Fiber Containing Component Patents (Class 428/171)
  • Patent number: 9581022
    Abstract: A roll of grid material for mine roof support, and a mining machine in combination with such a roll, in which the roll has bands of adhering material injected or otherwise forced into the roll in spaced locations along the roll's width. The adhering material interconnects the overlapped layers within the roll and is sufficiently strong to hold the grid material in the rolled configuration for transport and storage, and yet is readily pulled apart in response to sufficient manual or mechanical pressure applied against the roll, or tension applied to the unwound portion thereof, so as to enable the grid material to be incrementally unwound and installed in the mine. The rolls can be installed using a range of mining machines without need for any specialized dispensing or other apparatus mounted on the machine and without the need for any mechanical device to control unwinding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: TENSAR CORPORATION
    Inventor: John E. Steffenino
  • Patent number: 9333731
    Abstract: In a device for bonding web-shaped textile products by means of hot gases, in particular for bonding a nonwoven fabric that has thermally fusible fibers and/or filaments, comprising a drum that is rotatably mounted within a treating chamber to which hot air is supplied, said drum comprising a circumferential surface which is designed to be gas-permeable by means of a plurality of openings and which is partly looped by the web to be bonded the device also comprises a suction unit which is paired with the drum and by means of which the drum is placed under suction such that the hot air flows out of the treating chamber through the material web to be bonded, and the device comprises a heater for heating the air that is conducted out of the drum, it is provided that a structured lining (8) that embosses the textile product (1, 11) by means of a plurality of openings (9) during the bonding process is wound onto the drum (5) circumferential surface that is designed to be gas-permeable, said openings (9) being l
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: TRUETZSCHLER NONWOVENS GMBH
    Inventor: Ullrich Munstermann
  • Patent number: 9222267
    Abstract: A set of essentially identical floorboards each including a front face and a rear face extending in the horizontal plane, a core, and a surface layer, a mechanical locking system is arranged at least at two opposite edges for connecting a floorboard with an adjacent floorboard in a horizontal and a vertical direction, said mechanical locking system being configured for connecting the floorboard with the adjacent floorboard by vertical folding, wherein one of said opposite edges is provided with a horizontally extending protrusion at an upper edge, and wherein said protrusion is configured to overlap a surface groove at an upper edge of the other of said opposite edges, such that two connected and adjacent floorboards have upper overlapping edges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: VALINGE INNOVATION AB
    Inventors: Marcus Bergelin, Mats Nilsson
  • Publication number: 20150140264
    Abstract: A method for making a variable-density carbon nanotube film is provided. A drawn carbon nanotube film, including a number of carbon nanotubes aligned along an aligned direction, is prepared. A number of thin regions are formed in the drawn carbon nanotube film along the aligned direction by reducing density of carbon nanotubes in each of the plurality of thin regions. A variable-density carbon nanotube film is provided and includes a number of thin regions and at least one normal region having a density of carbon nanotubes greater than that of the thin regions. The at least one normal region includes a number of carbon nanotubes substantially aligned along an aligned direction. The thin regions are arranged in the form of at least one row extending along the aligned direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventor: LIANG LIU
  • Patent number: 9023455
    Abstract: A composite part including a resin matrix and fibers reinforcing the resin matrix in a first portion of the matrix. A second portion of the resin matrix is substantially devoid of fibers. The fibers may be in the form of a woven mat that defines an opening. Alternatively, the fibers may be loose fibers that are deposited in a mold that includes predetermined areas that are shielded from the deposit of the loose fibers. A method of making the composite part is disclosed in which a woven mat having an opening is filled with resin. Another method is also disclosed in which loose fibers are shielded from being deposited in a portion of the mold that is subsequently filled with resin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Aindrea McKelvey Campbell
  • Publication number: 20150004368
