Setting Or Embedding Tufts Or Discrete Pile Elements Onto Backing (e.g., Rugs, Brushes, Etc.) Patents (Class 156/72)
  • Patent number: 11280971
    Abstract: An underfill adhesive may be used to mechanically stabilize a photonic integrated circuit chip (PIC) onto an electrical substrate; however, when the PIC is optically coupled to an external optical fiber at or near an edge of the chip, e.g. using an edge coupler, the underfill may flow into the optical interface impacting optical coupling quality. A photonic integrated circuit apparatus according to the disclosure comprises an electrical substrate, which includes a cavity underneath the edge coupler for preventing underfill material from entering the optical interface by impeding capillary action thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: Nokia Solutions and Networks Oy
    Inventor: Ari Novack
  • Patent number: 11040379
    Abstract: A debris collection and metrology system for collecting and analyzing debris from a tip used in nanomachining processes, the system including an irradiation source, an irradiation detector, an actuator, and a controller. The irradiation source is operable to direct incident irradiation onto the tip, and the irradiation detector is operable to receive a sample irradiation from the tip, the sample irradiation being generated as a result of the direct incident irradiation being applied onto the tip. The controller is operatively coupled to an actuator system and the irradiation detector, and the controller is operable to receive a first signal based on a first response of the irradiation detector to the sample irradiation, and the controller is operable to effect relative motion between the tip and at least one of the irradiation source and the irradiation detector based on the first signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: Bruker Nano, Inc.
    Inventors: Tod Evan Robinson, Bernabe Arruza, Kenneth Gilbert Roessler, David Brinkley, Jeffrey E. LeClaire
  • Patent number: 10920371
    Abstract: A one step method for integrally attaching a backing cover to a universal fiber-reinforced backing before curing. The manufacturing method includes attaching a porous cover to a reinforcement configuration of fibers and adhesive before curing. The cover is pressed against the fibers and adhesive for compressing, collapsing, and flattening the ends of the stitch portions. The compressing and collapsing actions cause adhesive and fibers to be directed toward and forced into the porous cover. Adhesive and reinforcement fibers provide an integral attachment of the cover to the reinforced backing before and after curing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: HIGGINS RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT, LLC
    Inventor: Kenneth B. Higgins
  • Patent number: 10889932
    Abstract: The invention pertains to a method for manufacturing a textile product comprising providing a first sheet having a front surface and a back surface, covering the back surface of the sheet with a porous layer having a porosity of 50% to 99%, the layer comprising a thermoplastic material, forming a pile on the front surface of first sheet by stitching one or more yarns through the first sheet, the one or more yarns having a free end that forms the said pile and a locked end that extends into the porous layer, thereby forming an intermediate product, processing the intermediate product by feeding this product along a body having a heated surface, the porous layer being pressed against the said heated surface, to melt at least a fraction of the thermoplastic material, cooling the molten fraction of the thermoplastic, thereby connecting the locked end of the one or more yarns to the first sheet, and optionally connecting a second sheet to the processed intermediate product, using an adhesive applied between the pr
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: DSM IP ASSETS B.V.
