Patents Assigned to 3M Innovative Properties Company
  • Patent number: 11030873
    Abstract: In some examples, a system includes: an article of personal protective equipment (PPE) that includes a communication component; a computing device communicatively coupled to the article of PPE, wherein the computing device: receives context data that is based on one or more of the article of PPE, a work environment for the article of PPE, or a worker assigned to the article of PPE; selects, based at least in part on the context data, a set of programmable safety rules that are contextually associated with the at least one article of PPE; sends the programmable safety rules to one or more of the article of PPE or a data hub communicatively coupled to the article of PPE; and wherein the programmable safety rules are configured at the article of PPE or the data hub to perform one or more operations based at least in part on PPE data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Kiran S. Kanukurthy, Steven T. Awiszus, Eric C. Lobner, Michael G. Wurm, Kenneth J. Gamberini
  • Patent number: 11029468
    Abstract: An optical connector includes a first attachment area for receiving and permanently attaching to an optical waveguide. A light coupling unit is disposed and configured to move translationally and not rotationally within the housing of the connector. The light coupling unit includes a second attachment area for receiving and permanently attaching to an optical waveguide received and permanently attached at the first attachment area. The light coupling unit also includes light redirecting surface. The light redirecting surface is configured such that when an optical waveguide is received and permanently attached at the first and second attachment areas, the light redirecting surface receives and redirects light from the optical waveguide. The optical waveguide limits, but does not prevent, a movement of the light coupling unit within the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Terry L. Smith, Barry S. Carpenter, Takayuki Hayauchi
  • Patent number: 11027307
    Abstract: Nozzles are provided, for applying setting resins onto the edge of a panel, in some embodiments the cut edge of a panel such as a honeycomb panel. The nozzle comprises a connector portion and an application head, wherein the application head comprises: a) a supporting wall, and b) a curved finish wall joining the supporting wall along an edge at an angle of greater than 92 degrees and less than 120 degrees. In some embodiments, the curved finish wall has a curve radius which remains between 1.0 and 7.0 cm throughout the length of the curved finish wall. In some embodiments, the curved finish wall has a trailing edge profile which is smoothly curved and a leading edge profile which is scalloped. In addition, methods of applying a setting resin onto the edge of a panel are presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Alvaro S. Domenighi, Kim L. Gustafson, Patrick G. Zimmerman
  • Patent number: 11029472
    Abstract: (Problem) To provide an optical ferrule that can easily accommodate multicore optical fibers, without an accompanying increase in the number of components. (Resolution Means) The optical ferrule 1 includes a guide opening 14 formed by an upper wall 10, a bottom wall 11, and a pair of side walls 12 and 13; a guide part 15 that extends forward from the upper wall 10 and the guide opening 14; and an optical coupler 20 provided on the upper surface of the upper wall 10. The optical coupler 20 has a waveguide aligning part 21 that aligns and holds an optical waveguide 2, and a light direction converter 22 that changes the direction of light from the optical waveguide 2 and emits the light toward an opposing optical ferrule 1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Takayuki Hayauchi, Terry L. Smith
  • Patent number: 11028289
    Abstract: Provided are adhesive articles that include a barrier layer that is substantially impermeable to oxygen gas at ambient temperature and pressure along with a heat-bondable layer, which could be a discrete layer adjacent to the barrier layer or integral with the barrier layer. The adhesive article further includes a backing extending across and coupled to the barrier layer and an adhesive layer extending across and coupled to the backing opposite the barrier layer. The barrier layer reduces or eliminates migration of plasticizers from the bonded seal into the adhesive article, limiting deterioration of tape performance over time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Robert D. Waid, Scott R. Meyer, Panu K. Zoller
  • Patent number: 11026464
    Abstract: A strap retainer (4) for attaching a chinstrap (3) to a safety helmet (1). The strap retainer (4) includes a clip (5) that has a first latch (52A) that is movable between an engaged position and a retracted position. The first latch (52A) is resiliently biased toward the engaged position. The strap retainer (4) further has a slider (6) that is displaceable between a lock setting and a release setting. The lock setting causes a movement of the first latch (52A) toward the retracted position to be impeded, and the release setting causes the impeding to be suspended.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Peter L. Axelsson, Christina E. S. Wester, Pernilla M. Nolåkers
  • Patent number: 11026552
    Abstract: A scrubbing article including a substrate, a stain release coating and a texture layer. The stain release coating is applied to the substrate and is present over a at least a major surface of the substrate, and the texture layer is formed over the stain release coating opposite the substrate. In some embodiments, the texture layer is printed on to the stain release coating. The substrate can assume various forms, such as nonwoven, fabric (e.g., woven or knitted), foam, film and sponge material or combinations thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Stewart H. Corn, Matthew S. Cole, Ibrahim S. Gunes, Windy A. Santa Cruz, Dennard J. Powell
  • Patent number: 11029455
    Abstract: Broadband visible reflectors are disclosed. In particular, broadband visible reflectors with reduced on-axis blue reflectivity are described. Broadband visible reflectors that appear yellow in reflection are described. Such broadband visible reflectors may be used in backlights and displays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Edward J. Kivel, Ryan T. Fabick, Timothy J. Nevitt
  • Patent number: 11027231
    Abstract: An air filter (1) comprises an air filter media (10) with a sorbent-free area (20) that provides a visual filter life indicator zone (30) and with a sorbent-loaded area (26) that provides a visual reference zone (27).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Liang Cheng, Andrew R. Fox, Himanshu Jasuja, Zhiqun Zhang
