Woven fabric membrane for a seating surface

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United States of America Patent

PATENT NO 6035901
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08487284

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A membrane for a seating structure including a plurality of groups of at least two adjacent and parallel strands of multifilament yarn and a plurality of monofilaments arranged in generally perpendicular interlocking relationship with the strands. The monofilaments weave alternatively above and below the adjacent strands in each group. A plurality of pairs of the monofilaments hold the groups of strands in place by having the monofilaments in each pair cross over between each group of strands. In one aspect, the membrane is attached to a frame member such that the plurality of groups of strands are oriented in the longitudinal direction of the frame member and the monofilaments are oriented in the lateral warp direction of the frame member. In another aspect, the seating structure includes the frame member and attached membrane.

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HERMAN MILLER, INC.ZEELAND, MI254

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Bruner, Jeffrey W Greensboro, NC 36 2171
Cammenga, Eric Holland, MI 14 1773
Chadwick, Donald Los Angeles, CA 28 2098
Coffield, Timothy P Grand Rapids, MI 55 2552
Keller, Carolyn Holland, MI 15 1876
Sayers, Randy J Belding, MI 18 1663
Schoenfelder, Rodney C Minneapolis, MN 28 2094
Stumpf, William E Minneapolis, MN 47 2872

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