Patents by Inventor Rita Torfs

Rita Torfs 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: 20190300739
    Abstract: An inkjet method for producing a solder mask in the manufacture of a Printed Circuit Board uses a solder mask inkjet ink containing at least one photo-initiator, at least one free radical polymerizable compound and at least one mercapto funtionalized carboxylic acid as adhesion promoter. A high quality solder mask withstanding the high thermal stress during the soldering process while maintaining excellent physical properties is produced.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2017
    Publication date: October 3, 2019
    Inventors: Rita TORFS, Marion SAUVAGEOT, Johan LOCCUFIER
  • Publication number: 20190292387
    Abstract: An inkjet method for producing a solder mask in the manufacture of a Printed Circuit Board uses a solder mask inkjet ink containing at least one photo-initiator, at least one free radical polymerizable compound and at least one RAFT compound as adhesion promoter. A high quality solder mask withstanding the high thermal stress during the soldering process while maintaining excellent physical properties is produced.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2017
    Publication date: September 26, 2019
    Inventors: Johan LOCCUFIER, Fabienne GOETHALS, Hubertus VAN AERT, Rita TORFS, Marion SAUVAGEOT
  • Publication number: 20190084872
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing an etched glass article includes the steps of jetting an image with a UV curable inkjet ink on a surface of the glass article; UV curing the image; etching the surface not covered by the UV cured image to obtain an etched image; and removing the UV cured image in an aqueous alkaline solution; wherein the UV curable inkjet ink includes a polymerizable composition, wherein at least 80 wt % of the polymerizable composition consists of: a) 15.0 to 70.0 wt % of an acryl amide; b) 20.0 to 75.0 wt % of a polyfunctional acrylate; and c) 1.0 to 15.0 wt % of a (meth)acrylate containing a carboxylic acid group, a phosphoric acid group or a phosphonic acid group; with all weight percentages (wt %) based on the total weight of the polymerizable composition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Publication date: March 21, 2019
    Inventors: Rita TORFS, Frank LOUWET, Johan LOCCUFIER, Mark LENS
  • Patent number: 10232592
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing laminated glass articles includes the steps of inkjet printing an image with one or more inkjet inks on a first glass sheet; jetting and at least partially curing a curable sealing agent on three edges of the first glass sheet on the side for the inkjet printed image; aligning a second glass sheet with the first glass sheet on the side of the first glass sheet carrying the at least partially cured sealing agent and the inkjet printed image; applying a liquid curable adhesive resin composition into an interspace between the first and second glass sheets; and curing the liquid curable adhesive resin composition until a solid adhesive layer is obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: AGFA NV
    Inventors: Johan Loccufier, Rita Torfs
  • Publication number: 20190031558
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing an etched glass article includes the steps of jetting an image with a UV curable inkjet ink on a surface of a glass article; UV curing the image; etching the surface not covered by the UV cured image to obtain an etched image; and removing the UV cured image; wherein a time between jetting and curing the image is at least 50 ms.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Publication date: January 31, 2019
    Inventors: Rita TORFS, Frank LOUWET, Johan LOCCUFIER, Mark LENS
  • Patent number: 10039193
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing conductive patterns includes the steps of a) printing and curing UV curable inkjet to define a cured inkjet ink pattern on a metal sheet bonded to a non-conductive substrate; b) etching the metal sheet not covered by the cured ink pattern to expose the non-conductive substrate; and c) applying an alkaline solution to dissolve the cured inkjet ink pattern within 5 minutes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: AGFA-GEVAERT
    Inventors: Rita Torfs, Johan Loccufier
  • Publication number: 20180206342
    Abstract: A manufacturing method for printed circuit boards includes the steps of: a) inkjet printing a UV free radical curable inkjet ink on a substrate (2); b) UV curing the UV free radical curable inkjet ink on the inkjet printed substrate; and c) applying a thermal treatment on the UV cured inkjet printed substrate; wherein the UV free radical curable inkjet ink contains at least a colorant, a free radical photoinitiator; a difunctional monomer or oligomer and a polyfunctional monomer or oligomer; and 1 to 15 wt % of a silane compound according to Formula (I): wherein, the linking group L represents a —CH2— group or an aliphatic chain having 2 to 10 carbon atoms optionally substituted in the aliphatic chain by a nitrogen or an oxygen; R1 represents a methoxy group; R2 and R3 independently represent a methoxy group or a C1- to C4-alkyl group; and R4 represents a functional group selected from the group consisting of an epoxy group, an amine group, a carbamate group, a trimethoxy silane group and an ureido group.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 5, 2016
