Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Douglas L. Miller
  • Patent number: 5818719
    Abstract: An apparatus for controllably registering two continuously moving layers of material is provided. One of the layers of material has a plurality of reference marks representing a plurality of separate and distinct components, and the other of the continuously moving layers has a respective plurality of different components thereon. The apparatus controls the distance between reference marks to a selected distance, and controllably registers each reference mark to a respective component of the continuously moving second layer. An article is provided in which a graphic is controllably registered within a designated area thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 6, 1998
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark, Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Griffiths Brandon, Louis Maurice Chapdelaine, Leonard Michael Kaczmarzyk, Scott Lee Kastman, Marci Elizabeth Kuske, Thomas Michael Lager, Stephen Lawrence Miller, Robert Lee Popp, Richard Thomas Wehrle, Devertt DeWayne Woolwine
  • Patent number: 5766389
    Abstract: A process for controllably registering two continuously moving layers of material is provided. One of the layers of material has a plurality of reference marks representing a plurality of separate and distinct components, and the other of the continuously moving layers has a respective plurality of different components thereon. The process controls the distance between reference marks to a selected distance, and controllably registers each reference mark to a respective component of the continuously moving second layer. An article is provided in which a graphic is controllably registered within a designated area thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 16, 1998
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Griffiths Brandon, Louis Maurice Chapdelaine, Leonard Michael Kaczmarzyk, Scott Lee Kastman, Marci Elizabeth Kuske, Thomas Michael Lager, Stephen Lawrence Miller, Robert Lee Popp, Richard Thomas Wehrle, Devertt DeWayne Woolwine
  • Patent number: 5725382
    Abstract: A child's self-contained, interactive toilet training kit made from a relatively rigid material and having a lid that is moveable between an open position and a closed position. The kit includes a plurality of training pants, a plurality of interactivity devices adapted for use by a caregiver for instructing a child in toilet training, and a plurality of activity devices adapted for use by the child for encouraging the child in toilet training.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 10, 1998
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: James Andrew Walter, Shirlee Ann Weber, Mark Thomas Cammarota
  • Patent number: 5711832
    Abstract: A process for making disposable absorbent articles including continuously moving a first layer in a first direction and a second layer in a second direction, continuously providing elongate elastic members to the first layer and to the second layer, folding the layers over the elongate elastic members, joining the elongate elastic members to the layers to form first and second continuous elastic composites, continuously moving a base layer having opposite edge portions, continuously delivering the first and the second continuous elastic composites to respective edge portions of the base layer, joining the first and the second continuous elastic composites to the edge portions of the base layer, providing a plurality of spaced apart absorbent structures on the base layer, folding the continuously moving base layer, bonding the folded base layer between the absorbent structures, and cutting the folded base layer to form a plurality of disposable absorbent articles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 1995
    Date of Patent: January 27, 1998
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank Steven Glaug, Margaret Ann Kato
  • Patent number: 5683752
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are disclosed for selectively applying a liquid on a surface in a selected pattern and position on the surface. The apparatus and methods include programmable devices that individually control a plurality of nozzles wherein each nozzle has its own separate liquid supply source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 4, 1997
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Lee Popp, Michael Lee Barlament, Larry Dean Primeau
  • Patent number: 5683376
    Abstract: The present invention provides a child's disposable absorbent training pant having an improved waist elastic system. The waist elastic system has a selected average maximum rate of change of modulus of elasticity over the first three cycles within a specified extension range, thereby providing a substantially uniform low tension over a wide size range, a more comfortable fit, and improved ease of use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 4, 1997
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Margaret Ann Kato, Frank Steven Glaug
  • Patent number: 5669996
    Abstract: A method is provided for joining an elastic band to a continuously moving, partially elastic substrate. The method includes temporarily inhibiting portions of the elastic band or, alternatively, elastically activating portions of a heat-elasticizable band, and then positioning the band on the substrate. The substrate includes elastic and non-elastic segments, and the band is positioned so that an elastic or elastically activated portion of the band is on an elastic segment of the substrate and the temporarily inhibited or non-activated heat-elasticizable portion of the band is on the non-elastic segment of the substrate. The band and substrate are then joined together, and the temporarily inhibited or non-activated heat-elasticizable portion is activated to gather the non-elastic segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 23, 1997
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventor: James Lyle Jessup
  • Patent number: 5649336
    Abstract: A mitt wipe is provided for wiping and cleaning waste from the body. The mitt wipe includes a mitt body having a top layer and a bottom layer forming an interior space and a mitt opening. An access flap member is adjacent to the mitt opening and extends outwardly beyond the bottom end of the top layer, and a reinforcing cuff member is adjacent to the bottom end of the top layer. A process is provided for making the mitt wipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 22, 1997
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Valerie Victoria Finch, Frank Steven Glaug, Christopher Peter Olson, Kathleen Irene Ratliff, Donald Albert Sheldon
  • Patent number: 5616201
    Abstract: A mitt wipe is provided for wiping and cleaning waste from the body. The mitt wipe includes a mitt body having a top layer and a bottom layer forming an interior space and a mitt opening. An access flap member is adjacent to the mitt opening and extends outwardly beyond the bottom end of the top layer, and a reinforcing cuff member is adjacent to the bottom end of the top layer. A process is provided for making the mitt wipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 1, 1997
