Patents Assigned to Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
  • Patent number: 11406232
    Abstract: An improved tear resistant wiper is provided having a repeating pattern of thin, closely spaced curvilinear embossed elements adjacent the leading edge of the wipe and which pattern extends inwardly less than a third of the length of the wipe. The linear emboss elements have a high aspect ratio and narrow width in order to obtain a high density of embossments such that discrete unembossed regions within the leading edge region are small and yet the overall unembossed area still occupies at least 70% of the surface area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Lauren Munoz, David A. Palzewicz, Kristina M. Bloy, Dylan L. Wudtke, Alejandro Romero Villarreal
  • Patent number: 11401658
    Abstract: Disclosed is a two layered belt useful in the manufacture of tissue products comprising a first woven layer and a second nonwoven layer joined together in a laminated arrangement. The woven layer typically forms the machine contacting layer of the belt and is woven from a highly abrasion resistant material, while the nonwoven layer contacts the nascent tissue web. The woven layer may be provided with valleys and ridges that the nascent web is molded into, while the nonwoven layer may be provided with elements that impart a visually aesthetic pattern to the web. In this manner the belt may be useful in the production of products having desirable physical properties resulting from molding into the woven fabric while also being visually pleasing to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE, INC.
    Inventors: Mark Alan Burazin, Geoffrey Fenn Carlow, Richard Alan Zanon
  • Patent number: 11399672
    Abstract: A container for dispensing product includes a housing having an interior space. A rigid flip top assembly is disposed on the housing, and includes a lever, a lid, and a flange. The lid covers a dispensing orifice when in a closed position. The lever has a first end and a second end, and the lid is connected to the flange at a hinge proximate the second end. The lever longitudinally extends over a fulcrum. When a force is applied to the lever proximate the first end, the lever pivots at the fulcrum about a pivot axis, and the second end of the lever moves the lid from the closed position toward an open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE, INC.
    Inventors: Bryan Eliot Rolfs, Jeremy Thaddeus Gauger, Maggie VanderHeiden Berger, Amanda Ann Gantz, Heidi Ellen Gehrke
  • Patent number: 11383480
    Abstract: A substrate has an elastomeric film having surfaces and a nonwoven web having fibers, wherein a plurality of fibers is partially embedded in one surface of the film. In addition, a substrate has an elastomeric film and a nonwoven web having fibers, wherein a plurality of fibers is partially embedded in one surface of the film, and wherein the substrate is essentially free of adhesives and film-based microfibers. A method for making a film/nonwoven composite includes providing an elastomeric film traveling in a machine direction; providing a nonwoven web traveling in the machine direction in face-to-face contact with the film, wherein the nonwoven web includes fibers; and impinging the elastomeric film with hydro jets such that at least some of the fibers become embedded in the film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Kaiyuan Yang, Carl Gerard Rippl, Peiguang Zhou, Yiming Weng, Michael Andrew Zawadzki, Stephen Michael Lindsay, James Benjamin Harvey, Joel Brostin
  • Patent number: 11383003
    Abstract: Farnesol analogs, along with their related products (e.g., treatment compositions, wipes, absorbent articles, etc.) and their methods of formation, are provided. The farnesol analog includes a hydrophilic end group (e.g., a hydroxyl end group or a carboxylic acid end group) attached to farnesol via a covalent linkage (e.g., an ester group or an ether group).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: David William Koenig, Mary Kay Foegen, Corey Thomas Cunningham, Aimin He, Yang Huang
  • Patent number: 11384484
    Abstract: The present invention provides multi-layered tissue webs, and tissue product comprising the same, comprising long, high-coarseness wood pulp fibers selectively deposited in one or more outer layers of the multi-layered web. Surprisingly disposing long, high-coarseness wood pulp fibers in one or more outer layers, even in relatively modest amounts, may improve certain product properties, such as durability, without negatively affecting softness. In certain instances, both the softness and durability may be improved by selectively incorporating long, high-coarseness wood pulp fibers in one or more of the outer layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE, INC.
    Inventors: Thomas Gerard Shannon, Stephen Michael Lindsay, Brent Merrik Thompson, Richard Louis Underhill
  • Patent number: 11377797
    Abstract: Disclosed are woven papermaking fabrics having a textured sheet contacting surface with machine and cross-machine direction topography. The machine direction (MD) topography may be imparted by substantially MD oriented protuberances comprising a warp strand supported by a shute strand. The cross-machine direction (CD) topography may be imparted by substantially CD oriented protuberances comprising a shute strand supported by a warp strand. The CD protuberances may extend continuously in the CD and intersect the MD oriented protuberances to form discrete pockets there between. The pockets may have a variety of shapes and size depending on the MD and CD oriented protuberance. In certain instances the pockets may be rectilinear and have a pocket depth greater than 1.0 mm and a pocket angle greater than 28 degrees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE, INC.
