Strand Is A Monofilament Composed Of Two Or More Polymeric Materials In Physically Distinct Relationship (e.g., Sheath-core, Side-by-side, Islands-in-sea, Fibrils-in-matrix, Etc.) Or Composed Of Physical Blend Of Chemically Different Polymeric Materials Or A Physical Blend Of A Polymeric Material And A Filler Material Patents (Class 442/311)
  • Patent number: 9027961
    Abstract: An air belt having mesh webbing sufficiently strong and sufficiently expandable in the circumferential direction of a bag-shaped belt and an air belt apparatus including the air belt are provided. An air belt includes a folded member being a bag-shaped belt folded in a band shape and mesh webbing covering the folded member of the bag-shaped belt. The mesh webbing hardly expands in the longitudinal direction of the air belt, and is flexibly expandable in the circumferential direction of the bag-shaped belt. The mesh webbing is made of a raschel-knitted material. The knitted material is arranged such that the extending direction of knot portions of yarn threads and corresponds to the longitudinal direction of the air belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Takata Corporation
    Inventor: Norio Yamataki
  • Publication number: 20150111452
    Abstract: A thermoplastic fiber is formed of a blend including a degradable polymer and a material that generates an agent upon exposure to stimulus that accelerates degradation of the degradable polymer. The degradable polymer can include a biodegradable polymer, such as poly(lactic acid) polymer, and the material that generates an agent upon exposure to stimulus can include a soy-based material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventor: Jeffrey Scott Dugan
  • Publication number: 20140349537
    Abstract: The present invention provides preparation of a yarn with coffee residue. The present invention also provides a novel yarn with coffee residue and applications of the same.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventors: Shuo-Ting Hung, Yi-Yen Yeh, Chien-Kuo Yen, Kuo-Chin Chen
  • Publication number: 20140323004
    Abstract: A fiber-reinforced resin molded article 10 of the present invention includes fiber sheets 1, 3 and a resin foam sheet 2 attached to each other. The fiber sheets 1, 3 are respectively disposed on principal planes on both sides of the resin foam sheet 2, and at least one of the fiber sheets is formed of a glass fiber nonwoven fabric. The fiber-reinforced resin molded article 10 is used as an interior material for a vehicle. According to the present invention, a fiber-reinforced resin molded article in which wrinkles on a surface are reduced and an interior material for a vehicle using the article can be provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2012
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Applicant: KURASHIKI BOSEKI KABUSHIKABUSHIKAISHA
    Inventors: Ayako Mihara, Akira Kasuya
  • Publication number: 20140287643
    Abstract: Provided is a laminated body, said laminated body being a laminated cloth the back surface of which has excellent properties against tangling and abrasion and good separability from the skin and which has a good texture and a favorable appearance and is comfortable to wear when made into clothing. The laminated cloth includes a front surface layer, a middle layer and a back surface layer, said layers being stacked one on another, wherein: the front surface layer comprises one member selected from the group consisting of a woven fabric, a knitted fabric and a non-woven fabric; the middle layer comprises a resin film or a non-woven fabric; and the back surface layer comprises a circular knitted fabric in which filament yarn of 60 dtex or less is used at least in part thereof and which is configured from knitting stitches and tack stitches, 9 to 72 said tack stitches being disposed per area of 12 wales×12 courses.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2012
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Inventors: Yuichiro Nozaki, Satoshi Kobayashi
  • Publication number: 20140256203
    Abstract: A core-sheath composite fiber includes a core component including an easily alkaline elutable polyester with a main repeating unit constructed of ethylene terephthalate containing 2.0 to 5.5 mol % of an isophthalic acid component containing a metal sulfonate group relative to a total acid component and 3.0 to 6.0 mol % of an adipic acid component relative to the total acid component, and a sheath component including a polyamide.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2012
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: TORAY INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventors: Junichi Mizota, Takashi Ida, Hidetoshi Takanaga
  • Publication number: 20140245516
    Abstract: Fabrics having fiber blends and constructions engineered to enhance the ballistic protection as well as the comfort and/or dyeability/printability of such fabrics.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2013
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Applicant: Southern Mills, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven John Cushingham, Michael T. Stanhope, Charles S. Dunn
  • Publication number: 20140223650
