Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm John H. Hornickel
  • Patent number: 7183343
    Abstract: The invention concerns a thermoplastic vulcanizate, comprising the following components: a thermoplastic (A); an at least partially vulcanized rubber (B); a plasticizer (C); conventional additives (D); and a surface modifier (E), which migrates uniformly onto the surface of the vulcanizate and forms a continuous, waxlike, solid layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2007
    Assignees: Polyone Coproration
    Inventors: Jörg Vortkort, Jörg Wallach
  • Patent number: 7168327
    Abstract: A method is disclosed of using external polymeric analytical techniques to predict in-vivo polymeric performance, more particularly, viscoelastic property characterization for performance modeling of biomedical devices that incorporate a polymeric component and are load-bearing during service. Time-Temperature Superposition can be used to accelerate external testing of pertinent properties. Boltzmann's superposition provides a mathematical methodology for determining the time-dependent strain that develops in response to an imposed stress history. The modeling of the present invention provides an opportunity to describe and predict behavior of the device during in-vivo service, as well as it providing a basis for evaluating alternate “candidate” polymers for use in the construction of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2007
    Inventor: E. Ray Harrell, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7074348
    Abstract: A coating system for ferrous and nonferrous metal substrates that provides cathodic protection from corrosion by coating with inherently conductive polymers and sacrificial anodic metal particles. The coating system is formed by a process that includes premixing of the inherently conductive polymer with the anodic metal particles to form an inherently conductive polymer/metal particle complex.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2006
    Assignee: Polyone Corporation
    Inventors: Steven K. Geer, Todd R. Hawkins
  • Patent number: 6977050
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method of synthesizing lignosulfonic acid-doped polyaniline by oxidatively polymerizing aniline in the presence of transition metal ions selected from the group consisting of Ag(I), Fe(II), and Fe(III) salts. The present invention also relates to a method for the preparation of transition metals from transition metal salts by exposing transition metal ion containing materials to an aqueous dispersion of lignosulfonic acid-doped polyaniline.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2005
    Assignee: Polyone Corporation
    Inventor: Tito Viswanathan
  • Patent number: 6916770
    Abstract: A multi-functional concentrate composition which can be utilized to impart a desired color to a polymeric material and improve the processability thereof. The composition comprises at least one pigment, a blowing or foaming agent, and a binder component which at least allows the polymeric material to be processed at lower pressures than would otherwise be necessary for the same composition without the blowing agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2005
    Assignee: Polyone Corporation
    Inventor: Norman E. Nitzsche
  • Patent number: 6774162
    Abstract: The invention relates to a thermoplastic vulcanizate comprising four components (A, B. C, D), notably: a thermoplastic (A); a substantially non-cross-linked polyethylene (B); an at least partially vulcanized rubber (C); a softener (D); as well as standard blend ingredients (E). The above mixture contains between 5 and 20% by weight thermoplastic (A), in relation to the sum of the four components (A, B, C, D). The invention also relates to advantageous material parameters and process steps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2004
    Assignee: PolyOne Corporation
    Inventors: Jörg Vortkort, Friedrich Wilhelm Gräbner, Andre Bontemps, Stefan Volkmann
  • Patent number: 6772151
    Abstract: A system and a method are provided for matching the color of a target sample at a remote location. The system has a first computer that is operative to receive and transmit target spectral data at a first location. A second computer in the system is located at a second location remote from the first computer. The second computer is operative to receive the target spectral data or formula identifier from the first computer. The system includes a database including a plurality of data sets. Each data set has at least spectral data corresponding to standard samples. The system also has software capable of searching the database using the target spectral data as search criteria and returning a match with a data set having standard spectral data that matches the target spectral data. The system optionally has a device that can sense the target spectral data of the target sample and input that target spectral data into the first computer, optionally also non-spectral data and QC capability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2004
    Assignee: Polyone Corporation
    Inventors: Richard C. Johnston, Susan Bates, Scott Russell, Michael E. Masterson, Kenneth E. Jacobson, Alan R. Burgess, David L. Sapp
  • Patent number: 6759105
    Abstract: Wood surfaces treated to be inkjet receptive media are disclosed, where the wood surface is treated in a manner that can control the spread of an ink droplet reaching the wood surface to provide a superior image graphic. The treatment uses an image fixing agent comprising an aqueous solution of containing an organo-metallic complex of a hydrophobic fatty acid coordinated with a halogenated trivalent chromium. Veneers, plywoods, and particle boards having faces of lesser value woods can be digitally imaged to give the appearance of higher value woods or other customized inkjet images. Environmental and economic considerations benefit from the use of commonly available wood surfaces to simulate exotic and threatened wood species.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2004
    Inventors: Dennis B. Brooker, George Cash
  • Patent number: 6699320
    Abstract: A method includes steps for forming an intermediate composition. The intermediate composition is to be added to a polymer, or to a polymer precursor, in a process of manufacturing a low permeability container formed of the polymer or polymer precursor. The method includes forming an intermediate composition which, if added to the polymer or polymer precursor, will inhibit the permeability of the low permeability container subsequently formed of the polymer or polymer precursor. The forming step includes mixing a solid dispersant with clay to form the intermediate composition as a solid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2004
