An apparatus is configured to receive a tire having at least two bead portions, including a first bead portion and a second bead portion. The apparatus includes a plurality of members configured to engage the first bead portion of the tire, at least one expander configured to move the plurality of members outward, and a rotating …

Legal parties

Inventors (applicants): Neel K. Mani, John L. Turner
Assignees (initial): Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, LLC (Nashville, US)
Agents: Shaun J. Fox (attorney), Bryan Jaketic (attorney)

The application was examined by Hadi Shakeri (USPTO dept. 3727)


  • 1. A tire preparation device comprising: …
  • 2. The tire preparation device of claim 1 , wherein the plurality of tire engaging …
  • 3. The tire preparation device of claim 1 , wherein the plurality of tire engaging …

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Brief Description of the Drawings

In the accompanying drawings, structures are illustrated that, together with the detailed description provided below, describe exemplary embodiments of the claimed invention. Like elements are identified with the same reference …


Field of Invention

The present application relates to the field of tire mounting. More particularly, the present application relates to an apparatus and method for preparing a tire …

Detailed Description

The following includes definitions of selected terms employed herein. The definitions include various examples and/or forms of components that fall within the scope of a term and that may be used …

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Miscellaneous patent data

The recorded inventor's name is Mani Neel K., the inventor's location - Stow, OH, originally classified under For collapsing or shifting tire axially, the patent grant was extended by 537 days, the grant date is Mar. 25, 2014 (publication date), developed by Neel K. Mani et al., the protection scope is defined by 15 claims, the published applicant's name is Neel K. Mani, the applicant's location - Stow, OH, the exemplary patent drawings are Apparatus and Method for Preparing, Schematic drawing illustrating a side, schematic drawings illustrating bottom views, schematic drawings illustrating bottom views, the assignee is a United States company, the grant number is 08678066 (publication number), the assignee location is Nashville (US); its organization is Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, LLC, 10 figures depict the invention details, the claim number 1 is selected as exemplary, the invention is named Apparatus and Method for Preparing a Tire for Mounting, similar categories include Spoke securing, Tire Tighteners, Tire Setters, asymmetric to the midcircumferential plane of the tyre, acting axially on the whole circumference of the bead or side wall, having tensioning means, Tyre parts or constructions not otherwise provided for, Carcasses, Work holders and guides, Axial toggles or coplanar cam, particularly claims a tire preparation device comprising…, the application publication date is Dec. 17, 2010, the examination was conducted by Hadi Shakeri, the main examiner (3727 USPTO department), the published agent's name is Jaketic Bryan, the invention description is illustrated by 6 drawings, the application number is 12/971,970 (U.S.).

Invention classification information

The invention is classified under Both on tire, with rotary motion of tool or tyre support, For collapsing or shifting tire axially. The designated search classifications include Rubber Tire Mounting Demounting Apparatus, Circumferentially traveling, For collapsing or shifting tire axially, Circumferentially distributed force, Both on tire, Miscellaneous, Toroidal or annular female shaping means and coacting means holding preform thereagainst.

Patent details
Publication number 08678066
Publication date Mar. 25, 2014
Kind code B2
Application number 12/971,970
Application date Dec. 17, 2010
Application type U
Application series code 12
Extension term 537
National classification 157/1.17
Total number of claims 15
Exemplary claims 1
Number of drawings 6
Number of figures 10
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