Patents by Inventor Kara A. Meyers

Kara A. Meyers 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: 11937381
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing an electronic device includes providing a substrate with a first major surface having a microchannel, wherein the microchannel has a first end and a second end; dispensing a conductive liquid in the microchannel to cause the conductive liquid to move, primarily by capillary pressure, in a first direction toward the first end of the microchannel and in a second direction toward the second end of the microchannel; and solidifying the conductive liquid to form an electrically conductive trace electrically connecting a first electronic device at the first end of the microchannel to a second electronic device at the second end of the microchannel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Ankit Mahajan, Mikhail L Pekurovsky, Saagar A. Shah, Kayla C. Niccum, Kara A. Meyers, Christopher G. Walker
  • Publication number: 20240050973
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses for roll coating are provided. The roll coating system (100) includes a coating roll (110) having a deformable inner layer (12) with a surface thereof covered by a deformable outer layer (14), the inner layer being softer than the outer layer. A substrate (3) is conveyed to the nip (12) between the coating roll and a back-up roll (120). A metered coating material is transferred from the coating roll to a patterned surface structure (40) of the substrate at the nip to form a conformal coating on the patterned structure of the substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2021
    Publication date: February 15, 2024
    Inventors: Kevin T. Reddy, Scott L. Ciliske, Shawn C. Dodds, Mikhail L. Pekurovsky, Kara A. Meyers, James N. Dobbs, Samad Javid, Robert B. Secor, Joseph B. Farley, Ronald P. Swanson, Tyler J. Rattray, Ann M. Gilman, Angela S. McLean, Thomas A. Mahler, Yugeun P. Yang, Paul J. Cordes
  • Patent number: 11894164
    Abstract: A stretchable conductor includes a substrate with a first major surface, wherein the substrate is an elastomeric material. An elongate wire is on the first major surface of the substrate; the wire includes a first end and a second end, and further includes at least one arcuate region between the first end and the second end. At least one portion of the arcuate region of the wire in the region has a first surface area portion embedded in the surface of the substrate and a second surface area portion unembedded on the substrate and exposed in an amount sufficient to render at least an area of the substrate in the region electrically conductive. The unembedded second surface portion of the arcuate region may lie above or below a plane of the substrate. Composite articles including a stretchable conductor in durable electrical contact with a conductive fabric are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPNAY
    Inventors: Ankit Mahajan, James Zhu, Saagar A. Shah, Mikhail L. Pekurovsky, Vivek Krishnan, Kevin T. Reddy, Christopher B. Walker, Jr., Michael A. Kropp, Kara A. Meyers, Teresa M. Goeddel, Thomas J. Metzler, Jonathan W. Kemling, Roger W. Barton
  • Patent number: 11865571
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses for applying coatings on a moving web are provided. A coating die and a back-up roll engage with each other. The back-up roll includes a shell rotatably supported by a pressurized air layer. When a coating material is dispensed from the coating die onto the web to form a liquid coating, the pressure of the air layer is controlled such that the shell translates in space to balance forces from the air layer and the coating bead, while the web is being translated to drive the shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Tyler J. Rattray, Mikhail L. Pekurovsky, Shawn C. Dodds, Samad Javid, James N. Dobbs, Kara A. Meyers, Ronald P. Swanson, Robert B. Secor
  • Patent number: 11826779
    Abstract: Wet-on-wet coating processes are provided to produce multilayer articles. First and second coating materials are sequentially applied on to a structured substrate surface to form a skin layer directly over the structured substrate surface and a bulk layer over the skin layer. The conformability of the skin layer can be adjusted to provide desired surface and bulk properties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2023
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Brittni M. Schiewer, Eric A. Vandre, Chris A. Pommer, Kara A. Meyers, Anish Kurian, Michelle Ji, Hyacinth L Lechuga, Ross E. Behling, Dong-Wei Zhu, Robert B. Secor, Mikhail L. Pekurovsky
  • Patent number: 11820125
    Abstract: A printing system (200) including a printing roll (220) is provided. The printing roll (220) includes an elastically deformable and compressible inner layer (224) and a thin outer shell (222) to cover the inner layer (224). The thin outer shell (222) includes a pattern of raised print features (223) to receive ink material thereon. The inner layer (224) is softer and thicker than the thin outer shell (222), and optionally, the thin outer shell (222) is removable from the inner layer (224). The inner layer (224) of the printing roll (220) has a thickness, a compression force deflection value and an elastically-deformable compressibility such that the raised print features (223) of the printing roll (220) do not slide or deform with respect to the printed web (2) in an amount to generate a substantially visible dot gain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Kara A. Meyers, Shawn C. Dodds, Mikhail L. Pekurovsky, Tyler J. Rattray, James N. Dobbs, Samad Javid, Matthew S. Stay
  • Publication number: 20230354527
    Abstract: Devices including electrical connections to embedded electronic components and methods of making the same are provided. The devices include a flexible electronic component buried inside a substrate. The free end of the flexible electronic component can be extracted to stick out of the major plane of the substrate as a projecting contact.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2021
