Pressing Or Molding Patents (Class 223/57)
  • Patent number: 10411373
    Abstract: A connector for establishing an electrical connection with a plurality of terminal blocks may include a fixture and a plurality of electrical contacts attached to the fixture. The electrical contacts may be configured to engage conductive screws of the plurality of terminal blocks. The electrical contacts may also be configured to be mechanically biased against the conductive screws. The connector may include a printed circuit board attached to the fixture and electrical contacts. The connector may also include a cable connector. The printed circuit board may electrically connect the cable connector to the electrical contacts. A connector system may include a plurality of such connectors. One or more securing elements may be employed to attach such connectors to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: John A. Roecker
  • Patent number: 10132026
    Abstract: The invention relates to a fabric sensor (1) for determining a fabric type. The fabric sensor (1) comprises a first structural component (2) comprising a first sensing surface (3), and a second structural component (4) comprising a second sensing surface (5). The first structural component (2) and the second structural component (4) are movable relative to each other to form a closed arrangement wherein the first sensing surface (3) and the second sensing surface (5) hold the fabric. The fabric sensor (1) also comprises a thickness measurement mechanism (6) for measuring a thickness of the fabric when the fabric is held between the first sensing surface (3) and the second sensing surface (5). The fabric sensor (1) also comprises a processing unit (7) coupled to the thickness measurement mechanism (6) and at least one of the first sensing surface (3) and the second sensing surface (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Mohankumar Valiyambath Krishnan, Linfang Xu, Wai Lik William Wong
  • Patent number: 9758922
    Abstract: The middle iron (3) is provided between the upper iron (1) and the lower iron (2). One of a trouser leg (4a) is set between the middle iron (3) and the lower iron (2) and the other of a trouser leg (4b) is set between the middle iron (3) and the upper iron (1). Both legs (4a, 4b) of the trouser (4) are held by the upper iron (1), the middle iron (3) and the lower iron (2) and pressed. This disclosure relates to the middle iron (3) such as the type of trouser-pressing machine. At the middle iron (3), in one side end part (3a) which the crotch (4c) of the trouser (4) setting on, only a portion (3b) corresponding to the crotch (4c) is formed to tapered shape gradually thinning toward the side of the middle iron (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: SANKOSYA Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Mitsuyuki Uchikoshi
  • Patent number: 9284680
    Abstract: A shirt press finishing machine has a torso for carrying a shirt and a pair of front part and rear part side press irons. Iron receiving surfaces of the front and rear parts of the torso are covered with cushioning sheet materials and long and thin bags expanded by gas are attached to both sides of the front and rear sheet materials over substantially the entire longitudinal length of the sheet materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: Sankousha Engineering Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Mitsuyuki Uchikoshi
  • Publication number: 20150041503
    Abstract: A method of compressing a garment is disclosed and includes: forming the garment into a compact shape; placing the garment formed into a compact shape into a bag; placing the garment formed into a compact shape and bag into a compression machine; compressing the garment and bag in the compression machine forming a compressed garment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2013
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Applicant: EVY OF CALIFORNIA
    Inventor: ROSE DOUGLAS
  • Patent number: 8855810
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an apparatus for transferring a glove (100) from a conveyor (200) characterized by: a camera (10); a pick-up assembly (20) comprising a pair of inner grippers (21) and two pairs of outer grippers (22); a pair of sensors (30); a robotic arm (40) mounted with the pick-up assembly (20); a processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Pentamaster Engineering SDN BHD
    Inventor: Choon Bin Chuah
  • Patent number: 8667707
    Abstract: A device (1) for refreshing garments comprises means (5) for supporting a garment and means (3) for generating an air flow at the location where a garment is present when it is put in place on the supporting means (5). The supporting means (5) comprise two parts (6, 7) which are both suitable to be used for supporting a garment, and which are displaceably arranged with respect to each other. In this way, an enhanced functionality of the device (1) may be achieved in comparison with a device having supporting means which comprise only a single part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Milind Date, Mohankumar Valiyambath Krishnan
  • Publication number: 20120006862
