Nonspooled Filamentary Material (e.g., Skein) Patents (Class 206/388)
  • Patent number: 10835974
    Abstract: To provide a wire collection device of a wire electrical discharge machine capable of collecting a used wire electrode even while a power supply for the wire electrical discharge machine is not turned off and even during electrical discharge machining. A wire collection device of a wire electrical discharge machine comprises: a first collection box having a wire inlet provided at a top portion; a second collection box having a wire inlet provided at a top portion, housed in the first collection box, and capable of being taken out to the outside through an access port formed in the first collection box; and a partition plate provided to be openable and closable for partitioning the interior of the first collection box into lower space for housing the second collection box and upper space, and for making communication between the lower space and the upper space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kazuyoshi Matake
  • Patent number: 10749309
    Abstract: A fiber-based optical amplifier is assembled in a compact configuration by utilizing a flexible substrate to support the amplifying fiber as flat coils that are “spun” onto the substrate. The supporting structure for the amplifying fiber is configured to define the minimal acceptable bend radius for the fiber, as well as the maximum diameter that fits within the overall dimensions of the amplifier package. A pressure-sensitive adhesive coating is applied to the flexible substrate to hold the fiber in place. By using a flexible material with an acceptable insulative quality (such as a polyimide), further compactness in the final assembly is achieved by locating the electronics in a space underneath the fiber enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: II-VI Incorporated
    Inventors: Eric Timothy Green, Daniel Christopher Myers, Todd Gregory Starner, Martin Richard Williams, Mark Filipowicz
  • Patent number: 10448757
    Abstract: A multiple shelf display hutch is provided that can be made from a single die cut blank. The blank comprises three or more vertical panels separated by vertical fold lines, the number of vertical panels equaling the number of sides of the hutch. The hutch may have three sides, four sides, six sides or any suitable number of sides. The layers/shelves may be vertically arranged so that their sides align vertically or may be offset from each other (rotated horizontally with respect to each other) in what may be referred to as “twisted” configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Sonoco Development, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark Urban
  • Patent number: 10364094
    Abstract: A needle storing device having a tube having a passageway, a first end and a second end, and a first cap having a top portion, a collar, a cavity, and an opening defined by a perimeter rim, wherein the tube is configured to receive at least one needlework circular, wherein the first cap engages the first end of the tube, wherein the collar of the first cap extends from the perimeter of the top portion of the first cap thereby defining the cavity of the first cap, and wherein the opening of the first cap is configured to receive a needlework circular.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Inventor: Claudia Carlson
  • Patent number: 10123477
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a string trimmer line holder device that includes a main body extending between a first end and a second end, the main body including a first opening proximate the first end and a second opening proximate the second end. A length of pre-cut string trimmer line is configured to be inserted into each of the first and second openings such that a first end of the pre-cut string trimmer line is inserted into the first opening and a second end of the pre-cut string trimmer line is inserted into the second opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Inventor: John E. Biers, Sr.
  • Patent number: 10118755
    Abstract: A backstacked paracord dispenser, comprising a body a lid and a backstacked length of paracord disposed therein. The body has a closed bottom and a first sidewall integrally connected to the bottom. The lid has a closed top with a through-hole disposed therethrough and a second sidewall integrally connected to the top. The second sidewall is sized to securely fit to the body. The length of paracord is disposed in the body and has one end extended through the through-hole. The paracord was backstacked into the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: QUIKCORD INC.
