Alternately Idled Guides Patents (Class 66/127)
  • Patent number: 9551096
    Abstract: It is an objective of the present invention to provide a method for knitting a novel knitted fabric in which a stitch direction on an instep side is orthogonal to a stitch direction on a sole side using a flat knitting machine. In a sole section (4), a pickup stitch (8) in which a cover section (3) continues to a left side and a right side of the sole section (4) is formed while moving a stitch row of a BB, which becomes a part of a toe section (2), toward one side (right) in a knitting width direction. In the cover section (3), a three-dimensional cover section (3) is formed by carrying out a narrowing knitting while forming a new stitch following a stitch row of an FB of the toe section (2), a stitch row of an BB of the toe section (2) in which the pickup stitch (8) is formed on a left side (12) and a right side (13) of the sole section (4) while being moved toward the right, and a stitch row of the pickup stitch (8).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: Shima Seiki Mfg., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazumi Nishino, Takashi Kino
  • Publication number: 20150013394
    Abstract: A knitting machine with multiple feeders may be utilized to knit a knitted component. Feeders may be used to knit the knitted component and a combination feeder may also inlay an inlaid strand within the knitted component. As an example, a combination feeder may include a feeder arm that reciprocates between a retracted position and an extended position. In manufacturing the knitted component, a feeder inlays the strand when the feeder arm is in the extended position, and the strand is absent from the knitted component when the feeder arm is in the retracted position. A dispensing tip disposed at the end of the feeder arm supplies the strand for inlaying in a location disposed below the intersection of the planes of the needle beds and for one or more of knitting, tucking, and floating in a location disposed above the intersection of the planes of the needle beds.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventor: Bruce Huffa
  • Publication number: 20150013395
    Abstract: A combination feeder may be utilized to inlay a strand within a knitted component. As an example, the combination feeder may include a feeder arm that reciprocates between a retracted position and an extended position. In manufacturing the knitted component, the feeder inlays the strand when the feeder arm is in the extended position, and the strand is absent from the knitted component when the feeder arm is in the retracted position. A dispensing tip disposed at the end of the feeder arm supplies the strand for inlaying in a location disposed below the intersection of the planes of the needle beds and for one or more of knitting, tucking, and floating in a location disposed above the intersection of the planes of the needle beds.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventor: Bruce Huffa
  • Publication number: 20140238083
    Abstract: A feeder for a knitting machine includes a feeder arm with a dispensing area configured to feed a strand toward a knitting bed of the knitting machine. Moreover, the feeder includes an actuation arm that is operably coupled to the feeder arm. The actuation arm includes an abutment surface that is configured to abut against a drive bolt of the knitting machine to selectively move the feeder arm relative to the knitting bed. The abutment surface is rounded and convex.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: Nike, Inc.
    Inventor: Nike, Inc.
  • Publication number: 20140238082
    Abstract: A feeder for a knitting machine includes a feeder arm with a dispensing area configured to feed a strand toward a knitting bed of the knitting machine. The feeder also includes a pushing member that is operably supported by the feeder arm. The pushing member is configured to push a portion of the knit component to provide clearance for the strand to be incorporated in a knit component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: Nike, Inc.
    Inventor: Nike, Inc.
