Edge Feature Or Configured Or Discontinuous Surface Patents (Class 428/88)
  • Patent number: 11291309
    Abstract: A stretchable flame barrier panel including an interior stretch zone having elastomeric yarns extending across a fibrous base layer of textile fibers and optionally substantially stable lateral selvage zones outboard of the interior stretch zone. In a finished state, the interior stretch zone has substantial stretch and recovery in both the machine direction and the cross-machine direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: TIETEX INTERNATIONAL, LTD.
    Inventor: Martin Wildeman
  • Patent number: 11168418
    Abstract: A manufacturing method includes: a step for producing a batt of fibers, elongated in a longitudinal direction, by batting with interlacing of the fibers, a step for passing the batt of fibers, in the longitudinal direction, through a loop-forming device having a set of rotary discs and stationary loop-forming elements, so as to generate undulations, and, following the passing step, a step for bringing the batt of fibers onto a conveyor equipped with brushes, and accumulating the undulations in the brushes so as to achieve a predetermined density.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: FAURECIA AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRIE
    Inventors: Xavier Bathelier, Daniel Baudet
  • Patent number: 11161279
    Abstract: A shaped object production method includes a first preparation step (S30) of preparing a molding sheet that includes a base, a thermally expansive layer laminated on a first main surface of the base, the thermally expansive layer including a thermally expandable material, and a brushed layer laminated on a surface of the thermally expansive layer on a side that is opposite to the base, the brushed layer including fiber; a first heat conversion layer laminating step (S40) of laminating a heat conversion layer that converts electromagnetic waves into heat onto a surface of the molding sheet on a side that is opposite to the brushed layer; and a first unevenness forming step (S50) of forming an unevenness on the surface of the thermally expansive layer on the side that is opposite to the base by irradiating the heat conversion layer with electromagnetic waves, thereby causing the thermally expandable material to expand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hideki Takahashi
  • Patent number: 10980677
    Abstract: Methods for deforming a multilayer web are disclosed. Steps of the method include: supplying a first layer of a precursor web; supplying a second layer of the precursor web onto at least the first area of the first layer; forming a plurality of first features and a plurality of second features in the precursor web. The plurality of first features are apertures formed in a first area of the precursor web, and the plurality of second features are formed in a second area of the precursor web in a positive and/or negative Z-direction. The plurality of first features and the plurality of second features are formed simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Richard George Coe, Kevin Gerard Muhs, Robert Karl Isburgh, Rong Deng, Amit Kumar Kaushik, Mathias Johannes Hilpert
  • Patent number: 10864662
    Abstract: Arrays of male fastener elements are formed by molding preforms in cavities defined in one or more adjacent plates and shaped to mold preform arms that extend to a plate side, such as in a cross-machine direction of a continuous molding process. The preforms may be deformed to flatten their upper surfaces and lengthen the arms. Stems of preforms have molded side surfaces and each have width, measured in the longitudinal direction of the strip, that narrows with distance from the strip surface, and also narrows with distance from a parting line extending from the strip surface to the head between the arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Velcro BVBA
    Inventors: Luis Parellada Armela, Elm Aubà Gomis
  • Patent number: 10758014
    Abstract: A method of making a laminated touch fastener includes introducing a flexible substrate to a resin applicator, applying flowable resin to a limited region of a surface of the substrate, and molding the applied resin to form a plurality of defined structures extending from a layer of the applied resin. The substrate surface, as the substrate is introduced to the resin applicator, has a surface characteristic that varies across the surface. The surface includes both a first region and a second region adjacent the first region, the surface characteristic varying to a greater degree within the second region than within the first region. The flowable resin may be applied within the first region such that an edge of the resin layer is disposed within, and adjacent an exposed portion of, the first region of the substrate surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Velcro BVBA
    Inventors: James T. Grady, Peter Iannazzi, Thomas O'Brien, Clinton Dowd, Andrew Collins
  • Patent number: 10494761
    Abstract: Embodiments of fiber surface finish enhanced flocked surface impact force absorbing structure include a plurality of flock fibers disposed on a substrate, a surface coating applied to the plurality of flock fibers, and in another embodiment, a divider fabric bonded to the tops of flock fibers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: University of Massachusetts
    Inventors: Armand F. Lewis, Yong K. Kim
  • Patent number: 10485083
