Kazuo Seiki has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
Abstract: An air nozzle utilized for false-twisting a fiber bundle to form a fasciated yarn, comprising, in series, an inlet and a fiber passage provided with at least a jet for generating a vortex within the fiber passage. The inlet has an opening of a flattened shape having upper and lower walls longer than the side walls thereof and has a size decreasing toward the fiber passage. The edge portion of the ribbon-like fiber bundle passing through the air nozzle strongly contacts the upper and lower walls of the inlet during the twisting operation by the vortex. As a result of frictional resistance with the walls, the twist angle of the edge portion fibers becomes less than that of the core portion fibers. This causes a tightly fasciated effect of the edge portion fibers onto the core portion fibers during the untwisting operation.
Abstract: A method and apparatus for spinning a modified fasciated yarn at a high production rate featuring a combination of open-end spinning and fasciated yarn spinning. A sliver is opened by a combing roller and deposited as a fiber layer on a fiber collecting surface of a drum rotor rotating at a high speed. Thereafter, the fiber layer is drawn off from the fiber collecting surface as a continuous fiber bundle by a central rotor rotating coaxially with the drum rotor at a faster speed. During the drawing-off operation, the fiber bundle is flattened to a ribbon form by making contact to a deflector and is subjected to a vortex within an air twisting nozzle mounted on the central rotor to form a resultant yarn. According to the present invention, high production rate can be obtained because a roller drafting system having aprons can be omitted.
Abstract: In a fiber opening device in open-end spinning unit, having a combing roller which is encased by a casing and forming a fiber transferring passage between said combing roller and said casing, a wear-resistant member, preferably a member having a pin shape, is provided at an edge of an opening, e.g. a trash exit port opening formed in said casing and communicated with said passage. The structure of the fiber opening device according to the present invention makes possible easy installation of the wear-resistant member, and prevents harmful wear or bruising at said edge portion of the opening in the casing.
Abstract: When an open end spinning machine is stopped, a fiber supply to a spinning rotor is first stopped and thereafter, substantially simultaneously with stoppage of both a yarn take-up roller and a yarn winding roller, a yarn end is held by a yarn holding device at a time when it still remains in a region which undergoes the suction effect of a subatmospheric pressure produced in the spinning rotor. The spinning rotor is subsequently stopped. On starting, the holding of the yarn end by the yarn holding device continues even after restarting of the spinning machine until the subatmospheric pressure produced in the spinning rotor reaches substantially the same value as that produced during a normal spinning operation. Therefore, there is prevented any snarling phenomenon, resulting in a greatly increased success rate in the operation of connecting yarn ends on re-starting of the spinning machine.
Abstract: An open-end spinning unit has a housing having a cylindrical space, with a complementary cylindrical fiber-opening roller disposed in that space which communicates with a dust removing chamber having a dust separating zone and a dust discharge promoting zone, said zones being connected together through an intermediate passage positioned on the downstream side of a dust removing opening communicating with said space, a wall portion of the casing defining a downstream side of the dust separating zone being comprized by an inclined wall which faces an end portion of a partition separating said zones, the partition having an end wall which is inclined with respect to the vertical direction at an angle equal to or smaller than an angle of inclination of the inclined wall.
Abstract: In the open-end spinning unit provided with a casing and a combing roller rotatably mounted in the casing, a spinning rotor producing a twisted yarn from individual fibers carried from a combing zone defined by the combing roller, a carrying space formed between the combing roller and the inside surface of the casing, a mechanism for feeding a bundle of fibers into an upstream terminal of the carrying space, a dust removing mechanism communicated with the carrying space for discharging dust particles separated from useful fibers carried to the spinning rotor, and a combing roller provided with a plurality of combing elements, helically mounted on a main cylindrical surface thereof, the inside top or bottom surface of the dust removing formed in the dust removing mechanism is projected inside to a level corresponding to a level defined by an imaginary plan of a rotational trace of either one of the terminal ends of the combing elements helically mounted on a cylindrical body of the combing roller, in the condi
Abstract: A spinning machine is disclosed, which generally comprises a spinning rotor having a frusto-connical fiber sliding surface consisting of a first fiber sliding portion, onto which discrete fibers are first supplied, and a second fiber sliding portion connected to the first fiber sliding portion, a bottom surface, and a fiber collecting groove formed between the second fiber sliding portion and the bottom surface. The spinning machine further comprises a yarn take-up tube centrally extending into the spinning rotor to take up a spun yarn therethrough.The first fiber sliding portion forms an angle (.alpha.) with a plane of rotation of the spinning rotor larger than an angle (.beta.) formed by the second fiber sliding portion with respect to the same plane. The bottom surface of the spinning rotor includes a fiber guide portion, which forms the fiber collecting groove in cooperation with the second fiber sliding portion and is inclined at an angle (.delta.) with respect to the plane of rotation. This angle (.
Abstract: Disclosed herein is a fiber feeding roller for an open-end spinning apparatus, wherein a plurality of projections with flat surface are formed in rows extending in axial direction of the body of said fiber feeding roller on the outer circumferential surface thereof and, simultaneously, a plurality of projections with knurled surface are arranged between the aforesaid projections with flat surface, whereby preventing harmful sliver slippage on said feeding roller and also providing a uniform nip for the sliver irrespective of the size thereof so that said fiber feeding roller may be applicable to a wider range of count numbers of spinning yarns and the quality of such spinned yarns may be improved as well.
Abstract: According to this invention, a spinning rotor is increased in speed until it reaches a predetermined higher speed beyond a lower speed region and then decreased in speed until it falls within the lower speed region, in which a yarn ending is effected. Thereafter, the speed of the spinning rotor is increased to a normal spinning speed beyond the predetermined higher speed. During rotation of the spinning rotor at the predetermined higher speed, sufficient subatmospheric pressure is produced in the spinning rotor to stretch out the yarn end thereby to prevent the yarn end from being snarled. Also, during this higher speed rotation of the spinning rotor, sufficient fibers in the spinning rotor can be collected in a maximum diameter portion in the spinning rotor to be connected with the snarl-free yarn end in a favorable condition.