By Configured Forming Mold Patents (Class 162/116)
  • Patent number: 10704203
    Abstract: A cellulosic sheet includes a single ply providing a first surface of the cellulosic sheet on one side and a second surface of the cellulosic sheet on a second side. The single ply has a caliper of at least about 130 mils/8 sheets, a basis weight of less than about 16 lbs/ream, and a dry machine direction/cross machine direction (MD/CD) tensile ratio of less than about 1.0.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: GPCP IP Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Hung Liang Chou, Daniel H. Sze, Xiaolin Fan
  • Patent number: 10610063
    Abstract: The present invention provides tissue webs and products having improved z-directional properties. The improved z-directional properties may be achieved by providing the structure with a unique three-dimensional surface topography, which increases the structure's Exponential Compression Modulus (K) and Caliper Under Load (C0). By improving both K and C0, the present inventors have also been able to provide tissue structures with relatively high Compression Energy (E), which enables the structures to be calendered at high loads without significant loss of sheet bulk or degradation of strength.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE, INC.
    Inventors: Kevin Joseph Vogt, Mark Alan Burazin, Jeffrey Dean Holz, Mark William Sachs, Priya Pari Bhagat
  • Patent number: 10538053
    Abstract: The present invention provides tissue webs and products having improved z-directional properties. The improved z-directional properties may be achieved by providing the structure with a unique three-dimensional surface topography, which increases the structure's Exponential Compression Modulus (K) and Caliper Under Load (C0). By improving both K and C0, the present inventors have also been able to provide tissue structures with relatively high Compression Energy (E), which enables the structures to be calendered at high loads without significant loss of sheet bulk or degradation of strength.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE, INC.
    Inventors: Kevin Joseph Vogt, Mark Alan Burazin, Jeffrey Dean Holz, Mark William Sachs, Priya Pari Bhagat
  • Patent number: 10422084
    Abstract: A toilet cleaning sheet 100 includes a multi-ply base paper sheet that is substantially water-dispersible. The multi-ply base paper sheet contains pulp and a water-soluble binder and is impregnated with an aqueous chemical agent. The basis weight of the multi-ply base paper sheet is 30 gsm to 150 gsm, and the content of the water-soluble binder increases towards a front surface and/or a back surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: DAIO PAPER CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shinpei Mukoyama, Shinya Izumi, Asako Tanaka, Atsuko Hasezawa
  • Patent number: 10406776
    Abstract: A thermoplastic bonded preform and method of manufacturing the preform are disclosed. The preform comprises a primary fiber comprising little or no sizing; a mechanical fiber; and a thermoplastic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Carbon Conversions, LLC
    Inventors: Mark Janney, Mark Mauhar
  • Patent number: 9988766
    Abstract: A process of determining features of a fabric. A representation of a portion of a surface of the fabric is formed showing locations and sizes of knuckles and pockets in the fabric surface. The representation is a print or a photograph of the fabric surface. An image is generated based on the representation. At least a portion of the image is displayed on a computer screen. The sizes and locations of the knuckles or pockets is determined. A unit cell is drawn for the portion of the fabric surface in the image. The unit cell is defined by guidelines that (i) pass through the centers of the knuckles and (ii) form shapes that surround areas of the image that correspond to where the pockets are formed between the knuckles. A fabric planar volumetric index is calculated based on properties of the unit cell formed by the guidelines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: GPCP IP Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Hung Liang Chou, Daniel H. Sze, Xiaolin Fan
  • Patent number: 9920480
    Abstract: A process of forming a papermaking fabric. A value of at least one characteristic of a first papermaking fabric is determined. The at least one characteristic is related to one of (i) knuckles in the first papermaking fabric, (ii) pockets in the first papermaking fabric, and (iii) both knuckles and pockets in the first papermaking fabric. A second papermaking fabric is formed. The second papermaking fabric is configured such that a value of the at least one characteristic in the second papermaking fabric is different from the value of the characteristic in the first papermaking fabric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: GPCP IP Holdings LLC
    Inventor: Daniel H. Sze
  • Patent number: 9670617
