Patents Assigned to Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
  • Patent number: 11058791
    Abstract: A thin nanocomposite film for use in an absorbent article is provided. The film contains an ethylene polymer, a nanoclay having an organic surface treatment, and a compatibilizer that includes an olefin polymer containing an ethylenically unsaturated carboxylic acid monomer. The present inventors have discovered that through selective control over the particular type and concentration of the components used to form the film, as well as the manner in which it is formed, the modulus and tensile strength of the film can be significantly improved without having an adverse impact on its ductility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Feng Chen, James Hongxue Wang, Gregory J. Wideman, Michael J. Faulks, Mark M. Mleziva
  • Patent number: 11053643
    Abstract: The present invention provides multi-layered tissue webs, and tissue products comprising the same, the multi-layered webs comprising wood fibers and non-wood cellulosic fibers where the non-wood cellulosic fibers are selectively deposited in one or more outer layers of the multi-layered web. Surprisingly disposing non-wood cellulosic fibers in the outer layers, even in relatively modest amounts, alters the machine and/or cross-machine direction properties of the resulting web, such that MD:CD tensile ratio may be reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE, INC.
    Inventors: Kayla Elizabeth Rouse, Richard Louis Underhill
  • Patent number: 11055672
    Abstract: Systems and methods for processing signals from sensors associated with disposable products are provided. Signals indicative of disposable product consumption and an available quantity of disposable products can be processed. Data associated with the signals can be communicated to an assessment module. The data can include location information associated with the disposable product consumption and available quantity of disposable products. The assessment module can estimate disposable product usage for different locations based on the data. The assessment module can provide notifications of inventory status for the different locations based on the estimated disposable product usage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: John C. Robertson, Andrew Mark Long, Shawn Jeffrey Sullivan, Jonathan D. Boulos
  • Patent number: 11039963
    Abstract: An absorbent article can have an improved attachment to a wearer's undergarment and can maintain proper placement in the undergarment of the wearer. The absorbent article can produce less waste for the wearer of the absorbent article. The absorbent article can have a topsheet layer, a backsheet layer, an absorbent core positioned between the topsheet layer and the backsheet layer, and a pair of opposing wings. The absorbent article can have a mechanical garment attachment which can maintain the placement of the absorbent article within the wearer's undergarment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Peter Olson, Suzanne Marie Schmoker, Cynthia H. Hendren
  • Patent number: 11035081
    Abstract: The present invention provides tissue webs and products that are manufactured by non-compressive dewatering and/or drying methods, such as through-air drying, where the webs and products comprise cross-linked fiber. The non-compressively dewatered tissue webs and products have improved sheet bulk and z-direction properties. For example, in one embodiment, the invention provides through-air dried tissue products having good sheet bulk and resiliency, such as a sheet bulk greater than about 15 cc/g and Compression Energy (E) greater than about 1.30 N/m. Surprisingly the foregoing products have sufficient strength to withstand use, such as a GMT greater than about 600 g/3?, but are not overly stiff, generally having a Stiffness Index less than about 12.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE, INC.
    Inventors: Stephen Michael Lindsay, Michael Andrew Zawadzki, Cathleen Mae Uttecht, Mike Thomas Goulet, Kenneth John Zwick, Christopher Lee Satori, Donald Eugene Waldroup
  • Patent number: 11033438
    Abstract: An absorbent article can have a topsheet layer, a liquid impermeable layer, and an absorbent core positioned between the topsheet layer and the liquid impermeable layer. The absorbent article can further include an exudate management layer in fluid communication with the topsheet layer. In various embodiments, the exudate management layer can be positioned on a body facing surface of the topsheet layer. In various embodiments, the exudate management layer can be positioned between the topsheet layer and the absorbent core. The exudate management layer has a first component which defines an opening for direct passage of body exudates into the absorbent core. The exudate management layer has a second component which at least partially overlaps the first component of the exudate management layer and further extends in the longitudinal direction of the absorbent article in a direction towards the posterior region of the absorbent article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: David J. Nickel, Matthew D. Woods, Todd M. Ake, Tom Porter
  • Patent number: 11030553
    Abstract: A system and associated method are provided for maintenance of a plurality of washroom facilities by maintenance personnel, wherein each of the washroom facilities has one or more consumable product dispensers that require periodic refill. For each of the washroom facilities, the product dispensers are configured with a sensor that detects a product level or amount condition of the product dispenser, the sensors in communication with a monitoring station assigned to the washroom facility. A set of instructions unique to each of the washroom facilities is generated based upon the detected product level or amount conditions of the dispensers in the respective washroom facility, the set of instructions including instructions as to the amount of product refill to be added to the dispensers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    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: 11028537
    Abstract: A dispersible wet wipe includes a layer of cellulosic fibers. In one embodiment, a first binder is applied in a coating comprising randomly distributed deposits of the binder. A second binder is applied in an intermittent pattern on the surface to define first regions on the surface that include first binder but no second binder and to define second regions on the surface that include both first binder and second binder. The first and second binders can have the same chemical composition. In a second embodiment, a first binder is applied to a web surface in a first pattern, and, after applying the first binder, a second binder is applied to the web surface in a second pattern that is different than the first pattern. In a third embodiment, a binder is applied to a web surface in a pattern, the pattern having first regions and second regions, wherein the add-on level of the binder in the first regions is lower than the add-on level of the binder in the second regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE, INC.
