Monitor And Control Patents (Class 57/264)
  • Patent number: 10898343
    Abstract: A spinal stabilization system for use in a vertebral column of a patient, comprising: a multi-layer osteogenic carrier device comprising: a delivery layer comprising a porous material and an osteogenic material; and a support layer in communication with the delivery layer, the support layer capable of substantially conforming to an anatomical feature in the vertebral column of the patient, wherein the support layer holds the delivery layer in proximity to the anatomical feature; at least one rod; at least one rod clip; and at least one fastener are disclosed. The multi-layer osteogenic carrier device can further comprise an adhesive layer capable of adhering the carrier to at least a portion of an anatomical feature, the adhesive layer in communication with at least a portion of the delivery layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Bullard Spine, LLC
    Inventor: Dennis E. Bullard
  • Patent number: 10747207
    Abstract: An apparatus, method, and non-transitory machine-readable medium provide for accurate automatic determination of alarm-operator action linkage for operator assessment and alarm guidance using custom graphics and control charts. The apparatus includes a memory and a processor operably connected to the memory. The processor receives process control system data regarding a field device in an industrial process control and automation system; extracts information from the process control system data; generates a tuple based on the extracted information; and performs a rectifying operation in the industrial process control and automation system based on the generated tuple of the field device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Ananthapadmanabha Krishnamurthy, Ramakrishnan Ganapathi, Viraj Srivastava, Anand Narayan, Prangya Priyadarsini
  • Patent number: 10683610
    Abstract: A cable-stranding apparatus includes a stationary guide, a motor, a driven guide, and a controller electrically coupled to the motor. The stationary guide is configured to guide strand elements in a spaced-apart configuration and to pass a core member. The motor is operatively associated with a guide driver. The driven guide is disposed at least partially within the guide driver so as to rotate therewith. The driven guide is configured to receive the strand elements from the stationary guide, individually guide the strand elements received from the stationary guide, and to further pass the core member. The controller is electrically coupled to the motor and configured to control the rotational speed and direction of the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: CORNING OPTICAL COMMUNICATIONS LLC
    Inventors: David Wesley Chiasson, Craig Miller Conrad, Jonathan Edward Moon, Mark Wade Petersen, David Henry Smith
  • Patent number: 10654658
    Abstract: A control system for mechanical equipment is provided with: a manual operation mechanism provided with a minimum required number of operation switches and a mechanical equipment identification signal transmission unit for transmitting a mechanical equipment identification signal that identifies mechanical equipment; an operation assistance terminal in which the mechanical equipment identification signal received from the transmission unit is used as a basis to display a manual operation assistance screen including a manually operated device selection section and a control content display section that displays control content assigned to the operation switches of the manual operation mechanism for a selected manually operated device; and a control device that connects the control unit of an identified control target device and the operation switches of the manual operation mechanism by receiving a control target device switching signal identified by operation of the manually operated device selection section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Daifuku Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jun Hamaguchi
  • Patent number: 10402020
    Abstract: This document describes techniques and devices for detecting twist input with an interactive cord. An interactive cord may be constructed with one or more conductive yarns wrapped around a cable in a first direction (e.g., clockwise), and one or more conductive yarns wrapped around the cable in a second direction that is opposite the first direction (e.g., counter-clockwise). A controller measures one or more capacitance values associated with the conductive yarns. In response to detecting a change in the one or more capacitance values, the controller determines that the change in the capacitance values corresponds to twist input caused by the user twisting the interactive cord. Then, the controller initiates one or more functions based on the twist input, such as by controlling audio to a headset by increasing or decreasing the volume, scrolling through menu items, and so forth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Thad Eugene Starner, Karissa A. Sawyer, Greg Ellis Priest-Dorman, Jonathan Moeller, Nidhi Rathi, Jianyi Liu, Yao Ding, Chi Kin Benjamin Leung
  • Patent number: 10240262
    Abstract: A method for cleaning a textile machine having a plurality of work stations includes issuing a cleaning request for a first one of the work stations. In response to the cleaning request, the first work station is approached and cleaned by a mobile cleaning device that travels alongside of the textile machine. The cleaning requests are issued for the work stations depending on specifically identified contamination-generating events that have occurred at or near the respective work station since a last cleaning process at the work station. A textile machine configured in accordance with the method is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Rieter Ingolstadt GmbH
    Inventors: Ludwig Braun, Adalbert Stephan, Guenther Reinhardt
  • Patent number: 10105237