    Abstract: Fiber blends useful for garments with a balance of high thermal, abrasion resistance, and moisture management properties are disclosed. The fiber blends comprise a hydrophobic fiber component, a hydrophilic fiber component, a structural fiber component, and an optional antistatic fiber. Yarns, fabrics, and garments comprising the fiber blends are also disclosed. Such garments are particularly useful for occupations requiring high thermal properties and abrasion resistance, such as fire fighters, utility workers, and military personnel, without compromising comfort of the wearers by maintaining breathability and moisture management properties of the fabric.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2014
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Applicant: Drifire, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Hines, James Bailey, Leslie Gene Cone
  • Publication number: 20140187113
    Abstract: Fiber blends useful for garments with a balance of high thermal and comfort properties are disclosed. The fiber blends comprise a FR fiber component, a comfort fiber component, a structural fiber component, and an optional antistatic fiber. Yarns, fabrics, and garments comprising the fiber blends are also disclosed. Such garments are particularly useful for occupations requiring high thermal properties, such as oil and gas workers, fire fighters, utility workers, and military personnel, without compromising comfort of the wearers by maintaining breathability and moisture management properties of the fabric.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Inventors: Robert Winfred Hines, Jr., James Jonathan Bailey
  • Patent number: 8685869
    Abstract: A knitted textile fabric for use in safety apparel, comprising a first yarn containing modacrylic fibers and a second yarn containing apparel, preferably cellulosic, fibers. The first and second yarns are interknitted with one another, e.g., in plated or bi-ply, relationship with the modacrylic yarn disposed predominantly at an outer face of the fabric for imparting flame resistant properties and an affinity for high visibility dyes and with the cellulosic yarn disposed predominantly at the opposite face of the fabric for imparting a hand suitable for comfortable body contact with a user's skin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Innovative Textiles, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael N. Byles, John N. Wasylyk
  • Patent number: 8501317
    Abstract: Cloth, in which air permeability is variable by energization, includes: a fibrous object composed of composite fibers, each of the composite fibers including: an electrical-conductive polymeric material; and a material different from the electrical-conductive polymeric material, the different material being directly stacked on the electrical-conductive polymeric material; and electrodes which are attached to the fibrous object, and energize the electrical-conductive polymeric material. Each of the composite fibers has a structure in which the material different from the electrical-conductive polymeric material is stacked on at least a part of a surface of the electrical-conductive polymeric material, or a structure in which either one of the electrical-conductive polymeric material and the material different from the electrical-conductive polymeric material penetrates the other material in a longitudinal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hiroaki Miura
  • Patent number: 8192824
    Abstract: A textile fabric has at least one raised surface incorporating multicomponent fibers formed of at least a first material and a second material disposed in side-by-side relationship. The first material and the second material exhibit differential thermal elongation, which causes the multicomponent fibers to bend or curl and reversibly recover in response to changes in temperature, thereby adjusting insulation performance of the textile fabric in response to ambient conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignees: MMI-IPCO, LLC, Mide Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Moshe Rock, Veronica Hunt, Brian Durant, David Gilbert
  • Publication number: 20110250810
    Abstract: A yarn, fabric, and garment suitable for use in arc and flame protection and having improved flash fire protection consisting essentially of from (a) 50 to 80 weight percent meta-aramid fiber having a degree of crystallinity of at least 20%, (b) 10 to 30 weight percent flame-retardant rayon fiber, (c) 10 to 20 weight percent modacrylic fiber, (d) 0 to 5 weight percent para-aramid fiber, and (e) 0 to 3 weight percent antistatic fiber based on the total weight of components (a), (b), (c), (d), and (e). In one embodiment, garments made from the yarn provide thermal protection such that a wearer would experience less than a 65 percent predicted body burn when exposed to a flash fire exposure of 4 seconds per ASTM F1930, while maintaining a Category 2 arc rating.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2010
    Publication date: October 13, 2011
    Applicant: E.I. DU PONT DE NEMOURS AND COMPANY
    Inventor: Reiyao Zhu
  • Patent number: 8021994
    Abstract: A textile fabric is presented comprising at least a first and a second twisted thread, the first and the second twisted threads containing at least one cut resistant yarn as one component, and the second twisted thread containing a non-cut resistant yarn as a further component, and the non-cut resistant yarn of the second twisted thread consisting of elastomeric fibers. Further, protective clothing is presented, which contains the textile fabric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Assignee: Teijin Aramid GmbH
