Patents by Inventor John R. Eshbach, Jr.

John R. Eshbach, Jr. 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: 10024065
    Abstract: A floor panel and a floating floor system incorporating the floor panel include a floor panel having a top layer and a bottom layer. The top layer has a top surface and a bottom surface. The top surface has a visible decorative pattern. The bottom layer has a top surface and a bottom surface. The top surface of the bottom layer is adhered to the bottom surface of the top layer such that the bottom layer is offset from the top layer in a direction of length and width and a marginal end portion of the top surface of the bottom layer and a marginal end portion of the bottom surface of the top layer is exposed. At least one of the marginal end portions has an adhesive, and a ratio of a thickness of the top layer to a thickness of the bottom layer is about 5 or greater.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: AFI Licensing LLC
    Inventors: Richard H. Balmer, John R. Eshbach, Jr., Kean M. Anspach, Heath Harrington, Michael E. Buckwalter, Brent L. Stoll
  • Patent number: 9611655
    Abstract: A floating floor system includes a plurality of floor panels, each of the floor panels comprising a base layer, a wear layer forming an uppermost surface of the floor panel, a first locking edge portion having a first locking profile that includes a first channel having a first channel floor, the first locking edge portion being formed by the wear layer and the base layer, the first locking profile further comprising a first channel bed thickness measured between the uppermost surface and the first channel floor, and wherein the wear layer forms at least 5% of the first channel bed thickness, and a second locking edge portion having a second locking profile that includes a second vertical ridge, the second locking edge portion located opposite the first locking edge portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: AFI Licensing LLC
    Inventors: Kean M. Anspach, John R. Eshbach, Jr., Brent L. Stoll, Sunil Ramachandra
  • Publication number: 20160138274
    Abstract: A floating floor system includes a plurality of floor panels, each of the floor panels comprising a base layer, a wear layer forming an uppermost surface of the floor panel, a first locking edge portion having a first locking profile that includes a first channel having a first channel floor, the first locking edge portion being formed by the wear layer and the base layer, the first locking profile further comprising a first channel bed thickness measured between the uppermost surface and the first channel floor, and wherein the wear layer forms at least 5% of the first channel bed thickness, and a second locking edge portion having a second locking profile that includes a second vertical ridge, the second locking edge portion located opposite the first locking edge portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2016
    Publication date: May 19, 2016
    Inventors: KEAN M. ANSPACH, JOHN R. ESHBACH, JR., BRENT L. STOLL, SUNIL RAMACHANDRA
  • Patent number: 9249583
    Abstract: An easy-to-install and remove flooring system comprises three components: 1) a plurality of rolled-out liners, 2) a plurality of tiles, particularly resilient tiles, and 3) an adhesive adhering the tile to the liner. A grid pattern matching the size of the tiles is printed on the liner to enable easy centering and balancing of the tile in the room. The edge portions of adjacent liners are adjacent or overlapped. At least some of the tiles are adhered to two of the liners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: AWI Licensing Company
    Inventors: Lynn M. Wise, James F. Mathis, Kean M. Anspach, John R. Eshbach, Jr., Michael E. Buckwalter, Charles H. Hines
  • Patent number: 9249582
    Abstract: A floating floor system includes a plurality of floor panels, each including: a resilient base layer; a wear layer forming an uppermost surface of the floor panel atop the resilient base layer and having a higher degree of stiffness than the resilient base layer; a first locking edge portion having a first locking profile that includes a first horizontal locking feature, a first vertical locking feature, and a channel having a channel floor, being formed by the wear layer and the resilient base layer, and including a channel bed thickness measured between the uppermost surface and the channel floor, the wear layer forming at least 5% of the channel bed thickness; and a second locking edge portion having a second locking profile that includes a second horizontal locking feature, a second vertical locking feature, and a second vertical ridge and being located opposite the first locking edge portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: AWI Licensing Company
    Inventors: Kean M. Anspach, John R. Eshbach, Jr., Brent L. Stoll, Sunil Ramachandra
  • Publication number: 20150165748
    Abstract: A process for forming laminated floor covering product having a relatively thick wear layer. In one embodiment, the process includes heating a base layer sheet which may comprise a plastic material to a first temperature, preheating a wear layer film to a second temperature, and laminating the wear layer film onto the base layer sheet at a first laminating station to form a flooring laminate. The wear layer may be rigid vinyl film (RVF). The foregoing process may be use for producing luxury vinyl tile (LVT). In some embodiments, the process includes embossing the flooring laminate at a second laminating station after the laminating step. In laminate constructions using a RVF wear layer, the process may include heating the flooring laminate to a third temperature between the first and second laminating stations prior to embossing to improve embossing depth.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2013
    Publication date: June 18, 2015
    Applicant: Armstrong World Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Kean M. ANSPACH, John R. ESHBACH, JR., Noel L. CRITCHLOW, Eric C. ZIRKEL
  • Publication number: 20150082741
    Abstract: A method of making a floor panel includes the steps of: providing an adhesive on a release member; laminating or marrying the release member to a bottom layer such that the adhesive is between the release member and the bottom layer; removing a portion of the release member to expose an area of the adhesive; and adhering a top layer to the area such that the top layer is offset with respect to the bottom layer in a direction of length and width and a marginal end portion of a top surface of the bottom layer and a marginal end portion of the bottom surface of the top layer is exposed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: Richard H. Balmer, Shih Chung Lee, Dung V. Dao, John R. Eshbach, JR., Heath E. Harrington, Michael E. Buckwalter, Kean M. Anspach
