Patents Examined by Geoffrey L. Knable
  • Patent number: 11951703
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a process and an apparatus for cutting a continuous rubber-covered belt in a process for building tyres for vehicle wheels, wherein the apparatus comprises a cutting group, in turn comprising: a knife formed by a first half-part and a second half-part and movable along a cutting direction that is tilted with respect to a supply direction of a rubber-covered belt placed beneath the knife. The process comprises: lifting a lifting element placed below the continuous rubber-covered belt and at the cutting zone, until a portion of rubber-covered belt is lifted, and lowering the single first-half part of the knife, making it slide with respect to the second half-part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: PIRELLI TYRE S.p.A.
    Inventor: Davide Conti
  • Patent number: 11911982
    Abstract: A system (1) for applying a sealing agent to the surface (5) of an internal cavity (2) of a pneumatic tyre (3) provided with an applicator device (12) for supplying a strip of sealing agent that is applied to the surface (5) and an opto-electronic device (4*; 20) that is integral to the nozzle (18) of the applicator device (12) and that is provided with at least one sensor element (9*; 20) that is able to acquire a plurality of images of the surface (5) and to provide a plurality of signals that are indicative of said plurality of acquired images; and an electronic processing system (11) connected to the opto-electronic device (4*; 20), and to the applicator device (12) and configured so as to acquire the signals that are indicative of the plurality of images acquired by the opto-electronic device (4*; 20); and to control the application of the sealing agent as a function of the plurality of signals that are indicative of the plurality of images acquired by the opto-electronic device (4*; 20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: Bridgestone Europe NV/SA
    Inventor: Roberto Pontone
  • Patent number: 11794431
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a tire includes forming a belt layer by bonding strip materials adjacent in the circumferential direction on the molding surface located on the outer circumferential side of the rigid core. Along the profile in the width direction of an outer circumferential surface of the rigid core, the rigid core is moved so that the molding surface is brought close to the strip material to be bonded, and the strip material is bonded to the molding surface extending in the longitudinal direction while rotating the rigid core in a direction in which the circumferential angle of the rigid core with respect to the longitudinal direction of the strip material changes, so that variation in the bonding margin, due to the position of the rigid core in the width direction, between strip materials that have been adjacently bonded to the molding surface in the circumferential direction is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2023
    Assignee: The Yokohama Rubber Co., LTD.
    Inventors: Yuta Takanashi, Misaki Oka
  • Patent number: 11794432
    Abstract: A turn-up section for a tire building drum, includes a plurality of turn-up arms distributed circumferentially about a central axis and an arm support for supporting the turn-up arms with respect to a base, wherein the turn-up arms are rotatable with respect to the arm support from an arms-down position towards an arms-up position in response to the movement of the arm support in an arm drive direction. Each turn-up arm comprises a hinge pin for rotatably coupling the respective turn-up arm to the arm support. The arm support includes a hinge seat for removably receiving the hinge pin of the respective turn-up arm. The hinge pin is retained in the hinge seat by one or more biasing members. The hinge pin of the turn-up arm is removable from the hinge seat in a radial direction with respect to the central axis by counteracting the bias of the one or more biasing members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2023
    Inventors: Martin De Graaf, Dave Papot
  • Patent number: 11780187
    Abstract: Disclosed are to a transfer apparatus and a method for transferring plies onto a carcass package on a tire building drum. The transfer apparatus includes a transfer ring with first ring segments and a frame that extends in a circumferential direction about a central axis for holding the first ring segments in first angular positions distributed in the circumferential direction along the frame, wherein the first ring segments are movable relative to the frame in a radial direction from a first radial distance to a second radial distance from the central axis that is smaller than the first radial distance. The transfer apparatus further includes a first rolling device that is positionable in a second angular position interposed between the first angular positions, and a second ring segment that is positionable in the second angular position at the second radial distance from the central axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2022
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2023
    Inventors: Martin De Graaf, Dave Papot
  • Patent number: 11772345
    Abstract: A green tyre (2) for bicycles is built, comprising at least one carcass ply (4) having axially opposite end flaps (4a) engaged with respective bead cores (5) and a tread band (6) applied in a radially outer position around said at least one carcass ply (4). The green tyre (2) removed from the building drum, is profiled so as to translate the tread band (6) in a radially outer direction with respect to the bead cores (5), so as to impart a cross-sectional convex profile to the tyre (2) in a radially outer direction. The profiled tyre is engaged by means of a transfer member (31) while the tyre itself is mechanically restrained so as to maintain at least partly said cross-sectional convex profile in the radially outer direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2022
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2023
    Assignee: PIRELLI TYRE S.p.A.
    Inventors: Davide Lupo Conti, Bruno Lodi, Gian Luigi Bosio
  • Patent number: 11752715
    Abstract: A plant (2) for building tyres comprises a system for managing initial components (3); a system for managing the manufacturing of semi-finished products (4) starting from one or more initial components; a system for managing the building of a green tyre (5) starting from one or more semi-finished products; a system for managing the curing of said green tyre (6). The logical set of a control unit (8) for the plant (2) and/or of one or more from among control units (8a-8e) for the management systems (3-6) and/or of a automatic visual control system (7) is programmed for controlling at least two parameters, assigning to each of these a quality index (I), discarding a tyre being processed when a quality index (I) corresponding to said discard level (5) is assigned to at least one of said parameters and feedbacking the control result of at least one parameter in order to verify the quality index (I) of the parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2023
    Assignee: PIRELLI TYRE S.p.A.