  • Patent number: 11028252
    Abstract: A melt additive compound has the general formula (I) wherein R represents a linear alkylene group having from 1 to 18 carbon atoms; n represents an integer from 1 to 4, inclusive; and Rf1 is represented by the general formula II wherein Rf represents a perfluorinated group having from 3 to 5 carbon atoms. Compositions comprising a thermoplastic polymer and the melt additive compound, methods of extruding them and extruded articles are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Georgiy Teverovskiy, Chetan P. Jariwala, Ajay K. Vidyasagar, Maria A. Appeaning, Kristy A. Jost, Robert A. Polik
  • Patent number: 11028198
    Abstract: A copolymer having tetrafluoroethylene units and second polymerized monomer units in a range from 0.2 to 1 percent by weight, based on the total weight of the copolymer. Rf is a linear or branched perfluoroalkyl group having from 1 to 8 carbon atoms and optionally interrupted by one or more —O— groups, n is independently from 1 to 6, and z is 0, 1, or 2. The copolymer has a melt flow index in a range from 0.02 grams per 10 minutes to 19.4 grams per 10 minutes. The copolymer can be extruded to make articles, such as insulated cables. A method of making the copolymer is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Harald Kaspar, Klaus Hintzer, Markus E. Hirschberg, Herbert Koenigsmann, Karl D. Weilandt, Tilman C. Zipplies
  • Patent number: 11020486
    Abstract: Injectable formulations comprising ethanol, sesame oil, and an Immune Response Modifier compound are disclosed. Methods of making the formulations and methods of using the formulations for treatment of a disease in a subject, e.g., neoplastic disease, comprising injecting the formulations into a subject hi need of treatment, are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Joseph M. Beaurline, James M. Elvecrog, John P. Vasilakos, John Thomas Capecchi, Karen Elizabeth Johnson
  • Patent number: 11020949
    Abstract: The method of making a laminate (100) includes stretching a thermoplastic layer (102) so that it plastically deforms, relaxing the plastically deformed thermoplastic layer (102) to reduce its tensile strain, and subsequently laminating the thermoplastic layer (102) to a substrate (104) to make the laminate (100). The stretching, relaxing, and laminating are completed in-line. The thermoplastic layer has a first surface and a second surface opposite the first surface, with the first surface of the thermoplastic layer bearing a plurality of male fastening elements. The second surface of the thermoplastic layer (100) is laminated to the substrate (104).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Thomas J. Gilbert, Neelakandan Chandrasekaran, Todd L. Nelson, Michael R. Gorman, Mark A. Peltier
  • Patent number: 11020567
    Abstract: Medical article securement systems comprising a viscoelastic polymer and optionally a base layer for securing a medical article to the body of a patient, and particularly, for securing various catheter systems, tubes, or other elongated medical devices to the body of a patient and methods of making and using such.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Joseph D. Rule, Jennifer N. Hanson, Done Demirgoz
  • Patent number: 11025725
    Abstract: A personal protection equipment (PPE) system with a remote user interface comprises an article of PPE including an active wireless communication device for transmitting a signal and a controller for managing settings on the article of PPE; and a communication hub including a user interface, an electronic connection to a PPE management software, and a wireless communication device. When the wireless communication device of the communication hub detects that the article of PPE is in proximity to the communication hub, the hub displays information on the user interface. The user interface displays settings for the article of PPE, and the settings can be adjusted by a user through interaction with the user interface. The wireless communication device of the communication hub transmits information related to the adjusted settings to the wireless communication device of the article of PPE; and the controller adjusts the settings on the article of PPE.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Michael Bahners, Robert Bialluch, Nadine E. Brueckmann, Frank T. Herfort, Kiran S. Kanukurthy, Markus Gunther Wilfried Lierse
  • Patent number: 11022734
    Abstract: A polarizer stack including an absorbing polarizer and a multilayer polymeric reflective polarizer bonded together is described. The absorbing polarizer has a first block axis and the reflective polarizer has a second block axis substantially parallel to the first block axis. The reflective polarizer has a shrinkage in a range of 0.4 percent to 3 percent along the second block axis when the reflective polarizer is heated at 95° C. for 40 minutes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Carl A. Stover, Kristopher J. Derks
  • Patent number: 11022564
    Abstract: Various embodiments of a light detection device and a method of using the device are disclosed. In one or more embodiments, the light detection device can include a housing that extends along a housing axis between top and bottom surfaces. The device can also include a port that is adapted to receive a sample, and a door connected to the housing. The door can include an actuator portion adapted to selectively move the door between a closed position and an open position, and a cover portion connected to the actuator portion and adapted to close the port when the door is in the closed position and open the port when the door is in the open position to allow external access to the port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Thomas J. Brace, Phillip A. Bolea, Giuseppe M. Bommarito, Michele A. Waldner, Stephen R. Alexander, Fusu Thao, Kathleen M. Stenersen
  • Patent number: 11020619
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a respiratory protection device that includes a valve assembly operable between an open configuration and a closed configuration. In some exemplary embodiments, the respiratory protection device includes a mask body having a first air chamber, a second air chamber, and a breathable air zone. A valve assembly is operable to a closed configuration to prevent airflow from the first and second air chambers into the breathable air zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventor: David M. Castiglione
  • Patent number: D922017
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Matthew D. Chaffee, Mark W. Baldwin
  • Patent number: D922018
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Matthew D. Chaffee, Mark W. Baldwin