    Inventors: Matthew Adams, Matthew Austin Fioretti
  • Patent number: 9879813
    Abstract: The pinching device has an upper jaw assembly that pivots on a lower jaw assembly to clamp a flexible tubing between two clamping surfaces to restrict flow in the tubing. The upper jaw assembly is removable and may be replaced to accommodate different sized tubing. A lock down screw of a pivotal locking nut assembly is positioned in a compression seat of the upper jaw assembly at closure to avoid movement once set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: BIO FLEX SOLUTIONS, LLC
    Inventors: Ralph Meola, Robert J. Aulicino
  • Patent number: 9850092
    Abstract: This invention is about a string line holder, used by construction workers for aligning construction units, that is inexpensive to make because of its simplicity in structure and its material which string line holder, after the string line is used up or defrayed, can be completely disposed of and replaced by another inexpensive string line holder of the same structure. The string line holder is made from a cylindrically shaped reel or spool on which the string line is wound and has an elongated handle which can be entirely inserted within a cylindrical passageway through the reel or spool and can be partially withdrawn from the cylindrical passageway such that the reel or spool can be rotated around a portion of the elongated handle. The string line holder, including the reel or spool and the elongated handle, is constructed from an inexpensive material such as cardboard or plastic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Inventor: William Ralph Bond
  • Patent number: 9555999
    Abstract: A spool assembly includes a drum having a first axial end and an oppositely disposed second axial end. The drum includes an inner surface that defines a bore that extends through the first and second axial ends. A drum support is disposed in the bore of the drum. The drum support includes a first end and an oppositely disposed second end. The drum support has an exterior surface. The exterior surface of the drum support and the inner surface of the drum define a plurality of channels. A first flange is engaged to the first end of the drum support. A second flange is engaged to the second end of the drum support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: COMMSCOPE EMEA LIMITED
    Inventors: Trevor D. Smith, Thomas G. LeBlanc, Thomas Marcouiller, Nicholas Torman, Jeffrey Thomas Kidman
  • Patent number: 9066611
    Abstract: A jewelry organizer includes a generally rectangular-shaped body surrounded with a cover and a plurality of securing members attached to the cover at a top surface of the generally rectangular-shaped body. The plurality of securing members are uniformly spaced apart along an entire length of the top surface of the generally rectangular-shaped body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Inventor: Tina Bailey
  • Patent number: 9022211
    Abstract: Various embodiments of suture packages are disclosed to provide a surgical needle, having an associated length of suture material, to a surgical suturing instrument. The disclosed suture packages generally include a body portion having a needle supplying loading unit mounted thereon. Various methods of affixing the loading unit to the body portion are disclosed. The body portion defines a suture tray and a cover is provided to secure a suture within the suture tray. A securing ring is provided to secure the cover to the body portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Matthew Chowaniec, David Kirsch
  • Patent number: 8844726
    Abstract: Some embodiments disclosed herein provide a cord and retainer system including a cord retainer that retains a cord within a desired configuration. The cord retainer may be a paper element extending around a coiled cord. The cord retainer may promote the structural integrity of the coiled arrangement of the cord, and may have an aesthetically pleasing appearance (e.g., due to having edges that do not expose the internal structure of the material forming the cord retainer. In some embodiments, a second cord (optionally having its own cord retainer) is disposed within coils of the first coiled cord. In some embodiments, one or both of the first and second cord are disposed within one or more cavities of a packaging substrate, to fix their positions in a manner easily understood by a user, to enhance the user's experience upon unpacking the cords.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Bartley K. Andre, Michael Korinek, Mikael Silvanto
  • Patent number: 8800772
