Patents by Inventor Stephen McCullough

Stephen McCullough 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: 20080047675
    Abstract: A method of making a cellulosic web includes: forming a nascent web from a papermaking furnish, the nascent web having a generally random distribution of papermaking fiber; b) transferring the web having a generally random distribution of papermaking fiber to a translating transfer surface moving at a first speed; drying the web to a consistency of from about 30 to about 60 percent including compactively dewatering the web prior to or concurrently with transfer to the transfer surface; fabric-creping the web from the transfer surface at a consistency of from about 30 to about 60 percent utilizing a creping fabric with a patterned creping surface, the fabric creping step occurring under pressure in a fabric creping nip defined between the transfer surface and the creping fabric wherein the fabric is traveling at a second speed slower than the speed of said transfer surface, the fabric pattern, nip parameters, velocity delta and web consistency being selected such that the web is creped from the transfer surfac
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2007
    Publication date: February 28, 2008
    Inventors: Frank Murray, Greg Wendt, Steven Edwards, Stephen McCullough, Guy Super
  • Publication number: 20080029235
    Abstract: An absorbent cellulosic sheet having variable local basis weight includes a papermaking-fiber reticulum provided with (i) a plurality of cross-machine direction (CD) extending, fiber-enriched pileated regions of relatively high local basis weight interconnected by (ii) a plurality of elongated densified regions of compressed papermaking fibers. The elongated densified regions have relatively low local basis weight and are generally oriented along the machine direction (MD) of the sheet and have an MD/CD aspect ratio of at least 1.5. The products are most preferably prepared by way of a compactive dewatering/wet crepe process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2007
    Publication date: February 7, 2008
    Applicant: Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products LP
    Inventors: Steven Edwards, Guy Super, Stephen McCullough, Ronald Reeb, Hung Chou, Kang Yeh, John Dwiggins, Frank Harper
  • Publication number: 20080008865
    Abstract: A disposable anti-microbial paper towel and dispensing method includes disposing paper towel in an automatic touchless dispenser which is adapted to generate a touchless proximity signal upon nearness of a consumer, and dispensing the paper towel in response to the proximity signal. A typical invention towel has: (i) a cellulosic web characterized in that the web is substantially without crepe bars and has an unlotioned MD bending length of at least 3.5 cm; and (ii) a transferable lotion composition comprising an emollient and anti-microbial agent, the lotion composition being immobilized on the cellulosic web in a semi-solid or solid form. The transferable lotion composition is selected from lotion compositions which are transferable upon contact with water or lotion compositions which are transferable upon application of body heat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2007
    Publication date: January 10, 2008
    Applicant: Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products LP
    Inventors: Phuong Luu, Anthony Awofeso, Craig Yardley, Hung Chou, Stephen McCullough, Bruce Janda, Kang Yeh
  • Publication number: 20080008860
    Abstract: A method of making a cellulosic web includes: forming a nascent web from a papermaking furnish, the nascent web having a generally random distribution of papermaking fiber; b) transferring the web having a generally random distribution of papermaking fiber to a translating transfer surface moving at a first speed; drying the web to a consistency of from about 30 to about 60 percent including compactively dewatering the web prior to or concurrently with transfer to the transfer surface; fabric-creping the web from the transfer surface at a consistency of from about 30 to about 60 percent utilizing a creping fabric with a patterned creping surface, the fabric creping step occurring under pressure in a fabric creping nip defined between the transfer surface and the creping fabric wherein the fabric is traveling at a second speed slower than the speed of said transfer surface, the fabric pattern, nip parameters, velocity delta and web consistency being selected such that the web is creped from the transfer surfac
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2007
    Publication date: January 10, 2008
    Inventors: Frank Murray, Greg Wendt, Steven Edwards, Stephen McCullough, Guy Super
  • Publication number: 20070107863
    Abstract: An improved process for making sheet from a fibrous furnish includes: depositing the furnish on a foraminous support; compactively dewatering the furnish to form a nascent web; drying the web on a heated cylinder; creping the web therefrom and throughdrying the web to a finished product. The microstructure of the web is controlled so as to facilitate throughdrying. The product exhibits a characteristic throughdrying coefficient of from 4 to 10 when the airflow through the sheet is characterized by a Reynolds Number of less than about 1. The novel products of the invention are characterized by wet springback ratio, hydraulic diameter and an internal bond strength parameter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2006
