Non-uniform, Irregular Or Configured Web Or Sheet Patents (Class 162/109)
  • Patent number: 10794005
    Abstract: A paper including one or more multi-tonal watermarks having full tonality (depth), and an improved watermarking tool for manufacturing such paper, is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Crane & Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas G. Pearson, Giles D. Prett
  • Patent number: 10745865
    Abstract: Creped fibrous structures having pillows and knuckles, wherein the creped fibrous structures exhibit improved knuckle properties, such as Knuckle Roughness Ra, Knuckle Roughness Rq, and Knuckle Creping Frequency and methods for making same are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Fei Wang, Douglas Jay Barkey, James Allen Cain, Stephen John DelVecchio, Angela Marie Leimbach, Kun Piao, James Kenneth Comer, Ryan Dominic Maladen, Atiya Jordan-Brown, David Warren Loebker
  • Patent number: 10745864
    Abstract: Fibrous structures having pillows and knuckles, wherein the fibrous structures contain two or more pillows that exhibit differential pillow height and methods for making same are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Fei Wang, Douglas Jay Barkey, James Allen Cain, Stephen John DelVecchio, Angela Marie Leimbach, Kun Piao, James Kenneth Comer, Ryan Dominic Maladen, Thomas Alan Wilker
  • Patent number: 10731301
    Abstract: An absorbent sheet made by a process that includes the steps of forming a nascent web from an aqueous papermaking furnish, and creping the nascent web on a multilayer belt that includes (i) a first layer made from a polymeric material having a plurality of openings, and (ii) a second layer attached to the first layer, with the nascent web being deposited onto a surface of the first layer. The absorbent sheet includes a plurality of hollow domed regions projecting from a side of the absorbent sheet, with each of the hollow domed regions being shaped such that a distance from at least one first point on an edge of a hollow domed region to a second point on an edge at an opposite side of the hollow domed region is at least about 0.5 mm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: GPCP IP Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Daniel H. Sze, Hung Liang Chou, Xiaolin Fan
  • Patent number: 10702894
    Abstract: An apparatus and process for cleaning seals of soluble unit dose pouches containing granular composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Miguel Brandt Sanz, Luis Martin De Juan
  • Patent number: 10704202
    Abstract: Sanitary tissue products employing fibrous structures that exhibit a novel combination of compressibility properties, plate stiffness properties, and slip stick coefficient of friction properties, and methods for making same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: The Proctor & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Ward William Ostendorf, Guillermo Matias Vidal, Jeffrey Glen Sheehan, David Warren Loebker, Ryan Dominic Maladen, John Allen Manifold, Khosrow Parviz Mohammadi
  • Patent number: 10697124
    Abstract: Sanitary tissue products employing fibrous structures that exhibit novel compressibility properties alone and in combination with plate stiffness properties and methods for making same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Ward William Ostendorf, Guillermo Matias Vidal, Jeffrey Glen Sheehan, David Warren Loebker, Ryan Dominic Maladen, John Allen Manifold
  • Patent number: 10697125
    Abstract: Sanitary tissue products employing fibrous structures that exhibit novel compressibility properties alone and in combination with plate stiffness properties and methods for making same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Ward William Ostendorf, Guillermo Matias Vidal, Jeffrey Glen Sheehan, David Warren Loebker, Ryan Dominic Maladen, John Allen Manifold
  • Patent number: 10697126