  • Patent number: 8522577
    Abstract: A knitted component may incorporate an inlaid strand. A combination feeder may be utilized to inlay the strand within the knitted component. As an example, the combination feeder may include a feeder arm that reciprocates between a retracted position and an extended position. In manufacturing the knitted component, the feeder inlays the strand when the feeder arm is in the extended position, and the strand is absent from the knitted component when the feeder arm is in the retracted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Bruce Huffa
  • Publication number: 20090044573
    Abstract: The invention concerns flat weft-knitting field in the textile industry, particularly relates to a new method that can adopt the flat weft knitting machine to continuously weave the knitwear whose that appearance can be seen structure texture pattern of X-yarn by a semi-turn (or semi-twist), Y-yarn by the semi-turn and the special-purpose yarn guiding mouth thereof. There is two or three parallel positioned yarn guiding holes provided in a yarn guiding mouth. X-yarn and Y-yarn can be independently fed through two guiding holes being parallel placement; Alternatively, X-yarn, Y-yarn and C-yarn can be independently fed through the three guiding holes being parallel placement; Or, Z-yarn can be fed through outside of the two or three guiding holes being parallel placement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2006
    Publication date: February 19, 2009
    Inventor: Guobin Xu
  • Patent number: 7474936
    Abstract: A carriage allows accompaniment of a movable yarn guide as well as a yarn carrier, and accompanies the movable yarn guide with the yarn carrier. If there is a course where the accompaniment of the movable yarn guide is not possible, the movable yarn guide is accompanied beforehand to a position in a preceding course where the accompaniment becomes possible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2009
    Assignee: Shima Seiki Manufacturing, Ltd.
    Inventors: Morita Toshiaki, Kaito Hideya, Komura Yoshiyuki
  • Publication number: 20080302137
    Abstract: A yarn feeder comprises a switching mechanism which presets a swing direction of the yarn feeding port after completion of a yarn feeding operation, and, after having completed yarn feeding operation, changes over the swing of the yarn feeding port from one yarn feeding position to another standby position interlocking with the released selective operation of the entraining means, in which the switching mechanism includes a feeder rod having a yarn feeding port at its lower end, which is composed of at least two members, both of the members being arranged to relatively slide each other in a vertical direction and provided with a push-up member to force upward respectively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2005
    Publication date: December 11, 2008
    Inventor: Masaki Miyamoto
  • Patent number: 7353668
    Abstract: [PROBLEMS] To provide a yarn feeder in the yarn feeding device of a weft knitting machine in which a fabric having uniform stitches can be produced with high productivity without increasing the size of the yarn feeder. [MEANS FOR SOLVING PROBLEMS] In a switching mechanism arranged to switch a yarn feeder from feeding position to standby position while interlocking with selection release operation of a hauling means after feeding the yarn by setting the oscillating direction to the standby position of the yarn feeder after feeding the yarn, a neutral position holding means operated to be interlocked with the hauling means to hold the neutral position of the yarn feeder in a vertical altitude raised above the yarn feeding position is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2008
    Assignee: Shima Seiki Mfg. Ltd.
    Inventor: Kenji Ikoma
  • Patent number: 7272959
    Abstract: In order to switching yarns used for knitting by switching a plurality of yarn feeders, a knitting member switching apparatus is provided. The knitting member switching apparatus includes a plurality of holders provided on a side of a carriage, a stopping device provided on an end portion such as a left side end on a needle bed. The stopping device includes a plurality of stopping stands and switching mechanisms in correspondence with the holders, and is further provided with a control device for letting the carriages travel and for selecting knitting needles based on knitting data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2007
    Assignee: Shima Seiki Manufacturing Limited
    Inventors: Toshiaki Morita, Takuya Miyai, Norio Kotaka
  • Patent number: 7269976
    Abstract: A yarn feeder can be stopped at a stopping mechanism and attached to and detached from a holder. The holder is fitted to a front end of a holding arm. The carriage-side holding arm is held by a moving member holding mechanism. The moving member holding mechanism includes a bringing state switching mechanism to switch the bringing state of the moving member by the carriage. The bringing state switching mechanism acts on a coupling portion on the carriage side, and can shift the bringing position of the moving member holding mechanism relative to the carriage and perform the switching to a position where the moving member holding mechanism is not brought. A rail is provided such that the yarn feeder's position does not change even when the moving member holding mechanism is separated from the carriage. The rail is installed to be parallel with a needle bed's longitudinal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2007
    Assignee: Shima Seiki Manufacturing Limited
    Inventors: Takuya Miyai, Norio Kotaka
  • Patent number: 7096694
    Abstract: A yarn feeder includes a switching mechanism for switching the position of a yarn feeding port, the switching mechanism further including a push-in operation member switchingly operating the height position of the yarn feeding port in association with entraining means, and the push-in operation member includes a pressing operation panel setting a yarn feeding position where the yarn feeding port mostly nears the knitting needle and an intermediate position where the yarn feeding port is positioned above the yarn feeding position and nearest the movable knitting member, so that a withdrawal position where the yarn feeding port is not operated by the push-in operation member, the intermediate position, and the yarn feeding position are formed in that order from the top, and the lift of the yarn feeding port is drivingly connected with the forward and backward movements of the movable knitting member so that the movable knitting member is retracted to open the mouth, the yarn feeding port lowers to the yarn feed
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2006
    Assignee: Shima Seiki Mfg., Ltd.
