Fence Barb Making Patents (Class 29/7.1)
  • Patent number: 9572569
    Abstract: A station for cutting a barb suture is provided. The barb cutting station includes a suture transport assembly for supporting a first suture, a first knife assembly for forming barbs on the first suture, and a first clamp and position assembly for approximating the at least first suture towards the at least first knife assembly. The barb cutting station may further include at least a first suture cutting mechanism configured for severing the at least first suture when a defect is detected. The station may also include at least a first visual inspection assembly configured for detecting defective barbs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Nicholas Maiorino, Timothy Kosa, Mark Buchter, Keith Kroeber, Richard Casey Hart
  • Patent number: 9011133
    Abstract: A system for forming one or more barbs on a length of suture is provided. The system includes a suture nest and a punch apparatus. The suture nest defines a longitudinal passage configured for receipt of a length of suture. The suture nest includes at least one recess formed along the longitudinal passage and at least one opening corresponding to the at least one recess. The punch apparatus includes at least one punch member corresponding to the at least one opening in the suture nest. The at least one punch member is configured to be selectively received within the at least one opening in the suture nest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Stanislaw Marczyk, Russell Pribanic
  • Patent number: 8966728
    Abstract: A station for cutting a barb suture is provided. The barb cutting station includes a suture transport assembly for supporting a first suture, a first knife assembly for forming barbs on the first suture, and a first clamp and position assembly for approximating the at least first suture towards the at least first knife assembly. The barb cutting station may further include at least a first suture cutting mechanism configured for severing the at least first suture when a defect is detected. The station may also include at least a first visual inspection assembly configured for detecting defective barbs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Nicholas Maiorino, Timothy Kosa, Mark Buchter, Keith Kroeber, Richard Casey Hart
  • Patent number: 8615856
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for forming retainers on a continuous strand such as, for example, of suture material and a suture produced by the same. The apparatus may include a retainer forming member configured to rotate about a first axis. The retainer forming member may include a cutter, the cutting edge of which may directed substantially inward toward, or outward away from, the first axis to define a retainer forming zone when the retainer forming member rotates about the first axis. The apparatus may further include a support member arranged adjacent to the retainer forming member and configured to receive and support the continuous strand in the retainer forming zone. When the retainer forming member rotates about the first axis, the passing strand may be intermittently or continuously cut by the cutting edge of the cutter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Ethicon, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel Gelbart
  • Patent number: 8402621
    Abstract: A station for cutting a barb suture is provided. The barb cutting station includes a suture transport assembly for supporting a first suture, a first knife assembly for forming barbs on the first suture, and a first clamp and position assembly for approximating the at least first suture towards the at least first knife assembly. The barb cutting station may further include at least a first suture cutting mechanism configured for severing the at least first suture when a defect is detected. The station may also include at least a first visual inspection assembly configured for detecting defective barbs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Nicholas Maiorino, Timothy Kosa, Mark Buchter, Keith Kroeber, Richard Casey Hart
  • Publication number: 20120126191
    Abstract: The present invention provides a fencing system having interconnected tubular elements comprised of longitudinally extending conductor wires and reinforcement wires. Said conductor wires are conventionally disposed in an outer casing's cavity with an open round or rounded section. Said outer casing is formed by a crimping process such that said conductor wires are reinforced by parallelly extending reinforcement wires, the latter wires being disposed in a separate partition of the longitudinal inner volume of said outer casing. Said partition assigned to said reinforcement wires provides that said reinforcement wires does not damage said conductor wires during the final stage of crimping process in which barbed tapes with pointed and/or cutting barbs are transversely folded around the interconnected tubular elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2010
    Publication date: May 24, 2012
    Applicant: Kosedag Tel Orme Sanayi ve Ticaret Ithalat Ithracat A.S.
