Patents Assigned to 3M Innovative Properties Company
  • Publication number: 20200198292
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to articles comprising a substrate, a pressure sensitive adhesive, and a release layer, wherein the release layer comprises at least one silicone carbonate polymer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2020
    Publication date: June 25, 2020
    Applicant: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: PHILLIP H. HENNA, RAMESH C. KUMAR
  • Patent number: 10693024
    Abstract: An assembly that includes a barrier film interposed between a first polymeric film substrate and a first major surface of a pressure sensitive adhesive layer is provided. The first polymeric film substrate has a first coefficient of thermal expansion that is, in some embodiments, up to 50 parts per million per Kelvin. The pressure sensitive adhesive layer has a second major surface opposite the first major surface that is disposed on a second polymeric film substrate. The second polymeric film substrate is typically resistant to degradation by ultraviolet light. In some embodiments, the second polymeric film substrate has a second coefficient of thermal expansion that is at least 40 parts per million per Kelvin higher than the first coefficient of thermal expansion. The assembly is transmissive to visible and infrared light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Mark D. Weigel, Mark A. Roehrig, Alan K. Nachtigal, Samuel Kidane, Andrew J. Henderson
  • Patent number: 10692843
    Abstract: A flexible polymeric dielectric layer (12) having first and second major surfaces, the first major surface having a conductive layer (20) thereon, the dielectric layer having at least one conduit (10) extending from the second major surface to the first major surface, the conduit having at least one lateral dimension of at least about one centimeter and being at least partially filled with conductive material (18), the conductive layer including at least one conductive feature (21) substantially aligned with the conduit (10), the conductive feature (21) supporting a plurality of light emitting semiconductor devices (22).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Ravi Palaniswamy, Jian Xia Gao, Alejandro Aldrin A. Narag, II, Nathan P. Kreutter, Andrew J. Ouderkirk
  • Patent number: 10688625
    Abstract: An abrasive article is provided which comprises a plurality of layers in the following order: a backing; an abrasive layer; a primer layer comprising clay particles, wherein the clay particles are agglomerated and form a layer; and a supersize coat comprising a metal salt of a long-chain fatty acid. The addition of the aforementioned primer layer can significantly reduce loading of swarf and improve both the cut and expected lifetime of the abrasive article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Adam J. Meuler, Daniel J. Schmidt, Yugeun P. Yang, Paul D. Graham, David A. Nettleship, Philip S. Hill
  • Patent number: 10690699
    Abstract: A holder for a current sensor having separable portions with inner surfaces forming an opening and opposing outer surfaces having a groove to accommodate a current sensing coil. The holder includes flexible members on the portions and extending toward the opening such that the flexible members can hold a power cable substantially centered within the opening and concentric with the current sensing coil. The portions are joined together with a hinge pivotally mounted between them at one end and a releasable clasp joining them together at another end, providing for ease of installation around the power cable by hand and without requiring tools or additional fasteners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Ernesto M. Rodriguez, Jr., William E. Haushalter
  • Patent number: 10691908
    Abstract: An article includes a substrate with a physical surface, and a hierarchy of parent and child optical element sets embodied on the physical surface, such that a first encoded value represented by the parent optical element set is based at least in part on the visual appearance of a particular optical element in the child optical element set, and a second, different encoded value represented by the particular parent optical element is based at least in part on the visual appearance, and the second encoded value not being decodable from a distance greater than a threshold distance, the first encoded value being decodable from the distance greater than the threshold distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: James W. Howard, Justin M. Johnson, Travis L. Potts, Deepti Pachauri, James B. Snyder, Guruprasad Somasundaram
  • Patent number: 10690819
    Abstract: The relates to multi-layer sealing films for microstructured articles. The multi-layer sealing film may include two or more layers. The multi-layer sealing film has an elastic modulus of at least 3.5×105 kPa and the flexural rigidity of the microstructured article is less than about 4.0×10?8 N·m2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Bimal V. Thakkar, Jeffrey O. Emslander, Bryan C. Feisel
  • Patent number: 10687588
