Patents Examined by Ismael Izaguirre
  • Patent number: 11566356
    Abstract: Disclosed are various systems and features for use with a machine, such as a sewing machine, to facilitate patch library systems that may enable the storage and retrieval of patch configuration information. Such systems and features may be useful in the context of performing an action along a self-guided path on a substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: RAD LAB 1, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert S. Blenis, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11555265
    Abstract: Disclosed are various systems and features for use with a machine, such as a sewing machine, to facilitate augmented-reality features such as projecting assistive visual elements or virtual UI elements into an operational area. Such systems and features may be useful in the context of performing an action along a self-guided path on a substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Assignee: RAD LAB 1, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert S. Blenis, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11548315
    Abstract: A system for mounting a covering (e.g., a fabric material) upon a frame is constructed from a plurality of elongated frame parts. Each frame part has two mitered ends and a channel formed therein. The related mounting method includes the steps of: (a) using a jig to hold the fabric material against the frame; (b) inserting a plurality of retaining splines within respective channels so as to capture the fabric material within the channels between one retaining spline and a corresponding floor of the channel, whereby a plurality of corner pleats are formed; and (c) using a tool to invert each corner pleat into a corner joint formed between respective adjacent frame parts so as to form an internal fold at each corner of the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignee: TRACER IMAGING LLC
    Inventors: Steven M. Spiro, Stephen S. Daniell, Theodore Petroulas, Paul Dowd, Ryan Kelly, Bennet Otto Poepping, Kevin Skeuse, Erol Searfoss, Jack Fernandez
  • Patent number: 11542657
    Abstract: A method that provides to partially automate the feeding of pieces of laundry to an insertion machine by steps which necessitate long distances to be traveled being performed manually. With large pieces of laundry such as, for example, tablecloths and bed sheets, for complete automation a large amount of space is required and the clamps holding corners of the pieces of laundry are required to travel long distances. To achieve this, it is provided to temporarily store the respective piece of laundry after it has been separated and before it is delivered to an insertion machine. It is furthermore provided that in a first corner of the piece of laundry is supplied or held ready by an automatic separator for an operator to manually locate the second corner of the piece of laundry. Partial automation can be achieved without the cycle time being adversely affected owing to manual handling processes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Assignee: Herbert Kannegiesser GmbH
    Inventors: Eduard Regier, Wilhelm Bringewatt, Engelbert Heinz
  • Patent number: 11530510
    Abstract: A system iron includes a body. The body includes therein a steam generator for generating steam and an ironing plate, which is rotatably coupled to an upper portion of the body. The ironing plate includes therein steam nozzles for spraying the steam generated by the steam generator to an outside, a first fan for discharging air to the outside of the ironing plate or sucking air into the ironing plate, and a second fan for cooling an iron placed on the ironing plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2022
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Sungmin Ye, Jiyeon Park
  • Patent number: 11524411
    Abstract: Various examples are provided related to automation of pallet loading. In one example, a method includes positioning, by a material manipulator, an opening of a product; inserting a product loading assembly of a pallet loading system through an opening of the product, where the product loading assembly can hold the product during manipulation of the product and the pallet loading system can position the product for loading on a pallet; and transferring the product onto the pallet using the product loading assembly. The product can be a portion of a product or a garment or portion of a garment. The product can be smoothed on a surface of the pallet. The pallet can secure the product to the pallet by a pallet clamp. The product on the pallet can be embellished by processing equipment or workstation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2022
    Assignee: SOFTWEAR AUTOMATION, INC.
