Sewing Patents (Class 156/93)
  • Patent number: 10449726
    Abstract: A method for reinforcing joints between one or more components is presented. Adhesive is applied to joint areas of contact between the components and the components are stitched together at the joint areas to ensure that the joints are mechanically stable enough to withstand stresses such as pressurization and external manipulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA
    Inventors: Julio Vergara, Andrew Padula, Lucas Restrepo
  • Patent number: 10434956
    Abstract: A fabric processing method and component (e.g., a vehicle component) includes providing and/or arranging a first fabric charge and a second fabric charge. A multi-piece fabric assembly is formed for single stage draping by stitching together the first and second fabric charges along a neutral stitching path. The multi-piece fabric assembly is formed into a three-dimensional shape and is then impregnated with a polymeric material to form the component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Eric J. Boettcher
  • Patent number: 10322530
    Abstract: A high-quality multilayer thermoplastic-resin-reinforced sheet material having excellent mechanical properties and drapeability in which a thermoplastic resin excellent in recycling efficiency and shock resistance is used as a matrix. A thermoplastic-resin multilayer reinforced molding formed of the multilayer thermoplastic-resin-reinforced sheet material, in which the high quality and the mechanical properties are maintained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: FUKUI PREFECTURAL GOVERNMENT
    Inventor: Kazumasa Kawabe
  • Patent number: 10302065
    Abstract: A strip of fiber-reinforced polymeric material for a longitudinal reinforcing structure of a wind turbine blade, the strip having substantially flat upper and lower surfaces and extending longitudinally between first and second transverse edges, wherein an end region of the strip tapers in thickness towards the first transverse edge, and wherein one or more slots are defined in the tapered end region, the or each slot extending longitudinally from the first transverse edge of the strip into the tapered end region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Vestas Wind Systems A/S
    Inventors: Jonathan Smith, Adrian Gill, Mark Hancock
  • Patent number: 9737153
    Abstract: A configurable, adjustable inflatable device including one or more inflatable bladders and a shape-defining member that combines with the inflatable bladders such that an overall shape of the configurable inflatable device is at least partially controlled by the shape-defining member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Inventor: Robert B. Chaffee
  • Patent number: 9663290
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a collapsible, flexible storage tank is provided that is capable of holding a liquid material. The tank includes a sheet of flexible, moisture impervious side wall material; at least one opening for receiving a fitting to fill and drain the tank; joining seams wherein edges of the sheet are joined, the seams extending about the tank in a spiral orientation; and closing seams wherein the side ends of the pillow tank are sealed. In another aspect, a collapsible, flexible storage tank is capable of holding a liquid. The tank includes a sheet of flexible side wall material; at least one opening for receiving a fitting to fill and drain the tank; and butt seams wherein edges of the flexible sheet are joined together in the same plane in a butt joint configuration using an overlapping piece of flexible, moisture impervious sealed material over the top thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: GTA Containers, Inc.
    Inventors: Yatish J. Joshi, Simon T. Addicott, Louise E. Addicott
  • Patent number: 9664052
    Abstract: A turbine component, a turbine blade, and a turbine component fabrication process are disclosed. The turbine component includes ceramic matrix composite plies and a feature configured for preventing interlaminar tension of the ceramic matrix composite plies. The feature is selected from the group consisting of ceramic matrix composite tows or precast insert tows extending through at least a portion of the ceramic matrix composite plies, a woven fabric having fiber tows or a precast insert preventing contact between a first set of the ceramic matrix composite plies and a second set of the ceramic matrix composite plies, and combinations thereof. The process includes laying up ceramic matrix composite plies in a preselected arrangement and securing a feature configured for interlaminar tension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: John McConnell Delvaux, Ronald Ralph Cairo, Jason Robert Parolini
  • Patent number: 9592901
    Abstract: A structural joint includes a first member having a first base portion and a first leg portion. The structural joint further includes a second member having a second base portion and a second base portion. The first base portion and the second base portion are coupled together at an overlapping portion. The first leg portion and the second leg portion form a cavity for structurally coupling to a structural member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: Textron Innovations Inc.
