Carriage Patents (Class 57/268)
  • Patent number: 7412818
    Abstract: A rotor spinning machine of the type comprising a plurality of working stations and a bobbin supplying device extending along the machine, wherein at least two service units supplying the working stations with bobbins are supplied by the supply device and wherein the rotor spinning machine comprises a control device for controlling the service units. The control device is configured in such a way that it suppresses a subsequent bobbin request from the second service unit in the event of an existing bobbin request from the first service unit positioned downstream in relation to the transporting direction of the supply device, until the initially existing bobbin request has been fulfilled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2008
    Assignee: Oerlikon Textile GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Wolfgang Doerner, Ralf Siewert, Lorenz Kreitzen
  • Patent number: 7107752
    Abstract: A system for moving and diverting trains (5) of bobbins (7) in a spinning plant with more spinning mills (1) includes a pair of rails (40,41), along which a carriage (32) moves. The carriage (32) can be stopped at a point corresponding to one spinning mill (1) and carries, mounted thereon, a motor (39), which drives the trains (5), coming from a main feeding line (3) to terminal sections (10), situated beside the spinning mills (1). Activator means (29), situated also on the carriage (32), operate the switches (20,21,22) aimed at deviating the path of the trains from the main line (3) to union sections (15) joined to the terminal sections (10). The carriage (32) is moved by a motor (42) and its position along the rails (40,41) is determined by an encoder (43).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2006
    Assignee: U.T.I.T. SpA.
    Inventor: Franco Ognibene
  • Patent number: 6772697
    Abstract: The invention concerns an arrangement of service positions for maintenance apparatus, which can travel on a guide rail along a multiplicity of similar workstations on a first side of a textile machine, wherein a maintenance apparatus in a first service position at the elevation of a machine framing of the textile machine can be pivoted away from, or transversely withdrawn from the guide rail. Per side of the textile machine, at least two maintenance apparatuses are exclusively assigned thereto, whereby the guide rail on the first side, at least at one end of the textile machine, is elongated beyond the textile machine and a second service position is placed on the elongated guide rail. In this way, it becomes possible, with a large number of workstations to assure the shortest possible duration of a standstill, wherein in the case of a failure or preventive unkeep of one maintenance apparatus, another maintenance apparatus can serve a workstation in a short time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2004
    Assignee: Rieter Ingolstadt Spinnereimaschinenbau AG
    Inventors: Adalbert Stephan, Karl Zöpfl, Harald Widner
  • Patent number: 6474461
    Abstract: A maintenance carriage (2) of a textile machine (1) is comprised of a chassis (3) for travel along a plurality of like workstations (10) and a robot (4). The Robot is so placed on the chassis that it can be brought into an inspection position (I) from a service position (W) transverse to the travel direction of the chassis and subsequently returned too the service position. In its inspection position the robot creates a traversable passage (P) with a width which is at least 40 cm between the textile machine and itself. In its service position, the robot is secured in relation to the chassis with the aid of a locking mechanism. On each longitudinal machine side (A,B), the textile machine exhibits a separate running rail (14, 140) which possesses no connection with the running rail of the other longitudinal machine side and said running rail accommodates at least one maintenance carriage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2002
    Assignee: Rieter Ingolstadt Spinnereimaschinenbau AG
    Inventor: Gerhart Grabovszky
  • Patent number: 6272833
    Abstract: On a textile machine, arL empty spool (12) is conveyed along a multiplicity of spool stations (1) situated next to one another. In a predetermined position relative to a grasping apparatus (3) the said empty spool (12) is stopped and is picked up by said grasping apparatus (3), and held by its circumferential surface. After its being lifted by the grasping apparatus (3), the spool (12) is retained in an axial alignment. This retention is discontinued, before the spool (12) is released at the spool station (1) where it is required. For the execution of this procedure, a retaining arrangement (8), composed of stopping devices (4 and 5), is provided for the spool (12) which is held by the grasping apparatus (3). The retaining arrangement (8) idles in a location outside of the transport path which the empty spool (12) will occupy when held.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2001
    Assignee: Rieter Ingolstadt Spinnereimaschinenbau AG
    Inventor: Adalbert Stephan
  • Patent number: 6250059
    Abstract: A handling system 1 for filament bobbins 4 or doffs 5 in a spinning mill, which has a spinning area 2 and a storage area 12. The handling system 1 has a transport device 16, a separating device 17 and a transfer station 11. The transport device 6 and the transfer station 11 have multi-column supports 7 for a plurality of doffs 5. The transfer station 11 is arranged between the transport device 6 and the separating device 17 and is located at the edge of or outside the spinning area 2. The separating device 17 is arranged in or at the storage area 12. As a result, the separation of the filament bobbins 4 is performed outside the spinning area 2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2001
    Assignee: Certus Maschinenbau GmbH
    Inventor: Udo Teich
  • Patent number: 5937629
