Patents by Inventor Tracy A. Paolilli

Tracy A. Paolilli 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: 10357913
    Abstract: Described are transparent oriented polypropylene films with improved barrier properties and methods of making these films. The films and methods include a core layer comprising polypropylene, hydrocarbon resin, and polyethylene wax to improve moisture vapor barrier properties, an optional barrier layer comprising polar polymers to improve oxygen barrier properties, and optional skin layers to improve heat sealing, winding, printing, and/or adhesion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: TORAY PLASTICS (AMERICA), INC.
    Inventors: Shichen Dou, Tracy A. Paolilli, Keunsuk P. Chang
  • Patent number: 10294373
    Abstract: This invention relates to an optically clear film of predominantly thermoplastic polyester base layer and a carbodiimide-crosslinked, polyester and polymethylmethacrylate blend primer layer. The base layer preferably has a particle-free core layer and outer layers containing nonpolyester, organic and/or inorganic particles. The primer layer is preferably applied to the base layer from solution that is organic solvent-free. The primer layer and base layer composite can be laminated with a protective layer of primarily acrylic polymer to form a solar control film. Functional additives, such as UV light blockers, can be present in various layers of the solar control film. Polymethylmethacrylate in the primer, especially in combination with crosslinking by the carbodiimide, provides the acrylic coated polyester base solar control film with notably reduced iridescence. Adhesion between the acrylic layer applied from organic solvent solutions and the polyester layers is durable in moist and warm service conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Toray Plastics (America), Inc.
    Inventor: Tracy A. Paolilli
  • Patent number: 10183471
    Abstract: A metal transfer film of thermoplastic polymer includes a polymeric carrier film, a layer of metal to be transferred onto an article, and a layer of retention adhesive suitable for bonding the transferred metal layer to a surface of the article. The transferable metal layer is adjacent between the carrier film and the retention adhesive layer. Optionally, the carrier film has a releasably adhesive layer on the side in contact with the metal. The retention adhesive is a polyvinyl amine crosslinked with citric acid. The retention adhesive is deposited on the metal layer from a liquid solution and dried to a non-tacky, solid coating enabling handling of the metal transfer film in conventional film processing unit operations. The dry retention adhesive can be activated by the metal transfer operator remotely from the adhesive application process and provides significant oxygen, moisture and aroma barrier properties to the metal covered article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Toray Plastics (America), Inc.
    Inventors: Tracy A. Paolilli, Jan Moritz, G. Vincent Sharps, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20180311919
    Abstract: A lighter-than-air holographic envelope such as a balloon decorated with a holographic pattern and having long float life (one week or longer) comprises a metal layer, an embossable layer, and a polymeric gas barrier of polyvinyl alcohol/polyvinyl amine copolymer crosslinked with citric acid and an optional additional crosslinking agent such as epichlorohydrin and a heat-seal layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2017
    Publication date: November 1, 2018
    Inventors: Milan W. MOSCARITOLO, Tracy A. PAOLILLI, Joshua R. CLOUTIER, John J. FITCH
  • Publication number: 20180162035
    Abstract: Described are transparent oriented polypropylene films with improved barrier properties and methods of making these films. The films and methods include a core layer comprising polypropylene, hydrocarbon resin, and polyethylene wax to improve moisture vapor barrier properties, an optional barrier layer comprising polar polymers to improve oxygen barrier properties, and optional skin layers to improve heat sealing, winding, printing, and/or adhesion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2018
    Publication date: June 14, 2018
    Applicant: TORAY PLASTICS (AMERICA), INC.
    Inventors: Shichen DOU, Tracy A. PAOLILLI, Keunsuk P. CHANG
  • Patent number: 9937525
    Abstract: This invention relates to a highly optically clear, composite film having a predominantly thermoplastic polyester base layer and a primer layer of a polyester and polyurethane blend composition. The base layer preferably has an A/B/C layered structure with a substantially particle-free core layer B of polyester and outer layers A and C of polyester containing nonpolyester, organic and/or inorganic particles. The primer layer is preferably applied to the base layer from solution that is organic solvent-free and is crosslinked using a carbodiimide crosslinking agent. The primer layer and base layer composite can be laminated with a protective layer of primarily acrylic polymer for a solar control film. Various layers of the composite and solar control films can contain effective amounts of functional additives, such as UV light blockers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Toray Plastics (America), Inc.