    Publication date: July 19, 2018
    Inventors: Rita TORFS, Gabriela CANTERO, Johan LOCCUFIER, Hubertus VAN AERT
  • Patent number: 9938420
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing metallic articles from a metal substrate includes the steps of: a) jetting an image with a UV curable inkjet ink on at least one surface of the metallic substrate; b) UV curing the image; c) electroplating or acidic etching the at least one metallic surface not covered by the UV cured image; and d) stripping or solubilizing the UV cured image by an aqueous alkaline solution; wherein the UV curable inkjet ink has a viscosity of no more than 100 mPa·s at 25° C. and at a shear rate of 1,000 s?1; and wherein the UV curable inkjet ink contains a specific polymerizable composition and up to 20 wt % of photoinitiator including at least one of an acyl phosphine oxide photoinitiator and a thioxanthone photoinitiator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: AGFA-GEVAERT
    Inventors: Rita Torfs, Roel De Mondt, Blanca Maria Pastor Ramirez, Johan Loccufier
  • Publication number: 20170341345
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing laminated glass articles includes the steps of inkjet printing an image with one or more inkjet inks on a first glass sheet; jetting and at least partially curing a curable sealing agent on three edges of the first glass sheet on the side for the inkjet printed image; aligning a second glass sheet with the first glass sheet on the side of the first glass sheet carrying the at least partially cured sealing agent and the inkjet printed image; applying a liquid curable adhesive resin composition into an interspace between the first and second glass sheets; and curing the liquid curable adhesive resin composition until a solid adhesive layer is obtained.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2015
    Publication date: November 30, 2017
    Applicant: AGFA GRAPHICS NV
    Inventors: Johan LOCCUFIER, Rita TORFS
  • Publication number: 20170342282
    Abstract: A UV curable inkjet ink contains at least one free radical photoinitiator and at least 30 wt % of a mixture including 0 to 45 wt % of a polymerizable oligomer, at least 5 wt % of a polyfunctional propoxylated acrylate and at least 20 wt % of a monofunctional ethoxylated methacrylate according to Formula (I): with n representing an integer of 1 to 4 and R representing an alkyl group; the weight ratio of the polyfunctional propoxylated acrylate over the monofunctional ethoxylated methacrylate is less than 1.60; and all the weight percentages wt % are based on the total weight of the UV curable inkjet ink.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2015
    Publication date: November 30, 2017
    Applicant: AGFA GRAPHICS NV
    Inventors: Rita TORFS, Johan LOCCUFIER
  • Publication number: 20170226355
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing metallic articles from a metal substrate includes the steps of: a) jetting an image with a UV curable inkjet ink on at least one surface of the metallic substrate; b) UV curing the image; c) electroplating or acidic etching the at least one metallic surface not covered by the UV cured image; and d) stripping or solubilising the UV cured image by an aqueous alkaline solution; wherein the UV curable inkjet ink has a viscosity of no more than 100 mPa·s at 25° C. and at a shear rate of 1,000 s?1; and wherein the UV curable inkjet ink contains a specific polymerizable composition and up to 20 wt % of photoinitiator including at least one of an acyl phosphine oxide photoinitiator and a thioxanthone photoinitiator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2015
    Publication date: August 10, 2017
    Inventors: Rita TORFS, Roel DE MONDT, Blanca Maria PASTOR RAMIREZ, Johan LOCCUFIER
  • Patent number: 9724932
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing decorative surfaces includes the steps of a) inkjet printing a color pattern on a paper substrate with one or more aqueous inkjet inks of an aqueous inkjet ink set; and thereafter b) impregnating the paper substrate with a thermosetting resin, wherein the aqueous inkjet ink set includes a cyan aqueous inkjet ink containing a copper phthalocyanine pigment; a red aqueous inkjet ink containing a pigment C.I Pigment Red 254 or a mixed crystal thereof; a yellow aqueous inkjet ink containing a pigment C.I Pigment Yellow 151 or a mixed crystal thereof; and a black aqueous inkjet ink containing a carbon black pigment; with the proviso that the aqueous inkjet inks do not include a polymer latex binder; and that the paper substrate includes one or more ink receiving layers for improving the image quality of the aqueous inkjet inks jetted thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: AGFA GRAPHICS NV
