Patents Examined by José A. Fortuna
  • Patent number: 11351491
    Abstract: A filter media having lignite-derived activated carbon, polyacrylic acid (PAA), a commercially available copper-zinc alloy, and polydiallyldimethylammonium chloride (PolyDADMAC) or Luviquat®, which is Poly[(3-methyl-1-vinylimidazolium chloride)-co-(1-vinylpyrrolidone)], combined and used as suitable replacement for TOG bituminous coal-based activated carbon, silver, and PolyDADMAC. Functional groups in lignite-based activated carbon interact with the polyacrylic acid. Functional groups such as calcium, iron, or aluminum oxide/hydroxide of lignite-based activated carbon interact with PAA, and help hold the PolyDADMAC in place. The additional presence of a copper-zinc alloy enhances the filter anti-microbiological performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: KX Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Jinwen Wang, Meedia Kareem, Rezan Kareem, William Li, Bruce E. Taylor, Carol DeLandra, Frank A. Brigano
  • Patent number: 11346058
    Abstract: A multi-ply tissue paper product includes at least four plies made of tissue paper base-sheet or non-woven. Two inner plies are positioned between a first outer ply on one side and a second outer ply on another side. The two inner plies are flat plies. The first and second outer plies include a micro-embossing pattern. Only one of the outer plies further includes a décor embossing pattern. The multi-ply tissue paper product is configured to provide improved thickness and strength parameters with less use of paper fiber material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: ESSITY HYGIENE AND HEALTH AKTIEBOLAG
    Inventors: Emilie Pleyber, Sebastien Jeannot, Donald Barredo, Yves Enggasser, Frederic Roesch, Steve Baltase
  • Patent number: 11337566
    Abstract: Toilet paper includes at least two sheets on which embossments are formed and that are joined together in a nested manner. The area of a top part of an embossed protrusion of each of the embossments is between 0.8 mm2 and 1.5 mm2, and the area percentage of top parts of embossed protrusions of the embossments is between 5% and 10%.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: DAIO PAPER CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shohei Yoshida, Noritada Tomioka
  • Patent number: 11339532
    Abstract: Methods of forming crosslinked cellulose include mixing a crosslinking agent with cellulose mat fiber fragments composed of hydrogen-bonded cellulose fibers and having a solids content of about 45-95% to form a substantially homogenous mixture of non-crosslinked, individualized cellulose fibers, drying the resulting mixture to 85-100% solids, then curing the dried mixture under conditions effective to crosslink the cellulose fibers. Some of such methods may include fragmenting a cellulose fiber mat to form the mat fragments. Systems include a mixing unit (such as a high-consistency mixer) configured to form, from the mat fragments and a crosslinking agent, a substantially homogenous mixture of non-crosslinked, individualized cellulose fibers and crosslinking agent, at ambient conditions, a drying unit to dry the substantially homogenous mixture to a consistency of 85-100%, and a curing unit and to cure the crosslinking agent to form dried and cured crosslinked cellulose fibers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL PAPER COMPANY
    Inventors: Charles E. Miller, Alan D. Lovas
  • Patent number: 11339537
    Abstract: The present invention provides compositions comprising cellulose fibers and cellulose ester fibers and wet laid articles made from the compositions, as well as wet laid processes to produce these compositions. More specifically, the present invention provided compositions comprising cellulose fibers and cellulose acetate fibers and wet laid articles made from these compositions as well as wet laid processes to produce these compositions. The present invention also relates to developing a composition, process, wet laid product, or articles exhibiting any one of many desired benefits. This invention also relates to a biodegradable bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: Eastman Chemical Company
    Inventors: Charles Stuart Everett, Melvin Glenn Mitchell, Kenny Randolph Parker, Koushik Ghosh, Mounir Izallalen
  • Patent number: 11332889
    Abstract: Absorbent product including a laminate of at least two plies, wherein the absorbent product has a measured Valley Volume parameter greater than 11 microns and a Pit Density of greater than 25 pockets per sq. cm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: FIRST QUALITY TISSUE, LLC
    Inventors: James E. Sealey, II, Justin S. Pence, Marc Paul Begin, Zachary Korkowski, Byrd Tyler Miller, IV
  • Patent number: 11332888
    Abstract: The present invention provides compositions comprising cellulose fibers and cellulose ester fibers and wet laid articles made from the compositions, as well as wet laid processes to produce these compositions. More specifically, the present invention provided compositions comprising cellulose fibers and cellulose acetate fibers and wet laid articles made from these compositions as well as wet laid processes to produce these compositions. The present invention also relates to composition, process, wet laid product, or articles exhibiting any one of many desired benefits. The invention also relates to a composition comprising cellulose fiber and a staple fiber exhibiting improved texturing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: Eastman Chemical Company
    Inventors: Kenny Randolph Parker, Charles Stuart Everett, Melvin Glenn Mitchell, Mounir Izallalen, Koushik Ghosh
  • Patent number: 11313061
    Abstract: A method for making a high topography nonwoven substrate includes generating a foam including water and synthetic binder fibers; depositing the foam on a planar surface; disposing a template form on the foam opposite the planar surface to create a foam/form assembly; heating the foam/form assembly to dry the foam and bind the synthetic binder fibers; and removing the template from the substrate after heating the foam/form assembly, wherein the substrate includes a planar base layer having an X-Y surface and a backside surface opposite the X-Y surface; and a plurality of projection elements integral with and protruding in a Z-direction from the X-Y surface, wherein the projection elements are distributed in both the X- and Y-directions, and wherein the density of a projection element is the same as the density of the base layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE, INC.
