Patents Examined by William E. Dondero
  • Patent number: 11318661
    Abstract: A filament winding device includes: a helical winder which winds a fiber bundle around a liner; a bobbin supporting shaft which rotatably supports a bobbin for providing the fiber bundle to the helical winder and a bobbin different from the bobbin in a state in which winding-initiation ends of the fiber bundle wound around the bobbin and winding-termination ends of the fiber bundle wound around the bobbin connect to each other; and a fiber bundle storage unit. The fiber bundle storage unit has a stopper which can switch the fiber bundle storage unit between a storage state in which the fiber bundle is stored in the fiber bundle storage unit and a storage-released state in which the fiber bundle has been released from storage in the fiber bundle storage unit and the fiber bundle is supplied from the fiber bundle storage unit to the helical winding unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: Murata Machinery, Ltd.
    Inventors: Motohiro Tanigawa, Tadashi Uozumi, Tetsuya Matsuura, Hirotaka Wada, Tatsuhiko Nishida, Shu Ikezaki, Daigoro Nakamura
  • Patent number: 11319182
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are stackable cable payout devices and systems for converting cable payout systems to stackable systems. Methods of stacking cable payout devices, such as cable reel rollers are also disclosed herein. Stacking systems disclosed herein may be adjustable, and may accommodate materials commonly available at storage facilities. Devices, systems, and methods disclosed herein allow increased efficiency in storage of cable payout machinery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: Southwire Company, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew Cody Norton, Tyler Barr Stogner
  • Patent number: 11312593
    Abstract: An apparatus for the dispensing and retraction of wire or cable. The apparatus including a first and second plate, at least one shaft attached to the first plate and the second plate, a spool gear attached to the shaft, a power gear shaft attached to the first or second plate, and a power gear attached to the power gear shaft and in mesh with the spool gear, wherein when the power gear is rotated, the spool gear is rotated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: Encore Wire Corporation
    Inventors: William T. Bigbee, Jr., John L. Rhoads, Andrew P. Hull
  • Patent number: 11311152
    Abstract: An assembly for supporting a roll of sheet product with respect to a sheet product dispenser is provided including a mandrel configured to be positioned within a housing of the dispenser and a spindle. The spindle includes a spindle body positioned over the mandrel and configured to be received within a central opening of the roll. The spindle includes first and second sets of friction elements extending away from respective ends of the spindle body. Each friction element is configured to extend radially inward from the spindle body so as to provide a contact force against the mandrel when the spindle is installed on the mandrel. The contact forces applied against the mandrel may be designed to be constant irrespective of whether the roll of sheet product is installed on the spindle and/or if the inner surface of the central opening of the roll of sheet product has any inconsistencies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Inventor: Roy J. Rozek
  • Patent number: 11305962
    Abstract: Elastic yarn wound body packages able to simplify processing of a tail yarn of an elastic yarn when manufacturing a fabric, or the like, continuously by simultaneous vertical take-up unwinding of a multistage elastic yarn through providing elastic yarn wound body packages on a multistage stand are provided. The elastic yarn wound body package comprises a paper tube and an elastic yarn wound body, wherein: the paper tube has a groove in the circumferential direction, perpendicular to the paper tube axis, between an end portion of the elastic yarn wound body and an end portion of the paper tube; a tail yarn of the elastic yarn wound body is wound into the groove; and a wire-shaped object or tape-shaped object that crosses at least a portion of the yarn bundle of the tail yarn is held thereby.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Inventors: Hiroki Ozasa, Hideki Nakanishi, Kayoko Nakajima, Koutarou Mizuno, Yutaka Sato
  • Patent number: 11305960
    Abstract: Techniques are directed to a method and a device for monitoring a yarn tension of a running yarn in a yarn treatment process. To this end, the yarn tension of the yarn is continuously measured and the measurement signals for the yarn tension are compared with a threshold value of an admissible yarn tension. In the event of an inadmissible tolerance deviation of the measurement signals, a short-term signal path of the yarn tension is detected as a fault graph. In order to enable a fault diagnosis, the fault graph of the yarn tension is analyzed using a machine learning program. The fault graph is then allocated to one of the existing fault categories or to a new fault category. A device for this purpose may include a diagnosis unit, which cooperates accordingly with the yarn tension evaluation unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: Oerlikon Textile GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Jörg Huthmacher