    Inventors: John R. McCullough, David Gordon Carlson, James Donn Hethcock, Paul K. Oldroyd, Carl A. May
  • Patent number: 9527271
    Abstract: Sealing Tapes adapted for bonding to a fabric laminated product are described herein. The sealing tapes exhibit a total cover factor of 1400 or less and exhibit a porous open structure having water resistance characteristics. In some embodiments, the sealing tape of the present invention comprises a base film and a woven fabric laminated on one side of the base film and an adhesive layer laminated on the other side of the base film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: W. L. Gore & Associates, Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroki Sadato, Junichi Akimori
  • Patent number: 9339080
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a fluid-filled chamber with a tensile element includes manufacturing a tensile element and incorporating the tensile element into a chamber. A first material layer, a second material layer, and a spacing structure having a plurality of support portions and a plurality of gaps may be stacked. The material layers may be located on either side of the spacing structure or on one side of the spacing structure. A strand may be stitched through the gaps to join the material layers and to form the tensile element. The spacing structure may be removed, and the first material layer may be spaced from the second material layer such that segments of the strand extend between the material layers. The tensile element may then be secured to opposite interior surfaces of an outer barrier, and the outer barrier may be pressurized to place the strand in tension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Danielle L. Taylor, James C. Meschter
  • Patent number: 9234500
    Abstract: A method of producing a composite shell structure in the form of a wind turbine blade shell part having a reinforced fiber material embedded in a cured resin includes: providing a mold part having a contour defining the outer surface of the composite shell structure; providing a preform forming part shaped complementary to the mold part molding surface; forming a preform of dry fiber material on the surface of the preform forming part; arranging the mold part and the preform forming part in an assembled position with the mold part molding surface facing the preform forming surface; releasing the preform from the preform forming surface so that it is received on the mold part molding surface; removing the preform forming part from the mold part; forming a mold cavity by means of a second mold part arranged on the preform; providing resin in the mold cavity; and curing the resin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: FM GLASFIBER A/S
    Inventor: Henrik Frederiksen
  • Patent number: 9185941
    Abstract: An insulation package and method of formation including a functional layer, a breathable water repellant insulating layer, and a highly breathable microporous membrane layer having a network of pores. The functional fabric, the highly breathable insulating layer and the microporous membrane layer are laminated to one another to form a waterproof breathable insulated fabric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: PRIMALOFT, INC.
    Inventors: Vanessa Mason, Joseph Rumiesz
  • Patent number: 9180628
    Abstract: A method for producing a tubular structural component and device for production thereof are disclosed. A tubular molding tool has an inner mold surface shaped corresponding to an outer surface of the structural component. A support surface of an expandable support, formed corresponding to the molding tool shape such that in an unexpanded state the support fills the molding tool while the support surface and the mold surface run parallel leaving an expansion spacing of the support surface to the mold surface, is covered with a tubular non-crimp fiber fabric, such that fibers of a fiber layer of the non-crimp fiber fabric run diagonally around the support. After the support has been arranged in the molding tool, the non-crimp fiber fabric is pressed against the mold surface by expanding the support with radial expansion of the non-crimp fiber fabric. The non-crimp fiber fabric is infiltrated by a curable matrix.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventors: Hauke Lengsfeld, Volker Reye
  • Patent number: 9173441
    Abstract: A protective pocket is provided for a substantially two-dimensional object, such as a race bib. The protective pocket includes cooperating first and second lightweight fabrics, and an opening for receiving the object. The first fabric may be an item of a race participant's apparel or a backing that itself is attached to such an apparel item. The second fabric may be a mesh member having spaced apertures through which the object is visible and exposed to elements. The protective pocket is configured to maintain the object in a substantially vertical planar orientation, and thereby in an “upright” position, such that it that is (a) substantially parallel to the plane defined by the adjacent surface of the race participant's apparel item, and (b) substantially parallel to the plane defined by the adjacent body part of the race participant (e.g., a torso or leg). This positioning also improves the visibility of the indicia printed on the object through the mesh member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Inventor: Brian Chumbler
  • Publication number: 20150126313
    Abstract: A sports ball having a high-performance cover formed from a plurality of panels with attached foam backing. The panels may be stitched together at stitch lines which are 2-4 mm from the edges of each of the panels. During manufacturing, before compression is applied, foam attached to outer layers for each of the panels may be a distance 2-6 mm away from the stitch lines. Foam attached on the inside of the sports ball may provide support and a robust round shape for manufacturing of a high performance sports ball.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventor: Ali Hasnain HUSSAIN
