Patents by Inventor Kevin J. Curie

Kevin J. Curie 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: 8642144
    Abstract: A multilayer film is provided that comprises a nylon skin layer, a buried high density polyethylene layer, and a sealant layer, for use, for example, to form a package for dry food products. The multilayer film has a thickness of less than about 2.0 mils, such as between 0.8-1.7 mils, a moisture vapor transmission rate of less than about 0.30 g/100 in2/day, and a tear strength in the machine direction of greater than 40 grams, for instance at least about 120 grams. The multilayer film may further include a buried nylon layer and exhibit a tear strength in the machine direction of greater 190 grams.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Bemis Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin J. Curie, Robert J. Blemberg
  • Publication number: 20110274919
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a high release nip roll assembly comprising a nip roll with a covering comprising a high release material. The release properties of the nip roll material can permit intermittent contact without the coating adhering to the surface of the roller and wrapping the nip. Also disclosed is a high release nip roll belt made of a high release material on the top and bottom surfaces of the belt. The belt can be positioned at each end of a nip roll so that areas of the nip roll typically vulnerable to molten thermoplastic material contact are protected by a belt. Also disclosed is a belt making apparatus. Also disclosed is a frame assembly for moving a belt longitudinally along a nip roll. Also disclosed is a rope guide assembly for threading a belt in relation to a nip roll and at least at least one belt roller. Also disclosed is a jig for joining a leading section of a belt and a trailing section of a belt.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2011
    Publication date: November 10, 2011
    Applicant: BEMIS COMPANY, INC.
    Inventors: Suzanne E. Schaefer, Kevin J. Curie, James Martin Deaton, III, Jeremy Lee Winsor
  • Patent number: 7984741
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a high release nip roll assembly comprising a nip roll with a covering comprising a high release material. The release properties of the nip roll material can permit intermittent contact without the coating adhering to the surface of the roller and wrapping the nip. Also disclosed is a high release nip roll belt is made of a high release material on the top and bottom surfaces of the belt. The belt can be positioned at each end of a nip roll so that areas of the nip roll typically vulnerable to molten thermoplastic material contact are protected by a belt. Also disclosed is a belt making apparatus. Also disclosed is a frame assembly for moving a belt longitudinally along a nip roll. Also disclosed is a rope guide assembly for threading a belt in relation to a nip roll and at least at least one belt roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2011
    Assignee: Bemis Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Suzanne E. Schaefer, Kevin J. Curie, James Martin Deaton, III, Jeremy Lee Winsor
  • Publication number: 20100151218
    Abstract: A multilayer film is provided that comprises a nylon skin layer, a buried high density polyethylene layer, and a sealant layer, for use, for example, to form a package for dry food products. The multilayer film has a thickness of less than about 2.0 mils, such as between 0.8-1.7 mils, a moisture vapor transmission rate of less than about 0.30 g/100 in2/day, and a tear strength in the machine direction of greater than 40 grams, for instance at least about 120 grams. The multilayer film may further include a buried nylon layer and exhibit a tear strength in the machine direction of greater 190 grams.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2008
    Publication date: June 17, 2010
    Inventors: Kevin J. Curie, Robert J. Blemberg
  • Publication number: 20090297814
    Abstract: A multilayer film comprising, a cross-linked ethylene copolymer layer such as ethylene vinyl acetate layer, an HDPE layer, and a sealant layer, for use, for example, to form a package for dry food products. The multilayer film has a thickness of less than about 2.0 mils, such as between 1-1.5 mils and a tear strength in the machine direction of greater than 40 grams.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2009
    Publication date: December 3, 2009
    Inventors: Kevin J. Curie, Robert John Blemberg
  • Publication number: 20090233025
    Abstract: Flexible films, packages, and methods of making the same are provided where the film is capable of being sealed to itself or to other films by more than one sealing method, including thermal sealing and ultrasonic sealing. In particular, a package includes at least three multilayer films sealed together with an ultrasonic seal, where the outer layers remain intact and do not contain visible perforations at the ultrasonic seal. The multilayer films include at least a sealant layer and an outer layer, and may be separate pieces of multilayer films or one multilayer film that has been folded. A method for sealing a film includes the steps of providing a multilayer film having at least a sealant layer and an outer layer, folding the multilayer film to provide a folded film including at least three layers of multilayer film, and applying mechanical oscillations to seal the folded film.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2009
    Publication date: September 17, 2009
    Inventors: Lance L. Cvancara, Kevin J. Curie
  • Publication number: 20080156443
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a high release nip roll assembly comprising a nip roll with a covering comprising a high release material. The release properties of the nip roll material can permit intermittent contact without the coating adhering to the surface of the roller and wrapping the nip. Also disclosed is a high release nip roll belt is made of a high release material on the top and bottom surfaces of the belt. The belt can be positioned at each end of a nip roll so that areas of the nip roll typically vulnerable to molten thermoplastic material contact are protected by a belt. Also disclosed is a belt making apparatus. Also disclosed is a frame assembly for moving a belt longitudinally along a nip roll. Also disclosed is a rope guide assembly for threading a belt in relation to a nip roll and at least at least one belt roller.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2007
