Apparel Patents (Class 493/938)
  • Patent number: 7390376
    Abstract: A method of making a fluid impervious seam in a multilaminate fluid impervious medical fabric is disclosed. The multilaminate fluid impervious medical fabric includes at least two layers having different melting points, at least one of the layers is comprised of a fluid impervious material. The method includes overlapping two portions of the multilaminate fluid impervious medical fabric to form an overlapped region wherein the two layers having the innermost position in apposition to one another have a lower melting point relative to the melting point of the fluid impervious material layer. The two portions of multilaminate fluid impervious medical fabric are heat sealed together at the overlap at a temperature which is equal to or greater than the melting point of the innermost identical layers and which temperature is less than the melting point of the fluid impervious material layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2008
    Assignee: Allegiance Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph Palomo, Fernando Amaya
  • Patent number: 6830543
    Abstract: The present invention provides a continuous process for the manufacture of a garment. A web of fabric including opposing web side edges wherein the opposing web side edges are proximate a pair of opposing garment bottom edges of the garment is provided. The web of fabric is intermittently cut, thereby forming edges defining neck openings in the web of fabric. The opposing web side edges of the web of fabric are intermittently cut, thereby defining pairs of opposing indentations in the opposing web side edges of the web of fabric. The web of fabric is cut, thereby defining discrete garment-sized pieces. Each of the discrete garment-sized pieces of the web of fabric includes at least one neck opening, a front panel having a pair of opposing garment side edges, a back panel having a pair of opposing garment side edges, a portion of two pairs of the opposing indentations in the web side edges of the web of fabric, two garment end portions, and the pair of opposing garment bottom edges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2004
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph Richard Alberts, Michael Joseph Nelson, Brendon Frank Ribble
  • 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: 6200250
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a diaper includes constructing a backing sheet having an exterior surface and an interior surface so a to form an exterior of the diaper and an interior of the diaper, bonding a tissue layer to the interior surface of the backing sheet, bonding an elastic pouch to the exterior surface of the backing sheet to contain a detector module, and placing sensing electrodes within the interior of the diaper along the interior surface of the backing sheet in contact with the tissue layer that is bonded to the backing sheet, and in a direction to extend opposite the elastic pouch that is bonded to the outside of the backing sheet so as to allow the sensing electrodes to couple capacitively to the sensor module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2001
    Assignee: Knox Security Engineering Corporation
    Inventor: David Janszen
  • Patent number: 6158198
    Abstract: A method of folding extended and substantially flat hosiery products with paper, with or without an insert, to produce a composite folded hosiery product suitable for packaging. Product and paper are successively folded upon themselves and thereafter positioned within an encompassing envelope, such as a poly bag or cardboard package. The insert may be introduced into the composite folded hosiery product at the first fold if it is desired in the final package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2000
    Assignee: Sara Lee Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Faircloth, Reid London
  • Patent number: 6074333
    Abstract: The present invention provides a machine for cutting at least two components of a multi-component workpiece from webs of material which are moving at different speeds relative to one another, and depositing the two cut components on a third web of material moving at yet a different speed.The machine cuts the first component from a moving first web, transfers the cut component to overlie a moving web of second material, and cuts the second component from the second web while the first component overlies and falls, either wholly or partially, within the cut boundaries of the second component. The mated first and second cut components are then transferred by the machine to a web of third material.An optional embossing roller imparts a pattern to the stacked cut first and second components as they pass between the embossing and anvil rollers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2000
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory John Rajala, Daniel James Oshefsky, Thomas Raymond Holston
  • Patent number: 6059710
    Abstract: The present invention provides a process for manufacturing a multi-component product comprising at least two components cut from moving webs of material, registering the components with respect to one another, and depositing the registered components on a web of moving material. The components have respective leading and trailing edges, a longitudinal center line, and a longitudinal center defined by a point midway on said longitudinal center line between said leading and trailing edges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2000
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory John Rajala, Daniel James Oshefsky, Thomas Raymond Holston
  • Patent number: 5540647
    Abstract: The folding apparatus for automatic folding of flatwork includes a longitudinal folder and a transverse folder following thereafter. In the transverse folder there are two laundry conveyors disposed one behind the other in the conveying direction of a flatwork article arriving from the longitudinal folder. They are spaced apart by a gap stretching essentially across the entire width of the transverse folder. To make a first transverse fold using a folding blade or air blast, a flatwork article to be transversely folded is led into the gap. Prior to this step, the thickness of the flatwork article to be folded is entered into a data entry device or is determined using a measuring device. The width of the gap is adjustable, depending upon the particular thickness of the flatwork article. In this manner optimal conveying along the gap is achieved of a flatwork article having a first transverse fold, independent of thickness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 30, 1996
    Assignee: Jensen AG Burgdorf
    Inventors: Paul Weiermann, Martin Bronnimann
  • Patent number: 5295939
    Abstract: A machine for folding and gluing peripherally the edges of a piece of work has a top on which the piece of work moves, a motor for transporting the moving piece of work, and a folding shoe which cooperates with a guide. A glue is fed. A plurality of actuators (Al-An) controls the various parts of the machine, and a control unit (UC) controls the machine operating parameters. The control (UC) has a programming device (PR) connected to the actuators (Al-An), a memory (M) accessible through the programming device (PR) and is designed to contain the parameters used in a more recent processing of the work executed manually by the operator. The operating parameters for processing a given piece of work are furnished to the machine through a learning phase controlled manually by the operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 1992
    Date of Patent: March 22, 1994
    Assignee: Sagitta Officina Meccanica S.P.A.
