United Components Patents (Class 112/440)
  • Patent number: 10508583
    Abstract: The exhaust element comprises an outer shell made of a composite material and an inner thermal protection. The inner thermal protection comprises a layer of high temperature insulation material and an inner liner for abrasion protection of the high temperature insulation material. The inner liner is a high temperature resistant textile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: Bosal Emission Control Systems NV
    Inventor: Gabriele Ridolfi
  • Patent number: 10130182
    Abstract: A seat cushion having a layered structure including at least a surface layer unit and a cushion layer unit disposed below the surface layer unit, characterized in that the cushion layer unit includes at least one nonwoven layer and at least one spacer crocheted-fabric and/or spacer knitted-fabric layer. A seat cushion of a seating furniture or an automobile seat or an office seating furniture or an aircraft seat are exemplary embodiments of the seat cushion mentioned above.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: J.H. Ziegler GmbH
    Inventors: Julia Scholz, Steffi Schoenfelder
  • Patent number: 10105938
    Abstract: The disclosure proposes a method for producing a panel having an outer skin and stiffeners that have a connecting portion, and at least one projecting portion, the method comprising a step of draping layers of fibers over at least one insert such that each layer of fibers has a connecting portion and a portion that projects downwardly from the connecting portion, a step of draping a layer of fibers that forms the outer skin, and a step of bonding the layers of fibers together. The disclosure also provides a device for implementing the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Airbus Operations (S.A.S.)
    Inventors: Dominique Guittard, Mathieu Lannuzel, Philippe Blot, Gilles Bezard
  • Patent number: 10096845
    Abstract: The present invention relates to electrically conductive paths in planar substrates. Various embodiments provide a method of forming one or more electrically conductive paths in a planar substrate, wherein substantially none of the substrate is removed during formation of the path. In various embodiments, by avoiding the removal of substrate during formation of the electrically conductive path, problems caused by residual substrate material can be advantageously avoided. In various embodiments, the planar substrate with the electrically conductive path can be used to make a planar fuel cell array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Intelligent Energy Limited
    Inventors: Olen Richard Vanderleeden, Gerard F McLean, Jeremy Schrooten, Martin Lagroix, Jean-Louis Iaconis, Anna Stukas
  • Patent number: 9941562
    Abstract: A microwave-frequency filtering structure includes two dielectric layers separated by a conducting layer that is etched in the pattern of a filter, the upper and lower exterior faces of the stack being covered over the larger part of their surface by a conducting plane constituting ground planes of the structure, which are interlinked by a metallization of the periphery of the structure; two identical devices, an input and an output transition device, each allowing the passage from a microstrip mode to a stripline mode and vice versa, configured so that the geometry of the transition device is optimized to minimize the standing wave ratios at the ports of the filter, and to minimize the excitation and the coupling of the TE10 mode, two conducting pillars perpendicular to the plane of the structure and situated close to its principal axis, without being coupled with the filter, and linking the upper and lower ground planes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: AIRBUS DS ELECTRONICS AND BORDER SECURITY SAS
    Inventors: Michel Robin, Guillaume Tolleron
  • Patent number: 9582616
    Abstract: Methods for generating a flat pattern for a composite ply. A method includes receiving a tool model and a ply coverage, wherein the ply coverage defines a plurality of plies, a fiber orientation for each of the plies, and a boundary for each of the plies, determining one or more subset regions on the tool model based on the boundaries from the ply coverage, creating a merged ply combining the plies and aligning the fiber orientations, defining staging instances of the merged ply for each ply covering a subset region, determining a laydown order of the staging instances, running a draping simulation using the laydown order to solve the staging instances, generating a flat pattern from the draping simulation, and storing the flat pattern of the composite ply.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: SIEMENS PRODUCT LIFECYCLE MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE INC.
