With Heater Or Dryer Patents (Class 26/92)
  • Patent number: 10137608
    Abstract: A film-stretching apparatus in accordance with an aspect of the present invention includes a stretching furnace which has (i) an entrance through which a material film is transferred into the stretching furnace and (ii) an exit through which the material film having been stretched is transferred out of the stretching furnace, an airflow in the entrance being controlled so as to be directed toward an outside of the stretching furnace.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Inventor: Atsushi Nakazawa
  • Patent number: 9809377
    Abstract: A package for compartmentalized preservation of harvested fruit or vegetables and methods are disclosed. The package may include a first flexible polymer film, comprising integral molded or vacuum formed cups configured to hold a fruit or vegetable, wherein the integral molded or vacuum formed cups can be collapsed into a plane of the first polymer film or extended from the first polymer film; and a second flexible polymer film configured to overlay the first polymer film. In some embodiments, the cups containing the fruit or vegetable may be inflated and sealed to form protective bubbles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Inventor: Quentin Arthur Carl Adam
  • Patent number: 9714479
    Abstract: A heat setter that heat-sets delicate knit fabrics, sensitive knit fabrics, similar constituted fabrics, and analogously constituted fabrics that may include metal, other threads, and panels in or appended to the delicate knit fabrics and the sensitive knit fabrics, and supports and avoids stretching, marking, and drooping of the delicate knit fabrics and the sensitive knit fabrics going through the heat setter. The heat setter includes a main portion. The main portion heat-sets the delicate knit fabrics, the sensitive knit fabrics, the similar constituted fabrics, and the analogously constituted fabrics that may include the metal, the other threads, and the panels in or appended to the delicate knit fabrics and the sensitive knit fabrics, and supports and avoids the stretching, the marking, and the drooping of the delicate knit fabrics and the sensitive knit fabrics going through the main portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Inventor: Teresa Catallo
  • Patent number: 9522488
    Abstract: A tenter oven stretches a thermoplastic resin film in the width direction thereof, wherein an air blowing nozzle provided therein that blows heated air onto a film running along a film passing surface is a proximate nozzle in which an air blowing opening provided on the air blowing surface thereof is formed as a slit, a distance (L) between the air blowing surface and the film passing surface and a slit width (B) of the slit satisfy the relationship expressed by the equation, (L/B)?10, and the distance (L) is 150 mm or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: Toray Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Doseok Lee, Takuya Kawagoe, Hiroyuki Inoue
  • Patent number: 7669301
    Abstract: A modular tenter frame for guiding a pair of chains with pins through a predetermined path to transport an open width tubular knit web through a drying oven and/or a steaming station to a compressive treating station to improve quality of the open width tubular knit web. The frame includes a rail section. The rail section guides an associated chain with the pins through the predetermined path to transport the open width tubular knit web through the drying oven and/or the steaming station to the compressive treating station to improve the quality of the open width tubular knit web. The rail section has a pair of recessed tracks being longitudinal, facing in a same direction, being spaced-apart from each other by a space therebetween defined by a web, and receiving the chains.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2010
    Inventor: Frank Catallo
  • Patent number: 7401390
    Abstract: A clip (10) has a frame (31) and a flapper (32). Two dry bearings (37) are inserted into a hole (32d) formed in the flapper. Then an attaching shaft (35) is inserted from one of the holes (34a) in the frame (31) to the other through the dry bearings (37), so as to swingably attaching the flapper (32) to the frame (31). DAIDAYNE DDK 01 of DAIDO METAL Corp. is used as the dry bearing (37). A first and a second clip covers (51,52) are provided to cover the clips (10). Fresh air feeding pipes (55) are connected to the first and second clip covers (51,52). Fresh air is fed from the fresh air feeding pipes (55) toward the clips (10) through air outlets (56) provided in the first and second clip covers (51,52).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2008
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Takao Kumazawa, Takashi Takeuchi
  • Patent number: 7200904
    Abstract: A tenter system designed to be used for simultaneously treatment of two base fabrics for felts for paper machines, or similar products, an upper fabric (3) and a lower fabric (4), comprising a pair of tenter frames (6) for the upper fabric and a pair of tenter frames (7) for the lower fabric being adapted to grip respectively the upper and lower fabric along both edges of the fabrics through the heat treatment zone (5), and to maintain specified stretch in the direction transversally to the direction of fabric movement by allowing the two pairs of tenter frames (6, 7) to move in the transversal direction independently of each other, thereby allowing independent change of width of the two fabrics in the transversal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2007
    Assignee: Alfsen og Gunderson AS
    Inventor: Helge Randem
  • Patent number: 6901639
    Abstract: A stentering machine having a horizontal drying zone and a vertical pretreatment zone for a web of material spread out between stentering chains is described. The stentering chains are brought from the vertical position into a horizontal position in a deflection zone. In order to achieve the result, in the case of a stentering chain with deflection about axes that stand vertical to the surface of the web of material, that the chain can be guided through the deflection zone with tilting of the linking pins, without damage to the pin bearings, the deflection pins are configured to be crowned elements. The deflection bolt bearings are shaped to correspond to the crowning of the pins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2005
    Assignee: A. Monforts Textilmaschinen GmbH & Co.