    Abstract: A system for fabricating a sheet product includes a first rotatable roller assembly operative to emit a pressurized fluid through an outer surface of the first rotatable roller assembly, and a second rotatable roller assembly having an outer surface arranged proximate to the outer surface of the first rotatable roller assembly, the second rotatable roller assembly and the first rotatable roller assembly are operative to rotate in opposing directions, the second rotatable roller assembly and the first rotatable roller assembly defining a gap therebetween through which a sheet material passes in contact with the outer surface of the first rotatable roller assembly and the outer surface of the second rotatable roller assembly, the emitted pressurized fluid operative to impinge a surface of the sheet material and separate contact between the outer surface of the first rotatable roller assembly and the sheet material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products LP
    Inventor: Hung Liang Chou
  • Patent number: 9551949
    Abstract: To suppress an image trouble resulting from abnormal discharge independent of the use conditions and use environment of an electroconductive member, provided is an electroconductive member to be used while being brought into contact with a body to be contacted, the electroconductive member comprising a layer of a network structural body on an outer peripheral surface of a electroconductive support, in which: when a surface of the network structural body in a surface of the electroconductive member is observed, at least a part of the network structural body exists in an arbitrary square region having one side length of 200 ?m; the network structural body contains non-electroconductive fibers; and an average fiber diameter of a top 10% of fiber diameters of the non-electroconductive fibers measured at arbitrary points is 0.2 ?m or more and 15 ?m or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Yamauchi, Satoru Yamada, Norifumi Muranaka, Yuichi Kikuchi, Tetsuo Hino
  • Patent number: 9547250
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an electroconductive member including an electroconductive support layer and a surface layer formed on a circumference thereof and having a network structure containing fibers, in which an arithmetic mean value dU10 of top 10% fiber diameters is 0.2 ?m or more and 15.0 ?m or less, rigid structural body having a height of 1.0×10?2 to 1.0×101 times as large as a thickness of the surface layer are present on the outer circumferential portion of the electroconductive support layer, and the surface layer satisfies specific conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yuichi Kikuchi, Kazuhiro Yamauchi, Norifumi Muranaka, Satoru Yamada, Tetsuo Hino
  • Patent number: 9541854
    Abstract: Provided is an electroconductive member configured to suppress a void image caused by abnormal discharge and a horizontal streak-like image caused by downstream discharge without depending on the thickness of a photosensitive layer of a photosensitive drum over a long period of time. The electroconductive member for electrophotography comprises at least an electroconductive support and a surface layer formed on an outer side of the electroconductive support. The surface layer includes a porous body and satisfies the predetermined (1), (2), and (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yuichi Kikuchi, Kazuhiro Yamauchi, Mikio Shimada, Tetsuo Hino, Masahiro Watanabe, Norifumi Muranaka, Satoru Nishioka
  • Patent number: 9516910
    Abstract: The present application discloses an impact liner system for a helmet. In one embodiment, the impact liner system comprises an impact liner configured to be installed in the interior of a helmet shell to at least partially line the front, rear, and middle portions of the helmet shell. The impact liner comprises a plurality of impact pads and forms a plurality of air channels between the impact pads when the impact liner is installed in the helmet shell. In certain embodiments, at least one insert is disposed within one or more of the plurality of air channels. The insert generally comprises a body portion having a top and vertical side walls configured to prohibit at least a portion of the air channel from collapsing when the helmet shell is installed on a user's head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: Intellectual Property Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Ron Szalkowski, Shawn Thomas
  • Patent number: 9492328
    Abstract: Apparatus and method for producing absorbent structures with absorbent layers with channel(s) without absorbent material, using a first moving endless surface with specific raised strip(s) and a second moving endless surface with specific mating strip(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Hans Adolf Jackels, Carsten Heinrich Kreuzer
  • Patent number: 9428860
    Abstract: A method of dewatering a forming fabric in a paper making machine includes moving a forming fabric carrying a slurry stock through a dewatering area of the paper making machine; positioning a foil apparatus for supporting the forming fabric, the foil apparatus having a foil member defining a work surface and a pulse generator coupled to the foil member adjacent the work surface; and forming a nip between the work surface and the forming fabric by positioning the pulse generator relative to the work surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: RPM TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: James D. White, Karl Lemme
