Tuft Setting Patents (Class 300/8)
  • Patent number: 9687071
    Abstract: A tufting tool for tufting and fastening clusters of bristles in bristle holes in a contoured surface of or oblique holes in a brush body. The tufting tool has a tool head displaceable along the tufting axis between a receiving and a tufting position. The tool head has two guide jaws which are displaceable relative to each other during displacement of the tool head. To relatively displace the guide jaws, the tool has a reversing lever connected to the tool head and a deflecting guide for the reversing lever, arranged at an angle of deflection with respect to the tufting axis. The guide jaws are coupled together via the reversing lever in such a manner and the reversing lever is guided such that an adjustment of the tool head into the tufting position advances one guide jaw in the tufting direction and retracts the other guide jaw counter to the tufting direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Zahoransky AG
    Inventors: Robert Steinebrunner, Guido Sommer, Christoph Albrecht, Philipp Goldmann
  • Patent number: 8585153
    Abstract: A brush manufacturing machine (1) has a first injection-molding machine (18) for the region-by-region injection molding of material around the bristle bundles (7) held in cartridges (9) and for forming a bristle carrier (19) connecting the bristle bundles (7) and also a second injection-molding machine (24) in which the bristle carrier (19) can be inserted and material can be injection molded around this carrier for forming a brush body (25) or partial brush body. The first injection-molding machine (18) is constructed for forming a thin-walled plate as a bristle carrier (19) and has a shorter cycle time than the second injection-molding machine (24). At least the second injection-molding machine (24) is constructed as a multi-compartment injection-molding machine and has a multiple of the number of mold cavities of the first injection-molding machine (18).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Zahoransky AG
    Inventor: Winfried Ebner
  • Patent number: 8256848
    Abstract: The method for making an interdental brush inserts a bristle stem into a through hole of a handle in a combining step, whereby exposing the stem to each fixing slot on the handle. Thence the stem is further punched by a punching device, allowing a correspondent formation of expanding portions. Hereby, the expanding portions have an outermost diameter larger than an opening of the through hole for the stem to be firmly lodged in the fixing slots in a fixing step. A filler for wrapping the entire handle and the stem offers a solid engagement between the expanding portions and the fixing slots, so that the stem does not depart from the handle while using.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: Lee Chia Brush Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chia-Fu Lee
  • Patent number: 7921499
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and a device for producing a toothbrush (50) or part thereof by the two-component or multi-component injection-molding process. To produce in the brush body segments (20) that are isolated from the rest of the brush body, a mold (10) which comprises three hollow regions (12, 14, 16) is used. Two of these hollow regions (12, 14) that are separate from one another serve for producing the segments (12) and the other regions (18) of the toothbrush (50) from a first component (38). A third hollow region (16) serves for distributing material to the segments (20) that are isolated from one another and from the other regions (18), or the corresponding hollow region (14). The material (22) remaining behind there is removed and sent for disposal. In a further step, connecting elements (42) between the segments (20) and/or the other regions (18) are injection-molded from a second component (39).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2011
    Assignee: Trisa Holding AG
    Inventors: Beat Huber, Peter Gross
  • Patent number: 7866757
    Abstract: A brush stuffing machine comprising a bristle magazine and a stuffing tool which is movable between a bundle take-over position and a stuffing position, the stuffing tool is pivotally mounted about an axis for movement on a circular arc between the take-over position and the stuffing position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Assignee: Firma G.B. Boucherie N.V.
    Inventor: Bart Gerard Boucherie
  • Publication number: 20100117440
    Abstract: A brush manufacturing machine (1) has a first injection-molding machine (18) for the region-by-region injection molding of material around the bristle bundles (7) held in cartridges (9) and for forming a bristle carrier (19) connecting the bristle bundles (7) and also a second injection-molding machine (24) in which the bristle carrier (19) can be inserted and material can be injection molded around this carrier for forming a brush body (25) or partial brush body. The first injection-molding machine (18) is constructed for forming a thin-walled plate as a bristle carrier (19) and has a shorter cycle time than the second injection-molding machine (24). At least the second injection-molding machine (24) is constructed as a multi-compartment injection-molding machine and has a multiple of the number of mold cavities of the first injection-molding machine (18).
