US20110192522A1 - Partition mounting systems, partition assembly kits, double-sided adhesive tape and methods of installation and application - Google Patents

Partition mounting systems, partition assembly kits, double-sided adhesive tape and methods of installation and application Download PDF

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US20110192522A1
US20110192522A1 US13073425 US201113073425A US2011192522A1 US 20110192522 A1 US20110192522 A1 US 20110192522A1 US 13073425 US13073425 US 13073425 US 201113073425 A US201113073425 A US 201113073425A US 2011192522 A1 US2011192522 A1 US 2011192522A1
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A partition assembly kit including a receptacle, a sheet of material of a sufficient size to cover a standard-sized entry way, a roll of double-sided tape comprising a carrier material having a high-tack adhesive material on a first side of the carrier material and a low-tack adhesive material on a second side of the carrier material, wherein the first side of the carrier material has a peel adhesion greater than the second side of the carrier material, and at least one zipper having a length greater than 50% the height of the standard-sized entry way.

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    RELATED APPLICATIONS
  • This application is a continuation application of U.S. patent application Ser. No. 12/889,968, filed Sep. 24, 2010, which claims the benefit of U.S. Provisional Application No. 61/245,443, filed Sep. 24, 2009, U.S. Provisional Application No. 61/334,291, filed May 13, 2010 and U.S. Provisional Application No. 61/386,061, filed Sep. 24, 2010, the contents of each being herein incorporated by reference in their entirety.
  • BACKGROUND
  • Partition mounting systems are employed to isolate portions of a building or room, by serving as a barrier to dust, noise, light, odors, and the like. Workers at construction sites often use rudimentary techniques for constructing and installing partitions. Some simply nail, screw, or staple a curtain or plastic sheet of material to a floor, ceiling, or abutting walls of a room, resulting in damage to their surfaces. Others tape or adhere, using masking tape (e.g., 3M Painters Tape, 3M Corporate Headquarters, 3M Center, St. Paul, Minn. 55144), a curtain or plastic sheet to walls or ceilings of a room. However, the masking tape usually fails to adhere to the curtain or plastic sheet due to its weight. On the other hand, some secure a curtain or plastic sheet to walls or ceilings of a room using duct tape (e.g., Duck Tape, Henkel Consumer Adhesives, Inc., 32150 Just Imagine Drive, Avon, Ohio 44011). As a result, paint can pull off of surfaces with the removal of the tape, or adhesive residue is left behind when the tape is removed.
  • SUMMARY
  • Embodiments of the present inventive concepts are directed to partition mounting systems, partition assembly kits and methods of installation and application. In one aspect, embodiments of the present inventive concepts include partition assembly kits comprising various components and tools that can be used to assemble partition mounting systems. In one embodiment, components and tools are provided in a partition assembly kit that can be used to create a temporary door or sealed entryway, which can provide for rapid ingress and egress from a partitioned area. In one embodiment, the various components and tools of a partition assembly kit are provided in a common receptacle, such as, a cardboard box, paper box, plastic case, plastic bag or canvas bag. Embodiments of the present inventive concepts are applicable to door and window frames, as well as other types of entry ways and openings.
  • In one aspect, a partition assembly kit, comprises: a receptacle; a sheet of material of a sufficient size to cover a standard-sized entry way; a roll of double-sided tape comprising a carrier material having a high-tack adhesive material on a first side of the carrier material and a low-tack adhesive material on a second side of the carrier material, wherein the first side of the carrier material has a peel adhesion greater than the second side of the carrier material; and at least one zipper having a length greater than 50% the height of the standard-sized entry way.
  • In one embodiment, the receptacle comprises a container for storing the sheet of material, the roll of double-sided tape and the at least one zipper.
  • In another embodiment, the container comprises one selected from the group consisting of a cardboard box, a paper box, a plastic container, a canvas bag and a cloth bag.
  • In another embodiment, the container is compartmentalized, such that each of the sheet of material, the roll of double-sided tape and the at least one zipper can be separated within the container.
  • In another embodiment, the sheet of material comprises at least one of a mono-film sheet material, a poly-film sheet material, a plastic or synthetic sheet material, a cloth material, a canvas material and a reinforced plastic tarp material.
  • In another embodiment, the standard-sized entry way comprises a door having dimensions selected from the group consisting of: 2′0″×6′8″, 2′2″×6′8″, 2′4″×6′8″, 2′6″×6′8″, 2′8″×6′8″, 2′10″×6′8″ and 3′0″×6′8″.
  • In another embodiment, the standard-sized entry way comprises a width ranging between about 2′ feet to about 8′ feet and a height ranging between about 5′ feet to about 12′ feet.
  • In another embodiment, the first side of the carrier material has a peel adhesion about equal to masking tape.
  • In another embodiment, the second side of the carrier material has a peel adhesion about equal to duct tape.
  • In another embodiment, the first side of the carrier material has a peel adhesion greater than or equal to 20 N/in.
  • In another embodiment, the second side of the carrier material has a peel adhesion less then or equal to 15 N/in.
  • In another embodiment, the roll of double-sided tape has a differential adhesive ratio that ranges between about 4:3 to about 6:1, the differential adhesive ratio being a ratio of the peel adhesion of the first side of the carrier material to the peel adhesion of the second side of the carrier material.
  • In another embodiment, the second side of the carrier material comprises a UV protectant.
  • In another embodiment, the roll of double-sided tape further comprises a tape liner positioned on the first side of the carrier material having the high-tack adhesive material thereon.
  • In another embodiment, the tape liner comprises a red-colored release liner.
  • In another embodiment, the at least one zipper comprises first and second flanges each having first and second teeth portions that can be meshed together or separated via a zipper pull.
  • In another embodiment, a pre-applied adhesive material is disposed on each of the first and second flanges of the at least one zipper.
  • In another embodiment, the at least one zipper further comprises a protective liner adhered to the pre-applied adhesive material disposed on each of the first and second flanges.
  • In another embodiment, the at least one zipper comprises a first zipper and a second zipper, the first and second zippers each comprising first and second flanges each having first and second teeth portions that can be meshed together or separated via a zipper pull.
  • In another embodiment, a pre-applied adhesive material is disposed on each of the first and second flanges of the first and second zippers.
  • In another embodiment, the partition assembly kit further comprises a cutter.
  • In another embodiment, the cutter comprises: a handle; first and second puncture fingers extending from the handle, the puncture fingers having piercing ends that are constructed and arranged to pierce the sheet of material to be cut at first and second piercing locations; and first and second blades between the piercing ends of the puncture fingers and the handle that are constructed and arranged to cut the sheet of material starting at the first and second piercing locations and extending in a direction of applied cutting force for cutting two parallel incisions in the sheet of material.
  • In another embodiment, the length of the at least one zipper is greater than 75% the height of the standard-sized entry way.
  • In another embodiment, the at least one zipper is at least 4 feet long.
  • In another embodiment, the at least one zipper is at least 5 feet long.
  • In another embodiment, the at least one zipper is at least 6 feet long.
  • In another embodiment, the at least one zipper is at least 7 feet long.
  • In another embodiment, the at least one zipper is at least 8 feet long.
  • In another embodiment, the at least one zipper is at least 9 feet long.
  • In another embodiment, the at least one zipper is at least 10 feet long.
  • In another embodiment, the sheet of material is of a sufficient size to cover a standard-sized entry way having dimensions selected from the group consisting of: 2′0″×6′8″, 2′2″×6′8″, 2′4″×6′8″, 2′6″×6′8″, 2′8″×6′8″, 2′10″×6′8″ and 3′0″×6′8″.
  • In another aspect, a partition assembly kit, comprises: a receptacle; a sheet of material of a sufficient size to cover a standard-sized entry way; a roll of double-sided tape comprising a carrier material having a high-tack adhesive material on a first side of the carrier material and a low-tack adhesive material on a second side of the carrier material, wherein the first side of the carrier material has a peel adhesion greater than the second side of the carrier material; and at least one zipper having a length greater than 75% the height of the standard-sized entry way, wherein the receptacle comprises a container for storing the sheet of material, the roll of double-sided tape and the at least one zipper, wherein the container comprises one selected from the group consisting of a cardboard box, a paper box, a plastic container, a canvas bag and a cloth bag, wherein the sheet of material comprises at least one of a mono-film sheet material, a poly-film sheet material, a plastic or synthetic sheet material, a cloth material, a canvas material and a reinforced plastic tarp material, wherein the roll of double-sided tape has a differential adhesive ratio that ranges between about 4:3 to about 6:1, the differential adhesive ratio being a ratio of the peel adhesion of the first side of the carrier material to the peel adhesion of the second side of the carrier material, wherein the roll of double-sided tape further comprises a tape liner positioned on the first side of the carrier material having the high-tack adhesive material thereon, wherein the at least one zipper comprises first and second flanges each having first and second teeth portions that can be meshed together or separated via a zipper pull, and wherein a pre-applied adhesive material is disposed on each of the first and second flanges of the at least one zipper.