  • Patent number: 9410287
    Abstract: The invention relates to an arrangement arranged to introduce a three-dimensional structure in a paper during production of said paper in a paper making machine (1). The arrangement comprises a heat roll (14) arranged to dry a wet paper web and an extended nip roll (12) arranged to form a transfer nip (TN) with said heat roll (14). The extended nip roll (12) is provided with a flexible jacket (17) arranged around the circumferential area of said extended nip roll (12). An external surface of said flexible jacket (17) is provided with a textured portion (15) and when the wet paper web passes the transfer nip between said extended nip roll (12) and said heat roll (14), said textured portion (15) of the external surface of the flexible jacket (17) will impart a three-dimensional texture to the paper web.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: Valmet Aktiebolag
    Inventor: Tord Gustavsson
  • Patent number: 9353481
    Abstract: Embodiments for methods and apparatuses for forming a nonwoven web are described herein. In one embodiment, an apparatus includes one or more sources configured to dispense a first fluid flow stream comprising a fiber and a second fluid flow stream also comprising a fiber. The apparatus also includes a mixing partition downstream from the one or more sources, where the mixing partition is positioned between the first and second flow streams from the one or more sources. The mixing partition defines one or more openings that permit fluid communication between the two flow streams. The apparatus also includes a receiving region situated downstream from the one or more sources and designed to receive at least a combined flow stream and form a nonwoven web by collecting fiber from the combined flow stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: Donldson Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Hemant Gupta, Brad E. Kahlbaugh
  • Patent number: 9284685
    Abstract: A foil apparatus for a paper making machine includes a foil member positionable relative to forming fabric of a paper making machine, and a pulse generator coupled to the foil member, the pulse generator being adjacent to the foil member for forming a nip between the foil member and the forming fabric, the nip for creating movement in a slurry stock for reducing flocculation. A method of dewatering a forming fabric in a paper making machine includes moving a forming fabric carrying a slurry stock through a dewatering area of the paper making machine; positioning a foil apparatus for supporting the forming fabric, the foil apparatus having a foil member defining a work surface and a pulse generator coupled to the foil member adjacent the work surface; and forming a nip between the work surface and the forming fabric by positioning the pulse generator relative to the work surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: RPM TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: James D. White, Karl Lemme
  • Patent number: 9061461
    Abstract: A personalized embossing system for embossing a variety of articles, such as cards and stationery. The system includes male and female embossing molds are coupled to opposing attachment surfaces of an embossing workbook. An alignment process can be implemented that self aligns the male and female molds. Coupling of the molds to the attachment surfaces can be accomplished magnetically, with hook-and-loop fabric, or with re-adhereable adhesives. Use of such attachment means enables arbitrary placement and orientation of the molds relative to the embossed article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: The New Studio, LLC
    Inventor: Pamela Vazquez
  • Publication number: 20150129146
    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: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: Hung Liang Chou, Daniel H. Sze, Xiaolin Fan
  • Publication number: 20150129145
    Abstract: Paper products, such as hand towels, have high absorbency, high caliper, and good perceived softness. Two-ply products have a caliper of at least about 260 mils/8 sheets and an SAT capacity of at least about 650 g/m2. The paper products are made using a structuring fabric that has a high 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.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: Hung Liang Chou, Daniel H. Sze, Xiaolin Fan, Frank D. Harper, Steven R. Olson
  • Publication number: 20140238628