  • Patent number: 11299367
    Abstract: In an adjustment device for a frictional force adjustment portion in a section, an inner circumferential portion of the section includes: a support hole formed from rolling bearings at both ends; a frictional force generation portion configured of a brake shoe, a coil spring, and a hexagon socket set screw and generates a frictional force against a rotary shaft inserted into the support hole; and a frictional force adjustment portion configured of the hexagon socket set screw and adjusts the frictional force in the frictional force generation portion. The adjustment member driving actuator adjusts the frictional force of the frictional force adjustment portion by rotating normally and reversely the adjustment member such that the frictional force in the frictional force generation portion of the section falls within a predetermined range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Inventors: Akira Onodera, Takayuki Saito, Kenji Ueda, Masahiro Ebisawa
  • Patent number: 11278981
    Abstract: A device for imparting a torsional force onto a wire has a base and a support mounted so as to be rotatable with respect to the base around an axis of rotation. The axis of rotation coincides with a wire path extending through the base and the support. Further, a wire clutching device is mounted on the support and adapted to engage at a wire guided along the wire path, and a rotation mechanism is provided which is adapted for rotating the support with respect to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Inventors: Carlo Gelmetti, Filippo Corradini
  • Patent number: 11267673
    Abstract: An apparatus comprising a mobile carrier operable for transporting a reel of oilfield tubing across ground. The mobile carrier comprises a frame comprising a first frame portion, a second frame portion, and a central frame portion extending between the first and second frame portions. The first, second, and central frame portions define an opening for receiving the reel. The mobile carrier also comprises a locking mechanism operable to engage and rotate the reel within the opening, and a plurality of wheels supporting the frame on the ground. The plurality of wheels comprises a plurality of first wheels operably connected to the first frame portion and a plurality of second wheels operably connected to the second frame portion. The opening interposes the plurality of first wheels and the plurality of second wheels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Inventors: Devin Rock, Pedro Rangel, Eddie R. Burrell
  • Patent number: 11267672
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a reusable yarn carrier tube around which yarn may be wound at high speeds (e.g., within winding machines). The yarn carrier tube may include a pick-up groove having structural features configured to better snag yarn to initiate winding of the yarn around the cylindrical body of the yarn carrier tube. The structural features may include an adaptable snagging feature that is adaptable to many different yarn types (e.g., diameter, denier, texture, material). The structural features may include projections (e.g., teeth) with incremental narrowing therebetween in the direction opposite to the rotational winding direction. The teeth may increase in sharpness (e.g., decreasing radii of curvature) as the yarn moves further into the pick-up groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: SONOCO DEVELOPMENT, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian P. Couchey, Edmond Fratianni
  • Patent number: 11261130
    Abstract: A method may include (1) coating a segment of fiber optic cable with an adhesive substance, (2) forming a coil of the segment of fiber optic cable, (3) deforming the coil into a noncircular shape defining a slot external to the coil while obeying a minimum bend radius requirement for the segment of fiber optic cable, and (4) activating the adhesive substance to stabilize the noncircular shape of the coil. Various other methods and apparatuses, such as those for performing the deforming operation, are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Inventors: Karthik Yogeeswaran, Wayne Michael Kachmar, James A. Mass, Nelson Todd
  • Patent number: 11247868
    Abstract: The present invention is an apparatus, system, and method for a low tension application spooler and or coiler system that positively drives the material into the coil and or reel so that the tension is minimum during the winding process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: Reel Power Licensing Corp.
