Patents by Inventor Troy M. Runge

Troy M. Runge 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: 8512515
    Abstract: Wiping products are disclosed containing an additive composition that enhances the cleaning properties of the product. The additive composition, for instance, comprises an aqueous dispersion containing an alpha-olefin polymer, an ethylene-carboxylic acid copolymer, or mixtures thereof. The alpha-olefin polymer may comprise an interpolymer of ethylene and octene, while the ethylene-carboxylic acid copolymer may comprise ethylene-acrylic acid copolymer. The additive composition may also contain a dispersing agent, such as a fatty acid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Joseph Dyer, Michael R. Lostocco, Deborah Joy Nickel, Troy M. Runge, Kenneth John Zwick, Mike T. Goulet, Jeffrey J. Timm, Perry H. Clough, Michael J. Rekoske
  • Publication number: 20130204039
    Abstract: A method of producing levulinic acid from biomass is described. The method includes two acid treatment steps: first, treating biomass with a first aqueous acidic solution at a pH, for a time, and temperature such that at least a portion of pentosans contained within the biomass is extracted from the biomass, to yield pentosan-extracted biomass; second, treating the pentosan-extracted biomass with a second aqueous acidic solution at a pH, for a time, and a temperature, such that at least a portion of hexosans contained within the pentosan-extracted biomass are converted to levulinic acid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2012
    Publication date: August 8, 2013
    Inventor: Troy M. Runge
  • Patent number: 8177939
    Abstract: In one embodiment, the present invention provides a method of forming a cellulose article having a specific volume of less than 3 cc/gm. The method includes the step of incorporating cellulose fibers with a compound, wherein the compound includes an aqueous dispersion. The aqueous dispersion may have at least one polymer selected from the group consisting of an ethylene-based thermoplastic polymer, a propylene-based thermoplastic polymer, and mixtures thereof; at least one polymeric stabilizing agent; and water. In certain embodiments, a combined amount of the at least one polymer and the at least one stabilizing agent comprises about 25 to about 74 volume percent of the aqueous dispersion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: Dow Global Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Brad M. Moncla, Ronald Wevers, Wenbin Liang, Henk Felix, Michael R. Lostocco, Troy M. Runge, Thomas J. Dyer, Deborah J. Nickel, Johan Vanrijsbergen
  • Publication number: 20110308751
    Abstract: In one embodiment, the present invention provides a method of forming a cellulose article having a specific volume of less than 3 cc/gm. The method includes the step of incorporating cellulose fibers with a compound, wherein the compound includes an aqueous dispersion. The aqueous dispersion may have at least one polymer selected from the group consisting of an ethylene-based thermoplastic polymer, a propylene-based thermoplastic polymer, and mixtures thereof; at least one polymeric stabilizing agent; and water. In certain embodiments, a combined amount of the at least one polymer and the at least one stabilizing agent comprises about 25 to about 74 volume percent of the aqueous dispersion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2011
    Publication date: December 22, 2011
    Inventors: Brad M. Moncla, Ronald Wevers, Wenbin Liang, Henk Felix, Johan van Rijsbergen, Michael Lostocco, Troy M. Runge, Thomas J. Dyer, Deborah J. Nickel
  • Patent number: 8029646
    Abstract: In one embodiment, the present invention provides a method of forming a cellulose article having a specific volume of less than 3 cc/gm. The method includes the step of incorporating cellulose fibers with a compound, wherein the compound includes an aqueous dispersion. The aqueous dispersion may have at least one polymer selected from the group consisting of an ethylene-based thermoplastic polymer, a propylene-based thermoplastic polymer, and mixtures thereof; at least one polymeric stabilizing agent; and water. In certain embodiments, a combined amount of the at least one polymer and the at least one stabilizing agent comprises about 25 to about 74 volume percent of the aqueous dispersion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Assignee: Dow Global Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Brad M. Moncla, Ronald Wevers, Wenbin Liang, Henk Felix, Johan van Rijsbergen, Michael Lostocco, Troy M. Runge, Thomas J. Dyer, Deborah J. Nickel
  • Publication number: 20110129645
    Abstract: Wiping products are disclosed containing an additive composition that enhances the cleaning properties of the product. The additive composition, for instance, comprises an aqueous dispersion containing an alpha-olefin polymer, an ethylene-carboxylic acid copolymer, or mixtures thereof. The alpha-olefin polymer may comprise an interpolymer of ethylene and octene, while the ethylene-carboxylic acid copolymer may comprise ethylene-acrylic acid copolymer. The additive composition may also contain a dispersing agent, such as a fatty acid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2011
    Publication date: June 2, 2011
    Applicant: KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE, INC.