    Inventor: Regine Maria Zumloh
  • Patent number: 8007904
    Abstract: A multicomponent fiber having a metal phobic component and a metal philic component that allows for the selective distribution of metal across the surface of the fiber is disclosed. The inventive multicomponent fibers may be used in fabrics and other products manufactured therefrom for economically imparting at least one of an antistatic quality, antimicrobial and antifungal efficacy, and ultraviolet and/or electromagnetic radiation shielding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: Fiber Innovation Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey S. Dugan
  • Publication number: 20110183563
    Abstract: A polymer alloy fiber that has an islands-in-sea structure of two or more kinds of organic polymers of different levels of solubility, wherein the island component is made of a low solubility polymer and the sea component is made of a high solubility polymer, while the diameter of the island domains by number average is in a range from 1 to 150 nm, 60% or more of the island domains in area ratio have sizes in a range from 1 to 150 nm in diameter, and the island components are dispersed in a linear configuration. A method for manufacturing the polymer alloy fiber includes melt spinning of a polymer alloy that is made by melt blending of a low solubility polymer and a high solubility polymer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2011
    Publication date: July 28, 2011
    Inventors: Takashi Ochi, Akira Kishiro
  • Publication number: 20110159264
    Abstract: The present invention is directed toward a multifunctional protective fabric and yarn. The fabric has a double knit interlock material of the yarns. The yarns include: a first filament being a liquid crystal polymer filament; and a second filament being selected from the group consisting of: modacrylic, polyacrylonitrile, nylon, glass, aramid, olefins, and combinations thereof. The weight ratio of the first filament to the second filament ranges from 20:80 to 99:1.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2010
    Publication date: June 30, 2011
    Inventor: Jeremiah Sullivan
  • Patent number: 7846856
    Abstract: Fibers that durably contain antimicrobial materials such that the antimicrobial materials are resistant to being abraided away or washed off during use. The antimicrobial materials contained in the fibers are not prone to the development of resistant strains of bacteria. Also disclosed are methods of making and using the fibers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2010
    Assignee: Rohm and Haas Company
    Inventors: Tirthankar Ghosh, Barry Weinstein
  • Patent number: 7845676
    Abstract: A technology for a stretchable webbing is provided including a long inflatable belt for restraining a vehicle occupant, which is effective in ensuring the webbing rigidity and achieving the reduced product width of the webbing. In one embodiment, the stretchable webbing includes a long inflatable belt for restraining a vehicle occupant, a weft yarn of the stretchable webbing having a first filament element and a second filament element which extend adjacent to and in parallel with one another, where the first filament element and second filament element have different heat-shrinkage ratios.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2010
    Assignee: Takata Corporation
    Inventor: Kiyotaka Ohhashi
  • Patent number: 7842627
    Abstract: Compositions having good wrinkle resistance and other properties when made into garments an be made from an ethylene multi-block copolymers. The resulting fabrics and garments often have good chemical resistance, heat-resistances, and are dimensionally stable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2010
    Assignee: Dow Global Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Tong Gao, Hongyu Chen, Alberto Lora Lamia, Yuen-Yuen D. Chiu, Jerry Chien Ting Wang, Shih-Yaw Lai
  • Patent number: 7820568
    Abstract: A leather-like sheet excellent in repulsive feeling is provided by a leather-like sheet substantially including a fibrous material which is a leather-like sheet in which a staple fiber nonwoven fabric (A) in which ultra-fine fibers of an average single fiber fineness of 0.0001 to 0.5 dtex and an average fiber length of 1 to 10 cm are entangled with each other and a woven or knitted fabric (B) including a conjugate fiber in which two or more polyesters are disposed in side-by-side or eccentric sheath-core relationship are laminated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2010
    Assignee: Toray Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Tomoyuki Horiguchi, Kentaro Kajiwara, Satoru Shimoyama
  • Patent number: 7820289
    Abstract: Composite fibrous constructs are made of combinations of inorganic-organic hybrid monofilament or multifilament yarns containing at least 6 weight percent of inorganic micro-/nanoparticles and organic monofilament or multifilament yarn with typical examples of the hybrid yarn matrix made of absorbable or non-absorbable thermoplastic polymers and final constructs being in the form of knitted or woven meshes and braided ligatures intended to perform under specific mechanically, biologically, and/or radiologically related functions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2010
    Assignee: Poly-Med, Inc.
