Patents Examined by Jose A. Fortuna
  • Patent number: 11066785
    Abstract: A method is provided for the improvement of fabric release in applications such as tissue and towel making processes. The method comprises applying a micro-emulsion of hydrophobic agents and surfactants to the surface of a structured fabric used in sheet making applications of a tissue machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: SOLENIS TECHNOLOGIES, L.P.
    Inventors: Davit E. Sharoyan, Doeung David Choi
  • Patent number: 11052694
    Abstract: A water-dispersible sheet is described having suppressed time degradation of the tacky adhesiveness of the tacky adhesive layer, while maintaining water dispersibility. The base paper of the water-dispersible sheet has a multilayer structure, including an inner layer which is not in contact with a tacky adhesive layer and a surface layer which is in contact with the tacky adhesive layer. The layers are independently mixtures of papermaking fibers and an alkalized fibrous carboxymethyl cellulose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignees: NIPPON PAPER PAPYLIA CO., LTD, Nippon Paper Industries Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masaki Kishimoto, Yoshiaki Ishino, Yasuaki Matsumori
  • Patent number: 11053643
    Abstract: The present invention provides multi-layered tissue webs, and tissue products comprising the same, the multi-layered webs comprising wood fibers and non-wood cellulosic fibers where the non-wood cellulosic fibers are selectively deposited in one or more outer layers of the multi-layered web. Surprisingly disposing non-wood cellulosic fibers in the outer layers, even in relatively modest amounts, alters the machine and/or cross-machine direction properties of the resulting web, such that MD:CD tensile ratio may be reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE, INC.
    Inventors: Kayla Elizabeth Rouse, Richard Louis Underhill
  • Patent number: 11041272
    Abstract: A fluff pulp is provided, which comprises softwood fibers; and 3 to 35% by weight of hardwood fibers. A fluff is also provided, which comprises the fiberized or shredded fluff pulp. A core is also provided, which comprises the fluff and at least an SAP. Processes for making and using the fluff pulp, fluff, and core are provided, and products made thereby.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL PAPER COMPANY
    Inventors: James E. Sealey, Brent A. Fields
  • Patent number: 11035076
    Abstract: Cellulosic materials modified with a surface modifier to promote compatibility with a hydrophobic material and methods for producing surface-modified cellulosic materials are provided. The methods include providing a slurry of a cellulosic material and adding a surface modifier to the slurry. The surface modifier may be added to the slurry in a soluble form and precipitated by adjusting the pH. The surface-modified cellulosic material may be solvent-dried and/or dried using conventional drying methods to enhance hydrophobicity. To solvent-dry the surface-modified cellulosic material, a solvent is added to an aqueous slurry of the surface-modified cellulosic material to form an azeotrope. The azeotrope has a boiling point that is less than the boiling point of the solvent. The slurry is distilled to remove the azeotrope from the surface-modified cellulose material. The solvent is removed from the surface-modified cellulose material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: PERFORMANCE BIOFILAMENTS INC.
    Inventors: Gurminder Minhas, Keith Gourlay
  • Patent number: 11035077
    Abstract: A method of making a fibrous sheet. The method includes forming a nascent web from an aqueous solution of papermaking fibers, dewatering the nascent web to form a dewatered web having a consistency from about ten percent solids to about seventy percent solids, moving the dewatered web on a transfer surface, and transferring the dewatered web from the transfer surface to a molding roll at a molding zone. The molding roll includes an exterior and a patterned surface on the exterior of the molding roll. Papermaking fibers of the dewatered web are redistributed on the patterned surface in order to form a molded paper web. The method also includes transferring the molded paper web to a drying section and drying the molded paper web in the drying section to form a fibrous sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: GPCP IP Holdings LLC
    Inventor: David A. Beck
  • Patent number: 11035081
    Abstract: The present invention provides tissue webs and products that are manufactured by non-compressive dewatering and/or drying methods, such as through-air drying, where the webs and products comprise cross-linked fiber. The non-compressively dewatered tissue webs and products have improved sheet bulk and z-direction properties. For example, in one embodiment, the invention provides through-air dried tissue products having good sheet bulk and resiliency, such as a sheet bulk greater than about 15 cc/g and Compression Energy (E) greater than about 1.30 N/m. Surprisingly the foregoing products have sufficient strength to withstand use, such as a GMT greater than about 600 g/3?, but are not overly stiff, generally having a Stiffness Index less than about 12.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE, INC.