    Abstract: A discharge device for a rolling bearing as well as a method for discharging electrostatic loads to a rolling bearing including a flexurally elastic conductor. The conductor includes a first conductor section and a second conductor section for forming a contact arrangement at a rolling bearing. The first conductor section electrically engages a first bearing ring and the second conductor section electrically engages a second bearing ring of the rolling bearing to form an electrically conductive connection between the first bearing ring and the second bearing ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: SCHUNK BAHN— UND INDUSTRIETECHNIK GMBH
    Inventors: Lothar Theis, Daniel Pfeffer, Frank Burkard
  • Patent number: 9789706
    Abstract: Various of the disclosed embodiments concern removable ultraviolet (UV) curable dye sublimation ink to be used in various printing systems and printing methods. In some embodiments, the ink includes a dye component, a UV curable component, and a soluble or solvent-sensitive component. In order to print an image on a substrate, the ink is heated to a temperature sufficient to cause sublimation of at least the dye component. During the sublimation process, the dye is able to permeate the substrate and form a printed image. After the transfer process has been completed, a solvent can be jetted onto the substrate that causes the soluble component to dissolve. The washing process ensures that any residual ink remaining on the surface of the substrate is substantially removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: ELECTRONICS FOR IMAGING, INC.
    Inventor: Paul Andrew Edwards
  • Patent number: 9656539
    Abstract: This belt molding abuts against a window pane which is attached to a window opening of a vehicle door so as to be able to move up and down. The belt molding includes at least two or more sealing portions, and abutment portions are formed on the respective sealing portions. Fiber layers) made of numerous fibers are formed on the abutment portions, and types of the fibers forming the fiber layers are different from each other. Accordingly, abutment portions suitable for the respective sealing portions can be obtained depending on positions where the sealing portions are formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: TOKAI KOGYO CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Haruhito Kuno
  • Patent number: 9332870
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present invention are directed to carpet components and methods of making the carpet components. In one embodiment, a carpet component is provided. The carpet component includes a carpet substrate having a texture comprising a pattern, wherein the pattern comprises a plurality of adjoining design elements each defining a design and a boundary and wherein the design elements are arranged so that the design of one design element is not predictable from the design of an adjoining design element; and an overprint disposed onto the carpet substrate wherein the overprint comprises a plurality of adjoining design elements each defining a design and a boundary and wherein the design elements are arranged so that the design of at least one design element is predictable from the design of an adjoining design element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: Mohawk Carpet Distribution, Inc.
    Inventors: Clyde Ray Burgess, Paul Matthew Dabrowa
  • Patent number: 9289713
    Abstract: The present invention provides a filter medium causing a low pressure drop. The present invention is a filter medium including a porous fluororesin membrane and an air-permeable support member laminated on at least one surface of the porous fluororesin membrane. In this filter medium, the air-permeable support member is a blended nonwoven fabric containing: core-sheath fibers (A) having a polyester core and a polyolefin sheath; polyester fibers (B); and core-sheath fibers (C) having a polyester core and a copolymerized polyester sheath.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: Nitto Denko Corporation
    Inventors: Shiho Uchiyama, Yuri Horie, Masahiro Arai, Masaaki Mori, Tetsuo Asano, Nobuhiro Matsunaga
  • Patent number: 9226569
    Abstract: A radial brush includes a disk-shaped central body and a plurality of bristles which extend away from the central body in the radial direction. The brush is embodied in such a way that, in a region adjacent to the central body in the radial direction, bristles arranged next to one another have a dividable connection to one another over a radially extending portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: EVE ERNST VETTER GMBH
    Inventor: Hermann Vetter
  • Patent number: 9206545
    Abstract: A fabric, such as a loop fastener material, is finished by applying a foam to a surface of the fabric, the foam containing both a liquid binder and a powder. The binder is allowed to flow into pores of the fabric and coat fiber interstices of the fabric as the foam collapses, and is dried to stabilize the fabric. The powder is of a particle size selected to cause most of the powder to remain on the surface of the fabric while the binder is dried to bond the powder to the fabric surface. The powder, as bonded to the fabric surface, is activatable, such as by heat or RF or UV energy, to adhere the stabilized fabric to another surface or to provide a desired surface property.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: Velcro Industries B.V.