    Inventors: Shalaby W Shalaby, Kimberly A Carpenter, Kenneth W Clinkscales
  • Publication number: 20100190404
    Abstract: Fibers that durably contain antimicrobial materials such that the antimicrobial materials are resistant to being abraided away or washed off during use. The antimicrobial materials contained in the fibers are not prone to the development of resistant strains of bacteria. Also disclosed are methods of making and using the fibers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 14, 2010
    Publication date: July 29, 2010
    Applicant: ROHM AND HAAS CHEMICAL COMPANY
    Inventors: Tirthankar Ghosh, Barry Weinstein
  • Patent number: 7754625
    Abstract: The present invention provides for a color stable antimicrobial coatings and coating systems comprising a silver ion-exchange type antimicrobial agent. In particular, coatings and coating systems having little, if any, discoloration are provided with no loss of antimicrobial efficacy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2010
    Assignee: Aglon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Eugene P. Hendriks, Jeffrey A. Trogolo
  • Patent number: 7696110
    Abstract: A sheet material for a seat characterized in that the stress at 5% elongation (A) is from 40 to 300 N/4 cm width wherein A is a larger value between a stress measured in the longitudinal direction and a stress measured in the lateral direction, that the ratio A/B is from 1.5 to 15.0 wherein B is the smaller value obtained in the above measurement, and that the reduction in width (H) is from 0 to 15% when the sheet material is fixed on a frame at the one end and the opposite end while stretched and pressured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2010
    Assignee: Asahi Kasei Fibers Corporation
    Inventors: Yukihito Taniguchi, Hiroshi Yamazaki
  • Patent number: 7632765
    Abstract: Composite fibrous constructs are made of combinations of inorganic-organic hybrid monofilament or multifilament yarns containing at least 6 weight percent of inorganic micro-/nanoparticles and organic monofilament or multifilament yarn with typical examples of the hybrid yarn matrix made of absorbable or non-absorbable thermoplastic polymers and final constructs being in the form of knitted or woven meshes and braided ligatures intended to perform under specific mechanically, biologically, and/or radiologically related functions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2009
    Assignee: Poly - Med, Inc.
