Rubber Patents (Class 474/191)
  • Patent number: 8202185
    Abstract: A sprocket includes a plurality of teeth spaced about its periphery, roots located between pairs of adjacent teeth, and a cushion ring contacted by a chain engaging the sprocket teeth. The roots have root radii defined as the distance between the center of sprocket and the point along the root closest to the sprocket center in the radial direction. In some embodiments, the roots have three distinct radii. The cushioning material of the cushion ring receives the impact while engaging the chain. In some embodiments, the cushion ring has a contour substantially following the contours of the sprocket teeth geometry. In some embodiments, the cushion ring has a randomized contour to provide predetermined cushioning that varies from tooth to tooth around the sprocket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Assignee: BorgWarner Inc.
    Inventor: J. Christian Haesloop
  • Patent number: 7947149
    Abstract: A web of a first sheet material and a web of a second sheet material are laminated together by a process wherein the sheet materials are wound, in an interleaved relationship, upon a roller having a radially displaceable outer surface. The roller and webs and then subjected to heating and/or a low-pressure environment so as to complete the lamination. A body of adhesive material, such as a hot melt adhesive, may be interposed between the webs and the heating or low pressure environment can activate this adhesive. Further disposed are particular configurations of rollers with radially displaceable surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Assignee: United Solar Ovonic LLC
    Inventors: Arthur Myatt, Gregory Demaggio, Kevin Beernink, Kermit Jones, Kenneth Lord
  • Patent number: 7863364
    Abstract: The invention relates to a process for making an article subject to dynamic loading, the process comprises: (i) shaping a polymer-containing composition in the green state, the composition comprising (a) a continuous phase of a polymeric component of at least 15 wt %, based on the total weight of the polymer component of a propylene elastomer having a heat of fusion of less than 70 J/g and an isotactic triad tacticity of 50 to 99% and optionally containing units derived from a diene, the polymeric component having a density of less than 0.9 g/cm3 and (b) from 20 to 120 phr, preferably 30 to 100 phr, most preferably 40 to 90 phr based on the total weight of the polymer component of a reinforcing filler component; and (c) a peroxide curative. The composition is combined with a fibrous reinforcement which is then cured to a cure state as determined by ODR @ 170° C., 30 min MH-ML of from 5 to 80 dNm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Chemical Patents Inc.
    Inventors: Alistair Duncan Westwood, Abdelhadi Sahnoune
  • Patent number: 6737461
    Abstract: A vulcanizate derived from a polymer composition comprising three components exhibits improved hot air aging properties and is useful, for example, for the manufacture of articles subject to dynamic loading, such as belting applications. The first component is a polymer having a main polymer chain derived from: (i) at least about 30% by weight of a first monomer which introduces at least one of a secondary carbon and a tertiary carbon to the backbone, and (ii) from 0 to about 70% by weight of at least one other monomer. Preferred are ethylene-alpha-olefin copolymers. The second component is a salt of a strong base and a weak acid, the salt comprising a metal selected from Group I of the Periodic Table of Elements. The third component is an antioxidant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2004
    Assignee: Bayer Inc.