  • Publication number: 20150125650
    Abstract: A process for the production of a textile product includes placing a flat motif template on a textile substrate, sewing the motif template onto the textile substrate in such a way that a perforation defining a desired motif in the motif template is produced, removing the part of the motif template, that is outside the motif defined by the perforation, and permanently fixing the remaining part, having the motif, of the motif template to the textile substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2015
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventor: Harald Kaufmann
  • Publication number: 20150107754
    Abstract: Composite sandwich structure and method for producing such structure A method for producing a composite sandwich structure comprising at least a first and second face sheet of a fibrous reinforcing material sandwiching between them a sheet of a core material, the method comprising the steps of forwarding the multilayer object towards a connecting fibre inserting device and connecting the first and second face sheet and the core material together by inserting connecting reinforcing fibres.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2013
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventor: Jan Verhaeghe
  • Patent number: 9011621
    Abstract: A sports ball having a high-performance cover formed from a plurality of panels with attached foam backing. The panels may be stitched together at stitch lines which are 2-4 mm from the edges of each of the panels. During manufacturing, before compression is applied, foam attached to outer layers for each of the panels may be a distance 2-6 mm away from the stitch lines. Foam attached on the inside of the sports ball may provide support and a robust round shape for manufacturing of a high performance sports ball.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Inventor: Ali Hasnain Hussain
  • Publication number: 20150072103
    Abstract: Implementations described and claimed herein include methods of manufacturing related to a spaced array of individually formed void cells, which are linked together. The void cells are protruding, resiliently compressible cells manufactured by thermoforming, extrusion, injection molding, laminating, and/or blow molding processes. The individual void cells are molded and arranged in an array. A separate, porous binding layer is attached to the individual void cells in the array. In one implementation, two arrays may each comprise of linked individually formed void cells, wherein each array is aligned with the other array, and linked individually formed void cells of one array are positioned opposite the linked individually formed void cells of the other array, sharing the same binding layer. In another implementation, multiple arrays can be stacked upon one another. In another implementation, the linked individually formed void cells have substantially different force-deflection characteristics.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventors: Rico Tresso, Ethan Wyman, Collin Metzer, Peter M. Foley, Eric DiFelice
  • Publication number: 20150004863
    Abstract: Process for manufacturing carbon fiber fabrics, in which a fabric of carbon fiber (1) is impregnated with a silicone, polyurethane or acrylic emulsion (4) which is then dried together with the fabric (1). The present invention also relates to a fabric manufactured with this process as well as a coating for motor vehicles comprising this fabric.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2013
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventor: Attilio Masini
  • Publication number: 20140377501
    Abstract: A segment and a method for producing such a segment, in particular for an aircraft, having a skin field and a skin field stiffening structure. The skin field and stiffening structure are made from fiber-reinforced plastic materials. The stiffening structure is bonded to an inner surface of the skin field and comprises a multiplicity of first stiffeners and mounts which are formed integrally with the first stiffeners and extend in a transverse direction of the first stiffeners for the connection of second stiffeners to form an integral lattice structure. Reinforcement elements are provided for mechanically fixing the mounts to the skin field. Each reinforcement element has a connection section and a blocking section having an extension in a direction inclined to the connection section. The connection section penetrates the skin field and the mounts, and the blocking section is in contact with an outer surface of the skin field.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2014
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventors: Paul Joern, Markus Mueller
  • Publication number: 20140304883
    Abstract: A fabric (30) includes a first flexible fabric layer (32), having fabric emissivity properties in a visible radiation range that are selected so as to mimic ambient emissivity properties of a deployment environment of the fabric, and at least one second flexible fabric layer (34), which is joined to the first flexible fabric layer, and which is configured to scatter long-wave radiation that is incident on the fabric. The first and second flexible fabric layers are perforated by a non-uniform pattern of perforations (44) extending over at least a part of the fabric.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2012
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Applicant: AMETRINE TECHNOLOGIES LTD.
