Patents by Inventor Andrew Mark Long

Andrew Mark 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: 10357409
    Abstract: The present subject matter relates to absorbent articles and signaling devices for use therewith. The signaling device includes one or more non-invasive sensors configured to detect the presence of a substance, such as a body fluid, in the absorbent article. The signaling device can provide an audible and/or visible alert to the user of the absorbent article when it detects the presence of a substance. The absorbent article includes one or more identifiable characteristics the presence of which permits operation of the signaling device. In this manner, the present disclosure provides for product and signaling device matching for use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE, INC.
    Inventors: Thomas Michael Ales, Sudhanshu Gakhar, Andrew Mark Long, Davis-Dang H. Nhan
  • Publication number: 20180207313
    Abstract: An extruded water-soluble article is made from homogeneous material that includes a water-soluble polymer having an extrusion temperature of 50 to 150° C. This relatively low extrusion temperature is compatible with actives that would otherwise be destroyed in a high temperature extrusion process. The article further includes between 0.1% to 50% by weight of an active agent.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2015
    Publication date: July 26, 2018
    Inventors: Shiming Zhuang, Rebecca Ann Vongsa, Peiguang Zhou, Andrew Mark Long, David William Koenig, David J. Tyrell, Paige N. Anunson
  • Publication number: 20170354548
    Abstract: A system for removing and donning a disposable absorbent article by using a separate robotic device includes an absorbent assembly having an inner layer that partly defines a body-facing surface, an outer layer that defines a garment-facing surface, and an absorbent body disposed between the inner and outer layers. The absorbent assembly also includes a pair of ears extending transversely outward from the opposite sides of the absorbent assembly in the back waist region, each of the ears including a body-facing surface with a primary first fastening-component that is selectively engageable with a primary second fastening-component in the front waist region of the absorbent assembly in a wear configuration of the article, and a garment-facing surface opposite the body-facing surface. The absorbent article also includes a manipulation-enablement feature configured to assist the post-retail manipulation of the absorbent article by the robotic device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 24, 2015
    Publication date: December 14, 2017
    Inventors: Andrew Mark Long, Shawn J. Sullivan, Chris P. Olson
  • Publication number: 20170249602
    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: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Publication date: August 31, 2017
    Inventors: John C. Robertson, Andrew Mark Long, Shawn Jeffrey Sullivan
  • Publication number: 20170246046
    Abstract: Pant-like absorbent articles having handles on side panels of the article for ease of removal and donning of the absorbent garment and a method for forming is disclosed herein. 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 a slit formed through the side panel, the slit extending in both the longitudinal and lateral direction to provide a flap material. The flap material is folded towards the waist edge of the side panel to provide an aperture in the side panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2015
    Publication date: August 31, 2017
    Inventors: Julie Ann Paveletzke, Andrew Mark Long, Joseph Daniel Coenen, Bradley Adam Colvin, Joseph Charles Herb, Adam Edward Suttner, Christopher Peter Olson
  • Patent number: 9592166
    Abstract: A fluid-distributing structure includes a flexible body having a plurality of fluid reservoirs defined therein, and a plurality of directional fluid barriers. The fluid reservoirs are fluidly connected to one another by openings defined within the body. Each fluid barrier is associated with one of the openings defined in the body, and is configured to permit fluid flow through the opening in a downstream direction and inhibit fluid flow through the opening in an upstream direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE, INC.