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a security paper includes an endless microlens thread having a top and an opposing bottom with the top provided at least in fractional regions with microlenses. A paper web having a predetermined ridge pattern is produced and defines ridge regions in which the microlens is embedded in the interior of the paper, and that exhibits, lying between the ridge regions, window regions in which the microlens thread emerges at the surface of the paper web. The microlens thread is introduced into the paper web and, at the same time, is joined on its bottom and, in the ridge regions, also on its top with the paper web. The paper web with the microlens thread forms the security paper.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2012
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Inventors: Rudolf Seidler, Manfred Heim, Bernhard Wiedner, Michael Rahm
  • Patent number: 8808506
    Abstract: A papermaking machine for the production of a fibrous web including a plurality of rollers and a structured fabric moving along the rollers. The structured fabric includes a plurality of weft yarns and a plurality of warp yarns woven with the plurality of weft yarns to produce a weave pattern, the plurality of warp yarns being a plurality of paired warp yarn sets. Each paired warp yarn set including a first warp yarn and a second warp yarn. Within the weave pattern the first warp yarn forms a float over at least four weft yarns and weaves with a single weft yarn immediately adjacent with the float. The second warp yarn having an inverse pattern to the first warp yarn, with the second warp yarn weaving with another single weft yarn that is not adjacent to the single weft yarn with which the first warp yarn is woven.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Voith Patent GmbH
    Inventor: Scott Quigley
  • Patent number: 8801903
    Abstract: A nonwoven fabric includes a plurality of through voids, where each of the voids has a first opening associated with a top surface of the fabric and a first raised edge circumferentially adjacent to the first opening. The voids may each further include a second opening associated with a bottom surface of the fabric and a second raised edge circumferentially adjacent to the second opening, such that the first opening may have a surface area that is larger than or the same as the second opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Albany International Corp.
    Inventors: Sabri Mourad, Jonas Karlsson
  • Patent number: 8758569
    Abstract: A fabric structure used to make textured nonwoven products, the structure being permeable to air and water, comprising a web contact surface having a pattern including a series of raised land areas and corresponding depressions adapted to impart a texture to the nonwoven product produced thereon, and a series of through voids adapted to allow passage of both water and/or air from the fabric surface into and/or through the structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Albany International Corp.
    Inventors: Bo-Christer Aberg, Cary P. Johnson, Francis L. Davenport, Pierre Riviere, John J. Lafond, Jonas Karlsson, Jean-Louis Monnerie
  • Publication number: 20140138040
    Abstract: Nonwoven sanitary tissue products having a woven surface pattern that provides the nonwoven sanitary tissue product with a woven appearance and a method for making such sanitary tissue products are provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2013
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Applicant: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Emma Lynn SARTINI, Andre MELLIN
  • Patent number: 8728280
    Abstract: An industrial fabric such as an endless belt or sleeve for use in the production of nonwovens, and a method of making thereof are disclosed. The industrial fabric is produced by spirally winding strips of polymeric material, such as an industrial strapping or ribbon material, and joining the adjoining sides of the strips of material using ultrasonic welding or laser welding techniques. The fabric may then be perforated using a suitable technique to make it permeable to air and/or water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Albany International Corp.
    Inventors: Dana Eagles, Robert Hansen, Jonas Karlsson
  • Patent number: 8673114
    Abstract: According to one aspect, the invention relates to a method for producing a watermark element (10) for forming a shadow watermark image in a substrate by means of dewatering of a fibrous suspension, wherein the watermark element (10) comprises a body with a relief side (12) having a relief (14) and a dewatering side (16) positioned opposite the relief side, perforations (18) being provided at least in the relief (14), a perforation (18) comprising a channel (20) with a channel inlet (21) at the relief side (12) and a channel outlet (22) at the dewatering side (16), which method includes the steps of forming perforations in a body in a mechanical manner and introducing a relief in the intended relief side, the perforations (18) being formed in such a way that the dewatering capacity, expressed as the open surface area of the channel inlet(s) per unit of surface area of the relief, is dependent on the height (h) of the channel inlet (21) with respect to the dewatering side (16), it being the case that the higher
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Arjowiggins Security B.V.