    Inventors: Davis Dang H. Nhan, Cathleen M. Uttecht, Lori A. Eslinger, Neil T. Scholl, Jian Qin, Charles W. Colman, Deborah J. Calewarts, Vasily A. Topolkaraev, Antonio J. Carrillo Ojeda
  • Patent number: 11313081
    Abstract: The present invention provides compositions comprising cellulose fibers and cellulose ester fibers and wet laid articles made from the compositions, as well as wet laid processes to produce these compositions. More specifically, the present invention provided compositions comprising cellulose fibers and cellulose acetate fibers and wet laid articles made from these compositions as well as wet laid processes to produce these compositions. The present invention also relates to developing a composition, process, wet laid product, or articles exhibiting any one of many desired benefits. The present invention relates a filtration article comprising a wet-laid composition comprising cellulose fibers and staple fibers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: Eastman Chemical Company
    Inventors: Melvin Glenn Mitchell, Kenny Randolph Parker, Charles Stuart Everett, Mounir Izallalen, Koushik Ghosh
  • Patent number: 11299854
    Abstract: The present invention provides compositions comprising cellulose fibers and cellulose ester fibers and wet laid articles made from the compositions, as well as wet laid processes to produce these compositions. More specifically, the present invention provided compositions comprising cellulose fibers and cellulose acetate fibers and wet laid articles made from these compositions as well as wet laid processes to produce these compositions. The present invention also relates to developing a composition, process, wet laid product, or articles exhibiting any one of many the desired benefits. The Present invention also relates to a wet laid product having higher air permeability the same or lower pore size relative to a 100% cellulose comparative composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Inventors: Charles Stuart Everett, Melvin Glenn Mitchell, Kenny Randolph Parker, Koushik Ghosh, Mounir Izallalen
  • Patent number: 11299856
    Abstract: Provided are tissue webs, and products produced therefrom, that are generally durable, flexible and have improved cross-machine direction (CD) properties, such as CD tensile energy absorption (CD TEA), CD stretch and CD modulus. The inventive tissue products generally comprise a single tissue ply that has been prepared by through-air drying and more preferably by through-air drying without creping. Moreover, the products may be produced using a transfer fabric positioned between the forming fabric and the through-air drying fabric where the transfer fabric imparts the nascent web with a high degree of CD strain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE, INC.
    Inventors: Mark W. Sachs, Lynda E. Collins, Kevin J. Vogt, Richard A. Zanon, Christopher L. Satori
  • Patent number: 11299857
    Abstract: A method for forming a multi-ply fiber web in which least part of the sizing of the multi-ply fiber web is provided by applying sizing agent in the form of foam by a curtain type application device (C10, C20) in between at least two layers of the multi-ply fiber web in the forming section. The invention also relates to a forming section for a multi-ply fiber web having at least one twin-wire forming part formed between a wire (10) for the bottom layer and a wire (20) for the top layer of the multi-ply fiber web, where the layers are joined, and the treated layers combined. The forming section has a curtain type application device (C10, C20) for applying sizing agent in the form of foam in between two layers of the multi-ply fiber web in the forming section of a multi-ply fiber web production line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: Valmet Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Reijo Pietikäinen, Antti Poikolainen, Juan Cecchini, Teuvo Virkkunen
  • Patent number: 11299853
    Abstract: A method of producing a paper or paperboard product having at least one ply comprising high yield pulp (HYP), comprising the steps of: —providing a furnish comprising at least 50% of high yield pulp (HYP) of a total pulp content in said furnish, said high yield pulp being produced with a wood yield above 85%; —dewatering the furnish to form a moist web and pressing said moist web to a dry solids content of at least 40-70%; and —densifying the moist web to a density above 600 kg/m3 in a press nip of a paper machine at a temperature above a softening temperature of water-saturated lignin comprised in said high yield pulp to provide a paper or paperboard product, containing at least 30% high yield pulp (HYP) of a total pulp content of said product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Inventors: Hans Hoglund, Gunilla Pettersson, Sven Norgren, Per Engstrand
  • Patent number: 11278165
    Abstract: The invention relates to a stack of absorbent sheets, such as paper towels, toilet tissue, napkins, facial tissue and the like. The stack is sewn with a first line of stitching disposed adjacent to a first edge of the bound stack, such as the top edge. The stack further comprises a second line of stitches, which may be disposed adjacent to the first line of stitches. The second line of stitches comprises an unbalanced stitch to facilitate separation and removal of individual sheets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE, INC.