    Abstract: This invention comprises a torso 2 for use putting on a shirt 1, and a pair of a front part side press iron 3 and a rear part side press iron 4 for pressing the front and rear parts of the torso 2 to perform a press finishing of the shirts 1 This invention is iron receiving surfaces 2a of the front and rear parts of the torso 2 are covered with cushion-type sheet materials 5. This invention is long and thin bags expanded by supplying gas are attached to both side portions of the front and rear parts sheet materials 5 over the substantial entire longitudinal length of the sheet materials 5.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 5, 2011
    Publication date: January 12, 2012
    Applicant: SANKOUSHA ENGINEERING CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Mitsuyuki Uchikoshi
  • Publication number: 20110204104
    Abstract: A machine for forming and ironing folds in cloth has a plate frame on which are fixed a support and pressure system, a template on which the cloth is put, a moving system for moving a blocking plate which blocks the cloth, a guide system for guiding a folding element which folds outer edges of the cloth and an ironing plate. The guide system has a guide profile and a translating arm which is translated in a longitudinal direction and has a roller and a folding element. The arm is under pressure towards the guide profile so that the roller beats and slides along the edge of the guide profile. In this way, the folding element follows the movement of the arm according to the guide profile and moves in the longitudinal direction and a transversal direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2011
    Publication date: August 25, 2011
    Inventor: CARLO GUERRESCHI
  • Publication number: 20100224658
    Abstract: A shirt frame including a fixed frame installed on ground, a model installed on the fixed frame, for supporting a shirt, a front iron installed on the fixed frame and movable towards the model so as to iron a front part of the shirt supported on the model, a rear iron installed on the fixed frame and moveable towards the model so as to iron a rear part of the shirt supported on the model, a sleeve supporter installed on the fixed frame, for stretching a sleeve of the shirt supported on the model, and a lateral stretcher installed on the fixed frame and including at least one rods that are folded and unfolded in both directions with respect to the model so as to stretch lateral surfaces of the shirt supported on the model. The quality of an ironing operation is maximized, and an operating speed of a user is increased. Upper and lower surfaces of a sleeve of shirt are uniformly ironed, sleeves are easily supported, and thus creases of the sleeves are prevented.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2010
    Publication date: September 9, 2010
    Inventor: Yoon Sup CHOI
  • Publication number: 20090145007
    Abstract: Improved pressing machines for pants, in reference to FIG. 1B an upper portion pressing machine for pants. The framework (11) has a contour shape of the upper portion of a pair of pants, making it easier to drape the upper portion of the pants over the machine for pressing. In reference to FIG. 2B a pressing machine for pressing the inseams and out seams on the legs of a pair of pants. The pressing framework (42) is wider at the rear side and narrower at the opposite end, allowing relatively small and large pants to be pressed. In reference to FIG. 3C the pressing machine is to be used on creased pants. The framework plate (73) has an indention (74). The seams of a pair of pants are aligned with the indention, when the plate (73) is brought down, it will not touch the seams. The pants are left with no impressions or shiny marks. All three pressing machines have steam and vacuum valve connections and are manually operated, by stepping on the foot pedals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2007
    Publication date: June 11, 2009
    Inventor: Mehmet Serif Aydin
  • Publication number: 20090008418
    Abstract: This invention relates to a driving device for the clothes press iron 4 or 14 for pressing a front side or rear side of the torso 3 for putting on the clothes 2 and press finish the clothes 2. The driving device of this invention is formed by the vertical-oriented cylinder device 5 oscillated in a forward or rearward direction of the torso 3 and the link device 6 fixed at the extremity end of the rod 5a of this cylinder device 5 to convert an extending or retracting operation of the rod 5a into an advancing or retracting operation of the clothes press iron 4 or 14. The main body 6a of the link device 6 is preferably set such that six link members 10 are connected in a substantial hexagonal shape as seen from the side of the torso 3 by the axle member 9 along a lateral direction of the torso 3. In accordance with this invention, it is possible to restrict a depth size of the finishing machine and a compact-sized finishing machine and its space saving can be attained.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2008
    Publication date: January 8, 2009
    Applicant: Sankousha Engineering Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Mitsuyuki Uchikoshi
  • Patent number: 7386943
