US Pat. No. 9,212,494

FLOOR PANEL

FLOORING INDUSTRIES LIMIT...

1. A floor panel comprising:
a substrate;
a top layer provided on the substrate;
wherein the substrate is a synthetic material board;
wherein the top layer includes a back layer, a motif and a transparent wear layer; and
wherein the back layer has a higher density than the transparent wear layer; and
a backing layer provided on a lower side of the floor panel, the backing layer having a lower density than the back layer.

US Pat. No. 9,234,356

FLOOR COVERING

FLOORING INDUSTRIES LIMIT...

1. A floor panel for forming a floor covering, wherein the floor panel is rectangular, square or oblong, and comprises a first
pair of opposite edges and a second pair of opposite edges;
wherein the floor panel is provided, at said first pair of opposite edges, with first coupling elements made in one piece
with the floor panel, so that two of such floor panels can be mutually coupled in a given plane, the first coupling elements
providing for an interlocking in a direction perpendicular to the given plane, as well as in a direction perpendicular to
the edges concerned and parallel to the given plane;

wherein the floor panel is provided, at said second pair of opposite edges, with second coupling elements made in one piece
with the floor panel, so that two of such floor panels can be mutually coupled in the given plane, said second coupling elements
providing for an interlocking in a direction perpendicular to the given plane, as well as in a direction perpendicular to
the edges concerned and parallel to the given plane;

wherein said first coupling elements comprise contact surfaces which, in a coupled condition of two of such floor panels in
the given plane, cooperate with each other and provide for the interlocking in the direction perpendicular to the edges concerned
and parallel to the given plane;

wherein said first coupling elements further comprise a lip with an interlocking part, the lip belonging to one of the edges
of the first pair of opposite edges and, seen in a cross-section perpendicular to the first pair of opposite edges, extending
from a lower part of the floor panel in distal direction; wherein said interlocking part, at a side facing towards the floor
panel, comprises one of the contact surfaces;

wherein said first coupling elements further define a part which is connected to the floor panel via a flexible zone, the
part belonging to the edge opposite the edge with the lip; wherein said part, at a side facing towards the floor panel, comprises
another one of the contact surfaces;

wherein said flexible zone, seen in a cross-section perpendicular to the first pair of opposite edges, is situated at a top
side of the floor panel and has a minimum thickness (D1), according to a direction perpendicular to a plane defined by the floor panel, which is smaller than half the thickness
of the floor panel;

wherein the edge provided with the flexible zone is bendable; and
wherein said second coupling elements comprise a tongue and a groove, and the second coupling elements are configured such
that two of such floor panels can be assembled by means of a turning movement.

US Pat. No. 9,322,184

METHODS FOR MANUFACTURING FLOOR PANELS

Flooring Industries Limit...

1. A method for manufacturing a floor panel that includes a synthetic material board and a top layer located on top of the
synthetic material board, the top layer including a printed motif and a translucent or transparent wear layer, the method
comprising:
manufacturing the synthetic material board with an average density of more than 300 kilograms per cubic meter;
wherein the synthetic material board includes filler materials selected from the group consisting of chalk, wood fiber, and
sand; and

wherein at least one separate layer is embedded in the synthetic material board, the separate layer being one of a glass fiber
cloth and a glass fiber fabric;

providing the top layer, including the printed motif, on the synthetic material board; and
mechanically embossing the top layer;
wherein manufacturing the synthetic material board and providing the top layer are performed continuously on the same production
line.

US Pat. No. 9,259,959

METHODS FOR MANUFACTURING PANELS AND PANEL OBTAINED HEREBY

FLOORING INDUSTRIES LIMIT...

1. A method for manufacturing panels of the type which is at least composed of a substrate and a top layer provided on the
substrate, the top layer including at least two material layers, wherein at least one of the material layers is a print, the
method comprising:
applying the two material layers, such that the print is performed directly on the substrate and the print forms at least
a portion of a printed decor;

wherein at least one of the two material layers includes a mixture of at least a thermally curing component and a radiation-curing
component;

wherein the mixture is obtained by forming a border zone on the substrate;
wherein the border zone is formed by providing a first one of the components on the substrate, and then providing a second
one of the components on the first one of the components; and

wherein at least a portion of the mixture is created during its application on the substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,080,330

FLOOR PANEL

FLOORING INDUSTRIES LIMIT...

1. Floor panel having a rectangular and oblong shape with a pair of longitudinal opposite edges and a pair of short opposite
edges, said floor panel comprising a substrate and a top layer provided on said substrate;
wherein said top layer comprises from bottom to top a thermoplastic back layer located on the substrate, a print provided
on a synthetic material film, and a transparent thermoplastic layer based on polyvinylchloride situated above said print;
the synthetic material film being located between the back layer and the transparent thermoplastic layer, and the print being
provided between the transparent thermoplastic layer and the synthetic material film; said top layer forming a decorative
side of said floor panel wherein said print shows a wood pattern with a pore direction extending in the direction of said
pair of longitudinal opposite edges;

wherein said substrate is based on a thermoplastic material chosen from the list consisting of polyvinylchloride, polyethylene,
polypropylene and polyurethane; said substrate having an overall thickness which is larger than half of the thickness of the
entire panel;

wherein said floor panel at least at said pair of longitudinal opposite edges is provided with coupling parts allowing to
couple two such floor panels to each other, such that, in a coupled condition, said two floor panels are locked to each other
at the respective edge in a vertical direction perpendicular to the plane of the coupled panels, as well as in a horizontal
direction perpendicular to the coupled edges and in the plane of the panels;

wherein said coupling parts are formed as a tongue and a groove, wherein the contour of said tongue and groove is substantially
realized in said substrate with said back layer extending above a horizontal level determined by a center line of said tongue
and groove;

wherein said floor panel has a length of more than 118 centimeters, a width between 8 and 22 centimeters and a thickness of
more than 5 millimeters.

US Pat. No. 9,371,654

FLOOR PANEL

FLOORING INDUSTRIES LIMIT...

1. A floor panel, wherein this floor panel is rectangular, either oblong or square, and has a first pair of opposite sides
and a second pair of opposite sides;
wherein said floor panel, at said first pair of opposite sides, comprises coupling parts with which two of such floor panels
can be coupled to each other; wherein these coupling parts form a horizontally active locking system and a vertically active
locking system; wherein the horizontally active locking system has a male part and a female part, which allow to connect two
of such floor panels to each other at the respective first pair of opposite sides by providing one of these floor panels with
the pertaining male part, by means of a downward movement, in the female part of the other floor panel;

wherein said floor panel, at said second pair of opposite sides, comprises coupling parts which allow a mutual coupling between
two of such floor panels at the respective second pair of opposite sides at least by means of a pivoting movement between
two of such floor panels, which coupling provides a horizontal as well as a vertical locking between two of such floor panels;

wherein said coupling parts of the first pair of opposite sides as well as of the second pair of opposite sides are configured
such that the floor panel can be coupled to a similar floor panel in a previous row of installed floor panels at the respective
second pair of opposite sides by means of said pivoting movement, whereas simultaneously the same floor panel, by means of
said downward movement, can be coupled to a similar preceding floor panel in the same row of installed floor panels at the
respective first pair of opposite sides;

wherein the vertically active locking system of the first pair of opposite sides comprises a locking element, which is provided
in the form of an insert in one of the sides of the first pair of opposite sides, more particularly in a recess provided in
one of these sides;

wherein said locking element comprises at least a pivotable lock-up body; wherein said pivotable lock-up body, at one extremity,
forms a stop-forming locking portion which can cooperate with a locking portion of a similar coupled floor panel; wherein
said pivotable lock-up body, in a coupled condition of two of such floor panels, extends over a height which is at least 40%
of the height difference between upper sides of the coupled floor panels and a lowermost point of the male part;

wherein said recess is bordered by at least an upper wall and a lower wall, wherein the wall which is situated closest to
an extremity of said pivotable lock-up body situated opposite the extremity forming the stop-forming locking portion, extends
distally beyond said extremity situated opposite the extremity forming the stop-forming locking portion; and

wherein said locking element is provided with an attachment portion, which attachment portion consists of an attachment body
which, viewed in a cross-section perpendicular to the concerned sides, extends in a general flat direction, said attachment
body being provided in the recess.

US Pat. No. 9,290,948

FLOOR PANEL

FLOORING INDUSTRIES LIMIT...

1. A floor panel, comprising:
a top surface, at least two opposite sides, and at said opposite sides coupling parts enabling a first and a second of such
floor panels to be coupled to each other;

wherein the coupling parts form a horizontally active locking system and a vertically active locking system;
wherein the horizontally active locking system comprises a male part and a female part, which enable said first and second
floor panels to be connected to each other at said sides by locating one of the floor panels with its pertaining male part,
by means of a downward movement, in the female part of the other floor panel;

wherein the vertically active locking system comprises a locking element, which forms part of an insertion piece provided
in one of the respective sides;

wherein the locking element comprises at least a pivotable lock-up body, the pivotable lock-up body having a first extremity
opposite a second extremity, the first extremity having an outer peripheral surface forming a stop-forming locking portion
arranged to abut a locking surface of the first floor panel when the first and second floor panels are coupled to thereby
provide a vertical locking action between the first extremity and said locking surface of the first floor panel, and the second
extremity including a support portion including an outer peripheral surface arranged to abut a support surface of the second
floor panel as the stop-forming locking portion of the lock-up body is engaged with the locking surface of the first panel
to thereby provide a vertical locking action between the second extremity and said support surface of the second floor panel;

wherein one of said locking surface and said support surface is an upward facing surface provided at the male part, the upward
facing surface facing toward said top surface;

wherein the lock-up body, by means of a hinge portion, is connected to a basic part pertaining to the insertion piece;
wherein the pivotable lock-up body and the basic part are provided with surfaces which, when the lock-up body is pivoted inwards,
form guiding surfaces for each other and thereby determine the movement of the lock-up body;

wherein the guiding surfaces include a first guiding surface and a second guiding surface, the first guiding surface being
configured to perform a pivoting movement about the second guiding surface;

wherein said first and second extremities of said lock-up body are located at opposite sides in respect to the guiding surface
located at the pivotable lock-up body; and

wherein, in the coupled condition of said first and second floor panels, one of said first and second extremities and the
corresponding one of said locking surface and said support surface are located closer to the top surface than the guiding
surfaces are to the top surface, whereas the other of said first and second extremities and the thereto other corresponding
one of said locking surface and said support surface are located farther from the top surface than the guiding surfaces are
from the top surface, the other thereto corresponding one of said locking surface and said support surface being constituted
by said upward facing surface provided at the male part.

US Pat. No. 9,506,256

FLOOR COVERING, FLOOR PANELS AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING FLOOR PANELS

FLOORING INDUSTRIES LIMIT...

1. A method for manufacturing a floor panel,
wherein the floor panel comprises at least a substrate, and a synthetic material based top layer, present at an upper side
of the floor panel, said top layer comprising a decor;

wherein the floor panel, at least at two opposite sides or edges of the floor panel, is provided with coupling parts allowing
that two of such floor panels can cooperate with each other at said sides or edges;

wherein said upper side of the floor panel, at least at one of said sides or edges, is provided with a chamfer; and
wherein the method comprises at least the step of providing the surface of the chamfer with a separate decorative layer, the
decorative layer being provided directly on the surface of the chamfer by means of a digital multicolor printer.

US Pat. No. 9,482,013

FLOOR COVERING

FLOORING INDUSTRIES LIMIT...

1. A floor panel for forming a floor covering, wherein the floor panel is a laminate floor panel made of a board made from
wood, upon which one or several layers, including a decorative layer, are provided;
wherein the floor panel is provided, at least at two opposite edges, with coupling parts made in one piece with the floor
panel, as a result of which several of such floor panels can be mutually coupled to one another, wherein said coupling parts,
in a coupled situation, provide for an interlocking in a direction perpendicular to a plane of the floor covering, as well
as in a direction perpendicular to the edges concerned and parallel to the plane of the floor covering, wherein said coupling
parts comprise a tongue and a groove, said groove being bordered by an upper lip and a lower lip, the distal end of the upper
lip defining a first vertical plane, and said lower lip extending further than the distal end of the upper lip;

wherein said coupling parts comprise first cooperating surfaces, on the top side of the tongue and the bottom side of the
upper lip respectively, said first cooperating surfaces, in the coupled situation, working in conjunction with one another
and forming a first cooperating zone, and second cooperating surfaces, on an interlocking part that is situated on the lower
lip, past the distal end of the upper lip, and on an opposite part of the other floor panel respectively, said second cooperating
surfaces, in the coupled situation, working in conjunction with one another and forming a second cooperating zone, whose center
defines a second vertical plane, wherein said interlocking part is the only interlocking part being situated on the lower
lip past the distal end of the upper lip;

wherein the top side of said interlocking part defines a first horizontal level, said first horizontal level intersecting
the edge with the groove at a point situated proximally from said first vertical plane, with respect to the edge of the groove;

wherein the bottom side of the part upon which the tongue is provided and which extends from the tip of the tongue to said
second cooperating zone defines a second horizontal level; wherein the first and second horizontal levels define a third horizontal
level situated therebetween; wherein the average height of said first cooperating zone defines a fourth horizontal level;
wherein the distance between the first and second vertical planes is at least half of the distance between the third and fourth
horizontal levels;

wherein said first cooperating zone is situated above said first horizontal level;
wherein, in the coupled situation, there is a free space under the tongue, which extends from the tip of the tongue up to
a point being situated proximal from said first vertical plane, with respect to the edge with the groove; and

wherein, in the coupled situation, there is a space defined above the interlocking part.

US Pat. No. 9,528,278

PANEL, COVERING AND METHOD FOR INSTALLING SUCH PANELS

Flooring Industries Limit...

