Nap Type Surface Patents (Class 428/91)
  • Patent number: 11512425
    Abstract: Silk infused performance apparel and methods of preparing the same are disclosed herein. In some embodiments, silk performance apparel includes textiles, fabrics, consumer products, leather, and other materials that are coated with aqueous solutions of pure silk fibroin-based protein fragments. In some embodiments, coated apparel products, textiles, and upholstery, as well as other materials, exhibit surprisingly improved moisture management properties, resistance to microbial growth, increased abrasion resistance, and flame resistance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Inventors: Gregory H. Altman, Enrico Mortarino
  • Patent number: 11426987
    Abstract: A fabric having a base layer with an inside and a face side. The base layer may be hydrophobic and/or omniphobic. The fabric also has a hydrophilic transport layer, a portion of which passes through one or more ducts in the side of the base layer for absorbing liquids. The inner portion may have a shape configured to better absorb and move liquids. The liquids are transported to the face side of the base layer. A covering layer may be disposed on the face side of the base layer such that the outer portion of the transport layer is between the base and covering layers. In some embodiments, an inner layer is disposed on the inside of the base layer such that the inner portion of the transport layer is between the inner layer and the base layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: Cornell University
    Inventors: Dahua Shou, Jintu Fan
  • Patent number: 11155950
    Abstract: A method of preparing a fabric for perspiration exhaust pajamas and underclothing includes the following steps: (1) grey cloth weaving: weaving a perspiration exhaust fiber, a regenerated cellulose fiber, and spandex into a grey cloth; (2) singeing: singeing the grey cloth to obtain a singed grey cloth through a two-face-two-back singeing; and (3) moisture adsorption and perspiration exhaust finishing: immersing the singed grey cloth in a finishing liquid, taking out the singed grey cloth for drying, baking, washing, and then drying to a constant weight to obtain the fabric for perspiration exhaust pajamas and underclothing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Inventor: Youbing Jia
  • Patent number: 11123217
    Abstract: A reusable, discreet absorbent bed pad for medical use. The bed pad may include a base layer and an upper layer. The upper layer may include an aperture to receive an absorbent pad between the base layer and the upper layer such that a central portion of the absorbent pad is exposed through the aperture and an outer periphery of the absorbent pad is overlapped by the upper layer. A weighted blanket for medical use is also disclosed and claimed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Inventor: Linda L. Dastrup
  • Patent number: 10894101
    Abstract: A device comprises a thermal reservoir, a light emitting diode (LED), a heat sink connecting the LED to the thermal reservoir and an insulating layer arranged on the thermal reservoir, the insulating layer including an orifice arranged over the LED such that light from the LED passes through the orifice in the insulating layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: Hydro LLC
    Inventors: John Edgar Curry, Harry Edmar Schulz
  • Patent number: 10626525
    Abstract: A hollow fabric is obtained by providing cotton blended yarns and alkali-soluble polyester yarns which are arranged in a ratio of 10:2 as warp yarns, and providing cotton blended elastic yarns and alkali-soluble polyester filaments which are arranged in a ratio of 6:2 as weft yarns. The warp yarns and weft yarns are interwoven into plain weaves, and the plain weaves are subjected to alkali solution to remove the alkali-soluble polyester filaments, thereby obtaining greige cloth having meshes. The greige is subjected to boiled bleaching, softening and drying to obtain the hollow fabric. By optimizing the ratio of yarns and using a boiled bleaching, softening and drying process, a soft, smooth and fluffy product is produced with humidity-absorbing and breathability characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: SUNVIM GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Wenyan Cai, Tao Chen, Hongyu Zhao
  • Patent number: 10584432
    Abstract: Provided is a multilayer-structure circular knit fabric that has excellent cool touch sensation and moisture absorbability, has improved moisture dispersibility, is quick drying to avoid the feeling of dampness, is very comfortable with high cool touch sensation, can reduce stickiness and a cold feeling after sweating by causing the sweat to dry quickly, and has a pleasant texture. The multilayer-structure circular knit fabric is formed of a single circular knit having a layer structure with two or more layers, and has a section where a cellulose-based continuous fiber and a hydrophobic fiber form the same knit loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Asahi Kasei Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shoichi Akita
  • Patent number: 10351993
    Abstract: An artificial leather having a suede appearance and colors within the grey-black range and high color fastness comprising a microfibrous component and an elastomeric matrix; the microfibrous component consisting of polyester microfibers having a count of 0.01 to 0.50 dtex; the elastomeric matrix consisting of polyurethane consisting of soft and hard segments; the ratio between the elastomeric matrix and the microfibrous component ranging from 20/80 and 50/50 by mass; the microfibrous component containing carbon black pigment in a percentage of 0.05 to 2.00% by mass; the elastomeric matrix containing carbon black pigment in a percentage of 0 to 10% by weight; the carbon black always having an average dimension smaller than 0.4 microns. The average length of the tassel is between 200 and 500 microns. The soft segments consist of at least one polycarbonate diol selected from polyalkylene carbonate diols and at least one polyester diol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: ALCANTARA S.P.A.