    Inventors: Judy Hannay, Harald Bender
  • Patent number: 6540068
    Abstract: A rim assembly for a roller assembly and method of forming a rim assembly for cargo mover systems are disclosed. Various steps and construction details are developed for affecting the response of the rim assembly to operative conditions. In one detailed embodiment, the roller assembly has a rim assembly having a rolling surface whose operative surface characteristics are set by the material of the surface material; and structure is disposed inwardly of the rolling surface which affects the bulk behavior of the roller assembly. In one particular embodiment, the roller assembly is adapted for use with moving doors or wall panels in elevator systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2003
    Assignee: Otis Elevator Company
    Inventors: John P. Wesson, Renee H. Croteau
  • Patent number: 6540629
    Abstract: An idler having a flexible member. The flexible member comprises a rubber or elastomeric material. The flexible member also defines a gas chamber. The spring rate of the flexible member is a function of the flexible material and the size of and pressure in the gas chamber. A belt or chain bearing surface of the flexible member bears upon a belt or chain trained between two pulleys. The flexible member is compressible in response to a preload caused as the idler is pressed against the chain or belt. The flexible member damps vibrations in the belt or chain during operation. This results in quieter operation of the idler/pulley system as well as increases the operating life of the belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2003
    Assignee: The Gates Corporation
    Inventor: John D. Redmond
  • Patent number: 6168544
    Abstract: A lagging material for application to the surface of a pulley, said material being integrally formed in elongate strip form and having an upper surface including a plurality of discrete nodules extending therefrom and arranged regularly or randomly according to a predetermined pattern and including a plurality of longitudinally spaced apart elongate and transversely extending cutting sipes laterally defined by the nodules so as to form a partial or complete boundary wall of each sipe; wherein said nodules are arranged over the upper surface of said material so as to allow cutting of a predetermined size of lagging from a larger sheet or strip of said lagging by effecting cuts along or across said cutting sipes and between said nodules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2001
    Assignee: Flexible Steel Lacing Company
    Inventors: Edwin Arthur Barnes, Anthony John Lobb
  • Patent number: 6092639
    Abstract: A driven terminal for a passenger conveyor for transferring passenger or luggage. The driven terminal according to the present invention includes a pair of rotating plates mounted on both ends of a rotating shaft, an outer wheel forcibly contacted with the pallet chains having a smooth contacting surface, and an inner wheel having one surface contacted with a periphery of the rotating plate and the other surface contacted and secured to the outer wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2000
    Assignee: LG Industrial Systems Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Seung Dae Reo
  • Patent number: 5857136
    Abstract: A belt fixing device of a type gripping and transporting a recording member bearing an unfixed toner image between an endless belt and a back-up member to fuse the unfixed toner image on the surface of the recording member and comprising a fixing/drive roller, heating/driven roller heated by a heater, a heated endless belt wound around the drive roller and driven roller, and a back-up member pressed against the drive roller through the endless belt. The belt fixing member is capable of transporting a recording member so as to cause the least damage possible, e.g., wrinkling and the like, to the recording member, and precisely maintaining the belt transport speed and transport member transport speed at a predetermined speed so as to produce excellent fixed images. The drive roller has a surface layer of elastic material which is treated by a polishing process along the exterior and in a direction opposite the direction of powered rotation of the drive roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 5, 1999
    Assignee: Minolta Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Satoru Yoneda, Hideji Hayashi
  • Patent number: 5610217
    Abstract: Elastomeric compositions for incorporation in articles subject to dynamic loading, comprising an ethylene-alpha-olefin elastomer which is reinforced with a filler and a metal salt of an .alpha.-.beta.-unsaturated organic acid. This composition is cured using a free-radical promoting material. The invention includes articles subject to dynamic loading incorporating these elastomeric compositions, and belting, including power transmission and flat belting incorporating as their main belt body portions these elastomeric compositions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 11, 1997
    Assignee: The Gates Corporation
    Inventors: Larry Yarnell, Bobbie E. South
  • Patent number: 5453056
    Abstract: A belt pulley with a substantially cup-shaped profile that is delimited on one side, in at least the axial direction, by an integrally shaped-on rim flange is disclosed. The rim flange is configured as the hub ring of a torsional vibration damper, the hub ring being connected, by means of a damping ring made of elastomeric material, to an inertial ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 1994
    Date of Patent: September 26, 1995
    Assignee: Firma Carl Freudenberg
    Inventors: Gunter Ullrich, Winfried Ochs, Herwig Honlinger
  • Patent number: 5346181
    Abstract: A hauling block 20 having a sheave 30 comprising two identical halves 32 and 34. The hauling surfaces 40 and 42 of the sheave 30 carry outwardly extending, cleat receiving pockets 54. Reinforced cleats 50 are seated in the pockets 54 and releasably fastened to the sheave 30.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 1991
    Date of Patent: September 13, 1994
    Assignee: Marco Seattle, Inc.
