Patches Patents (Class 152/367)
  • Patent number: 10738460
    Abstract: A modular tire service station for servicing vehicle tires includes a first pre-configured service module and a second pre-configured service module that is proximate the first module. A customer area is disposed in at least one of the first module and the second module, a tire storage area is disposed in at least one of the first module and the second module, and a tire service area is disposed in at least one of the first module and the second module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
    Inventors: Ryan Douglas Hartschuh, Justin Marcus Beck
  • Patent number: 10647167
    Abstract: A pneumatic tire includes a fastener disposed on a tire inner surface, the fastener being a first fastener of a separatable pair of mechanical fasteners and being composed of at least two fastener members. The at least two fastener members sandwich a rubber-coated fiber reinforced member and fix together. The fastener is disposed at a position such that a distance (D) in a tire width direction from a center position (C) of the fastener to a tire equator line (L) and a maximum width (W) of the tire satisfy a following relationship: 0?D/W?0.40. The fiber reinforced member includes a plurality of fiber bundles disposed in alignment in at least one direction, a number of fiber bundles Y (bundles/50 mm width) per unit width of the fiber reinforced member being such that: 20?Y (bundles/50 mm width)?90.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: The Yokohama Rubber Co., LTD.
    Inventors: Hayato Sakamoto, Atsushi Tanno
  • Patent number: 10222353
    Abstract: A method and assembly are provided in order to inspect a partially cured repair patch prior to installation. For example, an assembly for inspecting a repair patch is provided that includes a partially cured repair patch comprised of a composite material. The assembly also includes an acoustic facilitation layer disposed proximate of the surface of the repair patch through which ultrasonic signals will be introduced. The assembly further includes a vacuum bag surrounding the repair patch and the acoustic facilitation layer. The acoustic facilitation layer has an acoustic impedance that is closer to the respective acoustic impedances of the repair patch and the vacuum bag than the acoustic impedance of air is to the respective acoustic impedances of the repair patch and the vacuum bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Jeffrey Reyner Kollgaard, John F. Spalding
  • Patent number: 10046529
    Abstract: Provided is a method for repairing a radial tire that enhances the durability of patch rubber attached to a damaged portion of a carcass ply from the inner side of the tire and that extends the service life of the repaired tire while reducing the repair time. The method according to the present invention for repairing a radial tire (1) includes a step of attaching a patch rubber (10), in which a plurality of reinforcing elements (11) are arranged in parallel and covered with rubber, from the inner side of the tire to a damaged portion (7) of a carcass ply (5a) when at least one ply cord (6a) in the carcass ply is broken along with ply rubber at a sidewall portion (3). The patch rubber is attached so that the reinforcing elements (11) are parallel to a tire radial direction and so that inner edges (11a, 11b, 11c) of the reinforcing elements (11) in the tire radial direction are positioned to at least partially have different mutually distances in a perpendicular direction from a tire circumferential line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yoshinobu Shouyama
  • Patent number: 10035313
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for applying a repair patch to a damaged portion of a tire, the steps of the method including removably positioning the patch in a repair position overlapping the damaged portion, pulling a tab to remove a protective sheet to uncover at least a portion of the bonding surface while the patch is in contact with the tire, and pressing the uncovered bonding surface into contact with the tire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Compagnie Generale des Etablissements Michelin
    Inventors: E. Bruce Colby, Cesar Enrique Zarak
  • Patent number: 9434139
    Abstract: A system for repair of damaged holes in composite structures incorporates a repair system tool device having a sleeve sized to be closely received in a hole in a composite structure. The sleeve has a central bore for receiving parent resin and an array of orifices for radial expulsion of the parent resin into the hole. A caul plate seals the central bore and a vacuum bag covering the caul plate is sealed to the surface of the composite structure. Introduction of vacuum in the vacuum bag provides a differential pressure for infusion of resin from the orifices in the sleeve into delaminations extending from the hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Eugene Dan-Jumbo
  • Patent number: 9381781
