Patents Examined by Bobby Muromoto, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9725834
    Abstract: Method for measuring the fabric tension in a weaving machine, in which the fabric (1) is deflected by a deflecting shaft (2), wherein a bending force is applied onto the deflecting shaft (2) by the fabric (1). The flexure or bending displacement of the deflecting shaft (2) is measured by a sensor (3), which is arranged in an area between two supports (4.1, 4.2) of the deflecting shaft (2) on the weaving machine. The deflecting shaft (2) is connected with a machine frame (9) of the weaving machine via the two supports (4.1, 4.2). The spacing distance (A) between the two supports (4.1, 4.2) of the deflecting shaft (2) is reduced for larger fabric tensions to be measured and is increased for smaller fabric tensions to be measured. Furthermore, the invention relates to a corresponding weaving machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Lindauer DORNIER GmbH
    Inventor: Markus Gielen
  • Patent number: 9725833
    Abstract: An exemplary weaving method includes placing a first section of a fill fiber between warp fibers, forming a pick, moving a base to reposition the warp fibers, and placing a second section of the fill fiber between the warp fibers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Gregory H. Hasko, Michael G. McCaffrey
  • Patent number: 9717280
    Abstract: Embodiments relate to an apparatus and method for holding a shirt collar in a position and orientation on a shirt front. The apparatus includes a first elongate collar stay adapted for attachment to an inside surface of the shirt collar or positionable within a collar stay pocket of the shirt collar, the first elongate collar stay having a first adherence portion for removable contact with inside surface of the shirt collar or the collar stay pocket; and a second elongate collar stay moveably connected to the first elongate collar stay, the second elongate collar stay adapted for attachment to an outside surface of the shirt opposite the inside surface of the shirt collar and in relation thereto, the second elongate collar stay having a second adherence portion for removable contact with the outside surface of the shirt opposite the inside surface of the collar and in relation thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Inventor: Michael Truong
  • Patent number: 9719195
    Abstract: Fabrics which allow for light transmission and provide thermal insulation are described. A fabric is formed from at least one yarn to form a continuous web of fabric. The continuous web is configured to allow some incident light to be transmitted through the fabric, and to reduce heat transfer through the fabric. The continuous web of fabric may be a woven fabric where the at least one yarn is woven to form the woven fabric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Smart Textile Products, LLC
    Inventor: Gary Goldberg
  • Patent number: 9719196
    Abstract: A weave pattern and method for weaving that provides stability to high performance fabrics, such as fabrics used for life protection and composite use, is provided. An additional set of yarn may be added in the warp direction, such that there are two sets of warp yarns per fill yarn alternating throughout the structure of the fabric. This second set of warp yarn locks the fill yarns in place, subsequently interlocking and stabilizing the fabric pattern. This stabilization increases tensile strength, tightness, stiffness, and also improves the handling and cutting of the fabric by resulting in decreased fraying and fiber loss during product construction. Also, the fabric maintains proper shape and form due to the 90 degree interlacing of warp and fill yarns. In this way, the fabric may have the enhanced performance characteristics of a looser weave in combination with the enhanced handleability of a tighter weave.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Inventors: Mahmoud M Salama, Keith K Bendyk
  • Patent number: 9719197
    Abstract: A multi-layer tubular woven construct includes two or more layers including an innermost layer and layer A that is a layer other than the innermost layer, layer A including a monofilament yarn serving as a weft yarn, the weft yarn extending spirally and circumferentially around the tubular woven construct to form the weft, the weft including threads lying adjacent to each other, the adjacent weft threads of the monofilament yarn having intervals larger than the diameter of the monofilament yarn.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Toray Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Tsuchikura, Satoshi Yamada, Masaki Fujita, Atsushi Kuwabara
  • Patent number: 9708737
    Abstract: Disclosed are a method, a device and/or a system of proliferating a thread count of a woven textile by simultaneous insertion within a single pick insertion event of a loom apparatus multiple adjacent parallel yarns drawn from a multi-pick yarn package. In one or more embodiments, multiple texturized polyester weft yarns of denier between 15 and 65 are wound on a single bobbin in a parallel adjacent fashion such that they may be fed into an air jet pick insertion apparatus and/or a rapier pick insertion apparatus of an air jet loom to weave a textile that has between 90 to 235 ends per inch cotton warp yarns and between 100 and 965 polyester weft yarns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Inventor: Arun Agarwal
  • Patent number: 9700079
    Abstract: A boxer-style pant and a method of making a boxer-style pant having side seams, a contracted crotch region, and hanging legs. A web is provided. The web is cut along transversely opposed edges of the web to define leg openings. The leg openings may be formed by cutting slits along the transversely opposed edges of the web. The web is contracted in a selected area between the leg openings. Front and back regions are then joined together to form the side seams. An absorbent structure may be attached to the web.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE, INC.
