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Method of making a single-cell window covering

Imported: 24 Feb '17 | Published: 06 Jan '04

John A. Corey

USPTO - Utility Patents

Abstract

A method of forming a single-cell column type of multi-cellular collapsible window covering from a starting product in the form of a double-cell column type of multi-cellular honeycomb structure. The individual cells of the starting product are defined by external pleated sides on the opposite faces of the structure and internal ligaments interconnecting the opposite faces at spaced intervals. Selected internal ligaments are severed, while leaving others of the internal ligaments intact, thereby eliminating one of the original columns of cells.

Description

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 is an illustration of the prior art disclosed by Corey et al.

FIGS. 2

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b illustrate a plan view of the product of FIG. 1 after the internal ligaments have been severed in accordance with a first embodiment of the invention.

FIGS. 3

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b illustrate a plan view of the product of FIG. 1 after the internal ligaments have been severed in accordance with a first alternate embodiment of the invention.

FIGS. 4

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b illustrate a plan view of the product of FIG. 1 after the internal ligaments have been severed in accordance with a second alternate embodiment of the invention.

FIGS. 5

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b illustrate a plan view of the product of FIG. 1 after the internal ligaments have been severed in accordance with a third alternate embodiment of the invention.

FIGS. 6

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b illustrate a plan view of the product of FIG. 1 after the internal ligaments have been severed in accordance with a fourth alternate embodiment of the invention.

FIGS. 7

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b illustrate a plan view of the product of FIG. 1 after the internal ligaments have been severed in accordance with a fifth alternate embodiment of the invention.

FIGS. 8 and 9 illustrate a means for severing the ligaments in accordance with the invention.

Claims

1. A method of forming a window covering from a starting product in the form of a multiple-columned honeycomb structure, wherein the individual cells of the starting product are defined by external pleated sides on the opposite faces of the structure and internal ligaments interconnecting such opposite faces at spaced intervals and serving as a partition between adjacent cells of different columns of cells, the method comprising the steps of:

2. The method according to claim 1, wherein alternating internal ligaments are severed.

3. The method according to claim 1, wherein the internal ligaments are severed, except every fourth internal ligament is left intact.

4. The method according to claim 1, wherein every fourth ligament is severed.

5. The method according to claim 1, wherein one internal ligament is severed, an adjacent internal ligament is intact, the next adjacent internal ligament is severed, and the next adjacent three internal ligaments are left intact, and such severing pattern is then repeated for successive cells of the structure.

6. The method according to claim 1, wherein every third ligament is severed.

7. The method according to claim 1, wherein the internal ligaments are severed, except every third internal ligament is left intact.

8. A method of forming a multi-cellular collapsible window covering from an starting product in the form of a double column type of multi-cellular honeycomb structure, wherein the individual cells of the starting product are defined by external pleated sides on the opposite faces of the structure and internal ligaments interconnecting such opposite faces at spaced intervals and serving as a partition between adjacent cells of different columns of cells, the method comprising the steps of:

9. The method according to claim 8, wherein the predetermined sequence produces a finished product wherein each cell has only a single pleat on each face of the finished product.

10. The method according to claim 8, wherein the predetermined sequence produces a finished product wherein each cell has two pleats on each face of the finished product.

11. The method according to claim 8, wherein the predetermined sequence produces a finished product wherein each face has a single pleat per cell and the pleats have an alternating variable pitch on the finished product.

12. The method according to claim 8, wherein the predetermined sequence produces a finished product wherein two adjacent single-cells appear between each original double-cell of the finished product.

13. The method according to claim 8, wherein the predetermined sequence produces a finished product wherein only half of an original double-cell pair appears between each newly formed single-cell, and such half double-cells appear on alternating faces of the finished product.

14. The method according to claim 8, wherein the predetermined sequence produces a finished product wherein each newly formed cell has a single pleat on one face and a double pleat on the opposite face, and such cells are oriented in alternating opposite directions on the finished product.

15. A method of forming a multi-cellular collapsible window covering from an starting product in the form of a multiple-columned honeycomb structure of a Type 1:1 configuration, wherein the individual cells of the starting product are defined by external pleated sides on the opposite faces of the structure and internal ligaments interconnecting such opposite faces at spaced intervals and serving as a partition between adjacent cells of different columns of cells, the method comprising the steps of:

16. The method according to claim 15, wherein alternating internal ligaments are severed.

17. The method according to claim 15, wherein the internal ligaments are severed, except every fourth internal ligament is left intact.

18. The method according to claim 15, wherein every fourth ligament is severed.

19. The method according to claim 15, wherein one internal ligament is severed, an adjacent internal ligament is intact, the next adjacent internal ligament is severed, and the next adjacent three internal ligaments are left intact, and such severing pattern is then repeated for successive cells of the structure.

20. The method according to claim 15, wherein every third ligament is severed.

21. The method according to claim 15, wherein the internal ligaments are severed, except every third internal ligament is left intact.