    Inventors: Gianni Mancini, Riccardo Antoj, Vincenzo Boffa
  • Patent number: 11752718
    Abstract: A bead retaining member includes a body having a concave first concave edge and one or more retaining elements which are distributed over the body along said first concave edge for retaining a first bead of a first size along a first retaining curve having a first retaining radius and for retaining a second bead of a second size along a second retaining curve having a second retaining radius larger than the first retaining radius. The first retaining curve intersects with the second retaining curve at a first intersection point and a second intersection point. The first concave edge is non-circular and is located radially outside of the second retaining curve in a center region of the first concave edge between the first intersection point and the second intersection point and radially outside of the first retaining curve in a first lateral region and a second lateral region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2023
    Assignee: VMI Holland B.V.
    Inventors: Antonie Slots, Evert Doppenberg
  • Patent number: 11724474
    Abstract: Disclosed is a transfer wheel, a transfer device and a method for transferring a strip, in particular a run-flat reinforcement strip or a sidewall strip, to a tire building drum, wherein the transfer wheel defines a retaining area that is divided into a first end section for retaining the leading end, a second end section for retaining the trailing end and a main section for supporting the strip body. The transfer wheel has a first mounting member that defines first mounting positions for receiving a first group of retaining segments at the first end section, wherein the first group of retaining segments includes first body retaining segments for retaining the strip body and a first end retaining segment for retaining the leading end, wherein the first mounting member is arranged for interchangeably receiving one first body retaining segment or the first end retaining segment in each first mounting position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2023
    Inventors: Mattheus Jacobus Kaagman, Ruben Matthias Visser
  • Patent number: 11718054
    Abstract: An apparatus for building tyres for vehicle wheels are described. A substantially cylindrical carcass sleeve, having at least one carcass ply, includes consecutively adjacent strip-like elements laid one after the other around the circumferential extension of a substantially cylindrical deposition surface. Circumferentially consecutive strip-like elements laid one after the other form overlap zones along respective longitudinal edges superimposed on each other. Each overlap zone has, along a longitudinal extension thereof, terminal sections that are laterally opposite with respect to an intermediate section. The intermediate section of each overlap zone has greater width than the width of the terminal sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2023
    Assignee: PIRELLI TYRE S.P.A.
    Inventors: Gianni Mancini, Gaetano Lo Presti, Maurizio Marchini
  • Patent number: 11712862
    Abstract: The invention relates to a belt and tread drum for manufacturing a package of a belt layer and a tread layer into a cylindrical tire component, wherein the belt and tread drum comprises two support surfaces which are arranged spaced apart in a longitudinal direction of said belt and tread drum and which face away from the drum centre line and are radially movable with respect to the rigid support surface from a retracted position in which the tread support surface is arranged at or near the rigid support surface, to a raised position wherein the tread support surface is arranged in a radially outward position with respect to the rigid support surface, and vice versa, and wherein the tread support surfaces are movable in the substantial longitudinal direction of said drum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2023
    Assignee: VMI HOLLAND B.V.
    Inventors: René Dijkstra, Henk-Jan Grolleman
  • Patent number: 11712861
    Abstract: A method for verifying the correct formation of the beads in a process and a plant for building tyres for vehicle wheels, includes: loading a plurality of annular anchoring structures in a storage, disposing them in two groups separated by an opening; positioning a building drum provided with a carcass sleeve in a tyre bead-forming machine; picking up two of the annular anchoring structures from the storage and loading them on the tyre bead-forming machine. In a work area of the tyre bead-forming machine, on each of two axially opposite zones of the carcass sleeve, a respective annular anchoring structure is fit and each of the abovementioned zones is turned up around the respective annular anchoring structure to form the beads. The aforesaid opening allows an operator to conduct a visual inspection of the work area and/or access the work area during the entire work cycle of the machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2023
    Assignee: PIRELLI TYRE S.p.A.