    Inventor: Toshinori Nakamori
  • Patent number: 6988385
    Abstract: A switching mechanism is provided for switching the position of a yarn feeding mouth to another and swinging a yarn feeder. The switching mechanism includes a push operating portion for changing a swing direction of the yarn feeding mouth and a height position thereof in cooperation with a leading means until a yarn feeder selected by the leading means feeds a yarn and is led from a stopped state. The push operating portion forms a lowering surface in a surface of the push operating portion. The lowering surface is used to further lower the yarn feeding mouth from a yarn feeding position so as to allow the yarn to pass under a backface side of the needle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2006
    Assignee: Shima Seiki Mfg., Ltd.
    Inventor: Masaki Miyamoto
  • Publication number: 20040093911
    Abstract: A yarn carrier 1 is capable of being engaged with a pin 4 protruding from a carriage 3 at two engagement points 8, 9 separated by a delay amount &Dgr;L with respect to a center 1a, respectively. Assuming that the carriage 3 approaches from the right with the pin 4 protruding in order to select and haul the yarn carrier 1 stationary on a yarn guide rail 2, the tip of the pin 4 is guided on a guide portion 11b of an oscillating piece 11, and a tip portion 11c prevents engagement with the engagement point 9 by making oscillation displacement about a shaft 11a. The pin 4 is guided to the engagement point 8 by guide portions 13a, 12a of oscillating plates 13, 12, and abuts on a tip portion 10c of an oscillating piece 10, which is engaged with the front side of the pin 4. The oscillating plate 12 also departs from the pin 4, and a tip portion 12c ascends to be engaged with the rear side of the pin 4.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2003
    Publication date: May 20, 2004
    Inventor: Toshiaki Morita
  • Patent number: 5640858
    Abstract: A flat bed knitting machine includes a pair of needle beds arranged in a hape and at least one cam carriage arranged for movement relative to the needle beds. A thread readying device is movable independent of the cam carriage on a rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 24, 1997
    Assignee: Universal Maschinenfabrik Dr. Rudolf Schieber GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Martin Komenda, Reinhold Schimko
  • Patent number: 5369966
    Abstract: In order to process yarn preliminarily, and to change over yarn precisely at a desired knitting position, the yarn fed to a flat knitting machine is processed by a yarn processing device. To change over the yarn at a changeover position of knitted fabric, it is necessary to actuate the yarn processing device preliminarily at an actuating position C. A controller calculates the actuating position from a set value in a setting circuit and pattern information from a memory. When an encoder detects that a position of feeding the yarn to a knitting needle has reached the actuating position, the yarn processing device is actuated. The length of the yarn from a yarn processing position to the actuating position is nearly equal to the sum of a knitting loop length from the actuating position to the changeover position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 1993
    Date of Patent: December 6, 1994
    Assignee: Shima Seiki Manufacturing Limited
    Inventors: Toshiaki Morita, Hirokazu Nishitani
  • Patent number: 5144817
    Abstract: A yarn feed assembly for circular knitting machines for presenting one or more yarns chosen from a plurality of available yarns into the needle path under the control of a microprocessor. An arcuately movable sector-shaped yarn guide includes a plurality of openings therein for positioning a plurality of yarns in spaced parallel position with each other. A toggle clamp for each yarn located downstream from the yarn guide keeps the yarns taut in their normal stored position. To select a yarn for feeding to the feed station, a transfer arm selects the yarn positioned in a pickup position by the yarn guide. As the transfer arm begins to move, the corresponding toggle clamp releases, and the yarn is then fed onto its yarn feed location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 1991
