Patents by Inventor Daniel W. Sumnicht

Daniel W. Sumnicht 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: 10954417
    Abstract: A multi-ply absorbent sheet includes a first absorbent ply of cellulosic sheet; a second absorbent ply of cellulosic sheet; and a ply bonding adhesive interposed between the first absorbent ply and the second absorbent ply, the ply-bonding adhesive thereby adhering said absorbent plies together. The ply-bonding adhesive comprises polyvinyl alcohol and nanofibrillated cellulose. In a particularly preferred embodiment the adhesive is applied as a dilute aqueous composition to tissue plies and the nanofibrillated cellulose has a Characteristic Breaking Length of 6.5 km or above.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: GPCP IP Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Daniel W. Sumnicht, Zhiying Yu, Siddharth S. Vaijapurkar
  • Patent number: 10954634
    Abstract: A ply-bonding agent or adhesive composition characterized by a viscosity and a surface tension for the manufacture of paper tissue and paper towel, includes: (a) water; (b) nanofibrillated cellulose; and (c) one or more modifiers effective to modify either or both of (i) the viscosity of the composition or (ii) the surface tension of the composition, wherein the one or more additional modifiers are selected from the group consisting of components (iii), (iv), (v), (vi), (vii) or (viii), wherein: (iii) is PVOH and a viscosity modifier; (iv) is a viscosity modifier; (v) is a viscosity modifier and a surface tension modifier other than PVOH; (vi) is a water-soluble cellulose derivative; (vii) is a water soluble polyol; and (viii) is a surface tension modifier other than PVOH. The compositions are particularly useful for ply-bonding multi-ply absorbent sheet when the plies are treated with debonder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: GPCP IP Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Zhiying Yu, Siddharth S. Vaijapurkar, Daniel W. Sumnicht
  • Publication number: 20210062430
    Abstract: A ply-bonding agent or adhesive composition characterized by a viscosity and a surface tension for the manufacture of paper tissue and paper towel, includes: (a) water; (b) nanofibrillated cellulose; and (c) one or more modifiers effective to modify either or both of (i) the viscosity of the composition or (ii) the surface tension of the composition, wherein the one or more additional modifiers are selected from the group consisting of components (iii), (iv), (v), (vi), (vii) or (viii), wherein: (iii) is PVOH and a viscosity modifier; (iv) is a viscosity modifier; (v) is a viscosity modifier and a surface tension modifier other than PVOH; (vi) is a water-soluble cellulose derivative; (vii) is a water soluble polyol; and (viii) is a surface tension modifier other than PVOH. The compositions are particularly useful for ply-bonding multi-ply absorbent sheet when the plies are treated with debonder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2020
    Publication date: March 4, 2021
    Inventors: Zhiying Yu, Siddharth S. Vaijapurkar, Daniel W. Sumnicht
  • Publication number: 20200332470
    Abstract: An aqueous NFC containing tail-seal adhesive includes: (a) water; (b) nanofibrillated cellulose; and (c) one or more of: (i) a water-soluble cellulose derivative; or (ii) a water soluble polyol; or (iii) a viscosity modifier other than a water soluble cellulose derivative.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2020
    Publication date: October 22, 2020
    Inventors: Zhiying Yu, Siddharth S. Vaijapurkar, Daniel W. Sumnicht
  • Patent number: 10774476
    Abstract: A roll of absorbent sheet tail-sealed with an NFC containing aqueous tail-seal adhesive includes an NFC containing aqueous tail-seal adhesive interposed between a tail of the roll of absorbent sheet and an underlying convolution of the roll adhering the tail to the underlying convolution to form the tail-seal. The NFC containing tail-seal adhesive comprises nanofibrillated cellulose and one or more additional components selected from the group consisting of components (i), (ii), (iii), (iv) and (v) wherein (i) is a water-soluble cellulose derivative; (ii) is a water soluble polyol; (iii) is a viscosity modifier other than a water soluble cellulose derivative; (iv) is PVOH; and (v) is PVOH and a viscosity modifier. The NFC containing tail-seal adhesive optionally includes a surface tension modifier other than PVOH.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: GPCP IP Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Zhiying Yu, Siddharth S. Vaijapurkar, Daniel W. Sumnicht
  • Patent number: 10731300
    Abstract: A multi-ply bath tissue includes a first ply providing a first surface of the bath tissue. The first ply includes first and second layers. The first layer forms the first surface and includes a temporary wet strength resin. The second layer is substantially free from a temporary wet strength resin. A second ply provides a second surface of the bath tissue. The second ply includes first and second layers. The first layer forms the second surface and includes a temporary wet strength resin. The second layer is substantially free from a temporary wet strength resin. The bath tissue is free from regenerated cellulosic microfibers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: GPCP IP Holdings LLC
    Inventors: John H. Dwiggins, Daniel W. Sumnicht
  • Patent number: 10696837