1. A floor panel for forming a floor covering and having at least two opposite edges, wherein at least at the two opposite
edges, the floor panel comprises:
coupling parts arranged allowing to couple two of such panels to each other by means of a downward movement of one panel in
respect to the other;

wherein the coupling parts form a first locking system, which effects a locking in the plane of the panels and perpendicularly
to said edges, as well as form a second locking system, which effects a locking perpendicularly to the plane of the panels;

wherein the first locking system is formed at least of an upwardly directed lower hook-shaped portion situated at one of said
two edges, as well as of a downwardly directed upper hook-shaped portion situated at the opposite edge;

wherein the lower hook-shaped portion has a lip with an upwardly directed locking element, whereas the upper hook-shaped portion
has a lip with a downwardly directed locking element;

wherein the second locking system comprises locking parts which are situated next to the proximal end of the lower hook-shaped
portion and the distal end of the upper hook-shaped portion, respectively;

wherein the floor panel further comprises a substrate of a material on the basis of soft PVC, wherein the coupling parts are
realized substantially integrally from the substrate;

wherein said substrate comprises at least two layers of soft PVC; and
wherein at least one of said locking parts of the second locking system is realized at least partially in said soft PVC (polyvinyl
chloride), as well as at least partially in the form of a milled profiled part of said soft PVC; and

wherein a reinforcement layer is incorporated in the substrate, said reinforcement layer being incorporated at a level located
lower than the locking part that is situated next to the proximal end of the lower hook shaped portion and between said two
layers of soft PVC.

US Pat. No. 9,453,348

FLOOR PANEL

FLOORING INDUSTRIES LIMIT...

1. A floor panel having a rectangular and oblong shape with a pair of longitudinal opposite edges and a pair of short opposite
edges, said floor panel comprising a substrate and a top layer provided on said substrate;
wherein said top layer comprises from bottom to top a thermoplastic back layer located on the substrate, a print provided
on a synthetic material film and a transparent thermoplastic layer based on polyvinylchloride situated above said print;

the synthetic material film being located between the back layer and the transparent thermoplastic layer, and the print being
provided between the transparent thermoplastic layer and the synthetic material film;

said top layer forming a decorative side of said floor panel;
wherein said substrate is based on a thermoplastic material chosen from the list consisting of polyvinylchloride, polyethylene,
polypropylene and polyurethane;

said substrate having an overall thickness of 2 to 10 millimeters;
said thickness being larger than half of the thickness of the entire panel;
wherein said floor panel at least at said pair of longitudinal opposite edges is provided with coupling parts allowing to
couple two such floor panels to each other, such that, in a coupled condition, said two floor panels are locked to each other
at the respective edge in a vertical direction perpendicular to the plane of the coupled panels, as well as in a horizontal
direction perpendicular to the coupled edges and in the plane of the panels;

wherein said coupling parts are formed as a tongue and a groove, wherein the contour of said tongue and groove is substantially
realized in said substrate with said back layer extending above a horizontal level determined by a center line of said tongue
and groove;

wherein said floor panel has a length of more than 118 centimeters, and a width between 8 and 22 centimeters.

US Pat. No. 9,290,950

PANEL

FLOORING INDUSTRIES LIMIT...

1. A panel, which, at least at two opposite sides, comprises coupling parts, with which two of such panels can be brought
in a coupled condition;
wherein said coupling parts form a horizontally active locking system and a vertically active locking system;
wherein the horizontally active locking system comprises a male part and a female part, which allow that two of such panels
can be connected to each other at said sides by providing one of these panels with the pertaining male part, by means of a
downward movement, in the female part of the other panel;

wherein the vertically active locking system comprises a locking element, which, in the form of an insert, is provided in
one of the respective sides;

wherein this locking element comprises at least a lock-up body; wherein the lock-up body, at one extremity, forms a stop-forming
locking portion, which can cooperate with a locking portion of a similar coupled panel; wherein the locking element includes
a strip attached in a recess in the panel, the locking element including an attachment portion which retains the strip in
the recess, and the locking element also including a bending zone of a material different from the material of the lock-up
body, the bending zone comprising a first boundary surface with said lock-up body and a second boundary surface with said
attachment portion;

wherein said lock-up body and the attachment portion, in the non-coupled condition, extend in a horizontal direction at least
for a part vertically underneath each other,

wherein points of the first boundary surface and the second boundary surface are situated on a vertical line one above the
other, and wherein said first boundary surface for at least a portion of said part, in said non-coupled condition of the panels,
extends in a direction forming an angle of less than 30° with an upper surface of the panels.

US Pat. No. 9,068,356

FLOOR COVERING

FLOORING INDUSTRIES LIMIT...

1. A floor panel, for forming a floor covering, wherein the floor panel is generally made of synthetic material;
wherein the floor panel comprises two pairs of opposite edges;
wherein the first pair of opposite edges comprises first coupling means, as a result of which several of such floor panels
can be mutually coupled to one another, whereby said first coupling means provide for an interlocking in a direction perpendicular
to the plane of the coupled floor panels, as well as in a direction perpendicular to the edges concerned, and parallel to
the plane of the floor panel;

wherein the second pair of opposite edges comprises second coupling means, as a result of which several of such floor panels
can be mutually coupled to one another, whereby said second coupling means provide for an interlocking in a direction perpendicular
to the plane of the coupled floor panels, as well as in a direction perpendicular to the edges concerned, and parallel to
the plane of the floor panel;

wherein said second coupling means are made in one piece with the floor panel;
wherein said second coupling means are configured for allowing assembly of two of such floor panels by means of a movement
of rotation of one panel in respect to the other;

wherein said second coupling means comprise a tongue and a groove, said groove being bordered by an upper lip and a lower
lip;

wherein said upper lip has a distal end and said lower lip extends beyond the distal end of the upper lip; wherein an interlocking
part is situated on the lower lip, with a contact surface which, when coupled, works in conjunction with the contact surface
which is provided on the other floor panel so as to provide said interlocking in a direction perpendicular to the edges concerned,
and parallel to the plane of the floor panel;

wherein the edge comprising said tongue comprises a lower surface being substantially horizontal;
wherein said lower surface is located distally from said contact surface working in conjunction with the contact surface of
the interlocking part when coupled;

wherein said substantially horizontal lower surface in a distal direction connects to an upwardly inclined surface;
wherein the top side of said interlocking part defines a horizontal level;
wherein said second coupling means comprise coupling parts formed of contact surfaces working in conjunction with one another,
on the top side of the tongue and the bottom side of the upper lip respectively, said contact surfaces defining a contact
zone which is situated above said horizontal level;

wherein the distal end of the upper lip defines a vertical plane; and
wherein said vertical plane intersects the upper side of the lower lip at an intersection point which is situated beneath
said horizontal level.

US Pat. No. 9,394,699

FLOOR COVERING

FLOORING INDUSTRIES LIMIT...

1. A floor panel for forming a floor covering, wherein the floor panel is a laminate floor panel made of a board made from
wood, upon which one or several layers, including a decorative layer, are provided;
wherein the floor panel is provided, at least at two opposite edges, with coupling parts made in one piece with the floor
panel, as a result of which several of such floor panels can be mutually coupled to one another, wherein said coupling parts,
in a coupled situation, provide for an interlocking in a direction perpendicular to a plane of the floor covering, as well
as in a direction perpendicular to the edges concerned and parallel to the plane of the floor covering, wherein said coupling
parts comprise a tongue and a groove, said groove being bordered by an upper lip and a lower lip, the distal end of the upper
lip defining a first vertical plane, said first vertical plane, in the coupled situation, forming a closing plane, and said
lower lip extending further than the distal end of the upper lip;

wherein said coupling parts comprise first cooperating surfaces, on the top side of the tongue and the bottom side of the
upper lip respectively, said first cooperating surfaces, in the coupled situation, working in conjunction with one another
and forming a first cooperating zone, and second cooperating surfaces, on an interlocking part that is situated on the lower
lip, past the distal end of the upper lip, and on an opposite part of the other floor panel respectively, said second cooperating
surfaces, in the coupled situation, working in conjunction with one another and forming a second cooperating zone; and

wherein, in the coupled situation, there is a free space under the tongue, which extends from the tip of the tongue up to
beyond said first vertical plane.

US Pat. No. 9,388,585

FLOOR COVERING

FLOORING INDUSTRIES LIMIT...

1. A floor panel for forming a floor covering, wherein the floor panel is a laminate floor panel made of a board made from
wood, upon which one or several layers, including a decorative layer, are provided;
wherein the floor panel is provided, at least at two opposite edges, with coupling parts made in one piece with the floor
panel, as a result of which several of such floor panels can be mutually coupled to one another, wherein said coupling parts,
in a coupled situation, provide for an interlocking in a direction perpendicular to a plane of the floor covering, as well
as in a direction perpendicular to the edges concerned and parallel to the plane of the floor covering, wherein said coupling
parts comprise a tongue and a groove, said groove being bordered by an upper lip and a lower lip, the distal end of the upper
lip defining a first vertical plane, and said lower lip extending further than the distal end of the upper lip;

wherein said coupling parts comprise first cooperating surfaces, on the top side of the tongue and the bottom side of the
upper lip respectively, said first cooperating surfaces, in the coupled situation, working in conjunction with one another
and forming a first cooperating zone, and second cooperating surfaces, on an interlocking part that is situated on the lower
lip, past the distal end of the upper lip, and on an opposite part of the other floor panel respectively, said second cooperating
surfaces, in the coupled situation, working in conjunction with one another and forming a second cooperating zone;

wherein the top side of said interlocking part defines a first horizontal level, said first horizontal level intersecting
the edge with the groove at a point being situated proximally from said first vertical plane, with respect to the edge with
the groove;

wherein said first cooperating zone is situated above the first horizontal level; and
wherein the distance between the first vertical plane and the distal end of the lower lip, measured along a direction parallel
to the plane of the floor covering and perpendicular to the edges, is larger than the distance between the upper side of the
floor panel and the intersection point between the first vertical plane and the top side of the lower lip, measured along
a direction perpendicular to the plane of the floor covering.

US Pat. No. 9,163,414

FLOOR PANEL

Flooring Industries Limit...

1. A floor panel comprising:
a substrate; and
a top layer glued to the substrate;
wherein the substrate is a water resistant synthetic material board;
wherein the top layer includes a back layer provided on the substrate, a print provided on a synthetic material film, and
a transparent wear layer provided on the print, such that the synthetic material film is located between the back layer and
the transparent wear layer, and such that the print is located between the synthetic material film and the transparent wear
layer;

wherein the synthetic material board is an extruded board including synthetic material and filler;
wherein each of the back layer and the transparent wear layer is a vinyl layer;
wherein the floor panel is of rectangular shape defined by two pairs of opposite edges and has a thickness between 7 and 10
millimeters;

wherein the top layer has a thickness of 0.5 to 3 millimeters; and
wherein at least at one pair of opposite edges the floor panel includes mechanical coupling means having profiles formed for
at least 70 percent of their circumference in the synthetic material board;

wherein the mechanical coupling means is for enabling
a vertical locking between adjacent floor panels at the respective edges, the vertical locking being active perpendicular
to the plane of coupled floor panels, and

enabling a horizontal locking between adjacent floor panels at the respective edges, the horizontal locking being active in
the plane of coupled floor panels and perpendicular to the respective edges.

US Pat. No. 9,528,275

FLOOR PANEL

FLOORING INDUSTRIES LIMIT...

1. A floor panel, comprising:
a core,
an upper side,
a lower side and
at least two opposite edges,
wherein the panel at said edges includes upper edges;
wherein coupling parts are provided on said two opposite edges;
wherein said coupling parts have such a configuration that the coupling parts of a first of such panels can be brought into
the coupling parts of a second of such panels by means of a downward movement of the first of such panels in respect to the
second of such panels,

wherein, in the coupled condition of the first of such panels and the second of such panels, a locking can be obtained in
a first direction and a second direction, the first direction being within the plane of the panels and perpendicular to said
edges and the second direction being perpendicular to the plane of the panels,

wherein said coupling parts for providing said locking in the first direction are provided with locking parts in the form
of hook-shaped parts showing, in the coupled condition, contact surfaces which prevent movement apart of the panels in the
first direction by engaging behind each other such that in the coupled condition a contact surface of the second panel is
arranged in contact with a contact surface of the first panel, the contact surface of the second panel being locked in the
coupled condition between the contact surface of the first panel and a core of the first panel, the contact surfaces providing
said locking in the first direction by mutually exerting a horizontal locking force at least partially in the first direction,

wherein said contact surfaces, seen in a top plan view of the panel, extend generally in an angled direction along a length
of said opposite edges, the angled direction being within a plane parallel to the plane of the panels, but the angled direction
is skewed from the direction of said upper edges.

US Pat. No. 9,290,040

METHODS FOR MANUFACTURING PANELS AND PANEL

FLOORING INDUSTRIES LIMIT...

1. A method for manufacturing panels of the type having at least a wood-based substrate and a top layer provided on the substrate,
the top layer including a wear-resistant layer and a printed decor with a relief, the method comprising:
using a roller to apply one or more primer layers to a flat surface of the substrate, the one or more primer layers forming
a background of a white or uniform color;

printing, by the intermediary of the one or more primer layers, at least one ink layer forming a portion of the decor onto
the substrate; and

forming the relief in the at least one ink layer using a press element;
wherein the relief is formed at least partially after the portion of the decor has been printed on the substrate;
wherein the relief is only formed after the portion of the decor has been dried in a forced manner by application of at least
one of hot air and radiation;

wherein the wear-resistant layer is provided above the at least one ink layer after the at least one ink layer has been provided
with the relief;

wherein the wear-resistant layer is free from material sheets; and
wherein the wear-resistant layer extends continuously over the entirety of the decor and contacts the at least one ink layer.

US Pat. No. 9,534,400

FLOOR ELEMENT, LOCKING SYSTEM FOR FLOOR ELEMENTS, FLOOR COVERING AND METHOD FOR COMPOSING SUCH FLOOR ELEMENTS TO A FLOOR COVERING

FLOORING INDUSTRIES LIMIT...

1. Floor element having a rectangular and oblong shape defined by a pair of long opposite edges and a pair of short opposite
edges; said floor element comprising
a core and a top layer provided thereon;
said top layer being vinyl based and comprising a printed decor;
long side coupling parts positioned on said pair of long opposite edges;
said long side coupling parts comprising a tongue at one of said long side edges and a groove at the other of said long side
edges;

said long side coupling parts allowing two of such floor elements to be coupled to each other by bringing said tongue into
said groove by means of an angling movement around their respective edges,

wherein in a coupled condition of said long side coupling parts the respective edges are locked to each other in a vertical
direction perpendicular to a plane of the coupled floor elements as well in a horizontal direction in the plane and perpendicular
to the respective edges of the floor elements, said plane defined by the respective top layers of two coupled floor elements,

wherein said long side coupling parts allow adoption of at least a first mutual orientation and a second mutual orientation
between two said floor elements,

wherein in the first mutual orientation the top layer of each of said two such floor elements are situated substantially in
the same plane, and in the second mutual orientation the top layer of each of said two such floor elements enclose an angle
(A2) of 170 degrees or less, and

wherein said floor elements in said first mutual orientation as well as in said second mutual orientation are locked together
in said vertical direction and said horizontal direction;

short side coupling parts positioned on said pair of short opposite edges;
said short side coupling parts comprising a male coupling part at one of said short opposite edges and a female coupling part
at the other of said short opposite edges;

said short side coupling parts allowing two of such floor elements to be coupled to each other by providing said male coupling
part with a substantially downward movement in said female coupling part,

wherein in a coupled condition of said short side coupling parts the respective edges are locked to each other at least in
a horizontal direction perpendicular to the respective edges and in the plane of the floor elements, and

wherein said male coupling part includes a distal face extending essentially downwardly and inwardly.