  • In another aspect, a method of assembling a partition mounting system, comprises: providing a receptacle having a sheet of material, a roll of double-sided tape and at least one zipper stored therein, wherein the roll of double-sided tape comprises a carrier material having a high-tack adhesive material of a first side of the carrier material and a low-tack adhesive material on a second side of the carrier material, wherein the first side of the carrier material has a peel adhesion greater than the second side of the carrier material; removing the roll of double-sided tape from the receptacle; affixing a portion of double-sided tape of the roll of double-sided tape to an entry way by placing the second side of the carrier material having the low-tack adhesive material thereon against the entryway; removing the sheet of material from the receptacle; affixing the sheet of material to the first side of the carrier material having the high-tack adhesive material thereon; removing the at least one zipper from the receptacle; and affixing the at least one zipper to the sheet of material, wherein a bottom portion of the zipper is aligned with a bottom portion of the sheet of material.
  • In one embodiment, the method further comprises removing a tape liner positioned on the first side of the carrier material, thus exposing the high-tack adhesive material prior to affixing the sheet of material to the first side of the carrier material.
  • In another embodiment, the method further comprises: providing a cutter stored in receptacle; removing the cutter from the receptacle; positioning the cutter at a top portion of an exposed portion of the sheet of material between first and second flanges of the at least one zipper; puncturing the sheet of material by applying a pressure to the cutter such that sharp tips of the cutter initially penetrate the exposed portion of the sheet of material; pulling the cutter in a downward cutting direction toward the bottom portion of the sheet of material, thereby cutting a swath of material from the sheet of material; and detaching the swatch of material from the sheet of material.
  • In another aspect, a roll of double-sided tape comprises: a carrier material having a high-tack adhesive material of a first side of the carrier material and a low-tack adhesive material on a second side of the carrier material, wherein the first side of the carrier material has a peel adhesion greater than the second side of the carrier material; and a tape liner positioned on the first side of the carrier material having the high-tack adhesive material thereon.
  • In one embodiment, the first side of the carrier material has a peel adhesion equal to masking tape.
  • In another embodiment, the second side of the carrier material has a peel adhesion equal to duct tape.
  • In another embodiment, the first side of the carrier material has a peel adhesion greater than or equal to 20 N/in.
  • In another embodiment, the second side of the carrier material has a peel adhesion less then or equal to 15 N/in.
  • In another embodiment, the roll of double-sided tape has a differential adhesive ratio that ranges between about 4:3 to about 6:1, the differential adhesive ratio being a ratio of the peel adhesion of the first side of the carrier material to the peel adhesion of the second side of the carrier material.
  • In another embodiment, the second side of the carrier material comprises a UV protectant.
  • In another embodiment, the tape liner comprises a red colored release liner.
  • In another embodiment, the first side of the carrier material has a peel adhesion greater than or equal to 30 N/in, the second side of the carrier material has a peel adhesion greater than or equal to 6 N/in and the first side of the carrier material has a peel adhesion greater than the second side of the carrier material.
  • In another aspect, a partition assembly kit, comprises: a receptacle; a sheet of material of a sufficient size to cover a standard-sized entry way; a roll of double-sided tape comprising a carrier material having a high-tack adhesive material on a first side of the carrier material and a low-tack adhesive material on a second side of the carrier material, wherein the first side of the carrier material has a peel adhesion greater than the second side of the carrier material; and at least one zipper having a length greater than 50% a height of the standard-sized entry way.
  • In some embodiments, the receptacle comprises a container for storing the sheet of material, the roll of double-sided tape and the at least one zipper.
  • In some embodiments, the receptacle comprises a resealable container.
  • In some embodiments, the receptacle comprises one selected from the group consisting of a cardboard box, a paper box, a plastic container, a canvas bag, a plastic bag and a cloth bag.
  • In some embodiments, the container is compartmentalized, such that each of the sheet of material, the roll of double-sided tape and the at least one zipper can be separated within the container.
  • In some embodiments, the sheet of material, the roll of double-sided tape and the at least one zipper are enclosed within the receptacle.
  • In some embodiments, the receptacle is compartmentalized, such that each of the sheet of material, the roll of double-sided tape and the at least one zipper can be separated within the receptacle.
  • In some embodiments, the receptacle comprises a first compartment, a second compartment and a third compartment.
  • In some embodiments, the sheet of material is stored within the first compartment.
  • In some embodiments, the roll of double-sided tape is stored within the second compartment.
  • In some embodiments, the at least one zipper is stored within the third compartment.
  • In some embodiments, the sheet of material comprises at least one of a mono-film sheet material, a poly-film sheet material, a plastic or synthetic sheet material, a cloth material, a canvas material and a reinforced plastic tarp material.
  • In some embodiments, the sheet of material is of a sufficient size to cover a standard-sized entry way comprising a door having dimensions selected from the group consisting of: 2′0″×6′8″, 2′2″×6′8″, 2′4″×6′8″, 2′6″×6′8″, 2′8″×6′8″, 2′10″×6′8″ and 3′0″×6′8″.
  • In some embodiments, the standard-sized entry way comprises a width ranging between about 2′ feet to about 8′ feet and a height ranging between about 5′ feet to about 12′ feet.
  • In some embodiments, the first side of the carrier material has a peel adhesion about equal to that of masking tape.
  • In some embodiments, the first side of the carrier material has a peel adhesion about equal to that of painters tape.
  • In some embodiments, the second side of the carrier material has a peel adhesion about equal to that of duct tape.
  • In some embodiments, the first side of the carrier material has a peel adhesion greater than or equal to 20 N/in.
  • In some embodiments, the second side of the carrier material has a peel adhesion less then or equal to 15 N/in.
  • In some embodiments, the roll of double-sided tape has a differential adhesive ratio that ranges between about 4:3 to about 6:1, the differential adhesive ratio being a ratio of the peel adhesion of the first side of the carrier material to the peel adhesion of the second side of the carrier material.
  • In some embodiments, the second side of the carrier material comprises a UV protectant.
  • In some embodiments, the roll of double-sided tape further comprises a tape liner positioned on the first side of the carrier material having the high-tack adhesive material thereon.
  • In some embodiments, the tape liner comprises a red-colored release liner.
  • In some embodiments, the tape liner comprises a paper tape liner.
  • In some embodiments, the at least one zipper comprises first and second flanges each having first and second teeth portions that can be meshed together or separated via a zipper pull.
  • In some embodiments, a pre-applied adhesive material is disposed on each of the first and second flanges of the at least one zipper.
  • In some embodiments, the at least one zipper further comprises a protective liner adhered to the pre-applied adhesive material disposed on each of the first and second flanges.
  • In some embodiments, the at least one zipper comprises a first zipper and a second zipper, the first and second zippers each comprising first and second flanges each having first and second teeth portions that can be meshed together or separated via a zipper pull.
  • In some embodiments, a pre-applied adhesive material is disposed on each of the first and second flanges of the first and second zippers.
  • In some embodiments, the partition assembly kit further comprises a sheet cutter.
  • In some embodiments, the sheet cutter comprises: a handle; first and second puncture fingers extending from the handle, the puncture fingers having piercing ends that are constructed and arranged to pierce the sheet of material to be cut at first and second piercing locations; and first and second blades between the piercing ends of the puncture fingers and the handle that are constructed and arranged to cut the sheet of material starting at the first and second piercing locations and extending in a direction of applied cutting force for cutting two parallel incisions in the sheet of material.
  • In some embodiments, the length of the at least one zipper is greater than 75% the height of the standard-sized entry way.
  • In some embodiments, the carrier material of the roll of double-sided tape consists of a single carrier material.
  • In some embodiments, the carrier material comprises a paper carrier material.
  • In some embodiments, the at least one zipper is pre-attached to the sheet of material.
  • In some embodiments, the at least one zipper comprises first and second zippers.
  • In another aspect, a partition assembly kit, comprises: a receptacle; a sheet of material of a sufficient size to cover a standard-sized entry way; a roll of double-sided tape comprising a carrier material having a high-tack adhesive material on a first side of the carrier material and a low-tack adhesive material on a second side of the carrier material, wherein the first side of the carrier material has a peel adhesion greater than the second side of the carrier material; and at least one zipper having a length greater than 75% the height of the standard-sized entry way, wherein the sheet of material, the roll of double-sided tape and the at least one zipper are enclosed within the receptacle, wherein the receptacle comprises one selected from the group consisting of a cardboard box, a paper box, a plastic container, a canvas bag, a plastic bag and a cloth bag, wherein the sheet of material comprises at least one of a mono-film sheet material, a poly-film sheet material, a plastic or synthetic sheet material, a cloth material, a canvas material and a reinforced plastic tarp material, wherein the roll of double-sided tape has a differential adhesive ratio that ranges between about 4:3 to about 6:1, the differential adhesive ratio being a ratio of the peel adhesion of the first side of the carrier material to the peel adhesion of the second side of the carrier material, wherein the roll of double-sided tape further comprises a tape liner positioned on the first side of the carrier material having the high-tack adhesive material thereon, wherein the at least one zipper comprises first and second flanges each having first and second teeth portions that can be meshed together or separated via a zipper pull.