    Inventors: Helge Freiberg, Gottfried Baum, Thomas Tinschert, Hans Mingers
  • Patent number: 6868592
    Abstract: A stentering machine having a horizontal drying zone and a vertical pretreatment zone for a strip of material held spread out between tension chains configured as slide chains is described. The tension chains are brought from the vertical into the horizontal position in a deflection zone. In order to achieve the result that the slide pads that carry the tension chain, in each instance, make area contact with the related support guideways both in the horizontal, level region and in the curved region of the guide rails, the slide surfaces of the supporting slide pads that are affixed to the chain are divided into three consecutive zones, in the transport direction, namely a level edge zone, a curved center zone, and a second level edge zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2005
    Assignee: A. Monforts Textilmaschinen GmbH & Co.
    Inventor: Helge Freiberg
  • Patent number: 6865783
    Abstract: A stentering machine having a drying zone and a pretreatment zone for coating a web of material on both sides and drying it is described. One aim consists of deflecting a web of material coated in the vertical position and stretched out in width, in order to introduce it into a conventional flat tenter frame, without damaging the coating. According to the invention, the web of material is needled into a pair of stentering chains having a predetermined chain pitch, and deflected from the vertical into the horizontal position on such a large arc that the difference between the sum of the chain pitches that form the arc chords and the arc length itself becomes small enough to be ignored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2005
    Assignee: A. Monforts Textilmaschinen GmbH & Co.
    Inventor: Helge Freiberg
  • Publication number: 20040134047
    Abstract: A tenter system designed to be used for simultaneously treatment of two base fabrics for felts for paper machines, or similar products, an upper fabric (3) and a lower fabric (4), comprising a pair of tenter frames (6) for the upper fabric and a pair of tenter frames (7) for the lower fabric being adapted to grip respectively the upper and lower fabric along both edges of the fabrics through the heat treatment zone (5), and to maintain specified stretch in the direction transversally to the direction of fabric movement by allowing the two pairs of tenter frames (6, 7) to move in the said transversal direction independently of each other, thereby allowing independent change of width of the two fabrics in said transversal direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2003
    Publication date: July 15, 2004
    Inventor: Helge Randem
  • Publication number: 20020194713
    Abstract: A method of relieving stress in a window covering or other fabric composite by providing a fabric composite including first and second sheets of sheer material coupled to each other by a plurality of vanes. The fabric composite is fed along a pathway, and tension is applied to the fabric composite in directions both substantially perpendicular and substantially parallel to the pathway. The tensioned fabric composite passes adjacent to a plurality of heating units which apply heat to the window covering, removing creases and imperfections from the fabric composite. The tension is then removed from the fabric composite in the directions both parallel and perpendicular to the pathway.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2001
    Publication date: December 26, 2002
    Applicant: Newell Window Furnishings, Inc.
    Inventors: Bryan K. Ruggles, Stewart F. Matthews
  • Patent number: 5943747
    Abstract: An apparatus for continuous drying and shrinking of textile knitted or woven good incorporates at least one drying station that includes several oppositely disposed and oppositely hot-air nozzles which are offset relative to each other and directed into a through-channel defined thereby. At least upper and lower endless rotating, porous guide belts limit the channel above and below.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 31, 1999
    Inventor: Kurt Muller
  • Patent number: 5419021
    Abstract: Telescoping slot nozzles for use with a rail assembly are disclosed. Each nozzle includes a fixed portion and at least one telescoping portion slidably guided in the fixed portion. Metal-to-metal contact in the nozzle is avoided, thereby allowing the nozzles to operate at high temperatures. The configuration of the nozzle discharge opening can be easily modified to form an air knife, depending upon the particular application. Each nozzle is independent of the others, thereby facilitating retrofitting existing ovens and maintenance of individual nozzles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 30, 1995
    Assignee: W.R. Grace & Co.-Conn.