    Inventors: Shalaby W Shalaby, Kenneth W Clinkscales, Kimberly A. Carpenter
  • Publication number: 20090260124
    Abstract: A woven or knitted fabric, formed from two types of yarns different in self-elongating property upon absorbing water and capable of facilitating the air-permeability when wetted with water, is constituted so that a ratio A/B of a mean length A of high water-absorbing, self-elongating yarns (1) to a mean length B of lower water-absorbing, self-elongating yarns (2) arranged in the same direction as that of the yarn (1) property is adjusted to 0.9 or less, the wetted fabric exhibits a change in roughness of 5% or more.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2009
    Publication date: October 22, 2009
    Applicant: TEIJIN FIBERS LIMITED
    Inventors: Satoshi YASUI, Seiji Mizohata, Takeshi Yamaguchi, Kengo Tanaka
  • Patent number: 7601656
    Abstract: A leather-like sheet excellent in stretchability which is obtained by integrating by entanglement of a woven or knitted fabric and an ultrafine fiber of 0.0001 to 0.5 dtex, wherein at least one face of the leather-like sheet is substantially composed of said ultrafine fibers, and said woven or knitted fabric consists of a conjugate fiber in which two or more kinds of polyester-based polymers, at least one of which consists essentially of polytrimethylene terephthalate, are stuck along the fiber length direction side-by-side, or a conjugate fiber in which two or more kinds of polyester-based polymers, at least one of which consists essentially of polytrimethylene terephthalate, forms an eccentric sheath-core type conjugate structure, and the fiber constituting the woven or knitted fabric has a twist coefficient of 20000 or below.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2009
    Assignee: Toray Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Tomoyuki Horiguchi, Katsuhiko Mochizuki, Akira Karasawa
  • Publication number: 20090252915
    Abstract: An elastic composite strip has a longitudinally elongated substrate strip having a pair of opposite faces and formed of an elastomer that is highly stretchable longitudinally but only limitedly or not stretchy at all transversely. A respective soft knit fabric cover strip that is highly stretchable longitudinally but only limitedly or not stretchy at all transversely extends longitudinally on each of the faces. Respective arrays of longitudinally spaced and transversely extending lines of adhesive are bonded to the faces and to filaments of the respective cover strips.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2009
    Publication date: October 8, 2009
    Inventors: Georg BALDAUF, Dieter HOMOELLE, Marcus SCHOENBECK
  • Patent number: 7582576
    Abstract: The invention relates to a soft and flexible surgical soft tissue mesh comprising polyethylene yarns, wherein the polyethylene yarns have a tensile strength of more than 1.0 Gpa and consist of a polyethylene with a relative viscosity of more than 5 dl/g. A further aspect of the invention is a method of producing a soft and flexible surgical soft tissue mesh comprising polyethylene yarns, wherein yarns are applied that comprise filaments made by: a) spinning at least one filament from a solution of polyethylene with a relative viscosity of more than 5 dl/g in a solvent; b) cooling the filament obtained to form a gel filament; c) removing at least partly the solvent from the gel filament; and d) drawing the filament in at least one drawing step before, during or after removing solvent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2009
    Assignee: DSM IP Assets B.V.
    Inventors: Carina Sacha Snijder, Leonard Josef Arnold Nielaba
  • Publication number: 20080318486
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a process of obtaining an industrial fabric with porous and controlled plasticized surface and an industrial fabric with the mentioned characteristics thereof. The invention also relates to an industrial fabric such as press fabric for use in the press section of a paper machine with enhanced aesthetic properties by the use of plasticizers and optional heat and/or pressure treatment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2007
    Publication date: December 25, 2008
    Inventors: Lennart Olsson, Francis L. Davenport
  • Publication number: 20080135200
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to papermaking, and relates more specifically to fabrics employed in making press felts on a paper machine, pulp machine fiber cement belts, and corrugated paper board, or box-board. The invention also relates to the monofilament base of fabric optionally with a needled batt which can provide one or more of the following advantages: hydrolysis resistant materials, providing light weight high strength fabrics, having a high permeability, and soft surface with a high coefficient of friction. The present invention also relates to an integrated loop seam integrated with machine direction yarns of the monofilament base which can provide one or more of the following advantages: extremely stable and flexible corrugator fabric, and the ability to provide a non-marking loop seam.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2006
    Publication date: June 12, 2008
    Applicant: VOITH PATENT GmbH
    Inventor: William HARWOOD
  • Patent number: 7238632
