Patents Assigned to Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
  • Patent number: 10722407
    Abstract: An absorbent article (10) can include a waist elastic member (50, 150, 250). In one embodiment, the waist elastic member (50, 150, 250) can include a first longitudinal zone (92), a second longitudinal zone (94), and a middle longitudinal zone (93). The first longitudinal zone (92) can include a first elastic member (76) disposed between two layers of material, the second longitudinal zone (94) can include a second elastic member (78) disposed between two layers of material, and the middle longitudinal zone (93) can include less layers of materials than each of the first longitudinal zone (92) and the second longitudinal zone (94).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE, INC.
    Inventors: Matthew Randall Jones, Robert Michael Hill, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10723582
    Abstract: A method and apparatus include directing an article to a receiving device; transferring the leading portion of the article to a folding device; transferring the leading portion of the article to an oscillating device while holding the trailing portion of the article on the receiving device; reversing the oscillating device; folding the article by overlaying the leading portion of the article on the trailing portion of the article to define a folded state while continuing to hold the trailing portion of the article on the receiving device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE, INC.
    Inventor: Adam Nicholas Schoulz
  • Patent number: 10719790
    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: August 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    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: 10718069
    Abstract: A method for forming biodegradable fibers is provided. The method includes blending polylactic acid with a polyepoxide modifier to form a thermoplastic composition, extruding the thermoplastic composition through a die, and thereafter passing the extruded composition through a die to form a fiber. Without intending to be limited by theory, it is believed that the polyepoxide modifier reacts with the polylactic acid and results in branching of its polymer backbone, thereby improving its melt strength and stability during fiber spinning without significantly reducing glass transition temperature. The reaction-induced branching can also increase molecular weight, which may lead to improved fiber ductility and the ability to better dissipate energy when subjected to an elongation force. Through selective control over this method, the present inventors have discovered that the resulting fibers may exhibit good mechanical properties, both during and after melt spinning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Vasily A. Topolkaraev, Ryan J. McEneany, Thomas A. Eby, Tyler J. Lark
  • Patent number: 10709612
    Abstract: Odor control articles (10) including hydrophobic polymers of intrinsic porosity (HPIM) and their use in personal care products and hygienic products is disclosed. The odor control article (10) includes a HPIM and a colorant. The odor control article (10) may be applied to a substrate (11), and more specifically to a liquid absorbent member (30), to form an odor-absorbing member (20). The substrate (11) may absorb liquid. The odor-absorbing member (20) may be placed in such products as diapers (200), incontinence pads (60) and refrigerator pads. A method of making an odor control suspension with HPIMs including the use of surfactants is also disclosed. The odor control suspension may also be applied to a substrate (11).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Xuedong Song, Davis Dang H. Nhan, John Gavin MacDonald, Richard Arnold Borders
  • Patent number: 10709300
    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: October 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE, INC.
    Inventors: Cleary E. Mahaffey, Stephen Becker
  • Patent number: 10709618
    Abstract: An absorbent article (10, 110, 210) can include a chassis (11) and a waist containment member (54). The waist containment member (54) can be disposed on the body facing surface (19) of the chassis (11). The waist containment member (54) can include a proximal portion (76) and a distal portion (78). The proximal portion (76) can be coupled to the body facing surface (19) of the chassis (11). The distal portion (78) can include a body facing surface (78a), a garment facing surface (78b), and a free edge (88). In some embodiments, the waist containment member (54) can further include a compressible member (87) coupled to the distal portion (78) of the waist containment member (54).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE, INC.
    Inventors: David F. Bishop, Patsy A. Benedict, Joseph D. Coenen, Kaitlyn E. Mast, Michael J. Faulks
  • Patent number: 10709615
    Abstract: An absorbent article with a fastening system with reduced waste and method of manufacturing such an absorbent article is disclosed. The method of manufacturing an absorbent article can include cutting a first web of ear tab material to provide a first ear tab that is registered and cutting a second web of ear tab material to provide a second ear tab that is registered. The method can also include providing a web of ear panel material, coupling the first and second ear tabs to the web of ear panel material, cutting the web of ear panel material to provide first and second ear panels to form first and second ears, and coupling the first and second ears to the absorbent assembly to form at least a portion of the fastening system for the absorbent article. The first and second ears can be configured to be different from one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE, INC.