    Inventors: Nathan John Vogel, Amanda Ann Gantz, Nicholas Scott Walker, David James Sealy Powling, Carly Elizabeth Herr
  • Patent number: 11028539
    Abstract: The present invention provides multi-ply creped tissue products, and in particular embodiments creped wet pressed tissue products, having substantially higher per-ply basis weights, such as from about 20 to about 30 gsm, without the negative effects often associated with higher basis weight. As such, the tissue products are generally soft and flexible, having a softness value (measured as TS7) less than about 12.0 and a Stiffness Index less than about 20. While being soft and flexible, the instant tissue products are durable enough to withstand use, such as having a GMT greater than about 600 g/3? and a Burst Index greater than about 12.0.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE, INC.
    Inventors: Oriol Margo Moreno, John Alexander Werner, IV, Steven J. Hickey, Paul David Bradford, Cristiano Bobba, Giovanni Massarotti
  • Publication number: 20210163889
    Abstract: A premature infant skin model and methods of creating the same are disclosed. One method of creating a three-dimensional premature infant skin model can include providing neonatal skin cells, exposing the neonatal skin cells to a treatment solution including interleukin-6 for a treatment period; and removing the treatment solution from the neonatal skin cells after the treatment period to provide the three-dimensional premature infant skin model.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2018
    Publication date: June 3, 2021
    Applicant: KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE, INC.
    Inventors: Penkanok Sriwiriyanont, Debbie Y. Ngai, Elizabeth S. Weir, Karien Rodriguez
  • Patent number: 11013641
    Abstract: A garment configured for detecting leakage from an absorbent article underlying the garment and methods of detecting leakage from an absorbent article using such a garment are disclosed. The garment can include a substrate and a wetness detection system. The wetness detection system can include a first wetness detection mechanism disposed at a first detection zone on the substrate. The wetness detection system can further include a second wetness detection mechanism disposed at a second detection zone on the substrate. The second detection zone can be different than the first detection zone. In preferred embodiments, the first wetness detection mechanism and the second wetness detection mechanism can be configured to sense wetness electronically.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Shawn Jeffery Sullivan, Davis Dang H. Nhan, Rebecca E. Strong, Andrew Long
  • Patent number: 11007093
    Abstract: An absorbent article having improved handling of body exudates. The absorbent article can minimize the amount of body exudates in contact with a wearer's skin and can minimize the incidence of leakage of body exudates from the absorbent article. The benefits of the absorbent article are achieved, in part, by a body facing material having features that help minimize contact of body exudates with the wearer's skin while also being constructed so that the body facing material does not stick to the wearer's skin in use. The body facing material includes a plurality of hollow projections, a plurality of apertures and bonded areas. The bonded areas may be formed with adhesive or by mechanical bonds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE, INC.
    Inventors: Mark J. Beitz, Stacy E. Evenson, Andrew T. Hammond, Sarah Kleuskens, Patrick D. Abney
  • Patent number: 11001032
    Abstract: The present invention provides tissue webs and products having improved z-directional properties. The improved z-directional properties may be achieved by providing the structure with a unique three-dimensional surface topography, which increases the structure's Exponential Compression Modulus (K) and Caliper Under Load (C0). By improving both K and C0, the present inventors have also been able to provide tissue structures with relatively high Compression Energy (E), which enables the structures to be calendered at high loads without significant loss of sheet bulk or degradation of strength.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE, INC.