    Inventors: Harold T. Cook, Jr., Donn B. Furlong, Robert A. Svendsen, Allan P. Rustad
  • Patent number: 5346438
    Abstract: There is provided a clam shell shaped belt guide pulley having first and second curved halves which are hinged together. Each pulley half has curved inner and outer surfaces. The pulley is adapted to be placed on a large diameter shaft without the need to remove the shaft from the remainder of the machine. There is no supporting structure between the inner surfaces of the pulley halves and the shaft. Each half has a free end. An apparatus is provided to removably connect the free ends together to secure the pulley on the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 1993
    Date of Patent: September 13, 1994
    Assignee: R. G. Technical Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Roland W. Gerstenberger, William R. Joyce
  • Patent number: 5281189
    Abstract: An improved construction for a crowned and lagged pulley for a belt conveyor includes a roller tube having a central portion and two outer end portions. A pair of circumferentially extending grooves are formed in the outer surface of the roller tube between the central portion and respective end portions. An elastomeric member is disposed around the central portion of the roller tube and includes first and second end received in respective grooves such that the ends of the elastomeric member lie flush with the outer end portions of the roller tube. The thickness of the elastomeric member, when added to the outside diameter of the roller tube, produces a crown. Also, the elastomeric member serves as lagging for the pulley.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 1993
    Date of Patent: January 25, 1994
    Assignee: Interroll Holding A.G.
    Inventor: Charles Agnoff
  • Patent number: 5254045
    Abstract: A roller for running a flat belt is formed at its surface by an elastic body. Short fibers are mixed with the elastic body. The short fibers are averagely oriented in a direction radially or peripherally inclined to the roller with a small angle and protrude at their tip portions from the roller surface. Owing to a grip force of the protruding short fibers, the flat belt is running, while decreasing a friction coefficient and obtaining a stability to a variation of temperature and humidity. The short fibers may be oriented in a direction axially, peripherally inclined thereto with a specific angle. When a belt guide member is provided to the roller or flat belt, accurate running of the belt is performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 1991
    Date of Patent: October 19, 1993
    Assignee: Bando Chemicals Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Mitsuhiko Takahashi, Katsuya Yamaguchi, Yoshihisa Nakano, Hiroshi Matsuoka, Arao Umeda, Shinya Yuki, Sadao Tanimoto
  • Patent number: 4878411
    Abstract: A band saw wheel and blade combination including a pulley having a peripheral groove and a tire mated with and received within the groove. The tire has an inner diameter greater than the inner diameter of the groove to be free floating within the groove. The band saw blade is received against the outside surface of the tire and forces the tire into the groove. As a result, a firm frictional contact between the tire and the pulley and between the band saw blade and the tire is achieved to provide a strong driving force of the blade by the pulley.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 1984
    Date of Patent: November 7, 1989
    Assignee: Laskowski Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald R. Laskowski, Daniel R. Tekulve
  • Patent number: 4855174
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a lagging-reinforced structure which comprises a substrate, a lining layer of a flexible and resilient material coated on the upper surface of the substrate, a plurality of laggings embedded in the lining, the laggings having an anchoring portion at the embedded end thereof, and the laggings made of a material of high hardness and high wear resistance. Due to such construction, the peeling-off of the lagging from the lining layer can be effectively prevented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 1986
    Date of Patent: August 8, 1989
    Inventor: Masaichi Kawamoto
  • Patent number: 4832669
    Abstract: A lagging segment having a leading edge in the form of tabs and recesses and a trailing edge in the form of tabs and recesses whereby adjacent segments can be welded to the face of a pulley without damaging elastomer by placing adjacent segments around the face of a pulley with the tabs of the leading edge positioned within the recesses of the trailing edge of adjacent segments and spaced with an air space between the tabs and recesses of adjacent segments such that welds at the ends of the tabs are separated by a heat insulating air space from the recess of the adjacent segment, whereby the spacing between the elastomer portions of adjacent segments is diminished.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 1987
    Date of Patent: May 23, 1989
    Inventor: William G. Holz
  • Patent number: 4718544
    Abstract: A replaceable lagging structure, for a conveyor pulley, and specifically to a flexible lagging structure useable and adaptable on different size pulley drums. The structure preferably has a pair of parallel, elongated, arc shaped metal plates which are connected together by a flexible traction rubber pad. The outer elongated arc plate edges are adapted to be spot-welded to the periphery of a pulley drum surface. The arc shape of each metal section is such that the lagging structure is adapted to fit different sized drum pulleys. The thickness of the metal sections does not restrict or hinder the required flexibility of the lagging structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 1986