    Abstract: A method of using individually attached, disposable thread pieces from thread frames in conjunction with an epilation device, including providing a first thread frame holding a plurality of individually attached thread pieces of a variable length and thickness; providing a second thread frame holding a plurality of individually attached thread pieces of a variable length and thickness, wherein the thread pieces of the first frame are of a longer length than the thread pieces of the second frame; detaching at least one thread piece from the first thread frame and at least one thread piece from the second thread frame; and securing each thread piece from the first and second thread frames onto an epilation or threader device. An apparatus of a plurality of individually attached, disposable thread pieces secured by a first thread frame and a second thread frame in a straightened orientation for use with an epilation device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Inventor: Anita Schu-Chiam Shyun Sun
  • Patent number: 8789696
    Abstract: A device and method for the storage, transport, deployment and retraction of line includes a sleeve which defines a storage compartment and has an opening adjacent at least one end. A closure apparatus is disposed in the sleeve adjacent the opening. The closure apparatus is configured to adjust the opening to a position ranging from substantially closed to substantially open. At least one guide mechanism device is connected to the sleeve adjacent one of the opposing ends. The guide mechanism defines a passage for the deployment and retraction of the line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Cord Warden of Rochester, LLC
    Inventors: Samuel J. Imburgia, Michael A. Bayer
  • Patent number: 8763796
    Abstract: A dispenser including a first sheet defining at least part of one or more cavities; a second sheet defining at least another part of the one or more cavities; a plurality of pull covers attached to at least one of the first sheet and the second sheet; and a plurality of floss portions each located in a corresponding cavity of the one or more cavities, wherein when a pull cover of the plurality of pull covers is separated from the first sheet or the second sheet, a corresponding floss portion of the plurality of floss portions is removed, from a corresponding cavity of the plurality of the one or more cavities. One or more of the floss portions may be attached to, or formed integrally with, a corresponding pull cover of the plurality of pull covers. A weakened area may delineate a pull cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Inventor: Victor A. Grossman
  • Publication number: 20130341123
    Abstract: An escape system has a harness, pants, a hook, a rope, a slider, a carabiner and a bag. The bag is packed so that the rope is packed into the rope pocket of the bag and threaded through a channel of the slider, the slider and the carabiner attached thereto are packed in the bag on top of the rope, the hook is inside the bag and attached to a hook connector disposed on a flap of the bag, and the flap is connected to the front side of the bag. The carabiner is attached to a D-ring on the harness that is attached to pants worn by a human. In use, when the flap is pulled away from the front side, the hook is automatically pulled out of the bag, eliminating a step of groping for the hook during an emergency escape.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2012
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Inventor: Vincent McMahon
  • Publication number: 20130118940
    Abstract: A dispenser including a first sheet defining at least part of one or more cavities; a second sheet defining at least another part of the one or more cavities; a plurality of pull covers attached to at least one of the first sheet and the second sheet; and a plurality of floss portions each located in a corresponding cavity of the one or more cavities, wherein when a pull cover of the plurality of pull covers is separated from the first sheet or the second sheet, a corresponding floss portion of the plurality of floss portions is removed, from a corresponding cavity of the plurality of the one or more cavities. One or more of the floss portions may be attached to, or formed integrally with, a corresponding pull cover of the plurality of pull covers. A weakened area may delineate a pull cover.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2013
    Publication date: May 16, 2013
    Inventor: Victor A. Grossman
  • Patent number: 8430243
    Abstract: A cable organization system for storing one or more cables may include a case or housing, with one or more loops formed on an inner surface thereof. A middle portion of a removable tab is resiliently retained within each loop, with end portions of the tab protruding outside the loop. A first cable end is tucked within the loop, and the length of the cable is repeatedly wound around the loop and tucked behind end portions of the tab until the length of cable is spent. The second end of the cable may also then be tucked within the loop, or between windings of the coiled cable, to secure the cable for storage. When it is desired to remove the cable from the cable organization system, the tab may simply be removed to quickly release the cable or the cable may be unwound leaving the tab in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: DayMen Canada Acquisition ULC
