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).

  • Publication number: 20030213574
    Abstract: 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: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2003
    Publication date: November 20, 2003
    Inventors: Andrew P. Bakken, Troy M. Runge, Kenneth J. Zwick
  • Patent number: 6607635
    Abstract: 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: November 29, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2003
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew P. Bakken, Troy M. Runge, Kenneth J. Zwick
  • Publication number: 20020112830
    Abstract: 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: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2001
    Publication date: August 22, 2002
    Applicant: Kimberly-Clark Worldwid, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew P. Bakken, Troy M. Runge, Kenneth J. Zwick
  • Patent number: 5415320
    Abstract: The tearing of tissues during dispensing from upright tissue cartons is reduced by providing the carton with a plastic film having a dispensing opening with an effective open area of about 3 square inches or greater. Dispensing openings formed by multiple intersecting slits provide improved dispensing while retaining an aesthetic pop-up presentation and protection of the tissues within the carton.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 16, 1995
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Corporation
    Inventors: Amie M. North, Troy M. Runge, Linda M. Paulson