    Inventors: Maurizio Marchini, Stefano Balia, Stefano Boracco
  • Patent number: 11654646
    Abstract: An automatic splicing apparatus and methods thereof are provided herein for splicing together two ends of a sheet of tire material on a tire building drum. The apparatus comprises a frame, a splicer foot assembly, and a splicer roller assembly. The frame is configured to support the apparatus relative to the drum. The splicer foot assembly and the splicer roller assembly are independently longitudinally translatable relative to the frame. The splicer foot assembly includes a splicer foot having forward lower preparation rollers and rearward lower splicer rollers, and upper preparation rollers configured to operate in coordination with the forward lower preparation rollers to pull the two ends of the sheet of tire material together over the splicer foot. The splicer roller assembly includes upper splicer rollers configured to act in coordination with the rearward lower splicer rollers to splice the two ends together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2023
    Assignee: Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, LLC
    Inventors: Phillip T. Brasher, Jr., Chad P. Wright, Wesley R. Minton, Angel M. Carvajal
  • Patent number: 11602912
    Abstract: The method comprises steps during which, by making the cylindrical form rotate in a first circumferential direction, the ply is deposited until the front edge and performs a complete rotation. A point of penetration is marked on the ply on a cutting line, and a cutting blade that is driven in translation is made to penetrate between two wires placed on the cutting line at the point of penetration. The cylindrical form is made to rotate in an opposite second circumferential direction while displacing the cutting blade in a first transverse direction until the cutting blade is disposed at a predetermined and non-zero distance from a first selvedge. Without retracting the cutting blade from the wire gap, the cylindrical form is made to rotate in the first circumferential direction while displacing the cutting blade in an opposite second transverse direction until the cutting blade emerges at a second selvedge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2023
    Assignee: Compagnie Generale des Etablissements Michelin
    Inventors: Stéphane Barjon, Michel Gayton
  • Patent number: 11597234
    Abstract: An apparatus for assembling a non-pneumatic tire that includes a base and a plurality of elements that move relative to the base. The plurality of elements have a central axis, and the elements are disposed in a circumferential direction around the central axis and move in a radial direction towards and away from the central axis. A radial movement member, hub, and a plurality of spokes are also present. Each one of the spokes is disposed between adjacent ones of the elements. The elements and the spokes are moved inwards in the radial direction by the radial movement member towards the central axis so that the spokes are moved in the radial direction towards the hub. Adhesive engages the spokes and the hub at an attachment location of the spokes and the hub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2023
    Assignee: Compagnie Generale des Etablissements Michelin
    Inventors: Brian D Wilson, Eric Rivers, David Alan Goodenough, Glenn Andrew Schimdke
  • Patent number: 11548250
    Abstract: A tire is formed by disposing a cylindrical band member on a forming drum and outer circumferential sides of side portions disposed on both sides of the forming drum in a drum axial direction; expanding in diameter the forming drum and moving the side portions closer together in the drum axial direction; making step portions formed in the band member conform to side surfaces of the forming drum; moving bead members toward the step portions and compression-bonding the bead members to the band member on the side surfaces of the forming drum; and using a turn-up mechanism to wrap the bead members by turning up both end portions of the band member in the drum axial direction to form an intermediate green tire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignee: The Yokohama Rubber Co., LTD.
    Inventors: Osamu Yamamoto, Atsushi Tanaka
  • Patent number: 11548251
    Abstract: An assembly defining a portion of an arcuate outer surface of a tire building drum, the assembly including first and second interlacing deck segments coupled to a central support member to be moved in a radially reciprocating manner, each of the interlacing deck segments including a plurality of center sections coupled together, a plurality of first grooves between the center sections, a plurality of first finger portions extending from the center sections away from the central support member, a plurality of second finger portions extending from the center sections in an opposite direction over the central support member, and a plurality of second grooves formed adjacent each of the second finger portions, wherein the second finger portions are arranged in parallel over the central support member, and the first grooves in each of the interlacing deck segments align with the second grooves of the other of the interlacing deck segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Inventor: Kenneth L. McCleery
  • Patent number: 11518128
    Abstract: Disclosed is a tire building drum with a first bladder or sleeve, wherein the tire building drum has a first release member and a first actuator for generating a relative movement between the first release member and the drum body to move the first release member in a first release direction with respect to the drum body from a first fixation position in which the first release member fixates the first circumferential edge of the first bladder or sleeve to the drum body into a first release position in which the first release member releases the first circumferential edge from the drum body. Also disclosed is a method for operating the aforementioned tire building drum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2022
    Inventors: Martin De Graaf, Dave Papot, Tom Regterschot
  • Patent number: 11518129
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a posing assembly (30) that effects transfer and posing of a semifinished product (100) that is destined for inclusion in a tire. The invention is also directed to a tire production system (10) for transferring and posing a semi-finished product (100) that is destined for inclusion in a tire, which system includes the disclosed posing assembly. A method is provided for transferring and posing a semi-finished product (100) upon a rotating forming drum (40) having a circumferential forming surface (40a) during a product posing cycle, which method includes a step of providing a tire production system as disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2022
    Assignee: COMPAGNIE GENERALE DES ETABLISSEMENTS MICHELIN
    Inventors: Franck Daumas, Matthieu Lutz, Christophe Bessac, Alexandre Laval
  • Patent number: 11433631
    Abstract: A method for depositing a piece of band-like elastomeric element on a forming support in a process for building a tyre for vehicle wheels. The method includes feeding a piece of band-like elastomeric element having a predetermined nominal length towards the forming support along a predetermined feeding direction and measuring the actual length of the piece along the feeding direction. If the actual length is lower than or equal to a circumferential length of a deposition surface defined on the forming support, the piece is deposited on the deposition surface while the forming support rotates about a rotation axis thereof. During such deposition the piece is pressed on the deposition surface with a pressing force selected as a function of the actual length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: PIRELLI TYRE S.P.A.
    Inventors: Lorenzo Pulici, Stefano Paleari