    Abstract: A multi-layer osteogenic, osteoconductive and/or osteoinductive carrier device or system for applying an osteoinductive substance to a bone surface, and methods for making and using said carrier are disclosed. The multi-layer osteogenic carrier device can comprise a delivery layer comprising a porous material and an osteogenic material; and a support layer in communication with the delivery layer, the support layer capable of substantially conforming to an anatomical feature, wherein the support layer can hold the delivery layer in proximity to the anatomical feature. The multi-layer osteogenic carrier device can further comprise an adhesive layer capable of adhering the carrier to at least a portion of an anatomical feature, the adhesive layer in communication with at least a portion of the delivery layer. The carrier can be applied to and compressed to conform to the decorticated bone of a fusion site and kept in place by a rod clip attached to a spinal stabilization system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Bullard Spine, LLC
    Inventor: Dennis E. Bullard
  • Patent number: 9996073
    Abstract: A method for operating a plant to produce tablets that has at least one rotary press and one computer system, wherein the computer system contains operating and control software for controlling and monitoring the operation of the rotary press, and wherein the rotary press is designed for installing different types of rotors, wherein a record adapted to the respective rotor type is saved in a memory and communication component on the rotors, and before the rotor type is initially operated, the record is read out and is saved in the computer system to automatically adapt the operating and control software and user interface to the rotor type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: FETTE COMPACTING GMBH
    Inventors: Stefan Lüdemann, Matthias Meier
  • Patent number: 9987072
    Abstract: An electrosurgical system includes an electrosurgical generator, a capacitive return pad, a phase detection component, and a control component. The electrosurgical generator is configured to generate electrosurgical energy. The capacitive return pad has at least one capacitive return electrode operatively coupled to the electrosurgical generator and is configured to provide a return path for the electrosurgical energy. The phase detection component is configured to determine a phase difference between the current and the voltage of the electrosurgical energy. The control component is in operative communication with the phase detection component and is configured to receive the determined phase difference from the phase detection component. The control component is configured to detect a fault in the capacitive return pad by utilizing the determined phase difference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventor: James W. McPherson
  • Patent number: 9812936
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a master-slave flywheel drive motor, including a shaft, master motor, master flywheel, slave motor bracket, outer rotor of slave motor and drive connector, slave motor coil winding and magnet wheel. The master motor, master flywheel, slave motor bracket, outer rotor of slave motor and drive connector are sequentially fitted over the shaft. The slave motor coil winding and magnet wheel are sequentially fitted over the outside of the master motor. There is a slave motor three-phase electrode fixed boss on the master flywheel, the three-phase electrode fixed boss being integrally formed with the master flywheel. There is no shifting mechanism in the drive motor, taking advantage of the inertia of the flywheel, so as to reduce power consumption when start-up and to achieve a CVT transmission torque energy recycle function by regenerative current controlling of the slave motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Inventor: Dai Jie
  • Patent number: 9726616
    Abstract: A machine for weaving or winding a fiber preform on a mandrel having an axis of rotation that is substantially horizontal and that serves to receive the preform, the machine having a plurality of cameras pointing towards the underside of the fiber preform in order to scan the hidden face of the fiber preform and acquire images of the hidden face; an image analysis module for processing these images of the hidden face of the fiber preform in a plurality of adjacent scan windows, and for extracting weaving patterns therefrom and comparing them with reference weaving patterns previously stored in the module; a motor for driving the mandrel in rotation about its axis of rotation; and a control unit for stopping rotation of the mandrel if the result of the comparison reveals a difference of appearance between the two weaving patterns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: SNECMA
    Inventors: Richard Mathon, Sylvain Corradini, Jean-Francois Durand
  • Patent number: 9639638
    Abstract: Numerical simulation techniques of physical behaviors of a string drawn out of a yarn feeder in a weaving/braiding machine are disclosed. A FEA model, representing a string having a source end at yarn feeder and a braiding end towards braiding/weaving operations, contains at least one truss element with a leading element directly connected to the source end at which pull-out force of the yarn feeder is predefined. Maximum and minimum lengths of a truss element are predefined for facilitating local remeshing. Simulated physical behaviors of the string are obtained by performing a time-marching simulation using the FEA model with the FEA application module having local remeshing capability. Simulated physical behaviors include axial forces in each truss element of the FEA model and the string's deformed geometry. Local remeshing is used for updating the computerized model by creating new leading element that satisfies consistent realistic condition, when local remeshing becomes necessary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Livermore Software Technology Corp.
