Abstract: The present invention relates to an improved bead wire letoff assembly and method of operation that controls the tension of wire being pulled from a wire spool mounted to the bead wire letoff assembly. The improved wire letoff assembly can accurately control the rotational speed of the wire spool and incorporates a cam plate and tension arm linkage to control the braking force applied to the wire spool.
May 30, 2000
Date of Patent:
October 1, 2002
The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company
Ralph Wayne Golightly, Kenneth David Pruitt, Jr.