    Abstract: The present invention relates to printed hook components for hook and loop mechanical fasteners, and other components such as on diaper chassis and other personal hygiene articles, and methods for making the same. The hook component comprises an organic polymer, a laser-sensitive agent, and a laser-induced print on the hook component created by the interaction of electromagnetic radiation with the laser-sensitive agent. The hook component can be used in a variety of applications, including mechanical fastening devices for personal hygiene articles such as diapers, adult incontinence pads, and medical gowns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Jeffrey O. Emslander, Siegfried R. Gabriel, Michael R. Gorman, Tilo Remhof, Robert L. W. Smithson, Hans-Gerd Vollmers
  • Patent number: 10690870
    Abstract: An optical communication subassembly includes one or more optoelectronic devices, one or more optical elements, and a transceiver light coupling unit. Each optical element is configured to change a divergence of the outgoing light relative to a divergence of the incoming light and is spaced apart from and optically aligned with a corresponding optoelectronic device. The transceiver light coupling unit has a mating surface configured for mating with a connector light coupling unit attached to an optical waveguide. A mating direction of the optical light coupling unit forms an angle with the mating surface of the transceiver light coupling unit such that when the connector light coupling unit mates with the transceiver light coupling unit, the angle between the mating direction of the connector light coupling unit and the mating surface of the transceiver light coupling unit causes the optical waveguide to bend.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Terry L. Smith, Barry J. Koch, Michael A. Haase, Alexander R. Mathews
  • Patent number: 10687753
    Abstract: Systems and methods for optimizing body and object interactions are provided. Based on obtained contact pressure maps and coefficient of friction (COF) maps at a contact interface where at least a portion of a body is in physical contact with a surface of an object, friction force maps can be determined, which can be used to optimize body and object interactions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Jonathan T. Kahl, Nathan J. Anderson, James J. Kobe, Roger T. Hager, Thomas B. Galush
  • Patent number: 10689165
    Abstract: A reservoir system for use with a spray gun. The system includes a cup receptacle and a lid. The lid includes a lid body and a collar. The lid body provides a spout and a platform surrounding the spout. At least a portion of the platform forms a partial helical shape revolving about a central axis of the spout. The collar is rotatably connected to the lid body. Further, the collar includes a lid connector structure configured to connect the lid to the cup receptacle. In some embodiments, the reservoir system further includes one or more of an adaptor, a plug and a shaker core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Anna M. Hegdahl, Alexander T. Ebertowski, Scott D. Gullicks, Andrew R. Henry, Stephen C. P. Joseph, Sabeel Ullah
  • Patent number: 10688508
    Abstract: Provided are nozzle assemblies and related methods for a spraying apparatus. The nozzle assembly includes a fluid side wall defining a fluid passageway that extends longitudinally along a fluid axis and terminates in a fluid aperture; an air cap side wall extending around the fluid side wall and partially defining an air passageway that terminates in an atomizing aperture adjacent the fluid aperture. A pair of diametrically opposed air horns protrude past the fluid aperture from the air cap side wall and define respective air horn cavities in communication with the air passageway, each air horn having an external surface and a fan control aperture extending along a fan control axis through the external surface to flow air against a fluid stream discharged from the fluid aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: John B. Scheibner, Daniel Siltberg
  • Patent number: 10688768
    Abstract: A glass and polymer film assembly including a glass film and a polymer film bonded to a surface of the glass film. The polymer film is directly bonded to the glass film by applying the polymer to the glass film when the glass film is above a bonding temperature of the polymer film. The glass film may have a thickness less than about 1 mm and the polymer film may be an oriented semicrystalline homopolymer which is permanently bonded to a major surface of the glass film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventor: Andrew J. Ouderkirk
  • Patent number: 10691275
    Abstract: A touch screen sensor includes a visible light transparent substrate and an electrically conductive micropattern disposed on or in the visible light transparent substrate. The micropattern includes a first region micropattern within a touch sensing area and a second region micropattern. The first region micropattern has a first sheet resistance value in a first direction, is visible light transparent, and has at least 90% open area. The second region micropattern has a second sheet resistance value in the first direction. The first sheet resistance value is different from the second sheet resistance value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Matthew H. Frey, Michael J. Robrecht, George F. Jambor
  • Patent number: 10687918