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2009
    Publication date: May 13, 2010
    Applicant: ZAHORANSKY AG
    Inventor: Winfried Ebner
  • Patent number: 7652866
    Abstract: A flexible conductive static control brush assembly includes first and second brushes disposed on a common backing strip. Each brush includes a plurality of filaments disposed inwardly from opposite edges of the backing strip. Bands overlie outer end portions of the filaments adjacent edges of the backing strip, with the bands covering only a portion of each filament length. The backing strip includes parting lines for tearing to remove an intermediate portion of the backing strip between the brushes to expose the filaments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2010
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works
    Inventors: Michael P. Barnard, Adam H. Willwerth, Jeffrey W. Richardson, Mario E. Blais, Linda Heaward
  • Patent number: 7594704
    Abstract: Method for manufacturing brushes, whereby bundles of fibers (2) are provided in openings (3) in a brush body (4) by a filling tool (5) of the type which at least consists of a bundle remover (7) for separating bundles of fibers (2) from a fiber magazine (8), a mechanism (9) for supplying fastening material (10) in order to fix the bundles of fibers (2) in the openings (3), a filling tool slide (11) moving to and fro to guide the bundles of fibers (2) to the brush body (4) and a needle (13) to put every bundle of fibers (2) concerned in the corresponding opening (3) together with a fastening element (14) formed of the fastening material (10), wherein at least the filling tool slide (11) is controlled by an individual electric drive element (27).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2009
    Assignee: Firma G.B. Boucherie, Naamloze Vennootschap
    Inventor: Bart Gerard Boucherie
  • Patent number: 7559611
    Abstract: Device for compensating the vibrations caused by the movements of a tool of a brush manufacturing machine, more particularly of a tool (1) having at least one slide (2) which is provided in a first guide (3) such that is can move to and fro and which is provided with driving device (4) for this slide, wherein the device includes a compensating mass (16) and of a moving device (17) to move this compensating mass (16) in the opposite sense of the movement of the slide (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2009
    Assignee: Firma G.B. Boucherie, naamloze vennootschap
    Inventor: Bart Gerard Boucherie
  • Patent number: 7281768
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a brush includes inserting bristles into bristles insertion holes, and implanting the bristles in a resin material. The inserting further includes preparing sleeves corresponding to cross sectional shapes and cross sectional areas of the bristles insertion holes; introducing the bristles into the sleeves; and independently inserting the bristles within each of the sleeves to the corresponding bristles insertion holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2007
    Assignee: Kao Corporation
    Inventors: Hisao Sato, Kenichi Okabe, Shunji Kimura
  • Publication number: 20070152496
    Abstract: A bristle magazine for a broom or brush stuffing machine includes a receiving space for a multitude of bristles, a bending edge and a bracket opposite the bending edge for maintaining the bristles in a curved condition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 26, 2006
    Publication date: July 5, 2007
    Applicant: Firma G.B. Boucherie N.V.
