Patents by Inventor Frank M. Keese

Frank M. Keese 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: 10256009
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to laser-markable insulation material and cable or wire assemblies containing such insulation material. In certain embodiments, the laser-markable insulation material can include a fluoropolymer and an inorganic laser-markable pigment. The pigment can have a mean crystal size in a range of about 0.4 microns to about 2 microns and/or a median particle size (d50) in a range of about 0.45 microns to about 2 microns. The insulation material can exhibit improved initial and heat-aged contrast ratios without diminishing the ability of a cable or wire containing the insulation material to meet industry standards for electric-arc tracking and propagation resistance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: SAINT-GOBAIN PERFORMANCE PLASTICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jennifer Adamchuk, Kyle J. Killam, Frank M. Keese, Gerald A. Elliott
  • Patent number: 10066033
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to methods of making an article comprising PTFE, methods of making expanded articles comprising PTFE, articles comprising PTFE, and expanded articles comprising PTFE having improved mechanical and electrical performance and particularly reduced variability in mechanical, electrical and dimensional properties, particularly over long lengths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: SAINT-GOBAIN PERFORMANCE PLASTICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jessica L. McCoy, Georges Moineau, Philip C. Guy, Mark E. Schiek, Joseph B. MacDonald, Frank M. Keese, Jennifer Adamchuk, Silvia Ruth Gorman, Scott P. Campbell, Paul J. Beaumont, John Marko
  • Publication number: 20180072824
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to methods of making an article comprising PTFE, methods of making expanded articles comprising PTFE, articles comprising PTFE, and expanded articles comprising PTFE having improved mechanical and electrical performance and particularly reduced variability in mechanical, electrical and dimensional properties, particularly over long lengths.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2017
    Publication date: March 15, 2018
    Inventors: Jessica L. MCCOY, Georges MOINEAU, Philip C. GUY, Mark E. SCHIEK, Joseph B. MACDONALD, Frank M. KEESE, Jennifer ADAMCHUK, Silvia Ruth GORMAN, Scott P. CAMPBELL, Paul J. BEAUMONT, John MARKO
  • Patent number: 9881714
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to laser-markable insulation material and cable or wire assemblies containing such insulation material. In certain embodiments, the laser-markable insulation material can include a fluoropolymer and an inorganic laser-markable pigment. The pigment can have a mean crystal size in a range of about 0.4 microns to about 2 microns and/or a median particle size (d50) in a range of about 0.45 microns to about 2 microns. The insulation material can exhibit improved initial and heat-aged contrast ratios without diminishing the ability of a cable or wire containing the insulation material to meet industry standards for electric-arc tracking and propagation resistance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: SAINT-GOBAIN PERFORMANCE PLASTICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jennifer Adamchuk, Kyle J. Killam, Frank M. Keese, Gerald A. Elliott
  • Publication number: 20160099088
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to laser-markable insulation material and cable or wire assemblies containing such insulation material. In certain embodiments, the laser-markable insulation material can include a fluoropolymer and an inorganic laser-markable pigment. The pigment can have a mean crystal size in a range of about 0.4 microns to about 2 microns and/or a median particle size (d50) in a range of about 0.45 microns to about 2 microns. The insulation material can exhibit improved initial and heat-aged contrast ratios without diminishing the ability of a cable or wire containing the insulation material to meet industry standards for electric-arc tracking and propagation resistance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2015
    Publication date: April 7, 2016
    Inventors: Jennifer ADAMCHUK, Kyle J. KILLAM, Frank M. KEESE, Gerald A. ELLIOTT
  • Publication number: 20160019997
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to laser-markable insulation material and cable or wire assemblies containing such insulation material. In certain embodiments, the laser-markable insulation material can include a fluoropolymer and an inorganic laser-markable pigment. The pigment can have a mean crystal size in a range of about 0.4 microns to about 2 microns and/or a median particle size (d50) in a range of about 0.45 microns to about 2 microns. The insulation material can exhibit improved initial and heat-aged contrast ratios without diminishing the ability of a cable or wire containing the insulation material to meet industry standards for electric-arc tracking and propagation resistance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2015
    Publication date: January 21, 2016