    Abstract: A method and device are provided for supplying empty tubes to winding devices of a textile machine comprising a plurality of operating units arranged next to each other in at least one line and equipped each with a winding device as a part of the operating unit, with a tube container provided at one end of the machine and coupled with a tube conveyer arranged along the line of the operating unites of the textile machine along which is also provided an attending unit adapted to travel along the line of the operating units and containing a handling device for moving a tube from the tube conveyer to a winding device. Prior to the attempt at rewinding, the handling device of the attending device lays into the winding device an empty winding tube. In case of an unsuccessful attempt at rewinding (at restoring the winding), the winding tube 22 is taken out of the winding device 1 by the attending device 4.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 17, 1999
    Assignee: Rieter Elitex A.S. Usti Nad Orlici
    Inventors: Zdenek Spindler, Zbynek Vencl, Vojtech Novotny
  • Patent number: 5937484
    Abstract: A flat container of textile fiber sliver for receiving a sliver produced on a sliver producing textile machine and for feeding the sliver to a sliver processing machine taking over the sliver. The flat container has a movable bottom adapted to move vertically in the flat container, and includes an upper plate arranged adjustably and intended to receive the sliver being deposited, and a lower plate situated under the upper plate and likewise arranged adjustably. The upper plate and the lower plate are mutually coupled by an auxiliary coupling device permitting a common motion and independent motion of the upper and lower plates of the movable bottom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 17, 1999
    Assignees: Rieter Elitex a.s. Usti nad Orlici, Vyzkumny ustav textilnich stroju Liberec a.s
    Inventors: Rudolf Sramek, Ludmila Koukolikova
  • Patent number: 5934059
    Abstract: A manipulating device for can changing between a can changing carriage and a row of payout cans in a spinning machine is described for the case where rectangular cans are used. To automate the transfer of the cans without substantially increasing the expense for space in the region of the carriage compared with the case of manual transfer, and without having to engage an empty can, which is to be pulled out of a row of cans, from behind or beneath the can, a substantially one-piece can carrier is provided, which is supported displaceably, crosswise to the carriage travel direction, in a rail guide on the carriage and which on each of its longitudinal ends has a preferably pivotably supported gripper, each for coupling to one short side of the cans.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 10, 1999
    Inventor: Manfred Langen
  • Patent number: 5797255
    Abstract: A bobbin changing apparatus for a flyer frame which allows works to freely be performed by attendants at a front side of the flyer frame at any time during the operation of the flyer frame, while eliminating need for providing independent rails for transporting full bobbins and empty bobbins, respectively. Disposed at a front side of a flyer frame (2) is a work platform (35) on which the number of pegs (49) which is twice as large as that of bobbin wheels are mounted with a pitch equal to a half of that of the bobbin wheels (4). Each of the pegs (49) can selectively be disposed at an operative position on a top surface of a cover plate (41) and to a retracted position retracted from the top surface. Further, the pegs can be driven reciprocatively over a distance corresponding to one pitch of the peg array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 25, 1998
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toyoda Jidoshokki Seisakusho
    Inventors: Yukio Saito, Kengo Ohashi, Takayuki Morita, Daiji Kasahara
  • Patent number: 5724801
    Abstract: A system to convey bobbins between a first overhead rail 4 looping along fine spinning frames 1A to 1M and a second overhead rail 6 connected to roving frames 2A and 2B. The first overhead rail 4 is constructed as a single loop arranged all along the fine spinning frame, while the second overhead rail 6 is constructed as a single loop arranged around the roving frames 2A and 2B. The first and second overhead rails 4 and 6 are connected by a branched rail 7 for returning a bobbin carriage 10 with empty bobbins 12 and by a branched rail 8 for supplying a bobbin carriage 10 with full bobbins 11.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 10, 1998
    Assignee: Howa Machinery, Ltd.
    Inventors: Takashi Kogiso, Noritaka Adachi
  • Patent number: 5671596
    Abstract: A roving frame having a suspension carriage track extending through the flyers thereof has a parking rail which can accommodate the full length of the suspension carriage train which removes the full bobbins from the flyer row and on the parking rail, by cooperation with a stationary bobbin/sleeve exchanger or one movable along the parking track, can transfer the full bobbins to a transport track and mount empty core sleeves on the suspension carriage train.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 30, 1997
    Assignee: Zinser Textilmaschinen GmbH
    Inventors: Karl-Heinz Mack, Karl-Heinz Zettler, Hans-Peter Weeger
  • Patent number: 5628173
    Abstract: Sliver is delivered from a drawing frame to an open-end spinning frame in sliver containing cans and, at a transfer location along the travel path of a servicing device for the spinning frame, sliver is removed from the cans in partial lots and transferred to a sliver transport location on the service device to be transported to a spinning station whose sliver supply has been exhausted, whereat the servicing device performs the transfer of the sliver lot to the spinning station as well as the introduction end the piecing-up of the sliver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 1995
    Date of Patent: May 13, 1997
    Assignee: W. Schlafhorst AG & Co.