    Inventor: Luis Quehl
  • Patent number: 8397966
    Abstract: Methods and systems are disclosed for storing cordage on a flexible carrier containing a plurality of holes, the cordage being quickly and easily removable from the flexible carrier when a temporary securement securing an end of the cordage is disengaged and an end is pulled. The flexible carrier can be a cordage storage article, a strap, a panel, a belt, a piece of clothing, a piece of a backpack, carry bag, tent, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Inventor: Douglas Shin Kim
  • Patent number: 8348050
    Abstract: A dispenser including a first sheet defining at least part of one or more cavities; a second sheet defining at least another part of the one or more cavities; a plurality of pull covers attached to at least one of the first sheet and the second sheet; and a plurality of floss portions each located in a corresponding cavity of the one or more cavities, wherein when a pull cover of the plurality of pull covers is separated from the first sheet or the second sheet, a corresponding floss portion of the plurality of floss portions is removed from a corresponding cavity of the plurality of the one or more cavities. One or more of the floss portions may be attached to, or formed integrally with, a corresponding pull cover of the plurality of pull covers. A weakened area may delineate a pull cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Inventor: Victor A. Grossman
  • Publication number: 20120292214
    Abstract: A dental floss package includes a dental floss with a usage section and two ends thereof. At least one packing bag has a receiving area formed by two side-walls for receiving the usage section of the dental floss and the two ends of the dental floss fixing on the side-walls. This dental floss package is easily to carry, environment-friendly and safe in use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2011
    Publication date: November 22, 2012
    Inventor: Yu-Ting Ou
  • Patent number: 8292066
    Abstract: An embroidery thread organizing card including a thread organizing structure having a front panel and a back panel, a barcode provided on a front side of the front panel near one corner thereof for material management, and instruction information provided on a rear side of the back panel showing things to be noted during embroidering, a plurality of information zones provided on the front side of the front panel, and a plurality of embroidery thread groups having a number and a location corresponding to that of the information zones and being clamped at an end to the thread organizing structure. Each of the information zones shows a thread color sample and information related to the use of the corresponding embroidery thread group. A user picking a thread for embroidery can at the same time obtain information related to the picked thread, so as to avoid using a wrong thread and to embroider efficiently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Jean Card and Gift Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ming Te Lai
  • Patent number: 8292067
    Abstract: Various embodiments of suture packages are disclosed to provide a surgical needle, having an associated length of suture material, to a surgical suturing instrument. The disclosed suture packages generally include a body portion having a needle supplying loading unit mounted thereon. Various methods of affixing the loading unit to the body portion are disclosed. The body portion defines a suture tray and a cover is provided to secure a suture within the suture tray. A securing ring is provided to secure the cover to the body portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Tyco Healthcare Group LP
    Inventors: Matthew Chowaniec, David Kirsch
  • Publication number: 20120074013
    Abstract: A ribbon package device includes a sleeve and a ribbon. The sleeve includes a central through-hole extending along an axis. The ribbon is wound to have a plurality of coils. The coiled ribbon includes a central portion and two end portions on opposite sides of the central portion. The coiled ribbon is inserted through the through-hole of the sleeve with the sleeve located in the central portion of the coiled ribbon. The central portion of the coiled ribbon has a thickness in a thickness direction perpendicular to the axis. The end portions of the coiled ribbon are spaced along the axis. Each end portion of the coiled ribbon has a thickness in the thickness direction larger than the thickness of the central portion of the coiled ribbon and larger than a diameter of the through-hole of the sleeve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2010
    Publication date: March 29, 2012
    Inventor: Yu-Tang Huang
  • Patent number: 8123027
