Incorporated Unknitted Materials Patents (Class 66/190)
  • Patent number: 10501874
    Abstract: A knitted part flat-knitted from at least one knitting thread, said knitted part including a ground fabric portion having a plurality of ground fabric courses, and also at least one wave portion which extends across a plurality of wales, which include a plurality of wave portion courses and in which, in each case, a loop has been knitted in a first wale in a first wave portion course and every further wave portion course, whereas, in each case, in an adjacent second wale, a loop knitted in the first wave portion course extends across a plurality of wave portion courses, wherein at least one elastic weft thread runs through at least a portion of the ground fabric courses and the wave portion courses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: MEDI GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventor: Stefan Kostian
  • Patent number: 10494747
    Abstract: A circular-knitted part, with a base knitted material knitted with at least one base knitting yarn, the base material having several rows of stitches which are knitted together when seen in the longitudinal direction of the base knitted material and which extend circumferentially in spiral fashion, wherein, seen in the longitudinal direction of the base knitted material, an additional yarn, which forms stitches, is interknitted between two rows of stitches of the base knitted material, thus connecting the rows of stitches together, to form at lease on additional stitch, wherein the additional stitch is formed by at least one separate additional yarn.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: MEDI GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventor: Jan Atmanspacher
  • Patent number: 10398196
    Abstract: An article of footwear may include an upper incorporating a knitted component. The knitted component includes a knit element and an inlaid strand formed of unitary knit construction with the knit element. The inlaid strand extends through the knit element. A portion of the inlaid strand may extend into the heel region and may be external to the heel region. Pulling on the external portion may tension the inlaid strand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Inventors: Tetsuya T. Minami, Benjamin A. Shaffer
  • Patent number: 10316442
    Abstract: In order to manufacture a yarn in which filler materials are loaded into a tubular member, the method of manufacturing a yarn has a step of knitting a wire material to form the tubular member. In the step of knitting the wire material, knitting of the wire material is advanced by a plurality of knitting needles, which are placed substantially concentrically about a rotation axis, while revolvingly moving the knitting needles about the rotation axis. When a stitch is to be formed by the wire material, the wire material is prepared so that an arcuate loop portion, which defines a part of the external shape of the stitch, is expanded in a direction which, in a state where the tubular member is developed, is inclined with respect to a straight line that extends in the axial direction of the tubular member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: NIPPON PILLAR PACKING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ryoji Hamaguchi, Hiroyoshi Nakamitsu
  • Patent number: 10266973
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a composite material comprising a warp-knitted textile panel having wales corresponding to the warp direction and courses corresponding to the weft direction, and first and second opposite faces, said first face being covered with a layer of at least one polymer material. Advantageously, each of said wales includes first stitches formed on every other course with a first yarn, and second stitches formed on every other course with a second yarn, the first and second stitches being alternated on every other course and being in opposite directions. In addition, in the weft direction, the first yarn and the second yarn each form stitches on every other course in alternation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: CARPTENTIER & PREUX
    Inventor: Bruno Avio
  • Patent number: 10070679
    Abstract: An article of footwear including an upper incorporating a knitted component having color-shifting properties is provided. Color-shift properties can be generated by one or more lenticular knit structures disposed across the upper of the article of footwear. The lenticular knit structures are formed of unitary knit construction with the remaining portions of the knitted component. The lenticular knit structures have portions formed with different yarns. The different yarns on the portions of the lenticular knit structures generate a visual effect that changes the color of the article of footwear depending on the viewing angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Adrian Meir, Daniel A. Podhajny
  • Patent number: 9949525
    Abstract: An article of footwear including an upper incorporating a knitted component having color-shifting properties is provided. Color-shift properties can be generated by one or more lenticular knit structures disposed across the upper of the article of footwear. The lenticular knit structures are formed of unitary knit construction with the remaining portions of the knitted component. The lenticular knit structures have portions formed with different yarns. The different yarns on the portions of the lenticular knit structures generate a visual effect that changes the color of the article of footwear depending on the viewing angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Adrian Meir, Daniel A. Podhajny
  • Patent number: 9850600