    Inventors: Lynda Ellen Collins, Mark Alan Burazin
  • Patent number: 11377793
    Abstract: The present invention relates to papermaking fabrics useful in the manufacture of paper products, such as tissue paper. Particularly this invention relates to a woven papermaking fabric that includes a stabilized weave providing a textured contacting surface. The woven papermaking fabric includes a plurality of warp and shute filaments woven together to provide at least one protuberance on the web contacting side of the fabric that extends longitudinally over at least five shute filaments. The at least one protuberance is stabilized by including an offset shute float weave pattern configured such that a majority of the shute filaments forming the at least one protuberance are woven in an anti-nesting configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE, INC.
    Inventors: Lynda Ellen Collins, Mark Alan Burazin
  • Patent number: 11377525
    Abstract: A color-changing polymeric material is provided. The material is formed from a thermoplastic composition containing a continuous phase that includes a matrix polymer, colorant, microinclusion additive, and nanoinclusion additive, wherein the microinclusion additive and nanoinclusion additive are dispersed within the continuous phase in the form of discrete domains. A porous network is formed in the polymeric material when subjected to a deformational strain in a solid state. The polymeric material exhibits a first color prior to being subjected to the deformational strain and a second color after being subjected to the deformational strain, the first color being different than the second color.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark, Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan J. McEneany, Vasily A. Topolkaraev, Neil T. Scholl, Antonio J. Carrillo Ojeda, Brent M. Thompson
  • Publication number: 20220205154
    Abstract: A method for making a high topography nonwoven substrate includes generating a foam including water and synthetic binder fibers; depositing the foam on a planar surface; disposing a template form on the foam opposite the planar surface to create a foam/form assembly; heating the foam/form assembly to dry the foam and bind the synthetic binder fibers; and removing the template from the substrate after heating the foam/form assembly, wherein the substrate includes a planar base layer having an X-Y surface and a backside surface opposite the X-Y surface; and a plurality of projection elements integral with and protruding in a Z-direction from the X-Y surface, wherein the projection elements are distributed in both the X- and Y-directions, and wherein the density of a projection element is the same as the density of the base layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2022
    Publication date: June 30, 2022
    Applicant: KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE, INC.
    Inventors: Davis Dang H. Nhan, Cathleen M. Uttecht, Lori A. Eslinger, Neil T. Scholl, Jian Qin, Charles W. Colman, Deborah J. Calewarts, Vasily A. Topolkaraev, Antonio J. Carrillo Ojeda
  • Patent number: 11369236
    Abstract: Methods, systems and apparatus for determining product use by acoustically sensing actuations of product dispensers to determine how much product remains, and, optionally, alert a provider when low product states exist.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Cleary E. Mahaffey, Stephen Becker
  • Patent number: 11371191
    Abstract: Disclosed are multi-ply tissue products comprising a non-crosslinked binder that are durable and dispersible. The products generally have a Slosh time less than 2 minutes, such as less than about 60 seconds, such as less than about 45 seconds. Surprisingly, the foregoing Slosh times are achieved despite the tissue products having relatively high cross-machine direction (CD) wet tensile strength, such as greater than about 100 g/3?. Typically, increasing wet tensile strength, particularly wet CD tensile strength, negatively effects dispersability and increases Slosh time. Despite this trend, the present invention surprisingly provides a tissue product having a relatively high degree of wet strength and good dispersability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE, INC.
    Inventors: Kevin Joseph Vogt, Mark William Sachs, Erin Ann McCormick, Devon Gaynelle Curley, Sara Jane Wille Stabelfeldt, Nathan John Vogel, Christopher Steven LeCount
  • Patent number: 11365495
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a process and apparatus for formation of a fluid-entangled laminate web. The laminate web includes a support layer and a nonwoven projection web having a plurality of projections which are preferably hollow. The laminate web also includes a plurality of apertures interspersed with the projections. As a result of the fluid-entangling process, entangling fluid is directed through the support layer and into the projection web which is situated on a forming surface. The force of the entangling fluid causes the two layers to be joined to one another and the fluid causes a portion of the fibers in the projection web to be forced into openings present in a forming surface thereby forming the hollow projections. The force of the entangling fluid also causes the fibers of the two layers to be moved around protrusions present in the forming surface thereby forming the apertures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE, INC.