    Inventors: Elad Morag, Uria Kaplan
  • Publication number: 20140283974
    Abstract: A method of fabricating an aircraft landing gear rocker beam comprising a body having a clevis (24) with two lugs (19, 21) parallel to a direction that is radial relative to the body, the method comprising the steps of: forming a first mandrel; applying one or more first braided fiber layers (11) on the first mandrel; fitting a second mandrel element on the assembly as constituted in this way, the second mandrel element extending between the two lugs (19, 21) of the clevis (24) that is to be formed; applying one or more second braided fiber layers (17) on the assembly as constituted in this way; injecting resin into the various layers (11, 17) and polymerizing the resin; and machining the resulting workpiece blank in order to cut away a region of the second braided layers (17) in order to separate the two lugs (19, 21) of the clevis (24) from each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2012
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Applicant: MESSIER-BUGATTI-DOWTY
    Inventors: Richard Masson, Thierry Rougier, Patrick Dunleavy
  • Publication number: 20140259278
    Abstract: A medical gown (701) includes a layer of material (100) with a seam (401) disposed across the layer of material. The material can include a weave (110) of untwisted, continuous filament polyester. The material can also include a carbon filament (109). The seam is sealed by applying a tape (200) across the seam and applying heat to cause the tape to attach to the weave.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: MEDLINE INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventor: Jonathan Feldman
  • Publication number: 20140223631
    Abstract: A method for fastening a button to a panel of fabric includes the steps of looping a thread having at least a thermo-fusible element between the button and the fabric panel to create at least two runs of thread between the panel and the button; gathering thread from the runs into mutual contact and applying heat to the shank to melt the thermo-fusible element of the runs of thread.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2012
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Applicant: COATS PLC
    Inventors: David Goodwin, Ian Butcher
  • Patent number: 8801880
    Abstract: The invention relates to ultrasonic gap welding of flat woven fabrics. Specifically, the invention relates to a method of ultrasonic welding the seam termination yarn ends of a fabric using a controlled gap. A mechanical stop may be employed to control the distance or gap between the horn and anvil to a predetermined level based on the depth of welding and amount of weld energy. By adding another degree of control, the ultrasonic gap welding technique of the present invention is able to achieve fabric seams that are stronger than conventional seams, and even those enhanced with gluing, and is conducive to formation of fabric seams by spot welding or along the termination yarn ends of the fabric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Albany International Corp.
    Inventors: John J LaFond, Jennifer L Bowden, Lynn F Kroll, Joseph Botelho
  • Publication number: 20140216633
    Abstract: The present invention is a stitching apparatus and method of use wherein large spools of material can be used and driven into position in a sewing, embroidery or other stitching machine, thereby decreasing the complexity of the stitching process and reducing breakage and thread depletion. The apparatus generally comprises an upper thread feeding assembly, a lower thread feeding assembly, a stitching surface area and an activation assembly, wherein the activation assembly bonds the upper thread to the lower thread at the stitching surface area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2013
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Inventor: Geoff McCue
  • Publication number: 20140209233
    Abstract: A yarn or thread may include a plurality of substantially aligned filaments, with at least ninety-five percent of a material of the filaments being a thermoplastic polymer material. Various woven textiles and knitted textiles may be formed from the yarn or thread. The woven textiles or knitted textiles may be thermal bonded to other elements to form seams. A strand that is at least partially formed from a thermoplastic polymer material may extend through the seam, and the strand may be thermal bonded at the seam. The woven textiles or knitted textiles may be shaped or molded, incorporated into products, and recycled to form other products.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2014
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Bhupesh Dua, Carrie L. Davis
  • Patent number: 8771445
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method for producing single- or multi-layered fiber preforms by the TFP process with fiber strands which are aligned in particular such that they are oriented with the flux of force, wherein the fiber preforms have virtually any desired material thickness without troublesome backing layers and have virtually any desired surface geometry, comprising the steps of: laying and attaching the fiber strands on a flexible and elastic base, in particular a base formed by an elastomer, with a fixing thread led through a sewing head to form the fiber perform; and lifting the fiber preform off the elastic and flexible base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventors: Paul Joern, Ulrich Eberth
  • Publication number: 20140186567
    Abstract: The method relates to a trim part with an airbag cover, in particular for use in a motor vehicle, comprising a carrier and a haptics layer which are weakened along a tear line delimiting the airbag cover, and a decor layer of leather which covers the carrier and the haptics layer, wherein additionally a reinforcement layer is arranged between the haptics layer and the decor layer. According to the invention, the decor layer and the reinforcement layer have a constant thickness. The invention also relates to a method for manufacturing such a trim part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2013