    Abstract: This invention includes improved IP sensors that both have improved sensitivity, performance, and other properties and are multifunctional. The improved IP sensors have IP sensor conductors with waveforms having legs that are substantially parallel throughout the operating range of stretch. The multifunctional IP sensors include, in addition to IP sensors, accessory conductors, additional sensors, and other compatible modules. This inventions also includes embodiments of apparel incorporating the improved IP sensors. This apparel can range from band-like to shirt-like, and so forth, and include one or more IP sensors sensitive to expansions and contractions of underlying regions of a monitored subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: adidas AG
    Inventor: Yoav Gal
  • Patent number: 9771673
    Abstract: There is provided a method for knitting a shoe upper that can allow the reinforcement degree of the shoe upper to be changed with a small number of yarn feeders. A method for knitting a shoe upper (1) including an instep cover section (3) that covers a portion on an instep side of a wearer and a sole cover section (2) that covers a sole of the wearer is provided. The instep cover section (3) and the sole cover section (2) are three-dimensionally knitted in a seamless manner; and in the knitting process, at least one base section (10) configuring a part of the shoe upper (1) is knitted using a base knitting yarn containing a non-thermal adhesive yarn and a thermal adhesive yarn, and a reinforcement knitting yarn containing a thermal adhesive yarn is interwoven in the base section (10) to reinforce the base section (10). In this case, the number of knitting with the reinforcement knitting yarn with respect to the base section (10) is changed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Shima Seiki Mfg., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masamitsu Ikenaka, Kenta Terai
  • Patent number: 9689092
    Abstract: Articles of knit fabric having a surface side and a base side, and including a set of ground yarns and a layer of effect yarns, wherein the ground yarns and effect yarns are knit through intermesh points in a predetermined arrangement, wherein the effect yarns are alternately arranged with the ground yarns, and wherein the ground yarns contain at least one elastic fiber and optionally at least one hard fiber, and the effect yarns contain at least one hard fiber or at least one elastic fiber are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: INVISTA NORTH AMERICA S.A R.L.
    Inventors: Tianyi Liao, Fred C. Wynegar, Raymond S. P. Leung, Cheng-Yuan Chuang, Juan Cera
  • Patent number: 9689091
    Abstract: An article comprising a knit fabric having a surface side and a base side, and including a set of ground yarns and a layer of effect yarns, wherein the ground yarns and effect yarns are knit through intermesh points in a predetermined arrangement wherein the effect yarns are alternately arranged with the ground yarns and wherein the ground yarns comprise at least one elastic fiber and optionally at least one hard fiber, and the effect yarns comprise at least one hard fiber and optionally an elastic fiber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: INVISTA NORTH AMERICA S.A.R.L.
    Inventors: Tianyi Liao, Fred C. Wynegar, Raymond S. P. Leung, Cheng-Yuan Chuang, Juan Cera
  • Patent number: 9470352
    Abstract: The composite tube comprises a tubular arrangement of knitted fiber having plurality of interlocking loops. The knitted pattern allows for variable electrical, mechanical and geometrical options. A matrix material is applied over the knitted fiber pattern and is allowed to cure. The matrix material may be applied by a vacuum bag molding process. The flexible knitted reinforcing layer allows use of an inflatable bladder to hold the reinforcing layer in the desired shape, thereby facilitating tube constructions of varying shapes and diameters. Continuous application of the matrix material avoids overlapping seams that are prone to delamination. Identification and labeling of the composite tube may be achieved with distinguishing knitted patterns having different types and colors of knitted fibers within the knitted reinforcing layer. A clear or translucent matrix material enables viewing of the underlying knitted patterns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: Eaton Corporation
    Inventors: Nicholas Clancy Schooley, David Ethan Maretich, Jon Wallace Neal, Richard L. Statler, III, Clifton P. Breay
  • Patent number: 9464382
    Abstract: A rope has a braided sheath that includes a spiraling strand having a greater pitch in comparison with a pitch exhibited by other strands of a coverbraid that encloses that rope's strength member core. The rope is useful for forming pelagic trawl mesh, and is stronger for a given amount of material, has less drag, and exhibits the same or bettered lift when towed through water at trawl mesh angles of attack. The rope also is less costly to manufacture in comparison to known helix rope costructions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: Hampidjan hf
    Inventor: Sherif Adham Safwat
  • Patent number: 9404205
    Abstract: Various articles may include a knitted component formed of multiple knitted component portions. The knitted component is formed of unitary knit construction and includes multiple tubular rib structures and multiple webbed areas. An article of footwear may include an upper incorporating a knitted component. The upper may be assembled through a wrapping process. The upper may comprise areas with tubular rib structures arranged in different orientations over the forefoot region, the midfoot region, the vamp region, and the heel region of the article of footwear. Some regions of the upper may have a greater number of tubular rib structures than other regions, and some tubular rib structures can include tensile elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventor: Adrian Meir
  • Patent number: 9375046