    Inventors: Julio Cesar Carrera, Jonathan T. Moran
  • Patent number: 9439464
    Abstract: Disclosed are a fabric bonding structure and processed fabric goods having the same. The fabric bonding structure includes: a first fabric; a second fabric provided so as to be in contact with the first fabric; and a bonding member having a first surface and a second surface at the other side of a side of the first surface, and being folded so that two points of the first surface meet, and the second surface being bonded to each of the first fabric and the second fabric, and the fabric bonding structure is applicable to processed fabric goods, such as clothes and bedclothes. According to the fabric bonding structure and the processed fabric goods having the same, it is possible to isolate fillings filled inside a fabric from the outside even without forming a sewing line, and bonding force at a bonding portion is excellent compared to a method of forming a sewing line or a bonding method using an adhesive in the related art.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: YOUNGWON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Ki Hak Sung
  • Publication number: 20150128370
    Abstract: A wipe structure of stitch bonded construction incorporating one or more substrate layers of an absorbent material with a barrier layer across a face side of the absorbent material and a preformed lightweight loop fabric disposed across the underside of the absorbent layers with loops projecting away from the absorbent layers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2015
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: TIETEX INTERNATIONAL LTD.
    Inventor: Lori Shannon Sears
  • Patent number: 8950346
    Abstract: The invention comprises using a fabric cut into several pieces which are further assembled together by stitches, the stitches being made using a sewing machine comprising at least two needles (A?, B?) operating in-line one behind the other so that the sewing stitch of the second needle (B?) is made on the threads of the sewing stitch made by the first needle (A?) in order to cover the perforation made by the first needle and so that the perforation made by the second needle (B?) is made through said thread (11), thereby filling said perforation with said thread (11).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Codefine S.A.
    Inventor: Piero Schinasi
  • Patent number: 8935824
    Abstract: A wipe structure of stitch bonded construction incorporating one or more substrate layers of an absorbent material with a barrier layer across a face side of the absorbent material and a preformed lightweight loop fabric disposed across the underside of the absorbent layers with loops projecting away from the absorbent layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Tietex International, Ltd
    Inventor: Lori Shannon Sears
  • Patent number: 8852713
    Abstract: Materials and methods are provided for producing preform materials for impact-resistant composite materials suitable for liquid molding. Interlayers formed of nonwoven, continuous fibers, such as spunbonded, spunlaced, or mesh fabric, are introduced between non-crimped layers of unidirectional reinforcing fibers to produce a preform for use in liquid-molding processes to produce a composite member. Curing of the preform provides increased impact resistance by increasing the amount of energy required to propagate localized fractures due to impact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Thomas Karl Tsotsis
  • Patent number: 8839728
    Abstract: An undergarment includes at least one piece of fabric that forms the undergarment. The undergarment has leg openings. The fabric includes edges that surround the leg openings, whereby at least one of the edges surrounding the leg openings has a plurality of fibers and at least some of the fibers have free ends terminating at the at least one of the edges surrounding the leg openings. A bead of a cured polymer is disposed over the at least one of the edges surrounding the leg openings. The cured polymer bead forms a finished edge that is stretchable for adjusting to movement of the fabric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Cupid Foundations, Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony Angelino, David Welsch, Ronald Boser
  • Publication number: 20140141198
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present invention are directed to a cushioned mat configured for use in environments where water may come into contact with the cushioned mat, such as in a household bathroom. According to various embodiments, the cushioned mat includes a foam layer configured to act as a cushioning material. To improve the drying performance of the mat, the foam layer is apertured. In addition, various embodiments of the cushioned mat may be provided with a surface layer of face fabric and a backing layer configured for reducing slippage of the mat against a support surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2012
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Applicant: Mohawk Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Maria Paola Teran