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Applicant: Faurecia Innenraum Systeme GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Walter, Wolfram Bühler
  • Publication number: 20140186574
    Abstract: A method for producing and connecting fibre-reinforced components, in particular for an aircraft or spacecraft. The method includes the steps of: (a) providing a textile planar structure, of which merely a first sub-region is impregnated with a matrix; (b) heating the textile planar structure which is impregnated in part, in such a way that the matrix provided in the first sub-region of the textile planar structure cures; (c) connecting the textile planar structure in a second sub-region of the textile planar structure, different from the first sub-region, by stitching the second sub-regions; (d) introducing a further matrix at least into the stitched second sub-regions of the textile planar structure; and (e) heating the impregnated textile planar structure in such a way that the further matrix present in the stitched second sub-regions of the textile planar structure cures. The present invention further relates to aircraft or spacecraft production.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2012
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Inventor: Robert Alexander Goehlich
  • Publication number: 20140182773
    Abstract: A fastener and a method of making and using the fastener is provided in which the fastener includes a base having a top portion and a bottom portion. The bottom portion includes an adhesive layer portion. An elongated pliable core member is coupled to the base, with the core member having first and second ends, with at least the first end extending beyond an edge of the base. In another embodiment the base is configured to define a plurality of notches, with each notch configured to define an apex proximate the center of the base and extending with the edges toward an edge of the base and with two notches on each side of elongated pliable core member. The plurality of notches defines two sections of the base, with one section configured independently of the other section and with one section on each side of the elongated pliable core member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2014
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Inventor: Oscar L. Buselli
  • Publication number: 20140179468
    Abstract: A sport ball may include a casing having a plurality of panels forming an external exposed surface of the ball, wherein adjacent panels abut one another at seams. A substantial majority of the seams may each be formed by a first panel having a first edge and a second panel having a second edge abutting the first edge of the first panel at an interface, and a reinforcing strip affixed to a first internal surface of the first panel with a first thermal bond and to a second internal surface of the second panel with a second thermal bond, the reinforcing strip extending across the interface between the first panel and the second panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2013
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Applicant: Nike, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott R. Berggren, Allison C. Hammond, Vincent F. White, Scott W. Johnson, Eleazar C. Chavez, Tal Cohen, Geoffrey C. Raynak
  • Publication number: 20140167434
    Abstract: A trim part for an interior of a vehicle, the trim part having a substantially rigid carrier including a front side and a rear side and a covering arranged on the front side of the substrate. The substrate and the covering are connected to each other by a yarn seam. Also provided is a method for producing such a trim part and a sewing machine for making such a trim part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Inventor: Juan Medina Galarza
  • Publication number: 20140148228
    Abstract: A form-fitting case is comprised of two major components: 1) a structure for carrying mobile communications devices, and 2) a pocket for carrying of credit card sized devices. The pocket may be fabricated of fabric or leather. The pocket and structure are permanently adhered to create a single carrying case for both mobile communications devices such as cell phones and for items such as credit cards or paper money.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2013
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Applicant: CM4
    Inventors: Matthew Timothy Altschul, Michael Martin, Scott Dolin
  • Patent number: 8728263
    Abstract: A composite structure is provided including a first fabric and a second fabric. A substantially elongate and substantially rigid first member is spaced apart from and coupled with the first fabric via the second fabric. A resin substantially is infused into the first fabric and the second fabric, and substantially encapsulates the first member to form a unitary structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Alexander Velicki, Patrick J. Thrash
  • Publication number: 20140130958
    Abstract: The present invention teaches a new process for manufacturing mesh bags using a tube cloth. The process involve supplying a continuous tube cloth and at least one band with preprinted labels, propping up the tube cloth with a dynamic guiding assembly, attaching the preprinted labels to the tube cloth using hot melted adhesive or heat sealing methods and manufacturing a product from the tube cloth with the horizontal preprinted labels, and attaching plastic film to the tube mesh cloth.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2014
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Inventors: Hsiehyueh Wang Liang, Cheng Chun Chris Liang
  • Patent number: 8721821