    Inventors: Mark Steven Franke, Kathleen Irene Ratliff, Heather Schenck Mortell, Robert Lee Popp, Joseph Daniel Coenen
  • Patent number: 9702064
    Abstract: An embodiment of the present disclosure is a woven fabric comprising a plurality of warp yarns. Each one the warp yarns is a staple spun yarn. The fabric includes a plurality of weft yarns interwoven with the plurality of warp yarns to define the woven fabric. Each one of the plurality of weft yarns is a high bulk textured continuous filament yarn. The woven fabric defies a first side and a second side that is opposed to the first side. The plurality of weft yarns are interwoven with the plurality of warp yarns such that the weft yarns define a substantial majority of the face of the woven fabric, thereby exposing high bulk textured continuous filament yarns along a substantial majority of the face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Welspun India Limited
    Inventors: Dipali Goenka, Subrata Palit
  • Patent number: 9695527
    Abstract: A universal hand loom kit includes a peg board with an array of holes. Long pegs are provided each configured at one end to be releasably inserted into one of the holes in the peg board and having an exposed length when mounted on the peg board within the range of 2?-4? or approximately 50 mm-102 mm. Short pegs are provided each configured at the one end to be releasably inserted into one of the holes in the peg board and having an exposed length when mounted on the peg board less than the length of the long pegs. A shuttle stick, a long needle weaver, a short tapestry needle and a comb are included. The kit can be used to create two dimensional woven tapestry-type products and three dimensional embellishments such as flowers, pompoms, tassels and fringes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Orchard Yarn and Thread Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Carolyn G. Clement
  • Patent number: 9695528
    Abstract: Disclosed is a portable mini loom utilizing a base section having opposed first and second end edges defining an overall length, a first Ends Per Inch (EPI) zone disposed proximate the base first end edge and extending inwardly along a desired length of the base, and a second EPI zone disposed proximate the base second end edge and extending inwardly along a desired length of the base. Each EPI zone preferably utilizes three separate EPI arrays, of differing EPI, capable of permitting a weaver to select one of such EPI arrays to create a thread warp of a predefined EPI, such as, 8, 10 or 12 EPI. One array utilizes slots disposed along the ends of the base capable of receiving the warp thread. The other two arrays comprise separate sets of through holes disposed across the EPI zone each capable of receiving the warp thread.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Purl & Loop LLC
    Inventor: Angela Smith
  • Patent number: 9687037
    Abstract: Helmets which harness magnetic forces to reduce the force of impact collisions to helmets during contact sports, thus reducing the likelihood that athletes sustain a physical injury such as a traumatic brain injury and/or a neck injury, are described. The helmets incorporate strong magnets into the shell such that a repulsive magnetic force is generated between opposing helmets, thus reducing impact forces. Each helmet includes a protective shell and at least one magnet which is arranged or configured to provide for a spatially modulated magnetic array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Virginia Commonwealth University
    Inventors: Raymond J. Colello, Rebecca E. Caffrey
  • Patent number: 9683318
    Abstract: A textile substrate (1A) includes a warp and a weft and containing several different disposable and/or usable materials. A first subset of the totality of all warp threads and weft threads contains one or more warp threads (K1(1), K2(1), K3(1)) and one or more weft threads (S1(1)), wherein each warp thread of the first subset and each weft thread of the first subset is made of a first of the different disposable materials. A second subset of the totality of all warp threads (K1(2), K2(2), K3(2)) and weft threads contains one or more warp threads and/or one or more weft threads, wherein each warp thread of the second subset and each weft thread of the second subset is made of a second of the different disposable materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: CLIMATEX AG
    Inventor: Alfred Baumeler
  • Patent number: 9677204