    Inventor: Bart Gerard Boucherie
  • Patent number: 7159950
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a cosmetics brush for making-up 30 including an inner brush member 10 and an outer brush member 20 separated each other, wherein the inner brush member 10 has a color different from that of the outer brush member 20 to express specific design and/or pattern of logo and is fitted into inner side of the outer brush member 20 to be integrated together and, a method for producing such cosmetics brush. The produced cosmetics brush 30 can express the desirable logo by both of the inner and the outer brush members 10 and 20; thereby it allows the user of such cosmetics brush to easily recognize the company or products thereof from the logo represented by the brush and accomplishes effectiveness of advertising, in addition to function its true duty as the cosmetics brush 30.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2007
    Inventor: Byun Young-Chul
  • Patent number: 6726789
    Abstract: In a method for the production of brushes consisting of a bristle support and bristles mounted thereon and combined to at least one group having a defined cross-section with at least two different types of bristles, the bristles of a bristle type are combined into a partial group and the partial groups forming a bristle group are combined into said bristle group and subsequently, the bristle group is mounted to the bristle support. The bristles of each partial group are formed in a surrounding guide of a shaping device into a cross-section corresponding to their partial cross-sections in the bristle group, and the partial groups are then combined while maintaining their partial cross-section in the guides to form the cross-section of the bristle group. A device for carrying out this method and brushes produced in this fashion are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2004
    Assignee: Coronet-Werke GmbH
    Inventor: Georg Weihrauch
  • Patent number: 6702394
    Abstract: In a method of melting together axial ends of bunched fibers of thermoplastic material, the fiber ends are brought into contact with the heated surface of a stamp. The body of the stamp is heated by controlling an electric current passing through it. In one embodiment the stamp is cooled by a flow of compressed air before the stamp is separated from the fiber ends. In another embodiment, the stamp is separated from the melted fiber ends, heated to a higher temperature to vaporize any residual fiber material, and cooled by exposure to compressed air until it has no more than the temperature for melting the fiber material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2004
    Assignee: G. B. Boucherie N.V.
    Inventor: Bart Gerard Boucherie
  • Publication number: 20030132661
    Abstract: A manufacturing method of a brush 6 including of inserting bristles 2 into a bristles insertion hole 55, and thereafter implanting the bristles in a resin base plate. Further, each individual sleeve 60 is prepared in correspondence to cross sectional shapes and cross sectional areas in the bristles insertion hole 55, the bristles 2 are introduced to the sleeves 60, and each of the bristle 2 in the sleeves 60 is inserted to the corresponding bristles insertion holes 55 by an extrusion pin 71.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2003
    Publication date: July 17, 2003
    Applicant: KAO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hisao Sato, Kenichi Okabe, Shunji Kimura
  • Patent number: 6582027
    Abstract: Provided is a production process of a brush, comprising a consecutive combination of: (a) a step of bundling a prescribed number of fibers to form a long-size fiber bundle in which the whole is temporarily bound, (b) a step of cutting the long-size fiber bundle to a prescribed size, (c) a step of completely binding the tail end part of the cut fiber bundle by a thermally fusing means, (d) a step of dipping the fiber bundle in which the tail end part is completely bound in a solvent to remove the resin adhered to unbind the fibers other than those in the tail end part of the fiber bundle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2003
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Pencil Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takashi Umeno
  • Publication number: 20020175556
    Abstract: Methods and devices are provided for tufting oral brushes. The methods include inserting free ends of continuous strands of filaments into blind openings in a moldbar, at least some of the blind openings having different depths and/or extending at different angles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2001
    Publication date: November 28, 2002
    Inventors: William Motherway, Joseph Depuydt
  • Patent number: 6361120
    Abstract: The composite brush mold includes a) a metallic component that includes a pattern of holes extending from a first surface of the metallic component to a second surface of the metallic component, the holes being configured to receive tufts that include at least one bristle, and b) a plastic component that includes a pattern of fingers that correspond to the pattern of holes, the fingers extending into the holes to form end walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2002
    Assignee: Gillette Canada Company
    Inventors: Gerald S. Szczech, Kenneth Bradley Wilson
  • Patent number: 6352313
    Abstract: The composite brush mold includes a) a first component that includes a pattern of holes extending from a first surface of the first component to a second surface of the first component, the holes being configured to receive tufts that include at least one bristle, and b) a second component that includes a pattern of fingers that correspond to the pattern of holes, the fingers extending into the holes to form end walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2002
