Patents Assigned to International Playtex, Inc.
  • Patent number: 4284400
    Abstract: There is disclosed a positive extraction mechanism for use in a textile molding apparatus preferably of the type having a female mold member and a male mold member. The mold members move into molding relationship with a fabric therebetween to form a cup-like article which is retained by one of the members. The positive extraction mechanism moves into intimate contact with the retaining mold member after the other mold member has been retracted. The extraction mechanism includes a plurality of pins which may be actuated by power means into engagement with the molded cup-like article. Each pin is spring biased away from the molded article so that the spring will retract its associated pin within the extraction mechanism upon removal of the power means. Upon retraction the molded article will leave the positive extraction mechanism. This occurs after the molded article has been carried away from the mold member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 1980
    Date of Patent: August 18, 1981
    Assignee: International Playtex, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter D. Kaspar, Carroll D. Satterfield
  • Patent number: 4262049
    Abstract: A deposited sheet of foraminous material (e.g., elastomeric material such as a latex) having a lace-like configuration repeated over the extent of the sheet. This configuration includes relatively open mesh regions, and relatively closed solid petal regions. Portions of the configuration have a substantial plurality of perforated openings per unit area, with the open regions having a greater area of such openings per unit surface area than in the closed regions. At least some of the closed petal regions have a predetermined lesser thickness than the open mesh regions such that the lesser thickness closed regions have a greater surface of elastomeric material per unit area than in the open regions without having a corresponding greater amount of elastomeric material per unit area. Some of the openings bordering said closed regions may be of reduced cross section. Apparatus and method for manufacturing such a sheet are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 1977
    Date of Patent: April 14, 1981
    Assignee: International Playtex, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter D. Kaspar
  • Patent number: 4238040
    Abstract: There is disclosed a nursing unit of the type employing a liquid-retention sac disposed in a holder and a nipple, the holder being provided with an annular groove for seating the depending skirt of a snap-on type frictionally secured nipple. To adapt such a nursing unit to receive a nipple which is secured by a screw type retainer a removable threaded adaptor ring is disposed within the annular groove of the holder. The ring cooperates with a threaded nipple retainer to more securely hold the nipple and liquid-retention sac in place, thereby substantially reducing the possibility of accidental or inadvertent removal of the nipple, especially by older infants and, as well, reducing the possibility of leakage of contents from the sac. Existing nursing holders intended to secure a snap-on nipple for use with very young infants can be modified very simply with the instant adaptor ring to now receive a screw down retainer for the nipple.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 1979
    Date of Patent: December 9, 1980
    Assignee: International Playtex, Inc.
    Inventor: William E. Fitzpatrick
  • Patent number: 4200737
    Abstract: A process for the preparation of substantially water-insoluble, particulate sodium carboxymethyl cellulose, suitable for use as an absorbent in tampons and other catamenial devices, or the like. The process involves treating solid, water-soluble sodium carboxymethyl cellulose having a degree of substitution of at least 0.4 with hydrogen chloride gas and heating the carboxymethyl cellulose, either after the hydrogen chloride treatment or concurrently therewith, to produce a cross-linked, insoluble, partially acid form carboxymethyl cellulose suitable for absorbent applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 1978
    Date of Patent: April 29, 1980
    Assignee: International Playtex, Inc.
    Inventors: Herman L. Marder, Nathan D. Field, Makoto Shinohara
  • Patent number: 4200736
    Abstract: A process for the preparation of a substantially water-insoluble, particulate sodium salt of carboxymethyl cellulose, suitable for use as an absorbent in tampons and other catamenial devices or the like. The process involves heating solid, water-soluble sodium carboxymethyl cellulose, having a degree of substitution of at least 0.4, with carbon dioxide gas to substantially insolubilize the carboxymethyl cellulose and convert it to a form suitable for absorbent applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 1978
    Date of Patent: April 29, 1980
    Assignee: International Playtex, Inc.
    Inventors: Makoto Shinohara, Nathan D. Field
  • Patent number: 4195634
    Abstract: A sanitary napkin including a stiffening means which because of its resilient properties enables the napkin to lie flat and help it to retain a large degree of its original configuration even after it is subjected to the type of compressive forces that occur during use, is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 1978
    Date of Patent: April 1, 1980
    Assignee: International Playtex, Inc.
    Inventors: Walter A. DiSalvo, Robert B. Cubitt, Francis J. Coury
  • Patent number: 4091819
    Abstract: Improved padded brassieres in which the padding layer within the cup structure includes a batting of fibers formed together into a cohesive fibrous web, the batting having a plurality of areas devoid of fibers to provide a patterned openwork structure. The open areas are typically in the range of approximately 1/32 to 1/4 of an inch in length and width, arranged in rows of predetermined linear alignment to provide an aesthetic arrangement having porosity, strength, integrity and excellent drapable characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 1977
    Date of Patent: May 30, 1978
    Assignee: International Playtex, Inc.
    Inventors: William Huber, Nathan D. Field, Herman L. Marder, Raymond C. Cole
  • Patent number: 4028132
    Abstract: Solutions of cellulose in hydrazine are formed by dissolving cellulose therein. The cellulose solutions formed may be utilized for the preparation of fibers, films, foams or other cellulose fabricated articles. Alternatively, the dissolution of cellulose in hydrazine may be employed as a means for the direct extraction of cellulose from lignocellulosic materials without the necessity of pulping operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 1975
    Date of Patent: June 7, 1977
    Assignee: International Playtex, Inc.
    Inventors: Morton H. Litt, Narayan Ganesh Kumar
  • Patent number: 3981310
    Abstract: A brassiere having breast cups molded from a heat settable, thermoplastic fabric, such as polyester, of warp knit construction and including top, middle and bottom guide bar yarns. The bottom and/or middle guide bar yarns have a denier per filament of at least 10. The stitch construction is particularly selected so that the bottom and middle guide bars run in opposition to each other and each have an underlap length which extends between at least two wales. Preferably, the stitch configuration of the bottom guide bar should be 1-0/1-2 and the middle guide bar should be 1-2/1-0. Alternatively, a stitch configuration of 1-0/2-3 may be employed in the bottom guide bar and 2-3/1-0 in the middle guide bar. The top guide bar primarily controls the aesthetics of the fabric and preferably may have a stitch configuration of 1-0/2-3 or, alternatively, a stitch configuration of 1-0/3-4. The molded bra cups have excellent shape retention properties, especially after repeated washings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 1975
    Date of Patent: September 21, 1976
    Assignee: International Playtex, Inc.
    Inventor: James G. Donaghy
  • Patent number: D254937
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 1977
    Date of Patent: May 13, 1980
    Assignee: International Playtex, Inc.
    Inventor: Phyllis Raimondi
  • Patent number: D256288
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 1977
    Date of Patent: August 12, 1980
    Assignee: International Playtex, Inc.
    Inventors: Harold Stern, Phyllis Raimondi
  • Patent number: D258770
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 1978
    Date of Patent: April 7, 1981
    Assignee: International Playtex, Inc.
    Inventor: Harold Stern