Trimming Patents (Class 12/57.5)
  • Publication number: 20150107033
    Abstract: The present invention relates to the automated cutting of pliable items. More particularly, the present invention relates to the automatic cutting and/or trimming of pliable items, such as a shoe upper that lacks uniformity. An image of the pliable item is captured having image features and a pattern is retrieved having pattern features, such as a proposed cut path. An image feature is compared to distance tolerances associated with pattern features to adjust the proposed cut path such that it satisfies the distance tolerances while providing a consistently sized and shaped trimmed item.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2013
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Applicant: Nike, Inc.
    Inventors: Chih-Chi Chang, Cheng-Yen Ho, Mike F. Quigley, Shu-Hui Wang