    Inventors: Tracy Paolilli, John Fitch
  • Publication number: 20170239926
    Abstract: A metal transfer film of thermoplastic polymer includes a polymeric carrier film, a layer of metal to be transferred onto an article, and a layer of retention adhesive suitable for bonding the transferred metal layer to a surface of the article. The transferable metal layer is adjacent between the carrier film and the retention adhesive layer. Optionally, the carrier film has a releasably adhesive layer on the side in contact with the metal. The retention adhesive is a polyvinyl amine crosslinked with citric acid. The retention adhesive is deposited on the metal layer from a liquid solution and dried to a non-tacky, solid coating enabling handling of the metal transfer film in conventional film processing unit operations. The dry retention adhesive can be activated by the metal transfer operator remotely from the adhesive application process and provides significant oxygen, moisture and aroma barrier properties to the metal covered article.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2016
    Publication date: August 24, 2017
    Applicant: Toray Plastics (America), Inc.
    Inventors: Tracy A. Paolilli, Jan Moritz, G. Vincent Sharps, JR.
  • Patent number: 9624020
    Abstract: A composite barrier film has a base layer of polyester or polyolefin with a barrier layer modified polyvinyl amine (mPVA). The mPVA is polyvinyl alcohol/polyvinyl amine copolymer crosslinked with citric acid and an optional additional crosslinking agent such as epichlorohydrin. The barrier layer can be applied by deposition of a reactive aqueous solution onto the base layer, heating and drying to remove water and crosslink the reactants. Excellent barrier properties of the film are obtained by applying and crosslinking the barrier layer during the transverse stretching steps of a biaxial oriented polymer film continuous fabrication process. Superior barrier properties are achieved with transverse stretching by a factor of about 3-4 for polyester and 4-10 for polyolefin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: TORAY PLASTICS (AMERICA), INC.
    Inventors: Tracy A. Paolilli, Joshua Cloutier, John J. Fitch
  • Patent number: 9617059
    Abstract: A composite barrier film has a base layer of polyester with a barrier layer modified polyvinyl amine (mPVA). The mPVA is polyvinyl alcohol/polyvinyl amine copolymer crosslinked with citric acid and an optional additional crosslinking agent such as epichlorohydrin. The barrier layer can be applied by deposition of a reactive aqueous solution onto the base layer, heating and drying to remove water and crosslink the reactants. Excellent barrier properties of the film are obtained by applying and crosslinking the barrier layer during the transverse stretching steps of a biaxial oriented polymer film continuous fabrication process. Superior barrier properties are achieved with transverse stretching by a factor of about 3-4.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Toray Plastics (America), Inc.
    Inventors: Tracy A. Paolilli, Joshua Cloutier, John J. Fitch
  • Publication number: 20170057727
    Abstract: A composite barrier film has a base layer of polyester with a barrier layer modified polyvinyl amine (mPVA). The mPVA is polyvinyl alcohol/polyvinyl amine copolymer crosslinked with citric acid and an optional additional crosslinking agent such as epichlorohydrin. The barrier layer can be applied by deposition of a reactive aqueous solution onto the base layer, heating and drying to remove water and crosslink the reactants. Excellent barrier properties of the film are obtained by applying and crosslinking the barrier layer during the transverse stretching steps of a biaxial oriented polymer film continuous fabrication process. Superior barrier properties are achieved with transverse stretching by a factor of about 3-4.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2016
    Publication date: March 2, 2017
    Applicant: TORAY PLASTICS (AMERICA), INC.