    Inventor: Michael J. Baker
  • Patent number: 11525208
    Abstract: A clothes treatment apparatus includes a cabinet; an inner door disposed to be rotatable in a front surface of the cabinet and provided with an opening; an outer door disposed to form a space in which clothes are mounted between a front surface of the inner door and the outer door, the outer door disposed to rotate with respect to the cabinet together with the inner door or with respect to the inner door separately from the inner door; a heating plate disposed on a rear surface of the outer door; a holding device disposed in an upper portion of the space between the inner door and the outer door and formed to hold one end of the clothes; and a pair of clips disposed under the holding device in the space between the inner door and the outer door and formed to hold both sides of the clothes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2022
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Inbang Song, Hyeonuk Na, Kyoungmin Park, Jaebok Lee, Hojin Lee, Seokho Ju, Sangyeon Pyo, Yeonsoo Ham
  • Patent number: 11519106
    Abstract: A method of generating a coiled actuator fiber that includes twisting a fiber to generate a twisted fiber; wrapping the twisted fiber around a core yarn or fiber to generate a coil in the twisted fiber, which generates a coiled twisted fiber; setting the coiled twisted fiber by heat or chemical treatment; and removing at least a portion of the core yarn or fiber to generate a coiled actuator fiber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2022
    Assignee: OTHER LAB, LLC
    Inventors: Brent Ridley, Jean Chang, Shara Maikranz
  • Patent number: 11505893
    Abstract: A garment steaming device includes a housing having a reservoir for containing liquid therein, a head portion connected to the housing, and a steam generator contained within the head portion, the steam generator being in fluid communication with the reservoir for generating steam from the liquid contained in the reservoir. The steam generator includes a first layer and a second layer and at least one heating element sandwiched between the first layer and the second layer. The first layer and the second layer define a steam flowpath that is configured such that steam flows back and forth between the first layer and the second layer before exiting the steam generator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: Conair LLC
    Inventor: Kin Man Lai
  • Patent number: 11499257
    Abstract: Various examples are provided related to transporting and sewing material in, e.g., automation of sewing robots. An automated sewing process feed control system is disclosed in which a material aligner is utilized. An omni-chain material aligner can include a circular roller chain in which the rollers allow for a controlling force to be applied to a material. An omni-belt material aligner can include a belt with attached perpendicular rollers which allow feed control and active motorized steering control. The material aligner can control the pressure applied onto the material to facilitate control of feeding the material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: SOFTWEAR AUTOMATION, INC.
    Inventors: David Otto Konrad Mikolajewski, Luther Lloyd, III, Michael J. Baker
  • Patent number: 11486080
    Abstract: A clothing treatment apparatus includes a frame, a hanger body movable relative to the frame, a vibrating body including a predetermined central axis, a first eccentric portion supported by the vibrating body and capable of rotating about a first rotation axis spaced apart from the central axis, a second eccentric portion supported by the vibrating body and rotatable about a second rotation axis spaced apart from the central axis, and a hanger driving unit disposed in the vibrating body and connected to the hanger body at a position spaced apart from the central axis. Centrifugal forces of the first and second eccentric portions with respect to the first and second rotation axes, respectively, reinforce each other when the vibrating body generates a rotational force about the central axis, and oppose each other when the vibrating body does not generate the rotational force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Hyungha Kang, Jaehyung Kim, Semin Jang, Joosik Jung
  • Patent number: 11478097
    Abstract: A hanger cover extends between a first end and a second end. The hanger cover includes a pair of wings coupled together, each of the pair of wings having a pair of substantially parallel branches spaced apart by a channel and joined at a junction, wherein the pair of wings are rotatable relative to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Inventor: Brian Curci
  • Patent number: 11479906
    Abstract: The invention relates to a portable textile treatment device comprising a heatable soleplate (4) intended to be in contact with a textile (TXT) for treating the textile. The heatable soleplate (4) comprises a soleplate opening (H). The device comprises a module (MD) comprising an image sensor (5) for taking an image of the textile to be treated through the soleplate opening (H), and a control unit (8) configured for a) executing an algorithm stored in said portable textile treatment device, using the taken image as an input of the algorithm, to obtain a classification of the textile, and for b) controlling, based on the classification, at least one operating parameter of the portable textile treatment device. The module (MD) and the control unit (8) are integrated within the portable textile treatment device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Wee Ann Chong, Yao Hean Chiah, Mun Kong Soo, Victor Martinus Gerardus Van Acht, Rico Paolo Ochoa Ramirez, Palani Pandurangan, Boon Teck Tan, Luck Wee Png, Joo Pheng Toh, Prakash S S, Joldert Maria Boersma, Timotheus Johannes Maria Van Aken, Joris Pieter Oosterhuis, Antonius Johannes Joseph Wismans, Thomas Petrus Hendricus Warmerdam, Arnoldus Johannes Martinus Jozeph Ras
  • Patent number: 11478023
    Abstract: In selected examples, a garment includes an article of clothing, a processor, memory storing instructions, biometric and/or environmental sensors configurable and readable by the processor, and a short range radio frequency (RF) transceiver (e.g., a Bluetooth® transceiver). When the processor executes the instructions, it may configure the garment to establish an RF link with a communication device, enabling the processor to receive from the communication device sensor configuration information, and configure the sensors accordingly. The processor may also collect sensor data, and transmit the data over the RF link from the garment to the communication device. The communication device may be a mobile device, e.g., a smartphone/tablet. The garment may be a “master” coupled through wired/wireless links to “slave” garments, and allow the communication device to communicate with the slaves. The communication device may connect the master/slaves to various networks and other computing devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignee: TECH GEAR 5.7, INC.