    Inventors: Carmine Carlo Ammirati, Omar Teofrasti, Walter Cardinali
  • Patent number: 10307988
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing hybrid-natural leather having excellent appearance quality and good durability such as light resistance, water resistance, elongation and abrasion resistance is provided. Particularly, the fiber layer having a similar structure to the natural leather is introduced to the natural leather and the natural leather and the fiber layer are bonded and fused with each other under a specific condition to manufacture hybrid-natural leather having excellent durability while preventing wrinkles, stretching, and the like from being generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Inventors: Mi Jung Yun, Hye Min Lee, Gun Kang, Soon Joon Jung, Jang Won Lee, Hak Nam Lee, Doo Yong Lee, Sang Hyun Kim
  • Patent number: 10309042
    Abstract: The woven fabric according to the invention comprises a warp and weft yarns, the weft yarns comprise first weft yarns and second weft yarns, the first weft yarns and the warp yarns form a base layer of the fabric, while the at least one plurality of second weft yarns forms an additional layer of the fabric that can be broken under a stress without damaging the base layer to change the appearance of the fabric and of the clothing articles made of said fabric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Inventors: Ertug Erkus, Hamit Yenici, Serdar Erdogan
  • Patent number: 10297018
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for grading leather based upon the size and spacing of the breaks in the leather. All or a portion of a hide is fed to a fixture that compresses a local area of the hide into a concave shape. The outer side of the hide is compressed and the inner side of the hide is expanded to cause breaks to be manifested in a local area. The local area of the hide is scanned with a digitizing profilometer that measures the depth of the breaks as the hide is fed through the fixture. The depth data measured by the digitizing profilometer is recorded by a controller. The depth data is then correlated with location data representing the local area scanned to develop a map of the break.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Inventor: Robert vonBerge
  • Patent number: 9908274
    Abstract: This invention is directed to a microstructured filament that can be used to make fibers having an extruded filament having pre-cooled microfeatures in a radial spiral arrangement about a bore though the filament wherein the microfeature has a width in the range of 25 ?m to 40 ?m and height in the range of 90 ?m to 100 ?m; and, the filament having a post-cooled state having post-cooled microfeatures having physical dimensions smaller than that of the pre-cooled microfeatures. The filament can include microfeatures having a width in the range of 400 nm to 4 ?m and height in the range of 400 nm to 4 ?m. The filament and fiber can include physical characteristics selected from the group consisting of: hydrophobicity, self-cleaning, increased hydro-dynamic drag coefficients, decreased or increased aerodynamic drag coefficients, increased friction, reduced friction, optical effects, increased adhesion, decreased adhesion, oleophobicity, tactile effects, anti-blocking and any combination of these.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Hoowaki, LLC
    Inventors: Ralph A. Hulseman, Andrew H. Cannon, William P. King, March Maguire, Carl Hulseman
  • Patent number: 9896382
    Abstract: Disclosed is a structure of a matrix, reinforced with a plurality of polymeric fibers protruding from at least a portion of the structure surface, the fibers being capable of endowing (attributing) the at least a portion of the surfacewith biological or chemical resistance. In some embodiments, the polymeric fibers, as further discussed hereinbelow, contain or are coated with at least one biological or chemical agent which further contributes to the endowment of biological or chemical resistance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Inventor: Dror Selivansky
  • Patent number: 9267232
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a synthetic turf system including a backing member having a plurality of monofilament ribbons—soft and stiff—projecting there from. A layer of particulate material lies above the backing member and among the monofilament ribbons wherein the soft monofilament ribbons facilitates the stabilization or trapping of the particulate material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: TARKETT INC.