    Inventor: Ali Kosedag
  • Patent number: 8032996
    Abstract: An apparatus for cutting barbs into a suture having a filament supply. The apparatus also has an in-feed collet for holding one end of a filament threaded therethrough. Further the apparatus has an out-feed collet for holding a second end of a filament threaded therethrough. Additionally, the apparatus has a holder positioned between said in-feed and out-feed collets for holding a filament suspended between the in-feed and out-feed collets. The apparatus also has a cutting assembly for cutting barbs in the filament tensioned between the in-feed and out-feed collets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Inventors: Michael Trull, Perry A. Genova, Robert C. Williams, III, Jeffrey C. Leung, Matthew A. Megaro, Stanton Batchelor, Andrew Corson
  • Patent number: 8028387
    Abstract: A system for manufacturing self-retaining suture includes means for supporting the suture during cutting of retainers which protrude from the suture at multiple angles. The system includes an anvil having a channel configured to support a suture during cutting of a retainer at a first angular position while providing for non-interference between the anvil and retainers previously cut on the suture at one or more angular positions different than the first angular position. In embodiments the channel is provided with notches which receive previously-formed retainers during creation of subsequent retainers. The system thereby provides for rotating the suture and supporting the suture with the anvil without interference with previously-formed retainers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Inventors: Perry Genova, Robert C. Williams, III, Warren Jewett
  • Patent number: 8028388
    Abstract: A system for manufacturing self-retaining suture is disclosed. The system includes a cutting bed for creating and supporting a suture during cutting of tissue-grasping elements at different angular positions. A cutting device is moved through the suture thread along a path which can include longitudinal, transverse, oscillating and depth components to create a desired tissue-grasping element on the surface of the suture. The path of the cutting device and the rotation of the suture relative to the cutting device are controlled so that a plurality of angularly-displaced tissue-grasping elements can be created on the suture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Inventors: Perry Genova, Robert C. Williams, III, Warren Jewett
  • Patent number: 8020263
    Abstract: An automated system for manufacturing self-retaining suture is disclosed. The system includes a cutting bed to which a suture is mounted. A power-operated cutting arm moves a cutting device through the suture along a preselected path and at a preselected angle to create a tissue retainer having a desired geometry. An indexing mechanism moves the suture relative to the cutting device. The operation of the cutting arm in conjunction with the geometry of the cutting device and movement of the suture thread allows for creating a plurality of tissue retainers having a desired geometry distributed along the length of the suture thread.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Inventors: Perry Genova, Robert C. Williams, III, Warren Jewett
  • Patent number: 8015678
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing self-retaining suture is disclosed. The method provides for creating and supporting a suture during cutting of tissue-grasping elements at different angular positions. A cutting device is moved through the suture thread along a path which can include longitudinal, transverse, oscillating and depth components to create a desired tissue-grasping element on the surface of the suture. The path of the cutting device and the rotation of the suture relative to the cutting device are controlled so that a plurality of angularly-displaced tissue-grasping elements can be created on the suture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: Quill Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Perry Genova, Robert C. Williams, III, Warren Jewett
  • Patent number: 8011072
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a self-retaining suture is disclosed. A cutting bed supports the suture during cutting. A cutting device is moved through the suture thread along a selected path. The angle of the cutting device is changed during cutting. A cutting arm is articulated to allow change of the angle of the cutting device. The change in the angle of the cutting device is used to control the depth of cut and/or elevate a tissue-retainer away from the suture to better engage tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Inventors: Perry Genova, Robert C. Williams, III, Warren Jewett
  • Patent number: 7996967
    Abstract: A system for manufacturing a self-retaining suture is disclosed. The system includes a cutting bed which supports the suture during cutting. A cutting device makes cuts in the suture thread having a preselected geometry. A cutting arm is articulated to allow change of the angle of the cutting device during cutting. The change in the angle of the cutting device is used to control the depth of cut and/or elevate a tissue-retainer away from the suture to better engage tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Inventors: Perry Genova, Robert C. Williams, III, Warren Jewett
  • Patent number: 7996968
    Abstract: An automated method for manufacturing self-retaining suture is disclosed. The suture is mounted to a support. A power-operated cutting arm moves a cutting device through the suture along a preselected path and at a preselected angle to create a tissue retainer having a desired shape and size. The suture is indexed relative to the cutting device. The operation of the cutting arm in conjunction with the geometry of the cutting device and linear advancement of the suture thread allows for creating a plurality of tissue-retainers having a desired geometry along the length of the suture thread.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Inventors: Perry Genova, Robert C. Williams, III, Warren Jewett
