Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Henry S. Jaudon
  • Patent number: 5766266
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for bleaching and cleaning fibers of a fiber web. The method and apparatus includes continuously forming and moving a fiber web through a bleaching and cleaning station. Directing ultraviolet light onto the surface of the fiber web forming a bleaching and cleaning line. Selecting an intensity and frequency for the ultraviolet light sufficient to separate micro trash and dust from the fibers while simultaneously destroying pigment of the fibers. Collecting and removing the micro dust and trash while conveying the fiber web to subsequent fiber processing apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 16, 1998
    Inventors: William G. Ripley, David A. Ripley
  • Patent number: 5731059
    Abstract: A dryer fabric for use with drying drums in a dryer section of a paper forming machine wherein a plurality of transversely extending filament yarns interconnect a plurality of transversely extending filament yarns to form the dryer fabric as a continuous loop. The dryer fabric is formed with a plurality of silicone strips along its edge portions to prevent wear due to abrasion and heat, the silicone rubber encapsulates end portions and edge ones of the yarns forming beads along the outer surfaces of the dryer fabric which separate the yarns from direct contact with the drums. The dryer fabric is capable of operating at temperatures of between 350.degree. to 500.degree. F. in a paper forming machine without accelerated degradation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 24, 1998
    Assignee: Wangner Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Richard W. Smith, Scott Quigley
  • Patent number: 5727438
    Abstract: A fabric forming device including a stationary yarn supply and a rotating yarn supply, each delivering yarn to a common point along a vertical axis where they are interlaced. The stationary yarn supply includes a plurality of yarn carrying cones which are arranged along a common horizontal plane about the vertical axis. The rotating yarn supply includes a plurality of yarn spools mounted with a rotating plate about the vertical axis. A plurality of vertically moveable guide members which are adapted to engage with the yarns of the rotating yarn supply act to selectively alter the horizontal path along which the yarns travel. The guide members act to control the yarns of the rotating yarn supply to be selectively positioned to pass above or below the cones carrying the stationary yarns so that the yarns interlace in a desired manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 17, 1998
    Assignee: Auburn University
    Inventors: David G. Beale, Royall Broughton, Robert P. Walker, John T. Klein, Qiang Zhang, Arnold Daniel Vickers
  • Patent number: 5715620
    Abstract: A mechanical animated display assembly is attached to an automobile wiper arm assembly. The display assembly includes a displayed article and a mounting bracket. The mounting bracket includes a clamp mechanism to be attached to the automobile wiper arm assembly. An article holder mechanism is integral with the mounting bracket for carrying the displayed article. A retainer retains the displayed article on the mounting bracket whereby the display assembly, in combination with oscillation of automobile wiper arm, effectuates an animated visual effect of the article being carried by and manipulated by a human arm in a waving motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 10, 1998
    Inventor: Daniel C. Walker
  • Patent number: 5699589
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for bleaching and cleaning fibers of a fiber web. The method and apparatus includes continuously forming and moving a fiber web through a bleaching and cleaning station. Directing ultraviolet light onto the surface of the fiber web forming a bleaching and cleaning line. Selecting an intensity and frequency for the ultraviolet light sufficient to separate micro trash and dust from the fibers while simultaneously destroying pigment of the fibers. Collecting and removing the micro dust and trash while conveying the fiber web to subsequent fiber processing apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 23, 1997
    Inventors: William G. Ripley, David A. Ripley
  • Patent number: 5694980
    Abstract: A thin dual layer papermaking fabric having an upper layer of weft yarns and a lower layer of weft yarns weaving with a single layer of warp yarns. The upper weft yarns and warp yarns form a paper fiber support surface while the lower weft yarns and the warp yarns form a machine contact surface. The support surface is comprised of a plurality of equal length weft yarn floats arranged in a zig-zag pattern along the length of the fabric and no warp yarn floats. This construction provides a smooth substantially monoplane support surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 9, 1997
    Assignee: Wangner Systems Corporation
    Inventor: Scott Quigley
  • Patent number: 5694742
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for producing strapless bales of highly compressible textile fibers is disclosed, wherein a compressed block of the fibers is ejected and expanded into a flexible bag. The apparatus includes a supply chamber for supplying loose fibers to a tramping chamber which is stationary. A ram assembly repeatedly tramps the fibers to form a compacted fiber mass which is then formed into a compressed fiber block within a stationary compression chamber disposed in fiber transfer relation to the stationary tramping chamber. The compressed fiber block is ejected transverse to the compression chamber through an ejection sleeve about which an oversized flexible bag is fitted. Due to the fact that the bag is of a greater size than the cross section of the ejection sleeve and due to the stretch and flexibility of the bag, the compressible fibers in the compressed fiber block undergo an expansion process wherein the flexible bag is filled with the compressible fibers to form a strapless bale.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 9, 1997
    Inventors: Kenneth W. Elliott, C. Thomas Curles, Alex Hollingsworth, David P. Zachary, Thomas C. Sisk, Michel D. Vaniman
  • Patent number: 5688188
    Abstract: A golf club having a metal head provided with a hosel having an axial bore having a major diameter which includes a chamfered upper portion and a minor diameter which includes the remaining portion thereof. A shaft having an end diameter substantially conforming with the minor diameter, is located in the bore of the hosel. A ferrule made of a thermoplastic material having a modulus of elasticity of between 5-12 10.sup.2 MPa, is formed with an axial bore. A tapered sleeve extends from a lower portion of the ferrule. The ferrule is located in a press fit about the shaft end with the sleeve mattingly received within the major diameter of the hosel providing an extended cushion and reinforcement at the juncture between the shaft and the hosel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 18, 1997
    Assignee: Dunlop Maxfli Sports, Corp.
