A rope gripping apparatus and the methods to use it. The spring is a cam which triggers the cam to move from an open to a closed position. When a rope is present in the apparatus the cam will contact and grasp the rope when pulled in one direction. However, it will let the rope slide freely when pulled in the opposite direction. You can open the cam to load the rope by using its thumb lever, or by simply sliding the opening for the channel of the device against an open line. To be able to grip various rope diameters the cam could be equipped with two distinct gripping profiles (teeth). A retention ridge is constructed inside the cam to serve as a retaining barrier and keeps the rope within the channel.

Field of the Invention

The current general inventive idea is directed to the invention of a device, method and computer-readable storage medium for rope grippers and ways to use it.

Description of the Related Art

Cam cleat devices have long been utilized to grip ropes, lines, or the similar ones, which are later referred to as rope. In many situations that involve pulling and gripping ropes, the naked hands do not provide enough grip and/or leverage to pull a tensile load (due to ropes that are slippery and rope lengths, excessive loads, or arthritic hands) and thus are prone to slippage, which could lead to injury such as burns from rope. For instance, sailing requires different ropes to be handled in order to raise or manipulate sails so that the forces could be significant. They can reduce the burn issue with ropes however they do not offer more pulling leverage than one’s hands can provide.

A variety of cleats have been created to grip ropes using an axis-rotating cam as well as a gripping surface, however in a majority of them, the rope is not easy to insert into the device since the rope has to be threaded through anorifice as well as manipulated via a channel, or the cam itself requires opening manually or unpinned to allow rope to be introduced. The downside to existing cam and cleat designs is that it’s easier to load rope, but it’s harder to remove it. Most designs include a separate cover member or lever which must be turned on to ensure that the rope remains within the operating channel. This makes loading difficult.

Therefore, there is the need for a better cam cleat device that overcomes these issues.

It is a feature of the present invention to provide an improved gripping device for ropes.

These and other benefits will be apparent in the specifics of the construction and operation. Check out the drawings accompanying. Similar numerals are utilized throughout.

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