Variegated Surface Produced (e.g., Mottled, Stippled, Wood Grained, Etc.) Patents (Class 427/267)
  • Publication number: 20150104576
    Abstract: This invention relates to a speckled kitchen utensil and a manufacturing method thereof, wherein the surface of the kitchen utensil is coated with a primer coating layer including polyamideimide in NMP, water, a PTFE dispersion, a carbon black dispersion and a silica dispersion, and a color coating layer is formed by spot spraying on the entire surface of the primer coating layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventor: RYONG KIM
  • Patent number: 8846150
    Abstract: The present invention provides building materials and methods for the manufacturer which includes an extrudable thermoplastic or thermosetting substrate having a fluorocarbon-based capstock layer applied to the substrate. The fluorocarbon-based capstock layer can further include one or more top coats for providing a variegated, colored or textured pattern. The capstock layer, with or without the top coats, preferably has a thickness less than 4 mil and contains a UV-resistant PVDF resin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Certainteed Corporation
    Inventor: Jong P. Jeng
  • Patent number: 8747596
    Abstract: Finishing set for a floor covering, whereby this finishing set at least consists of, on the one hand, a finishing profile and, on the other hand, a holder with at least an attachment portion for attaching said finishing profile at the holder, characterized in that the holder comprises an underlay portion, which at choice can or cannot be provided underneath the remaining portion of the holder as well as a stop-forming positioning portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Flooring Industries Limited, SARL
    Inventors: Benny Schacht, Pieter Buyck
  • Patent number: 8709547
    Abstract: The invention relates to the use of a super-slippery thin-layer film or coating for enhancing the lubrication capacity of a part to be subjected to great friction and wear. The film of the invention for improving the lubrication capacity of parts to be subjected to important friction and wear includes at least: a layer (3) of a hard material selected from titanium nitride (TiN), chromium nitride (CrN), titanium carbide (TiC), chromium carbide (CrC), tungsten carbide (W2C) and tungsten carbide-carbon composites (WC/C), alumina (AI2O3), molybdenum sulphide (MoS2), and materials of the hydrogenated amorphous carbon type (a: CH), the layer including on one surface thereof a series of dips and protrusions; and a layer (4) of an oleophilic material. The invention can particularly be used in the field of mechanics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Commissariat a l'Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives
    Inventors: Cedric Ducros, Jerome Gavillet
  • Patent number: 8529984
    Abstract: Methods of producing an ombré finish for materials may comprise applying a stain to the surface of a material in a first concentration toward a first part of said surface and in a second concentration toward a second part of said surface, blending said stain from said first part to said second part to create a gradual transition in concentration, and sealing said surface. Said methods may also comprise applying a stain substantially uniformly to the surface of a material, removing said stain from said surface so as to create a gradual transition in concentration of said stain, and sealing said surface. Said methods may further comprise the steps of comparing the color of said material to a target color and toning said material until said color of said material matches said target color.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Inventor: Sally Sirkin Lewis
  • Patent number: 8500230
    Abstract: Method for manufacturing a laminate product comprising at least a laminate layer with a decor sheet, wherein, for forming the laminate layer, at least a decor sheet is formed by providing in a decor application process a decor in the form of a motif on a decor carrier, wherein this decor carrier consists of a continuous material web, wherein the decor is applied by means of one or more digital printers and wherein the global decor during the processing of the material web is controlled in a varying manner, by means of controlling the one or more printers, as a function of varying external data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Flooring Industries Limited, SARL
    Inventors: Bernard Thiers, Laurent Meersseman
  • Patent number: 8475871
    Abstract: A building board, in particular of wooden material, plastic or a mixture of wooden material and plastic, with a top side and an underside and side edges. A polyurethane layer is applied at least on the top side. A decorative layer imitating a natural material is applied onto the polyurethane layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: Flooring Technologies Ltd.