    Abstract: An explosives deployment bag includes a main body portion having a chamber for containing and carrying at least one flexible material. The bag further includes a hole disposed through the main body portion through which a flexible elongate material can be controllably pushed or pulled into or out of and attached to one or more initiator(s). The bag also includes enclosing means disposed at the top of the main body portion for selectively covering the top of the main body portion through which another end of the flexible elongate material can be attached to a blasting material. A cap covers the blasting material and the top of the main body portion. Protective siding selectively covers the initiator(s). A handle and label means are also provided with the bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Inventor: Jeffrey B. Kirkham
  • Publication number: 20120006706
    Abstract: A take-up device for storing a flexible member, such as a cable, cord, flexible hose or tubing and the like, includes a housing for receiving a central portion of the flexible member in in a folded configuration with linear end portions thereof extending outwardly from the housing. The housing includes a member for holding an end portion of the flexible member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2011
    Publication date: January 12, 2012
    Inventors: Richard Robert Coulson, Joel John Yatscoff, James Davidson Benzie
  • Patent number: 8079116
    Abstract: A tie-down strap system designed to be integrated with the plurality of tie-down straps that are currently on the market. A system for the protection of the tightening mechanism, the storage of excess strapping during use, a storage device when not used as a tie-down strap, a hanging system when not in used as a tie-down strap, and a termination feature that prevents the free end of the strap from sliding through the tightening mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2011
    Inventors: Aaron R Ayers, Donald R. Young, Thomas John Lothrop
  • Patent number: 8009801
    Abstract: The invention relates to a packaging for a detonation cord (1) that is used especially for igniting shaped charge perforators in perforation guns utilized in the oil and natural gas industry. According to the invention, the detonation cord (1) is wound on one plane as a flat coil. Also disclosed is a method for examining whether a detonation cord (1) has faulty points. Said method is characterized in that the detonation cord (1) is subjected to an x-ray examination in the packaging before being delivered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: Dynaenergetics GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Rolf Rospek, Malte Veehmayer, Dimitri Riesen
  • Publication number: 20110203958
    Abstract: A device and method for the storage, transport, deployment and retraction of line includes a sleeve which defines a storage compartment and has an opening adjacent at least one end. A closure apparatus is disposed in the sleeve adjacent the opening. The closure apparatus is configured to adjust the opening to a position ranging from substantially closed to substantially open. At least one guide mechanism device is connected to the sleeve adjacent one of the opposing ends. The guide mechanism defines a passage for the deployment and retraction of the line.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2011
    Publication date: August 25, 2011
    Applicant: CORD WARDEN OF ROCHESTER, LLC
    Inventors: Samuel J. Imburgia, Michael A. Bayer
  • Patent number: 7913842
    Abstract: Packages of compressed blowing wool are provided. The packages include at least two partial packages of compressed blowing wool. The partial packages have a body of compressed blowing wool encapsulated by a bag. The partial packages include an open end and a closed end. The open ends of the partial packages are configured to expose the body of compressed blowing wool. A joining mechanism is configured to join the partial packages into the package. The partial packages are joined such that the exposed bodies of compressed blowing wool in the open ends are substantially in contact with each other. The package is configured for separation into the partial packages and the partial packages are configured for loading into a blowing wool machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Assignee: Owens Corning Intellectual Capital, LLC
    Inventor: Michael E. Evans
  • Patent number: 7882947
    Abstract: A package of compressed blowing insulation includes a body of compressed blowing insulation, a bag encapsulating the body of compressed blowing insulation and a slit extending through the package to define a partially divided package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Assignee: Owens Corning Intellectual Capital, LLC
    Inventors: Michael E. Evans, Todd M. Jenkins, Timothy D. Schoenenberger, Brian K. Linstedt, Hugo E. Ecoles, John B. Youger, Joseph M. Sexton, Jeffrey D. Accursi, Christopher H. Kujawski, Robert O'Grady
  • Publication number: 20110024317
