Patents by Inventor Stephan M. Hubig

Stephan M. Hubig 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: 9249539
    Abstract: A dryer monitor detects when textiles in a dryer are dry, detects when textiles in a dryer are overdry, and/or may count dryer cycles. The dryer monitor includes a humidity sensor, a temperature sensor, a controller and various status indicators. The humidity and temperature sensors may be located outside the drying compartment of the dryer. In the case of a clothes dryer, the humidity and temperature sensors may be located outside the drum of the dryer and may be located, for example, in the exhaust compartment of the dryer. The dryer monitor determines dryness of items in the dryer, and may also determine whether the items are overdry, based on humidity information received from the humidity sensor. The dryer monitor counts dryer cycles based on temperature information received from the temperature sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: Ecolab Inc.
    Inventors: Stephan M. Hubig, Stephen X. Skaff, Monica P. Tindel-Koukal, Mihnea A. Popa, Russell D. Maziarka
  • Patent number: 9222058
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a cleaning composition and method for reducing yellow stains caused by sunscreen components such as avobenzone, oxybenzone, homosalate, octinoxate, octisalate, octocrylene or combinations thereof. The cleaning composition employs a synergistic combination of an amine oxide/solvent and a souring agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: ECOLAB USA INC.
    Inventors: Dawn N. Lock, Stephan M. Hubig, Kim R. Smith, Joshua A. Ackerman
  • Publication number: 20140259440
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a cleaning composition and method for reducing yellow stains caused by sunscreen components such as avobenzone, oxybenzone, homosalate, octinoxate, octisalate, octocrylene or combinations thereof. The cleaning composition employs a synergistic combination of an amine oxide/solvent and a souring agent.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: ECOLAB USA INC.
    Inventors: Dawn N. Lock, Stephan M. Hubig, Kim R. Smith, Joshua A. Ackerman
  • Patent number: 8702015
    Abstract: A product dispenser (10, 110, 210, 310, 410, 510, 610, 710, 720, 730, 740, 750, 760, 780, 800, 810, 820, 830, 840, 850, and 860) for attachment to a surface such as an inner surface of a dryer releasably attaches a product (31, 131, 431, 531, 713, 733, 743, 753, 763, 787, 804, 815, 825, 834, 844, 854, 862) to the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory G. Griese, John E. Thomas, Jamie W. Lerbs, Steven E. Lentsch, Stephan M. Hubig, Terry J. Klos, Ronald B. Howes, Jr., Eric R. Balz
  • Patent number: 8317879
    Abstract: The present invention provides compositions and methods to reduce smoking and/or haze during a heated laundry process. The compositions include a smoke reducing surfactant package and a detersive surfactant containing an amount of free alcohol. The smoke reducing surfactant package includes an anionic surfactant, an amphoteric surfactant or mixtures thereof. The surfactants are selected such that the amount of smoke or haze produced is reduced and or eliminated when garments contacted with the compositions containing the surfactants are heated to at least about 250° F. Methods of using the compositions are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventors: Eddie D. Sowle, Matthew A. Bilski, Max M. Guzman, Stephan M. Hubig
  • Publication number: 20120030880
    Abstract: The present invention provides compositions and methods to reduce smoking and/or haze during a heated laundry process. The compositions include a smoke reducing surfactant package and a detersive surfactant containing an amount of free alcohol. The smoke reducing surfactant package includes an anionic surfactant, an amphoteric surfactant or mixtures thereof. The surfactants are selected such that the amount of smoke or haze produced is reduced and or eliminated when garments contacted with the compositions containing the surfactants are heated to at least about 250° F. Methods of using the compositions are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2011
    Publication date: February 9, 2012
    Applicant: ECOLAB USA INC.