    Inventor: Frank Oldorff
  • Patent number: 8465804
    Abstract: A coated panel may include a substrate and a decorative top layer provided on the substrate. A method for manufacturing the panel may involve forming at least a portion of the top layer by printing on the substrate to provide a structure on the substrate. The structure may include protrusions formed by two or more prints provided on top of each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: Flooring Industries Limited, SARL
    Inventors: Peter Provoost, Bart Verhaeghe
  • Publication number: 20130017331
    Abstract: A process for applying a faux finish includes the steps of applying a textured paint to a surface as a base coat, the textured paint having approximately 250 grams to approximately 500 grams of pumice per liquid gallon of paint, allowing the applied textured paint to dry on the surface, randomly applying to the dried textured paint a wet slurry composition, partially drying the applied wet composition, and dry brushing the partially dried composition about the dried textured paint to create a faux effect on the surface. The wet slurry composition comprises concentrations of approximately 40% to approximately 70% by volume of water, approximately 0.2% to approximately 0.5% by volume of methylcellulose, approximately 15% to approximately 25% by volume of acrylic resin, and approximately 15% to approximately 25% by volume of mica particles having a mesh size of between approximately 250 mesh and approximately 400 mesh.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2011
    Publication date: January 17, 2013
    Inventor: Raymond Sandor
  • Patent number: 8304022
    Abstract: The invention provides a polyacrylic-based aerosol top coat composition for rapid and economical application of decorative faux finishes on architectural surfaces. The composition dries rapidly, permits further texturing before it dries if desired, is esthetically superior to faux finish top coats made by methods in the prior art, and when dry provides a top coat that is mechanically tough. The invention is particularly useful for providing wood grain faux finishes, and for creating three-dimensional wood-like effects on a two-dimensional non-wood surface. The invention further provides a method wherein a base coat is applied directly to a surfactant-free surface of any of several architectural materials such as bare vinyl, after which the top coat composition is sprayed on reiteratively as needed. Other coatings such as primer coats and protective overcoatings are optional.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Inventor: Robert Westbrook Kitchens
  • Publication number: 20120088071
    Abstract: A roofing material has multiple coatings with at least one directionally disposed coating. The roofing material has at least one non-planar surface for exposure to environmental conditions. A first coating is directionally disposed on a portion of the non-planar surface to cover less than all of the non-planar surface. The first coating has a visual attribute and an energy-efficiency attribute which are both different from corresponding visual and energy-efficiency attributes of the non-planar surface on which the first coating is disposed. A second coating is directionally disposed on at least a portion of the first coating. The second coating has a visual attribute which is different from the visual attributes of both the first coating and the non-planar surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2011
    Publication date: April 12, 2012
    Applicant: COOL ANGLE LLC
    Inventors: Kirk M. Bailey, Jeffrey T. Holman
  • Publication number: 20120064311
    Abstract: A camouflage sheet including a substrate of shapeable material capable of retaining its shape, for forming a three dimensional structure to provide a heat signature not characteristic of the object, the shapeable material being re-shapeable on site, and a visible pattern on the shapeable material mimicking the surroundings of the object to be protected, for protecting an object from detection in both the visible and the IR spectrum.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2010
    Publication date: March 15, 2012
    Applicant: POLARIS SOLUTIONS LTD
    Inventor: Asaf Picciotto
  • Publication number: 20120027993
    Abstract: The present invention provides a process for imparting a simulated patina, or antique appearance to a substrate by using a coating composition comprising a perlite based effect pigment. The perlite based effect pigment functions as colorant and matting agent and shows an almost angle independent brightness. The process provides, for example, decorative wall coatings showing enhanced antique, or patina effects as compared to conventional effect pigments on basis of mica.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2011
    Publication date: February 2, 2012
    Applicant: BASF SE
    Inventors: Raimund Schmid, Ellen Schmidt
  • Publication number: 20100236175
    Abstract: A siding system including interlocking panels for installation on a support surface. Each panel has opposing top and bottom edges, and adjacent panels are interlocking at least one location between their top and bottom edges. The panels are supported by projections extending from their rear faces against movement toward the support surface when installed. The panels simulate an arranged plurality of individual building elements such as bricks or stones, and have a variegated appearance. A system for creating the panels is also provided that includes a conveyance by which a panel is conveyed through a plurality of coating stations at which a plurality of different coatings are applied. The plurality of applicators are configured to dispense at least two different coatings onto the panels as the panels move along the conveyor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2010