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to an article of manufacture, which can be a fiber and or a film. In one aspect, the fiber or the film comprises a polyvinyl alcohol (PVOH) and an inorganic filler comprising particles having an average diameter of less than about 20 micrometers. The PVOH has a degree of hydrolysis of greater than about 95% and is present in a range between about 20 wt. % and about 99 wt. % based on the total fiber weight. Methods of making the fibers and films are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: GPCP IP Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Daniel W. Sumnicht, Thomas Schulze, Frank-Gunther Niemz
  • Patent number: 10662586
    Abstract: A cationic polyether amine dispersant for papermaking fibers comprises the polymeric reaction product of a polyether diamine, a polyether bisepoxide and a quaternary ammonium salt. The polyether diamine, the polyether bisepoxide and the quaternary ammonium salt reactants are reacted in the following molar ratios: the molar ratio of amine functionality of the polyether diamine to epoxide functionality of the polyether bisepoxide is from 0.5:1 to 2:1 and the molar ratio of the amine functionality of the polyether diamine to the epoxide functionality of the quaternary ammonium salt is from 10:1 to 40:1. The dispersant is used in stock preparation used in paper products including absorbent products as well as paperboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: GPCP IP Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Bruce J. Kokko, Daniel W. Sumnicht, Wayne F. Winkler
  • Patent number: 10597501
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to articles of manufacture, including fibers and films, and methods of making thereof. In accordance with the present invention, the article includes a binder impregnated with or encapsulating a filler. The binder is a polyvinyl alcohol (PVOH), cellulose nanofibrils, or a combination of the PVOH and cellulose nanofibrils. The filler is deinking waste solids comprising ash and cellulose fines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: GPCP IP Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Daniel W. Sumnicht, Thomas Schulze, Frank-Gunther Niemz
  • Patent number: 10196780
    Abstract: A cellulosic tissue includes cellulosic fibers that include at least one of (a) chemically pulped fibers and (b) mechanically pulped fibers. The cellulosic fibers include (i) a percentage by weight of eucalyptus fibers, and (ii) a percentage by weight of regenerated cellulosic microfibers. The cellulosic tissue further includes virgin chemically pulped fibers, with a percentage by weight of recycle fibers. The eucalyptus fibers have been prepared from eucalyptus chips by alkaline peroxide mechanical pulping, exhibiting an ISO brightness of at least 0.82×(% VCP)+0.795×(% RF)0.98+0.84×(% APMP), in which % VCP is the percentage of virgin chemical pulp in the tissue, % RF, the percentage of recycle fiber, and % alkaline peroxide mechanical pulping (APMP), the percentage of APMP eucalyptus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: GPCP IP Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey A. Lee, Daniel W. Sumnicht
  • Publication number: 20190003123
    Abstract: A cationic polyether amine dispersant for papermaking fibers comprises the polymeric reaction product of a polyether diamine, a polyether bisepoxide and a quaternary ammonium salt. The polyether diamine, the polyether bisepoxide and the quaternary ammonium salt reactants are reacted in the following molar ratios: the molar ratio of amine functionality of the polyether diamine to epoxide functionality of the polyether bisepoxide is from 0.5:1 to 2:1 and the molar ratio of the amine functionality of the polyether diamine to the epoxide functionality of the quaternary ammonium salt is from 10:1 to 40:1. The dispersant is used in stock preparation used in paper products including absorbent products as well as paperboard.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2018
    Publication date: January 3, 2019
    Inventors: Bruce J. Kokko, Daniel W. Sumnicht, Wayne F. Winkler
  • Publication number: 20180347118
    Abstract: A multi-ply bath tissue includes a first ply providing a first surface of the bath tissue. The first ply includes first and second layers. The first layer forms the first surface and includes a temporary wet strength resin. The second layer is substantially free from a temporary wet strength resin. A second ply provides a second surface of the bath tissue. The second ply includes first and second layers. The first layer forms the second surface and includes a temporary wet strength resin. The second layer is substantially free from a temporary wet strength resin. The bath tissue is free from regenerated cellulosic microfibers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2018
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Inventors: John H. Dwiggins, Daniel W. Sumnicht
  • Patent number: 10072382
    Abstract: A multi-ply bath tissue includes a first ply providing a first surface of the bath tissue. The first ply includes first and second layers. The first layer forms the first surface and includes a temporary wet strength resin. The second layer is substantially free from a temporary wet strength resin. A second ply provides a second surface of the bath tissue. The second ply includes first and second layers. The first layer forms the second surface and includes a temporary wet strength resin. The second layer is substantially free from a temporary wet strength resin. The bath tissue is free from regenerated cellulosic microfibers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: GPCP IP Holdings LLC
    Inventors: John H. Dwiggins, Daniel W. Sumnicht
  • Publication number: 20180230344