    Inventors: Thomas Joseph Dyer, Michael R. Lostocco, Deborah Joy Nickel, Troy M. Runge, Kenneth John Zwick, Mike T. Goulet, Jeffrey J. Timm, Perry H. Clough, Michael J. Rekoske
  • Patent number: 7883604
    Abstract: Tissue products are disclosed containing an additive composition. The additive composition, for instance, comprises an aqueous dispersion containing an alpha-olefin polymer, an ethylene-carboxylic acid copolymer, or mixtures thereof. The alpha-olefin polymer may comprise an interpolymer of ethylene and octene, while the ethylene-carboxylic acid copolymer may comprise ethylene-acrylic acid copolymer. The additive composition may also contain a dispersing agent, such as a fatty acid. The additive composition may be incorporated into the tissue web by being combined with the fibers that are used to form the web. Alternatively, the additive composition may be topically applied to the web after the web has been formed. For instance, in one embodiment, the additive composition may be applied to the web as a creping adhesive during a creping operation. The additive composition may improve the strength of the tissue web without substantially affecting the perceived softness of the web in an adverse manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Joseph Dyer, Michael R. Lostocco, Deborah Nickel, Troy M. Runge
  • Patent number: 7879191
    Abstract: Wiping products are disclosed containing an additive composition that enhances the cleaning properties of the product. The additive composition, for instance, comprises an aqueous dispersion containing an alpha-olefin polymer, an ethylene-carboxylic acid copolymer, or mixtures thereof. The alpha-olefin polymer may comprise an interpolymer of ethylene and octene, while the ethylene-carboxylic acid copolymer may comprise ethylene-acrylic acid copolymer. The additive composition may also contain a dispersing agent, such as a fatty acid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Joseph Dyer, Michael R. Lostocco, Deborah Joy Nickel, Troy M. Runge, Kenneth John Zwick, Mike T. Goulet, Jeffrey J. Timm, Perry H. Clough, Michael J. Rekoske
  • Patent number: 7879189
    Abstract: Tissue products are disclosed containing an additive composition. The additive composition, for instance, comprises an aqueous dispersion containing an alpha-olefin polymer, an ethylene-carboxylic acid copolymer, or mixtures thereof. The alpha-olefin polymer may comprise an interpolymer of ethylene and octene, while the ethylene-carboxylic acid copolymer may comprise ethylene-acrylic acid copolymer. The additive composition may also contain a dispersing agent, such as a fatty acid. The additive composition may be incorporated into the tissue web by being combined with the fibers that are used to form the web. Alternatively, the additive composition may be topically applied to the web after the web has been formed. For instance, in one embodiment, the additive composition may be applied to the web as a creping adhesive during a creping operation. The additive composition may improve the strength of the tissue web and/or improve the perceived softness of the web.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Joseph Dyer, Michael R. Lostocco, Deborah Joy Nickel, Troy M. Runge, Kenneth John Zwick, Mike T. Goulet, Jeffrey J. Timm, Perry H. Clough, Michael J. Rekoske, Christopher Brent Fetner
  • Patent number: 7879188
    Abstract: Sheet-like products, such as tissue products, are disclosed containing an additive composition. The additive composition, for instance, comprises an aqueous dispersion containing an alpha-olefin polymer, an ethylene-carboxylic acid copolymer, or mixtures thereof. The alpha-olefin polymer may comprise an interpolymer of ethylene and octene, while the ethylene-carboxylic acid copolymer may comprise ethylene-acrylic acid copolymer. The additive composition may also contain a dispersing agent, such as a fatty acid. The additive composition may be incorporated into the tissue web by being combined with the fibers that are used to form the web. Alternatively, the additive composition may be topically applied to the web after the web has been formed. For instance, in one embodiment, the additive composition may be applied to the web as a creping adhesive during a creping operation. The additive composition may improve the strength of the tissue web and/or improve the perceived softness of the web.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Joseph Dyer, Michael R. Lostocco, Deborah Nickel, Troy M. Runge, Kenneth J. Zwick, Mike T. Goulet, Jeffrey J. Timm, Perry H. Clough, Michael J. Rekoske
  • Patent number: 7879190
    Abstract: Sheet-like products, such as tissue products, are disclosed containing an additive composition. The additive composition, for instance, comprises an aqueous dispersion containing an alpha-olefin polymer, an ethylene-carboxylic acid copolymer, or mixtures thereof. The alpha-olefin polymer may comprise an interpolymer of ethylene and octene, while the ethylene-carboxylic acid copolymer may comprise ethylene-acrylic acid copolymer. The additive composition may also contain a dispersing agent, such as a fatty acid. The additive composition may be incorporated into the tissue web by being combined with the fibers that are used to form the web. Alternatively, the additive composition may be topically applied to the web after the web has been formed. The additive composition can improve various properties of the sheet-like product. For instance, in one embodiment, the additive composition can reduce lint and increase softness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Joseph Dyer, Michael R. Lostocco, Deborah Nickel, Troy M. Runge, Kenneth J. Zwick, Mike T. Goulet, Jeffrey J. Timm, Perry H. Clough, Michael J. Rekoske