  • Patent number: 8894794
    Abstract: A method of making a floor panel includes the steps of: providing an adhesive on a release member; laminating or marrying the release member to a bottom layer such that the adhesive is between the release member and the bottom layer; removing a portion of the release member to expose an area of the adhesive; and adhering a top layer to the area such that the top layer is offset with respect to the bottom layer in a direction of length and width and a marginal end portion of a top surface of the bottom layer and a marginal end portion of the bottom surface of the top layer is exposed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: AWI Licensing Company
    Inventors: Richard H. Balmer, Shih Chung Lee, Dung V. Dao, John R. Eshbach, Jr., Heath E. Harrington, Michael E. Buckwalter, Kean M. Anspach
  • Publication number: 20140227491
    Abstract: A resilient floor tile includes a base layer, a film layer, a decorative film layer, and a topcoat. The resilient floor tile has a shaped edge formed on an upper surface thereof that extends about at least a portion of a perimeter of the resilient floor tile. In order to make the resilient floor tile, a continuous sheet of a base layer is conveyed into a press die. The press die is actuated from an open position to a closed position. The continuous sheet is cut with a blade of a cutting tool of the press die to form side surfaces of the resilient floor the when the press die is in the closed position. A shaped edge is formed on at least a portion of a perimeter of an upper surface of the resilient floor tile with a forming tool of the press die when the press die is in the closed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2014
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Applicant: AWI LICENSING COMPANY
    Inventors: Kean M. Anspach, Thomas C. Bair, John R. Eshbach, JR.
  • Patent number: 8741085
    Abstract: A resilient floor tile includes a base layer, a film layer, a decorative film layer, and a topcoat. The resilient floor tile has a shaped edge formed on an upper surface thereof that extends about at least a portion of a perimeter of the resilient floor tile. In order to make the resilient floor tile, a continuous sheet of a base layer is conveyed into a press die. The press die is actuated from an open position to a closed position. The continuous sheet is cut with a blade of a cutting tool of the press die to form side surfaces of the resilient floor tile when the press die is in the closed position. A shaped edge is formed on at least a portion of a perimeter of an upper surface of the resilient floor tile with a forming tool of the press die when the press die is in the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: AWI Licensing Company
    Inventors: Kean M. Anspach, Thomas C. Bair, John R. Eshbach, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8720684
    Abstract: A packaging system and a method of packaging a plurality of floor panels in a box includes floor panels having a top layer and a bottom layer. The top layer has a top surface with a visible decorative pattern and a bottom surface adhered to a top surface of the bottom layer such that the bottom layer is offset from the top layer in a direction of length and width and a marginal end portion of the top surface of the bottom layer and a marginal end portion of the bottom surface of the top layer is exposed. At least one of the marginal end portions has an adhesive. The floor panels are stacked in the box in pairs. Each of the pairs is stacked such that the top surfaces of the top layers of each of the pairs of the floor panels are facing each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: AWI Licensing Company
    Inventors: Richard H. Balmer, Shih Chung Lee, Dung V. Dao, Christopher R. Knafelc, Heath E. Harrington, Kean M. Anspach, Michael E. Buckwalter, John R. Eshbach, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8496779
    Abstract: Sheet goods having extremely long repeat lengths and tiles having a large number of different visual patterns are formed by printing two different print patterns having different repeat lengths. The two different print patterns are printed on two films that are laminated together, or on a substrate, or one print pattern on a substrate and one print pattern on a transparent or translucent film that is laminated to the printed substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: Armstrong World Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Katharine C. Fernback, Kean M. Anspach, John R. Eshbach, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8322100
    Abstract: An easy-to-install and remove flooring system comprises three components: 1) a plurality of rolled-out liners, 2) a plurality of tiles, particularly resilient tiles, and 3) an adhesive adhering the tile to the liner. A grid pattern matching the size of the tiles is printed on the liner to enable easy centering and balancing of the tile in the room. The edge portions of adjacent liners are adjacent or overlapped. At least some of the tiles are adhered to two of the liners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Armstrong World Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Lynn M. Wise, James F. Mathis, Kean M. Anspach, John R. Eshbach, Jr., Michael E. Buckwalter, Charles H. Hines
  • Publication number: 20110042252
    Abstract: A packaging system and a method of packaging a plurality of floor panels in a box includes floor panels having a top layer and a bottom layer. The top layer has a top surface with a visible decorative pattern and a bottom surface adhered to a top surface of the bottom layer such that the bottom layer is offset from the top layer in a direction of length and width and a marginal end portion of the top surface of the bottom layer and a marginal end portion of the bottom surface of the top layer is exposed. At least one of the marginal end portions has an adhesive. The floor panels are stacked in the box in pairs. Each of the pairs is stacked such that the top surfaces of the top layers of each of the pairs of the floor panels are facing each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2010
    Publication date: February 24, 2011
    Inventors: Richard H. Balmer, Shih Chung Lee, Dung V. Dao, Christopher R. Knafelc, Heath E. Harrington, Kean M. Anspach, Michael E. Buckwalter, John R. Eshbach, JR.