    Inventors: John Gilman, Derek Bearden
  • Publication number: 20150147517
    Abstract: A textile fabric (1) with elastic properties for use as upholstery material or for covering support or frame structures, for example, of seating furniture, furniture elements, ducts, automobile accessories or the like, comprising a woven, single-thread or multi-thread knitted or laid structure or composite textile material, for example, a nonwoven, as a self-supporting base material, wherein the base material has a total elongation to DIN 53360 under a tensile force of 25 N in at least one pulling direction of 0.1 to 10% and an irreversible elongation to DIN 53360 under a tensile force of 25 N in at least one pulling direction of less than 1%. According to the invention, it is provided that the base material has a pile (4) produced by flocking.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2012
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: K&R Textil GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Oliver Salzmann
  • Publication number: 20140356569
    Abstract: The present invention provides fabrics with cut loop group and a manufacturing method thereof, wherein the core yarn at the section where said loops are being cut is outwardly protruded from the covering yarns, while the synthetic fiber divided yarn, which is a core yarn, is separated into multiple filaments. The fabrics with cut loop group show superior characteristics in polishing properties, sliding properties, water absorption properties, rapid drying properties and feeling of touch since polishing can be performed while easily catching foreign substances such as extremely minute dust particles or human hairs and the like by the synthetic fiber divided yarn which functions as a hook. Thus the fabrics with cut loop group according to the present invention can be used usefully in the products such as various kind of mats, towels, bathroom products, and the like including dishclothes and mops.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2013
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventors: Hyun Sam Lee, Sung Hoon Choi
  • Publication number: 20140329046
    Abstract: According to the present invention, a carbon-fiber preform for a carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic is formed from mutually intersecting warp and weft each of which including a carbon-fiber multifilament yarn. At least one of layer surfaces has fluff formed by cutting some of filaments of the carbon-fiber multifilament yarn, and a total fluff length of fluff formed on the warp and a total fluff length of fluff formed on the weft are not equal. The present invention provides a CFRP in which the delamination strength (interlaminar shear strength) is improved and that has a high strength.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2012
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Inventors: Jun Hirai, Makoto Takashima, Norio Kuchida, Asami Nakai, Hiroyuki Hamada
  • Publication number: 20140322466
    Abstract: The invention refers to a process for the preparation of a microfibrous non-woven fabric based on polyester or polyamide microfibres immersed in a polyurethane matrix, and having a thickness equal to or less than 0.65 mm, a flat or slightly mottled appearance and a nap length of less than 350 ?m. The non-woven fabric is used for the preparation of coverings for consumer goods, particularly for the preparation of covers and cases for electronic products.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2013
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Inventors: Giovanni Belloni, Carmine Carlo Ammirati, Giovanni Addino, Francesco Panetti, Walter Cardinali, Gianni Romani, Carlo Costa, Marcello Concezzi
  • Publication number: 20140199509
    Abstract: A decoupling sheet as a support for a covering that is to be mounted on a substructure, comprising at least two interconnected layers that include a foil-type bottom layer for disposition on the substructure, and a support layer for receiving the covering. The support layer is disposed on, and connected to, the bottom layer, and is comprised of an open-pore water resistant, and non-deformable foam material that is provided with apertures that extend from the bottom layer to the opposite, free surface of the foam layer, and which are distributed over the surface of the foam layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2013
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Inventor: Heinz Dusar
  • Patent number: 8778475
    Abstract: A patch covers a hole created on a fabric when a wire of an underwire bra breaks through, poking the delicate skin around the breast of a woman. The patch includes an outer layer made of a laminate material, an inner layer made of a close knit material. The outer layer may completely encase the inner layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Inventors: Lesa Michelle Joyce, Fredericka Lee Goldstein
  • Publication number: 20140170367
    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: February 21, 2014
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Robert Haines Turner, John Joseph Curro, Jody Lynn Hoying, Susan Nicole Lloyd, John Lee Hammons
  • Publication number: 20140147616
    Abstract: The invention relates to a regenerated cellulose fiber (1?) the cross-section of which comprises an oblong, essentially flat section (3). The fiber according to the invention is characterized in that at least one limb (4, 5, 6, 7) branches off from the oblong section, wherein the length of said limb is at most 40% of the length of the oblong section (3).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2012