    Publication date: September 23, 2010
    Applicant: TAPCO INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION
    Inventor: Daniel W. King
  • Publication number: 20100167027
    Abstract: An outer shell of a mobile phone, the outer shell comprises a substrate, a semi-transparent coating formed on the substrate, and an opaque layer partially formed on the opposite side from the semi-transparent coating, wherein the substrate includes at least two sub-areas, a first sub-area overlaps a second sub-area to form a first overlapping area showing a mixture of colors between a first color and a second color.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2009
    Publication date: July 1, 2010
    Applicant: BYD COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventors: Hengliang JIANG, Xuan HUANG, Dan HU, Jianming YANG, Min FANG, Tao CHEN, Wen DENG, Miao GAO, Yongfen XIAO, Bing LIU
  • Publication number: 20100088797
    Abstract: A disruptive camouflage pattern is disclosed that includes a base color and a plurality of shapes. Each shape includes a color selected from a plurality of colors. At least a first shape is overlaid onto the base color and multiple shapes selected from the plurality of shapes are overlaid onto the base color and/or the first shape thereafter. At least a portion of a set of the multiple shapes is overlaid on to each other. Each of the multiple shapes is at least one of rotated, inverted, and/or resized with respect to another shape in the camouflage pattern so as to avoid a repeated pattern within a given area of the camouflage pattern. Each of the plurality of shapes includes hard edges so as to create a minutely pixilated pattern.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2008
    Publication date: April 15, 2010
    Applicant: Bulldog Equipment, LLC
    Inventors: Jason Simione, John Simione
  • Publication number: 20090252925
    Abstract: A coated panel may include a substrate and a decorative top layer provided on the substrate. A method for manufacturing the panel may involve forming at least a portion of the top layer by printing on the substrate to provide a structure on the substrate. The structure may include protrusions formed by two or more prints provided on top of each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2009
    Publication date: October 8, 2009
    Inventors: Peter Provoost, Bart Verhaeghe
  • Patent number: 7579395
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for creating an attractive and colorful decorative pattern or finish utilizing a water based polyurethane paint with specific chemical additives, and a removable taping system that prevents unsightly streaking when applying the coating on floors and walls. To achieve the effect of a colorful decorative pattern a water based acrylic pastel or white primer base coat is applied to a substrate by brush, roller, or spray-gun. A removable tape is applied to form barrier lines. A pigmented water based polyurethane dispersion containing specified additives is applied, thus chemically forming a pattern when applied. The tape is removed after the pigmented coating has dried, and a clear protective topcoat is applied over the patterned coating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2009
    Assignee: A.R.C. Materials, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard A. Gottlieb
  • Publication number: 20090130310
    Abstract: A method of painting concrete for imitation of a desirable natural stone look on the concrete surface comprises determination of a base color of concrete, dissolving a first color water-soluble paint in water, applying the first color paint to the surface, drying it up to a predetermined extent, removing an excessive paint layer from ridge portions of the surface, drying up the surface, if the desirable look is achieved—applying a sealant layer over the paint layer and ending the steps, otherwise—dissolving a water-soluble paint of another color in water and repeating the mentioned steps for the other color layer. An embodiment provides the basic color by adding a dry pigment of desirable color into conventional concrete dry mixture in the amount of 0.5-2.0% of the mixture mass, intermingling the pigment with the mixture before introducing water. Preferable paint/water ratio, drying time, and sealant compositions are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2007
    Publication date: May 21, 2009
    Inventor: Efrem Usdenski
  • Patent number: 7491424
    Abstract: The present invention discloses methods and systems for printing by superposing a metallic ink and transparent inks. These methods and systems are useful for color separating images into superpositions of a metallic ink and transparent inks both for design purposes and for the creation and authentication of security documents, such as banknotes, checks, diploma, corporate documents, passports, identity cards, credit cards, product labels, optical disks, CDs, DVDs, packages of medical drugs, cosmetics, and alcoholic drink bottles. By combining a metallic ink and transparent inks, one may create printed images behaving dynamically: an image viewed under specular reflection may be considerably different from the same image viewed under non-specular reflection. Patterns which are either dark or hidden become highlighted under specular reflection, yielding interesting visual effects. Metallic inks allow therefore to create visually appealing dynamically changing color images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2009