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Corporation
    Inventors: Valerie V. Finch, Frank S. Glaug, Christopher P. Olson, Kathleen I. Ratliff, Donald A. Sheldon
  • Patent number: 5612118
    Abstract: A printing process prints a continuously moving substrate with elongate, semi-tone graphics. The printed substrate is incorporated into a composite elastic material, in which the substrate is contracted, thereby forming a desired full-tone graphic from the semi-tone graphic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 18, 1997
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Corporation
    Inventors: Robert J. Schleinz, Daniel J. Conrad, Joseph S. Kucherovsky
  • Patent number: 5601544
    Abstract: A child's training pant includes a pant body having a waist opening and a pair of leg openings, and an elasticized shaped absorbent composite having elasticized absorbent side portions. Elasticized side flaps are formed from a liquid impermeable material situated between the absorbent composite and the pant body. A method is also provided for making a training pant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 1993
    Date of Patent: February 11, 1997
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Corporation
    Inventors: Frank S. Glaug, Richard H. Thiessen, Robert L. Popp, Shirlee A. Weber, Richard T. Wehrle
  • Patent number: 5601545
    Abstract: A disposable absorbent article having improved containment at the waist portion thereof comprises an absorbent layer and a surge layer in liquid communication therewith, and a liquid impermeable baffle layer overlying portions of the absorbent layer and the surge layer. The front edge of the absorbent structure is spaced from the back edge of a waist elastic member by a selected separation distance, thereby enhancing the gasketing effect of the waist elastic member on the article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 1994
    Date of Patent: February 11, 1997
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Corporation
    Inventors: Frank S. Glaug, Robert L. Popp, Richard H. Thiessen
  • Patent number: 5601547
    Abstract: The present invention provides a child's disposable absorbent training pant having an improved waist elastic system. The waist elastic system has a selected average maximum rate of change of modulus of elasticity over the first three cycles within a specified extension range, thereby providing a substantially uniform low tension over a wide size range, a more comfortable fit, and improved ease of use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 11, 1997
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Corporation
    Inventors: Margaret A. Kato, Frank S. Glaug
  • Patent number: 5597642
    Abstract: A dual substrate, single-pass printing process prints a high basis weight substrate and a low basis weight substrate. Ink striking through the low basis weight substrate is collected and absorbed by the high basis weight substrate. The printed substrates are then separated and rewound for subsequent transport and handling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 1995
    Date of Patent: January 28, 1997
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Corporation
    Inventors: Robert J. Schleinz, Daniel J. Conrad, Joseph S. Kucherovsky
  • Patent number: 5566616
    Abstract: A low basis weight, continuously moving substrate is printed by a single substrate, repeat-pass printing process. The continuously moving substrate is passed a first time through the printing station without receiving any pattern directly printed thereon, and is then repeat-passed through the printing station and over a single-passing portion of the substrate. The repeat-pass portion then has an ink pattern directly printed thereon. Ink striking through the directly printed repeat-pass portion of the substrate is collected or absorbed by the underlying single-pass portion of the substrate, thereby preventing ink buildup on the printing apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 22, 1996
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Corporation
    Inventors: Robert J. Schleinz, Daniel J. Conrad, Joseph S. Kucherovsky
  • Patent number: 5562037
    Abstract: A low basis weight, continuously moving substrate is printed by a single substrate, repeat-pass printing process. The continuously moving substrate is passed a first time through the printing station without receiving any pattern directly printed thereon, and is then repeat-passed through the printing station and over a single-passing portion of the substrate. The repeat-pass portion then has an ink pattern directly printed thereon. Ink striking through the directly printed repeat-pass portion of the substrate is collected or absorbed by the underlying single-pass portion of the substrate, thereby preventing ink buildup on the printing apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 1994
    Date of Patent: October 8, 1996
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Corporation
    Inventors: Robert J. Schleinz, Daniel J. Conrad, Joseph S. Kucherovsky
  • Patent number: 5545158
    Abstract: A disposable absorbent garment comprises a pair of elastic side sections, front and back sections, and a continuous, selectively elasticized waistband operatively joined thereto. The waistband does not substantially inhibit the elasticity of the elastic side sections, and provides the same or different elasticity to the front and back sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 13, 1996
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Corporation
    Inventor: James L. Jessup
  • Patent number: 5542566
    Abstract: A reusable dispenser and a plurality of disposable mitt wipes contained therein. The dispenser includes a tub body having a tub interior and a tub opening, a lid member joined to the tub body and being movable between a closed position and an open position, a sealing means between the lid member and the tub body, and a positive latching device for latching the lid member to the tub body. The lid member includes a replaceable access strip member that permits the mitt wipes to be dispensed one at a time, and is replaceable to close and seal the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 6, 1996
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Corporation
    Inventors: Frank S. Glaug, Christopher P. Olson, Kathleen I. Ratliff, Donald A. Sheldon, Valerie V. Finch, L. Warren Collier, IV
  • Patent number: D379226
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 13, 1997
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Corporation
    Inventors: Leonard M. Kaczmarzyk, Marci E. Kuske, Thomas M. Lager, Robert L. Popp, Richard T. Wehrle
  • Patent number: D386286
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 18, 1997
    Assignee: Kimberly Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Leonard Michael Kaczmarzyk, Marci Elizabeth Kuske, Thomas Michael Lager, Robert Lee Popp, Richard Thomas Wehrle