Patents by Inventor Mark Alan Shelton

Mark Alan Shelton 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).

  • Patent number: 5749531
    Abstract: A yarn creel 20 includes vertical ducts 27 having openings 28 therein through which air is directed towards the upper surfaces of yarn cones 22 mounted on pins 21. Yarn drawn off from the cones 22 exits the creel 20 via tubes 23 whose entrance ends 24 are contained within a further duct 25, the duct 25 having slots 26 through which air is drawn from the interior of the creel 20. A fan 30 circulates this air so that it is re-emitted from the openings 28 in the duct 27. A continuous air stream is thus created over those points which are most susceptible to accumulation of lint. In an alternative embodiment, the yarn tubes extend with clearance through openings in the duct so that their entrance ends are disposed externally of the duct but close to those openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 1995
    Date of Patent: May 12, 1998
    Assignee: Alan Shelton Limited
    Inventors: William Ewart Alan Shelton, Mark Alan Shelton
  • Patent number: 5675991
    Abstract: In a circular knitting machine, a series of nozzles are positioned closely adjacent to points at which the knitting takes place. A fan unit draws air in through the nozzles via ducting and thereby creates a localized suction effect at the knitting points. The air is then passed to a duct which extends over the top of the knitting machine proper, and is emitted through a series of peripheral ducts in a downward direction and towards feed devices which feed yarn to the knitting points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 14, 1997
    Assignee: Alan Shelton Limited
    Inventors: William Ewart Alan Shelton, Mark Alan Shelton