    Abstract: A clothes pressing apparatus has a body block movable between a supply position at which an article of clothing can be placed on the body block and a press position at which pressing work can be achieved. A sleeve holder is also mounted on the base for holding sleeves of the an article of clothing and having a sleeve tucking iron. Also included are a body air supply device for supplying a first air blast suitable for pressing the body portion of the article of clothing, and a sleeve air supply device for supplying a second air blast for pressing the sleeve portion. The apparatus further includes a controller for operating the sleeve air supply device for supplying the second air blast only when the body air supply device is operated for supplying the first air blast.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2008
    Inventor: Yoshimasa Gomi
  • Patent number: 6868995
    Abstract: A sleeve pressing apparatus and shoulder tensioning system for removing wrinkles proximal to a shoulder seam of a shirt sleeve. The apparatus includes a means for mounting a pair of sleeves proximal to a working surface. A means for positioning moves the means for mounting and the sleeves to a second position between a pair of pressing members during a pressing operation. The tensioning system includes a means for tensioning each shoulder seam concurrently with the pressing operation. A timing control device extends at least one gripping arm for tensioning each shoulder seam concurrently with the pressing operation for pair of sleeves. A method for pressing a shirt sleeve and concurrently tensioning a sleeve shoulder seam is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2005
    Assignee: Forenta, LP
    Inventors: Ernest J. Hickle, Joe Brogan, Cleatis Buckner
  • Patent number: 6840412
    Abstract: Pressing of shirts on a shirt-shaped outer inflatable body advantageously takes place with tensioning the shirt in flat form. To achieve a non-round cross-section, in particular, in the trunk section of the outer body, a supporting framework and at least one inner inflatable body are disposed within the outer body, it being possible for the inner body to be supported on the supporting framework and to subject the outer body to pressure from the inside. For such a purpose, the inner inflatable bodies are inflated, in particular, by a higher pressure than the outer inflatable body. It is, thus, possible for the trunk region to be tensioned laterally outward and for the shirt to be pressed in an advantageously flat form. Using the inner bodies avoids raised edges or sharp points in the enclosure of the outer inflatable body. As a result, the shirts can be pressed without creases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2005
    Assignee: BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgerate GmbH
    Inventors: Joachim Damrath, Kathrin Redlin, Markus Spielmannleitner, Bodo Urich, Gerhard Wetzl
  • Patent number: 6805268
    Abstract: An ironing device, to be used in ironing machines for ironing trousers by blowing hot air therethrough, comprises a driving construction, supporting a pair of carriages, each of which supports, in turn, at least an ironing block for ironing the trousers pockets, said driving construction being designed for bringing said carriages from an opened position, in which the trousers article is arranged on a tool for tensioning the pelvis region of the trousers article, and a pressing position, in which the pocket ironing blocks press the trousers pockets in the ironing block arranged inside the pelvis region of the pelvis region tensioning tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2004
    Inventor: Giovanni Cartabbia
  • Patent number: 6722063
    Abstract: The present invention enables the cloth shrunk through its washing to be finished in press to such a state as found in its new product. The present invention is comprised of a buck having a protruded curved upper surface on which a collar of the shirts 1 is mounted and a press iron having a concave curved iron surface for depressing the upper surface of the buck. A radius of curvature of the upper surface of the buck is selected to be larger than a radius of curvature of the iron surface of the press iron. The buck is divided at its central position into a right segment and a left segment so as to form a pair of right and left divided members. There is provided a depressing mechanism for turning each of the divided segments in an upward and outward direction at the time of pressing at the collar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2004
    Assignee: Sankousha Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Mitsuyuki Uchikoshi
  • Publication number: 20040011833
    Abstract: A method and device for pressing items of clothing—in particular, shirts, blouses and jackets—includes a pressing dummy with an inflatable bag. At least a region of the inflatable bag extends into the neck, collar, or lower hem regions of the clothing. At the end of such region is disposed an air diverter for drying adjacent surfaces of the clothing item. The air diverter is connected to the inflatable bag as far as air supply is concerned. Should the airflow be weak or non-existent, then the air diverter—at least partly—retracts into the piece of clothing. Should the airflow be active, however, then the air diverter extends and takes on the form of a mushroom head. In such a form, the air diverter is in the working position thereof and, thus, ventilates the adjacent region of the piece of clothing from the underside of the mushroom head.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2003