  • Publication number: 20140076220
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a heat-insulating-material mat (10) in particular for building construction, which is formed from layers (1, 2, 3, 4, etc.) which are arranged loosely one above the other and are made of insulating materials which fuse together exclusively under the heat of a standard flame of a fire test conducted in accordance with standard DIN EN ISO 11925-2 and are held together by means of at least one seam (31, 32, 33) which is configured in undulating form in the longitudinal direction (X) and/or transverse direction (Y) of the mat (10) and in the case of which at least one thread (20, 21, 22) is guided through the layers (1, 2, 3, 4, etc.), wherein the undulating form of the seam (31, 32, 33) is dimensioned such that, constantly changing in position in relation to the local surface area of the standard flame, it moves out of the local flame-treatment surface area. A method for producing heat-insulating-material mats (10) making use of a multi-needle sewing machine is also claimed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2012
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Inventor: Oscar Riccardo Rombolotto
  • Patent number: 8663422
    Abstract: A ceramic fiber based fire barrier for vehicles contains and directs fires and prevents or substantially hinders fire or extreme heat from adversely affecting underlying materials. The fire barriers protect the vehicle and vehicle components from damage from fire and heat, and also provide increased protection to passengers. The fire barriers provide additional time to properly evacuate passengers from a vehicle in the case of an emergency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Inventor: Graig Cropper
  • Patent number: 8613257
    Abstract: A multiaxial non-crimp fabric comprising at least two superimposed layers of multifilament reinforcing yarns arranged within the layers parallel to each other and abutting parallel together. The reinforcing yarns within one layer as well as adjacent layers are connected and secured against each other by sewing threads forming stitches proceeding parallel to and separated from each other at a stitch width w, the sewing threads form stitches with a stitch length s, and the zero-degree direction of the non-crimp fabric is defined by the sewing threads. The reinforcing yarns of the layers are symmetrically arranged in respect to the zero-degree direction of the non-crimp fabric and form an angle ? to the zero-degree direction, the angle not being equal to 90° or 0°, and the sewing threads have a linear density from 10 to 35 dtex.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2013
    Assignee: Toho Tenax Europe GmbH
    Inventor: Ronny Wockatz
  • Patent number: 8597760
    Abstract: A stitched multi-layer fabric is provided. The fabric includes an interior layer, a barrier layer, a yarn, and a face layer. The barrier layer is disposed over the interior layer and is configured to inhibit fluid flow. The yarn is stitched through the interior layer and the barrier layer. The yarn secures the interior layer to the barrier layer and forms stitch holes in the barrier layer. The face layer is disposed over the barrier layer. A melted portion of the barrier layer bonds the face layer and the barrier layer together and fills a portion of the stitch holes in the barrier layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: SWNR Development, LLC
    Inventors: William Thomas Woods, II, Douglas Stanley Lumb, Daniel L. English
  • Publication number: 20130255557
    Abstract: A stitched fabric including a barrier layer configured to inhibit fluid flow and a yarn stitched through and forming stitch holes in the barrier layer. The yarn and the barrier layer are free from contact by another layer on either side of the barrier layer. As such, the stitched fabric may be employed as a wearable fabric for a garment without the need for, for example, a separate face layer and a separate interior layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2012
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Applicant: SWNR DEVELOPMENT, LLC
    Inventors: William Thomas Woods, II, Douglas Stanley Lumb, Daniel L. English
  • Publication number: 20130105246
    Abstract: An energy absorber is provided that includes a first energy absorbing webbing, a second energy absorbing webbing and a plurality of connecting fibers. The plurality of connecting fibers couple at least a portion of the first energy absorbing webbing to at least a portion of the second energy absorbing webbing. The plurality of connecting fibers are configured and arranged to form at least two different tear strength areas in the at least one portion of the first energy absorbing webbing coupled to the at least one portion of the second webbing. The at least two different tear strength areas having select tear strengths.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2012
    Publication date: May 2, 2013
    Applicant: D B INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventor: D B INDUSTRIES, INC.