    Abstract: A method of preparing an orthodontic bracket. Such an orthodontic bracket has a bracket bonding pad and a bracket body with a bracket slot. The method has steps of providing a precursor of an orthodontic bracket into a machine for modifying the shape of the orthodontic bracket precursor. The orthodontic bracket precursor has an alignment structure of a pre-determined geometry. Further the alignment structure and the bracket slot are spatially arranged relative to each other at a pre-determined distance and orientation. The method further has the steps of aligning the orthodontic bracket precursor based on the alignment structure and embedding the orthodontic bracket precursor at least partially in a liquid. The liquid is cause to solidify and thereby the orthodontic bracket precursor is retained in position. The so retained orthodontic bracket precursor is changed in shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Ralf M. Paehl, Thomas Weise
  • Patent number: 10688510
    Abstract: A spray gun cup receptacle is disclosed comprising an open end for receiving a liner within a cavity and a base end opposite the open end. The sidewall comprises at least one aperture through which the cavity is visible from outside the spray gun cup receptacle. The apertures are divided one above the other by a brace member, at least a portion of which is disposed at a brace member angle ? relative to the base plane. Also disclosed are receptacles comprising one or more tactile feedback members positioned adjacent an aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Anna M. Hegdahl, Stephen C. P. Joseph, Dominic M. Pitera, Eric O. Nyaribo
  • Patent number: 10688511
    Abstract: A spray gun reservoir connector system. The system includes a reservoir lid, a spray gun inlet, and complementary first and second connector formats. The first and second connector formats are provided with one of either the lid or the spray gun inlet. The first format includes a plurality of retention structures each defining a capture region. The retention structures are collectively arranged in a circular pattern. The second format includes a plurality of lock structures each including a shim body configured to selectively interface with the capture regions. The connector formats are configured to provide wedged engagement between the lock structures and corresponding ones of the retention structures upon rotation of the spray gun inlet relative to the lid. The lid may include a spout. The retention and lock structures are radially spaced outside of the spout, and the spout may have an inner diameter of not less than 22 mm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Anna M. Hegdahl, Stephen C. P. Joseph, Alexander T. Ebertowski, Andrew R. Henry
  • Publication number: 20200189164
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to films having at least a first profiled layer and a second layer having an inverse profile of the first layer. Those films can be used as protection tapes for various surfaces. Exemplary uses of the films of the present disclosure include leading edge protection tapes for rotor blades.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2018
    Publication date: June 18, 2020
    Applicant: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Michael Benton FREE, Stephen A. JOHNSON, William T. FAY, Troy J. ANDERSON, Derek W. PATZMAN
  • Publication number: 20200188063
    Abstract: Various embodiments of an orthodontic appliance and method of forming such appliance are disclosed. In one or more embodiments, the orthodontic appliance can include an arch member including an arch member body and an arch member coupling connected to the body. The orthodontic appliance can also include an anchor including an anchor coupling and a base adapted to connect the anchor to a surface of a tooth. The arch member coupling can be releasably connectable to the anchor coupling, and the anchor can be adapted for displacement relative to the arch member body when the anchor is connected to the surface of the tooth and the arch member coupling is connected to the anchor coupling.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2020
    Publication date: June 18, 2020
    Applicant: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: David K. Cinader, JR., Ralf M. Paehl, Michael K. Domroese, Gopal B. Haregoppa, James D. Hansen
  • Patent number: 10682830
    Abstract: Multilayered polymer films are configured so that successive constituent layer packets can be delaminated in continuous sheet form from the remaining film. The films are compatible with known coextrusion manufacturing techniques, and can be made without adhesive layers between layer packets that are tailored to be individually peelable from the remainder of the film. Instead, combinations of polymer compositions are used to allow non-adhesive polymer layers to be combined such that irreversible delamination of the film is likely to occur at interfaces between layer packets pairs. Some of the polymer layers, including at least one embedded layer, comprise an antimicrobial agent, and these layers may be positioned at the front of each layer packet. After the antimicrobial layer of one layer packet has been used, the packet can be peeled away to expose a pristine antimicrobial layer of the next layer packet. The antimicrobial agent may be organic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Steven P. Swanson, Semra Colak Atan, Onur S. Yordem, Stephen A. Johnson, Timothy J. Lindquist, Terence D. Neavin, Matthew T. Scholz