US Pat. No. 9,366,034

FLOOR PANEL, METHODS FOR MANUFACTURING LAMINATE PANELS AND METHOD FOR TREATING MATERIAL SHEETS APPLIED HEREWITH

FLOORING INDUSTRIES LIMIT...

1. A method for manufacturing flooring panels, wherein the panels comprise at least a substrate arranged between a top layer
and a balancing layer, the top layer being arranged for a walking surface, the method comprising the steps:
providing one or more material sheets and a first synthetic material at an upper side of said substrate, the first synthetic
material being a first thermosetting resin;

forming an underside layer that is directly in contact with an underside of said substrate, the underside of said substrate
being opposite from the upper side of the substrate, said underside layer consisting of said balancing layer, the balancing
layer consisting of a uniform composition mainly comprised of a second thermosetting resin, wherein the uniform composition
of the balancing layer is formed in direct contact with the underside of said substrate;

making the top layer by bringing at least said material sheets and the first synthetic material and the substrate in a press
device, wherein the material sheets are bonded to the upper side of said substrate by a press treatment performed by said
press device;

subjecting the uniform composition of said balancing layer along the underside of said substrate to said press treatment,
wherein during said press treatment the uniform composition of said balancing layer is brought into contact with a surface
of the press device; and

wherein said press treatment creates a residual tension in said first thermosetting resin with said one or more material sheets,
and a residual tension in said second thermosetting resin of said balancing layer, and

wherein said residual tension in said second thermosetting resin of said balancing layer at least partly counteracts a warping
tendency created by said residual tension in said first thermosetting resin with said one or more material sheets.

US Pat. No. 9,366,037

FLOOR COVERING, FLOOR ELEMENT AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING FLOOR ELEMENTS

FLOORING INDUSTRIES LIMIT...

1. A floor panel for forming a floor covering, comprising a substrate, which substantially consists of a filled synthetic
material composite, and a top layer, which top layer has a thickness from 1 to 15 millimeters, wherein the floor panel is
rectangular and oblong, and comprises a first pair of opposite sides and a second pair of opposite sides;
wherein said floor panel, at said first pair of opposite sides, comprises first coupling parts, which substantially are performed
as a male coupling part and a female coupling part, and which are provided with vertically active locking portions, which,
when the first coupling parts of two of such floor panels cooperate with each other, effect a locking in vertical direction,
perpendicular to a plane of the coupled floor panels, and also are provided with horizontally active locking portions, which,
when the first coupling parts of two of such floor panels cooperate with each other, effect a locking in horizontal direction,
perpendicular to the respective sides and in the plane of the coupled floor panels;

wherein said floor panel, at said second pair of opposite sides, comprises second coupling parts, which substantially are
performed as a male coupling part and a female coupling part, and which are provided with vertically active locking portions
and horizontally active locking portions;

wherein the female coupling part of said first coupling parts comprises a groove, which is bordered by an upper lip and a
lower lip;

wherein a majority of the thickness of said upper lip is formed by said top layer, whereas a remainder of said upper lip is
formed by said substrate;

wherein said filled synthetic material composite comprises a thermoplastic material and an inorganic filling material.

US Pat. No. 9,388,586

FLOOR COVERING

FLOORING INDUSTRIES LIMIT...

1. A floor panel for forming a floor covering, wherein the floor panel is a laminate floor panel made of a board made from
wood, upon which one or several layers, including a decorative layer, are provided;
wherein the floor panel is provided, at least at two opposite edges, with coupling parts made in one piece with the floor
panel, as a result of which several of such floor panels can be mutually coupled to one another, wherein said coupling parts,
in a coupled situation, provide for an interlocking in a direction perpendicular to a plane of the floor covering, as well
as in a direction perpendicular to the edges concerned and parallel to the plane of the floor covering, wherein said coupling
parts comprise a tongue and a groove, said groove being bordered by an upper lip and a lower lip, the distal end of the upper
lip defining a first vertical plane, and said lower lip extending further than the distal end of the upper lip;

wherein said coupling parts comprise first cooperating surfaces, on the top side of the tongue and the bottom side of the
upper lip respectively, said first cooperating surfaces, in the coupled situation, working in conjunction with one another
and forming a first cooperating zone, and second cooperating surfaces, on an interlocking part that is situated on the lower
lip, past the distal end of the upper lip, and on an opposite part of the other floor panel respectively, said second cooperating
surfaces, in the coupled situation, working in conjunction with one another and forming a second cooperating zone, whose center
defines a second vertical plane;

wherein the top side of the interlocking part defines a first horizontal level; wherein the bottom side of the part upon which
the tongue is provided and which extends from the tip of the tongue to said second cooperating zone defines a second horizontal
level; wherein the first and second horizontal levels define a third horizontal level situated therebetween; wherein the average
height of said first cooperating zone defines a fourth horizontal level; wherein the distance between the first and second
planes is at least half of the distance between the third and fourth horizontal levels;

wherein the top side of the lower lip defines a concave arched surface, said concave arched surface including the cooperating
surface on the interlocking part and extending up to beyond said first vertical plane; and

wherein, in the coupled situation, there is a space above the interlocking part.

US Pat. No. 9,366,035

FLOOR PANEL

FLOORING INDUSTRIES LIMIT...

1. Floor panel having a rectangular and oblong shape with a pair of longitudinal opposite edges and a pair of short opposite
edges, said floor panel comprising a substrate and a top layer provided on said substrate; wherein said top layer comprises
a print and a thermoplastic layer situated above said print; said top layer forming a decorative side of said floor panel;
wherein said substrate comprises thermoplastic material and fillers;
wherein said floor panel at least at said pair of longitudinal opposite edges is provided with coupling parts allowing to
couple two such floor panels to each other, such that, in a coupled condition, said two floor panels are locked to each other
at the respective edge in a vertical direction perpendicular to the plane of the coupled panels, as well as in a horizontal
direction perpendicular to the coupled edges and in the plane of the panels; wherein said coupling parts include a tongue
and a groove, and wherein, in the coupled condition, a contact surface active in the horizontal direction is formed above
the tongue with a closed chamber available between an upper surface of the tongue and the contact surface, the contact surface
and the coupling parts being at least partially formed in the substrate;

wherein said floor panel has a length of more than 110 centimeters and comprises means for limiting the bending by its own
weight;

wherein said means for limiting the bending comprise at least one glass fiber layer underneath said print;
wherein said floor panel comprises at least one synthetic material layer other than a wood-based material and having a density
of at least 1,000 kilograms per cubic meter.

US Pat. No. 9,194,133

FLOOR COVERING, FLOOR PANELS AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING FLOOR PANELS

FLOORING INDUSTRIES LIMIT...

1. A floor panel, comprising:
a substrate having a generally planar upper surface;
coupling parts at least at two opposite edges of the panel, allowing that two of such floor panels can cooperate with each
other;

at least one chamfer defined along an edge bordering at least a portion of the upper surface and arranged obliquely relative
to the upper surface;

a top layer on the substrate comprising a decor layer extending only over the upper surface, said decor layer comprising a
support sheet with a print, the at least one chamfer comprising at least a chamfered surface portion of the substrate and
an adjacent chamfered lateral edge of said top layer;

a separate decorative covering layer extending over the at least one chamfer and generally defined only within the periphery
of the at least one chamfer, the separate layer being a digital print layer providing a predetermined color tint or a pattern
forming a representation of wood pores, the digital print layer being provided directly on said chamfer by a digital printer;

wherein said color tint or pattern is defined by means of a digitally controlled deposit of ink limited and located within
a width of said chamfer;

said deposit comprising inks of a plurality of colors creating said predetermined color tint or pattern, said width, measured
horizontally, being less than 3 mm.

US Pat. No. 9,151,062

FLOOR PANELS, FLOOR COVERING COMPOSED THEREOF, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SUCH FLOOR PANELS

FLOORING INDUSTRIES LIMIT...

1. A floor panel comprising at least two opposite side edges and cooperating pairs of coupling parts at the two opposite side
edges;
the panel including upper side edges terminating at or adjacent said opposite side edges;
said coupling parts enabling two of such floor panels to be coupled by a pair of the coupling parts along one pair of the
opposite side edges in two or more different mutually locked positions such that a locking against motion between the coupled
panels is obtained in a vertical direction perpendicular to a principal plane of the floor panels, and in a horizontal direction
parallel to the principal plane of the floor panels and perpendicular to the coupled side edges;

wherein said two or more mutually locked positions differ from each other in that they define two or more different distances
between upper side edges of coupled floor panels; and

adapter elements associated with said coupling parts, so that the selective use and non-use of said adapter elements in a
cooperating relationship with the coupling parts enables setting of the mutually locked position of the coupled panels at
said two or more different mutually locked positions with varying distances between the panel upper edges, said setting defining
the eventual position in which the coupled panels are locked relative to one another,

wherein the adapter elements include a rigid portion such that in said eventual position the respective coupling parts are
arranged for being prevented from further insertion into one, and

wherein in each of said two or more different mutually locked positions, corresponding horizontally active contact surfaces
lock the coupled panels relative to one another in the horizontal direction and prevent play in a first horizontal direction
along the horizontal direction and prevent play in a second horizontal direction along the horizontal direction, the first
horizontal direction being opposite from the second horizontal direction.

US Pat. No. 9,145,691

FLOOR COVERING OF FLOOR ELEMENTS

FLOORING INDUSTRIES LIMIT...

1. Floor covering consisting of floor elements;
said floor elements having a top surface defining a plane and at least a first and a second pair of two opposite sides;
said floor elements being connected to an adjacent similar floor element;
wherein at least said first pair of two opposite sides comprises a male coupling part and a female coupling part being provided
with vertically active locking portions effecting a locking with said adjacent similar floor element in vertical direction
perpendicular to said plane, and also being provided with horizontally active locking portions effecting a locking in horizontal
direction perpendicular to the respective sides and in said plane;

said coupling parts allowing that said floor element can be connected to said adjacent similar floor element by pushing said
floor element with said male coupling part, by means of a downward movement, home into the female coupling part of said adjacent
similar floor element;

wherein said female coupling part comprises an inwardly bendable and downwardly extending lip-shaped portion being part of
said vertically active locking portions and a space provided inwardly from said lip shaped portion;

said space allowing said lip shaped portion to be displaced as far as underneath said top surface of said floor element; and
wherein in coupled condition of the male and female coupling part said lip shaped portion extends horizontally beyond a top
edge of the top surface with its distal extremity contacting an inclined wall of the male coupling part; with a contacting
surface being located entirely underneath the top surface of the male coupling part.

US Pat. No. 9,487,957

FLOOR COVERING, FLOOR ELEMENT AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING FLOOR ELEMENTS

FLOORING INDUSTRIES LIMIT...

1. A floor element for forming a floor covering, which, at least at a first pair of opposite sides, comprises coupling parts,
which are performed as a male coupling part and a female coupling part, which are provided with vertically active locking
portions, which, in a coupled condition of two of such floor elements, effect a locking in vertical direction, perpendicular
to an installation plane of the floor covering, and also are provided with horizontally active locking portions, which, in
the coupled condition of the two of such floor elements, effect a locking in horizontal direction, perpendicular to respective
sides and in the installation plane,wherein said coupling parts are of a type allowing that the two of such floor elements can be coupled to each other by pushing
one of the floor elements, with the male coupling part, by means of a downward movement, home into the female coupling part
of the other floor element;wherein the female coupling part is at least partially made of a filled synthetic material composite;wherein said horizontally active locking portions comprise an upwardly directed locking portion provided at a projecting lip
bordering the female coupling part towards the bottom, and a downwardly directed locking portion at the male coupling part,
which, in the coupled condition of the two of such floor elements, cooperates with the upwardly directed locking portion at
the female coupling part, thereby effecting said locking in horizontal direction;wherein said projecting lip and said upwardly directed locking portion form a lower flange; andwherein said vertically active locking portions comprise a pair of locking portions, said pair of locking portions comprising
a first locking portion situated at a distal side of said lower flange, and a second locking portion at the side of the floor
element having the male coupling part, which, in the coupled condition of the two of such floor elements, cooperates with
the first locking portion, thereby taking part in said locking in vertical direction.

US Pat. No. 9,556,620

FLOOR PANEL FOR FORMING A FLOOR COVERING, FLOOR COVERING FORMED OF SUCH FLOOR PANELS, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SUCH FLOOR PANELS

FLOORING INDUSTRIES LIMIT...