  • Patent number: 7842163
    Abstract: Tissue products are disclosed containing an additive composition. The additive composition, for instance, comprises an aqueous dispersion containing an olefin polymer, an ethylene-carboxylic acid copolymer, or mixtures thereof. The olefin polymer may comprise an interpolymer of ethylene and octene, while the ethylene-carboxylic acid copolymer may comprise ethylene-acrylic acid copolymer. The additive composition may also contain a dispersing agent, such as a fatty acid. The additive composition may be incorporated into the tissue web by being combined with the fibers that are used to form the web. Alternatively, the additive composition may be topically applied to the web after the web has been formed. After the additive composition is applied to the web or otherwise incorporated into the tissue web, the tissue web is embossed. During embossing, the additive composition forms well defined embossments in the web that are water resistant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2010
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Deborah Nickel, Michael R. Lostocco, Thomas Joseph Dyer, Troy M. Runge
  • Patent number: 7837832
    Abstract: Wiping products are disclosed comprising a sheet and an additive composition. The additive composition, for instance, comprises an aqueous dispersion containing an alpha-olefin polymer, an ethylene-carboxylic acid copolymer, or mixtures thereof. The alpha-olefin polymer may comprise an interpolymer of ethylene and octene, while the ethylene-carboxylic acid copolymer may comprise ethylene-acrylic acid copolymer. The additive composition may also contain a dispersing agent, such as a fatty acid. The additive composition may be incorporated into the sheet by being combined with the fibers that are used to form the sheet. Alternatively, the additive composition may be topically applied to the sheet after the sheet has been formed. For instance, in one embodiment, the additive composition may be applied to the sheet as a creping adhesive during a creping operation. The additive composition may improve the strength of the sheet and/or improve the perceived softness of the sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2010
    Assignee: Dow Global Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher B. Fetner, Thomas J. Dyer, Michael R. Lostocco, Deborah J. Nickel, Troy M. Runge, Kenneth J. Zwick, Mike T. Goulet, Jeffrey J. Timm, Perry H. Clough, Michael J. Rekoske
  • Patent number: 7837831
    Abstract: Tissue products are disclosed containing an additive composition. The additive composition, for instance, comprises an aqueous dispersion containing an olefin polymer, an ethylene-carboxylic acid copolymer, or mixtures thereof. The olefin polymer may comprise an interpolymer of ethylene and octene, while the ethylene-carboxylic acid copolymer may comprise ethylene-acrylic acid copolymer. The additive composition may also contain a dispersing agent, such as a fatty acid. The additive composition may be incorporated into the tissue web by being combined with the fibers that are used to form the web. Alternatively, the additive composition may be topically applied to the web after the web has been formed. For instance, in one embodiment, the additive composition may be applied to the web as a creping adhesive during a creping operation. The additive composition may improve the strength of the tissue web without substantially affecting the perceived softness of the web in an adverse manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2010
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Joseph Dyer, Michael R. Lostocco, Deborah Nickel, Troy M. Runge
  • Patent number: 7820010
    Abstract: Tissue products are disclosed containing an additive composition. The additive composition, for instance, comprises an aqueous dispersion containing an olefin polymer, an ethylene-carboxylic acid copolymer, or mixtures thereof. The olefin polymer may comprise an interpolymer of ethylene and octene, while the ethylene-carboxylic acid copolymer may comprise ethylene-acrylic acid copolymer. The additive composition may also contain a dispersing agent, such as a fatty acid. The additive composition may be incorporated into the tissue web by being combined with the fibers that are used to form the web. Alternatively, the additive composition may be topically applied to the web after the web has been formed. For instance, in one embodiment, the additive composition may be applied to the web as a creping adhesive during a creping operation. The additive composition may improve the strength of the tissue web without substantially affecting the perceived softness of the web in an adverse manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2010
