Delivering Cut Part To Indefinite Or Running Length Web Patents (Class 156/519)
  • Patent number: 10653566
    Abstract: A converting apparatus operates to control and transfer a folded absorbent article from a first carrier apparatus to a second carrier apparatus. The converting apparatus includes a transfer apparatus and a fluid supply member located adjacent to the transfer apparatus. The transfer apparatus includes a frame that is rotatable about a first axis of rotation and a transfer member that is rotatable about a second axis of rotation. The transfer member defines a receiving surface. The receiving surface includes a plurality of apertures that may operate in cooperation with the fluid supply member to remove any waist region folds in the absorbent article such that a substantially flat absorbent article may be transferred from the transfer apparatus to the second carrier apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Kazuya Ogawa, Matthew Alexander Gittings, Gord E. Graham
  • Patent number: 9248053
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a composite body of a sheet-like member of an absorbent article, the method includes: holding a first sheet-like member on a holding surface of a holding section; and delivering and attaching the first sheet-like member from the holding surface to a second sheet-like member. The first sheet-like member has a section that is to be delivered first, and a section that is to be delivered subsequently during delivery to the second sheet-like member. The first sheet-like member is held on the holding surface with suction air from a plurality of holes that have been formed on the holding surface. The holding section has at least two suction chambers. A first suction chamber is in communication with holes that suck the section that is to be delivered first, and a second suction chamber is in communication with holes that suck the section that is to be delivered subsequently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: UNICHARM CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoshikazu Ogasawara, Noriaki Ito
  • Patent number: 9145267
    Abstract: A transfer device equipped with a rotating body having multiple workpiece holding units that support a holding surface holding a continuous sheet member through suction that faces outward in the radial direction of the rotation body. Between adjacent workpiece holding units, arranged in the direction of rotation, the device is equipped with bed knives that produce single sheets by sandwiching and cutting the continuous sheet member in combination with a cutter member arranged to face the outer surface of the rotation body. The workpiece holding units pivot to follow the radial direction of rotation of the rotation body and modify the long direction face of the single sheets when the rotation of the rotation body takes the workpiece holding units past the position where the cutter member is arranged. At this time, the workpiece holding units are arranged so that part of the workpiece holding units passes over a bed knife.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: Uni-Charm Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroki Yamamoto, Kenji Takeuchi, Fumihito Kawazu
  • Patent number: 8999094
    Abstract: A method of continuous manufacture of a composite hollow board material comprising a first surface and a second surface, and between the first and second surfaces a plurality of distance members is disclosed. The method comprises providing material for the first surface from a first reel via a first guide roller towards an output lane; providing material for the second surface from a second reel via a second guide roller towards the output lane; and providing material for the distance members from a third reel towards the output lane such that the distance members comprises strips arranged, at any cross section perpendicular to the first and second surfaces and the direction of the output lane, perpendicular to the first and second surfaces and continuous along the output lane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: IKEA Supply AG
    Inventors: Dan Pettersson, Bengt Andreasson
  • Patent number: 8980025
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided for laminating a first and a second sheet (1, 2) comprising—a chamber (10) having a first, a second and a third compartment (11, 12, 13 resp.) subsequently arranged along a first axis (Z), each compartment having a port (21, 22, 23 resp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Nederlandse Organisatie Voor Toegepast-Natuurwetenschappelijk Onderzoek Tno
    Inventors: Jeroen Van Den Brand, Sander Christiaan Broers, Milan Saalmink, Andreas Heinrich Dietzel, Andreas Tanda
  • Publication number: 20150064820
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing an OLED display according to an exemplary embodiment comprises: forming a thermosetting adhesive layer having a getter receiving portion on a metal sheet; forming a display unit including a plurality of pixels on a substrate; forming a getter layer at an external side of the display unit on the substrate; adhering the thermosetting adhesive layer and the metal sheet to the substrate so as to locate the getter layer in the getter receiving unit; and hardening the thermosetting adhesive layer. The forming of the thermosetting adhesive layer includes layering a solid thermosetting adhesive sheet which has been patterned so as to have the getter receiving portion on the metal sheet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventor: Hoon Kim
  • Patent number: 8839836
    Abstract: A device for applying at spaced positions (P1, X) over a moving web of material (S) superposed strips of a first (A) and a second (B) includes a first (10, 12) and a second (20, 22) cutting unit arranged cascading with respect to each other. Each unit includes a rotary knife (10, 20) that can be fed with the respective material (A, B) and an anvil roll (12, 22) which cooperates with the respective knife (10, 20) to cut the abovementioned strips of material (A, B). The anvil rolls (12, 22) of the two units are arranged facing each other, movable of concordant motions with respect to each other and configured in such a manner to transfer the strips of the first material (A) from the first anvil roll (12) over the second anvil roll (22) superimposing them to the strips of the second material (B). The second anvil roll (22) then provides for passing over the moving web of material (S) the strips of the first (A) and second material (B) superimposed to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Fameccanica.Data S.p.A.
