Sequential, Diverse Folds Patents (Class 493/458)
  • Publication number: 20140318881
    Abstract: [Object] To provide an airbag unit smaller in size and lighter in weight, and capable of being rapidly expanded, and a method of folding an airbag. [Solution] An airbag unit 20, configured to cover at least a part of a windshield 6 and a front pillar 2 outside of a vehicle 1, includes an airbag 10 formed in a U-shape including a bottom portion and a pair of projecting portions respectively projecting from the bottom portion, a gas generator 22 that ejects gas into the airbag 10, a lower cover unit 21 that accommodates therein the unexpanded airbag 10 and the gas generator 22, and an upper cover unit 24 that covers the lower cover unit 21 containing therein the airbag 10. The airbag 10 is expanded by the gas ejected from the gas generator 22 through between a hood 4 the windshield 6 of the vehicle 1.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2014
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Applicant: Takata Corporation
    Inventors: Kazutaka SUGIMOTO, Kazuhiro ABE
  • Publication number: 20130059711
    Abstract: Methods for inserting a folded film into another folded film include combining the films without unfolding or folding either of the folded films. In particular, one or more implementations of a method of combining folded films involves directing a first folded film in a first direction and separating first and second halves of the first folded film. The method also involves directing a second folded film in a second direction generally perpendicular to the first direction. Additionally, the method involves inserting the second folded film between the first and second halves of the first folded film. Furthermore, the method involves redirecting the second folded film into the first direction while between the first and second halves of the first folded film.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2011
    Publication date: March 7, 2013
    Inventors: Shaun T. Broering, Matthew W. Waldron
  • Patent number: 8202208
    Abstract: There are provided an airbag folding device, and an airbag folding method, for mechanically folding an airbag to form a doughnut-shaped airbag. The airbag folding device is characterized in comprising a support member (62) columnar in shape, rising while supporting a tubular tether belt (11a), an outer cylinder (63) coaxial with the support member (62), for containing the airbag body (10a) on the outside of the support member (62), by rising, a work table (61) having the support member (62), and the outer cylinder (63), and a clamping member (64) positioned straight above the support member (62), for clamping the tubular tether belt (11a) between the clamping member (64) and the support member (62), wherein a pair of plates (65) in such a state as to cover an upper end of the outer cylinder (63), and to be fitted to a lower end of the clamping member (64) cause the support member (62), the outer cylinder (63) and the clamping member (64) to concurrently descend.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Assignee: Ashimori Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshimasa Teramura, Yoshio Shimazaki, Kou Sasaki
  • Publication number: 20110236108
    Abstract: A first folding portion includes: a first folding roller pair consisting of a common roller and a first roller; and a blade member that feeds a sheet to a first nip, thereby forming a first fold on the sheet in the first nip. A second folding portion includes a second folding roller pair consisting of the common roller and a second roller, thereby forming a second fold on the sheet in a second nip. The common roller and the first roller are parallel in a conveying direction in a case where the sheet is guided toward the first folding portion. A feeding portion evacuates the sheet to the evacuation guiding portion for evacuating the sheet that on which the first fold is formed, switches back the sheet, and then feeds the sheet into the second nip.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2011
    Publication date: September 29, 2011
    Applicant: KYOCERA MITA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Sachio Izumichi, Masahiko Miyazaki, Yasunori Ueno
  • Publication number: 20110009252
    Abstract: A method and tool for forming decorative picots is provided. The tool comprises a triangular substrate having a base and two sides intersecting at an apex, indicia defining a centerline extending from the apex to the midpoint of the base, and indicia defining one or more guidelines extending from one side of the substrate to the other, parallel to the base. The method comprises placing the substrate on a rectangular strip of fabric having a width twice its height, aligning the substrate on the fabric such that the apex is positioned at the midpoint of the top edge of the fabric and the bottom edge is positioned parallel to the base of the substrate, folding the top edges of the fabric over the substrate to align with the centerline and applying an iron to the folded fabric to crease the fold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2010
    Publication date: January 13, 2011
    Inventors: Susan K. Cleveland, Lee D. Cleveland
  • Publication number: 20100304946
    Abstract: A booklet maker having a first crease device forming a folded edge on a set of sheets. A second crease device is disposed downstream along a booklet processing path from the first crease device. The second crease device includes an edge engaging mechanism translatable in a direction transverse to the path of booklet travel. The edge engaging mechanism is compressively engagable with the folded edge of a booklet for forming a crease in the booklet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2009