    Publication date: July 3, 2008
    Applicant: Alcan Packaging Flexible France
    Inventors: Suzanne E. Schaefer, Kevin J. Curie, James Martin Deaton, Jeremy Lee Winsor
  • Patent number: 7384679
    Abstract: A film structure having an inner barrier layer comprised of a blend of a polyamide and ethylene vinyl alcohol copolymer. The polyamide is present in the blend in an amount of from 15-40%, and most preferably from 25-30%. The inner barrier layer is laminated on each side with a layer of a polyamide. The preferred polyamide is nylon, and particularly nylon 6. In a preferred embodiment, the film structure is layered with an oxide or ceramic layer. Included is a method of manufacturing the film and for using the film structure to package a product in a retort packaging process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2008
    Assignee: Pechiney Emballage Flexible Europe
    Inventors: Robert J. Blemberg, Kevin J. Curie, Eric Cudnohoske
  • Publication number: 20080085066
    Abstract: Fresh produce and cut flower packages are prepared from one or more polymer layers. At least one layer is a polylactic acid (PLA) film layer. Layers that can be adhered to the PLA film layer include polyolefin and polyester films. The packages have optimized moisture vapour transmission rates (MVTR) and oxygen transmission rates (OTR) to produce a shelf-life extended package that reduces growth of bacteria and prevents haze or fog on the inside of the package.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2007
    Publication date: April 10, 2008
    Inventors: Kevin J. Curie, Robert J. Blemberg, Brian K. Muehl, Robert W. Knoll
  • Patent number: 5705111
    Abstract: Methods related to coextrusion of heat-sensitive polymer materials. The sensitive melt stream element (12) is encapsulated in a second polymeric melt stream element (16). Transport means (36) is preferably employed between the encapsulating means (20) and the die (42). A third melt stream element (68) is joined to one or both opposing surfaces (70) of the second melt stream element (16) between the encapsulating means (20) and the die (42). In the die (42) the encapsulated melt stream element (12) becomes an interior layer (46) between encapsulating layers (48A, 48B) derived from the second melt stream element (16). The third melt stream element (68) forms layers (72, 74) positioned outwardly of the encapsulating layers (48A, 48B). The positioning, on the interior of the extrudate, of edges (54) of layer (46) is adjusted independently of the combined thicknesses of a layer derived from the third melt stream element (68) and an adjacent layer (48).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 1995
    Date of Patent: January 6, 1998
    Assignee: American National Can Company
    Inventors: Robert John Blemberg, John P. Eckstein, Kevin J. Curie
  • Patent number: 5236642
    Abstract: Method, apparatus, and films, related to coextrusion of heat-sensitive polymer materials. The sensitive melt stream element (12) is encapsulated in a second polymeric melt stream element (16). Transport means (36) is preferably employed between the encapsulating means (20) and the die (42). A third melt stream element (68) is joined to one or both opposing surfaces (70) of the second melt stream element (16) between the encapsulating means (20) and the die (42). In the die (42) the encapsulated melt stream element (12) becomes an interior layer (46) between encapsulating layers (48A, 48B) derived from the second melt stream element (16). The third melt stream element (68) forms layers (72, 74) positioned outwardly of the encapsulating layers (48A, 48B). The positioning, on the interior of the extrudate, of edges (54) of layer (46) is adjusterd independently of the combined thicknesses of a layer derived from the third melt stream element (68) and an adjacent layer (48).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 1989
    Date of Patent: August 17, 1993
    Assignee: American National Can Company
    Inventors: Robert J. Blemberg, John P. Eckstein, Kevin J. Curie
  • Patent number: 4862675
    Abstract: A three layer oriented film, packages made from the oriented films, and packaging methods using the oriented film. Each layer of the film is molecularly oriented. A first outer layer of the film is nylon 6. The other outer layer of the film is a blend of 50% to 100% linear low density polyethylene and 50% to 0% low density polyethylene. An intermediate adhesive polymer layer has a high fraction of linear low density polyethylene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 1987
    Date of Patent: September 5, 1989
    Assignee: American National Can Company
    Inventors: Kevin J. Curie, Jerry F. Jesse
  • Patent number: 4767651
    Abstract: Multiple layer films and containers. The films have a first layer of either nylon 6,6 or a combination of nylon 6,6 with nylon 6 wherein the melting point temperature of the combination is greater than the melting point temperature of the corresponding nylon 6. A second layer is comprised of linear low density polyethylene, and 0% to 40% low density polyethylene. A third adhesive layer is disposed between the first and second layers. The containers are susceptible of being sealed with included gas at low pressure, and subsequently boiled in water without rupture of the seals. The film is preferably coextruded from tubular die, thereby setting forth a new method for forming a mulitple layer film comprising a combination of linear low density polyethylene, optionally with up to 40% low density polyethylene, and nylon 6,6, optionally combined with nylon 6 in a composition having a melting point temperature greater than that of the corresponding nylon 6.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 1987
    Date of Patent: August 30, 1988
    Assignee: American National Can Company
    Inventors: John F. Starczewski, Joseph C. Hsu, Robert J. Blemberg, Kevin J. Curie, Jerry F. Jesse
  • Patent number: 4687688
    Abstract: A three layer oriented film, packages made from the oriented films, and packaging methods using the oriented film. Each layer of the film is molecularly oriented. A first outer layer of the film is nylon 6. The other outer layer of the film is a blend of 50% to 100% linear low density polyethylene and 50% to 0% low density polyethylene. An intermediate adhesive polymer layer has a high fraction of linear low density polyethylene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 1986
    Date of Patent: August 18, 1987
    Assignee: American Can Company
    Inventors: Kevin J. Curie, Jerry F. Jesse