  • Publication number: 20110041989
    Abstract: A resilient floor tile includes a base layer, a film layer, a decorative film layer, and a topcoat. The resilient floor tile has a shaped edge formed on an upper surface thereof that extends about at least a portion of a perimeter of the resilient floor tile. In order to make the resilient floor tile, a continuous sheet of a base layer is conveyed into a press die. The press die is actuated from an open position to a closed position. The continuous sheet is cut with a blade of a cutting tool of the press die to form side surfaces of the resilient floor tile when the press die is in the closed position. A shaped edge is formed on at least a portion of a perimeter of an upper surface of the resilient floor tile with a forming tool of the press die when the press die is in the closed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2010
    Publication date: February 24, 2011
    Inventors: Kean M. Anspach, Thomas C. Bair, John R. Eshbach, JR.
  • Publication number: 20110042003
    Abstract: A method of making a floor panel includes the steps of: providing an adhesive on a release member; laminating or marrying the release member to a bottom layer such that the adhesive is between the release member and the bottom layer; removing a portion of the release member to expose an area of the adhesive; and adhering a top layer to the area such that the top layer is offset with respect to the bottom layer in a direction of length and width and a marginal end portion of a top surface of the bottom layer and a marginal end portion of the bottom surface of the top layer is exposed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2010
    Publication date: February 24, 2011
    Inventors: Richard H. Balmer, Shih Chung Lee, Dung V. Dao, John R. Eshbach, JR., Heath E. Harrington, Michael E. Buckwalter, Kean M. Anspach
  • Publication number: 20100247834
    Abstract: A floor panel and a floating floor system incorporating the floor panel include a floor panel having a top layer and a bottom layer. The top layer has a top surface and a bottom surface. The top surface has a visible decorative pattern. The bottom layer has a top surface and a bottom surface. The top surface of the bottom layer is adhered to the bottom surface of the top layer such that the bottom layer is offset from the top layer in a direction of length and width and a marginal end portion of the top surface of the bottom layer and a marginal end portion of the bottom surface of the top layer is exposed. At least one of the marginal end portions has an adhesive, and a ratio of a thickness of the top layer to a thickness of the bottom layer is about 5 or greater.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2009
    Publication date: September 30, 2010
    Inventors: Richard H. Balmer, John R. Eshbach, JR., Kean M. Anspach, Heath Harrington, Michael E. Buckwalter, Brent L. Stoll
  • Publication number: 20100068385
    Abstract: Sheet goods having extremely long repeat lengths and tiles having a large number of different visual patterns are formed by printing two different print patterns having different repeat lengths. The two different print patterns are printed on two films that are laminated together, or on a substrate, or one print pattern on a substrate and one print pattern on a transparent or translucent film that is laminated to the printed substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2008
    Publication date: March 18, 2010
    Inventors: Katharine C. Fernback, Kean M. Anspach, John R. Eshbach, JR.
  • Patent number: 6676799
    Abstract: Disclosed is both a product and method relating to a decorative metallized laminate. The laminate comprises a substrate and at least two laminated films, wherein one of the films is a metallized film. The method comprises a dual film continuous dual laminating process for producing a metallized laminate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2004
    Assignee: Armstrong World Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: John R. Eshbach, Jr., Timothy D. Colyer, Christopher K. Moore
  • Patent number: 6616792
    Abstract: A surface covering has a base to which is laminated a rigid vinyl film. The film is precoated with an electron beam cured wearlayer. The preferred wearlayer composition is a polymerizable organic urethane-polyester wearlayer coating. The coated printed film is prepared by application of a polyester urethane acrylate composition to a printed sheet of rigid vinyl film and the coating is exposed to a low accelerating energy Electro-curtain to form an abrasion resistant topcoat with no apparent degradation of printed rigid vinyl film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2003
    Assignee: AWI Licensing Company
    Inventors: Gary A. Sigel, John R. Eshbach, Jr., George E. Bagley, F. Joseph Appleyard