    Assignee: Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale De Lausanne (EPFL)
    Inventors: Roger David Hersch, Patrick Emmel, Fabien Collaud
  • Patent number: 7491445
    Abstract: It is the object of the present invention to provide a conductive particle which has excellent adhesion between a base particle and a conductive layer, a conductive layer being resistant to breaking, impact resistance being improved, and an anisotropic conductive material using the conductive particle. The prevent invention is a conductive particle, which comprises a base particle and a conductive layer formed on a surface of said base particle, said conductive layer having a non-crystal nickel plating layer in contact with the surface of said base particle and a crystal nickel plating layer, and a proportion of a nickel crystal grain aggregate oriented in a nickel (111) plane derived from an integrated intensity ratio in X-ray diffraction measurement being 80% or more.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2009
    Assignee: Sekisui Chemical Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hiroya Ishida
  • Patent number: 7374794
    Abstract: A vapor-deposited metallized film is disclosed including a metallized film that is vapor-deposited across the entire surface, and a metallized film that has been coated a number of times and also a method for producing a vapor-deposited metallized film, a metallized film that is vapor-deposited across the entire surface, and a metallized film that has been coated a number of times, wherein either a structure is printed onto a substrate or onto a supporting film with a soluble ink or the base materials are directly cleaned in a vacuum by means of plasma processing and are simultaneously initiated with target atoms, and wherein a metal or the like is vapor-deposited thereon followed by a production of the structured layer, for multiple uses, for example, in securities, as a radio frequency antenna for transponders and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2008
    Assignee: Hueck Folien Gesellschaft m.b.H.
    Inventors: Friedrich Kastner, Martin Bergsmann, Johann Hillburger, Ronald Einsiedler, Roland Treutlein
  • Patent number: 7169460
    Abstract: A thermoplastic laminate plank is described wherein the thermoplastic laminate plank comprises a core, a print layer, and optionally an overlay. The core comprises at least one thermoplastic material and has a top surface and bottom surface wherein a print layer is affixed to the top surface of the core and an overlay layer is affixed to the top surface of the print layer. Optionally, an underlay layer can be located and affixed between the bottom surface of the print layer and the top surface of the core. In addition, a method of making the thermoplastic laminate plank is further described which involves extruding at least one thermoplastic material into the shape of the core and affixing a laminate on the core, wherein the laminate comprises an overlay affixed to the top surface of the print layer and optionally an underlay layer affixed to the bottom surface of the print layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2007
    Assignee: Mannington Mills, Inc.
    Inventors: Hao A. Chen, Richard Judd
  • Patent number: 7108763
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing multi-laminar wood sheets by slicing from a flitch of natural and/or laminated wood sheets glued and pre-printed with a basic pattern. A basic pattern is printed on one or both faces of wood sheets obtained by rotary cutting or slicing a natural log or a multi-layered flitch; the printed sheets are subsequently used to form a final flitch from which multi-laminar wood sheets are then sliced having a pattern designed to simulate different types of natural or fancy woods. The basic pattern is printed while maintaining process conditions designed to control the penetration into the thickness of the wood sheet and surface diffusion of the colouring agent during printing step. The penetration and diffusion of the colouring agent is controlled by maintaining process parameters and conditions at an established value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2006
    Inventor: Giovanna Senzani
  • Patent number: 6910796
    Abstract: A process and equipment for producing multi-color concrete products, including architectural concrete blocks, concrete bricks, modular concrete products that are suitable for use in landscaping applications, such as retaining wall blocks, concrete pavers, and concrete slabs. The invention includes a spray mechanism that sprays liquid pigment onto concrete discharged from a hopper. The concrete then proceeds to a blending mechanism which blends the pigment into the concrete to produce a multi-color concrete blend. The concrete blend is then used to produce multi-colored concrete products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2005
    Assignee: Anchor Wall Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul W Bailey, Glenn C Bolles, Jeffrey C. Bader, David Matthew LaCroix
  • Patent number: 6844049
