Pile Or Nap Type Surface Or Component Patents (Class 428/85)
  • Patent number: 10919479
    Abstract: Method for producing a weakened decorative composite from at least one decorative material (25) and a spacer fabric (11), in particular for producing coverings of airbags in motor vehicles, which spacer fabrics (11) have an upper cover layer (12) and a lower cover layer (13) and a layer (15) having spacer threads (14) is located between the cover layers (12, 13), wherein the weakenings in the spacer fabric (11) are blind holes (16) which are introduced into the lower cover layer (13) of the spacer fabric (11), wherein the blind holes (16) substantially pass through the lower cover layer (13) and the layer (15) having the spacer threads (14) and the upper cover layer (12) is substantially not weakened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: EISSMANN AUTOMOTIVE DEUTSCHLAND GMBH
    Inventors: Felix Dorn, Jennifer Topp, Karlheinz Kaeppeler
  • Patent number: 10794012
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a multi-axial fabric which is dimensionally-stabilized. The composite fabric has a substrate and a plurality of first, second, third, and fourth strands disposed across the substrate and oriented in non-parallel directions with respect to one another. Binding fiber secures the aforementioned strands to the substrate. The composite fabric can be substantially free of more than three strands overlapping at a common position on the substrate. A road employing the multi-axial fabric is described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: NICOLON CORPORATION
    Inventors: David Michael Jones, Randall Eugene Johnson, Michael D. Samueloff
  • Patent number: 10731290
    Abstract: A liquid flame retardant composition is in the form of an admixture which includes a phosphate-based flame retardant, ammonium hydroxide and zinc borate. The invention extends to a method of providing a phosphate-based liquid flame retardant composition, to the use of a phosphate-based flame retardant, ammonium hydroxide and a zinc borate in the manufacture of a liquid flame retardant composition, to a cellulosic material treated with the liquid flame retardant composition and to a method of inhibiting strength loss in a cellulosic material when the cellulosic material is exposed to heat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: CSIR
    Inventor: Stephen Anthony Chapple
  • Patent number: 10017899
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a textile product includes the steps of providing an intermediate product formed by a backing having a front surface and a back surface, and yarns applied into the backing, the yarns extending from the front surface of the backing material, feeding the intermediate product along a body having a heated surface, the back surface being pressed against the heated surface, to at least partly melt the yarns present in the intermediate product to form the textile product, wherein the part of the back surface that is pressed against the heated surface has a relative speed with respect to the heated surface, and a device enabling applications of this method and to a floor covering incorporating such a textile product connected to a dimensionally stable carrier sheet using thermo reversible covalent interactions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: AGAIN IP B.V.
    Inventors: Christiaan Mathias Hubertus Gerard Reutelingsperger, Norbert Van Der Nap
  • Patent number: 9963991
    Abstract: A brush seal plate may comprise a flat ring with bristles protruding from an inner diameter of the flat ring. The brush seal plate may have a racetrack slot to allow the flat ring to move in a radial direction relative to a retention pin. The bristles may protrude from the inner diameter of the flat ring at an angle. A slot may be formed through the flat ring, and the slot may be angled. The flat ring may be circumferentially discontinuous. The flat ring may further comprise a retention opening configured to fix the flat ring in place relative to a retention pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Ross Wilson, Michael G. McCaffrey, John R. Farris, Theodore W. Hall, John W. Korzendorfer, Elizabeth F. Vinson, Jeffrey Michael Jacques, John E. Paul, Edwin Otero, Alan W. Stoner
  • Patent number: 9597856
    Abstract: A lightweight, multi-layered composite substrate for a vehicle interior material and a method for manufacturing the same are disclosed. A method for manufacturing a lightweight, multi-layered composite substrate including a core layer being a foam sheet and reinforcement layers stacked on both surfaces of the core layer includes preparing the foam sheet, forming each of the reinforcement layers by forming a low-density reinforcement sheet by mixing a natural fiber with a synthetic fiber by carding, subjecting the mixed natural fiber and synthetic fiber to cross wrapping and needle punching, coating polyolefin-based powder to a weight per unit area of 10 g/m2 to 100 g/m2 on the low-density reinforcement sheet, and pressing the low-density reinforcement sheet by a heat roller set to 150 to 230° C., and obtaining a multi-layered composite substrate by stacking the reinforcement layers on both surfaces of the foam sheet by heat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: HANIL E-HWA CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ki-Sung Kim, Sung-Ho Park
  • Patent number: 9362027
