Patents by Inventor Jeffrey Valentage

Jeffrey Valentage 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: 8119725
    Abstract: A fiber reinforced polypropylene composite interior trim cover panel. The interior trim cover panel is molded from a composition comprising at least 30 wt % polypropylene based resin, from 10 to 60 wt % organic fiber, from 0 to 40 wt % inorganic filler, and optionally from 0 to 0.1 wt % lubricant, based on the total weight of the composition, the interior trim cover panel having an outer surface and an underside surface. A process for producing an interior trim cover panel for a vehicle is also provided. The process includes the step of injection molding a composition to form the interior trim cover panel for a vehicle, the interior trim cover panel having at least an outer surface and an underside surface, wherein the composition comprises at least 30 wt % polypropylene, from 10 to 60 wt % organic fiber, from 0 to 40 wt % inorganic filler, and optionally from 0 to 0.1 wt % lubricant, based on the total weight of the composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Chemical Patents Inc.
    Inventors: Arnold Lustiger, Jeffrey Valentage
  • Patent number: 8003725
    Abstract: This invention relates to hetero-phase polyolefin compositions comprising: a) 30 to 99.7 wt % of a polypropylene-based TPO comprising at least 50 wt % propylene and at least 10 wt % ethylene, and b) 0.1 to 20 wt % of one or more non-functionalized plasticizer, and c) 0.2 to 50 wt % of one or more filler; based upon the weight of the composition, and having: i) an MFR of 5 dg/min or more, and ii) a flexural modulus of 500 MPa or more, and iii) a notched Charpy impact strength at ?30° C. of 1 kJ/m2 or more or a notched Izod impact strength at ?18° C. of 50 J/m or more. These compositions are especially useful in applications such as automotive parts that demand both high stiffness and high impact toughness, as well as good processibility during fabrication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Chemical Patents Inc.
    Inventors: Bryan R. Chapman, Jeffrey Valentage, Jared M. Hill, Bruce R. Lundmark
  • Patent number: 7790795
    Abstract: Provided is a polymer composition comprising a thermoplastic, an ethylene alpha-olefin plastomer, a fibrous inosilicate and a slip agent. The polymer composition exhibits superior scratch and mar resistance as indicated by a Ford Five Finger scratch resistance on Ford Fawn 2ZK grain of at least 15 N. Also provided are shaped articles made from the polymer compositions. Also provided are methods for making scratch and mar resistant polymer compositions. Finally, articles made from the polymer compositions are also provided, particularly automotive exterior, interior and fascia parts, requiring scratch and mar resistance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2010
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Chemical Patents Inc.
    Inventors: Jean-Roch Schauder, Jeffrey Valentage, Prasadarao Meka, Alan Joseph Oshinski, Jared Michael Hill, Vincent B. B. G. Gallez
  • Patent number: 7544420
    Abstract: The present invention relates to new backing layers and/or new substrates for making (1) new multilayer structures formed from one or more ionomers and one or more tie-layers, and optionally a new backing layer to form laminates, (2) new composite articles made from these laminates in combination with optional new substrate materials, and (3) new methods of making composite articles from these laminates by shaping and subsequently contacting them with a substrate material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2009
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Chemical Patents Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph Dominic Domine, Jeffrey Valentage, Prasadarao Meka
  • Patent number: 7482402
    Abstract: The present invention is directed generally to fiber reinforced polypropylene compositions, and the beneficial mechanical properties imparted by such compositions. The fiber reinforced polypropylene compositions include at least 25 wt % polypropylene based polymer, from 5 to 60 wt % organic fiber, and from 0 to 60 wt % inorganic filler. Lubricant may also be optionally incorporated into the composition. Articles molded from these fiber reinforced polypropylene compositions have a flexural modulus of at least 300,000 psi, and exhibit ductility during instrumented impact testing. The fiber reinforced polypropylene compositions of the present invention are particularly suitable for making molded articles including, but not limited to household appliances, automotive parts, and boat hulls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2009
    Assignee: Exxonmobil Research and Engineering Company
    Inventors: Arnold Lustiger, Jeffrey Valentage, Walter T. Matuszek
  • Publication number: 20080217961
    Abstract: A fiber reinforced polypropylene composite front end module. The front end module includes a radiator mounting frame molded from a composition comprising at least 30 wt % polypropylene based resin, from 10 to 60 wt % organic fiber, from 0 to 40 wt % inorganic filler, and from 0 to 0.1 wt % lubricant, based on the total weight of the composition, the radiator mounting frame having at least a first side and a second side. A process for producing a front end module is also provided. The process includes the step of injection molding a composition to form the front end module, the front end module having a radiator mounting frame having at least a first side and a second side, wherein the composition comprises at least 30 wt % polypropylene, from 10 to 60 wt % organic fiber, from 0 to 40 wt % inorganic filler, and from 0 to 0.1 wt % lubricant, based on the total weight of the composition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2008