    Inventors: Nicola Cocozzella, Francesco D'Aponte
  • Patent number: 8789572
    Abstract: In the cutting transferring device according to the present invention, the cut film sheet is configured to be sucked onto the outer peripheral surface of the lower blade roll at a position where both side edge regions of the cut film sheet and a front end region thereof in a proceeding direction face an edge area 41B-1 in 41B of the second region while a remaining region of the cut film sheet faces a center area 41B-2 in 41B of the second region. And a suction holding force in the edge area 41B-1 is stronger than a suction holding force in the center area 41B-2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Unicharm Corporation
    Inventor: Hiroki Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 8770250
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided for splicing together old and new thermoformable sheets in order to supply a continuous thermoforming operation. The apparatus is used to join together thermoformable sheets by: providing a first thermoformable sheet with a trailing edge and a second thermoformable sheet with a leading edge; forming a terminal edge portion with a hot element along the trailing edge and a complementary terminal edge portion along the leading edge by severing a scrap sheet from each portion; laterally retracting each scrap portion away from the trailing edge and the leading edge; and joining together the first thermoformable sheet and the second thermoformable sheet by interlocking together the terminal edge portion with the complementary terminal edge portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Inventors: Jere F. Irwin, Dale L. Vantrease
  • Patent number: 8679282
    Abstract: Absorbent sanitary articles (2), such as nappies or incontinence pads with an elongated central body (2a) and at least one pair of closure tabs (5), are manufactured on a machine (1) by which the tabs (5) are directed in pairs from a feed unit (13) onto a transport line (6) carrying the articles (2) toward a sealing station. The feed unit (13) operates by making skew cross-cuts (16) in a continuous strip (15) of material, so as to generate a succession of tab elements (5) appearing trapezoidal in outline; the tab elements (5) are then distanced one from another in alternation along a direction (D3) transverse to their feed direction (D2) through the machine, so as to obtain two single columns (23) which are taken up by a roller (27) and aligned one with another so that the single tab elements (5) are ordered into a succession of transversely aligned pairs. The alignment roller (27) rotates tangentially to the transport line (6) and is timed to place one pair of tab elements (5) on each advancing article (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: GDM S.p.A.
    Inventors: Matteo Piantoni, Luca Pedretti, Alberto Perego
  • Publication number: 20140069586
    Abstract: Apparatus for producing a composite filler includes at least one die and a device for moving a stack of reinforced ply strips through the die. The die has peripheral die face adapted for forming the ply strip stack into a desired cross sectional shape. The cross section of the die face may vary around the periphery of the die.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2013
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Applicant: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Donald A. Anderson, Michael Robert Chapman, Robert A. Kisch, Kenneth Paul Zaballos
  • Patent number: 8651160
    Abstract: To automatically perform an attachment work of a material supply to a target object, a robot system includes a robot provided with a body, a first arm provided for the body and having a plurality of joints, a second arm provided for the body separately from the first arm and having a plurality of joints, and hand units respectively provided for the first arm and the second arm. The robot holds one of a plurality of types of workpiece components using the hand units of the first arm and the second arm at the same time, and the remaining type of the workpiece components is held and carried by the hand unit of the first arm or the second arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Yaskawa Denki
    Inventors: Katsunori Urabe, Kenichi Motonaga, Keigo Ishibashi, Takashi Shiino
  • Patent number: 8640756
    Abstract: Personal sanitary items are manufactured by a machine comprising a first feed system (2) directing a first continuous web (3) of material along a given feed path (P), a device (9) serving to make a succession of absorbent pads and apply the single pads to the first web (3) of material, and a second feed system (19) supplying a second continuous web (20) of material that is bonded ultimately to the first web (3), with the pads sandwiched between, to produce a continuous succession of sanitary items. The pad-making device (9) comprises at least one cutter (12) by which a continuous band (11) of absorbent material is divided up to produce the succession of pads, and the feed path (P) follows a convoluted trajectory substantially of “S” configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: GDM S.p.A.