    Abstract: A method for making a cable jacket that includes the steps of providing at least one shielding tape having a substrate formed of a substrate material, said substrate including at least one conductive segment; inserting the at least one shielding tape between first and second jacket layers of the cable jacket, each of said first and second jacket layers being formed of a jacket material; and co-extruding the at least one shielding tape with the first and second jacket layers, wherein the substrate material of the at least one shielding tape and the jacket material of the first and second jacket layers are the same such that during the co-extrusion step, the substrate and first and second jacket layers bond together into a single layer wherein the at least one conductive segment is embedded in the single layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: General Cable Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Robert D. Kenny, David M. Fausz, David P. Camp, II
  • Patent number: 9351405
    Abstract: An enhanced substrate for making a printed circuit board (PCB) includes a hydrophobic silane coating of a silane composition intermixed with a silane coupling agent applied to a glass fiber substrate. The silane coupling agent is applied to the surface of the substrate for coupling the substrate to a varnish coating. Applying the silane coupling agent to the surface of the substrate creates surface silanols, which are implicated in conductive anodic filament (CAF) growth. A silane composition, which reacts with the surface silanols, is applied to the surface of the substrate having the silane coupling agent applied thereto to form the hydrophobic silane coating. The surface presented by the hydrophobic silane coating/substrate is hydrophobic and essentially silanol-free. This surface is then dried, and varnish is applied thereto. Then, the substrate, hydrophobic silane coating and varnish are subjected to curing conditions to define the PCB.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Dylan J. Boday, Joseph Kuczynski
  • Patent number: 9289927
    Abstract: The invention pertains to a method for reinforcing cellular materials (1), a reinforced sandwich construction (5) as well as a correspondingly equipped aircraft. In the method, a cellular material (1) is provided with fiber bundles (3) that are introduced into the cellular material (1) with a needle (8). In this case, the needle (8) initially pierces a through-hole (2) into the cellular material (1) from one side in order to subsequently take hold of a fiber bundle (3) situated on the other side with the needle (8) and pull said fiber bundle into the cellular material (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventors: Hans-Jürgen Weber, Markus Siemetzki, Gregor Christian Endres
  • Patent number: 9254771
    Abstract: A floor mat for a vehicle includes an adapter plate for engaging the vehicle's mat retaining system, a mat portion, and a fastener for securing the mat portion to the adapter plate. The configuration of the adapter plate allows the mat portion to be transversely, longitudinally, and rotationally aligned and secured to the vehicle's floor despite variations in the arrangements of different vehicles' mat retaining systems. The mat portion may include a plurality of peripheral guidelines to assist the end-user to trim the mat to fit any intended one of a plurality of automobile models.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Inventors: Johnny Lamar Brown, Annette Marie Stroud, Erik Edward Anderson
  • Patent number: 9248314
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to removable, nonslip, non-adhesive coverings which are used as shelf, drawer or storage liners. In particular, the covering sheet features an improved composite material having a top decorative layer of flocked polymeric film combined to a continuous bottom layer of unsupported foam. The structure of the multilayered composite material facilitates the convenient hand tearing of the sheet to size through a grid of perforations that are obscured by a fine coating of natural or synthetic fibers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: KITTRICH CORPORATION
    Inventor: Mark A. Calkins
  • Patent number: 9243359
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to multiple-layer composites suitable for use as floor-coverings in the form of cut tiles or broadloom sheets, providing a durable and highly stable structure that can lay flat and remain flat with variations in temperature and humidity and provide a durable and yet soft textile face. The composite comprises a laterally-compressible fabric face bonded with an adhesive layer to a highly conformable stress-absorbing cushioning layer. The face fabric comprises closely packed looped yarns reciprocating between the top and the bottom of the fabric, protruding into the adhesive layer and emerging from the adhesive layer to the surface forming micro-spring structures. The weight, properties, density and level of penetration of adhesive are controlled to maintain lateral compressibility for the entire composite and avoid warping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: DZS, LLC
    Inventor: Dimitri Zafiroglu
  • Patent number: 9221240
    Abstract: A method for providing a textile product includes the steps of providing yarns, contacting the yarns with a support material to form an intermediate product and bonding the yarns to the support material to form the textile product, wherein the bonding takes place by providing a reactive nucleus precursor at a site where the yarns contact the support material, and converting the precursor into a compound having multiple reactive nuclei in the presence of a compound having multiple nucleophilic groups, as well as a textile product obtainable by the method, uses of that product and lignin for use in producing such a textile product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: ERUTAN BV
    Inventors: Christiaan Mathias Hubertus Gerard Reutelingsperger, Tzanko Kaloyanov Tzanov, Carlos Díaz Blanco
  • Patent number: 9221940