    Inventors: Paul R. Erickson, David Villeneuve
  • Patent number: 9049974
    Abstract: A cleaning pad structure of stitch bonded construction incorporating one or more substrate layers of an absorbent nonwoven material with an optional additional fluid blocking substrate layer of polymer film or other suitable material in juxtaposed relation to the absorbent nonwoven layers. Stitching yarns are introduced in stitching relation through the substrate layers. One face of the pad defines a cleaning surface of raised yarn loops formed by the stitched yarns. The pad further includes an attachment surface facing away from the cleaning surface. The stitches of yarns across the attachment surface define an engagement surface for attachment to cooperating hooking elements across a surface of a mop head to define a hook and loop attachment system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: Tietex International Ltd.
    Inventor: Martin Wildeman
  • Publication number: 20150140260
    Abstract: A needle punched carpet for use in a car is disclosed. The needle punched carpet comprises at least a needle punched facing layer defining a top layer and made of staple fibers. The staple fibers comprise hollow fibers having a hollow fiber content that is at least more than 45 weight % of the total staple fibers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: James Taylor, Michael Kiessig, Meganathan Meenakshisundaram
  • MAT
    Publication number: 20150125647
    Abstract: Described is a mat (1) comprising a supporting layer (2); a plurality of filaments (3) anchored to the layer (2); at least one compacted zone (5) made on the layer (2) wherein the filaments (3) are compacted on the layer (2) and bonded to each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2013
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventor: Antonio Masi
  • Patent number: 9005723
    Abstract: A filament for use in an artificial grass field, wherein the filament has a front and a back surface and at least one of the front surface and back surface includes a plurality of adjacent concave indentations extending generally from a first end to a second end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Tarkett Inc.
    Inventors: Thorsten Emge, Juergen Morton-Finger
  • Patent number: 8935824
    Abstract: A wipe structure of stitch bonded construction incorporating one or more substrate layers of an absorbent material with a barrier layer across a face side of the absorbent material and a preformed lightweight loop fabric disposed across the underside of the absorbent layers with loops projecting away from the absorbent layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Tietex International, Ltd
    Inventor: Lori Shannon Sears
  • Patent number: 8877316
    Abstract: The article contains a fibrous, non-woven web and having a personal care composition associated with this web. The present invention relates to disposable, personal care articles useful for cleansing and/or treating the skin, hair or other similar keratin-containing surfaces. These articles are used by the consumer by either wetting the dry article with water and then rubbing the article against the skin, hair or other similar keratin-containing surfaces, or taking a wet, disposable, personal care article and rubbing against the skin, hair or other similar keratin-containing surfaces or taking a moist, disposable, personal care article and rubbing against the skin, hair or other similar keratin-containing surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Erik John Hasenoehrl, Edward Dewey Smith, III, Daniel Burton Sears, Steven Kirk Hedges, Robert Haines Turner, John Joseph Curro, Daniel Charles Peck
  • Patent number: 8863347
    Abstract: A cleaning pad structure of stitch bonded construction incorporating one or more substrate layers of an absorbent nonwoven material with an optional additional fluid blocking substrate layer of polymer film or other suitable material in juxtaposed relation to the absorbent nonwoven layers. Stitching yarns are introduced in stitching relation through the substrate layers. One face of the pad defines a cleaning surface of raised yarn loops formed by the stitched yarns. The pad further includes an attachment surface facing away from the cleaning surface. The stitches of yarns across the attachment surface define an engagement surface for attachment to cooperating hooking elements across a surface of a mop head to define a hook and loop attachment system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Tietex International Ltd
    Inventor: Martin Wildeman
  • Patent number: 8859073
    Abstract: A floor mat has a cavity accommodating an insert supporting a releasable sheet member. An adhesive releasably attaches the sheet member to the insert to allow the sheet member to be removed from the mat and replaced with another sheet member. The sheet member has visual indicia providing persons with information. Signal transmitter and receiver antennas of an electronic article surveillance system are located within the floor mat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Callas Enterprises, LLC
    Inventor: Michael T. Callas
  • Publication number: 20140287186
    Abstract: A deconstructed tufted carpet having an at least partially visible primary backing. In aspects, deconstructed carpet can utilize the primary backing layer as a design element of the overall pattern and styling in order to reduce material use, waste and the ounce weight of the finished carpet and to improve the method of carpet construction. In order to expose the primary backing, at least some yarn can be pulled very low in the pattern areas to expose the primary backing layer. It is contemplated that the primary backing layer can have a color that comprises part of the overall pattern and styling of the carpet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Applicant: Shaw Industries Group, Inc.
