Patents Examined by Danny Worrell
  • Patent number: 11993880
    Abstract: A sewing machine includes: a pattern data acquisition unit that acquires pattern data in which information on an object corresponding to a unit from a sewing start point to a ravel preventing point or a thread trimming point and information related to a required bobbin thread amount required for sewing the object are associated with each other and registered; a bobbin thread remaining amount acquisition unit that acquires a bobbin thread remaining amount; a determination unit that determines whether or not the object is sewable, based on a difference between a required bobbin thread amount of the object according to the pattern data and the bobbin thread remaining amount; and a decision unit that, based on a determination result of the determination unit, decides whether or not the object is set as a sewing target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2024
    Assignee: Janome Corporation
    Inventor: Kiri Morimoto
  • Patent number: 11993882
    Abstract: A liquid discharge apparatus is to be coupled to a post-processing apparatus to perform post-processing using a linear medium such that the post-processing apparatus is disposed downstream from the liquid discharge apparatus in a conveyance direction of the linear medium. The liquid discharge apparatus includes a discharge head, a conveyance mechanism, a head driver, and control circuitry. The discharge head includes a nozzle to discharge droplets onto the linear medium to dye the linear medium. The conveyance mechanism conveys the linear medium in conjunction with the post-processing apparatus. The head driver drives the discharge head in conjunction with conveyance of the linear medium. The control circuitry controls the head driver and determines whether to execute maintenance of the discharge head based on a time required for the post-processing for each dyeing job.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2024
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Yohsuke Konishi
  • Patent number: 11993874
    Abstract: Advances in actuating fabrics could enable a paradigm shift in the field of smart wearables by dynamically fitting themselves to the unique topography of the human body. Active fabrics and fitting mechanisms are described herein that enable garments to conform around surface concavities without requiring high elasticity or a multiplicity of closure devices. Advanced materials and systems innovations (1) enable novel garment manufacturing and application strategies, (2) facilitate topographical fitting (spatial actuation) through garment architectural design, and (3) provide tunable NiTi-based SMA actuation temperatures to enable actuation on the surface of human skin. Such fabrics and garments are usable in a variety of fields including medical compression, technical sportswear, exosuits, space suits and components thereof, or non-garment applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2024
    Assignee: Regents of the University of Minnesota
    Inventors: Kevin Eschen, Julianna Abel, Bradley Thomas Holschuh, Rachael Margaret Granberry
  • Patent number: 11993873
    Abstract: Knit textile structures are formed of a yarn made of composite fibers, which is an active material within the knit structure that transforms in response to a change in temperature. In combination with non-active fibers and performative knit structure, this contraction can enable changes in the fabric that are adaptive to changes in environmental conditions during wear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2024
    Assignees: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Ministry of Supply Inc.
    Inventors: Skylar J.E. Tibbits, Jared Smith Laucks, Schendy G. Kernizan, Lavender Rose Tessmer, Carmel Marie Dunlap, Gihan S. Amarasiriwardena
  • Patent number: 11993875
    Abstract: A turning device for sewing or grafting stations for automated closing of the tubular knitted items at a first end thereof includes a lower portion and an upper portion, arranged below and above an intermediate area on which can be positioned supporting means for the tubular item to be turned, hanging at its first axial end, and at least one tubular body to be inserted from below to above, with the upper axial end thereof, through the axial end of the item hanging from the supporting means for turning the tubular item. The device includes moving mechanisms for positioning the lower portion between a first operating position, in which it is vertically aligned with the upper portion, and a second operating position, in which it is displaced laterally with respect to the upper portion; a manipulating mechanism, movable between a non-operating position, in which it does not interact with the tubular item, and an operating position, in which it is placed above the tubular item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2024
    Assignee: SANTONI S.P.A.
