Patents by Inventor Charles E. Miller

Charles E. Miller has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 11109503
    Abstract: A data connection apparatus of a supporting apparatus includes a stationary part and a movable part. One of the stationary and movable parts has a circuit board having a number of electrically conductive pads, and the other has a receptacle within which the circuit board is received, such as when a circuit interrupter is moved to an installed position within a cassette of a draw-out switchgear cabinet. The data connection apparatus includes a housing within which the receptacle is formed, with the housing having a plurality of electrical contacts within the receptacle. The housing and the circuit board each have relieved regions in the exemplary form of ramped surfaces and edges that facilitate reception of the circuit board in the receptacle. Moreover, the circuit board and the housing are situated on structured that afford a certain level of flexibility to further facilitate reception of the circuit board in the receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: EATON INTELLIGENT POWER LIMITED
    Inventors: John E. Downs, Charles M. Wertz, Theodore J. Miller, Taoufik Sekkat
  • Publication number: 20210246247
    Abstract: Grafted, crosslinked cellulosic materials include cellulose fibers and polymer chains composed of at least one monoethylenically unsaturated acid group-containing monomer (such as acrylic acid) grafted thereto, in which one or more of said cellulose fibers and said polymer chains are crosslinked (such as by intra-fiber chain-to-chain crosslinks). Some of such materials are characterized by a wet bulk of about 10.0-17.0 cm3/g, an IPRP value of about 1000 to 7700 cm2/MPa·sec, and/or a MAP value of about 7.0 to 38 cm H2O. Methods for producing such materials may include grafting polymer chains from a cellulosic substrate, followed by treating the grafted material with a crosslinking agent adapted to effect crosslinking of one or more of the cellulosic substrate or the polymer chains. Example crosslinking mechanisms include esterfication reactions, ionic reactions, and radical reactions, and example crosslinking agents include pentaerythritol, homopolymers of the graft species monomer, and hyperbranched polymers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2021
    Publication date: August 12, 2021
    Applicant: INTERNATIONAL PAPER COMPANY
    Inventors: Karen Brogan, Charles E. Miller, Angel Stoyanov, Torsten Lindner, Maike Siemons
  • Publication number: 20210131038
    Abstract: Methods of forming crosslinked cellulose include mixing a crosslinking agent with an aqueous mixture of cellulose fibers containing little to no excess water (e.g., solids content of 25-55%), drying the resulting mixture to 85-100% solids, then curing the dried mixture to crosslink the cellulose fibers. Systems include a mixing unit to form, from an aqueous mixture of unbonded cellulose fibers having a solids content of about 25-55% and a crosslinking agent, a substantially homogenous mixture of non-crosslinked, unbonded cellulose fibers and crosslinking agent; 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. Intrafiber crosslinked cellulose pulp fibers produced by such methods and/or systems have a chemical on pulp level of about 2-14% and an AFAQ capacity of at least 12.0 g/g.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2021
    Publication date: May 6, 2021
    Applicant: International Paper Company
    Inventor: Charles E. Miller
  • Patent number: 10900174
    Abstract: Methods of forming crosslinked cellulose include mixing a crosslinking agent with an aqueous mixture of cellulose fibers containing little to no excess water (e.g., solids content of 25-55%), drying the resulting mixture to 85-100% solids, then curing the dried mixture to crosslink the cellulose fibers. Systems include a mixing unit to form, from an aqueous mixture of unbonded cellulose fibers having a solids content of about 25-55% and a crosslinking agent, a substantially homogenous mixture of non-crosslinked, unbonded cellulose fibers and crosslinking agent; 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. Intrafiber crosslinked cellulose pulp fibers produced by such methods and/or systems have a chemical on pulp level of about 2-14% and an AFAQ capacity of at least 12.0 g/g.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: International PaperCompany
    Inventor: Charles E. Miller
  • Publication number: 20200087435
    Abstract: Grafted, crosslinked cellulosic materials include cellulose fibers and polymer chains composed of at least one monoethylenically unsaturated acid group-containing monomer (such as acrylic acid) grafted thereto, in which one or more of said cellulose fibers and said polymer chains are crosslinked (such as by intra-fiber chain-to-chain crosslinks). Some of such materials are characterized by a wet bulk of about 10.0-17.0 cm3/g, an IPRP value of about 1000 to 7700 cm2/MPa·sec, and/or a MAP value of about 7.0 to 38 cm H2O. Methods for producing such materials may include grafting polymer chains from a cellulosic substrate, followed by treating the grafted material with a crosslinking agent adapted to effect crosslinking of one or more of the cellulosic substrate or the polymer chains. Example crosslinking mechanisms include esterfication reactions, ionic reactions, and radical reactions, and example crosslinking agents include pentaerythritol, homopolymers of the graft species monomer, and hyperbranched polymers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2019
    Publication date: March 19, 2020
    Applicant: INTERNATIONAL PAPER COMPANY
    Inventors: Karen Brogan, Charles E. Miller, Angel Stoyanov, Torsten Lindner, Maike Siemons
  • Patent number: 10458790