    Inventors: Matteo Piantoni, Federica Alberti
  • Patent number: 8636136
    Abstract: An apparatus for conveying a plurality of parts to a substrate in a configuration which is offset from the centerline of the supply feed of discrete parts is disclosed as well as the related process. Such an apparatus and process are suitable for use in the production of products where one or more components of the product must be spatially shifted from their incoming location relative to the movement of the assembly line to a second position which is offset from its incoming location and orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventor: Adam N. Schoultz
  • Patent number: 8540841
    Abstract: A rubber sheet jointing apparatus is provided with first holding means for releasably holding a joint end portion of one of two rubber sheets, second holding means provided movably relative to the first holding means for releasably holding a joint end portion of the other of the two rubber sheets, and operating means for pressure-contacting the end surfaces of the two rubber sheets respectively held by the first and second holding means by moving the second holding means relative to the first holding means. Mutually facing surfaces of the first and second holding means are respectively provided with holder portions which are formed as rugged portions each taking a comb tooth shape and which are able to partly overlap to mesh with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignees: Fuji Shoji Co., Ltd., Fuji Seiko Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chikara Takagi
  • Patent number: 8459324
    Abstract: An intermittent cutting transferring device configured to cut a first web into individual sheets and to intermittently transfer the individual sheets onto a second web being continuously fed includes an upper blade roll with a blade and a lower blade roll with an anvil element. Each of the individual sheets cut from the first web is arranged to be guided and transferred onto the second web while the first web is being sucked onto an outer peripheral surface of the lower blade roll by the suction through suction holes formed in a first region on an outer peripheral surface of the lower blade roll. The first region defined as a suction region includes a plurality of the suction holes and a non-suction region does not include the suction holes. The suction region and the non-suction region are provided alternately in a roll rotating direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Unicharm Corporation
    Inventor: Hiroki Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 8287676
    Abstract: A seal agent D and liquid crystal C are clamped to a lower substrate 6, a pair of the lower substrate 7 and an upper substrate 7 are laminated with the seal agent D and the liquid crystal C interposed therebetween, and at least one of the pair of substrates is a roll-shaped long flexible resin film. When the substrates are laminated, the lower substrate 6 on one hand is aligned to the upper substrate 7 on the other hand in every arbitrary length. With this arrangement, productivity can be improved as well as a positional dislocation due to accumulation of positioning errors can be prevented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignees: JSR Corporation, Sumitomo Chemical Company, Limited, Sumitomo Bakelite Co., Ltd., Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd., Toppan Printing Co., Ltd., NEC Corporation, Hitachi Chemical Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Atsuo Nozaki
  • Patent number: 8276638
    Abstract: An intermittent cutting transferring device configured to cut a first web into individual sheets and to intermittently transfer the individual cut sheets onto a second web being continuously fed includes an upper blade roll with a blade and a lower blade roll with an anvil element. The cut sheet is configured to be sucked onto an outer peripheral surface of the lower blade roll at a position where both side edge regions of the cut sheet and a front end region thereof face an edge area of the second region while a remaining region of the cut sheet faces a center area of the second region. A suction holding force in the edge area is stronger than a suction holding force in the center area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Unicharm Corporation
    Inventor: Hiroki Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 8261801
    Abstract: An intermittent cutting transferring device configured to cut a first web into individual sheets and to intermittently transfer the individual sheets onto a second web being continuously fed includes an upper blade roll with a blade and a lower blade roll with an anvil element. Each of the individual sheets cut from the first web is arranged to be guided and transferred onto the second web while the first web is being sucked onto an outer peripheral surface of the lower blade roll by the suction through suction holes formed in a first region on an outer peripheral surface of the lower blade roll. The first region defined as a suction region includes a plurality of the suction holes and a non-suction region does not include the suction holes. The suction region and the non-suction region are provided alternately in a roll rotating direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Unicharm Corporation