    Abstract: Sanitary tissue products employing fibrous structures that exhibit novel compressibility properties alone and in combination with plate stiffness properties and methods for making same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Ward William Ostendorf, Guillermo Matias Vidal, Jeffrey Glen Sheehan, David Warren Loebker, Ryan Dominic Maladen, John Allen Manifold
  • Patent number: 10647088
    Abstract: Articles, such as sanitary tissue products, including fibrous structures, and more particularly articles including fibrous structures having a plurality of fibrous elements wherein the article exhibits differential cellulose content throughout the thickness of the article and methods for making same are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Christopher Michael Young, Michael Gomer Stelljes, Michael Donald Suer, Timothy James Klawitter, James Roy Denbow, Steven Lee Barnholtz, Jeffrey Glen Sheehan, Paul Dennis Trokhan
  • Patent number: 10648134
    Abstract: Fibrous structures that exhibit a Geometric Mean Elongation of greater than 14.85% as measured according to the Elongation Test Method are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: John Allen Manifold, Charles Chidozie Ekenga, Douglas Jay Barkey, Kathleen Diane Sands, Thorsten Knobloch, Robert Lenord Powers, Christopher Gerald Donner
  • Patent number: 10577750
    Abstract: Embossed multi-ply fibrous structures that exhibit a Geometric Mean Elongation of greater than 15.8% as measured according to the Elongation Test Method are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: John Allen Manifold, Charles Chidozie Ekenga, Douglas Jay Barkey, Kathleen Diane Sands, Thorsten Knobloch
  • Patent number: 10570568
    Abstract: An all-purpose type tissue paper. A two-ply tissue paper that does not have moisturizer applied thereon, that has a basis weight per ply of 10.0-16.0 g/m2, a paper thickness per two-ply of 120-200 ?m, a softness of not more than 1.0, a dry tensile strength (T) in the MD direction of 240-300 cN/25 mm, and an average dynamic friction coefficient of 1.40-1.65.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignees: DAIO PAPER CORPPORATION, TOHOKU UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Shuta Yasui, Norimitsu Hirata, Hidenori Yorozu, Kazuo Hokkirigawa, Takeshi Yamaguchi, Kei Shibata, Wataru Tanabe, Shohei Matsumura
  • Patent number: 10519606
    Abstract: A process for foam forming tissue or paper webs is disclosed. A foamed suspension of fibers is deposited onto a forming fabric and contacted with a gas flow prior to drying the web. For instance, the web can contact the gas flow prior to dewatering the web. The gas flow can have a volumetric flow rate and/or a velocity sufficient to rearrange the fibers within the web. In one embodiment, for instance, the gas flow can increase the caliper of the web, the stretch properties of the web, and/or the absorbency characteristics of the web. In one embodiment, the gas flow can be pulsed for producing a web with a distinctive pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Wordlwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Marvin E. Swails, Joseph K. Baker, Mary F. Mallory, Cleary E. Mahaffey
  • Patent number: 10487454
    Abstract: The present invention provides tissue webs and products that are manufactured by non-compressive dewatering and/or drying methods, such as through-air drying, where the webs and products comprise cross-linked fiber. The non-compressively dewatered tissue webs and products have improved sheet bulk and z-direction properties. For example, in one embodiment, the invention provides through-air dried tissue products having good sheet bulk and resiliency, such as a sheet bulk greater than about 12 cc/g and Compression Energy (E) greater than about 1.30 N/m. Surprisingly the foregoing products have sufficient strength to withstand use, such as a GMT greater than about 1,200 g/3?, but are not overly stiff, generally having a Stiffness Index less than about 10.0.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE, INC.