    Inventors: Paul Landmesser, Dirk Koltze, Dieter Jinkertz
  • Patent number: 5575142
    Abstract: A method of servicing the individual winding stations of a multi-station winding machine, and wherein a plurality of identically equipped service carts is provided in a parking track, and such that upon receiving a call signal, each service cart may be moved from the parking track and along a service track and to the winding station which issued the call. The cart is then adapted to service the winding station, such as by doffing full yarn packages. The cart then may be moved to a transfer position where the full packages are received from the service cart for packing, or transport to a further processing machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 1994
    Date of Patent: November 19, 1996
    Assignee: Barmag AG
    Inventor: Gerd Munnekehoff
  • Patent number: 5568720
    Abstract: Doffer system for a textile machine, in particular for a multiposition textile machine, comprising a guiding device (3, 4, 5), which is arranged in front of and above a machine front, a transport unit (14) traveling along the guiding device (3, 4, 5), a hoisting device (17, 19) which allows to lower and raise the carrying frame (20), and at least one receiving mandrel (23, 24) which is arranged on the carrying frame (20) horizontally extending therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 1994
    Date of Patent: October 29, 1996
    Assignee: Barmag AG
    Inventors: Udo Teich, Ludger A. Deters
  • Patent number: 5535581
    Abstract: A cans exchanging system whereby, out of cans arranged in plural rows in the longitudinal direction of a spinning frame, plural empty cans arranged in the direction orthogonal to the longitudinal direction of the spinning frame are carried out from the rows of cans, and plural full-loaded cans are carried in simultaneously to the carried-out position of the empty cans. A sliver piecing device for piecing together slivers, from sliver feeding cans to a spinning machine and slivers from full-loaded cans while carrying both cans on a cans exchanging carrier is mounted on the cans exchanging carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 16, 1996
    Assignee: Murata Kikai Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Ryosuke Tahara, Hiroshi Tsuji
  • Patent number: 5511372
    Abstract: A transport vehicle transports a plurality of sliver cans between a can delivery station, work stations of a sliver processing textile machine, and a discharge station for empty cans along a given travel direction. The vehicle includes an undercarriage with a plurality of can parking places for the sliver cans. A plurality of can exchange mechanisms are provided, one for each can parking place. Each exchange mechanism includes a carriage supporting a respective one of the sliver cans. The carriage is slidable on the under-carriage transversly to the travel direction of the transport vehicle. A motor slidingly drives each of the carriages on the undercarriage. A can manipulating device, which is operatively associated with each of the carriages, displaces the sliver cans, setting them down and receiving them on a respective one of the carriages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 1994
    Date of Patent: April 30, 1996
    Assignee: W. Schlafhorst AG & CO
    Inventor: Hans-Peter Liedgens
  • Patent number: 5431003
    Abstract: In a method and apparatus for supplying sliver cans to an automatic spinning machine and removing empty sliver cans from spinning stations of the automatic spinning machine, a can transport carriage to be driven between the automatic spinning machine and a can delivery station or empty can receiving station has can parking places for a can supply. An empty can below a spinning station is removed, placed on a free parking place, and replaced with a filled can from the can supply which is placed under the spinning station, all through the use of an automatic can changer. Two associated sliver cans are placed in succession forming two successive rows of front and rear sliver cans for supplying two adjacent spinning stations with sliver. Two free parking places are maintained for sliver cans on the can transport carriage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 11, 1995
    Assignee: W. Schlafhorst AG & Co.
    Inventor: Hans Raasch
  • Patent number: 5414986
    Abstract: An apparatus for supplying the spinning machine with feed material includes a transport unit being movable along the spinning machine for advancing feed material produced by a production machine upstream of the textile machine to a region of the spinning stations. The transport unit has at least one pusher for transferring the feed material in the form of a transport-containerless bunch, to the feed stations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 16, 1995
    Assignee: W. Schlafhorst AG & Co.