    Abstract: A pneumatic tire assembly includes: a tire having a pneumatic cavity; a rigid structure for facilitating operation of the tire assembly, the rigid structure being bonded to the tire by a layered thermoplastic material such that a stiffness gradient is created between the structure and the tire; first and second sidewalls extending respectively from first and second tire bead regions to a tire tread region, the first sidewall having at least one bending region operatively bending when radially within a rolling tire footprint; and a sidewall groove defined by groove walls positioned within the bending region of the first tire sidewall, the sidewall groove deforming segment by segment between a non-deformed state and a deformed, constricted state in response to bending of the bending region of the first sidewall while radially within the rolling tire footprint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
    Inventors: Andreas Frantzen, Giorgio Agostini
  • Patent number: 9321223
    Abstract: A repair patch for an elastomer component, in particular for a vehicle tire, includes a cover layer, a connecting layer for contacting a wall of the elastomer component and at least one intermediate layer arranged between the connecting layer and the cover layer. The connecting layer has such a initial tack before vulcanization with the elastomer component that a connection between the repair patch and the elastomer component transmits at least the own weight of the repair patch and the connecting layer has a separation value of at least 5 N/mm after vulcanization with the elastomer component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: REMA TIP TOP GMBH
    Inventors: Christian Casper, Christian Rauch, Patric Scheungraber
  • Patent number: 9132004
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a silicon breast implant which minimizes stress concentration applied thereto after being inserted into the human body to maximize the resistance of same to fatigue-induced rupture, thereby improving the durability of the implant. The breast implant may include an elegant patch-adhesion portion having a thin thickness so as to provide superior overall feel and improve the appearance of the product. Further, the breast implant has a silicon shell defining an outer wall thereof and the patch adhesion portion for closing, from the outside, a hole formed in a bottom surface of the silicon shell so that the patch adhesion portion is increased in strength to maximize adhesion durability, safety of use, and effectiveness. The silicon shell has a uniform overall thickness, and the patch adhesion portion comprises a patch hole through which a patch adheres to a lower end of the silicon shell using an adhesive material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Inventor: Won Seok Yu
  • Publication number: 20140205848
    Abstract: The present invention provides a tire that can achieve vulcanization at low temperatures and in a short time, and has high peeling resistance, a method for manufacturing thereof, and a rubber member for repair used in the method for manufacturing the tire. The method for manufacturing a tire of the present invention is a method for manufacturing a tire by adhering an adherend tire member and a tire member through a rubber composition for adhesion, the method comprising using an unvulcanized rubber composition containing, per 100 parts by mass of a rubber component, 0.1 parts by mass to 4.0 parts by mass of xanthate based compound, and 0.1 parts by mass to 5.0 parts by mass of sulfur as the rubber composition for adhesion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2012
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kumi Fujiki, Kosuke Takano
  • Patent number: 8784588
    Abstract: The present inventions includes methods and apparatus for preparing a portion of a tire for repair, the methods having steps that include forming an edge along an opening within the tire, the edge extending between an interior and an exterior surface of the tire and including one or more tire reinforcement endings, the edge being formed to include an alternating arrangement of tire reinforcement endings. Particular embodiments of the present invention includes methods of preparing a portion of a tire for repair, the method having steps that include forming an edge within an opening of a tire, said edge extending between an interior and exterior tire surface and including one or more reinforcement endings of the tire; and, applying a wrap about the edge to substantially cover the one or more tire reinforcement endings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Michelin Recherche et Technique S.A.
    Inventors: E. Bruce Colby, Nathan J. Panning, Cesar Zarak
  • Patent number: 8720510
    Abstract: A tire patch for repairing an associated vehicle tire includes a patch body configured to overlay a portion of the associated vehicle tire, and a plurality of reinforcements received at least partially within the patch body, each reinforcement of the plurality having a first ending and a second ending, wherein the plurality of reinforcements are arranged to provide a staggered arrangement of the first endings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Michelin Recherche et Technique S.A.
    Inventor: Cesar Zarak
  • Patent number: 8714219
    Abstract: Methods of repairing tire portions have steps that include removing at least part of the damaged portion of the tire to form an aperture or opening through the tire; forming one or more grooves in the tire adjacent to and extending from the aperture; placing at least one repair reinforcement within each of the one or more grooves; placing a patch on the tire to cover the aperture and each repair reinforcement; and, applying material to fill the remainder of the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Michelin Recherche et Technique S.A.