    Inventor: Tobias Erhart
  • Patent number: 9581531
    Abstract: A yarn entanglement strength tester includes first and second rolls that apply incrementally increasing elongation levels on a yarn in order to remove entanglements from the yarn. The yarn entanglement strength tester also includes a third roll, where the second and third rolls apply a constant tension on the yarn which enables optimum diameter measurements of the yarn by a camera. The camera captures images of diameters of the yarn after each of the incrementally increasing elongation levels is applied to the yarn. The yarn entanglement strength tester further includes a computing device that controls operation of the camera and the first, second, and third rolls, and determines an entanglement strength of the yarn based on the captured images of the diameters of the yarn after each of the incrementally increasing elongation levels is applied to the yarn.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: Lawson Hemphill, Inc.
    Inventors: Dean A. Ross, Filiz Avsar, Kendall W. Gordon, Steven Leary
  • Publication number: 20150082766
    Abstract: The invention relates to a slubbing machine for producing a rove (1) from a fiber web (2), wherein the slubbing machine has at least one spinning nozzle (3) with an inlet opening (4) for the fiber web (2), wherein the spinning nozzle (3) is assigned at least one air nozzle through which the air can be channeled into the spinning nozzle (3) in order to impart a protective rotation to the fiber web (2) within the spinning nozzle (3), wherein the spinning nozzle (3) has an outlet (5) through which the rove (1) can be drawn out of the spinning nozzle (3), and wherein the slubbing machine comprises at least one receiving device (28) arranged downstream of the spinning nozzle (3) in the transport direction of the rove (1), particularly in the form of a winding device (6) to receive the rove (1) leaving the spinning nozzle (3).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: Gerd Stahlecker, Rudolf Härdi
  • Patent number: 8931249
    Abstract: A method interrupts yarn production on a spinning machine having at least one spinning point having an inlet for a fiber material and an outlet for the yarn made from the fiber material, and wherein the spinning machine comprises a delivery device for feeding the fiber material into the spinning point, a take-off device for drawing off the yarn out of the spinning point, a winding device for winding up the produced yarn, and a yarn monitoring unit for monitoring at least one yarn parameter. Yarn production is interrupted upon detecting a defined deviation of the monitored yarn parameter from a target value, upon changing bobbins at the winding device, and/or prior to switching off the spinning machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Rieter Ingolstadt GmbH
    Inventors: Adalbert Stephan, Gernot Schäffler, Evzen Pilar, Martin Novak, Vítezslav Kubes, Josef Ludvícek, Vladimir Krycner
  • Patent number: 8904742
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method of operation for an air jet spinning machine, which is characterized in that the spinning process is interrupted when a yarn fault is detected, and subsequent to the interruption of the spinning process, a piecing process is initiated which is at least partly carried out by the spinning station and in which a number of yarn process and handling devices directly assigned to the spinning station are applied. Furthermore, an air jet spinning machine is proposed which permits such a piecing method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Maschinenfabrik Rieter AG
    Inventors: Adalbert Stephan, Gerd Stahlecker, Gernot Schäffler
  • Patent number: 8429889
    Abstract: Apparatus and a method for producing a yarn, the apparatus and method comprising a reciprocating twisting stage, the reciprocating twisting stage comprising one or more twist rollers that rotate along an axis of rotation and that are arranged to move reciprocally along the axis of rotation to impart twist to one or more slivers to form twisted strands; and a drive system for one or more take up holders, the drive system arranged to have wound onto the one or more take up holders the yarn after two or more strands are twisted together to form the yarn. The drive system is arranged to drive the one or more take up holders such that the linear speed at which the yarn is wound onto the one or more take up holders can be controlled relative to the linear speed at which the strands exit the one or more twist rollers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Inventor: David Arthur Lee
  • Patent number: 8382024
    Abstract: With a device for controlling the drive of a reel, with a wire supply in the form of a coil of said wire supply, from which the wire, through interposition of a tensioning device, which is spring-pretensioned in one deflection direction and effective up to a maximum deflection, for approximated stabilization of the wire tension of a feed installation of the wire infeed of a downstream positioned wire processing machine, the velocity curve of the feed rate of the wire infeed in accordance with a preset velocity-time profile is controlled by a control unit of the wire processing machine, and whereby the curve of the rotation speed of the reel in accordance with a preset rotation speed-time profile is controlled by the drive control of the reel, whereby the drive control of the reel sets the rotation speed-time profile of the reel, with regard to the velocity-time profile of the feed rate, forward by a preset time interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Wafios Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Stefan Fries, Werner Steinhilber, Helmut Lengerer
  • Patent number: 8256199
    Abstract: A two-for-one twister or cabling machine and a method for operation thereof, wherein a yarn (5, 25) is withdrawn from a supply bobbin (7, 21) and fed to a guide device below a twisted yarn plate (8, 24) of the spindle (2, 22) and from which the yarn (5, 25) exits virtually perpendicular to the axis of the spindle (2, 22) and is deflected to the outer edge of the twisted yarn plate (8, 24) and runs along the spindle (2, 22) as a free yarn balloon (B) encompassing the spindle (2, 22), until the yarn (5, 25) is fed into the twist or cabling point of a yarn guide device (9, 27) above the spindle (2, 22). The supply speed of the yarn (5, 25) is adjusted to achieve a yarn tension which minimizes the yarn balloon diameter as a function of the spindle geometry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: Oerlikon Textile GmbH & Co. KG.