    Abstract: A sun control textile with high transmittance and a manufacturing method thereof. In the manufacturing method of the sun control textile, a high-performance sun control film is processed into slender filaments. The slender filaments are woven and assembled with other yarns by a weaving device to together form a sun control textile. The different connection manners of the sun control film yarns lead to different visible light transmittance and sun control effect of the sun control textile, whereby an excellent sun control textile with high transmittance can be achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Rainbow Package Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tsan Fu Wei
  • Patent number: 9675122
    Abstract: Protective components may include a plate element and a cushioning element that are secured together with a hook-and-loop fastening system. The cushioning element may include a pair of material layers and a pad or a plurality of pad components located between the material layers. The plate element may include a polymer material and the pad may include a polymer foam material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: David Turner
  • Patent number: 9675124
    Abstract: Joint protectors are disclosed. One such joint protector includes a first pad having a first axis; a second pad having a second axis; a connector coupled to the first and second pads, wherein the connector is configured to attach the first and second pads to a user's limb such that the first pad is positioned on one side of the user's joint and the second pad is positioned on an opposite side of the user's joint. Furthermore, the joint protector is movable to be in a first state, wherein the first axis aligns with the second axis and the end of the first pad aligns with the end of the second pad, and to be in a second state, wherein the first axis is angled relative to the second axis and the end of the first pad is not aligned with the end of the second pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Matscitechno Licensing Company
    Inventors: Robert A. Vito, Michael Foerster
  • Patent number: 9670604
    Abstract: A three dimensional weave fabric material is disclosed for use in producing woven hats and other items. The three dimensional weave fabric material having two layers of material, a face layer and a back layer. The face layer and the back layer are then woven together via floating threads to create predetermined patterns or areas where the two layers are not woven together. These areas which are not woven together create tubes. Specifically, the weaving is controlled by a computer program that will weave or not weave the two layers together. Once the weaving is complete, the three dimensional weave fabric material may be subject to post processing such as heat. The three dimensional material is then assembled to produce a woven hat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: AVERY DENNISON RETAIL INFORMATION SERVICES, LLC
    Inventor: Yung-Wen Tsai
  • Patent number: 9668529
    Abstract: Provided is a covering adapted for the head that includes a generally rectangular shaped fabric sheet having an inner surface and an outer surface, the fabric sheet having at least one evaporative cooling fabric secured to the inner surface of the fabric sheet, and a first and second elastic fabric panel located on or within the fabric sheet. A method of aiding thermoregulation of the human body and a kit including a covering and instructions for use is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Radians, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel Paul Branson
  • Patent number: 9668531
    Abstract: Integrating dynamic materials into articles for adjustable physical characteristics (e.g., aesthetic, functional) can include various systems and methods. For example, in response to a human's body heat, a dynamic material may change shape to allow additional permeability in an article of clothing. Similarly, in response to the presence of moisture, an article of clothing may change shape to prevent the introduction of rain into an internal portion of the article. Additionally, it is contemplated that the shape changing material may change shape that affects a geometric structure of the article as a whole (e.g., protrusions, dimples, vents, etc.).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew D. Nordstrom, Patrick Williams
  • Patent number: 9670606
    Abstract: A device having: (a) a housing structure; (b) a plurality of pegs in communication with the housing structure; (c) a plurality of weft guides, with each of the plurality of weft guides being in communication with one of the plurality of pegs; wherein each of the plurality of weft guides include a portion that extends at an angle relative to the plurality of pegs, the angle of some of the plurality of weft guides extends in a first direction, and some of the plurality of weft guides extend in a second direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Inventor: Sheila A. Wright