    Inventors: Johannes Krul, Hendrik Van de Kamp, Jan Marius Van Dokkum
  • Patent number: 8568566
    Abstract: Apparatus and method for producing absorbent structures with absorbent layers with channel(s) without absorbent material, using a first moving endless surface with specific raised strip(s) and a second moving endless surface with specific mating strip(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Hans Adolf Jackels, Carsten Heinrich Kreuzer
  • Patent number: 8512516
    Abstract: A method of making a cellulosic web having an elevated absorbency includes forming a nascent web having a random distribution of fiber orientation from a papermaking furnish, non-compactively drying the nascent web to a consistency of from about 30 to about 60 percent, thereafter, transferring the nascent web to a translating transfer surface that is moving at a transfer surface speed, and fabric-creping the nascent web from the transfer surface at a consistency of from about 30 to about 60 percent utilizing a creping fabric, the fabric-creping step occurring under pressure in a fabric creping nip defined between the transfer surface and the creping fabric, such that the nascent web is creped from the transfer surface and redistributed on the creping fabric to form a creped wet web. The creped wet web is dried while the web is held in the creping fabric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products LP
    Inventors: Frank C. Murray, Greg A. Wendt
  • Publication number: 20130206348
    Abstract: A papermaking machine for the production of a fibrous web. The papermaking machine including a plurality of rollers and a structured fabric moving along the plurality of rollers. The structured fabric includes a plurality of weft yarns and a plurality of warp yarns woven with the plurality of weft yarns to produce a weave pattern. The plurality of warp yarns being a plurality of paired warp yarn sets. Each paired warp yarn set including a first warp yarn and a second warp yarn, within the weave pattern the first warp yarn forms a float over at least three weft yarns and weaves with a single weft yarn immediately adjacent to the float. The second warp yarn having a reverse pattern to the first warp yarn. The float of the first warp yarn having a start that is at the same position as a finish of the float of the second warp yarn.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2012
    Publication date: August 15, 2013
    Inventor: Scott Quigley
  • Publication number: 20130206347
    Abstract: A papermaking machine for the production of a fibrous web including a plurality of rollers and a structured fabric moving along the rollers. The structured fabric includes a plurality of weft yarns and a plurality of warp yarns woven with the plurality of weft yarns to produce a weave pattern, the plurality of warp yarns being a plurality of paired warp yarn sets. Each paired warp yarn set including a first warp yarn and a second warp yarn. Within the weave pattern the first warp yarn forms a float over at least four weft yarns and weaves with a single weft yarn immediately adjacent with the float. The second warp yarn having an inverse pattern to the first warp yarn, with the second warp yarn weaving with another single weft yarn that is not adjacent to the single weft yarn with which the first warp yarn is woven.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2012
    Publication date: August 15, 2013
    Inventor: Scott Quigley
  • Patent number: 8506759
    Abstract: A macroscopically monoplanar secondary belt for manufacturing a cellulosic fibrous structure is provided. The belt, having two mutually orthogonal principal directions, a machine direction and a cross machine direction, and having a reinforcing structure; and a framework of protuberances joined to said reinforcing structure and extending outwardly therefrom to define deflection conduits between the protuberances, the framework of protuberances having a semicontinuous pattern and the deflection conduits having a semicontinuous pattern, is further provided. The protuberances and the deflection conduits have a vector component extending substantially throughout one principal direction of the belt, each protuberance of the pattern being spaced apart from an adjacent protuberance in the pattern. The protuberances have primary protuberances having a first width, T and the nodes have a second width, N, wherein a ratio of N to T is from about 1.5 to about 5.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Rebecca Howland Spitzer, Ward William Ostendorf
  • Patent number: 8454800
    Abstract: A nonwoven fabric includes a plurality of through voids, where each of the voids has a first opening associated with a top surface of the fabric and a first raised edge circumferentially adjacent to the first opening. The voids may each further include a second opening associated with a bottom surface of the fabric and a second raised edge circumferentially adjacent to the second opening, such that the first opening may have a surface area that is larger than or the same as the second opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Albany International Corp.