    Abstract: Packages of compressed blowing wool are provided. The packages include a body of compressed blowing wool. The compression of the blowing wool is in a radially inward direction with respect to an axis extending from one end of the body of compressed blowing wool to another end of the body of compressed blowing wool. A bag encapsulates the body of compressed blowing wool. The bag has a plurality of bag sections and opposing ends. The bag sections have contrasting visual characteristics configured to focus the attention of a user toward one of the bag. One of the bag sections includes indicia configured to assist in opening one end of the bag.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2009
    Publication date: February 3, 2011
    Inventor: Michael E. Evans
  • Publication number: 20100276320
    Abstract: Methods and systems are disclosed for storing cordage on a flexible carrier containing a plurality of holes, the cordage being quickly and easily removable from the flexible carrier when a temporary securement securing an end of the cordage is disengaged and an end is pulled. The flexible carrier can be a cordage storage article, a strap, a panel, a belt, a piece of clothing, a piece of a backpack, carry bag, tent, etc.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2010
    Publication date: November 4, 2010
    Inventor: Douglas Shin Kim
  • Publication number: 20100187152
    Abstract: A method of using individually attached, disposable thread pieces from thread frames in conjunction with an epilation device, including providing a first thread frame holding a plurality of individually attached thread pieces of a variable length and thickness; providing a second thread frame holding a plurality of individually attached thread pieces of a variable length and thickness, wherein the thread pieces of the first frame are of a longer length than the thread pieces of the second frame; detaching at least one thread piece from the first thread frame and at least one thread piece from the second thread frame; and securing each thread piece from the first and second thread frames onto an epilation or threader device. An apparatus of a plurality of individually attached, disposable thread pieces secured by a first thread frame and a second thread frame in a straightened orientation for use with an epilation device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2010
    Publication date: July 29, 2010
    Inventor: Anita Schu-chiam Shyun Sun
  • Patent number: 7758825
    Abstract: A handle assembly facilitates the removal of a sterile inner tray containing sterile medical instruments from a medical kit during an OR procedure. The handle assembly may have a handle coupled with an elongated member having a male end and a female end. The inner tray may be wrapped in medical packaging. Subsequently, the elongated member may be wrapped around the inner tray and the male and female ends interconnected. The inner tray may be positioned inside of an outer tray. A bacterial barrier may be formed over a portion of the outer tray to enclose the inner tray. The inner tray, including the medical instruments, may then be sterilized by a sterilization process. During an OR procedure, the handle assemble allows a sterile nurse to remove the sterile inner tray from the non-sterile outer tray without making contact with the non-sterile outer tray and/or contaminating the sterile medical instruments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2010
    Assignee: Cook Incorporated
    Inventor: Chris R. Kabrick
  • Publication number: 20100139688
    Abstract: Dental floss packaging and a method of using same is provided, wherein a plurality of predetermined lengths of dental floss, each sufficient for a single flossing, are disposed within individual sealed compartments in the packaging. Manual force applied to a compartment urges the floss through a cover sheet thereby dispensing the floss for use. The empty compartment provides a visual indication that a particular day's flossing has been completed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2009
    Publication date: June 10, 2010
    Inventor: Lisa Marie Musgrave
  • Patent number: 7665600
    Abstract: A dental floss package for containing and dispensing a length of floss therefrom, the package including a dispensing envelope formed of thin paper-type material that includes two flat side walls folded over one another in overlapping relation to lie closely adjacent one another, a flap portion joined to one of the side walls and folded over the other side wall, and a cutter element is mounted on the dispensing package. A multi-use supply of dental floss is contained within the dispensing envelope, and has one exposed end thereof passing out through an exit opening in the dispensing envelope. An outer sleeve may be provided over the dispensing envelope, and the floss may be contained in a plastic pouch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2010
    Assignee: Practicon, Inc.