    Inventor: Paul Seroogy
  • Patent number: 5259097
    Abstract: A pair of stretching pulleys are rotatably mounted on a pair of support plates within a housing. A belt is wound around the upper part of the stretching pulley and a number of turn pulleys. A film introduced onto the stretching pulley is held between the belt and the stretching pulley and is transferred. Air flow generated by a fan and heated with a heater is blown against the film through a louver and circulates through bellows mounted to the housing to return to the fan. The stretching pulley is partially cooled in a water bath. The support plates are rotatably connected to screw shafts, thereby changing a distance and angle between the plates. The stretch width or stretch ratio of the film is thus adjusted with the change of the distance and angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 1991
    Date of Patent: November 9, 1993
    Assignees: Nippon Petrochemicals Co., Ltd., Polymer Processing Research Institute, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kintaro Aihara, Tadashi Honda, Masashi Kobayashi, Hideyo Rohyama, Kazuhiko Kurihara, Hiroshi Yazawa, Toshikazu Ohishi
  • Patent number: 5255419
    Abstract: A tentering system having a pair of spaced tenter rails defining a first end, a second end and a tentering path, and moveable material securement members carried by the tenter rails is disclosed. The tentering system may include first material guides at the first end of the tenter rails and second material guides at the second end of the tenter rails, and at least one drive motor for alternately and selectively driving the securement members in the first and second directions. In addition or in the alternative, a pair of direct drive motors is provided at the first end of the tenter rails, each of the direct drive motors including a clutch moveable between a drive position and a neutral position, and clutch actuating means to selectively and positively move the clutch from the neutral position to the drive position. In addition or in the alternative, first and second pairs of direct drive motors are provided at the first and second ends of the tenter rails, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 1991
    Date of Patent: October 26, 1993
    Assignee: Morrison Berkshire, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter P. Stanislaw, Sadao Yagi
  • Patent number: 5014402
    Abstract: Stenter apparatus for stretching a web to produce a relatively thin film comprises two transversely spaced endless chains one the mirror image of the other relative to the stenter center line (C--C), each chain comprising an inner feed run (9) and an outer return run (10) mounted on supports. Each endless chain is constituted by film clip holders (3) and the chain pases around end sprockets (11B, 12B). The present invention provides a means for lateral adjustment of the feed runs (9) comprising adjustment means for lateral movement of the feed run support relative to the return run support and pivoting portions (10A, 10B) in the outer run support adjacent the end sprockets (11B, 12B) to enable said lateral movement of the feed run. Consequently a major portion of the outer run support does not require to have lateral movement and can be fixed in position and this provides economies in the construction. Further, end sprockets (11B, 12B) of smaller diameter can be used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 1989
    Date of Patent: May 14, 1991
    Assignees: G. Bruckner GmbH, Bruckner-Maschinenbau Co. KG
    Inventor: Wallace Cunningham
  • Patent number: 4977651
    Abstract: A covering device for the inlet and outlet slots of a tenter comprises a flexible plastic strip whose ends are fastened in the region of the ends of the respective slot. In the area where the chain rail guides extend through the slot, the plastic strip is deflected in U-shaped configuration by deflector elements outside the slot and spanning the chain guides. The deflector elements are angularly oriented relative to the longitudinal axis of the slot at an angle of about 45 degrees and are fastened on a movable carriage connected to the chain guides so that movement of the chain guides transversely of the slot functions also to move the U-shaped configuration of the flexible plastic strip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 1989
    Date of Patent: December 18, 1990
    Assignee: H. Krantz GmbH & Co.