    Abstract: Various articles may include a knitted component formed of multiple knitted component portions. The knitted component is formed of unitary knit construction and includes multiple tubular rib structures and multiple webbed areas. An article of footwear may include an upper incorporating a knitted component. The upper may be assembled through a wrapping process. The upper may comprise areas with tubular rib structures arranged in different orientations over the forefoot region, the midfoot region, the vamp region, and the heel region of the article of footwear. Some regions of the upper may have a greater number of tubular rib structures than other regions, and some tubular rib structures can include tensile elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventor: Adrian Meir
  • Patent number: 9301567
    Abstract: An article of footwear includes an upper incorporating a knitted component formed of unitary knit construction. The knitted component includes areas formed using monofilament strands. The monofilament areas may be bounded by multifilament areas. The multifilament areas may be configured to form a welt that includes a tensile element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventors: Stuart W. Dealey, David J. Roulo, Nadia M. Panian, Jeffrey C. Spanks, Roberto Zavala
  • Patent number: 9226540
    Abstract: A knitted component for an article of footwear having a vertically inlaid tensile element is described. The vertically inlaid tensile element extends along a direction that is vertical or at an angle to the direction of the knitting process of the knitted component. A method of knitting the knitted component includes placing a quantity of a tensile element into an auxiliary element of the knitted component and vertically inlaying a tensile element by using needles of a knitting machine to hold the tensile element by loops while the remaining portion of the knitted component is formed. As the knitted component is formed along a horizontal direction on the needles of the knitting machine, the tensile element spools out from within the auxiliary element to form the vertically inlaid tensile element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel A. Podhajny
  • Patent number: 9060570
    Abstract: An article of footwear and a variety of other products may incorporate a knitted component. An inlaid strand extends through the knitted component. 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: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce Huffa, Bhupesh Dua
  • Patent number: 9027961
    Abstract: An air belt having mesh webbing sufficiently strong and sufficiently expandable in the circumferential direction of a bag-shaped belt and an air belt apparatus including the air belt are provided. An air belt includes a folded member being a bag-shaped belt folded in a band shape and mesh webbing covering the folded member of the bag-shaped belt. The mesh webbing hardly expands in the longitudinal direction of the air belt, and is flexibly expandable in the circumferential direction of the bag-shaped belt. The mesh webbing is made of a raschel-knitted material. The knitted material is arranged such that the extending direction of knot portions of yarn threads and corresponds to the longitudinal direction of the air belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Takata Corporation
    Inventor: Norio Yamataki
  • Publication number: 20140309723
    Abstract: A stent assembly includes a stent and a fiber mesh sleeve covering the stent. A wire runs along the stent over the sleeve and fastened to the stent at multiple points so as to attach the sleeve to the stent.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2014
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Inventors: Eli BAR, Asher HOLZER, Ofir PAZ
  • Publication number: 20140190215
    Abstract: An arrangement of a knitting lacework, including a lace having multiple holes longitudinally lined up along its perimeter at regular intervals, and which may be positioned near the edge, centrally, or in other parts of the referred lace, and the holes have a geometry taken from the group including round, egg-shaped, rectangular, square, or in other shapes, even shoulder-strap-shaped.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2012
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Inventor: Luiz Carlos Schmitz
  • Publication number: 20140080373
    Abstract: Spacer textiles are disclosed comprising a first and a second fabric layer with filaments of poly ether ether ketone N(PEEK) connecting the layers. Preferably the first or second fabric layer comprise aramid yarn. The fabric layers may be of mesh construction or a closed structure fabric. Also disclosed are methods for producing such spacer textiles preferably by knitting.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2012
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Applicant: Heathcoat Fabrics Limited
    Inventor: George Keitch
  • Patent number: 8476172
    Abstract: An electrically conductive knitted fabric comprising stitched rows of an electrically non-conductive ground thread (1), and of stitched rows of an electrically conductive thread (2) placed therebetween. In addition, a number of rows of an electrically non-conductive ground thread can alternate with one or more rows of comprising electrically conductive thread. A connection overlapping the rows comprising electrically non-conducting thread exists in places between the rows comprising electrically conductive thread.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: Medi GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Kurt Christof
  • Patent number: 8161775
    Abstract: In one aspect of the invention, an integrated hollow fabric structure includes a body having an axis and a thickness along a direction perpendicular to the axis, at least first and second groups of yarns, the yarns of each group space-regularly disposed in layers, where the yarn layers of the at least two groups of yarns are alternately stacked and interlocked together, and embedded in the body, and a third group of yarns through the thickness of the body to interlock the layers together, where the positions and the pattern of interlocking vary according to the need.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignees: Stoneferry Technology, LLC, Sinoma Science & Technology Ltd.