    Abstract: A vehicle interior component including decorative stitching along a stitch path includes a seam filler located between a component substrate and an overlying decorative covering. The seam filler lies along the stitch path and supports the decorative covering directly beneath at least a portion of a line of decorative stitching, where the covering may include a reduced thickness portion. The seam filler can have any number of configurations to prevent visual defects along the stitch path and/or to cause the appearance of simulated seams to be more realistic. The seam filler may be deposited along the stitch path as a curable filler material that cures, or it may be provided as a pre-formed piece for attachment to the decorative covering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Faurecia Interior Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: William Filipp, George Grzywacz, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20140114409
    Abstract: A prosthetic anatomical device, such as, for example an annuloplasty prosthesis, is disclosed in which the prosthesis comprises a generally annular core and a cover surrounding the core, with at least a portion of the cover forming a cuff. In some embodiments, the cover may be particularly configured about the core to form the cuff. Various methods and structures for mitigating or retarding movement between the annular core and the fabric cover are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2013
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Applicant: ST. JUDE MEDICAL, CARDIOLOGY DIVISION, INC.
    Inventors: Chad Joshua Green, Grant Tsuchiya, Mindy Lor, Bruce Roman Musolf, Zhengrong Zhou, Gary Fischbach
  • Publication number: 20140096891
    Abstract: An animal deterring device has a carrier with a first conductive trace that is separated from a second conductive trace. The carrier has a bottom with a first glue trough disposed beneath the first conductive trace. The first conductive trace is coupled to the carrier by a first fastener that extends from the first glue trough to the first conductive trace.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2013
    Publication date: April 10, 2014
    Applicant: Bird-B-Gone, Inc.
    Inventor: Bruce Donoho
  • Publication number: 20140099483
    Abstract: A method of producing a reflection transfer for transferring a motif onto a substrate includes providing an adhesive-repellent base medium, applying a transfer adhesive to the base medium, creating a colored print image by offset printing or digital printing, and applying at least one reflection layer which contains a multiplicity of reflection particles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2013
    Publication date: April 10, 2014
    Inventors: Holger Weber, Harald Kaufmann
  • Publication number: 20140090770
    Abstract: Disclosed are grips and methods of making grips for use with the handle of an article, and in particular for use with fishing poles and golf clubs. Grips preferably include a multi-layered gripping member and an inner sleeve or mounting body. The gripping member can include an outer layer with a fabric layer coated and preferably saturated by polyurethane. The outer layer can be bonded to an inner layer to form the gripping member which is then attached to the sleeve. The sleeve can be ground from a starting block of material or may be injection molded. Also disclosed are handles including a connector configured to couple to a portion of a fishing pole. Such handles may include a multiple layers and can be selectively removed from the article. Methods are also provided for selectively coupling exchangeable handles to articles including fishing poles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2013
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Inventor: Ben Huang
  • Publication number: 20140084045
    Abstract: Cloth electronic product, by which physiological information can be examined through cloth, includes a packaging cloth or a heat melt adhesive film as circuit, at least an electronic component, such as resistors, microprocessors and sensing assembly, etc., at least a transmission line to be connected with the conductive region of electronic component. Method of producing a cloth electronic product includes sewing the electronic component on packaging cloth or heat melt adhesive film after being connected with the transmission line, or connecting electronic component with the transmission line during the process of jointing of transmission or sewing of packaging cloth or heat melt adhesive film, and then sewing the packaging cloth on the clothing cloth or integrating the heat melt adhesive film into the packaging cloth or clothing cloth. Original structure of the heat melt adhesive film cannot be viewed and miniaturization effects can be produced.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2012
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Inventors: Chang-Ming Yang, Chunmei Chou
  • Publication number: 20140072755
    Abstract: Exemplary appliques and methods of making the same are disclosed. An exemplary applique may include an adhesive layer having a first contour, and at least one fabric layer defining a second contour. The first contour may be inset from the second contour, with the second contour defining an outer perimeter of the applique. Exemplary appliques may further include a stitching securing the fabric layer to the adhesive layer along a third contour, where the third contour is inset from the first contour. Exemplary methods of making an applique may facilitate creation of a distressed outer edge of the applique.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2013
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Applicant: STAHLS' SCS
    Inventor: Fred Ciaramitaro
  • Publication number: 20140072375
    Abstract: Strong nonwoven fabrics can be used as a sheet in a silt screen fence or other temporary silt screen barrier. The fabrics can be without reinforcements. Enhanced features of these strong nonwoven fabrics can enable them to be used as a sheet in a silt screen fence or other temporary silt screen barrier without adding additional processing steps. A strong nonwoven fabric without internal or external reinforcement that does not tear easily and has excellent light stability can be used.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Applicant: CEREX ADVANCED FABRICS, INC.