    Inventor: Theo Schiffers
  • Patent number: 4899427
    Abstract: The tensioning machine serves for a heat treatment of lengths of material which are guided widthways, particularly textile material. Two tensioning chains convey the lengths of material in the usual way through an inlet zone, a plurality of heat treatment zones and an outlet zone, and the advancing and returning strands of the tensioning chain are supported and guided in chain guide rails. In order to cool the tensioning chains very effectively and thereby to be able to prolong the operational life of the high-temperature grease which is used, cooling air blowing arrangements by which the used cooling air can be introduced into the heat treatment zones as preheated fresh air are associated with the long sections of the chain guide rails running inside the heat treatment zones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 1988
    Date of Patent: February 13, 1990
    Assignee: Bruckner Trockentechnik GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Harry Gresens
  • Patent number: 4866957
    Abstract: Textile fabrics are dyed in open widths in a closed, heated environment by spraying a heated dye composition containing a dyestuff dispersed in a non-aqueous, high-boiling solvent, without the dye applicator directly contacting the fabric, directly onto the fabric. The sprayed fabric is held under transverse tension in a heated (350.degree. to 450.degree. F.) environment and further heated while the sprayed dye dispersion migrates, penetrates thoroughly through the fabric and levels substantially evenly across the width of the fabric. Fabrics are thus simultaneously uniformly dyed and uniformly heatset. Apparatus for conducting the process is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 1988
    Date of Patent: September 19, 1989
    Assignee: Burlington Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Vernon T. Daniel, Jessie Gettliffe
  • Patent number: 4862564
    Abstract: A thermoplastic material web is stretched transverse to the machine direction along a stretch course which widens exponentially in the stretching zone, an improved stretching apparatus being used to effect such stretching.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 1987
    Date of Patent: September 5, 1989
    Assignee: Mobil Oil Corporation
    Inventor: Tae H. Kwack
  • Patent number: 4815181
    Abstract: In a film stretching machine having tentering chains travelling in an endless loop, the forward advance tracks of the tentering chains are laterally adjustably arranged within the machine housing for adjusting to fit different material web widths and for adjusting the lateral or widthwise stretching ratio. The tentering chain reversal guide arrangements at the inlet and outlet ends of the machine are correspondingly laterally slidably adjustable. The return tracks for the tentering chains are arranged outside of the housing in a fixed position and orientation relative to the housing. Straight transition guide portions pivotally connect the stationary return chain tracks to connection points of the respective laterally movable reversal guide arrangement. The straight transition guide portions are each articulated at one end to the respective return chain track and at the other end to the respective reversal guide arrangement. The return chain tracks may be either open or completely closed channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 1988
    Date of Patent: March 28, 1989
    Assignee: Lindauer Dornier Gesellschaft mbH
    Inventors: Peter Dornier, Rudolf Langer, Hans-Jurgen Maierhofer
  • Patent number: 4774770
    Abstract: A film stretching machine with tentering hook chain tracks extending through several consecutive processing zones is constructed of preassembled standardized exchangeable structural groups permitting a modular type of construction. These structural groups include venting cells of the same kind which are fully pre-equipped and are arranged along the left and right edges of the film web to be stretched. Exchangeable blower boxes with nozzle fingers or arms having a standardized width are installable between opposite venting cells of a processing zone. The dimensions of the venting cells are matched to the dimensions of typical shipping containers in order to achieve efficient packaging possibilities. The length of the venting cells advantageously corresponds to two or three times a standard spacing of adjustment spindles used for adjusting the spacing of the tentering hook chain tracks. The width of the standardized blower boxes may vary stepwise by twice the width of the venting cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 1987
    Date of Patent: October 4, 1988
    Assignee: Lindauer Dornier Gesellschaft mbH
    Inventors: Rudolf Langer, Guenther Paulsen, Gerhard Troetscher
  • Patent number: 4573353
    Abstract: The nozzle velocity profile of a textile treating assembly, such as a tenter oven, is determined in a simple and effective manner. A pitot tube is mounted on a fabric web-engaging support. A pressure transducer is operatively connected to the pitot tube and produces an electrical signal proportional to the difference between the static and total pressures sensed by the pitot tube for each nozzle. A wire is releasably connected to the transducer and extends to the exterior of the tenter oven, and is connected to a reeling assembly at the exterior of the tenter oven. The position of the sensing portion of the pitot tube is adjustable so that it can extend above or below the fabric web.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 1983
    Date of Patent: March 4, 1986
    Assignee: Burlington Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Vernon T. Daniel, James R. Johnson, Edward J. Robbins
  • Patent number: 4448582
