Patents Assigned to SWIMC, LLC
  • Patent number: 11565544
    Abstract: Provided is a container having a container body, a bail attached to the container body, and a flexible band attached to a rear of the container body. The flexible band has a first end attached to the rear of the container proximate a top of the rear and a second end attached to the rear of the container body proximate a bottom of the rear. The flexible band is movable between a first position spaced a first distance from the rear, a second position spaced a second distance from the rear less than the first distance to allow the container body and the bail to be grasped at the rear without interference by the flexible band, and a third position spaced a third distance from the rear greater than the first distance to provide space for a user's hand between the rear of the container body and the flexible band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: SWIMC LLC
    Inventors: Michael C. Lambertson, Jr., Joshua R. Robertson
  • Patent number: 11566147
    Abstract: A two-component polyurethane coating composition is described. The composition includes a multifunctional isocyanate component and a multifunctional polyol component. The polyurethane described herein is an overindexed composition that may be used as a tiecoat in a conventional recoat or refinish process. The described composition provides improved adhesion between an aged coat and a newly applied coating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: SWIMC LLC
    Inventors: Garry Edgington, Jason Lindquist, Tapan DebRoy
  • Patent number: 11560487
    Abstract: Paint and coating compositions including a low molecular weight chitosan composition that may be incorporated in a coating composition at higher loading levels, which exhibits one or more of improved elongation, improved thermocycling characteristics, reduced leaching of coating components, are lesser susceptibility to fungal and mildew defacement than conventional coatings or coatings containing higher molecular weight chitosan compounds, articles coated in the same, and methods for making said coatings and coated articles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2023
    Assignee: SWIMC LLC
    Inventor: Cory G. Miller
  • Patent number: 11549032
    Abstract: The present invention is a water dispersible copolymer for scavenging formaldehyde, the copolymer being based on acrylic copolymer comprising one or more acetoacetyl functional groups and one or more hydrophilic groups chemically bonded to its molecular backbone, wherein the acrylic copolymer has a number average molecular weight of 2000-100,000 g/mol; and wherein the acrylic copolymer comprises between 10 wt % and 30 wt % of the acetoacetyl functional groups relative to the weight of the acrylic copolymer. The present invention also refers to an aqueous dispersion containing said water dispersible copolymer, as well as an article coated by a coating comprising the aqueous dispersion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignee: SWIMC LLC
    Inventors: Yanchang Gan, Xi Zhao, Xiaorui Chen, Gang Duan
  • Patent number: 11530326
    Abstract: An aqueous coating composition that includes a binder, pigment, and a formaldehyde scrubbing urea compound. When applied to a substrate, the coating composition absorbs formaldehyde and other air pollutants from passing air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2022
    Assignee: SWIMC LLC
    Inventor: Cory G. Miller
  • Patent number: 11525059
    Abstract: An intumescent composition capable of withstanding temperature cycling as low as ?60° C. without cracking is contemplated. The composition also exhibits enhanced durability due to its resistance to water absorption, its acceptable cure times, and (when exposed to fire conditions) its well-adhered, foamed char layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2022
    Assignee: SWIMC, LLC
    Inventor: Sharon L. Hilton
  • Patent number: 11518904
    Abstract: Described herein are two-component curable compositions for coatings, paints, primers, topcoats, and the like. The systems herein include curable components that permit a wide latitude in additional additives used in the product formulation. In one aspect, the curable components of the compositions include a first component of polymer(s) or oligomer(s) having a beta-dicarbonyl group or dicarbonyl functionality of 1 or greater combined with a separate, second component of polymer(s) or oligomer(s) having an alkylidene malonate functionality of 1 or greater in the presence of a catalyst or initiator and other acidic compositional components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2022
    Assignee: SWIMC LLC
    Inventor: Anthony J. Tye
  • Patent number: 11466162
    Abstract: An aqueous coating composition is provided that is useful in coating a variety of substrates, including interior or exterior portions of food or beverage cans. The coating composition includes a resin system that includes a multi-stage latex. In some embodiments, the multi-stage latex is formed using a process that includes emulsion polymerizing two or more stages in the presence of an aqueous dispersion including a water-dispersible polymer. In certain preferred embodiments, the water-dispersible polymer is a polyether polymer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Assignee: SWIMC LLC
    Inventors: Robert M. O'Brien, Mark Stuetelberg, Joseph D. Desousa, Mary Jo Scandolari, Nikolaus Koch, Stephen Pollin, Nusrah Hussain
  • Patent number: 11440342
    Abstract: Provide is a tool that includes a handle assembly including a top and bottom portion and a blade disposed between the top and bottom portion having first and second ends and an opening at its first end. The opening includes first and second notches opposed to one another. The tool also includes a latch assembly disposed between the top and bottom portion that is movable between first and second positions, the latch assembly including a latch having a protrusion that engages one of the first or second notches in the first position and disengages from the one of the first or second notches in the second position. The blade is rotatable about the first end between a closed positioned where the first notch is engaged by the protrusion, and an open position where the second notch is engaged by the protrusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: SWIMC, LLC
    Inventor: Victor J. Levand
  • Patent number: 11427654
    Abstract: An aqueous coating composition useful in coating a variety of substrates, including interior or exterior portions of food or beverage cans. The coating composition includes a multi-stage polymeric latex having two or more emulsion polymerized stages in an aqueous carrier liquid, wherein the latex has one or both of: (i) a lower glass transition temperature (Tg) emulsion polymerized stage having a calculated Tg that is at least 20° C. lower than a calculated Tg of a higher Tg emulsion polymerized stage, or (ii) a gradient Tg with at least a 20° C. differential in the calculated Tg of monomers fed at the start of polymerization compared to monomers fed at the end of polymerization. When spray-applied on the interior of a food or beverage can, the composition exhibits a global extraction result of less than 50 ppm and a metal exposure value of less than 3 mA.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: SWIMC LLC
    Inventors: Robert M. O'Brien, Mark Stuetelberg, Joseph D. Desousa, Mary Jo Scandolari, Nikolaus Koch, Stephen Pollin, Nusrah Hussain
  • Patent number: 11410335
    Abstract: A method includes obtaining first color information for each of a plurality of first samples of a first target color with a color measurement device connected to a computing device including a display. A digital color image of at least one first target color is displayed on the display. An offset value for each first target color is determined such that the digital color image of each first target color matches the corresponding first target color on each of the first samples. A second sample including a second target color is scanned to obtain second color information. A processor of the computing device determines, using the offset values of the first target colors, an interpolated offset for the display such that the digital image of the second target color matches the second target color.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: SWIMC LLC
    Inventors: Nancy Peden, Isabel Bartig
  • Patent number: 11396604
    Abstract: A coating composition may include a polymeric binder and bacteria that exhibit biologically induced mineralization (BIM) or biologically controlled mineralization (BCM) of calcium carbonate (CaCO3) in the presence of environmental calcium. The bacteria may exhibit BIM or BCM of CaCO3 using the ChaA antiporter protein. The coating formulations may be used to form coatings that exhibit self-healing properties in response to damage, such as a cut, tear, puncture, abrasion, or the like. For example, in response to being exposed to the damage, the bacteria may utilize nutrients, a calcium source, and water to cause precipitation of CaCO3 at the site of the damage. The nutrients, the calcium source, and the water may be provided as part of the coating formulation, as part of another layer of a coating system, from an external source (e.g., an applied spray or wash), or combinations thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignees: SWIMC LLC, The University of Akron
    Inventors: Hazel A Barton, Kathleen R. Gisser, Tony A. Rook
  • Patent number: 11396570
    Abstract: This invention relates to urethane acrylic hybrid polymer dispersion with robust dry/wet adhesion and the basecoats prepared therefrom for automotive applications. In this system, the polyurethane dispersion (PUD) prepolymer is based on a combination of polyols and aliphatic diisocyanates. The acrylic portion is based on (meth)acrylated monomers. A combination of this hybrid polymer dispersion and other resins having defined glass transition temperature (Tg) values, organic and/or inorganic rheology modifiers, and different additives including pigment, dispersant, and defoamer are used to prepare waterborne basecoats having modified appearance and performance. The final coatings show excellent dry/wet adhesion to the primer for automotive applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: SWIMC LLC
    Inventors: Zhangqing Yu, Ali Javadi, Abhijit J Suryawanshi, Alexandra K Sinclair
  • Patent number: 11377277
    Abstract: The present invention is based upon a coating system that uses polycyclic polyester polymers and phenolic resins. The coating system comprises first and second coatings. The first coating preferably is derived from ingredients comprising a polycyclic polyester resin having first and second fused rings that share at least two atoms in common. The second coating preferably is derived from ingredients comprising a polycyclic polyester resin that may be different than the polyester of the first coating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: SWIMC LLC
    Inventors: Benoit Prouvost, Philippe Michel, Delphine Destal
  • Publication number: 20220203398
    Abstract: A pad painter system includes a pad painter having a base portion and a handle portion extending from the base portion, an applicator pad detachably secured to the base portion, and a lock mechanism having a lock tab of the base portion and an tab opening of the applicator pad. The lock tab extends into the tab opening to retain the applicator pad to the pad painter. The lock tab is formed at an edge of a wall and an opening is formed in the wall adjacent to the lock tab so that the lock tab can be resiliently deflected out of the tab opening to release the applicator pad. The base portion can include a tab flange extending out from the wall that extends inwardly from the edge at opposed sides of the lock tab and around the lock tab to stiffen the wall area by the lock tab.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2022
    Publication date: June 30, 2022
    Applicant: SWIMC LLC
    Inventors: Christopher Nicholas Gurreri, Jennifer S. Kitchen, Michael C. Lambertson, JR., Connie M. McKinney
  • Publication number: 20220168768
    Abstract: A spray gun alignment system precisely aligns a spray gun of a container spray machine for precision application of container coatings. The spray gun alignment system generates a spray gun alignment jig including a container holder adapter and a spray gun adapter. The container holder adapter is inserted into a container holder of the spray machine, and the spray gun adapter is fastened to the spray gun. The spray gun alignment jig is configured to position the spray gun in proper alignment with respect to the container holder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2022
    Publication date: June 2, 2022
    Applicant: SWIMC LLC
    Inventors: Thomas P. PIRAINO, Stephen W. ROZWOOD
  • Patent number: 11306168
    Abstract: An aqueous coating composition is provided that is preferably substantially free of styrene and structural units derived from styrene. The coating composition includes a resin system that preferably includes a water-dispersible polymer and an emulsion polymerized ethylenically unsaturated monomer component. The resin system is preferably formed using a process that includes emulsion polymerizing the ethylenically unsaturated monomer component in the presence of an aqueous dispersion including the water-dispersible polymer. In certain preferred embodiments, the water-dispersible polymer is a salt of an acid- or anhydride-functional aromatic polyether polymer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: SWIMC LLC
    Inventors: Robert M. O'Brien, Mark Stuetelberg
  • Patent number: D953749
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: SWIMC LLC
    Inventors: Michael Lambertson, Charles Buckel
  • Patent number: D959082
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: SWIMC LLC
    Inventors: Michael C. Lambertson, Jr., Joshua R. Robertson, Yubing Lu
  • Patent number: D968100
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: SWIMC LLC
    Inventors: Christopher Nicholas Gurreri, Jennifer S. Kitchen, Michael C. Lambertson, Jr., Connie M. McKinney