    Inventors: E. Bruce Colby, Ralph E. Wimmer
  • Patent number: 8685527
    Abstract: A member a support for a device includes a mass of rubber delimited by two substantially parallel opposite surfaces forming respectively a supporting surface and a surface for connection with a tire. The mass includes an opening arranged in the connecting surface delimiting a recess arranged in the mass, and the opening does not lead to outside of the connecting surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignees: Compagnie Generale des Etablissements Michelin, Michelin Recherche et Technique, S.A.
    Inventors: Bernard Cubizolle, Claudio Battocchio
  • Publication number: 20130306212
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to provide: a patch rubber for repairing a radial tire, which patch rubber is capable of preventing troubles from occurring at an early stage in a repaired radial tire to enhance durability of the repaired radial tire; a method for repairing a radial tire by using the patch rubber; and a radial tire repaired by the patch rubber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2012
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Applicant: BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yoshinobu Shouyama
  • Publication number: 20130220503
    Abstract: Provided is a method for repairing a radial tire that enhances the durability of patch rubber attached to a damaged portion of a carcass ply from the inner side of the tire and that extends the service life of the repaired tire while reducing the repair time. The method according to the present invention for repairing a radial tire (1) includes a step of attaching a patch rubber (10), in which a plurality of reinforcing elements (11) are arranged in parallel and covered with rubber, from the inner side of the tire to a damaged portion (7) of a carcass ply (5a) when at least one ply cord (6a) in the carcass ply is broken along with ply rubber at a sidewall portion (3). The patch rubber is attached so that the reinforcing elements (11) are parallel to a tire radial direction and so that inner edges (11a, 11b, 11c) of the reinforcing elements (11) in the tire radial direction are positioned to at least partially have different mutually distances in a perpendicular direction from a tire circumferential line.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2011
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Applicant: BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yoshinobu Shouyama
  • Patent number: 8261798
    Abstract: A polyurethaneurea system that includes in some embodiments Parts A and B reaction components for a polyurethaneurea, wherein an exemplary embodiment provides a Part A that comprises between 55 and 75 wt. % of an oligomeric polyol, between 3 and 7 wt. % of an aromatic diamine chain extender, and between 0.1 and 1.5% of a reactivity catalyst; Part B includes between 1 and 15 wt. % of a short aromatic diisocyanate and between 5 and 35 wt. % of an aromatic diisocyanate prepolymer that is the reaction product of a short aromatic diisocyanate and a diol. The polyurethaneurea system may further comprise an elastomer-surface activator comprising a second short aromatic diisocyanate and a second aromatic diisocyanate prepolymer, wherein at least one of the second diisocyanates may be the same as at least one of the diisocyanates of Part B.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Michelin Recherche ET Technique S.A.
    Inventors: Philippe Laubry, Pete Proner, Claudio Battocchio, Brian B. Hightower, S. Todd Martin
  • Publication number: 20120196976
    Abstract: The invention relates to the use of an adhesive composition between a vulcanized rubber part and an uncured or prevulcanized or vulcanized rubber part, based on at least one highly unsaturated elastomer chosen from the group formed by natural rubber, polyisoprene, polybutadiene, styrene-butadiene, styrene-isoprene and butadiene-isoprene copolymers and styrene-butadiene-isoprene terpolymers, an aliphatic solvent and a “curing” system comprising at least one stable aryl dinitrile oxide compound.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2010
    Publication date: August 2, 2012
    Applicants: Michelin Rechercheet Technique S.A., Societe De Technologie Michelin
    Inventors: José Carlos Araujo Da Silva, Vincent Hunault, Pierre Robert, Anne Veyland
  • Patent number: 8109312
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for applying a patch to an interior surface of a tire, the apparatus comprising a patch holder having the top surface shaped to a contour of the interior surface of the tire, the patch holder comprising a patch receptacle and a plurality of orifices extending there through in fluid communication with a vacuum source, and, an adhesive barrier surrounding the patch receptacle. The steps of a method include placing a patch into a patch receptacle in a tire patch holder, the patch holder having the top surface shaped to a contour of the interior tire surface, directing the patch holder to obliquely contact the interior surface of the tire, and, pressing the patch into substantial adhesive contact with the interior tire surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2012
    Assignee: Michelin Recherche et Technique S.A.