    Inventors: Zhong-Xing Mi, Qian Zhao, Youjiang Wang, Shijie Chen
  • Publication number: 20110209791
    Abstract: A multilayer flexible irrigation hose includes an inner layer made of a first thermoplastic polymer material, an outer layer made of a second thermoplastic polymer material, and a first textile reinforcement layer and a second textile reinforcement layer in mutually overlapping relation. The first and second textile reinforcement layers are knitted with stitches of the tricot type, having wales of stitches and lines of stitches. The lines of stitches of said first and second textile layers have opposite inclinations to the longitudinal axis of the hose, and the wales of stitches of at least one of said first and second textile layers are substantially parallel to said longitudinal axis. A method of making said hose, a line for manufacturing same and a knitting apparatus for making such hose are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2009
    Publication date: September 1, 2011
    Applicant: FITT S.P.A.
    Inventor: Alessandro Mezzalira
  • Publication number: 20100206012
    Abstract: Resistive garments featuring a special knit, realized by circular knitting machines, fitted in some areas with an electrical circuit realised by direct knitting of conductive yarn in combination with a base of non-resistive yarn. The electrical circuit of this resistive garment is made up by three different knitting structures for “held or excluded stitches” with no cutting or stitching, in direct connection, without interruptions of any type. An electronic circuit allows the control of energy flowing in to the different heating zones of the electric circuit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2007
    Publication date: August 19, 2010
    Inventors: Marino Cavaion, Gabriele Pini
  • Publication number: 20100139327
    Abstract: A net is made from a multi-layer film which is used to produce at least two layers of synthetic yarns that are unified by application of a thermal process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2006
    Publication date: June 10, 2010
    Inventor: Antonios Karatzis
  • Patent number: 7712336
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing an industrial fabric comprising the steps of knitting a first fabric strip portion having two widthwise edges and a width that is narrower than the industrial fabric to the desired length of the industrial fabric, forming the first fabric strip portion into an endless loop by joining the widthwise edges with a CD seam, placing the first fabric strip portion around two rotatably mounted rolls and knitting a second fabric portion to the desired length of the industrial fabric, where knitting of the second fabric portion proceeds along the first edge of the first fabric portion and is a knitted continuation thereof. Alternatively, knitted fabric strips can be joined together in a spiral fashion to create a full width industrial fabric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2010
    Assignee: Albany International Corp.
    Inventors: Joseph Gerald O'Connor, Maurice Paquin, Dana Burton Eagles, Francis L. Davenport
  • Publication number: 20080134726
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a raschel knit net having square meshes is provided. The method consists of providing a raschel knit net having diamond meshes, and cutting diagonally across the net from selvedge to selvedge. Multiple pieces of cut net are rotated and aligned, selvedge to selvedge, such that the meshes are square shaped with the mesh strands running generally lengthwise and widthwise. The aligned selvedges are then joined together, creating a net having square meshes, such that the dimensions of the net are fixed lengthwise and widthwise. The joined selvedges create a dimensional control portion extending diagonally between lengthwise edges of the net.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2007
    Publication date: June 12, 2008
    Inventors: Joseph F. Lais, Christian E. Siems, Stephen J. Tillmann
  • Publication number: 20080092599
    Abstract: The present invention relates in a first aspect to a cut-resistant fabric. In another aspect, the present invention relates to a cut-warning fabric. In yet another aspect the present invention relates to a method for preventing vandalism on a fabric. In another aspect, the invention relates to the use of a fabric according to the present invention as an anti-vandalism fabric.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2003
    Publication date: April 24, 2008
    Inventors: Eric Hazan, Luc De Meyer
  • Patent number: 7344035
    Abstract: A fabric is disclosed which is suitable for use in the manufacture of particulate filters for use in high heat environments, together with a method for making the high heat filter fabric. The filter fabric has a sliver knit pile construction, and may be manufactured on conventional knitting machines. Both the yarn used in the backing of the high heat filter fabric and the fibers used for the pile of the high heat filter fabric are made of aramid materials, and the high heat filter fabric is suitable for use in high temperatures such as those associated with coal-fired power plants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2008
    Assignee: Siny Corp.