    Inventors: William Mark Dothard, Pamela Managan Rainey
  • Publication number: 20140272260
    Abstract: A cross-tufting machine and process for manufacturing carpet. The cross-tufting machine includes a sewing head and a tufting gun. The sewing head is movably mounted on support railing and a support platform is provided to support carpet that is to be provided with a tufted secondary pattern. The carpet moves in steps on top of the support platform in a machine direction and the sewing head traverses back and forth in a cross-wise direction wherein the tufting gun forms the tufted secondary pattern in the carpet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Robert S. WEINER, M. Steven BERGER, David B. PORTER
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8697218
    Abstract: Disclosed is a fibrous web having a first region and at least one discrete integral second region, the second region having at least one portion being a discontinuity exhibiting a linear orientation and defining a longitudinal axis, and at least another portion being a deformation having a plurality of tufted fibers integral with but extending from the first region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Robert Haines Turner, John Joseph Curro, Jody Lynn Hoying, Susan Nicole Lloyd, John Lee Hammons
  • Publication number: 20140099469
    Abstract: The present invention provides a nonwoven substrate comprising a fibrous web defining a surface; and a layer of a benefit agent wherein said benefit agent is selected from an additive composition, an enhancement component and combinations thereof; wherein said benefit agent is frothed and bonded to the fibrous web surface through a creping process and wherein said nonwoven substrate demonstrates improvements selected from enhanced tactile feel, enhanced printing, a decrease in hysteresis, an increase in bulk, an increase in elasticity/extensibility, an increase in retractability, a reduction in rugosities and combinations thereof when compared to an untreated substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2013
    Publication date: April 10, 2014
    Applicant: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank Paul Abuto, Virginia Lee Day, Ray A. Sterling, Michael J. Faulks, Donald Eugene Waldroup, David G. Biggs, Jian Qin, Deborah Joy Calewarts
  • Patent number: 8673424
    Abstract: A snap in weatherstripping where the backing has a plurality of alternating notched out spaces along each side to facilitate ease of insertion into a channel without the need to slide the weatherstripping longitudinally into the channel. The snap in weatherstripping can be pushed into the channel with a gentle side to side or rolling motion, thus eliminating the difficulties associated with longitudinally sliding a weatherstripping into a channel. The snap in arrangement of the weatherstripping eases replacement, and also accommodates variations in tolerance between the weatherstripping and the channel, making it desirable for replacement of existing degraded weatherstripping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Greenstar Technologies, LLC.
