Patents Assigned to Upm-Kymmene Corporation
  • Patent number: 10487101
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for treating lignin, wherein the method comprises the following steps: a) dissolving lignin into an aqueous composition, which contains a compound selected from the class of phenols, while keeping the temperature of the composition at 0-60° C.; and b) allowing the composition to react while keeping the temperature of the composition at 60-100° C. and the pH of the composition at a pH value of 6-14. The invention relates further to a method for producing a binder composition and to dissolve lignin into an aqueous composition different applications thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: UPM-KYMMENE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Suvi Pietarinen, Sanna Valkonen, Okko Ringena
  • Patent number: 10450521
    Abstract: The present application provides a composition comprising 8-30 mass % of C4-12 linear alkanes, 5-50 mass % of C4-12 branched alkanes, 25-60 mass % of C5-12 cycloalkanes, 1-25 mass of C6-12 aromatic hydrocarbons, no more than 1 mass% of alkenes, and no more than 0.5 mass % in total of oxygen-containing compounds; wherein the total amount of C4-12 alkanes is 40-80 mass %, and the total amount of C4-12 alkanes, C5-12 cycloalkanes and C6-12 aromatic hydrocarbons is at least 95 mass %; and wherein the amounts are based on the mass of the composition. Also described is a method for producing the composition comprising the step of hydroprocessing a biological feedstock using a catalyst and the step of fractionating the product of the hydroprocessing step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: UPM-KYMMENE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jaakko Nousiainen, Arto Rissanen, Heli Laumola, Teemu Lindberg
  • Patent number: 10435538
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for manufacturing a composite product comprising organic natural fiber material and matrix material, wherein the method comprises mixing the organic natural fiber material with the matrix material in a primary mixing stage to form a mixture. The primary mixing stage comprises a contacting step in which the organic natural fiber material comes in contact with the matrix material that is at least partly in a form of melt, and compression ratio of the organic natural fiber material is less than 8. The method further comprises forming a composite product comprising the mixture. Further, the invention relates to a composite product, a use of the composite product, and a system for manufacturing a composite product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: UPM-KYMMENE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Harri Kosonen, Kari Luukko, Sami Turunen, Jere Salminen, Stefan Fors, Petri Myllytie
  • Patent number: 10414992
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a gasoline composition comprising a) 70-86% by volume of ethanol, b) a hydrocarbon component comprising hydrocarbons derived from feedstock comprising tall oil material, where said hydrocarbon component has RON of 50-70 and it comprises 25-60 mass % of naphthenes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: UPM-KYMMENE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ville Vauhkonen, Jaakko Nousiainen
  • Patent number: 10414074
    Abstract: Providing composite structures with micro contoured surface layer. There is provided a method to adjust roughness level of micro contoured surface layer when manufacturing a composite and products thereof. The micro contoured surface layer may cover all or at least part of the surface area of the composite product. The roughness level of micro contoured surface layer may be increased or decreased by controlling the process parameters. In particular, there is provided a method to increase the roughness level of composite material having a primary surface layer with a primary surface roughness by softening the primary surface layer of the composite material by heating and providing a secondary surface layer of the composite material surface with a secondary surface roughness by cooling the softened surface layer. Further, there are provided methods to determine and visualize the level of micro contoured surface layer roughness on a composite product surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: UPM-KYMMENE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kari Luukko, Stefan Fors, Harri Kosonen, Sami Turunen, Jere Salminen, Petri Myllytie
  • Patent number: 10406747
    Abstract: The invention relates to a composite material filament having rheological characteristics suitable for use in additive manufacturing by extrusion, a method for manufacturing a three-dimensional composite product with an additive manufacturing system from a filament of such composite material, and to a three-dimensional composite product obtained by an additive manufacturing system using such composite material. The filament is formed of material comprising semi-crystalline polylactic acid and chemical pulp of wood-based cellulose fibers, wherein the amount of chemical pulp of wood-based cellulose fibers is selected such that sufficient complex viscosity is obtained at melt state, such that upon additive manufacturing by extrusion, composite melt formed of the filament has a ratio of shear storage modulus to shear loss modulus G?/G? equal to or higher than 1.0 at a temperature equal to or higher than 133° C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: UPM-KYMMENE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Eve Saarikoski, Harri Kosonen, Ari P. Kinnunen, Ari Nurminen