    Inventor: Walter Schlagenhaft
  • Patent number: 8220241
    Abstract: According to the method for characterizing fancy yarn, at least one characteristic of the fancy yarn is scanned along the longitudinal direction of the fancy yarn. Values of the scanning are evaluated and the results of the evaluation are outputted. The results of the evaluation are the fancy yarn parameters such as base yarn mass, base yarn diameter, slub distance, mass increase (?M) of a slub, slub diameter increase, slub diameter, slub length (LE) and/or slub total mass. At least one result of the evaluation is outputted in the form of a graphic representation, for example as a scatter diagram. Such a graphic representation provides a clear representation of the measurement results. The occurring data is reduced and may be divided up into different categories.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Uster Technologies, AG
    Inventors: Christine Meixner, Gabriela Peters, Sandra Edalat-Pour
  • Patent number: 8220242
    Abstract: According to the method for characterizing fancy yarn, at least one characteristic of the fancy yarn is scanned along the longitudinal direction of the fancy yarn. Values of the scanning are evaluated and the results of the evaluation are outputted. The results of the evaluation are the fancy yarn parameters such as base yarn mass, base yarn diameter, stub distance, mass increase (?M) of a stub, slub diameter increase, stub diameter, slub length (LE) and/or slub total mass. At least one result of the evaluation is outputted in the form of a graphic representation, for example as a scatter diagram. Such a graphic representation provides a clear representation of the measurement results. The occurring data is reduced and may be divided up into different categories.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Uster Technologies, AG
    Inventors: Christine Meixner, Gabriela Peters, Sandra Edalat-Pour
  • Patent number: 8079207
    Abstract: Thread twist system for twisting and spinning machines which comprises means (12) for measuring and/or calculating directly or indirectly the rotation speed (11) of the runner (5), in such a way that the working movements and parameters of the machine keep real twisting constant throughout the process of filling the reel (2) in a dynamic and instantaneous way, by acting on the angular speed (10) of the spindles (1) and/or the feeding (9) speed of the thread (6), with the objective of correcting the theoretical twisting on the thread itself (6) and converting it into real twisting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2011
    Assignee: Frimal Trading S.L.
    Inventor: Jordi Galan Llongueras
  • Patent number: 8061116
    Abstract: A method for piecing a yarn at a rotor spinning machine comprising plural spinning stations, wherein more than five piecers are successively produced in a measuring phase and coordinates of measurement values and associated measurement values from individual measurements of the piecers are evaluated for averaging and determining a fiber band function taking into account a drafting reduced for the measurement values, which reflects the fiber flow behavior in the form of the respective fiber band quantity supplied to the rotor as a function of the transport path of the fiber band feed. The speed of the fiber band feed is controlled in a delayed manner from the run-up of the yarn draw-off, dependent on the rotor speed, by the fiber band function, such that the fiber shortfall quantity being produced from the fiber band function is compensated by dynamic feed addition with respect to height and length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Assignee: Oerlikon Textile GmbH & Co KG
    Inventor: Manfred Lassmann
  • Patent number: 8033090
    Abstract: Method for the bidirectional transmission of data between one or more textile machines (1) producing cross-wound bobbins and/or one or more same-level and/or higher level control systems with a device (2) for transmitting data to a transport medium, which is used for the transporting of data located on the transport medium, the transport medium being in operative connection with the textile machine (1) producing cross-wound bobbins to transmit data via the device (2). According to the invention, a memory, a hard disc, a magnetic tape, a writable compact disc (CD), a writable digital versatile disc (DVD), a magneto-optical disc (MO disc), a minidisc (MD) or a digital memory card provided in a mobile telephone or a palm-top computer (personal digital assistant) are used as the transporting medium and the device (2) is integrated in an exchangeable manner in the textile machine (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Assignee: Oerlikon Textile GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Olav Birlem
  • Patent number: 8001759
    Abstract: An improved method for operating a textile machine having plural workstations comprising exchangeable components, each having a readable and writable transponder arranged on or integrated in the exchangeable components. During the lifecycle of the exchangeable components at least the operating data which influence the wearing of the exchangeable components are automatically stored on the respective transponder. Textile machines for carrying out the method are characterised by arranging in the region of each workstation at least one transceiver for writing and reading the transponders attached to or integrated in the exchangeable components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: Oerlikon Textile GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Heinz-Georg Wassenhoven, Hans Grecksch
  • Publication number: 20110061358