    Abstract: The present invention provides an electromagnetic wave shielding material including a three dimensionally knitted base material and a conductive metal layer formed on the three dimensionally knitted base material, which shielding material is characterized in that it comprises: a heat-fusing thread used at at least a portion of the three dimensionally knitted base material; and a portion in which connection thread is not present, wherein the amount of cutting debris generated at the time of cutting is decreased. According to the present invention, an electromagnetic wave shielding material, which is used for an electromagnetic wave shielding gasket for shielding electromagnetic wave, exhibits good workability if the thickness of the product is relatively thin, suppresses the metal separation and reduces the amount of cutting debris generated at the time of cutting, is obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2007
    Assignee: Seiren Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shigekazu Orita, Toru Takegawa, Yasufumi Katsuki, Fumio Shirasaki
  • Patent number: 7135226
    Abstract: A manufacturing method for a composite fabric material is disclosed, which includes: holding a bundle of fibers under tension, the fiber being continuous filaments of carbon fibers, aramid fibers, or glass fibers, etc.; placing a layer of a matrix material over and under the fiber bundle, the matrix material being a thermoplastic adhesive material such as polyamide resins, thermoplastic polyurethane, or polyester, etc.; heating the matrix material to melt it and applying a pressure on the layers while the fiber bundle is under tension; and cooling the layers, whereby the fibers are locked in place by the adhesive. Composite material layers produced by the above steps may be laminated and further processed or formed as desired. The composite fabric materials manufactured by this method have superior tensile properties, compression properties, impact properties, and impact dispersion and propagation properties compared to composite fabric materials made with conventional methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2006
    Inventor: Steve Nagamoto
  • Patent number: 7128848
    Abstract: A photoluminescent thermoplastic multi-component fiber comprising a pigmented component and processing enhanced luminescence and mechanical properties. Most suitably, the pigmented component comprises between 5% and 30% by weight of photoluminescent pigment and the pigmented component is between 20% and 50% by weight of the multi-component fiber. The multi-component fiber can be formed from either POY or FDY, and the multi-component fiber can have many different cross section shapes including sheath/core. These single component or multi-component fibers can be made into a variety of fabrics. Additionally, single component or multi-component fibers can also be formed into single or multi-component meltblown and spunbonded fabrics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2006
    Assignee: North Carolina State University
    Inventors: Behnam Pourdeyhimi, Trevor J. Little
  • Patent number: 6989194
    Abstract: A flame retardant fabric comprising bicomponent fibers having a sheath and a core wherein the sheath comprises a fully aromatic thermoplastic polymer with a Limited Oxygen Index of at least 26 and the core comprises a thermoplastic polymer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2006
    Assignee: E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company
    Inventors: Vishal Bansal, Hyun Sung Lim, Harry Vaughn Samuelson, Michael Robert Samuels
  • Patent number: 6881468
    Abstract: The present invention provides a process for producing yarn having reduced heatset shrinkage. Preferably, the fibers used in making the yarn are bicomponent fibers. The present invention also provides a process for producing yarn having reduced heatset shrinkage at reduced heat temperatures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2005
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew B. Hoyt, Wendel L. Burton, James R. Bristow
  • Patent number: 6838402
    Abstract: Thermally divisible multicomponent fibers having at least a first component including an elastomeric polymer and at least a second component including a non-elastomeric polymer. The multicomponent fibers are useful in the manufacture of nonwoven structures, and in particular nonwoven structures used as synthetic suede and filtration media.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2005
    Assignee: Fiber Innovation Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank O. Harris, Jeffrey S. Dugan, Jing-Peir Yu, Arthur Talley, Jr., Arnold Wilkie
  • Publication number: 20040214495
    Abstract: Fabric and fabric like synthetic plastic or agricultural derived products and sheet products of diverse thickness (ranging from high thickness rigid products to flexible films) are made as multi-component systems (e.g. a core-sheath fiber) with a carrier portion adapted to a first function (e.g. a high strength core) and a secondary portion (e.g. the sheath) carrying anti-microbial particles in an effective amount of high accessibility. An alternative is a blend of response fibers (e.g. (1) anti-microbial particles in a first plastic fiber blended with a second natural fiber and coated for bonding, (2) blends of diverse plastic fibers. The products can be fabrics of indefinite length or form of coherent products.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2004
    Publication date: October 28, 2004
    Applicant: FOSS MANUFACTURING CO., INC.