    Publication date: November 2, 2023
    Inventors: Ankit Mahajan, Mikhail L. Pekurovsky, Kara A. Meyers, Saagar A. Shah, Kayla C. Niccum
  • Patent number: 11712713
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses for applying coatings (9) on a moving web (3) are provided. A slot die (20) and a back-up roll (11) engage with each other. The back-up roll has a deformable inner layer (12) with a surface thereof covered by a deformable outer layer (14). The slot die and the flexible web at a contacting area are impressed into the back-up roll with an engagement depth D, which enables formation of a coating having a substantially uniform thickness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2023
    Inventors: Shawn C. Dodds, Tyler J. Rattray, Kara A. Meyers, Mikhail L. Pekurovsky, Scott L. Ciliske, James N. Dobbs, Samad Javid
  • Patent number: 11699865
    Abstract: Flexible electrical connectors are provided to electrically connect electronic devices. The flexible electrical connector includes a removable adhesive tape strip having an adhesive surface thereof and an electrically conductive trace disposed on the adhesive tape strip. The flexible electrical connector engages an electronic device to form an electrical contact where the adhesive tape strip has an adhesive surface removably adhesively bonded to the substrate of the electronic device to at least partially cover the electrical contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2023
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Kayla C. Niccum, Ankit Mahajan, Mikhail L. Pekurovsky, Nicholas T. Gabriel, Roger W. Barton, Kara A. Meyers, Saagar A. Shah, Jonathan W. Kemling, Richard C. Webb
  • Publication number: 20230149969
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses for applying coatings on a moving web are provided. A slot die including a concave die lip coating surface and a back-up roll engage with each other. The back-up roll has a deformable inner layer with a surface thereof covered by a deformable outer layer. The slot die and the flexible web at a contacting area are impressed into the back-up roll with an engagement depth D, which enables formation of a coating having a substantially uniform thickness.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2021
    Publication date: May 18, 2023
    Inventors: TYLER J. RATTRAY, STEPHEN J. SHAW, SHAWN C. DODDS, KARA A. MEYERS, SCOTT L. CILISKE, SAMAD JAVID, JAMES N. DOBBS, MIKHAIL L. PEKUROVSKY, ROBERT B. SECOR
  • Patent number: 11628541
    Abstract: A bonded abrasive wheel is disclosed comprising a plurality of abrasive particles disposed in a binder, a first grinding surface, a second surface opposing the first grinding surface, and an outer circumference. The wheel comprises a rotational axis extending through a central hub and a circuit configured as a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) unit coupled to the abrasive wheel. The circuit comprises an antenna configured to communicate with one or more external devices and comprising a first end and a second end, wherein antenna has a radius of curvature about an axis along at least a portion thereof such that the first end is disposed adjacent to but is spaced from the second end, and an integrated circuit (IC) operably coupled to the antenna and configured to store at least a first data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2023
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Joseph B. Eckel, Nicholas T. Gabriel, Ankit Mahajan, Mikhail L. Pekurovsky, Kara A. Meyers, Thomas J. Metzler, Saagar A. Shah
  • Publication number: 20230057006
    Abstract: Wet-on-wet coating processes are provided to produce multilayer articles. First and second coating materials are sequentially applied on to a structured substrate surface to form a skin layer directly over the structured substrate surface and a bulk layer over the skin layer. The conformability of the skin layer can be adjusted to provide desired surface and bulk properties.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 24, 2020
    Publication date: February 23, 2023
    Inventors: Brittni M. Schiewer, Eric A. Vandre, Chris A. Pommer, Kara A. Meyers, Anish Kurian, Michelle Ji, Hyacinth L. Lechuga, Ross E. Behling, Dong-Wei Zhu, Robert B. Secor, Mikhail L. Pekurovsky
  • Publication number: 20230001442
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses for applying coatings on a moving web are provided. A coating die and a back-up roll engage with each other. The back-up roll includes a shell rotatably supported by a pressurized air layer. When a coating material is dispensed from the coating die onto the web to form a liquid coating, the pressure of the air layer is controlled such that the shell translates in space to balance forces from the air layer and the coating bead, while the web is being translated to drive the shell.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2020
    Publication date: January 5, 2023
    Inventors: Tyler J. Rattray, Mikhail L. Pekurovsky, Shawn C. Dodds, Samad Javid, James N. Dobbs, Kara A. Meyers, Ronald P. Swanson, Robert B. Secor
  • Publication number: 20220367325
    Abstract: A pattern of microchannels is formed on a major surface of a substrate on the side opposite an adhesive surface thereof. Through holes extend through the substrate and are connected to the pattern of microchannels. Solid circuit dies are adhesively bonded to the adhesive surface of the substrate. The contact pads of the solid circuit dies at least partially overlie and face the through holes. Electrically conductive channel traces are formed to electrically connect to the solid circuit dies via the through holes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2020
    Publication date: November 17, 2022