    Abstract: A strip-shaped fiber-reinforced composite material has a fibrous structure that is impregnated with a matrix material which contains at least one thermoplastic polymer. At least one of the large faces of the strip-shaped fiber-reinforced composite material has surface shaping. The surface shaping contains at least one indentation which extends from one of the narrow longitudinal faces of the strip-shaped fiber-reinforced composite material continuously over at least 30% of the width of the strip-shaped fiber-reinforced composite material. Furthermore, a method is performed for producing the strip-shaped, fiber-reinforced composite material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventors: TIM WITZKE, PATRIK-VINCENT BRUDZINSKI, ANDREAS WOEGINGER
  • Publication number: 20150004367
    Abstract: A process for producing a nonwoven web material with improved edge quality, and the product thereof, are disclosed. The process may include the steps of forming a batt of polymeric fibers; consolidating the batt in a z-direction and thereby forming a nonwoven web material, conveying the nonwoven web material to a nip between a bonding roller and anvil roller, and impressing a pattern of bond impressions into the nonwoven web material, the bond impressions lying a long a cut path. When the web is subsequently cut along the cut path, fibers proximate the cut path are immobilized by the bonds, providing for relatively neater, cleaner cut edges and reducing the number of loose fibers that may be released into the plant environment in downstream processing operations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventors: Han Xu, Andrew Starr Bales, Peter Wiedmann, Taner Dirama, Carlisle Mitchell Herron
  • Publication number: 20140369847
    Abstract: A fiber structure for reinforcing a composite material part, the structure being woven as a single piece by multilayer weaving between a first plurality of layers of yarns extending in a first direction and a second plurality of layers of yarns extending in a second direction. The second plurality of layers of yarns includes at least one layer of variable-weight yarns, each variable-weight yarn including a separable assembly of individual yarns, each having a determined weight. The fiber structure includes at least one portion of reduced thickness in which the variable-weight yarn presents a weight that is less than the weight that it presents prior to the reduced thickness portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2012
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Applicant: SNECMA
    Inventors: Bruno Jacques Gerard Dambrine, Dominique Coupe, Jonathan Goering, Brock Gilbertson, Jean-Noel Mahieu
  • Patent number: 8871329
    Abstract: A power transmission belt having a body with a length, an inside, and an outside. The body has a plurality of teeth formed on the inside of the body and spaced along the length of the body. The body has a first surface at the inside of the body defined at least in part by the teeth. A cloth component has a first side attached to the first surface and a second side exposed to engage a cooperating pulley. The cloth component has first fibers at the first side of the cloth component with a first performance characteristic and second fibers at the second side of the cloth component with a second performance characteristic. The first side of the cloth component has different properties than the second side of the cloth component by reason of the presence of the first and second fibers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Mitsuboshi Belting Ltd.
    Inventors: Masakuni Yoshida, Yasuyuki Izu
  • Patent number: 8853108
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a nonwoven material intended for use in absorbent products produced by the hydroentangling of a substrate web comprising at least one layer of fibers selected from amongst synthetic fibers, regenerated fibers and natural fibers, wherein the nonwoven material (1) has a base level h0 with protuberances (2, 3) on one side, wherein the protuberances (2, 3) form at least a first and a second surface structure respectively in the form of first (2) and second (3) protuberances from the base level h0, wherein the first protuberances (2) have a height h1 from the base level and the second protuberances (3) have a height h2 from the base level h0, where h2 is higher than h1, and each of the second protuberances (3) occupies an area of the surface of the base level at least 4 times greater than each of the first protuberances (2). The invention also relates to an absorbent product containing a nonwoven material in accordance with the above.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: SCA Hygiene Products AB
    Inventors: Hannu Ahoniemi, Daniel Burman, Mikael Strandqvist
  • Patent number: 8820017