    Publication date: December 2, 2010
    Applicant: XEROX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Thomas E. Chase, Stephen May, Jeffrey W. Ryan, Ian A. Parks, Justin Chase
  • Publication number: 20100234202
    Abstract: An end-configuration of components to be moved or positioned is first obtained. This end-configuration determines the relative positioning and orientation of the components with respect to each other when in a final, desired configuration. A folding pattern is then obtained that is formed by interior vertices defining corresponding tessellation facets. The folding pattern can be induced to transition from a first folded configuration to a second folded configuration. When in the second folded configuration mounting facets, which are a subset of the tessellation facets, are arranged by the geometry of the folding pattern into positions and orientations with respect to each other that correspond to the end-configuration of the components.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2010
    Publication date: September 16, 2010
    Inventor: Daniel Kling
  • Patent number: 7749147
    Abstract: There are provided an airbag folding device, and an airbag folding method, for mechanically folding an airbag to form a doughnut-shaped airbag. The airbag folding device is characterized in comprising a support member (62) columnar in shape, rising while supporting a tubular tether belt (11a), an outer cylinder (63) coaxial with the support member (62), for containing the airbag body (10a) on the outside of the support member (62), by rising, a work table (61) having the support member (62), and the outer cylinder (63), and a clamping member (64) positioned straight above the support member (62), for clamping the tubular tether belt (11a) between the clamping member (64) and the support member (62), wherein a pair of plates (65) in such a state as to cover an upper end of the outer cylinder (63), and to be fitted to a lower end of the clamping member (64) cause the support member (62), the outer cylinder (63) and the clamping member (64) to concurrently descend.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2010
    Assignee: Ashimori Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshimasa Teramura, Yoshio Shimazaki, Kou Sasaki
  • Publication number: 20080194393
    Abstract: An air bag on a surface is gathered by opposing faces of first and second gathering elements that are moved together from opposing edges of the air bag, and which are adapted so as to limit a height of at least one associated edge portion of the air bag to be less than a height proximate to a center of the resulting gathered air bag. In one aspect, a surface is extended from at least one face, or at least one face is shaped so as to limit the edge portion height upon gathering. In another aspect, at least one gathering element incorporates a holder adapted to hold an edge of the air bag during gathering.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2005
    Publication date: August 14, 2008
    Applicant: Takata Restraint Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Curtis Clarke, Axel Castellanos, James Garvin, Steven Moon, Paul Walsh, Humberto Hernandez, Andres Rojero
  • Patent number: 7404790
    Abstract: In an airbag folding method, an airbag is folded so as to provide a rolled-up shape thereon using a core member including air suction holes from which air can be sucked in. Firstly, the core member is disposed on part of the spread airbag that is to be rolled up at a location which corresponds to a center of a rolled-up shape when formed, and following this, the core member is rotated so as to wind up the airbag around the core member to thereby form a spiral shape while air is being sucked in from the air suction holes so that the airbag is drawn to be secured to an outer circumferential surface of the core member. Thereafter, a rolled-up shape is formed on the airbag by removing the core member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2008
    Assignee: Toyoda Gosei Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Mitsuru Sugaya, Yoshitaka Kashitani, Katsuhiko Kato, Takashi Fujimoto
  • Patent number: 7377547
    Abstract: A method of folding together a vehicle side curtain airbag is provided that includes bending a base section of an extended air bag toward the outboard side of the vehicle and fully over onto a middle section of the air bag located directly above the base section. The adjacent base and middle sections are then rolled, as a group, by first moving a crease line between the base and middle sections toward the outboard side of the vehicle, then curling the crease line back toward the unrolled portion of the base and middle sections and then rolling the remainder of the unrolled portion of the base and middle sections. A top section of the airbag is collapsed in a pleated manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2008
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Cari Schimpff, Yoshihiko Morita, Toru Kobayashi, Daniel B. Winiger
  • Patent number: 7261682
    Abstract: Folding methods and patterns for folding an inflatable curtain airbag cushion for use in vehicles are provided. The folding patterns and methods of the invention assist in preventing failure of inflatable curtain airbag cushions by reducing the stress placed on specific regions of the longitudinal fill chambers of the cushions. These methods result in proper airbag deployment with reduced rates of cushion failure, thus providing reliable protection to vehicle occupants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2007
    Assignee: Autoliv ASP, Inc.