  • Publication number: 20120318182
    Abstract: A multiaxial non-crimp fabric comprising at least two superimposed layers of multifilament reinforcing yarns arranged within the layers parallel to each other and abutting parallel together. The reinforcing yarns within one layer as well as adjacent layers are connected and secured against each other by sewing threads forming stitches proceeding parallel to and separated from each other at a stitch width w, the sewing threads form stitches with a stitch length s, and the zero-degree direction of the non-crimp fabric is defined by the sewing threads. The reinforcing yarns of the layers are symmetrically arranged in respect to the zero-degree direction of the non-crimp fabric and form an angle ? to the zero-degree direction, the angle not being equal to 90° or 0°, and the sewing threads have a linear density from 10 to 35 dtex.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2011
    Publication date: December 20, 2012
    Applicant: TOHO TENAX EUROPE GMBH
    Inventor: Ronny Wockatz
  • Publication number: 20120313391
    Abstract: A vehicle interior component including a decorative covering includes a seam formed therein. The seam is formed in a single sheet of covering material while having the appearance of being formed by sewing two separate pieces of covering material together. The seam includes lines of functional stitching and decorative stitching and can simulate the appearance of a French seam. Sewing the decorative stitching into the single sheet of covering material can allow symmetric thread patterns to be more readily formed as part of the finished seam, and a seam can be located anywhere along the surface of a sheet of covering material to achieve a cut-and-sew appearance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2011
    Publication date: December 13, 2012
    Applicant: FAURECIA INTERIOR SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventor: Walter Kornylo
  • Publication number: 20120297547
    Abstract: A multi-needle quilting machine (20) is provided with a tape or ribbon guide (30) that is operated by a method by which a narrow strip (32) is fed against a facing layer (11a) of a wide multi-layered material (24) as it is fed into the quilting machine. In the quilting machine (20), series of chain stitches are sewn, at least one of which joins the tape (32) and layers of the multi-layered material (24) together with the same thread in a quilting process, thereby applying the tape (32) to the quilted product in a single quilting operation without the need for a post-quilting tape application step. The tape may form a decorative strip or have unsewn sections that serve as handles for a mattress when the quilted product is formed into a mattress cover.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2012
    Publication date: November 29, 2012
    Applicant: L&P PROPERTY MANAGEMENT COMPANY
    Inventors: Terrance L. Myers, David K. Winton, John A. Garrett
  • Publication number: 20120288664
    Abstract: Materials and methods are provided for producing preform materials for impact-resistant composite materials suitable for liquid molding. Interlayers formed of nonwoven, continuous fibers, such as spunbonded, spunlaced, or mesh fabric, are introduced between non-crimped layers of unidirectional reinforcing fibers to produce a preform for use in liquid-molding processes to produce a composite member. Curing of the preform provides increased impact resistance by increasing the amount of energy required to propagate localized fractures due to impact.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2012
    Publication date: November 15, 2012
    Applicant: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Thomas Karl Tsotsis
  • Patent number: 8215251
    Abstract: An undergarment includes at least one piece of fabric that forms the undergarment. The undergarment has leg openings. The fabric includes edges that surround the leg openings, whereby at least one of the edges surrounding the leg openings has a plurality of fibers and at least some of the fibers have free ends terminating at the at least one of the edges surrounding the leg openings. A bead of a cured polymer is disposed over the at least one of the edges surrounding the leg openings. The cured polymer bead forms a finished edge that is stretchable for adjusting to movement of the fabric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Cupid Foundations, Inc.
