Patent Number: 6,170,414

Title: Quilting machine with adjustable presser plate and method of operating the quilting machine

Abstract: A quilting apparatus is provided with a computer controlled presser plate adjusting mechanism. A presser plate rocker shaft is separate from and mechanically connected to a needle rocker shaft and imparts a reciprocating motion to the presser plate. The presser plate rocker shaft is adjustable to vary the range of its output link to the presser plate, thereby changing the endpoints of its reciprocating path of travel. Certain embodiments have an output end of the presser plate rocker shaft adjustable relative to the input end through a coupling to different angular positions relative to an input end in order to change the upper and lower ends of the range of reciprocation of the pressure plate relative to the needle plate. Alternatively, the length of a link between the needle and pressure plate rocker shafts is variable to make the presser plate adjustment. A motor or other actuator changes the coupling or link in response to a signal from a quilting machine controller, which can be made instantly, either manually by an operator at a controller interface terminal, by a batch mode program run by the controller to set the machine to the parameters required by products on a product schedule, or automatically in response to measurements from sensors that are interpreted by the controller in determining optimal pressure plate setting.

Inventors: Kaetterhenry; Jeff (Davie, FL), Leavis; Glenn (Hollywood, FL), James; Michael (Davie, FL), Bondanza; James (Sunrise, FL), Codos; Richard N. (Warren, NJ)

Assignee: L&P Property Management Company

International Classification: D05B 29/02 (20060101); D05B 29/00 (20060101); D05B 19/00 (20060101); D05B 11/00 (20060101); D05B 19/12 (20060101); D05B 011/00 ()

Expiration Date: 01/09/2018