  • Patent number: 10322196
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for treating a nanofibrillar cellulose hydrogel, wherein the method comprises the steps of: providing a nanofibrillar cellulose hydrogel; and subjecting the nanofibrillar cellulose hydrogel to a heat treatment, wherein the heat treatment is carried out by transferring the nanofibrillar cellulose hydrogel through at least one heat exchanger or through at least one insulated holding tube, during which heat treatment the nanofibrillar cellulose hydrogel is kept at a predetermined temperature within the range of 110-150° C. for a period of time in the range of 15 seconds to 20 minutes, wherein the pre-determined temperature and period of time are chosen such that the number of viable micro-organisms in the nanofibrillar cellulose hydrogel is reduced by a factor of at least 103.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: UPM-KYMMENE CORPORATION
    Inventor: Isko Kajanto
  • Patent number: 10307722
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for reducing the viscosity of a nanofibrillar cellulose hydrogel, wherein the method comprises mixing a nanofibrillar cellulose hydrogel with an aqueous growth medium for cell culture, wherein the aqueous growth medium contains one or more salts and optionally one or more sugars, using shearing forces so that a homogeneous dispersion is formed. The invention further relates to a dispersion comprising a nanofibrillar cellulose hydrogel and an aqueous growth medium for cell culture and to a use of an aqueous growth medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: UPM-KYMMENE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Markus Nuopponen, Isko Kajanto, Anne Meriluoto, Kari Luukko, Lauri Paasonen
  • Patent number: 10301437
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for treating lignin, wherein the method comprises the following steps: a) dissolving lignin into an aqueous composition, which contains a compound selected from the class of phenols and alkali, while keeping the temperature of the composition at 40-85° C., wherein the alkali comprises a hydroxide of an alkali metal; and b) heating the composition at a temperature, which is higher than the temperature of the composition in step a), with the proviso that the temperature of the composition does not exceed 100° C., while keeping the pH of the composition at a pH value of 6-14.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: UPM-KYMMENE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Suvi Pietarinen, Sanna Valkonen, Okko Ringena
  • Patent number: 10293516
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for producing a fiber based product, wherein the method comprises the steps of: a) applying a binder composition over a at least one surface of at least one fiber based substrate; b) determining the distribution of the applied binder composition over the en-tire at least one surface of the at least one fiber based substrate; and c) based on the determination in step b) either accepting the treated at least one fiber based substrate for the production of the fiber based product or rejecting the treated at least one fiber based substrate from the production of the fiber based product. The invention further relates to a method for producing a binder composition, to a binder composition and to a fiber based product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: UPM-KYMMENE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Suvi Pietarinen, Sanna Valkonen, Okko Ringena
  • Patent number: 10259903
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for increasing the reactivity of lignin, wherein the method comprises the following steps: a) forming, under heating at a temperature of 71-94° C., an aqueous dispersion comprising alkali and lignin, wherein the alkali comprises a hydroxide of an alkali metal; and b) heating the dispersion formed in step a) at a temperature of 50-95° C. for producing alkalated lignin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: UPM-KYMMENE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Suvi Pietarinen, Sanna Valkonen, Okko Ringena
  • Patent number: 10246619
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for increasing the reactivity of lignin, wherein the method comprises the following steps: a) forming, under heating at a temperature of 30-70° C., an aqueous dispersion comprising alkali and lignin, wherein the alkali comprises a hydroxide of an alkali metal; and b) heating the dispersion formed in step a) at a temperature of 50-95° C. for producing alkalated lignin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: UPM-KYMMENE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Suvi Pietarinen, Okko Ringena, Kati Eskelinen, Sanna Valkonen
  • Patent number: 10240095
    Abstract: A process for catalytically converting crude tall oil into hydrocarbons suitable as biofuel components. The crude tall oil is treated in a reactor system including a catalytically active guard bed phase and a catalytically active main reaction phase. At least one of the phases includes a catalyst bed with a combination of hydrodeoxygenating (HDO) and hydrodewaxing (HDW) catalysts. The process provides biofuel with acceptable ignition and cold flow properties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: UPM-KYMMENE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jaakko Nousiainen, Arto Rissanen, Andrea Gutierrez, Teemu Lindberg, Heli Laumola, Pekka Knuuttila
  • Patent number: 10214855