    Inventors: Stephen Michael Lindsay, Michael Andrew Zawadzki, Cathleen Mae Uttecht, Mike Thomas Goulet, Kenneth John Zwick, Christopher Lee Satori, Donald Eugene Waldroup
  • Patent number: 11033050
    Abstract: Rolling papers formed from fermented microbial cellulose derivatives (e.g., Kombucha fermentation biofilms) and methods of manufacture are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: Kombucha Biomaterials LLC
    Inventors: Shaun Moshasha, Cutter Grathwohl
  • Patent number: 11035080
    Abstract: Papermaking additives that include various polymers and/or micropolymers are disclosed. The micropolymers may have a network structure that can be created by crosslinking or other means. The micropolymer may be an acrylamide based polymer having a boronic acid moiety. The weight average molecular weight of the micropolymer may be greater than 1,000,000.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: ECOLAB USA INC.
    Inventors: Zhiyi Zhang, Mingli Wei, Kevin McDonald, Weiguo Cheng, Pious V. Kurian
  • Patent number: 11035078
    Abstract: Paper products and methods of making the paper products. The paper product includes a first stratified base sheet and a second stratified base sheet. At least about eighty percent of the papermaking fibers in an outer layer of each of the first stratified base sheet and the second stratified base sheet has (i) a weight-weighted average fiber length between about two and seven tenths millimeters and about three millimeters and (ii) a coarseness of about sixteen milligrams per one hundred meters or lower. An inner layer of the second stratified base sheet is attached to the inner layer of the first stratified base sheet. The paper product has a CD wet/dry tensile ratio between about twenty-five hundredths and about thirty-five hundredths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: GPCP IP Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Peter Gordon Anderson, Frank D. Harper, Nathan Capps
  • Patent number: 11028534
    Abstract: A fabric or belt for a papermaking machine including a first layer that defines a web contacting surface and a second layer that supports the first layer. The first layer is made of extruded polymer and includes a plurality of first elements aligned in a first direction, a plurality of second elements aligned in a second direction and extending over the plurality of first elements, and a plurality of open portions defined by the plurality of first and second elements. The second layer is made of woven fabric. The first layer is bonded to the second layer so that the first layer extends only partially through the second layer and an interface formed between the first and second layers includes bonded and unbonded portions and airflow channels that extend in a plane parallel to the first and second layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: STRUCTURED I, LLC
    Inventors: James E. Sealey, Bryd Tyler Miller, IV, Phillip MacDonald, Taras Z. Andrukh, Justin C. Pence
  • Patent number: 11021840
    Abstract: Soft absorbent sheets, structuring fabrics for producing soft absorbent sheets, and methods of making soft absorbent sheets. The soft absorbent sheets have a plurality of domed regions or projected regions extending from a surface of the sheets, and connecting regions form a network between domed regions. The domed and projected regions include indented bars that extend across the domed and projected regions in a substantially cross machine direction of the absorbent sheets. The absorbent sheets can be formed by structuring fabrics that have long warp yarn knuckles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: GPCP IP Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Hue Ming Sze, Xiaolin Fan, Hung-Liang Chou, Taiye Philips Oriaran, Farminder Singh Anand, Dean Joseph Baumgartner, Joseph Henry Miller
  • Patent number: 11015297
    Abstract: Sanitary tissue products employing fibrous structures that exhibit novel compressibility properties alone and in combination with plate stiffness properties and methods for making same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Ward William Ostendorf, Guillermo Matias Vidal, Jeffrey Glen Sheehan, David Warren Loebker, Ryan Dominic Maladen, John Allen Manifold
  • Patent number: 11015294
    Abstract: A method for preparing titanium dioxide-based synthetic paper capable of degrading organic pollutants, including: adding thermoplastic polyurethane particles and N,N-dimethylformamide or N,N-dimethylacetamide in a reactor, heating, and stirring to fully dissolve the thermoplastic polyurethane particles in a solvent to obtain a polyurethane solution; adding titanium dioxide powder having photocatalytic degradation property in the polyurethane solution, stirring uniformly to obtain a solid-liquid mixture, and standing for defoaming; uniformly coating the solid-liquid mixture onto a piece of release paper, soaking the release paper coated with the solid-liquid mixture into an aqueous solution of sliver nitrate having photocatalytic degradation property, completely curing the solid-liquid mixture to form a film, and soaking the release paper and the film into an aqueous solution of sodium chloride; drying, cooling, removing the release paper, and cutting the film to a proper size to obtain the titanium dioxide-ba
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: HUNAN UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Hu Zhou, Dongdong Wang, Zhiling Qi, Xuan Liu, Zhihua Zhou, Qingquan Liu, Xiaofang Li
  • Patent number: 11015292
    Abstract: A process and an apparatus for producing nonwoven materials are disclosed. The process comprises the following steps: a) providing a three-phase (gas-liquid-solid) suspension containing air, water, fibrous material and a surfactant, b) depositing the suspension onto a moving carrier sieve to produce a fibrous web on the carrier, c) removing aqueous residue of the suspension through the carrier sieve, d) conveying the aqueous residue through one or more phase separation tanks in an essentially horizontal direction while providing a depressurised headspace above the aqueous residue, e) recycling the aqueous residue conveyed in step d) to step a), f) preferably pre-integrating the fibrous web.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Essity Hygiene and Health Aktiebolag
    Inventors: Arie Venema, Gaatze Wijbenga, Hannu Ahoniemi, Mikael Strandqvist
  • Patent number: 11001032
    Abstract: The present invention provides tissue webs and products having improved z-directional properties. The improved z-directional properties may be achieved by providing the structure with a unique three-dimensional surface topography, which increases the structure's Exponential Compression Modulus (K) and Caliper Under Load (C0). By improving both K and C0, the present inventors have also been able to provide tissue structures with relatively high Compression Energy (E), which enables the structures to be calendered at high loads without significant loss of sheet bulk or degradation of strength.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE, INC.