    Date of Patent: September 8, 1992
    Assignee: Draper Corporation
    Inventor: E. C. Tibbals, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5056338
    Abstract: A flat bed knitting machine having a pair of yarn support racks on opposite sides of the knitting section of its needle bed, each support rack having a plurality of holders each adapted to detachably hold one of a plurality of yarns. Each yarn has a pair of associated holders with one holder being positioned in each support rack. The holders are individually actuatable between transfer and withdrawn positions. A controller is provided to actuate the holders and move the carriage back and forth in response to stored information in order to preset the yarns into predetermined initial positions that are desired to commence knitting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 1990
    Date of Patent: October 15, 1991
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Naohito Asai
  • Patent number: 5022239
    Abstract: A flat bed knitting machine with at least one carriage mounted to a needle bed. A yarn changing device is capable of picking yarn guide collars from collar support racks located at both ends of the needle bed. Each collar rack is designed to hold a plurality of yarn guide collars. The yarn changing device includes a collar support mechanism carried by the carriage for detachably holding a selected one of the collars. The collar support mechanism has three working positions including an operational position and two transfer positions. Each transfer position allows the transfer of the selected collar between the collar support mechanism and one of the support racks. A mechanism is also provided to change the position of the collar support in response to movements of the carriage relative to the needle bed. In a preferred embodiment, the position changing mechanism changes the position of the collar support mechanism in response to movements of the carriage relative to the needle bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 1990
    Date of Patent: June 11, 1991
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hiroshi Kitazawa
  • Patent number: 4909048
    Abstract: In a method for the production of intarsia knitted pieces on a flat-bed knitting machine, at least some of the yarn guides associated with each one of the intarsia areas and the respective needle bed are moved in a direction relative to each other when one of the needle beds is traversed in both lift directions by a carriage provided with one or a plurality of cams in the border area between two areas of intarsia, and the yarn guides are being coupled with the movement of the carriage in each intarsia area. At the end of a movement segment which extends at most across a number of intarsia areas corresponding to the number of cams, the carriage is reversed in its lift direction and returned, together with the yarn guide last used as well as with the yarn guide to be used for the following intarsia area, to the intarsia area last produced, without making a needle selection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 1989
    Date of Patent: March 20, 1990
    Assignee: H. Stoll GmbH & Co.
    Inventors: Thomas Stoll, Ernst Goller, Herman Schmodde, Gunther Kazmaier, Albert Ostertag
  • Patent number: 4881382
    Abstract: The device is fitted to a flat knitting machine comprising a carriage moving in a horizontal plane above two needle beds and comprises a casing, fixed to the carriage and supporting a vertical rod, able to slide, to which two cores, lower and upper respectively, in a ferromagnetic material are fixed, while a spring acts on the rod with an upward force; a first coil acts on the lower core in such a way as to exert an upward force on the same lower core and a second coil acts on the upper core in such a way as to exert a downward force on the same upper core.A vertical anchor plate is fixed to the lower core and is able, depending on the position of the rod, to strike ledges of a slide mounted so that it couples with, and is able to slide along, a bar located above the needle beds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 1989
    Date of Patent: November 21, 1989
    Assignee: E.M.M. Emiliana Macchine Maglieria S.R.L.