    Inventor: Hiroki Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 8201607
    Abstract: A sanitary absorptive article producing device and method, particularly suitable for producing interlabial pads, which are small-sized sanitary absorptive articles having a mini-sheet piece. The method comprises a main-section assembly step for disposing an absorptive body between a face-side sheet continuous-member and a back-side sheet continuous-member, joining the face-side sheet continuous-member to the back-side sheet continuous-member to form a main-section continuous-body having a portion continuous therewith which becomes the main section of the sanitary absorptive article, and a mini-sheet assembly step for joining the mini-sheet piece to the back-side sheet continuous-member of the main-section continuous-body to form a sanitary absorptive continuous-body. The sanitary absorptive article continuous-bodies have their unnecessary potions removed by a round-cutting step to become individual sanitary absorptive articles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Assignee: Uni-Charm Corporation
    Inventors: Satoshi Mizutani, Masashi Hosokawa, Koichi Yamaki, Yuki Noda
  • Patent number: 8196631
    Abstract: A SMC lamination line is disclosed that has an upper carrier film and a lower carrier film with oriented chopped fibers being deposited between the carrier films. Resin paste or adhesive is provided to retain oriented fibers on the lower carrier film. A guide roller guides the carrier film in close proximity to an in-feed conveyor that feeds oriented chopped fiber unto the lower carrier film. The guide roller is preferably less than the diameter of the end roller of the feed conveyor. The guide roller is also preferably within the arc of movement of the ends of the oriented chopped fibers to ensure a smooth and non-disruptive transfer of the oriented chopped fibers to the lower carrier film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey S. Dahl, Raymond Silva, James E. DeVries, Carl F. Johnson
  • Patent number: 8163118
    Abstract: An apparatus and method are provided for splicing together old and new thermoformable sheets in order to supply a continuous thermoforming operation. The method for joining together thermoformable sheets includes: providing a first thermoformable sheet with a trailing edge and a second thermoformable sheet with a leading edge; forming a terminal edge portion with a hot element along the trailing edge and a complementary terminal edge portion along the leading edge by severing a scrap sheet from each portion; laterally retracting each scrap portion away from the trailing edge and the leading edge; and joining together the first thermoformable sheet and the second thermoformable sheet by interlocking together the terminal edge portion with the complementary terminal edge portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Inventors: Jere F. Irwin, Dale L. Vantrease
  • Patent number: 8127817
    Abstract: A rubber sheet jointing apparatus is provided with a first holding member for releasably holding a joint end portion of one of two rubber sheets; a second holding member provided movably relative to the first holding member for releasably holding a joint end portion of the other of the two rubber sheets; and an operating member for pressure-contacting the end surfaces of the two rubber sheets respectively held by the first and second holding member by moving the second holding member relative to the first holding member. Mutually facing surfaces of the first and second holding member are respectively provided with holder portions which are formed as rugged portions each taking a comb tooth shape and which are able to partly overlap to mesh with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Assignees: Fuji Shoji Co., Ltd., Fuji Seiko Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shigemasa Takagi
  • Patent number: 8097110
    Abstract: A placement apparatus comprising an anvil roller, a die roller communicatively associated with the anvil roller, and a bump transfer roller communicatively associated with the vacuum roll. The invention also provides a process for placing articles on a web, comprising the steps of providing a stream of articles, placing the articles on the anvil roller, moving the anvil roller, moving an output web, and periodically bringing the output web into communicative association with the anvil roller whereby the articles are transferred to the output web at a predetermined distance from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Assignee: Delta Industrial Services, Inc.