    Inventors: Kevin Joseph Vogt, Mark Alan Burazin, Jeffrey Dean Holz, Mark William Sachs, Priya Pari Bhagat
  • Patent number: 11000162
    Abstract: A multi-ply fibrous product includes at least two fibrous plies, such as a multi-ply nonwoven product, a tissue paper product or a hybrid thereof including at least two tissue paper plies and/or nonwoven plies including cellulosic fibers. At least two fibrous plies are bonded to each other by an aqueous adhesive composition including an adhesive component and a dermatologically acceptable acid, and optionally a salt thereof. A process for the manufacture of this multi-ply fibrous product includes (a) providing at least two fibrous webs, (c) applying an aqueous adhesive composition including an adhesive component and a water-soluble, dermatologically acceptable acid, and optionally the corresponding salt thereof, to at least one side of at least one fibrous web, d) superimposing at least two webs such that the aqueous adhesive composition is located between at least two superimposed webs, and e) bonding at least two webs together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Essity Hygiene and Health Aktiebolag
    Inventors: Pascale Saas, Emilie Pleyber, Daniel Hagberg, Alain Bohn, Frédéric Roesch, Yves Enggasser, Clive Smith
  • Patent number: 11001967
    Abstract: A pulp-digester screen cleaner having a pneumatic actuator with a cylinder and a rod coaxially disposed within the cylinder. An actuator mounting plate is used to mount the actuator outside of a pulp-digester screen housing pipe. A rod seal has a body disposed on the pipe that prevents any loss of fluid or pressure, yet allows the rod to pass into the pipe. The cylinder contains all of the mechanics of the pneumatic actuator and can be easily serviced without draining the digester. The rod is disposed through a first aperture of each of a pair of scrapers. A treated edge of each of the pair of scrapers varies to match different digester screen types and patterns. The present pulp-digester screen cleaner eliminates the need for chemical cleaning or other mechanical cleaning solutions. It will also improve pulp quality, increase pulp production, and promote overall digester efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Inventor: Farnsworth Coleman, Sr.
  • Patent number: 10995454
    Abstract: A method of making nonwoven fibrous materials suitable for use in a pollution control device or as a firestop, where the method comprises: providing a first slurry comprising water, first inorganic fibers, a first organic binder, and a first neutral pH flocculent; removing first waste water from the first slurry; optionally forming a first nonwoven fibrous material from the first slurry; providing a second slurry comprising a quantity of the first waste water, an optional quantity of relatively clean water, second inorganic fibers, a second organic binder, and a second flocculent that is the same and/or a different flocculent than that used in the first slurry; and forming a second nonwoven fibrous material from the second slurry. The addition of the first waste water in the second slurry does not adversely affect the flocculation of the second organic binder in the second slurry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Richard P. Merry, Ian R. I. Harding, Gary F. Howorth
  • Patent number: 10988899
    Abstract: Methods and compositions useful for improving drainage in a fluff pulp drying process are provided. The methods and compositions comprise alkyl ether sulfate and ethylene oxide/propylene oxide copolymer. In particular, the methods and compositions can improve drainage of fluff pulp in fluff pulp drying processes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: ECOLAB USA INC.
    Inventors: Luiz Wanderley Bratfisch Pace, Gary Samuel Furman, Jr., André Messias Krell Pedro, Kraig R. Kent