Abstract: Wire, or other material, is wrapped around a shaft as the shaft turns, producing a coil. After being slid off the end of the shaft, the coil can be re-coiled by repeating the process. By shaping the twice-coiled material, a variety of pleasing jewelry beads may be formed. A variety of jigs useful for performing process are disclosed. One jig is easily and inexpensively manufactured from a unitary length of small rod, bent to provide (a) a wrapping shaft, (b) a feature for securing a free wire end; and (c) an actuator handle. The novel principles can be implemented in many different embodiments.
Abstract: A line splice has two lengths of fibrous rope that have multiple strands and interstices. The two lengths are held adjacent to each other by a plastic encapsulate that both surrounds the two rope lengths and fills the interstices. In forming the splice a two part polyurethane complex plastic is injected into the mold to create an exothermic reaction and heat sufficient to cause the plastic to flow both inside and outside the two lengths of fibrous rope.
Abstract: A rope or line having a permanent loop of fixed diameter spliced in each end thereof provides for the suspension of innumerable articles in various industries, but is particularly well suited for use in underground mining, where it may be used to support continuous miner machine cables, electric, pneumatic, and hydraulic lines, air ventilation ducts, etc., above the floor of the mine drift. The line is preferably formed of a braided synthetic fiber which has been treated to provide flame retardant properties and which is also electrically non-conductive. Treated, braided polypropylene is a suitable material for the present double looped line. The closed loops are formed by passing the first end of the line diametrically through its opposite portion, and then coaxially through that same portion and diametrically through the portion captured within the hollow braided core to secure the first end therein and to form a closed loop.
August 29, 1997
Date of Patent:
October 26, 1999
William J. B. Jacobs, Tanya S. Jacobs, Mark W. Jacobs
Abstract: A fly line leader made from a single length of monofilament line that is folded upon itself to provide at least four strand portions that are twisted together. The leader has a loop at each of opposite ends thereof provided by the single length of monofilament line with the result of no enlargement at the transition from the main portion of the leader to the loop. The monofilament line preferably is nylon with a cross-sectional diameter in the range of 0.1 mm to 0.5 mm. A simple twister mechanism is described whereby the fisherman can make his own leader matched to his own preferences by selection of line stiffness, line diameter, and degree of twisting.
Abstract: A production unit for twisted cable is disclosed that facilitates the supply and removal of fixed length cables, thereby contributing to improved workability and automation compatibility. A plurality of pairs of relatively rotatable opposed cable clamps are provided with one cable clamp of each pair provided at one end of the fixed length cables and the other of each pair of cable clamps provided at the other end. Each pair of clamps is intermittently moved forward in a direction transverse to the opposed direction in which the cables extend. Each pair of cable clamps sequentially circulate, and the supply and removal operation of fixed length cables to and from the pairs of clamps are conducted respectively at predetermined positions by stations provided in the circulating route, by which it becomes possible to carry out the supply and removal of fixed length cables to continuously repeat the twisting operation.
Abstract: An exemplary apparatus is a jig including a chuck having a plurality of radially movable members for controllably gripping a member inserted in an axial bore extending therethrough. The chuck is mounted on a hollow tube whose axis is collinear with the bore of the chuck. This jig is used by first positioning a first elongated member (e.g. a first, or "inner" wire) in the axial bore of the chuck, and tightening the radially movable members thereon. The distal end of a second elongated member (e.g. a second, or "outer" wire) is secured in a fixed relationship with the chuck, so that the distal end turns with the chuck. The chuck is then rotated so as to rotate the first, inner wire. As this inner wire is rotated, the operator trains the second wire thereagainst, thereby yielding a length of coil with the inner wire extending therethrough.