    Abstract: A reverse molded fiberboard panel; a wainscot kit comprising a plurality of differently sized reverse molded panels, and a planar finishing or spacer panel, adapted to completely cover any size wall between a wall base board and a wall chair rail; and a method of reverse molding a loose cellulosic mat, in a single pressing step, to provide one or more relatively high density, raised panels without requiring preliminary pressing, or other pre-shaping step, such as scalping. The reverse-molded panels are molded in a conventional, multi-opening fiberboard press, in a single pressing step process, while achieving excellent transfer of mold detail (embossing fidelity) without visually noticeable fiber fracture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Masonite Corporation
    Inventors: Steven K. Lynch, Dale E. Schafernak, Karine Luetgert, Bei-Hong Liang, Lee Braddock
  • Publication number: 20140242324
    Abstract: The present invention provides laminate fabrics comprising two or more spunlaced fabric layers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2014
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: Precison Fabrics Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Walter Jones, Rebecca Klossner, James Flippin
  • Publication number: 20140234575
    Abstract: A layered nonwoven fabric with excellent feel on the skin and liquid permeability, and a method for producing the layered nonwoven fabric. The layered nonwoven fabric includes an upper layer consisting of a first nonwoven fabric and a lower layer consisting of a second nonwoven fabric. The layered nonwoven fabric has a first surface on the first nonwoven fabric side with a plurality of protrusions and recesses and a second surface on the second nonwoven fabric side. The protrusions on the first surface have a higher basis weight than the recesses on the first surface, and the protrusions on the first surface have a lower fiber density than the recesses on the first surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2012
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Inventors: Satoshi Mitsuno, Jun Okuda, Noritomo Kameda
  • Patent number: 8802218
    Abstract: An insulating product utilizing pillars and arches to increase loft without increasing the thickness of the padding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Inventor: Yick Lap Li
  • Patent number: 8722173
    Abstract: A liquid-pervious fibrous non-woven fabric includes staple fibers made of thermoplastic synthetic resin fused together which is formed on its upper surface with a plurality of ridges, and a plurality of grooves extending in parallel in a longitudinal direction. The ridges and grooves are arranged alternately in a transverse direction. On the upper surface, some of the staple fibers extend across the ridges to the adjacent grooves on each side of the ridges and are, in the respective grooves, fused to the staple fibers of a different type from the former staple fibers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Unicharm Corporation
    Inventors: Toru Oba, Satoshi Mizutani, Akihiro Kimura
  • Patent number: 8696849
    Abstract: A novel reinforcement system for maximizing tensile strength and modulus of elasticity per ply for composite systems has one or more pockets with a first pocket edge, a second pocket edge, a pocket front surface, and a pocket rear surface. The pocket front surface and the pocket rear surface each have a pocket cross-stitch that perpendicularly traverses the pocket. The pocket traverses the fabric parallel and adjacent to the first fabric edge and the second fabric edge in a warp, or 0 degree, or x-axis direction. The pockets contain one or more fiber tows with a plurality of filaments in a stack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Inventor: James J. Butler
  • Patent number: 8650834
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a method of forming a molded core component. A mat formed from cellulosic fiber and resin is provided. The mat is consolidated in a first press until the resin is substantially fully cured, and then removed from the first press. The consolidated mat is then placed in a second press having a mold cavity shaped to form at least one depression in at least one of the major surfaces. The consolidated mat is reformed in the second press to form a molded core component having at least one depression in at least one of the major surfaces. The molded core component has a variable density, preferably of between about 10 lbs/ft3 and 80 lbs/ft3.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Masonite Corporation
    Inventors: Geoffrey B. Hardwick, Henry M. Coghlan, John Peter Walsh, Allen Ray Hill
  • Publication number: 20140037908
    Abstract: A three-dimensional netted structure having an upper surface, a lower surface, two side surfaces a left end surface, and a right end surface, including at least a plurality of filaments helically and randomly entangled and thermally bonded together, wherein the filaments are formed out of a thermoplastic resin by extrusion molding followed by cooling with a liquid; and the netted structure is four-surface molded, the upper surface, the lower surface and the two side surfaces being molded. An apparatus and a method for manufacturing the three-dimensional netted structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2013