    Abstract: A multi-ply absorbent sheet includes a first absorbent ply of cellulosic sheet; a second absorbent ply of cellulosic sheet; and a ply bonding adhesive interposed between the first absorbent ply and the second absorbent ply, the ply-bonding adhesive thereby adhering said absorbent plies together. The ply-bonding adhesive comprises polyvinyl alcohol and nanofibrillated cellulose. In a particularly preferred embodiment the adhesive is applied as a dilute aqueous composition to tissue plies and the nanofibrillated cellulose has a Characteristic Breaking Length of 6.5 km or above.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2018
    Publication date: August 16, 2018
    Inventors: Daniel W. Sumnicht, Zhiying Yu, Siddharth S. Vaijapurkar
  • Patent number: 10005932
    Abstract: A multi-ply absorbent sheet includes a first absorbent ply of cellulosic sheet; a second absorbent ply of cellulosic sheet; and a ply bonding adhesive interposed between the first absorbent ply and the second absorbent ply, the ply-bonding adhesive thereby adhering said absorbent plies together. The ply-bonding adhesive comprises polyvinyl alcohol and nanofibrillated cellulose. In a particularly preferred embodiment the adhesive is applied as a dilute aqueous composition to tissue plies and the nanofibrillated cellulose has a Characteristic Breaking Length of 6.5 km or above.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: GPCP IP Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Daniel W. Sumnicht, Zhiying Yu, Siddharth S. Vaijapurkar
  • Publication number: 20180037781
    Abstract: A multi-ply absorbent sheet includes a first absorbent ply of cellulosic sheet; a second absorbent ply of cellulosic sheet; and a ply bonding adhesive interposed between the first absorbent ply and the second absorbent ply, the ply-bonding adhesive thereby adhering said absorbent plies together. The ply-bonding adhesive comprises polyvinyl alcohol and nanofibrillated cellulose. In a particularly preferred embodiment the adhesive is applied as a dilute aqueous composition to tissue plies and the nanofibrillated cellulose has a Characteristic Breaking Length of 6.5 km or above.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Publication date: February 8, 2018
    Inventors: Daniel W. Sumnicht, Zhiying Yu, Siddharth S. Vaijapurkar
  • Patent number: 9879382
    Abstract: A multi-ply bath tissue includes cellulosic microfibers and wood pulp fibers. The bath tissue has sufficient temporary wet strength resin to provide an initial Finch Cup cross-machine direction (CD) wet tensile of from about 2.5 to about 20 g/3 in. per pound of basis weight, decaying to less than 65% of the initial value in less than 15 minutes after immersion of the tissue in water, and a caliper of at least 5 mils per 8 sheets per pound of basis weight. At least one of the plies includes a plurality of fiber-enriched hollow domed regions having a relatively high basis weight, a plurality of connecting regions having a relatively lower basis weight forming a network interconnecting the fiber-enriched hollow domed regions of the sheet, and a plurality of transition regions transitioning from the connecting regions into the fiber-enriched hollow domed regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: GPCP IP Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Joseph H. Miller, Daniel W. Sumnicht, T. Philips Oriaran, Brian J. Schuh, Alberto J. Ramirez, Jeffrey A. Lee
  • Publication number: 20170362777
    Abstract: A multi-ply bath tissue includes a first ply providing a first surface of the bath tissue. The first ply includes first and second layers. The first layer forms the first surface and includes a temporary wet strength resin. The second layer is substantially free from a temporary wet strength resin. A second ply provides a second surface of the bath tissue. The second ply includes first and second layers. The first layer forms the second surface and includes a temporary wet strength resin. The second layer is substantially free from a temporary wet strength resin. The bath tissue is free from regenerated cellulosic microfibers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2017
    Publication date: December 21, 2017
    Inventors: John H. Dwiggins, Daniel W. Sumnicht
  • Publication number: 20170349719
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to articles of manufacture, including fibers and films, and methods of making thereof. In accordance with the present invention, the article includes a binder impregnated with or encapsulating a filler. The binder is a polyvinyl alcohol (PVOH), cellulose nanofibrils, or a combination of the PVOH and cellulose nanofibrils. The filler is deinking waste solids comprising ash and cellulose fines.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2017
    Publication date: December 7, 2017
    Inventors: Daniel W. Sumnicht, Thomas Schulze, Frank-Gunther Niemz
  • Patent number: 9822285
    Abstract: A multi-ply absorbent sheet includes a first absorbent ply of cellulosic sheet; a second absorbent ply of cellulosic sheet; and a ply bonding adhesive interposed between the first absorbent ply and the second absorbent ply, the ply-bonding adhesive thereby adhering said absorbent plies together. The ply-bonding adhesive comprises polyvinyl alcohol and nanofibrillated cellulose. In a particularly preferred embodiment the adhesive is applied as a dilute aqueous composition to tissue plies and the nanofibrillated cellulose has a Characteristic Breaking Length of 6.5 km or above.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: GPCP IP Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Daniel W. Sumnicht, Zhiying Yu, Siddharth S. Vaijapurkar