    Publication date: September 11, 2008
    Inventors: Arnold Lustiger, Jeffrey Valentage
  • Patent number: 7405008
    Abstract: The present invention includes a laminate and formation of a laminate having at least one layer of an ionomer and at least one layer of an acid polymer or blend of acid polymer and a thermoplastic polyolefin that can be thermoformed to form a shaped laminate. The shaped laminate can then be contacted with a plastic substrate such as a thermoplastic polyolefin to form a composite article by such means as, for example, injection molding. The laminate can be pigmented to eliminate the need to paint the surface of the plastic substrate. Impact and scratch resistant articles can be formed from the laminated substrate such as automotive parts, appliance body parts and sporting equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2008
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Chemical Patents Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph D. Domine, Jeffrey Valentage, Prasadarao Meka
  • Publication number: 20080098655
    Abstract: A door window system is provided. In at least one embodiment, the door window system includes a core module, window track, a window track glass guide operatively engaged with the window track to be guided along the profile of the window track, a bracket integrally formed on the core module, and a pulley attached to the bracket wherein the pulley is in communication with a cable that is attached to the window track glass guide.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2006
    Publication date: May 1, 2008
    Inventor: Jeffrey Valentage
  • Patent number: 7335424
    Abstract: A co-extruded laminate of at least one layer of an ionomer and at least one layer of an acid polymer that can be thermoformed with a plastic substrate such as a polyolefin. The laminate can be pigmented to eliminate the need to paint the surface of the plastic substrate. Articles can be formed from the laminated substrate such as automotive parts and sporting equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2008
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Chemical Patents Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph D. Domine, Jeffrey Valentage, Prasadarao Meka
  • Publication number: 20080045638
    Abstract: This invention relates to hetero-phase polyolefin compositions comprising: a) 30 to 99.7 wt % of a polypropylene-based TPO comprising at least 50 wt % propylene and at least 10 wt % ethylene, and b) 0.1 to 20 wt % of one or more non-functionalized plasticizer, and c) 0.2 to 50 wt % of one or more filler; based upon the weight of the composition, and having: i) an MFR of 5 dg/min or more, and ii) a flexural modulus of 500 MPa or more, and iii) a notched Charpy impact strength at ?30° C. of 1 kJ/m2 or more or a notched Izod impact strength at ?18° C. of 50 J/m or more. These compositions are especially useful in applications such as automotive parts that demand both high stiffness and high impact toughness, as well as good processibility during fabrication.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2006
    Publication date: February 21, 2008
    Inventors: Bryan R. Chapman, Jeffrey Valentage, Jared M. Hill, Bruce R. Lundmark
  • Publication number: 20070276063
    Abstract: Provided is a polymer composition comprising a thermoplastic, an ethylene alpha-olefin plastomer, a fibrous inosilicate and a slip agent. The polymer composition exhibits superior scratch and mar resistance as indicated by a Ford Five Finger scratch resistance on Ford Fawn 2ZK grain of at least 15 N. Also provided are shaped articles made from the polymer compositions. Also provided are methods for making scratch and mar resistant polymer compositions. Finally, articles made from the polymer compositions are also provided, particularly automotive exterior, interior and fascia parts, requiring scratch and mar resistance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2006
    Publication date: November 29, 2007
    Inventors: Jean-Roch Schauder, Jeffrey Valentage, Prasadarao Meka, Alan Joseph Oshinski, Jared Michael Hill, Vincent B. B. G. Gallez
  • Publication number: 20070267889
    Abstract: A door core module and door system are provided. The door core module includes a body having a first and second side, a reinforcement member disposed on the first side of the body, and a glass run channel disposed on the second side of the body. The glass run channel includes an open profile and the body includes one or more components disposed thereon. The door system includes an outer panel and the core module. The door system further includes a trim panel adapted to cover the core module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2007
    Publication date: November 22, 2007
    Inventors: Joseph Flendrig, Jeffrey Valentage
  • Publication number: 20070222256
    Abstract: This invention relates to an integrated door system, comprising: an outer panel; a trim panel module having a first and a second side, the first side adapted to communicate with an interior of a vehicle and the second side adapted to attach to the outer panel; a window surround disposed between the outer panel and the second side of the trim panel module; and an integrated reinforcement assembly disposed on the second side of the trim panel module and about a lower portion of the window surround.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2007
    Publication date: September 27, 2007
    Inventors: Jeffrey Valentage, Joseph Gustaaf Marie Flendrig
  • Publication number: 20070222249