    Abstract: According to the method for characterizing fancy yarn, at least one characteristic of the fancy yarn is scanned along the longitudinal direction of the fancy yarn. Values of the scanning are evaluated and the results of the evaluation are outputted. The results of the evaluation are the fancy yarn parameters such as base yarn mass, base yarn diameter, slub distance, mass increase (?M) of a slub, slub diameter increase, slub diameter, slub length (LE) and/or slub total mass. At least one result of the evaluation is outputted in the form of a graphic representation, for example as a scatter diagram. Such a graphic representation provides a clear representation of the measurement results. The occurring data is reduced and may be divided up into different categories.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2010
    Publication date: March 17, 2011
    Applicant: USTER TECHNOLOGIES AG
    Inventors: Christine Meixner, Gabriela Peters, Sandra Edalat-Pour
  • Publication number: 20110061359
    Abstract: According to the method for characterizing fancy yarn, at least one characteristic of the fancy yarn is scanned along the longitudinal direction of the fancy yarn. Values of the scanning are evaluated and the results of the evaluation are outputted. The results of the evaluation are the fancy yarn parameters such as base yarn mass, base yarn diameter, stub distance, mass increase (?M) of a stub, slub diameter increase, stub diameter, slub length (LE) and/or slub total mass. At least one result of the evaluation is outputted in the form of a graphic representation, for example as a scatter diagram. Such a graphic representation provides a clear representation of the measurement results. The occurring data is reduced and may be divided up into different categories.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2010
    Publication date: March 17, 2011
    Applicant: USTER TECHNOLOGIES AG
    Inventors: Christine Meixner, Gabriela Peters, Sandra Edalat-Pour
  • Patent number: 7770373
    Abstract: The presence/absence of a core fiber in a core yarn is reliably detected to prevent production of a core fiber-free core yarn. In a method for producing a core yarn C by wrapping a fiber bundle S around a core fiber F, the core yarn C is spun with a core fiber F content being changed from that of normal spinning for a predetermined time period after the start of spinning, in order to detect whether the core fiber F is present. The core yarn C may be spun with a core fiber made of a drawn elastic yarn to detect whether the core fiber is present based on a thickness fluctuation of the core yarn that is caused by slackening the core yarn.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2010
    Assignee: Murata Kikai Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Harutoshi Sawada
  • Patent number: 7752831
    Abstract: A system for activating a rotor drive (31) of an open-end rotor spinning machine (30), having an open-end rotor spinning machine (30) with a plurality of workstations (33), each having a rotor drive (31) with a control unit (4), which comprises at least one communication interface (18, 19) for connecting to a workstation control unit (35), and external means for substitute activation of the individual rotor drives (31) and for reading signals representing operating state data of the rotor drive from the individual control units (4) of the rotor drives (31) by means of at least one communication interface (18, 19) of the control units (4) for adjustment and checking purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2010
    Assignee: Oerlikon Textile GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Nour-Eddine Balboul, Sven Meerkamp
  • Patent number: 7721519
    Abstract: A method which improves the correspondence between the produced fancy yarn and the predetermined configuration of said fancy yarn. The fancy yarn is guided through a sensor device in a spinning device after it is formed and the diameter of the fancy yarn is continuously measured by the sensor device. The fancy configuration of the produced yarn is determined on the basis of the measured values of the diameter and is compared with the predetermined fancy configuration. The comparison is carried out until sufficient correspondence between the predetermined fancy configuration and the fancy configuration of the optimized, produced yarn is achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Assignee: Oerlikon Textile GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Hans Grecksch, Gerhard Rienas, Christoph Haase, Olav Birlem, Iris Biermann
  • Patent number: 7690181
    Abstract: A method for operating a spinning machine with plural spinning stations (1), each case having a take-off roller device (6, 10, 14) for drawing a yarn (9) from a spinning device (2) and a sensor mechanism (26) for checking piecings. When starting a piecing, the theoretical conveying length of the yarn is determined based on the surface speed of the rollers (10, 14), until the piecing reaches the sensor mechanism (26). The deviation of the theoretical conveying length from a desired yarn length, corresponding to the spacing between the spinning device (2) and the sensor mechanism (26), is detected. The deviation is compared with a preadjustable limit value of the permissible deviation. If the limit value is passed, this indicates intolerable wear of the pressure roller (14) and produces a signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2010
    Assignee: Oerlikon Textile GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Manfred Lassmann
  • Publication number: 20100071341