    Inventors: Stephen Michael Lindsay, Michael Andrew Zawadzki, Cathleen Mae Uttecht, Mike Thomas Goulet, Kenneth John Zwick, Christopher Lee Satori, Donald Eugene Waldroup
  • Patent number: 10435845
    Abstract: Fibrous structures that exhibit a Geometric Mean Elongation of greater than 14.85% as measured according to the Elongation Test Method are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: John Allen Manifold, Charles Chidozie Ekenga, Douglas Jay Barkey, Kathleen Diane Sands, Thorsten Knobloch, Robert Lenord Powers, Christopher Gerald Donner
  • Patent number: 10385515
    Abstract: Articles, such as sanitary tissue products, including fibrous structures, and more particularly articles including fibrous structures having a plurality of fibrous elements wherein the article exhibits differential cellulose content throughout the thickness of the article and methods for making same are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Christopher Michael Young, Michael Gomer Stelljes, Michael Donald Suer, Timothy James Klawitter, Steven Lee Barnholtz, Jeffrey Glen Sheehan, Paul Dennis Trokhan
  • Patent number: 10323358
    Abstract: Fibrous structures that exhibit a Tensile Ratio of less than 1.75 and/or less than 1.49 as measured according to the Tensile Strength Test Method described herein and a Geometric Mean Modulus (GM Modulus) of less than 1402.4 g/cm at 15 g/cm and/or a Machine Direction Modulus (MD Modulus) of less than 1253.4 g/cm at 15 g/cm and/or a Cross Machine Direction Modulus (CD Modulus) of less than 1569.2 g/cm at 15 g/cm, are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: John Allen Manifold, Joshua Thomas Fun, Jeremy Howard Nugent, Ashley Lynn Kuntz, Katie Christine Fleming Glass, Kathryn Christian Kien, Kevin Mitchell
  • Patent number: 10246828
    Abstract: Sanitary tissue products employing fibrous structures that exhibit a novel combination of compressibility properties, plate stiffness properties, and slip stick coefficient of friction properties, and methods for making same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Ward William Ostendorf, Guillermo Matias Vidal, Jeffrey Glen Sheehan, David Warren Loebker, Ryan Dominic Maladen, John Allen Manifold, Khosrow Parviz Mohammadi
  • Patent number: 10240296
    Abstract: Sanitary tissue products employing fibrous structures that exhibit novel combination of average TS7 values and slip stick coefficient of friction and/or compressibility properties and methods for making same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: William Ellis Bailey, Khosrow Parviz Mohammadi, John Allen Manifold, Ward William Ostendorf
  • Patent number: 10173859
    Abstract: A recording-medium binding device includes first and second tooth groups. The first tooth group includes first and second tooth rows. The second tooth group includes third and fourth tooth rows. The third tooth row to be engaged with the first tooth row forms, together with the first tooth row, a first tooth row pair. The fourth tooth row to be engaged with the second tooth row forms, together with the second tooth row, a second tooth row pair. A second engaging height in the second tooth row pair is smaller than a first engaging height in the first tooth row pair. A second effective tooth top width in the second tooth row pair is larger than a first effective tooth top width in the first tooth row pair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takuya Makita, Hiroaki Awano, Yoshinori Nakano, Kojiro Tsutsumi, Katsumi Harada, Toshiyasu Yukawa, Junichi Hirota, Yasuhiro Kusumoto, Hiroshi Hagiwara, Emiko Shiraishi
  • Patent number: 10060077
    Abstract: Sanitary tissue products employing fibrous structures that exhibit a novel combination of compressibility properties, plate stiffness properties, and slip stick coefficient of friction properties, and methods for making same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Ward William Ostendorf, Guillermo Matias Vidal, Jeffrey Glen Sheehan, David Warren Loebker, Ryan Dominic Maladen, John Allen Manifold, Khosrow Parviz Mohammadi
  • Patent number: 9988763
    Abstract: A method to prepare, pulp, and bleach cannabis bast and hurd fibers to allow for the fiber to be incorporated into absorbent cellulosic structures on a wet-laid paper machine while keeping the pectin within the fibers. The wet laid paper machine can use the ATMOS, NTT, ETAD, TAD, or UCTAD method to produce the absorbent cellulosic structure. Absorbent cellulosic structures are produced with the cannabis bast and hurd fibers or with the bast fibers alone with the hurd fibers being combined with paper mill sludge or dust to form a fuel pellet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: FIRST QUALITY TISSUE, LLC
    Inventors: Karthik Ramaratnam, James E. Sealey, II, Byrd Tyler Miller, IV, Taras Z. Andrukh, Randy H. Elgin
  • Patent number: 9976261