    Inventors: Sabri Mourad, Jonas Karlsson
  • Patent number: 8388812
    Abstract: An industrial fabric such as an endless belt or sleeve for use in the production of nonwovens, and a method of making thereof are disclosed. The industrial fabric is produced by spirally winding strips of polymeric material, such as an industrial strapping or ribbon material, and joining the adjoining sides of the strips of material using ultrasonic welding or laser welding techniques. The fabric may then be perforated using a suitable technique to make it permeable to air and/or water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Albany International Corp.
    Inventors: Dana Eagles, Jonas Karlsson, Bruce Stowe, Joseph Botelho, Sabri Mourad, Jerry O'Connor, Jon Montcrieff, Robert Hansen
  • Publication number: 20130048239
    Abstract: Fibrous structures that exhibit a Geometric Mean Flexural Rigidity (GM Flexural Rigidity) of less than 40.0 mg*cm2/cm and/or less than 18.0 mg*cm2/cm as measured according to the Flexural Rigidity Test Method described herein and/or a Cross-Machine Direction Flexural Rigidity (CD Flexural Rigidity) of less than 21.0 mg*cm2/cm and/or less than 18.0 mg*cm2/cm and/or less than 17.4 mg*cm2/cm and/or less than 17.25 mg*cm2/cm as measured according to the Flexural Rigidity Test Method described herein are provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2012
    Publication date: February 28, 2013
    Inventors: Joshua Thomas FUNG, Angela Marie Leimbach, John Allen Manifold, Steven Alexander Ramirez, Monica Ho-Kleinwaechter
  • Patent number: 8377262
    Abstract: A structured papermaking fabric for making a bulky tissue web, including: a web facing side and an opposite side, the web facing side including a structure formed by interweaving of transverse yarns with longitudinal yarns, the structure including a plurality of pattern areas being regularly distributed on the web facing side and each of said pattern area being surrounded by an edge area, said pattern areas are woven in a plain weave and each of said edge areas including at least one longitudinal and at least one transverse edge segment, said longitudinal edge segment being formed by weaving of a longitudinal yarn over at least four, preferably at least five, consecutive transverse yarns, said transverse edge segment being formed by weaving of a transverse yarn over at least four consecutive longitudinal yarns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Voith Patent GmbH
    Inventor: Scott Quigley
  • Patent number: 8366878
    Abstract: A structuring layer of a structuring belt for structuring a wet fibrous web in a press section of a tissue papermaking machine for manufacturing high bulk tissue paper, the structuring layer having a web-carrying side with a surface for cooperating with the fibrous web, the surface having depressions distributed over the web-carrying side and forming a three-dimensional structure of the surface. The depressions altogether constitute 20-80% of the surface. Each depression has a dimension l of 0.25-2.5 mm in a first direction in the plane of the top surface area, a dimension b of 0.25-2.0 mm in a second direction in the plane of the top surface area, such directions being at right angles to each other, a mean depth d of 0.05-0.6 mm, and an area a as measured in the plane of the top surface area of 0.063-5.0 mm2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Albany International Corp.