    Inventors: K C Bean, Tyson J. Mackjust
  • Patent number: 11473235
    Abstract: A tray for an ironing board to store small articles during an ironing process. The ironing board has two stands, one stand of the two stands has two legs, wherein the two stands can be folded for storage and unfolded for use. The tray includes a tray body, the tray body has three spaced apart compartments, wherein spacings between two adjacent compartments of the three compartments are larger than the width or diameter of the two legs, wherein the tray is configured to be mounted to the ironing board, such that the two legs are received in the spacings between the three compartments when the two stands are folded. The tray can be fastened to an iron tray of the ironing board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2022
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: IP Assets LLC
    Inventor: Duden V. Freeman
  • Patent number: 11457757
    Abstract: A clothing hanger includes a base member, a rotatable hook connectable to the base member, first and second arm members connectable to the base member, first and second support members connectable to the first and second arm members, and first and second support cover members connectable to the first and second support members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: Lou Hansell, LLC
    Inventors: Tim Moore, Carsten Astheimer
  • Patent number: 11447903
    Abstract: A sewing machine presser foot includes a support part having a support base member, and a roller part including a plurality of rotating members rotatably supported at the support base member and having different diameters so that the roller part is conical as a whole. Each of the plurality of rotating members individually rotates and presses a fabric to be sewn.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: JANOME CORPORATION
    Inventors: Koichi Honda, Yukitaka Omata
  • Patent number: 11447896
    Abstract: One variation of a method for producing a smart yarn includes: aligning a set of sensing elements offset along a lateral axis in a magazine, wherein each sensing element in the set of sensing elements includes a sensor, a first conductive lead extending from a first side of the sensor along a longitudinal axis perpendicular to the lateral axis, and a second conductive lead extending from a second side of the sensor opposite the first side and along the longitudinal axis; wrapping a set of fibers into a yarn within a wrapping field; feeding a leading end of a first sensing element, in the set of sensing elements, from the magazine into the wrapping field; releasing the first sensing element from the magazine into the wrapping field; encasing the first sensing element between the set of fibers within the yarn; and repeating this process for the set of sensing elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: Siren Care, Inc.
    Inventors: Jie Fu, Ran Ma, Henk Jan Scholten
  • Patent number: 11447911
    Abstract: A garment steamer includes a base body with a steam generator for generating steam, and a main body disposed at the upper side of the base body for moving the steam generated by the steam generator to the outside. A front press is hingedly fixed to the lower part of the main body to be attached to and detached from the front surface of the main body. A stretching means is disposed at opposite side surfaces of the main body to be unfolded outside the main body, and a pair of arm tensioners includes lower ends hingedly fixed to the front surface of the front press and upper ends configured to be turned and spaced apart from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Woosup Shin, Woohee Kang
  • Patent number: 11447892
    Abstract: A method and system for the production of fibers for use in biocomposites is provided that includes the ability to use both retted and unretted straw, that keeps the molecular structure of the fibers intact by subjecting the fibers to minimal stress, that maximizes the fiber's aspect ratio, that maximizes the strength of the fibers, and that minimizes time and energy inputs, along with maintaining the fibers in good condition for bonding to the polymer(s) used with the fibers to form the biocomposite material. This consequently increases the functionality of the biocomposites produced (i.e. reinforcement, sound absorption, light weight, heat capacity, etc.), increasing their marketability. Additionally, as the disclosed method does not damage the fibers, oilseed flax straw, as well as all types of fibrous materials (i.e. fiber flax, banana, jute, industrial hemp, sisal, coir) etc., can be processed in bio composite materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: CNH Industrial Canada, Ltd.
    Inventors: James Henry, Satyanarayan Panigrahi, Radhey Lal Kushwaha