    Inventor: Chris Reutelingsperger
  • Patent number: 10738142
    Abstract: The soluble material for three-dimensional modeling that is used as a material of a support material that supports a three-dimensional object when manufacturing the three-dimensional object with a fused deposition modeling type 3D printer. The soluble material for three-dimensional modeling includes at least one copolymer comprising a specific hydrophilic monomer unit and a specific hydrophobic monomer unit. The present invention has a glass transition temperature suitable for the FDM system, has a high dissolution rate in an alkaline aqueous solution, can be quickly removed from a precursor of a three-dimensional object, and makes it possible to suppress or reduce damage to a three-dimensional object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: KAO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tadanori Yoshimura, Takuma Kimura, Jouji Hirai
  • Patent number: 10472764
    Abstract: A method for preparing carpet by using polyurethane to anneal secondary backing to a greige, comprising fibers attached to a primary backing using a roller application system. The greige is conditioned prior to coating and the polyurethane coated greige is contacted with the secondary backing and the laminate is tensioned and supported to maintain the laminate structure substantially through the polyurethane curing process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: New Spirit Backings, LLC
    Inventors: Paul Walker, Bill Akins, David Akins, Terry Calhoun
  • Patent number: 10433700
    Abstract: A nonwoven material includes a backing substrate and a functional layer affixed to the backing substrate, the functional layer including thermal-setting fibers. The functional layer can be a nonwoven web including thermal-setting fibers, where the nonwoven web is affixed to the backing substrate. The functional layer can also include thermal-setting fibers and a thermal-setting polymer disposed on the backing substrate. The thermal-setting fibers can be melamine. Thermal-setting fibers can be rigidly fixed within the functional layer. The functional layer can further include a polymer resin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Kaiyuan Yang, Carl Gerard Rippl, Gregory Daniel Samek, Joel Brostin, Joseph Kenneth Baker
  • Patent number: 10190004
    Abstract: A peelable coating and method of applying to a substrate. The peelable coating comprising: a base layer that can be peelable applied to the substrate; and a pre-manufactured reinforcing layer for applying atop the base layer. The peelable coating base layer can be a liquid applied base layer having a peelable property when dry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Skudo Group Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Christopher Peter Bone, Alois Helbling
  • Patent number: 10081946
    Abstract: The present invention provides an inverted roofing system and method that is more thermally efficient, inexpensive and quicker to install, better able to withstand environmental conditions, and produces the appearance and some functional benefits of a traditional natural green roof ballast top-layer. It does not require a sloped roof gradient, and is capable of a user controlled mass per square foot roof load. The inverted roofing system and method provides a ballast top-layer that is lightweight, and maintains properties that will prevent wind uplift.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Industrial Waterproof Systems Ltd.
    Inventor: Craig Kenneth Beattie
  • Patent number: 10053801
    Abstract: A yarn containing a core of continuous filaments of an inorganic material and a sheath of staple fibers of a thermoplastic polymer is provided. The yarn can be formed into a fabric or unidirectional tape, which can then be heated under pressure to form a composite material that has excellent mechanical strength yet is lightweight. The fabric can be molded into a composite material having a two-dimensional or three-dimensional shape because of its excellent drapability. The composite material can be used in aircraft parts, automotive parts, marine parts, consumer electronic parts, and other products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Inman Mills
    Inventors: William C. Hightower, III, Norman H. Chapman
  • Patent number: 9855682
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods for utilizing reclaimed synthetic turf materials in the manufacture of various second generation floor coverings and floor covering components. Also disclosed are products manufactured by the methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Columbia Insurance Company
    Inventors: Gregory Fowler, John J. M. Rees, David A. Moore
  • Patent number: 9816033
    Abstract: Clean, safe and efficient methods, systems, and processes for utilizing thermolysis methods to processes to convert various carpet, rug, polymeric materials and other waste sources, such as solid waste, tires, manure, auto shredder residue, glass and carbon fiber composite materials, municipal solid wastes, medical wastes, waste wood and the like into a Clean Fuel Gas and Char source are disclosed. The invention processes the carpet, rug, polymeric material to effectively shred and/or grind the waste source, such as post-consumer carpet remnants and waste, and then process using thermolysis methods to destroy and/or separate halogen and other dangerous components to provide a Clean Fuel Gas and Char source. Additional waste sources, such as solid waste, tires, manure, auto shredder residue, glass and carbon fiber composite materials, municipal solid wastes, medical wastes, waste wood and the like, are suitable for the processing of the invention disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: CHZ Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Henry W. Brandhorst, Jr., Ullrich H. Engel, Charles T. Ludwig, Ernest J. Zavoral, Sr.