    Inventors: Andrea Lonati, Roberto Ranzenigo
  • Patent number: 11987912
    Abstract: An upper for an article of footwear may have a knitted component, where the knitted component has a first edge extending from a first side of a throat area of the upper, through a heel area of the upper, and to a second side of the throat area. At least a portion of the first edge may include a lattice structure, the lattice structuring having a first lattice band and a second lattice band, the first lattice band and the second lattice band having loops that are intermeshed in at least one location, where a plurality of first openings are located between the first lattice band and the second lattice band. At least one of the lattice bands may include a yarn having a tenacity of at least 5 g/d, and/or the first and second lattice bands may be formed from separate yarns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2024
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Monica M. Poulsen, Erin C. Stevens
  • Patent number: 11976393
    Abstract: The present disclosure generally relates to a knitted structure (100) for an actuation element. The knitted structure (100) comprises: an elastic fabric layer (102); an inelastic fabric layer (104), the elastic fabric layer (102) being knitted with the inelastic fabric layer (104) along their respective joint edges; and a channel (106) formed between the elastic fabric layer (102) and inelastic fabric layer (104), the channel (106) configured for receiving the actuation element, wherein upon actuation of the actuation element, the elastic fabric layer (102) is stretched by the actuation element while the inelastic fabric layer (104) is undeformed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2024
    Assignee: MAS Innovation (Private) Limited
    Inventors: Angelo Karunaratne, Hetti Arachchige Malaka Chathuranga Perera, Dodangodage Indika Sanjeewa Wickramaratne, Weeramundha Sayakkara Udara Pulajith, Janmi Perera, Mihan Zain
  • Patent number: 11976391
    Abstract: A method, system and computer program product for a heuristic determination of in-process damage class control to manage expected output product category. The heuristic technique determines the predicted damages and their ranges while keeping the initial expected defects, the respective classes and range of defect and mitigation. The method dynamically computes a damage mitigation range of operation while being within the overall constraints and completes the computation in smaller number of loops being run at the edge computers so that the manufacturing equipment can operate at a higher velocity for higher quality of the output. The method includes a step of reducing error of the co-efficient and damage counts. An Internet of Things (IoT) based robot is used to mitigate the damages in the manufacturing steps to ensure that the output class of the product remains what was expected at the start despite damages and mitigation measures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2024
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Mukundan Sundararajan, Jignesh K Karia, Ravindranath Nemani
  • Patent number: 11976399
    Abstract: A needle threader includes: a needle holding part for holding a needle having a needle eye; a threading member movable between a retracted position separated from the needle holding part and an advanced position for inserting a thread loop through the needle eye by entering the needle eye; an actuator mechanism including an operation element, to move the threading member to the retracted position in a first state (not operating) and move to the advanced position in a second state (operating); and a thread pressing mechanism for pressing the thread loop inserted through the needle eye by the threading member. The thread pressing mechanism includes a pressure receiving part, a pressing member, and a biasing member. Switching the operation element from the second state to the first state, the pressing member can press the thread loop against the pressure receiving part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2024
    Assignee: CLOVER MFG. CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Atsushi Tanaka
  • Patent number: 11970803
    Abstract: A method of attaching a zipper (42) to a carrying case (40) to define an interior compartment or pocket (60). Opposed edges (52, 54) of a single piece of material (50) are folded under and are sewn to respective top (62) and bottom (64) surfaces of a tape (48) of the zipper to form a double layer of the material (58) extending from the zipper. A fold line (56) is formed in the double layer of material, and the fold line is sewn to the body (44) of the case. Stitching steps are minimized, no raw edge is exposed to the interior volume, and the double layer of material provides strength.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2024
    Inventor: Zijiang Yang
  • Patent number: 11970804
    Abstract: A textile component may include a knitted component with a first knit layer, a second knit layer, and a pocket, where the pocket is located between the first knit layer and the second knit layer. A spacing element may be included, where the spacing element is located within the pocket. An embroidered element on an exterior surface of the first knit layer may be included, where the embroidered element extends through the first knit layer but does not extend through the second knit layer. The textile may also include a cushioning area that is elevated relative to a base portion of the knitted component. An emblem formed by the embroidered element is located within the cushioning area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2023
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2024
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Dalton T. Durrell, Chaokun Huangfu
  • Patent number: 11959208
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for producing large stainless steel meshes on flatbed knitting machines, comprising the steps of providing stainless steel wire and knitting a stainless steel mesh, characterized in that one stainless steel mesh each is knitted on the front and the rear needle bed of the flatbed knitting machine at the same time, and these two stainless steel meshes are linked to each other on one side by connecting stitches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: UMICORE AG & CO. KG
    Inventors: Dirk Born, Dietmar Koenigs
  • Patent number: 11959205
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a double-layer knitted fabric such as a compression article is provided. The method is performed on a knitting machine having at least two needle beds. The knitted fabric includes an outer layer made of a hydrophilic yarn on the first needle bed and an inner layer made of a hydrophobic yarn on the second needle bed. The method includes a. Forming of stitches with a hydrophilic yarn with all needles of the first needle bed and with selected needles of the second needle bed; b. transferring the stitches made of the hydrophilic yarn and formed on the selected needles of the second needle bed to needles of the first needle bed; c. immediately after transferring the stitches, forming of stitches with a hydrophobic yarn on the selected needles of the second needle bed as well as with all other needles of the second needle bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: ESSITY HYGIENE AND HEALTH AKTIEBOLAG