    Date of Patent: January 12, 1988
    Inventor: Harold L. Herren
  • Patent number: 4710152
    Abstract: A crank damper pulley structure of an internal combustion engine of a car in which the hub of a pulley, which is removably fixed to the tip of the engine crank shaft and transmits power to auxiliary machinery, such as an alternator, has therearound a damper mass and a damper rubber comprising a torsional damper. The hub has a cavity therein which opens to one end of the hub. A damper support is fixed in the cavity and a ring-like damper and a ring-like damper mass are superposed axially with the rubber being fixed to the mass and the support in order to constitute a ring-like dynamic damper disposed in the cavity which copes with bending vibration of the crank shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 1986
    Date of Patent: December 1, 1987
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Noriyuki Ichikawa, Tetsushi Suzuki, Tomiaki Atsumi
  • Patent number: 4627702
    Abstract: A self tracking web drive is provided wherein the roller with the friction drive in the center decouples all but a very limited width portion of the belt from the roller. By doing this, the flanges on a second roller cause the belt creep direction to reverse relative to the central high friction drive and move in the opposite direction.Depending on the alignment of the roller axes, the belt will either walk slowly to one side, then to the other, or to walk to one side, retreat and gradually self-adjust to track close to the flange or just off it.In fact, a thin driving high-friction area on one roll reduces the contact width between roller and belt and thereby tricks the wide belt into acting as if the width to pulley spacing was 10:1 or greater and becoming self tracking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 1985
    Date of Patent: December 9, 1986
    Assignees: Ricoh Systems, Inc., Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Carl P. Anderson
  • Patent number: 4589861
    Abstract: A non-deformable metallic pulley is coated with a urethane layer having a thickness of about 0.0005 inches. A drive belt, coupled to a recording head, is positioned over the urethane layer of the pulley, which in turn is driven by a stepping motor. The drive pulley is non-deformable, to eliminate backlash and yet has a very high coefficient of friction, about double that of steel, which is maintained consistent throughout the operation of the drive system, regardless of exposure to paper dust, dirt, oil and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 1984
    Date of Patent: May 20, 1986
    Assignee: Itek Graphix Corp.
    Inventor: Dennis W. Dodge
  • Patent number: 4439173
    Abstract: A lagging face for a drum-type pulley comprising a plurality of separate segments having an inner rigid shell conforming to the surface of the pulley. A facing is bonded to the outer surface of the shell and the shell is welded to the drum. The shell overhangs the edges of the pulley to provide surface for welding and is selected having a diameter and an inner arcuate dimension slightly less than that of the drum to which it is to be applied to insure a tight fit. Another aspect of the present invention provides a method for truing a crown drum comprising placing truing rings over the existing drum prior to relagging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 1981
    Date of Patent: March 27, 1984
    Inventor: Peter Fokos
  • Patent number: 4359122
    Abstract: An off road vehicle of the kind having fluid-distensible bag rollers for supporting the vehicle load uses bag rollers which are constructed to afford maximum flexibility in both the walls and tread and which are also constructed to be dynamically balanced. The vehicle also incorporates suspensions which effectively dampen oscillation of the bag rollers to facilitate and to permit high speed operations of the vehicle across rough terrain. A top drive roller is associated with a bag roller in certain embodiments of the off road vehicle in ways which minimize bag wear. Specific bag constructions are provided for improved operation of the off road vehicle for on-highway use. The vehicle includes two frame sections which are connected to permit frame (yaw) steering and swiveling (roll) between the two sections while preventing a bending between the frame sections (pitch) to thereby provide a strong back mode of operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 1980
    Date of Patent: November 16, 1982
    Inventor: William H. Albee
  • Patent number: 4233853
    Abstract: A belt pulley which is designed for marketing as a group of standard component parts adapted for customized assembly by the user to meet individual pulley requirements as to size, load capability, etc. The parts include a shaft, a plurality of disc-shaped members formed for coaxially mounting in longitudinally spaced relation on the shaft for rotation therewith and a plurality of elongated belt, sheet or other load, supporting members designed for demountable attachment to the support members to complete the assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 1978
    Date of Patent: November 18, 1980
    Inventor: William G. Holz