  • Patent number: 9731319
    Abstract: The invention provides methods for producing flexible, stretchable, and/or elastic sheets and products having two or more zone having different material features and performance. The products can be comprised of material such as natural elastomers and other synthetic polymers. The method for producing stretchable products by spraying product material of different types over different zones of a workpiece former or conveyor belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: TamiCare Ltd.
    Inventors: Reuven Melamed, Ehud Giloh
  • Patent number: 9598801
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an openwork prosthetic knit (1) made from a single piece based on at least a first yarn made of biocompatible polymer material that defines a first face (2) and a second face that are opposite one another and from a second biocompatible yarn that generates barbs (5) that protrude outwards from at least said first face, characterized in that said first face comprises at least one longitudinal strip (4) in the direction of the manufacture of said knit, over which it is provided with said barbs (5), and at least one longitudinal strip (3) in the direction of the manufacture of said knit, over which it is free of such barbs. It also relates to a process for manufacturing such a knit (1) and to a prosthesis comprising such a knit (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Sofradim Production
    Inventor: Julie Lecuivre
  • Patent number: 9469784
    Abstract: Method for production of a binder compound wherein crude tall oil pitch is mixed with calcium hydroxide or calcium oxide, and wherein after mixing the crude tall oil pitch with the calcium hydroxide or calcium oxide, the mixture of crude tall oil pitch and calcium hydroxide or calcium oxide is allowed to react and then again further crude tall oil pitch and a polymer are added to the reacted mixture in order to obtain a base substance for the production of a roof covering membrane, a road surfacing material or a carpet backing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: S. A. Imberbel N.V.
    Inventors: Hans Aerts, Eric Bertrand, Arnaud Boisdenghien
  • Patent number: 9420764
    Abstract: Methods for manufacturing modular leashes are disclosed. The modular leashes may comprise a flexible portion including a lead end and a handle portion. Manufacturing the flexible portion may comprise heating a pin and securing the pin to a lead end, so as to melt the lead to the pin using ambient heat from the pin. In some embodiments, heating the pin uses induction heating. Manufacturing the flexible portion may further comprise inserting the lead end into a sleeve, and securing the lead to the sleeve by crimping the sleeve onto the lead. Manufacturing the handle portion may comprise inserting handle ends into a first end of a sleeve and inserting a fastener into the handle ends. Manufacturing the handle portion may further comprise inserting a fitting into a second end of the sleeve so that a space between the sleeve and the fitting may receive the handle ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: Tuenne LLC
    Inventors: Nicholas Peter Okun Miron, Alan Ackley
  • Patent number: 9393148
    Abstract: Methods of preventing the development or exacerbation of tendinosis include receiving a first ring of resilient material over a first digit of a hand of the user and a second ring of resilient material over a second digit of the hand of the user. The first and second digits receiving first and second rings are curled about an object to grasp the object with an increased circumference grip relative to a natural grip of the user. The first and second rings are automatically slid to an interleaved configuration on the first and second digits by moving the grasped object with the hand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: TendonEase, LLC
    Inventors: Mark H. Greenberg, Aldo Burga
  • Patent number: 9339136
    Abstract: A dimensionally stable floor covering comprises a tufted textile substrate and a reinforcement layer attached to the textile substrate. The reinforcement layer includes an adhesive backing compound and reinforcement fibers surrounded by the adhesive backing. The fibers may form a continuous layer on the back side of the floor covering or may be dispersed within the adhesive backing compound. The adhesive backing compound may be hot water-soluble to facilitate recycling of the floor covering. The floor covering may optionally include additional backing layers (including cushions) and may be used as a broadloom carpet, a carpet tile, or other modular floor covering products. Methods of manufacturing, installing, and recycling the present floor coverings are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: Higgins Research & Development, LLC
    Inventor: Kenneth B. Higgins
  • Patent number: 9175436
    Abstract: A flocked article having a resistance to splitting is described. The article has a flock layer adhered to one side of an elastomeric adhesive layer and an inelastic layer adhered to the other side of the elastomeric adhesive layer. The flock layer is adhered to a stretchable and/or elastic substrate by a third adhesive positioned between and in contact with the inelastic layer and the stretchable and/or elastic substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: High Voltage graphics, Inc.