1. A floor panel for forming a floor covering, wherein the floor panel substantially consists of synthetic material and is
of the supple type;
wherein the floor panel, on at least one pair of opposite edges, comprises coupling parts which allow joining two of such
floor panels by means of a downward movement (M) of one floor panel in respect to the other floor panel, wherein these coupling
parts allow a locking in a first direction (V) perpendicular to the plane of the floor panels as well as in a second direction
(H) perpendicular to the respective edge and in the plane of the floor panels;
wherein the coupling parts comprise a first locking system for the locking in said first direction and a second locking system
for the locking in said second direction;
wherein the second locking system substantially is formed of an upwardly directed lower hook-shaped part situated on an edge,
as well as of a downwardly directed upper hook-shaped part situated on the opposite edge, which hook-shaped parts can be engaged
behind each other by said downward movement M;

wherein the lower hook-shaped part consists of a lip which extends laterally from the lower edge of the panel and which is
provided with an upwardly directed locking element with a locking surface, whereas the upper hook-shaped part consists of
a lip which extends laterally from the upper edge of the panel and which is provided with a downwardly directed locking element
with a locking surface;

wherein said first locking system comprises a separate locking element;
wherein the locking element is provided in a longitudinal recess which is present on the respective edge at a distance underneath
the upper surface, and is separated from the upper surface by a lip-shaped part;

wherein the lip-shaped part, in a cross-section, comprises a proximal end and a distal end and wherein the distal end defines
an upper edge;

wherein the lip-shaped part, near the proximal end, has a thickness, herein below denominated proximal thickness (B), wherein
the proximal thickness (B) is formed by a distance perpendicular to the upper surface, measured from the upper surface to
a tangent point determined by a line at an angle (A1) of 60° with said upper surface, which is directed downward in proximal direction and which is tangential to said recess;

wherein the lip-shaped part, in a cross-section, has a horizontal length (A) which is formed by the horizontal distance between
the most distal end of the lip-shaped part and the most proximal point of said recess; and

wherein the floor panel combines the following two features:
said locking surfaces are configured such that in the coupled condition, on a location where they contact each other, they
form an angle (A2) different from 90 degrees with the plane of the floor panel; and

said lip-shaped part shows at least one of the following features or a combination of any two or three of the following features,
or all four of the following features:

the ratio (B/A) of said proximal thickness (B) to said horizontal distance (A) is larger than 0.75;
said recess is situated over its entire depth, possibly with the exception of the first 10% of its depth, below an imaginary
line which extends through said upper edge and is inwardly sloping downward over an angle (A3) of 36 degrees;

said horizontal length (A), or thus the depth of the recess, is less than 2.4 mm;
said horizontal length (A) is smaller than 0.4 times the overall thickness (T) of the floor panel;
wherein said floor panel has a suppleness defined such that when the floor panel has a rectangular shape with a pair of short
sides and a pair of long sides, with a width of less than 50 centimeters measured along one side of the short sides, and when
the floor panel is fixedly clamped on one side of the pair of short sides of the floor panel to project over a length of 100
centimeters, the floor panel, starting from a flat horizontal position, will bend under the influence of its own weight, such
that at a height of a free extremity portion of the floor panel, the bending is at least 10 centimeters in respect to a clamped
portion of the floor panel, when a bending time of at least 10 seconds is considered.

US Pat. No. 9,476,207

PANEL

FLOORING INDUSTRIES LIMIT...

1. A panel, which, at least at two opposite sides, comprises coupling parts, with which two of such panels can be brought
in a coupled condition;
wherein these coupling parts form a horizontally active locking system and a vertically active locking system;
wherein the horizontally active locking system comprises a male part and a female part, which allow that two of such panels
can be connected to each other at said sides by providing one of these panels with the pertaining male part, by means of a
downward movement, in the female part of the other panel;

wherein the vertically active locking system comprises a locking element, which, in the form of an insert, is provided in
the side having the male part;

wherein this locking element comprises at least a pivotable lock-up body, said lock-up body being directed upward;
wherein the lock-up body, at one extremity, forms a stop-forming locking portion, which can cooperate with a locking portion
of a similar coupled panel, the locking element comprising a strip which is attached in a recess in the panel by means of
an attachment portion which retains the strip in the recess, wherein said pivotable lock-up body in the non-coupled condition
extends horizontally at least for a part underneath the attachment portion, however, wherein a vertical mutual distance is
maintained between the lock-up body and the attachment portion;

wherein the locking element comprises an elastic bending zone, which forms a connection between the attachment portion and
the pivotable lock-up body;

wherein the bending zone is a hinge portion; and
wherein the bending zone and the lock-up body are formed from synthetic material with different material characteristics such
that a material of the bending zone is more flexible than a material of the lock-up body.

US Pat. No. 9,266,382

METHODS FOR MANUFACTURING PANELS AND PANEL OBTAINED THEREBY

FLOORING INDUSTRIES LIMIT...

1. A method for manufacturing coated panels of the type including at least a substrate and a top layer with a motif, the top
layer being provided on the substrate, the method comprising:
providing a synthetic material layer on the substrate; and
after providing the synthetic material layer on the substrate, providing a relief on the surface of the synthetic material
layer;

wherein the relief includes a pattern of at least one of recesses and projections;
wherein the relief is provided by a structure of a press element;
wherein the structure of the press element is formed in line with providing the relief in the synthetic material layer;
wherein the structure of the press element is formed by a printing technique that applies at least one print on the press
element, such that the print is the structure of the press element that is used to provide the pattern of at least one of
recesses and projections; and

wherein a first portion of the structure provides the relief in the synthetic material layer while a second portion of the
structure is formed on the press element.

US Pat. No. 9,216,610

COATED PANEL AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SUCH PANEL

FLOORING INDUSTRIES LIMIT...

1. A coated panel comprising:
a substrate having an upper surface that is uneven; and
a top layer provided on the substrate, the top layer including a motif printed with inks indirectly on the substrate with
an intermediate of one or more priming layers, and a transparent or translucent layer provided above the printed motif;

wherein the substrate is a board-shaped substrate having a thickness ranging between 2 and 5 millimeters;
wherein the top layer is free from paper sheets and has a thickness ranging between 0.2 and 3 millimeters;
wherein the priming layers fill the unevenness in the upper surface of the substrate and provide a uniform background color
and an adhering layer for the inks of the motif;

wherein the priming layers as well as the transparent or translucent layer include at least polyvinyl chloride;
wherein the priming layers include plasticizers, and wherein each of the priming layers is soft polyvinyl chloride;
wherein a bond between the priming layers and the substrate is obtained entirely by curing the polyvinyl chloride of the priming
layers, and without separate glue connections;

wherein an uppermost surface of the top layer includes structure features selected from the group comprising lowered edge
regions, and relief patterns that imitate wood structures or stone structures; and

wherein the panel includes mechanical coupling structures allowing two of such panels to be coupled together, wherein profiles
of the mechanical coupling structures are milled into the substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,200,460

FLOOR COVERING, FLOOR ELEMENT AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING FLOOR ELEMENTS

FLOORING INDUSTRIES LIMIT...

1. Floor covering, consisting of floor elements, which, at least at a first pair of two opposite sides, comprise coupling
parts, which substantially are performed as a male coupling part and a female coupling part, which are provided with vertically
active locking portions, which, when the coupling parts of two of such floor elements cooperate with each other, effect a
locking in vertical direction, perpendicular to a plane of the floor covering, and also are provided with horizontally active
locking portions, which, when the coupling parts of two of such floor elements cooperate with each other, effect a locking
in horizontal direction, perpendicular to the respective sides and in the plane of the floor covering, wherein said coupling
parts are of a type allowing that two of such floor elements can be connected to each other at said sides by pushing one of
these floor elements with the male coupling part, by means of a downward movement, into the female coupling part of the other
floor element;
wherein at least one of said coupling parts, either the male coupling part or the female coupling part, is at least partially
made of a fiber-filled synthetic material composite;

wherein said floor elements comprise at least a substrate and a separate edge portion defined as an insert;
wherein an actual substrate of the floor elements substantially consists of one or more other materials than the fiber-filled
synthetic material;

wherein said separate edge portion comprises a bendable or compressible portion taking part in said locking in vertical direction,
said bendable or compressible portion at least temporarily undergoing a deformation or compression during a coupling action
performed by said downward movement; and wherein the deformation or compression of said bendable or compressible portion relaxes
by springing back only partially at the end of said coupling action.

US Pat. No. 9,376,823

FLOOR COVERING

FLOORING INDUSTRIES LIMIT...

1. A floor panel for forming a floor covering, wherein the floor panel is a laminate floor panel made of a board made from
wood, upon which one or several layers, including a decorative layer, are provided;
wherein the floor panel is provided, at least at two opposite edges, with coupling parts made in one piece with the floor
panel, as a result of which several of such floor panels can be mutually coupled to one another, wherein said coupling parts,
in a coupled situation, provide for an interlocking in a direction perpendicular to a plane of the floor covering, as well
as in a direction perpendicular to the edges concerned and parallel to the plane of the floor covering, wherein said coupling
parts comprise a tongue and a groove, said groove being bordered by an upper lip and a lower lip, the distal end of the upper
lip defining a first vertical plane (V1), and said lower lip extending further than the distal end of the upper lip;

wherein said coupling parts comprise first cooperating surfaces, on the top side of the tongue and the bottom side of the
upper lip respectively, said first cooperating surfaces, in the coupled situation, working in conjunction with one another
and forming a first cooperating zone, and second cooperating surfaces, on an interlocking part that is situated on the lower
lip, past the distal end of the upper lip, and on an opposite part of the other floor panel respectively, said second cooperating
surfaces, in the coupled situation, working in conjunction with one another and forming a second cooperating zone;

wherein the top side of said interlocking part defines a first horizontal level (N1), said first horizontal level (N1) intersecting the edge with the groove at a point situated proximally from said first vertical plane (V1), with respect to the edge of the groove;

wherein said first cooperating zone is situated above said first horizontal level (N1); and

wherein the bottom side of the edge with the tongue comprises a substantially flat portion, which is situated below said first
horizontal level (N1).

US Pat. No. 9,249,580

FLOOR PANEL, AS WELL AS METHOD, DEVICE AND ACCESSORIES FOR MANUFACTURING SUCH FLOOR PANEL

FLOORING INDUSTRIES LIMIT...

1. Floor panel including an oblong rectangular top surface surrounded by edge portions; and said floor panel further comprising:
an underlying substrate formed from a material selected from the group consisting of MDF and HDF;
at least two opposite side edges having coupling parts;
a decorative side having an appearance imitating a wood surface from which portions have been removed by a tool so as to resemble
scraped wood;

a decor layer including a carrier paper and a printed wood pattern located on the carrier paper, the decor layer continuously
extending over substantially the entire decorative side of the panel, the carrier paper being intermediate to the underlying
substrate and the printed wood pattern that is located on the carrier paper;

a top layer comprising a synthetic material and continuously extending over the decor layer; and
embossments in at least a portion of the surface of the decorative side of the floor panel over which the decor and top layers
extend, said embossments formed from and extending into the underlying substrate and providing said appearance imitating a
wood surface from which portions have been removed by a tool to resemble scraped wood, the decor layer extending continuously
across the entirety of the embossments and following contours of the embossments, the printed wood pattern extending into
the embossments;

said embossments each defining a generally planar configuration in a transverse direction of the floor panel and extending
in the form of longitudinal paths over the rectangular top surface of the floor panel in a longitudinal direction of the floor
panel, said embossments are located between and spaced apart by a distance from the at least two opposite side edges;

wherein said embossments, in the transverse direction, have a cross-section defined by opposed slopes bounding the generally
planar configuration.

US Pat. No. 9,809,984

FLOOR PANEL

FLOORING INDUSTRIES LIMIT...

1. A floor panel having a rectangular shape with two pairs of opposite edges, the floor panel comprising:
a waterproof substrate comprised of a single layer and defining a thickness of 2 to 10 millimeters; said thickness being more
than half of the entire thickness of the floor panel; the substrate material being chosen from the list consisting of a polyvinyl
chloride-based substrate, polyethylene-based substrate, a polypropylene-based substrate and a polyurethane-based substrate,

a top layer provided on the substrate, the top layer including a print provided on a carrier sheet with said carrier sheet
being provided underneath said print,

a transparent thermoplastic layer of less than 1 millimeter thickness situated above said print; the floor panel either being
free from intermediate layers between said substrate and said carrier sheet, or including a glue layer between said substrate
and said carrier sheet;

the floor panel, at least on one pair of two opposite edges, including mechanical coupling parts for coupling two of such
floor panels to each other, such that a locking is created in a vertical direction perpendicular to the plane of coupled panels,
as well as in a horizontal direction perpendicular to the coupled edges and in the plane of the panels; said coupling parts
being substantially realized in said substrate material.

US Pat. No. 10,041,259

FLOOR PANEL

FLOORING INDUSTRIES LIMIT...

1. A floor panel having a rectangular and oblong shape, the floor panel comprising:a substrate; and
a top layer provided on the substrate and forming a decorative side of the floor panel;
wherein the top layer is at least composed of a print provided on a carrier sheet and a transparent thermoplastic layer situated above the print;
wherein the substrate has a thickness from 2 to 10 millimeter and forms at least half of the thickness of the floor panel;
wherein the substrate is a polyurethane-based substrate and the transparent thermoplastic layer is polyurethane-based, wherein the floor panel has a length of more than 1.1 meters and further comprises a plurality of reinforcing layers situated outside the center line of the substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,670,682

PANEL, COVERING AND METHOD FOR INSTALLING SUCH PANELS

FLOORING INDUSTRIES LIMIT...

1. A floor panel for forming a floor covering;
wherein the panel comprises a substrate of a material on the basis of soft PVC;
wherein the panel is rectangular, either oblong or square, and comprises a first pair of opposite edges and a second pair
of opposite edges;

wherein both pairs of opposite edges comprise coupling parts allowing to couple a plurality of such panels to each other;
wherein the coupling parts, at both pairs of edges, form a first locking system effecting a locking in the plane of the panels
and perpendicular to the respective edges, and form a second locking system effecting a locking transverse to the plane of
the panels;

wherein the coupling parts, at least at one of said two pairs of edges, substantially are realized from said substrate and
in one piece of said material on the basis of soft PVC;

wherein the coupling parts, at least at said one of said two pairs of edges, consist of a tongue and a groove, as well as
locking parts, which, in the coupled condition, prevent the drifting apart of the tongue and groove, said locking parts defining
cooperating locking surfaces;

wherein said groove is bordered by a lower lip and an upper lip, wherein the lower lip extends laterally up to beyond the
distal end of the upper lip and wherein the lower lip comprises one of said cooperating locking surfaces;

wherein said tongue and groove have a shape which provides for that, in the coupled condition of two of such panels, a space
is present underneath the tongue, said space extending from the tip of the tongue continuously underneath the tongue up to
a location situated beyond the distal end of the upper lip, said location measured in horizontal direction being closer to
said locking surface at said lower lip than to the distal end of the upper lip;

wherein a contacting portion at the underside of the upper lip, which, in the coupled condition of two of such panels, cooperates
with the upper side of the tongue at the respective opposite edge, forms a downward inclination, more particularly a slight
downward inclination, in proximal direction; and

wherein in the coupled condition said lower lip located distally from the corresponding locking surface is free from vertically
active support surfaces.

US Pat. No. 9,617,741

SET OF PANELS WITH LOCKING ELEMENT

Flooring Industries Limit...