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Inventors: Ingo Bernt, Matthew North, Reinhold Röthenbacher, Walter Roggenstein, Roland Scholz
  • Publication number: 20140033390
    Abstract: A polychloroprene-free wetsuit and material is described consisting of a class of copolymers or a physical mix of polymers consisting of materials with both thermoplastic and elastomeric properties to produce thermoplastic resin pellets. The non-toxic thermoplastic resin pellets are mixed with additives and a blowing agent to produce thermoplastic elastomer closed-cell foam for use in wetsuits. Depending on the wetsuit application, the density of the thermoplastic elastomer foam may vary. In many wetsuit applications low densities such as less than 0.25 grams/cubic centimeters are desirable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2013
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Inventor: Robert Falken
  • Patent number: 8617685
    Abstract: Conventional cleaning sheets having brush parts provided on a surface of substratum sheet have been satisfactory in the trapping of dirt or dust at the brush parts but unsatisfactory in the trapping of dirt or dust at areas between brush parts where no brush is present. It is intended to provide a cleaning sheet with which any dirt or dust having sneaked through areas between brush parts and remaining untrapped can be trapped by brush parts provided in alternately positioning relationship adjacent to the brush parts, thereby attaining effective cleaning. The cleaning sheet comprises a sheet substratum and, disposed on at least one major surface thereof, multiple brush part lines each provided with multiple brush parts arranged intermittently along one direction of the sheet substratum, the multiple brush part lines arranged in a direction intersecting with the one direction, and that mutually adjacent brush part lines are provided so that the respective brush parts are alternately positioned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Inventor: Daisaku Yamada
  • Publication number: 20130333323
    Abstract: This invention relates to paper products and/or substrates suitable for being made into wallboard tape (also may be known as joint tape and/or drywall tape) and having improved reduction or inhibition in the growth of microbes, mold and/or fungus. The paper substrate is characterized by its excellent physical properties including cross direction (CD) tensile, machine (MD) tensile, internal bond, wet tensile, hygroexpansivity, curl, bonding properties, bonding of joint tape to joint compound, etc. The paper product of the invention contains a sizing agent and an antimicrobial compound as well as other optional components including without limitation a binder. The paper product of the invention may be produced by contacting the plurality of cellulose fibers with each of the sizing agent, antimicrobial compound, and optional components at any point in the papermaking process, converting process, and/or post-converting process. Finally, the invention relates to methods of using the paper substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2013
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
  • Publication number: 20130309439
    Abstract: A process and apparatus is used for making a fibrous nonwoven web with uniform, directionally-oriented projections by depositing fibrous material onto a first forming surface with holes positioned above a second forming surface with both forming surfaces traveling at different speeds to one another. As the fibers are deposited onto the first forming surface, a portion of the fibers are drawn down into the holes of the first forming surface forming the projections which contact the second forming surface. Due to the speed differential between the two forming surfaces the projections are uniformly skewed in the same direction. The resultant material is particularly suited for use as a wiping material which can be more abrasive in one direction but which is softer to the touch when wiped in the opposite direction thus making it a dual purpose material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2013
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Applicant: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth B. Close, Michael A. Schmidt, Jillian A. Walter
  • Publication number: 20130243985
    Abstract: A two- or more ply flat woven textile in which a texture A including a yarn A and a texture B including a yarn B are interwoven, wherein the yarn A and the yarn B are both a warp yarn or both a weft yarn, and shrinkage percentage of the yarn A (SA (%)) and shrinkage percentage of the yarn B (SB (%)) satisfies a specific range. The woven textile, when heat is applied, is spontaneously formed into a tube with a sufficient overlap in the circumferential direction. The tube provides easy insertion of lead wires and is able to protect the lead wires reliably without exposing the inserted lead wires.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2011
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Applicant: Toray Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Takahiro Furuta, Hiroshi Tsuchikura
  • Patent number: 8524335
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a system and method for adjusting the relative stiffness of a synthetic turf system's synthetic ribbons. A stiffening agent is applied to the synthetic turf system such that its synthetic ribbons that are responsive to the stiffening agent will stiffen subsequent to the application of the stiffening agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Tarkett Inc.
