Mohawk Industries has been granted a patent for a method to manufacture a printed paper layer using water-based inks deposited by a digital inkjet printer. The inks are pigment-containing, with a dry weight of less than 9 grams per square meter, and include at least four colors. GlobalData’s report on Mohawk Industries gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

According to GlobalData’s company profile on Mohawk Industries, Extrusion-based additive manufacturing was a key innovation area identified from patents. Mohawk Industries's grant share as of January 2024 was 55%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Method for manufacturing printed paper layer using digital inkjet printer

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Mohawk Industries Inc

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11878548B2) discloses a method for manufacturing a printed paper layer with a specific printed pattern. The method involves depositing water-based pigment-containing inks using a digital inkjet printer, with the dry weight of the deposited inks being less than 9 grams per square meter. The paper layer includes an inkjet receiver coating, and the inks used consist of at least four colors - black, cyan, red, and yellow.

Furthermore, the patent details the composition of the inkjet receiver coating, which includes a binder or polymer and pigment. The binder can be selected from various options like polyvinyl alcohol, starch, or gelatin, with a specific pigment to binder ratio. The pigment used in the coating is silica with a defined particle size range. The method also specifies the weight of the inkjet receiver coating and the characteristics of the paper layer, including the use of titanium oxide as a whitening agent and the suitability for rotogravure printing. Additionally, the pigment-containing inks used in the process have specific properties, such as the average particle size of the pigments and the composition of the black ink.

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