    Inventors: Tracy A. Paolilli, Joshua Cloutier, John J. Fitch
  • Patent number: 9561886
    Abstract: Multi-layer films suitable as sealable or peelable sheet that can be used for closing foodstuff containers are described. These multi-layer films includes a polymeric substrate layer and a seal or a peel-seal layer. The multilayer composite film preferably includes four component layers, namely in order, a polymeric base layer for mechanical strength, a thin organic barrier layer, an ethylene polymer-based adhesive layer, and a heat seal layer including an ethylene copolymer, such as ethylene vinyl acetate copolymer. The film is useful as a peelable heat sealable lid for containers of diverse polymer compositions storing various products such as foodstuffs and pharmaceuticals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: TORAY PLASTICS (AMERICA), INC.
    Inventors: Tracy A. Paolilli, John J. Fitch, Roberto Siu
  • Publication number: 20170015821
    Abstract: Described are transparent oriented polypropylene films with improved barrier properties and methods of making these films. The films and methods include a core layer comprising polypropylene, hydrocarbon resin, and polyethylene wax to improve moisture vapor barrier properties, an optional barrier layer comprising polar polymers to improve oxygen barrier properties, and optional skin layers to improve heat sealing, winding, printing, and/or adhesion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2015
    Publication date: January 19, 2017
    Applicant: TORAY PLASTICS (AMERICA), INC.
    Inventors: Shichen DOU, Tracy A. PAOLILLI, Keunsuk P. CHANG
  • Publication number: 20160244616
    Abstract: This invention relates to an optically clear film of predominantly thermoplastic polyester base layer and a carbodiimide-crosslinked, polyester and polymethylmethacrylate blend primer layer. The base layer preferably has a particle-free core layer and outer layers containing nonpolyester, organic and/or inorganic particles. The primer layer is preferably applied to the base layer from solution that is organic solvent-free. The primer layer and base layer composite can be laminated with a protective layer of primarily acrylic polymer to form a solar control film. Functional additives, such as UV light blockers, can be present in various layers of the solar control film. Polymethylmethacrylate in the primer, especially in combination with crosslinking by the carbodiimide, provides the acrylic coated polyester base solar control film with notably reduced iridescence. Adhesion between the acrylic layer applied from organic solvent solutions and the polyester layers is durable in moist and warm service conditions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2016
    Publication date: August 25, 2016
    Applicant: Toray Plastics (America), Inc.
    Inventor: Tracy Paolilli
  • Patent number: 9399318
    Abstract: A monoaxially oriented film including a metallized layer; a gas barrier layer; and a propylene-based random copolymer and at least about 3 wt % of a low density polyethylene which is oriented at least about 2.5 times in one direction and exhibits excellent linear directional tear properties parallel to the orientation direction and excellent heat seal performance in terms of high heat seal strengths and low seal initiation temperature. This film formulation and orientation is suitable for pouch applications requiring high gas and moisture barrier, an “easy-tear” linear tear feature, and excellent hermetic seal properties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Assignee: Toray Plastics (America), Inc.
    Inventors: Tracy A. Paolilli, Scott Narkevicius, Harold Egon Koehn, Matthew H. Brown
  • Patent number: 9333734
    Abstract: A method is presented for making releasable transfer film suitable to provide a metalized embossed composite onto a paper substrate without a release layer between the composite and a polymeric carrier layer. The transfer film includes a polymeric base layer, an embossing material layer and a metal layer. The transfer film is bonded to the paper substrate with an adhesive layer allowing the polymeric barrier layer to peel away from and to expose the metal-backed, embossing material layer. The substrate covered with the metalized embossed composite can be used to impart holographic style images to packaging, printed media products such as magazines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: TORAY PLASTICS (AMERICA), INC.