    Inventors: Russell Joseph Brumm, Andrew Mark Long, Sandra Kay Knight
  • Publication number: 20160354259
    Abstract: The present subject matter relates to absorbent articles and signaling devices for use therewith. The signaling device includes one or more non-invasive sensors configured to detect the presence of a substance, such as a body fluid, in the absorbent article. The signaling device can provide an audible and/or visible alert to the user of the absorbent article when it detects the presence of a substance. The absorbent article includes one or more identifiable characteristics the presence of which permits operation of the signaling device. In this manner, the present disclosure provides for product and signaling device matching for use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Publication date: December 8, 2016
    Inventors: Thomas Michael Ales, Sudhanshu Gakhar, Andrew Mark Long, Davis-Dang H. Nhan
  • Publication number: 20160263272
    Abstract: An extruded water-soluble article made is from a homogeneous material that includes a water-soluble polymer having an extrusion temperature of 50 to 150° C. The article further includes between 0.1% to 50% by weight of an active agent. Potential active agents include, isothiazolone, alkyl dimethyl ammonium chloride, a triazine, 2-thiocyanomethylthio benzothiazol, methylene bis thiocyanate, acrolein, dodecylguanidine hydrochloride, a chlorophenol, a quaternary ammonium salt, gluteraldehyde, a dithiocarbamate, 2-mercatobenzothiazole, para-chloro-meta-xylenol, silver based compounds, chlorohexidine, polyhexamthylene biguanide, a n-halamine, triclosan, a phospholipid, an alpha hydroxyl acid, 2,2-dibromo-3-nitrilopropionamide, 2-bromo-2-nitro-1,3-propanediol, farnesol, iodine, bromine, hydrogen peroxide, chlorine dioxide, ozone, a botanical oil, a botanical extract, benzalkonium chloride, chlorine, sodium hypochlorite, and combinations thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2014
    Publication date: September 15, 2016
    Inventors: Shiming Zhuang, Rebecca Ann Vongsa, Peiguang Zhou, Andrew Mark Long, David William Koenig, David J. Tyrell
  • Publication number: 20160235608
    Abstract: Disclosed is an article for urine odor control. The article may be in the form of a film The article is a homogeneous material may include a water-soluble polymer having an extrusion temperature of 50 to 150 C, and between 0.1% to 50% by weight of an odor-control system. The odor control system may include one or more the following: an enzyme inhibitor, an odor absorber, a blocking agent or an antimicrobial agent. The article may be placed in an absorbent member, wherein the absorbent member is a bandage, a medical drape, a wipe, a towel, a sheet, a pad, a pant or a diaper.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Publication date: August 18, 2016
    Applicant: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Shiming Zhuang, Peiguang Zhou, John Gavin MacDonald, Rebecca Ann Vongsa, Andrew Mark Long, David William Koenig
  • Publication number: 20160235601
    Abstract: An extruded water-soluble article includes a water-soluble polymer having an extrusion temperature of 90 to 150 C., a plasticizer, and one or more active agents in a total amount of 0.1% to 50% by weight of the article. Combining the active agent(s) with a plasticizer prior to melt-blending with the water-soluble polymer prevents phase separation of the active agent and the polymer. Articles include films, fibers, rods, bars and the like. Such articles may be placed in an absorbent article such as a bandage, a medical drape, a wipe, a sheet, a diaper, a pant, or a pad.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2014
    Publication date: August 18, 2016
    Applicant: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Peiguang Zhou, David Gerard Iwanski, Gary Alan Turchan, Andrew Mark Long
  • Patent number: 9375355
    Abstract: The present subject matter relates to absorbent articles and signaling devices for use therewith. The signaling device includes one or more non-invasive sensors configured to detect the presence of a substance, such as a body fluid, in the absorbent article. The signaling device can provide an audible and/or visible alert to the user of the absorbent article when it detects the presence of a substance. The absorbent article includes one or more identifiable characteristics the presence of which permits operation of the signaling device. In this manner, the present disclosure provides for product and signaling device matching for use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Michael Ales, Sudhanshu Gakhar, Andrew Mark Long, Davis-Dang H Nhan
  • Publication number: 20160175171
    Abstract: A fluid-distributing structure includes a flexible body having a plurality of fluid reservoirs defined therein, and a plurality of directional fluid barriers. The fluid reservoirs are fluidly connected to one another by openings defined within the body. Each fluid barrier is associated with one of the openings defined in the body, and is configured to permit fluid flow through the opening in a downstream direction and inhibit fluid flow through the opening in an upstream direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 14, 2015
    Publication date: June 23, 2016
    Inventors: Russell Joseph Brumm, Andrew Mark Long, Sandra Kay Knight
  • Patent number: 9220640
    Abstract: Absorbent articles are disclosed that convey information to a user. In particular, the absorbent articles include an active graphic that comprises a machine readable code. The active graphic, for instance, may comprise a disappearing graphic, an appearing graphic, and/or a color-change graphic. The change in appearance of the graphic may occur once contacted with a suitable activation agent, such as urine. The machine readable code contained in the active graphic, once scanned by a suitable reader device, may convey information to a user related to the absorbent article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Michael Ales, Andrew Mark Long, Matt Fitton
  • Patent number: 9138356