    Inventors: David Welsch, Anthony Angelino, Ronald Boser
  • Patent number: 8176864
    Abstract: A garment having a finished edge that is an unopposed edge. The unopposed finished edge has a first bead of a polymer material in spaced relation to the unopposed edge. The first bead of a polymer material provides an unopposed, finished edge that is stretchable for adjusting to movement of said piece of fabric. The fabric also has a plurality of second beads of a cured polymer material provided on said fabric adjacent said first bead of a cured polymer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: Cupid Foundations, Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony Angelino, David Welsch, Ronald Boser
  • Patent number: 8136463
    Abstract: Method and device for continuous production of three dimensional fabrics (50) made up of two or more external layers (51,52) of fabric connected to each other using thread strands (53) starting from separate pieces of fabric, overlapping and joining them and proceeding to sewing using strands (53), said sewing using strands (53) being performed using two pieces of fabric lying and sliding on the opposite faces of a spacer comb-like structure (6), that determines the length of the thread strands (53).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Assignee: Nat Style Limited
    Inventor: Achille Pio Tamanini
  • Patent number: 8062464
    Abstract: A ceramic fiber based fire barrier for vehicles contains and directs fires and prevents or substantially hinders fire or extreme heat from adversely affecting underlying materials. The fire barriers protect the vehicle and vehicle components from damage from fire and heat, and also provide increased protection to passengers. The fire barriers provide additional time to properly evacuate passengers from a vehicle in the case of an emergency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Inventor: Graig Cropper
  • Patent number: 7818834
    Abstract: An insulating product and method for its creation involving inner valves designed to impede the flow of insulating materials between compartments formed by the inner valves. This allows for creating vertical baffles in addition to the typical horizontal baffles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2010
    Inventor: Yick Lap Li
  • Publication number: 20100095587
    Abstract: A decorative adjustable fabric plant pot sleeve for covering various sized plant pots is provided in which a non-elastic fabric covering is integrated with an elastic lattice structure so as to provide an adjustable plant pot sleeve without sacrificing the quality of the fabric covering that is to be used.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2009
    Publication date: April 22, 2010
    Inventor: Merri Lee Marks
  • Publication number: 20100089297
    Abstract: A manufacturing process and resultant medical devices and components thereof wherein one or more individual laces (12) is placed within an embroidered structure (10) using an automated process allowing for the manufacture of embroidered surgical implants containing laces to be mass produced repeatably and cost effectively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2007
    Publication date: April 15, 2010
    Inventors: Peter Butcher, Christopher Reah
  • Publication number: 20100015866
    Abstract: Structure of semifinished product (10) for floating products comprising a plurality of layers (1a-Id) of flexible material having density less than water, for example foam polyethylene, mutually constrained to each other. In particular, the layers (1a-Id) are arranged according to an overlapped configuration and then constrained at fastening points, for example, seams (6) made by a stitching head (50) equipped with one or more needles (55) acting along a direction (60) substantially orthogonal to the layers (1a-Id). Each seam point (6) is, in particular, insulated, i.e. is made in order to result distanced from the other seams (6). This is to avoid the production of weakening lines, or zones, in the semifinished product (10) and to obtain, then a highly flexible product and at the same time having a high mechanical resistance. The seams (6) can be made in a random way or following a predetermined scheme to provide a homogeneous distribution on all the surface of the layers (1a-Id).
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 5, 2007
    Publication date: January 21, 2010
    Applicant: INCOM S.P.A.
    Inventors: Adriano Vignudelli, Lorenzo Nencini
  • Publication number: 20090223427
    Abstract: The following information relates to new process of recycling garments. Although the concept of recycling garments is not new, the new process and the results of those process are both new and unexpected. Rarely is the recycling of garments as practical and as easy as the process to be presented. Additionally, these process of recycling can enable apparel manufacturers, sewing boutiques, and even home sewers, to save money and time. Benefits include sewing as little as possible while having the effect that much sewing has taken place. Another gain includes the prospect of recycling garments that failed quality control inspections due to slight imperfections. By utilizing the new process, a marketable children's apparel line can emerge, from what would normally be a loss. Consider the benefits of a new children's apparel line almost completely sewn before the recycling process begin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2009
    Publication date: September 10, 2009
    Inventor: Cristi Turney
  • Patent number: 7503273
    Abstract: For the manufacture of a dry preform intended for reinforcing a composite structural member of an aircraft, a digitally controlled automatic machine similar to an embroidery machine deposits and stitches successive layers of continuous reinforcing fibres. In each layer the fibres are oriented and distributed according to a predetermined scheme. A preform is obtained having a predetermined three-dimensional shape in which the reinforcing fibres are distributed and oriented an in optimum manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2009
    Assignee: Alenia Aeronautica S.p.A.