    Inventors: Daniel L. Koopmann, Cecil V. Kaylor
  • Publication number: 20070270071
    Abstract: The invention relates to a nonwoven fabric towel comprising about 25 to 75% by weight a first fiber comprising a polyester or polyester co-polymer staple fiber having a staple length of between 3 and 6 inches and a surface area per unit length of between approximately 0.2 micrometer2/cm to 1.2 micrometer2/cm, about 25 to 50% by weight a second fiber comprising a multi-segment splitable staple fiber comprising a first component being a polyester or polyester co-polymer component and a second component being a polyamide component or a polyester or polyester co-polymer incompatible with the first component, wherein weight ratio of the first component and the second component is between 40:60 and 80:20, and wherein the first component and the second component have a denier per staple filament of between 0.05 and 0.5, wherein the nonwoven fabric towel is bonded with a stitches of a bulkable yarn, and wherein at least the first or second fiber comprises a hydrophilic surface treatment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2006
    Publication date: November 22, 2007
    Inventors: J. Travis Greer, Paul E. Dodd, Karen H. Stavrakas, Nathan B. Emery
  • Publication number: 20070270069
    Abstract: A system and method for providing a material for a friction element of a power transmission-absorption assembly and a method of making the material is disclosed. The material has preselected channel configuration which provides a plurality of channels defined at least in part by a pattern of stitches, such as a plurality of rows of stitches.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2006
    Publication date: November 22, 2007
    Applicant: SULZER EUROFLAMM US INC.
    Inventors: JAMES MARTIN LEE, ERIC ARTHUR SCHUELER, MATTHEW JOSEPH TRIPPEL
  • Patent number: 7186451
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a composite sheet suitable for use as artificial leather or a precursor to artificial leather, where both surfaces have a napped or brushed appearance. The composite sheet comprises a low-density, lightly bonded non-woven web that is stitch-bonded and bulked such that the stitch-bonding yarns are not visible to the naked eyes without the need of post-processing steps to hide the yarns. The composite sheet may have binder resin(s) dispersed therein and activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2007
    Assignee: XYMID, LLC
    Inventors: Dimitri Peter Zafiroglu, Stephen H. Tsiarkezos
  • Patent number: 7028510
    Abstract: This provides a knitted wire carrier that incorporates a locking stitch that passes through the warp threads adjacent to the wire weft. In one embodiment, the locking stitch constructed from a “heat-activated yarn” consisting of an underlying material having exhibiting minimal shrinkage under application of heat and an outer heat-activated adhesive coating that fuses to the warp and wire weft when heated. In another embodiment, the locking stitch is constructed from a composite yarn having at least one meltable thread and a plurality of shrink-resistant threads braided together so as to avoid distorting shrinkage upon heating to melt and fuse the meltable thread.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2006
    Assignee: NFA Corporation
    Inventor: Charles DaRosa
  • Patent number: 6984596
    Abstract: A wire-reinforced webbing material is disclosed for use in furniture, bedding and the like. The webbing includes a flat knitted fabric comprised of substantially elastic yarns such as polyester. A plurality of reinforcement wires are integrally knitted into the fabric structure in a lengthwise direction. The wires may be thin-gauge titanium or titanium alloy wires. Elastomeric yarns or cards may also be integrally knitted into the fabric structure parallel to the reinforcement wires. The reinforcement wires and elastomeric cords combine with the knitted fabric to yield a webbing material having both a high tensile strength and a resilient responsiveness to applied external loads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2006
    Assignee: Hickory Springs Manufacturing Company
    Inventor: Phillip Dickerson
  • Patent number: 6936327
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a composite comprising at least one heat shrinkable adhesive layer stitch-bonded with yarns, which shrink less than the adhesive layer or do not shrink, when the adhesive layer is exposed to heat. The stitch-bonded yarns form loops upstanding from the shrunk adhesive layer and the loops create a textured surface on the composite, and the composite is substantially inelastic after the adhesive layer is shrunk. The composite may further comprise at least one fibrous layer stitch-bonded to the shrinkable adhesive layer, and the fibrous layer is less shrinkable than the adhesive layer or is substantially non-shrinkable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2005
    Inventor: Dimitri Peter Zafiroglu
  • Patent number: 6908664
