Patents by Inventor Gary W. Nickel

Gary W. Nickel 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: 10190000
    Abstract: A method of making a system for producing coating compositions having a predetermined VOC content includes preparing a paint comprising a resin and a solvent and having the predetermined VOC content or less. Temperature adjusters are prepared containing a resin and having the predetermined VOC content or less. Each temperature adjuster includes a different solvent or a different amount of a solvent compared to the others such that each of the coating compositions formed from one of the temperature adjusters is suitable for application within an ambient temperature range based on a rate of evaporation of the solvent within the ambient temperature range. Each temperature adjuster has no less than 1 wt. % solids based on the total weight of the temperature adjuster. The paint and the temperature adjusters are provided together as the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: AXALTA COATING SYSTEMS IP CO., LLC
    Inventors: Gary W. Nickel, Renee J. Kelly, Yongqing Huang, Sheau-Hwa Ma, Beatriz E. Rodriguez-Douglas
  • Patent number: 10077374
    Abstract: A method of making a coating composition includes selecting a temperature adjuster from a plurality of temperature adjusters based on an ambient temperature at which application of the coating composition is to occur. The temperature adjuster contains a resin and a solvent. The resin, the solvent, and/or amounts of the resin and the solvent are based on the ambient temperature. The temperature adjuster contains no less than about 1% solids. The method includes combining a paint with the temperature adjuster. The paint contains a resin and a solvent. The method includes mixing the temperature adjuster and the paint to form the coating composition, wherein the coating composition has no more than a predetermined total VOC content, wherein the predetermined total VOC content is about 1.2 kilograms per liter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: AXALTA COATING SYSTEMS IP CO., LLC
    Inventors: Gary W. Nickel, Renee J. Kelly, Yongqing Huang, Sheau-Hwa Ma, Beatriz E. Rodriguez-douglas
  • Patent number: 9605164
    Abstract: Low solids coating compositions having polyurea rheology control agents, methods for making such coating compositions, and systems for making such coating compositions are provided. In accordance with an exemplary embodiment, a coating composition with no more than 30 weight percent nonvolatile content includes a colorant, a polyurea rheology control agent comprising polyurea crystals and a moderating resin, a film forming binder resin, and a solvent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: AXALTA COATING SYSTEMS IP CO., LLC
    Inventors: Yongqing Huang, Gary W. Nickel, Renee J. Kelly, Sheau-Hwa Ma, Beatriz E. Rodriguez-Douglas, Brian E. Priore
  • Publication number: 20170081546
    Abstract: A method of making a coating composition includes selecting a temperature adjuster from a plurality of temperature adjusters based on an ambient temperature at which application of the coating composition is to occur. The temperature adjuster contains a resin and a solvent. The resin, the solvent, and/or amounts of the resin and the solvent are based on the ambient temperature. The temperature adjuster contains no less than about 1% solids. The method includes combining a paint with the temperature adjuster. The paint contains a resin and a solvent. The method includes mixing the temperature adjuster and the paint to form the coating composition, wherein the coating composition has no more than a predetermined total VOC content, wherein the predetermined total VOC content is about 1.2 kilograms per liter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Publication date: March 23, 2017
    Applicant: AXALTA COATING SYSTEMS IP CO., LLC
    Inventors: Gary W. Nickel, Renee J. Kelly, Yongqing Huang, Sheau-Hwa Ma, Beatriz E. Rodriguez-Douglas
  • Patent number: 9523018
    Abstract: A method of making a coating composition includes selecting a temperature adjuster from a plurality of temperature adjusters based on an ambient temperature at which application of the coating composition is to occur. The temperature adjuster contains a resin and a solvent. The resin, the solvent, and/or amounts of the resin and the solvent are based on the ambient temperature. The temperature adjuster contains no less than about 1% solids and has no more than a predetermined VOC content. A paint is combined with the temperature adjuster. The paint contains a resin and a solvent and has no more than the predetermined VOC content. The temperature adjuster and the paint are mixed to form the coating composition, wherein the coating composition has no more than the predetermined VOC content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: AXALTA COATING SYSTEMS IP CO., LLC
    Inventors: Gary W. Nickel, Renee J. Kelly, Yongqing Huang, Sheau-Hwa Ma, Beatriz E. Rodriguez-Douglas
  • Publication number: 20150175834
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a solvent borne low bake curable coating composition having improved sag resistance and coatings properties and process for using the same. The composition includes a crosslinkable component having one or more polymers having two or more crosslinkable groups, a crosslinking component comprising one or more crosslinking agents having crosslinking groups; and a low bake temperature control agent that includes a rheology component and polyurea. When a layer of a pot mix resulting from mixing of the crosslinkable and crosslinking components is applied over a substrate, it has high sag resistance while providing desired coating properties, such as high gloss and rapid cure even under low bake cure conditions. The solvent borne coating compositions is well suited for use in automotive refinish applications as well as industrial applications, such as construction and transportation equipment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Publication date: June 25, 2015
    Inventors: Ayumu Yokoyama, Henry A. Tronco, JR., Eric C. Houze, Sheau-Hwa Ma, Kurt A. Hankerson, Jose Antonio Garcia, Gary W. Nickel, Delson Jayme Trindade
  • Publication number: 20150175836