    Assignee: Gillette Canada Company'
    Inventors: Kenneth Bradley Wilson, Gerald S. Szczech
  • Publication number: 20010038237
    Abstract: In a method of melting together axial ends of bunched fibers of thermoplastic material, the fiber ends are brought into contact with the heated surface of a stamp. The body of the stamp is heated by controlling an electric current passing through it. In one embodiment the stamp is cooled by a flow of compressed air before the stamp is separated from the fiber ends. In another embodiment, the stamp is separated from the melted fiber ends, heated to a higher temperature to vaporize any residual fiber material, and cooled by exposure to compressed air until it has no more than the temperature for melting the fiber material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2001
    Publication date: November 8, 2001
    Inventor: Bart Gerard Boucherie
  • Publication number: 20010024060
    Abstract: In order to attach brush bristle tufts onto carriers made of thermoplastic material, which are formed with multiple holes according to a desired tuft pattern, the bristle tufts are first inserted into the holes in such a way that the bristle tips that are to be used protrude from one side while the bristle ends protrude only slightly from the holes on the opposite side. A heated punch has a multiplicity of conical or pyramidal projections. The projections of this punch penetrate between the holes into the mass of the carrier so that this mass softens and is pushed laterally into the interstices of the bristle tufts. In this manner, a tight interlock is created between the material of the bristles and that of the carrier.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2000
    Publication date: September 27, 2001
    Inventor: Bart Gerard Boucherie
  • Patent number: 5823633
    Abstract: The invention is a process for the production of brushware having a plastic bristle carrier and at least one bristle bundle fixed to the carrier and constituted of stretched, stabilized plastic monofilaments. An open injection mould is provided defining a cavity in which the bristle carrier is moulded with one part of the mould having a channel in which at least one bristle bundle is guided with an end of each bristle bundle projecting beyond a mouth of the channel and being melted to a thickening having a cross section greater than a cross section of the channel and the bundle which anchors the bundle to the carrier with the thickening being spaced a distance from the mouth of the channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 20, 1998
    Assignee: Coronet-Werk GmbH
    Inventor: Georg Weihrauch
  • Patent number: 5728408
    Abstract: A brush making machine with a mold for injection molding of brush bodies is disclosed. The mold includes a stationary mold part, a movable mold part and a pair of complementary mold parts fitting into a recess of the movable mold part. The complementary mold parts have tuft insertion holes. While one of the complementary mold parts fills the recess of the movable mold part and a brush body is injection molded with tufts of bristles embedded in the molding material, the other complementary mold part is in front of a tuft feeder for introducing tufts of bristles into the tuft insertion holes. The tuft feeder includes a plurality of tuft picking and transfer tubes which are movable to pick out tufts of bristles from a bristle container and to transfer each of these tufts to a position adjacent one of the tuft insertion holes. Plunger members penetrate into respective tubes to push out the tufts of bristles contained therein and to force them into and through the tuft insertion holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 17, 1998
    Assignee: G.B. Boucherie N.V.
    Inventor: Bart Gerard Boucherie
  • Patent number: 5673975
    Abstract: The brush manufacturing machine of the type wherein at least one rotary brush body carrying drum located at a machine workstation is cyclically supplied with empty brush bodies by a brush body feeding device and is cyclically rotated to cause each such brush body to be eventually presented in proper position before a filling tool for filling of the brush body with brush fibers, wherein the machine includes at least two drums located at sequential workstations, at least one filling tool at each workstation cooperating with each respective drum for delivering brush fibers to the brush bodies carried by the drums, at least one manipulator operable so as to periodically engage and transfer brush bodies from at least one drum to another drum following the one drum, and a transport device for carrying filled brush bodies away from a drum of the machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 7, 1997
    Assignee: Firma G.B. Boucherie, Naamloze Vennootschap
    Inventor: Leonel Polydore Boucherie
  • Patent number: 5533791
    Abstract: A brush making machine with a mold for injection molding of brush bodies is disclosed. The mold comprises a stationary mold part, a movable mold part and a pair of insert parts fitting into a recess of the movable mold part. The insert parts have tuft insertion holes therein. While one of the complementary mold parts fills the recess of the movable mold part and brush bodies are injection molded with tufts of bristles embedded in the molding material, the other insert part is in a tuft loading station for introducing tufts of bristles into the tuft insertion holes. The tuft feeder comprises movable tuft carriers which carry sets of tufts from the bristle containers to the mold. A robot is provided for moving the carriers between the mold and the bristle containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 9, 1996
    Assignee: G.B. Boucherie N.V.