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a space and dimension determining device, which is useful for placement, mounting, hanging and leveling a picture, shelving, or any other object onto a receiving surface. The present device is capable of locking into position capturing the dimensions and allowing for “measureless” transfer of dimensions from one place to another. The present disclosure further relates to a device incorporating a laser, either as part of, or a separate, attachable feature to, the present device, the laser being useful for assisting in determining center points, and a plurality of dimensions and readings equal distance from the center point. The present disclosure also relates to a system and method of transferring dimensions from a space determining device to an electronic communication device, which is used to create a template for placement of an item or items within a target space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: C&B Products LLC
    Inventors: Charles E. Miller, Brian Blasey
  • Patent number: 10416009
    Abstract: A vortex shedding flowmeter has a vortex sensor with a cantilever mounted transducer vane comprising a piezoelectric polymer film laminated together with an elastic substrate and that is encapsulated in an elastomeric integument to enable the transducer vane to withstand vortex pressure fields that span more than three orders of magnitude with sensitivities that provide high turn down ratios.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: FLOWPRO, LLC
    Inventors: Charles E. Miller, Michael Steinbach
  • Patent number: 10337150
    Abstract: Grafted, crosslinked cellulosic materials used in absorbent articles, the grafted crosslinked cellulosic materials including cellulose fibers and polymer chains composed of at least one monoethylenically unsaturated acid group-containing monomer (such as acrylic acid) grafted thereto, in which one or more of the cellulose fibers and the polymer chains are crosslinked (such as by intra-fiber chain-to-chain crosslinks). Some of such materials are characterized by a wet bulk of about 10.0-17.0 cm3/g, an IPRP value of about 1000 to 7700 cm2/MPa·sec, and/or a MAP of about 7.0 to 38 cm H2O. Methods for producing such materials may include grafting polymer chains from a cellulosic substrate, followed by treating the grafted material with a crosslinking agent adapted to effect crosslinking of one or more of the cellulosic substrate or the polymer chains.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Karen Brogan, Charles E. Miller, Angel Stoyanov, Torsten Lindner, Maike Siemons
  • Patent number: 10287383
    Abstract: Grafted, crosslinked cellulosic materials include cellulose fibers and polymer chains composed of at least one monoethylenically unsaturated acid group-containing monomer (such as acrylic acid) grafted thereto, in which one or more of said cellulose fibers and said polymer chains are crosslinked (such as by intra-fiber chain-to-chain crosslinks). Some of such materials are characterized by a wet bulk of about 10.0-17.0 cm3/g, an IPRP value of about 1000 to 7700 cm2/MPa·sec, and/or a MAP value of about 7.0 to 38 cm H2O. Methods for producing such materials may include grafting polymer chains from a cellulosic substrate, followed by treating the grafted material with a crosslinking agent adapted to effect crosslinking of one or more of the cellulosic substrate or the polymer chains. Example crosslinking mechanisms include esterfication reactions, ionic reactions, and radical reactions, and example crosslinking agents include pentaerythritol, homopolymers of the graft species monomer, and hyperbranched polymers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL PAPER COMPANY
    Inventors: Karen Brogan, Charles E. Miller, Angel Stoyanov, Torsten Lindner, Maike Siemons
  • Publication number: 20190085508
    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: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2018
    Publication date: March 21, 2019
    Applicant: International Paper Company
    Inventors: Charles E. Miller, Alan D. Lovas
  • Patent number: 10156042
    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: December 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL PAPER COMPANY
    Inventors: Charles E. Miller, Alan D. Lovas
  • Publication number: 20180258589
    Abstract: Methods of forming crosslinked cellulose include mixing a crosslinking agent with an aqueous mixture of cellulose fibers containing little to no excess water (e.g., solids content of 25-55%), drying the resulting mixture to 85-100% solids, then curing the dried mixture to crosslink the cellulose fibers. Systems include a mixing unit to form, from an aqueous mixture of unbonded cellulose fibers having a solids content of about 25-55% and a crosslinking agent, a substantially homogenous mixture of non-crosslinked, unbonded cellulose fibers and crosslinking agent; 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. Intrafiber crosslinked cellulose pulp fibers produced by such methods and/or systems have a chemical on pulp level of about 2-14% and an AFAQ capacity of at least 12.0 g/g.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2018
    Publication date: September 13, 2018
    Applicant: International Paper Company
    Inventor: Charles E. Miller
  • Patent number: 9995000
    Abstract: Methods of forming crosslinked cellulose include mixing a crosslinking agent with an aqueous mixture of cellulose fibers containing little to no excess water (e.g., solids content of 25-55%), drying the resulting mixture to 85-100% solids, then curing the dried mixture to crosslink the cellulose fibers. Systems include a mixing unit to form, from an aqueous mixture of unbonded cellulose fibers having a solids content of about 25-55% and a crosslinking agent, a substantially homogenous mixture of non-crosslinked, unbonded cellulose fibers and crosslinking agent; 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. Intrafiber crosslinked cellulose pulp fibers produced by such methods and/or systems have a chemical on pulp level of about 2-14% and an AFAQ capacity of at least 12.0 g/g.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL PAPER COMPANY
