Patents Assigned to Fina Technology, Inc.
  • Patent number: 9505161
    Abstract: An ISBM article is disclosed wherein the ISBM article is made from an HDPE resin having a MI2 of 0.1 to 5.0 dg/min as measured by ASTM D-1238; 190° C./2.16 kg, a density of from 0.940 to 0.970 g/cc as measured by ASTM D792, a peak molecular weight of greater than 40,000 g/mol and a zero shear viscosity between 15,000 and 250,000 Pa·sec.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: FINA TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventors: Luyi Sun, Michael McLeod, John Ashbaugh, Fengkui Li, Leland Daniels
  • Patent number: 9505920
    Abstract: A polymer composition of polypropylene copolymer and 1 to 50% by weight of hard resin. The polypropylene copolymer is either an impact copolymer or a random copolymer. The polymer composition can be used to make injection stretch blow molded articles having improved top load strength.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: FINA TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventors: Luyi Sun, Tim Coffy, Leland Daniels
  • Patent number: 9481740
    Abstract: A process for producing high impact polystyrene including feeding at least one vinyl aromatic monomer, an elastomer, and a free radical initiator to a first linear flow reactor to form a reaction mixture. Polymerizing the reaction mixture in the first linear flow reactor to a point below the point at which phase inversion occurs to produce a first polymerization mixture and feeding the first polymerization mixture from the first linear flow reactor to a second linear flow reactor. Polymerizing the reaction mixture in the second linear flow reactor to at least a phase inversion point of the mixture to produce a second polymerization mixture and feeding the second polymerization mixture from the second linear flow reactor to at least a third linear flow reactor for post-inversion polymerization of the second polymerization mixture. The product stream can have an ESCR value of at least 10% toughness retained with less than 10 wt % rubber content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: Fina Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Likuo Sun, Jose Sosa, Serge Eon, Carlos Corleto, Scott Cooper
  • Patent number: 9469576
    Abstract: Methods of forming ethylbenzene are described herein. In one embodiment, the method includes contacting dilute ethylene with benzene in the presence of an alkylation catalyst to form ethylbenzene, wherein such contact occurs in a reaction zone containing a gaseous phase and recovering ethylbenzene from the reaction zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: FINA TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventor: James R. Butler
  • Patent number: 9416238
    Abstract: Methods for preparing an impact copolymer by selecting a continuous phase polymer having a first melt flow rate and selecting a rubber phase polymeric material such that the final melt flow rate of the impact copolymer is within 2 g/10 min of the first melt flow rate. Impact copolymers made from such methods and films and molded articles produced from such impact copolymers are also included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: FINA TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventor: Mark Leland
  • Patent number: 9416264
    Abstract: A method of forming a compatibilized polymeric blend may include providing a polyolefin that includes a propylene heterophasic copolymer. The polyolefin may have an ethylene content of at least 10 weight percent based on a total weight of the polyolefin. The method may include melt blending the polyolefin with a polylactic acid and a reactive modifier to form the compatiblized polymeric blend. The reactive modifier may be a glycidyl methacrylate grafted polypropylene (PP-g-GMA). The reactive modified may be produced by contacting a polypropylene, a glycidyl methacrylate, a multifunctional acrylate comonomer, and an initiator under conditions suitable for the formation of PP-g-GMA having a grafting yield in a range from 1 wt. % to 15 wt. %.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: FINA TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventors: Fengkui Li, John Ashbaugh, Gabriel Desille, Caroline Schils
  • Patent number: 9382347
    Abstract: Ziegler-Natta catalysts, processes of forming the same and using the same are described herein. The process generally includes contacting a metal component with a magnesium dihalide support material to form a Ziegler-Natta catalyst precursor; contacting the support material with a dopant including a non-Group IV metal halide to form a doped catalyst precursor; and activating the doped catalyst precursor by contact with an organoaluminum compound to form a Ziegler-Natta catalyst.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: FINA TECHNOLOGY INC
    Inventors: Lei Zhang, David Knoeppel
  • Publication number: 20160186023
    Abstract: An additive for imparting caustic removability to a hot melt adhesive includes a hydrocarbon copolymer containing one or more dicarboxylic acid moieties in at least partial ester form and a C5 hydrocarbon polymer comprising a polymeric backbone and, pendent thereon, one or more dicarboxylic acid moieties in at least partial ester form. The hydrocarbon copolymer and a C5 hydrocarbon polymer may have a weight average molecular weight less than 50,000, a flashpoint greater than or equal to 150° C., and may be soluble in a caustic solution having a pH of 8 or greater. A caustic removable hot melt adhesive composition may include the additive composition, a block copolymer, a tackifler, and/or a processing oil. The caustic removable hot melt adhesive composition may be applied to a label to adhere the label to the surface of an article, such as a recyclable bottle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Publication date: June 30, 2016
    Applicant: Fina Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: William R. DOUGHERTY, Nestor P. HANSEN
  • Patent number: 9375706
    Abstract: Alkylation systems and processes are described herein. The alkylation system generally includes a preliminary alkylation system containing a preliminary alkylation catalyst therein and adapted to contact an aromatic compound and an alkylating agent with the preliminary alkylation catalyst so as to alkylate the aromatic compound and form a preliminary output stream, wherein the preliminary alkylation system includes a first preliminary alkylation reactor and a second preliminary alkylation reactor connected in parallel to the first preliminary alkylation reactor and a primary alkylation system adapted to receive the preliminary output stream and contact the preliminary output stream and the alkylating agent with a primary alkylation catalyst disposed therein so as to form a primary output stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: FINA TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventor: James Butler
  • Patent number: 9371257