    Inventors: Jennifer ADAMCHUK, Kyle J. KILLAM, Frank M. KEESE, Gerald A. ELLIOTT
  • Publication number: 20150299943
    Abstract: A coated fabric includes a reinforcement, a first coating disposed on the reinforcement, and a second coating disposed on the first coating. The first coating includes perfluoropolymer. The second coating includes perfluoropolymer and a silicone polymer in an amount in a range of 2 wt % to 30 wt %.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2015
    Publication date: October 22, 2015
    Inventors: Frank M. Keese, Robert G. Pleydon, Anne B. Hardy, Hua Fan
  • Patent number: 9138944
    Abstract: A flexible composite with integral flights is provided and methods for making the same. The composite is made from, for example, silicone rubber, urethane rubber, polytetrafluoroethylene or other polymer. The composites are useful for making conveyor belts for use in high temperature food processing, and particularly for contact toasters. The conveyor belts are an improvement over the prior art in that they prevent slippage of the articles conveyed, may be manufactured at low cost, and are relatively easy to clean.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: SAINT-GOBAIN PERFORMANCE PLASTICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Frank M. Keese, Kevin C. Bauler, Gerard T. Buss, John A. Effenberger
  • Publication number: 20150166694
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to methods of making an article comprising PTFE, methods of making expanded articles comprising PTFE, articles comprising PTFE, and expanded articles comprising PTFE having improved mechanical and electrical performance and particularly reduced variability in mechanical, electrical and dimensional properties, particularly over long lengths.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2014
    Publication date: June 18, 2015
    Inventors: Jessica L. McCoy, Georges Moineau, Philip C. Guy, Mark E. Schiek, Joseph B. MacDonald, Frank M. Keese, Jennifer Adamchuk, Silvia Ruth Gorman, Scott P. Campbell, Paul J. Beaumont, John Marko
  • Patent number: 8969222
    Abstract: A coated fabric includes a reinforcement, a first coating disposed on the reinforcement, and a second coating disposed on the first coating. The first coating includes perfluoropolymer. The second coating includes perfluoropolymer and a silicone polymer in an amount in a range of 2 wt % to 30 wt %.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Corporation
    Inventors: Frank M. Keese, Robert G. Pleydon, Anne B. Hardy, Hua Fan
  • Patent number: 7927684
    Abstract: A HVAC system of a motor vehicle includes a film having openings defined therein and moveable between open and closed positions. The film regulates airflow by opening and closing apertures defined in a housing of the HVAC system. The film is disposed in a film valve assembly containing first and second rollers that wind and unwind the film. The film includes a substrate that includes a fiber selected from the group of polyester-based fibers, glass-based fibers, and combinations thereof. An elastomeric layer is disposed on the substrate layer. The substrate also includes a silicone layer disposed on the elastomeric layer for minimizing noise created as the film moves between the open and closed positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2011
    Assignee: Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Corporation
    Inventors: Christopher M. Comeaux, Frank M. Keese
  • Publication number: 20110020653
    Abstract: The disclosure is directed to a composite cushioning structure including a fluoropolymer layer having a major surface and a polymeric layer overlying the major surface of the fluoropolymer layer. The composite structure has wherein the composite structure can withstand a hot press at a temperature of at least about 330° C. to about 400° C. and a pressure of about 3 MPa to about 5 MPa for at least about 15 cycles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2010
    Publication date: January 27, 2011
    Applicant: Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Corporation
    Inventors: Catherine E. Kearns, Frank M. Keese, Matthew Morin, Mark Sinofsky, David H. Williams
  • Publication number: 20100159223
    Abstract: A coated fabric includes a reinforcement, a first coating disposed on the reinforcement, and a second coating disposed on the first coating. The first coating includes perfluoropolymer. The second coating includes perfluoropolymer and a silicone polymer in an amount in a range of 2 wt % to 30 wt %.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2009
    Publication date: June 24, 2010
    Applicant: SAINT-GOBAIN PERFORMANCE PLASTICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Frank M. Keese, Robert G. Pleydon, Anne B. Hardy, Hua Fan
  • Publication number: 20090114101
    Abstract: A flexible composite with integral flights is provided and methods for making the same. The composite is made from, for example, silicone rubber, urethane rubber, polytetrafluoroethylene or other polymer. The composites are useful for making conveyor belts for use in high temperature food processing, and particularly for contact toasters. The conveyor belts are an improvement over the prior art in that they prevent slippage of the articles conveyed, may be manufactured at low cost, and are relatively easy to clean.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 5, 2009