1. A set of panels comprising a first edge, a second edge opposite the first edge, a third edge, and a fourth edge opposite
the third edge,
wherein the first edge of a first panel comprises a supporting profile configured to form, with a supporting profile of a
second edge of a second panel, a connection between the first and second panels,

wherein the supporting profile of the first edge or the supporting profile of the second edge comprises a locking element
which, in a locking position, is configured to lock the panels in a direction transverse to the first edge and, in an installation
position, is configured to allow a joining movement or a separating movement of the supporting profiles of the first and second
edges along the direction transverse to the first edge,

wherein, in a laid state, the first panel and the second panel comprise a row within a laying plane, being joined together
at the first edge and the second edge, respectively,

wherein a coupling is configured to allow, during a movement of the locking element from the locking position to the installation
position, at least one movable part of the locking element to perform a forced movement,

wherein the forced movement can be blocked,
wherein, when the forced movement of the movable part is blocked, the locking element is held in the locking position to prevent
a separation of the panels and, when the forced movement of the movable part is not blocked, the locking element is movable
from the locking position as the supporting profiles of the first and second edges, having been joined together, move relative
to each other in the direction transverse to the first edge to separate the panels,

wherein the third edge of the first panel and the third edge of the second panel are each respectively configured to be joined
to a third panel, thereby forming another row of panels,

wherein, in a laid state of the third panel, the third panel blocks the forced movement of the movable part of the locking
element and the locking element is accordingly held in the locking position by the third panel, and

wherein, in an unlaid state of the third panel, the locking element is movable from the locking position.

US Pat. No. 9,611,657

FLOOR PANEL, AS WELL AS METHOD, DEVICE AND ACCESSORIES FOR MANUFACTURING SUCH FLOOR PANEL

FLOORING INDUSTRIES LIMIT...

1. Floor panel having an upper surface; said floor panel comprising:
a printed decor extending over a substantial part of said upper surface;
a top layer on the basis of synthetic material having a nominal thickness D3; and

a substrate whereupon said printed decor and said top layer are provided;
said substrate having at least two opposite edges, said edges being provided with coupling parts; said coupling parts comprising
a groove at one of said opposite edges and a tongue at another one of said opposite edges; said groove being limited by an
upper lip and a lower lip; said upper lip having a bottom wall;

wherein said substantial part of said upper surface over which the printed decor extends is provided with at least one sunk
edge area located at least along one of said two opposite edges and having a depth D2 being larger than said nominal thickness D3 of said top layer;

wherein the printed decor and the top layer continuously and uninterruptedly extend over and along the at least one sunk edge
area; said printed decor having a distal endpoint in said sunk edge area; said distal endpoint being located in a horizontal
plane; said horizontal plane intersecting said substrate and intersecting said upper lip at a distance above said bottom wall
of said upper lip;

wherein the at least one sunk edge area is formed as an embossed relief part of the printed decor, the top layer and the substrate,
the substrate increases in compression along the sunk edge area in a direction toward the distal endpoint.

US Pat. No. 9,212,493

METHODS FOR MANUFACTURING AND PACKAGING FLOOR PANELS, DEVICES USED THEREBY, AS WELL AS FLOOR PANEL AND PACKED SET OF FLOOR PANELS

FLOORING INDUSTRIES LIMIT...

1. A floor panel having a core, a decorative upper surface and at least two opposite edges, wherein said two opposite edges
are provided with a first profiled edge area and a second profiled edge area respectively, said first and second profiled
edge areas comprising:
a first coupling part and a second coupling part; said first coupling part comprising a first lateral protrusion on said first
profiled edge area; said second coupling part comprising a groove limited in an upward direction at least partially by an
undercut defined by an upper lip of the second profiled edge and said groove being limited in a downward direction by a lower
lip, the first and second coupling parts, in a coupled condition of two of such floor panels, having first contact surfaces
to lock in a vertical direction;

locking parts, which, in a coupled condition of two of such floor panels, having second contact surfaces arranged to lock
in a horizontal direction; said second contact surfaces of said locking parts including a first horizontally locking surface
on said first coupling part and cooperating therewith a first horizontally locking surface on said lower lip of said second
coupling part;

wherein, in a coupled condition of two of such floor panels, said decorative upper surface of said second profiled edge area
having a distal end along a vertically extending first plane;

wherein said first profiled edge area is essentially located inwardly from said first plane and underneath said decorative
upper surface of said floor panel; said first profiled edge area further comprising an upwardly extending surface above said
first lateral protrusion; said upwardly extending surface defining a point along said upwardly extending surface that is furthest
away from a tip of said first lateral protrusion in a proximal direction; said point defined along a vertically extending
second plane generally parallel to the vertically extending first plane; wherein said second profiled edge area is located
substantially outside of the first plane;

wherein said first lateral protrusion protrudes distally from said second plane and extends a first length in a first direction
from said second plane towards said tip; wherein said lower lip is located substantially distally from said first plane and
extends for a second length beyond said first plane in a second direction opposite said first direction; said first length
being substantially less than said second length; said lower lip having an upper side and a bottom side, wherein said upper
side comprises a lowermost zone defining a smallest vertical distance between said upper side of the lower lip and a lower
side of the panel;

wherein the first coupling part comprises a second lateral protrusion;
wherein said coupling parts and said locking parts are arranged to couple two floor panels by bringing the floor panels towards
each other, wherein said first profiled edge area is arranged to be brought down to said second profiled edge area and coupled
therewith, wherein in a coupled condition said first lateral protrusion engages said undercut and said second lateral protrusion
is positioned in a recessed portion of said second profiled edge area at the distal end of said lower lip;

wherein said first and second profiled edge areas further comprise cooperating third contact surfaces; said third contact
surfaces comprising at least a surface along a contour of said first coupling part between a tip of the second lateral protrusion
and said first horizontally locking surface on said first coupling part and at least a surface along a contour of said second
coupling part between said cooperating first horizontally locking surface on said lower lip of said second coupling part and
the bottom side of said lower lip; wherein said third contact surfaces extend completely above said lowermost zone of the
upper side of said lower lip; and

wherein said first lateral protrusion and second lateral protrusion are formed mainly from a material of said core, a portion
of the core, at the location of said second lateral protrusion, extending vertically underneath said third contact surfaces.

US Pat. No. 10,125,498

FLOOR COVERING

FLOORING INDUSTRIES LIMIT...

1. A floor panel for forming a floor covering, wherein the floor panel is rectangular and longitudinal, comprises a pair of opposite longitudinal edges and a pair of opposite short edges; wherein the floor panel is provided, on the pair of opposite longitudinal edges, with first coupling parts and, on the pair of opposite short edges, with second coupling parts, the first coupling parts and the second coupling parts being made in one piece with the floor panel; wherein the first coupling parts are configured so as to allow an assembly of two of such floor panels by means of a movement of rotation; wherein the first coupling parts, in a coupled condition of two of such floor panels, provide for an interlocking between the floor panels in a direction perpendicular to a plane of the floor panels as well as in a direction perpendicular to the coupled edges and parallel to the plane of the floor panels; wherein the first coupling parts comprise, at one of the opposite longitudinal edges, a tongue and, at the other of the opposite longitudinal edges, a groove; wherein the groove is bordered by an upper lip and a lower lip; wherein the lower lip extends past a free end of the upper lip; wherein the tongue has an upper side, which, in a coupled condition of two of such floor panels, works together with a lower side of the upper lip for providing the interlocking in a direction perpendicular to the plane of the floor panels, thereby defining an inclined contact between the upper side of the tongue and the lower side of the upper lip, which inclined contact runs downward towards the tip of the tongue; wherein the lower lip comprises, past the free end of the upper lip, an interlocking part, having an inwardly directed contact surface, which, in a coupled condition of two of such floor panels, works together with a contact surface at the edge with the tongue for providing the interlocking in a direction perpendicular to the coupled edges and parallel the plane of the floor panels; wherein the interlocking part has an uppermost point, which defines a horizontal level; and wherein the inclined contact between the upper side of the tongue and the lower side of the upper lip is at least partially located above said horizontal level; wherein the second coupling parts, in a coupled condition of two of such floor panels, provide for an interlocking between the floor panels in a direction perpendicular to the plane of the floor panels as well as in a direction perpendicular to the coupled edges and parallel to the plane of the floor panels; wherein the second coupling parts comprise, at one of the opposite short edges, a lip at the bottom side of the floor panel and, at another of the opposite short edges, a part that is connected to the floor panel via a zone that is situated against the top side of the floor panel and that has a minimum thickness, according to a direction perpendicular to the plane of the floor panel, which is smaller than half the thickness of the floor panel; and wherein the lip at the one of the opposite short edges comprises an interlocking part, having a contact surface, which, in a coupled condition of two of such floor panels, works together with a contact surface at the part at the another of the opposite short edges for providing the interlocking in a direction perpendicular to the coupled edges and parallel to the plane of the floor panels.

US Pat. No. 9,856,657

FLOOR COVERING

FLOORING INDUSTRIES LIMIT...

1. A floor panel for forming a floor covering, wherein the floor panel is a laminate panel made of a board from wood, upon
which one or several layers, including a decorative layer, are provided;
wherein the floor panel is provided on at least two opposite edges with coupling parts made in one piece with the floor panel,
as a result of which two of such floor panels can be mutually coupled to one another;

wherein said coupling parts, in a coupled situation, provide for an interlocking in a direction perpendicular to a plane of
the floor covering as well as in a direction perpendicular to the edges concerned and parallel to the plane of the floor covering;

wherein said coupling parts comprise a tongue and a groove, said groove being bordered by an upper lip and a lower lip, a
distal end of the upper lip defining a vertical plane, said lower lip extending further than said vertical plane;

wherein said coupling parts comprise first cooperating surfaces, on a top side of the tongue and the bottom side of the upper
lip respectively, said first cooperating surfaces, in the coupled situation, working in conjunction with one another and thereby
providing a locking in a direction perpendicular to the plane of the floor covering;

wherein said coupling parts further comprise second cooperating surfaces, on an interlocking part that is situated on the
lower lip and on an opposite part of another floor panel respectively, said second cooperating surfaces, in the coupled situation,
working in conjunction with one another and thereby providing a locking in a direction perpendicular to the edges concerned
and parallel to the plane of the floor covering;

wherein said first cooperating surfaces form, in the coupled situation, a first cooperating zone, said first cooperating zone
being inclined with respect to the plane of the floor covering and sloping down in a direction towards the inner side of the
groove; and

wherein a minimum thickness of the lower lip is larger than the thickness of the upper lip at the center of said first cooperating
zone.

US Pat. No. 9,670,683

PANEL, COVERING AND METHOD FOR INSTALLING SUCH PANELS

FLOORING INDUSTRIES LIMIT...

1. A floor panel, for forming a floor covering, said floor panel being of the type comprising a substrate of a material on
the basis of soft PVC;
wherein the panel is rectangular, either oblong or square, and thus comprises a first pair of opposite edges and a second
pair of opposite edges;

wherein both pairs of opposite edges comprise coupling parts allowing to mutually couple a plurality of the panels to each
other;

wherein the coupling parts at both pairs of edges form a first locking system which effects a locking in the plane of the
panels and perpendicular to the respective edges, as well as form a second locking system which effects a locking perpendicular
to the plane of the panels;

wherein the coupling parts at the first pair of opposite edges are configured such that two of the panels can be coupled to
each other at the edges by means of a turning movement

wherein the coupling parts at the second pair of edges are formed by coupling parts which are of the type allowing to couple
two of the panels to each other by means of a downward movement of one panel in respect to the other;

wherein the coupling parts at both pairs of edges substantially are realized from said substrate and thus from said material
on the basis of soft PVC;

wherein the first locking system of the coupling parts at the second pair of edges is formed at least of an upwardly directed
lower hook-shaped portion which is situated at one of the edges of the second pair of edges, as well as of a downwardly directed
upper hook-shaped portion which is situated at the opposite edge, said hook-shaped portions extending laterally from a core
portion of the panel;

wherein the lower hook-shaped portion consists of a lip with an upwardly directed locking element, wherein the upper hook-shaped
portion consists of a lip with a downwardly directed locking element;

wherein the lip of the upper hook-shaped portion comprises a part which connects said core portion of the panel with the downwardly
directed locking element, said part, seen in a cross section perpendicular to the respective edge, defining a length; and

wherein said part, seen in said cross-section perpendicular to the respective edge, has a thickness that decreases towards
the downwardly directed locking element for at least part of said length.

US Pat. No. 9,890,542

FLOOR COVERING, FLOOR ELEMENT AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING FLOOR ELEMENTS

FLOORING INDUSTRIES LIMIT...

1. A floor element for forming a floor covering, which, at least at a pair of opposite sides, comprises coupling parts, which
are performed as a male coupling part and a female coupling part, and which are provided with vertically active locking portions,
which, when the coupling parts of two of such floor elements cooperate with each other, effect a locking in vertical direction,
perpendicular to a plane of the floor covering, and also are provided with horizontally active locking portions, which, when
the coupling parts of two of such floor elements cooperate with each other, effect a locking in horizontal direction, perpendicular
to the pair of opposite sides and in the plane of the floor covering, wherein said coupling parts are of the type allowing
that two of such floor elements can be connected to each other at said pair of opposite sides by a turning movement or a horizontal
shifting movement; wherein the floor element comprises a substrate and a top layer, said substrate being made of a filled
synthetic material composite and forming both sides of said pair of opposite sides, such that both of the coupling parts are
at least partially made of said filled synthetic material composite, and said top layer comprising a decorative film with
a printed decor; wherein said filled synthetic material composite comprises a thermoplastic material and an inorganic filling
material, a ratio of synthetic material to filling material being lower than 50:50; and wherein said coupling parts are formed
as milled profiles.

US Pat. No. 9,624,676

FLOOR COVERING

FLOORING INDUSTRIES LIMIT...