    Publication date: May 17, 2007
    Applicant: GEORGIA-PACIFIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Steven Edwards, Greg Wendt, Robert Marinack, Michael Vander Wielen, Stephen McCullough, Jeffrey McDowell, Guy Super, Gary Worry
  • Publication number: 20060289134
    Abstract: Fabric-creped absorbent sheet has an MD bending length of about 3.5 cm or more as well as an absorbency of about 3 g/g or more. The sheet is preferably produced without through drying or dry creping and is a low-dust product especially suitable for automatic towel dispensers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2006
    Publication date: December 28, 2006
    Inventors: Kang Yeh, Stephen McCullough, Hung Chou, Mark Hunter, Thomas Lyse, Ronald Reeb
  • Publication number: 20060289133
    Abstract: Fabric-creped absorbent sheet has an MD bending length of about 3.5 cm or more as well as an absorbency of about 3 g/g or more. The sheet is preferably produced without through drying or dry creping and is a low-dust product especially suitable for automatic towel dispensers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2006
    Publication date: December 28, 2006
    Inventors: Kang Yeh, Stephen McCullough, Hung Chou, Mark Hunter, Thomas Lyse, Ronald Reeb
  • Publication number: 20060237154
    Abstract: A multi-ply absorbent sheet of cellulosic fiber with continuous outer surfaces is provided an absorbent core between the outer surfaces. The absorbent core includes a non-woven fiber network having: (i) a plurality of pileated fiber enriched regions of relatively high local basis weight interconnected by way of (ii) a plurality of lower local basis weight linking regions whose fiber orientation is biased along the direction between pileated regions interconnected thereby, and (iii) a plurality of fiber-deprived cellules between the fiber enriched and linking regions, also being characterized by a local basis weight lower than the fiber enriched regions. The cellules provide a sponge-like internal structure of low fiber density regions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2006
    Publication date: October 26, 2006
    Inventors: Steven Edwards, Guy Super, Stephen McCullough
  • Publication number: 20050241786
    Abstract: An absorbent sheet of cellulosic fibers includes a mixture of hardwood fibers and softwood fibers arranged in a reticulum having: (i) a plurality of pileated fiber enriched regions of relatively high local basis weight interconnected by way of (ii) a plurality of lower local basis weight linking regions whose fiber orientation is biased along the machine direction between pileated regions interconnected thereby, wherein the sheet exhibits a % CD stretch which is at least about 2.75 times the dry tensile ratio of the sheet. Tensile ratios of from about 0.4 to about 4 are readily achieved.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2005
    Publication date: November 3, 2005
    Inventors: Steven Edwards, Stephen McCullough
  • Publication number: 20050241787
    Abstract: A method of making a cellulosic web includes: forming a nascent web from a papermaking furnish, the nascent web having a generally random distribution of papermaking fiber; b) transferring the web having a generally random distribution of papermaking fiber to a translating transfer surface moving at a first speed; drying the web to a consistency of from about 30 to about 60 percent including compactively dewatering the web prior to or concurrently with transfer to the transfer surface; fabric-creping the web from the transfer surface at a consistency of from about 30 to about 60 percent utilizing a creping fabric with a patterned creping surface, the fabric creping step occurring under pressure in a fabric creping nip defined between the transfer surface and the creping fabric wherein the fabric is traveling at a second speed slower than the speed of said transfer surface, the fabric pattern, nip parameters, velocity delta and web consistency being selected such that the web is creped from the transfer surfac
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2005
    Publication date: November 3, 2005
    Inventors: Frank Murray, Greg Wendt, Steven Edwards, Stephen McCullough, Guy Super
  • Publication number: 20050217814
    Abstract: A method of making a fabric-creped absorbent cellulosic sheet comprising: a) compactively dewatering a papermaking furnish to form a nascent web having an apparently random distribution of papermaking fiber; b) applying the dewatered web having the apparently random fiber distribution to a translating transfer surface moving at a first speed; c) fabric-creping the web from the transfer surface at a consistency of from about 30 to about 60 percent utilizing a patterned creping fabric, the creping step occurring under pressure in a fabric creping nip defined between the transfer surface and the creping fabric wherein the fabric is traveling at a second speed slower than the speed of said transfer surface, the fabric pattern, nip parameters, velocity delta and web consistency being selected such that the web is creped from the transfer surface and redistributed on the creping fabric to form a web with a drawable reticulum.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2005
    Publication date: October 6, 2005
    Inventors: Guy Super, Steven Edwards, Stephen McCullough, Frank Murray