Patents Examined by Andrew M. Falik
  • Patent number: 6589257
    Abstract: An artificial tube for a nerve is disclosed that has a controlled rate of decomposition in the body such that the tube remains in the body until the nerve regenerates, which induces axons regenerated from severed nerve stumps to extend in the proper direction without pressing on the regenerated nerve following nerve regeneration and causes rapid restoration of blood flow by promoting infiltration of blood capillaries from the body to promote regeneration of the nerve, and which comprises a tube (10) or (20) having a coating layer (13) or (23) that is composed of gelatin or collagen on at least the outer surface of tube (11) or (21) that is composed of a material that is biodegradable and absorbable in vivo, wherein a pre-thermal dehydration crosslinking treated collagen fiber bundle (referring to a bundle fibers (31) composed of collagen) is inserted in its lumen along the axis of the tube (10) or (20), and wherein the fibers composed of collagen are coated with laminin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2003
    Assignee: Tapic International Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yasuhiko Shimizu
  • Patent number: 5476123
    Abstract: A woven fabric, such as a base fabric for a press felt, which is designed for a papermaking machine or the like has along each one of two end edges a plurality of seam loops to be included in a loop seam to form an endless woven fabric. The fabric is characterized in that there is provided, at least at one of the end edges, at least one string of material, preferably in the form of one or more extra yarn threads, extended substantially parallel to the above-mentioned one end edge adjacent the regular thread system of the fabric. The extra yarn thread or threads are woven to only such portions of the seam loops as are facing a first side of the fabric, preferably the paper side thereof. In this manner, there is formed in the seam zone a type of extension of the regular thread system of the fabric, whereby the loop seam is conformed to the rest of the fabric to avoid markings in a paper web at the loop seam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 1993
    Date of Patent: December 19, 1995
    Assignee: Nordiskafilt AB
    Inventor: Bjorn Rydin
  • Patent number: 5465760
    Abstract: A multi-axial, three-dimensional fabric formed from five yarn systems. The yarn systems include warp yarn arranged in parallel with the longitudinal direction of the fabric and a first pair of bias yarn layer positioned on the front surface of the warp yarn and a second pair of bias yarn layer positioned on the back surface of the warp yarn. Vertical yarn is arranged in a thicknesswise direction of the fabric in a perpendicularly intersecting relationship to the warp yarns. Weft yarns are arranged in the widthwise direction of the fabric and in a perpendicularly intersecting relationship to the warp yarns so as to provide a multi-axial, three-dimensional fabric with enhanced resistance to in-plane shear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 14, 1995
    Assignee: North Carolina State University
    Inventors: Mansour H. Mohamed, A. Kadir Bilisik
  • Patent number: 5462095
    Abstract: A picking device for a water-jet loom comprises a nozzle body connected to a pressurized water source and provided with a plurality of axial nozzle holes, a plurality of spools fitted respectively in the axial nozzle holes and each provided with an axial through-hole through which to pass a weft yarn, a spool driving mechanism for individually or sequentially driving the spools for axial reciprocation or for turning alternately in opposite directions within a fixed angular range, and orifice chips having orifices defining straightening spaces for straightening the flow of the pressurized water around the front ends of the spools together with the circumferences of the front ends of the spools. A fluid passage connected to each of the orifices can be opened and closed by axial reciprocation or by turning alternately in opposite directions in the given angular range of the spool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 1994
    Date of Patent: October 31, 1995
    Assignee: Hokuriku Seikei Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Masahiro Okesaku
  • Patent number: 5458160
    Abstract: In a method for controlling the pile warp thread tension in weaving terry cloth webs, a thread tension is applied to the pile warp by the spanner beam during partial beat-up operations. The tension is removed or reduced in a controlled manner during each full beat-up motion of the weaving reed and is then reapplied in a controlled manner after the binding-in or interlacing of each pile loop row. An apparatus for carrying out the method includes a spanner beam (7) carried on the free ends of swing arms (6) of which the other ends are rotationally mounted on a supporting shaft (8). A pushing force element is operatively connected to at least one of the swing arms (6) to push the swing arm and therewith the spanner beam in one swinging direction and thereby apply a bias thread tension to the pile warp (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 1994
    Date of Patent: October 17, 1995
    Assignee: Lindauer Dornier Gesellschaft mbH
    Inventors: Erwin Geiger, Hubertus Ludwig
  • Patent number: 5458163
    Abstract: A weft thread or weft threads are selected from a plurality of weft thread supply spools in a shuttleless loom for presenting the selected weft thread or weft threads to the gripper of the gripper rod. In order to equip each loom with the required number of weft selector and needle moving devices and in order to make these devices exchangeable, the individual selector and needle moving devices are constructed as insert cassettes which are exchangeable against one another as desired. For this purpose the exchangeable cassette which is equipped with an electric drive motor and preferably also with a control for the electric drive motor, is combined with a carrier and guide mechanism for supporting the cassette and guiding the respective weft presenting needle. Each cassette comprises at least one weft presenting needle and each cassette is individually connected in a releasable manner to the carrier and guide mechanism and independently of all other cassettes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 1994
    Date of Patent: October 17, 1995
    Assignee: Lindauer Dornier Gesellschaft mbH
    Inventors: Walter Lindenmuller, Rainer Schuster
  • Patent number: 5456292
    Abstract: A unitary light box for inspecting cloth manufactured on a loom (10) is provided with first and second viewing areas (B) and (C), respectively, wherein cloth (F) having a vertical run is guided over an intermediate curved surface (D) for inspection providing several angles of sight to the operator from the same vantage point so as to locate defects not ordinarily visible during conventional head on observation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 1994
    Date of Patent: October 10, 1995
    Assignee: Alexander Machinery, Inc.