  • In another aspect, a method of assembling a partition mounting system, comprises: providing a receptacle having a sheet of material, a roll of double-sided tape and at least one zipper stored therein, wherein the roll of double-sided tape comprises a carrier material having a high-tack adhesive material of a first side of the carrier material and a low-tack adhesive material on a second side of the carrier material, wherein the first side of the carrier material has a peel adhesion greater than the second side of the carrier material; removing the roll of double-sided tape from the receptacle; affixing portions of the roll of double-sided tape to an entry way by placing the second side of the carrier material having the low-tack adhesive material thereon against the entryway; removing the sheet of material from the receptacle; and affixing the sheet of material to the first side of the carrier material having the high-tack adhesive material thereon.
  • In some embodiments, the method further comprises: removing the at least one zipper from the receptacle; and affixing the at least one zipper to the sheet of material.
  • In some embodiments, a bottom portion of the zipper is aligned with a bottom portion of the sheet of material.
  • In some embodiments, the method further comprises removing a tape liner positioned on the first side of the carrier material, thus exposing the high-tack adhesive material prior to affixing the sheet of material to the first side of the carrier material.
  • In some embodiments, the method further comprises: providing a cutter stored in the receptacle; removing the cutter from the receptacle; positioning the cutter at a top portion of an exposed portion of the sheet of material between first and second flanges of the at least one zipper; puncturing the sheet of material by applying a pressure to the cutter such that sharp tips of the cutter initially penetrate the exposed portion of the sheet of material; pulling the cutter in a downward cutting direction toward the bottom portion of the sheet of material, thereby cutting a swath of material from the sheet of material; and detaching the swatch of material from the sheet of material.
  • In another aspect, a roll of double-sided tape comprises: a carrier material having a high-tack adhesive material of a first side of the carrier material and a low-tack adhesive material on a second side of the carrier material, wherein the first side of the carrier material has a peel adhesion greater than the second side of the carrier material; and a tape liner positioned on the first side of the carrier material having the high-tack adhesive material thereon.
  • In some embodiments, the first side of the carrier material has a peel adhesion equal to that of masking tape.
  • In some embodiments, the first side of the carrier material has a peel adhesion equal to that of painters tape.
  • In some embodiments, the second side of the carrier material has a peel adhesion equal to that of duct tape.
  • In some embodiments, the first side of the carrier material has a peel adhesion greater than or equal to 20 N/in.
  • In some embodiments, the second side of the carrier material has a peel adhesion less then or equal to 15 N/in.
  • In some embodiments, the roll of double-sided tape has a differential adhesive ratio that ranges between about 4:3 to about 6:1, the differential adhesive ratio being a ratio of the peel adhesion of the first side of the carrier material to the peel adhesion of the second side of the carrier material.
  • In some embodiments, the second side of the carrier material comprises a UV protectant.
  • In some embodiments, the carrier material consists of a single carrier material.
  • In some embodiments, the carrier material is a paper carrier material.
  • In some embodiments, the carrier material is a paper carrier material.
  • In some embodiments, the tape liner comprises a red-colored release liner.
  • In some embodiments, the tape liner comprises a paper tape liner.
  • In some embodiments, the first side of the carrier material has a peel adhesion greater than or equal to 30 N/in, the second side of the carrier material has a peel adhesion greater than or equal to 6 N/in and the first side of the carrier material has a peel adhesion greater than the second side of the carrier material.
  • In another aspect, a sheet of material of a sufficient size to cover a standard-sized entry way, comprises: at least one of a mono-film sheet material, a poly-film sheet material, a plastic or synthetic sheet material, a cloth material, a canvas material and a reinforced plastic tarp material; and at least one zipper having a length greater than 50% the height of the standard-sized entry way, the at least one zipper being pre-attached to the sheet of material, wherein the sheet of material is of a sufficient size to cover a standard-sized entry way having a width ranging between about 2′ feet to about 8′ feet and a height ranging between about 5′ feet to about 12′ feet.
  • In some embodiments, the sheet of material is of a sufficient size to cover a standard-sized entry way having a door having dimensions selected from the group consisting of: 2′0″×6′8″, 2′2″×6′8″, 2′4″×6′8″, 2′6″×6′8″, 2′8″×6′8″, 2′10″×6′8″ and 3′0″×6′8″.
  • In some embodiments, the length of the at least one zipper is greater than 75% the height of the standard-sized entry way.
  • In some embodiments, the at least one zipper comprises first and second flanges each having first and second teeth portions that can be meshed together or separated via a zipper pull.
  • In some embodiments, the at least one zipper comprises a first zipper and a second zipper, the first and second zippers each comprising first and second flanges each having first and second teeth portions that can be meshed together or separated via a zipper pull.
  • In some embodiments, the at least one zipper is pre-attached to the sheet of material by glue.
  • In some embodiments, the at least one zipper is sewn to the sheet of material.
  • In some embodiments, the at least one zipper is hot-melted to the sheet of material.
  • In some embodiments, the at least one zipper comprises first and second flanges, and wherein the sheet of material comprises a pre-cut opening between the first and second flanges.
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  • The foregoing and other objects, features and advantages of embodiments of the present inventive concepts will be apparent from the more particular description of preferred embodiments, as illustrated in the accompanying drawings in which like reference characters refer to the same elements throughout the different views. The drawings are not necessarily to scale, emphasis instead being placed upon illustrating the principles of the preferred embodiments.
  • FIGS. 1A and 1B are perspective views of partition assembly kits including components and tools for assembling a partition mounting system in accordance with embodiments of the present inventive concepts.
  • FIGS. 1C and 1D are perspective views of partition assembly kits including components and tools for assembling a partition mounting system in accordance with other embodiments of the present inventive concepts.
  • FIGS. 2A(A) and 2A(B) are perspective views of zippers of a type that can be included with the partition assembly kits of FIGS. 1A through 1D, in accordance with embodiments of the present inventive concepts.
  • FIG. 2B is a perspective view of a zipper of a type that can be included with the partition assembly kits of FIGS. 1A through 1D, in accordance with other embodiments of the present inventive concepts.
  • FIG. 2C is an exploded perspective view of a roll of double-sided tape of a type that can be included with the partition assembly kits of FIGS. 1A through 1D, in accordance with embodiments of the present inventive concepts.
  • FIG. 2D is a perspective view of a cutter of a type that can be included with the partition assembly kits of FIGS. 1A and 1C, in accordance with embodiments of the present inventive concepts.
  • FIGS. 3A-3L, 3M(A) and 3M(B) illustrate a method for assembling a partition mounting system using a partition assembly kit of the type described in connection with FIGS. 1A through 1D, in accordance with embodiments of the present inventive concepts.
  • FIG. 4A is a perspective view of a partition assembly kit including components and tools for assembling a partition mounting system in accordance with another embodiment of the present inventive concepts.
  • FIG. 4B is a perspective view of a partition assembly kit including components and tools for assembling a partition mounting system in accordance with another embodiment of the present inventive concepts.
  • FIG. 4C is a perspective view of a partition assembly kit including components and tools for assembling a partition mounting system in accordance with another embodiment of the present inventive concepts.
  • FIG. 4D is a perspective view of a partition assembly kit including components and tools for assembling a partition mounting system in accordance with another embodiment of the present inventive concepts.
  • FIG. 4E is a perspective view of a partition assembly kit including components and tools for assembling a partition mounting system in accordance with another embodiment of the present inventive concepts.
  • FIG. 4F is a perspective view of a partition assembly kit including components and tools for assembling a partition mounting system in accordance with another embodiment of the present inventive concepts.
  • FIG. 5 is a perspective view of a sheet of material having pre-attached zippers thereon of a type that can be included with the partition assembly kits of FIGS. 4A through 4F, in accordance with embodiments of the present inventive concepts.
  • FIGS. 6A-6E illustrate a method for assembling a partition mounting system using a partition assembly kit of the type described in connection with FIGS. 4A through 4F, in accordance with embodiments of the present inventive concepts.
  • FIG. 7 is a table of technical data properties of double-sided tape in accordance with embodiments of the present inventive concepts.
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  • The terminology used herein is for the purpose of describing particular embodiments and is not intended to be limiting of the inventive concepts. As used herein, the singular forms “a,” “an” and “the” are intended to include the plural forms as well, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise. It will be further understood that the terms “comprises,” “comprising,” “includes” and/or “including,” when used herein, specify the presence of stated features, integers, steps, operations, elements, and/or components, but do not preclude the presence or addition of one or more other features, integers, steps, operations, elements, components, and/or groups thereof.
  • It will be understood that, although the terms first, second, third etc. may be used herein to describe various limitations, elements, components, regions, layers and/or sections, these limitations, elements, components, regions, layers and/or sections should not be limited by these terms. These terms are only used to distinguish one limitation, element, component, region, layer or section from another limitation, element, component, region, layer or section. Thus, a first limitation, element, component, region, layer or section discussed below could be termed a second limitation, element, component, region, layer or section without departing from the teachings of the present application.