    Inventor: Chris Chappell
  • Patent number: 5675942
    Abstract: An alignment device including a base plate, locking stem, locking plate and lock maintains the front and back sides of a pair of adjacent wall mounted panels of similar thickness in lateral alignment while an adhesive applied to the panels cures for providing a smooth front surface is provided. The base plate includes a lateral surface for bracing the pair of panels in a common lateral back plane. A locking plate includes a lateral surface for bracing the pair of panels in a common lateral front plane. A lock is carried by the locking plate for engaging the locking stem locking the locking plate firmly in place with respect to the base plate for sandwiching the adjacent panels between the locking plate and base plate maintaining the back sides of the adjacent panels along the common lateral back plane and the front sides of the adjacent panels along the common lateral front plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 14, 1997
    Inventor: Van Crawford
  • Patent number: 5647183
    Abstract: A resilient base flooring for assembly on a base surface comprising a plurality of subfloor panels carried above the base surface in substantial side-by-side and end-to-end arrangement to form a base floor having a continuous uninterrupted surface. A plurality of flooring boards are arranged to extend transversely of and are received with the sub-floor panels to define integral flooring system. Resilient members are disposed between the subfloor panels and the base surface to provide resilient support for the integral flooring. A first limit bar is connected with the base surface and a second limit bar is connected with an inner surface of the subfloor panels. The limit bars have overlying edges which interact to limit vertical movement of the integral flooring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 15, 1997
    Inventor: James Counihan
  • Patent number: 5638909
    Abstract: This invention relates to an attachment device for a pneumatic hammer tool used to remove a bolt or rod being held in a fixture. The low cost attachment device consists of an alignment sleeve and a tapered coil spring which aligns a driving bit of an air hammer to the bolt to be driven from the fixture and absorbs the shock of the impact during the driving operation. As the driving bit reaches the end of its travel, the addition of a spacer bar allows the driving operation to continue. A method for removal of the bolt is disclosed to facilitate the removal operation. This method relies on the contact of the alignment sleeve with the fixture and the compression of the spring to facilitate quick removal of the bolt. An application of this apparatus has been used to remove a spring attachment bolt on a truck trailer reducing the time for removal to 30 minutes from 3 to 4 hours.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 1994
    Date of Patent: June 17, 1997
    Inventor: Lawrence Henderson
  • Patent number: 5634243
    Abstract: A continuous textile processing system and method are disclosed for producing a non-woven web containing bleached cotton fibers in a single line system which includes a supply of fibers delivered from a bale opening device, a plurality of fiber delivery lines transport the fibers through a fiber preparation process and then through a fiber cleaning process where the fibers are individualized, opened, aligned and cleaned. A selective delivery system which is capable of moving the fibers through a multiple of stations during the precleaning process is provided. From the precleaning processes the fibers are processed into a fiber web and fed to a web stabilizing and bleaching apparatus which forms a stable bleached web. The bleached web is then passed through a drier unit. The dried bleached web is slit into a plurality of web strips or slivers which are fed to carding machines. The carding machines reform the fibers into a web which is hydroentangled and dried.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 3, 1997
    Inventor: W. G. Ripley
  • Patent number: 5617613
    Abstract: A continuous textile processing system and method are disclosed for producing a nonwoven web containing bleached cotton fibers in a single line system which includes a supply of fibers such as a bale opening device, a plurality of fiber delivery lines transport the fibers through a fiber opening process where the fibers are individualized and opened. The opened fibers are collected and fed through a blending system. The blended fibers are passed to a continuous flow bleaching unit comprised of a forming station and a bleachery. The bleached web is passed through a drier unit. The dried web is subjected to further processing which includes carding machines forming a blended fiber web and a hydroentangling machine stabilizing the web. The web is then rolled and readied for other processing. The final nonwoven web consisting of bleached cotton fibers may be made into highly purified and absorbent wipes, pads, and other articles for medical, industrial, or domestic use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 8, 1997
    Inventor: William G. Ripley
  • Patent number: 5615635
    Abstract: A detachable cup indicator is provided for connection to a golf flag stick for indicating the cup position on a putting green. A flag holder having a flag stick attachment for releasably attaching a series of detachable coded flags is adapted for being received by a flag stick. A series of coded flags including a first golf flag having a first design for indicating a first placement of the golf hole on the green and a second golf flag having a second design for indicating a second placement of the golf hole on the green are interchangeably attached to the flag holder for indicating the position of the golf cup on the green.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 1, 1997
    Inventor: Jerry P. Deviney
  • Patent number: 5605108
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a method of tufting and molding a carpet module which is sized and shaped to fit the interior of a motor vehicle to form its floor carpeting. The method includes tufting the module in such a manner that selected areas have pile tufts arranged at a lower densities than the selected high density area. This construction provides that the selected high density area has the greater resistance to wear and the remaining areas have selected lesser resistance to wear while the entire module maintains substantially a uniform appearance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 25, 1997
    Assignee: JPS Automotive Products Corp.