    Abstract: A method for piecing a yarn at a rotor spinning machine comprising plural spinning stations, wherein more than five piecers are successively produced in a measuring phase and coordinates of measurement values and associated measurement values from individual measurements of the piecers are evaluated for averaging and determining a fiber band function taking into account a drafting reduced for the measurement values, which reflects the fiber flow behaviour in the form of the respective fiber band quantity supplied to the rotor as a function of the transport path of the fiber band feed. The speed of the fiber band feed is controlled in a delayed manner from the run-up of the yarn draw-off, dependent on the rotor speed, by the fiber band function, such that the fiber shortfall quantity being produced from the fiber band function is compensated by dynamic feed addition with respect to height and length.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2006
    Publication date: March 25, 2010
    Applicant: OERLIKON TEXTILE GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventor: Manfred Lassmann
  • Patent number: 7644570
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for operating an open-end spinning device (1), comprising a spinning rotor (2) and an opening roller (12), which can be controlled so as to be driven individually independently of one another, wherein after an interruption in the spinning process takes place as a result of the detection of the absence of a thread, a piecing operation is initiated, comprising a piecing process, in which an upper thread passes through a fiber ring formed in the spinning rotor (2) and is connected to the latter, and a subsequent drawing-in accumulating process which serves to reduce a thin point in the thread following the piecer, wherein during the piercing operation, the opening roller (12) is temporarily driven at a piecing speed which is higher than the operating speed of the opening roller (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2010
    Assignee: Oerlikon Textile GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Manfred Lassmann
  • Patent number: 7628005
    Abstract: An air jet spinning machine for producing spun threads from staple fiber strands includes a number of spinning positions, to each of which compressed air nozzles are arranged for the purpose of generating the spinning twist. A joint compressed air regulator is connected upstream of the spinning positions, which regulator includes a pressure sensor and a regulating device. The compressed air regulator is set at a reference pressure, which corresponds to the unregulated static pressure prevailing when all spinning positions are in operation. In the case of a change in the static pressure, the compressed air regulator re-adjusts to the reference pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2009
    Assignee: Maschinenfabrik Rieter AG
    Inventor: Gernot Schaeffler
  • Patent number: 7516606
    Abstract: A process is provided for optimizing the production performance of a spinning machine. Each individual spinning position is separately monitored in relation to the number of end breaks and is adjusted to an optimal production speed. When this process is applied to an air jet spinning machine, the compressed air fed to the spinning positions is adjusted depending on the respective production speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2009
    Assignee: Maschinenfabrik Rieter AG
    Inventor: Gernot Schaeffler
  • Patent number: 7516605
    Abstract: A fibrous tension member comprises a plurality of structural threads and an indicator thread. The indicator thread modulates one or more electrical properties of the indicator thread based at least in part on the elongation of the indicator thread. A system for sensing elongation of a fibrous tension member comprises a plurality of structural threads, at least one indicator thread, and a sensing-processing device. The sensing-processing device is electrically connected to the at least one indicator thread to determine the elongation of the fibrous tension member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2009
    Assignee: Makani Power, Inc.
    Inventors: Dan Goldwater, Saul Griffith, Eric Wilhelm, Colin Bulthaup
  • Patent number: 7513021
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for entangling two or more strands of yarn together in accordance with a pre-selected and changeable pattern so as to obtain twisted yarn with a selected coring level extending for a selected length of the yarn and other selected coring levels extending for various other lengths of the yarn so that a supply such as a package of finished yarn has a variable coring pattern which may be reproducible and possibly changeable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2009
    Inventor: John G. Haselwander
  • Publication number: 20090049819
    Abstract: A system for activating a rotor drive (31) of an open-end rotor spinning machine (30), having an open-end rotor spinning machine (30) with a plurality of workstations (33), each having a rotor drive (31) with a control unit (4), which comprises at least one communication interface (18, 19) for connecting to a workstation control unit (35), and external means for substitute activation of the individual rotor drives (31) and for reading signals representing operating state data of the rotor drive from the individual control units (4) of the rotor drives (31) by means of at least one communication interface (18, 19) of the control units (4) for adjustment and checking purposes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2008
    Publication date: February 26, 2009
    Applicant: Oerlikon Textile GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Nour-Eddine Balboul, Sven Meerkamp
  • Publication number: 20090031692
    Abstract: The device comprises: yarn advancing elements subjected to the action of motor devices controlled by frequency converters or changers, supplied by a common direct current bus; a monitoring/control system supplied by the same direct current bus; and processors for processing the yarns provided in the form of power spindles particularly being subjected to the action of individual motor devices, controlled by frequency converters or changers. The power spindles are not supplied by the direct current bus, but are self-powered and autonomous. The set of yarn advancing elements are on the direct current bus whose supply is maintained by a flywheel so that the two systems are, in total, electrically independent, and only the value of the ramps of both avoids any voltage fault.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2005
