Patents by Inventor Andrew M. Long

Andrew M. Long has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 10350115
    Abstract: A leakage assessment system for use with an absorbent article having an outer surface, the system including a computer and a signaling device adapted to be used in conjunction with the absorbent article, the signaling device adapted to sense wetness in the absorbent article, wherein the signaling device is in electronic communication with the computer. The system also includes a wetness detection mat in electronic communication with the computer, and an image capture device configured to continuously detect an absorbent article wearer position, wherein the image capture device is in electronic communication with the computer, wherein the computer is configured to electronically record wetness incidents using the signaling device, the wetness detection mat, and the wearer position captured by the image capture device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew M. Long, Shawn J. Sullivan, John C. Robertson, Richard N. Dodge
  • Publication number: 20180206758
    Abstract: Apparatus, systems, and methods for magnetic induction tomography imaging using a hand held device are provided. More particularly, a magnetic induction tomography imaging system can include a hand held magnetic induction tomography device having a housing and at least one sensing unit. The housing of the hand held device can have a form factor such that the location of a hand holding the housing is separated from the sensing unit when the hand held device is in operation. The hand held magnetic imaging tomography device can include one or more electrical components separated in the housing (e.g., by shielding) from the at least one sensing unit to reduce electromagnetic interference between the at least one sensing unit and the one or more electrical components. A positioning system involving components included internally and/or externally to the hand held device can be used to determine position data for the hand held device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2016
    Publication date: July 26, 2018
    Inventors: Joseph R. Feldkamp, Shawn Jeffery Sullivan, Andrew M. Long
  • Publication number: 20180036180
    Abstract: A leakage assessment system for use with an absorbent article having an outer surface, the system including a computer and a signaling device adapted to be used in conjunction with the absorbent article, the signaling device adapted to sense wetness in the absorbent article, wherein the signaling device is in electronic communication with the computer. The system also includes a wetness detection mat in electronic communication with the computer, and an image capture device configured to continuously detect an absorbent article wearer position, wherein the image capture device is in electronic communication with the computer, wherein the computer is configured to electronically record wetness incidents using the signaling device, the wetness detection mat, and the wearer position captured by the image capture device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2016
    Publication date: February 8, 2018
    Inventors: Andrew M. Long, Shawn J. Sullivan, John C. Robertson, Richard N. Dodge
  • Publication number: 20170246051
    Abstract: A pant-like absorbent articles having handles on side panels of the article for ease of removal and donning of the absorbent garment is disclosed. The article includes a front waist region, a back waist region, and a chassis extending longitudinally between and interconnecting the front and back waist regions attached by at least one side panel. Formed within the side panel is at least one handle. The handle includes an aperture formed through the side panel. The handle further includes a reinforcing material operatively joined to the at least one side panel adjacent distal side edges of the aperture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2015
    Publication date: August 31, 2017
    Inventors: Cole W. Poole, Chris P. Olson, Julie A. Paveletzke, John D. Amundson, Susan M. Trefethren, Catherine M. Hancock-Cooke, Adam Suttner, Russell J. Brumm, Bradley A. Colvin, Tim G. Dollevoet, Christopher M. Pieper, Andrew M. Long, Sandra K. Walker
  • Patent number: 9554948
    Abstract: A sensor that is sensitive to the presence of aqueous-based fluids is described. The sensor has a wetness indicating material immobilized or printed on a substrate. The indicating material contains at least one electron-donating leuco dye and one electron deficient receptor, and exhibits a visual signal (e.g., vivid or strong color intensity) in a dry state, which fades or disappears when in contact with a water-containing liquid. An absorbent article incorporating such a sensor to communicate to a user that the article has been exposed to water-containing fluids is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Xuedong Song, Andrew M. Long, WanDuk Lee, Jun Mo Gil
  • Patent number: 8697933
    Abstract: Presented is a method for effectively toilet training a subject, the method including providing a disposable absorbent article to a caregiver, wherein the absorbent article includes a wetness sensor having a signaling device, and wherein the signaling device provides to the caregiver a feedback mode of an insult contemporaneous with the insult; and teaching the caregiver an appropriate response to the feedback mode as a training opportunity. Also presented is a method for toilet training a subject, the method including providing a wetness sensing system to a caregiver, the wetness sensing system including an insult indicator; indicating to the caregiver the occurrence of the insult contemporaneous with the insult; and instructing the caregiver to immediately intervene to teach the subject about the physical sensations experienced by the subject prior to and during the insult.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas M. Ales, III, Shirlee A. Weber, Andrew M. Long, Christopher P. Olson, Ansley Allen, Jason C. Cohen