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Applicant: C-ENG CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Nobuyuki TAKAOKA
  • Publication number: 20140037907
    Abstract: A three-dimensional netted structure having an upper surface, a lower surface, two side surfaces a left end surface, and a right end surface, including at least a plurality of filaments helically and randomly entangled and thermally bonded together, wherein the filaments are formed out of a thermoplastic resin by extrusion molding followed by cooling with a liquid; and the netted structure is four-surface molded, the upper surface, the lower surface and the two side surfaces being molded. An apparatus and a method for manufacturing the three-dimensional netted structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2013
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Applicant: C-ENG CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Nobuyuki TAKAOKA
  • Publication number: 20130344286
    Abstract: A nonwoven fabric comprising extendable fiber and elastic fiber, wherein the nonwoven fabric comprises a first side having a plurality of protrusions and a plurality of recesses and a second side on the side opposite the first side, the proportion of extendable fiber in the protrusions on the first side is higher than the proportion of extendable fiber in the recesses on the first side, and the nonwoven fabric is coated with a hydrophilic agent, or the extendable fiber and elastic fiber comprise a hydrophilic agent, the nonwoven fabric has a water absorbing property represented by a water absorption height of at least 10 mm in a water absorption test, and a quick-drying property represented by a transpiration rate of at least 20 mass % in a transpiration test.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2012
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Inventors: Satoshi Mitsuno, Jun Okuda
  • Publication number: 20130283537
    Abstract: A quilted panel for a mattress having gel fibers incorporated therein so as to bring the gel material closer to the top of the mattress such that the benefits of the gel material are better realized by the user. In some embodiments, the gel fibers are incorporated into the FR fiber pad of the quilted panel. In other embodiments, a separate gel fiber pad is positioned within the quilted panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2013
    Publication date: October 31, 2013
    Applicant: Advanced Sleep Concepts
    Inventor: Dominick Azevedo
  • Publication number: 20130236700
    Abstract: The present invention aims to provide a liquid-pervious sheet suitable to be used as a liquid-pervious topsheet of a bodily fluid-absorbent wearing article. One surface 58 of both surfaces 57, 58 of a liquid-pervious sheet 11 is formed with crests 61 and troughs 62 extending in parallel to one another in a longitudinal direction A and alternate in a transverse direction B. The one surface 58 is additionally formed at least in the respective crests 61 with a series of compressed debosses 70. In the respective compressed debosses 70, thermoplastic synthetic fibers forming the liquid-pervious sheet 11 more densely gather together than in zones surrounding the respective compressed debosses 70 and thereby maintain initial fiber formation of the individual thermoplastic synthetic fibers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2011
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Applicant: UNICHAM CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Yamanaka, Naoto Ohashi
  • Patent number: 8501648
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to pre-moistened webs and wipes having visible compressed sites that provide the perception of a cloth-like texture. The disclosure also relates to a nonwoven web made of non-thermoplastic fibers with at least one compressed site on the surface of the web that remains visible when the web is pre-moistened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventor: Jonathan Paul Brennan
  • Publication number: 20130183476
    Abstract: An apparatus and methods for thermally treating webs having thermoplastic respectively meltable compounds, thereby creating cylindrical or elliptic consolidation regions which may optionally have an aperture by employing a thermal energy source, such as ultrasonic energy, as well as to webs with elliptic consolidation regions. In a particular, the apparatus and methods create consolidation regions by using an anvil with a flexible elongated member, such as a wire, a chain or a tubular anvil with circumferential ribs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Publication date: July 18, 2013