    Publication date: February 5, 2009
    Applicant: RIETER TEXTILE MACHINERY FRANCE
    Inventor: Philippe Pothier
  • Patent number: 7464531
    Abstract: A method for visually displaying the maintaining of specified effects in a produced fancy yarn by measuring the deviations of the yarn diameter from the desired specifications. The display is a two-dimensional classifying matrix which is known per se. The display matrix is divided into longitudinal regions in one dimension and diameter regions in the other dimension, and forms a class in each case by combining a longitudinal region with a diameter region, wherein each deviation from the desired specification is allocated to a class. Only the effect regions of a fancy yarn are included in the classifying matrix, with only the regions of the fancy yarn counting as effect regions, the diameter of which is at least a specified amount over a specified web diameter and the length of which exceeds a specified minimum length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2008
    Assignee: Oerlikon Textile GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Iris Biermann, Christoph Haase, Lorenz Kreitzen
  • Publication number: 20080288101
    Abstract: According to the method for characterizing fancy yarn, at least one characteristic of the fancy yarn is scanned along the longitudinal direction of the fancy yarn. Values of the scanning are evaluated and the results of the evaluation are outputted. The results of the evaluation are the fancy yarn parameters such as base yarn mass, base yarn diameter, slub distance, mass increase of a slub, slub diameter increase, slub diameter, slub length and/or slub total mass. On evaluation, a measurement curve is produced from the values of the scanning, and an area (A(x)) between the measurement curve and a previously determined base yarn mass is computed. A permanent increase in the course of the area (A(x)) is used as a criterion for the presence of a slub. Slubs may be differentiated from yarn imperfections in a reliable manner by way of the area (A(x)).
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2006
    Publication date: November 20, 2008
    Applicant: USTER TECHNOLOGIES AG
    Inventors: Christine Meixner, Gabriela Peters, Sandra Edalat-Pour
  • Publication number: 20080276593
    Abstract: According to the method for characterizing fancy yarn, at least one characteristic of the fancy yarn is scanned along the longitudinal direction of the fancy yarn. Values of the scanning are evaluated and the results of the evaluation are outputted. The results of the evaluation are the fancy yarn parameters such as base yarn mass, base yarn diameter, slub distance, mass increase (?M) of a slub, slub diameter increase, slub diameter, slub length (LE) and/or slub total mass. At least one result of the evaluation is outputted in the form of a graphic representation, for example as a scatter diagram. Such a graphic representation provides a clear representation of the measurement results. The occurring data is reduced and may be divided up into different categories.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2006
    Publication date: November 13, 2008
    Applicant: USTER TECHNOLOGIES AG
    Inventors: Christine Meixner, Gabriela Peters, Sandra Edalat-Pour
  • Patent number: 7424800
    Abstract: A yarn cleaner for cleaning defects from a yarn, by means of a head for measuring at least one yarn parameter for comparison against cleaning limits determined for the yarn parameter. If the cleaning limits are exceeded, a defect in the yarn is indicated whereby intolerable defects may be cut out from the yarn. The yarn cleaner is set up for cleaning an effect yarn, also called a novelty or fancy yarn, formed from an alternating thinner webs and thickened effects in the yarn. At least one value of the yarn parameter is predetermined for webs and for effects and the cleaning limits of the yarn cleaner are adjusted such that they lie outside the predetermined value of the web parameter and outside the predetermined value of the effect parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2008
    Assignee: Oerlikon Textile GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Iris Biermann, Olav Birlem, Hans Grecksch, Christoph Haase, Gerhard Rienas
  • Patent number: 7392648
    Abstract: A rotor spinning machine has a plurality of spinning stations, each of which comprises an opening roller and a draw-in roller for supplying sliver to the opening roller and each of which is equipped with control devices for individual drives of the draw-in rollers. The control devices each have a connection mechanism, to which an additional control card can be attached for producing effect or novelty yarn with predetermined effects. The control card comprises a processor, which meets the elevated computing power requirements for producing effect or novelty yarn and can be activated via a data bus system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2008
    Assignee: Oerlikon Textile GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Iris Biermann, Christoph Haase, Karl Kamps, Lorenz Kreitzen, Ralf Siewert
  • Publication number: 20080126039