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael R. Lostocco, Thomas Joseph Dyer, Deborah Nickel, Troy M. Runge, Jerry W. Baker, Thomas Gerard Shannon
  • Patent number: 7803249
    Abstract: Wiping products, such as tissue products, are disclosed containing an additive composition. The additive composition, for instance, comprises an aqueous dispersion containing an alpha-olefin polymer, an ethylene-carboxylic acid copolymer, or mixtures thereof. The alpha-olefin polymer may comprise an interpolymer of ethylene and octene, while the ethylene-carboxylic acid copolymer may comprise ethylene-acrylic acid copolymer. The additive composition may also contain a dispersing agent, such as a fatty acid. The additive composition may be incorporated into the base web by being combined with the fibers that are used to form the web. Alternatively, the additive composition may be topically applied to the web after the web has been formed. The additive composition can improve various properties of the wiping product. For instance, in one embodiment, the additive composition can reduce lint and increase softness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2010
    Assignee: Dow Global Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas J. Dyer, Michael R. Lostocco, Deborah J. Nickel, Troy M. Runge, Kenneth J. Zwick, Mike T. Goulet, Jeffrey J. Timm, Perry H. Clough, Michael J. Rekoske
  • Patent number: 7803250
    Abstract: Wiping products are disclosed containing an additive composition that enhances the cleaning properties of the product. The additive composition, for instance, comprises an aqueous dispersion containing an alpha-olefin polymer, an ethylene-carboxylic acid copolymer, or mixtures thereof. The alpha-olefin polymer may comprise an interpolymer of ethylene and octene, while the ethylene-carboxylic acid copolymer may comprise ethylene-acrylic acid copolymer. The additive composition may also contain a dispersing agent, such as a fatty acid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2010
    Assignee: Dow Global Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas J. Dyer, Michael R. Lostocco, Deborah J. Nickel, Troy M. Runge, Kenneth J. Zwick, Mike T. Goulet, Jeffrey J. Timm, Perry H. Clough, Michael J. Rekoske
  • Publication number: 20100203291
    Abstract: Sheet-like products are disclosed containing an additive composition that enhances various properties of the product. The additive composition, for instance, comprises an aqueous dispersion containing an alpha-olefin polymer, an ethylene-carboxylic acid copolymer, or mixtures thereof. The alpha-olefin polymer may comprise an interpolymer of ethylene and octene, while the ethylene-carboxylic acid copolymer may comprise ethylene-acrylic acid copolymer. The additive composition may also contain a dispersing agent, such as a fatty acid. In one embodiment, the sheet-like product comprises a coform web containing synthetic fibers and pulp fibers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2007
    Publication date: August 12, 2010
    Inventors: Thomas Joseph Dyer, Christopher Brent Fetner, Troy M. Runge, Michael A. Schmidt, Courtney E. Pate
  • Publication number: 20080216977
    Abstract: Wiping products, such as tissue products, are disclosed containing an additive composition. The additive composition, for instance, comprises an aqueous dispersion containing an alpha-olefin polymer, an ethylene-carboxylic acid copolymer, or mixtures thereof. The alpha-olefin polymer may comprise an interpolymer of ethylene and octene, while the ethylene-carboxylic acid copolymer may comprise ethylene-acrylic acid copolymer. The additive composition may also contain a dispersing agent, such as a fatty acid. The additive composition may be incorporated into the base web by being combined with the fibers that are used to form the web. Alternatively, the additive composition may be topically applied to the web after the web has been formed. The additive composition can improve various properties of the wiping product. For instance, in one embodiment, the additive composition can reduce lint and increase softness.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2007
    Publication date: September 11, 2008
    Applicant: Dow Global Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas J. Dyer, Michael R. Lostocco, Deborah J. Nickel, Troy M. Runge, Kenneth J. Zwick, Mike T. Goulet, Jeffrey J. Timm, Perry Clough, Michael J. Rekoske
  • Patent number: 6949166
    Abstract: “Products made from a process for increasing the tactile properties of a base web without adversely affecting the strength of the web is disclosed. In general, the process includes the steps of placing a base web in between a first moving conveyor and a second moving conveyor. The conveyors are then wrapped around a shear inducing roll which creates shear forces that act upon the base web. The shear forces disrupt the web increasing the softness and decreasing the stiffness of the web. The shear inducing roll typically has a relatively small diameter. In some applications, more than one shear inducing roll may be incorporated into the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2005
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew P. Bakken, Troy M. Runge, Kenneth J. Zwick