Patents by Inventor Leonard W. Harvey

Leonard W. Harvey 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).

  • Publication number: 20180187029
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a composition for forming a coating including at least one dry lubricant material, at least one binder resin, and at least one ?-alkoxypropionamide solvent. The composition can be applied to a wide variety of rigid and flexible substrates. A process for making articles is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2016
    Publication date: July 5, 2018
    Applicant: WHITFORD CORPORATION
    Inventors: Matteo Sperindio, Paolo Luvié, Leonard W. Harvey
  • Patent number: 9790358
    Abstract: Blended fluoropolymer compositions are provided. In one embodiment, a liquid dispersion of a first fluoropolymer is blended with a liquid dispersion of a second fluoropolymer. The first fluoropolymer may be polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), such as a low molecular weight PTFE (LPTFE) that has been polymerized via a dispersion or emulsion polymerization process, and which has not been agglomerated, irradiated, or thermally degraded. The LPTFE may be in the form of an aqueous dispersion, having a mean particle size of less than 1.0 microns (?m), with the LPTFE having a first melt temperature (Tm) of 332° C. or less. The second fluoropolymer may be a melt processable fluoropolymer (MPF), such as fluorinated ethylene propylene (FEP), in the form of an aqueous dispersion, and having a mean particle size of less than 1.0 microns (?m).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Whitford Corporation
    Inventors: Leonard W. Harvey, Michael Coates, Julie K. Wright
  • Publication number: 20170066914
    Abstract: Blended fluoropolymer compositions are provided. In one embodiment, a liquid dispersion of a first fluoropolymer is blended with a liquid dispersion of a second fluoropolymer. The first fluoropolymer may be polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), such as a low molecular weight PTFE (LPTFE) that has been polymerized via a dispersion or emulsion polymerization process, and which has not been agglomerated, irradiated, or thermally degraded. The LPTFE may be in the form of an aqueous dispersion, having a mean particle size of less than 1.0 microns (?m), with the LPTFE having a first melt temperature (Tm) of 332° C. or less. The second fluoropolymer may be a melt processable fluoropolymer (MPF), such as methylfluoroalkoxy (MFA), fluorinated ethylene propylene (FEP), or perfluoroalkoxy (PFA), for example, in the form of an aqueous dispersion, and having a mean particle size of less than 1.0 microns (?m).
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2016
    Publication date: March 9, 2017
    Inventors: Leonard W. Harvey, Michael Coates, Julie K. Wright
  • Publication number: 20150240065
    Abstract: Blended fluoropolymer compositions are provided. In one embodiment, a liquid dispersion of a first fluoropolymer is blended with a liquid dispersion of a second fluoropolymer. The first fluoropolymer may be polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), such as a low molecular weight PTFE (LPTFE) that has been polymerized via a dispersion or emulsion polymerization process, and which has not been agglomerated, irradiated, or thermally degraded. The LPTFE may be in the form of an aqueous dispersion, having a mean particle size of less than 1.0 microns (m), with the LPTFE having a first melt temperature (Tm) of 332° C. or less. The second fluoropolymer may be a melt processible fluoropolymer (MPF), such as methylfluoroalkoxy (MFA), fluorinated ethylene propylene (FEP), or perfluoroalkoxy (PFA), for example, in the form of an aqueous dispersion, and having a mean particle size of less than 1.0 microns (m).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 20, 2015
    Publication date: August 27, 2015
    Inventors: Leonard W. Harvey, Michael Coates, Julie K. Wright
  • Patent number: 9090778
    Abstract: Blended fluoropolymer compositions that, in one exemplary application, may be applied as a coating to a flexible substrate and, optionally, to a flexible substrate that has been previously coated with a primer or basecoat and/or a midcoat. In one embodiment, the composition is a blend of at least one low molecular weight polytetrafluoroethyelene (LPTFE) and at least one melt-processible fluoropolymer (MPF). In another embodiment, the composition includes a fluoropolymer base component including at least one fluoropolymer such as high molecular weight polytetrafluoroethylene (HPTFE), and additionally includes the LPTFE/MPF blended fluoropolymer composition. After being applied to the flexible substrate, optionally over a primer or basecoat and/or midcoat, and then cured, the present compositions form coatings that demonstrate improved abrasion resistance and/or improved release characteristics and/or increased translucency/transparency and/or improved impermeability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: Whitford Corporation