    Inventors: Eddie D. Sowle, Matthew A. Bilski, Max M. Guzman, Stephan M. Hubig
  • Publication number: 20110031330
    Abstract: A product dispenser (10, 110, 210, 310, 410, 510, 610, 710, 720, 730, 740, 750, 760, 780, 800, 810, 820, 830, 840, 850, and 860) for attachment to a surface such as an inner surface of a dryer releasably attaches a product (31, 131, 431, 531, 713, 733, 743, 753, 763, 787, 804, 815, 825, 834, 844, 854, 862) to the surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2010
    Publication date: February 10, 2011
    Inventors: Gregory G. Griese, John E. Thomas, Jamie W. Lerbs, Steven E. Lentsch, Stephan M. Hubig, Terry J. Klos, Ronald B. Howes, JR., Eric R. Balz
  • Patent number: 7874501
    Abstract: A product dispenser (10, 110, 210, 310, 410, 510, 610, 710, 720, 730, 740, 750, 760, 780, 800, 810, 820, 830, 840, 850, and 860) for attachment to a surface such as an inner surface of a dryer releasably attaches a product (31, 131, 431, 531, 713, 733, 743, 753, 763, 787, 804, 815, 825, 834, 844, 854, 862) to the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2011
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory G. Griese, John E. Thomas, Jamie W. Lerbs, Steven E. Lentsch, Stephan M. Hubig, Terry J. Klos, Ronald B. Howes, Jr., Eric R. Balz
  • Patent number: 7871975
    Abstract: A fabric treatment composition is provided. The fabric treatment composition includes a fabric treatment agent and a carrier component for containing the fabric treatment agent in a solid form during operation conditions in a dryer. The fabric treatment composition is constructed for transferring the composition to wet fabric as a result of solubilizing the fabric treatment composition by contacting the fabric treatment composition with the wet fabric during a drying operation in a dryer. A method for treating fabric is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2011
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventors: Monica P. Tindel-Koukal, Robert D. Hei, Steven E. Lentsch, Stephan M. Hubig
  • Publication number: 20100293809
    Abstract: A fabric treatment composition is provided. The fabric treatment composition includes a fabric treatment agent and a carrier component for containing the fabric treatment agent in a solid form during operation conditions in a dryer. The fabric treatment composition is constructed for transferring the composition to wet fabric as a result of solubilizing the fabric treatment composition by contacting the fabric treatment composition with the wet fabric during a drying operation in a dryer. A method for treating fabric is provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2010
    Publication date: November 25, 2010
    Applicant: ECOLAB USA INC.
    Inventors: Monica P. Tindel-Koukal, Robert D. Hei, Steven E. Lentsch, Stephan M. Hubig
  • Patent number: 7786069
    Abstract: A fabric treatment composition is provided. The fabric treatment composition includes a fabric treatment agent and a carrier component for containing the fabric treatment agent in a solid form during operation conditions in a dryer. The fabric treatment composition is constructed for transferring the composition to wet fabric as a result of solubilizing the fabric treatment composition by contacting the fabric treatment composition with the wet fabric during a drying operation in a dryer. A method for treating fabric is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2010
    Assignee: Ecolab Inc.
    Inventors: Monica P. Tindel-Koukal, Robert D. Hei, Steven E. Lentsch, Stephan M. Hubig
  • Publication number: 20090001192
    Abstract: A product dispenser (10, 110, 210, 310, 410, 510, 610, 710, 720, 730, 740, 750, 760, 780, 800, 810, 820, 830, 840, 850, and 860) for attachment to a surface such as an inner surface of a dryer releasably attaches a product (31, 131, 431, 531, 713, 733, 743, 753, 763, 787, 804, 815, 825, 834, 844, 854, 862) to the surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2007
    Publication date: January 1, 2009
    Inventors: Gregory G. Griese, John E. Thomas, Jamie W. Lerbs, Steven E. Lentsch, Stephan M. Hubig, Terry J. Klos, Ronald B. Howes, JR., Eric R. Balz
  • Patent number: 7456145
    Abstract: A fabric treatment composition is provided. The fabric treatment composition includes a fabric treatment agent and a carrier component for containing the fabric treatment agent in a solid form during operation conditions in a dryer. The fabric treatment composition is constructed for transferring the composition to wet fabric as a result of solubilizing the fabric treatment composition by contacting the fabric treatment composition with the wet fabric during a drying operation in a dryer. A method for treating fabric is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2008
    Assignee: Ecolab Inc.
    Inventors: Steven E. Lentsch, Victor F. Man, Jaclyn J. Tilleskjor, Stephan M. Hubig, Terry J. Klos
  • Patent number: 7452855
    Abstract: A fragrance dispenser is provided according to the invention. A fragrance dispenser is provided for use in a dryer for dispensing a fragrance onto fabric or laundry dried in the dryer. The fragrance dispenser includes a mixture of a carrier component and a fragrance component so that the fragrance dispenser is provided in a solid form. The carrier component and the fragrance component are selected so that, when the fragrance dispenser is placed in a dryer and contacts fabric being dried during a drying cycle at a temperature of up to about 170° F., the carrier component does not flow onto the fabric and the fragrance component dispenses in an amount sufficient to impart a residual fragrance to the fabric. A method for dispensing fragrance onto fabric in a dryer is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2008
    Assignee: Ecolab Inc.
