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1. (WO1993016930) ATTACHE, NOTAMMENT ATTACHE POUR SAC
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The present invention relates to a bag clip and then particularly to a bag clip which is intended for tightly sealing plastic bags at any location along the height of the bag or at a location adjacent the bag opening. The clip is a single piece structure which comprises two limbs or bars which are pivotally joined together at respective one ends thereof and which have bag-engaging surfaces which are intended to receive therebetween that portion of the bag where a seal is to be effected when the limbs are moved together with said bag portion located therebetween. The other ends of the limbs have a manually openable snaplock which closes automatically when the limbs are brought together.

A bag clip of this kind is known from the publication EP-A-0 156 779. Although this clip functions exceedingly well for the purpose for which it is intended, the construction of the clip is, nevertheless, relatively complicated, therewith rendering the moulding tool or pressing tool used to manufacture the clip relatively expensive. Furthermore, because of its complicated construction, the clip cannot be manufactured in comparatively small sizes, for reasons of a technical nature. The object of the present invention is to provide a clip of less complicated construction, so that the clip can be manufactured, as by injection moulding or extrusion processes, in a less expensive manner and in smaller dimensions than can the known clips, while maintaining material consumption at a relatively low level.

Also known to the art is a bag sealing clip as described in U.S. Patent Specification 4,847,956. This known clip comprises two limbs which are hinged together at one end thereof, so as to clamp tight on the open end of a flexible bag. The other ends of the limbs are held together by a multi-step latch and the clip is able to accommodate bag materials of different thicknesses as a result of an expandable hinge structure. This clip structure, however, is highly complicated and lies outside the general purview of the invention.

For the sake of completeness, reference can also be made to U.S. Patent Specification 3,805,813, which teaches an automatic hair clasp. This hair clasp, however, has little resemblance to the inventive bag clip.

The novel, characteristic features of the inventive clip are set forth in respective characterizing clauses of the following Claims.

The invention will now be described in more detail with reference to an exemplifying embodiment of an inventive bag clip and also with reference to the accompany schematic drawings, in which

Figure 1 is a perspective view of a preferred embodiment of an inventive clip, showing the clip in its open • position;

Figure 2 is a side view of the clip shown in Figure 1;

Figure 3 is a front view of the clip shown in Figure 1 and in Figure 2;

Figure 4 shows the clip of Figure 1 from above; and

Figure 5 shows the clip when closed, with bag material clamped between the limbs of the clip.

The clip is a one-piece structure made of a plastic material of suitable resiliency or elasticity and produced in accordance with a known process, such as injection moulding, plastic moulding or pressure moulding or extrusion processes, with the extruded profiled strand being sawn or otherwise divided into individual clips. The illustrated clip is comprised of two limbs 2 and 3 which are hinged together by a weakening fold 1. Provided .at the free ends of the limbs 2 and 3 is a snaplock arrangement comprising a locking tongue 4 which forms part of the limb 3 and a shoulder or ledge 5 which projects outwardly from the limb 2. Located centrally of the limb 3, in the direction of its longitudinal axis, is an outwardly extending bridge 6 which is spaced from the bottom 8 of the limb, so as to define a space 7. The bridge 6 is curved slightly convexly in towards the space between the limbs. The other limb 2 has a central ridge 10 which projects out from the back 9 of said limb, the flat surface 11 of said ridge being intended to clamp bag material between itself and the convex bridge surface when the limbs are brought together.

Figure 5 shows the inventive clip with the two limbs 2 and 3 in a closed, locking position with bag material, for instance a plastic bag 12, clamped between the surface 11 of the limb 2 and the elastically resilient bridge 6. It will be seen from Figure 5 that the bridge 6 has been bent down towards the space or gap 7, thereby amplifying the clamping action produced commonly by the bridge 6 and the ridge 10, therewith also allowing non-elastic material to be firmly clamped.

The inventive clip can be used effectively with narrow bags whose widths do not exceed the width of the clip, and also with wider bags with which the bag material must be gathered or twisted together before the clip can be applied. The clip iε also able to hold together paper, film, etc. without marking the paper or film as, for instance, is usual when paper clips are used. The clips can also be used to hold together cables and other elastic and inelastic materials.