    Inventors: Kevin Joseph Vogt, Mark Alan Burazin, Jeffrey Dean Holz, Mark William Sachs, Priya Pari Bhagat
  • Patent number: 11001944
    Abstract: A polyolefin fiber that is formed by a thermoplastic composition containing a continuous phase that includes a polyolefin matrix polymer and nanoinclusion additive is provided. The nanoinclusion additive is dispersed within the continuous phase as discrete nano-scale phase domains. When drawn, the nano-scale phase domains are able to interact with the matrix in a unique manner to create a network of nanopores.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Vasily A. Topolkaraev, Ryan J. McEneany, Antonio J. Carrillo, Mark M. Mleziva
  • Patent number: 11001972
    Abstract: The present invention provides multi-ply creped tissue products, and in particular embodiments creped wet pressed tissue products, having substantially higher per-ply basis weights, such as from about 20 to about 30 gsm, without the negative effects often associated with higher basis weight. As such, the tissue products are generally soft and flexible, having a softness value (measured as TS7) less than about 12.0 and a Stiffness Index less than about 20. While being soft and flexible, the instant tissue products are durable enough to withstand use, such as having a GMT greater than about 600 g/3? and a Burst Index greater than about 12.0.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE, INC.
    Inventors: Oriol Margo Moreno, John Alexander Werner, IV, Steven J. Hickey, Paul David Bradford, Cristiano Bobba, Giovanni Massarotti
  • Patent number: 10993852
    Abstract: An absorbent garment has a minimum crotch width less than 30% the front region width. The absorbent garment has an absorbent member minimum width less than 80 mm. The absorbent member minimum width is less than 53% the minimum crotch width and is less than 60% the absorbent member maximum width.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Marie E. Boll, Kimberly Louise Ellefson, Ligia A. Rivera, Tammy J. Nettekoven, Kimberly M. Downs, Todd R. Hagner, Marlene R. Dins, Ronald Alex Hilt, Michael J. Kerins
  • Patent number: 10994373
    Abstract: A method of cutting a web structure that is utilized in the manufacture of an absorbent article. The method of cutting the web structure can employ a laser having a pulse mode of operation. In various embodiments, the frequency of the beam of radiation pulsed from the laser can be patterned to correspond to the material of the web structure. In various embodiments, the frequency of the beam of radiation pulsed from the laser can be patterned to correspond to the speed at which the web structure is moving and can change with any change in speed of the web structure movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Milbrodt, Brian T. Anderson, Brittany Alissa Young
  • Patent number: 10988900
    Abstract: A soft tissue having a soothing feel and method of making the same is disclosed which contains an aqueous softening composition comprising from about 10 to about 20 weight percent of a cationic softening compound, such as quaternary ammonium compounds and imidazolinium compounds; from about 10 to about 20 weight percent of a polyhydroxy compound having a molecular weight of at least about 1,000 g/mol, and optionally a silicone or glycerin. Examples of the cationic softening compound include tallow- and ester-substituted quaternary ammonium compounds having chloride or methyl sulfate as the anion, and examples of the polyhydroxy compound include polyethylene glycols (PEG) or polypropylene glycols (PPG) having a molecular weight of at least about 1,000 g/mol, such as PEG-1000 and PEG-8000.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE, INC.
    Inventors: SangGil Lee, EunSeok Yeom
  • Patent number: 10975521
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a vacuum dewatering apparatus comprising a vacuum box disposed opposite of a steam box where the steam box comprises a bottom plate having a substantially linear portion and a curvilinear portion. A plurality of apertures are disposed along at least a portion of the curvilinear portion to permit the transmission of steam. In a preferred embodiment, the curvilinear portion is adjacent to the trailing edge and the linear portion is adjacent to the leading edge of the apertured bottom plate. Further, at least a portion of the apertures are aligned opposite the vacuum box which acts to remove the steam. The vacuum dewatering apparatus of the present invention enables the use of high levels of steam improving vacuum dewatering and improving drying efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert James Seymour, Mark John Hassman, Craig Steven Besaw, Reza Ramazani-Rend, Jason Michael Rudolph, Thomas McLachlan Jenn, Lucia Yiyi Chai, Samuel August Nelson
  • Patent number: D923943
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE, INC.
    Inventors: EunSeok Yeom, ByoungOk Ahn, SangGil Lee, DongMin Choi, YoonJung Lee