    Inventor: Bradley D. Schober
  • Patent number: 8056594
    Abstract: An external puncture sealing patch for a vehicle tire is provided. The patch comprises a thin spiked pad made of flexible base and a number of sharp pins partially implanted in the base in a radial arrangement around a central void protruding vertically downward from the bottom surface of the base for penetratively engaging a depth of the tire about its puncture upon depression onto the top surface of the base. A thick coat of an elastomeric sealant is added to the spiked side of the patch for sealingly adhering the spiked pad to the tire as the sealant fills any irregular clearances between the spiked pad and tire to reinforce the attachment thereof. In order to keep the patch effective for an extended period of time, the patch is also provided in a contained form whereby the patch in a dual-purpose container can be quickly deployed at the time of need for application to a tire puncture in a safe and comfortable manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Inventor: Man-Young Jung
  • Publication number: 20110162772
    Abstract: Methods and a tire patch for repairing a damaged tire portion are provided. In one embodiment, such method includes the steps of: buffing an interior surface of the tire about a perimeter of the damaged tire portion to form a patch receiving surface, the interior surface being buffed to a depth sufficient to place a tire patch reinforcement of a tire patch a distance of approximately 3 millimeters or less from a damaged tire reinforcement; covering the damaged portion by applying a pre-assembled patch to the patch receiving surface along the interior surface of the tire, the tire patch sized to cover the damaged area, such patch including a reinforcement layer interposed between an air-impermeable layer and an adhesive layer, the adhesive layer being at least partially uncured for facilitating attachment of the repair patch to the tire; and, curing the patch to the tire.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2008
    Publication date: July 7, 2011
    Applicant: MICHELIN RECHERCHE ET TECHNIQUE S.A.
    Inventors: E. Bruce Colby, Nathan J. Panning, Cesar E. Zarak
  • Publication number: 20110114250
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for repairing a damaged area of tire include a tire patch, a patch body having a length extending longitudinally, a width extending laterally, and a thickness vertically within the patch; and, a plurality of reinforcements extending in a lengthwise direction of the patch, the plurality of reinforcements being arranged in a spaced-apart, side-by-side arrangement, where at least a portion of the plurality of reinforcements are arranged to laterally alternate between two or more elevations respective of the patch thickness. Methods of applying the patch include attaching the tire patch to a portion of the tire to cover the damaged area of the tire, wherein the arrangement reinforcements alternating along the path is positioned in close relation to the damaged area of the tire.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2008
    Publication date: May 19, 2011
    Applicant: MICHELIN RECHERCHE ET TECHNIQUE S.A.
    Inventors: Nathan J. Panning, Cesar Zarak
  • Publication number: 20110108177
    Abstract: A tire patch for repairing an associated vehicle tire includes a patch body configured to overlay a portion of the associated vehicle tire, and a plurality of reinforcements received at least partially within the patch body, each reinforcement of the plurality having a first ending and a second ending, wherein the plurality of reinforcements are arranged to provide a staggered arrangement of the first endings.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2008
    Publication date: May 12, 2011
    Applicant: MICHELIN RECHERCHE ET TECHNIQUE S.A.
    Inventor: Cesar Zarak
  • Publication number: 20110094644
    Abstract: Methods of repairing tire portions have steps that include removing at least part of the damaged portion of the tire to form an aperture or opening through the tire; forming one or more grooves in the tire adjacent to and extending from the aperture; placing at least one repair reinforcement within each of the one or more grooves; placing a patch on the tire to cover the aperture and each repair reinforcement; and, applying material to fill the remainder of the opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2008
    Publication date: April 28, 2011
    Applicant: MICHELIN RECHERCHE ET TECHNIQUE S.A.
    Inventors: E. Bruce Colby, Ralph E. Wimmer
  • Publication number: 20100258237
    Abstract: A repair patch for repairing radial tires that reduces the size of a bulge as typically appears in the sidewall of a repaired radial tire. The patch includes a ply package having a first reinforcement ply and a second reinforcement ply superimposed on the first reinforcement ply. The first reinforcement ply package comprises a tissue of first reinforcement cords that are arranged in a radial direction while the second reinforcement play comprises a tissue of second reinforcement cords that are arranged essentially in a 0 degrees direction. The patch of particular embodiments may further include a top cushion gum layer and a bottom cushion gum layer, wherein the ply package is interposed between the top and bottom cushion gum layers. Also included are methods for using the repair patch to repair radial tires.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2007
    Publication date: October 14, 2010
    Inventors: Rodney R. Bailey, Cesar Enrique Zarak
  • Publication number: 20100258229
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for applying a repair patch to a damaged portion of a tire, the steps of the method including removably positioning the patch in a repair position overlapping the damaged portion, pulling a tab to remove a protective sheet to uncover at least a portion of the bonding surface while the patch is in contact with the tire, and pressing the uncovered bonding surface into contact with the tire.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2007
    Publication date: October 14, 2010
    Applicant: MICHELIN RECHERCHE ET TECHNIQUE S.A.
