Nike, Inc. is a major publicly traded clothing, footwear, sportswear, and equipment supplier based in the United States. The company is headquartered near Beaverton, Oregon, in the Portland metropolitan area. It is the world's leading supplier of athletic shoes and apparel and a major manufacturer of sports equipment, with revenue in excess of US$18.6 billion in its fiscal year 2008 . As of 2008, it employed more than 30,000 people worldwide. Wikipedia.
Nike | Date: 2017-03-22
Automated painting of a shoe sole portion is enhanced by use of a mask cover (420) and an air knife (422) with a paint assembly (410). The mask cover is positioned in front of a paint-emitting portion (416) of a spray nozzle (414) and is adapted to obstruct at least a portion of the paint intended to be emitted by the spray nozzle. The air knife is coupled to the mask cover and is adapted to emit a laminar fluid flow over the mask cover. The laminar fluid flow helps to limit unwanted diffusion of the paint as it passes along its intended spray path.
Nike | Date: 2017-01-11
A method of making an article of footwear may include applying an environmental pressure differential across a sheet (840) of upper material to conform the sheet of upper material to a portion of a footwear last, thereby forming at least a portion (831, 836) of an upper of the article of footwear. In addition, the method may include assembling the article of footwear including fixedly attaching the upper of the article of footwear to a sole structure.
Nike | Date: 2017-03-29
A method includes compressing a non-dielectric, elastically-deformable component, a wire mesh component, and a dielectric, contoured object between first and second forming tools. Once the components are compressed, radio frequency energy is supplied to the first forming tool, thereby causing a radio frequency electromagnetic field to be generated between the first forming tool and the wire mesh component that results in a contoured weld of the contoured object. A tooling assembly is configured to carry out the method.
Nike | Date: 2017-04-05
An article of footwear incorporates a seamless bootie or textile upper formed from a knitted component removed from a knitted textile element of unitary warp knit construction. The knitted component may include a first knitted component portion in the form of a seamless bootie and a second knitted component portion associated with the first knitted component portion. In some embodiments the second knitted component portion may be tucked-in or folded into a pocket of first knitted component portion, such as a knitted dynamic fit component portion or a knitted tongue component portion. In some embodiments the second kitted component portion may be wrapped around at least part of the first knitted component portion.
Nike | Date: 2017-02-22
An upper shell panel may be placed between first and second sections of a mold. The first section may include one or more expansion cavities and the second section may include one or more pour cavities. A foam-producing chemical mixture may be delivered into the one or more pour cavities and the mold may be closed. The delivered foam-producing chemical mixture may be allowed to expand within the closed mold and to force regions of the upper shell panel into the one or more expansion cavities. The upper shell panel may then be removed from the mold subsequent to the expansion of the delivered mixture.
Nike | Date: 2017-01-30
An article of footwear has an auxetic sole structure formed from members surrounding apertures. The members may have a trapezoidal geometry. Adjoining members are hingedly connected, so that they can rotate with respect to each other in the plane of the sole structure. The rotation allows the auxetic sole structure to expand when tension is applied.
Nike | Date: 2017-03-15
An article of footwear is provided, which may include an upper and a sole structure. The upper may include an exposed outer layer forming at least a portion of an external surface of the upper. The upper may also include a polymer foam material selectively located on an inner side of the exposed outer layer and adjacent portions of the exposed outer layer, thereby forming padded portions of the upper. The padded portions of the upper may be located in areas of the article of footwear that correspond with predetermined bones of a foot of a wearer of the article of footwear.
Nike | Date: 2017-09-13
An article of footwear is provided. The article of footwear comprises: a sole structure (1504) including a bottom surface (1406), and a first traction element (1550) including a first cut step (1560) and a second traction element (1552) including a second cut step (1562); wherein the first cut step (1560) and the second cut step (1562) are aligned in a generally lateral direction (2100) across both of first traction element (1550) and second traction element (1552), and the major axis (2102, 2104) of each of the traction elements (1550, 1552) is aligned in different directions.
Nike | Date: 2017-09-27
A sensor system configured for use with an article of apparel includes one or a plurality of sensors formed of a polymeric material having a conductive particulate material dispersed therein and conductive leads connected to the sensors. The leads may also be formed of a polymeric material having a conductive particulate material dispersed therein. The conductive material is dispersed in the sensor(s) at a first dispersion density and the conductive material is dispersed in the leads at a second dispersion density that is higher than the first dispersion density. Each of the sensors is configured to increase in resistance when deformed under pressure, which can be detected by a module when in communication with the leads. The second dispersion density is such that each of the leads has sufficient conductivity that the leads are configured to conduct an electronic signal in any state of deformation for communication with the module.
Nike | Date: 2017-09-20
An article of footwear is disclosed with a sole structure. An upper is attached to the sole structure and includes a plurality of gripping members extending from a surface of the upper. The plurality of gripping members includes a first gripping member and second, third, and fourth gripping members that are concentric with one another and with the first gripping member.