    Publication date: January 22, 2004
    Inventors: Joachim Damrath, Markus Spielmannleitner, Gerhard Wetzl
  • Publication number: 20040011834
    Abstract: A pressing body carries out pressing of shirts on a shirt-shaped inflation body, advantageously, by tensioning the shirt in a flat configuration and includes tensioning measures fixed to flat sections of the envelope of the inflation body, which draw the flat sections inwards or prevent the sections from adopting a round form on inflation. The tensioning measures can be, for example, flexible tensioning strips, connecting opposite regions of the envelope together and, furthermore, can partition those regions in which a reduced airflow occurs as a result of the thermal insulation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2003
    Publication date: January 22, 2004
    Inventors: Joachim Damrath, Sebastian Siegele, Markus Spielmannleitner, Gerhard Wetzl
  • Publication number: 20040011832
    Abstract: Pressing of shirts on a shirt-shaped outer inflatable body advantageously takes place with tensioning the shirt in flat form. To achieve a non-round cross-section, in particular, in the trunk section of the outer body, a supporting framework and at least one inner inflatable body are disposed within the outer body, it being possible for the inner body to be supported on the supporting framework and to subject the outer body to pressure from the inside. For such a purpose, the inner inflatable bodies are inflated, in particular, by a higher pressure than the outer inflatable body. It is, thus, possible for the trunk region to be tensioned laterally outward and for the shirt to be pressed in an advantageously flat form. Using the inner bodies avoids raised edges or sharp points in the enclosure of the outer inflatable body. As a result, the shirts can be pressed without creases.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2003
    Publication date: January 22, 2004
    Inventors: Joachim Damrath, Kathrin Redlin, Markus Spielmannleitner, Bodo Urich, Gerhard Wetzl
  • Patent number: 6662980
    Abstract: A vacuum control barrier and buck cover system for positioning on the press buck of a garment press for reducing the force of the vacuum applied to a portion of a garment by the press buck. The vacuum control barrier includes a barrier sheet dimensioned to cover at least a substantial portion of the air pervious surface of the rear portion of the press buck through which a vacuum is applied to a garment such that the barrier sheet reduces or eliminates the force of the vacuum applied to the garment through the air pervious surface of the rear portion of the press buck relative to the vacuum force applied to the garment through the air pervious surface of the front portion of the press buck. The buck cover system includes a front cover portion for covering at least a substantial portion of the air pervious surface of the front portion of the press buck, and a rear cover portion for covering at least a substantial portion of the air pervious surface of the rear portion of the press buck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2003
    Assignee: Forenta, LP
    Inventors: Ernest J. Hickle, David G. Crockett
  • Publication number: 20030226863
    Abstract: A vacuum control barrier and buck cover system for positioning on the press buck of a garment press for reducing the force of the vacuum applied to a portion of a garment by the press buck. The vacuum control barrier includes a barrier sheet dimensioned to cover at least a substantial portion of the air pervious surface of the rear portion of the press buck through which a vacuum is applied to a garment such that the barrier sheet reduces or eliminates the force of the vacuum applied to the garment through the air pervious surface of the rear portion of the press buck relative to the vacuum force applied to the garment through the air pervious surface of the front portion of the press buck. The buck cover system includes a front cover portion for covering at least a substantial portion of the air pervious surface of the front portion of the press buck, and a rear cover portion for covering at least a substantial portion of the air pervious surface of the rear portion of the press buck.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2002
    Publication date: December 11, 2003
    Applicant: Forenta LP
    Inventors: Ernest J. Hickle, David G. Crockett
  • Publication number: 20030226864
    Abstract: A sleeve pressing apparatus and shoulder tensioning system for removing wrinkles proximal to a shoulder seam of a shirt sleeve. The apparatus includes a means for mounting a pair of sleeves proximal to a working surface. A means for positioning moves the means for mounting and the sleeves to a second position between a pair of pressing members during a pressing operation. The tensioning system includes a means for tensioning each shoulder seam concurrently with the pressing operation. A timing control device extends at least one gripping arm for tensioning each shoulder seam concurrently with the pressing operation for pair of sleeves. A method for pressing a shirt sleeve and concurrently tensioning a sleeve shoulder seam is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2002
    Publication date: December 11, 2003
    Applicant: Forenta, L.P.