    Inventors: Kayla C. Niccum, Ankit Mahajan, Saagar A. Shah, Kara A. Meyers, Mikhail L. Pekurovsky, Jonathan W. Kemling, David C. Mercord, Pranati Mondkar
  • Patent number: 11503720
    Abstract: Flexible devices including conductive traces with enhanced stretchability, and methods of making and using the same are provided. The circuit die is disposed on a flexible substrate. Electrically conductive traces are formed in channels on the flexible substrate to electrically contact with contact pads of the circuit die. A first polymer liquid flows in the channels to cover a free surface of the traces. The circuit die can also be surrounded by a curing product of a second polymer liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Saagar Shah, Mikhail L. Pekurovsky, Ankit Mahajan, Lyudmila A. Pekurovsky, Jessica Chiu, Jeremy K. Larsen, Kara A. Meyers, Teresa M. Goeddel, Thomas J. Metzler, Jonathan W. Kemling, Richard J. Pokorny, Benjamin R. Coonce, Chad M. Amb, Thomas P. Klun
  • Publication number: 20220352108
    Abstract: A method comprises: providing a layer of curable adhesive material (4) on a substrate (2); forming a pattern of microstructures (321) on the layer of curable adhesive material (4); curing a first region (42) of the layer of curable adhesive material (4) at a first level and a second region (44) of the layer of curable adhesive material (4) at a second level greater than the first level; providing a solid circuit die (6) to directly attach to a major surface of the first region (42) of the layer of curable adhesive material (4); and further curing the first region (42) of the layer of curable adhesive material (4) to anchor the solid circuit die (6) on the first region (42) by forming an adhesive bond therebetween.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2020
    Publication date: November 3, 2022
    Inventors: Teresa M. Goeddel, Ankit Mahajan, Mikhail L. Pekurovsky, Saagar A. Shah, Kara A. Meyers, Christopher G. Walker
  • Patent number: 11465172
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses for applying coatings on a baggy web are provided. A Mayer rod and a back-up roll engage with each other to form a nip. The back-up roll has a deformable inner layer with a surface thereof covered by a deformable outer layer. The Mayer rod and the flexible web at a contacting area are impressed into the back-up roll with a machine-direction nip width W and a nip engagement depth D, which enables formation of a coating having a substantially uniform thickness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Kara A. Meyers, Shawn C. Dodds, Eric A. Vandre, Tyler J. Rattray, Kevin T. Grove, Brittni M. Schiewer, Mikhail L. Pekurovsky, Samad Javid, James N. Dobbs, Wayne D. Meredyk
  • Publication number: 20220250375
    Abstract: A printing system (200) including a printing roll (220) is provided. The printing roll (220) includes an elastically deformable and compressible inner layer (224) and a thin outer shell (222) to cover the inner layer (224). The thin outer shell (222) includes a pattern of raised print features (223) to receive ink material thereon. The inner layer (224) is softer and thicker than the thin outer shell (222), and optionally, the thin outer shell (222) is removable from the inner layer (224). The inner layer (224) of the printing roll (220) has a thickness, a compression force deflection value and an elastically-deformable compressibility such that the raised print features (223) of the printing roll (220) do not slide or deform with respect to the printed web (2) in an amount to generate a substantially visible dot gain.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2020
    Publication date: August 11, 2022
    Inventors: Kara A. Meyers, Shawn C. Dodds, Mikhail L. Pekurovsky, Tyler J. Rattray, James N. Dobbs, Samad Javid, Matthew S. Stay
  • Publication number: 20220209436
    Abstract: Flexible electrical connectors are provided to electrically connect electronic devices. The flexible electrical connector includes a removable adhesive tape strip having an adhesive surface thereof and an electrically conductive trace disposed on the adhesive tape strip. The flexible electrical connector engages an electronic device to form an electrical contact where the adhesive tape strip has an adhesive surface removably adhesively bonded to the substrate of the electronic device to at least partially cover the electrical contact.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2020
    Publication date: June 30, 2022
    Inventors: Kayla C. Niccum, Ankit Mahajan, Mikhail L. Pekurovsky, Nicholas T. Gabriel, Roger W. Barton, Kara A. Meyers, Saagar A. Shah, Jonathan W. Kemling, Richard C. Webb
  • Publication number: 20220184262
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure relate to a sensor device having an integrated circuit and a monitoring loop coupled to the integrated circuit. The monitoring loop includes a first conductive trace and a second conductive trace, each having a first end electrically coupled to the integrated circuit and a second end. The monitoring loop includes a sterilant-responsive switch electrically coupling the second ends of the first conductive trace and the second conductive trace. The sterilant-responsive switch has a first impedance state and a second impedance state. The sterilant-responsive switch modifies an electrical connection between the first conductive trace and the second conductive trace based on exposure to an adequate environmental condition in an adequate sterilization process. The sensor device also includes an antenna coupled to the integrated circuit forming an antenna loop that is distinct from the monitoring loop.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2020
    Publication date: June 16, 2022
    Inventors: Wensheng XIA, Naiyong Jing, Kara A. Meyers, Ankit Mahajan, Benjamin J. M√ľnstermann, Nicholas T. Gabriel, G. Marco Bommarito, Daniel J. Theis, Roger W. Barton, Mikhail L. Pekurovsky