    Inventor: Louis Brown Abrams
  • Patent number: 9096047
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a textile product includes the steps of providing an intermediate product formed by a backing having a front surface and a back surface, and yarns applied into the backing, the yarns extending from the front surface of the backing material, feeding the intermediate product along a body having a heated surface, the back surface being pressed against the heated surface, to at least partly melt the yarns present in the intermediate product to form the textile product, wherein the part of the back surface that is pressed against the heated surface has a relative speed with respect to the heated surface, and a device enabling applications of this method and to a floor covering incorporating such a textile product connected to a dimensionally stable carrier sheet using thermo reversible covalent interactions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: AGAIN IP B.V.
    Inventors: Christiaan Mathias Hubertus Gerard Reutelingsperger, Norbert Van Der Nap
  • Publication number: 20150101734
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a flexible strip brush element is disclosed. A multiplicity of thermoplastic monofilaments respectively having first ends and second ends are arranged in substantially parallel fashion and at a prescribed density. Heat is applied to the first ends of the monofilaments so as to melt the first ends of the monofilaments. The monofilaments are transported toward an extrusion die comprising an outlet. Molten thermoplastic resin is extruded from an extrusion die outlet, wherein the outlet is shaped to produce a base having a top and a bottom. The first ends of the monofilaments are brought into physical contact with the top of the base as the base emerges from the extrusion die outlet. The monofilaments and the base are cooled so that the first ends of the monofilaments are fused to the top of the base and the second ends of the monofilaments are free.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: Roy Wirth, Marc Godin, Lawrence Nieder, Matthew Gorham, Donald James Marler
  • Patent number: 8986477
    Abstract: Device for embedding a thread in a rubber profiled element comprising: a continuous thread feeder arranged on a structure, a moving support able to run along the structure between a raised and a lowered position. A hollow needle, comprising a canal in which the thread runs is fixed by one of its ends to the base of the moving support in the duct, and a tip at its other end capable of penetrating the rubber profiled element, a cutter arranged on the structure, comprising a rotary blade able to cut off the thread at a given distance from the tip of the needle upon each cycle of reciprocating movement of the needle. The cutter comprises a paddle arranged behind the cutting wire of the blade and intended to fold the tail around the tip of the needle just after the thread has been cut by the blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignees: Michelin Recherche et Technique S.A., Compagnie Generale des Etablissments Michelin
    Inventor: Henri Hinc
  • Patent number: 8968502
    Abstract: A method for coating an artificial athletic turf made of a backing having a top face and a bottom face and having yarn tufted through the backing such that cut pile extends from the top face and backloops of yarn are closely adjacent the bottom face so that a porous coat is disposed over the backloops and bottom face in order to bind the yarn to the backing. Tiny droplets of coating material are sprayed onto the bottom face of the tufted backing at an inclination angle of less than 45 degrees to the plane of the backing and under conditions which cause sprayed droplets of material to bind the backloops to the backing, but not deposit along narrow areas of the backing between rows of backloops, thus, allowing the turf to remain porous.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Inventors: John H. Bearden, Randal A. Enterkin
  • Publication number: 20150017376
    Abstract: This invention relates to tufted floorcovering articles that are washable in commercial, industrial, and/or residential washing machines. In particular, this invention relates to modular carpet tiles that are constructed in such a way as to withstand exposure to at least one wash cycle in an automatic washing machine. The carpet tiles are designed to be soiled, washed, and re-used, thereby providing ideal end-use applications such as entryway floorcovering articles. A further advantage includes the ability to print advertising logos on the carpet tiles and easily change out the advertising logos as desired. Both features of the carpet tile of the present invention are achievable, at least in part, because the surface of the tile that contacts the floor does not require any type of adhesive in order to use the carpet tile for its intended function.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: Randall J. Smith, Benjamin A. Trogdon