    Abstract: A unitary deflection member. The unitary deflection member can have a fluid pervious reinforcing member and a patterned framework. The patterned framework can have a plurality of regularly spaced protuberances extending from the reinforcing member. At least two of said protuberances can be similar in size and shape, and each protuberance can have a transition portion having a transition portion width and a forming portion having a forming portion width. The transition portion width can be less than the forming portion width.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: John Allen Manifold, John Leslie Brent, Jr., James Michael Singer
  • Patent number: 9963831
    Abstract: Soft absorbent sheets, structuring fabrics for producing soft absorbent sheets, and methods of making soft absorbent sheets. The soft absorbent sheets have a plurality of domed regions or projected regions extending from a surface of the sheets, and connecting regions form a network between domed regions. The domed and projected regions include indented bars that extend across the domed and projected regions in a substantially cross machine direction of the absorbent sheets. The absorbent sheets can be formed by structuring fabrics that have long warp yarn knuckles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: GPCP IP Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Hue Ming Sze, Xiaolin Fan, Hung-Liang Chou, Taiye Philips Oriaran, Farminder Singh Anand, Dean Joseph Baumgartner, Joseph Henry Miller
  • Patent number: 9941429
    Abstract: According to the present invention there is provided a photovoltaic element, comprising a photovoltaic laminate; a structural substrate; wherein the photovoltaic element further comprises a plurality of hairs which are arranged to improve adhesion between said photovoltaic laminate and said structural substrate. There is also provided an intermediate product which is used in the manufacture of such a photovoltaic element and a method of manufacturing such a photovoltaic element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: VHF TECHNOLOGIES SA
    Inventors: Federico Galliano, Paul Velut, Guillaume Cuvillier, Julien Verrey, Yves Leterrier, Jan-Anders Manson, Alexandre Closset, Diego Fischer
  • Patent number: 9926667
    Abstract: A seamless unitary deflection member. The seamless unitary deflection member can have a backside defining an X-Y plane and a thickness in a Z-direction. The seamless unitary deflection member can also have a reinforcing member and a plurality of protuberances positioned on the reinforcing member. Each protuberance can have a three-dimensional shape such that any cross-sectional area of the protuberance parallel to the X-Y plane can have an equal or lesser area than any cross-sectional area of the protuberance being a greater distance from the X-Y plane in the Z-direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: John Allen Manifold, John Leslie Brent, Jr., James Michael Singer
  • Patent number: 9896806
    Abstract: Sanitary tissue products employing fibrous structures that exhibit a novel combination of compressibility properties, plate stiffness properties, and slip stick coefficient of friction properties, and methods for making same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Ward William Ostendorf, Guillermo Matias Vidal, Jeffrey Glen Sheehan, David Warren Loebker, Ryan Dominic Maladen, John Allen Manifold, Khosrow Parviz Mohammadi
  • Patent number: 9896804
    Abstract: The invention provides a multi-ply tissue product having different surface characteristics on each side of the product. The multi-ply tissue product may be formed from two or more plies where one surface is formed by a substantially smooth creped ply and the other surface is formed by a textured through-air dried ply. In this manner the tissue product may be used for both personal care, which requires a soft and smooth surface, and general household wiping, which requires a rough, durable surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Mike Thomas Goulet, Elizabeth Oriel Bradley, Geoffrey Fenn Carlow
  • Patent number: 9701101
    Abstract: Embossed multi-ply fibrous structures and methods for making such embossed multi-ply fibrous structures are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Kevin Benson McNeil, Patrick John Buschur, Andre Mellin, Thomas Timothy Byrne, Mark Stephen Conroy
  • Patent number: 9670620
    Abstract: Sanitary tissue products employing fibrous structures that exhibit novel compressibility properties alone and in combination with plate stiffness properties and methods for making same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Ward William Ostendorf, Guillermo Matias Vidal, Jeffrey Glen Sheehan, David Warren Loebker, Ryan Dominic Maladen, John Allen Manifold
  • Patent number: 9661974
    Abstract: A dispersible, nonwoven multistrata wipe material is provided that is stable in a wetting liquid and flushable in use. More particularly, multilayered structures including, but not limited to, two, three, or four layers are provided to form the dispersible nonwoven wipe material. The layers contain combinations of cellulosic and noncellulosic fibers, and optionally a binder or additive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Georgia-Pacific Nonwovens LLC