    Inventors: Francesco Beneventi, Vincenzo De Vita, Sabato Inserra Imparato
  • Publication number: 20080295227
    Abstract: An undergarment includes at least one piece of fabric that forms the undergarment. The undergarment has leg openings. The fabric includes edges that surround the leg openings, whereby at least one of the edges surrounding the leg openings has a plurality of fibers and at least some of the fibers have free ends terminating at the at least one of the edges surrounding the leg openings. A bead of a cured polymer is disposed over the at least one of the edges surrounding the leg openings. The cured polymer bead forms a finished edge that is stretchable for adjusting to movement of the fabric.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2008
    Publication date: December 4, 2008
    Applicant: Cupid Foundations, Inc.
    Inventors: David Welsch, Anthony Angelino, Ronald Boser
  • Patent number: 7228809
    Abstract: A method of making a fabric having a finished edge includes providing a fabric having a plurality of fibers with free ends of the fibers at an edge of the fabric, disposing a curable polymer such as silicone over the edge of the fabric so that the curable polymer engages the free ends of the fibers at the edge of the fabric, and, after the disposing step, curing the polymer for finishing the edge of the fabric. The polymer binds the free ends of the fibers to prevent fraying of the fabric. The fabric is cut into a pattern piece for a garment before the step of disposing the curable polymer on the edge of the fabric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2007
    Assignee: Cupid Foundations, Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony Angelino, David Welsch, Ronald Boser
  • Patent number: 7056402
    Abstract: A ready-made technical process for manufacturing fiber-reinforced plastic building components envisions the use of a link and, optionally, a flange and/or a base using textile blanks as starting material. Initially, at least two layers of the textile blanks are positioned vis-á-vis one another, clamped in and undergo a first sewing-up process. A preform is fashioned featuring the architecture of the product that is to be manufactured, and subsequently the preform is infiltrated with resin in order to realize the plastic building component. A tension module realizes a flange on a textile preform and a sewing material holder receives a textile preform in order to implement the steps referred to.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2006
    Assignee: EADS Deutschland GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas Koerwien, Ernst-Joachim Bauer, Juergen Filsinger
  • Patent number: 7045191
    Abstract: A stuffed textile article and method of manufacturing the same has at least one compartment having a baffle gate which receives a tube-like stuffing tool through which loose stuffing is blown into the compartment. Upon removal of the tool, the surrounding layers and panels which define the compartment are placed under tension by the stuffing causing the baffle gates to automatically close upon removal of the tool permanently preventing migration of the stuffing out of the compartment. The gate has a primary panel secured to the top and bottom layers of the article and an adjacent secondary panel at least partially covering the primary panel. The primary panel has a slit and the secondary panel has a slot. Taken individually, the slit and slot are each preferably longer than the thickness of the stuffed textile article and longer than half the circumference of the stuffing tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2006
    Assignee: American Quality Assurance Corporation
    Inventor: Peter Huntley
  • Publication number: 20030145773
    Abstract: The conformal thermal insulating blanket may have generally rigid batting material covered by an outer insulating layer formed of a high temperature resistant woven ceramic material and an inner insulating layer formed of a woven ceramic fiber material. The batting and insulating layers may be fastened together by sewing or stitching using an outer mold layer thread fabricated of a high temperature resistant material and an inner mold layer thread of a ceramic fiber material. The batting may be formed to a composite structure that may have a firmness factor sufficient to inhibit a pillowing effect after the stitching to not more than 0.03 inch. The outer insulating layer and an upper portion of the batting adjacent the outer insulating layer may be impregnated with a ceramic coating material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2002
    Publication date: August 7, 2003
    Applicant: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Andrea Barney, Charles J. Whittington, Bryan Eilertson, Zenon Siminski
  • Publication number: 20030075258
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing wrinkle-free garment seams and garments made therefrom comprises (a) placing a bonding element comprising a thermal adhesive between garment components; (b) stitching along a seam line; and (c) applying heat and/or pressure to cause the adhesive to melt and flow along the seam to bond at least one garment component. The thermal adhesive has a melting point of higher than about 150° C., preferably in the range about 160° C. to about 190° C. Alternatively, a bonding element comprising any adhesive material and having a substantially U shape is used to make various seams, such as a yoke seam, a shoulder seam, a side seam, a pocket seam, a hem button stay seam, a sleeve seam, a collar seam, etc. Wrinkle free garments, such as shirts, pants, blouses, skirts, etc., incorporating the seams are produced.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2002