    Inventor: David Schiebout
  • Patent number: 8074790
    Abstract: A manufacturing method for an absorptive article having a waistband member, includes: transporting a continuum (for example, second to seventh continuum) including waistband regions 1A and 1B corresponding to the waistband member. In the transporting, the continuum is asymmetric with respect to a center line CL of the continuum in a moving direction of the continuum, and is transported while being held on at least a first belt conveyor 110 and a second belt conveyor 120.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignee: Uni-Charm Corporation
    Inventor: Hiroki Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 8069894
    Abstract: An intermittent cutting transferring device configured to cut a first web into individual sheets and to intermittently transfer the individual sheets onto a second web being continuously fed includes an upper blade roll with a blade and a lower blade roll with an anvil element. Each of the individual sheets cut from the first web is arranged to be guided and transferred onto the second web while the first web is being sucked onto an outer peripheral surface of the lower blade roll by the suction through suction holes formed in a first region on an outer peripheral surface of the lower blade roll. The first region defined as a suction region includes a plurality of the suction holes and a non-suction region does not include the suction holes. The suction region and the non-suction region are provided alternately in a roll rotating direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Assignee: Uni-Charm Corporation
    Inventor: Hiroki Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 8057619
    Abstract: An optical display device manufacturing system for bonding a first optical member to an optical display unit, comprising an excluding device for excluding a second optical member as an object to be excluded from a long release film that carries the first and second optical members, wherein the excluding device includes a tape member; a tape member rolling means on which the tape member is rolled; a roller for exclusion around which the tape member unrolled from the tape member rolling means is wound; a drive mechanism for shifting the roller for exclusion; and a take-up means for taking up the tape member wound around the roller for exclusion, wherein the excluding device being configured so that when the roller for exclusion is shifted, the second optical member is attached to the tape member and taken up.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: Nitto Denko Corporation
    Inventors: Satoru Koshio, Kazuo Kitada, Tomokazu Yura, Takuya Nakazono
  • Patent number: 8038827
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for applying tear tape to a wrapper by advancing a web by continuous movement in a machine direction. The tear tape is advanced in a cross direction, and cut in order to provide a cut portion of the tear tape. The cut portion of the tear tape is then advanced in the cross direction and into alignment with a width of the web and applied to the web without stopping the web from its continuous movement in the machine direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Assignee: Coating Excellence International LLC
    Inventors: Michael R. Nowak, David W. Schneider
  • Patent number: 8007623
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are provided to allow for cutting a stretchable first web into segments and securing the segments to a second web. The apparatus includes an infeed rate adjustment apparatus, a tension control device, a cutting apparatus, and means for securing the segments to the second web. The infeed rate adjustment apparatus is sized and configured to adjust the speed of the infeed of the first web to the cutting apparatus to space apart the segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: Curt G. Joa, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert E Andrews
  • Patent number: 7849904
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a system and method for applying tear tape to a packaging substrate. Features of the system include a tear tape applicator unit comprising a laser/tear tape unwind assembly and a tear tape applicator assembly and a winder comprising an unwind roll and a rewind roll. A packaging substrate is advanced from the unwind roll to the rewind roll. The tear tape applicator unit interfaces the winder such that at least one portion of a tear tape is cut by the laser/tear tape unwind assembly and applied to the web of packaging substrate by the tear tape applicator assembly. Features of the method include advancing a web of a packaging substrate along a rewinding line from an unwind end to a rewind end, cutting at least one portion of a tear tape, advancing said at least one portion of said tear tape toward said rewinding line, and applying said at least one portion of said tear tape to said web.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Assignee: Coating Excellence International, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael R. Nowak, David W. Schneider
  • Patent number: 7832446
    Abstract: A device for manufacturing a crosslaid fiber web on the basis of two parallel longitudinal fiber webs and segments of another longitudinal fiber web comprises a fixing table on which the longitudinal fiber webs and the segments come together. Furthermore, the device comprises a pair of high-voltage bars, movably arranged with respect to the fixing table. When a segment is in a correct end position with respect to the longitudinal fiber webs on the fixing table, the pair of high-voltage bars is activated and moved with respect to the segment and the longitudinal fiber webs, wherein the segment and the longitudinal fiber webs are situated between the high-voltage bars. As a consequence, the segment is fixed with respect to the longitudinal fiber webs, before being supplied to another device in order to get definitively connected to the longitudinal fiber webs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Assignee: Beiler Beheer B.V.
