Stretchable strap with gripper and method of making the same

  • US 7,600,540 B2
  • Filed: 10/01/2008
  • Issued: 10/13/2009
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/20/2006
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. A strap, comprising:

  • a frictionally enhanced layer comprising a plain weave woven from a plurality of upper warp threads and a first plurality of weft threads, said upper warp threads comprising frictionally enhanced threads and non-frictionally enhanced threads;

    a non-frictionally enhanced layer comprising a plain weave woven from a plurality lower warp threads and a second plurality of weft threads, said lower warp threads comprising non-frictionally enhanced threads; and

    a connection between said frictionally enhanced layer and said non-frictionally enhanced layer comprising a plurality of internally located elastomeric warp threads and a plurality of binder warp threads both woven over and under each of a complete set of weft threads, wherein every other warp thread of said connection belongs to said plurality of internally located elastomeric warp threads, and wherein said complete set of weft threads comprises said first plurality of weft threads and said second plurality of weft threads, wherein every other weft thread belongs to said first plurality of weft threads;

    wherein said strap may be stretched from a non-elongated state to an elongated state, and wherein in both said non-elongated state and said elongated state at least a portion of said plurality of frictionally enhanced upper warp threads remain;

    i.) visible on a surface of said strap;

    ii.) substantially coplanar with said surface; and

    iii.) operable to provide friction enhancement along said surface.

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