    Inventors: Jason Gene Csida, Rebecca Suzanne Walter, Patrick Robert Lord, Kyle Mark Barriger, Eric-John Raoul Gilgenbach
  • Patent number: 10695235
    Abstract: An aesthetically pleasing elastic film with three-dimensional characteristics is provided. In one embodiment, a two-dimensional ink structure is printed onto an elastic film, which is then activated, for example, by heat, which transforms the two-dimensional ink structure into a three-dimensional ink structure on one or more outer surfaces of the film. The location and amount of ink applied can be selectively controlled so that the film has the desired hand feel without sacrificing the elastic properties of the film. Further the printing and activating of the ink can be controlled to increase the tear resistance of the film or to conversely allow the film to tear or rip at desired locations on demand. In another embodiment, the elastic film can be laminated to a facing to form a laminate, where the outer surface of the film that is not in contact with the facing contains the three-dimensional ink structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Oomman P. Thomas, Simon K. Poruthoor, Charles Morell
  • Patent number: 10695232
    Abstract: An absorbent article has a top sheet, a back sheet, and an absorbent assembly positioned between the back sheet and the top sheet. The absorbent article includes a fluid intake layer positioned between the absorbent assembly and the top sheet. The fluid intake layer has a rearward-facing arch located in a back portion of the fluid intake layer. The fluid intake layer has an opening. The absorbent article includes a first lateral stiffener and a second lateral stiffener extending along a majority of the longitudinal side edges of the fluid intake layer. The absorbent article includes a first flexure, a second flexure, and a third flexure in a rear portion of the absorbent article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE, INC.
    Inventors: Suzanne Marie Schmoker, Heidi Bauerlein Hopkins, Sohyun Sara Park, Christopher Peter Olson
  • Patent number: 10695860
    Abstract: An anvil system for use in an ultrasonic bonder includes an anvil assembly including an anvil bar having an anvil aperture in at least one anvil bar longitudinal end, the anvil aperture having an anvil aperture inner surface, a shaft separate from the anvil bar and partially disposed in the anvil aperture, the shaft having a circumferential surface and extending outwardly beyond the anvil bar longitudinal end, and a first elastomeric shaft O-ring disposed on the shaft between the shaft circumferential surface and the anvil aperture inner surface; a mounting bracket with a mounting bracket hole having a hole surface; a bushing disposed in the mounting bracket hole and sized to accommodate an end of the shaft, the bushing having a bushing inner surface; and a second elastomeric shaft O-ring disposed on the shaft between the shaft circumferential surface and the bushing inner surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE, INC.
    Inventors: Gregory L. Malchow, Gregory John Rajala
  • Patent number: 10696469
    Abstract: Generally, the present disclosure relates to a carton for dispensing compressed tissue sheets comprising a carton having an oversized carton opening and a compressed stack of tissues, such as facial tissues. The compressed carton can significantly reduce costs associated with shipping such low density products. The oversized carton opening permits the compressed stack of tissues to expand, releasing the compression of the tissue stack and allowing the tissues to be dispensed normally.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE, INC.
    Inventors: James Alexander Hallam, Dennis Edward Fryer, Martin Christopher Bunce, Peter Booth, James Mallion
  • Patent number: 10689810
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method of producing a decorative tissue product, while controlling tensile degradation in a predicable fashion. The foregoing properties may be achieved using differential depth embossing in conjunction with an embossing pattern having particular characteristics. The use of an engraved roll, such as an embossing roll, having protuberances of differing depths and patterns not only improves the properties and characteristics of the fibrous structure, but may also be used to impart a unique pattern that provides the product with a distinctive look and is appealing to consumers. Generally the unique pattern results from a first set of protuberances having a first height and defining a first pattern and a second set of embossing elements having a second height and defining a second pattern, where the first height is greater than the second height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE, INC.