    Inventor: William J. Alexander, III
  • Patent number: 5454404
    Abstract: A woven structure for preventing selvedges of a woven tape with a back surface covered by a coating of synthetic resin from fraying, wherein at least the cut portion of the woven tape, which is obtained by cutting a large-width woven fabric longitudinally along its width, has an interlaced woven structure along a predetermined width.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 1994
    Date of Patent: October 3, 1995
    Assignee: Yoshida Kogyo K.K.
    Inventor: Mitsuhisa Okawa
  • Patent number: 5454501
    Abstract: A tape guide roller for a tape cassette comprises an inner cylindrical body including a flange portion projecting from the outer circumference on one end thereof, and a synthetic resin injection portion provided at the outer circumferential surface at the other end thereof, the inner cylindrical body being molded by injecting synthetic resin from a direction substantially perpendicular to the axial direction thereof and an outer cylindrical body having an inside diameter such that it fits tightly over the inner cylindrical body, and includes a synthetic resin injection portion provided at the outer circumferential surface on the end side thereof opposite to the end side which serves as the insertion end for the inner side cylindrical body. The outer cylindrical body is molded by injecting synthetic resin from a direction substantially perpendicular to its axial direction through the synthetic resin injection portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 3, 1995
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, APLS Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Toshikazu Konno, Takashi Oogi, Susumu Morita
  • Patent number: 5452477
    Abstract: An item of swimming wear (10) arranged to be worn closely to the body of a user to provide or enhance buoyancy, which item (10) comprises a piece of flexible closed-cell foam material (12) combined with a piece of textile or plastics material (11).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 1994
    Date of Patent: September 26, 1995
    Inventor: Ho-Keung Mann
  • Patent number: 5450880
    Abstract: In the combination of a carriage for the preparation and storage of fabric to be changed on a loom, a loom for receiving the fabric to be changed, and an insertion vehicle for changing the fabric at the loom, improvements in the method of fabric change as well as the associated carriage and insertion vehicle are set forth. The method allows the carriage for the preparation and storage of fabric to be changed to have the working distance between the warp stop motion and the loom to be adjusted dependent upon shed size, density of fabric and warp material. The carriage for the preparation and storage of fabric includes a warp clamp and adjustment for spacing the warp stop motion with respect to the loom harness and heald frames. The insertion vehicle includes a centering mechanism for placing the loom harness and heald frames to the loom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 1994
    Date of Patent: September 19, 1995
    Assignee: Sulzer Ruti AG
    Inventor: Emil Briner
  • Patent number: 5449026
    Abstract: A papermakers fabric having a system of flat monofilament yarns which are woven with relatively long floats on at least one side of the fabric. In the preferred embodiment, the flat yarns are oriented in the machine direction of the papermakers fabric and are interwoven with at least a top layer of round cross machine direction yarns such that in each repeat, the flat yarns float over more top layer cross machine direction yarns than the number of top layer yarns which the flat yarns weave under. In the preferred embodiment, pairs of vertically stacked flat monofilament yarns are woven in the machine direction such that the upper flat yarns define relatively long floats on the top surface of the fabric and the lower flat yarns define floats on the bottom surface of the fabric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 1994
    Date of Patent: September 12, 1995
    Assignee: Asten, Inc.