    Inventor: Martinus Cornelus Adrianus Van Den Aker
  • Patent number: 7811403
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for applying tabs to a traveling web of material at a transfer position when the tabs are provided to the transfer position in a path that is skew to the web travel path. A tab supply assembly carries the tabs in a tab path that is either perpendicularly skew or obliquely skew to the travel path of the web. The web is generally spaced from the tab supply assembly. A plurality of bump transfer surfaces is adapted to urge the web towards the tab supply assembly, thereby contacting a tab.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2010
    Assignee: Curt G. Joa, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert E. Andrews
  • Publication number: 20100243155
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are provided to allow for cutting a stretchable first web into segments and securing the segments to a second web. The apparatus includes an infeed rate adjustment apparatus, a tension control device, a cutting apparatus, and means for securing the segments to the second web. The infeed rate adjustment apparatus is sized and configured to adjust the speed of the infeed of the first web to the cutting apparatus to space apart the segments.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2009
    Publication date: September 30, 2010
    Inventor: Robert E. Andrews
  • Patent number: 7762300
    Abstract: A reclosable zipper strip is dispensed through a feeding mechanism and, when an optical sensor detects one of the splotch seal portions of the zipper strip, a desired length of zipper strip is advanced over an elevator platform. A knife is then signaled to descend and sever the advanced portion of zipper strip, which is thus deposited onto the elevator platform. As the selected portion of the zipper strip is being positioned and deposited onto the elevator, the web of flexible film is being positioned above the platform. A sealing head is then positioned over the web of flexible film, while at the same time the elevator platform is driven upwardly so that the zipper strip portion positioned thereon comes into contact with the web of flexible film. The heat passing through the web of flexible film creates an airtight seal of the zipper strip to the web.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2010
    Assignee: Com-Pac International, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald K. Wright, Christopher L. Pemberton, James K Hankins
  • Patent number: 7730922
    Abstract: Apparatus and method for visualizing air stream by little threads on aerodynamic surfaces such that strips of adhesive tape populated with threads are automatically fabricated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2010
    Assignee: Airbus Deutschland GmbH
    Inventors: Eva Maria Montilla Mendez, Susanne Wyrembek, Tim Moenning
  • Patent number: 7691223
    Abstract: An apparatus for making SMC comprising a conveyor belt assembly having a feed end and a transfer end. The conveyor belt assembly including a belt having an outer surface and an inner surface. A cutting support structure disposed between the feed end and the transfer end, and in contact with the inner surface. A cutting wheel having a perimeter surface and disposed adjacent to the cutting support structure. A feed tension member proximate the outer surface and disposed between the feed end and the cutting wheel. The feed tension member positions the fiber rovings onto the outer surface to be cut by the cutting wheel. The feed tension member, cutting wheel and belt cooperate to feed the fiber rovings at a feed rate, cut the fiber rovings into a plurality of parallel discontinuous fibers, and convey the fibers at substantially the same rate as the feed rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2010
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey Dahl, Glen L. Smith, Raymond Silva, Carl Johnson
  • Patent number: 7661344
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for producing shaped articles from a web material is disclosed. The apparatus generally includes a rotary cutting roller, preferably including indicia on an end surface, and an anvil roller operating in cooperating rotational movement with the rotary cutting roller. The apparatus die cuts web material into predetermined shapes. The apparatus further includes at least one sensor for detecting rotational movement of the rotary cutting die by way of the indicia on the end surface of the rotary cutting roller. The information from the at least one sensor and an encoder is processed and translated to drive means to thereby corrects variation in web alignment relative to the rotary cutting roller. The adjustment of the rotary cutting roller of the present invention allows the rotary cutting roller to cut within a high degree of accuracy and precision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2010
    Inventor: Wallace J. Beaudry
  • Patent number: 7640962
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for applying tape tabs to a traveling web of material, for example, placement of tape tabs on a running web of disposable undergarments. A pair of wheels each has a protuberance come in contact with the running web of material, which comes in contact with an infeeding tape web. The invention allows placement of tape tabs at asymmetrical spacings, where placement of the tape from contact of the first wheel and protuberance may not be equally or centrally spaced from placement of the tape by the second wheel and protuberance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2010
    Assignee: Curt G. Joa, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas C. Meyer, Tim Parrish, Jeff W. Fritz
  • Patent number: 7595092