    Publication date: April 24, 2003
    Applicant: Guangdong Esquel Textiles Co., Ltd., Gang Jiang Exports Processing Zone
    Inventors: Yugao Zhang, Tian-Xi Li, Bai-Shun Chen
  • Patent number: 6508974
    Abstract: A method of flowing resin from an inlet opening into a sealed mold and a lay up which is comprised of at least one top layer of absorbent or reinforcing material which defines a passage or hole from the inlet opening to a non-absorbent layer which non-absorbent layer lies above at least one bottom layer of reinforcing material. This process flows the resin from the inlet opening into the mold then through the passage defined by the top reinforcing layer through the non-absorbent layer and then through channels defined by the non-absorbent layer throughout the lay up.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2003
    Inventor: David Loving
  • Patent number: 6434879
    Abstract: Mesh cells (30) for machine-made netting (51) use pairs of mesh bars (35) made from a continuous length of material and meet at a common coupler (34). Such mesh bars (35) have a lay with a common direction throughout the length of material. In a zig-zag pattern used in knitting machine-made netting (31), the longitudinal axis of symmetry (38) of mesh bars (35) turns at each coupler (34). Towing such mesh bars (35) causes water to flow past pairs thereof in two different directions with respect to their common lay. The directions of water flow are neither parallel nor perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of symmetry (38) of the mesh bars (35). As water flows past the mesh bars (35), the cross-sectional shapes of the mesh bars (35) produce a net component of force that is oriented in a direction perpendicular to a combined drag component of force for the mesh bars (35).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2002
    Assignee: OTTER Ultra-Low-Drag, Ltd.
    Inventors: Sherif Safwat, Valentin G. Perevoshchikov
  • Patent number: 6361722
    Abstract: A method of producing a carbon-carbon part having a filamentized composite fiber substrate is provided. A substrate having a plurality of discontinuous filamentized fibers and a binder that binds said filaments together to form a composite substrate is provided, and carbon atoms are deposited onto the filaments at a predetermined temperature so that the binder is removed completely from the filaments and replaced with carbon atoms to from a dense carbon-carbon part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2002
    Assignee: Cytec Technology Corp.
    Inventors: William Theys, Donald E. Wantock, Jeffrey J. Rose, Martin T. Choate
  • Patent number: 6308648
    Abstract: The present invention is generally directed to a method of making a lined fabric product having an open hem construction. An open hem construction refers to a lined fabric product in which a liner fabric is hemmed separately from a cover fabric. In this configuration, the liner fabric is allowed to drape independently from the cover fabric. In the past, fabric articles, such as curtains and draperies, having an open hem construction were primarily made exclusively by hand. The process of the present invention, on the other hand, allows some automation, improving the speed and cost at which the products are made.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2001
    Inventors: Perry E. Burton, John V. Noonan
  • Publication number: 20010018883
    Abstract: A sewn cover assembly of a type that is to undergo a foaming process involving injection and curing of a liquid foaming material therein. The cover assembly is formed by sewing together plural cover elements via two different sewing threads, using a sewing machine, so as to completely close and seal the needle holes formed therein against leakage of the liquid foaming material through the needle holes. Namely, one of the two threads used is large in thickness relative to another of them, thereby serving as a leakage preventive member in addition to being a sewing thread. A foamed product is also disclosed, which is formed by injecting and curing a liquid foaming material in such sewn cover assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2001
    Publication date: September 6, 2001
    Inventor: Makoto Iida
  • Patent number: 6267068
    Abstract: The invention concerns a stitched seam for high-tensile woven fabric sections, in particular dryer screen fabric for paper machine clothing, wherein the warp yarn loops (6) located at the end of the two woven fabric sections (1, 2) to be interconnected are interconnected at the common seam line by a closure wire (9). Associated with the warp yarn loops (6) at the location of the stitched seam and with the closure wire (9) is at least one reinforcing yarn (8) which takes up loops disposed parallel to the warp yarn loops in the eyelet region in order to take up the closure wire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2001
    Assignee: AstenJohnson, Inc.