    Inventor: Jean Prevost
  • Patent number: 8513343
    Abstract: The present invention relates to unsaturated polyester resin composition comprising an unsaturated polyester resin, a manganese compound, a 1,3-dioxo compound and a base; the molar ratio between the dioxo compound and the basic functionality of the base is from 170:1 to 1:30 and the resin composition being curable with a peroxide. The present invention further relates to a process for radically curing such a resin composition wherein a peroxide is added to the resin composition and the curing is effected in the absence of cobalt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: DSM IP Assets B.V.
    Inventors: Johan Franz Gradus Antonius Jansen, Ronald Ivo Kraeger
  • Publication number: 20130189474
    Abstract: The present invention relates to the use of a multilobal cellulosic staple fiber as a filling fiber. Furthermore, the invention relates to a cellulosic staple fiber which is characterized in that the cross-section of the fiber has three or more lobes the titer of the fiber is 1.0 to 30 dtex, preferably more than 3.0 dtex, especially more than 5.0 dtex, preferably 5.6 to 10 dtex, especially preferred more than 6.0 dtex, especially 6.3 to 10 dtex the wet modulus of the fiber fulfils the following formula: Wet modulus (cN/tex)?0.5*?T wherein T is the titer of the fiber in dtex the breaking strength of the fiber in the conditioned state fulfils the following formula: Breaking Strength (cN/tex)?+2*T wherein T is the titer of the fiber in dtex.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Publication date: July 25, 2013
    Applicant: Lenzing Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Lenzing Aktiengesellschaft
  • Publication number: 20130189473
    Abstract: A fabric with polyester/polyamide bi-components microfibers may include a warp knitted double-sided base fabric with polyester/polyamide bi-components microfibers that is treated by a chemical splitting process. Both sides of the double-sided base fabric may have at least 10 loop piles per square centimeter. Each loop pile may have at least one single thread loop. The bottom of the loop piles may be connected to the base fabric. The loops may be arranged orderly to form a planar structure that has the feature that the loop piles on one side of the base fabric may have plush-like structures at the top sections. The loops may be fractured by sanding the loops with a sand paper of 200-600 grits at about 1/10 to 5/10 of a thickness of the loop piles to form the plush-like structures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 20, 2012
    Publication date: July 25, 2013
    Inventor: De Min SUN
  • Publication number: 20130183480
    Abstract: Fabric having a fabric body defines a first surface and an opposite second surface, with at least one of the first and second surfaces incorporating fibers having an axial core surrounded by a multiplicity of radially extending, axially-elongated whiskers. The whiskers are separated by axially-extending grooves. The fibers have denier of about 0.3 dpf to about 10.0 dpf. Garments formed of such fabric are also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2012
    Publication date: July 18, 2013
    Applicant: MMI-IPCO, LLC
    Inventor: MMI-IPCO, LLC
  • Publication number: 20130180056
    Abstract: A medical health care blanket or fabric, formed of micro-denier fibers, e.g., polyester or other suitable polymer, has at least one raised surface, and incorporates an antimicrobial system having durable antimicrobial properties after at least 50, 100, 150, or even up to 200 industrial laundering cycles. A method of contributing to a sanitary health care environment is also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2013
    Publication date: July 18, 2013
    Applicant: MMI-IPCO, LLC
    Inventor: MMI-IPCO, LLC
  • Patent number: 8484891
    Abstract: A decorative cover positionable about a flower pot is formed of a polymeric material or a laminated polymeric material. The decorative cover has a texture and/or appearance simulating the texture and/or appearance of paper on at least a portion of one surface thereof while exhibiting improved durability and decreased sensitivity to water, humidity and pressure when compared to a decorative cover formed of paper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Wanda M. Weder & William F. Straeter
    Inventor: Donald E. Weder
  • Publication number: 20130129964