    Abstract: A method for coating a fire-resistant substance onto a carrier veil and products containing fire-resistant substances are provided. The method includes delivering a pliable carrier veil in a traveling web, drawing the carrier veil web through a reservoir defined by a nip of two rollers and containing the fire-resistant substance, where the carrier veil is coated with the fire-resistant substance. The method also includes controlling the amount of fire-resistant substance on the carrier veil web by setting a nip dimension between the two rollers, passing the carrier veil through the nip of the two rollers and providing the fire-resistant substance as a slurry suitable to coat the veil exiting the nip with a layer effective to provide a selected fire resistance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2009
    Assignee: Pyrotite Coating of Canada, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael D. Huddy, Janice B. Loebel, Vaughn D. Zoller
  • Publication number: 20090032182
    Abstract: A device for producing a test adhesive strip roll, on which a test adhesive strip is wound, containing a thread access unit having a thread roll, on which a thread is wound; a thread cutting unit, which cuts a thread supplied by the thread access unit from the thread roll into the thread pieces having a predetermined length; an adhesive strip unrolling unit, which guides an adhesive strip; an assembly unit, which applies the thread pieces at a predetermined angle and a predetermined distance to one another to the surface of the supplied adhesive strip, so that a free end of a thread piece projects away from the edge of the adhesive strip; an unrolling unit, which unrolls a cover strip onto the surface of the adhesive strip and the thread pieces applied thereto to form the test adhesive strip, containing the adhesive strip, the cover strip, and the interposed thread pieces; and a rolling device, on which the test adhesive strip is rolled up.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2008
    Publication date: February 5, 2009
    Applicant: AIRBUS DEUTSCHLAND GMBH
    Inventors: Eva-Maria MENDEZ MONTILLA, Michael Reiners, Christopher Sander
  • Patent number: 7452436
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for applying tape tabs to a traveling web of material when the tape tabs are moving at a non-parallel angle to the web of material. An anvil that carries the tape tabs moves at a perpendicular or other non-parallel angle to the web. The invention allows placement of the tape tabs at different arrangements, such as the tape tabs running parallel to the web of material. A wheel with a protuberance located near the web contacts the web to press the web down and adhere a tape tap to the moving web.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2008
    Assignee: Curt G. Joa, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert E. Andrews
  • Patent number: 7431783
    Abstract: A method for producing plaster plates (44), according to which two fine cardboard-covered sheets of paper (8, 9) enclose a plaster-based hydraulic binder (10) in a shaping device (13), creating a composite band (45) that is hardened on one or several hardening bands (14, 15), the edges of said hardening bands (14, 15) being provided with two bands used for tapering in the horizontal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2008
    Assignee: Lafarge Platres
    Inventor: Michel Capron
  • Publication number: 20080105363
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are various waterproof membranes that may be applied to a sill surface of an opening in a building structure to waterproof that surface as well as direct water that penetrates through the opening out of the structure. Generally, one or more flexible waterproof membranes are adhesively applied to the sill surface for purposes of waterproofing that surface. Such membranes may further incorporate a back dam structure that is disposed proximate to the rearward edge of a sill plate (i.e., disposed toward the interior of the structure) to direct water towards the front edge of the sill plate (i.e., toward the outside of the structure). Further, such membranes may include wicking material on one or more surfaces to allow for directing water out of a building structure. In various arrangements, one or more flexible membranes may be utilized to create an open fronted sill pan.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2006
    Publication date: May 8, 2008
    Applicant: PROTECTO WRAP COMPANY
    Inventor: James Scott Ford
  • Patent number: 7347914
    Abstract: A method for producing an article of the present invention includes: a supply step of supplying a first web; a first bonding step of bonding the first web and an elastic together; a placement step of placing a second web so as to sandwich the elastic between the first web and the second web; and a second bonding step of bonding the first web, the elastic and the second web together at a plurality of locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2008
    Assignee: Zuiko Corporation
    Inventors: Toyoshi Umebayashi, Syuhei Kurata, Satoshi Tanaka
  • Patent number: 7341085
    Abstract: A station for the application of segments of openable/reclosable strip on a plastic film web destined to form bags, includes a device for sealing segments of strip at intervals on the film and a device for punching predefined zones of film. The punching device and the sealing device are positioned in the station along the film path to act in sequence in the same zone for punching the film and sealing the segments in the predefined points of the film keeping the film stationary between the film punching operation and the corresponding operation for sealing a segment on the film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2008
    Assignee: Ilapak Research & Development S.A.