  • Patent number: 8628506
    Abstract: Monitoring the status of an absorbent article can be desirable to various users in various situations. A monitoring device for use with an absorbent article is provided. The monitoring device includes a sensing device and a signaling device. The sensing device is configured to sense a physiological indication related to the absorbent article wearer. The functionality of the monitoring device may be updateable, for instance, by utilizing firmware updates, hardware or user interface changes, software installations, etc. Thus, the monitoring device of the present invention may be utilized over an entire lifespan from infants to elderly without the need for costly replacement or installation of an entirely new monitoring system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas M. Ales, III, Andrew M. Long
  • Patent number: 8604268
    Abstract: Presented is a toilet training system including a disposable absorbent article including a first wetness sensor; a first signaling device adapted to communicate with the first wetness sensor and providing a first feedback mode of a wetness state of the disposable absorbent article; and a second signaling device adapted to communicate with the first wetness sensor and providing a second feedback mode of the wetness state of the disposable absorbent article, wherein the second feedback mode is different from the first feedback mode. Also presented is a toilet training system including a disposable absorbent article including a wetness sensor; and a signaling device adapted to communicate with the wetness sensor, wherein the signaling device includes a dynamic feedback mode system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason C. Cohen, Thomas M. Ales, III, Shirlee A. Weber, Andrew M. Long, Christopher P. Olson, Ansley Allen
  • Patent number: 8552251
    Abstract: A laminate having health-benefit agents therein is made by particle stabilization within the lamination process. By changing the substrate type (tissue, nonwoven, film) and/or the physical composition and/or attributes of the laminate layers, the release of the health-benefit agents can be controlled. The laminate, sometimes referred to as a liner, may be used in personal absorbent articles such as diapers, feminine pads, bandages, bed pads, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Peiguang Zhou, David John Tyrrell, Andrew M. Long, Alphonse C. DeMarco, Dave Allen Soerens, Rebecca Ann Vongsa
  • Patent number: 8440877
    Abstract: Presented is a sensing absorbent article system including an absorbent article having a liner and an outer cover, the absorbent article including a sensing means, an article design scheme, and an attachment zone having an attachment zone design scheme, wherein the attachment zone design scheme is visually differentiable from the article design scheme. Also presented is a sensing absorbent article system including an absorbent article having a liner and an outer cover, the absorbent article including a sensing means, an article design scheme, and an attachment zone adapted to indicate the proper position for a signaling device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Meghan E. Collins, Thomas M. Ales, III, Shirlee A. Weber, Andrew M. Long
  • Patent number: 8378167
    Abstract: A wetness sensing system includes a first wetness sensing article; a first signaling device producing a first signal upon sensing wetness in the first wetness sensing article, wherein the first signaling device is compatible with the first wetness sensing article; and a second signaling device producing a second signal upon sensing wetness in the first wetness sensing article, wherein the second signaling device is compatible with the first wetness sensing article. Also, a method for enhancing a wetness sensing system includes producing a wetness sensing absorbent article compatible with at least one component of the wetness sensing system, wherein the wetness sensing system includes as components a wetness sensing article and a first signaling device compatible with the wetness sensing article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Ansley C. Allen, Andrew M. Long, Shirlee A. Weber, Thomas M. Ales, III
  • Patent number: 8361742
    Abstract: A method and system for rapidly detecting Candida on the skin of a host, such as an infant with diaper rash, is provided. The method includes contacting a dermal sample with a colorant that exhibits a certain spectral response (e.g., color change) in the presence of Candida. For example, the colorant may change from a first color to a second color, from colorless to a color, or from a color to colorless. The colorant is typically capable of differentiating between Candida (e.g., Candida albicans) and other microorganisms commonly associated with diaper rash, such as S. aureus and E. coli. Thus, when a dermal sample is placed into contact with the colorant, the color change may simply be observed to determine whether the infection is caused by Candida. If the color change occurs to a certain extent (e.g., from yellow to bright red), it may be determined that the test sample contains Candida. Likewise, if a color change occurs to a lesser extent (e.g.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephanie M. Martin, Andrew M. Long, III, John Gavin MacDonald, Jason Lye
  • Patent number: 8304598
