Patents by Inventor Chris J. Tanley

Chris J. Tanley 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).

  • Publication number: 20200101485
    Abstract: A coating apparatus for a moving web that employs a spreader roller in the upweb position in a tensioned-web-over-slot die coater. The spreader roller can help spread webs laterally in a web processing operation, in particular to reduce or remove the presence of wrinkles or bagginess in the web. The spreader roller can be a reverse crown roll that is covered with a resilient material to assist spreading the web to remove wrinkles. The surface curvature of the spreader roller can be formed using layers of material such as a tape, to easily and readily approximate the shape of a reverse crown roll.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Publication date: April 2, 2020
    Inventors: Chris J. Tanley, Bruce E. Tait, Scott A. Walker, Mark C. Berens
  • Publication number: 20200058493
    Abstract: The present method comprises providing a flexible web substrate (e.g., polymeric flexible web substrates) that forms at least part of a component of a device, coating so as to wet-out on and cover all or a substantial portion of a major surface on one side or both sides of the flexible web substrate with flowable polymeric material, while the flexible web substrate is moving in a down-web direction, and solidifying the polymeric material so as to form one cleaning layer on the major surface of one side or both sides of the flexible web substrate. The present invention can be utilized in a continuous in-line manufacturing process. In applications of the present invention where the flexible web substrate will not form a component of a device, the present invention broadly provides a method for cleaning particles from a flexible web of indefinite length.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2019
    Publication date: February 20, 2020
    Inventors: William R. Dudley, William Blake Kolb, Michael A. Johnson, Stephen A. Johnson, Chris J. Tanley
  • Patent number: 10455675
    Abstract: A looped pile static reduction blanket or cloth, an apparatus including the looped pile static reduction blanket, and a technique to neutralize static and static patterns from a polymeric film surface during processing, to enable higher speeds and fewer defects during web transport and subsequent processing of wound film rolls, an apparatus including the looped pile static reduction cloth, and a technique to neutralize static from a polymeric shaped part during processing, to enable fewer defects. The looped pile static reduction blanket includes a static reduction engagement cloth that is resilient and can facilitate discharge of static from a web to ground before, during, and after contact with a charged web.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Joshua M. Retterath, Bruce E. Tait, Chris J. Tanley, Fred J. Roska, Terence A. Lee, Kevin B. Newhouse
  • Patent number: 10029882
    Abstract: The disclosure generally relates to a looped pile film roll core used for winding a polymeric film, a method of winding film on the looped pile film roll core, and a roll of film that includes the looped pile film roll core. The disclosure describes an article and a process to reduce the core impressions created by the starting end of a web on the adjacent web layers next to the core. In one particular embodiment, the present disclosure can lead to a reduction in the amount and severity of such core impressions on a wound polymeric film, by reducing the amount of stress in adjacent layers of wound web.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Kevin B. Newhouse, Bruce E. Tait, Terence A. Lee, Michael L. Smith, Kyle Taggart, Stanley T. Mann, Ronald L. Holmes, Timothy J. Edman, Mark T. Reed, Carsten Franke, Chris J. Tanley
  • Patent number: 10005097
    Abstract: A center-fed single cavity slot die (100) for coating particulate suspensions without creating the coating defect known as center banding. The die has a flow obstruction device (109) located in the die cavity (105) in a position such that the flow obstruction device blocks undisturbed straight-line flow of coating composition from the feed inlet to the die coating slot. Also, a coating process that employs the disclosed coating die. Types, shapes, sizes, and compositions of particles that may be used, and viscoities and particle concentrations of the coating composition which may be used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Chris J. Tanley, Lori T. Holmes, Michael J. Tichy
  • Patent number: 9908733
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes a looped pile static reduction roller (100, 200, 300), an apparatus (400) including the looped pile static reduction roller, and a technique to neutralize static and static patterns from a polymeric film surface during processing, to enable higher speeds and fewer defects during web transport. The looped pile static reduction roller includes a static reduction engagement cover (160, 260, 360) that is resilient and can facilitate discharge of static from the web to ground before, during, and after contact with a charged web (320, 420).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Fred J. Roska, Chris J. Tanley, Kevin B. Newhouse, Bruce E. Tait