    Abstract: An article made from polyvinyl chloride/wood composite having a natural wood grain finish and a method for creating the article. The natural wood grain finish is created on the article by applying multiple paint transfers onto the polyvinyl chloride/wood composite. The paint is transferred by a series of printing rollers having a wood grain pattern. Optionally, the polyvinyl chloride/wood composite can be painted with a base-coat of a hydrocarbon-based paint before applying the multiple paint transfers. This method is especially suited for manufacturing window blind slats.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2005
    Inventor: Hossein Amin-Javaheri
  • Patent number: 6723197
    Abstract: A liquid pressure transfer printing on a steering wheel rim of an automobile, using a transfer printing sheet having different patterns or brightness at left and right sides, is achieved by preparing a transfer printing sheet for a front surface where patterns having a predetermined shape are arranged at all positions corresponding to transfer printing positions on the front surface of the steering wheel rim, using computer graphics, so that the patterns can be concurrently transfer-printed at transfer printing positions, preparing transfer printing sheets for part of a rear surface where patterns of a predetermined shape are independently arranged to correspond to positions of the patterns of a predetermined shape of the transfer printing sheet for the front surface, using computer graphics, so that transfer printing can be performed without interference on the rear surface of the steering wheel rim where a steering column attachment portion protrudes, performing transfer printing on all transfer printing po
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2004
    Inventor: Youn-Soo Cho
  • Patent number: 6586045
    Abstract: A method for creating a pattern by applying varying concentrations of pigment in water to a synthetic fabric and allowing the pigment to bleed and preferably to reverse bleed. A pleated window shade having an Aurora Borealis like pattern is also provided. The preferred method comprises the steps of stretching a pleated synthetic fabric window shade vertically, applying pigment in water to the surface of the fabric and allowing the pigment to bleed, then inverting the fabric so that the pigment in solvent bleeds in the opposite direction. Optionally, the method further includes at least one of the steps of applying the solvent, such as for example water, to the pigmented surface before inverting or after inverting thereby inducing additional bleeding, blending, and dilution of the pigment in the wetted area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2003
    Inventor: Hilary Platt Cole
  • Patent number: 6544588
    Abstract: A surface decorated article in which a surface is entirely or partially decorated with a coating of a first and second glitter paints each using a flaky glitter material as a pigment, wherein first paint particles at a low viscosity with a relatively high solvent dilution ratio formed by coarsely particulating a glitter paint and second paint particles at a high viscosity with a relatively low solvent dilution ratio formed by coarsely particulating a glitter paint are coated in a state mixed with each other, to form the coating comprising areas in which the first paint particles are dried to solidify and areas in which the second paint particles are dried to solidify are mixed together in a spotwise pattern. The surface of articles can be provided with colors or textures exhibiting unique and high quality feelings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2003
    Assignee: Trinity Industrial Corporation
    Inventors: Masato Yamamori, Masataka Muramatsu, Katsuhiro Ishikawa, Hirotsugu Isobe, Haruhiko Mochizuki
  • Patent number: 6461466
    Abstract: In a transcribing method for making a steering wheel rim of an automobile using water pressure and a printed transcribing sheet having a different pattern or brightness at the left and right sides, two symmetrical printed transcribing sheets are prepared using computer graphics for fitting to the steering wheel rim. In a first transcribing step, a first sheet is transcribed using a masking method. The surface where the first transcribing is performed is cleaned and masked, and the steering wheel rim is rotated by 180°. In a second transcribing step, on the surface of the steering wheel where no transcribing has been performed, a second printed transcribing sheet is transcribed to the steering wheel rim.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2002
    Inventor: Youn-soo Cho
  • Patent number: 6461676
    Abstract: A semi-finished wood simulating product and method is disclosed. The product is manufactured by providing a substrate having at least one surface to be finished. A liquid basecoat is applied on the substrate and dried. A wood grain pattern is deposited, in liquid form, on the basecoat. Some of the pattern is transferred from the originally deposited position on the basecoat to a subsequent position. The pattern is then cured. A polymerizable protective coating is applied onto the substrate overlying the basecoat and the pattern. The protective coating seals the substrate and is adapted for accepting a colorant to be applied by an end user. The protective coating is then polymerized. Additionally, if a porous substrate is provided, a sealer is applied prior to the liquid basecoat and is then cured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2002
    Assignee: Premdor, Inc.