    Abstract: An improved process for making stitchbonded fabric in which a feed material that has a visible pattern on it is surface is multi-needle stitched with a contractible yarn and then the stitched material is contracted to form an attractive, novel surface pattern that is quite different from the original pattern on the feed material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2005
    Assignee: Xymid, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Stephen Horace Tsiarkezos
  • Patent number: 6854296
    Abstract: A knitted fabric comprising two confronting webs, each web being formed by a series of continuous lengths of yarn extending generally parallel to one another and having loops arranged in walewise and coursewise rows. One web overlies the other and, the two webs being united at intervals by a tuck stitch of yarn of one web engaging the other web. The tuck stitches are spaced apart walewise by a plurality of courses to create channels between the stitches. The channels extend walewise of the webs. At least one yarn is inserted under tension between the two fronting webs and held in parallel relation to the parallel lengths of yarn. When relaxed, the yarn inserted under tension causes the confronting webs to be spaced apart within each of the channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2005
    Assignee: Sara Lee Corporation
    Inventor: Robert A. Miller, III
  • Patent number: 6855392
    Abstract: A patterned pile fabric of stitch-bonded construction. The fabric includes a substrate layer with an arrangement of ground yarns extending in stitched relation through the substrate layer so as to define a ground covering across the substrate layer. An arrangement of pile forming yarns extend in stitched relation through the substrate layer such that the pile forming yarns define a patterned arrangement of looped elements projecting away from the ground covering in predefined three dimensional patterned arrays disposed across the fabric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2005
    Assignee: Tietex International, Ltd.
    Inventors: Martin Wildeman, Robert Fontaine
  • Publication number: 20040083768
    Abstract: A velour fabric article consists of a fabric body having a technical face formed by a filament stitch yarn and a technical back formed by a loop yarn. The filament stitch yarn includes a heat sensitive material, e.g. a hot melt material or a heat shrinkable material, and/or an elastomeric material, such as spandex. The loop yarn includes flame retardant material, such as M-Aramide fiber. The fabric body has a velour surface formed at one or both of the technical back and the technical face. Raised fibers of at least one of the technical face and the technical back may be entangled, including in and/or through interstices of the fabric body, toward the other of the technical face and the technical back, e.g., by a hydroentanglement process applied after finishing. The fabric body has permeability of about 90 ft3/ft2/min, or less, under a pressure difference of ½ inch of water across the fabric body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2003
    Publication date: May 6, 2004
    Applicant: Malden Mills Industries, Inc., a Massachusetts corporation
    Inventors: Moshe Rock, Edward P. Dionne, Charles Haryslak, William K. Lie, Douglas Lumb, Jane Hunter
  • Publication number: 20040022993
    Abstract: A composite sheet material for use as a portion of a tear away fastening system. The sheet material includes a substrate layer and yarns extending through the substrate layer such that the define an arrangement of looped elements projecting away from one side of the substrate layer. The looped elements are interconnected by portions of the yarns disposed across the other side of the substrate layer. A backing layer is disposed in overlying relation to the substrate layer to hold the yarns in place.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2002
    Publication date: February 5, 2004
    Inventor: Martin Wildeman
  • Publication number: 20040022992
    Abstract: A multi-layer sheet material for use as a portion of a tear away fastening system. The sheet material includes a substrate layer and loop forming yarns extending through the substrate layer such that the loop forming yarns define an arrangement of loop elements projecting away from one side of the substrate layer. The loop elements are interconnected by portions of the yarns disposed across the other side of the substrate layer. A backing layer is disposed in overlying relation to the substrate layer to hold the loop forming yarns in place.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2002
    Publication date: February 5, 2004
    Inventor: Martin Wildeman
  • Patent number: 6651296