    Inventors: Jesse R. Crookston, Brian Fulmer, Olivier Bastien
  • Publication number: 20070145724
    Abstract: An airbag module for use in a motor vehicle is manufactured by first to third steps. In the first step, the airbag is folded into a predetermined configuration, and in the second step, an entire external surface of the airbag, in an initially folded condition obtained in the first step, is wrapped in a bag-shaped film forming member. The bag-shaped film forming member includes a plurality of resin layers formed in a layer-stack manner with regard to a film cross-sectional direction. In the third step, the initially folded airbag is housed in the airbag-housing member in a condition wherein the airbag has an airbag volume reduced to less than the airbag volume at a time of being initially folded, by a compression force applied to the bag-shaped film forming member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2006
    Publication date: June 28, 2007
    Applicant: TAKATA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazuya Miwa, Akira Kokeguchi, Wataru Nakazawa
  • Patent number: 7223224
    Abstract: A part of a distal end portion of an airbag is tucked into an interior thereof. A plurality of overlapping longitudinal folds are formed in first and second halves of the airbag, and the folded distal and proximal portions of the airbag are each folded substantially transverse to the longitudinal folds so as to form two compact fold bodies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2007
    Assignee: TK Holdings Inc.
    Inventors: Gary Andrew Card, Jaime Fermin Perez
  • Patent number: 6895212
    Abstract: A paper post-processing apparatus for folding a paper ejected from an image forming apparatus at a paper folding process section, having a pair of folding rollers; a pair of fold/transporting rollers each of which contacts with each of the pair of folding rollers; a driving unit; a folding roller moving unit; and a drive direction switching unit. When transporting a paper without folding the paper, the holding roller moving unit moves the folding rollers to a releasing position, and the drive switching unit switches the folding rollers to the same rotation direction with each other; and when folding the paper, the holding roller moving unit moves the folding rollers to the pressure contact position, and the drive switching unit switches the folding rollers to the reverse rotation direction with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2005
    Assignee: Konica Minolta Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Mikihiro Yamakawa, Toshio Shida, Teruhiko Toyoizumi, Masahiro Kaneko
  • Patent number: 6808480
    Abstract: An outsert-forming apparatus and method that forms outserts and booklets having printed product information thereon. The apparatus may comprise a first folding unit that forms a first folded article from a sheet of paper having printed information thereon, a second folding unit that forms a second folded article from the first folded article, a first detector positioned to detect the second folded article, an adhesive applicator positioned to apply adhesive to the second folded article, a second detector positioned to detect the adhesive applied to the second folded article, and a controller operatively coupled to the first detector, the second detector and the adhesive applicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2004
    Assignee: Vijuk Equipment, Inc.
    Inventors: William C. Neubauer, Roger Mattila
  • Patent number: 6726615
    Abstract: A method of folding a gas bag for a vehicle occupant restraint system is disclosed, this gas bag having a wall delimiting a chamber and having an inflation opening, the inflation opening having a rim. The method comprises the following steps: First, the gas bag is spread out on a base. Then, the rim of the inflation opening of the gas bag is held fixed. Thereafter, a plate is arranged parallel to the base and at a distance therefrom, so that the gas bag extends between the base and the plate. Subsequently, the chamber of the gas bag is exposed to a pressurized medium, so that the gas bag unfolds between the base and the plate. Finally, the wall of the gas bag is pressed inwards at a plurality of sites distributed over a circumference of the gas bag. Further, a gas bag folded by performing this method and a device for performing the method are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2004
    Assignee: TRW Occupant Restraint Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Norbert Lang, Josef Aich, Jürgen Berger, Reiner Dannenhauer, Adolf M. Kuhn
  • Patent number: 6645134
    Abstract: An apparatus for forming informational items such as outserts and booklets may include folding a sheet of paper having product information printed thereon by making a plurality of folds in the sheet of paper to form a first folded article, the folds in the sheet of paper being made using a first folding apparatus having a plurality of folding rollers; (b) making a fold in the first folded article to form a second folded article, the fold being parallel to a second direction perpendicular to the first direction, the fold being made using a second folding apparatus having a plurality of folding rollers; (c) applying pressure at least about 30 psi and no greater than about 500 psi to the second folded article a first pressing unit having a pair of pressure rollers; and (d) making one or more folds in the second folded article to form an outsert using a third folding apparatus having a plurality of folding rollers having a nip therebetween and a movable blade member, the movable blade member making contact with a
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2003
    Assignee: Vijuk Equipment, Inc.
