Patents Examined by Gary Welch
  • Patent number: 7983783
    Abstract: An embroidery data creation apparatus and program acquires closed region data of a target unit pattern with a sewing order specified by a unit pattern counter and position data of a sewing endpoint of a preceding unit pattern to be sewn immediately prior to this target unit pattern. Based on the closed region data and the position data of the sewing endpoint, it is determined whether a sewing endpoint of the preceding unit pattern is present in a sewing region of the target unit pattern. If it is determined that the sewing endpoint is present in the sewing region of the target unit pattern, thread-cutting operation at this sewing endpoint is set not to be performed. On the other hand, if it is determined that the sewing endpoint is not present in the sewing region of the target unit pattern, thread-cutting operation at this sewing endpoint is set to be performed or withheld.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Atsuya Hayakawa
  • Patent number: 7290686
    Abstract: A clothes-hanging apparatus is made of a wire formed into an upwardly extending hanger contiguous with a downwardly extending pair of sloping shoulders, the shoulders each contiguous with one of a pair of separate collinear horizontal legs, the horizontal legs terminating in an adjacent, close-abutting relationship. A strengthening web is formed on and between critical portions of the shoulders and the legs for rigidizing the apparatus. An element is used to support or connect the legs so they may be parted or joined as desired for placement and removal of a garment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2007
    Inventor: Volker von Detten
  • Patent number: 7246380
    Abstract: Protective garments such as firefighters' coats and pants are described. The garments have an outer shell material made from substantially non-overlapping panels stitched together. Some panels are specially designed and reserved for carrying an enhanced visibility material on a majority of their exposed surface area. The enhanced visibility material can be a retroreflective material such as an exposed lens beaded construction, a fluorescent material, or a phosphorescent material. The enhanced visibility panel(s) are stitched to non-enhanced visibility panels so that if damaged, the stitch can be removed and the enhanced visibility panel replaced to repair the garment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2007
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Timothy J. Gardner, Robert L. Jensen, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7234616
    Abstract: A hosiery donning aid apparatus comprises a body formed as a channel having interior and exterior surfaces and two outer edges extending along a longitudinal axis of the body. A frictional arrangement is provided consisting of a multiplicity of spaced from each other frictional ribs extending outwardly from the exterior surface in such a manner that a substantial gap separates each end of each frictional rib from the respective outer edges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2007
    Assignee: Bel-Art Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Thom, Francis Gomes, Kathleen L. O'Neill, David Landsberger
  • Patent number: 7231942
    Abstract: A shaft rod for a heddle shaft is formed by a profile body (15) and an associated additional profile body, which are joined together by a detent means (25) and additionally by an adhesive bond. The detent means (25) is embodied such that it already holds the additional profile body (19) fixed and in the correct position on the profile body (15) when the adhesive that forms the adhesive seam (33) is still liquid or viscous, or in any case has not yet thoroughly hardened. This provision makes it substantially easier to manipulate the shaft rod (4) during manufacture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2007
    Assignee: Groz-Beckert KG
    Inventor: Karl-Heinz Gesing
  • Patent number: 7219821
    Abstract: A hanger that is formed to accept the holding of a pair of wetsuit booties inverted position and angled to optimize storage space and liquid drainage from the inverted footwear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2007
    Inventors: Matthew D. Weal, Paul W. Weal
  • Patent number: 7210603
    Abstract: The present invention is a device that provides a trouble free method to invert glove appendages expeditiously; especially but not exclusively, industrial, heavy duty, lined, rubber gloves; to facilitate efficient cleaning and subsequent rapid drying of the lining, which consists of a base that has an opening and a pushrod that fits into the opening in the base to be securely mounted therein, wherein the exposed concave tip of the pushrod engages the tip of the glove appendage and insures continuous engagement thereof while the glove is peeled down over the pushrod, thereby accomplishing complete inversion of the glove appendage further providing means to promote and maintain healthy morbidity free hands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2007