    Abstract: Garments may include signaling devices. The signaling device may be configured to indicate to a user that a body fluid is present in the garment. The garment may include a chassis including an outer cover having an interior surface and an exterior surface. The chassis may include a crotch region positioned in between a front region and a back region. The garment may also include a signaling device including at least one first terminal and at least one second terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard D. Mosbacher, Christopher P. Olson, Robert Schlaupitz, Andrew M. Long
  • Publication number: 20120165770
    Abstract: A stimulation material is partially bonded to a pressure-sensitive adhesive to form a stimulation blend. The stimulation blend, with or without pressure-sensitive adhesive, may be juxtaposed between two substrates to form a stimulation composite. When the pressure-sensitive adhesive is present within the stimulation composite, there are regions of the adhesive that do not contain a significant amount of stimulation material. By arranging regions of stimulation blend with respect to the pressure-sensitive adhesive regions, a pattern defined by the stimulation blend is formed. This pattern may deliver a stimulation effect that is at least as effective as using one-hundred percent stimulation blend within the stimulation composite, it not more effective. The stimulation composite may be cut into countless varieties of pledget shapes for use in personal-care absorbent articles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2010
    Publication date: June 28, 2012
    Inventors: Peiguang Zhou, Kenneth B. Close, Andrew M. Long, Gregg M. Brey, Patsy A. Benedict
  • Publication number: 20120089067
    Abstract: A laminate having health-benefit agents therein is made by particle stabilization within the lamination process. By changing the substrate type (tissue, nonwoven, film) and/or the physical composition and/or attributes of the laminate layers, the release of the health-benefit agents can be controlled. The laminate, sometimes referred to as a liner, may be used in personal absorbent articles such as diapers, feminine pads, bandages, bed pads, and the like.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2010
    Publication date: April 12, 2012
    Inventors: Peiguang Zhou, David John Tyrrell, Andrew M. Long, Alphonse C. DeMarco, Dave Allen Soerens, Rebecca Ann Vongsa
  • Patent number: 8129582
    Abstract: Disclosed is an absorbent article including a temperature change member. The temperature change member includes a matrix of fibers and temperature change material intermixed within the matrix of fibers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: David M. Jackson, Gabriel H. Adam, Andrew M. Long, Shirlee A. Weber, Davis Dang H. Nhan, Christopher P. Olson
  • Patent number: 8053625
    Abstract: Wetness indicators may include alarm devices that are designed to assist parents or attendants in identifying a wet diaper condition early on. These devices produce either a visual or an audible signal. Many of these devices rely on electronics, which may increase the expense of the absorbent article. Further, electronic devices rely on electrical sources and may be prone to failure if not utilized for an extended period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Davis Dang H. Nhan, Andrew M. Long, Shirlee A. Weber, Darold D. Tippey, Meghan E. Collins
  • Patent number: 7956235
    Abstract: In some forms of the invention, an absorbent article (e.g., training pants) includes an impermeable cover, an absorbent body and a temperature change member disposed with the absorbent body. The absorbent article further includes a liquid retarding member that is disposed with the temperature change member to temporarily maintain liquid in the temperature change member. The liquid retarding member is formed of a liquid dispersible material such that the liquid retarding member eventually dissolves in the liquid and flows into the absorbent body. In other forms, the absorbent article includes a liquid retarding member that is adjacent to a temperature change member which is formed of a matrix of fibers. The liquid retarding member has a hydrohead that is less than about 0.13 pounds per inch squared such that the liquid retarding member temporarily maintains at least some of the liquid in proximity to the temperature change member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew M. Long, Davis Dang Hoang Nhan, Steven Rashad Inabinet
  • Patent number: 7915476
    Abstract: In a method of a caregiver interactively toilet training a wearer of a disposable absorbent article, in response to liquid insult of the article a tactile signal is perceptible from within the article, a corresponding similar tactile signal is perceptible from an exterior of the article, and an active graphic is visually perceptible at the exterior of the article which relates to both the tactile signal and the corresponding tactile signal to thereby communicate the insult event to the caregiver and provide an interactive toilet training opportunity. An absorbent article of the present invention generally has a tactile signal tactilely perceptible from the inner surface of the article and a corresponding tactile signal tactilely perceptible from the exterior of the article. An active graphic is located adjacent the outer cover and is externally visually perceptible and relates to both tactile signals to provide an interactive toilet training opportunity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew M. Long, Christopher P. Olson
  • Patent number: D828186
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Nickolas Barnes, Andrew M. Long