    Abstract: Coating compositions, processes of making coating compositions, coated articles, and methods of forming such articles. Coating compositions include a dispersion of core/shell particles. The core includes a base polymer, and the shell includes a polar polymeric stabilizing agent. One or more hydrophobic particulate fillers is embedded at least partially in the shell. Processes include: (1) selecting the base polymer; (2) selecting the stabilizing agent; (3) selecting the particulate filler(s); (4) melt-blending these, and contacting the melt-blend with water optionally with a neutralizing agent, thereby forming the coating composition including a dispersion. Coated articles include a substrate including cellulose and a dispersion on at least one surface of the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: Dow Global Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Jouko Vyorykka, David L. Malotky, Ronald Wevers
  • Patent number: 9199566
    Abstract: A floor mat for a vehicle includes an adapter plate for engaging the vehicle's mat retaining system, a mat portion, and a fastener for securing the mat portion to the adapter plate. The configuration of the adapter plat allows the mat portion to be transversely, longitudinally, and rotationally aligned and secured to the vehicle's floor despite variations in the arrangements of different vehicles' mat retaining systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Inventors: Johnny Lamar Brown, Annette Marie Stroud, Erik Edward Anderson
  • Patent number: 9156207
    Abstract: A process for forming a reinforced sandwich structure which includes, stacked in height direction thereof, at least one top layer and at least one bottom layer including a fibrous reinforcing material, which top and bottom layer sandwich between them at least one core of a foamed material, the sandwich structure being impregnated with a resin material. The top and bottom layers of fibrous reinforcing material are forwarded along opposite top and bottom faces of the core material to form a multi-layer laminate. A plurality of inserts are inserted in longitudinal and/or transversal direction of the core material interconnecting the top and bottom layer and the core by applying reinforcing fibers at least part of which extend in height direction of the laminate, and the structure is impregnated with a plastic material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: Groep Stevens International
    Inventor: Jan Verhaeghe
  • Publication number: 20150132532
    Abstract: A method of making a sandwich-type composite panel having a cellulose-based core and a living hinge from a stack of material is provided. The stack includes first and second reinforced thermoplastic skins, first and second sheets of thermoplastic adhesive and a cellulose-based cellular core disposed between the sheets and the skins. A pressure is applied to the stack after heating the stack wherein the skins are bonded to the core by the sheets to form the composite panel. A portion of the composite panel is crushed at a predetermined location simultaneously with applying the pressure to locally compact and separate the cellular core at the predetermined location to form two side portions of the panel. The heated first skin stretches during the step of crushing while remaining intact between the two side portions. The skins bond together at the predetermined location to form the living hinge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2015
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: Darius J. Preisler, Christopher A. Heikkila
  • Publication number: 20150110992
    Abstract: A process is described wherein pile yarn is woven with cotton weft and warp yarns to produce ferry fabrics, such as towels. The fabric is then washed in warm water to dissolve the PVA fibers. The amount of fibers dissolved, depends upon the count of the yarn or yarns used. By dissolving the PVA fibers, a hollow air space is produced throughout the pile yarn, corresponding to an increase in the air space in the pile yarn. By increasing the air space in the pile yarn, the resulting towels are softer and bulkier than standard cotton towels. The present invention further relates to pile yarn in terry woven fabric (warp yarn), or weft yarn, in the case of flat fabrics.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventor: Rajesh R. MANDAWEWALA
  • Patent number: 8900702
    Abstract: An artificial hair and a wig using the same are provided which have the property of thermal deformation expanding upon heating by a hair drier or others used for hair styling. The artificial hair 1 is made by mixing at the pre-determined ratio a semi-aromatic polyamide having a glass transition temperature between 60-120° C. and a resin not expanding in said temperature range. The artificial hair may have a sheath/core structure comprising a core portion 5B and a sheath portion covering the core portion. As the resin not expanding in said temperature range, polyethylene terephthalate or others can be used, and as the sheath, nylon 6 or nylon 66 can be used. Said artificial hair 1 can maintain its shape at room temperature or after shampooing due to thermal deformation by heating in steam atmosphere at temperature of glass transition or higher or about 80-100° C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Aderans Company Limited
    Inventors: Yutaka Shirakashi, Takayuki Watanabe, Osamu Asakura, Nobuyoshi Imai, Akemi Irikura
  • Patent number: 8898879
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a modular textile system includes dividing a textile web into a plurality of frames that define carpet tiles to be formed from the textile web, providing each frame with an indicium, and forming the textile web into a plurality of carpet tiles. The indicium may include at least one of a variously oriented indicium and a variously positioned indicium for indicating the orientation of each carpet tile in an installation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Tandus Flooring, Inc.