    Inventor: Ralph A. Martino
  • Publication number: 20020122893
    Abstract: A paint roller assembly is provided comprising a handle, first and second arms supported by the handle, a substantially cylindrical first paint roller rotatably supported by the first arm and a substantially cylindrical second roller rotatably supported by the second arm, whereby the two rollers are spaced from each other such that the first roller can rotate without contacting the second roller. Using this and similar paint roller assemblies, the painter can implement the method embodiment of the invention, by dipping only the first roller in a supply of paint and then contacting the wall with the first roller to apply paint to a region of the wall. The first roller is then removed from the wall and the painter rotates the assembly to position the second roller at the wall whereupon only the second roller is rolled over at least a portion of the region previously painted with the first roller.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2001
    Publication date: September 5, 2002
    Inventor: Thomas J. Tramont
  • Patent number: 6444266
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a building panel with which a satisfactory three-dimensional effect can be easily imparted to a designed surface thereof, the designed surface including concave and convex portions. The method for manufacturing the building panel, obtained by forming a dot-coating layer on a designed surface, includes the steps of transferring a dot-presenting paint onto the designed surface for forming a plurality of dots via a transfer roll, the transfer roll having a plurality of protruding portions on a roll surface in order to form the dot-coating layer, wherein the plurality of dots are formed so that areas of the dots are varied through differences in pressurizing force applied by the protruding portions onto the designed surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2002
    Assignee: Nichiha Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Daizo Mizuno
  • Patent number: 6399181
    Abstract: A non-slip, water resistant, oil resistant surface structure for use where water and/or oil are likely to create a slippery surface, including a rubber-bottom mat upon which a thrice coated, non-slip surfaced substrate is fastened, the coating on the substrate including crushed walnuts, or the equivalent, to provide for a non-slip surface and the coating comprising a thermosetting epoxy resin material with an amine hardener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2002
    Inventor: Adrian C. Corder
  • Patent number: 6319561
    Abstract: In the jet straying of ink droplets in a decorative pattern onto a fabric during which a jet spray head shuttles across the fabric changing directions at opposite selvage edges, the provision in an interposed position between the spray head and upstanding selvage edge fibers of shields preventing contact therebetween which maintains bubble closures over exit openings in the jet spray head intact and obviates inadvertent gravity flow of ink as might mar the decorative pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2001
    Inventor: Andre Bernard
  • Patent number: 6309503
    Abstract: A method of making a flat-skinned door which simulates a three-dimensional molded skin door, and corresponding product, are disclosed. The method includes the steps of applying a basecoat(s) to the door skin, applying a woodgrain puff-ink to the skin over the basecoat in order to simulate woodgrain patterning, utilizing a printing roll(s) to print a photographic image on the door which simulates a three-dimension molded door skin, and forming a hardened non-stainable polymerized coating over the image applied by the printing roll(s). In such a manner, a flat skinned door may be made which simulates a three dimensional molded skin door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2001
    Assignee: MDF, Inc.
    Inventor: Ralph A. Martino
  • Patent number: 6251481
    Abstract: A device for making decorative candles which have varied shapes and colors of wax throughout in an heated water bath and an apparatus utilizing said device comprised of multiple heated sources of melted wax suspended above an open topped waterproof box, having one side lined with a water proof gasket through which a waterproof sleeve communicates to a base plate upon which the candle is formed by moving the plate in three dimensions within the water bath and collecting thereon the colored wax, supplied to the top of the water by a heated tube means from selected sources of melted colored wax, as it sinks and cools in the water. The rate of cooling of the wax is controlled by the temperature of the water bath. The water borne wax is built up around a core candle or around a wick, stretched from the center of the plate to an arm, extending to the center of the plate from a rod extending from one edge of the plate to a selected height above the plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2001
    Inventor: David A. Elmore
  • Patent number: 6168845
    Abstract: A new method for making patterned magnetic storage media with magnetic and substantially non-magnetic zones utilizes a selective oxidation processes. Selective oxidation is achieved by subjecting a magnetic layer to an oxygen plasma through voids in a patterned mask. A high resolution patterned mask is made by embossing and reactive ion etch processes. The method is used to fabricate patterned magnetic disks media with alternating magnetic and non-magnetic zones ranging from 10 to 1000 Nanometers in width. Magnetic storage disks produced by this method have high-bit densities, minimal topography and reduced signal noise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2001
