Patents Examined by Robert R. Mackey
  • Patent number: 4894894
    Abstract: A continuous, high speed (greater than 800 meters per minute) process and apparatus enable the production of a multifilament carpet yarn having a degree of filament intermixture high enough so that a standard deviation of less than 6.0 results upon conducting a Standard Yarn Streak Potential Test, as described herein. The apparatus and process allow the production of a multicolored carpet yarn which exhibits a reduced tendency to streak and an increased retention of tip definition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 1988
    Date of Patent: January 23, 1990
    Assignee: BASF Corporation
    Inventors: Andrew M. Coons, III, James P. Sullivan
  • Patent number: 4884325
    Abstract: The process herein described provides the weaving of a manufactured product consisting of an upper fabric (2) made of cotton or any other suitable material and a lower fabric (3) with weft yarns (3a) made of wool and warp yarns (3b) interlaced with the weft yarns (2a) of the upper fabric (2). The weaving operation is followed by a printing step carried out on the upper fabric (2) of the manufactured product and by one or more teaseling steps on the lower fabric (3). Subsequent to each teaseling step there is a dimensional stabilization step of the manufactured product accomplished by a combined action consisting in moistening, heating and tensioning the product, the tensioning lasting until the end of the moistening and heating steps. A napping operation is also carried out together with the last teaseling step. By said process a blanket is obtained which comprises an upper fabric (2) with weft yarns (2a) interlaced with the warp yarns (3b) of a lower fabric (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 1987
    Date of Patent: December 5, 1989
    Assignee: Manifattura Lane Gaetano Marzotto & Figli S.P.A.
    Inventor: Gaetano Marzotto
  • Patent number: 4882819
    Abstract: A method for compressive lengthwise shrinking of tubular knitted fabrics and other materials, particularly in a single stage. Feeding and retarding rollers are separated from each other by a distance significantly greater than the thickness of the fabric. Zone-forming blades are projected between the rollers from opposite sides and form between them a confinement zone which extends at a large angle from the feeding roller to the retarding roller. Fabric is guided to the zone under low contact pressure by the feeding roller and is conveyed away from the zone under similarly low contact pressure by the retarding roller. At the entrance to the zone, the fabric is decelerated and compacted lengthwise without burnishing or abrasion and without crimping. Tubular and open width knitted fabrics can be compressively preshrunk in large amounts, up to 25% and more, in a single stage. Significant savings and other benefits are realized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 1989
    Date of Patent: November 28, 1989
    Assignee: Compax Corp.
    Inventors: William D. Milligan, Andrew P. Cecere
  • Patent number: 4879788
    Abstract: This invention provides a drawing machine for pinching and stretching a film-like material of the type having rails installed extending from an inlet section to the outlet section and returning in the opposite direction from the outlet section back to the inlet section of the drawing machine. There is a clip propelling unit moving on the rails for pinching and stretching the film-like material, and elements for generating mutually repelling magnetic fields between the rails and clips, whereby the clips are movable in the non-contact state while floating from the rail guide surfaces. Thus, no foreign substances are generated, cleanliness of products is enhanced, no noise is generated, the work environment is improved, energy is saved, and highspeed operation is attained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 1988
    Date of Patent: November 14, 1989
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Jukogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tsutomu Suzuki, Tatsushi Seko, Kuniharu Tobita, Saburo Matsubayashi, Nobuhiko Kougo, Kiyoshi Ogawa, Susumu Taniguchi, Masaharu Minami, Masayuki Hayakawa, Noriyuki Kawada
  • Patent number: 4878278
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for papermaking fabrics (W) with a machine direction fiber batt (24) is disclosed. A carding machine (B, B') is arranged with its carding cylinder (39) parallel to the axis of rotation (22) of carriage rollers (20) about which a base fabric (16) travels in a machine direction. A carded batt (24) with fibers (36) oriented in the machine direction is fed directly in the machine direction onto base fabric (16). An auxiliary needling unit (A) including an auxiliary needling module (44) lightly tacks machine direction batt (24) to base fabric (16) across its width. For this purpose, carding machine (B) and base fabric (16) move relative to one another in a direction transverse to the machine direction. In one embodiment, card (B) moves transversely in synchronization with auxiliary needling unit (A) while carriage (18) carrying the base fabric is stationary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 1988
    Date of Patent: November 7, 1989
    Assignee: Wangner Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Chien-Yeh Hsu, Frank J. McGee, Roger L. Banks
  • Patent number: 4878280
    Abstract: This invention relates to an apparatus and a process involving fluid jet devices for intermingling filaments of a continuous filament yarn or yarns, including combining a plurality of yarns to produce a larger coherent yarn. More particularly, the invention relates to fluid jets having a passageway through which yarn moves, where the yarn is positioned and maintained along one wall as it passes through the passageway and where the fluid-directing orifice in the jet is offset with respect to the passageway in the direction of the wall. The apparatus and the process are useful in producing heather yarns with superior yarn blending and along-end uniformity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 1988
    Date of Patent: November 7, 1989
    Assignee: E. I. Du Pont De Nemours and Company
    Inventors: Thomas L. Nelson, Lynn B. Thomas, Sr.