  • It will be further understood that when an element is referred to as being “on” or “connected” or “coupled” to another element, it can be directly on or above, or connected or coupled to, the other element or intervening elements can be present. In contrast, when an element is referred to as being “directly on” or “directly connected” or “directly coupled” to another element, there are no intervening elements present. Other words used to describe the relationship between elements should be interpreted in a like fashion (e.g., “between” versus “directly between,” “adjacent” versus “directly adjacent,” etc.). When an element is referred to herein as being “over” another element, it can be over or under the other element, and either directly coupled to the other element, or intervening elements may be present, or the elements may be spaced apart by a void or gap.
  • Embodiments of the present inventive concepts provide a partition assembly kit having components and tools that can be used to assemble a partition mounting system. In one exemplary embodiment, the partition mounting system is assembled using the components and tools provided in a partition assembly kit, and can be assembled to provide for human ingress into, or egress from, a room of a building at an entry way. In various examples, the entry way can include a sheet-rocked and plastered threshold, a door frame having no door, a door frame having a door, a sliding doorway, a doorway, a door frame, or other type of entry way. In one embodiment, the partition assembly kit includes a receptacle that contains the components and tools that can be used to assemble a partition mounting system, which can substantially seal or otherwise separate, a first region of a building or room from a second region of a building or room, or a first region of a building or room from an environment external to the building or room, where the first and second regions are themselves joined at an entry way, a doorway, a door frame, a window frame or other framed threshold.
  • In one embodiment, the components and tools of the partition assembly kit are constructed and arranged so that the partition mounting system can be installed at an entry way of a standard-sized door of a building, for example an entry way having a standard-sized door selected from one of the following standard-sized door dimensions: 2′0″×6′8″, 2′2″×6′8″, 2′4″×6′8″, 2′6″×6′8″, 2′8″×6′8″, 2′10″×6′8″ and 3′0″×6′8″. In another embodiment, the components and tools of the partition assembly kit are constructed and arranged so that the partition mounting system can be installed at an entry way having a width ranging between about 2′ feet to about 8′ feet and of a height ranging between about 5′feet to about 12′ feet. In this manner, the environment of a first region of the building or room can be substantially sealed from the environment of a second region of the building or room, or external environment, while allowing ingress to and egress from the first region of the building or room via a zippered opening. In one embodiment, rapid ingress and egress by a human can be achieved by a zippered opening that is assembled using at least one zipper included in the partition assembly kit. In another embodiment, rapid ingress and egress by a human can be achieved by a zippered opening that is assembled using first and second zippers that are included in the partition assembly kit.
  • FIGS. 1A and 1B are perspective views of partition assembly kits including components and tools for assembling a partition mounting system in accordance with embodiments of the present inventive concepts. A partition assembly kit 10 can comprise a receptacle 11 that contains various components and tools for assembling a partition mounting system. In one embodiment, the receptacle 11 is a plastic container. In another embodiment, the receptacle 11 is a cardboard box, paper box, plastic bag or other type of container that can be used for storing and/or managing the partition assembly kit components and tools. The receptacle 11 can optionally include one or more clasps for securing the contents of the receptacle 11. For example, the claps can comprise elastic straps or hooks.
  • Referring to FIG. 1A, the components and tools included in the partition assembly kit 10 can include, in one embodiment, at least one sheet of material 201, at least one zipper 14, a roll of double-sided tape 100 and a cutter 18. In this exemplary embodiment, the partition assembly kit 10 of FIG. 1A comprises first and second zippers 14. However, the partition assembly kit 10 of FIG. 1A may comprise a single zipper 14.
  • Referring to FIG. 1B, the components and tools included in the partition assembly kit 10 can include, in another embodiment, at least one sheet of material 201, at least one zipper 14 and a roll of double-sided tape 100. In this exemplary embodiment, the partition assembly kit 10 of FIG. 1B comprises first and second zippers 14. However, the partition assembly kit 10 of FIG. 1A may optionally comprise a single zipper 14.
  • The partition assembly kit 10 of any of the embodiments described herein can optionally include a strap 19, such as, a string, Velcro strap, or other mechanism for securing a temporary opening formed in the sheet of materials 201, for example, in the manner described in further detail below in connection with FIG. 6E. Although not shown, the strap 19 can be optionally included in any of the partition assembly kit embodiments described herein.
  • Referring to FIGS. 1A and 1B, the sheet of material 201 can include, in various embodiments, a mono-film, poly-film, plastic or other synthetic sheet, a cloth or canvas sheet, or a reinforced plastic tarp. The sheet of material 201 is preferably of a width and height so that the sheet of material 201 is of a sufficient size to cover a standard-sized entry way or window frame. In one embodiment, the sheet of material 201 is dimensioned to sufficiently cover an entry way having a standard-sized door of the following dimensions: 2′0″×6′8″, 2′ 2″×6′8″, 2′4″×6′8″, 2′6″×6′8″, 2′8″×6′8″, 2′10″×6′8″ and 3′0″×6′8″ (for example, 6′8″ represents 6 feet, 8 inches). In another embodiment, the sheet of material 201 is dimensioned to sufficiently cover an entry way having a width ranging between about 2′ feet to about 8′ feet and of a height ranging between about 5′ feet to about 12′ feet. In another embodiment, the sheet of material 201 is of a dimension selected from the group of dimensions consisting of about: 3′×18′, 4′×6′, 5′×7′, 5′×20′, 6′×8′, 6′×10′, 6′×12′, 6′×16′, 6′×20′, 6′×30′, 6′×40′, 7′×10′, 7′×20′, 7′×30′, 7′×40′, 8′×10′, 8′×12′, 8′×16′, 8′×18′, 8′×20′, 9′×12′, 10′×10′, 10′×12′, 10′×15′, 10′×16′, 10′×18′, 10′×20′, 10′×30′, 10′×40′, 10′×60′, 12′×12′, 12′×14′, 12′×16′, 12′×18′, 12′×20′, 12′×24′, 12′×25′, 12′×30′, 12′×40′, 12′×100′, 14′×16′, 14′×18′, 14′×20′, 14′×24′, 14′×26′, 15′×15′, 15′×20′, 15′×25′, 15′×30′, 15′×35′, 15′×40′, 16′×20′, 16′×24′, 16′×28′, 16′×30′, 16′×32′, 18′×18′, 18′×24′, 18′×32′, 18′×36′, 18′×48′, 20′×20′, 20′×22′, 20′×24′, 20′×25′, 20′×30′, 20′×40′, 20′×50′, 20′×100′, 22′×30′, 22′×50′, 24′×30′, 24′×36′, 24′×40′, 24′×60′, 25′×25′, 25′×40′, 25′×45′, 25′×82′, 26′×40′, 26′×48′, 30′×30′, 30′×40′, 30′×50′, 30′×60′, 30′×82′, 40′×40′, 40′×50′, 40′×60′, 40′×80′, 40′×100′, 50′×50′, 50′×100′, 60′×60′, 60′×120′, 100′×100′ and 120′×120′.
  • FIGS. 1C and 1D are perspective views of partition assembly kits including components and tools for assembling a partition mounting system in accordance with other embodiments of the present inventive concepts. Elements having the same functions as those illustrated in FIGS. 1A and 1B are indicated by like reference identifiers, and thus their detailed description will be omitted.
  • Referring to FIG. 1C, the receptacle 11 is compartmentalized, such that each of the sheet of material 201, the roll of double-sided tape 100, the first and second zippers 14 and the cutter 18 are separated within the receptacle 11. The receptacle 11 comprises a first compartment 11 a for housing the first and second zippers 14, a second compartment 11 b for housing the cutter 18, a third compartment 11 c for housing the roll of double-sided tape 100 and a fourth compartment 11 d for housing the sheet of material 201.
  • Referring to FIG. 1D, the receptacle 11 is compartmentalized, such that each of the sheet of material 201, the roll of double-sided tape 100 and the first and second zippers 14 are separated within the receptacle 11. The receptacle 11 comprises a first compartment 11 a for housing the first and second zippers 14, a second compartment 11 b for housing the roll of double-sided tape 100 and a third compartment 11 d for housing the sheet of material 201.
  • FIGS. 2A(A) and 2A(B) are perspective views of zippers of a type that can be included with the partition assembly kits of FIGS. 1A through 1D, in accordance with embodiments of the present inventive concepts. In these exemplary embodiments, a pre-applied adhesive material 26 is provided on the left and right flanges 20A, 20B of the zipper 14. The left and right flanges 20A, 20B may comprise a plurality of left and right teeth portions 22A, 22B.
  • The zipper 14 may include front and rear zipper pulls 24 that interlock and open the left and right teeth portions 22A, 22B of the zipper 14. In one embodiment, the left and right teeth portions 22A, 22B each comprise a plurality of individual nylon, polyester or metal teeth. In another embodiment, the left and right teeth portions 22A, 22B each comprise a continuous nylon or polyester coil. The zipper 14 can further include zipper pulls 24, which can be hand operated, and move along the left and right teeth portions 22A, 22B of the zipper 14 so that the left and right teeth portions 22A, 22B can be meshed together, or separated.