    Inventor: Glen Hussmann
  • Patent number: 8877661
    Abstract: Energy-absorbing textile structure, in particular for use in vehicle construction, which has high-tensile yarns for absorbing force, is formed by a braided fabric (2) with standing ends (3) in the force input direction and in that the textile structure has at least one region (4) with local modification of the fiber structure (2, 3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: SGL Kümpers GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Franz-Jürgen Kümpers, Olaf Rüger, Hanno Pfitzer
  • Publication number: 20140272261
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a nonwoven substrate comprising a layer of fibers, wherein a plurality of the fibers each comprise a plurality of fibrils extending outwardly from a surface of the fibers, and wherein the plurality of fibrils comprise a lipid ester.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Brian Udengaard, Olaf Erik Alexander Isele, Calvin Hoi Wung Cheng
  • MAT
    Publication number: 20140134387
    Abstract: Provided is a mat which is capable of significantly contributing to sound and healthy life environment, and particularly capable of effectively reducing energy of electromagnetic waves, vibrations, sounds, impacts, radiations and so on and which has excellent antibacterial properties, antiviral properties, anti-allergen properties and deoderization properties. The mat (11) is a mat with a backing layer (13) formed on the back surface side of a fiber surface layer (12), wherein at least one of the fiber surface layer (12) and the backing layer (13) contains an organic attenuating filler (marked as ?), a radiation reduction filler (marked as ?), an iodine-based compound (marked as ?) and an allergen reduction filler (marked as ?).
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2014
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicants: DAIWA CO., LTD., SHOUEI CO., LTD., YACHIYO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kohei Yamada, Mitsuo Hori
  • Publication number: 20140113101
    Abstract: A method for the manufacture of a fibre composite component with a base element, and with at least one ancillary element bonded to the base element. A reinforcement element is introduced in at least one bonding region of the base element or the ancillary element for purposes of developing a bonding surface for the ancillary element or the base element. A reinforcement element with fibre sections, the ends of which emanate from a bonding surface is provided. A fibre composite component is provided with a base element, in the bonding regions of which reinforcement elements are introduced, on the bonding surfaces of which ancillary elements are bonded with one such.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2012
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Inventor: Dirk Elbracht
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20140087117
    Abstract: Provided are polyphenylene sulfide compositions having improved thermo-oxidative stability, methods for obtaining them, and articles comprising the compositions. The compositions comprise polyphenylene sulfide and a bismuth additive. The bismuth additive comprises a bismuth halide, an inorganic bismuth salt, a bismuth carboxylate, an oxide comprising bismuth and a transition metal, bismuth metal, or a mixture thereof. Optionally, the compositions further comprise at least one zinc(II) compound.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2012
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Applicant: E I DU PONT DE NEMOURS AND COMPANY
    Inventors: Robert John Duff, Joachim C. Ritter, Joel M. Pollino
  • Publication number: 20140037891
    Abstract: Disclosed are spray-on anti-soil formulations, and methods for treating fibers, carpets, and fabrics with the same. The anti-soil formulations comprise a synergistic blend of an anti-soil component and a stain blocker component adapted to be sprayed-on a fiber, carpet, or fabric instead of known exhaust applications. The anti-soil component can be either fluorochemical or non-fluorochemical based, while the stain blocker can comprise any chemical that blocks positively charged dye sites. Fibers, carpets, and fabrics treated with the anti-soil formulations exhibit superior anti-soil characteristics compared to sprayed-on fluorochemicals and exhibit similar anti-soil characteristics compared to known exhaust application.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2011
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Inventor: Sundar Mohan Rao
  • Publication number: 20140037885
    Abstract: Rectangular carpet modules or “planks” and installation of such planks having the continuous appearance of broadloom carpet or a wide variety of other effective, human scale designs. “Planks” sized approximately ¼ meter (25 cm) by 1 meter (100 cm) (or approximately 9 inches by 36 inches) are particularly effective.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Applicant: Interface, Inc.