    Applicant: CONCEPTS FOR SUCCESS (C4S)
    Inventor: Christoph Schmitz
  • Publication number: 20130171421
    Abstract: A fibrous structure including filaments wherein the filaments comprise one or more filament-forming materials and one or more active agents that are releasable from the filament when exposed to conditions of intended use, the fibrous structure further having at least two regions with different properties, in particular wherein each region has different average densities. Methods of treating fabrics with a fibrous structure are also provided herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2013
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Applicant: THE PROCTER & GAMBLE COMPANY
    Inventor: The Procter & Gamble Company
  • Patent number: 8468763
    Abstract: A reverse molded fiberboard panel; a wainscot kit comprising a plurality of differently sized reverse molded panels, and a planar finishing or spacer panel, adapted to completely cover any size wall between a wall base board and a wall chair rail; and a method of reverse molding a loose cellulosic mat, in a single pressing step, to provide one or more relatively high density, raised panels without requiring preliminary pressing, or other pre-shaping step, such as scalping. The reverse-molded panels are molded in a conventional, multi-opening fiberboard press, in a single pressing step process, while achieving excellent transfer of mold detail (embossing fidelity) without visually noticeable fiber fracture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: Masonite Corporation
    Inventors: Steven K. Lynch, Dale E. Schafernak, Karine Luetgert, Bei-Hong Liang, Lee Braddock
  • Patent number: 8435625
    Abstract: This invention concerns patterned sheets for cleansing and other applications, of porous or absorbent material, in particular of a non-woven material, such as a wipe. It further relates to such a sheet to which a composition has been applied. The invention further concerns the manufacture and use of such products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: Johnson & Johnson GmbH
    Inventors: Andreas Ruehe, Kristel Van Impe, Matthias Hauser, Pietro Rosato
  • Publication number: 20130071624
    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: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2012
    Publication date: March 21, 2013
    Applicant: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventor: The Procter & Gamble Company
  • Patent number: 8341919
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a method of forming a molded core component. A mat formed from cellulosic fiber and resin is provided. The mat is consolidated in a first press until the resin is substantially fully cured, and then removed from the first press. The consolidated mat is then placed in a second press having a mold cavity shaped to form at least one depression in at least one of the major surfaces. The consolidated mat is reformed in the second press to form a molded core component having at least one depression in at least one of the major surfaces. The molded core component has a variable density, preferably of between about 10 lbs/ft3 and 80 lbs/ft3.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Masonite Corporation
    Inventors: Geoffrey B. Hardwick, Henry M. Coghlan, John Peter Walsh, Allen Ray Hill
  • Patent number: 8337976
    Abstract: An abuse-resistant, cast acoustical ceiling tile having improved impact resistance and excellent sound absorption values. The ceiling tiles have aggregate particles applied to the surface of a wet pulp in the casting process and the particles are embedded in the pulp by compression with a roll and/or smooth plates. The aggregate particles have an average particle diameter of at least about 1,000 microns. The ceiling tiles have excellent sound absorption properties with a noise reduction coefficient (NRC) of at least about 0.50. Calcium carbonate is the preferred aggregate particle material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: USG Interiors, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas M. Mayers, David B. Bitzan, Jeffry T. Russart
  • Patent number: 8283022
    Abstract: A man-made, molded article is provided. The article includes a profile including a planar wall, and an adjacent integral molded depression having a contoured wall extending downwardly from the planar wall. The contoured wall includes a bead portion, a cove portion, and a ledge between the bead and cove portions. The articles are stackable, one above another for transport, in a nestable relationship in which multiple contact zones are present between the contoured walls of an adjacently stacked pair of the molded articles. The contact zones include an arcuately extending contact interface zone between the bead exterior and interior surfaces. The depression has a substantially uniform thickness varying by no more than about +1 percent to about ?11 percent in relation to a thickness of the planar wall. Related methods and assemblies are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: Masonite Corporation
