Patents Represented by Attorney H. William Petry
  • Patent number: 5235733
    Abstract: A novel apparatus and method of patterning a textile fabric comprising fluid jets directed at an angle from the perpendicular line of intersection between the fluid jets and the fabric which eliminates stress lines, troughs and valleys in the fabric by placing a lateral force on the fabric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 1990
    Date of Patent: August 17, 1993
    Assignee: Milliken Research Corporation
    Inventors: Charles E. Willbanks, Charles B. Fitzgerald
  • Patent number: 5208592
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for real time processing of digitally encoded pattern information suitable for distributing such information to a large number of individual pattern applicators which are grouped into a number of successive arrays. When applied to a patterning process involving the selective application of dye streams to a moving substrate, the disclosed real time processing includes transforming pattern data to corresponding dye contact times, resequencing the transformed data to compensate for physical spacing between arrays, and converting the resequenced data to logical dye stream contact commands to be sent to the individual applicators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 1990
    Date of Patent: May 4, 1993
    Assignee: Milliken Research Corporation
    Inventor: Harold L. Johnson, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5202077
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for treatment of relatively moving substrate materials and the novel products produced thereby created by precise application of high temperature pressurized streams of fluid against the surface of the materials to melt and remove material which imparts a recessed channel to the materials that facilitates separation of the materials. The apparatus includes an elongate manifold for receiving heated pressurized fluid, such as air, disposed across the width of the relatively moving material and having a single slit the full width of the substrate for directing the fluid into the surface of the material. The substrate material is treated with an acrylic resin to eliminate jagged or frayed edges either prior to or after the melting and removal process by means of the high temperature pressurized fluid streams.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 1990
    Date of Patent: April 13, 1993
    Assignee: Milliken Research Corporation
    Inventors: Francis W. Marco, Colman B. O'Connell, Howard C. Willauer, Jr., James A. Jacobs, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5199957
    Abstract: A pre-dyed textile fabric is coated with a pigment and binder composition wherein the binder, binder to pigment ratio and cure conditions are selected to permanently fix only a portion of the pigment to the fabric. The balance of pigment not fixed to the fabric is easily removed in subsequent washing to provide a tone on tone effect which lasts during the life of the fabric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 1991
    Date of Patent: April 6, 1993
    Assignee: Milliken Research Corporation
    Inventor: William M. Pascoe
  • Patent number: 5198484
    Abstract: A process for incorporating a clarifying agent into a semi-crystalline resin is provided whereby a clarifying agent selected from compounds having the formula: ##STR1## wherein p is 0 or 1, m and n are independently 0-3, and R is, at each occurrence, independently selected from C.sub.1-8 alkyl, C.sub.1-4 alkoxy, hydroxy, halogen, C.sub.1-6 alkylthio, C.sub.1-6 alkylsulfoxy and a 4 or 5 membered alkyl group forming a carbocyclic ring with adjacent carbon atoms of the unsaturated parent ring, and wherein the clarifying agent is in the form of a powder characterized by a d.sub.97 of 30 microns or less, and a mean particle size of 15 microns or less, is blended with the polyolefin resin, at a temperature above 170.degree. C. until the clarifying agent is dissolved in the molten resin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 1992
    Date of Patent: March 30, 1993
    Assignee: Milliken Research Corporation
    Inventor: Michael J. Mannion
  • Patent number: 5193781
    Abstract: An electro-pneumatic valve which includes a spiral coil formed of electrically conductive material bonded to an insulative substrate. A second layer of substrate material is mounted substantially beneath the combination of the spiral coil and insulative substrate. The second layer of substrate has both a recess and an outer edge. There is a first passage communicating between the recess and the other edge. Within the recess is a magnetic armature that is operatively aligned with the spiral coil. There is a second passage communicating between the spiral coil and the recess. There is a magnetically conductive member located below the magnetic armature. The magnetic armature moves in response to electric current passing through the spiral coil to close the second passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 1992
    Date of Patent: March 16, 1993
    Assignee: Milliken Research Corporation
    Inventor: Charles E. Willbanks
  • Patent number: 5193363
    Abstract: A conveyor apparatus used primarily in processing products such as applying liquids such as dyestuff by means of a patterned application of a moving stream of dye, having a first planar portion and an endless flexible element adjacent said first planar portion and a second planar portion adjacent said endless flexible element, where said flexible element has a series of slats mounted thereon that precisely coordinate the processed item underneath the processing element such as an element that provides patterned application of dye in order to achieve precise repeatable results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 1992
    Date of Patent: March 16, 1993
    Assignee: Milliken Research Corporation
    Inventor: Larry K. Petty
  • Patent number: 5193362
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for rapid and repeated interchange between liquid in a tank and liquid or air trapped in fabric and/or yarn interstices. This allows for a more rapid and uniform penetration of liquid into interstices of a textile material such as fabric and/or yarn. This is accomplished by means of an oscillating member within the tank that creates a plane of liquid that impinges upn the face of said fabric and/or yarn. Some examples of potential applications, but by no means limited thereto, include desizing, scouring, chemical impregnation, bulking, and softening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 16, 1993
    Assignee: Milliken Research Corporation