    Inventor: Paul Landmesser
  • Patent number: 5390484
    Abstract: A method for automatic silver can exchange operations includes the transport of full sliver cans on a sliver can transport carriage to and between the spinning stations of a textile spinning machine and is particularly suitable for the exchange of sliver cans at spinning stations of the type having a back row position for supporting a sliver can and a front row position for supporting another sliver can. In a situation in which sliver is still being drawn from the frontmost sliver can while the backmost sliver can is empty, the method includes the step of initially transferring the running sliver can to the transport carriage, positioning a can support on the transport carriage for receipt of the empty backmost sliver can, and transfer of the empty backmost sliver can. Thereafter, the method includes the step of indexing movement of a full sliver can on the transport carriage to position the can for subsequent transfer to the back row position of the spinning station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 1992
    Date of Patent: February 21, 1995
    Assignee: W. Schlafhorst AG & Co.
    Inventor: Hans-Werner Schwalm
  • Patent number: 5386684
    Abstract: A coordinating apparatus for insuring the proper positioning of the traveling service unit with a respective work station of a textile machine so that data such as, for example, information concerning the servicing requirements of the respective work station and operating instructions, can be communicated between the service unit and the work station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 1992
    Date of Patent: February 7, 1995
    Assignee: W. Schlafhorst & Co.
    Inventors: Karsten Simon, Norbert Coenen
  • Patent number: 5359844
    Abstract: An apparatus for transporting full sliver cans to the spinning stations of a textile spinning machine for can exchange operations thereat during which empty sliver cans are exchanged for full sliver cans. The apparatus includes a can transport carriage having three can supports at equal angular spacings from one another relative to a vertical axis and a device for indexing movement of the three can supports to sequentially position each can support at a can transfer location at which a can is transferred between the can transport carriage and the textile spinning machine. Each can support is sequentially indexed to a standby location from the can transfer location and, thereafter, to a ready location from which the can support is indexed into the can transfer location. The can transfer and ready locations are arranged such that two sliver cans supported at these locations are substantially aligned in the direction of travel of the can transport carriage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 1992
    Date of Patent: November 1, 1994
    Assignee: W. Schlafhorst AG & Co.
    Inventor: Hans-Werner Schwalm
  • Patent number: 5337550
    Abstract: A method of stopping a spool which is driven by a continuously rotating spool roller on an open-end spinning machine. The spool is lifted off the spool roller and a braking roller is placed on the peripheral surface of the spool, after which the braking roller is braked to a stop. In this case, the roller is driven substantially at the peripheral speed of the spool roller before being placed on the spool. In order to perform the method, the braking roller has associated with it a braking device which is connected for control purposes to a spool-changing device. The braking device is constructed as a direct-current machine with a resetter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 1992
    Date of Patent: August 16, 1994
    Assignee: Rieter Ingolstadt Spinnereimaschinenbau AG
    Inventors: Walter Mayer, Sebastian Brandl, Josef Neumeyer
  • Patent number: 5279105
    Abstract: A chip collecting system for a bobbin replacing apparatus wherein roving chips and fleece are temporarily accommodated in a chip collecting chamber of the bobbin replacing apparatus through a suction pipe. Upon arrival of the bobbin replacing apparatus to a position that opposes a chip removing system, a communicating member is connected to the chip removing system to communicate the chamber to the outside, whereupon the roving chips in the chamber are removed by the chip removing system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 1993
    Date of Patent: January 18, 1994
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toyoda Jidoshokki Seisakusho
    Inventors: Isao Asai, Toshinori Hasegawa
  • Patent number: 5272864
    Abstract: A yarn exchange and doffing device in a two-for-one twister without lowering of efficiency is proposed. A yarn breakage spindle passing mechanism is provided on the device body which travels along spindles of a two-for-one twister and the mechanism stores a yarn breakage spindle judged to be unnecessary for stoppage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 1992
    Date of Patent: December 28, 1993
    Assignee: Murata Kikai Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Tadashi Suzuki
  • Patent number: 5272865
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for carrying out a roving bobbin exchange operation when applied to a conventional ring spinning frame. The roving bobbin exchange operation is simultaneously carried out on a plurality of successive pairs of a front bobbin hanger and a back bobbin hanger of the creel portion of the spinning frame by intermittently displacing the operation unit along the spinning frame and by utilizing a plurality of pairs of a first sub-peg unit having a front peg and a back peg, and a second sub-peg unit having a front peg and a back peg unit, whereby a roving bobbin mounted on the front peg of the first sub-peg unit can be transferred to the back peg of the second sub-peg unit, and vice versa, during the exchange operation, and thus the unit roving bobbin exchange operation can be carried out in a very limited space defined by twice a pitch between two adjacent pairs of a front bobbin hanger and a back bobbin hanger facing the first bobbin hanger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 1991