    Inventors: Steven Robert Abramson, James Allan Micket
  • Patent number: 8658269
    Abstract: A floor mat includes a perforated carpet and a thermoplastic rubber base. The base is formed around the perimeter of the carpet and through the carpet's perforations so that it integrates with the carpet and forms ribs and bosses adjacent the perforations, while leaving portions of the carpet exposed. The portions are left exposed by pinch-off ribbing within in the mold for forming the mat, which isolates the portions from the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Inventors: Timothy H. Parkes, Willard K. Rice, III, Erik E. Anderson
  • Patent number: 8623487
    Abstract: A portable synthetic grass turf assembly—that is capable of being assembled, transported, disassembled, and stored—includes a plurality of synthetic grass module units that can be laid side by side atop a base surface to provide a continuous synthetic grass surface for various activities. Each module unit includes a synthetic grass turf with an infill layer of particulate materials disposed among the synthetic grass ribbons and atop a base sheet. A barrier of synthetic ribbons extends about the perimeter of the module unit to retain the particulate material within the module unit during its transportation and storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Tarkett Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen Murphy, Alain Bissonette, Yves Lalande
  • Patent number: 8597759
    Abstract: A graphic for application to a textile is disclosed. The graphic includes a front surface configured to be viewable when the graphic is applied to the textile. The graphic further includes a back surface opposite the front surface and configured to contact the textile. The graphic further includes an attachment mechanism, other than stitching, that attaches the graphic to the textile. The graphic also includes a simulated stitching pattern “etched” onto the front surface of the graphic extending around a perimeter of the graphic and includes projections simulating stitch ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Stahl's Inc.
    Inventors: Fred Ciaramitaro, James R. Johnson, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8530007
    Abstract: A liquid crystal display includes a first substrate, a second substrate, and a liquid crystal layer. The first substrate includes a first insulating substrate, in which a pixel area is defined, a gate line formed on the first insulating substrate, a data line crossing the gate line, and a thin film transistor connected to the gate line and the data line. The second substrate is opposite to the first substrate. The liquid crystal layer is interposed between the first and second substrates and includes a liquid crystal composition with a nematic-isotropic phase transition temperature (Tni) of 79° C. or above.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: SooJeong Huh, Namseok Lee, Won-Gup Yoon, Soyoun Park, SiHeun Kim
  • Publication number: 20130209724
    Abstract: A pile layer is formed of a plurality of bundles, which are partially opened up into individual fibers and which contain carbon fibers and foreign substances. The carbon fibers have at least a mass fraction of 70% of the total mass of the pile layer and the foreign substances take up no more than 30%, but not less than 2%. The foreign substances are obtained from a recycling process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2011
    Publication date: August 15, 2013
    Applicant: SGL CARBON SE
    Inventors: Birgit Reiter, Martin Danzer
  • Patent number: 8475905
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to an unstitched design having the appearance of being stitched or embroidered. A stitched design is digitally imaged, and the digital image used to control dye sublimation printing of a representation of the image onto a desired surface. In one configuration, the surface is a woven textile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: High Voltage Graphics, Inc
    Inventor: Louis Brown Abrams
  • Patent number: 8440286
    Abstract: A laminate web having a nonwoven web in facing relationship with a polymer film. The laminate web has a first side comprising the polymer film and a plurality of discrete tufts including fibers integral with and extending from the nonwoven web. Each of the tufts has a tuft base proximal to the nonwoven web and a distal portion opposing the tuft base. At least part of the distal portion of each of the tufts is covered by a cap, each cap being an integral extension of said polymer film extending over the distal portion of a discrete tuft. The cap has a first opening including a location of rupture in the polymer film above which the tuft extends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: John Joseph Curro, John Lee Hammons, Jody Lynn Hoying, Susan Nicole Lloyd, Robert Haines Turner
  • Publication number: 20130091793
    Abstract: Insulation spacer devices, methods and related construction techniques are provided. An exemplary device may include a body having a plurality of openings defining an openwork, to allow the passage of air therethrough when placed in contact with insulation material. The device may further include a plurality of spacer struts and/or spacing depressions fixedly attached to the body. The struts may be configured to maintain a predetermined distance between a first side of the insulation material and a building surface. The body and struts act together to define and maintain a space between the first side of the insulation material and the building surface, for example, for ventilation. The building surface can be the bottom face of a roof, an insulated attic floor, wall sheathing or a soundproofed demising wall, for example. The spacer device can be capable of being transported and stored together with, or as a separate item from, the insulation material, and can also be stored in nested layers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2012
    Publication date: April 18, 2013
    Inventor: Robert William Pollack