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Robert Edward Fontana, Jr., Richard Hsiao, Ernesto Esteban Marinero, Hugo Alberto Emilio Santini, Bruce David Terris
  • Patent number: 6077563
    Abstract: Overprintable thermoset decorating inks and methods of applying such inks to substrates are disclosed. The decorating inks include a reactive polymeric binder resin and a crystalline crosslinker. The reactive polymeric binder resin may comprise acrylics, epoxies, polyesters, urethanes and the like which possess high Tg values. The combination of high glass transition temperature resins and crystalline crosslinkers avoids the necessity of using diluents in the coating compositions. The coating composition is applied to a substrate by heating the composition to a first temperature below the curing temperature of the coating, applying the heated coating composition to the substrate, allowing the applied coating composition to cool sufficiently so it at least partially hardens, and heating the applied coating composition to a second temperature above the first temperature for a sufficient to cure the coating composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2000
    Assignee: Cerdec Corporation
    Inventors: David C. Kapp, Howard M. Lindberg
  • Patent number: 6066367
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method for forming a pattern on a synthetic wood board to form, on a surface of the synthetic wood board, a pattern such as wooden grain and the like which is close to natural wood, to enhance the reality of woody like appearance. The synthetic wood board is formed by mixing 35-80 wt % of thermoplastic resin material and 20-65 wt %. By a first grinding process, the synthetic wood board is formed at its entire surface of at least one side thereof with a large number of wound stripes in one direction. By a colorant coating process, a colorant is coated on the surface on which said wound stripes are formed, the colorant impregnates in wood meal on the surface to generate blur. And some colorant remain in recess portion of the wound stripes to form recess pigment layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2000
    Assignee: Ein Engineering Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Sadao Nishibori
  • Patent number: 6022588
    Abstract: A bifurcated paint roller and painting method using such. The paint roller is a hand tool having two roller portions, which each of the roller portions having a nap for picking up and spreading paint. The roller portions are spaced transversely from each other and rotate independently of the other. A paint pan is provided with the bifurcated paint roller and is itself bifurcated. The paint pan includes two receptacle portions, each of which holds a paint having a different characteristic. A divider separates the receptacle portions such that the paints having the different characteristics are prevented from mixing. The distal end of the hand tool includes an open ended slot for reception of the divider such that each of the roller portions is dippable into their respective paints. Alternatively, the hand tool may include tubes mounted thereon and feeding paint to the roller portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2000
    Assignee: Wagner Spray Tech Corporation
    Inventor: George H. Wakat
  • Patent number: 5942072
    Abstract: A process of making a decorative resilient floor covering is disclosed comprising the steps of applying a first layer of a first curable polymeric material to a substrate. A tape is applied to selected regions of the first layer of the first curable polymeric material after the curing thereof. A second layer of a second curable polymeric material is applied to the cured first layer. A pigmented particulate material is applied to one of the first and second layers prior to the curing thereof. The tape is removed to reveal the first layer and the second layer with the pigmented particulate material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 24, 1999
    Inventor: Gordon McKinnon
  • Patent number: 5869138
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method for forming a pattern on a synthetic wood board to form, on a surface of the synthetic wood board, a pattern such as wooden grain and the like which is close to natural wood, to enhance the reality of woody like appearance. The synthetic wood board is formed by mixing 35-80 wt % of thermoplastic resin material and 20-65 wt %. By a first grinding process, the synthetic wood board is formed at its entire surface of at least one side thereof with a large number of wound stripes in one direction. By a colorant coating process, a colorant is coated on the surface on which said wound stripes are formed, the colorant impregnates in wood meal on the surface to generate blur. And some colorant remain in recess portion of the wound stripes to form recess pigment layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 9, 1999
    Assignee: EIN Engineering Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Sadao Nishibori
  • Patent number: 5866206