    Abstract: This invention relates to an integrated trim panel system, comprising: a trim module; at least one component attached to the trim module via a living hinge, wherein the trim module and the living hinge are injection molded together, and the at least one component is adapted to be folded about the living hinge and attached to the trim module without separating the at least one component from the trim module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2007
    Publication date: September 27, 2007
    Inventors: Jeffrey Valentage, Joseph Gustaaf Marie Flendrig
  • Publication number: 20070220812
    Abstract: A door core module and integrated door system are provided. In at least one specific embodiment, the core module includes a molded panel having two or more channels injection molded therein, and a plurality of notches formed in an upper surface of the panel arranged about the panel to provide control break points. In at least one specific embodiment, the integrated door system includes an outer panel, an inner panel, and a core module. The core module includes two or more channels injection molded therewith and a plurality of notches formed in an upper surface thereof. The notches are arranged about the core module to provide control break points. Further, the core module is adapted to attach to either the outer panel or the inner panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2007
    Publication date: September 27, 2007
    Inventors: Jeffrey Valentage, Joseph Gustaaf Marie Flendrig
  • Publication number: 20070220811
    Abstract: This invention relates to a door system, comprising: a door structure; a body comprising one or more components disposed thereon; a first module having an upper cavity and a lower cavity, the upper cavity adapted to at least partially surround a first side of a window glass and the lower cavity adapted to at least partially engage the body; a second module adapted to at least partially surround a second side of the window glass and adapted to at least partially contact the upper cavity of the first module; and a trim module adapted to at least partially cover the core module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2007
    Publication date: September 27, 2007
    Inventors: Joseph Gustaaf Marie Flendrig, Jeffrey Valentage, Michael Schneider, Joachim Mueller, Gerhard Resch
  • Publication number: 20070222257
    Abstract: A core module is provided. The core module includes a body, a first reinforcement member disposed at an upper portion of the body, a second reinforcement member disposed on a perimeter of the body, and a lock mechanism attached to the second reinforcement member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2007
    Publication date: September 27, 2007
    Inventors: Joseph Gustaaf Marie Flendrig, Jeffrey Valentage
  • Publication number: 20060264554
    Abstract: A fiber reinforced polypropylene composite door core module. The door core module includes a module plate molded from a composition comprising at least 30 wt % polypropylene based resin, from 10 to 60 wt % organic fiber, from 0 to 40 wt % inorganic filler, and optionally lubricant (typically present at from 0 to 0.1 wt %), based on the total weight of the composition, the module plate having at least a first side and a second side. A process for producing a door core module is also provided. The process includes the step of injection molding a composition to form the door core module, the door core module having a module plate having at least a first side and a second side, wherein the composition comprises at least 30 wt % polypropylene, from 10 to 60 wt % organic fiber, from 0 to 40 wt % inorganic filler, and from 0 to 0.1 wt % lubricant, based on the total weight of the composition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2006
    Publication date: November 23, 2006
    Inventors: Arnold Lustiger, Jeffrey Valentage
  • Publication number: 20060264544
    Abstract: The present invention is directed generally to cloth-like fiber reinforced polypropylene compositions, and the beneficial mechanical and aesthetic properties imparted by such compositions. The cloth-like fiber reinforced polypropylene compositions include at least 25 wt % polypropylene based polymer, from 5 to 60 wt % organic reinforcing fiber, from 0 to 60 wt % inorganic filler, and from 0.1 to 2.5 wt % colorant fiber. A method of making fiber reinforced polypropylene compositions and molding articles there from is also disclosed and includes the steps of twin screw extrusion compounding the composition to form a resin and injection molding the resin to form a cloth-like article. Articles molded from these fiber reinforced polypropylene compositions have a flexural modulus of at least 300,000 psi, exhibit ductility during instrumented impact testing, and exhibit a cloth-like appearance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2006
    Publication date: November 23, 2006
    Inventors: Arnold Lustiger, Jeffrey Valentage
  • Publication number: 20060263529
    Abstract: A method of painting a fiber reinforced composite vehicle component, the fiber reinforced composite vehicle component molded from a composition comprising a polypropylene based resin, an organic fiber and an inorganic filler, the component having at least a first surface. The method includes the steps of lowering the surface tension of the first surface of the fiber reinforced composite vehicle component, applying a base coat paint to the first surface of the fiber reinforced composite vehicle component and applying a clear coat paint to the first surface of the fiber reinforced composite vehicle component. A paint system and a process for producing a painted fiber reinforced polypropylene composite vehicle component are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2006
    Publication date: November 23, 2006
    Inventors: Arnold Lustiger, Jeffrey Valentage