    Inventor: David D. Oakey
  • Patent number: 8623991
    Abstract: A process for producing an IPA/PET copolymer fiber that is homogenous having a substantially level, single IPA copolymer content, said fiber having improved pilling resistance and dye uptake.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: David C. Poole Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Alton Usher, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8618190
    Abstract: A latex marking ink suitable for marking rubber articles has been developed. The ink comprises vulcanizable rubber latex, pigment, vulcanizing agent, and non-ionic stabilizer dispersed in water. Shear stability is dramatically and unexpectedly increased by the presence of the non-ionic stabilizer even though viscosity also increases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: PolyOne Corporation
    Inventors: Heather E. Burik, Steve White
  • Patent number: 8613992
    Abstract: A protective cover of an electronic device includes a leather layer, which includes an outside surface and a bottom surface. A backing layer integrates with the bottom surface of the leather layer. The protective cover adheres onto the electronic devices, hence, the electronic devices are well protected, and the appearances of the electronic devices are well maintained. The surfaces of the electronic devices cannot be dirtied, scraped, or damaged. Users can feel more comfortable when operating their electronic devices, hence, the worthiness and the usability of the electronic devices are greatly enhanced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2013
    Inventor: Fu Yi Hsu
  • Publication number: 20130330501
    Abstract: A hierarchical surface having improved control of the wetting characteristics and methods for forming the same is described. The hierarchical surface includes a primary structure having at least one primary characteristic features; a secondary structure having at least one secondary characteristic features, wherein the size of the at least one secondary characteristic features are larger than the size of the at least one primary characteristic features. Moreover, the primary structure and the secondary structure synergistically provide improved mechanical properties and control of the wetting characteristics over that of the primary structure or the secondary structure alone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2011
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Inventors: Joanna Aizenberg, Philseok Kim
  • Publication number: 20130278019
    Abstract: A panel assembly including a compression-molded, composite panel is provided. The panel has first and second outer layers and a core positioned between the outer layers. The core has a large number of cavities. The outer layers are bonded to the core by press molding. The assembly also includes a component pivotally connected to the panel and a living hinge which allows the component to pivot about a pivot axis between different use positions relative to the panel. The assembly further includes a stiffening support having a support axis substantially parallel to the pivot axis. The support is bonded or joined to the panel to locally reinforce the panel adjacent the living hinge. The stiffening support eliminates the need for a metal hinge and provides for a light weight assembly with improved aesthetics and function.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 28, 2012
    Publication date: October 24, 2013
    Applicant: GLOBAL IP HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventors: Darius J. Preisler, Christopher A. Heikkila
  • Publication number: 20130276805
    Abstract: A fleece for a smokeless tobacco pouch is disclosed. The fleece comprises a material and at least one thread attached to said material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2013
    Publication date: October 24, 2013
    Applicant: British American Tobacco (Investments) Limited
    Inventor: Michele Mola
  • Publication number: 20130230682
    Abstract: A carpet tile having a contrast pattern intermixed with a portion of a background pattern. The contrast pattern is positioned proximate a selected side edge of the carpet tile and has a contrast color different than the colors of the background pattern. Within a floor covering, the rotational position of the carpet tile can be varied to thereby achieve a desired visual appearance with respect to the contrast patterns of adjacent carpet tiles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2012
    Publication date: September 5, 2013
    Inventors: REESIE DUNCAN, Shannon Crump Cochran
  • Publication number: 20130230681
    Abstract: A carpet tile having a contrast pattern intermixed with a portion of a background pattern. The contrast pattern is positioned proximate a selected side edge of the carpet tile and has a contrast color different than the colors of the background pattern. Within a floor covering, the rotational position of the carpet tile can be varied to thereby achieve a desired visual appearance with respect to the contrast patterns of adjacent carpet tiles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2012
    Publication date: September 5, 2013
    Inventors: REESIE DUNCAN, Shannon Crump Cochran
  • Patent number: 8524789