    Inventors: Leonard W. Harvey, Helen L. Brain
  • Patent number: 9074084
    Abstract: Blended fluoropolymer compositions are provided, in which a liquid dispersion of a first fluoropolymer is blended with a liquid dispersion of a second fluoropolymer. The first fluoropolymer may be polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), such as a low molecular weight PTFE (LPTFE) in the form of an aqueous dispersion having a mean particle size of less than 1.0 microns (?m) and a first melt temperature (Tm) of 332° C. or less. The second fluoropolymer may be a melt processable fluoropolymer (MPF), such as methylfluoroalkoxy (MFA), fluorinated ethylene propylene (FEP), or perfluoroalkoxy (PFA), for example, in the form of an aqueous dispersion having a mean particle size of less than 1.0 microns (?m). When the blended fluoropolymer composition is dried, a crystal structure representing a true alloy of the fluoropolymers is formed, having melt characteristics that differ from those of the individual fluoropolymers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: Whitford Corporation
    Inventors: Leonard W. Harvey, Michael Coates, Julie K. Wright
  • Patent number: 9051461
    Abstract: Fluoropolymer compositions that include multiple fluoropolymer components and, in exemplary applications, may be applied as coatings to either rigid or flexible substrates. The compositions may themselves be applied as basecoats or overcoats, or may be combined with other components to formulate basecoats or overcoats. In one embodiment, the compositions include at least one low molecular weight polytetrafluoroethylene (LPTFE) and at least two chemically different melt processible fluoropolymers (MPF). In another embodiment, the compositions include at least one high molecular weight polytetrafluoroethylene (HPTFE), at least one low molecular weight polytetrafluoroethylene (LPTFE), and at least two chemically different melt processible fluoropolymers (MPF).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: Whitford Corporation
    Inventors: Leonard W. Harvey, Helen L. Brain, Thomas J. Bate, Anita K. Peacock, Susan J. Roberts-Bleming
  • Publication number: 20140205757
    Abstract: Blended fluoropolymer compositions are provided. In one embodiment, a liquid dispersion of a first fluoropolymer is blended with a liquid dispersion of a second fluoropolymer. The first fluoropolymer may be polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), such as a low molecular weight PTFE (LPTFE) that has been polymerized via a dispersion or emulsion polymerization process, and which has not been agglomerated, irradiated, or thermally degraded. The LPTFE may be in the form of an aqueous dispersion, having a mean particle size of less than 1.0 microns (?m), with the LPTFE having a first melt temperature (Tm) of 332° C. or less. The second fluoropolymer may be a melt processible fluoropolymer (MPF), such as perfluoromethylvinvyl ether (MFA), fluorinated ethylene propylene (FEP), or perfluoropropylvinvyl ether (PFA), for example, in the form of an aqueous dispersion, and having a mean particle size of less than 1.0 microns (?m).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: WHITFORD CORPORATION
    Inventors: Leonard W. Harvey, Michael Coates, Julie K. Wright
  • Patent number: 8691344
    Abstract: Blended fluoropolymer compositions are provided. In one embodiment, a liquid dispersion of a first fluoropolymer is blended with a liquid dispersion of a second fluoropolymer. The first fluoropolymer may be polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), such as a low molecular weight PTFE (LPTFE) that has been polymerized via a dispersion or emulsion polymerization process, and which has not been agglomerated, irradiated, or thermally degraded. The LPTFE may be in the form of an aqueous dispersion, having a mean particle size of less than 1.0 microns (?m), with the LPTFE having a first melt temperature (Tm) of 332° C. or less. The second fluoropolymer may be a melt processible fluoropolymer (MPF), such as methylfluoroalkoxy (MFA), fluorinated ethylene propylene (FEP), or perfluoroalkoxy (PFA), for example, in the form of an aqueous dispersion, and having a mean particle size of less than 1.0 microns (?m).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Whitford Corporation
    Inventors: Leonard W. Harvey, Michael Coates, Julie K. Wright
  • Patent number: 8598267