    Inventor: Valter Tinivella
  • Patent number: 7293593
    Abstract: A placement apparatus comprising an anvil roller, a die roller communicatively associated with the anvil roller, and a bump transfer roller communicatively associated with the vacuum roll. The invention also provides a process for placing articles on a web, comprising the steps of providing a stream of articles, placing the articles on the anvil roller, moving the anvil roller, moving an output web, and periodically bringing the output web into communicative association with the anvil roller whereby the articles are transferred to the output web at a predetermined distance from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2007
    Assignee: Delta Industrial Services, In.
    Inventor: David Schiebout
  • Patent number: 7220335
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing an undergarment includes moving a web of body panel material in a longitudinal machine direction and cutting the web of body panel material along the longitudinal machine direction to thereby form a rear body panel web and a front body panel web each having a maximum rise and a minimum rise respectively. The maximum rise of each of the rear and front body panel webs is greater than the minimum rise of a corresponding one of the rear and front body panel webs. The method further includes shifting at least one of the rear and front body panel webs in the longitudinal machine direction and thereby aligning the maximum rises of the rear and front body panel webs. The method further includes aligning a s crotch member with the maximum rises of the rear and front body panel webs and connecting the crotch member to the front and rear body panels. The crotch member includes at least one stretchable component including an elastic material. A disposable undergarment is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2007
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul T. Van Gompel, Russell E. Thorson
  • Patent number: 7216685
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for producing a wearing article of the present invention includes supplying an elastic member; stretching the elastic member; placing the stretched elastic member so that the elastic member spreads across a plurality of first webs divided in a transport direction; making a part of a second web loose in the transport direction while transporting the second web, thereby forming a loose portion; placing the first web, on which the elastic member is disposed, on non-loose portion before and after the loose portion of the second web; and cutting the elastic member between adjacent first webs of the plurality of first webs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2007
    Assignee: Zuiko Corporation
    Inventors: Masaki Nakakado, Hitoshi Satoh, Satoshi Tanaka, Ikuo Tachibana
  • Patent number: 7172670
    Abstract: A single-pass, in-line process for creating multi-part articles by combining primary substrates in a first continuous web with discrete elements from a second continuous web which includes pre-cutting the second web to define, but not separate, discrete element portions and a waste portion, with the web remaining intact, joining the first and second webs in aligned relation in a manner which causes selected portions of the discrete element portions to adhere to selected portions of the primary substrates in the first web in a predetermined aligned registration to form multi-part articles and removing the waste portion of the second web from the combined web.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2007
    Assignee: Quality Assured Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph D. Franko, Sr.
  • Patent number: 7172666
    Abstract: Systems and methods for applying a web material to substrates are disclosed. In one example, there is provided a single first drive that may be coupled to a feed mechanism, a vacuum roll, and a rotary knife such that the respective peripheral speed of the feed mechanism, the vacuum roll, and the rotary knife is adjustable to provide a cut web material length that is in registry with a predetermined location on the substrate. In another example, there is disclosed a method that involves detecting a substrate to which a length of web material can be applied, and initiating introduction of a web material into a feed mechanism only if the substrate is detected. Another example includes introducing a web material traveling at a predetermined speed onto a vacuum roll that is positioned near a rotary knife, and rotating the rotary knife at a peripheral speed that is substantially the same as the predetermined speed of the web material traveling on the vacuum roll.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2007
    Inventors: Matthew E. Groves, Michael A. Fairchild