    Inventors: Tammy Lynn Baum, Benjamin Peter Sierra, James Leo Baggot, Eric Kent Isom, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10689863
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a floor underlayment that may be positioned directly in contact with the underside surface of a finished floor and comprise more than one layer such as a first layer pattern-unbonded nonwoven web and a second layer microporous film. Additional layers may comprise a meltblown nonwoven layer and a spunbond layer. The floor underlayment of the present invention may exhibit a sound pressure level (SPL in dB at 800 Hz or 1600 Hz) reduction IIC of about 30 to about 40.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE, INC.
    Inventors: Steven R. Stopper, John D. Tucker
  • Publication number: 20200190739
    Abstract: A method for producing a high-bulk, foam-formed substrate includes producing an aqueous-based foam including at least 1% by weight crimped synthetic fibers and at least 1% by weight binder fibers; forming a wet sheet from the aqueous-based foam; and drying the wet sheet to obtain the foam-formed substrate. A substrate includes an aqueous-based polymer foam including at least 1% by weight crimped synthetic fiber and at least 1% by weight binder fiber, wherein the substrate is free of superabsorbent material. A method for producing a high-bulk, foam-formed substrate includes producing an aqueous-based foam including at least 2% by weight crimped binder fibers; forming a wet sheet from the aqueous-based foam; and drying the wet sheet to obtain the foam-formed substrate, wherein the foam-formed substrate is free of superabsorbent material, and wherein the substrate has a dry density between 0.02 g/cc and 0.1 g/cc.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Publication date: June 18, 2020
    Applicant: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Jian QIN, Deborah J. CALEWARTS, Charles W. COLMAN, Donald E. WALDROUP, Cathleen M. UTTECHT, Peter WALLACE
  • Patent number: 10683423
    Abstract: A thermoplastic composition includes at least one kind of algae that constitutes from about 10 wt. % to about 55 wt. % of the composition, and a polymer that constitutes from about 45 wt. % to about 90 wt. % of the composition, wherein the composition is free of plasticizer and free of plant polymer. An injection molded article is formed from a material including at least one kind of algae that constitutes from about 10 wt. % to about 55 wt. % of the composition, and a polymer that constitutes from about 45 wt. % to about 90 wt. % of the composition, wherein the material is free of plasticizer and free of plant polymer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Bo Shi, Michael Lawrence Gross, Ryan Webster Hunt, Mark Ashton Zeller
  • Patent number: 10682264
    Abstract: An absorbent article includes a longitudinal axis and a lateral axis; a front region, a back region, a crotch region, the crotch region being disposed between the front region and the back region; a front panel in the front region, wherein the front panel includes an inner layer and an outer layer; a back panel in the back region, wherein the back panel includes an inner layer and an outer layer; an elastic layer disposed between the inner layer and the outer layer in the front panel; an elastic layer disposed between the inner layer and the outer layer in the back panel; and a single-layer zone in one of the front and back panels, wherein the single-layer zone is free of the inner layer and elastic layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE, INC.
    Inventors: Sang Hyun Lee, DongSoo Choi, KyungSik Jang, Minyoung Jeon, Allyssa Marie Herrmann
  • Patent number: 10679236
    Abstract: A system and control method are provided for encouraging patron use of washrooms at commercial establishments. A plurality of commercial establishments are enrolled in a washroom rewards program, as well as patrons that may frequent or visit such establishments. Respective point values in the washroom rewards program are established for defined washroom activities performed by the patrons in the washrooms of the commercial establishments. The identity and location of the commercial establishments are provided to the patrons. Upon the patrons performing one of the defined washroom activities in one of the commercial establishments, the patron is identified and awarded credit of the points for the defined activity to a player account assigned to the patron. Provisions are made for the patrons to redeem accumulated points in their respective account for an award.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    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: D886603
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE, INC.
    Inventors: Samantha J. Zellefrow, Phillip L. Hutchison, Tatiana Wyden
  • Patent number: D890533
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE, INC.
    Inventors: Sarah Ann Funk, Jason Robert Boon