    Abstract: [Subject] The subject of this invention is to offer an inexpensive tricot stitch, whose adhesive strength with engagement materials increases, whose adhesive strength is the same in case that we adhere engagement materials to it from right side or left side, whose tear strength is very high. [Solution] A knitted fabric for hook-and-loop fastener comprising of tricot stitch for the knitted fabric for hook-and-loop fastener; and the tricot stitch is formed of surface threads, middle threads and backside threads; and each surface threads, middle threads and backside threads has loops at regular intervals, and loops of surface threads are linked to loops of middle threads, and loops of middle threads are linked to loops of backside threads.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2011
    Publication date: May 23, 2013
    Applicants: Maruha Tateami Co., Ltd., Marubeni Intex Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Satoshi Tsuchida, Toshinori Habe
  • Patent number: 8445391
    Abstract: A leather-like sheet composed of a microfine-fiber entangled body made of bundles of microfine fibers and an elastic polymer impregnated therein. The bundles of microfine fibers are composed of microfine monofibers having an average cross-sectional area of 0.1 to 30 ?m2 and have an average cross-sectional area of 40 to 400 ?m2. The bundles of microfine fibers exist in a density of 600 to 4000/mm2 on a cross section taken along the thickness direction of the microfine-fiber entangled body. The elastic polymer contains 30 to 100% by mass of a polymer of ethylenically unsaturated monomer. The polymer of ethylenically unsaturated monomer is composed of a soft component having a glass transition temperature (Tg) of less than ?5° C., a crosslinkable component, and optionally a hard component having a glass transition temperature (Tg) of higher than 50° C. and another component. The polymer of ethylenically unsaturated monomer is bonded to the microfine fibers in the bundles of microfine fibers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: Kuraray Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kimio Nakayama, Tsuyoshi Yamasaki, Nobuo Takaoka, Jiro Tanaka
  • Publication number: 20130101781
    Abstract: A woven or knitted fabric with improved properties is formed of core spun yarns each including a (i) core yarn of polyester filaments, mechanical stretch polyester filaments, fire retardant polyester filaments, spandex filaments, high strength polyester filaments, nylon filaments, mechanical stretch nylon filaments, kevlar filaments, polypropylene filaments or a combination thereof; and (ii) a wrapper of cotton staple fibers, polyester staple fibers, rayon staple fibers, modal staple fibers, fire retardant staple fibers or a blend thereof. The fabric may be produced by ring spun, open-end or vortex. The fabric may be produced by different weaving and knitting methods. Regular yarns are mixed in the fabric.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2012
    Publication date: April 25, 2013
    Inventor: Bestkey Textiles Limited
  • Publication number: 20130022776
    Abstract: Disclosed is a leather-like sheet including a fiber bundle entangled body which is an entangled body of a fiber bundle of ultrafine filaments. A fiber occupancy (A1) of a superficial layer that is a zone covering ? of the thickness from a front surface of the fiber bundle entangled body, is 36 to 56 vol %. A fiber occupancy (A2) of a bottom layer thereof that is a zone covering ? of the thickness from a back surface, is smaller than the fiber occupancy (A1). A ratio (A1/A2) of the fiber occupancy (A1) to the fiber occupancy (A2) is 1.08 to 1.8.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2011
    Publication date: January 24, 2013
    Applicant: KURARAY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kimio Nakayama, Masato Warita
  • Patent number: 8318615
    Abstract: A launderable and reusable, leak-proof, breathable fabric and, more specifically, a composite fabric comprised of a liquid absorptive layer and a liquid impervious but vapor permeable layer. Such fabric is useful in drawing fluids, such as bodily fluids, away from a source, such as the body, and retaining them within the absorptive layer while evaporation thereof takes place though the vapor permeable layer. This material consists of two juxtaposed layers. The inner layer has the characteristic of being liquid permeable so as to allow the body fluids to flow into it and be absorbed. The outer layer has the characteristic of being liquid impermeable but air or vapor permeable, so that the liquid absorbed in the inner layer does not strike through the outer layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Tri-Sis Inc.