    Inventor: Bradley P. Griffin
  • Patent number: 7650993
    Abstract: A coreless-coil shock tube package system includes a “coreless” bundle of shock tubing, meaning that the tubing is not wrapped around a spool. The bundle may be a generally cylindrical coil of shock tubing. Optionally, two washer-like end plates abut the ends of the tubing coil for axial support. A layer of shrink-wrap or other polymer film partially covers the coil and end plates. A detonator is attached to one end of the tubing and lies tucked into the coil, through an end plate, for storage and transport. An igniter is attached to the tubing's other end. In use, the detonator is removed from the coil and attached to an explosive device. Then, the package is pulled away from the detonator and explosive, thereby uncoiling the tubing through the end plate for deployment. The igniter is actuated for igniting the shock tubing and activating the detonator and explosive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2010
    Assignee: Ensign-Bickford Aerospace & Defense Company
    Inventor: A. Jonathan Bawabe
  • Patent number: 7624867
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for collecting texturized strand are disclosed. The apparatus for collecting texturized strand includes a texturizer for expanding a continuous strand of glass fibers into a wool-like product, a container for collecting the texturized strand, and a device establishing a pressure differential between an interior region of the container and a region external of the container. The texturizer includes a nozzle to which a supply of compressed air and a continuous strand are fed. The compressed air advances the strand of glass fibers through the nozzle and expands the strand so that the filaments are spread apart, thereby giving the strand a wool-type appearance. The pressure differential creating device includes a vacuum apparatus for drawing air and a screen through which the air flows. A container is placed on the screen. In the preferred embodiment, the container is a corrugated box that has upper and lower closures or flaps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2009
    Assignee: OCV Intellectual Capital, LLC
    Inventors: David Frederick Lewin, Michael Blaise Fazio
  • Patent number: 7600635
    Abstract: Disclosed is a packed, highly compressed cuboid-shaped filter tow bale, the top side and bottom side of which are free from noisome curvatures or constructions. A method for producing the bale comprises the following: (a) filter tow is supplied in a compressed form: (b) the compressed filter tow is enveloped in a wrapping; (c) the wrapping is closed in an airtight manner; and (d) the wrapped bale is relieved of the load. The wrapping of such a bale is largely prevented from bursting as a result of the prevailing internal pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2009
    Inventor: Dietmar Kern
  • Publication number: 20090050502
    Abstract: A yarn management system for storing, managing and transporting yarn and in-progress work pieces including a storage device or knitting bag sized to accommodate a variety of projects, for example, a full-sized project bag configured to hold multiple skeins of yarn and the associated in-progress work piece. The storage device is configured to protect the yarn and the work piece while allowing the user to periodically remove and work on the work piece, for example, to knit tangle free with multiple skeins of yarn. The storage device or bag includes an interior compartment having at least one of a divider panel which creates a first and a second storage compartment. The divider panel further includes a plurality of guide apertures through which yarn can pass from the first storage compartment to the second storage compartment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 14, 2008
    Publication date: February 26, 2009
    Inventor: Elizabeth Garson
  • Patent number: 7410051
    Abstract: A method for packaging cotton sliver for efficient transport includes the steps of laying the sliver in a uniform-density pattern onto a bottom cap, placing a top cap on the sliver, applying pressure to the top and bottom caps to compress the sliver to a higher second density at which the compressed sliver is rigid, and strapping the compressed sliver and caps in order to form a rigid package for handling and transport. A packaging system includes an oblong can that receives the sliver, a compression baler for compressing the sliver to a high density, and a strapping apparatus for strapping the compressed sliver and caps to retain the compression.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2008
    Assignee: Magnolia Manufacturing Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Anderson Warlick
  • Patent number: 7410049
    Abstract: A block molded from a polymeric material has a through passageway to contain a percussive shock wave. Angularly related channels communicate with the containment passageway for receiving arcuate segments of detonation cord. Alignment of a plurality of blocks provides a convenient packaging setup for the cord. A percussive signal traveling along the cord can be short-circuited in the packaging setup. A diode version of the block can react to the signal in a given direction of travel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2008
    Assignee: Detotec North America, Inc.
    Inventors: John P. O'Brien, Timothy J. O'Brien
  • Publication number: 20080169213
    Abstract: A block molded from a polymeric material has a through passageway to contain a percussive shock wave. Angularly related channels communicate with the containment passageway for receiving arcuate segments of detonation cord. Alignment of a plurality of blocks provides a convenient packaging setup for the cord. A percussive signal traveling along the cord can be short-circuited in the packaging setup. A diode version of the block can react to the signal in a given direction of travel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2006
    Publication date: July 17, 2008
    Applicant: Detotec North America, Inc.