    Abstract: There is provided a knit-in slide fastener in which a continuous fastener element row is knitted simultaneously with the knitting of a warp knitted fastener tape at a fastener element mounting portion on a longitudinal side edge portion of the fastener tape. Since a yarn composed of ordinary long fibers, or a textured yarn is employed as a fixing knitting yarn for the fastener element mounting portion, even if a sewing needle is pierced into the textured yarn, the fixing knitting yarn is never cut off because the sewing needle passes through a number of fibers which compose the textured yarn. Further, even when part of the fibers are cut off, no fraying occurs in the yarns, so that the fastener element row at the cut off portions does not separate from the fastener tape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2003
    Assignee: YKK Corporation
    Inventor: Yoshio Matsuda
  • Patent number: 6559077
    Abstract: A mesh structure is formed from a set of a warp strands and a set of intersecting weft strands. The warp strands are formed of a knitted synthetic material which shrinks when exposed to heat, and the weft strands pass through the weave of the warp strands at the nodes where the strands intersect. Heat is applied to the mesh structure to shrink the weave of the warp strands tightly around the weft strands at the nodes, thereby co-joining the weft and warp strands to form a high-strength mesh.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2003
    Assignee: Polytech Netting, L.P.
    Inventor: Donal Moore
  • Patent number: 6521554
    Abstract: A wear resistant stitchbonded fabric is provided. The stitchbonded fabric includes a first yarn loosely stitchbonded into the substrate so as to substantially cover one side of the substrate. The fabric further includes a second yarn that is tightly stitchbonded into the substrate. In one embodiment, the nonwoven substrate can further contain binder fibers which are fused to adjacent fibers. Through this configuration, a fabric is produced having a tapestry-like look. The fabric can be used in many diverse applications, such as being used as an upholstery fabric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2003
    Assignee: Tietex International, Ltd.
    Inventor: Martin Wildeman
  • Patent number: 6430969
    Abstract: The invention relates to an arrangement for securing a two-layered knitted fabric to a support such as one required to secure seat covers to supports. A first fastening element (14) is placed between the two layers (12, 13) of the knitted fabric while a second fastening element is placed on or in the support. A connecting element is stretched between the first and second fastening element, whereby the first end of said connecting element can be fixed onto the first fastening element and the second end can be fixed onto the second fastening element. The inventive arrangement enables a cover to be fixed onto a support in a quick and effective manner without manufacturing said cover by approaching fastening elements at low machine running times.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2002
    Inventor: Friedrich Roell
  • Patent number: 6397638
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for integrating fasteners into a knitted seat cover for attachment to a seat-cover support by means of a flatbed knitting machine, whereby fastening areas are provided on the side of the seat cover facing the support for attachment to said support while the seat cover is being knitted and said fastening areas interact with additional fastening areas on the support of the seat cover. According to the invention, the fastening areas on the seat cover are embodied as flat velcro structures (hook and loop closures) while the loop areas of the velcro structures are knitted and integrated into the seat cover as flat surfaces during the manufacture thereof. Hook areas of the velcro structure provided on the seat cover are formed by knitting and integrating a hard or hardenable monofilament in the form of loops that protrude towards the support and are subsequently cut or cut during knock-over/after knock-over of the stitches from the needles of the flatbed knitting machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2002
    Assignees: Stefan Achter
    Inventor: Friedrich Roell
  • Publication number: 20010029757
    Abstract: A female member of a hook and loop attachment structure enables a one to one correspondence between loops and stitches in the knitted structure. The female member comprises individual wales of chain stitches with loops, wherein the wales of chain stitches are knitted on a supporting background, such that there is a corresponding number of loops to stitches. Each stitch may be associated with a respective loop or each loop may be attached to two respective stitches. The loops may be formed using a single guide bar, and the wales of chain stitches with loops may be made either with a single yarn or with two yarns.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 1999
    Publication date: October 18, 2001
    Inventor: GERARD LUCIEN ROGER TERNON
  • Patent number: 6295846
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method of producing a flake-yarned knit as required more particularly in achieving velour-type coverings. In this method the flake thread is bound in as a weft and/or warp thread in the knit on a flat knitting machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2001
    Assignee: Recaro GmbH & Co.
    Inventor: Friedrich Roell