Patent Number: 7,785,061

Title: Apparatus and method for reorienting a tire and core assembly in a tire manufacturing line

Abstract: Apparatus and method for reorienting a toroidally shaped core configured to carry a green tire. The core includes a central axis defined through first and second oppositely facing tapered recesses respectively including first and second locking mechanisms. The apparatus includes a core support structure including a base and a reorientation member connected for movement relative to said base and a core coupling member. The core coupling member connects for movement with the reorientation member and includes a core locking mechanism that couples with the core coupling member and locks the core coupling member to the core. A drive system couples with the reorientation member and operatively moves the reorientation member so as to change the orientation of the central axis from a first orientation to a second, different orientation transverse to the first orientation.

Inventors: Currie; William Dudley (Stow, OH), Lundell; Dennis Alan (Akron, OH), Henthorne; David Alan (Copley, OH), Dombrosky; Mary Beth (Cuyahoga Falls, OH)

Assignee: The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company

International Classification: H01L 21/68 (20060101); B25G 3/00 (20060101); B29D 30/24 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 8/31/12018