    Inventors: Ernest J. Hickle, Joe Brogan, Cleatis Buckner
  • Publication number: 20030019891
    Abstract: Trousers and/or shorts are fed one at a time between conveyor belts, cuff end first, towards a hanger automatically dropped from a hanger bar into a hanger chute positioned in the path of travel of the trousers, A sensor senses the presence of a pair of trousers on the feed belts and activates a hanger transport mechanism which grabs a hanger from the end of a screw conveyor on a hanger bar feeding the hangers by gravity towards the screw end, which stops, separates and spaces the hangers. The hanger transport mechanism delivers a hanger forwardly over the hanger chute, and then retracts, dropping the hanger into chute. The cuffs of the trousers are fed through the hanger positioned in the chute.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 5, 2001
    Publication date: January 30, 2003
    Applicant: William Fries
    Inventors: John Hutterly, William V. Fries
  • Publication number: 20020130147
    Abstract: An ironing device, to be used in ironing machines for blowing-ironing trousers, comprises a driving construction, supporting a pair of carriages, each of which supports, in turn, at least an ironing block for ironing the trousers pockets, said driving construction being designed for bringing said carriages from an opened position, in which the trousers article is arranged on a tool for tensioning the pelvis region of the trousers article, and a pressing position, in which the pocket ironing blocks press the trousers pockets on the ironing block arranged inside the pelvis region of the pelvis region tensioning tool.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2002
    Publication date: September 19, 2002
    Inventor: Giovanni Cartabbia
  • Patent number: 6253973
    Abstract: A hat shaping arrangement. The hat shaping arrangement comprises an inflation assembly and a inflatable bladder assembly. The bladder assembly has an air receiving space, an air port, and a deflated state. The bladder assembly is configured to substantially conform to an interior circumference of a hat to be shaped when the bladder assembly is in said deflated state. The inflation assembly is in fluid communication with the air receiving space through the air port. The inflation assembly is adapted to selectively input air pressure to and release air pressure from the air receiving space through the air port to inflate the bladder assembly toward conformance with an interior surface of the hat and deflate the bladder assembly away from conformance with the interior surface of the hat to be shaped thereby facilitating the retention of the shape of the hat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2001
    Inventor: Roger Jones
  • Patent number: 6102973
    Abstract: A method for imparting durable press and softness characteristics to garments. The initial step of the process is to start with a garment in which the pH is between about 6 and 7. The garments are immersed in a mixture of water, a non-ionic wetter, a glyoxal resin and aminofunctional silicone, and a cationic HDPE in specific amounts, depending upon the type of fabric of which the garments are made. The mixture is extracted from the garments to a specific extent. After mixture extraction, the garments are pressed and baked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2000
    Inventor: Rodolfo A. Morales
  • Patent number: 6021931
    Abstract: A combination automatic molding machine and associated cooling rack for pressed items, such as hats, using advanced features which produce a pressed items, such as a completed hat form from an unshaped configuration of a moldable material, such as felt, wool or straw. The combination can also be used to produce other flexible, inelastic fabric structures, such as molded insulation members within a wall or vehicle body. When a hat is first taken from the hat molding machine at a first large size, it is then placed upon the cooling rack, where the size is further varied by placing corresponding male crown inserts extending up from a flange placed upon the cooling rack. Preferably the male inserts are made of ABS Plastic. In effect, the molding rack is used to vary sizes for each hat upon the cooling rack. While the hat is in a warm, malleable state of a large size, the hat thus formed is squeezed through a fenestration hole of a smaller size reducer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2000
    Inventor: Mario A. Plastino
  • Patent number: 5732858
    Abstract: A hat molding machine using advanced features will produce a completed hat form from an unshaped felt or wool configuration. The machine employs male and female hat molds. The female hat mold has embedded electric heating elements which are temperature controlled. Low pressure steam is piped into the female mold. Using three pneumatic cylinders and an automatic programmable air controller with timer for proper sequencing, a completed hat form shape including shape portion and flange brim portion results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 31, 1998
    Inventor: Mario A. Plastino
  • Patent number: 5722572
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an improved ironing machine, in particular for ironing cloth articles such as shirts and the like. The machine comprises a base structure which supports a first ironing station provided with a dummy for supporting from inside a cloth article to be ironed and with pressing elements which are turned to the outside of the dummy. The inside of the dummy is coupled to suction elements, and the pressing elements are provided with a device for delivering a hot fluid such as hot air or steam. The machine further comprises a second ironing station for ironing the neck and cuffs of the cloth article to be ironed. This second station comprises a bottom ironing panel for supporting thereon the cloth article to be ironed and a top ironing panel which can be driven toward the end away from the bottom ironing panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 3, 1998