1. A floor panel for forming a floor covering, wherein the floor panel is a laminate panel made of a board on the basis of
wood, upon which one or several layers, including a decorative layer, are provided;
wherein the floor panel is provided on at least two opposite edges with coupling parts made in one piece with the floor panel,
as a result of which two of such floor panels can be mutually coupled to one another;

wherein said coupling parts, in a coupled situation, provide for an interlocking in a direction perpendicular to a plane of
the floor covering as well as in a direction perpendicular to the edges concerned and parallel to the plane of the floor covering;

wherein said coupling parts comprise a tongue and a groove, said groove being bordered by an upper lip and a lower lip, the
distal end of the upper lip defining a vertical plane that forms a closing plane between two of such coupled floor panels,
said lower lip extending further than said vertical plane;

wherein said coupling parts comprise first cooperating surfaces, on the top side of the tongue and the bottom side of the
upper lip respectively, said first cooperating surfaces, in the coupled situation, working in conjunction with one another
and forming a first cooperating zone, and second cooperating surfaces, on an interlocking part that is situated on the lower
lip and on an opposite part of the other floor panel respectively, said second cooperating surfaces, in the coupled situation,
working in conjunction with one another and forming a second cooperating zone;

wherein said coupling parts are made such that two of such floor panels can be assembled by pushing towards one another by
means of a movement mainly parallel to the plane of the floor covering;

wherein the distal tip of said tongue, in the coupled situation, is situated in said groove past said vertical plane;
wherein a distance between said vertical plane and the distal end of the lower lip is smaller than a thickness of the floor
panel but larger than a distance between said vertical plane and the distal tip of the tongue in the coupled situation;

wherein the distance between the distal tip of the tongue and said vertical plane in the coupled situation is smaller than
the distance between a horizontal level defined by a height of said first cooperating zone and an intersection between said
vertical plane and the top side of the lower lip; and

wherein the floor panel shows one or both of the following characteristics:
a thickness of the upper lip is larger than a thickness of the lower lip at said vertical plane;
the distance between said vertical plane and the distal end of the lower lip is smaller than the distance between the upper
side of the floor panel and the intersection between said vertical plane and the top side of the lower lip.

US Pat. No. 10,072,428

FLOOR PANEL FOR FORMING A FLOOR COVERING

FLOORING INDUSTRIES LIMIT...

1. A floor panel for forming a floor covering, wherein said floor panel comprises:a composed substrate;
wherein said floor panel comprises coupling parts on at least two opposite edges, which coupling parts allow that said floor panel can be coupled to another of said floor panel by means of a downward movement of said floor panel in respect to the other floor panel;
wherein these coupling parts, in the coupled condition of two of such floor panels, form a first locking system which effects a locking in a first direction in a plane of the floor panels and perpendicular to said edges, as well as form a second locking system which effects a locking in a second direction transverse to the plane of the floor panels;
wherein the first locking system is formed at least of an upward-directed lower hook-shaped part which is situated on one of said two opposite edges, as well as a downward-directed upper hook-shaped part which is situated on the other, opposite edge of said two opposite edges, the upward-directed lower hook-shaped part and the downward-directed upper hook-shaped part being configured to be engaged behind each other by means of said downward movement;
wherein the lower hook-shaped part includes a lip with an upward-directed locking element, whereas the upper hook-shaped part includes a lip with a downward-directed locking element;
wherein the second locking system comprises locking parts, which respectively are situated in the proximity of the proximal extremity of the lower hook-shaped part and the distal extremity of the upper hook-shaped part;
wherein said composed substrate includes at least of two substrate layers, including a synthetic material-based first substrate layer and a second substrate layer situated directly there above, which second substrate layer has a thickness of at least 0.5 mm;
wherein the first substrate layer constitutes more than half of the thickness of the floor panel;
wherein the first substrate layer is foamed and is of the closed cell-type and of a hard foam-type, and the second substrate layer is not foamed or is less foamed than the first substrate layer;
wherein the first substrate layer comprises polyvinyl chloride and is of a rigid type and thus comprises no plasticizers or plasticizers in an amount of less than 20 phr;
wherein the second substrate layer comprises polyvinyl chloride and plasticizers in an amount of more than 15 phr;
wherein said locking parts are provided with locking surfaces that are configured to cooperate in the coupled condition of two of such floor panels and that define a tangent line which is horizontal or does not deviate more than 50 degrees from the horizontal; and
wherein said locking surfaces are situated closer to the upper side of the first substrate layer than to the lower side of the first substrate layer, irrespective whether these are situated in or not in said second substrate layer.

US Pat. No. 10,000,936

FLOOR PANEL, AS WELL AS METHOD, DEVICE AND ACCESSORIES FOR MANUFACTURING SUCH FLOOR PANEL

FLOORING INDUSTRIES LIMIT...

1. A floor panel having an upper surface, said floor panel comprising:a substrate and a top layer provided on said substrate;
said top layer being on the basis of synthetic material extending over a substantial part of said upper surface and having a nominal thickness D3;
said top layer including a printed decor also extending over a substantial part of said upper surface and forming a representation of two or more wooden planks;
said substrate having at least two opposite edges, said edges being provided with coupling parts; said coupling parts comprising a groove at one of said opposite edges and a tongue at another one of said opposite edges; said groove being limited by an upper lip and a lower lip;
wherein said upper surface is provided with an embossed portion imitating a joint in a center of said upper surface of the floor panel;
wherein the substrate is formed from MDF or HDF, the embossed portion extending into the substrate such that an underside of the substrate remains un-deformed below the embossed portion; the embossed portion being only local, and the substrate outside of the embossed portion is compacted less than 1%.

US Pat. No. 9,951,525

FLOOR COVERING PANEL

FLOORING INDUSTRIES LIMIT...

1. A floor covering including a plurality of interlocking hard floor panels, comprising:a floor panel having a core formed from MDF or HDF, a top side including a substantially flat upper surface and a laminated structure with a continuous decorative layer located along the upper surface of the panel, the decorative layer containing a layer printed with a pattern;
wherein said floor panels are formed starting from a larger board upon which one or several layers including said decorative layer is already present before the panel itself is formed;
wherein each of said floor panels is provided with a first coupling means formed along a first pair of opposite edges, allowing that two of such panels can be coupled to each other without any play or practically without any play;
wherein said first coupling means are configured such that they provide for an interlocking in a direction perpendicular to the plane of the floor covering, and in a direction perpendicular to the edges concerned and parallel to a plane of the floor covering;
said first coupling means being realized with a first coupling part in the form of a tongue along a first edge of said first pair of opposite edges, as well as with a second coupling part in the form of a groove along a second edge of said first pair of opposite edges, said groove being bordered by an upper lip having a distal end and a lower lip, said lower lip extending beyond the distal end of the upper lip;
said first coupling means for horizontal locking further being realized with a single contact surface at the lower side of said tongue and a single contact surface at the upper side of the lower lip which in the coupled condition of two of such panels provide a locking which prevents that the panels can drift apart, the contact surface at the upper side of the lower lip being positioned in the lower lip at a location beyond the distal end of the upper lip;
said first coupling means being configured such that two of such panels can be joined by rotating the panels along the edges concerned;
wherein a bevel is formed at each of said first and second edges of the panel, and located near a top side of the panel and extending downward from a respective upper bevel edge to a respective lower edge, wherein the surfaces of the bevels are realized with the continuous decorative layer located thereover;
said lower edge of each bevel defining the position of a theoretical vertical joint plane where the panels in coupled condition join each other at their upper sides;
wherein said first coupling means are formed in one piece with and from the core, such that the distance between the joint plane defined by the lower side of the bevel and the corresponding locking surface is substantially only determined by the one-piece core material of said core; and
wherein said contact surface at the lower side of the tongue is located nearer to a center of the panel from a vertical plane through said upper bevel edge, such that said contact surface at the lower side of the tongue and the bevel do not overlap.

US Pat. No. 9,932,741

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING FLOOR PANELS

FLOORING INDUSTRIES LIMIT...

1. A method for manufacturing floor panels, said floor panels having a top surface, which in an installed condition is intended to face upward, said floor panels comprising coupling parts at least at two opposite sides, wherein these coupling parts form a horizontally active locking system and a vertically active locking system, the horizontally active locking system including a male part and a female part, the male part including a projection that projects generally in a direction perpendicular to a plane of the top surface and the female part including a seat configured to receive the projection of the male part, the seat of the female part and the projection of the male part each having a corresponding horizontally active locking surface, wherein the vertically active locking system comprises a vertically active locking element which forms part of an insertion piece and a recess configured to receive at least a part of the insertion piece, the method comprising:during the manufacturing, supplying said insertion piece from a magazine to a respective side of one of said floor panels by means of a drive,
wherein the insertion piece is moved from the magazine to the drive and from the drive to the respective side of said floor panel, thereby defining a path between the drive and said respective side,
wherein the insertion piece, during moving along said path,
is moved in a direction which is angled in respect to said top surface of said floor panel at an angle that is non-parallel to the plane of the top surface of said floor panel, and
is moved past at least a portion of the female part, and
inserting at least the part of the insertion piece into at least a portion of the recess.

US Pat. No. 9,874,030

CERAMIC TILE AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING CERAMIC TILES

FLOORING INDUSTRIES LIMIT...

1. A ceramic tile having a ceramic base layer and a cover glaze layer comprising a printed pattern, wherein the surface of
the ceramic tile comprises a relief having structural features corresponding to said printed pattern,
wherein said printed pattern is a digitally printed pattern.

US Pat. No. 9,850,669

FLOOR COVERING PANEL

FLOORING INDUSTRIES LIMIT...

1. A method for assembling a floor covering; said method comprising at least the step of interlocking a plurality of rectangular
panels; said plurality of rectangular panels having an elongated design and being provided with a pair of opposite long sides
and a pair of opposite short sides; both said pair of opposite long sides and said pair of opposite short sides being provided
with edges having coupling means; said coupling means allowing said interlocking in a direction perpendicular to the plane
of the floor covering as well as in a direction perpendicular to said edges and parallel to the plane of the floor covering;
said pair of opposite long sides being provided with a bevel at both edges of said pair, each of the long side bevels being
located at an upper side edge of the long sides and extending downwardly from a top surface of the panel; wherein said step
of interlocking a plurality of rectangular panels comprises
forming a first row of panels by at least interlocking a number of said panels at said edges of said pair of short sides;
forming a second row of panels including rotating a first panel of said second row into the panels of said first row at the
long sides;

rotating a second panel of the second row into the panels of said first row at the long sides; and
coupling said first panel and said second panel at the edges of their short sides;
wherein co-operating panels of the first and second rows define upper contact surfaces located below the bevels and lower
contact surfaces located below the upper contact surfaces, the lower contact surfaces of the first and second rows having
inclined surfaces which are configured to cooperate with each other;

wherein the upper contact surfaces of the panels of the second and first rows rotate against each other as the panels of the
second row are coupled to the panels of the first row, wherein the bevels of the panels avoid contact with one another during
the rotating of the panels of the second row into the panels of the first row, wherein the lower contact surfaces are brought
against each other as the first and second panels are coupled;

wherein the coupling means at the long sides include a tongue and a groove, such tongue fitting in the groove when interlocking
two of such panels, said groove being bordered by an upper lip and a lower lip;

wherein a V-shaped width is defined by the coupled panels, a recess is formed on each panel such that when the panels are
coupled at their long edges, a clearance is formed by the recesses of the opposed panels below the upper contact surfaces
and above the tongue, said clearance, measured in horizontal direction, having a maximal width, and said clearance in horizontal
direction being completely confined with its maximal width within the V-shaped width by not extending beyond the V-shaped
width in the horizontal direction;

wherein a first panel of the panels defines a groove below the upper contact surface, said groove being bordered by an upper
lip and a lower lip, the recess of the first panel is located between the groove and the upper contact surface and has a first
width, a second panel of the panels defines a tongue below the upper contact surface, the recess of the second panel is located
between the tongue and the upper contact surface and has a second width such that the first and second widths form the clearance,
a perimeter of the clearance, seen from a cross section along a direction perpendicular to said edges, at least partially
being defined by a bevelled lower edge of the upper lip, the bevelled lower edge of the upper lip being at a lowermost portion
of the recess of the first panel, the recess of the first panel terminates at the tongue when the tongue is inserted into
the groove, the first width, when measured in a direction perpendicular to the long edges of the first and the second panels
and parallel to the plane of the floor covering, is larger than the second width, and

wherein the height of the long side bevels is smaller than the average height difference, seen in coupled condition, between
a contact point formed between the long side bevels and a contact zone formed between an upper side of the tongue and an underside
of the upper lip.

US Pat. No. 9,783,995

FLOOR PANEL

Flooring Industries Limit...

1. A floor panel comprising:
a substrate having a top side and a bottom side; and
a top layer provided on the substrate;
wherein the top layer consists of a printed thermoplastic film and a thermoplastic transparent or translucent layer provided
on the printed thermoplastic film;

wherein the top layer is directly applied to the substrate using a glue layer available between the printed thermoplastic
film and the top side of the substrate;

wherein the substrate is an extruded synthetic material board including a filler selected from the group consisting of chalk,
wood and sand;

wherein the substrate at least at two opposite edges includes coupling means provided in the extruded synthetic material board;
wherein the floor panel has a thickness of 5 to 10 millimeters;
wherein the floor panel is rectangular and oblong;
wherein the coupling means is a tongue provided on one opposite edge and having a lower side with a recess, and a groove provided
on the other opposite edge and having a lower groove lip with an upstanding part; and

wherein, when two floor panels are coupled together at respective edges, the cooperation of the tongue and the groove creates
(1) at least two pairs of vertically active locking surfaces that are formed from the material of the substrate, including
a first pair of vertically active locking surfaces between an upper side of the tongue and a lower side of an upper groove
lip, and a second pair of vertically active locking surfaces between the lower side of the tongue and an upper side of the
lower groove lip, and

(2) at least two pairs of horizontally active locking surfaces, including a first pair of horizontally active locking surfaces
that are formed from the material of the substrate and positioned on the upstanding part of the lower groove lip and a surface
of the recess, and a second pair of horizontally active locking surfaces positioned next to the floor surface, at the location
where the top layers of the coupled floor panels flank each other, the second pair of horizontally active locking surfaces
being at least partially formed from the material of the top layer.

US Pat. No. 9,771,721

FLOOR PANEL FOR FORMING A FLOOR COVERING, FLOOR COVERING FORMED FROM SUCH FLOOR PANELS AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SUCH FLOOR PANELS

FLOORING INDUSTRIES LIMIT...