    Inventors: Roberto Ferrari, Mario Pagani
  • Patent number: 4986805
    Abstract: A portable water reservoir to be worn by a firefighter to provide a supply of water for use in extinguishing fires, e.g.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 1989
    Date of Patent: January 22, 1991
    Assignee: Baldwin/Green Inc.
    Inventor: Michael D. Laramore
  • Patent number: 4952203
    Abstract: The invention relates to a process and an apparatus for pairing up at least two flexible sheets, in particular the front and rear panels of an article such as a T-shirt. The process comprises forming a stack of each type of sheets and arranging these stacks on two plates (2, 3), picking up along a line, at least one sheet of each stack by means of two gripper assemblies (7, 8) displaceable above the plates (2, 3) between a lower sheet gripping position and an upper position in which the gripped sheets are suspended above the plates, moving a deposit member (15) above the plates (2, 3) along a trajectory in which the deposit member comes into contact with the gripped sheets while sliding therealong to a position intermediate their height, and actuating the gripper assemblies (7, 8) so as to release the sheets on the deposit member (15).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 1989
    Date of Patent: August 28, 1990
    Inventors: Patrick Rouleau, Alain Rouleau, Jean-Pierre Touret
  • Patent number: 4938397
    Abstract: A flap is inserted in a similarly shaped and sized tubular opening with the aid of a tool, slots in the flap being engaged by hooks on the tool and being entrained thereby. The tool is inserted into the opening with the flap, and upon withdrawal of the tool, the hooks automatically disengage from the slots so that flap remains within opening. The flap and the tubular opening constitute opposite ends of part of a disposable paper hat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 1988
    Date of Patent: July 3, 1990
    Inventor: Vasant J. Shend'ge
  • Patent number: 4717375
    Abstract: The invention relates to apparatus for folding diapers (1) and like articles, in which apparatus the article is advanced to a folding station by a conveyor (2). The folding station includes a driven folding roll (4) which co-acts with a counter roll (9) in a manner to feed the article to at least one driven transport roll (11,12). The transport roll guides the forward end (10) of the article (1) onto the cylindrical surface of a folding roll (16,17) co-acting with the folding roll (4) and intended, in a first folding phase, to be driven in a first transport direction through a given distance up towards the upper part of the folding roll and, during a second folding phase, to be driven in the opposite direction (A) and move the forward part of the article down from the aforementioned upper part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 1986
    Date of Patent: January 5, 1988
    Assignee: Mo och Domsjo Aktiebolag
    Inventor: Einar Lundmark
  • Patent number: 4529396
    Abstract: An apparatus for rolling elongated tubular fabric surgical drapes and the like comprising an arrangement of at least four opposed drive belts mounted on a support frame for receiving an open end of the tubular article engageable with longitudinal runs of the belts to propel the article along the frame and into engagement with a second set of belts having longitudinal runs disposed at acute angles with respect to the direction of the runs of the primary drive belts. Propulsion of the end of the article along the primary drive belts and into engagement with the secondary drive belts results in forming the article into a toroidal rolled configuration. A support frame for the primary drive belts is mounted on a linear actuator which provides for movement of the support frame with respect to the secondary drive belts in response to operation of a control circuit to complete the rolling process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 1982
    Date of Patent: July 16, 1985
    Assignee: Hydro-Med Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Hank Bell