    Inventors: John P. O'Brien, Timothy J. O'Brien
  • Publication number: 20080087564
    Abstract: A rope bag comprising: a rope compartment with a top end and a bottom end; an adjustable shoulder strap attached to the top end and bottom end; a plurality of loops attached to the interior of the rope compartment generally near the top end; a feed hole located at the bottom end; a rope with an attachment end and a bag end, with the bag end removeably attached to the top end and the attachment end removeably attached to the bottom end; and where the rope is configured to be stored in the rope compartment in a plurality of coils, with at least one coil snugly held in each one of the plurality of loops, such that when the attachment end of the rope is attached to a generally stationary object, the rope feeds out of the feed hole while still being attached to the top end.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2007
    Publication date: April 17, 2008
    Inventor: Christopher R. Ciccotelli
  • Patent number: 7290658
    Abstract: A package (30) for an individual charging wire (10) includes a backing (32) having a back portion (42) and a front portion (44). A first perforation (46) is defined in the backing (32) between the back portion (42) and the front portion (44). A closing strip (36) is disposed on the back portion (42). A padding strip (34) is disposed on the back portion (42) between the closing strip (36) and the first perforation (46). A second perforation (48) is defined in the back portion (42) between the closing strip (36) and the padding strip (34).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2007
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Scott T. Slattery, Carol K. Dunn
  • Patent number: 7232033
    Abstract: There is provided a chain storage apparatus for storing a chain, wherein the chain includes a plurality of chain links. Each of the chain links has a link diameter, a latitudinal axis and a link width. Each of the chain links is interconnected with at least one other chain link and includes an inner and outer surface. The chain storage apparatus includes a chain link engagement means that engages at least one chain link. A first stopping means prevents the engaged chain link disengaging with the engagement means. A locking means includes a lock and unlock position, such that in the unlock position the locking means allows the chain ingress and egress to the engagement means, and in the lock position the engaged chain link is prevented from disengaging with said engagement means. A slotted channel has a pair of inwardly opposed bottom members, wherein the inwardly opposed bottom members engage the outer surface of the engaged link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2007
    Inventor: Nicholas Perri
  • Patent number: 7226290
    Abstract: A portable aesthetic component comparison system is provided with a support base, a work surface, a post, and a plurality of carriers. The work surface is provided on the support base. The post is supported by the support base centrally of the work surface. The plurality of carriers are each configured to support at least one aesthetic component, each carrier having an aperture configured to be received over the post for pivotal positioning of one aesthetic component relative to another aesthetic component atop the work surface. A method is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2007
    Inventor: Mary Nickol
  • Patent number: 6968955
    Abstract: A storage device for an electric extension cord having a male end and a female end is provided. The storage device includes a rigid container for holding the electric extension cord. The container has sidewalls which form an outer perimeter of the container and form a container opening in a top portion of the container. The sidewalls of the container also form at least one indention in the outer perimeter of the container proximal to the container opening. Further, the sidewalls form at least one aperture in the at least one indention to permit the male end and female end of the extension cord to be extendable outside of the container when the extension cord is placed in the container. At least one locking device is positioned in the at least one indention formed in the outer perimeter of the container proximal to the at least one aperture formed by the sidewalls. The at least one lock device holds the male end and the female end of the extension cord within the at least one indention in the outer perimeter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2005
    Inventor: Dorian Steeber
  • Patent number: 6955261
    Abstract: A device for displaying at least one hair swatch upon a support having a noncylindrical dome shaped portion. At least one hair swatch is held securely on the device, such that it extends over the dome shaped portion and such that it is shaped by the profile of the dome shaped portion. A cover can be provided to conceal one or more locations at which the swatch or swatches are fastened to the support. The cover can have an opening through which the dome and swatch extend. A plurality of the devices can also be arranged within a display having, for example, rows and columns of the display devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2005
    Assignee: L'Oreal
    Inventors: Dominique Ploix, Nathalie Eskenazi