  • Publication number: 20170333937
    Abstract: A center-fed single cavity slot die (100) for coating particulate suspensions without creating the coating defect known as center banding. The die has a flow obstruction device (109) located in the die cavity (105) in a position such that the flow obstruction device blocks undisturbed straight-line flow of coating composition from the feed inlet to the die coating slot. Also, a coating process that employs the disclosed coating die. Types, shapes, sizes, and compositions of particles that may be used, and viscoities and particle concentrations of the coating composition which may be used.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2015
    Publication date: November 23, 2017
    Inventors: Chris J. Tanley, Lori T. Holmes, Michael J. Tichy
  • Publication number: 20170150588
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes a looped pile static reduction blanket or cloth, an apparatus including the looped pile static reduction blanket, and a technique to neutralize static and static patterns from a polymeric film surface during processing, to enable higher speeds and fewer defects during web transport and subsequent processing of wound film rolls, an apparatus including the looped pile static reduction cloth, and a technique to neutralize static from a polymeric shaped part during processing, to enable fewer defects. The looped pile static reduction blanket includes a static reduction engagement fabric that is resilient and can facilitate discharge of static from a web to ground before, during, and after contact with a charged web.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Publication date: May 25, 2017
    Applicant: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Joshua M. Retterath, Bruce E. Tait, Chris J. Tanley, Fred J. Roska, Terence A. Lee, Kevin B. Newhouse
  • Publication number: 20160185549
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes a looped pile static reduction roller (100, 200, 300), an apparatus (400) including the looped pile static reduction roller, and a technique to neutralize static and static patterns from a polymeric film surface during processing, to enable higher speeds and fewer defects during web transport. The looped pile static reduction roller includes a static reduction engagement cover (160, 260, 360) that is resilient and can facilitate discharge of static from the web to ground before, during, and after contact with a charged web (320, 420).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2013
    Publication date: June 30, 2016
    Inventors: Fred J. Roska, Chris J. Tanley, Kevin B. Newhouse, Bruce E. Tait
  • Patent number: 9328265
    Abstract: An adhesive tie layer includes a binder including a multifunctional acrylate and a polyurethane, surface treated nanoparticles dispersed in the binder, and a plurality of interconnected voids. A volume fraction of interconnected voids in the adhesive tie layer is not less than about 10%.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Encai Hao, Kurt C. Melancon, Audrey A. Sherman, William Blake Kolb, Robert F. Kamrath, Maureen A. Kavanagh, Chris J. Tanley, Jeffrey A. Peterson
  • Patent number: 9192960
    Abstract: A coating apparatus and method of use wherein at least one capillary tube is in contact with a moving substrate during coating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Chris J. Tanley, Timothy J. Edman, Gary W. Maier, David S. Grinnell
  • Publication number: 20150274483
    Abstract: The disclosure generally relates to a looped pile film roll core used for winding a polymeric film, a method of winding film on the looped pile film roll core, and a roll of film that includes the looped pile film roll core. The disclosure describes an article and a process to reduce the core impressions created by the starting end of a web on the adjacent web layers next to the core. In one particular embodiment, the present disclosure can lead to a reduction in the amount and severity of such core impressions on a wound polymeric film, by reducing the amount of stress in adjacent layers of wound web.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Publication date: October 1, 2015
    Applicant: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Kevin B. Newhouse, Bruce E. Tait, Terence A. Lee, Michael L. Smith, Kyle Taggart, Stanley T. Mann, Ronald L. Holmes, Timothy J. Edman, Mark T. Reed, Carsten Franke, Chris J. Tanley
  • Publication number: 20140329019
    Abstract: A coating apparatus and method of use wherein at least one capillary tube is in contact with a moving substrate during coating.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2012
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Inventors: Chris J. Tanley, Timothy J. Edman, Gary W. Maier, David S. Grinnell
  • Publication number: 20140230846