    Inventor: ALBERT E. ORTEGA
  • Publication number: 20140069570
    Abstract: A method for sheathing a light guide with a flexible layer of sheathing. The method includes providing a light guide and a sheathing strip. The sheathing strip is made of a flexible material. The method also includes joining the light guide and the sheathing strip using a forming aid to form a light guide-sheathing composite. The forming aid places the sheathing strip about the light guide, leaving two excess ends of the sheathing strip extending from the light guide. The method further includes feeding the light guide-sheathing composite to a connection unit and connecting the two excess ends to produce a mounting tab for the light guide-sheathing composite.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2013
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Applicant: Lisa Dräxlmaier GmbH
    Inventors: Wolfgang Strasser, Rudolf Aichner, Anna-Maria Rauch, Elena Justus-Bischler
  • Patent number: 8663770
    Abstract: A method of forming a composite structure can include providing a plurality of composite panels of material, each composite panel having a plurality of holes extending through the panel. An adhesive layer is applied to each composite panel and a adjoining layer is applied over the adhesive layer. The method also includes stitching the composite panels, adhesive layer, and adjoining layer together by passing a length of a flexible connecting element into the plurality of holes in the composite panels of material. At least the adhesive layer is cured to bond the composite panels together and thereby form the composite structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Zin Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Bart F. Zalewski, William B. Dial
  • Publication number: 20140053968
    Abstract: The present invention is a method for manufacturing inflatable articles, or bladders for inflatable articles, that is time-efficient, simple, inexpensive and permits the uninterrupted manufacture of numerous and even customized article or bladder configurations and sizes, without expensive configuration-specific, metal tooling. The method includes the steps of applying a barrier material to a side of a first film, providing a second film with the first film so that the barrier material is disposed between the first and second films, adhering the first film to the second film so that the films are sealed together in areas except where the barrier material has been applied to form at least one inflatable compartment and sealed peripheral edge, and cutting along the sealed peripheral edge to form an inflatable article or bladder for use in an article of manufacture. The barrier material may be a paint, ink, paper or surface treatment that effectively prevents the first film from adhering to the second.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2013
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Applicant: Reebok International Limited
    Inventors: Frank MILLETTE, Brian Christensen, Paul M. Davis, Paul E. Litchfield
  • Publication number: 20140053969
    Abstract: Methods of forming a stitched multi-layer fabric are provided. An embodiment method includes stitching an interior layer to a barrier layer, the interior layer comprising a first non-waterproof fabric and the barrier layer configured to inhibit fluid flow, disposing a face layer over the barrier layer without contacting the interior layer, the face layer comprising a second non-waterproof fabric, and melting a portion of the barrier layer to bond the face layer to the barrier layer and to fill stitch holes formed in the barrier layer during the stitching.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2013
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Applicant: SWNR DEVELOPMENT, LLC
    Inventors: William Thomas Woods II, Douglas Stanley Lumb, Daniel L. English
  • Publication number: 20140041126
    Abstract: An inflatable mattress includes upper and lower air-impermeable layers, upper and lower linings that are respectively attached to the upper and lower air-impermeable layers, and a plurality of threads each of which has two ends respectively stitched to the upper and lower linings so as to permit each of the upper and lower air-impermeable layers to provide a substantially flat surface for supporting a user' s body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2013
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Applicant: ONGPIN ENTERPRISES CO., LTD.
    Inventor: J. S. Wang