Abstract: Thread is wound between spin hooks (20) and anchor hooks (26) and around loop-pins (TP, BP) to form two thread groups, one extending between a first spin hook (20) and the anchor hook (26) and the other extending between the anchor hook (26) and the second spin hook (20). The spin hooks (20) are both rotated in the same direction, at the same speed, for separately twisting the two thread groups. Then, the two separately wound thread groups are moved laterally together and allowed to unwind and at the same time wind together in the opposite direction, to form a single fly fishing leader, or the like. The thread is wound to form twelve thread strands in a butt section of the leader, ten thread strands in a mid-section of the leader and eight thread strands in a tip section of the leader (FIG. 11). As a result, the leader that is formed tapers from the butt end to the tip end.
Abstract: Braided line splices and methods of making such splices using an inverted sleeve formed from a part of the braided line sheath, the steps forming the sleeve being at least a part of the method. The sleeve is formed by inverting it (turning it inside out), and then running a braided line part through the sleeve, tensioning the sleeve and having it grip the line part within the sleeve. Variations include making eye splices, both slipping and non-slipping; belt or loop splices, both slipping and non-slipping; and butt splices. Kits may be packaged which provide the necessary items and information to complete such splices.
Abstract: A cabled yarn untwister untwists cabled yarn to obtain yarn components. The cabled yarn untwister includes an untwister frame that is rotated by a motorized drive unit (e.g., a hand-held electric drill). The untwister frame is preferably substantially T-shaped and includes a connector leg forming the base of the T-shape and a cross-wise extending yarn attatchment arm. The yarn components are attached to swivels disposed at opposing ends of the yarn attachment arm after which the untwister frame is rotated by the motorized drive unit while maintaining the cabled yarn under tension. Rotation of the untwister frame, in turn, causes the opposing ends of the yarn attachment arm to move in a generally circular orbital path and thereby untwist the individual yarn components of the cabled yarn.
Abstract: Apparatus for making decorative crafts ropes including a hand-held motorized strand twisting unit and an improved method for rigging, anchoring and spreading strands. Strand twisting unit includes a frame or housing, hand grip, electrical circuit, motor, drive mechanism and twisting hooks. In the rigging process, twisting hooks are aligned and interspaced with a series of anchoring hooks on a strand anchoring unit so as to capture or snag two or more strand segments in a single motion.
Abstract: A flexible sling construction, without external compression sleeves or termination splices, made from three strands of material twisted into a single length of cable and formed into a nine strand body section having eye closure loops comprising six strands at each end thereof which eye closures are formed by looping each end of the cable back upon itself and inserting the cable end through the strands of cable at points removed from each end, and which body is formed by helically winding the first end of cable which extends from a first eye closure back around the body in the direction of the second eye closure and then wrapping it around the second eye closure to form a flemish eye, then leading the first end of cable and winding it in a helical wind back around the body and returning it in a direction toward the first eye closure, and wrapping it to form another flemish eye, and terminating the construction by splitting apart the end of the three strands of the first end of cable length and splicing the sep
Abstract: A method for twisting an elongated cord member to form a permanently twisted cord element is preferably performed utilizing an apparatus which includes first and second end units, first and second securing and twisting assemblies for securing opposite end portions of the cord member to the first end unit and for thereafter axially rotating the opposite end portions of the cord member. The apparatus further includes an intermediate securing assembly on the second end unit for selectively rotatably and non-rotatably securing the cord member to the second end unit at an intermediate point in the cord member.
Abstract: A method and apparatus for removing binder from around a telecommunications cable core. The apparatus comprises a binder take-up reel, drive for rotating the take-up reel around a passline for cable core, and binder unwinding and guide mechanisms which are freely rotatable about a take-up reel station. The apparatus is economical in construction and requires only one drive motor, for the take-up reel, because rotation of the binder unwinding and guide mechanism is driven by binder tension as binder is unwound from the core. The binder unwinding and guide mechanism provides simple mechanical mechanism to control the speed of rotation of the binder unwinding and guide mechanism and the speed of rotation of the take-up reel relative to the cable core speed along the passline so that the binder is in tension as it is unwound controllably from the core.
Abstract: Separate strands of embroidery floss are separated by drawing a bundle of strands of the floss through a slot and then separating individual strands which have passed through the slot and threading them through different non-aligned, spaced-apart slots by providing a tension on the downstream strands sufficient to pull them through the various slots.