  • Patent number: 8808485
    Abstract: The present invention is a method to make an environmentally friendly polyurethane molded article (100) comprising at least 20 percent renewable materials and molded articles made therefrom. Specifically, the method provides for molding a polyurethane coated sandwich structure (40) comprising a honey comb core (30) having fiber reinforcing layers (10, 20) to provide an environmentally friendly polyurethane molded article with a desired shape such as an automobile load floor. The polyurethane coating is derived from a polyurethane—forming mixture comprising an isocyanate component and a polyol component. Specifically, the polyol component comprises one or more natural oil based polyol, preferably comprising at least one of a hydroxymethylated fatty acid or a hydroxymethylated fatty acid (methyl) ester.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Dow Global Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Allan James, Daniele Paolini
  • Publication number: 20140216624
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to provide a pneumatic tire which can be easily manufactured and can reliably reduce cavity resonance sound.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2012
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Toshiyuki Watanabe, Yoshiyuki Waki, Taiga Ishihara
  • Publication number: 20140166179
    Abstract: A pneumatic tire with short fibers fixed to the inner surface of the tire with improved peel resistance, and a method of producing such a pneumatic tire. The pneumatic tire has a carcass toroidally extending from a tread portion along a pair of sidewall portions to a pair of bead portions, and bead fillers provided radially outwardly of bead cores embedded in the bead portions, including flocking areas in which many short fibers are fixed to at least part of an inner surface of the pneumatic tire with an adhesive. The flocking areas are positioned such that their tire radial direction inner ends are positioned inwardly in the tire radial direction as compared to the tire radial direction outer ends of the bead fillers and are spaced a given distance outward in the tire radial direction apart from bead toes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2013
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Toshiyuki WATANABE, Yoshiyuki WAKI, Taiga ISHIHARA, Hidetoshi YOKOTA, Seiji ISHIKAWA, Ietomo MATSUNAGA, Akio KUSANO, Hiroshi TAKADA, Akane MIYOSHI
  • Patent number: 8753459
    Abstract: Methods of making a sheet-form loop product are provided. One method includes placing a layer of staple fibers against a first side of a substrate comprising a nonwoven web; needling fibers of the layer through the substrate by penetrating the substrate with needles that drag portions of the fibers through the substrate, leaving exposed loops of the fibers extending from a second side of the substrate; and anchoring fibers forming the loops by fusing the fibers to each other and to filaments of the nonwoven web on the first side of the substrate, while substantially preventing fusion of the fibers on the second side of the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Velcro Industries B.V.
    Inventors: George A. Provost, James R. Barker
  • Publication number: 20140162018
    Abstract: Disclosed are carpet products made using a first copolymer precoat adhesive to secure carpet fibers to a carpet backing or substrates in combination with a second copolymer skipcoat adhesive for securing a carpet scrim or other layer to a carpet backing. The first copolymer is a copolymer of a vinyl ester and ethylene and a cross-linking comonomer, and the second copolymer is a copolymer of styrene and butadiene. Such emulsions are stabilized with surfactant emulsifiers but are preferably substantially free of protective colloid stabilizers. The first copolymer exhibits an elongation value greater than 125% at 110° C.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2013
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Applicant: Celanese Emulsions GmbH
    Inventors: David Lunsford, Rajeev Farwaha, Rebekah Stuart
  • Patent number: 8709574
    Abstract: A carpet backing composition that includes a frothable aqueous composition and a froth aid. The frothable aqueous composition includes a polymeric binder, and the froth aid includes a polypropylene glycol, a polypropylene glycol ether, or a combination thereof. The froth aid has a weight average molecular weight of 130 to 2000. The carpet backing composition can be used to prepare a carpet product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Dow Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Roger W. Bergman
  • Publication number: 20140087120