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8409688
    Abstract: A water draining foot mat having a base with a plurality of upward extending projections where the upper draining surface of the base is sloped to facilitate the draining of water from the mat and the tops of the projections form a support for people to step on. The projections are sufficiently spaced apart to permit the majority of snow impinging the mat to contact the base where it can melt with the assistance of sunlight or salt so that the resulting water flows off the mat. The mat optionally includes water retaining walls with one or more water exits so that the walls in conjunction with the slope of the upper surface of the base cause water impinging on the mat to flow towards the water exits and off the mat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Inventor: Oluwafemi Ajibola Afolabi
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8357445
    Abstract: A sanitary napkin comprising a topsheet having a body-facing side and comprising a plurality of discrete tufts of fibrous material. The topsheet has a lotion composition applied to at least a portion of the body-facing side thereof. An absorbent core is in fluid communication with the topsheet, the absorbent core having an average thickness of less than about 10 mm, and a free absorbent capacity of from about 4 to about 125 grams per gram.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: John Lee Hammons, John Richard Noel, Raphael Warren
  • Publication number: 20120328822
    Abstract: Dry adhesive structures including a liquid polymer on the second end of the stem that is molded on the stem in a mold, wherein the mold includes a recess having a cross-sectional area that is less than a cross-sectional area of the second end of the stem. The liquid polymer is cured in the mold to form a tip at the second end of the stem, wherein the tip includes a second layer stem; corresponding to the recess in the mold. The tip is removed from the mold after the liquid polymer cures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2012
    Publication date: December 27, 2012
    Inventors: Metin Sitti, Michael Murphy, Burak Aksak
  • Patent number: 8329265
    Abstract: A durable and wear resistant synthetic sports transition turf field having at least two strips with a plurality of fibrillated polypropylene strands tufted within a backing material. The strands are tufted in a wide variety of pile heights, patterns, gauges, and stitch patterns depending upon end use. The backing material consists of at least two layers of a woven material, with the bottommost one coated with a secondary coating used to contain the ends of the plurality of strands. The strips are placed onto a shock layer and coupled together using a hook and loop fastening system. The field is covered with an infill preferably consisting of resilient particles. The field is easily installed and removed and is ideal for use in indoor, multiuse sports and entertainment facilities that require a multitude of different flooring surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Astroturf, LLC
    Inventor: Charles Cook
  • Patent number: 8318284
    Abstract: A laminate web having a nonwoven web in facing relationship with a polymer film. The laminate web has a first side comprising the polymer film and a plurality of discrete tufts including fibers integral with and extending from the nonwoven web. Each of the tufts has a tuft base proximal to the nonwoven web and a distal portion opposing the tuft base. At least part of the distal portion of each of the tufts is covered by a cap, each cap being an integral extension of said polymer film extending over the distal portion of a discrete tuft. The cap has a first opening including a location of rupture in the polymer film above which the tuft extends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: John Joseph Curro, John Lee Hammons, Jody Lynn Hoying, Susan Nicole Lloyd, Robert Haines Turner
  • Patent number: 8298645
    Abstract: A composite velour fabric garment includes a laminate consisting of an outer woven shell layer, an inner thermal layer of knit construction, and an intermediate layer disposed between and laminated to each of the shell layer and the thermal layer. The outer woven shell layer contains spandex in at least a weft direction for stretch and recovery in a width direction. The knit construction of the inner thermal layer provides stretch in at least a width direction, in harmony with the shell layer, and the inner thermal layer has a raised surface facing inwardly, away from the shell layer. The raised surface includes a plurality of discrete pillar regions of sinker loop yarn arranged in a grid or box pattern and configured to form a plurality of intersecting channels between a wearer's body and the inner thermal layer. The intermediate layer has controlled air permeability, including zero air permeability. One or more of the outer, inner, and intermediate layers include flame retardant material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: MMI-IPCO, LLC.
    Inventors: Moshe Rock, Jane Hunter, David Costello, Gadalia Vainer
  • Patent number: 8291542
    Abstract: A foam core cleaning element of stitch-bonded construction having a multi-surface operative cleaning face. The cleaning element includes at least one fluid absorbing layer of absorptive polymeric foam. At least a first plurality of yarns extends in discontinuous patterned stitched relation through discrete selected zones of the fluid absorbing layer such that the first plurality of yarns forms a patterned array of first surface loop zones projecting outwardly away from a first side of the fluid absorbing layer in a defined patterned arrangement across the operative cleaning face of the cleaning element. A plurality of stitch-free zones of the polymeric foam define outwardly projecting convex curved surfaces at positions adjacent to the first surface loop zones across the operative cleaning face of the cleaning element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Tietex International Ltd.