    Inventors: William C. Neubauer, Ilija Ilijevski, Roger Mattila
  • Patent number: 6520901
    Abstract: An air bag body (1) is expanded by charging an air therein after being expanded in a flat surface shape. Next, by gently gripping the air bag body (1) by upper and lower blades (26, 25) radially arranged in a radial direction of the air bag body (1), a height in a radial direction of the air bag body (1) is linearly restricted along the upper and lower blades (26, 25). Next, a plurality of movable blocks (24) are forward moved toward a center of the air bag body (1), and upper and lower panels (12, 11) of the air bag body (1) are accumulated. At this time, the upper and lower panels (12, 11) of the air bag body (1) are folded in a state of being apart from each other so as to form a wave shape. Next, the air bag body (1) is rotated, a portion left in a tab shape is wound around a periphery, and a center protruding portion of the air bag body (1) is pressed from an upper side, whereby a front surface deploying portion (35) is formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2003
    Assignee: Nihon Plast Co. Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuyoshi Nishijima, Tetsuji Endo, Kazuhiro Kaneko, Toshiyuki Sugiyama, Yoshinori Goto, Masaki Ueno, Masahito Ishizuka, Mikio Ochiai
  • Patent number: 6497643
    Abstract: A former is used to fold webs longitudinally. During the web drawing-in process; the individually incoming paper webs in a group of paper webs are conveyed smoothly to a folding mechanism at the end of the former. This is accomplished by using a number of upper and lower transport elements which are located above and next to each other at least inside the boundaries of the upper surface of the former. These upper and lower transport elements can be brought together and can be separated. They can be driven as desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2002
    Assignee: Koenig & Bauer Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Manfred Wolfgang Hartmann, Horst Bernhard Michalik, Wolfgang Günter Ruckmann
  • Patent number: 6354985
    Abstract: In a map with a pattern of folding lines along which the map can be folded, it is easy to find geographical regions shown on the map due to two portions connected via a common center area and each having a plurality of folding lines in equidistant portions in a direction parallel to two parallel limiting lines, the map being folded on successive lines alternatingly in opposite directions so as to form a plurality of flaps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2002
    Assignee: Kartographie Huber
    Inventor: Franz Huber
  • Patent number: 6254523
    Abstract: A method of imparting directional permanency of folding to a sheet, and an apparatus therefor, which is suitable for manufacturing frame bodies, cushioning members and other block products for packaging, from a sheet of paper and other recyclable materials. The method includes a step of moving respective folding working tools, disposed on one or both surfaces of a sheet, required amounts so as to fold the sheet along respective folding ruled lines, and a step of shortening spacings between the respective folding working tools in a uniform ratio in accordance with an apparent amount of shortening in a longitudinal dimension caused by the shifting, while synchronizing with the moving step. Directional permanency of folding can be accurately imparted to the sheet along the folding ruled lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2001
    Assignees: Hitachi Zosen Corporation, Yokoyama Sankoh Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masahiro Yamamoto, Yoshimasa Yokoyama
  • Patent number: 6250675
    Abstract: An airbag for an airbag module wherein, in the folded state, the airbag has at least one constriction and folds extending in an ordered and/or chaotic manner. Preferably, the constriction extends from the top of the airbag to the bottom and perpendicular to the plane of the expanded unfolded airbag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2001
    Assignee: Petri AG
    Inventors: Andrea Dietsch, Gerd Radtke, Falk Ose
  • Patent number: 6241232
    Abstract: An apparatus (1) for folding a textile fabric length (11) is provided with at least two transport belts (2, 3) which can be driven in opposite directions, wherein a gap (27) is disposed between the transport belts (2, 3), through which gap the fabric length (11) can be drawn while forming a fold when the transport belts (2, 3) are driven in opposite directions. In order to achieve greater folding accuracy, a gripping member (4) is disposed above the two transport belts (2, 3), which member can move substantially parallel to the upper side of the transport belts (2, 3) and can be brought to lie between the front and the back end (12, 23) of the unfolded fabric length (11) with a fixing action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2001
    Assignee: TEXPA Maschinenbau GmbH & Co.