  • Patent number: 7913365
    Abstract: A method of making a barbed suture by varying the blade geometry and/or the movement of the blade when cutting a suture is disclosed. The method can also be accomplished with a cutting device to create a plurality of barbs on the exterior of surgical suture. The barbs produced using the method with the cutting device can be the same or random configurations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Inventors: Perry A. Genova, Robert C. Williams, III, Warren Jewett, Matthew A. Megaro
  • Patent number: 7765657
    Abstract: A system and method for producing a barbed taped product is controlled by an electronic controller to provide a predetermined pattern of attachment points. The system automatically clips adjacent loops of product strands together in the predetermined pattern. The system is capable of varying the pattern from roll to roll, within a given roll, and between rolls. The system and method eliminates the need for ceasing production between rolls in order to re-thread.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2010
    Inventor: Michael V. Pavlov
  • Patent number: 7624487
    Abstract: An apparatus for cutting barbs into a suture having a filament supply. The apparatus also has an in-feed collet for holding one end of a filament threaded therethrough. Further the apparatus has an out-feed collet for holding a second end of a filament threaded therethrough. Additionally, the apparatus has a holder positioned between said in-feed and out-feed collets for holding a filament suspended between the in-feed and out-feed collets. The apparatus also has a cutting assembly for cutting barbs in the filament tensioned between the in-feed and out-feed collets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2009
    Inventors: Michael Trull, Perry Genova, Robert C. Williams, III
  • Patent number: 7549203
    Abstract: A system and method for producing a barbed taped product is controlled by an electronic controller to provide a predetermined pattern of attachment points. The system automatically clips adjacent loops of product strands together in the predetermined pattern. The system is capable of varying the pattern from roll to roll, within a given roll, and between rolls. The system and method eliminates the need for ceasing production between rolls in order to re-thread.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2009
    Inventor: Michael V. Pavlov
  • Patent number: 7353576
    Abstract: A system and method for producing a barbed taped product is controlled by an electronic controller to provide a predetermined pattern of attachment points. The system automatically clips adjacent loops of product strands together in the predetermined pattern. The system is capable of varying the pattern from roll to roll, within a given roll, and between rolls. The system and method eliminates the need for ceasing production between rolls in order to re-thread.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2008
    Inventor: Michael V. Pavlov
  • Patent number: 7346968
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for automatically attaching loops of a coil together at desired points. The apparatus comprises a frame, a rotatable barrel, wire separators, alignment fingers, a clipping rack further comprising pincers, and a clipping gun. The barrel, wire separators and fingers cooperate to attach the alternate loops together at desired points. The barrel is driven by a stepper motor to rotate a specific distance about a central axis. The wire separators, pincers, and clipping gun are driven pneumatically. The motor and pneumatics are controlled electronically.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2008
    Inventors: Steven John Cano, Renne Cano
  • Patent number: 7225512
    Abstract: A method of making a barbed suture by varying the blade geometry and/or the movement of the blade when cutting a suture is disclosed. The method can also be accomplished with a cutting device to create a plurality of barbs on the exterior of surgical suture. The barbs produced using the method with the cutting device can be the same or random configurations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2007
    Assignee: Quill Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Perry A. Genova, Robert C. Williams, III, Warren Jewett, Matthew A. Megaro
  • Patent number: 6848152
    Abstract: A method of making a barbed suture by varying the blade geometry and/or the movement of the blade when cutting a suture. The method can also be accomplished with a cutting device to create a plurality of barbs on the exterior of surgical suture. The barbs produced using the method with the cutting device can be the same or random configurations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2005
    Assignee: Quill Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Perry Genova, Robert C. Williams, III, Warren Jewett
  • Publication number: 20030041426
    Abstract: A method of making a barbed suture by varying the blade geometry and/or the movement of the blade when cutting a suture. The method can also be accomplished with a cutting device to create a plurality of barbs on the exterior of surgical suture. The barbs produced using the method with the cutting device can be the same or random configurations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2001
    Publication date: March 6, 2003
    Inventors: Perry Genova, Robert C. Williams, Warren Jewett