    Inventor: Steven K Lynch
  • Publication number: 20120196091
    Abstract: Short fibers of thermoplastic synthetic resin are fusion bonded to one another to form a nonwoven fabric. The nonwoven fabric is formed on its upper surface with crests and troughs extending in parallel to one another. The crests include first crests having a uniform height dimension from a lower surface of the nonwoven fabric and second crests having a uniform height dimension from a lower surface of the nonwoven fabric which is smaller than the height dimension of the first crests. Density of the nonwoven fabric gradually increases in the order of the first crests, the second crests and the troughs. The first crests are formed so that the density of the first crests remains lower than the density of the second crests even when the first crests are compressed toward the lower surface until the first crests becomes flush with the level of the second crests.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2010
    Publication date: August 2, 2012
    Applicant: UNICHARM CORPORATION
    Inventors: Satoshi Mizutani, Hiroki Goda, Hideyuki Ishikawa, Toru Oba
  • Patent number: 8222169
    Abstract: The present invention includes a neck-bonded laminate and a process for forming a neck-bonded elastic laminate, the laminate including a primary elastic region and a secondary elastic region. An exemplary process for forming the laminate includes providing a necked material and overlaying the necked material with an elastic sheet. The necked material and elastic sheet are passed through a nip between two rollers, the rollers being configured to form a primary elastic region and a secondary elastic region and the secondary elastic region having higher strength than the primary elastic region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Boyd Lake, Bryon Paul Day
  • Publication number: 20120121852
    Abstract: Tape articles having improved properties are made from ultra-high molecular weight (UHMW) multi-filament yarns. The tape articles can have a ratio of the low temperature area under the curve (120° C. to Tm-onset) to the total area under the curve (120° C. to 165° C.) of less than about 0.15 as calculated from an increasing temperature DSC scan from a temperature of 30° C. to a temperature of 200° C. at a constant rate of 10° C. per minute. Additionally, in some examples the tape articles can also have a tenacity at least about 24 g/d (2.06 GPa) when measured by ASTM D882-09 at a 10 inch (25.4 cm) gauge length and at an extension rate of 100%/min. Further, the tape articles can have no long period of less than 450 Angstroms (?) when measured by small angle x-ray analysis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2011
    Publication date: May 17, 2012
    Applicant: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Thomas Tam, Mark Benjamin Boone, Steven Thomas Correale
  • Patent number: 8147947
    Abstract: A man-made, molded article is provided. The article includes a profile including a planar wall, and an adjacent integral molded depression having a contoured wall extending downwardly from the planar wall. The contoured wall includes a bead portion, a cove portion, and a ledge between the bead and cove portions. The articles are stackable, one above another for transport, in a nestable relationship in which multiple contact zones are present between the contoured walls of an adjacently stacked pair of the molded articles. The contact zones include an arcuately extending contact interface zone between the bead exterior and interior surfaces. The depression has a substantially uniform thickness varying by no more than about +1 percent to about ?11 percent in relation to a thickness of the planar wall. Related methods and assemblies are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: Masonite Corporation
    Inventor: Steven K Lynch
  • Patent number: 8137790
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a nonwoven fabric including at least one nonwoven web material layer having thermoplastic polymer filaments and an initial thickness Ts, wherein the method includes embossing the nonwoven web material layer to form in the layer an embossed portion having a compressed thickness Tc that is less than Ts and an expanded portion of the layer having a thickness Te that is greater than Ts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Assignee: Ahlstrom Corporation
    Inventors: Rahul Dharmadhikary, Rongguo Zhao
  • Patent number: 8101532
    Abstract: A lightweight, absorbent, disposable pad, and particularly to a lightweight, absorbent, disposable pad that entraps particles, retains liquid, and eliminates odors is provided. The pad can be used in a variety of ways in households, automobiles, and industry. The instant abstract is neither intended to define the invention disclosed in this specification nor intended to limit the scope of the invention in any way.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2012