    Inventors: Hermann Schmitt, Siegfried Henze
  • Patent number: 6171228
    Abstract: A method and device for folding an airbag having a inner main fold and an outer main fold in a folded state. The airbag is fixed to a working surface, extended along a longitudinal axis away from the working surface, and fixed in the area of the inner or outer main fold. The airbag is then expanded, or contracted, to form the outer or inner main fold, respectively, and then compressed toward the working surface. A shaping body is preferably inserted into the airbag through an inflation opening to extend the airbag so that a folding element may activated to retain the airbag against the shaping body to form the inner or outer main fold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2001
    Assignee: Petri AG
    Inventors: Thomas Marotzke, Tobias Pausch
  • Patent number: 6152867
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for compactly folding an airbag of an airbag apparatus adapted for use in motor vehicles. One side of the airbag has a central opening for connection to a gas generator, with a reinforcement preferably around the central opening. The airbag is laid out flat, is held at its center and the zones lying radially outside of the center are turned in around an axis extending at least substantially perpendicular to the flatly laid out gas bag through the central firm holding zone in at least one direction of rotation until a compact airbag package is formed. One embodiment of the invention includes radially disposed axial shifting members, which leave a reception space radially inward and which displace the flexible material of the flatly laid out airbag alternatively, as seen in the circumferential direction in the one or other axial direction before the airbag is wound up.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2000
    Assignee: Takata (Europe) Vehicle Safety Technology GmbH
    Inventors: Benedikt Heudorfer, Stefan Bar
  • Patent number: 6149568
    Abstract: An airbag (1) for a vehicle safety restraint and particularly a method of folding an airbag comprising laying the airbag (1) generally flat, making folds in the flat airbag to form a polygon (such as a square) in plan view, folding all of the sides of the polygon upwardly and inwardly of the polygon considered in plan view so that at least one point on each side meets a point on at least one other side at a position generally above the centre of the polygon so that the corners of the polygon form upstanding ears (7), and subsequently rolling (E) the upstanding corner ears of the polygon to form the airbag into a cylindrical shape. An airbag folded in this way is very compact and will fit into a housing of smaller diameter than was hitherto possible. The invention applies particularly to a driver's side airbag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2000
    Assignee: Breed Automotive Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Hubert Rene Ross, Udo Bonsch
  • Patent number: 6059708
    Abstract: An innovative method of making pinatas utilizes pre-cut and scored cardstock designed with tab and slot closures. Once the shapes are folded and secured, the pinatas can be decorated using traditional or innovative methods. By designing the tab/slot closure of the body on the bottom of the pinata, the enclosed treats may be released in a non-destructive manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2000
    Inventors: Esther Armendariz, Victor Mireles, Michael Angel Balibrera
  • Patent number: 6010122
    Abstract: A method and apparatus is disclosed for producing high page count signatures for printed publications. Signatures with a 96 page count and 128 page count are illustrated and described herein. In either case, the signature is constructed of four sheets of printed sheet materials which are preferably continuous webs of sheet material that are fed to a folding and cutting apparatus. The four sheets or webs are folded in half along a main longitudinal fold line extending in the direction in which the web travels. Preferably, the webs are perforated along the main longitudinal fold line prior to being folded. The webs, after being folded in half, are perforated to create a longitudinally extending hinge. Also, the webs are preferably perforated to create cross fold lines. In the case of the 96 page count signature, the folded webs are divided into thirds by the cross fold lines. The folded webs of the 128 page count signature are divided into fourths by the cross fold lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2000
    Assignee: Wallace Computer Services, Inc.
    Inventor: William C. Weber
  • Patent number: 5960647
    Abstract: A folding-shift mechanism for a bag knitting apparatus which folds inward the text-printed side portion of the knitted bag automatically to enhance the structural strength on both side portions and which overcomes the problem met in previous bag knitting apparatus in which the text-printed side portions can not be folded automatically. Therefore, the folding-shift mechanism for a bag knitting apparatus enhances the structural strength and production efficiency of the knitted bag. The folding-shift mechanism is arranged between a set of upper/lower rollers and comprises a pulley stage and a rotating-and-expanding frame. A front side of the pulley stage is provided with an expanding pulley. The rotating-and-expanding frame is provided with supporting rods which extend slantingly backward in right and left directions and a folding pulley arranged on the end of each supporting rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 5, 1999
    Inventor: K. S. Fan
  • Patent number: 5921908
    Abstract: Folding device for folding flat pieces of laundry like sheets in longitudinal direction, with a basis conveyor, a folding runner and a side conveyor lying higher alongside the folding runner wherein under the side conveyor an air chamber is situated to blow air both upwards and sidewards in order to lift a side portion of a piece of laundry and then transversely fold it over the folding runner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 13, 1999
    Assignee: Orman B.V.
    Inventor: Janos Bodan
  • Patent number: 5899842
    Abstract: Method for folding plane surfaces wherein, given a plane surface on which there are identified a pluratity of alternative primary folding lines and, parallel to each other and capable to generate a wavy structure, each primary folding line is linked to the subsequent primary folding line by means of two further secondary folding lines, having same origin on the folding line and diverging between them them with angles .beta. and .GAMMA. with respect to the perpendicular to the lines, being 0.ltoreq..beta.<90.degree. and .beta.<.GAMMA.<90.degree., said joining being performed at least once, then two additional secondary folding lines, corresponding to the previous and, being traced, specular with respect to a simmetry plane passing through the said primary folding line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 1995
    Date of Patent: May 4, 1999
    Assignee: Ancan S.r.l.