    Date of Patent: December 28, 1993
    Assignee: Howa Machinery, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kenji Sasaki, Kazuo Yamada, Hiroshi Sugimoto
  • Patent number: 5237807
    Abstract: A spinning machine including a yarn treating carrier provided with a yarn piecing mechanism and a yarn package doffing mechanism therein, moving along a rail provided on a frame of a spinning machine so as at least to stop at predetermined spindle for carrying out a yarn piecing operation and a yarn package doffing operation, and a detecting unit for detecting a position of the yarn treating carrier at each spindle portion, the yarn treating carrier controlled so as to perform at least one of a moving operation, a decelerating operation, and a stopping operation in response to a yarn treatment signal and a detection signal of a position of the yarn treating carrier, each of which being output from each of the spindles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 1992
    Date of Patent: August 24, 1993
    Assignee: Toray Engineering Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takashi Iwade, Hiroyuki Matsumura, Hiroshi Arai
  • Patent number: 5184453
    Abstract: An automatic doffing method for a double twister and a double twister movable along each unit of the double twister which is provided with a yarn supply package changing mechanism for replacing an empty feed package supported on a spindle of each unit with a feed package. A pick finding mechanism for drawing a yarn end from the feed package, a threading mechanism for inserting a yarn end into an axial hole of the feed package by way of an air flow, a doffing mechanism for removing a full winding package supported on the cradle arm of each unit and supplying a take-up tube to the cradle arm, and a yarn hanging mechanism for hanging a yarn end of the feed package on an empty take-up tube when the cradle arm supports the take-up tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 1992
    Date of Patent: February 9, 1993
    Assignee: Murata Kikai Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hiroshi Mima, Tadashi Suzuki
  • Patent number: 5113645
    Abstract: A bobbin exchange apparatus for exchanging full bobbins for empty bobbins on a spinning machine. A bobbin exchange apparatus is mounted in a traveling service unit and includes a component for temporarily supporting a bobbin, a component for transferring a bobbin between and among the creel and the spare bobbin frame of the textile machine and the traveling service unit, and a component for displacing the end of the roving of a full bobbin temporarily supported on the temporary supporting device to an extending disposition ready for engagement for feeding to the drafting device of the textile machine. A suction applying device for applying the suction to engage the roving end is pivotally mounted to the temporary supporting component for pivoting about an axis parallel and offset from the axis of the temporarily supported full roving bobbin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 1990
    Date of Patent: May 19, 1992
    Assignee: Zinser Textilmaschinen GmbH
    Inventors: Manfred Hauers, Dieter Vits
  • Patent number: 5092116
    Abstract: Apparatus for transferring empty and full bobbins to and from a plurality of juxtaposed spinning machines makes use of peg trays each having a peg engageable with a bobbin. The apparatus includes stationary bobbin transfer devices arranged on both sides of each spinning machine, and full bobbin and empty bobbin transfer conveyers both supported by a ceiling to intersect with the longitudinal direction of each spinning machine, above end portion of the stationary bobbin transfer devices thereof. The apparatus further includes a movable bobbin transfer device with an endless belt and linear guide members cooperating with the belt for resiliently engaging with each peg tray. The movable bobbin transfer device is arranged so as to be movable along the conveyers to receive empty bobbins from the empty bobbin transfer conveyer and deliver full bobbins to the full bobbins transfer conveyers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 1990
    Date of Patent: March 3, 1992
    Assignee: Nisshinbo Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Yoshio Kawasaki, Tatsutake Horibe
  • Patent number: 5058504
    Abstract: An apparatus for controlling the lateral disposition of a guide roller of a traveling service unit on a textile machine is provided. The apparatus includes a first support wheel rotatably mounted on the traveling service unit and an adjustable wheel assembly. The adjustable wheel assembly includes a second support wheel laterally spaced from the first support wheel, a device for rotatably mounting the second wheel to the traveling service unit and a device for selectively adjusting the vertical displacement of the second wheel relative to the traveling service unit to maintain the guide roller at a predetermined disposition relative to a guide surface of the textile machine. The device for selectively adjusting the vertical displacement of the second wheel includes, in one aspect of the invention, a cylinder and piston assembly and, in another aspect of the invention, a pair of bell cranks interconnected to one another by a cylinder and piston assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 1990