    Inventors: Mark J. Beitz, Stacy E. Evenson, Andrew T. Hammond, Sarah Kleuskens, Amy Q. Feng, Patrick D. Abney, Kevin G. Dolan, Robert M. Hill, Kroy D. Johnson, Niall Finn, Andy Butler, Danielle Kirby, Phil Penaia
  • Patent number: 11367099
    Abstract: A system and associated method for encouraging individual employees of a business, or members of a ten, to practice proper washroom activities is provided. The employees or team members are enrolled a washroom rewards program, and certain washroom facilities are designated as available to the individuals for use in the rewards program. The washroom facilities are configured with an identification (ID) system that automatically identifies enrolled employees or team members that enter the facility. Point values me assigned in the washroom rewards program for defined washroom activities performed by the individuals in the designated washroom facilities, and upon performance of such activities, the individual is identified via the ID system and a personal account assigned to the individual is automatically credited with the point value. The points are redeemable by the individuals for an award value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen Becker, Charlene Dunbar, Jason Kirkland, Warren Moede, Thomas H. Schulz, Chrissy Sheehan, Peter W. Shipp, Jr., Paul F. Tramontina, Matthew T. Zielinski
  • Patent number: 11364158
    Abstract: An absorbent article can have a top sheet layer, a back sheet layer, and an absorbent system positioned between the top sheet layer and the back sheet layer. The absorbent system can have at least a fluid intake layer, an absorbent core, and a distribution layer. The fluid intake layer can define a fluid intake layer opening and the absorbent core can define an absorbent core opening. A void space is present between the top sheet layer and the distribution layer and the top sheet layer is maintained in a spaced apart relationship from the distribution layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE, INC.
    Inventors: JuHyung Lee, HyungWoo Park, SungSu Kim
  • Patent number: 11351737
    Abstract: An energy apparatus can be configured for providing energy to an item being transferred over a rotatable drum. The energy apparatus can include a first energy mechanism configured to be fixedly coupled to the rotatable drum and rotate with the rotatable drum. The energy apparatus can also include a second energy mechanism configured to rotate around a circumference of the rotatable drum. The energy apparatus can additionally include a translation system coupled to the second energy mechanism and configured to move the second energy mechanism to an end position that allows the second energy mechanism and the first energy mechanism to provide energy to the item while there is no relative motion between the first energy mechanism and the second energy mechanism. Methods of providing energy to an item utilizing an energy apparatus are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE, INC.
    Inventors: Michael L. Lohoff, Craig R. Roble, Greg Rajala, Katherine M. Nackers, Kelly D. Farmer, Jason K. Sieck, Joseph D. Coenen, Jerry L. Hameister
  • Patent number: 11344175
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a wiping product well suited to absorbing a solvent and releasing the solvent onto an adjacent surface. The wiping product can also be constructed so as to have excellent abrasion resistance. The wiping product can be used in numerous applications and is particularly well suited for wiping unfinished surfaces, such as metal surfaces and composite surfaces for removing contaminants, such as oil and grease. The wiping product is made from a hydroentangled and thermally bonded web containing staple fibers and conjugated fibers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Mary F. Mallory, Joseph K. Baker, Ning Yang, David M. Jackson
  • Patent number: 11345791
    Abstract: A polymeric material that includes a thermoplastic composition containing a continuous phase that includes a matrix polymer and a siloxane component is provided. The siloxane component contains an ultrahigh molecular weight siloxane polymer that is dispersed within the continuous phase in the form of discrete domains. A porous network is defined within the thermoplastic composition that includes a plurality of nanopores.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan J. McEneany, Yuriy Galabura, Antonio J. Carrillo Ojeda, Neil T. Scholl, Vasily A. Topolkaraev, David W. Hall, Juha P. Kemppinen, Peter S. Lortscher, Lori A. Eslinger, Brent M. Thompson, Gregory J. Wideman
  • Patent number: 11344165
    Abstract: A dispenser for dispensing a flexible, rolled sheet material can include a housing and a supply of the sheet material supported within the housing for feeding the sheet material along a path defined through the housing. A feed roller can be rotatably mounted within the housing and have a body that engages the sheet material to pull the sheet material from the supply to dispense a selected amount of the sheet material therefrom. The dispenser also can include pressing rollers positioned adjacent the feed roller and biased to engage the sheet material between the pressing rollers and the feed roller, and a cutting mechanism arranged along the body of the feed roller that can have a cutting blade operatively connected to the body of the feed roller and actuated with rotation thereof to at least partially cut or perforate a selected portion of the sheet material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE, INC.
    Inventor: Charles Agnew Osborne, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11341566
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for providing a 3-D shopping experience to an online shopping environment is implemented by a 3-D shopping rendering computer system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Kim Marie Greenwood, Jonathan Roy Mahnke, Shawn Jeffery Sullivan