    Assignee: PolyOne Corporation
    Inventor: Daniel M. Martelli
  • Patent number: 6670012
    Abstract: A process for producing a multicolored coverstock (10, 20, 72) providing at least two thermoplastic or thermoplastic olefin sheets (12, 14, 58). Each of the sheets includes a different color. The process includes directing the sheets into a position where the edges (24, 26) of the sheets overlap. The sheets are laminated together and are laminated to a foam substrate (22, 60) by directing the sheets and the foam substrate through an embossing nip (72). The embossing nip is further operative to impart an embossed surface in the sheets (18). The resulting laminated coverstock may be used in vacuum forming, low pressure molding, and compression molding of interior trim parts of automobiles and other vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2003
    Assignee: PolyOne Corporation
    Inventors: Ewen Anthony Campbell, David Robert Brillhart, Dennis James Bromley, Addam Perry Randolph, Gregory Branson Ratlief
  • Patent number: 6617295
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a composition which can be utilized to induce foaming of a resin or polymeric material in polymer processing machinery. The composition of the present invention includes a blowing agent which decomposes and evolves gases thereby causing the polymeric material to foam. The compositions of the present invention allow for reductions in part weight, cycle times and injection pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2003
    Assignee: PolyOne Corporation
    Inventor: Norman E. Nitzsche
  • Patent number: 6537650
    Abstract: A homopolymer or copolymer useful for inhibiting the migration of pigmented inks in porous inkjet receptor media is disclosed. The copolymer is comprised of at least two different hydrophilic monomers, each of whose homopolymers are hydrophilic yet the resulting copolymer from the different hydrophilic monomers is sparingly soluble in water. Methods of making and using such copolymer are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2003
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Clinton P. Waller, Jr., Omar Farooq, James S. Mrozinski, Mahfuza B. Ali
  • Patent number: 6405773
    Abstract: A pneumatic tire is reinforced by a thin annular composite band embedded in the crown portion of the tire to enable the tire to resist compressive forces in the tire when in an uninflated condition. The band is formed of a plurality of wound layers of first and second resin coated fiber tows wherein the first tow is formed of fibers twisted at a greater angle than the fibers in the second tow. Layers of the first tow are located adjacent the neutral axis of the band to provide interlaminar shear strength with the tow layers located adjacent the inner and outer surfaces of the band being formed predominately of the second tow to provide a high level circumferential stiffness. The intermediate tow layers are formed of both type of tows to provide a transition zone between the central interlaminar shear strength and the outer circumferential stiffness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2002
    Assignee: Bridgestone/Firestone North American Tire, LLC
    Inventors: Stephen M. Vossberg, Charles D. Spragg, Edward G. Markow
  • Patent number: 6386254
    Abstract: A device for encapsulating a monitoring device for a pneumatic tire with an encapsulation material includes an encapsulation body having an encapsulation chamber. The monitoring device has at least a pressure sensor and an antenna. A damming element is carried by the encapsulation body in an adjustable manner such that the damming element contacts the pressure sensor of the monitoring device when the monitoring device is disposed within the encapsulation chamber. The damming element prevents the pressure sensor from being clogged with the encapsulating material when the monitoring device is encapsulated. The antenna of the monitoring device is held in a channel formed in the body when the monitoring device is disposed within the encapsulation chamber. The connection between the antenna and the body holds the monitoring device in a floating disposition in the encapsulation chamber. The damming element is in the form of a tube that also helps carry the monitoring device in the floating disposition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2002
    Assignee: Bridgestone/Firestone Research, Inc.
    Inventors: Russell W. Koch, Walter Tomaszewski, David A. Weitzenhof
  • Patent number: 6388567
    Abstract: A monitoring device and patch combination used to monitor the conditions of a pneumatic tire having an innerliner includes a monitoring device and patch. The monitoring device includes a first connection element that is connected to the monitoring device. The patch includes an antenna that is connected to a second connection element. In one embodiment of the invention, the first connection element is in the form of a socket while the second connection element is in the form of a plug. The connection elements allow the monitoring device and patch to be separately fabricated and the direct physical connection between the antenna and the monitoring device to be formed when the combination is connected to the innerliner of the tire. In another embodiment, a plug extends from the bottom of an encapsulated monitoring device and is aligned with a socket on the patch. The connection between the plug and the socket occurs automatically when the encapsulated monitoring device is aligned with and connected to the patch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2002
    Assignee: Bridgestone/Firestone North American Tire, LLC
    Inventors: Georg G. A. Bohm, John D. Rensel, Russell W. Koch, John L. Turner, Robert J. Trew
  • Patent number: D457486
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2002
    Assignee: Bridgestone/Firestone North American Tire, LLC
    Inventors: James G. Guspodin, David M. Reep
  • Patent number: D458212
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2002
    Assignee: Bridgestone/Firestone North American Tire, LLC
    Inventor: James G. Guspodin
  • Patent number: D458213
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2002
    Assignee: Bridgestone/Firestone North American Tire, LLC
    Inventor: James G. Guspodin
  • Patent number: D459294
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2002
    Assignee: Bridgestone/Firestone North American Tire, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher L. Whetzel, Richard J. Wright, Yasuo Himuro
  • Patent number: D460406
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2002
    Assignee: Bridgestone/Firestone North American Tire, LLC
    Inventor: James G. Guspodin