    Inventors: E. Bruce Colby, Cesar Enrique Zarak
  • Publication number: 20100186863
    Abstract: Methods and articles utilizing a bonding material comprising ultra-accelerators and solvent-swollen diene rubber. Particular embodiments include a method for bonding surfaces of vulcanized diene rubber components. The method includes the steps of applying a bonding material having the solvent-swollen diene rubber and one or more ultra-accelerators to a surface of a first vulcanized rubber component and positioning a surface of a second vulcanized rubber component to oppose the surface of the first vulcanized rubber component with the bonding material between the opposing surfaces. The method further includes the step of bonding the opposing surfaces through the bonding material therebetween.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2007
    Publication date: July 29, 2010
    Inventor: Rodney R. Bailey
  • Publication number: 20090255617
    Abstract: An external puncture sealing patch for a vehicle tire is provided. The patch comprises a thin spiked pad made of flexible base and a number of sharp pins partially implanted in the base in a radial arrangement around a central void protruding vertically downward from the bottom surface of the base for penetratively engaging a depth of the tire about its puncture upon depression onto the top surface of the base. A thick coat of an elastomeric sealant is added to the spiked side of the patch for sealingly adhering the spiked pad to the tire as the sealant fills any irregular clearances between the spiked pad and tire to reinforce the attachment thereof. In order to keep the patch effective for an extended period of time, the patch is also provided in a contained form whereby the patch in a dual-purpose container can be quickly deployed at the time of need for application to a tire puncture in a safe and comfortable manner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2008
    Publication date: October 15, 2009
    Inventor: Man-Young Jung
  • Publication number: 20090229737
    Abstract: The invention relates to (I) a method for repairing an inner face portion of a pneumatic tire 11, characterized in that a repairing site J in the inner face portion of the pneumatic tire 11 having an innerliner in its inner face portion is repaired by (IA) attaching a thin-film repair member 22 made from a resin having a high air impermeability to the repairing site J with an adhesive 24 or (IB) attaching a thin-film repair member 22 made from a thermoplastic resin having a high air impermeability through solvent welding as well as (II) a repair member 26 for an inner face portion of a pneumatic tire 11, characterized in that the repair member is constructed by bond-laminating a rubber layer 27 made of a vulcanized rubber with a resin layer 28 made from a resin having a high air impermeability and attached to a repairing site J in the inner face portion of the pneumatic tire 11 to repair the repairing site J.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2006
    Publication date: September 17, 2009
    Applicant: Bridgestone Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Fujiwara, Ryo Masuya
  • Publication number: 20090159169
    Abstract: A device for fixing a module to the internal wall of a tire. This device includes a support secured to the tire and of a flexible strip, the support including means for fixing said strip, the ends of the strip having at least two independent means for attaching the module, and the strip having means for immobilizing the module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2007
    Publication date: June 25, 2009
    Applicant: Michelin Recherche et Technique S.A.
    Inventors: Pierre Durif, Xavier Paul, Patrick T. Hicks, Terry James Martin
  • Publication number: 20090084480
    Abstract: A new and useful patch (305) that may be used to mount a relatively rigid structure (300) onto the surface of a tire (315) is provided. Such rigid structure (300) may be, by way of example only, an electronics device, printed circuit board, piezoelectric component, or other devices that are relatively more rigid than the material from which the patch (305) or tire (315) is constructed. The present invention helps reduce and control stress concentrations that occur proximate to such structures as the tire experiences repeated deformation during its use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2004
    Publication date: April 2, 2009
    Applicant: MICHELIN RECHERCHE ET TECHNIQUE S.A.