1. A floor panel for forming a floor covering, wherein this floor panel comprises a substrate and a top layer, said substrate
comprising a thermoplastic material and a filler; wherein this floor panel has a decorative upper side, the top layer comprising
a printed thermoplastic film and a transparent thermoplastic wear layer; wherein the floor panel, on at least a first pair
of opposite edges, comprises coupling parts which allow coupling two of such floor panels to each other, wherein these coupling
parts effect a locking in a first direction perpendicular to the plane of the floor panels as well as in a second direction
perpendicular to the first pair of opposite edges and in the plane of the floor panels; wherein at least one of said coupling
parts comprises a separate locking element formed as an insert, which, in coupled condition, exclusively provides for a locking
in said first or vertical direction and which is present in a recess provided in one of said edges of the floor panel, said
recess being formed in the thermoplastic material of the substrate; wherein the floor panel has a thickness of 3 through 5
millimeters;
wherein the coupling parts are of the type which allows coupling two of such floor panels to each other by means of a downward
movement of one floor panel in respect to the other;

wherein said coupling parts comprise locking parts engaging behind each other, in the form of an upward-directed locking part,
which is provided on a first lip on a first of said two edges, and a downward-directed locking part, which is provided on
a second lip on the second of said two edges, respectively, wherein these locking parts, when coupling two of such panels,
engage one behind the other, and effect a locking in said second or horizontal direction;

wherein said first lip is made in one piece with the panel;
wherein the insert comprises at least a portion that is laterally movable and cooperates with a locking portion on an adjacent
similar floor panel, resulting in said locking in the first or vertical direction;

wherein the floor panel comprises a reinforcing layer, said reinforcing layer defining a plane, which, in the coupled condition
of two of such panels, extends through the separate locking element or at least through a portion thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,125,499

FLOOR COVERING, FLOOR ELEMENT AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING FLOOR ELEMENTS

FLOORING INDUSTRIES LIMIT...

1. A floor element for forming a floor covering, wherein the floor element comprises a substrate and a top layer;wherein the floor element comprises, at a pair of opposite sides, coupling parts, which are made as a male coupling part and a female coupling part, which are provided with vertically active locking portions, which, when the coupling parts of two of such floor elements cooperate with each other, effect a locking in a direction perpendicular to a plane of the floor covering, and also are provided with horizontally active locking portions, which, when the coupling parts of two of such floor elements cooperate with each other, effect a locking in a direction perpendicular to the pair of opposite sides and in the plane of the floor covering;
wherein the female coupling part comprises a groove bordered by an upper lip and a lower lip, the upper lip having a distal end defining a first vertical plane;
wherein the male coupling part, including the horizontally active locking portion and the vertically active portion thereof, is made of a filled synthetic material;
wherein the top layer, at a side of the floor element comprising the male coupling part, has a distal end defining a second vertical plane;
wherein the male coupling part comprises a first portion, which is made of the filled synthetic material and which is situated proximally from the second vertical plane, and a second portion, which is made of the filled synthetic material and which is situated distally from the second vertical plane; and
wherein a part of the second portion is situated, when considered in a coupled condition of two of such floor elements, between said first vertical plane and said second vertical plane.

US Pat. No. 10,000,040

FLOOR PANEL, METHODS FOR MANUFACTURING LAMINATE PANELS AND METHOD FOR TREATING MATERIAL SHEETS APPLIED HEREWITH

FLOORING INDUSTRIES LIMIT...

1. Floor panel consisting at least of a substrate and a top layer located on a first surface of the substrate;wherein said top layer comprises a printed decor and synthetic material, and wherein the floor panel is provided with a balancing layer immediately located adjacent to an underside defined as a second side of said substrate opposite the first surface, the substrate being porous and the synthetic material of the balancing layer penetrating at least partially into the substrate;
wherein said balancing layer substantially consists of a synthetic material layer which is free from material sheets.

US Pat. No. 9,695,599

FLOOR COVERING, FLOOR ELEMENT AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING FLOOR ELEMENTS

FLOORING INDUSTRIES LIMIT...

1. Floor element for forming a floor covering, wherein said floor element, at least at a pair of opposite sides, comprises
coupling parts, which are performed as a male coupling part and a female coupling part, which are provided with vertically
active locking portions, which, in a coupled condition of two of such floor elements, effect a locking in a direction perpendicular
to a plane of the floor covering, and also are provided with horizontally active locking portions, which, in the coupled condition,
effect a locking in a direction perpendicular to the respective sides and in the plane of the floor covering;
wherein the floor element comprises a substrate and a top layer, the upper side of said substrate defining a substantially
horizontal plane;

wherein a chamfer is present at the upper edge of at least one of said sides, said chamfer having an upper surface, said upper
surface being situated entirely above said substantially horizontal plane and being formed in said top layer; and

wherein at least one of said coupling parts is at least partially made of a filled synthetic material composite.

US Pat. No. 10,100,532

FLOOR ELEMENT, LOCKING SYSTEM FOR FLOOR ELEMENTS, FLOOR COVERING AND METHOD FOR COMPOSING SUCH FLOOR ELEMENTS TO A FLOOR COVERING

FLOORING INDUSTRIES LIMIT...

1. A floor panel, wherein the floor panel is rectangular and comprises a pair of opposite long sides and a pair of opposite short sides,wherein the long sides are provided with coupling parts for mutually coupling the floor panel to a similar floor panel by an angling movement,
wherein the long side coupling parts, in a coupled condition of the floor panel with the similar floor panel, effect a locking in a first direction that is perpendicular to a plane of the coupled panels, as well as in a second direction that is in the plane of the coupled panels and perpendicular to the respective coupled sides,
wherein the long side coupling parts include a tongue, at one of the long sides, and a groove, at the other of the long sides, the groove being bordered by an upper lip and a lower lip, and the long side coupling parts further include locking parts,
wherein the locking parts comprise a first locking part at the lower lip and a second locking part at an underside of the tongue,
wherein the long side coupling parts allow the coupled panels to adopt at least two mutual orientations at the respective coupled sides, including
a first mutual orientation in which upper surfaces of the panels are situated substantially in a same plane, and
a second mutual orientation in which the upper surfaces of the panels enclose an angle (A2) and in which the panels are still locked in both said first direction and said second direction, and
wherein said second mutual orientation can be adopted up to the angle (A2) enclosed by the upper surfaces of the panels of 175 degrees or less,
wherein the panels are configured to be brought from the first mutual orientation to the second mutual orientation by a relative angling movement around the coupled sides, and
wherein the panels are configured such that
when coupled in said first mutual orientation, a pretension is provided by a bending of the lower lip, and
when in said second mutual orientation, said pretension is absent.

US Pat. No. 10,100,533

FLOOR PANEL

Flooring Industries Limit...

1. A floor panel comprising:a substrate; and
a top layer located above the substrate;
wherein the substrate includes a closed cell foamed synthetic material layer with fillers;
wherein the closed cell foamed synthetic material layer has an average density of more than 300 kilograms per cubic meter;
wherein the top layer includes a back layer, a printed synthetic material film located above the back layer, and a transparent or translucent synthetic material wear layer located above the printed synthetic material film;
wherein the back layer includes a vinyl compound with fillers;
wherein the back layer has a thickness of at least 45 percent of the thickness of the top layer;
wherein the floor panel is rectangular and oblong and includes a pair of long edges and a pair of short edges;
wherein the floor panel includes first mechanical coupling parts at the pair of long edges and second mechanical coupling parts at the pair of short edges;
wherein the first mechanical coupling parts allow a horizontal and vertical locking of two of such floor panels using a turning movement along the respective long edges;
wherein the first mechanical coupling parts include a tongue and a groove;
wherein the groove is flanked by an upper lip and a lower lip;
wherein the first mechanical coupling parts include a vertical locking mechanism having a vertically active locking surface at the upper side of the tongue and the lower side of the upper lip, respectively;
wherein the first mechanical coupling parts include a horizontal locking mechanism having a horizontally active locking surface at the lower side of the tongue and the upper side of the lower lip, respectively; and
wherein the horizontally active locking surfaces and the vertically active locking surfaces are formed in the material of the closed cell foamed synthetic material layer.

US Pat. No. 10,094,123

FLOOR PANEL

Flooring Industries Limit...

1. A floor panel comprising:a substrate; and
a top layer located above the substrate;
wherein the substrate includes a closed cell foamed PVC layer with fillers;
wherein the closed cell foamed PVC layer has an average density of more than 300 kilograms per cubic meter;
wherein the top layer includes a back layer, a printed synthetic material film located above the back layer, a transparent or translucent synthetic material wear layer located above the printed synthetic material film, and a surface layer located above the transparent or translucent synthetic material wear layer;
wherein the back layer includes a vinyl compound with fillers;
wherein the back layer has a thickness of at least 45 percent of the thickness of the top layer;
wherein the printed synthetic material film is a printed PVC film;
wherein the transparent or translucent synthetic material wear layer includes a vinyl layer;
wherein the transparent or translucent synthetic material wear layer has a thickness of 1 millimeter or less;
wherein the surface layer includes a UV hardened substance;
wherein the top layer has a thickness of 0.5 to 3 millimeters;
wherein the floor panel is rectangular and oblong and includes a pair of long edges and a pair of short edges;
wherein the floor panel includes first mechanical coupling parts at the pair of long edges and second mechanical coupling parts at the pair of short edges;
wherein the first mechanical coupling parts allow a horizontal and vertical locking of two of such floor panels using a turning movement along the respective long edges;
wherein the first mechanical coupling parts include a tongue and a groove;
wherein the groove is flanked by an upper lip and a lower lip;
wherein the first mechanical coupling parts include a vertical locking mechanism having a vertically active locking surface at the upper side of the tongue and the lower side of the upper lip, respectively;
wherein the first mechanical coupling parts include a horizontal locking mechanism having a horizontally active locking surface at the lower side of the tongue and the upper side of the lower lip, respectively; and
wherein the horizontally active locking surfaces are formed in the material of the closed cell foamed PVC layer.

US Pat. No. 10,017,005

COATED PANEL AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SUCH PANEL

FLOORING INDUSTRIES LIMIT...

1. A coated panel comprising: a substrate that is board-shaped; anda top layer provided on the substrate, the top layer including a motif printed on the substrate with an intermediate of one or more priming layers adhered to the substrate by curing and a transparent or translucent synthetic material layer provided above the printed motif;
wherein the substrate is a synthetic material based board including filling agent, the substrate being provided with mechanical coupling structures allowing two of such panels to be coupled to each other, the mechanical coupling structures being milled into the substrate;
wherein the weight ratio of synthetic material to filling agent of the synthetic material based board ranges between 70:30 and 20:80;
wherein the substrate has a thickness ranging from 2 to 5 millimeters; and
wherein both the substrate and the one or more priming layers include polyvinyl chloride and/or polyurethane.

US Pat. No. 9,970,198

FLOOR COVERING, FLOOR PANELS FOR FORMING SUCH FLOOR COVERING, AND METHOD FOR REALIZING SUCH FLOOR PANELS

FLOORING INDUSTRIES LIMIT...

1. A laminate floor covering panel having a perimeter defining first and second pairs of opposite edges;said panel having a top side and a bottom side, and comprising a base plate and a top layer;
said base plate being formed of a material selected from the group consisting of MDF and HDF;
said base plate having an upper side and a lower side, the first and second pairs of opposite edges located adjacent to and surrounding the upper side of the base plate;
said panel at least at said first pair of opposite edges being provided with coupling parts for mutually coupling a plurality of such panels to each other in a common plane to form a floor covering, wherein these coupling parts in coupled condition of two of such panels provide for an interlocking in a direction perpendicular to the plane of the panels as well as in a direction perpendicular to the edges concerned and parallel to the plane of the panels;
said top layer comprising a generally horizontally planar decorative layer extending over the entirety of the upper side of the base plate;
said decorative layer comprising a printed pattern;
said printed pattern representing a single wood pattern extending over the entirety of the upper side of the base plate;
said top layer defining a transparent or translucent synthetic layer having first and second generally planar surfaces, the second planar surface of the synthetic layer continuously covering said decorative layer, said transparent or translucent synthetic layer comprises more than one transparent layer of paper, synthetic resin and wear and tear resistant substances, wherein said synthetic resin hardens in a heated press;
said synthetic layer defining said top side of the panel;
wherein said synthetic layer comprises impressions extending from the first planar surface into a thickness of the synthetic layer short of the second planar surface to such a depth that the impressions are situated above the printed pattern, said impressions arranged to simulate textural and visual unevennesses which substantially follow said printed pattern to form an embossment which is in register with said printed pattern;
wherein the wood pattern depicts at least two wood nerves and a zone therebetween;
wherein the impressions are mainly situated in said synthetic layer above said wood nerves, while the synthetic layer above said zone therebetween is substantially flat.

US Pat. No. 10,214,918

FLOOR PANEL FORMING A FLOOR COVERING, FLOOR COVERING FORMED FROM SUCH FLOOR PANELS AND METHODS FOR MANUFACTURING SUCH FLOOR PANELS

FLOORING INDUSTRIES LIMIT...

1. A floor panel for forming a floor covering,wherein this floor panel at least comprises a substrate and a decorative upper side;
wherein the substrate is based on synthetic material;
wherein the floor panel is rectangular, either oblong rectangular or square, and comprises a first pair of opposite edges and a second pair of opposite edges;
wherein the floor panel, on both pairs of opposite edges, comprises coupling parts which allow coupling such floor panels to each other
wherein the coupling parts at the first pair of opposite edges are of the type which allows coupling two of such floor panels to each other by means of a downward movement of one floor panel in respect to the other;
wherein the coupling parts at the first pair of opposite edges comprise a first locking system which in the coupled condition of two of said panels effects a locking in vertical direction and a second locking system which in the coupled condition of two of such panels effects a locking in the horizontal direction;
wherein said second locking system comprises locking parts engaging behind each other, in the form of an upward-directed locking part, which is provided on a first lip on a first of said two edges, and a downward-directed locking part, which is provided on a second lip on the second of said two edges, respectively, wherein these locking parts, in the coupled condition of two of said panels, engage one behind the other, and effect said locking in horizontal direction;
wherein the upmost point of the upward-directed locking part defines a theoretical horizontal level;
wherein said first locking system comprises locking portions at the respective edges, which in the coupled condition of two of such panels co-operate with each other, at least one of said locking portions comprising a locking surface located at the downward-directed locking part, which locking surface in the coupled condition of two of such panels is located below said horizontal level, said locking surface providing a locking against disconnection of two of such panels in the coupled condition by vertical separation;
wherein the second lip, seen in cross-section, comprises a bridging portion, the bridging portion being a portion of the second lip extending from a most proximal end of the second lip up to the downward-directed locking portion;
wherein in the coupled condition, said bridging portion in horizontal direction overlaps the first lip of the coupled panel, thereby defining a horizontal distance over which said bridging portion overlaps said first lip;
wherein said bridging portion of the second lip over the majority of said horizontal distance and in distal direction of this second lip is decreasing in thickness; and
wherein on the second pair of edges of the floor panel, coupling parts are provided of the type which allows coupling two of such floor panels to each other along the respective edges by means of a turning movement, wherein these coupling parts provide for a vertical and a horizontal locking and are made in one piece with the floor panel.