    Abstract: Method for making modified cellulose products comprises —processing cellulose pulp to modified cellulose pulp at a manufacturing location to increase the susceptibility of fibers to disintegration, —setting the modified cellulose pulp to a suitable dry matter content, and —transporting the modified cellulose pulp at set dry matter content to a location of use, where the modified cellulose pulp is disintegrated to nanofibrillar cellulose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: UPM-KYMMENE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Isko Kajanto, Juha Tamper, Markus Nuopponen, Tarja Sinkko, Taisto Tienvieri
  • Publication number: 20190039918
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a process for removing ions from waste water, which process comprises providing plant-derived cationic nanofibrillar cellulose, carrying out a purification treatment comprising sorption of ions contained in the waste water to the plant-derived cationic nanofibrillar cellulose, separating used plant-derived cationic nanofibrillar cellulose from the waste water, and recovering treated waste water. The invention also concerns use of plant-derived cationic nanofibrillar cellulose in water treatment for removing charged contaminants.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2016
    Publication date: February 7, 2019
    Applicant: UPM-KYMMENE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Helinä HARTIKAINEN, Salla VENÄLÄINEN, Markus NUOPPONEN, Anne MERILUOTO
  • Publication number: 20190031533
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a process for removing metal ions from waste water, which process comprises providing plant-derived anionic nanofibrillar cellulose, carrying out a purification treatment comprising sorption of positively charged metal ions contained in the waste water to said nanofibrillar cellulose, separating used plant-derived anionic nanofibrillar cellulose from the waste water, and recovering treated waste water. The invention also concerns use of plant-derived anionic nanofibrillar cellulose for removing metal ions from waste water.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2016
    Publication date: January 31, 2019
    Applicant: UPM-KYMMENE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Helinä Hartikainen, Salla Venäläinen, Markus Nuopponen, Anne Meriluoto
  • Patent number: 10150922
    Abstract: The present invention provides a composition comprising 10-40 mass! of C8-30 linear alkanes, up to 20 mass % of C7-20 aromatic hydrocarbons, at least 90 mass % of which are monoaromatic, and no more than 1 massl in total of oxygen containing compounds; wherein the total amount of C8-30 alkanes in the composition is 50-95 mass % (and the total amount of C8-30 alkanes, C7-20 aromatic hydrocarbons and C8-30 cycloalkanes is at least 95 massl; and wherein the amounts are based on the mass of the composition. Also provided is a method for producing the composition comprising the step of hydroprocessing a biological feedstock using a catalyst and the step of fractionating the product of the hydroprocessing step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: UPM-KYMMENE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Teemu Lindberg, Jaakko Nousiainen, Heli Laumola, Arto Rissanen
  • Patent number: 10144007
    Abstract: A catalyst is recovered from an aqueous reaction mixture comprising heterocyclic nitroxyl catalyst and oxidized cellulose, by: —separating the oxidized cellulose from the reaction mixture, —contacting the reaction mixture with solid hydrophobic adsorbent particles with particle sizes below 350, preferably below 200 ?m, more preferably below 100 ?m, said particles being silica particles provided with functionalized hydrophobicity, —adsorbing the catalyst to the hydrophobic adsorbent particles, and —eluting the catalyst from the adsorbent particles with an organic solvent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: UPM-KYMMENE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Markus Nuopponen, Lauri Kuutti, Stella Rovio
  • Patent number: 10144889
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a process and an apparatus for purifying tall oil material for the production of biofuels and components thereof. The present invention relates further to hydroprocessing of the purified material to obtain biofuels and components thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: UPM-KYMMENE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jaakko Nousiainen, Heli Laumola, Arto Rissanen, Jari Kotoneva, Matti Ristolainen
  • Patent number: 10119919
    Abstract: One embodiment provides a method for monitoring the quality of nanofibrillar cellulose produced in a process comprising disintegrating fibers of cellulose pulp, the method comprising measuring in real-time optically the turbidity of a dispersion containing nanofibrillar cellulose obtained from a disintegrating process, and determining the quality of said produced nanofibrillar cellulose using a correlation between the measured turbidity and said quality of the produced nanofibrillar cellulose, wherein lowered turbidity indicates increased quality of the nanofibrillar cellulose. One embodiment provides a device for monitoring the quality of nanofibrillar cellulose produced in a process comprising disintegrating fibers of cellulose pulp, arranged to carry out said method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: UPM-KYMMENE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Markus Nuopponen, Juha Tamper, Isko Kajanto