  • Patent number: 4878279
    Abstract: A warp transfer apparatus for transferring warp threads to a warp drawing apparatus, comprising a stationary frame structure, a warp carrying frame structure for carrying the warp threads thereon which is movable with respect to the stationary frame structure and which has mounted thereon a rack extending along a direction in which the warp carrying frame structure moves, a pinion support rotatably supported on the stationary frame structure, a pinion rotatably supported on the pinion support and engageable with the rack, means for driving the pinion to rotate about an axis of rotation of the pinion, the warp carrying frame structure being transferred to a predetermined position of the stationary frame structure by rotation of the pinion, means for rotating the pinion support in accordance with upward and downward movements of the rack during movement of the warp carrying frame structure, with the condition the rack is properly engaged by the pinion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 1988
    Date of Patent: November 7, 1989
    Assignee: Teijin Seiki Company Limited
    Inventors: Juro Tachibana, Yoshihide Nishimura
  • Patent number: 4877163
    Abstract: A detachable accessory device for a garment hanger has a fastening element, such as a clip, for fastening to a portion of a garment, and a flexible element for attaching the fastening element to the garment hanger such that the fastening element is movably attached to, but spaced apart from, the garment hanger. In the preferred embodiment of the invention, a pair of clips are connected to respective ends of a pair of elastic elements. The other ends of each of the elastic elements are connected to a ring which is suitable for connection to a garment hanger by, for example, placement over the body of the garment hanger hook. The clips are secured to portions of a garment to secure the garment in proper position and alignment on the hanger. The accessory device may be detachably attached to the garment hanger or, alternatively, be integrally formed with, or permanently attached to, the hanger assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 1988
    Date of Patent: October 31, 1989
    Inventor: Karen M. Zimmerman
  • Patent number: 4876774
    Abstract: Ultrahigh molecular weight polyethylene fibers of high tenacity and modulus shrink controlled amounts at temperatures in the range of 100.degree.-145.degree. C. Fabrics and twisted multifilament yarns of these fibers are heat-shrunk or heat-set at these temperatures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 1983
    Date of Patent: October 31, 1989
    Assignee: Allied-Signal Inc.
    Inventors: Sheldon Kavesh, Dusan C. Prevorsek, Gary A. Harpell
  • Patent number: 4876775
    Abstract: A method of converting a warping arrangement having two creel halves and a warper from a setup for long lots of one style to a setup for shorter lots. The method includes converting transfer package positions on each of the creel halves to running package positions and providing a yarn sheet transfer device associated with each creel half to permit the recreeling of each creel half by placing leading ends of newly recreeled yarn packages into yarn guides on the yarn sheet transfer device associated with the creel half while yarns from the other creel half are running to the warper through a yarn sheet transfer device associated with the other creel half.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 1988
    Date of Patent: October 31, 1989
    Assignee: Burlington Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph A. Steele, Kenneth A. Byrd
  • Patent number: 4875260
    Abstract: Equipment for the calendering of tubular knitted fabric (13) which, in the end step of a processing cycle, allows, by means of a cloth expander device (16), a steaming cxhamber (18) and a flattening, the width of the tubular fabric to be determined and fixed, besides giving the tubular fabric a commercially acceptable appearance. A plurality of calenders (19, 20, 26, 27) are disposed in series for being selectively used in engagement with the tubular knitted fabric (13) to effect a finishing treatment suitable for the individual type of tubular knitted fabric (13) which is undergoing treatment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 1987
    Date of Patent: October 24, 1989
    Assignee: Sperotto Rimar S.p.A.