    Inventor: Bart G. Boucherie
  • Patent number: 5458400
    Abstract: The method of manufacturing brushes, in particular, tooth brushes, includes injection molding of the brush body, together with the brush head having a plurality of openings for receiving bristle bundles and a recess defining a back surface of the brush head, inserting into the opening finished bristle bundles and fusing the ends of the bristle bundles projecting from the back surface of the brush head, and filling thereafter the brush head recess with a plastic material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 1994
    Date of Patent: October 17, 1995
    Assignee: M+C Schiffer GmbH
    Inventor: Berthold Meyer
  • Patent number: 5350219
    Abstract: The present invention is related to a toothbrush without metal gasket which is characterized in the following design and process: it consists of a head and a body to wrap and fuse the head, wherein the head is provided with a plurality of bristles-setting holes for setting bristles therein by a toothbrush manufacturing machine. A cross clamping piece is formed at the bottom of each bristles-setting hole, and after the bristles are set in the bristles-setting hole and pass through the cross clamping piece, the bristles can be tightly fixed at the bottom of bristles-setting hole through the cross clamping piece; and when the head with bristles well set thereon is disposed in an extruding molding die of toothbrush body, the head can be wrapped and fused and fixed integrally with the toothbrush body by molding under pressure at a high temperature to form a toothbrush without any metal gasket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 1993
    Date of Patent: September 27, 1994
    Assignee: Acumen Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Huang Shou-Jen
  • Patent number: 5346287
    Abstract: A swab having an absorbent end comprising a material strip of tubular knit fabric wrapped with a first blind end, helically to a tip and reverse helically to a termination point distal from the tip provides low contamination for use in clean room processes. Lost fibers or lint are precluded by the trapped fiber edges of the material strip forming the absorbent tip of the swab while burying of the first end of the material strip in the blind wrap and combined sealing, severing, and adhering of the second end of the material strip to complete the swab distal from the tip, further precludes fiber contamination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 1993
    Date of Patent: September 13, 1994
    Assignee: The Morgan Crucible Company plc
    Inventors: Simon W. Burrow, David P. Nobile
  • Patent number: 4893876
    Abstract: Bristle articles, such as brushes, brooms, paintbrushes, combs, mats, etc., comprise a bristle carrier and bristles combined into bundles and joined thereto and which are arranged in the form of several spaced rows. Such a bristle article is produced in that a bristle section is provided in a length, which essentially constitutes the length required for all the bristles of a row, plus the length resulting from the sum of the spacings of the bristles in a row. Accompanied by corresponding shortening of the bristle section, from the latter loops are formed at each bristle position, are drawn in a spacing corresponding to the spacing of the bristles in the row and then all the loops are fixed by one of their ends simultaneously to the bristle carrier, while they are optionally cut at the opposite end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 1988
    Date of Patent: January 16, 1990
    Assignee: Coronet-Werke Heinrich Schlerf GmbH
    Inventor: Georg Weihrauch
  • Patent number: 4884849
    Abstract: This invention relates to a new and useful apparatus and method of manufacture of an end brush, comprised of thermoplastic bristles. The apparatus comprises a fiber feed guide eye for fiber skein, a fiber bundle adjustable aperture plate, electric induction heater coil surrounding a tapered splined male pin and a source of cold air blast, and the tapered splined male pin activated by a compression spring to force the heated tapered splined pin into the fiber bundle held in the adjustable aperture plate. The movement of the tapered splined male pin is limited by stops. The subsequent cooling of the tapered splined pin withdraws the fused end brush from the open adjustable aperture plate and the bristles of the end brush are severed from the skein of fibers, and the end brush attached to the tapered splined pin is subsequently knocked off of the pin by means of a hammer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 1988
    Date of Patent: December 5, 1989
    Assignee: Better Health Concepts Co Inc.
