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David Cook, Raymond Odell, Ian T Petherbridge, Pierre Legare, Robert P Lapointe, Kenneth J Krepel, David M Blomberg, Derek S Baker, James R Betz, Thomas I Insley: Apparatus and method for breathing apparatus component coupling. 3M Innovative Properties Company, Karl G Hanson, James L Young, June 10, 2003: US06575165 (76 worldwide citation)

The present invention relates to a fan-forced positive pressure breathing apparatus commonly known as a Powered Air Purifying Respirators (PAPR) system, and specifically concerns the connecting of the breathing components of such equipment. The invention is a method and apparatus for rapid engagemen ...


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Paul T Weisman, Thomas H Daugherty, Thomas I Insley Jr: Composite absorbent structures. The Procter & Gamble Co, Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company, George W Allen, Jerry J Yetter, Richard C Witte, September 27, 1988: US04773903 (75 worldwide citation)

The present invention relates to composite absorbent structures suitable for incorporation into absorbent articles such as sanitary napkins, diapers, training pants and the like. Such structures comprise webs of entangled blown microfibers, substantially non-absorbent crimped staple fibers, particle ...


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Thomas I Insley, Raymond P Johnston: Microchanneled active fluid heat exchanger method. 3M Innovative Properties Company, Karl G Hanson, James A Rogers, Christopher D Gram, May 7, 2002: US06381846 (63 worldwide citation)

A heat exchanger utilizing active fluid transport of a heat transfer fluid is manufactured with multiple discrete flow passages provided by a simple but versatile construction. The microstructured channels are replicated onto a film layer which is utilized in the fluid transfer heat exchanger. The s ...


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Thomas I Insley, Daniel E Meyer: Sorbent sheet material. Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company, D M Sell, J A Smith, C Truesdale, July 5, 1988: US04755178 (63 worldwide citation)

Sorbent sheet products are prepared comprising a coherent fibrous web that includes entangled blown fibers and liquid transport fibers intermingled with the blown fibers and an array of solid high sorbency liquid-sorbent polymeric particles uniformly dispersed and physically held within the web. The ...


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Thomas I Insley, Raymond P Johnston: Fluid guide device having an open structure surface for attachement to a fluid transport source. 3M Innovative Properties Company, James A Rogers, June 27, 2000: US06080243 (59 worldwide citation)

A fluid guide device that can evenly and effectively distribute the potential from a fluid transport source over an area substantially larger than the opening of a source conduit. The fluid guide device includes a first major surface having a structured surface that includes a plurality of flow chan ...


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Seyed Abolhassan Angadjivand, James E Springett, Thomas I Insley: Crush resistant filtering face mask. 3M Innovative Properties Company, Karl G Hanson, August 2, 2005: US06923182 (57 worldwide citation)

A filtering face mask that includes a mask body that is adapted to fit over the nose and mouth of a person and a harness that is attached to the mask body. The mask body comprises i) a first shaping layer that has been molded; ii) a second shaping layer that has been molded; iii) a filtration layer ...


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Thomas I Insley, Todd W Johnson: Contoured layer channel flow filtration media. 3M Innovative Properties Company, Gary L Griswold, Robert W Sprague, William J Bond, August 28, 2001: US06280824 (56 worldwide citation)

A filtration media array is provided having at least one contoured polymeric film layer having surface structures. The film layers may be configured as a stack that has the contoured film layer defining a plurality of ordered inlet openings through a face of the stack and corresponding air pathways, ...


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Thomas I Insley: Sorbent sheet product. Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company, D M Sell, J A Smith, C Truesdale, March 17, 1987: US04650479 (54 worldwide citation)

A sorbent sheet product, particularly useful for disposal diapers, incontinent devices, and sanitary napkins, is provided. The sorbent sheet product comprises a coherent fibrous web that includes entangled blown polymeric fibers and high sorbency, liquid sorbent fibers intermingled with the blown po ...


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William C Whitcomb, Thomas I Insley, Simon S Fung: Sorbent articles. Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company, Gary L Griswold, Walter N Kirn, Carole Truesdale, November 21, 1995: US05468536 (48 worldwide citation)

A microfibrous sorbent article is provided. The microfibrous sorbent article comprises an elongate boom having a substantially oval cross-section. The boom is formed of multiple adjacent microfibers layers, the layers being bonded to each other by entanglement of fibers between adjacent layers. The ...