    Inventor: Enzo Pessina
  • Patent number: 5636773
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for pressing a shirt comprising a shirt buck having a front and a back and opposite lateral sides therebetween and adapted to hold at least the front and back of the shirt in an orientation for being pressed, drive means to laterally move the shire buck between a loading zone and a shirt finishing zone, and a pair of chests positioned adjacent to the shirt buck at the shirt finishing zone, the chests being movable in pressing contact with a shirt on the shirt buck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 10, 1997
    Assignee: Unipress Corporation
    Inventors: Michael K. Harrod, Charles E. Devrick
  • Patent number: 5590820
    Abstract: A hat molding machine using advanced features will produce a completed hat form from an unshaped felt or wool configuration. The machine employs male and female hat molds. The female hat mold has embedded electric heating elements which are temperature controlled. Low pressure steam is piped into the female mold. Using three pneumatic cylinders and an automatic programmable air controller with timer for proper sequencing, a completed hat form shape including shape portion and flange brim portion results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 1996
    Date of Patent: January 7, 1997
    Inventor: Mario A. Plastino
  • Patent number: 5524531
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method of compacting a plurality of flat, stacked, non-woven cotton and cotton blend articles from a normal size to a greatly reduced size to form a package of such articles that saves exterior packaging, shipping, handling, and warehouse costs. The pressure and time dwell are selected to compact the stacked articles to the extent necessary to cause the desired size reduction, but not sufficient to either damage the articles or compact them to the degree that a liquid is required to recover them from their compacted to their original state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 1993
    Date of Patent: June 11, 1996
    Inventor: Wayne M. Merry
  • Patent number: 5494552
    Abstract: Two-sided fusible tape is mounted in an effective manner upon the sleeve seam allowance of a garment comprising the steps of placing a jacket arranged inside out upon a heated stationary buck, the jacket being positioned on the buck so that the sleeve seam allowance is properly aligned. An exposed surface of a two-sided fusible strip is placed along the sleeve seam allowance, the other fusible surface being covered with a protective sheet. A vacuum communicating with the buck is drawn to retain the garment in the proper position. A pair of heated heads having pressing surfaces conforming to the shape of the buck are simultaneously driven toward the buck to press the fusible strip against the sleeve seam allowance of the garment, the heat from the buck and the heads activating the fusible. Steam may be ejected from the heads when the fusible employed requires steam for activation. The heads are withdrawn from the buck and the garment is removed in preparation for mounting a shoulder pad to the garment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 1994
    Date of Patent: February 27, 1996
    Assignee: Hoffman/New Yorker Incorporated
    Inventor: George V. Thompson
  • Patent number: 5474216
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for finishing a shirt comprising a buck with a first drive means to move the buck between a loading and a finishing zone; a pair of chests positioned adjacent to the buck at the finishing zone with a second drive means to move the chests between inoperative and operative positions; a pair of clips to receive an area of a shirt on the buck to be pressed at the region between the cuff and sleeve and to form an obstruction for the flow of heated air and steam therethrough during a finishing operation; steam lines for coupling a source of steam to the interior of the chests; air lines for coupling a source of negative air pressure to the buck for drawing a vacuum through the buck when the buck is in the loading zone for holding a shirt against the buck and to provide a positive air pressure to the interior of the buck to force the sleeves outwardly to effect their finishing; and a single blower to generate a positive air pressure and a negative air pressure coupled to the buck with associated
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 1994
    Date of Patent: December 12, 1995
    Inventors: Michael K. Harrod, Charles E. Devrick
  • Patent number: 5459301
    Abstract: Pressed garments are treated with microwaves to activate chemicals without heating the garments, resulting in permanent creases without fabric damage. An apparatus controls the process or curing cross-linking agent impregnated cellulosic fabric with microwave energy. The application allows finite control of the curing process necessary to impart a proper cure of wrinkle free fabric. The garment surface temperatures are continually remotely sensed. The microwave energy is cycled on and off so as not to overcure, avoiding loss of fabric memory and avoiding hot spots or burned fabric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 1994