    Inventors: John David Adamson, Jay Clifford Sinnett
  • Publication number: 20080142137
    Abstract: The invention relates to a patch for repairing tires, hoses and the like by vulcanization comprising at least one cover layer (1) made of a vulcanized rubber material, a joining layer (3) which is made of a rubber material and is laterally projected with respect to said cover layer (1) in an edge area (4), a protective film covering the top surface of the joining layer (3) and a thin flexible peel-off film (7) which loosely covers the surface of the cover layer (1) and adheres to the projected edge (4) of the joining layer (3), wherein said peel-off film (7) which covers the cover layer (1) and the projected edge (4) of the joining layer (3) is provided with a gripping element (8) for the removal thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2006
    Publication date: June 19, 2008
    Inventor: Patric Scheungraber
  • Patent number: 6688353
    Abstract: A patch and method for mounting an electronic monitoring device to the innerliner of a pneumatic tire is provided wherein the monitoring device is potted directly to an attachment patch. A frame is built on an attachment patch and the electronic monitoring device is disposed inside the frame. An encapsulation material is poured into the frame and cured to encapsulate the monitoring device directly against the patch. The patch may then be connected to the innerliner of a pneumatic tire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2004
    Assignee: Bridgestone/Firestone North American Tire, LLC
    Inventor: Russell W. Koch
  • Patent number: 6546982
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for mounting a transponder module (602, 602a, 702, 951, 1000, 1020, 1102, 1102′, 1402) and an antenna (740, 740′, 862, 940, 1140, 1140′, 1200, 1300, 1320, 1360, 1360′, 1440, 1460) in a pneumatic tire (312, 630, 1204, 1350, 1350′), and for coupling or connecting the antenna to the transponder module. A patch (600, 700, 700′, 850, 950, 980, 1100, 1100′, 1210, 1356, 1356′, 1400) has an opening (620, 720, 720′, 856, 956, 986, 1120, 1120′, 1420) extending to a cavity (622, 722, 860, 960, 990, 1122, 1122′, 1422) within the body of the patch. The transponder module is removably retained in the cavity by a resilient annular lip (624, 724, 724′, 858, 958, 988, 1124, 1124′, 1424) extending around the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2003
    Assignee: The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
    Inventors: Robert Walter Brown, Richard Stephen Pollack
  • Patent number: 6386255
    Abstract: Tire patches are described for off-the-road (OTR) tires. At least the base cushion gum layer and the top cushion gum layer include a bis-imide in an effective amount to reduce reversion of the gum rubber composition during repair and during use. The bis-imides are significantly more effective in this application than other reversion inhibitors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2002
    Assignee: The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
    Inventors: Ramendra Nath Majumdar, Ezra Dewayne Bonds, Douglas Watha Miller
  • Patent number: 5695577
    Abstract: A method for the production of patch-rubbers intended to repair radial-ply and bias-ply tires. The patch-rubbers, although having the same strength as those known, are more flexible and do not affect the original mechanical features and performances of the regions of the tires repaired therewith, and are also suitable to perform retreading operations on tires by both high pressure molding machines and autoclaves. The method consists in superposing the plies (1a, 1b), embedding a fabric made by fiber cords, in such a way that their medium axes diverge from the longitudinal or symmetry axes A of the patch-rubbers, and in superposing on the plies, a further ply (2) of smaller area having rectilinear metallic cords forming a different angle with the above mentioned axes A.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 9, 1997
    Assignee: R.F.P. S.r.l.(Ricostruzione Fascia Prestampata)
    Inventor: Giuseppe Ferrara
  • Patent number: 5643648
    Abstract: A patch is provided for repairing articles such as bicycle tire inner tubes. The patch includes a backing; and a pressure sensitive adhesive layer having an average thickness of greater than about 0.076 mm disposed on the backing. The patch has a maximum thickness of no greater than about 0.64 mm, a T-Peel strength from an organic polymeric substrate of greater than about 0.18 kN/m after 1 hour dwell time at 22.degree. C., and a static shear strength of at least about 50 minutes from stainless steel at 70.degree. C. with a 7.6 kPa load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 1, 1997
    Assignee: Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: James J. Kobe, Gene R. Ward
  • Patent number: 5139840