    Abstract: The present invention provides a fluoropolymer dispersion comprising fluoropolymer particles having an average particle size of 10 to 400 nm dispersed in water whereby the dispersion is free of fluorinated surfactant having a molecular weight of less than 1000 g/mol or contains the fluorinated surfactant having a molecular weight of less than 1000 g/mol in an amount of not more than 0.025% by weight based on the total weight of solids in the dispersion. The dispersion further comprises a non-ionic surfactant and an anionic surfactant selected from fluorinated anionic surfactants having a molecular weight of at least 1000 g/mol, non-fluorinated anionic surfactants and mixtures thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Michael C. Dadalas, Rebekka Epsch, Friedrich Kloos, Leonard W. Harvey
  • Patent number: 8586677
    Abstract: Blended fluoropolymer compositions that, in one exemplary application, may be applied as a coating to a substrate and, optionally, may be applied to a substrate that has been previously coated with a primer or basecoat and/or a midcoat. In one embodiment, the composition is a blend of at least one high molecular weight trace modified polytetrafluoroethyelene (TMHPTFE) and at least one melt-processible fluoropolymer (MPF). After being applied to the substrate, optionally over a primer or basecoat and/or midcoat, and then cured, the present compositions form coatings that demonstrate improved abrasion resistance and/or improved release characteristics and/or increased translucency/transparency and/or improved impermeability. The present compositions may also be used to produce films having a high degree of clarity and impermeability. The present compositions in powder form may be melt or paste extruded to form articles with improved impermeability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Whitford Corporation
    Inventors: Leonard W. Harvey, Helen L. Brain, Susan J. Roberts-Bleming, Lawrence D. Leech, Thomas J. Bate
  • Patent number: 8404309
    Abstract: Blended fluoropolymer compositions that may be applied as a coating to a flexible substrate. The compositions include at least one high molecular weight polytetrafluoroethylene (HPTFE), at least one a low molecular weight polytetrafluoroethylene (LPTFE) and at least one melt processible fluoropolymer (MPF). After being applied to the flexible substrate, optionally over a primer or basecoat and/or midcoat and then cured, the compositions form coatings that demonstrate improvement in one or more of abrasion resistance, release characteristics, translucency/transparency, and impermeability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: Whitford Corporation
    Inventors: Leonard W. Harvey, Helen L. Brain
  • Publication number: 20130022740
    Abstract: Blended fluoropolymer compositions that, in one exemplary application, may be applied as a coating to a substrate and, optionally, may be applied to a substrate that has been previously coated with a primer or basecoat and/or a midcoat. In one embodiment, the composition is a blend of at least one high molecular weight trace modified polytetrafluoroethyelene (TMHPTFE) and at least one melt-processible fluoropolymer (MPF). After being applied to the substrate, optionally over a primer or basecoat and/or midcoat, and then cured, the present compositions form coatings that demonstrate improved abrasion resistance and/or improved release characteristics and/or increased translucency/transparency and/or improved impermeability. The present compositions may also be used to produce films having a high degree of clarity and impermeability. The present compositions in powder form may be melt or paste extruded to form articles with improved impermeability.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2011
    Publication date: January 24, 2013
    Applicant: WHITFORD CORPORATION
    Inventors: Leonard W. Harvey, Helen L. Brain, Susan J. Roberts-Bleming, Lawrence D. Leech, Thomas J. Bate
  • Patent number: 8349434
    Abstract: A fluoropolymer coating composition that may be applied over a primer and/or at least one midcoat in a non-stick coating system. The coating composition may be prepared and applied in the form of a liquid dispersion, and includes at least one fluoropolymer base component, such as polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) and, in particular, at least one high molecular weight PTFE (HPTFE). The coating composition additionally includes a blended fluoropolymer composition. The blended fluoropolymer composition is a blend of at least one low molecular weight PTFE (LPTFE) and at least one melt-processible fluoropolymer. After application directly to a substrate or over an underlying coating, the coating demonstrates improved abrasion and scratch resistance, as well as improved release characteristics, as compared to known coatings that include only HPTFE or HPTFE with a small amount of melt processible fluoropolymer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Whitford Corporation, Inc.