    Date of Patent: October 17, 1995
    Inventors: Alan E. Miller, James L. Miller
  • Patent number: 5419469
    Abstract: A portable garment finishing machine (30) includes a hollow gripper (102) for gripping an edge portion of a suspended garment such that the gripper closes the edge portion upon itself in a spread condition. Treating fluid forced through the hollow gripper treats the gripper clamped garment portion while a longitudinally extendible conduit (32) conducts treating fluid interiorly of the garment. One of several embodiments of a fluid distributor (31, 316, 600), connected to the conduit, vertically traverses the garment interiorly and directs the fluid at interior garment surfaces. The treating fluid includes steam produced by vaporizing a water mist generated by ultrasonic means (450). A shoulder-shaped form (330) is provided to serve several functions including prevention of fluid escape through garment neck openings. The form is upwardly openable for receiving a garment hanger (344) such that the form can close over the hanger to avoid fluid loss.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 30, 1995
    Inventor: Charles L. Urso
  • Patent number: 5417912
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method of compacting to form a package of such articles that saves exterior packaging, shipping, handling, and warehouse costs. The pressure and time dwell are selected to compact the stacked articles to the extent necessary to cause the desired size reduction, but not sufficient to either damage the articles or compact them to the degree that a liquid or other means is required to recover them from their compacted to their original state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 23, 1995
    Inventor: Wayne M. Merry
  • Patent number: 5381937
    Abstract: A pocket-folding device for folding a pocket blank and securing the folded pocket to a pocket-carrying article, the device having a locating fixture supported by a frame to receive the unfolded pocket blank, a top die and movable bottom die supported by the frame, and a vacuum hand associated with the frame selectively moving to pick up the unfolded pocket blank from the locating fixture and carry it and release it over the pocket form to form side and bottom-draped edges. The pocket form and pocket blank move up to mate with the top die. The bottom die then moves up to mate with the top die to form a die cavity around the pocket form and pocket blank while selectively directed air flows into the top die and folds the draped pocket edges around the pocket form. Heat is applied to the folded pocket edges to set pocket edge creases therein, and the pocket form, pocket and bottom die move downwardly to the original bottom die position with the pocket-folded edges held between the pocket form and the bottom die.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 17, 1995
    Inventors: Kenneth J. Thompson, John R. Everhart, Joel C. Rosenquist, Wayne G. Foster
  • Patent number: 5333765
    Abstract: A method of pleating an unfinished garment, wherein an unfinished garment prepared by sewing cloth parts together is folded around a core plate, the unfinished garment, thus folded, is placed in a case. The case containing the folded garment is inserted into a heat-treating apparatus, and the folded garment is simultaneously heat-treating and pleated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 2, 1994
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Miyake Design Jimusho
    Inventor: Naoki Takizawa
  • Patent number: 5309828
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method of compacting a plurality of flat, stacked, non-woven, cotton, cotton blend, and fibrous articles from a normal size to a greatly reduced size to form a package of such articles that saves exterior packaging, shipping, handling, and warehouse costs. The pressure and time dwell are selected to compact the stacked articles to the extent necessary to cause the desired size reduction, but not sufficient to either damage the articles or compact them to the degree that a liquid or other means is required to recover them from their compacted to their original state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 1992
    Date of Patent: May 10, 1994
    Inventor: Wayne M. Merry
  • Patent number: 5181333
    Abstract: A height adjustable pants finishing device includes a pair of topping bucks positioned in the top portion of a pair of pants to be finished. Waist clamps hold the pants in the desired orientation; then, pressing plates engage pleats to hold the pleats for pressing. Additional pressing plates engage the top portion of the pants for high quality finishing of the top of the pants. The cuffs of the pants are clamped together, and steam is injected into the pants for finishing. After steaming, heated air is passed through the pants to set the creases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 1991
    Date of Patent: January 26, 1993
    Assignee: Paris Manufacturing Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen F. Gilbert
  • Patent number: 5075989
    Abstract: An apparatus for automatically and simultaneously ironing front, rear and top portions of a shirt comprises two vertical movable ironing plates therebetween there is provided a dummy bearing a shirt to be ironed, the dummy including an upwardly movable top portion and the ironing plates having two concave top seats negatively reproducing the profile of the top of the dummy, the apparatus further comprising gripping elements to automatically grip and transfer the ironed shirt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 1990
