Abstract: Disclosed is an automatic gumming system for automatically gumming an upper surface of a shoe sole or a bottom surface of a shoe body, comprises a conveying device, an data obtaining device, a treating agent applying device, a heating device, and a gumming device. The data obtaining device has an image retrieving member which is provided in a position corresponding to an image retrieving zone for the image retrieving member to scan a gumming surface of a gumming target to generate a gumming data. The treating agent applying device applies a treating agent on the gumming surface according to the gumming data. The heating device is provided in a position corresponding to a heating zone for heating the gumming surface. The gum applying device applies a gum on the gumming surface according to the gumming data, by which the quality and speed of gumming process can be enhanced.
Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer-readable storage media for applying an adhesive film to the sole of shoes. Application of a portion of the adhesive film can be performed by receiving a shoe on top of the adhesive film, which in turn is above a plate and compressible pins. Upon receiving the shoe, the plate is raised or lowered, and the compressible pins mark the perimeter of the sole of the shoe. The adhesive film is cut in a sole-shaped pattern due to the height differentiation, resulting in a sole-shaped portion of the adhesive film being adhered to the sole of the shoe.
Abstract: An insole for footwear includes at least one flexible base member for forming a foot supporting surface. The at least one flexible base member has a circumferential outline that corresponds to a predefined footprint. The insole further includes a stabilizing member that coextends along the at least one flexible base member for substantially a full length of the predefined footprint. According to a further aspect of the invention the at least one flexible base member defines a forefoot region and a heel region and preferably the stabilizing member extends between the forefoot region and the heel region. Thereby the stabilizer member preferably extends from an area for the big toe of the forefoot region. Stabilizer members with such features enhance pressure distribution and stability during walking for the users of footwear. In particular support along the longitudinal axis of a foot is important for running and walking.
March 14, 2011
October 13, 2011
Bartholomeus Mattheus de Roode, Bas Brongers
Abstract: Methods and systems relating to efficient shoe manufacturing that reduce the specialized human labor required to manufacture a pair of shoes while avoiding the high costs and special maintenance requirements often associated with highly automated manufacturing equipment are provided. Systems and methods in accordance with the present invention may be used to produce multiple models of custom shoes at a single shoe manufacturing facility using overlapping workflows, thereby reducing the physical footprint of the manufacturing facility. Additionally, embodiments of the invention may provide methods and systems for efficiently producing shoes to meet the demands of a particular geographic location, thereby eliminating the need to import shoes produced in other locations.