    Inventors: John P. Baker, Maria Curran, Jeffrey S. Hurley, Ronald T. Moose, Jacek K. Dutkiewicz, Manuel V. Murcia, Thomas Hess
  • Patent number: 9663900
    Abstract: A multi-ply tissue paper product includes at least two plies made of tissue paper base-sheet with at least one outer ply being a structured outer ply produced by a structuring manufacturing method. The structured outer ply includes a microstructure pattern on substantially at least 80% of the structured outer ply surface. The microstructure pattern is applied by micro-embossing during a converting operation. The structured outer ply is chosen from a through air dried ply produced by a through air drying (TAD) manufacturing method; a dried ply produced by an advanced tissue molding system (ATMOS), or a dried ply produced by a structured tissue technology (SST) manufacturing method. The microstructure pattern includes a first series of protuberances having a density ranging from approximately 30 to 100 protuberances/cm2. The softness property of the structured outer ply is adjusted during a micro-embossing step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: SCA TISSUE FRANCE
    Inventors: Sébastien Jeannot, Emmanuelle Kientz, Marie Bertin-Château
  • Patent number: 9636885
    Abstract: The embossing device for embossing packaging material comprises a set of embossing rollers with male die and female die rollers co-operating with one another, the surface of which is provided with texture elements, wherein the texture elements (M6R6) on the surface of the female die roller (M6), which are assigned to the texture elements (P6E6) on the surface of the male die roller (P6) are not inversely congruent by an amount of above 15 ?m in axial and radial direction and the texture elements of the male die and female roller associated with one another comprise facets (F) for the purpose of local pressure elevation. A facet (F) comprises faces (FN), which with respect to the imaginary, continuous surface of the texture is inclined. With such facetted rollers, a very large variety of films can be embossed in an aesthetically appealing manner, wherein the films can be mainly employed in the tobacco and foodstuff industry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Boegli-Gravures S.A.
    Inventors: Charles Boegli, Werner Steffen, Alain Droz
  • Patent number: 9631323
    Abstract: Fibrous structures and/or sanitary tissue products comprising fibrous structure, and more particularly to fibrous structures comprising pulp fibers, wherein the fibrous structures exhibit unique elongation (stretch) and total foreshortening properties, and methods for making such fibrous structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Ryan Dominic Maladen, John Allen Manifold, Ward William Ostendorf, Jeffrey Glen Sheehan, Douglas Jay Barkey
  • Patent number: 9593452
    Abstract: Fibrous structures that exhibit a Tensile Ratio of less than 1.75 and/or less than 1.49 as measured according to the Tensile Strength Test Method described herein and a Geometric Mean Modulus (GM Modulus) of less than 1402.4 g/cm at 15 g/cm and/or a Machine Direction Modulus (MD Modulus) of less than 1253.4 g/cm at 15 g/cm and/or a Cross Machine Direction Modulus (CD Modulus) of less than 1569.2 g/cm at 15 g/cm, are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: John Allen Manifold, Joshua Thomas Fung, Jeremy Howard Nugent, Ashley Lynn Kuntz, Katie Kristine Fleming Glass, Kathryn Christian Kien, Kevin Mitchell
  • Patent number: 9580870
    Abstract: The present invention provides tissue products having a high degree of stretch and low modulus at relatively high tensile strengths, such as geometric mean tensile strengths greater than about 1500 g/3? and more preferably greater than about 2000 g/3?. The combination of a tough, yet relatively supple sheet is preferably achieved by subjecting the embryonic web to a speed differential as it is passed from one fabric in the papermaking process to another, commonly referred to as rush transfer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Alan Hermans, Angela Ann Johnston, Gretchen Sarah Koch, Maurizio Tirimacco, Erin Ann McCormick, Mark William Sachs, Jeffrey Dean Holz
  • Patent number: 9516977
    Abstract: A fibrous structure having a basis weight ranging from between about 15 g/m2 and about 120 g/m2 and at least one embossed ply having a surface thereof is disclosed. The surface has a surface area comprising from about 10.0 percent to about 20.0 percent line embossments. Also, a fibrous structure having at least two plies is disclosed. One of the two plies has a basis weight ranging from between about 15 g/m2 and about 120 g/m2 and at least one embossed ply having a surface thereof. The surface has a surface area comprising from about 10.0 percent to about 20.0 percent line embossments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: André Mellin, Kevin Benson McNeil, Thomas Timothy Byrne, Jason Merrill Jones