    Abstract: A trapezoidally-shaped rubber patch for patching the sidewall of a radial-ply tire with broken or damaged cords. The rubber patch has a first layer of rubber containing radial metallic cords and at least one second layer of rubberized fabric with synthetic cords under the first layer. Beneath the second layer is at least one third layer of rubber. The patch has a knurled attachment surface for attaching it to a coresponding knurled tire attachment surface. The rubber patch also has a trapezoidally-shaped rubber plug extending outwardly from the attachment surface. The rubber plug fits into a window which is cut in the sidewall of the tire in the area of the broken or damaged cords. The first layer of rubber is raised with respect to the attachment surface. The first layer of rubber is as wide as the base of the plug in the area beneath it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 1989
    Date of Patent: August 18, 1992
    Assignee: R.F.P. S.r.l. - Ricostruzione Fascia Prestampata
    Inventor: Giuseppe Ferrara
  • Patent number: 4978403
    Abstract: A tire repair method includes assembling a harness having straps, a first (or outside) air bag and a first (or outside) heating pad, placing a tire having an area in need of repair so that the repair site is over the heating pad and the tires axis of rotation is parallel to the harness straps, then inserting a second (or inside) heating pad and a second (or inside) air bag on the inside of the tire, and finally putting in place a pair of complementary mandrel halves of the same size. These mandrel halves when in place overlie the repair area of the tire and the other items of equipment. Each mandrel half includes a top surface (which is placed in proximity with a tire bead), a convex outside surface which generally has the same contour as that of the inside of the tire sidewall, a flat inside surface, a bottom surface which is preferably convex, and two ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 1989
    Date of Patent: December 18, 1990
    Assignee: Myers Industry
    Inventor: Larry R. Kinyon
  • Patent number: 4798640
    Abstract: A repaired elastomer article having a cut or crack entirely therethrough. A treating agent is located about the cut portion on the inner surface of the article and an amine curable polymer or prepolymer layer resides over said treating agent. A cured elastomeric patch resides over said curable polymer. Since the amine curable polymer cures at ambient temperatures, the repair of the elastomer article can occur on site. The invention is especially useful in the repair of tires.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 1987
    Date of Patent: January 17, 1989
    Assignee: The Firestone Tire & Rubber Company
    Inventors: Russell W. Koch, Douglas D. Snyder
  • Patent number: 4732196
    Abstract: A repaired elastomer article having a cut or crack entirely therethrough. A treating agent is located about the cut portion on the inner surface of the article and an amine curable polymer or prepolymer layer resides over said treating agent. A cured elastomeric patch resides over said curable polymer. Since the amine curable polymer cures at ambient temperatures, the repair of the elastomer article can occur on site. The invention is especially useful in the repair of tires.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 1986
    Date of Patent: March 22, 1988
    Assignee: The Firestone Tire & Rubber Company
    Inventors: Russell W. Koch, Douglas D. Snyder
  • Patent number: 4696332
    Abstract: An elastomer article capable of being pressurized has a hollow extending therethrough. An elastomer free grid, generally in the form of a woven fabric, is located on the interior of the article in the vicinity of the hollow and prevents the same from being removed therefrom. An elastomer patch is utilized therewith.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 1986
    Date of Patent: September 29, 1987
    Assignee: The Firestone Tire & Rubber Company
    Inventor: Russell W. Koch
  • Patent number: 4618519
    Abstract: A repaired elastomer article having a cut or crack entirely therethrough. An interior cavity is located in the vicinity of the cut or crack and has a filler therein. A treating agent is located about the cut portion on the inner surface of the article and an amine curable polymer or prepolymer resides over said treating agent. A cured elastomeric patch resides over said amine curable polymer or prepolymer. Since the amine curable polymer or prepolymer cures at ambient temperatures, the repair of the elastomer article can occur in situ. The invention is especially useful in the repair of tires.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 1985
    Date of Patent: October 21, 1986
    Assignee: The Firestone Tire & Rubber Company
    Inventors: Russell W. Koch, Douglas D. Snyder
  • Patent number: 4540035
    Abstract: An improved tire patch is disclosed herein for use either singularly or jointly with a tire repair plug for sealing a puncture of a vehicle tire. The improved repair patch includes a thick seal portion made of a soft resilient air impervious closed cell elastomer fully encased in a thin outer covering of the same material. The seal portion has parallel upper and lower faces and an aperture in the center portion thereof. A thin cover portion is bonded to the upper face of the thick portion and subtends the aperture thereof. The repair patch, when adhesively applied to the inner surface of a punctured tire with the aperture thereof positioned directly opposite the puncture, improves the durability of the repair, allows the joint use of a tire repair plug and avoids exposure of the repair patch to damage from the ends of broken steel reinforcing wires of steel belted radial ply tires.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 1984