    Abstract: A process for recovering waste latex material from a manufacturing plant, treating the recovered waste latex material, and subsequently utilizing the recovered and treated waste latex material in a manufacturing plant. Waste latex material is recovered and treated to provide a fine, sand-like material that is suitable for reintroduction into a latex adhesive manufacturing process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: C & H Services Of North Georgia, LLC
    Inventor: James Craig Hankins
  • Publication number: 20130189472
    Abstract: A manufacturing apparatus of three-dimensional net-like structure includes: a nozzle with a plurality of extrusion holes that are arrayed to extrude and drop downward a thermoplastic synthetic resin in a molten state and thereby form a filament assembly of a plurality of filaments; a pair of chutes arranged across longitudinal faces of the filament assembly to have inclined surfaces that are sloped toward the filament assembly and opposed to each other across a distance that is less than a short side length of the array of the extrusion holes; water supply ports arranged to supply cooling water to the inclined surfaces; and a pair of haul-off machines configured to have endless belts arranged to be in contact with the longitudinal faces of the filament assembly and haul off the filament assembly and opposed to each other across a less distance than the distance between the pair of chutes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2013
    Publication date: July 25, 2013
    Applicant: C-ENG CO., LTD.
    Inventor: C-ENG CO., LTD.
  • Publication number: 20130095274
    Abstract: In one aspect, the invention relates to fibers treated with or formed from at least one odor-absorbing composition, fiber treatment compositions, fiber treatment kits, and articles produced therefrom. In a further aspect, the invention relates to methods of increasing odor absorbency properties in a fiber. In still a further aspect, the fiber treatment compositions comprise an aqueous composition having a pH of less than about 2.1 and at least one anionic binding agent or fluorochemical. Is a further aspect, the fiber treatment compositions comprise an aqueous composition to provide a residual fiber pH of less than about 5.75 and at least one anionic binding agent or fluorochemical. This abstract is intended as a scanning tool for purposes of searching in the particular art and is not intended to be limiting of the present invention.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2011
    Publication date: April 18, 2013
    Inventor: Dennis J. Jones
  • Patent number: 8418588
    Abstract: A method of making a modular textile system includes dividing a textile web having a length and a width into a plurality of tile areas including a first tile area, a second tile area, and a third tile area. The textile web includes a plurality of discrete design zones positioned along the width of the textile web. A first design zone includes a motif and a second design zone does not include the motif. The textile web is divided so that the first design zone is apportioned between the first tile area and the second tile area, and the second design zone is apportioned between the second tile area and the third tile area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Tandus Flooring, Inc.
    Inventors: Suzanne Tick, Terry Mowers
  • Patent number: 8414995
    Abstract: A textile web includes a plurality of yarns tufted to define a motif that is repeated along the length and width of the textile web. Each occurrence of the motif comprises a design module repeated to form a unitary array of contiguous design modules, with the design modules having various orientations with respect to one another in fixed positions within the unitary array of design modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: Tandus Flooring, Inc.
    Inventor: Jhane Barnes
  • Publication number: 20130071597
    Abstract: A towel having an elongated first body portion provided with a first width and extends in a generally vertical direction when used with a towel bar. The elongated first body portion includes a first end that is configured to be secured to the towel bar by use of an attachment member. The elongated first body portion also includes a second end that is coupled to a first drying portion, which has a second width that is greater than the first width of the elongated first body portion. The towel may also include a second body portion that extends over the towel bar and is positioned to lie generally parallel to the elongated first body portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2011
    Publication date: March 21, 2013
    Inventor: Neeta Tvelil
  • Publication number: 20130052399
    Abstract: A method of making a sheet-form loop product can include placing a layer of staple fibers on a first side of a substrate, the layer of staple fibers including first staple fibers and second staple fibers that are intermingled with one another, where a diameter of the smallest circle capable of circumscribing one of the second staple fibers is greater than a diameter of the smallest circle capable of circumscribing one of the first staple fibers; needling substantially only the first fibers of the layer through the substrate by penetrating the substrate with needles that drag portions of the first fibers through the substrate during needling, leaving exposed loops of the first fibers extending from a second side of the substrate; and anchoring the loops of the first fibers by fusing the second fibers to each other on the first side of the substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2012
    Publication date: February 28, 2013
    Applicant: VELCRO INDUSTRIES B.V.