    Abstract: Apparatus, kit and method for painting a marbleized pattern on an essentially flat interior surface using paints with a plurality of colors. Before beginning the process, if necessary, the surface is cleaned and prepared. This can include applying masking tape around the periphery of the area to be painted. Splotches of paint of one color are then applied to a portion of the total area to be painted using a stiff bristled brush. Splotches of other paint colors are then applied interspersed with the previous colors. The brush is then used to preliminarily blend the various splotches of paint. A special blending tool faced with wool is used to complete blending the paint. The wool face is moistened before use, and blending is completed by patting the paint with the wool face of the tool while changing the angles and locations of the tool between each contact. Accent veining lines can be added to the blended paint surface using a feather dipped into a paint of a different color than the blended surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 2, 1999
    Inventor: Barbara Jennings-Tolchiner
  • Patent number: 5830573
    Abstract: The invention relates to a process for the preparation of articles with a three-dimensional surface structure, in which a substrate is printed, at least one of the printing inks employed for the printing being varnish-repellent, and the printed substrate is then varnished. In accordance with the invention, the printed substrate is varnished with a radiation-curable varnish which contains no amino resin and comprisesA) from 18 to 99.9% by weight of an epoxy acrylate, a polyether acrylate or a polyester acrylate,B) from 0.1 to 5.0% by weight of a Bronsted acid or an acid anhydride,C) from 0 ?sic! to 12% by weight of a photoinitiator,D) from 0 to 40% by weight of water or at least one organic solvent,E) from 0 ?sic! to 10% by weight of a polyol which may be ethoxylated and/or propoxylated and has from 2 to 50 carbon atoms in the molecule, andF) from 0 ?sic! to 30% by weight of other auxiliaries and additives,and the varnish coat applied is cured with high-energy radiation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 3, 1998
    Assignee: BASF Lacke+Farben AG
    Inventors: Siegfried Lambert, Karlheinz Dickerhof, Wolfgang Kranig
  • Patent number: 5820943
    Abstract: A method for imprinting a pattern onto a blade of a fan includes the steps of 1) forming a blade with thermoplastic material by injection-molded; 2) coating an ink layer of wooden pattern onto the blade made from step 1) with a suitable printing device at room temperature; 3) drying the ink layer on the blades with infrared radiation during the transferring; 4) coating a protecting layer onto the ink layer with a suitable printing device at room temperature; 6) drying the clear UV layer at room temperature and then further drying the clear UV layer with ultraviolet radiation in a dryer such that the ink layer and said clear UV layer are polymerized with each other until the clear UV layer is completely cured and hardened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 13, 1998
    Inventor: Yu-Keng Huang
  • Patent number: 5778792
    Abstract: A method for forming a pattern on the surface of an aluminum extrusion comprises the steps of cleaning the surface of the aluminum extrusion; forming a film on the cleaned surface of the aluminum extrusion; providing a base color coating on the surface of the aluminum extrusion; baking the aluminum extrusion at a temperature of 150.degree.-300.degree. C.; washing the surface of the aluminum extrusion with an organic solvent; printing the pattern onto the base color coating by means of a power-driven metal roller which has the pattern formed on an external face thereof and which has ink provided thereon, and a polyurethane roller which contacts rotatably the external face of the metal roller and the base color coating of the aluminum extrusion for transfer printing the pattern from the metal roller to the base color coating of the aluminum extrusion; and forming a transparent protective film on the printed surface of the aluminum extrusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 14, 1998
    Inventor: Tsung-Tai Lu
  • Patent number: 5753299
    Abstract: A stripe terminator (18) includes a carrier plate (20) for carrying a matrix of chips (12), a carrier plate shuttle (22) for longitudinally transporting the carrier plate (20) along guide rails (24), a paste platen (26), a doctor blade for spreading a paste layer (30) on platen (26) and a paste transfer assembly (32) for transferring paste from the platen (26) to the chips (12). The carrier plate (20) is reciprocated as the paste is applied to the chips (12) to form more uniform termination stripes (14) with wraparound segments (16). A novel ribbed paste tray (72) and contoured doctor blade (74) are also disclosed for bottom side paste application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 19, 1998
    Assignee: Electro Scientific Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas Garcia, Vernon Cooke
  • Patent number: 5711995
    Abstract: Cookware with a multi-layer, non-stick coating on its cooking surface has a random spattered pattern of raised dots or globules in an inner coat, made by spraying the globules on at an angle to create a random, stone-like appearance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: January 27, 1998
    Assignee: E. I. Du Pont de Nemours and Company
    Inventor: Kenneth Batzar
  • Patent number: 5707688
    Abstract: Cookware with a multi-layer, non-stick coating on its cooking surface has a random spattered pattern of raised dots or globules in an inner coat, which is applied by spraying at least two applications, with the first having more coverage and a darker color than the second.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: January 13, 1998
    Assignee: E. I. Du Pont de Nemours and Company
    Inventors: Kenneth Batzar, Lori Marie Mason