  • Referring to FIG. 2A(A), disposed on each flange 20A, 20B is a pre-applied adhesive material 26 having a protective paper strip 28 or tape liner adhered thereto. The protective paper strips 28 or tape liners protect the adhesive material 26 from dust, dirt and debris, until the zipper 14 is ready to be applied to a sheet of material 201.
  • In this embodiment, the flanges 20A, 20B can be attached to left and right zipper materials 21A, 21B, to which the left and right teeth portions 22A, 22B are attached, respectively. The zipper materials 21A, 21B can comprises cloth, fabric, reinforcement, nylon mesh, polyester mesh and the like. The flanges can comprise a cloth material, a fabric material, a reinforcement material, a nylon mesh material, a polyester mesh material and the like.
  • For example, the zipper 14 may be packaged in the partition assembly kits 10 of FIGS. 1A through 1D having a pre-applied adhesive material 26 having a protective paper strip 28 or tape liner adhered thereto.
  • Referring to FIG. 2A(B), disposed on each flange 20A, 20B is a pre-applied adhesive material 26. A single protective paper strip 28 or tape liner may be placed over both left and right flanges 20A, 20B having the pre-applied adhesive material thereon. In this manner, the protective paper strip 28 or tape liner protects the adhesive material 26 from dust, dirt and debris, until the zipper 14 is ready to be applied to a sheet of material 201, and the single protective paper strip 28 or tape liner can be removed from the adhesive material 26 present on the left and right flanges 20A, 20B at the same time.
  • The protective paper strip 28 or tape liner can optionally include a cutout 24 a. The cutout 24 a can provide an opening for the zipper pull 24, while allowing the protective paper strip 28 or tape liner to protect the adhesive material 26 on the left and right flanges 20A, 20B.
  • In this embodiment, a plurality of left and right teeth portions 22A, 22B are attached directly to the left and right flanges 20A, 20B. The flanges can comprise a cloth material, a fabric material, a reinforcement material, a nylon mesh material, a polyester mesh material and the like.
  • For example, the zipper 14 may be packaged in the partition assembly kits 10 of FIGS. 1A through 1D having a pre-applied adhesive material 26 having a protective paper strip 28 or tape liner adhered thereto.
  • FIG. 2B is a perspective view of a zipper of a type that can be included with the partition assembly kits of FIGS. 1A through 1D, in accordance with other embodiments of the present inventive concepts. In this exemplary embodiment, first and second tape strips 306A, 306B of the roll of double-side tape 100 included in the partition assembly kit 10 are sectioned and adhered to the left and right flanges 101A, 101B of the zipper 14, respectively, by an installer. The first and second tape strips 306A, 306B can be adhered along the entire length (i.e. from top 307 to bottom 308) of the left and right flanges 101A, 101B of the zipper 14. Further, the first and second tape strips 306A, 306B can be adhered from a distance 309 below the top 307 of the reusable zipper 14, and along the length of the reusable zipper 14, to the bottom 308 of the reusable zipper 14. As such, an installer, such as the installer 200 illustrated in FIGS. 3A-M, can apply the zipper 14, having the first and second tape strips 306A, 306B on the left and right flanges 101A, 101B, to a sheet of material 201 of a partially assembled partition mounting system (see for example FIG. 3D).
  • The distance 309 from the top 307 of the zipper 14 free from the first and second tape strips 306A, 306B can be utilized as pull tabs for eventual removal of the zipper 14 from the combination of the tape strips 306A, 306B and the sheet of material 201. Although not shown with reference to FIGS. 2A(A) and 2A(B), the pre-applied adhesive material 26 of the zippers 14 illustrate at FIGS. 2A(A) and 2A(B) can be setback a distance from the top of the zipper so that pull tabs can be provided for the eventual removal of the zipper 14 from the sheet of material 201.
  • The zipper 14 of the embodiments described herein can have a length LZ, which ranges, in some embodiments, between about 5 feet and about 12 feet in length. In other embodiments, the length LZ can be less than 5 feet or greater than 12 feet in length. In one embodiment, the length LZ of the zipper is greater than 50% the height of a standard-sized entry way. In another embodiment, the length LZ of the zipper is greater than 75% the height of a standard-sized entry way. In another embodiment, the length LZ of the zipper is at least 4 feet long. In another embodiment, the length LZ of the zipper is at least 5 feet long. In another embodiment, the length LZ of the zipper is at least 6 feet long. In another embodiment, the length LZ of the zipper is at least 7 feet long. In another embodiment, the length LZ of the zipper is at least 8 feet long. In another embodiment, the length LZ of the zipper is at least 9 feet long. In another embodiment, the length LZ of the zipper is at least 10 feet long.
  • FIG. 2C is an exploded perspective view of a roll of double-sided tape 100 of a type that can be included with the partition assembly kits of FIGS. 1A through 1D and FIGS. 4A through 4F, in accordance with embodiments of the present inventive concepts. In other embodiments, the roll of double-sided tape 100 can be provided exclusive of the partition assembly kits disclosed herein, and provided on its own. The roll of double-sided tape 100 can comprise a carrier material 101 having a high-tack adhesive material 102 on a first side of the carrier material 101 and a low-tack adhesive material 103 on a second side of the carrier material 101. The carrier material 101 can comprise any of a number of carrier materials. In some embodiments, the carrier material 101 comprises paper, such as, crepe paper, calendared paper, rope paper, and the like. The carrier material 101 has a thickness T1, which ranges, in some embodiments, between about 0.1 mm to about 0.3 mm. In this manner, the resulting double-sided tape having a paper carrier material may be easily ripped or torn by hand.
  • In one embodiment, the roll of double-sided tape 100 comprises a single-layer carrier material 101 having a high-tack adhesive material 102 on a first side of the carrier material 101 and a low-tack adhesive material 103 on a second side of the carrier material 101. In other embodiments, the roll of double-sided tape 100 comprises a multi-layer carrier material 101 having a high-tack adhesive material 102 on a first side of a first carrier material 101 and a low-tack adhesive material 103 on a first side of a second carrier material 101. In this embodiment, the second sides of first and second carrier materials 101 can be affixed together by an adhesive material or other suitable substrate.
  • In other embodiments, the carrier material 101 can comprise a polyester film (e.g., Mylar or Melinex), a Polypropylene film, a Polyethylene film, a cloth material, a vinyl film or a combination of the above.
  • The roll of double-sided tape 100 can further comprise a tape liner 104 that covers the second side of the carrier material 101. The tape liner 104 is positioned on the high-tack adhesive material 102 so that the roll of double-sided tape 100 can be easily unrolled. The tape liner 104 may comprise, in some embodiments, a paper release liner, a plastic release liner, a colored release liner, and/or the like. In one embodiment, a colored release liner is provided such that the release liner is visibly distinguishable from the carrier material. In this manner, the colored release liner can be easily distinguished from the carrier material, allowing for easy removal by an installer. Assuming a paper carrier material and a paper tape liner are used in combination, the double-sided tape may be easily ripped or torn by hand.
  • The colored release liner can comprise: red-colored release liner, a yellow-colored release liner, a blue-colored release liner, a green-colored release liner, a black-colored release liner, or an orange-colored release liner. In some embodiments, the release liner comprises a color associated with the product seller's trade color.
  • The carrier material can comprise a white-colored carrier material, a tan-colored carrier material or a grey-colored carrier material. In some embodiments, the carrier material comprises a color associated with the product seller's trade color, and can be different from that of the color of the release liner.
  • The carrier material 101 and the tape liner 104 have widths W1, W2, respectively, which range, in some embodiments, between about ½ of an inch to about 4 inches in width. In other embodiments, the widths W1, W2 can be less than ½ of an inch or greater than 4 inches in width. Further, the width W1 of the carrier material 101 and the width W2 of the tape liner 104 can be substantially equal in width. The carrier material 101 and the tape liner 104 have lengths L1, L2, respectively, which range, in some embodiments, between about 10 feet and about 50 feet in length. In other embodiments, the lengths L1, L2 can be less than 10 feet or greater than 50 feet in length.
  • The high-tack adhesive material 102 and the low-tack adhesive material may comprise a rubber adhesive compound. However, the high-tack adhesive material 102 and the low-tack adhesive material may comprise other suitable adhesive compounds. The high-tack adhesive material 102 has a peel adhesion (N/in), which is, in some embodiments, greater than or equal to 20 N/in, preferably about 25 N/in. In other embodiments, the high-tack adhesive material 102 can optionally have a peel adhesion of less than 20 N/in. The low-tack adhesive material 103 has a peel adhesion, which is, in some embodiments, less than or equal to 15 N/in, preferably about 10 N/in. In other embodiments, the low-tack adhesive material 103 can optionally have a peel adhesion of greater than 15 N/in. As such, the low-tack adhesive material 103 allows for the double-sided tape 100 to be removed from an entry way, a window frame, a door frame, or other opening without removing paint or wallpaper thereon or leaving a residue behind.