    Publication date: May 7, 2009
    Applicant: SAINT-GOBAIN PERFORMANCE PLASTICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Frank M. Keese, Kevin C. Bauler, Gerard T. Buss, John A. Effenberger
  • Patent number: 7487578
    Abstract: A method is provided for forming a contact toaster having a flexible belt. The method includes forming a flexible belt by applying at least one of a silicone rubber, a urethane rubber, and a fluoropolymer to a fabric reinforcement material having a first face and a second face, and forming ribs on the first face of the fabric reinforcement material. The ribs are formed from at least one of a silicone rubber, urethane rubber, and fluoropolymer. The flexible belt is attached to the contact toaster such that the ribs on the first face are configured to impart lateral force to objects to be toasted that are carried by the flexible belt. The flexible belt is attached such that it passes through a heating zone of the contact toaster.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2009
    Assignee: Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Corporation
    Inventors: Frank M. Keese, Kevin C. Bauler, Gerard T. Buss, John A. Effenberger
  • Patent number: 7338574
    Abstract: A multilayer composite has a generally adhesion resistant, protective layer and an adjacent second polymeric film. The composition of the protective layer includes a fluoropolymer and the second polymeric film is a polymer free of fluoropolymer. The size of the protective layer facing the second polymeric layer is rendered bondable to the non-fluoropolymer of the second polymeric layer prior to assembling the layers in the composite. The composite is well adapted to being produced in a vertical coating tower. The tower utilizes a carrier web onto which the fluoropolymer layer and second polymeric layer are deposited from respective casting films. Mirror image composites can be formed simultaneously on opposite sides of the carrier web.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2008
    Assignee: Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Corporation
    Inventors: Peter D Spohn, Frank M Keese, Mark W Sinofsky
  • Patent number: 7278350
    Abstract: A flexible composite with integral flights is provided and methods for making the same. The composite is made from, for example, silicone rubber, urethane rubber, polytetrafluoroethylene or other polymer. The composites are useful for making conveyor belts for use in high temperature food processing, and particularly for contact toasters. The conveyor belts are an improvement over the prior art in that they prevent slippage of the articles conveyed, may be manufactured at low cost, and are relatively easy to clean.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2007
    Assignee: Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics
    Inventors: Frank M. Keese, Kevin C. Bauler, Gerard T. Buss, John A. Effenberger
  • Patent number: 7238102
    Abstract: A HVAC system of a motor vehicle includes a film having openings defined therein and moveable between open and closed positions. The film regulates airflow by opening and closing apertures defined in a housing of the HVAC system. The film is disposed in a film valve assembly containing first and second rollers that wind and unwind the film. The film includes a substrate that includes a fiber selected from the group of polyester-based fibers, glass-based fibers, and combinations thereof. An elastomeric layer is disposed on the substrate layer. The substrate also includes a silicone layer disposed on the elastomeric layer for minimizing noise created as the film moves between the open and closed positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2007
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Gerald M. Goupil, Jr., Christopher M. Comeaux, Frank M. Keese
  • Patent number: 6930063
    Abstract: A double-faced PTFE-silicone rubber reinforced composite with curling tendency controlled is achieved by coating one side of a balanced PTFE/glass composite with liquid silicone rubber. Each face of the composite can perform independent functions in a single application, thereby optimizing performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2005
    Assignee: Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Corporation
    Inventor: Frank M. Keese
  • Patent number: 6919122
    Abstract: A flexible composite with integral flights is provided and methods for making the same. The composite is made from, for example, silicone rubber, urethane rubber, polytetrafluoroethylene or other polymer. The composites are useful for making articles of manufacture, in particular, conveyor belts for use in high temperature food processing. The conveyor belts are an improvement over the prior art in that they prevent slippage of the articles conveyed, may be manufactured at low cost and are easy to clean.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2005
    Assignee: Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Corporation
    Inventors: Frank M. Keese, Kevin C. Bauler, Gerard T. Buss, John A. Effenberger