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for simulating a visual surface pattern of a fiber product and a method and an apparatus for producing a multicolored BCF yarn. In this case, at least one parameter of a strand-like fiber bundle is sensed and is digitized into data which is converted with the aid of evaluation electronics into a surface pattern. The visual appearance of a longitudinal portion of the fiber bundle may be detected as an image as a parameter of the stand-like fiber bundle. A rapid and reproducible simulation of the visual surface pattern of a fiber product is consequently possible. Additionally, the production of the fiber product, for example a BCF yarn, can be monitored by means of the simulation results, so that at least one process parameter can be selected and/or monitored. For this purpose, an image acquisition appliance is provided, which is assigned to a bobbin or to the BCF yarn and which is connected to an evaluation device for an actual-value/desired-value comparison.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2007
    Publication date: May 29, 2008
    Inventors: Bjorn Godderz, Carsten Voigtlander, Matthias Schemken
  • Publication number: 20080087000
    Abstract: In an apparatus on a drafting system of a spinning room machine, especially a draw frame, carding machine, combing machine or the like, for weighting the drafting system rollers, at least one pressure-medium cylinder with a piston is acted upon by pressure medium and is arranged so as to be axially movable inside a cylinder housing. A piston rod extends from piston passing through at least one cylinder cover that defines the cylinder housing at the end. In order to improve the apparatus, for determining the position of the piston with the piston rod, at least one inductive displacement sensor is integrated into the pressure-medium system, and the inductive displacement sensor is connected to an evaluation device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2007
    Publication date: April 17, 2008
    Applicant: Trutzschler GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Franz-Josef Minter
  • Patent number: 7299615
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for twisting two or more strands of yarn together in accordance with a pre-selected and changeable pattern so as to obtain twisted yarn with a selected twist level extending for a selected length of the yarn and other selected twist levels and/or twist directions extending for various other lengths of the yarn so that a package of finished yarn has a variable twist pattern which is reproducible and changeable. The yarn twisting apparatus has a drive for pulling the yarn through the twist inserting apparatus, and controllable fluid twisting devices for twisting the yarn together. A programmable controller controls ratios of the speeds at which the product package drive is operated and pressures or other parameters of fluid jets effecting fluid twisting of the yarn. The programmable controller can also vary the time that each selected ratio is maintained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2007
    Assignee: Mannington Mills, Inc.
    Inventor: Brandon S. Kersey
  • Patent number: 7200983
    Abstract: A supporting disc for a supporting disc bearing of open-end spinning rotors has a disc-like base body, on whose outer circumference a tire-like covering is applied. On a front side of the supporting disc facing the operator's side of the spinning aggregate, a cylinder-shaped permanent magnet for non-contact speed monitoring is arranged at a distance from the axis of the supporting disc. For the purpose of the correction of mass imbalances, the permanent magnet is inserted into a through bore hole, which is filled out by the permanent magnet only up to a gradation of diameters which serves as a stopping surface. As the permanent magnet is arranged in the transition area between the base body and the tire-like covering, the part of the through bore hole not filled out by the permanent magnet can be filled out by the covering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2007
    Assignee: Maschinenfabrik Rieter AG
    Inventor: Werner Zott
  • Patent number: 7137238
    Abstract: A yarn quality assurance method and a yarn processing machine set up for implementing the method according to the invention is proposed comprising at least one feeding spool receiver 24, 30 set up to receive respectively at least one feeding spool 20, 29 from which yarns can be taken off, and a multifilament yarn manufacturing unit 5 to which yarns are supplied from the feeding spools 20, 29 via thread runs with respectively one thread tension. According to the invention, a thread tension regulating module 25 with a thread tension sensor is arranged in at least one controlled thread run 1 between the relevant feeding spool receiver 24 and the multifilament yarn manufacturing unit 5, wherein the thread tension regulating module 25 is set up to derive a control value from a thread tension measured by the thread tension sensor and to keep the thread tension constant in a predetermined thread tension range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2006
    Assignee: Schärer Schweiter Mettler AG
    Inventors: Davide Maccabruni, Robin Gutbrod
  • Patent number: 7082746
    Abstract: For the piecing of a yarn in an spinning device, various computation formulas are stored in a control device into which calculated values as well as special data converted into numerical values relating in particular to the fiber material, the yarn and the spinning element are first entered to compute and select settings for operations relevant to the piecing process. A feeding device feeding a fiber sliver to the spinning device is first brought to a high pre-feeding speed by means of such pre-programmed values and converted data. From this pre-feeding speed, the feeding speed is greatly decelerated in steps to its piecing feeding speed in coordination with the release of the yarn to be fed back into the spinning element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2006
    Assignee: Rieter Ingolstadt Spinnereimaschinenbau AG
    Inventors: Sebastian Brandl, Frank Baier, Marc Schnell