  • The first side of the carrier material 101 having the high-tack adhesive material 102 can be adhered to a sheet of material 201, and can withstand a negative or positive pressure differential between partitioned areas. Negative pressure is often created in an enclosed area because an enclosed area with negative pressure will suck air into it when doors or windows are opened. This prevents dust or other debris from escaping through opened doors and windows.
  • The double-sided tape 100 has a differential adhesive ratio (ratio of peel adhesion of the high-tack adhesive material 102 to the peel adhesion of the low-tack adhesive material 103), which ranges, in some embodiments, between about 4:3 to about 6:1, preferably the differential adhesive ratio is about 5:2.
  • In some embodiments, the low-tack side of the double-sided tape comprises a UV protectant, which prevents adhesive residue from being left on glass, frame moldings and the like.
  • FIG. 2D is a perspective view of a cutter of a type that can be included with the partition assembly kits of FIGS. 1A through 1D, in accordance with embodiments of the present inventive concepts. The partition assembly kits 10 can optionally include cutter 18, for example, of the type described in U.S. Pat. No. 7,743,512, issued Jun. 29, 2010, the contents of which are incorporated herein by reference in their entirety.
  • The cutter 18 is operative to pierce and cut a sheet of material 201 to which a zipper 14 has been applied (see for example FIG. 3G). The cutter 18 is constructed and arranged to cut an opening in a sheet of material 201 between left and right teeth portions 22A, 22B of a zipper 14. Once an opening has been formed between left and right teeth portions 22A, 22B of a zipper 14, access can be permitted through the barrier by unzipping the zipper 14 and can be re-sealed by re-zipping the zipper 14.
  • The cutter 18 includes a handle 36 that is ribbed to provide a gripping surface, to cut down on weight, and to provide for lateral rigidity of the unit. The handle 36 is coupled to a body portion 38 that is partitioned into left and right spaced-apart body sections 40A, 40B. The left and right body sections 40A, 40B each include a blade 42A, 42B that has an exposed edge 44A, 44B, as shown. The sharpness of the blade edges 44A, 44B are appropriate for readily slicing through a sheet of material 201, such as plastic sheeting or cloth sheeting. In one embodiment, the dual blades 42A, 42B comprise sharpened stainless steel, metal, or metal alloy. The exposed blade edges 44A, 44B are preferably oriented to be aligned with the direction of force that is applied to the cutter 18 when cutting the sheet of material 201.
  • The dual blades 42A, 42B are spaced apart by a distance d1, for example, the distance d1 can range between about 0.5 cm to about 3.0 cm. In one embodiment, the distance d1 can be determined in accordance with the dimensions of the one or more zippers 14 that are included in the partition assembly kit 10. For example, the distance d1 can be determined by the distance between the flanges 20A, 20B of the zipper 14 in order to remove a large swath of the sheet material 201 between the flanges 20A, 20B of the zipper 14, and to further avoid formation of a flap of sheet material 201 that would otherwise interfere with zipper's 14 operation. The dual blades 42A, 42B are preferably recessed in the body 38 of the cutter 18 as shown, allowing for safe operation and safe storage. In one embodiment, the blade edges 44A, 44B are oriented at an angle relative to the direction of cutting, to provide for more enhanced cutting action.
  • Extending from each of the left and right body sections 40A, 40B opposite the handle 36 are elongated puncture fingers 46 that have sharp tips. The puncture fingers 46 are constructed and arranged to make initial contact with the sheet of material 201 and pierce the sheet of material 201 until the dual blades 42A, 42B are in position to contact the sheet of material 201 for cutting. Initial puncture of the sheet of material 201, prior to cutting, provides for a cleaner and more precise cutting operation. The puncture fingers 46 further shield the dual blades 42A, 42B in a cutting recess region defined by the puncture fingers 46, so as to improve the safety of the cutter 18. The puncture fingers 46 include inner guide surfaces 48 that guide the punctured sheet of material 201 toward the cutting recess region, for further cutting of the punctured sheet of material 201.
  • An optional material deflector 50, or multiple material deflectors 50, is provided between the spaced-apart body sections 40A, 40B and blades 42A, 42B of the cutter 18. The material deflector 50 operates to pull the sheet of material inserted into the cutting recess region, as guided by the guide surfaces 48 of the puncture fingers 46, against the blade edges 44A, 44B of the dual blades 42A, 42B as the material is being cut.
  • FIGS. 3A-3M illustrate a method for assembling and installing a partition mounting system using a partition assembly kit of the type described in connection with FIGS. 1A through 1D, in accordance with embodiments of the present inventive concepts. In FIG. 3A, an installer 200 decides which portion of a room to install a partition mounting system. In this example, the installer 200 installs a partition mounting system using a partition assembly kit 10. The partition mounting system can be constructed to seal and/or isolate a window frame 202 or an entry way 207 of a room. The partition mounting system can further be constructed to seal and/or isolate various other openings, access areas, and the like.
  • The room comprises a ceiling 220, a floor 221 and sidewalls 222, 223. The window frame 202 comprises a top frame portion 204, side frame portions 203, 205, and a window sill 206. The entry way 207 comprises a top frame portion 209, side frame portions 208, 210, and a bottom frame portion 211.
  • In this example, the installer 200 affixes the double-sided tape 100 from the partition assembly kit 10 to the window frame 202 by placing the second side of the carrier material 101 having the low-tack adhesive material 103 thereon against the window frame 202. For example, the installer 200 places a starting portion 100 s of the double-sided tape 100 at a top 205 t of the side portion 205 of the window frame 202, and applies a uniform pressure with a hand to the backside (i.e., first side of the double-sided tape 100 having the tape liner 104 that covers the second side of the carrier material 101) of the double-sided tape 100 while applying a continuous strip of the double-sided tape 100 to the side portion 205 of the window frame 202 in a downward direction toward a bottom 205 b of the side portion 205 of the window frame 202. The installer 200 can then tear by hand, or cut using a knight, cutter, scissors or blade, the double-sided tape 100. As a result, a first double-sided tape strip 100A is affixed to the side portion 205 of the window frame 202.
  • In FIG. 3B, the installer 200 likewise affixes the double-sided tape 100 to the remaining portions (i.e., side frame portion 203, top frame portion 204, and window sill 206) of the window frame 202. The installer 200 may further affix the double-sided tape 100 to the top frame portion 209, side frame portions 208, 210, and bottom frame portion 211 of the entry way 207. Tape strips 100A, 100B, 100C, 100D are shown affixed to the window frame 202 and tape strips 100E, 100F, 100G, 100H are shown affixed to the entry way 207.
  • In this example, the installer 200 removes first and second sheets of material 201A, 201B from the receptacle 11 of the partition assembly kit 10. In some embodiments, the installer 200 can remove a single sheet of material 201 from the receptacle 11 of the partition assembly kit 10, and can further cut the single sheet of material 201 to create first and second sheets of material 201A, 201B. In other embodiments, the installer 200 can remove a single sheet of material 201 from the receptacle 11 of the partition assembly kit 10, and use the single sheet of material 201 to cover the door frame 207 and not cover the window frame 202.
  • In FIG. 3C, the installer 200 removes the tape liner 104A from the double-sided tape strip 100A that covers the second side of the carrier material 101, thus exposing the high-tack adhesive material 102A. The installer 200 subsequently removes the tape liner from the tape strips 100A, 100B, 100C, 100D that are affixed to the window frame 202, and the tape strips 100E, 100F, 100G, 100H that are affixed to the entry way 207.
  • In FIG. 3D, the installer 200 affixes the second sheet of material 201B from the partition assembly kit 10 to the exposed high-tack adhesive material 102 of the tape strips 100A, 100B, 100 C, 100D of the window frame 202 and further affixes the first sheet of material 201A from the partition assembly kit 10 to the exposed high-tack adhesive material 102 of the tape strips 100E, 100F, 100G, 100H of the entry way 207.
  • The sheets of material 201A, 201B, which are affixed to the window and door frames 202, 207, can be opaque so that images cannot be seen through it and/or to prevent light transmission through the material. Further, the sheets of material 201A, 201B can be translucent, such that light can pass through the material, but objects on the other side cannot be clearly distinguished. Opaque and translucent sheets of materials 201 may be used to prevent outsiders from viewing the interior of a room. On the other hand, the sheets of material 201 can be transparent, allowing light to pass through the material so objects can be illuminated, or so that objects can be clearly seen through the material.
  • The double-sided tape and methods for installing various partition configurations using the double-sided tape described herein can be used in conjunction with other partition mounting systems, such as, those described in U.S. Pat. No. 5,924,469, filed Oct. 29, 1996, U.S. Pat. No. 7,658,219, filed May 10, 2005, U.S. Pat. No. 7,073,758, filed on Jun. 20, 2003, U.S. Pat. No. 7,533,712, filed on Jun. 20, 2003, and U.S. Pat. No. 7,743,512, issued on Jun. 29, 2010, the contents of each being incorporated herein by reference in their entirety.