    Inventor: Henry J. Lee
  • Patent number: 5449025
    Abstract: Methods for weaving three-dimensional fabric structures which have a desired cross-sectional shape and devices for such weaving in each of two mutually perpendicular directions allow sheds to be formed in planar warps. The sheds enable the insertion of parallel weft yarns through rows of warp yarns. High density three-dimensional fabrics which may be used in the manufacture of advanced composite materials can be woven.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 1993
    Date of Patent: September 12, 1995
    Assignee: Shenkar College of Textile Technology & Fashion
    Inventor: Amotz Weinberg
  • Patent number: 5448811
    Abstract: A separation device for a warp drawing-in machine contains a dividing-off member for dividing off the foremost dropwire of a drop-wire stack. This dividing-off member includes a separating device and a transport device. The separating device subjects to pressure one of the end edges of the dropwire to be divided off to thereby bend this dropwire outwards. The transport device is provided for entry into the gap formed as a result of the outward bending of the dropwire and for conveying the separated dropwire away from the stack. With this separation device, all types of dropwires can be individually separated easily and at a high frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 1993
    Date of Patent: September 12, 1995
    Assignee: Zellweger Luwa AG
    Inventors: Silvio Jaeger, Heinrich Steiner, Philipp Gartmann
  • Patent number: 5447181
    Abstract: A loom guide bar blade for automatic weaving machinery such as an air or water jet loom wherein the surface of the blade which contacts yarn is nitrided to form a nitrided hardened layer. When this blade is used in automatic high-speed weaving machinery, wearing and the like at contacting points of the blade with the yarn are prevented. As a result yarn fluffing from its being abraded by a roughened blade surface is minimized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 1993
    Date of Patent: September 5, 1995
    Assignee: Daido Hoxan Inc.
    Inventors: Masaaki Tahara, Haruo Senbokuya, Kenzo Kitano, Tadashi Hayashida, Teruo Minato
  • Patent number: 5447109
    Abstract: A new thread control mechanism including a second movable needle thread control secured to the upper end of the needle bar from which the thread extends to the needles, a first movable needle thread control eyelet operatively connected to the needle bar such that it reciprocates vertically in synchrony with the first movable needle thread control, and stationary needle thread eyelets adjustably mounted on the exterior of the sewing machine through which needle thread extends to said first movable needle thread eyelets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 1993
    Date of Patent: September 5, 1995
    Assignee: Union Special Corporation
    Inventors: James M. Karaba, Larry D. Crisler
  • Patent number: 5447182
    Abstract: By the use of two picks without weft yarn (5, 6) during the pile change for three-weft pile fabrics, the same tying off is achieved as in a pile change for four-weft pile fabric. A three-weft terry cloth consequently has a fabric appearance which resembles the fabric appearance of a four-weft terry cloth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 1994
    Date of Patent: September 5, 1995
    Assignee: Sulzer Ruti AG
    Inventor: Hans-Jorg Gehrig
  • Patent number: 5442842
    Abstract: Tubular textile fabric is guided during longitudinal travel substantially without circumferential torque or twisting by a guide apparatus having a series of guide rings which open the tubular fabric into circular form, a drive ring affixed co-axially to the guide rings and mounted rotationally on the apparatus frame, and a drive motor connected to the drive ring through an endless drive belt for incremental reversible rotation of the drive ring and guide rings as a unit as necessary to counteract fabric torque or twisting. A linear guide stripe or line extends lengthwise along the tubular fabric and is monitored by a photo-optic sensor operable in conjunction with a microprocessor to control incremental and reversing operation of the drive motor as necessary to counteract detected non-linearities in the guide line which indicate the existence of fabric torque or twist.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 22, 1995
    Assignee: _Guilford Mills, Inc.
    Inventors: Arne Nielsen, Phillip D. McCartney, Donnie J. Thompson, Majid Moghaddassi
  • Patent number: 5441087
    Abstract: A yarn storage and feed device with a main body, a take-up element on which the yarn is wound, a storage surface for yarn storage, a threading device with a compressed-air feeder system and a device for activating direction-jet nozzles. At least one direction-jet nozzle is located between the point of entry of the yarn into the storage and feed device and the feed-out point from the yarn-winding element; this nozzle can be activated independently of the nozzles fitted downstream of the feed-out point so that in the event of a partial failure, where stored yarn remains on the storage surface, the yarn end can be blown below the feed-out point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 15, 1995
    Assignee: Iro AB
    Inventors: Ake Alberyd, Jerker Hellstrom
  • Patent number: 5441085
    Abstract: An insertion device for a series-shed loom having a rotor including combs (2) and shedding members for guiding the warp threads (3) over a predetermined angular region for shedding. The insertion device has a laying bar (10) with recesses (24) to guide the warp thread (3). It is moved to and fro parallel to the rotor by a drive mechanism for inserting the warp threads (3) into the shedding members on the rotor. Each laying bar (10) is associated with a guide bar (25) for deflecting the warp thread (3) for aligning it with the recess (24) in the laying bar (10). As a result the laying bar (10) is advantageously relieved of most of the warp thread tension and only directs the warp just parallel to the rotor. The laying bar (10) may consequently have a low mass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 15, 1995
    Assignee: Sulzer Rueti AG
    Inventors: Andreas Hunziker, Rudolf Frischknecht