    Inventors: Martin Filteau, Rene Nantel, Yun Shao
  • Patent number: 8318877
    Abstract: A copolymer composition comprising monomers copolymerized in the following percentages by weight: (a) from about 20% to about 95% of a monomer, or mixture of monomers, of formula (I): CnF2n+1(CH2)x[(CF2CF2)y(CH2CH2)z]m-L-C(O)—C(R)?CH2??(I) wherein R is H, Cl, F or CH3, L is O, S, NH, S—(CH2)rO, S—(CH2)rNH, OC(O)NH—CH2CH2O, NHC(O)NHCH2CH2O, S—(CH2)rOC(O)NHCH2CH2O, or S(CH2)rNHC(O)NHCH2CH2O, and (b) from about 5% to about 80% of at least one of: (i) an alkyl (meth)acrylate monomer having a linear, branched or cyclic alkyl group of from about 6 to about 18 carbons; or (II) a monomer of formula (II) (R2)2N—R3—O—C(O)—C(R)?CH2??(II) wherein R is H, Cl, F or CH3, each R2 is independently a C1 to C4 alkyl; and R3 is a divalent linear or branched C1 to C4 alkylene; and wherein the nitrogen is from about 40% to 100% salinized; or (iii) a mixture thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company
    Inventors: Weiming Qiu, Anilkumar Raghavanpillai, Peter Michael Murphy, Jessica Louise Flatter
  • Publication number: 20120263911
    Abstract: An apparatus for reducing pilling on a piece of garment/fabric includes at least one holding member adapted to secure the piece of garment/fabric, a rotatable brush member adapted to brush on the piece of garment/fabric until loose fibres of the garment/fabric migrates to a surface of the garment/fabric to form a layer of pillable fuzz, a shaving member adapted to remove the layer of pillable fuzz on the piece of garment/fabric, and a control unit adapted to control movement of the rotatable brush member and the shaving member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2012
    Publication date: October 18, 2012
    Inventors: Xiaoming Tao, Wai Man Li, Bingang Xu, Kok Keung Lo
  • Publication number: 20120219751
    Abstract: A pile fabric whose pile fibers are prevented from falling off without impairing the texture by fusing only a specific area of the pile fabric. The pile fabric has a ground structure and pile fibers that are intertwined with ground yarns and napped on a front surface of the ground structure. The pile fibers including acrylic fibers and/or acrylic-based fibers and have a softening point lower than a softening point of the ground structure fibers, and are intertwined with the ground yarns. At least part of the pile fibers located outside of the ground yarns are fused but the pile fibers napped on the front surface of the ground structure are not fused. A method of producing a pile fabric includes a contact heating/pressurization step at a temperature equal to or higher than the softening point of the pile fibers and lower than the softening point of the ground structure fibers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2009
    Publication date: August 30, 2012
    Applicant: Kaneka Corporation
    Inventors: Sohei Nishida, Masaaki Miyoshi, Kazuya Kusunoki, Hiroyuki Tokumoto
  • Patent number: 8206800
    Abstract: A design and process are provided in which a fully activated thermosetting adhesive layer and multi-layered thermoplastic adhesive are positioned between a flock layer and a substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Inventor: Louis Brown Abrams
  • Publication number: 20120156416
    Abstract: An artificial leather is provided having a raised nap to give an elegant appearance, and further has a good pilling-resistance without affecting the spinning performance. The pilling-resistant artificial leather is a sheet-form object including a microfiber having a monofilament diameter of 0.3 to 10 ?m and a polymeric elastomer, and having a raised nap made of the microfiber. The microfiber includes inorganic particles in a proportion of 0.01 to 5% by mass relative to 100% by mass of the microfiber, and a silicone oil in a proportion of 0.001 to 1% by mass relative to 100% by mass of the microfiber. The microfiber contains a polyester microfiber in a proportion of 90% by mass or more thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2010
    Publication date: June 21, 2012
    Applicant: Toray Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Satoshi Yanagisawa, Hisashi Murahara, Katsufumi Yanai
  • Patent number: 8202600
    Abstract: A sheet of an artificial leather substrate contains an upper-layer nonwoven fabric A (1) and a base nonwoven fabric B (2). The upper-layer nonwoven fabric A (1) is a wet-laid nonwoven fabric having a density of 0.30 to 0.50 g/cm3 and being produced with synthetic fibers in which the component fibers have a fineness of 0.005 to 1.1 dtex, a fiber length of 3 to 10 mm and a weight per unit area of 20 to 150 g/m2, and the base nonwoven fabric B (2) is a layer of a nonwoven fabric having a density of 0.15 g/cm3 or more and less than 0.28 g/cm3 and being produced with synthetic fibers in which the component fibers have a fineness greater than that of the component fibers of the upper-layer nonwoven fabric A and 4.5 dtex or less, a fiber length of 2 to 15 mm and a weight per unit area of 50 to 400 g/m2. The upper-layer nonwoven fabric A (1) and the base nonwoven fabric B (2) are layered, made into a single body by entanglement of the component fibers of both layers and impregnated with an elastic polymer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Assignee: Tradik Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hozuma Okada, Kunio Ichihashi