    Assignees: Galaxi Studio LLC
    Inventor: Gregory John Smith
  • Patent number: 7204274
    Abstract: A heddle (14) of the invention is distinguished by end eyelets (15, 16) of reduced size, with which heddle support rails (6, 7) of reduced cross section are associated. The axial play of the heddles on the heddle support rails (6, 7) is limited to from 0.5 mm to 1.5 mm. The lateral play is in the range of 0.2 mm to 0.5 mm. This system formed of heddle support rails and heddles is especially suitable for particularly rigid heddle shafts for power looms with an extremely high operating speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2007
    Assignee: Groz-Beckert KG
    Inventor: Franz Mettler
  • Patent number: 7200870
    Abstract: A protective sleeve for use when handling animals to protect against cuts and scratches. The sleeve has an outer puncture-resistant surface and a scratch-resistant layer. The sleeve tapers from the elbow toward the hand of the user. A thumb receiving aperture is provided near the lower end of the sleeve to provide stability and to permit free use of the hand. A glove may be attached or integral with the sleeve which is also made of a laminate puncture- and scratch-resistant material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2007
    Inventor: Patricia K. Kolk
  • Patent number: 7195039
    Abstract: A jet weaving machine is proposed in which a weft thread (S) can be inserted by means of a fluid from a weft insertion side (2) to a receiving side (3), including a weaving sley (9), along which a weft insertion path (4) extends, which determines a weft insertion direction (A), and including a monitoring apparatus (20) which is arranged at the receiving side (3) and which comprises two sensor devices (21, 22) for detecting the weft thread (S) or parts of the weft thread respectively, with exactly one of the sensor devices (21) being firmly mounted on the weaving sley (9).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2007
    Assignee: Sultex AG
    Inventors: Urs Schaich, Marius Bachofen, Erich Gasser, Dietmar Markward
  • Patent number: 7191804
    Abstract: A thread clamp for a weaving machine includes a clamp having at least two clamping parts between which a thread may be clamped and an actuator arranged to move the clamping parts between clamping and unclamped positions. The actuator is arranged to operate the clamp so that it moves at least in one direction by a negative fluid pressure. The actuator may be formed as a small piston that may be actuated both by positive pressure and negative pressure to move the clamp between clamping and unclamped positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2007
    Assignee: Picanol N.V., naamloze vennootschap
    Inventors: Jean Marie Bamelis, Chris Delanote, Jozef Peeters, Herman Salomez
  • Patent number: 7188756
    Abstract: A quilting accessory (10) includes a ring portion (12) that is adapted to be received around a human digit, and a cup portion (14) that is carried by ring portion (12) and is adapted to engage and manipulate a sewing needle (N). The cup portion (14) is preferably conically shaped and the ring portion (12) is preferably made of a flexible material and split to form an opening (22) so that the size of the ring portion (12) can be adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2007
    Inventor: Henriƫtte C. Storm
  • Patent number: 7159280
    Abstract: A faller bar assembly includes a support member that defines a generally annular shaft. A sleeve defines a tubular wall with a generally annular opening and receives the generally annular shaft. The sleeve includes a rib that projects outwardly from the tubular wall and supports a plurality of combing needles. The rib includes a rib wall disposed within a plane defined by an axis of the generally annular opening. The rib wall defines an intermediate surface with the tubular wall having an angle of between 40 and 55 degrees to the plane defined by the axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2007
    Inventors: William E. Voshell, Sr., Keith Battersby, Colin Rhodes
  • Patent number: 7147010
    Abstract: A heddle frame comprises two uprights and two crossbeams, each of which is provided with a catching member adapted to receive a corresponding end of at least one heddle, while there are also provided damping means, mounted to at least one corresponding catching member, which are placed opposite surfaces for direct abutment of the catching member against the at least one heddle. The catching member is formed by at least one bent metal sheet retains the damping means by cooperation of their complimentary shapes and/or by adhesion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2006
    Assignee: Staubli Faverges
    Inventors: Jean-Paul Froment, Patrick Iltis
  • Patent number: 7137147