    Abstract: A method for the oxidative coupling of hydrocarbons includes providing an oxidative catalyst inside a reactor and carrying out the oxidative coupling reaction under a set of reaction conditions. The reactor surfaces that contact the reactants and products do not provide a significant detrimental catalyzing effect. In an embodiment the reactor contains an inert lining or a portion of the reactor inner surface is treated to reduce the detrimental catalytic effects. In an embodiment the reactor contains a lining that includes an oxidative catalyst.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: Fina Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Sivadinarayana Chinta, Joseph L. Thorman
  • Patent number: 9365710
    Abstract: A controlled rheology polypropylene that is made from Ziegler-Natta produced random copolymer and an additive formulation, extruded in the presence of a peroxide, exhibits low fluid retention and can be used to make medical/laboratory grade equipment, such a pipette tips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: Fina Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Margarito Lopez, Michael McLeod
  • Patent number: 9359494
    Abstract: A blown film composition including a first high density polyethylene component and a second high density polyethylene component, wherein the blown film contains a mixture of three or more discrete molecular weight distributions, and wherein the second high density polyethylene component has at least one more discrete molecular weight distribution than the first high density polyethylene component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: Fina Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael McLeod, Marco Araya, Ruby L. Curtis, John Ashbaugh, Leonardo Cortes
  • Patent number: 9334342
    Abstract: Polymer articles and processes of forming polymer articles are described herein. The processes generally include providing a propylene based polymer formed from a metallocene catalyst and melt processing the propylene based polymer to form a polymer article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: Fina Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Mahesh Patkar, Michael Musgrave, Jerome Thierry-Mieg, Luyi Sun, Likuo Sun
  • Patent number: 9334394
    Abstract: A farnesene polymer is provided having a glass transition temperature greater than zero degrees Celsius that is obtained by combining a farnesene monomer and a solvent and optionally adding one or more vinyl aromatic comonomers to provide a monomer feed and polymerizing the monomer feed with a Friedel-Crafts catalyst. The farnesene polymer may be included as a resin in a rubber composition for tire applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: Fina Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven K. Henning, Keith A. Nelson, Jean-Marc Monsallier, Fabien Salort
  • Patent number: 9328182
    Abstract: Molded articles are prepared from propylene-ethylene copolymers and exhibiting improved clarity and strength properties. Articles prepared include bottles and other thin-walled articles. The articles are prepared using an isotactic propylene-ethylene random copolymer resin having an ethylene content of from about 0.5 to about 3 percent by total weight of copolymer, with a xylene solubles content of less than about 1.5 percent. The injection molded article may exhibit less than about 20 percent haze, as determined by ASTM D1003, at a thickness of about 0.08 inch (2.03 mm). Articles may also be prepared from similar copolymers having an ethylene content greater than about 3 percent by total weight of copolymer, with a xylene solubles content of less than about 4 percent by total weight of copolymer. These articles may exhibit less than about 13 percent haze, as determined by ASTM D1003, at a thickness of about 0.08 inch (2.03 mm).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: FINA TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventors: Douglas Burmaster, Owen Hodges, J. Layne Lumus, Lu Ann Kelly, Mark Murphy
  • Patent number: 9327476
    Abstract: Polymeric compositions and processes of forming the same are described herein. The processes generally include contacting a polyolefin with a polylactic acid in the presence of at least 800 ppm of a radical initiator under extrusion conditions to produce a polyolefin-polylactic acid copolymer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: FINA TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventors: Fengkui Li, John Ashbaugh, David Rauscher, Robert Dotter
  • Patent number: 9290647
    Abstract: A composition comprising a blend of a polyolefin, polylactic acid, and a reactive modifier. A method of producing an oriented film comprising reactive extrusion compounding a mixture comprising polypropylene, polylactic acid, a reactive modifier to form a compatibilized polymeric blend, casting the compatibilized polymeric blend into a film, and orienting the film. A method of preparing a reactive modifier comprising contacting a polyolefin, a multifunctional acrylate comonomer, and an initiator under conditions suitable for the formation of an epoxy-functionalized polyolefin wherein the epoxy-functionalized polyolefin has a grafting yield of from 0.2 wt. % to 15 wt. %.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: FINA TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventors: Fengkui Li, Tim J. Coffy, Michel Daumerie
  • Patent number: 9290650
    Abstract: Films (or a cap layer of co-extruded films) and methods of forming the same are described herein. The films generally include a modified olefin based polymer including polypropylene and from 1 wt. % to 30 wt. % polylactic acid (PLA), wherein the modified olefin based polymer exhibits a seal initiation temperature (SIT) that is at least 5° C. less than a seal initiation temperature of the polypropylene absent the PLA and a hot tack range of at least 20° C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: FINA TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventors: Fengkui Li, John Ashbaugh
  • Patent number: 9272962
    Abstract: A process is disclosed for making styrene by converting methanol to formaldehyde in a reactor then reacting the formaldehyde with toluene to form styrene in a separate reactor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: FINA TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventors: James R. Butler, Joseph E. Pelati
  • Patent number: 9260541
    Abstract: A method comprising preparing a multi-component catalyst system comprising a catalyst and a cocatalyst, and adjusting the level of at least one component of the catalyst system to maintain a user-desired level of catalyst activity throughout a process, wherein the component comprises a catalyst activator and wherein the catalyst activator comprises the catalyst or the cocatalyst. A method comprising contacting a polymerization catalyst system comprising a Ziegler-Natta catalyst and a cocatalyst with a catalyst activator at least twice during a polymerization process, wherein the polymerization process is carried out in a reactor system comprising multiple reactor types.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: FINA TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventors: Kenneth P. Blackmon, David Ribour, Shabbir Malbari, Tim Coffy, Michel Daumerie