    Abstract: A textile fabric formed of synthetic fibrous material or blends with natural fibers to which dyestuffs have been applied is subjected to a thermosol heat treatment by directing the fabric supported on an air permeable conveyor through a heated oven while directing heated air downwardly through the fabric and through the underlying supporting conveyor and while at predetermined longitudinally spaced locations as the fabric travels through the oven directing heated air upwardly through the open mesh conveyor and into contact with the fabric so as to lift portions of the fabric from the conveyor to permit free shrinkage and bulking of the fabric while avoiding distortion of the fabric or obtaining an undesirable ironed surface appearance as would occur if the fabric were pinned to the conveyor. This method also achieves very rapid and efficient heat transfer to the fabric and thus avoids the extreme time and temperature conditions which result in harsh treatment of the fabric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 1982
    Date of Patent: May 15, 1984
    Assignee: American Artos Corporation
    Inventor: David F. Johnson
  • Patent number: 4384392
    Abstract: The present invention is an apparatus for biaxial orientation of precrystalline polyacrylonitrile polymer sheet consisting essentially of a machine direction orientor which stretches the sheet in the machine direction a transverse direction orientor which stretches the sheet in the direction 90.degree. to the machine direction, both processes of which may be completed rapidly in a heated essentially aqueous environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 1980
    Date of Patent: May 24, 1983
    Assignee: Mobil Oil Corporation
    Inventor: Craig E. Allen
  • Patent number: 4295284
    Abstract: A dryer range and the like wherein improved air flow means are provided for retaining heated air in contact with the web for maximum utilization of the heated air and for facilitating return of the spent air for reheating or for exhausting into the atmosphere to remove excess moisture or volatile material such as knitting oil and the like from the range. A pair of opposed air flow retaining baffles are carried by spaced plenums adjacent the fabric or web for thus retaining the air directed in streams against the web.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 1979
    Date of Patent: October 20, 1981
    Assignee: Marshall and Williams Company
    Inventor: Philip M. Witkin
  • Patent number: 4104769
    Abstract: An apparatus for stretching polymeric film is disclosed wherein a heating unit is located slightly above and between the parallel tracks of a tenter frame and wherein the heating unit includes an air duct with an air entrance opening and a series of apertures directed between the tenter frame tracks wherein the air duct is separated, by internal intermediate walls, into adjacent isolated zones extending parallel with the tracks of the tenter frame and wherein each isolated zone includes a heater. Air introduced into the duct is conducted through the zones where it is heated and directed through the apertures onto a web of polymeric film moving in the tenter frame prior to stretching.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 1976
    Date of Patent: August 8, 1978
    Assignee: E. I. Du Pont de Nemours and Company
    Inventors: Stanley B. Levy, William D. Garlington
  • Patent number: 3995457
    Abstract: A continuous padding type dyeing machine particularly suitable for handling elastic fabrics, the machine including a padding bath with at least a pair of main and auxiliary padding rollers and a dryer having a pair of spaced endless conveyors means provided on opposite sides of a path of travel of the fabrics for transferring them through the dryer without causing excessive tensioning thereto. The endless conveyors are movable in and along a number of adjustable guide members and provided with a number of pin members for holding longitudinal side edge portions of the fabrics. A pair of detectors are provided at a lower end of a vertical section of the path of travel of the fabric through the dryer in association with opposite longitudinal side edges of the fabric for adapting the guide members to the particular width of the fabric under treatment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 1975
    Date of Patent: December 7, 1976
    Inventors: Shigeru Kinomoto, Katsuyuki Nishikawa, Takao Ishida
  • Patent number: 3961400
    Abstract: A perforated drum drier with a first lower inlet opening in a rear wall of a drier housing for feeding a tubular knit fabric to a first drum in the housing, and with a substantially horizontal stentering chain mechanism extending through a second upper inlet opening into the housing to a front guide roller for the two pin-studded stentering chains, the axis of which is located slightly ahead of a vertical plane extending through the axis of the first drum, and so far above the first drum that the parts of the lower stringers of the chains adjacent to the front guide roller are substantially in horizontal alignment with the top of the first drum so that an open fabric will be removed from the pins of the chains by its own gravity and by the suction of the first drum and be transferred simultaneously to this drum. The stentering mechanism is located so highly from the floor that an operator can stand underneath it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 1971
    Date of Patent: June 8, 1976
    Assignee: Erich Kiefer, Lufttechnische Anlagen G.m.b.H.
    Inventor: Walter Schmid
  • Patent number: 3961425
    Abstract: An automatic temperature control system for a textile tenter frame having an oven section for heating the fabric in order to "set" its fibers in an essentially non-shrinkable state. The system operates to maximize the speed of the tenter frame while maintaining optimum heat set conditions. Fabric temperature from within the oven and initial moisture content data are furnished to a computer and processed with time-at-temperature target inputs to provide tenter frame speed control output signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 1975
    Date of Patent: June 8, 1976
    Assignee: Measurex Corporation
    Inventors: S. Keith Swanson, David E. Stepner