    Inventor: Gino D. Vecchia
  • Patent number: 4872568
    Abstract: A device is provided which may be used to suspend coat hangers or the like in order to expand the storage capacity of a closet, garment bag or other like clothing storage units. The device is comprised of a unitary elongated rod member having a generally channel-shaped cross section and which defines a plurality of coat hanger engaging openings, preferably oblong in shape, along its length. In addition, the elongated rod member is provided with at least one rigid open hook member, such that the device of the present invention may be suspended from a suitable supporting means such as a closet pole, wall hook, or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 1988
    Date of Patent: October 10, 1989
    Inventor: Ernest Lehmann
  • Patent number: 4870728
    Abstract: A substantially twist-free, crimped, continuous, multifilament yarn containing randomly-spaced, tightly entangled nubs and the process and apparatus used for making such yarns is disclosed. The nub yarn is made by feeding a substantially entanglement-free multifilament crimped continuous yarn through a forwarding jet, through an aspirating entanglement jet where nubs are formed and passing the yarn through a loop guide. The nubs of the yarn are less than one inch in length and the yarn is useful in textile and carpet end uses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 1988
    Date of Patent: October 3, 1989
    Assignee: E. I. Du Pont de Nemours and Company
    Inventor: Thomas L. Nelson
  • Patent number: 4871097
    Abstract: A hanger for displaying lightweight garments has an elongated body at each end of which is a dependent U-shaped garment grip in the central opening of which is a downwardly extending slightly resilient finger, the free end of which is spaced a short distance above the bottom of ther central opening in the U-shaped grip. The outer edge of the outer leg of the garment grip is provided with outwardly extending garment grips. The forward face of the finger is provided with forwardly extending projections to engage a garment which is placed against the front face of the hanger wrapped around the end of the garment grip and its end seated against the rear face of the garment grip and in front of the finger so that the finger will press the projections into the garment to positively clamp is to the hanger and hold it against rhe projections on the outer edge of the garment grip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 1988
    Date of Patent: October 3, 1989
    Assignee: Batts, Inc.
    Inventors: Russell O. Blanchard, James G. Hansen
  • Patent number: 4871098
    Abstract: A garment hanger having a molded plastic body supported from above by a hook at its center has a dependent loop vertically aligned with the hook. The legs forming the loop are joined at their lower ends and are offset from each other in a normal to the face of the hanger whereby the hook of a second hanger can be passed through the loop and support the second hanger while confined between and parallel to the front and back faces of the hanger body supporting it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 1988
    Date of Patent: October 3, 1989
    Assignee: Batts, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert A. Bredeweg, Russell O. Blanchard
  • Patent number: 4870727
    Abstract: The apparatus detects corduroy cutter needles coming out of the weft yarn loop channels which are being cut open by the needles, by means of a laser beam scanning about 10 to 20 times a second, transversely across the region where the parallel needles are working. The scanning laser beam creates a diffused light pattern having the general form of a transversely oriented geometric prism, e.g. a cylinder; and a plurality of detector devices determines any variation in the light distribution, as to time and lateral distance, in this scattered or diffused light pattern. A logic circuit carries out and displays the results of the scanning and detecting, and stops the corduroy cutting machine when an emerged needle is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 1987
    Date of Patent: October 3, 1989
    Assignee: Leglertex S.r.l.
    Inventors: G. Carlo Ribolla, Federico Taroni, Domenico Peiretti, Antonio Pepino
  • Patent number: 4870839
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for feeding a knitted yarn package having a plurality of yarn ends to a textile fabric making machine. The apparatus includes takeup means for moving the yarn in the direction of the machine and tension means located upstream of the takeup means for providing resistance to the movement of the yarn in the direction of the machine. An unravelling assembly is positioned between the takeup means and the tension means for engaging the yarn ends. The unravelling assembly is operable to uniformly unravel the knitted yarn package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 1987
    Date of Patent: October 3, 1989
    Assignee: Asheboro Elastics, Corp.
    Inventor: Carl J. Odham
  • Patent number: 4868959
    Abstract: An apparatus for processing a warp sheet of synthetic multifilament yarns is disclosed, and wherein the yarns may be withdrawn from supply packages and advanced along a path of travel in warp sheet form, heated and drawn while in advancing warp sheet form to orient the filaments, and then wound for example on a warp beam. Upon detection of a yarn break, the advance of the warp sheet is terminated, and means are provided for interrupting the application of heat to the sheet while the advance is terminated so as to avoid damage to the remaining yarns from a continued application of heat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 1989
    Date of Patent: September 26, 1989
    Assignee: Barmag AG
    Inventors: Karl Bauer, Michael Hanisch, Erich Lenk
  • Patent number: 4868958
    Abstract: Process and apparatus for producing apertured or non-apertured nonwoven fabric wherein fibrous web is introduced onto support means and treated with high velocity water streams jetted from above. The non-apertured nonwoven fabric may be produced by fiber entangling treatment on a smooth surfaced plate including a plurality of drainage holes as first support means or by further fiber entangling treatment performed on water impermeable second support means after the fiber entangling treatment performed on the first support means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 1988
    Date of Patent: September 26, 1989
    Assignee: Uni-Charm Corporation
    Inventors: Migaku Suzuki, Satoshi Nozaki, Shigeo Imai, Makoto Ishigami
  • Patent number: 4866821
    Abstract: A separator for successively seizing threads (14) held in an array (28) includes a frame (10) having a front face or recess gap (12) and in which two or more strap or bar needles (15, 16, 18) are slidably disposed side by side. Each needle is provided with a pair of facing hooks (20, 22; 24, 26) at opposite sides of a cutout in its forward edge for cooperatively seizing a single thread for separation when the needles are driven in opposite directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 1988
    Date of Patent: September 19, 1989
    Assignee: Hermann Wangner GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Hans-Eugen Hacker, Peter Defranceski