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a solvent borne low bake curable coating composition having improved sag resistance and coatings properties and process for using the same. The composition includes a crosslinkable component having one or more polymers having two or more crosslinkable groups, a crosslinking component comprising one or more crosslinking agents having crosslinking groups; and a low bake temperature control agent that includes a rheology component and polyurea. When a layer of a pot mix resulting from mixing of the crosslinkable and crosslinking components is applied over a substrate, it has high sag resistance while providing desired coating properties, such as high gloss and rapid cure even under low bake cure conditions. The solvent borne coating compositions is well suited for use in automotive refinish applications as well as industrial applications, such as construction and transportation equipment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Publication date: June 25, 2015
    Inventors: Ayumu Yokoyama, Henry A. Tronco, Jr., Eric C. Houze, Sheau-Hwa Ma, Kurt A. Hankerson, Jose Antonio Garcia, Gary W. Nickel, Delson Jayme Trindade, Monika J. Sienkowska, Jingguo Shen
  • Publication number: 20150105513
    Abstract: A method of making a coating composition includes selecting a temperature adjuster from a plurality of temperature adjusters based on an ambient temperature at which application of the coating composition is to occur. The temperature adjuster contains a resin and a solvent. The resin, the solvent, and/or amounts of the resin and the solvent are based on the ambient temperature. The temperature adjuster contains no less than about 1% solids and has no more than a predetermined VOC content. A paint is combined with the temperature adjuster. The paint contains a resin and a solvent and has no more than the predetermined VOC content. The temperature adjuster and the paint are mixed to form the coating composition, wherein the coating composition has no more than the predetermined VOC content.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: Gary W. Nickel, Renee J. Kelly, Yongqing Huang, Sheau-Hwa Ma, Beatriz E. Rodriguez-Douglas
  • Publication number: 20150105512
    Abstract: A method of making a system for producing coating compositions having a predetermined VOC content includes preparing a paint comprising a resin and a solvent and having the predetermined VOC content or less. Temperature adjusters are prepared containing a resin and having the predetermined VOC content or less. Each temperature adjuster includes a different solvent or a different amount of a solvent compared to the others such that each of the coating compositions formed from one of the temperature adjusters is suitable for application within an ambient temperature range based on a rate of evaporation of the solvent within the ambient temperature range. Each temperature adjuster has no less than 1 wt. % solids based on the total weight of the temperature adjuster. The paint and the temperature adjusters are provided together as the system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: Gary W. Nickel, Renee J. Kelly, Yongqing Huang, Sheau-Hwa Ma, Beatriz E. Rodriguez-Douglas
  • Publication number: 20150105511
    Abstract: Low solids coating compositions having polyurea rheology control agents, methods for making such coating compositions, and systems for making such coating compositions are provided. In accordance with an exemplary embodiment, a coating composition with no more than 30 weight percent nonvolatile content includes a colorant, a polyurea rheology control agent comprising polyurea crystals and a moderating resin, a film forming binder resin, and a solvent.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: Yongqing Huang, Gary W. Nickel, Renee J. Kelly, Sheau-Hwa Ma, Beatriz E. Rodriguez-Douglas, Brian E. Priore
  • Patent number: 5314953
    Abstract: A improved process for applying a clear coat/color coat composition to a substrate in which a color coat is applied to a substrate and then a clear coat is applied over the color coat; the improvement used therewith is a clear coating composition having a film forming binder solids content of about 30-70% by weight and an organic liquid carrier, wherein the binder contains about(A) 50-80% by weight, based on the weight of the binder, of an acrylic polymer of polymerized monomers of styrene, a methacrylate monomer from the group of methyl methacrylate, isobornyl methacrylate, cyclohexyl methacrylate or any mixtures thereof, a second methacrylate monomer from the group of n-butyl methacrylate, isobutyl methacrylate or ethyl hexyl methacrylate or any mixtures thereof and a hydroxy alkyl methacrylate or acrylate each having 1-4 carbon atoms in the alkyl group, where the polymer has a number average molecular weight of about 5,000-20,000 determined by gel permeation chromatography and a calculated Tg of at least 4
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 24, 1994
    Assignee: E. I. Du Pont de Nemours and Company
    Inventors: Patrick H. Corcoran, Gary W. Nickel
  • Patent number: 5279862
    Abstract: A improved process for applying a clear coat/color coat composition to a substrate in which a color coat is applied to a substrate and then a clear coat is applied over the color coat; the improvement used therewith is a clear coating composition having a film forming binder solids content of about 30-70% by weight and an organic liquid carrier, wherein the binder contains about(A) 50-80% by weight, based on the weight of the binder, of an acrylic polymer of polymerized monomers of styrene, a methacrylate monomer from the group of methyl methacrylate, isobornyl methacrylate, cyclohexyl methacrylate or any mixtures thereof, a second methacrylate monomer from the group of n-butyl methacrylate, isobutyl methacrylate or ethyl hexyl methacrylate or any mixtures thereof and a hydroxy alkyl methacrylate or acrylate each having 1-4 carbon atoms in the alkyl group, where the polymer has a number average molecular weight of about 5,000-20,000 determined by gel permeation chromatography and a calculated Tg of at least 4
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 1992
    Date of Patent: January 18, 1994
    Assignee: E. I. Du Pont de Nemours and Company
    Inventors: Patrick H. Corcoran, Gary W. Nickel