    Inventors: Stephan M. Hubig, Jaclyn Joy Steep
  • Publication number: 20080235879
    Abstract: A method of applying a fabric relaxant to a textile surface provides a substantially wrinkle-free textile surface. The method includes moistening the textile surface, applying the fabric relaxant onto the moistened textile surface, and drying the moistened textile surface using steam. The fabric relaxant includes a hydrophobic polydimethylsiloxane polymer having at least one positively-charged functional group.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2007
    Publication date: October 2, 2008
    Applicant: Ecolab Inc.
    Inventors: John W. Birckbichler, Stephan M. Hubig
  • Publication number: 20080072448
    Abstract: A dryer monitor detects when textiles in a dryer are dry, detects when textiles in a dryer are overdry, and/or may count dryer cycles. The dryer monitor includes a humidity sensor, a temperature sensor, a controller and various status indicators. The humidity and temperature sensors may be located outside the drying compartment of the dryer. In the case of a clothes dryer, the humidity and temperature sensors may be located outside the drum of the dryer and may be located, for example, in the exhaust compartment of the dryer. The dryer monitor determines dryness of items in the dryer, and may also determine whether the items are overdry, based on humidity information received from the humidity sensor. The dryer monitor counts dryer cycles based on temperature information received from the temperature sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2006
    Publication date: March 27, 2008
    Applicant: Ecolab Inc.
    Inventors: Stephan M. Hubig, Stephen X. Skaff, Monica P. Tindel-Koukal, Mihnea A. Popa, Russell D. Maziarka
  • Patent number: 7250393
    Abstract: A fabric treatment composition is provided. The fabric treatment composition includes a fabric treatment agent and a carrier component for containing the fabric treatment agent in a solid form during operation conditions in a dryer. The fabric treatment composition is constructed for transferring the composition to wet fabric as a result of solubilizing the fabric treatment composition by contacting the fabric treatment composition with the wet fabric during a drying operation in a dryer. A method for treating fabric is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2007
    Assignee: Ecolab Inc.
    Inventors: Steven E. Lentsch, Victor F. Man, Jaclyn J. Tilleskjor, Stephan M. Hubig, Terry J. Klos
  • Patent number: 7093771
    Abstract: A product dispenser and carrier (10, 110, 210, 310, 410, 510) for attachment to a surface such as a dryer fin includes a plate member (11, 111, 211, 311, 411, 511) and a product carrier (21, 121, 221, 321, 421, 521). The plate member (11, 111, 211, 311, 411, 511) attaches to the surface and the product carrier (21, 121, 221, 321, 421, 521) releasably attaches to the plate member (11, 111, 211, 311, 411, 511). Product (31, 131, 431, 531) is operatively connected to the product carrier (21, 121, 221, 321, 421, 521).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2006
    Assignee: Ecolab Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory G. Griese, John E. Thomas, Brian A. Chute, Stephan M. Hubig, Terry J. Klos, Jamie W. Lerbs, Trevor J. Wihelmson, Scott T. Russell
  • Patent number: 7087572
    Abstract: A fabric treatment composition is provided. The fabric treatment composition includes a fabric treatment agent and a carrier component for containing the fabric treatment agent in a solid form during operation conditions in a dryer. The fabric treatment composition is constructed for transferring the composition to wet fabric as a result of solubilizing the fabric treatment composition by contacting the fabric treatment composition with the wet fabric during a drying operation in a dryer. A method for treating fabric is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2006
    Assignee: Ecolab Inc.
    Inventors: Stephan M. Hubig, Terry J. Klos, Steven E. Lentsch, Victor F. Man, Jaclyn J. Tilleskjor
  • Patent number: 7018967
    Abstract: Enhanced cleaning can be obtained by applying primarily to a stained region of a washable soft substrate a prespotting composition that contains at least one molybdate and which can generate singlet oxygen in situ in the presence of a peroxide, optionally applying to the substrate a prespotting composition that contains at least one peroxide, and rinsing, laundering or otherwise cleaning the substrate, using a peroxygen-containing built detergent to clean the substrate if a prespotting composition containing peroxide has not been applied to the substrate. Preferred embodiments of the method can provide stain removal comparable to that obtained using chlorine bleach but with better color safety.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2006
    Assignee: Ecolab Inc.
    Inventors: Stephan M. Hubig, Kristopher R. Grymonpré, Christopher James Uecker