    Inventor: Luciano Di Pilla
  • Patent number: 5891008
    Abstract: An improved method is disclosed for forming a strata of overlapping sheets suitable for use in a pop-up dispensing system. The sheets are cut from ribbons which initially have edges essentially parallel to the longitudinal axis of the ribbon. At least one side edge of each ribbon is stretched to form a knee-like protrusion, with the opposing side edge being either, substantially parallel to the longitudinal axis of the ribbon, or also stretched to form one or more knee-like protrusions on the opposing edge. The ribbons are then aligned so that a knee-like protrusion on one edge aligns with either the essentially parallel edge of an adjacent ribbon or a knee-like protrusion on the side edge of an adjacent ribbon. After phasing, the ribbons are overlapped creating a series of predetermined areas of greatest overlap adjoining areas of least or no overlap, such that successive ribbons are bonded only by the interfacial interaction between each ribbon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 6, 1999
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Jane L. Bavely, Charles J. Berg, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5891007
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus are for forming open-edge V-shaped notches (32) in a binding margin (42) of large-format sheets (11) such as shop drawings or construction plans for example, so that after the sheets have been folded the notches (32) are aligned in registration with binding holes (46) also provided in the binding margin. A cutting and crosswise folding table (20) is provided at the top of a folding machine, and stamping tools (22) are provided at an edge of the table. The large-format sheets are continuously, sequentially output from a device such as a plotter, and fed to the folding machine, where the sheets are folded lengthwise and transported onto the table (20). There, the notches are cut in the binding margin by the stamping tools. The binding holes may be simultaneously formed. Thereafter, a crosswise folding beam (65) folds the sheet in a crosswise direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 6, 1999
    Assignee: Christian Bay
    Inventor: Otto Bay
  • Patent number: 5868660
    Abstract: A method of folding up an air bag comprises the steps of: folding up the horizontally-spread air bag crosswise so as to decrease its width crosswise; extending left and right regions on the center side of the air bag in the outer diagonally-upward direction; folding up both left and right end sides of the air bag in the outer diagonally-downward position of the left and right regions; setting the left and right regions close to the center of the air bag so that the left and right regions are extended upward; and moving both folded end sides to the center of the air bag and outside the left and right regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 9, 1999
    Assignee: Toyoda Gosei Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hirohisa Yokoyama
  • Patent number: 5775733
    Abstract: The process comprises the steps of gripping top and bottom boundaries of the face portion of the main panel of the cushion and pulling it so that the front face portion is generally planar and the side panels extend generally outward from the canister. First and second folding combs move inward from the opposite sides of the cushion. From the front a third folding comb moves rearward. Plates of the combs interdigitate with portions of the cushion inbetween, thus creating accordion folds. Fourth and fifth folding combs move in from the sides and their plates interdigitate with the plates of the other three combs, tucking excess portions of the cushion inbetween the accordion folds already formed. The package thus formed is compressed and then moved into the canister. A dust cover is slid over the front of the canister.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 7, 1998
    Assignee: Autoliv ASP, Inc.
    Inventors: Larry F. Lunt, Russell I. Rose
  • Patent number: 5755078
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided for folding an inflatable cushion having an end portion and a main body portion and inserting the folded cushion into a cover. The apparatus comprises folding structure for creating folds in the main body portion to form a folded cushion. The folding structure including first folding apparatus adapted to create a first fold in the main body portion to form a partially folded cushion, and accordion folding apparatus adapted to create a plurality of accordion folds in the partially folded cushion which are generally transverse to the first fold to form the folded cushion. Further included is apparatus for supporting a cover into which the folded cushion is inserted. The folding structure further serves to insert the folded cushion into the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 26, 1998
    Assignee: Omega Automation, Inc.
    Inventors: Terrence William Hurtig, Jr., Scott Franklin Mason, Jeffrey Jack Geiger
  • Patent number: 5673538
    Abstract: A fibrous insulation batt having a length and a width and including a first and second section, where each section is approximately one half the length of the batt, is folded so that the first section is generally parallel to and contacting the second section. The batt has two folds across its width and located between the first and second sections. The two folds are spaced apart from each other a distance approximately equal to the thickness of the uncompressed insulation batt. The two sections of the batt remain generally parallel to and contact each other when the batt is laid horizontal and in an unrestrained condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 7, 1997
    Assignee: Owens Corning Canada Inc.