    Inventors: Leonard W. Harvey, Lawrence D. Leech
  • Patent number: 8227548
    Abstract: A fluoropolymer coating composition that may be applied over a primer and/or at least one midcoat in a non-stick coating system. The coating composition may be prepared and applied in the form of a liquid dispersion, and includes at least one fluoropolymer base component, such as polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) and, in particular, at least one high molecular weight PTFE (HPTFE). The coating composition additionally includes a blended fluoropolymer composition. The blended fluoropolymer composition is a blend of at least one low molecular weight PTFE (LPTFE) and at least one melt-processible fluoropolymer. After application directly to a substrate or over an underlying coating, the coating demonstrates improved abrasion and scratch resistance, as well as improved release characteristics, as compared to known coatings that include only HPTFE or HPTFE with a small amount of melt processible fluoropolymer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: Whitford Corporation
    Inventors: Leonard W. Harvey, Lawrence D. Leech
  • Publication number: 20120165458
    Abstract: A fluoropolymer coating composition that may be applied over a primer and/or at least one midcoat in a non-stick coating system. The coating composition may be prepared and applied in the form of a liquid dispersion, and includes at least one fluoropolymer base component, such as polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) and, in particular, at least one high molecular weight PTFE (HPTFE). The coating composition additionally includes a blended fluoropolymer composition. The blended fluoropolymer composition is a blend of at least one low molecular weight PTFE (LPTFE) and at least one melt-processible fluoropolymer. After application directly to a substrate or over an underlying coating, the coating demonstrates improved abrasion and scratch resistance, as well as improved release characteristics, as compared to known coatings that include only HPTFE or HPTFE with a small amount of melt processible fluoropolymer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2012
    Publication date: June 28, 2012
    Applicant: WHITFORD CORPORATION
    Inventors: Leonard W. Harvey, Lawrence D. Leech
  • Publication number: 20120149268
    Abstract: The treatment of textile articles, such as sleeves made of mineral fibers of the type that are used with automotive exhaust system components, by impregnating the textile articles with treatment compositions of various formulations including fluoropolymers and/or mixtures of fluoropolymers with co-resins, followed by heat treatment to cure the compositions, thereby providing protection against impact damage to the sleeve. The treatment serves to impart enhanced resistance to damage of the sleeve by holding the overall fibrous structure of the sleeve together during impact such as by stone impingement, even if underlying fibers themselves are broken or damaged.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2010
    Publication date: June 14, 2012
    Applicant: Whitford Corporation
    Inventors: Scott C. Lake, Leonard W. Harvey, Michael J. Lindstrom
  • Publication number: 20120076944
    Abstract: Blended fluoropolymer compositions are provided, in which a liquid dispersion of a first fluoropolymer is blended with a liquid dispersion of a second fluoropolymer. The first fluoropolymer may be polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), such as a low molecular weight PTFE (LPTFE) in the form of an aqueous dispersion having a mean particle size of less than 1.0 microns (?m) and a first melt temperature (Tm) of 332° C. or less. The second fluoropolymer may be a melt processible fluoropolymer (MPF), such as methylfluoroalkoxy (MFA), fluorinated ethylene propylene (FEP), or perfluoroalkoxy (PFA), for example, in the form of an aqueous dispersion having a mean particle size of less than 1.0 microns (?m). When the blended fluoropolymer composition is dried, a crystal structure representing a true alloy of the fluoropolymers is formed, having melt characteristics that differ from those of the individual fluoropolymers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2011
    Publication date: March 29, 2012
    Applicant: WHITFORD CORPORATION
    Inventors: Leonard W. Harvey, Michael Coates, Julie K. Wright
  • Publication number: 20110306716
    Abstract: Fluoropolymer compositions that include multiple fluoropolymer components and, in exemplary applications, may be applied as coatings to either rigid or flexible substrates. The compositions may themselves be applied as basecoats or overcoats, or may be combined with other components to formulate basecoats or overcoats. In one embodiment, the compositions include at least one low molecular weight polytetrafluoroethylene (LPTFE) and at least two chemically different melt processible fluoropolymers (MPF). In another embodiment, the compositions include at least one high molecular weight polytetrafluoroethylene (HPTFE), at least one low molecular weight polytetrafluoroethylene (LPTFE), and at least two chemically different melt processible fluoropolymers (MPF).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2010
    Publication date: December 15, 2011
    Applicant: WHITFORD CORPORATION
    Inventors: Leonard W. Harvey, Helen L. Brain, Thomas J. Bate, Anita K. Peacock, Susan J. Roberts-Bleming
  • Patent number: 8053549
    Abstract: A method for the preparation of a modified fluoropolymer powdered material is disclosed. A suspension of solid fluoropolymer particles together with PTFE particles in an aqueous carrier, is frozen and the frozen carrier is then removed by sublimation at sub-atmospheric pressure to produce a dry powder of modified fluoropolymer particles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Assignee: Whitford Plastics Limited
    Inventors: Andrew J. Melville, Leonard W. Harvey, Joel Ginies, Michael Coates, Julie K. Wright