    Inventors: Ingvar Berndt Erik Klerelid, Ola Thomasson, Bo-Christer Aberg, Cary P Johnson, John J LaFond
  • Patent number: 8328990
    Abstract: A fabric for a papermaking machine, the fabric including a machine facing side and a web facing side having pockets formed by warp and weft yarns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Voith Patent GmbH
    Inventor: Scott D. Quigley
  • Publication number: 20120277152
    Abstract: An embodiment of the present invention may be made by the following steps: providing a mixture comprising a plurality of fibers, a lubricant, and a suspension fluid, with the suspension fluid filling a void space between said fibers and subjecting said mixture to at least one compressive force. The compressive force causes the migration and alignment of said fibers; and may remove substantially all of the suspension fluid from said mixture. The mixture may further comprise a biologically active agent, or a reinforcing agent.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2012
    Publication date: November 1, 2012
    Inventors: Timothy A. Ringeisen, W. Christian Wattengel
  • Patent number: 8287693
    Abstract: A papermaking belt for carrying an embryonic web of paper fibers is disclosed. The papermaking belt has an embryonic web contacting surface and a non-embryonic web contacting surface opposite thereto. The papermaking belt also has a reinforcing structure having a patterned framework disposed thereon and a plurality of non-random distinct pores disposed within the continuous network region. The patterned framework has a continuous network region and a plurality of discrete deflection conduits. The deflection conduits are isolated one from another by the continuous network region. Each of the pores has an opening disposed at a predetermined location upon the embryonic web contacting surface and an opening disposed at a predetermined location upon the non-embryonic web contacting surface. Each of the pores defines a single pathway between the embryonic web contacting surface and the non-embryonic web contacting surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Dean Van Phan, Paul Dennis Trokhan
  • Patent number: 8282783
    Abstract: A papermaking belt having an embryonic web contacting surface for carrying an embryonic web of paper fibers and a non-embryonic web contacting surface opposite said embryonic web contacting surface is disclosed. The papermaking belt comprises a reinforcing structure having a patterned framework disposed thereon. The patterned framework has a continuous network region and a plurality of discrete deflection conduits. The deflection conduits are isolated one from another by the continuous network region. A plurality of pores is randomly disposed within the continuous network region. The pores have one opening disposed upon the embryonic web contacting surface and one opening disposed upon the non-embryonic web contacting surface. Each of the pores provides at least one pathway between the embryonic web contacting surface and the non-embryonic web contacting surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Dean Van Phan, Paul Dennis Trokhan
  • Patent number: 8241743
    Abstract: Nonwoven webs that are comprised of non-thermoplastic fibers, have good in-use strength, and that disperse or break apart when subjected to agitation in water are disclosed. Pre-moistened wipes comprising such webs are also disclosed. The method of making the nonwoven webs is described as providing the webs with discrete compressed sites that form lines of weakness, such that the web may fail in tension along the lines of weakness when the web is subjected to a force less than the maximum force of the uncompressed regions of the web.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: The Proctor & Gamble Company
    Inventor: Jonathan Paul Brennan
  • Patent number: 8216427
    Abstract: A structuring layer of a structuring belt for structuring a wet fibrous web in a press section of a tissue papermaking machine for manufacturing high bulk tissue paper, the structuring layer having a web-carrying side with a surface for cooperating with the fibrous web, the surface having depressions distributed over the web-carrying side and forming a three-dimensional structure of the surface. The depressions altogether constitute 20-80% of the surface. Each depression has a dimension l of 0.25-2.5 mm in a first direction in the plane of the top surface area, a dimension b of 0.25-2.0 mm in a second direction in the plane of the top surface area, such directions being at right angles to each other, a mean depth d of 0.05-0.6 mm, and an area a as measured in the plane of the top surface area of 0.063-5.0 mm2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Albany International Corp.
    Inventors: Ingvar Berndt Erik Klerelid, Ola Thomasson, Bo-Christer Aberg, Cary P. Johnson, John J. LaFond
  • Patent number: 8202396
    Abstract: A clothing for structuring a wet fibre web (1?) in a press section of a tissue papermaking machine is described which has a three-dimensional woven structure forming elevations (62) and depressions (63), said elevations, like the depressions, are repeated and distributed to form a pattern of polygonal, geometrically similar smallest unitary surfaces (64), each of said unitary surfaces having an area a and covering a plurality of depressions with the mean depth d. According to the invention, the area a and the mean depth d of each unitary surface (64) are adapted in relation to each other in such a way that, calculated by the length unit mm, their ratio is equal to or greater than 30 mm, wherein a is selected within the range of 1.0-3.0 mm2 and d is selected within the range of 0.03-0.09 mm. The invention also relates to a method for manufacturing a creped tissue paper web by using said structuring clothing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Assignee: Albany International Corp.