  • Patent number: 9516978
    Abstract: A fibrous structure having a density (measured at 95 g/in2) of less than about 0.60 g/cm3 and at least one embossed ply having a surface thereof is disclosed. The surface has a surface area comprising from about 10.0 percent to about 20.0 percent line embossments. Also, a fibrous structure having at least two plies is disclosed. One of the two plies has a density (measured at 95 g/in2) of less than about 0.60 g/cm3 and at least one embossed ply having a surface thereof. The surface has a surface area comprising from about 10.0 percent to about 20.0 percent line embossments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: André Mellin, Kevin Benson McNeil, Thomas Timothy Byrne, Jason Merrill Jones
  • Patent number: 9510722
    Abstract: A method of cleaning residue from a surface includes providing a disposable cellulosic wiper including a percentage by weight of pulp-derived papermaking fibers, and a percentage by weight of regenerated independent cellulosic microfibers having a number average diameter of less than about 2 microns and a characteristic Canadian Standard Freeness (CSF) value of less than 175 ml. The microfibers are selected and present in amounts such that the wiper exhibits a relative wicking ratio of at least 1.5. The wiper is applied, with a predetermined amount of pressure, to a residue-bearing surface. The surface is wiped with the applied wiper, while applying the predetermined amount of pressure, to remove residue from the surface, such that the surface has less than 1 g/m2 of residue after being wiped under the predetermined amount of pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products LP
    Inventors: Daniel W. Sumnicht, Joseph H. Miller
  • Patent number: 9512572
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides high bulk tissue products, as well as an apparatus and methods for manufacturing the same. The tissue products provided herein not only have high bulk, but they also have improved surface smoothness, particularly compared to tissue products of similar basis weights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE, INC.
    Inventors: Ryan Andrew Weaver, Jeffrey Dean Holz, Mark Alan Burazin, Lynda Ellen Collins
  • Patent number: 9492049
    Abstract: A method of cleaning residue from a surface includes providing a disposable cellulosic wiper including a percentage by weight of pulp-derived papermaking fibers, and a percentage by weight of regenerated independent cellulosic microfibers having a number average diameter of less than about 2 microns and a characteristic Canadian Standard Freeness (CSF) value of less than 175 ml. The microfibers are selected and present in amounts such that the wiper exhibits an average effective pore radius of less than 50 microns. The wiper is applied, with a predetermined amount of pressure, to a residue-bearing surface. The surface is wiped with the applied wiper, while applying the predetermined amount of pressure, to remove residue from the surface, such that the surface has less than 1 g/m2 of residue after being wiped under the predetermined amount of pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products LP
    Inventors: Daniel W. Sumnicht, Joseph H. Miller
  • Patent number: 9463605
    Abstract: Fibrous structures that exhibit a Geometric Mean Elongation of greater than 15.8% as measured according to the Elongation Test Method are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: John Allen Manifold, Charles Chidozie Ekenga, Douglas Jay Barkey, Kathleen Diane Sands, Thorsten Knobloch, Robert Lenord Powers, Christopher Gerald Donner
  • Patent number: 9447546
    Abstract: The invention provides a multi-ply tissue product having different surface characteristics on each side of the product. The multi-ply tissue product may be formed from two or more plies where one surface is formed by a substantially smooth creped ply and the other surface is formed by a textured through-air dried ply. In this manner the tissue product may be used for both personal care, which requires a soft and smooth surface, and general household wiping, which requires a rough, durable surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Mike Thomas Goulet, Elizabeth Oriel Bradley, Geoffrey Fenn Carlow
  • Patent number: 9410290
    Abstract: The present invention provides tissue products having a high degree of stretch and low modulus at relatively high tensile strengths, such as geometric mean tensile strengths greater than about 1500 g/3? and more preferably greater than about 2000 g/3?. The combination of a tough, yet relatively supple sheet is preferably achieved by subjecting the embryonic web to a speed differential as it is passed from one fabric in the papermaking process to another, commonly referred to as rush transfer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE, INC.