    Abstract: An aqueous carpet coating composition includes a particulate filler, a polymeric thickener and an aqueous dispersion of a copolymer that includes vinyl acetate units and ethylene units. The dispersion stabilization system includes a) 1.5 to 3 wt % of a combination of polyvinyl alcohols including a1) one or more partially hydrolyzed polyvinyl alcohols with a degree of hydrolysis of 85 to 95 mol % and a Hoeppler viscosity of 10-33 mPa·s, and a2) one or more highly hydrolyzed polyvinyl alcohols with a degree of hydrolysis of 98 to 100 mol % and a Hoeppler viscosity of 10-33 mPa·s; and b) 1.5 to 3 wt % of an emulsifier component consisting of one or more nonionic emulsifiers and one or more anionic emulsifiers. The dispersion has a viscosity of ?1500 mPa·s and the viscosity of the coating composition is 6000 to 7000 mPa·s.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2012
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Applicant: Wacker Chemical Corporation
    Inventors: Dennis Sagl, John McClurken, Ronald Joseph Pangrazi
  • Patent number: 8673097
    Abstract: Methods of forming a loop product are provided. Methods include needling polymeric fibers through a substrate to form hook-engageable loop structures of the fibers extending from one surface of the substrate and then using heat and pressure to soften and bond polymer of the fibers directly to the substrate and adjacent fibers, thereby anchoring the loop structures to resist fiber pullout under fastening loads. Loop products are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Velcro Industries B.V.
    Inventors: James R. Barker, George A. Provost
  • Patent number: 8647452
    Abstract: An artificial athletic turf includes a backing having a top face and a bottom face, yarn tufted through the backing such that cut pile extends from the top face and backloops of yarn are closely adjacent the bottom face and a discontinuous coat is disposed over the backloops and bottom face in order to bind the yarn to the backing. The coating material is sprayed onto the bottom face of the tufted backing at an inclination angle of less than 45 degrees to the plane of the backing and under conditions which cause sprayed material to bind the backloops to the backing, but not deposit along narrow areas of the backing between rows of backloops, thus, allowing the turf to remain porous in spots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Inventors: John H. Bearden, Randal A. Enterkin
  • Publication number: 20140030473
    Abstract: There is disclosed a floor covering comprising a primary backing having a fibrous face and an underside; and a microwave cured precoat layer on the underside of the primary backing. There is also disclosed herein a method of making a floor covering comprising: tufting or implanting a fibrous material or yarn into a primary backing; precoating the underside of the primary backing layer by applying a precoating composition followed by microwave curing the precoating. An apparatus for curing a precoated primary backing layer also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 5, 2012
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Applicant: Interface Aust. Pty Limited
    Inventor: Michael Lindsay Boyd
  • Publication number: 20140030472
    Abstract: There is disclosed herein a floor covering comprising a primary backing having a fibrous face and an underside; optionally a cured precoat layer on the underside of the primary backing; and a microwave cured thermoplastic backing layer fixed to the primary backing. There is also provided a method of making a floor covering comprising tufting or implanting a fibrous material or yarn into a primary backing; optionally precoating the underside of the primary backing layer by applying a precoating composition followed by curing the precoating; applying a thermoplastic backing layer to the optionally precoated primary backing layer; and microwave curing the thermoplastic backing layer. An apparatus for curing a thermoplastic backing layer of a carpet is also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 5, 2012
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Applicant: INTERFACE AUST PTY LIMITED
    Inventors: Michael Lindsay Boyd, William Lyall Davidson
  • Publication number: 20140017439
    Abstract: Provided are carpets comprising at least one propylene-based elastomer. The presence of the propylene-based elastomer provides the carpet with improved properties, including good tuft bind strength and tuft lock strength, and reliable construction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2013
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Inventors: Charles P. Siskovich, Ernest R. Anderson, Bruce R. Lundmark, Felix M. Zacarias, Willam G. Steve
  • Publication number: 20130323456
    Abstract: Disclosed is a tufted carpet for a vehicle. The tufted carpet for the vehicle is manufactured by implanting a spun yarn into a base fabric, wherein the spun yarn is formed from a material mixture of about 85 wt % to about 95 wt % polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and about 5 to about 15 wt % polytrimethylene terephthalate (PTT).