    Inventor: Charles E. Miller
  • Publication number: 20180156612
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a space and dimension determining device, which is useful for placement, mounting, hanging and leveling a picture, shelving, or any other object onto a receiving surface. The present device is capable of locking into position capturing the dimensions and allowing for “measureless” transfer of dimensions from one place to another. The present disclosure further relates to a device incorporating a laser, either as part of, or a separate, attachable feature to, the present device, the laser being useful for assisting in determining center points, and a plurality of dimensions and readings equal distance from the center point. The present disclosure also relates to a system and method of transferring dimensions from a space determining device to an electronic communication device, which is used to create a template for placement of an item or items within a target space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Publication date: June 7, 2018
    Inventors: Charles E. Miller, Brian Blasey
  • Publication number: 20170191220
    Abstract: A particle or particles of cellulosic wood pulp fibers having a top and bottom face and a hexagonal perimeter, and methods of using it.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Publication date: July 6, 2017
    Applicant: INTERNATIONAL PAPER COMPANY
    Inventors: Christopher A. Mann, David G. Marsh, Robert T. Hamilton, Charles E. Miller, Harshadkumar Shah
  • Publication number: 20170183817
    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: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2015
    Publication date: June 29, 2017
    Applicant: WEYERHAEUSER NR COMPANY
    Inventors: Charles E. Miller, Alan D. Lovas
  • Patent number: 9617687
    Abstract: A particle or particles of cellulosic wood pulp fibers having a top and bottom face and a hexagonal perimeter, and methods of using it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: International Paper Company
    Inventors: Christopher A. Mann, David G Marsh, Robert T. Hamilton, Charles E Miller, Harshadkumar M. Shah
  • Publication number: 20170066865
    Abstract: Grafted, crosslinked cellulosic materials include cellulose fibers and polymer chains composed of at least one monoethylenically unsaturated acid group-containing monomer (such as acrylic acid) grafted thereto, in which one or more of said cellulose fibers and said polymer chains are crosslinked (such as by intra-fiber chain-to-chain crosslinks). Some of such materials are characterized by a wet bulk of about 10.0-17.0 cm3/g, an IPRP value of about 1000 to 7700 cm2/MPa·sec, and/or a MAP value of about 7.0 to 38 cm H2O. Methods for producing such materials may include grafting polymer chains from a cellulosic substrate, followed by treating the grafted material with a crosslinking agent adapted to effect crosslinking of one or more of the cellulosic substrate or the polymer chains. Example crosslinking mechanisms include esterfication reactions, ionic reactions, and radical reactions, and example crosslinking agents include pentaerythritol, homopolymers of the graft species monomer, and hyperbranched polymers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Publication date: March 9, 2017
    Applicant: WEYERHAEUSER NR COMPANY
    Inventors: Karen Brogan, Charles E. Miller, Angel Stoyanov, Torsten Linder, Maike Siemons
  • Publication number: 20170022671
    Abstract: Grafted, crosslinked cellulosic materials used in absorbent articles, the grafted crosslinked cellulosic materials including cellulose fibers and polymer chains composed of at least one monoethylenically unsaturated acid group-containing monomer (such as acrylic acid) grafted thereto, in which one or more of the cellulose fibers and the polymer chains are crosslinked (such as by intra-fiber chain-to-chain crosslinks). Some of such materials are characterized by a wet bulk of about 10.0-17.0 cm3/g, an IPRP value of about 1000 to 7700 cm2/MPa·sec, and/or a MAP of about 7.0 to 38 cm H2O. Methods for producing such materials may include grafting polymer chains from a cellulosic substrate, followed by treating the grafted material with a crosslinking agent adapted to effect crosslinking of one or more of the cellulosic substrate or the polymer chains.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2015
    Publication date: January 26, 2017
    Inventors: Karen BROGAN, Charles E. MILLER, Angel STOYANOV, Torsten LINDNER, Maike SIEMONS
  • Publication number: 20170022314
    Abstract: Grafted, crosslinked cellulosic materials include cellulose fibers and polymer chains composed of at least one monoethylenically unsaturated acid group-containing monomer (such as acrylic acid) grafted thereto, in which one or more of said cellulose fibers and said polymer chains are crosslinked (such as by intra-fiber chain-to-chain crosslinks). Some of such materials are characterized by a wet bulk of about 10.0-17.0 cm3/g, an IPRP value of about 1000 to 7700 cm2/MPa·sec, and/or a MAP value of about 7.0 to 38 cm H2O. Methods for producing such materials may include grafting polymer chains from a cellulosic substrate, followed by treating the grafted material with a crosslinking agent adapted to effect crosslinking of one or more of the cellulosic substrate or the polymer chains. Example crosslinking mechanisms include esterfication reactions, ionic reactions, and radical reactions, and example crosslinking agents include pentaerythritol, homopolymers of the graft species monomer, and hyperbranched polymers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2015
    Publication date: January 26, 2017
    Applicant: WEYERHAEUSER NR COMPANY
    Inventors: Karen BROGAN, Charles E. MILLER, Angel STOYANOV, Torsten LINDER, Maike SIEMONS