    Inventors: Stephen W. Foss, Dieter Kesser, Robert V. Sawvell, Gordon Goodwin
  • Publication number: 20040175542
    Abstract: A fabric having worsted yarn fabric-like hand and appearance and a satisfactory stretchability, is obtained by melt-spinning two types of polyesters, different in intrinsic viscosity from each other, to produce a conjugate multifilament yarn; winding-up the yarn at a speed of 1,000 to 4,500 m/min; unwinding the wound yarn; unevenly drawing the yarn at a draw ratio lower than a natural draw ratio thereof to produce a thick-and-thin yarn; forming a fabric from the yarn; and applying a mass reduction treatment with an alkali to the fabric with a mass reduction of 3 to 30 mass %, to cause a plurality of cracks extending in a direction crossing the filament axis to be formed on the peripheries of individual filaments of the yarn.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2003
    Publication date: September 9, 2004
    Inventor: Nobuyoshi Miyasaka
  • Publication number: 20040121685
    Abstract: A mat useful for reinforcing composite materials is made up of at least first and second sets of fibers, the first set of fibers laid as a ply in spaced apart parallel relationship in the direction of construction and the second set laid as a ply in spaced apart parallel relationship perpendicular to the direction of construction. These fibers define interstices, into which a continuous filament is knitted to provide stability. The filament has a core portion and a sheath portion, the sheath portion having a lower melting point than the core portion. The sheath portion is thermally fusible to form a plurality of closed loops in which the respective sets of fibers are entrapped. The fibers are glass or glass rovings and the filament is a polyester, the core portion being a high-viscosity poly(ethylene terephthalate) and the sheath portion being a low-viscosity poly(ethylene terephthalate).
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2002
    Publication date: June 24, 2004
    Inventors: Colin J. Hallam, Derrell M. Winowich, Louis Kevin Horne
  • Publication number: 20040067707
    Abstract: The invention provides a spun yarn comprising polyester bicomponent staple fiber and acrylic staple fiber. The invention further provides a method for making spun yarns and fabrics. The spun yarn of the invention comprises at least 30 weight percent acrylic staple fiber and from 17 to 45 weight percent polyester bicomponent staple fiber comprising poly(ethylene terephthalate) and poly(trimethylene terephthalate), based on the total weight of the yarn.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2002
    Publication date: April 8, 2004
    Inventors: Lorne M. Hamilton, Geoffrey D. Hietpas, Charles R. Payet, Steven W. Smith
  • Patent number: 6716778
    Abstract: The invention discloses a textile laminate (1, 400, 450) with a first layer (5) comprising a waterproof and preferably breathable functional layer (10, 20) and a second layer (30) comprising at least a first component and a second component. The first component is stable to a first temperature and the second component melts at a lower second temperature. In one embodiment of the invention, the first component is polyester and the second component may be a thermoplastic such as copolyester, polyamide, copolyamide or polyethylene. The textile laminate (1) is particularly advantageous when two of such laminates (1, 400, 450) have to be joined or fused together. In this case a waterproof seam is created at the seam (500) between the two laminates (1, 400, 500).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2004
    Inventor: Martin Hottner
  • Publication number: 20040014387
    Abstract: A sliver-knit material is formed from a base including at least one thread having a first material and a second material. The first material has a melting point lower than the second material. A sliver material is secured to the base. A portion of the sliver material is encapsulated by the first material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2002
    Publication date: January 22, 2004
    Inventor: Daniel L. Sinykin
  • Patent number: 6679754
    Abstract: Polyolefin fibers, filaments and fabrics made therefrom which comprise a melt blend which comprises (A) a polyolefin; and (B) at least one polyetheresteramide which contains aromatic diol-derived sections, exhibit excellent durable dyeability. The fabrics are useful in woven garments, carpeting, furniture and automobile upholstery, woven industrial fabrics, non-woven absorbents used in disposable diapers, non-woven garments including disposable medical garments, filter media, synthetic paper and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2004