    Abstract: An absorbent article is provided for absorbing a liquid, the absorbent article including a chassis including a liner, an outer cover, and an absorbent structure positioned between the liner and the outer cover, the chassis including a front region and a back region, the front region and the back region defining a waist region therebetween. The absorbent article also includes a wetness indicator positioned adjacent the liner or the outer cover, the wetness indicator including a hydrophanous tissue layer having an absorbent-structure-facing side and being in liquid communication with the absorbent structure or the liner, and an indicator material disposed between the absorbent-facing side of the tissue layer and the absorbent structure. The absorbent article can also include a film layer disposed adjacent the tissue layer, and the indicator material can include an active constituent adapted to wick along the tissue layer when the absorbent article is insulted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Mark Long, Shirlee Ann Weber, Jessica Sara Van Handel, Brooke Ashley Berg, Davis Dang Hoang Nhan, Darold Dean Tippey
  • Patent number: 8866624
    Abstract: Signaling systems are disclosed that indicate a change in an absorbent article, such as the presence of a body fluid. The various different signaling systems disclosed do not include any conductive elements contained on the interior of the article as were required in the past. Instead, the changes are monitored from the outer cover of the article. In one aspect, for instance, a signaling device is provided for sensing and indicating the presence of a body exudate in an absorbent article, the device including a housing and a capacitive sensor disposed within the housing, the capacitive sensor adapted to sense a change in capacitance due to an insult to the absorbent article. The signaling device can include an attachment mechanism for removably attaching the housing to the absorbent article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Michael Ales, III, Sudhanshu Gakhar, Andrew Mark Long
  • Publication number: 20140155851
    Abstract: The present subject matter relates to absorbent articles and signaling devices for use therewith. The signaling device includes one or more non-invasive sensors configured to detect the presence of a substance, such as a body fluid, in the absorbent article. The signaling device can provide an audible and/or visible alert to the user of the absorbent article when it detects the presence of a substance. The absorbent article includes one or more identifiable characteristics the presence of which permits operation of the signaling device. In this manner, the present disclosure provides for product and signaling device matching for use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2014
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Applicant: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Michael Ales, Sudhanshu Gakhar, Andrew Mark Long, Davis-Dang H Nhan
  • Patent number: 8642832
    Abstract: The present subject matter relates to absorbent articles and signaling devices for use therewith. The signaling device includes one or more non-invasive sensors configured to detect the presence of a substance, such as a body fluid, in the absorbent article. The signaling device can provide an audible and/or visible alert to the user of the absorbent article when it detects the presence of a substance. The absorbent article includes one or more identifiable characteristics the presence of which permits operation of the signaling device. In this manner, the present disclosure provides for product and signaling device matching for use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Michael Ales, Sudhanshu Gakhar, Andrew Mark Long, Davis-Dang H Nhan
  • Patent number: 8546638
    Abstract: An absorbent article comprises a signal element having a body-facing surface, a garment-facing surface, a longitudinal direction, a transverse direction and a z-direction. The signal element includes a water-soluble polymeric buffering film and a stimulation material. The water-soluble polymeric buffering film comprises a water-soluble base polymer. In some aspects, the stimulation material comprises a temperature change agent, and the signal element exhibits a surface temperature change of at least +/?2° C. In some aspects, the signal element exhibits a stimulation effect over at least two aqueous insults.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Peiguang Zhou, Andrew Mark Long, Dave Allen Soerens, Kaiyuan Yang, James Hongxue Wang, Xuedong Song
  • Patent number: 8497409
    Abstract: Absorbent articles incorporating a wetness sensor for indicating the presence of a body fluid are disclosed. The wetness sensor includes an olfactory signaling device that produces a scent or odor when a body fluid is detected. For instance, in one embodiment, an odorous composition can be contained in a water degradable pouch that releases the odorous composition when contacted with moisture. Once released, the odorous composition can produce a desired scent. In other embodiments, the odorous composition can be encapsulated within a water degradable material or can be coated on a substrate. The scent or odor that is released by the odorous composition can vary depending upon the particular application. The scent, for instance, may be pleasant or unpleasant. In one embodiment, the olfactory signaling device may be used to assist in toilet training a child.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard D. Mosbacher, Andrew Mark Long, Kelly Branham, Jessica Sara Van Handel, Darold D. Tippey
  • Patent number: 8426669
    Abstract: An absorbent article comprises a signal composite comprising a carrier substrate layer, a first stimulation layer, a second stimulation layer, a first thermoplastic adhesive layer and a second thermoplastic adhesive layer. The carrier substrate layer is disposed as a bottom layer of the signal composite. The first stimulation layer comprises a first stimulation material and is disposed above and adjacent to the carrier substrate layer. The second stimulation layer comprises a second stimulation material and is disposed above and adjacent to the first stimulation layer to provide the body-facing surface of the signal composite. The first thermoplastic adhesive layer is liquid permeable or water-soluble and is disposed between and adjacent to the carrier substrate layer and the first stimulation layer. The second thermoplastic adhesive layer is liquid permeable or water-soluble and is disposed between the first stimulation layer and the second stimulation layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide Inc.
    Inventors: Peiguang Zhou, Andrew Mark Long, Dave Allen Soerens, Kaiyuan Yang, Davis-Dang Hoang Nhan, Jun G. Zhang