    Inventor: Benito Stoppazzini
  • Patent number: 4873845
    Abstract: The device is fitted to a flat knitting machine that comprises a carriage moving in a horizontal plane above two needle beds and featuring anchor plates that are able to move in a vertical plane.The device comprises a series of slides coupled with a bar, located above the needle beds, and provided with thread guides, each slide featuring a track in which two facing ledges are formed that can be struck by one of the anchor plates, consequently causing the slide to be drawn along. Two rockers pivot upon the slide, each of the these comprising two arms first and second, which respectively work in conjunction with a related ledge and a related side of the slide.If the second arm is kept alongside the side, the anchor plate is prevented from striking against the ledge whilst when the same second arm is moved away from the side the anchor plate strikes against the ledge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 1989
    Date of Patent: October 17, 1989
    Assignee: E.M.M. Emiliana Macchine Maglieria S.r.l.
    Inventor: Benito Stoppazzini
  • Patent number: 4840046
    Abstract: In the procedure for ensuring a precisely positioned introduction of a substitute yarn in a knitting machine by means of a substitute yarn (15) which is attached by a knotter (13) to a running yarn (12), the machine is halted at the desired position for the change of yarn before or after formation of the connecting knot (16) and afterwards the length of yarn located between the knotter (13) and the yarn working position is drawn out past the connecting knot (16) and taken up to one side and the machine is only started up again when the yarn feeder (11) is feeding the substitute yarn.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 1988
    Date of Patent: June 20, 1989
    Assignee: H. Stoll GmbH & Co.
    Inventors: Ernst Goller, Fritz Walker
  • Patent number: 4738124
    Abstract: The yarn feeder slide proposed for intarsia knitting on a flat knitting machine and provided with a braking device has brake shoes (22,23) projecting sideways on pivoted levers (16,31) and which extend into a special longitudinal slot of the associated yarn feeder rail and can be jammed therein. Two control regions (19,38) for the braking device or for a moveable yarn feeder arm are provided and are spaced from one another in the direction of displacement of the yarn feeder slide (10) so that the yarn feeder driving member located on the cam carriage of the flat knitting machine can be selectively lowered into both control regions (19,38) of the yarn feeder slide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 1987
    Date of Patent: April 19, 1988
    Assignee: H. Stoll GmbH & Co.
    Inventors: Thomas Stoll, Franz Schmid, Gunther Kazmaier
  • Patent number: 4237706
    Abstract: A knitting machine includes a knitting carriage, guide bars for thread guides having plunging yarn hook/feeders and a thread guide control device. A control device is integral with the knitting carriage. The control device cooperates with at least one thread guide formed of a cam having faces defining at least three different plunging levels and actuating the plunging yarn hook/feeders located on its pathway, independently of the direction of motion of the knitting carriage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 1979
    Date of Patent: December 9, 1980
    Assignee: Edouard Dubied & Cie
    Inventor: Michel Patthey
  • Patent number: 4111007
    Abstract: A yarn changing device for use in a flat-bed knitting machine having a carriage. The yarn changing device provides a relatively simple but effective arrangement for repetitive, alternating selection of any one of three or more yarns for knitting operation upon such successive reciprocation of the machine carriage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 1977
    Date of Patent: September 5, 1978
    Assignee: Silver Seiko Ltd.
    Inventor: Nobuaki Yokoyama
  • Patent number: 4052865
    Abstract: In order to produce an inlay-type pattern on a flat-bed knitting machine, a plurality of thread guides carrying differently colored threads are mounted on respective slides which are movably supported, in pairs, on horizontal guide bars above a needle bed. Each slide coacts with a pair of adjustable stops limiting its reciprocation along the guide bar, another slide taking over the thread feed at the point where a previously active slide is arrested. In order to prevent the thread of the first slide from being engaged by the needles simultaneously with the thread of the second slide, the thread guide of the first slide is swung back from a leading to a trailing position upon reaching the end of its run in one or the other direction; this repositioning of the thread guide is accomplished by a pair of feelers contacting the associated stops.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 1976
    Date of Patent: October 11, 1977
    Inventor: Gino Zamarco