    Inventors: Julie Ann Paveletzke, Christopher Peter Olson
  • Patent number: 11280050
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a two-ply tissue paper including a polyol-containing moisturizer and having excellent softness, smoothness, and strength. In various embodiment, the two-ply tissue paper of the present invention has a basis weight of 16.0 to 25.0 g/m2 per ply, a two-ply paper thickness of 145 to 180 ?m, a dry tensile strength of 120 to 200 cN/25 mm in a lateral direction, a dry tensile strength of 275 to 450 cN/25 mm in a longitudinal direction, a wet tensile strength of 60 to 130 cN/25 mm in the lateral direction, a difference of 40 cN/25 mm or more between the dry tensile strength in the lateral direction and the wet tensile strength in the lateral direction and a value of (wet tensile strength in lateral direction)/(dry tensile strength in lateral direction) of 0.60 to 0.75, and an elongation percentage of 13.0 to 18.0% in the longitudinal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: Daio Paper Corporation
    Inventor: Shuta Yasui
  • Patent number: 11274398
    Abstract: In various embodiments, the present invention provides a moisturizing tissue containing a polyol that has excellent strength while still providing a moist feeling and smoothness peculiar to the moisturizing tissue. The tissue paper has a basis weight of 15.6 to 19.1 g/m2, a paper thickness of 115 to 150 ?m, a content of the polyol of 17.0 to 22.0 % by mass, a moisture content of 10% by mass or more, a dry tensile strength of 310 to 410 cN/25 mm in a longitudinal direction, a dry tensile strength of 120 to 160 cN/25 mm in a lateral direction, a wet tensile strength of 55 to 90 cN/25 mm in the lateral direction, and compression energy WC of 5.0 to 6.5 gf·cm/cm2 under a load of 50 g/cm2 using a KES test method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: Daio Paper Corporation
    Inventor: Shohei Yoshida
  • Patent number: 11272824
    Abstract: A water-disintegrable sheet in which a base paper sheet is impregnated with an aqueous agent is provided. The base paper sheet has a weight per unit area of 30 to 150 gsm and includes a water-soluble binder and cellulose nanofibers. The aqueous agent includes a cross-linking agent which cross-links with a water-soluble binder. In the base paper sheet, content of the water-soluble binder and content of the cellulose nanofibers gradually increase from inside toward outside of the base paper sheet in a thickness direction. When a wear resistance test is performed three times using a Gakushin type fastness rubbing tester with a PP band as a rubbing finger and an average of measured values for the three times is calculated for each of a MD direction and a CD direction, each average value is at least 40.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: DAIO PAPER CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shinpei Mukoyama
  • Patent number: 11274399
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to products, such as paper and paperboard products, comprising a substrate containing cellulose and top ply comprising microfibrillated cellulose and inorganic particulate, to methods of making such paper and paperboard products, and associated uses of such paper and paperboard products. The microfibrillated cellulose and inorganic particulate material are applied at the stage when the wet substrate is in the process of being formed on the wire of a papermaking machine, thereby avoiding the additional cost of more extensive equipment and machinery as well as in separate drying of a coating. The microfibrillated cellulose facilitates the application of inorganic particulate onto the surface of a wet paper or paperboard substrate when applied thusly, by trapping the inorganic particulate on the surface of the substrate and by giving the composite sufficient strength and a suitable pore structure to make it suitable for printing and other end-use demands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: FiberLean Technologies Limited
    Inventors: Per Svending, Jonathan Stuart Phipps, Johannes Kritzinger, Tom Larson, Tania Selina, David Skuse
  • Patent number: 11273625
    Abstract: Methods for forming multi-layer substrates including top and bottom surface layers and a melt softened thermoplastic material layer between the exterior surface layers, where the thermoplastic material includes polyethylene or has a tan delta value of 0.2 to 0.4 within the temperature range of 100° F.?350° F. The 3 (or more) layers are assembled, and heated, melt softening the thermoplastic material, causing bonding of the thermoplastic layer to the exterior surface layers. A cleaning composition may be loaded onto the multi-layer substrate, where a fluid pathway through the melted thermoplastic material allows the cleaning composition to travel between the surface layers. Adhesion between the surface layers and the thermoplastic layer is provided by the thermoplastic material itself, which bonds to groups of fibers in the surface layers. The process does not require chemical adhesives, any processing water, drying, or the like, so as to be possible with low capital investment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: The Clorox Company
    Inventors: Nikhil P. Dani, Joerg Hendrix, Scott Wood, Hubert Chan, Mark Pszczolkowski, Daniela Fritter
  • Patent number: 11274396
    Abstract: In a method for producing nanofibrillar cellulose, cellulose based fibre material, in which internal bonds in cellulose fibres have been weakened by 5 preliminary modification of cellulose, is subjected to disintegration treatment in form of pulp comprising fibres and liquid. The fibre material is supplied at a consistency higher than 10 wt-%, preferably at least 15 wt-%, to a disintegration treatment where fibrils are detached from the fibre material by joint effect of repeated impacts to the fibre material by fast moving 10 successive elements and the weakened internal bonds of the cellulose fibres. The nanofibrillar cellulose is withdrawn from the disintegration treatment at dry matter which is equal or higher than the consistency of the fibre material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: UPM-KYMMENE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Markus Nuopponen, Juha Tamper, Isko Kajanto