEASE CLAMP
Abstract:
An apparatus (20) for clamping an object to a surface. The apparatus includes a first clamping portion (22, 82, 102), a second clamping portion (24, 84, 104) and an articulated hinge (26) that joins the two portions together. The first clamping portion (22, 82, 102) defines a through slot (34, 46) to which the second clamping portion (24, 84, 104) can be releaseably connected by a spring (32) that cooperates with the slot to form the releaseable connection. The spring (32) is generally in the shape of a V (33). A thumb tab (51) on the spring can release the spring from the slot (34, 46) without the need to remove the clamp (20) from the surface.