    Date of Patent: October 22, 1991
    Assignee: Zinser Textilmaschinen GmbH
    Inventors: Uwe Lenkeit, Hans-Peter Weeger
  • Patent number: 5048282
    Abstract: A drawing machine having a drawing zone (8) for drawing slivers (2), and a plurality of flyers (14) for winding the slivers on to bobbins (16), is made compact by arranging the flyers substantially longitudinally of the paths of the slivers through the drawing zone, e.g. in echelon formation with respect to the sliver paths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 1989
    Date of Patent: September 17, 1991
    Assignee: James Mackie & Sons Limited
    Inventors: Robert J. Hunt, Kenneth F. Crockard
  • Patent number: 4996926
    Abstract: A guiding device for a traveling service unit for a spinning machine having guide rollers supporting the service unit on the floor and related to a rail engaging member to maintain the service unit at a predetermined spacing from a guide running along the machine. In one form of the invention, the guide rollers are pivotally mounted and are pivoted by a connecting rod of the rail engaging member to direct the guide rollers toward or away from the rail upon any deviation of the travel of the service unit so that the service unit will be guided at a proper spacing from the rail and, therefore, from the components of the spinning machine. The control rod can be maintained in proper relation to the rail by followers on the rod straddling the rail or by a spring mounted on the servicing unit and biasing a follower roller on the rod against the rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 1989
    Date of Patent: March 5, 1991
    Assignee: Zinser Textilmaschinen GmbH
    Inventors: Hans-Peter Weeger, Herbert Grassle
  • Patent number: 4979360
    Abstract: A transport and handling system for multi-position textile machines, in particular twisting machines, comprising a first track system, the path of which extends along the longitudinal sides of the machines, and which accommodates at least one automated handling device to perform servicing operations, and further comprising a second track systems, the path of which extends likewise along the longitudinal sides of the machines, and along which transport devices travel, which are adapted to be combined to trains and to receive working materials and/or working means. The paths of the two track systems extend parallel to each other over at least a portion such that the automated handling device is adapted to both engage with the transport devices and move past same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 1990
    Date of Patent: December 25, 1990
    Assignee: Palitex Project Company GmbH
    Inventors: Jurgen Kallmann, Heinz Fink
  • Patent number: 4928476
    Abstract: A two-for-one twisting machine comprising a plurality of two-for-one twisting units arranged in rows, the two-for-one twisting units each consisting of a twisting machine and a take-up device, wherein there is provided a travelling member adapted to travel in front of such plural two-for-one twisting units, the travelling member being provided with a feed package changing means and a take-up package changing means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 1988
    Date of Patent: May 29, 1990
    Assignee: Murata Kikai Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hiroo Otoshima, Hiroshi Tsuji, Shigeki Mori, Yoshihiro Nishimura
  • Patent number: 4890450
    Abstract: A spinning machine with unit to service spinning and winding stations, which is capable of travelling alongside the spinning machine and contains control and drive elements in a housing. The housing is enclosed by covers and is equipped with an anti-collision device taking effect in a direction opposite to the direction of travel. The anti-collision device of each direction of travel comprises two elements, of which the first element is attached to the lateral cover of the housing so as to be capable of pivoting. The first element is made to act as an actuating mechanism of the second element which acts upon the control elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 1988
    Date of Patent: January 2, 1990
    Assignee: Schubert & Salzer Maschinenfabrik Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Rupert Karl, Rudolf Becker
  • Patent number: 4888946
    Abstract: The apparatus comprises a first conveyor belt extending along the perimetrical sides of a removing frame with which a second conveyor belt, a removing carriage and an operating board cooperate, the second conveyor belt being mounted on a horizontal upwardly and downwardly displaceable frame and being able to supply empty tubes to the operating board and the formed bobbins taken up from the board to the first conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 1988
    Date of Patent: December 26, 1989
    Inventor: Pietro B. Marzioli
  • Patent number: 4865260
    Abstract: Equipment and process to supply winding tubes to individual reeling stations of a textile machine, and to carry out the subsequent insertion of a new winding tube between the bobbin holder arms of a collection station. The equipment comprises an accumulator device to position a number of reserve winding tubes in a spaced and aligned condition enabling transfer of an individual winding device axially to a collecting user device; a belt or cable transfer device for transferring the winding tube in axial position, to a winding station upon request by the winding station, or on a time preceding request; and a device for intercepting, collecting and inserting a new winding tube between the bobbin holder arms of the winding station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 1987
    Date of Patent: September 12, 1989
    Assignee: Savio S.p.A.