    Date of Patent: September 10, 1985
    Inventor: Simon Roberts
  • Patent number: 4435470
    Abstract: Material for repairing punctures in tubeless tires from the outside is provided employing a multiplicity of substantially contiguous, lightly twisted fibrous cords which are heavily coated and at least partially impregnated with a highly plasticized and essentially weak, vulcanized elastomeric adhesive, the cords lying abreast and between a pair of release sheets, whereby the cords are encased in adhesive and can be peeled off the release sheets and separated as needed to repair various sized punctures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 1982
    Date of Patent: March 6, 1984
    Assignee: North Shore Laboratories Corporation
    Inventor: Alec W. Niconchuk
  • Patent number: 4434832
    Abstract: The repair of a reinforced elastomer article having a hollow therein relates to utilizing an amine curable polymer or prepolymer and a cured elastomer patch. The hollow in the elastomer, which can extend either partially or completely through the article, is filled with a gum rubber which is thereafter cured by conventional means, such as with spotters. The area beneath the now filled hollow is coated with a treating agent, followed by the amine curable polymer or prepolymer and a cured patch. The polymer is then cured at room temperature. One area of use is in the repair of tires.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 1983
    Date of Patent: March 6, 1984
    Assignee: The Firestone Tire & Rubber Company
    Inventors: Russell W. Koch, William W. Barbin
  • Patent number: 4415013
    Abstract: A method for repairing heavy-duty tires which have experienced separation at the intersection between the tread and sidewall is provided. The method comprises the steps of removing the loose rubber surrounding the separated area, buffing the area to a smooth finish, applying a rubber adhesive to the buffed area, firmly applying a blanket of uncured rubber of approximately one-half inch thickness to the buffed area and curing the rubber to the carcass. Alternatively, a thin blanket of tread rubber may be applied over a thin blanket of cushion gum to a total thickness of applied rubber of approximately one-half inch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 1982
    Date of Patent: November 15, 1983
    Assignee: United States Steel Corporation
    Inventor: Fred B. Vine
  • Patent number: 4408649
    Abstract: A tire repair unit is provided having a plurality of rubberized cord plies which are of a generally circular configuration and are of different area sizes. The several plies are assembled in stacked, superposed relationship but with the plies being of progressively larger area with respect to the smallest area ply designed to be positioned next adjacent the interior surface of a pneumatic tire casing to be repaired. The plies are relatively oriented with a peripheral marginal edge portion of the larger plies projecting a predetermined distance laterally outward with respect to the peripheral edge of the next adjacent ply. A layer of unvulcanized rubber is disposed in overlying relationship to the rubberized cord plies and is disposed next adjacent the smallest area ply. The rubberized cord plies may be unvulcanized or they may be vulcanized as a unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 1982
    Date of Patent: October 11, 1983
    Assignee: Technical Rubber Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Donald E. Litterini
  • Patent number: 4399854
    Abstract: A tire repair patch having at least one ply package enveloped by an unvulcanized base cushion gum layer and an unvulcanized top cushion gum layer joined at the edges of the ply package. The overlapping plies of reinforcing cords in the ply package are coated with rubber and are at least partially vulcanized prior to assembly of the patch to increase the strength of the patch and decrease the curing time upon application to a tire.The patch is made by coating the plies with rubber, laying the plies one on top of the other to form the ply package, heating the package to cure the rubber coating and then positioning the ply package between the unvulcanized cushion gum layers. An unvulcanized intermediate cushion gum layer may be positioned between two ply packages where there is more than one ply package in the patch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 1981
    Date of Patent: August 23, 1983
    Inventors: Jobbie DiRocco, David J. DiRocco
  • Patent number: 4385651
    Abstract: A tire patch that has a center rubberized fabric body assembly including overlaid pairs of plies of fabrics, each ply of each pair being a roughly half-moon shaped fabric piece positioned in superimposed but reversed relation to its companion, which pairs of plies are in gradually increasing size from top to bottom of the patch assembly, and top and bottom cover sheets for the patch assembly which has pairs of opposed concave shaped side and end edges to facilitate assembly into a tire carcass adjacent to the tire bead thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 1981
    Date of Patent: May 31, 1983
    Inventor: Jack V. Arquilla