    Inventors: Gisela Fickers, Stephanie Kuckart
  • Patent number: 6199495
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for sewing and cutting layered cloth wherein a sewing guide formed of at least semi-rigid, compliant material is used to guide the stitching of parallel lines to create channels within which the sewing guide is placed to act as a cutting mat when cutting the layers of fabric above the sewing guide, such as with a rotary cutting tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2001
    Inventor: Margaret D. Schafer
  • Patent number: 6177155
    Abstract: A trim assembly 40 for a vehicle comprising: a top cover 10 comprising gather-sewn peripheral portions 12 and 13 to form gather-sewn portions 15; a plate-like base member 20, to which the peripheral portions 12 and 13 of the top cover 10 are sewn on peripheral portions 22 and 23 of the base member to form sewn portions 26; and a cushion member inserted between the plate-like base member 20 and the top cover 10; wherein a gather-sewn upper peripheral portion 12 of the top cover 10 is overlapped and sewn on an upper peripheral portion on a body side surface of the base member 20 to form a sewn portion 26, the overlapped and sewn top cover 10 is turned over upwardly and further turned over beyond an upper edge of the base member 20 so as to face a room side surface of the base member 20, a gather-sewn lower peripheral portion 13 of the further turned top cover 10 is overlapped and sewn on a lower peripheral portion on the room side surface of the base member 20 to form a sewn portion 26, and the lower peripheral
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2001
    Assignee: TS Tech Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hideyuki Kurosaki
  • Patent number: 6123043
    Abstract: The present invention relates to the production of a reinforcement for a composite component, comprising a fibrous substrate (22, 23) reinforced by a stitching thread forming stitches (27.1, 27.2; 30.1, 30.2; 33.1, 33.2 and 36.1, 36.2) passing through said substrate. According to the invention, said stitches are oblique and pass through said substrate slantwise, making an angle of inclination of at most 30.degree.. It is advantageous for said fibrous substrate to consist of plies of crossed threads (22, 23) defining mesh cells (24) through which said stitches pass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2000
    Assignee: Aerospatiale Societe Nationale Industrielle
    Inventor: Georges Cahuzac
  • Patent number: 6045729
    Abstract: The manufacture of a fibrous structure (1) for a composite material part. At least one portion (3) of the fibrous structure (1) is obtained by at least partial machining of a fibrous blank stiffened by freezing a liquid impregnating the blank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2000
    Assignee: Aerospatiale Societe Nationale Industrielle
    Inventors: Georges Jean Joseph Antoine Cahuzac, Patrick Georges Jacques DeCraecker
  • Patent number: 5987669
    Abstract: A substantially closed baffle construction, filled thermal article comprises at least one baffle made with overlapping ribbons. A first ribbon is not attached to the inner surface of the lower layer in the overlapping portion and a second ribbon is not attached at the inner surface of the upper layer in the overlapping portion. The baffles are attached to either vertical channel baffles or to the sides of the article. This provides a self-closing gate that permits fill material to be placed within the baffle but does not allow it to migrate after the baffle portion is filled. The article of the present invention can be machine-washed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 23, 1999
    Assignee: Down Lite International
    Inventors: Gary Richard Leggett, Marvin Werthaiser