    Inventor: Richard J. Shaw
  • Patent number: 4768837
    Abstract: An apparatus for positioning or holding a brush body for insertion of bundles of bristles is provided. The apparatus comprises a carrier movable relative to a fixed guide and having a pivotable brush body holding mounted to it. A follower slidably mounted on the carrier is biased to follow the fixed guide as the carrier moves. A pivotal connection between the follower and the holder causes the holder to pivot as the follower follows the fixed guide. Use of a specifically contoured fixed guide permits corresponding pivoting of the holder so that the brush body can be variably aligned to accommodate a range of bristle inserters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 1986
    Date of Patent: September 6, 1988
    Assignee: Firma G.B. Boucherie, naamloze vennootschap
    Inventor: Leonel Boucherie
  • Patent number: 4697851
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a final fiber bundle for use in brushes is highly efficiently applicable to synthetic fibers having poor thermal stability. The method comprises the steps of: (a) arranging a number of synthetic thermoplastic fibers so that at least one end of each fiber is positioned in the same plane, to obtain a fiber bundle, (b) compressing the thus obtained fiber bundle to the extent that the compressed fiber bundle takes a desired cross-sectional shape and has a desired bulk density, (c) irradiating the fiber ends in the same plane with energy beams to fusion bond them together, and (d) releasing the compression to obtain a final bundle having a fusion bonded fiber ends. In a case where the synthetic fibers are not thermoplastic, a thermoplastic adhesive is additionally used in the step of irradiation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 1986
    Date of Patent: October 6, 1987
    Assignee: Shinwa Seisakusho Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yasuo Takahashi
  • Patent number: 4609228
    Abstract: A method and machine for manufacturing brushes, in which bristle bunches are manufactured before being transported to a brush member, the individual bristles being connected to one another. Bristle bunches which are prepared in this manner are distributed by a distributor block to plural tubular conduits leading to a bristle bunch holder which holds the bristle bunches in a desired orientation relative to the brush member. The bristle bunches and the brush member are welded together by pressing them against one another, both the bristle bunches and the brush member having previously been softened at the welding regions. The tubular conduits can be of any desired length and can be routed in any desired direction to the brush member, which permits the manufacture of all brush shapes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 1985
    Date of Patent: September 2, 1986
    Assignee: Schlesinger GmbH & Co. Maschinenbau KG
    Inventor: Wolfgang Bickel
  • Patent number: 4211217
    Abstract: A hair and massage brush in which each bristle is a bent loop projecting from a perforated support. The ends of the loops extend through perforations in the support and are fixed by fusing the ends into a ball of a size greater than a perforation of the support. When two bristles extend from each perforation, their four ends are fused into a single ball.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 1979
    Date of Patent: July 8, 1980
    Assignee: L'Oreal
    Inventor: Jean-Louis H. Gueret
  • Patent number: 4189189
    Abstract: Apparatus for making flared, tufted, brush constructions is disclosed. A plurality of synthetic filament tufts are picked, and the ends fused. Simultaneously, the fused ends are mounted parallel on a heat softened, thermoplastic support. Before the support cools, it is deformed to a convex configuration so that when the support cools, a flared, tufted construction is formed, suitable for mounting on a handle. The support may also be deformed to a concave configuration so that the tufts converge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 1978
    Date of Patent: February 19, 1980
    Assignee: Tucel Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: John C. Lewis, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4109965
    Abstract: This invention relates to new and useful brush making apparatus which allows the manufacture of a wide variety of different type brush constructions having flared tufts. The apparatus is capable of picking, trimming and assembling all the synthetic filament tufts required in a tufted brush construction simultaneously and fusing the tufts at different angles from one another onto a separate substrate. The apparatus comprises a filament stock box for dispensing cut-to-length synthetic filament, a new and improved picking element containing movable means for changing the parallel attitude of at least two adjacent picker tubes, melting means for fusing one end of the synthetic filament, and mounting means for attaching fused filament ends onto a substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 1977
    Date of Patent: August 29, 1978
    Assignee: Tucel Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: John C. Lewis, Jr.