    Assignee: Ciba Specialty Chemicals Corporation
    Inventors: Sheng-Shing Li, Andrew J. Leggio, Nadi Ergenc
  • Patent number: 6632756
    Abstract: This invention relates generally to a fabric composite for disposition across an automotive seating frame and relates more particularly to a laminated fabric incorporating elastomeric yarn which has undergone either flame or adhesive lamination so as to be joined to a knit or woven aesthetic cover by means of foam either with or without adhesive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2003
    Assignee: Milliken & Company
    Inventors: Anthony R. Waldrop, George C. McLarty, Marc J. Balsa
  • Publication number: 20030122107
    Abstract: A photoluminescent thermoplastic multi-component fiber comprising a pigmented component and processing enhanced luminescence and mechanical properties. Most suitably, the pigmented component comprises between 5% and 30% by weight of photoluminescent pigment and the pigmented component is between 20% and 50% by weight of the multi-component fiber. The multi-component fiber can be formed from either POY or FDY, and the multi-component fiber can have many different cross section shapes including sheath/core. These single component or multi-component fibers can be made into a variety of fabrics. Additionally, single component or multi-component fibers can also be formed into single or multi-component meltblown and spunbonded fabrics.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2002
    Publication date: July 3, 2003
    Inventors: Behnam Pourdeyhimi, Trevor J. Little
  • Publication number: 20030113494
    Abstract: The method of making a tubular member having a continuous and uninterrupted cured elastomeric resin coating on an outer surface of the member includes forming a continuous uninterrupted tubular layer of uncured elastomeric resin and drawing the resin layer against the surface of the tubular member to be coated by applying suction between the resin layer and the surface of the tubular member so that the resin adheres to the surface of the tubular member. The elastomeric resin may then be cured to produce the final product. Apparatus for carrying out the process is disclosed and includes, in sequence, a coating zone including a sub-atmospheric chamber, a heating zone and a feed mechanism for advancing the tubular member relative to the coating and heating zones. A method is also disclosed for molding a distal end cap on an open end of a length of a preformed tubular sleeve member that may be used for prosthetic applications.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2002
    Publication date: June 19, 2003
    Applicant: Ossur hf
    Inventors: Hilmar Janusson, Freygarour Thorsteinsson, Sigurour A. Asgeirsson, Palmi Einarsson
  • Patent number: 6576154
    Abstract: This invention relates to antimicrobial fabrics which are treated with a specific durable and regenerable halamine/chlorine system and methods of removing residual active chlorine from the target textile surface without reducing the antimicrobial activity of the textile. Such methods comprise contacting an amine-treated fabric first with a halogen-based bleach (or other halogenated liquid) to produce halamines at the fabric surface, and subsequently washing the resultant halogenated fabric with a reducing agent which removes the residual, unbonded halogen (such as chlorine) from the fabric surface but does not, surprisingly, remove the halamine halogen. The remaining halamine halogen thus provides the desired antimicrobial activity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2003
    Assignee: Milliken & Company
    Inventor: Shulong Li
  • Patent number: 6562739
    Abstract: A coated cloth includes a fabric layer having a three-dimensional pattern printed thereon. A clear coating layer is secured to the fabric layer and disposed over at least a portion of the three-dimensional pattern. Also, the cloth may include a clear adhesive layer forming a bond between the coating layer and the fabric layer. The present invention also includes a method of forming a coated cloth. The method includes applying a coating material to a substrate, thereby forming a coating layer on the substrate. The coating layer is allowed to partially cure, and a three-dimensionally patterned fabric layer is applied to the coating layer. The method may also include applying an adhesive material to the coating layer, thereby forming an adhesive layer that bonds the fabric layer to the coating layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2003
    Assignee: Camo-Tek, LLC
    Inventors: Roderick W. Correll, Charles J. DiNatale, Richard B. Arnold, Paul M. Lubin