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1. (WO2018129259) SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR APPLYING TENSION TO BACKING MATERIALS FOR TUFTED PRODUCTS

Pub. No.:    WO/2018/129259    International Application No.:    PCT/US2018/012492
Publication Date: Fri Jul 13 01:59:59 CEST 2018 International Filing Date: Sat Jan 06 00:59:59 CET 2018
IPC: D05C 15/04
D05C 15/08
D05C 15/14
Applicants: SHAW INDUSTRIES GROUP, INC.
Inventors: AYLOR, Kyle Andrew
TINCHER, Wesley Coleman
Title: SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR APPLYING TENSION TO BACKING MATERIALS FOR TUFTED PRODUCTS
Abstract:
Systems and methods for pre-tensioning backing materials of a tufted product. The systems can include at least first and second tensioning assemblies and a guide assembly. Each tensioning assembly can have a backing supply subassembly for supporting a backing material and a roller subassembly for effecting movement of the backing material at a desired tension. The roller subassembly can include a driven roller for pulling the backing material from the backing supply subassembly, and a compensator for receiving the backing material from the driven roller. The guide assembly can simultaneously receive the tensioned backing materials from the tensioning assemblies and position the backing materials in contact with each other for delivery to a tufting machine at the desired tension.