    Abstract: For and in a protective garment having an outer shell, a liner having a barrier side and an opposite side and having, on the barrier side, a moisture barrier or a barrier against chemical or biological agents is folded along two folds, which are parallel when laid flat and straightened, so as to form a fin projecting from the opposite side. A seal providing a similar barrier is provided between the folds. A plural-part fastener, such as a snap fastener or a hook-and-loop fastener, is used to fasten the liner having the barrier to and within the outer shell. One part of the plural-part fastener is mounted to the liner and another part of the plural-part fastener is mounted to the outer shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2006
    Assignee: Morning Pride Manufacturing, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Patricia K. Lewis, William L. Grilliot, Mary I. Grilliot
  • Patent number: 7134401
    Abstract: The invention relates to a lancet device for a face-to-face weaving machine (100), comprising one or several lancets (1,2,3;16), a lancet (1,2,3,16) at one extremity being provided to be installed in a lancet holder and at its other extremity being provided with a lancet tip (4a,4b), the lancets (1,2,3,16) being carried out in at least two embodiments, that are provided to be installed alternately next to one another in the face-to-face weaving machine, each of the two or several lancets (1,2,3,16) installed next to one another in the zone between the point where it is received in the lancet holder and the tip (4a,4b) of the lancet (1,2,3,16) on the opposite extremity of the lancet (1,2,3,16) being provided with one or several zones (C,D), that are not overlapping one another when the lancets (1,2,3,16) are projected in the weft direction. The invention furthermore relates to a face-to-face weaving machine that is equipped with a lancet device according to the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2006
    Assignee: N.V. Michel Van de Wiele
    Inventors: Johny Debaes, Jos Mertens
  • Patent number: 6568040
    Abstract: A fixed tube of circular cross-section, which is common to several-spinning stations located side by side, is connected to a suction source and has, in each station, a suction slot which is located on the path of the bundle of fibres and is elongate along the direction of movement thereof. Each slot is enlarged in its portion which is located downstream, with reference to the direction of movement of the bundle of fibres.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2003
    Assignee: Marzoli S.p.A.
    Inventor: Attilio Camozzi
  • Patent number: 6553571
    Abstract: A ball glove includes an inner lining which includes a plurality of finger stalls which provide finger openings. Each finger stall is formed by a front palm lining and a back lining. The front palm lining is curved to provide a concavely curved front wall for each finger opening, and the back lining provides a back wall for each finger opening. The front palm lining includes side edges for each finger stall, and the back lining is secured to the side edges by lines of stitching which are spaced rearwardly from the curved front wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2003
    Assignee: Wilson Sporting Goods Co.
    Inventors: Douglas G. Guenther, Bradley C. Gaff
  • Patent number: 6543091
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods and apparatus for stripping petals from cotton balls. In one embodiment, the cotton stripper includes an impacter for at least partially opening the cotton balls, a first cleaning mechanism to discard petals removed by the impacter, and a cotton separator for removing the remaining petals from the cotton balls. In one embodiment, the cotton separator includes a first large roller, which receives and traps the at least partially opened cotton balls from the first cleaning mechanism. The at least partially opened cotton balls rotate with the first large roller toward a first net. Petals on the cotton balls are stripped off by the first net. Petals removed by the first net fall toward the bottom of the cotton separator. A first small roller then removes the first stripped cotton balls from the first large roller. Processed cotton balls are then stored in an output area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2003
    Assignee: Society for Research and Initiatives (SRISTI)
    Inventor: Mansukhbhai Baldevbhai Patel
  • Patent number: 6487724
    Abstract: A ball-catching piece comprises a main body of the above-mentioned ball-catching piece, a thumb-supporting piece provided in a thumb stall in the above-mentioned main body of the above-mentioned ball-catching piece to allow the position of a thumb to be fixed and to allow a fixed position of the above-mentioned thumb to be free, and a band provided in the above-mentioned main body of the above-mentioned ball-catching piece to allow a push to be exerted on a hand and to allow the push to be eliminated in the hand-width direction along which the backside of the above-mentioned hand is received and supported.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2002
    Assignee: Trion Corporation
    Inventor: Akio Aoki