    Inventors: Michael Alan Hermans, Angela Ann Johnston, Gretchen Sarah Koch, Maurizio Tirimacco, Erin Ann McCormick, Mark William Sachs, Jeffrey Dean Holz
  • Patent number: 9404222
    Abstract: Sanitary tissue products employing fibrous structures that exhibit novel combination of slip stick coefficient of friction and compressibility properties and methods for making same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Ward William Ostendorf, Guillermo Matias Vidal, Jeffrey Glen Sheehan, David Warren Loebker, Ryan Dominic Maladen, John Allen Manifold, Khosrow Parviz Mohammadi
  • Patent number: 9404224
    Abstract: Paper products, such as hand towels, have high absorbency, high caliper, and good perceived softness. The paper products are made using a structuring fabric that has a high adjusted planar volumetric index, which indicates a relation between the contact area ratio of a papermaking web contacting surface of the structuring fabric and the volume of pockets of the fabric, with the contact area ratio and the volume of pockets being calculated on the basis of a non-rectangular, parallelogram unit cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products LP
    Inventors: Hung Liang Chou, Daniel H. Sze, Xiaolin Fan
  • Patent number: 9388534
    Abstract: A method of making a belt-creped absorbent cellulosic sheet. A papermaking furnish is compactively dewatered to form a dewatered web. The dewatered web is applied to a translating transfer surface. The web is belt-creped from the transfer surface utilizing a polymeric creping belt having perforations. The web is creped from the transfer surface and redistributed on the creping belt to form a web including a plurality of fiber-enriched hollow domed regions protruding from an upper surface of the web, the hollow domed regions having sidewalls being formed along at least a leading edge of the web. Connecting regions form a network interconnecting the hollow domed regions. Transition areas include fibers that transition from the connecting regions into the hollow domed regions, by extending upwardly from the connecting regions into the sidewalls of the domed regions. The web is dried to produce the sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products LP
    Inventors: Guy H. Super, Paul J. Ruthven, Stephen J. McCullough, Daniel H. Sze, Greg A. Wendt, Joseph H. Miller
  • Patent number: 9345374
    Abstract: A method of cleaning residue from a surface includes providing a disposable cellulosic wiper including a percentage by weight of pulp-derived papermaking fibers, and a percentage by weight of regenerated independent cellulosic microfibers having a number average diameter of less than about 2 microns and a characteristic Canadian Standard Freeness (CSF) value of less than 175 ml. The microfibers are selected and present in amounts such that the wiper exhibits a Relative Bendtsen Smoothness at 1 kg of pressure of at least 1.5 as compared with a like wiper prepared without microfibers. The wiper is applied, with a predetermined amount of pressure, to a residue-bearing surface. The surface is wiped with the applied wiper, while applying the predetermined amount of pressure, to remove residue from the surface, such that the surface has less than 1 g/m2 of residue after being wiped under the predetermined amount of pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products LP
    Inventors: Daniel W. Sumnicht, Joseph H. Miller
  • Patent number: 9345375
    Abstract: A method of cleaning residue from a surface includes providing a disposable cellulosic wiper including a percentage by weight of pulp-derived papermaking fibers, and a percentage by weight of regenerated independent cellulosic microfibers having a number average diameter of less than about 2 microns and a characteristic Canadian Standard Freeness (CSF) value of less than 175 ml. The microfibers are selected and present in amounts such that the wiper exhibits a relative water residue removal efficiency of at least 150% as compared with a like sheet without regenerated independent cellulosic microfibers. The wiper is applied, with a predetermined amount of pressure, to a residue-bearing surface. The surface is wiped with the applied wiper, while applying the predetermined amount of pressure, to remove residue from the surface, such that the surface has less than 1 g/m2 of residue after being wiped under the predetermined amount of pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products LP
    Inventors: Daniel W. Sumnicht, Joseph H. Miller