    Inventors: Sascha Platz, Verena Voss, Etienne Gebel
  • Patent number: 11959206
    Abstract: Provided is a weft-knitted fabric having excellent stretchability, and providing excellent comfort in a hot environment. The weft-knitted fabric contains non-elastic fibres and elastic fibres, and is characterised: by being formed of a mesh part where a stitch of a welt structure and a stitch of a knit structure are alternately repeated to complete one course, and the course having the same structural arrangement is employed once or continuously repeated twice, and a plain-knit part where a course of an all-knit structure is employed once or continuously repeated up to three times; and in that said mesh part and said plain-knit part are each alternately arranged in the longitudinal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: Asahi Kasei Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Norito Kashima, Yusuke Kikuyama
  • Patent number: 11952692
    Abstract: A stitch-forming tool assembly for a sewing machine is used to produce a double-chain stitch seam. A sewing needle of the assembly can be driven up and down in a needle stitching direction perpendicular to a material to be sewn and is designed to guide a needle thread. A looper of the assembly is designed to guide a looper thread and for oscillating movement in an oscillating movement plane. The latter is spanned by the needle stitching direction and by a sewing direction along the double chain stitch seam. During an entire double chain stitch a path of movement of the looper lies completely in the oscillating movement plane. This results in a stitch-forming tool assembly in which in particular a looper drive is simplified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: PFAFF Industriesysteme und Maschinen GmbH
    Inventors: Harald Kallenbach, Berthold Becker, Stefan Samstag
  • Patent number: 11952686
    Abstract: A compression article and method for its production on a flat-bed knitting machine are provided for providing an improved fit to a body part. In the compression article, respectively the number of stitches per stitch row is matched to the radial circumference of the body part to be treated by the compression article. The compression article has a plurality of points which are distributed over its circumference and at which, in a stitch row, at least one of a stitch increase and a stitch reduction is realized. The number of stitches in the wale direction varies over the circumference of the compression article and is matched, in the longitudinal direction of the body part, to the shape of the body part to be treated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: ESSITY HYGIENE AND HEALTH AKTIEBOLAG
    Inventors: Sascha Platz, Joachim Bauer, Bernhard Frankenberg
  • Patent number: 11946176
    Abstract: Knitted device (5), in particular a knitted fabric, comprising a first area (6), in particular a rectangular area, from which loops (9) project and at least one second area (7, 8), in particular a contiguous rectangular area, preferably two contiguous areas (7, 8) on either side of the first area (6), the second contiguous border area(s) not including loops (9) and being designed to allow the knitted device to be attached to a cover (4) designed to cover a molded object (1), in particular a motor vehicle seat, for example by stitching, while the first area (6) with loops (9) is designed to cooperate with hooks (14) that project from the molded object (1), characterized in that means are provided to prevent or combat the fraying of the threads of the knitted device (5) forming the one or more second border areas (7, 8).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: Aplix
    Inventors: Virginie Francette Nicole Deloge, Nathalie Christine Michèle Marie Moinard, Laurent Jean Michel Torlay
  • Patent number: 11932002
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to a sewing process of a breathable, reusable, and leak-proof garment multilayered-lining having absorbent, antimicrobial, waterproofing, and steam dispersion functions. Such lining aims at preventing body fluids such as sweat, blood, vaginal fluids, menstrual fluid, urine, breast milk, or post-surgical fluids from leaking. Such a lining provides the absorbent, antimicrobial, waterproofing, and steam dispersion functions. The lining may be sewed or adhered to the garment piece including: men's and women's underwear, shorts, short pants, skirts, pants, bras, shirts, T-shirts, jumpsuits, body shapers, dresses, men's and women's nightwear, etc. The sewing process creates channels for the liquid and creates a non-linear U-shaped structure on the lining to prevent leakage from the sides. The disclosed lining also has a reduced number of layers on its sides due to one of its layers being smaller in width than the other layers, making the coating thinner for the wearer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: EC BRAND COM IMP EXP DE VEST EM GERAL LTDA
    Inventor: Emily Steed Ewell
  • Patent number: 11932975
    Abstract: An upper may include a plurality of knit elements linked together by a molded thermoplastic polymer element comprising a thermoplastic polymer, each of the knit elements being discrete, where each of the knit elements comprises a border that is at least partially surrounded by the molded thermoplastic polymer element. Further, an article of footwear may include a plurality of knit elements linked together by a molded thermoplastic polymer element comprising a thermoplastic polymer, each of the knit elements being discrete, where each of the knit elements comprises a border that is at least partially surrounded by the molded thermoplastic polymer element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2023
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: William C. McFarland, II, Leah Resneck
  • Patent number: 11932978
    Abstract: A linking machine (104) comprising a fixed unit comprising a support frame (108), a mobile unit (200) comprising a device for advancing or transporting (116) the fabric along a longitudinal direction (Y-Y), a device for positioning (120) a needle (110) along a transverse direction (X-X), perpendicular to said longitudinal direction (Y-Y) and coplanar with the fabric, an actuator device (124) of said needle (110) in a vertical direction (Z-Z), perpendicular to said longitudinal (Y-Y) and transverse (X-X) directions, for performing the linking. Advantageously, the linking machine (104) comprises a feed guide (20) for two fabrics to be joined, such as a neck (1,10), provided with a separating cotton (3) and a knitted fabric (6), positioned upstream of said needle (110) in the longitudinal direction (Y-Y).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: SANTEX RIMAR GROUP S.R.L.
    Inventors: Giulio Mandruzzato, Andrea Nicoletti