    Inventor: Robert S. Woosley
  • Patent number: 5555917
    Abstract: A wear resistant dual layer papermaking fabric having an upper paper fiber support surface and a lower machine contact surface. The support surface comprises a first plurality of weft yarns interwoven with warp yarns in a balanced twill weave pattern. The machine surface comprises a second plurality of weft yarns interwoven with the warp yarns in a second balanced twill weave pattern. The machine surface includes weft floats which pass beneath at least twelve consecutive of the warp yarns and are bound at opposite ends by binding points in which the weft yarn passes above at least two and below one consecutive of the warp yarns throughout the weave pattern. The weave pattern produces a weft yarn dominated paper support surface having a balanced twill weave pattern of weft floats which provide uniform drainage and minimal paper marking and a weft yarn dominated machine contact surface having a different balanced twill weave pattern of extended weft yarn floats which provides extended wear resistance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 17, 1996
    Assignee: Wangner Systems Corporation
    Inventor: Scott Quigley
  • Patent number: 5554262
    Abstract: An edge tracking apparatus for maintaining a continuous circulating papermaking fabric in an aligned position as it moves through a papermaking machine. The edge tracking apparatus includes a pivotally mounted guide roll and a laser scanner. The laser scanner, which produces a laser screen, is positioned relative to an edge of the papermaking fabric so that the edge bisects the laser screen. A controller is connected with the laser scanner. The controller acts to receive signals from the laser scanner in response to transverse movement of the edge of the papermaking fabric and to convert those signals into control signals which activate a drive in the steering apparatus. The drive shifts the longitudinal position of the guide roll causing it to steer the papermaking fabric back into its aligned position. A recording unit is also connected with the controller and is controlled to plot the position of the edge during operation of the papermaking machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 1994
    Date of Patent: September 10, 1996
    Assignee: Wangner Systems Corp.
    Inventor: John S. Turner
  • Patent number: 5551226
    Abstract: A disk for use in a bearing assembly of an open end spinning machine having four disks arranged in two pairs and which operate at up to 15,000 RPM's while the rotor shaft turns at up to 125,000 RPM's. The disk pairs are arranged to form a wedge shaped gap supporting the shaft of a spinning rotor for rotation. Each disk comprises a metallic hub which mounts a synthetic ring. The synthetic ring has a spinning rotor contact surface comprising a shoulder arranged atop a helically disposed rib which extends around and across the contact surface. The shoulder imparts an axial thrust against the spinning rotor during operation of the spinning machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 3, 1996
    Assignees: Richard M. Keir, William L. Brigham, Jr.
    Inventors: Richard M. Keir, William L. Brigham, Jr., Barry S. Ballew, Cam W. Abshire
  • Patent number: 5542455
    Abstract: A woven fabric for use in papermaking machines and particularly with through air drying machines. The fabric comprises a paper support surface having spaced diagonal rows pockets which are effective to create diagonal rows of uncompressed paper forming fibers over the surface of paper formed on the papermaking machine. The rows of pockets are separated by diagonal strips of support surface arranged along substantially a single plane. The diagonal strips provide support areas over the width of the paper forming fibers which firmly secure the fiber sheet with the papermaking fabric during paper forming. The strips also produce diagonal rows of compressed paper forming fibers which provide for a more stable paper product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 6, 1996
    Assignee: Wangner Systems Corp.
    Inventors: Volker Ostermayer, Scott Quigley
  • Patent number: 5540166
    Abstract: A fabric conveying, aligning and fabricating system comprising a table having a support surface having a length over which fabric blanks are conveyed with continuous and uninterrupted movement. Conveyors are associated with the table which are adapted to convey successive fabric blanks over the support surface. Fabric blank aligning apparatus is arranged intermediate the support surface length and includes steering apparatus operable to steer a longitudinal edge of the fabric blank. Edge sensing apparatus is operative to sense the location of the longitudinal edge of the fabric blank relative to a fixed reference during its movement over the support surface. The edge sensing apparatus is operative to actuate the edge steering apparatus which acts continuously to positively steer the longitudinal edge along the fixed reference during the movement of the fabric blank through the aligning apparatus. The aligning apparatus also includes fabric blank end control apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 30, 1996
    Assignee: Diversified Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas W. Wiley