    Inventors: Luigi Colli, Roberto Badiali, Giosue Franci
  • Patent number: 4846414
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for automatically removing and collecting in an orderly manner fully-spun cops from a plurality of textile ring spinning machines of the type having longitudinal conveyors for transporting doffed cops to one machine end for collection. The present invention provides a respective transport apparatus in end-facing relation to each spinning machine for automatically bringing magazines to the machine for filling with doffed cops. A cart travels transversely intermediate the machines and their associated magazine transport apparatus to receive doffed cops from the machine conveyors and transfer them automatically into magazines provided on the associated magazine transport apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 1987
    Date of Patent: July 11, 1989
    Assignee: Zinser Textilmaschinen GmbH
    Inventors: Joachim Rohner, deceased, Manfred Langen, Gregor Gebald
  • Patent number: 4843810
    Abstract: In a traveling service unit of the type utilized in conjunction with a textile spinning mill machine, the transverse and longitudinal inclination of the service unit with respect to the machine is monitored and adjusted with respect to a fixed horizontal reference plane by at least two electronic levels or like inclination detectors each operatively connected through an associated controller with a vertically-adjustable roller wheel supporting assembly of the service unit for controlling the elevation of the service unit at each supporting assembly to compensate for detected inclination deviations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 1987
    Date of Patent: July 4, 1989
    Assignee: Zinser Textilmaschinen GmbH
    Inventors: Otto Kabilka, Otto Weich, Herbert Grassle, Hans-Peter Weeger
  • Patent number: 4841720
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for exchanging exhausted roving bobbins for full packaged roving bobbins applied to a conventional ring spinning frame provided with at least one roving supply rail arranged at a position in front of the spinning frame, at each side thereof, wherein a unit operation for exchanging exhausted roving bobbins suspended by front and back bobbin hangers, facing each other on a creel, for full packaged roving bobbins previously carried to the predetermined supply positions thereof on this supply rail, is carried out stepwisely from one side to the other side of the spinning frame along the creel, with regard to each pair of front and back bobbin hangers on the creel to which such a unit operation is to be applied, by utilizing only two pegs for temporarily supporting roving bobbins capable of changing the axial distance thereof between an axial distance (b) between the front and back bobbin hangers, facing each other on the creel, and an axial distance (a) between two adjacent bobbin hangers o
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 1988
    Date of Patent: June 27, 1989
    Assignee: Howa Machinery Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshio Kawasaki, Tatutake Horibe, Kenji Sasaki, Kazuo Yamada
  • Patent number: 4840022
    Abstract: In order to service work stations of either spinning or doubling machines of the type having several service units travelling alongside their work stations, whenever an inspection of a given service unit becomes necessary, the given service unit to be inspected is brought from an operative condition into an inspection position. Such position is crosswise to the usual operative direction of travel of the service unit, and its side to be inspected (and which is otherwise turned towards the machine) is preferably thereby rendered accessible. Also, its normal work path is opened to use by another service unit. Such other service unit then travels into the opened work path and takes over the task of servicing the work station or stations in the assigned operative work area of the given service unit being inspected until same is brought back from its inspection position into its work path upon completion of the inspection, and again assumes the task of servicing work stations of its assigned work area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 1987
    Date of Patent: June 20, 1989
    Assignee: Schubert & Salzer Maschinenfabrik
    Inventors: Rupert Karl, Rudolf Becker
  • Patent number: 4833874
    Abstract: In the case of a process and an apparatus for the automatic exchange of yarn packages and spool cores at a spinning unit of a machine having a plurality of spinning units which each spin two prestrengthened yarns and wind them as a double yarn onto a spool core, it is provided that the winding-up is interrupted for the exchange of the yarn packages and spool cores, the full package is replaced by a spool core having a starter winding with a starter yarn, and in that the double yarn coming from the devices for the spinning and the starter yarn are placed in a splicing arrangement and are spliced together with one another, after which the winding-up is restarted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 1988
    Date of Patent: May 30, 1989
    Assignees: Fritz Stahlecker, Hans Stahlecker
    Inventors: Fritz Stahlecker, Dieter Lauschke
  • Patent number: 4827709
    Abstract: In the process and apparatus for loading a ring spinning machine with roving-supply bobbins at least two bobbins rows extending longitudinally on each side of the spinning machine supply roving to the work stations and a auxiliary bobbin row which can travel in with full bobbons and out with empty bobbins are provided. According to our invention an exchange process is provided comprising replacing the roving of the bobbins in one of the bobbins rows supplying the roving which is being consumed by the roving of the auxiliary bobbin row which has been brought in with full bobbins. Thus the auxiliary bobbin row becomes one of the bobbin rows dispensing the roving while the bobbin row being replaced now becomes the auxiliary bobbin row with empty bobbins and is taken away. A new auxiliary bobbin row with full bobbins is then brought in. The exchange process is repeated for each of the bobbin rows as the roving is exhausted. A simple space saving apparatus for performing this process is described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 1987
    Date of Patent: May 9, 1989
    Assignee: Zinser Textilmaschinen GmbH
    Inventors: Leopold Schoeller, Gunter Schulz, Ernst Halder
  • Patent number: 4821504
    Abstract: A system for controlling the displacement motion of a carriage working machine which is capable of displacing along a track arranged along ends of spinning machines installed in parallel as a group, wherein an automatic apparatus for carrying out a certain part of the process by these spinning machines is rigidly or detachably mounted on a carriage. In this system, when a spinning machine outputs a forecast signal to call the working machine, the forecast signal is registered in a registration table. After the working machine has arrived at a position on the track adjacent to the particular spinning machine, and it is confirmed that the particular spinning machine can accept the operation of the automatic apparatus of the working machine, then the automatic apparatus starts to carry out its operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 1988
    Date of Patent: April 18, 1989
    Assignee: Howa Machinery, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kunio Shinkai, Yutaka Tanaka, Hachiro Yokoyama
  • Patent number: 4817373
    Abstract: The apparatus is intended for automatically supplying continuous spinning machines (ring) with reeled material, in which the reels must be supported at a position above the work groups and hung downwards, and comprises in combination: in correspondence of the work groups, transfer and overturn units to move the reels-supporting mandrels upwards in order to receive the reels and downwards to arrange the reels mounted thereon in a supply attitude; a transfer or conveyor system for periodically bringing a transfer or conveyor carriage into positions corresponding to those of the mandrels for the replacement of the reels; and means for transferring the reels from the carriage to the upwardly turned mandrels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 1987
    Date of Patent: April 4, 1989
    Assignee: Gualchierani System s.a.s. di Sergio Gualchierani & C.
