Patents by Inventor Walter R. Schmidt

Walter R. Schmidt 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: 5862681
    Abstract: The present invention relates to improved pile fabrics containing courses in which at least two pile forming yarns are meshed across a complete course together cooperatively in various fabric constructions, and respectively into a ground fabric, and forming pile loops one another alternatively in succeeding wales or areas. The fabric is manufactured according to a process in which needles are moved into a feeding position in which they remain, meanwhile in at least two succeeding sections, alternatively, pile elements are selected and raised and after the feeding of a pile yarn are retracted to an intermediate position. The pile yarns are controlled separately from one another and are unaffected in their movement to the loop-forming and meshing action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 26, 1999
    Assignee: TMG Stefalex Handels AG
    Inventor: Walter R. Schmidt
  • Patent number: 5167133
    Abstract: The invention concerns an improved method and apparatus for forming pile fabric where the pile loops are controlled during the knock-over action of the needles. The sinker ring mounted sinkers include separate pile and loop forming ledges. The base thread is fed into the throat of the sinker, and with the sinker positioned with their loop forming ledges between adjacent needle stems, the alternate raising different sets of needles to feeding positions and the subsequent retraction to a tuck on the latch position and the subsequent clearing of the pile threads from the loop forming ledges assures that in the knock-over action of the needles the pile loops remain under the control of the pile forming ledges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 1990
    Date of Patent: December 1, 1992
    Inventor: Walter R. Schmidt
  • Patent number: 4989421
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for forming pile fabric where the pile loops are controlled during the knock-over action of the needles. The sinker ring mounted sinkers include separate pile and loop forming ledges. The base thread is fed into the throat of the sinker, and with the sinker positioned with their loop forming ledges between adjacent needle stems, the alternate raising different sets of needles to feeding positions and the subsequent retraction to a tuck on the latch position and the subsequent clearing of the pile threads from the loop forming ledges assures that in the knock-over action of the needles the pile loops remain under the control of the pile forming ledges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 1988
    Date of Patent: February 5, 1991
    Inventor: Walter R. Schmidt
  • Patent number: 4706474
    Abstract: A plain or patterned high-pile or sliver-knit fabric is manufactured on a circular knitting machine which has a cylinder carrying latch needles, horizontally movable sinkers and a carding cloth to comb-in pile fibers to the latch needle hooks during knitting of a base fabric before the base threads are fed to the needles. The needles receiving the combed-in pile fibers are raised at the start of combing-in to a level at which the tips of the latches of the raised needles are positioned below the knock-over or knitting edges of the sinkers and the stitches of a previously knitted course of the fabric remain on the latches. The pile fibers are combed-in at this level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 1986
    Date of Patent: November 17, 1987
    Assignee: Karl Eybl Gesellschaft m.b.H.
    Inventor: Walter R. Schmidt
  • Patent number: 4633683
    Abstract: Patterned pile (terry or plush) fabrics are made on circular knitting machines with cylinder and sinker ring or latch needles and pile elements (pile sinkers, pile hooks, latch needles). The pile elements are not selected, but perform their pile forming motions every knitting cycle. The latch needles of the cylinder are, however, selected both for knitting desired structures in the ground or base fabric and for forming the pile loops in the desired pile regions. The needles selected to form pile loops engage the pile thread fed at a higher level than the ground thread, which is fed at a level such that it is not affected by the pile elements, e.g. below the webs of pile sinkers. The ground thread is held in non-pile forming needles with their hooks at the level of the pile elements while the pile thread is fed to further extended needles which are then retracted to the same level as the needles holding the ground thread before all the needles are retracted to the knock-over position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 1984
    Date of Patent: January 6, 1987
    Inventor: Walter R. Schmidt
  • Patent number: 4592212
    Abstract: A circular knitting machine for the production of cut pile has latch needles (N) in the dial (R) and pile elements (11) in the cylinder (Z). Each pile element has an upper pile forming portion (11a) for example shaped like a hook, and also, spaced substantially therebelow, a cutting edge (11c) which cooperates with an opposed separate cutting edge (12c) of a cutting element (12). Cutting is effected thereby in the direction transverse to the axis of the cylinder (Z). Pile loops (H) are pulled downwardly by the fabric take down (arrow W) from the pile forming portion (11a) to the cutting edge (11c) sufficient time being available, before they are cut, to extend the pile loops (H) as desired and to tension the needle stitches over the just formed pile loops (H). The opposed cutting edge (12c) can be angled or skewed with respect to the cutting edge (11c) so that even with fine gauges, a real scissor action is guaranteed with only point contact of the cutters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 1982
    Date of Patent: June 3, 1986
    Inventor: Walter R. Schmidt
  • Patent number: 4490995
    Abstract: A knitted base fabric comprises stitches which are arranged in courses and are formed each by a stitch-forming base yarn. A plurality of tufts are held on the base fabric by at least part of said stitches. Each of said stitches of at least one of said courses contains at least one filling yarn, which is held by said stitch and has an extensibility which is, at most, equal to the extensibility of the base yarn which forms said stitch. The total thread thickness of the filling yarns which are held by any one of said stitches exceeds a value which is slightly below the total thread thickness of the base yarn forming said stitch. Said filling yarns stabilize the fabric virtually in a predetermined useful width.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 1983
    Date of Patent: January 1, 1985
    Assignee: Teppichfabrik Karl Eybl Gesellschaft m.b.H.
    Inventor: Walter R. Schmidt