    Inventors: Rita Torfs, Gitte Van Baelen
  • Publication number: 20170218520
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing an embossing element for decorative surfaces includes the steps of: a) UV curable inkjet printing a decorative pattern on a metallic surface; and b) forming a relief by etching metal from the metallic surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2015
    Publication date: August 3, 2017
    Applicant: AGFA GRAPHICS NV
    Inventors: Roel DE MONDT, Rita TORFS, Johan LOCCUFIER
  • Publication number: 20170218213
    Abstract: A UV curable inkjet ink includes a polymerizable composition, wherein at least 80 wt % of the polymerizable composition consists of: a) 15.0 to 70.0 wt % of an acryl amide; b) 20.0 to 75.0 wt % of a polyfunctional acrylate; and c) 1.0 to 15.0 wt % of a monofunctional (meth)acrylate containing a carboxylic acid group, a phosphoric acid group, or a phosphonic acid group; with all weight percentages (wt %) based on the total weight of the polymerizable composition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2015
    Publication date: August 3, 2017
    Applicant: AGFA-GEVAERT
    Inventors: Rita TORFS, Johan LOCCUFIER
  • Patent number: 9650532
    Abstract: An inkjet printing method for manufacturing decorative surfaces includes the steps of a) jetting a color pattern with one or more aqueous inkjet inks including a polymer latex binder on a thermosetting resin impregnated paper; and b) drying the one or more aqueous inkjet inks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: AGFA GRAPHICS NV
    Inventors: Roel De Mondt, Rita Torfs
  • Publication number: 20170013723
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing conductive patterns includes the steps of a) printing and curing UV curable inkjet to define a cured inkjet ink pattern on a metal sheet bonded to a non-conductive substrate; b) etching the metal sheet not covered by the cured ink pattern to expose the non-conductive substrate; and c) applying an alkaline solution to dissolve the cured inkjet ink pattern within 5 minutes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2015
    Publication date: January 12, 2017
    Inventors: Rita TORFS, Johan LOCCUFIER
  • Publication number: 20160233363
    Abstract: A backsheet for a photovoltaic module includes a support and a weather resistant outerlayer provided on a side of the support, wherein the weather resistant outerlayer includes an at least partially cured coating of a curable composition, and the curable composition includes a monofunctional methacrylate and a difunctional (meth)acrylate monomer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2014
    Publication date: August 11, 2016
    Inventors: Rita TORFS, Marin STEENACKERS
  • Publication number: 20160214395
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing decorative surfaces includes the steps of a) inkjet printing a colour pattern on a paper substrate with one or more aqueous inkjet inks of an aqueous inkjet ink set; and thereafter b) impregnating the paper substrate with a thermosetting resin, wherein the aqueous inkjet ink set includes a cyan aqueous inkjet ink containing a copper phthalocyanine pigment; a red aqueous inkjet ink containing a pigment C.I Pigment Red 254 or a mixed crystal thereof; a yellow aqueous inkjet ink containing a pigment C.I Pigment Yellow 151 or a mixed crystal thereof; and a black aqueous inkjet ink containing a carbon black pigment; with the proviso that the aqueous inkjet inks do not include a polymer latex binder; and that the paper substrate includes one or more ink receiving layers for improving the image quality of the aqueous inkjet inks jetted thereon.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2014
    Publication date: July 28, 2016
    Inventors: Rita TORFS, Gitte VAN BAELEN
  • Publication number: 20160207307
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a decorative surface includes the steps of a) impregnating a paper substrate with a thermosetting resin; b) jetting a colour pattern with one or more aqueous inkjet inks including a polymer latex binder on the thermosetting resin impregnated paper; c) drying the one or more aqueous inkjet inks; and d) heat pressing the thermosetting paper carrying the colour pattern into a decorative surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2014
    Publication date: July 21, 2016
    Inventors: Roel DE MONDT, Rita TORFS
  • Publication number: 20160208121
    Abstract: An inkjet printing method for manufacturing decorative surfaces includes the steps of a) jetting a colour pattern with one or more aqueous inkjet inks including a polymer latex binder on a thermosetting resin impregnated paper; and b) drying the one or more aqueous inkjet inks.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2014
    Publication date: July 21, 2016
    Inventors: Roel DE MONDT, Rita TORFS