    Inventor: Wolfgang K. F. Otto
  • Patent number: 5179749
    Abstract: Method to jet dry carpet tiles by controlling the solenoid valve to the dye jet to provide a subliminal design over which a darker geometric design is imposed with the darker geometric design crossing the seam line so that the seam line between abutting carpet tiles is very indistinct to the human eye.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 1991
    Date of Patent: January 19, 1993
    Assignee: Milliken Research Corporation
    Inventor: Ronald Magee
  • Patent number: 5177200
    Abstract: A colorant for natural or synthetic resinous or polymeric materials, having the formula A--[SO.sub.2 --N(R.sub.2)--Y].sub.1-4 ; wherein: R.sub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 1989
    Date of Patent: January 5, 1993
    Assignee: Milliken Research Corporation
    Inventors: Edward W. Kluger, John W. Rekers, David J. Moody
  • Patent number: 5176745
    Abstract: An aqueous ink composition is provided having up to 50 wt. % of a colorant of the formula:A--{Y--X--C(O)--R.sub.1 --C(O)O.sup.- }.sub.pwhere A is an organic chromophore; Y is a polyoxyalkylene substituent; X is a radical of a reactive hydroxy, amino or thio group; and R.sub.1 is C.sub.2-30, substituted or unsubstituted alkylene, alkenylene, or phenylenealkylene. A counter ion selected from alkaline metal ions, alkaline earth metal ions, ammonium ions, amine salts, and zinc ammonium complexes is present in approximately stoichiometric proportion or greater relative to the colorant in the ink composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 1991
    Date of Patent: January 5, 1993
    Assignee: Milliken Research Corporation
    Inventors: Patrick D. Moore, Clifford R. King, Raj Batlaw
  • Patent number: 5176851
    Abstract: A process for heat treating substituted and/or unsubstituted polyaniline which has been doped with a relatively non-volatile acid is provided. Subjecting polyaniline to temperatures of between 70.degree. C. and 200.degree. C. for a moderate amount of time dramatically lowers the resistance, and therefore increase the conductivity, of the polyaniline. Heat treatment of polyaniline may be advantageously combined with a subsequent rinsing step to produce a sample which has superior stability and good conductivity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 1990
    Date of Patent: January 5, 1993
    Assignee: Milliken Research Corporation
    Inventor: Carey N. Barry, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5172459
    Abstract: A multi-ply continuous filament air textured yarn and method to produce same by combining a plurality of POY yarns in a nip and supplying them to a heated draw block to provide two stages of drawing. The drawn yarn is then heat set and supplied to an air nozzle to texture the yarn.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 1990
    Date of Patent: December 22, 1992
    Assignee: Milliken Research Corporation
    Inventor: Andre M. Goineau
  • Patent number: 5170979
    Abstract: A universal package support for packages of yarn having various inside diameters and lengths. The support has a movable disc slidably supported on a shaft which slides in and out to actuate a plurality of pivotally mounted levers to engage and disengage the interim surface of a yarn tube placed thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 1992
    Date of Patent: December 15, 1992
    Assignee: Milliken Research Corporation
    Inventor: Roy R. Baber
  • Patent number: 5170526
    Abstract: A cleated dust control mat having a plurality of rows of elliptical cleats located at an angle to the border of the mat with the cleats in each row being parallel to the other cleats in the row and being substantially perpendicular to the cleats in the next adjacent rows of cleats.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 1992
    Date of Patent: December 15, 1992
    Assignee: Milliken Research Corporation
    Inventor: John H. Murray
  • Patent number: 5167053
    Abstract: Method and apparatus to soften the backing and consequently the material attached thereto of a nonwoven fabric by passing the back over and around a series of rollers arranged in a staggered diamond shape to break up the bond between individual fibers and clumps of fibers but maintain the bond at cross-over points of the fibers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 1991
    Date of Patent: December 1, 1992
    Assignee: Milliken Research Corporation
    Inventor: Robert S. Brown
  • Patent number: 5167054
    Abstract: Method and apparatus to soften the backing and consequently the material attached thereto of a nonwoven fabric by passing the back over and around a series of rollers arranged in a staggered diamond shape to break up the bond between individual fibers and clumps of fibers but maintain the bond at cross-over points of the fibers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 1991
    Date of Patent: December 1, 1992
    Assignee: Milliken Research Corporation
    Inventor: Paul W. Eschenbach
  • Patent number: 5163969
    Abstract: Method and apparatus to soften the backing and consequently the material attached thereto of a nonwoven fabric by passing the back over and around a series of rollers arranged in a staggered diamond shape to break up the bond between individual fibers and clumps of fibers but maintain the bond at cross-over points of the fibers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 1992
    Date of Patent: November 17, 1992
    Assignee: Milliken Research Corporation
    Inventor: Paul W. Eschenbach
  • Patent number: 5162150
    Abstract: A pressure sensitive tape composed of a polyethylene base film; a continuous filament scrim fabric having a fiberglass fill yarn and a pressure sensitive adhesive applied to the film through the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 1991
    Date of Patent: November 10, 1992
    Assignee: Milliken Research Corporation
    Inventors: Charles D. Buis, Kenneth H. Sanders
  • Patent number: 5162135
    Abstract: A conductive polymeric material such as a textile fabric having a conductive polymer film may be treated with a solution containing a chemical reducing agent to reduce its conductivity. By selectively reducing portions of the conductive polymer in varying degrees, a gradient of conductivity may be produced in the material. After the conductive polymer has been reduced to a target level, the reducing solution may be removed with a hot water rinse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 1990
    Date of Patent: November 10, 1992
    Assignee: Milliken Research Corporation
    Inventors: Richard V. Gregory, William C. Kimbrell, Jr., Mark E. Cuddihee