    Date of Patent: December 31, 1991
    Inventor: Giovanni Cartabbia
  • Patent number: 5042227
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method of compacting a sheet article, for example an article of underwear, to produce a stable, substantially rigid, compacted article. This reduces space required for storage and distribution and facilitates packaging of the article. Compaction is effected by placing the article, or a plurality of articles, in a mould cavity, and subjecting them to elevated pressure for a certain time. The pressure and time are selected to compact the article sufficiently to form the stable, rigid body, but simultaneously not being so great as to either damage the article or compact it so much that water or other liquid is required to recover the article from its compacted state to its original state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 1989
    Date of Patent: August 27, 1991
    Assignee: 659897 Ontario Limited
    Inventor: Wayne M. Merry
  • Patent number: 5012962
    Abstract: An indexing mechanism for use in a garment pressing machine includes a support frame, a guide rail secured to the frame, a carriage supported by the guide rail for linear movement between dressing and pressing positions, and a fluid actuator for moving the carriage. The carriage carries a pressing buck or mannequin. The indexing mechanism includes an indexing bar having one end pivotally attached to the carriage for linear movement therewith and a second end slidably and pivotally mounted within a guide attached to the support frame. The actuator is connected between the support frame and a central portion of the indexing bar. Extension and retraction of the fluid cylinder causes the indexing bar to pivot and slide about one end within the guide space and to drive the carriage between its dressing and pressing positions at its other end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 1990
    Date of Patent: May 7, 1991
    Assignee: American Laundry Machinery, Inc.
    Inventors: Gene Oberley, Barbara Downie
  • Patent number: 4980981
    Abstract: An ironing machine for automatically ironing garments or other articles which are conveyed through the machine on hangers. The machine comprises an ironing zone to receive an article to be ironed and a heat applying means for applying heat to an article received at the ironing zone. The heat applying means is mounted on a shuttle which is movable relative to the ironing zone for traversing that zone. The heat applying means includes two opposed heat applying surfaces one disposed on each side of the ironing zone for contacting a surface of an article at the ironing zone and conforming to the surface contour thereof while traversing the ironing zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 1987
    Date of Patent: January 1, 1991
    Assignee: Aim Industries Australia Limited
    Inventor: Tholsee Naidoo
  • Patent number: 4903421
    Abstract: A rounded pressing board substantially providing a line or point contact surface between the iron working surface and the bottom surface of a flat iron, thus reducing the force required to operate an iron and shortening the ironing time. The pressing board body is molded into a hollow shape by blow molding and the iron working surface of the pressing board body has a large number of projections to facilitate the application of steam to the cloth which is to be ironed and to provide the line or point contact surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 1988
    Date of Patent: February 27, 1990
    Inventor: Sorai Saito
  • Patent number: 4863077
    Abstract: The invention relates to automatic stretchers of sleeves of knitted garments and the like, for ironing machines. These stretchers are composed of chains (1) having links (12), on one side, shaped with conventional grip teeth (13) and, on the other side, with flat surfaces (14) ending in perpendicular side ledges (15). Another feature is constituted by the fact that the chains have their ends pivoted on slides (2), mobile along the external side edges (3) of an extensible elastic frame (4), and on fixed points (5) included inside carters (6) incorporated in the frame (4). In the carters (6) are included powered cogwheels (8), which engage the chains (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 1987
    Date of Patent: September 5, 1989
    Assignee: System Sate S.r.l.
    Inventors: Ivan Monticelli, Paola Grasselli
  • Patent number: 4634030
    Abstract: A laundry presser includes body, shoulder and tack presser units which are driven for substantially concurrent pressing of several sections of an article of clothing such as a shirt, for saving of time, labor and a reduction in necessary equipment space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 1985
    Date of Patent: January 6, 1987
    Assignee: Sankousha Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Mituyuki Uchikoshi
  • Patent number: RE34450
    Abstract: A rounded pressing board substantially providing a line or point contact surface between the iron working surface and the bottom surface of a flat iron, thus reducing the force required to operate an iron and shortening the ironing time. The pressing board body is molded into a hollow shape by blow molding and the iron working surface of the pressing board body has a large number of projections to facilitate the application of steam to the cloth which is to be ironed and to provide the line or point contact surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 1991
    Date of Patent: November 23, 1993
    Inventor: Sorai Saito