    Abstract: The present method comprises providing a flexible web substrate (e.g., polymeric flexible web substrates) that forms at least part of a component of a device, coating so as to wet-out on and cover all or a substantial portion of a major surface on one side or both sides of the flexible web substrate with flowable polymeric material, while the flexible web substrate is moving in a down-web direction, and solidifying the polymeric material so as to form one cleaning layer on the major surface of one side or both sides of the flexible web substrate. The present invention can be utilized in a continuous in-line manufacturing process. In applications of the present invention where the flexible web substrate will not form a component of a device, the present invention broadly provides a method for cleaning particles from a flexible web of indefinite length.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2014
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Applicant: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: William R. Dudley, William Blake Kolb, Michael A. Johnson, Stephen A. Johnson, Chris J. Tanley
  • Patent number: 8753712
    Abstract: The present method comprises providing a flexible web substrate (e.g., polymeric flexible web substrates) that forms at least part of a component of a device, coating so as to wet-out on and cover all or a substantial portion of a major surface on one side or both sides of the flexible web substrate with flowable polymeric material, while the flexible web substrate is moving in a down-web direction, and solidifying the polymeric material so as to form one cleaning layer on the major surface of one side or both sides of the flexible web substrate. The present invention can be utilized in a continuous in-line manufacturing process. In applications of the present invention where the flexible web substrate will not form a component of a device, the present invention broadly provides a method for cleaning particles from a flexible web of indefinite length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: William R. Dudley, William Blake Kolb, Michael A. Johnson, Stephen A. Johnson, Chris J. Tanley
  • Publication number: 20120282455
    Abstract: An adhesive tie layer includes a binder including a multifunctional acrylate and a polyurethane, surface treated nanoparticles dispersed in the binder, and a plurality of interconnected voids. A volume fraction of interconnected voids in the adhesive tie layer is not less than about 10%.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2010
    Publication date: November 8, 2012
    Inventors: Encai Hao, Kurt C. Melancon, Audrey A. Sherman, William Blake Kolb, Robert F. Kamrath, Maureen A. Kavanagh, Chris J. Tanley, Jeffrey A. Peterson
  • Publication number: 20110250401
    Abstract: The present method comprises providing a flexible web substrate (e.g., polymeric flexible web substrates) that forms at least part of a component of a device, coating so as to wet-out on and cover all or a substantial portion of a major surface on one side or both sides of the flexible web substrate with flowable polymeric material, while the flexible web substrate is moving in a down-web direction, and solidifying the polymeric material so as to form one cleaning layer on the major surface of one side or both sides of the flexible web substrate. The present invention can be utilized in a continuous in-line manufacturing process. In applications of the present invention where the flexible web substrate will not form a component of a device, the present invention broadly provides a method for cleaning particles from a flexible web of indefinite length.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2009
    Publication date: October 13, 2011
    Applicant: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: William R. Dudley, William Blake Kolb, Michael A. Johnson, Stephen A. Jonhson, Chris J. Tanley
  • Publication number: 20110014391
    Abstract: A method of slide coating that includes providing a first fluid, wherein the first fluid includes at least one solvent, at least one single unit polymeric precursor or a combination thereof; providing a second fluid, wherein the second fluid includes multi unit polymeric precursors; flowing the first fluid down a first slide surface, to create a first fluid layer on the first slide surface, the first slide surface being positioned adjacent a substrate; flowing the second fluid down a second slide surface, the second slide surface positioned relative to the first slide surface such that the second fluid flows from the second slide surface to above the first slide surface onto the first fluid layer to create the second fluid layer on the first slide surface; coating the substrate with the first and second fluid by flowing the first fluid layer and the second fluid layer from the first slide surface to the substrate forming first and second coated layers; moving the substrate; and at least partially curing the f
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2009
    Publication date: January 20, 2011
    Inventors: Robert A. Yapel, Thomas J. Ludemann, Brent A. Hedding, Richard J. Pokorny, John P. Baetzold, Daniel V. Norton, Chris J. Tanley