    Inventors: Keith Wallace, Charles R. Weir
  • Patent number: 5669204
    Abstract: A method of automatically folding an air bag having an end coupled to a retainer and an opposed distal end including flattening and narrowing the bag, providing first and second upright blade assemblies each having individually movable blades between a normal position and an interdigitated position. The bag is positioned between the blade assemblies with the retainer held and the distal end allowed to gradually move toward the retainer. Undulating folds are formed in the bag between the retainer and the distal end by moving a blade of the first assembly into a raised position, moving a blade of the second assembly into a lowered position, and alternately and individually moving each remaining blade into a raised and lowered positions, respectively, while allowing the distal end of the bag to gradually move toward the retainer as each undulating fold is formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 23, 1997
    Assignee: Automated Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Kenneth C. Blaisdell
  • Patent number: 5658230
    Abstract: For producing a protective layer made of a sheet, a device exhibits an oblong guide element (1) with an upper edge (2), by way of which a sheet (7) can be folded in its longitudinal direction. Clamping elements (15, 16), designed as sliders, are arranged on the side of the guide element (1); and the sheet (7), folded in its longitudinal direction, can be grasped on both sides of the guide element (1) with said clamping elements. To form folds in the sheet (7), the clamping elements (15, 16) can be slid in the longitudinal direction of the guide element (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 19, 1997
    Assignee: Limark AG
    Inventor: Paul Schweizer
  • Patent number: 5626551
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a kit containing the required elements to enable one to manufacture his or her own greeting cards, note cards, and/or envelopes. The invention also relates to a method of manufacturing a greeting card, note card, or an envelope from ordinary paper stock or from paper stock containing decorative scenes thereon. An example of decorative paper stock which may be suitable for use with the kit is the glossy decorative paper stock which is used within some magazines. The kit is preferably provided in booklet form and includes templates to assist one in manufacturing cards and/or envelopes. The kit typically includes pieces of paper stock which have decorative scenes printed thereon which are suitable for use in manufacturing cards and envelopes. The kit typically will also include numerous pieces of plain or substantially plain paper stock which are suitable for use in forming envelopes and/or cards and which have a writing surface. Various stickers may be provided in the kit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 1995
    Date of Patent: May 6, 1997
    Inventors: Elizabeth J. Kearns, Bethany L. Miller
  • Patent number: 5615123
    Abstract: A method of and apparatus for creating and producing printed card products such as greeting cards for various applications, whereby a customer can select a card product for a desired application and customize or personalize certain portions of the selected card product. A terminal area or kiosk is provided at which the customer selects from a monitor screen display one of a number of different general applications for which he/she wants to obtain a card product. Upon entry of the selection via, e.g., a transparent touch-sensitive plate on the monitor screen, one or more pre-stored groups of card product design formats pertaining to the selected general application are determined, and further inquiries are made via the monitor screen to elicit certain information relating to a specific use or application for the desired card product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 25, 1997
    Assignee: CreataCard, Inc.
    Inventors: Leonard Davidson, Matt Russell, Scott Allred, Michael S. Russell
  • Patent number: 5613348
    Abstract: The present invention comprises a new and improved method and apparatus for packing an inflatable air bag cushion into a housing of an air bag module assembly of an occupant restraint system for a motor vehicle. After securing an inlet chute of the air bag cushion in the open end of the housing and placing the air bag on a flat support with a larger portion of the back wall thereof overlaying a small portion of the back wall with the front wall in between in a folded condition, a central portion of the air bag is clamped by a large blade and subsequently a first edge portion is folded over the central portion and a second opposite edge portion is folded over the first edge portion so that opposite edge fold lines extend outwardly just inside opposite ends of the housing. A rolling clamp is attached transversely across the folded air bag and the air bag is rolled-up on an axis moved toward the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 25, 1997
    Assignee: Morton International, Inc.