    Inventors: Martin Wildeman, Lori Shannon Sears, Michelis Hardegree
  • Patent number: 8283016
    Abstract: The invention relates to an artificial grass fiber in particular for use in an artificial mat for an artificial lawn, which artificial grass fiber is made of at least one synthetic material. The invention also relates to an artificial mat, in particular for use in an artificial grass sports field, which artificial mat is built up of a carrier to which at least artificial grass fibers according to the invention are attached. The object of the invention is therefore to provide an improved artificial grass fiber which on the one hand can be produced by means of the existing techniques and which on the other hand reduces the number of injuries on the field. According to the invention, the artificial grass fiber to that end furthermore comprises at least one additional material component, which additional material component imposes a permanent volume increase on the artificial grass fiber under the influence of an external stimulus after the artificial mat has been provided with the artificial grass fiber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: Ten Cate Thiolon, B.V.
    Inventors: Geurt Bastiaan Slootweg, Frederik Jan Van Der Gaag, Marinus Hendrikus Olde Weghuis
  • Patent number: 8268424
    Abstract: A composite structure mainly composed of hydratable fine fibers in the form of microfibril and a water swellable solid body, the fine fibers being obtained from cellulose or a derivative thereof, and at least part of the surface of the solid body is covered with the fine fibers. The absorbent composite can be formed in various form of, for example, particle, pellet, sheet and the like, especially of a sheet type with a supporting sheet of a non-woven fabric. The present invention further provides a method of making the composite structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: DSG International Limited
    Inventors: Migaku Suzuki, Ryoichi Matsumoto, Shingo Mori
  • Patent number: 8236403
    Abstract: A versatile fabric for use as a towel includes multiple surface areas that are formed of different materials. A support web has hydrophilic and hydrophobic materials woven therethrough. The hydrophilic material is interlaced with the web to define loops of material which extend from a first portion of the web surface and loops of material which extend from a second portion of the web surface which is longitudinally spaced from the first portion. Similarly, the hydrophobic material is interlaced with the web to define loops of material which extend from a third portion of the web surface and loops of material which extend from a fourth portion of the web surface which is longitudinally spaced from the third portion. The first and third portions of the support web surface are arranged opposite each other and the second and fourth portions of the support web surface are arranged opposite each other to define four surface portions of the fabric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Inventor: Scott H. Silver
  • Patent number: 8236714
    Abstract: A fabric having a camouflage appearance in the near infrared (NIR) spectrum with a substantially a single color appearance in the visible (VIS) spectrum is provided. The novel fabric may include at least two synthetic polymer multifilament yarns. The multifilament yarns are selected from 3 types of multifilament yarns: multifilaments comprising carbon black, multifilaments comprising pigments which modify the NIR reflectance characteristics of the multifilaments, and multifilaments substantially free of additives capable of modifying the NIR reflectance characteristics of the multifilaments. The fabric is dyed to a substantially single color appearance in the visible spectrum. In general, the fabric has a NIR spectrum comprising two reflectance curves having about 10% to about 85% reflectance separated by about 5% reflectance in a range of wavelengths from about 700 to about 860 nanometers (nm).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Invista North America S.à.r.l.
    Inventor: Kevin A. Frankel
  • Publication number: 20120171408
    Abstract: Disclosed is a fibrous web having a first region and at least one discrete integral second region, the second region having at least one portion being a discontinuity exhibiting a linear orientation and defining a longitudinal axis, and at least another portion being a deformation having a plurality of tufted fibers integral with but extending from the first region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2012
    Publication date: July 5, 2012
    Inventors: Robert Haines TURNER, John Joseph Curro, Jody Lynn Hoying, Susan Nicole Lloyd, John Lee Hammons