    Inventors: Joe Henry, Lance Collier, Carl Parker
  • Patent number: 11248931
    Abstract: An optical fiber winding mechanism feeds an optical fiber from raw material bobbins and winds the optical fiber around a winding bobbin, and includes a first raw material bobbin-side unit to mount the first raw material bobbin thereon, a second raw material bobbin-side unit to mount the second raw material bobbin thereon, a winding bobbin-side unit to mount the winding bobbin thereon, and a controller to control each of the units. The first raw material bobbin-side unit includes a body device, a head capable of rotating with respect to the body device, a rotation assist device capable of engaging with the head, a rotation mechanism capable of rotating the body device around a Z direction, and a slide mechanism capable of moving the rotation mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Inventors: Isao Nakase, Masatoshi Hara
  • Patent number: 11242215
    Abstract: The apparatus and methods disclosed herein are directed to detecting the presence of a whipping tail when using a fiber winding system to wind a fiber onto a rotating spool. The fiber is guided onto the rotating spool through a containment region between the spool and a whip shield to create the wound fiber. The whipping tail outwardly extends from the wound fiber and periodically or quasi-periodically passes through a light beam to create a series intensity dips in the light beam, thereby forming a modulated light beam. The modulated light beam is converted into a digital electrical signal made up of electrical pulses having a timing defined by the intensity dips. The measured timing of the electrical pulses is compared to an estimated timing based on the rotating spool to ascertain the presence of a whipping tail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Assignee: Corning Incorporated
    Inventors: Kirk Patton Bumgarner, James Robert Lechleider, Dustin Michael Skinner, William Joseph Stokes
  • Patent number: 11235944
    Abstract: Each of a pair of spool-supporting struts for a spool-holding rack having two pairs of vertical posts between which the struts are mounted utilizes an axle assembly having rotatable end portions for resting upon the struts and a beam having two opposite end portions. The beam includes an upwardly-opening pocket which is adapted to accept a rotatable end portion of the axle assembly directed downwardly therein, and there is associated with each end portion of the beam a platen portion which is positionable outboard of the pair of vertical posts. In addition, an abutment surface is associated with the upwardly-opening pocket for aiding in the locating of an end portion of the axle assembly in vertical registry with the upwardly-opening pocket, and the upwardly-opening pocket includes a pair of spool-centering guide plates along the side opening thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: iTool Equipment Holding LLC
    Inventors: David S. Jordan, Michael C. Jordan, Scott M. Jordan
  • Patent number: 11225392
    Abstract: There is provided a wound thread package that is unlikely to cause problems such as cob-webbing and collapse at the time of unwinding even when the wound thread is a multi-filament thread or tape-like thread, and a manufacturing method for the same. To manufacture a wound thread package 1 by winding a plurality of multi-filament threads or tape-like threads having a total fineness of 100 to 6400 dtex per thread around a bobbin 2 by a traverse method, the threads constituting a thread layer 3 are arranged at intervals therebetween and wound with the same in traverse width w and at different traverse reverse positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignee: UBE EXSYMO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Seiji Tanaka, Yasushi Kato, Kousuke Kanno, Kazuyoshi Shimizu
  • Patent number: 11203508
    Abstract: A winding device and associated method for swiveling a bobbin in the winding device during an interruption of a winding operation are provided, wherein the bobbin rests on a backing roller and is formed on a bobbin tube onto which a thread is wound. The bobbin tube is rotatably held between holders on two retaining arms mounted on a common swivel arm having a swivel axis. With force measurement unit, one of intrinsic weight of the bobbin or a force effect that acts on the retaining arms due to contact of the bobbin with the backing roller is measured. A manual force is transmitted into at least one of the retaining arms in a force direction that is determined by evaluating the force measurement unit. With a drive that is operably configured with the swivel arm, the swivel arm is swiveled in the force direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignee: SSM Schärer Schweiter Mettler AG
    Inventor: Marcel Christe
  • Patent number: 11186461
    Abstract: A reel apparatus and method comprising an inner flange assembly, an outer flange assembly, and a bearing assembly coupled to the inner flange assemblies. The inner flange assembly is capable of freely rotating relative to the outer flange assembly. In another embodiment, wire is spooled from a reel assembly comprising an inner flange assembly and an outer flange assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: Encore Wire Corporation
    Inventors: William T. Bigbee, Jr., John L. Rhoads
  • Patent number: 11180335
    Abstract: The invention concerns a device for unrolling a strip (10) for a stamping machine (1) that allows an accumulation of the strip to be stamped (2) under a pre-unrolled form between at least one stamping spool (3) and a plate press (310) of the stamping machine (1), so characterized in that the device for unrolling a strip (10) comprises: a central drum (11) configured to be led in rotation at a variable advance speed, united in rotation with an axis of the device for unrolling the strip (10), a satellite roller (14) presenting an axis (11) constructed parallel to the axis of the central drum (11), where the satellite roller (14) can be turned around the central drum (11), and the pre-unrolled strip may be rolled around the central drum (11) due to the movement of the satellite roller (14), and a planetary leading device (15) to move the satellite roller (14) around the central drum (11) as a function of the difference of the rotation speeds of the central drum (11) and of an exterior ring (13) of the planeta
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: BOBST MEX SA
    Inventors: Christophe De Gaillande, Bernard Jaquet
  • Patent number: 11180340
    Abstract: The present invention is an apparatus, system and method for providing pay-out head utilized in unwrapping elongated materials with adjustable pintle flanges that allows for keeping a coil pack stay concentric on the head during the unwrapping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: Reel Power Licensing Corp.
    Inventor: Brent S. Lim