US Pat. No. 10,208,490

FLOOR PANEL

FLOORING INDUSTRIES LIMIT...

1. A floor panel comprising:a substrate; and
a top layer located above the substrate;
wherein the top layer is connected to the substrate by means of glue;
wherein the substrate is single-layered and includes a closed cell foamed PVC board having a density of more than 450 kilograms per cubic meter;
wherein the substrate has a thickness of 2 to 10 millimeters;
wherein the substrate forms at least half of the thickness of the floor panel;
wherein the top layer includes a back layer, a printed synthetic film located above the back layer and a transparent or translucent thermoplastic layer located above the printed synthetic film;
wherein the transparent or translucent thermoplastic layer includes a vinyl-based material;
wherein the back layer includes PVC with plasticizers and fillers;
wherein the floor panel is rectangular and oblong and includes a pair of long edges and a pair of short edges;
wherein the floor panel includes first mechanical coupling parts at the pair of long edges and second mechanical coupling parts at the pair of short edges;
wherein the first mechanical coupling parts are arranged for horizontal and vertical locking of two of such floor panels using a turning movement along the respective long edges;
wherein the first mechanical coupling parts include a tongue and a groove;
wherein the tongue and the groove are substantially responsible for the vertical locking;
wherein the tongue and the groove include locking parts substantially responsible for the horizontal locking;
wherein the first mechanical coupling parts are substantially realized in the substrate;
wherein the second mechanical coupling parts comprise a male coupling part and a female coupling part arranged for horizontal and vertical locking of two of such floor panels using a downward movement along the respective short edges;
wherein the downward movement is automatically created by the turning movement along the respective long edges; and
wherein the second mechanical coupling parts are substantially realized in the substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,118,311

BOARD, METHODS FOR MANUFACTURING BOARDS, AND PANEL WHICH COMPRISES SUCH BOARD MATERIAL

FLOORING INDUSTRIES LIMIT...

1. A board comprising:a pressed material mass forming a board having a length, a width, and a depth, said pressed material mass having at least first and second components, the first component including an organic material, and the second component including a binding agent arranged for binding said first component;
wherein said board is free of structural recesses;
wherein said material mass forming the board comprises a plurality of first portions and a plurality of second portions aligned along a horizontal plane with respect to a top surface of the board in at least one of a length direction and width direction of the board,
wherein said plurality of second portions have a differing composition than said plurality of first portions,
wherein said plurality of first portions comprise the first and second components and the plurality of second portions comprise the first and second components and at least a third component, said third component forming part of the pressed material mass itself and being only located within the plurality of second portions so as to be absent in a remainder of the board outside the plurality of second portions,
wherein said first component comprises wood fiber material,
wherein said second component is a polycondensation glue, selected from the group consisting of urea formaldehyde glue, melamine glue, melamine formaldehyde glue, methane diphenyl diisocyanate glue, phenol formaldehyde glue, resorcinol formaldehyde glue and resorcinol phenol formaldehyde glue, and
wherein said board is substantially made as a wood fiberboard selected from the group consisting of medium density fiberboard (MDF) and high density fiberboard (HDF).

US Pat. No. 10,113,318

FLOOR PANEL FOR FORMING AND ENHANCED JOINT

FLOORING INDUSTRIES LIMIT...

1. A floor panel having a thickness and a centerline, the thickness defined between an uppermost and a lowermost surface of the floor panel, the centerline located at a middle of the thickness of the floor panel, the floor panel which, at least at two opposite edges is provided with profiled edge regions, which, comprise coupling parts substantially comprising a tongue and a groove, the groove being bordered in an upward direction by an upper lip and in a downward direction by a first portion of a lower lip, the lower lip having a second portion projecting distally from said first portion of the lower lip, wherein said coupling parts in coupled condition of two of such floor panels effect a locking in vertical direction, and wherein the profiled edge regions further comprise locking parts, which, in a coupled condition of two of such floor panels, effect a locking in a horizontal direction, wherein at least one of the aforementioned locking parts is provided at the tongue,wherein said groove is bordered by said lower lip, as well as by the upper lip, and that the lower lip distally extends beyond the upper lip, and
a length of the second portion of the lower lip that distally extends beyond the upper lip, measured in horizontal direction, is smaller than the thickness of the floor panel, and
wherein said coupling parts and locking parts are arranged such that they allow that two floor panels are laterally interconnected or coupled by coupling by turning the floor panels into each other along their edges, and
wherein a space is defined in front of the tongue, and extends from an innermost area of the groove at least to a tip of the tongue, the space being completely situated above the center line of the floor panel;
wherein the space continues to a contact surface between the tongue and the groove, and the space over its entire extension is located completely above the center line.

US Pat. No. 10,060,140

FLOOR PANEL FOR FORMING A FLOOR COVERING

FLOORING INDUSTRIES LIMIT...

1. A floor panel for forming a floor covering,wherein the floor panel comprises a substrate based on a synthetic material formed as one or more base layers;
wherein the floor panel is of the supple type and is rectangular, either oblong or square, and thus comprises a first pair of opposite edges and a second pair of opposite edges;
wherein both pairs of opposite edges comprise coupling parts which allow mutually coupling a plurality of such floor panels to each other;
wherein said coupling parts, on both pairs of edges, form a first locking system which, in a coupled condition of two of such floor panels, effects a locking in the plane of the floor panels and perpendicular to the respective edges, as well as form a second locking system, which, in a coupled condition of two of such floor panels, effects a locking transverse to the plane of the floor panels;
wherein these coupling parts on the first pair of opposite edges substantially are formed of the material of the floor panel itself and in said substrate;
wherein the coupling parts of at least the first pair of opposite edges are configured such that two of such panels can be coupled to each other at these edges by means of a turning movement, and to this aim these coupling parts on the first pair of opposite edges consist of a tongue and a groove as well as of locking parts which, in the coupled condition, prevent the shifting apart of the tongue and groove;
wherein, on the first pair of opposite edges, the groove is bordered by a lower lip having an upper side and an upper lip, of which the lower lip extends laterally to beyond the most distal end of the upper lip;
wherein the floor panel has a global thickness (T) which is smaller than or equal to 4.5 millimeters;
wherein the locking parts of the first pair of opposite edges have a locking distance (A) which is greater than 0.6 times the value of the overall thickness (T) of the floor panel, the locking distance (A) being formed by the horizontal distance between a vertical closing plane (S) of two coupled floor panels and a vertical plane (VS) through the middle of the zone over which the locking surfaces of the locking parts, in coupled condition, make contact with each other, as measured in horizontal direction, and the closing plane (S) being defined as a vertical plane through the most distal end of the upper lip;
wherein the upper side of the lower lip at the height of said closing plane, in the coupled condition of two of such panels, is located on a level (N1) which is situated higher than a level (N2) which is determined by a lowermost point of the locking part located on the underside of the tongue, wherein the height difference between the two levels (N1 and N2) is at least 0.05 times the overall thickness (T);
wherein, seen in a cross section perpendicular to coupled edges of said first pairs of edges, the tongue has a tongue portion extending from the closing plane to the tip of the tongue, said tongue portion having an underside, wherein the underside of said tongue portion defines one or more portions that, from a proximal position to a distal position, are upwardly inclined, wherein seen in said cross section said one or more portions define a majority of said underside of said tongue portion; and
wherein in the coupled condition of two of such floor panels, a space is present on the aforementioned first pair of edges underneath the tongue, which space extends from the tip of the tongue at least to beyond a vertical center plane (M) through the zone over which the contact between the upper side of the tongue and the underside of the upper lip extends.

US Pat. No. 10,233,655

FLOOR PANEL

FLOORING INDUSTRIES LIMIT...

1. A floor panel comprising:a substrate; and
a top layer located above and glued to the substrate;
wherein the substrate includes a closed cell foamed PVC board with fillers;
wherein the closed cell foamed PVC board has an average density of more than 300 kilograms per cubic meter;
wherein the top layer includes a back layer, a printed synthetic material film located above the back layer and a transparent or translucent synthetic material wear layer located above the printed synthetic material film;
wherein the back layer includes a vinyl compound with fillers;
wherein the back layer has a thickness of at least 45 percent of the thickness of the top layer;
wherein the floor panel includes a first pair of edges and a second pair of edges;
wherein the floor panel includes first mechanical coupling parts at the first pair of edges and second mechanical coupling parts at the second pair of edges;
wherein the first mechanical coupling parts allow a horizontal and vertical locking of two of such floor panels using a turning movement along the respective edges;
wherein the first mechanical coupling parts include a tongue and a groove;
wherein the groove is flanked by an upper lip and a lower lip;
wherein the first mechanical coupling parts include a vertical locking mechanism having a vertically active locking surface at the upper side of the tongue and a vertically active locking surface at the lower side of the upper lip;
wherein the first mechanical coupling parts include a horizontal locking mechanism having a horizontally active locking surface at the lower side of the tongue and a horizontally active locking surface at the upper side of the lower lip; and
wherein both said horizontally active locking surfaces and both said vertically active locking surfaces are formed completely in the material of the closed cell foamed PVC board.

US Pat. No. 10,214,921

FLOOR PANEL

FLOORING INDUSTRIES LIMIT...

1. A floor panel comprising:a substrate; and
a top layer located above the substrate;
wherein the substrate is single-layered and includes PVC material having a density of more than 650 kilograms per cubic meter;
wherein the substrate has a thickness of 2 to 10 millimeters;
wherein the substrate forms at least half of the thickness of the floor panel;
wherein the top layer includes a printed synthetic film and a transparent or translucent thermoplastic layer located above the printed synthetic film;
wherein the transparent or translucent thermoplastic layer includes PVC material and a percentage of plasticizer of 5 to 75 percent by weight;
wherein the PVC material of the substrate is harder than the PVC material of the transparent or translucent thermoplastic layer;
wherein the floor panel is free of intermediate layers between the printed synthetic film and the substrate;
wherein the floor panel is rectangular and oblong and includes a pair of long edges and a pair of short edges;
wherein the floor panel includes first mechanical coupling parts at the pair of long edges and second mechanical coupling parts at the pair of short edges;
wherein the first mechanical coupling parts are arranged for horizontal and vertical locking of two of such floor panels using a turning movement along the respective long edges;
wherein the first mechanical coupling parts include a tongue and a groove;
wherein the tongue and the groove are substantially responsible for the vertical locking;
wherein the tongue and the groove include locking parts substantially responsible for the horizontal locking;
wherein the first mechanical coupling parts are substantially realized in the substrate;
wherein the second mechanical coupling parts comprise a male coupling part and a female coupling part arranged for horizontal and vertical locking of two of such floor panels using a downward movement along the respective short edges;
wherein the downward movement is automatically created by the turning movement along the respective long edges; and
wherein the second mechanical coupling parts are substantially realized in the substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,190,323

FLOOR PANEL

FLOORING INDUSTRIES LIMIT...

1. A floor panel comprising:a substrate;
a top layer located above the substrate; and
a backing layer located below the substrate;
wherein the substrate includes a closed cell foamed PVC board having a density of more than 650 kilograms per cubic meter;
wherein the substrate has a thickness of 2 to 10 millimeters;
wherein the substrate forms at least half of the thickness of the floor panel;
wherein the top layer includes a back layer, a printed synthetic film located above the back layer, a transparent or translucent thermoplastic layer located above the printed synthetic film and a lacquer layer located above the transparent or translucent thermoplastic layer;
wherein the back layer includes PVC with plasticizers and fillers;
wherein the transparent or translucent thermoplastic layer includes PVC;
wherein the transparent or translucent thermoplastic layer has a thickness of 1 millimeter or less;
wherein the top layer has a thickness of 0.5 to 3 millimeters;
wherein the floor panel has a thickness of 0.5 to 15 millimeters;
wherein the floor panel is rectangular and oblong and includes a pair of long edges and a pair of short edges;
wherein the floor panel includes first mechanical coupling parts at the pair of long edges and second mechanical coupling parts at the pair of short edges;
wherein the first mechanical coupling parts are arranged for horizontal and vertical locking of two of such floor panels using a turning movement along the respective long edges;
wherein the first mechanical coupling parts include a tongue and a groove;
wherein the tongue and the groove are substantially responsible for the vertical locking;
wherein the tongue and the groove include locking parts substantially responsible for the horizontal locking;
wherein the first mechanical coupling parts are substantially realized in the substrate;
wherein the second mechanical coupling parts comprise a male coupling part and a female coupling part arranged for horizontal and vertical locking of two of such floor panels using a downward movement along the respective short edges;
wherein the downward movement is automatically created by the turning movement along the respective long edges;
wherein the second mechanical coupling parts are substantially realized in the substrate; and
wherein the floor panel has a length of more than 110 centimeters.

US Pat. No. 10,100,531

PANEL

FLOORING INDUSTRIES LIMIT...

1. A panel, comprising on at least two opposite sides coupling parts with which two of such panels can be brought in a coupled condition;wherein these coupling parts form a horizontally active locking system and a vertically active locking system;
wherein the horizontally active locking system comprises a male part and a female part, which allow that two of such panels can be connected to each other at said sides by providing one of these panels with the pertaining male part via a downward movement in the female part of the other panel;
wherein the vertically active locking system comprises a locking element which is configured as a strip and which in the form of an insert is provided in one of the respective sides;
wherein the locking element comprises at least a blocking body, a bending zone, and an attachment portion;
wherein the locking element is attached in a recess in the panel by the attachment portion;
wherein the blocking body is connected to the attachment portion by means of the bending zone, the bending zone being formed of an elastic synthetic material with characteristics that are different than the material of the blocking body;
wherein said blocking body is substantially or entirely made of acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS);
wherein the blocking body is configured as a pivoting blocking body, the locking element being configured such that the blocking body during joining executes a to and fro movement, wherein the locking element initially is pushed aside as a consequence of the downward movement of the male part, the blocking body having a guiding surface making a sliding contact with material of an opposite panel, the guiding surface being formed in said acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS).