Patents Assigned to SWIMC, LLC
  • Patent number: 11987719
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to an aqueous dispersion of inorganic fibers and a method for formulating an aqueous coating composition therefrom. The aqueous dispersion of inorganic fibers comprises water, inorganic fibers, a dispersing agent, an anti-settling agent and optionally additional additives, wherein the inorganic fibers have an average fiber diameter of from 1 micron to 100 microns and have a number average aspect ratio of from 1.1:1 to 10:1; and wherein the aqueous dispersion does not contain a film-forming amount of a polymeric resin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2024
    Assignee: SWIMC LLC
    Inventors: Weihua Kai, Gang Duan, Xi Zhao, Shigang Fan
  • Patent number: 11981822
    Abstract: A method of forming a coating on a food or beverage container, which includes spraying a coating composition onto an interior surface of the food or beverage container, where the coating composition includes a latex copolymer and a metal drier or crosslinking agent. The latex copolymer is a reaction product of monomers that include (a) one or more styrene-mimicking monomers containing one or more cyclic groups and one or more ethylenically-unsaturated groups, at least a portion of such styrene-mimicking monomers being polycyclic monomers containing ring unsaturation, and (b) one or more other ethylenically-unsaturated monomers. Preferably, the coating composition is substantially free of each of BPA, PVC, other halogenated monomers, and optionally styrene. The method may also include curing the sprayed coating composition, thereby providing the coating on the interior surface of the food or beverage container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Assignee: SWIMC LLC
    Inventors: Joseph D. Desousa, Sebastien Gibanel, Benjamin J. Webster, Kailas B. Sawant, Benoit Prouvost
  • Patent number: 11976207
    Abstract: Water-based compositions containing a low VOC coalescent, a latex or water-dispersible polymer, and a water-insoluble UV-VIS (preferably, ultraviolet) absorber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2024
    Assignee: SWIMC LLC
    Inventors: Mary Jane Hibben, Mike Wildman, T. Howard Killilea, Iain Harvey
  • Patent number: 11951505
    Abstract: According to some embodiments, a system and method for dispensing a floor coating in a specified ratio of multiple components is disclosed. The system and method may set and maintain a desired ratio of the multiple components by controlling, with a controller, a drive rate of respective pumps configured for propelling the components from a reservoir to a mixer or a dispenser. The controller may be responsive to at least one of a measured actual drive rate, an environmental condition, an actual usage of each component, and an operational parameter of the system, for adjusting a drive rate of the respective pumps to compensate for discrepancies that may affect the ratio of the multiple components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: SWIMC LLC
    Inventors: Kyle Sanford Smith, Murty Venkata Bhamidipati, David Royston Hughes, Robert S. Smith, Peter V. Ferris, Daniel R. Allen, Charles R. Sperry, David M. Kroll
  • Patent number: 11952511
    Abstract: An aqueous coating composition may include an aqueous carrier liquid; xanthan gum in an amount between about 0.05 wt. % and 0.5 wt. % of the aqueous coating composition; and a secondary rheology agent comprising at least one of a waterborne clay, a hydrophobically modified alkaline swellable emulsion, a hydrophobically enhanced urethane, a polyether polyol, or a hydrophobically modified ethoxylated aminoplast.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: SWIMC LLC
    Inventors: Randy Chamberlain, Rachael Ilic, Isaac Quinones, Zhiwei Xie
  • Patent number: 11952505
    Abstract: A waterborne one-component coating composition capable of self-crosslinking and exhibiting a gloss and hardness improvement when cured that is similar to a solventborne two-component composition. The composition includes a urethane phase including a polyurethane polymer with at least polyester diol monomer units, polycarbonate diol monomer units, and ketone-functionalized diol monomer units. The composition may include an optional acrylic phase including an acrylic polymer having monomer units selected from one of alkyl (meth)acrylate monomer units, vinyl acetate monomer units, styrene monomer units, ketone-functional vinyl monomer units, or combinations thereof. The composition includes a hydrazine-functionalized crosslinking agent configured to crosslink one of the ketone-functionalized diol monomer units, the ketone-functional vinyl monomer units, or both. The composition further includes one or more tertiary amine reaction moderators or neutralizing agents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2023
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: SWIMC LLC
    Inventors: Randolph B. Krafcik, Jose C. Aravena, James E. Rinz, Ruisong Xu, Zhangqing Yu
  • Patent number: 11939488
    Abstract: Methods for abating airborne pollutants include applying a coating composition ath includes a an aqueous carrier, a binder, a pigment, and a formaldehyde scrubbing urea compound and curing the coating composition. The coated substrate absorbs formaldehyde and other air pollutants from passing air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: SWIMC LLC
    Inventor: Cory G. Miller
  • Patent number: 11920054
    Abstract: Solvent-free, hydrophobically modified urethane (HEURs) compositions produced by reactive extrusion, methods of producing the same, and coating compositions containing the same are described. Such HEURs can be used as solvent-free or low-solvent rheology modifiers in coatings formulations. The HEURs compositions herein are formed by reactive extrusion of a polyether polyol and an isocyanate functional material in the presence of a metal catalyst, and an hydrophobic, end-capping modifier without the need for organic solvents, co-solvents, and/or surfactants. In certain aspects, compositions and methods herein do not require the costly stripping of organic solvent to provide useable product, allow for a 100% active solids HEUR that can be added directly to the grind stage of making a paint composition, and are free of VOC-contributing solvents or co-solvent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Assignee: SWIMC LLC
    Inventors: Vito J. Pistone, Randolph B. Krafcik
  • Patent number: 11912901
    Abstract: A waterborne coating composition including a novel polymer latex and methods of preparing the polymer latex for the waterborne coating composition. The disclosed polymer latex, when incorporated into the waterborne coating composition, reduces gloss, and achieves a matte appearance without the need for and/or with reduced amounts of traditional inorganic matting additives. In one approach, the polymer latex disclosed herein includes latex particles having a core/shell arrangement configured to not only participate in film formation but also impact surface morphology of dried films to produce the low gloss coatings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: SWIMC LLC
    Inventors: Gamini S. Samaranayake, Shailesh S. Shah, Joseph J. Kestner, Kimberly A. Koglin, Tom Wendland, Margaret Patterson
  • Patent number: 11906359
    Abstract: A custom-tint paint production system that includes a color sensing device such as a low-resolution spectrophotometer to measure color of a preexisting surface color, a color data translation engine to convert the measured values to spectral curve values, and a tint formulation engine to determine a custom tint formulation based upon the spectral curve values, which is usable by a tinter to tint a base coating composition by adding one or more colorants in amounts based on color measurements from the color sensing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: SWIMC LLC
    Inventors: Stephen M. Revnew, Anthony T. Congin, James A. Leonard, William M. Wharry
  • Patent number: 11904346
    Abstract: A multi-tiered precision powder coating batch system configured to enable simultaneous preparation of a first and second batch of powder coatings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: SWIMC LLC
    Inventor: Sudip Bhattacharjee
  • Patent number: 11905434
    Abstract: Water-based coating compositions or paint having improved gloss retention, including a latex or water-dispersible polymer, a UV-VIS absorber comprising a substituted benzophenone capable of being a free radical generator, a hindered amine light stabilizer, and optionally a low-VOC coalescent provided in a preferably desired amount. A composition comprising a blend a UV-VIS absorber comprising a substituted benzophenone capable of being a free radical generator, a hindered amine light stabilizer, and a low-VOC coalescent, providing a thermally-stable coalescent that can be used in a paint formulation for gloss retention. Gloss retention of paints containing the UV-VIS absorber and hindered amine light stabilizer being markedly improved over paints that do not have both components present.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: SWIMC LLC
    Inventors: Robert W. Sandoval, Matthew D. Andersson, T. Howard Killilea, Mary Jane Hibben, Frank Cusimano, Tyler Bell, Michael C. Wildman
  • Patent number: 11884842
    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: December 7, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: SWIMC, LLC
    Inventor: Sharon L. Hilton
  • Patent number: 11884833
    Abstract: The present invention provides a coating composition having excellent damage tolerance. The coating composition includes a binder system comprising at least a fluoropolymer, optionally, one or more other resin components, a crosslinking component and at least one inorganic filler and organic filler. Coated articles with the coating composition applied to at least a portion of a surface thereof are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: SWIMC LLC
    Inventors: James A. Register, Dawn Michelle Lieu, Gregory B. Hayes, Jade Muns
  • Patent number: 11884834
    Abstract: Water-based compositions that are resistant to dirt pickup, efflorescence, tannin bleed-through and surfactant leaching are described. The water-based composition includes a latex or water-dispersible polymer and a non-VOC UV-VIS (preferably, ultraviolet) absorber as a dirt pickup resistance additive. Methods of making water-based compositions including a non-VOC UV-VIS absorber as an additive are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: SWIMC LLC
    Inventors: Robert Sandoval, James Harris, Mary Jane Hibben, Andrew Balgeman, Christopher Shaffer, Glenn Frazee, Michael Wildman
  • Patent number: 11851314
    Abstract: A filling apparatus configured to simultaneously fill multiple containers of different shapes and sizes. The filling apparatus including a feed conveyor mechanism including two or more feed conveyors, wherein each of the two or more conveyors is respectively configured to transport an empty fluid container of a different size along a manufacturing line, a turntable mechanism including two or more concentric rings, wherein each of the two or more concentric rings is configured to receive an empty fluid container from the respective two or more feed conveyors and rotate about a common axis while filling the empty fluid containers via at least to fill ports, and an output conveyor mechanism including two or more output conveyors, wherein each of the two or more output conveyors is respectively configured to receive a filled fluid container of a different size from the turntable mechanism for transport along the manufacturing line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2023
    Assignee: SWIMC LLC
    Inventor: Alan E. Dewerth, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11851577
    Abstract: A fast drying, heavy metal-free, high performance coating composition with outstanding UV resistance, and excellent corrosion resistance coupled with fast dry and long pot life. This coating can be applied over DTM, such as blasted cold rolled steel, or treated cold rolled steel, aluminum and treated aluminum. High corrosion resistance without sacrificing gloss or UV resistance achieved by selecting proper pigments and proper pigment design and packing by advantageously utilizing differing pigment morphologies (sizes and shape).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2023
    Assignee: SWIMC LLC
    Inventors: Sundaresan Avudaiappan, Wendy M. Novelli, Ganesh S. Desai
  • Patent number: 11845618
    Abstract: Package transfer systems and methods for moving packages in a conveyor system are described herein. The package transfer systems and methods include package stops that move between their open and closed configurations. In the closed configuration, the package stops prevent a package from moving through the location of the package stop. When placed on the perimeter of a transfer location into which packages are delivered by a delivery conveyor, the package stops provide for proper positioning of packages in the transfer location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2023
    Assignee: SWIMC LLC
    Inventor: Brandon Osysko
  • Patent number: D1012730
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: SWIMC LLC
    Inventors: Michael P. Yajko, Eugene M. Merrill
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    Patent number: D1027639
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2023
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2024
    Assignee: SWIMC LLC
    Inventors: Richard D. Hudson, James J. Johnson, Gustavo A. Morales, Edward Ray Goodwin, Jr., Michael C. Lambertson, Jr., Charles T. Buckel, Jr.