  • In FIG. 3E, the installer 200 retrieves a zipper 14 from the partition assembly kit 10, and adheres the zipper 14 to a sheet of material 201. In this example, the zipper 14 is shown affixed to the second sheet of material 201B, which is affixed to the entry way 207.
  • In one embodiment, a zipper 14 having a pre-applied adhesive material 26, such as the zipper illustrated at FIG. 2A, is affixed to a sheet of material 201 by the installer 200. In this embodiment, the installer 200 removes the protective paper strips 28, or single strip 28, from the zipper 14 prior to affixing the zipper 14 to the sheet of material 201.
  • In another embodiment, a zipper 14 having first and second tape strips 306A, 306B adhered to the left and right flanges 101A, 101B of the zipper 14, such as the zipper illustrated at FIG. 2B, is affixed to a sheet of material by the installer 200. In this embodiment, the installer applies the first and second tape strips 306A, 306B to the left and right flanges 101A, 101B of the zipper 14 prior to affixing the zipper 14 to the sheet of material 201.
  • In another embodiment, the sheet of material 201 may comprise first and second pre-attached zippers 114, such as the sheets of material 201 illustrated at FIGS. 4A through 4F.
  • Referring to FIGS. 3E and 3F, the bottom 52 of the zipper 14 is aligned with the bottom of the sheet of material 201, so that the zipper 14 can be opened using zipper pull 24 to expose a portion 54 of the sheet of material 201 between the zipper teeth portions 22A, 22B and between the left and right flanges 20A, 20B of the zipper 14.
  • In FIG. 3G, the installer 200 positions the cutter 18 at a top portion of the exposed sheet portion 54 between the left and right teeth portions 22A, 22B of the zipper 14. The installer 200 applies pressure to cutter 18 such that the sharp tips of the puncture fingers 46 initially penetrate the exposed sheet portion 54, at two spaced-apart piercing locations 62.
  • In FIG. 3H, the installer 200 begins to pull the cutter 18 in a downward cutting direction, as indicated by arrow 56, which moves the puncture fingers 46 further into the sheet of material 201. The guide surfaces 48 of the puncture fingers 46 deflect the sheet of material 201 toward the dual blades 42A, 42B of the cutter 18, while, at the same time, the material deflector 50 pulls the sheet of material 201 taut against the dual blades 42A, 42B.
  • Referring to FIG. 31, as cutting continues in the downward direction 56, two parallel cuts are made in the plastic sheet by the blades 42A, 42B of the cutter 18. The two parallel cuts define a swath of material 58 that is cut between the left and right flanges 20A, 20B of the zipper 14. The blades 42A, 42B are spaced apart by a suitable distance d1 such that the cuts are made close to the flanges 20A, 20B, so that excess sheet material is not present between the left and right zipper teeth 22A, 22B. In this manner, any sheet material that remains between the left and right portions of the zipper 14 will not interfere with proper zipper operation.
  • In FIG. 3J, the swath of material 58 cut between the left and right zipper portions can be seen. The swath of material 58 remains attached at the puncture region 60 where the cut was initiated at puncture holes 62. The dual parallel cuts 64 extend from the puncture holes 62 along the length of the zipper 14. Following completion of the cut, the swath of material can be torn or cut in the puncture region 60 at the top, bottom, or top and bottom portions of the zipper 14, and removed by the installer 200, as shown in FIG. 3K.
  • FIG. 3L is a perspective view of the opened zipper 14 after the swath of material 58 between the parallel cuts is removed. A temporary entryway 66 is provided in the opening of the zipper 14. The temporary entryway 66 can be opened and closed at will by engaging and releasing the zipper 14 with the zipper pull 24.
  • In another embodiment, as illustrated in FIG. 3M, an installer can affix a second zipper 14 to the sheet of material 201, adjacent and parallel to the first zipper 14. As such, the first and second zippers 14 can be opened and the sheet of material between the two zippers can be rolled up creating am enlarged temporary entryway 68.
  • Although the above embodiment depicts the installation of sheets of material 201A, 201B at a window frame 202 and an entryway 207, embodiments of the present inventive concepts are not thus limited. In other preferred embodiments, partition assembly kits, sheets of material, and methods of installation apply to installation of a sheet of material at only a window frame 202 or at only an entryway 207, or at only other regions of abutting environments.
  • FIGS. 4A through 4F are perspective views of partition assembly kits including components and tools for assembling a partition mounting system in accordance with other embodiments of the present inventive concepts. Elements having the same functions as those illustrated in FIGS. 1A through 1D are indicated by like reference identifiers, and thus their detailed description will be omitted.
  • Referring to FIG. 4A, a partition assembly kit 1000 can provide an installer with components and tools for assembling a partition mounting system having a pre-attached zippered opening. The partition assembly kit 1000 can be enclosed in receptacle 11, such as the receptacles 11 of FIGS. 1A through 1D.
  • The components and tools included in the partition assembly kit 1000 can include, in one embodiment, a sheet of material 201 having first and second zippers 114 pre-attached thereto, and a roll of double-sided tape 100. In another embodiment, the sheet of material 201 has a single zipper 14 pre-attached thereto. In another embodiment, the sheet of material 201 includes a plurality of zippers 14 pre-attached thereto.
  • Referring to FIG. 4B, the components and tools included in the partition assembly kit 1000 can include, in one embodiment, a sheet of material 201 having first and second zippers 114 pre-attached thereto, a roll of double-sided tape 100 and a cutter 18. In this embodiment, the cutter 18 can be used by an installer to remove a swath of material between the openings of the first and second zippers.
  • The partition assembly kit 1000 of any of the embodiments described herein can optionally include a strap 19, such as, a string, Velcro strap, or other mechanism for securing a temporary opening formed in the sheet of materials 201, for example, in the manner described in further detail below in connection with FIG. 6E. Although not shown, the strap 19 can be optionally included in any of the partition assembly kit embodiments described herein.
  • Referring to FIG. 4C, a partition assembly kit 1000 can be enclosed within receptacle 11, such as a plastic bag, sleeve or other type of receptacle 11 mentioned about in connection with FIGS. 1A through 1D. In this embodiment, the partition assembly kit 1000 comprises a sheet of material 201 having first and second zippers 14 pre-attached thereto. However, in other embodiments, the sheet of material 201 may comprise a single, pre-attached zipper 14.
  • The partition assembly kit 1000 may further comprise a paper or plastic header 1500, which can be stapled, glued or press-sealed to the receptacle 11. In this embodiment, the header 1500 is shown stapled to the receptacle 11 via first, second and third staples 1502 a, 1502 b and 1502 c. The header 1500 may further comprise a product label that is secured to the header 1500; however, the product label can also be printed directly onto the header 1500.
  • Further, the header 1500 can comprise a shelving hanger opening 1503, which can be used to hang the partition assembly kit 1000 on store shelving systems.
  • Referring to FIG. 4D, a partition assembly kit 1000 can be enclosed within receptacle 11, such as a plastic bag or sleeve. In this embodiment, the partition assembly kit 1000 comprises a sheet of material 201 having first and second zippers 14 pre-attached thereto and a roll of double-sided tape 100. However, in other embodiments, the sheet of material 201 may comprise a single pre-attached zipper 14.
  • Referring to FIG. 4E, a partition assembly kit 1000 can be enclosed within receptacle 11, such as a plastic bag or sleeve. In this embodiment, the partition assembly kit 1000 comprises a sheet of material 201 having first and second zippers 14 pre-attached thereto, a roll of double-sided tape 100 and a cutter 18. In the embodiment of FIG. 4E, the cutter 18 can be included in the event where the portions of the sheet material 201 that lie between the left and right flanges of the pre-attached zipper 14 are not pre-cut by the manufacturer. In other embodiments, the sheet of material 201 may comprise a single pre-attached zipper 14.
  • Referring to FIG. 4F, a partition assembly kit 1000 can be enclosed within receptacle 11, such as a plastic bag or sleeve. The partition assembly kit 1000 is shown enclosed within receptacle 11, such as a sealed plastic bag.
  • In this embodiment, the partition assembly kit 1000 comprises a sheet of material 201 having a single pre-attached zipper 14 and a roll of double-sided tape 100. However, in other embodiments, the sheet of material 201 can comprise first and second zippers 14 pre-attached thereto.
  • In some embodiments, the product label 1501 can comprise a paper or plastic label that is positioned within the receptacle 11; however, in other embodiments, the product label can comprise a paper or plastic label secured to an outer surface of the receptacle 11. In other embodiments, the product label 1501 can be printed directly on the receptacle 11.
  • FIG. 5 is a perspective view of a sheet of material having pre-attached zippers thereon of a type that can be included with the kits of FIGS. 4A through 4F, in accordance with embodiments of the present inventive concepts. In this embodiment, the sheet of material comprises first and second pre-attached zippers 14 each having pull tabs 24. However, as described above, in some embodiments the sheet of material can comprise a single pre-attached zipper 14.