    Inventor: Patrick Yananton
  • Patent number: 8080489
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to pre-moistened webs and wipes having visible compressed sites that provide the perception of a cloth-like texture. The disclosure also relates to a nonwoven web made of non-thermoplastic fibers with at least one compressed site on the surface of the web that remains visible when the web is pre-moistened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2011
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventor: Jonathan Paul Brennan
  • Publication number: 20110293876
    Abstract: The present invention provides biodegradable compositions, resins comprising the same, and composites thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 26, 2011
    Publication date: December 1, 2011
    Applicant: E2E MATERIALS
    Inventors: Robert R. Rasmussen, Patrick J. Govang, Clayton D. Poppe, Thomas P. G. Schryver, Kerrie Marshall, Adam Vera
  • Publication number: 20110179857
    Abstract: An apparatus for conducting demonstrations of the softness properties of consumer products and other materials, plus a method for conducting such demonstrations, is provided. A sample of paper towels, toilet tissue, or facial tissue, or other consumer products is placed in the apparatus. The apparatus drops an egg or other fragile object onto the sample, or the egg may be dropped from an operator's hand into the apparatus and onto the sample. By displaying the egg or fragile object as it either lands safely on a sample or is destroyed on impact, the operator can visually demonstrate to an average consumer either the softness properties of the sample, or the lack thereof. A method of preparing samples in a consistent manner is also provided to ensure that results are as fair, uniform and repeatable as possible.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2011
    Publication date: July 28, 2011
    Inventors: Courtney Lynn Wargo, Jeffrey Glen Sheehan, Christopher Clayton Dixon, Mark Phillip Wiley
  • Publication number: 20110144608
    Abstract: A thermal bonding pattern for a nonwoven fabric possessing improved abrasion resistance while retaining softness, comprising a basket-weave pattern or other pattern having a transition area (2) equal to at least 10% of bonding spot area (1) in FIG. 3, more preferably a transition area (2) equal to at least 50% of bonding spot area (1), and most preferably a transition area (2) equal to at least 100% of bonding spot area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2011
    Publication date: June 16, 2011
    Applicant: AHLSTROM CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kyuk Hyun Kim, Valeria G. Erdos, Smita Bais-Singh
  • Patent number: 7931951
    Abstract: Disclosed are a carpet for a vehicle and a method of manufacturing the same. A first material is scored to define a gap. A portion of the first material interior to the gap is compressed, and then folded out of the gap. A second material is adhered to the first material. The second material may be adhered to the compressed portion of the first material. The volume of the compressed portion may be decreased by about half. The first material may be a sound-absorbing material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2011
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Dongjin Science & Engineering
    Inventor: Jin Ho Hwang
  • Patent number: 7897246
    Abstract: A man-made, molded article is provided. The article includes a profile including a planar wall, and an adjacent integral molded depression having a contoured wall extending downwardly from the planar wall. The contoured wall includes a bead portion, a cove portion, and a ledge between the bead and cove portions. The articles are stackable, one above another for transport, in a nestable relationship in which multiple contact zones are present between the contoured walls of an adjacently stacked pair of the molded articles. The contact zones include an arcuately extending contact interface zone between the bead exterior and interior surfaces. The depression has a substantially uniform thickness varying by no more than about +1 percent to about ?11 percent in relation to a thickness of the planar wall. Related methods and assemblies are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2011
    Assignee: Masonite Corporation
    Inventor: Steven K Lynch
  • Patent number: 7897240
    Abstract: A nonwoven fabric that is not easily damaged during use is provided. A fiber web supported by a predetermined supporting member from the lower face side is blown with fluid, mainly composed of gas, from the upper face side of the fiber web to move fibers that constitute the fiber web, thereby forming at least a plurality of open areas. The nonwoven fabric includes a plurality of open areas continuously formed along a predetermined direction with a predetermined interval and a plurality of joining portions, each of which are formed between the open areas adjacent to each other in a predetermined direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2011