    Inventor: Sergio Gualchierani
  • Patent number: 4805352
    Abstract: An apparatus for automatic exchange of at least one full bobbin with at least one empty bobbin in a flyer, i.e. a flyer doffer, comprises a transport device reaching the flyer acting to transport the full bobbins and the empty bobbins, a doffing region and a mounting region which reach the spindles of the flyer for groupwise exchange of the full bobbins with the empty bobbins on the spindles and a lifting region reaching the transport device for groupwise exchange of the full with empty roving bobbins on the transport device. The doffing region and the mounting region on one hand and the lifting region on the other hand are spatially separate from each other. An exchanging region extending to the doffing, mounting and lifting regions is provided. Advantageously the doffing region and the mounting region are combined in a single doffing and mounting region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 1987
    Date of Patent: February 21, 1989
    Assignee: Zinser Textilmaschinen GmbH
    Inventors: Herbert Grassle, Manfred Hauers, Dieter Vits, Hans-Peter Weeger
  • Patent number: 4799353
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for piecing rovings introduced from almost exhausted roving bobbins suspended by two rows of bobbin hangers mounted on a creel of a conventional ring spinning frame provided with a roving bobbin supply rail disposed in front of the creel, with rovings introduced from full packaged roving bobbins previously carried to the respective supply positions of the supply rail, said for exchanging the almost exhausted roving bobbins for the full packaged roving bobbins. A piecing rovings operation is carried out for each pair of almost exhausted roving bobbins suspended by a front row bobbin hanger and a back row bobbin hanger of the creel, facing each other, together with two corresponding adjacent full packaged roving bobbins of the supply rail, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 1987
    Date of Patent: January 24, 1989
    Assignee: Howa Machinery, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshio Kawasaki, Tatutake Horibe, Kenji Sasaki, Kazuo Yamada
  • Patent number: 4775271
    Abstract: A robot device for loading empty spools (b) and the unloading of filled spools (b') into and from wire winding machines arranged in a single file on one side of a path (4). The longitudinal axis of the path (4) is substantially parallel to the winding axes of the wire winding machines. The robot device comprises a transport carriage (2) movable along the path (4) and carrying a vertical supporting structure (1) on which is cantilevered a turret-like gripping frame (41-55) having an axis of rotation (10) which is horizontal and parallel to the path (4) and carries at least one pair of diametrically opposite self-centering clamps (P, P'), each clamp being adapted to grip a spool (B, B') the axis of which is parallel to the rotational axis (10) of the gripping frame (41-55), by clamping the end flanges of the spool (B, B').
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 1986
    Date of Patent: October 4, 1988
    Assignee: S.A.M.P. S.p.A. Meccanica di Precisione
    Inventor: Angelo Maccaferri
  • Patent number: 4771597
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for automatically actuating roving bobbin exchange operations in a textile yarn spinning apparatus. The spinning stations are divided into equal groups and a roving bobbin exchange operation is actuated at each group by a suitable control system, e.g. a microprocessor, as a function of the number of spinning stations of the group identified as down with uncorrectable yarn breaks and as a further function of the total elapsed operating time of the group since the last bobbin exchange operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 1987
    Date of Patent: September 20, 1988
    Assignee: Zinser Textilmaschinen GmbH
    Inventors: Wolfgang Igel, Werner Meissner, Herbert Koenig, Ulrich Hungerbuehler