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2012
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Applicants: KIA MOTORS CORPORATION, HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Won Jin Seo, Jung Wook Lee, Dong Uk Lee, Bong Hyun Park, Kie Youn Jeong
  • Publication number: 20130302556
    Abstract: A carpet, such as a carpet tile, comprises a support material with yarns tufted therein. The support material comprises a first layer of a non-woven material, provided with a reinforcement, such as a second layer of a scrim adhered to the first layer. The yarns are thermally fused at one side of the tufted support material. One or more backing materials are applied to said one side of the tufted support material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2011
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Applicant: INTERFACE EUROPEAN MANUFACTURING B.V.
    Inventors: Petrus Govardus Johannes Vogel, Hendrik Jacobus Van De Bovenkamp
  • Publication number: 20130295313
    Abstract: A floor covering includes a wear layer having an uppermost surface and a lowermost surface, a fiber layer comprising a plurality of fibers, and a backing. The plurality of fibers have a first portion integrally joined to the lowermost surface of the wear layer, and a second portion projecting upwardly from the backing, such that the fiber layer extends between the wear layer and the backing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Applicant: Tandus Flooring, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul D. Evans, JR., Terrell Bradley Marler
  • Patent number: 8574700
    Abstract: A carpet according to the present invention includes: a first air-impermeable layer (surface layer), a sound absorbent layer provided on a reverse side of the first air-impermeable layer, and a second air-impermeable layer (backing material layer) provided on a reverse side of the sound absorbent layer. In the carpet, a pile yarn is implanted through the first air-impermeable layer and the sound absorbent layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Toyota Boshoku Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Atsuhiro Hattori
  • Publication number: 20130276953
    Abstract: This invention relates to a process for the manufacture of an inner flock coating for vehicles with an indicative and/or decorative motif, which inner flock coating is made up of a support, an adhesive layer and a flock layer made up of a set of fibres adhered to the support via the adhesive layer, wherein said motif is located on a visible surface of said inner coating and wherein said motif is performed by the combination of at least two visibly different areas of the coating, a first area and a second area on which a laser beam is applied.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2013
    Publication date: October 24, 2013
    Inventors: Alejandro Jorro de Inza, Adelaida Antolin Fernandez, German Sanchis Gramage
  • Patent number: 8557072
    Abstract: The present invention relates to provide a method for making square rugs from recycled materials. Firstly, make one piece of surface material: Melt the woven layer of the surface material at a proper temperature. Then, apply a proper pressure to press the surface material till each fluff of the surface material is firmly secured to the woven layer. After that, make one piece of base material and one piece of middle material made of the resilient foam material reclaimed from abandoned waste. Apply a proper pressure to press the base material, the middle material and the surface material till they are stuck on each other. Heat the stuck surface material, the middle material and the base material. The middle material will foam after heating, and produce a force to stick itself on the surface material and the base material. Thus, a square rug is finished.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Shiun Jiug Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Semi Kao
  • Publication number: 20130240117
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a textile product includes the steps of providing an intermediate product formed by a backing having a front surface and a back surface, and yarns applied into the backing, the yarns extending from the front surface of the backing material, feeding the intermediate product along a body having a heated surface, the back surface being pressed against the heated surface, to at least partly melt the yarns present in the intermediate product to form the textile product, wherein the part of the back surface that is pressed against the heated surface has a relative speed with respect to the heated surface, and a device enabling applications of this method and to a floor covering incorporating such a textile product connected to a dimensionally stable carrier sheet using thermo reversible covalent interactions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2011
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Applicant: NIAGA BV
    Inventors: Christiaan Mathias Hubertus Gerard Reutelingsperger, Norbert Van Der Nap
  • Publication number: 20130236683
    Abstract: There is disclosed herein various floor coverings and methods for making the same. In one embodiment, there is disclosed a floor covering including a primary backing layer having a fibrous face and an underside, wherein the fibrous face is formed from a bulked continuous filament yam comprising a plurality of continuous filaments formed from a biobased polyhexamethylene sebacamide polymer or a blend of a biobased polyhexamethylene sebacamide polymer together with up to 80 wt % of at least one other polymer compatible with the biobased polyhexamethylene sebacamide polymer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2012
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Applicant: INTERFACE AUST PTY. LTD.