  • The first and second zippers 14 are preferably sewn onto the sheet of material 201; however, in other embodiments, the first and second zippers 14 can be attached to the sheet of material 201 by an adhesive material. In other embodiments, the first and second zippers 14 can be hot-melted to sheet of material 201.
  • FIGS. 6A-E illustrate a method for assembling a partition mounting system using a partition assembly kit of the type described in connection with FIGS. 4A through 4F, in accordance with embodiments of the present inventive concepts. In this example, the installer 200 installs a partition mounting system using the partition assembly kit 1000. The partition mounting system of FIGS. 6A-6E is constructed and arranged to seal and/or isolate a door way 131 of a room 130.
  • In FIG. 6A, an installer 200 removes a roll of double-sided tape 100 from the receptacle 11 of the partition assembly kit 1000. The installer 200 affixes a second side of the double-sided tape 100 having a low-tack adhesive material 103 to the door frame 116 of the door way 131.
  • In FIG. 6B, the protective strip or tape liner 104 is removed from the double-sided tape 100 by the installer 200, thus exposing the first side of the double-sided tape 100 having a high-tack adhesive material 102 thereon.
  • The installer 200 removes the sheet of material 201 having the pre-attached first and second zippers 14 from the kit the receptacle 11 of the partition assembly kit 1000. However, as described above, the sheet of material 201 may comprise a single pre-attached zipper 14.
  • In FIG. 6C, the installer 200 affixes the sheet of material 201 to the door frame 116 having the double-sided tape 100 thereon to create a no-breach seal that can withstand negative pressure. In one embodiment, the sheet of material 201 may need to be cut to size in order to cover the desired opening or area. However, in other embodiments, the partition assembly kit may comprise sheets of material 201 designed for specific opening sizes.
  • FIG. 6D is a perspective view of the installed partition mounting system having the zippers 14 in an opened configuration. A temporary entryway is provided in the openings 66, 166 of the zippers 14. The temporary entryway can be opened and closed at will by engaging and releasing the zippers 14 with the zipper pull 2014. Although shown with first and second zippers 14, and entryway can be provided in an opening 66 of a sheet of material 201 having a single zipper 14 pre-attached thereto.
  • FIG. 6E illustrates a portion of the sheet of material 201 a between the first and second zippers 14 rolled up in order to create a temporary entryway. In some embodiments, the installer 200 can roll up and secure a portion 201 a of the sheet of material 201 using a strap 19. For example, the installer 200 can place one end of the strap 19 through a hole 19 a of the portion 201 a of the sheet of material 201, wrap a length of the strap 19 around the rolled up portion 201 a, and tie the ends of the strap 19 together. In other embodiments, the strap my comprise a Velcro like material for securing the rolled up portion 201 a of the sheet of material 201.
  • FIG. 7 is a table of technical data properties of double-sided tape in accordance with embodiments of the present inventive concepts. In one embodiment the double-side tape 100 has a thickness of 0.23 mm, plus-or-minus 0.1 mm. In this embodiment the high-tack adhesive material 102 has a peel adhesion greater than or equal to 30 N/in and the low-tack adhesive material 103 has a peel adhesion greater than or equal to 6 N/in. Further, the high-tack adhesive material 102 has a peel adhesion greater than that of the low-tack adhesive material 103. Further, in this embodiment the double-sided tape 100 has a ball tack less than or equal to 10, a tensile strength greater than or equal to 65 N/in and an Elongation percentage greater than or equal to 13%.
  • The test properties shown in FIG. 3 are measured according to various test methods known in the art, including the use of industry recognized standards such as “GB” and “GB/T” national standards issued by the Standardization Administration of the People's Republic of China (SAC).
  • The double-sided tape thickness measurements provided herein were measured in accordance with SAC standard GB/T 72015-1999, “Test method for thickness of pressure-sensitive and gummed tapes”, the contents of which is incorporated herein by reference.
  • The peel adhesion measurements of the high-tack adhesive material and the low-tack adhesive material provided herein were measured in accordance with SAC standard GB/T 2792-1998, “Test method for peel strength of pressure-sensitive tape at 180° angle”, the contents of which is incorporated herein by reference.
  • The ball tack measurements provided herein were measured in accordance with SAC standard GB/T 4852-2002, “Test method for tack of pressure sensitive adhesive tapes by rolling ball”, the contents of which is incorporated herein by reference.
  • The tensile strength and elongation measurements provided herein were measured in accordance with SAC standard GB 7753-1987, “Test method for tensile properties of pressure sensitive adhesive tapes”, the contents of which is incorporated herein by reference.
  • In this manner, embodiments of the present inventive concepts provide a double-sided tape having a low-tack side that prevents damage to surfaces of a room when removed, and also having a high-tack side capable of securing a curtain or plastic sheet to surfaces of a room, door frame, window frame, and the like. Embodiments of the present inventive concepts further provide a method of installing various partition configurations using the double-sided tape. Embodiments of the present inventive concepts further provide partition assembly kits that comprise components of partition mounting systems and tools for installing and assembling said partition mounting systems.
  • While the present inventive concepts have been particularly shown and described above with reference to exemplary embodiments thereof, it will be understood by those of ordinary skill in the art, that various changes in form and detail can be made without departing from the spirit and scope of the present inventive concepts described and defined by the following claims.

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  1. 1. A partition assembly kit, comprising:
    a receptacle;
    a sheet of material of a sufficient size to cover a standard-sized entry way;
    at least one zipper having a length greater than 50% a height of the standard-sized entry way; and
    a roll of adhesive tape including a carrier material having an adhesive material on a first side of the carrier material,
    wherein the sheet of material, the at least one zipper and the roll of adhesive tape are stored within the receptacle.
  2. 2. The partition assembly kit of claim 1, wherein the receptacle is a cardboard box.
  3. 3. The partition assembly kit of claim 1, wherein the sheet of material includes one selected from the group consisting of: a mono-film sheet material, a poly-film sheet material, a plastic sheet material, a synthetic sheet material and a reinforced plastic tarp material.
  4. 4. The partition assembly kit of claim 1, wherein the sheet of material is of a sufficient size to cover a standard-sized entry way having door dimensions selected from the group consisting of: 2′0″×6′8″, 2′2″×6′8″, 2′4″×6′8″, 2′6″×6′8″, 2′8″×6′8″, 2′10″×6′8″ and 3′ 0″×6′8″.
  5. 5. The partition assembly kit of claim 1, wherein a width of the standard-sized entry way ranges between 2′ feet to 8′ feet and a height of the standard-sized entry way ranges between 5′ feet to 12′ feet.
  6. 6. The partition assembly kit of claim 1, wherein the at least one zipper is pre-attached to the sheet of material.
  7. 7. The partition assembly kit of claim 6, wherein the at least one zipper includes first and second flanges, and wherein the sheet of material includes a pre-cut opening between the first and second flanges.
  8. 8. The partition assembly kit of claim 1, wherein the carrier material consists of a single carrier material layer.
  9. 9. The partition assembly kit of claim 1, wherein the carrier material is a paper carrier material.
  10. 10. The partition assembly kit of claim 1 further comprising a strap coupled to the sheet of material for securing a rolled up portion of the sheet of material.
  11. 11. The partition assembly kit of claim 10, wherein the strap includes a velcro strap.
  12. 12. A method of assembling a partition mounting system, comprising;
    providing a receptacle having a sheet of material, at least one zipper and a roll of adhesive tape stored therein, wherein the sheet of material is of a sufficient size to cover a standard-sized entry way, the at least one zipper is of a length greater than 50% a height of the standard-sized entry way, and the roll of adhesive tape includes a carrier material having an adhesive material on a first side of the carrier material;
    removing the roll of adhesive tape from the receptacle;
    affixing portions of the roll of adhesive tape to an entry way by placing the first side of the carrier material against a frame of the entry way;
    removing the sheet of material from the receptacle; and
    affixing the sheet of material to the frame of the entry way.
  13. 13. The method of claim 12, wherein the receptacle is a cardboard box.
  14. 14. The method of claim 12, wherein the sheet of material includes one selected from the group consisting of: a mono-film sheet material, a poly-film sheet material, a plastic sheet material, a synthetic sheet material and a reinforced plastic tarp material.
  15. 15. The method of claim 12, wherein a width of the standard-sized entry way ranges between 2′ feet to 8′ feet and a height of the standard-sized entry way ranges between 5′ feet to 12′ feet.
  16. 16. The partition assembly kit of claim 12, wherein the at least one zipper is pre-attached to the sheet of material.
  17. 17. The method of claim 16, wherein the at least one zipper includes first and second flanges, and wherein the sheet of material includes a pre-cut opening between the first and second flanges.
  18. 18. The method of claim 12, wherein the carrier material consists of a single carrier material layer.
  19. 19. The method of claim 12, wherein the carrier material is a paper carrier material.
  20. 20. The method of claim 12, further comprising a strap coupled to the sheet of material for securing a rolled up portion of the sheet of material.
  21. 21. The method of claim 20, wherein the strap includes a velcro strap.
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