  • Patent number: 8178184
    Abstract: A method of producing an entangled sheet of microfine long fibers using long fibers for forming microfine fibers. The method includes a step of forming a long-fiber web made of long fibers for forming microfine fibers, at least one component of the long fibers being a water-soluble, thermoplastic polyvinyl alcohol resin; a step of entangling the long-fiber web to form a long-fiber entangled sheet; a step of shrinking the long-fiber entangled sheet to form a long-fiber shrunk sheet; and a step of converting the long fibers for forming microfine fibers in the long-fiber shrunk sheet to microfine long fibers, thereby producing the entangled sheet of microfine long fibers. The step of entangling is conducted so as to allow the long-fiber entangled sheet to have an interlaminar peel strength of 2 kg/2.5 cm or more. The step of shrinking is conducted so as to shrink in an areal shrinkage of 35% or more.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: Kuraray Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshiaki Yasuda, Jiro Tanaka, Yoshiyuki Ando, Yoshiki Nobuto, Kimio Nakayama, Yoshihiro Tanba, Tsuyoshi Yamasaki
  • Publication number: 20120058295
    Abstract: An adhesive fastening part, with a flat carrier part (14) made from warp (10) and weft threads (12) and with closure elements (18) which project from the carrier part (14) and are formed from loop piles (16) which are anchored on the carrier part (14), is characterized in that, for the free adaptation of the reflection properties of the adhesive fastening part to the corresponding reflection properties of a functional structure, in particular a clothing fabric, which carries the adhesive fastening part, at least parts of the fastening part, preferably weft threads (12), are formed from a thread material which has a preselected reflectivity with respect to infrared radiation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2010
    Publication date: March 8, 2012
    Inventor: Konstantinos Poulakis
  • Patent number: 8129296
    Abstract: A velour fabric article consists of a fabric body having a technical face formed by a filament stitch yarn and a technical back formed by a filament loop yarn. The filament stitch yarn includes a heat sensitive material, e.g. a hot melt material or a heat shrinkable material, and/or an elastomeric material, such as spandex. The fabric body has a velour surface formed at at least the technical back. The fabric body has permeability of about 80 ft3/ft2/min, or less, under a pressure difference of ½ inch of water across the fabric body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Assignee: MMI-IPCO, LLC
    Inventors: Moshe Rock, Edward P. Dionne, Bhupesh Dua, Charles Haryslak, William K. Lie, Douglas Lumb
  • Publication number: 20120034096
    Abstract: Incorporation of functional cloth into prepreg composites A combined prepreg material (10) for use in composite lay-up techniques is described. The material (10) comprises first and second layers (12, 18) impregnated with a matrix material such as a resin. The first layer (12) is a functional layer and the second layer (18) is a keying layer. The keying layer (18) comprises a keying medium to facilitate bonding of the combined prepreg material (10) to a gel coat. The functional layer (12) comprises a woven cloth (14). A circuit is provided on a first surface (16) of the cloth (14).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2010
    Publication date: February 9, 2012
    Inventor: Steve Appleton
  • Publication number: 20120027986
    Abstract: The invention relates to an adhesive film comprising a fleece carrier (T) and two layers made of heat activated adhesive compounds (1, 2) arranged on both sides of the fleece carrier, characterized in that both adhesive compounds (1, 2) are permeated in the fleece carrier (permeation regions T1 and T2) such that a total of between 20% and 92% of the fiber intermediate volume of the fleece carrier (T) is saturated by the adhesive compound, providing that the adhesive compounds (T1, T2) permeated on both sides of the fleece carrier (T1, T2) each make up at least 10% of the fiber intermediate volume of the fleece carrier (T) in the composition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2010
    Publication date: February 2, 2012
    Applicant: TESA SE
    Inventors: Marc Husemann, Matthias Koop