    Inventors: John Fitch, Tracy Paolilli, Scott Narkevicius, Bonnie Adams
  • Patent number: 9227381
    Abstract: A moisture vapor and oxygen transmission resistant flexible film has a polymeric base layer and a barrier layer of discrete particles of a first organic polymer dispersed throughout a matrix of a second organic polymer. Preferably, the first and second polymers are water insoluble and water soluble, respectively. The barrier layer is formed by depositing onto the base layer a coating composition of finely divided insoluble organic polymer particles suspended in an aqueous solution of the water soluble organic polymer, a crosslinking agent and surfactant. The coating composition is heated to crosslink the barrier layer polymers and evaporate solvent to provide a barrier film suitable for packaging applications. Optionally, the film can be metalized to increase barrier properties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: Toray Plastics (America), Inc.
    Inventors: Tracy Paolilli, John Fitch
  • Patent number: 9221213
    Abstract: A laminate film including a first polylactic acid layer; a second metal-receiving layer including PVOH, EVOH, or a blend thereof on a side of the first polylactic acid layer; and a metal layer deposited on a side of the metal-receiving layer opposite the polylactic acid layer. The metal-receiving layer may be coextruded with the polylactic acid first layer or may be a coating applied to one side of the polylactic acid first layer. This laminate film exhibits excellent gas and moisture barrier properties, appearance, and metal adhesion. It may also include a heat sealable or winding improving layer on the side opposite the metal receiving-layer of the first polylactic acid layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: TORAY PLASTICS (AMERICA), INC.
    Inventors: Shichen Dou, Tracy A. Paolilli, John J. Fitch, Michael F. Brandmeier, Keunsuk P. Chang
  • Patent number: 9186593
    Abstract: Described are stretchable and formable lighter than air balloons including a high barrier lamination. The stretchable and formable balloons stretch when overinflated instead of failing. The balloons are formed from a lamination including a polyester film with a total thickness of 4 ?m to 12 ?m including a biaxially oriented polyester core layer and at least one amorphous copolyester skin layer. The polyester film has an Elongation % in the transverse direction (TD) or machine direction (MD) of greater than 125%.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignees: Toray Plastics (America), Inc., Anagram International, Inc.
    Inventors: Gianfranco Chicarella, Nao Yokota, Tracy A. Paolilli, John J. Fitch, Todd Richard Sarnstrom, Dean Borchardt, Paul Andrew Ansolabehere, Steven Sargeant, Larissa M. Boutin, Robert T. Ervolino, Douglas J. Bower, Delaware Hood
  • Publication number: 20150306629
    Abstract: This invention relates to a highly optically clear, composite film having a predominantly thermoplastic polyester base layer and a primer layer of a polyester and polyurethane blend composition. The base layer preferably has an A/B/C layered structure with a substantially particle-free core layer B of polyester and outer layers A and C of polyester containing nonpolyester, organic and/or inorganic particles. The primer layer is preferably applied to the base layer from solution that is organic solvent-free and is crosslinked using a carbodiimide crosslinking agent. The primer layer and base layer composite can be laminated with a protective layer of primarily acrylic polymer for a solar control film. Various layers of the composite and solar control films can contain effective amounts of functional additives, such as UV light blockers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2015
    Publication date: October 29, 2015
    Applicant: TORAY PLASTICS (AMERICA), INC.
    Inventors: Tracy Paolilli, John Fitch
  • Patent number: 9109138
    Abstract: A highly optically clear, composite film has a predominantly thermoplastic polyester base layer of A/B/C-layered structure and a polyester and polyurethane blend primer layer Preferably core layer B of the base layer is substantially particle-free polyester and outer layers A and C include organic and/or inorganic particles. The primer layer is crosslinked using a carbodiimide crosslinking agent. The primer layer and base layer composite can be laminated with a protective layer of primarily acrylic polymer for a solar control film. Functional additives, such as UV light blockers can be present in layers of the composite and solar control films. The primer layer combination of polyurethane and crosslinking by carbodiimide, provides the acrylic coated polyester solar control film with notably reduced iridescence and durable adhesion between polyester and acrylic layers in moist and warm service conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: TORAY PLASTICS (AMERICA), INC.
    Inventors: Tracy Paolilli, John Fitch