    Inventors: Zulfiqar A. Khan, Michael L. Boyd
  • Patent number: 8512844
    Abstract: A tufted nonwoven with improved stitch holding, a bonded nonwoven and methods for their manufacture are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Bonar B.V.
    Inventors: Jan Dijkema, Edze Jan Visscher
  • Publication number: 20130209726
    Abstract: Disclosed are carpet products comprising at least one substrate and at least one adhesive layer associated with the at least one substrate, the adhesive layer being formed from a latex coating composition comprising (a) a first copolymer of at least a vinyl ester of an alkanoic acid having from 1 to 13 carbon atoms and ethylene; and (b) a second copolymer of at least styrene and butadiene, wherein the first and second copolymers are colloidally dispersed in an aqueous medium comprising a surfactant. The carpet products are particularly durable exhibiting high tuft bind values.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2013
    Publication date: August 15, 2013
    Applicant: CELANESE INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION
    Inventor: CELANESE INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION
  • Publication number: 20130196363
    Abstract: Swabs, and materials of the present disclosure, and methods of making same, include randomly arranged sea-island bicomponent fibers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Publication date: August 1, 2013
    Inventors: Terry Young, Timothy Templet, Paul Dube, Todd Dixon, Armand F. Lewis, Yong K. Kim
  • Patent number: 8496769
    Abstract: The present invention pertains to carpet and method of making it. In one aspect, the carpet includes (a) a primary backing which has a face and a back surface, (b) a plurality of fibers attached to the primary backing and extending from the face of the primary backing and exposed at the back surface of the primary backing, (c) an adhesive backing, (d) an optional secondary backing adjacent to the adhesive backing, and (e) at least one homogeneously branched linear ethylene polymer. The method includes extrusion coating at least one homogeneously branched linear ethylene polymer onto the back surface of a primary backing to provide an adhesive backing. The method can include additional steps or procedures, either separately or in various combinations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: Columbia Insurance Company
    Inventors: Julie Brumbelow, Von Moody, Wesley W. Mullinax, John O. Bieser, James D. Goins, David C. Kelley, Lichih R. Peng, Robert R. Turley
  • Publication number: 20130115408
    Abstract: A process for forming a flocked article is provided that includes the steps of: (a) cutting a pre-formed or solid adhesive film into a desired shape; (b) removing a first portion of the cut pre-formed adhesive film from a second portion of the cut pre-formed adhesive film; and (c) heating and applying pressure to the cut pre-formed adhesive film to adhere the film to flock to form a flocked article.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2012
    Publication date: May 9, 2013
    Applicant: HIGH VOLTAGE GRAPHICS, INC.
    Inventor: Louis Brown Abrams
  • Publication number: 20130098531
    Abstract: A method of making a fiber for use in association with an artificial turf system, as well as an artificial turf system having such a fiber. The fiber is made by extruding a fiber, fibrillating the fiber, and storing the fiber, wherein the fiber is not cut longitudinally between the step of extruding the fiber and storing the fiber. After being extruded the fiber may be folded and wrapped with a wrapping yarn.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2012
    Publication date: April 25, 2013
    Applicant: TARKETT, INC.
    Inventor: Tarkett, Inc.