04841886 is referenced by 33 patents and cites 4 patents.

A needle plate member for a multiple needle loop pile tufting machine including double needle bars supporting transverse rows of front and rear needles in which at least one row of needles has a narrow gauge. Finger members or needle plate fingers project rearward from the needle plate and extend rearward beyond the rear needles. The transverse spacing between each pair of needle plate fingers is equal to twice the needle gauge of the needles having the narrow gauge. The wider gauge or transverse spacing of the needle plate fingers permits the fingers to extend rearwardly through both front and rear transverse rows of needles to adequately support the base fabric moving through the machine and penetrated by both sets of needles, as well as guiding the front loops past the rear needles to minimize tagging.

Title
Needle plate for double needle bar loop pile tufting apparatus
Application Number
7/270241
Publication Number
4841886
Application Date
November 14, 1988
Publication Date
June 27, 1989
Inventor
Charles W Watkins
Ooltewah
TN, US
Agent
Harrington A Lackey
Assignee
Tuftco Corporation
TN, US
IPC
D05C 15/08
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