    Assignee: Uni-Charm Corporation
    Inventors: Yuki Noda, Hideyuki Ishikawa, Satoshi Mizutani, Koichiro Tani, Akihiro Kimura
  • Publication number: 20100305543
    Abstract: Nonwoven fabrics of a basis weight of 10 to 30 g/m2 prepared from endless filaments of 0.5 to 3.5 den of fineness by spun-melt technology primarily for producing hygienic products. It consists of endless polyolefin filaments of a volume mass in the range from 40 to 80 g/m3, its basis weight is in the range from 10 to 30 g/m2 and its thickness is in the range from 0.15 to 0.80 mm, being thermally bonded on a part of its surface in the range from 10 to 16% of its total surface area. The method for producing the nonwoven fabrics where a basic system of endless filaments of 0.5 to 3.5 den of fineness is created by spun-melt technology, which is stochastically deposited on a moving belt, of a basis weight of 10 to 30 g/m2 and then it passes through a calendering system consisting of a smooth roller and an embossed roller.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 18, 2008
    Publication date: December 2, 2010
    Inventor: Frantisek Klaska
  • Patent number: 7807086
    Abstract: A method of strengthening a boundary region between a first portion and a second portion of a fibrous body for absorbent articles. This boundary region is provided with a pattern of compressed spots, the amount of compression being gradually increasing in a direction leading away from an edge of the first portion of the fibrous body. Also, an apparatus for performing the method and an absorbent body having a strengthened boundary region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2010
    Assignee: SCA Hygiene Products AB
    Inventor: Robert Perneborn
  • Publication number: 20100249740
    Abstract: A shaped sheet, comprising: a plurality of protrusions (3) on one surface side of the shaped sheet formed of fibers; and connecting portions (5) for being barriers and connecting the protrusions (3) to one another, wherein the connecting portion (5) has a fiber density higher than a fiber density of the protrusion (3).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2008
    Publication date: September 30, 2010
    Inventors: Takanobu Miyamoto, Takeshi Miyamura, Taeko Kanai, Hiromichi Suzuki, Wataru Saka, Shinobu Takei
  • Patent number: 7803448
    Abstract: A nonwoven fabric that is not easily damaged during use is provided. A fiber web supported by a predetermined supporting member from the lower face side is blown with fluid, mainly composed of gas, from the upper face side of the fiber web to move fibers that constitute the fiber web, thereby forming at least a plurality of open areas. The nonwoven fabric includes a plurality of open areas continuously formed along a predetermined direction with a predetermined interval and a plurality of joining portions, each of which are formed between the open areas adjacent to each other in a predetermined direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2010
    Assignee: Uni-Charm Corporation
    Inventors: Yuki Noda, Hideyuki Ishikawa, Satoshi Mizutani, Koichiro Tani, Akihiro Kimura
  • Patent number: 7741235
    Abstract: A composite sheet that has a low basis weight and can inhibit adhesives from flowing out is provided. The composite sheet 1 according to the present invention is formed by bonding a stretchable nonwoven fabric 2 and a non-stretchable nonwoven fabric 3 to each other with adhesives 4. The stretchable nonwoven fabric 2 in an extended state is bonded to the non-stretchable sheet. The stretchable nonwoven fabric 2 has a plurality of strip-shaped non-dense regions 21 and a plurality of strip-shaped dense regions 22 formed on both its surfaces alternately and alternately in the transverse direction such that the dense regions 22 on one of the surfaces and the dense regions 22 on the other surface are not overlapped with each other. The stretchable nonwoven fabric 2 includes thermoplastic fibers that have been stretched at least partially and elastomer fibers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2010
    Assignee: Uni-Charm Corporation
    Inventors: Tatsuya Hashimoto, Hirotomo Mukai, Satoshi Mitsuno, Tomoko Tsuji, Kenichi Akaki
  • Publication number: 20100136294
    Abstract: Lotion-containing fibrous structures and more particularly lotion-containing multi-ply fibrous structures and methods for making such fibrous structures are provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 24, 2009
    Publication date: June 3, 2010
    Inventors: John Allen Manifold, Kathleen Diane Sands, David Mark Rasch, Jeremy Howard Nugent, Christopher Gerald Donner