    Inventors: Larry F. Lunt, Michael J. Daines
  • Patent number: 5522586
    Abstract: Continuous web-fed rotary tuck and jaw type folding apparatus, typically for high speed periodical, catalogue or newspaper production, is speedily and readily convertible to produce differently page sized and differently folded signatures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 1994
    Date of Patent: June 4, 1996
    Assignee: Rockwell International Corporation
    Inventors: Robert M. Bennett, Ian Douglas
  • Patent number: 5493846
    Abstract: An apparatus for automatically folding an air bag to include a bubble fold, and for inserting the folded air bag into a retainer, the air bag having a first end coupled to the retainer and a second end. The apparatus includes a holding fixture for receiving and holding the retainer, a bag folding apparatus for folding the second end of the air bag and leaving a coupling portion coupling the second end to the first end, an inserter assembly for inserting the folded second end into the retainer, and a bubble blade for forming a bubble fold in the coupling portion, the bubble blade movable between a first position intermediate the holding fixture and the inserter assembly for overlying and contacting the coupling portion and a second position removed from intermediate the holding fixture and the inserter assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 27, 1996
    Assignee: Automated Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: William F. Baker, Robert A. Rhinefrank, Larry P. Hulsey, Kenneth C. Blaisdell
  • Patent number: 5397292
    Abstract: An apparatus for folding and depositing drawings having legends, the apparatus having two folding stations for folding drawings in two directions perpendicular to one another, and a collecting station for collecting the folded drawings with their legend on the same edge. The folding stations fold drawings of a first group, formats (A1 and A2) fed in the transverse direction, first lengthwise and then transversely, and fold drawings of a second group, formats (A0 and A3) fed in the longitudinal direction, first transversely and then lengthwise. Depending upon the group to which they belong, drawings to be folded are folded differently in the two folding stations, namely placing the folding stations selectively in operating states in which the folding stations apply each of the folds to be formed consecutively in directions which are the inverse of one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 1994
    Date of Patent: March 14, 1995
    Assignee: OCE-Nederland, B.V.
    Inventors: Albert T. Deckers, Floris J. Marcelis
  • Patent number: 5386979
    Abstract: Folding apparatus for signatures having a given format includes at least a first longitudinal folding device, a plurality of cylinders arranged in succession thereafter and followed by at least a second longitudinal folding device. Also included are a cylinder section having a base frame, and two cross-fold systems operatable independently of one another and integrated in the base frame. Each of the cross-fold systems has cylinders for guidingly carrying signatures having a given format, the signature-carrying cylinders being of such diameter as to have an outer cylindrical surface extending over the circumference thereof adequate for carrying one behind the other at one time at least two of the signatures having the given format.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 1993
    Date of Patent: February 7, 1995
    Assignee: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
    Inventor: Hans Muller
  • Patent number: 5360387
    Abstract: An automated system is disclosed for folding vehicle air bags so that a small folded-bag profile and a desirable bag deployment pattern results. A machine having numerous moveable arms is controlled by a controller. An edge folding assembly (EFA) of the machine has five arms, including a center arm, two outer blades, and two outwardly facing U-channel forks, which reside between respective outer blades and the center arm. The EFA moves forward so that all of its five arms engage an unfolded air bag. The forks then raise upward to a level at which the outer blades are aligned with a gap between tines in the forks. The outer blades mesh with this gap causing two pleats to be formed in the edge of the bag. Pleat clamps then move inwardly sideways to engage the two pleats and form a third pleat. Then, the EFA is removed from the bag. The pleat clamps may clamp top and bottom sections of the bag together while tightly gripping the pleats.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 1, 1994
    Assignees: Jamal Saklou, Pierre Metivier
    Inventor: William F. Baker
  • Patent number: 5348526
    Abstract: A hand held, manually operated paper folding device, made out of thin, high density material, divided into four sections by specially introduced flexible joints. Three of the sections are similar and together equal the size of a standard paper sheet which is placed on top of these sections prior to the folding process. The fourth section is about 1/8" narrower, which allows it to be folded on top of the adjacent third section, providing means to accommodate, align and hold paper sheets between the third and the forth sections, while also permitting the following folding of all three equal sections in a zig zag fashion, generating within one motion, buckling, formation of two sharp creases and the uniform triple folding of all inserted paper sheets. The inherent springiness of the folded paper sheets and the paper sheet folding device itself assures the release of all paper sheets after the completion of the folding process and release of the paper sheet folding device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 1993
    Date of Patent: September 20, 1994
    Inventor: Ilya Feygin
  • Patent number: RE35265
    Abstract: An automated system is disclosed for folding vehicle air bags so that a small folded-bag profile and a desirable bag deployment pattern results. A machine having numerous moveable arms is controlled by a controller. An edge folding assembly (EFA) of the machine has five arms, including a center arm, two outer blades, and two outwardly facing U-channel forks, which reside between respective outer blades and the center arm. The EFA moves forward so that all of its five arms engage an unfolded air bag. The forks then raise upward to a level at which the outer blades are aligned with a gap between tines in the forks. The outer blades mesh with this gap causing two pleats to be formed in the edge of the bag. Pleat clamps then move inwardly sideways to engage the two pleats and form a third pleat. Then, the EFA is removed from the bag. The pleat clamps clamp top and bottom sections of the bag together while tightly gripping the pleats.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 4, 1996
    Inventor: William F. Baker