    Inventors: Magnus Hultcrantz, Ingvar Klerelid, Bo-Christer Aberg, Cary P. Johnson, John J. Lafond
  • Publication number: 20120118519
    Abstract: Sanitary tissue products having a surface containing a surface pattern having a filamentary pattern and a complementary line pattern.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2011
    Publication date: May 17, 2012
    Inventor: Phillip Lacoi Hutchison
  • Patent number: 8142612
    Abstract: A method of making a cellulosic web having an elevated absorbency. The method includes (a) forming a nascent web having an apparently random distribution of fiber orientation from a papermaking furnish, (b) non-compactively drying the nascent web to a consistency of from about 30 to about 60 percent, (c) thereafter, transferring the web to a translating transfer surface that is moving at a first speed, and (d) fabric-creping the web from the transfer surface at a consistency of from about 30 to about 60 percent utilizing a creping fabric. The creping step occurs under pressure in a fabric creping nip defined between the transfer surface and the creping fabric, wherein the fabric is traveling at a second speed that is slower than the speed of the transfer surface. The fabric pattern, nip parameters, velocity delta and web consistency are selected such that the web is creped from the transfer surface and redistributed on the creping fabric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Assignee: Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products LP
    Inventors: Frank C. Murray, Greg A. Wendt
  • Publication number: 20120043036
    Abstract: A paper product having a plurality of tessellating unit cells forming a pattern is disclosed. Each unit cell has a center and at least two continuous land areas extending in at least two directions from the center and a plurality of pillow areas each surrounded by at least one of the continuous land areas. Each of the continuous land areas at least bifurcates to form a continuous land area portion having a first width before bifurcation and at least two continuous land area portions having a second width after bifurcation. The first width is greater than the second width. Each of the continuous land area portions having the first width has a first number density and each of the at least two continuous land area portions having the second width has a second number density. The first number density is less than the second number density.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2010
    Publication date: February 23, 2012
    Inventors: Osman Polat, Paul Dennis Trokhan
  • Patent number: 8110072
    Abstract: A papermaking machine for making uncreped through air dried paper having a forming section, a press section, and a drying section is disclosed. The paper web is pressed between two press members while enclosed between a press felt and a transfer belt having non-uniformly distributed microscopic depressions in its surface. The web follows the transfer belt from the press to a transfer point at which the web is transferred via a suction transfer device onto a structuring fabric. The web is then dried with a through air dryer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2012
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventor: Robert Stanley Ampulski
  • Publication number: 20120024487
    Abstract: A fibrous web including a fibrous construct having at least one formed surface feature. The surface feature including a topographical pattern reflective of a weave pattern in a fabric used in a papermaking machine having a through-air drying system. The fabric including a single layer of yarns arranged in a repeating weave pattern, each weave pattern including a plurality of warp yarns substantially oriented in a machine direction (MD) defining MD yarns; and a plurality of weft yarns substantially oriented in a cross machine direction (CD) defining CD yarns. The MD yarns each having at least one long float within the weave pattern. Each long float being adjacent to at least one other long float of an MD yarn. The weave pattern being a plain weave apart from the long floats.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2010
    Publication date: February 2, 2012
    Inventor: Scott Quigley
  • Publication number: 20110262719
    Abstract: A one-ply tissue product includes a first external surface and a second external surface, the first surface having a wet-formed pattern and the second surface having an embossed pattern imitating the wet-formed pattern. Additionally, also multi-ply tissue product is suggested comprising at least two plies including two outer plies, each outer ply having a first surface and a second surface, one outer ply having a wet-formed pattern on at least the first surface and the other outer ply having an embossed pattern on at least the first surface imitating the wet-formed pattern on the first surface of the one outer ply, both outer plies being brought together so that their respective first surfaces represent external surfaces of the multi-ply tissue product. Moreover, a corresponding method and an embossing unit are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2011
    Publication date: October 27, 2011
    Applicant: SCA HYGIENE PRODUCTS AB
    Inventors: MIKE PRINGLE, Anna Mansson, Kim Danielsson