    Inventor: James R. Barker
  • Publication number: 20130042554
    Abstract: A panel for in-house pipe installation comprises a panel layer having a material and a first surface for a pipe to be attached to. The panel layer comprises a first layer portion adapted to be attached with a second surface to a floor and a second layer portion adjacent to the first layer portion adapted to be attached with the second surface to a wall. The material is notched from the second surface panel layer as to form the first and second layer portion, respectively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2012
    Publication date: February 21, 2013
    Applicant: Uponor Innovation Ab
    Inventors: Stefan Dellwig, Luca Schiavio, Joao Teixeira, Gema Calatayud
  • Patent number: 8376304
    Abstract: A beverage coaster comprises a top surface structured to support a beverage container, the top surface including a plurality of drain holes; an inner chamber including a moisture absorbing layer and a plastic sheet below the moisture absorbing layer to seal the bottom of the inner chamber; and a bottom surface. The beverage coaster includes a device allowing a user to compress the moisture absorbing layer to force removal of accumulated liquid through the drain holes. In various embodiments, the top surface is graded and includes a plurality of substantially parallel grooves formed therein, each of the grooves including a plurality of the drain holes. In various embodiments, the plastic sheet comprises a substantially flat first surface and a second surface having a button thereon; and the bottom surface is structured to include an opening to accommodate the button.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Inventor: Samuel M Almada
  • Patent number: 8361581
    Abstract: A modular textile system comprises a plurality of distinct, but coordinating, textile tiles, each including at least one design zone, where at least two of the distinct tiles include at least one design zone having substantially the same composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Tandus Flooring, Inc.
    Inventors: Suzanne Tick, Terry Mowers
  • Publication number: 20130017979
    Abstract: A sensor substrate includes a base and fibrous projections on an upper surface of the base. The fibrous projections have fixed ends fixed to the upper surface of the base and free ends opposite to the fixed ends, respectively. The fibrous projections provide a fixed end-side region including the fixed ends and a free end-side region including the free ends. The total surface area at which the fibrous projections in the fixed end-side region is larger than that in the free end-side region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Publication date: January 17, 2013
    Applicant: PANASONIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masaya NAKATANI, Makoto Takahashi, Takuya Oka
  • Publication number: 20120328821
    Abstract: The technology being at the core of the present invention relates to the use of novel fibers in the construction of reinforced elements and methods for their manufacture. The fibers effectively upgrade the inherent properties of the elements, as specified herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2010
    Publication date: December 27, 2012
    Applicant: Polyssive Ltd.
    Inventor: Dror Selivansky
  • Patent number: 8318296
    Abstract: A composite includes a first preform and a second preform spaced from and in overlying relationship to the first preform. The second preform defines at least one first opening extending therethrough along an axis transverse to the first preform. A first surface layer is disposed adjacent to the second preform and on an opposite side of the second preform from the first preform. A polymeric composition including the reaction product of an isocyanate component and an isocyanate-reactive component is disposed between the first preform and the second preform. The polymeric composition adheres the first surface layer to the second preform through the at least one first opening. The surface layer is adhered to the second preform during molding of the composite article and in the absence of additional adhesive, thereby reducing production time and cost of the composite article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: BASF Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: James F. Turnbach, David R. Phelps, Danny Snider
  • Patent number: RE47299
    Abstract: A closure tab is provided and includes a first substrate. A second substrate is adhesively attached to the first substrate. The second substrate has mechanical closure material formed thereon. A compression bond pattern is applied to the first substrate and the second substrate. The compression bond pattern includes at least one outwardly extending protrusion. The compression bond pattern may include, for example, circular bond points, stripes, or a decorative element. A method is also provided wherein the second substrate is compressed onto the first substrate by a patterned roller. The second substrate may be compressed onto the first substrate by a plurality of pins spaced in alternating offset rows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: First Quality Retail Services, LLC
    Inventors: Ruth L. Levy, Carol L. Erdman, Mickey Calvert